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Todd Tubbs

Todd Nelson Tubbs, age 61, of Coates, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 28, 2024 in Apple Valley, MN.

Todd was born in Princeton, IL September 22, 1962 to Dean L. Tubbs and Joan A. (Johnson) Tubbs, the youngest of four children. Dean and Joan moved their family to Appleton, MN to raise Todd and his siblings. Todd was very active in sports and activities at school as well as in the community. Todd graduated high school in 1981, was very proud of being from Appleton and growing up on the farm.

His love for airplanes led him to study aircraft maintenance at Winona Area Technical Institute 1981-1984. In August 1982 while riding his motorcycle, Todd was struck by a drunk driver and suffered multiple broken bones, head trauma and lost his right leg below the knee. The accident caused a lot of physical pain which led to a multitude of struggles in day-to-day life, but he persevered in all situations.

He met Lisa Simonic and fell in love, getting married in 1985. They moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where Todd enjoyed his passion for aircraft maintenance. In 1990 Todd accepted a position with Northwest Airlines and the family moved to Coates, Minnesota where they raised their four children: Melanie, Johnathan, Jackson, and Zachary.

During these years, Todd volunteered at church, scouts, as well as the kids’ sports and schools. He proudly served multiple terms as a city council member and two terms as Coates Mayor. He later worked for ISD 196, and could most recently be found at O’Reilly’s in Rosemount where you could count on him to help anyone who came in with an issue; Todd always found time to help others, and he strongly believed God put him where he was supposed to be to help those who needed it.

Over the last 10 years Todd enjoyed spending time with his partner, Susi Yermishkin. They loved to be on the water, kayaking on local lakes and at the cabin. In true Leave No Trace scout fashion, Todd collected trash on the waterways and left places in better condition than he found them. Todd and Susi enjoyed live music and an occasional night out dancing, snowshoeing, and walks on the Old Cedar Bridge, especially during spring and fall bird migrations. Solving crossword puzzles was also a particular favorite (Todd always used a pen).

Todd’s laugh was infectious, his jokes were ridiculous, and his smile was warm; there is a hole in the world and in our hearts without him.

Todd is survived by his partner, Susi (LeMay) Yermishkin, Todd’s children Melanie (Tom) Webster, Jonathan (Holly) Tubbs, Jackson Tubbs, Zachary (Jessica) Tubbs and their mother, Lisa (Simonic) Tubbs, Susi’s daughters Sonya & Anya Yermishkin, his bonus family, Phyllis Nickels, Kathy LeMay, John (Lisa) LeMay and Karen (Ruth) LeMay, his siblings, Taylor (Nancy) Tubbs and Teri Amborn, as well as his large extended family, including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, plus many dear friends. Todd was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Tommy, his parents, Dean and Joan Tubbs, and grandparents Jeanette and Howard Johnson, and Nina and Walter “Dewey” Tubbs.

In honor of Todd, all are welcome to join us in celebrating him on July 6th, 2024, from 1pm-5pm at the Rosemount Central Park Amphitheater in Rosemount, MN (2893 145th St W, Rosemount, 55068). Bring a chair and a memory to celebrate the guy who played a part in so many lives! In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Meals On Wheels, Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans or Second Harvest Heartland.


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Roger Grothe

Roger Ewald Grothe, age 77, of Danvers, Minnesota, died Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at his home. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2024, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, Minnesota. Interment is at the Benson City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Roger Ewald Grothe was born July 16, 1946, at Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Ewald and Verona (Schuerman) Grothe. He lived his life on the family farm in Danvers, Minnesota, Marysland Township.

Roger was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Danvers, Minnesota. His younger years were spent at church with many of his Schuerman and Grothe relatives. Roger graduated from Benson High School in 1964.

Roger’s adult years were spent farming the land with his Dad and Uncle Paul. He worked at the Appleton prison for a number of years and also did custom planting and harvesting for Dale Luschen of Benson, Minnesota.

Roger enjoyed meeting up with friends at Sandy’s Café to get the latest news and shake dice. He liked driving around checking crops. He spent many Sunday afternoons at Pelican Lake fishing with family and sharing potluck meals. He also enjoyed ice fishing with his nephews. Roger was an avid T. V. sports fan, watching the Vikings, Timberwolves, WMBA, WWBA, Gophers, and Twins. His dog, Sparky, was a special, much-loved pet.

