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Jeff Whiting
Jeffrey Whiting, 17, of Windom died June 12, 1999, in a car-train accident
in Windom. Services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Windom Area High
School in Windom with Pastor Byron Emmert, Pastor Dennis Siebert, Pastor
Michael Emmert and Pastor Jeffrey Hansen officiating. Special music will be
provided by Mary LaCanne, Molly Mix, Simone Sunderman and Rachel Ward accompanied
by Dustin Stavens and the Windom Chordhustlers. Pallbearers will be Mike Foley,
Mike Wojahn, Kent Mickelson, George Bakalyar, Ken Fast and Roger Hoehne. Honorary
pallbearers will be the ’50s group. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Jeffrey Nathan Whiting, son of Michael and Patricia (Smith) Whiting, was born
June 19, 1981, in Atlanta, Ga. He was received into the Christian Faith through
Baptism at the Assmbly of God Church in Mt. Lake. Jeff lived in several communities
in his lifetime and most recently moved to Windom with his family in 1996. Jeffrey
was home schooled at his home in Mt. Lake for part of his elementary education and
also attended Mt. Lake Elementary. In May of 1999, Jeffrey graduated from Windom
Area High School. He attended the Missionary Alliance Church and was a ctive in
church plays and singing in the choirl Jeffrey was also very active during his
high school years including One-Act Plays, speech and he took fifth place at state
speech his junior year, choir in which he was a letter winner, ’50s group, choir
section leader, choir vice-president his senior year, fall musicals, Fiddler on the
Roof in 1995, Oklahoma in 1996 and The Sound of Music in 1997, playing the lead,
Captain Von Trapp. He was also a letterwinner for the fall musica’s D.A.R.E. role
model his senior year, Citizenship Award his junior year and senior class speaker
for the senior class of 1999. Jeff also had been working at Nasby Agri-Systems in
Windom for the past year.
Survivors include his parents, Michael and Patricia Whiting of Windom; brothers,
Josh and Tim Whiting at home in Windom; grandparents, Keith and Geraldine Whiting
of Ringsted, Iowa and Sara P. Watson of Cuba, Mo.

Duane Olson
Duane Olson, 66, of Mt. Lake died June 11, 1999, at his home. Services were held
Tuesday at the Trinity Lu-theran Church in Mt. Lake with the Rev. Robert Gardner
officiating. Special music was provided by Misty Karschnik, organist. Pallbearers
were Harvey Enns, Marvin Enns, Arnold Oeltjen-bruns, Emil Oeltjenbruns, Walter
Oeltjenbruns and Carl Rickert. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren, Daniel
Olson, Brandi Olson, Jacob Olson, Justine Olson, Derek Olson, Marc Olson, Amber Olson
and God children, Gregory Hildebrandt, Keith Oeltjenbruns, Kelly Chester, Alison
(Svalland) Poch, Derek Olson, Amber Olson, board members of the Cooperative Oil
Association of Mt. Lake, Western Co-op Transportation, and Land O’ Lakes Regional.
Interment was at the Mt. Lake Cemetery.
Duane Maynard Olson, son of Maynard and Goldie (Dorman) Olson, was born April 2, 1933,
in Hartley, Iowa. He received his education in a country school near Mt. Lake and he
graduated from the Mt. Lake High School in 1951. Duane was baptized in 1933 in Hartley,
and he was confirmed in 1948, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake. After high
school he worked for area farmers and businesses before serving in the United States
Army. He was honorably discharged in 1962. In 1957, Duane married Dorathea Anni
Hildebrandt at the Trinity Lutheran Church. They have been partners in farming near
Mt. Lake since their marriage and he worked at Balzer Manufacturing in Mt. Lake.
Duane was a member of the Mt. Lake V.F.W. Post #9072, the Donald Larson V.F.W. Post
#9607, on the board of directors for Mt. Lake Cooperative Oil Association, Land O’ Lakes
and Western Co-op Transport. Duane was also active on the church council.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Dorathea Olson of
Mt. Lake; four sons, Douglas (Linda) Olson of Dumont; Daryl Olson of Mason City, Iowa;
Deland (Deborah) Olson of Savage and Dean (Julie) Olson of River Falls, Wis.; seven
grandchildren; and a sister, Corinne Carlblom of Herman-town.

Harry Loewen
Harry Loe-wen, 85, of Mt. Lake died June 13, 1999, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in
Minneapolis. Services were held today (Wed-nesday) at the Bethel Mennonite Church in
Mt. Lake with the Rev. George O’Reilly officiating.
Harry J. Loewen, son of Jacob F. and Helena (Dick) Loewen, was born in Carson Township,
Cottonwood County, on Feb. 2, 1914. He was raised on a farm near Mt. Lake and attended
Country School District 80E, finishing the eighth grade in the spring of 1929. The next
year he attended Mt. Lake German Bible School. After that he helped on the farm and
also worked for some neighbors. He was baptized in 1935, and joined the Bergfelder
(Gospel) Mennonite Church. In 1941, he was drafted and chose to go to civilian public
service at Denison, Iowa, where he served four years doing conservation work. In 1942,
he married Verna Schroeder. In 1943, Harry became a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church.
After the term of service at Denison, they moved to the farm in 1945, where they continued
to live. Verna died in 1957. In 1958, Harry married Mildred Etta Rogers. They continued to
farm until 1979, when Harry had his first heart attack. Harry served on the Mt. Lake
Shipping Association Board for many years, Mennonite Aid Society and Mennonite Property
Aid. He was active in the Bethel Church serving as an usher for many years and also as
treasurer and trustee. He also managed the Care and Share Store in Mt. Lake from its
beginning in 1980 until 1985.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verna; a daughter, Janlee Ruth Blosser; two
brothers, Abram J. and Jacob J. Loewen; and five sisters, Marie Heide, Frieda Wilmoth,
Esther Loewen, Alma Loewen and Helen Loewen. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Loewen of
Mt. Lake; a daughter, Velma Jane Loewen of Normal, Ill; three grandchildren; three sisters,
Linda Nickel of Mt. Lake; Laura (Francis) Saeger of Bemidji; and Leona (David) Dick of Mt. Lake.

