John Roeder

Our family is heartbroken to announce the death of John Edward Roeder, age 63, of rural Ortonville MN, who passed away on Monday January 16, 2023 at Sanford Hospital Sioux Falls SD, surrounded by loved ones. John was born in Ortonville MN on Sept. 5, 1959 to Alfred and Donna Roeder, and raised in rural Ortonville. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Roeder; grandparents John and Olga (Zemple) Roeder; and Peter and Edith (Sunberg) Nolting. John is survived by his mother Donna (Nolting) Roeder of Appleton MN, sister Linda Meyer of Birch Tree MO, sister Susan (Tim) Rittenour of Appleton MN, life partner and love of his life, Utonia Holtquist Raaf of Ortonville, MN, daughter Diana Roeder of Ortonville MN, and John T. Roeder of TX. Grandchildren Carter, Daniella, Christopher, Jayden and Cody, several nieces and nephews. John was a very hard worker, and worked at many occupations in his lifetime, to include, farming, trucking, large tire repair, Big Stone canning factory, and self employed auto mechanic, just to name a few. John enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, farmers' markets, and auction and garage sales where he found "treasures" for his loved ones. John also enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling and smoking meats, spending time with family and friends, and a good cup of coffee. John will be remembered for his generous soul, and his willingness to help anyone and everyone in need. Also known for his cowboy boots and cowboy hat. The family is planning a private graveside ceremony for the spring. Anyone wishing to contribute to a memorial, should plant a tree in his memory. He will be greatly missed.


Katie Hughes

Katie Elizabeth Hughes, age 63, passed away on Saturday evening, January 21, 2023, at The Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital. Visitation was held from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, Minnesota, followed by the mass of Christian Burial at 3:00 pm. Interment was in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Katie Elizabeth Hughes was born on June 29, 1959, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Charles and Betty (Fennell) Hughes. She was baptized on July 5, 1959, at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers, Minnesota by Fr. Joseph Esser. Katie’s Godparents were Gerald (Jerry) Hughes and Peggy Fennell. Katie was raised on the family farm by Danvers. She attended Danvers Elementary school from grades 1-6. Katie was confirmed into the Catholic faith on October 22, 1973, at the Church of the Visitation by Bishop Alphonse Schladweiler. She attended High School in Benson and graduated in the class of 1977. Growing up Katie helped take care of siblings, did farm work, baked, and gardened. In September of 1978 Katie enrolled in the Secretarial program at the Willmar Vo-Tech for 2 years. Katie was a long-time employee in the 1980’s at the Jennie-O Turkey Company in Willmar. In September 1987 she was married to Mark Paulson. After leaving Jennie-O Turkey she began working as a CNA at the Appleton Nursing home until 2012. In 2012 Katie lost her long time fiancé Guy Senske. At the time of Katie’s death, she was working at the Monte Market in Montevideo, Minnesota, which she really enjoyed. Katie enjoyed many activities such as gardening, mowing, dancing, singing, and spending time with friends and family. Katie had many things she loved, but most of all she loved her cats, they were her family.

Katie passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023, in the Montevideo Hospital. She attained 63 years, 6 months, and 23 days of age. Katie is survived by her siblings Mark Hughes of Danvers, Pat (Karen) Hughes of Holloway, Tony (Monique) Hughes of Benson, Betsy (Mark) Rode of Glenwood, Jenny (Mike) Schafer of Willmar. Nephews: Jaron Hughes, Justin Hughes, Matt Rode, Ben Rode, Eric Hughes and one niece: Alyssa Hughes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Betty Hughes, and her fiancé Guy Senske. Blessed be the memory of Katie Elizabeth Hughes.


