Obituaries

Dr. Lyle Jay Hanson

Dr. Lyle Jay Hanson, farmer, cattleman, veterinarian, scientist, paleontologist, football player, Christian, singer, actor, school board civic servant, naturalist, Shell Lake woodsman, house painter, chair-caning master, cross-stitching grand-master, butterfly lepidopterist (grower, not collector), Ford Model A mechanic, gin rummy shark, apple pie connoisseur, and lover-of-all-things-Norwegian, died peacefully with his family by his side the morning of July 31, 2021 in Golden, Colo.
Born in Storden, to John and Oleva (Olson) Hanson in 1925, his 96th birthday was just around the corner on Aug. 26.
Jay graduated seventh in his class at Storden High School in 1943, proving his academic superiority over 4 other kids.
After this academic achievement, he was anxious to serve his country during World War II and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. After completing flight training in Texas, the Navy sent him to officer training at Mississippi College, then at the University of South Carolina, where he studied chemistry and math. The war ended before he was needed for combat, but he remained an officer in the Naval Reserves for the next 10 years.
He played football for the University of South Carolina as quarterback (in those days the “blocking back”) and outside linebacker. In 1946, he played in the first Gator Bowl.
Jay turned down an offer to try out for the Cleveland Rams (before the Rams moved to Los Angeles, St. Louis, then back to Los Angeles) because he was accepted at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 1948. Plus, there would never be money in football. After earning his DVM, he subsequently earned a PhD in veterinary and human pathology.
The young Dr. Hanson joined the Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Windom in 1957 and practiced large and small animal veterinary medicine.
He bought farmland during the early ’60s and began farming part-time while practicing full-time.
In 1970, he quit his practice to farm full-time. He built the largest fat cattle feedlot in the state at that time, feeding 4,000 head at full capacity.
He accurately read the agricultural economy winds of change and subsequently accepted a position as a scientist for Hoffman-LaRoche, moving his family to Freehold, N.J. He ran the Roche large animal health research farm in Colts Neck, N.J., while building a newer, more advanced research farm in Wrightstown, N.J.
After directing the research at the Roche farms for 12 years, he rose to the position of Advisory Staff Scientist and worked out of the Roche headquarters in Nutley, N.J. During this time, he traveled throughout the United States assisting with Phase III research studies and submitting their findings to the FDA in Washington, D.C.
Jay retired in 1987 and moved with his beloved wife, Alice (Allie) Clarissa Egan Hanson, to Canon City, Colo. He studied geology and paleontology through the University of Colorado, became a certified para paleontologist and volunteered as a dinosaur excavator for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
During one of his digs, he helped discover and extract the most complete, perfectly articulated stegosaurus in history. This find caused paleontologists to rearrange the articulation of many of the bones and plates on the reconstructed renderings of the species. The photograph above shows Jay covered in plaster while jacketing the underside of the specimen in the field in August 1992 (photo courtesy of Dinosaur Depot Museum).
We are smiling about his reunions with his wife, Allie; his daughter, Cindy; his brother, Doyle; his baby sister, Joyce; his parents, John and Oleva; and Maddy, the dino-dog, who thought Jay was the second coming of the Lord.
Those left in the living manifest are five children, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The surviving children are: Charlene Flatgard of Jackson, Miss.; Michael (Laural) Hanson of Alameda, Calif.; Clarissa (Thomas) Fasano of Windsor, Colo.; Janie (William Ernstrom) Hanson-Ernstrom of Golden, Colo.; and John (Adrienne) Hanson of Tampa, Fla. Jay’s grandchildren are: Spencer and Andrew Flatgard (from Charlene), Lee and Jay Henggeler (from Cindy), Alice and Clarissa Hanson (from Michael), Cassie Powell and Luke Fasano (from Clarissa), and Sophia, Celia and Jack Ernstrom (from Janie). Jay’s great-grandchildren are Andie Flatgard (from Spencer), Mary Spencer, Reagan, and Samuel Flatgard (from Andrew), Emma and Jacob Powell (from Cassie), and Camon Campos (from Lee).
Well done, you prince of Minnesota, you professor of the arts and sciences, you muse of the stage, you disciple of Christ, you officer of patriot sailors, you warrior of the gridiron, you loyal guardian of family and friends, you king of all creatures great and small. Very, very, very well done.


Curtis Feil

Curtis Feil age 62, of M. Lake died on Oct. 3, 2021, at Windom Area Health.
Service was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church-Mt. Lake, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at 3:30 p.m.
Visitation was Saturday at the church beginning at 1:30 p.m., until service time.
The clergy was Pastor David G. Fretham.
Interment was at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Curtis Robert “Curt” Feil was born on Nov. 5, 1958, in Mt. Lake to Robert and Marilyn (Ibeling) Feil. He attended Mt. Lake Public Schools, graduating in 1977, then attended Minnesota State University Mankato, graduating in 1982 with a degree in construction management while also continuing to work with his father and uncles at Feil Brothers’ Builders.
He returned to Mt. Lake to work as a boiler operator at Land O’Lakes and then as a die caster at Toro.
One spring afternoon, he met Brenda Dubbels, a new teacher in town, while he tended his garden in the backyard of his parents’ rental where she resided. They married on Aug. 13, 1983, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Northfield.
He was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Lake, serving as a Sunday School teacher and youth group leader.
He also served as a leader of the Loyal Lakers/Carson Climbers 4-H Club and was a member of the county 4-H board.
As an athlete, Curt enjoyed football and basketball, but his real success came as a runner. He had an outstanding running career in high school cross country and track, setting numerous records while competing on several state qualifying teams. Also, competing at the collegiate level at MSU, he was a member of a national qualifying cross country team.
Known for his quick-wit, keen sense of humor and being fashionably late, Curt found enjoyment in enthusiastically following his children’s sports careers (especially track), spending time with his beloved grandchildren, gardening, raising chickens, hunting, fishing, varied building projects that didn’t always get finished and, in recent years, watching Gunsmoke and other old Western shows.
He carried on the tradition of cooking, that ran in his family, specializing in his dad’s oven-baked chicken and his special chocolate chip cookies.
Curt passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, Oct. 3, 2021, at Windom Area Health.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Feil of Mt. Lake; his son, Reid (Haley) Feil of Jeffers; and daughter, Kaitlin Feil of St. Louis Park; grandchildren: Maverick, Kutler, Bridger, BrynLee, Bexley and Bellamie; his mother, Marilyn Feil; stepfather, Leroy Peterson; his siblings: Blake Feil of Mt. Lake and Alison (Dean) Christians of Bloomington; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, aunt, uncles and parents-in-law.


Kathryn Remtema

Kathryn Marie Remtema “Kathy,” 59, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Heartland Hospice House in Owatonna.
Kathy was born Nov. 6, 1961, in Rochester to George and Charlotte (Boelter) Sprague. She was a graduate of Windom Area High School in Windom.
After graduating, Kathy went to work as a para professional/vocational technical tutor for Rochester Public schools for 23 years.
Kathy married Allan Falk in 1983 and they had three children and later divorced.
Kathy then met her “soulmate” Paul Remtema and they were married May 27, 1995.
Kathy was the choir director at Community Presbyterian Church for many years before becoming a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.
She had a passion and appreciation for music and was an avid piano player. Kathy also loved acting in melodramas, flower gardening and playing rec volleyball on a couples league with her husband, Paul.
Kathy’s other passion and dedication in life was caring for her students with developmental disabilities. She was very intuitive and empathetic in her job.
She was a faithful woman of Christ but also possessed a humorous and sarcastic side. Her charismatic personality will be missed by all who knew her.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Paul; children: Krystal (Dustin) Lennie, Adam (Jessica) Falk, Apryl (John Tighe) Falk; step-daughters, Hannah (Alex) Pritchard, Megan (Chris) Miller; grandchildren: Athan, Jordan, Aubryn, Dean, AnnMarie, Rowan and one on the way. Kathy is also survived by her brother, Robert (Janet) Sprague; sister-in-law, Mary Brooks; mother-in-law, Rena Remtema; niece, Olivia Sprague; nephew, Jonathan Brooks and a host of other family and friends.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, George and Charlotte Sprague; and by her father-in-law, Gordon Remtema.
A memorial service to celebrate Kathy’s life will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. NW, Rochester with Rev. Glenn Monson officiating.
Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made in Kathy’s memory to Outward Bound, 910 Jackson St. Suite 140, Golden, CO 80401; or to MercuryOne.org, specifically The Nazarene Fund.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Remtema family.
To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com


Lee Schwartz

Lee Schwartz, 53, of Jeffers died Oct. 6, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
A Celebration of Life service was Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers with Pastor Jennifer Bennet officiating.
Burial was at Jeffers Cemetery in rural Jeffers.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Lee Michael Schwartz was born April 11, 1968, to Donald and Marjorie (Heffele) Schwartz at the Windom Hospital. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1989.
A man of faith, Lee was baptized and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. He always prayed for those listed in the church bulletin each Sunday.
Lee was employed through Cedar Valley Services in Owatonna for over 25 years, where he was part of the cleaning crew at Godfather’s Pizza. Most recently, he worked at the Cottonwood County DAC.
Lee enjoyed playing with his dogs, riding his bike and playing cards. He also was an avid sports fan and was a fan of all Minnesota sports teams.
Lee will be remembered as kindhearted and quick to make friends, and for his humor, charismatic personality, smile and hugs.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gus and Mavis Heffele, and Helmut and Ruth Schwartz.
Survivors include his parents, Donald and Marge Schwartz of Jeffers; two brothers, Dwight (Dawn) Roos of Owatonna and Tyson (Susan) Schwartz of Charlotte, N.C.; two grand-nieces and two-grand nephews.


Barbara Rodoni

Barbara A. Rodoni died Sept. 24, 2021. She was born to Ray and Mabel (Scurr) Sutherland on Aug. 3, 1938, in Windom. She graduated from Windom Public School, as did all six of her children. Shortly after graduation, Barbara married Jerome (Jerry) Johnson and they had four children. The marriage was later dissolved. Barb worked at Ampex Stereo Tape in Elk Grove Village, where she met David Rodoni, who had been transferred from the main office in Redwood City, Calif. They were married on May 18, 1971, and on Oct. 5, 1972, twins Jennifer and Suzanne blessed this union. Barb worked many different jobs over the years and retired from Cottonwood County Family Services after 14 years of service. Barb enjoyed spending time with her children and all things antiques — shopping, going to autions, selling her finds at the booth she and Dave had in Spirit Lake, Iowa, as well as at shows throughout the Upper Midwest. She was an animal lover and her little poodle, Wilbur (a.k.a. Wilbs, Wilberoni, Wilburs) was her constant companion. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Donald and Robert Sutherland; and her husband, David. She is survived by Jerome Johnson, Michael Johnson (twins), Brian (Michele) Johnson, Angela (Ed) Johnson, twins Jennifer Rodoni and Suzanne (Jason Herberg) Rodoni; sister, Joyce (Ronald) Voshage; many grandchildren, greatgrandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Windom with visitation one hour prior. Washburn-McReavy. com Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643


Jannath ‘Jan’ Dwight

Jannath “Jan” Dwight, age 81 of Plymouth went to be with the Lord on Sept. 26, 2021. Preceded in death by parents, Peter and Helen Rahn; brother, Dennis Rahn. Survived by loving husband of 60 years, Bob: daughters, Valerie (Paul) Dwight-Deal and Marcia Dwight; grandchildren, Avery and Brody Dwight- Deal; sister, Joann (Tom) Becker; brothers, Noel (Angelina) and Scott (Robin) Rahn; other family and many friends. Jan was a longtime teacher for Robbinsdale District 281. She grew up on a farm in Mt. Lake and was a hard working farmer’s daughter. She often told us how much fun they had on the farm growing up. Her hard work on the farm carried through on everything she did in life and which was a great influence on her daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed teaching elementary school and it was her passion for over 40 years. After retirement, her love for teaching and her students helped her to continue to substitute teach until three years ago — it was as if she never retired. She also enjoyed being at the cabin with her husband (Bob) watching the beautiful sunsets over the lake. She enjoyed her lunches with her teacher friends and co-workers — they meant the world to her for so many years. She loved watching all sports, mostly basketball, baseball and football. In the last few months of her life we watched the Bucks win the NBA title and many Twins games. But most of all, her passion was watching her grandchildren’s softball, baseball, soccer and basketball games. She looked so forward to seeing them play. Her humble and undying love for her devoted husband (Bob) and their wonderful life together for 60 years, daughters (Valerie and Marcia), grandchildren (Avery Mae and Brody Alan), friends and family members will not go unnoticed. Memorials preferred to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Interment Gethsemane cemetery. Service was Monday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church and also Sunday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m., at: www.Washburn-McReavy. com, Glen Haven Chapel; 763-533-8643; 5125 West Broadway, Crystal


Russell Fransen

Russell Fransen, age 97, formerly of Jackson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Colonial Manor in Lakefield. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the visitation and funeral service for Russell Fransen scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, are canceled. A Celebration of Life service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. Condolences may be sent to the family online at OFH.care. Russell Jarl Fransen was born on Feb. 28, 1924, to Carl and Hannah (Johnson) Fransen on a farm north of Jackson. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson. He attended District 1 country school where he graduated from the eighth grade. He then attended and graduated from Jackson High School in 1942. After graduation, he worked for his father on the farm. Russell met the love of his life, Merva Shover, at a local dance in Jackson. They were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 1945. To this union three daughters were born: Judy, Carol and Linda. In January of 2017, Russell and Merva moved into Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield. In July of 2019, he moved into Colonial Manor in Lakefield, where he passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at the age of 97 years, 7 months and 2 days. Russell was an active farmer raising chickens, pigs and cattle along with corn and soybeans. In the early years, he farmed with his brother, Leland, and later his son-inlaw and grandsons. He was active in Farm Bureau and enjoyed his life on the family farm. Russell was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran, where he served on the building committee for the new church built in 1979. He ushered regularly and was one of the potato peelers for the Annual Lutefisk Supper. Russell was known for his love of deer hunting and new cars, mostly Oldsmobile and Buicks. He loved dancing and playing a good game of cards with friends and family. In his retirement, he continued to help his grandsons farm after moving to town in 2005. He also enjoyed traveling and fishing at McArdle’s Resort on Lake Winnie. Russell is survived by his three daughters: Judy Kielty of Windom, Carol Neal (Jerry Hepp) of Jackson and Linda (Thomas) Sanders of Windom; six grandchildren: Karey Kielty (Mark) Daschner, Karlene Kielty Hunter, Katie Kielty Raverty, Bryon Neal, Paul (Rachelle) Neal and Lisa Neal (Corey) Will; three step grandchildren: Jacob (Megan) Sanders, Sara Sanders (Samar) Upadhyah and Joshua Sanders; 10 greatgrandchildren; six stepgreat- grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; sister, Delores Hauge; sister-in-law, Evelyn Fransen; many nieces and nephews. Russell is preceded in death by his wife, Merva; his parents, Carl and Hannah; his brothers: Quentin, Leland and Kenneth; his sister, Ardith Hansen; his brothers-in-law, LeRoy Hansen and Allen Hauge; his sister-in-law, Donna Fransen. Blessed be the memory of Russell Fransen.


