Connie Olson

September 20, 2017

Nov. 8, 1953 – Aug. 10, 2017

Connie Jean Olson, age 63, passed away Aug. 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Connie was born Nov. 8, 1953 in Tyler to Glenn and June (Hoberg) Trautman. She grew up on the fam­ily farm in the Lake Ben­ton-Verdi area. Her fam­ily moved to Hendricks in 1965, where she attended Hendricks Public School and graduated in 1972. Connie then earned her medical imaging degree from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. This is also where she met Rich Olson, the man who captured her heart. Con­nie and Rich were married Oct. 5, 1974 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where they made their home and lived their life since 1975.
Connie loved the life she shared with Rich. Her special cats Henry and Snuggie gave her smiles and warmed her heart. She enjoyed camping and traveling with Rich. Their trip to Kenya was a lifelong dream for them both and they were thrilled to expe­rience it. She was an avid follower of the Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Phoenix Suns.
Connie also had a strong interest in politics and what was best for the peo­ple in our country and the protection of the beauti­ful lands this country has. People needed to sit back and fasten their seatbelts when she began her cur­rent political oration.
Connie cherished their friends and so enjoyed the Monday night and Wednes­day gatherings. They were all such a special part of Connie’s (Bubble’s) life. It is noted that “Bubbles” enjoyed a glass or so of Al­mond Champagne on oc­casion.
One of Connie’s great­est abilities was how to be a good friend to so many people who came into her life. She was a kind and car­ing person with a warm, loving smile. She was able to give the invaluable gifts of heart and humor.
Greatful for having shared her life are her husband Rich; her mother June; her sisters, Kathy (Bob) Buchholz, Sandi (Craig) Johnson, and Glenyce (Chuck) Som­mervold; sister-in-law Ginny and brother-in-law Jeff; and many nieces and nephews, whom she cher­ished.
Connie was preceded in death by her father Glenn Trautman, father-in-law Verner, and mother-in-law Edna Olson.
Her final resting place will be beside her father, Glenn, at Immanuel Lu­theran Cementary near Verdi.
Any memorials may be given to the AZ Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041

Virginia Johnson

September 7, 2017

Oct. 17, 1922 – Aug. 27, 2017

Virginia R. Johnson, age 94 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Hendricks Commu­nity Hospital. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Satur­day, Sept. 2 at Wood Lake Lutheran Church in rural Astoria, South Dakota. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at House­man Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hendricks, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the church cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Virginia Ruth (Esping) Johnson was born Oct. 17, 1922 to Herman and Gus­ta (Bakken) Esping on the family farm near Taunton, the ninth of 11 children. She was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lu­theran Church in Minneo­ta. Virginia attended rural school in Yellow Medicine County. She attended high school in Canby.
Virginia was united in marriage to Elmer Leon­ard Johnson of Astoria, South Dakota on Jan. 3, 1942 at the Hendricks parsonage. To this union three children were born—DeWayne, Cynthia and Dennis. Elmer and Virginia spent the major­ity of their married life farming in Lincoln County. In 1997 they retired and moved to Hendricks.
Virginia was a lifelong member of Wood Lake Lutheran Church. In her earlier years she was a member of the ladies aid, altar guild, board of edu­cation and she taught Sun­day School. Virginia was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and feeding humming­birds.
Virginia had resided in the Hendricks Nursing Home since May 2015. She passed away on Aug. 27 at the age of 94 years, 10 months at the Hendricks Hospital. Her family is grateful to the staff of the Hendricks Nursing Home and Hendricks Hospital for the wonderful care Virginia received.
Grateful for having shared Virginia’s life are her children—DeWayne Johnson of Hendricks, Dennis (Joy) Johnson of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Cyndy Gylling of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; five grandchildren—Jennifer (Erik) Stone of Woodland Park, Colorado, Kimberly (Fred) Olson of Falcon, Colorado, Brian Gylling of Minneapolis, Darin (Mela­nie) Gylling of Shoreview, and Kristin (Nathan) Gerdes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 11 great-grandchildren—Paige and Bridget Olson, Hunter and Hayden Stone, Ethan, Ian and William Gylling, Blake and Beau Gerdes, and Anna and Luke Baker; her brother Herman Jr. (Do­reen) Esping, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Her­man and Gusta Esping; her husband of 69 years, Elmer Johnson; son-in-law Paul Gylling; great-grand­daughter Brooke Gerdes; brothers Erwin, Olaf and Ordell; and sisters Ione, Margaret, Hazel, Cecelia, Henrietta and Olena.
Blessed be her memory.

