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Pa00e 6 Obituaries Roger Eckhoff, 74 Roger Eckhoff of South Haven died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at St. Benedict's Senior Commu- nity in St. Cloud following a cou- rageous battle wih cancer. He was 74. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with visitation one hour prior at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Roger Arnold Eckhoff was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Yakima, Wash., to William and Helen (Vought) Eck- hoff. When he was 8 years old, his family moved to a farm in Hen- ning. Roger was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church where he attended faithfully. He went on to graduate from Wahpeton School of Science and the Univer- sity of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served our great country in the U.S. Army for four years. Follow- ing this, he returned to work for General Mills in Minneapolis, and later Henkel Corporation where he traveled to Texas, Kansas, Ger- many, and also Pakistan several times. He moved to a farm north of Cokato, and later worked for Davy McKee in Chicago. He retired from Simons in Minneapolis in 2002. Roger married Phyllis Paddock of Milaca Sept. 2, 1989, in Milaca. They lived in Chicago, and then Lake Augusta in South Haven. After retirement, he worked for Heartland Express in Annandale and enjoyed being a member of the Annandale area community. He was an active member of the Lakes Association, and was pas- sionate about feeding deer, geese, songbirds, and wildlife which vis- ited his yard. Roger was preceded in death by his father William (Bill); and sister Barbara Cross. He is survived by his mother Helen Eckhoff; his wife Phyl- lis of South Haven; stepchil- dren Amy Paddock and John Pad- dock; brother Richard (and Judy) Eckhoff; nephews Doug (and Ling Ling), Dale, and David (and Melissa) Eckhoff; nieces Carrie Broenen and Lori Richter, Pam (and Brad) Meyer, Jill (and Adam) Eckhoff-King; and many great nephews and nieces. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Michael Johnson, 53 Michael Johnson died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, suddenly and unex- pectedly at his Clearwater home. He was 53. Funeral services will be held at I p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Clearwa- ter with Pastor Mark Coughlin of Immanuel Church of Forest Lake officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Daniel Funeral Home in Clearwa- ter, and one hour prior to the ser- vices at the church on Saturday. Inurnment will be at a later date. Michael Kirby Johnson was born Sept. 3, 1959, in Sandstone to Dwayne O. and Ina E. (Abra- hamsen) Johnson. He grew up in Askov, Minn., where he attended and graduated from high school in 197Z July 27, 1991, he was united in marriage to Cheryl R. Anderson at Hosanna Lutheran Church in For- est Lake, where they raised their two sons Gabe and Alex. They moved to Clearwater in 2004. This has been his home since that time. Michael was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his best friend and wife Cheryl of Clearwater; two sons Gabriel (and Abby) Barnett of Minneapolis, and Alexander (and Krista) Barnett of Lino Lakes; two grandchildren Ava Grace and Uriah Courage; six brothers and sisters Jan Moffatt, Doug (and Helen) Johnson, Timothy (and Lori) lohnson,Scott (and Deb- bie) Johnson, Lori Giampolo, and Julie Johnson; many loving neph- ews, nieces, in-laws, family and friends. Memoridls are requested in lieu of flowers. View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball * (320) 398-5055 Kimball Area ,tJl Emergency " Food Shelf LJlEmmll . inc. St. Ann,e's Church in Kimball ............................................................................................................... 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel, (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies call one of the area churches. Check daily for new stories at (obituaries are posted as we receive them) www.tricounty news.MN Church Obit. Thursday, Februaryl4,2013 ...... Tr!zCg_unty News * ' .............. ...- !iiiiigiig!gii!!i Leonard 'Len' Kenning, 64 Leonard "Len" Kenning died' Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at his St. Augusta home surrounded by family and friends. He was 64. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catho- lic Church in St. Augusta with Rev. Robert Rolfes officiating. Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Help of Chris- tians Parish Center in St. Augusta. Parish prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Parish Center. Entombment will take place in the parish cemetery mausoleum. Leonard N. "Len" Kenning was born July 25, 1948, in St. Augusta to Edward and Isabelle (Gon- dringer) Kenning. He lived in the St. Augusta area all of his life. He farmed the family farm until 1985. He worked as a foreman for Feneis Plumbing, Sy-Ray Plumbing, and El-Jay Plumnbing formany years. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary Help of Christians parish. Len enjoyed hunting and fish- ing. He was proud of his orchards of apples, pears and grapes. He also loved visiting and playing cards with family, friends and neighbors. Len is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother Elmer (and Barbara) Kenning of Luxemburg; his sister Lorraine (and Stephen) Mader of Avon; as well as a niece and many neph- ews, great nieces and great neph- ews. He also leaves behind special friend Marlys Bishman. Len's family wishes to thank his caregivers through St. Cloud Hospital Hospice, Home Instead Senior Care, and Andy Fritz from El-lay Plumbing for all that they did for him. Lorenz Seutter, 97 Lorenz Seutter of Shorev- iew, formerly of Fair Haven, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Crest View Lutheran Home, Columbia Heights. He was 97. Visitation began at 1 p.m. with funeral services held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Ding- mann Funeral. Care Chapel in Annandale. Rev. Kurt Klaus offici- ated, and burial was at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Fair Haven. Lorenz Walter Seutter was born Jan. 2, 1916, to Gottlieb and Adeline (Eardmann) Seutter in Fair Haven where he attended school. He mar- ried Helena Lueck March 22, 1941, and she preceded him in death Nov. 5, 2002. Lorenz owned and oper- ated Northway Hardware in Lex- ington for 40 years before retiring in 1994. He helped found the Cen- tennial State Bank of Lexington and served on the Board of Directors for 18 years. He was a former member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Fair Haven, and was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Mounds View. He enjoyed reading, golfing, following current events, and time spent with his family. He leaves behind a legacy of booklovers" and golfers who loved him dearly and will miss him greatly. Lorenz was preceded in death by his wife and several brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son James of Shoreview; grandchildren Angela Seutter (and husband Cody Kotnik) of St. Louis Park, Derek (and Angela) Seutter of St. Augusta; great-grand- children Greta and Ingrid Kotnik, and Owen and Isaac Seutt2r; sis- ter Hilda Schendel of Columbia Heights, former daughter-in-law Shirley Seutter; and many nieces and nephews. The pallbearers were Glenn Seutter, Larry Leach, David Seutter, lamie Miller, Derek Seutter and Cody Kotnik. The arrange- ments were entrusted to Ding- mann Funeral Care of Annan- dale. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Concordia Lutheran Church, Fair Haven; and Messiah Lutheran Church Mounds View. Shirley Olson, 74 Ann Thiel, 96 Ann Thiel of West St. Paul, for- merly of Kimball, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. She was 96. A memorial service will be held in Spencer, Iowa, in the spring. . Ann Thiel was born in Fosto- ria, Iowa, to Michael and Marie Michelson who had immigrated from Denmark. She married Bryce Thiel in 1938, in Iowa, and they honeymooned in Chicago. Bryce and Ann moved from Ames, Iowa, to Kimball in 1952. They also lived in Brooten for several years while Bryce taught school. They moved back to Kim- ball when Bryce retired. In 1990, they moved to the Twin Cities to be near their daughter. Ann and Bryce were married 62 years until Bryce's death in 2000. Ann was an avid bowler, a formi- dable bridge and scrabble player, loved to travel and entertain, and was an active church mem- ber and attended First Presbyte- rian Church in South St. Paul. Ann really enjoyed the ecumenical ladies group in Kimball and many of them continued to communi- cate over the years. She continued to love to expand he r knowledge and enjoyed people to the end. Ann was preceded in death by her husband Bryce Thiel; four sis- ters, and one brother. She is survived by their three children Brian (and Sharon) Thiel, Mike Thiel, and Meredith Fritz; grandchildren Melinda Lecheler, Heidi Thiel, Michael Thiel, Tim Thiel, Liz Grittner, and Phil Thiel. Shirley Olson of Shoreview died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. She was 74. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Odilia Cathlic Church, 3495 N. Victoria, Shoreview. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will be private: Shirley Ann Olson is survived by her loving husband of 57 years Wes; children Dean (and Tuyet), Lori Grosslein, Connie (and Tom) Oczak, and David (and Debbie); eight grandchildren; and seven siblings. assionate Care Amenities to meet your needs: 3 meals per day & snacks Scheduled exercise and activities Church activities, including mass 3 tlmeslmo. Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with LPN/RN services available 24 hours per day House of Kimball Assisted Living at its Finest LPN/Mana