October 2000 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
October 2000

Johnson Funeral Home

Veronica Mayer
Veronica Mayer Veronica G. Mayer, 85, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. The Reverend Richard Leisen will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Veronica was born July 17, 1915, in Paynesville to Frank and Frances (Hartmann) Jahn. She lived in Paynesville her entire life and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1933. After graduation she was employed by Merchant's Hotel and North American Creameries, Inc. in Paynesville. She later worked at Apco Inc. in Paynesville and Animal Fair Inc. in Eden Valley.

On August 27, 1947 she married Julius Mayer at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. She was a lifetime member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Veronica is survived by her husband, Julius of Paynesville; sons, Glenn (Patricia) of Rockford, Minn., Allen of St. Paul, Thomas (Deborah) of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Randy (Debra) of Andover; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald Jahn of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Leona Jahn of Paynesville and Joyce Dilley of Litchfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and sisters Genevieve Welk, Geraldine Barthel, and Delores Sieben.

Kathleen Herzberg
Kathy Herzberg Kathleen Ann Herzberg, 46, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at the Paynesville Area Health Care System in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Koehn will officiate. Burial will take place in Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Kathleen was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Paynesville to Harry and Winnie (Nehring) Schuelke. She married Neil Herzberg on October 11, 1975. She graduated from Paynesville High School as an honor student, and in her senior year, placed first in the Advanced Typewriting Competition at the Minnesota Office Education Association Contest in Minneapolis.

She began working part time as a secretary at the Paynesville City Clerk's office in 1970, and upon graduating from high school, was employed as the first full-time secretary for the city. She also served as the first deputy license registrar and the first county court clerk. She also was the first woman clerk-administrator for the city when she was acting court administrator after the resignation of Tom Thelen, the death of Don Jacobson, and the retirement of Don Brady.

Before her illness, she and Neil enjoyed snowmobiling, entering car shows, and motorcycling to Sturgis, S.D. She and Neil were charter members and she was charter secretary of the Harley Owners Group Motorcycle Club based in Raymond, Minn. She was also treasurer of the Koronis Hills Snowmobile Club from 1993 until 1997.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Neil of Paynesville; parents, Harry and Winnie Schuelke of Paynesville; father and mother-in-law, Oliver and Sadie Herzberg of Paynesville; uncle and aunt, Norman and Betty Schuelke of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; uncle, Bob Burns of Milton, Fla.; and seven cousins.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Kathleen Herzberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Melvin Stange
Melvin Stange Melvin Stange, 88, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Eden Valley, with Pastor Juan Palm officiating. Interment was at Ebenezer Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Melvin William Frederick Stange was born on June 21, 1912, to Edwin and Louisa (Manske) Stange in Brown County, S.D., on the family farm near Groton. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at West Hanson Church, rural Groton.

On Sept. 18, 1948, Melvin was united in marriage to Arlene Wagner at Paynesville. They made their home at Groton, S.D., where they farmed for 14 years on the land that was settled by his grandparents, William and Emma Stange, in late 1886. In October 1964, they moved to Paynesville, where he had various jobs before retiring in 1970.

While living at Groton, S.D., they attended St. Paul's Lutheran at Stratford and at the time of his death they were members at St. Paul's Lutheran in Eden Valley.

Surviving is his wife of 52 years, Arlene; children, Derald (Lori) of El Paso, Texas, and Dianne (Reid) Schmotzer of St. Joseph; six grandchildren; brother, Arno (Dorothy) of Wheaton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert, Gilbert, and Wilfred; and sisters, Viola Stange and Eldora Stange Wagner.

Emma Birch
Emma (Vockrodt) Birch of Paynesville and formerly of Pipestone died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at the Koronis Manor Nursing Home.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Pipestone.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1904, on a farm in Pipestone County, the daughter of Reinholt and Hiscadena (Weelburg) Vockrodt.

On June 15, 1929, she married Drew P. Birch. They lived in Pipestone. In 1992, she moved to Paynesville to be near her husband. She lived with her daughter, Beverly Downey, until 1999, when she entered the manor.

She is survived by her children, Ronald (Gloria) of Champlin, Roger of Coon Rapids, Luana (Chad) Tower of Minnetonka, Marsha (Tom) Luebner of Park Rapids, and Beverly Downey of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1977; six brothers; and two sisters.

Edwin Deadrick
Edwin Meredith Deadrick, 78, of Grove City, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Edwin was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at the Methodist Church in Paynesville. He grew up in the communities of Belgrade, Paynesville, and Grove City, where he attended rural grade school.

