In Loving Memory
"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
Carl F. "Fred" Tesch
November 2, 1935 - September 21, 2019
Carl F. “Fred” Tesch age 83 of Mayer passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at his home.
Fred was born on November 2, 1935 in Hollywood Township, the son of Carl and Florence (Gongoll) Tesch. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church in Mayer. On June 5, 1965 Carl was united in marriage to Lillie T. Melchert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.
Fred loved everything about life. He loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and lived his life honoring that faith. He enjoyed going on road trips across the USA with his family and having regular family game nights at home. Watching sports and old westerns on TV was a favorite pastime when he wasn’t outside enjoying God’s beauty, mowing the lawn, caring for his apple trees, building or fixing something, or just sitting in the sunshine. In his early years he loved working on his dairy farm and all that goes with operating a century farm. After the chores were done it was time to fish, go bowling or go dancing to old-time music where he met Lillie, the love of his life. He loved children, and after retiring from farming, became a custodian for the Watertown-Mayer school district where he was a favorite familiar face to the teachers and children there. No matter what he did, he took pride in his work. He looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren compete in school, 4-H, FFA, and Performing Arts events. He enjoyed attending draft horse shows admiring their majestic beauty. His favorites were the dappled greys. Reminiscing with his siblings, in-laws, family and friends was a joy for him. Some of his favorite memories were of his young family and his brother Bob’s family vacationing in a cabin and getting in lots of fishing with the rewards of the fish fries. Sunfish were his favorites, and he loved discovering better ways to clean them. He was proud to have served his country in peace-time and was so happy to have the opportunity to go back to Germany once again when his son Tim was also serving in the US Army there. Fred was a proud man and enjoyed his freedom. When walking became difficult he kept his mobility with a walker and then scooter. He loved listening to vintage country western music, polka music and the legendary gospel singers. His easy-going nature and honest laughter will be missed but not forgotten.
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Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, Ridgeview Hospice, all our friends, and Peace for all you have done and for all your love and support.
The Tesch Family
Marcia A. Tuttle
April 11, 1947 - March 10, 2019
Marcia A. Tuttle age 71 of Delano passed away Sunday March 10, 2019 at her home in Delano.
Marcia Albi (Strimling) Tuttle was born on April 11, 1947 in Minneapolis the daughter of Julius and Elsie (Gardner) Strimling. Marcia was a member of the St. Louis Park High School graduating class of 1965. On December 11, 1965, Marcia was united in marriage to John R. Tuttle at Union Congregational Church in St. Louis Park.
Marcia is preceded in death by her parents Julius and Elsie Strimling; father-in-law and mother-in-law Elon and Adelynne Tuttle; brother-in-law Curt Dahlberg.
Marcia is survived by her loving family: husband John Tuttle of Delano; sons and daughters-in-law Christopher and Jennifer Tuttle of Waconia, Richard and Theresa Tuttle of Farmington; grandchildren Carly (Josh) Perez, Ellie Tuttle, Jared Tuttle, Mason Tuttle and Andra Tuttle; brothers David (Phoebe) Strimling of Israel, Michael Satre of St. Louis Park; sister-in-law Joyce Dahlberg of Fridley; nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Serving as casket bearers are John Shefland, Jeff Lidstone, Josh Perez, Don Atkinson, Dave Long and Steve Akkerman.
Gerald E. Hendricks
May 13, 1937 - December 10, 2018
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.
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 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...
Pastor Paul L. Knutson
August 28, 1934 - November 13, 2018
Pastor Paul L. Knutson age 84 of Nevis and Chanhassen, died Tuesday November 13, 2018 at his home in Chanhassen.
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.
Phyllis G. Leaf
August 22, 1936 - June 8, 2016
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.
Ardelle L. Carlson
July 22, 1923 - September 9, 2015
Ardelle L. Carlson age 92 of Waconia passed away Wednesday September 9, 2015 at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.
Ardelle was born on July 22, 1923 in Franklin Twp., Delano, MN the daughter of Adry E. and Esther J. (Nordstrom) Carlson. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Ardelle was born and raised in Watertown, MN and graduated from Watertown High School. She was a caregiver for her mother and father and worked for the local telephone company. In her retirement she was a greeter and receptionist for the 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.
