Ann E. Gerlach
Ann E. Gerlach, age 74, a resident of New Haven, WV, and formerly of Little Falls, MN, died September 29, 1997, at Pleasant Valley Hospital in New Haven.
Graveside services were held October 3, 1997, at the Broad Run Cemetery with Pastor George Weirick officiating. Burial was in the Broad Run Cemetery.
Ann was born March 9, 1923, in Flagstaff, ND, to Iver and Ann Johnson.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Darrell B. and Charlotte Gerlach of New Haven, WV, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Rick W. Swanson Rick W. Swanson, age 38, a resident of Brainerd, MN died October 18, 1997, at his residence.
Funeral services were held October 21, at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with Reverend Laurence Foote officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Rick was born in Duluth, MN on November 14, 1958, to Merle (Bill) and Joanne (Bahr) Swanson. He was a graduate of Brainerd High School. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and attended Brainerd Vocational School for two years.
Survivors include his parents, Merle (Bill) and Joanne Swanson of Brainerd; special daughter, Theresa Novik of Brainerd; sister, Debbie Swanson Battin of Brainerd; grandmother, Mabel Bahr Bell of Brainerd; grandfather, Clifford Swanson of Washington; and, three nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roy H. Bahr.
Richard Lee Canton, age 64, a resident of rural Cushing, MN died on October 12, 1997, at the V.A. Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Funeral services were held October 17 at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville, MN. Interment services were held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley immediately following the funeral service. Military honors were provided by the United States Marine Corps.
Richard was born February 11, 1933, in Minneapolis, MN to Chris and Mathilda (Dahl) Canton. He was married to Iva Canterberry in Buford, SC on May 21, 1955. Richard was in the Marines for 22 years, serving his country in Korea and in Vietnam, he was also stationed all over the United States.
Survivors include his wife, Iva of Cushing; daughter, Janet of Cushing; grandchildren, Serena Christiansen, Richard, Kristal and Michelle Canton; brothers, Percy (Alice) of Orange, CA; Jay (Agnes) of Minneapolis; Robert (Dorothy) of Battlegroun, WA; sisters, Irene (Orville) Bull of Vancouver, WA; Marcella Burg and Margery Turner of Minneapolis; Elaine Hager of Browerville; Alice Johnson of Alexandria, MN and Elvira (Dave) Strandmark of Richfield, MN. Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter, Montine; brother, Ernest and sister, Sophie Lund.
Kenneth Ray Chapin, age 69, a resident of Winston, OR, formerly of Leader, MN, died in his brother’s home in Motley, MN (after arriving for a family reunion) October 16, 1997.
Services were held October 20, at the Motley Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Hager officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Cemetery.
Kenneth Ray Chapin was born on July 7, 1928, in Poplar, MN, to the late Harold and Mamie (Matthews) Chapin. He married Delwyn Carey on July 14, 1947, in Staples, MN. He farmed on the family farm near Poplar. He then moved his young family to Winston in August of 1959; however, his heart was always in the Poplar area. He worked for Plywood Mill in Roseburg, OR, for the city of Winston, then the Bureau of Public Roads, retiring after a serious accident in 1969. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 14, of this year. He found comfort in reading his Bible and being faithful in prayers. Besides his love for Minnesota, Kenneth also enjoyed visiting with friends. He never knew a stranger. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Delwyn; four daughters, Peggy (Arlie) Paulson and Joanne (Daniel) Couch, both of Winston, Carol (David) Huber of Columbus, OH, and Anita (Robert) Dethlefs of Portland, OR; 11 grandchildren, Pamela Nix, Kenny Paulson, Rachel and Chrissy Sheline, Rebecca, Joshua and Caleb Couch, Aaron, Zachary and Alicia Dethlefs (and one on the way), a great-grandson, Austin Nix. Also his sister-in-law, Iras Chapin; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Darrell Ray; one daughter, Cindy Kay; one sister Ardith McLaughlin; two brothers, Leonard and Bernard Chapin.
Geneva “Gen” Johnson, age 93, a resident of Upsala, MN, died October 13, 1997, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were October 18, at Community Covenant Church in Upsala with Pastor Craig Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Royalton, MN.
Geneva was born in Royalton on May 6, 1904, to William C. and Louise (Thompson) Chapman. She graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College. Her first teaching job was in Elmdale. She also taught at Staples, Sauk Centre and Upsala. She was united in marriage with Vernon Johnson on August 23, 1941, in Seattle, WA. They returned and resided in Upsala, where she taught elementary school for many years. Geneva taught Sunday School at Community Covenant for many years, and was also active with the Bible Study Group. She was a member of the local sewing group and was always very active in her church.
