DEATH NOTICES

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Robert Brouwer, age 91, of Montevideo

Robert Brouwer, age 91, of Montevideo formerly of Clara City passed away Thursday at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4:00 PM at Bethany Reform Church in Clara City and will continue for one prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice or American Heart Association.  Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Clara City www.wingbain.com

Fri
19
Dec
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Dianne Carolyn (Sather) Iversen, age 72, of Austin

Dianne Carolyn (Sather) Iversen, age 72, of Austin, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Dianne was born April 3, 1942, and raised in Benson, Minnesota.  She married Burton Iversen on June 16, 1962.

Dianne was a caring, thoughtful, and generous person.  Her beautiful home and picturesque gardens reflected her creative and unique style.  She loved flowers, dancing, playing cards and a good joke.  Dianne was a favorite among her nieces and nephews due to her fun loving personality.  She made her home a magical place for her grandkids who loved her dearly.  Dianne worked as a bookkeeper and decorating consultant for Winkels Carpet in Perham, Minnesota for 25 years.  She spent a short time at Countryside Carpets in Buffalo, Minnesota and was a partner in Frank & Tom’s Floral in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota for several years after moving to Austin.  She spent her winters decorating inside and her summers decorating outside.

Thu
18
Dec
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Donald William Grote, age 80, of Benson

Donald William Grote, 80, of Benson, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, Minnesota.  

Mon
15
Dec
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Janis Manska, age 69, of Benson

Janis Manska, age 69, of Benson died Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the Golden Living Center Meadow Lane in Benson, MN.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Friday, December 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service.    Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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15
Dec
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James Alan Cavers, 66, Alexandria

James Alan Cavers, 66, Alexandria, died on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

James Alan Cavers was born on June 29, 1948, in Fairmont, Minnesota the son of James and Mildred Cavers.  He attended and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1966.  Jim furthered his education receiving his RN Degree from St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis and then continued on receiving his degree as an Anesthetist at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital.

Jim was united in marriage to Ellie Fjordbak on January 18, 1969, in Benson, Minnesota.  After their marriage the couple moved to Minneapolis so Jim could finishing his schooling.  In June of 1972 the family moved to Alexandria where Jim worked for the Douglas County Hospital.  Jim and Ellie had three sons: Jim, Sean and Andrew.  He treasured his family and they enjoyed several camping trips and boating as kids. Jim worked at Douglas County Hospital for 40 years before retiring in 2012. 

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15
Dec
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Glenn Kottke, 80, Des Moines, formerly Benson

Glenn Kottke, 80, Des Moines, passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on December 12, 2014. 

He was born March 17, 1934, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Clara Kottke. He

Glenn worked for Chevron in marketing for 30 years. He was a HAM Radio Operator and enjoyed electronics and computers. Glenn was a master woodworker as well. Glenn loved his family, fishing and hunting. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret “Peg” Kottke; children, Pamela Kottke, Scott (Karen) Kottke, Stephanie (Dennis) Griffin, Valerie Kottke-Cole, and Brett Kottke, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Shannon Kottke; brothers, Ed and Milt Kottke; and his sister, Violet Larson.

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15
Dec
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Irma S. Smith age 92 of Waconia

Irma S. Smith age 92 of Waconia passed away Wednesday December 10, 2014 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Memorial service 1:00 PM Saturday December 13, 2014 at Faith Lutheran Church (800 Waconia Parkway) in Waconia with Rev. Dale Peterson as officiant.  Interment in the Winsted Public Cemetery.  Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Irma Sophie Machemehl was born the daughter of Conrad and Elsie (Tonn) Machemehl on September 9, 1922 in Winsted Township, rural Lester Prairie.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.  Irma was the valedictorian of her graduating class of Lester Prairie High School.  After high school Irma began working for her grandfather Wilhelm Machemehl in his insurance agency.

Fri
28
Nov
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LaVon Gunderson, of Montevideo, formerly of Big Bend

LaVon Gunderson, of Montevideo, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 92.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at Big Bend Lutheran Church.   Rev. Keith Long will officiate and interment will be in Big Bend Cemetery.  

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Fri
28
Nov
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John Goggin, 68, of Apple Valley

Burial services for John L. Goggin were held Wednesday, November 26 (today)  at 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Benson.
John Goggin, 68, of Apple Valley, passed away October 27, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer in Farmington, Minnesota. Funeral services were held November 14.
He was the son of Larry and Gladys Goggin of Benson.
He is survived by his sister: Denise (Albert) Andersen of Mendota Heights.

Fri
28
Nov
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Esther A. Monson of Benson

Funeral services for Esther A. Monson of Benson were held Tuesday, November 25, at 11 a.m., at the West Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hancock.  Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Tuesday before the service.
Esther Agnes Monson, 81, was born in Kerkhoven,  July 26, 1933, the daughter of John Axel and Katrina Johanna Linnea Johnson Magnusson.  She was baptized and confirmed at West Zion Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Kerkhoven High School.  
December 6, 1952, Esther was united in marriage to Harlan Dwayne Monson at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  
She enjoyed spending time with her family and sewing.  She lived on a farm in Hoff Township, Pope County, in Clontarf, and Benson.  
Esther was called from this life  Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the Northridge Care Center in Minneapolis.

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