Miscellaneous Stearns County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2001

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EVELYN KORTAN-DEPREE
Services for Evelyn R. Kortan-DePree, age 80, of Long Prairie, formerly of Sauk Centre, who died Sunday, July 1 at Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home, were Tuesday, July 3 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. James Statz officiating.
Evelyn Kortan-DePree was born on Feb. 22, 1921 in Sauk Centre Township, to Charles and Mary (Novak) Kortan. She was raised and worked on the Kortan farm in Sauk Centre. She was employed by Jennie-O in Melrose for many years. She married Donald DePree on Oct. 2, 1971 in Park Rapids. Evelyn has lived in nursing homes for the past 12 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and the American Legion Post 67 Auxiliary.
Survivors include her brothers and sisters, Mathilda Dusek and her husband, Jerome, Helen Norgarden, George Kortan and his wife, Rose and Richard Kortan and his wife, Joan, all of Sauk Centre.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Donald DePree on April 25, 1977 and brothers, Bill, Steve, Frank, Charlie and Jim Kortan. Casket bearers were Dennis, Mike, Louis and Mark Kortan, Jerome Dusek and Ernest Uhlenkamp. Honorary bearers were Christian Mothers and Cross bearer was Arletta Kortan. Memorials are preferred.

OTTILLIA ROERICK
Services for Ottillia M. Roerick, age 93, of Melrose, who died Monday, July 2 at Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose were celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Ken Thielmann officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Ottillia Roerick was born in St. Anna, Wis., to Anton and Catherine (Bertram) Mohr. She married Hubert V. Roerick on Oct, 13, 1938 in St. Francis Catholic Church, St. Francis. They farmed near Grey Eagle until moving to Melrose in 1962. She has resided in Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose since 1987. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include her children, Anthony Roerick of Rapid City, SD, Linus Roerick and his wife, JoAnne of Grey Eagle, Arnold Roerick and his wife, Arlene of Minnetonka, Engelbert Roerick and his wife, Shari of Sauk Centre, Sylvester Roerick and his wife, Mary of Chanhassen, Theresa Michels of St. Cloud, Celestina Muellner and her husband, Alquin of St. Joseph; 23 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert V. Roerick on Jan. 4, 1980; brothers, Edmund, Engelbert, Joseph, Sylvester, and John Mohr.
Serving as casket bearers were Dean, Chad, Jeff, and Mike Roerick, Gary and Wally Michels. Cross bearer was Amy Roerick; scripture bearer was Jessica Toenyan; honorary bearers were Scott and Thomas Roerick, Jason and John Muellner, and Rodney Michels.

JAMES EDWARDS
Services were Tuesday, July 3 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina, for James Edwards, New Munich and formerly of Plymouth, who died Thursday, June 28, 2001.
He was a graduate of the University of Colorado. For the past 20 years he was a self-employed accountant/consultant. He enjoyed a life-long interest in photography, traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, children: Tim of Eagan, Pam (Tom) Mikkelson of Prior Lake, John (Tammy) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren: Ben, Lauren, Annie, Kaylee, Cody, Casey, Leia, Elise; brothers: Robert (Nancy), Charlotte, N.C., Richard (Lorraine), Sandwich, Ill; and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clincs and Hospitals.

DORIS PIECHOWSKI
Services were Monday, July 2 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Browns Valley for Doris F. Piechowski, 52, formerly of Melrose, who died Friday, June 29 at her home from a lengthy illness.
Burial was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Browns Valley.
Doris Piechowski was born April 4, 1949, in Melrose to Martin and Kathyrn (Schmitz) Tschida. She married Neil Piechowski Dec. 18, 1971 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose. They lived on a family farm near Browns Valley where they farmed for 27 years.
Survivors include her husband, daughters and son-in-law: Glenda, Brookings, S.D., Kim and Tom Kreber, Brandon, S.D.; mother, Kathryn, Melrose; sisters: JoAnn, St. Cloud, Bob and Mary Douvier, Sauk Centre; brothers Don and Becky, Brooklyn Park, Rich and Sharon, Albany.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Memorials are preferred to American Cancer Society or the Stevens Community Medical Center Homecare and Hospice of Morris.

HILDA CZECH
Services for Hilda A. Czech, age 95 of Grey Eagle, who died Wednesday, June 27 at
Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernie Gruenes will be officiating with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Hilda Anna Czech was born June 27, 1906 in Saint Anthony to John and Mary (Ziegler) Tschida. She married Leo Czech on February 15, 1927 in Saint Anthony. The couple farmed three miles east of Upsala. They moved to Blackduck, where they farmed until moving to Minneapolis in 1958. They moved to Birch Lake in 1968. They moved to Village View Apartments in Grey Eagle until 1997, when they moved to Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. Leo died on May 8, 1998. She was a member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, and the Saint Joseph's Christian Mothers.
Survivors include her children, Arthur Czech and his wife, Nadine of Blackduck, Delores Parron of Cottage Grove; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters and brother, Rose Gangl, Caroline Keiefler, Mayme Schmitz, and Ed Tschida; grandson, Gary Parron.
Serving as casket bearers will be Aadam Czech, Dale Czech, Gene Czech, Rich Czech, Mike Dwire, and Lewie Hildebrand. Cross bearer will be Renee Hildebrand, scripture bearer will be Lynn Dwire.

