Micki T. Harris

March 21, 2013

Micki Harris (Mildred Tjaden), formerly from Hendricks and a 1963 graduate of Hendricks High School, passed away very peacefully with her husband at her side on March 12 after a 21-year battle with cancer. She cherished her family dearly and will be missed by many. She had an unwavering and contagious positive spirit.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Michael, and her children Tanya (Jason) Santers, Alyssa (Christopher) Pierro, Lorelle (Adam) Pender and Rylan (Audra); grandchildren Katrina, Isabelle, Axel and Remy Santers, Arielle and Harper Pierro, and Amara Pender; brother Kenneth (Sharon) and many other relatives and friends.
A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, March 16.

Donna Fett

March 14, 2013

March 1, 1926- Jan. 2, 2013


Donna Fett, age 86 of Hendricks, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel. Following the memorial service there will be a luncheon served. There will be a graveside service held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Windom. Following the graveside service there will be a luncheon at the Guardian Inn located at 1955 1st Ave North, Windom.
Donna Ruth Nelson was born March 1, 1926 at home. She attended and graduated in 1944 at Windom High School. On Sept. 30, 1944 she married Goldman “Goldy” Fett. Donna and Goldy farmed near Bergan in Jackson County and also were neighbors to her brother Vernon Nelson and his wife Dorothy. In December 1945 Donna gave birth to their only child, Barbara.
Some years later Donna attended college in Esterville, Iowa and later at Mankato State. She first taught in rural country schools and later at Mt. Lake Public School. While teaching at Mt. Lake, she continued her college education until she received her Master’s Degree in Remedial Reading. Donna and Goldy then moved to Rochester where Goldy worked for the State Highway Department and Donna taught at John Marshall High School. In 1974 Goldy suddenly died of a massive blood clot. Donna was devastated. She continued to teach in Rochester until retirement but never recovered from losing Goldy. In 1996 Donna moved to Tulsa, Okla. to be close to her grandson Bill, his wife Kim, and great-grandson Luke. She was happy to be in Tulsa when her great-granddaughter Ashlynn was born. Donna took many trips during her life. She always loved her trip to Alaska and talked about it fondly. In 1999 Donna moved to Hendricks where her brother Vernon and family lived. Vernon’s wife Dorothy took wonderful care of Donna as she grew older. Vernon and Dorothy’s son Brett saw to it she was fine each day and took her to the hospital or clinic when she wasn’t. Brett and Karol saved her life more than once by getting her to hospital in time. In 2012 Donna’s health started to deteriorate. She was hospitalized in the fall and admitted to the Hendricks Nursing Home in November. Dorothy visited Donna at the nursing home almost every day. Donna passed away on Jan. 2.
Donna is survived by her daughter Barbara (Bill) Moede; grandson Bill (Kim) Moede; granddaughter Krista (Matthew) Conner; great-grandsons Luke Moede and Caleb Conner; great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Moede; many nieces and nephews; her good friend from high school until the end and also Goldy’s sister, Adele Salzwedal; sister-in-law Dorothy Nelson and also numerous other sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband Goldy; parents Fred and Ada Nelson; two brothers, Ardon Nelson and Vernon Nelson, and two nephews, David Nelson and Scot Nelson.
Blessed be her memory.

Leslie “Les” Johnson

February 18, 2013

Leslie “Les” Johnson, age 83 of Wall, S.D., formerly of Hendricks, died Feb. 5 at his home in Wall.
He was united in marriage to Phyllis Jeann (Dorn) Johnson on June 26, 1949 in Hendricks. After their marriage they lived in Hendricks and various towns in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin before moving to Wall in 1961.
Survivors include three sons: Lee Johnson of Wall, S.D., Kenton Johnson and his wife Becky of Granby, Colo., and Kevin Johnson and his wife Delphia of Elko, Nev.; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Les was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Jeann (Dorn) Johnson on March 2, 2004.
As per Les’ wishes, no services will be held. Private family interment will take place at the Wall Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com

