Memorial services for Robert William (Bob) Hoff, age 69 of Eckert, Colo., will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Christ Lutheran Church, Hendricks, with interment of ashes at the Calvary Cemetery in Hendricks.
Bob passed away peacefully in his home in the presence of his family on March 7 after a brief battle with lung cancer.Filed under Obituaries |
Lowell Lee Hormann, age 60 of Pleasanton,Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21 in San Antonio, Texas.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at the Hendricks City Cemetery with Rev. Janet Colby officiating. There will be a luncheon following the burial at The Connection at209 Saint Olaf Ave. N., Canby.
Lowellis survived by his sisters Alyse Grant of Moberly, Mo.and Darlette Kampmann of St. Charles, Mo. and nephew Bradley Grant and wife Sarah of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by adopted daughter Jacqueline and numerous other relatives in Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents Orlan and Corrine (Ouverson) Hormann.Filed under Obituaries |
Burial of his cremated remains will be at the Oakview Cemetery in Armington, Ill.at a later date.
David Lawrence Leaser was born July 25, 1941 in Oak Park, Ill.to Lawrence and Louise (Kimes) Leaser. He graduated from Hittle Township High School in 1959.
He was united in marriage to Cinda Randolph on April 4, 2006 in Lincoln, Ill. David worked for Terminix Pest Control for numerous years and he also drove truck for many years. David enjoyed woodworking and bowling. He also enjoyed his time spent with his pets.
Grateful for having shared David’s life is his wife Cinda Leaser of Hendricks; his four children: David (Kelly) Leaser of Kalispell, Mont., John (Lisa) Leaser of Springfield, Ill., Jason (Dana) Leaser of Lincoln, Ill. and Michelle Leaser of Springfield, Ill; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters: Donna Marie Duran of Prescott, Ariz., Loretta Louise Darnell of Atlanta, Ill. and Judy Flemming of Moberly, Mo.; two beloved dogs, Amos Moses and Sammy, two feline friends, Lucky and Pooka, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and one brother, Charles Leaser.
Blessed be his memory.Filed under Obituaries |
Darwin“Doc” Holian was born in the dining room of the family home in Maynard on April 9, 1923 to Kenneth and Jessie Kuiper Holian. His grandmother was the midwife and Dr. DeWitt Zimbeck was the attending physician. Darwinwas raised with his older sister Marilyn in Hendricks, where his father was editor and publisher of the weekly Hendricks Pioneer newspaper and his mother was the sole reporter. Darwin’s blue-eyed heritage from Hole, Norway interested him throughout his life, though his mother was 100 percent German and he attributed his success to his German work ethic.
When Darwin went to St. Olaf College in Northfield, he intended to pursue a writing career, but soon it became evident to him that he should consider a course in medicine instead. His hometown doctor, Peter Hermanson, had encouraged him toward that end while he was in high school and Darwin said, “a more dedicated man I have never seen surpassed.” That decision guided the next 65 years of his life.
Darwin wrote in his memoirs that his sophomore year at St. Olaf he looked through the Viking yearbook to find a girl he “wanted to chase.” There he found Eleanor Eastvold, whom he married in 1944 “after a bit of a stormy courtship.” They shared 61 years of loving marriage until Eleanor’s passing in 2006.
While attending St.Olaf College, WWII broke out, so Darwin joined the U.S. Navy and spent time as a hospital corpsman at Great Lakes Naval Hospital until he was sent by the Navy to the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Following medical school, Doc joined the Army Medical Corps in order to repay the government for the schooling he had been given by the Navy and the GI Bill. While serving at the Navajo Ordnance Depot in Flagstaff, Ariz., the Korean Conflict broke out and three days later he left his wife and only child, joining the 3rd Infantry Division as a front-line surgeon. After breaking his arm digging a foxhole in the frozen ground south of Seoul, he was evacuated to Tokyo, Japan, where he remained as an orthopedic surgeon at Tokyo Army Hospital until July 1951, when he was honorably discharged. Thence he continued his surgical training at the University of Minnesota.
Darwin practiced as a general surgeon inAlbert Leafor 14 years where his family grew to four children— Charlotte, Barbara, Steven and Ann. While in Albert Lea, Doc was active in a local Lutheran church. He was also a Kiwanian, a member of the Elks, one of the originators of the newly begun Lea College, Chief of the Hospital Medical Staff at Naeve Hospital and a YMCA Board Member.
In 1968, after having endured 45 years of ice and snow, the family moved to the Santa Barbara,Calif. area where Darwin opened an office in Goleta. As a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Doc spent the last years of his practice as one of the pioneers in modern obesity surgery, presenting papers both here and abroad and contributing to a Canadian medical book on the subject. He was honored by being given a term as Chief of Staff of Goleta Valley Community Hospital, where his loyalties always lay.
