Hugo Robert Lubenow

Funeral services for Hugo Robert “Bob” Lubenow of Appleton, Minnesota, will be held on Friday, November 17, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris, MN with Reverend Donald Main officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN, and for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will take place on Friday, November 17, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the Chokio Lutheran Cemetery in Chokio, MN.

Hugo Robert “Bob” Lubenow, son of Hugo Sr. and Emily Joy (LaGrange) Lubenow was born on September 17, 1939, in Fairfield Township, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris, MN. Bob attended the Morris Area School District. He graduated from Morris High School in 1958. On March 30, 1957, Bob enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard where he served for eight years in the 1st Battalion, 136th Infantry. While in the military he qualified as an expert marksman on six occasions and received the Good Conduct Medal and the 5 Year Service Medal. Bob and Pammella “Pam” Kaye Kolling were joined in marriage on Saturday, January 13, 1968, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by Reverend Roth. The good Reverend Roth waited till after Sunday service the next day to officially retire because marrying Bob and Pam was so very important to him. The new couple would move to rural Alberta and raise their family on their farm for the next 25 years. They then moved to Starbuck, MN for several years and settled in Appleton, MN. While farming stayed in his heart, Bob went on to be a truck driver and worked for Case IH and West-Con. Bob’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. He took the kids to church, their band concerts, choir concerts, 4-H meetings, and attended lots of different sporting events they played in. In his off time, Bob loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile, drive his motorcycle, and pull a prank or two but Fret woodworking was his passion. He created beautiful pieces of work shared with family and friends including the Lord’s Prayer and artisanal cathedral clocks that won several awards. A devout Christian, Bob rarely missed a Sunday at church and was the treasurer at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years. As a volunteer for Toys for Tots, Bob was the area distributor of toys to rural households in the area and volunteered with other community events. Bob was the American Legion Post 29, Post Commander one year, was a member of The Forty and Eight, and was part of the Tractor Club of Appleton.

Bob passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at the Appleton Area Health Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 84 years old. Bob is survived by his wife Pam Lubenow; daughters: Cindy Lubenow, April Grothe, and Jillynn Lubenow; son: DCarr Lubenow; sisters: Jean (Bruce) Bastin, Bertha (Harvey) Asmus, June Harris, and Linda (Mark) Colden; brother: Albert (Vicki) Lubenow; sister-in-laws: Dolly (Ken) Beebe Rausch, Judy Lubenow and DeVonne Kolling; grandchildren: Syliah, Cody, Adrianna, and Alex; and great-grandchildren: Mia, Elijah, and Emily. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo Sr. and Emily Joy Lubenow; brother: Richard Lubenow; brother-in-laws: Allen Kolling and Dale Beebe and sister-in-law: Karlis Kolling. Pedersen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements for Bob. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.peder


Dennis Picht

Memorial services for Dennis Picht of Chokio, MN will be Monday, November 27, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chokio, with Reverend Erik Rundquist officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Dennis Harold Picht, son of Harold and Thelma (Weedman) Picht, was born August 12, 1943 in Tracy, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. Denny attended and graduated from Holloway High School in 1961. Following his schooling, he farmed with his dad and brother and also worked at Tylers in Benson. In 1964, he was united in marriage to Barbara Nissen of Hancock at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. From this marriage, three sons were born, Wesley, Wayne and Edward. From 1967 to 1971, Denny worked at the fertilizer plant in Appleton. In 1971, he became manager of the fertilizer plant in Chokio, where he continued to work until his retirement. Denny was a member of the Chokio Sportsman and a volunteer on the Chokio Fire Department, where he also served as chief. Denny enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys and friends, but his fondest memory was the trip to Alaska with his sons. Denny also like playing baseball and for many years he played on the Hancock Orphans Baseball Team.