Ellsworth Pietz
Ellsworth Pietz, 76, of West-brook died June 9, 1999, at the McKennan Hospital in Sioux
Falls, S.D. Services were held Saturday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook with the
Rev. Gordon Trelstad officiating. Special music was provided by organist Betty Rupp, and
soloist Eunice Christensen. Pallbearers were Nick Meyer, Vernal Wahl, Vernal Horkey, Leon
Mischke, Richard Meyer, Richard Burns, Duane Mischke and Harvey Carlson. Honorary pallbearers
were Maurice ahd Hilda Mitchell, Earl and Maureen Leverty and Delbert and Betty Jensen.
Interment was at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Rosehill Township, Westbrook.
Ellsworth Louis Pietz was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Rosehill Township, Cottonwood County, to
Edward and Martha (Mischke) Pietz. He was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church
in Rosehill Township. He attended country school. He served in the United States Navy during
World War II. After the service he returned to Westbrook where he started farming in Rosehill
Township. In 1946, Ellsworth married Gloria Clark at Faith Lutheran Church in Westbrook. The
couple farmed in Rosehill Township until retirement. Gloria died in 1983. In 1984, Ellsworth
moved into Westbrook. In 1984, Ellsworth married Joyce Zinnef. The couple resided in Westbrook.
Ellsworth worked for the A.S.C. and the county committee for many years. He served on the
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Board. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. He
was a member of the Short Horn Cattle Assn., a member of the Dundee Rod and Gun Club, the
Westbrook V.F.W. and the Storden American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria; and one sister, Avis. Survivors include
his wife, Joyce Pietz, of Westbrook; three children, Ricky (Cindee) Pietz of Charlotte,
N.C.; Lynn (Susan) Pietz of Faribault; and ValRee (Glen) Graff of Sanborn; 12 grandchildren;
one great-grandson; three step-children, Steven Zinnel of Stillwater; Lorelei Hafey Francke
of San Antonio, Texas; and David Zinnel of Phoenix, Ariz.

Lois Tilton
Lois Tilton, 72, of Storden died June 12, 1999, of a heart attack at her home in Storden.
Services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Bethany Lutheran Chuch in Storden with the
Rev. Alan Buresh officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the Legion Auxiliary Post 391
and Storden American Legion Post 391. Interment will be at a later date and time.
Lois L. Tilton, daughter of Anton "Tony" and LuLu Nielsen, was born in Arco, April 5, 1927.
She attended school in Arco and graduated from Ivanhoe schools. She married Robert Tilton
in 1949. After their marriage, the couple lived in Willmar before moving to Storden in the
summer of 1965. After moving to Storden, Lois worked for the Campbell Soup Company in
Worthington. After working for Campbell’s Soup, Lois began working for the Fingerhut
Company in Windom and worked for them until her retirement. After retirement, Lois babysat
for several years for the Gary Gillis family in Storden.
She was preceded in death by one son. Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Storden;
children, Bob (Ellen) Tilton of Champlin; Richard (Cindy) Tilton of Mankato; Tom Tilton
of Porterville, Calif.; Jerry (Jane) Tilton of Waukegen, Ill.; Toni (Bill) Quade of
Storden; Marie (Ron) Koehn of Clinton, Okla.; a brother, C.R. "Ric" (Del) Nielsen of
Addison, Ill.; a sister, Martha (Maurice) Smith of St. Cloud; 16 grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild.

Leland Johnson
Leland Johnson, 70, of Mt. Lake died June 9, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Village in Mt.
Lake of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Services were held Saturday at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Mt. Lake with the Rev. Robert Gardner officiating. Special music was provided
by Lois Anderson, organist. Pallbearers were Lloyd Carlson, David Dick, Paul Harder,
Alfred Johnson, Steve Johnson and David Olson. Interment was at Mt. Lake Cemetery.
Leland Stanford Johnson, son of Otto and Jennie (Loof) Johnson, was born April 25,
1929, at the Bethel Hospital in Mt. Lake. He received his education at Cottonwood
County District #67 country schol and the Mt. Lake Public School. Leland was baptized
at the Christian Reformed Church of Mt. Lake and in 1980 transferred his membership
to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake. In 1952, Leland married Verna Rempel. They
made their home and farmed together north of Mt. Lake for most of his life. Over the
past years he served as a Sunday School teacher, Elder and Deacon in the Christian
Reformed Church. He also served as Church Treasurer and particiated in the church
choir at Trinity Lutheran Church. He also served on the Mt. Lake Elevator Board of
Directors, the Midland Cooperative Board of directors and he was a former member of
the Mt. Lake Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, John Otto, Harm, Elmer Johnson and one in
infancy; and two sisters, Gertrude Harder and one in infancy. Survivors include his
wife, Verna Johnson, of Mt. Lake; five children, Barb (Jim) Quiring of Chanhassen;
Larry (Gemma) Drees of Red Lake Falls; Susan (Mike) Lucht of Tuscon, Ariz.; Doug
Johnson of Denver, Colo.; and Diane (Scott) Ling of Champlin,; eight grandchildren;
a brother, Lawrence (Caroline) Johnson of Windom; four sisters, Ella Olson, Grace
Peters, Irene Loewen and Verna (Raymond) Oeltjenbruns, all of Mt. Lake.

