Audrey Ramlo

March 14, 2019

obit Audrey RamloJune 5, 1936 – Feb. 5, 2019

Audrey Ramlo, age 82 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral ser­vice was 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Christ Luther­an Church in Hendricks. Burial was in the East Hendricks Cemetery in Hendricks. Visitation was hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Fu­neral Home, Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Audrey Colleen Ramlo was born in Brookings, South Dakota on June 5, 1936 to parents Alfred and Grace (Herrick) Karstens. She was raised on a farm near Elkton, South Dakota and attended her fresh­man year of high school in Brookings, then she grad­uated from Elkton High School in 1954. Audrey attended Anchor School of Nursing in St. Paul, gradu­ating with an RN Degree in 1957. During her years as an RN, she worked in various areas from Min­neapolis and Albert Lea, to Van Nuys, California, and all around the Hendricks area.
On Aug. 8, 1959 Audrey was united in marriage to David Peter Ramlo at Cal­vary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Together they were blessed with five children.
Audrey enjoyed play­ing cards, sewing, baking cookies and collecting an­gels. Gardening and can­ning were also something Audrey enjoyed, as well as watching and feeding the birds. Attending grandchil­dren’s events throughout the years was fun for both Audrey and David. Time spent with family and friends was very impor­tant, especially time spent with her grandchildren.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and was the Care Group Coordinator for 20 years. She was also a mem­ber of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary and was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts.
Grateful for having shared Audrey’s life are her 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—Rene’, Jared, Trevor and Karre’ Warzecha, Brandon, Jor­don, Amber and Kathryn Ramlo, Garret Strickland, and Mason, Kylie, Mattilyn and Kyrsten Ramlo; one great-grandchild, Teagan Ramlo; one sister, Rozella (Rose) Potthast of Brook­ings, South Dakota; one sister-in-law, Ellen Peirce of Sparks, Nevada; and nu­merous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her hus­band, and one grandson, Scott Warzecha.

Iva Jensen

March 14, 2019

Sept. 24, 1937 – March 3, 2019

Iva Jensen, age 81 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, March 3 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Memorial service was 11 a.m. Friday, March 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cem­etery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church on Fri­day. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Iva Mae Jensen was born Sept. 24, 1937 in Estell­ine, South Dakota to Dirk and Ida (Franken) Bruin­sma. She was the 10th of 11 children and she was raised on the family farm six miles east of Estelline. She was baptized and con­firmed at the Christian Re­formed Church of Estelline and she graduated from Estelline High School in 1956.
Iva Mae was united in marriage to Robert Jensen on Sept. 10, 1957 at First Lutheran Church in Brook­ings, South Dakota. To this union they were blessed with John and Donna. For 16 years the family lived in St. Paul, where she was a homemaker and a daycare provider. In 1973 they moved to Hendricks to be closer to family.
Iva Mae enjoyed mu­sic, watching ice skating, new clothes, and watch­ing “General Hospital.” Visiting with family and friends was most enjoy­able for Iva Mae. She was known by her grandkids for her Sloppy Joes, potato salad and cookies, and for playing and reading to her grandchildren. She was a member of Trinity Luther­an Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and was involved in the La­dies Aid. Iva passed away on Sunday, March 3 at the Hendricks Nursing Home at the age of 81 years, five months and nine days.
Grateful for having shared Iva Mae’s life are her two children— John (Pam) Jensen of Melrose and Donna (Rick) Jens­en of Minneapolis; four grandchildren—Joey (Tes­sa) Jensen, Laura (Wade) Schwarz, Jessie (Devin) Jensen-Rosenow and Mar­ty Jensen; six great-grand­children— Brody, Zoey, Elliot, Hadley, Harper and Henrik; siblings Eleanor Wiesner of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Rob­ert (Roylyn) Bruinsma of Castlewood; sister-in-law Mary Bruinsma of Clear Lake, South Dakota; spe­cial friend and neighbor Helen Olson; and numer­ous nieces, nephews, cous­ins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert in 1997; siblings Jesse, Alvin, Ben, Janet, Stephanie, Art, Les­ter and Delmar; and one special friend, Loretta Hanson.

