“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son,

 that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

Phyllis G. Leaf, age 79 of Watertown, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016. She was born on August 22, 1936 to Edward and Anna (Kusserow) Schuette in Camden Township, Mayer, Minnesota.

Phyllis was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer. She was united in marriage to Lyle W. Leaf on June 14, 1956. They lived on the family farm near Watertown where they raised 3 daughters.

Phyllis helped on the farm and worked part-time as a legal secretary in Delano. She enjoyed sewing, reading and dancing. Phyllis was very active in her church and loved her family at Peace Lutheran as well as her exercise friends.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Lyle, parents Edward and Anna (Kusserow) Schuette, brothers Kenneth Schuette and Delbert Schuette; parents-in-law Edwin and Bertha Leaf; brothers-in-law Stanley (Grace) Leaf, Calvin (Joy) Leaf, Emery Leaf and Willmar Guetzkow; sisters-in-law Gayle (Allen) Quaas, Delores (Roy) Quaas, Hallie (Melvin) Henzel and June (Clarence) Socher.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters Sharyl (Warren) Schultz, Bonnie (John) Sadergaski and Becky Leaf; 5 grandchildren Tiffany Sadergaski, Calvin Schultz, Sam Schultz, Whitney Sadergaski and Sidney Sadergaski; sister Darlene (Robert) Niesen; sisters-in-law Norma Leaf, Erna Schuette and Eldores (Myron) Schuette; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral was held at Peace Lutheran Church, Watertown, Minnesota on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:00 am. Memorials can be made to Peace Lutheran Church – building fund.

Gerald E. Hendricks
May 13, 1937 -
December 10, 2018
Pastor Paul L. Knutson
August 28, 1934 -
November 13, 2018
Phyllis G. Leaf
August 22, 1936 - June 8, 2016
Ardelle L. Carlson
                   - September 9, 2015
David "Dave" William Hanson
                  - November 19, 2014
Bernice Annie Mueller
                      - October 9, 2014
Marie Emma Lenz
                 - November 18, 2013
James "Jim" Kenneth McPadden
                     - March 5, 2012

Ardelle passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sister. Ardelle was employed at a downtown Minneapolis bank, at the local telephone company, and at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. She was always smiling, pleasant, and humble. She enjoyed music and the company of friends. Ardelle was a Charter Member of Peace Lutheran Church, and enjoyed coming to Sunday morning services.

Dave passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Edie, two sons, and four grandchildren. Dave had a long career as a painter and steeplejack. Dave loved the adventures of life. He had a passion for competition in any game; chess, poker, board games or volleyball. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He trusted in the goodness of people and opened his home to all.

Pastor Paul L. Knutson age 84 of Nevis and Chanhassen, died Tuesday November 13, 2018 at his home in Chanhassen.

Memorial service 3:00 PM Sunday December 2, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church (600 Kristi Lane) in Watertown with Pastor David W. Hanson officiating.  Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  A reception will follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Peace Lutheran Church in Watertown or Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice.

Paul Luther Knutson was born August 28, 1934 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin the son of Joseph L. and Beatrice (Olson) Knutson.  Paul grew up and attended schools in Lake Mills and Ames, Iowa; Minneapolis and graduated from the Moorhead High School in Moorhead in 1952.    Paul was a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead in 1956 and later graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul in 1960.   Paul was united in marriage with Janice Marie Norum on August 8, 1957 in Harvey, North Dakota.  This union was blessed with children Jane, Mark and John. 

Pastor Paul was ordained into the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) in June of 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead.  During his 35 years in ministry he served parishes in Audubon (First Lutheran and St. Peter’s Lutheran), Barnesville (Our Savior’s Lutheran), Waseca (Grace Lutheran), St. Cloud (Salem Lutheran) and East Grand Forks (Family of God Lutheran).  Pastor Paul retired in 1995 from the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).  At the time of his death he was on the clergy roster of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

Pastor Paul was always active in the communities in which he lived.  He was a member of the Audubon School Board, a Charter member and Vice President of the Barnesville Jaycees, Chairman of the Waseca Bluejay Booster Club, Chairman of Waseca Housing Authority, Recipient of Waseca Community Service Award, Founding Board member of Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Waseca, Waseca Rotary Club member, Charter Board member of the Don Eustice Scholarship Fund in Waseca.