Ardelle was preceded in death by her father and mother Adry and Esther Carlson; sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Leonard Anderson; brothers and sisters-in-law Ceylon and Fay Carlson, Harlan and Marilyn Carlson.
Ardelle is survived by her family and friends.
David "Dave" William Hanson
February 14, 1951 - November 19, 2014
David “Dave” William Hanson, age 63, of Mayer MN, died on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at his home in Mayer, MN.
He was born February 14, 1951 in Minneapolis, MN to parents Everett Edward Hanson and Donna Mae (Schwender) Hanson. He was baptized as an infant in Minneapolis, MN. The family moved from Minneapolis to a farm between Watertown and Mayer MN when Dave was a young boy. Dave was confirmed in 1962 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, MN. In his junior year of high school Dave was honored to be the first Watertown Wrestler to qualify for state competition. He was proud to say he had never been pinned during his entire wrestling career. He was also the leading man in the play “Our Hearts were Young and Gay”. He graduated from Watertown-Mayer High School in 1970. He was a true Letterman, in Track, Football, and Wrestling. After graduation Dave began a long career as a painter and steeplejack. His first employer, Emmett Stenglein taught him “the ropes”. Dave also moon lighted installing rain gutters. Dave later worked for Bob McCabe of Watertown, until he and Adam created Hanson’s Painting & Repairs in 1998. In 2012 Dave retired and Adam took over sole responsibility of the company.
Dave bought his first property located at 36 N. Vine St. in Waconia, MN in 1973. Later that year he married Edith (Edie) Melchert. Dave and Edie lived there until shortly after their first son Kristopher (Kris) was born January 1977. They purchased a home from Edie’s parents the spring of 1977. Adam was born in December 1978. Dave and Edie invested in several properties in their early married life where Dave taught both his sons the joy of work and reward. The family moved to what has become known as the Hanson Fun Farm in October 1989. The farm is most known for the annual Haunted Barn which collects food for the local food shelf and money for a charity or family in need. The motto of the Hanson family is “everyone is welcome”. Dave loved greeting people and making them feel like family.
Dave is survived by his loving family: wife Edie; children Kris and Adam; daughter-in-laws Heather and Sarah; grandchildren Luke, Emily, Garret, and Lana; siblings and wives: Larry & Suzanne Hanson, Paul & Deb Hanson, and Ted & Deb Hanson; in-laws and spouses: Lillie & Fred Tesch, Janet & Dick Stolz, Martin & Jo-An Melchert; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Everett and Donna Hanson, and Brother Rick.
David loved the adventures of life. In his younger years it was demolition derbies, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, water and snow skiing, snowmobiling, bowling, kiting, scuba diving, and skydiving. Throughout his life he had a passion for competition in any game: chess, poker, cards, board games or out on the lawn playing volleyball, crocket, golf, softball, or dodgeball. Dave especially enjoyed creating new memories going on vacations and cruises with family and friends. This past summer the entire family enjoyed the Boundary Water Canoe Area for a week. The highlight was scuba diving there with his sons.
Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His greatest joy was being with his grandchildren. David was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is a child of God. He believed in Jesus Christ as his savior and friend. He trusted in the goodness of people and opened his home to all. He was very proud to be a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church of Watertown MN which was named during a special gathering at the Fun Farm the summer of 2010.
Dave beamed with pride at the successes of his sons carrying on the skills he taught them: Kris, owner of K&L Seamless Gutters has been awarded the Carver County people’s choice award 3 years in a row. Adam, owner of Hanson’s Painting & Repairs, Inc. has earned a reputation for quality painting and craftsmanship. This past summer Dave enjoyed helping Adam on one of the first steeples he ever worked on many years ago, St. Michaels in Stillwater, MN.
Bernice Annie Mueller
March 9, 1921 - October 9, 2014
Bernice A. Mueller age 93 of Watertown passed away Thursday October 9, 2014 at the Elim Home in Watertown.
Bernice was born on March 9, 1921 in Watertown the daughter of Ansgar and Annie (Milford) Westlund. Bernice was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown. On June 26, 1943 Bernice was united in marriage to Harvey A. Mueller at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. Arthur Anderson.