HAROLD OTTE
Harold J. Otte, age 77, of Sauk Centre died Monday, June 18, 2001 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre.
Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, June 21 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Theodore Niehaus officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Harold J. Otte was born on February 18, 1924 in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Bernard and Catherine G. (Jenniges) Otte. He married Alberta Ella Gamradt on Nov. 28, 1944 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He lived and farmed in Sauk Centre all his life. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and Bishop F. Busch Council #4863 Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta Otte of Sauk Centre; children, Donald Otte and his wife, Edna of Sauk Centre, Marilyn Harris and her husband, Chuck of Sauk Centre, Laura Moscho of St. Cloud, Karen Scott and her husband, Donald of Sauk Centre, and Sonja Miller and her husband, Brian of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Agnes Schwieters of Glenwood, Theresa Ward and her husband, David of Anoka, Walter Otte and his wife, Maxine of Chula Vista, CA, Lorraine Geer and her husband, Bill of Sparta, Tenn., Katherine Otte of Lemon Grove, CA; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Richard Otte, Bernard Otte, Rose Schwieters, Hilda Lentz and Monica Farrow.
Casket bearers were grandchildren, Steve Balamut, Aaron Moscho, Nathan Moscho, Jeff Otte, Jane Bontje and Jennifer Moscho. Cross bearer was Pam Durbin with Katelyn and Brandon Durbin. Honorary bearers were Leo and Toni Wiener, Lawrence Marthaler, Virgil Niehaus, Kenny Gamradt, LeRoy Sukke, Andy and Dora Wiegers, Lewis and Leora Calkins, Vern Karasch, Al Schmitz, Gene and Linda Miller, Ervin Schmiesing, David and Sharon Gamradt and Howard and Janice Majerus. Gift bearers will be Genna Ironi, Andrea Miller and Sara Balamut.

MELVIN ROERING
Melvin E. Roering, age 63 of Sauk Centre died Sunday, June 10 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sauk Centre. Melvin Roering was born on May 19, 1932 in Greenwald, Minnesota to Albert and Elizabeth (Beckerman) Roering. He married Loretta C. Ludwig on June 10, 1967 at Roscoe, Minnesota. They lived in Freeport where he was employed by the Freeport Co-op Creamery. They moved to Grove City where he was employed by Kronis Mills and then Mills Farms. They moved to Melrose where he worked for Melrose Turkey Farm. They moved to Sauk Centre where he hog farmed until his retirement in 1999. Melvin enjoyed fishing and going to auctions. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Roering of Sauk Centre; children, Diane Roering and her fiancée, Michael Holes of St. Paul, Kathy Rust and her husband, Robert of Villard and Frank Roering of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Viola Kleve of Freeport, Virgil Roering and his wife, Jenny of Richmond, Leander Roering and his wife, Betty of St. Joseph, Andy Roering and his wife, Marge of Glenwood and Mary Jane Bohnen and her husband, Jack of Blaine, and 2 grandchildren, Isaac and Zachary Rust.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edmund, Ted, Abe, Wilfred, Bernard and Tony Roering.
Casket bearers will be David, Dennis and Mike Roering, Jeremy and Ronald Ludwig and Wayne Larson. Honorary bearers will be Hugo and Billy Massmann and Buddy Jones.

JULETTA KUNSTLEBEN-WOLBECK
Services for Juletta A. Kunstleben-Wolbeck, age 77, of Freeport, who died Tuesday,
May 8, at her home in Freeport, will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with one hour visitation prior to service.
Deacon Julius Beckermann will officiate, with burial in the parish cemetery.
Juletta Kunstleben-Wolbeck was born January 25, 1924 in Melrose to John and Agnes (Dickhaus) Hiltner. She married Henry William Kunstleben on Feb. 17, 1947 in Saint Cloud. The couple farmed near Holdingford. Henry passed away June 20, 1985. She married John Wolbeck on October 10, 1992 in St. Anthony. John passed away on May 7, 1993. She resided in Freeport. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Melrose VFW Auxillary and the Freeport Christian Mothers.
Survivors include sons and daughters, Vera Lou Klaphake and her husband, John of Albany, Lorinda Bogatzki and her husband, Richard of Albany, Duane Kunstleben and his wife, Mary Kay of Avon, Dennis Kunstleben and his wife, Marilyn of Avon, Carol Ann Klemmer and her husband, Nick of Albany, Eugene Kunstleben and his wife, Agnes of Avon; step-children, Rita Trisko and her husband, Clarence of Sauk Centre, Leroy Wolbeck and his wife, Irene of Sauk Centre, Donald Wolbeck and his wife, Jeanine of Sauk Centre, Irene Uhlenkamp and her husband, Vernon of Sauk Centre, Irma Bromenshenkel and her husband David of Sauk Centre, Irvin Wolbeck and his wife, Donna Mae of Sauk Centre, Marilyn Bromenshenkel and her husband, Daniel of Sauk Centre, Doris Hamilton and her husband, Dallas of Sauk Centre, Joyce Primus and her husband, Michael of Sauk Centre, Arlene McKigney and her husband, Leo of Villard, Arlis Pesta and her husband, David of Long Prairie; brothers and sisters, Martha Butkowski and her husband, Florian of New Munich, Raymond Hiltner and his wife, Alice of Waite Park, Melvin Hiltner and his wife, Irene of Burtrum, Lidwina Wolbeck and her husband, Lawrence of Grey Eagle, Alphonse Hiltner of Melrose, Leander Hiltner and his wife, Linda of Scandia, MN, Clarissa Barthel and her husband, Eldred of Grey Eagle, Anna Mae Speldrich and her husband, Donald of Belgrade, Cyril Hiltner and his wife, Carolyn of Belgrade; 20 grandchildren; 51 step grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 46 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Henry Kunstleben and John Wolbeck; daughter, Diane Kunstleben; brothers, Edward Hiltner, Edwin Hiltner; sisters Leona Wolbeck and Alvina Hiltner; 1 step great-grandchild.
Grandchildren will serve as casket bearers and cross bearer.

