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Kathleen Bjerum

Kathleen Bjerum, age 88 of Bemidji, died Thursday, May 12, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Burial is in the Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice. com. Stephens Funeral Service- Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Kathleen Irene Nelson, the daughter of Willie C. and Clara (Svien) Nelson, was born on Feb. 15, 1934, in the family home near Westbrook. She spent the first days of her life in a box in the kitchen oven due to the bitter winter cold. She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Kathleen received her education at Double Lake Country School, Westbrook High School, the University of Minnesota (AA) and South Dakota State University (BS). On Aug. 5, 1956, Kathleen was united in marriage to Douglas Wayne Bjerum at Trinity Lutheran Church. Her first career, and the passion of her work, was as a home extension educator in Amboy. Through her life she never stopped teaching and mentoring her family, or anyone of any age, in homemaking and life skills. Her cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, cross stitching and crocheting skills were second to none, and if you wanted to learn she would teach you with the patience of Job. The majority of her career life was spent as an administrator and later program advisor in child support collections for the State of Minnesota. In retirement, Kathleen spent every fall as a volunteer election judge in Bemidji and as a county fair judge. She enjoyed reading, with goals exceeding 100 books per year, camping and campfires, hiking and sitting in the woods or at the lake, playing games, and cheering on her Minnesota Vikings. This exceedingly strong, independent, stubborn, bullheaded survivor loved her family — children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews, cousins and all who went before her. As things were looking that the final chapter had begun, Kathleen expressed how great it was to be together and that we weren’t waiting until after the funeral. She shared missing the cousin gatherings and that when the time for further care came, we would get her back to Westbrook close to “the family,” so she could spend time. Sadly, that chance did not come. On Thursday afternoon, May 12, 2022, Kathleen peacefully died in Bemidji. Grandma B is survived by her three children: Michael and his wife, Audrey, of Romeoville, Ill.; Jodell Wood and her husband, Richard Almont, of Hudson, S.D.; and Debra Risberg and her husband, Edward, of Bemidji; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her three sisters: Harriette Bondhus of Westbrook, Phyllis Bakken and her husband, Lee, of Westbrook, and Carol Harder and her husband, Brian, of Mt. Lake; eight nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Michael Wood; her former husband, Douglas Bjerum; brotherin- law, Leland Bondhus; and a nephew, Corey Harder.


Kenneth Lee Pankratz

Ken arrived on March 12, 1950, the first born of Carl and Marian (Stoesz) Pankratz. He was an inquisitive child and loved to read. His Grandpa Stoesz encouraged this thirst for knowledge by subscribing annually to National Geographic magazine, and supplemented his learning with the joy of reading, by supporting his other passion — reading Westerns! Ken was also an active participant in plays while in high school and an avid high school wrestling fan, well into his adult years. Ken took an interest in plants and gardening (probably from his love of working on the farm with his Grandpa Pankratz) and eventually started his own business, Pankratz Greenhouse. He enjoyed his years of doing this, but when an opportunity to join UPS came up, he accepted their offer and worked there until his retirement. On Sept. 29, 1989, Ken was united in marriage to Marlene Rempel at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Iowa. They both kept busy with their work, gardening and found a shared interest in upholstery. They started Ken-Mar Upholstery as a side business and operated that for many years. Ken loved his hometown and that was apparent by his many years actively on the city council and even serving as mayor. He was a member of the Lions club, too. He also enjoyed his many years on the Thresherman’s Association, especially during the Threshing Bee when he worked in the campground. Likely every garden that exists in Butterfield was born of him and his Kubota! Ken had a mountain of critical health issues in his last 20 years that surpassed what any one person should ever have to deal with. He did so with all the dignity and grace he could muster each and every day. He slipped away peacefully at the St. James Mayo Hospital on Monday, April 18, with his daughters by his side (he never once referred to his family as “step”) and an old black-and-white western on the TV. Ken is survived by his two daughters, Connie Glover of Butterfield and Kelley (Brett) Freese of Sauk Centre; his brother Alan (Marge) Pankratz of Butterfield and their sons, Keith, Mark and Scott, as well as their respective families; grandchildren: Moriah Williams (in-law), Carrie (Ryan) Smoot, Cassie McBride and Zachary Glover; and great-grandchildren: Jason, Megan, Brooklyn, Lincoln, Rayne, Vincent, Daiton and Zane. He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife Marlene, son-in-law Russell Glover and grandson Matthew Williams. Per his wishes, there will be no services.


