Joyce Gillund

September 19, 2019

obit Joyce GillundApril 2, 1930 – Sept. 10, 2019

Joyce Gillund, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation was 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Hendricks Hospi­tal Chapel, with a prayer service at 5 p.m. Visita­tion resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Joyce Jana Gillund was born April 2, 1930 in Glen­coe to Warren and Viola (Reilein) Plieseis. She was raised in Glencoe. After graduation she started working in the Glencoe Bakery, and that is where she met the love of her life, Donald Gillund.
On Sept. 18, 1949 Joyce was united in marriage to Don at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen­coe. They were blessed with two children, Ron and Sue. The family moved to Hendricks in 1958, where they owned and operated Don’s Bakery together for 32 years.
Upon retirement Joyce and Don enjoyed travel­ing throughout the coun­try. Joyce was a lifetime caregiver for her mother, father and husband during their terminal illnesses. Joyce had unconditional love for others, including special compassion for her fellow nursing home resi­dents. Her most memo­rable moments were spent with friends and family, and especially her grand­children.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was involved in La­dies Aid. Joyce was also involved in the Hendricks Hospital Auxiliary, as well as the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Joyce passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Hendricks Nursing Home at the age of 89 years, five months and eigiht days.
Grateful for having shared Joyce’s life are her two children, Ron (Bev) Gillund of Hendricks and Sue (Delbert) Peterson of Volga, South Dakota; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sis­ter-in-law Betty Edmund­son of St. Louis Park, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don on Sept. 20, 2013; and one grandson, Andrew Jay Gillund.

Vernice Engelstad

September 19, 2019

obit Vernice EngelstaDMay 6, 1925 – Sept. 8, 2019

Vernice Engelstad, age 94 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Singsaas Church, rural Hendricks. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was at the Singsaas Ceme­tery, Hendricks. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Vernice Fredricka (Peter­son) Engelstad was born May 6, 1925 in Trade Lake, Wisconsin to Raymond and Agnes Peterson, the fourth of six children. She attend­ed grade school at a coun­try school and graduated from high school in Freder­ic, Wisconsin in 1943. She attended the Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing through the University of Minnesota cadet program and graduated in 1947. She enjoyed traveling a lot in her 1948 Ford Deluxe that she ordered out of a magazine. Some memo­rable adventures she had with friends included driv­ing through the redwoods, in downtown Manhattan, putting her car on the ferry in Vancouver, and her sum­mer spent in Yellowstone.
Some interesting parts of her nursing career were working at the Navajo Indi­an Reservation in Arizona and in Minneapolis for five years where she was the head nurse of the pediatric department at the Univer­sity of Minnesota during the polio epidemic. She also worked in the Hen­dricks Hospital and Nurs­ing Home.
She met the love of her life, Luther Engelstad, and they married on June 25, 1955. They moved to the “home place” where they farmed and built their life together. She adapted quickly to life on the farm and enjoyed sewing, quilt­ing, cooking, playing games and bringing lunch to her favorite farmers. Her fam­ily and friends were very important to her and she treasured time spent with them. She had a strong Christian faith and was an active member of the Sing­saas Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aide. She espe­cially enjoyed making quilts to donate to the Union Gos­pel Mission. When Luther had to go to the nursing home in 2002, she moved to Hendricks to be closer to him. She enjoyed her time living in town, volunteer­ing and helping others.
She went home to be with Jesus on Sept. 8 while a resident at the Hendricks Nursing Home. She will be laid to rest beside her hus­band Luther at the Singsaas Cemetery.
She will be greatly missed by her three boys—Don­ald (Sheila) of Hendricks, Duane (Char) of Fairfield, Idaho, and Ralph (Noreen) of Astoria, South Dakota; nine grandchildren—Kar­issa, Heather, Garret, Bart, Bethany, Kari, Brandon, Stephanie and Ben; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Vernice was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings Raynes, Ro­seil, Kenneth, Clarence and Lyle; and one great-grand­daughter.
Memorials preferred to Union Gospel Mission or Good Shepherd Hospice.

Vernice Engelstad

September 12, 2019

Vernice Engelstad, age 94 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Singsaas Church, ru­ral Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Cha­pel in Hendricks, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visi­tation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Singsaas Cem­etery, Hendricks. House­man Funeral Home-Birk Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.