Mary Hustad

Mary Ann Hustad, 83, of Maple Grove, formerly of Windom, died Oct. 1, 2021. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 155 County Road 24, in Medina. Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapels, Inc., is handling the funeral arrangements. Mary was a longtime employee of the Windom Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Adelia Rousseau; a son, Michael Hustad; and a daughter, Cheri Winters. Survivors include her daughter, Kim Phelps; four grandchildren; two great-granchildren; and brothers: Gerald Rousseau (Josephine), Laurence Rousseau and Donald Rousseau.


Harlan Olson

Harlan “Luke” Olson, 91, of Windom died Sept. 27, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. A graveside service with full military honors was Thursday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Harlan “Luke” Cyril Olson was born March 8, 1930, to Cyril and Gea (Brenne) Olson in Christiania Township of Jackson County. He was baptized and later confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Windom. After attending Windom Public Schools and graduating in 1948, Harlan enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1953 after serving his country for three years. Harlan spent his next years on the farm in Christiania Township. In 1959, Harlan married Eileen Shannon Mitcheom. They lived in Mankato, Shakopee and Burnsville before moving to Fountain Hills, Ariz., in 1986. They remained there until returning to Remick Ridge in Windom. Harlan worked as information director for the State of Minnesota Highway Department from 1959 until retiring in 1991. He was involved in the Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Eileen; and sisters: Lavonne Fett, Francis Fett and Shirley Overaas. Survivors include his children, Michael (Lisa) Mitcheom of Danville, Calif.; and Kathleen (Richard Coan) Mitcheom of Branford, Conn.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


Frederick McLevish

Frederick “Fred” McLevish, 73, of Bingham Lake died Sept. 2, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. A Celebration of Life will be held Oct. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Bingham Lake Community Center. Honorary pallbearers will be Wes Kroeker, Bob Ewert, Duane Sietsma, David Bastian, Jesse Snider, Vince Voelker and John Isebrand. Frederick “Fred” John McLevish was born Nov. 3, 1947, to Anthony and Marcella (Tessier) McLevish in St. Paul. He attended school in North St. Paul. Fred enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corp and served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. In 1970, Fred married Diane K. Thompson. They were blessed with two children, Daniel and Tamara, before the marriage was later dissolved. An athlete in earlier days, Fred passed on his skills to his children, teaching his son, Dan, how to pitch. Fred also enjoyed a game of catch. Fred was a mechanic and spent many hours working in his shop. A “Jack of all trades,” Fred could fix most anything. He enjoyed hunting with his dogs, fishing, playing cards and driving his Impala to breakfast. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony (Mac) McLevish; and grandson, Christopher Lloyd McLevish. Survivors include his mother, Marcella McLevish; son, Daniel (Julie Schlueter) McLevish; daughter, Tamara (Troy Weber) McLevish; three granddaughters; brothers, Bruce (Vivian) McLevish and Steve McLevish; and sisters: Marlene Howard, Gloria McLevish and Vickie Bystrzycki.


Sue Ellen Andino

Sue Ellen Andino, 74, of Windom died Sept. 29, 2021, at Windom Area Health in Windom. Visitation and time of gathering will be held today (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom. A public graveside service will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom with Andrew Underwood officiating. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements. Sue Ellen Monroe was born Oct. 28, 1946, to Donald and Dorthy (Laverty) Monroe in Blue Island, Ill. She grew up in Midlothian, Ill., and was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith. Sue Ellen attended Bremen High School and graduated in 1964. In 1972, Sue Ellen married Angel Luis Andino. They were blessed with four children: Angel Jr., Rebecca, Steven Angel and Kelly. They lived in Highwood, Ill., from 1972 to 1993, when she moved to Sioux Falls. She moved to Windom in 2005. Sue Ellen worked as a waitress much of her life, working at McDonald’s in Windom for 12 years. Sue Ellen enjoyed sports and animals. As an Illinois native, she was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears. She worked at Sertoma Bingo and, in her free time, enjoyed puzzles, playing bingo and listening to Elvis Presley music. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald George Monroe; mother-in-law, Maria Leonarda Andino; and a brother, James Donald Monroe. Survivors include her mother, Dorthy Monroe; children: Angel Andino Jr., Steven Angel (Kati) Andino and Kelly (Chad) Pearson, all of Sioux Falls, and Rebecca “Becki” Maras of Windom; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Lonny Vollan

Lonny Vollan, 48, of Windom died Sept. 23, 2021, at his home in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 2 p.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Windom Emergency Services Facility in Windom and continue Friday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Lonny Vollan was born Oct. 11, 1972, to Dennis and Deb Vollan in Windom, the oldest of three children. He attended school in Windom, where he played baseball, basketball and football before graduating from Windom Area High School in 1991.
In 1995, Lonny married Lisa Meyer and together they raised their family for 26 years in Windom. They were blessed with two daughters, Maitland and Kelsey.
After attending Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Granite Falls for fluid power, he worked at AGCO in Jackson from 1995 to 2000, then at Higley Ford as a master technician from 2000 to 2017. He worked at Fast Manufacturing from 2017 to 2019 before ending his career at Toro, where he had been a supervisor of assembly since 2020.
Lonny served the community as a volunteer firefighter with the Windom Fire Department for the past 16 years and had been the First Assistant Fire Chief the past three years.
He loved spending time with his “three girls” but also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and time on the lake. One of his favorite activities was spending weekends with his daughters on the lake, listening to ’80s rock music.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Vollan.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Lisa Vollan; daughters, Maitland Vollan Maras and husband, Daniel Maras; Kelsey Vollan and Devin Nielsen; mother, Deb Vollan; brother Scott Vollan and Katie Elmer of Windom; sister, Jodi Vollan and Ryan Sokolofsky of Bingham Lake; and father- and mother-in-law, Fred and Mary Meyer of Windom.


Darrell Glidden

Darrell “Pete” Glidden, 91, of Braham, formerly of Windom, died Sept. 20, 2021 at his home of 60 years, “Greenfield Farm.”
A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Julie Beck officiating.
The service will be livestreamed to the Braham Lutheran Church Facebook page.
Memorial visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Oct. 8, for one hour prior to the service, at the church in Braham.
Military honors will be provided by Braham VFW Post 1731.
Rock Ingebrand Funderal Home in Braham is handling the funeral arrangements.
Darrell “Pete” Glidden was born Dec. 7, 1929, to Joseph and Mearn Glidden in Windom. He was the second oldest of 14 children.
Pete graduated from Windom High School.
After high school, Pete worked as a quality inspector in a Colorado coal mine and for the Minnesota Highway Department.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served nine months in combat as a sergeant and tank commander in the Korean War.
After his military service, Pete completed a bachelor’s degree in English. He spent 28 years teaching school in the Braham area.
He also coached sports, but was especially involved in the school’s English department. He directed many high school plays, including as many students as possible in the productions.
He coached speech and served as a District speech judge before retiring from the Braham Area School District at age 57.
In addition to spending time at the farm, Pete enjoyed horse racing. He enjoyed going to the track, whether county fair horse races or attending races at the big tracks. Pete researched horse bloodlines and had an eye for the “right” horse. He shared his passion for horses and the farm with his children.
He was preceded in death by his brothers: Donald, Jack, Marion and Milton; sisters: Janice, Joan and Linda; grandson, Toivo; and great-grandson, Isaac.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Carol; children: Vincent (Daryln), Kris Metzger, Darrell Joe (Gwen), Scott (Julie), Kathryn, Beth (Jim) Finnerty, Peter (Shelli) and Sarah (Shannon) Foote; stepchildren: Carla (Scott) Lee Eichenwald, Erika Lee and Randy Lee; 16 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brothers: Jim (Kathleen), Steve (Sharon) and Eugene (Barb); and sisters: Mary Smith, Judy (Arlys) Lamaack and Betty (Sam) Burton.


Ronald Lammers

Ronald “Curly” Lammers, 86, of Windom died Sept. 20, 2021, at Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 5 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 206 of Windom, outside the funeral home following the service.
Burial will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.


Brittany Lamote

A Mass of Christian Burial for Brittany Lamote, age 34 of Windom, was 10:30 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 20, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating. Burial followed the lunch at the church at the St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. Visitation was from 3 to 6 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and on Monday, Sept. 20, for one hour prior to the service at the church in Windom. The service was livestreamed on the Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church Website. Brittany passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Fargo, N.D. Condolences and memories of Brittany can be sent online to: www. lacannefuneralhome.com. Our shining star flickered for a moment on Sunday before shooting toward the Heavens to light up our skies for eternity. Brittany Rose Lamote was born June 10, 1987, in Windom to Francis and Michele (Thooft) Lamote. Brittany was born with a heart defect and while visiting family on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, she suddenly left us for her new life in Heaven. Brittany was baptized and confirmed and a current member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom. She attended and graduated from the Windom Public Schools and attended SMSU for one year and completed her Associate Degree at Minnesota West Technical College in Jackson. She worked as a substitute paraprofessional at Windom Public Schools and prior to that as an activities assistant at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lakefield. During COVID, when she was unable to work at the school, she so graciously took care of her grandmother, Bonnie, in Tyler. Brittany has met challenge after challenge since the day she was born and wrote in her journal that the song that best describes her life is “I’m a Survivor” by Reba McIntyre (her favorite musician). What made her a favorite with so many is that she did this all while generously sharing the best smile and her signature laugh everywhere she went. So many friends and family have commented that she was just too good for this world and that’s why God wanted her back. She brought joy and light wherever she went. Brittany was a fierce lover of family. She lived one family event/ party to the next. Her biggest joy was spending time with family. She enjoyed girls nights out with her sisters that usually included a lot of dancing (she could shimmy like no other), game nights in, playing dice or cards, watching John Wayne or Western movies with her dad, going to country music concerts with cousins, aunts and uncles, playing rolle bolle (especially with her Lamote uncles), card-making and scrapbooking with her mom, bantering wittily with her uncles and brothers-inlaw and helping out with her young nieces and nephews. Brittany was a natural artist and had been creating and sharing her works for much of her life. Her greatest talent was as a musician. She was a singer-songwriter, completing four original songs in recent years and has notes of several others she was working on. Most recently she began drawing and making personalized greeting cards that she sent to extended family — it was a yearround commitment that shows what a generous heart she had. She spent countless hours creating that just-perfect visual and message for each family member. She is survived by her parents; four sisters: Kristi (Greg) Haanstad of Wauwatosa Wis.; Dawn Appel of Hawley; Shannon (Tony) Nimani of New Berlin, Wis.; and Melissa (Andy) Gordon of River Hills, Wis.; eight nieces and nephews: Brianna (Shane) Kack, Walker (Shelby) Haanstad, Tori Haanstad, Ari Nimani, Maddie Haanstad, Mavox Nimani, August Gordon and Harrison Gordon. With large families on both sides of the family, Brittany is also survived by 34 aunts and uncles, and 84 first cousins, plus many more family members including 192 great nieces and nephews. Brittany is preceded in death by grandparents Fritz and Bonnie Thooft and August and Elizabeth Lamote, one cousin and several aunts and uncles. To the girl who was always down to dance, play games, watch movies … the girl who took all the good photos and never missed a beat, our hearts are broken and we will cherish our time with you forever. Blessed be her memory.


Ruth Keith

Ruth Keith, age 96, formerly of Windom, died on Sept. 10, 2021, at Lake Minnetonka Shores, Spring Park. She was the wife of the late Gordon M. Keith of Windom. She was born in Fyresdal, Norway on March 25,1925, to Gurnie Wilhelmine and Toleiv Snartland. She graduated high school in Skien and received her nurses training in Olso. For many years she worked in the Windom Hospital as a registered nurse. Hobbies included: travel, baking, reading and hiking. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Windom. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon M. Keith; daughter, Tordis L. Peterson; and son, Bruce Eric Keith. She is survived by three triplet daughters: Barbara Keith Hartstein (Tony) of Eden Prairie; Marit Keith Wilkerson of Springfield, Mo.; and Janet McCormack-Gulden (Buddy) of Bardstown, Ky.; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Memorial service to be held at Lake Minnetonka Shores, 4515 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN 55384.


Brad Gertner

Brad Gertner, age 65 of Westbrook, passed away Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 at Sanford Sioux Falls Medical Center. Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation will be 8:30 to 10 a.m., Saturday, at the church. Burial is in Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Rose Hill Township. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice. com. Stephens Funeral Service- Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Bradley Vernon Gertner was born Aug. 19, 1956, in Windom to Vernon and Dolores (Ewy) Gertner. Most of his life, he lived on the family farm south of Westbrook. Growing up, Brad was very active in 4-H. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook and graduated from Westbrook High School in 1974. He then attended Jackson Vo-Tech for auto body/auto mechanics. On Dec. 8, 1979, Brad was united in marriage to Deb Hatten at First Lutheran Church in Hector. They were blessed with two sons, Corey and Kyle. Following the death of his dad in 1982, Brad and Deb purchased the home place and continued to farm. He raised a herd of Brown Swiss dairy cattle and later added some Jersey dairy cattle. Brad was active in Cottonwood County Dairy Association and DHIA board. Brad enjoyed going to threshing bees and bowling in both men’s and couple’s leagues. Brad is survived by his wife, Deb; sons, Corey of Coleman, Wis., and Kyle of Westbrook; sisters: Colleen (Ray) Cenfield of Winona, Dineen (Todd) Fischer of Florence, Colo., Deanne (Warren) Wheeler of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; brothers: Bruce of Westbrook and Doug (Lisa) of North Branch; aunts: Judy (Ron) Schreier of Currie, Sharon Gerhard of Mesa, Ariz., Delores Ewy of Westbrook; nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dolores; sister, Collette Schwanbeck; parents-in-law, Doris and Fred Hatten; brother-inlaw, Grant Hatten; aunts, uncles, grandparents and his faithful friend, Snookie.