TONY MERTEN
Services for Anthony "Tony" R. Merten, 81, of Sauk Centre who died Tuesday, May 8, at St. Michael's Hospital, were Friday, May 11, 2001 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel and Rev. Andrew Marthaler officiating.
Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Anthony Rudolph Merten was born on April 16, 1920 in Sauk Centre to John and Mary (Dusek) Merten. He married Rose Katherine Weiss on Sept. 28, 1943 at St. Alexius Catholic Church, West Union. He was employed by Farmer's Co-op Elevator and Modern Farm Equipment in Sauk Centre until retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre Seniors and St. Paul's Catholic Aid. He enjoyed gardening, card playing, traveling and visiting with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose Merten, and his seven children, Marilyn (Harold) Fiedler of Sauk Centre; Rosemary (Jaime) Cabanilla of Ellicott City, MD; Mike (Dorene) Merten of Sauk Centre; Carol (Elbert) Williams of Arlington, VA; David (Rose) Merten of Manitowoc, WI; Dale (Linda) Merten of Onalaska, WI; Patty (Pat) Mehrer of Glyndon, MN; 21 grandchildren; sister, Margaret Rutten of Osakis and family friend, Raymond Kozitka of North Little Rock, AR.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Merten and brother-in-law, Bernard Rutten. Casket bearers and cross bearer were his children.

MICHELE FISCHER
Services were Saturday, May 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church St Cloud for Michele (Shelley) Fischer, age 34, who died Wednesday, May 2 at St. Cloud Hospital.
Burial was in Assumption Cemetery.
Michele was born Nov. 18, 1966 in Faribault to Dennis and Patricia (Armstrong) Genette She moved to Sauk Rapids with her family in 1976. She graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1985 and then St. Cloud State University with a degree in social work. She married Paul J. Fischer on May 26, 1990 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. She worked as a social worker for Stearns County Social Services from l990 until 1996 when she and her mother started Home Sweet Home of St. Cloud Inc.., an in-home management service for vulnerable adults. She and her husband moved to Sartell in 1995. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and she was a 1eader of "I Can Cope", a cancer support group from the St. Cloud Hospital
Michele is survived by her husband, Sartell; children, Kelsey and Cole, at home; parents, Waite Park; sister, Deanna Genette; and brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Julie Genette of St. Cloud. She is also survived by maternal grandmother, Arlene Armstrong, St. Cloud.

LAUREN PETERSON
Services for Lauren K. Peterson, 28, Melrose, who died Friday, April 27, at the St. Cloud Hospital, were Wednesday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Granite City Baptist Church, St. Cloud. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery, Farmington.
Lauren K. Peterson was born Feb. 14, 1973 in Farmington to Edward and Fern Peterson. She married Seth Peterson on June 29, 1996 at Faith United Methodist Church, Farmington. Lauren enjoyed doing photography, cooking, hunting and fishing. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Baxter and was attending Granite City Baptist Church, St. Cloud.
Survivors include her husband, Seth Peterson, Melrose; son: Phillip Thomas Peterson, Melrose; mother and father: Edward and Fern Peterson, Farmington; brothers and sister: Darren Peterson, Danbury, Conn.; Ryan Peterson, Burnsville; and Sharon King, Farmington.

WILLIAM BLENKER 
Services were Tuesday, May 1 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church for William Blenker, 84, who died Saturday, April 28 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home.
Burial was in the parish cemetery with full military honors provided by Albany American Legion Post 482.
Arrangements were made by Williams Funeral Home, Avon.
William Blenker was born Sept. 22, 1916 in Albany to Henry and Mathilda (Thielman) Blenker. He married Valeria Cremers on Oct. 13, 1942, in Seven Dolors Catholic Church. He attended St. John's University, Collegeville, and the University of Minnesota, and graduated with a degree in mortuary science in 1937. He played baseball in the Great Soo League and was drafted by the New York Yankees and played in their farm system for several years. He returned to Albany and started Blenker Funeral Home and Ambulance Service, Blenker Hardware and Furniture and Blenker Propane with his father. He was stationed in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He lived in Avon from 1973 to 1998, when he entered the nursing home. He was a member of Albany American Legion Post 482, Melrose VFW Post 7050, Catholic Aid Association, Third Degree Knights of Columbus Albany Council 3628, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Father Pierz General Assembly, and was a charter member and former president of Albany Lions Club. He was one of the original founders of the Albany Golf Course, where he was president and a board member for many years.
Survivors include his wife; children, David, Jean Pundsack and Carol Andvik of Albany, and Diane Schiffler of Avon; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Callahan of Albany and Mary Catherine Hagen of Edina.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, infant twin Wilfred and Frederick "Fritz."
Memorials are preferred.

CLARENCE WUEBKERS 
Services were Monday, April 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Clarence Wuebkers, 63, Upsala, who died Friday, April 27 from cancer.
Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, Freeport.
Clarence Wuebkers was born April 4, 1938 in St. Francis to Herman and Teckla Wuebkers.
He graduated from Upsala High School in 1954. After graduation, he joined the National Guard and farmed with his father. He married Christine Gerads on June 2, 1964, in Upsala. He farmed until 1989 and then retired to Upsala, but continued to help on his sons' farms. His interests were farming, reading, putting puzzles together, watching westerns, playing cards, smoking his pipe and playing with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Christine of Upsala; sons, Dale and Diane Wuebkers of St. Francis; Robert and Gail Wuebkers of St. Francis; Herman and Brenda Wuebkers of Holdingford, daughters Karen and Scott Rudolph of Opole, and Karla and Sheldon Tschida of Freeport; brother and sister, Jerome Wuebkers of Upsala and Viola Wuebkers of Little Falls; and 16 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Ronald, and an infant son.
Casket bearers were Tim Gerads, Joyce Albertson, Randy Brickweg, Tina Goebel, Melissa Servatius, Kevin Wuebkers, Jerry Pohlmann and Donny Pohlmann. Cross bearer was Ben Wuebkers.LAWRENCE M. SCHRIVER
Services for Lawrence M. Schriver, age 75, of Big Birch Lake, who died Saturday, April 21 at his home on Big Birch Lake were celebrated on Wednesday, April 25 at Church of St. Joseph, Grey Eagle.
Presiding at the funeral liturgy was Msgr. James Habiger, Rev. Bernard Gruenes, Rev. Kenneth Popp, and Rev. Donald LeMay, O.S.B. Interment was at St. Andrew's Cemetery in Greenwald.
Mr. Schriver was born Dec. 23, 1925 in Avon to John and Anna (Jacobs) Schriver and spent his formative years in St Joseph. He was a graduate of St Cloud Technical High School (1943), attended St. Mary's College of Winona, and served in the Navy V-5 program in World War II. He retired as a Honeywell executive at the end of 1989 after 37 years of service. His career was primarily focused in the Aerospace and Underseas Systems Divisions.
Mr. Schriver was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, the Plymouth Lions, American Legion Post #101 of Melrose, Long-time Director of the Big Birch Lake Association; Vice President of the Sandy Beach Associated Property Owners; and Chairman of the Grey Eagle Township Planning Commission. He was a generous contributor to many charitable causes and environmental groups.
Mr. Schriver is survived by his wife, the former Corinne Wurst of Big Birch Lake, one sister, Mrs. Ervin (Clara) Bohlig of Melrose and many nephew and nieces. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Aloysius, Walter, Louis and Nick, and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Alvina) Borgmann and Mrs. Paul (Alma) Pierson.
Serving as casket bearers were: Bruce Jacobs, Gregg Jacobs, J. R. Jacobs, David Kelly, James Schriver, John Schriver, Paul Wurst, and Thomas Wurst; honorary casket bearers were: Norman Bohlig, Dr. Paul Damrow, Patrick Gallagher, Dewayne Gerding, Dr. James Hammarsten, Hollis Hinnenkamp, James Johnson, Marvin Kollodge, Donald Manske, Robert Meyer, Roger Poganski, Donald Stalboerger, Roger Plombon, George Tiemann, Eugene Waldorf, and Glenn Weiher. Lectors were David Kelly and Catherine Kelly Olson.
Memorials are preferred to St. John's University or the donor's choice.