Margery Bunn

February 27, 2019

Aug. 25, 1936 – Feb. 5, 2019

Margery (Midtaune) Bunn, born Aug. 25, 1936 in Hendricks, died peace­fully at home on Feb. 5 in Rescue, California.
Margery and her twin sister Etta were born to Thurma Midtaune. Their father, John Midtaune, died in a car accident just three weeks before Margie and Etta were born.
Margie married Willis P. Bunn on May 30, 1954, right after she gradu­ated from Hendricks High School. After their wed­ding, they moved to Lawn­dale, California and found a job at Douglas Aircraft Company. After her moth­er-in-law passed away, she took an early retirement to care for the special needs of her brother-in-law Cur­tis. She cared for Curtis 34 years until her passing.
Margie and Willis moved from Tustin, California to Rescue, California in 2014. They lived in their own home on 10 acres, next to Barbara and David Nobel, their daughter and son-in-law.
In August 2018, Margie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). She joined a clinical trial for treatment but suc­cumbed to the disease in February.
Margie is survived by her husband Willis; broth­er-in-law Curtis Bunn; her daughter Barbara and her husband David Nobel; and daughter Brenda Den­nahower; five grandchil­dren— Jessica Garcia, Jen­nifer Campbell, Jonathan Noble, Justin Dennahower and John Hornbuckle; sev­en great-grandchildren— Lydia Garcia, Matthew Garcia, Ivor Campbell, Angus Campbell, Olivia Noble, Elijah Dennahower and Zoey Dennahower.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Thurma; two brothers, Ar­nold and Lowell Midtaune; and three sisters, Gretchen Mackenzie, Deloris Sher­wood and Marietta Dun­lap.
Margie will be remem­bered for her hard work, sacrifice, generosity and love for her family.

Deloris Olson

February 21, 2019

obit Deloris OlsonAug. 8, 1924 – Feb. 16, 2019

Deloris Mae Olson, age 94 of Hendricks, passed away Saturday, February 16 at the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home. Funeral service was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks.Burial was in the East Hendricks Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the Hendricks Hospi­tal Chapel, and resumed Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Hen­dricks, was entrusted with the arrangements.
Deloris M. Olson was born Aug. 8, 1924 to Julius and Palma (Hagen) Aune in Hendricks. She was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church and was a Hendricks High School graduate. After re­ceiving her lab tech. certif­icate, she returned to Hen­dricks and began working at the Hendricks Clinic.
Deloris was united in marriage to Kenneth Ol­son on June 24, 1951 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with one daughter, Darla. In 1956 they moved to Fargo-Moorhead, where Deloris became a stay-at-home mom and took in sewing and alterations for 20 years before returning to Hendricks in 1976. She then began working at the Hendricks Hospital and Home and continued with her sewing.
Deloris was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway, Vennskap Lodge 554.
Weekends spent at the lake near Alexandria brought much enjoy­ment for Deloris and her family. It was here that she found time to relax, whether it was in the boat fishing or fooling with her two grandchildren— great memories. Her great-grandchildren, Max, Cooper, Reed and Beau, brought a smile to her face when talked about. She will be remembered as “Granny” by them.
Deloris is survived by a daughter, Darla (Daniel) Buseth; grandchildren Da­vis (Lisa) Buseth and Dan­ielle Buseth; great-grand­children Max, Cooper, Reed and Beau Buseth; sisters Elizabeth Klosterman and Joan Lovro; brother Paul (Penny) Aune; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ken­neth Olson, parents Julius and Palma Aune, brothers Julian, Cleon and James Aune, and sister Lorraine Thompson.
Blessed be her memory.

Esther Dahlgren

February 21, 2019

May 22, 1926 – Feb. 14, 2019

Esther Marie (Carlson) Dahlgren was born May 22, 1926. She passed away peacefully at her daugh­ter’s home with family by her side under the care of Prairie Hospice of Mar­shall on Feb. 14 at the age of 92.
Esther graduated from Marshall High School. She married Roy Dahlgren on July 4, 1945 at midnight with her parents as wit­nesses. She and her hus­band farmed near Ivan­hoe. Esther and Roy had three children, daughters Joyce and Jean and son James. They moved to Hendricks in 1979, where they started a machine shop business with their son James Dahlgren.
Esther had many tal­ents. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and bookkeeping in their shop in Hendricks. She made many friends while tend­ing the office.
Esther believed the truth of the Bible and ac­cepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Because of God’s Word, Esther is enjoying Heaven today. Esther faithfully at­tended church by televi­sion with Pastor Harold Selem of Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Esther’s surviving fam­ily includes her daugh­ter Joyce Kelm of Albany, Oregon along with her daughters Lada (Carl) Wilson and their daugh­ter Cheyenne, all of Or­egon; daughter Johanna (Jacob) Klein of Oregon; daughter Jean (Calvin) Gilbert of Lake Benton; son Patrick Dirckx (friend Sarah), their daughter Kassidy and her son Kam­den; son Scott Ochocki and his daughter Hailey; son James Dahlgren’s best friend Doris Moe of Hen­dricks and their three daughters, Terry, Kelly and Courtney and their families. Other surviv­ing family members are Edwin Steuck of Ivanhoe, Mike and Tami Locy of Watertown, South Dakota, Marvin and Margie Oberg of Milroy, Marion and Clarence Wiering of Mar­shall, and Vern and Diane Krentz of Hutchinson.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents Eric and Marie Carlson, her husband Roy and her son James.
Visitation for Esther Dahlgren will be Satur­day, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. at Cedric’s Banquet Hall in Hendricks. A service and burial will be held later in July, when all of Esther’s family is able to attend.

