James Richard Anderson, age 74, a resident of Pine City, MN, and formerly of Little Falls, MN, died May 9, 1999, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, MN.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 12, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, with Rev. Al Stang officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
James was born May 5, 1925, in Waseca, MN, to the late Alfred and Helen (Strand) Anderson. He grew up and attended school in Waseca. James enlisted in the United States Navy on March 15, 1943, and was honorably discharged on February 24, 1946. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Christle on February 18, 1952, in Waseca, MN. The couple lived in Waseca from 1952 until moving to Little Falls in 1958. James worked at Hennepin Paper Mill from 1958 until 1975. The couple moved to Waseca in 1975 where James worked as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Lorraine passed away August 1, 1998. James moved to Fergus Falls on August of 1998 where he resided until his death. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, Alcoholics Anonymous and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Szczodroski and husband, Don of Little Falls; Gerry Adolph and husband, Barth of Summit, S.D.; brother, Leonard Anderson and wife, Anita of Park Rapids, MN; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lorraine.
Lester Glenn Rach, age 66, alifetime resident of rural Bertha, MN,died May 7, 1999, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Funeral services were in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Bertha on May 10 with the Rev. Curtis Foreman officiating. He was buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery of Bartlett Township.
Lester Rach was born January 5, 1933, in Bartlett Township, Todd County, to Reinhardt and Lydia (Grewe) Rach. He was united in marriage to Glenda Weenike in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bartlett, on October 5, 1958. He served in the 10th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed farming, sports, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife Glenda, son Jeff (Roberta) of Belgrade; daughters, Kim (Robin) Holt of Albany and Nedda (Dan) Zetah of Long Prairie; six grandchildren; brothers, Ernie (Bernice) of Bertha, Orville (Joyce) of Hewitt, Reinhardt (Lucille) of Wadena; and sister, Sylvia (Alvin) Zacharias of Wadena.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reinhardt and Lydia; brothers, Walter, Melvin, Norman, Harry and Lawrence (twin brother) and sister, Eleanora Gaugert.
Pallbearers were Jeff Rach, Robin Holt, Dan Zetah, Jeff Infelise, Brad Rach and Paul Rach.
Clarence V. Leikvoll
Clarence V. Leikvoll, age 75, a resident of Little Falls, died May 11, 1999, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held May 13 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls with Rev. Steven Anderson of Grace Covenant Church officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery.
Clarence V. Leikvoll was born November 5, 1923, in Little Falls, MN, to the late Sven and Olga ‘Petersen’ Leikvoll. He grew up and attended school in Little Falls. He worked as a mechanic in Minneapolis for two years. Clarence was united in marriage to Verna J. LaLonde on July 3, 1932, in Minneapolis, MN. The couple returned to Little Falls where Clarence continued to work as a mechanic. He operated the Pure Oil Gas Station, then a Texaco Gas Station in Little Falls. He owned and operated the Sinclair Gas Station just South of Little Falls for over 20 years until retiring in 1986. He also served the area as the AAA (American Automobile Associa-tion) service manager for many years. Clarence enjoyed men’s and mixed league bowling, fishing, playing cards, dancing and playing his guitar and harmonica.
Survivors include his wife Verna of Little Falls; son Dennis Leikvoll of Ramsey, MN; daughters Karen Newcomb and husband Les of Little Falls and Bonnie Krueger and husband Gary of Sauk Rapids, MN; brother, Reynold Leikvoll of Little Falls; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Roland Leikvoll; sisters, Edna Gardner, Margaret Broberg and Florence Hoskins.
Pallbearers were Rod Newcomb, Scott and Mike Leikvoll, Ryan and Chris Krueger and Mike Rustad.
Theresa Gerads, age 92, a resident of Albany, MN, died May 11, 1999, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.
Funeral services were held May 15 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Burial was at St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in St. Francis, MN.
Theresa was born in St. Rosa, MN, to John and Margaret (Brix) Muellner. She married John Gerads on May 18, 1931, at St. Rosa. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany and a member of the Upsala Christian Mothers. She farmed with her husband near Upsala, MN, until his death in 1950. She moved to Little Falls, MN, 1956 and worked at the Pine Edge Inn and St. Gabriel’s Hospital until she retired in 1969 and moved to Grey Eagle, MN. She moved to Albany in 1989.
