Roy M. Martinson, age 74, a lifelong resident of Randall, Darling Township, Morrison County, MN, died February 5, 1998, at his home.
Funeral services were held February 9 at the Randall Presbyterian Church in Randall with Rev. Suzanne Cekalla officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.
Roy was born March 6, 1923, in Darling Township to the late Herman and Anna (Strand) Martinson. He grew up in Darling Township where he attended school. He entered the United States Army on October 11, 1944, at Fort Snelling, MN, and received an honorable discharge on November 22, 1946, at Fort Sheridan, IL. During his military service he received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Battle Star, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He was united in marriage to Gladys L. Covel on October 27, 1946, in Alexandria, MN. The couple lived and farmed in Clough Township, Morrison County. After the death of Roy’s father, the couple moved to the family homestead in Darling Township where he resided until his death. Along with farming he also worked for the Little Falls Granite Works, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the Randall Presbyterian Church, Charter Member and Life Member of the Randall V.F.W. Post 9073 and the Minnesota Draft Horse Association. He enjoyed raising and working with draft horses, hunting, fishing, cutting wood, spending time with his family and neighbors, gardening and just the peace of being in the woods.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys; son, Curtis and wife Jan of Randall; daughters, Kathy Martinson and Pam Weber and husband Jim, all of Sauk Centre, MN; brother, Richard Martinson and wife Harriet of Turlock, CA; sister, Mildred Shutter of Little Falls, MN; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Jim Martinson on June 16, 1997.
Casketbearers were Troy and Lacey Martinson, Chuck, Eric and Michele Bolz, Russ Weber, Kelly Martinson-VanMaanen and Paul VanMaanen.
John William May, age 90, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, MN, died February 6, 1998, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls.
John was born December 2, 1907, in Little Falls to the late Thomas and Annie (Furman) May. He grew up in Little Falls and attended Lincoln School. He was united in marriage to Margaret M. Rudek on October 3, 1940, in St. James Catholic Church at Randall, MN. He worked on a farm near Upsala for 12 years, 22 years as a milkman for Sanitary Milk & Ice Cream Company, and 12 years for the city of Little Falls, retiring in 1972. On January 15, 1991, he became a resident of the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, residing there until his death. John loved the game of baseball, gardening, helping others in need, his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter, Dolores Wielinski and husband Stanley, Jr., of Perham, MN; sons, William May and wife MaryLou of Winthrop, MN, Richard May and wife Peggy of Little Falls, Edward May and wife Cathleen of Rice,MN, James May and wife Julie of Fort Ripley, MN, and Thomas May and wife Patricia of Coon Rapids, MN, and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, George M. May on February 9, 1957; brothers, Edward (Pat) and Loren May; sisters, Myrtle Hostlander, Margaret (Maggie) Gleason, Etta Sturday, Mary and Ruth May.
Casketbearers were his grandchildren.
Viola Lorraine Wiherski, age 82, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, MN, diedFebruary 7, 1998, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 11 at St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls with Father Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Viola was born October 5, 1915, in Little Falls to the late Wilfred and Elizabeth (Ploof) Como. She grew up in Little Falls and attended Little Falls schools. She was united in marriage to Christ A. Wiherski on August 5, 1935, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Little Falls. The couple made their home in Little Falls. She and her husband Christ, along with their own children, raised foster children for six years. Christ died April 10, 1980. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, Christian Mothers, receiving her 50-year pin, the Royal Cafe bowling team, and a former member of the Little Falls V.F.W. Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening and flowers.
Survivors include sons and daughter, John C. Wiherski of Little Falls, Richard J. Wiherski and wife Emmie of Columbia Falls, MT, Jerome H. Wiherski of Helena, MT, and Mary Hansmannand husband Raymond of Becker, MN; foster son, Jerry D. Nauber of Little Falls; brothers, William Como and wife Georgia Ann of Marshall, MN, and Robert Como and wife Bernice of Shoreview, MN; sister, Regina Tuller and husband Clarence of Little Falls; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Herbert Como and sisters, Marion Wetterczech and Burdettee Saulter.