Raymond Kleinow

Raymond "Ray" Kleinow, 85, of Burnsville, formerly of Comfrey, died April 29, 2022, at his home in Burnsville. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church in rural St. James with Rev. Mandy France officiating. Burial with military honors provided by St. James Veterans Honor Guard will follow at West Sveadahl Lutheran Cemetery in rural St. James. Visitation will be held today at the church from 9:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Sturm Funeral Home of St. James is handling the funeral arrangements. Raymond Albert Kleinow was born June 15, 1936, to Albert Martin and Elise Hiskaline (Junker) Kleinow in Raymond’s parents’ home in Comfrey, Selma Township of Cottonwood County. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Comfrey and received his early education in Comfrey Public School. He earned his GED in 1958. In 1957, Ray married Delores L. Anderson at West Sveadahl Lutheran Church in Sveadahl. They were blessed with three children: Michael, Debra and Joal. Following his military service at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., Ray and Delores lived in Burnsville. They enjoyed many family road trips and camping trips together and visited many U.S. states, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada. Ray and Dee also made two trips to Sweden and Germany to connect with distant relatives and genealogy friends. Ray enjoyed outdoor activities, but mechanical and electronic devices were his passion. In 1953, he enrolled in a correspondence course in radio, TV and electronics with DeForest Technical Institute. The course helped him receive training in the U.S. Air Force in airborne radar maintenance. That training led to a career in the computer field at Control Data Corporation where he was an instructor of computer maintenance. He was assigned to two main frame computer design teams and later was a program manager of several military projects within the Government Systems Division. His favorite project, which lasted over 10 years, was as a program manager of the Phoenix computer which controlled missiles on the F-14 Tomcat, made famous in the movie “Top Gun.” In retirement, Ray studied and researched family history and visited ancestral villages of the Kleinow and Junker lines in Germany. He also was a volunteer research helper at the Bloomington LDS Family History Center. Proud of his heritage, Ray was involved with the Minnesota Genealogical Society and Germanic Genealogical Society and a founding member of the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America. He helped Dee in the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota by team-teaching a Swedish Genealogy Workshop at the American Swedish Institute for 19 years before retiring in 2019. His pride and joy was his family. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty (Borchardt) Johnson and Phyllis Roehl; three sisters-in-law: Shirley Kleinow, Beatrice Kleinow and Marie Kleinow; and two brothers-in-law, Giles Roehl and Floyd Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Delores; children: Michael (Penny) Kleinow, Debra (Brent) Jass and Joal (Lisa) Kleinow; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Kleinow and Richard (Lise) Kleinow; a sister, Edna (Orval) Curry; and a brotherin- law, LeRoy (Marion) Anderson.


Arnold Krahn

Arnold Krahn, 88, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Mt. Lake, died April 20, 2022, at Maple Crest Health Center in Omaha. Funeral services were held April 26 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, Neb., with Rev. Kent Clark officiating. Casket bearers were Curt Krahn, Gary Vohnout, Casey Vohnout, Curtis Marking and Delbert Friesen. Interment was at Crab Orchard Cemetery in Crab Orchard, Neb. Arnold Krahn was born June 25, 1933, to Henry and Tina (Warkentin) Krahn in Mt. Lake. Arnold’s father died when he was a young boy. His mother, Tina, married John Vogt, who helped raise Arnold. Arnold’s early education was in Mt. Lake and later Windom. He graduated from Windom High School in 1953. In 1954, Arnold married Valla Pearl Edwards at Valla’s parent’s home. They were blessed with three children: Arla, Bona and Curtis. They lived in Windom, Delft and Storden, where they raised their children. Arnold worked a variety of jobs throughout his lifetime. In Storden, Arnold and Valla owned a grocery store for about 10 years, then traded it for a hobby farm. They rented out the land, but Arnold raised sheep, heifers and a cow. They eventually sold the farm and moved to Arizona until Valla’s parents died, at which time they moved to Auburn, Neb. Arnold enjoyed following NASCAR racing, traveling to and attending many different races. After Valla’s death in 2015, Arnold remained at home until moving to Maple Crest Health Center in Omaha, Neb., in 2018. In addition to his wife Valla, Arnold was preceded in death by his step-brother, Willard (Marna) Vogt; and daughter, Bona Joye. Survivors include his daughter, Arla (Gary) Vohnout of Omaha; son, Curt Krahn of Dodge Center; son-in-law, Bruce Joye of Palm Bay, Fla.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosella Friesen and Deloris Regehr of Mt. Lake; and brother, Richard Krahn of Mt. Lake.


Ethel V Meyers

Ethel V Meyers, age 96, of Liberty Village in Freeport, Ill., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 18, 2022. Ethel Viola Meyers was born on Dec. 12, 1925, in Mt. Lake, to Ernest and Jankan (Loof) Meyers. She attended a country school in the Mt. Lake area through eighth grade after which she helped out at home and worked in the area. She then worked as a nanny in Chicago. While visiting relatives in Pecatonica, Ill., she agreed to a blind date only because his last name was the same as hers. Loran Meyers and Ethel Meyers were married in Mt. Lake on Nov. 11, 1949. Loran and Ethel farmed for the next 59 years in the area of Freeport, Ill., where they raised six children. Ethel also was a Shaklee distributor for nearly 50 years. In her later years, she became a prolific quilter, making beautiful quilts for all of her children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and many others. Loran passed away Nov. 2, 2008, at Dakota, Ill., after 59 years of marriage. Ethel moved to Liberty Village, Freeport, Ill., in 2015. She was a faithful member of the Grace Valley Christian Reformed Church for 73 years. Ethel is survived by her six children and their spouses: Steve and Jan Meyers of Sioux Center, Iowa; Larry and Sue Meyers of Sheldon, Iowa; Jackie Meyers and Steve Faber of Stevens Point, Wis.; Les and Kelly Meyers of Gilman, Iowa; Rollyn and Teresa Meyers of Janesville, Wis.; Brenda and Dwayne Smith of Johnston, Iowa. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 46 greatgrandchildren, one greatgreat- grandchild and a sister-in-law, Darlene Meyers of Mt. Lake. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, a sister in infancy and a greatgrandchild. Visitation will be held Friday, April 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Grace Valley Christian Reformed Church, German Valley, Ill. Memorial and graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. A memorial fund has been established in her name. Condolences can be left for the family at www. walkermortuary.com.


