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Victor Arnold

Victor “Vic” Arnold, age 94 of Appleton, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Visitation will be held 10-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Linda Wimmer will officiate. Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery.

Victor Willard Arnold was born November 30, 1929, the son of Henry Arnold and Luella Larson Arnold in Graceville, Minnesota.

Vic grew up on a farm north of Appleton, in Hegbert Township. He attended Hegbert Township Country School and Appleton High School, graduating with the Class of 1947. October 8, 1949, Vic married Jeannine Carstens at Fairfield Lutheran Church. Vic and Jeannine shared 68 years together before she passed away on May 8, 2018. Together, they lived on a farm in Hegbert Township and raised three children: Randall, Gregory, and Victoria. While farming Vic measured land for Farm Services Agency.

Vic served in the National Guard for about one year. He was on the school board in Hegbert Township, was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church Council, Hegbert Township Board, Appleton Elevator Board, Cattlemen’s Association, and the Swift County Fair Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Vic is survived by his children: Randall (Pati) Arnold of Appleton, MN and Gregory (Ellen) Arnold of Appleton, MN; four grandchildren: Jesse Arnold, Joshua (Jill) Arnold, Lee (Claire) Arnold, and Shelby Arnold; and two great-grandchildren: Shaye Arnold and Isaiah Arnold. Vic was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Luella Arnold; daughter and son-in-law Victoria and Calvin Byre; great-granddaughter Brynn Arnold; sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Meredith Ulstad; parents-in-law Herman and Selma Carstens; sisters-in-law: Ruby (Harvey) Thielke and Inez (Walter) Beyer; and brother-in-law Kenneth (Linda) Carstens.

Blessed be the memory of Victor Arnold. Please sign the guestbook at www. zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Don Bursken

Funeral service for Donoven "Don" Bursken of Morris, Minnesota will be held Sunday, February 18, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton, Minnesota.

My dad was a very private, hardworking man.

He cared deeply for myself and my boys, and would light up with the mention of pictures of his great-granddaughter, Dakotah.

Don was born May 5, 1941, and grew up on a farm with three sisters. He told me his first job, his foreman had to come and start the heavy machine and his moving dirt began. In 1966, he got a job with MNDOT and was known as the best crane operator around. Dad didn’t miss a family gathering at my home. He loved to fish and hunt, with many trophy walleye and didn’t go a season without shooting a deer. So, you know, he out fished and hunted me and many in the family.

I have many more memories of dad from his quick-witted personality to his stubbornness. Couldn’t take him anywhere without someone knowing him. I have now realized what it means to lose a parent. So grateful we had a close relationship.

He left behind me, Michelle, Troy and his family along with Dakotah and Cody Mehlhaf; his first wife, Rosie, and second wife, Deb; his sisters. Geraldine and Rita. Margie met him in heaven along with so many friends and extended family. Thank you for being a part of my dad’s life.

RIP Dad, Love you

Michelle

Don died at his home in Morris on Monday, February 5, 2024. He was 82 years old.

Don is survived by his daughter, Michelle Mehlhaf of Barrett; grandchildren: Troy (Alayna) Mehlhaf, and Cody Mehlhaf; one great grandchild: Dakotah Mehlhaf; Lee Seifert and his sons: Koel, Kode (& friend, Tejah), and Kore; sisters: Geraldine Woodard, and Rita (Jerry) Irons; Geraldine’s children: Richard (Jolene) Woodard & family, Ronald Woodard, Janice Tevro & son, and Larry Woodard; Rita’s children: Alan (Wendy) Irons & family, Lizze (Devin) Shaw, and Luke (Brianna) Irons; Margie’s daughter: Denyce (Jason) Comstock; Denyce’s children: Chloe Comstock, Justin (Josey) Beyer & family, Jenna (Mason) Hegstad & family; his first wife, Rosie; his second wife, Deb; extended family: David Berning, and Dianne Parker; extended grandchildren: Dawson Berning, Chase Berning, Cambrie Parker, Colton Parker. He is preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Isabelle (Klimek) Bursken; and sister, Margie Tenney; nephew: Daryl Woodard.

Pedersen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements for Don. To send condolences to the family, please visit: www.peder senfh.com.


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Warren Aldo Reuss

Warren Aldo Reuss, 97, of Benson, died on Monday, February 12, 2024, at his home in Scandi Haven Village in Benson. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Trinity Fairfield Lutheran Church in Fairfield Township, Swift County, Minnesota, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm. Burial in the Trinity Fairfield Church Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Warren Aldo Reuss was born July 2, 1926, son of Edwin Henry Reuss and Evelyn Zick, in Long Lake, Minnesota. He was confirmed at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Danvers, Minnesota, by Rev. Fadtke.

Warren grew up on a farm north of Danvers, Minnesota. He attended District 81 Country School through eighth grade. June 11, 1950, he married Shirley Loretta Stoehr, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Shible Township. Together they raised three children: Lucinda, Dale, and David.

Warren farmed north of Danvers until retiring in 1990. He worked part-time at Runnings in Benson and did maintenance work at an apartment building. As a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Danvers, Warren was a member of the Church Council, serving as treasurer and co-chairman. At his passing, he was a member of Trinity Fairfield Lutheran Church in rural Holloway. Warren enjoyed going to auctions, woodworking, bowling, playing cards, playing solitaire on the computer, and listening to music.

A World War II veteran, Warren served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947.

Warren is survived by his children: Lucinda (Kyle) Stone of Brooten, MN, Dale (Melody) Reuss of Danvers, MN, and David (Su) Reuss of Huntington Beach, CA; seven grandchildren: Leighton, Barbara, Darrin (Jessica), Michaela (Sam), Molly (Jon), Charlene, and Emily; eight great-grandchildren: Cody, Alayla, Bailey, Cecelia, Quinn, Gabriel, Greyson, and Lincoln; sisters: Marlyn Nelson of New Hope, MN, and Sandra French of South Lake Tahoe, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

Warren was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Reuss; parents Edwin and Evelyn Reuss; brother LeRoy Reuss; and sisters Deloris Allen and Phyllis Shannon.

Blessed be the memory of Warren.


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Harlan Schlueter

Harlan Schlueter, 78, of Milbank, SD, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at St. William's Care Center in Milbank. Memorial Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank. Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Justin Neugebauer will officiate. Inurnment will be held at a later date. The service will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing on the Mundwiler & Larson Funeral Home website (mundwilerfuneralhome.net).

