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Joan Clark

Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home announces the death of Joan Clark, age 76, of Appleton, MN, who passed away on November 30, 2020, at her home.

Memorial services for Joan wree held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home Chapel in Milbank. Pastor Don McKee officiated, and burial will take place at a later date.

Joan Carolyn Clark was born on March 23, 1944, in Montevideo, MN, to Oliver and Helen (Dooley) Haugerud.

On August 5, 1976, Joan was united with Gerald Lee Clark in Watertown, SD. Joan worked many years caring for others as a certified nursing assistant. She finally hung up her scrubs and retired in 2014, at the age of 70.

Surviving Joan are her children: Ronda Dietz of Bismarck, ND; Benjamin (Deidra) Jenkins of Orofino, ID; and Ira (Tricia) Jenkins of Appleton, MN; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings: Gertrude (August) Faber of Lake Lillian, MN; Orvin Haugerud of Clarkfield, MN; Esther (Harlan) Lalim of Montevideo, MN; Dorothy Tollakson of Odessa, MN; and Darrel (Ruth) Haugerud of Watertown, SD.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; son, James Clark; daughter, Martha Clark-Schoenwetter; and her parents.


Kenneth “Butch” Hoffman

Kenneth “Butch” Hoffman, age 81, of Holloway, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020, in Meadow Lane Health Care Center in Benson. Visitation will be held from Noon-1 p.m., followed by a funeral at 1 p.m., Monday, December 28, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Roger Fears will officiate. Burial will be in Appleton City Cemetery.

Kenneth Raymond Hoffman “Butch” was born on November 25, 1939, to Ray and Isabelle (Beyer) Hoffman. He was born on his parent’s farm in Marysland Township, Swift County, Minnesota. When he was just a toddler, one of his uncles (either Harold or Howard, maybe both) gave him the name “Butch” and it was his name for the remainder of his life! Many friends never knew exactly what his name was. All they may have known was “K. R.”

Butch was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church - Fairfield. He attended Country School at District 99 and was always proud of his Country School education. He attended the West Central School of Agriculture, graduating in 1957. Working alongside his dad on the family farm, Butch learned the value of hard work and common sense. He also learned a few life lessons that weren’t shared with his sisters. In his early teens, he was injured in a farm accident that broke his back. With a lot of motherly care, he survived and went on to spend his life trucking, making friends, and telling stories. He had a story about almost everything. His family always heard about his adventures of his days on the road. He traveled throughout the country and was very proud of his profession. He loved every one of his trucks and to this day has framed pictures of every truck he ever owned in his home office. He could tell you everything you never wanted to know about every one of them. In his lifetime, he owned more cars and pickups than a typical used car lot.

After his retirement from trucking, he sold trailers and managed grounds for West-Con. Butch served in the National Guard, was on both the Zion Lutheran Church Council and the Holloway City Council for many years and was proud to be a Shriner.

Butch was blessed with his children: Dr. LaVae Hoffman, David Hoffman, and Ron Hoffman from his marriage to Patricia Cain and Jim (Becky) Hoffman, and Theresa Hoffman Vogel (Mike Leppa) from his marriage to Barbara Schwartz as well as his step-children Mike (Roseanne) Hoffman, Terry (Mike) Shahan, Brad (Mysti) Burns, and Beven (Jamie) Burns from his marriage to Beverly Burns; by a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his three sisters: Gwen (Harvey) Schwarz, Rhoda (Doug) Miller, and Ruth Ann (Brian) Karty; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded to the gates of Heaven by his parents, Ray and Isabelle Hoffman; his beloved wife of 20 years, Beverly; his brother-in-law, Irvin Williams; his nephew, Matt Karty; several aunts, uncles, and assorted relatives; and by many treasured friends.

Down all the highways that you travel, Blacktop, stone, and even gravel, On every journey through and through, May God’s Angels ride with you. Blessed be the memory of Kenneth “Butch” Hoffman. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Nancy J. Gilbertson

Nancy J. Gilbertson was born in 1952 to Herbert and Martha (Herzog) Wiese in Ortonville, MN. She grew up on the family farm in Big Stone County where she attended Country School District #133 (#14) and graduated from Ortonville High School in 1970. Nancy graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1975.

That same year Nancy married Laurell Taylor in Sisseton, SD. They resided in Chamberlin, SD, and Plentywood, MT, where they managed Group Homes. In 1989 Nancy married Gary Gilbertson in Sydney, MT, and they resided in Culbertson, MT. For the last 30 years Nancy resided in Williston, ND, where she worked at Bethel Homes in the Dietary Department.

Nancy Gilbertson is survived by her sisters Tessa (Dennis) Mahoney of Appleton, MN, and Tami (Doug) Plank of Gayville, SD, her sister-in-law Dorothy Wiese of Appleton, MN, her lifetime friend Kathy (Ellingson) Nordgren of Hazen, ND, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Nancy died at her home in Williston, ND, on December 21, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Joel Taylor, husband Gary Gilbertson, and brother Terry Wiese.


Milton Stenstuen

A private family committal service for Milton Stenstuen, of Morris, formerly of rural Appleton will take place at the Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton.

Milton Leo Stenstuen, son of Martin and Mabel (Torgerson) Stenstuen, was born July 14, 1939 in Graceville, Minnesota. He was baptized at Long Lake Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Milton grew up on a farm in Herbert township and attended country school through the 8thgrade. Milton graduated from Appleton High School in 1957 and continued his education at Concordia College in Moorhead. His love for farming brought him back home where he began farming with his father.

He was united in marriage to Kay Van Horn on June 11, 1960 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The couple made their home on a farm near Artichoke Lake where they raised their family. Milton farmed for over 40 years! Following his retirement, Milton and Kay continued to live on the farm and spent many winters in Arizona and Texas. In the fall of 2017, they moved to Morris where he continued to live until the time of his passing.

Milton was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Artichoke Township Board. He enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and traveling. One of his favorite trips was a bus and cruise trip to Alaska. This was the first thing he checked off his bucket list after retiring from farming. He was a steward of the land, always making sure he was taking the best care of it, and worked very hard through his lifelong career as a farmer. He loved his family and was a quiet man with a guarded intellect that he was more than willing to share if you expressed an interest. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Milton passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He was 81 years old.

He is survived by his wife: Kay Stenstuen of Morris; one son: Scott Stenstuen of Seattle, WA; two daughters: Stacy (Casey) Stotts of Hutchinson and Sara (Craig) Benning of St. Cloud; two grandchildren: Elizabeth (Jason) Erlandson of Brainerd and Kaytlyn (Jordan) Warnke of Hutchinson; five great-grandchildren: Brooke, Peyton, Hadley, Carter and Masen; three sisters-in-law: Shirley (Russell) Tolifson of Morris; Jan (Bob) Micheletti of Bloomington and Vicki (Paul) Strom of Brandon. He was preceded in death by his parents: Martin and Mabel Stenstuen and his mother and father-in-law: Jake and Vernis Van Horn.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.


Roland W. Ulstad

Private funeral services for 89 year old Roland W. Ulstad were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Zahrbock Funeral Home Chapel, Madison, MN. Active casket bearers were Roland’s grandchildren; Brent Ulstad, Kyle Ulstad, Matthew Ulstad, Rachel Ulstad, Seth Polley, Sean Polley and Jenna Polley. The concluding service and burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton, MN.

Roland Winfield Ulstad, age 89, passed away on December 16, 2020 at the Johnson Memorial Care Center, Dawson, MN. Roland was born June 28, 1931 in Montevideo, MN to Martin and Minerva (Boraas) Ulstad. He attended rural school in the Madison area, graduating from Appleton High School in 1949. He served in the Army from 1952 - 1954, after which he spent his life farming in Hantho Township.

On March 17, 1956, he was united in marriage to Willane Cole in Appleton, MN.

Roland was a kind and humble man with a deep faith in Jesus Christ.

Roland is survived by his children, Vincent (Deb) Ulstad of Fargo, ND; Ryan (Debbie) Ulstad of Madison, MN; Lorelei (Ken) Polley of Park Rapids, MN; seven grandchildren Brent and Kyle (Abby) Ulstad; Matthew (Abbie) and Rachel Ulstad; and Seth, Sean (Karla) and Jenna Polley; and two great-grandsons, Oslo and Nathan.

He is preceded in death by his wife Willane, his parents and brother Meredith.

