Obituaries

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Waunita Kanten

Waunita Joan Kanten, of rural Milan, passed away from this life Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at the Benson Hospital, at the age of 87. Funeral services were held Monday, October 3, 2022 at 1:30 PM at Big Bend Lutheran Church. Reverend Kristine Isder officiated and interment was in the church cemetery. Arrangements were with Anderson - TeBeest Funeral Home of Montevideo. www.andersontebeest.com

Waunita Joan (Anderson) Kanten was born in Montevideo, MN on July 12, 1935, the daughter of Oscar and Edna (Johnson) Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Baxter, and graduated from Montevideo High School in 1953. On April 10, 1955, Waunita and Floyd Kanten were united in marriage, and together, they made their home on his home farm place in 1957. She was devoted to her life as a farmer’s wife while raising their five children. She was a homemaker who expressed her love through cooking and sewing for her family and friends, as well as working alongside Floyd on the farm. In 1993, they relocated a few miles away from the original homestead, where her beloved horse barn was built. Waunita had a deep love for horses, which was passed on to her children (and grandchildren). This passion for the western way of life led to annual trail rides every summer at the Black Hills with her family for many years, camping at the Lac qui Parle Lake, horse shows, 4-H events, and rodeos. She was also very competitive when it came to sports, and enjoyed supporting her children (and grandchildren) in many different sporting events throughout grade school and into college. She was President of WELCA at Big Bend Lutheran Church, actively involved in the Milan Arv-Hus Museum, and a member of Heritage Hill. Waunita enjoyed auctions, and restoring antiques, mowing her lawn, bowling, and was known to bake the best brownies around.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Floyd; five children: Jodi (Joe) Weber of Lake Benton, Jon (Cindy) Kanten of Milan, Jennifer (Bob) Tostenson of Milan, Jeff Kanten of Talala, OK, and Jana (David Collins) Walstrom of Ramona, OK; eleven grandchildren: Jenna (Mike) Garden, Jesse (Michelle) Weber, Sarah (Kenny) Wientjes, Tyler (Holly) Kanten, Christian Kanten, Tonya (Jesse) Christianson, Brett (Laura) Tostenson, Blair (Stephanie) Tostenson, Tatum Kanten, Samantha (Todd) Harmon, and Chance Walstrom; fifteen great-grandchildren: Wacey, Reese, Andi, Mick, Wren, Logan, Journey, Willow, Mason, Dakota, Skye, Holden, Reagan, Josephine, and Kate; a sister, Ramona (Keith) Erickson of Montevideo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parent; sister, Elizabeth (Richard) Jurgenson; and an infant brother, Richard.


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Gail Schellberg

The Zahrbock Funeral Home announces the death of 80-year-old Gail Schellberg of Madison who passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the Madison Health Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 3, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Madison, Minnesota. Rev. Noel Herr officiated at the service. Special music was provided by Eunice Mork, organist and Dean Dallman, soloist. Active casket bearers were: Bryan Kienholz, Keith Lee, Kenny Lee, Shawn Swenson, Bradley Swenson and Randy Beyer. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Madison, MN.

Gail Schellberg was born on August 18, 1942 to Leslie and Frances (Suckow) Bahl in Chippewa County, Montevideo, Minnesota. She was baptized September 13, 1942 at St. John Lutheran Church of Holloway, Minnesota. She attended Holloway School first through eighth grade. The family moved to rural Odessa, in 1956, where Gail graduated from high school. She and Arlyn Schellberg were married at Trinity Lutheran Church of Odessa, MN on September 17, 1960. Gail worked as a babysitter for the neighbors as a teenager and later worked with Headstart in Madison, Minnesota. She then worked at the Madison Lutheran Home as a ward clerk, aide and later was educated at the Willmar Technical School to become an LPN. She continuing with her nursing field. She and Arlyn enjoyed many bus trips across the United States: Alaska, Texas, New York and Branson a few. She was active in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madison. In her younger years she enjoyed gardening and baking. She was a Minnesota Twins baseball fan. Gail died September 29, 2022, at Madison Healthcare Service under Hospice Care.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, husband’s parents, daughter, brother-in-law David Beyer, brother-in-law Charles Schellberg and wife Harriet, brother-in-law Orville Kienholz, brother-in-law Earl Hiepler and sister-in-law Linda Lee. She is survived by her husband Arlyn Schellberg, sons Craig and wife Lori, Dallas Schellberg and wife Becky and Douglas Schellberg and fiancé Amy, grandsons Grant Schellberg, Levi Schellberg, Kyle Schellberg and Casey Schellberg, step-grandchildren Christian and Julianna Dodds, great-grandson Jackson, step great-granddaughter Flora, sister Gladys Beyer, brother-in-law Art Lee and sister-in-law Geraldine Hiepler, many nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, INC, Lac qui Parle Hope Network or Hospice. Arrangements by the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, Minnesota


