Miscellaneous Stearns County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2002


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Services for Aloys P. Thomes, age 84 of Melrose, who died Thursday, April 25 at the St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. were Monday, April 29 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. 
Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Al Thomes was born Dec. 10, 1917 in St. Martin to John and Mary (Athmann) Thomes. Al was united in marriage to Marie Poepping on Oct. 15, 1940 at St. Martin Catholic Church. The couple farmed in the Elrosa area for 22 years before moving to Melrose. Al was employed at Hollerman Manufacturing in Melrose and later at Kraft Foods where he was a cheese maker. Al retired in 1982. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, bowling and fishing. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose and St. Bernard's Society Catholic Aid.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Thomes of Melrose; children, Lila Thomas and her husband, David of Avon, JoAnn Loecken and her husband, Jerry of Delano, Jerry Thomes and his wife, Gloria of Little Falls, Ken Thomes and his wife, Kathy of Melrose, Mary Althaus and her husband, Ron of Melrose, Karen Studer and her husband, Greg of St. Cloud, Brenda Blonigen and her husband, Dave of Avon, 26 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Ben Thomes and his wife, Lorraine of Cudahy, WI, Sister Marie Thomes, OSF of LaCrosse, Wis., Sister Cecelia Thomes, OSF of Onalaska, Wis., Martin Thomes of St. Cloud, Agnes Niehaus of Richmond. 
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; brothers and sisters, Peter Thomes, Katie Fleishhacker, Christ Thomes, Frank Thomes, Leonard Thomes, Gertrude Thomes and an infant granddaughter.
Serving as casket bearers were Jason Olk, Bryan Loecken, Eric Thomes, Keith Thomes, Scott Althaus and Dustin Blonigen.
Serving as honorary bearers were Vic McConnell, Jim Ogle, Tony Wegleitner, Stan Moore, Randy Killian, Jim Primus, Don Klassen, Tim Vogel and Jim Kraker.
Serving as cross bearer was Carey Blonigen and scripture bearer was Katie Studer.
Gift bearers were Amy Studer and Megan Blonigen. Lector was Kim Thomes. 

John B. Moorman, 68, of Pasco, Wash., died April 15, 2002, at the Walla Walla, Wash., VA Medical Center.
Interment was in the Veterans Cemetery, Kent, Wash.
John Moorman was born in Melrose, Minn., the son of Casper and Mary (Wiewel) Moorman. He graduated from Melrose High School and served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the war. He lived in Tacoma, Wash., and Pasco, Wash., for the past 47 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Janice, Joyce and Judy and son, John, Jr.; sister and brothers, Marie Wiener, of Sauk Centre, Jerome, of Melrose and Robert, of Pasco, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Casper, Jr., and sister, Marcella Lancaster. 

Services were Friday, May 3 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany, for Alma M. Heinen, 88, who died Tuesday, April 30 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home, Albany.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Heinen was born in Osseo to Albert and Mary (Koehn) Rodenwald. She moved to Albany when she was two-years-old. She married Math Heinen on Jan. 7, 1936 in Albany. The couple farmed together 35 years until retiring in 1971. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Seven Dolors Christian Mothers and the St. Ann's Society. She also was a volunteer at Mother Seton Store.
She is survived by her husband, Math of Albany; sons Alvin, Waite Park; Duane, Isanti; LeRoy, Coon Rapids; Matthew, Avon; daughter Irene Boeckermann, Melrose; Darlene Thell, Anoka; Mary Lou Michels, Ham Lake; Joyce Mithuen, Eden Prairie; and Dianne Schmit, Gilman. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.
Alma was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Sharlene Boeckermann and Mary Catherine Thell; brothers: Herb, Alfred, Elmer, Wilbur, Willis and Willard; and sisters: Esther Scheid and Evelyn Walters.

Garland L. "Johnnie" Johnson, age 81 of Melrose, died on Sunday, May 5 at the Melrose Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, May 8 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate with interment following in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Garland Johnson was born on July 4, 1920 in Larimore, North Dakota to Ole and Constance (Kirkedahl) Johnson. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Rosemary Hartmann on August 7, 1947 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. He was employed by the Great Northern Railroad in Evansville, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Alexandria, Melrose and St. Cloud. He retired after 38 years of service to the Great Northern and Burlington Northern Railroad. He and Rosemary also owned and operated The Garland, a ladies clothing store in Melrose, from 1958 to 1986. For the past 36 years, he also owned and operated Johnnie's Specialties in Melrose.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, American Legion Post 101, Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 and Melrose Chamber of Commerce. He was a past commander of the 6th District of VFW. Garland founded the Boy Scout troop in Melrose and had served as scoutmaster in Melrose and previously in Alexandria. He was a long-time volunteer for Mel TV and especially liked to tape the Mass. He was also involved in the planning of the Melrose City Center and the Senior Citizens Center.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Johnson of Melrose; three children, John Johnson (Janice) and Michael Johnson (Kathleen), both of Salt Lake City, Utah, Christine Barron (Doug) of Northfield; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Byrne Forsberg-Restin of St. Simons Island, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Bernadette Moore.
Serving as casket bearers were Clarence Gerads, Roger Paschke, Salvador
Garcia, Jeff Elfering, Bob Pappenfus and Ervin Bueckers. Serving as cross bearer were Douglas Barron with Kristina Barron as scripture bearer.
Honorary bearers were Urb Schulzetenberg, Cletus Scherer, Royal Carr, Kennie Hinnenkamp, George O'Brien and Earl Bushman.
Serving as gift bearers were Michael Johnson, Nicole Kleeberger and Amelia Carr with Mike Johnson Sr. as the reader.

