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Josephine Marshall, 96, Litchfield
Josephine Marshall Josephine Mary (Carpenter) Marshall, 96, of Litchfield (formerly of Union Grove Township) died on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield. Her funeral was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville.

Josephine Mary (Carpenter) Marshall was born on July 13, 1910, in Union Grove Township, Meeker County, to George and Mary (Roach) Carpenter.

She attended rural school through the eighth grade and graduated as salutatorian from Paynesville High School in 1928.

She then attended St. Cloud Teacher's College for two years, after which she taught in rural grade schools for four years.

On Sept. 12, 1936, she married Fred Marshall. They lived on a farm in Union Grove Township.

Josephine took pride in developing her many talents: quilting, hat making, braiding rugs, crocheting, tatting, knitting, refinishing furniture, flower arranging, food preservation, baking, and gardening. She won many prizes for her work at area fairs and shows, and when asked, generously shared her interests through talks and demonstrations. She was an excellent china painter and donated many plates with paintings of the Nordland Church for church fundraisers.

She enjoyed local history and made many contributions to area historical museums, including Grove City, Paynesville, and Litchfield. She compiled a booklet about the people buried in the Union Grove Cemetery. She meticulously researched and recorded family genealogy.

In 1949, her husband was elected to the United States Congress, where he served until his retirement in 1962. During those years, they lived part-time in Alexandria, Va. Josephine developed her photography skills and took many slides of the Washington, D.C., area and of trips which they took. She was often called upon to share these slides with community groups.

After retirement from Congress in 1962, they returned to the farm in Union Grove Township.

She was a lifetime member of the Union Grove Methodist Church until its closing and then became a member of Nordland Lutheran Church. She was always active in church activities, holding many leadership positions. She believed in helping build a strong community and she worked to establish the Union Grove United Fund, a home extension group, and "SWAPS" (Sisters With a Purpose Society).

In the late 1980s, Josephine moved to Litchfield and lived in the Augustana Homes until her death.

She is survived by two sons, Frank (Mary Ann) of Grove City and George (Carol) of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister, Mildred Kadelbach; and two grandchildren.

Romuald Sand, 72, Melrose
Romuald Sand Romuald A. "Romie" Sand, 72, of Melrose died on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Melrose Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.

Romuald was born on Dec. 27, 1933, in Grove Township, Stearns County, to Peter and Elizabeth (Thull) Sand.

He graduated from the Melrose High School where he played on the baseball team.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Cold War. After his army service, he farmed north of Melrose.

Romie played with and managed the New Munich baseball team.

Romie was an avid sports fan and followed all the local sports, especially football and baseball.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Marcella (Ralph) Fichtinger of New Munich, Bertilla (John) Caspers of Melrose, Alquin Sand of Melrose, Lee (Rita) Sand of St. Cloud, and Severin (Genevieve) Sand of St. Cloud; a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Alvin Sand, Clarence Sand of Paynesville, Rosina Sand (died as an infant), Elmer Sand, and Rosella Hopfer of Lake Henry.

H. Henry Southworth, 96, California
Henry Southworth Herbert "Henry" Southworth, 96, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at his home in Union City, Calif.

Henry was born on Feb. 27, 1910, to Herbert and Louise (Bielke) in St. Paul. He graduated from Glencoe High School and attended Winona State College.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Fobes on Aug. 2, 1941, at the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. To this union, one child was born.

Henry became a teacher in 1934 and moved to Willmar in 1936 to continue his career. He taught English, general science, biology, and girl's physical education. He was a football coach, school newspaper advisor, school theatre director, and speech coach. He also taught family life and photography at the Minnesota Home School.

He served during World War II, working with a hospital unit in England.

He moved to Paynesville in 1948, teaching social studies for 16 years until his retirement in 1964.

Henry served as a justice of the peace in Paynesville in the 1950s and presided as the mayor of Paynesville in the 1970s.

He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville and was a member and leader of the Paynesville Knights of Columbus.

He married Lucile Edwards on Nov. 27, 1985, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Henry lived in Paynesville from 1948 to 1989. The couple moved to California in 1989.

