August 6, 2003

Kiedrowski, Frank Lambert
Frank Lambert Kiedrowski, 78, of Centerville, Wis., passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Frank died of a heart attack.
Frank was born in Winona, on December 29, 1924, to Frank and Josephine (Berzinski) Kiedrowski, of Dodge, Wis. He married Mary Wagner. They later divorced.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946. Frank was a charter member of the VFW Post No. 1915 in Trempealeau, Wis., a member of the Arcadia American Legion and a proud member of the Trempealeau Lions Club.
Frank owned and operated the Centerville Motor Company and then the Sand Bar in Centerville for 40 years. He was famous for his 1919 Oldsmobile trucks with his trusty dog, Mandy, riding on top during numerous parades. He won many awards for his trucks at car and truck shows.
He is survived by his very special friend, Florence Thompson; eight children, Jeff (Irene), Donna (Bob) Hammond, Don, Kim (Tari Wood), Pat (Lisa), Eric (Angie), Heide (Tom) Harron, and Holly (John) Henderson; sixteen grandchildren: Dawn and Amanda Kiedrowski, Cheryl Hauser, Tim, Keith and Todd Hammond, Ali and Josephine Kiedrowski, Adam, Alex, Maxx and Jessica Kiedrowski, Haily and Noelle Henderson, Natalie and Olivia Harron; and one great-grandchild, Brian Geiwitz.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Elmer and Art.
Frank will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends.

Volkmann, Florence R.
Florence R. Volkmann, 88, Winona, and formerly of Lewiston, Minn., entered her eternal home in heaven on Monday, August 4, 2003, from Lake Winona Manor, following complications of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).
Florence was born June 5, 1915, in Utica Township, Minn., the daughter of John H. and Lilly J. (Brown) Nahrgang. She married Marvin E. Volkmann on June 12, 1936, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewiston. Marvin died February 1, 1981
Florence had an enormous zest and love for her faith, her family and her friends. Her faith was evident by her active and faithful membership in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewiston, where she taught Sunday School for many years, and was active in the St. John's Dorcas Society.
Her great sense of humor, fun, and colorful outlook on life was seen best in the many interests and hobbies that she had. She was a former member of the Lewiston Homemakers Club and was an avid Twins fan. As a musician, she enjoyed many hours playing the organ in her home. For ten years, she shared her music with the residents of the Lewiston Villa as the organist for their weekly church services. Florence loved playing games of any kind - she always had "greedy" in her purse, and she never missed a chance to play 500. Everyone in the family is enjoying the many quilts that she made and passed on to them. One of her newest hobbies was stamping - whether it was making personalized cards for various occasions or if she was stamping just to "jazz it up."
Florence is survived by two sons, James (Arline) Volkmann, and Bruce (Colleen) Volkmann, both of Winona; four grandchildren, Cheryl (John) Mulyck, David (Deborah) Volkmann, Tricia (Dustin) Allen, and Chad Volkmann, all of Winona; three great-grandchildren, Kalene and Christopher Volkmann, and Madison Allen; one brother, Paul (Audrey) Nahrgang, of Lewiston; two sisters, Ruby Luhmann and Alice Maxwell, both of Claymont, De.; two sisters-in-law, Irene Nahrgang and Margaret Nahrgang, both of Lewiston; two special and dear friends, Meta Strzalkowski and Helen Braatz, both of Winona; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant granddaughter, Tanya Marie Volkmann, brothers, Joseph and John Nahrgang, and brothers-in-law, Marvin Maxwell and Arthur Luhmann.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 7, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewiston, with Revs. David Fischer and Michael Lindemann officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call Wednesday, August 6, from 4-7 p.m. at the Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Home, and again at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Pallbearers will be David Volkmann, Chad Volkmann, Christopher Volkmann, Dustin Allen, John Mulyck, and Mark Bartelson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cheryl Mulyck, Tricia Allen, Kalene Volkmann, Madison Allen, Deborah Volkmann, Meta Strzalkowski, and Helen Braatz.
Memorials may be directed to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lewiston; the ALS Association; or Winona Area Hospice Services.
A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.
Nathe, Harrison B.

