September 1999 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
September 1999

Jeanette Riddle
Jeanette S. Riddle, 83, of Paynesville, died on Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Koehn officiated.

Jeanette was born on July 7, 1916, in Minneapolis to Edward and Hazel (Glass) Schroeder. She attended McKinley Grade School and North High School in Minneapolis.

She married Donald C. Walker in Wayzata in 1937. They lived in Mound, Minn., moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1950, and later moved to Fairbanks, Alaska.

She married Roy O. Riddle in Fairbanks in 1962. They moved into central Alaska, where they owned and operated a lodge. In 1979, they retired and moved to Caldwell, Idaho.

In 1985, she moved to Paynesville, and in 1991, became a tenant of 700 Stearns Place. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville; Naomi Circle; the National Federation of the Blind Minnesota chapter, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

Jeanette is survived by her son, James (Sharon) Walker of Fairbanks; step-son, B.J. (Donna) Cole of Niles, Mich.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and aunt, Kathleen Heath of Paynesville

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald, in 1959; husband, Roy, in 1983; and sister, Marjorie Schroeder.

Alma Vadner
Alma C. Vadner, 95, of Paynesville and formerly of Kimball, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Hoyme officiated. Burial took place in the Eden Lake Cemetery in rural Eden Valley.

Alma was born on March 14, 1904, in Eden Lake Township, Minn., to William and Belle (Driver) Coulter. She attended school in Eden Lake Township.

She married Lester H. Vadner on Oct. 11, 1924, in St. Cloud. They lived in St. Paul, and moved to Buffalo, Minn., in 1926. They also lived in Monticello and Kimball, where they farmed. They retired to Paynesville in 1978.

Alma has been a resident of Koronis Manor since 1994. She celebrated her 95th birthday on March 14, 1999. She enjoyed her family and loved to cook delicious chicken dinners for them.

Alma is survived by her sons, Dale (Wanda) of Paynesville, Kermit (Beulah) of Nashville, Tenn., Russell (Donna) of Paynesville, Douglas (Vivian) of South Haven, and Walter (Lois) of Andover; daughters, Evelyn Austvold (Leslie Johnson) of Sedan, Minn., Beulah Clapshaw of Villard, Minn., and Kathleen (Carl) Anderson of Alexandria; daughter-in-law, Jan Vadner of Kimball; 20 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester in 1989; son, John; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers, William, Russell, and John Coulter; sisters, Lizzie Randall, Ethel Cloakey, Eileen Cahill, Mary Storlie, Ida Hoskins, Dorothy Magee, and Esther Wendroth.

Walter Fyle
Walter T. Fyle, 77, of Paynesville, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Walter was born on May 3, 1922, in Monticello, Minn., to Jacob and Mary (Menth) Fyle. He married Bernadette Zenzen on Sept. 17, 1956, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa, Minn. He worked for Cold Spring Granite Company and as a custodian at Paynesville High School. In 1959, they moved to Paynesville, where they have resided since. He was a member of the St. Louic Catholic Church and St. Louis Knights of Columbus Council 3820.

Walter is survived by his wife, Bernadette of Paynesville; sons, Ron of South Haven and Roger of St. Cloud; five grandchildren; siblings, Lorraine Wikelius of Alexandria, Sister Sharon Fyle OSF of Alexandria, Sister Blanche Fyle OSF of Alexandria, Larry of Nisswa, Bill of Monticello, Gene of Monticello, Barbara Rooney of Cambridge, and Delly Rank of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marie; and an infant brother.

Edward Block
Edward H. Block, 77, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Intern Pastor David DeMars officiated. Burial took place in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Edward was born on Dec. 23, 1921, in Cedar Mills, Minn., to Emil Sr. and Olga (Runke) Block. He married Veronica Theis in the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville in 1947. They later divorced.

He workeed at the Paynesville Dray Line and as a laborer on several Paynesville area turkey farms. He lived in the Paynesville area most of his life and was an avid fisherman.

Edward is survived by his children, Mary Jane Hein of Arizona, David of Coon Rapids, Robert of North Dakota, Dennis of California, and Sue Ann of Hopkins; five grandchildren; brothers, Herb of Paynesville, and Emil Jr. (Janet) and Kenneth (Kathy), all of Paynesville; sister Sylvia (Roger) Rein of Williston, N.D.; and eight nieces and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; a nephew; and a great-nephew.

Jerry Coulter
Jerry Ford Coulter, 59, died on Sept. 11, 1999, at the University of Minnesota Hospital.