Richard Pitzl

August 31, 2017

obit richard pitzl DOC082317-08232017092309-0001March 19, 1938- Aug. 20, 2017

Richard Pitzl, age 79 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, Aug. 20 at his home. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Faith Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 at Faith Lutheran Church in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Hen­dricks City Cemetery with full military honors by the Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 457 of Hen­dricks. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Richard George Pitzl was born March 19, 1938 near Evan, to parents John and Kathryn (Schwint) Pitzl. He was raised on the farm near Morgan and graduated from Morgan High School in 1956. After graduation he enlisted in the Army National Guard and served two years, then he proudly served his country for 10 years in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy he served on the USS Miller from 1960-1963, then was commissioned as Plank Owner upon the USS Richard E. Byrd from 1964-1968, as a Boiler Technician. He was hon­orably discharged on Aug. 19, 1968 in Norfolk, Vir­ginia. Richard was mar­ried to Connie Coppo and to this union four children were born. They later di­vorced.
Richard was united in marriage to Ramona (Pierce) Mason on June 18, 1977 in Watertown, South Dakota. After their mar­riage a year was spent in Evan and several years in Vermont until purchasing their 80-acre farm near Hendricks in 1987. He farmed and restored an­tique John Deere tractors and classic cars. He also worked for Olsen Custom Farms from 2005 until his death. He enjoyed John Deere tractors whether it was tractor shows or re­storing them in his shop. He also enjoyed classic cars and watching West­erns on TV. Time spent with his family and friends meant the world to him, especially with his grand­children and great-grand­children. He was a mem­ber of the Rueben-Hansen American Legion, Post 457 of Hendricks.
Grateful for having shared Richard’s life is his wife of 40 years, Ramona Pitzl of Hendricks; his chil­dren—Richard J. Pitzl of Nashua, New Hampshire, Ann Heidi (David) Morse of Nashua, New Hamp­shire, Lisa M. (Ed) Gibbs of Rogersville, Tennessee, John J. Pitzl of Hendricks, Shelley R. Jannar of Cor­nelius, North Carolina, Robbie Mason of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Jessica (Burton) Wilkins of Greensboro, North Caro­lina; 10 grandchildren— Amanda Thomas, Christo­pher and Stephanie Morse, Amber Lane, Shaun Aik­ens, Jesse Aikens, Latasha Stahlecker, Jerzey Mason, and Ramona and Audrey Wilkens; seven great-grandchildren—Kailey and Madison Whitcomb, Logan, Landon, Lucas and Levi Lane, and Everlynn Ennenga; his siblings Kath­erine (Frank) Peppersack of Parkers Prairie, Law­rence (Fran) Pitzl of Wa­basso, and Russell (Linda) Pitzl of Hendricks; and nu­merous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roger (Verda) Pitzl, and brother-in-law Robert Pierce.

