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Joyce Stevens

Joyce Stevens died Friday, June 17, 2022 at her home in Montevideo at the age of 81.

Private services will be held at later date. Arrangements are with Anderson – TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo.

Joyce Diane (Triggs) Stevens was born in Montevideo, MN on November 14, 1940 to Harold and Alma (Torgerson) Triggs. She attended and graduated from Appleton High School. Following high school, she attended a secretarial program in Granite Falls, Willmar Junior College, and St. Cloud State. She married Amos “Chuck” Stevens in Las Vegas in August of 1957, to this union three children were born: Julie, Michael, and Jillianne. Joyce worked as the personnel director of Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo for 41 years before retiring.

Joyce is survived by her children, Julie and Michael; granddog, Roxie; and other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Kathleen Marquardt; and daughter, Jillianne.




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Phyllis A. Banken

Phyllis Banken, age 82, of Appleton, passed away Friday, May 27, 2022, in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4, 2022, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery. Fr. Jeremy Kucera will officiate.

Phyllis Annette Banken was born June 18, 1939, at home, in Hegbert Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Ingvald and Eleanor Agnes (Paulson) Tofte. She was baptized on September 10, 1939, by Pastor N.C. Renslo and was confirmed May 23, 1954, by Pastor William L. Petersen, both at Drywood Lutheran Church. Phyllis was raised on the home farm in Hegbert Township. She graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1957. After graduation, Phyllis moved to Morris where she worked in a drug store. On October 8, 1960, Phyllis was united in marriage to Theodore Peter Banken Jr. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. This union was blessed with over 41 years together and four children: Janet, Debi, Randall, and Jennifer. Phyllis helped Ted on the farm for many years and was also a CNA at the Villa of St. Francis in Morris, until her retirement a few years following Ted’s death. Phyllis was a long-time member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton, where she was part of the Altar and Rosary Society and was a communion distributor. She and Ted were also active members of the Ridgerunner’s Snowmobile Club in their younger years. Phyllis loved gardening and canning! She was well known for her famous cinnamon rolls, lefsa, garlic dill pickles, and tomato juice. She made sure that at least one of her children knew how to make each of these so that the recipes would always be in the family. If you were coming to spend the night, you knew that you would be treated to hot cinnamon rolls when you woke up in the morning. There were many pre-holiday get-togethers at the farm to make lefsa. Phyllis taught her children, grandchildren, and even her great-grandchildren how to roll out and fry lefsa correctly. She was quick to tell you that she made the traditional Norwegian lefsa and not potato lefsa!

Phyllis passed away Friday, May 27, 2022, in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. She attained 82 years, 11 months, and 9 days of age.

Phyllis is survived by her children: Janet (Bruce) Smith of Big Stone City, SD, Debi (K.C.) Rushford of Ortonville, Randall (Karen) Banken of Breckenridge, and Jennifer McCoy of Appleton; 12 grandchildren: Amy (Dustin) Roggenbuck, Christopher (Rachel) Smith, Lauren (Joe Ponce) Smith, Candice (Branden) Schultz, Samantha (Isaac) Knutson, Alyssa (Jesse) Stuehrenberg, Justine (Aaron) Lien, Alex Banken, Bradley Banken, Kaitlyn Banken, Riley McCoy, and Reese McCoy; 12 great-grandchildren: Graham Roggenbuck, Max Roggenbuck, Parker Smith, Griffin Schultz, Tytus Schultz, Jack Stuehrenberg, Ivan Stuehrenberg, Will Stuehrenberg, Lucy Stuehrenberg, Gunnar Stuehrenberg, Owen Lien, and Elsie Lien; siblings: Elvera (Stanley) Sachs of Shoreview, Deanna (Marcel) Hoffman of Benson, David Tofte of Montevideo, Don (Connie) Tofte of Benson, Norman (Sue) Tofte of Eden Prairie, and Janet Tofte of Appleton; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted in 2002; her parents, Ingvald and Eleanor Tofte; sisters: Eileen Hoffman and Marion Schliep; granddaughter, Randi Jo Rushford; grandsons: John and Michael Banken. Blessed be the memory of Phyllis Annette Banken. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneral home.com


