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Barbara Jean Swanson

Funeral services for Barbara Swanson, 70, of Tyler were Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. A family burial service was held the next day in Danebod Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to a hospice program of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler, Randall Hartquist, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Hartquist, and Christina Vasseur, Directors. View a video tribute and send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com

Barbara Jean Swanson was born Nov. 19, 1938 to Herbert and Mary (Pazerra) Hamilton in Gary, Ind. She grew up in Lake County, Ill. and graduated from high school in Round Lake, Ill. in 1956. She lived there for thirty-five years before moving to Sioux Falls, S.D. She spent her life in the restaurant business, working at many of the most prestigious restaurants in the areas in which she lived. On March 15, 1999 Barb married Howard Swanson in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple made their home in Tyler. Barb entered Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Sept. 10, where she passed away with her family at her side on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 at the age of 70 years, 9 months, and 24 days.

Barb attended Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler and was a member of the Tyler American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid reader. She enjoyed gardening and working in the yard and her home, caring for her special dog, Rocky, and spending time at her and Howard’s winter home in Mesa, Ariz.

Barb is lovingly remembered by her husband, Howard; her daughter, Cindy Shaykett and her husband Jim of Lake Mills, Iowa; her step-children, Dale Swanson and his wife Brenda of Tyler and Katherine O’Connell and her husband Vincent of Sullivan Lake, Wash.; her step-granddaughter, Tashauna Swanson; two sisters, Mary and her husband Jerry Schneider of Trego, Wis. and Jeanne and her husband Lynn Swanson of Vernon Hills, Ill.; one brother, Clyde Hamilton of Libertyville, Ill.; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Verona L. Jensen, age 94 of Carroll, Iowa, formerly of Ruthton, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2009 at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll, Iowa. Memorial services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at the Tyler Area Funeral Home. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment is in the Ruthton Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.tylerareafuneralhome.com. The Tyler Area Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Verona Leola (Hansen) Jensen was born to Hans and Millie Hansen in Ruthton on September 12, 1914. Verona was baptized at Hope Lutheran Church in Ruthton. At the age of four, Verona started Sunday School at the Methodist Church where she was confirmed. Verona attended Ruthton Public School and graduated with her class (of 12) in 1932. During her teens and after graduation, Verona worked at the local grocery store.

On October 15, 1944, Verona married Clarence H. Jensen. Clarence and Verona owned and operated the Gamble store for 31 years. They raised two children, Curtis, born in 1949 and Phillip, born in 1952. Verona was a lifelong member of the Ruthton Methodist Church and was very active in the church’s Ladies Aid and Sewing Guild. Verona joined the Laurel Chapter of the Eastern Star in 1951 and was honored for 50 years of membership in January, 2002. During those 50 years, she served as Worthy Matron seven times. On any given day, you could find Verona baking something for the Ladies Aid or her card club, stocking shelves and waiting on customers at the store, or washing clothes and tending to her family. After 31 years of working at the Gamble store, Clarence and Verona retired. Verona kept busy baking and sewing for the church bazaar and Clarence sold real estate. Verona suffered a minor stroke but was able to stay active for several years. Clarence became ill in 1999 and both Clarence and Verona moved to Ashton Care facility in Pipestone. Verona moved to Carroll, Iowa in December of 2008 and resided at Sunnybrook Assisted Living until her health required her to move to the Regency Park nursing facility.

Verona is preceded in death by her husband Clarence, 1999; her father Hans, 1968; her mother Millie, 1975 and her brother Alvin, 1984. In mourning are Verona’s sons: Curtis of Carroll, Iowa and Phillip of Jacksonville, Fla. and grandson Ben Jensen of Minneapolis and many friends.

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Mass of Christian Burial for Amandus Thooft, 84, of Tyler will be Wednesday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church. Visitation continues Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be in St. Dionysius Cemetery.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler, Randall Hartquist, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Hartquist, and Christina Vasseur, Directors. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com

Amandus Henry Thooft was born January 14, 1925 to Ernest J. and Mary (Dobbelaere) Thooft on the family farm in Coon Creek Township, Lyon County, Minnesota, where he grew up until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946. He was baptized on February 22, 1925 at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. He attended country school through the eighth grade and later earned his GED. He enlisted in the Army on March 11, 1946 and served during World War II at the Sugamo Prison in Japan, being honorably discharged on April 28, 1947. Amandus married Leona Laleman on June 7, 1950 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Minneota. Their union was blessed with 15 children and 59 years of life together. They first lived on a farm north of Lynd, then moved to the family farm in the spring of 1955. When Amandus and Leona retired from farming in the 1990s, they moved to their present home in Tyler. He continued to sell Archer Oil products to keep up with his visits with his farming and NFO friends. He died at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the age of 84 years, seven months, and two days.