Richard McMahon

August 29, 2019

obit Richard McMahon picApril 21, 1947 – Aug. 23, 2019

Richard McMahon, age 72 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Aug. 23 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 27 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial followed at St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at Houseman Visitation Cen­ter in Ivanhoe, with a Ro­sary at 7 p.m. and a prayer service to follow. House­man Funeral Home-Birk Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Richard Herman Mc­Mahon was born April 21, 1947 in Omro Township, Yellow Medicine County, to James and Leona (Kock­elman) McMahon. He at­tended St. Leo Catholic Parochial School and grad­uated from Canby High School.
Richard was united in marriage to Corrine Bednarek on April 23, 1977 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno, and to this union they were blessed with one son, Kenneth. Richard worked for Ritter Sanitation for 30 years, and during his retirement, which he thor­oughly enjoyed, he worked as a seasonal employee for the Ortonville Resort at the Lake Shore RV Park for four years.
Richard enjoyed playing cards and the outdoors— especially fishing, camp­ing, gardening and can­ning his harvest. Having a dog around the home was always something Richard enjoyed. Working on the Bednarek family farm was also something he looked forward to. Attending rac­es with his son Kenny in Madison, Montevideo and Alexandria were special times they shared while hanging out in the pits with all the drivers and crews. Most important to Richard was his faith and time spent with family and friends, especially with his granddaughter Brittany, as they enjoyed cooking and baking together. He was a member of St. John Can­tius Catholic Church.
Grateful for having shared Richard’s life is his wife of 42 years, Corrine McMahon of Hendricks; his son Kenny (Bekka) McMahon of West Fargo, North Dakota; one grand­daughter, Brittany; one sister, Diane (Walter) Lan­ners of Canby; brothers and sisters-in-law LeAnn McMahon of Marshall, Ar­lene (Vernon) Skorcezws­ki of Ivanhoe, Steven (Lau­rie) Bednarek of Madison, Archie (Jane) Bednarek of Marshall, Judy (Ed) Reed of Chinook, Montana, Frank (Jeanne) Bednarek of Ivanhoe, Vincent Bednarek of Hendricks, and Pau­lette (special friend Jay Meester) Bednarek of Minneota; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents James and Leona McMahon; one brother, Jim Allen McMa­hon; one grandson, Trevor McMahon; and a step-grandson, Gabriel Kolder.

Joyce Thompson

July 25, 2019

obit irene thompsonMarch 13, 1933 – July 22, 2019

Visitation for Joyce Irene Thompson will be held at Houseman Funeral Services in Hendricks on Tuesday, July 30, 5-7 p.m.; and Memorial Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Hen­dricks on Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m.
Joyce Irene (Hexum) Thompson was born March 13, 1933 in Hendricks to Ole and Clara (Nelson) Hexum. She was called home to her Heavenly Father on July 22. She attended Hendricks High School, graduating in 1951. On Jan. 14, 1953, during a terrible snow­storm, she was married to Maurice Alfred Thompson of Hendricks at Calvary Lu­theran Church.
Joyce loved life and en­joyed each day to the full­est. The strength she drew from her faith in Jesus was an inspiration to many. Her Christian conviction was strong and she devoted herself to her family, church and community.
After moving back to Hendricks in 1978, she worked at 3M and retired 10 years later. For several years following her retire­ment, she operated a ce­ramic business out of her home and volunteered at the local Thrift Store.
Her zest for life was ex­pressed through her many interests—gardening, quilting, ceramics, bak­ing, church, and Legion Auxiliary; but the loves of her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed gardening and her gardens were a sight to behold each spring and summer. She had the reputation of being the Flower Lady, who could make anything grow and bloom. She enjoyed playing games like UNO, Phase 10, Dominos and Rook, which led to lasting memories around her dining room table.
Joyce faced many battles throughout her life, but never once complained. Her faith in the Heavenly Father was strong and un­wavering. Every morning, Bible in hand, you would find her in her chair feed­ing on the word of God. She was a wonderful example of how our faith can grow and mature to become stronger with each passing day, regardless of the cir­cumstances.
Joyce is survived by her children, who are thankful to have shared her life— Lynette (Paul) Schnack­enberg of Concordia, Mis­souri, Laurie Thompson of Whitesboro, Texas, Lisa (Keith) Johnson of Hen­dricks, and John (Stepha­nie) Thompson of Clovis, California; 11 grandchil­dren— Rebecca, Jeremy, Jesse, Michelle, Ryan, Nicki, Alexa, Emily, Allison, Tan­ner and Tatum; five great-grandchildren— Madalyn, Esme, Odin, Ian and McK­enzie; her sister Clarice (Dale) Artz (Hexum)of Hendricks; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Maurice, and their infant daughter Rebecca Jean.