FRANCES TIEMANN
Frances M. Tiemann, age 93 of Melrose, died Wednesday, April 18 at Melrose Area Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2000 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Frances Tiemann was born August 3, 1907 in Melrose to George and Mary (Hinnenkamp) Tiemann. She worked at Nathe & Koopmeiner Grocery in St. Cloud for 15 years, returning to Melrose in 1944. She was employed by Meyer Electric in Melrose for 25 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, St. Elizabeth Society, Melrose Senior Citizens, Melrose Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered 63 years at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, 50 year member of the church choir.
Survivors include her sister, Hattie Pulrang of Enumclaw, Washington; many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Norbert Tiemann; sisters, Josephine Pung and Alvina Hokemeier.
Serving as casket bearers were Walter Hinnenkamp, Herman Hinnenkamp, James Meyer, LeRoy Tiemann, Roman Sundermann, and Phillip Swanson
Cross bearer will be Ann Tiemann, scripture bearer will be Irene Pohlmann, honorary bearers will be St. Elizabeth's Society.

JESUS GUADALUPE AVILA
Jesus Guadalupe Avila of Melrose, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001 at St. Cloud 
Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in 
Melrose with Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating.
Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Jesus Avila was born Feb. 2, 2001in St. Cloud to Gabriela Orozco and Hector 
Avila.
Survivors include parents, Gabriela Orozco of Melrose and Hector Avila; 
brothers, Michael Avila and Christopher Avila of Melrose; maternal grandmother, 
Maria Guzman of Melrose; maternal grandfather Wenseslao Orozco of California; 
paternal grandmother Beatriz Fernandez of Mexico.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Hector Avila.

RAY VANHAVERMAET
Ray VanHavermaet, 70, of Sauk Centre died Thursday, Feb.1, 2001 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001 at St. Paul's 
Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating. Burial 
followed in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre Honor 
Guard.
Ray VanHavermaet was born on February 2, 1930 in Sauk Centre, to Henry and 
Elizabeth (Huhne) VanHavermaet. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during 
the Korean Conflict. He married Betty E. Beilke on Nov. 7, 1956 at St. Paul's 
Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He was employed by Unger Furniture as a delivery 
person, carpet layer and salesperson for many years. He enjoyed going to 
auctions, fishing, playing cards and shaking dice.
He is survived by his wife, Betty VanHavermaet of Sauk Centre; 5 children, Susan 
VanHavermaet of Sauk Centre, Jerry VanHavermaet and his wife, Bev of Sauk 
Centre, Roger VanHavermaet and his wife, Brenda of Sauk Centre, Bill 
VanHavermaet of Sauk Centre and Karen Weber and her husband, Dan of Melrose; 
brothers and sisters, Henry VanHavermaet and his wife, Lucille of Ward Springs, 
John VanHavermaet and his wife, Ginny of White Bear Lake, Frances "Red" Terwey 
and her husband, Roman of Grey Eagle, Ann Bruggentheis and her husband, Bob of 
Grey Eagle, Mary Ann Kiffmeyer of Wells, MN, Betty Schimmel of Grey Eagle and 
Margaret Rassmusen of Ward Springs and nine grandchildren, Brandon, Kate, 
Michelle and Jordan VanHavermaet, Andy, Jessica and Crystal VanHavermaet and 
Jennifer and Lisa Weber.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sister, Norb, Louie and 
Loretta VanHavermaet.
Casket bearers were Dan Ceminski, Ralph Bruggentheis, Dale VanHavermaet, Gary 
Dierkhising, Scott Beilke, LeRoy Jacobs. Cross bearer was Janelle Dierkhising 
and Scripture bearer was Jordan VanHavermaet.
Honorary bearers were Bill Unger, Arnie Roering, Allan Bromenshenkel, Raphael 
Trisko, Sidney Hill, Erwin Massmann, Pat Deters, Andy Volkmann, George 
Middendorf, Art VanHavermaet and Hub Sunderman.

SYLVESTER SAND
Sylvester L. Sand, Sr., age 67, died Saturday at the Assumption Nursing Home, 
Richmond, of cancer. Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Sts. Peter and Paul 
Catholic Church, Richmond with burial in the parish cemetery.
Sylvester was born in New Munich on January 21, 1934 to Herman and Elizabeth 
(Humbert) Sand. He married Theresia Schmitz on May 16, 1956 in Sts. Peter & Paul 
Catholic Church. He farmed in the Richmond area until his retirement in 1995. He 
was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Independent Order of 
Foresters.
Survivors include his wife; children: Mary T. Gill, Cold Spring; Pat M. 
Westlund, Sauk Centre; Syl Jr., Paynesville; Mark, Richmond; Pete, Cold Spring; 
Lisa Lichte, South Haven; brothers and sisters: Paul, Alexandria; Marie Thull, 
Greenwald; Rose Poepping, New Munich; Walter, New Munich; Edwin, Melrose; and 
Eileen Frieler, Annandale; 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was 
preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.

