October 2001 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
October 2001

Johnson Funeral Home

Ben Olson
Ben Olson, 89, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at the Koronis Manor.

His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Crystal Hills Assembly, rural Paynesville, with Rev. Lonnie Gleitz officiating. Intermet will be held in the Paynesville.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Johnson Funeral Home, Paynesville, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Agnes Rieland
Agnes Rieland Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Agnes M. Tschumperlin-Rieland, 89, of Paynesville who died Monday, Oct. 29, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville. Burial took place in Assumption Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Agnes was born Nov. 24, 1911, in Winsted, Minn., to Henry and Magdalen (Lueck) Millerbernd. She married Chris Tschumperlin on Sept. 6, 1932, in St. Peteršs Catholic Church in Eden Valley. He died June 1962. She married Cloudie Rieland on Dec. 1 1973, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. He died in August 1988. She lived in Eden Valley for over 30 years until moving to Elrosa for the next 15 years. She became a resident of Paynesville in 1991. She was currently a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church and American Legion Auxiliary Post 381.

Surviving Agnes are her children, Luella (Werner) Kraemer of Paynesville, Ray (Judy) Tschumperlin of Eden Valley, and Kenneth (Gaylia) Tschumperlin of Cold Spring; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Tschumperlin of Watkins; seven step-children; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Flavian Millerbernd of St. Louis Park; and sisters, Mildred Geislinger of St. Cloud, Beata Hesse of Watkins, and Lorraine Kritzeck of Winsted.

Preceding her in death are her husbands, son Gene (2000), brother Felix, and sister Hildegard Kohnen.

Norbert Bertram
Norbert Nick Bertram, 77, of Belgrade, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

Mass of Christian Burial were held on Oct. 31, at the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade with Father LeRoy Scheierl officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Norbert Bertram was born May 28, 1924, to Andrew and Christine (Olmscheid) Bertram in Spring Hill. He grew up on a family farm near Spring Hill where he also attended a country school.

He married Valeria M. Haider on Sept. 30, 1947, at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Following their marriage they farmed in rural Belgrade until 1990 when they retired to Belgrade. He had been a resident at the Belgrade Nursing Home since February.

Norbert was a member of the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Aid Society. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards, and dancing.

Survivors include his wife, Valeria of Belgrade; daughter Sharon (Dave) Burg of Blooming-ton; sons, Tom (Paula) Bertram of Brainerd, Romi (Carol) Bertram of Melrose, Dave (Nancy) Bertram of Belgrade, Kevin (Ruth) Bertram of Belgrade; nine grandchildren; sisters Helen Rose of St. Paul, Elizabeth (Alfred) Rothstein of Paynesville; Marcella Lieser of Paynesville, Dorothy Braegelman of Belgrade; brother Walter (Lucille) Bertram of St. Martin; sisters-in-law, Vivian Bertram of Greenwald and Marina Bertram of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Elmer, Pete, and infant Bernard.

Ardis Rittenhouse
Ardis Genevieve Rittenhouse, 80, of Paynesville, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at the Skaggs Community Hospital in Branson, Mo.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 26, at the Hawick United Methodist Church in Hawick with Rev. Ruth Lovejoy officiating. Burial was in the Roseville Cemetery.

Ardis was born on July 13, 1921, to Arthur and Julia (Tokheim) Zachariason in Ledyard, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm near East Chain, Minn., where she attended school, graduating in 1939 from the East Chain High School.

On Sept. 3, 1940, Ardis was united in marriage to Thurman Rittenhouse in Algona, Iowa. They made their home in Elmore, Minn., until 1954, when they moved to Hawick with their bee business. They spent their winters in Monroe, La. After retiring, they spent their summers on Lake Koronis.

Ardis was an active member of Hawick United Methodist Church and Memorial United Methodist Church in Monroe, La. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, and baking.

Survivors include her husband, Thurman; son, Arthur (Diane) Rittenhouse of Paynesville; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ethel (Paul) Christenson of Lake Mills, Iowa, and Dorothy (Harold) Richardson of Elmore; one brother, Arden Zachariason of Santa Clara, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Clara Mueller; three brothers, Sherdell, Gerald, and Harold Zachariason.