Carrie Bakken

July 25, 2019

obit Bakken Carrie photoNov. 21, 1967 – July 15, 2019

Carrie Bakken, age 51 of Luverne, died Monday, July 15 at Sanford Luverne Hospital. Visitation was Friday, July 19, 4-8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Funeral service was Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial followed at Maple­wood Cemetery in Lu­verne. Memorials may be directed to the Luverne Public Schools Elementa­ry Library. To view obitu­ary or sign an online reg­istry, please visit
Carrie Christine Bakken was born Nov. 21, 1967 to Darold and Helen (Eggen) Laabs in Rapid City, South Dakota. At 18 months, her family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A few years later, the fam­ily moved to Luverne, where Carrie began her kindergarten year in Lu­verne Public Schools. During her school years, Carrie was a part of the yearbook committee. As she was passionate about music, she participated in band and choir, serving as drum major her junior and senior years in high school. Along with school, Carrie mowed yards and worked at Glen’s Grocery in the bakery depart­ment. Following gradua­tion from Luverne High School in 1986, Carrie attended Mankato State University and completed her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
During her college years, she frequently made weekend trips home to spend time with Peter Bakken. On Aug. 4, 1990 the couple was united in marriage at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. They made their home 10 miles west of town and were blessed with two children, Ma­kayla and Elijah. Carrie began her career in edu­cation and worked in the Brandon-Valley School District for 15 years. Af­ter taking a couple years off, Carrie’s life came full circle as she became em­ployed in the Luverne Public School system, where she would become a Title 1/RTI teacher for 10 years. She was very passionate about her job and enjoyed being a part of her students’ lives. In 1994 Carrie was diag­nosed with Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease which causes hardening and tightening of skin and connective tissues. Her strong will and de­termination prevented this disease from tak­ing away the career she loved. After a long battle, on Monday, July 15 while at Sanford Luverne Hos­pital, Carrie went to be with her Lord at the age of 51 years, seven months and 24 days.
Carrie was a member of Palisade Lutheran Church, where she served as secretary for several years, taught Sunday School and served as superintendent, was in­volved in music ministry, and headed up the annual children’s Christmas pro­gram. She was amazingly creative and enjoyed at­tending craft shows. She also enjoyed mowing lawn and attending her children’s activities.
Those who will keep her spirit alive in their hearts are her husband Peter Bakken; two chil­dren, Makayla Bakken of Thousand Oaks, Califor­nia and Elijah Bakken of Luverne; parents Darold and Helen Laabs of Lu­verne; two siblings, Julie (Paul) Vis of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Bruce Laabs of Coon Rapids; nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Adele Krans

July 18, 2019

obit adele krans IMG_0074Feb. 14, 1950 – July 10, 2019

Adele Ruth Krans was born to Harold and Judy Stegner of rural Hendricks on Feb. 14, 1950. She graduated from Hendricks High School in 1968, then Mankato State University. She furthered her educa­tion at the University of Minnesota. Adele had a 40- plus year career in Food Service Management.
Adele married Jim Krans in 1981. They had one son, Matt (Shakiera) of Boston, Massachusetts. They lived in Minneapolis for most of their married life, except for a short time in Roch­ester.
Adele had a lifetime love of dogs. Winnie, her most recent companion, was never far from her side. She loved gardening, reading, cooking, theater, embroi­dery, and spending time with family and friends. She had a great sense of humor. Jim and Adele gave a hilarious performance of Ole and Lena. Her big­gest joys were the trips to Boston and the times Matt and family came home. Her granddaughters held a special place in her heart.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Jim; son Matt (Shakira); granddaughters Melody and Lyric; sister Eileen Buller; brother John (Debbie); special in-laws, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and broth­ers Harley and Gene.
Adele was an inspiration to all who knew her. She kept her faith and a posi­tive attitude throughout her battle with pancreatic cancer. Adele chose to do­nate her body to the Uni­versity of Minnesota Anat­omy Bequest Program.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at Brookdale Covenant Church, 5139 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center. Special organizations to Adele were The Dignity Center, 425 Groveland Ave. Mpls.55403; Com­munity Covenant Church, 901 Humboldt Ave. N., Mpls.55411; American Cancer Society or a food shelf near you. Memorials to any of these organiza­tions in memory of Adele appreciated.
Blessed be her memory.

