Frank Gwiasdowski, age 90, a resident of St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz, MN, died March 5, 1998, at the Villa.
Funeral services were March 9 at the chapel at St. Mary’s Villa with Father Tom Olson officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Morrill, MN. Military honors were provided by the Pierz American Legion.
Frank was born in Morrison County on December 19, 1907, to Julia (Bieniek) and Paul Gwias-dowski. For the majority of his life, he farmed in the Buckman area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Hattie Siegel; seven brothers, John, Phillip, Peter, Joseph, Steve, Stanley, and Thomas.
Erma Lorraine Tomalino, age 93, a former resident of the Little Falls, MN area, died March 3, 1998, at the Fridley Convalescent Home, Fridley, MN.
Funeral services were held March 9, at the Brenny-Simonet Funeral Home (East Chapel) in Little Falls with Father Harold Kost officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Little Falls.
Erma was born on February 16, 1905, to Ernest and Anna (Bayer) Kaestner of Little Falls. She attended college at Dickinson State, ND, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota School of Business. She married Joseph J. Tomalino of Intake, MT. They resided on their farm near Intake for 51 years where she was a school teacher and piano teacher. She was also a children’s camp director for Dawson County, MT. Erma was a member of the Montana Farmers Union; First Congregational Church of Glendive, MT; a member of the Intake Homemakers Club and a writer for the Intake News Column. She was also a member of the Montana DFL (Democratic Party) and held various positions within the party.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph; four brothers, Walter Kaestner, William Kaestner, Carl Kaestner and Frederick Kaestner; four sisters, Eleanor Kaestner, Wilma Kaestner, Alice Worch and Margaret Norstrom.
Andrew H. Virnig
Andrew H. Virnig, age 82, a resident of Hillman, MN, died March 8, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian burial was held March 11 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Hillman. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Andrew H. Virnig was born December 3, 1915, in Granite Township, Morrison County, MN, to the late John and Katherine (Gassert) Virnig. He grew up in Granite Township and attended school there. After his schooling he worked on the family farm. He was united in marriage to MaryAnn C. Schlegel on June 19, 1945, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Bulldog Lake, MN. The couple farmed for a short time in Granite Township, later farming in Pulaski Township where Andrew farmed and resided until his death. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, MN.
Survivors include his wife MaryAnn; sons, Andrew J., James F. and wife Roxane; John A. and wife Ava; all of Hillman; daughter, Janice Pawlu and husband Roger and Dorothy Dahmen and husband Alfred all of Pierz; brothers, Raymond Virnig and Gerald Virnig and wife Patricia all of Little Falls; sister, Alice Gross of Neillsville, WI; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Delores Hall and Laura Block.
Casketbearers were grandsons, Scott and Robert Virnig, Roger, Andy and John Pawlu and godson,Robert Schlegel, Jr.
Anton F. Rudolph
Anton F. Rudolph of St. Wendel, MN, passed away March 4, 1998, at the Country Manor Health Care and Rehab Center in Sartell, MN.
Funeral services were held March 7 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. Anton Rudolph was born in Opole, MN, to Albert and Anna (Kuklok) Rudolph. He married Loretta Rajowski November 11, 1930, in Mayhew Lake, MN. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel, and a past member of the School Board for District 188.
Survivors include sons and daughters; James of Onalaska, WI; Dolores Huls of St. Wendel; Donald of Royalton, MN; Rita Johnson of Waconia, MN; Marie Jendro of Park Rapids, MN; Jo Ann Smoley of St. Stephen, MN; Antonitte of St. Cloud, MN; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Leo of Sartell; Alois “AJ” of St. Cloud; Anastasia O’Donnell of Foley, MN and Frances Holt of St. Cloud.
He was preceded in death by his wife (June 12, 1995), two daughters,Ann Marie and Mary, two brothers,Stanley and George and three sisters, Mary Seveda, Angeline Pierskalla and Veronica Clark.
