Claude Larson

Memorial services for 85 year old Claude Larson were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2023 were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton, Minnesota. Rev. John Ramsbacher officiated at the service. Special music was provided by Darcy Kleven organist. Active urn bearers were; Ben Dempcy, Brian Dempcy, Brice Dempcy, Schuyler Larson, Alec Larson and Nathan Larson. Honorary urn bearers were” Claude’s great-granddaughters” Ruby, Emerald, Nora Perceyis, Marceline and Allison. Burial was in Louisburg Cemetery.

Claude Stanford Larson was born February 14, 1938 in Madison, MN to parents Matin Kinley and Alice (Anderson) Larson. He was baptized on March 27, 1938 and confirmed his faith in 1953, both at Louisburg Lutheran Church. Claude attended Bellingham Public School and graduated in the class of 1956. Claude joined the National Guard and served for six years. After finishing basic training he ventured to Minneapolis where he worked as an inspector at Honeywell Corporation. Claude married Ruth Ann Haase on July 3, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. The couple were blessed with two children. As soon as the opportunity arose, Claude moved his family back to the Bellingham/Louisburg area and began farming. The family ended up living on the home place which became a century farm in 2002. Claude enjoyed farming until he was almost 80, when dementia began to affect him. Claude and Ruth enjoyed wintering in Arizona for a number of years after his partial retirement, where he found the love of his later life, Speedy, his Chihuahua. Besides farming, Claude enjoyed driving school bus for Bellingham school for many years. He also restored antique cars and tractors and could fix almost anything. He remodeled many homes for his family over the years. He loved traveling and was proud that he had visited every state in the US except Hawaii and all the provinces of Canada. He also traveled to Ireland, Costa Rica and Uganda. He was proud of the mission work he did with a team of dentists to provide care to orphans in Uganda. Many of these children had lost their parents to HIV and some were infected as well. He became very emotional when speaking of the conditions and circumstances in which the people, and especially the children, lived. One of Claude’s favorite things was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved showing them how to build and repair things and taught them to work hard. Many people were welcomed into the Larson home for days, months or years and all were loved and became like family. Claude was the Clerk of Agassiz Township, served on the Bellingham School Board, Louisburg Elevator Board, Louisburg Lutheran Church Council, and was a member of the Lake Area Antique Car Club for many years. He was always willing to help a neighbor or friend.

Claude is survived by his wife Ruth of Madison, daughter Naomi Dempcy of Madison, son Aaron (Deborrah) of Port Charlotte, FL, grandsons Ben (Krishana) Dempcy, Granite Falls, Brian (Auna) Dempcy, Brooklyn Park, Brice (Monique) Dempcy, Madison, Schuyler and Alec Larson, Port Charlotte, FL; great granddaughters, Ruby, Emerald, Nora, Perceyis, Marceline, and Allison Dempcy; brother Keith (Joan) Larson, Red Wing, MN, sister-in-law Carol Jean Larson, Bellingham, MN, brother-in-law Gary Spence, Prescott, AZ and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Nyland, sister Phyllis Spence, many aunts, uncles and cousins.


Diane Johns

Diane Elizabeth John, 79, of Willmar, died Saturday, May 27th at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. A celebration of life gathering in honor of her and her late husband, Neil, who passed away on Feb. 6, 2022, were held from 4-5:30 pm, Monday, June 5th at Robbins Island 4-Season Shelter in Willmar with a prayer service starting at 5:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. Arrangements are with West Central Cremation Services,

Diane Elizabeth John was born April 5, 1944, in Benson, to Leon and Inez (Johnson) Maras. She grew up in Appleton and attended Appleton High School graduating in 1962. Diane was united in marriage to Edward Haven on February 22, 1964 in Danvers. To this union three children were born: Tammie, Heidi and Todd. They later divorced. Diane worked most of her adult years at SuperSweet Feeds in Willmar as a secretary. She later worked at Big Bear, and eventually at Walmart in the garden center. Diane loved gardening, flowers and all animals - especially cats, birds, and German Sheppard dogs. She was an avid sewer in her younger years and sewed her sister, Carol’s, and daughter, Tammie’s wedding dresses. On September 1, 1990, Diane was united in marriage to Neil John at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church. They made their home in Willmar and enjoyed many years of camping, fishing and being outdoors together.