Blessed be his memory!

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


Rev. Donald Everett Day

Reverend Donald Day died December 5, 2020, at Crystal Brooks Gem Unit at the age of 89 years.

Donald was born on September 12, 1931, to Everett and Hazel (Risch) Day in Appleton, Minnesota. Don graduated from Appleton High School in 1949. He enjoyed contacts with his home town, organizing class reunions and Korean Guard gatherings for a number of years.

After high school graduation, he attended St. Cloud State University Until 1951 when the Appleton National Guard was called to active duty during the Korean War. Upon honorable discharge, he attended Hamline University, graduating in 1956.

During his Hamline years, his studies were again delayed for a year as he served on a deputation team working in churches to revitalize ministries through Methodist Youth Fellowship. It was during this year that Donald first felt the call to serve the Lord through ministry. He attended Boston University School of Theology earning a Bachelor of Divinity degree (1959) and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling (1961).

A second focus emerged in 1956 when he met Virginia Fairchild. They married in 1958 to enjoy 62 years of marriage. Children, Annette, Elizabeth, and Douglas soon joined the family.

While at Boston University, he served two student charges; Pawtucket Congregational Church, Lowell, MA, as a youth minister and a pastor at Weirs Beach/Lakeport Methodist churches in New Hampshire.

In 1961, he was ordained as Elder in the Methodist Annual Conference. He retired in 1998 upon serving 42 years in ministry and chaplaincy. He was appointed to the following MN churches; Waite Park (1961-66), Epworth Church in Minneapolis (1966-68), Riverside United Methodist in Park Rapids (1971-81), Fourth Avenue in Fairbault (1981-89), and St. Paul’s Mendota Heights (1989-1998). He also worked as a minister to children at First Church in St. Cloud (1964-66).

Following three summers of chaplaincy training, he served as Chaplain/Case Worker at Bar None Ranch for Boys in St. Francis (1968-71).

Donald took special pleasure in the churches he served, to share in the lives and spiritual journey of people was a privilege. He conducted over 200 weddings, 102 in Park Rapids alone. His involvement with young people was a consistent emphasis of his ministry. An ecumenical tent ministry at Riverside; Wednesday meals with MYF programs to forty youth in several churches, developing and leading Conference camping programs such as bike camps, children’s musicals, dramas, and missionary trips. He loved it all.

He served on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for eight years, acting as Registrar for Candidacy for four years, also the Board of Evangelism and Camping even into retirement.

In each community, Don sought civic engagement. In Park Rapids, he was instrumental in starting the Day Activity Center, the beginnings of the PR youth hockey program with Ted Johnson. He was honored to receive recognition from that program in 2004. Into his 80’s, he taught ping-pong at the PR afterschool program.

In Fairbault, Don was instrumental in initiating senior meals, chaired The United Way campaign, and actively participated in the Rotary Club. In Mendota Heights, he extensively helped in the start of a Latino Methodist Church and the U of M Ag Grad program. He deeply believed in justice for all and the commandment of loving the neighbor as oneself.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Hazel Day; his in-laws, George, and Ruby Fairchild; sisters-in-law, Elisa Day, Mary Clark, Barbara Strope, Judy Hansen; brothers-in-law, Jack Anderson, Thomas Hansen, Dick Clark, Stanley Fairchild, Neil Fairchild, Howard Oien; niece, Beth Caswell and nephew, Jimmy Day.

Donald is survived by his wife, Virginia Fairchild Day; Children: Annette Day (Tony Paukert), Elizabeth Davis (Thomas) and Douglas Day (Kimberly); Grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Rachelle Davis Taghikhani and Jason (Colton), Jacob Davis, Adam Ward, and Laura (Kinsley and Livvy), Regan Schaff and Elliot, and Kennedy Day. He is also survived by his siblings: Richard Day (Judy), Veneta Anderson, Helen Vulu; one aunt, Violet Risch; sisters-in-law: Oma Fairchild, Ardis Fairchild, and Harriet Oien; brothers-in-law: Donald Fairchild (Judy); beloved cousins and many loved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials preferred to United Methodist Church, Appleton.


Shirley Lowe

Shirley Ann Lowe, 85, of Appleton passed away Saturday morning, December 12, 2020, at the Appleton Nursing Home. Due to Covid concerns, there will be no visitation or funeral Mass at this time. Private family burial will be held, at a later date. Zniewski Funeral Home, Vaala Chapel of Appleton is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Shirley Ann Lowe died on December 12, 2020, at the age of 85. Shirley was born on April 7, 1935 in Slayton, MN to Joseph and Dagna (Berg) McCormick. Shirley was the youngest of five siblings, Leslie (Fran) McCormick, Dorothy (Lawrence) Hilger, Eunice (John) Meaden and Glen (Joan) McCormick.

Shirley grew up on a farm near Iona, MN, attending country school, until moving into Slayton during high school. She graduated from Slayton High School in 1953. After graduation she worked at the bank in Slayton, always very proud that her money drawer balanced every day! Her family were members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Slayton.

Shirley married James Lowe on August 31, 1957 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Slayton, MN. Shirley and Jim have three children, Lori, Kathleen, and John. Jim and Shirley first lived in Brookings, SD as Jim completed Pharmacy at South Dakota State and Shirley continued working at a bank. Then they lived in Madelia, Marshall, and Ortonville, MN before moving to Appleton, MN in 1967. She worked alongside Jim at Appleton Pharmacy for many years. Appleton Pharmacy was our family’s second home and everyone who worked with Jim and Shirley are considered family.

Shirley was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. For almost 30 years she served as a song leader for masses, weddings, and funerals at St. John’s. She also was Chairman of Parish Council and volunteered in many other ways. Shirley loved music. She enjoyed many years as a first soprano with barbershop groups Sweet Adelines and Lakeside Harmony in addition to song leading at St. John’s. Shirley was a Past President of the American Legion Auxiliary in Appleton, member of the VFW Auxiliary and was on the Board of The Martinson Foundation. Over the years, Shirley enjoyed her family, many friendships, 10:00 Coffee groups, Bridge Clubs and all family and friend celebrations.

While very petite, Shirley was strong in so many ways and survived two cancer diagnosis and treatments and had congestive heart failure. Her health has been failing over the last year.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and their spouses, father and mother-in-law, Harry and Lillian Lowe, and Jim’s sisters and their spouses, Marilyn (Jim) Smith and Judie (A.J.) Voss.

Shirley is survived by husband of 63 years, Jim Lowe, Appleton. Children, Lori (Ron) Hume, Kathy Zappa, and John (Shelley) Lowe.; Grandchildren, Benjamin (Briana) Scott, Lynnae (Daniel) Doumani, M.J. Zappa, Alexander Zappa, Julia (Ross) Zappa and Ryan Lowe; Great-granddaughters, Lillian and Eleanor Doumani and Harper Scott; and many nieces and nephews.

Blessed be the memory of Shirley Lowe. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Anne Kanten

Anne Ione Kanten, age 93, of Crookston, MN, formerly of Milan, MN, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston, MN of COVID-19. Anne spent much of her life shaping Minnesota Agriculture, with the family farm, the land and her faith all mobilizing her as a fierce advocate for families remaining on the land.

Anne Ione Knutson was born on August 20, 1927, in Goldfield, IA, the daughter of the late Gunner and Gertrude (Thorsheim) Knutson who immigrated from Norway in 1920. She graduated from high school in Goldfield and went on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she earned a degree in education and began teaching in Clarkfield, MN. It was there she met Chuck Kanten – a young farmer from Milan who had a strong sense of family history, intergenerational connectedness and belonging to a place. She married Charles “Chuck” Kanten in 1952 in Eagle Grove, IA and began her life on the family farm in Milan MN, which she and Chuck worked for 40 + years.

During the 1970’s Anne served on and chaired the Board of Global Mission and Inter-Church Cooperation of the ALC (predecessor body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Among other work on the board, she advanced the cause of women missionaries, rewriting policies to ensure that women received equal pay for the professional work in which they were engaged in the field. In 1975 Anne and Chuck traveled to Africa on behalf of the American Lutheran Church as lay mission observers, and then spent the next year sharing their experiences with the Southwest MN District.

