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Gary L. Martinson

Gary L. Martinson
February 20, 1952-January 13, 2016

Benson, MN-Gary Martinson, 63, died on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. at the Redwood Falls Area Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 22, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held form 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the Church. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the Arrangements. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Gary Lynn Martinson was born February 20, 1952 in Benson, Minnesota to Carl and Eva (Kelly) Martinson. He was baptized on April 20, 1952 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and confirmed on October 29, 1976 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. He attended Northside Elementary and Benson High School in Benson, Minnesota.

Gary was married to Donna Pfeffer on May 4, 1974. To this union, one daughter was born.

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12
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Dorothy E. Kirschbaum

Dorothy E. Kirschbaum, 87, of Lewistown passed away Wednesday morning, December 30th, 2015 surrounded by her family, in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born December 25, 1928 in Mora, MN the daughter of Abner and Leona (Larson) Ammerman.  She received her schooling in Mora and on January 19, 1947 she was united in marriage to Sam Kirschbaum.  They made their home Mora and later moved to Pope County, north of Benson where they operated a dairy farm.  They operated the dairy farm and raised their family there until his death in 1996.  She moved to Lewistown in 1997 to be near her daughter and made her home until her death.

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Luzerne Arlys Rensink

Luzerne Arlys Rensink, 88, formerly of Benson, MN, passed away on January 9, 2016, while at home in North Branch, MN, surrounded by her family.  Visitation will be held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:00 am. The memorial service for Luzerne will follow at 11:00 am, with Pastor Gary Brandenburg officiating.  Luzerne’s family expresses their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has loved and cared for her throughout her wonderful life and request that memorial donations of your choice be given in lieu of flowers, if so desired.

Luzerne was born in Slayton, MN, to William and Mabel (Solberg) Clauson on March 17, 1927. She grew up on the family farm near Hadley, MN, with six brothers and three sisters. She was baptized and confirmed at Hadley Lutheran Church. She graduated from Slayton High School in 1945 and continued her education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.

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08
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Caroline E. Hagen

Caroline E. “Karri” Hagen

Caroline E. Hagen

November 20, 1937-January 1, 2016

 

Caroline E. “Karri” Hagen, 78, was born on November 20, 1937 in Morris, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard E. and Gertrude B. (Schmidgall) Flannigan. She was baptized at the Congregational Church in Hancock and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Donnelly by Rev. Schmidt. She attended schools in Hancock, Donelly, Morris, and Benson.

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Violet Irene Mack

Violet Irene Mack

VIOLET IRENE MACK
December 23, 1926 – January 6, 2016
 
Violet Irene Mack, age 89, a lifetime Ponsford Prairie area resident, peacefully entered eternity on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND surrounded by her family.

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Kenneth J. Ose and Lillian K. Ose

Kenneth J. Ose and Lillian K. Ose

Kenneth J. Ose, 94, and Lillian K. Ose, 87, died at Homestead Place North in Benson on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Funeral Services for Kenneth and Lillian will be held on Saturday, January 9, at 3:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 8, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturdaysday. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements. www.zniewskifuenralhome.com

Kenneth J. Ose                
October 18, 1921-January 5, 2016

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George Franklin Higdon

George Franklin Higdon

May 13, 1920-December 31, 2015

George Franklin Higdon was born on May 13, 1920, in McFall, Missouri, the son of George Franklin and Nellie Agnes (Salmon) Higdon. He was baptized in McFall Missouri. He graduated from high school and on June 29, 1941, Frank was united in marriage to Ruby Valentine at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar, Minnesota. Together they shared in over 74 years of marriage. He was a career military man and his service to our country required them to live all around the world. Frank entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1941. He participated in World War II, the Berlin Airlift, and the Korean War.  Frank retired from the Air Force in 1971 and made Benson, Minnesota their home. He was a member of the Benson VFW Post #1403.  He enjoyed crossword puzzles, coin collecting, reading, and was an avid sports fan.  Frank died on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at his home in Benson.

 

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Ruth Loretta Clemens

Ruth Loretta Clemens

1937 ~ 2015

 

Ruth Loretta Clemens, age 78, of Appleton, formerly of Holloway, was called to her heavenly home December 26, 2015 in Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND.  Funeral services were Thursday, December 31st, at 11:00AM, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway, officiated by Rev. Donald Klatt.  Burial followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Holloway.

 

Ruth was born on October 2, 1937 to Loretta and Walter Holzheimer in their home in Fairfield Township.  Shortly after, she was baptized into the Christian faith.  Upon her mother’s death, Ruth was raised by her grandmother Anna Marie Heldt and two very special uncles Eddie and Roy.  Growing up around Holloway she enjoyed animals especially their dog and her horse Blackie.  Ruth confirmed her baptismal faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway.    She graduated from Holloway High School in 1955. 

 

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Maxine Ann Meyer

Maxine A. Meyer, 87, died on Monday, December 28, 2015, at Central Minnesota Senior Care in Willmar. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016, at 1:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Friday.

Maxine grew up in Vesta, Minnesota. She married Marion George Meyer on September 8, 1946 at the church parsonage in Milroy, Minnesota by Rev. Harry Sorenson. Marion and Maxine had one child; daughter, Geraldine Ann Meyer.

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Joyce (Hanson) Holbrook

 

Joyce (Hanson) Holbrook died on December 27, 2015.   Joyce was born on January 2, 1943 in Benson, Minnesota to Emil and Olive Hanson. She graduated from Benson High School in 1961 and then graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1965.  She moved to California to begin her teaching career in Fremont, CA.  She and her husband Ed made Fremont their home for 35 years.  She enjoyed AAUW activities, basketball, cooking, entertaining friends and family, camping, and traveling.  She was proud of her Norwegian heritage.  She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Fremont. 

In 2003, they retired to Lincoln, California and joined the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.  She loved her social life in Lincoln with family and friends.  She died peacefully in her own home.  She is survived by her husband Ed, daughter Jennifer, step daughter Jan, sister Jean and granddog Lily. 

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