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Jeffrey Heinecke

Jeffrey Glenn Heinecke, 71, of Alexandria, Minnesota, formerly of Appleton, Minnesota, died on Monday, September 19, 2022, in Glenwood Minnesota. Visitation was held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2022, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton, Minnesota, followed by the funeral service at 1:00 pm. Interment with military honors was at the Appleton City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Jeffrey Glenn Heinecke, 71, passed away unexpectedly on September 19, 2022. Since 2005, Jeff lived in Alexandria, MN, but Appleton, MN, where he grew up, owned a successful business and raised his family, was always home. Jeff was born on June 12, 1951 to Lester and Elrene Heinecke. He was instilled with the values of hard work from his dad and grandpa George in his early years of working at Heinecke Implement. In his school years, he was a lifeguard at the town pool and high school football and wrestling athlete. He graduated from Appleton High School in 1969. Jeff entered the Army in January 1971 and after serving in Vietnam, was Honorably discharged in April 1972. He continued his service in the National Guard through 1977. On July 1, 1972 Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Sue. Together they owned and operated Appleton Oil Co. Jeff always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In his retirement years, he was a full-time family handyman and carpenter.

Jeff is survived by his wife and their children, Jason (Maureen) Heinecke, Jon (Ashley) Heinecke, Nicole (Travis) Bjerke, grandchildren, Mya, Kason, Kolden and Brayden, and his brother, Glenn. Jeff was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love. His favorite past times were snowmobiling, deer hunting and fishing - all an excuse to spend quality time with his family and closest friends. Jeff didn’t miss an opportunity to join in or host any group gathering and, with his contagious laugh, deep singing voice and enthusiastic dance moves, he was always the life of the party. He was well-known for making the best smoked ribs, Big T’s Baked Beans and his LONG, DETAILED and entertaining stories. Jeff lived a true life of service. His neighbors knew him as extremely giving, his friends knew him as exceptionally loyal, his family knew him as fiercely devoted, and anyone who met him knew him as hard-working. He could build or fix anything, and his list of projects was long. To his family, Jeff was strong, the ultimate provider, and in his own quiet way, so incredibly loving. He took great pride in teaching, especially sharing with his grandchildren, all the lessons of life. The best parts of us are because of him - his impact and all the lessons taught will live on. In lieu of flowers, any memorials received will be donated to Appleton Area Recreation and Swift County Fair/Chuck Brown Building.


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David B. Carlson

David B. Carlson, age 84, of Willmar, formerly of Appleton, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2022, in Carris Health Care Center in Willmar. A visitation was held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton. A private, family burial was held in Appleton City Cemetery. No formal services are planned. Memorials may be made to: Hawk Creek Animal Shelter, Willmar; Appleton Arts and Culture Center, Appleton; the Martinson Foundation in Appleton, or a charity of one’s choice.