During the economic farm crisis, Anne and Chuck became more involved in the politics of Agriculture and helped form the American Agricultural Movement (AAM) whose mission was to keep families on their farms during the financial farm crisis in the late 70’s and 80’s. Anne and Chuck spent much of their time during 1978, 1979 and 1980 working, speaking and lobbying for AAM. This included a national tractorcade to Washington, D.C. in 1979 (son Kent, accompanied by Chuck, drove the family tractor to Washington). Anne also worked in the AAM state office in Appleton, with many local farmers including former Governor Elmer Benson. She came to the attention of Rudy Perpich during his 1982 gubernatorial campaign, and was appointed to serve as the state’s Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. After her tenure as Deputy Commissioner, Anne continued to be a strong advocate for farmers and their families. Anne along with fellow farm activist Lou Anne Kling founded the Minnesota Farm Advocate Program. Through their tireless efforts they provided technical assistance, information and help to family farmers trying to meet the legal and regulatory complexities of operating in troubled times. In 2000 she was named to the DFL’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Anne held strong to her faith and brought an indomitable spirit to her lifelong work shaping Agricultural policy to better the life of Minnesota farm families. With her deep commitment to peace and justice and rural Minnesota, she was a role model for all the women who work their farms and raise their families and was a passionate advocate for the people whose world’s, like her and her family’s, revolved around their rural way of life.

In 2012 following retirement Chuck and Anne moved to Crookston MN. Sadly Chuck passed away in July of 2014.

Anne is survived by her sons, Kent (Kim) Kanten of Milan, MN, and Dr. Erik (Judie) Kanten of Crookston, MN; daughter, Rebecca (Jack) McCoy of White Bear Lake, MN; 9 grandchildren, Jim (Laura) Kanten, Kristi Kanten, Tim (Sierra) Kanten, Emily (Alex) Ranz, Sarah (Christian) Pester, Mollie Kanten, Rachel Kanten (John Kreitzer), Noah McCoy and Caitlin McCoy; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Pastor Gerhard Knutson of Minneapolis MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Kanten; parents, Gunner and Gertrude Knutson; sister, Mildred Knutson; and brother, Kent Knutson.

A memorial service celebrating Anne’s life will be held at a later date.

Online Guestbook: www.stenshoelhouske.com

Arrangements entrusted to Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home of Crookston, MN.


Christine Tucholke

Christine Tucholke, age 96, of Appleton, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020, in Appleton Area Health – Care Center. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon, followed by a funeral service at 12 Noon on Monday, December 14, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Christine Elizabeth Tucholke was born November 4, 1924, in Clara City, Minnesota to parents, Conrad and Lillian (Hempel) Stegeman. She was baptized November 16, 1924, at the Lutheran Church in Clara City and was confirmed June 12, 1938, at Trinity Lutheran in Havelock Township. Christine was raised in the Montevideo area, where she attended school. On October 10, 1943, she married Marlowe Tucholke at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Marlowe and Christine were blessed with four children: Harold, Susan, Joan, and Jane.

In 1948 they bought a farm outside of Odessa where they lived until 1975, when they built a new home on nearby land. During that time they were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Correll and later Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. They sold the farm in 2005 and moved to Appleton where they joined Trinity Lutheran Church.

Christine was loved by all. She will be remembered for her kindness and caring ways; always thinking of others. She was the most loving, wonderful mother you could ever ask for. Christine was sweet, kind, thoughtful…so easy to talk with and always spoke a kind word. She was a hard-working farmer’s wife and contributed to all farm duties. Christine loved to cook and bake. She also loved her flowers. Christine was Secretary/Treasurer of the Ladies Aid while attending Grace Lutheran Church in Correll and was also a member of a group called “The Circle” while attending Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville, where she also served on committees for church events.

Christine passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020, in Appleton Area Health – Care Center. She attained 96 years, 1 month, and 5 days of age. Christine is survived by her four children: Harold of Lakeville, Susan of Fridley, Joan of Arizona, and Jane of Willmar; her five grandchildren: David (Mia) Tucholke, Dana (Scott) Nygaard, Darin (Katie) Tucholke, Jason Blilie, and Holly Hazelton; her three great-grandchildren: Nicholas and Lauren Nygaard, and Lucas Tucholke; and many loving family members and friends.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband Marlowe; her parents, Conrad and Lillian; her daughter-in-law, Neva Tucholke; two brothers: Harold (Betty) Stegeman and Riner (Eleanor) Stegeman; and her sister Ruth (Marvin) Radloff.

Blessed be the memory of Christine Elizabeth Tucholke. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Marjorie Howard Erickson

Funeral services for Marjorie Erickson, of Morris, formerly of Appleton and Chokio area, were held as a private family service. A public visitation was held on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris. Reverend Ann Bjorklund officiated. Burial was at Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton.

Marjorie Marlys Hills was born on November 29, 1921, on the family farm, 12 miles north of Appleton in Hegbert Township, Swift Co, Minnesota, the youngest of seven children born to Arthur and Cora Mae (Powell) Hills. Marjorie was baptized and confirmed at First United Methodist Church in Appleton, Minnesota. She received her education at District #22 country school by Long Lake in Hegbert Township and then at Appleton High School where she graduated with the class of 1940. After high school, she continued her education with a secretarial course. Marjorie worked for the principal of the high school and also at the local variety store. When she was 17 years old, she met Fred Howard, Jr.; he also attended Appleton High School. The two dated until March 25, 1943 when they were married at the Methodist Church in Appleton. They made their home on the Howard Family farm where they started their family. On December 31, 1954, a head on collision claimed the life of Fred, he died on January 1, 1955 at the Appleton Hospital. Marjorie and her young children continued to live on the farm. Don and Orville Erickson farmed her land and fed the beef cattle. After working together for years, in August of 1959, Don and Marjorie were engaged and got married on November 26, 1959. They completed the family with two more children. Don and Marge farmed, raised cattle and chickens on their Synnes township farm for 54 years before moving to Morris in 2013. Don preceded Marjorie in death in 2017. Marjorie resided at Legacy until June of 2018, when she became a resident of West Wind Village where she lived until her death.

In earlier years, Marjorie was active in 4-H. She often went to the state fair with her projects, and in later years was a 4-H leader. Marjorie was an active member of the Methodist church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and holding other offices at church, including treasurer of the United Methodist Women. She also served on the Stevens County Fair Board, the West Central Cattlemen and Cattlewomen’s Association, and the Sons of Norway. Marjorie loved gardening and was a Master Gardener and charter member of Till and Tell Garden Club in Chokio. She grew over 25 different varieties of roses and many other kinds of flowers and would exhibit them at the fair – winning many ribbons! She and Don enjoyed dancing, square dancing and Norwegian folk dancing. She was a dedicated farm wife who spent much of her life in her gardens and kitchen creating fabulous meals for family and friends. She valued time with her Grandchildren, as they spent time on the farm every summer. She loved entertaining and hosted many parties with family and friends with delicious food and endless conversation. Most importantly, she enjoyed the time that she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren – that would be her perfect day!

Marjorie died on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at the West Wind Village in Morris, Minnesota; four days after her 99th birthday.

She is survived by her children: Doyle Howard of Willmar, Darus (Linda) Howard of Renville, Marla LeFebre of Rochester, and Deron (Cam) Erickson of Morris; grandchildren: Heather (Grant) Wingate, Cory (Amanda) Howard, Tammy (Tony) Hyatt, Heidi (Nick) Stepka, Jennifer (Greg) Ahrens, Brandon (Jill) Howard, Abby (Derek) Cervenka, Kelsey (Jordan) Schaefer, Emily LeFebre, Rebecca Erickson, Jacob Erickson, Noah Erickson and Katia (Kyle) Bundage; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Kathy Erickson of Morris and Edna (Donald) Schaefer of Morris. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Fred Howard in 1954, and Donald Erickson in 2017; 2 infant children: Larry Eldon and Marlene Marlys; parents, Art and Cora Hills; and siblings: Opal Hills Hanson, Lloyd Hills, Maybelle Hills Hallman Petrich, Viola Hills Halvorson, Ruby Hills Howard Beal and Dorothy Hills.

In lieu of flowers donations are appreciated to Stevens County Historical Museum or First United Methodist Church of Appleton.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in care of arrangements for Marjorie. To send condolences to the family, on-line, visit www.pedersenfh.com.


James "Jim" Uphoff

James “Jim” Uphoff, age 78, of Marshall, Minnesota, died on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Private Memorial Services will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall, Minnesota. The event will be live streamed, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Graveside interment, open to the public, will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton, Minnesota. A public visitation is pending and will be announced once pandemic restrictions ease. Please watch for future announcements.