Funeral services were held at the Eden Valley Church of God on Sept. 15, 1999.

He was born on June 3, 1940, in Eden Valley, the son of John (Jack) and Blanche (Mills) Coulter. He was baptized in the Christian faith, and grew up in the Eden Valley area.

Jerry was united in marriage to Crystal Jacobson on Sept. 2, 1961, in Minneapolis. Jerry worked at the Ford plant in St. Paul before moving to Hector. He worked as a mechanic for Fairway Construction in Hector, and also as a maintenance mechanic for Southern Minnesota Sugar Beet Cooperative in Renville. Jerry loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed gardening, bowling, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal of Hector; son, Mark (Bambi) of Hector, daughters Allison of Hector and Jacqueline (Vance) Zins of Ames, Iowa; brother, Jim (Nancy) of Isanti; sister, Barbara (Bob) Johnson of Paynesville; brother-in-law, Donald Albright of Paynesville; five grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Vivian in infancy and Virginia Albright in 1988; and niece, Ronda Coulter.

Charleen was preceded in death by daughter, Charliss Hannan; parents; and brother, John Hanault.

Charleen Hannan
Charleen C. Hannan, 70, of Litchfield, died of cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at her residence in Litchfield.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, at the Church of St. Philip in Litchfield. Father Peter Nosbush officiated. Inurnment was at St. Gertrude's Catholic Cemetery in Forest City.

Charleen Catherine Hannan was born on Sept. 26, 1928, in Hartford, Conn., to Medric and Mary (Mitzi) (Polovitzer) Henault. She moved with her family from Hartford to East Glastonbury, Conn., to Detroit, Mich., and settled in Litchfield when she was 10 years old. Charleen attended grade school and high school in Litchfield.

She married James J. Hannan on Feb. 18, 1947, at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Litchfield, where they lived most of their married life.

Charleen worked at the SuperAmerica service station in Litchfield. She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, a 500 club, and St. Philip's Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and bingo, and traveling with Jim to Arizona in the winter.

She is survived by her husband, James; daughter, Catherine (Paul) Dols of Chanhassen; sons, William (MaryKay) of Litchfield, Robert of Litchfield, Larry (Joyce) of Rapid City, S.D., Tim (Laurie) of Hamel, and James of Prior Lake; 15 grandchildren; sister, Barbara Quinn of Merced, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Charleen was preceded in death by daughter, Charliss Hannan; parents; and brother, John Hanault.

Gerald Burr
Gerald Burr, 81, of Paynesville, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at the Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at Grace Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Ric Koehn and the Rev. Norval Curry will officiate. Interment will be held at the Paynesville Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Gerald was born on Sept. 18, 1917, in Paynesville, to Frank and Carrie (Marther) Burr. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and was one of the crew that developed Itasca State Park. Following World War II, he was a plumber foreman in Guam for Betchtel Construction Co.

On May 22, 1939, he married Iva Myrtle Brossard in Eden Valley. They made their home in Paynesville, then moved to California in 1949. He worked in the shipyards until 1945, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army, becoming a corporal in the First Guard Co. at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Paynesville where he owned and operated his own plumbing business until 1963. He was a master plumber and steam fitter. He worked for Local 308 in St. Cloud until retiring in 1971. He was a Master Mason and a member of the Paynesville Masonic Lodge No. 71., a 50-year member of the Paynesville American Legion, and a former member of the Paynesville VFW. He also was a retired 20-year member of the Paynesville Fire Department and a member of the Plumbers and Fitters Union Local 308.

He is survived by his children, Jerry (Jane) of Paynesville, Linda (Don) Jensen of Eden Valley, and Kevin (Verna) of Cold Spring; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four stepbrothers, Tom Burr of Paynesville, Donald Burr of Litchfield, Lloyd Burr of Orlando, Fla., and Robert Burr of Concord, N.H.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1995; parents; brother; and stepsister.

Allen Slavick
Allen L. "Check" Slavick, 73, of Willmar and originally of Paynesville, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1, 1999, at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis following an extended illness.

