Obituaries

Carol J. Brand

Memorial Services for Carol J. Brand, 80, of Windom will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 19, at American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Burial will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held 10 to 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 19, at American Lutheran Church in Windom.
The service will be streamed on American Lutheran Church’s Facebook page.
Carol passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato.
The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carol Jean (Maslowski) was born on March 15, 1942, to Casimier and Sabina M. (Olesinski) Maslowski in Milwaukee, Wis. She attended Holy Cross Catholic School through eighth grade and then attended St. Margaret’s Catholic High School where she graduated.
Following high school, Carol attended College of St. Benedict’s where she obtained her business degree.
On June 6, 1964, Carol was united in marriage to Peter Brand at American Lutheran Church in Windom. This marriage was blessed with three children: Troy, Chad and Jill. Carol and Pete made their home in Windom.
Carol began working as a switchboard operator at the telephone company and made her way up to the assistant chief telephone operator until she retired.
Pete and Carol have resided on Fish Lake where she loved to go on pontoon rides and had fun driving the wave runner.
Carol was a member of American Lutheran Church where she served in many different roles including Sunday School teacher, making Love Baskets and doing calligraphy on many bibles for children throughout the years.
She served on the Windom City Council, American Legion Auxiliary and was very involved with the Interlocken Bike Rodeo for children in Windom.
Carol had the first baby in the new Windom Hospital. Carol was a bookworm and loved reading, doing any craft or sewing project, fixing things and her love of adding confetti to anything she could think of.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 57 years, Pete Brand of Windom; three children: Troy Brand of Bonaire, Ga.; Chad Brand (Gina Swenson and her son, Caden) and his dog, Izzy of Windom; and Jill (Brandon) Ostlie and their children, Ella and Olivia Ostlie of Minneapolis; brother, Gerald (Gloria) Maslowski of Minneapolis; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Brand of Windom and Eldon Brand of Michigan; several nieces and nephews: Gerald Jr., Michael, Valerie, Lisa, David, Andrea, Marc and Jason; and other extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Maslowski and infant brother; and brother-in-law, Dean Brand.
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Gary ‘Arlen’ Rossow

Gary “Arlen” Rossow, of Montevideo, formerly of Windom, died Friday, May 13, 2022, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale at the age of 82.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Montevideo with Pastor Jeff Fitzkappes officiating.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Gary Arlen Rossow (Bobcat) was born Sept. 23, 1939, in Beresford, S.D., the son of Rueben and Marion (McNab) Rossow. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith.
Arlen attended and graduated from Brewster High School in 1958. Arlen then worked at Toro of Windom, where he met the love of his life, Adaline “Adie” Anderson. They were united in marriage on June 11, 1960, in Westbrook. They made their home in Windom.
In 1966, Arlen enrolled in and attended Worthington State Junior College of Worthington, where he earned his Associative of Arts degree and played football. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health from Mankato State College in Mankato, graduating in 1970. During this four-year period, he continued working at Toro and at the Windom schools as an assistant janitor.
Following his graduation, Arlen taught physical education and health for over 30 years in the Windom Public Schools. He coached varsity girls softball for many years. He was also a junior high school football and wrestling coach.
Arlen also officiated numerous sports, including football, baseball, softball and track.
Arlen loved animals. He raised many different types of animals, including horses, dogs (including Luke and Kuwa), sheep, rabbits, pigeons and some exotic birds.
Arlen had a great love for the outdoors, where he enjoyed hunting (rifle, shotgun, bow and black powder), trapping and fishing.
With his passion for hunting and fishing came his involvement in many clubs: Pheasants Forever, Deer Hunters Association, Minnesota Trappers Association, Sun Valley Gun Club and Ducks Unlimited.
He was a member of Lions Club International, MEA, Minnesota State Coaches Association and The American Quarter Horse Association.
Arlen was an active member at the American Lutheran Church in Windom and most recently Trinity Lutheran Church in Montevideo.
In his free time, Arlen enjoyed wood carving, bird watching and following the many Minnesota sports teams, including Vikings, Twins, Wild, Gophers, Gustavus Gusties, Montevideo Thunderhawks, Stevens Raiders and Windom Eagles.
Throughout his life, Arlen enjoyed camping, playing slow-pitch softball, trap shooting, archery and attending the weekly Windom hay sales, where he was known as Dr. Rossow. He loved nothing more than caring for Adie and being involved with his children and five grandchildren’s activities over the years, both in Montevideo and Rapid City, S.D. He was a very proud father and grandfather.
After 20 years of participation, Arlen obtained one of his prized accomplishments, when he won the 2020-2021 BDFL (Bruce Douglas Fantasy Football League) championship with his team “Warriors.” Most of all, Arlen enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be missed dearly by many and also those who enjoyed hearing bad jokes.
He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Adie; children, Shaun (Angela) Rossow of Black Hawk, S.D.; and Marree (Dan) Douglas of Montevideo; grandchildren: Jayme and Cooper Rossow, and Jake (Idee), Isaac and Kori Douglas; and other extended family and friends.
Arlen was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Carol (Jim) Hanson.
Arrangements are with Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home of Montevideo. www.andersontebeest.com


Kathleen Bjerum

Kathleen Bjerum, age 88 of Bemidji, died Thursday, May 12, 2022.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church.
Burial is in the Westbrook Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.
Stephens Funeral Service-Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kathleen Irene Nelson, the daughter of Willie C. and Clara (Svien) Nelson, was born on Feb. 15, 1934, in the family home near Westbrook. She spent the first days of her life in a box in the kitchen oven due to the bitter winter cold.
She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Kathleen received her education at Double Lake Country School, Westbrook High School, the University of Minnesota (AA) and South Dakota State University (BS).
On Aug. 5, 1956, Kathleen was united in marriage to Douglas Wayne Bjerum at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Her first career, and the passion of her work, was as a home extension educator in Amboy. Through her life she never stopped teaching and mentoring her family, or anyone of any age, in homemaking and life skills. Her cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, cross stitching and crocheting skills were second to none, and if you wanted to learn she would teach you with the patience of Job.
The majority of her career life was spent as an administrator and later program advisor in child support collections for the State of Minnesota.
In retirement, Kathleen spent every fall as a volunteer election judge in Bemidji and as a county fair judge.
She enjoyed reading, with goals exceeding 100 books per year, camping and campfires, hiking and sitting in the woods or at the lake, playing games, and cheering on her Minnesota Vikings. This exceedingly strong, independent, stubborn, bullheaded survivor loved her family — children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews, cousins and all who went before her.
As things were looking that the final chapter had begun, Kathleen expressed how great it was to be together and that we weren’t waiting until after the funeral. She shared missing the cousin gatherings and that when the time for further care came, we would get her back to Westbrook close to “the family,” so she could spend time.
Sadly, that chance did not come. On Thursday afternoon, May 12, 2022, Kathleen peacefully died in Bemidji.
Grandma B is survived by her three children: Michael and his wife, Audrey, of Romeoville, Ill.; Jodell Wood and her husband, Richard Almont, of Hudson, S.D.; and Debra Risberg and her husband, Edward, of Bemidji; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her three sisters: Harriette Bondhus of Westbrook, Phyllis Bakken and her husband, Lee, of Westbrook, and Carol Harder and her husband, Brian, of Mt. Lake; eight nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Michael Wood; her former husband, Douglas Bjerum; brother-in-law, Leland Bondhus; and a nephew, Corey Harder.