Since retirement in 1987, Darwin supervised the rebuilding of their house, burned down by the Painted Cave Fire, became an avid golfer, read the books he never had time to read, continued his computer work and was involved in the activities of VISTAS Lifelong Learning in Santa Barbara. Eleanor and Darwin attended Trinity Lutheran, Trinity Baptist and El Montecito Presbyterian Churches. They were proud of their children and grandchildren, and Darwin lived long enough to hold with joy his first great-grandchild, Julia Brianne Ophaug, who was born just seven weeks before his home-going. Darwin K. Holian went home to heaven to be with his Lord on April 27.
Darwin concluded, “How could one not be grateful for such a fulfilling life? I have had a most satisfying and rewarding one. To God be the glory!”
The Holian family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the Samarkand Retirement Community, Dr. Gregg Newman, Assisted Home Hospice and Independent Nurse Consulting for helping them to keep their Dad at home until the end, per his wish.
A celebration of Darwin’s life in Christ will be held in the Mountain Room at The Samarkand on Friday, May 25 at 2 p.m.
He requested that memorials be sent to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation, Bible Study Fellowship International or Compassion International.
Interment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Arrangements by Welch- Ryce-Haider. Please visit www.wrhsb.com to leave online condolences and remembrances.Filed under Obituaries |
Angeline Rose Victor, age 67 of Canby, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 4 at her home after a battle with cancer and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9 atSt. John’sCantius Catholic Church, Wilno. Burial was in the St. John’s Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Visitation was Tuesday, May 8 from 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. atSt. John’s Cantius Catholic Church, Wilno. The Birk Funeral Home in Canby was entrusted with the arrangements.
Angeline Rose (Ratajczak) Victor was born June 19, 1944 in Ivanhoe to Anton and Hedwig (Citterman) Ratajczak. She attended school in Ivanhoe and graduated in 1962. On June 23, 1964 she was united in marriage to Edward Victor in St. John’s Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. To this union seven children were born. Through the years, Angeline worked in Baltimore, Md., for the Marshall Independent newspaper and Sanford Canby Medical Center as a dietary aid. She was a homemaker for many years.
She was a member of St. John’s Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Angeline enjoyed tending to her gardens and planting flowers and was also interested in astrology, herbs and collecting angels. She was like a second mom to many and was a great friend. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Edward Victor of Canby; six children: Eddie (Kimby Rosenthal) Victor, Jr. of Hendricks, Jeff (Sue Eldeen) Victor of Lynd, Randy Victor of Hendricks, Janine (Lawrence Miller) Victor of Marshall, Andrea (Todd Taylor) Anderson of Marshall and Steven (Jamie) Victor of Canby; mother Hedwig Ratajczak of Ivanhoe; son-in-law Aaron Gravely of Balaton; grandchildren Angela, Matt, Amber, Anthony, Tessa, Bethany, Brandon, Joseph, Emily, Danielle, Jessica, Makenzie, Spencer, Shelby and Simon; great-grandchildren Blake, Jenna and Michael; siblings: Julie (Vern) Nelson of Russell, Lewis (Pat) Ratajczak of Elk River, Chester (Judy) Ratajczak of Minneota and David Ratajczak of Minneota, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father Anton and daughter Diana.Filed under Obituaries |
Kermit S. Kirkvold, age 84 of Hendricks, passed away on Nov. 28, 2011 at Casa Grande Medical Centerin Casa Grande,Ariz.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Singsaas Lutheran Church, rural Hendricks, with Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Singsaas Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the Reuben-Hanson American Legion Post 195 of Hendricks.Filed under Obituaries |
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe with Father Paul Schumacher as the Celebrant. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary following. Visitation continued Monday at the church one hour prior to Mass. Burial was in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Online registry at www.birkfuneralhome.com.
Loretta (Ochocki) Raus was born in Ivanhoe on March 22, 1921, the daughter of John and Alice (Krause) Johnson. She was baptized, confirmed and received her First Communion at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. She attended school in Ivanhoe and married John Ochocki on April 27, 1937. They farmed near Ivanhoe and Arco before purchasing the Ochocki family farm near Hendricks. While helping on the farm and raising their family, Loretta also worked at Swift’s in Marshall. After John’s death in 1969, she worked at the Hendricks Hospital. In 1972, she moved to St. Paul and began working at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. On Nov. 6, 1974 she was married to James Raus. While living in West St. Paul, both Jim and Loretta were active participants at St. Michael’s Church, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. In their retirement, they traveled extensively, wintering for 10 years in Pharr, Texas. After Jim’s death in 1990, Loretta returned to Ivanhoe. She was active in the community, serving as a past Polish Day Queen, Past-President of the Ivanhoe Catholic Church Guild, Ivanhoe Senior Citizens, Site Council and VFW Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Ivanhoe Nursing Home and the Ivanhoe Catholic Church, where she helped make quilts for the Mission Society and was a member of the Rosary Society. Along with her volunteer work, she also enjoyed traveling, embroidering, reading, playing cards and bingo. Loretta moved to Boulder Estates in Marshall in 2007 then to the Hendricks Nursing Home in 2011.
