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Wesley Ferdinand Teske, age 94, of Baxter, formerly of Benson

Wesley Ferdinand Teske, age 94, of Baxter, passed away on Tuesday March 10, 2015.  Wesley was born on June 29, 1920 in Swift County, Minnesota to Gustav & Clara (Reuss) Teske. Wes married Dorothea Jagow on January 17, 1942 in Benson, Minnesota.

Left to cherish his memory are his children; Diane (Richard) Hanson of Vergas; Deborah ( Allen) Krook of Maple Grove; Jeff (Susan) of Baxter; brother in law, Frank McDaniels of Brainerd; 6 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 12 step great grandchildren.

Services for Wes will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11AM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Baxter.  Visitation will be on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 4-7PM with prayer service at 6:30PM at Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home-BRAINERD CHAPEL, and one hour prior to the service, Friday, at the church.

Burial will be at the Baxter Cemetery.

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James Albani, 92, of Glenwood

James Albani, 92, of Glenwood, MN passed away on March 10, 2015. A Memorial Service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church will be held on Friday, March 13th at 10:00.
Jim was born on March 31, 1922 in Hibbing MN to Dominic & Annunziata Albani. Jim practiced dentistry for 39 years in Benson, MN before retiring in 1981 and moving to Glenwood. He was a graduate of Hibbing High School and the University of Minnesota Dental School.
Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years and 9 children, 8 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. His surviving children are Jim, Ann, Mary and Marty McNamara, Toni, Dominic, Bridget, Patrick, Dino and Lisa Albani and Peter and Cindy Albani. He was preceded in death by his 3 sisters and 1 brother.
He met his wife Kathleen at the University of Minnesota and they were married on September 6, 1945 at St. Francis Church in Benson. She was truly the love of his life.

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Lu Ann Flaspeter, 59, Benson

On Thursday morning, March 5, 2015 at her home in Benson, MN, Lu Ann Flaspeter left her family suddenly, at the young age of 59.
 
A Celebration of Life Service will honor Lu Ann on Thursday, March 12, at 1 pm, with a time of gathering starting at 11:30 am, all at Redeemer Lutheran Church 14226 West 280th, Henderson, MN. Pastor Diane Goulson will preside. Pall bearers will be her nephews, Josh Oldenburg, John Flaspeter, Bill Flaspeter, Mike Flaspeter, Terry Kader and Dustin Brabec. Lu Ann will be laid to rest at the Church of Redeemer Cemetery, Henderson, MN.
 
On July 19, 1955, in St. Peter, MN, Lu Ann was born the second of three children to Lloyd Charles and Ethel JoAnn (Lurth) Oldenburg. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in

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Evie A. Gunderson, 97, of De Graff

Evie A. Gunderson, 97, of De Graff, died on Tuesday March 3, 2015 at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial was 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 10, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in De Graff.  Evie Gunderson was born March 19, 1917, in Havelock Township, Chippewa County, Minnesota, the daughter of Septer and Loretta (Brennan) Christiansen.  She was one of six children.
She married Earl Gunderson  February 14, 1939, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff.   She was baptized, received first Communion, and confirmed at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff.  She moved from her childhood home in 1939 to DeGraff and lived there until she moved to Meadow Lane Care Center in Benson in 2011.

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Kevin A. Harstad, age 29, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Benson

Kevin A. Harstad, 29, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, the result of a severe asthma attack.  
Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m.  Sat., March 7, 2015, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation was held Friday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church and for one hour prior to the service at the church  Saturday.  
Kevin Alan Harstad was born in Benson, Minnesota  January 26, 1986, the son of Douglas A. and Diana K. (Schmidt) Harstad.  He was baptized at St. William’s Catholic Church in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota and confirmed at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  He graduated from Benson Senior High School in 2005 and Ridgewater College in 2007.  

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Roger Lesteberg, 58, of Kerkhoven

Roger Lesteberg, 58, of Kerkhoven, died  Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.  
A funeral service was held 1 p.m.  Monday, March 2 at the United Methodist Church in Willmar.  Visitation was Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.  
Roger Lee Lesteberg was born  June 24, 1956 in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Roy and Elizabeth (Lundberg) Lesteberg.  He grew up in the Kerkhoven area where he graduated from Kerkhoven High School in the class of 1974.  
At the age of 19, Roger took over his father’s road grading business.  
Roger was united in marriage to Melanie Wright  August 28, 1976 at the United Methodist Church in Willmar.  The couple lived in Kerkhoven.  Roger continued to work for 42 years and was joined by his brother Ron and later his son Ryan.

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Dennis “Denny” Schultz, 69 of Benson

Dennis “Denny” Schultz, 69, of Benson, died  Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Benson. 

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Lorraine Naig, 96, of Starbuck

Funeral services for Lorraine Naig of Starbuck, Minnesota were  held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. at West Zion Lutheran Church, rural Hancock, with Pastor Jackie Harvestine officiating. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck and for one hour prior to services at the church  Thursday. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Hazel Lorraine Naig, daughter of Hendrick and Thea (Nelson) Hendrickson, was born April 18, 1918 in Hoff Township in Pope County, Minnesota. Her dad liked the name Hazel, but she ended up going by the name Lorraine. She was confirmed at West Zion Lutheran Church in 1932 by Rev. K. R. Palmer. Lorraine attended country school through the 8th grade and graduated from Hancock High School in 1937.

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Madelyn C. Danielson, 84, Benson

Madelyn C. Danielson, 84, died on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck to join her loving husband Arnold of 56 years.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  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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Lennie Vogelpohl, 62, of rural Murdock

Lennie Vogelpohl, 62, of rural Murdock, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at his home.  
Funeral services were 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 3 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, rural Murdock.  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Monday at the church and continued one hour prior to the service Tuesday.  
Lennie was born  December 11, 1952, in Litchfield, Minnesota, and was raised by his grandparents, William and Mary Vogelpohl.  Lennie lived in Eden Valley, Litchfield and Minneapolis, where he attended Phillips Junior High and attended Minneapolis South High School.  After moving to Willmar, Lennie attended Willmar Community College, earning his Associates Degree in 1987.
September 14, 1978, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Olson at her parent’s home.  Following their marriage, Lennie and Kathy lived in Willmar before moving to their home in rural Murdock.

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