Elizabeth Hill
Elizabeth Hill, 88, of Auburn, Iowa, died June 10, 1999, Our House Hospice in Slayton.
Services were held Monday at St. Mary’s in Auburn with Father Mark E. Harrington
officiating. Special music was provided by Pastor Barry Hill, Angie Heezen, Karen
Gray, Dean Palmer, Gail Palmer, Norma Simmons and Rob Hill. Pallbearers were Don
Palmer, David Palmer, Glen Herrig, Mark Herrig, Chris Herrig, Steve Herrig, Scott
Hill and Kelly Hill. Honorary pallbearers were Anita Tipton, Barb Metz, Kathy Schuck,
Debi Sheets, Denise Ling, Michelle Baumhoefner, Pamela Epley and Jennifer Hill.
Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Auburn.
Elizabeth Rose O’Tool, daughter of James and Theresa (Schulte) O’Tool was born Feb.
24, 1911, in Breda, Iowa. She received her education and graduated from Auburn Public
School in 1919 and received a teaching certificate from Cedar Falls Teachers School.
She married Lawrence Hill in 1934. Following their marriage they farmed in Auburn,
Cylinder and the Emmetsburgs, Iowa, area. They then settled in the Auburn area and
farmed for 18 years. In 1957, they moved to Iona, retired and returned to Auburn in
1971. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Altar Society in Auburn; St. Ann’s Council
of Catholic Women and the Chat and Sew Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; brothers, Lawrence, Leonard and
James O’Tool; sister, Laurellia Haubrich; four grandchildren and three great-grand-
children. Survivors include her children, Richard (Alda) Hill of Blue Springs, Mo.;
Daniel (Maggie) Hill of Mt. Lake; Janice (Don) Palmer of LeMars, Iowa; Harold
(Virginia) Hill of Windom; Marilyn (Ed) Herrig of Wilmont; Lawrence Jr. (Linda) Hill
of Independence, Mo.; Robert (Mary) Hill of Hadley; a sister, Cordellia Steffes of
Carroll, Iowa; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren
and three step-grandchildren.

Evelyn Loudermilk
Evelyn Loudermilk, 82, of Windom died June 8, 1999, at the Immanuel Saint Joseph’s
Hospital in Mankato. Services were held Friday at the First United Methodist Church
in Windom with the Rev. Jeffrey Hansen officiating. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery
in Estherville, Iowa.
Evelyn Marie Swartz, daughter of Walter and Fern (Wood) Swartz, was born in Estherville,
Iowa, on May 17, 1917. She was received into the Christian faith through baptism at the
Terril Methodist Church in Terril, Iowa. After living a few years in Estherville, Iowa,
Evelyn moved with her family to Terril where she graduated from high school in 1934.
Evelyn was active in her church and 4-H Club as a young person and she worked in
private homes. In 1941, Evelyn married Teddy L. Loudermilk. After their marriage,
Evelyn was a houswife, mother and worked for Ted’s relatives. Later Evelyn worked in the
Lakefield Hospital for four years and after moving to Windom, she began to work for the
Sogge Good Samaritan Home in Windom for six years until she was disabled in 1973. In
1985, Evelyn and her husband moved to their current residence in Bingham Lake. She was
a member of the First United Methodist Church in Windom and of the Memorial Committee
Committee of the United Methodist Women and a Sunday school teacher.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie VanNorman; one grandchild and one great-
grandchild. Survivors include her husband, Teddy Loudermilk of Bingham Lake; children,
Dale Loudermilk of St. James; Sybil (Wally) Minion of Bingham Lake; Rhonda (Howard)
Friesen of Pemberton; sisters, Beth (Eugene) Huebner of Gnadenhutten, Ohio; Eileen
(Dale) Blunt of Terril, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; and 15-great-grandchildren.

Eugene Sames
Eugene ‘Gene’ Sames, 62, of Loveland, Colo., died June 9, 1999. Services were held
Saturday at Allnutt Hunter Chapel in Loveland with the Rev. Kim Latterell officiating.
Interment was at Gunnison County Cemetery.
Eugene Sames, was born April 28, 1937, at Lakefield to Mathew Nicholas and Caroline
(Erkens) Sames. He graduated from Windom High School in 1955. In 1965, he married Doris
J. Brown. He was a computer program analyst at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.,
and at Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling, Colo., before retiring in 1992.
He was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include a son, Michael Sames of Sunnyvale,
Calif.; a daughter, Diane (Michael) Hellbusch of Loveland; sisters, Donna (Robert) Colhour
of Loveland; and Georgia (Melvin) Rients of Lakefield; and four grandchildren.

Obituaries for the week of August 27, 2001
Donald Pederson
Donald Edward Pederson, 81, of rural Benson died Friday, Aug. 17, at his home at the Oak Lawn Farm, after a short illness with cancer. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson with the Rev. Dennis Bushkofsky officiating. Pallbearers were Phillip Aslagson, David Pederson, Luther Pederson, Linto n Levin, Erik Pederson and Nathan Pederson. Honorary pallbearers were Art Hulberg, Joel Lee, Alexander Pederson, Arvid Sylvester, John Kjera, Oliver Lundebrek, Andrew Pederson, Conrad Urke and Thov Svinge. The soloist was Sarah Anderson, and the organist was Mary Savelkoul. There was special music by the Pederson Quartet made up of Linden Pederson, Mark Pederson, Luther Pederson and Matthew Pederson. Interment was in Lake Hazel Lutheran Cemetery in rural Benson. He was born on Feb. 18, 1920, to Edward A. and Inga (Lien) Pederson in Benson Township, Swift County. He was baptized by the Rev. J.S. Strand at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church and later confirmed by the Rev. Herman Jorgenson of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Benson. He grew up on the family farm and attended School District 15 through the eighth grade, after which he continued farming with his father and brothers. He was married to Carolyn Kjera of rural Starbuck on Oct. 16, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Prairie Township, Pope County. They lived at Oak Lawn Farm where he was engaged in farming. He was also employed at Dokken Machine Works and Lorenz Manufacturing in Benson. Later, they were agents for AFLAC Insurance. During his retirement years, he remained active in native American history, hunting, making improvements to the farm with his son, Edward, and enjoying family activities with his brothers and sisters, wife, children and grandchildren. During his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, singing in the Lake Hazel choir, men’s chorus, Lake Hazel/Pederson Brothers Quartet and playing and watching all sports, especially baseball. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Randall and Jeannie Pederson of Glenwood and Edward Pederson of Oak Lawn Farm, rural Benson; one daughter, Kristine and Mark Anderson of Eden Prairie; six grandchildren, Erik, Andrew, Alexander and Stephanie Pederson and Sarah and Ben Anderson; four brothers, the Rev. Oliver and Margaret Pederson of Minneapolis, Michael and Marcene Pederson of Benson, Arne and Carol Pederson of Starbuck and Leland Pederson of Glenwood; one sister, Florence and Harold Cole of Boulder, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Pothen of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Rita Pederson of Glenwood; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Telford, Elmer and Ove; and one sister, Lillian Pederson.

