Obituaries


  • Wallace “Wally” Minion

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    Wallace R. “Wally” Minion was born June 20, 1943, in Windom, to Richard and Avis Minion. He was welcomed home to the family farm in Delton Township by an older brother where he grew up. Wally attended Jeffers School, graduating in 1961. Serving in the army from 1964 to 1966, he then embarked on a career at UPS, where he dedicated over 30 years of service. On February 3, 1968, he married Sybil “Syb” at the First Methodist Church in Lakefield, MN. Their union was blessed with four children. In 1974, they settled on their farm in Delton Township, fulfilling Wally’s lifelong dream of owning and farming his own land. They resided there until 2023.

    Wally was a very private man who would be uncomfortable with a long list of his life achievements. He would say he deeply loved God, his family, farming his own land, hunting when he could, and his good friends. His family would add that he also loved making lists. Wally was a strong supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. One of his favorite Bible verses was Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

    On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Wally was welcomed to his heavenly home. He passed away peacefully under hospice care at his home in Brandon, South Dakota.

    He leaves behind his grateful family: his wife, Syb; children, Roy Minion (Libby) of Mead, Washington, Heather (Randy) Anderton of Rochester, MN, Luke (Betsy) Minion of Sioux Falls, SD, and Shannon (Jon) Whitehead of Sherburn, MN; 12 grandchildren, Chelsea (Drew) Perkins, Leah Anderton, Davis (Madi) Anderton, Rylea Minion, Wyatt (Abby) Minion, Rachel Minion, Jake, Marissa, and Caitlin Whitehead, and Landon, Lauren, and Claire Minion; and a special nephew, Jim (Katy) Minion, and their sons, Isaac and Levi Minion.

    Blessed be the memory of Wally Minion.

    A Celebration of Life Graveside Service for Wallace “Wally” Minion, age 80, of Brandon, SD, formerly of Bingham Lake, was held Monday, May 20th at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom with Pastor Dan Hormig officiating. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post #206 of Windom.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Wally may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com. 

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  • Edythe Lynn Mohlencamp

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    Dec. 4, 1944 – May 11, 2024

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Edythe Lynn Mohlencamp, 79, Windom, Minn., died Saturday, May 11, in Sanford USD Medical Center.

    A private family service will be at a later date.

    Arrangements by Benson Funeral Home.

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  • Sandra J Root

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    Graveside services will be 1PM Friday, June 21, 2024 at the Butterfield Cemetery in Butterfield for Sandra Root, 69 of Long Prairie and formerly of Mountain Lake who died Saturday, May 11, 2024 at CentraCare, Long Prairie Hospital. Chaplain James Neppl will officiate.

    Sandra was born March 20, 1955 in Mountain Lake to Theodore & Luetta (Freitag) Falk. She married Joe Root on June 27, 1994 in Mountain Lake. Sandra worked as a CNA at the Good Samaritan Homes in Mountain Lake and Windom. She was a quiet and private person who loved animals, people, especially children. She adored her nieces and nephews as well as her aunts, uncles, and cousins. She enjoyed spending time gardening, embroidering, cross stitching and crafting.

    She is survived by her husband Joe of Long Prairie; brother, Rick (Dian) Falk of Arvada, CO; nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.

    She is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, sisters, Sharon Dick and Shirley Falk and aunts & uncles.

    ObituaryGuest Book  available online: www.williamsdingmann.com

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  • Donald “Don” Abild

     

    A Celebration of Life Visitation for Donald “Don” Abild, age 90, of Windom, will be held Friday, July 12th from 12:30 to 2:00 PM at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom, MN. Military honors will follow by the American Legion Post #206 of Windom. A private family burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later time.

    Donald “Don” Lee Abild was born to Marion W. and Martha (Lunde) Abild on March 7, 1934, in Wakonda, SD. He received his later education in Luverne, MN, graduating in 1952. Don enlisted in the United States Army in 1954 and was honorably discharged in December 1955.

    After the Army, Don went back to Luverne, and began working for the Minnesota State Highway Department. On August 3, 1956, Don was united in marriage to Phyllis Mohr in Luverne. The couple moved to Windom, MN in 1957, and Don continued working for the State Highway Department, until retiring in the early 1990’s. The couple was blessed with three children, Bruce, Brenda, and Brian.

    Don was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom. He was a fanatic about golfing and spent as much time as possible on the golf course. Don was a member of the American Legion Post #206 and was very active in the local, district and state American Legion. He was also active in the Democratic Party for many years.

    On May 6, 2024, Don passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial, in Windom. He donated his body to science at the University of Minnesota.