ELIZABETH G. WEBER
Elizabeth G. Weber, age 89, of Melrose, died Thursday, January 25, 2001 at the 
Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church 
in Melrose. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated.
Elizabeth Gertrude Weber was born in Melrose to Joe and Anna (Herzog) 
Thieschafer. She worked as a nanny in Sauk Centre for several years. She married 
Anthony Weber on April 26, 1938 at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. 
The couple lived in Freeport for several years, moving to Melrose in 1940. She 
retired in 1971. She moved to Roseview Manor in Melrose in 1987. She has resided 
at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville since 1997. She was a member of 
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Saint Elizabeth's Society, 
Melrose Hospital Auxilliary, Central Minnesota Senior Federation, various card 
clubs; former member of Women's Catholic Order of Foresters.
Elizabeth is survived by eight children, Mary Ann Geyen and her husband, Maynard 
of St. Bonifacius, Joe Weber and his wife, Vivian of Sauk Centre, Art Weber and 
his wife, Ann of Melrose, Karen Thielen and her husband, Leander of Eden Valley, 
Glen Weber and his wife, Lynne of Prior Lake, Kenneth Weber and his wife, Janice 
of Mound, Betty Schlangen and her husband, Sy of Richmond, Barb Harshbarger and 
her husband, Beryl of Pine, Colorado; 24 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Weber on June 1, 1983; 
parents; brothers, Norb and Lawrence Thieschafer; great grand daughters, Hannah 
Weber and Alyssa Lee.
Serving as casket bearers were grandchildren: Roger Weber, Jerry Weber, Missy 
Weber, Kyle Weber, Sean Schlangen, Chad Schlangen, Marge Kron, and Karina Asher. 
Cross bearer was Wanda Lee. Scripture bearer was Jodi Weber. Honorary bearers 
were Christian Mothers.

EDMUND BOECKERMANN
Services for Edmund Boeckermann, age 76 of St. Rosa, were Thursday, Jan. 25 at 
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Edmund N. Boeckermann died Monday, Jan. 22 at 
the St. Cloud Hospital.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Boeckermann was born Dec. 6, 1924 to Bernard and Amanda (Toenyan) 
Boeckermann in Millwood Twp. He entered the U.S. Navy during World War II and 
was in the Pacific Theater. He married Leona Klaphake on May 11, 1948 in Meire 
Grove. The couple farmed in the Freeport area until he retired in 1985. He was a 
member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and St. Rosa Men's Society.
Survivors include his wife, Leona; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Gilbert 
Gerads, son and daughter-in-law Gary and Peg, Freeport; daughter and son-in-law 
Irene and Glen Breth of Albany; son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Ruth of 
Lakeville; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Laura of Sauk Rapids; brothers and 
sisters: Lawrence of Hancock, Anthony of Upsala, Roger of Melrose, Helen 
Hallermann of Sartell, Caroline Ahrens of Grey Eagle, Monica Rieland and Marie 
Kampsen of New Munich, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Melvin (Oct. 25, 1970), sister and 
brothers, Rose, Eleanor Wiechmann, Bernadette Hallermann, Stella Ostendorf, 
Wilfred and Francis.
The casketbearers were: Danny Gerads, Joe Breth, Kevin Gerads,Dennis Gerads, 
Russell Gerads, Sandra Woodrum, Shirley Goerger and Crystle Boeckermann.
The crossbearer was Thomas Boeckermann.

GENEVIEVE LOEHR
Genevieve Loehr, 80, of Elrosa died on Monday, January 22, 2001 at St. Michael's 
Hospital in Sauk Centre.
Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Jan. 25, at Saint's Peter and Paul 
Catholic Church in Elrosa. Rev. LeRoy Scheierl officiated with interment 
following in parish cemetery.
Genevieve Loehr was born on March 31, 1920 in St. Martin to Joseph and Elizabeth 
(Schaefer) Doll. She married Melvin Loehr on September 20, 1949 in St. Martin. 
The couple farmed for 25 years near Elrosa in Lake George Township until 1974 
when they retired and moved to Elrosa. She was a member of the Christian 
Mothers, Saint James Society of Catholic Aid and Miraculous Medal Association. 
She enjoyed sewing, playing cards and BINGO.
Survivors include her husband, Melvin Loehr of Elrosa; two children, Leander 
Loehr and his wife, Donna of Elrosa, Betty Rademacher and her husband, Gene of 
Melrose; seven grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Sylvester Doll and his wife, 
Lydia of St. Martin, Marie Faber and her husband, Herman of Paynesville, Martin 
Doll of Waite Park, Virgil Doll and his wife, Florine of Cold Spring, Walberga 
"Wally" Lieser of Lake Henry, Rita Feldewerd and her husband, Alfred of Melrose, 
Joseph Doll and his wife, Theresa of St. Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters, Henry Doll, 
Marcella Laumeyer, Anthony "Tony" Doll, Urban Doll and Mary Ann Fuchs.
Casketbearers were Darrin Loehr, Cindy Hoffman, Amy DeCrans, Ross Rademacher, 
Jill Rademacher and Nancy Rademacher. Crossbearer was Anita Rademacher. Honorary 
Casketbearers were the Christian Mothers. Memorials are preferred.

