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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

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Marty Malmin
December 14, 1940 - November 2, 2022


Martin O. Malmin age 81 of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at his home, with his family holding hands around him, after fighting cancer for 6 months.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday November 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (600 Kristi Lane) in Watertown, with Rev. David Hanson as officiant. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church on Saturday.  Interment Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.

Martin was born December 14, 1940 in Fort Dodge, Iowa the son of Erling and Esther (Knudson) Malmin. He was baptized as an infant at First Lutheran Church in Gilmore, Iowa and confirmed in June of 1955 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode, Iowa. Marty graduated from Twin Rivers High School in Bode, Iowa.  He went on to attend Luther College and graduated with a degree in business in 1962.  On March 24, 1962 he married Diane Sundahl at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax.  Marty began his career with General Mills, then onto Pillsbury and finally working for Medidol Company.

Marty was very active at Peace Lutheran Church. He was dedicated to serving God in many ways throughout his lifetime. He loved to sing, and was an active member in the choir for more than 50 years. Marty volunteered at the Cardiac Rehab Center in Waconia. He was a member of the Lions Club in Watertown, and served on the Watertown School board during his life. Marty had beautiful flower gardens that he loved to maintain from Spring through Fall. He enjoyed playing golf, bridge, and games with his family.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents Erling and Esther Malmin; sister Marilyn Betz; brother Edward Malmin.

Marty is survived by his loving family: wife Diane; children Jeff (Marie) Malmin, Jill (Russ) Blair, Eric (Robin) Malmin; grandchildren Megan (Alex) Prater, Sam Blair, Tucker Malmin, Lindsay Malmin, Jack Malmin; sister Carolyn (Ron) Nielsen; sister-in-law Joan Steinley.


Doris M. Swenson
June 30, 1941-October 10, 2022

Doris Mae Swenson age 81 of Delano passed away peacefully and suddenly after a battle with cancer on Monday, October 10, 2022, at her home with her family by her side. She was born June 30, 1941, to Joseph and Mabel (Nordberg) Johnson in Litchfield, Minnesota.

Doris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed baking and creating delicious treats for family and friends. She loved to spend time with her family especially having ice cream and playing games at Eagle Lake and watching her grandchildren in their many activities. She was an avid reader and has a massive list of books read. Doris loved visiting with friends, playing bridge, and was an active member in her church. She will be greatly missed by all.

Doris grew up on the family farm in Dassel, MN. She was confirmed at Stockholm Lutheran Church and graduated from Dassel High School in Dassel, MN. She went on to attend Augsburg College. Doris met and married Duane L. Swenson and to this union three children were blessed.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Mabel Johnson and twin brother, Dennis Johnson. She is survived by her husband Duane of 59 years; children Greg (Laura) Swenson, Jeff (Cheri) Swenson, Pam (Mike) Lewis; grandchildren Kelsey (Adam), Peter, TJ, Nate, Makenna, Kendall, and Beck; great granddaughters Nora and Addie; sister Char; brothers Paul, CW, Ralph, and Galen.

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Sandra M. Schlueter
September 10, 1942 - October 7, 2021


Sandra M. Schlueter, age 79, of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at her residence.

Sandy, the only child of Oswald and Mable Gatz, grew up on the family farm in Watertown, MN. Sandy graduated from Watertown High School and decided to pursue a career in cosmetology. She began her career at Androli's in Wayzata and soon after met Henri Gendron from Quebec City, Canada. She married Henri and moved to a lovely home near the Calhoun and Harriet lakes in Minneapolis. There she raised two daughters and enjoyed many picnics and bike rides around the Lakes as well as many trips to Canada to visit with Henri's family.

Later she opened a beauty salon in Hopkins, MN and participated in many city functions and community services.

When she met Harry Schlueter on a trip to visit a friend in New Mexico, they became very close and decided to marry. Sandy moved to New Mexico, where she continued to work as a hair dresser and also helped Harry with his design and wallpaper business. They enjoyed fishing, camping and exploring the countryside. They took the opportunity to go whenever they could, as they loved the outdoors.

Sandy and Harry moved to Watertown, MN to help care for her parents. Still having the love for the outdoors, they found a campground in southern Minnesota, where they spent years fishing and camping, making life-long friends.

In 2011, Harry passed away. Sandy continued to go camping, with the help of some neighbors, who were kind enough to haul her camper to the campground. With her feline friend, she continued to enjoy the outdoors and gathering with her friends. She always has said "Harry will not fish without me." Guess what they are doing now?

Sandra was preceded in death by her husband Harry Schlueter; parents Oswald and Mabel (Young) Gatz.

