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John C. Carruth

John C. Carruth, 87, of Danvers, died Saturday, November 14, 2020. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Burial will be in Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers. Public visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday November 19, 2020 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Services are pending with the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. In lieu of flowers, at John’s request, memorials will be directed towards masses in his name.

John Clarence Carruth was born on November 26, 1932, to Clarence and Cecelia (Dolan) Carruth. He was baptized, made his first Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Visitation Catholic Church in Danvers. At age ten, John moved with his parents from Danvers to his farm south of Danvers. He graduated from Benson High School in 1950. On June 27, 1953, John was united in marriage to Elaine Margaret Chevalier at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. John and Elaine were blessed with 18 children, 48 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 67 years, 5 months and 14 days of marriage.

John is survived by his wife, Elaine; children: Johnny (Cindy) Carruth of Danvers, Tom (Caye) Carruth of DeGraff, Teresa (Bob) Pelkey of Willmar, Jim (Judy) Carruth of Danvers, Mike Carruth of Binghamton, NY, Mary (Mark) Branstad of Rochester, Ann (Rick) Bell of Chatfield, Joe (Jolene) Carruth of Danvers, Pat (Tammy) Carruth of Montevideo, Bob (Therese) Carruth of St. Paul, Bill (CarolLee) Carruth of Ellendale, N.D., Dick (Kelly) Carruth of St. Cloud, Dan Carruth of Melrose, Cathy Carruth of Ramsey, Liz (Curtis) Tanabe of GrandForks, N.D., Laura (Brad) Amundson of Brainerd, Maggie (Jon) Ackman of Maple Grove, and Marie (Aaron) Knodel of Fargo N.D., grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Muriel Bright, Rita Quinn, and Janice Chevalier and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Elaine’s parents, Oliver and Sylvia Chevalier, granddaughter, Sarah Nicole Carruth, brothers-in-law; Gary Chevalier, Pete.

Bright, Joe Quinn, Ken Czerny and sister-in-law, Shirley Czerny.


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Ray Turner

Ray Anthony Turner, 69, of Rosemount (Formerly of Appleton, MN), passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and three sons on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 am, to be immediately followed by the Funeral Service at 11 am, at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN. A Private Family Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN with Military Honors.

Ray was born July 21, 1951 in Montevideo, Minnesota, the son of Anthony and Delores (Anderson) Turner. He was raised on a farm just east of Appleton. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in town. He attended the Appleton School system for most of his education but graduated in West Germany while serving in the United States Army. Ray served his country from 1971 to 1977 spending his active duty in Germany. After returning to the United States he continued his education at Alexandria Technical College where he pursued a degree in Law Enforcement.

While serving overseas, he met the love of his life Remedios (Remy) Liso Maghanoy. On November 22, 1975, Ray and Remy were united in marriage at St. John’s Catholic Church, by Fr. Eugene Brown. This union was blessed with over 44 years together and three children: Stephen, Anthony and Aaron.

Ray worked tirelessly his entire life and dedicated over twenty years to driving semi-truck for numerous companies in West Central Minnesota. Ray’s occupation allowed him the opportunity to travel throughout the continental United States. His passion for adventure commenced with travels throughout Europe with his future wife while stationed in Germany. His most memorable adventure was in 2008, when Ray and his family traveled to Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

In Ray’s free time he enjoyed watching professional sports, but he especially reveled in watching his three sons compete locally and his eldest son play at the collegiate level. Ray always made it a priority to attend his children’s activities, no matter the distance or destination. He enjoyed taking car rides with his wife, listening to music, and watching some of his favorite tv shows: MASH, MacGyver, NCIS and Criminal Minds. Ray’s true passion was spending time with the most important people in his life, his family. He was especially happy when surrounded by his seven grandchildren. He adored telling historical family stories and tales while summering with his grandchildren.

Upon his passing, Ray had attained 69 years, 3 months and 26 days of age. He is survived by his loving wife, Remedios of Rosemount; children: Stephen (Ashley) of Maple Grove MN, Anthony (Laura) of Mankato MN and Aaron (Ashley) of Rosemount MN; seven grandchildren: Madison, William, Roman, Greta, Grayson, Easton and Henrietta. Brother: Robert (Rita) of Appleton; Sisters: Linda of Shakopee and Lana of Appleton; Sisters-In-Law: Belen Namit of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Philippines and Elma Pepania, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Philippines; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Delores Turner; His Parents-In-Law Eleuterio and Ramona Liso Maghanoy; Brother-In-Law Marcelo Maghanoy; Sisters-In-Law: Carmen Maghanoy, Felecitas Maghanoy, Endrica Maghanoy, Felomina Maghanoy and Rosario Malayao.

Blessed be the memory of Ray Anthony Turner.

***Due to COVID Restrictions the Funeral Service will be limited to a small amount of people – Masks are Required and Social Distancing will be observed.***

If you wish to send a sympathy card and/or flowers please send to: 11150 Black Oaks Court N, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

In lieu of monetary gifts, Ray’s family requests that you donate to the VA in his honor.