Henry enjoyed camping, fishing, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Lucile; son, David of Denver, Colo.; stepdaughter, Arlene Edwards Mues of Walnut, Calif.; by three granddaughters; and by two great-grandchildren.

He was preceeded in death by his parents; by his first wife, Margaret; and by two sisters.

A memorial service was held in California, and a graveside service - conducted by the Paynesville Masonic Lodge and the Paynesville American Legion Post #271 Color Guard - will be held at the Paynesville Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m.

Verda Delgehausen, 91, Paynesville
Verda Delgehausen Verda Delgehausen, 91, of Paynesville died on Friday afternoon, Sept. 15, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.

Burial will be at Orono Cemetery in Elk River.

Verda Mildred Delgehausen was born on May 22, 1915, on the family farm in Fairfield Township of Swift County, the daughter of Harry and Bertha (Winkelman) Fischer.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in St. John's Lutheran Church near Holloway. She grew up on the family farm where she attended country school in District #51.

On Sept. 27, 1934, Verda was united in marriage to Albert W. Delgehausen in St. John's Lutheran Church.

They made their home and farmed for 10 years on the Degehausen family farm near Appleton. In 1946, they moved to Elk River, where Verda worked as a homemaker and for the Towne and Country Dress Shop.

They moved to Paynesville in 1994, where they have lived since. Together, Verda and Albert were able to share in 64 years of marriage before Albert's death on Jan. 14, 1999.

Verda was a faithful and active member of Paynesville Lutheran Church, a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Appleton, and a charter member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Elk River.

Among the things she enjoyed were flower and vegetable gardening, reading, dancing, and doing artistic endeavors such as decorating her home, sewing, quilting, crocheting, doing craft projects., living on the farm, cooking, and being resourceful, committed, and faithful.

She is survived by four children, Vivian (Bud) McMillan of Paynesville, Yvonne Sappenfield of Scottsdale, Ariz., Inez Rydeen of Minneapolis, and Dan Delgehausen of Luverne; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Doris (Elmer) Sachs of Elk River, Sadie Radtke of Appleton, Vera Mae (Clint) Sperr of Moses Lake, Wash., and a sister-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Leroy Fischer; and sister, Bernice Giese.

Chad Lieser, 33, Paynesville
Chad Lieser Chad L. Lieser, 33, of Paynesville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, near Babbitt from injuries sustained in a trucking accident.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Burial was held at the parish cemetery.

Chad was born on March 19, 1973, in Paynesville to Gary and Sandi (Lenz) Lieser.

He was an independent trucker for A-One Trucking in Roscoe.

Chad married Sonja M. (Fredrick) Schmitt on July 8, 2005, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin.

He was a member of St. Martin Parish.

Chad enjoyed playing in his pool league, being outdoors, camping with his family, riding his Harley, fishing, and four-wheeling. He especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sonja and baby of Paynesville; two stepchildren, Amrit and Justin; parents, Gary and Sandi of St. Martin; brothers, Korey of Clearwater and Tobey (Melissa) of Paynesville; a mother-in-law; a father-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Shannon.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Harold "Pete" Hagert, 67, New London
Pete Hagert Harold "Pete" Hagert, 67, of rural New London died on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer.

Harold Peter Hagert was born on July 9, 1939, in Wabasso, Minn., the son of Tony and Beatrice (Haecheral) Hagert. Their family moved to Sleepy Eye and later to Maynard where Pete graduated from Maynard High School in 1957. He continued his education at Mankato State where he graduated with his bachelor's degree in education. Pete continued his education earning his master's degree from Mankato State and continued at St. Cloud State.

On Aug. 25, 1962, Pete was united in marriage to Mary Anderson at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato. This union was blessed with five children.

They lived in Mankato, Morgan, Mapleton, and Glencoe, prior to moving to the Kerkhoven and New London areas, where Pete served as principal at KMS for 25 years, retiring in 1997.

He continued to be active following his retirement, driving for Riley and Rustad Bus Companies. He also enjoyed helping his family on their farm, driving truck for them.

Pete was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye and was confirmed at St. Clara's Catholic Church in Clara City. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer at the time of his death. Pete served as a eucristic minister for the home bound and was on the planning committee for the new church building.

