Patricia Pankow

May 30, 2013

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Patricia Ann Pankow, age 80 of Alexandria, formerly of Burnsville, passed away on May 16.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at the Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 West 50th St. in Edina.
Pat graduated from Hendricks High School and from Medical Tech School in Minneapolis. She worked for several doctors in the Twin Cities area as a medical technologist. Pat enjoyed gardening and volunteer work at Children’s Hospital, Abbott Northwestern and Prince of Peace Church. Pat was very supportive of her husband’s career at 3M.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Paul Pankow; children Jon (Kim) Pankow and Anne (Jeff) Elmberg; grandchildren Kelvin, Chloe and Ashley Pankow and David Elmberg; sister Avis Nornes and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Anne Knutson and brother Donald Knutson.
Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Lung Association.
Online tribute is available at

Kermith C. Johnson

May 23, 2013

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Nov. 10, 1947 – May 9, 2013

Kermith C. Johnson, 65, passed away May 9. Visitation was 6- 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Elmwood Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas. Memorial service was at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 16 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Inernment followed the service in Elmwood Memorial Park’s Garden of Remembrance.
Kermith was born on Nov. 10, 1947, to Kermith M. and Florence C. (Petersen) Johnson in Pipestone. In 1965 he graduated from Ivanhoe High School. Kermith and Nancy A. Smith were married on June 7, 1968 in Brookings, S.D. To this union was born one son, Jeffery Scott.
Kermith grew up on a farm in Lincoln County. During those years he was involved in 4-H with his family. Among his 4-H activities he showed cattle, which became a lifelong passion.
As a young man Kermith completed the meat cutting program at Pipestone Area Vocational School. The advancement of his career led Kermith and his family to live in seven different states. In 1981 he moved to Abilene, Texas, to work as a supervisor for Gooch Packing Company. In 1996 he made a career change to trucking. He purchased his own semi-tractor in 1999 and since then had been driving for United Petroleum Transport. His work was always done with integrity. He also raised a small herd of cattle.
Kermith loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson Zachery. His sense of curiosity brought out a sense of adventure. While he had not lived in Minnesota for many years, it was home to him. He seldom missed returning each summer to visit family.
Kermith is survived by his wife Nancy; son Jeffery (Kim) Johnson and grandson Zachery of Abilene, Texas; two sisters, Joyce (Lyle) Thies of Plymouth and LaVon Johnson of Chanhassen; and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leslie Johnson.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family through the obituary link at

Marie Hogie

May 3, 2013

obit Marie HogieAug. 7, 1919 – April 11, 2013

Marie Petrine (Hinderaker) Hogie, age 93, passed away Thursday, April 11 at Arbor Rose Senior Care Assisted Living in Mesa, Ariz. following a fall on April 6.
Marie was born Aug. 7, 1919 to Anton Ivar and Charlotte Christine “Lottie” (Madsen) Hinderaker in Scandinavia Township, Deuel County, Astoria, S.D. She attended Pioneer School, District 6, east of Astoria. Marie proudly represented the Astoria High School Class of 1937 in the 2010 Astoria All-School Reunion Parade.
Marie was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Astoria, S.D., being baptized, confirmed and married there. On June 16, 1940 Marie was united in marriage to Grant W. Hogie by Rev. P.O. Lovseth.
Besides her many farming duties, Marie was an active church member, Deuel Darling 4-H leader and Astoria PTA officer. She was a nurse’s aide at the hospital/nursing home in Hendricks and also worked for a brief time at the Starlight Inn in Brookings, S.D.
Marie and Grant sold their Astoria farm in 1978 and moved to Pipestone. In 1983 they moved to Parker, Colo., where Marie was active in Bible studies and ladies group activities at Joy Lutheran Church and at the Parker Senior Center, where she especially enjoyed ceramics class. Marie enjoyed reading, flower gardening, traveling and being with family. She did beautiful embroidery work, winning prizes at the county fair.
In August 2008, Marie sold her Parker home and lived between her daughters’ homes in Colorado and Idaho. She moved to Arizona in December 2011 and entered Arbor Rose in April 2012. While at Arbor Rose she enjoyed participating in day club activities and new friendships.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband Grant; two brothers, Hartman Hinderaker and Ken Hinderaker; and one sister, Leona Solem.
Marie is survived by two daughters, Carol Mae Bingham (Byron) of Arvada, Colo. and Janice Marie Baden (Clayton) of Queen Creek, Ariz.; granddaughters Crystal Marie (Bingham) Snider (Donald) of Waukesha, Wisc., Angela Mae (Baden) Askey (Robert) of Queen Creek, Ariz. and Tiffany Ann (Baden) Rutherford of Queen Creek, Ariz.; great-grandchildren Grant and Lauren Snider, Mikayla Askey, and Dakota and Mackenzie Rutherford; and many nieces and nephews.
Marie was a gracious, polite lady with a never ending smile! She will be missed by family and friends.
Memorial services for Marie will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. in July.

