Herman E. Poser, Jr., age 71, a resident of Pierz, MN, died January 11, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls, MN.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held January 15 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz with Father Ken Brenny and Father Charles Padatruruthy concelebrating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Herman was born October 22, 1926, in Buh Township, MN, where he lived and farmed all his life. He was united in marriage with Esther Suess on June 8, 1948, in Buckman, MN. Herman was employed with the railroad for a few years prior to working for Gottwalt Lumber Company for 10 years along with farming. He retired from farming in 1980. Herman enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Esther of Pierz; a son, Ernie Poser and wife Trudy of Buckman; daughters,Iris Kowalzek and husband Larry of Pierz; Beverly Sadlovsky and husband Gary of Newport, MN, Donna Herald and husband Bob of Buckman and Janice Henagin and husband Sidney of Pierz; brothers, Edmund, Urban and Leonard, all of Pierz and Benedict and Arnold, both of West Allic, WI; sisters, Alma Littlefield of Iowa and Adeline Przybilla of West Allis, WI; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Theresia Zierer (Stuckmayer); infant daughter; brothers, Raymond and Felix and sisters, Theresia, Barbara and Ierne.
Honorary casketbearers were Irving Sauer, Victor Hoffman, Daryl Brinks, Reinie Jutz, Roger Haney and Donny Bleichner.
Casketbearers were Jeff Suess, Bruce Poser, Sid Henagin, Sev Poser, Jason Sadlovsky and John Schmidtbauer.
Peter ‘Pete’ Gaalswyk, age 84, a resident of May Township, rural Pillager, MN, died January 14, 1998, at his home.
Funeral services were held January 19 at Lakewood Evangel-ical Free Church in Baxter, MN with Pastor Randy Ahlberg officiating. Burial followed in the Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager. Military rites were provided byBrainerd American Legion Post #255.
Pete Gaalswyk was born on July 26, 1913, in Lyn County, IA,son of the late Cornelis and Cornelia (Bakker) Gaalswyk. He grew up and attended school in Northwestern Iowa and, in 1936, moved to Martin County in southern Minnesota where he farmed until 1941 when he entered the U.S. Navy. He served as Chief Motor Machinist Mate aboard the USS Gardoqui during the Pacific Theater of WW II. Following his discharge in 1945, Pete returned to Southern Minnesota and continued to farm. He was united in marriage to Henriette Scholten on April 2, 1950, in Welcome, MN. They continued to live and farm in Martin County until 1953 when they moved to their farm west of Pillager. Pete retired from farming in 1993, but continued to live on the family farm and assist with daily activities. Pete was a member of the Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter, former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd from 1954-1985, where he served on the Elder Board, was a member of American Legion Post #100 in Pillager and a member of the Minnesota Farmers Union. He served on several committees and boards throughout the area including: Pillager School Board for 24 years, nine as chairman, Advisory Board for the Freshwater Education Co-op, the Steering & Advisory Committee for the Central Minnesota Demon-stration and Research Irrigation Farm, both in Staples, MN, the EXSU-5, Cass County Zoning Variance Committee, the Cass County Housing and Redevelop-ment Authority Board, as well as the Cass County Citizens Jail Advisory Committee. He was named Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1991. Pete enjoyed helping others and traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Henriette; five sons, Fred (Donna) Gaalswyk of Rock Valley, IA, Neal (Kathy) Gaalswyk of East Gull Lake, MN, John Gaalswyk of Walker, MN, Donald (Beverly) Gaalswyk of Pillager and Law-rence Gaalswyk of Minneapolis, MN; three daughters, Cora Jean (Jerry) Leenheer of Golden, CO., Lois (Dean) Kasperson of Willmar, MN, and Audrey Gaalswyk of Pillager; sixteen grandchildren; five brothers, Marion Gaalswyk of St. James, MN, Casey Gaalswyk of Motley, MN, Arie Gaalswyk of Sioux Falls, SD, Henry Gaalswyk of Welcome, MN and John Gaalswyk of Mountain Lake, MN; three sisters, Greta Jagodzinske of Welcome, Marie Uhlig of Trimont, MN, and Katy Olsen of Sherburn, MN; special nephew, Dave (Jennifer) Gaalswyk of Pillager, as well as several other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, an infant, Hendrika and a three-year-old, Nancy Joy; his parents; and two brothers, Teunis and Jacob.