Roger served his country for four years in the Benson National Guard.

Roger is survived by his siblings: Phyllis (Gary) Minkel of New London, MN, Ron (Robin) Grothe of LeSueur, MN, and Cheryll (Steve Crabe) Grothe of Mesa, AZ; nephews: Jeff, Steve, Eric, and Cory Rodelius, and Sage Grothe; nieces: Jessica Ecklund, Megan Grothe, Mary Beth Wilhelmi, and Veronica Seal; many great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents Ewald and Verona (Schuerman) Grothe and brother-in-law Mark Rodelius.

Blessed be the memory of Roger Grothe.


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Ervin Emde

Ervin Walter Emde, the son of Fredrick Emde and Martha Buhrn, was born on July 5, 1927, on a farm north of Appleton, Minnesota. After graduating from Appleton High School, Ervin farmed in the Appleton area and developed a strong work ethic that would define his life.

At a party hosted by his sister in Kansas City, Missouri, Ervin met Mary Eubank. They were united in marriage on February 7, 1949, in Kansas City. Children born were Kenneth, Teresa, Nanette, David, Bradly, and Kathryn.

Ervin's strong work ethic and commitment to their farm near Appleton were admirable, as he worked tirelessly until the age of 82, providing for his family with unwavering dedication. Upon retiring from farming, Ervin moved to Alexandria and placed the first deposit on an apartment at the newly constructed Grand Arbor, where he lived until his death.

He found joy in simple pleasures, such as playing pool, engaging in card games with neighbors, and exploring new destinations through travel. He spent winters in Yuma, Arizona from 1997 to 2017.

Ervin died on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at his home in Grand Arbor, at the age of 96 years old.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Emde, son, David Emde, siblings, infant brother Wilford Emde, Willard Emde, Fred Emde, Lester Emde, Eleanor Dunsworth, Harriet Nygard, Lorraine Smith, Verna Kojetin, and son-in-law Ray Goldberg.

Ervin is survived by his children, Kenneth (Barbara) Emde, Teresa Emde, Nanette (Kent) Benson, Bradly (Leonor) Emde, and Kathryn (Tom) Arnold; grandchildren, Brian Emde, Mary Ashley Goldberg-Emde, Dera Benson-Johnson (Eric), Jameson Benson, Arie (Gena) Emde, Ellyn (David) Johnson, Matthew Emde, Matthew (Amy) Arnold, and Mallory Arnold; step grandchildren Scott Anderson, and Steven (Andrea) Anderson; great grandchildren Ethan Johnson, Emmett Johnson, Evelyn Johnson, Ezekiel Johnson, Amelia Johnson, Rosalie Johnson, and Evan Arnold; step great grandchildren, Alex Fairfield-Johnson, Hannah Griffin, Ximena Ramirez, and Steven Anderson II.

A Celebration of Ervin’s life will take place on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 1 PM at Grand Arbor in Alexandria. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at Grand Arbor.

A Graveside Service will be held at the Appleton Cemetery on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 11 AM.

Memorials are requested to be sent to Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Rd SE, Alexandria, Minnesota 56308.


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Adeline Ellingboe

Adeline (Olson) Ellingboe, age 95, of Willmar, formerly of Milan, died Monday, May 27, in Copper Leaf Memory Care. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by a funeral at 11a.m., Saturday, June 1, at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Pastor Timothy P. Larson officiated. Interment was in the Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery.

Adeline Rodella Ellingboe was born to Richard and Agnes Jossart in Cashel Township, Swift County, on June 20, 1928, the oldest of five children. Since her father rented farmland, they often moved so Adeline attended several country schools before graduating from Benson High School in 1947. She and her siblings were involved in helping with the field work and doing chores. After graduation, Adeline worked at Red Owl in Benson and then moved to Big Bend and worked at the grocery store there.

Adeline met Art Olson at the Viking Café in Benson after the Homecoming football game her senior year in high school. They married September 4, 1948, at Immanuel Church in Benson, where she was also baptized and confirmed by H. S. Nashein. To this marriage two children were born, Linda and Lynn (Butch.)