On Sept. 8, 1950, Eddie was united in marriage to Marilyn Schoenleben in Paynesville. They lived in Paynesville and Grove City, where Eddie worked in road construction as a heavy equipment operator. He also farmed, raising beef cattle and hogs. He retired from road construction in 1980 and from farming in 1990.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist church, where he was a member of the administrative board and past Sunday school treasurer. He was also a lifelong member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 49.

Eddie loved his family and relished sharing his enjoyment of hunting and fishing with his grandchildren. He enjoyed being outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Tom (Nancy) of Atwater, Tim (Lori) of New London, and Sue (Bill) Korman of Hawick; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five adult brothers; two brothers in infancy; and one sister.

Florence Rathbun
Florence Marie Rathbun, 76, of Manannah Township, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Litchfield, with the Rev. Anthony Bertram officiating. Bearers were William Dvorak Jr., Gale Larson, Lester Precht, Robert Brotz, Steven Brotz, and Glen Heller. Interment was in Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Florence was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Brookfield Township, Renville County, to Frank and Martha (Dittbaner) Heller. She moved with her family when she was very young to Litchfield, where she attended school through the eighth grade. On Aug. 7, 1948, Florence married Ervin Rathbun at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Litchfield. They lived in Litchfield for 36 years and then moved to Manannah Township.

Florence worked for many years at the Litchfield Produce as a general laborer, and was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ervin of Grove City; son, Dennis (Rudy) of Grove City; sister, Ella Dvorak of Litchfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth; parents, Frank and Martha Heller; five brothers; and six sisters.

Harold Flanders
Harold E. Flanders of San Diego, Calif., died Oct. 21, 2000.

He was born to Wayne and Edna (Berglund) Flanders on March 14, 1915, and lived in Union Grove Township.

On Oct. 2, 1940, he married Beatrice E. Schultz of Paynesville. In 1946, Harold and Beatrice moved to Paynesville, where Harold worked for Zimmerman Electric. In 1951, they moved to Everett, Wash. In 1952, the family returned to Minnesota to reside in Hopkins, from where they visited Paynesville regularly. Harold worked at National Foods in Hopkins until his retirement at age 55, in 1970. In the early 1970s, Harold and Beatrice began making winter trips to Mesa, Ariz. In 1975, they moved from Minnesota to become residents of Mesa, Ariz., at the Good Life trailer park. In March 1997, Harold and Beatrice moved from Arizona to San Diego, Calif., where they could be close to their son and his family. In San Diego, they first lived at an assisted living facility, then a board and care facility, and finally at a skilled nursing facility since last autumn.

Since Harold passed away so far from his family and friends in Paynesville, there will be no service at present. Instead, he has been cremated. His ashes will remain in San Diego until such time as they are interred at Burr Oak Cemetery, rural Paynesville, at a graveside service, perhaps in August 2001. The family requests any donations to be sent to Burr Oak Cemetery. The exact date and time of the interment will be published at a later date.

Harold is survived by his son, Allen (Cathy) of San Diego; one granddaughter; one grandson; and aunt, Lucille Randolph of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, on Jan. 8, 2000; father, Wayne in 1969; mother, Edna in 1964; and infant brother, Floyd, who was born in 1917 and died in 1918.

Arthur Ihrke
Arthur Ihrke, 97, of Paynesville, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.

Private family services were conducted with Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Arthur Charles Ihrke was born Aug. 4, 1903, in Heron Lake, Minn. He was the son of Fred and Francis (Sykora) Ihrke. Arthur grew up in Heron Lake, where he attended school.

On Feb. 26, 1930, he married LaVera Nichtern in St. James, Minn. Following their marriage, they lived in Madelia, Minneapolis, and Kimball, where he was a member of the Kimball Church of Christ. In 1977, they moved to Paynesville, where he has lived since.

Arthur is survived by his sons, A. Charles (Ruth) of Indianapolis, Ind., and Allan (Sharon) of Paynesville; daughter, Lorraine Williams of Naples, Fla.; ten grandchildren; brothers, Emil (Elsie) of Windom and Leon of Windom; and sister, Hazel (Evrett) Kuehl of Heron Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, LaVera, in 1999.

Agnes Blonigen
Agnes Blonigen, 90, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. The Rev. Michael Kwatera, OSB, and the Rev. Al Blonigen, CMM, officiated. Pallbearers were her neighbors. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Agnes was born in Zion Township to Gotthard and Thekla (Vogt) Blonigen. She and her sisters farmed most of their lives in St. Martin prior to their retirement in the early 1960s.