Casketbearers were David Gaalswyk, Edlin Gaalswyk, Maynard Jagodzinske, Jerry Leenheer, Dean Kasperson and Brian Kasperson.
Inez O. Kraft, age 84, a former resident of Cambridge, MN, died January 20, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were held January 24 at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Pastor Erling Tungseth officiating.
Inez was born December 5, 1913, in Pine County, MN, to Charles and Maggie (Wigg) Johnson. She was united in marriage to Ben H. Kraft in August of 1931. Inez enjoyed bowling and reading. She was a member of Cambridge Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Lois Peterson and husband James V. of Little Falls; grandchildren, Robin M. Richardson and husband Richard of Little Falls, Tracy M. Peterson of Fargo, ND, and Beth J. Peterson of Pierz, MN; sister, Doris Gladhill of Minneapolis and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben in 1950; and infant son; two brothers and seven sisters.
Daniel Stevens, age 81, a resident of Browerville, MN, died January 19, 1998, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
Funeral services were held January 22 at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville with the Rev. John Dalen officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Browerville.
Daniel was born July 9, 1916, in Slate Hill, NY, to Harry and Ada (Hayes) Stevens. He married Clarene Nystrom on March 30, 1944, in Worthington, MN. During his early years he served in the United States Army. Daniel and Clarene lived in Worthington until moving to Browerville in 1970. He owned and operated Stevens Tree Service until 1975 when he retired to do the things he most enjoyed: gardening, fishing and cribbage games.
Survivors include children, Daniel Stevens and wife Judi of Upsala, MN, Vicki Heid and husband Bob of Browerville and Mike Stevens and wife Cindy of Browerville; sister, Bea Karsten of Montgomery NY; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clarene on October 2, 1996, and brother, Roy Stevens.
Casketbearers were Nick Christensen, Chet Christensen, Adam Stevens, Andy Stevens, Carey Lamont and Kristin Coqyet.
Donna Marie Hayes, age 55, a resident of Brainerd, MN, died January 20, 1998, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.
Funeral services were held January 23 at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with Pastor Harvey Peterson officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in St. Mathias Township.
Donna was born in Brainerd on July 15, 1942, to Walter and Leona (Tomberlin) Dircks.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Hayes; three sons, Kevin, Gary and Brent Hayes, all of Brainerd; five grandchildren; father, Walter Dircks of Brainerd; brother, Edward “Butch” Dircks of Buckman, MN, and sister, Rita Rasinski of Brainerd.
She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents.
William Cameron, age 63, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died January 18, 1998, at the Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.
Funeral services were held January 21 at the Brenny-Simonet Funeral Home in Little Falls with Father Al Stangl officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley.
William was born October 1, 1934, in Salem, SD, to Pratt and Lelia (Stewart) Cameron. During his lifetime, he worked as a mechanic in Rockford, MN, farmed in the Cushing and Little Falls area and served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his son, Joel of Howard Lake, MN; daughter, Amber Stinson of Minot, ND; brothers, Larry of Spring Lake Park, MN, and Clark of St. Paul, MN, and sisters, Gladys Spiess of Randall, MN, and Alice Immel of Woodbury, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Russell E. Chisholm, age 53, died January 19, 1998, at the V.A. Hospital in Topeka, KS.
A funeral service was held January 24 at the Danner Funeral Home in Abilene, KS, with Fr. Louis Mattas officiating. Interment was in the Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery.
Russell was born February 3, 1944, in Brainerd, MN, the son of Fred and Betty Torgerson Chisholm, growing to manhood in the area. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in Germany. Most of his life was spent in Galveston, TX, doing ranch work and carpet laying. In 1992 he rode a horse over the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, KS. He had been a resident of Abilene since that time. On October 5, 1997, he married Ronda Riddel.