Robert Banken

Robert “Bob” Banken, age 80, of rural Appleton, passed away Friday evening, January 6, 2023, in Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation was 9-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Fr. Brian Oestreich officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Robert Floris Banken was born July 20, 1942, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Floris and Evelyn (Muehlbauer) Banken. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf. Bob was raised on a farm north of Appleton. He purchased his own farm just one mile down the road and lived and farmed there his entire life. On November 24, 1967, he was united in marriage to Jean Elizabeth Kepner at St. Malachy Catholic Church by Fr. Cooney. This union was blessed with over 55 years together and three children: Kevin, Dan, and Karen. He truly loved farming, and even this fall he was able to help with harvest, at least as much as his health would allow. He was mechanically gifted and used this gift to fix just about anything around the farm. Bob was a long-time member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served in the MN National Guard from 1965 to 1971. Bob was also a member of the Swift County Farm Bureau. In his spare time Bob loved spending time with his family, traveling, and tinkering around in his shop. He enjoyed watching Gunsmoke, old westerns, and anything to do with WWII. Throughout his lifetime Bob was an animal lover and meticulously cared for a succession of German Shepherds and an ever-changing herd of barn cats.

Bob passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He attained the age of 80 years, 5 months, and 17 days. Bob is survived by his wife Jean of Appleton; his children: Kevin (Leanne) Banken of Brookings, SD, Dan (Jennifer) Banken of Deltona, FL, and Karen Banken of Sioux Falls, SD; his Siblings; Carol (Dave) Reischl, Diane (Dom) Daninger, Mary Beth Banken, Butch (Kathy) Banken, Tom (Jane) Banken, Bill (Cynthia) Banken, Donald (Diane) Banken, Jerry (Maxine) Banken, Tim Banken (Lori Bliss), David (Roxanne) Banken, Mark Banken (Kim Fortier), Judy (Jim) Carruth, and John (Cathy) Banken; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floris and Evelyn Banken. Blessed be the memory of Robert Floris Banken. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


Willard Rakow

Willard “Willie” Rakow, age 92, of Odessa, MN, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023, at Ortonville Area Hospital. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Odessa, MN. Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 18, at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Reverend Nathaniel Brown officiated the service and inurnment at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Odessa at a later date.

Willard Jean Rakow was born on September 20, 1930, in Bellingham, MN, to Otto and Alma (Herrmann) Rakow. He was baptized into the Lutheran Faith on October 10, 1930, and was confirmed on May 28, 1944. He attended school in Bellingham and graduated with the Class of 1948. Willie was inducted into the United States Marine Corps in January of 1952 and served on ship in the Mediterranean Sea during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in January of 1954. On June 26, 1954, Willie was united in marriage with Dorothy Wellnitz. To this union, they were blessed with four children and made their home in Odessa. Always a hard worker, Willie worked at the Bellingham elevator and at the local granite quarry. He was also the Trinity Lutheran Church custodian for 30 years and took great pride in his church. When he wasn’t busy working, Willie spent his time building things and doing a lot of woodworking. He played softball, liked bowling, and enjoyed the game of Horseshoe. In his younger years, Willie enjoyed fishing and taking his kids and Dorothy to a nice spot to fish and have a picnic. He served on the HRA Board and on the Odessa City Council. Willie was also a volunteer fireman for Odessa and was a member of the Bellingham American Legion.

Left to cherish Willie’s memory are his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Rakow of Odessa, MN; children: Charlene Loula of Chisago, MN; Jollene (Craig) Bartholow of New Hope, MN; Robert (Sally) Rakow of Odessa, MN; and Wayne (Jenny) Rakow of Finlayson, MN; nine grandchildren: Chad Loula, Paul Loula, Ryan Bartholow, Marissa Ibara, Ethan Rakow, Aidan Rakow, Jason Floren, Kelsey Muske, and Ashley Rakow; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond Rakow of Tucson, AZ; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Alma; brothers: Eldon Rakow and Donald Rakow; sister, Leona Shelton; and son-in-law, Chuck Loula. To send an online condolence, visit www.mund


Delores Nelson

Delores Nelson, age 92 of Appleton, formerly of Milan, passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center in Appleton. Visitation was 10-11 a.m., followed by the Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Kristine Isder officiated. Burial will be in Appleton City Cemetery at a later date.