Before David could even walk, he crawled out of the house, down the block, across the street (State Hwy 7 in Appleton, MN) and was partway down the next block when he was discovered and returned to his mother. He was the fourth of five active children. David’s parents owned Carlson Hardware store in Appleton, MN. David figured out how to fix things at an early age and built a scooter for himself out of recycled parts. He tells of frequently driving Elmer Benson, the former governor, as he drove Elmer’s huge Packard limo while sitting on pillows and looking through the steering wheel. The reader can try to guess David’s age. David’s father began farming and David along with brother Orion helped with production. David played clarinet in the HS band and graduated from Appleton High School. He attended Luther College for a year and then purchased a farm south of Appleton at the age of 21. He raised crops and attended the University of Minnesota where he obtained an associate degree. He served 6 years in the National Guard and worked winters at Lutsen Resort where he ran the big equipment and headed the ski patrol. After marrying Nancy, a new teacher in the Appleton School District, he began farming full time and started feeding cattle. Together they raised two sons. David was a charter member of the Appleton Lions and the Appleton Flying Club. He assisted with Cub Scouts, 4-H projects and served on the Appleton Refugee Committee. During the farm crisis he was active with the American Ag Movement. When Nancy’s employment moved her around the state the family joined her. They moved first to rural Milan, then Battle Lake and to Morris. During their Morris years David still farmed, joined the Morris Flying Club and attended SWSU in Marshall where he received his bachelor’s degree. When they moved to Stillwater he commuted from the farm and auditioned and sang with the Valley Chamber Choral. When Nancy found employment in Willmar, they lived first at the farm and then settled in Willmar. David retired from farming. David enjoyed downhill skiing, biking, men’s Bible study and chai tea with his guy friends at Lulu Beans. He was blessed with a dry sense of humor, the skill to fix almost everything, a love of gadgets and endless patience. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

David is survived by Nancy, his wife of 56 years; his sons, Eric Carlson of Appleton and Scott Carlson (Judy) of White Bear Lake; and his sister, Leatrice Benson of Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Luella Carlson; brothers, Orion and Elmer Jr.; and sister Marjorie Knutson. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com.


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Nancy Bohach Schramm

Nancy Kay Bohach Schramm, 82, of Rochester, Minnesota passed away on August 25th, 2022 at The Homestead of Rochester, Minnesota.

Nancy was born on October 14th, 1939 to parents Richard and Gladys Bohach in Hopkins Minnesota. She graduated from Appleton Minnesota High School in 1957. Nancy attended Moorhead College and graduated with a BS degree in education in 1963. Later she attended Colorado State College where she attained an MA degree in August 1966. On August 14th, 1963 Nancy was married to Donald W Schramm. They were divorced in 1981. Nancy began her teaching career in 1963 in a small town in North Dakota. After a few years there, she moved to Sacramento California and started a 40-year tenure of teaching, most of which was at Bancroft Elementary School in Sacramento. After retirement, she volunteered to assist students with special needs for several more years. Nancy had many passions in life, her deep religious beliefs & love of God, her love of Family, her passion for Music, deep dedication to her students and her adventurous nature for travel. Nancy was a very active member of St Andrew Lutheran church where she played the piano and organ for services. She assisted the Pastor while vising nursing homes and played the piano for hymn requests from residents. Her love of family ran very deep. She would make almost yearly trips back to Minnesota and Iowa to be with family. Her love of long conversations on the phone were well known to family. Nancy’s passion and love of music was deep. She began piano lessons at an early age and played clarinet in high school. She was a very accomplished pianist and gave lessons to many children. Some of the children were Hmong refugees, and she refused payment from them. She was deeply dedicated to teaching young children and many of them kept in contact with her when they grew into adulthood. Nancy loved to travel to places within the USA. She and her good friend and fellow teacher, Sandy McFarlin, traveled to several countries of Europe, the Mediterranean area, Thailand and Mexico. Nancy was married to Norman Nelson on January 6th, 2018. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Gladys Bohach. Her older brother Neil and sister-in-law Betty. Her husband Norman Nelson. Her niece Kristin Bohach. Her great-niece Samantha O’Connor and her great-nephew McClain Bohach.

Nancy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Ned and Bev Bohach, her sister and brother-in-law Nita and Michael Jack, and brother Nick Bohach. She also leaves behind eleven nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10:30am at Ranfranz and Vine, Rochester Minnesota with a visitation held one hour prior to the service and a luncheon will be held after the service. Inurnment will be at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester Minnesota. For those that may wish to dedicate a memorial in Nancy’s behalf, the family recommends Moments Hospice of Rochester as they gave a most caring, dedicated and truly outstanding support for Nancy. Link to: https://momentsfoundation.org/contact/ or the Rochester office can be contacted at Moments Hospice of Rochester, Phone: 507 888-9700. Contact: Jayme. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bohach - Schramm family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com


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Barbara J. Kerr

Barbara Kerr, age 96 of Morris, formerly of Appleton, passed away Monday, August 22, 2022, at Stevens Community Medical Center-Hospital in Morris. Visitation was held 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 29, 2022, at First United Methodist Church in Appleton. Jan Eifealdt and Pastor Guy Redfield officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery. A reception was held at the Appleton VFW following the interment.