She was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, the Rosary Society, the St. Benedict's Society, and the National Farmers Organization.

Survivors include her sister, Rosa (Rose) of Paynesville.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Herman and Aloysius; and sisters, Regina, Monica, and Veronica.

Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer Paul M. Meyer, 88, died Monday, Oct.16, 2000, at the Hilltop Good Samaritan Center in Watkins. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. The Rev. Virgil Braun officiated, and burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Paul was born April 22, 1912, in Richmond to John & Barbara (Huschle) Meyer. He married Alvina Huckenpoehler on May 7, 1935, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. He farmed in the Eden Valley area from 1935-1968. He was a former member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Eden Valley. He was also a member of Eden Valley Senior Citizens.

Survivors include his children, Frank (Doris) of Paynesville, Edith (Joe) Fink of Eden Valley, Mary Jane (Victor) Geislinger of Watkins, Jerome (Jeanie) of Paynesville, LeRoy (Kathy) of Forest Lake, and Ruth Ann Fischer of St. Cloud; siblings, Louis Meyer of Missoula, Mont., Susan Langer of Swanville, and Agnes Vick of Delano; 28 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alvina on May 27, 1995; daughter, Arlene Bauer in 1987; brothers, Al, Ed, Leo, Sylvester, and John Meyer; sisters, Loretta Mykannen, Rose Schaefer, Mary Paul, and Veronica Erdman; and three grandchildren, Suzanne Fink, David Geislinger, and Chad Geislinger.

Keith Ripley
Keith W. Ripley, 71, of Regal, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at his home.

A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, with the Rev. Rich Hubert officiating. A second memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Bill Clyma officiated. Inurnment was held in the New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone, with military rites provided by the Michael Boock American Legion Post #6 and the VFW Post #3814.

Keith Wendell Ripley was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Pipestone. He was the son of Harley and Gladys (Buffington) Ripley. Keith grew up in Pipestone, where he graduated from high school in 1947. On Oct. 14, 1950, he was married to Jacqueline Sutter in San Diego, Calif. From 1950 to 1976, Keith served his country in the U.S. Navy. During this time, he served on six naval ships and was awarded several medals of honor. During the Vietnam War he served in Danang. He retired as master chief storekeeper. His military service was very important to him, and he was proud to have been a member of the Navy. He retired to the Willmar and Regal area in 1976, where he has lived since.

Keith was a member of the Belgrade VFW Post #1825, the National Rifle Association, the Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone, and for the last several years, he attended several A.A. meetings in the Paynesville area. Keith enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. He also enjoyed attending auctions. He was a busy person who was always doing something.

Keith is survived by his wife, Jacqueline of Regal; daughter, Cynthia (Ronald) Novak of Minneiska, Minn.; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; brothers, Lyle (Ester) of Alexandria, Gerald of Ottumwa, Iowa, Charles of Mounds View, Robert (Mavis) of Pipestone, Lyman of Omaha, Neb., Vernon of Alexandria, and Darwin (Patty) of Alexandria; sisters, Ninabelle (George) Moore of Pipestone, Dolly Carstensen of Pipestone, Sarah Cooper of Minneapolis, and Diane (Tony) Stone of Minneapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marjorie Barnum
Marjorie Arscella Brick Barnum, 65, died on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Bellevue, Neb. Graveside services were held on Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry, Minn.

Marjorie was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in Lake Henry to Othmar and Ella Brick. She attended schools in Lake Henry, Paynesville, and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, where she received training for a career in Radiologic Technology.

Marjorie was an x-ray technician at St. James Hospital in Butte, Mont., when she met her future husband, Dale Barnum. They were married in St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry on Dec. 29, 1956, and returned to Stillwater, Okla., where Dale was stationed with the USAF. During her husband's military career, Marjorie lived in Tacoma, Wash.; St. Louis, Mo.; Belleville, Ill.; Tokyo, Japan; Scott AFB, Ill.; Andrews AFB, Md.; Seoul, South Korea; Langley AFB, Va.; and Offutt AFB, Neb. After her husband's retirement from the Air Force, they enjoyed their retirement years at their home in the Quail Creek Development in Bellevue and at their condo in Missoula, Mont. During her years as a military wife, she was an unfailing supporter of her husband's military career and was always active in efforts to improve the quality of life for military families wherever they were stationed. She was involved in her church activities at the Capehart Chapel at Offcutt AFB and later at the new St. Matthew's Parish in Bellevue. She was a loving mother with strong convictions about her faith and sanctity of life, and her kind and gentle demeanor deeply touched the lives of her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Dale; son, John of John Day, Ore.; and daughter, Barbara of Rowlett, Texas; brothers, Harold Brick of Roseville, Minn., and James Brick of Lake Henry, Minn.; sisters, Ramona Hylla of Sauk Rapids, Minn., Marilyn Golembeski of St. Cloud, Minn., and Ruth Trageser of Spicer, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Eugene and Ralph.