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Evalyn Joanne Swenson

Evalyn Joanne Swenson passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Appleton Area Health- Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtiss Leroy Swenson on February 8, 2017. Evalyn was born in Denver, Colorado on April 16, 1941, where she resided until 1971 when she moved to Fosston, Minnesota with her family.

Evalyn obtained a Master’s Degree in Dietary Nutrition and worked as the head of the dietary department at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine for over 30 years. She was an active volunteer with the American Heart Association for many years and enjoyed her garden club and cooking for the Rotary Club and Christian Women’s Club. Evalyn loved being in her kitchen and was always experimenting with new recipes. She loved making lefsa with the family for the holidays and gathering for big meals and celebrations.

Evalyn is survived by her sister, Margaret (Lowell) Stevens of Clearbrook, MN; her four children: Georgia (Sam) McCroy of Appleton, MN, Vince (Bev) Murray of Hardin, MT, Randy (Elaine) Murray of St. Cloud, MN and Joe (Cinda) Lovato of St. Cloud, MN; and by her many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

No service will be held at this time but a memorial will be planned after the pandemic.

Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com.


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Deloris Roggatz

Deloris Roggatz, age 88, of Appleton, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Roger Fears officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Deloris Irene Roggatz was born March 8, 1932, at home, in Kragero Township, Chippewa County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Johnson) Hendrickson. Deloris was baptized and confirmed at the Watson Lutheran Church. She was raised in the Montevideo area and attended Montevideo High School, where she graduated, Class of 1950. On May 4, 1952 Deloris was united in marriage to Hugo “Bob” Roggatz at the Watson Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with over 68 years together and four children: Mike, Kevin, Brian, and Heidi.

During her working years Deloris was employed by Myhre-Nelson Implement and the Montevideo School District. She was also a long-time clerk for Brown & Baker Auction. Later in her career, she and Bob owned and operated Appleton Equipment. Deloris was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she participated in Ladies Aid and Bible Study. She was also involved with the Western Prairie Farm Machinery Collectors. Deloris enjoyed attending church functions, dancing, baking, and growing flowers. More than anything, she loved to support her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in all that they did.

Deloris passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. She attained 88 years, 8 months, and 12 days of age. Deloris is survived by her husband, Hugo “Bob” Roggatz of Appleton; children: Mike (Karen) Roggatz of Appleton, Kevin (Julie) Roggatz of Sioux Falls, SD, Brian Roggatz of Appleton, and Heidi (Dan) Tosel of Appleton; 11 grandchildren: Josh (Heather) Roggatz, Jordan (Kim) Roggatz, Jeni (Clay) Staples, Cody Roggatz, Jessi (Brady) Skoglund, Calie (Jordan) Dalton, Kelsey Rutland, Sarah Roggatz, Tronn (Alyssa) Tosel, Tianna (Riley) Burgstahler, and Taniah Tosel; 21 great-grandchildren: Brok, Carter, Hallee, Faith, Bella, Kadence, Naveah, Bentley, Hilary, Dane, Emersyn, Jayda, Jameson, Devin, Kassidee, Addie, Briar, Quincy, Maycie, Milo, and Otto; siblings: Alton (Helen) Hendrickson of Montevideo, Edith Hendrickson of Montevideo, and Roger (MaryAnn) Hendrickson of South Haven; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Sarah Hendrickson; her sister, Helen Johnson; and her brothers: James, Sheldon, and Lloyd Hendrickson. Blessed be the memory of Deloris Irene Roggatz. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Marilee Willis

Marilee Ann Taylor Willis 72, of Shenandoah, Iowa, entered into eternal rest on Thursday morning, October 29, 2020 at the Omaha Hospice House, Josie Harper Residence in Omaha, Nebraska. Marilee was born to John B. and Sylvia B. Torgerson Taylor on April 12, 1948 in Montevideo Minnesota.

Her early years were spent in Appleton Minnesota where she attended school graduating in 1966 from Appleton High School.

She resided in Appleton Minnesota, Montevideo Minnesota, Newton Iowa, Watson Missouri, Coin Iowa and finally settled in Shenandoah Iowa. She worked for Maytag while in Newton Iowa. She retired after 20 years of working for Wal-Mart in Shenandoah.

She enjoyed reading, tending to her plants and crafting quilts, crocheting and knitting. She loved baking and providing Holiday dinners. She was always shopping for the best deals, especially at JC Penny.

Marilee was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sylvia Taylor and a son, Matthew Webb.

She is survived by her daughter Melissa Willis of Hamburg Iowa, son Brian Willis of Elkhorn Nebraska, and son John and wife Laura Webb of Texas. Grandchildren Jennifer Johnson, Harlie Jones of Hamburg Iowa, and Tucker Willis of Lincoln Nebraska. Also, brother John Taylor Jr. of Platte City Missouri. Many nieces, Nephews other relatives and friends.

There was open visitation following cremation for Marilee on Thursday, November 5, 2020 beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 6:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service. Memorials in her name are being directed to the Family.