Earl Karschnik

Earl Karschnik, 92, of rural Mt. Lake died March 22, 2022, at his home. Funeral services were Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake with Rev. Rick Bremseth officiating. Interment was at Mt. Lake City Cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements. Earl Fredrick Karschnik was born Oct. 31, 1929, to Edward and Lena (Krueger) Karschnik south of Mt. Lake. He was baptized at Kimball Lutheran Church in Kimball Township and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake, where he remained a lifelong member. Earl received his education through eighth grade at District 32 country school, then worked on the farm with his dad. Earl served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, then returned to his lifelong career of farming. In 1955, Earl married his “BW” (beautiful wife) Arlene Evers at Salem Lutheran Church in Comfrey. They farmed south of Mt. Lake, where they raised their five children. They continued living there after Earl retired in 1991, while their sons continued to farm the ground. Earl took pride in his family. He enjoyed visits from grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Earl will be remembered for his quick wit and oneliners, as well as his singing, often surprising his family with the many songs he knew. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey; sisters- in-law, Ruth Bernloehr and Terry Evers; brotherin- law/cousin, Alvin Karschnik; and brother-inlaw, Lester Evers. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Arlene; children: Julie (Dennis) Brugman, Kevin (Misty) Karschnik and Kent (Kimberly) Karschnik, all of Mt. Lake; Vicki (Dale) Duerksen of Plymouth; and Cindi (Curt) Wiens of Olathe, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.


Alice Jean (Schutz) Gustafson

Alice Jean Schutz was born in Chicago, Jan. 13, 1921, 13 days after the last pandemic (the Spanish Flu had died out). Her father and mother were living there, while her father got his medical degree at Rush Medical College, at the University of Chicago. When she was 5 years old, they moved to Mt. Lake so her father, Elmer Schutz, and her mother’s two brothers, Dr. Harvey Basinger and Dr. Homer Basinger, could practice medicine in the Mt. Lake, Windom area. She liked school and had two siblings, Marjorie Glick Reid and Robert Schutz, and graduated in 1939, the same year her class won the state basketball tournament. She had a lot of friends, grew up in the Bethel Mennonite Church and went on to attend Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio. After two years, she went back to Minneapolis to attend business school and worked for the president of the old Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis. She married Robert Allen Gustafon and her oldest daughter, Mary, was born in Minneapolis. In 1950, after living in Chicago, and her husband not wanting to end up in the suburbs, the family moved to Conrad, Mont. The state grew on them, especially the Rocky Mountains, the little pot hole at Heart Butte, Mont., and a new life of camping and fishing for trout. Her husband tied his own flies for fishing. Their second child, Linda, was born in Conrad. A family emergency called them back to Mt. Lake in 1959, where they remained until a year after her father, Elmer Schutz, suddenly died. Then, it was on to Powell, Wyo., for one year, and Grand Rapids, living on the south end of Pokegama Lake. In the summer of 1965, the family moved back to Conrad, Mont. That next year, the Knudsen Missile family came to the area to put in 87 Minute Man 1 Missiles in silos in the ground, in the county of Pondera, where she and her family lived. A lot of new people came to live in Conrad and added children to the schools, in both of her daughter’s classrooms. Alice Jean loved cooking, sewing, reading magazines, reading the Great Falls Tribune, doing crossword puzzles, watching television and attending the local Whoop Up Days and rodeo on the outskirts of Conrad, plus helping with both 4-H, Brownie Scouts and at the Presbyterian Church. Her husband took up golf, so she learned to watch and love a lot of sports on television with her husband. She liked baseball, basketball, football and golf. Her husband died in 1996, after a year-long illness, so she remained a widow for almost 26 years. After Bob died, she spent many years living independently, shoveling snow and driving well into her nineties. In her later years, she spent many winters with her daughter, Linda and Dan Mellick in the Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho, and Hayden area. She also was lucky to visit her sister Marge, in Sun City, Ariz., and go on to live in her condo after she died, after her daughter had purchased the same condo with her husband, Steve. She spent a lot of time, visiting with her four grandchildren: Jonathon and Jennifer Klassen, and Danny Lea, and David Mellick. In the last two years, she lived at the Heritage Condos in Sun City, Ariz., Parkwood Apartments and the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mt. Lake. Alice Jean Gustafson passed away on March 9, 2022, with her family by her side. She leaves to mourn: her brother, Robert and Phyllis Schutz, Hastings; her daughter, Mary and Steve Klassen, Mt. Lake; and her daughter, Linda and Dan Mellick, Hayden, Idaho. Her grandchildren: Jonathon, Sandrine and Jade Klassen, Gland, Switzerland; Jennifer, John, Mia and Eva Flavin, Golden Valley; Danny and Kristina Mellick; greatgrandchildren: Riley, Tyler and Alisa Robb of Spokane Valley, Wash.; David, Michelle, Elisabeth and Sophie Mellick; Alisa and Thomas Morrow, Hayden, Idaho. Her husband, parents and her sister, Marge Glick Reid, preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn: her nieces and nephews, Lynn and John Wolden, Redlands, Calif.; Dr. John and Christine Glick, Duluth; Laurie and Rodney Stenke, Mt. Lake; Paul and Patty Schutz, Hastings; Brenda and Jim Rogers, Cloquet; Stephanie Schutz & Steve Curcak; her sister-in-law, Marian Devore, Batavia, Iowa; and brother-in-law, John, Laura, and Jennie Gustafson, Houston, Texas. She also leaves to mourn her neighbors in Conrad: Alice Garman and Susie, Aiden and River Walters, Kay, Stacy and Lauren Philips; Gerald and Marla Brunner. The family would like to thank all of those at the stores and businesses she frequented in Conrad, Mont., who helped her a lot, those at the Parkwood and Good Samaritan, in Mt. Lake, including volunteers for their care and love. A special thank you to Mary Ann Harder and Marcia Fast for visiting her over the last six months in the nursing home. May God Bless, and keep all of you in his care.