Myron Horkey

Myron “Mike” Horkey, 75, of Heron Lake died May 12, 2022, at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in Worthington.
A celebration of life service was Tuesday at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Heron Lake with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating.
The service was livestreamed on the Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page.
Burial with full military honors was at Lakeside Cemetery in Heron Lake.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center handled the funeral arrangements.
Myron “Mike” Lee Horkey was born Jan. 19, 1947, to Elmer and Hattie (Kuehl) Horkey in rural Westbrook. He attended country school in Rosehill Township of Cottonwood County and later attended Westbrook Public School, graduating in 1965.
Myron enlisted in the Army National Guard in December 1965 and served six years before receiving his honorable discharge in November 1971.
In 2022, he was presented the Certificate of 50 Years of Continuous Membership in the American Legion. He served as a past commander of the Heron Lake Legion, then joined the Okabena Legion when the Heron Lake post disbanded.
Myron worked for his uncle, Delton Horkey, during summer vacations from school and from graduation until 1972. Loving carpentry work, Myron then worked for Ray Kirchner Construction, formed H&H Construction with Loren Hedrick and later started Horkey Construction, which was still going at the time of his death.
In 1966, Myron married Nancy McBreen at Faith Lutheran Church in Westbrook. They were blessed with four children: Lisa, Wade, Mikka and Megan.
Family was everything to Myron. He especially enjoyed family gatherings and the opportunity to see everyone together. He enjoyed playing cards or a board game with his grandchildren. If one of his children had a job they would like him to do, he was there as quickly as possible.
Myron was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Heron Lake.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Hatty; grandson, Tyler; sisters: Violet, Bernice and Joyce; and brothers: Russell, Maynard, Arland and Richard.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nancy of Heron Lake; four children: Lisa (Matt) Strassburg of Pemberton, Wade (Gina) Horkey of Stacy, Mikka (Eric) Liepold of Heron Lake and Megan (Greg) Porth of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Huerkamp of Janesville and JoAnn Mead of Windom; and a brother, Larry Horkey of Westbrook.


James Derickson

James Derickson, 91, of Lamberton died May 9, 2022, at Valley View Manor Care Center in Lamberton.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m., at Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton with Pastor Michael Stangeland officiating.
Interment will be at Highwater Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a time for stories at 7 p.m., at Sturm Funeral Home, Lamberton Chapel. Visitation will continue Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Sturm Funeral Home, Lamberton Chapel is handling the funeral arrangements.
James Stuart Derickson was born Aug. 31, 1930, to Alvin and Myrtle (Mattison) Derickson in Highwater Township of Cottonwood County.
In 1954, James married Ella Klingenberg at United Methodist Church in Morgan.
James’ passion, enjoyment, hobby and life was farming.
He was a member of Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton, where he served on the church council. He also served on the Highwater Township board for over 30 years, as well as the Lamberton Elevator board and Southwest Regional Development Commission.
He and Ella were members of the Boots and Bows Square Dance Club and enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Norway and Australia.
He was preceded in death by his brothers: Harold, Arnold and Alvin; and sisters: Ethel Swanson, Ellen Schmitz and Dorothy Muyres.
Survivors include his wife, Ella of Lamberton; children: Debra (Leslie Rosenbaum) Derickson of Alexandria, Va.; son, Dennis (Sara) Derickson of Atascadero, Calif.; Connie (Glen) Schultz of Waseca; Russell (Paula) Derickson of Lamberton; and John (Brenda) Derickson of Lamberton; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Carolyn (Alvin) Derickson.


Donna Hanson

Donna Hanson, 87, of rural Heron Lake died May 6, 2022, at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington.
A celebration of life service was Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Heron Lake with Pastor Kathy Brandt officiating.
Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Heron Lake.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Donna Mae Smith was born Aug. 23, 1934, to Roland and Helen (Wray) Smith in Heron Lake. She received her early education in a country school in Southbrook Township of Cottonwood County before attending and then graduating from Heron Lake High School in 1952.
Donna worked for a short time as a telephone operator before marrying David Hanson in 1953 at United Methodist Church in Heron Lake. They were blessed with three daughters: Jayne, Christine and Sandra.
After David was discharged from military service, Donna and David farmed in Southbrook Township until 1966 whey they purchased their farm in Springfield Township.
In the fall of 1995, they retired from farming.
After David’s death in 2000, Donna continued living on the farm and took pride in maintaining the acreage for her family to enjoy.
She was recently placed in hospice care at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington,
Donna was a lifetime member of United Methodist Church in Heron Lake, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and member of United Methodist Women. She also was a member of Cottonwood County Home Extension.
Donna enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidery, playing piano, collecting old music, family gatherings, traveling and family genealogy.
In addition to her husband David, Donna was preceded in death by a sister, Marie (Ed) Legg.
Survivors include her three daughters: Jayne (Thomas) Miranowski of Heron Lake, Christine (Mark Buss) Anderson of Marshall and Sandra (Michael) Griese of Mt. Lake; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean (Ken) Swenson of Marshfield, Wis., and Patricia (Gordy) Peters of Burnsville.


Marian Torkelson

Marian Torkelson, 88, of Windom died May 2, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A celebration of life funeral service was Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Rev. Mike McInnis officiating.
The service was livestreamed on the First United Methodist Church Facebook page.
Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Marian M. Weiland was born March 5, 1934, to John and Mabel (Aeling) Weiland in Heron Lake. She was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church of Heron Lake.
Marian attended Windom High School and graduated in 1952.
She worked in the hospitality industry as a chef. She worked for many years in the family business, Tork’s Cafe, in Windom. Before retiring in 2004, she worked for 11 years at Windom Area Hospital.
In 1956, Marian married Donald Joseph Torkelson. They were blessed with four children: Michael, Susan, Peggy and Sally. Marian also enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Marian was a member of First United Methodist Church in Windom and worked served her church in various ways.
She also was involved in the community as a member of Sons of Norway, American Legion Auxiliary and Red Hatters. Marian also volunteered at the Cottonwood County Fair and especially enjoyed her coffee groups at Hardee’s and McDonald’s.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Torkelson; son, Michael Torkelson; and a brother, Robert Weiland.
Survivors include her daughters: Susan (Ron) Visker and Sally (Blaine) Larson, all of Windom; and Peggy (Dave) Rinkenberger of Morris; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mavis Loken of Oklahoma.


