Obituaries

Rev. Charles E. Horkey

Reverend Charles E. Horkey, 70, of North Sioux City, S.D., passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at a Sioux City Hospital following a brief illness with Covid complications.
Rev. Horkey had been vaccinated.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa. The Rev. Dr. Steve Turner, president of Iowa District West, and Rev. James Travis, circuit visitor, officiated.
Burial will be at a later date at St. John Lutheran Cemetery – Belford Township, Hankinson, N.D.
Visitation with the family present was from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.
meyerbroschapels.com.
Rev. Horkey was born Jan. 16, 1951, in Windom. He was the son of Gordon and Edna (Karo) Horkey. Rev. Horkey grew up on the farm near Windom and attended Windom Public Schools, graduating in 1969.
After farming with his father for a number of years, he entered Concordia College in St. Paul in 1976, graduating in May of 1980. While attending CSP he met, and later married, Marsha Pankow of Hankinson, N.D. They were married on June 30, 1978, in Hankinson, N.D.
Rev. Horkey enrolled at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1980. His year of vicarage internship was spent in Michigan at Holy Cross Lutheran Church-Belding and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church-Greenville.
He graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1984 and accepted his first divine call to the dual parish of Immanuel-Schuyler and Trinity-Howells of Nebraska. While in the Nebraska District, he also served at Immanuel, Tilden (1987-1998); as the development director and chaplain for Lutheran High Northeast (1998-1999); and at Hope Lutheran Church, South Sioux City, Neb. (1999-2007).
In 2007, he accepted a call to the dual parish of St. John, Monson and Immanuel Lutheran of Wheaton.
In 2011, Rev. Horkey retired from full-time ministry, returning to live in South Sioux City. In retirement, he served as a vacancy pastor for Holy Cross-Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Hope-South Sioux City, Neb.; Shepherd of Peace-Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Concordia-Sioux City, Iowa; and Faith-Sioux City, Iowa.
While serving at Faith, the congregation extended a divine call to Pastor Horkey to serve in a half-time position.
In March of 2015 he also accepted an invitation to serve as the Voice of The Good Shepherd Hour, a Sunday morning broadcast on four radio stations in Northwest Iowa, including KSCJ in Sioux City, a position he held for nearly seven years.
Rev. Horkey is survived by his wife, Marsha of North Sioux City, S.D.; his daughter, Anna Kobs, who lives in St. Louis with her husband Rev. Matthew Kobs and their son, Hunter; his daughter, Jane Kreber, who lives in Omaha with her husband Matthew Kreber; his brothers, Ricky Horkey (June) of Merrill, Wis., and Ronald Horkey (Angie) of Westbrook; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.
Rev. Horkey was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Edna; his sister, Linda Kyes, and her husband, Michael Kyes; his brother, Cicero Horkey; and brother-in-law, David Pankow.
Memorials may be directed to Mission Central of Mapleton, Iowa, and The Good Shepherd Hour.


Arlene Meier

Arlene Meier, 98, of Windom died Jan. 21, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
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.
The service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page on Saturday.
Burial will follow the service at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation will be held Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Arlene Dorothea Maria Pohl was born Sept. 1, 1923, to Gustav and Emilia (Bade) Pohl and grew up in Cottonwood County.
She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers.
In 1947, Arlene married John H. Meier at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. They worked for Earl Ewen, west of Jeffers, doing farm work until the fall of 1952 when they moved to Windom.
In Windom, Arlene worked in the cafeteria at Winfair Elementary School for several years and at The Toro Company for a short time.
In her final years, she lived at Heritage House/Pine View Assisted Living in Windom and later Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
While living in Windom, Arlene and John became members of American Lutheran Church, where Arlene taught Sunday School and was a member in a circle.
They later became members of Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom.
Arlene enjoyed snowmobiling and writing letters to her brothers in the service. She also enjoyed spending time with her nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1994; and siblings: Edward, Alfred, Louis, George, Albert, Carl and Lester Pohl, Agnes Arends, Esther Barker, Elfrieda DeHarpporte and Adonna Evers.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.