Sandra is survived by her loving family: daughters Michelle (James) Anderson of Gilbert, AZ, Melissa Gendron of Eden Prairie; and many friends.

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Charlie Van Pawelk
July 31, 2021 - July 31, 2021


Charlie Van Pawelk passed peacefully in the arms of his mom and dad on July 31, 2021. He was born at 4:16 a.m. at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and moments later he was safe in the arms of Jesus.

Charlie was diagnosed with a rare and fatal condition early on in pregnancy. The family was told he could pass in the weeks following his diagnosis, but by the grace of God, Charlie had continued to fight and grow. At the gestational age of 36 weeks and 3 days Charlie was born and lived long enough to be held by his mom and dad and showed them his beautiful eyes before peacefully closing them to join his creator in Heaven. Charlie will always be remembered for his strength and ability to fight for life no matter the obstacles or what the outcome may be. In the brief time spent with him, Charlie’s mom and dad will never forget the touch of skin, the softness of his super gorgeous hair, and his precious tiny features from his button shaped nose to his long skinny toes.

Charlie is the son of Jesse and Karilyn Pawelk. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents Orville and Bonnie Pawelk and Gerald and Maryann Nichols. He is survived by his three siblings Jackson, Leo and Winslett; his grandparents David Pawelk, Scott Nichols, and Debbie Nichols; great grandparents Edward and Janet Bressler, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

Hadley Joy Nissen
April 18, 2021 - April 18, 2021


Baby Hadley Joy Nissen, daughter of Mark and Gladys Nissen, of Watertown, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minnesota.

Thomas Allan Erickson
March 17, 1952 - October 17, 2020


Thomas Allan Erickson passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020, surrounded by his family after a courageous 10-month battle with esophageal cancer.

Tom was born on March 17, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Charles and Bernice (Vogel) Erickson; Mervin Healy and Barbara (Evans) Healy; sister Muriel Neubeck and brother-in-law Robert Neubeck; sister-in-law Elaine Erickson; brother-in-law Jack Cunningham and brother-in-law and best friend Mark Healy.

Tom was baptized in the Lutheran Church and he was confirmed by the LCMS in the mid-1960s. He graduated from Richfield High School in 1970. Attended Dunwoody Institute and Cleveland Institute of Electronics.  Over the years, Tom served the Lutheran Church as council president, ushered, was active on the property committee, and sang in church choir. He had a deep and abiding faith in his Lord and Savior, who has lovingly and faithfully walked this cancer journey right alongside him. Tom was a good, honest, witty man with a remarkable sense of humor. He could “fix anything that broke” and was well-loved, respected, and appreciated by his family and friends, many of whom were ongoing recipients of Tom’s amazing technical and handyman skills.

Tom and Marla (Healy) Erickson were married August 19, 1972 at Richfield United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. They lived in Minnesota for a year and then were job-transferred to Arizona for a year and again, in 1975, to California, where they made their home for 31 years. Daughters Julie and Meghan and granddaughter Mackenzie were born while in California. The whole family of five relocated to Minnesota in late 2006, where Tom and Marla made their home in Delano.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Marla; daughters Julie Potter and Meghan (Erik) Weaver; grandson Zachary; granddaughters Mackenzie and Addison; grandsons Brayden (Lexi) and Christian; great-grandson Bentley; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Karen Erickson, sister Sandra Cunningham; brother Steven Erickson; stepmother-in-law Phyllis Healy, sisters-in-law Darcy Healy and Nancy Healy, many loving nieces and nephews, and dear family friends Ron and Vikki Oliveira.

Memorials preferred to Peace Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.

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Barbara Schansberg
April 12, 1942 - September 24, 2020


Barbara Schansberg of Delano, Minnesota passed away September 24th following a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Born in 1942, she grew up in a small farmhouse near Hawarden, Iowa. Her father was a bookkeeper and tenant farmer, her mother a homemaker and store clerk. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden.

After high school, Barb moved to Omaha to attend business school. After graduating, her first job was administering security clearances at Offutt Air Force Base. It was there that she met James Reed. They married in 1962, raised four children and divorced in 1975. Barb moved to Watertown, Minnesota, where she worked as a bookkeeper for several area businesses, including many years at Bremer Bank. She met Phil Schansberg at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown. They were married in 2001. For the next nineteen years, they led a life devoted to their combined families, community involvement, fun with friends and relatives, travel and the congregational lives of both Trinity and Peace Lutheran churches in Watertown.

Barb retained her country roots, with a strong love for the outdoors, gardening and cooking. Favorite recipes included her one-of-a-kind apple butter. She loved music, studied piano and shared her musical talents in many church choirs. She enjoyed spending time with her Red Hats friends and absolutely loved playing bridge. While a farm girl at heart, she also loved water. She skied, fished, boated and enjoyed ocean cruises immensely. Barb was also a talented writer, contributing those skills to countless church bulletins and decades of cleverly rhymed annual family Christmas letters.

