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Patricia “Pat” Anne Thelen

Patricia “Pat” Anne Thelen

Patricia “Pat” Anne Thelen, age 79, of Park Rapids, MN, formerly Benson, MN, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND. A mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday. July 8, 2016, at 10:30 am, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 7, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. In Lieu of Flowers the family prefers memorials to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Bernice Benham

Bernice M. Benham

Bernice M. Benham

October 23, 1920 – July 1, 2016

 

Benson, Minnesota – Bernice M. Benham, 95, of Benson, died on Friday, July 1, 2016, at Homestead Place North in Benson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 7, at 11:00 am, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 6, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 3:45 pm and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann

Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann

Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann
1943 – 2016

Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann, age 73, of Appleton, died Saturday, June 25th in Courage Cottage in Morris.  Funeral services were Thursday, June 30th at 2:00PM, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, officiated by Rev. Michelle Rowell.  Burial was at the Appleton City Cemetery.

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Francis J. ‘Frank’ Simmonds

Francis J. ‘Frank’ Simmonds

Francis J. ‘Frank’ Simmonds
May 24, 1925 • June 1, 2016

Francis J. Simmonds, 91, of Rochester, Minnesota died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Seasons Hospice.

A Memorial Mass for Francis J. “Frank” Simmonds was held  at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester officiated by the Revs. Kevin Connolly and Shawn Haremza. Visitation was one hour prior to the Mass at the church.  Burial was at 1:30 p.m. at Oakwood East Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 92.

Francis James Simmonds was born May 24, 1925 at Benson, Minnesota to Francis Joseph and Margaret (Bouta) Simmonds. He grew up in DeGraff  and graduated from Benson High School.

Frank served in the United States Coast Guard from 1943 to 1946.

January 25, 1947, Francis married Gladys I. Gauthier. She passed away July 27, 2008.

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John Christopher Greene

John Christopher Greene

John Christopher Greene, age 74, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016, at his home in Hutchinson. A private family gathering was held Sunday, June 26, 2016.

John C. Greene was born on November 1, 1941, in Benson, Minnesota. He was the son of Christopher and Margaret (Christensen) Greene. He was baptized as an infant in 1941, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf, Minnesota. He received his education in Benson, Minnesota, and was a graduate of the Benson High School Class of 1959.

On November 21, 1964, John was united in marriage to Joan Schlagel, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with two children, Jean and Kristine. John and Joan resided in Danvers, Minnesota, and later moved to Hutchinson after his retirement. They shared 51 years of marriage.

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Alvera Annetta Haugen

Alvera Annetta Haugen

Alvera Annetta Haugen

March 27, 1921- June 20, 2016

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Alvera Haugen, 95, of Benson, passed away on June 20, 2016 at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, MN. Visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

Alvera was born on March 27, 1921 to Elmer and Tillie (Thostenson) Flaten in Camp Lake Township near Swift Falls, MN. She was baptized at Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Benson on April 10, 1921 by Reverend O.J. Kvale. She was confirmed at St. Pauli Lutheran Church near Swift Falls. Alvera grew up in the Camp Lake and Murdock area. 

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Madelyn Knutson

Madelyn Knutson

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Funeral Services celebrating the life of Madelyn Knutson, 94 of Benson will be Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at East Zion Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck. Reverend Jackie Harvestine will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the East Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

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Perry H. Smith

Perry H. Smith

Perry H. Smith
October 21, 1923 – June 23, 2016

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Sonja K. Jossart

Sonja K. Jossart

Sonja K. Jossart
May 25, 1936 • June 14, 2016

Sonja “Toni” Karen Jossart, 80, Bismarck, North Dakota, died  June 14, 2016, from the progression and complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 20, at Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Jon Splichal Larson officiating. Visitation was held from 5-9 p.m.  Sunday, June 19, at Eastgate Funeral Service,  Bismarck.
Burial was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.

Toni was born  May 25, 1936, in Benson, Minnesota.  She is the daughter of Ben and Ethel (Troy) Johnson.  She attended grade school through high school in Benson.  She loved music and participated in band, chorus, Triple Trio, Girls Quartet, and Girls Sextet.  She also participated in the Sr. Play, Jr. Play, Homecoming Committee and Royalty, Annual Staff, and Student Council.  After graduating high school in 1954, she attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and studied business.

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Gwendolyn J. Grothe

Gwendolyn J. Grothe

Gwendolyn J. Grothe
April 30, 1933 • June 8, 2016
 
Gwendolyn Jorran “Gwen” Grothe, 83, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota died Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.

Funeral services were 10:30  a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Olson Funeral Home Chapel in Fergus Falls. Visitation was from 2-4 p.m.  Sunday, June 12, at the Olson Funeral Home. Rev. Kate Bruns officiated at the service. Burial was in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Fergus Falls.

Gwendolyn was born  April 30, 1933, in Pope County to Martin and Gida (Nelson) Mikkelson. She lived and worked on the family farm as a child and attended District 14 Country School, and then she went to Glenwood High School and finished with a home course, graduating in 1951.

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