DEATH NOTICES

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Joseph Allen Aust, age 35, of Willmar,

Joseph Allen Aust, age 35, of Willmar, died on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at his home in Willmar.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers.  Burial will follow the mass at the church cemetery.  Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Church.
 
Joseph suffered from the effects of diabetes, after a five year struggle with this disease; he was called home by his Creator.  He is survived by his son, Logan; father, Scott Aust; and other family members and friends.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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03
Sep
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Joseph J. Vlach, 93, of Benson

Joseph J. Vlach, 93, of Benson, died on Monday, September 02, 2013, at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 07, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Burial will follow the mass at St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery near Benson. 

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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26
Aug
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Patricia A. Lorsung, age 73, of Alexandria

Patricia A. Lorsung age 73 of Alexandria and formerly of Bemidji, MN died on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at her home.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10AM at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Garfield, MN.  Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.   A Graveside Service will be held later that day at Calvary Lutheran Cemetery in Bemidji, MN at 3:30PM.

Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

Mon
26
Aug
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Jana Lee (Christenson) Bown, 56, of Elk River, formerly of Benson

Jana Lee (Christenson) Bown, 56, of Elk River, Minnesota passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 at their river cabin.
A memorial service will be held at Dares Funeral Home in Elk River Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5-7 p.m. and a prayer service to follow.
A memorial service will be held in Benson at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Saturday, August 31 at 10 a.m. Visitation will be 1/2 hour prior to service. Coffee to follow.
Burial will be at a later date.

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26
Aug
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Joseph R. Fennie, Northfield, formerly Benson

Joseph R. Fennie, Northfield, formerly Benson, died on Friday August 23, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Audrey H. (Dahl) Fennie. Daughter - Kristi Hayes of Shakopee, MN and Son - Jon Fennie (Megan) of Bremerton, WA. Granddaughter - Kelly Smerdon of Shakopee. Sister - Marion Nelson of Kenai, AK. Sister-in-law - Eileen Arvesen of Waseca, MN. Also by his nieces and nephews.
 
Joe was born April, 6th 1927 in Red Wing, MN to Joseph and Esther Fennie. He attended Red Wing schools and graduated in 1945. He was active in the music program, drama, cheerleading, rifle club, and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy and entered service in 1945, and served on the USS LCI-R 646 in the Pacific and Japan. After discharge he attended Winona State University, where he was active in band, drama, cheerleading and was president of the student body his senior year.
 

Tue
20
Aug
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Victor Walter Stiehm, 27, of Benson

Victor Walter Stiehm, 27, of Benson, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013 in St. Cloud, Minnesota after a long and courageous battle with mental illness.
Victor was born November 27, 1985 in Anchorage, Alaska to Lynn M. Jacobson-Stiehm and Walter V. Stiehm.
Victor will be remembered for his abundance of kindness, willingness to help others and his love of hockey.
Victor is survived by his son, Dustin Victor Stiehm and his mother, Lynn M. Jacobson-Stiehm of Benson; father, Walter V. Stiehm of Roundup, Montana; half-brothers, David Stiehm and Christopher (Faye) Stiehm; along with many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Lowell “Spook” Jacobson, Lolly and Marv Fritz and Victor and Kathryn Stiehm.
A celebration of Victor’s life will be held at a later date.
 

Tue
20
Aug
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LeRoy E. Lietz, 86, of Benson

LeRoy E. Lietz, 86, of Benson, died Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.
Services were 11 a.m. Friday, August 16 at  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. Dennis McManus officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements were with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
LeRoy E. Lietz was born October 2, 1926 in Montevideo, Minnesota to Fred E. and Alma (Garbe) Lietz.  He grew up in Grace Township and attended District #90 country school.  LeRoy served his country in the United States Navy from 1944 - 1946 during WWII.    He then worked for the railroad for one year.  
May 11, 1947,  he was united in marriage to Vione G. Evanskass.  This union was blessed with more than 62 years of marriage, three children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  

Tue
20
Aug
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Gloria M. Twitchell, 85, of Benson

Gloria M. Twitchell, 85, of Benson, died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minnesota.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with Father William Sprigler officiating.
Burial was in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service.
Gloria M. “Pat” Twitchell was born  November 2, 1927 in Waite Park, Minnesota, the daughter of Anthony and Frances Blahosky.  She grew up in the Appleton and Holloway area where she attended country school.  

Thu
15
Aug
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Ronald Molden, 80, of Big Bend

Ronald Molden, 80, of Big Bend, died late Monday evening at his residence.  
Memorial services were held  Monday, August 5 at 1 p.m. at Big Bend Lutheran Church. Friends were to call one hour prior to services at the church for visitation. Military Honors were  provided by the Milan American Legion Post #359 Honor Guard.   Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo was in charge of arrangements. www.wingbain.com
Ronald Arthur Molden was born  November 28, 1932, in West Bank Township, Chippewa County, Minnesota, the son of Arthur and Agnes (Jacobs) Molden. He was baptized  December 21, 1932 in Big Bend Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Lutheran faith  June 22, 1947, also at Big Bend Lutheran Church. He attended country school in Swift County and later returned to school at the age of 35 to proudly earn his GED.

Thu
15
Aug
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Benjamin L. Wink of Aitkin, Minnesota

Graveside services for Benjamin L. Wink of Aitkin, Minnesota were held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery near Hancock.  Rev. Ginger Beck will be officiating.
Benjamin Lewis Wink, son of Steven & Sherry (Meierding) Wink, was born May 26, 1987 in Cambridge, Minnesota, where he was baptized  September 27, 1987 by Rev. Joe Ellenbaus at the United Methodist Church.  Ben was later confirmed  April 20, 2003 by Rev. Mark Bengtson at Cascade Methodist Church in Deerwood, Minnesota.  Ben grew up in Crosby, graduating from Crosby-Ironton High School in June 2006.  

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