Bernice was most of all a loving wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma. She had a strong faith throughout her life. One of her biggest enjoyments was quilting at the church with her regular group of ladies. Bernice would never turn down a chance to play a game of cards her favorite being Canasta and Bridge. Taking long walks with her husband Harvey kept her in good shape. Bernice was the church representative for the AAL Chapter. She was always collecting jewelry and different types of dishes. Taking care of the lawn and garden brought much joy to her life. Bernice was a wonderful cook making up many meals for her family.
Marie Emma Lenz
February 13, 1921 - November 18, 2013
Marie E. Lenz age 92 of Watertown passed away Monday November 18, 2013 at the Elim Home in Watertown.
Marie was born on February 13, 1921 in Franklin Twp., Wright County, MN the daughter of William and Emma (Lenz) Leiter. Marie was baptized in March of 1921 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown and confirmed on July 1, 1934 at Gotaholm Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. M. LeVander. On March 11, 1944 Marie was united in marriage to Stanford Lenz at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. William Anderson.
Marie was a very social person, always having time for a conversation with anyone. She treasured going to the State Fair every year and the County Fair. Marie had a deep faith, teaching Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown for 33 years. Keeping in shape was a number one priority for her by taking daily walks. Marie had the opportunity to meet some high level political officials such as George Bush during her lifetime. She had great mind for knowing many families backgrounds throughout the area. Shopping was a great pastime for Marie, enjoying the many trips to the mall or whatever store she was going to.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband Stanford; son Lee Allen; father and mother William and Emma Leiter; sister Dorothy Quaas; brother Glenn Leiter; nephews LeRoy Quaas, Larry Leiter and Larry Magnuson.
Marie is survived by her loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
James "Jim" Kenneth McPadden
April 27, 1926 - March 5, 2012
James K. “Jim” McPadden of Waconia, Minnesota, formerly of Mayer, Minnesota passed away peacefully in Salinas, California surrounded by his family on Monday, March 5, 2012.
Jim was born on April 27, 1926 in Mayer, Minnesota the son of William M. and Esther S. (Volkenant) McPadden. He was baptized in the Christian Faith on May 9, 1926 and confirmed on March 17, 1940 at the United Methodist Church in Mayer.
Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was kind, loving and had a strong faith in his Lord and Savior.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific. He felt honored to go to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. His favorite pastimes were playing the concertina, gardening and wood working. He was an accomplished cabinet maker for 50 years.
Jim and Deloris F. Carlson were married in Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA on January 5, 1947. They lived in Watertown, MN until 1957 when they moved to Salinas, CA. Jim worked for Streater’s Industries until 1971. His career then took him to Oregon, New York and Illinois before he and Deloris retired and moved back to Mayer, MN in 1978. In 2011, Jim and Deloris relocated to Waconia, MN where they are currently living at Westview Acres.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Esther McPadden; sisters, Jean Hendricks and Muriel McPadden; brother, Dale McPadden; daughter-in-law, Marlene “Molly” (Schmakel) McPadden; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Ellen Carlson; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Strassburg, Deanna Carlson; brother-in-law, Bud Brown.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Deloris McPadden of Waconia, MN; son, Gary McPadden (Evelyn Budde) of Avon, MN; daughters, Carol McPadden of Salinas, CA, Barbara (Bill) Olea of Salinas, CA; son, Steven (Kathleen Larson) McPadden of Salinas, CA; granddaughter, Amy (Doug) Ash of Salinas, CA; great-grandchildren, Lindsay Ash, step great-grandchildren, Blake Ash and Faith Houston of Salinas, CA; Step grandchildren, Eric Olea and Christina Olea of Salinas, CA; Step great-grandchildren, Brianne Olea and Brandi Olea of Salinas, CA; Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marilyn McPadden of Waconia, LaVonne Brown of Nashua, NH, Jolene and Paul Akins of Watertown, Robert and Dorothy Carlson of Colorado Springs, CO, Loren and Joyce Carlson of Shakopee, Dean Carlson of Montrose; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many cherished friends.
“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