Survivors include children, Margaret Ostendorf of Albany; Mary Brooks of Park Rapids, MN; Erma Anderson of Rochester, MN; Monica Gores of Mainz, Germany; Lawrence of Sauk Rapids, MN; and Tony of St. Cloud, MN; 29 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and brothers, Alfred of Grey Eagle and Ambrose of St. Cloud.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died October 16, 1950; three brothers, Anton, Adolph and John, and one sister, Margaret.
Donald Gene Smith, age 49, a resident of Cambridge, MN, died May 9, 1999, in Cambridge.
Funeral services were held May 13 at the Onamia Vets Club with Rev. David Gouldin officiating. Interment followed at the Onamia Area Veterans Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Onamia Vets Club.
Donald was born September 30, 1949, in Princeton, MN, to Bud and Dorothy (Jacobs) Smith. He graduated from Onamia High School in 1967. He served his country in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972 during the Vietnam War. He worked as a bartender at the Onamia Vets Club and most recently at a bar in East Bethel, MN.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Smith of Onamia, MN; father, Bud and wife Pearl Smith of Onamia; sisters, Rozanne and husband John Rudebeck of Coon Rapids, MN; and Brenda Meyer and husband Roger of Fort Ripley, MN; brothers, Ivan Smith and wife Carla of Brainerd, MN; Russ Smith and wife Bonnie of Onamia and Ron Smith and wife Cheryl of Fall City, WA; stepbrother, Micheal Amo and wife Carol; stepsisters, Terri Hanson and husband Scott, Charleen Roots and husband Doug, Deanna Amo and Anita Kottsick and husband Gregg; sister-in-law, Patty Smith of Woodbury, MN, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lee and Kate Smith and Gillie and Etta Jacobs; brother, Gary A. Smith and nephew, Cody Smith.
Casketbearers included Ron Nieken, Ross Kutil, Duane Tretter, Rusy Schmaltz, Buster Stott and Jeff Anderson. Honorary casketbearers included Jim Smith, Ivan Smith, John Rudebeck, Russ Smith, Ron Smith, Roger Meyer, Bill Hirsch and George Betlach.
Rose J. Tschida, age 92, of Little Falls, MN, died July 8 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held July 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, with the Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Interment was in the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.
Rose J. Tschida was born May 26, 1905 in Rockville, MN, to the late John and Mary (Carvatt) VanDenheuvel. She grew up in the Freedhem and Lastrup, MN areas. She was united in marriage to Joseph Tschida on February 5, 1924, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lastrup. The couple made their home in the Freedhem area where they farmed for a number of years. They moved to Little Falls in 1950 where Rose worked as a baby-sitter for a short time. Rose began working in housekeeping in 1951 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. She retired from the hospital in 1981. She remained living in her home in Little Falls before entering St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls in May of 1997. Some of Rose’s hobbies included crocheting, playing cards, dancing and singing. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Secular Franciscan Order, Little Falls V.F.W. Auxiliary, Christian Mothers and was active in the Little Falls Senior Center.
Survivors include her daughters, Viola Tretter and husband, Peter, of Upsala, MN, and Bernice Fautsch of St. Paul, MN; brothers, LeRoy VanDenheuvel of Emily, MN, Gilbert VanDenheuvel of Luck, WI, and Edward VanDenheuvel of Pierz, MN; sisters, Lavina Anderson of Golden Valley, MN, and Delores of Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph (January 8, 1970); son, Lester Tschida; parents, John and Mary; brother, Joseph VanDenheuvel; sister, Anne VanDenheuvel and great-grandchildren, Stacy Tretter and Sara Burggraff.
Pallbearers were Troy, Scott and Rob Tretter, Matthew Lange, Shannon Burggraff and Tom Bartkowicz.
Theodore “Ted” Motschke
Theodore “Ted” Motschke, a resident of Altura, MN died July 6, 1997 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Winona, MN.
Funeral services were held July 9 at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Norton Township, Winona County, with many nieces and nephews from Pierz, Little Falls, St. Cloud and Minneapolis attending.
Ted was born October 17, 1910 in Pierz, MN, to Albert and Mary (Pionek) Motschke. On April 2, 1940, he married Evelyn Mussell in Norton Township, MN. He farmed until retiring in 1977 when he moved to Altura. Ted was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norton. He enjoyed fishing as well as the outdoors. Survivors include his wife Evelyn; many nieces and nephews; one brother-in-law, and one sister-in-law, Marvin and Phyllis Mussell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary Motschke, Sr.; brothers, Albert Motschke, Jr., Frank Motschke, Paul Motschke, Joe Motschke, and John Motschke and sisters, Mrs. Peter (Agnes) Brausen, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Wurzer and Mrs. Robert (Kathern) Bednar.