Harriet Dorenkamper

February 11, 2013

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July 8, 1944 -Jan. 31, 2013

Harriet Dorenkamper, age 68 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.
Memorial Mass of Christian Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and the Rosary to follow. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Internment followed the service at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Ivanhoe. Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe was entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers and donations, please consider contributions to Hospice.
Harriet Annette Schalek Dorenkamper was born July 8, 1944 to Edward and Regina (Popowski) Schalek in Lincoln County. She was baptized and confirmed at Ss. Peter and Paul in Ivanhoe and attended Ivanhoe High School. She married Larry Dorenkamper on Feb. 1, 1964. They were blessed with four children— Todd, Robin, Tami and Dawn.
After high school Harriet went to the Twin Cities and modeled for various department stores. She returned to Ivanhoe to marry Larry and they tried their hand in farming for six years. At that time Larry got a job as a custodian at Ivanhoe High School and Harriet started working at the Lincoln County Court House, where she retired after 32 years. She dedicated the rest of her life to volunteering at the nursing home visiting the elderly.
Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She loved fishing trips with the grandkids, motorcycling with her husband, looking at different varieties of flowers and listening to Elvis Presley. There wasn’t an opera house musical Harriet didn’t attend with her close friends nor a thrift shop that didn’t get shopped. Mom considered most of her friends “close” friends.
Harriet was an active member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Ivanhoe. She was a strong Christian and spent time in countless Bible classes, wanting to find out the hows and whys of the Lord. She also taught religion classes and donated time to the church.
She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Larry; her four children—Todd (Shannon) Dorenkamper of Dell Rapids, Robin (friend Barry) Dorenkamper of Marshall, Tami Dorenkamper of Wilno and Dawn (Justin) Johnson of Maplewood. Her grandchildren include Marco Hernandez, Cristian Hernandez, Shelby Johnson and Dylan Johnson. She is survived by her two sisters, JoAnn (Al) Allen of Laguna Beach, Calif. and Delores Michelson of Tyler.
Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, Larry’s parents and sister Linda Crawford, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Blessed be her memory.

Merl Hamak

February 11, 2013

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Feb. 9, 1940 – Jan. 23, 2013

Merl Hamak, age 72, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 23 at his winter residence in Mesa, Ariz.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at Zoar Lutheran Church of rural Revillo, S.D. with Rev. Keith Smith officiating. Interment was at the Revillo Cemetery, Revillo, S.D.
Merl Arnold Hamak was born on Feb. 9, 1940 in Faulkton, S.D. to Frank Hamak and Lenora (Kruger) Hamak. He grew up farming and was involved in 4-H. He attended high school in Ipswich, S.D. and studied mathematics and physical education at South Dakota State University, graduating with his master’s degree in 1967.
On Aug. 5, 1962 he married Janice Marie Peterson at Zoar Lutheran Church in Revillo, S.D. Together they raised two children, Tricia and Randy. They were also been blessed with three granddaughters, Kiera, Allison and Jillian. Merl and Janice lived all over the Midwest, including Pipestone, Chicago, Ill., Huron, S.D. and Madison, Wisc., finally retiring at Lake Cochrane outside of Gary, S.D. They also spent a portion of the winter months in Mesa, Ariz.
In Merl’s various professional roles, he was consistently a strong leader and educator. He started his career as a math teacher and track coach. He held roles with Rural Insurance, First Federal Bank and then finished his career at TYME Corporation, serving as their Vice-President of Business Development. Merl’s love for education extended to time spent on the school board in Oregon, Wisc. He was also very involved with his church.
Always willing to take on a challenge, two of Merl’s proudest accomplishments were the building of homes in Oregon, Wisc. and on Lake Cochrane. His ability to visualize the end result and make it happen was amazing. He built the first house virtually singlehandedly from its initial design, to the actual construction, to the landscaping of a remarkable rock wall. He also loved the challenge of golf, gardening, an active debate, cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers and solving any puzzle.
Merl is survived by his wife Janice Hamak of Gary, S.D.; his daughter Tricia (John) Sundeen and their three daughters, Kiera, Allison and Jillian Sundeen of Minneapolis; his son Randy Hamak of Madison, Wisc., brother-in-law Jim (Jane) Peterson of Revillo, S.D. and sister-in-law Judy (Paul) Eikanger of Olathe, Kan. He is also survived by a niece, many nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank Hamak, his mother Lenora Hamak and his sister Joyce Hamak.
Merl truly believed in and practiced the power of random acts of kindness. In lieu of memorial contributions, please think of Merl and be kind to another or improve the world in some way.
Merl will be remembered for his gift of storytelling, his love of family, his ability to bring people together and his passionate involvement in all of his interests.