Dennis died on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris; he was 80 years old. He is survived by his sons: Wayne (Terri) Picht of Chokio and Wesley Picht of Chokio; six grandchildren: Jared, Cody, Tucker, Tierra, Wyatt and Madison; four great-grandchildren: Ayden, Easton, Owen and Rigley; one brother: Larry Picht and one sister: Carol (Kenneth) Rohloff and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son: Edward Earl Picht; his parents; infant brother, Earl and baby boy Picht; sister: Lola Phelps and step-father: Edward Blume. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in care of the arrangements for Dennis. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.peder


William “Bill” Bergstad

William “Bill” Bergstad, age 93, of Appleton, passed away Saturday evening, October 28, 2023, in Appleton Area Health Hospital. Visitation was 1-2 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 2 p.m., Friday, November 3, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Linda Wimmer officiated. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery. William Wallace Bergstad was born August 31, 1930, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of Aslak and Theresa (Ogren) Bergstad. He was baptized August 18, 1933, and was confirmed March 25, 1945, both at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Bill was raised in Appleton, where he attended school and graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1948. On June 14, 1953, he was united in marriage to Jeanette Muriel Swenson at Zion Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with 70 years together and four children: Cindy, Peggy, Beverly, and Brad. Bill joined the Minnesota National Guard, based in Appleton, in October of 1947. At the time of his discharge in October 1951, he had attained the rank of Sergeant. Bill worked for Waldon Wholesale Grocers for 20 years, first driving truck and then as a salesman. He then was employed by the Appleton Public School as a custodian until it closed in 1990. Bill worked part-time for the new Lac qui Parle Valley School District, at Appleton Elementary School as a custodian until his retirement in 2011. Bill was proud to be a life-long Appletonian! Bill was a member of the Russell Johnson American Legion Post #72 in Appleton since 1957. He was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church, where over the years he taught Sunday School, was actively involved in serving on various committees, and served as an usher.

Bill passed away Saturday evening, October 28, 2023, in Appleton Area Health- Hospital. He attained 93 years, 1 month and 28 days of age. Bill is survived by his wife Jeanette Bergstad of Appleton; his four children: Cindy Steffen of Benson, Peggy (Scott) Heglund of Granite Falls, Beverly (Jeffrey) Stock of Mankato, and Bradley Bergstad of Farmington; eight grandchildren: Amy (Timothy) Ackman of Owatonna, Jocelyn (Timothy) DeSutter of Mankato, Jacob (Cassie) Stock of Mankato, Allison (Nicolas) Wilson of Mankato, Joey (Becca) Heglund of Joint Base Elmendorf, AK, Robert Bergstad, Dylan Bergstad, and Nicholas Bergstad, all of Farmington; 16 great-grandchildren: Erin, Michael, and Cooper Ackman, Madison, Kael, and Jiles DeSutter, Brynna, Alexa, and Chloe Stock, Jaylyn, Kayler, Lync, Caris, and Denna Wilson, and Ezra and Sebastian Heglund; one sister-in-law, Norma Bergstad of Brooklyn Park; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aslak and Theresa Bergstad; his brother, Wayne Bergstad; his sister, LaVaine (Warren) Utz; his parents-in-law, Olander and Luella Swenson; his grandson, Jordan William Stock; his son-in-law, Mark Steffen; and his daughter-in-law, Mary Bergstad. Blessed be the memory of William “Bill” Bergstad. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneral


Darlene (Kashmark) Gavin

Darlene (Kashmark) Gavin, age 83 of Crystal, originally from the Appleton/Milan area, passed away Monday, October 2, 2023, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Visitation was 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Friday, October 27, 2023, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Fr. Brian Mandel officiated. Interment will be in the Appleton City Cemetery at a later date.

Darlene Marie (Kashmark) Gavin was born June 4, 1940, the second of ten children to parents John and Evelyn (Nelson) Kashmark. She graduated from Milan High School in 1958. She married Wayne Peterson in February 1960, making their home in Crystal, MN with their children, Douglas and Gayle. In 1981, Dar married Bill Gavin and gained two stepsons, Richard and Brian. Dar and Bill resided in Crystal, MN where Dar worked at St. Therese Care Center in the accounting department, retiring just a few years ago. Together they enjoyed trips to see Bill’s family in Illinois and many family gatherings here in Minnesota. They shared a favorite pastime of occasional trips to casinos near home and Las Vegas. They were a fun couple to be around and enjoyed their 39 years together, until Bill’s passing on Christmas Day, 2020. Since Bill’s passing, Dar has been very lonely but has enjoyed those family get togethers when possible. She came from a large family with nine brothers and sisters who’ve stayed very close over the years. She loved family Christmases back in Appleton. Dar and Bill will be sadly missed.

