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Ronald Thorson, 82, Hawick
Ronald G. Thorson, 82, of Hawick died on Monday, Sept. 23, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 27, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Ronald Gordon Thorson was born on March 24, 1931, in Paynesville to Arnold and Anna (Thorpe) Thorson. He grew up on the family farm in the Roseville Township near Hawick.

Ronald attended a small country school close to his home for his primary education and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1948.

On March 11, 1954, Ronald enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany and South Korea.

On March 10, 1956, Ronald was honorably discharged from the Army. He returned to Roseville Township, where he began farming and worked for the state hospital in Willmar.

On Oct. 19, 1957, Ronald married Doreen Weisman at the Church of St. AnneŐs in Kimball. The couple shared 55 years of marriage.

Ronald and DoreenŐs union was blessed with a son and two daughters. The family made their home in Roseville Township.

Ronald continued to farm full time until 2003, when he sold his farm to his grandson. He then helped out on the farm until his death.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Doreen; children, Bryan (Suzanne) of Hawick, Debbie (Victor) Keller of Hawick, and Kathy (Ron) Welle of Spring Hill; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Elroy Thorson of Blaine and Barb Hoeft of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerome, Gerald, Vernon, and Lloyd; and sister, Marion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Clarence Lieser, 94, Fergus Falls
Clarence J. Lieser, 94, of Fergus Falls and formerly of Belgrade, died on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Clarence James Lieser was born on June 28, 1919, to Leonard and Alvina (Wuertz) Lieser in Spring Hill Township.

He proudly served his country in the army during WWII in the Leyte invasion of the Phillippines and on the Island of Okinawa.

Clarence married Luella Stang on Sept. 15, 1948, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belgrade.

Over the years, he worked at the Cenex Service Station and the Stearns County Highway Department. He also did custodial work for the Johnson Funeral Home.

Clarence is survived by his son, Mike (Marcia) of Fergus Falls; two grandsons; a great-granddaughter; siblings, Lorraine Mohs of St. Cloud, Rita Jaeger of Lake Henry, Jerome Lieser of Paynesville, Florence Zirbes of Brooklyn Center, Larry Lieser of Sauk Rapids, and George Lieser of Ham Lake; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Luella; twin brother, Alcuin Lieser; brothers, John Lieser and Celestine Lieser; and sisters, Rose Kreger, Evelyn McAndrew, Viola Paasche, and Luella Taylor.

Marion Liestman, 86, Paynesville
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Marion J. Liestman, 86, of Paynesville, who passed away on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at the Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong, Iowa. Reverend Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Marion was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Crow Wing Township in Stearns County to Peter and Mathilda (Kolland) Johnson.

Marion married Dale E. Liestman on April 16, 1946, in Belgrade.

In 1952, they moved to Watertown, where she was employed by the Watertown Public School as a cook for 32 years; the last 11 years as the head cook. She also worked at Harm's Pharmacy and Hirsch Pharmacy in Watertown.

In 1998, they moved to Paynesville.

In March 2013, due to health issues, she moved to Armstrong, Iowa, to be near her daughter. While there, she was able to spend time with her two great-grandchildren.

Marion is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Chuck) Colegrove of Armstrong, Iowa; granddaughter, Tara (Brian) Jungclaus of Glencoe; grandson, Jared (Lindsey) Colegrove of Estherville, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Macy and Greyson Colegrove; sisters, Pearl Elfrink of Belgrade, Opal Johnson of New London, Doris Barksdale of Michigan, and triplet sister, Mildred Crowe of Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale, sister, Ruby Olson; brother, Parnel Johnson; and triplet infant sister, Martha.

Aiden Sullivan, 10, Delano
Aiden Sullivan, 10, of Delano, and formerly of Woodbury, died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 9, at his home.

A remembrance service was held on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Dingmann Family Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. A reception celebrating his life was held at the Delano Middle School media room.

Aiden Jeffrey Sullivan was born Feb. 28, 2003, to Jeffrey and Mary (Manuel) Sullivan in St. Paul.

He was a fifth grader in the TREK Program in Howard Lake.

He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Mary Sullivan of Delano; grandparents, Cathy Manuel of Maple Lake and Steve and Arlene Sullivan of Paynesville; aunts and uncles; great-aunts and great-uncles; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, David Manuel.

Memorials are preferred to the National Fragile X Foundation of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Rudolph Johnson, 75, Paynesville
Rudolph "Rudy" E. Johnson, 75, of Paynesville died on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 6, at Payne-sville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Rudolph E. Johnson was born on June 20, 1938, in Winger, Minn., to Hjalmer and Julia (Rost) Johnson.

He grew up on the family farm, where he attended Gossen Country School and went on to graduate from McIntosh High School in 1956.

After high school, Rudy entered the United States Air Force. He served his country until 1960, when he received an honorable discharge.

On Nov. 17, 1962, Rudy married Vivian Sirjord at Faaberg Lutheran Church in Rindal, Minn. This union was blessed with two daughters. They shared 50 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Hopkins, from 1962-1968; St. Louis Park, from 1968-1976; Maple Plain, from 1976- 1994; and Paynesville, from 1994 to present.

Rudy spent his entire career working for Northwestern Bell/AT&T. He worked his way up to installation supervisor before his retirement in 1993. One of the proudest moments in Rudy's career was being the person that was in charge of organizing and turning on the 9-1-1 emergency systems.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Vivian; daughters, Deb (Gary) Stueven of Mound and Lisa (Paul) Lyrek of St. Michael; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Bonnie Larson of Alexandria, Sherman Johnson of Brooklyn Park, and Allan Johnson of Pelican Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Alice Nelson.

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