Rose M. Renneker, age 94, of Melrose died Sunday, May 5, at her home. 
Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, May 9 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Renneker was born on Oct. 31, 1907 in Oak Township, to Anton and Mary (Hoppe) Beste. She married Bernard J. Renneker, Jr. on Sept. 27, 1927 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. They lived in Millwood Township from 1927 to 1963 when they retired and moved to Melrose. She enjoyed rug making, gardening, crocheting, quilting, collecting teddy bears and going to garage sales. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose; St. Elizabeth's Society, The Mission Group and Melrose Senior Citizens.
She is survived by her children, Bernice Fischbach (Celestine) of Belgrade, Juanita Schlangen (Daniel) of Paynesville, Marcella Wochnick (Joe Zabinski) Waite Park, Alcuin Renneker (Loretta) Melrose, Joyce Boeckermann of Freeport and Kathleen Herdering (Joe) of Freeport; 27 grandchildren, Jerry Fischbach, Jane Konz; Dale, Karl, Gary, Kevin, Leo, and Scott Schlangen; Steve, Mark, and Keith Wochnick; Joan, Julie, and Jeanette Gerads; Jean Kidrowski, James Renneker, Jill Kurowski, Janice Zarbok, Jody Johnson; Earl, Paul, Glen, Kim, and Joel Boeckermann; Wayne, Jeff and Gary Herdering and 49 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bernard J. Renneker, Jr. on April 30, 1988; sisters and brothers, Walburga Frericks, Hubert, Frank, Ben, and Gilbert Beste, Theresa Haberichter and Bernadine Mueller; three grandchildren, Michael Wochnick, Virgil Schlangen and Mary Renneker; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Johnson and Kevin Kidrowski.
Casket bearers were Jim Renneker, Joel Boeckermann, Steve Wochnick, Gary Herdering, Jerry Fischbach, Scott Schlangen, Jeff Herdering and Leo Schlangen. Cross bearer was Karleen Haberichter with Jeanette Gerads serving as Scripture Bearer. Honorary bearers were The Mission Group, Neighbors and Friends.
Serving as mass servers were Chuck Gerads, Nikki Gerads and Chelsey Gerads with Deacon Bill Beste as the reader.

Patricia R. Gowdy, age 77 of Melrose, died on Wednesday, May 1 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. 
Memorial services were held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 6 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating. Inurnment followed in the parish cemetery. 
Pat Gowdy was born on Oct. 16, 1924 in Melrose to Martin and Margaret (Frank) Wander. She was employed at the Melrose Area Hospital for 20 years as a surgical LPN. Pat was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary and the Daughters of Isabella of Melrose. 
Survivors include her children, Susan Rominger of St. Cloud and Richard Gowdy and his wife, Kathy of Holmen, Wis.; one grandson, Chad Rominger of Santa Monica, Calif.; three step-grandchildren, Kim, Karla and Dean; brothers and sisters, Betty Johnson of Fergus Falls, Jill Schleper of St. Cloud, Jack Wander and his wife, Patty of Duck, N.C. and David Wander and his wife, Joan of Melrose.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Margaret Wander.

Services for Joseph Zitur, age 94 of Buffalo (and formerly of Minneapolis and Melrose), who died Friday,May 3 at Buffalo Hospital, were Monday, May 6 at Church of St. Francis, Buffalo.
Fr. Tom Rayar was the celebrant.
He was born Feb. 7, 1908 in Melrose, the son of Michael and Mary Jaschimska Zitur. He was baptized Feb. 11, 1908 at the Church of St. Boniface, Melrose. He was formerly employed as a church custodian.
He is survived by his brother Ben Zitur of Sauk Centre; a sister. Magdalen Kortan of Sauk Centre, and many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Zitur, parents: Michael and Mary Zitur; brotehrs: Michael, John and Frank, an infant sister: Katie; and a sister: Mary Heim.

Services for Eleanor, B. Allen, 78 of Wahpeton, N.D., who died Friday, May 3 at Innovis Health Center, Fargo, N.D. were Tuesday, May 7 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, N.D. with Rev. Randy Gehring officiating. 
Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton, N.D.
Mrs. Allen was born Oct. 14, 1923 at Walcott, N.D. to Peder G. and Ida (Hackey) Myhre. She graduated from Richland High School (Colfax, N.D.) and later graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where she attained a degree in elementary education. She was united in marriage to Wesley Allen on Aug. 14, 1948 at Walcott, N.D. The couple resided in Wahpeton. She taught schools in Leonard, N.D., Antelope Consolidated, Lisbon, N.D., Breckenridge.and for almost 25 years in the Wahpeton Public School System retiring in 1984.
She was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Bethel Choir, Bethel Circle and Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She enjoyed her summers at their lake home in Minnesota and her winters in Lake Havasu, Ariz.
She is survived by her husband of almost 53 years, Wesley, Wahpeton, N.D.; two daughters: Barbara (David) Hartmann, Sauk Centre; Janet (Kim) Davis, Kalispell, Mont., a twin sister Evelyn (Palmer) Wigtil, Walcott, N.D.; and a godchild, Leann Toppen, rural Kindred, N.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Arthur and Gordon; and two sisters: Viola Jorgenson and Ruby Swenson.

Funeral services for Josephine Mayers, Melrose and formerly of New Munich, who died Tuesday, April 22 at Pine Villa, Melrose, were Friday, Apnl 26 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich.
Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date.
Mrs. Mayers was born in Melrose to Bernard and Rose (Inderrieden) Wessel. She mamed Ferdinand Mayers on June 25, 1929 at St. Bontface Catholic Church in Melrose. They lived on the familv farm south of New Munich until she came to Pine Villa on March 18, 2002. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club of Melrose, 4-H Club, Card Clubs, Catholic Order of Foresters, Christian Mothers and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children, Aloysius(Alice), Eagan; Rose Marie (James) Ryan, St. Paul; Jean (Bud) Terres, St. Martin; Virginia (Gerald) Zink, St. Paul, Bernice (Lester) Zink, Melrose; Gerald (Mary), Freeport; Linda (Donlald) Christen, Sauk Centre; Jack (Jane), Richmond; and Quentin (Ann), Richmond: 51 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, and one greatereatgrandson; sisters: Clara Conrad, Milwaukee, Wis., Eileen Dold, Sauk Centre, Ione Walz, Melrose, & Alvina Woeste, Melrose.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 20, 1997, two granddaughters, Brenda Mayers and Gail Lieser, two great-grandchildren and siblings, Joe, John, Aloysius, Frances, Rose, Mary, Fran, Anne, Catherine and Irene.