PAULINE MEYER
Pauline M. Meyer, age 91 of Melrose, died on Monday, Jan. 22 at Pine Villa Care 
Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. John's 
Catholic Church in Meire Grove.
Rev. Tim Baltes, Rev. Ken Opat and Rev. Kenneth Thielman concelebrated with 
interment following in the parish cemetery.
Pauline Meyer was born on Dec. 27, 1909 in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County 
to Hubert and Anna (Sand) Welle. She was united in marriage to Joseph W. Meyer 
on June 21, 1932 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed 
south of Meire Grove in Grove Township, Stearns County for 60 years. She moved 
to Park View Center in Melrose in February of 1992 and for the past one and 
one-half years had resided at Pine Villa Care Center. She was a member of St. 
John's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Society, Poor Soul's Society, Holy Rosary 
Society, Daughters of Isabella and Persistent Pals Homemakers Group.
She is survived by five children, Dolores Macey and her husband, Marvin of West 
Union, LuVerne Meyer of Sauk Centre, Orville Meyer and his wife, Marge of 
Staples, Janice Eiden and her husband, Neil of Braham, Marie Meyer of Braham; 17 
grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rose Moening and Alvina 
Klaphake and her husband, Frank of Melrose. She was preceded in death by her 
husband, Joseph on July 25, 1991; daughter, Viola Meyer; great-grandson, 
Christopher Miller; sister, Annie Thull; brothers, Christopher, Michael, Henry, 
Alphonse, Peter, William and Hubert Welle.
Serving as casket bearers were Paula Bensen, Eric Eiden, Paul and Joe Meyer, Ken 
Macey, Nancy Haggenmiller, Ruth Meier and Amy Winkels. Cross bearer was Karen 
Rose and scripture bearer was Greg Eiden. Honorary bearers were Loretta Nathe, 
Marie Marthaler, Marcie Lensing, Marcella Meyer, Bertha Vornbrock, Alvina Brang, 
Helen Metzger and Pauline Imdieke.
Pauline touched the hearts of all who came in contact with her. Special thanks 
to all the staff at Pine Villa Care Center and to the hospice nurses and 
volunteers who offered their care to her.

JULITTA GOEBEL
Julitta Riley Goebel, age 91 of Freeport, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 at Mother 
of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, 
Jan. 22, 2001 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Burial was in the 
parish cemetery. Rev. Roger Klassen officiated. Julitta Riley Goebel was born 
Aug. 31, 1909 in Freeport to Leonard and Maria (Loch) Rosen. She married Joe 
Riley on October 29, 1929 in Freeport. He died on February 2, 1945. She then 
married Bill Goebel on Oct. 4, 1958 in St. Cloud. She was a member of Sacred 
Heart Catholic Church in Freeport and the Christian Mothers. She also enjoyed 
quilting.
Survivors include her children, Angie Olberding of St. Cloud, Val Riley and his 
wife, Joan of Eden Valley, Gladys Metzger of New Munich, Virg Riley and his 
wife, Doris of St. Cloud, Geraldine Elfering and her husband, Ervin of Melrose; 
step children, Alvinia Blommel of Clarissa, Valeria Sebek of Long Prairie, 
Jerome Goebel of Toms River, New Jersey, Victor Goebel of Freeport, Alcuin 
Goebel of Freeport, Bertha Braegelman of Richmond, Richard Goebel of Albany, 
Joan Freyman of Avon; brothers Jerome Rosen and his wife, Mary Ellen of 
Freeport, Ted Rosen of Rosemount; 17 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one 
great-great grandchild; 54 step grandchildren; 101 step great grandchildren; 3 
step great-great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by husbands, Joe Riley on February 2, 1945, Bill Goebel on 
February 16, 1972; brothers and sisters, Margaret Goebel, Theresa Goebel, 
Sybilla Krupa, Ben Rosen, Frank Rosen, infants Albin and Dorothy Rosen; 
grandchildren, Scott Metzger, Greg Riley, Sharon Olberding; one great 
grandchild, Robin Borgerding.
Casketbearers were Jeff Olberding, Patrick Olberding, Keith Elfering, Kyle 
Elfering, Jill Riley, Michael Riley, Tom Metzger. Crossbearer was Gail 
Borgerding and Scripturebearer was Jean Lonien.
Honorary pallbearers were Christian Mothers.

MARK EGERMAN
Mark Jacob Egerman passed away January 21, 2001 at home in Roseville, 
California. Mark was born in Jessie, North Dakota September 22, 1923 and was 
raised in Melrose, Minnesota. Mark joined the Navy at the beginning of World War 
Two and worked as an electrician's mate on the U.S.S. Saint Louis in the South 
Pacific. Mark continued his work in the electrical field settling in the San 
Francisco Bay Area and working for Westinghouse and H.K. Porter building 
transformers. He retired after 17 years with the City of Alameda, Bureau of 
Electricity as Superintendent of Meters.
He was preceded in death by his father Jacob, his mother Jean and sister 
Vilette. He is survived by his wife Janice of Roseville; siblings Lyle of 
Bancroft, Neb. and Carol Tillman of Jorda.; sons James of Linden, Calif. and 
Richard of Long Beach, Calif., along with numerous granddaughters and grandsons.
A memorial service was held Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint John's 
Episcopal Church in Roseville.

NORBERT TOENYAN
Services for Norbert Toenyan, Sr., 90 of Long Prairie, were Wednesday, Jan. 24 
at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie with Fr. Mark Stang 
officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Toenyan died Monday, Jan. 22, at Long Praire Memorial Nursing Home. He was 
born July 30, 1910 in Millwood Twp. to George and Bernadine (Albers) Toenyan. He 
married Rose M. Kruse on Oct. 10, 1932 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Melrose. 
He grew up in rural St. Rose. After his marriage they farmed at St. Rose and in 
1952 moved to a farm in Little Sauk Township, rural Long Prairie. He enjoyed 
farm work all his life and he enjoyed watching Twins Baseball. He was a member 
of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, and the Catholic Aid Association of 
Long Prairie.
He is survived by seven children: Norbert, Jr.,"Bert" (Verna), Long Prairie; 
Caroline (Harold), Schmidt, Long Prairie; Julius, Grey Eagle; Kenneth (Shirley), 
Long Praire; Hattie (Long Prairie); Marie (Douglas) Repp, Long Prairie; and 
Vincent (Colleen), Long Prairie; one sister, Loretta Gieske, Melrose; 28 
grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his 
parents; his wife (July 4, 1997); two sons, Francis and Linus; and one grandson, 
George Repp.
The casketbearers were Roman Primus, Claude and Richard Toenyan, Arthur 
Middendorf, Melvin Wielenberg and Larry Duevel. The grandchildren served as 
honorary casketbearers.