Harlan Gordon Schlueter was born on November 16, 1945, to Gordon and Nellie (Rudnick) Schlueter in Appleton, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Harlan attended school until the 9th grade when he then started his career as a milk hauler. He enlisted in to the United States Army on March 21, 1968, in Benson, Minnesota and fought in the Vietnam War. He was later honorably discharged in 1969. He was united in marriage with Arlene Elaine Pearson on September 12, 1970, at Louisburg Lutheran Church in Louisburg, MN. They were blessed with two sons: Steve and Mike. Harlan worked for Appleton Creamery as a milk hauler for numerous years. The family moved to Milbank, SD where he then worked for Dakota Granite.He was a member of the VFW Post 3486 and American Lutheran Church in Milbank. He was a member of the Appleton trailblazers saddle club and drill team for many years. Harlan spent his free time raising colts, competing in horse shows and making many memories with friends and family at trail rides. He was a big fan of fishing and would spend hours tinkering with his pontoon. If he was at the farm, you could find him outside looking at the tractors and watching the horses in the pasture. He most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife Arlene Schlueter of Milbank, SD; two sons: Steve (Tonya) Schlueter of Corona, SD; and Mike (Kim) Schlueter of Clontarf, MN; sister Judy Hursh of Appleton, MN; brother Lowell (Kay) Schlueter of Dayton, OH ; four grandchildren: Jordan (Katelyn) Schlueter of Watertown, SD; Kasi Schlueter of Corona, SD; Tate Schlueter of Corona, SD; Cheyenne (Blayne Meier) Schlueter of Pipestone, MN; ; two great-grandchildren: Roper and Bronclynn Meier and another on the way; one nephew Jeremy Schlueter; and three nieces Pam Hursh; Camille Hursh; and Kimberly Schlueter, brother-in-law Wayne Pearson. Harlan is preceded in death by his parents: Gordon and Nellie Schlueter; aunts, uncles, and in-laws. Mundwiler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence, visitwww.mund wilerfuneralhome.net.


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Leatrice Benson

Leatrice Benson, 93, wife of Tom Benson, passed away at the Morris, MN, hospital on January 27, 2024. Leatrice was born to Elmer and Luella Carlson in Appleton, MN on July 13, 1930. She married Thomas Benson of Appleton on June 30, 1950, who pre-deceased her in April 2017.

Leatrice is survived by their four children, Edward Benson (Ping Li), John Benson, Louise Kack (Jeff), and Geri Benson (Bob Bonnett); six grandchildren, Sam Benson (Rachel), Adia Gundry (Alex), Brian Benson (Rachel), Thomas Kack (Erica), Shane Kack (Brianna), and Jennifer Brandenburger (Darin); and ten great-grandchildren with another on the way.

Tom and Leatrice enjoyed farming all their lives and were active in farming and political issues, including advocating for farm prices and rural issues in Washington, DC, for the American-Ag organization in the late 1970’s. Leatrice very much enjoyed her time living in DC and making life-long friendships with people sympathetic to rural issues.

Leatrice led a very active life, spending winter months at their family cabin on Lake Superior in Lutsen, MN where she ran the gift shop at the Lutsen ski area, worked as a ski instructor, and taught all her children and grandchildren to ski or enjoy other winter activities. In the summer months, she enjoyed hosting their children and grandchildren at their Battle Lake, MN cabin where they all learned to swim. After Sunday noon dinner she’d send everyone on their way home and stay to clean the cabin. In her spare time, she loved to be on the golf course. She belonged to the Appleton Golf Club and had to be home for ladies’ day every Wednesday. Leatrice will be remembered for always being a cheerful and nurturing host to family activities. Wherever she was, noon dinners were always enjoyed by family and friends.

Plans are yet to be determined for a celebration of life, to be held by the family this summer. Please, no memorials preferred. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


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Garda Droogsma

Garda Droogsma, age 85, passed away peacefully January 27, 2024. She was surrounded with love. Garda was born on January 6, 1939 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to John and Grace (Van Dalen) Godeke. She was the first of three children followed by two brothers. For the majority of her childhood she lived in Pease, Minnesota. She graduated from Pease Christian School after the 8th grade and her remaining school days were spent at Milaca High School, graduating in 1956..

Garda worked for the Pease Creamery after graduation where her love of bookkeeping was put to good use. She began dating Del Droogsma after he returned from the service and they were married in June of 1958. They made their home in Isanti where they raised three children. In 1977 they built a home in Cambridge where they remained the rest of their days.

Garda was the ultimate helpmate and wingman for Del and a devoted mother. She created a warm, “Dutch clean” and welcoming home to all who entered. On many days people opened the door to the smells of homemade bread and soups. A store bought cookie rarely crossed her threshold. It was a simpler time to raise a family and it suited her perfectly. She brought a quick wit, peppy step and laughter to our world. Faith, family and friends were the cornerstone of her life and babies and toddlers were her passion. To watch her light-up at the sight of an infant and then lovingly and gently tend to their needs was a beautiful thing to behold..

In her younger years she enjoyed roller-skating, skiing, ice skating and on hot summer days loading her kids in her 1969 Plymouth “3-on-the-tree” and head to Mankes. She loved music, playing her piano with gusto, cabin days, Maui vacations, a strong cup of coffee in the morning, a glass of wine at night and any pasta dish being served. .

Garda was a wonderful “Gammie”. She attended all the concerts, games, plays and races and was the best cheerleader any grandchild could ask for. They will miss her sweet spirit and perfectly frosted Christmas cookies. She was able to meet and cuddle her great-grandson, August. .

Garda was preceded in death by her husband, Del, an infant son, her parents, and her brother, Randy. She is survived by her daughter, Lori and son-in-law, Mike Lind; son, Joel and daughter-in-law, Teresa; son, John and daughter-in-law, Sara; and four grandchildren, Holland (Andrew) Eagan, Hunter Lind, Ryder Droogsma, Tucker Droogsma; and a great-grandson, August Eagan. She is also survived by her brother, Don Godeke and sisters-in-law, Jan, Judy, Carol Droogsma and many nieces and nephews. .

A private burial will take place at the Pease Cemetery. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. Memorials given in her memory to any organization that help children would be lovely. Rest in peace Gammie, you will be missed. Online condolences can be made at:. StrikeLifeTributes.com.


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Renetta “Nottie” Lindstrom



Renetta Lindstrom, age 91, of Appleton, passed away Thursday evening, January 25, 2024, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Visitation was held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 2, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Renetta “Nottie” Ruth Lindstrom was born June 25, 1932, daughter of Robert Gaulke and Helena Galow. On July 10, 1932, she was baptized at her home by Rev. Paul Greike. She was confirmed March 30, 1947, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton, by Rev. Herman Faedtke.

Nottie grew up in the Holloway – Appleton area. She moved to Appleton after her father’s death and lived there the rest of her life, most recently living in the Apple Ridge Estates. She attended grade school in Holloway and high school through tenth grade in Appleton.

June 27, 1951, Nottie married Norton Warren Lindstrom at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton, and raised two children: Jerry and Pam. She began working in various jobs at a young age. She worked at both Appleton bakeries, Fingerhut in Benson, was a waitress for many years at Corner Restaurant for Peg Randall and several other owners and worked part time at her son-in-law’s video shop.

Nottie was a member of the Altar Guild and enjoyed being with her family. She also loved baking, embroidery, cross stitch, crossword puzzles, and was a ferocious reader of books.

Renetta is survived by her son Jerry (JoAnn) Lindstrom of Brooten, MN; three grandchildren: Jennifer Lindstrom, Eric (Kristin) Lindstrom, and Amanda (Nick) Wood; four great-grandchildren: Isa-bella, Kyla, Bryson, and Miles; brother-in-law Terry Lindstrom of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters-in-law: Sharon Lindstrom of Sioux Falls, SD, and Marilyn Hamsun of Montrose, SD; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Renetta was preceded in death by her husband Norton Lindstrom, daughter Pamela and son-in-law Philip Borstad; four brothers: Arthur Gaulke, Leo (Molly) Gaulke, Walter (Alice) Gaulke, and Arnold (Nadine) Gaulke; seven sisters: Alma (Paul) Bartz, Esther (Ervin) Bartz, Lydia (Martin) Schroeder, Bertha (Alfred) Schroeder, Lilly (Joe) Wrobleski, Clara (Donald) Shepard, and Evelyn (Harry) Schlieman.