Beverly Michelson

Beverly (Steinberg) Michelson, 75, of Rochester, formerly of the Windom and Heron Lake area, died Jan. 17, 2022, at her home.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Rochester Cremation Services is handling the funeral arrangements.
Beverly Mae Beerman was born Oct. 27, 1946, to Wilbert and Margaret (Michelson) Beerman in Worthington.
After graduating from Heron Lake Public School, she received an associate degree in human services from Worthington Community College.
Beverly worked a variety of jobs in the human services field.
She enjoyed crafts, painting, spending time with her dog, Annie, and visiting with friends at High Pointe Senior Living in Rochester.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Jansen.
Survivors include her daughter, Teri (Vern) Dose; son, Farel Steinberg; three grandchildren; and sisters, Deb Navara and Cheryl Hazen


Larry Bak

Larry Bak, 67, of Windom died Jan. 12, 2022, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. A time of gathering and visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom. Burial will be held at a later date. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements. Larry Bak was born Nov. 27, 1954, to Borge and Idell (Swanson) Bak in Spirit Lake, Iowa. He lived in Windom nearly all his life, except for his first few years when his family lived on a farm south of Lakefield. He was confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Windom. Larry attended elementary school and Windom Area High School in Windom, graduating in 1972. He attended Jackson Vocational to study auto mechanics. He worked for United Packaging as a shipping clerk for 12 years and as a machinist at Mt. Power Hydraulics for 18 years. Larry enjoyed playing guitar and loved his family and dogs. He was preceded in death by brothers, Mike and Ron; and sisters, Bev and Pat. Survivors include his brother, Tom (Cindy) Bak of Windom.


Beverly Stitt

Beverly Stitt, 82, of Chadron, Neb., the mother of Kathy Jo McInnis of Windom, died Dec. 12, 2021, at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Neb. Services were held Dec. 17 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chadron with Pastor Ann Sundberg and Rev. Mike McInnis officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron. Beverly Ann Trank was born Aug. 1, 1939, to Walter John and Hazel Elaine (Stegeman) Trank in Holdrege, Neb. She graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1956 at age 16, then attended Doane College. In 1958, Bev married Robert Harold Stitt. They lived in Chadron, Neb., where they started their family. After working numerous jobs, she returned to college, earning her degree in education. She taught typing for several years in the middle school before later moving to the high school where she taught business and English classes. She also earned her master’s degree and spent summers taking classes to further her education. Bev will be remembered for her humor and dedication to the success and well-being of her students. She also received numerous Teacher of the Year awards. A longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bev was involved in the choir, church council and taught confirmation classes. She was an avid volunteer, sorority member and club participant with the Hooker’s Crochet Group, Red Hatters, many bridge groups, Culture Club and RAK (Random Acts of Kindness). She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 2005; and brother, Doug. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Jo (Mike) McInnis of Windom; son, Gordy (Trina) Stitt of Sidney, Neb.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Joyce Santero of Lakewood, Colo.


Elwood L. ‘Woody’ Svalland

Elwood L. “Woody” Svalland, 77, of rural Butterfield died Jan. 4, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James.
A Celebration of Life service was Monday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Rick Bremseth officiating.
Military honors were provided at the church by Donald V. Larson V.F.W. Post 9607 of Butterfield.
Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., and Monday for one hour prior to the service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com.
Elwood Lars Svalland was born on April 9, 1944, to Lars and Esther (Grams) Svalland in Windom. He lived on a farm with his family near Windom and moved to a farm north of Butterfield at age 5.
Elwood was baptized in a rural Lutheran Church near Bergen and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield.
He attended school in Butterfield and graduated with the class of 1962.
Following graduation Elwood was employed at Tony Downs Foods in Butterfield and A.O. Smith Harvestore silos.
He was drafted into the Army on June 10, 1965. After basic training, he attended Communications School in Fort Monmouth, N.J., followed by a tour in Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged on May 30, 1967.
On Feb. 17, 1968, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Kathleen Hildebrandt at Trinity Lutheran in Mt. Lake. They moved to a farmsite north of Butterfield where they raised their two children.
In 2011, they purchased the home where they currently reside.
Elwood was employed with UPS in St. James serving the Fairmont area. In 1976, he worked for Farmfest, picking up and returning antique farm equipment from coast to coast. His next employment venture was with Hodgeman & Sons of Fairmont, working on the I-90 project, then 20 years for a business in St. James until his retirement in 2002.
He also worked part-time as a custodian for the Butterfield-Odin School after retiring.
As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake he served as an usher and was a great supporter of the CCOC. He was also a life member of the Donald Larson VFW Post 9607-Butterfield Area, serving as a trustee.
He enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings, Western movies, cruising with Kathy in their Corvette, and occasionally fishing. On any sunny day, spring to fall, you would see him out mowing his lawn — favorite of all. His family knew he had a sweet tooth and could enjoy ice cream anytime along with cookies and a variety of sweet treats.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Svalland of rural Butterfield; son, Matthew (Michelle) Svalland of rural Odin; daughter, Alison (Brian) Poch of Rochester; six grandchildren: Megan Svalland, Macy Svalland, Maxwell Svalland, Abigail Poch, Amelia Poch, Andrew Poch; great-grandson, Drayden Moldan; sister, JoAnn (Ralph) Junker of Butterfield; brother, Myron Svalland of Bigelow; brothers and sisters-in-law: Emma (Ben) Amann of Rochester, Margareta (Walter) Oeltjenbruns of Mt. Lake, Carolyn Chester of Windom, Yvonne Hildebrandt of Mt. Lake, Wayne Hermanson of Owatonna; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Elwood was preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Esther Svalland; brother, Lloyd Svalland; sisters and spouses: Sonja and Elvin Junker, Bertha and Robert Palm; in-laws: Duane Hildebrandt, Leroy Hildebrandt, Dorathea and Duane Olson, Jean Hermanson, Robert Chester and other relatives.