Berniece Slupe

Berniece Slupe Berniece Slupe, 88-year-old resident of Brainerd, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Halvorson- Taylor Life Events Center in Brainerd with Rev. Luke Nelson officiating. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., on Wednesday at the Halvorson- Taylor Life Events Center in Brainerd. Caring for Berniece and her family is the Halvorson- Taylor Funeral Home in Brainerd. The family of Berniece requests that all visitors and attendees of the funeral wear a mask and practice social distancing. Berniece was born on July 21, 1933, in Scotland, S.D., to the late Richard and Magdalena (Zeeb) Bohlmann. She grew up on the family farm and attended Country School near Lesterville, S.D. Berniece was united in marriage to LeRoy Slupe on June 24, 1955, in Martinus Lutheran Church in Utica, S.D. The couple resided in Brookings, S.D., while LeRoy completed his degree at SDSU and later moved to Windom for 28 years while he was employed at Kimberly-Clark. They later transferred to Grand Forks, N.D., until 1989 when they retired and became full-time residents on Round Lake in the Brainerd Lakes area. Berniece was an avid reader and was also a very active member of the churches she attended. She lived to volunteer and took great joy in the many volunteering organizations she was a part of, especially the Brainerd Senior Center and Park Methodist Church in Brainerd. Berniece was a unique and special lady to many families and friends. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Berniece is survived by children: Pam (Tom) Jacobson of Lino Lakes, Mark Slupe of Brainerd, Susan Slupe of Bemidji and Cynthia (Dave) Hullett of Becker; siblings: Lucille Musil of Mission Hill, S.D., and Janice (Steve) Cahoy of Tabor, S.D.; grandchildren: Amanda Jacobson of St. Paul, Christopher (fiancé Jessica) Jacobson of Mapelton, N.D., and Eden (Dustin) Martin of Grand Junction, Colo.; greatgrandchildren, Jadyn Jacobson and Lincoln Martin; sisters-in-law: Janice Klein, Gloria Bohlmann, Donna Bohlmann, Delores Bohlmann and Marcene Bohlmann; and brother-in-law, Louie Ruman. She was preceded in death by husband, LeRoy Slupe; brothers: Elmer Bohlmann, Rudy Bohlmann, Leslie Bohlmann, Leo Bohlmann, Bobby Bohlmann, Melvin Bohlmann, Danny Bohlmann; and sister, Mildred Ruman. The family of Berniece requests that all visitors and attendees of the funeral wear a mask and practice social distancing.


Loretta Ann Jackson

Loretta Jackson passed away at her home on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the age of 77, surrounded by her children. A Celebration of Life funeral service was Friday at First Baptist Church in Windom with Pastor Gary Wiens officiating. Special music was provided by Joy Wright, organist. Special recorded music included “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran and “I’ll Fly Away.” Casket bearers were Taylor Rymerson, Tanner Rymerson, Ashley Jackson, Emily Jackson, Halle Jackson and Steph Kozlowski. Honorary casket bearers were Kinley Rymerson and Kemiela Rymerson. Ushers were Wayne Alink, Harlan Glenn and Virgil Schuerman. The service was livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page. Interment was at Lake-view Cemetery in Windom. LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom handled the funeral arrangements. Loretta Ann (Hicks) Jackson was born on March 27, 1944, to the late Delbert and Eulalia (Benz) Hicks in Hendricks. She grew up in White, S.D., where she was baptized in the First Baptist Church. She attended country school in the rural White area and graduated from White High School in 1962. On June 22, 1963, Loretta married Donald Basil Jackson. After marriage Loretta and Don moved to Windom, with a brief move to Jackson, before settling back in Windom. The couple was married for 57 years, when Don passed away on Nov. 21, 2020. The marriage was blessed with three children: Michael, Lori, and Lance. Loretta dedicated her life to her Lord and to her family as a homemaker, caring for her husband and children and supporting them in their numerous activities, which continued on to her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Loretta also owned a home interior business for more than 20 years, hanging wallpaper, making, and sewing drapes. Later in life, Loretta worked at Winfair Elementary School in food service, worked seasonally at Minntex Fruit and Hammer’s Furniture. Loretta was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Windom. She had a Servants Heart, and took on leadership roles in the Christian Women’s Club and Bible Studies. She served as a Deaconess, Awana leader, church hostess, Sunday School and release time teacher. Loretta was recipient of the Mayor’s Medal of Honor/Good Neighbor Award. She was also active in Relay for Life, The Red Hatters and volunteered with hospice. And for a number of years she painted advertising signs on the wooden ballpark fence at Island Park. Loretta is survived by her children: Michael Jackson of Windom; Lori (Larry) Diedrich of Brookings, S.D.; and Lance (Chris) Jackson of Windom; six grandchildren: Taylor (Emily) Rymerson, Ashley Jackson, Stephanie (Aaron) Kozlowski, Tanner Rymerson, Emily Jackson, Halle Jackson; and two great-grandchildren, Kinley and Kamiela Rymerson; a twin brother, David (Verna) Hicks of White, S.D.; and sister, Phyllis Hemmer from Cambridge. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Jackson; brothers: Wayne, Orlin, Russell and Doyle Hicks; and sisters, Verona Miller and Lucille Peters. Blessed be the memory of Loretta Jackson.


Paul Crowell

Paul Crowell, 83, of Windom died Sept. 14, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. A Celebration of Life service was Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Pastor Kathy Brandt officiating. The funeral service was livestreamed on the First United Methodist Church Facebook page. Interment will be held at a later date. LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom handled the funeral arrangements. Paul Eugene Crowell was born Aug. 19, 1938, to Lincoln and Blanch (Messenbrink) Crowell in Windom. He was baptized at the Methodist church in New Ulm and confirmed in 1951 at the Methodist church in Windom. In 1956, Paul enlisted in the Army National Guard and served for six years. He did basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., then food service school at Fort Hood, Texas. He received advanced cook training with the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood. After a one-year delay, due to the Cuban Missile Crisis with Russia, he was honorably discharged in 1963. Paul earned the rank of Sergeant First Class E6 and was Company Section Chief in food service. Battalion staff appointed him to oversee two companies of cooks at Guard camps during summer training sessions. Paul and his cooks won battalion awards for performance at camps several times. He also received a sharpshooter medal with the 30 caliber M1 and Browning automatic rifles and 30 caliber carbine. In 1960, Paul married Donna Nickel at Red Rock Evangelical United Brethren Church in Germantown Township in rural Sanborn. They became parents of five children: Debra, Darla, Alan, Denise and Deanne. Paul and Donna lived on a farm in Dale Township of Cottonwood County in rural Windom and farmed until 1968 when they moved to a farm in Dale Township near Jeffers. Six years later, they bought the farm and remained good stewards of the land before retiring from farming in 2001. They retained Paul’s semi-trailer grain truck and began Paul Crowell Trucking. Through the years, Paul also operated a corn shelling business for several years, worked as a service station attendant and mechanic and worked in the grain feed and seed departments at the co-op elevator in Windom, as well as managing the feed mill department. In 2010, Paul entered fulltime retirement. Paul moved to Good Samaritan Society-Mt. Lake in 2020 and later that year to Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial in Windom. Over the years, Paul served on the Red Rock United Methodist Church Council and the advisory committee for South Central Electric Association. He also served as Dale Township clerk and supervisor and as a director for the Jeffers Coop Elevator and Southwest Grain Terminal. He enjoyed camping, his children’s sports and activities and McDonald’s fellowship in his retired years. He was preceded in death by a son, Alan in 2014; a brother, Leon Crowell; and a brother-in-law, Dale Nickel. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Donna Crowell of Jeffers; daughters: Debra (Dean) Schroeder, Darla (Todd) Deutchman and Denise Hansen, all of Windom; and Deanne (Steven) Cogdill of New Underwood, S.D.; eight grandchildren; 8 greatgrandchildren; a brother, Earl (Vonette) Crowell of Jeffers; sister, Etta (Gary) Mather of Eagan; and sisters- in-law, Julie Crowell of Windom and Susan Nickel of Mt. Lake.


Rickey Vondemkamp

Rickey L. Vondemkamp, age 76 of Apple Valley, formerly of Windom, passed away peacefully with his wife, Judith, and cousin, Trudy, at his side.
He proudly served his country in the army during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, four grandchildren, in-laws and numerous friends and relatives, including his daily cribbage group and Min Max scooter group.
Private visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 20, at the White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley, MN (952-432-2001).
Graveside honors and interment at 12:45 p.m., at Fort Snelling National Cemetery following service. Masks required.


Irene Hultquist

Irene Hultquist, 97, of Windom died Sept. 9, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service was held Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation and a time of gathering was held Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the church.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lacannefuneralhome.com.
Irene Ann (Carlson) Hultquist, age 97, of Windom, passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 9, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society Sogge Memorial, in Windom.
Irene Ann Hultquist was born on Aug. 18, 1924, on her parent’s farm, to the late Emil A. and Anna B. (Busch) Carlson, in rural Kinbrae. She spent her early years there, working on the farm and at the Seeger Store in Kinbrae. The family later moved to Tracy.
On April 25, 1943, Irene was baptized and confirmed at the Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy.
On April 27, 1943, Irene was united in marriage to C.J. Hultquist at the First Lutheran Church in Dundee. They made their home in Windom.
She worked at the Skateland Roller Dome and then Fingerhut, until her retirement on June 20, 1976. Irene was a wonderful cook and cookie baker, a fabulous seamstress and a master of crochet. Her dollies, tablecloths and angels will be enjoyed for years to come.
She loved decorating her home for every holiday; every room had some sort of decoration, most that she had made.
She loved a great cup of coffee with a cookie or two, as well as the colors of hot pink and leopard print.
Irene was a longtime, dedicated member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom where she was a Bible School teacher, Sunday School teacher (second grade was her favorite), Luther League advisor, social committee member, Ladies Circle and ALCW.
In her community, she was involved as a Cub Scout, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Linda (Dennis) Garms of Janesville; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Perala Hultquist of Pinedale, Wyo.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Clint Hultquist of Pinedale, Wyo., and his children, Brooke (Gabe) Commodore and Ashleigh Hultquist; Jennifer Hultquist (Eric) Griffin of Mullica Hill, N.J., and their children, Zachary and Makayla; Travis (Amy) Garms of Houston, Texas, and their children, Charlie and Henry; Nicole Garms (Scott) Pudwell of Pewaukee, Wis., and their children, Joshua and Ashley; one brother, William (Marilyn) Carlson of Tracy; and many nieces and nephews.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband, C.J. Hultquist on Nov. 28, 2001; son, Larry Edwin Hultquist on April 2, 2008; three brothers: Ernest, Ray and Herbert Carlson; and one sister, Della Dierks.
Blessed be the memory of Irene Ann Hultquist.


Marlis Engen

Marlis Engen, 81, of Lamberton died Sept. 6, 2021, at her home in rural Lamberton.
A Celebration of Life funeral service was Saturday at Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton with Pastor Michael Stangeland officiating.
The service was livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Burial was at Highwater Lutheran Church Cemetery.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Marlis LeAnn Mattison was born June 13, 1940, to Harry and Signe (Gustad) Mattison at her home in Cottonwood County. She was baptized and confirmed at Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton.
After attending District 38 county school for seven years, Marlis graduated from Lamberton High School in 1958. She attended Practical Nursing School in New Ulm and was certified as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
In 1959, Marlis married Roger Foss Engen at Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton. They were blessed with four children: Kent, Diane, Laurie and Michele. Marlis was a homemaker and caregiver.
She loved children and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Marlis lived in rural Lamberton most of her life, except for a short time during her childhood when she lived in Colorado Springs, Colo. She also accompanied Roger to Germany for a year while he served in the army.
A member at Highwater Lutheran Church, she was involved in Ladies Aid, sewing circle, kitchen band and Sunday School.
She enjoyed visiting and playing games with friends and family, square dancing, gardening, watching youth sports and traveling.
She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Amy Engen; and a brother, Wayne Mattison.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 62 years, Roger Engen; her children: Ken of Storden, Diane (Kevin) Determan of Jeffers, Laurie (Pete) Meidl of Prior Lake and Michele (David) Thordson of Lamberton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sandra Cutler of Maple Grove.


Vernon Kraetsch

Vernon Kraetsch, 93, of Windom died Sept. 11, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life visitation was held Tuesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.
A private family burial will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Vernon E. Kraetsch was born Jan. 21, 1928, to George and Emmy (Moeller) Kraetsch in Ellsworth. He was baptized in June 1928.
Vern spent his early years in Kanaranzi and attended school there before graduating from Magnolia High School in 1946.
In 1951, Vern enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until he was honorably discharged in 1954.
In 1957, Vern married Ardoth Jauert in Luverne. They lived in Luverne where Vern was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until retiring in 1988. They moved to Windom to be closer to family.
Vern enjoyed woodworking, making toys, furniture and other projects for family.
Recently, Vern became a resident of Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Kraetsch; and a sister, Lois Kelly.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ardoth Kraetsch of Windom; three children: Patricia “Trish” (Alan) Schulz of Windom; Michael “Mike” (Lisa) Kraetsch of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; and Carolyn (Neal) Townsend of Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Twila (Milt) Lauck of Sioux Falls and Floyd (Mary) Kraetsch of Luverne.


Daniel Jones

Daniel “Dan” Jones, 64, of Windom died Sept. 10, 2021, at his home in Windom after a diagnosis of ALS.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Pastor Mike McInnis officiating.
Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Daniel “Dan” Lee Jones was born July 12, 1957, to LeRoy and Sharon (Harries) Jones in Trimont. He was baptized in 1957, confirmed in 1964 and was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served as trustee for three years.
Dan graduated from Jackson High School in 1975, then farmed with his father for 25 years. He enjoyed working the ground and watching crops grow.
He also worked for the Heron Lake ethanol plant and Country Pride Coop for 10 years before retiring in March 2020.
In 1980, Dan married Theresa Thomas. They were blessed with two children, Kathryn and Kevin.
Dan was involved in the Windom community as a member of the Windom Lions, serving as Lions District Governor in 2017-18. He also was a board member of the Jackson County Soybean Growers and served on the Windom Area Sharing Center board of directors for 11 years. He also managed the local food shelf for two years.
In his free time, he enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and friends.
He will be remembered for his way of making every person he met feel important to him, greeting all with a smile and welcoming comment.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy; and brother-in-law, Darrel Fischer.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Theresa; children, Kathryn Jones of Apple Valley and Kevin (Leah) Jones of Alpha; two grandchildren; his mother, Sharon Jones; and sisters: Judy (Randy) Roth of Trimont, Janet Fischer of Lakefield and Monica (Steve Schrupp) Shelgren of Fairmont.


Alice Marsh

Alice Marsh, 90, of Westbrook, formerly of Jeffers died Aug. 30, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. A Celebration of Live service was Friday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m., at Jeffers United Methodist Church in Jeffers with Pastor Cathy Tetrick Hoffbeck officiating. Burial followed at Jeffers Cemetery in rural Jeffers. Visitation and a time of gathering was held Friday from 9 to 11 a.m., at the church in Jeffers. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Jeffers United Methodist Church in Jeffers. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lacannefuneralhome.com. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements. Alice Mae Marsh was born on May 14, 1931, in Waterford Township, Clay County, Iowa, to the late Johanna Anna and Theodore (Ringering) Dirksen. She received her education in Spencer, Iowa, graduating from Spencer High School. On Feb. 14, 1952, Alice was united in marriage to Raymond Marsh at the First Reformed Church in Everly, Iowa. After marriage, they made their home on the Marsh Family Farm in rural Jeffers where they were blessed with three children: Tim, Dennis and Karen. Through the many years on the farm, Alice helped around the farm along with raising their three children. She had many enjoyments in life which included, crocheting — making baby blankets for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sewing, square dancing all over the United States, camping, traveling in the fifth wheel, gardening, playing piano, wintering in Texas from 1997 to 2018 and, most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alice was a longtime, dedicated member of the United Methodist Church in Jeffers where she taught Sunday School, was active in her church circle and president of the UMW for many years. She also was a member of the Odegaard-Quade American Legion Auxiliary. In 2019, Ray and Alice moved to Peterson Estates in Westbrook and enjoyed their time there together. Recently, Alice’s health began to decline, and she was hospitalized at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, where she passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at the age of 90 years. Alice is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ray Marsh of Westbrook; three children: Tim (Linda) Marsh of Mt. Lake; Dennis (Kathy) Marsh of Storden; Karen (Rocky) Kolar of Westbrook; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Doris Dirksen of Spencer, Iowa; Ray Dirksen of Spencer, Iowa; and one nephew, Scott Jungers. Alice is preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Janice Marsh; and one sister, Helen Jungers.