Lorraine Graziano
Lorraine (Toody Weidner) Graziano, 77, died Oct. 6, 2000, in Sun City, Ariz.

A memorial service was held on Oct. 9, 2000, in Sun City, Ariz.

She was born July 20, 1923, in Regal, Minn., to Herbert C. and Marie (Causin) Weidner. She graduated from Paynesville High School and the Minnesota School of Business. She married A.W. (Gus) Graziano in Minneapolis on June 5, 1946, and worked for Onan Corporation in Minneapolis for 37 years. The Grazianos retired to Sun City, Ariz., in 1982.

She is survived by her husband; brother, James (Donna) Weidner; sisters, Doris (Lee) Miller, Lucille (Don) Yunker, and Alyce (James) Drimel; sister-in-law, Edna (Lawrence) Weidner; and 41 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Arlan and Lawrence.

Loretta Flynn
Loretta Flynn Loretta H. Flynn, 92, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Pallbearers were James F. Chan, James M. Chan, James P. Felling, James R. Felling, John J. Reichert, and John R. Reichert. Entombment was held in the St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum in Alexandria.

Loretta was born on April 9, 1908, in Long Prairie, Minn., to John and Hermina (Fehrenbacker) Reichert. She graduated from Long Prairie High School. She was employed by the First National Bank in Minneapolis and later by the First National Bank in Paynesville. She married Edward Flynn on June 14, 1932, at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minn. She lived in Paynesville most of her married life. Loretta and Ed lived on Lake Koronis and enjoyed traveling around the world. She was a member of St. Louis Parish and the Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include her brothers, Romaine of Shakopee and Ermin of Long Prairie; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; parents; sisters, Esther Chan, Charlotte Herzog, Calista Campbell, and Rosalia; and two brothers, Ardo and John.

Heather Henderson
Heather Sue Henderson, 27, of Duluth and formerly of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence in Duluth.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. No visitation will be held at the church.

Heather was born Feb. 6, 1973, in Paynesville. She grew up in Paynesville and graduated from high school there, excelling in academics, music, and athletics. She worked with the community education gymnastics program, at the Wishin' Well Cafe, and at the Paynesville Press. She was a 1995 honors graduate of the University of Minnesota at Morris, majoring in journalism and women's studies. Among many activities in college, she was a trombonist with the UMM Jazz Club and coach for a high school gymnastics team.

From April 1999, to her death, Heather was deputy director of Dads and Daughters. Previous to that, she was editor-in-chief of the award-winning HUES magazine. Prior to moving to Duluth, she was editor of Lavender magazine in Minneapolis. She recently contributed feature articles to the RipSaw in Duluth.

She enjoyed gymnastics as both an athlete and a coach, riding her motorcycle, many forms of outdoor recreation, kick boxing, playing pool, and supporting the arts. She also loved cats and dogs.

Heather was a victim of the social diseases she fought. Her death marked the end of an 11-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia.

She is survived by her parents, Kris and Bill Henderson of Paynesville; sisters, Karen Henderson of St. Paul, and Heidi (Lee) Schotzko of St. Paul; grandparents, Bill and Maxine Henderson of Paynesville; fiance, Sean Taylor of Duluth; aunt and uncle, Meredith (Doug) Kuehl of Duluth; cousins, Jen (Jay) Honebrink of Lincoln, Neb., Holly (Tyler) Zimmerman of Minneapolis, Melissa and Sarah Kuehl of Duluth; and other family members.

Memorials are preferred to Dads and Daughters.

