Elsie A. Reinhardt
Elsie A. Reinhardt, age 83, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died October 1, 1997 in Eden Prairie, MN.
Funeral services were held October 4 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls, with the Rev. Martin Langemo officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Royalton, MN.
Elsie Anna Reinhardt was born on December 21, 1913 in Milbank, S.D. to the late Thomas and Emma (Lindercamp) Hansen. The family lived in Ortonville and Anoka, MN before moving to Royalton in 1926 where Elsie attended school. On October 5, 1939, Elsie was united in marriage to Harold Henry Reinhardt at the Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Little Falls on South Lindbergh Drive where Elsie resided since 1941 and where she was a homemaker and mother to their family. Elsie also worked for a number of years at the former Munsingwear Plant, Crestliner Boats and Larson Boat Works. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls where she was active in the Ladies Aide Society.
Survivors include her sons, Jerry A. Reinhardt and wife, Barbara of Eden Prairie, MN and Roy R. Reinhardt and wife, Dolores of Hinckley, MN; sister, Meta Hagen of Little Falls; grandchildren, Michael, Nathan and Melissa Reinhardt and Steven and Douglas Driver and great-grandchildren, Jason, Amy and Kasie Driver.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold (April 27, 1983); parents, brothers, Albert and Emil Hansen; sister, Mabel Fisher and grandson, Kenneth Driver.
Pallbearers were Michael, Nathan and Melissa Reinhardt.
Memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church.
Sister Mary Francis (Olivia) Winter
Sister Mary Francis (Olivia) Winter, age 90, died at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, MN on Wednesday, October 1, 1997.
Funeral services and burial services were held at St. Francis Convent on October 4.
Sister Mary Francis was born on January 5, 1907, near Greenwald, MN. She was the fifth of 15 children born to the late Michael and Elizabeth (Hansen) Winter. She was accepted as a Francisican Sister of Little Falls, MN on August 12, 1929. She made her first profession of vows on August 12, 1931, and final vows, August 10, 1934. She celebrated 60 years as a Franciscan Sister in 1989. She earned her diploma as a registered nurse from St. Gabriel’s School of Nursing, Little Falls, MN, and later attended St. Gabriel’s School of X-Ray and became a certified technician. Sister Francis spent her entire ministry in health care at St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls. She was a night supervisor, 1934-1937. She ministered in the x-ray department from 1938-1971—serving as head of the department for 25 of those years. From 1971-1980 Sister Francis continued at St. Gabriel’s as a patient visitor. In 1981, she semi-retired to St. Francis Convent where she assisted with some chapel work and worked in activities where she continued her life-long skills of knitting, crocheting and tatting. In 1990, for health reasons, she futher retired to a more contemplative manner of living.
Survivors include her brother, Edwin, Holdingford; sister, Sister Jeanne, OSF, Little Falls; many nieces and nephews, and her Sisters in religious life.
Clarence A. Nelson, age 90, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died October 1, 1997, at the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held October 3 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls with Rev. Harold J. Kost officiating. Burial was in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Belle Prairie, MN.
Clarence was born August 31, 1907, in Chicago, IL, to the late Charles and Ella (Johnson) Nelson. The family came to live in the Freedhem, MN, area when Clarence was a young boy. He grew up and attended country school in the Freedhem area. Clarence was united in marriage to Laura Mae LeBlanc on November 7, 1939, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie. The couple resided in Little Falls Township. In 1948 they moved to Belle Prairie Township and farmed until retiring in 1992. In 1995, Clarence became a resident of the Lutheran Home in Little Falls. He loved all his animals.
Survivors include his son, Robert “Bob” Nelson and wife Maureen of Little Falls; daughter, Marilyn Novotny and husband Jack of Little Falls; brother, Leonard Nelson of Little Falls; sisters, Viola Nelson of Little Falls and Frances Nelson of Little Falls; grandchildren, Karel Fleck, Kurt Novotny and Nicole Erpelding; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Abby and David Fleck and Jake Novotny.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Mae in 1992; sister, Lillian Nelson; brothers, Frank, Lester and Raymond Nelson.
Pallbearers were John, Roger, Chip, Gale and Eldon LeBlanc and Ron Walkviak.
Norbert “Norb” B. Wehlage, age 74, a resident of Pierz, MN, died October 3, 1997, at his home in Agram Township, Morrison County, MN.