August Turner

August “Wig” Turner, 97, of Windom died Jan. 8, 2022, at Pine View Assisted Living in Windom, where he lived for the past month.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 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 and YouTube pages.
Military honors will follow outside the church.
Burial will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation was Tuesday and continues today at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
August Wiggans “Wig” Turner was born June 15, 1924, to Ernest and Jenny Turner in Windom. He was baptized and confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Windom, where he remained a lifelong member.
He received his early education at District 23 country school in Lakeside Township, then entered seventh grade at Windom Public Schools, graduating in 1942.
He enrolled in the engineering programs at Gustavus Adolphus College.
In 1943, he was called up by the Air Crop and piloted a B-26 bomber in offensive missions in the European Theater of War. He completed 38 combat missions. After V-E Day, he was an instructor for co-pilots in the B-26.
After completing his tour of duty, Wig returned home and began farming with his family. Shortly thereafter, he started buying land of his own.
In 1950, Wig met Wanda Dovre, a teacher in Windom. They married in Minneota and lived in an apartment in Windom, where Wanda continued teaching while Wig farmed.
When the Korean Conflict began, Wig was again called into service, this time with the local National Guard, which he had recently joined. He served as an F.O. in the field artillery unit, serving from 1951 to 1952. He received an emergency leave to come home to be with his newborn baby girl, who was very sick. He arrived home the day after their baby’s funeral. Soon after, he was discharged.
Wig and Wanda bought a farm with buildings, where they remained the rest of their lives, raising four boys, who enjoyed rural life and access to Fish Lake. The family enjoyed swimming, boating and learning how to water ski on the lake. They also had bonfires, roasted hot dogs and made smores in the evening.
Wig was baptized at American Lutheran Church and has been a member for over 91 years. He served as usher and on the board of trustees and church council.
He also was a former commander of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Lakeview Cemetery Board, Lakeside Township Board, BARC, Windom Concert Association and Windom Country Club, and served on the United Savings and Loan Board.
As a Masonic Lodge member, he received the HIRAM Award from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota and, as an American Legion member, a certificate for 70 years of membership in 2018.
Wig enjoyed flying all his life, maintaining a Piper Cub airplane at his farm with a grass strip, which he used until he was 90 years old.
Wig and Wanda enjoyed many trips together, visiting the states and overseas. They also enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren grow up, and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2020.
He was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Judith Ann Turner; brothers, Peter Turner and Robert Turner; and a sister, Joan Reed.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda; four sons: Jim, Bruce (Lisa) and Paul (Jackie), all of Bingham Lake, and Roger (Marcia) of Eden Prairie; nine grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Faye Turner.