Diane is survived by her children: Tammie (Douglas) Knick of Spicer, Heidi (Steven) Olson of Willmar, Todd Haven of Richmond and one step-son: Corey (Shelly) Ziman of Dickenson, ND; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Jan (Robert) Waldowski of Eagen, Dave (Anita) Maras of Willmar, Carol (Richard) Larson of Pennock, and Larry (Kathy) Maras of Summerville, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil John; parents; and her brother, Dan Maras.


Agnes Froehlich

Agnes Froehlich, 81, passed peacefully at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls on Sunday, May 14, 2023

“Der HERR ist meine Stärke und mein Schild; auf ihn hofft mein Herz, und mir ist geholfen. Nun ist mein Herz fröhlich, und ich will ihm danken mit meinem Lied.” Psalm 28:7

Agnes Elfreda (Goerke) Froehlich was born November 27, 1941, in Appleton, MN, the daughter of Arthur and Frieda (Lubitz) Goerke. She was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bellingham, MN, and grew up working on the family farm nearby. As a child she spoke German with her parents and kept a pet pig named Julie Blonde. She loved horses, drawing and reading. The family got a television when she was 15; it received two stations – both NBC. She became a happy, thoughtful teenager who listened to Elvis, the Everly Brothers and Whoopee John. She saw Buddy Holly perform a week before he died. Agnes attended grammar school in Bellingham, high school at the West-Central School of Agriculture in Morris and then Concordia College in Moorhead. There, she studied accounting and met her future husband, Gary Froehlich, after he saw her picture in the freshman directory and couldn’t believe that such a beautiful young woman could be named “Agnes Goerke.” Agnes and Gary married at St. Peter’s in 1961 and were quickly blessed with four sons: Michael (1962), Steven (1963), James (1967) and Jonathan (1975). The family made their home first in Fergus Falls before a move to Wall Lake outside town in 1972 where Agnes noted the spring ice thaw on her kitchen calendar for the next 51 years. Agnes chose at an early age to undertake the most challenging career of all: mother to four giant, willful boys. A consistent and nurturing presence in their lives, she provided a safe, stable and orderly home, separating them from their mutual pummeling long enough to encourage reading, learning and thinking. She was a skilled gardener, an exemplary cook and an Olympic-level practitioner of the Home Arts, with an impeccable living space inside and out, despite the wave of chaos that often followed her sons. She was a gracious and accommodating host; no one ever left hungry or without an overflowing plate for the trip home. Family vacations were a favorite memory; each summer with her boys up mountains and along beaches and across glaciers throughout the US and Canada. She was also proud of her German heritage and made multiple trips to her father’s birthplace in what is now Poland. Agnes was a committed member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, devoted to her Christian faith and the Bible’s direction to "Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ." (Eph 4:32). She was a humble servant of the Lord, clearly focused on service to others. She was a talented artist who devoted thousands of hours to the Trinity Crafter’s group, generating thousands of dollars for mission work. Her life was spent in service to her family, church and the larger community, as a mother and homemaker, and later as a home health aide and volunteer. Our mom didn’t deserve cancer, diabetes and heart disease; no one does. She was a stoic, stubborn Prussian who held her illnesses at bay for 13 years with quiet reserve, a dry sense of humor and a sharp mind kept keen by sudoku, “Perry Mason” episodes and online lessons to re-learn the German she had spoken as a child. Her faith never faltered and her commitment to service never waned, even as her body declined through hospitalizations, trips to the Mayo Clinic and countless procedures, tests and needles. She endured it all with grace and dignity. She never despaired and always said, “It’s God’s will.” She often noted that those 13 years, difficult as they were, enabled her to watch her grandchildren grow up just like her sons. The true nature of charity is to serve without expectation of recognition or reward. Our mother served tirelessly out of a deep and abiding faith in Jesus alone. Her decades of labor were His words in action: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” We are sad that our mother is not with us, but we are joyful knowing that she can rest now with the heavenly reward and comfort of her Savior, because the dishes are cleared, the boys are tucked in, and Gary can fold his own d*mn underwear. Mom knew after 81 years, though, that she had only turned the first page. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “But for them it was only the beginning of the real story…now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” Agnes is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gary Froehlich; her children Michael, James (Heather) and Jonathan (Sara), plus three grandchildren she loved dearly and of whom she was immensely proud, Clarice Eleanor, Max Henry and Hugo Paul; brother Werner Goerke of Watertown, SD; sister-in-law Bonnie Pahlen of Superior, WI; cousin Irene Weeding of Appleton, MN; nieces and nephews; neighbors, church and community friends, and relatives still in Germany.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Steven (2020); sister-in-law Orla Goerke, and brother-in-law Michael Pahlen. Flowers welcome; memorials preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church Crafters or Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Care & Research Center. Visitation: Sunday, May 21, 2023, from 3-5 P.M., at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M., Monday, May 22, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. Clergy: Rev. Christopher Lieske Interment: Trinity-Faith Cemetery, Fergus Falls, MN Funeral arrangements are with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, MN.