Luella Humbert
Luella E. Humbert, 68, of New Munich, died on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at her home.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB, officiated. Casket bearers were Shawn and Ryan Sheets, Tom Beier, Scott and Shannon Roering, and Jeff Tjaden. Shelley Roering was cross bearer. Honorary bearers were Mary Ann Zierden, Marilyn Schaefer, Lois Rieland, Ethel Middendorf, Lucy Meyer, Lucille Bertram, Doris Stalboerger, Mary Hopfer, Delores Frieler, and Monica Rieland. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Lue was born on March 8, 1932, in St. Martin Township, Stearns County, to Herman and Anna (Moser) Mayers. She was united in marriage to Norbert A. Humbert on Sept. 18, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple farmed four miles southwest of New Munich. Lue owned and operated All Occasions Gifts in Melrose for several years and was employed at Midwest Screenprint and Midwest Sportswear in Melrose for several years.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, St. Anne's Christian Mothers, St. Appolonia Mission Group, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Aid. She enjoyed ceramics, gardening, fishing, and card playing.

She is survived by her husband, Norbert of New Munich; children, Audrey (LeRoy) Roering of Sauk Centre, Dieter (Laurie) of Ranier, Jerry (Cyndi) of Paynesville, Sheila (Shawn) Sheets of New Munich, Karen (Tom) Beier of St. Martin, and Lori (Jeff) Tjaden of Sunburg; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Erwin (Monica) Mayers of Melrose, Donald (Jeanette) Mayers of Melrose, Raymond (AldaMae) Mayers of New Munich, and Sylvester Mayers of St. Paul.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Viola Scholz.

Hildegard Kunkel
Hildegard I. Kunkel, 77, of Paynesville and formerly of Kimball, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball, with the Rev. Frank Tomasiewicz officiating. Pallbearers were Kent Finberg, Matt Johnson, Andrea Pundsack, Daniel Pflueger, Todd Kunkel, and James Kunkel. Music was provided by St. Anne's choir with Mary Streit as organist. Burial followed at St. Anne's Cemetery.

Hildegard was born on June 5, 1923, in Collegeville to John and Catherine (Jensen) Ressemann. She married Alfred P. Kunkel on May 23, 1944, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Collegeville. She lived most of her life in the Kimball area, where she and her husband farmed for 50 years. She was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children, Alfred Jr. "Butch" (Mildred) of Darwin, Angeline Harms of Eagan, Paul (Mary Ann) of Cold Spring, Rose Ann Johnson of Winsted, Audrey (LeRoy) Pflueger of Albany, and Catherine (Richard) Pflueger of Paynesville; siblings, Rose Sabrowsky of Paynesville, Oliva (Eugene) Schwegel of Waite Park, Lucille Neu of Waite Park, Bernice Jansen of Waite Park, Verena (Oliver) Hennen of St. Cloud, and Tony (Renee) Ressemann of Cold Spring; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, on Aug. 29, 1994; infant son, Alfred; two brothers, John and Joseph Ressemann; and two sisters, Bertha Reuter-Pyka and Irene Dillon-Ewers.

Naoma Johnson
Naoma F. Johnson, 64, of Grove City, died Sunday, Oct. 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, with Pastor Gary Cumings officiating. Bearers were Everette Smithson, John Smithson, Bradley Johnson, Kevin Buckendahl, Larry Everson, and Mike Everson; honorary bearers were the grandchildren; organist was Carol Dragt; and soloist was Sara Dragt. Interment was at First Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City.

Naoma Fay Johnson was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Braham, Minn., to Arthur and Helen (MacDonald) Buckendahl. She attended and graduated from high school in Froid, Mont., in 1954, and attended college for one year. She discontinued college to take care of her father, who was suffering from cancer.

On May 21, 1955, Naoma married Vernal Johnson at the First Methodist Church in Litchfield. Together they farmed in Swede Grove Township, retiring in 1990. They continued to live on the farm. After retiring from farming, Naoma and Vernal started doing woodcrafts as a hobby. this continued until Vernal's death. Naoma stayed on the farm until November 1999, when she moved to South Grove Square Apartments.

Naoma was active in church and taught Sunday school for many years. She was the Sunday school superintendent, and was active in the church circles. She was a spiritual woman, reading devotionals and the Bible daily. She had a good sense of humor, loved life, and lived life to the fullest. She organized and directed the "Gingham Girls" and was active in the Acton Buzzers 4-H Club, serving as leader. She played the piano, accordion, ukulele, and sang. She enjoyed reading, doing family genealogy, playing cards, and doing crafts and word puzzles.

She is survived by her daughters, Deanna (Kyle) Christenson of Kimball and Tracey (Jay) Hedtke of Grove City; sons, Bruce (Janelle), Douglas (Kim), and David (Lori), all of Grove City; 16 grandchildren; sister, Loraine Smithson of Buffalo; brother, Dwight Buckendahl of Apple Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernal, on July 8, 1999; parents, Arthur and Helen Buckendahl; and brother, Jerry Buckendahl.

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