EDMUND BOECKERMANN
Services for Edmund Boeckermann, age 76 of St. Rosa, were Thursday, Jan. 25 at 
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Edmund N. Boeckermann died Monday, Jan. 22 at 
the St. Cloud Hospital.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Boeckermann was born Dec. 6, 1924 to Bernard and Amanda (Toenyan) 
Boeckermann in Millwood Twp. He entered the U.S. Navy during World War II and 
was in the Pacific Theater. He married Leona Klaphake on May 11, 1948 in Meire 
Grove. The couple farmed in the Freeport area until he retired in 1985. He was a 
member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and St. Rosa Men's Society.
Survivors include his wife, Leona; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Gilbert 
Gerads, son and daughter-in-law Gary and Peg, Freeport; daughter and son-in-law 
Irene and Glen Breth of Albany; son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Ruth of 
Lakeville; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Laura of Sauk Rapids; brothers and 
sisters: Lawrence of Hancock, Anthony of Upsala, Roger of Melrose, Helen 
Hallermann of Sartell, Caroline Ahrens of Grey Eagle, Monica Rieland and Marie 
Kampsen of New Munich, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Melvin (Oct. 25, 1970), sister and 
brothers, Rose, Eleanor Wiechmann, Bernadette Hallermann, Stella Ostendorf, 
Wilfred and Francis.
The casketbearers were: Danny Gerads, Joe Breth, Kevin Gerads,Dennis Gerads, 
Russell Gerads, Sandra Woodrum, Shirley Goerger and Crystle Boeckermann.
The crossbearer was Thomas Boeckermann.
 
VERONICA ADAMS
Services for Veronica Mary Adams, 91 of Melrose, will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2 
p.m. at Pine Villa Nursing Home Chapel.
Burial will be Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. in the New Munich Cemetery. There 
will be no visitation.
Mrs. Adams died Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Pine Villa Nursing Home, Melrose. She 
was born Dec. 6, 1909 in Bisbee, N.D. to Frank and Barbara (Moscho) Briol. She 
married Theodore Paul Adams. She was employed by Litchfield Produce of Melrose 
for 17 years, Chick's Riverside Tavern of Melrose for 11 years and Funky's Home 
Plate for four years.
Survivors include daughters and sons: Shirley Adams of Sartell, Lorraine Young 
of Lakeland, Fla.; Linda Cook of Newhall, Calif., Doris Adams of New Munich, 
Howard Adams of New Munich, Harvey Adams of New Munich; 12 grandchildren and 
seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Theodore (July 2, 1958), son 
Floyd and sister Emma Nasseff.

 ALOYS MEYER
Aloys "Al" H. Meyer, age 78, of Melrose, formerly of Freeport, died Saturday, 
January 13, 2001 at Pine Haven/Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Sacred Heart Catholic 
Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated, with burial following in 
the parish cemetery.
Aloys Henry Meyer was born Aug. 30, 1922 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, 3 
miles northwest of Freeport, where he lived and farmed all of his life, until 
1995 when he entered the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. He was a member of 
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Catholic Order of Foresters, and 
Catholic Aid.
Al is survived by sisters, Loretta Kollmann and her husband, John of Lake Henry, 
Sister Mary Jude Meyer, OSB of Saint Joseph, Marie Moscho and her husband, 
Wilfred of Saint Martin, Bernadette Lauer of Waverly. He was preceded in death 
by his parents; brother and sisters, Joseph Meyer, Evelyn Rademacher, and 
Margaret Lauer.
Serving as casket bearers were LeRoy Moscho, James Moscho, Walter Kollmann, 
Robert Rademacher, Randy Lauer, and Mark Lauer. Cross bearer was Lloyd Meyer.
 
LETA HAMILTON
Leta A. Hamilton, age 72 of Sauk Centre, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 
Saint Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2001, at Saint Paul's 
Lutheran Church in Melrose. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Sauk Centre 
Township, Stearns County. Rev. Reed Stockman will officiate.
Leta Hamilton was born in Raymond Township to Roy and Alice (Cumming) Hamilton. 
She lived in Minneapolis after graduating from high school. She worked for Sharp 
Manufacturing, and then for Walter R. Hammond Company as head of the billing 
department for over 30 years, retiring in 1988 and moving to Melrose.
She has been a resident of Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre since 
May, 2000.
Leta is survived by her son, Robert Faue and his wife, Margaret of Osseo; 
brother, Glen Hamilton and his wife, Mary of Sauk Centre; sister, Clytia 
Allshouse and her husband, Merl of Sun City, Arizona; three grandchildren; one 
great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by brother, Laurel "Jake" Hamilton; sister, Janette 
Essler; and very special friend and companion, James R. Johnson.
Serving as casket bearers were Michael and Jacob Faue, Chad and Jeremy Hamilton, 
Joseph and Jeffrey Nathe.