James Leroy Uphoff was born on June 30, 1942, in Appleton, Minnesota, to Albert and Gertrude (Gallow) Uphoff. He grew up in Correll, Minnesota, and attended grade school there before going to high school Odessa. Jim graduated with the class of 1961, which included Ms. Andrea Nitz. After a couple years of helping on his family farm, Jim and Andrea were married on March 23, 1963.

Jim and Andrea made their home on the farm where he was proud to work for over 40 years. The couple raised 2 children before moving to St. Joseph in 1988. Jim then began his second career as a custodian and supervisor for the Holdingford Public Schools. He served there for 18½ years before retiring in March of 2006.

Jim was always a social person and enjoyed others. He was a regular greeter and head elder at Love of Christ Lutheran Church in St. Cloud and Jim served on the Appleton School Board. He supported his grandchildren and attended many events including dance competitions and basketball games, and his special breakfast outings will be missed. Jim’s other enjoyments in life included hunting, fishing, camping – He and Andrea served as Sibley State Park hosts for several years.

James Uphoff died on Saturday, December 5, 2020, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 78 years, 5 months, and 5 days. Blessed be his memory.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Andrea Uphoff of Marshall; children, JoEtte (Michael) Swan of Marshall, Kyle Uphoff (Wes Miyazaki) of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; 3 grandchildren, Katy Swan of Hopkins, Jordan Swan of St. Paul, Rachel Swan (Blake Jouwstra) of Minnetonka; sister, Ruth Sorenson of Hopkins; brother, Bruce Uphoff of San Diego, CA; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Uphoff and Gertrude Land; and siblings, Russell “Buster” Uphoff, Robert Uphoff, and Connie Hinneberg.


Marian Stromswold

Marian Stromswold, age 96, of Appleton, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. A private, family graveside service will be held in Appleton City Cemetery. Pastor Roger Fears will officiate.

Marian Irene Stromswold was born on October 13, 1924, the daughter of Palmer and Anna Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. She graduated from Appleton High School in 1942. She married the love of her life, Maury Stromswold, on September 22, 1946, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. To this union, three children were born.

Marian was quick with numbers and a master at shorthand, which she used in her job as a bookkeeper at Heinecke Implement and Federal Land Bank. She was very active at Zion Lutheran, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and advising Luther League. Marian also served on the city library board and hospital auxiliary. She loved playing bridge, watching sports, and spending as much time with her family as possible. When their son, Mark, took over their Culligan business, Marian and Maury enjoyed their retirement years together. They wintered in Florida and took trips to Europe and Asia. She loved collecting pieces along their travels to decorate their home.

Marian suffered a stroke in 2012 and moved to the nursing home at that time. Although the stroke affected her speech, it did not affect her kind heart or great love for her family. Her smile was the biggest when she was with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She could watch them lovingly for hours.

On December 4th, Marian passed away peacefully at the Appleton Area Health- Care Center. She is survived by her son, Mark (Linda) Stromswold; her grandchildren, Meagan (Matt) Retterath, Katie (Ryan) Anderson, and Jeff (Amy) Stromswold; her great-grandchildren, Jackson and Rory Retterath, Olive and Frances Anderson, and Palmer Stromswold; her brother Bob Anderson; and her sisters-in-law, Harriet Anderson and Lorraine Stromswold.

Marian was preceded in death by her infant daughter in 1957, her daughter, Patricia, in 1970, and her husband, Maury, in 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Wally, Wendell, and Virgil.

Blessed be the memory of Marian Irene Stromswold. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Dale Dahl

Dale Roland Dahl, 87, of Benson, MN., died Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, MN. A private family funeral mass will be held at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Interment will be at the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery in Benson.

Dale was born November 30, 1933, at home in Ayrshire, IA, the son of Raymond and Evelyn (Fletcher) Dahl. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith.

Dale proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956. He was aboard the USS Iowa.

Dale was united in marriage to Rosemary Soat on June 15, 1957, in Estherville, IA. They were blessed with one son, Michael, and twin daughters, Laura and Lisa. They moved to Appleton, MN in 1966, where they owned and operated Dahl’s Super Valu grocery store. In 1979 they moved to Benson, MN, where the family owned and operated Dahl’s Super Valu until they sold and moved to Ashby, MN, where they owned operated Dahl’s Hartz Foods. Dale and Rosemary eventually moved back to Benson to be closer to their grandchildren. Dale moved to the Minnewaska Lutheran Home (MLH) in Starbuck, MN in January 2018.

Dale was a member of the VFW. It was a proud day on his birthday in 2018 when he received his quilt of valor from the Ashby VFW. Dale loved to fish. He spent many hours catching and releasing. He didn’t care to eat fish, so he would often share with others in return for a good homemade pie, bread, jams, or cookies. Dale loved to play cards, cribbage, and shake dice with the guys. He was very proud of his grandsons and three great granddaughters. He enjoyed their visits, phone calls, and receiving colored pictures in the mail. He also enjoyed all the activities at MLH, especially bingo, his garden planter, arts and crafts and the live music. Dale was called from life on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, MN.

Dale is survived by his daughter Laura (Mark) Ascheman of Danvers, MN; grandsons Brandon (Laura) Ascheman of Danvers, MN and Nathan (Emily) Ascheman of Hugo, MN; great granddaughters Oliva, Piper and Elliott Ascheman of Danvers, MN; sisters Elaine (Tom) Anderson of Laurens, IA and Vivian (Pete) Peterson of Estherville, IA; brother-in-law Donald Soat of Jackson, MI and sisters-in-law Diana Soat of San Antonio, TX and Bonnie Dahl of Spirit Lake, IA.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Evelyn Dahl; parents-in-law Lawrence and Gertrude Soat; his wife Rosemary, son Michael, and daughter Lisa; brothers Donald, Kenneth, Marvin “Bud”, Eldon “Dwane” and Richard “Red” Dahl; in-laws Bud and Shirley Soat and Jim Soat.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Starbuck Ambulance are preferred.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Orville Swenson

Orville Swenson, age 88, of Appleton, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. A private memorial service will be held. Pastor Roger Fears will officiate. Burial will be in Appleton City Cemetery at a later date.

Orville Romane Swenson was born July 27, 1932, at home in Akron Township, Big Stone County, Minnesota, the son of Olander Jerome and Luella Minnie Augusta (Perseke) Swenson. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, Minnesota. Orville attended school in Odessa, Correll and graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1950. While in high school he played baseball, which he greatly enjoyed.

On April 20, 1952, Orville married Hilda Louise Grothe at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Danvers. This union was blessed with 68 years together and five children: Renee Luella, Yvonne Rose, Elizabeth Ann, Ann Marie, and Brian Orville.

Orville and Hilda farmed near Correll for many years. He farmed with his Dad, Ole. During the winter Orville would work for Piechowski Commercial Fishing. In 1970 the couple moved to Appleton where Orville did various jobs, working and retiring from the City of Appleton. After retiring, he worked at Vaala Funeral Home / Zniewski Funeral Home- Vaala Chapel and he delivered groceries for Don’s SuperValu. Orville was an avid lover of the outdoors; he especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with family. He played on various baseball leagues and was proud to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Big Stone City. Orville also loved to bowl, going to tournaments and bowling on various teams throughout his life. He was very active in the Zion Lutheran Church and also was a member of the Appleton Fire Department. Rarely did he miss a game of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins on the television or radio. Orville enjoyed being with family…telephone conversations always ended with “I love you!” and visits ended with a great big hug!

Orville was called from this life on Friday, November 27, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital at 88 years of age. He is survived by his daughters: Renee (Lynn) Lovgren of Clinton, Yvonne (Mike) DeVol of Eldon, MO, Elizabeth (Tim) Berens of Stillwater, and Ann (Mark) Perry of Correll; son, Brian Swenson of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren: Heather (Chris) Raffety, Toby Athey, Dustin (Stacy) Bengston, Sherrie (Jason) Stormo, Eric (Ivy) Lovgren, and Mike (Nicole) Lovgren; great-grandchildren: Sylver and Schyler, Morgan and Leyton, Stella and Bria, Chase, Taylor, Kolbi and Riley, Lilly and Grace, and Ava and Chase; great-great-grandson, Liam; brother, Garry (Ethel) Swenson of Ortonville; sisters, Corrine (Gary) Knockenmus of Morris and Jeanette (William) Bergstad of Appleton; sisters-in-law, Margaret Reich of Benson and Shirley Grothe of Benson; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Orville was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Swenson on August 21, 2020; his parents, Olander and Luella Swenson; his in-laws, Ewald Sr. and Rosa Grothe; grandson, Jesse Athey; brothers and sisters-in-law: Ewald Jr. (Verona) Grothe, Paul Grothe, Alvin (Rosa) Koenen, Beatrice (Leroy) Beyer, and Lyland Reich.