Adeline and Art lived in Big Bend where Art had his mechanic shop until 1956, when they moved to Milan. She was employed by the Milan Standard newspaper and later became the editor. Adeline also worked as the secretary of the Kviteseid Lutheran Church and in the kitchen at Milan School.

Art passed away in 1981. In 1988, Adeline met Gene Ellingboe at a dance in Montevideo, Minnesota. They were married October 29, 1988, at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan, which added three stepdaughters to the family: Diane, Doreen, and Carol. They enjoyed several winters in Arizona before Gene passed away July 21, 2002.

Adeline continued living in Milan where she enjoyed sewing, gardening, camping, quilting, mowing, making lefse, and family gatherings. She spent many hours volunteering and helping neighbors in the community.

Due to health issues, Adeline moved to Vista Prairie at Copperleaf in Willmar in November of 2019, where she remained until her death May 27, 2024. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children.

Adeline is survived by her daughter Linda (Vern) Broberg of Willmar, MN, and her son Lynn (Mary) Olson of Mankato; five grandchildren: Chris, Lynette (Bryan), Mitch (Tina), Stacy (Carl), and Briana; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by three stepdaughters: Diane (Bob) Kruse, Doreen (Mic) Anderson, Carol (Brad) Freese; seven step-grandchildren: Heather, Tanya, Jennifer, Kelly, Breana, Kayla, and Jordan; 21 step-greatgrandchildren; siblings: Marilyn (Kermit) Larson, Joan Razink, Richard (Linda) Jossart, and sister-in-law Rio Kittelson.

Adeline was preceded in death by her husbands Art Olson and Gene Ellingboe, her parents Richard and Agnes Jossart, sister and brother-in-law Janet and Jerry Voorhees, in-laws: Lloyd and Marion Olson, Les Kittelson, and Delmar Razink.

Blessed be the memory of Adeline Ellingboe. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Arlene Clemen

Arlene Theresa Clemen was born June 19, 1931 in Murdock, Minnesota, the daughter of Francis and Magdalene (Zeller) Suter. She was baptized into the Catholic faith at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock, Minnesota, and was confirmed at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff, Minnesota. Arlene grew up in rural DeGraff, attending District 28 Country School and graduated from Benson High School in Benson, Minnesota.

September 3, 1949, Arlene was united in marriage to Edward James Clemen at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff, Minnesota, by Father McKeever. They were blessed with seven children and 60 years of marriage. Arlene was a housewife and helped on the family farm in rural DeGraff.

Arlene was active in her church, the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society, and the Befriender Group. She enjoyed embroidery, gardening, taking walks, playing cards, and traveling.

Arlene was called from this life on May 29, 2024, at Scandi Haven Village in Benson, Minnesota.

Arlene is survived by her children: William (Kathy) Clemen of Appleton, MN, Merina Marotzke of Dawson, MN, Virginia (Kent) Siefkes of West End, NC, Thomas (Susan) Clemen of Albany, MN, Richard (Diane) Clemen of Exton, PA, John (Brenda) Clemen of Prescot, AZ, and Lisa Clemen of Superior, WI; nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Edward Clemen; parents Frank and Lena Suter; grandson Travis Marotzke; son-in-law Wayne Marotzke; sisters Doris and Frances; and brothers: Harold, Alvin, and Leonard.


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Jolie M. (Jerve) Polacek

Jolie M. (Jerve) Polacek, age 54, passed away on January 1, 2024.

Born on November 28, 1969 in Montevideo, MN to the late Conrad and AnnaJane (Bratsch) Jerve, she was a resident of Doylestown, OH since 2012, previously of Nashville, TN and Milan, MN. She was a graduate of Milan High School (1988), and former member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church.

A devoted wife and mother, she is survived by her husband of 22 ½ years, John and her children, son Kendall and daughter Kelsey. Also surviving are her brother, Charles Jerve of Appleton, MN; niece, Kayleigh; nephews, Kendrick, and Brady; and other family and friends.

Viewing will be on the evening of July 25th, 2024 at Anderson-TeBeest funeral home in Montevideo, with a graveside services planned for July 26th at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.