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Joy Dolan

Joy Dolan, age 66, of Appleton, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020, in the St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation was held from 4 – 7 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Visitation continued from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ortonville. Fr. Brian Oestreich officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Joy Marie Dolan was born July 22, 1954, in Appleton, Minnesota, the daughter of Leo P. and LaVonne “Bonnie” (Whelan) McTighe. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Joy was raised in the Appleton area where she attended school and graduated, Class of 1972. On June 12, 1976, Joy was united in marriage to Timothy Mark Dolan at St. John’s Catholic Church, by Fr. Eugene Brown. This union was blessed with over 44 years together and four children: Heather, Joseph, Matthew, and Benjamin.

Joy lived and worked in the Appleton area her entire life. Most recently, she worked for the Spirit of Life AFC, Catholic Outreach Ministry where she worked with four parishes. Prior to that, she worked with the Prairie Five Head Start Program as Family Advocate for over 20 years. Before that, Joy was a stay-at-home mom. She was very active in the community, where she was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Appleton, Altar & Rosary Society, the Appleton Jaycees, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, and the Appleton Women of Today. Joy was a helper…helping others in any way possible. She was a Religious Education teacher for many years, helped with a coat drive each winter, assisted with the Red Cross Bloodmobile, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, volunteered at the Swift County Food Shelf, Toys for Tots, and Hospice, and was Chair of Ben’s 2020 MN for House Campaign.

Joy enjoyed watching sporting events, especially baseball, going to plays and musicals, watching her favorite TV shows: Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P. I., Alaskan Bush People, and Dancing with the Stars, and having coffee with the ladies. For 20 years she enjoyed calling her sister, Colleen, every night at 10 p.m. Joy and Tim liked going on golf outings and car rides around the area. More than anything, Joy loved spending time with her three awesome grandsons: Tyler, Tyson, and Jayden.

Joy passed away, Thursday, November 12, 2020, in the St. Cloud Hospital. She attained 66 years, 3 months, and 20 days of age. Joy is survived by her husband, Tim Dolan of Appleton; children: Heather Dolan (Brent Crouch) of Denver, CO, Joseph Dolan, Matthew Dolan, and Benjamin Dolan, all of Appleton; three grandsons: Tyler, Tyson, and Jayden Dolan; nephew, Roger Johnson; brothers-in-law: Kenneth (Marie) Dolan of Marshall, Michael (Cela) Dolan of Edina, Larry (Linda) Dolan of Sartell, Dan (Linda) Dolan of Montevideo, Terry (Susan) Dolan of Edina, Neil (Linda) Dolan of Lucan and Bob (Peggy) Dolan of Milroy; sisters-in-law, Jean (Donnie) Schmidt of Milroy, Janette (Steve) LaVoy of Tracy, Rosemary (Steve) Oakland of Fulda, Mary (Bob) Anderson of Eden Prairie, and Patty Dolan of Eden Prairie; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo P. and LaVonne “Bonnie” McTighe; her parents in law, Joseph and Evelyn Dolan; and her sister, Colleen McTighe.

Blessed be the memory of Joy Dolan. Please sign the guestbook at: zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Patricia Berge

Patricia Berge, of Milan, died Monday, November 2, 2020 at the University of Minnesota Fairview in Minneapolis, MN at the age of 65.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Pastor Kristine Isder will officiate, and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 16, 2020 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Kviteseid Lutheran Church. Masks and social distancing will be required at the visitation, and memorial service.

Patricia Ann Call was born September 17, 1955 in Madison, MN to Leroy and Phyllis (Haukos) Call. She was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. Patricia graduated from Madison High School in 1973. After high school she attended and graduated from Willmar Vo-Tech obtaining a degree in Cosmetology. She worked as a beautician in Morris, MN and in Madison, until opening her own beauty salon in Milan, which she owned and operated for over 35 years. Patricia was united in marriage to Vernon Berge on December 1, 1979 at Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. They made their home in Milan, and to this unity two children were born.

Patricia was a member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church for many years. She loved fishing, baking, and having her lady’s coffee group. Patricia would bake many varieties of desserts for her family and friends. She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin where she would do most of her fishing. Most of all Patricia loved being with her family and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon; sons, Brandon (Susan) Berge, Monticello, MN and Justin Berge, St. Cloud, MN; granddaughters, Morgan (Ross) and Haley; great-grandchildren, Rowyn, Donald, and Waylon; nephew, Brian Call; nieces, Jessi Call and Hannah Laidlaw; sisters-in-law, Ann Call and Carol (Patrick) Meagher; brothers-in-law, Elmer Sobania and Arden (Deborah) Berge; her dog, Abby; and many other family and friends.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Lou Sobania; and brother, Michael Call.

Arrangements are with Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home of Montevideo. www.andersontebeest.com


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Robert “Bob” Foster Jr.

Robert “Bob” Foster Jr., age 80 of Appleton, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 27, 2020 at CentraCare Health-Care Center in Paynesville. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Robert Eugene Foster Jr. was born May 7, 1940, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the son of Robert Eugene Sr. and Oliva (Landwehr) Foster. Bob was raised in the St. Cloud/Stearns County area, where he graduated from Foley High School. On November 25, 1961 he was united in marriage to Geraldine Halfman. This union was blessed with five children: Sharon, Rose, Doug, Kevin, and Chris. The couple later divorced. Bob was married to Shirley Ann Reuss on June 15, 1991 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Danvers by Rev. Magnus Peterson. They enjoyed over 29 years together!