A Mass of Christian burial was held October 7 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz.
Norbert was born May 7, 1923, in Greenwald, MN, to the late Joseph and Anna (Petermeier) Wehlage. He grew up in the Greenwald area. As a young man he moved to San Diego, CA, for two years during the war and worked in aircraft manufacturing. He returned to Greenwald and attended business college in St. Cloud. Following his schooling he worked for various construction companies as a bookkeeper. He owned and operated what is presently “Tootsie’s” bar in Genola. He was united in marriage to Georgina “Jean” M. Rauch on June 6, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Follow-ing their marriage, Norb and Jean operated the bar in Genola for 15 years. He drove school bus and worked also as a special deputy for the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department until 1992. He continued and presently drove bus and worked as an accountant and tax preparer. He enjoyed deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing and playing cards. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and was a 50-year member of the Catholic Aid Society.
Survivors include his wife, Georgina “Jean”; son and daughters, Michael Wehlage of Aurora, MN, Diane Johnson and husband Harold of Bloomington, MN, and Ann Litke and husband Charles of Maple Grove, MN; sister, Selma Tschida of Meire Grove, MN; brother, Edmund Wehlage and wife Dolores of Greenwald and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Henry Wehlage.
Casketbearers were Dan Jensen, Dave Meyer, John Wehlage, Myron Reiman, James Wehlage, Robert Wehlage, Richard Rademacher and Ronald Storkamp.
Fannie G. Hay, age 85, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died October 2, 1997, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held October 6, 1997, at the First United Church in Little Falls with the Rev. John Longley officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls.
Fannie was born November 25, 1911, in Colman, Moody County, SD, to the late Cheever A. and Elizabeth A. (Gordon) Spear. She grew up in Colman attending school there and graduating from the class of 1929. She was united in marriage to Merle Cubbison in 1932. On December 6, 1941, she was united in marriage to George W. Hay in Pipestone, MN. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Swanville, MN, area until 1972. Fannie also worked at Larson Boats in Little Falls. On December 8, 1981, her husband George died. She was a member of First United Church in Little Falls, Variety Garden Club, was a longtime volunteer at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls and she enjoyed her garden and flowers of any kind.
Survivors include her daughter, Edythe Lindgren and husband Arthur of Little Falls; stepsons, George Hay and wife Ellen of Panama Beach, FL, and Robert Hay and wife Velda of Dadeville, AL; three grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Bell Thoreson, May Hively and Edith Barber; brother, John Spear; grandson, Kevin Lindgren and stepson, Richard Hay.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Little Falls Variety Garden Club and caseketbearers were Keith Lindgren, Sherman Bloom, Tony Armagost, Bertil, Bradley and Craig Johnson.
Larry Lyon, age 60, a resident of Prescott Valley, AZ, died September 30, 1997, near Prescott Valley.
Funeral services were held October 4 at the Prescott Community Church.
Larry was born February 6, 1937, in Grey Eagle Township, Todd County, MN, to Louise and the late Ivan Lyon.
Survivors include his mother, Louise; wife, Lois, who he married in 1970; three sons, Larry, Jr., Brett and Todd; two daughters, Tammy Gurtner and Candy Lyon; three grandchildren; one brother, Paul and one sister, Rhea Jean Holmgren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan; two sisters, Zola Lyon and Roma Rosenow and two brothers, Kevin and Ira.
Ella M. Blood, age 99, a resident of Carlton, MN, formerly of Pillsbury, MN, died October 3, 1997, at Carlton Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held October 6 at the Swanville Bible Church in Swanville, MN, with Pastor Timothy Sumner officiating. Interment was in Bearhead Cemetery at Pillsbury.
Ella was born May 7, 1898, in Burnhamville Township, Todd County, MN, to the late Frank and Flora Kruetzer. She grew up in the Burtrum area and attended school there. Her family moved to Swanville for a few years before settling in Pillsbury. She was united in marriage to William J.C. Blood in 1917. The couple made their home in Pillsbury where Ella was a homemaker. William died in June, 1976, and Ella continued living in Pillsbury until she moved to Cloquet, MN, in 1991 to live with her daughter-in-law, Rose Blood. She entered Carlton Nursing Home in 1994 where she resided until her death. Ella loved gardening and is remembered by her family for saving everything.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Rose Blood of Cloquet, MN; grandchildren, LaVonne Robbinson of Belleview, FL, Ronald H. Blood of Billings, MT, and Debra Utech of Hinckley, MN; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; son, Harold J. Blood; infant daughter, Verna Mae Blood; parents; brothers, Harold, Ed and Frank Kruetzer and sisters, Stella Wilmot and Mamie Barber.