Barbara Jeanette Kerr was born November 20, 1925, in Marietta, Minnesota, the daughter of Peder and Inga (Olson) Redfield. She was baptized March 28, 1926, and was confirmed May 12, 1940, at Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. Barbara was raised in rural Lac qui Parle County, where she attended country school. She graduated from Madison High School, Class of 1943. On October 28, 1945, Barbara was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Kerr at Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. This union was blessed with over 56 years together. The couple farmed in Fairfield Township until September 1994, when they moved to Appleton. Later, Barbara moved to Apple Ridge Estates in Appleton and then The Legacy in Morris. Barbara was very proud of her Norwegian heritage and was able to visit Norway and her Norwegian cousins in her parents’ homeland. One winter she and Bob perfected their favorite lefse recipe. Most of us benefited from her lefse-making talents. She also took pride in making other Scandinavian treats, especially krumkake. Her many activities included sewing, cooking, baking, walking, gardening, volunteering, and reading. With baking as a favorite activity, she enjoyed making cookies with her children, grandchildren, and children in the neighborhood. She often entered goodies and jellies in the Swift County Fair. Barbara even mowed her lawn well into her eighties! She was an excellent card player and played in several bridge clubs. For many years Barbara sewed and hand quilted quilts. When Bob and Barbara were building their log lake home on Battle Lake, she and her sister Julia sewed 9 log cabin quilts. She was a very good quilter and her stitches were perfect. She is also credited with teaching all six of her children how to sew. For a few years Barbara worked as a parish secretary for the Methodist and Headwaters Parishes. After Bette and Douglas Beyer died, she again became a fulltime homemaker. Over the years, Barbara was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church, UMW, and Homemakers, where she held several leadership roles. Barbara was very active in her church, serving in a variety of ways. During Bob and Barbara’s retirement they were church custodians. She was also a 4-H adult leader in her younger years.

Barbara passed away Monday, August 22, 2022, at Stevens Community Medical Center-Hospital in Morris. She attained 96 years, 9 months, and 2 days of age. Barbara is survived by her daughters: Becky (Frank) O’Keefe of Medina, Jeanette (John) Pfaff of Appleton, Judy (Dan) Eystad of Morris, Andrea (Kurt) Radke of Duluth, Chayla (Troy) Ostby of Lovell, WY; grandchildren: Kelly (Rich) Sjerven, Russell (Drea) Pfaff, Mitchell (Rebecca) Reuss, Lucas (Liz) Reuss, Ellen (Zach) Cart; great-grandchildren: June Pfaff, Clara, Amelia, Adaline, and Thorin Reuss; Nathan and Erik Radke, Tim, Ty, Travis (Alexis), Trent (Hailey Praska), and Camryn Ostby; a great-great-granddaughter, McKenna Ostby; sisters-in-law: Deloris Redfield and Ivy Redfield; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; parents-in-law; husband, Bob in 2002; daughter, Bette and Douglas Beyer in 1971; son-in-law, Steven Reuss in 2003; brothers: David, Ingvald, Clifford, Clarence, Everett, and Lloyd; sisters: Elsa Mae, Palma Bjornethun, Julia Billington, Alice (Swenson) Woessner and a sibling in infancy; as well as sisters-in-law and brothers- in-law. Blessed be the memory of Barbara Jeanette Kerr. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


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Elaine S. Johnson

Elaine S. Johnson, age 78 of Princeton, MN, passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Suite Living Senior Care in Ramsey. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 3:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Princeton with Pastor Steve Tischer officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Princeton.