During his working years Bob was employed as a crusher operator for Bauerly Bros. Construction for over 30 years. He retired at age 59 after suffering a stroke. Bob and Shirley lived in Danvers from 1990-2003, when they moved to a farm site near Appleton. He enjoyed classic cars and tractors, going to auctions, and searching out treasures at yard sales and pawn shops.

Bob passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 27, 2020, at CentraCare Health-Care Center in Paynesville. He attained 80 years, 5 months, and 20 days of age. Bob is survived by his wife Shirley Foster of Appleton; his children: Sharon (Tom) Kotz of Rice Lake, WI, Rose (Scott) Williams of Mesa, AZ, Doug Cherri Carpenter) Foster of Oak Park, Kevin (Judi Regnier) Foster of Foley, and Chris (Terry) Lovejoy of Duluth; step-children: Karen Downey of Breckenridge and Lee Fey of Cumberland, WI; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; siblings: Patricia Foster of Northfield, Ruth Karp of Spicer, Joe (Karen) Foster of Sartell, Henry Foster of Sauk Rapids, Susan Foster of Carson City, NV, and Joan Foster of Santa Fe, New Mexico; brother-in-law, Bernie Henneck of Kingman, AZ; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. and Oliva Foster; brother, Vincent Foster; and sister, Mary Henneck on October 31, 2020.

Blessed be the memory of Robert Eugene Foster Jr. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Marcella Mrozek

Marcella Louise Mrozek, age 76, of Appleton, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson. A private, family memorial will be held at a later date.

Marcella Louise Mrozek was born January 4, 1944, in Benson, Minnesota the daughter of Emery and Helen (Toothman) Goff. She was raised in the Danvers area and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Benson. Marcella attended Benson High School, where she graduated, Class of 1962. On February 10, 1962, she was united in marriage to Charles Mrozek at First Baptist Church in Benson, by Rev. Devieres. This union was blessed with over 58 years together and three children: Tamila, Robert, and Robin.

During her working years, Marcella was employed as a computer programmer/technician for Control Data, IBM, Usher Smith, Benson Optical, Gertsen, Norano Utility, and Zek Trucking. Marcella enjoyed woodworking and spending time in her flower garden. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Marcella passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Meadow Lane Healthcare-Care Center in Benson. She attained 76 years, 9 months, and 24 days of age. Marcella is survived by her husband, Charles Mrozek of Appleton; children: Tamila (Nick) Palumbo, Robert (Brittney) Mrozek, and Robin (Joyce) Mrozek; her grandson, Andrew Mrozek; her brother, George (Jessie) Goff; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Helen Goff; parents-in-law, Martin and Fannie Mrozek; siblings: Katherine (Ray) Walace, Luveren (Donna) Goff, David (Sadie) Goff; and sister-in-law, Muriel Goff.

Blessed be the memory of Marcella Louise Mrozek. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Raymond “Ray” Busse

Raymond “Ray” Busse, age 96, of Appleton, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. A private, family burial will be held in Appleton City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Raymond August William Busse was born on January 24, 1924, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of Fred and Mary (Heinecke) Busse. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Shible Township.

Ray married the love of his life, Esther Seydel, on November 27, 1949, in Okabena and they resided on the family farm in Appleton, Minnesota, where they raised their three boys: Steven, Kevin, and Mark. Ray worked tirelessly on the family farm side-by-side with his wife and sons.

Ray enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was always eager to take one of the children out for a ride in the tractor or combine – creating memories of a lifetime.

In addition to farming, Ray dedicated his service to the Federated Telephone Cooperative for 35 years; during that time, he served as the President for 16 years. Additionally, Ray served as the Secretary Treasurer and Chairman of the Board for Agralite Electric Cooperative from 1969 to 2005. In his free time, Ray enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and playing a competitive game of cribbage with his family.

Ray is survived by his children: Steven (Leah) Busse, Kevin Busse (Sue Chenard), and Mark Busse (Michelle McTighe); his grandchildren: Noelle, Tonia (Rick) Bryant, Noah, Grace, Raquel (Ty) Beucler, Amy (Michael) Kalkhoff, Hannah in Spirit, Chantae (Ethan) Remily, Shannon, and Sheridan; his great-grandchildren: Samuel, Benjamin, Adeline, Kennedy, Eleanor, and Maeve; his sisters-in-law, Olive Volk and Joyce Seydel; and his brother-in-law, Martin Krause.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents, Fred and Mary; his siblings, Laverne Paul and Wilbert Busse; and his granddaughter, Hannah Busse.

Blessed be the memory of Ray Busse. Please sign the guest book at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Barb Halvorson

Funeral services for 85 year-old Barb Halvorson of Madison, were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 9, 2020 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Madison, Minn. Father Brian Oestreich officiated at the Mass. Special music was provided by Jennifer Wittnebel, organist, Gwen Wick and LeAnn Christensen (Barb's daughters) sang a duet, and soloist Lisa Haas. Honorary casket bearers were Barb’s two great grandchildren Ben Liebl and Ellie Liebl. Active casket bearers were grandchildren; Matt Liebl, Greg Liebl, John Liebl, Beth Dulam, Riley Christensen, Zach Wick, Lauren Wick, Kelsey Wick and Caden Wick.