Survivors include wife, Ronda; two sons, Cody of Texas, Russel Jr. of Staten Island, NY, one daughter, Anita Chisholm of Royalton, MN, father Fred of Downey, CA, mother Betty Karnowski of Brownsville, TX, two brothers, Leslie Chisholm, of Lacey, WA, Brian Karnowski of Little Falls, MN, one sister, Ruth Karnowski of Little Falls and one grandson.
Mary K. Asselin, age 50, died from cancer, January 19, 1998 at her home in St. Cloud, MN.
Services were held January 22 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with the Rev. Virgil Helmin officiating. Burial was in the Assump-tion Cemetery in St. Cloud.
Mary was born November 10, 1947 in Little Falls, MN to Richard and Rose (Wielinski) Schreiber. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph in 1969, receiving a BA in Home Economics. She married Donald J. Asselin on July 31, 1971 in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, MN. She taught Home Economics in Foley from 1970-75. She moved to St. Cloud in 1976 where she was self-employed as a day care provider. She was a member of Holy Spirit parish where she was a member and past president of the Christian Women. She was also a past member of the African Violet Club.
Survivors include her husband; parents, Richard and Rose (Wielinski) Schreiber of Little Falls; children: Terrence of Minneapolis, MN; Jason of St. Cloud, Jeanette of St. Paul, MN; Nicole and Naomi, both athome; brothers and sisters: Ken of St. Joseph, MN, Dennis of Rochester, MN, Julie Czech of Little Falls, Margaret Kalis of Buffalo, MN and Patty May of Waconia, MN.
Ernestine Cecelia “Toots” Meyer, age 85, a resident of Pierz, MN, died January 23, 1998, at St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held January 26 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz with the Rev. Kenneth Brenny officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Ernestine was born December 16, 1912, in Pierz to the late Michael and Helena (Block) Nagel. She grew up in Pierz and attended country school. After her schooling she worked as a housekeeper. She was united in marriage on May 14, 1935, to Michael P. Meyer in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Together they made their home in Pierz where they owned and operated a blacksmith shop in which Toots also worked, helping her husband during the war years. She worked at Munsingwear in Little Falls, MN, and later at Hartmann’s Store in Pierz, retiring in 1974. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. She enjoyed bowling, crafts, sewing and hard work.
Survivors include daughter, Erna Mae Wetzel and husband George of Little Falls; sons, Allen Meyer and wife Cindy of St. Cloud, MN, and Dennis Meyer and wife Charlene and James Meyer and wife Pat, all of Pierz; brothers, William Nagel and wife Florence of Little Falls and Richard Nagel and wife Janet of Staples, MN; sisters, Helen LeBlanc-Hamrick of Little Falls and Bernice Phillips of Kansas City, KS; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael on July 27, 1979; parents; brothers, Ben, Walter, Raymond and Michael Nagel and a sister, Loretta Gross.
Casketbearers were Todd, Pete, Joe and Ben Meyer, George Wetzel, Jr., and Troy Block.
Sarah A. Batcheler, age 85, a resident of Sauk Rapids, MN, died January 22, 1998, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.
Funeral services were January 26 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel with Rev. Darryl Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery in Eagle Bend, MN.
Sarah was born in Sharlow Township, ND, on October 17, 1912, to Harry and Alma (Potter) Wheaton. She married Kenneth Lee Murray in 1935. He died on September 7, 1946. She then married Melvin Clair Batcheler on July 3, 1948, in Clarissa, MN. He died on December 1, 1994. She had been a resident of Sauk Rapids since 1959. She was a cook at various restaurants in the Sauk Rapids area. She was a former member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Sauk Rapids before moving to Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. She was the founder of the St. Cloud Multiple Sclerosis Society where she was very active for many years and spoke at SCSU. She sewed puppets for RSVP and Sauk Rapids elementary schools.
She is mother and mother-in-law to, Patricia Majeski of Sauk Rapids; Beatrice and Harold Schmidt of Randall, MN, and Lenore Murray of St. Cloud, MN. She is also survived by a foster daughter and husband, Maryand Harvey Koening of Dayton; brothers, Guy Wheaton of Portland, OR, and Russell Wheaton of El Cajon, CA; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Murray; second husband, Melvin Batcheler and sisters and brother, Ruth McLean, Warren Wheaton and Myrtle Leeper.