DEATH NOTICES

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Helen Riley, 79, of Murdock

Helen Riley, 79, of Murdock and owner of Riley Bus Service died on Saturday, November 8th at her home in Murdock.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, November 13th, at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock with Fr. Jeremy Kucera officiating.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, 5 to 7 PM, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the parish prayer service at 5:45 PM.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to Mass on Thursday morning.  Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is handling the arrangements.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
Helen Anne Riley was born September 6, 1935, at Frederic, Wisconsin to parents Clarence and Hazel (Rundblade) Krattenmaker.  She grew up in Murdock and graduated from Murdock High School.  After high school Helen attended the Minnesota School of Business for two years.

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Sanford “Sandy” Larson, age 82, of Benson, formerly of Willmar

Sanford “Sandy” Larson, 82, of Benson, formerly of Willmar, died Friday morning, November 7, on the family farm near Benson.
Funeral services were Thursday, November 13, at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar.  
Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar with military honors provided by Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post #167 of Willmar. 
Sanford Dean Larson was born October 26, 1932, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Sidney and Gunda (Bjorke) Larson.  He grew up and was baptized into the Lutheran faith in Benson and graduated from Benson High in 1950.  He then worked at Erickson’s Furniture in Willmar and on the family farm.  
In 1953, he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War until his discharge in May 1955.  

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DEATH NOTICES: Jay Rist, Rudy Halvorson

Jay Brian Rist, 49, formerly of Benson, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  
Services are pending at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Saint Cloud.

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Rudolph (Rudy) O. Halverson 49, of Willmar, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.
Rudy's graveside burial service will be held at the St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery in Clontarf Monday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m.

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Joan Voorhees, Appleton, 82

The funeral service for Joan Voorhees was held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton with Pastor Michelle Rowell officiating.  Pati Arnold was the organist and accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns.  Jeanette Pfaff sang the special vocal music.
 
Casketbearers were Joan’s grandchildren: Adrienne Mendenhall, Jenna Kettner, Kaitlyn Kettner, Nathaniel Kettner, Janine Schaffer, Jared Voorhees, Joel Voorhees, Michelle Mieka Jo Hoffman, Miranda Arnold, Maggie Chardell, Alison Solma, Chris Pesek, Jamey Pesek and Matthew Pesek.  Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery.
 

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James “Jim” Ascheman, age 86, Clontarf

James “Jim” Ascheman, age 86, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minnesota.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf with Fr. Jeremy Kucera officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery near Clontarf.  Visitation will be from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf with a Prayer Service and Rosary at 9:30AM.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Paul Grothe, age 83, Benson

Paul Grothe, age 83, died Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.
     
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. Art Wiese officiating.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  
     
Visitation will be from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN. 

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Alice L. Pierce, 90, of Benson

Alice L. Pierce, of Benson died Thursday, October 23,  2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Funeral services were Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. 

Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is assisted the family with the arrangements.

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Kathleen Newell, 82, of Benson

Kathleen Newell, 82, of Benson, Minnesota, passed away  Monday, October 13, 2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  
Funeral services were held  Saturday, October 18, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. Visitation was  held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson  Friday, October 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a Parish Rosary at 5:00 p.m.  
Interment was in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery in DeGraff.  
Kathleen Newell was born  March 21, 1932, in Cashel Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Frank and Loretta Bryne Newell.  
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff, and grew up on the farm in Cashel Township and in DeGraff.  She attended District #28 country school in Cashel Township and DeGraff public schools.  

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Elfrieda Bertha Louise Hamann, Benson, 109, Benson

The funeral service for Elfrieda Hamann was held Monday, October 20, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township.  Pastor Donald Klatt officiated at the service.  Jackie Schmidt was the organist and accompanied the congregation in singing “Beautiful Savior” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”.  The grandchildren and great-grandchildren sang “Borning Cry” and Brian Hoffman sang “The Lord’s Prayer”.
Casketbearers were Todd Meichsner, Bryan Meichsner, Michael Wieser, Matthew Wieser, Kyle Running, Ryan Gronholz, Jacob Stock and Matthew Stock.  
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Elfrieda Bertha Louise Hamann was born August 16, 1905, in Fairfield Township, Swift County to parents William H. and Anna (Orloski) Schliep.  She was baptized September 24, 1905 and confirmed  March 28, 1920 both at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township.  Elfrieda attended Hancock school, country school and Fairfield Parochial School through the eighth grade.

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Patrick Walsh, 79, formerly of Benson

Patrick Walsh, 79, of Shady Shores, Texas died Thursday evening, September 18, 2014, at Denton Regional Hospital,  surrounded by family.
Burial will take place Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11 a.m at St. Bridget’s Cemetery in DeGraff, Minnesota, followed by a time of fellowship at the DeGraff Community Center with the family.
Pat was born in Willmar, Minnesota to Edward and Caroline (Frederickson) Walsh and raised in Benson.
September 9, 1961, he was united in marriage to Peg Murphy of Murdock at the St. Bridgets Catholic Church in DeGraff.  To this union were born two children, daughter Terri and son Ed.
Pat and Peg lived in St. Louis Park for 32 years before moving to Shady Shores in  1995.
Pat loved to hunt, collect miniature tractors and watching TV and working in his yard, which was beautifully kept, and especially loved being with his family and loved his grandchildren.

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