Russell Horkey

Russell Horkey, 72, of Westbrook died Aug. 31, 2021, at Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center. A graveside service will be held Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., at Westbrook Cemetery. A reception of remembrance will be held Sept. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Russell’s home. Stephens Funeral Service-Westbrook Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements. Russell Edwin Horkey was born Jan. 1, 1949, to Elmer and Hattie (Kuehl) Horkey in Windom. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Russell attended Westbrook Public School until entering the work force. He enjoyed working as a farm hard, at Butterfield Fields and later The Toro Company in Windom. He also enjoyed the outdoors, especially during the summer when he fished, mowed the year, gardened and sat in the sun. He also enjoyed visiting and will be remembered for his chuckle. He was preceded in death by three sisters: Bernice Grunewald, Violet Grunewald and Joyce Voelker; and three brothers: Richard, Arland and Maynard Horkey. Survivors include his two brothers, Myron (Nancy) Horkey of Heron Lake and Larry Horkey of Westbrook; two sisters, Lois Huerkamp of Janesville and JoAnn Mead of Windom.


Loren Pankratz

Loren Pankratz, 73, of Larkspur, Col., formerly of Mt. Lake, died Sept. 1, 2021 in Larkspur after falling ill with COVID-19. Funeral services will be Friday, at 11 a.m., at Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with a luncheon to follow. Casket bearers will be Shelby Pankratz, Jeremy Pankratz, Robbe Uhrhammer, Robert Pankratz, Mark Pankratz and Roger Pabst. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling funeral arrangements. Loren Pankratz was born Feb. 16, 1948, in Mt. Lake, to Peter and Anna (Derksen) Pankratz. He grew up on the family farm outside of town with two brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1966 and from Worthington Junior College in 1968. Loren had two sons, Shelby and Jeremy, from his first marriage to Joan Rettke. In 1985, he married Leesa Klassen, with her son Robbe becoming his third son. Loren worked many years with his father and brothers as a maintenance man, troubleshooter and technical innovator on the family farm, which grew into the hog operation Con-Fed, Inc. Con-Fed and his automation handiwork was featured in several news articles, farming magazines and television segments. In 1986, Loren and his family moved to Colorado, where he became a financial planner and home builder until retiring to work as a van driver and maintenance man for an area medical transportation company. Loren enjoyed skiing, riding motorcycle, home improvement projects and keeping the road leading to his house in good shape with his own road grader. He also enjoyed fixing anything he could get his hands on and tinkering with things he felt could be improved. He also enjoyed discussing and debating political topics. Loren was a fan of science fiction, loved listening to music and never lost his admiration for farmers and John Deere equipment. He also regarded his move to Colorado as one of his great accomplishments, enjoying the scenic views, mountain air and changing seasons. Loren was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret and Laura, and his brother, Marlin. Survivors include his wife, Leesa, of Larkspur, Col.; sons Shelby Pankratz of Zeeland, Mich., Jeremy (Lee) of Fall City, Wash., and Robbe (Amy) Uhrhammer of Mount Holly, N.C.; three grandchildren; and brother, Robert.



Dorothy Fast

Dorothy Fast, 91, of Mt. Lake died Aug. 25, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-The Lodge in Mt. Lake.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Dan Strutz officiating.
Interment will be at Mt. Lake City Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements.
Dorothy Aganetha Fast was born March 13, 1930, to John B. and Aganetha (Wall) Fast in Mt. Lake. She attended country school District 62 through seventh grade and graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1947.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Mankato State College in 1953 and was an elementary teacher in Worthington (1953-55) and Windom (1955-67) schools, where she taught kindergarten and second grade.
In addition to teaching school, Dorothy enjoyed reading, music, genealogy, family history and traveling.
Her travels included a six-week trip to Europe in 1958, four weeks in International Voluntary Service remodeling homes in Middelburg, Walcheren Island, Netherlands and an MTS tour of Mexico and Central America. She also visited many World’s Fairs, including the Golden Gate Exposition in 1939, Brussels, Belgium in 1958, Seattle in 1962 and New York in 1965.
Multiple sclerosis resulted in sudden loss of eyesight in her right eye in 1965 and the left eye later became affected. However, through medical attention and prayer, much of her eyesight returned. It did cause her to retire early from teaching.
She was preceded in death by a twin brother, Harold in infancy; a brother, John T. Fast; and a sister, Ann Klassen.
Survivors include three nephews and seven nieces.


Eric Campbell

Eric Campbell, 31, of Windom, formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Aug. 21, 2021, at Windom Area Health.
A Celebration of Life service was Friday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Eric Scott Campbell was born July 18, 1990, to Donald Vincet Campbell and Samantha Chantelle Yvonne Campbell Moore in Baltimore, Md. He attended public schools in Baltimore before graduating from Patterson Senior High School.
Eric worked and lived in various places, including Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Iowa before settling in Windom.
In 2018, Eric was working at The Toro Company when he met Jennifer Eaton. They married in 2020 and were blessed with two children, Alex; and Blaine Morin. Although Alex wasn’t his biological child, he thought of him as his own and was in the process of legally adopting him.
Eric enjoyed teaching Alex everything he knew. Family was most important to Eric.
Eric enjoyed tattooing, fishing, gaming, spending time with family and playing football.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Samantha Chantelle Yvonne Campbell Moore.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer of Windom; two sons, Alex; and Blaine Morin of Windom; sisters: Ashley Hetterich (Jimmy Harris) and Kelley (Chris) Jones, all of Carroll, Iowa; and Brittney Campbell of Baltimore, Md.; brothers, Christopher (Stacia) Hetterich of Windom and Michael (Nia) Campbell of Baltimore, Md.; and father- and mother-in-law, Chad and Marla Morrow of Cushing, Iowa.


Betty Brown

Betty Brown, 94, of Windom died Aug. 27, 2021, at Windom Area Health.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with David Steinhorst officiating.
The service will be recorded and available for later viewing on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook and YouTube pages.
Visitation will be held Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday for one hour prior to services, at the funeral home in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Betty Jean Lindstrand was born Sept. 24, 1926, to Harvey and Elva Lindstrand at Kerkhoven. She was baptized in 1929.
Betty attended country schools at Svea, Brooten, Jackson and Alpha and attended Jackson High School for 1½ years before graduating from Willmar High School in 1944.
While living near Alpha, she met a neighbor, Everett Brown. They married in 1944 while Everett was home on furlough while serving in Italy and Africa with the U.S. Army.
After he was discharged in 1945, they moved to a farmhouse in Jackson County, then moved to a farm near Bergen in 1963, where they lived for 29 years. They were blessed with four children: Judith, David, Jeanne and Bonnie; and in 1964, became foster parents to Mary Jo, who lived with them for four years.
Betty and Everett moved to their own acreage in Bingham Lake in 1992 after Everett retired. When Everett entered the nursing home in 2008, Betty sold the acreage and moved to Windom Apartments. Everett died in 2012.
In addition to being a farm wife, mother and grandmother, Betty worked at the Cottonwood County Citizen as circulation manager for eight years, when her children were older.
In retirement, Everett and Betty cut down trees and sold the logs, collected scrap iron and grew a large garden, bringing the produce to the local Farmer’s Market.
Betty enjoyed family gatherings, as well as visits from her children and grandchildren.
A member of the Ladies Circle at United Methodist Church in Jackson, she also taught Sunday School there for eight years.
She also was a member of the neighborhood Birthday Club, a clothing leader in 4-H and in the Jackson County Extension Home Council.
A seamstress, Betty sewed wedding dresses for her all of her daughters, knitted sweaters for her family, crocheted doilies and hand-quilted quilts her daughters and granddaughters made. For several years, they all met for quilting craft weekends twice a year.
She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, Scrabble, crossword puzzles and reading, and will be remembered for her homemade bread and cookies.
In addition to her husband Everett, Betty was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sarah Brown; grandson-in-law, Kevin Beaver; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Clifton Nygaard, John, and David Brown, Robert and Fern Brown, Joel and Mavis Brown, Sylvester, and Roxanna Siats.
Survivors include her four children: Judith (Gerry) Berger of North Mankato; David Brown of Devils Lake, N.D.; Jeanne (Dick) Emery of Hayfield; and Bonnie (Bruce) Caldwell of Windom; foster daughter, Mary Jo (Michael) Genin of Draper, Utah; 11 grandchildren; two foster grandsons; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Nygaard of Hawick; and a brother, Harvey D. (Mary) Lindstrand of Kandiyohi.


Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis, 88, of Sanborn died Aug. 15, 2021, at her farm home.
A Celebration of Life service was Saturday at Audrey’s Farm in rural Sanborn.
Casket bearers were Gerald-Lee Dammann, Garth Dammann, Guy Dammann, Trenton Dammann, Samuel Dammann and Charles Dammann.
Interment was at Sanborn City Cemetery in Sanborn.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Audrey Mae Davis was born Oct. 13, 1932, to Hubert Lee and Viola Hattie (Hottman) Davis in Springfield. She was raised on the family farm in Section 10 of Germantown Township, where she lived all her life. Raised as a true “farm girl,” Audrey followed her father around the farm and named — and tamed — many of the farm animals. She learned at an early age that she would never want to leave the farm.
She attended Sanborn Public School and rode the first school bus in her second year of elementary school. She graduated from Sanborn High School in 1950, then attended Mankato Commercial College before returning to the farm and working at the Sanborn Bank.
Audrey raised three sons: Gerald-Lee, Garth and Guy. She worked at Sanborn Public School in the school office and with the Title I program for nearly 40 years.
In addition to working at the school, Audrey also tended the farm animals she helped raise with her sons. She took pride in livestock and always instilled in her sons and grandchildren to “make sure you feed your animals before you eat yourself.”
One of Audrey’s greatest accomplishments was writing and getting her memoir published with the help of friends.
She enjoyed pick-up rides to see cows and calves in the pasture and crops growing. She especially enjoyed spring when calves were born and her grandchildren would bring the calves on the porch to show her.
Survivors include her sons: Gerald-Lee Dammann of Jeffers, Garth Dammann and Guy (Marie) Dammann, all of Sanborn; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Leo John Wisdorf

Leo John Wisdorf, age 89 of Faribault, and formerly of Windom, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Leo was born March 14, 1932, on a farm one mile south of Fulda. He was the son of Margaret (Brady) and John J. Wisdorf. In 1938, he and his family moved to a farm 3½ miles northeast of Lime Creek. He attended Saint Gabriel’s School in Fulda from Kindergarten-grade 8. He then attended grades 9-12 at Fulda Public School, graduating in 1950. Leo served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. After discharge, he returned home and was employed with John Haumesser Construction until 1958. Leo married JoAnn Illg on Feb. 2, 1957, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Avoca. Born to this union were Alan, Faribault, and Lisa, of Northfield. In 1958, he and his family moved to a farm east of Avoca and went farming full-time until 1969. In March of 1969, Leo started working with Fairland Management Co., in Windom. He worked in farm management for 26 years, retiring March 1, 1995. He was also involved in real estate sales for a number of those years. Following his retirement, he did not lose his love of farming. He always enjoyed studying the fields and talking crops with his friends and nephew. Leo was baptized and confirmed at St Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fulda. Following his marriage, he became a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Avoca from 1958-1969. After moving to Windom, he was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He was active in his church, where he served as Eucharistic Minister. He joined the Knights of Columbus in Slayton in 1959 and was a member until his death. In May of 2018, Leo and his son, Alan, moved to Faribault. They lived in a senior coop called “Cardinal Pointe” and were happy to be closer to Lisa. While in Faribault, Leo was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church. Leo was a 4-H member for 11 years in Murray County. He was a charter member of Windom’s Lions Club, belonging for 18 years. He served several years as secretary and also as treasurer for the club. For 20-plus years, he was an active participant in the Minnesota Chapter of The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, serving a term as president. He also belonged to the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 206. He served 30 years on the board of directors for the Home for Creative Living, later known as Preferred Residential Lifestyles-HCL, Inc. Leo loved to golf. He was a member of the Windom Country Club from 1982 thru 2017. He scored two holesin- one, the second at age 80. He played on many courses, some close to home and others as far away as Alaska. Leo also loved to vacation with his family and friends at Lake Okoboji, Iowa, cruise down the Mississippi River with good friends, and travel across the U.S. with JoAnn. Leo could fix almost anything and had a garage and basement full of tools. He was also a master at assembling furniture and other items, including a number of grills for a dear friend. Leo was very generous and often helped others mow lawns and blow snow. He was a loving and supportive husband and father, and he will be dearly missed. Surviving are his son, Alan Wisdorf, Faribault; and daughter, Lisa Wisdorf, Northfield; two brothers, John Wisdorf of Oakdale and Eugene Wisdorf of Chaska; two sisters, Claire Wisdorf of St. Paul and Margaret (Tom) Gurucharri of Louisville, Ky.; sisters-in-law, Mary T. Wisdorf, Elaine Gaul and JoEllyn Ruppert; brotherin- law, Jim Pippett; and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; JoAnn’s parents; his parents and brothers: Robert and Jerry; sister, Jeanette Manning; brothers-in-law: John Manning, Delvin Gaul and Melvin Ruppert; and sister-in-law, Janice Pippett. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Aug. 16, at 10:30 a.m., at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault with Fr. Cory Rohlfing officiating. Interment was held at St. Gabriel Cemetery in Fulda on Monday at 3:45 p.m. Visitation was held at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home, 1725 Lyndale Ave. N., in Faribault, on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., and at the church on Monday for one hour prior to services. The family prefers that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, a local food shelf or the charity of your choice in Leo’s name. For online tributes and complete obituary visit www.ParkerKohlFH.com.


Terry John Cosgriff

Terry John Cosgriff, 66, of Anchorage, Alaska passed away on July 22, 2021.
Terry was born in Windom on April 19, 1955, to Bernard and Lorraine Cosgriff; and was raised in Bingham Lake. Terry graduated from Windom Area High School, served six years in the United States Navy and moved to Alaska with Colleen Ardis Krahn shortly after.
He married Colleen on April 10, 1982, in Windom and lived the remainder of his years with Colleen and his family in Anchorage, Alaska. Terry was always fond of his time as a youth growing up in small town Minnesota.
He loved spending time outdoors with others, frequently camping and fishing with his family or keeping up on sports.
He found joy in always helping his sons and other youth grow into men as he dedicated over 15 years being the Scoutmaster of the local Boy Scouts Troop 214.
He owned and operated Alaska Painting Service, serving both rural Alaska and urban locations for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen Ardis (Krahn) Cosgriff; three sons: Benjamin Vincent Cosgriff, Joseph Wesley Cosgriff and Lucas James Cosgriff; and five grandchildren: Darius Christian Cosgriff, Brynn Elena Schott, Devyn Anne Clark, Dean Wesley Cosgriff and Quinn Marx Cosgriff.
The memorial service for Terry will be at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O’Malley Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507, on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. Doors will open with a photo presentation beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Weblink for livestream of the memorial is available at https://stjohnanchorage.org/worship via YouTube.
Terry’s family requests those wishing to send flowers or other condolence items donate to Hospice of Anchorage or other charity that helps those in need.