Pearl Bauman

February 6, 2019

obit Pearl BaumanDec. 29, 1924 – Jan. 27, 2019

Pearl Bauman, age 94 of Gary, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at Bethany Cemetery in Astoria, South Dakota. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Pearl Josephine Bauman was born Dec. 29, 1924 in Ward, South Dakota to Paul Sr. and Josephine (Lamp) Carpenter. She was raised on the family farm near Lake Benton, and she graduated from Lake Benton High School. Pearl went to teachers’ training then taught country school near Arco and Lake Benton.
On April 19, 1949 Pearl was united in Holy Matrimony to Kenneth Bauman at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. They were blessed with eight children. In 1951, they relocated to a farm south of Gary, South Dakota, near Lake Cochrane. She worked side by side with her husband, children, chickens and cattle. In 1979, Pearl and Kenneth moved off the farm into Astoria, South Dakota. Kenneth died in 1996 after 47 years of marriage. In 2005, Pearl moved to Lincoln Lane Villa in Hendricks.
Pearl enjoyed gardening, baking, birdwatching and writing poetry. She also enjoyed doing crafts, needlework, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and reading. She was known for sending cards for every occasion to all her family and friends. Family gatherings were especially important to Pearl, as she loved her time spent with her grandchildren.
She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she served on the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Ladies American Legion Auxiliary in Astoria and a member of the Prairie Neighbors Extension Club.
Grateful for having shared Pearl’s life are her eight children— Ron (Sandy) Bauman of Hendricks, Darlene Theisen of Altamont, Myrna (Richard) Shum of Wamego, Kansas, Darald (Peggy) Bauman of Gary, South Dakota, Marlin Bauman of Gary, South Dakota, Charles (Melanie) Bauman of Lebanon, Missouri, Joanne (Darryl) Mauseth of Clear Lake, South Dakota, and Teresa (Steve) Bourassa of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 29 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; siblings William (Darlene) Carpenter, Lois Zimmer and Ardith Larson, all of Lake Benton, Conrad (Connie) Carpenter of College Station, Texas, and Danny (Judy) Carpenter of LeMars, Iowa; sisters-in-law Joyce Carpenter, Gladys Riesgard and Joyce Broderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Verlon (in infancy), Alvin and Paul Jr., and son-in-law Kenneth Theisen.

Linda Zylstra

February 6, 2019

Aug. 29, 1962 – Jan. 31, 2019

Linda A. Zylstra, age 56 of Litchfield, died Thursday, Jan. 31 at Meeker Memo­rial Hospital in Litchfield after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Church of St. Philip in Li­tchfield. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the church with parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Visita­tion will also be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. An­thony’s Catholic Cemetery in Lismore at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.
Linda Arleen Zyl­stra, daughter of Darwin “Smokey” and Audrey (Henriksen) Stoffel, was born Aug. 29, 1962 in Lu­verne. Her family moved to Litchfield two years later. She attended St. Philip’s School and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1981. She had two children with her former husband, Vince Zylstra. She moved to southwest Minnesota and worked as a teacher’s aide at the Tracy and Hendricks schools. Linda also had vari­ous jobs such as cleaning houses, doing bookwork for a gas station, and working at a grocery store. She moved to Litchfield and worked a few part-time jobs, then for Sparboe Farms as Plant Secretary Admin., and was a member of the Church of St. Philip. Linda enjoyed crafts and gardening, play­ing Phase 10 and Cribbage, crossword puzzles, and camping, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her chil­dren’s fondest memory is of her singing and dancing while cleaning, baking, and cooking.Although she didn’t want to be the center of at­tention, she loved people and often spent time help­ing them in whatever way she could.
Linda is survived by her children Amanda (Kevin) Bednarek of Hendricks and Matthew (Stephanie) Zylstra of Hendricks; Tim’s children Brian (Jessie) Stocker and Jason (Ash­ley) Stocker; grandchildren Braxton Bednarek, Kamdin Bednarek, Rylee Zylstra, Trevor Zylstra, and Izzy, Arlo and Piper Stocker; and life partner Tim Stocker of Litchfield. She is also sur­vived by her mother Audrey Stoffel of Litchfield; broth­ers Dale (Sandy) Stoffel of Plymouth and Dallas Stoffel of Litchfield; sister Loydene (Doug) Bernhagen of Will­mar, and twin sister Lisa (Kent) Valiant of Litchfield; and several other relatives and friends. She was pre­ceded in death by her father Darwin “Smokey” Stoffel, brother Monte Stoffel, and beloved grandmother Ma­rie Henriksen.
Memorials are preferred to St Philip’s School. Please sign the on-line guest book at

