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Berniece Sommers, 78, Monticello
Berniece Sommers, 78, of Monticello died on Monday, Oct. 29.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Burial was in Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Buffalo.

Berniece was born on April 20, 1929, in Silver Creek Township to Friedrich and Anna (nee Oestreich) Hoese.

Berniece is survived by her children, Linda (Richard) Sturges of Silver Lake, Jeanette (Dave) Stoddard of Monticello, Debbie (Charles) May of Cold Spring, and Charlie (Karla) Sommers of Rogers; eight grandchildren; sister, Louise Limbourne; brothers, Ralph (Delores) Hoese and Ervin (Jeannette) Hoese; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Sommers; parents, Fred and Anna Hoese; brothers, Art, Donald and Marvin Hoese; and sisters, Adella Peterson, Elvera Pautsch, Alice Rucks, and Viola White and four infant sisters.

John Moede, 73, Faribault
John Moede, 73, of Faribault died on Monday, Oct. 8, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at First English Lutheran Church in Faribault.

John Moede was born on March 22, 1934, in St. Cloud to Rev. Edwin George and Florence (Mueller) Moede. He attended many different schools since his father was a pastor in the Evangelical Church (currently the United Methodist Church). His father was the pastor in Paynesville from 1944 to 1946.

He attended Faribault High School, from which he graduated, Paynesville, Robinsdale, St. Paul Central, and St. Paul Harding schools.

He married Carol Broin on June 1, 1957, at First English Lutheran Church in Faribault.

John was employed by Folsom Television-Radio Company. He eventually purchased the company and then sold it to one of his employees in 1995 and continued to work for him until he retired in 2004.

Shortly before retirement, he also operated a small part-time home business where he worked in printing and digital photography.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, James (Jessica) of Savage and Richard of Faribault; two grandchildren; sister, Joan Schreiber of Faribault; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Rev. E.G. and Florence Moede; and an infant sister, Jean.

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the Faribault Area Hospice or the First English Lutheran Church Radio Ministry.

Leona Kotten, 91, Paynesville
Leona Kotten, 91, of Paynesville, died on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 29, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Anthony's parish cemetery in Regal.

Leona Kotten was born on Dec. 13, 1915, in rural Sleepy Eye to John and Anna Krzmarzick. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Sleepy Eye.

She married Joseph Kotten on Oct. 8, 1935, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Joe and Leona farmed in Stearns County, and retired to Paynesville in 1983.

Leona is survived by her children, Jerome (Mary) of St. Paul, Donna (John) Liebl of Paynesville, Joan (Paul) Yenter of St. Peter, Tom (Roberta) of Paynesville, Dennis (Janet) of Paynesville, Jack (Erna) of Regal, Ronald (Loretta) of Brainerd, Mary (Lee) Feneis of New Richmond, Wis., Elizabeth Kotten of New Richmond, Steve (Barb) of Hawick; 42 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Edward, Bernard, and Norbert of Sleepy Eye.

Proceeding her in death are her parents; husband, Robert; infant son, Mark; infant daughter, Anne; sisters, Cecelia Haas and Luella Haala; and brothers, Harold and James.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Edrie Miller, 92, Paynesville
Edrie Miller, 92, of Paynesville, died on Monday, Oct. 22, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Edrie Miller was born on March 16, 1915, in New Boston, Ill., to Charles and Mary (Fitzsimmons) Wysong.

She married Virgil Miller on Sept. 8, 1936, in Howard Lake.

She worked as a nurse's aid at the Paynesville Hospital for many years. She also worked at North American Creamery, Stan's Appliance, and Spaulding's Department Store in Paynesville.

Edrie is survived by her husband, Virgil of Paynesville; sister, Muriel Wysong of St. Paul; brother, Daniel Wysong of Arizona; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Carl, Luverne, Roy, Glen, and K. Douglas; and sisters, Bernice Anderson, Bertha Kuttke, and Darlene Rassmussen.

Donald Skrypek, 66, Paynesville
Donald Skrypek, 66, of Paynesville, died on Oct. 22, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Donald Skrypek was born on Jan. 18, 1941, to Cecelia (Bofenkamp) and John Skrypek in St. Paul. He was the fourth of ten children. He attended St. Columbia Elementary School and graduated from Cretin High School in 1959.

He entered the Navy in 1959. He returned to Minnesota in 1964 to attend college at the University of St. Thomas and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Spanish, with a K-12 teaching and counseling certificate.

Don married Lorraine Baxter on Dec. 18, 1971. The next fall, Don took an elementary counseling position in Paynesville. Don continued to teach several different positions within the district for the next 30 years.

When Don retired from teaching in 2001, he had educated young people for 34 years in a variety of areas inside and outside the classroom. He was also involved in coaching athletics and a leader of the Science Club.

His survivors include his children; Suzanne (Dan) Hansen, Jennifer (Lameck) Arika, and Jeff (Marnessa); seven grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Patty Schwartz, Jack, Janet, Greg, Rod, Bev Berglund, Terry, Randy, and David; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine; and an unborn son, Jesse.

Leona Hanson, 85, Paynesville
Leona Hanson, 85, of Paynesville and formerly of Belgrade, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Belgrade. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Leona Hanson was born on Nov. 2, 1921, in Volin, S.D., to David and Alice (Ellingson) Lawrence. She was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith as a child at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.

She attended Washington High School in Sioux Falls and later graduated from Volin High School.

