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Kelly (Clarence A.) Gilbertson, 97, Palm Bay, FL (formerly of Benson)

Kelly (Clarence A.) Gilbertson, passed away on July 14, 2014 in Palm Bay, FL at the age of 97.  He was a native of Benson, MN born there Oct. 12, 1916 and was one of ten children of Syvert & Clara Gilbertson.  Kelly graduated from Benson High School in 1934 and worked for most of his career in the Benson Post Office.  He also served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean conflict and was also in the National Guards.  He retired from the Post Office in the 70's and moved to Florida with his wife and daughter while his son remained in St. Paul MN.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Doris Gilbertson and is survived by his son Scott Gilbertson of Ft. Myers, FL and his daughter Laurel Finch of Palm Bay, FL, sisters:  Helen Gilbertson of Minneapolis, MN and Alynor Bagstad of Marshall, MN, grandchildren: Jay Gilbertson of Mount Airy MD, and Tyler Finch and Meagan Finch of Palm Bay, FL and six great grandchildren.
 

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Ruth Helen (Wallen) Bruess, Benson

A memorial service for Ruth Helen (Wallen) Bruess will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota, with the Rev. Dennis McManus officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
On July 13, 2014, we lost a very special person. Ruth passed away peacefully at the Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood, Minnesota
 
Ruth Helen (Wallen) Bruess was born on December 9, 1935, to Millard Cornelius and Clara Mathilda (Emblem) Wallen in Clarkfield, Minnesota.
 
She was baptized and confirmed at Israel Lutheran Church, grew up on the family farm, and graduated from Clarkfield High School.
 
On September 10, 1955, Ruth married the love of her life, Elroy Harlan Bruess, Jr., at Israel Lutheran Church in Clarkfield. They made their home in Benson for over 57 years and there they raised their family of four children.
 

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Kayla Marie Wrobleski, age 19, of DeGraff

Kayla Marie Wrobleski, age 19, of DeGraff, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff.  Burial will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Benson.  Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 
 

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Beverly Home, age 71, of Montevideo

Beverly Home, 71 of Montevideo, died at her home on Tuesday, June 10th.  Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10th at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo.  Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the church with Wing-Bain Funeral Home (www.wingbain.com) in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Ann (Mitling) Home was born May 20, 1943 in Montevideo, Minnesota to Bennie and Nettie (Christenson) Mitling.  She was baptized on June 16, 1943 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, confirmed on November 11, 1956 at Jevnaker Lutheran Church and attended public schools in Montevideo.

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Barry Francis Jungwirth, age 64, Benson

Barry Francis Jungwirth, age 64, died peacefully at his home, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 14, 2014, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Burial will be in the St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Cemetery in Woonsocket, South Dakota on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Minnetta “Mae” Staton, 96, formerly of Benson

Minnetta “Mae” Staton, 96, formerly of Benson, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Rice Care Center in Willmar, Minnesota.  
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  
Interment was held in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service Saturday.
Minnetta Mae Staton was born January 24, 1918, in Aurelia, Iowa, to Homer Blaine and Dorothy Mae (Wade) Tiffany.  She grew up and attended school in Holloway, Danvers, Clontarf, and Benson.  Mae married Clifford Manska in 1934 and this union was blessed with five children.  In 1945, Mae married Robert Staton and this union was blessed with two children.  

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Frances M. “Frankie” (Marquardt) Stottler, 99 of Benson

Frances Stottler, 99, of Benson, died Saturday morning, July 05, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, in Benson.  Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.   Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is in charge of the arrangements. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

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Berdina Svor, 95, of Benson

Berdina Olga (Pederson) Svor, 95, of Benson, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.  
Funeral services were held 10 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment was  in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  
Berdina Olga (Pederson) Svor was born July 6, 1919 to Oliver David and Bertha Adela (Hoff) Pederson in Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minnesota.  She was baptized August 3, 1919 at the Swift Falls Lutheran Church and confirmed May 24, 1934, by Rev. Herman Jergenson, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Benson.  
She grew up on the family farm in Camp Lake Township and graduated from District #64 in Camp Lake Township.  

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Sylvara “Sally” O’Malley, 85, of Benson

Mass of Christian Burial for Sally O’Malley was held on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton.  Father William Sprigler was Celebrant of the Mass.  Organist was Della Conroy and Cantor was Sister Kay Fernholz.
 
Casketbearers were Jeremy Anspach, Jared O’Malley, Kristi Mesenbrink, Justin O’Malley, Amy O’Malley, and Jacob Mokszycke.  Honorary Bearers were all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, St. John’s Altar and Rosary Society, and Home 2 Home Volunteers.  Interment was in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery at DeGraff, Minnesota.
 
Sylvara Evangeline O’Malley was born April 24, 1929 in Benson to Henry and Estella (Ecklund) Schirmer.    She was baptized July 7, 1929 and confirmed May 28, 1944 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Sally attended country school at District #93 and graduated from Benson High School in 1947.
 

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Lorraine Marie Skarsten, age 80, of Benson

Funeral services for Lorraine Marie Skarsten, 80, of Benson were held Tuesday, June 24, 2014  at 11 a.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson. Pastor William Warnock officiated.
Interment was held in the Benson City Cemetery. Visitation was held at 9:30 a.m. to the time of service at the church.
Lorraine Skarsten was born July 28, 1933, in Dublin Township, Swift County, Minnesota, to parents Clay and Agnes (Chepa) Smith.  
She was called from this life  Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  She attained the age of 80 years, 10 months and 23 days.
Lorraine attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After completion of the program, she worked for Holmquist Law Office in Benson.

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