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Lois Berge

Lois Berge died Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Luther Have Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 91.

Funeral services were held on August 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Rev. Kristine Isder will officiate and interment will be in the Kviteseid Lutheran - Milan Methodist Cemetery. Arrangements are with Anderson - TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo.

Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the service.

Lois Vera Berge was born on August 2, 1929 at her grandparents home in Correll, MN to Irvin and Elsie (Thymian) Perseke. She lived in rural Correll until she was in 9th grade and then moved to Lac qui Parle county. She attended and graduated from Milan High School in 1947. On April 30, 1949 she was united in marriage to Walter Berge at Kviteseid Lutheran Church. Besides raising a family Lois worked at the Milan Public Schools as a school cook for over 26 years.

Lois was a member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing and reading in her spare time. She was an excellent cook and baker and always had an abundance of cookies and bars in her freezer. A favorite of many family and friends were her apple bars.

Lois is survived by her children: Jane Albrecht, Robert Berge, both of Montevideo; six grandchildren: Michele (Adam) Albright, Jennifer (John) Zurn, Angela (Brandon) Torgerson, Dan (Darcy) Albrecht, Derek Berge, Maegen (Travis) Honzay; 13 great-grandchildren: Andrew Albright, Josh Albright, Colin Zurn, Paris Zurn, Avery Albrecht, Isaac Albrecht, Sammy Torgerson, Noah Torgerson, Joseph Torgerson, Cory Torgerson, Heather Torgerson, Haeden Honzay, Cynthia Honzay; sister, Inez Golden, Danvers; brother: Neil (Clarice) Perseke, Dawson as well as extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Berge; sister, Mavis Berge; daughter-in-law, Cyndy Berge; brothers-in-law: Wallace Berge, Ray Golden, Harold Behrens; sister-in-law, Alda Behrens; nephew, David Perseke; niece, Pat Berge; great-nephew, Justin Berge.


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Gerda Saulsbury

Gerda Jean Saulsbury, 96, of Willmar, died Thursday, July 22nd at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. Her funeral service will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, July 30th at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to her service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org

Gerda Jean Saulsbury was born December 13, 1924, in Artichoke Township in Swift County, the daughter of Michael and Minda (Stenstuen) Larson. Reaching the age of 96 years old – 7 months and 9 days. Gerda was baptized at Artichoke Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Christian faith at Drywood Lutheran Church in Swift County. She attended country school District 65 and graduated from Appleton High School in 1943. On January 21, 1944, Gerda was united in marriage to Edwin L. Haven who was killed in WWII. One son, Eddie, was born to this union. On January 5, 1946, Gerda was united in marriage to Kenneth Saulsbury. To this union three sons and one daughter were born. Gerda and Ken shared 67 years together. They lived in Appleton for 20 years before moving to Willmar in 1966. During this time, she worked as a Secretary for Saulsbury Plumbing, where she helped Ken for 17 years. Gerda was involved with the Willmar Senior Center as a Board Member and Secretary. She was also Sr. Queen in 2003. Gerda was also a member of Eagle Lake Lutheran Church where she was active in the Women’s circle, served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and other activities there. Gerda enjoyed gardening flowers, feeding and watching birds, dancing, and spending time with her loving family.

Gerda is survived by her children: Robert (Janet) Saulsbury of Willmar, Lonny (Karen) Saulsbury of Cumberland, WI, and Bonnie (Pete) McKenzie; daughter-in-law, Jane Saulsbury of Murdock; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: Kenneth and Edwin; sons: Ed Haven and Rick Saulsbury: granddaughter: Abby Saulsbury; parents; two brothers and three sisters.


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Mary Ann Peterson

Mary Ann (Ferguson) Peterson died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on July 10th, 2021. Mary’s battle with Alzheimer’s is over, and she is home and free with her loving Savior Jesus Christ. Funeral services are currently pending, and will be held this upcoming fall in Brookings, SD. Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings is assisting the Peterson family with arrangements.

Mary was born May 19th, 1937 to Grace and Edward Ferguson in Heron Lake, Minnesota. She was one of six children. Mary loved the Lord and lived her life believing in Him. She was baptized a second time in 1970, renewing her faith in God. Mary attended Northern Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she met her husband, Grant. They were married on July 20th, 1958 and lived throughout Minnesota while Grant pursued his radio career. They settled in Brookings, South Dakota in 1963. They have 3 children Cindee (Charlie) Siver, Randy (Connie) Peterson, and Suzee (Craig) McMacken.