Charles Nepper
Charles N. Nepper, 59, of Fergus Falls died Friday, Aug. 17, at Lake Region Nursing Home in Fergus Falls after a battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 20, at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Mantador, N.D., with the Rev. James Gross officiating. Interment was at the church cemetery. He was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Hankinson, N.D., the youngest of six children born to Herbert and Magdalene (Pausch) Nepper. He attended grade school at Mantador and graduated from St. Francis Academy in Hankinson in 1959. While he was going to school, he worked for the Jentz brothers, and following graduation he worked in Minneapolis for a year at a go-cart factory and a service station. He then returned to work for the Jentz brothers in the implement shop. On Feb. 11, 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Margo Krause. They moved to Barney, N.D., and he worked for Schuler Grain Co. In the spring of 1963, the couple moved to Omaha, Neb., where he worked for Cargill and then owned and operated a Sinclair service station and a used car lot. He later worked for Roger Poster in the poured concrete business. In the spring of 1970, the family moved near Battle Lake. He worked for Fergus Dodge as a body man. In 1971, they moved to their present address west of Fergus Falls where he operated Chuck’s body Shop until his health failed. He enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, playing cards and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Margo of Fergus Falls; his daughter, Renae Nepper of Fort Worth, Texas; his son, William “Bill” and Renae Nepper of Glenwood; grandchildren, Trisha and Paul Hansen, Amy and Jeramy Brady and Molly Wolfswinkel, all of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kalyn Nepper of Glenwood; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Hansen and Raven Brady; a sister, Lorraine and Virgil Olson of Battle Lake; a brother, John and Joyce Nepper of Superior, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Magdalene Nepper; sisters, Margaret and Anna; and a brother, Harold.

Beverly Ann Nelson
Beverly Ann (Boettcher) Nelson, 62, of Hancock died Sunday, August 19, at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hancock with t he Rev. Gregg Bitter officiating. Pallbearers were Donald Spencer, Lowell Nelson, Nick Kill, John Larson, Marlyn Sundheim and Robert DeGier. The organist was Holly Svea and the soloist was Maurine Nelson. Interment was at the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock. She was born July 20, 1939, to Martin and Nettie (Eklund) Boettcher in Hancock. She was baptized on Sept. 10, 1939, by H.C. Duehlmeier and confirmed on May 24, 1953, at St. Paul’s in Morris. She graduated from Morris High School in 1957. On June 29, 1957, she was united in marriage to Delray Nelson at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. Elton Hallauer. They had five sons and one daughter. She was involved with St. John’s in the ladies’ society, Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society, teaching Sunday School and Bible School. In the community, she was involved with PTA, all Sports Boosters, Wrestling Boosters, Music Mothers, 4-H leader, Kozy Klan and Hancock Homemakers Clubs, Saddle Club, Women’s Pork Producers, Morris Toastmasters, Stevens County Cancer Society and had a special love for Stevens County Hospice Program. She enjoyed doing many kinds of needlework and loved music. She and her family greatly enjoyed their association with the Communicating for Agriculture exchange program and other youth exchange programs over the years. A most special joy in her life was spending time with her 14 grandchildren. She is survived by five sons, James and Angela Nelson of Tularosa, N.M., Charles and Lisa Nelson, Douglas and Leah Nelson, Barry and Sandra Nelson and Brett and Maurine Nelson, all of Hancock; one daughter, Barb and Mike Arndt of Greenfield, Wisc.; 14 grandchildren, Erin and Luke of New Mexico, Alex, Justin and Lauren, Joshua, Evan and Morgan, Austin, Andrew and Avery, Seth and Emma of Hancock and Mallorie Grace of Wisc.; her mother, Nettie Boettcher; three brothers, Donald Boettcher of Brooklyn Park, David and Diane Boettcher of Morris and Joel and Deb Boettcher of Morris; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Martin; brother, Gerald; sister, Wendy; husband, Delray; and her grandparents.