Dean Flatebo

Dean “Turk” Flatebo, 86, of Windom died Aug. 7, 2021, at Windom Area Health after battling cancer.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
The service will be livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Military honors will follow the service outside the church.
Burial will be at Delafield Township Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitiation will be held today (Wednesday) from 5 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Thursday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Dean J. Flatebo was born July 26, 1935, to Ole and Agnes (Albertson) Flatebo in Mt. Lake, the fourth of four siblings.
As a child, Dean lived on a farm near Storden, where he attended grade school at the “Red-White-and-Blue” country schoolhouse. He graduated from Windom High School in 1953.
In 1955, Dean married Marilyn Fenske. They lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., for 12 years until eventually buying their farm in Christiana Township in Jackson County, where they lived for 32 years.
Dean worked for Santa Barbara County, Ag-Chem and Toro, in addition to farming after work.
He also served six years in the Army National Guard as an artillery man in Windom.
In retirement, Dean and Marilyn spent winters in Texas.
Dean enjoyed the farm and took his grandchildren fishing on the river. They also hunted pheasant and he will be remembered for always getting the first deer at “his spot.” He also will be remembered for his love of John Deere tractors and cars.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Rogers; and a twin brother, Dale Flatebo.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Marilyn Flatebo; children: Gene (Janet) Flatebo of Mission, Texas; Connie (Richard) Balling of Mercedes, Texas; Craig Flatebo of Lakefield and Dawn (Tom) Glidden of Bingham Lake; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Ziener of Willmar.


Carolyn (Johnson) Allen

Carolyn (Johnson) Allen, age 81, of Mankato, died on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.
Memorial service was at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at Hilltop United Methodist Church in Mankato.
Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, July 29, at the Mankato Mortuary and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The service was livestreamed and available at https://youtu.be/UHBcFVwRBeI.
Carolyn was born in Mt. Lake on Aug. 5, 1939 to Gerald and Dolores (Talbott) Johnson. She graduated from Jeffers High School where she was involved in many activities.
She met Louis W. Allen in 4-H and they were united in marriage on June 26, 1957, in Jeffers.
Carolyn was proud to be a stay-at-home mom and was known as the neighborhood Kool-Aid mom.
She was a professional seamstress, an artist and a lifelong crafter who loved to learn new skills.
Carolyn was a member of the Windom Mrs. Jaycees, Sleepy Eye Mrs. Jaycees, Sleepy Eye Newcomers and Hilltop United Methodist Church. She was also very active in Women of the Moose, earning Academy of Friendship, Star Recorder and College of Regents degrees while a member in Mankato. She was appointed Minnesota Deputy Grand Regent, Academy of Friendship Board and Dean, Grand Council and Grand Regent for International Women of the Moose.
Carolyn also loved spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Allen of Mankato; children: Robin Collins of Mankato, Rondi (Peter) Fischer of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Troy Allen of Champlin; grandchildren: Christopher Hauck, Anthony Hauck, Jesse Allen, Ashley Fischer and Laurel Fischer; sister, Rita (Rod) Dehmlow of Savage; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Hilltop United Methodist Church, Moose Charities or BENCHS


Dylan Busch

Dylan Busch, 32, of Littleton, Colo., died July 16, 2021, in Littleton.
A private family graveside service will be held on a later date at Storden Baptist Church.
LaCanne Family Funeral Home of Windom is handling funeral arrangements.
Dylan was born May 16, 1989, in Aurora, Colo., to Lisa Sorenson-Buckman and James Busch. He was baptized in the fall of 1999. He later attended school in Littleton, graduating from Denver Academy in 2007.
As a child, Dylan enjoyed family trips to Minnesota to visit his grandparents, John and Sherry Sorenson of Storden. He enjoyed minnow fishing, rabbit hunting and riding on the golf cart around the farm with his siblings and cousins.
Dylan loved nature as a child and continued into adulthood. As a college student, he discovered a love for reading and a talent for writing. He also had a passion for fishing and cooking fish, including northern, walleye and sushi. He also enjoyed fine food and travel. One of the highlights of his life was traveling to Europe with his mother.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Rachel Easton.
Survivors include his mother, Lisa Sorenson-Buckman and her husband, Jeff Buckman of Littleton, Colo., father James Busch of Bismarck, N.D.; siblings Maggie (Dave) Frediani, Morgen Busch and Cole Ward; step-sisters Katie and Annie Buckman; half-brothers Gannon and Gage Busch; and grandparents John and Sherry (CeeCee) Sorenson of Storden.


Joyce Zimmerman

Joyce Zimmerman, 87, of Windom, formerly of Lamberton, died July 28, 2021, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
A Celebration of Life will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) at the church, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is handling funeral arrangements.
Joyce Marie Miller was born Feb. 22, 1934, to Edger H. and Viola M. (Petersen) Miller at her Grandma Petersen’s home in Lamberton. She was confirmed at Sharon Lutheran Church in Lamberton and graduated from Lamberton High School in 1952, where she was the senior homecoming queen.
She took teachers training at Normal School in Lamberton before teaching grades K-6 at Sunny Hill District 3 country school in Highwater Township.
On June 13, 1954, Joyce married Clifford D. Zimmerman in Lamberton. They were married 55 years before he passed away Jan. 19, 2010. They raised four children: Debbie, Jill, Chris and Craig.
The most important things to Joyce were her family and God. Joyce enjoyed playing Pictionary and cards with family and friends, singing with the church choir and Sweet Adelines, playing scratch-offs and occasional trips to the casino. She also did paint-by-number sets, collected Garfield and Miss Piggy memorabilia and relaxed by reading to her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford; her parents; sisters Margie Loose and Delores Roiger; brothers-in-law Joe Roiger and August Rogotzke; daughter-in-law Katie Zimmerman and three infant babies.
Survivors include her children, Debbie (Jeff) Weber of Fairmont, Jill (Ellard) Holmbeck of Olive Branch, Miss., and Chris and Craig Zimmerman, both of Windom; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.


Marjorie Mattison

Marjorie Mattison, 80, of Lamberton died July 30, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.
Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton with Pastor Michael Stangeland officiating.
Interment will be at church cemetery in rural Lamberton.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton. Visitation continues Friday at the church for one hour prior to services.
Sturm Funeral Home of Lamberton is handling funeral arrangements.
Marjorie “Margie” Joy Nerem was born Nov. 2, 1940, to the late Kermit A. and Hanna R. (Nessen) Nerem, at her parents’ home in Highwater Township, Cottonwood County. She was baptized and confirmed at Highwater Lutheran Church, where she remained a lifelong member.
She attended country school and Storden High School before graduating from Jeffers High School in 1958.
On Feb. 1, 1959, Margie married Dennis Mattison at Highwater Lutheran Church. Dennis and Margie farmed in Highwater Township, where they raised their two children.
Margie taught Sunday School for many years and was involved in Circle and Ladies Aid.
She enjoyed being with family and going to the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed her flowers and spent many hours tending to them. She was an excellent seamstress from a young age, creating her own patterns and sewing clothes for her family and doll clothes for her daughter, granddaughters and great-granddaughters.
Margie also played piano, quilted, crocheted, did hardanger, tatted, cross-stitched and canned vegetables from their large garden. She enjoyed family pool parties and going for rides in the golf cart and she loved to create scrapbooks of family photos.
Margie is preceded in death by her parents and in-laws Minnerd and Leona Mattison.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years Dennis Mattison of Lamberton; daughter Denise (Al) Clarke of Lamberton; son Michael (Donna) Mattison of Winthrop; sister Kathy (Lee Mitchell) Bergmann of Blaine; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren.


Duane Dunkelberger

Duane Dunkelberger, 87, of Luverne, formerly of Jeffers, died July 25, 2021, at Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A Celebration of Life service was Friday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Merwin Dick officiating.
Full military honors were provided by American Legion Post 206 of Windom.
Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Duane Orville Dunkelberger was born Dec. 31, 1933, to Orville and Gertie (Roll) Dunkelberger in Mt. Lake. He grew up on a farm east of Jeffers and attended Jeffers Baptist Church.
After graduating from Jeffers High School in 1951, he farmed with his father.
In 1954, Duane married Verona Buller at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake, then lived in Windom.
In October 1954, Duane enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completing basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was stationed in Germany as a heavy vehicle driver and was tasked with fueling tanks. A year later, Verona moved to Germany to be with Duane for the next 10 months, during which time they traveled through Germany, Holland and France.
Duane was honorably discharged from the army in 1956 and returned to Minnesota to farm and begin their family. Over the years, they lived on several different farms in the Mt. Lake and Jeffers areas before purchasing their own farm near Jeffers where they lived for the next 54 years.
Duane retired in 1998 and helped his son, Brian, with farm work when possible.
In 2019, Duane moved into the Veteran’s Home in Luverne.
Duane enjoyed farming, tractors, motorcycles and airplanes. He also had his pilot license and co-owned an airplane with a friend. He regularly attended yearly Windom fly-ins at the airport and enjoyed talking with other airplane owners, while watching landings and take-offs.
He enjoyed camping and boating, taking many fishing trips to Canada with family and friends over the years. Duane and Verona took trips to Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Hawaii (25th anniversary), and visited their children in South Carolina, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.
As a longtime member of Immanuel Mennonite Church in Delft, Duane served in many different roles over the years. He also was a member of the Delft Elevator, Country Pride and Cenex boards, and Farmers Union.
In recent years, Duane and Verona attended Windom Evangelical Free Church.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis and Ronald Dunkelberger; sister, Ruth Ann Dunkelberger; sisters-in-law, Bev and Rhonda Dunkelberger; and brother-in-law, Larry Olsen.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Verona Dunkelberger; children: Larry (Rita) Dunkelberger of Fayetteville, Ark.; Brian (Jan) Dunkelberger of Eau Claire, Wis.; and Lori (Orlando) Nelson of Hartford, S.D.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Melvin Dunkelberger of Louisville, Ky.; and a sister, Dona Olsen of Windom.


Elizabeth Ann Harrington

Elizabeth Ann Harrington was born on July 15, 1927, at home, in Windom. She was the daughter of Lammert and Lucy (Fest) Langland. She was baptized at St. Francis Xavier church. She attended elementary, junior high and high school in Windom. Following graduation in 1945 she attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis until she was employed by Cottonwood County Agriculture, as a secretary in Windom. On Feb. 10, 1947, Elizabeth was united in marriage to Curtis Harrington. The ceremony took place at St. Francis Xavier in Windom. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Harrington lived in Holloway until the fall of 1948 at which time they moved to a farm in rural Comfrey. In the spring of 1953, they moved to a farm near Storden, where they lived and farmed until 1987. In 1987, they moved to a house on 19th Street in Windom. Elizabeth later resided at Mikkelsen Manor, Remick Ridge and most recently at the Fountains at Hosanna in Lakeville. Betty farmed with Curt, while raising their nine children, on the family farm near Storden. She began working outside of the home when her children were all in school in 1971. She worked as a receptionist/secretary at Peterson-Klassen dentistry and Cottonwood County Social Services in Windom until 1984, when she retired. Betty enjoyed many activities including volunteering at St. Francis Xavier Church where she was active in the guild, choir, teaching children, cantering and reading. She loved to sing and enjoyed theatre and musical events. Betty was active in Bible studies, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and a volunteer quilting group. She enjoyed baking, cooking, traveling, bird watching and gardening. Her flower gardens were admired by many and she won several awards at the local fair for her baking. Over the past 10 years Betty enjoyed independent and assisted living, with the support and numerous visits from her children and extended family. She recently moved to Lakeville to be closer to family. She resided there through her 94th birthday and transitioned into her Eternal Home on July 22, 2021. Besides her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her sister, Lorraine Hockel; brother, Robert Langland; husband, Curtis Harrington; son, Michael Harrington; daughters: Cathy Prins, Mary Thompson and Kristin Soderman; and three grandchildren, Josiah Harrington, Jennifer Prins and Jacob Soderman. She is survived by her children: Jeanette Harrington of Iowa City, Iowa; Stephen (Ann) Harrington of Duluth; Betsy Morse of Riceville; Karen (Bob) Owen of Forest Lake; and Teresa (Paul) Grothe of Lakeville; daughter-in-law, Darelyn Harrington of rural Storden; and sonsin- law, Malon Thompson and Terry Soderman of West Valley City, Utah. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 29, at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating. Burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Windom, with lunch to follow at the church. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 28, at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to the funeral Mass on Thursday, July 29, at the church. The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty will be broadcast on the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church website. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom. Condolences can be sent online to: www.lacannefuneralhome. com. Blessed be the memory of Elizabeth Ann Harrington.


Winton Schwartz

Winton James Schwartz was born in Windom on May 14, 1926, and passed away July 22, 2021 at the age of 95. He graduated from Windom High School in 1944 (being the only one to pass the Navy V-6 examination given in high school) and immediately reported for duty in the U.S. Navy on June 5, 1944. He was sent to radio technician school and served on the USS Appalachia & USS Bristol. After his discharge in 1946, he married Shirley E. Gould in Windom on Nov. 17, 1946. His career was mostly as an auto mechanic, where he worked at Nelson’s Garage and Stephens GM Town in Windom, finishing up his full-time work as a night maintenance worker at Caldwell Packing in Windom. Retired from full-time work in 1986, he worked part-time as a maintenance worker at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom for many years. Winton was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; parents, William and Ethel Schwartz (née Anderson); brother, Frederic; and infant daughter Karla. He is survived by sons, David Schwartz (Diane Olson) and Alan Schwartz (Beverly); and daughters Marie Schwartz (Sherri Weiss) and Janet Bowlin. Winton was also a grandfather to Terry Schwartz, Lindsey Anderson (née Schwartz), Jennifer Solt (née Olson) and Justin Olson; and great-grandfather to Hailey Schwartz, Jase Anderson, Bentley Anderson, Tylor Solt and Aden Solt. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, July 29, at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and interment will be Friday, July 30, at 9 a.m., at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom. If desired, please direct donations to your own favorite charity or to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or American Diabetes Association.