Amandus was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler, where he served as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Farmers Organization (NFO), and was a LaRouche Democrat. He enjoyed farming, fishing, selling Archer Oil products and talking with people.

Amandus is lovingly remembered by his wife, Leona; his fifteen children: Arthur (Jeannie) of Audubon, Iowa, James (Mary) of Lake Benton, Theresa (Bryon) Lee of Lafayette, Colo., Leonard (Janet) of Paxico, Kan., Joseph (Kathleen) of Ipswich, S.D., Ellen (Martin) Popowski of Ivanhoe, Louise (Robert) Soucie of St. Ann, ll., Charles (Catherine) of St. Paul, Maria Redmond of Arnold, Mo., Paul (Karen) of Marshall, Christopher (Lee) of Tyler, Philip (Michelle) of Bemidji, Matthew (Bernadette) of Lucan, Monica Thooft of Marshall and Benjamin of Fort Stewart, Ga.; 47 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Etienne "E.R." (Agnes) of Tyler, Raymond (Jean) of Lynd, and Ernest (Kate) of Tyler; four sisters: Emma Delanghe of Marshall, Marian (Leon) Van Den Broeke of Marshall, Mary (George) Lanoue of Milroy, and Jeannette (Vincent) Lanoue of Tracy and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Aime and infant Amandus, and sisters Louise Ruud and infant Theresa.

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Leon H. Krog, age 85 of Tyler passed away Friday, July 24, 2009 at Divine Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe. Memorial Services will be held at Diamond Lake Church, rural Lake Benton at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 21. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.tylerareafuneralhome.com.

Leon H. Krog was born February 26, 1924 at his parents’ home in Diamond Lake Township to Johan and Hanne (Thompsen) Krog. He was baptized and confirmed at Diamond Lake Church. He attended District #16 country school and the Morris Ag School. He entered the US Navy January 31, 1944, served in the Pacific Theatre on the USS Tabberer, a destroyer escort and was honorably discharged on May 22, 1946. He married Estelle Lee on February 10, 1945. Four sons were born to this union. He farmed until 1983. Leon was united in marriage to Doreen Olsen on October 28, 1983. They moved to Brookings where he worked at ABC Lumber, and in 1985 they moved to Lake Benton and lived on the shores of Lake Benton. Leon worked at Ramsdell’s and Tyler Lumber Company, retiring in 2005. He and Doreen then moved to Tyler. In September, 2008 Leon entered the Hendricks Hospital after suffering a stroke. In November he was transferred to the Ivanhoe nursing home, where he remained until his death. Through the years Leon served on the Lake Benton School Board, Lincoln County Soil and Conservation Board, the Lincoln County draft board, Lincoln County Coop Oil Board, Henry Sollie Post #10 and served as American Legion commander. He enjoyed birding, fishing, hunting, watching football, baseball and basketball.

Leon is survived by his wife Doreen of 25 years; children: Steve (Sharon) Krog, Kevin Krog, Marty (Pam) Krog, Monte (Lynn) Krog, Allen (Melanie) Olsen, and Trevor Krog; grandchildren: Kobe Krog, Jordan Olsen, Tor and Kiersten Krog, Zach Nordmeyer, Ike Krog, Kelly, Tess, Chase and Tara Krog; great-grandchild: Kenadi Weis; brother Howard (Bernice) Krog; mother-in-law Lorraine Olsen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lisa and Phil Myhrberg, Larry and Brenda Olsen, Leon and Ann Olsen, Carol and Marv Nissel and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Johan and Hanne, brothers: Norman and Arnold, one sister Margaret Ann, nephew Colin Krog and father-in-law Arnold Olsen..

Verona Jensen

Verona L. Jensen, age 94 of Carroll, Iowa, formerly of Ruthton, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2009 at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll, Iowa. Memorial services are pending with the Tyler Area Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at www.tylerareafuneralhome.com.

Verona Leola (Hansen) Jensen was born to Hans and Millie Hansen in Ruthton, September 12, 1914. Verona was baptized at Hope Lutheran Church in Ruthton. At the age of four years, Verona started Sunday School at the Methodist Church where she was confirmed. Verona attended Ruthton Public School and graduated with her class (of 12) in 1932. During her teens and after graduation, Verona worked at the local grocery store.