Robert Turner

Robert “Bob” Turner, 95, of Windom died Jan. 6, 2022, at his home in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service was Monday at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Military honors followed outside the church.
Burial will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
The service was livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church Facebook and YouTube pages.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Robert “Bob” Ernest Turner was born May 23, 1926, to Ernest H. and Jenny (Smestad) Turner at their home in Lakeside Township of Cottonwood County. He was baptized at Reformation Lutheran Church in St. Paul and later confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Bob attended Cottonwood County country school District 23 before attending and then graduating from Windom Public Schools in 1944.
He served in the U.S. Armed Forces from May 1946 to November 1947.
In 1964, Bob married Faye D. Gerken at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb. They were blessed with two children, Kjell and Joel.
Bob worked hard and enjoyed retirement at age 80. Beginning in 1950, he owned and operated Hiway Appliance, then built and sold UHF towers for Todd Communications, he farmed for 22 years and worked in the TV sales and cable business from 1950 until retiring in 2006.
A member of American Lutheran Church, Bob sang in the men’s chorus. He also was a member of Prudence Masonic Lodge 97, El Riad Shrine, Sons of Norway, the Cottonwood County Historical Society, Windom Kiwanis, Lamberton and Walnut Grove Commercial Clubs and American Legion Post 206 in Windom.
He enjoyed flying, sailing, Vikings football and social events.
Bob was preceded in death by a brother, John Peter Turner; and a sister, Joan (Robert) Reed.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Faye; children, Kjell (Liz) Turner of Windom and Joel (Samantha) Turner of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, A. Wiggins (Wanda) Turner of Bingham Lake.


Pearl Christoffer

Pearl Christoffer, 94, of Windom died Jan. 4, 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 Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Pearl Avynelle Manitz was born Dec. 15, 1927, to Charles and Ella (Wiess) Manitz in Round Lake. She graduated from Round Lake High School in 1945 and was a member of the Presbyterian Church when she was baptized.
After high school, she worked as a telephone operator and service representative for Northwestern Bell Telephone in Windom.
In 1948, Pearl married Gerald “Jerry” Christoffer at the Presbyterian Church in Round Lake. They were blessed with four children: Karen, Kathy, Kraig and Krista.
Pearl was confirmed at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom in 1949.
After moving to Lakefield, the family relocated to Buffalo, Wyo., where Pearl worked part-time for Bell Telephone Company, Johnson C. Credit Bureau and Johnson County Driver’s License Bureau.
Pearl and Jerry also were founding and longtime members of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Buffalo.
In 2000, Pearl and Jerry moved back to Windom where she was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom.
She enjoyed playing Canasta, 500 and Dominoes with friends at the Senior Center. She also enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; 11 brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include her four children: Karen (John) Grein of Hutchinson; Kathy (Dennis) Aumer of Bird Island, Kraig Christoffer of Springfield and Krista (Aaron) Palmer of Buffalo, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Joanne Christoffer and Dorothy Nessius.


Charles Severson

Charles “Chuck” Severson, 85, of Windom died Jan. 4, 2022, at Windom Area Health in Windom.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
The service will be livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church website and YouTube page.
Burial will be at a later date at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Charles “Chuck” Melvin Severson was born Sept. 10, 1936, to Melvin and Tina (Penner) Severson in Windom. He received his education in Windom Public Schools, graduating in 1954.
After high school, Chuck was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany for two years.
After being honorably discharged, he returned to Windom and began working at the Cottonwood County Highway Department.
In 1961, Chuck married Evangeline “Vangie” Deibert at American Lutheran Church in Windom. They were blessed with a son, Lee. They lived in Windom where Chuck continued working for the highway department until retiring in 1998.
In retirement, Chuck served as a Cottonwood County Commissioner for six years.
A member of American Lutheran Church in Windom, Chuck sang in the men’s choir and senior choir.
He also was a member of the Windom Area Chordhustlers and numerous quartets.
Chuck was an avid Vikings fan and enjoyed spending time and traveling with Vangie and Lee, whom he loved dearly. He also enjoyed attending the Hardee’s coffee group a few times each week.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vangie.
Survivors include his son, Lee of Windom.


Darlene Therkelsen

Darlene R. Therkelsen, 67, of Kingman, Ariz., fomerly of Jeffers, died Dec. 15, 2021.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Jan. 18 at 2 p.m., at Champion Church in Kingman, Ariz.
Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory of Kingman, Ariz., is handling the funeral arrangements.
Darlene attended school in Walnut Grove, then Willmar Tech for accounting, graduating in 1974.
In 1989, Darlene married Stuart Therkelsen in Mesa, Ariz.
She worked nearly 18 years for Revere Milling, before later helping her husband in his construction business, providing bookkeeping and helping on jobs. She also was working for Gordy’s Foods and Runnings Farm & Fleet in Windom. She received a 10-year award for her service.
Darlene also operated the last carousel while living in Las Vegas for a time. She was featured on Channel 8 News showcasing the last day the carousel was in operation.
Darlene also was involved in the American Legion, Eagles and Jaycees.
For 15 years, she enjoyed being a snowbird in Las Vegas and Bullhead City. Later, Darlene and Stuart built a home in Kingman, Ariz., where they have been residents since 2015.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; and a brother, Charles Hoffrogge.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Stuart Therkelsen of Kingman, Ariz.; and a sister, Monica Geihl of Minnesota.


