September 2001 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
September 2001

Johnson Funeral Home

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

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

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

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.

Ramona Olsen
Ramona Olsen Ramona Lou Olsen, 74, of Paynesville, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at the Paynesville Area Community Hospital.

Memorial services were held on Monday, Oct. 1, at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Ric Koehn officiating.

She was born to Herbert and Myrtle (Swenson) Stinton on April 11, 1927. An accomplished pianist and composer, Olsen began studying music at the McPhail School of Music in Minnesota at the age of 12 and later studied music at Hamline University. Over her lifetime she performed numerous recitals and concerts and was sought out by many Paynesville brides for her melodic touch at weddings and by clergy for her supportive music in church services.

The first major piece that she created and publicly performed was "The Song of God" at Grace United Methodist Church. In 1982, she wrote "Celebration of Christmas," an original score performed with six choirs at the Methodist church. However, she is best known for writing and producing "Where the Heart Is," a musical tribute to Paynesville's 125th birthday. The musical anthology traced Paynesville's history from the days of the Indian wars through 1983 and included 29 original songs in 23 scenes with a cast of more than 60 local residents from all age groups, as well as a 60-member choir.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Robert E. Olsen; sons Rondo (Karen) Olsen of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jay Edward John (Sandy) Olsen of Buffalo; and a grandson.

Mitzi Kellogg
Dorothy "Mitzi" Kellogg, 71, of Owatonna, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Owatonna Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna.

She was born Dec. 6, 1929, to Miles and Dorothy (Darling) Lawler in Minneapolis. Mitzi graduated from Washburn High School in 1947. She attended the University of Minnesota where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and graduated in 1951. She married William C. Kellogg on Jan. 5, 1952. In 1971, the couple moved to Paynesville. Mitzi was active in the Episcopal Church as a lecturer and Challis bearer for many years. She was also active with the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce, the public safety committee, and the Paynesville Youth Hockey Association. The couple moved to Owatonna in December of 1999. She was a Cub Scout den mother. She enjoyed traveling and spending tnime with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, William Kellogg of Owatonna; Susan (David) Toren of Chicago, Ill., Janet (Larry) Nacey of Owatonna; Barbara Bowers and Joe Meisenhelder of Farmington, and Michael Kellogg and Dorothy Grahm of Coralville, Iowa; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Miles E. Lawler; and mother, Dorothy Darling.

Ivona Wegner
Ivona Marie Wegner, 58, of Deming N.M., died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2001, at Mimbres Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was held at the Deming Senior Center. Interment was at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery in New Mexico.

Ivona was born Sept. 24, 1942, to Lester and Maxine (Liff) Boepple in Monterey, Calif. She graduated from Kalispell, Mont., high school. In October 1960, she entered the United States Air Force from which she was honorably discharged on Sept. 7, 1962.

Ivona was a homemaker and a member of the LCROA and a volunteer at the Deming Senior Citizens Center.

She is survived by her husband, Virgil E. Wegner of Deming; sisters-in-law, Janet (James) Gronli of Paynesville, and Inez (Burton) Gronli of New London.

LeRoy Schmitt
LeRoy Schmitt, 30, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Sept. 23, from injuries received in an ATV accident.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe with Father Leo Leisen officating.

Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Parish prayers will be held at 7 p.m.

LeRoy was born July 22, 1971, to Celestine and Lenore (Utecht) Schmitt in Paynesville.

He married Sonja Fredrick on Sept. 3, 1994, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. He owned Schmitt Trucking and was a contract hauler for Louis Industries, Inc., in Paynesville.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Sonja of Paynesville; daughter and son, Amrit and Justin; parents, Celestine and Lenore Schmitt of Roscoe; brothers and sisters, Ralph Schmitt of Paynesville, Carol Hemmesch of St. Martin, Doris Doll of St. Martin, Cathy Schmitt of Watkins, Paul Schmitt of Roscoe, and Lloyd Schmitt of Cold Spring.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Schmitt.

Robert Domm
Robert Domm Robert Duane Domm, 48, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Graham United Methodist Church near Rice with Rev. Don Mielke officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Robert Domm was born on Dec. 23, 1952, to Walter C. and Helen (Kodat) Domm of Breckenridge. He grew up and attended school at Lisbon, N.D., Hutchinson, and Sartell. On Aug. 27, 1976, he was married to Denise Ferschweiler in Sauk Rapids. They lived in Rice for 17 years.

In 1999, they moved to Paynesville, where they have lived since. Robert owned and operated Ravenwood Crafts for 25 years. He was a woodworker and woodcarver.

He enjoyed trapping, wildlife, music, and working with wood. His first priority was always his family.