    Left to cherish Don’s memory, are his wife of 67 years, Phyllis Abild of Windom; three children, Bruce Abild of Ortonville, Brenda (Dale) Stanton of Cologne, and Brian Abild of Windom; six grandchildren, Brady, Ben, Jacob, Jayd, Rose, and Madison; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Carol Abild of Brooklyn Center and Virginia Abild of Windom; as well as many relative and friends.

    Don was preceded by his parents; and two brothers, Gerald Abild and twin, Ronald Abild.

    Condolences and memories of Don may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

     


  • Rosemary (Rose) Schaffer

     

    Rosemary Harriett Schaffer 83, passed away on April 24, 2024, from complications following a heart attack and surgery at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls S.D. She was surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters as she passed to the other side. 

    She is survived by her daughters Jolene Marie Post, Shannon Rose Schroeder, Marie Elaine Bornhoft (Tony). And her beloved granddaughters Kaylarr Rose Hansen, Kendra Marie Hansen, Ariel Rose Ann Simon. And her husband of 50 years Jack Leland Schaffer. Her celebration of life will be held on May 19, 2024 from 12-5 at Bingham Lake Community Center in Bingham Lake, MN. 

    Please come and share your stories and adventures with us, about this great lady! Everyone is welcome, even those who disagreed with her!

     


  • Joloyce Ann Falgren

     

    Joloyce Ann Falgren of Mankato passed away peacefully on April 2nd, 2024, at the age of 86, surrounded by her loving family.

    Memorial service will be held at 11 am on May 9th at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation services will also be held from 5-7 pm on May 8th at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary.

    Jo was born on October 19, 1937, in Hudson, SD, to Floyd and Mabel (Hagen) Larson. She attended school in Canton, graduating in 1956. After graduating, Jo attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. This is where she met her husband, Jon A Falgren. They were united in marriage on July 26th, 1959. They began their teaching careers in Jeffers, MN and soon moved to Windom, MN. They had two children, Jed and Jill, who were the light of her life.

    Windom is where she met her extended family and lifelong friends. The bonds established in Windom remained strong for the remainder of her life.

    In 1977, they moved to Austin, MN. She continued teaching at Austin High School as a special education teacher. In 1980, she earned her master’s in special education at Mankato State University. Her love and passion for teaching was evident in her encouragement to students “to be your best”, which was a gift that touched many of her students’ lives.

    Jo’s greatest love and joy was her family. She enjoyed being a part of her children and grandchildren lives. She loved being front row for all the choir concerts, plays, and sporting events and was their biggest fan. She also enjoyed treating the family to yearly vacations. She had a strong faith and was an active member of Christ the King of Mankato. She loved singing in the choir. She was a member of Sons of Norway and PEO. She loved playing bridge and enjoyed her Saturday morning coffee with all of her very special lifelong friends. Every spring her passion for flowers bloomed again as they surrounded her wherever she lived.

    Left to love, honor, and cherish her memory is her son, Jed (Michelle) Falgren of Mankato; daughter, Jill Hewitt (John Willenbring)  of Inver Grove Heights, MN; grandchildren, Brianna Falgren (Reggie LeFlore), Kelly (Ben) Herzog, Abby Falgren, Joey Falgren, Jenna Hewitt, Daniel Hewitt, Bennett Radloff and Braedon Radloff; niece and nephews, Rick (Gayle) Johnson, Cyndi (Brad) Johnson and Daron (Laurie) Johnson along with their 10 children.

    In addition to her parents, Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Jon Falgren, and sister, Jane Johnson.

    Special thanks for the loving care she received from the staff at Pillars of Mankato, and for the countless expressions of love from her friends and family over the years.

    See full obituary at mankatomortuary.com.

     


  • Mary Ann Duerksen

     

    The family of Mary A. Duerksen of Wilder, Minnesota, is saddened to announce her passing on May 1st at the age of 80 years.

    Mary was born to Christina (Coners) and Elvin (Pete) Johnson on April 29, 1944, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. Mary graduated from Butterfield High School in 1962.

    Early in life Mary was married twice and blessed with four children: Curtis, Kimberly, Leslie, and Stacey. The last 42 years was spent with the love of her life, Wayne Lund.

    Throughout her life, Mary entered the work force as a waitress, caterer and spent many years at McDonalds until her retirement in 2020.

    Mary enjoyed hosting large gatherings with friends, family, and lots of laughter. During the holidays Mary enjoyed making family favorites, including her famous cinnamon rolls and potato salad. Mary was known for her sharp pool shooting skills and playing bingo, giving her the nickname “Grandma Bingo.” Mary loved spending her time camping at Talcot Lake, fishing, baking, and having coffee with the ladies. Mary was known affectionately as “Umwah” by her family.

    Mary is survived by her partner, Wayne; four children; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three siblings; and numerous family, loved ones, and friends.

    Blessed be the memory of Mary Ann Duerksen.