Mary loved to share her many creative talents which included sewing, cooking, and cake decorating. She worked for many years at Nielsen’s Flowers creating beautiful wedding bouquets and arrangements. Mary was also a prep cook at Kings Food Host prepping homemade pies, soups, and all their delicious foods including the popular Cheese Frenchies! She enjoyed playing bridge, attending performances by Prairie Repertory Theater, and loved her bible study ladies. Mary gardened and canned her family’s famous pizza sauce yearly and always made sure her family had plenty to enjoy! Her special love for Norwegian arts was shown through her skilled cooking of traditional food and the art of Rosemaling. She also groomed and showed dogs for many years. Mary was especially talented with a very difficult embroidery stitching called Hardanger. Her love and skill of Hardanger led her to teach a yearly class where people would attend from all over the world. After 25 years and many friendships later, Mary retired from 3M in 1998.

Mary loved buying and making things for her loved ones. She had a dedicated room where she kept gifts and treasures to surprise her friends and family during visits. Mary was always looking for that special something that would bring a smile to those she loved. At Christmas, she had a tradition of buying a meaningful Christmas ornament for each person in her family. All of her children, grand and great grandchildren fondly remember the annual Christmas day scavenger hunt, which always ended with fun gifts, treasures, and memories for all.

Mary greatly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved attending any event she could, which included their concerts, plays, sports, and anything they thought was important. Jason (Elissa), Abbie, Hunter, Jared (Jenni), Emily, Ella, Erik, Breonn (Mike), Katee, (Bruce), Hudson, Eli, Allee, Mallee, (Ryan), Alivia, Sam, and Joey all knew how much Bama (Grandma) always loved each one of them.

Mary is survived by her husband Grant, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, Alvin (Dawn) Ferguson, and several nieces and nephews. Mary was especially close to her niece Twylla (Bob) Nelson, as they grew up and went to school together. Mary also loved spending time with Linda (Robert) Shockley, who she treated like a little sister. Twylla, Mary, and Linda were a trio to be seen!

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws (Sara and Earl), Siblings Elmer, Gene, Ruby, and John.

A very special thanks to AseraCare Hospice for their support and for helping us to bring Mary home for her final days. We are so grateful to each of you but especially Anne and Chasity who were there for each and every step along the way.


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Chester Larson

Chester Larson, age 106, of Appleton, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Immanuel Lutheran Church-Shible Township. Burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery. Pastor Donald Klatt officiated.

Chester Kenneth Larson was born October 17, 1914, at home, in Artichoke Township, Swift County, Minnesota, to parents Michael and Minda (Stenstuen) Larson. He was baptized and confirmed at Drywood Church, Artichoke Township. Chester was raised in Artichoke Township where he attended school at District 65 in Correll through the Eighth Grade. On November 6, 1938, Chester was united in marriage to Erna Johannah Schrock at her parent’s home in Shible Township. This union was blessed with 68 years together and four children: Marcella, Virgil, Sandra, and Arden.

Chester began his farming career by helping his Dad and other area farmers. Eventually he and Erna bought a farm in Shible Township where they farmed until Chester’s retirement at age 65. The couple moved to Appleton where he worked at the Appleton City Cemetery for 2 years and also trimmed shrubbery for several people.

Chester was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township, where in his younger years, he was a Trustee. He enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, repairing old toys, gardening and working in the yard. Chester loved to dance and he and Erna enjoyed many nights dancing together. He lived in his home until age 98, when he then moved to the Care Center. After Erna passed away he played many games of dominoes with family and friends, which he continued to do even in recent years. Chester liked to take rides in the country, looking at crops and the beauty of the change of seasons…especially the fall colors.

Chester passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Appleton Health Services-Care Center. He attained 106 years, 8 months and 28 days of age. Chester is survived by his children: Virgil (Karen) Larson of Annandale, Sandra Schake of Ortonville, and Arden (Karen) Larson of Moorhead; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Gerda Saulsbury of Willmar; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Erna Larson; his daughter, Marcella Westhausen; his sons-in-law, Bernard Westhausen and Loren Schake; his grandson, Doug Schake; his siblings: Melvin (Alice) Larson, Luella (Clarence) Jagow, Mildred (Howard) VanWinkle, Eleanor (Willard) Anderson; and his brother-in-law, Ken Saulsbury. Blessed be the memory of Chester Kenneth Larson.

Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Wayne Stensrud

A Service of Remembrance was held for Wayne Stensrud at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2021 at the Zahrbock Funeral Home Chapel, Madison, Minnesota. Rev. Elan Ashby officiated at the service. Special music was provided by Lois Brehmer, pianist.

Military Honors were provided by Marietta American Legion Post 156 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054. Active urn bearers were Brandon Mork, Tanner Mork, Tom Bornhorst and Rick Wollschlager. The concluding service and burial will be at a later date.

Wayne Curtis Stensrud was born on February 13, 1947 to parents Manfred and Orda (Jensen) Stensrud in Madison, MN. He was baptized in St. Paul’s Bellingham, Minnesota and was confirmed at Louisburg Lutheran, Louisburg, Minnesota. Wayne attended and graduated school from Madison, Minnesota with the class of 1965.

He entered the U.S. Army on January 18, 1968 until his discharge on December 9, 1969. He served his country in Pleiku, Vietnam. He was awarded several medals of honor for his service.

After his term in the service, he returned to the Madison, Minnesota area. He farmed for a few years. He enjoyed doing woodwork and owned and operated Pine Cone Rustics for many years, a custom furniture manufacturing plant in Madison.

He enjoyed pursuing his love of nature, including his lifelong passion of trapping, hunting and fishing. He fished the Masters Walleye Circuit, a pro fishing tournament circuit, for several years, trapped for many years, and was always ready for a hunting escape.

He married Susan Vilar in Branson, Missouri on December 19, 2008. Together, they completely rebuilt their older farm home, transforming it into a beautiful home, where they loved to spend time with family and friends.

Wayne was hard worker, and always had to be busy, so this led to a new enterprise, where he could work his passion everyday, and share it with the community. Twin Maple Farms was born, a family business selling their homegrown sweet corn. He built many stands for the business, and sold the sweet corn from them in the surrounding areas. At this time, he also worked for a local farmer during spring planting and harvest. He enjoyed this until he retired last year.

Wayne was a wonderful gardener and also enjoyed cooking and grilling. He enjoyed driving around the area and watching for deer signs, pheasants, beaver, and other signs of wildlife on a daily basis, and of course, asparagus hunting in the springtime.

Death came to Wayne on June 30, 2021 at his farm home. He had reached the age of 74 years, 4 months and 17 days.

He is survived by his wife Susan Stensrud of Louisburg, Minnesota, daughters Melissa (Daniel) Roemhildt of Elysian, Minnesota, Kaera Caggiano of Louisburg, 2 grandchildren Kaitlyn and Mason Roemhildt of Elysian, Minnesota, sister Joan (Alan) Mork of Louisburg, MN, nieces, Kim Johnson of Lester Prairie, Elly (Justin) Schmidt of Hendricks, and nephews, Scott Mork and Christopher Nelson of Madison, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Manfred and Orda and his sister Linda. Blessed be his memory.

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


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James E. Dishon

James Edward Dishon, 95, of Appleton, died on Tuesday morning, June 15, 2021, at the Appleton Area Health Services Hospital. A graveside service with Military Honors were held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at the Appleton City Cemetery.

James Edward Dishon was born on March 10, 1926, in Northwood, Iowa, the only child of Elmer L. and Edna T. (Olson) Dishon. He was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church in Remer, MN. He grew up and attended school in Glenville and Albert Lea, MN. James served his country in the U.S. Navy, serving during WW II. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

On September 16, 1968, James was united in marriage to Carol Jean Linde in Stillwater, MN. They first made their home in Burnsville, MN. They also lived in Remer, MN and most recently in Appleton, MN. He was an active member of the Appleton V.F.W. His hobbies and interests included hunting and fishing.

James is survived by his wife Carol Dishon of Appleton; five children:, Jerrald (Kathy) Dishon of Florence, Alabama, James L. Dishon of Crosby, MN, Jillanne (Booker) Gilliam of Victorville, California, Jennifer Snyder of St. Cloud, MN and Cindy (Daniel) Niesen of Minneapolis, MN; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Edna Dishon and his parents-in-law, William and Gertrude Linde and brother-in-law Arden (Bud) Linde. Blessed be his memory.

Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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