DEATH NOTICES

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Avryl H. Johnson, age 95, Glenwood, formerly of Benson

Avryl H. Johnson, age 95, Glenwood, formerly of Benson, died on Friday, August 21, 2015, at the Glenwood Village Care Center in Glenwood. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday September 7, at the Glenwood Village Care Center. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the Glenwood retirement Village. Interment will be at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Benson. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.   

Fri
28
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Verna M. Sandven, 97, of Benson

Verna M. Sandven, 97, of Benson, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Big Bend Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be held 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26 at Big Bend Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service  Thursday.  
Burial will be in the Big Bend Lutheran Church cemetery.  
Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Thu
20
Aug
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Gerald K. Morton, age 86, of Le Mars, Iowa, formerly of Benson

Gerald K. Morton, age 86, of Le Mars, Iowa, formerly of Benson, died Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, IA.  Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 22, 2015, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, Minnesota, with visitation held 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Thu
13
Aug
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Donald R. Flower, age 80, Benson

Donald R. Flower, age 80, Benson died Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at the Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, Minnesota.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson with Reverend William Warnock officiating.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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07
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Michael Alan Avok, 45, of Norfolk, NE

Michael Alan Avok, 45, of Norfolk, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

An informal graveside service for family and friends was held at Crown Hill Cemetery near Madison, Nebraska on August 4.

Michael was born Aug. 18, 1969, in Benson, Minn. His family later moved to Yankton, S.D., and he graduated from Yankton High School in 1987. It was at Yankton High School that Michael first discovered his talent for and love of journalism, and his devotion to that profession would guide much of the remainder of his life.

After graduating from Yankton High School, Michael attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1993.

Michael’s dedication to reporting and writing was, in large part, due to his love of people. And that especially meant his family.

Tue
04
Aug
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Dorothy L. Stelzig, 100, of Danvers

Dorothy L. Stelzig, 100, of Danvers, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Knute-Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.  
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson with a visitation held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Burial was in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers.  
Dorothy Loretta Stelzig was born July 14, 1915, in Swift County, Minnesota to Ferdinand and Martha (Reich) Platow.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  She grew up in the Danvers and Holloway area and attended country school through the eighth grade.  

Tue
04
Aug
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Patricia “Patty” Grussing, age 53, of Sebeka, formerly of Benson

Patricia “Patty” Grussing, age 53, of Sebeka, formerly of Benson, died on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.  Graveside Services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com 
Patricia “Patty” R. Grussing was born January 12, 1962 to John and Alma (Hess) Grussing in Benson, Minnesota.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith   and grew up in the Benson area.  Patty adored her dogs and her love for nature and animals brought her a lot of joy.

Mon
27
Jul
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Ingolf N. Urke, 89, of Benson

Ingolf Noel Urke, 89, of Benson, died  Friday, July 24, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Interment followed  the service at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Benson. Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m.  Saturday at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
He was born December 3, 1925 to Knut and Clara Lien Urke in Langhei Township, Pope County, Minnesota.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.   He worked as a farmhand for various farmers, was a truck driver, and a mechanic at the Ford Garage in Starbuck.  After retiring, he moved to Benson.

Tue
14
Jul
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Ronald “Ron” Corneliusen, 87, of Mesa, AZ (formerly of Benson)

Ronald “Ron” Corneliusen, 87, of Mesa, AZ (formerly of Benson, Minnesota) passed away June 23, 2015.  Ron’s early years were spent in Benson until he joined the Army in 1946.  He spent his service years in El Paso, TX, Korea, Japan and Germany.  After retiring from the service, he began a career with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as an inspector.  To his children he could do anything; build storm windows, sew couch slipcovers and bake the best bread.  He is survived by: Colleen (Carl) Lorson, John (Caren) Corneliusen and Ann (Jim) Balquist and six grandchildren: Nick, Elizabeth, Kylie, Hunter, Brian and Brett; sister Donna (Harold) Krenz of Minnesota, sister-in-law, Viola Corneliusen of Benson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mesa Public Libraries or KAET Arizona Public Television.

Tue
14
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Arden Loen, age 79, of Swift Falls

Arden Loen, age 79, died Monday, July 13, 2015.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM, Friday, July 17, 2015, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls with Rev. John Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the Swift Falls Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 5:30 - 7:30 PM Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday. Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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