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Eileen J. Giese

Funeral services were held for Eileen Giese, age 86, of Windom, MN, on Sat., June 4th at the American Lutheran Church in Windom. Burial was held at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom. Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Eileen may be sent online to: www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

Eileen June (Byre) Giese was born on June 30, 1935, to Palmer and Agnes (Stenstuen) Byre in Appleton, Minnesota. She was baptized on September 1, 1935, at Long Lake Lutheran Church, Hegbert Township and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton on June 11, 1950. Eileen graduated from Appleton High School in 1953. Eileen was united in marriage to Lynden “Lyn” William Giese on April 2, 1955, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. It was a double-wedding with her sister Audrey and Elmer Schliemann. Eileen and Lyn lived in Appleton, Willmar, and Benson, before settling in Windom in 1968. Eileen and Lyn worked together in the produce department at Gordy’s and Sunshine Foods until Lyn’s death in 1995. Eileen continued working at “the store” and retired from Hy-Vee in March 2011. She enjoyed baking, bowling, flower gardening, and having morning coffee with her friends and neighbors. Eileen was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom.

Eileen passed away of dementia-related causes on May 27, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial, Windom, where she had resided since 2017.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Terry (Rick) Alberts; five sons, Mark (Kelly) Giese, Mike (Mary) Giese, Todd (Kris) Giese, Brent (Sharee) Giese, and Brian Giese; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; one sister, Clarice (Neil) Perseke; one brother-in-law, Elmer Schliemann; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Giese and Lola Phelps; and numerous nieces and nephews. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lynden; sister, Audrey; and brothers, Duane Byre and Donald Byre.


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Charles “Chuck” Korstjens

Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of 82-year-old Charles “Chuck” Korstjens of Milbank, who died at St. Williams Care Center in Milbank on Saturday, June 4, 2022. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 10, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Appleton City Cemetery.

Charles Francis Korstjens was born on December 20, 1939, in Milbank, SD, to Francis and Agatha (Van Stralen) Korstjens. Chuck grew up on the Korstjens family farm near Big Stone City, SD. He spent his entire life living on the farm, until moving to St. Williams Care Center. After graduating from high school, Chuck farmed and drove a livestock delivery truck. He married Pat Carl on October 18, 1969, at the Appleton, MN, Covenant Church. Besides raising crops, Chuck and Pat raised cattle and hogs. Chuck was a longtime member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Chuck's major hobby was farming and keeping his farm place neat and clean. He enjoyed fishing when he had time; he hunted often when he was younger. He enjoyed keeping up with the weather news and forecasts by watching the Weather Channel. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and their activities.

Chuck Korstjens is survived by his wife, Pat of Milbank; daughter-in-law Janelle (Dahle) Korstjens of Milbank; grandchildren: Alexis Gonzalez, Jordan Gonzalez, Nycole Korstjens, Jenna Korstjens, Jayden Korstjens; great-granddaughter, Katerina Gonzalez; sisters: Kathy (Gary) Pillatzki of Ortonville, MN; Theresa Crier of Colorado; Jim (Mary) Korstjens of Milbank; John Korstjens of Milbank. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Charles “Chip” Korstjens; and brother George Korstjens. To leave an online condolence, visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.


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LaVerne Doering

LaVerne Joy Doering, age 87, of Correll, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Appleton Area Health- Care Center, surrounded by family, from complications of a stroke. Visitation will be held 10-11am followed by a memorial service at 11am, Monday, June 6, 2022, at First United Methodist Church in Appleton. Jan Eifeldt will officiate. A reception will follow at Shooters in Appleton. A private, family burial will be held in Appleton City Cemetery.

