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Evangelin Bass, age 90, of Murdock

Evangelin Bass, age 90, of Murdock, died Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Mille Lac Health System in Onamia, Minnesota.
Arrangements are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Clair Ward Smith, 86, Benson

Clair Ward Smith was born on February 25, 1929, in rural Benson, Torning Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Clay F. and Agnes J. Chepa Smith.  He was baptized at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.  He grew up in the Benson area and the family moved to a farm in rural Murdock.  He graduated from Murdock High School.  While attending school, he played high school baseball and went to State while playing legion baseball.  Years later, he played baseball with his children every summer evening.
    

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Clair W. Smith, 85, Benson

Clair W. Smith, 85, died on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson. Visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Joseph Edward Diederich, age 62, of Benson

Joseph Edward Diederich, age 62, of Benson, died on Monday, February 2, 2015.  Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Lois Gertrude Louise Hamann, age 89, of Benson

Lois Gertrude Louise Hamann, age 89, of Benson, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane.  Funeral services will be 1:30 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church - Fairfield.  Visitation will be held Friday, January 23, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Trinity Lutheran Church - Fairfield Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Arthur “Art” Lyle Lee, age 81, of Sartell, formerly of Benson

Arthur “Art” Lyle Lee, age 81, of Sartell, formerly of Benson, died Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf with Father Jeremy Kucera officiating.  Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Michael Hess, age 56, of Benson

Michael Hess, age 56, of Benson, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at home.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Steven Lynn Lysen, age 65, of Benson

Steven Lynn Lysen, age 65, of Benson, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson with Rev. William Warnock officiating.  Visitation will be held Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Betty Jean (Sievert) Thompson, 80, of Woonsocket, SD

Betty Jean (Sievert) Thompson, 80, of Woonsocket, SD passed away December 24, 2014 at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, SD.
A Christian Burial was held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. John Hansen officiating.
Pallbearers were Wayne Kluth, Marlo, Todd and Bradley Sievert, Kevin and Brian Mentele.
Interment was in Eventide Cemetery in Woonsocket.
Betty was born to John and Evelyn (Fouberg) Sievert March 16, 1934. She attended Woonsocket Country School.
She worked as a housekeeper until she married Ronald Thompson, Nov. 18, 1955 in Woonsocket. They farmed various places in the Woonsocket area for 40 years. They retired and moved to Benson, Minnesota.
Betty moved back to Mitchell, SD in 2011. She entered Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket in 2012 due to health issues.

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Alice M. Larson, 98, of Benson

Alice M. Larson, 98, of Benson, passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at the Swift County-Benson Hospital.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson. Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.
Alice Mary Larson was born October 18, 1916, in Oak Grove Township, Anoka County, Minnesota the daughter of George and Mary (Wetherby) Hicks.  She was baptized in the First Congregational Church in Anoka  July 10, 1932, by Rev. Edward Wribitzky.  She grew up in Anoka County and attended grade school in District 27, Cedar, Minnesota, then Washington and Lincoln Elementary schools in Anoka, and graduated from Anoka High School in 1933.  Following her schooling, Alice worked in Anoka for Colonial Upholstering, Gillespie’s Shoes and Thurston & Sons.  

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