Elaine Sharon Schmidt was born to Leonard and Dorothy (Stock) Schmidt on July 26, 1944, in Appleton. She grew up in Appleton and attended school there, graduating in 1961. Elaine attended the Saint Barnabas School of Nursing in Minneapolis where she graduated in 1965 and then married her high school sweetheart, Chuck Johnson. Chuck and Elaine moved to Princeton where they raised their four children and spent the rest of their lives. A nurse for nearly 40 years, Elaine began at Princeton Hospital, but during her career also worked at the medical clinic, in home health care, and as the district nurse for Princeton Public Schools. In 1974, she organized and for many years following, led the Princeton Childbirth Education Program. She “enjoyed every minute of it.” She was honored and very proud to have volunteered many years in the Princeton Community. In 1994 Elaine went back to school at Bethel University and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. After she retired, she continued to enjoy and love faith, family, friends, her community, and church. Elaine’s own words, “Kids – grandkids – LOVED and enjoyed attending activities.”

Elaine is survived by her children, Marc (Tracey), Phillip (Jill), Christine (Kevin) Bottema-VanderWal, and Joni (Joe) Kurland; her grandchildren, Mae, Jacob, Joshua, and Casey Johnson, Katie, Ryan, and Luke Bottema, Chase and Bryce VanderWal, Alayna, Nate, and Emma Kurland; her sisters, Joann Sorenson, Lois (Roger) Koosmann, and Linda (Mark) Opsahl; brothers-in-law, Kermit (Nancy) Johnson and Thomas (Bonnie) Johnson; and many friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Chuck.


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Evelyn Giese

Funeral services for Evelyn Giese of Morris, MN were held on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Morris, with Pastor Reed Stockman officiating. Evelyn Lydia (Munstermann) Giese (the sixth of ten children) was born September 16, 1924, at home in Shible Township, Swift County, Minnesota, to Adolph and Augusta (Stock) Munstermann. She married Ray Lester Giese on March 15, 1944, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. Before moving to Morris in 1981, Ray and Evelyn farmed in Big Stone County for 20+ years. Evelyn always planted various varieties of flowers, had a large vegetable garden and did lots of canning. She also enjoyed embroidery projects, quilting, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, word searches, playing cards, and visiting with family and friends. She was a quiet, compassionate person, helping and befriending those around her.

Evelyn passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022 at West Wind Village in Morris, MN; she was 97 years old. Evelyn is survived by her children: Judy (Kent) Pearce of Lubbock, TX, David (Rebecca) Giese and Sheldon (Kim) Giese, both of Morris; grandchildren: Tyson (Carey) Giese of Nelson, Cassandra (Seth) Sinnema of Bemidji, Lucas Giese of Morris, Joshua Giese of Appleton, Kip (Samantha) Pearce of Lubbock, Micah Pearce of San Antonio, TX, Kali (Shelby) Miller of Lubbock, Quinn Pearce of Mesa, AZ, McKenzie Pearce (Raymond Hernandez) of Lubbock, and Benjamin Giese of Morris; great-grandchildren: Amber (Sean) Weibel, Taylor Giese (Tara Schneider) and Jacey Giese (Aaron Macho), Patrick and Shane Giese, Madelyn and Benjamin Pearce, Aubrey, Violet and baby Miller (due in September), and Daisy Larson Giese; great-great-granddaughters: Oaklyn Franzen and Myla Giese; sister: Verna Quandt of Benson; sisters-in-law: Ellen Munsterman of Appleton and Lola Phelps of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, in 1996 and an infant son, Robert, in 1949, her parents; sisters: Bertha (William) Harste and Renetta (Manville) Schlieman; brothers: Walter (Mabel) Munsterman, Elmer (Emily) Munstermann, Albert (Vivilore) Munsterman, Melvin Munsterman, Ronald (Vivilor) Munsterman and Adolph Jr. (Sheryl) Munsterman; sisters-in-law: Lucille (Melvin) Rohloff, and Marcella (Harold) Wente; brothers-in-law: Donald Quandt, Menville Giese, and Lynden (Eileen) Giese and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Fred Altamirano, PA, Prairie Ridge Health, Morris; nurses and staff at West Wind Village, Morris; and Glacial Ridge Hospice, Glenwood. Pedersen Funeral Home in is charge of the arrangements for Evelyn. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.pedersenfh.com.


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Barbara Walton

Barbara Ann Walton passed away May 20, 2022, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Visitation will be 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 25, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Art Wiese will officiate. Burial will be in Wergeland Cemetery, rural Porter, Minnesota.