LaVerne Joy Miller was born on October 15, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the first daughter of Leslie Vernon and Ina Serafina Miller and was raised on the family farm in Edina, Minnesota. She completed 12 years of elementary and high school education and graduated from Edina-Morningside High School. LaVerne later furthered her education with undergraduate studies and coursework at the University of Minnesota (U of M)-Minneapolis, Willmar Community College, Granite Falls Vo-Tech, U of M-Morris, SW State-Marshall and St. Cloud State. In 1954, LaVerne moved to San Francisco where she met and married James T. Plemmons and later divorced. She lived in Georgia, South Carolina, Minnesota, California. In 1972, she returned with her children to Minnesota and resided in Correll where her parents lived. LaVerne was blessed with four children, Dale, Kevin, Ron and Jamie. In 1978, LaVerne married Ronald Charles Doering and shared 34 years of marriage until his death from cancer in 2012. Ron was a carpenter from Madison, South Dakota, and met LaVerne while he was working on a construction project at the Appleton Hospital. Together they shared many wonderful experiences while raising her children, working side by side on projects and traveling out West and to the Deep South. Throughout her life, LaVerne worked in many roles as a clerk for motor vehicle registration, insurance claims and purchasing. She was also a legal secretary, office manager, assistant underwriter, nurse’s aide and later became a carpenter’s apprentice with husband Ron. She held public office as the city clerk of Correll and proudly chaired the Correll Centennial Committee where she found a passion for fundraising. But her most favorite position of her career was her time employed as a library assistant. In December of 1991, she was hired by the Ortonville Public Library, where she started doing everything by hand and graduated up to doing everything on computer. She was already a skilled writer and thoroughly enjoyed helping others find what they needed until her retirement in February of 2009, at age 75, after 18 years of service to the community. LaVerne Doering continued to be active in retirement, volunteering for the Appleton Public Library and fundraising for the local senior center. She faithfully attended Methodist church services that were held in Correll and Appleton and loved traveling with family members to other places like New Orleans and Branson. She thoroughly enjoyed her independence, raising tomatoes, going to yard sales, collecting books, driving her standard transmission pickup and just visiting with everyone. Laverne was always so proud of her family, her family history and strong Finnish heritage. She made it a point for us all to know the meaning of the Finnish word, sisu. To the Finnish people, sisu has almost a magical meaning and when translated is defined as: strength of will, determination, perseverance and acting rationally in the face of adversity. This was Mom. She will always be remembered for being such a giving person to those in need and truly making a difference in many lives, including her pets. Blessed be her memory.

LaVerne is survived by her children: Dale (Lori) Plemmons of North Mankato, Kevin (Renee) Plemmons of Appleton, Ron (Keri) Plemmons of Perley, and Jamie Plemmons of Columbia Heights; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy (John) Kelly of New Prague; sisters-in-law: Gayla Doering Kruse, Mary Doering Halter, Dawn Doering-Suter; brother-in-law, John Doering; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Ina Miller; husband, Ron Doering; grandson, Ethan Plemmons; and sister-in-law, Deb Doering Bowman. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Jurn & Lyndell Lindahl

Committal services for Jurn & Lyndell Lindahl, of Morris, Minnesota, will be held on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton, Minnesota.

Jurn died on February 20, 2019 and Lyndell died on January 8, 2022.

All are welcome and please bring a chair to the cemetery. A time of fellowship and sharing will take place following the service at the VFW in Appleton. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.






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Daniel J. Hilleren

Daniel J. Hilleren born Sept 28, 1948 passed away May 12, 2022. He was proceeded in death by his wife Deborah along with his sister Karen and parents Clifford and Ruby.

Daniel was born in Benson MN. He and Debbie were married Sept 24, 1973. Daniel worked many years within the Minnesota prison system starting as detention officer in St. Cloud, MN and ending his career as warden in Moose Lake, MN. Upon retirement he was able to enjoy fishing a little, golfing with his brothers, and taking road trips. He liked to just jump in the car and drive around the state or see civil war sights. He was an avid reader with a few favorite authors which he collected every book for. Daniel also enjoyed researching history.

He is survived by his daughters Jennifer and Sarah (Brad). Daniel is also survived by his grandson Daniel, who was a great source of joy for him. It is safe to say the younger Dan had his Grandpa wrapped around his little finger. He is also survived by brothers Jim, Charles, Scott, Jon, Paul and Dennis along with sisters Kathy, Patty, and Barb. Daniel will be buried at Little Falls Veterans cemetery June 3rd at 3pm. For those wishing to attend we are asked to arrive no more than 15 mins in advance. There is parking on the side of the building. A get together for remembrance will follow at the Little Falls American Legion from 3:30 to 5:30.

The family asks that instead of flowers or cards a donation be made to the American Heart Association or one for breast cancer. There is no funeral home or church to accept the delivery.