Blessed be the memory of Renetta “Nottie” Lindstrom. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Robert Johnson

Robert “Bob” Orin Johnson was born on August 20, 1948 to Emelyn and Howard “Bud” Johnson in Montevideo MN, Bob died peacefully Monday January 22, 2024 at home in Jackson MN as a result of pancreatic cancer. Bob was raised in Milan MN and graduated from Milan High School in 1966. A graduate of Moorhead State University, he was a talented artist, sign painter, and art teacher in Jackson public schools for 34 years. He was a “car guy” who spent his life in and around cars - from racing cars to painting and hand lettering many sprint cars, modifieds, and late model race cars. As a member of the Black Knights Car Club, he enjoyed restoring hot rods and attending car shows in his 1956 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery which won many awards over the years. Bob was known for his sense of humor and kindness.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Emelyn (Monson) and Howard, and his sister Mary Carol Jensen.

He is survived by his loving wife Becky Johnson and children: Matt Johnson & Meredith Leary Johnson of St. Paul and grandsons Jack and Cole Johnson, Ryan Johnson & Alexandra Cortes of Minneapolis, Benjaman Johnson of Broomfield CO, and Damion “Bubba” Reed of Willmar. Also survived by his brother Butch Johnson & Billee Kraut of Hopkins.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by memorial services at 11:00 a.m., and lunch to follow at the Jackson United Methodist Church, 900 North Highway in Jackson, MN, with Pastor Russ Steele officiating. Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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Wayne Haben

Wayne Alvin Haben, 79, of Alexandria passed away on Friday, January 26, 2024. Funeral were held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria on Monday, January 29, 2024 at 11:00 AM. Burial was at Summit Cemetery in Morris, Minnesota.

Wayne Haben was born May 6, 1944 at the hospital in Morris, Minnesota to Alvin and Lillie (Buntje) Haben. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Fairfield in Holloway, Minnesota. He grew up farming with his parents and neighbors, leaving him with many treasured memories. Wayne was also active in Walther League and the Work and Win 4-H Club, where he enjoyed raising sheep for his projects. After graduation, he attended the machinist program at Staples Technical College in Staples, Minnesota. He later went to work at Donnelly Plastics in Alexandria and at Withers Manufacturing in Osakis. In 1984, when he retired, Wayne spent time fishing with his dad and friends, doing woodworking, keeping up the yard, playing cards, attending Saturday night races at Viking Speedway, and visiting with relatives and friends. Towards the end of his life, Wayne moved into Diamond Willow Assisted Living and continued to enjoy visits from family and friends, but also learned to appreciate many other activities -- like keeping even closer track of the farm markets, listening to KXRA Radio, watching the Sunday morning church service broadcasted by Zion Lutheran Church, doing puzzles, and paint by number paintings. Throughout this time he remained a faithful member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria.

Wayne is survived by his siblings: Audrey Behrens, Myron (Pamela) Haben; nephews: Lee (Kelly) Behrens, Jay (Mona) Behrens, Brian (Kayla) Haben; he is also survived by many other beloved relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Lillie. m


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Curtis Olson

Curtis Olson, age 35, of Appleton, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2023, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Visitation will be 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, Minnesota. Pastor Lynn Thomas will officiate.

Curtis Dean Olson was born December 26, 1987, in Ortonville, Minnesota, to Dean Curtis Olson and Kitt LaGail (Henkelman) Olson. He was baptized January 20, 1988, at United Methodist Church in Big Stone City, South Dakota. He was also confirmed at United Methodist Church in Big Stone City, South Dakota, May 23, 2003. Curtis grew up in Ortonville and graduated from Ortonville High School. On April 15, 2016, Curtis married Amy Marie Dockter at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar, Minnesota. Curtis, Amy, and their children have lived in their home in Appleton since 2014. Curtis worked as the store manager at The Meat Center in Appleton since 2017 but worked in the building as an employee since 2010. He enjoyed playing video games, camping, football, basketball, bonfires, and spending time with his children.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Amy Olson of Appleton; children: Shawn Ronnie Olson of Clements, Derrick Quinton Olson of Clements, Amber Leigh Olson of Appleton, and Kendall Reigh Olson of Appleton; mother, Kitt LaGail Olson (Mark Paulson) of Appleton; sisters: Chastity Glomstad of Big Stone City, SD, and Cassandra Johnson of Willmar; grandmother, Doris Olson of Willmar; mother-in-law, Marie Mina Dockter of Ortonville; brothers-in-law: Chad Dockter of Watertown, SD and Kelly Dockter of Willow Lake, SD; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Curtis was preceded in death by his father, Dean Olson; grandparents: Alvin and Phyllis Henkelman and Leroy (Bud) Olson; uncle, Kevin Olson; and cousin, Shawn Henkelman. Blessed be the memory of Curtis Olson. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewski funeralhome.com


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Arlow Grant

Arlow Grant, of Big Bend, died Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at the Appleton Care Center at the age of 93.Memorial services will be held later this summer. Arrangements are with Anderson - TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo.

Arlow Henry Grant, Jr. was born April 14, 1930 in Benson, MN the son of Arlow and Dagmar (Thompson) Grant. He attended school in Milan and graduated in 1948. Arlow served in the US Air Force in Korea. He was united in marriage with Jane Brown in Webster, SD December 27, 1957. They made their home in Big Bend. Arlow was self employed as a well driller and plumber. He was very handy and enjoyed doing many odd jobs. He loved to do woodworking and working in the shop. He sold items at craft shows for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; three children: Kevin (Mary) Grant of Minneapolis, MN, Kathy (Jeff) Westmorelind of Knoxville, TN, and Michael Grant of Fairbanks, AK; four grandchildren: Sarah (Nick) Ellis, Joseph Westmoreland, Amy Grant, and David Grant; three great-grandchildren: Matthew, Cammie, and Mason; a sister-in-law Deanna Grant of Milan, MN; and seven nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; an infant brother Jerome Grant; an infant daughter, Katherine; a brother, Robert Grant; and a sister, Mary (Karan) Schmiesing.


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Janice Timm

Janice Timm, age 97, of Appleton passed away Friday, December 8, 2023, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center. Visitation was 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at First United Methodist Church in Appleton. Jan Eifealdt officiated. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Janice Marie Kern Timm was born on July 11, 1926, to Lawrence and Florence (Sherman) Kern. She was the oldest of five and grew up on a farm by Olivia, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church and graduated from Olivia High School. She was a child of the Depression and would often share memories from that era. Janice enjoyed traveling and working in different places with her sister and best friend Betty Lou. She went to college at St. Cloud State and got her teaching degree. Her first job was in Kerkhoven as an elementary teacher. She then taught in Appleton. It was there she met the love of her life Dick Timm. They were married on October 25, 1953, and were blessed with over 63 years of marriage, and four children: Debbie, Terry, Renee, and Robert. Jan continued to teach, raise children, and attend college while Dick farmed north of Appleton. Dick and Jan enjoyed bowling, card playing, golfing, and traveling. Jan loved to draw, sketch, and craft. They both loved time spent with family and friends. Janice was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, Methodist Women’s Group, VFW Auxiliary, Appleton Golf Club, many card clubs and bowling teams. Upon retirement, Dick and Janice moved to town and continued to travel and enjoy family and friends. They were blessed with six grandchildren and spent quality time with them… loving every minute. Later in life, Jan was doubly blessed with five great-grandchildren. Janice joined Dick in heaven on December 8, 2023, at the age of 97 years and five months. Just in time to spend her favorite holiday with her favorite person.