Blessed be the memory of Orville Romane Swenson. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Lucille Grover

Lucille Evelyn Grover, age 90, of Rockford, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at The Villa of St. Louis Park.

She was born on April 27, 1930 in Madison, Minnesota the daughter of William & Helma (Lehne) Hanson.

Lucille was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover and sang in the church choir.

She was formerly employed at The Ridgedale State Bank. Lucille enjoyed card clubs, music bands and bowling.

Survived by her daughters: Linda Flannery and Lisa (Jim) Barsness all of Buffalo; grandchildren: Daniel Flannery, Kevin (Kiersten) Flannery and Kelly Flannery; great grandchildren: Keagan Flannery and Karsyn Flannery; sister: Eileen Kohlman of Appleton, Minnesota; special friend: Elnor Thompson; many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her husband Earl A. Grover, her parents and by three brothers.

Funeral services for Lucille Grover will be held on Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover. Pastor Tori Sahnow will officiate and interment will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Casket Bearers will be Daniel Flannery, Kevin Flannery, Keagan Flannery, Jim Barsness, Ron Pehl and Rick Hanson. Serving the family.


Rodney "Joe" Hamann

Rodney “Joe” Hamann, age 72, of Holloway, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Visitation will be held from 2:00-3:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3:30 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township. Pastor Donald Klatt will officiate. Joe will receive full military honors. A private family interment ceremony will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Rodney Dean Hamann, known to most as “Joe”, was born May 8, 1948, to Roland and Ruth (Mesenbrink) Hamann in Benson, MN. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield, June 6, 1948, and was later confirmed there on May 13, 1962. Joe grew up on the family farm in rural Holloway. He attended country school, Holloway School and graduated from Appleton High School in 1966. After graduation, Joe attended Alexandria Area Technical School where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. Joe was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield, in rural Holloway. Joe was drafted for the Vietnam Conflict and enlisted in the Army on January 16, 1969. Joe served with Delta Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division while in Vietnam and returned home in August of 1970. After returning to the states, Joe joined the MN Army National Guard and commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in 1971. He later transitioned to the US Army Reserves. Joe held many positions in the Field Artillery, including Recon-Survey Officer, Fire Direction Officer, Fire Support Officer, S2, Operations Officer, and Battery Commander. Joe retired from the US Armed Forces on May 21, 1996. He had 27 years of honorable service to his country and attained the rank of Major. Joe received many awards throughout his military career including the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Order of Saint Barbara, and multiple state awards. After returning from Vietnam, Joe went to work for Federated Telephone Cooperative in the accounting department for several years. Following this position, Joe moved into farming with his father and brother, and in later years, driving truck both over-the-road and locally for various farmers. Joe thoroughly enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and fishing and spent a great deal of his free time doing this in his younger years.

Joe was a proud Veteran and an avid supporter of the military. He proudly displayed his support in all that he did. He actively participated in the Freedom Support Group as a leader during the 2009-2010 deployment of the local National Guard unit, the 175th Forward Support Company, of which his niece, Keely, was a deploying member. He was a member of VFW Post 4955 and AMVETS Post 151. While Joe never married or had children of his own, he was very close with his nephew and nieces. He adored his great-nieces, Madison and Brooklyn, and was always eager to hear stories and accomplishments of all. He proudly boasted about his extended family to anyone and everyone that would listen. Joe passed away November 20, 2020, at the Appleton Care Center. He had attained the age of 72 years. Joe is survived by his sisters, Lynette (Bob) Phenix of Inver Grove Heights and Denise (Jeff) Tomniczak of Champlin; sister-in-law Suzanne Hamann of Burnsville; nephew, Patrick (Valerie) Hamann of Appleton; nieces, Dena (Richard) Daly of Appleton, Keely Hamann of Lincoln, NE, Bailee (Cliff) Kaehler of Inver Grove Heights, Brianna Tomniczak of Otsego, and Kacie Tomniczak of Ramsey; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Ruth Hamann; and brothers, David Hamann and Roger (“Sam”) Hamann. Blessed be the memory of Rodney “Joe” Hamann. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com.

Jerry Hammer

Jerome “Jerry” Morse Hammer, 78, of Cedar Falls passed away at Cedar Valley Hospice Home on Monday, November 16, 2020. He was born September 23, 1942, in Lac Qui Parle, MN, son of Joseph and Ragna (Morseth) Hammer. Jerry graduated from high school in Milan, MN, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, on May 18, 1963, married his high school sweetheart, Anita Dvergsten, in Bremerton, WA. Following an honorable discharge, he attended Concordia College and graduating in 1967 from North Dakota State College of Science where he studied Industrial Drafting and Design. The couple moved to Cedar Falls where he worked for John Deere until his retirement in 2015 with 48 years of service. Anita preceded him in death in 1993. Jerry was introduced to Nancy (Nemmers) Cawelti and the couple was married September 29, 1994, at Nazareth Lutheran in Cedar Falls.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Anita; and a brother, Roland. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Nancy; his sons, Brian Hammer of Dunkerton and Mike Hammer of MS; his daughter, Julie (Tim Knebel) Barth of Cedar Falls; step sons, Ryan (Kim) Cawelti of Cedar Falls and Chris (J.J.) Cawelti of Keller, TX; 3 grandchildren: Katie Henze, Meagan Barth and Austin Gotta; 6 step-grandchildren: Emma Cawelti; Reese Cawelti, Elise Cawelti, Joshua Cawelti, Braden Walker and Trenton Walker; 2 great-grandchildren: Kane Stainbrook and Jace Owen; and a sister, Adeline Johnson of St. Paul, MN.

Due to COVID-19, Jerry’s family has held a private funeral service with burial at Greenwood Cemetery of Cedar Falls at this time. Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com and, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or to the Family.

Jerry was a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings and enjoyed NASCAR, especially, following the John Deere car. He loved doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, gardening, landscaping and feeding the birds. Jerry enjoyed relaxing outside on the beautiful deck that he designed and built. He and Nancy traveled frequently throughout the U.S. including trips to Hawaii and most recently to the Pacific Northwest. Around the holidays, they frequented Branson for their Christmas shows. Above all, Jerry cherished time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.


Lois Rudnick

Lois Rudnick, age 78, of Appleton, passed away Monday, November 23, 2020, Appleton Area Health Services- Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 27, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Shible Township.

Lois Johanna nee Westhausen Rudnick was born April 23, 1942.  She was baptized May 10, 1942 and confirmed March 25, 1956 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. She was a member at Shible for most of her life until she joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton.  She went to parochial country school until 8th grade and then attended and graduated Appleton High School.  She attended one year at Concordia College in St. Paul and worked for a time in the Cities.  She found her way back to Appleton and married Michael Rudnick on December 18, 1965.  Early on, Lois worked for Fingerhut in Benson but most of her working years were as a cook.  She was employed by several through the years including: Claude and Peggy Randall, Twitchel’s Bakery, Elroy’s Place and Mickey’s Dinner in St. Paul. Lois managed the Swift County 4-H food stand at the Swift County Fair for many years…which was one of her favorite jobs!

Lois regularly attended church and was an active member of the LWML.  She taught Sunday School and VBS for decades, especially enjoying the craft time for VBS.  She loved music and was a member of both the Shible and Trinity Church Choirs and the bell choir at Shible.

Lois was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Appleton.  She held several offices, was president several years, and attended many State and National Conventions.  She volunteered countless hours to her church and community, always willing to help others.  She enjoyed collecting spoons and coins, crafting, working on crossword puzzles and playing Bingo.

Love for family came only after her love for God and she cherished family get-togethers.  She could always be counted on to bring much of the food and after eating, compete in family games.  She adored watching her family grow and cherished each new member.