Eldor L. Kazeck
Eldor L. Kazeck, age 76, a resident of Long Prairie, MN, died March 4, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were held March 7 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville, MN, with Rev. John O’Grein officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Eldor L. Kazeck was born October 21, 1921, in Randall, MN, to the late Afred and Louise ‘Heck’ Kazeck. He grew up in the Randall area and attended country school. In 1935, the family moved to a farm north of Little Falls and Eldor helped farm. He entered the U.S. Army on November 13, 1944, and served as a policeman overseas until his honorable discharge on November 19, 1946. Eldor returned home and began a trucking business. He was united in marriage to Dorothy L. Stockman on March 31, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Eldor worked at Hennepin Paper Mill in Little Falls from 1950 until retiring in 1983. The couple lived in the Swanville area from 1958 until 1971, when they relocated to Lake Beauty. Eldor enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, gardening and tending his birds. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville and the Long Prairie VFW Post 1140.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy; son, Jeffry Kazeck and wife Gayle of Long Prairie; daughters, Laura Benning and husband Leo of Ham Lake, MN; Brenda Mely and husband David of Spring Lake Park, MN; daughter-in-law, Rosanne Kazeck of Burtrum, MN; brother, Arno Kazeck of Sauk Rapids, MN; sisters, Rose Borck and husband Rudy of Fremont, NE; Wilma Stockman and husband Rev. William of Parkers Prairie, MN; 12 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard Kazeck; brothers, Elvir and Reuben Kazeck.
Honorary pallbearers were David and Dennis Kazeck, Charles and Reed Stockman, John Clase-man and Richard Peterschick.
Pallbearers were Ryan Kazeck, Gregory Mely, Christopher Sedey, Darrell Kukowski, Cory Larson, and Jayson Lindsay.
Myrtle M. Miller, age 88, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died March 9, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held March 12 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Rev. Martin Langemo officiating. Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls.
Myrtle was born November23, 1909, on a farm near Royalton, MN, to the late John and Anna (Anderson) Noggle. She spent the first seven years of her life on the farm near Royalton. Following her mother’s death, she moved with her family to a farm near Camp Ripley and then to a farm in the Freedhem, MN, area. She was united in marriage to Warren Miller in June of 1931 in Little Falls. The couple made their home in Little Falls where Myrtle resided up to the time of her death. She was a devoted wife and mother working in the home all of her life. She enjoyed traveling with her husband in their travel trailer, her garden and flowers, crocheting, yard work, and was often found baking. Myrtle enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Warren of Little Falls; daughters, Charlotte Peterson of Little Falls and Carol Saulter and husband Art of Little Falls; sister, Eleanor Boser of Little Falls; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Cecil “Buck,” Forrest “Pat” and Chester Noggle; sisters, Florence Bracken, Gladys Bollig and Vinnie Wedin and son-in-law, Thomas Peterson.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jeff and Tim Peterson,Randy, Dan and Rick Saulter and great-grandson, Corey Rudnicki.
Marie M. Virnig, age 92, a resident of Lastrup, MN, died March 9, 1998, at St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz, MN.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 12 at St. John’s Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup.
Marie was born March 17, 1905, in Pierz, Morrison County, MN, to the late Bernard and Mary (Bergerhausen) Block. She grew up in the Pierz area and attended country school. She attended St. Cloud Teachers College and taught in the Pierz and Lastrup area. She was united in marriage to Peter W. Virnig on August 4, 1924, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Following their marriage, Marie taught school for about two years. The couple farmed in Granite Township, Morrison County, MN, east of Pierz for more than 40 years, retiring in 1966. After the couple’s retirement, Marie and Peter continued to live in Granite Township. Peter died on May 29, 1990. After his death, Marie lived in Granite Township until November of 1995 when she became a resident of St. Mary’s Villa, residing there until her death. She was a member of St. John’s Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup and a 50-year member of the Christian Mothers.
Survivors include sons and daughters, Wilfred and wife Dolores of Hillman, MN, Helen Dehn and husband Roland of St. Louis Park, MN, Ronald and wife Doris of Hillman, MN, Marie Griswold and husband Richard of Winona, MN, Herbert and wife Sally of Roseville, MN, and Vernon and wife Mary of Pierz;daughter-in-law, Elnora Virnig of Long Prairie, MN; 30 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter W. Virnig; son, Urban in 1989; parents; brothers, Gerhard, Henry, William, Benjamin and Herman Block; sisters, Francis Zak, Helen Nagel and Josephine Merkling.
Casketbearers were Patrick, Jason, Michael and Kyle Virnig, Kelsey and Darcy Dehn.
John E. “Jack” Manlick, age 78, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died March 10, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held March 13 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Rev. Martin Langemo officiating. Interment with military rites were provided by Little Falls American Legion Post 76 at the Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls.
