from The Paynesville Press
September 1998

Leo Flint
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond for Leo A. Flint, 88, who died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Leo was born in Eden Lake Township to Lucas and Bernadina (Braegelmann) Flint. He married Adella Schroeder on June 1, 1938, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. The couple farmed six miles west of Richmond until 1968. Leo was employed at the Mills Turkey Farm in Hawick, and Cold Spring Brewery until he retired. In 1971 the couple moved to Paynesville and resided there until 1996 when they moved to the Richhaven Apartments in Richmond.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife; children, Linus, Ronald, Denis, David, and Patricia Wait, all of Richmond, and Janice Sinclair of Maple Grove; sister, Veronica (Fronie) Kotschevar of Melrose; fifteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Catherine Thelen, Mary (Jack) Mackedanz, and Theresa (George) DeMorett.

Clifford Sturtz
Clifford I. Sturtz, 78, of Paynesville, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at Pine Haven Nursing Home in Melrose.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. The Rev. J. David Nelson officiated. Burial took place in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Cliff was born on Jan. 18, 1920, in Boone County, Iowa, to Albert and Lillian (Ahrenz) Sturtz. He married Vila Titman on Nov. 1, 1940, in Albany, Mo. They lived in Boone County, Iowa, until 1953, when they moved to Paynesville. He worked as a chemical salesman for E.W. Davies Products and as a granite monument salesman. He also raised mink until 1985. He was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, conversation, and raising mink and dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Vila of Paynesville; children, Shirley Thoreson of Greenfield, Wis., Barbara Rasmussen of Elk River, and Richard of Paynesville; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Marie Jonolis of Atascadero, Calif., and Arlo and Lyle of Boone, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Darwin on May 31, 1968; and brother William in 1998.

Frederic Zniewski
Frederic D. Zniewski, 78, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, at the St. Cloud Veterans Hospital.

The memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, at Paynesville Lutheran Church, with the Rev. David Glesne officiating. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery. Military rites were provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

Frederic Donald Zniewski was born on April 25, 1920, in Sauk Rapids. He was the son of Frederick and Minnie (Sendek) Zniewski. Frederic grew up in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1938. He attended St. Cloud State University for three and one-half years. From 1942 to 1945, he served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He served in England, Germany, and Belgium.

On Jan. 13, 1946, he was married to Bertha Robbin in St. Cloud. In 1948, Frederic graduated from the Ray Vogue Photography School in Chicago. From 1948 to 1996, he owned and operated Frederic's Studio in Paynesville. He also had the Frederic's Studio in Eden Valley from 1952 to 1995. He retired in 1996. In 1977, Frederic became Master Photographer of the Professional Photographers of America. He was a 50-year member of the Minnesota State Photographers Association.

He also was a 50-year member of the Paynesville American Legion Post #271 and Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Frederic enjoyed gardening and fishing and taking pictures of birds, flowers, and nature.

Frederic is survived by his wife, Bertha of Paynesville; sons, Zachary (Carolyn) of Minneapolis, Timothy (Jerie Johnson) of Minneapolis, and Dana of Minneapolis; daughter, Mary (Wayne) Prokott of Grand Blanc, Mich.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Della Stoner of Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Josephine Sanford and Irene O'Toole.

Victor Jacobson
Services were on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Victor L. Jacobson, 84, who died Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Paynesville Area Hospital. The Rev. Ric Koehn will officiate. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Victor was born on Feb. 13, 1914, in Lunds Valley, N.D., to Axel and Lydia (Johnson) Jacobson. He was raised in North Dakota and was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Lunds Valley.

As a young man he moved to Minneapolis. He married Mary Spaulding on April 22, 1937, at a Lutheran parsonage in Minneapolis. They moved to Alexandria for one year and moved to Paynesville in 1951. He was employed as a mechanic by Allis Chalmers in Paynesville for 10 years and later as a parts man at National Bushing in Paynesville until his retirement in 1984. After his retirement, he managed the Poplar Place Park in Paynesville until 1996. He enjoyed fishing, pheasant and duck hunting, bowling, and playing cards. He was a memmber of Grace United Methodist Church and the Odd Fellows Lodge #196.

Survivors include his son, Darrell of Harvard, Ill.; daughter, Linda (Woody) Manz of Paynesville, 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-laws, Lola Anderson of Paynesville and Mildred Jacobson of Minneapolis.

