Ruth Jesme

November 7, 2018

obit Ruth JesmeJuly 14, 1920 – Oct. 27, 2018

Ruth Jesme, age 98 of Canby, passed away Sat­urday, Oct. 27 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Buri­al was at the Canby City Cemetery. Houseman Fu­neral Home-Birk Chapel of Canby was entrusted with the arrangements.
Ruth Harriet Jesme was born on the family farm near Gary, South Dakota on Wednesday, July 14, 1920 to parents Peter and Ma­bel (Paulson) Jesme. She was one of eight children born to the Jesme fam­ily. Ruth was baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Canby, which is now is Our Sav­iour’s Lutheran Church.She was raised on the farm and attended Rock Valley Country School, District 40. While in high school she was a member of the or­chestra and played violin. Ruth and her peers were awarded high honors in multiple competitions held in the area. Ruth graduated from GaryHigh School in 1939 and continued her education in Mankato at business school.
Upon completion of busi­ness school, Ruth moved to Minneapolis and was em­ployed by Northern States Power, where she was known to be a very meticu­lous secretary who wasn’t afraid to step up to any task and help anyone out. In the early 1970s, Ruth returned home to help on the farm and care for her brother and elderly mother. In 2011, she moved off the farm and into Canby to be with her sister Deloris, and in 2013, they both moved to Lincoln Lane Villa in Hendricks.
Ruth loved to read, es­pecially about health and nutrition and natural rem­edies. Caring for others was a true passion and she was one to rarely complain. She was a member of Our Sav­iour’s Lutheran Church.
She will be lovingly missed by her sister De­loris Griffith of Hendricks and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings Earnest Jesme, Ma­mie (Arnold) Palm, Gladys Jesme, Pearl (Donald) Roske, Bernice (Palmer) Severson and Robert (Lou­ise) Jesme; and brother-in-law Calvin Griffith.

Alda Olsen

November 7, 2018

Sept. 23, 1924 – Oct. 29, 2018

Funeral services for Alda M. Olsen, age 94 of Tyler, were Saturday Nov. 3, 10 a.m. at Alliance Church in Tyler. Burial was in Ruthton City Cemetery. Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler was entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry, please visit
Alda Marjorie Olsen was born Sept. 23, 1924 to Earl and Avil (Abbott) Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in rural Illinois. Alda married Lawrence Ol­sen on Feb. 1, 1946 in Min­neapolis. They farmed in near Florence.
Alda is survived by her children—Robert Olsen of Hampton, Iowa, Richard (Annetta) Olsen of Tyler, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Weber of Elkton, South Dakota, and Karolyn (James) Barron of Lynd; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchil­dren. She was preceded in death by her husband Law­rence; her parents; broth­ers Clarence Hill, Marvin, Richard, and Lester John­son, and infants Cecil and Junior; sisters Virginia Webb and Juanita Berett; and grandson Larry Olsen.

Esther Dawson

October 18, 2018

obit esther dawsonJan. 22, 1924 – Oct. 2, 2018

After 94 years of spread­ing joy and laughter, Es­ther Alice Ruttum Dawson passed into eternal life on Oct. 2. A Celebration of Life Service for Esther will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at North Community Lu­theran Church, 114 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio.
The middle child of seven, Esther was born to Anton and Elsie (Shewell) Ruttum in 1924 on a prai­rie farm near Astoria, South Dakota. In 1947, Esther met the love of her life, J. Walter Dawson. They shared 56 wonderful years together before his death in 2003. Her broth­ers and sisters— Irene Orrick, Audrey Nelson, Talwin, Wayne, and Rich­ard Ruttum, and Sharon Filholm, also preceded Esther in death.
Esther and Walt met in Washington, DC, and mar­ried on April 12, 1947 at Luther Place Memorial Church. Shortly after, Es­ther and Walt moved to Walt’s hometown of Roch­ester, New York, so Walt could work at Kodak. Walt and Esther were active members of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Esther gave her time generously to volunteer activities at church, in the community and especially at the Al Sigl Center in Rochester, where she was a Volunteer of the Year. They traveled taking their family camp­ing across the U.S. making sure their children knew their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Esther relished win­ning at bridge, bowling and golf. She cherished her Norwegian heritage and Astoria, South Dakota roots. “Uff da!” she’d often exclaim. When Walt re­tired in 1977, they moved “home” to Esther’s be­loved prairie and built an A-frame house on the lake just a few miles from As­toria in Hendricks. Esther loved reconnecting with her South Dakota family and friends, especially her sister Sharon, Doug and their children. She moved her active lifestyle with her, singing in the choir, volunteering through Christ Lutheran Church, winning golf tourna­ments, and playing cards. Her final resting place will be beside her beloved Walt in the cemetery at Singsaas Lutheran Church near her birthplace.
For 20 years Esther and Walt split their time be­tween summers in Hen­dricks and winters in St. Augustine, Florida.
In 1997, Esther and Walt made their last move, to be near their children liv­ing in Columbus, Ohio. The people and activities of North Community Luther­an Church became a vital part of their life there. Es­ther sang, bowled, played bridge and golfed into her late 80s. Her sense of hu­mor never took a break.
Esther is survived by brother-in-law Doug Fil­holm, brother-in-law Richard Dawson (Susie) and sister-in-law Ginny Chesonis (Phil); children and spouses Jan Patton (Bob), Karen Haag (Rich), Tom Dawson, Mary May (Tom), and Bill Dawson (Diane); eigiht grandchil­dren and five great-grand­children; and 29 nieces and nephews.
Donations in Esther’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Associa­tion of Central Ohio­hio and Capital City Hos­pice www.capitalcityhos­