Barbara Ann Walton was born May 9, 1941, in Marshall, Minnesota, the daughter of Raymond Luther and Mae Arlene (DeBettiginess) Christianson. Barb was raised on a farm in the Porter, Minnesota area, where she was baptized and confirmed at Porter Lutheran Church. She attended grade school in Porter and high school in Canby. After high school, Barb moved to Minneapolis where she worked as a waitress. Barb was united in marriage to Kenneth Walton at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church by Pastor Lygre. Later in life Barb moved to New York City, where she was employed as a Nanny. She returned to Minnesota where she lived in Buffalo, Willmar, and Appleton. Barb worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in each of those communities, retiring in Appleton. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Barb passed away May 20, 2022, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. She attained the age of 81 years and 11 days of age. Barb is survived by her siblings: Ruby (Barry) Lokken of Appleton, Betty Chavarria of Appleton, and Edward (Marlene) Christianson of Buffalo; two aunts; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mae Christianson; her husband, Kenneth Walton; her son, Troy Walton in 2000; brothers-in-law: Candelario Chavarria and Carl Weckwerth Jr; and their beloved cat, Cosmo. Blessed be the memory of Barbara Ann Walton. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


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Dennis Mahoney

Dennis Mahoney, age 79, of rural Appleton, passed away Sunday evening, August 14, 2022, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 18, 2022, at St. John's Catholic Church in Appleton. Fr. Jeremy Kucera officiated. Burial was in St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Hegbert Township.

Dennis Allan Mahoney was born May 17, 1943, in Morris, Minnesota, the son of William Thomas and Ann Helen (Muehlbauer) Mahoney. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Hegbert Township. Denny was raised in Hegbert Township where he attended grade school at District 35. He later attended Appleton High School, where he graduated, Class of 1961. On July 17, 1971, Dennis was united in marriage to Tessa Marie Wiese at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton, by Fr. Bernard Steiner. This union was blessed with over 51 years together and two sons: Scott and Kris. Upon high school graduation, Dennis had intentions to enlist in the Army, but his brother, Roger, asked him to join Ted Banken Sr. in his farming operation for three years. He later farmed with his father, William Mahoney, his brother, Paul Mahoney, and most currently with his son, Scott. Denny took over Jack Mahoney’s DeKalb Seed business and operated as a farmer-seed salesman for over 40 years! He was also a self-taught agronomist. In addition, he also raised hogs from his 4-H years through the 1990’s. Between 2003-2015, thirteen Brazilians: Pedro, Carlos, Marcelo, Luciano, Leo, Fabio, Alfredo, Paulo, Ezequiel, Luciano, Fernando, Wagner, and Leonardo, helped Denny with the farming operation. He taught by example and with patience. The trainees became members of the Mahoney family. Over the years he was affectionately known as “Red” or “Big Red.” As a youth he was a member of the Work and Win 4-H Club and the Appleton FFA Chapter. He had fond memories of showing 4-H dairy cows at the MN State Fair. Denny was a long-time member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton and was also a Knights of Columbus member. He enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially the MN Twins and Vikings. In his younger years Denny was a member of the WD Anderson Motors Bowling team in Appleton. Denny liked to attend farm auctions and in recent years, took a liking to bingo.

Dennis passed away Sunday evening, August 14, 2022, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. He attained 79 years, 2 months, and 27 days of age. Denny is survived by his wife Tessa Mahoney of Appleton; sons: Scott (Lea) Mahoney of Willmar and Kris (Carye) Mahoney of Welland, Ontario, Canada; his grandchildren: Angela Mahoney, Samuel Mahoney, and Sophie Mahoney; brother, Roger (Katie) Mahoney of Appleton; sisters-in-law: Dianne Mahoney of Minneapolis, Marlene Mahoney of Chaska, Marlys Mahoney of Appleton, Dorothy Wiese of Appleton; brother-in-law, Doug (Tami) Plank of Gayville, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ann Mahoney; brothers: Gerald Mahoney and Paul Mahoney; sister, Sharon Mahoney; parents-in-law, Herbert and Martha Wiese; brother-in-law, Terry Wiese; sister-in-law, Nancy Gilbertson; nephews: Jacob Wiese and Joel Tayler; and niece, Jenny Mahoney. Blessed be the memory of Dennis Allan Mahoney. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


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Floyd Mills

Floyd Robert Mills, 95, of Custer, SD, passed away August 12, 2022, at Hot Springs VA Medical Center hospice. Floyd was born March 9, 1927, in Appleton, MN to Floyd and Josephine (Huzenga) Mills. A child of the Great Depression and Dirty Thirties, he had a Tom Sawyer childhood, running barefoot in the summer, fishing at the old millpond, and following radio exploits of Captain Midnight, The Shadow, and more.