He was preceded in deathy by his parents; wife, Mary, on Nov. 26, 1992; son, Robert on Dec. 26, 1964; sisters, Annie Holte, Ellen Roise, Mabel Olson, Ida Stohl, Martha Norby, Hilda, Myrtle, and Emma; and brothers, John, Martin, Albert, Henry, and Clarence.

Elizabeth Hartman
Elizabeth Mary (May) Hartman, 104, formerly of South Minneapolis, died on Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Richard Leisen officiating. Burial was at the Credit River Cemetery in Prior Lake, Minn.

Elizabeth was born on Feb. 13, 1894, on a farm near St. Nicholas, Minn. Her mother, Mary (Dockendorf) May, married her father, Mathias (Math) May in St. Nicholas in the 1880s. Both parents came to the United States with their parents from Germany and met here in Minnesota. Elizabeth was the fourth of their eight children.

Elizabeth took a bus to Minneapolis when she was 23 years old. She worked for General Hospital and then later at Sears Roebuck during the war years.

After marrying Martin Hartman at the Catholic church in St. Nicholas, they moved to Shakopee. They then moved to a home near Minnehaha Falls, which Elizabeth lived in until 1987. Elizabeth was personally presented with a Maytag stove by Cedric Adams for winning the Nile Theater cooking contest in 1938. She moved to Paynesville in 1989.

Elizabeth is survived by her son, Robert of Paynesville; eight grand-children; and seven great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, on March 28, 1971; son, Harold; siblings, Margaret Thielen, Barbara Thielen, Matt, John, Susan Tischler, Kate Gross, and Tony.

Louise Linz
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Richmond for Louise Linz, 70, who died Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring. Burial was in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Richmond.

Louise was born in St. Martin, Minn., to John and Christine (Arceneau) Blonigen. She married Edmund Linz on June 22, 1948, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. The couple farmed three miles west of St. Nicholas prior to her retirement in 1995, when she moved to Cold Spring.

Survivors include her children, Dianne Winkelman of Clearwater, Judy of Cold Spring, Ruth Reinhardt of Eden Valley, Dwayne of Becker, Lloyd of Richmond, Gail of Becker, Roseann Ludwig of St. Cloud, and Rick of Litchfield; sisters, Veronica Schlangen of Cold Spring, Rose Schaefer of Paynesville, Clara Minnerath of Cold Spring, and Christine Maleska of Avon; brothers, Paul of Richmond and Daniel of Monticello; 20 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband in 1991; and brothers, Clement and Frank.

Angela Koetter
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond for Angela Koetter, 90, who died Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Koronis Manor Nursing Home in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Angie was born in Richmond, Minn., to Tobias and Catherine (Koetter) Behnen. She married Raymond Koetter on June 20, 1933, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Angie was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Christian Women, and Catholic Aid. She was also a former resident of the Mother Lucille Home in Richmond.

Angie is survived by her sister-in-law, Martha Behnen of Richmond; and her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, in 1987.

Oliver Gronsberg
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home for Oliver (Olly) M. Gronsberg, 83, formerly of Richmond, who died Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

The Rev. James Leary officiated.

Olly was born in Chisholm to Gust and Anna (Rex) Johnson. He was adopted by Ben and Carrie Gronsberg on Aug. 8, 1915. He married Mary (Aggie) Chelte on May 27, 1954, in Sioux Falls, S.D. They lived in Minneapolis until moving to Browns Lake in 1975. He was an engineer for the Minneapolis Public Schools for 28 years, retiring in 1975. He was a member of Eden Valley American Legion Post 381, the Eden Valley Sportsmen's Club, and Browns Lake Association. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Aggie of Richmond; three children; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Nicolas Theisen
Services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home for Nicholas A. Theisen, 78, who died Monday, Sept. 7, at Koronis Manor Nursing Home in Paynesville.

The Rev. Virgil Braun officiated. Casket bearers were Walter Parkhurst, John Snetselaar, Robert Kimbler, and Henry Stacken. Burial was in the Assumption Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Nicholas Theisen was born on Nov. 16, 1919, in Collegeville, Minn., to Edward and Catherine (Stover) Theisen. He married Mildred (Micki) Thompson on July 18, 1957, in Eden Valley. They lived in Iowa before moving to Eden Valley in 1966. He worked at Franklin Manufacturing in St. Cloud for 18 years, retiring in 1984.

Survivors include his wife, Micki of Paynesville; stepdaughters, Donna Snetselaar of Des Moines, Iowa, and Nancy Parkhurst of Bondurant, Iowa; five step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Erving, Alma Yentzl, Edward, Erma Sholtz, Leo, John, Rosemary Louis, and Peter.