Shirley J. Mitteness

Shirley J Mitteness, 84, passed away on February 8, 2023, at Scandi Haven Village in Benson, MN. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023, at 11 am at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be one hour prior to services, from 10 am to 11. The intermittent will be at St. Bridget’s Cemetery in De Graff. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Shirley Jane (Hendrickson) Mitteness was born November 5, 1938, to Lawrence and Elsie (Draheim) Hendrickson, along with her identical twin sister (Sharon) in Benson. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. She was raised in Benson and graduated from Benson High School. She was united in marriage to Severt (Joe) Mitteness at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Holloway, Minnesota. They were blessed with five children: Kathy, Kay, Patty, Todd and Tim. They resided in Holloway until they moved to Anoka in 1969. After Joe’s retirement, they returned to Benson. Shirley was a devoted wife, loving mother, and meticulous homemaker. She enjoyed baking, planting flowers, gardening, decorating, reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends. She worked at the Anoka High School, Anoka County Courthouse and the Benson Hospital.

Shirley is survived by her five children: Kathy (Kevin) Skjei of Appleton, Kay (Barry) Hafermann of Elko New Market, Patty (Richard) Cooper of Cottage Grove, Todd (Julie) Mitteness of Phoenix, Arizona and Tim Mitteness of Norfolk, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren: Kirsten (Ross) Olness, Kyle (Darcy) Skjei, Matthew (Brandy) Hafermann, Michael Hafermann, Stefanie Hafermann, Andrew Cooper, Anne Cooper, Nicolette (Mike) Mitteness-Pache, Madison Mitteness and Carson Mitteness; seven great grandchildren: Harper, Hadley and Hollyn Olness, Finley, Leni and Sadie Skjei, and Cyrus Hafermann; special friend: Mike Gallagher and family; sisters: Margaret Cota, Mildred Christopherson, Ramona (Mona) Welker and Sharon Mitteness; sister-in-law: Idella Hendrickson; along with many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband: Severt Mitteness Jr. in 1996; her parents: Lawrence and Elsie Hendrickson; her siblings: LeRoy Hendrickson, Dillion Hendrickson, Charles Hendrickson and Donna Carlson. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Scandi Haven Memory Care and the Hospice Agency for their excellent care.


Dean Tubbs

Remembering Dean Tubbs: 56 years of Life in Appleton Sept 26, 1934 - Oct 31, 2022

