Mary M. Throener
Mary M. Throener, age 89, a resident of West Point Living Center of West Point, NE, died March 13, 1998. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point.
Mary was born August 20, 1908, in Cuming County, NE, to the late Herman and Magalena Olig-mueller. She grew up in Monterey, NE, and attended country school. She was united in marriage to Adam Throener on June 11, 1934,at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monterey. Following their marriage, they farmed for 50 years. After retiring, they moved to the town of West Point. Adam died July 11, 1990. Mary was a 50-year member of Christian Mothers at Monterey.
Survivors include sons, Wilbert and wife Elizabeth, West Point; Ambrose and wife Shirley of Little Falls, MN; Lawrence and wife Mary of Norfolk, NE; and Martin and wife Elaine of West Point; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam, and parents. Casketbearers were her 10 grandsons. Giftbearers were her 12 granddaughters.
Walter E. Lowry
Walter E. Lowry, age 80, a resident of Cushing, MN, died March 18, 1988, at the Marian Health Center in Sioux City, IA.
Funeral services were held March 23 at the Evangelical Free Church in Lincoln, MN, with Rev. Terry Stumbo and Rev. Cynthia Ganzkow-Wold officiating. Burial was in the Minneopa Cemetery near Mankato, MN.
Walter E. Lowry was born March 7, 1918, in Ames, IA, to the late Walter and Flora ‘Potee’ Lowry. He grew up in the Hollandale, MN, and graduated from the Albert Lea High School. Walter attended Mankato State Teachers College for two years. In 1942, he served as a civilian flight instructor for the U.S. Army Air Corp until the summer of 1944. Walter was united in marriage to Norma I. Ganzkow on September 24, 1944, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Good Thunder, MN. Following their marriage, Walter attended the U. of M. and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science. In 1947, the couple came to reside in Little Falls where Walter worked as a mortician for the Simonet Funeral Home and as a salesman for the Simonet Furniture Store. Walter was also a professional photographer and owned Lowry’s Candid Photo’s during the 1950’s. From 1960, he worked strictly for the Simonet Furniture Store, which later became Wiczek’s Furniture Store until 1966. In 1966, the couple moved to Edina and Walter worked at the Welander-Quist Mortuary in Minneapolis until 1971. They also owned and operated an apartment building in Edina from 1966-76. Walter had purchased land on Lake Alexander, near Lincoln and developed L’Wood Acres into many lake shore lots during his lifetime. In 1977, the couple returned to Lake Alexander and built their retirement home, where they still reside. Walter enjoyed flying, was a flight instructor at the Little Falls Airport, issued private flying licenses and enjoyed playing whist with his friends. He was a member of the Little Falls Exchange Club and a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls.
Survivors include his wife, Norma; son, Jay C. Lowry and wife Lynn of South Sioux City, NE; grandson Paul, Mark and Jonathan Lowry; a sister, Virginia Hillman of Paulsbow, WA; nieces and nephews.
Viola J. Mausolf
Viola J. Mausolf, age 91, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died March 21, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held March 24 at First United Church in Little Falls with Rev. Myles Alexander officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery, Little Falls.
Viola J. Mausolf was born June 30, 1906, in Clear Lake, MN, to the late Luther and Bertha ‘Schmidt’ Blood. She grew up in Clear Lake , MN, and attended school in St. Cloud, MN. She taught country school in Sherburne and Morrison County. Viola was united in marriage to Kenneth J. Mausolf on June 2, 1930, at the Darling Church in Darling, MN. The couple farmed with Ken’s parents in Green Prairie and Darling Townships until 1942. In 1943, the couple moved to Camp Ripley and Viola worked as a housekeeper at Camp Ripley headquarters and at the Camp Commander’s residence for 17 years. They lived just south of Camp Ripley on the Mississippi River until retiring to the Falls Mobile Park in Little Falls. Viola moved to Pine Grove Manor in Little Falls in 1986. She enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, gardening and sewing. Viola was a member of First United Church in Little Falls.
Survivors include her sons, Jack Mausolf and wife Lois of Lake Vermilion, MN; and Jerry Mausolf and wife Ludy of San Benito, TX; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in 1982 and a son, Richard in 1962.
Pallbearers were the great-grandchildren—Mark, Erik and Luke Hegna, Rosie Sacchetti, Jason Foosness, Cameron Olson and Sara Mausolf.