Survivors include two brothers, William Chapman of Freeport, Ill., and Delbert Chapman of Faribault, MN; and eight nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; and two sisters, Helen Jones and Mitzi Rolf.
Casketbearers were Col. Rick Erlandson, Philip Johnson, Tim Johnson, Bill Osberg and Dean Peterson.
Verna M. Colbeck
Verna M. Colbeck, age 77, died of cancer on October 22, 1997, at the home of her daughter in Olympia, WA.
A memorial service and interment took place at the Veterans Cemetery of Kent, WA.
Verna was born on October 1, 1920, in Superior, WI, to the late Chester and Lula (Yates) Carpenter. In 1928 the family moved to Little Falls, MN. Verna attended grade school in Little Falls and graduated from the Little Falls High School in 1938. She attended the Normal Training Department in Little Falls, and the St. Cloud State Teachers College. She taught in rural schools in Morrison County, namely at Twin Lakes, Ft. Ripley, and Little Elk, and at the Washington Elementary School in Alexandria, MN. After taking a business course, she went to work for Cargill in Minneapolis. During World War II she moved to California where she was employed at an Army Discharge Center in Oakland. On July 25, 1948, she was united in marriage to Paul Frederic Colbeck at Santa Ana, CA. They lived in Columbia, CA for many years before moving to Kent, WA in 1988.
Survivors include her husband, Paul of Kent; daughters, Connie Colbeck of Olympia, WA, Barbara Muzzey and husband Bruce of Kent; grandchildren, Rebekah, Elspeth, Breanne, and Benjamin Muzzey; sister, Doris L. Kazeck of Elk River, MN; brother, Donald Y. Carpenter and wife Donna of London, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Augusta A. “Schlenz” Kuehne, age 82, a resident of St. Otto’s Care Center and formerly of Swanville, MN, died of leukemia October 25, 1997, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial was held October 28, 1997, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville, MN, with the Rev. Thomas Meyer officiating. Burial was in the Springbrook Cemetery in Swanville.
Augusta Agnes Schlenz Kuehne was born June 28, 1915, in South Dakota, to the late Peter and Emma (Wilker) Bollino. She grew up in the Swanville area and attended school in the Swanville school system. After her schooling she moved to the Randall and Cushing area for a few years. She then returned to the Swanville area and worked as a housekeeper and waitress for the Swanville Cafe. She was united in marriage to Ervin Schlenz in the mid 1940s, and they resided in the Swanville area. Ervin passed away February 2, 1982. Augusta was then united in marriage to Edwin Kuehne June 6, 1985, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville. Augusta was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church at the time of her death. The couple was still residing in Swanville at the time of her death. Hobbies included sewing, traveling, fishing, visiting with friends and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin Kuehne of Swanville; son, Gary Schlenz and wife Kathy of Little Falls; sisters, Edith Quick of Kankakee, IL, Evelyn Marzza and husband Bartho of Carbon Hill, IL., Edna Mahannah of Dwight, IL; brother, Peter Bollino of Phoenix, AZ; three step-children and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Ervin in 1982; sisters, Theresa Gregerson, Emma Hartley, Geneive Unger, Anna Garner and Martha Paulson; and brother, John Bollino.
Pallbearers were Phil Cichon, Joe Koenig, Jerry Jambor, Melvin Van Bokel, Richard Gregersen and Peter Gregersen.
Ivan W. Browen, age 64, a resident of Burtrum, MN, died October 29, 1997, at the Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held November 1 at the First Baptist Church, Long Prairie, MN, with Rev. Nick Bell officiating. Burial was at the Evergreen Cemetery, Long Prairie.
Ivan was born February 11, 1933, in Cottonwood, SD, to Isaac and Jennie (Meinerts) Browen. He married Donna Donovan on September 26, 1951, in Yankton, SD. He moved to Long Prairie in 1953 where he worked for Garmen Construction and Smith Construction, Long Prairie Dray Line and Prairie Packing. He also farmed in Burnhamville Township, Burtrum. He also drove truck for Fingerhut Manufacturing, St. Cloud. He moved to Superior, WI, in 1973 where he owned and operated Dewey Store and also drove truck for Amsoil and Halvor Lines of Superior. He moved to Burtrum in 1989, residing in Burnhamville Township, and drove truck for Jerry Hammond of Cohasset, MN, until his death. He enjoyed basketball and music. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; seven children and their spouses, Audrey Brown of Long Prairie, Raelene Minkel and husband Myron of St. Cloud, MN, Paula Kiminski and husband Leroy of Superior, Marilyn Feela and husband Mark of Melrose, MN, Terry Browen and wife Chris of Grey Eagle, MN, Rick Browen and wife Monica of Superior, and Jon Browen and friend Laurie of Burtrum; one daughter-in-law, Mary Browen of Morris, MN; three brothers, Ralph Browen of Long Prairie, Elery Browen and wife Sonia of Long Prairie and Lance Browen and wife Audrye of Gillette, WY; four sisters, Dorothy Dirks and husband Bernard of George, IA, Mavis Bell and husband Dick of Gillette, Iona Gerlach and husband Gerald of Gillette, WY, and Charlene Kuehne and husband Jim of Worthington, MN; one sister-in-law, Margaret Browen of Worthington; 28 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Issac and Jennie; one son, Donald; two brothers, infant Clifford and Dale and two sisters, Marcella Klinkenberg and infant Neotha.