Bonnie Kay Schuder

A celebration of life service for Bonnie Kay Schuder, 71, of Fairmont, and formerly of the Odin area, will be 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Odin. Bonnie was called to her eternal rest on Thursday morning, March 17, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato. A time of sharing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont. Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www. kramerfuneralhome.com. Bonnie Kay Sandberg was born on Feb. 13, 1951, to Melvin and Agnes (Derksen) Sandberg in Mt. Lake. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church where she was a member and later became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Bonnie attended school at District 12 country school north of Ormsby through the sixth grade. She then attended St. James High School, graduating with the class of 1969. Following high school she worked at various jobs including babysitting, office work for a construction company. She then started at 3M in 1972 in Fairmont for 34 years. Her last job was at K-Mart for three years. She met her husband Jerome while working at 3M. Jerome and Bonnie were married on Nov. 14, 1981 in Odin. To this union a son, Justin, was born on Aug. 30, 1983. Jerome died on July 27, 2005. Bonnie enjoyed sending cards to her relatives and friends. She also loved watching the Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves. She enjoyed vacations to such places as Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and Montana. The joy of her life was taking care of her only grandchild, Eliana. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Justin (significant other, Amanda) and her granddaughter, Eliana, all of Fairmont; her mother, Agnes Sandberg of rural Butterfield; siblings: Ron (Marlyce) Sandberg of rural Butterfield, LuAnn Lepp of Easton, Mark Sandberg of rural Sherburn, Tom (Michelle) Sandberg of Plymouth and Dan (Nancy) Sandberg of rural St. James; nieces and nephews: Brad (Allison), Travis (Amanda), Melanie (Mathew), Lisa (Kevin), Derek, Danielle (Justin), Nick, Brooke (Clay), Mallory and Hailey; great nieces and nephews: Levi, Austin, Elizabeth and Lilly, Julia; and other relatives and friends. Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome; her father, Melvin; her paternal grandparents, Frank and Lilly Sandberg; her maternal grandparents, Ben and Tina Derksen; her brother-in-law, Mike Lepp; many aunts, uncles and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Grace Lutheran Church, Fairmont; Martin County Humane Society; Zion Lutheran Cemetery Fund. Blessed be the Memory of Bonnie Kay Schuder.


Wilma Rettke

Wilma Rettke, 91, of Odin died March 18, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Memorial services will be Saturday at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Jim Renz officiating. Visitation will precede the service at the church for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Sturm Funeral Home in St. James is handling the funeral arrangements. Wilma Darlene Krueger was born June 1, 1930, the second of three children, to Bertha (Rosenau) and Paul Krueger of St. James. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Wilma graduated with honors from St. James High School in 1948. In 1949, Wilma married Erwin H. Rettke. They were members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. James and were blessed with three sons and five daughters. Wilma and Erwin farmed near St. James and Lewisville until purchasing a farm in rural Odin in 1958. Wilma worked side by side with Erwin on the family farm. Wilma always planted a large vegetable garden and shared the produce with family and friends. She also enjoying growing flowers, sewing, cooking and baking. Her homemade doughnuts, bread, apple items and mulberry rhubarb pie were family favorites. After Erwin’s death in 2004, Wilma continued living on the farm until December 2021. Wilma was a member of Donald Larson VFW Post 9607 Women’s Auxiliary of Butterfield, serving as president for a time. She also was a seasonal employee for 18 years at Hiebert’s Greenhouse in Mt. Lake. Wilma enjoyed watching her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, as well as the Vikings. She also enjoyed listening to Minnesota Twins games. In addition to her husband of 54 years, Erwin “Butch” Rettke, Wilma was preceded in death by brothers, Walter and Harold; and a grandson, Travis. Survivors include her children: David (Sandee) Rettke of Odin; Joan Rettke of Phoenix, Ariz.; Jean Rettke of Winona; Douglas (Kate) Rettke of Hutchinson; Julie Rettke of Crystal; Darrell (Chris) Rettke of Butterfield; Jodie (Tom) Bagniewski of Cochrane, Wis.; and Jennifer (Kurt) Kolander of Madison, Wis.; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