Nancy Reinitz


Nancy Reinitz, 70, of Windom died May 1, 2022, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
A celebration of life funeral service was Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating.
Burial was at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in Storden.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Nancy Marie Liepold was born Dec. 2, 1951, to Rose and Gene Liepold in Heron Lake. She was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake and later confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom.
She graduated from Windom High School in 1970.
In 1970, Nancy married Dale Reinitz at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom.
Nancy worked for Sperry Univac Corp. for 13 years. Later, Nancy and Dale purchased the Skateland Rollerdrome and ran it for 17 years. Nancy was known as “mom” by many at the Rollerdrome.
For many years, Nancy and Dale also participated in Clowns on Wheels and performed in many area parades. She enjoyed driving the four-wheeler with candy while other clowns roamed the streets on their roller skates.
Nancy and Dale enjoyed fishing and camping at Eastside Acres in Round Lake. Occasionally, they were joined by their nieces and nephew. Nancy also enjoyed crocheting, making hundreds of blankets and other items for family and friends.
In later years, she and Dale enjoyed bingo at various locations.
She will be remembered for her smile, laugh and heart.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Liepold Jr.; mother, Rose (Gerald) Veenker; and a brother, Randy Veenker.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Dale Reinitz; a daughter, Karla (Harry) Waltner of Tea, S.D.; four grandchildren; a brother, Timothy (Michelle) Liepold Sr. of Rochester; and a sister, Deb (Ted) Horkey of Windom.


Raymond Kleinow

Raymond “Ray” Kleinow, 85, of Burnsville, formerly of Comfrey, died April 29, 2022, at his home in Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church in rural St. James with Rev. Mandy France officiating.
Burial with military honors provided by St. James Veterans Honor Guard will follow at West Sveadahl Lutheran Cemetery in rural St. James.
Visitation will be held today at the church from 9:30 a.m., until the time of the service.
Sturm Funeral Home of St. James is handling the funeral arrangements.
Raymond Albert Kleinow was born June 15, 1936, to Albert Martin and Elise Hiskaline (Junker) Kleinow in Raymond’s parents’ home in Comfrey, Selma Township of Cottonwood County. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Comfrey and received his early education in Comfrey Public School. He earned his GED in 1958.
In 1957, Ray married Delores L. Anderson at West Sveadahl Lutheran Church in Sveadahl. They were blessed with three children: Michael, Debra and Joal.
Following his military service at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., Ray and Delores lived in Burnsville. They enjoyed many family road trips and camping trips together and visited many U.S. states, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada. Ray and Dee also made two trips to Sweden and Germany to connect with distant relatives and genealogy friends.
Ray enjoyed outdoor activities, but mechanical and electronic devices were his passion. In 1953, he enrolled in a correspondence course in radio, TV and electronics with DeForest Technical Institute. The course helped him receive training in the U.S. Air Force in airborne radar maintenance.
That training led to a career in the computer field at Control Data Corporation where he was an instructor of computer maintenance. He was assigned to two main frame computer design teams and later was a program manager of several military projects within the Government Systems Division.
His favorite project, which lasted over 10 years, was as a program manager of the Phoenix computer which controlled missiles on the F-14 Tomcat, made famous in the movie “Top Gun.”
In retirement, Ray studied and researched family history and visited ancestral villages of the Kleinow and Junker lines in Germany. He also was a volunteer research helper at the Bloomington LDS Family History Center.
Proud of his heritage, Ray was involved with the Minnesota Genealogical Society and Germanic Genealogical Society and a founding member of the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America. He helped Dee in the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota by team-teaching a Swedish Genealogy Workshop at the American Swedish Institute for 19 years before retiring in 2019.
His pride and joy was his family.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty (Borchardt) Johnson and Phyllis Roehl; three sisters-in-law: Shirley Kleinow, Beatrice Kleinow and Marie Kleinow; and two brothers-in-law, Giles Roehl and Floyd Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Delores; children: Michael (Penny) Kleinow, Debra (Brent) Jass and Joal (Lisa) Kleinow; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Kleinow and Richard (Lise) Kleinow; a sister, Edna (Orval) Curry; and a brother-in-law, LeRoy (Marion) Anderson.


Arnold Krahn

Arnold Krahn, 88, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Mt. Lake, died April 20, 2022, at Maple Crest Health Center in Omaha.
Funeral services were held April 26 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, Neb., with Rev. Kent Clark officiating.
Casket bearers were Curt Krahn, Gary Vohnout, Casey Vohnout, Curtis Marking and Delbert Friesen.
Interment was at Crab Orchard Cemetery in Crab Orchard, Neb.
Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, Neb., handled the funeral arrangements.
Arnold Krahn was born June 25, 1933, to Henry and Tina (Warkentin) Krahn in Mt. Lake. Arnold’s father died when he was a young boy. His mother, Tina, married John Vogt, who helped raise Arnold.
Arnold’s early education was in Mt. Lake and later Windom. He graduated from Windom High School in 1953.
In 1954, Arnold married Valla Pearl Edwards at Valla’s parent’s home. They were blessed with three children: Arla, Bona and Curtis. They lived in Windom, Delft and Storden, where they raised their children.
Arnold worked a variety of jobs throughout his lifetime. In Storden, Arnold and Valla owned a grocery store for about 10 years, then traded it for a hobby farm. They rented out the land, but Arnold raised sheep, heifers and a cow.
They eventually sold the farm and moved to Arizona until Valla’s parents died, at which time they moved to Auburn, Neb.
Arnold enjoyed following NASCAR racing, traveling to and attending many different races.
After Valla’s death in 2015, Arnold remained at home until moving to Maple Crest Health Center in Omaha, Neb., in 2018.
In addition to his wife Valla, Arnold was preceded in death by his step-brother, Willard (Marna) Vogt; and daughter, Bona Joye.
Survivors include his daughter, Arla (Gary) Vohnout of Omaha; son, Curt Krahn of Dodge Center; son-in-law, Bruce Joye of Palm Bay, Fla.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosella Friesen and Deloris Regehr of Mt. Lake; and brother, Richard Krahn of Mt. Lake.


Jane Dane

Jane Dane, 73, of Windom died Feb. 10, 2022, at Avas House in Sioux Falls.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Jane Kay Christensen was born April 29, 1948, to Oscar and Ruth (Lucht) Christensen in Windom. She spent her early years in Storden where she attended Bethany Lutheran Church and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
Jane attended Storden Public School and graduating from Storden High School in 1966.
Upon graduation, she married Curt Arndt. They were blessed with two children before the marriage was later dissolved.
In 1975, Jane married Steve Dane. The couple was blessed with one child.
Jane worked at Fingerhut and Certified Resident Facilities in Windom. She also worked at Videos and Beyond and did housekeeping for people in the Windom area.
Jane enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, sewing, playing cards, working on puzzles and playing computer games.
She also was a part of a bowling league and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
As an organ donor, Jane’s corneas have provided sight for two people.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Dane; a sister, Jeris VanDenberg; and brothers-in-law, Larry Schauer and Stan VanDenberg.
Survivors include her sons: David (Heidi) Arndt of Jackson and Darin Arndt and Matt Dane of Windom; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings: Judy Schauer of Storden; Janice (Lynn) Soleta and Joette Buss, all of Windom; Joan Espelien of New London; Jolene (Fred) Fidler of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and Joyce Hanish of Jeffers.