David Ramlo

October 11, 2018

obit David Ramlo picOct. 28, 1933 – Oct. 3, 2018

David Ramlo, age 84 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home. Funeral ser­vice was 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visi­tation was held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the East Hendricks Cem­etery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
David Peter Ramlo was born Saturday, Oct. 28, 1933 in Hendricks to parents Peter and Inga (Singsaas) Ramlo. He was one of 11 children born to the Ramlo fam­ily. He started working at age 11, shoveling coal and pitching hay, and lat­er as a carpenter with his family. He graduated from Hendricks High School in 1951. David proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, enlist­ing on Nov. 30, 1951, and stationed in Korea until 1952. David was honor­ably discharged Nov. 29, 1955 and returned home to work with his family.
On Oct. 8, 1959 Da­vid was united in mar­riage to Audrey Col­leen Karstens at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hen­dricks. Together they were blessed with five children. David worked construc­tion with his family, dug graves, and also was a bricklayer. For 23 years David was a rural mail carrier, until he retired in 1991.
David enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking when time allowed. Hunt­ing with Black Labrador dogs was something he enjoyed. Watching and listening to sports was a favorite pasttime. He and Audrey enjoyed at­tending their grandchil­dren’s events throughout the years. Spending time with family and friends was most important, es­pecially time spent with his grandchildren.
He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and a current member of Christ Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Rueben-Hansen American Legion, Post 195 of Hendricks, and a member of the Rural Mail Carriers Association.
Grateful for having shared David’s life is his wife of 59 years, Audrey Ramlo of Hendricks; his children—Cynthia (Jerry) Warzecha of St. Peter, Kirk (Ricki) Ramlo of Jame­stown, North Dakota, Jon (Lon Clemensen) Ramlo of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota, Krista Ramlo of Midway, Georgia, and Byron (Carla) Ramlo of White, South Dakota; 13 grandchildren— René, Jared, Trevor and Karré Warzecha; Brandon, Jor­dan, Amber and Kathryn Ramlo; Garret Strickland; and Mason, Kylie, Mat­tilyn and Kyrsten Ramlo; one great-grandchild, Teagan Ramlo; one sister, Ellen Peirce of Sparks, Nevada; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and one grand­son, Scott Warzecha.

