DEATH NOTICES

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Isabell Foss, 84, of Hancock

Funeral services for Isabell Foss of Hancock, Minnesota will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Hancock. Rev. Julius Miller will  officiate. Visitation is Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church  Wednesday.
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.
Isabell Elaine Swanberg, daughter of Peter and Margaret (Langsdorf) Swanberg was born  February 26, 1931 in Marysland Township in Benson, Minnesota, where she grew up and attended school. She graduated from Benson High School in 1949 and began working at Finger Hut in Benson.

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Funeral services for Onalee Kleven, 82, of Benson

Funeral services for Onalee Kleven, 82, of Benson, Minnesota, formerly of Madison, are at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church, Madison, MN.  Rev. Kirk Meseck will officiate.   Special music by organist Linda Anderson and a duet is by Julie Hill and Gary Boraas. 

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Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese, 74, of St. Cloud (formerly of Benson)

Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese, 74, of St. Cloud, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 30, 2015 surrounded by her family.  
Funeral services are Wed., June 3 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo, ND at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation is held one hour prior to the service.
Shelby grew up in the Benson area and graduated from Benson High school in 1958; she was a member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church for many years.
Shelby lived and worked in Willmar for over 20 years before moving to Stearns County.  Shelby had many interests including sewing and crafts, cooking and baking, and flowers and gardening.

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Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese

Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese of St. Cloud, MN, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 30, 2015, surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held Wed., June 3 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo, ND at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

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Vivian B. Hallberg (Himley), age 87, of Minneapolis

Vivian B. Hallberg (Himley), age 87, of Minneapolis, died on May 28, 2015, of congestive heart failure.  A visitation was held May 31st at Gill Brothers Southwest Chapel, Minneapolis, and the funeral service was Tuesday, June 2nd, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Pastor Gary Brandenburg officiating.  Burial followed at the Benson City Cemetery.  

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Gloria Lee Smith, 68, St. Augustine, FL

Gloria Lee Smith, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in St Augustine, Florida, surrounded by loved ones, Thursday, May 21, 2015 following a brief battle against a deadly form of brain cancer.
A memorial service and reception will be held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota at 1 p.m.  Sat., June 13, 2015.  
In lieu of flowers, Gloria had requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or the ASPCA, as she loved animals.    
Gloria will be deeply missed by her husband of 49 years, Robert Smith, their two daughters, four grandchildren, her brother David (Diane) Janson,  her extended family and friends.

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Donna Christenson “Chris ” Lamphere, 79, Jasper, GA

Donna Christenson “Chris ” Lamphere, 79, died of complications from C.O.P.D. at Piedmont Hospital in Jasper, Georgia on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Chris was born  June 2, 1935 in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her high school years in Benson, she was a cheerleader and in the drama club. She was also an accomplished pianist, writer, and singer.
She lived and worked in Minneapolis, San Francisco and Chicago before marrying the love of her life, Albert “Ab” Lamphere in 1965 during a Minnesota blizzard. After living in Virginia and then Florida, they settled in Nashville, Tennessee where they raised their two daughters, Nancy and Karen.

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Amie A. Holm, 85, Benson

Amie A. Holm, 85, of Benson, passed away  Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Appleton Care Center in Appleton, Minnesota.
Funeral services were held  Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls. Visitation was held  Friday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and also for one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday.
Interment was in the Swift Falls Cemetery.
Amie Arlene Holm, 85, was born  March 15, 1930, in Jamestown Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, the daughter of Rennie and Emma Hanson Slaughter. She was confirmed at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls.  She grew up in Swift Falls and attended country school through the 8th grade.

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Michael “Mike” Charles Rooney, age 83, of Benson

Michael “Mike” Charles Rooney, age 83, of Benson, Minnesota passed away on May 14, 2015, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held Monday, May 18, 2015, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, with a Rosary at 4:30 pm and a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm, at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com .

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Margaret A. Wersinger, age 95, of Danvers

Margaret A. Wersinger,  95, of Danvers, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  
Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers.  Visitation was  from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, May 17 with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. and Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service at the church.  
Burial was in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery.  
Margaret (Aust) Wersinger was born March 18, 1920, in Oyens, Iowa, the daughter of Theresa (Weynandt) and Nick Aust.  She was baptized  May 2, 1920 by Father Ralfus.  Margaret grew up on a farm in Oyens, Iowa and attended St. Catherine School.

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