Alan Wisdorf

Alan Wisdorf, age 64 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, April 25, 2022, at Benedictine Living Community.
Alan John Wisdorf was born Nov. 9, 1957, in Slayton, to Leo J. and JoAnn M. (Illg) Wisdorf. Al lived with his parents in Fulda, then on a farm near Avoca, until moving to Windom in 1969. His sister, Lisa, was born in 1960.
Alan attended elementary school in Fulda and Slayton, and middle and high school in Windom. He graduated from Windom High School in 1977.
Following graduation, Al worked in the kitchen at Windom Area Hospital. In 1985, he became a custodian at the Home for Creative Living in Windom, also known as Habilitative Services, Inc. He loved his work and the people. Al worked 29 years with Habilitative Services, until becoming disabled in 2014.
In 2018, Leo and Al moved to Faribault, to be closer to Lisa. After Leo passed away in 2021, Al moved to assisted living at the Benedictine Living Community at Northfield. Al enjoyed getting to know people, and made friends wherever he went.
Alan loved animals, especially dogs. He never met a dog he didn’t pet, talk to and love.
He also cheered on the Minnesota Twins, even when they weren’t playing well. In 1987, he attended a World Series game with his dad and it has always been a special memory.
Al also enjoyed watching the Vikings and had a collection of various team caps, tee shirts and sweatshirts.
Al was an avid reader and regularly borrowed books from the libraries at Cardinal Pointe in Faribault and the Benedictine Community.
He also loved to tell and be told a good joke, especially with his Grandpa Illg.
Al had a strong faith and treasured a box of collected prayer cards, which he prayed regularly. He participated in Bible Study at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom and at the Benedictine Community.
Alan loved his family and friends, and he will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his sister, Lisa Wisdorf of Northfield; his godmother and special aunt, Elaine Gaul; his aunts: Claire Wisdorf, Margaret (Tom) Gurucharri and Mary Wisdorf; his uncles: John Wisdorf, Eugene Wisdorf and Jim Pippett; 14 cousins; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; uncles: Bob Wisdorf, Jerry Wisdorf, Delven Gaul, Melvin Ruppert, John Manning; and aunts: Jeanette Manning, JoEllyn Ruppert and Janice Pippett.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Interment will be in St. Gabriel Cemetery in Fulda at 3:45 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Del Gaul, James Gorman, Brett Ruppert, Kerry Ruppert, Tim Ruppert and Brian Wisdorf.
The funeral will be livestreamed.
Memorials are preferred to your local food shelf or favorite charity.
Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com


Etta Mae Mather

Etta Mae Mather, 79, of Eagan, formerly of Windom, passed away peacefully April 21, 2022, at her home with her family by her side.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m., at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Condolences and memories of Etta may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com
Etta Mae (Crowell) Mather was born to Lincoln and Blanch (Messenbrink) Crowell in rural Windom on May 21, 1943. She grew up on the family farm in Great Bend Township, attending country school and graduating in 1961 from Windom High School.
Etta attended Mankato State University majoring in home economics and worked at Jackson County, Minnesota Extension Office, as well as being a seamstress.
She married Gary Dale Mather on Dec. 28, 1963, at Windom Methodist Church and the couple first setup household in Dennison, Texas, while Gary was stationed at Perrin Airforce Base. While in Texas, children Mark and Laurie were born and the family then moved back to Minnesota in 1967 settling initially in Apple Valley and finally to their home in Eagan in 1971.
Etta was active in the community as a Dakota County Extension volunteer canning expert, 4-H leader for the Eagan Rangers, member of a county homemakers group and in the school district as a Bucket Brigade mentor for the Rahn Elementary school student reading program.
Her skill with her early needle arts (crochet, hardanger, needle point, sewing) culminated in a love for quilting and joining the Scrapbaggers Quilting group. Her quilt group affectionately named her “Ahab the Tent Maker” as most of her projects were bedspreads at the start. With a large cache of fabric and a desire to continue learning new quilting skills, smaller quilts, wall hangings and household linens were finished in between the big quilts. Etta’s artistic abilities were showcased in her beautiful textiles.
Non-quilting interests were travelling (quilt and fabric stores may have been in the travel plans), camping, gardening, bowling (Bowling Stones team at Cedarvale Lanes) and wintering in Orange Beach, Ala., as a snowbird.
Etta is survived by her husband, Gary; son, Mark; daughter, Laurie (Kelly) Barr; granddaughter, Shannon Barr; brother, Earl (Vonnie) Crowell; brothers-in-law: Phil Mather, John (Ruthanna) Mather, Steve (Patty) Mather; sisters-in-law: Donna (Paul) Crowell, Julie (Leon) Crowell, Gloria Mather; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Etta in death were her parents, Lincoln and Blanch Crowell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clement and Phyllis Mather; brothers, Paul and Leon Crowell; niece, Sherilyn Crowell; great-niece, Rachel Henderson; and nephew, Alan Crowell.
Thank you to HealthPartners Hospice and Palliative Care, Crescent Tide Cremation Services, and LaCanne Family Funeral Services


Norma Schmalz

Norma Schmalz, 91, of Monticello, formerly of Windom, died April 25, 2022, at St. Benedict’s in Monticello.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday at 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom following the service.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom and continue Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Norma Twait was born June 1930 to Roy and Ruth Twait in Windom. She spent her first years on the farm and received her early education in a one-room country school. When her family moved into Windom, she continued her education and graduated from Windom Public Schools.
In 1949, Norma married Eugene Schmalz. They were blessed with four children — David, Michael, Mark and Stephanie — and lived in Windom.
Norma helped her husband establish his contracting business before becoming a librarian for Windom Area Schools.
In later years, Norma and Gene spent many winters in Mission, Texas.
Norma was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and remained a lifelong member of American Lutheran Church in Windom.
She enjoyed golf, bowling and square dancing. She was particularly proud of recording a hole-in-one at Windom Country Club.
She also became known as the “walking lady” because of her daily 5-mile walks around Island Park and the Windom Square.
Norma enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She often traveled from New York to California to Hawaii to see her family and see her grandchildren’s achievements.
She will be remembered as a generous, positive person who never said a bad word about anyone.
Survivors include her four children: Dave Schmalz and partner Ellen Karsten of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mike Schmalz of Windom; Mark (Cristina) Schmalz of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Stephanie (Andy) Astleford of Elk River; six grandchildren; a brother, Kermit (Betty) Twait of Windom; and a brother-in-law, Don Baker of Walnut Grove.