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Oma Fairchild

Oma Fairchild, age 99, of White Bear Lake, formerly of the Appleton/Milan area, passed away Friday afternoon, May 10th, at Prelude Homes in White Bear Lake. Visitation was held 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Monday, May 20th, at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Pastor Kristine Isder officiated. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Oma Eunice (Jerve) Fairchild died May 10, 2024, at the age of 99. Oma was born February 16, 1925, the 11th of 12 children born to Carl and Ida (Laumb) Jerve. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended Milan High School and worked at the school after graduation. She married Stanley James Fairchild on March 17, 1945. To this union four children were born. She and Stanley lived on a farm east of Montevideo with no running water until the twins were born in 1953. They then moved to their farm north of Milan. They considered themselves partners in the family operation with Oma handling the bookwork involved. In 1984, they retired to a lake home near Starbuck, Minnesota. They enjoyed 13 years at Lake Minnewaska making new friends and enjoying “old” Milan friends. Stanley died September 9, 1997. There after Oma lived in Appleton, MN (Apple Ridge and Nursing Home,) Montevideo, MN (Luther Haven,) and White Bear Lake, MN (Prelude) where she lived until her death. Oma accepted her declining health with grace, often struggling with memory issues. May her memory be blessed.

Oma devoted her married life to creating a home, raising her children, and mentoring her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. These surviving family members will miss her lefse, homemade buns, and dill pickles. Her great-grandchildren will remember her soft baby quilts received at birth and again at age 1. Her grandchildren will remember her as a mentor and advisor who often understood them better than their parents. Oma's’ deep faith in God, her spirit, and her loving nature have been handed down to succeeding generations.

Greeting Oma in Heaven are her Honey, Stanley, her Ma and Pa, her 11 brothers and sisters, and her first grandson Patrick. She joins many other loved ones who passed before her and prepares to welcome those of us left behind.

Grateful for the time they were given with Oma are:

Dean (Diane) Fairchild of White Bear Lake, MN, their children: Patrick (deceased), Megan (Daniel), and Shane (Andrea), and great-grandchildren: Denton, Noah, and Oliver.

Gayle (Thomas) Schuster of Sioux Falls, SD, their children: Carrie, Paul (Brityn), and Andy (Alyson), and great-grandchildren: Anthony, Austin, Madison, Brooklyn, Cora, Tatum, and Mila.

Jon (Barbara) Fairchild of Johnstown, CO, their children Thomas (Brittany) and Kayla (Brad), and great-grandchild Ayrton.

Janet (Dennis) Lindahl of Andover, MN, their children: Kelly (Tim), Sarah (Zack), and Allyson (Lance), and great-grandchildren: Taylor (Dillon), Quinn (Alex), Cooper, Owen, Ruby, Ireland, Emersyn, and Oakley. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


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Chad David Henneberg

Chad Henneberg, age 36, of Appleton passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024, in Appleton. Visitation was 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Linda Wimmer officiated. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery. Chad David Henneberg was born August 12, 1987, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of David and Debra (Longnecker) Henneberg. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Chad was raised in the Appleton area and attended the Lac qui Parle Valley School District.

Chad was a lifelong member of the Appleton Community. He worked as a millwright, construction laborer, and most recently, his favorite occupation, with Mitlyng Bait and Tackle. Chad enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting bow, riding motorcycle and dirt bike, cooking, and doing just about anything outdoors. He loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephew. Chad passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024, in Appleton. He attained 36 years, 8 months, and 14 days of age.

Chad is survived by his parents, David and Debra Henneberg of Appleton; his sister, Kayla (Andrew) Hughes of Alexandria; nephew, Blake Hughes; nieces, Lyla and Lauren Hughes; his grandmother, Alice Henneberg of Appleton; and his aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Arnold and Marlys Longnecker and Ernest Henneberg; his uncle Rick (Michelle Lewis) Longnecker; and his aunt, Cheryl Longnecker. Blessed be the memory of Chad David Henneberg. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


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Elizabeth “Liz” Mathison

Elizabeth “Liz” Rose Mathison passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024, in Monticello, MN. Born to Ida Olga (Myrom) and Amund J. Torgelson on June 10,1938 in Big Bend Township – rural Milan, MN, Liz’s life was a tapestry of love, family, and hospitality.