Joyce Anderson

February 11, 2013

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June 7, 1932 – Feb. 2, 2013

ELKTON, S.D.— Joyce Irene Anderson, 80, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Flandreau Medical Center.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Christ Lutheran Church, Hendricks, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau, S.D. www.skrochfc.com
Joyce was born June 7, 1932 in Hendricks to Martin and Gina (Sommervold) school through the eighth grade. Joyce married Glen Anderson on Feb. 24, 1949 in the Calvary Lutheran parsonage in Hendricks. They lived near Elkton, S.D. and Joyce worked at the Staurolite Inn in Brookings, S.D. They moved to Rapid City in 1960 but returned to Elkton in 1961 where they lived on the farm. Joyce worked at Royal Plastics and Sunchase until her retirement in 2007. They moved to Edgewood Vista, Flandreau, S.D. in October 2012. Joyce enjoyed gardening, garage sales, cooking, antiques, shopping and she loved her family.
Joyce is survived by her husband Glen; son Jim of Elkton, S.D.; daughter Pat (Rick) Ehret of McMinnville, Ore.; four grandchildren—Tara (Chris) Quincy, Krystal (John) Demay, Brooke Ehret and Jade Ehret, and three great-grandchildren— Caden, Emma Joyce and Hailey. She is also survived by three sisters— Helen Hemish, Alice (Jim) Leuning and Marcella Lang.
Joyce was preceded in death by an infant daughter, her parents, four brothers— Harry, Clifford, Kenneth and Leonard, and four sisters— Cora, Pearl, Viola and Vada.

Marlene Drake

February 11, 2013

April 12, 1932 – Jan. 15, 2013

Marlene Esther Frankum Drake passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the age of 80 years.
She was born to Wm. Delbert Frankum and Mabel Richardson Frankum on April 12, 1932 in Elmore. She grew up in Marshall and Brainerd. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse and enjoyed that profession for many years.
Marlene married Howard Drake of Buffalo Center, Iowa and they made their home in Elmore. To this union two children were born, Lana Jennet and Charles Howard.
She enjoyed family, reading, baking and her many friends. She shared many baked treats with everyone.
Marlene is survived by her children Lana (Eddie) Coners of Canby and Charles (Cynthia) Drake of Jefferson Port Station, N.Y.; four grandsons— Cory (Heidi) Coners of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kent (Charlene) Coners of Brooten, Kyle (Nicole) Coners of Brandt, S.D. and Cody (Kelsey) Coners of Badger; eight great-grandchildren—Talon, Terrick, Xavier, Gabriel, Abigail, Colin, Daisiejean and Devlin; two sisters, Barbara Menz of Kirkland, Wash. and Janice (Verne) Lewis of West Tawokonic, Texas; two brothers, Arlo (Phyllis) Frankum of Brainerd and Dennis (Jean) Frankum of Renton, Wash. and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one niece and one brother-in-law.
Blessed be her memory.

Donald Hullopeter

February 11, 2013

June 28, 1931 – Jan. 16, 2013

Donald F. Hullopeter, age 81, born June 28, 1931 in Tracy, passed away Jan. 16 at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas. Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission, Texas was in charge of arrangements.

Harry Olsen

February 1, 2013

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Jan. 5, 1925 – Jan. 23, 2013