Loretta is survived by eight children: James (Wanda) Ochocki of Marshall, Deloris (Roger) Dannen of Clear Lake, Iowa, Eugene (Marlene) Ochocki of Bloomington, Richard (Ivy Hefler) Ochocki of Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. Thomas (Sherry) Ochocki of Aberdeen, S.D., Kenneth (Mary) Ochocki of New Brighton, Donald (Arlene) Ochocki of Cottage Grove and Terrance (Mary) Ochocki of Forest Lake. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Audrey (Roy) Steffes of Ivanhoe.
She was preceded in death by husbands John Ochocki and James Raus; her parents; four sisters, Eleanor, Irene, Doris and Bertha; two brothers, Norman and Lloyd, and one grandson, Michael Ochocki.
Blessed be her memory.Filed under Obituaries |
Alvin G. Schmitt, age 70 of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Monday, April 9. Scripture services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at St. Lambert Catholic Church, Sioux Falls, S.D., with Reverend Paul King as Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Alvin George Schmitt, son of Peter and Marie (Kirsch) Schmitt, was born Dec. 20, 1941 in Kimball, S.D. He grew up in the Kimball and White Lake, S.D. areas. The family moved to Bridgewater, S.D., where they operated a movie theater for a period of time. The family then moved to Mitchell, S.D. where Alvin graduated from Notre Dame High School. He then served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Alvin then made his home in Dallas, Texas before returning to Mitchell, where he began working for the Milwaukee Railroad. He transferred to Sioux Falls and continued with the railroad.
In 1976 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Voeltz and the couple made their home in Sioux Falls, where he began working for Land of Lakes Dairy. Phyllis passed away in 1996. Alvin later retired in that year.
Alvin then married Janyce Kosberg and the couple made their home in Hendricks. Janyce died in 2006 and Alvin continued living in Hendricks until ill health brought him to Sioux Falls, where he passed away Monday, April 9 at the age of 70 years, three months and 19 days.
Survivors include his daughter Victoria Schmitt of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four brothers: Sylvester (Joan) Schmitt of Rapid City, S.D., Vincent (Audrey) Schmitt of Dallas, Texas, Norbert (Judy) Schmitt of Rockton, Ill., and Paul (Patty) Schmitt of Sioux Falls, S.D.Filed under Obituaries |
Glen Johnson, age 80 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, March 27 at the Hendricks Community Hospital. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Duane Baun officiating. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church and continued at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, East Hendricks. Military honors were provided by Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195. For online registry, please visit our website at www. birkfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195,514 W. Cottage Ave., Hendricks, MN56136.
Glen Sidney Johnson was born in Hendricks on Jan. 26, 1932 to Paul P. and Inga (Moe) Johnson. He was baptized on March 28, 1932 at Calvary Lutheran Church. From his early years, it was clear how much emphasis was placed upon his faith. Glen was confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church on June 23, 1946. After the death of Glen’s father in 1947, the brothers and sisters bonded together and made a lifetime commitment of providing for their family. Glen never took things for granted, cherishing all the wonderful gifts he had been given by his Lord and Savior.
Glen graduated from Hendricks High School in 1950 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. After serving two years inAlaskaas a staff sergeant, Glen returned home and was employed by his uncle at Johnson Chevrolet. Glen married Ruth Langlie on June 1, 1958 at Calvary Lutheran Church. In 1962 Glen began working for the U.S. Postal Service and enjoyed his rural route for more than 38 years in the community he loved.
Glen, along with his wife Ruth, enjoyed spending time together working on Ruth’s family farm. Glen continued to enjoy farming, lawn mowing, garage sales, country music and visiting with people. Glen loved and enjoyed family and friends. Glen was generous, quiet, kind and genuine.
Glen is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth; their three sons: Ron and Racquel Johnson and their children Trent, Marissa and Kaylee; Gary and Sherri Johnson and their girls Greta, Sophie and Sadie, all of Hendricks, and Jay and Jessica Johnson and their children Kellen and Hayden of Pipestone; brothers Milton (Betty) Johnson and Cotton (Lois) Johnson of Hendricks, brother Paul (Winnie) Johnson of Brookings, S.D. and sister Ruth (Dave) Grengs of Farmington, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Inga, brother Parnell Johnson, sisters Bernice Mathison and Irene Johnson, brother Donald Johnson, brother-in-law Adolph Mathison and sisters-in-law Verona Johnson, Esther Johnson and Doris Johnson.
Blessed be the memory of this loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.Filed under Obituaries |