Growing up he attended schools in Appleton, MN. While a student at Appleton High School, he also worked at The Appleton Press as a printer’s devil. Completing high school in 1945, like so many others, he missed his graduation ceremony, departing immediately for the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL Experiencing the tender attentions of a WWII United States Navy boot camp, the day of graduation saw him contract a case of mumps for the second time of his life, delightfully documented in his graduation photo. Once recovered, he departed to join his ship, USS FELAND (APA-11), in the Pacific Theater of Operations, serving in combat in the Western Pacific, primarily in the waters of Luzon, Philippines. Throughout his service he had typical sailor experiences, not the least of which was disrupting the San Francisco Mayor’s VJ Day Parade. Completing active service in 1946, he returned home to begin his career in the railroad. Becoming a telegrapher with the Great Northern Railroad, he was soon assigned to its station in Watertown, SD where he also joined the South Dakota Army National Guard. A regular diner at the Eagle Café, he there met the love of his life, Norma Kathryn Schoppert, while managing the café. Floyd and Norma wed on April 12, 1951. Their three children, Mark, Dean, and Kim soon came of this union. Floyd proudly presided over his baby-boomer family in Watertown through the 1950’s and early ‘60’s. And in 1964, the family moved to Huron, SD due to Floyd’s transfer to its Great Northern depot. In Huron, he continued to ride herd on his growing children, and with Norma, purchased the five-operator beauty shop that became the LaBeautique Salon. At one point they owned three beauty shops: the LaBeautique, and Chalet salons in Huron and the LaBeautique Salon in Watertown - employing up to 35 people, with plans to open a beauty school. But with another of Floyd’s railroad transfers, those plans were shelved along with his National Guard service, and the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa. Two years later, Floyd, Norma, and family returned to Huron where Floyd became the last Agent-Telegrapher for its Burlington Northern Railroad station. Floyd and Norma continued running the LaBeautique Salon until they closed it in 2005. During this time in Huron, Floyd and Norma began a new phase in their lives, joining the Congregationalist U.C.C. Church and completing the new Licensed Ministry program. They went on to take Advanced Theology training. After graduating, they became pastors to a small, vibrant congregation in Hetland, SD and a larger church in Alpena. They traveled 150 miles to serve these churches and others every Sunday. While doing so, Floyd was tasked by the Burlington Northern Railway to close its Huron depot and numerous other small-town depots, thus ending an era and his 44-year railroad career. He and Norma then moved to the “Limestone” region northwest of Custer, SD. There, Pastors Floyd and Norma continued their ministries in both the Edgemont Community Church and Pringle Methodist Church until finally retiring from the pulpit and “relaxing” at home life. Floyd was a Master Mason, 32 Degree Mason, Knight Templar, Past Post Commander of The American Legion, member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and much more. He loved his family, cared deeply for his relatives, neighbors, and friends, longing for his beloved deceased wife Norma. He has answered his final roll call. His key is closed. Floyd was predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Josephine Mills; sister, Lorna Hayden; brothers-in-law, Donald Schoppert, Robert Schoppert, Henry Huber, Clarence Huber, Glenn Pickering, and Lyle Waltner; and sisters-in-law; Violet Pickering, and Fern Waltner.

Floyd is survived by his sons, Mark A. Mills and Dean R. Mills, both of Custer, SD; daughter, Kim Ileen Mills of Tucson, AZ; brother Lee Mills of Robbinsdale, MN; brothers-in-law, Sherwin Schoppert of Marion, SD, Kenneth Hayden of Richland, WA; sisters-in-law, Sharon Hauck (Verlyn) of Menno, SD; Joan (Robert) Schoppert of Broomfield, CO; and many, much-loved, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the Custer Community Church in Custer in Custer, SD with the Rev. Mitch Barringer officiating. Masonic Rites, and full military honors will be presented. Committal services will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the Wolf Creek Congregational Cemetery near Menno, SD. A memorial has been designated in Floyd's name. Arrangements have been placed under the local direction of Chamberlain McColley's Funeral Home in Custer, SD.