Lorraine Thompson
Funeral services for Lorraine Thompson of Cyrus were held today, Monday, Aug. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus with the Rev. John Smith officiating and interment in St. Petri Cemetery. Lorraine Frances Steuck, daughter of William and Eda (Teinert) Steuck, was born Dec. 5, 1929, in Chokio. She grew up on a farm near there and graduated from Alberta High School in 1947. In 1951 she graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead. She then taught in Fulda and Hancock. On April 17, 1954, she married Kenneth Thompson in Chokio. They lived in the Twin Cities area until 1963, when they moved to Cyrus to start Thompson Insulation. She did accounting for the business until the time of her death. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she served on the church council, was a member of the Women of the ELCA and a member of the “Godly Women” cast. She was also active in the Sons of Norway, Homemakers Club, the Pope County Historical Society board and a member of the C400 Club at Concordia College. She enjoyed traveling, crafts, working in her yard and sports, especially the Minnesota teams. She also loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. She died Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 71. Surviving are her son, Daniel and Robin Thompson of Kensington; two daughters, Judy and Lee Sloneker of Monticello and Janet and Kevin Swenson of Fergus Falls; six grandchildren, Nathan, Maren and Aaron Sloneker, Jennifer and Christopher Swenson and Chelzee Thompson; a brother, Earl and Grace Steuck of Chokio; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Lucinda; her husband; and two brothers, Roger and Oliver Steuck. Pallbearers were Paul Thompson, Scott Thompson, Barry Schaffer, Tim Kannegeisser, Mike Steuck and Steve Mullins. Phyllis Helgeson was organist; Connie Solvie was soloist.

Olive "Ollie" Swanson
Olive “Ollie” Swanson, 87, of Starbuck died Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home. Funeral services were held today, Monday, Aug. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Glenwood with the Rev. Charles Horsager officiating and interment in the Glenwood Cemetery. Linda Wharton was the soloist; pianist was Helen Butler. Casketbearers were Tom Haavik, Gordy Stock, Earl Jenks, Ron Vliem, Ken Elvehjem and Blaine Pederson. The congregation sang “In the Garden” and “When the Roll Is Called up Yonder.” Olive Swanson, the daughter of Olaf and Anna (Anderson) Johnson,was born in Minneapolis Aug. 14, 1914. She married Allan Swanson on June 29, 1935. They lived in Island Park from 1946-1974 where they raised their children. She was a member of the Island Park Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She and her daughter, Jill, owned Ollie and Jill’s in Navarre. They lived in Lowry for a short time before buying their home in Starbuck. She served the community through volunteer work and was activities director at Minnewaska Lutheran Home for a time. She was an active member of the Minnewaska Auxiliary until her death. She was also an active member of First Baptist in Glenwood and served as a deaconess. Surviving are her children, Jilane Legus of Henning, Dale and Diane Swanson of Prior Lake and Linda and John Davis of Victoria; her grandchildren, Jim and Susan Jarvey, Kevin and Susan Jarvey, Kristin and Mark Kuhne, Craig and Penny Swanson, Tony Morrison and Lori Campbell; great-grandchildren, Danny, Layla and Elizabeth Dodge, Ellen, Phillip and Trey Jarvey, Lailah and Lilly Kuhne and Marina Campbell Vargas; and a sister, Lailah and Bud Cofield of Glenwood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allan; her parents; and a grandson, Chad Morrison.

Obituaries for the week of August 20, 2001
Ernest Clausen
Ernest I. “Ernie” Clausen, 75, of Arden Hills died Saturday, Aug. 11. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 14, at The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Roseville. Interment was in the Morningside Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Diane and Jerry Larson of Fridley, Joyce and Kendy Parker of Fridley, Dean and Diane Clausen of Lino Lakes and John and Nancy Clausen of Sedan; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Florella and Walter Tollefson, Gloria and Charlie Knight and Joanna and Richard Nelson; brothers, Glen and Joanne Clausen and David and Karen Clausen; and many aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, and sisters, Evelyn Skeates and Myra Nygren.

Gudrun Steffenson
Gudrun “Goody” Steffenson, 84, of Benson, formerly of Starbuck, died Sunday, Aug. 12, at Homestead Place. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 16, at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck with the Rev. Benjamin Johnson officiating. Interment was at the Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery near Milan. Pallbearers were her 25 grandchildren. The organist was Monica Gosseling. The soloists were Arne Pederson and Laurel Eide. The daughter of Oluf and Mathea (Paterson) Eide, she was born Dec. 13, 1916, at her parents’ farm near Hancock. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. While growing up, her family lived in various locations throughout Minnesota and South Dakota. On Sept. 18, 1937, she married Albert Steffenson in Sisseton, S.D. They made their home near Milan, where they lived and farmed until 1951. They moved to the Cyrus area, where they continued farming until their retirement in 1965. Soon after retiring from farming, they moved to Starbuck and worked various part time jobs in the area. He died on Dec. 28, 1987. After his death, she moved into the Minnewaska Apartments in Starbuck, where she remained until entering Homestead Place-North in Benson on Sept. 17, 2000. She was a member of Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck. She always loved listening to music, but her greatest joy came from time spent with her family and friends. She is survived by two daughters, Edith and Don Thompson of Willmar and Iola and Virgil Thielke of Benson; one son, Martin and Jeannette Steffenson of Hancock; nine grandchildren, Laurie and Roger Olson, Valerie and David Wensauer, Mark and Vickie Thompson, Jodie Kent, Jeffrey and Jayne Thielke, Jennifer and David Ebert, Peggy and Terry Nohl, Chuck and Sue Steffenson and Julie and Tom Milander; 25 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Oren and Irene Eide of Fergus Falls and Lester and Gladys Eide of Montevideo; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Eide of Watson and Anna Steffenson of Montevideo; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two grandsons; one grand-daughter; one grandson-in-law, Arnie Kent; and three brothers, Joe, Palmer and Iver Eide.