Fern Nelson

August 31, 2017

obit Fern NelsonJuly 25, 1934 – Aug. 26, 2017

Fern Nelson, age 83 of Hendricks, passed away Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Memorial service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks, with Rev. Denise Fossen officiating. Inurnment was in the Han­sonville Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Visitation was Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Fern Nelson was born July 25, 1934 to Melvin and Myrna (Nord) Pear­son near Hartington, Ne­braska. She was raised in various communities in Minnesota before the fam­ily settled in Hendricks in the mid 1940s. Fern re­ceived her GED and later completed her LPN educa­tion. She began working at the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home.
Fern was united in mar­riage to Virgil Nelson on June 9, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Hen­dricks. The couple lived and farmed north of Hen­dricks where they raised their two children. Later they moved to a home by Twins Lakes north of Hen­dricks. Virgil passed away on July 27, 1981. Fern re­mained in their home until moving to an apartment in Ivanhoe. Later she re­turned to Hendricks and entered the Hendricks Nursing Home on Feb. 22, 2000. Fern passed away there on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the age of 83 years, one month and one day.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Following retirement she enjoyed volunteering at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Fern enjoyed to read, do Word Search puzzles, spend time with her family, and go on trips to Arizona. She was known for her cook­ing and baking. Fern loved entertaining her grand­children with the “Lutefisk Song.” She also liked to dress up for Halloween in the homemade costumes made by her nieces and her sister Elaine. The fam­ily would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home for the 17 years of care that Fern received!
Fern is lovingly remem­bered by her daughter Linda (Richard) Grimlie of Toronto, South Dakota; son Allen (Lee) Nelson of Sierra Vista, Arizona; grandchildren Kristin (Jer­emy) Hunter, Kelli (Corey) Franken, and Kelsey (Dan) Knust; great-grandchil­dren Skylar, Matte, Shay, Payton, Caysen, Olivia and Oakley; siblings Kenneth (Marge) Pearson of Hen­dricks and Janet (Allen) Johnson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister-in-law Mavis Kirkvold of Hendricks; along with many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil, her parents, step­mother Pearl, sister Elaine Nelson, brother-in-law Wilfurd Nelson, sisters and brothers-in-law Mau­rice and Rosalie Nelson, Phyllis and Carrol Ask, Ori­ette and Helmer Dahl and Kermit Kirkvold.
Blessed be her memory.

Virginia Johnson

August 31, 2017

Virginia R. Johnson, age 94 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Wood Lake Lutheran Church in rural Astoria, South Dakota. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Cha­pel in Hendricks, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Kenneth Johnson