Janice is survived by her children: Debbie Reimnitz of Kalispell, MT, Terry Walker of Appleton, MN, Renee (Bo) Olson of Pillager, MN, and Robert Timm of Woodleaf, NC; six grandchildren: Rick (Maggie) Walker, Chris (Eunhee) Walker, Curt (Michelle) Reimnitz, Zach Reimnitz, Rachel Reimnitz, and Tanner Olson; five great-grandchildren: Madilyn, McKenna, Elsie, and Lillian Walker, and Chase Reimnitz; siblings: Sally Johnson and Shirley Visser; step-mother-in-law Lil Kern; sister-in-law Esther Timm; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Janice was preceded in death by her husband Richard “Dick” Timm, parents Lawrence and Florence Kern, parents-in-law Curt and Alma Timm, siblings: Doug (Wanda) Kern, Betty (Stub) Scholtes, in-laws: Ted Visser, Don Johnson, Tom (Judy)Timm, Harry Timm, Mary (Lloyd) Dedon, John “Fritz” Timm, nephews: David Scholtes, Chad Timm, Michael Johnson, and Danny Kern. Blessed be the memory of Jan Timm. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewski funeralhome.com


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Audrey Belle Leonard

Audrey Belle Leonard, age 88, of Greeley, Colorado passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2023. She was born April 2, 1935, in Appleton, Minnesota to Henry and Viola Munsterman.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 4, at 11:00 a.m. at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colorado. Officiating was Pastor John Knutson. Inurnment was at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Columbarium. Audrey graduated from high school in 1952 and married James Poppe in 1953. They moved to Greeley in 1963 until they later divorced. She lived in Fort Collins from 1985 to 2000. On June 10, 2000, she married Gordon Leonard of Glen Haven. They got married in Estes Park and moved to Greeley in 2001. Together they were members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She loved gardening, her family, her grandchildren, and especially the time spent with her great-grandson, Colton.

Audrey is survived by her two sons, Paul (Lana) Poppe of Washington, and Brent (Lisa) Poppe of Greeley; one daughter, Cynthia Poppe of Washington; two granddaughters, Andrea (Jon) Hoerner and Danyelle Poppe of Greeley; great-grandson, Colton Schwartz of Greeley; and her brothers, David and Dennis Munsterman. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Leonard; her brother, Roger Munsterman; sisters, Viola and Ardith Barge; and her parents, Henry and Viola.



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Eldon Westhausen

Eldon Westhausen, age 78, of rural Appleton, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., Monday January 15, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated. Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery at a later date.

Eldon Hilbert Westhausen was born January 13, 1945, to Bernhard Henry William Westhausen and Rose Maria Ottilie Haben. He was baptized by Rev. Paul Gierke on January 25, 1945, and was confirmed May 25, 1958, by Rev. Rueben Meissner, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Shible Township. Eldon grew up on the family farm north of Appleton, Minnesota. He lived north of Appleton most of his life except for a few years when he lived in Bloomfield, Indiana. He attended parochial school in Shible Township for four years, county school for two years, then attended Appleton High School for grades 7 through 12. Eldon worked at Tyler’s in Benson for a brief time after high school. He also started farming with his brother and raising beef cattle. He lived on the farm that was his aunt and uncle’s, Walter and Gert Westhausen. His farm grew to have many exotic animals including bison, llamas, guineas, chickens, ducks, geese, and peacocks. When moving to Indiana, he reduced the number of animals he had and began to raise goats and continued to raise guineas and chickens. October 8, 2004, Eldon married Renee LeFever in Milbank, South Dakota. The couple enjoyed many trips together, including England, Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. After 17 years together, they parted ways. Eldon loved caring for his animals, reading, deer and elk hunting, going to the movies, and visiting with family and friends. He was a member of the National Kiko Goat Association, International Kiko Goat Association, and National Bison Association.

Eldon is survived by his sister Judith (Courtney) Berthiaume of Lakewood, WA, and nieces and nephews: Shari (Scot) VanBriesen of Appleton, MN, Kevin (Marcy) Rudnick of Appleton, MN, David (Tanya) Rudnick of Benson, Stacy Berthiaume of Lakewood, WA, Tammy Berthiaume of Appleton, MN, Koni (Jason) Messer of Sauk Centre, MN, Daryl Westhausen of Appleton, MN, and George (Connie Neves) Berthiaume of Appleton, MN, and other relatives and friends. Eldon was preceded in death by his parents Bernhard and Rose Westhausen, brother Bernard (Marcella) Westhausen, and sister Lois (Mike) Rudnick. Blessed be the memory of Eldon Westhausen. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome. com


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Stanley Wilts

Stanley Wilts, age 92, of Appleton, passed away Sunday morning, January 7, 2024, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Visitation resumed from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2024, at the church. Pastor Linda Wimmer officiated. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Stanley Eugene Wilts was born December 31, 1931, in Dublin Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Tony Frederick and Ethel Louise (Lundberg) Wilts. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Stan attended school at Murdock, Big Stone Country School, and Appleton, through the Eighth Grade. On March 22, 1950, he was united in marriage to Beverly Jean Behrens. This union was blessed with nearly 28 years together and four children: Carol, Peggy, Debra, and Bob. Bev passed away February 2, 1978. On September 1, 1979, Stan married Mildred Janet (Christenson) Molden. Stan and Millie enjoyed over 34 years together until her passing on May 10, 2014. Stan was a life-long farmer. He loved the land and took great pride in caring for his farm, his land, and his livestock. Stan enjoyed playing cards and BINGO. More than anything, he loved and cherished time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Stan passed away January 7, 2024, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. He attained 92 years and 7 days of age. Stan is survived by his children: Carol (John) Roessler, Debra Bursken, Bob (Tammy) Wilts, and Marlowe Molden; his son-in-law, Ed Hilbrand; his daughter-in-law, Gloria Molden; his grandchildren: Dianne Parker, Brenda (John) Bendix, Todd (Tania) Molden, David Berning (special friend, Dawn), Christopher Roessler, Candice (Marty) Flicek, Amanda Molden, Sarah Sprague, Becky (John) Lysen, Andrew (Alli) Molden, and Matthew (Kelly) Molden; his great-grandchildren: Tyrone, Thomas, Ethan, Darrick, Kaden, Jackson, Amelia, Christian, Gwynnie, Espyn, Addy, Signy, Trygve, Anthony, Issac, Leah, Dillon, Clara, Kaitlynn, Ella, Johnna, Cambrie, Colton, Dawson, Chace, Hunter, Grace, Xavier, Ezekiel, James, Elise, and Magnus; his sister, Gloria Giese; his sister-in-law, Darlene Wilts; and his many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bev in 1978 and his wife Millie in 2014; his daughter Peggy Hilbrand in 1999; his son, Earl Molden in 2023; his grandson, Douglas Wilts; his granddaughter, Heidi Molden-Schuelke; his parents, Tony and Ethel Wilts; his parents in-law, William and Irene Behrens and Emil and Agnes Christenson; his brothers: Don (Eunice) Wilts and Chuck Wilts; and his brother-in-law, Charles Giese. Blessed be the memory of Stanley Eugene Wilts. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome .com