She is survived by children James, Michael (Lucinda), Matthew (Bonnie) and Ann Reed; step-children Craig (Jeanne), Derek and Kristine Schansberg; grandchildren Geoffrey (Lisa), Jordan and Megan Reed; Julia, Cole, Madison and Devin Schansberg; Kaden, Carly, Kellyn and Carter Paulson; great-grandsons, Elliott, Evan and Noah Reed; brother John Peterson (JoAnne), and many nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Pearl Peterson, sisters Gladys, Mary Rehder (George), Alice Yates (Stanley), and Janet Anderson Stewart (Floyd), brothers Glenn and Eric, and husbands James Reed and Philip Schansberg.

Philip Craig Schansberg
January 26, 1938 - July 21, 2020


Philip Schansberg of Delano, Minnesota passed away on July 21 following an eight-year battle with lung cancer.  Phil was born on January 26, 1938 to Odell and Margaret (Goplin) Schansberg in Whitehall, Wisconsin where he grew up on the family farm.  He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Whitehall and graduated from Whitehall High School.  He then attended Luther College for one year after which he studied electronics at DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago for 96 weeks, receiving a Degree in Applied Sciences in September of 1959.  He had only been back home for a brief while after leaving DeVry when an aunt notified him of an opening at Honeywell for an Electronic Technician.  He interviewed, was hired, and remained with Honeywell until his retirement.

Phil and another technician had rented an apartment together in Minneapolis and it was while living at that apartment that he met the ‘love of his life’, Carlys Wilts, who was renting a room at the same address.  Phil and Carlys were married in June of 1964 at her home church in Herman, Minnesota.  They were living in Crystal, MN when one day they decided to ‘head west’ to look at properties in the country.  Their trip took them west on Highway 12 where they stopped at the first real estate agency they saw in Wright County which turned out to be in Delano.  The agent took them to look at 6-1/2 acres of open land west of Delano which they purchased.  Together they built their home on the acreage and in December of 1973 they moved in where they raised their two sons and one daughter.  Sadly, Carlys passed away in July of 1998 from an aneurysm.

Phil’s family was quite musical and he and his sister played in a small band while in high school.  In fact, he still has the saxophone that he played.  Phil particularly liked listening to big band and jazz music.  From 1960 to 1966, he was a member of the Navy Reserve and proudly took care of his uniform throughout the years.  Phil loved his automobiles and while attending DeVry Institute he parked cars at the Ivanhoe Restaurant in Chicago.  Phil was an avid “Packer Backer” but Nascar was truly his favorite sport and in recent years he had the thrill of driving three tracks, Richmond, Disneyworld, and Daytona.  When asked how fast he went at Daytona, he just smiled (178 mph!).   When not working at Honeywell, Phil was busy mini-farming on his acreage.  He was a ‘red’ tractor man and if anyone needed something repaired or built, Phil was the ‘go to man’ because there was a very good chance he would have what was needed stored in the little red barn or the pole barn.  Phil was a loyal friend and very much enjoyed visiting with the neighbors, having coffee with the guys, and telling an occasional joke.

He was a devout, conservative, Christian man who was extremely proud of his Norwegian heritage and his family and the life and home they shared together.  Especially dear to his heart were his grandchildren and he loved the times they spent together.  He served in various positions at his church and it was at his church that he met, became friends with, and later married Barb Reed of Watertown in 2001.  They remained on the acreage until 2015 when Phil sold it and they purchased a townhome in Delano.

Phil is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children Kristine Schansberg, Derek Schansberg,  and Craig (Jeanne) Schansberg; grandchildren Kaden, Carly, Kellyn, and Carter Paulson, Madison and Devin Schansberg, Julia and Cole Schansberg, step-children Michael (Lucinda) Reed, Matthew (Bonnie) Reed, Anna Reed, James Reed, step-grandchildren Megan Reed, Geoffrey (Lisa) Reed, Jordan Reed, T.J and Tierney Paulson, and step-great grandchildren Elliott Reed, Evan Reed, and Noah Reed; sisters Ruth (Jerry) Keck and Linda (Tom) Barrett and brother James (Susan) Schansberg; step-brothers Ted (Sherryl) Strand and Bob Strand, foster brother Donnie (Vickie) Densmore,  numerous nieces, nephews and extended family, and many special friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents Odell and Margaret, a brother Gerald, and his wife Carlys.