The concluding service and burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton, Minnesota.

Barb was born at home on December 4, 1934 to parents Anton and Melvina (Molstad) Weber in Lakeshore Township, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Barb attended school and graduated from Madison High School in 1952. She worked at the Madison Press Office for three years before starting her career as a loving wife and mother.

Barb was united in marriage to Gust Halvorson on Nov. 26, 1955. To this union four children, Tim, Lori, LeAnn and Gwen, were born. After marriage, Barb and Gust farmed in Hantho and Cerro Gordo Townships.

Barb enjoyed spending time outside picking cucumbers, walking the bean fields, and maintaining the home place. Barb also enjoyed baking, canning, and sewing her children’s and Barbie doll’s clothes. All enjoyed her lefse, chocolate chip cookies, and iced and caramel rolls.

Barb enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards. She took pleasure in attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting and music activities. She enjoyed spending time with neighbors drinking coffee and playing cards. Barb also enjoyed getting together with her siblings almost every Sunday as well as extended Weber gatherings. When family gathered, card playing provided many laughs.

Barb and Gust went south to Mission, Texas for 22 years where they opened up their home to many family members and friends.

Barb was called home on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Grace Haven in Madison, Minn. She had reached the age of 85 years and 11 months.

Barb is survived by her four children: Tim (Brenda) Halvorson, of Dawson, Lori (Dale) Liebl, of Montevideo, LeAnn Christensen, of Webster, Wisc., Gwen (Paul) Wick, of Prior Lake; nine grandchildren: Matt (Britt) Liebl, of Maple Grove, Greg (Dani) Liebl, of Apple Valley, John Liebl, of Orono, Beth (Rajesh) Dulam, of Kenmore, Wash., Riley Christensen, of Rochester, Wash., Zach Lauren, Kelsey and Caden Wick of Prior Lake, and two great-grandchildren Ben and Ellie Liebl, of Apple Valley.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gust; parents Anton and Melvina; brothers Kenny, Art, and Robert; sisters Bernice, Delores and Evelyn. Blessed be her memory.

Arrangements by the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, MN website: zahrbockfuneral home.com


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Robert Lembke

Robert Thomas Lembke was born on July 29, 1936. He was raised by his parents, Floyd and Esther (Thomas) Lembke, in Appleton, MN. Bob attended high school in Appleton, graduating in 1954. Following his schooling, Bob entered the United States Army serving two years as a sergeant in military intelligence stationed in Seoul, Korea before being honorable discharged in 1957.

After his time in the service, Bob completed his undergraduate work at Mankato State College majoring in Social Science and speech and continued there to earn his Master’s degree in counseling.

In 1960, Bob was united in marriage to Janet Mondahl in Blue Earth, MN. After being a high school counselor for four years in northwest Iowa, he served as counselor and psychology teacher at Iowa Lakes Community College 1966 - 1967.

In 1969 he earned his doctoral degree in counselor education from the University of South Dakota which led to him being the director of the Counseling Center at USD and assistant professor of Counselor Education. In 1971 he accepted an associate professor of Psychology and Counselor Education at Wayne State College in Nebraska. In 1974 he became an associate professor for the Department of Education Administration and Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa where he retired after twenty-four years in 1998. Janet passed away in 2000.

During one of his trips back to his hometown of Appleton for a class reunion, Bob reconnected with one of his classmates, Alice (Heldt). Bob moved to Alexandria to be closer to Alice, and the two were married in 2010.

Bob was a member of the Elks in Cedar Falls, IA and later in Alexandria. He enjoyed camping, fishing and wintering in Texas.

Bob died on Monday, October 19, 2020, at the Knute Nelson Care Center. He is survived by his wife: Alice Strand-Lembke; son: David (Nikki) Lembke; grandson: Kyle (Rachel) Lembke; and great-grandson: Colin Lembke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife: Janet (Mondahl) Lembke; son: Daniel Lembke; and brother: Richard Lembke.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:00 am at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. The family will be virtually attending, but the public is welcome to attend. For anyone unable to attend, this memorial service will be live streamed from Bob's obituary page on the Anderson Funeral Home website.

Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home. www.andersonfuneral.net



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Richard Dale

Richard Dale, 82 of Milan, formerly of Benson, died Sunday, October 25, 2020, at the Appleton Nursing Home. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org

Richard Lee Dale was born on December 20, 1937, in Benson, the son of Lyell and Lillian (Lee) Dale. He grew up in Benson and attended Benson High School, graduating in 1955. On January 16,1957, he entered in the US Navy where he served his country until his honorable discharge on January 12, 1961, as a Second-Class Petty Officer. On June 5, 1965, Richard was united in marriage Barbara Peterson at Kvitseid Lutheran Church. They made their home in Benson where he worked as a barber and later in sales for TCI and as a clerk for the city of Benson, retiring in 2000. They moved to their lake home on Lake Minnewaska near Starbuck in 1997 and too the Peterson family farm near Milan in 2004.