August 16, 2017

obit Kenneth JohnsonApril 9, 1935 – Aug. 9, 2017

Kenneth “Cotton” John­son, age 82 of Hendricks, passed away at his resi­dence on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Memorial Service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Christ Luther­an Church in Hendricks. Burial was at the East Hendricks Cemetery. Vis­itation was 5–7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 at Christ Lutheran Church. House­man Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Hendricks was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Kenneth (Cotton) Ar­chie Johnson was born April 9, 1935 at home in Hendricks to Paul P. and Inga (Moe) Johnson. On Sept. 3, 1955 he was unit­ed in marriage to Lois Em­mons of Canby, and this union was blessed with five children—Teresa (Terri), Sharon, Brad, Jill, and Keith. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage.
He attended Hendricks Public Schools. Cotton and Lois moved to Albu­querque, New Mexico, where he worked at San­dia Corporation Air Force Base for eight years. In 1963 they moved back to Hendricks where he did construction work. In March 1964, Cotton was asked to help out at the Hendricks Hospital, working in maintenance. He continued to work in this capacity for 52 years until his retirement on March 17 this year. Cotton enjoyed going to work ev­ery day and greeting the hospital employees. He enjoyed all the people he worked with throughout the years. He was also a volunteer member of the Hendricks Fire Depart­ment for 20 years.
Cotton enjoyed spend­ing his free time at their lake home in Alexandria. He always enjoyed time with family, especially joking, teasing and hav­ing fun with his grand­kids, nieces, nephews, and any kid he ran into. Cotton was very passion­ate about his Norwegian heritage and was able to travel to Norway three times to visit family and friends. He also enjoyed any time that the Norwe­gian family and friends came to visit Hendricks. He enjoyed being outside and working in the yard, taking care of his flow­ers and feeding the birds. Cotton and Lois also en­joyed taking many trips to various parts of the country
He is survived by his wife Lois; children—Te­resa (Terri) Di Nello of Glendale, Arizona, Sha­ron (Mike) Evert of Hen­dricks, Brad (Tamara) Johnson of Phoenix, Ari­zona, Jill (Joel) Huber of Clark, South Dakota, and Keith (Lisa) Johnson of Hendricks; grandchil­dren—Kari Di Nello of Pacifica, California, Kristi (Nick) Di Nello of Arling­ton, Sara (Mark) Chris­tensen of St. Cloud, Shane (Emily) Evert of Moor­head, Brittany (Sean) Hoolihan of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, Megan Evert of Brookings, South Da­kota, Lauren (Lavione) West of Glendale, Ari­zona, Benjamin Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona, Mor­gan Huber of Vermillion, South Dakota, Mackenzie Huber and Noah Huber of Clark, South Dakota, Al­lison (Randy) Johnson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Emily Johnson and Ryan (Jen) Gilbertson of Brook­ings, South Dakota, Nicole (Alan) Rasmussen of Hen­dricks, and Alexa Vrchota of Brookings, South Da­kota; 11 great-grandchil­dren—Jaden, Hazel, Pay­ton, Parker, Jada, Deklan, Ridge, Mackenzie, Esme, Odin and Ian; his brother Paul (Winnie) Johnson of Brookings, South Dakota, and sister Ruth (Dave) Grengs of Farmington; sisters-in-law Betty Johnson and Ruth John­son of Hendricks; broth­ers- and sisters-in-law Glenn (Fern) Emmons of Windom and Ron (Jan) Emmons of Mound; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Bernice Mathi­son, Parnell Johnson, Mil­ton Johnson, Irene John­son, Donald Johnson and Glen Johnson.

Weldon Hogie

August 16, 2017

April 23, 1920 – Aug. 8, 2017

Weldon Hogie, age 97 of Northfield, passed away Aug. 8 in Minneapolis. A family service will be held in Astoria, South Dakota at a later date.
Weldon was born April 23, 1920 in Astoria, South Dakota to Ida (Iverson) and Albert Hogie. He re­ceived his Bachelor of Sci­ence degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State College in 1942, then served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II. He led the 1st Mo­bile Radio Broadcasting Company (Sec 3) in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany, broadcast­ing both propaganda and entertainment. After WWII he remained in Ger­many as Chief Engineer of Radio Stuttgart until Au­gust 1946, training staff and ensuring appropriate programming. He ended his WWII service as a Ma­jor. Citations included a Bronze Battle Star and a Silver Star. He was called up for Korea in 1951 and did radio work there for 17 months.
In the early 1950s he was one of the first engi­neers at WCCO TV, where he developed the inova­tive split-screen technol­ogy used to produce the “Bedtime Nooz” program in the 1060s. He moved to Northfield in the late 1960s and was Technical Director of the Associated Colleges Video Tape Proj­ect for many years. In re­tirement he was active in the Northfield HAM Radio group. He taught advanced photoshop classes at the NorthfieldSeniorCenter until he was 91.
Weldon was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Leander, and his nephew Arthur Hogie. He is survived by his niece Janet Avery of Golden Val­ley; his nephew Keith Ho­gie (Paulette) of Laurel, Maryland; his niece Leanne Hogie (Mike) of Hood Riv­er, Oregon; great-nephews Glenn Hogie of Maryland, and David Keysser and Na­than Keysser of Minneapo­lis; and great-niece Jenna Hogie of Texas.
Those wishing to honor his memory might consid­er donating to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park, or the Weldon Hogie Electrical Engineering Scholarship Fund of the South Dakota State University Founda­tion in Brookings, South Dakota.