Lois passed away Monday, November 23, 2020, Appleton Area Health Services- Care Center. She attained 78 years and 7 months of age. Lois is survived by her children: Shari (Scot) Van Briesen of Appleton, Kevin (Marcy) Rudnick of Appleton, David (Tanya) Rudnick of Benson; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Judith (Courtney) Berthiaume of Lakewood, WA; brother, Eldon (Renee) Westhausen of Appleton; sister-in-law, Alice Hess of Holloway; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael “Mike” Rudnick; her parents, Bernhard and Rose Westhausen; her parents-in-law, Michael and Balbina Rudnick; and her brother, Bernard (Marcella) Westhausen.

Blessed be the memory of Lois Johanna Rudnick. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com.


Doris Koosmann

Doris Koosmann, age 94, of Appleton, died Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in RenVilla Health Center in Renville. A private, family burial will be held in Appleton City Cemetery. Pastor Roger Fears will officiate. Due to Covid-19 no service is planned at his time.

Doris Marie Asher Koosmann was born in Canby, Minnesota on December 17, 1925 to parents Raymond (Bert) and Lydia (Hansen) Asher. Doris graduated from Canby High School in 1944 and Granite Falls Teachers School in 1945. She taught school in Canby for one year and later for two years (1956-1958) at District 59 in rural Appleton, MN.

She married Berthold Koosmann on June 20, 1946. This union was blessed with 73 years together and three children: Lois, Steven and Ann. The couple resided at the Koosmann Family Home farm in Fairfield Township until moving to Skyview Plaza, Morris, in 2019.

Doris was very social and belonged to many clubs and groups. She was a volunteer with Lutheran Brotherhood and the Swift County historical Society. She was a long time member of Zion Lutheran Church where she served as Ladies Aid President for many years.

Doris passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Renvilla Health Care Center due to Covid-19. She attained 94 years, 11 months and 7 days of age. Doris is survived by two daughters, Lois Mielke of Appleton and Ann (Todd) Anderson of Coon rapids; two grandchildren: Graham Koosmann and Catherine Koosmann both of St Louis, MO ; sister-in-law Carol Koosmann of Crystal; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bert on January 29, 2020; her son Steven in 2018; her sister, Ruth Osmond; brothers-in-law: Martin (Lydie), Sieghart (Verna), Werner (Irene), Wilbert (Ella), John (Bernice) and Richard Koosmann: and sister-in-law, Marie Koosmann.

Blessed be the memory of Doris Marie Koosmann. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com.


John C. Carruth

John C. Carruth, 87, of Danvers, died Saturday, November 14, 2020. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Burial will be in Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers. Public visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday November 19, 2020 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Services are pending with the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. In lieu of flowers, at John’s request, memorials will be directed towards masses in his name.

John Clarence Carruth was born on November 26, 1932, to Clarence and Cecelia (Dolan) Carruth. He was baptized, made his first Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Visitation Catholic Church in Danvers. At age ten, John moved with his parents from Danvers to his farm south of Danvers. He graduated from Benson High School in 1950. On June 27, 1953, John was united in marriage to Elaine Margaret Chevalier at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. John and Elaine were blessed with 18 children, 48 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 67 years, 5 months and 14 days of marriage.

John is survived by his wife, Elaine; children: Johnny (Cindy) Carruth of Danvers, Tom (Caye) Carruth of DeGraff, Teresa (Bob) Pelkey of Willmar, Jim (Judy) Carruth of Danvers, Mike Carruth of Binghamton, NY, Mary (Mark) Branstad of Rochester, Ann (Rick) Bell of Chatfield, Joe (Jolene) Carruth of Danvers, Pat (Tammy) Carruth of Montevideo, Bob (Therese) Carruth of St. Paul, Bill (CarolLee) Carruth of Ellendale, N.D., Dick (Kelly) Carruth of St. Cloud, Dan Carruth of Melrose, Cathy Carruth of Ramsey, Liz (Curtis) Tanabe of GrandForks, N.D., Laura (Brad) Amundson of Brainerd, Maggie (Jon) Ackman of Maple Grove, and Marie (Aaron) Knodel of Fargo N.D., grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Muriel Bright, Rita Quinn, and Janice Chevalier and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Elaine’s parents, Oliver and Sylvia Chevalier, granddaughter, Sarah Nicole Carruth, brothers-in-law; Gary Chevalier, Pete.

Bright, Joe Quinn, Ken Czerny and sister-in-law, Shirley Czerny.


Ray Turner

Ray Anthony Turner, 69, of Rosemount (Formerly of Appleton, MN), passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and three sons on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 am, to be immediately followed by the Funeral Service at 11 am, at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN. A Private Family Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN with Military Honors.

Ray was born July 21, 1951 in Montevideo, Minnesota, the son of Anthony and Delores (Anderson) Turner. He was raised on a farm just east of Appleton. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in town. He attended the Appleton School system for most of his education but graduated in West Germany while serving in the United States Army. Ray served his country from 1971 to 1977 spending his active duty in Germany. After returning to the United States he continued his education at Alexandria Technical College where he pursued a degree in Law Enforcement.

While serving overseas, he met the love of his life Remedios (Remy) Liso Maghanoy. On November 22, 1975, Ray and Remy were united in marriage at St. John’s Catholic Church, by Fr. Eugene Brown. This union was blessed with over 44 years together and three children: Stephen, Anthony and Aaron.

Ray worked tirelessly his entire life and dedicated over twenty years to driving semi-truck for numerous companies in West Central Minnesota. Ray’s occupation allowed him the opportunity to travel throughout the continental United States. His passion for adventure commenced with travels throughout Europe with his future wife while stationed in Germany. His most memorable adventure was in 2008, when Ray and his family traveled to Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

In Ray’s free time he enjoyed watching professional sports, but he especially reveled in watching his three sons compete locally and his eldest son play at the collegiate level. Ray always made it a priority to attend his children’s activities, no matter the distance or destination. He enjoyed taking car rides with his wife, listening to music, and watching some of his favorite tv shows: MASH, MacGyver, NCIS and Criminal Minds. Ray’s true passion was spending time with the most important people in his life, his family. He was especially happy when surrounded by his seven grandchildren. He adored telling historical family stories and tales while summering with his grandchildren.

Upon his passing, Ray had attained 69 years, 3 months and 26 days of age. He is survived by his loving wife, Remedios of Rosemount; children: Stephen (Ashley) of Maple Grove MN, Anthony (Laura) of Mankato MN and Aaron (Ashley) of Rosemount MN; seven grandchildren: Madison, William, Roman, Greta, Grayson, Easton and Henrietta. Brother: Robert (Rita) of Appleton; Sisters: Linda of Shakopee and Lana of Appleton; Sisters-In-Law: Belen Namit of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Philippines and Elma Pepania, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Philippines; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Delores Turner; His Parents-In-Law Eleuterio and Ramona Liso Maghanoy; Brother-In-Law Marcelo Maghanoy; Sisters-In-Law: Carmen Maghanoy, Felecitas Maghanoy, Endrica Maghanoy, Felomina Maghanoy and Rosario Malayao.

Blessed be the memory of Ray Anthony Turner.

***Due to COVID Restrictions the Funeral Service will be limited to a small amount of people – Masks are Required and Social Distancing will be observed.***

If you wish to send a sympathy card and/or flowers please send to: 11150 Black Oaks Court N, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

In lieu of monetary gifts, Ray’s family requests that you donate to the VA in his honor.


Evalyn Joanne Swenson

Evalyn Joanne Swenson passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Appleton Area Health- Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtiss Leroy Swenson on February 8, 2017. Evalyn was born in Denver, Colorado on April 16, 1941, where she resided until 1971 when she moved to Fosston, Minnesota with her family.

Evalyn obtained a Master’s Degree in Dietary Nutrition and worked as the head of the dietary department at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine for over 30 years. She was an active volunteer with the American Heart Association for many years and enjoyed her garden club and cooking for the Rotary Club and Christian Women’s Club. Evalyn loved being in her kitchen and was always experimenting with new recipes. She loved making lefsa with the family for the holidays and gathering for big meals and celebrations.

Evalyn is survived by her sister, Margaret (Lowell) Stevens of Clearbrook, MN; her four children: Georgia (Sam) McCroy of Appleton, MN, Vince (Bev) Murray of Hardin, MT, Randy (Elaine) Murray of St. Cloud, MN and Joe (Cinda) Lovato of St. Cloud, MN; and by her many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

No service will be held at this time but a memorial will be planned after the pandemic.

Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com.


Deloris Roggatz

Deloris Roggatz, age 88, of Appleton, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Roger Fears officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Deloris Irene Roggatz was born March 8, 1932, at home, in Kragero Township, Chippewa County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Johnson) Hendrickson. Deloris was baptized and confirmed at the Watson Lutheran Church. She was raised in the Montevideo area and attended Montevideo High School, where she graduated, Class of 1950. On May 4, 1952 Deloris was united in marriage to Hugo “Bob” Roggatz at the Watson Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with over 68 years together and four children: Mike, Kevin, Brian, and Heidi.

During her working years Deloris was employed by Myhre-Nelson Implement and the Montevideo School District. She was also a long-time clerk for Brown & Baker Auction. Later in her career, she and Bob owned and operated Appleton Equipment. Deloris was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she participated in Ladies Aid and Bible Study. She was also involved with the Western Prairie Farm Machinery Collectors. Deloris enjoyed attending church functions, dancing, baking, and growing flowers. More than anything, she loved to support her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in all that they did.

Deloris passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. She attained 88 years, 8 months, and 12 days of age. Deloris is survived by her husband, Hugo “Bob” Roggatz of Appleton; children: Mike (Karen) Roggatz of Appleton, Kevin (Julie) Roggatz of Sioux Falls, SD, Brian Roggatz of Appleton, and Heidi (Dan) Tosel of Appleton; 11 grandchildren: Josh (Heather) Roggatz, Jordan (Kim) Roggatz, Jeni (Clay) Staples, Cody Roggatz, Jessi (Brady) Skoglund, Calie (Jordan) Dalton, Kelsey Rutland, Sarah Roggatz, Tronn (Alyssa) Tosel, Tianna (Riley) Burgstahler, and Taniah Tosel; 21 great-grandchildren: Brok, Carter, Hallee, Faith, Bella, Kadence, Naveah, Bentley, Hilary, Dane, Emersyn, Jayda, Jameson, Devin, Kassidee, Addie, Briar, Quincy, Maycie, Milo, and Otto; siblings: Alton (Helen) Hendrickson of Montevideo, Edith Hendrickson of Montevideo, and Roger (MaryAnn) Hendrickson of South Haven; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Sarah Hendrickson; her sister, Helen Johnson; and her brothers: James, Sheldon, and Lloyd Hendrickson. Blessed be the memory of Deloris Irene Roggatz. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Marilee Willis

Marilee Ann Taylor Willis 72, of Shenandoah, Iowa, entered into eternal rest on Thursday morning, October 29, 2020 at the Omaha Hospice House, Josie Harper Residence in Omaha, Nebraska. Marilee was born to John B. and Sylvia B. Torgerson Taylor on April 12, 1948 in Montevideo Minnesota.

Her early years were spent in Appleton Minnesota where she attended school graduating in 1966 from Appleton High School.

She resided in Appleton Minnesota, Montevideo Minnesota, Newton Iowa, Watson Missouri, Coin Iowa and finally settled in Shenandoah Iowa. She worked for Maytag while in Newton Iowa. She retired after 20 years of working for Wal-Mart in Shenandoah.

She enjoyed reading, tending to her plants and crafting quilts, crocheting and knitting. She loved baking and providing Holiday dinners. She was always shopping for the best deals, especially at JC Penny.

Marilee was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sylvia Taylor and a son, Matthew Webb.

She is survived by her daughter Melissa Willis of Hamburg Iowa, son Brian Willis of Elkhorn Nebraska, and son John and wife Laura Webb of Texas. Grandchildren Jennifer Johnson, Harlie Jones of Hamburg Iowa, and Tucker Willis of Lincoln Nebraska. Also, brother John Taylor Jr. of Platte City Missouri. Many nieces, Nephews other relatives and friends.

There was open visitation following cremation for Marilee on Thursday, November 5, 2020 beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 6:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service. Memorials in her name are being directed to the Family.


Joy Dolan

Joy Dolan, age 66, of Appleton, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020, in the St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation was held from 4 – 7 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Visitation continued from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ortonville. Fr. Brian Oestreich officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Joy Marie Dolan was born July 22, 1954, in Appleton, Minnesota, the daughter of Leo P. and LaVonne “Bonnie” (Whelan) McTighe. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Joy was raised in the Appleton area where she attended school and graduated, Class of 1972. On June 12, 1976, Joy was united in marriage to Timothy Mark Dolan at St. John’s Catholic Church, by Fr. Eugene Brown. This union was blessed with over 44 years together and four children: Heather, Joseph, Matthew, and Benjamin.

Joy lived and worked in the Appleton area her entire life. Most recently, she worked for the Spirit of Life AFC, Catholic Outreach Ministry where she worked with four parishes. Prior to that, she worked with the Prairie Five Head Start Program as Family Advocate for over 20 years. Before that, Joy was a stay-at-home mom. She was very active in the community, where she was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Appleton, Altar & Rosary Society, the Appleton Jaycees, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, and the Appleton Women of Today. Joy was a helper…helping others in any way possible. She was a Religious Education teacher for many years, helped with a coat drive each winter, assisted with the Red Cross Bloodmobile, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, volunteered at the Swift County Food Shelf, Toys for Tots, and Hospice, and was Chair of Ben’s 2020 MN for House Campaign.

Joy enjoyed watching sporting events, especially baseball, going to plays and musicals, watching her favorite TV shows: Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P. I., Alaskan Bush People, and Dancing with the Stars, and having coffee with the ladies. For 20 years she enjoyed calling her sister, Colleen, every night at 10 p.m. Joy and Tim liked going on golf outings and car rides around the area. More than anything, Joy loved spending time with her three awesome grandsons: Tyler, Tyson, and Jayden.

Joy passed away, Thursday, November 12, 2020, in the St. Cloud Hospital. She attained 66 years, 3 months, and 20 days of age. Joy is survived by her husband, Tim Dolan of Appleton; children: Heather Dolan (Brent Crouch) of Denver, CO, Joseph Dolan, Matthew Dolan, and Benjamin Dolan, all of Appleton; three grandsons: Tyler, Tyson, and Jayden Dolan; nephew, Roger Johnson; brothers-in-law: Kenneth (Marie) Dolan of Marshall, Michael (Cela) Dolan of Edina, Larry (Linda) Dolan of Sartell, Dan (Linda) Dolan of Montevideo, Terry (Susan) Dolan of Edina, Neil (Linda) Dolan of Lucan and Bob (Peggy) Dolan of Milroy; sisters-in-law, Jean (Donnie) Schmidt of Milroy, Janette (Steve) LaVoy of Tracy, Rosemary (Steve) Oakland of Fulda, Mary (Bob) Anderson of Eden Prairie, and Patty Dolan of Eden Prairie; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo P. and LaVonne “Bonnie” McTighe; her parents in law, Joseph and Evelyn Dolan; and her sister, Colleen McTighe.

Blessed be the memory of Joy Dolan. Please sign the guestbook at: zniewskifuneralhome.com


Patricia Berge

Patricia Berge, of Milan, died Monday, November 2, 2020 at the University of Minnesota Fairview in Minneapolis, MN at the age of 65.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Pastor Kristine Isder will officiate, and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 16, 2020 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Kviteseid Lutheran Church. Masks and social distancing will be required at the visitation, and memorial service.

Patricia Ann Call was born September 17, 1955 in Madison, MN to Leroy and Phyllis (Haukos) Call. She was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. Patricia graduated from Madison High School in 1973. After high school she attended and graduated from Willmar Vo-Tech obtaining a degree in Cosmetology. She worked as a beautician in Morris, MN and in Madison, until opening her own beauty salon in Milan, which she owned and operated for over 35 years. Patricia was united in marriage to Vernon Berge on December 1, 1979 at Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. They made their home in Milan, and to this unity two children were born.

Patricia was a member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church for many years. She loved fishing, baking, and having her lady’s coffee group. Patricia would bake many varieties of desserts for her family and friends. She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin where she would do most of her fishing. Most of all Patricia loved being with her family and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon; sons, Brandon (Susan) Berge, Monticello, MN and Justin Berge, St. Cloud, MN; granddaughters, Morgan (Ross) and Haley; great-grandchildren, Rowyn, Donald, and Waylon; nephew, Brian Call; nieces, Jessi Call and Hannah Laidlaw; sisters-in-law, Ann Call and Carol (Patrick) Meagher; brothers-in-law, Elmer Sobania and Arden (Deborah) Berge; her dog, Abby; and many other family and friends.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Lou Sobania; and brother, Michael Call.