Dar passed away Monday, October 2, 2023, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale at the age of 83. She is survived by her children: Doug Peterson of Crystal, MN and Gayle (Jerry) Gates of San Antonio, TX; her stepsons: Richard (Suksawon) Gavin of Oak Grove, MN and Brian (Amporn) Gavin of Temple, TX; her grandchildren: Victoria, David, and Andrew Peterson, Arissara, Thanapong, David, Atsadaporn, Kevin, and Kristen; her brothers: Lance Kashmark and Terry (Kari) Kashmark; her sisters: RosAnne Nicholson, Shari (John) Conroy, Patty (Richard) Krebs, Michelle (Kevin) Hamann; sister-in-law, Donna Kashmark; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dar was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Gavin; her parents, John and Evelyn Kashmark; her infant sister, Deanna; her brothers: David Kashmark and Charlie Kashmark; her niece, Meaghan Kashmark; and her great-niece, Jennifer Kashmark. Blessed be the memory of Darlene Marie Gavin. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneral


Leon D. Nelson

Leon D. Nelson, (80), of Appleton, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2023. Leon, known fondly to most as Spyder, was born to Ernest and Marion Nelson, on September 24, 1943, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was an avid gardener, nature enthusiast and sports fan. In the summers you would always find him wandering around the garden, planting, weeding, and tending. If there was a bird at the feeder, he’d know exactly the species. And, if there was a sports game being played that he was interested in, he’d be pacing around while watching, hoping not to somehow jinx the outcome with his viewing. He was a teacher, a career he truly loved. He joined the staff at the Appleton School District in 1965 and taught students there until he retired in 2000. Even after retirement, he substitute taught as much as he could as long as he was able – he thoroughly enjoyed his time in the classroom with students and with his fellow teachers.

Spyder is survived by his four children and their families; Kelly Biedny, her husband Steffan and grandchildren Alexander, Sophia and Jacquelyn; Danielle Kjar and her husband Steve; Becky Eisenbraun, her husband Jeff and grandchildren Skyler and Brodie; Michael Nelson, his wife Haley and grandchildren Molly and Greta. Leon was predeceased by his parents and sister, Ernest, Marion and Susan. The family will be holding a private remembrance of life at a later date. The family prefers that any donations be made to the cancer research organization of your choice in Leon’s honor. Any cards of condolence can be sent to the family to the attention of Becky Eisenbraun, 7416 Kay Dr, Blackhawk, SD 57718.

Jeff Schlueter

The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison announces the death of 67-year-old Jeff Schlueter of Louisburg, MN who passed away at his home on Monday, October 16, 2023. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at Louisburg Lutheran Church, Louisburg, MN. Rev. Dawn Quame will officiate at the service. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be the Louisburg Cemetery. Jeff Schlueter is survived by his children; JP Colbenson of Rochester, MN, Shannon Young of Madison, Jesse Schlueter of Madison, Kristin & Josh Ludvigson of Madison, Nicholas Schlueter of Minneapolis, 6 grandchildren brother Craig & Dawn Schlueter of Milbank, SD and special friend Julie Bergh of Louisburg and many nieces and nephews.


Roger W. Mahoney

Roger Mahoney, age 87 of rural Appleton, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. A Rosary and Prayer Service was held at 4:30 p.m., followed by visitation from 5-7 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2023, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Visitation resumed from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the church. Fr. Brian Mandel officiated. Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

Roger William Mahoney was born September 14, 1936, to William Thomas and Ann Helen (Muehlbauer) Mahoney at the Stevens County Hospital in Morris, Minnesota. He grew up in Hegbert Township of Swift County, MN. He attended country school until 8th grade and, as the only one in his class, was extremely proud to claim he was the “valedictorian” of his class. He attended and graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, MN in 1954. After graduation he began farming on his homestead after purchasing land from Frank Landers (160 acres/hogs/beef cattle/Small Grains/ Corn/Soybeans/Sugar Beets, working as a mechanic for Telford Implement in Appleton, MN, and joined the Appleton National Guard (1955-1962) where he graduated 3rd in a class of 70 at the US Army Armored School for Tank Leadership in Fort Knox, KY. On September 30, 1961, he was united in marriage to Katherine “Katie” Bonk at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. This union was blessed with over 62 years together and three children: James (1962), Daniel (1964), and Douglas (1968). Roger was an active member of St. John’s Catholic church where he served on the parish council, lectern, usher, and taught catechism. He was also involved in the rural community and served on the Swift County 4-H Livestock Committee, Hegbert Township Board, and Appleton Farmers Co-op Elevator Company. Roger was one of the founding members of Western Consolidated Cooperative (“West-Con”) and designed the original logo for the newly formed cooperative. Roger’s greatest enjoyments in life were his family, farming, current events, and sports. He took every opportunity to attend his son’s sporting events, traveling hours to attend events for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and patiently sharing life lessons on the farm with his grandchildren (tractor rides, driving cars in the yard, newborn pigs, feeding biscuits to the sows, and readjusting loose toes/fingers/noses with his Cee-Tee-Co pliers). Roger’s passion in life was farming and he wanted to farm as long as possible. In the days prior to his passing, he secured grain contracts for 2024.