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Spencer Thorsland

Spencer Thorsland, 13, Brandon, died peacefully, Monday, January 8, 2024, at his home. Visitation was held 4-7pm, Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Brandon Valley Assembly of God Church, with a Sharing Time starting at 7pm. Funeral Services were held at 1pm, Saturday, January 13, 2024, viewing began at Noon, also at BVAG. A livestreaming link will be provided. Please check back. The family and Spencer requested that people wear their “Spencer Wear” to the visitation and service. Interment will be 11:30am, Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Big Bend Lutheran Church Cemetery, followed by fellowship in the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established at First National Bank (101 S Splitrock Blvd, Brandon, SD). Checks can be made payable to the Spencer Thorsland Memorial Fund. Spencer Roger Thorsland was born on January 3, 2011, and was a very spunky kid, even before birth. He loved to play video games like Fortnite and Roblox and watch The Mandalorian, The Good Doctor and horror movies. He created his own Mandalorian name, Thor Viszla, and was referred to as the Mighty Warrior of Mandalore. On his recent trip to Disney World, he had the unique opportunity of building a light saber and meeting various Star Wars characters. Spencer had a contagious smile, was funny and goofy, was wise beyond his years, yet very emotionally intelligent. He was a determined young man, often enduring higher levels of discomfort before admitting that he wanted or needed help. Spencer was very fun to be around, watching movies or just talking about life. When he was 4 or 5 years old, he said that he was going to be famous. He has proven you don’t need to go to Hollywood to fulfill that dream. His impact has been felt worldwide. He was blessed by many new friendships along the way. He was a great gift giver and thought deeply about others. He loved going to the lake or the farm, to the cabin in the Black Hills, tubing, driving four wheelers, and just being outside. He also loved cats and tried to convince his parents to get a sphynx. After many months working with the team at Mayo in Rochester, MN, Spencer aspired to be a trauma surgeon or plastic surgeon. He received his own set of scrubs, a Mayo name badge, and a personalized scrub cap that says “Dr. Spencer Plastic Surgery”. He had such a positive impact, the staff at the Mayo Clinic would stop by to see him before starting their day. Nurses, doctors and hospice workers competed to be his care person. He had so many procedures done while at Mayo, that OR 301 (best OR ever) was designated as his OR. His favorite nurse was always by his side, and the team knew to blare Mocking Bird by Eminem when Spencer was wheeled into the room. There was always a party waiting for him. Spencer was really loved by everyone who had the opportunity to meet him, including the children and teachers at school. He made many friends along his cancer journey. He was so positive in his thoughts, even through his condition. He was always happy to see others happy.

Spencer will be deeply missed by his parents, Cory Thorsland, Milan, MN, and Lori (David) Huml, Brandon, SD; five brothers, Carter, Parker, Sawyer and Ranger Thorsland and Jaiden Huml; grandparents, Roger and Lois Koosmann, and Mark and Terri Thorsland; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Megan Ruth Thorsland. Online condolences at www.heartlandfunerals.com


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Alanna LaRae Rens

Alanna Rens, age 58 of Appleton, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation was 10:00 -11:00 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at St. John's Catholic Church in Appleton. Fr. Brian Mandel officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery. Alanna LaRae Rens was born August 22, 1965, the daughter of Gregory Dean Ruether and Mary Lou (Johannsen) Miller, in Ortonville, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton, Minnesota.

Alanna grew up in the Appleton / Holloway area and attended Appleton High School. She lived in the area her entire life. She married Peter Casey Rens December 18, 1999, in Maynard, Minnesota. Alanna enjoyed crafting, planting flowers, fishing, hunting, motorcycle rides, playing cards, and watching the Minnesota Wild play hockey. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Alanna is survived by her husband Peter Rens of Appleton; children: Nicole Meyer of Appleton, Travis Rens of Appleton, Jessica Dittes of Appleton, and Tanna Rens (Scott Svingen) of Benson; four grandchildren: Charles Rolfsmeier, Tyler Rolfsmeier, Helen Lhotka, and Donovan Dittes; parents Greg Ruether and Mary Miller; siblings: Kimberly (Jim) Stock of Alberta, Lou Ellen Larson of Clear Lake, and Kristina Jordahl of Willmar; sister-in-law Jodie Ruether of Baxter; and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends. Alanna was preceded in death by her brother Joseph Ruether. Blessed be the memory of Alanna Rens. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewski funeralhome.com


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Warren Crosby

Warren David Crosby passed away on Dec. 25, 2023, at the VA Hospital in Fargo ND. He was born on Aug. 24, 1928, in Appleton MN to Wayne and Manda (Pederson) Crosby. He was the oldest child, followed by Maurice, Maren, and Marie. He spent his youth on farms in Swift and Lac Qui Parle counties. Following the death of his father in 1941, the family moved to Appleton, MN to live with grandparents. During his school years in Appleton, Warren worked at various jobs eventually working part time in the bookkeeping department at Farmers and Merchants State Bank. He excelled in football and track and graduated from Appleton High School in 1946. After graduation, he enlisted in the Appleton National Guard and worked at the LaGrange Chevrolet Garage from 1946-1950. Warren married Esther Bakken on November 18, 1950. His guard unit, the 47th Division, was activated in December 1950 and he was deployed to Camp Rucker, Alabama. Warren achieved the rank of Platoon Tank Commander and Platoon Sargeant but was not sent to fight in Korea. Esther joined him later and they made their home in nearby Enterprise. He was shocked and dismayed by the Jim Crow laws that existed in the South back then. If there was one thing Warren couldn’t tolerate, it was injustice. Warren’s daughter, Debra, was born at Camp Rucker in Dec. 1951. After his honorable discharge in Oct. 1952, the family returned to Appleton where Mary was born in 1953 and Tim was born in 1956. Warren attended barber school in St. Paul and owned a barber shop in Appleton for almost 20 years. He was an active Appleton citizen, spending time on the City Council and as a commander, finance officer, and executive board of the Russell Johnson Post #72 of the American Legion. Warren was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served as financial secretary for several years. He was also a member of the Appleton Businessmen’s Association and the Business Development Corp., chairman of the Appleton United Fund Drive, Appleton Golf Club, Pomme de Terre Bowling League, and the Appleton Sportsman Club. His simple pleasures included playing bridge, bowling, fishing, and spending time with lots of relatives and life-long friends. He was proud of his small town and promoted it whenever he could. He was very concerned as people started shopping in other towns and cities, that the Appleton businesses would soon disappear. Warren subscribed to the Appleton Press all of his adult life. Appleton was “his” town, however, when barbering became financially unsustainable, he left in 1971 and accepted a position as manager of the Midland Co-op Fertilizer plant in Princeton, MN. While living there, Warren established more lifetime friendships. He was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Warren and Esther made another move to Granite Falls, Mn in 1978 where he was the manager of the Midland Co-op (Land O’Lakes) chemical and fertilizer warehouse until his retirem


Maxine Boraas

Maxine (Max) Ann Boraas (Minton), age 84, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully with family at her side Sunday, November 26, 2023, while in hospice care at her home in The Waters senior living facility. Max was born in Watertown, SD, to Verna Karolyn Bartz and Kenneth Dwain Minton on August 20, 1939.