Barbara Frank

Barbara L. Frank, 73, of Fergus Falls died Jan. 4, 2022, at her home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls is handling the funeral arrangements.
Barbara Lynne Yoemans was born Oct. 5, 1948, to Richard and Patsy “Pat” (Olson) Yoemans in Bemidji.
In 2010, she married Al Frank. They lived in Fergus Falls, while also enjoying time at their cabin in Northern Minnesota.
She was an artist, dreamer, builder, nature lover and a creator. She said her greatest creation was her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Yoemans; and a brother-in-law, Randy Tanem.
Survivors include her husband, Al Frank; mother, Pat Yoemans; children, Shane (Gina) Poppy and Ryan (Bethany) Falch; step-children: Troy (Crystal) Frank, Nicole (Duane) Tabbut and Brett Frank; multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie Yoemans Tanem; and a brother, Brian Yoemans


Lois Mae Behrens

Lois Mae Behrens, age 95, of Okabena passed away on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 7, at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Lakefield, and will continue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Okabena. Funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Jeff Sage and Pastor David McDonald officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Lakefield. Condolences may be sent to the family online at OFH.Care. Lois May Behrens was born on Jan. 21,1926, to Louie and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Pomerenke on the family farm in West Heron Lake Township, near Okabena. She was their first-born child. Lois was baptized (Feb. 15, 1926) and confirmed (March 17, 1940) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Okabena. She attended District 73 School near Okabena through the eighth grade and then helped her parents raise her younger siblings who were at home. She obtained her Secondary School Equivalence Certification in January 1958. In 1959, she graduated from Miller Hospital School of Nursing in St. Paul with an LPN degree. Lois worked at the Lakefield Municipal Hospital from 1959-1968 and then transferred to the Lakefield Clinic until her retirement in 1986. L. Vernon Behrens and Lois were united in marriage at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Okabena on Oct. 14, 1978. They enjoyed traveling, volunteering at the Okabena School and flying in Vernon’s plane. They both were members of the Okabena Community Club. Lois was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Okabena. She served as the LWML president for 33 years and also served in many different roles. She was a member of the “Lois” club, the Red Hat Society, a bowling team and golfed. She enjoyed hosting a coffee group at her home. Lois loved the Fourth of July Celebration in Okabena. She assisted the American Legion/Auxiliary by serving food and selling raffle tickets for quilts on the Fourth. Selling Fourth of July pins all around Okabena and the surrounding area brought her enjoyment. Family members would gather on her lawn to watch the parade and fireworks. In recent years, Lois hosted the Pomerenke Christmas which included four generations of family. Food, games, songs, photos and “white elephant” gifts were part of the celebration. Oyster stew on Christmas Eve along with caramel corn were favorites. Family was very important to Lois and many memories were made at these family gatherings. She loved family traditions. Lois had a doll collection and her step-greatgrandchildren raced to play with them. Lois is survived by her step-son-in-law, Charles Crossfield, Faribault; her step-grandchildren: Brenda Crossfield, Plattville, Wis., and Renee (Jonathan) Beardsley, Faribault; step-greatgrandchildren: Ella, Owen and Brynn Beardsley; her sister, Marles (Robert) Lange, Windom; and brother, Delbert (Janice) Pomerenke, Windom; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Pomerenke, Lakefield, and Mary Ann Pomerenke, Sioux Falls; several nieces, nephews, greatnieces/ nephews, greatgreat nieces/nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon, step-children Linda Crossfield and Sharon Behrens, brothers Loren, Eldon, Donald and Kenneth, sister LaVonne Pfeil, brothers-in law Henry Pfeil and Lawrence Malchow, sisters-in-law Phyllis Pomerenke and Lorraine Malchow. Blessed be the memory of Lois May Pomerenke Behrens.


