September 2002 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
September 2002

Johnson Funeral Home Anthony Schmitz
Anthony M. Schmitz, 18, of Grove City, died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. Pastor Gary Cumings officiated. Interment was at the First Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City.

Anthony was born Jan. 2, 1984, in Hutchinson, Minn., to Kerry and Sandra (Rosenau) Schmitz. He was raised and attended school in Grove City through the 10th grade. After the family moved outside of Grove City, Anthony attended Paynesville Area High School, graduating this spring.

Anthony is survived by his parents, Kerry and Sandra Schmitz of Grove City; one brother, Jessie Schmitz of Cokato; two sisters, Amber and Amanda Schmitz of Grove City; grandparents, Arnold and Phyllis Rosenau of Litchfield and Arnold and Carol Schmitz of Litchfield; and several aunts and uncles.

Milford Gruetzmacher
Milford W. "Gritzy" Gruetzmacher, 88, of Morrisonville, New York, died on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at the CVPH Medical Center.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in St. Alexander's Cemetery, Morrisonville.

Milford was born in Great Bend, N.D., on Sept. 7, 1914, the son of William A. and Rhoda (Stoltnow) Gruetzmacher. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was active in building one of the three "Secret Cities" involved in the Manhattan Project and aided in the conversion to what became Plattsburgh Air Force Base. He retired from Diamond International in 1976 where he had been a machine adjuster.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post #20. He enjoyed bowling, and vegetable and flower gardening.

Milford is survived by his sons, Bill (Margaret) Gruetzmacher of Plattsburg, N.Y. and Scott (Michelle) Gruetzmacher of Chazy, N. Y.; a daughter, Joy (Claude) Sokero of Waterford, N.Y.; two sisters, Elmyra Schoenhoff of Arizona and Virginia Schaumann of Paynesville; a brother, Calvin (Maxine) Gruetzmacher of Texas; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; a brother, Amber; and sisters, Carol and Jeanette.

John "Jack" Binsfeld
John "Jack" Binsfield John "Jack" N. Binsfeld, 98, Eden Valley, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Hilltop Good Samaritan Center in Watkins.

Services were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Jack was born April 2, 1904, in St. Nicholas to John B. & Katherine (Dockendorf) Binsfeld. He married Clara Nistler on Nov. 5, 1935, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. He lived near Eden Valley all his married life. Jack farmed in rural Eden Valley and worked at the Grain Terminal Association in St. Paul, retiring in 1971.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, St. Joseph Society, Litchfield Knights of Columbus Bishop P.J. Casey Council 2029, and Eden Valley Senior Citizens.

Survivors include sons and daughter, Harold (Jan) Binsfeld of Paynesville, John "Bud" (Vicki) Binsfeld of Eden Valley, and Arlene Binsfeld of Minneapolis; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara on Sept. 21, 2000; and brothers and sisters, Mary Arnold, Margaret Theis, Math, Anna Theis, Katherine, Carl, Betty Whelan, Robert, Louis, Nicholas, and Cecelia Lorman.

Bernadine Anderson
Bernadine Anderson Bernadine L. Anderson, 66, Richmond, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Rev. Dominic Ruiz, O.S.B. officiated. Burial was at St. Peter's Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Bernadine was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Bird Island to William & Laura (Teersteg) Knisley. She married Dale Anderson on Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. They lived in Eden Valley until 1987, when they moved to Long Lake near Richmond.

She was the warehouse manager for Animal Fair and Manhatten Toys in Eden Valley for many years. Bernadine was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and the Eden Valley American Legion Post #381 Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Dale of Richmond; sons and daughters, Mike (Lynn) Anderson of Litchfield, Sue Ackerman of Cold Spring, Billy Anderson of Litchfield, Dave (Debbie) Anderson of Monticello, Nancy (Dan) Edwards of Grove City, and Jim Anderson of Eden Valley; sisters and brothers, Florence Binsfeld, Bill Knisley, Dick Knisley, and Jerry Knisley all of Paynesville, Laura Jean Hawley of Plymouth, Mary Binsfeld of Hutchinson, Jenny Hoban of Fairbault, Bonnie Schwandt of Eden Valley, Bob Knisley of Watkins, Paul Knisley of Litchfield, Jim Knisley of Grove City, and Tom Knisley of Miltona; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Gloria Potter
Gloria J. Potter, 56, Paynesville, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital from a sudden heart attack.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 16, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Gloria was born July 17, 1946, in Paynesville, to Floyd and Gladys (Liestman) Hurd. She married Steven Potter on April 26, 1975, in Minneapolis.

She was involved in management for Dayton's Department Stores and went onto property management in Mnpls., most notably at The Cliff's in Minnetonka. She also was in partnership with her husband in radio station management in the cities of Benson, Spencer, IA, Brainerd, Austin and Litchfield.