Max lived a full, enriching, and inspiring life always responding optimistically to life's circumstances beginning with her upbringing in Appleton; marrying her childhood sweetheart; moving a young family to Stockholm, Sweden; lovingly raising her boys while making a home in St. Paul; and eventually moving the family to a farm near Terrace, in Pope County. She went on to have a rewarding career in Human Resources working for the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, eventually retiring from the Minnesota Department of Labor. Her strength, courage, and determination to live an independent life was an inspiration to all.

She is survived by her sisters Jan (Dave) Skogstrom, Marilyn (Wayne) Melin, and brother Ken Minton; her four sons Tim (Tammy), Tom, Ted (Tracey), and Ben (Karla); grandchildren Kristina (Henrik), Natasha, Matthew (Daniela), Drew (Kailey), Leighton (Laura), Bailey, and Harrison; and four great grandchildren Una, Nora, Iben, and Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce, and son Todd. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff at The Waters who provided "Miss Maxine" with such great comfort and extraordinary loving care over the past two years and during her final days in hospice. To honor Max’s memory, the family is holding a celebration of life event Monday, May 20, 2024, at 12 noon. This remembrance ceremony will be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Snyder Auditorium, 1st floor of the Snyder Building, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska. All event guests receive complimentary gate admission to the Arboretum for the entire day. So come early or stay longer and enjoy the gardens and spring blossoms as Max would do. Upon arrival, inform the gatehouse attendant you are with the Maxine Boraas memorial service. Memorial gifts can be made to: Tributes, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, PO Box 860647, Minneapolis, MN 55486; or online https://arb.umn.edu/ content/memorials-and- honor-gifts.


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James Haugen

James Haugen, formerly of Milan, died Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at Glenwood Village Care Center at the age of 89.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 1:30PM at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan with Rev. Kristine Isder officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday.

James Oliver Haugen was born in Milan, Minnesota on September 22, 1934 to Johannes and Olga (Sjaahem) Haugen. He grew up on the family farm and attended Milan High School, graduating in 1952. Following high school, he attended one year at the University of Minnesota but returned to the family farm to help his family. He met Peggy Ward at a dance in Montevideo and the two were united in marriage on July 23, 1960 at Our Savior's Lutheran Chapel in Montevideo. To this union 5 children were born: Steven, Julie, Scott, Bryan, and Brent. In addition to farming Jim drove school bus, worked construction and grain sampling for the State of Minnesota. He lived in the Milan area all his life except for moving in 2019 to Alexandria. Jim was a lifetime member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church. He was active in community organizations including being a 4-H leader, library board member, serving on the Chippewa County Fair Board, and the Community Action Agency Board. One of his highlights of serving on the Community Action Agency Board was to meet President Jimmy Carter. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, reading, fishing, and hunting. Family would say that Jim could fix anything, or he thought he could fix anything. But by far his most cherished time was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He did not miss opportunities to watch his kids and grandkids show at fairs and other livestock shows.

Jim is survived by his wife, Peggy; children: Steven (Carmen), Montevideo, MN, Julie (Steven) Jahn, Kerkhoven, MN, Scott (Lisa), New Prague, MN, Bryan (Cora), Vadnais Heights, MN, Brent (Jeanette), Argusville, ND; grandchildren: Laura (Kennard) Fellbaum, Eric (Emma) Haugen, Briana (Ben) Ferguson, Michael Jahn, Jason (Cortney) Haugen, Ryan (Kayla) Haugen, Mara Haugen, Natasha (Troy) Haugen-Brua, Alexandra (Marcus) Todd, Daniel (Crystal) Haugen, Elaina Haugen; great-grandchildren: Paige, Megan, Carly, Brayden, Sophie, Melanie, Emily, Sawyer, Hayden, Beau, Tucker, James, Wyatt, Evie; siblings: Torval Haugen, Puyallup, WA, Ralph Haugen, Plymouth, MN, Christine Andreas, Montevideo, MN, Mary McQuillan, Pine City, MN; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters-in law: Marilyn Haugen, Hazel Haugen; brother-in- law, Stan Andreas.


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Charles “Chuck” Wilts

Charles Allen Wilts, age 84, died Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at his home is Benson, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2023, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2023, followed by the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Benson City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. www. zniewskifuneralhome.com

Charles Allen Wilts was born on September 24, 1939, to Tony and Ethel (Lundberg) Wilts, at a farm south of Murdock, Minnesota. When he was two, they moved to a farm near Appleton, MN. He was baptized at Calvary Lutheran Church on May 19, 1940, by Rev. Carl Peterson and confirmed at Drywood Lutheran Church in 1953. Charles attended country school, District 65 in rural Appleton through 7th grade and then graduated from Appleton High School, in 1957. He enlisted and served in the National Guard from December 1956-July 1965. He was activated for the Bay of Pigs during the Cuban Missile Crisis. April 20, 1958, Charles was united in marriage to Darlene Joan Saulsbury, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, by Pastor V. Hergesheimer; together they were able to share 65 amazing years. To this union three sons were born. Chuck first worked for the Benson Bakery where in retirement he enjoyed many visits with friends for “golf” aka coffee. He also worked for The Benson Creamery and then Agralite for 38 years, until his retirement in February 2002. Chuck served as an usher, elder, and treasurer at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He also served on the local Thrivent Board. He was on the original board establishing Happy’s Landing Lake Association at Lobster Lake and later enjoyed renovating their cabin on Pocket Lake. Chuck served 33 years on the Swift County Fair Board. He loved the joy the fair brought to his family and all fairgoers. Many hours were spent at the fairgrounds planning, preparing, repairing, and building. He was named “Fair Person of the Year” for District 7 in 2011. Chuck enjoyed golfing, fishing, horseshoes, playing cards and watching any game with a ball. His favorite was attending any event that his children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren participated in. Golfing was a favorite activity after retirement, and he loved the “competition” with his great-grandsons and “The preacher.” Chuck developed a talent for wood carving and enjoyed creating from a simple block of wood. He’d spend hours carving and leaving little “wood chippies” all over the house. He enjoyed sharing his talents, and carved full nativity sets for each grandchild and great-grandchild.

Chuck was called from this life on December 27, 2023, at his home with his family at his side, at the age 84. Survived by his wife, Darlene “Bridge” Wilts of Benson, sons: Kevin (Rose) Wilts of Benson, Kyle (Lisa) Wilts of Alexandria, Keith (Lisa Sell) Wilts of St. Michael. Grandchildren: Jessica (Josh) Minchow, Tifani (Eric) Flieth, Meagan (Elisha) Odegaard, Hillary (Mike) Wenberg, Matt (fiancé Gabby) Wilts, Tony Wilts, Jacob (fiancé Kelsey) Wilts, Becca Wilts, Sarah Wilts; Great-grandchildren: Patrick, Isaac, and Thea Minchow, Emma and Hazel Flieth, Kiley and Charlie Bemis, Eleanor, Coraline, and Calvin Odegaard; brother Stan Wilts of Appleton and sister Gloria Giese of Benson; brothers-in-law: Leroy Sanders and Ken Schmidtke, and sister-in-law Sue Saulsbury, and many nieces and nephews. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Herb and Helen Saulsbury, brother Don Wilts, nephew Myron Giese, and niece Peggy Hilbrand.