Kathryn M. Meinz, age 92 of Melrose died Friday, April 12, 2002 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Memorial services were Monday, April 15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose with Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating. Inurnment followed in the parish cemetery.
A gathering was at the church on Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Kathryn Meinz was born on Aug. 31, 1909 in Melrose to Nickolus and Mary (Hemmesch) Miller. She married Elmer Meinz on January 30, 1932 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul until moving to St. Cloud in1947. They lived near Big Birch Lake since 1959. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, sun tanning and being outdoors. Kathryn was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose.
Survivors include her daughters, Juanita "Penny" Chirhart (Jim) of Melrose and Cleora "Cleo" Kammier (Robert) of St. Paul; 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Meinz on June 17, 1986; brother and sisters, Mathew Miller, Ann Miller and Frances Koecheler and 1 grandson.
Urn bearer was Rita Rengel.

Donald W. Nelson, 60 of Sauk Centre died Sunday, March 31 at St. Michael's Nursing Home, Sauk Centre.
Services were Thursday, April 4 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. R.E. Bloemker officiating. Interment followed in Adams Cemetery near Villard.
Donald Nelson was born on July 4, 1941 in Washburn, Wis. to Wallace and Signe (Kauppi) Nelson. He graduated from Hurley High School in Hurley, Wis. in 1959 and then moved to Kenosha, Wis. where he was employed by American Motors Corporation. He married Susan Eddy on May 19, 1962. In 1966 they moved to Minnesota and Don worked for Control Data Corporation.
The couple was divorced in 1977. He was later employed by the Ramsey County Highway Department and SuperCycle, Inc., where he met Jane Scott. They were married on June 26, 1993 in Sinclair Lewis Park, Sauk Centre. They have resided in Sauk Centre where Don was employed by the City of Sauk Centre Parks Department for two years before retiring in 1997 for health reasons. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sauk Centre. Don enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing with his daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Nelson of Sauk Centre; two sons, Jeffery (Kris) Nelson of Wyoming; James (Sheri) Nelson of Vadnais Heights; daughter, Cori Nelson, at home; four grandchildren, Megan & Nicholas Nelson, Carter and Payton Nelson; parents, Wallace and Signe Nelson of Kenosha, Wis.; former wife, Sue Nelson of Roseville; sister, Cheryl Saarino of Winchester, Wis.; brothers, Gary Nelson of Milwaukee, Wis., Ed Nelson of Kenosha, Wis., David Nelson of Rice Lake, Wis.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Debra; and grandparents.
Serving as casket bearers were Butch Wessel, Bob Borgmann, Gregg Scott,
Gordy Daubner, Dick Boss and Louis Hastert.
Honorary bearers were his youth hockey groups. Memorials are preferred.

Lee B. Schulzetenberg, age 78 of Melrose, died on Sunday, March 31 at the Melrose Area Hospital.
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 3 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Ken Thielman officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Lee Schulzetenberg was born March 12, 1924 in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, to Gerhard and Clara (Schwegman) Schulzetenberg. He was drafted to serve with the United States Army during WWII. During his tour in Okinawa he was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He married Betty Uphus on June 26, 1947 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Greenwald. The couple farmed near Greenwald for 42 years until retiring and moving to Melrose in 1989. Lee served on the Spring Hill Township Board and the St. John's/St. Andrew's School Board. Upon retiring from farming he was employed with Rural Community Insurance Service as a Crop Insurance Adjuster. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050, American Legion Post 101 and a member of the Queen of Peace Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was past commander of the Lake Henry American Legion, past Grand Knight of the Melrose Knights of Columbus and a former Faithful Navigator of the Queen of Peace Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his children, Pat Seanger and her husband, Tom of Melrose, Bob Schulzetenberg and his wife, Sandi of St. Cloud, Sheri Rademacher and her husband, Dennis of Melrose, Kathy Haider and her husband, Gary of Elrosa, Rick Schulzetenberg and his wife, Kim of Maple Grove, Kevin Schulzetenberg and his wife, Jane of St. Joseph and Kim Zupan and her husband, Bruce of Prior Lake; 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brothers Albin Schulzetenberg and his wife, Del of Arizona and Anthony Schulzetenberg and his wife, Mayme of St. Cloud.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard and Clara Schulzetenberg; wife, Betty Schulzetenberg on May 14, 2000, and brothers Rev. Robert Schulzetenberg and Wilfred Schulzetenberg.
Serving as casket bearers were Todd Haider, Brad Haider, Jason Seanger, Jamie Seanger, Kyle Rademacher, Craig Rademacher, Ryan Schulzetenberg and Chad Schulzetenberg. Serving as cross bearer was Angela Haider and scripture bearer was Julie Klaphake. Serving as gift bearers were Aaron Schulzetenberg, Shawn Schulzetenberg, Taylor Zupan and Sarah Poegel. Reading petitions were Nichole Schulzetenberg, Sally Schulzetenberg, Toni Seanger and Travis Schulzetenberg.
Military rites are provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