Roger passed away Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. He attained 87 years, 1 month, and 1 day of age. Roger is survived by his wife Katie Mahoney; his children: James Mahoney of Hutchinson, Daniel Mahoney of Appleton, and Douglas Mahoney of Rochester; his grandchildren and his great grandchildren: Jamie (Matt) Mahoney and Leighton Sturges; Linsey (Matt) Yurek, Bennett, Brielle, and Olive; Chelsey (Jakin) Chapman, Naome, and Willow; Jordan (Heather) Mahoney, Aren, and Casey; and Joáo Vitor (Stephanie) Halab. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ann Mahoney; his brothers: Gerald Mahoney, Paul Mahoney and Dennis Mahoney; and his sister, Sharon Mahoney. Roger was the most patient and kindest man, honest to a fault, left a lifelong impression on those who knew him, and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Blessed be the memory of Roger William Mahoney. Please sign the guestbook at


Neil Perseke

Neil Perseke, age 90, of rural Milan, passed away Wednesday evening, October 18, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Visitation was 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2023, at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Interment was in the Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Kristine Isder officiated. Neil Irvin Perseke was born February 13, 1933, at home in Akron Township, Big Stone County, Minnesota, the son of Irvin and Elsie (Thymian) Perseke. He was baptized in Correll in 1933. In 1947, he was confirmed at Kvitseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Neil attended grade school in Correll and then high school in Milan, where he graduated, Class of 1951. On April 26, 1958, Neil was united in marriage to Clarice Byre. The couple made their home on the same farm that Neil has lived on since 1944! Neil and Clarice were blessed with over 65 years together and six children: David, Connie, Lori, Bradley, Janelle, and Susan. Farming and raising cattle were his thing…his cows were everything! He also loved to mow and bale hay. In early years, Neil would work off the farm in the winter months for Piechowski’s, seining fish for 21 years. He also worked every Monday at Web Livestock in Benson and was a janitor at Lac qui Parle Valley High School after home ball games. Neil and Clarice also delivered the Valley Shopper newspaper for 10 years.

Neil passed away Wednesday evening, October 18, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. He attained 90 years, 8 months, and 5 days of age. Neil is survived by his wife, Clarice Perseke of rural Milan; his children: Connie (Randy) Fragodt of rural Milan, Lori (Jan) Rheingans of Appleton; Brad (Sarah) Perseke of MD, Janelle (Thomas) Boulton of Porter, and Susan Perseke of Appleton; his grandchildren: Melissa (Jeff) Nelson. Jacob (Erika) Fragodt, Nicole (Wes) Drake, Nathan (Megan) Fragodt, Kayla Rheingans (friend, Ian), Andrea (Cory) Wildung, Brooke (Alex) Stamp, Scott Ireland (friend, Danielle), Britta (Tyler) Vedder, Hank (Morgan) Ireland, Austin Ireland (friend, Nora), Wyatt Ireland, Kory (Jodi) Boulton, Kendall, Ashlynn, and Marrin Wolle; his great-grandchildren: Allie, Josie, Becca, and Brock Nelson, Chandler, Kynslie, Gentry, Daegyn and Brexley Drake, Charlotte Fragodt, Lincoln, Gabby, and Miles Wildung, Bennett, Lilia and Annyn Vedder, Lakyn and Hayes Ireland and Charlotte and Lance Boulton; his sister, Inez Golden; and his many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, David in 1978; his parents, Irvin and Elsie Perseke; and his sisters: Lois and Mavis. Blessed be the memory of Neil Irvin Perseke. Please sign the guestbook at


