DEATH NOTICES

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Ellsworth J. Stensrud, age 82, of Swift Falls

Ellsworth J. Stensrud, age 82, of Swift Falls, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, TX.
 
Services are 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 03, 2014, at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, with Rev. Seth Novak officiating.
 
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 02, 2014 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Rodney Fossen, 67, of Benson

Rodney Fossen, 67, of Benson, died on Monday, December 30, 2013, at his home in Benson. 

Services are Friday, January 3 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. Dennis McManus officiating.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at St. Mark's.  Visitation will also be one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday.

Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

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Debra L. Webber, 50, Hancock

Debra Lorraine Webber, Age 50, of Hancock, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at Swift County Benson Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the beloved wife of Brian Webber.
Debra was born in Canby, MN, on April 13, 1963.  She grew up in Clarkfield, MN, till the age of 13 and then spent the rest of her childhood in Dawson, MN.  She was the daughter of Lonny and Lorraine Schwartz.  Besides her husband, Brian, Debra leaves behind her daughters Michelle (Troy) Nelson of Clontarf, MN, Miranda (Steven) Henriksen of Benson, MN, and Melanie Webber of Fargo, ND.  She also leaves behind a sister Dawn (Ryan) Madden of Benson, a brother Duane Schwartz of Dawson, and her cherished grandson Tanner Nelson, as well as numerous cousins and close friends.

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Peter Raymond Ollendick, 65, Benson

Peter Raymond Ollendick was born on May 2, 1948, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Raymond and Esther Schwebach Ollendick.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith and grew up in Tara Township, Swift County.  He attended country school and then graduated from Benson High School.  Peter served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  On October 24, 1970 Peter was united in marriage to Connie Miller at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf.  This union was blessed with five children.  They lived in Benson and in Fort Dodge Iowa from 1988 to 1994, before returning to Benson.
     

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Lyland Edward-Otto Reich, 97, Benson

Lyland Edward-Otto Reich was born May 13, 1916, the son of William and Amanda (Boese) Reich.  He was born and raised on the family farm in Marysland Township, Swift County.  
Lyland was baptized  June 16, 1916 and was confirmed  July 13, 1930, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Moyer Township.  In 1930 he graduated from country school in the eighth grade.  Lyland farmed his entire life and was still driving tractor when he was 93 years old.

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Rhoda Holzheimer, 100, of Morris, formerly of Holloway

A celebration of life for Rhoda Holzheimer, 100, of Morris, formerly of Holloway, was held Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church Fairfield in Holloway, Minnesota. Rev. Donald Klatt officiated. Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the church  Friday. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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Leila Leone Ellingson, age 89, of Benson

Leila Leone Ellingson, age 89, of Benson, died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at the Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Gary Brandenburg officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
 

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Lyland Reich, 97, of Holloway

Lyland Reich, 97, of Holloway, died December 13, 2013, at Appleton Area Health Services – Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 18, at 11:00Am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Moyer Township, with pastor michelle Rowell officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Tuesday, December 17, at Zniewski Funeral Home, benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.   interment will be held immediately following services at St. john’s Lutheran cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

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Gary Richard Trew, 54, formerly of Benson

Gary Richard Trew, 54, husband of Diane Patrice Trew, passed away suddenly at Cape Charles Marina in Cape Charles,Virginia aboard the C.C. Rider Sunday, April 7, 2013.
He was a resident of Benson, Minnesota but spent some of his retirement in Cape Charles as Captain of the C.C. Rider.
Gary was born October 22, 1958 in Flint, Michigan and was the son of the late Burley William Trew and Eeva Heinonen Trew.
Other than his spouse, he is survived by four sons: Shawn William Trew of Richmond, VA, Kyle Douglas Trew of Long Valley, NJ, Jacob Burley Trew of Alexandria, Minnesota, David Marion Trew of Benson; a daughter, Hillary Rose Trew of Long Island, NJ; two brothers, Mark William Trew of West Palm Beach, FL, Lee Stevens Trew of Raleigh, NC; a sister, Lea Suzette Trew Porter, of Raleigh, NC; also several nieces and nephews.

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Marcella E. Commerford, 92, of Benson

Marcella E. Commerford, 92, of Benson passed away  Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane in Benson.  
Mass of Christian Burial was 11:00 a.m.  Monday, April 15, 2013, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff with Father William Sprigler officiating.  
Burial was in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery.
Marcella Elizabeth (Payne) Commerford was born  March 9, 1921, in Grace Township, Chippewa County, to George Walter and Marjorie (Cronen) Payne.  She was baptized  April 4, 1921 at the Church of St. Bridget in DeGraff, Minnesota.  She was confirmed  July 9, 1933 by Archbishop Murray at the Church of St. Bridget.  Marcella grew up in Grace Township in Chippewa County.  She attended District 56 Chippewa County School through the eighth grade and graduated from Benson High School in 1939.

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