Delroy Mersbergen

April 26, 2013

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April 26, 1939 – April 13, 2013

Delroy Mersbergen, age 73 of Hendricks, passed away on Saturday, April 13 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Memorial visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks. No other formal services will be held. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Delroy Duane Mersbergen was born on April 26, 1939 in Prinsburg to parents John and Gertrude (Roelofs) Mersbergen. He grew and lived in the Prinsburg area until 1985 when he moved to Toronto, S.D. to continue to farm and sell farm machinery. On Jan. 1, 1984 Delroy was united in marriage to Hermine Defant in Clara City.
He enjoyed dancing, traveling and visiting. Many winters were enjoyed in Texas with Hermine. Delroy also enjoyed shopping, attending auctions, flea markets and rummage sales looking for items to add to his various collections.
He was a member of Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, S.D.
Grateful for having shared Delroy’s life is his wife of 29 years Hermine Mersbergen of Hendricks; his three children, Rick (Kathy) Mersbergen of Sacred Heart, Jeffrey (Diane) Mersbergen of Toronto, S.D., and Shawna (Jason) Leiker of Kansas City, Kan.; two step-children, Don (Denise) Gores of Oshkosh, Wisc., and Karen (Keith Zelinski) Gores of Hendricks; 10 grandchildren—Chris (fiancé Ashley) Mersbergen, Kirsten Mersbergen, Chelsea Mersbergen, Courtney Mersbergen, Zachary Mersbergen, Callie Mersbergen, step-granddaughter Kyra Gores, Jenna Mersbergen, Maxim Leiker and Vitaly Leiker; one great-grandson, Mason Mersbergen; one sister, Verna Mae of Plymouth, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Gertrude Mersbergen.
Blessed be his memory.

Elizabeth Orren

April 26, 2013

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April 10, 1926 – April 19, 2013

Elizabeth Orren, age 87 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, April 19 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Hendricks with Rev. Allen Molascon officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Monday at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Burial was in Russell City Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Brethren Church, 306 Oak St., Hendricks, MN 56136. Online registry at
Elizabeth (Hass) Orren was born on April 10, 1926 in Island Lake Township, Lyon County, the daughter of August and Anna (Bierman) Hass. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lyon County. On Dec. 15, 1943 she married Harold Orren in Marshall. They farmed near Lynd and Hendricks until Harold retired in 1973.
Elizabeth worked at the Hendricks Hospital in the dietary department. She enjoyed doing handwork, cooking, baking, gardening and also enjoyed flowers and houseplants. Elizabeth cherished being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and, most of all, doing things for her children.
She is survived by her two children, Janice (Dale) Weston of Newport and Darlene (Elton) Bresson of Watertown, S.D.; 10 grandchildren— Kim (Duane) Steffes, Shelly (Joe, Jr.) Rybinski, Sue (Andy) Sywak, Molly (Mike) Barborek, Joni (Eric) Buffalohead, Tate (Suyapa) Weston, Sara Weston, Adam Weston, Artena (Ken) Moon and Cori (Travis) Peterson, and 25 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Harold, son Dale, sister Caroline Thooft and brothers Ralph and Carl Hass.
Blessed be her memory.