Harrison B. Nathe, 80, of Cardinal Oaks Court, Lake Mary, Fl., died Saturday, July 26, 2003.
Harrison was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Winona, to Julius M. and Elsie Malzahn Nathe and moved to Central Florida in 1971.
He was an executive in the printing industry, a member of Catholic Church of the Nativity, the Elks Lodge, American Legion, VFW and Knights of Columbus.
Harrison is survived by his wife, Beverly Vater Nathe, Lake Mary, Fl., and Homer, Minn.; a daughter, Marilyn (Leo) Smith, Fountain City, Wis.; a son, Frank (Celia) Nathe, Stanford, Fl.; seven grandchildren, Leo Smith IV, Brooklyn, NY, Jessica Smith, Winona, Zara Smith, Savannah, Ga., Abigail Smith, Duluth, Minn., Brandon Nathe, Tampa, Fl., Kellan Nathe, Tallahassee, Fl., Taylor Nathe, Longwood, Fl.; and five nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert Nathe.
A funeral Mass was offered July 29, 2003, at the Catholic Church of the Nativity, Longwood, Fl. Pall bearers were Leo Smith IV, Brandon Nathe, Steve Nathe, and Paul St.Claire-Legge. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Sanford, Fl., was in charge of arrangements.
Harry will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends. He will be remembered for his words of wisdom and his wonderful stories.
Merdink, Bert Alton

Bert Alton Merdink, age 82, of Winona and formerly of Helena, MT, died on Monday, August 4, 2003 at the home of his daughter, Kathleen Ulbrich, Winona.
Memorial service will be Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 2:00 PM at the Central Lutheran Church, Winona, with Rev. Scott Olson, officiating.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

Harris, John Lee
John Lee Harris, 79, died Thursday, July 31, 2003 at Lake Winona Manor in Winona, MN. John was born April 21, 1924 in Columbus, OH. There are no services planned at this time. Hoff Funeral Homes - Burke Winona Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Guenther, Duane 'Gunner'
Duane "Gunner" Guenther, 60, of Arcadia, WI, passed away at his daughter's home on August 1, 2003.
He was born November 24, 1942 in Arcadia to Albert and Irene (Pampuch) Guenther, Sr.
Duane was a 1960 graduate of Arcadia High School and was named the 1960 Athlete of the year. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Duane worked as a supervisor for building construction. He drove a race car on the Waumandee race track, enjoyed hunting, and was considered a master trout fisherman. He always looked forward to the Memorial weekend fishing trips with his family and was very excited about the upcoming arrival of his first grandchild.
Duane is survived by 3 children, Janelle "Scooby" Guenther of Arcadia, Keith (Amy) Guenther of Arcadia, and Jodi (Ted Gruhn) Guenther of Rockford, IL; 1 stepdaughter, Joelle (Terry) Comero of Mondovi, WI; 3 step-grandchildren, Craig, Tucker, and Keaton; parents, Albert and Irene Guenther, Sr. of Independence, WI; 2 sisters, Judeen (Melvin) Berg of Arcadia, and Charleen (William) Klink of Fountain City, WI; 2 brothers, Alvin (Joan) Guenther of Arcadia, and Albert (Janice) Guenther, Jr. of Fountain City; and special friend, Edie McEndarfer.
Preceding Duane in death was his nephew, Travis Klink.
A Mass of Christian Burial was at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at the Holy Family Parish/Lower Unit with Rev. Patrick Umberger officiating. Burial with Military Rites was in the Glencoe Lutheran Cemetery, Arcadia.
Serving as casket bearers were Franklin Berg, Henry Berg, Doug Guenther, Mike Guenther, Kevin Guenther, and Corey Klink. Honorary bearers were Dave Kaczmareck, Dale Haury, and employees of Custom Builders.
Duane's family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to "Family Wishes".

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