Richard was a member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church and former member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson where he sang in both choirs and was a member of the Octachords while in Benson. He enjoyed fishing, bow hunting, golf, gardening, playing bridge, pool and planting trees. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Richard died on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the Appleton Nursing Home at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of 55 years; sons, Jeffery (Aimee) Dale of Olivia and Jonathan (Robin) Dale of Benson; grandchildren, Kelsey Dale (Billy Bruche), Cody (Amber) Dale, Brittany Dale and Ryan Dale; great-grandchildren Otto Bruche, Ole Bruche and Henry Richard Dale; sister, Susan (Dennis) Wood; brother-in-law, Mike Gallagher and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathy Gallagher and step-father, Harris Aaberg.


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Vera Sperr

Vera Sperr went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 9th, 2020.

VeraMae Mary Ann Fischer was born January 20, 1932 to Harry and Bertha Fischer in Holloway, Minnesota. She and her husband Clinton G. Sperr met at Grandma Sperr’s Easter dinner in1950. They were engaged a year later and married on March 15, 1952 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Holloway, Minnesota. Clint and Vera celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this year.

In December of ‘52 Clint was stationed at Camp Gordon waiting for his orders to Korea. Vera, pregnant and wanting to be closer to family moved in with her sister Verda in Elk River Minnesota. 1953 their most awesome son Alan Mark Sperr was born and shortly after his birth Vera and Clint were on the move again to Minneapolis where Clint was enrolled in electronic school On February 6, 1955 Cathleen Mae was born. Vera and Clint moved often with Clint’s job at IBM during these times two more children were born, Paulette Jean on October 28, 1956 in Syracuse, NY and while on a Thanksgiving trip, Tamara Sue was born November 28, 1960 in Minneapolis.

Vera who became a licensed hairdresser in 1950 never stopped learning new styles and perfected her trade at many beauty shops, Cora’s and Katy’s to name a few. Her love for the trade led her to become a instructor and was a favorite to many of her students. Her last hairdressing job was at Brookdale Hearthstone Assisted Living where she loved doing the elder’s hair and chatting with them. Vera had a love for cooking and baking; her dishes were loved by all. Sewing was another passion of Vera’s and she also enjoyed playing cards, dancing and going to potlucks anywhere, anytime. Her favorite pastime was talking on the phone with her children, her sisters, extended family and with the numerous friends she made throughout their travels. Vera was also an accomplished fisher-woman, her and Clint could be seen out on the lake in their boat where she would out fish him. They were snowbirds and went to Mesa, Arizona every winter where they made many life-long friends.

We will remember our Mom for her great strength and faith in God. Everyone who knew Vera will remember her for her caring, compassionate nature and her sense of humor. She was the family planner and always coordinated family celebrations where she remembered what everyone loved to eat and was sure to make their favorite dish.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Harry and Bertha Fischer, her sisters Doris, Verda, Bernice, Sadie, her brother LeRoy and her son Alan. She is survived by her loving husband Clint and three daughters, Cathleen (Pete), Paulette (Bob) and Tamara (Briant) and her grandchildren Michael Sperr, Doug Ward and Spencer Bailey.

Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her close neighbors, friends and Pastor Walter Klockers for their support and kindness throughout her life at Moses Lake. We would also like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, Techs and Aides at Lake Ridge Center as well as Samaritan Hospital for the love, care and concern they gave toVera over the last fe/vw months of her life.

A service and memorial was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.


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David Beyer

David Beyer, age 82 of Morris, formerly of the Holloway area, died Saturday, October 10, 2020, in Courage Cottage, Morris, Minnesota. Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m., Thursday, October 15, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Morris. Pastor Michael Hanson officiated. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Moyer Township.

David Leander Beyer was born November 13, 1937, on the family farm in Fairfield Township, Swift County, Minnesota to parents Carl and Ella (Quandt) Beyer. He attended country school, District #48 through the eighth grade. David then attended the Ag School in Morris, where he graduated in 1955. On May 27, 1977, he was united in marriage to Gladys Bahl at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Moyer Township. This union was blessed with over 43 years together. The couple lived on David’s home farm where he farmed his entire life. David enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was an avid reader from his youth until his last days. David had a broad variety of knowledge and had a knack for sharing it.

David passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Courage Cottage in Morris. He attained 82 years, 10 months, and 27 days of age. David is survived by his wife, Gladys Beyer of Morris; son, Randy (Elizabeth) Beyer of Holloway; step-children: Shawn (Jill) Swenson of Appleton, Sherry (Jesse) Helleksen of Lake Crystal, Brad (Patti) Swenson of Milbank, and Monica Baron of Appleton; eight grandchildren: Quinn Swenson, Courtney Swenson, Adrianne (Alex) Aeikens, Shelby Beyer, Montana Swenson, Cole Swenson, Mason Baron, and Jarod Baron; two great-grandchildren: Aiden and Lilly; sisters-in-law: Arlene Beyer of Benson and Gail (Arlyn) Schellberg of Madison; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ella Beyer; and his siblings: Louise, Martha, Walter, Marvin, Dorethea, and Carl.

Blessed be the memory of David Leander Beyer. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Lorraine Lois Meichsner

There will be a live stream of Lorraine’s service starting at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020. To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Lorraine’s page and click the link.