On October 15, 1944, Verona married Clarence H. Jensen. Clarence and Verona owned and operated the Gamble store for 31 years. They raised two children, Curtis, born in 1949 and Phillip, born in 1952. Verona was a lifelong member of the Ruthton Methodist church and was very active in the church’s Ladies Aid and Sewing Guild. Verona joined the Laurel Chapter of the Eastern Star in 1951 and was honored for 50 years of membership in January, 2002. During those 50 years, she served as Worthy Matron seven times. On any given day, you could find Verona baking something for the Ladies Aid or her card club, stocking shelves and waiting on customers at the store, or washing clothes and tending to her family. After 31 years of working the Gamble store, Clarence and Verona retired. Verona kept busy baking and sewing for the church bazaar and Clarence sold real estate. Verona suffered a minor stroke but was able to stay active for several years. Clarence became ill in 1999 and both Clarence and Verona moved to Ashton Care facility in Pipestone. Verona moved to Carroll, Iowa in December, 2008 and resided at the Sunnybrook Assisted Living residence until her health required her to move to the Regency Park nursing facility.

Verona is preceded in death by her husband Clarence in 1999; her father Hans in 1968; her mother Millie in 1975 and her brother Alvin in 1984. In mourning are Verona’s sons Curtis of Carroll, Iowa, Phillip of Jacksonville, Fla. and grandson Ben Jensen of Minneapolis and many friends.

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Michael "Spade" John Hansen, age 56 of Florence, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2009 at his home following complications of an illness. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29 at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences may be sent at www.tylerareafuneralhome.com. The Tyler Area Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Michael "Spade" John Hansen was born August 25, 1952 in Tyler. He was confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler, and graduated from Tyler High School in 1970. Following graduation, Michael worked for Bornhoft Concrete. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Minneapolis where he went to work for the DOT. During his career, he held several distinctive positions with the AFSCME labor union. Michael was a member of the North American Fishing Club, North American Hunting Club and Pheasants Forever. He loved fishing, golfing and hunting, especially pheasant hunting.

Michael is survived by his daughter, Mackenzie of New Hampton, Iowa; special friend Sue Barber of Florence; siblings: Patty Savig of Mankato, Lori (Paul) Kraus of Hannibal, Mo., Mark Hansen of Madison Lake; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Hansen; sister, Diane Zaske and stepdad Glen L. Hansen.

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Lake Benton….Funeral services for Dwayne Ramert, 78, of Lake Benton were Monday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Interment was in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton, Randall Hartquist, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Hartquist, and Christina Vasseur, Directors.

Dwayne H. Ramert was born to Fredrick and Lucille (Deuel) Ramert on July 11, 1931 in New England, N.D. At a young age, he moved with his parents to Worthington. He received his education in Fulda. After completing the eighth grade, he worked on his family farm in Ruthton. In 1964, he met Bette Cornelson-Lehmann in Pipestone, and in 1965, they were united in marriage. In August of 1967, after working for Rudy Holmberg as a farm hand, Dwayne and Bette moved to Le Mars, Iowa, where he worked for Wells' Dairy. In 1987, they moved to Craig, Iowa, and he continued working for Wells' Dairy until his retirement in 1993. In September of 1998, Dwayne and Bette moved to their lake home on Lake Benton. On April 1, 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer. He died at Tyler Health Care Center on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at the age of 78.

Dwayne was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting. He was an avid fisherman and vegetable gardener, and enjoyed rides on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. His family will miss his famous baked bread and chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Bette of Lake Benton; his sons, Gary Ramert and his wife Debi of Parker, Colo. and Ronnie Ramert of Lynd; his daughter, Kathy Ramert-Janssen and her husband Jim of Minneota; three step-daughters, Dyann Foster and her husband Brian of Deport, Texas, Renae Strand and her husband Julius of Le Mars, Iowa, and Donna Lehmann of Bloomington, Ind.; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren; his cat, Tabitha and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Lucille Ramert; his sister, Betty Wright; his twin brother, Dale Ramert and daughter-in-law, Nancy Ramert.

