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Gerald Albright

Gerald Albright

Gerald Albright, 96, of Wadena died on March 1, 2017 after a brief illness.  The youngest of four children, he was born on August 13, 1920 in Hamilton County, Iowa to John Thomas and Clara Schweppe Albright.  Gerald grew up in the depression years and spent his early days attending country school, helping his parents on their truck farm, and playing by the Boone River.  He received his nickname, “Buster”, during this time after falling off a gate and busting his arm. He was known affectionately as Grandpa Buster to his grandchildren.  Gerald graduated from Webster City High School in 1936 and continued his education at Fort Dodge Business School where he completed the bookkeeping course.  Gerald began his association with Chevrolet/General Motors shortly after this as he worked as a bookkeeper/parts man for various dealers in the area.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and was deployed through Ft.

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Cynthia Ann Bertels

Cynthia Ann Bertels

Cynthia Ann Bertels
November 9, 1958 • March 31, 2017

Cynthia Ann Bertels, 58, of Willmar, Minnesota died Friday, March 31, 2017 at her home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.   Private family services were held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Cynthia Ann Nyberg was born November 9, 1958, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Carlton and Leanora (McCracken) Nyberg.  She grew up in Benson, attended Northside Elementary School and graduated from Benson High School in 1977.  She continued her education at Alexandria Vo-Tech for carpentry.  She was the only female in her class of 1986.

February 14, 2005, she was united in marriage to William Bertels in Sioux Falls, SD.  Following their marriage, they lived mostly in Willmar.  She was self-employed doing carpentry, painting and landscaping work.  

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Thomas Neil Twitchell

Thomas Neil Twitchell

Thomas Neal Twitchell
May 26, 1959 – March 31, 2017
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Benson, Minnesota –Tom Twitchell, age 66, died on Friday evening, March 31, 2017, at the Golden Living Center in Benson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 6, at 11:00 am at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Tom Neal Twitchell was born on May 26, 1950, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of L.F. “Teeter” and Gloria “Pat” M. (Blahosky) Twitchell. He grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School. He was married to Betty Jo and that union was blessed with three sons. They made their home in Blaine, Minnesota where Tom worked as a movie projectionist in Minneapolis.
 

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Harley Hamann

Harley E. Hamann

Harley E. Hamann
April 28, 1934 – April 1, 2017
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Appleton, Minnesota – Harley E. Hamann, age 82, died on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Appleton Area Health Services Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 7, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Harley Edgar Hamann was born on April 28, 1934, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Martin and Eleanor (Suckow) Hamann. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holloway, Minnesota. He grew up in the Holloway area and graduated from Holloway High School. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1953 to 1974.
 

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Linda Stauffacher

Linda L. Stauffacher

Linda L. Stauffacher
May 11, 1948 – April 2, 2017
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Benson, Minnesota – Linda L. Stauffacher, age 68, died on Sunday morning at the Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Word Fellowship Church in Appleton. Visitation will be held on Thursday April 6 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and will continue for one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Friday. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Victoria Ann Thole

Victoria Ann Thole

VICTORIA ANN THOLE
JUNE 19, 1948 – MARCH 29, 2017
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Victoria Ann Thole, age 68, of Benson, Minn., died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at St. Cloud Hospital.  Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff.  Interment will be in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
 

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Walfred L. Hanson

Walfred L. Hanson
April 13, 1925 - March 27, 2017
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -

Walfred L. Hanson, 91, Golden Valley, died Monday, March 27.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Monday, April 3, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. Burial will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Calvary Cemetery in Murdock, Minn.

Arrangements by Washburn-McReavy - Glen Haven Chapel.

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John Thomas Hutchinson III

John Thomas Hutchinson

John Thomas Hutchinson, III of Benson, MN passed away on March 26th, 2017 at the age of 89 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.  A Celebration of his Life will be at a later date.

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Donald B. Jaeger

Donald B. Jaeger

Donald B. Jaeger was born July 25, 1921 to Ernest and Josephine (Hippe) Jaeger in Cashel Township.

He was baptized and confirmed at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.  He went to country school and then graduated from Benson High School in 1940.  He lettered in football under Leon Brockmeyer for the Benson PlowBoys, now known as the Benson Braves.

He married Gladys Gronseth from Kerkhoven, Minnesota in 1944.

Donnie only wanted to be known as a laborer and farmer.  Farming was in his blood from a young age of farming with his dad.  He worked at J.C. Penny’s when he was 20 years old and broke horses for Ed Shumbaum, who he later cared for so Ed could stay in his home.  He rented the Payne and Troseth farms for 10 years before he and Gladys moved to Benson.

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Randy Twitchell

Randy Twitchell

Randy Twitchell, age 72, of Appleton, passed away Saturday, March 4th in his home.  Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, officiated by Rev. Linda Lagergren.  Interment followed at Appleton City Cemetery.

Randy Leon Twitchell was born October 21, 1944, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of Wayne and Gladys (Blom) Twitchell.  He was baptized April 8, 1945 by Rev. Roger Schmuck and was confirmed on April 17, 1957 by Rev. Paul Hallett, both at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Appleton.  Randy was raised in Appleton, graduating from Appleton High School in 1962.  After graduation, Randy attended Mayville State Teachers College where he earned his teaching degree.  On October 24, 1981 Randy was united in marriage to Julie Anne Stroebel by Rev. Lyle Rich at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  This union was blessed with over 35 years together.   

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