Dale Wechsler

Dale Loren Wechsler, 72, of Paynesville, passed away, May 17th at Paynesville Health Care Center, where he had been a resident for the past 10 years. His memorial service was held 10:30am, Friday, October 13th at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

He was born October 14, 1950, in Appleton, MN. Dale was a graduate of Appleton High School. He had many different careers throughout his life including lead dispatcher for a very large trucking company, owner of the Pop Shoppe, River’s Edge Gas & Goods in Paynesville, for numerous years, as well as side jobs involving managing the Frosty Mug, taking care of the Tri County Park, and truck driving. Dale was an avid outdoors person, who loved hunting and fishing more than life. He was a proud member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, and many other organizations. Growing up, he was very involved with sports including basketball, as well as baseball and softball. He actually, for a period of time, was on the farm league for the Minnesota Twins as a pitcher. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all the people that he had an impact on during his life.

He is survived by his son, Michael (Colleen) Wechsler of Houston, TX and grandchildren Ashley and Alec Wechsler. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Barbara, on November 4, 2017.


Roger Bakken

Roger Bakken died on August 22, 2023 at CCM Health at the age of 80. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo.

Roger Marcus Keith Bakken was born on February 7, 1943 to Rudolph and Minnie (Running) Bakken. He graduated from Appleton High School in 1961. While in high school he participated in track and was a member of the State Champion 4 X 440. From high school he went on to serve in the United States Marines from 1961 to 1965. Roger was an over the road truck driver that hauled heavy equipment. He was awarded the Million Mile Award for no accidents. When he was not driving truck he enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and dancing.

Roger is survived by his siblings: Ardis (Jake) Lillestol, Fergus Falls, MN, Monica (Cecil) Brown, Conway, SC, Donna (Joseph) Schuelke, Marshall, MN, Bruce (Gloria) Bakken, Lake Zurich, IL, Glen (Linda) Bakken, Aitkin, MN; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Sherman (Darlene) Bakken; an infant sister, Beth; and his special fur friend dog Rosie.


Kenneth Munsterman

Kenneth John Munsterman, also known as Ken, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 28, 2023, at the age of 79 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after courageously battling with his third round of cancer. He was born on July 1, 1944, in Appleton, Minnesota, to John and Evelyn Munsterman.

Ken was a devoted family man and cherished his loved ones deeply. He is survived by his loving wife, Myra, and his sons Brian (Jessica), Chad (Gina) and (Debbie). Ken was a proud grandfather to Amber, Mitchell, Chaya, Rachel, Blake, Amber and Markus (Natasha), and a great-grandfather to Isabella, Natalia, Evelyn, Olivia, and Eli. He also leaves behind his brother Merlyn Munsterman (Jeanene) and sister Iris (Gary) Laurant, and in-laws Roger (Mary), Sharon, Chuck, Byron (Jodi) and many nieces and nephews. Ken is preceded in death by son John, parents John and Evelyn (Behrens) Munsterman, Bill Behrens, Eskield and Adeline Nielsen. Family meant the world to Ken, and he was known for his passion for hunting and spending time outdoors. He loved gardening, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and took great pleasure in sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. Ken's educational journey began at Appleton High School. However, he took over the family farm in 1961 after the passing of his father, almost dropping out of school. In 1967, he married Myra and moved to Holloway, Minnesota. While farming, Ken also worked in Benson, Minnesota, until 1969 when he relocated to Minneapolis. There, he embarked on a successful career path. Ken held various positions throughout his career, starting as a Vice President in sales at Coinco. He then worked in the vending industry before joining QX Incorporated as a Die Cast Operator. Later, he transitioned into Shipping and Receiving, where he worked until his well-deserved retirement in 2009.

To honor Ken's life and celebrate his memory, a service will be held at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, located at 6180 Highway 65 NE, Fridley, Minnesota 55432 on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Visitation starts at 10:00 am with service at 11:00 am. Lunch to follow. Ken will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his legacy will live on through the love and memories he created and shared with his loved ones. May he rest in peace.


Carol Ann Rohloff

Funeral Services for Carol Ann Irene (Paulson) Rohloff were held on October 12, 2023, at Golden Valley Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN. Burial was at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Crystal, MN. Carol Ann was born on July 29, 2023, in Appleton to Alfred and Emma Paulson.