Mary K. Osman
Mary K. Osman, age 78,a resident of Little Falls, MN, died March 21, 1998, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held March 25 at Faith Community Church inBurtrum, MN, with Rev. Roger Schmidt officiating. Burial was in the Moses Dane Cemetery near Burtrum, MN.
Mary K. Osman was born November 7, 1919, in Emmett, ND,to the late Guy and Anna ‘Warnke’ Osman. She grew up near Emmett, ND, and attended country school. In 1938, she moved to Bismark, ND, and worked as a housekeeper in the Bismark Hospital until 1968. Mary came to live with her sister in Burtrum for a year and then lived in Long Prairie, MN, for a few years. Mary became a resident of the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls in 1978. She enjoyed reading.
Survivors include her sisters, Betty Wunderlich and husband Henry of Burtrum and Verona McCutcheon of Garrison, ND; a niece and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Pete and John Osman; and sister, Rose Osman.
Pallbearers were Bruce, Shawn, Curtis and Bill Wunderlich, Joe and Ivan Allen.
Doris G. Naurtz
Doris G. Naurtz, age 81, a resident of Waukegan, IL, formerly of the Little Falls, MN, area passed away March 17, 1998, at St. Theresa’s Hospital in Waukegan. There were no funeral services.
Doris G. Naurtz was born August 9, 1916, in Little Falls to the late Clarence and Edna Grund. She grew up in Little Falls and attended school in Little Falls. She was united in marriage to Howard Naurtz at the Congregational Church in Little Falls. The couple farmed in Green Prairie Township until moving to Chicago, IL, in 1943. In 1975, Doris returned to live with her father in Ripley Town-ship until returning to the Chicago area in 1986.
Survivors include her sons, Merlin Naurtz of Waukegan;Cedric Naurtz of Nebraska; and Roger Naurtz of St. Cloud, MN; daughter, Judy Logue of Cicero, IL; and one sister, Florence Stanley of St. Cloud, MN; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother and two sisters.
Eleanor Bergh, age 82, a resident of Staples, MN, died March 21, 1998, at her home.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 25, at Sacred Heart Church in Staples with Fr. Lauren Germann officiating.Burial was in Evergreen Hill Cemetery.
Eleanor Sophia Bergh was born on September 17, 1915, near Perham, MN, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Hoffman) Fasching. She graduated from Frazee High School. She was united in marriage to Glenn Anderson in 1933 in Perham. They lived in Iowa and then in Browerville, MN. She worked as a lab technician at Land O Lakes until Glenn’s death. She was later united in marriage to Lloyd Bergh on December 26, 1966. They moved to Sterling, IL,for a few years and then to Long Prairie, MN, where she worked at Hart Department Store. They moved to Lake Alexander and then to Staples, where she’s been a resident until her death. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church where she was member of the Mission Circle. She was also a member of the Over 50 Circle. She enjoyed raising flowers and watching birds.
Survivors include her two daughters, Doris (Leroy) Dumpprope of Beulah, ND; and Glennda (Gerald) Kotula of Staples; a son, Joel (Cathe) Anderson of Aurora, CO; a sister, Kay Walz of Detroit Lakes, MN; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husband, two sons, a grandson and four sisters.
Casketbearers were Tim Dumpprope, Larry Dumpprope, Lonny Dumpprope, Craig Dumpprope, Lorie Frandson, Glennda Dumpprope, Jeff Kotula, Tom Kotula, Amy Kotula, Becky Kotula, Ron Anderson, Rick Anderson, Rob Anderson, Holly Ehlert, Nicole Anderson and Cory Anderson.
Chester A. Kominek
Chester A. Kominek, age 78, a resident of Motley, MN, died March 19, 1998, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
Funeral services were held March 23 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples, MN, with Reverend Larry Hager officiating. Burial followed at the Union Cemetery in Cushing, MN.
Chester A. Kominek was born on October 8, 1919, in Lincoln, MN, son of the late John and Agnes (Anderson) Kominek. He grew up in the Lincoln area where he attended Country School. Chester then moved with hisfamily to Motley where he helped on the family farm until entering the U.S. Army in 1942. He served during WWII, and, following his honorable discharge, he returned to Motley, where he had lived since. Chester was a member of the Motley American Legion.
Survivors include his sister-in-laws, Dorothy Kominek of Motley and Juanita Kominek of Austin, MN, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He waspreceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Albert, Paul, and Edwin “Peter”.
Casketbearers were Arnie Olson, Marvin Swecker, Dale Kominek, and Dan Danielson.
Frances Litke, age 76, a resident of Harding, MN, died March 16, 1998, at her home.
