Ellen Peirce

January 16, 2020

obit ellen pierce  2March 29, 1923 – Jan. 3, 2020

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must announce the passing of our matriarch, Ellen Pauline Peirce. She died in the early morning hours of Jan. 3, after a short period of illness.
Ellen was born in Hendricks to Peter and Inga Ramlo on March 29, 1923. At her pass­ing at age 96, she had lived a long and full life.
Ellen married Vernon Jean Peirce on Dec. 11, 1940 and started her life as a farmer’s wife. She had a challenging early life, living on a farm in South Dakota and raising nine children with no indoor plumbing, electricity or run­ning water. But as her son Dale said, she thrived where others would have fallen. She was a marvelous quilter and seamstress. Her family is blessed with so many home­made items given over the years, which are treasured keepsakes. In 1962, the fam­ily moved off the farm to Or­egon, where Vernon found a job working in a cannery. After moving to Reno, Nevada in 1966, Ellen was a cook at various elementary schools and Hug High School in the area. She also worked at a fab­ric store (of course) and for a publishing company. The fam­ily nickname for her was Old Slippery, because she would slip in and beat the pants off you at whatever game you were playing!
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Vernon; her parents; numer­ous brothers and sisters; and her son Lee (Imelda).
She is survived by eight of her nine children— Noel (Jacque), Jan (Joanne), Terry (Janet), Denis (Anne), Dale (Nancy), Larry (Barbara), Pa­tricia Truskolaski and Mary Greenwalt (Chuck); as well as 24 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 11 great- great-grandchildren.
There will be a small graves­ite gathering for family only.

Robin Warner

January 16, 2020

obit robin warnerDec. 12, 1956 – Jan. 4, 2020

Robin Louise (Gasteyer) Warner, age 63 of Inver Grove Heights, passed away Jan. 4 from liver fail­ure. She was surrounded by love at the time of her death. A celebration of her life was held Friday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. at Grace Lu­theran Church in South St. Paul, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A gathering of family and friends was held Thursday, 4-8 p.m. at Kandt and Tet­rick Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fort Snelling at a later date.
Robin was born Dec. 12, 1956 in Menomonie, Wis­consin, and was always proud of her Wisconsin farm heritage. She gradu­ated from Elmwood High School in 1975 and the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire in 1979 with a degree in Business Ad­ministration. After college, she moved to St. Paul and put her accounting skills to work at People’s Elec­tric. In 1991, she started at BWBR and continued there for 28 years.
Robin was raised in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church, had a strong faith, and was ac­tive in church activities. She was known for her kindness, spirit and sense of humor. She loved work­ing on family ancestry, scrapbooking, traveling, and planting many hostas and flowers in her yard. Her most beloved activity was spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter Ella Jo. Robin was the best at cud­dling and could put Ella to sleep faster than anyone else.
Robin was preceded in death by her father Jerry Gasteyer; sister Penny Lecheler; and in-laws Ron­ald and Bonnie Warner.
Robin is survived by her husband of 31 years, Rich­ard (Dick); her son Mitch­ell; her daughter Sarah (Justin) and granddaugh­ter Ella Jo; her mother Be­atrice Gasteyer; her sister Julie; her brother-in-law Mark; many nieces, neph­ews, cousins, friends and colleagues; Richard’s sib­lings Harold Warner, Linda Barnett, Marjorie (Wayne) Davis, Sheri (Steve) Olson and Leah (Mahender) Du­dani.