Harry Olsen, age 88 of Canby, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Sanford Canby Medical Center.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby with Rev. Janet Colby and Rev. Levi Bollerud officiating. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued on Monday one hour prior to the service. Burial was in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, rural Canby. Online registry at www.birkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Canby. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Cornerstone Fund at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 8, Canby, MN 56220.
Harry Richard Olsen was born Jan. 5, 1925, to Louis and Mary (Lund) Olsen in Canby. He was baptized and confirmed at Marble Lutheran Church, Lincoln County. He attended rural school in Marble Township and graduated from Gary High School in 1943. He married his high school sweetheart Margaret Sanden on Dec. 4, 1949 at the Gary Methodist Church. Harry and Margaret were blessed with four children, Annette, Neil, Jan and Dean.
During the Depression in the 30s, when Harry was a youngster, their family left their home in Marble Township and moved in 1939 to a larger farm in Manfred Township in rural Gary, S.D. When Harry and Margaret were married, they built a new home on land purchased from his parents. On this farm they raised turkeys, chickens and pheasants and built a state-of-the-art cattle feeding system. In addition to his love of farming, this farm was his wildlife preserve which he shared generously with others.
All his life Harry was a sports enthusiast! He loved league bowling. When area towns had independent teams, he played basketball and baseball well into his adult life. In baseball he played in four South Dakota state tournaments while playing with Gary and finished his career playing with Canby. He managed the Gary Junior Legion Baseball Team. Many nights during the cold winter, Harry would milk the cows early and referee Minnesota and South Dakota basketball games to supplement their farm income.
Harry was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Gary, S.D., Florida Lutheran Church in rural Canby and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. During these years he served on various church boards and sang bass in church choirs for 64 years. Other community organizations were the Manfred Township Board, Canby Vo-Tech Advisory Board and Canby Senior Citizens.
After retiring from the farm Ole enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, restoring antique furniture, gardening, canning, making lefse and attending his kids’ and grandkids’ events. He enthusiastically welcomed a game of cards and the lunch that followed.
Harry was humble, loyal and honest. Above all, he loved the Lord.
Harry’s happiest times were those spent with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 63 years; his four children— Annette Olsen of Glenwood, Neil (Brenda) Olsen of Omaha, Neb., Jan (Jason) Steele of Gary, S.D. and Dean (Anne) Olsen of St. James. His grandchildren include Michal (Brad) Randt, Marin (Pat) Rajdl, Hannah (John) Shirkey, Emma (David) Larson, Brooke (friend Majid) Olsen, Seth (Christi) Olsen, Justin (Jessica) Steele, Kaleb (Brenda) Steele, Lydia (Mahmoud) Fall, Madeline Olsen and John Olsen. He is survived by five delightful great grandchildren— Annika, Addyson, Alia, Rylan and Cooper. He is also survived by his two sisters, Eldeen (Arnold) Baer and Ona Woldt; his aunt Inez Olsen and cousins, nieces and nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret’s parents Adolph and Rose Sanden, his grandson Brett Olsen, brothers-inlaw Ed Gocka and Dewain Woldt and uncles, aunts and cousins.

Lillian E. Peterson

January 25, 2013

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Aug. 13, 1913 – Jan. 17, 2013

Lillian E. Peterson, age 99, of Hendricks passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with Pastor Nancy Hanson officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the hospital chapel. Internment will be in Mt. Olive Columbarium in Lake Havasu, Ariz. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Lillian Emilia Peterson was born Aug. 13, 1913 in Toronto, S.D. to Gustave Harold and Emma Pauline Anderson. She was one of eight children. Lillian was united in marriage to Randolph Earnest Peterson on Jan. 15, 1939 in Portsmouth, Va. After moving to Huron, S.D. she worked for Osborne Clothing Store in Huron and for 11 years she worked for the State of South Dakota at the State Capitol in Pierre. While working at the capitol she met dignitaries such as Fritz Mondale, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Joe Foss and Hubert Humphrey, to name a few.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting and reading. She was also fond of golfing and puzzles. Lillian enjoyed helping and visiting with people. She will be remembered by her family as being generous, kind, thoughtful and feisty.
Grateful for having shared Lillian’s life are her three children— Barbara (Robert) Olson-Trandem of Hendricks, Richard Peterson of Eden Prairie and Linda Goslee of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren—Bert Olson, Jack (Julie) Olson, Nancy Hanson and Tony (Gayle) Goslee; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Gordon (Erliss) Anderson of Astoria, S.D.; two sisters, Signe Strong of Hendricks and Adeline Koester of Hammond, Ind., plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Gustave and Emma Anderson; her husband Randolph Peterson; two sisters and brother-in-law, Gladys Lenz and Esther (Wayne) Fites; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter (Lena) Anderson and Verner (Esther) Anderson, and two brothers-in-law, Claude Strong and Harry Koester.
Blessed be her memory.