    A Celebration of Life Service for Mary Duerksen, age 80, of Wilder, was held Monday, May 6, 2024, at 11:00 AM at the American Lutheran Church of Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. The service was livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church Facebook page.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Mary may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

     


  • Lucille “Lucy” (Hussong) Crowell

     

    Our beloved Lucille “Lucy” Marie Crowell passed away on March 11, 2024, surrounded by her family.

    Lucille Crowell was born on November 10, 1948, to James and Inez Hussong. On November 12, 1966, Lucy married the love of her life, Dennis Crowell in Windom, MN. They had three sons, Todd, Scott, and Jeff. Lucy and Dennis moved from Windom to St. Louis, MO in 1979.

    Lucille is preceded in death by her husband, Dennis, her son Scott, parents James and Inez, sister Tricia Kovar.

    Lucille is survived by her sons, Todd Crowell of Litchfield, Illinois and Jeff Crowell, his wife Megan of St. Charles Missouri; her three grandchildren, Tyler Crowell, Alexis Crowell fiancé Abba, and Brooke Mamrenko and husband Vadim of Maryland Heights, MO; one grandchild, Evelyn Mamrenko; siblings, Diane Hussong of Lakefield, Dudley Hussong of Okoboji, IA, Joanne Haugland of Spencer, IA, Nancy Morgan of San Diego, CA, and Jamie Knigge of Excelsior, MN.

    Celebration of Life will be held on May 18, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield.

     


  • Lloyd Rezac

     

    Lloyd Rezac, 97, of Windom died Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the Heron Lake Assisted Living. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1st at 11 a.m., at the Delafield Township Cemetery. Pastor Adam Roberts will be officiating. Please bring a chair.

    Lloyd Joseph Rezac was born October 30, 1927 to Fred and Otilla (Schreiber) Rezac in Jackson, MN. He served in the Army during the Korean War. In 1953, Lloyd married Lowene Farmer of Spirit Lake, Iowa. He has lived and farmed in Delafield Township for the past 71 years. In December 2022 he became a resident at the Heron Lake Assisted Living.

    Lloyd was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom, and ushered there for many years.

    Lloyd enjoyed dancing, gardening, playing fast-pitch softball, hunting, fishing and attending his grandchildren’s many activities.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Lawrence, Melvin, Marvin and sisters Grace McDeid and Agnes Wachal and his son-in-law Duane Gruis.

    He is survived by his children Doug Rezac of Windom, his daughter Barb Gruis of Worthington, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

     


  • Edward “Eddie” Yonker

     

    A Celebration of Life Service for Edward “Eddie” Yonker, age 92, of Windom, formerly of Bingham Lake, will be held Friday, May 3rd, at 11:00 AM at The American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church Facebook Page and the family requests “western attire” for Eddie’s service. Burial will be held at a later date at the Hauges Cemetery, rural Jackson County.

    A time of visitation and gathering will be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, at The American Lutheran Church in Windom. Edward “Eddie” Gordon Yonker was born on February 9, 1932, in Jackson, Minnesota, to Mike & Mable (Lee) Yonker. Eddie was baptized, and later confirmed at the Stall Church in rural Jackson. He attended grade school and graduated from Jackson High School in 1951.

    On December 26, 1954, Eddie was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Janice Nestegard. Eddie served in the US Army, and spent two years overseas in Germany with Jan. After they returned, he farmed north of Jackson. They were blessed with four children, Maureen, Margret, Edward II (Bud), and Marcia. In 1967, they purchased a farm north of Bergen and farmed until they moved to town in 2018.

    Eddie was a large part of the community. He served 24 years as Jackson County Commissioner. He was a 4-H Leader and a member of both the Jackson County Fair Board and the Cottonwood Cattle Producers. Eddie had an immense passion for cattle and farming. He also enjoyed baking pies, donuts, and cookies to gift to friends, family, and neighbors. “Thin pancakes” were his specialty for family breakfasts.

    Eddie passed away on April 26, 2024, at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom, Minnesota at the age of 92 years.

    Left to cherish Eddie’s memory are his 3 children, Maureen (Eric) Herbst of Sweeny, TX, Ed (Nikki) Yonker of Bingham Lake, MN, and Marcia (Steve) Dewald of Columbus, NE; five grandchildren, Taylor (Rachel) Schmidt, Kaylee (Beau) Godwin, Evan (Liz) Dewald, Austin Yonker, and Braden Yonker; and four great-grandchildren, Avery, Wajer, Colt, and Tripp.

    Eddie was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-eight years, Janice “Jan” (Nestegard) Yonker; his parents, Mike and Mable Yonker; infant daughter, Margret; brothers, LeRoy Yonker, Myron Anderson; parents-in-law, Roy and Verna Nestegard; and brother-in-law David Nestegard.

    Condolences and memories of Eddie may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.