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Kail A. Christensen

Kail A. Christensen, 58, of Avon, CO and recently of Clear Lake, IA passed away Saturday, March 5th, 2022.

A “Celebration of Life” ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 11th for family and friends at the Prime and Wine in Mason City, Iowa starting with a social gathering at 5pm, to be followed by a service and dinner. Kail Alan Christensen was born on October 16th, 1963 in Cresco, Iowa, the son of Larry A. Christensen and Dorothy “Dot” (Carwell) Cagle. He graduated from Paynesville (MN) High School a semester early and backpacked throughout Germany to learn about his heritage, visiting relatives along the way. He then entered Winona State University where he graduated with a business degree and from there never looked back. After college he made his way to Los Angeles and developed NEWS (National Employment Wire Services) Corp, one of the first online employment service companies which he then sold to fulfil his dream to live in the Mountains. With his move to Avon, Colorado, which he called home till his passing, he became involved with personal fitness and was a successful personal trainer as well as taking on real estate investments in Vail, Co. Kail’s hands were never idle, he was constantly on the move, creating the next best thing. Through a lot of research and hard work, Kail went on to create the company Believe, which boomed into a multi-functional fundraising organization, impacting countless lives around the world. Growing up in the Midwest, Kail believed in the honor of a handshake and a man’s word, however, through his growth in the business world, he was soon taught differently, but he personally never backed down from that ideal. With Believe came worldwide travel. His adventures soon became monumental, as he met renowned business people and celebrities all over the globe and was able to study and confer with these many great minds. He was always the problem solver and never let “the box” define his solutions. Kail’s mind was always busy, plotting his next move, planning the next investment, and he was never afraid to jump. Kail enrolled and completed a Navy Seal training camp, completed a Dale Carnegie class, always trying to improve himself and gain knowledge. He had a passion for the water and scuba-diving, spending time in Maui, as well as a love for the peaceful backdrop of the mountains and being on the ski slopes of Colorado. He spent time assisting his cousin with a Fox television show called “Pinks,” which placed him on the television at times. Kail also fell in love with Vietnam and the people there, making many special friendships. Kail’s family was his foundation; he looked forward to time spent with his mother and sister, niece and nephews, his father, always making sure that every moment counted creating wonderful memories. He cherished his four legged companion, Yukon Cornelius, who was at his side for many years. Though our hearts ache, Kail had stated many times “I have lived a full life and have gotten to do all I have wanted to do.” We know that Kail was “bigger than life” and his legacy has just begun.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Ginelyn(Mandal) Christensen of Maui, HI, mother, Dorothy “Dot” Cagle of Clear Lake, IA; father , Larry (Marcia) Christensen of Mason City, IA; sister Kim Mitchell (David Haas) of Appleton, MN; beloved niece and nephews, Lane(Rachel) Mitchell, Tosh, Reis, and T.J. Mitchell; uncle, Glenn Carwell, Aunt, Marilee Christensen; as well as numerous extended family members and cherished friends. Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Russ and Tekla Carwell and Chris and Marjorie Christensen; step-father, Wes Cagle; uncle, Eddie Christensen; aunt, Eileen Carwell. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel (641) 357-2193. ColonialChapels.com


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JoAnn Jagow

JoAnn Jagow, 80, died at her home near Holloway, Minnesota on April 3, 2022. Visitation will be held at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, May 20, 2022. A private family service will be held. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

JoAnn Carol Arnold Jagow was born on September 6, 1941, at home near Appleton, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur and Martha Arnold. She was baptized a St. John’s Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church Fairfield Township. She attended Swift County Country School District #35 and later graduated from Appleton High School, after graduation she moved to Minneapolis for a time before she returned to the area. On December 11, 1965JoAnn was united in marriage to Harry Jagow, together they were able to share in over 39 years of marriage. They made their home on the Jagow family farm. She worked for Tyler Manufacturing in Benson until her retirement. Joann enjoyed flowers, gardening, antiquing and flea markets, knitting, painting, making arts and crafts, and was a good cook. She liked to hunt with Harry, and they loved to take Hunting trips out west. JoAnn was always up for a challenge and will be remembered for her independent can-do spirit.

JoAnn is survived by her sisters, her stepchildren, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends. JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband Harry, her parents, her brother Kenneth and two brothers-in-law. Blessed be her memory.


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