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Ronald Neuhaus, 58, Paynesville
Ronald Neuhaus Ronald A. Neuhaus, 58, of Paynesville, died Thursday, Oct. 26, at Infinia Care Center in Willmar, after suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke on Monday, Sept. 25.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar.

Ronald Allan Neuhaus was born on Nov. 26, 1947, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Emil and Laura (Larson) Neuhaus. He grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School in the Class of 1965. He attended St. Cloud State University and received a degree in art in 1970.

Ron was united in marriage to Paulette K. Birch in Benson. The couple lived in various areas of Wisconsin, Colorado, and Minnesota, where Ron taught high school art and also worked in sales. They moved to Willmar in 1987 and had lived in Paynesville for the past four years.

Ron was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Ronald was active in church choir, Paynesville Lions Club, and Koronis Lake Association.

Ron enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, watching wildlife like birds and squirrels, and visiting the mountains in Colorado. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and granddaughters.

Ron's true love was art and teaching art. He made many pottery and jewelry pieces and had even designed and made his and his wife's wedding bands. His family will miss his cooking and the many things he would prepare from scratch.

He is survived by his wife Paulette of Willmar; daughters, Leah (Rick) Meyer of Big Lake, Dena Neuhaus of Denver, Colo., and Haylee Neuhaus of Mankato; two granddaughters; brothers and sisters, Donald (Ardis) Neuhaus of Benson, LuVerne Neuhaus of Grand Terrace, Calif., Duane (Doris) Neuhaus of Benson, and Beverly (James) Mead of Minnetonka; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Barbara Connelly.

LeVern Kotschevar, 66, St. Cloud
LeVern "Shorty" Kotschevar, 66, of St. Cloud died on Saturday, Oct. 14. Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 20, in Sauk Rapids.

LeVern was born on May 23, 1940, in Paynesville to Christian & Veronica (Flint) Kotschevar.

He married Delores Luedtke on Nov. 26, 1966, in St. Cloud.

Shorty was an electrician at DeZurik Corp. in Sartell, retiring in 2003. He served his country in the U.S. Army.

Shorty liked to hunt with the boys, fish, and spend his free time at his cabin. Survivors include his sons, Dr. Warren Luedtke of St. Cloud, Mark (Lisa) Luedtke of Upsala, and David (Teri) Luedtke of Watkins; mother, Veronica Kotschevar of Belgrade; sister, Eileen Lieser of Belgrade; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; wife; daughter, Pamela; and one granddaughter.

Marie Lauer, 84, Paynesville
Marie Lauer Marie F. Lauer, 84, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial took place at the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Marie was born on Nov. 11, 1921, near St. Martin to Christopher and Susan (Mehr) Spanier.

She married Clarence Lauer on Feb. 9, 1946, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. They farmed north of Paynesville most of their lives.

She will be remembered for her volunteer work in the Paynesville community, for which she received several awards including the Lions Club Citizen of the Year and the Ruth Aulick Award for her community service. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Catholic Aid, Christian Women, and St. Catherine's Mission Group.

Marie is survived by her children, David (Carolyn) Lauer of Paynesville, Barbara Lauer of Eden Prairie, Dan Lauer of Willmar, and Brenda (Russ) Bursch of Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and brothers, Leo Spanier of Cold Spring, Nick Spanier of Luxemburg, and Joe Spanier of Cold Spring.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Clarence; infant children; one grandson; brothers, Al, Math, Jake, John, and Mike Spanier; and sisters, Hilda Stang and Veronica Lenzmeier.

Vernon Thorson, 69, Henning
Vernon C. Thorson, 69, of Henning passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Assembly of God Church in Eagle Bend.

Vern was born on May 18, 1937, the son of Arnold D. and Anna Thorson of Hawick. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Hawick.

He grew up on the family farm, attended country school in District #97, and graduated from Paynesville High School.

On Sept. 28, 1957, Vern was united in marriage to Jean Finch. To this union five children were born.

On August 27, 1983, Vern was united in marriage to Denise Pihaly. To this union, two children were born.

Vern was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Eagle Bend, the Minnesota State Pigeon Association, and Old English Games Bantam Club. He served on the Henning School Board and was the past president of the Chinese Owl Club. He was a leader for the County Bumpkin 4-H, and volunteered at church, the Parkers Prairie FFA, and wherever he could.

Vern, "the bird man," loved birds and animals of all kinds and especially loved going to auctions to buy more birds. Vern showed pigeons, exotic birds, turkeys and other poultry at the Minnesota State Fair and won many ribbons.

He is survived by his wife, Denise; his children, Vernon (Jana) Thorson of Buffalo; Mike Thorson of Drake, N.D.; Nancy Quast of Muncie, Ind.; Bruce (Ginger) Thorson of Drake, N.D.; Jodi (Scott) Nenn of Wyoming; and Sam (Danae) Thorson of Henning; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Ronald (Doreen) Thorson of Hawick, Gerald (Frances) Thorson of Paynesville, Elroy (Mary) Thorson of Blaine; one sister, Barb (Dave) Hoeft of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Henrietta Blomquist, 78, Watkins
Henrietta Blomquist Henrietta Blomquist, 78, of Watkins, formerly of Paynesville, died on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Interment was at the Ebenezer Lutheran Cemetery in Kandiyohi.