Funeral services for Larry Stanczyk, 70 of Hibbing, were held Saturday, March 30 at St. Leo's Catholic Church.
The Rev. Clem Gustin, OSC, officiated. Pallbearers were: Gary Stanczyk, Russ Stanczyk, Dan Nelson, Mike Roskoski, Vern Leek and Jim Kolden.
Mr. Stanczyk died Wednesday, March 27 in his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Munich, N.D., to Frank and Muriel (Leek) Stanczyk. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea from Oct. 1952 to July 1954. He married JoAnn Sinclair on Oct. 5, 1954 in St. Martin. He moved to Hibbing in 1971 and opened Larry's Barber Shop in the Mesabi Mall, which he continued to operate with his children until he retired. He was a wonderful man and were truly missed by many.
Mr. Stanczyk loved his career in barbaring and made many friend through the years in the shop. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing with his sons, sons-in-law, granddaughters, and his fishing partner "Kenny". He also enjoyed bowling and coaching the girls in softball. He was a member of American Legion Post 222 in Hibbing.
Mr. Stanczyk is survived by two sons: Russ (Mary) of St. Cloud; and Gary (Sharon) of Hibbing; two daughters Gail (Dan) Nelson and Linda (Mike) Stanczyk of Hibbing; five grandchildren; Jamy Stanczyk, Brett Roskoski, Amber (Tom) Emerson, Mandy Nelson and Alex Stanczyk; and one great grandchild on the way; Vernon Leek, and his black dog Gunner.
He was preceded in death by his wife JoAnn on Nov. 7, 1996, his parents, a brother Ralph Stanczyk and by his in-laws Ed and Bertha Sinclair.

Deborah Kay Hollermann, Princeton, died Friday, March 22 at the age of 41 years, six months, 13 days.
Services were held Wednesday, March 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Princeton. Rev. Marty Hancer and Rev. Angie Way officiated.
Deborah Kay Hollermann was born Sept. 9, 1960 in Princeton to Thomas W. and Dorothy (Allison) Vance. She attended school in Princeton, graduating from high school in 1978. She worked in the dietary department of Princeton Hospital. She married Steve Hollermann in Princeton on Nov. 27, 1988. For four years she was manager of Taco Johns in Cambridge. In 1995 she became Church Administrator for Trinity Lutheran Church, Princeton.
As a sideline business Deborah ran Weekend Causal Wear Clothing. She belonged to a classmates investment club, a woman's book club, a gourmet dinner group and the J.C. Women. She enjoyed quilting, racquetball, reading, tennis, golf and relaxing at the lake.
Deborah is survived by her husband, Steve, of Princeton, two sons: Eric McBroom and Thomas McBroom, both of Princeton, one stepson, Adam Hollermann of Maple Grove; and one stepdaughter, Heidi Hollermann of Becker. She is also survived by three brothers: Dennis Vance and his wife Kara of Independence, Iowa; Mike Vance, and his wife Sue of Auburn, Washington; Kevin Vance and his wife Rita of Hudson, Wis.; a mother and father-in-law Vernon Hollermann and his wife Barbara of Melrose, and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Services for Joseph B. Overman, 77, who died Monday, April 1, in Sartell were Wednesday, April 3, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, St. Cloud with Rev. Timothy Baltes officiating.
Entombment was at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum, St. Cloud.
Mr. Overman was born July 17, 1924 in Freeport to Joseph and Hilda (Borgerding) Overman. He married Evelyn E. Roering on Sept. 18, 1945 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, New Munich. He lived in St. Cloud most of his married life. He was employed by Nash Finch for 45 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Cloud Eagle Aerie #622, the Catholic Aid Association, and St. Paul's Parish.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, Waite Park; children: Jerry and his wife Karen, Avon; Ken and his wife Mitzi, St. Cloud, Joanne Storkamp, St. Cloud; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Jenny Hiltner of Freeport, Doreen Robillard of Lodi, Calif.; Bernice Muske of St. Joseph; Mary Harren of Cold Spring; Edward of Freeport, Theresa Chamberlin of Anoka, Norb of Albany, Jim of Albany, Ruth Traeger of Melrose and Fred of Spicer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Raymond, and infant sister, Celine.
Casketbears were Ed Overman, Jim Overman, Norb Overman, Fred Overman, Mike Overman and Aaron Storkamp.

Aloys H. Leukam, age 72, of Meire Grove died Thursday, March 21 at Melrose Area Hospital.
Services were 11 a.m. Monday, March 25 at St. John's Catholic Church, Meire Grove with Rev. Ken Popp officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Aloys Leukam was born on May 20, 1929 in Grove Township to Joseph and Elizabeth (Berling) Leukam. He married Viola M. Mohs on October 19, 1954 at St. Martin Catholic Church, St. Martin. They farmed on Al's home farm until moving to town in 1999. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Meire Grove. Al served on the Grove Township Board for 30 years. He enjoyed bowling, traveling, playing cards and watching history programs and game shows on T.V.
Survivors include his wife, Viola Leukam of Meire Grove; 11 children, Pat Janes (Lynn) of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; JoAnn Shepherd (Rod) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Sharon Kleinschmidt (Rick) of Belgrade, Joe Leukam of Melrose, Rick Leukam of Freeport, Mary Vevea (Dave) of Ramsey, Kathy Leukam of Meire Grove, Jan Funk (Bruce) of New Munich, Pete Leukam (Missy) of Sauk Centre, Gail Hiedeman (Doug) of East Bethel and Mike Leukam (Kris) of Melrose; brother and sisters, Dillo Leukam (Irene) of Sauk Centre, Ceil Rieland of Freeport and Verena Uphus (Ed) of Belgrade; 31 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leo and Albert Leukam and one grandchild.
Casket bearers were Don and Duane Leukam, Patrick Brang, Joel and Chris Kleinschmidt, James and Dennis Mohs and Steve Holtaus. Cross bearer was Judy Wehlage. Scripture bearer was Cody Leukam. Honorary bearers were Tony Ellering, Mike Ludwig, Vincent Haider, Herman Kampsen, Don Mayers, Joe Steinhofer, Anthony Schwieters, Mike Ellering, James Nathe, Dale Leukam, Richard Thull, David Wenker, Denis Schneider, Richard Imdieke, Sylvarius Rademacher and Herb Inderrieden.

