DEATH NOTICES

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Robert Francis Hughes,86, of Chatfield

Robert Francis Hughes,86, of Chatfield, Minnesota, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where he was a resident for 5 months.  

Robert was born August 24, 1928 to James T. and Lauretta (Gallagher) Hughes in Marysland Township, near Danvers, Minnesota.  He grew up on the family farm, and enlisted in the US Navy in 1946.  He returned to the farm in 1948 until he moved to Chatfield in 1962.  He was employed at the Chatfield Hatchery as a egg truck route driver, and eventually purchased the truck route business.  Bob also worked at Chatfield Farm Service, as well as AFC (now Strongwell) until retiring in 1995.

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Ramona Ann Sunstrom, 67, Wadena

Funeral services for Ramona Ann Sunstrom were held at 2 p.m.  Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena with Jim Stoneman officiating.
Honorary pallbearer was David Holmes.  Pallbearers were Mike Vandenburghe, Mike Johnson, John Sunstrom, Steve Resch, Ruth Robben and Luke Roggenkamp.
Interment was in the Wadena Cemetery located in Wadena.  
Ramona passed away at the age of 67 years  Monday, August 25, 2014 with her family at her side at her daughter’s home in Wadena under the comforting care of Lakewood Hospice of Staples.
Ramona was born  October 17, 1946 at Benson, Minnesota to Roland and Alma (Larson) Preuss.  She graduated from Benson High School, a member of the class of 1964.  She was united in marriage with James Albin Sunstrom  July 26, 1969 at Benson.  Together they moved to New York Mills in 1974 and then to Wadena in 1994.

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Charles Savig, age 57, of rural Granite Falls

Charles Savig, age 57, of rural Granite Falls, died Saturday at Fairview-University Hospital in Minneapolis. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 27 at 10:30 AM at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.

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Eda Kalb-Bachmann of Pine City

Eda Kalb-Bachmann of Pine City passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City at the age of 91.
Eda’s funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20 (today) at Zion Lutheran Church in Pine City with Rev. Glenn Kleppe officiating. Visitation and reviewal will be Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Swanson Chapel in Pine City.
Eda Kalb is survived by her children: Marie (Norman) Commerford of Danvers, Rudy (Linda) Kalb of Alexandria, Richard (Teresa) Kalb of Hinckley, six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Adelia Hauff, son-in-law David Odendahl of Pine City, many nieces and nephews; step daughters: Darlene (Jarrod) Christen of Detroit Lakes, Colleen (Kenneth) Sazama of Dent, step-sons: LeRoy (Eileen) Bachmann of Alexandria, Roger (Diane) Bachmann of Solway, Charles (Sue) Bachmann of Brainerd, several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

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Opal Cramlet Selix, 85, of Benson

Opal Cramlet Selix, 85, of Benson, died Thursday, August 14, 2014, at the Glenwood Retirement Center in Glenwood, Minnesota.  
Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, August 18, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment was  in the Benson City Cemetery.  
Opal Cramlet Selix was born September 3, 1928, in Swift County Minnesota, to Frank James Polk and Ida Bertha (Schwartz) Cramlet.  She grew up and attended country school in Swift County.  

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20
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Shelly Dutcher, 49, Benson

Shelly Dutcher, 49, of Benson, died on Monday evening, August 18, 2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m., at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will follow the service at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.  
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Friday, August 22, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

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Jeff Gallagher, of Montevideo

Jeff Gallagher, of Montevideo, died at his home August 2, 2014 at the age of 62.
Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Church of St. Joseph in Montevideo.  Fr. Jeremy Kucera was the celebrant and interment was in Visitation Cemetery in Danvers, MN.

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Yvonne Johnson, 85, Benson

Yvonne Johnson, 85, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota, with Rev. Art Weiss officiating.  Visitation will be held Monday, August 4, 2014, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service.   Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting with the family with the arrangements.

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Kelly (Clarence A.) Gilbertson, 97, Palm Bay, FL (formerly of Benson)

Kelly (Clarence A.) Gilbertson, passed away on July 14, 2014 in Palm Bay, FL at the age of 97.  He was a native of Benson, MN born there Oct. 12, 1916 and was one of ten children of Syvert & Clara Gilbertson.  Kelly graduated from Benson High School in 1934 and worked for most of his career in the Benson Post Office.  He also served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean conflict and was also in the National Guards.  He retired from the Post Office in the 70's and moved to Florida with his wife and daughter while his son remained in St. Paul MN.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Doris Gilbertson and is survived by his son Scott Gilbertson of Ft. Myers, FL and his daughter Laurel Finch of Palm Bay, FL, sisters:  Helen Gilbertson of Minneapolis, MN and Alynor Bagstad of Marshall, MN, grandchildren: Jay Gilbertson of Mount Airy MD, and Tyler Finch and Meagan Finch of Palm Bay, FL and six great grandchildren.
 

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Ruth Helen (Wallen) Bruess, Benson

A memorial service for Ruth Helen (Wallen) Bruess will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota, with the Rev. Dennis McManus officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
On July 13, 2014, we lost a very special person. Ruth passed away peacefully at the Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood, Minnesota
 
Ruth Helen (Wallen) Bruess was born on December 9, 1935, to Millard Cornelius and Clara Mathilda (Emblem) Wallen in Clarkfield, Minnesota.
 
She was baptized and confirmed at Israel Lutheran Church, grew up on the family farm, and graduated from Clarkfield High School.
 
On September 10, 1955, Ruth married the love of her life, Elroy Harlan Bruess, Jr., at Israel Lutheran Church in Clarkfield. They made their home in Benson for over 57 years and there they raised their family of four children.
 

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