Joy Flatgard

Joy Flatgard, 86, of Windom died April 22, 2022.
Joy has requested no services and a private family burial next to her husband at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Joy Jean Gee was born Dec. 9, 1935, to Jay and Clara (Anderson) Gee in Jackson. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1953, where her favorite classes were English, band and choir. She played clarinet in the band and sang alto in choir.
In 1954, Joy married Dwayne “Nick” Orville Flatgard. They were blessed with three children: Kari, Kathy and Danny.
Joy and Dwayne lived in Windom, where Joy worked several jobs until her husband’s health declined.
Joy was a member of American Lutheran Church in Windom until moving to assisted living at Oak Terrance in LeSueur.
He had a passion for music. Her favorite singer was Elvis Pressly and had many of his CDs and movies. She also enjoyed country western music and danced to the music.
In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling, then playing golf later on. The group of women with whom she golfed also played cards together weekly.
She enjoyed crocheting and made many afghans and doilies throughout the years. She also enjoyed daily crossword puzzles in the newspaper and her family meant the world to her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne Flatgard; a sister, Twyla Anderson; and two sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law.
Survivors include her two daughters, Kari (Ernie) Hunter of Windom and Kathy (Jim) Effle of Rochester; a son, Danny (Sherry) Flatgard of Mankato; a stepson, Dan (Barb) Solberg of Oronoco; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law.


Arlene Burbank

Arlene Burbank, 100, of Windom died April 14, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A celebration of life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom following the service.
Visitation will be held today at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Arlene Ozel Batalden was born Dec. 20, 1921, to Ole and Anna (Quam) Batalden on the family farm in Highwater Township of Cottonwood County. She was baptized and later confirmed at Highwater Lutheran Church.
Arlene received her early education at District 3 Highwater Township country school before graduating from Lamberton High School in 1939. She attended business college, graduating in 1941.
In 1978, Arlene married Stanley Kenneth Burbank in Windom. They lived in Windom and enjoyed 11 years of marriage until Stanley’s death in 1990.
Until retiring in 1984, Arlene worked as the deputy county recorder for Cottonwood County for 28 years.
In 1996, Arlene moved to Remick Ridge Estates in Windom, then to Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in 2017.
Arlene was a member of Sons of Norway, RSVP, AARP and the Cottonwood County Historical Society.
She was involved in American Lutheran Church in Windom, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher and holding various offices for American Lutheran Church Women.
In addition to her husband Stan Burbank, Arlene was preceded in death by brothers Clement, Norris and Vernon Batalden; and sisters Bernice Erlandson and Cora C. Brand.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.


Ruth Thompson

Ruth Thompson, 79, of Lakefield, formerly of the Windom and Jackson area, died April 10, 2022, at Serenity Living Solutions in Sebeka.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held May 21.
Ruth Ann Thomas was born June 14, 1942, to Harold and Mildred (Navara) Thomas in Jackson. She grew up in Lakefield and graduated from Lakefield High School in 1960.
In her younger years, she worked at the Thomas Cafe. While living in Windom, she worked at KDOM Radio in its location on Wolf Lake Road.
She also lived for several years in Hibbing, where she worked as a bank teller.
In 2015, due to early dementia, she moved to Traditions of Montgomery. She later moved to Sebeka to be near her daughter.
Survivors include her daughters, Brenda Temple and Bethany Hagy; four granddaughters; and a sister, Eileen Pankonin of Windom.


Blanche Meyer

Blanche Meyer, 76, of rural Storden died April 9, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Westbrook.
A celebration of life service was Saturday at Amo Lutheran Church in rural Storden with Pastor Harvey Pedersen officiating.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Blanche Eileen Dunnick was born Jan. 25, 1946, to Donald and Wilma (DeRoos) Dunnick in Boyden, Iowa. She received her education in Boyden-Hull Public Schools.
After joining the carnival for several years, Blanche later attended Clifton College in California and lived in several places in California and Arizona.
In 1996, Blanche married Nick Meyer at Amo Lutheran Church in rural Storden. They lived at Nick’s home south of Storden.
For several years before retiring, Blanche was a Medi-Van driver.
A longtime member of Amo Lutheran Church in rural Storden, Blanche was a past treasurer and member of WELCA.
She enjoyed her dogs, karaoke, an occasional trip to the casino, creating artwork, crocheting and collecting frogs.
She was preceded in death by three brothers: Clairneil, Bob and Chuck Dunnick.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Nick Meyer of rural Storden, three stepchildren: Jen (Scott) Zupker of Mapleton; Josh (Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch) Meyer of Austin, Texas; and Chris (Zach Herbst) Meyer of Minneapolis; six step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and two siblings, Butch (Pat) Dunnick of Hutchinson and Jackie Conrad of rural Storden.


Terry Nerhus

Terry Nerhus, 70, of St. Louis Park, formerly of Windom, died April 5, 2022, at his home.
A memorial service was Thursday at Cremation Society of Minnesota in Edina.
He will be buried with his parents at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Windom.
Terry Lee Nerhus was born Aug. 26, 1951, the first of five children born to Larned and Viola Nerhus in Windom. He grew up in Windom and graduated from Windom High School in 1969.
He attended St. Cloud State, then started his early career in Norwegian imports and retail sales by opening a small retail store in St. Cloud.
In 1971, he married Jackie (Schuett) Nerhus. They were blessed with two children, Erik and, in 1984, Molly.
After opening a larger store in St. Cloud, he moved to Mankato and opened stores in Mankato and Minnetonka.
A few years later, the family moved back to Terry’s beloved hometown of Windom, where he opened a men’s clothing store, his childhood dream.
After a fire destroyed the store, he launched a new career in real estate finance in the Twin Cities, in which he spent the rest of his career.
His greatest joy was watching his children grow up and have their own families. He was a regular in the stands at local hockey arenas watching his grandchildren and was a Wayzata hockey super fan. He enjoyed supporting and watching all four of his grandchildren in their activities.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jackie; son, Erik (Liz) Nerhus; daughter, Molly (Kevin) Rollwagen; four grandchildren; and sisters: Kathy (Danny) Smith, Karen (Bill) Knigge, Andrea Nerhus and Patty (Gale) Symens.


Donald Schuknecht

Donald “Spook” Schuknecht, 85, of Windom died March 16, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Windom Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive, in Windom. Donald Schuknecht was born March 28, 1936, in Minneapolis. He was adopted as a young man into the family of Walter and Esther Schuknecht and lived on a farm 7 miles south of Storden. He attended country school through sixth grade then completed his education at Storden Public School. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Okabena. In 1964, Donald married Eldora Schmidt in Sioux Falls. Eldora had two sons, Rodney and Steve, from a previous marriage and Donald helped her raise them. Donald worked as a truck driver for various companies while living in Windom. He drove truck for Elmer Ferguson and worked 10 years for Windom Ready Mix. He also drove milk truck for Okabena Creamery and hauled grain, cattle and products. Donald and Eldora sold their home in Windom and moved to Cave City, Ark., where they lived until Eldora’s death. In Cave City, Don farmed, did bushhogging and maintenance for various customers. Donald will be remembered for his good sense of humor and good natured teasing. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, going to auctions with friends and collecting toy tractors and trucks. In addition to his wife Eldora, Donald was preceded in death by a stepson, Rodney Schmidt. Survivors include a sister, Ruth Egenes of Slayton: a stepson, Steve (Deborah) Schmidt of Maplewood; one step-daughter-in-law, Marjorie Schmidt of Mt. Lake; and numerous grandchildren.