Anna Wenzel, age 88, a resident of Little Falls, Minnesota died August 6, 1997 at the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls in the presence of her family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, August 11, 1997, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, Minnesota with Father Timothy Wenzel and Father Leroy Kremer con-celebrating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. until the service hour on Monday at the Brenny Funeral Home (West Chapel) in Little Falls. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Anna Wenzel was born November 2, 1908, in Minnea-polis, MN to Joseph and Mary (Motzko) Danko. As a child, she moved with her parents to Little Falls. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes School in Little Falls. Anna was united in marriage to Anthony (Toney) Wenzel on October 14, 1929, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Little Falls. They farmed in Darling Township near Randall from 1929 until 1968 when they retired. After retiring, the couple moved to Randall for a short time and then to Route 2, Little Falls, in Pike Creek Township. Anna was a good gardener and raised beautiful flowers and vegetables. She was a homemaker, known for her excellent baking, especially bread and pies. She enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Little Falls. Anna was also a member for many years of St. Harold’s Mission Circle of St. James Church in Randall.
Survivors include sons and daughters, Beverly (Kenneth) LeMieur, Kenneth (Jeanette) Wenzel, Thomas (Joy) Wenzel, Rep. Steve Wenzel, all of Little Falls, Lawrence Wenzel of Browerville, MN, Tony (Judy) Wenzel of Randall, MN, Virginia Wenzel of Cambridge, MN, the Rev. Timothy Wenzel of Sauk Centre, MN, Kathryn (Dan) Knight of Littleton, Colorado, Michael (Charlotte) Wenzel of Forest Lake, MN, Gerard (Kathy) Wenzel of East Grand Forks, ND, and Anne (Gary) Derosier of Fergus Falls, MN; sisters, Helen Lamusga, Beatrice Nasal, and Dorothy Anderson of Cambridge, MN; one brother, Ernest Danko of Omaha, Nebraska; 37 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Toney on May 23, 1995; two sisters, Susan Eisel and Mary Gamble; one brother, George Danko; and an infant son.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren, John and Dr. Timothy LeMieur, John Wenzel, Matthew Knight, Peter Wenzel, and Joshua Wenzel.
Memorials to Our Lady of Lourdes Church are preferred by the family.
Kenneth Boisjolie, age 60, a resident of Clearwater, MN, died August 4, 1997 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Funeral services were held August 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, MN with Father Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery. Military rites were provided by the American Legion Post #46 of Little Falls and the American Legion of Clearwater.
Kenneth was born February 5, 1937 in Pike Creek Township to the late John and Genevieve (Pierce) Boisjolie. He grew up in Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls High School. Kenneth was united in marriage with Diane Fietek on July 14, 1962 in Flensburg, MN. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked in the construction business in Des Moine, Iowa and in Arizona. Following construction work, he was employed at Northern Pacific as a brakeman until his retirement on February 4, 1993. He was member of the Clearwater Legion and a member of UTU (United Transportation Union).
Survivors include his wife, Diane of Clearwater, MN; a son, Timothy and wife Jennifer of Big Lake, MN; brothers, Jack and wife Mary of Little Falls, Jim and wife Linda of Cross Lake, MN; a sister, Donna Abrahamson and husband John of Big Lake; a special grandson, Ryan Kenneth Boisjolie; granddaughters, Amanda and Mackenzie; a grandson, Cody.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kimberly Kaye; two sons, Paul Oscar and Peter John; and a brother, Jerald.
Casketbearers were Buck Dahlin, Bob Sowada, Orv Johnson, Bob King, Gordy Yaezle, and George Finden.
Harold E. Rahn
Harold E. Rahn, age 83, a resident of Renville, MN, formerly of the Swanville area died July 27, 1997 at his home. Funeral services were held in Renville on July 31, 1997.
Survivors include his wife, Irma of Renville; son, Dudley of Dixon, CA; step-son Art (and Dee) Karnes of Spicer, MN; stepdaughter Mellody (and Jim) Hansen of Renville; also one brother, Otto of Long Prairie, MN; four sisters, Edna (and Bob) Peterson of Chanhassen, MN, Lydie (and Len) Posch, Little Falls, MN, Lorie (and Ken) Mielke of Bloomington, MN and Lainy (and Lee) Peterson of Richland, WA; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and one sister.