Casketbearers were Terry and Jon Browen, Myron and Raelene Minkel and Mark and Marilyn Feela.
Diane M. Tuholsky, 45, of St. Paul, MN, died suddenly on October 24, 1997.
A Memorial Mass was held October 29 at Kessler-Maguire Funeral Home with interment in Acacia Park Cemetery.
She was born June 26, 1952 in Little Falls, MN. Diane loved nature, and Native-American history and artifacts. He favorite hobby was bingo.
Survivors include two brothers and six sisters, Irene Boser and husband Elmer, Donald Tuholski and wife Roseanne, Betty Rohrenbach, Deloris Booth and husband Jerry, Josie Metzdorf, Joe Tuholsky and wife Delli, and twin sister, Deb Tuholsky; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother Mathilda; a brother, Gerald; and nephew Daniel.
Marvin Altmann, age 86, a resident of Klossner, MN, died October 24, 1997, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial was October 28 at the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette, with burial in the church cemetery.
Marvin was born August 28, 1911, in Lafayette Township, Nicollet County to Lewis and Louise (Woratschka) Altmann. He married Helen M. Reitter on November 16, 1936, at the St. George Catholic Church in St. George, MN. After marriage they farmed in Lafayette Township, Nicollet County until 1958 when they moved to Klossner. He owned and operated the Klossner Ballroom from 1960-1969. He also worked at the Burdick Grain Elevator in New Ulm until retiring in 1976. He was a member of the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette.
Survivors include his daughters and sons in law, Shirley and Bill Krohn of Lafayette, Bonnie and Wally Bastian of Klossner, Margaret and Tom Albrecht of Pierz, MN, Sharon Madsen of LaCrescent, MN, Helen and Tom Fromm of Waukesha, WI; Lois and Bob Schneider of Reeseville, WI; and Norma Altmann Bergseth and Del Borgseth of Detroit Lakes, MN; son, Howard Altmann of Klossner; 21 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Delores and Charles Kranz of Minneapolis, MN, Bernice Fletcher of Roseville. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Altmann on September 23, 1992; a daughter, Joanne Imker on January 2, 1990; a son in law Bob Madsen on January 8, 1996; a brother, Leander Altmann; and sisters, Viola Gleisner and Carol Farrell.
Ralph Linden Willman died on October 24, 1997, at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia, MN, at the age of 88.
Funeral services were held October 27 at the Lakeview Community Church in Hillman, MN, with Rev. David Gouldin officiating. Burial was at the Church Cemetery.
Ralph Linden Willman was born on March 20, 1909, to Hans and Bessie (Swedeen) Willman in Cambridge, MN. He grew up and attended school in rural Cambridge and stayed on the home place to farm. He married Lenore Engquist on October 2, 1937, in Bradford, MN. To this union three children were born. The couple made their home near Cambridge and continued farming. In 1960 they moved to Hillman where they owned and operated Willman’s Corner Store. In 1968 they sold the store and moved to Minneapolis, MN. Throughout the years Ralph also worked construction with companies such as Kraus-Anderson and, from 1968 to 1972, Onan’s in Minneapolis. In 1972 they retired to Peavy Lake. Lenora died in 1986. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had an interest in music, playing the drums, accordion and the violin. He also enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Survivors include his daughters, Alice (Lyle) Anderson of Prior Lake, MN and Shirley (Harvey) Larson of Hillman, MN; daughter-in-law, Kathy Willman of Fridley, MN; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lenore; one son, Wallace “Pud”; brothers, Adolph, Arthur, Albert and his twin, Roy; sisters, Minnie, Madelia, Mildred and Edna.
The casketbearers included grandsons: Wade and Brent Willman, Brian Anderson, Jeff and Kent Larson, Ron Rezachek, Mark Vegsund and Stephen Leach.