Philip ‘James’ Johnson III

Philip “James” Johnson III, 29, of Volga, S.D., formerly of Windom, died Dec. 29, 2021, in Brookings, S.D. A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Windom with Pastor Gary Wiens officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation was Tuesday, at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continues today at the church for one hour prior to the service. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements. Philip “James” Johnson III was born July 27, 1992, to Buckwheat and Sonya Johnson in Windom. He attended Winfair Elementary School and Windom Area High School, graduating in 2010. He attended Hennepin Technical College to learn firefighting and EMT. He moved to South Dakota in 2012 and worked at and provided security for the Sioux Falls Airport. He returned to school at South Dakota State University in 2013. While in college, he worked at Rainbow Play Systems and SDSU Parking Services in Brookings, then later worked at Larson Manufacturing. In 2018, James graduated from SDSU with a degree in business economics and a minor in entrepreneurship. He was hired as second shift operations supervisor at Larson Manufacturing and eventually became its inventory specialist. In 2018, James married Megan Reitsma. James joined the Lennox (S.D.) Ambulance Service as an EMT, working weekends and as its secretary. Living in Volga, S.D., he joined the Volga Fire Department and was the department’s cocaptain and training officer. James enjoyed the outdoors, family and friends, woodworking and helping others. He loved to laugh and will be remembered for his sense of humor. He enjoyed Dad jokes, teasing his three sisters and simple things, such as fishing, camping and nature. He also enjoyed photography, videography and editing videos. As a pyrotechnician, he enjoyed doing commercial fireworks shows. He loved his sisters and wife, but fought daily against his mental illness, which eventually overcame him. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Phil and Verona Johnson, and Arden and Connie Johnson; and father-in-law, Kurt Reitsma. Survivors include his wife, Megan Johnson of Chamberlain, S.D.; parents-in-law, Chris Reitsma Lau and Ben Lau of Kimball, S.D.; parents, Buckwheat and Sonya Johnson of Windom; and sisters: Vicki (Chris) Severn of Bethlehem, Pa.; Christa (Nate) Cole of Burnsville and Karen Johnson of Tokyo, Japan.


Leonard Rehnelt

Leonard Rehnelt, 76, of Windom died Dec. 31, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Father Pratap officiating. Burial will be held Saturday at 1 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Windom. Visitation will be held Saturday at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements. The funeral will be available online on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page shortly after the service. Leonard Russell Rehnelt was born May 29, 1945, to Henry and Evelyn (Majerus) Rehnelt in Heron Lake. In 1971, Leonard married Barbara Hansen at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom. They were blessed with three sons and a daughter. Leonard was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom. He enjoyed drives around the area scouting for deer, as well as bonfires, trips to Jackpot Junction and gardening. He will be remembered for his green thumb, ability to grow potatoes even in the shade and always tinkering with something. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerome Rehnelt and Arnold Rehnelt. Survivors include his three sons: Todd (Sherry) Rehnelt of New Richmond, Wis.; Tom (Nicki) Rehnelt of Le Sueur; and Jamie (Leah) Rehnelt of Windom; a daughter, Jennifer Petersen of Windom; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald Rehnelt and Virgil Rehnelt; and a sister, Lorraine Benes.


Donald Zimmer

Donald “Don” Zimmer, 62, of Windom died Dec. 31, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom. Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 4 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. Donald “Don” Zimmer was born March 19, 1959, to Afrom and Alice (Willaby) Zimmer in Bertha. He was baptized at Bartlett Lutheran Church near Bertha and was later confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Comfrey. Don attended Bertha Hewitt Elementary School before his family moved to Comfrey, then to a farm near Storden. He graduated from Storden-Jeffers High School in 1977. Don worked a few jobs before accepting a position at the Toro plant in Windom. He has worked at Toro for the past 42 years. In 1983, Don married Deb Jensen at American Lutheran Church in Windom. They have lived and raised their family in Windom for 38 years. Don enjoyed riding motorcycle, tinkering in his garage and visiting with friends and family over a cup of coffee. He played bass guitar in numerous bands over the years, including Blood Brothers, The Mixx and Rock and Roll Review. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Allen and Douglas Zimmer and a brother in infancy; and a sister, Jody Zimmer. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Deb Zimmer; his children: Jerod (Tonya) Zimmer of Lennox, S.D.; Alison (Chad) Kutzbach of Spencer, Iowa; and Cody (Callie) Zimmer of Windom; seven grandchildren; and three siblings: Gordy (Vicki) Zimmer, Tom (Dawn) Zimmer and Tammy (Chad) Crowell.