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Funeral services for Ralph Marti, 86, of Moorhead, formerly of Lake Benton, were 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Burial was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton, Randall Hartquist, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Hartquist, and Christina Vasseur, Directors. View a video tribute and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Ralph Benedict Marti was born on July 16, 1923 to Roy and Grace (Soderlind) Marti in Tyler. He was raised in Lake Benton and received his education there, graduating from Lake Benton High School in 1941. Following his education, Ralph entered the United States Army during WWII and spent time serving in Okinawa, Japan. Upon his honorable discharge returned home. At this time he began helping his sister Jean Carr and his brother Tom Marti operate the family hardware store in Lake Benton. To further the store’s service to the community, Ralph attended Dunwoody Technical Institute in Minneapolis and attained his Master Electrician's License. On one of his trips to visit an aunt living in the Twin Cities area, Ralph was introduced to Weltha Johnson. On June 27, 1956 the couple was united in marriage at the Climax Lutheran Church in Climax. Following their marriage the couple made their home in Lake Benton. Ralph continued the daily operations of the store until retiring in December of 1986. The couple then began their new life of wintering in Mesa, Ariz. and spending their summer months in Lake Benton and the Fargo/Moorhead area. They also enjoyed traveling and taking in the country everywhere from Alaska to New York to Texas and a few places in between. Most of their time was spent traveling town to town to be in attendance for their two grandchildren's athletic, music and theater events. In April, 2002, Weltha preceded Ralph in death. He continued his life spending time in both Arizona and Minnesota. In May, 2004, Ralph was united in marriage to an earlier Lake Benton High School classmate, Helena Stuart. The couple made their residence in Mesa, Ariz. Due to his health, Ralph returned to Moorhead in May, 2009 and became a resident of Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead. Helena preceded Ralph in death on July 5, 2009. On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, Ralph passed away peacefully at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead at the age of 86 years and five days.

Ralph was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton until recently in 2002 when he became a member of Our Savior's Lutheran in Moorhead. While living in Mesa Ralph was a member at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. He was member of the American Legion and VFW in Lake Benton. Throughout his childhood he enjoyed hunting and fishing. During his working days Ralph was very active in his community. He held a love for the game of golf and was a member of the Tyler Community Golf Club in Tyler and the Lake Benton Lions. Whether it be on the golf course or with a customer, Ralph always took to being very social to those around him. Most of all, Ralph loved being fortunate enough to be an active part of his grandchildren's lives.

He is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Maribeth and her husband Tom Plankers of Moorhead; two grandchildren, Blake Plankers and Izzy Plankers; a sister, Jean Carr of Lake Benton; a brother-in-law, Blake Humphrey of Fargo, N.D.; and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Weltha Marti, and second wife, Helena Stuart; a brother, Tom Marti and his wife Ada; a sister, Ruth Marti; a sister-in-law, LaVyna Humphrey; two brother-in-laws, Ray Truckenmiller and Lawrence Carr; and parents.

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Leon H. Krog, age 85 of Tyler passed away Friday, July 24, 2009 at Divine Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe. Memorial services will be held at a later date. The Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.tylerareafuneralhome.com.

Leon is survived by his wife of 25 years, Doreen; children: Steve (Sharon) Krog, Kevin Krog, Marty (Pam) Krog, Monte (Lynn) Krog, Allen (Melanie) Olsen and Trevor Krog; brother Howard (Bernice) Krog and many other relatives and friends.

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Roy "Pat" Krick, 85 of Lake Benton, formerly of Pipestone, passed away July 20, 2009 at Divine Providence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, Lake Benton at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. Burial will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery, Lake Benton.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. at the church on Saturday and will continue until the time of the service. The Tyler Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Electronic condolences may be sent via: www.tylerareafuneralhome.com

Roy "Pat" Edward Krick was born March 16, 1924 in Little Falls to Nicholas and Mae (Koch) Krick. He was baptized at Little Falls and confirmed at Pipestone. Pat graduated from Pipestone High School. He entered the United States Air Force on April 27, 1943 and served in the European Theatre as an aerial gunner during WW II. He completed 35 missions over France and Germany. Pat received the Air Medal, Four Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross and was honorably discharged on October 17, 1945.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Freiberg on June 6, 1946 in Lake Benton. This union was blessed with six children. Patricia passed away August 26, 1977. Pat married Donna Sorensen on June 30, 1979 at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. He was a member of the Pipestone VFW for a few years and the Lake Benton Henry Solie Post # 10 for 64 years. Pat was active in St. Genevieve Catholic Church and the Lake Benton Service Club. He worked and played at hog feeds and turkey shoots in Lake Benton and Pipestone. He loved to play cards, hunt, golf and fish and played for the Lake Benton town baseball team in his earlier years. Pat was a family man and loved his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Donna of 30 years; children: Karen (Larry) Mergener of Marine on St. Croix, Ken (Cathi) Krick of Inver Grove Heights, Mike (Karla) Krick of Marine on St. Croix, Tim (Dawn) Krick of Henderson, Nev., Diane (Bob) Low of Toronto, Canada, Jon (Leslie) Krick of New Castle, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers: Art (Lorraine) Krick of Omaha, Neb., Bill (Dorothy) Krick of Fairmont; sisters-in-law: LaVonne (Lloyd) Larson of Remer, Marlys (Rudy) Imhoff of Little Fork and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Patricia, daughter Margo, son Bryan Sorensen, two sisters and one brother.