In June, Robert was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Survivors include his wife, Denise of Paynesville; 10 children, Robert of Waite Park, Jessica, Ned, Jade, Reanna, Nicole, Clay, Brock, Dirk, and Raven, all of Paynesville; his mother, Helen Domm of Waite Park; sisters, Debi (Don) Krantz of St. Cloud, Linda (Dennis) Jendro of Holdingford, and Pamela Farris of Sartell; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

LeRoy Schultz
LeRoy D. Schultz, 76, of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville with Rev. Ric Koehn and Rev. Delburn Kurtz officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery, rural Paynesville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday.

LeRoy was born on Sept. 24, 1924, to Herman and Anna (Kelm) Schultz in Paynesville. He married Joyce M. Cropp on June 3, 1949, in Paynesville. LeRoy farmed in Paynesville Township all of his life. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. He was a member of the Ebenezer Church and the Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce of Paynesville; one son, Larry (Julie) of Paynesville; one daughter, Connie (Dennis) Keller of Regal; two grandsons; two brothers, Orville Schultz of Eden Valley, and Ellsworth Schultz of Paynesville; two sisters, Bernice Busse and Joyce Spaulding, both of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melvin and Myron; six sisters, Idella Tritabaugh, Rosemond Schultz, Beatrice Flanders, Marella Hickman, Luverna Tysdol, and Dorothy Nehring.

Emanuel Damm
Emanuel Damm, 76, of Mesa, Ariz., died on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville with Rev. Ric Koehn officiating.

Emanuel was born on Dec. 10, 1924, in Culbertson, Mont., to Peter and Katie (Korb) Damm. He served in the United States Navy during WW II. He established A&A Precast in Tempe, Ariz., which he owned and operated most of his life. He married Charlotte Wallace MacDougall on Jan. 8, 2000, in Chandler, Ariz.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; children, Kathleen Waldow of Buckeye, Ariz., Susan Speth of Good Year, Ariz., Sara Foster of San Diego, Calif., Julie Gibson of Overgaard, Ariz., and Paul Damm of Gilbert, Ariz.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Scott MacDougall of Chandler, Ariz., and Wendy Linn of New Hope; seven step-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Edward Damm of Alaska, Charlotte Korb of Glendive, Mont, and Mary Stuert of San Angelo, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Viola, and a son, Peter.

Verna Schultz
Verna Cedelia Schultz, 88, of Marshall, died at the Weiner Memorial Nursing Home on Friday, Sept. 14, 2001.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 18, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Interment was in the Marshall Cemetery.

Verna was born on March 9, 1913, to Abner and Phoebe "Emily" (Ensign) Kiel near Marshall. When she was five years old, she moved to Marshall with her family. She attended grade school and high school in Marshall.

On June 2, 1932, Verna was united in marriage to Clarence Thomas Buesing. Clarence died on Oct. 15, 1960. Verna was united in marriage to Albert F. Schultz on Nov. 2, 1963. Verna was employed at several places in Marshall during her life. Upon retiring in July of 1977, she and Albert moved to Mesa, Ariz. Verna suffered a stroke in March 1991. They returned to Marshall in April 1992, to be closer to their family. Albert died on Feb. 18, 2000.

Verna was active in the Methodist Episcopal Church until 1963, at which time she joined the First Lutheran Church in Marshall. In 1977, she joined the Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa, Ariz., where she was very active in many activities. Upon her return to Marshall, she rejoined the First Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Velda Rose Estate Owners Association.

Verna entered the Weiner Memorial Nursing Home on Oct. 16, 1995.

Survivors include her children, Darlene (Harland) Heairet of Paynesville, Charlene (Bill) Schroeder of Marshall, Robert (Pat) Schultz of Stanchfield, Marilyn (Glen) Hammerschmidt of Ramsey, Ronald (Sandi) Schultz of Des Moines, Iowa, Carilyn (Curt) Bresson of Fargo, N.D., Pamela (Herb) Brehm of DeBary, Fla., 23 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Clarence and Albert; seven brothers and three sisters; one grandson, Douglas; and a great-granddaughter, Chenille.

Othmar Wuertz
Othmar M. Wuertz, 81, of Waite Park, died on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, at Sterling Park Health Care Center, Waite Park.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waite Park.