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Myra Lien

Myra M. Lien, age 94, of Appleton, passed away Monday morning, August 8, 2022, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Visitation was held 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Minnesota Valley Lutheran Church, rural Louisburg. Vicar Sara Larson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Myra Mildred Lien was born January 15, 1928, in Montevideo, MN to parents, Herman Frederick Behl and Wilhelmina (Zimmerman) Behl. Growing up in Milan, MN, she was baptized and confirmed at Kviteseid Lutheran Church. She graduated from Milan High School in 1946 at the top of her class. After declining a scholarship to St. Olaf University, she remained in Milan, working for the William Thompson, Sr. family in their hardware store. One day she sold a lawn mower to a handsome farmer from Hantho township who was smitten by her and asked her out on a date. On September 18, 1949, the two were married and eventually blessed with three children – Phyllis, Donald, and Dale. Odin and Myra lived and farmed in Hantho township, Lac qui Parle County, along with Odin’s brother, Gilbert, raising hogs and Hereford cattle along with grain farming. In addition to helping with the farm work, Myra went to work at the Appleton Municipal Hospital and Nursing Home in 1965 as a nurse’s aide. She loved her work as a nurse and eventually earned her LPN degree. She made many lifelong friends with coworkers and gave much comfort and compassion to many patients. In August of 1986, Odin and Myra moved to Appleton and in December of that year, Myra suffered a stroke, forcing her to retire from nursing. She fought back to recover from the stroke and was able to resume life, dealing with some lasting effects that she learned to live with. In addition to being a wonderful wife and mother to her three children, Myra was an excellent cook and baker. She loved having visitors, be they friends, family, or sometimes even strangers. She always had something ready to serve visitors who might drop by. When people thanked her for the food, her response was usually “glad if you can eat it.” Along with cross stitch and crocheting, Myra was a human hardanger factory, creating beautiful keepsakes for many, many people. Sunday School students and confirmands often received hardanger crosses or angels from her handiwork. Myra was a member of MN Valley Lutheran Church for 73 years where she served many different roles - Sunday School teacher and superintendent, along with being a member and officer of the church women’s group known through the years as Ladies Aid, LCW, and WELCA. Myra enjoyed being a member of a Bible study group that met in member’s homes and was together for many decades. She was a long-time member of the Appleton American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary. She also enjoyed playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, mowing the lawn, and in earlier years, tending a garden and flower beds. Every Christmas season she would make a large batch of lefse, as well as blood sausage, and give to friends and neighbors who enjoyed it. Myra and Odin both loved music of many different types and encouraged their children to participate in learning and playing music, which all three of them did. Myra loved life and loved her family, especially her three grandchildren. When Myra’s daughter, Phyllis, unexpectedly passed away, her young granddaughter, Elizabeth, spent several summers with her, being a second mother as best she could. Her house was filled with the latest artwork or letter from a grandchild. Her husband, Odin, passed away on May 9, 1996, and Myra was able to stay in her home in Appleton until August of 2017 when she became a resident of the Appleton Care Center as a result of an increase in memory loss. Myra passed away peacefully on Monday, August 8, 2022, with family members by her side.

Myra is survived by her sons, Donald (Cindy) Lien of Plainview, MN; Dale Lien of Louisburg; grandchildren, Joseph (Amanda) Lien of Lake City, MN; Nicholas (Shannon) Lien of Farmington, MN; Elizabeth (Donn) Feezell of Sioux Falls, SD; Great grandchildren, Henrik and Jameson Lien, and Eleanor and Landonn Feezell; Brother, Kenneth Behl of Apple Valley, MN; and numerous nephews, nieces, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Odin, her daughter, Phyllis; brothers, Stanley, and Wilfred Behl; Sisters, Bernadine Pederson, and Laverda Behl; Brother-in-law Orville Pederson; and sisters-in-law, Sylvia, DeLaine, and Carole Behl. Please sign the guestbook at www. zniewskifuneralhome.com


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