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Velma Ann Marie Amundson, 86, formerly of the Benson area

Velma Ann Marie Amundson, 86, formerly of the Benson area, died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 7, at 11 a.m., at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held Monday, July 6 from 4-7 p.m., with a parish prayer service at 6 p.m., and for one hour prior to service at the church  Tuesday.  
Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, Minnesota. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Bernice Loe, 90, of New Ulm, formerly of Ridgeway on German

Bernice Loe, 90, of New Ulm, formerly of Ridgeway on German, died Monday, June 22, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.  
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Sam Wagner celebrating the Mass.  
Burial followed in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.  
Visitation was from 9 - 10:30 a.m.  Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, north chapel, in New Ulm.  
Bernice is survived by daughters: Karen (Art) Forte of Glenwood, Lu Ann Peterson (special friend Tom Haas) of New Ulm, Susan Peterson of Mankato, Amy (Dennis) Jobgen of Danvers; sons: Gary (Jane) Peterson of Granada, David (Lilly) Peterson of Meade, Colorado, Danny Peterson of Dillon, Colorado; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Eldon Peterson, her second husband, Hollis Loe, and a brother, Nick Schuckert, Jr.

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Ret. Col. Paul S. Bjorngjeld, 81, Texas (formerly Danvers)

Ret. Col. Paul S. Bjorngjeld, 81, was reunited with his wife and best friend Donna in heaven on April 23, 2015 after both battling cancer.  Paul was born April 4, 1934 in Benson, Minnesota.  He was the son of the late Sidney and Alma (Pederson) Bjorngjeld of Danvers, MN.  

Paul attended St Cloud College and then the University of Minnesota where he received his doctorate degree in Dentistry in 1958. He married his wife Donna Nelson from Benson, MN on August 20th, 1958.  He initially practiced as a Dentist in Glenwood Minnesota for a brief time and then enlisted in the US Army where he served 20 years as an officer serving in areas including the Korean War and 3 years at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe), Belgium where he provided dentistry to the then US Secretary of Defense, Alexander Hague.

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Orrin “Ray” Retrum, age 97, Benson

Ray Retrum, 97, died  Monday morning, June 29, 2015 at the Glenwood Retirement Village.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m.  Thursday, July 2, at the Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson and also for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial followed the service at the West Bank Cemetery.
Orrin Raymond “Ray” Retrum was born February 11, 1918 in West Bank Township, Swift County, on a farm northwest of Big Bend, Minnesota.  His parents were Nelvin and Magda Retrum. In 1920, he moved with his parents to a farm in section 14 of West Bank Township where he lived until he moved to Benson in 1989.
Ray was baptized and confirmed in West Bank Lutheran Church and graduated from the 8th grade at District #77, then started farming with his father and also working for the neighboring farmers.

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Gale W. Skold, age 87, Benson

Gale W. Skold, age 87, died on Sunday Morning, June 28, at the Glenwood Retirement Village. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Thursday at the church. A private family burial will take place on a later date at the Benson City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Jeanette J. Saunders, age 87, Benson

Jeanette J. Saunders, age 87, died Saturday evening the result of an automobile accident in Chippewa County.
Funeral Services were Friday, July 3rd, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson with Reverend William Warnock officiating.  Burial was in the Benson City Cemetery.
Jeanette was born in Elbow Lake, Minnesota on April 30, 1928, the daughter of Jay and Alice (Degendorfer) Henrichs.  She grew up in rural Stevens County and graduated from Hoffman High School.  She attended Normal Training in Glenwood, and taught in Stevens and Swift Counties.

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Roger Logan, 77, of Anoka

Roger Logan, 77, of Anoka passed away at home on Friday, June 19. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Highway 65 N.E., Fridley. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be held 4 p.m. June 23 in the Benson City Cemetery in Benson, MN.
Survived by children, Mark (Laurie), Sheryl; granddaughter, Tayler Varcoe; siblings, Rosabelle (Kenneth) Hensch, Rosemary Erickson; sister-in-law, Sandra Logan; and many other loving relatives.  Preceded in death by his parents and many siblings.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

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Stanton T. Nelson, 82, of Swift Falls

Stanton T. Nelson, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 22nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls and continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.
Stanton Thor Nelson was born in Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minnesota, on April 30, 1933, the son of Ole M. and Alice C. (Jackson) Nelson. He was baptized on October 6, 1933 at Rolling Forks Lutheran Church by Rev Beito and confirmed on June 10, 1947 at Rolling Forks Lutheran Church by the Rev. Rhone. He grew up in Swift Falls and attended country school at District #38 and graduated from Benson High School in 1951.

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Derald Leroy Hanson, 85, Benson

Derald Leroy Hanson, 85, died on Saturday afternoon, June 13, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Benson, Minnesota. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 am at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Interment will follow the service at the Lake Hazel Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday June 17 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Marvin L. Lachelt, 73, of Litchfield

Marvin L. Lachelt, 73, of Litchfield, died  Monday, June 1, 2015 at Ecumen Emmanual Home in Litchfield.  
Visitation was held Saturday, June 6 from 4-7 p.m. at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home.
Marvin LeRoy Lachelt was born  July 23, 1941, in Boyd, Minnesota to John and Elsie (Neitzel) Lachelt.  He grew up and received his education in Boyd.  
Marvin lived in Texas for many years, moving back to Minnesota in 1991.  He was united in marriage to Allene Parks in 1989 in Texas.  Marvin was an over the road truck driver for 49 years.  After moving back to Minnesota, he worked for Litchfield Trucking for 24 years.  He loved to fish, hunt, and watch racing, especially Nascar.

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