Casketbearers were Daniel Hansmann, Karth Mitchell, Scott Jacobson, Jim Halverson, Peter Corney and Mark Wiherski.
Mrs. Jack ‘Mary’ Boisjolie, age 62, a resident of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Little Falls, MN, died February 1, 1998, in Tucson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 6 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls with Father Leroy Kremer officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Mary was born March 20, 1935, in Little Falls, to Evear and Hattie (Sobiech) Gustafson. She graduated from St. Francis High School in Little Falls in 1953 and went on to graduate from St. Francis School of Nursing in Breckenridge, MN, in 1956. Mary was united in marriage with Jack Boisjolie on November 23, 1957. The couple resided in Little Falls where Mary worked for several years as a nurse at St. Gabriel’s Hospital. She also did port-a-medical physicals for several insurance companies. Mary and her husband Jack retired and moved to Tucson in October of l997. Her many interests in life included cooking, canning, fishing and reading. She enjoyed nature and especially enjoyed the relaxing time spent at their cabin on Leech Lake.
Survivors include her husband Jack of Tucson;mother, Hattie Gustafson of Little Falls; daughters, Kateri Owen of Tucson, and Mary Beth Konopaski of Bloomington, MN; sisters, Trudi Weiss of Fridley, MN, and Gretchen Gonzalez of Apple Valley, MN, and four grandchildren, Katie, Nicki, Justin, and Daniel.
She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Bob.
Casketbearers were Joe and Rick Abrahamson, Bill and Jeff Weiss, James Boisjolie, and Duane Sowada.
George M. (Shorty) Nelson
George M. (Shorty) Nelson died on February 2, 1998 at the El Dorado Convalescent Hospital in Placervill, CA at the age of 95.
George was born at Cambridge, IA on June 2, 1902 to the late George and Margaret Nelson. He moved to the Fort Ripley, MN area with his family at an early age. He was united in marriage to Elsie Sharp on August 29, 1923. They lived and farmed in the Fort Ripley area until 1986 when they moved to Georgetown, CA. He retired from farming in 1966 and moved to Fort Ripley where he spent his time fishing in the Mississippi River and taking care of their yard and garden.
Survivors include one son, George Mike Nelson of Riverside, CA; daughters, Maxine Orton of Little Falls, MN, and Marjorie Peterson of Georgetown, CA; a sister, Fern Noe of Little Falls; 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and six great-great grand-children.
He was preceded in death by Elsie on September 26, 1994, his wife of 71 years, and daughter, Mary Gilson, on June 2, 1995; four brothers; two sisters and a great-grandson.
Gladys L. Timmsen
Gladys L. Timmsen, age 80, a resident of Staples, MN died February 10, 1998, at the Greater Staples Care Center. Services were held February 14 at the Greater Staples Care Center with Rev. Dan Almquist officiating.
Gladys Louise Timmsen was born June 14, 1917, in North Dakota, to the late Clarence and Arvelia (Peddleton) Call. In 1952 she married DanielTimmsen in South St. Paul. For many years she worked curing bacon in the meat packing plant. Following their retirement the couple traveled across the country. She moved from California to Motley just a few years ago and most recently was a resident of the Greater Staples Care Center.
Survivors include three sons and three daughters; a sister, Sarah Robetor from Motley, MN; a brother, Albert Call in Kansas; many grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Steven Douglas Balck, age 20, of Willmar, died February 5, 1998 near St. Bonifacius, MN, from injuries sustained in a semi-truck accident.
Steven was born March 22, 1977, in Fargo, ND. He was a 1995 graduate of Willmar Senior High School where he participated in Cardinal Choir. He graduated from Alexandria Technical College as Vice President of his trucking class. He was employed by Fuchs Transport of Melrose, MN.