Barbara Mueller
Barb Mueller Barbara Ann Mueller, 45, of St. Cloud formerly of Regal, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at her home, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Barbara was born on April 6, 1956, to Aloys M. and Mary Magdelena (Illies) Mueller in Paynesville. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. She grew up on the family farm near Regal where she attended grade school in District 197. She graduated from the Paynesville Area High School in 1974 and the St. Cloud Vocational School in 1975. She worked for Northwestern Supply Company in St. Cloud from 1975 to 1980. She then worked at St. Cloud State University for 21 years as a secretary in the engineering department.

Barbara was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud, where she was the president of St. Marcellus Mission group. She was also a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Order of Foresters. Among the things she enjoyed were traveling, reading, doing mission work, bowling, and horseback riding.

Survivors include her mother, Lena Mueller of Lake Henry; two brothers, Butch (Bev) Mueller of Paynesville and Fred (Cecelia) of Coon Rapids; special friend, Karen (Lyle) Paavola of Clear Lake; nieces, and nephews; and a grand niece.

She was preceded in death by her father, Aloys Mueller in 1994.

Dorothy Wegner
Dorothy Wegner Dorothy Wegner, 79, of Paynesville, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Dorothy Paasche Wegner was born on June 27, 1922, to Henry and Anna (Schultz) Paasche in Paynesville. She attended rural School District #19, south of Paynesville, and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1940.

She married Willie Wegner on Oct. 1, 1943, at the chapel at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds. They farmed north of Paynesville. They both worked at the A.S.C.S. office in St. Cloud. In 1964, she moved to Willmar and started working for Northwest Bell. She retired in 1981 and returned to Paynesville. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, an officer in the Mary Circle, and very active in volunteer work. She was also a long time member of the Birthday Club. Over the years she traveled all around the world. She enjoyed baking, flowers, and birds.

Survivors include her foster daughter, Pam Wevley of St. Petersburg, Fla.; foster daughter-in-law, Shirley Botten and Vern Johnson of Inver Grove Heights; two foster grandchildren; three foster great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Viola Paasche; brother-in-law, Emmet Wegner; a niece; and caregiver, Joanne Baggenstoss.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1962; a brother, Willard Paasche; foster son, Carl Botten; and foster grandson, Dan Botten.

Florence Duscher
Florence Catherine Duscher, 85, of Paynesville, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Oct. 17, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal with Father Fred Fink officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Florence was born on July 16, 1916, to George and Sina (Dahl) Whealy in Vesta.

Florence was baptized on Sept. 24, 1916, at Trinity Free Church in Lucan and confirmed in the Christian faith. She grew up in Seaforth and attended Redwood Falls High School, graduating in 1935.

On July 14, 1935, Florence married Edward Duscher at St. Anne's Catholic Church parsonage in Wabasso. They farmed in Vesta Township until 1938 when they moved to Georgeville, later moving to Paynesville, then near Hawick, where they bought a small acreage and farmed while Florence worked as a homemaker. She also worked for the Willmar Cookie Company and North American Produce. They moved to Green Wing Estates in Paynesville in 1999. They shared 64 years of marriage before Edward's death in June 2000.

Florence was a long time member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal where she once taught CCD classes, was a member of Altar and Rosary Society. She was also active in the Association for Retarded Citizens. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, playing cards, and growing African violets.

Survivors include her seven sons: Edward Duscher of Isanti, Phillip Duscher of St. Paul, Norbert (Jane) Duscher of Pequot Lakes, Peter (Judith) Duscher of Shakopee, Robert (Susan) Duscher of Hawick, Patrick (Linda) Duscher of Hawick, Timothy (Jerri) Duscher of Willmar; one daughter, Maria Ann Duscher of Atwater; 25 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn (Chester) Manderscheid of Clinton, Okla., and Dorothy Erickson of St. Peter; one brother, Gordon (Greta) Whealy of Clearbrook; and two step-sisters.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; son, John; grandson Kevin; granddaughter, Denise; brother, Thomas; and a step-brother.

Harvey Hammer
Harvey Julius Hammer, 68, of Richmond, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at his home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Paynesville Lutheran Church with interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Veblin, S.D.