Dean Leroy Tubbs, age 88, of Appleton, passed away Monday, October 31, 2022 in his home. Dean was born in Marshall, MN September 26, 1934 to Walter “Dewey” Tubbs and Nina (McChesney) Tubbs and was the 9th of 12 children. “Cork”, as Dean was known by family, grew up on his parents’ farm east of Marshall. After serving in Korea and Germany, Dean returned to Marshall in 1955 and met the love of his life, Joan Johnson of Manlius, Illinois. Dean and Joan moved to Appleton in 1966 and raised their family together for the next 34 years. They had four children: Tommy, Teri, Taylor and Todd. Dean strived to be honest and dealt with people equally so in life and in his water softener business, Tubbs of Soft Water. An entrepreneur, Dean knew the value of Recycle, Reduce, Reuse before it became a catchphrase. Dean, Taylor and Todd reclaimed bricks from the old Holloway school building and sold them for new life in other projects. They did the same with the gym floor. To ensure his family always had enough, Dean maintained a small farm with chickens, sometimes pigs and for several years, Angus cattle. He and Joan ran the local car wash and had a home improvement store as well. Joan preceded Dean in death in January, 2000, after which Dean continued to tinker around the farm, producing and selling his various inventions. He loved to bring cookies to folks at the vet’s home and Ortonville Hospital and meet his Breakfast Club friends on the daily at Alley Cats bowling alley or the Bellingham cafe. Dean was known to hand out chewing gum to any and all with whom he crossed paths. Dean supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children and St. Joseph’s Indian School. Our family would be honored by memorials to any of these organizations. Dean is survived by children Teri Amborn, Taylor (Nancy) Tubbs, Todd Tubbs, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Join family and friends May 21, 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Shooter’s Bar and Grill to celebrate Dean’s life. All are welcome - bring a memory to share.


Gary Coverdale

A Celebration of Life with be held on May 21, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 303 Main Street, Alberta, MN. Lunch will be served from 1-2:30 p.m with a service at 2:30.

Gary Allen Coverdale was born April 6, 1944 in St. Paul, MN to Chuck and Viola Coverdale. Gary passed away at his home on April 12, 2023. Gary married the love of his life Freda Thesing on July 3, 1964 in St. Paul. Freda passed away on April 12, 2006, and he moved to a farm north of Appleton until his death.

Gary in survived by his daughter, Dawn (Wayne) Robinson; son, Gary Coverdale Jr; son-in-law, Dan Piette; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Krueger; grandchildren, Melissa, Alex, Elizabeth, Samantha, Amber, Allen, Aaron, Lauren, Alayna, Blake, and Harmony. Gary was preceded in death by his wife; three daughters, Garienne, Raylene, and Alana; parents, and siblings.


Ken Schnaser

Ken Schnaser, age 83, of Marshall and formerly of Appleton, Minnesota, died peacefully on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Memorial Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2023, at Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall, Minnesota. Following a reception, interment with military honors will be in the Appleton Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 12:30 p.m. until the time of his celebration at 1:30 p.m., also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall.

Kenneth Allen Schnaser was born on May 30, 1939, in Ortonville, Minnesota. He was the son of Gustav "Pete" and Ruby (Friedrich) Schnaser. He was baptized in his youth at the Baptist Church. After attending country school through the 8th grade, Ken went to Appleton High School and graduated there with the class of 1958. He went on to help his folks on the family farm. On January 16, 1971, Ken was united in marriage to Jean Ronning at the Congregational Church in Appleton, Minnesota. The couple made their home in Appleton where they raised their son, Mark. Ken drove truck for many years with both Larson Gravel and Commerford Gravel Inc. In the spring and fall he also assisted several area farmers. Ken was a proud member of AMVETS in Appleton and his enjoyments in life included ice fishing, playing cards, traveling, and watching the Minnesota Twins or Vikings and old westerns. He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, babysitting and playing games and offering many witty comments.

Kenneth Schnaser died peacefully on Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Marshall, Minnesota. He had reached the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 11 days. Blessed be his memory. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Schnaser of Marshall; son, Mark (and Mindi) Schnaser of Marshall; 3 grandchildren, Lexi Schnaser of Denver, CO, Ashton Schnaser of Sioux Falls, SD, Tydeman Schnaser of Marshall; 3 siblings, Patricia (and Ronald) Bruzek Of Eagan, Mary Schumacher of Eagan, Donald (and Mary) Schnaser of Lester Prairie; sister-in-law, Linda Schnaser [from Roger] of Hagerstown, MD; brother-in-law, Robert (and Judy) Ronning of Montevideo; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Ruby Schnaser; and siblings, Gene Schnaser and Roger Schnaser. Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. 507-532-2933 Guest book and tribute wall available online at


Eileen Kohlman

Eileen Kohlman, age 96, of Appleton, passed away Tuesday morning, May 9, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2023, at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton. Visitation will resume from 9-10 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pastor Donald Klatt will officiate.

