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Doreen Everson, 59, Paynesville
Doreen A. Everson, 59, of Paynesville died on Friday, Sept. 25, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be on held Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church and will continue one hour prior to the service a the church.

Doreen Angeline Everson was born on July 5, 1956, to Aloys and Virginia (Schmitz) Pfannenstein in St. Cloud.

She grew up in St. Joseph, where she was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Doreen attended elementary school in St. Joseph and went on to graduate from Apollo High School in St. Cloud with the Class of 1976.

After high school, Doreen began working for St. John's dining service. She worked there for 12.5 years.

On April 8, 1989, Doreen married Larry Everson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph. This union was blessed with 26 years of marriage and with a daughter and two sons. The family made their home in Paynesville.

Doreen is survived by her husband, Larry; daughter, Melissa of St. Cloud; sons, Matthew of Paynesville and Joseph of Paynesville; mother, Virginia Pfannenstein of St. Joseph; siblings, Cyril Pfannenstein of St. Joseph, Joan (Gary) VanderWeyst of Glendorado, Harvey Pfannenstein of St. Joseph, Richard Pfannenstein of St. Joseph, Karen Donabauer of Avon, Sharon Pueringer of Sartell, Patrick Pfannenstein of St. Joseph, and Paul Pfannenstein of St. Joseph; mother-in-law, Alice Everson of New London; seven sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Doreen was preceded in death by her father, Aloys; father-in-law, Palmer Everson; and two brothers-in-law.

Elizabeth Volz, 104, Roscoe
Elizabeth Volz, 104, of Roscoe, and formerly of Bird Island, died on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Koronis Manor Care Center in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Sept. 28, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe with Rev. Glenn Krystosek and Rev. Richard Leisen as concelebrants. Burial was in St. MaryÕs Cemetery in Bird Island.

Elizabeth M. Volz was born on Aug. 9, 1911, to Bernard and Anna (Hilgert) Volz in New Richland, Minn. She grew up at Bird Island and attended St. Mary's Grade School.

She was a nanny for a family in St. Paul and then returned home to care for her parents. After they passed away, she was employed by the Archbishop in St. Paul at the James J. Hill House. She was a priestsÕ housekeeper for 56 years under Father Howard Halloran and Father Leo Leisen, serving in Raymond, Tracy, Searles, Glencoe, Eden Valley (at both parishes), Brandon, and Roscoe.

Elizabeth is survived by her nephew, Charles (and Chris) Volz of Raymond; her two nieces, Ann (Mark) Tasa of Sisseton, S.D., and Mary Sue (Polly) Kruger of Montevideo; nine great nieces and nephews; and six great-great nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Luella; brothers, Ray and Clarence; and two sisters-in-law.

Maxine Lapierre, 98, Edina
Maxine Helen (Gilbertson) Lapierre, 98, died on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Sunrise of Edina.

There will be a private family service in her honor. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery.

Maxine Helen, the daughter of Oscar and Emma (Ken-nedy) Gilbertson, was born on Oct. 6, 1916, in Paynesville.

She married Maurice Lapierre, DPM, in 1944. He was lured by her charm, beauty, and outgoing personality.

An adventurous soul, prior to her marriage, she had already graduated from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in 1938, followed by three exciting years as one of Northwest Airlines first stewardesses. As a wartime stewardess, Maxine had to have her RN degree before she could be employed by the airline.

Never one to be content with idle time, she returned to school after raising her family to pursue a degree in chemical and alcohol dependency counseling. She then took over the position of counselor of chemical and drug dependency at SouthdaleÕs Fairview Hospital. This career was then followed by a short stint with Edina Realty as a licensed realtor.

She was a warm, funny, wise mom to four children: Camille Lydon (Eugene) of Sioux City, Iowa, Renee Bahneman of Bloomington, Minn., Katherine Duplessie (Richard) of Eau Claire, Wis., and Charles Lapierre of Minneapolis. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

She was the last member of her immediate family to pass on. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice (in 1989); parents; sisters, Margaret Mingo and Mary Lou Giesen; brothers, Donald and Roger Gilbertson; and a beloved great-grandchild.

Memorials may be sent to Sharing and Caring Hands.

Loretta Kohler, 93, Paynesville
Loretta B. Kohler, 93, of Paynesville died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Koronis Manor Care Center in Paynesville.

Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Robert Kandels will officiate. Burial will be in Paynesville Cemetery.

A visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Loretta was born on July 14, 1922, to Charles and Stella (Beier) Kohler in Lake Henry Township.

She was baptized at the Rural Grove Church and confirmed at the E.U.B Church (now the Methodist Church in Paynesville.) She attended School District #30 in Regal.

Loretta was employed as a waitress in Hutchinson and later as a housekeeper at the Paynesville Hospital. She worked at the hospital for 20 years, retiring in 1962.

She is survived by extended family in the Paynesville area, the Kohlers, Beiers, and Snyders.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Ruth.

Donald Anderson, 82, Paynesville
Donald W. Anderson, 82, of Paynesville, and formerly of Bloomington died on Monday, Sept. 14, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska, with his sons by his side.

His funeral service was held on Friday, Sept. 18, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in Knollwood Memorial Garden in Fergus Falls.

Donald Wesley Anderson was born on June 22, 1933, to Ludvig and Mathilda (Gunderson) Anderson on the family farm near Dalton, Minn.

He grew up on the farm, where he received his primary school education at a small country school. Don went on to graduate high school from the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris.

After he graduated from high school, he was employed by the O. K. Construction Co. of St. Paul. There, he installed telephone and power lines in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Kansas.

In 1952, Don entered the United States Army. After the completion of his military obligation, he returned to Minnesota and enrolled in the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He earned his bachelorÕs degree in June 1960 and began working for Travelers Insurance Company.