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Merlin Schulz

Merlin Schulz, age 92, of Holloway, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2023, in his home. A visitation was held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton. No formal service will be held. A private family interment was held at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Moyer Township. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home -Vaala Chapel in Appleton.

Merlin Emil Schulz was born on April 16, 1931, to Emil and Beata Bertha (Hamann) Schulz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith. He grew up in Holloway and attended school through eighth grade. On January 3, 1950, he married Ruby Reich of Holloway. Merlin farmed from 1950 to 1968. He then moved to Holloway. He worked for Tylers, drove school bus for several years, picked sweet corn for Big Stone Canning Co., hauled peas for Lakeside Foods in Brooten, ran Schulz Tree Service, worked for the Swift County Highway Department for 20 years, and helped Roger Stotts farm. He was also the mayor of Holloway for 20 years. Merlin was interested in camping, fishing, woodworking, and watching rodeos on TV.

Merlin passed away Saturday, December 16, 2023, in his home, at the age of 92. Merlin is survived by his wife Ruby, his children: Linda (James) Molden of Benson, Gary (Janice) Schulz of Holloway, Larry (Debra) Schulz of Holloway, Patty Barber of Willmar, David Schulz of Holloway, Bonnie (Doug) Wall of New London; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Merlin was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Beata Schulz; brothers: Albin (Susie) Schulz, Dennis (Valetta) Schulz; sisters: Florene (Leonard) Matthis, Della (Roy) Giese: son-in-law Steve Barber, granddaughter Brittany Schulz, daughter Connie and infant daughter, and infant grandson. Blessed be the memory of Merlin Emil Schulz. Blessed be the memory of Merlin Emil Schulz.


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Amy Harris Glass

Amy Lynn Harris Glass (Schmidt), 50, of Saint Paul, passed away on December 8, 2023, surrounded by friends and family. Amy was born on January 21, 1973, in Willmar, MN to Roger and Jackie (Pautzke) Schmidt. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township.

Amy graduated from Lac Qui Parle High School in 1991 and went on to study Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. This path eventually led her to the early childcare room at the Midway YMCA in 1998, where she met Zoie. With Amy in childcare and Zoie in the school-age room, they wrote notes to each other every day. These notes became love notes and eventually, they married – for the first time in 2005 and again in 2013, shortly after Minnesota passed the law to make same-sex marriages legal. This was one of many barriers they broke as it was the first gay marriage in Lyon County! They would have married a third time just for fun if Amy had her way - Amy loved her wife and loved a reason to throw a party. Creating their life around one simple message… All you need is Love, together, they built and sustained a community of Love everywhere they went. In 2008, they started Lucille’s Kitchen Garden, their gourmet jelly business. Named after their sweet daughter, it was a family affair, with Austen helping “run the business” by the age of five. Amy always said, creating Lucille’s Kitchen Garden with Zoie was *magical*. Zoie and Amy made a dream team with their passion, skill, and knowledge from their childhood days of farming and living off the land. Although they expected to keep the business small, it was destined to take off. One simple gift to her co-worker set the ball in motion when that co-worker applied for Lucille’s to be at the Mill City Farmer’s Market and they got in! Shortly after, the Wedge became their first commercial grocery client, and soon after that they were interviewed by Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune who helped launch their name. This labor of love grew and flourished until 2016. Amy and Zoie enjoyed ice fishing, lake fishing, any kind of fishing, driving (you know, just to be together), dancing, playing bingo, and golf carting on warm-weather vacations. Amy lived her life with compassion and grace in a way that would make her children and family proud. Spending time with family and friends was the language of love for their household. Any day of the week you could find people gathered for dinner, stopping by for a quick hello under their red tent, or cheering for the Vikes. They created a sense of community with their smiles, hugs, and laughter…welcoming all. Amy will be remembered for the fun she created and the fun you felt when you were around her.

She is survived by her spouse Zoie Glass, daughter, Austen Lucille Harris, son, Devon Michael White, Mom and Dad, her brother Aaron [Shannon] Schmidt and children Shaleah, Kaden, and Kellen; Anne [Aaron] Kells and children Korbin and Kyson, and lost too early in life, baby Kennedy; Adam [Olivia] Schmidt, and children Ashlyn and Hanley. She will also be missed by her loyal dogs Winston and Louie and many friends whom she lovingly called “framily”. She looks forward to seeing her dog Sydney in heaven. Amy would like to express her deep gratitude for Zoie, Austen, Devon, her mom and dad, sister, brothers, friends, and family. Celebration of life services will be held in her hometown next summer. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton.


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Vivian Hunt

Vivian Mildred Hunt, 92, of Detroit Lakes, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023, at Sunnyside Care Center.

Vivian was born in Sioux Falls, SD, to Herbert and Helen (Aulwes) Langdon and spent most of her childhood and youth on a farm one quarter of a mile north of Burr, MN. She attended and graduated from 8th grade from a one room schoolhouse half a mile south of Burr. She then completed her high school education and graduated from Canby High School in 1949. After graduation, she became employed at the Lyon County Court House in Marshall, MN, as a secretary/bookkeeper at the Lyon County Auditor’s Office. During this time, she was being courted by Lowell Hunt, and on Christmas Eve, of 1949, they were engaged. On April 2, 1950, they were united in marriage in the Lutheran Church in Gary, SD. To this union, seven children were born: Dianne, Dawn, David, Debra, Douglas, Desli, and Daniel. Vivian is survived by her husband of 73 years, Lowell; her children: Dianne (Vern) Bruxvoort, David (Kathy) Hunt, Debi Christensen, Douglas (Sharon) Hunt, Desli (Peter) Snortum, and Daniel Hunt; 14 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Helen; sister, Betty Lee; brother, Herbert Langdon; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Tom LeBlanc; and granddaughter, Joy Dawn LeBlanc. Vivian’s life journey will always be remembered as a beautiful and loving wife of Lowell, a wonderful mother to her children, a special grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a special lady to hundreds of friends. 73 years, 7 months, 9 days, and 6 hours of wedded bliss – Vivian served her Lord and Savior, for 81 years. In those 81 years, she has brought many people to the care of Jesus. A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at True Life Assembly of God with Pastors Trevor Janich, Tim Rice, and Matt Bernier officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Canby Cemetery in Canby, MN.


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Ardis Schwartz

Ardis June (Giese) Schwartz, age 82, of Appleton, passed away December 13, 2023, at the Appleton Area Health-Care Center in Appleton, Minnesota. Visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2023, with the funeral to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, Minnesota. Interment was in Appleton City Cemetery. Pastor Linda Wimmer officiated. Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton is assisting the family with arrangements. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Ardis June Schwartz was born June 3, 1941, in Holloway, Minnesota, to Carl and Stella (Mulvihill) Giese. She grew up on the family farm north of Appleton and attended Country School and Appleton High School. January 16, 1960, Ardis was united in marriage to Marlow Martin Schwartz at the Baptist Church in Appleton. She worked at Hoffman Fishnet, the Appleton Nursing Home, and Pioneer TV. Ardis had many interests. She enjoyed quilting, crafting, sewing, cooking and baking. She was a member of the Homemakers’ Club, the Quilting Club, was a 4-H Leader, and taught Sunday School.

