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Floyd Frank, 80, Rochester
Floyd Wesley Frank, 80, of Rochester and formerly of St. Paul, died on Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at Seasons Hospice.

Memoral services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Mahn Family Funeral Home in the Rochester Chapel. Burial was in Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minn. Rev. Nancy Wheeler-Handlon of Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester officiated.

Floyd was born on July 7, 1925, in Paynesville to Lawrence and Martha (Wendland) Frank. He grew up on the farm and attended Paynesville schools graduating from high school in 1943.

Floyd entered military service and served during World War II in Frankfurt, Germany, in the intelligence field. He was honorably discharged and returned to Minnesota. He then attended Westmar College in Iowa as well as Rasmussen School of Business in St. Paul.

It was there he met and married Lois Bernd on Oct. 14, 1950, at New Richmond, Wis. Following their marriage, the couple lived in St. Paul over 30 years; in St. Louis, Mo., for five years; then Woodbury, Minn. He retired in 1987 and they moved to Rochester in 2000. The couple celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last week.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester. He enjoyed golf, traveling, playing cards, and spending time at Lake Koronis.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Lois; one son, William (Carrie) Frank of Rochester; two grandsons; and one sister, Myrtle Hoeft of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Janet.

Oliver Liestman, 90, Maple Grove
Oliver "Arlie" Liestman, 90, of Maple Grove/Osseo, died on Oct. 12, 2005, in Maple Grove.

Services were held on Monday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Osseo United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Rush Creek Cemetery.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1915, in Paynesville.

He worked as a farmer, maintenance worker, bus driver, and school custodian in District 279.

Arlie is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Maple Grove; children, Sharon (Jerry) Danner of Osseo, Gordon of Elk River, and Robert (Sandy) of Maple Grove; a sister, Florence Potter of Paynesville; brothers, Marvin of Wisconsin and Delmar (Donna) of Princeton; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Donald (Anita) Klatt of Osseo, Ronald (Connie) Klatt of Anoka, Dolores (Merle) Miller of Elk River, and Ken (Marcia) Klatt of Cloquet; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothea; a grandson; sisters, Edna and Amanda; and brothers, Lawrence and Norman.

Kennard Rolfhus, 92, Hawick
Kennard Rolfhus Kennard Raymond Rolfhus, 92, of Hawick, died on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 14, at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church near Hawick.

Kennard was born on Nov. 19, 1912, in Driscol, N.D., to Anton and Josephine (Pederson) Rolfhus. At the age of six he moved with his family to Irving Township where he attended School District #97. After his schooling he helped farm with his family.

On April 10, 1941, he entered the United States Army where he served his country during WWII. He served as a field lineman in the European and North African theaters and received a Purple Heart for injuries he received in North Africa. He was honorably discharged on July 13, 1945.

After returning home, he farmed with his family until 1994.

Kennard loved nature and being outdoors. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball, and he became a fan of sports in his later years.

Kennard is survived by his sister, Mabel Pedersen of Pequot Lakes; one niece; three nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Kennard was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Myrtle Rolfhus, Prudence Anderson, and Inez Rolfhus; and brother, Oliver Rolfhus.

Alphonse Niewind, 83, Roscoe
Alphonse Niewind Alphonse "Dick" Niewind, 83, of Roscoe, died on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 17, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe.

Alphonse was born on May 9, 1922, in Roscoe, to John and Veronica (Ley) Niewind. He farmed all his life in the Roscoe area.

Alphonse was a member of the Paynesville Knights of Columbus and Richmond Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

He is survived by his sister, Theresa Blasius; brothers, Albin and Bernard; and other relatives.

Alphonse was preceded in death by his parents; and by his sister, Rosalia.

Donald Schumacher, 86, Glenwood
Donald Schumacher Donald Schumacher, 86, of Glenwood, died on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Lakeview Good Samaritan Center in Glenwood.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Villard.

Donald Vernon Schumacher was born on June 3, 1919, in Leven Township, Pope County, to Leonard and Wanda (Skurat) Schumacher. He grew up on a farm near Glenwood. He married Bernice Janke on Jan. 28, 1945, in Alexandria.

During WWII, Don served in the U.S. Army from September 1941 until July 1945. He was twice awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

After his service, Don was employed with Minnesota Valley Breeder Association.