Inga Brown
Inga Gunelda Brown, 86, of Starbuck died Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 17, at the Hoplin Funeral Home with the Rev. David Grant officiating. Pallbearers were her sons. The organist was Barbara Ask. The vocalist was Dr. Randall Pederson. Interment was in the Lake Amelia Cemetery at Villard. The daughter of Peder O. and Anna (Dalen) Teigen, she was born Jan. 17, 1915, in Cyrus. She grew up in the Cyrus area and attended country school. On Aug. 20, 1932, she married James Milo Brown in Starbuck. They farmed near Sedan until 1946, when they moved to Westport Township where they made their home and raised 15 children. Following the death of James in 1983, she moved to Glenwood. She had been a resident at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck for the past three years. She enjoyed flower gardening, playing cards, watching television and reading. She is survived by 12 children, Ray and Violet of Westport, Dorene Miller of Minneapolis, Doris Shaw of Minneapolis, Robert and Blanche of Lake City, Gilman of Grand Rapids, Richard and Delores “Dode” of Anoka, Donald and JoAnne of Grove Lake, Ronald and Janice of Long Prairie, Alan and Jean of Sauk Rapids, Donna Aaberg of Starbuck, Bruce and Linda of Milaca and Joyce Moen of Cyrus; 47 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-children; three sisters, Lillian Davidson of Benson, Lila Eliason of Starbuck and Gladys Kopitski of Morris; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sons, Jerome, Harley and Gary; two sisters, Myrtle Moran and Tilda Teigen; two brothers, Olaf and Melvin.

LeRoy Hanson
LeRoy K. Hanson, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, at his home in Massachusetts after a long illness. He was a lifelong member of Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church and his remains will be interred in the family plot at Chippewa Falls Cemetery in Terrace at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. All friends are welcome to gather for the service and reception.

Jacob Mathsen
Jacob A. Mathsen, infant, died Monday, Aug. 13 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center at Omaha, Neb. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 18, at the funeral home. Interment was in Lake Leven Cemetery near Villard. He was born on Aug. 11 in Omaha, Neb. to Chris E. and Lori J. (Jensen) Mathsen. He is survived by his parents, Chris and Lori Mathsen of Boys Town, Neb.; grandparents, Arthur and Mary Jensen of Green Valley, Ariz., and Ronald and Lillian Mathsen of Fargo, N.D.; great-grandmothers, Elma S. Grussing of Sauk Centre and Helen Johnson of Valier, Mont.; and many other relatives and friends.

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Gerard Richter
Funeral services for Gerard “Gardy” Richter, age 81, of Perham, Minn., will be Friday, September 7, 2001 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham with Father David Rieder officating. Visitation will be Thursday, September 6, 2001 at the Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham, from 4-8 p.m. with prayers at 5 p.m. Gardy died Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at the Perham Memorial Home. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Florence Caughey
Funeral services for Florence L. Caughey, age 93, formerly of Perham and Bemidji, Minn., will be Thursday, September 6, 2001 at the United Methodist Church, Perham, Minn., beginning at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Elaine Foote-Blum officiating. Burial will follow in the Perham Village Cemetery, Perham, Minn. Visitation at Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham is one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Florence died Sunday, September 2, 2001 at Haven Homes Nursing Home in Maple Plain, Minn. Florence L. Caughey was born Florence Lillian Johnson on November 26, 1907 in Fergus Falls, Minn., the daughter of Andrew and Freda (Lekman) Johnson. She graduated from Perham High School and subsequently married Lyle G. Caughey in Perham on September 1, 1926. Florence graduated in June 1944, with a B.S. degree in art from Bemidji State Teachers College (Bemidji State College), Bemidji, Minn. She was an accomplished painter and a published poet and was invited to join the International Society of Poets of which she was a distinguished member at the time of her death. Florence and Lyle lived in Bemidji for many years while owning and operating the Bemidji Candy Company until its sale in 1975. In 1976, they moved to Brainerd, Minn., after purchasing the Johnson Cigar Company there. They retired from business in 1981 and returned to Bemidji. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; two brothers, Floyd A. Johnson and Russell J. Johnson, both of Perham, Minn. and a grandson, Jeff Bell. Surviving Florence is her daughter, Shadya of Oceanside, Ore.; one sister, Marilyn (Don) Hanson of Fargo, N.D. and one grandson, Tim Bell of Bozeman, Mont. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the United Methodist Church of Perham, The American Cancer Society or Parkinsons Disease Research. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Turgeon
Thomas Gabriel Turgeon, 83, Vergas, Minn. died on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 in MeritCare Hosptial, Fargo, N.D. Private family services will be held on Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, Minn. with Father Jerry Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Lake Sybil Cemetery, Vergas. Thomas Gabriel Turgeon was born the ninth of sixteen children of Edward and Malvina (Emond) Turgeon on October 3, 1917 in North East Minneapolis, Minn. There he was raised and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School in Minneapolis and one year of De LaSalle in Minneapolis. He then attended Edison High School in Minneapolis graduating in 1937. At the age of 24, he entered the United States Navy in 1942 and served during WWII until June of 1945. He was united in marriage to Edna Bruhn on May 14, 1949 in Incarnation Catholic Church in Minneapolis. They resided and raised their family in South Minneapolis. He was employed as a tool and die machinist for American Machine and Tool in Minneapolis and then retired from Ideal Manufacturing in Bloomington, Minn. Thomas and Edna retired to Vergas in 1980. Thomas was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. He enjoyed watching the birds and made sure they had breakfast, lunch and supper every day, so they would stick around to visit him and Edna. He is survived by his wife, Edna of Vergas, one daughter, Marie of Vergas, two sons, John (Janet) of Perham, Minn., Brian (Lori) of Coon Rapids, Minn., two sisters, Sister Marguerite of Sister Joanne both of Minneapolis and one brother, David of Apple Valley, Minn. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Michael, Jacob and Valerie. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, Richard at infancy, Philip, Raymond, Maurice, Andre, Joseph and Father Bob and four sisters, Eveline, Adrienne, Marian and Sister Dorothy. Arrangements are with the Furey Funeral Home, Vergas, Minn.