Liz’s journey began in Milan, where she grew up with her sister, Marian, and parents in rural Milan. She was baptized and confirmed in Big Bend Lutheran Church. Her childhood was filled with the simple joys of playing with her dolls, her dog Fido, piano, schoolwork and helping her parents around the farm. She was active in Girl Scouts and Luther League and attended the National Lutheran Youth Gathering in San Francisco, CA in 1955. After graduation from Milan High School in 1956, she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a focus on Social Studies and Business Education at Moorhead State University (now MSUM) in Moorhead, MN. It was while at college and spending the weekend with her roommate, Bonnie in Morris, MN that her heart found its counterpart in Delroy “Pete” Mathison at a town dance. She graduated college on June 3, 1960, and Liz and Pete were married on July 30, 1960, in Big Bend Lutheran Church. Their marriage of 62 years was a testament to enduring love. Together, they raised two children: Karen and Larry. She was so proud of them.

Liz beginning teaching in 1960 at the West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) in Morris, MN and then served as the first secretary for Rodney Briggs, Superintendent of the University of Minnesota, Morris as WCSA phased out. She was immensely proud to have worked at the UM- Morris until 1969 when the family moved to Garrison, ND to support Delroy’s career advancement. It was during this time that Liz spent as a full-time homemaker and was active in the community. Four years later, they would move to Minot, ND followed by a short stint in Shoreview, MN before returning to Minot in 1975 as Delroy’s career continued to expand.

From 1978 to 1987, Liz was the parish secretary for Christ Lutheran Church in Minot, ND. She was active in the criterion bible study club, and church circle. Together with Pete they enjoyed playing bridge regularly with dear friends. In 1987, Liz received her certification as a Parish Secretary by the American Lutheran Church. This milestone included a blessing event at Christ Lutheran Church in Minot, ND. It was also during this time that Liz, together with her husband harvested many cucumbers for pickling, berries, and other vegetables from their always plentiful garden. While raising Karen and Larry, they enjoyed many trips fishing on Lake Sakakawea, camping into Canada, visiting extended family back in Minnesota. Liz and family also took camping trips to Montana, South Dakota, and Colorado along with an epic trip over Christmas and New Year’s to Montana, Utah , Colorado and California to visit family, see the sights and be back into time for school to resume. Liz was active in raising her children in the Lutheran faith, ensuring their homework was complete and encouraged them in music, sports, and theatre. She rarely missed a school performance and loved having Karen and Larry’s friends over anytime.

In fall of 1987, Liz and Pete would move to Detroit Lakes, MN residing on Big Floyd Lake for more than 30 years. Liz was the secretary and bookkeeper at Anglo-American Oil Company in Detroit Lakes, MN. She was active at First Lutheran Church serving on the council and enjoyed being active in circle and volunteering in the church office. Liz was also active as an office volunteer with Hospice of the Red River Valley and the Sons of Norway Chapter #495 as a local and zone officer.

In the fall of 2021, they would move together to Monticello, MN to be closer to their son. Whenever she talked with her family she always wanted to know that everyone was okay, asking by name of each one she held closest.

Throughout their life together, Liz and Pete enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their home. She was famous for her lefse, flatbread, sandbakkels and brownies all made with love. Together they made multiple trips to Norway to connect with extended family. They also enjoyed trips to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, Arizona, Texas and Alaska. Together with Karen and Larry they enjoyed a fun holiday trip to NYC and two trips to Chicago.

When her grandchildren, Peter and Emma, were born, she embraced her role as Grandma proudly. She was there in Rochester, MN, and Perrysburg, OH for baptisms, confirmations and many fun days together exploring Lake Erie, multiple school performances, and graduations. Together with Grandpa, she loved having Peter and Emma stay with them at the lake, teaching them to fish and play cards! She always made sure there were brownies and made her tasty BBQ and her homemade buns! Her heart expanded even further when Larry met, and married Veronica Westerman and she became grandma two more times to Izaac and Owen!