Donna Mae Appel

Donna Mae Appel, 93, of Aitkin died, July 19, 2021, at River’s Edge in Aitkin. Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Father David Forsman officiating. Burial will be at Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m., at Sorensen-Root- Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation continues Friday at the church for one hour prior to the service. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is handling the funeral arrangements. Donna Mae Long was born Sept. 28, 1927, to Forest Faye and Emma (Elness) Long in Jackson County. She grew up in Windom and graduated from Windom High School in 1946, where she was in band and orchestra, playing the bass fiddle. She also was involved in the Girl’s Athletic Club, 4-H and Girl Scouts. After graduating, she moved to Seattle, Wash., and attended Edison Vocational School for commercial sewing and secretarial studies. Donna moved back to Windom and in 1949, married Bernard Appel at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake. The couple lived on a farm near Heron Lake and were blessed with six children, later adding their nephew, Donald, to the fold. In 1959, Bernard and Donna moved their family and herd of cows to Glen Township in Aitkin. The couple fostered several children while in the Aitkin area. They farmed and Donna also worked outside the home cooking at the Glen Store and then for 17 years at Aitkin Public Schools. Donna was involved in the community as an adult 4-H leader, helping teach sewing, cooking and crafts until 2019. She also was a member of the Coffee Hour Homemakers that met monthly to make quilts for Ronald McDonald House. Donna was involved in St. James Catholic Church as a member of the prayer chain, the quilting group, ladies aid and served as a greeter. She was a member of Farm Bureau, Central Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association, Golden Age Club and Clear Lake Grange. She received the Aitkin County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award in 2000. Donna especially enjoyed sewing and baking. She made many quilts and pillows for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and recent graduates. She also made bread and caramel rolls and shared them with family. She entered her various creations in county fairs and the state Grange competitions. Donna enjoyed watching her grandchildren compete in sporting events and show livestock at various fairs and the Minnesota State Fair. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; brothers, Verlyn and Harlan Long; and sisters, Ruth Long and Phyllis (Arnie) Appel. Survivors include her sons: Donald (Sally) Appel, Michael (Cheri) Appel, Wayne (Kathy) Appel and John (Rose) Appel; daughters: Roxy (Orv) Wigton, Lenore (Bob) Jackson and Patty (Doug) Dahlke; 15 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Beverly Alley.


Arlene Cochran

Arlene (Stowe) Cochran, 81, of Valley, Neb., formerly of Windom, died July 17, 2021. Funeral services were Saturday at 11 a.m., at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn, Neb., with a private inurnment. The service was livestreamed at Arlene Resyne Cochran’s Webcast. Arlene Resyne Stowe was born Oct. 8, 1939, to Howard and Minnie (Kruse) Stowe on a farm in Jackson County. She was the youngest of her seven sisters and two brothers. She started school in Sioux Valley before her family moved to Rice. As a seventh-grader, her father started working construction and moved the family to Rapid City, S.D. Arlene and her sister, Nancy, did not do well in the big city, so they went back to Lakefield to go to school and lived with their sister, Tootie. She spent eighth grade in Casper, Wyo., and ninth and 10th grades in Piketon, Ohio. In Ohio, Arlene married Donnie Lawson, who was in construction. They lived in many different states and had five children before divorcing in 1974, at which time they were living in Windom. The children and Arlene lived on a farm before buying their home in town, where she enjoyed being close to her siblings, their families and friends. After being a stay-at-home mom, she worked as a nurse aide, a waitress, at the Toro plant, and also was a bean walker and a flag person. Arlene married David Whitaker while working at the truck stop. They were married for 1½ years, when David died in a truck accident. Arlene met John Cochran and blended their lives together. They bought a home in Valley, Neb. Arlene worked at Valhaven Nursing Home in activities and was there for over 24 years. She received her G.E.D. at Elkhorn and became the activities director. Arlene was active in getting Rogert Park completed and a fenced back patio for the residents of Valhaven. She was president of the Omaha Activities Assn. for two years and vice president for one year. After retiring from Valhaven, she worked for Reichmuth Funeral Homes and was the director for Care-A-Van. Arlene was a member of United Faith Church, served on the church board, taught Sunday School and Bible School, and she, John and the children participated with the fellowship committee for many years. Arlene was a chapter parent for FFA, helped with Brownies and volunteered at the library and with many school activities with her children and grandchildren whenever needed. She was on the Valley City Council for eight years. Arlene enjoyed reading, all kinds of music, knitting, crocheting, singing, camping and holidays. For several years she has had a special friend, Les Schaffer. They enjoyed spending time together. In addition to her relationship with the Lord, the most important people in her life were her family, family reunions for 40-plus years and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Rocky Lawson; stepson, Terry Lawson; grandson, Eddie Lawson; two brothers; seven sisters; and husbands: Donnie Lawson, David Whitaker and John Cochran. Arlene is survived by a son, Keith (Jane) Lawson of Valley, Neb.; daughters: Yvonne Lawson of Omaha, Neb.; Robin Hanson of Valley; daughter/grand, Tara (Jermey) Stand of Bronx, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; special friend, Les Schaffer of Windom; brother-in-law, John Paul Brewster of Piketon, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Loretta Stowe of Thief River Falls.


Yevonne Beverly Flatgard

Yevonne Beverly Flatgard, age 88 of Mankato, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral services were Saturday, July 17, at noon at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato with Pastor Kristin Engstrom officiating. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation was on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the hour of services at Woodland Hills Chapel. Yevonne Beverly was born on April 24, 1933, to Vernon and Ruby (Krogstad) Prafke in Coleman, S.D. She graduated from Windom High School in 1951 and furthered her education at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar to become an LPN. On Aug. 23, 1952, she married the love of her life, Stanley Devon Flatgard in Bergen. They then raised their family in Mankato. For many years she was employed at Good Samaritan in Gaylord, Svethoid Home in Excelsior and Thro Company in Mankato. Yevonne enjoyed knitting, quilting and volunteering at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato where she was also a longtime member. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters: Darcy (Steven) Larvick of Lake Crystal; Heather (Steven) Richtsmeier of Tewksbury, Mass.; and Kirsten Isaksson of New Ulm; seven grandchildren: Tara (David) Marshall, Kelly (Mark) Moser, Cody (Marisarah) Larvick, Seth (Jennifer) Richtsmeier, Berit (fiancé, Benjamin) Richsmeier, Courtney Isaksson, Eden Isaksson; six great-grandchildren: Vincent, Vayda, Wyatt, Lily, Mason, Asher; sisters- in-law, June and Jim Borseth, Brenda Flatgard; by many, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Stanley on May 21, 1996; brother, Richard Prafke; special aunt Gustie and uncle Wila Potter; father and motherin- law, Oscar and Malinda Flatgard.


Earl D Larson

Earl D. Larson, 94, of Willmar, died Monday, July 12, 2021, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. His funeral was 3 p.m., Saturday, July 17, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar with visitation at 1:30 p.m. Interment was in Clover Leaf Memorial Park in Willmar. Arrangements were with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, www.hafh. org. Earl was born May 20, 1927, at home, near Donnelly, the son of Peter and Clara (Holland) Larson. At the age of 7, their family moved to a farm north of Willmar in Dovre Township and he attended District 62 for his schooling. After high school, Earl farmed with his father as his older brother, Howard, enlisted in the U.S. Army. Later, Earl purchased the farm and operated it together for many years with his son, Kim. This family farm is today owned and operated by Kim’s son, Joshua, as a fifth generation on the Larson’s designated “Century” farm. On June 5, 1948, he was united in marriage to Marian Rambow at United Methodist Church in Raymond. This union was blessed with three children: Kim, Joan and Rahn. Earl and Marian continued to farm north of Willmar. Earl always believed in serving his community and giving back. He served as Kandiyohi County Commissioner from 1971-1994; Six East Regional Development Commission for many years (including three years as chairman); Association of Minnesota Counties, where he served as their state president in 1984; School District 790; Kandiyohi County National Farmers Organization; and Eagle Lake Sewer District Commission. He was baptized on May 27, 1927, and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church on May 24, 1942. His community involvement was exceptional, but his love for his church was more important. He was an usher for many years, served on the church council and served as Chairman of Board of Trustees. Earl was well grounded in his faith. His church meant the world to him. Earl was blessed with many interests and hobbies of which he enjoyed. He loved sports, playing softball, baseball, bowling, fishing, boating and golf. Earl played for several softball and baseball teams over the years including: American Legion, Calvary Lutheran Church, Priam Elevator and the Spicer and Norway Lake town baseball teams. He had the privilege of catching a no-hitter from Tim Ray, and even made the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He was passionate about fishing and always cherished the trips to northern Minnesota with family and friends, even if Marian out-fished him! He also enjoyed a good hunt, especially deer, duck and pheasant. Earl and Marian were able to travel extensively over the years as well, spending over 20 years in Texas during the winter and making two trips to Norway. He was a Norwegian, through and through, often quoting Norwegian phrases. However, more than anything, his family always brought a smile to his face and the time he spent with them will always be special. His genuine and authentic concern for others, compassion, friendliness and empathetic traits, will be remembered by many. He also was able to bring laughter to many with his wittiness and prankster abilities. Surviving are his wife, Marian; children: Kim (and Debbie) Larson of Willmar; Joan (and Dean) Hanson of New London; Rahn (and Paula) Larson of Windom; nine grandchildren: Addi, Joshua, Zachary, Kalie, Kaci, Kameron, Caleb, Timothy and Andrew; six greatgrandchildren: Henry, Soren, Finley, Bennett, Audrey and Evelyn. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alice Sandbo and Ann Quigley; and brother, Howard.


Melvin Wojahn

Melvin Wojahn, 91, of Windom died July 14, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. A Celebration of Life funeral service was held Tuesday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom. Visitation was Monday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continued Tuesday at the church for one hour prior to the service. The funeral service was livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church and LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook pages. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements. Condolences and memories of Melvin may be sent online at www. lacannefuneralhome.com. Melvin Wojahn was born on his family farm east of Comfrey on Jan. 21, 1930. He was the third of eight children born to Julius and Anna (Kleinow) Wojahn. The family moved to the Windom farm on Highway 71 in 1931. Melvin was baptized at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior and graduated from Windom Schools in 1948. After graduation, he spent time in Washington and Oregon and contemplated staying to work in the lumber camps but was eventually drawn back to a life in Windom. He married the love of his life, Romelle Schneider, on Sept. 28, 1952. They moved to a farm north of Windom, just a few miles away from his family farm, and were married for almost 68 years. They joined the American Lutheran Church and remained active members. Melvin spent several of his early farming years working for the local veterinarian, particularly working with cattle in the vaccination programs, and he became known as a trusted and reliable hand. He also started a custom baling and silo filling service which he ran into the 1970s. During the latter part of the summer, it was not uncommon to find him baling flax in the morning, alfalfa in the middle of the day and straw in the evening. Melvin was an active member of the Windom area community. He served in several leadership roles, including the Windom Co-op Elevator Board of Directors, the Land O’ Lakes Board of Directors, Cottonwood County Fair Association and he was instrumental in forming and chairing the Southwest Minnesota Agri-Fuels Cooperative, later guiding construction of the ethanol plant known today as POET Bingham Lake. He was an organizer of the first Windom Ag Day celebration, which is now the Windom Chamber’s Farm and Home Show. Music was always a part of Melvin’s life; family remembers him singing with the men in the living room to entertain the women as they prepared the meals. He was a charter member of the Windom Area Chordhustlers and sang in the ALC Men’s Chorus. Melvin and Romelle were active members of Sons of Norway, Ski for Light and Friends of Foreign Students, hosting several students from other countries. Melvin and Romelle loved to travel whenever they could. Seeing family was first on their travel list, but they were known for making friends and good conversation wherever they stopped. Melvin farmed with his son for many years, raising both livestock and crops. Later in life, he focused on crop farming, collecting toy tractors and rebuilding old family tractors and classic cars. His descendants enjoyed taking rides in his lovingly restored 1964 Sunbeam and his 1929 Ford Model A. More recently, winters in Texas proved to be a welcome respite from the winter cold where he enjoyed reading in the sunshine, tinkering, going for walks, and singing with a local barbershop group. Melvin and Romelle moved to Ecumen Meadows in Worthington in 2019, where they enjoyed new friendships, excellent meals and care from the attentive staff. He passed away on July 14, 2021, surrounded by friends and family at the Sogge Home in Windom. Melvin was preceded in death by his father, Julius, and mother, Anna, two sisters and three brothers, three brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law. Surviving him are his wife, Romelle; son Michael (Karen) Wojahn of Windom and daughters Rhonda (Greg) Swanson of Brentwood, Tenn., and Ruth Johnson (Rick Sebenoler) of Blanco, Texas; son-in-law, Kevin Johnson of Austin, Texas; brother, Orville (Jan) Wojahn of Windom; sister, Caroline (Wes) Strausser of Welcome; two sisters-in-law, Joanne Wojahn of Little Canada and Betty Schneider of Spicer. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include: Paul (Jeni) Wojahn and their children, Allison and Katelyn; Britta (Jesse) Bergland and their children, Willa and Isabel; Elizabeth (Michael) Feltes and their children, Gwendolyn, Vivian and Jonathan; Megan (Jack) Dwyer and their children, Cole and Hudson; Emily Wojahn and fiancé Andrew Small; and Erik Swanson. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and their families.


Harold Shelstad

Harold Shelstad, 89, of Fairmont, formerly of Windom died July 17, 2021, at Gold Finch Estates Memory Care in Fairmont. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Bergen with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. Full military honors will follow the service outside the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery in rural Bergen. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Saturday at the church in rural Bergen for one hour prior to the service. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements. Harold Edward Shelstad was born March 23, 1932, to Adolph and Ethel (Henrickson) Shelstad in Madison. He graduated from Lac Qui Parle Country School and attended the University of Minnesota, Morris. In 1950, Harold married Lois LuJean Johnson in Madison. They lived in Alaska while Harold was in the military, then moved to Illinois and back to Minnesota. They lived in several places in Minnesota until moving to Windom in the early 1970s. Harold worked as a bridge foreman for the State of Minnesota for 30 years until retiring in 1982. After 45 years in Windom, Harold and Lois moved to Fairmont to be closer to family. Harold recently became a resident of Goldfinch Estates Memory Care in Fairmont. A longtime member of Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Bergen, Harold served the “Over 80” supper, was involved in church groundskeeping, served as president of the church cemetery association, made communion bread and ushered. Harold was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for many years. He enjoyed time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially annual fishing trips “up north” with his buddies. He also enjoyed watching wildlife on their farm. He enjoyed woodworking, making many outdoor and indoor stools and benches that family are still using today. He also brought home many pets, including dogs, cats, even a Shetland pony. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Shelstad; son and daughter-in-law, David and Laurita Shelstad; and two sisters, Muriel Fossen and Virginia Rowe. Survivors include his four children: Lyndon Shelstad, Karen Shelstad and Raymond Shelstad, all of Fairmont; and Gail (Mike) Mann of St. Albans, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; 20 greatgrandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.