Arrangements are with Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home of Montevideo. www.andersontebeest.com


Robert “Bob” Foster Jr.

Robert “Bob” Foster Jr., age 80 of Appleton, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 27, 2020 at CentraCare Health-Care Center in Paynesville. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Robert Eugene Foster Jr. was born May 7, 1940, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the son of Robert Eugene Sr. and Oliva (Landwehr) Foster. Bob was raised in the St. Cloud/Stearns County area, where he graduated from Foley High School. On November 25, 1961 he was united in marriage to Geraldine Halfman. This union was blessed with five children: Sharon, Rose, Doug, Kevin, and Chris. The couple later divorced. Bob was married to Shirley Ann Reuss on June 15, 1991 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Danvers by Rev. Magnus Peterson. They enjoyed over 29 years together!

During his working years Bob was employed as a crusher operator for Bauerly Bros. Construction for over 30 years. He retired at age 59 after suffering a stroke. Bob and Shirley lived in Danvers from 1990-2003, when they moved to a farm site near Appleton. He enjoyed classic cars and tractors, going to auctions, and searching out treasures at yard sales and pawn shops.

Bob passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 27, 2020, at CentraCare Health-Care Center in Paynesville. He attained 80 years, 5 months, and 20 days of age. Bob is survived by his wife Shirley Foster of Appleton; his children: Sharon (Tom) Kotz of Rice Lake, WI, Rose (Scott) Williams of Mesa, AZ, Doug Cherri Carpenter) Foster of Oak Park, Kevin (Judi Regnier) Foster of Foley, and Chris (Terry) Lovejoy of Duluth; step-children: Karen Downey of Breckenridge and Lee Fey of Cumberland, WI; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; siblings: Patricia Foster of Northfield, Ruth Karp of Spicer, Joe (Karen) Foster of Sartell, Henry Foster of Sauk Rapids, Susan Foster of Carson City, NV, and Joan Foster of Santa Fe, New Mexico; brother-in-law, Bernie Henneck of Kingman, AZ; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. and Oliva Foster; brother, Vincent Foster; and sister, Mary Henneck on October 31, 2020.

Blessed be the memory of Robert Eugene Foster Jr. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Marcella Mrozek

Marcella Louise Mrozek, age 76, of Appleton, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson. A private, family memorial will be held at a later date.

Marcella Louise Mrozek was born January 4, 1944, in Benson, Minnesota the daughter of Emery and Helen (Toothman) Goff. She was raised in the Danvers area and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Benson. Marcella attended Benson High School, where she graduated, Class of 1962. On February 10, 1962, she was united in marriage to Charles Mrozek at First Baptist Church in Benson, by Rev. Devieres. This union was blessed with over 58 years together and three children: Tamila, Robert, and Robin.

During her working years, Marcella was employed as a computer programmer/technician for Control Data, IBM, Usher Smith, Benson Optical, Gertsen, Norano Utility, and Zek Trucking. Marcella enjoyed woodworking and spending time in her flower garden. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Marcella passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Meadow Lane Healthcare-Care Center in Benson. She attained 76 years, 9 months, and 24 days of age. Marcella is survived by her husband, Charles Mrozek of Appleton; children: Tamila (Nick) Palumbo, Robert (Brittney) Mrozek, and Robin (Joyce) Mrozek; her grandson, Andrew Mrozek; her brother, George (Jessie) Goff; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Helen Goff; parents-in-law, Martin and Fannie Mrozek; siblings: Katherine (Ray) Walace, Luveren (Donna) Goff, David (Sadie) Goff; and sister-in-law, Muriel Goff.

Blessed be the memory of Marcella Louise Mrozek. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Raymond “Ray” Busse

Raymond “Ray” Busse, age 96, of Appleton, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. A private, family burial will be held in Appleton City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Raymond August William Busse was born on January 24, 1924, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of Fred and Mary (Heinecke) Busse. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Shible Township.

Ray married the love of his life, Esther Seydel, on November 27, 1949, in Okabena and they resided on the family farm in Appleton, Minnesota, where they raised their three boys: Steven, Kevin, and Mark. Ray worked tirelessly on the family farm side-by-side with his wife and sons.

Ray enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was always eager to take one of the children out for a ride in the tractor or combine – creating memories of a lifetime.

In addition to farming, Ray dedicated his service to the Federated Telephone Cooperative for 35 years; during that time, he served as the President for 16 years. Additionally, Ray served as the Secretary Treasurer and Chairman of the Board for Agralite Electric Cooperative from 1969 to 2005. In his free time, Ray enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and playing a competitive game of cribbage with his family.

Ray is survived by his children: Steven (Leah) Busse, Kevin Busse (Sue Chenard), and Mark Busse (Michelle McTighe); his grandchildren: Noelle, Tonia (Rick) Bryant, Noah, Grace, Raquel (Ty) Beucler, Amy (Michael) Kalkhoff, Hannah in Spirit, Chantae (Ethan) Remily, Shannon, and Sheridan; his great-grandchildren: Samuel, Benjamin, Adeline, Kennedy, Eleanor, and Maeve; his sisters-in-law, Olive Volk and Joyce Seydel; and his brother-in-law, Martin Krause.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents, Fred and Mary; his siblings, Laverne Paul and Wilbert Busse; and his granddaughter, Hannah Busse.

Blessed be the memory of Ray Busse. Please sign the guest book at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


Barb Halvorson

Funeral services for 85 year-old Barb Halvorson of Madison, were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 9, 2020 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Madison, Minn. Father Brian Oestreich officiated at the Mass. Special music was provided by Jennifer Wittnebel, organist, Gwen Wick and LeAnn Christensen (Barb's daughters) sang a duet, and soloist Lisa Haas. Honorary casket bearers were Barb’s two great grandchildren Ben Liebl and Ellie Liebl. Active casket bearers were grandchildren; Matt Liebl, Greg Liebl, John Liebl, Beth Dulam, Riley Christensen, Zach Wick, Lauren Wick, Kelsey Wick and Caden Wick.

The concluding service and burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton, Minnesota.

Barb was born at home on December 4, 1934 to parents Anton and Melvina (Molstad) Weber in Lakeshore Township, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Barb attended school and graduated from Madison High School in 1952. She worked at the Madison Press Office for three years before starting her career as a loving wife and mother.

Barb was united in marriage to Gust Halvorson on Nov. 26, 1955. To this union four children, Tim, Lori, LeAnn and Gwen, were born. After marriage, Barb and Gust farmed in Hantho and Cerro Gordo Townships.

Barb enjoyed spending time outside picking cucumbers, walking the bean fields, and maintaining the home place. Barb also enjoyed baking, canning, and sewing her children’s and Barbie doll’s clothes. All enjoyed her lefse, chocolate chip cookies, and iced and caramel rolls.

Barb enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards. She took pleasure in attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting and music activities. She enjoyed spending time with neighbors drinking coffee and playing cards. Barb also enjoyed getting together with her siblings almost every Sunday as well as extended Weber gatherings. When family gathered, card playing provided many laughs.

Barb and Gust went south to Mission, Texas for 22 years where they opened up their home to many family members and friends.

Barb was called home on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Grace Haven in Madison, Minn. She had reached the age of 85 years and 11 months.

Barb is survived by her four children: Tim (Brenda) Halvorson, of Dawson, Lori (Dale) Liebl, of Montevideo, LeAnn Christensen, of Webster, Wisc., Gwen (Paul) Wick, of Prior Lake; nine grandchildren: Matt (Britt) Liebl, of Maple Grove, Greg (Dani) Liebl, of Apple Valley, John Liebl, of Orono, Beth (Rajesh) Dulam, of Kenmore, Wash., Riley Christensen, of Rochester, Wash., Zach Lauren, Kelsey and Caden Wick of Prior Lake, and two great-grandchildren Ben and Ellie Liebl, of Apple Valley.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gust; parents Anton and Melvina; brothers Kenny, Art, and Robert; sisters Bernice, Delores and Evelyn. Blessed be her memory.

Arrangements by the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, MN website: zahrbockfuneral home.com

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