Survivors include his parents, Bill and Marilyn Balck of Royalton, MN, and Paul and Carol Parker of Willmar; sisters Kari and Kris Balck; step-brother Michael Volkenant; step-sisters Barb Walstrom and Deb Enmark; grandparents Borghild Krueger of Willmar and Eugene and Hilda Doble of Royalton; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by three grandparents.
Veronica A. Schmitz, age 89, a resident of Little Falls, MN, formerly of Sauk Centre, MN, died February 9, 1998 at her daughter’s home in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 12 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Veronica was born in Spring Hill, MN to Bernard and Mary (Hiltner) Wolbeck. She was united in marriage to Theodore Schmitz on October 1, 1929 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill. The couple farmed in St. Martin until 1947 when they moved to a farm near Padua. Theodore died on May 25, 1950. She moved to Sauk Centre in 1956 and worked in the Main Street Cafe. She later resided in Richmond, Spring Hill and Watkins before moving toher daughter’s home in Little Falls in 1991. Her special hobby was making quilts and doing other crafts. She always enjoyed hearing about the activities of her children and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and Christian Mothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Brenner of Little Falls, and Matilda Petermeier and her husband, Romie, of Sauk Centre; seven sons, Wilfred Schmitz and his wife, Marita of Sauk Centre, Edmund Schmitz and his wife, Diane, of Medina, OH, John Schmitz and his wife, Betty of Litchfield, MN, Sylvester Schmitz and his wife, Cathy of Hudson, WI, Edwin Schmitz and his wife, Myrna of Darwin, MN, Edward Schmitz and his wife, Cindy of Watkins, MN, Arnold Schmitz and his wife, Carol, of Litchfield; 46 grandchildren; 80 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Francis Schneider and her husband, Joseph, of Meire Grove, MN, and Gertie Scherping of Swanville, MN; three brothers, Martin Wolbeck and his wife, Irene, of St. Cloud, MN, Leonard Wolbeck and his wife, Sandar, of St. Cloud, Alfred Wolbeck and his wife, Erma, of Richmond; a daughter-in-law, Margie Schmitz of Atwater, MN; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Wolbeck of Grey Eagle, and Bernie Wolbeck of Cushing; a brother-in-law, Markus Nordman of Richmond; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore; son, Bernard Schmitz; three infant children; sisters, Christine Nordman, Marie Thieschafer, Theresia Sunder and Appolonia Fleisch-hacker; brothers, Bernard, Albert, Leo and Edwin Wolbeck.
Serving as casketbearers were her grandsons, Robert, Daniel, Kerry, Ronald, Charles and Richard Schmitz, Wayne Brenner and Thomas Petermeier with Pauline Braybeck serving as cross bearer.
Father Edward Morslander
Father Edward Morslander, age 88, a retired priest of the St. Cloud Diocese, died February 10, 1998, of cancer at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the St. Francis Convent Chapel on February 13 with Bishop John Kinney presiding. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery.
Edward was born January 7, 1910, in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Daniel and Ann Morslander. He received his early education in that area. He served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. Following that, he resumed seminary studies at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. After being ordained a transitional deacon in Altoona, PA, he came to the Diocese of St. Cloud, where he was ordained to priesthood on April 26, 1952. His assignments following ordination were the following: St. Ann Church, Wadena, MN, few months; St. Mary Church, Alexandria, MN, and chaplain at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Alexandria, 1952-55; associate editor of St. Cloud Visitor and chaplain at St. Cloud Hospital, 1955-58; St. John the Baptist Church, Swanville, MN, 1958-68; St. Mary Help of Christians Church, St. Augusta, 1968-82; St. Frederick Church, Verndale, MN, 1982-91.
Father Morslander was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and three sisters.
Ellen Hedlund Dipzinski, age 90, a former resident of the Fort Ripley, MN, area and a longtime resident of Michigan, died February 7, 1998, in Royal Oak, MI.
A memorial service is being held in Michigan February 23. A graveside service will be held at the Fort Ripley Cemetery at a later date.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Jean Plante of Troy, MI; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Glenn Plante and five sisters.