Jack was born August 20, 1919, in Sauk Centre, MN, to the late Henry and Minnie (Billman) Manlick. He moved to Morrison County when he was 10 years old. He was united in marriage to Mayme Garrison on July 5, 1938. Except for two years in the Cushing, MN, area, the Manlicks have lived in Little Falls. Following his military service, he drove truck and hauled freight for the same produce company for 14 years. He joined the Little Falls Fire Department where he served in regular duty foreight years, part of which he was captain. In 1957, he left the fire department, staying on as a volunteer for 22 years. He worked for Metalcraft for 33 years after which time he retired. On his days off from Metalcraft, he worked for McGowan Welding and the Thompson Funeral Home. He was elected to the Little Falls City Council in 1962 and served all but two years up to 1992. Jack enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, woodworking, taking drives in the country with his wife to look for wildlife and especially his family and grandchildren His family will always remember him as “Mr. Fix It,” having been called upon by them in many instances to fix just about everything and anything. Jack was a member of Little Falls American Legion Post 46, Forty and Eight and Little Falls Moose Lodge 1587.
Survivors include his wife, Mayme of Little Falls; daughters, Mary McNeese and husband Roy of Mammoth Springs, AR, Betty Pflepsen and husband John of Brainerd, MN, Joan Manlick of Milwaukee, WI, Judy Shinabarger and husband Leland of Swanville, MN, Debra Manlick of Little Falls and Diane Kowalczyk and companion Jim Balaski of Little Falls; special friends, Carol Smies and Theresa Wolak; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lyle and Ralph Manlick; sister, Edna Dickson; and nephew, Dennis Manlick.
Honorary pallbearers were the Little Falls Fire Department and Little FallsAmerican Legion Post 76.
Casketbearers will be grandchildren Patty Holmquist, Scott Shinabarger, Stephanie and Amy Pflepsen, James and Jason Kowalczyk and Alicia and Perry DesRosier.
Harold Oliver Hanson, age 77, a resident of Motley, MN, died March 9, 1998, at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, MN.
Funeral services were held March 13 at Swan Valley Lutheran Church in Leader, MN, with Reverend Robert Twiton officiating. Burial was in the Swan Valley Cemetery.
Harold was born April 3, 1920, in Meadowbrook Township of Cass County, MN, to Carl and Anna (Hansen) Hanson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. On October 30, 1941, he married Lorraine Roach in Bessemer, MI. Together they farmed and raised their family in Byron Township. Harold was a lifelong member of Swan Valley Lutheran Church, served on the Swan Valley Cemetery Board, the Byron Town Board and the local school board. He enjoyed hunting and socializing with the neighbors.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; a son, Randy and wife Audrey Hanson of Motley; three daughters, Janet Brademan and husband Jerry of Bemidji, MN, Patricia Tarbell and husband Jim of Deer River, MN, and Phyllis Brown and husband Kevin of Motley; a brother, Vernon Hanson of Creston, WA; a sister, Agnes Mertens and husband Floyd of Staples, MN; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; two brothers, Edgar and William Hanson; a sister, Olive Hanson; and two daughters, Margaret and Kathleen Hanson.
Joseph ‘Joe’ Schuur
Joseph “Joe” Schuur, age 63, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died March 6, 1998 at Destin, FL.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, MN, with Father Leroy Kremer officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Joseph was born March 7, 1934, in Fulda, MN, to the late Jacob and Gladys (VanDerVeen) Schuur. He was raised in Fulda, where he attended school. Joe was united in marriage with Rita Copa on July 11, 1953, in Little Falls. They lived in the Fridley area for a number of years where Joe worked as a laborer-foreman for Bor-Son Construction. He was a member of Local #563 Labor Union. He enjoyed fishing and working.
Survivors include his wife Rita of Little Falls; one daughter, Deborah Zinniel of Maple Grove, MN; two sons, William and (wife) Patty Schuur of Little Falls and Joseph “J” Schuur of Fridley; four brothers, Ralph Schuur of Mississippi, Junior Schuur of Centura, WI, Chuck Schuur of Fulda and Mike Schuur of Waseca, MN; four sisters, Katherine Tate of Kansas City, Sena Bellinger also of Kansas City, Shirley Workman of Audubon, MN and Elsie Lintner of Little Falls; three grandchildren, Angela, Brad and Sam; and one great-grandchild, Blake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one son, Jimmy.
Casketbearers were Tony and Mark Copa, Roger and Gary Schuur, Gordy Lintner, and Kenny Bellinger.