from The Paynesville Press
October 1998

Clarence Bengtson
Clarence Bengtson, 76, of Paynesville, died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville, with the Rev. Keith Ainsley officiating. Interment was in the Burr Oak Cemetery in rural Grove City.

Clarence was born on Oct. 23, 1922, in Turner, Montana. He was the son of Thingley and Christine (Peterson) Bengtson. In 1937, Clarence moved with his family to rural Paynesville, where they farmed. In 1940, he graduated from Paynesville High School. After high school he moved back to Montana, where he worked on a ranch. During World War II, Clarence served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Philippines. Following his service, he returned to rural Paynesville, where he has farmed since.

Clarence was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church, where he was active and helped with various church functions. He was also a member of the Litchfield V.F.W. He enjoyed to travel, fish, and attend farm auctions, and help his grandchildren and neighbors with many things. He was also active with the Paynesville Area Senior Center.

Clarence is survived by daughters, Pat (Todd) Holm of Paynesville, Cathy (Larry) Christiansen of St. Cloud, and Kristi (Jeff) Miller of Hood River, Ore.; son, Donald; stepsons, Allan (Susan) Houk of St. Cloud, and Dan (Rose) Houk of Detroit Lakes; nine grandchildren; sister, Reva Long of Chinook, Mont.; and brothers, Anson (Faye) of Troy, Mont., and Troy of Willmar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Karen Bengtson; and brothers, Ross and Newell.

Harold Paulson
Harold W. Paulson, 85, of Hawick, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998, in Paynesville, Minn.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial took place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post 271.

Harold was born on Sept. 5, 1913, in Winnatoon, Neb., to Paul C. and Edith (Grucko) Paulson. His family moved to Madelia, Minn., and then to Paynesville in 1927. He worked with the United States Geodetic Survey prior to entering the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper in France during World War II. He returned to Paynesville and worked at Fullerton Lumber.

He married Kathryn Karnitschnig on Feb. 7, 1956, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. He then went to work as a cabinetmaker in Cold Spring. Harold and Kathryn had owned and operated Gil's Store in Hawick since 1967. He served as the Roseville Township Assessor for several years. He was a past commander of the Paynesville American Legion Post 271, as well as a member of the St. Louis Knights of Columbus #3820, the Roseville Friendly Seniors, and St. Louis Catholic Church. Harold was an avid and lifelong card player.

Harold is survived by his daughter, Linda Paulson of Iowa City, Iowa; three grandchildren; brothers and sister, Marius Paulson of Spicer, Doris Paulson-Lammers of Fairfax, Minn., and Raymond Paulson of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathryn on May 18, 1998; son, Gary on April 23, 1978; brother, Guy; and sister, Gladys Paulson-Quisberg.

Memorials are preferred to the Gary Paulson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Agnes Donnay
Services were held at 12 noon on Monday, Nov. 16, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball for Agnes M. Donnay, 76, who died Friday, Nov. 13, at her residence. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Agnes was born in Richmond, Minn., to Joseph and Frances (Ruprecht) Braegelman. She married Arthur Donnay on June 6, 1946, in St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball. Agnes was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur; children, Allan of Rockville, Carol Ann Zika of St. Cloud, Jerry of Nowthen, Joe of Phoenix, Ariz., Diane Schwartz of St. Cloud, Melanie Bevers of Fort Collins, Colo., and Colleen Moore of Cushing; sisters, Alvina Lahr of Richmond, and Verena Kellner of Columbia Heights; brothers, Andrew of Watkins, Gregor of Redwood City, Calif., and Richard of Northwood, Iowa; 26 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Agnes was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey, in 1968; brother, Clemens; sister, Coletta Colbert; and one grandson.

Clara Hiltner
Clara M. Hiltner, 70, of Hawick, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, at her home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 1998, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. The Rev. Felix Fasching officiated. Burial took place in the St. Anthony Parish Cemetery in Regal.

Clara was born on March 30, 1928, in Lengby, Minn., to Joseph and Mathilda (Strub) Wolbeck. She married Edwin Hiltner on April 24, 1946, in New Munich, Minn. They farmed in the St. Rose and Albany areas before moving to a turkey farm in Georgeville, where they lived until 1979. They moved to Hawick and she was employed by E.B.O. Farms until retiring in 1990. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Regal and the St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed being with her family, fishing, playing cards, and putting puzzles together.

Clara is survived by her husband, Edwin of Hawick; sons, Jim (Jeannie) of Eden Valley, Jerome (Anna) of Wadena, Sylvester (Linda) of Belgrade, David (Alice) of Hawick, and Gary (Sara) of Eden Valley; daughters, Marlene (Ken) Burg of New York Mills, Bernice (Marten) VanDorsten of Hawick, and daughter-in-law, Helen Hiltner of Paynesville; 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence (Ludwina) Wolbeck of Grey Eagle, Joseph Wolbeck Jr. of Greenwald, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Linus on Nov. 30, 1985; three grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Wolbeck.

Harold Matheny
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Church of God in Eden Valley for Harold R. Matheny, 78, of Eden Valley, who died on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The Rev. Russell Magaw will officiate. Burial will be in the Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Harold was born on Oct. 30, 1920, in Forest Grove, Ore., to Harley and Edith (Welliver) Matheny. He married Esther Hedin on Dec. 21, 1941, in Las Vegas, Nev. He lived most of his life in Eden Valley and worked as an appliance repairman for Sears until retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the Church of God in Eden Valley and the Paynesville Masonic Lodge #71.

Survivors include his wife, Esther of Eden Valley; sister, Dorothy Arbogast of St. Cloud, and sister and brother-in-law, Cleo and Ralph Crabtree of Plymouth.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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