DEATH NOTICES

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Sep
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Ella V. VanOrt 89, of New London

Ella V. VanOrt 89, of New London died on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at Cokato Manor in Cokato.  Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 11, 2015, at Hope Presbyterian Church in rural Spicer.  Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.  A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in New London.
Ella Virginia VanOrt was born on March 25, 1926, in Swenoda Township near Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Marie (Hatlelid) Erickson.  She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Swenoda Township and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Benson by Reverend Melvin Andrews.

Wed
09
Sep
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Dale L. Klassen, 70, of De Graff

Dale L. Klassen of De Graff, died on Tuesday, September 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 12, at 10:30 am at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in De Graff. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 11, from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m., with a 7:00 pm prayer service at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Interment will be in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery in De Graff. Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Wed
09
Sep
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Dorothy Viola Anderson, 93, of Willmar, formerly of DeGraff and Benson

Dorothy Viola Anderson, 93, of Willmar, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015  at Bethesda Pleasant View in Willmar.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m.  Tues., September 8, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial was at the Benson City Cemetery in Benson.
Dorothy Viola Anderson was born to Joseph and Geoline (Olson) Carlson  December 4, 1921, in Minneapolis. She lived in Minneapolis until second grade, when her and her family moved to rural Murdock. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith and later confirmed  September 2, 1934 in Murdock. She attended country school before graduating from Murdock High School in 1939.

Mon
07
Sep
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Cecilia “Cece” Chevalier Larson, age 50 of Freeport, formerly of Benson

Cecilia “Cece” Chevalier Larson, age 50 of Freeport, formerly of Benson, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at her home.   A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 5th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood.  Interment was in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Benson.  Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

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Mon
31
Aug
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Avryl H. Johnson, age 95, Glenwood, formerly of Benson

Avryl H. Johnson, age 95, Glenwood, formerly of Benson, died on Friday, August 21, 2015, at the Glenwood Village Care Center in Glenwood. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday September 7, at the Glenwood Village Care Center. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the Glenwood retirement Village. Interment will be at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Benson. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.   

Fri
28
Aug
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Verna M. Sandven, 97, of Benson

Verna M. Sandven, 97, of Benson, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane.
Funeral services were Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Big Bend Lutheran Church. Burial was at the Big Bend Lutheran Church cemetery.  
Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Thu
20
Aug
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Gerald K. Morton, age 86, of Le Mars, Iowa, formerly of Benson

Gerald K. Morton, age 86, of Le Mars, Iowa, formerly of Benson, died Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, IA.  Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 22, 2015, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, Minnesota, with visitation held 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Thu
13
Aug
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Donald R. Flower, age 80, Benson

Donald R. Flower, age 80, Benson died Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at the Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, Minnesota.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson with Reverend William Warnock officiating.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Fri
07
Aug
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Michael Alan Avok, 45, of Norfolk, NE

Michael Alan Avok, 45, of Norfolk, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

An informal graveside service for family and friends was held at Crown Hill Cemetery near Madison, Nebraska on August 4.

Michael was born Aug. 18, 1969, in Benson, Minn. His family later moved to Yankton, S.D., and he graduated from Yankton High School in 1987. It was at Yankton High School that Michael first discovered his talent for and love of journalism, and his devotion to that profession would guide much of the remainder of his life.

After graduating from Yankton High School, Michael attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1993.

Michael’s dedication to reporting and writing was, in large part, due to his love of people. And that especially meant his family.

Tue
04
Aug
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Dorothy L. Stelzig, 100, of Danvers

Dorothy L. Stelzig, 100, of Danvers, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Knute-Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.  
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson with a visitation held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Burial was in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers.  
Dorothy Loretta Stelzig was born July 14, 1915, in Swift County, Minnesota to Ferdinand and Martha (Reich) Platow.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  She grew up in the Danvers and Holloway area and attended country school through the eighth grade.  

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