Rodnye “Rod” Shriner

April 22, 2013

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April 30, 1930 – Feb. 9, 2013

Rodnye Clifford Shriner was born in Hendricks on April 30, 1930 to Clifford Shriner and Elna Jensen Shriner. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Feb. 9 in Fairfield, Calif. at the age of 82.
In his early teens, Rod and his family lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was a forever-proud member of the Sea Scouts. Rod moved to Vallejo, Calif. in 1947, graduating from Vallejo H.S. in June 1948. He and Mary Moody were married in June 1949. Rod was a milkman in Vallejo for Red Top Dairy and Berkeley Farms where many of his customers became long-time friends. He was then a milkman for Stornetta Dairies in Sonoma, Calif., during which time he took air conditioning and refrigeration classes at community college and transferred these new skills to a career as a pipe fitter on Mare Island Naval Shipyard, where he worked until the yard closed.
Rod always loved to share a story and had a way of telling it that usually left you laughing with him. He loved his family, and camping and traveling in his RV. He took a trip to his beloved Minnesota in his RV in 1973. After moving to Vacaville, Calif. in 1975, Rod became active at Larsen Center, where daughter Rosalyn was a student, which in turn led to his serving a term as the president of USARC.
Rod is predeceased by his wife Mary in November 2005, his mother in 1975, his brother Cecil in 1967 and sister Lois in 2006. He is survived by his daughters Madelyn (Tim) Metros and her children Mike, Dan, Angie and Kim; Monica Bagood and her son Mike; Rosalyn Shriner; and Amanda Shriner and her children Tyler and Katelyn Shriner, as well as seven great-grandchildren of his daughter Madelyn— DeShaun, DeMarr, Kelly, Tyler, Lorelai, Lukas and Georgia.
Per Rod’s request there was no service.

Mayme Trankel

April 22, 2013

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Dec. 17, 1926 – April 8, 2013

Mayme Trankel, age 86 of Toronto, S.D., died Monday, April 8 at the Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12 at Leganger Lutheran Church, Toronto, S.D., with burial in the Toronto Cemetery. Visitation was 5–8 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at Leganger Lutheran Church and resumed one hour prior to the service. Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Leganger Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Toronto Cemetery.
Mayme (Kryger) Trankel was born Dec. 17, 1926 to Hans and Sena Marie (Jorgensen) Kryger in Clay County, S.D. She was baptized and confirmed at Bergen Lutheran Church. She attended Norway #3 School in Meckling. Mayme and her family moved from Meckling to the Toronto area in 1942 to a farm west of Toronto.
On June 24, 1944 she married Wallace C. Trankel in Hendricks. Together Wally and Mayme shared 54 years of marriage. They were blessed with five children. They farmed on the family farm west of Toronto. Wally passed away on Oct. 19, 1998. She was able to stay on the family farm for the past 69 years.Mayme passed away on Monday, April 8 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the age of 86 years, three months and 22 days.
Mayme was a long-time member of Leganger Lutheran Church, where she served on many boards and committees. She was a charter member of the Jolly Workers Club and a volunteer for many years for the Deuel County Democrats and Aid Association for Lutherans. She enjoyed baking, cooking, cake decorating, gardening and fundraising for her volunteer organizations.
She is survived by her four daughters: Louise (Curt) Sonnenburg of Woodbury, Dianne (Paul Schwien) Trankel Schwien of Bazine, Kan., Susan (Brad Budzisz) Trankel of Rochester and Cindy Trankel of Tulsa, Okla.; one son, Doyle (Dana) Trankel of Apple Valley; 11 grandchildren: JodyAnn (Todd) Jongeling, Jason (Rae) Sonnenburg, Ryan (Wendy) Quam, Travis (Megan) Quam, Chris Trankel, Corey Trankel and Collin Trankel; two step grandsons, Cory Schwien and Barry Schwien; eight great-grandchildren: Marissa and Parker Jongeling, Jonas and Lucy Quam, Drew and Annika Sonnenburg and Carson and Elle Quam; five step-great-grandchildren and her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wally, her parents, sister Mattie Nordhagen and brother Elmer Kryger.
Mayme will be missed by her family and her many friends.