The memorial service was held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar with the Rev. Steven Bielenberg officiating. Burial will be in the Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born June 7, 1926, in Belfield, N.D., to Emil V. and Ida (Miller) Slavick. He grew up in Belfield and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps and was stationed in the United States. On June 12, 1949, he married Delna Ehrreich and they lived in Marshall, Rochester, and Hopkins before returning to Willmar in 1964. He worked as a hard surface layer and also owned and operated Check's Sports and Marine in Willmar. He was a member of the American Legion and Redeemer Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Mike (Kathy) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Alan (Shirley) of Soldiers Grove, Wis.; daughter, Kathy Thompson of Madison, Wis.; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, Myron "Doc" (Leola) of San Diego and sister, Carol Slavick (Mark Clements) of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Elmo Gaspar
Elmo J. Gaspar, 80, of Eden Valley, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Services were held on Monday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m., at the Eden Valley-Watkins High School in Eden Valley. The Rev. Russell Magaw officiated. Burial was in the Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Elmo Gaspar was born on Feb. 13, 1919, in Eden Valley to Joseph and May (Hamon) Gaspar. He married Lorraine Brossard on Oct. 8, 1940, at the Eden Valley Church of God.

He married Helen Haag on Dec. 27, 1996, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

He lived in Eden Valley his entire life. He owned and operated the 76-year family business, Gaspar's Fairway Foods, in Eden Valley. He also started a grocery store in Paynesville, which is now Wally's G&T. He was a lifetime member of the Church of God, and held many local, state, and national denominational leadership positions in the church. He was instrumental in establishing Long Lake Bible Camp. He also established and was a member of Eden Valley Community Men's Bible Study. He was a former member and treasurer of the Eden Valley School Board for many years. He established the Gaspar Family Business Scholarship at Eden Valley-Watkins High School. He was a member and past president of the Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was a member, past president, and treasurer of the Eden Valley Lions, and was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was a founding member and was active in the Eden Valley United Fund. He was a member of the Minnesota Food Retailers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Eden Valley; children, Robert E. (Kathy) of McKinney, Texas, William J. (Adonna) of Deephaven, Cheryl A. (Robert) Peterson of Chanhassen, Merry S. (Keith) Barry of Buffalo, Michele L. (Scott) Millard of Omaha, Neb., and Stacey L. (Charles) Thielen of Paynesville; step-children, Gene (Dorothy) Haag of Loretto, Judy (Jim) Printy of Ramsey, Bob (Judy) Haag of Eden Valley, Tom (Linda) Haag of Eden Valley, and Joe (Mary) Haag of Andover; sister, Lorraine O. Gaspar of Minneapolis; brother, James of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; 37 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Lorraine, on May 27, 1995.

Vince Mackedanz
Vince B. Mackedanz, 69, of Sauk Centre, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, with the Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer and the Rev. George Zeck officiating. Serving as casket bearers were Jack Sunderman, Rudy Beste, Jim Winters, and Ralph, Jerome, and LeRoy Mackedanz. Cross bearer was Michael Mackedanz. Military honors were provided by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard, with interment following in Calvary Cemetery.

Vince Mackedanz was born on Feb. 10, 1930, in Eden Lake Township, Stearns County, to Bernard and Anna (Flint) Mackedanz. He was united in marriage to Joan Solga on Oct. 23, 1951, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Browerville, Minn. He then served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. The couple then resided in Keewatin, where he was employed by the Mesabi Range Railroad. They then moved to St. Cloud, where he was employed by the Lakeland Bakeries. In 1955, they moved to Sauk Centre. From 1979 to 1982, he was employed by the Hennington Insurance Agency, and then he was a bartender at the Tic Toc Bar until retiring in 1992. Vince was also a school bus driver for 22 years in the Sauk Centre Public Schools. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and the Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Mackedanz of Sauk Centre; sons, Bruce (Patricia) of Cologne and Pat (Joan) of Mora; 11 grandchildren; siblings, Julitta Schmitz and Agnes Piene of Richmond, Louise (Cyril) Mehr of St. Martin, Ralph and LeRoy (Joyce) of Paynesville, and Jerome (Marie) of Elk River.

Arnold "Smokey" Bennett
Arnold "Smokey" Bennett, 59, of Paynesville, died Monday, Aug. 23, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, with the Rev. Rich Hubert officiating. Interment was held in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Arnold "Smokey" Bennett was born on Sept. 7, 1939, in Albert Lea. He was the son of Michael and Gladys Bennett. Smokey attended school in Newport, where he worked at Bennett's Shoe Repair. He later moved to St. Cloud, where he worked at another shoe repair store. In 1997, he moved to Paynesville.

Smokey enjoyed building model airplanes. He loved music, and was talented at playing the keyboard and guitar.

He is survived by his mother, Gladys, of California; sisters, Pat Otley of St. Paul, Neva Gay of Missouri, Mary Bennett of Iowa, and Donna Bennett of Chicago; and brother, Stanley Bennett of South Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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