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June 22, 1937 - July 7, 2009, Robert L. Davis, 72, died July 7, 2009 after battling cancer. Bob was born June 22, 1937 in Galesburg, Ill. to Harry and Susan (Wilkins) Davis. He was raised and educated in Galesburg, Ill. He married Avis Christensen February 10, 1957 in Texas. Their first child (Tyke) was born in Texas. He moved to Galesburg, Ill. where he had two more children (Kelly and Velvet.) He was a loving husband and father. He served in the United States Air Force in the 1950’s. In the 1960’s he worked at the Galesburg, Ill. roller skating rink where he spent a lot of time skating with the kids. He drove midget race cars at the speedway in Illinois. He loved working on cars. In the 1970’s he moved to Lake Benton. He worked for Almdahl’s Auto Body Shop in Pipestone. He loved spending time at the Pipestone National Monument with family and friends. He worked at Tyler Auto Body Shop in Tyler. He loved watching western movies, the Chicago Bears and Nascar. He also loved living on the farm in Lake Benton with his family, having cookouts, riding horses, snowmobiles and motorcycles. He will be missed. He married Donna Vinegar on August 29, 2003 after moving back to Galeburg, Ill. There he worked at the Weaver Yemn Body Shop.

Bob is survived by his two daughters Tyke (Jim) Knudson, Velvet (Bill) Buchenau of Brookings, S.D. One son, Kelly (Amy) Davis of Galesburg, Ill. Five grandchildren, Shaun Buchenau was the first grandson and was born on the same day as his grandpa. Bob (June 22) Dustin Buchenau, Jesse Buschenau, Tejay (Mark) Kuechenmeister, Nicole Knudson, all of Brookings, S.D. One brother John (Janeen) Davis of Knoxville, Ill. Two sisters Marge (Dale) Coon of Galesburg, Ill. Mary Sue (Jerry) Reeser of Peoria, Ill. Many great- and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Patricia Billman

LAKE CAMPBELL - Patricia Billman, 77, died at Brookview Manor on 8 July after an eight year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born to Merle and Estrid (Utoft) Lawrence on 26 July 1931 in Minneapolis. Pat, her mother, and brother, Keith, moved to Tyler, where she completed high school in 1949. After completing secretarial school in Mankato she accepted a position as a secretary in the Entomology-Zoology Department at South Dakota State College. She married David Billman in 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. While her husband was in Korea she lived in St Paul, where she worked for the St Paul Pioneer Press. In 1955 Pat and her husband moved to Brookings where David completed his master’s degree at SDSU. Pat was a loving wife and mother who made a wonderful home wherever David’s work took them. They lived in Yankton and Pierre, South Dakota; Logan, Utah, and, Omaha, Nebraska. After retirement, in 1987, they built their home on Lake Campbell. Pat is survived by her husband David of 57 years, three sons, Larry (Mary), Steven, and Charles and daughter, Debora Elmore; seven grandchildren, Cris (Brent), Cassy, Cayte, Charlie, Stephanie, Albert, and Sarah; and three great grandchildren Brady, Boyd, and Bryce; all of Omaha, Nebraska, and her brother Keith (Theresa) of Hollywood, Florida. Private family services will be held. www.skrochfc.com

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Funeral services for Ardis Fehrman, 71, of Lake Benton were Monday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. View video tribute and send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Ardis June Fehrman was born June 3, 1938 to Hubert and Metta (Nelsen) Johnson on a farm near Lake Benton. She was baptized and later confirmed at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, rural Lake Benton. She attended country school, District #4, and in 1956 graduated from West Central School of Agriculture in Morris. She moved to Minneapolis and worked at the University of Minnesota. On February 15, 1958 Ardis married Durwood "Bud" Fehrman at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with five children and 51 years of life together. The couple farmed in Ash Lake township before moving to a farm in Diamond Lake township, where they farmed until 1985, at which time they moved to Lake Benton. Ardis worked at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler, at Schwan’s in Marshall and did daycare for several years before retiring. On July 9 Ardis was taken by air ambulance to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she died on Friday, July 10, 2009 at the age of 71 years, 1 month, and 7 days.

Ardis was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She served as a 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed bowling in a couples’ league, playing cards, doing crossword and word search puzzles, and having coffee with friends and catching up on all the gossip. She always enjoyed visits from family, and especially her grandchildren.