Donald Edward Kremer

Donald Edward Kremer passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021, at his home on East Twin Lake in Pequot Lakes. He was 82 years of age. He is survived by two sons, Ken and his wife Ruth Kremer of St. Michael and Kurt and his wife Melanie of Lakeville, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and mother. Born on Feb. 7, 1939, in Wells, Donald was the son of Lawrence Clement and Genevieve Ethilyn Bethania (Hobert) Kremer. He was third of five brothers and two sisters. Don attended elementary school in Wells and graduated from Wells High School in 1957. In high school, he was active in football, basketball, track, W (sports) Club. He sang in the school choir, acted in school plays and worked on the school paper. In 1956, Don joined the Minnesota Army National Guard attached to the Albert Lea unit. He served nine years and honorably discharged as a Platoon Sergeant First Class E7 while serving in Alaska. In 1957, Don began his diverse career as a painter with his father’s painting business “Kremer’s Painting.” He painted several houses throughout the years. He also worked for the Wells Post Office, as a salesman for the Jewel Tea Company and as a machine operator for the Banquet Canning Company. Don married Arlyss E. Rollenhagen in 1960 in Wells. Don began his law enforcement career in 1963 as a deputy for the Freeborn County Sheriff ’s Department in Albert Lea. He graduated from the Minnesota Highway Patrol Officers Candidate School in 1966 and was stationed at the Windom Patrol Office, Marshall District, until 1983 when he transferred to the Staples and Brainerd office. He retired as a Station Sergeant from the Minnesota State Patrol in December of 1997. He continued to work following his retirement, becoming Chief Security Officer of Madden’s Resort in 1999. He also served as a part-time Court Officer for the Crow Wing County District Court for 13 years and served civil process papers for area attorneys. Don enjoyed flying as a private pilot of both Cessna and Cherokee aircraft, along with walking, boating, motor home traveling and working around the yard and home. Services will be held at the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church on July 7 at 1 p.m. His grandsons, Tanner, Ben, Charlie, Henry and Alex Kremer, will serve as honorary pallbearers. Don’s remains are interred at St. Casimir Cemetery. Arrangements made with the Brenny Funeral Home of Baxter.


Gary Soleta

Gary Soleta, 67, of Windom died July 6, 2020, at Our House (Hospice of Murray County) in Slayton. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Rev. Paul Sajban officiating. Military honors will be provided at the church by American Legion Post 206 of Windom with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements. Gary Wayne Soleta was born June 20, 1953, to Lester and Rosella (Roker) Soleta in Windom. He was baptized and later confirmed at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom, where he remained a lifetime member. He received his education in Windom Public Schools, graduating from Windom Area High School in 1971. Gary enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a tugboat operator while in the service. He was proud of his service and being a veteran. Following his military service, he returned to Windom and was employed with Kaiser-Estech Fertilizer, Kruse Paving and Poet Biorefining before health issues forced him to retire. In 1991, Gary married Tamara Anderson. The marriage was later dissolved. Recently, Gary had been a resident of Valley View Manor in Lamberton before transferring to Our House Hospice in Slayton. Gary enjoyed gardening, watching and feeding the birds and watching and reading Westerns. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and socializing with his friends. He was preceded in death by an infant brother. Survivors include his three children: Heather (Jason) Power of Redwood Valley, Calif.; Jonathan (Ashlee) Duerksen of Westbrook and Matthew (Juana) Soleta of Windom; seven grandchildren; three brothers: Steve (Tracy) Soleta of Phoenix, Ariz.; Tom (Jeanne) Soleta of Lubbock, Texas; and Paul Soleta of Windom; and two sisters, Kristine Soleta of Minnetonka and Luisa Roeder of Florence, Ore.


Doris A. Beason

Doris A. Beason, 95, of Lakeville, formerly of Lakefield, died June 19, 2021. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Ave., in Lake-ville. Burial will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. Doris A. Welker was born Dec. 2, 1925, to Arthur and Elizabeth (Grein) Welker in Northrup. She was baptized and later confirmed as a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield. In 1944, Doris trained as a registered nurse in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in St. Louis, Mo. After graduating in 1947, she worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls. It was there she met her husband, Gerald Beason, who was a patient. They married in Lakefield in 1950. The lived on Gerald’s father’s farm in Correctionville, Iowa, then moved to Minnesota, living on two different farms before moving into Lakefield. Doris was a nurse at the Lakefield Hospital for many years before becoming a factory nurse at The Toro Company in Windom, from which she later retired. Doris and Gerald enjoyed many winters in McAllen, Texas before Gerald’s death in 1997. Doris also enjoyed playing cards, knitting, league bowling, golf, playing softball and watching her grandson Ryan’s baseball games (Doris was the team’s unofficial scorekeeper). Doris also was a lifelong Minnesota Twins fan. In addition to her husband, Doris was preceded in death by her younger sister, LaVonne (Joe) De- Ment. Survivors include her children: Sherry Beason, Michael Beason, Thomas Beason and Susan (John) Kaulbars; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ray (Karen) and John (Mary Ann) Welker.


Elizabeth Ann (Betty Byam) Sher


Elizabeth Ann (Betty Byam) Sher, retired Foreign Service Staff Officer, U.S. Department of State, died peacefully in her Fearrington Village home in Pittsboro, N.C., on June 22, 2021.
Betty, daughter of Benny and Elizabeth Byam, was born on May 27, 1930. She was raised in Windom and graduated from the Windom Public Schools, Class of 1948.
After leaving Windom in 1952, Betty spent several years in Colorado Springs, Colo. Music and singing were extremely important to her. She appeared in many musical events in Windom and while living in Colorado Springs, she was soloist with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, Colorado College Opera Workshop, Colorado Civic Theater Singers. She performed on TV as well as on stages in Denver, Cripple Creek and Pueblo.
Betty was a paid soloist with the First Methodist Church and appeared frequently as guest soloist at the Broadmoor Hotel. Throughout her career, she continued her vocal talents and appeared in concert and as soloist in the many countries to which she had been assigned.
Betty began her U.S. Government career in 1954 when she was assigned to the (Special Staff) Historical Division of Headquarters, U.S. Army, Europe, located in Karlsruhe, Germany. During that assignment she met Military Historian Ronald Sher and they were married in Baden-Baden in January 1955.
It was after that assignment in 1958 that Betty and Ron continued their “team” foreign service careers, with Betty assigned to various U.S. government agencies (Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of State). In Hawaii (Secretary General Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific), Vientiane, Laos (USAID), Lomé, Togo (African American Institute, funded by USAID), Dakar, Senegal (USAID), Washington, D.C. (Protocol Office of the Secretary of Defense, McNamara), U.S. Embassy, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Department of State), U.S. Mission to the United Nations (New York, assigned — during their tenures — to the Offices of Ambassadors Moynihan, Scranton, Young and Leonard), and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, retiring in China in 1980.
During her Foreign Service career, Betty was notably recognized with 10 Outstanding, Sustained Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. In 1979, Betty was nominated for recognition as the State Department’s Outstanding Foreign Service Staff Officer. She ranked very high in that competition and was given another Meritorious Honor Service Award and a promotion in her FSS grade.
Betty felt fortunate to have led a well-traveled, interesting and adventurous life. Including the countries to which she had government assignments, she spent time exploring over 55 countries, nearly all the Islands (particularly the Caribbean), and all 50 U.S. States.
Betty shared her travel experiences with published articles in newspapers and various magazines. In November 1968, Betty was featured in a New York Times news article by Gloria Emerson, as well as STATE Magazine, Public Diplomacy, Raleigh News & Observer, Durham Herald, Chapel Hill News, the Citizen and the UN Observer.
After retirements, Betty and Ron lived in Windom for 10 years. They both served their community well working with Senior Citizen programs, Friends of the Library, Dollars for Scholars, Hospital Board and local, statewide and national political events.
Betty conceived of and organized Windom’s first All-Windom High School Class Reunion in 1990. Well into planning, she enlisted the help of Mary Lou Peterson to help with all the final events held.
Living joyfully in Fearrington Village in North Carolina since 1990, both Betty and Ron were actively serving on boards of directors or as instructors at the Duke University Institute for Learning in Retirement, United Nations Association, Temple Theater, Senior Citizen Organizations, UNA, Galloway Ridge Retirement Center, editor of Homeowners Newsletter, and various committees and organizations within the Village.
Ron died in 1999 and Betty continued living in Fearrington, remaining actively involved with many Village activities.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; her mother and father, Elizabeth and Benny Byam; her brother and sister-in-law, Corky and LaVonne Byam; her niece, Laurie Vock; her nephew, Kerry Byam; her brother, Rodney DeWayne Byam; her parents-in-law, Irving and Gussie Sher. In 1937 it was the death of her 5-year-old brother, Rodney DeWayne Byam, hit by an automobile as he disembarked his school bus, that brought about statewide and international school bus laws established for children’s safety.
She is survived by brother, Peter of Apache Junction, Ariz.; nieces and nephews: Rodney Byam, Melissa Jo Grupe, Joy Pankonin, Paul Byam, Bennie Byam.
To her many friends and acquaintances through the years, she leaves her thanks and appreciation for their many kindnesses and courtesies to her.
At Betty’s specific request, no ‘remembrance or memorial’ gatherings will be held in either Fearrington Village or her hometown in Windom.
“One is not born a woman, but rather becomes one.” (Simone de Beauvoir)
What makes a woman? Strength. Resilience. Compassion. Beauty from within. When I think of what it means to be a woman, I stand a little taller because I know I stood on the shoulders of women who came before me and paved the way. ~ Betty Sher, 2021


A. Maria Winters (Johnson)

(Agnes) Maria Johnson Winters, 94, of Mankato, formerly of Bingham Lake and Minneapolis, passed on June 23, 2021.
Maria is survived by her loving family: Daughter, Sharon Flatgard (Adrian) of Newport, R.I.; and sons: Kenneth Jr. (Lori) of Worthington and Bingham Lake, Gregory (Denise) of Windom and Philip (Lucy) of Long Lake; and grandchildren Eric (Sarah), Allison Posner (Asa), Ben Flatgard (Leslie); and great-grandchildren: Aubrey, Kendrick and Oliver Winters and Von Flatgard. Maria is also survived by her sister, Lyn Barnes (Roger) of Los Gatos, Calif.; and her brother-in-law, James Winters (Suzanne) of Indianapolis, Ind., as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Maria was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth (2007), and six of her siblings, as well as several of her nieces and nephews.
Born on Nov. 21, 1926, Maria was the daughter of Lydia Anna and Gustaf Sigfrid Johnson, a Swedish immigrant, and was the fifth of eight children.
Maria attended the Pleasant View School in Foreston and graduated from Milaca High School in 1945. She attended Trinity Bible Institute and later Mankato State University.
Maria married Kenneth Winters in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Gladys Lindstrom (Allyn), on Sept. 11, 1948.
After their marriage, Kenneth and Maria moved to a farm in Lakeside Township, Cottonwood County. When her children had grown, Maria worked first as a secretary and then for several decades in civil service and retired from her full-time position with the USPS shortly before her 80th birthday.
Her infectious smile and greeting of “hey, hey, hey” to her friends and family was well known.
Maria had a wonderful soprano voice, having spent years singing in both a sextet and choir, and would frequently sing a few bars of an old tune for those around her. Maria loved to sing hymns and was a baptized member of the First Baptist Church, Milaca.
Maria enjoyed cooking and eating well. With her late husband Kenneth, Maria went on many road trips throughout the U.S. and Canada and her children could always expect some culinary delight be sent from one of their stops.
She long treasured a family vacation with her late husband and children to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, from which she often replicated Brazilian cuisine they experienced and enjoyed on that trip.
Maria looked forward to reading the daily newspaper and rarely missed the evening news. She became a great fan of Zoom during the pandemic and never missed the weekly calls with her family; she always brought current events into the conversation.
She was a proud member of the DFL party and active in local politics as a volunteer for both the Humphrey and Mondale campaigns. Maria and her husband were invited to the Inaugurations of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. She considered her vote both a right and a privilege and was proud to have voted in all elections.
During the past decade, Maria has lived in Mankato and the family is grateful to Pathstone Assisted Living for their care shown of Maria. They are thankful also to her former physician from Mayo East Ridge Clinic, Dr. Narvaez-Jacob, for her outstanding care of their mother/grandmother/great-grandmother.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Maria’s memory to Pathstone Assisted Living, St. Croix Hospice or the American Swedish Institute.


Evelyn Hanish

Evelyn Hanish, 92, of Jeffers died June 27, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Westbrook.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at Jeffers United Methodist Church in Jeffers with Pastor Cathy Tetrick Hoffbeck officiating.
Burial will be at Jeffers Cemetery in rural Jeffers.
Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Evelyn Mae Knakmuhs was born May 24, 1929, to Gideon and Erma (Jackson) Knakmuhs in Redwood County. She graduated from Walnut Grove High School and worked as a waitress at the train station.
In 1947, Evelyn married William “Bill” Hanish at the Methodist parsonage in Walnut Grove. They were blessed with four children: Rodney, Lee, Wayne and Cindy.
Evelyn worked on the farm, helping her husband, Bill.
A member of Jeffers United Methodist Church, Evelyn served on the funeral committee. She also was a member of the Storden Auxiliary and Westbrook VFW.
Evelyn will be remembered for her baking, especially her apple bars. She also enjoyed gardening and canning her produce.
Each Sunday, Evelyn and Bill enjoyed family gatherings, which were always accompanied by polka music.
Evelyn also was a member of card club and enjoyed playing games.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William in 2008; a son, Wayne in 2011; a grandchild, Terry Hanish; a great-grandson, Jackson Harder; brothers: Bob, Harley and Carlos; and a sister, Iola Hanson.
Survivors include three of her children: Rodney (Darlene “Zip”) Hanish of Arizona; Lee Hanish and Cindy (Steve) Ryker, all of Jeffers; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.


Kornell Kuehl

Kornell Kuehl, 84, of Fulda, formerly of rural Storden, died June 20, 2021, at Maple Lawn Senior Care in Fulda.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m., at Amo Lutheran Church in rural Storden with Pastor Harvey Pedersen officiating.
Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Storden Community Center and continue Friday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Kornell Ray Kuehl was born June 30, 1936, to Raymond Martin and Dorothy Leona (Sykora) Kuehl on a farm in Amo Township near Storden. He was baptized at Immanuel Baptist Church in Westbrook.
Kornell attended Storden Elementary School and graduated from Storden High School in 1955. He continued his education at Dunwoody Technical School in Minneapolis.
From 1958 to 1961, Kornell enlisted and served in the South Dakota Air National Guard.
In 1967, he married Gisela Sophia (Eigenberg) Kuehl. They were blessed with three children: Ann, Kris and Thomas. The couple lived on various farms in Cottonwood County until 1973, when they moved to the Kuehl Family Farm. They retired and moved into Fulda in 2003.
Kornell farmed with his dad until 1976, when he established Kuehl Transit, which he owned and operated for 29 years until retiring in 2005. During his time on the road, he worked with Warren Ewen manufacturing a tool, the “Rod Jumper,” to adjust the axle on a semi-trailer. It was sold at many truck stops nationwide.
A member of Amo Lutheran Church in rural Storden, Kornell volunteered as a Sunday School teacher for several years while his children were in school. An avid hunter, he also was a member of the Sun Valley Gun Club for many years and sponsored the Kuehl Transit shooting team.
He also enjoyed fishing and water skiing, and in retirement enjoyed making and selling wooden games, especially Fast Track and Pegs & Jokers. He also enjoyed prairie dog hunting in South Dakota, riding four-wheelers in the Arizona desert and traveling in their RV throughout North America.
He was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law: Paul Smith, Kenneth Pitcher and Herbert Eigenberg; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Eigenberg.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gisela; children: Ann (Pete) Bartelt of Windom, Kris Kuehl of Minneapolis and Thomas (Dana) Kuehl of Storden; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Marlene Smith of Windom and Janice Pitcher of Urbandale, Iowa.