Veronica "Vera" Skille, age 92 of Minneapolis, died on Tuesday, March 19 at her home in Minneapolis.
Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB will officiate with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich.
Veronica B. Skille was born on December 16, 1909 in New Munich to John and Gertrude (Klassen) Thielen. She married Edward H. Skille on July 22, 1938 in Minneapolis. The couple lived their married life in Minneapolis. She was a member of Incarnation Catholic Church in Minneapolis.
Survivors include her sisters, Mary Thielen of Melrose, Alma Gibbney of St. Joseph, Florentine Koetter of Sauk Centre and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gertrude Thielen; husband, Edward H. Skille on May 12, 1978; brothers, Pete Thielen, August Thielen, Mathew Thielen, Nick Thielen, infant brothers, James Thielen and Bernard Thielen; sisters, Annie Bolfing and Sister Theresa Thielen, OSB.

Funeral services for Faith M. Allen, infant of Sartell, born and died on Saturday, March 16, 2002 at the St. Cloud Hospital, were Friday, March 22 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernard Gruenes will officate with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Survivors include her parents, Bryan and Michelle Allen of Sartell; brother, Austin Allen of Sartell; grandparents, Timothy and Susanna Tesch of Grey Eagle, Mike and Priscilla Bruflat of Russell Springs, Ky, James and Rosie Allen of Sartell; great grandparents, Walburga Allen of St. Cloud, Joseph and Rose Schwankl of St. Cloud, Lorraine Bruflat of Little Falls, Doris Tesch of Grey Eagle.
She was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Alfred and Oswalda Muellner, Gerald Allen, Charles Bruflat and James Tesch.

Raymond J. Gramke, age 76 of Rogers, died on Friday, March 15 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Rev. Ken Popp officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Raymond Gramke was born on October 3, 1925 in Meire Grove, to Henry and Mary (Zenzen) Gramke. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and he later was the custodian at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Ray moved to Rogers in 1959 and was the custodian at St. Martin's Catholic Church and School in Rogers. He was united in marriage to Iris (Mondor) Zwolenski in 1964. He was later employed at Federal Cartridge until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Rogers.
Raymond is survived by brother, Norbert (Ruth) Gramke of Meire Grove;sister, Erma (Herb) Ruprecht of Elk River; five nieces and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Iris (Mondor) Zwolenski Gramke on Oct. 6, 1994; and his parents, Henry and Mary (Zenzen) Gramke.
Serving as casket bearers were Jim and Mark Gramke, Dave and Bob Ruprecht, Thomas Orth and Mark Milless. Cross bearer was Judy Weber and scripture bearer was Julie Gramke.

Arnold G. Boeckers, age 75 of New Munich, passed into eternal happiness March 14 at his home after a courageous 10-month battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial was held March 18 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Revs. Roger Klassen, Ron Dockendorf, and Julian Schmiesing concelebrating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Arnold Gerhard Boeckers was born Nov. 3, 1926 in New Munich to Mike and Margaret (Eichoff) Boeckers. He married Lorraine Hoeschen on May 24, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. The couple lived on the home farm five miles south of New Munich until 1986. Arnie never retired; he kept working on the farm until the very end. He was a generous and loving husband, father, and friend to many. The fruits of his kindness and generosity will remain with us always and he will occupy a special place in all of our hearts forever. Arnie took great pleasure sharing in the company of others on the farm and he was devoted to his wife and family. His lifelong love was caring for the animals and working in the fields.
Survivors include his loving wife, Lorraine Boeckers of New Munich; eight children, Carol Schneider of Saint Cloud, Judy Nelson and her husband, Dave of Monticello, Joe Boeckers and his fiancée Diane of Upsala, Jim Boeckers and his wife, Diane of New Munich, Marvin Boeckers and his wife, Michelle of Henning, Irene Lieser and her husband, Don of Meire Grove, Marilyn McDonald and her husband, John of Richland, Wash., Lois Matti and her husband, Tim of Blaine; 22 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by daughter, Sandy Boeckers; brother, Hildebrand Boeckers.
Serving as casket bearers were Greg Schneider, Bob Nelson, Cory Boeckers, Sam Boeckers, Laura Boeckers, and Emily Lieser. Scripture bearer was Jennifer Lieser; cross bearer was Adam Van Beck. Honorary bearers were Allen Nathe, Paul Ellering, Don VanDrehle, Jack Ohmann, Al Fuechtmann, Leo Olmscheid, Hugo Kuhl, Ralph Rademacher, and John Rademacher.
"Though it's hard to let go, in the Father's hands we know that a lifetime's not too long to live as friends." We love you Dad & Grandpa and will sorely miss you.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Orin T. Iverson, age 77 of Roseville, formerly of Sauk Centre, died on Monday, March 18 at his home.
Funeral services were Thursday, March 21 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. R.E. Bloemker officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.
Orin Iverson was born on February 5, 1925 in Belview, to Oliver and Tilda (Gullickson) Iverson. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Frances Berry on June 4, 1948 in Minneapolis. The couple farmed near Belview until 1971 when they moved to Sauk Centre. They owned and operated Rainbow Lodge on Sauk Lake. He retired in 1982. He was united in marriage to Betty Marty on October 12, 1985 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. Since August, 2001 they had resided in Roseville. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 67 of Sauk Centre and Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Iverson of Roseville; three children, Ronald (Pamela) Iverson of West St. Paul, Steven (Janice) Iverson of Kandiyohi, Kari (Michael) Machacek of Sartell; six grandchildren; step-children, Susan (Derrick) Dennis of Tujunga, Calif., Patty Deters of Arden Hills; two step-granddaughters; sister, Gladys Christianson of Belview; brothers, Harlan Iverson of Belview; Jerald (Kay) Iverson of Spicer; aunt, Hannah Judkins of Prosser, Wash. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Iverson on August 9, 1984; sister, Inez Anderson; brother, Marvin Iverson.
Serving as casket bearers was Ross, Luke, Joshua and Bruce Iverson, Wayne Berry and Thurman Knutson.