Ardis is lovingly remember by her husband, Bud; her children, Paul Fehrman of Lake Benton, Lisa Hansen and her husband Loren of Redwood Falls, Jay Fehrman and his wife Ann of Arden Hills, and Jon Fehrman of Sioux Falls, S.D.; ten grandchildren: Sara, Amanda, Daniel and Christina Fehrman, Jenna, Tanner and Callie Hansen, and Louise, Kendra and Ethan Fehrman; a brother, Larry Johnson and his wife Janis of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Faye Rochel and her husband Gerry of Lake Benton; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Koopman of Ivanhoe and Ruth Johnson of Lino Lakes; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; son Vernon Fehrman; sister Bernita Larson; brothers Raymond Johnson and Gerald "Butch" Johnson; and daughter-in-law Lori Fehrman.

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Funeral services for Mark Sandberg, 48, of Lake Benton will be Thursday, July 16, 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, north of Lake Benton. Visitation is at the church on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with prayer service at 7, and continues on Thursday one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.

Mark died Saturday, July 11 at his rural Lake Benton Home.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton, Randall Hartquist, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Hartquist, and Christina Vasseur, Directors. View a video tribute and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Mark Elliot Sandberg was born May 20, 1961 to Donald Robert and Shirley Janelle (Petersen) Sandberg in Oceanside, California. He was baptized in December of 1961 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Mark attended Pipestone High School and later received his G.E.D. He also attended Hutchinson Vocational College in Hutchinson, and finished one semester at SDSU in Brookings, S.D.

Mark gave his heart to the Lord when he was 35 years old. His faith was an extremely personal thing to him, so he did not always share his faith outwardly to others, but rather by the way he carried himself with gentleness, patience, compassion, and other gifts of the spirit. He quietly drew on the strength from the Lord for the past 21 months since his diagnosis of a cancerous brain tumor. Mark’s name means "Warrior", and he certainly fought the fight of a warrior during the most important battle of his life. He ran the race, kept the faith, and won the battle, for he now walks with the Lord.

Mark had lived the past 13 years on a beautiful acreage just outside Lake Benton, which was his sanctuary. He and his parents and other family members spent many summers working side-by-side making improvements. Mark truly loved Lake Benton and its citizens. He told his family many times how wonderful and important the people of Lake Benton were to him.

Mark was a member of the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce. He had worked in construction, but his heart was in his Buffalo Ridge Workshop and Gardens, which he enjoyed doing up until a few months prior to his death. He enjoyed matting and crafting frames, woodworking, leather tooling, basket weaving, metal scrapping and gardening. Many times, Mark would bring out his leather tooling or basket weaving supplies and teach his nieces and nephews how to create their own leather band or basket. He also enjoyed antiquing, asparagus hunting and pie baking. In fact, Mark became known as the Pie Guy. Mark was also involved in starting the Lake Benton Farmer’s Market.

Mark is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Destiny (Lance) Ripka of Luverne; grandchildren, Justyce and Braydon Ripka of Luverne; parents Don and Shirley Sandberg of Lake Benton; very special friend, Rosie DeZeeuw of Lake Benton; sisters Pam (Barry) Nosbusch of Lakefield; Virginia (Conrad) De Kam of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Teresa (aka: Jo) Dimando of Vista, Calif.; six nieces, two nephews, four grandnieces, and one grandnephew; and his faithful canine companion, Buster. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, counsins, and friends.Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents and two aunts.

 

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Iver Oerter

A celebration of the life of Iver Oerter, Waupaca, Wis. was held at graveside at the Arco Cemetery on June 16. Jim Sorensen was the officiant. Twenty relatives and friends were in attendance. They were Cindy Oerter of Waupaca, Wis., Nathan and Sarah Oerter of Minneapolis, Robert Johnson of Burnsville, Diane Sorensen of Stockton, Cal., Gordon Hansen of Wells and Darwin Van Stelten of Clarkfield. From Tyler were Lucille Ohl, Hilda Hansen and Geneva Rasmussen and two daughters, Sonja and Ruth Ann, and Robert Holm attended. Norris Oerter of Hendricks, and Don and Delores Oerter of Arco also attended. Locally, Doug and Carolyn Venekamp and Ken and Clarice Nordmeyer joined the group. Coffee and conversation was at the Nordmeyer’s home immediately following the 11 a.m. committal service.

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Leona S. (Koehne) DeBoer…98 of Lake Benton passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.

Funeral services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, with interment in the Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church. The Tyler Area Funeral Home was handling the arrangements. E-mail condolences may be sent via: www.tylerareafuneralhome.com.

Leona S. (Koehne) DeBoer was born February 24, 1911 on the family farm in Fountain Prairie Township, Pipestone County, Minnesota to Henry and Emillie (Garmatz) Koehne. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and attended District #38 Country School. Leona was united in marriage to Hans DeBoer on November 4, 1937. They farmed in Drammen Township and following Hans’ death, Leona moved into Lake Benton in 1969. She later moved to the Valley Manor Apartments and entered the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler in November 2008. Leona was a charter member of senior dining in Lake Benton and the Busy Bees. She was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and a member of Dorcas Society. She enjoyed playing cards, word search puzzles, walking and playing bingo.