Carol Ann Irene, age 92, of Golden Valley, MN passed away on October 1, 2023, peacefully with family by her side. She was preceded in death by her father Alfred A. Paulson Sr., mother Emma (Larson-Paulson) Lehne, step-father Olaf Lehne, husband Dale Rohloff, sons Danny Rohloff and James Rohloff, sons-in-law Steven Weeks and Jerry Stiele, daughter-in-law Joan Rohloff, infant grandson Michael Hokr, sisters and brothers-in-law Eleanor (Ingvald) Tofte, Ruth (Irvin) Buntje, Jennieva "Jenny" (Theodore Bakken and Henry Hanson) Bakken, brothers and sister-in-law, Elmer Paulson, Bennie (Beth) Paulson and Alfred "Junior" Paulson, sisters-in-law Shirley Olson and Pamela Rohloff, and special friend Robert E. Holden. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Leanne (Keith) Katnis, MaryAnn (Robert) Holden, Cindy Stiele, and Laurie (Thomas) Buck, grandchildren Jason(Sean), Merisa, Rebecca, Darren (Sarah), Warren (Beth), Vanessa (Clay), Jessica (Brian), Jamie (Nathan), Jenna (Tim), Jodie (Cory), Courtney, Robert (Kelly), Kate (Evan), Kevin (Amber), Linda (Jeff), Kyle and Thomas, 39 great grandchildren, 2 great-greatgrandchildren, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Stanley (Darlene) Rohloff, Gary (Sharon) Rohloff and Harold Olson, many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Carol Ann grew up on a farm outside of Appleton, MN. She was united in marriage to Dale Rohloff on June 16,1950 at the Drywood Lutheran Church in Hegbert Township of Swift County and they had six children. After their marriage, they farmed near Danvers, MN until 1962 when they moved to Minneapolis and settled in Golden Valley in 1964. In addition to raising their large family, Carol Ann also worked outside the home. She enjoyed cooking, baking, camping, fishing, flowers, gardening, crafts, painting, watching birds at the feeders outside her windows, researching her family tree and spending time with family and friends. To Carol Ann, family was everything and she instilled that same sentiment in her children and grandchildren. Carol Ann will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She will be forever loved. Special thanks to the Allina Hospice Program and Jenna Katnis for their assistance, guidance and support.


David Tofte

David Tofte, formerly of Appleton, died Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at Luther Haven Nursing Home at the age of 79. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 9, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton at 11:00 AM. Pastor Matt Danielson will officiate and interment will be at Drywood Cemetery north of Appleton. Visitation will be held at the church for 1 hour before the service on Monday. Arrangements are with Anderson - TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo. David Palmer Tofte was born May 3, 1944 in Appleton, MN to Ingvald & Eleanor Tofte. He was welcomed as the firstborn boy and was blessed (whether he thought it a blessing or not) with 5 older sisters, two younger brothers, and one younger sister. David was baptized on July 2, 1944 and confirmed on April 19, 1959 at Drywood Lutheran Church in rural Appleton, MN. David graduated from Appleton High School in 1962. After graduation David took a job with Midland Co-op in Appleton as a tire & service technician where he worked for many years.

David was united in marriage September 19, 1964 to Carol Rieppel. To this marriage 2 sons were born; Jeffrey Allen on March 5, 1965, and to everyone’s joy, Brian Paul on May 30, 1969 (Guess who wrote this!). David continued to work in various agriculture related jobs throughout his life as a mechanic or truck driver. He worked as a truck driver for West-Con for over 10 years before retiring. He remained a resident of Appleton until relocating to an assisted living residence in Montevideo, MN in 2014.

He is survived by his sons: Jeffrey Tofte of Coon Rapids, MN and Brian (Paula) Tofte of Montevideo, MN; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers: Donald (Connie) Tofte of Benson, MN and Norman (Sue) Tofte of Eden Prairie, MN; sisters: Elvera (Stanley) Sachs of Shoreview, MN, Deanna (Marcel) Hoffman of Benson, MN and Janet Tofte of Appleton, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; great-granddaughter Maeva Mijares; sisters: Eileen Hoffman, Phylis Banken, and Marian Schliep; and brothers-in-law: Theodore Banken, and Stanley Schliep. Blessed be his memory.

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