Upon retirement to the family cabin on Spider Lake in Nevis, MN in June of 1995, Pastor Paul continued to stay active in volunteering.  He was a Kinship Board member, Hospice volunteer, Living At Home volunteer, Chairman of Mantrap Township Supervisors, and an active member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Watertown. 

Pastor Paul is preceded in death by his wife Janice Knutson; parents Joseph L. and Beatrice Knutson; brother Fredrik Knutson.

Pastor Paul is survived by his loving family: children Jane (Anthony) Paccione of New York, Mark Knutson of Chanhassen, John (Amy) Knutson of St. Anthony; grandchildren Emily Paccione, Jack Paccione, Myles (Jessica) Knutson, Alex Knutson, Nick Knutson; great grandchild Ella Knutson; sister Solvieg (Wayne) Elton of Alexandria; other relatives and many dear friends.

Gerald E. Hendricks (Jerry), age 81 of Watertown, MN passed away at home surrounded by family on December 10, 2018. He was born in Watertown on May 13, 1937 to Elizabeth and Orville Hendricks. He attended Watertown Schools, graduated in 1955, and attended Augsburg College earning degrees in Mathematics and Education. Jerry married his high school sweetheart Maxine in 1958. He taught in the Minneapolis School System before becoming Assistant Principal at Wayzata Junior High. Jerry decided to leave education and entered what was to be the first of numerous business ventures in and around Watertown and Minnesota. Jerry’s son Todd joined him as a partner in those business ventures and they remained business partners and friends until Jerry’s death.

Jerry lived in Watertown his entire life and loved this community and the people in it. When Jerry wasn’t in Watertown, you could find him up north at the place he called “Heaven on Earth; Bay Lake. No matter where you found Jerry, you could always sense his enjoyment of people, his love of music and singing, and his devotion to his Lord. He will be missed…

Jerry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maxine; son Todd (Lynn Strom) Hendricks; daughter Tracy (Glen) Hulley; grandchildren Samantha (Justin) Pohlen, Adam (Ashley) Hendricks, Hunter Hulley, and Hannah Hulley; great-grandchildren Griffin and Gunnar Pohlen, Hayden and Cade Hendricks; and special granddaughters Amanda and Emma Strom.

A Memorial Service was held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2018 with Gathering of family and friends from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 600 Kristi Lane, Watertown, MN.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor’s choice.

I Am Standing Upon The Seashore

by Henry Jackson VanDyke


I am standing upon the seashore.  A ship, at my side, spreads her

white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until,

at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea

and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!"

Gone where?

Gone from my sight, that is all.  She is just as large in mast and spar and hull

as she was when she left my side; just as able to bear her load of living

freight to the place of her destination. The diminished size is in me - not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she’s gone,"

there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready

to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...

Bernice passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey. She is survived by her son, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bernice had a strong faith throughout her life. One of her biggest enjoyments was quilting. Taking long walks with her friends was a favorite activity. She enjoyed collecting jewelry and dishes, and was a wonderful cook.

Marie passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanford, and son. She is survived by her loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marie was a very social person, always having time for a conversation with anyone. She treasured going to the State Fair every year. She had a deep faith, teaching Sunday School for 33 years. She enjoyed taking daily walks.

Jim passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012. Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Deloris; his two daughters and two sons; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific. He felt honored to travel to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. His favorite pastimes were playing the concertina, gardening and woodworking. He was an accomplished cabinet maker for 50 years.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38

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600 Kristi Lane

Watertown, MN 55388

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 817

Watertown, MN 55388

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