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Willard F. Payzant, 81, died at his home in Red Wing, Minn., Tuesday, May 26, after a short bout with cancer. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Aug. 13, 1927, to Floyd and Florence (Helle) Payzant. He attended Wilson School in St. Paul. He joined the U.S. Navy Seabees at age 17 where he attended electrical school at Port Hueneme, Calif. He was honorably discharged in late June 1946. @Normal: He married Pauline Greski from Moose Lake, Minn., on Feb. 23, 1952. They moved to Stockholm, Wis., where he was a rural letter carrier for 23 years. He retired due to disability.
Dennis Charles Gronert, 61, of Cannon Falls, and formerly of Minneapolis and New York, died unexpectedly at home March 21. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls, with Pastor Carol Sinykin officiating. Online condolences may be directed to www.lundbergfuneral.com .
Anthony P. Freiheit, 19, of Prescott, passed away after a motorcycle accident Saturday. He was born Oct. 14, 1989, to Stacy Peterson in Owatonna, Minn. On Sept. 11, 2001, Anthony was adopted by Scott Freiheit. Anthony graduated from Prescott High School in 2008. He loved snowmobiling, cooking, and his motorcycle. He also enjoyed Xbox Live and Guitar Hero. He took a great deal of pride in his job at Renewal by Andersen and very much enjoyed his coworkers.
LeRoy A. Rapp, 83, of Cannon Falls, died Tuesday morning at the Cannon Falls Medical Center. He is the husband of Marian and father of Jim, Jon, Tom and Barry. His son Randy died Nov. 10, 2007. Arrangements are pending at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls.
Carole Sue Johnson, 68, of Pepin, died Tuesday at her home. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pepin, with the Rev. Karna Baseman Stark officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church Thursday. Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand is assisting the family.
Kevin George Horvat, 45, of Red Wing, died Monday, May 25, 2009, near Hermantown, Minn. He was born May 16, 1964, in Belleville, Ill., to George and Judy (Wall) Horvat. While growing up his family moved to several places, including California, Texas, Kansas, Southern Illinois, Missouri and Minnesota. During his first 12 years of schooling, he attended nine different schools, graduating in 1983 from Sandstone High School in Minnesota. On Oct. 8, 1983, he married Linnea Ann Bonnin at the United Church of Christ in Sandstone. He attended St.
Vivian Isabelle Kopp, 90, of Plum City, passed away Tuesday at Plum City Health Care Center. She was born Sept. 20, 1918, Salem Township to Oscar and Pearl (Halverson) Olson. She graduated from Plum City High School and on June 21, 1938, married Max Kopp. She was confirmed at the Salem Lutheran Church. Later became a member of the Ono United Methodist Church, Grange Hall. She was active in the church and was a member of the United Methodist Ladies Aide. Vivian farmed along side her husband max in the Grange Hall area from 1938 to 1996. They then retired to Ellsworth.
Rudy H. Stensrud, 57, of Millville, Minn., died Saturday morning at his home in West Albany. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, with Father Robert Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service.
William LeRoy Schmidt, 92, of Plainview, Minn., passed away Saturday, May 23, at St. Marys Hospital Rochester. Mr. Schmidt was born Nov. 4, 1916, in Lake City, Minn., to Harry and Augusta (Kuhfuss) Schmidt. He attended school in Red Wing, Minn. On July 17, 1941, he married Mildred Cotton at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake City. They farmed the family farm on Pepin Hill, in Lake Township rural Lake City. They then moved to Rochester, Minn., where he worked as a welder at Briese Steel and Crenlo for many years.
Floretta M. Lutjen, 89, of Lake City, passed away Monday, May 24, at the Lake City Nursing Home. Floretta was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Lake City, Minn., to Alferd and Alice (Luhmann) Reckmann. She married Gernot Lutjen Sept. 3, 1941, at First Lutheran Church in Lake City. They farmed on his family farm in Mount Pleasant Township until retiring in 1980. They moved to Lake City after retiring. Gernot passed away Jan. 26, 1995. Floretta was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of West Florence.