Marcel Golembeski
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Marcel (Marc) R. Golembeski, 64, of Sauk Rapids, who died of cancer Sunday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Entombment will be in Hillside Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids.

Marc was born in Popple Creek, in rural Benton County, to Emil and Frieda (Trushenski) Golembeski. He married Marilyn Brick on Aug. 20, 1955, in St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud. He lived all his life in the Sauk Rapids area. He worked as a sales manager at Baston Chevrolet in St. Cloud for many years and owned and operated Sea Gull Motors in Sauk Rapids for 25 years, retiring in January 1998. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud and a member of the Automobile Dealers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughters and their spouses, Mark (Donna) of Ucaipa, Calf., Michele (Scott) Thompson of Elk River, Michael (Marianne) of Sauk Rapids, Marty of Sauk Rapids, Mary (Phil) Kosloske of Clear Lake, Marla (Dale) Pierskalla of St. Cloud, Melanie (John) Peterka of Eau Claire, Wis., and Melissa (Steven) Legatt of Sartell; mother, Frieda of Sauk Rapids; sister, Shirley Koprek of Sauk Rapids; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Norbert.

Vernon Dalthorp
Vernon (Zeke) Dalthorp, 76, of Portland, Ore., and formerly of Paynesville, Minn., died Aug. 29, 1998.

Memorial services were held in Portland, Ore., at St. Ann's Catholic Church, on Sept. 11, 1998, for Portland friends and relatives. Additional services will be held at a later date in Brimson, Minn., where he lived for many years.

Zeke was born in Edgerton, Minn., on Jan. 5, 1922, to Lawrence and Nell (Vanderpol) Dalthorp. He attended grade school and high school in Paynesville, Minn. He graduated in 1940.

He married Valeria Zapf of Paynesville in June of 1941. They resided in Paynesville until he entered the U.S. Army. He served from 1944 to 1946 as a First Lieutenant.

He worked as a printer for the Paynesville Press and several other printing offices in St. Cloud, Superior, Wis., and others.

He was a post commander for the American Legion Post 271 in Paynesville in 1950. He was also a member of the VFW Club and the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Valeria Dalthorp; children, Judy (Dick) Groth of Brimson, Minn., Michelle (Mike) Wentworth of Portland, Ore., Karlene (Stan) Gale of Grand Rapids, Minn., Steve (Kim) of Olympia, Wash., and Jim (Annette) of Nevada, Iowa.; and one sister, Evelyn (Tubby) Fye of Edgerton, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Zeke was preceded in death by sister Rosella Guptil, brother Duane (Bip) Dalthorp; and grandson baby James Gale.

Harold Magedanz
Harold R. Magedanz, 78, of Bowbells, N.D., died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, at his home.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 14, from Bowbells United Methodist Church. Burial was in Bowbells Community Cemetery. Active bearers were Kevin Melby, Kyle Melby, Don Thompson, Ronnie Hoskin, Bruce Anderson, James Funk, and Dale Ganskop. Honorary bearers included all of Harold's friends and neighbors. Officiating was the Rev. John McKnight. Music was provided by Grace Melby, soloist, and Murial Johnson, organist.

Harold was born on Aug. 2, 1920, and adopted by Robert and Frances (Miller) Magedanz. He was raised on a farm west of Bowbells and attended and graduated from Bowbells Public School. Following high school, he attended Concordia College for two years, after which he taught school in Northgate, N.D., for a period of time. He returned to college at West Mar College in Iowa and graduated from there.

While attending Westmar College, he met Ruth Stephens, and they were married on Oct. 9, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Iowa. They returned to Bowbells, where they lived on the family farm and farmed with Harold's father. He also worked as an insurance agent for Kenmar Farmer's Mutual for many years.

He loved music and over the years sang for many occasions. He was a member of the Masons and of the Bowbells United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Magedanz, of Kenmare, N.D.; two nephews; one niece; nine great-nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Joseph H. Athmann
Joseph H. Athmann, 110, of Melrose and formerly of Spring Hill, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill, with the Rev. Leo Leisen officiating. Casket bearers, cross bearer, and Scripture bearer were his great-grandchildren. Honorary bearers were John Heinen, Robert Bertram, Dan Hemmesch, Allen Lembeck, Duane Moscho, and Jim and Ray Welle. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Joseph Athmann was born on March 23, 1888, in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, Minn., to Bernard and Veronica (Heinze) Athmann.