On Aug. 9, 1942, Leona was united in marriage to Ernest Hanson in Sault Ste Marie, Mich. Two boys and two girls were born to this union. After their marriage, Leona lived in Canton, S.D., with Ernest's family until he returned from the war.

When Ernest returned in 1946, they moved to Harrisburg, S.D., and made their home there until 1955 when the family moved to a farm in Colfax Township. Leona helped farm and made a wonderful home for her family.

Ernest died on June 16, 2001. Together they enjoyed 59 years of marriage.

Leona is survived by her children, Jan Hanson of Golden Valley, Deb (Bruce) Klaassen of Willmar, and John (Mary Kay) Hanson of Eden Valley; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Warner of Bella Vista, Ariz., and Verna VanDriel of Luverne.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; son, David; parents, David and Alice; and brothers, Clifford, Leland, Ellsworth, and David Jr.

Kathryn Ryks, 77, Paynesville
Kathryn Ryks, 77, of Paynesville, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 22, at Zion Irving Lutheran Church in rural Hawick. Burial was in the church cemetary.

Kathryn Everson was born on July 25, 1930, to Laura and John Everson at home. Kathryn attended Hawick grade school until the eighth grade and attended Paynesville High School, where she graduated in 1948.

After high school, Kathryn worked as an operator for Bell Telephone.

She married Harold Ryks in 1953 and was divorced in 1957.

Kathryn worked at Jennie-O-Foods and later the Good Samaritan Home from which she retired.

She moved to the Koronis Manor in 2003.

Her survivors include two sisters, Luverne (Blair) of Lowry and Beatrice Vissar of Willmar; one brother, Palmer (Alice) Everson of New London; four children, Janice Wimmer of Litchfield, Gerald of Cokato, Helen (George) Baldwin of Litchfield, and David Ryks of Paynesville; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Mildred, Anna, and Evangaline.

Lloyd McMillan, 100, Paynesville
Lloyd McMillan, 100, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 19, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Lloyd McMillan was born on Aug. 28, 1907, in Lucca, N.D., to Charles and Maria (Bili) McMillan.

He married Ann Puhr on Oct. 21, 1935. He worked as a telegrapher and later as a depot agent for the Soo Line Railroad.

Lloyd, Ann, and their only daughter, Elaine, moved to Paynesville in 1950, and he became the depot agent for the Paynesville area. He retired in 1973 after 44 years with the railroad.

In 1989, his wife Ann and daughter Elaine passed away within a span of four weeks.

He married Joan Peterson in 1993 in Bismarck, N.D. Joan passed away in May 2007.

Lloyd is survived by his son-in-law, Ellsworth (Kathy) Schultz of Paynesville; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; daughter; brothers, Leonard and Milton; and sister, Florence.

Odilia McIntee, 80, Paynesville
Odilia McIntee, 80, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the St. Benedict's Senior Community Center in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in St. Peter's Parish Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Odilia McIntee was born on Dec. 11, 1926, to John and Christine (Janssen) Kuhl in Farming. For many years she farmed in Mannanah Township.

In 1971 she moved to Paynesville and worked at Hilltop Restaurant. From 1981 until 1992, she worked as a custodian at Paynesville High School.

In 2006, she moved to the John Clark Senior Community in Rockville.

Odilia is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Thies of Coon Rapids, Elaine (Nelson) Braun of Cottage Grove, Patricia (Darrell) Untiedt of New Ulm, and Geraldine McIntee of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Daniel Kuhl of Richmond; sisters, Aurelia (Melvin) Ruegemer of Rockville, Laura (Lee) Jonas of Oakhurst, Calif., and Christine Dingmann of St. Cloud.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husbands, Gerald McIntee and Rueben Schneider; twin sons, James and John; daughter, Mary Ellen; and one son-in-law.

Margaret Sonstegard, 85, Paynesville
Margaret Sonstegard, 85, of Paynesville died on Friday, Oct. 5, at her home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. A private family burial was held in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Margaret Sonstegard was born to Lura and Oscar Wilcox in Lorraine, N.D. She grew up in Anoka and attended the University of Minnesota.

On July 3, 1943, she married Oleen Sonstegard. They lived in St. Paul for 14 years and then moved to Paynesville where they resided for over 40 years. This union lasted until Ole's death on Dec. 13, 2006.

Margaret is survived by children, Judie (Harry) Buerman of Medford, Jean Wentzel of Florida, James (Kathy) Sonstegard of California, and Janet Sonstegard of Minneapolis, and, by nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oleen Sonstegard.

Bernice Cumber, 93, Paynesville
Bernice Cumber, 93, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Koronis Manor.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery.

Bernice Cumber was born on Sept. 5, 1914, to Andrew and Phebe (Flanders) Peterson on the family farm in Union Grove Township. She was baptized and confirmed as a child into the Christian faith at the Union Grove Methodist Church.

Bernice received her education at District 36 country school and at Grove City High School.

In 1939, she married David Cumber on the Peterson family farm. One son and one daughter were born to this union.

Bernice and David took over her family farm in 1942. They continued to farm until 1972 when they moved to a hobby farm to retire. This union lasted until David's death on May 26, 1993.

Her survivors include her children, Gary (Fay) of St. Louis Park, and Donna (Douglas) Haagenson of Grove City; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Phebe; husband, David; brothers, Lloyd and Russell; and a great-grandchild.

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