Harry Hansen

July 11, 2019

obit Harry HansenMay 27, 1930 – July 4, 2019

Harry Hansen, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, July 4 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 12 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. David Christenson offi­ciating. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton. Visita­tion will be 4-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel in Hendricks. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Harry William Hansen was born May 27, 1930 near Elkton, South Da­kota to Charlie and Ingrid (Bonde) Hansen. He was raised near Elkton, where he received his education. When Harry was 14 years old, he started working for a farmer near Lake Ben­ton.
Harry was united in marriage to Bessie Haack on Dec. 5, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. The couple lived on a farm north of Lake Benton, where he farmed until they moved into Lake Benton. Harry then began working at the elevator. He furthered his education by attending Canby Vo-Tech, where he graduated in Ac­counting and Ag Chemical. Following his graduation, the family moved to Madi­son, where he was the bookkeeper at the elevator and also at the Arco eleva­tor. Harry later managed several elevators includ­ing Amiret, Seaforth and Dehli. The couple settled in Hendricks, where he worked at the Hendricks Elevator until his retire­ment in 1991. Harry then began working part-time at Kirkvold’s in Hendricks, where he worked until 2017. Harry passed away Thursday, July 4 at the Hendricks Nursing Home at the age of 89 years, one month and seven days.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. He served in the Minnesota State Guard in the 1950s. Harry also served on volunteer fire departments in Belview, Lake Benton and Seaforth. He had many enjoyments in life, which included hunting, fishing, collecting toy cars, and playing golf and Rummikub. He also had a passion for buying and refurbishing old trac­tors.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his four chil­dren— Bill (Carolyn) Han­sen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marla Henne of Hendricks, Jon (Jennifer) Hansen of Marshall, and Craig (Lisa) Hansen of Ivanhoe; son-in-law John Rooney of Oakes, North Dakota; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchil­dren; one sister, Eunise Samana of San Mateo, California; brother-in-law Arnie Haack; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Haack and Jean Lichtsinn; and many nieces and nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bessie; long-time com­panion Violet Reinertson; two daughters, Brenda Berndt and Aine Rooney; three grandchildren, Rich­ard and Michael Gage and Corey Berndt; and daugh­ter-in-law Sandy Hansen.
Blessed be his memory.

Sophia Lipinski

July 11, 2019

obit Sophia LipinskiDec. 29, 1936 – June 27, 2019

Sophia Lipinski, age 82 of Ivanhoe, passed away Thursday, June 27 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at Houseman-Birk Visi­tation Center in Ivanhoe. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Ivan­hoe. Houseman Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
Sophia Christene was born Dec. 29, 1936 in Drammen Township, Lin­coln County, to Arthur and Ethel (Hayes) Junge. Sophia attended school in Lake Benton and grad­uated as Salutatorian of the Class of 1955.
Following high school Sophia moved to Minne­apolis to attend college for a brief time before moving back to Lincoln County. She was united in marriage to Jerry Lip­inski on Monday, Feb. 15, 1971 in Ivanhoe. They made their home on the family farm, where they worked hard for over 40 years. They were blessed with two children, Kevin and Susie.
Sophia worked at Di­vine Providence Hospital when it first opened in 1967 as a nurse’s aide, and later at Divine Provi­dence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe until her retire­ment.
Sophia enjoyed read­ing, bird watching, gar­dening and flowers. Red roses were her favorite. She was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. She enjoyed keeping up with the news through the newspapers and TV, as well as follow­ing politics. She always made sure the house was decorated for every sea­son and holiday, and she collected snowmen. She enjoyed every moment with her grandchildren and was fond of the pets our family had over the years.
Grateful for having shared Sophia’s life are her children—Kevin of Brookings, South Dakota, and Susie (Chad) of Col­man, South Dakota; two grandchildren—Kade (Justyna) and Karisma; sister-in-law Elaine Dres­sen of Ghent; as well as nieces and nephews Mark Dressen, Cheri LeBrun, Todd Dressen, Anne Nel­son and Dave Foster.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry in 2011; her father Art in 1980; her mother Ethel in 1995; sister and brother-in-law Lille and Doug Foster; and her brother Lawrence.

Sandra Bergstrom

July 11, 2019

Sandra Bergstrom, age 74 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, June 30 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 in the Hendricks Hospi­tal Chapel with Rev. David Christenson officiating. There will be a private burial in the Hendricks Cemetery in Hendricks.
Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks, is entrusted with the arrangements.