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Rev. Paul Pratt, 85, Paynesville
Rev. Paul Franklin Pratt, 85, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Oct. 6, as a result of the West Nile Virus.

His funeral service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service.

A longtime minister/resident of Paynesville, Paul had also pastored churches in Compton, Calif., Wadena, Minn., and Sydney, Mont.

The greatest positions he filled were as husband,dad, and grandpa, followed by his churches, job as pressman at the Paynesville Press, school bus driver (for 44 years), EMT, CPR instructor, and longtime editor of the Stearns County Pioneer Days book.

We feel impoverished by his death and yet are reminded continually of how greatly he enriched us with his life.

Paul is survived by his second wife, Karen Freeman Pratt; children, Ed Pratt, Barbara (Rick) Sangren, Carol (Steve) Lundeen, and Mark (Connie) Freeman; grandchildren, Ryan Sangren, Sara Lundeen, and Justin and Andy Freeman; and a number of nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly; parents, Frank and Sylvinia; brother, Samuel; and sisters, Jenny Pratt and Violet Owen.

Margaret Wendroth, 84, Watkins
Margaret H. Wendroth, 84, of Watkins died on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins.

A memorial mass was held on Monday, Oct. 17, at the Church of St. Philip in Litchfield. Burial was in the St. Peter Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Margaret Helen Wendroth, the daughter of Cornelius and Helen (Brummer) Sullivan, was born on May 1, 1932, in Eden Valley.

She grew up in Eden Valley and attended Eden Valley High School.

On June 2, 1954, she married Ronald Wendroth in Eden Valley.

In the early 1960s, they moved off the homestead but remained near Eden Valley until they moved to Grove City in 1994.

She was a farm wife and homemaker and also did housekeeping for the Quinn family. She later worked as a nurse’s aide in Paynesville.

They moved to Litchfield and lived there for about four years before returning to Grove City.

She is survived by her children, Julann (Roger) Mitteness of Benson, Joy (Kevin) Kocmich of Litchfield, and Jim (Roseann) Wendroth of Eden Valley; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald; four brothers; and three sisters.

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