Othmar Wuertz was born June 19, 1920, to Peter H. and Mary (Bertram) Wuertz in Lake Henry. He married Loretta E. Ludwig on June 5, 1944. Othmar farmed and then later was employed as an electrician for Bauer Electric of Waite Park. Othmar was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Waite Park where he served for many years as an usher, was a member on the cemetery board, and helped prepare bouja.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta of Waite Park; sons and daughters, Robert (Doris) Wuertz of Fridley, Henry (Pam) Wuertz of Blaine, Lester (Barb) Wuertz of Richmond, Kan., Ramona (Tim) Maselter of Cambridge; Beverly (Wayne) Fisher of Spring Lake Park, Annette Wuertz of St. Paul, Joan (Jerry "Fred") Fredson of Eagen, Katherine (Dave) Mrozek of Maple Grove, Patrice (Scott) Alexander of Roseville, Paulette (Steve) Schwegman of St. Cloud, Caroline (Joe) Martinez of Tomah, Wis.; a sister, Eleanor Lieser of Cold Spring; 27 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Mary Jane; brothers, Elmer and Paul Wuertz; and an infant brother, Alvin.

Diane Wirtzfeld
Diane Wirtzfeld Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001, at Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley, for Diane M. Wirtzfeld, 57, of Eden Valley, who died Sunday at the Paynesville Area Health Care Center. Rev. A. Melchizedeck will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Diane was born Dec.17, 1943, in Richmond to Leo and Lucille (Lenz) Hennen. She married Larry Wirtzfeld on July 21, 1962, in St. Martin. She lived in Watkins until moving to Eden Valley in 1981. She had worked at Animal Fair in Eden Valley and at Litchfield Garment. She was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley.

Survivors include her husband, Larry of Eden Valley; sons and daughter, Tim (Michele) Wirtzfeld of Rice, Steve Wirtzfeld of St. Cloud, Brian (Holly) Wirtzfeld of Cambridge, Jason Wirtzfeld of Eden Valley, and Mindy Wirtzfeld of Willmar; mother, Lucille Hennen of Paynesville; brothers and sisters, Carol (Gene) Waschbusch of Prior Lake, Dale (Nancy) Hennen of Phoenix, Ariz., David (Donna) Hennen of Mounds View, Jack (Vicky) Hennen of Paynesville, Chuck (Mary) Hennen of St. Martin, Debbie (Max) Hennen-Ethart of Silver Springs, Md., and Judy (Steve) Vacca of Savage; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and son, Bruce.

Alvina Schulte
Alvina Schulte A Memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Alvina M. Altman Schulte, age 93, of Paynesville who died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Arrangements are with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Alvina was born July 18, 1908, in Melrose, Minnesota to Clemens and Frances (Kersting) Klaphake. She married John F. Altman June 9, 1936, in St. Paul. She lived in St. Paul most of her married life until retiring to the Rice Lake area near Paynesville. John died in 1973. She married Reinhard Schulte in 1976. He died in 1988. She was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church.

Surviving Alvina are her step-sons Victor J. Altman of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Eugene L. Altman of Shakopee, Minn., eight grandchildren, and brother Ben Klaphake of Paynesville.

Preceding her in death are her husbands, and brothers and sisters, Henry, Rose Herkenhoff, Alois, Frieda Uphoff, Alphonse, Susan, Leo, and Joe.

Berniece Johnson
Berniece Edna Johnson, 86, Elmore, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001, at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 31, at the United Methodist Church in Elmore with burial in the Riverview Cemetery.

Berniece Anderson was born on July 25, 1915, in Thor, Iowa, to Chris C. and Josephine (Thorson) Anderson. She attended country school in Iowa before her family moved to Elmore. She graduated in 1931 from Elmore High School. After high school she attended beautician school in Minneapolis.

Berniece was united in marriage to Gerald "Benny" Kurth on Nov. 18, 1940. They lived in Elmore and Berniece operated the "Clip and Curl" beauty shop. Benny died on Nov. 25, 1980. On Nov. 23, 1984, she married Keith Johnson and they lived in Elmore and wintered in Mesa, Ariz. She retired after owning and operating the "Clip and Curl" for 50 years. Keith died on Feb. 11, 1987.

She was an active member of the Elmore United Methodist Church, Elmore Senior Center, Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center Ladies Auxiliary, Top of the Hill Club, and helped with many fund raisers. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, flowers, fishing, and traveling.

Survivors include her three daughters: Diane (Art) Rittenhouse of Paynesville, Vicki (Steve) Terhark of Fairmont, and Kathy (Alvin) Ferguson of Elmore; one daughter-in-law, Linda Kurth of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Elmer (Harriet) Anderson of Blue Earth, Cecil (Grace) Anderson of Mankato, and Myrl (Clarice) Anderson of Blue Earth; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Gerald "Benny" Kurth; second husband, Keith Johnson; one son, Ronald Kurth; four sisters, Nellie Cuppernoll, Mayme Julius, Clara Snyder, Esther Snyder; and one brother, Howard Anderson.

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