Inez Olsen

October 11, 2018

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Inez Olsen, age 100, of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Oct. 5 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Fu­neral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby, with Rev. Levi Bollerud officiating. Burial will be in Marble Lutheran Cemetery, rural Canby. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Houseman Fu­neral Home, Birk Chapel in Canby. The visitation will resume Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Inez Mervina (Oien) Ols­en was born June 20, 1918 in Brookings County, South Dakota to Martin and Ida (Ellingson) Oien. She at­tended school in Brookings County. Inez was baptized and confirmed at Singsaas Lutheran Church and was a member of Marble Lu­theran Church for 50 years. In 1987 she joined Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby.
Inez married Alvin J. Ol­sen on Sept. 30, 1937 at St. Stephen’s Church in Canby. For 54 years she worked alongside Alvin with farm­ing and raising livestock. In addition, she enjoyed gar­dening. She was an excel­lent cook and baked many cookies, breads and pies. Inez was famous for her donuts; they were enjoyed in 23 states and in Norway. She worked as a nurse’s aide, in home health care, and helped many people as a volunteer. She was ac­tive as a 4-H leader, faithful in attending church with her children, and attended many school activities. She loved to play Bingo with Al­vin in various towns.
In 2000 she moved to an apartment in Hendricks, where she continued to make her donuts, which she loved to share. Inez was spunky and had quite the sense of humor. She was also known for her knowledge of relatives and if anyone needed an expla­nation or history about ge­nealogy she would have the answer. She loved to visit and enjoyed her visits from relatives. She especially enjoyed her gift of home­made soup. In 2013 she moved into the Hendricks Nursing Home, where she passed away at the age of 100 years, three months and 10 days. She will be laid to rest wrapped in a family quilt lovingly made for her 90th birthday, in a casket preciously made by her son Curt.
Inez is loving remem­bered by her six children— Don Olsen of Ivanhoe, Marlin (Marcia) Olsen of Hendricks, Alden (Janet) Olsen of Hendricks, Larry (Judy) Olsen of Jackson, Curt (Karen) Olsen of Canby, and Lois (Roger) Lensing of Porter; 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren; sister Edna Franett (who will be 103 in November) of Glendale, California; and one nephew, Kelly Franett of Glendale, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alvin, daughter-in-law Carol Olsen, brother Hjalmer Oien, and great-grandsons Jimmy Peace and Brandon Lucus.
Faith and hard work was her motto. Inez’s favorite color was purple, so please feel free to wear purple. Blessed be her memory.

Arlene Knutson

October 4, 2018

obit Arlene Knutson picJune 3, 1924 – Sept. 29, 2018

Arlene Knutson, age 94 of Hendricks, passed away Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral ser­vice will be 2 p.m. Wednes­day, Oct. 3 at Christ Luther­an Church in Hendricks, with Rev. Denise Fossen of­ficiating. Visitation will be Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Hen­dricks City Cemetery. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks is entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Arlene Martha Ione Knut­son was born June 3, 1924 to John and Ida (Nelson) Hogie in Astoria, South Da­kota. She was raised on a farm near Astoria, where she received her educa­tion.
Arlene was united in marriage to Donald Knut­son on June 21, 1947 at First Lutheran Church in Hendricks. The couple lived in Hendricks, where they raised their family. Later, Arlene began working as a TMA (trained medical aide) at the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home, retir­ing in 2008. Arlene passed away Sept. 29 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home at the age of 94.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where she served in the church circle; she was also a member of the Hendricks Legion Auxiliary. Arlene enjoyed baking, her family, yardwork, flowers, and as a young girl, riding her horse, Red. She gave uncondition­al love, was a woman of in­tegrity, and will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
Arlene is lovingly re­membered by her three daughters—Linda Bervig of Delano; Joan (Terry) Tommeraasen of Dell Rap­ids, South Dakota, and Patty (Greg) Floto of Casa Grande, Arizona; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sis­ter Eloyce (Caro) Haigh of Blaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Don­ald Knutson, her parents, and her brothers Ellsworth, Clayton and Morrell Hogie.
Blessed be her memory.

Evenelle Juenke

October 4, 2018

obit juenke Scanned Doument_20181001_104938_0001Jan. 10, 1926 – Sept. 11, 2018

Evenelle Oriska Juenke was born Jan. 10, 1926 in Hendricks to Oscar and Emma Erickson, joining brother Orlan and later welcoming sister Alice. Her father owned Erickson’s Furniture Store/Funeral Home in Hendricks. They lived in town and she had many happy times growing up, including picnics down by the lake and summer days swimming in Lake Hendricks.
In high school, she was in pep band and girls cho­rus, and on the annual and paper staff. She was Class Valedictorian. After at­tending one semester at Augsburg College in Min­neapolis, she returned to Hendricks and worked for her father in the furniture store, for her brother in his bakery, and as a secretary at Hendricks High School. There she met the love of her life, Carrol Juenke. They were married Aug. 2, 1949 and drove to Seattle, Washington on their hon­eymoon to live. They lived in various cities in Wash­ington all their married life. They raised three chil­dren— Catherine, Melinda and Eric.
After Carrol retired from Gai’s Bakery, they started a business, Premiere Video, which they owned and operated for ten years. In retirement they bought a motor home and traveled to different places, includ­ing snowbirding in Arizona and many wonderful trips with family and friends to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and Europe.
She had such energy and a zest for living. She en­joyed hosting parties, get-togethers and picnics. Mu­sic was always a big part of her life and she sang and played the organ beauti­fully. She was a member of Eastgate Congregational Church for many years and sang in the church choir. She had an unshakable and positive faith.
Evenelle cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she was al­ways there for her family and taught them uncondi­tional love and kindness. She was a devoted wife to Carrol. In her eighties, as his health was declining and he had to have kid­ney dialysis, she learned how to do daily dialysis at home. He passed away May 21, 2011.
Her health had been de­clining the last few years, so her daughters took her on a road trip to Minnesota last July. She had a wonder­ful time seeing relatives, reminiscing and splashing her feet in Lake Hendricks. Two days after they re­turned home to Washing­ton, she fell and broke her hip and her health quickly deteriorated. She passed away peacefully in Port Townsend, Washington on Sept. 11— a life truly well lived.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister, and her husband.
She is survived and much loved by her chil­dren— Cathy (Tim) Takay­ohi, Melinda LaPlant and Eric (Kirsten) Juenke; her grandchildren—Michael (Sarah) Takayoshi, Amy Takayoshi, Christian and Taylor Juenke; her great-grandchildren—Norah, Henry and Tess Takayoshi; her brother-in-law Burt Pederson; her sister-in-law Barbara (Archie) Lovre; her brother-in-law Allen Dumke; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life ser­vice will be held at Eastgate Congregational Church on Jan. 4, 2019.
Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Re­search Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Mabel McDowell

