DEATH NOTICES

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Edgar Gene Christenson, age 89, Benson

Edgar Gene Christenson, age 89, passed away May 2nd, 2015, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Benson, Minnesota.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30th, 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota. 

Edgar Christenson was born December 6th, 1925, on the family farm along the banks of the Chippewa River in rural Swenoda Township.  He was one of ten children born to the marriage of Albert and Minnie (Rodahl) Christenson. 

He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church - Swenoda Township (Swenoda Lutheran Church) and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Benson.

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Raymond J. Scheffler, 92, of Benson

Raymond “Ray” John Scheffler,  92, of Benson, Minnesota passed away  May 10, 2015 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m., Friday, May 15, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation was held from 4-7  p.m., with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church  Friday.
Raymond was born  March 4, 1923, to August and Barbara Scheffler in Jordan, Minnesota. He was a graduate of Jordan High School in 1941. Ray was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps in 1945 where he served in Greenland as an aerial photographer.
Raymond married Irene Simon  October 21, 1947 in Veseli, Minnesota. The couple relocated to Benson where they raised their family. Ray worked for Minnesota Valley Breeder’s Association, later 21st Century Genetics.

Wed
06
May
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Lola Ann (Welker) Chesick, 91, area, formerly of Downey, California

A Memorial Service for Lola Ann Chesick will be held  Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota. Interment will be at the Benson City Cemetery.
Lola Ann (Welker) Chesick, 91, formerly of Downey, California, (having resided also in Willmar, Minnesota in recent years), passed away quietly from natural causes at the Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth the morning of April 27, 2015.
Lola was born July 13, 1923  in Torning Township, Benson.
After graduating from Benson High School in 1941, Lola moved to California, where she met her future husband, John Chesick. They married in Naugatuck, CT  March 2, 1946, then returned to California in 1949. She enjoyed working as a school records clerk for the Los Angeles Unified School District until her retirement in 1980.

Wed
06
May
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Roger Allen “Buck” Bronniche, of Huntington Beach, CA (formerly of Benson)

Roger Allen “Buck” Bronniche, of Huntington Beach, CA (formerly of Benson), passed away at the age of 80, at his residence, surrounded by family on April 26, 2015, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Roger was born February 16, 1935, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of the late Hattie and Clifford Bronniche. He was the middle son of 7 siblings. He attended school in Benson through high school, graduating class of 1953.  He enjoyed playing football and playing trumpet amongst other activities.  Upon his graduation he enlisted in the Navy.

Roger served in the U.S. Navy as a weather technician aboard the carrier USS Shangri-La during the Korean War. He married Wanda Odell West on February 17, 1956, in Santa Monica, California. 

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Bernice Clara Prekker Kennedy, Bedford, Virginia

Bernice "Bea" Clara Prekker Kennedy was born on January 15, 1925 in Clara City, the daughter of Edward Prekker and Margaret Christians Prekker.  She died on February 4, 2015 in Bedford, Virginia.
Bernice grew up on a farm outside Murdock.  As a teenager, she left Murdock with girlfriends to work in the Cities for a few years.   Later, Bernice returned to Murdock and worked at Walsh's Cafe.
Upon returning to Murdock, met her husband to-be Earl "Jiggs" Kennedy.  Earl was serving in the military and when he was sent to Ft. Eustis, Virginia, she joined him there and they were married in a chapel on the army base.  Shortly after marrying, Earl was sent to Korea and the now pregnant Bernice returned to Murdock to live with her mother-in-law, Rose Kennedy and her brother-in-law, Eugene Kennedy.  While living in Murdock, Bernice gave birth to her first daughter, Eileen.

Mon
27
Apr
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Pearl I. Schliep, 93, of Benson

Pearl I. Schliep, 93, of Benson, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane Care Center.  
Mass of Christian burial was 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Visitation was held Friday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m., in Benson.  Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service  Saturday at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Interment was in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery.  
Pearl Irene Schliep was born  May 30, 1921 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Emmett and Matilda (Jaeger) Logan.   Pearl was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  She grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School in 1939.
September 18, 1940, Pearl was united in marriage to John Gilronan at St. Francis in Benson.  This union was blessed with over 22 years of marriage and two daughters.  

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Linda Elaine Buckingham, 80, formerly of Benson

Linda Elaine (Cusick) Buckingham, 80, passed away  Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital due to respiratory complications.
A funeral service was held Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at the Saint Francis Catholic Church in Benson with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Burial was in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.  
Linda was born to Lee and Inez (Adams) Cusick  April 26, 1934 in Vermillion, South Dakota. She grew up on her family farm in Burbank, South Dakota where she attended country school. She then attended high school in Vermillion.  
In 1951, she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Buckingham.  Together they raised four children and lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa before settling in Benson in 1960.

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Apr
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Marlys Jane Koosmann, age 89, of Appleton, formerly of Benson

Marlys Jane Koosmann, age 89, of Appleton, formerly of Benson, died Sunday, April 19th, at Appleton Area Health Services – Nursing Home.  Funeral services were Saturday, April 25th at 2:00PM, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, Pastor Michelle Rowell officiated.  Burial followed at the Appleton City Cemetery.

Marlys Jane Koosmann was born November 28, 1925 at Hegbert Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Ole and Mary (Oyen) Ronning.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Long Lake Lutheran Church.  Marlys attended Country School in Hegbert Township, graduating from the 8th grade.

Thu
16
Apr
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Evelyn Bach Parker, 97, of Edina (formerly of Richfield)

Evelyn Bach Parker,  97, of Edina (formerly of Richfield)  passed away April 12, 2015.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Fri., April 17 at Assumption Catholic Church, 305 E. 77th St., Richfield. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.
Private interment will be in Danvers, Minnesota.
Evelyn was preceded in death by husbands, Walter Bach and George Parker; sons, Greg and Joe; granddaughter, Julie; brothers, Bill Granger and Dave Vollmer.
She is survived by children, Darrell Bach, Yvonne (Alan) Sothman and Marcel (Mary) Bach; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Vel Nelson; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Evelyn was loved and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Tue
14
Apr
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Eldon L. Grosse, 92, of Benson

Eldon L. Grosse, 92, of Benson, died on Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Glen Oaks Nursing Home in New London. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m., at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the Zniewski Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Burial will be on Friday, April 17, at Rosehill Cemetery in Scotland, South Dakota.
www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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