Phyllis Leuning

January 9, 2020

obit Phyills Leuning pic2Sept. 29, 1932 – Dec. 26, 2019

Phyllis Leuning, age 87 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Me­morial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at Christ Lu­theran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 12 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurn­ment will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Phyllis Burnell (Pederson) Leuning was born Sept. 29, 1932 in Nunda, South Da­kota to Philip and Burnett (Halseth) Pederson. She was called home to her Heavenly Father on Dec. 26, 2019.
Phyllis attended Hendricks High School, graduating in 1950. She attended General Beadle Teachers College in Madison, and taught school southwest of Hendricks. On Feb. 22, 1953, she was mar­ried to Howard “Hoot” Leun­ing of Hendricks at Calvary Lutheran Church.
Phyllis loved reading, espe­cially anything having to do with South Dakota history. She loved shopping, going out to eat, having coffee with friends, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was talked into playing many games of Hi-Ho Cherry O and Old Maid with her grandkids. In Phyllis’ eyes, her grandchil­dren could do no wrong.
Phyllis enjoyed working and socializing at her brother Burt’s clothing store, BP’s Clothing. She was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church and later Christ Lu­theran Church. She was in­volved in Circle and Literary Club.
Phyllis had her share of heartache, losing both a daughter and a son, but she found comfort, strength and peace in her strong faith, fam­ily, and friends. Her easygoing personality and laughter are remembered by many.
Phyllis is survived by her son Garry (Dawn) Leuning of Hendricks; son-in-law Jay Nebben of Dell Rapids, South Dakota; Janelle (Bill Bittner) Leuning of Crooks, South Da­kota; seven grandchildren— Katie (Travis) Pavek, Spencer Leuning, Parker (Alex) Leun­ing, Peter (Sydney) Nebben, Jennifer Nebben, Landon Leuning and Austin Leuning; seven great-grandchildren— Ava, Crosby, Shea, Adele, Noah, Jason and Jayda; sisters June (Jack) Barker and Gay­lene (David) Olson; brothers Burt Pederson and Rodney (Kathy) Pederson; sister-in-law Marilyn Pederson; broth­ers-in-law Jim Leuning and Philip (Karen) Leuning; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard, daughter Sally Neb­ben, son Dean Leuning, and brother Robert Pederson.
Blessed be her memory.

Emil Citterman

January 9, 2020

obit CITTERMAN_044Oct. 20, 1926 – Dec. 28, 2019

Emil Citterman, age 93 of Ivanhoe, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at the Hendricks Community Hospital. Mass of Chris­tian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Visitation was 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at St. John Cantius Catholic Church with Rosary at 2 p.m. and prayer service at 4 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was at St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery. House­man Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Emil John Citterman was born to Joseph and Agnes (Friske) Citterman in Royal Township, Lin­coln County, on Oct. 20, 1926.He lived and farmed a mile from his birthplace. He spoke Polish at home until he had to learn to speak English to attended country school through the eighth grade. Emil continued farming with his father until his father was killed in an accident in 1950. He farmed with a true passion and had a love for the land for the rest of his days. He was known to have the straightest corn rows around and was even hired by others to do the same for them. On Oct. 22, 1958 Emil was mar­ried to the love of his life, Audrey Ann Kockelman, at St. Leo Catholic Church in St. Leo, and to this union they were blessed with four children to raise on the family farm.
Emil was a humble and caring man whose life re­volved around faith, fam­ily and farming. He was known to pray the Rosary up to three times a day. Emil was a generous man, always there to help those in need. A favorite way to spend his Sundays was to go for a drive and he was always up for a visit with a stranger, neighbor or friend. He also enjoyed singing and dancing. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who always made him smile.
He was a lifelong mem­ber of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, where he received all his Holy Sacraments. He was also a member of the NFO and the Knights of Columbus.
Emil passed away Sat­urday, Dec. 28, 2019 at the Hendricks Commu­nity Hospital at the age of 93 years, two months and eight days.
Grateful for having shared Emil’s life is his love of 61 years, Audrey Citterman of Ivanhoe; his children—Wanda (Chris) Hebrank of Marshall, Nick (Sherri) Citterman of Hen­dricks, Tony Citterman of Ivanhoe and Lisa (Tom) Przymus of Ivanhoe; nine grandchildren—Jennifer (Patrick) Umphrey, Me­lissa (Matt) Speakman, Nick Citterman, Jr., Shane (Ashley) Citterman, Walk­er (Ashli) Citterman, Ka­trina (Carter) Flemmer, Natasha (Adam) Kuehl, Samantha (Cody) Pies, and Haley (Austen) Bou­vette; 10 great-grandchil­dren—Isaiah and Audrey Umphrey, Ellie Speak­man, Oliver and Windsor Citterman, Myles, Lane and Haddie Kuehl, Bailey Pies and Nora Bouvette; seven siblings—Ferdi­nand Citterman, Raymond (Joyce) Citterman, Clem­ence (Theresa) Citterman, Evelyn Panka, Esther Hoff­man, Bernice Chlub and Leona Hauschild; in-laws Pauline (Marion) Oellien, Karen Kockelman and Elaine (Leon) Dritz; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ambrose (Bernice) Citter­man; sister Clara (John) Biranowski; in-laws Mary Ann Citterman, Walter Panka, Wallace Hoffman, Roy Chlub, Claire Jerzak, LeRoy Hauschild, Joe (Ro­sella) Rybinski and Silve Kockelman.

Joseph Lutgen, Jr.