Bruce G. Olson

Bruce G. Olson, age 79, has changed his address to his eternal resting place. Bruce passed away at Sanford Hospital from complications of a stroke. Bruce participated in his transition by reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Bruce was a lifelong resident of Windom, graduating in the high school class of 1962 and was drafted into the Army in 1966. Bruce was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany for two years followed by two years in the National Guard. Bruce assisted in managing bowling alleys in Windom and Worthington and worked at the American Legion. The last 16 years, 3 months of employment was with the Highway Department in Windom where he developed rewarding relationships with his peers. Bruce retired at 62 years of age and spent much of his time being an avid sports fan and caring for his beloved dogs. Preceded in death by Merrill (Scotty) Olson, father; Violet (Warden) Olson, Purrington, mother; Shantel Wylie, niece. Survived by his sister, Shannon (Olson) Wylie, who he mentored in her endless questions about government and politics; two nieces, Heather Leider (Laurence), Bridy Dawson (Shannon); seven great-nieces and nephews; and six great-great-nieces and nephews; and his friends. Bruce will be buried at Fort Snelling during the summer. Notice will announce future date of burial. Memorials preferred to Windom food shelf.


Ruth Woodall

Ruth Woodall, 80, of St. Cloud, formerly of Elbow Lake and Windom, died March 14, 2022, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, Fla. Graveside funeral services will be held April 27 at 11 a.m., at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Ruth Frances Konrad was born July 21, 1941, to Frank and Esther (Goodwin) Konrad in Jackson. She grew up and attended school in Windom. In 1958, Ruth married James Woodall in Flandreau, S.D. They lived in Mankato, where Ruth attended nursing school and later earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In 1970, the family moved to Fairmont where she was employed at the Fairmont Hospital. In 1977, the family moved to Elbow Lake, where she was employed by Grant County Hospital. In 1998, following James’ retirement, she worked in several states as a traveling nurse. The couple also lived in Arizona during the winter months and returned to Minnesota for the summer. In 2014, Ruth and James moved to St. Cloud. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; a grandson, Chad Woodall; and a brother, Bill Konrad. Survivors include her three children: James (Diane Zellman) Woodall of Lester Prairie; Kay (Keith) Fjoslien of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and Thomas (Donna) Woodall of Apple Valley; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Kermit) Twait of Windom; and Ruth’s fourlegged companion, Lola.


Jermaine Grove

Jermaine Grove, 80, of Windom died Feb. 23, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial in Windom. A celebration of life service will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom with Father Pratap officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom. Visitation will be held Friday, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home in Windom. LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom is handling the funeral arrangements. Jermaine Mary Helen Sandmeyer was born July 14, 1941, to Roman and Coletta (Kruger) Sandmeyer in St. James. She was baptized and confirmed in St. James. Jermaine attended St. James Public School, graduating from St. James High School in 1959. That same year, Jermaine married Jerome William Grove. They were blessed with three children: Blair, Bryon and Brenda. The couple moved to Iowa and lived there for a short time before making their home in Windom. Jermaine worked in food service at Winfair Elementary School in Windom for three years, then worked for 25 years at Home for Creative Living. Her last five years before retiring in 2000 were spent working with Adult Day Services. Jermaine loved her family and enjoyed playing bingo, watching The Price is Right and camping, in her younger years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Grove; daughter, Brenda Lee Farber; daughter- in-law, Cheryl Grove; and two brothers, Jerome and Virgal. Survivors include her two sons, Blair (Brandi) Grove and Bryon (Sandy) Grove, all of Windom; 10 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; and two siblings, Arlene (Robert) Roeglin of St. James and LuEtta Sandmeyer of Windom.


Patricia Harrold

Patricia “Pat” Harrold, 74, of Lakefield died March 24, 2022, at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington.
A celebration of life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating.
Visitation was Tuesday at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom and continues today at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Patricia “Pat” Bergeson was born Nov. 29, 1947, to Russel Sr. and Elma (Davis) Bergeson in Estherville, Iowa.
Over the years, Pat worked at Sperry Univac, as a waitress, in home daycares, as a home CNA and then at Good Samaritan Society-Jackson.
Pat met Ed Harrold and moved to Arizona. They were married in 1991 in Prescott Valley, Ariz. They continued living in Arizona where Pat was the caregiver for Ed’s dad, Walter, until Walter’s death.
After his death, Pat and Ed moved to Lakefield where Pat worked at Hilltop Cafe until becoming a homemaker.
Pat recently was placed in hospice care at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington.
A lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary in Jackson and Lakefield, Pat also was a bloodmobile volunteer.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading, baking goodies for her husband and watching her favorite TV shows.
In addition to her father-in-law and parents, Pat was preceded in death by a son, Richard; two brothers, Russel and Larry Bergeson; and a grandson, Kendrick Koppen.
Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Edward Harrold of Lakefield; three children: Rick (Velda) Cole of Graettinger, Iowa; Monica (Tim) Lenz of Lismore; and Teresa (Jeremy) Schaaf of Lincoln, Neb.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters: Rose (Bill) Bass of Sheldon, Iowa; Bev (Jeff) Behr of Lehr, N.D.; Sandy Triggs of Estherville, Iowa; and Cheryl (Jim) Bush of Peterson, Iowa; half-sisters, Joan Klapp of Malibu, Calif.; and Lorene Roberts of Chandler, Ariz.; and a half-brother, Jerry (Judy) Bergeson of Ocean Park, Wash.


Amber Loewen

Amber Loewen, 35, of rural Windom died March 21, 2022, at Windom Area Health in Windom.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
The service will be livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church webpage and YouTube page.
Visitation will be held Thursday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Amber Loewen was born May 2, 1986, to Troy Loewen and Tamara Haug in Jackson. She was baptized and confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Windom, where she remained a lifelong member.
Amber grew up in Windom and received her education from Windom Area Schools, graduating from Windom Area High School in 2004.
Amber will be remembered for her vibrant personality, always happy and smiling. Her dad was her hero and looked up to and admired him.
She was a strong and independent woman, who could fix her own vehicles. She didn’t rely on anyone.
Amber’s pride and joy were her boys, Brecken and Connor. She enjoyed playing outdoors on the farm with her boys, the fainting goats and chickens, or doing arts and crafts in the house. She also helped care for her brothers while growing up.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dolores (Virgil) Matthews of Walnut Grove; and great-grandparents: Bertha and John Loewen of Butterfield, and Howard Martinson.
Survivors include her sons, Brecken and Connor of Windom; fiancé, Bremer Glidden of Windom; father, Troy (June) Loewen of Windom; mother, Tamara Haug of Fairmont; brothers, Sean (Gina) Loewen of Mt. Lake and Jamison Loewen of Windom; stepmother, Kara Marcy of Windom; stepbrothers: Steven Husaboe of Lakefield, Aaron Glander of Sanborn and Brandon Glander of Jeffers; grandparents, Harold and Doretta Loewen of Butterfield; and great-grandmother, Catherine Martinson of Butterfield.