Jo Ann Janzen

Jo Ann Janzen, 71, of Butterfield died March 14, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Pleasant View in St. James. Funeral services were Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur with Rev. Wesley Bruss officiating. Burial was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Darfur. Sturm Funeral Home of St. James is handling the funeral arrangements. Jo Ann Yackel was born June 2, 1950, to Merlyn and Wyona (Aden) Yackel in St. James. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and attended St. Paul’s School through eighth grade. She graduated from St. James High School in 1968. Following graduation, she worked at First National Bank in St. James until retiring in 2011. In 1970, Jo Ann married Eldon Janzen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. James. They were blessed with three children: Jeanna, Chad and Sara. They lived in Darfur for 13 years before moving to the farm north of Butterfield in 1984. A lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Jo Ann served as a Sunday School teacher and ladies aide secretary, treasurer and president. She also served as treasurer of senior citizens and was a lifelong member of the Butterfield VFW Auxiliary. Jo Ann enjoyed going to San Juan, Texas for the last six years. She also enjoyed playing cards, listening to music, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. An avid traveler, she visited such places as Hawaii, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Alaska, Florida and many other states. Most of all, Jo Ann enjoyed watching her grandchildren at their basketball games, track meets, plays and band/choir concerts. She was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Yackel; and a grandson, Jonathan Welgraven. Survivors include her husband, Eldon of Butterfield; three children: Jeanna (Keith) Welgraven of Ruthton; Chad (Lou Ann) Janzen of Rock Valley, Iowa; and Sara (Eric) Dvorak of Warren; five grandchildren; and a sister, Carol (Scott) Melick of New Ulm.


Waldo Stoesz

Waldo Stoesz, 94, of Mt. Lake died March 15, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Services were Friday at Lakeview Gospel Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Merwin Dick officiating. A private family interment was at Mt. Lake City Cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements. Waldo Clarence Stoesz was born Nov. 16, 1927, to Cornelius and Martha (Duerksen) Stoesz at his Butterfield home. Waldo accepted Christ at a young age when he responded to an altar call at an evangelistic crusade. Waldo graduated from Mt. Lake High School where he met Geneva Quiring. They were married at First Mennonite Church in 1949 and enjoyed nearly 70 years together. Waldo worked for Jungas Hardware before living out his dream of farming. In 1952, he purchased from his uncle a 160- acre farm on the edge of Mt. Lake. As their farm expanded, their family grew as well. They were blessed with four children, whom they raised on a foundation of faith. In retirement, he volunteered with Care and Share, the Gideons, Heritage Village and others. He also enjoyed reading, attending his grandchildren’s events, bird watching and keeping his yard free of dandelions. Waldo will be remembered for exemplifying an evangelistic spirit, seeking to share the Good News with everyone he encountered. He also will be remembered for his jokes and positive attitude. Survivors include his children: Miranda, Merlin (DeeAnn), Burton (Karin) and Bonita (Tedd); and 10 grandchildren


Bonnie Bottin

Bonnie Bottin, 90, of Madelia, formerly of Windom, died March 8, 2022, at Living Meadows at Luther in Madelia. A celebration of life service was Saturday at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. The service was livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church Facebook page and YouTube channel. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom. LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom handled the funeral arrangements. Iris LaVonne Amsden was born Feb. 19, 1932, to Dennie and Edith Evelyn (Hagerman) Amsden on the farm in Comfrey. She quickly acquired the name “Bonnie,” when her siblings could not say her name. Bonnie was baptized and confirmed at Jeffers Baptist Church in rural Jeffers. She led a spiritual life and was involved in her church, especially as a circle member. She attended Comfrey schools, graduating from Comfrey High School in 1950. In 1950, Bonnie married Marvin Arthur Bottin at Jeffers Baptist Church. They were blessed with two sons, Michael and Douglas, and a daughter, Brenda Lea. Bonnie and Marv worked well together on the farm and Bonnie took pride in caring for the lawn, mowing and picking up sticks. She was employed with First National Bank Insurance Company and was a bookkeeper at McDonald’s in Windom. She also kept books for Marv’s cattle operation. She will be remembered as quiet, but influential in her family and community. She always was very organized and filled spaces in her home with things that were special to her. She enjoyed time in the sun, wearing a big hat; walking for exercise; shopping; and watching her grandchildren’s activities. Bonnie was a baseball fan, especially of the Mankato Moon Dogs minor league team. She also closely followed the American Lutheran Church softball team. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Bottin in 2014; daughter, Brenda Lea Meyer; brothers, Stanley and Mervin; and sister, Ardyce Miller. Survivors include her sons, Michael (Sally) Bottin and Douglas (Staci) Bottin, all of Madelia; son-in-law, Tom Meyer of Butterfield; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Carter of Springfield.