January 9, 2020

obit Joseph LutgenDec. 25, 1929 – Jan. 1, 2020

Joseph Lutgen, Jr. received his call to eternal life on Jan. 1 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks, a week after his 90th birthday. A Mass in cele­bration of Joe’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Burial will be Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Ivanhoe. Visita­tion will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Houseman Funeral Home in Hendricks.
Joseph Lutgen, Jr. was born Dec. 25, 1929 in Bonesteel, South Dakota to Carolyn and Joseph Lutgen. He married Maureen Bolger, the love of his life, on Sept. 6, 1961 in Dublin, Ireland. In their ear­lier years, Joe and Maureen enjoyed frequent trips to the Black Hills. His greatest joy in life was spending time with family and grandchildren and making sure he had enough ice cream and peanut M&M’s for everyone. Joe also kept close contact with Maureen’s family in Ireland, England and Australia.
Joe’s lifelong call was to the cattle ranch. He raised cattle in “the valley” seven miles east of White, South Dakota for over 70 years. His family initially homesteaded in Bonesteel, South Dakota before being driven out by drought and grasshoppers. They moved to Canton, then to Flandreau, and finally to the White area, where they settled. Joe start­ed farming with horses on his father’s farm and could tell many stories about members of those horse teams. He often would end his stories with “the ‘good ol’ days’ really were not so good.” Joe and Maureen moved the family to Ivanhoe in 1970, but continued to ranch in the valley. Joe began to retire in 2007, although he continued to help out on the farm until his death. His son Dan carries on his tradition.
Joe was a member of Ss. Pe­ter and Paul Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, past trustee, and was a mem­ber of the Knights of Colum­bus. He was a member of the Upper Deer Creek Watershed Board and Dist. 75 School Board earlier in life.
Joe is survived by his five children—Paul (Rita) Lutgen, Mary Jo (Brian) Gruber, Dan (Kristi) Lutgen, Margo (David) Bakken, and Therese (John) Schoenfelder; 14 grandchil­dren and three great-grand­children.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mau­reen; his parents; three sisters; and an infant granddaughter.
God bless his memory.

James Anderson

January 9, 2020

April 21, 1933 – Dec. 28, 2019

Jim Anderson, age 86 of Lake Benton, died peace­fully while surrounded by family at his home on Dec. 28, 2019. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 3, 4-6 p.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. at church. Private family interment will occur at a later date. Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home–Lake Benton Chapel. To view Jim’s full life history or sign an on­line registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
He is survived by his wife Margret; son Rick (Janis) of New Hope; daughter Sue (George) Robinson of Robbinsdale; seven grand­children and four great grandchildren.

Phyllis Leuning

December 31, 2019

Phyllis Leuning, age 87 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Hendricks Hos­pital Chapel with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Visita­tion will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the Hendricks City Cem­etery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Sophie Gawerecki

December 31, 2019

obit Sophie GawereckiDec. 15, 1924 – Dec. 20, 2019

Sophie C. Gawerecki, age 95 of Hendricks, passed away Fri­day, Dec. 20 at the Hendricks Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Satur­day, Dec. 28 at St. John Can­tius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial was in the St. John Can­tius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 27, 4-7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks, and resumed Sat­urday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Sophie Clara Gawerecki was born Dec. 15, 1924 to Frank and Dorothy (Sik) Lacek in Hendricks Township, Lin­coln County, Minnesota. She was raised in Lincoln County by Dane Lake and attended country school. Sophie was baptized and confirmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. Following her education, she worked alongside her father on the family farm.
Sophie was united in mar­riage to Harry Gawerecki on June 30, 1947 at St. John Can­tius Catholic Church in Wilno. The couple lived and farmed in Lincoln County. Harry passed away on April 23, 1997. She remained on the farm and enjoyed volunteer­ing at the Arco Community Center for many years. She moved to Dawson, where she lived for a few years before moving to Hendricks. In May 2017, she entered the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Sophie passed away Friday, Dec. 20 at the Hendricks Hospital at the age of 95.
She was a life-long member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, where she served in the Altar Society and the CCW. Sophie enjoyed embroidering, canning, gardening, fishing, listening to music and square dancing. She especially en­joyed spending time with her family.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children— James (Lois) Gawerecki of Lake Benton, Clarence Gaw­erecki of Ivanhoe, Raymond Gawerecki of Hutchinson, Mary (Allen) Regnier of Daw­son, Thomas (Dawn) Gaw­erecki of Canby, and Hattie (James) VanDerostyne of Por­ter; son-in-law Philip (Karen) Leuning of Arco; 14 grand­children, 29 great-grandchil­dren, and four great-great-grandchildren; brother James (Janice) Lacek of Rapid City, South Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sophie was preceded in death by her husband, par­ents, daughter Dorothy, and three sisters— Margaret Bednarek, Gertrude Bednarek and Patricia Kubiszewsi.
Blessed be her memory.