Surviving is his wife, Mary; children, Susan (Kevin) Lundberg of Murdock, Peter (Marie) Hagert of Lake Crystal, Paul (Karen) Hagert of Chandler, Ariz., Peggy (Scott) Tersteeg of Olivia, and Amy (Mark) Syvertson of Paynesville; 15 grandchildren; six siblings, Pat (Dan) Soltau of Bemidji, Diane (Ken) DeBoer of Pine Island, Duane Hagert of Bulverde, Tex., Corinne (Delbert) Kimpling of Maynard, Tammy Chehouri (Dave Jackson) of Roseville, and Tony (Jane) Hagert, of Granite Falls; and nieces, nephews and other family.

Glenn Johnson, 85, Paynesville
Glenn Johnson Glenn Kenneth Johnson, 85, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Sept.10 at Koronis Manor.

Private family services were held. Burial was at Atwater United Cemetery.

Glenn was born on July 22, 1921 in Willmar to Alfred and Christine (Norell) Johnson. He worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII.

On May 13, 1944, Glenn was united in marriage to Ruth Knudson in Litchfield.

After being discharged from the army, he returned to work on the farm. In his later years, Glenn worked as a mechanic.

Glenn loved to fish.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Johnson of Paynesville; sons, Michael Johnson of Duluth; Ron Johnson of Superior, Mont.; and Roy (Ruth) Johnson of Huron, Mont.; daughter, Karlene (Wilbert) Reif Jr. of Frankenmuth, Mich.; brothers, Clifford Johnson, and Alfred Johnson Jr.; sisters, Ester Geesey, and Betty Linden; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceeded in death by his parents; and siblings, Bertha, Knute, and Algot.

Russell Benson, 84, Paynesville
Russell Benson Russell Benjamin Benson, 84, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial will take place in the Brookville Cemetery near Evan, Minn.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and for one hour prior to services on Monday at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Russell was born on Feb. 21, 1922, in Brookville Township, Redwood County, Minn., to Anton and Margaret (Huebert) Benson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Brookville Lutheran Church.

He attended country school in Sundown Township and graduated from Springfield High School.

He married Annette Ruth Peterson on Aug. 8, 1944, at Brookville Lutheran Church.

They lived in Mankato, Huron, S.D., Gaylord, Sebeka, and Lake Bronson prior to settling in Paynesville in 1964. They owned and operated Annette's Dress Shop in Paynesville for many years.

Russell was an active member of Paynesville Lutheran Church, was president of the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce in 1973 and 1991, and was past president of the Paynesville Lions Club, through which he received the Melvin Jones Award for dedicated humanitarian services. He also was active in the DFL Party and was devoted to the local sports teams.

Survivors include his children, Douglas of Paynesville, Lorrie (Kevin) Torbenson of Mankato, and Rhonda (Ken) Williams of Prior Lake; one daughter-in-law; five grandchildren; two step grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Rolland (Melba) Benson of Lake Bronson and Clifford (Linda) Benson of Roseville; and sister, Florence Pendergrast of Willmar. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annette, in August; and son, Richard.

Harland Heairet, 76, Paynesville
Harland Heairet Harland D. Heairet, 76, of Paynesville passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Harland was born on Oct. 15, 1929, in Alta Vista Township in Lincoln County, Minn., the son of Harland and Elsie (Mohr) Heairet. He attended an elementary country school and graduated from Lynd High School in 1948.

In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served his country until 1955.

After enlisting, he married Darlene Buesing on June 30, 1951.  To this union eight children were born. While in the navy, Harland and Darlene lived in Illinois, South Carolina, and Virginia.

In 1954, the family moved back to Minnesota where they made their home in Clara City, Waconia, Clearwater, Regal, and Paynesville.

Harland worked as an area manager for Conklin products, where he earned the Man Of The Year Award in 1975. Later in his career, Harland worked as an independent product consultant for Tahitian Noni International.

During Harland's life he was on the board of directors for the Paynesville Area Center and was a member of the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

Harland loved family gatherings, the Vikings, the Twins, and his cat and he always looked forward to beer on Friday at his house.