Margie Olson

A celebration of life service for Margie Olson, 101, of Ormsby was 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin. Burial was in Long Lake Lutheran Cemetery in rural St. James. Margie was called to her eternal rest on Sunday evening, March 6, 2022, at Temperance Lake Ridge in Sherburn. Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin. Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www. kramerfuneralhome.com. Masks were optional. You are invited to watch Margie’s funeral service which was recorded and available for viewing on her obituary page. Margaret (Margie) Alta Beck Olson was born on Sept. 20, 1920, number ninth in the family of 10 to Bertha and David Beck near West Union. She attended a rural school for eight grades, graduating from Osakis High School in 1938. She then went to Alexandria Teachers’ Training, graduating in 1940. Later, in 1970, she graduated from Mankato State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in education. She taught four years in Martin County, in a rural school with all eight grades. She was married to Sylvan Olson on Dec. 23, 1944. From 1945 to 1959, they raised five children. In 1960, she resumed teaching, in a country school, District 12. In 1961, she began teaching fifth and sixth grades in Odin and was transferred to Butterfield in 1971, where she retired in 1986. They lived on the “Olson” Century Farm where they farmed — crops and livestock. They were married for almost 45 years, with Sylvan dying on Aug. 14, 1989. In 1988, they moved into a new home in Ormsby. After Sylvan died, Margie traveled to Norway, New England states and state of Washington. She also spent many winters visiting her sister in Florida. Margie was a member of Long Lake Lutheran Church until it’s closing in August 2014. She spent many hours quilting with her WELCA church friends. She spent 25 years volunteering at the District 12 School at the Butterfield Threshing Bee. She also enjoyed vegetable gardening, sewing, upholstery work, summer canning and mowing her large lawn. She enjoyed attending her 13 grandchildren’s sporting events, school programs, plays and concerts. She is survived by her four children: Pamela (Pasquale) Attenello of Bloomfield, Conn. Kim (Nancy) Olson, Butterfield, and their three children: Natalie (Ryan) Olson, Rutland, S.D., and children, Jack and Ryan; Michelle (Cedric) Friesen, Holmen, Wis., and children: Gavin, Mara, and Reece; Nathan (Karen) Olson, Butterfield, and children, Aidan and Adleigh. Kent (Pam) Olson, Ormsby, and their five children: Joshua (Tarrah) Olson, Sioux Falls, and children: Kylee, Brayden, Paxton; Shawnna (Jeremy) Winrich, St. James, and children: Clay, Allie, Brynlee; Tyler (Bethanie) Olson, Mankato, and children: Ivan, Etta, Mila; Caitlin (Ryan) Weitgenant, Sioux Falls, and child, Emmett; Shane Olson, Sioux Falls. Heidi (Terry) Engel, St. James, and their five children: Hilary (Jason) Birdsell, Montgomery, and children: Mavrick, Paisley, Hattie; Andrea (Luke) Andert, Henderson, and children, Blake, Nora; Margo (Andrew) Spang, St. James; Taylor (Talia) Engel, Chaska; Connor (Lesley) Engel, Fargo, N.D., and child, Henry. Brother and sisters-inlaw: Orville Goskeson, Meta Olson, Ethel Christopher. She was preceeded in death by her parents; husband, Sylvan; daughter, Juleann; sisters/ brothers/in-laws: Rex and Hazel Beck, Genevieve and Clarence Selensky, Quentin and Harriet Beck, Rose and Edward Bjerkness, David and Estelle Beck, Hazel and Hans Langland, Kenneth and Eileen Beck, Oliver and Enid Beck, Beryl and Ernest Thornbloom; brothers and sistersin- law: Winfield Olson, Muriel (Vernon) Hagen, Eldon (LaVon) Olson, Verle (Marilyn) Olson, Ruth (Thomas) Mueller, Vernon Christopher, Irene Goskeson. The Family would like to thank Pleasant View Good Samaritan, St. James, and Temperance Lake Ridge, Sherburn, for the care and compassion shown to Margie her last years.


Jean Penner

Jean Ellen (Carpenter) Penner, 72,of Mt. Lake died March 10, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake with Rev. Frank Wiens officiating. Interment will be at Cornerstone Cemetery in Mt. Lake. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., at the church in Mt. Lake. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Twins Jean Ellen and Jane Anne Carpenter were born Dec. 24, 1949, to Ruth and Cleron Carpenter in Crookston. Jean enjoyed music, taking piano lessons, singing and participating in musicrelated activities in school. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and the “Quill and Scroll” and worked on the school newspaper, Pepster. After graduating from high school, Jean pursued an education degree at the University of North Dakota. As a sophomore she was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, an education honor society. She graduated from UND with honors. Jean taught third grade and music at Mt. Lake Christian School in Mt. Lake, where she met Gilbert Penner. They married in 1973 at her parents’ home in Crookston. They were blessed with three children: Jennifer, Alison and Gregory. As her health began to fail, she was cared for at Good Samaritan Society- Mikkelsen Manor and Sogge Memorial in Windom. Jean enjoyed time with her grandchildren and prayed over each member of her family. In addition to her family, she enjoyed music, writing letters and cards, friends, beauty products, fashion and flowers. She also was passionate about reading Scripture and her devotionals. She was preceded in death by a younger sister, Nancy Sherman. Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Gilbert; children: Jennifer, Alison (Kevin) and Gregory; seven grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Carpenter; twin sister, Jane; sisters-inlaw, Mary Penner and Carol Carpenter; and brother-inlaw, Curtis Sherman.