JoAnn Midtaune

April 15, 2013

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Aug 15, 1932 – Feb. 11, 2013

JoAnn Cathleen was born Aug. 15, 1932 in Lincoln County, Hendricks Township, to Otto and Bertha (Aune) Dorn. She passed away on Feb. 11 in Robbinsdale.
She was raised on the family farm just outside Hendricks and moved into town before finishing high school. On Nov. 25, 1951 she married Arnold Herbert Midtaune and they were married for 29 years. JoAnn and Arnie lived in California for a short time before moving to Brooklyn Center.
Many weekends were spent traveling back to Hendricks in the early years. While raising three children she held numerous jobs at the school disttict, owned a beauty salon and worked for retail merchants. She retired from Dayton’s shoe department after working there a number of years. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, cooking from her collection of cookbooks and gardening.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arnie, brothers Lo-Wayne, Vernon and Robert Dorn, sisters Evangeline Wright, Hazel Olson and Evelyn Reuter.
She is survived by her brother Neil (Shirley) Dorn of Willmar; son Jim of Brooklyn Center; special niece Wendy (Dorn) Wethington; daughters Robin (Denton) Dawson of Maple Grove and Debra (Kevin) Koenig of Maple Grove; grandchildren Jenifer (Mike) Vesely of Robbinsdale, Allison and Bryan Koenig of Minneapolis, Lucy Midtaune of St. Paul, Adam Dawson of Maple Grove and Miles Midtaune of Champlin, and great-grandchildren Liam and Julianna Vesely.

Lorena Thomsen

April 5, 2013

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July 14, 1923 – March 24, 2013

Lorena Thomsen, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday, March 24 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Bruce Mueller officiating. Visitation was 3 -5 p.m. on Sunday, March 31 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 5 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Hendricks City Cemetery. The family prefers memorials to the Hendricks Nursing Home and Great Plains High School. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Lorena Mae Thomsen was born July 14, 1923 in Hendricks to Philip and Mildred (Schaub) Ellis. She graduated from Hendricks High School in 1941. Lorena was united in marriage to Harry Thomsen on Feb. 10, 1946 in Hendricks. This union was blessed with a step-daughter, Marlene, a step-son, John, and two daughters, Mary and Millie. She worked side by side with her husband Harry in the car and farm implement business for many years. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, cooking and baking. Volunteering at the Thrift Shop, the Senior Center and the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home also brought her years of enjoyment.
Lorena was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was also member of the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of the Help Each Other Club.
Grateful for having shared Lorena’s life are her children— Marlene (Dean) Tripp of Osseo, John (Joy) Thomsen of Hendricks, Mary (Dave) Zenker of Neenah, Wisc., and Millie Miller of Hendricks; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Philip and Mildred Ellis; her husband Harry Thomsen; two brothers, LaVern and Marion Ellis; two sisters, Evelyn Bogenrief and Elmiria Dunn; one grandson, John Michael Thomsen, and one son-in-law, Gene Miller.
Blessed be her memory.

Neil Eugene Dorn

April 5, 2013

Feb. 23,1928 – March 24,2013

Neil Eugene Dorn, age 87 of Willmar, died on Sunday, March 24 at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be at Cloverleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church with prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Lunch and fellowship to follow the service. Arrangemnents are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.
Neil Dorn was born Feb. 23, 1928 in Hendricks to Otto and Bertha Dorn. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church and he attended and graduated from Hendricks High School. He managed the family farm and cared for his mother at an early age after the death of his father and when his older brothers went off to serve in WWII. In 1947 Neil married Shirley Hanson of Astoria, S.D. They had two children, Terry Dorn and Wendy (Dorn) Wethington.
In 1956 Neil and Shirley moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., where he was employed at Steele Simon Cattle Company in the heydays of the Sioux Falls Stockyards. In 1958 they moved to the Twin Cities, where Neil began working for St. Paul Central Livestock. In 1960 he was transferred to the Willmar office, which he subsequently purchased and opened Dorn Cattle Company, specializing in high-quality feeder cattle.His clients ranged from Montana to Wisconsin and as far south as Iowa. He retired in 1991 at the age of 65.
Neil and Shirley enjoyed traveling to Arizona and Florida in the late winter months and they also enjoyed bus excursions in summer and fall. Neil’s favorite pastimes were tending to his vegetable and flower gardens, trees and shrubs, raising chickens, goose hunting and taking his grandchildren fishing. He taught each of them how to bait hooks, cast a line and clean the fish. All would then enjoy a wonderful fish fry.
Neil was preceded in death by his father and mother, three brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his wife Shirley Dorn, son Terry (Karen) Dorn, daughter Wendy (Michael) Wethington and four grandchildren— Stefan and Kristin Dorn and Michael Jr. and Anna Wethington. He leaves to mourn numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or Calvary Lutheran Church.