Leona is survived by her sister Caroline Thomssen of Lake Benton and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, two brothers: Ben and Heine, four sisters: Olga Rouge, Gustie Willert, Margaret Vick and Clara Petersen.

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Wilma L. Berg …78 of Tyler (formerly of Garvin) passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at her home in Tyler, surrounded by her daughters.

Memorial service will be held at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19. Private family interment will be held at Opdal Cemetery in Florence.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. The Tyler Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. E-mail condolences may be sent via: www.tylerareafuneralhome.com

Wilma Leota Berg was born July 1, 1930 on the family farm in Custer Township in Lyon County, Minnesota to Edmund and Bertha (Hatton) Wilking. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and graduated from Garvin Public School. Wilma was united in marriage to Bernhard Berg on January 20, 1948 at First Congregational Church in Garvin. They lived on the family farm five miles east of Tyler for 50 years, where Wilma helped Bernhard, working on the farm. Following retirement, they moved to Tyler in September 1999, where she resided since. Bernhard and Wilma had been married for over 50 years before Bernhard passed away on March 15, 2002. She was very active in her church at Opdah Lutheran Church in Florence and later First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, where she participated in Circle, Bible study, Ladies Aid and Do-Day. She enjoyed watching football, especially the Minnesota Vikings, spending time and going out to eat with her good friend Lucille Ohl. She also enjoyed dancing and was an avid reader.

Wilma is survived by her daughters: Jeanne (Jerry) DeVries of Plainfield, Ill. and Janice Serreyn of Wichita, Kan.; grandchildren: Todd, Corey, Justin and Lacy and Tammy, Jordan and Danielle; great-grandchildren: Amanda, Austin, Shaun and Chase, Zachary and Ty; brother: Lee (Roselyn) Wilking of Long Point, Ill. and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Bernhard and one brother Herman.

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LYND — Einer V. Jensen, age 95, of Lynd, formerly of Tyler, passed away at his residence on Thursday, June 4, 2009. Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 at the Hamilton Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Danebod Cemetery in Tyler. Condolences may be sent to www.hamiltonfh.com

Einer Viggo Jensen was born to Christ P. and Jacobine (Sorenson) Jensen in Hope Township, Lincoln County, Minnesota on September 15, 1913. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. He also attended school in Tyler.

On June 3, 1933, Einer was united in marriage to Elna C. James at the Danebod Lutheran parsonage. They lived in Tyler where Einer did carpentry work. On March 21, 1944, Einer entered the United States Navy. He was stationed at the San Diego base until he was honorably discharged on December 31, 1946. He returned to his family in Tyler and continued to do carpentry work. They moved to Marshall in 1956 and then to Lynd in 1959.

Einer passed away at his residence on Thursday, June 4. He had reached the age of 95 years, 8 months and 19 days.

He is survived by his three children: Vonnie (Jack) Doll of Las Vegas, Nev., Ronald (Carol) Jensen of Lynd and Wade (Gerri) Jensen of Lynd; eleven grandchildren: Kerry, Kris, Skip, Kym, Kurt, Kent, Chad and Jeremy Jensen, Shawna Christianson and Eric and Stacy DeMartelaere; ten great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Kaye Jensen of Culver City, Cal.; nieces and nephews; also many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elna in 1993; son, Dale; two infant sons, Leon and Gene; five brothers and four sisters.

Einer’s love of his life was his family and doing things with them and for them. Other enjoyments included, carving, camping, sightseeing, fishing (without a rod,) watching parades and doing Find-A-Word puzzles.

Blessed be Einer’s memory

Hamilton Funeral Home

532-2933

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Funeral services for Edward Habben, 86, of Russell were Monday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at Grace First Parish in Russell. Burial was in the Russell City Cemetery.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler provided the arrangements. View a video tribute and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Herman Edward Habben was born September 22, 1922 to Herman and Viola (Hall) Habben in Shelburne Township, Lyon County, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm east of the Burchard/Florence area, and graduated from Balaton High School in 1940. He was confirmed at United Methodist Church in Balaton. On June 29, 1944 Ed was united in marriage to Margaret Hulst at the Methodist Church in Balaton. Their union was blessed with eight children, and this June 29, 2009 would have been their 65th wedding anniversary. He worked on his family’s farm, attended sheet metal school in Nebraska, worked on WWII aircraft in New York, then came home and farmed in Lyon County and the Litchfield area in Meeker County. After farming, he did carpentry work for a while and then was foreman for a bridge construction crew for 19 years prior to retiring in 1991. He and Margaret made their home in Russell. On May 25, Ed entered Tyler Healthcare Center, where he died on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the age of 86 years, eight months, and six days.