Lorraine Lois (Hamann) Meichsner was born on August 23, 1926 on her parents’ farm in Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota, to parents William and Elfrieda (Schliep) Hamann. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township, MN. Lorraine attended country school at District 99, rural Holloway, MN and high school in Holloway, MN. On November 7, 1944, Lorraine married Raymond Meichsner. This marriage was blessed with more than 64 years of marriage and four children: Earl, Susan, Keith and Dean.

Lorraine and Ray lived in Hancock most of their married life where she was active in her church, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hancock. She taught Sunday School and was active in Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Hancock Homemakers group and enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and working in her flowers. In the spring of 2007, Ray and Lorraine moved to Skyview Plaza in Morris. After Ray’s death in 2008; Lorraine became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Morris. She was active in LWML and volunteered many hours at Zion. Lorraine enjoyed spending time with her friends at Skyview.

Lorraine died on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Courage Cottage in Morris, MN. She was 94 years old.

She is survived by her children, Earl (Marcia) Meichsner of Albertville, MN, Susan (John) Olson of Minnetonka, MN, Keith (Linda) Meichsner of Alexandria, MN and Dean (Rita) Meichsner of Morris, MN; nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Angela Hoffman of Wheaton, MN; sister-in-law, Carol Hamann of Appleton, MN and brother-in-law, James Meichsner of Sauk Rapids, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, her parents William and Elfrieda Hamann; brother, Dale Hamann; sister, Clarice Stock; granddaughter, Lisa Baker and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Courage Cottage in Morris and Zion Technology Fund in Morris.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.


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Carol Olson

Carol Rose (Ronglien) Olson was born on December 29, 1929 in Lake Shore Township to parents Elmer and Rosie (Foss) Ronglien. She was baptized February 9, 1930 and confirmed Oct. 10th, 1943 by Reverend E.S. Belgum at Louisburg Lutheran Church.

Carol attended school in District 41 and Appleton High School, graduating in 1947. After graduation she attended Teacher’s Normal Training in Madison, MN. Carol shared her gifts of teaching in the rural schools.

She was united in marriage to Vernon W. Olson, November 28, 1953 at Louisburg Lutheran Church. To this union, they were blessed with five children. They farmed for seven years before moving to their home in Bellingham, MN in 1963. Carol adored her family and was a loving presence in their lives. She also was called a second mother by many whom she so graciously opened her home to.

Carol’s faith, family and friends were most important to her. She very much enjoyed serving her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran, in many capacities including Ruth Circle, WELCA, and as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher. She especially loved seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when she told them, “Jesus loves you and so does Carol.” She was active in Christian Women’s Club and led a prayer coffee group for more than 30 years. Through this fellowship Carol formed lifelong friendships. She was delighted that women of different faiths could join together to praise and thank God for all of his blessings.

Carol had a huge heart for people, whether it was visiting with them in person, by mail, or taking time for a special phone call. She possessed a genuine form of kindness. Carol enjoyed sharing that kindness at nursing homes or with individuals who were unable to get out. She gave her endless gift of time to many organizations. She took pleasure in volunteering, being a member of the Bellingham Kitchenettes, Carol Olson club, Kanthak Matthies Legion and VFW auxiliaries and Birthday Club. Carol also thoroughly enjoyed spending time outside caring for her beautiful flowers (geraniums and petunias), reading, bowling, and quilting.

Carol was called to her heavenly home September 20, 2020, in Lake City, MN. She had reached the age of 90 years, 8 months and 22 days.

She is survived by five children, Neal (Stacy) Olson of Prior Lake, Nancy Olson of Red Wing, MN, Kevin Olson of Houston, TX, Kent (Connie) Olson of Eden Prairie, MN, Scott Olson of Bloomington, MN; three grandchildren, Nicki (Jon) Cermak of Eden Prairie, MN, Lucas Olson of Prior Lake, MN and Harman Olson of Houston, TX; great grandchildren Max and Sam Cermak of Eden Prairie, MN. She is also survived by sister-in-law Joan Ronglien and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon, parents Elmer and Rosie and brother, Robert Ronglien.

Her kind and loving spirit will be greatly missed by all who called her a friend.

Celebration of Carol’s life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, MN. website: zahrbockfuneralhome.com


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Eugenie Boese

Eugenie L. Boese, 95, died at her home in Holloway, on Wednesday September 30, 2020. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 5, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, followed by the Funeral Service, at 2:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway. Interment will follow the service at the Church Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel of Appleton is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Eugenie Boese was born on May 13, 1925 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Walter and Olga Kroening Walther. She was baptized on June 1, 1925 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eagan and was confirmed on May 28, 1939 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rabbit Lake. She attended K-5 elementary school in Minneapolis, 5-8 in Iron Hub Country School, graduated from Aitkin High School, and attended teacher’s training in Madison, Minnesota.

Eugenie was united in marriage to Leo V. Boese on December 30, 1945 in Holloway, Minnesota. They spent their lives together on the family farm north of Holloway where she and her husband raised their five children.

