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    Mt. Lake, MN 56159
    Phone: 507-427-2725
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    Viola Derksen
    Viola (Vi) Derksen passed away in Madison, Wis., on
    Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. The cause of death was congestive heart failure ending a full life at the age of 91 years. Vi was born Viola Pidde on Nov. 22, 1922, to Paul and Emma Pidde near the village of Comfrey. She attended country school and graduated from Comfrey High School.
    She married Walter Derksen in April 1947. Walter
    and Vi lived in Mt. Lake. Walter worked as a diesel mechanic, then later as a rural route mail carrier. Vi worked as a bookkeeper at Rexall drug store in Mt. Lake.
    Vi was an excellent cook and made delicious banana bread, meat loaf and potato salad. No one could come into her house and get away without being fed.
    She had a sharp wit and infectious giggle that would have you laughing so hard your sides would ache. She loved to dance the jitterbug when she was young. She enjoyed travel,
    played Yahtzee and was the secretary of her card club for over 60 years. The pickle episode of Andy Griffith was her favorite.
    She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Mt.
    Lake and served in Altar Guild and Ladies Aid. Vi was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Derksen; her parents, Paul and Emma Pidde; her brother, Harry Pidde and his spouse, Anne. Vi is survived by two daughters, Lynette Boyko of Duluth and Nancy (James) Green of Madison,= Wis.; three grandchildren: Nicole (Sean) Woolverton, Ryan (Jenny) Boyko and Kristy Boyko; and 3 great grandchildren.
    The memorial service is to be announced. Current plans are for spring or early summer.

    Anna Johanek
    Anna Irene Johanek, 96, of Mt. Lake died Oct. 13, 2014, at her home in Mt. Lake.
    Services were Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom.
    Interment was at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Jackson.
    Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements.
    Condolences may be sent to the family online at
    Anna Irene Zahorsky was born Sept. 12, 1918, to Michael and Antonia (Soukup) Zahorsky in Lakefield. Growing up on the family farm, she never missed a day of school and, after school, helped with chores, herding cattle and caring for her younger sisters.
    In 1938, Anna married Stanley William Johanek. They farmed north of Jackson until 1947 when they purchased a farm south of Mt. Lake. They raised cattle, cage chickens, ducks and geese.
    Anna and Stanley enjoyed playing cards, traveling by plane and bus and entertaining at their cabin on Fish Lake.
    Anna was a member of the Red Hatters and will be remembered for her seamstress, baking, cooking and gardening talents. Her passion was her garden and flowers.
    Anna was a member of the Catholic Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley in 2002; and her sisters: Agnes Zahorsky, Mary Zahradnik, Margaret Zahradnik and Maxine Schaffer.
    Survivors include her daughter, Pat (Larry) Boots of Worthington; three grandchildren; a step-grandson; 10 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandsons; and sisters: Bernadine Hennings of Lake Wilson; Cecilia Domino of Mesa, Ariz.; and Loretta Domino of Coon Rapids.

    Marjorie Schroeder
    Marjorie Schroeder, 86, of Mt. Lake died Oct. 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial in Windom. Funeral services were Tuesday at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake
    with Pastor Galen Kauffman officiating.
    Burial was at Mt. Lake Cemetery in Mt. Lake. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements.
    Condolences may be sent to the family online at
    Marjorie Ann Funk was born July 12, 1928, to Arnold and Edna (Loganbille) Funk in Bluffton, Ohio. She grew up on the family farm north of Newton, Kan., and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1948. She received her practical nursing degree in 1951.
    In 1957, Marjorie married Roy Donald Schroeder at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kan. The couple moved to Mt. Lake where they raised their family.
    Marjorie worked as a nurse at Mt. Lake Community Hospital until it closed and then at Eventide.
    They attended Bethel Mennonite Church where Marjorie was involved in the Sewing Society and Hospitality Committee.
    Marjorie loved her children and enjoyed sewing for them. In her later years, when in failing health, she delivered Meals on Wheels on foot.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; a greatgrandchild; two brothers, Francis and Frederick Funk; and a nephew, Benjamin.
    Survivors include her children: Linda Schroeder and Thomas Schroeder, both of Windom; Leann (Douglas) Yoder of Pryor, Okla.; and John (Karen) Schroeder of Minneapolis; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Shirley (Paul) Harms of Newton, Kan.; and Barbara Reimer of
    Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Lola Quiggle
    Lola Quiggle, 87, of Fairmont died Oct. 16, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
    Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m., at Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Fairmont.
    Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Park in Fairmont.
    Visitation will be held Saturday at Lakeview Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is handling the funeral arrangements.
    Lola Mae McDonald was born June 20, 1927, the second daughter to Roy and Mary Josephine "Mamie" (St. John) McDonald, in Kimball Township of Jackson County. She attended District 58 country school in Kimball Township and after attending her freshman year at Trimont High School, graduated as class salutatorian from Mt. Lake High School in 1945.
    After graduation, Lola moved to Fairmont with her older sister, Beulah. Lola was employed at First National Bank and Security Insurance Agency until her retirement in 1983.
    Lola married Owen Quiggle, her husband of 65 years.
    They were members of Assembly of God Church in Fairmont. In later years, they attended Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Most recently they attended services at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center Chapel. She especially enjoyed arriving early each Sunday to hear the piano prelude.
    She enjoyed reading, solving word puzzles in the morning newspaper over a cup of coffee, taking daily walks and spending time encouraging others through cards and letters. Lola enjoyed her family and was always eager to get together with them, especially over lunch.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Quiggle in 2013; a grandson, Justin Crawford; brothers: Robert, William and Duane; sisters, Beulah (Duke) Rempel and Lois (Melvin) Klassen; a brother-in-law, Raymond Duerksen; and Owen's 12 siblings and spouses.
    Survivors include her son, Merlin Quiggle of Seattle, Wash.; daughters, Marilynn Crawford and Janet (Robert) Charnecki, all of Fairmont; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters: Alice (Walter) Holmquist, Mary Jo Duerksen, Edna (Jerry) Engeman, Evelyn (Raymond) Gibbs and Sandra Olmstead; and sisters-in-law, Glennys McDonald and Connie Patch.

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