Eileen Joyce (Hanson) Kohlman was born to parents William and Emma (Wiese) Hanson, on June 18, 1926, in Lac Qui Parle County, Louisburg, Minnesota. She was baptized by Rev. Belgum at Louisburg Lutheran Church on July 25, 1926. When Eileen was the age of two weeks, her mother died, leaving the neighbors and her father to care for her, until she went to live with an aunt, Helen Anderson, William’s sister. At the age of two years, Eileen came back home to be cared for by a housekeeper, who later became her stepmother. Eileen attended grade school in Louisburg through the 6th grade. When the family moved to the Drywood area, she finished her elementary schooling there. On November 5, 1939, she was confirmed by Pastor N. C. Renslo, at Drywood Lutheran Church. Eileen graduated from Appleton High School in 1944. Along with her sister Dorothy, and later her sister Lucille, Eileen sang duets for special occasions, and was a choir member at their church. On June 25, 1945, Eileen and Arthur “Sonny” Kohlman were united in holy matrimony at Drywood Lutheran Church. To this union five children were born: Judith, Dennis, Ronald, Becky, and Kelly. For 20 years Arthur and Eileen farmed in the Drywood area, after which time, they sold their farm and bought a 2-acre site, still in the Drywood area. Eileen was chief care giver to Sonny when he suffered kidney failure. For 10 years she drove him to dialysis in Willmar, and later Morris 3 times a week, no matter the weather. She modeled the meaning of loyalty in her care for her husband. Sonny and Eileen were married for 53 years.

Eileen, along with her husband, and various other helpers throughout the years, did exterior and interior painting for hire. She also spent many weekends helping with the Joe Fox Catering business. Eileen went into the housecleaning business with a sister-in-law, and she continued in that vocation to the age of 89 when the need for a pacemaker, and her family’s insistence, made her consider her limitations. Eileen enjoyed her flowers, and also making quilts for the church and for her beloved family. Her family looked forward to receiving personalized quilts at the milestones of life, such as weddings and new babies. In later years, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, and an occasional jig saw puzzle. She was active in her church, holding many offices in the Ladies Aid, taught Sunday School for many years, and also conducted the Shible church choir. In her “retirement” years, Eileen volunteered at the local thrift store “Home to Home”. Her hands were rarely idle. Eileen found delight in her children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great grandchildren. Her family cherished her gentle ways and her strong Christian faith. She spent time with the Lord every morning reading her Bible and devotions. She was truly the family matriarch, demonstrating how to live by her example of living the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Blessed be her memory. Eileen is survived by children: Judy Kohlman of Montevideo MN, Dennis (Vicki) Kohlman of Appleton MN, Ronald (Pat) Kohlman of O’Neill NE, Becky (Neal) Block of Ortonville MN, Kelly (Lorene) Kohlman of Baxter MN; grandchildren: Kay Erickson, Bruce (Vonnie) Erickson, Michael (Carol) Kohlman, Michelle (James) Vortherms, Amanda (Dan) Modrow, Rachel Kohlman, Christina (Dustin) Watson, Aaron (Sandy) Kohlman, Jacob (Harleigh) Kohlman, Joel (Jan) Block, Erik (Holly) Block, Lee Block (Krissy), Ryan Kohlman, Heather (Chris) Olson, Jenna Kohlman; numerous great- grandchildren; a multitude of great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by husband Arthur; parents, William and Emma; stepmother Helma; mother and father-in-law Henry and Martha Kohlman; siblings: baby Kenneth Hanson, Dorothy Hanson, Leland Hanson, Wesley Hanson, Harvey Hanson, Lucille (Hanson) Grover; brothers-in-law: Edwin “Shorty” Kohlman, Earl Grover, Clarence Olson; sisters-in-law: Mabel (Kohlman) Anderson, Esther (Kohlman) Olson, Fern (Kohlman) Paulson, Rose Hanson, Diane Hanson, Eleanor Hanson; nephews: Randy and Christopher Hanson, David Hanson; nieces: baby Beverly Grover, Deloris Anderson, Marion Anderson; daughter-in-law, Judy (Riste) Kohlman; former in-laws: Bonnie (Schlieman) Kohlman, Tom Erickson; grandchildren: baby Sarah Kohlman, Ryan Holzheimer, Katie Kohlman; great- great granddaughter, baby Swayzee Greenlee. Blessed be the memory of Eileen J. Kohlman. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneral


Steven “Steve” Boraas

Steve Boraas, age 62, of Appleton, passed away Friday, April 28, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Visitation was 1-2 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated.