Joyce Helgeson

Joyce Helgeson, 91, of Golden Valley, formerly of Windom, died Jan. 30, 2022, at Good Samaritan Ambassador in New Hope.
A celebration of life service will be held April 7, at 2 p.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom, where she was a longtime member.
Joyce Peterson was born April 25, 1930, in Cobden to to Alex and Edna Peterson of Springfield, where she was raised.
In 1949, Joyce married John Helgeson. Together they raised three children in Windom: Lynn, Ann and Joel.
Joyce did office work at several locations in Windom before becoming joint owner/operator of Helgeson Clothiers and Dry Cleaners in Windom for several years.
Joyce will be remembered as caring woman who had many friends and acquaintances wherever she went.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, John.
Survivors include her three children: Lynn (Ron) Soleta, Ann (Tom) Barron and Joel (Lori) Helgeson; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother.


Waldo Stoesz

Waldo Stoesz, 94, of Mt. Lake died March 15, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake.
Services were Friday at Lakeview Gospel Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Merwin Dick officiating.
A private family interment was at Mt. Lake City Cemetery.
Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements.
Waldo Clarence Stoesz was born Nov. 16, 1927, to Cornelius and Martha (Duerksen) Stoesz at his Butterfield home. Waldo accepted Christ at a young age when he responded to an altar call at an evangelistic crusade.
Waldo graduated from Mt. Lake High School where he met Geneva Quiring. They were married at First Mennonite Church in 1949 and enjoyed nearly 70 years together.
Waldo worked for Jungas Hardware before living out his dream of farming. In 1952, he purchased from his uncle a 160-acre farm on the edge of Mt. Lake.
As their farm expanded, their family grew as well. They were blessed with four children, whom they raised on a foundation of faith.
In retirement, he volunteered with Care and Share, the Gideons, Heritage Village and others. He also enjoyed reading, attending his grandchildren’s events, bird watching and keeping his yard free of dandelions.
Waldo will be remembered for exemplifying an evangelistic spirit, seeking to share the Good News with everyone he encountered. He also will be remembered for his jokes and positive attitude.
Survivors include his children: Miranda, Merlin (DeeAnn), Burton (Karin) and Bonita (Tedd); and 10 grandchildren.


Frances Hochstein

Frances “Fran” Hochstein, 97, of Windom died March 15, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A celebration of life service was Monday at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Rev. Paul Sajban officiating.
The service ws livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center Facebook page.
Burial followed at Lake-view Cemetery in Windom.
LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center handled the funeral arrangements.
Frances “Fran” Elizabeth Henrich was born Sept. 29, 1924, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Reis) Henrich in Armour, S.D., the seventh of nine children. She was baptized at an early age and later confirmed.
She received her education in Sac City, Iowa.
In 1944, Frances married Alvin Hochstein in the parsonage of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Okabena. They were blessed with three sons: Gary, Curt and Randy.
The couple began farming in 1949 in Christiania Township of Jackson County.
Fran was a true farm wife, who enjoyed cooking, the outdoors and her flower garden. She especially enjoyed the smell of burning leaves in the fall and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who knew her as “Grandma Frannie.”
Fran also enjoyed part-time work and the friends she made at Minntex, where she packed fruit for 20 years — from age 70 to 90.
She entered Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom in 2015.
Fran was a longtime member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Alvin in 2008; and a son, Curt in 2018.
Survivors include her sons, Gary (Cheryl) Hochstein and Randy (Connie) Hochstein, all of Windom; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a step-grandson and a sister, Aggie.


Gerald Edward Kuecker

Gerald Edward Kuecker, 79, was born Dec. 27, 1942, to parents, Clarence E. Kuecker and Ruby E. Kuecker (nee Ebbeson), near West Bend, Iowa.
After moving to Minnesota in 1952, Mr. Kuecker graduated from Slayton High School in 1960 and received his B.S. from South Dakota State University in 1964.
He was commissioned in 1965 and completed fixed wing and rotary wing flight training in Pensacola, Fla., in 1966. As a Naval officer and Naval aviator he completed two deployments to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
Flying the UH-2C helicopter he rescued two downed U.S. pilots. He was awarded two Air Medals, Navy Citation, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, two Naval Reserve ribbons, and National Defense Medal, and U.S. Navy Pistol Expert.
Mr. Kuecker was released from the U.S. Navy under honorable conditions in 1969 and then joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1969. He then flew as a pilot in the SP-2H Neptune and the P-3A Orion on Anti-submarine warfare missions. He retired from the Reserves in 1985 as a lieutenant commander.
Mr. Kuecker also served in the U.S. Treasury Department as a special agent and as a pilot supervisor with the U.S. Customs Service and retired from U.S. Customs as a GS-14 in 1995.
He graduated from the University of Southern California Aviation Safety Program in 1985 and graduated from the U.S. Navy War College Command and Staff Course in 1979.
He was VFW Post 750 commander in 2001-2002 and VFW South Dakota State Commander in 2012-2013. He was a life member of the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans. He was also an annual member of the National Rifle Association, Military Officers Association and Federal Law Enforcement Association.
As a civilian pilot, Mr. Kuecker held an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and Certified Flight Instructor in multi-engine, single engine and instrument instructor. He held Pilot Type Ratings in the T-39 Jet Sabreliner, C-55 Jet Citation, the UH-60 Blackhawk and the GS-2 Grumman. He also piloted many other aircraft including multi-engine turboprops, single engine and the Bell Cobra.
He was the father of two most beloved daughters, with his previous wife.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Shirley; and is survived by his brother, Ron; and sister, Darlene. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and a wonderful son-in-law.
He was an avid hunter and horseback rider.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, March 3, in Jacksonville National Cemetery with military honors.


Frank A. Lindmeyer

The banjo is silent, but the legend lives on, Of a man, his music, and his love for a song. The Lord blessed this man with the ability to strum, That inspired crowds from all over the area to come. Here on this earth for 90 years, His musical talent fell on many-an-ear. The generosity he had in sharing his gift Gave his family and those who heard him a lift. So today in glories of heaven above, A “new” strummer strums praises to the Lord with love. He continues his passion for music and song His earthly banjo is silent, but in heaven his banjo plays on! In memory of Frank A. Lindmeyer June 5, 1931 – March 3, 2022 Loving Father of Vicki Alm


Bonnie Bottin

Bonnie Bottin, 90, of Madelia, formerly of Windom, died March 8, 2022, at Living Meadows at Luther in Madelia. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church Facebook page and YouTube channel. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom. Visitation and a time of gathering will be held Saturday, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the church in Windom. Iris LaVonne Amsden was born Feb. 19, 1932, to Dennie and Edith Evelyn (Hagerman) Amsden on the farm in Comfrey. She quickly acquired the name “Bonnie,” when her siblings could not say her name. Bonnie was baptized and confirmed at Jeffers Baptist Church in rural Jeffers. She led a spiritual life and was involved in her church, especially as a circle member. She attended Comfrey schools, graduating from Comfrey High School in 1950. In 1950, Bonnie married Marvin Arthur Bottin at Jeffers Baptist Church. They were blessed with two sons, Michael and Douglas, and a daughter, Brenda Lea. Bonnie and Marv worked well together on the farm and Bonnie took pride in caring for the lawn, mowing and picking up sticks. She was employed with First National Bank Insurance Company and was a bookkeeper at McDonald’s in Windom. She also kept books for Marv’s cattle operation. She will be remembered as quiet, but influential in her family and community. She always was very organized and filled spaces in her home with things that were special to her. She enjoyed time in the sun, wearing a big hat; walking for exercise; shopping; and watching her grandchildren’s activities. Bonnie was a baseball fan, especially of the Mankato Moon Dogs minor league team. She also closely followed the American Lutheran Church softball team. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Bottin in 2014; daughter, Brenda Lea Meyer; brothers, Stanley and Mervin; and sister, Ardyce Miller. Survivors include her sons, Michael (Sally) Bottin and Douglas (Staci) Bottin, all of Madelia; son-in-law, Tom Meyer of Butterfield; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Carter of Springfield.