In 1960, he and his family moved to Paynesville, where he owned and operated the local dry cleaners. He closed the business in 1975 and began work at AMPI as a boiler operator, until retiring in 1991.<

Don was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley, Paynesville Lions Club, American Legion, and VFW. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, playing cards, and traveling.

Donald is survived by his wife, Bernice of Glenwood; children, Lynn (Tom) Johnson of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Jan (Jay) Nelson of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Steve (June) of Centerville, S.D.; sister, Bette Schumacher of Glenwood; brother, Wayne of Glenwood; four grandchildren; and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory; and sisters, Irene Erickson and Juanita Bredeson.

Marie Moscho, 88, St. Martin
Marie Moscho Marie H. Moscho, 88, of St. Martin, died Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the St. Martin Catholic Church.

Marie was born on May 11, 1917, in St. Cloud to Ferdinand and Catherine (Kerfeld) Meyer.

She married Wilfred P. Moscho of St. Martin, on Sept. 10, 1940. They farmed for many years, and moved to St. Martin when they retired in 1977. Marie enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and entertaining guests.

She was a member of the St. Martin Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Rosary Sodality, and Catholic Aid.

Marie is survived by her children, Marilyn (Gerald) Frie of Mahtomedi, LeRoy (Geraldine) Moscho of Freeport, James (Elaine) Moscho of Sauk Centre, Judy (James) Reynolds of Boston, Mass., Karen (Marvin) Skanse of Olympia, Wash., Dan (Mary Jo) Moscho of Milaca, Greg (Mary) Moscho of Rochester; sister, Bernadette Lauer of Buffalo; 24 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Marie is preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred, in September 2005; son, Stephen; parents; brothers, Joseph and Aloys; and sisters, Loretta Kollman, Evelyn Rademacher, Margaret Lauer, and Sister Mary Jude (Monica) Meyer.

Elvera Carlock, 83, Paynesville
Elvera Carlock Elvera E. Carlock, 83, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church.

She was born on Nov. 1, 1921, in Anoka, Neb., to Harvey and Cora (Johnson) Gustafson. She married John F. Carlock in Omaha, Neb., on June 20, 1942.

Following John's military service, they moved to Paynesville, and then to Columbia Heights. In 1954, they moved to Maple Plain, where Elvera worked for the nursing home. They returned to Paynesville in 1968, and she worked at the Koronis Manor until her retirement. In 1999, John and Elvera moved to the Countryside Manor in Sartell.

She enjoyed gardening and working for the Paynesville Area Center. Elvera was a member of Paynesville Ladies Auxiliary, Paynesville Area Center, and the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Mort) Young of Staples and Sandra (Doug) Boll of Maui, Hawaii; brothers, Henry Gustafson of Roseville, Calif., and Marvin (Katie) Gustafson of Eagan; and one granddaughter.

Elvera was preceded in death by her husband, John, in October 2002; by her parents; and by her brother, Carl.

Edna Wiener, 82, Belgrade
Edna Wiener Edna J. Wiener, 82, Belgrade, died Monday, Oct. 3, at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the St. Francis deSales Catholic Church in Belgrade.

Edna was born on June 15, 1923, in Lake Henry Township, to Raymond and Louise (Fuchs) Winter. She went to school in Lake Henry and Belgrade High School. She married Leander Wiener on April 25, 1944, in Lake Henry. They farmed in Crow River Township until 1979, and then they retired and moved to Belgrade.

She worked at the Ideal Cafe and the Belgrade Nursing Home. Edna was known for her quilting and was an area volunteer driver for many years. She was a member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church.

Edna is survived by her children, Kathy (Wayne) Norstedt of New London, Carol (Dale) Steffensen of New London, Don (Joyce) of Belgrade, Steve (Patricia) of Milbank, S.D., Leon (Susan) of Belgrade, Charles (Jody) of Belgrade, and Lori Ann of Belgrade; brothers, Rueben of Shoreview, LeRoy of Osage, John of Minneapolis; sisters, Ethel of Sun Lake, Ariz., Betty, Rosie, and Armella, all of St. Cloud; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leander in 1988; son, Michael in 1982; and brother, Anthony.

Ruth Melchert, 76, Waconia
Ruth E. Melchert, 76, of Waconia, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, at her home. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.