Evelyn Vuori
Funeral services were held for Evelyn Vuori on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at the Karvonen and Son Funeral Home in New York Mills, Minn. with Pastor Timothy J. Newman officiating. The hymns were sung by Andy and Janet Tumberg. Evelyn was laid to rest in the Dallas Cemtery in Dallas, Wis. with grave side services by Pastor Richard Flaa. Evelyn Louise Vuori was born on May 10, 1907 in Dallas, Wis., the oldest daughter of Henry and Inga (Petersen) Hanson. Evelyn grew up and attended faithfully the elementary school. She completed high school in 1927 and graduated from the Barron High School in Barron, Wis. Following high school, Evelyn attended Rice Lake, Wis. Normal School for Teachers from which she graduated in 1928. Having taught school at Minong, Wisc., before she went as a Christian Missionary to Finland in 1929. In Finland, Evelyn met Reverend Arthur Vuori, who taught her the Finnish language and was also doing Christian Missionary work there. On February 1, 1930 Evelyn and Arthur were united in marriage in Salo, Finland. Evelyn assisted her husband in the Lord’s work in Finland, as well as in the United States for a number of years amongst the Finnish people. Reverend and Mrs. Arthur Vuori were called from Finland to become the Pastors of the New York City Finnish Pentecostal Church in 1931. After having been in New York City pastoring amongst the Finnish people, Sister Vuori followed and assisted her husband in the Finnish work in the following cities in different Finnish Churches, namely: Fitchburg, Mass.; Dafter, Mich.; Ashtabula, Ohio and New York Mills, Minn. and also into Canada. God used Mrs. Vuori, especially in Sunday School work with the youth, in music and vacation bible school. In 1948, after Evelyn and Arthur moved to New York Mills, Minn., Evelyn returned to the teaching profession, since this was a pioneer in Mills. She taught in several rural school districts near New York Mills for seven years. Following that she taught 1st grade in Remer, Minn. and also nine years in the same grade in North Branch, Minn. until 1967. Evelyn also taught 19 years in all public schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota besides teaching Sunday School. In June of 1967, Reverend and Mrs. Arthur Vuori returned to retire in their old home in New York Mills, Minn. Sister Evelyn cared for her husband for 2 1/2 years, before his death on January 25, 1970. Evelyn’s deepest desire was to serve Christ, her Savior. The world offered no joys to her soul, only Jesus could satisfy. She was deeply interested in Missionary work and especially the Finnish people and loved their language. On Sunday, August 26, 2001 Evelyn passed away at North Haven in New York Mills, Minn. at 94 years of age. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Evelyn in death were her parents; two sons: Irving Arthur and George; daughter, Ruth Elizabeth. Evelyn is survived by two daughters: Esther (Maurice) Olson of Milwaukee, Wis. and Judy (Ralph) Hetland of Alexandria; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Myrtle (Richard) Flaa of Cameron, Wis.; Lila Miller of Poskins, Wis.; brother, Lester (Eleanor) Hanson of Cameron, Wis.; many other relatives and a host of friends. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen and Son Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minn.

Harlan Bahr
Harlan "Butch" Bahr of New Strawn, Kan. died suddenly on Thursday, August 30, 2001. Funeral services will be held in Burlington, Kan. He is survived by his wife Madeline (Gardner) Bahr, her children Sue (Mel) Ellis of Foxhome, Minn., Robert Gardner of Rochester, Minn. and Elen Bahr of Minneapolis and their grandchildren, Joshua, Heide, Chris and Katherine. Condolences may be sent to Madeline Bahr, 344 5th Street, New Strawn, KS 66839.

John Mansigh
Funeral services were held for John Milton Mansigh on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, Minn. with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The hymns were sung by Andy and Janet Tumberg, accompanied by Louise Amberg. The pallbearers were Russell Jacobson, Floyd Perala, Alvin Amberg, Albert Tervo, Martin Mursu and Harold Karvonen. Milton was laid to rest in the Leaf Lake Finnish Cemetery, Henning, Minn. John Milton Mansigh was born on June 22, 1926 in New York Mills, Minn. His parents were the late John E. and Esther (Mack) Mansigh. Milton graduated from the New York Mills High School with the class of 1945. After high school Milton attended two years of college at Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. He served in the United States Army from November 25, 1930 to August 24, 1953. Milton then worked for the Ritchie Engineering Company in Minneapolis for 37 years, retiring in 1989. In 1991 Milton moved to New York Mills. On August 25, 2001 Milton passed away at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills, Minn. at 75 years of age. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Milton is survived by two sisters: Marcella Johnson of Seaside, Ore.; Mary Ann (Corrie) Karlsen of Livermore, Calif.; nephews: Terence and Michael Johnson and James and Samuel Carmichael; nieces: Sharon Johnson and Susan (David) Doerr; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen and Son Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minn.

Mary Baumgartner
Funeral services for Mary Theresa Baumgartner, age 95, of Petersburg, Neb., were Monday, August 20, 2001, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rush Lake, rural Perham, Minn. The Reverend Jerry Nordick officiated. Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Petersburg, Neb. Mary died at her daughter Betty’s home near Perham, Minn., on August 17, 2001. Mary was born on March 27, 1906, near Petersburg, Neb., to John and Anna Mary (Koch) Majerus. On April 26, 1933, she married Joseph J. (J.J.) Baumgartner at St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg. They farmed west of Petersburg until 1963 when they moved into Petersburg. J.J. died March 11, 1970. Mary loved the outdoors and flowers. She had a huge garden filled with every kind of flower. Mary was known to everyone as Grandma B. Surviving Mary are her children, Anna Mary Carrlson of New York Mills, Minn., Peter Joseph (Helen) Baumgartner of Petersburg, Neb, Elizabeth Joan (John) Werner, of Perham, Minn., and Joseph Richard (Flor) Baumgartner of Columbia, South America; one sister, Elizabeth Voichahoske; 25 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren. Preceding Mary in death are her parents; her husband; brothers, Joseph Majerus, John Majerus and Peter Majerus; son-in-law, John Carrlson; grandson, Lyle Baumgartner and great-grandsons, Jacob Carrlson and Derek Frandsen. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., was in charge of the arrangements.