While working days, Don attended night classes at William Mitchell College of Law. Don continued working at Travelers Insurance Company for 37 years, retiring in 1997.

On Sept. 23, 1966, Don married Dixie Freese in Minneapolis. This union was blessed with two sons.

The family made their home in Richfield from 1966 to 1972, when they moved to Bloomington. In 2003, Don and Dixie moved to Paynesville, where they enjoyed retirement.

After his retirement, Don enjoyed working on his family farm, which he owned.

Don is survived by his sons, Derek (Kristie) of Grapevine, Texas, and Dustin (Courtney) of Victoria, Minn.; four grandchildren; sister, Lucille of Bellingham Wa.; brother, Melvin of Fergus Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dixie; infant sister, Lucille; sisters, Nellie, Marjorie, and Oletta; and brother, Lyle.

Bill Fore, 63, Paynesville
Bill (William Bruce) Fore, 63, died on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 16, at his home in Paynesville.

A service will be at Elk Creek Cemetery in Wyndmere, N.D., at a later date.

Bill was born on Feb. 7, 1952, in Minneapolis.

At about age five, his family moved to Bloomington. He completed his education in Bloomington, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1970.

Growing up, his interests were rock collecting and hockey. As an adult, he had great passion for collecting coins and miscellaneous antiques that caught his eye. He was also known for being quite the pool shark.

Bill started his work years trying his hand at many types of jobs Š from shrimp boats in Texas and Louisiana, to working on spud farms in Idaho.

He then started long-haul trucking all over the United States. His preference was the western U.S. and the less-populated states. This career gave him the best opportunity to stay connected to family and friends all over the lower 48 states. The last few years were closer to home, working road construction crews in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Bill retired in 2014.

Bill is survived by his mom, Kay, of Paynesville; sister, Karen of Grand Forks, N.D.; numerous cousins, scattered from Alaska to Florida, and many in Minnesota who will miss him greatly; and aunts and uncles on his fatherÕs side of the family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob; grandparents on both sides of the family; and two aunts and an uncle.

Donald Schmidt, 78, Moorhead
Donald "Cold Shot" Schmidt, 78, of Moorhead died on Monday, Sept. 14, in his home, surrounded by his family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

His Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Moorhead. Burial was in St. JosephÕs Catholic Cemetery in Moorhead.

Don Schmidt was born on June 21, 1937, to Floribert and Irene (Stoffel) in Paynesville. He was raised there and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1956.

In 1959, Donald married Judy Haagenson, and they spent 56 great years together.

They moved to Moorhead, where they made their home and raised their four children. Over the years, Donald worked for Fairmont Foods and, later, Stein Chemical until his retirement.

Don is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Shannon (Greg Jonsen) Schmidt, Tami (Virgil) Peterson, Randy (Lisa) Schmidt, and Susie (Lee) Mueller; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one more coming in April to the Yonaks; and brother, Robert (Evie) Schmidt.

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

Eugene Utsch, 88, St. Martin
Eugene J. "Gene" Utsch, 88, of St. Martin died on Friday, Sept 18, at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose with his loving family by his side.

Mass of Christian burial celebrating his life was held on Monday, Sept. 21, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Gene was born on Feb. 9, 1927, to Joseph and Anna (Jaeger) Utsch on the family farm near St. Martin.

He married Jeanette P. Thull on Aug. 22, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Together, they raised four children, shared 65 years of marriage, and farmed near St. Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette of St. Martin; children, Joyce Marthaler of Lake Henry, Bev (Arnie) Marthaler of Osakis, Ken (Shirley) of Paynesville, and Sharon (David) Marthaler of Osakis; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Elmer of Albany; sister, Anita Weyer of Waite Park; a sister-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; a son-in- law; and brothers, Alcuin and Edwin.

Memorials are preferred.

William Wendlandt, Iowa
William Charles Wendlandt, 88, of Spencer, Iowa, died on Monday, Sept. 7.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 11, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer, Iowa.

The son of William Carl and Mary (Rien) Wendlandt, William was born on Oct. 15, 1926, in Regal, Minn.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1944. In high school, Bill was a recognized athlete, receiving trophies for outstanding athlete of the year.

After high school, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Air Force from 1944 to 1945.

Bill attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in education in 1948. Bill played college football and basketball while at Westmar, receiving awards for outstanding play in basketball. He later received a masterÕs degree in education from the University of Minnesota.

Bill married Anita Wendland on July 17, 1948, in Randloph, Kan. They started out teaching in the Greenville-Rossie, Iowa. area for two years. Then, in 1951, Bill began teaching industrial arts in Spencer, Iowa, where he remained for 38 years, having acted as the head basketball coach and assistant football coach for many of those years.

He retired from teaching in 1988 and remained active, playing golf, fishing, and hunting. Bill was also active with Grace United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, and the Abu Bekr Shriner, particularly enjoying participating in their ATV Corps.

Following the death of Anita on April 14, 1994, Bill married Eleanor (Anderson) Lookingbill on Nov. 22, 1995, in Spencer. Bill and Eleanor enjoyed more than 20 years together, living in Spencer and spending their winters in Arizona.

Bill is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Spencer; children, John (Diane) Wendlandt of Anchorage, Alaska; Bill Wendlandt Jr. (Ramona) of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Ann (Wendlandt) Silberman and her husband, James, of New York, N.Y.; a granddaughter.; four step-sons, David (Julia Spalla) Lookingbill of Asheville, N.C.; Dean (Mary) Lookingbill of Vancouver, Wash.; Darwin (David Potter) Lookingbill of Minneapolis, and Duane (Ruth Hograbe) Lookingbill of Annandale; five step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anita; brother, Millard; and sisters, Edna Zimmerman and Elverna Krupke.

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