Ronald Johnson

Ronald Johnson, 80, of California, formerly of Mt. Lake, died Dec. 11, 2021. Ronald LeRoy Johnson was born Sept. 6, 1941, to Harm and Mary (Henze) Johnson in Mt. Lake. He grew up on the family farm north of Mt. Lake and was baptized, confirmed and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake where he was an usher for Sunday services. After graduating from high school, he served in the army and did one tour in Germany. After returning to Mt. Lake, he married Bernice Dehmlow. He farmed for five years and worked at Butterfield Turkey Produce Plant and Land O’ Lakes. Ron and Bernice moved to Colorado where they raised four children while Ron worked in construction. His work took him to various locations throughout Colorado, which included helping build the Eisenhower tunnel, which traverses through the Continental Divide at 11,013 feet. After Ron and Bernice divorced in 1985, Ron moved to Reno, Nev., where he lived for many years in close proximity to the Truckee River, which he greatly enjoyed. He later moved to the Central Valley of California to be near his daughter, sonin- law and grandchildren. Ron enjoyed reading Western novels and watching Western movies and will be remembered for his kind heart. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janice (Wayne) Ewing; and a brother, Alfred “Al” (Cindy) Johnson. Survivors include his children: Ray Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev.; Amy (Sylvester) Pfarr of Lemoore, Calif.; Dana VanVoorhees of Fruita, Colo.; and Clay (Nicole) Johnson of Springhill, Fla.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters: Verona (Tom) White of South Carolina, Carol Arndt and Leann (Geof) Johnson, all of Windom.


Adonna Evers

Adonna Evers, 87, of Springfield died Dec. 22, 2021, at her home in Springfield. Services were Saturday at New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey. The service was livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. Interment was at Resthaven Memorial Garden in Windom. Sturm Funeral Home of Springfield handled the funeral arrangements. Adonna Mae Pohl was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Minneapolis. She was baptized and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. In 1952, she married James Siefkes and together they were blessed with four children before James died in 1965. In 1967, Adonna married Robert Evers. They were blessed with two children. Spending most of her life on the farm near Comfrey, Adonna enjoyed gardening, canning and being a farmer’s wife. She and Bob moved from the farm to Springfield in 2004, where she enjoyed birdwatching, Bible studies and making cards to share with friends and family. Serving her Savior and family were the most important things in her life. Adonna was involved in Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers and Salem Lutheran and New Hope Lutheran churches in Comfrey. She served as a Sunday School teacher and WELCA officer. She also was involved in Ruth Circle and ladies aid at New Hope and the St. John Circle of Care Auxiliary Board in Springfield. In addition to her first husband James Siefkes, Adonna was preceded in death by her second husband, Robert Evers, in 2014; a grandson, Kyle Krzmarzick; and siblings: Gary Barker, Edward, Alfred, Louis, George, Albert, Carl and Lester Pohl, Agnes Arends, Esther Barker and Elfrieda DeHarpporte. Survivors include her six children: Bradley (Aaron) Siefkes, Jeanine (Mike) Krzmarzick, Kent (Virginia) Siefkes, Leanne (Michael) DeMotts, Stacey (Chris) Vasecka and Robin Evers; 10 grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; and siblings: Delmer Barker, Carol Pautzke and Arlene Meier.


Cordella Hansen

Cordella Hansen, 86, of Windom died Dec. 22, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. A private family Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Dingman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Worthington is handling the funeral arrangements. Cordella Portz was born Jan. 13, 1935, to Nick and Mary (Pottebaum) Portz in Hospers, Iowa. She grew up in Hospers and attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Hospers. In 1955, Cordella married George Hansen in Hospers. They lived in Alton, Iowa until moving to a farm in Jeffers. Cordella worked at Fingerhut and Toro until becoming a full-time homemaker. When they retired, they moved to Windom where she lived until moving to Good Samaritan Society in Windom in October 2019. Cordella enjoyed baking, sewing and crocheting, and was an avid bowler. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; two brothers, Bernard and Herbert; and two sisters, Elvira and Lorna Mae. Survivors include her seven children: Faye Green and Donna (Gene) Pankonin of Windom, Dennis (Connie) Hansen and Mark Hansen of Jeffers, Bonnie (Randy Egel) Hoppe of Terril, Iowa, Keith Hansen of Delft and Tracy (Nolan Mathews) Arndt of Fairmont; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Charlotte Von Arb of Spring, Texas; and Flora (Nic) Hansen of Alton, Iowa.