September 19, 2018

July 31, 1928 – Aug. 30, 2018

A Celebration of Life for Mabel May McDowell was held 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 in Lakeville.
Formerly of St. Paul, Ma­bel had lived in Hendricks for the past 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, and her beloved son, Bruce Davis. She is survived by daughters Christine (Kurt) Maxwell and Ginny (Bob) O’Leary, son David Beach, grand­children, great-grandchil­dren, and many nieces and nephews.

Ronald Holter

September 19, 2018

obit Ronald HolterNov. 18, 1938 – Sept. 16, 2018

Ronald G. “Ronnie” Holter, age 79 of Estell­ine, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Estelline Nursing and CareCenter. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at TrinityLutheranChurch in Estelline. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday at Geise Funeral Home in Estelline.
Ronald Gene “Ronnie” Holter was born Nov. 18, 1938 in Estelline, South Dakota, the son of Adolph and Cecelia (Bergh) Holter. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Pe­tri Lutheran Church near Bruce, South Dakota. He attended school at Eure­ka No. 57 and graduated from BruceHigh School in 1956. Ronnie went to work for Peter J. Sch­weitzer for over 17 years. In 1975, Ronnie began his 3M career in Brook­ings, South Dakota until his retirement in 1994.
He was united in mar­riage to Anitra Heyl on July 1, 1961 in Hendricks. To this union the couple was blessed with five sons, Kevin, Kent, Brian, Bryce and Darin. In re­tirement, he drove bus for Estelline Schools for four years.
Ronnie was a lifetime member of the Ameri­can Legion and TrinityLutheranChurch in Es­telline. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying fish­ing, hunting, trapping, building the “perfect trap,” and camping. He followed the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and could be found at many of the Estelline Redmen sporting events. Most importantly, he loved be­ing grandpa, watching his grandchildren in their ac­tivities.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anitra Holter of Estelline, South Dakota; five sons— Kevin Holter of Estelline, Kent Holter of Brookings, South Dakota, Brian (Deb) Holt­er of Watertown, South Dakota, Bryce Holter of Alexandria, South Da­kota, and Darin Holter of Estelline, South Dakota; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchil­dren; three brothers— Wes (Isabelle) Holter of Brookings, South Dakota, Dale (Joanne) of North Ridge, Colorado, and Myron (Sally) Holter of Topeka, Kansas; two sis­ters—Adelpha (Leland) Reppe of Bruce, South Dakota, and Julie (John) Anderson of Boise, Ida­ho; and many nieces and nephews.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.geisefuneralhome. com

Ronald Stenerson

August 23, 2018

Nov. 28, 1945 – Aug. 16, 2018

Ronald Lee Stenerson, age 72 of Tyler, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. at FirstEnglishLu­theranChurch in Tyler. Vis­itation was one hour prior to the service. Inurnment followed at HopeCemetery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home-Tyler Chapel was entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Ron’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit
Ronald Lee Stenerson was born to Harvey and Doris (Thompson) Sten­erson on the farm in Nor­dland Township of Lyon County on Nov. 28, 1945. Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 and was first stationed in Korea, then Vietnam. He returned home to Russell in 1966, and was married to Sharon Maxine Gravley on Aug. 13, 1966 at First Presbyterian Church in Russell.
Ron is survived by his wife Sharon; son Jeff and his wife Rachel of Tyler; siblings Jerry of Russell and Perry of Fairmont; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be di­rected to Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler or Avera@Home Hospice