He married Anna Waldorf on Oct. 28, 1913, at St. Michael's Church in Spring Hill, and farmed for six years in Spring Hill Township. They moved to Spring Hill, where he was employed by the state of Minnesota, maintaining Highway 4 until 1932. Anna died in 1923.

Joseph married Susan Waldorf on Nov. 25, 1924, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. They bought 61 acres near Spring Hill and farmed until his retirement.

He had resided at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose for the past seven years. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, St. Michael's Men's Society for 80 years, and served as the treasurer for the city of Spring Hill for 31 years.

Survivors include four children, Arnold of Melrose, Wilfred (Lucille) of Spring Hill, Rita Ritter of St. Rosa, and Genevieve Nathe of Circle Pines; brother, Al of Melrose; 19 grand-children; six step-grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his spouses, Anna Athmann in 1923, and Susan Athmann on May 9, 1973; children, Richard, Catherine and Barbara in infancy; brothers and sisters, Henry, Katie Michaels, Veronica Kochman, Theresa Wander, Lena Bohlig, John, Hubert, and Christ; and one step-great-grandchild.

Emma Doyle
Emma Doyle, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville, Minn.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Egeland, N.D., with the Rev. Randy Phillips officiating. Casketbearers were Duane Reed, Gene Finneman, David Barrett, Harry Rinas, Gary Hagler, and Ferdinand Morlock. Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Egeland, N.D.

Emma, the daughter of Robert and Tena (Svalde) McLaren, was born March 23, 1908, at Fairdale, N.D. She was raised and attended school at Fairdale.

Emma married Clarendon J. Doyle on Dec. 21, 1936, at Langdon, N.D. The couple moved to Egeland, N.D., in 1942, where she raised her family and helped her husband as custodian of the Egeland School. Emma moved to Paynesville, Minn., in 1991, and entered Assumption Home of Cold Spring, Minn., in 1996.

Emma is survived by her sons, Leon (Elizabeth) of Wimbledon, N.D., and Dennis (Nancy) of Coon Rapids, Minn.; daughters, Sharon (Brad) Johnson of Maple Grove, Minn., and Donna (David) Napolitan of Boynton Beach, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Sheila Doyle of Maple Plain, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, David McLaren of Wapheton, N.D.; and sisters, Loretta Watt of Milton, N.D., and Ida Dobmeier of Park River, N.D.

Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Clarendon, on Oct. 29, 1980; daughter, Phyllis Powell; son, Gerald; granddaughter; four brothers, Norman, Everal, Walter (Scotty), and Lloyd; and sister, Irene.

Eldon Moede
Eldon W. Moede, 91, passed away on Aug. 17, 1998, at Tucson Medical Center Hospice.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 22, 1998, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson, Ariz.

Eldon was born on May 8, 1907, in Paynesville, Minn., to Gustav and Ida (Nehring) Moede.

Eldon was a World War II veteran who served in the Corps of Engineers. He retired as a supervisor from Magma Copper Company in 1972. His hobbies included sports and music, especially barbershop quartets.

He and Evie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Evanor; son, Paul (Sandi) of Colorado Springs; and three grandsons.

Ruby Butler
Ruby Butler, 70, of Spicer, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, at her home in Spicer.

The funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Harrison Presbyterian Church in rural Spicer, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Interment was in the Spicer city cemetery.

Ruby Mae Blaurock was born on Feb. 8, 1928, near Paynesville. She was the daughter of Henry and Rose (Schoenleben) Blaurock. Ruby grew up on a family farm near Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1946. After graduating she worked for the I.G.A. store in Paynesville.

On Oct. 3, 1952, she was married to Guy Butler at the Church in the Vale in Brownwood, Iowa. Following their marriage, Ruby worked in Minneapolis for a stationery company, and for Coast to Coast as a secretary for several years. Guy and Ruby owned and operated a Dairy Queen in Navaree, Minn. After their retirement, they bought a lake home by Nisswa, Minn., and spent their winters at the Magic Valley Trailer Park in Weslaco, Texas. In 1983 they moved to Spicer, where she has lived since.

Ruby was a member of the Harrison Presbyterian Church, where she was the current secretary of the women's organization. Ruby was a good cook. Her hobbies included canning and sharing with her friends and relatives, crafts, knitting, and crocheting. She loved watching baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins.

Ruby is survived by two sisters, Marjorie Lindow of Portland, Ore., and Mildred (Arnold) Knebel of Paynesville; three nephews; four nieces; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Guy, in 1996.

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