DEATH NOTICES

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Donna Yvonne Bjorngjeld, 80, of Sugarland, Texas

Donna Yvonne Bjorngjeld of Sugarland, Texas died December 31, 2014, peacefully at home. She was born November 13, 1934 in Pope County, MN and was the daughter of the late Ole and Alice (Jackson) Nelson.

Donna graduated from Benson High School in 1952 and received a B.S. Degree in Education at St. Cloud State University.  She taught elementary school.  She married Paul Bjorngjeld August 20, 1958 and spent 20 years in the U.S. military as an Army officer’s wife.

She loved being a homemaker and cherished time with her family hosting regular get together’s for the children and grandchildren.  She was an excellent seamstress and loved to sew.  Donna is survived by her husband and three children, John and Matthew Bjorngjeld of Sugar Land and Ann Simmons of Aledo, Texas.  She had 9 grandchildren.

Fri
02
Jan
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DEATH NOTICES: Alice M. Larson; Betty Jean (Sievert) Thompson

Alice M. Larson, 98, of Benson, passed away Saturday, December 27, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital.  
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 3, at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson. Visitation will begin at noon at the church.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery following services.

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Betty Jean (Sievert) Thompson, 80, of Woonsocket, SD passed away December 24, 2014 at the Prairie View Care Center.
Funeral services were held December 27 at the Basham Funeral Home with Rev. John Hansen officiating.

Fri
02
Jan
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Robert Brouwer, age 91, of Montevideo

Robert Brouwer, age 91, of Montevideo formerly of Clara City passed away Thursday at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4:00 PM at Bethany Reform Church in Clara City and will continue for one prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice or American Heart Association.  Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Clara City www.wingbain.com

Fri
19
Dec
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Dianne Carolyn (Sather) Iversen, age 72, of Austin

Dianne Carolyn (Sather) Iversen, age 72, of Austin, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Dianne was born April 3, 1942, and raised in Benson, Minnesota.  She married Burton Iversen on June 16, 1962.

Dianne was a caring, thoughtful, and generous person.  Her beautiful home and picturesque gardens reflected her creative and unique style.  She loved flowers, dancing, playing cards and a good joke.  Dianne was a favorite among her nieces and nephews due to her fun loving personality.  She made her home a magical place for her grandkids who loved her dearly.  Dianne worked as a bookkeeper and decorating consultant for Winkels Carpet in Perham, Minnesota for 25 years.  She spent a short time at Countryside Carpets in Buffalo, Minnesota and was a partner in Frank & Tom’s Floral in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota for several years after moving to Austin.  She spent her winters decorating inside and her summers decorating outside.

Thu
18
Dec
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Donald William Grote, age 80, of Benson

Donald William Grote, 80, of Benson, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, Minnesota.  

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Janis Manska, age 69, of Benson

Janis Manska, age 69, of Benson died Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the Golden Living Center Meadow Lane in Benson, MN.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Friday, December 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service.    Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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15
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James Alan Cavers, 66, Alexandria

James Alan Cavers, 66, Alexandria, died on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

James Alan Cavers was born on June 29, 1948, in Fairmont, Minnesota the son of James and Mildred Cavers.  He attended and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1966.  Jim furthered his education receiving his RN Degree from St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis and then continued on receiving his degree as an Anesthetist at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital.

Jim was united in marriage to Ellie Fjordbak on January 18, 1969, in Benson, Minnesota.  After their marriage the couple moved to Minneapolis so Jim could finishing his schooling.  In June of 1972 the family moved to Alexandria where Jim worked for the Douglas County Hospital.  Jim and Ellie had three sons: Jim, Sean and Andrew.  He treasured his family and they enjoyed several camping trips and boating as kids. Jim worked at Douglas County Hospital for 40 years before retiring in 2012. 

Mon
15
Dec
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Glenn Kottke, 80, Des Moines, formerly Benson

Glenn Kottke, 80, Des Moines, passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on December 12, 2014. 

He was born March 17, 1934, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Clara Kottke. He

Glenn worked for Chevron in marketing for 30 years. He was a HAM Radio Operator and enjoyed electronics and computers. Glenn was a master woodworker as well. Glenn loved his family, fishing and hunting. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret “Peg” Kottke; children, Pamela Kottke, Scott (Karen) Kottke, Stephanie (Dennis) Griffin, Valerie Kottke-Cole, and Brett Kottke, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Shannon Kottke; brothers, Ed and Milt Kottke; and his sister, Violet Larson.

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15
Dec
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Irma S. Smith age 92 of Waconia

Irma S. Smith age 92 of Waconia passed away Wednesday December 10, 2014 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Memorial service 1:00 PM Saturday December 13, 2014 at Faith Lutheran Church (800 Waconia Parkway) in Waconia with Rev. Dale Peterson as officiant.  Interment in the Winsted Public Cemetery.  Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Irma Sophie Machemehl was born the daughter of Conrad and Elsie (Tonn) Machemehl on September 9, 1922 in Winsted Township, rural Lester Prairie.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.  Irma was the valedictorian of her graduating class of Lester Prairie High School.  After high school Irma began working for her grandfather Wilhelm Machemehl in his insurance agency.

Fri
28
Nov
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LaVon Gunderson, of Montevideo, formerly of Big Bend

LaVon Gunderson, of Montevideo, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 92.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at Big Bend Lutheran Church.   Rev. Keith Long will officiate and interment will be in Big Bend Cemetery.  

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

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