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Velma ‘Val’ Gunderson/Nelson

Velma ‘Val’ Gunderson /Nelson

Velma ‘Val’ Gunderson/Nelson
May 2, 1928  • January 28, 2016

Velma was the third child to Frieda (Gaas) and Herman Vollmer, German immigrants who homesteaded their farm in Holloway, Minnesota. She graduated from Benson High School in 1946, and moved to Chicago, IL for two years to live with her maternal aunt, Martha, while working as a bookkeeper.

She returned to Minnesota to marry Sylvester (Skip) Gunderson from DeGraff (the man her brother Bill introduced her to when she was 14 years old). After Skip’s discharge from the Navy, following WWII, they settled in Bloomington, built their home and raised their three children. Val remained in the family home for 65 years until her death.

Val worked as a property manager in the 1950’s giving her the experience she needed to maintain their house and duplex (income property) Skip built before his death in 1966.

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Evelyn Sylvina Ellison

Evelyn Sylvina Ellison

Evelyn Sylvina Ellison
September 27, 1922 • January 26, 2016

Evelyn Ellison, 93, formerly of Swift County, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

She was born  September 27, 1922, the daughter of Albert and Hannah (Roget) Thompson.

Evelyn is survived by a sister, Delores Roehl, of Apple Valley, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Thompson of Benson, Minnesota and Betty Thompson of Bloomington, Minnesota; sons, James (Margery) Ellison of Goodyear, AZ, Kenneth Ellison of Arkansas City, KS, and Stanley Ellison of Elk River, Minnesota; daughters, Doreen (Brad) Meyers of Dayton, Minnesota, Deborah Vail of Indio, CA, Julie (Shawn) Halvorson of San Diego, CA, and Cynthia Ellison of El Cajon, CA; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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Karen Kay Mellgren

October 14, 1941 – February 14, 2016
 
Karen Kay Mellgren, 74, of Murdock, died Sunday, February 14th at her home surrounded by her family.  Her funeral will be 11:00 am, Thursday, February 18th at Kerkhoven Lutheran Church in Kerkhoven.  Spring interment will be in West Norway Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Sunburg.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Kerkhoven Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.   www.hafh.org
 
Karen was born on October 14, 1941, near Murdock, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Orville and Adora (Rice) Quale.  She grew up in Swift County, and graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1959.
 

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Charlene Hunter

Charlene Hunter

Charlene Hunter
February 5, 1934 • February 13, 2016

Charlene Clare Hunter passed away peacefully Saturday,  February 13, 2016 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 17 (today), at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, West Des Moines, Iowa.  The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 16 at Iles-Westover Chapel,   6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines Iowa.

Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Charlene was born February 5, 1934, in Danvers, Minnesota, to Daniel Leo and Clara (Dolan)   Connolly.  She married Robert (Bob) A. Hunter  August 2, 1958 at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers.  

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Willard “Bill” Knutson

Willard C. Knutson
January 28, 1922  • February 15, 2016

Willard “Bill” Knutson, 94, of Benson, Minnesota died Monday, February 15, 2016 at Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.  

Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson with visitation for one hour prior to the service.  Burial is at the Benson City Cemetery.  

Willard Chauncey “Bill” Knutson was born  January 28, 1922 in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Emma (Olson) Knutson.  He was baptized  April 30, 1922 and confirmed  December 16, 1955 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.  Bill lived most of his whole life in the family home on 13th Street North.  

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Ronald C. Overlander

Ronald C. Overlander

Ronald C. Overlander
August 21, 1928 - February 11, 2016
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Benson, MN- Ronald C. Overlander, age 87, died on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Golden Living Care Center in Benson. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15th, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson with visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday at the church. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.
 

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Darold E. Roggeman

Darold Roggeman

Darold E. Roggeman

June 24, 1928 - February 8, 2016

Funeral Notice

Benson, MN - Darold E. Roggeman, age 87, died at the Swift County Benson Hospital on Monday, February 8, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday, February 22, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, Minnesota. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com 

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Darrell L. Rice

Darrell L. Rice

May 28, 1939 – February 6, 2016
 
Darrell L. Rice, 76, of Willmar, died Saturday, February 6th, at his home after an 8 year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  His funeral will be 11:00 am, Saturday, February 13th at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg.  Burial will be in Spring Creek Cemetery at a later date.   Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #167.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Friday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  www.hafh.org

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Karin Hartzell

Karin Hartzell, 48, of Minneapolis, Minnesota passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the spring.

Karin is survived by her mother, Phyllis Hartzell of Benson; sisters: Kristin (Michael) Murphy and Kimberley (Damon) Edmond, both of Castle Rock, Colorado.

Karin was preceded in death by her father, Richard Hartzell.

 

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Francis “Frank” E. Razink

Francis ‘Frank’ E. Razink
December 28, 1925 • January 29, 2016

Francis “Frank” Razink, 90, of Benson, passed away Friday evening, January 29, 2016, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 5-7 p.m., at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.

Francis Edward Razink was born December 28, 1925 in Moore Township, Stevens County, Minnesota, the son of Edward Sr. and Ann (Schultz) Razink. He was baptized at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf February 28, 1926, by Fr. Lynch. Frank was confirmed at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church by Fr. Richard King and later in life he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson July 10, 1955, by Rev. Herbert T. Wians.

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