Ruth was born on July 27, 1929, in Jessenland Township, Sibley County, to John and Mabel (Luedtke) Herrmann. She married Alfred Melchert on Oct. 1, 1947, in Waconia.

Ruth worked at the Waconia Bakery, as a cook at the Good Samaritan Center in Waconia, and delivered Meals on Wheels. Ruth enjoyed gardening and playing cards. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Alfred of Waconia; children, Pamela (David) Schrupp of Paynesville, Mary (Michael) Ditsch of Watertown, Jonathon (Cheryl) Melchert of Cologne; brother, Robert (Sandy) Herrmann of Hamburg; sisters, Carol (Ronald) Bruers of Hamburg, Dorothy Engelen of Rockford, Elaine (John) Frahm of Stillwater, 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and by brothers, Kenneth and Donald.

Eileen Hillbrand, 85, Paynesville
Eileen Hillbrand Eileen M. Hillbrand, 85, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 10, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. She was born on June 23, 1920, in Greaney, Minn., to Edward and Rena (Melson) Goring. She married Gerald H. Carpenter, on Nov. 4, 1941. While Gerald was in the military during WWII, Eileen worked in the war plants in Minneapolis and other communities. Upon his return, they moved to Mankato, where they operated a trucking business. Together they were able to share in 26 years of marriage before Gerald's death in 1968.

Eileen married LeRoy Hillbrand on Aug. 2, 1969, in Mankato. They moved to Paynesville, where Eileen was a homemaker.

She was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, entertaining, and cooking for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, LeRoy; daughters, Linda (Ed) Gilbert of Reno, Nev., and Laurel Ward of North Branch; son, Robert Carpenter of Reno, Nev.; four step-children, John (Liz) Hillbrand of Ark., Marcia (Craig) Thelander of Cedar, Steve Hillbrand of Sturgeon Lake, and Dean (Katherine) Hillbrand of Sturgeon Lake; brother, Larry Goring of Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Eileen was preceded in death by her first husband Gerald; parents; one brother; five sisters; and one grandson.

Vivian Mills, 91, Paynesville
Vivian Mills Vivian C. Mills, 91, of Paynesville, died Thurs-day, Oct. 6, at the Elim Home in Princeton.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Church of God in Eden Valley.

She was born on Dec. 9, 1913, in Eden Lake Township to Alvin and Gertrude (Janssen) Bennett. She married Ivan Mills on Sept. 1, 1935, in Paynesville. They lived in Minneapolis for a few years, and moved to Koronis Lake, where they lived for the next 45 years.

Vivian enjoyed playing games with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing music on the organ, snowmobiling, and traveling with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Ivan; son, Murray (Carol) Mills of Zimmerman; daughter, Myrna (Russ) Rankin of Clear Lake; brother, Carroll (Ruby) Bennett of Paynesville; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lyndon; and sister, Byrdella. Memorials are preferred.

Norbert Schmitz, 73, Willmar
Norbert Schmitz Norbert F. Schmitz, 73, of Willmar, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 10, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willmar. Military honors were provided by the Willmar American Legion Post #167.

Norbert was born on Aug. 15, 1932, in St. Martin, to Anton and Annie (Stang) Schmitz. He went to school at District #22 in St. Martin and moved with his family to a farm near Regal in 1945.

In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years in the United States and Germany.

He married Alice (Weinmann) on Oct. 15, 1955, in Elrosa.

They lived in St. Paul where Norbert worked in construction and moved to a farm near Belgrade in 1961. As well as farming, he also worked in construction. In 1970, they moved to another farm near Regal.

In 1980, they moved to Willmar where he worked for Jennie-O Foods as a steam engineer until his death.

Norbert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion Post #167 of Willmar.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters, Cecilia (Fred) Mueller of Coon Rapids, Linda (Rick) Eckblad of Willmar, Cynthia Coyle of Spicer, and Milly (Steve) Dols of Kerkhoven; brothers and sisters, Clem Schmitz of Lexington, Zeno Schmitz of Buffalo, Linus Schmitz of St. Louis Park, Hedy Newmann of Wadena, Melanie Braegelmann of Richmond, and Sylvia Schmitz of St. Anthony; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one great-granddaughter; brothers, Isidore and Cyril; and sister, Teckla.

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