Liz is predeceased by her devoted husband, Delroy, her parents, an infant brother, Charles born still in 1934, sister Marian along with infant grandson, Joshua David.

Liz’s memory is honored by her children, Karen of Moorhead, MN, and Larry (Veronica) of St. Michael, MN, and her grandchildren, Peter and Emma and step grandchildren, Owen, and Izaac. Her brother-in- law, Duane Hanson of Willmar, MN along with many cousins, nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

Her family is deeply grateful for the care and love of all the staff of both Willows Landing and Brighton Hospice during her final days in her home.

Services to celebrate Liz’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 11:30am with visitation starting at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alberta, MN. Burial will be at Frog Lake Cemetery immediately with lunch to follow in the fellowship hall. Black was never her thing, so please wear color!

Elizabeth Mathison’s life was blessed with home, family, faith, dear friends near and far and good food.

Memorials can be directed to the First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes @ https://flcdl.breezechms.com/give/online MN Parish Nurse and Radio Ministry, the University of Minnesota – Morris @ https://making agift.umn.edu/give/yourgift.html?&cart=22098 , or the Alzheimer's Association @https://www.alz.org/mnnd Arrangements entrusted to Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Home, Monticello. 763-295-2918, www.peterson-grimsmochapel.com.


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Bradley Moen

Memorial services for 73-year-old Bradley Moen were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2024 at Kviteseid Lutheran Church, Milan, Minnesota. Rev. Kristine Isder officiated at the services. Special music was provided by Linda Anderson, pianist and special music by the Chord-Ayres.

Honorary Urn Bearers were the Chord-Ayres.

Active urn bearers were Brad’s Grandchildren Carter Moen, Emma Gloege, Colton Moen, Owen Gloege, Corey Moen, Simon Moen, Soren Moen, Evelyn Streed and Olivia Streed.

Concluding service & burial was in Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery, Milan, Minnesota.

Bradley Arden Moen was born to Simon and Helen Moen on January 11, 1951 in Madison, MN. He passed peacefully on April 7th, 2024 in his home in Milan with family by his side. He was 73 years old. He was the third oldest of his three siblings, Claire, Bruce, and Colleen. He grew up on the farm where he later raised his own family, just outside of Milan, MN. Brad was baptized and confirmed at Borgund Church, later becoming an active member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church with his former wife Wendy and four children.

Brad attended school at Milan High School, graduating in 1969. Growing up he loved sports including football and wrestling. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in physical education. He loved to tell everyone that he only needed one more credit and he would have been a doctor. He enjoyed playing football at Concordia, and following graduation being assistant wrestling coach at Milan High School.

Brad taught P.E. in Atwater, MN for two years before starting to farm full time in 1975. At this time, he took over managing his dad’s cattle. He moved onto the family farm in 1979, and in 1982 started his Pioneer Seed Business. Once a farmer, always a farmer, he never really officially retired.

Brad enjoyed cooking, with many mornings having breakfast on the table before the house woke. He loved to host and entertain for his family, friends, and customers. He was very proud of his blood sausage and chili days.

Brad was well known for his singing voice and was a beloved member of the Chord Ayres for many years, joining in 1976. He enjoyed being a member of the school and township boards as well. Everyone knew when Brad entered a room, as he was not quiet.

He loved to take his family on vacations, especially road trips in the RV to Arizona to visit his parents. He became an official snow bird himself about 20 years ago continuing the tradition of wintering in Arizona, where he met his longtime companion Norma. Family was most important to him, often proudly sharing stories and successes of his children and grandchildren.

Brad is survived by his children Josh (Tiffany) Moen, Kirsten (KC) Gloege, Dana (Jesse) Streed, and Adam (Savannah) Moen; nine grandchildren Carter, Colton, Corey, Emma, Owen, Simon, Soren, Evelyn and Olivia; special friend Norma Rowland; sister Colleen Rhodes (special friend Dick Brooks), sister-in-law Darlene Moen (special friend Lyle Weismantel), sister-in-law Sylvia Moen; six nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews and many loved ones.

He is preceded in death by his parents Simon and Helen Moen, brothers Bruce Moen and Claire Moen, and niece Kelsey Rhodes. Blessed be Brad’s memory and may he Rest in Peace.

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


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