Richard J. Seelen, age 57, a resident of rural Hillman, MN, died Saturday, October 4,at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 8, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman, MN, with the Rev. Nathan Packard officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Richard was born on July 10, 1940, in Granite Township, Morrison County, MN, to the late Joseph and Minnie (Hoheisel) Seelen. He grew up in the Hillman, MN, area and attended District 151 school before attending school in Onamia, MN. He was united in marriage to Terry Tretter on September 10, 1966, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman. The couple made their home in Leigh Township in Morrison County near Hillman, MN. Richard was employed at Bostrom’s Garage of Onamia, MN, Christle Construction in Royalton, MN, Hoffman Gravel and Excavating of Hillman, MN, and was presently employed at Neuman Manufacturing of Royalton, MN. Richard’s lifetime hobby was mechanical which he did out of his garage at home. He loved ice fishing, deer hunting, going out to the woods to “make wood” and was a “community handyman”. He was a member of the Hillman Knights of Columbus and past member of the Hillman First Response Team. Richard was critically injured on September 18, 1997, when a tornado struck and destroyed the family home and garage where he was working at what he loved most - mechanical work. He had been hospitalized in the ICU unit of the St. Cloud Hospital from the time of the tornado until his death.
Survivors include his wife, Terry Seelen of Hillman, MN; sons, Tim and Scott Seelen, both of Hillman, MN; brothers, David Seelen and wife, Shirley of Little Falls, MN; and Glenn Seelen and wife LaVonne of Hillman; sisters, Lorraine Girtz and husband Jack of Brooklyn Park, MN; Marian Rademacher and husband Richard of Brainerd, MN; Dolores Trafas and husband Marvin of Little Falls, MN; Gloria Schommer and husband Ted of Hillman, MN; and Brenda Wacker and husband James of Brainerd, MN; and granddaughters, Ashley and Vanessa Seelen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Geri Fuhrman.
Ruby L. Booth
Ruby L. Booth, age 88, a resident of Bowlus, MN, passed away October 3, 1997 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were held October 7, at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Pastor Martin Langemo officiating. Burial was in the Elmdale Lutheran Church Cemetery in Elmdale, MN.
Ruby was born December 24, 1908 to George and Ragna (Moen) Larsen in Swan River Township. She married Raymond Booth on May 17, 1930 in Elmdale Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, George and Dee Booth of Bowlus; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Ben Konsor of Aitkin, MN, daughter Benita Baggenstoss,a nd Dave Baggenstoss of Bowlus; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Larsen of Royalton, MN, and a sister, Luella Rudolph of Minneapolis, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, five brothers and one sister.
Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters, Cheryl Messing, Lisa Keil, Kim Scrabeck, Karin Cook, Sandy, Jolie and Sara Baggenstoss.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Steven, Brian, Michael and John Booth, Patrick and Rob Konsor, Jeff and Jay Baggenstoss.
Rosalie A. “Sally” Elfering, age 80, died October 6, 1997, at her home in Freeport, MN.
The funeral was held October 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Revs. Roger Klassen, and Jim and Roger Thoennes officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Sally Elfering was born May 10, 1917, in Freeport to Frank and Agnes (Heinen) Zwack She married Elmer Elfering on August 29, 1939, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Freeport. They farmed in Oak Township, Stearns County, until retiring in 1972. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Catholic Aid Society, Freeport Senior Citizens and Christian Mothers, Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters and Quilting Bees.
Survivors include her husband; daughters and son, Phyllis Scheerle, Little Falls; Myrna Notch, Linda Zierden and Thomas, Freeport; Judy Roering, Albany; sisters and brother, Beatrice Kortenbusch, Melrose; Vi Ramacher and Larry, Freeport; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, David, Ronald and Dwaine; brother, Roman; sister, Armella Wensman, and one grandson.
Pallbearers were her grandchildren.