Henrietta Blomquist was born on March 31, 1928, in Sanborn. She was the daughter of George and Adelheid (Weber) Kosel.

She was employed as a housekeeper for many years and was a member of the Sanborn Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She resided at the assisted living in Atwater and then became a resident at the Paynesville Good Samaritan Center, where she met Vernon Blomquist.

They were married on Oct. 17, 1992 at the Good Samaritan Center. In 1997, they moved to the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins where they resided to the present time.

Henrietta enjoyed music, singing, and playing piano and keyboard. Her hobbies included reading and doing puzzles.

Henrietta is survived by her husband; sisters, Mildred Foster of Tracy, Alveda Myhre of Hawick, Ellen Glimpse of Moline, Ill., and Ila Suess (Linus) of Hector.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leonard and Herbert Kosel; and sisters, Lucinda Summers, Dorothy Saxon, and Ann Wiedl.

Karen M. Theel, 53, Paynesville
Karen Theel Karen M. Theel, 53, of Paynesville passed away on Friday Sept. 29, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A memorial service was held on Friday, October 6, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Karen M. Theel was born in Willmar on Sept. 5, 1953, the daughter of Arnold and Alice (Hanson) Eastman.

She attended Washington Elementary School in Willmar and graduated in 1971 from Paynesville High School.

On July 22, 1972, Karen was united in marriage to Warren Theel at Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville. To this union, two children where born.

Karen was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Her church was a very large part of her life. Karen loved music and was a member of the String O' Pearls and the Director's Choir. She was on the music committee at Grace United Methodist Church where she played piano, and sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

She is survived by her children, Jennifer Theel of Paynesville and Ryan Theel of Paynesville; her brother, Wade (Donna) Eastman of Hutchinson; her parents, Arnold Eastman of Paynesville and Alice Johnson of Lake Lillian; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Roy Paglusch, 70, Paynesville
Roy W. Paglusch, 70, of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A Prayer Service was held on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Roy William Paglusch was born on March 5, 1936, in Hancock, the son of Paul and Ida (Paulson) Paglusch. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at the Lutheran Church in Hancock.

He grew up on the family farm and attended country grade school in the Hancock area.

In 1965, Roy was united in marriage to Kathleen Forster. To this union, one daughter and one son were born.

Roy made his home in St. Cloud for the past twenty years where he worked for Frigidaire as a forklift operator. He retired in 2001 and moved to Paynesville in 2003.

Roy enjoyed fishing, especially with his grandson, playing solitaire, and watching and listening to baseball and football on TV and radio.

He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Bahner of Paynesville; son, Brian Paglusch of Paynesville; brother, Marvin Paglusch of Elmwood, Wis.; and four grandchildren.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Karen Theel, 53, of Paynesville died on Friday, Sept. 29.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be held at the church, one hour prior to the service.

A full obituary will appear next week in the Press.

Carmen Beth Hedin, 69, Paynesville
Carmen Hedin Carmen Beth Hedin, 69, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at Westford Cemetery near Truman, Minn..

Carmen Beth (Hawk) Hedin was born on March 6, 1937, in Truman, Minn., to Vernon and Nina (Greeley) Hawk. She was a resident of Paynesville.

Carmen is survived by her sons, Randy and Terry; daughter, Sherrie (Chuck) Swanson of Sauk Centre; and two grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Kathy.

Robert Hartman, 83, Paynesville
Robert Hartman Robert Joseph Hartman, 83, of Paynesville, died on Monday, Sept. 25, at his home in Paynesville.

A celebration of his life was held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial followed at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Bob was born on May 16, 1923, in Shakopee, the son of Martin and Elizabeth Hartman.

He bought his first boat at the age of 14 and was still buying, building, and selling boats up until the last year of his life.

Out of high school, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He began his military career as a motorcycle military policeman at Hickham Airfield in Honolulu. Bob spent the rest of World War II ported in Hawaii as a sea-going Marine attached to the staff of Vice Admiral Murray as his personal bodyguard. He served with Murray on the heavy cruiser USS Maryland and the USS Baltimore.

After the war, Bob returned to Minneapolis and met and married Lucille Kennedy in 1948. They built their first home, located close to Medicine Lake, in Golden Valley. They had five children who were all taught to operate a boat before they could drive. As the family grew, they needed to build a larger home a few miles away, overlooking the third hole of Golden Valley Country Club.

In the 1970s, they built a lake home on Lake Koronis in Paynesville. Bob's career as superintendent of the Golden Valley street department kept the family living in Golden Valley until Lucille died in 1987.

If not building a boat or home, Bob was boating, fishing, hunting, traveling in his RVs, or puttering in his workshop - restoring old tractors and bringing life back to broken equipment. Trained as a civil engineer and equipment operator, he was also an accomplished woodworker, carpenter, and boat builder. For the past 17 years, he and Pat O'Fallon explored the country and built three more homes.

He was preceeded in death by his wife; brother, Harold; and his parents.

Bob is survived by his fiancee, Pat O'Fallon of Paynesville; daughters, Mary Hartman-Benjamin, and Eileen Manning (Michelle Mathias), sons, Craig Hartman (Kris), and Mark Hartman; stepchildren, Bob (Teri) O'Fallon of New London, Jim (Gretchen) O'Fallon of Paynesville, and Mary (Mark) Mackedanz of Paynesville; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred to American Cancer Society.

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