Troy Ackerman

Troy Ackerman, 55, of Windom, formerly of Round Lake, died March 4, 2022, at Windom Area Health Emergency Room in Windom. A celebration of life and time for visiting will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Troy Hartley Ackerman was born Oct. 7, 1966, to Stanley and Karen (Jurgenson) Ackerman in Hartley, Iowa. Troy spent his childhood years in Harris and Ocheyedan, Iowa, before his family moved to Bakersfield, Calif., where he continued his education. After high school, Troy worked in the oil fields around Bakersfield before moving back to Iowa in 1993. He was employed at Tanks in Sheldon, Iowa for 10 years and Sunrise Farms for 12 years. Eventually, he settled in Round Lake, where for the next four years he worked at Seven Hills Dairy until his health declined. In 1994, Troy married Jackie Tacker in Sanborn, Iowa. His family will remember him as quiet and that he enjoyed spending time with his brother, Stan, and daughters, Rose and Destiny. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brotherin- law, Barry Cammann. Survivors include his wife, Jackie; children: Lola (Gene) Rust of Sibley, Iowa; Rose and Destiny Ackerman of Round Lake; brothers, Todd (Sue) Ackerman of Ocheyedan, Iowa and Stan Ackerman of Sioux Falls; sisters, Becky (David) Heitritter of Melvin, Iowa and Brenda Cammann of Sanborn, Iowa; and stepfather, Marvin (Shirley) Timmons of Willmar.


Conrad Heggeseth

Conrad Heggeseth, 85, of Windom died March 1, 2022, at his home in Windom. A celebration of life service was held March 4 at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom. Visitation and Odd Fellows service were March 3 at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Conrad Eldon Heggeseth was born Oct. 31, 1936, to Adolph and Selma (Nelson) Heggeseth in Minneota. He received his education in Minneota, graduating in 1954. In 1969, Conrad married Joan Brausen at Hemnes Lutheran Church in Minneota. They lived in the Windom area and were blessed with three children: Kevin, Kathy and Adrian. From 1965 to 2020, Conrad ran Heggeseth Construction until his retirement. In 2005, Conrad and Joan moved into Windom. After Joan’s death in 2019, Conrad continued to live in their home in Windom. Conrad was a member of American Lutheran Church in Windom, where he ushered and served on the trust fund and properties board. He also was a member of the Odd Fellows in Windom, holding various offices; the Eagles Club; and the Minnesota Land Improvement Contractors Association, serving as president in 1982-83. Conrad enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, solitaire and blackjack, taking trips to Jackpot Junction, solving crossword puzzles, piecing together jigsaw puzzles and spending time with his breakfast group at Jack Slades Steakhouse. In addition to his wife, Joan, Conrad was preceded in death by two brothers, Eric and Leonard; sisters, Vivian, Clarice, Sara, Edith and Waldeen; and a brotherin- law, Merlyn Froslan. Survivors include his three children: Kevin (Kristina) Heggeseth of Windom; Kathy (Monte) Hendricksen of Lakefield; and Adrian (Kimberly) Heggeseth of Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Janet Froslan of Mankato.


Wayne Peterson

Wayne Peterson, 76, of Rochester, formerly of Windom, died Feb. 2, 2022, of natural causes. A memorial service will be held today (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m., at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. Wayne Paul Peterson was born Oct. 9, 1945, to Arvil and Clarice (Miller) Peterson in Minneota. In 1975, he married Sharon M. Cuppy at American Lutheran Church in Windom. They lived in Windom until 1981 when they moved to Rochester. Wayne was a truck driver and antique dealer. He took pride in his furniture refinishing business and antique shop, Peterson’s Antiques and Stripping, which he owned and operated for over 30 years. Wayne enjoyed working at his shop, setting up at antique shows and going to the casino. He especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters. He was preceded in death by a brother. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Peterson; daughter, Tanya Peterson of Rochester; two granddaughters; and five brothers and sisters.


Edward ‘Eddie’ Woizeschke

A celebration of life service for Edward “Eddie” Woizeschke, 85, of rural Windom will be 11 a.m., Friday, March 11, at American Lutheran Church, Windom, with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Eddie was called to his eternal rest on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m.. Thursday, March 10, at the American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online, or to watch Eddie’s video tribute, go to his obituary page at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
Edward August Woizeschke was born on July 30, 1936, to Karl and Rena (Saathoff) Woizeschke on a farm in Delton Township of Cottonwood County near Delft. He was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Jeffers.
Eddie attended school until the 10th grade at Windom High School. After moving to California, where he lived and later played in a band and recorded a vinyl record, he moved back to the Windom area with a lot of colorful stories.
He worked at Moores Manufacturing and soon after that he started his own business doing excavating and that business grew into Ed Woizeschke Farm Drainage.
On Nov. 1, 1963, he was united in marriage to Gayleen Marie Dunker at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. They lived in the Windom area where they raised their family.
Eddie retired in 2010 remaining on the farm where he took up tractor restoration. He enjoyed feeding and watching wild birds and other wildlife.
Eddie’s personality was full of life, laughter, jokes, stories and a smile that lit up the room. He will always be remembered as “Fast Eddie” from his episode which aired on American Pickers. Gone but not forgotten.
He is survived by his wife, Gayleen Woizeschke of rural Windom; son, Kevin Woizeschke and his wife, Julie, of Brainerd; daughter, Kathy (Hanson) Woizeschke and husband, Brent Hanson, of rural Windom; one grandson, Logan Hanson; sisters-in-law, Marvel Woizeschke of Windom and Carolyn Woizeschke of Nashua; Dunker relatives: sister-in-law, Linda Dunker of Mt. Lake; brother-in-law, Lynn Braun of North Mankato; brothers-in-law, Gary (Florence) Dunker of rural Mt. Lake, Don and Mary Dunker of rural Mt. Lake; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Rena Woizeschke; brothers, Heinrich and Frederick Woizeschke; father- and mother-in-law, Raymond and Marie Dunker; brothers-in-law, Gayle Dunker and Kent Dunker; sisters-in-law, Myrna (Braun) Dunker, LaRaye Dunker, Lora Lee Dunker and Sandra Dunker; and other relatives.