George Skorczewski

December 31, 2019

obit George S IMG_3736Aug. 14, 1928 – Dec. 25, 2019

George Skorczewski, age 91 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 in Marshall.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Vis­itation was 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 at the church, with a 1 p.m. Rosary and a 3 p.m. prayer service. Visita­tion resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery with mili­tary honors.
Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrange­ments.
George John Skorczewski was born Aug. 14, 1928 on the family farm near Canby, to parents Michael Adam and Emily Helen (Ratajezak) Sko­rczewski. He attended coun­try school and continued to help his father on the farm. Working on the farm with his father installed a love for farming that became a life­long passion.
On June 11, 1952 George was united in marriage to Alice Olsonawski in Orleans, Minnesota. In October 1952 he was enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in the Korean War until his discharge on Sept. 15, 1954. After returning from war to his bride, they became blessed with nine children that they raised on the farm together where they instilled values of hard work. They shared 67 years of mar­riage until George passed away on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2019 at the age of 91 years, four months and 11 days.
George enjoyed playing electric guitar in the Walters Gang and dancing at the Bohe­mian Hall in his younger years. He also enjoyed hunting, fish­ing, playing horseshoes and cards, especially pinochle. George enjoyed working for the Lyon County Fertilizer Plant and hauling grain for the Kramer family. Driving Lin­coln County residents around to appointments was fun for him ,as well as helping his son and nephew at the welding shop. Time spent with family and friends telling stories and visiting meant the most to George throughout the years.
He was a member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, NFO Board, Farmfest and Ground­swell.
Grateful for having shared George’s life is his bride of 67 years, Alice; their children— Mary Anderson of Alexandria, Linda Bower of Hendricks, Kenneth Skorczewski of Fair­fax, Julia (Larry) Vick of Canby, Margaret Sawchak (Orville) of Marshall, Dorothy (Tom) Sun­dquist of Bricelyn, Michael (Wendy) Skorczewski of Arco, and Mark (Mitzi) Skorczewski of Hendricks; 14 grandchil­dren and 15 great-grandchil­dren; two sisters, Lorraine Lipinski of Minneota and Elaine Stynski of Ivanhoe; two sisters-in-law, Florine Skorc­zewski of Waseca and Leona Chalturnyk of Lancaster; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Doug­las; grandchildren Natasha Skorczewski, Craig Bower and Matthew Sundquis; son-in-law Dale Bower; three sis­ters and one brother.

David Kurth

December 5, 2019

obit David Kurth PictureMay 25, 1941 – Nov. 27, 2019

David C. Kurth, age 78 of Lake Shaokatan, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27 at his home, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Me­morial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Christ Lu­theran Church in Hendricks. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Friday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Hendricks, is entrusted with the arrangements.
David C. Kurth was born May 25, 1941 in Hendricks to Wesley and Bernice (Nelson) Kurth. He was raised near Hendricks, where he attended New Grove Country School, then graduated from Hen­dricks High School. Following high school, he worked as a carpenter until he was draft­ed into the U.S. Army on Jan. 24, 1964. David served in the Army for two years, serving one tour in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 23, 1966.
David was united in mar­riage to Sylvia Nielsen on Sept. 2, 1966. They had three chil­dren— Karla, Todd and Brett. David continued working as a carpenter and later became a Postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service.
David enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, woodworking and anything involving his grandchildren. In the summer you could gen­erally find him on the dock or in the boat enjoying the lake. In the past few years he en­joyed working in the garden alongside Sylvia. In the winter he spent many hours putting together puzzles when he wasn’t removing snow for the neighbors. He was a member of the Watertown, South Da­kota VFW, and an active mem­ber of the Shaokatan Sports­man’s Club.
Grateful having shared David’s life are his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Kurth of Lake Shaokatan; daughter Karla (Tim) Howard; seven grand­children— T.J. (Aly) Howard, Taylor (Haley) Kurth, Austin (Tori) Kurth, Jenna Kurth, Beau Kurth, Dylan (Kelsey) Kurth and Aspen Kurth; great-grandchildren Jamie and Pip­er Howard and Decker Kurth; two siblings, Blaine Kurth and Marcy McCarthy; and nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his two sons, Todd and Brett Kurth; his parents; and his “other mother,” moth­er-in-law Norma Nielsen.