He is survived by his children, Thomas of Paynesville, Kevin of Young, Ariz., Brad (Jody) of McMinnville, Ore., Michelle (Gene) Lahr of Grey Eagle, Janelle (Mark) Leyendecker of Grove City, Laura (Luke) Martinson of Paynesville, and David (Nancy) of Albertville; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Dean of Omaha, Neb.

Harland was preceded in death, by his parents; wife, Darlene; son, Douglas; and brother, Richard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Lois Fredrick, 71, Melrose
Lois Fredrick Lois M. Fredrick, 71, of Melrose, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at her home in Melrose.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade. Visitation will be held on Wednesday for two hours prior to the service. Burial will be at Gausdal Lutheran Cemetery in rural New London.

Lois Margaret Fredrick was born on Dec. 20, 1934, in Montevideo, the daughter of Richard and Margaret (Olson) Zimmerle. She grew up in Montevideo where she was baptized at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

The family moved to a farm near Belgrade in 1945. She attended country grade school and high school in Belgrade, graduating in 1952.

On Sept. 13, 1953, she was united in marriage to Donald Fredrick on her parents' farm near Georgeville. They had four daughters.

They made their home near Georgeville until moving to Paynesville in 1961.

Lois worked as a nursing assistant until she began working as a seamstress for Animal Fair, Wonderalls, and Koronis Parts. Lois and Don moved to Melrose in May 2002. Together, they were able to share in 53 years of marriage.

Lois was a former member of Gausdal Lutheran Church, where she had been confirmed in the Christian faith on Sept. 21, 1947. She also served as an organist, Sunday School teacher, and held offices in the Ladies Aid.

She enjoyed flowers and playing piano, spending time with her family, baking, canning, sewing, traveling, visiting, and attending her grandchildren's activities.

She is survived by her husband, Donald of Melrose; four daughters, Julienne (Butch) Gustafson of Deer Creek, Charlene (Gene) Altenbrun of Staples, Arlene (Ken) Feldewerd of Sauk Centre, and Lorene (Tom) Meyer of Melrose; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Cleon Zimmerle (Gayle Anderson) of Brooten, and Leon (Sherelle) Zimmerle of Spicer.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents.

Marvin Lensing, 88, Belgrade
Marvin Lensing Marvin J. Lensing, 88,of Belgrade passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Interment was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, with honors provided by the American Legion Post #612 of Lake Henry.

Marvin was born to Herman and Elizabeth (Froehle) Lensing on May 28, 1918, in Bancroft, Iowa.

He was united in marriage to Valeria Eveslage on Sept. 7, 1948, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Greenwald.

Marvin served his country during World War II from 1941 to 1945 in the U.S. Army. 

After the service, he worked as a mechanic in Elrosa, and, in 1950, purchased a farm in Belgrade.

After 35 years of farming, he retired and moved to Belgrade.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, helping out on the farm, mowing his lawn, caring for his flowers, and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Marvin was a member of American Legion Post #612 in Lake Henry, Catholic Aid, Knights of Columbus, St. Francis de Sales Cemetery Board, and was active in his church.

Marvin is survived by his seven children, Lena "Arlene" (Terry) Strehlow of Clear Lake, Lois (Rick) Humbert of Bloomington, Merl (Rosie) Lensing of Mounds View; Mary Kay (Herb) Hess of Melrose, Roy (Sandy) Lensing of Belgrade, Gary (Ginny) Lensing of Washington, and Jon (Cindy) Lensing of Little Canada; 22 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Rosella (Sally) Breitbach of Belgrade and Colette Illies of Spicer.

He was preceded by his wife, Valeria; one grandchild; his parents; brothers, John, Cletus, Herman, Art, and Frankie; and sisters, Louise Woeste, Evelyn Petermeier, and Anna Pearson.

Virginia Cossairt, 81, California
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Virginia (Liestman) Cossairt of Eureka, Calif., who died in May 2006 at age 81.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

Cossairt was born in Paynesville on March 17, 1925, to parents Hattie and Bernard Liestman. She married Dwain Cossairt on May 10, 1942.

She and her husband moved to Eureka in 1956, their home for the next 50 years.

Burial will take place in Ebenezer Cemetery of rural Paynesville.

A full obituary for Cossairt was published in June 2006 in the Press and can still be read online at

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