DEATH NOTICES

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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.  

Mon
05
Aug
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Eleanor “Jean” Jergenson, age78, of Glenwood

Eleanor “Jean” Jergenson, age78, of Glenwood died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 6, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, Minnesota with Pastor Gary Brandenburg officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday at the church and will resume one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.  Inurnment will be in the Rolling Forks Cemetery in Pope County, Minnesota.  Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. 

Fri
02
Aug
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Camilla M. Krattenmaker, age 89, of Benson

Camilla M. Krattenmaker, age 89, of Benson, died Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Glen Oaks Care Center in New London.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2013, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, with Father William Sprigler officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
 

Thu
01
Aug
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James "Jimmy" A. Hanson, 70, of Hancock

James "Jimmy" A. Hanson, 70, of Hancock, passed away  Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minnesota.  
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m.  Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Hancock, Minnesota, with the Rev. Seth Novak officiating.  Visitation was held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Wednesday, July 24 at the Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Hancock and continued for one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements were with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
James “Jimmy” Allen Hanson was born  May 20, 1943 in Underwood, Minnesota to Baldwin and Evelyn (Bergerud) Hanson.  He was confirmed at Sverdrup Lutheran Church in Underwood and graduated from Underwood High School.  
November 28, 1964, he was married to Gail Maureen (Johnsen) Hanson in Battle Lake, Minnesota.  This union was blessed with more than 48 years of marriage, four children, and 11 grandchildren.

Thu
01
Aug
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Elroy Harlan Bruess, Jr. , Blaine, formerly of Benson

Elroy Harlan Bruess, Jr. passed away peacefully at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood attaining the age of 84 years, nine months, and eight days.
Elroy Harlan Bruess, Jr. was born  October 10, 1928, to Elroy and Frieda (Lange) Bruess in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church and spent his younger years in Sleepy Eye.  The family moved to Benson when Elroy was in eighth grade.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1947 and attended Dunwoody Institute.

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