Jim Merl Borer

James Borer, 69, died Dec. 8, 2021, in Colfax, Ill. A private family burial will be held at a later date. James Merl Borer was born on Dec. 21, 1951, in Windom to Merl and Kathleen (Porath) Borer. Jim was baptized in the Methodist Church of Windom. Jim received his education from Windom Public Schools. After graduation Jim attended Worthington Junior College for one year before enrolling in the supermarket management program at Pipestone Vocational School. Upon graduation, Jim worked as a produce manager in a grocery store in Cannon Falls, then moved to Mankato where he was produce manager for Madsen’s Super Valu. Jim’s next move was to Westby, Wis., where he started a successful cheese curd business. Jim married Vicki Kitzrow on Feb. 2, 1977 (divorced in 1992). This marriage was blessed with six children: John, Ben, Jen, Lindsey, Adam and Melissa. Jim was well known as an excellent pool player and enjoyed playing with his friends in pool leagues. Jim also enjoyed playing cards with special friends at his home on Fish Lake. In his younger days, Jim competed in motocross and hill climbing on his Yamaha Enduro. Jim bought, repaired and sold muscle cars in the early ’70s. It was never a surprise for Jim to take a trip “out west” and come back with a classic car. Jim grew up fishing and hunting and continued his love for these as long as his health allowed. Jim was an inventor with many prototypes in the works. Jim spent the last few years of his life in Colfax, Ill., with his significant other, Karen Dorrell. They enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and watching “Jeopardy” nightly. Jim is survived by five children: John (Susan) Borer of Las Vegas, Nev., Ben (Julie) Borer of Cleveland, Jen Sohn of Madison Lake, Lindsey (Tony) Kaiser of Lake City and Adam Borer of Eagle Lake; seven grandchildren: Lucas, Callee, Hailey, Kiya, Mackenzie, Kaitlyn and Austin; one sister, Patricia (Rick) Bretzman of Worthington; two brothers, Rod (Phyllis) Borer of Little Rock, Iowa, and Steven (Eva) Borer of Windom; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Melissa.


LaVern Christianson

LaVern Christianson, 80, of Windom died Dec. 18, 2021, at Windom Area Health in Windom. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church-Windom and LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook pages. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom. Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 4 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. LaVern Charles Christianson was born Sept. 8, 1941, to Bennett and Margaret (Aldahl) Christianson in Austin. He was baptized and confirmed at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in Austin. After attending a oneroom elementary school (grades 1-8) in Freeborn County, LaVern attended Blooming Prairie High School, graduating in 1959. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Mankato State College in 1963, then attended graduate school at The Ohio State University, earning his master’s degree in 1968. In 1968, LaVern married Carol Hewitt at Belgrade Avenue United Methodist Church in North Mankato. They were blessed with two children, Mark and Cathy. LaVern taught mathematics for 36 years at Windom Area Schools, retiring in 1999. A longtime member of American Lutheran Church in Windom, LaVern served as congregational president, Sunday School teacher and superintendent and Bible Study leader. He also served on a number of boards and committees. LaVern also was a lay preacher and worship leader at ALC and other neighboring congregations. As a member of the Southwest Minnesota Synod Lutheran Men in Mission, he served as a board member, treasurer, vice president and president. Proud of his Norwegian ancestry, LaVern was a longtime member of the Sons of Norway, Stavanger Lodge 1-538, the Hallinglag, Vestlandslag and Vosselag. He held several offices with Stavanger Lodge, including Lodge president. He was a frequent program speaker at his lodge and other Sons of Norway lodges in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. He especially enjoyed presenting the story of “The Last Viking King,” from whom he allegedly descended. LaVern enjoyed reading mysteries, spy thrillers and historical-based novels. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and live theater, and was a member of the Windom Woodcarvers Club. He also was involved in 4-H as a club leader for the Windom Workers 4-H Club. He received the 4-H Alumni award and was a member of the Cottonwood County 4-H Hall of Fame. He also judged 4-H for many years at county and Minnesota State fairs. He was preceded in death by a brother and sisterin- law, Merlin and Bertha Christianson. Survivors include his wife, Carol of Windom; two children, Mark (David Pieczkieweicz) of Minneapolis and Cathy Christianson of Redwood Falls; a brother, David (Donna) Christianson of Albert Lea; two surrogate grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Lowell (Meg) Hewitt.