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Josephine “Jo” E. Hennessy, 77, of Florida, formerly of Benson

Josephine “Jo” E. Hennessy, 77, of Florida, formerly of Benson, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013, peacefully at home.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2013, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Paul Idstrom officiating.  Burial will be at the Benson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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11
Oct
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William D. Gades Jr., 82, of Benson

William D. Gades Jr., 82, of Benson died  Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.  
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m.  Monday, October 7, 2013, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Dennis McManus officiating.  
Burial  followed the service at the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service  Monday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  
Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson was in charge of the arrangements.  
William Darold Gades Jr., was born  July 15, 1931, in Tara Township, Swift County, the son of Frederick William and Viola Augusta (Hoffman) Gades.  He was baptized  August 2, 1931, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township, and  May 13, 1945, he was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Danvers.  He attended District #50 country school in Tara Township.

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07
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Clontarf-Agnes Schirmer, 83, of Clontarf

Agnes “Aggie” Cecelia (Ascheman) Schirmer, age 83, of Clontarf, died on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, from4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Fri
04
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Karen Bonawitz, 77, of Benson

Karen Bonawitz, 77, of Benson died Friday, October 4, 2013 at her daughter’s home in Apple Valley.  
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (today) at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.  Burial will be at St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in DeGraff.  Arrangements are with the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.
Frances Karen Bonawitz (Anderson) was born  August 24, 1936 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Irvin B. and Eileen F. Anderson. Karen graduated valedictorian in 1954 from Benson High School, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1958.
Karen married Robert L. Bonawitz of Moorhead, Minnesota December 26, 1957. For the next 25 years, their family of six children resided in the state of Minnesota, briefly in the state of Virginia and most recently in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

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04
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Donald E. Worden, age 84, of Kerkhoven

Donald E. Worden, 84, of Kerkhoven died  Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at his home in Kerkhoven.  
Funeral services were 3:00 p.m.  Sunday, October 6 at Kerkhoven Lutheran Church.  Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven.  Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and continued one hour prior to the service at the church Sunday.
Donald Earl Worden was born  December 13, 1928 in Blowers Twp., Ottertail County, Minnesota, the son of Dell and Vernie (Gessner) Worden.  He grew up in the Verndale area where he graduated from Verndale High School in the class of 1946.  He moved to the Kerkhoven area and worked as a farm hand for Harley Denton before entering the United States Army in May of 1952.  He served his country as a mechanic during the Korean War stationed in Europe.  Don received an Honorable Discharge April 16, 1954.  He returned to the Verndale/Wadena area where he helped his father on the family farm.  

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04
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Kevin G. Sorenson, age 61, of Benson

Kevin G. Sorenson, age 61, of Benson, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at home.
Arrangements are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

Tue
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Leona H. Ohmacht, 77, of Benson

Leona H. Ohmacht, 77, of Benson, died Friday, September 27, 2013, at home.  
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Paul Idstrom officiating.  Visitation was from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Leona Helen Ohmacht was born  February 9, 1936 in Hayes Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Melvin M. and Mabel B. (Skoglund) Hanson.  She was baptized  August 15, 1936 by Rev. Arthur L. Chell at the Trinity parsonage in Benson and confirmed  May 21, 1950 by Rev. Bernt G. Holmes at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Murdock.  

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Benson-Don Neuhaus, 85, of Benson

Donald Lowell Neuhaus was born on October 28, 1927 in Swenoda Township, Minnesota to Emil John and Laura Christine (Larson) Neuhaus.  He was baptized on November 24, 1929 by Pastor Paul Priess and confirmed on May 4, 1941 by Pastor Erwinn Shroeder at St. John’s Church in Grace Township.  Donald grew up in Swenoda Township, and attended District #49 country school.  He served his country as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy from March 1946 – December 1947.  On December 7, 1951, he was united in marriage to Ardis Vyonne Johnson by Rev. J. G. Swedberg at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  This union was blessed with more than 56 years of marriage, five children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  Donald worked in Benson at Culligan Soft Water for 29 years, Johnson Fertilizer for 13 years, and farmed.  He was a member and served as Head Usher at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.

Mon
16
Sep
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Blanche Bartz, 98, Starbuck

Blanche Bartz, 98, Starbuck

Blanche died Saturday at the age of 98.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2:00 p.m. at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday

Survivors include her daughter: Karen (Richard) Whitaker of Zumbrota; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and many relative and friends.

 

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16
Sep
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Shanon Collins, 50 of Clontarf

Shanon Collins, 50, Clontarf passed away Tuesday evening at Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday September 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.

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