Deloris F. McPadden
August 10, 1928 - July 5, 2020


Deloris Fern (Carlson) McPadden, 91, of Waconia, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home with family at her side Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Deloris was the first born of eight children to Robert and Ellen (Lundquist) Carlson on August 10, 1928 in Hollywood Township, Carver County, Minnesota. Deloris was baptized and then confirmed in 1943 at Gotaholm (Trinity Lutheran Church) in Watertown. She attended Hollywood Township District 48. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1946.

In 1945, Deloris's mother passed away at the age of 40. Her father insisted the children stay all together at home.  She helped raise her siblings. Deloris and James Kenneth McPadden were married on January 5, 1947 at Treasure Island US Naval Base in San Francisco, CA.

After his discharge from the service, Jim & Deloris made Watertown their home and raised their four children, Gary, Carol, Barbara and Steven there until the family moved to Salinas, CA in December 1957. Employment changes starting in 1971 resulted in moves to Grants Pass, OR, Salamanca, NY, Lincoln, IL and back to Mayer, MN in 1978. 

Deloris's priority was her husband and children.  She was a stay-at-home mother and homemaker before working in retail.  Church attendance, Sunday School, and Ladies Circles were of upmost importance. Deloris always expressed interest and concern for others.

Deloris also enjoyed gardening, dancing, entertaining and listening to Jim playing the concertina at home. She and Jim hosted many family gatherings throughout their 65 years of marriage.  Following Jim's retirement, they enjoyed spending the winters in Salinas, CA with their children and other relatives and friends.

Following Jim's passing in 2012, Deloris lived at Westview Acres and finally at Good Samaritan Waconia.  While at Westview Acres for 8 years, she enjoyed residents and staff and participated in social activities.  She especially enjoyed when children and others would visit.  Her exercise regimen, multiple daily walks, coffee and snack time and being with others brought her much enjoyment.

Deloris was preceded in death by her husband Jim; parents Robert & Ellen Carlson; infant sister Deanna Carlson; sisters & brothers-in-law Lorraine & Gerald Strassburg, Jolene & Paul Akins, Loren & Joyce Carlson; brother-in-law Bud Brown; daughter-in-law Marlene "Molly" McPadden; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Esther McPadden; infant sister-in-law Muriel; sister-in-law Jean Hendricks; brother-in-law Dale McPadden.

Deloris is survived by her loving family: children Gary McPadden of Avon, MN, Carol McPadden of Salinas, CA, Barbara (Bill) Olea and Steven McPadden (Kathy Larson) of Salinas, CA; granddaughter Amy (Doug) Ash; great-grandchildren Blake, Faith and Lindsay Ash; step-grandchildren Eric Olea and Christina Olea; sister LaVonne Brown of Nashua, NH; brothers and sisters-in-law Robert (Dorothy) Carlson of Colorado Springs, CO, Dean Carlson of Montrose, MN and Marilyn McPadden of Sioux Falls, SD. Deloris also had many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  

The family wishes to express their thanks to the Staff at Westview Acres & Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home and Ridgeview Hospital and Hospice Care. A special thanks to Dr. Helmar Heckel, Campus Chaplain of Good Samaritan Society, Waconia and Dave Hanson, Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church of Watertown. 

Casket bearers are Jon Carlson, Nate Carlson, Zach Carlson, Noah Carlson, James Sandquist, and Bob McPadden

John R. Tuttle
February 3, 1946 - June 7, 2020


John Robert Tuttle passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020, surrounded by his children after a courageous 4 month battle with cancer.

John was born on February 3, 1946 in St Louis Park, Minnesota, where he lived with his Mother and Sister until graduating from High School in 1964 from St Louis Park High School.  Growing up he enjoyed sports, music, cars and outdoor adventures.  Memorable High School highlights include playing the role of Conrad Birdie, in the school play Bye Bye Birdie.

John and his wife Marcia were married and began their family right out of High School.  They celebrated 54 years of love, life and marriage together before Marcia passed away in 2019. 

More than anything, John loved his life with his beautiful wife Marcia.  After his diagnosis, John, his family and friends, found great comfort in knowing the couple would soon be reunited.

John spent his career at Minnegasco where he began as a mechanic and retired after 42 years as the Manager of Fleet Services.   He was a member of the Minnegasco Campers Club, Plymouth Gun Club, Minnetonka Boat Club, and Peace Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his beloved children, Christopher Tuttle and wife Jennifer Anderson-Tuttle, Richard Tuttle and wife Theresa Tuttle and grandchildren Jared Tuttle, Mason Tuttle, Carly (Josh) Perez, Ellie Tuttle and Andra Tuttle, and sibling, Joyce Dalberg.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marcia Tuttle, parents Elon Tuttle and Adelynne Tuttle, and Stepfather and Uncle, Robert Tuttle.

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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 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...

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

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