Lois Anderson Rainey

Lois A. Rainey, 78, of Apple Valley, formerly of Mt. Lake, died in the presence of family at M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. Funeral will be held Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m., at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 East 130th Street, Burnsville, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Graveside service and burial at Mt. Lake Cemetery on Monday, March 14, at 11 a.m., with family receiving visitors at First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lake following the service. White Funeral Homes of Burnsville is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.whitefuneralhomes. com. Lois Eileen Anderson was born Aug. 15, 1943. The only child of C. Stokes and Alice (Kappler) Anderson, Lois grew up in Barrington, N.J., in the company of numerous cousins and neighborhood friends. She graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1961 then attended Peirce Business College in Philadelphia, Pa. Lois worked for the FBI as a stenographer and typist in the Philadelphia field office (where she may or may not have learned judo). In spring of 1963, a hometown friend attending Tusculum College in Tennessee invited Lois to come for a visit and attend the May Dance, arranging a blind date for her. When the date got sick and backed out, Lois’s friend asked another young man to fill in, which is how she met Harold Rainey. She went to the May Dance with Hal again the next year and in fall 1964 enrolled in nearby Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. Lois earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1967. Hal and Lois married on Aug. 12, 1967. Lois began her elementary teaching career in Penn Hills, Pa., while Hal was studying at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His work as a Presbyterian minister led them to serve churches in Brilliant, Ohio; Morrisonville, Ill.; Mt. Lake; Norfolk, Lincoln and Hebron, Neb. As a pastor’s wife, Lois participated in church choirs, study groups and Presbyterian Women’s Association. Mt. Lake is where Lois and Hal raised their daughters, Kristen and Lisa. It’s also where, over the course of 20 years, hundreds of children learned to read, mastered multiplication tables and began writing in cursive in Mrs. Rainey’s third grade classroom. Lois’s favorite accomplishment was preparing her students for science fairs, and she enjoyed using cooperative groups as a means of problem solving. She loved to see the light in children’s eyes when they realized they were smarter and more competent than they imagined. Lois retired from teaching in 2001. Being a teacher allowed Lois and her family to take summer vacations every year. Car trips to the East Coast and Montana to visit relatives and friends, and camping around the Great Lakes and Canadian Rockies were favorite times together. Through these experiences, Lois instilled a love of travel in her children, which is one of her greatest gifts to them. Lois was a valiant breast cancer survivor, living cancer-free since 1997. During those 25 years, Lois and Hal continued traveling to scenic places from coast to coast — they visited National Parks and her beloved Ocean City, N.J., attended Rainey family reunions and took Alaskan and Mississippi River cruises. She was able to see her daughters flourish in their lives, educations and careers, and she delighted in being a grandmother. Lois and Hal celebrated a milestone 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. Among her numerous hobbies, Lois was an extraordinary seamstress who sewed everything from doll clothes to her daughters’ Christmas and Easter dresses and Lisa’s wedding gown. She was an avid quilter and active in quilting groups while living in Nebraska. She enjoyed baking (especially Christmas cookies), researching family genealogy, collecting postcards and displaying her collection of Department 56 New England Village pieces. In recent years, Lois enjoyed volunteering at Feed My Starving Children. Lois was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her devoted husband, Harold A. Rainey; daughters, Kristen Rainey of Minneapolis and Lisa (Adam) Brownell of Columbus, Ohio; cherished grandchildren, Eliana and Jonas Brownell; seven nieces and nephews; many cousins and dear friends; and honorary daughter, Anna Smith of Sheffield, England, who lived with the Raineys as an exchange student. It was Lois’s wish that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to Mt. Lake Dollars for Scholars and American Cancer Society.


Joseph Grant

Joseph Grant, 88, of Mt. Lake died Feb. 28, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Funeral services were Friday at Mt. Lake Alliance Church with Pastor Jeremy Oakland officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Mt. Lake American Legion Post 389 Honor Guard was at Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake. The service was livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements. Joseph Hunter Grant was born Jan. 18, 1934, to Alfred Andrews and Francis (Hall) Grant in Midway, Ala. He grew up on the farm in Comer, Ala., with his brothers, Frank and Allison. Joe graduated from Eufaula High School in Eufaula, Ala., in 1952. After one year at Auburn University, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1953 to 1957. In 1961, Joe married Jeannette Goossen in Mt. Lake. The lived in Mt. Lake and were blessed with three sons: Scott, Timothy and Todd. Joe worked at Hiebert Greenhouse and, for 28 years, with the Cottonwood County Highway Department. For more than 40 years, they traveled to Alabama to see family, and also went on a number of trips with United Prairie Bank. Joe served as a church usher for many years and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed gardening with Jeannette, puttering around in the yard, reading about the Civil War and watching Westerns. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Grant of Mt. Lake; sons: Scott (Jane) Grant of Oakdale, Tim (Debbie) Grant of Lake Crystal and Todd (Bitte) Grant of Mankato; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank (Martha) Grant of Comer, Ala.; and Allison Grant of Watkinsville, Ga.


Harriet Kenworthy

Harriet Kenworthy, 93, of Flint, Mich., formerly of Mt. Lake, died Feb. 22, 2022. A memorial service will be held March 30 at 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 711 S. Saginaw St., in Flint Mich., with the Rev. Don Davidson officiating. Harriet’s family will receive visitors March 30 from noon until time of service and at the church immediately following the service. Dodds Dumanois Funeral Home of Flint, Mich., is handling the funeral arrangements. Harriet was born to Frank Junior and Mary (Harris) Balzer in Mt. Lake and raised in Mt. Lake. Her formative years sparked a passion for serving, including four summers in college as a camp counselor for special needs children. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Harriet was employed as a social worker in Flint, Mich., and Minneapolis. In 1955, Harriet married Watson Kenworthy. They were married for 57 years and enjoyed family and community service in her adopted hometown of Flint. Harriet was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Flint. She was involved in her community, chairing the boards of McLaren-Flint Hospital, Genesee County Community Mental Health Services, YWCA of Great Flint and Foundation for the YWCA of Great Flint, United Way of Genesee County, Child Welfare Society of Flint, Priority Children, Education Foundation for Flint Community Schools, Junior League of Flint and Applewood Advisory Board. Among other organizations for which Harriet provided leadership and service were: Ruth Mott Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Board of Education for Flint Community Schools, McLaren Healthcare Corporation, Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Greater Flint Mental Health Facilities, and Foundation for Mott Community College. She enjoyed memberships in the Shakespeare Club of Flint, the 20th Century Club and the Needlework Guild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Watson; and a sister, Mary Buskirk. Survivors include her son, Alan Kenworthy of Peoria, Ill.; daughter, Laura (Bruce) Bowers of Flint, Mich.; and two grandchildren.


