DEATH NOTICES

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Leonard Lloyd Laurance Mills, Jr., age 67, of Benson

Leonard Lloyd Laurance Mills, Jr., age 67, of Benson (formerly of Clontarf), died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Swift County Benson Hospital.
 
Services:  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf, with Father William Sprigler officiating.
 
Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2013 at the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf, with a Parish Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the St. Malachy Catholic Church for one hour prior to the service.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Wed
03
Jul
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Donald Gordon Nelson, 80, of Hot Springs, SD

Donald Gordon Nelson, 80, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away  May 8, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs.
Donald was born September 19, 1932, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, to Anton and Emma (Olson) Nelson. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1955.
Donald is survived by his special friend, Verta Krcil of Hot Springs, and a sister, Lila Johnson of Benson, Minnesota.
Memorial services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 17, 2013, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs, SD, with Fr. Tim Hoag officiating.
Interment was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
Arrangements were placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs.
Written Condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Fri
28
Jun
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Margaret Foster, Arden Hills and formerly of Benson

Foster, Margaret V. “Marny”
Age 68 of Arden Hills, formerly of Benson, MN, passed away June 27, 2013.  Preceded in death by brother, John Swanson. 

Survived by husband, Richard Foster; daughters, Ginny (Bruce) Wagner, Caty (Matt) Krauter and Missy (Max) Stockbridge; grandchildren, Ella, Blake, Mathis and Hudson; sisters and brother, Mary (Dave) Loveless, Tom (Colleen) Swanson and Elizabeth (Paul) Lippert; sister-in-law, Nancy Swanson; numerous nieces and nephews.  Memorial service 11 AM, Wednesday, July 3, with gathering one hour prior at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 – 7th St. NW, New Brighton.  Private interment.

Thu
27
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Gregory Dean Walsh, 59, of Murdock

Gregory Dean Walsh, 59, of Murdock, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at home.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock.  Visitation will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Parish Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
 

Wed
26
Jun
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Avaran Kvistad, 19, of Crawford, formerly of Swift Falls

Funeral services for Avaran Kvistad, 19, of Crawford will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Crawford Community Building with Pastor Bill Bagley officiating.  Burial will take place at the Crawford Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Chamberlain Chapel in Crawford.

Avaron was born on March 24, 1994 in Alexandria, Minnesota.  His biological mother was Eva Bacca who was a foster daughter of Steve and Mary Jo Kvistad.  Eva placed Avaran up for adoption with a request that he be adopted by the Kvistad’s.

Avaron spent the first eleven years of his life in rural Swift Falls, Minnesota attending school in Benson.  He was involved in wrestling, hunting, and horseback riding.  Avaran traveled countless miles to High School and Little Britches rodeos to support his older brothers and sisters and became a competitor himself.  Through all of his travels Avaran endeared himself to everyone he met.

Tue
25
Jun
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Jeanette Holmquist, 90, of Willmar

Jeanette Holmquist, 90, of Willmar, died Friday, June 21, at Bethesda Heritage Center Nursing Home in Willmar.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.  A committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Bethel Lutheran Church.  It is her wish that memorial gifts be given to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (Benson), Bethel Lutheran Church (Willmar), Rice Hospice or Bethesda Foundation.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

Tue
25
Jun
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Dominic J. McMahon was born in Clontarf, of Molalla, OR

Dominic J. McMahon was born in Clontarf, Minnesota July 28, 1923 to parents, Frank & Agnes McMahon. He was the seventh of eight siblings.  
Dominic grew up during the Depression and in his teen years turned his energies toward hard work on local farms, loading rail cars with hay, employed by REA, an electrical company in the Northwest, and worked in the shipyards in Portland, Oregon.  Dominic entered the U.S. Army in 1943, serving in the 2nd Infantry during WWII.  
After the war, he married Veronica H. Kouba and moved to White Salmon, Washington in 1948.  He worked in the woods, lumber mills and later specialized as a rock driller and powderman until his retirement in the late 70's.  
Dominic and Veronica moved to Molalla, Oregon in 1989 and enjoyed working around the house, entertaining family and snow birding in California, Arizona and Nevada in the winters.  He very much loved  his daily walks in the neighborhood.   

Tue
25
Jun
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Roger Elmer Avok, 68, formerly of Benson, recently of Kissimmee, Fla

Roger Elmer Avok, 68, a Vietnam veteran, welder, manufacturer and foreman, died June 13, 2013.
Roger Avok was born  August 30, 1945, in Benson. He was the only child of Elmer and Emily (Anderson) Avok of Clontarf.
He was baptized at West Zion Church by the Rev. Palmer, Oct. 21, 1945. He was confirmed by Pastor Severson at West Zion,  June 12, 1960.
Avok graduated from Benson High School in 1963, and was drafted into the Army, serving in Vietnam from 1965-67. He received his Honorable Discharge Oct. 29, 1967.
Avok returned home after his military service and worked in several jobs.
He married Judy Rodahl of Benson in 1968. In 1970, he hired on at Tyler Corporate Industries in Benson, where he spent most of his career, 27 years.
Avok was one of several men from the Benson area who moved their families to help establish a TCI plant in Yankton, S.D., in the mid-1970s.

Tue
25
Jun
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Shirley Marie (Carpenter) Ogle

Shirley Marie (Carpenter) Ogle passed away in her sleep June 14, 2013.
She will be buried at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Princeton, MO July 20.
She was born April 24, 1922 and is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Ogle; two brothers, Roderick and G. E. “Spud” Carpenter; and her sister, Wanda Nathe.
Shirley was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota and lived in Benson for many years where she and her husband owned Howard’s Produce.
She and Howard retired to Florida and enjoyed the camaraderie at Pinewood Village Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg for many years. Shirley lived with her daughter, Deborah and son-in-law, Roy Haggerty in Plymouth, MA at the time of her death.
She enjoyed golf, playing cards, computer games, and counted cross-stitch. She was well-loved by everyone who knew her.
Cards and condolences may be sent to: Deb Ogle Haggerty, 35 Dogwood Drive, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Wed
12
Jun
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Stella J. Kalthoff, age 68, of DeGraff

Stella J. Kalthoff, age 68, of DeGraff, died Monday, June 10, 2013 at home.
 
Services:  Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff, with Father William Sprigler officiating.
 
Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with a Parish Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church for one hour prior to the service.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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