Joanne Ostendorf, age 48, formerly of Freeport, died on Saturday, March 9 at her home in St. Louis Park.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 12 at Sacred Heart Church, Freeport. Fr. Roger Klassen officiated.
Joanne Ostendorf was born on Feb. 14, 1954 in Melrose, to Larry and Dorothy (Thelen) Ostendorf. Survivors include her father Larry Ostendorf and his wife Phyllis, Glencoe; grandmother Veronica Nett of Freeport; sisters: Sharon Ostendorf, Maple Grove; Sue (Chuck) Walz, Melrose,; brothers, David (Sue) Ostendorf, Brooklyn Park; Keith (Marina) Ostendorf, Savage; nieces and nephews, Cary Lessard, Rogers; Mitchell, Heather, and Rachel Ostendorf, Savage.
She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy and brother Michael.

Bernice E. Schiemann, 72, a resident of Edina and Sun City, Ariz, died Feb. 27, 2002 in the Mayo Hospital, Scottsdale, Ariz., after a long battle with cancer.
Mrs. Schiemann was born July 5, 1929 in Melrose Township to the late Fred and Agnes (Ossenbeck) Pohlmann.
She married Eugene J. Schiemann February 3, 1951 in the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Minneapolis.
Bernice was a graduate of Melrose High School. She was retired after a 40 year career as a secretary and office manager.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Edina, and is survived by husband, Eugene; brother, Edwin Pohlmann in Edina; sister, Rose Mary Otteson in Minneapolis; and brother, Richard Pohlmann in Melrose.
Brothers, Alphonse and Roman preceded Bernice in death.
Services were private. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Marjorie M. Kemper, age 81 of Melrose, died on Thursday, March 14th at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, March 18th at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Vince Lieser officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Marjorie Marie Kemper was born March 31, 1920 in Getty Township, to Frank and Josephine (Ackerman) Pesheck. She married Leo Kemper on October 26, 1943 at Saint John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple farmed near Melrose until 1982. She enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren, gardening, playing cards, crafts, quilting and crocheting.
She was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, where she spent many hours doing volunteer work, Christian Mothers, and the Monday Afternoon Solo Club.
She is survived by her husband, Leo Kemper of Melrose; children, Lucy Rau and her husband, Walt of Sauk Rapids, Karen Massmann and her husband, Bill of Melrose, Dave "Whitey" Kemper and his wife, Sharon of Melrose, Dorie Heinen and her husband, Al of Champlain, Maggie Thull and her husband, Ken of Long Prairie, Sharon Kemper of Minneapolis, Mary Kemper and her husband, Kevin Rutherford of Rockford; grandchildren, Cindy, Paul, Brian and John Massmann, Todd and Tom Kemper, Erik, Steve and Becky Heinen, Missy and Mindy Thull; great grandchildren, Taylor and Taryn Kemper, Dakota and Adrian Massmann. She was preceded in death by twin brothers, Jim and Vern Pesheck.
Serving as casket bearers were Paul Massmann, Erik Heinen, Brian Massmann, Todd Kemper, Tom Kemper, Steve Heinen, and John Massmann. Crossbearer was Cindy Massmann. Honorary bearers were neighbors and card club friends.

Alvin J. Hoppe, age 51 of New Munich, died on Saturday, March 9 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 12 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Alvin Hoppe was born on Dec. 3, 1950 in Oak Township to Odillo and Margaret (Rausch) Hoppe. He married Mary Kunstleben on May 26, 1973 at the St. Catherine's Church in Farming. The couple farmed three miles South of New Munich for 25 years. Alvin and Mary retired from farming in 1998. Alvin worked at Sand's Welding in Albany from 1998 - 2002. He is veteran of military service in Korea. He served in the 2D Infantry Division as a solider from Nov. 18, 1970 until Oct. 1, 1971. He received an honorable service award from the 2D Infantry Division involving the support of the Republic of Korea. He was a parish member of the Immaculate Conception Church in New Munich. He was a member of the New Munich Snow Gliders Club, the Melrose American Legion Post 101, the New Munich Conservation Club, and a member of the MN United Snowmobile Association. Alvin's interest included snowmobiling, playing cards, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Hoppe of New Munich; children, Dana Weber and her husband, Steve of Avon, Stacey Nielsen and her husband, Byron of Yankton, S.D., Carrie Hoppe of the U.S. Air Force (Germany), Jason Hoppe of New Munich; grandson, Brett Weber of Avon; and Alvin's parents, Odillo and Margaret Hoppe of New Munich; brothers and sisters, Gerald Hoppe and his wife, Diane of Albany; Karen Heinen and her husband, Vernon of Albany; Marvin Hoppe of New Munich; Steve Hoppe and his wife, Robin of New Munich and Linda Dierkhising and her husband, Neil of St. Cloud.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and sister, LuAnn Hoppe.
Serving as casket bearers will be Alvin's nephews, Scott Heinen, Brad Heinen, Neil Hoppe, Mark Niehoff, Andy Roering and Brandon Moscho.
Cross carrier will be Linda Dierkhising, scripture carrier will be Jerry Hoppe and angel carrier will be Kaitlyn Funk.
Honorary bearers will be the Melrose American Legion, along with Ron Hoppe, Jim Hoppe, Willie Nathe, Rich Gaebel, Stan Kortenbusch, Don Gaebel, Jim Schmiesing, Dennis Thull, "Butch" Thull, Todd Schultz, Steve Moll and Ken Gaebel.
Military Rites are provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