Ardis is survived by her husband Marlow Schwartz, children: Steven (Dianne) Schwartz of Parkers Prairie, Craig (Loyla) Schwartz of LeMars, IA, Darrell Schwartz of Appleton, Martin (Julie) Schwartz of Northfield; daughter-in-law Missie (Jagow) Schwartz; grandchildren: Anthony (Emily), Jeremy, Veronica, Jonathon, Caty (Will), Amanda, Craig II, Brenton, Carl, and Cora; great-grandchildren: Conrad, Quinn, and Kiera; sisters: Jackie Maas of Odessa and Vivian Huntington of Foley; sisters-in-law: Elaine (Warren) Rau of Appleton, Arlene Schwarz of Hutchinson, and Gloria Giese of Benson; brothers-in-law: Harvey (Gwen) Schwarz of Grove City and Norman (Marlys) Schwarz of Appleton. Preceding Ardis in death were her parents Carl and Stella (Mulvihill) Giese, parents-in-law Martin and Leona (Bartz) Schwarz, son Bradley Schwartz, daughter Janine Schwartz, grandson Patrick Schwartz, sister Eleanor and her husband Don Boettcher, brothers: Charles Giese, Gerald (Junyce) Giese, and Richard Giese; sister-in-law Eunice and husband Harold Hanson, brothers-in-law Gerald Huntington, Alvin Maas, and Warren Schwarz, nephews: Myron Giese, Wendell Hanson and John Giese, and nieces: Jodi Munsterman and Lori Schwarz.


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Beverly Huckle

Beverly June (Agre) Huckle passed away early Wednesday morning, December 6, 2023, at the age of 90. She was born in Sacred Heart, MN on February 9, 1933, to Martin G. and Sylvia E. (Sorenson) Agre. Her siblings were Shirley (Bob) Vogt and Gary (Joyce) Agre. She also lived in Portland, OR where her parents worked building cargo ships during WWII, and moved to Appleton, MN afterward. Bev was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton and graduated from Appleton High School in 1950.

After high school she moved to Minneapolis where she was employed by Twin Cities Lines bus company and was asked to represent the company in the annual Minneapolis Aquatennial Parade. She married the love of her life, Richard (“Dick”) A. Huckle, at Zion Lutheran Church on April 30, 1955. They were blessed with 63 wonderful years of love and commitment, along with the birth of three children: Richard A. (Lori) Huckle, Jr., Bradley G. (Melissa) Huckle, and Lyn M. (Gregory) Deuel. She was the proud and loving grandmother of Richard A. (Janelle) Huckle, III, Gretchen M. (Benoit) Bodin, Brian G. Deuel, Stephen A. Huckle, and Keith R. Huckle. Dick was a career officer & Naval Aviator in the Marine Corps, and they started the adventure of their married life together in Cherry Point, NC, where he was stationed. They moved ten times over the course of the next sixteen years to meet the Marine Corps needs. Bev orchestrated and managed all of those moves seamlessly and with great humor and skill. After Cherry Point, NC, she moved the family to Appleton, MN - when Dick was ordered overseas to Japan; upon his return they moved to Tustin, CA; then in succession to Kingsville, TX; Meridian, MS; Quantico, VA; back to Appleton, MN when Dick deployed to Vietnam. After his return they moved to El Toro, CA (her dear mother Sylvia joined Beverly during Dick’s second deployment to Vietnam in 1968-69, and helped during the period he was overseas). Beverly was a tower of strength for her family and husband during his combat deployments - writing letters every day, mailing food boxes, and effectively managing the household, children, and daily decisions. Their last move for the military was to Jacksonville, NC. Bev and Dick moved their family back to Appleton, MN in June 1971, where they owned and operated Huckle & Doring Chevrolet until 1978. They also farmed and owned an Oliver farm implement business for many years. Bev was artistically gifted and loved to take classes where she learned how to make beautiful hats, embroidery, and enjoyed many other creative outlets. She was a genius with color palettes, design, flowers, cooking/ baking and having things “just so”. Bev and Dick loved to travel and spent years of enjoyment camping with their trailer all over the country. They also traveled to England, France, Germany, and Norway in 2000.

Beverly was a woman of deep Christian faith and lived those beliefs every day. She was a great role model, was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served on numerous groups within the church. Beverly was pure love. She always said the most important role she had was as a loving supportive partner in life with her husband, and as a mother and grandmother. Her funeral is to be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton, MN, on December 12th, with visitation at 9:30 a.m., funeral service at 10:30 a.m., lunch to follow the service, with burial afterward (1 p.m.) at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.


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Roger Stotts

Roger Stotts, age 80, passed away suddenly from natural causes on December 8, 2023, in his home on the Stotts Cloverleaf Farm. Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor Linda Wimmer will officiate.

Roger Vincent Stotts was born in Appleton, MN on April 8, 1943, the son of Vincent DeForest and Anne Bertina Oyen Stotts. He was the youngest of the ten Stotts children and grew up on the family farm which he later owned and farmed. He often said that he wanted to honor those who came before him by taking good care of the earth and buildings on the farm. Roger was greatly loved, enjoyed, and respected by all his older siblings, their spouses, and their offspring. He also had the respect of neighbors and people in the Appleton area. He was known for his honesty, kindness, business sense, farming ability, as well as his great wit and ability to tell a good story. Roger enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading and learning about farming, and what was the news of the day. He cared about helping others that were in need, especially children.

He is survived by his special friend, Marilyn Reinke; brother-in-law Don Sallen; sisters, Deanna Hoffman, Betsy Carlin (Dan) and Katy Trevis; twenty -five nieces, nephews and their spouses and an even larger group of grand nieces and nephews and four great-grand nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; Aunt Frances and Uncle Homer Little; and six siblings and their spouses: Ione Rooney (Dick), June Larson (Curt), Vernon Stotts (Shirley), Carolyn Lydeen (Fred), Donald Stotts (Patricia), Shirley Sallen; brothers-in-law: Byron Baasie, Robert Hoffman, Dick Trevis; two nephews and three nieces; and two great-grand nephews. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Jean Suckow

Jean Suckow, 69, of Maynard, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2023, at CCM Health in Montevideo. Funeral services will be held on Friday December 1st at 2:00 pm at Rock Haven Church in Montevideo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service on Friday. Arrangements with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.

Jean Marie Suckow was born July 13, 1954, in Appleton, Minnesota, the daughter of Lewis and Leona (Haines) Carl. She was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. She attended school in Appleton. Jean was united in marriage with Bradley Suckow on July 24, 1971, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Holloway. Together they owned and operated a restaurant for many years. Jean was very religious and enjoyed sharing and talking about the Lord. She loved spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed baking, gardening, canning and crafts with the grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing with her family.

Jean is survived by her husband Brad, children: Trevor Suckow of Clarkfield, Tonia (David) Beck of Appleton, Adam (Jana) Suckow of Clarkfield and Alicia Suckow (Benito Aguirre) of Clarkfield; grandchildren: Clayton Beck (fiancé Molly Mortenson), Jadon Beck, Aysia (Jerrad) Clairmont, Brennin Aguirre (special friend Emma Klenken), Carmen Aguirre, Cira Aguirre, Daniel Aguirre and Raine Aguirre; siblings: Charlie Carl, Lester (Kathy) Carl, Vicki (Claude) Sherod, Arlan Carl and Kay Matter; brothers-in-law: DuWayne (Joyce) Suckow and Bill (Deb) Suckow and several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Kathy Perseke, brother Dale Carl, in-laws William & Lorna Suckow and two brothers-in-law Garland Suckow and Eugene Suckow.


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