Steven James Boraas was born June 2, 1960, the son of James and Donna (Loose) Boraas, in Montevideo, MN. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Steve loved the outdoors. He was widely known for his expertise in all things related to hunting, fishing, and trapping. For Steve, his home was his base camp. Steve’s other passions and talents included photography, pencil drawing, snow & water skiing, scuba diving, music, motorcycling, mountain climbing, sky diving, and watching Seinfeld. Whether it was work or play, Steve was passionate about everything he did and always brought his best. Steve’s final hunt occurred in Colorado, last November, where he harvested a very huge bull elk. Steve will always be remembered for his infectious smile and contagious laugh. Steve was fortunate to work for LaBolt Farmers Grain Co. in LaBolt, SD. This generous, thoughtful, and caring Company really took care of Steve professionally and personally, especially as his health diminished. Besides working in LaBolt, his other two “best jobs” were the times he spent at MBI Energy in the ND oil fields and Pioneer Public Television in Appleton.

Steve passed away Friday, April 28, 2023, at the age of 62. Those left to cherish his memory include: his father, James R. Boraas of Appleton; his siblings: Brad D. (Teresa) Boraas of Sherrard, IL, Jayson A. Boraas of Hutchinson, and Jaclyn S. (Lee) Stock of Olivia; his four nieces and four nephews; and his lifelong best friend, Tom Nelson, of Appleton. Steve had no children himself but took great pride in his siblings and all his nieces and nephews. When asked he would say “he was lucky to come from the best family in the whole world”. Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Mae Boraas in 2009. Blessed be his memory. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


Elmer Frank Schliemann

Elmer Schliemann, age 92, of Appleton, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery. Pastor John Ramsbacher will officiate.

Elmer Frank Schliemann was born February 17, 1931, in Fairfield Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Frank and Alma (Rohloff) Schlieman. He was baptized March 22,1931, and confirmed April 30,1944, at Fairfield Trinity Lutheran Church. He grew up in the Fairfield Township and Holloway area.  Elmer served in the United States Army from February 1953 to February 1955. After serving his country, he returned to farming. On April 2, 1955, Elmer was united in marriage to Audrey Pearl Byre and the couple settled on a farm in rural Holloway before moving to Appleton in 1996. This union was blessed with 64 years of marriage and 6 children: Gary, Infant daughter, Daniel, Diane, Karen, and Kevin. After retiring from farming, Elmer worked for the City of Appleton doing grounds maintenance. Elmer loved farming, hunting, fishing, trapping, baseball, playing cards (especially Oh Hell! and smacking the card on the table when he took a trick), shaking dice, attending his children and grandchildren’s games and events. Elmer played baseball for years with his brothers and had a wicked curve ball. Elmer had the best stories and many funny sayings that made everyone laugh, especially his grandchildren and even himself.

Elmer passed away on May 3, 2023, at the Appleton Care Center. He attained 92 years, 2 months, and 16 days. Elmer is survived by his children: sons: Daniel (Jody) Schliemann of Savage MN and Kevin (Billy Ulibarri) Schliemann of Albuquerque NM; daughters: Diane (Pete) Wagener of Annandale MN, and Karen (Curtis) Lee of Wahpeton, ND; ten grandchildren: Jacob (Stephanie) Schliemann, Samuel Schliemann, Hannah Schliemann, Dylan Wagener, Logan Wagener, Madelyn Wagener, Jasmin Bahr, Chase Lee, Jesse Lee, and Chyann Lee; one great-grandchild, Avery Jentz; one sister, Valora Greseth of Apple Valley, MN; one brother, Harold (Lavonne) Schlieman of Morris, MN; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey (Byre) Schliemann on October 15, 2019; son Gary; infant daughter; parents, Frank and Alma (Rohloff) Schlieman; brothers: Harvey, Edgar (Lois) and Warren (Selma); sister: Marlys (Palmer) Greseth; brother-in-law, Verdie Greseth; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Blessed be the memory of Elmer Schliemann. Please sign the guestbook at

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