Ed was a member of Grace First Parish in Russell. His retirement years were filled with wood working in his shop, gardening, handyman work, reading (especially Louis L’Amour westerns), playing cards, visiting children and grandchildren, and annual camping trips with family.

Ed is lovingly remembered by his wife, Margaret; seven children: Sandra (and Harold) Pherigo of St Cloud, Dale (and Donna) Habben of Colorado Springs, Colo., Grace (and Wayne) Thovson of Elk River, Alan (and Ellen) Habben of Paynesville, Luanne (and Brian) Folkerts of Rockville, Melanie (and Robert) Thooft of Tyler and Fay (and Douglas) Prairie of Balaton; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; son-in-law Steven Prairie of Balaton; three sisters, LaDonna Johnson of Dawson, Dorothy Mainous of South Carolina, Verna Mulder of Worthington and one brother, William (Billy) Habben of Tracy. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Prairie; a great-granddaughter, Amelia Jurkowski; and a brother, George Habben.

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Marlene McCoy, age 65 of Tracy passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009 at her home following a battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 4 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 4 p.m. CCW Rosary and a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. The Tracy Area Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.tracyareafuneralhome.com.

Marlene Jacqueline (Persoon) McCoy was born January 25, 1944 in Tyler, Minnesota to Peter and Zoe (DeWitte) Persoon. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Marlene attended grade school in Ruthton, and graduated from Pipestone High School. On June 7, 1962 Marlene was united in marriage to Edward L. McCoy at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Pipestone. Marlene worked for 22 years as the dietary supervisor and cook at Prairie View Healthcare Center, and two years as a cook at Boulder Estates. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Eucharistic Minister, and president of the CCW. Marlene loved vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, and working alongside her husband on the farm.

Marlene is survived by her husband Ed; daughter Lori (Wayne) Dagel of Ruthton; three grandchildren: Brent (Linzie) Dagel, Jared (Brenda) Dagel, and Nick Dagel; four great-grandchildren: Joseph and Isaac, Hannah and Tyler; brother Robert (Candy) Persoon of Canistota, S.D.; sister Rita McCarty of Baytown, Texas; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Mark.

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Funeral services for David Hohenstein, 47, of Lake Benton, Minnesota will be Thursday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Visitation continues on Thursday at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery of rural Verdi.

He died Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton is providing the arrangements. Full obituary and on-line registry at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

David Mark Hohenstein was born December 25, 1961 to Lloyd and Virginia (Pfeiffer) Hohenstein in Ripon, Wis. He was baptized by his father, Rev. Lloyd Hohenstein on January 1, 1962 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pickett, Wis. and later confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon, where he grew up. He graduated from Martin Luther Prep School in Prairie du Chien, Wis. in 1980. He continued his education at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato where he met Joan Seidel. The couple was later united in marriage at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wis. on March 24, 1984. Their union was blessed with two sons, Benjamin and Charles, and they had recently celebrated 25 years of marriage together. The couple resided in Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County, Wis. Dave worked for Lutheran Brotherhood and for the local hospital as a courier. They later moved to Lake Benton in 1996 where he owned and operated Hohenstein Lawn Service and worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural route carrier. On Saturday, May 30, 2009 Dave endured a heart attack while mowing. He was transported to the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. where he died on Monday, June 1, 2009 at the age of 47 years, five months, and six days.

Dave was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and active in the life of the congregation. He taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, served as an usher and on the church council, and was in St. John’s Men’s Club. In his community he served on the Verdi Township Board as clerk, on the Great Plains Lutheran High School Board, and was a member of VIP (Visions in Progress). Dave will be remembered for his priorities in life. He loved his Lord, enjoyed time spent with his family and staying connected to his siblings and their families over the phone. He enjoyed his work, mowing grass, and repairing and restoring cars.

Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joan of Lake Benton; sons, Benjamin Hohenstein and his wife Angela of Milwaukee, Wis., and Charles Hohenstein of Milwaukee, Wis.; parents, Lloyd and Virginia Hohenstein of Watertown, Wis.; siblings, Ann Kuehl and her husband Todd of Elkhorn, Wis., Jon Hohenstein of Hortonville, Wis., Becky Truell of Oshkosh, Wis., James Hohenstein and his wife Helen of Phippsburg, Colo., and Deb Kruse and her husband Steve of Whitewater, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, other family and his best friend, Conrad Schardin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.