Pearl Bauman

January 31, 2019

Dec. 29, 1924 – Jan. 27, 2019

Pearl Bauman, age 94 of Gary, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of 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 Bethany Cemetery in Astoria, South Dakota.
Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Merrill Widmark

January 31, 2019

obit widmark 5809455_fbsAug. 19, 1934 – Dec. 15, 2018

Merrill John Widmark, age 84 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully Dec. 15, 2018 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Visitation with the fam­ily was Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Zion Evangelical Lu­theran Church in Grand Rapids. Rev. Ben B. Bu­chanan officiated. Rowe Funeral Home of Grand Rapids was entrusted with arrangements.
Merrill was born Aug. 19, 1934 to John and Maren (Enga) Widmark on the farmstead in rural Ivanhoe. Merrill earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Master’s Degree from the Univer­sity of South Dakota. He was united in marriage to Marlene Haugen on Dec. 17, 1955. They relocated to Hibbing in 1960, where he taught math and phys­ics at Hibbing Community College and operated the Adams House B&B. The couple retired to their lake home on WabanaLake in the Grand Rapids area in 1999.
He was an active sports enthusiast as an athlete, coach, official, announc­er for college and high school sports, as well as a great fan, especially of baseball. One of his great passions was singing and acting. He was in numer­ous theater productions, including “Showboat” in Grand Rapids, and was a long-time choir member at church.
He had many interests, including traveling all over the world; he loved the arts and entertain­ment, was active in the church and Sons of Nor­way, was a director and supporter of Camp Hia­watha, was an avid read­er, enjoyed being at the lake, volunteering, and was a generous donor.
He was always curi­ous and adventurous. His greatest passion was for family and friends with which he so enjoyed vis­iting and telling stories whenever he had the op­portunity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Marlene, and his brother Manley Wid­mark.
Merrill is survived by sons Scott Widmark and Stuart (Lisa) Widmark; daughters Carolyn (Mel) Maturi and Ellen (Mike Murphy) Widmark; sister Muriel Dorn; six grand­children and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Merrill’s generous spirit, offbeat humor and enjoyment of life will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Memorials preferred to The Widmark Fam­ily Scholarship Fund at Gustavus Adolphus Col­lege, Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry in support of Camp Hiawatha, or Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, MN.

Merlyn Schwarz

January 23, 2019

obit schwarz merlyn image1Aug. 30, 1932 – Jan. 18, 2019

Merlyn Schwarz, age 86 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Jan. 18 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thurs­day, Jan. 24 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, with Fr. Ron Hu­berty celebrating. Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery, Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks, and will resume Thursday one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church.
Merlyn Edward Schwarz was born Aug. 30, 1932 to Julius and Jeanette (Van Meeteren) Schwarz in Shel­don, Iowa. He was raised near Sheldon, where he at­tended country school. In 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served his country during the Korean Conflict. During this time he was stationed in Austria with the 510th Field Artillery BA Battalion Battery C. In 1954 he was honorably discharged and returned home.
Merlyn was united in marriage to Lenore Jans­ma on May 24, 1956 in a private ceremony in Spirit Lake, Iowa. They were blessed with four children. They lived on a farm by Shaokotan Lake, where they raised their children, and later retired in Hendricks. Later, Mer­lyn turned the farm over to his son Randy, who was currently crop-sharing. Le­nore passed away Aug. 4, 2017. Merlyn entered the Hendricks Nursing Home in June 2017, where he passed away Friday, Jan. 18 at the age of 86 years, four months and 19 days.
Merlyn enjoyed farming and gardening. His grand­children were his pride and joy and his face would light up when he saw them. His dream for all of his children and grandchil­dren was to receive a col­lege education, since back in his day he was only able to obtain an eighth grade education.
Grateful for having shared Merlyn’s life are his three children— Ran­dall (Leslie) Schwarz of Hendricks, Jan Schwarz of Phoenix, Arizona, and Dar­la (Jeff) Lasnetski of Will­mar; daughter-in-law Pam Schwarz of Tyler;15 grand­children and 24 great-grandchildren; and numer­ous nieces and nephews.
Merlyn was preceded in death by his son Ron­ald Schwarz; parent Julius and Jeanette Schwarz; two brothers, Wallace and James Schwarz; one sis­ter, Donna Gebauer; and one grandson, Nathan Schwarz.
Blessed be his memory.