LUELLA RIELAND
Luella "Lu" A. Rieland, age 64, of Melrose died Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2001 at 
Melrose Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 
12, 2001, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated.
Lu Rieland was born April 9, 1936 in Melrose to Norbert and Agnes (Herzog) 
Hiltner. She married Marvin J. Rieland on July 21, 1956, in St. Mary's Catholic 
Church in Melrose. She worked several years at the Melrose Area Hospital, and 
several years at Fingerhut in Sauk Centre. She worked at the same grocery store 
in Melrose under several owners for over 20 years, until her retirement in 1997. 
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, and the Christian 
Mothers.
Lu is survived by her mother, Agnes Hiltner of Melrose; five children, Dan 
Rieland of Melrose, Randy Rieland and his wife, Nadine of Melrose, Rick Rieland 
and his wife, Amy of Melrose, Paul Rieland and his wife, Lisa of Melrose, Tom 
Rieland and his wife, Eryca of St. Cloud; sisters and brothers, Jen Toenies and 
her husband, Harold of Melrose, Tom Hiltner and his wife, Shirle of Melrose, 
Ruben Hiltner of Alexandria, Gene Hiltner and his wife, Laura of Limon, Colo., 
Mary Decker and her husband, Dave of Melrose, Chuck Hiltner and his wife, Ruth 
of Baxter, Ann Thielen and her husband, Erv of New Munich, Mike Hiltner and his 
wife, Ann of Cold Spring, Bridget Westbrock and her husband, Vern of Rochester, 
Jim Hiltner and his wife, Jan of Limon, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Nikki, 
Stacy, Hanna, Kyle, Dallas, Skyler, and Carter Rieland. Lu is preceded in death 
by her husband, Marvin J. Rieland on November 12, 1996; her father; brother, 
Jerry Hiltner and an infant sister.
Serving as casker bearers were her brothers, Tom, Ruben, Gene, Chuck, Mike and 
Jim Hiltner. Crosss bearer was Hanna Rieland.
Scripture bearer was Kim Hiltner. Piano Soloist was Stacy Rieland. Gift bearers 
were Nikki, Kyle, Dallas, Skyler, and Carter Rieland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

JERRY HILTNER
Jerry F. Hiltner, age 62, of Melrose, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001 at Melrose Area 
Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at St. Mary's Catholic Church 
in Melrose. Burial services were private. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated.
Jerry F. Hiltner was born March 26, 1938 in Melrose, to Norbert and Agnes 
(Herzog) Hiltner. He married Iris Schreifels on May 12, 1962 at St. Mary's 
Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple resided for several years in Minneapolis. 
They returned to Melrose in 1965. He worked for 2 years at Earl's Bar in 
Melrose. He worked for Stearns Electric for 33 years, until his retirement in 
2000. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, and past 
president of Steelworkers Union Local 8392.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Iris Hiltner of Melrose; mother, Agnes Hiltner of 
Melrose; three children, Jill Shepherd and her husband, Brian of Bloomington, 
Bruce Hiltner and his wife, Carol of Ramsey, Kristie Dickson of Plymouth; 
brothers and sisters, Lu Rieland of Melrose, Jen Toenies and her husband, Harold 
of Melrose, Tom Hiltner and his wife, Shirle of Melrose, Ruben Hiltner of 
Alexandria, Gene Hiltner and his wife, Laura of Limon, Colo., Mary Decker and 
her husband, Dave of Melrose, Chuck Hiltner and his wife, Ruth of Baxter, Ann 
Thielen and her husband, Erv of New Munich, Mike Hiltner and his wife, Ann of 
Cold Spring, Bridget Westbrock and her husband, Vern of Rochester, Jim Hiltner 
and his wife, Jan of Limon, Colo.; 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 
his father, Norbert M. Hiltner, and an infant sister.
Serving as casket bearers were Rusty Gieske, Roger Primus, Dan Moening, Craig 
Hiltner, Paul Toenies, and Paul Rieland.
Cross bearer was Kelly Carver. Scripture bearer was Carol Thelen.

ELEANOR MAUS
Eleanor A. Maus, age 75, of Melrose, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001 at Mother of 
Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 10 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in 
Melrose. Inurnment was Friday at 2:00 P.M. in the parish cemetery. Rev. Vincent 
Lieser officiated.
Eleanor Maus was born October 15, 1925 in Lake Henry to Joseph and Angela 
(Weidner) Gottwald. She married Wilfred Maus February 21, 1955. The couple then 
worked together as hired help on various farms. Eleanor worked at many other 
businesses before retiring from the laundry department at the Melrose Hospital. 
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Survivors include her children, John Maus of Melrose, Cecelia Denk and her 
husband, Vincent of Sauk Centre, Rose Maus of Phoenix, Ariz., James Maus of 
Melrose, Lori Primus and her husband, Dominic of Long Prairie; seven 
grandchildren; siblings, Vincent Gottwald and his wife, Donna of St. Cloud, 
Ursala Schramel and her husband, John of Miller, SD, Elizabeth Clement and her 
husband, Hubert of Miller, SD, Marcella Irby and her husband, Paul of Gulf Port, 
Mississippi, Phillip Gottwald and his wife, Margaret of Paynesville and Leo 
Gottwald of Missoula, Mont.
She was preceded in death by husband, Wilfred Maus on Jan. 10, 1995; brothers, 
Gregory, Herbert, Albert and Joseph Gottwald; sister, Marie Gottwald.
Casketbearers were Pete Gottwald, Steven Gottwald, Bob Wander, Eddie Gottwald, 
Stanley Gottwald and John Klein.
Crossbearer was Tonia Norton and scripturebearer was Ralph Fischbach.

RONNIE LEE BARNES
Funeral services were on Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. 
Cloud for Ronnie Lee Barnes, age 40, of Melrose, who died on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 
the St. Cloud Hospital as a result of an automobile accident, west of St Joseph 
on County Road 75.
The Rev. Brendon Hughes officiated. Burial was in the Albany Cemetery.
Ronnie was born September 5, 1960 in Long Beach, Calif. to Ellsworth and Bertha 
(McCombs) Barnes. He married Loretta Julich on Jan. 23, 1993 in Albany. He has 
been a resident of Central Minnesota for the past 15 years where he was employed 
as a machine operator for Fingerhut in St. Cloud. He was a member of Immaculate 
Conception Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Survivors are his wife; children, 
Richard Lee, Elizabeth Ann, Vincent Michael, Helen Anne, and Ashley Jon, all at 
home; his parents, Albany; sisters Cathy Sue Rodriguez of Paramount, Cal., 
Connie Darlene Roach of Bakersfield, Cal.; a brother Lonnie "Bam" Bert Barnes of 
Albany.


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