Annette Dick

Annette Dick, age 98, of Mt. Lake, died on Monday, February 21, 2022, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at the Community Bible Church in Mountain Lake with Rev Dan Strutz and Rev. Herb Schroeder officiating. Burial was at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake was in charge of funeral arrangements. Annette Carolyn Ewert was born on Dec. 24, 1923 to Henry S. and Karolina “Carrie” (Nickel) Ewert. By the time she was about three and a half, she had gained a sister, Wilma and a brother, Alden and had lost her mother to cancer, while living in Mt. Lake, where her father taught at the Mt. Lake Bible School. Her father remarried about three years later, to Emma Boese, a nurse who had helped care for Carrie in the hospital. Within a few years two new siblings entered the family, a sister, Elinor and a brother, Calvin. Annette wanted to be a teacher since second grade and the opportunity came quickly. When she graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1941, there was a shortage of teachers. A program at Mankato State Teachers College was created where a teaching certificate could be earned in one year. Out of 300 applicants, she was one of twenty students selected, and one year later she was certified and teaching in a rural school south of Butterfield. While singing in a choir, she met Emil Dick, who asked her to marry him after learning she planned to move to California with her parents to teach at San Joaquin schools. After two years teaching in California and a year studying at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., the two were married on June 18, 1948, in Reedley, Calif. Their marriage was blessed with two children: Ronald and Marlene. After several years raising children, Annette took classes to keep up her teaching certificate and was hired to teach in the Mt. Lake Public Schools, where she taught first and second grade for 21 years. During her early years of teaching, she also completed her Bachelor’s Degree, graduating cum laude. After retiring from teaching, Annette and Emil spent two years in Medellin, Colombia, where she taught at a school under the sponsorship of the Mennonite Brethren. When they returned, they spent most of their winters until Emil’s death volunteering at Rio Grande Bible Institute, and traveling to help Christian organizations as volunteers with MMAP, the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program. Annette was a creative person with many interests, including camping with her family, singing, creating cards and craft projects, keeping in touch with friends and volunteering at her church and in the community. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at revival meetings in 1942, and sought opportunities to serve Him and bring others into the family of God through prayer, giving, study, and sharing with others throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil; brother, Alden Ewert; and sister, Wilma Leichty. Survivors include her children: Ronald (Sherry) Dick of Omaha, Neb., and Marlene (Leroy) Harder of Butterfield; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister Elinor Kliewer of Newton, Kan.; and brother Calvin Ewert of Lodi, Calif.


Lorraine Simon

Lorraine Simon, 95, of Mt. Lake died Feb. 6, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m., at Alliance Missionary Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Merwin Dick officiating. Interment will be at Congregational Cemetery in rural Comfrey. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Lorraine Edna Graff was born Jan. 26, 1927, to Edna (Karow) and Romay Graff. She was the oldest of five children. Lorraine grew up on the family farm near Jeffers, but was only able to attend school through ninth grade because she was needed to help on the farm. Lorraine met Myrle Simon when her uncle married Myrle’s sister. Lorraine and Myrle wrote to each other while Myrle served in the Pacific Theatre with the U.S. Navy during World War II. They never went on a date, but when he returned from the war, they eloped. They were married in 1946 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Lorraine and Myrle worked at John Morrell Meat Packing Company in Sioux Falls until 1947, then moved to Okabena to work for the Kay brothers on their farm. Eventually, they moved to a farm near Jeffers, then to a farm near Comfrey in 1957. Lorraine cared for her family and kept busy sewing, baking, and canning fruits and vegetables. She had flower gardens and a large vegetable garden. She also helped with field work and tending livestock. Lorraine enjoyed attending band and choir concerts, plays and other activities in which her children participated. She also helped with all of the fundraisers. In later years, she moved to a home just outside of Mt. Lake, where she continued to grow flowers. Mowing lawn was one of her favorite tasks and she embroidered many sets of dish towels for her children, grandchildren, nieces and wives of her many nephews. Lorraine loved her church, United Church of Christ in Comfrey, attending and serving there until it closed. Many Sunday mornings, the front of the church was graced with flowers from her garden. She spent her final years at Good Samaritan Society- The Village in Mt. Lake. She was preceded in death by her husband, Myrle Simon; son-in-law, Dan Pressler; brothers-in-law: Loren, Carl and Melvin Simon and Gilbert Graff; sisters-inlaw: Holly Graff, Viola Graff, Margaret Simon and Mary Simon; and a step-grandson, Tom Hughes. Survivors include her children: Marsha Pressler, Jim (Ardith) Simon and Connie (John) Hughes; eight grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat- grandchildren; and godchildren: Dennis Graff, Marty Simon, Michael Olson, Vonda Scholtz Carnell and Lori Mattison Tews.