In recent years, they returned to Paynesville to care for her parents. Gloria's greatest joy was her granddaughter Taylor.

Surviving Gloria is her husband, Steven; her son, Timothy (Tracey) Haines; and one granddaughter; her parents, Floyd and Gladys Hurd, all of Paynesville; her brother, Roger (Cindy) Hurd of Plymouth; nephews and a niece.

Rita Stalboerger
Rita F. Stalboerger, 84, of Melrose, formerly of Spring Hill, died on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Rev. Leo Leisen officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Rita was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Meire Grove to Joseph and Anna (Kampsen) Eibensteiner. She married Quirin C. Stalboerger on May 3, 1938, in Meire Grove. They farmed in Spring Hill Township in Stearns County. Rita was employed by St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre for approximately 10 years. They moved to Spring Hill in 1980. She had resided at Parkview Center in Melrose since September of 1998.

Rita enjoyed crafts, reading, and playing cards. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and Catholic Aid Association.

She is survived by her children, John (Alice) Stalboerger of Cold Spring, Jane (David) Johnson of Brooklyn Center, Bonnie (Richard) Meyer of Milaca, Doreen (James) Meyer of St. Cloud, Jim (Doris) Stalboerger of Spring Hill, Tony (Patty) Stalboerger of Lake Henry, Glen (Pat) Stalboerger of Cold Spring, and Deb (Tom) Hertzog of Freeport; brothers and sisters, Hilda Petermeier of Melrose, Leona Bentfield of Melrose, Selma Stalboerger of Melrose, Werner (Lucille) Eibensteiner of Albany, LaVonne Eibensteiner, OSB of St. Joseph, and Gregory Eibensteiner, OSB of St. John's in Collegeville; 29 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quirin; brother and sisters, Hugo Eibensteiner, Frieda Winter, Mildred Welle, Elsie Felling, and Florentine Walz; and grandson, John Meyer.

Barbara Schoenherr
Barbara A. (Tysdal) Schoenherr, 50, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died on Saturday, Aug. 31.

A memorial service was held for her at the Eden Valley Church of God on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m.

Barbara was born on Oct. 11, 1951, in Elbow Lake, Minn. She graduated from Eden Valley-Watkins High School in 1969.

In that same year, she married Ewald Schoenherr at the Eden Valley Church of God. They lived in Union Grove Township for ten years. She worked for Dr. Williams, a veterinarian in Eden Valley.

After moving to Texas, where the Schoenherrs have lived for the past 20 years, she worked for Dr. Henry Hand, as a substitute teacher, and as a realty associate.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Angie Schoenherr of Corpus Christi; a son, Glen Schoenherr of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Jolene Distad and Josie Meyer, both of St. Paul, Minn.; a brother, Herman Tysdal of Battle Lake, Minn.; and a half sister, Beverly Voss of Paynesville.

William "Bill" Hackett
Bill Hackett William J. "Bill" Hackett, 84, of St. Cloud and formerly of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Paynesville American Legion, was in the parish cemetery.

Bill was born Oct. 15, 1917, in St. Paul to William H. and Margaret J. (McDonald) Hackett. He married Anna Mae Mikkelson on Nov. 5, 1942, at Meridian Air Force Base in Meridian, Miss. He served his country as a weather observer in the U. S. Air Force during WWII from 1942-1946. After the war he worked as a pharmaceutical salesman in the veterinary division of CEVA Laboratories, formerly Abbott Laboratories. He retired as a regional manager in 1982.

Bill has lived in Paynesville since 1946 and is a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, a life member of both the Knights of Columbus St. Louis Council #3820, and the Paynesville American Legion.

He enjoyed traveling and good humor, and loved to make people laugh.

He is survived by his wife Anna Mae of St. Cloud; daughters, Mary (Dan) Wadsworth of Wyoming, Patty Hackett (Chris Reicher) of Sauk Rapids, Peggy (Mike) Mereness of Shoreview, and Theresa (David) Theige of Moorhead; sister, Virginia (Wes) Anderson of St. Paul; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Lorraine.

Norbert Arceneau
Norbert Arceneau Norbert J. Arceneau, 76, of St. Martin, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Services was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 4, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Norbert was born in St. Martin to John and Theresia (Blonigen) Arceneau. He was a World War II veteran. He was employed as a farmer and mail carrier until his retirement.

He is survived by his brothers, Alois and Elmer of St. Martin, and Bernard of Elrosa; and sisters, Margaret Hellmann of Melrose, Jenny Blommel of Grey Eagle, Anna Mae Schneider of Meire Grove, and Della Feldewerd of St. Martin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hildegard Lemke, Dorothy Wenker, and Betty Herzog; and brothers, Edwin and Clarence.

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