Leona Carlblom

Leona Carlblom, 91, of Westbrook, formerly of rural Jeffers, died Jan. 7, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Westbrook.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., at Storden Baptist Church in Storden with Pastor David Johnson officiating.
Burial will be at the Jeffers Cemetery in rural Jeffers.
Visitation will be held Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Leona Eva Larsen was born Feb. 9, 1929, to Lars Larsen and Clara (Nelsen) Larsen on a farm near Bradgate, Iowa.
Proud of her Danish heritage, Leona only learned to speak English when she started school. She graduated from Jeffers Public School in 1947.
In December 1947, Leona married Elmer Royce Carlblom at Jeffers Baptist Church. They were blessed with three children: Daniel, Mary and Timothy.
Elmer and Leona lived on farms near Bingham Lake and Comfrey before moving to their farm one mile north of Jeffers in 1953. They lived and raised their family there until Leona moved to Peterson Estates in Westbrook in 2019.
Elmer and Leona were longtime members of Storden Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, lead and taught Bible school and sang in the choir in her younger years. She also led Bible studies in her home.
Leona loved farm life and helping with the livestock and crops. She also enjoyed entertaining and serving meals to relatives and friends. She enjoyed getting the family together, especially her grandchildren, to play games and do activities. She gave her granddaughters lessons on making pies at her “pie camp.”
She also hosted missionaries over the years and will be remembered for her home-cooked meals and home-canned garden produce.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Carlblom in 2006; a son, Daniel Carlblom; and a sister and brother-in-law, Edna May and Leroy Hansen.
Survivors include her children, Mary (Robert) Leonardson of Crystal and Timothy (Cathy) Carlblom of Jeffers; a daughter-in-law, Sue Carlblom of Apple Valley; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.


Gladys Christina Lillegaard

Gladys Christina Lillegaard, age 97, of Renville, died Monday, June 7, 2021, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m., at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Chapel in Renville. The Rev. Joseph Steinbeisser will officiate.
Burial will be at 2:30 p.m., at the Delafield Cemetery near Windom.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Thursday.
A livestream of the service will be available to view on Thursday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m., by clicking on the following link https://my.gather.app/remember/gladys-lillegaard
Gladys Christina Lillegaard was born on June 3, 1924, to William and Rose (Shubert) Marks near Bechyn in Henryville Township, Renville County. She attended country school and then St. Mary’s when the family moved to Bird Island. Gladys grew up with six sisters and three brothers, being the fourth oldest.
During World War II, Gladys worked as a bookkeeper at Swift and Co. in South St. Paul, and when the war ended she moved back to Bird Island.
She met Kermit Lillegaard at a café in Olivia and they were married on May 1, 1948, in Bird Island. They moved several times before settling in Windom in 1958, where they raised their three children: Douglas, Sandra and Mark.
Gladys was a homemaker, creating a warm and cozy home for her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking and canning her famous “corky magorky” dill pickles. She welcomed all neighborhood children with her delicious oatmeal raisin cookies.
Gladys also enjoyed embroidery while watching her favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. She also enjoyed reading and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her lap was a favorite place even as the grandchildren grew into adults. They always knew it was available.
Gladys and Kermit enjoyed traveling together, starting with family vacations in 1958 and continuing with winter trips to Florida. Children and grandchildren would join them for a visit.
Gladys moved to Renville in 2011 and became a resident of the RenVilla Health Care Center in 2012.
Gladys is survived by her three children: Douglas (and Cida) Lillegaard of Promissao, Brazil; Sandra (and Daniel) Licklider of Renville; and Mark (and Cheryl) Lillegaard of Windom; her five grandchildren: Mandy (and Aaron) Bond, Jessica (and Jacob) Lillegaard, Brandi (and Alex Jenniges) Lillegaard, Sarah (and AJ) Giroux, and Eric (and Larissa) Lillegaard; six great-grandchildren: Katie, Jack, Adina, George, Victoria and Clara; her sisters: Rose (and Eugene) Wrobel and Genevieve Gustafson, both of Cottage Grove; and many nieces and nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Kermit; granddaughter, Megan Licklider Twernbold; grandson, Kyle Licklider; and her siblings: Edward, Archie, Cecelia, Angeline, Marcella, Donald, Jane and Eugene.
Blessed be the memory of Gladys Lillegaard
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Marilyn Elizabeth Stolle

Marilyn Elizabeth Stolle died on June 10, 2021, surrounded by her family.
She was born the first of four children to Fred (Fritz) and Margaret (Hougham) Fuchs on Feb. 9, 1939, in Minneapolis. The family farmed and lived near Big Lake until moving to Menahga in 1945.
Marilyn graduated from Menahga High School in 1957 and then attended Bemidji State College where she met her future husband, Norman Stolle. They were married at First English Lutheran Church in Menahga on June 7, 1959, and were blessed to spend 62 years together.
Marilyn and Norm began their family in Clarissa, where Norm taught and coached, and Marilyn became a homemaker and a mother to two children, Darrell and Diane.
In 1967, they moved to Windom where she raised her family and worked as a clerk and then assistant manager of Ostenson’s Variety Store and Village Shop. After the store closed in 1990, she became a teacher’s assistant in the Windom Public Schools until she retired for the first time in 2001.
Marilyn’s idea of heaven on earth was found in a little cabin on Girard Beach on West Battle Lake. She and Norm first came to love Battle Lake when they managed the Beachwood Resort during the summers of 1966 and 1967. Several years later, they were able to purchase one of the cabins that had been part of the resort, and family spent every possible weekend “going to the lake.”
After her retirement from the Windom Public Schools in 2001, she and Norm built a house in the woods near the cabin and spent the next 19 summers at the cabin and winters in their house.
But retirement didn’t take for her. In 2009, she began work as a paraprofessional in the Underwood Public Schools, a job she held until retiring for good in 2013. She and Norm also delivered the Daily Journal together for 11 years in the Battle Lake area.
Marilyn was an amazing sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was a fierce supporter and defender of her family and friends, and was an especially devoted supporter of her children’s, grandchildren’s, great-grandchildren’s, niece’s and nephew’s activities. They didn’t always see her in the stands, but they all heard her. As her granddaughter Jacey said, “We always knew she had our backs.”
She loved being around people and entertaining. She hosted many friends and family gatherings and whether it was on a pontoon ride, playing games, or visiting on the deck, everyone remembers her infectious laugh. She lived a courageous, joyful and loving life, and will be greatly missed by those who loved her.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Fred (Fritz) and Margaret (Hougham) Fuchs; her sister, Carolyn Bakkedahl; and brother-in-law, Russel Bakkedahl.
She is survived by her husband, Norm Stolle of Battle Lake; brothers, Jerry (Jan) Fuchs and Gordon (Marie) Fuchs; son, Darrell (Julie) Stolle; daughter, Diane (Chuck) Ross; grandchildren: Trevor (Keshia) Solem, Andrew (Nicole) Stolle, Britta Stolle, Grant (Abbey) Solem and Jacey Ross; great-grandchildren: Easton and Jameson Solem, Bridger Marks and Colson Stolle, and Summit and Oakley Solem; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service for Marilyn will be held, Monday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a 4 p.m. Prayer Service, at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Battle Lake and one-hour prior at the church.
Interment will take place at First Lutheran Cemetery in Battle Lake.
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Camalla Ann Adams

Camalla Ann Adams, daughter of Harold and Neola (Gleanager) Thompson, was born on Friday, Sept. 29, 1961, in Windom. She attended and graduated from Windom Public Schools.
Upon graduation, Camalla went to school at the Middletown Academy in Sioux Falls for cosmetology and stage makeup. She was a licensed cosmetologist and carried her own business license for Living Life Stories.
Camalla worked a variety of jobs, from Univac, The Chocolate Factory, youth counselor in Elmore, emergency room aide in LeCenter, Fingerhut, Good Samaritan Society in Jackson, the wash-rack and Southwest Coaches.
Camalla was living in the Twin Cities and moved back to take care of her father. She met her life partner Eric Adams. They were united in marriage on Feb. 25, 1995, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson.
She was fortunate to gain three stepchildren: Nathan, Ginger and Jason.
On Saturday, June 5, 2021, Camalla entered into rest at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 59 years, 8 months and 6 days.
Camalla was an outgoing lady. She enjoyed being outside working in her flower and vegetable gardens, mowing the lawn and, as a child, being with the horses.
Camalla was a talented calligraphy artist.
She was known for being quite the prankster.
Eric and Camalla did a fair amount of traveling, with trips to Duluth and a cruise being the most cherished.
Camalla had a heart of gold. She was a very generous person and was willing to help anyone out that was going through a rough time. Camalla had a smile that was contagious. She will be remembered by many for her generosity, smile and sense of humor.
Camalla is survived by her husband of 26 years, Eric; stepchildren: Nathan Adams, Ginger (Chad) Streiff and Jason (LeAnn) Mix; grandchildren: Hunter and Patience Adams, Nalah and Kiara Streiff, and Elizabeth, Adam and Breanna Mix; brothers: Malon Thompson, Charles (Nancy) Thompson, and Harlow Thompson; sister-in-law, Susan Fordstrom; nephews, Andy Thompson and Shane Witte; along with numerous other nieces and nephews.
Camalla is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Neola; and sister-in-law, Mary Jo Thompson.
Blessed be the memory of Camalla Ann Adams.


Thelma Dick Korfe

Thelma Dick Korfe, 91, of Windom, formerly of rural Jeffers, died Dec. 18, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Windom with Pastor Gary Wiens officiating.
Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation will be held Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Thelma DeVries was born March 13, 1929, to Albert F. and Bertha (Warmbier) DeVries in Amboy Township of Cottonwood County. She was baptized at Jeffers Baptist Church in rural Jeffers.
Thelma received her education in Windom Public Schools, graduating from Windom High School in 1946. She attended St. Paul Bible College for one year.
In 1950, Thelma married Harry Dick at First Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake. They had double wedding vows with Harry’s sister, Clara Stoesz, and her husband, Leander. Thelma and Harry lived on the family farm until retiring. They enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She also enjoyed playing piano by ear, camping, fishing and traveling, especially spending 17 winters with Harry in Alamo, Texas.
After Harry’s death in 2007, Thelma continued liveing on the family farm.
In 2016, Thelma married Clarence Korfe. Together, they took a train trip to Washington, D.C., and spent three winters in Texas, before Clarence died in June 2020.
That same month, Thelma became a resident of Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Thelma was a member of First Baptist Church in Windom.
In addition to her two husbands, Harry Dick and Clarence Korfe, Thelma was preceded in death by a grandson, Gavin Dick; a brother, Carl (Carol) DeVries; and a brother-in-law, Walter Aldrich.
Survivors include her seven children: Judy (Rodney) Fruehling of Jeffers, Debra Caauwe of New Ulm, Connie (Rick) Janssen of Brainerd, Mark (Lori) Dick of Lafayette, Brenda (Dan) Hershberger of Webster, Kevin (Miranda) Dick of Anoka and Melanie (Jason) Teachout of Waseca; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alberta Aldrich of Portland, Ore.


Rosella Adina (Olfert) Smith

Rosella “Rosie” Smith, 98, of Windom, died in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 6, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial Nursing Home in Windom.
Her funeral service will be on Friday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Windom with the Rev. Pam Prouty officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Music provided by Anna Hochstein, granddaughter; and Keith Lohse, member of First Presbyterian Church.
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Casket bearers: grandsons Mike Smith, Terry Smith, Lane Smith Prekker, Drew Smith, Tim Smith and David Claussen.
Honorary pallbearer: grandson Ryan Claussen.
Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Windom, alongside husband Oscar O. Smith, with graveside service by Father Timothy Smith.
Rosella Adina Olfert was born Oct. 26, 1922, to Henry A. and Helen (Niessen) Olfert in Mt. Lake. She grew up with brother, Roland, and sister, Virginia, in Mt. Lake where she attended country school.
Rosie was baptized and confirmed at First Mennonite Church of Mt. Lake.
Rosie did housework in town and waitressed at a local café when she met her future husband, Oscar O. Smith. After the end of World War II and on Dec. 21, 1945, they were united in marriage.
The couple lived in Trimont, for a short time before purchasing a farm northwest of Windom. During their marriage, they were blessed with five children.
Rosie was a full-time mother and homemaker, always busy with gardening, canning, raising ducks and chickens, and more. When their children were older, Rosie worked as a waitress at Roger’s Café in Windom and helped Oscar in the Deputy Registrar’s Office.
Following Oscar’s death in 1971, Rosie continued to live on the farm for a year before moving into Windom. She worked at Beyers Drug for a few years as a clerk and, later, as a custodian for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 12 years where she retired in 1986.
At the age of 91, Rosie sold her home on River Road. In 2013, she moved into Remick Ridge’s facility where she continued to live independently for the next five years before entering assisted living at Mikkelsen Manor.
An active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Windom since 1951, Rosie served as Deaconess three times, was a member of the Missions Committee, volunteered in the kitchen whenever needed and belonged to the Dorcas Circle. She especially enjoyed the music at First Presbyterian and, although she did not play the organ for the church, she enjoyed taking lessons and playing her organ at home.
She was also a member of Amo Township Tuesday Club and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Rosie did beautiful hand embroidery and enjoyed knitting, quilting, crocheting, reading, gardening, trying new recipes, playing Bingo, and fishing for walleyes at their Lake of the Woods cabin. She was well-known for her delicious potato salad, Borscht (soup), and fresh (German) Zweiback rolls. She also enjoyed visiting with her friends and going to her afternoon coffee groups.
She dearly loved all members of her family, especially her grandchildren, cherishing the times she could spend with them.
Rosie was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar; her parents, Henry and Helen; her brother, Roland; and two great-grandchildren, Hudson and Naomi.
Rosie is survived by her five children: Chuck (Annette) Smith of Windom; Carl (Iris) Smith of Willmar; Helen (Sam) Stone of Duluth; Lucille (Roger) Williams of Hartford, Wis.; Dallas (Betty) Smith of Windom; 15 grandchildren (Shelly, Sherry, Mike, Terry, Lisa, Tim, Lane, Crystal, Amber, Laura, Ryan, David, Drew, Anna, Sondra); 42 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; additional family members; and her dear sister, Virginia (Ginny) Friesen of Mt. Lake. She will be lovingly missed by all.
Quotes from Rosie: “Life is good if you don’t weaken.” (and) “Be kind to all.”