Dollie White
Funeral services for Dollie June White, age 84, of Wadena, Minn. were Friday, August 24, 2001 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rush Lake, rural Perham, Minn. The Reverend Jerry Nordick officiated. Burial followed in the Perham Village Cemetery, Perham, Minn. Dollie died Monday, August 20, 2001 at the Perham Memorial Hospital in Perham. Dollie was born June 14, 1917, to William and Vera (Kaldenberg) Pitcock, in Iowa. As a young child, she moved with her family to Winona, Minn. where she attended school. In 1934, Dollie married Melvin White in Austin, Minn. Melvin, their nine month old son, Eddie and Dollie’s oldest sister, Edna Dennison, died in a car accident near Sauk Centre, Minn., in 1941. On September 21, 1941, Dollie married Melvin’s brother, Jesse White, in Michigan. They moved to a farm near Perham, Minn., on the Toad River in 1945 where they farmed. Upon retirement, they moved to New York Mills, Minn. and then to Wadena, Minn. Jesse died in 1980. Dollie sold her home and moved into Humphrey Manor in Wadena in the late 1980’s. In Nov. 1999, Dollie moved to Shady Lane in Wadena and then to Perham Memorial Hospital and Homes in Perham on June 29, 2001. Dollie loved to read, sing, play the organ, be the center of attention, and spend lots of time with her great-grandchildren. Dollie was very family-oriented. She enjoyed visiting, playing cards and she loved red roses. Surviving Dollie is one daughter, LaVerne Gleason and fiancé, Phillip Scott of Perham, Minn.; special friend and companion, Rodney Hass of Wadena, Minn.; grandchildren, Kathy Havnes of Menahga, Minn., John (Connie) Gleason of New Ulm, Minn. and Dan (Franci) Gleason of Perham, Minn.; two sisters, Nell Roe of Hayfield, Minn. and Florence Pearl (Joe) Sternhagen of Rose Creek, Minn.; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding Dollie in death are her parents; two spouses, Melvin and Jesse White; infant son, Eddie White; two brothers, William and Tony Pitcock and two sisters, Edna Dennison and Willena “Dutch” Kiefer. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Herbert Huwe
Funeral services for Herbert F. Huwe, age 82, of Perham, Minn., were Saturday, August 25, 2001 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Corliss Township, rural Perham, Minn. The Reverend Del Meyer officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Herb died in the early morning hours of August 21, 2001 at the Perham Memorial Nursing Home in Perham. Herbert Otto Ferdinand Huwe was born on April 20, 1919, in Corliss Township, Perham, Minn., the son of Otto Huwe and Anna (Butzke) Huwe. On May 18, 1919, he was baptized in to the hope of Christ’s resurrection and on April 19, 1936, he publicly professed that same faith when he was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Corliss Township, rural Perham, Minn., where he was a member for his entire life. Herb and his four siblings have all stayed in the Perham area. Herb farmed with his father before entering the armed forces of our country. Serving in the U.S. Army, Herb saw action during WWII in the Panama Canal and later in both the European and African theater. He received numerous military honors for his service. After returning home, Herb farmed with his brother, Art, until 1981, when they both retired from farming, and also, married Malinda (Rosen) Brasel. Herb and Malinda lived in Corliss Township until they moved into Perham shortly before his death. Herb will be remembered for his quiet nature, as well as his love of deer hunting, fishing, especially spearing, and playing cards. Surviving Herb is his wife, Malinda; two step-daughters, Lavaun (Pat) Griffin of Rockford, Ill. and Ardes (Kim) Yearout of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, Art (Evelyn) Huwe of Perham, Minn.; two sisters, Cora Brasel and Elva Brasel, both of Perham, Minn.; four step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Preceding Herb in death are his parents, and one sister, Pauline Wendt, who died just two months ago. Herb will also be remembered by many other relatives and friends who mourn his death. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Elroy Betterman
Funeral services for Elroy Carl Betterman, age 85, of Dent, Minn., were held Wednesday, September 5, 2001 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dent, Minn., with the Reverend Larry Schmidt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Elroy died at the Frazee Care Center, Frazee, Minn., Monday, September 3, 2001. Elroy was born March 29, 1916 to Fred and Emma (Guderjahn) Betterman in Ottertail, Minn. He was baptized in Ottertail and later confirmed in West Miltona, Minn., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. After attending school in West Miltona, Elroy worked in farming and then went into construction. On December 18, 1935, Elroy was united in marriage to Leona Josephine Froemming at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Leaf Valley, Minn. They made their home on a farm near Lake Ida for seventeen years, then moved to Garfield, Minn. where they lived for four years. In 1963, Elroy and Leona moved to Tenter Lake, near Dent, Minn. where they have resided for the past 38 years. Elroy enjoyed fishing and hunting and, in his retirement years, took pleasure in working in his workshop and playing cards. Surviving Elroy is his wife, Leona of Dent, Minn.; three daughters, Sandy (Ted) Smith of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Ellouise (Pat) Coates of Marysville, Wash. and Ann (Marvin) Hexum of Dent, Minn.; seven sons, Derald (Jodi) of Seattle, Wash., Bill (Marlene) of Alexandria, Minn., Tom (Rolly) of Isanti, Minn., Chuck (Kathy), of Garfield, Minn., Mike (Bette) of Long Prairie, Minn., Joe (Debbie) of Dent, Minn. and Ray (Denise) of Philadelphia, N.Y.; 32 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Erna Brueske of Garfield, Minn. and one brother, Wilfred of Garfield, Minn. Preceding Elroy in death are his parents; daughter, Margie; two sisters; one brother and five grandchildren. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.


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