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Berdina Svor, 95, of Benson

Berdina Olga (Pederson) Svor, 95, of Benson, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.  
Funeral services were held 10 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment was  in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  
Berdina Olga (Pederson) Svor was born July 6, 1919 to Oliver David and Bertha Adela (Hoff) Pederson in Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minnesota.  She was baptized August 3, 1919 at the Swift Falls Lutheran Church and confirmed May 24, 1934, by Rev. Herman Jergenson, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Benson.  
She grew up on the family farm in Camp Lake Township and graduated from District #64 in Camp Lake Township.  

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Sylvara “Sally” O’Malley, 85, of Benson

Mass of Christian Burial for Sally O’Malley was held on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton.  Father William Sprigler was Celebrant of the Mass.  Organist was Della Conroy and Cantor was Sister Kay Fernholz.
 
Casketbearers were Jeremy Anspach, Jared O’Malley, Kristi Mesenbrink, Justin O’Malley, Amy O’Malley, and Jacob Mokszycke.  Honorary Bearers were all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, St. John’s Altar and Rosary Society, and Home 2 Home Volunteers.  Interment was in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery at DeGraff, Minnesota.
 
Sylvara Evangeline O’Malley was born April 24, 1929 in Benson to Henry and Estella (Ecklund) Schirmer.    She was baptized July 7, 1929 and confirmed May 28, 1944 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Sally attended country school at District #93 and graduated from Benson High School in 1947.
 

Fri
20
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Lorraine Marie Skarsten, age 80, of Benson

Funeral services for Lorraine Marie Skarsten, 80, of Benson were held Tuesday, June 24, 2014  at 11 a.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson. Pastor William Warnock officiated.
Interment was held in the Benson City Cemetery. Visitation was held at 9:30 a.m. to the time of service at the church.
Lorraine Skarsten was born July 28, 1933, in Dublin Township, Swift County, Minnesota, to parents Clay and Agnes (Chepa) Smith.  
She was called from this life  Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  She attained the age of 80 years, 10 months and 23 days.
Lorraine attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After completion of the program, she worked for Holmquist Law Office in Benson.

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20
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Fr. William J. Coy Memorial Saturday

 A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Fr. William J. Coy will be held Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m. at the Visitation Catholic Church in Danvers.
Fr. Coy died December 18, 2013 at Maryknoll, NY.

Tue
17
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Lory L. Paulson, 51 of Raymond

Lory L. Paulson, 51 of Raymond, died on June 14, 2014 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  Her funeral will be 1:30 pm on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Monson Lake Lutheran Church in rural Sunburg.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be in Monson Lake Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.hafh.org
Lory Lynn Paulson was born on April 13, 1963 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Dwight and Myra (Christenson) Johnson.  She grew up in the Kerkhoven area and graduated from KMS High School in the class of 1981.  She went on to receive medical training at Willmar Vo-Tech.
Lory was united in marriage to Dennis Paulson on August 17, 1991.  They lived in rural Raymond.
Lory worked several jobs in the area including the Lindberg Rest Home in Kerkhoven.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

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12
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Deanna Fae Hedrick, age 76, of Murdock

Deanna Fae Hedrick, age 76, of Murdock, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.  A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Byron United Methodist Church in Byron, Minnesota.  Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Murdock.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

Tue
10
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Ben Kepner, 86, of Holloway

The funeral service for Ben Kepner was held Friday, June 6, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.  Pastor Michelle Rowell officiated at the service.  Pati Arnold was the organist and Dennis Kohlman and David Paulson sang the special vocal music.
Casketbearers were Kyle Kepner, Heather Kepner, Alex Beyer, Megan Beyer, Evy Riesgraf, Sam Kepner, and Travis Kepner.  Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery.
Ben Hur Kepner was born  November 2, 1927, in his family home, the son of Samuel and May (Sallen) Kepner.    He graduated from Appleton High School.
Ben was united in marriage to Shirley Louise Sather of Benson  September 18, 1948.  This union was blessed with seven children, 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.  He spent his whole life on the family farm.  His enjoyment was being a farmer.
Ben died  Monday, June 2, 2014 at the family farm in Moyer Township.  He had attained 86 years and seven months of age.

Tue
10
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Rev. Melvin Rogers Sucher, 93, of Perham and formerly of Benson

Rev. Melvin Rogers Sucher, 93, of Perham, Minnesota passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Prairie View Assisted Living in Perham.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 16 beginning at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. Visitation will be Sunday, June 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church or Waldorf College Foundation, Forest City, Iowa.
Schoeneberger Funeral Home of Perham is in charge of funeral arrangements. www.schoenebergerfuneralhome.com

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10
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Timothy Teeter Twitchell, 52, of Duluth, formerly of Benson

Timothy Teeter Twitchell, 52, of Duluth, Minnesota (formerly of Fairmont) passed away Monday, June 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church, 901 Woodland Ave., in Fairmont. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church and one hour prior to services Thursday, also at the church.

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04
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Ben Kepner, 86, of Holloway

Ben Kepner, 86, of Holloway, died on Monday evening at his home.  The funeral service will be on Friday, June 6, at 10:30 AM, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton with Pastor Michelle Roll officiating.  Interment will be in the Appleton City Cemetery.
 
There will be visitation with the family one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.  Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton is handling the arrangements of Ben Kepner.
 
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Holloway; six children: Larry (Diane) Kepner of Appleton, Gregg (Karen) Kepner of Montevideo, Sharlyn (Dean) Beyer of Holloway, Jeff Kepner of New Ulm, Randy Kepner of Holloway and Brenda Kepner of Holloway; daughter-in-law, Vickie Kepner, of Florida; 12 granchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

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