Ann Kluempke, age 59 of New Munich, died on Monday, March 11 at her home.
Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, March 14 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vince Lieser officiated with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Ann Agnes Kluempke was born July 25, 1942 in Meire Grove to Joseph and Agnes (Brang) Welle. She married David Kluempke on April 11, 1964 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple farmed north of Melrose until 1978, when they moved to New Munich to operate New Munich Bus Service. She was a school bus driver for 25 years. She loved her family very much, and was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed going to the lake, spending time outdoors, wildlife, snowmobiling, and flowers. She was a member of Daughters of Isabella - Melrose Court, and St. Anne's Christian Mothers of New Munich.
Survivors include her husband, David Kluempke of New Munich; children, Mark Kluempke of Burnsville, Lori Kluempke-Zarogoza and her husband, John Zarogoza of Melrose, Shari Kluempke of Burnsville; brothers and sisters, Duane Welle and his wife, Carol of Blaine, Joan Dold and her husband, Bert of Clearwater, Tony Welle and his wife, Carol of Blaine, twin sister Marie Weyrens and her husband, Nick of Apple Valley; grandson, Mack Zarogoza; step grandchildren, Mandy, Matt, and Mike Zarogoza.
She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Brent Kluempke, and infant Brent Kluempke; brothers, Larry Welle and Ed Welle.
Serving as casket bearers were Bert Dold, Nick Wyrens, Larry Knoblach, Dick, Pat, Jim, Tom, and Joe Kluempke. Cross bearer was Mack Zarogoza, scripture bearer was George Kluempke. Honorary bearers were Rosie Pundsack, Della Thelen, Fran Berscheit, Vicki Allen, Joyce Winter, Jan Notch, Karen Molitor, Nancy Moerke, Rosie VanBeck, Cheryl Schwieters, Kathy Ecker, Mary Rieland, and Joan Budde.

Services for Victor Bonfig, 78 of Inver Grove Heights, who died Sunday, March 3, will be Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to services at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Inver Grove Heights.
There will be a private interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Mr. Bonfig was a veteran having honorably served the country during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Lucille Hinnenkamp, son-in-law Larry Magnuson.
He is survived by his wife, Marian; children Cheryl (David) Smith, and Steve (Natalie) Bonfig; grandchildren Rochelle, Dan, Emily, Nicole and Max; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Bailey; sisters Eleanor (Joe) Wimmer and Delores Gerdes; brother Linus Bonfig; and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Nicole Bonfig Medical Fund. 

Funeral services were on Tuesday, March 5, at St. Wendelin's Catholic Church in Luxemburg for Lorraine M. Ludwig, age 76 of Luxemburg, who died on Friday, March 1 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
The Rev. Leon Slominski officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Lorraine was born July 21, 1925 in Meire Grove to John and Caroline (Anton) Meyer. She married Peter A. Ludwig on June 1, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove. She has been a resident of the Luxemburg Area since 1950. She was employed at Sterling Park Health Care Center for 17 years. She was a member of St. Wendelin's Catholic Church, St. Theresa's Catholic Aid Assn., and Christian Women.
Survivors include her husband Peter, her children: John Ludwig (Judy), Gerald Ludwig (Lanetta) and Patty Ludwig all of St. Cloud, James Ludwig (Debbie), Carrie Sweeney (Dave), and Mark Ludwig (Lynn) all of Rice, Rose Salner (Bob) of Clearwater, Rita Trivelpiece (Bill) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Kevin Ludwig (Kay) of Baltimore, Maryland, 22 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, her mother Caroline Meyer of Melrose, brothers and sisters: Herb Meyer of New Munich, Ralph Meyer of Paynesville, Philip Meyer of Greenwald, Cyril Meyer of Meire Grove, Mary Ann Wenker of Melrose, Joanne Fischer and Bernice Farmer of St. Cloud, Ed Meyer of Cold Spring.
She was preceded in death by her father John B. Meyer, and one brother Jerome Meyer.
Pallbearers were: Jeffrey Ludwig, Melissa Ludwig, Ryan Salner, Brandon Sweeney, Leif Ludwig, and Jeremiah Ludwig.

Leo C. Breth, age 87 of Melrose, died on Saturday, March 02, 2002 at the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries due to a car accident. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 5 at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Leo Breth was born on January 25, 1915 in Krain Township, to Leopold and Anna (Wogdoll) Breth. He married Eleanor Schmitz on May 13, 1941 in St. Francis. The couple farmed in the Holdingford area until moving to Melrose in 1946. Leo worked at Kraft Foods in Melrose until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose and the Melrose Knights of Columbus, Council #1633.
Survivors include his children, Betty Kemper and her husband, Marvin of Melrose, Bob Breth and his wife, Cheryl of Melrose, Larry Breth and his wife, Simone of Foley, Jerry Breth and his wife, Marilyn of St. Cloud, Patrick Breth and his wife, Mary of Melrose; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Mike Breth and his wife, Frances of Holdingford; sister, Theresa Harlander and her husband, Art Sr. of Holdingford.
Leo is preceded in death by his parents, Leopold and Anna Breth; wife, Eleanor Breth on June 14, 1993; infant son, Ronald Breth; brothers and sisters, Steve Breth Sr., Susie Jarnot, John Breth, Jake Breth, Lawrence Breth, Lucy Kremers, Annie Breth, Bill Breth Sr., Joe Breth, Lucille Lange and Marie Breth.
Serving as casket bearers were Patrick Breth, Jerry Breth, Larry Breth, Bob Breth, Shannon Kemper and Glen Kemper.
Serving as cross bearer were Reed Breth and scripture bearer was Andrea Breth.
Serving as honorary bearers will be John Faber, Tony Wegleitner, Clarence Jarnot, Tom Lange, Werner Breth, Mike Breth, Larry Ostendorf and Connie Salzman.