Delores Jean Nelson was born September 12, 1930, to Edwin and Elizabeth (Aakre) Larson near Boyd, MN. She grew up on the family’s farm and was the third oldest of the couple’s seven children. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyd. She graduated from Boyd High School in 1948 and attended St. Cloud Teachers College the following year. On March 11, 1950, Delores was united in marriage to Floyd Nelson of Appleton at Trinity Lutheran. They farmed near Holloway and raised three children. They were married for 25 years before Floyd’s sudden death of a heart attack May 30, 1975. After his death, Delores continued to live on the farm for the next ten years before moving to Milan. Delores was active in church, 4-H, card club and sewing club. She made quilts, did needlework, and sewed Cabbage Patch dolls for her granddaughters in the 1980’s. She was in a bowling league in Appleton for many years. Delores enjoyed baking and she could always be counted on to make lefse for the holidays and church fairs. Her banana bread and chocolate chip oatmeal and sugar cookies were enjoyed by family, friends, and neighbors as she always brought “goodies” when she visited. She loved growing plants and flowers and feeding the birds. Delores enjoyed spending summer weekends at her lake cabin on Big Stone Lake. For many years, she and her cousins attended Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa for the art festival and entertainment. She loved spending time with her family, sharing stories and playing cards.

Delores passed away Friday evening, January 6, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. She attained 92 years, 3 months, and 24 days of age. Delores is survived by two sons: Steve (Cathy) Nelson of St. Cloud and Lonnie Nelson of Menahga; five grandchildren: Brent (Amy) Nelson of Mora, Julie (Ivan) Nelson of Tampa, FL, Trica (Mike) Hase of Park Rapids, Tessa (Korey) Brock of Park Rapids, and Ty (Avis) Nelson of Menahga; eight great-grandchildren: Mason Palmer, Ledgyn Nelson, Owen Hase, Str atton Nelson, Marek Nelson, Kinley Hase, Bohdi Brock, and Sofia Nelson; a sister, Betty Wanke, of Milan; two brothers, Roy Larson, of Eagan, and Roger Larson of Springfield, VA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd; daughter, Brenda Nelson; sisters: Shirley Larson and Arlene Wanke; and a brother, Edwin Larson, Jr. Delores’ family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Apple Ridge, the Appleton Care Center and CentraCare Hospice for the compassionate care given to her. Blessed be the memory of Delores Jean Nelson. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


Earl Molden

Earl Molden, age 71, of rural Appleton, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, in Mercy One Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Visitation was 5-7 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Visitation resumed from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2023, at the church. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated. Burial was Jevnaker Lutheran Church, rural Montevideo.

Earl DuWayne Molden was born April 8, 1951, in Montevideo, Minnesota, the son of Darwin and Mildred “Millie” (Christenson) Molden. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Growing up, Earl lived in the Big Bend area, Maynard, and Benson, graduating from Benson High School in 1969. After high school, he attended Moorhead State University, graduating in 1973 with a degree in Elementary Education. On July 6, 1974, he was united in marriage to Gloria Jane Olson, by Rev. Eric Josephson in Spicer. This union was blessed with 48 years together and four children: Todd, Heidi, Amanda, and Andrew. Earl was hired by the Appleton School District immediately out of college, where he worked at the Appleton Elementary School for the next 43 years! After retirement, Earl continued to work as a substitute teacher whenever he was needed. He also enjoyed serving a term on the Lac qui Parle Valley School Board. Earl was an avid 4-Her, spending many years on the 4-H Advisory Board. Earl loved anything associated with poultry. He was a long-time fixture at the Swift County Fair poultry barn. In addition, Earl was a member of the State Fair Poultry Committee…he never gave up a chance to spend a week at the state fair! Earl bowled on a couple of leagues for many years and was a loyal watcher of “Murder She Wrote”, “Perry Mason”, and “Hogan’s Heroes”. He loved his family and could often be found attending his grandkids sporting events…he was so proud of them and was one of their biggest fans!