Mass of Christian Burial was held March 20 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding with Father Roger Thoennes officiating. Burial was at the parish cemetery.
Frances was born February 7, 1922, in Raynesford, MT, to the late Michael and Anna (Fiesel) Bieganek. At the age of seven the family moved to Harding where she graduated from the eighth grade. Frances then attended St. Francis High School in Little Falls. Following high school she attended business college in St. Cloud. After college she worked at the Pentagon in Washington, DC for a year. On July 19, 1944, Frances was united in marriage to John N. Litke at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding. While John was in the Navy she worked in Richmond, VA, and Boston, MA. Following his discharge from the Navy they started a business in Harding. They stayed happily married for 53 years. Frances was very active in the church as a religion teacher for 13 years, and sang in the church choir for 14 years. She was also in the Holy Cross Mission Circle. Frances was the Treasurer for the village of Harding for 15 years. She loved to crochet afghans, other hobbies included stamp collecting, bowling, going to the lake and watching her children and grandchildren play.
Survivors include her husband, John of Harding; five sons, Terry and wife Carol of Dawson, MN, Michael and wife Joy of Brainerd, MN, Gary and wife Lu of Forest Lake, MN, Dennis and wife Diane of Brainerd and Glenn of St. Cloud, MN; two daughters, Lois Johnson of Castle Rock, WA and Bonnie Schiller and husband John Baxter of MN; three sisters, Helen Burchett of Nevada, Violet Westlund of Maple Grove, MN, and Carol Nelson of Willmar, MN; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John and three brothers, Norman, Jerome and Lawrence Bieganek.
Casketbearers were Robert Litke, Shane Range, David Litke, Tommy Johnson, Ricky Lucken, Joey Johnson and Wesley Schiller. Honorary casketbearers were Teresa Mitlyng, Lisa Litke, Rose Litke, Holly Schiller, Elizabeth Litke, Cheyenne Litke, Katelyn Litke, Rhonda Litke and Cassandra Litke.
Darian Johnson, seven weeks old, died at his residence in Royalton, MN, on Friday, March 20, 1998.
Funeral services were held March 24 at the Brenny Funeral Home Chapel in Royalton with Pastor Steve Schoepf officiating.
Survivors include his mother, Theresa Johnson and special friend Chris Skalsky of Royalton; grandparents, Elizabeth Johnson and special friend Mark Trettel of Little Falls, MN, and Jeffrey Johnson of Clear Lake, MN; great-grandparents, Kenneth and Betty Rudlang of Pine River, MN, Carrol and Beverly Stave of St. Cloud, MN, and Duane Johnson of Wahkon, MN and great-great-grandmother, Hermina Hickman of Buffalo, MN.
Casketbearers were Donald Schlichting and Chris Skalsky.
Ronald W. Eli
Ronald W. Eli, age 63, a resident of rural Milaca, MN, died at his home March 25, 1998.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ramey, MN, with Reverend John Ramsbacher officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church on Monday. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.
Survivors include four brothers, Kenneth, Burnette, Oscar and Aldon; two sisters, Emma Jane and Maxine; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Fr. Frank Trenkenschuh
Fr. Frank Trenkenschuh, age 59, a member of the Crosier Community, Onamia, MN, died March 27, 1998, at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN.
The order of Christian Funeral was held March 30. It included the Morning Prayer, followed by the Celebration of the Eucharist. These services were held at the Crosier Monastery, Onamia, MN.
Fr. Frank was born in Dickinson, ND, on May 27, 1938, to Frank and Florence (Wicka) Trenkenschuh. He attended high school and college at Crosier Seminary, Onamia, MN, and was ordained to the Priesthood at Fort Wayne, IN in 1966. He earned a Bachelors degree in Theology at the Catholic University of America and a Masters degree in Anthropology at the University of Colorado. In 1967 Fr. Frank was assigned to the Crosier Missions in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. He served in the Ajam and Komor parishes of the Diocese of Agats during the 29 years he was there. He also served as Vicar General of the Diocese, the Editor of the Asmat Drums, and the Editor of the Asmat Sketch Book.
Survivors include a sister, Romana (Henry) KOOren, of Hawley, MN, and a brother, LeRoy (Miyoko) Trenkenschuh, of Lawton, OK, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rose Anne Bender, and one half-brother, Russell Warner.
Casketbearers were nephews and members of the Crosier Community.
Memorials can be made to the Crosier Mission Fund, P.O. Box 500, Onamia, MN 56359.