Edna M. Schultz age 88 of Monticello and formerly of Grey Eagle & Lester Prairie died on Monday, February 25, 2002
She was born on March 26, 1913 in Bergen Township, McLeod County the Daughter of Ewald J. and Minnie Haase Schultz.Edna was baptized on April 11, 1913 by Pastor Walter Baumhoefener at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bergen Township. She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 29, 1927 by Pastor J.A. Schert at St Peter Lutheran Church in Bergen Township.
On Dec. 28, 1931, Edna M Schultz and Edwin H. Schultz were joined in holy marriage at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. God blessed their marriage with a son. Edwin Schultz preceded his wife in death on June 9, 1993.
Edna was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle.
She enjoyed traveling, old time music and flower gardening. She also took pleasure in her dogs.
She is survived by a Grandson: Robert (Christine) Schultz of Monticello; a granddaughter: Mary (Patrick) Spero of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren: Abby, Sara & Kali Schultz and Nicholaus Spero; a daughter-in-law; Patricia Schultz of New Brighton; brothers: Walter (Iris) Schultz of Lester Prairie and Victor (Eldorls) Schultz of New Germany; Sisters: Alice Lester of Lester Prairie and Pearl (Waldo) Stender of Minnetonka; and many other relatives and friends :
In addition to her Husband, Edna was preceded in death by her parents: Ewald and Minnie Schultz, a son: Robert Schultz on Oct. 2, 2000, a brother Elmer Schultz and Sisters: Alma Rusch and Lilly Bergmann.
Funeral Services for Edna Schultz were Thursday, Feb 28 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Pastor Gerald A. Schwanke officiated and interment followed at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Bergen Township.
Kay Gueningsman was the organist for the funeral service. "On Eagles'Wings '', "I'm But a Stranger Here" & "I Know that My Redeemer Lives" were sung as congregational hymns.
Casket Bearers were Larry, Bradley & Kendall Schultz, Dennis Wessel, Carl Nelson and Sam Lester.

Rita Wensmann, age 69, a resident of Elmdale, passed away Friday, March 1 at her residence. Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, March 4 at St. Edward's Catholic Church, Elmdale. Arrangements were with Brenny Funeral Home, Little Falls.
Rita Rose Wensmann was born on May 21, 1932 in New Munich to Aloys and Emma (Ertl) Zierden. She was united in marriage to Donald Wensmann on September 8, 1953. Together they farmed and raised their family in Elmdale Township all their lives. Rita enjoyed quilting, playing cards with friends and family, knitting, cooking, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Daughters of Isabella, Rosary Society, Little Falls Auxiliary, St. Edward's Choir, and Mission Group.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Wensmann of Elmdale; sons, Kenneth and wife Debbie of Bowlus, Wayne and Joy of Bowlus, Jim and Julie of Bowlus, Greg and Renee of Bowlus, Marvin and Shirley of Ramsey, Brian and Lisa of Bowlus, Joel and Laura of Sartell, Scott and Jenny of Holdingford; daughters, Doris Landowski and husband Steve of Burtrum, Diane Roske and Ken of Swanville, Cynthia Yandell and Donald of Rice, Brenda Yorek and Ken of Little Falls, Sandra Herdering and Tom of Freeport, Wanda Rathburn and Barry of St. Cloud, and Jessica Rieder and Gary of Foley; brothers, Walter Zierden and wife Lorraine of Avon, LeRoy Zierden and Beulah of Cushing, and Ervin Zierden of St. Cloud; sisters, Ethel Nierenhausen of Waite Park and Mildred Wensmann and husband Adolph of Melrose; 47 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Mark Wensmann in 1981 and infant son, Joseph Wensmann; parents, Aloys and Emma Zierden; brother, Lorenz Zierden; grandsons, Michael Blonigan, Jordan Wensmann, and Jason Landowski; and great-grandson, Maxwell Fischer.
Cross Bearer was Jackie Wensmann. Casket Bearers were Kris Wensmann, Chad Landowski, Craig Wensmann, Randy Roske, Mitchell Blonigan, and Daniel, Ryan and Dustin Yorek.

Annabelle Waggoner, age 87 of Spooner, Wis., formerly of Osakis, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at the nursing unit of the Spooner Health System.
Annabelle Gilbert was born on November 16, 1914 in Villard, to Harry and Anna (Fleming) Gilbert. She was raised and attended grade school in Villard, and then transferred and graduated from Osakis High School. Annabelle's first job was as a telephone operator in Osakis and Alexandria. On July 5, 1939, Annabelle was united in marriage to Wesley Waggoner. They lived in several central Minnesota towns, including Sauk Centre, Brainerd and Waterville before settling in Bertha, and raising their family. They retired and moved to Tucson, Ariz. in 1973. In 1998, Annabelle returned to be near family and lived in Shell Lake, WI until moving to Spooner in 2000.
Annabelle was a natural entrepreneur, having owned and operated several different types of businesses during her life. She had a gift for seeing the needs of a community and building up a business to fill that need. She operated restaurants in Parkers Prairie, Long Prairie and Waterville, a dress shop in Parkers Prairie and Wadena and a variety store in Bertha.
Some of her hobbies included baking, sewing, knitting and playing cards. Her favorite card games were Smear and Race Horse. She enjoyed traveling and taking drives to visit her relatives or try out the slots at a Casino along the way. She was a loving mother and grandma who will be fondly remembered by her family and friends.
Annabelle is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert & Leigh Waggoner of Spooner, Wis., daughter and son-in-law, Edith Ann & Dan Praska of Grey Eagle; six grandchildren, Scott Praska, Didi (Ken) Blackwell, Paul, Joshua and Jacob Lawson, Molly Waggoner; six great grandchildren, Danni and Jessi Blackwell, Faith Moening, Nathan, Zachary and James Lawson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wes in 1984, 2 brothers, Robert & Harry Gilbert, and a sister, Eda Mae Gentry.
Funeral services for Annabelle were held on Friday, March 1, 2002 at 10:30 am at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Chapel in Osakis with Leigh Waggoner presiding. Interment was at the Lakeside Cemetery in Osakis.
Memorials are preferred to the Arizona Children's Association in Tucson, Ariz.

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