Richard Sagmoe

August 9, 2017

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Richard Sagmoe, age 73 of Hendricks, passed away Monday, July 31 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Per Richard’s wish­es there will be no public services held. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Cha­pel of Hendricks was en­trusted with the arrange­ments.
Richard Lowell Sagmoe was born June 30, 1944 in Minneapolis, and was ad­opted as an infant by Low­ell and Mabel (Hanson) Sagmoe. He was raised in Hendricks and gradu­ated from Hendricks High School. He worked at Kirkvold Oil Company as an attendant and a bulk petroleum driver for over 15 years. He sold insurance for Lutheran Brotherhood for a short time, then he discovered his true passion for golf after selling golf carts for NB Golf Cars. Richard’s passion led him to work at various golf courses, doing construction and maintenance for many years.
On Feb. 1, 1964 Richard was united in marriage to Virginia Kamstra at New Grove EUB Church in rural Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with three children. Richard was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Hendricks Kiwanis Club.
Richard enjoyed golf­ing, cruising around in cars and trucks, and be­ing a handyman fixing things, especially for fam­ily. He was well known by friends and family for telling stories and may­be stretching the truth a little. Richard valued the time spent with his fam­ily and friends, especially with his grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared his life are his three children—Todd (Jeanette) Sagmoe of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Sherri (Nick) Citterman of Hendricks and Pete (Maribeth) Sagmoe of Lakeville; nine grandchil­dren—Jacob and Benja­min Sagmoe, Nicholas, Shane (Ashley) and Walk­er (Ashli) Citterman, and Katrina (Carter Flemmer) Citterman; Chloee, Riley and Hayden Sagmoe, and one great-grandchild, Oli­ver Citterman.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents Lowell and Mabel Sag­moe.

Lenore Schwarz

August 9, 2017

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Lenore Schwarz, age 78 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, at the Hendricks Community Hospital. Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Houseman Fu­neral Home-Birk Chapel in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visita­tion will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Lenore Mae Schwarz was born March 1, 1939 in Middleburg, Iowa to Elmer and Marie (Beyer) Jansma. She graduated from SibleyHigh School.
Lenore was united in marriage to Merlyn Schwarz on May 24, 1956 in a private ceremony in Spirit Lake, Iowa. To this union they were blessed with four children who they raised on the farm. In 1981 Lenore gradu­ated from nursing school at Lake Area Technical Institute as an LPN. She worked for various hos­pitals, nursing homes and home health facilities in Ivanhoe, Hendricks, Canby, Tyler and Pipestone. After 34 years as an LPN she re­tired
Lenore enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and read­ing. She also enjoyed her flower gardening and car­ing for others. She loved her grandchildren dearly. She was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church and the Hendricks Literary Club in Hendricks.
Grateful for having shared Lenore’s life is her husband of 61 years, Mer­lyn Schwarz of Hendricks; children—Randy (Leslie) Schwarz of Hendricks, Jan Schwarz of Phoenix, Arizona, and Darla (Jeff) Lasnetski of Willmar; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Pam Schwarz of Tyler; one sis­ter, Twyla (Marvin Hol­trop) Kruger of Sheldon, Iowa, and one brother, Orlin (Victoria) Jansma of Sibley, Iowa; as well as nu­merous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Ron Schwarz, grandson Nathan Schwarz, nephew Roy Kruger, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Richard Petersen

August 9, 2017

June 29, 1939 – Aug. 6, 2017

Richard D. Petersen, retired truck driver of Pratt, Kansas, formerly of Hendricks, passed away Aug. 6.
He was born June 29, 1939 in Hendricks.
Richard is survived by his wife Gloria Petersen; daughters Sandy, Lori, and Becky; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister Linda Knott of Hendricks and her children Chris, Ashley and Amber; and five siblings. He was preceeded in death by his mother Cora Petersen and one sibling.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with the Pratt County EMS, 1001 E 1st, Pratt, KS 67124.