Harvey Hammer was born on Sept. 10, 1933, to Harvey Julius Sr. and Julia R (Norby) Hammer in Wahpeton, N.D. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Veblen, S.D. He grew up near Veblen, where he attended grade school and high school, graduating in the class of 1951.

On June 18, 1960, Harvey was united in marriage to Lilah Larson at the Zion Lutheran Church. They made their home in New Hope from 1960 to 1973 when they moved to their present home near Richmond. Harvey worked as a mechanic in the United States Army Reserves for 30 years as well as owning and maintaining his farm. Since retiring in January of 1993, he and Lilah have wintered in Arizona.

Harvey was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church and the St. Martin Lions Club. He enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, golfing, camping, farming, and auctions.

Survivors include his wife, Lilah; two daughters, Nadine (Troy) Miller of Chaska and Laurel (Chris) Bissener of Denver, Colo.; two granddaughters; his mother, Julia Hammer of Paynesville; and two sisters, JoAnn (Duane) Niesbet of Minne-apolis and Carolynn (Tom) Foltz of Seattle, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his father and one infant son.

Mary Helmuth
Mary Helmuth Mary Helmuth, 83, of Paynesville, died Wednes-day, Oct. 10, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church with burial in the Burr Oak Cemetery, rural Grove City.

Mary Miller was born July 4, 1918, to David and Mary (Yutzy) Miller in Hutchinson, Kan. She grew up near Hutchinson, Kan., where she was baptized in her youth, upon confession of her faith in the Older Order Amish Church.

On Feb. 26, 1939, Mary wed Alvin Helmuth in Hutchinson, Kan. In 1957, they moved to rural Grove City where they started the Believers Fellowship Mennonite Church. In 1997, they moved into the home of Abe and Laura Yoder where they have lived since.

Mary loved flowers and did handwork, especially quilting and embroidery.

Survivors include her husband, Alvin of Paynesville; daughters, Fannie (Alton) Gingerich of Goshen, Ind., Laura (Abe) Yoder of Paynesville, Esther (James) Miller of Kallechen, Germany, Mary (Omar) Stoltzfoos of Leola, Pa., and Edith (Ken) Schlabach of Millersburg, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, David Miller of Hutchinson, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Byron Yoder; brothers, Levi, Dan, Andrew, and John Miller; and a sister, Fannie Kauffman.

Frances Waldorf
Frances M. Waldorf, 88, of Spring Hill, died on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at Melrose Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill with Rev. Leo Leisen officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.

Casket bearers were Peter, Robert, Andrew, Daniel, Nicholas, Chris, and Matthew Waldorf, and Jennifer Peifer; cross bearer was Amy Waldorf. Honorary bearers were Saint Ann's Christian Mothers.

Frances Waldorf was born June 21, 1913, to Peter and Mary (Doepker) Maus in Chokio. She was employed at the former hotel in Melrose. She moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where she was employed for several years.

She married Norbert P. Waldorf on June 6, 1942, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed near Spring Hill. They retired into Spring Hill in 1977. She was a member of Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill, St. Mary's Mission Group, St. Ann's Christian Mothers, and Melrose Catholic Aid.

Survivors include her children, Norbert Jr. "Nubby" (Julie) Waldorf of Spring Hill, John (Rose) Waldorf of Melrose; sister and brothers, Edith Ritter of Melrose, Ray (Agnes) Maus of Melrose, Albert (Anna) Maus of San Diego, Calif.; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert P. Waldorf on May 10, 1988; sisters and brothers, Caroline Winters, Florence Miller, Veronica Springer, Leo Maus, Wendelin Maus, Donald Maus, and infant sister, Edna Maus.

Ada Engelbretson
Ada Engelbretson Ada L. Engelbretson, 100, of Paynesville, died on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Ada was born May 2, 1901, in Paynesville. She was one of eight children born to William and Louise (Donath) Albrecht. She grew up in Paynesville Township and attended the District 43 Country School. She married Paul Engelbretson in 1939 in South Dakota. She lived in Minneapolis most of her marriage before retiring back to Paynesville. Ada continued to live in her home until 1991, when she became a resident of 700 Stearns Place and later of the Koronis Manor.

Survivors include her sisters Dora Bardson of Waite Park and Alvina Scheierl of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, brothers Edward, Fred, Herbert, and William Jr. and sister, Tillie Gale.

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