Eugenie served as the church organist for over 16 years at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Holloway, where she also was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Ladies’ Aide. She was a quilter of over 25 beautiful quilts and she made banners for the church. She loved to craft wall hangings for her home and for her family. She was called from this life on Wednesday, September 30, at her home in Holloway. She attained the age of 95 years, 4 months, and 17 days.

She is survived by her children Steven Boese and his wife Carmen of Laramie, Wyoming, Nancy Oman and her husband Steven of Dover, New Hampshire, Connie Boese of Laramie Wyoming, and Peter Boese and his wife Betty of Holloway; her grandchildren; Benjamin, Katarina (Mark), Karin (Todd), Laura (Brian), Jacque (James), Eric (Camille) and Kimberly (Jonathan), her great grandchildren; C. J., Melania, Naomi, Eleanor, James, Evelyn, Liam, Reid, Kaylee, and Gemma; a brother Howard Walther and his wife Elaine of Wadena; and several other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Olga, her husband Leo, a son Terry Boese, and a great granddaughter Eden Rose Quast.


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DeAnna G. (Deardorf) L’Ecuyer

DeAnna G. (Deardorf) L’Ecuyer, 81, of Sturbridge, MA, formerly of Appleton, passed into the loving, peaceful and tender care of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, October 1, 2020 after a valiant, year-long, hard-fought, battle against cancer. Visitation will be held from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Friday, October 9, at First United Methodist Church in Appleton. Pastor Jacob Holck will officiate. Burial will be in Appleton City Cemetery.

DeAnna, or “Dee”, daughter of the late Norman C. and Marlos F. (Beard) Deardorf, began her life’s journey in Bemidji, Minnesota in July 1939. After Dee’s mother, Marlos, passed away in 1940, Dee’s grandparents, the late Mr. Charles A. and Mrs. Adelaide D. (Broadbent) Beard took DeAnna in to raise her along with her beloved cousin, Donald (Donnie) Samuelson.

An unfortunate fire in the Beard family business, the Third Street Cafe, a few years later led to the Beards, DeAnna and cousin Donnie relocating to the Broadbent home in Appleton, Minnesota where they reunited with Dee’s great-grandmother, Evelyn L. Broadbent, and Dee’s beloved cousin Dorothy (Dottie Samuelson) Boerhave.

In Appleton, Dee and her family were faithful members of Appleton’s United Methodist Church where they attended services regularly. And, among other things, DeAnna enjoyed singing in the school chorus and playing clarinet in the high school marching band.

One of DeAnna’s greatest joys was the fond memories she had of the many lifelong friendships she made in Appleton – many of whom she has been able to keep in contact with through the years. Dee was a “people person” and always loved spending time with her family and friends.

After graduating from Appleton High School, Class of 1957, Dee headed to Minneapolis where she landed a job at the Augsburg Publishing House. Soon after she relocated to California where she married her first husband, Donald (Don) Mutton and gave birth to her first and only child, Douglas (Doug) Mutton.

While in California, Dee landed a job at the Aerojet Corporation and later worked for Auburn Constructors as they worked on building the Auburn Dam in Auburn, California. DeAnna also attended classes at the American River College in Sacramento as she worked towards bettering herself and becoming a legal secretary.

In 1978, after a number of challenging years following her divorce in California, Dee and son, Doug, relocated back to Minnesota where Dee found work as a legal secretary.

In 1980, Dee was remarried and relocated to New England where she found work as a legal secretary for a time and, eventually, worked at Colonial Copy and the Southbridge Evening News as a typist/ columnist. Many remember Dee L’Ecuyer for her “Reminiscing Column” which she wrote for “The News” on a regular basis. After leaving “The News”, she also contributed a column, “Common Pleasures”, to the Sturbridge “Town Common” newspaper for a time. She always loved remembering and sharing her story and had hoped to finish writing her book, about her life, one day.

DeAnna’s second husband, Donald (Don) L’Ecuyer went to be with the Lord in 2007 and Dee’s son, Doug, found a new responsibility in taking care of his beloved mom. Doug was by his mom’s side when she went to be with the Lord on October 1, 2020.

DeAnna leaves her only son, Doug Mutton, who was faithfully by her side for 54 years. She also leaves a step-son, Ronald B. (and MaryAnn) L’Ecuyer of California and three step-daughters, Grace and Gail also of California, Gloria (and Steve) of Nevada and their families.

DeAnna also leaves her beloved cousins with whom she was raised, Donald (and Gini) Samuelson of Denton, Texas and Dorothy (Dottie) Boerhave of Fergus Falls, Minnesota and their families.

And, an aunt, Charlene Hughes, of Millbury, MA along with several cousins, nieces and nephews-in-law.

Her late husband, Donald P. L’Ecuyer, predeceased her in 2007 as did a step-brother, Craig Grothaus, in 2018.

As a living “Celebration of Life” was held for DeAnna over the summer, there will be no formal funeral or memorial service for Dee in New England at this time. However, per Dee’s request, family and friends are invited to pay final respects during a special time of visitation (Calling Hours) on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 4 to 6 pm, in the Sturbridge Federated Church, Rt. 131 and 8 Maple St. Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sturbridge Federated Church, Diaconate Fund, PO BOX 193, Sturbridge, MA 01566.

Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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