Earl passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, in Mercy One Hospital in Des Moines, IA. He attained 71 years, 8 months, and 29 days of age. Earl is survived by his wife Gloria Molden of Appleton; his children: Todd (Tania) Molden of Fargo, ND, Amanda Molden of Appleton, and Andrew (Alli) of West Fargo, ND; his 13 grandchildren: Tyrone Molden, Thomas Daniels, Darrick Molden, Kaden Molden, Ethan Heck, Gwynnie Molden, Espyn Molden, Addy Molden, Jackson Molden, Ameila Molden, Signy Molden, Christian Molden, and Trygve Molden; his dad, Stan Wilts of Appleton; his siblings: Marlowe Molden of Eagan, Carol (John) Roessler of Elysian, Debi (Don) Bursken of Morris, and Bobby (Tammy) Wilts of Appleton; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Heidi Schuelke; his parents-in-law, Stan and Rosie Olson; his sister, Peggy Hillbrand; his sister-in-law, Judy Olson; and his brother-in-law, Doug Olson. Blessed be the memory of Earl DuWayne Molden. Please sign the guestbook at


Gladys Nygard

Gladys Nygard, age 95, of Milaca, formerly of Madison passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at Milaca, Minnesota. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Faith Lutheran Church, Madison, Minnesota. Rev. Ron Nichols will officiated at the service. Special music was provided by Linda Anderson and Marilynn Skurdahl. Honorary casket bearers were “Gladys’ Grandchildren” Lindsey Bakkum, Seth Nygard, Lesley Skallerud, Katherine Theisen. Active casket bearers were Zach Bakkum, Joe Skallerud, Matt Theisen, Lee Ulstad, Brian Bremseth and Mark Hastad. The concluding service and burial at Hegre Cemetery, Madison.

Gladys Elsie Nygard was born on July 9, 1927 in Appleton, Minnesota to William and Martha (Loose) Schwartz. She was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township, Appleton. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton, and graduated from Appleton High School in 1945. Later that year she began working at the Leader Department Store in Appleton as secretary/bookkeeper. Gladys was united in marriage to Glenn Nygard on June 4, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. They were active members of Hegre, Borgund, and Faith Lutheran churches of Madison. She spent her later years living in Country Meadows in Milaca and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca. Music was always important to Gladys, beginning with singing in vocal groups in high school, as organist at Trinity in Appleton and later at Borgund for a total of nearly 20 years, and ringing in the handbell choir at Faith. Gladys was a member of the Happy-Go-Lucky sewing club for 67 years, a group of friends who hand-stitched quilts in each other’s homes. Gladys enjoyed quilting, knitting, crocheting, Hardanger, and raising vegetable and flower gardens. Gladys and Glenn enjoyed traveling, visiting most of the 50 states, 14 countries and seven of the Caribbean islands. A highlight of their trips was visiting the ancestral home of Glenn’s mother near Hegra, Norway. Glenn and Gladys also spent winter months in Mesa, Arizona for over 20 years.

Gladys is survived by her children, James Nygard of Buffalo, Paul (Connie) Nygard of Alexandria, Susan (Timothy) Nystrom of Foreston, Richard Nygard of Blaine, and Wayne Nygard of Lino Lakes; 5 grandchildren, Lindsey (Zach) Bakkum of Eden Prairie, Seth (Andrea) Nygard of Chandler, AZ, Lesley (Joe) Skallerud of Madison, Andrew (Naomi) Nystrom of Shakopee, and Katherine (Matthew) Theisen of Rosemount; 10 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Liv Bakkum, Addison, Anders and Aiden Nygard, Landon, Miles and Avery Skallerud, Noah Nystrom, Benjamin Nystrom and Cora Theisen. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn, her parents-in-law Peter and Sena Nygard and brothers and sisters-in-law Philip and Harriet Nygard, Magnus and Myra Skurdahl, and Archie and Sylvia Johnson. Arrangements by the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, Minnesota. Website:

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