Delphine Bakke

December 11, 2014

obit Delphine Bakke picApril 4, 1929 – Nov. 30, 2014

Delphine Bakke, age 85 of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks with Pastor Ron Smith offi­ciating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Hendricks Com­munity Hospital Chapel. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Marble Lutheran Cem­etery, rural Hendricks. Ar­rangements were entrust­ed with the Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks.
Delphine Joyce Bak­ke was born on April 4, 1929 on the family farm in Marble Township, Lin­coln County, to parents Nat and Laura (Belsner) Jensen.She was baptized and confirmed at the Mar­ble Lutheran Church. She graduated from Hendricks High School as Salutato­rian then attended a year of college at Augsburg Col­lege in Minneapolis from 1946 to 1947.
Delphine was united in marriage to Elwood Bakke on Oct. 23, 1948 at Marble Lutheran Church. To this union they were blessed with three daughters—Judy, Joan and Brenda. Together she and Elwood farmed until retiring in 1986. She taught Sunday School and was super­intendent of the Sunday School for many years. She was also active in 4-H as a leader and parent guide. In 1969 she became a teach­er’s aide at Canby High School and later returned to college at age 42. She at­tended Southwest State in Marshall to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in edu­cation, during which time she continued to work at the high school. After grad­uating, she taught for 14 years at Minnesota West Technical College in Canby, specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) and remedial instruction. She tutored in a variety of subjects, ranging from math and English to weld­ing and diesel mechanics.
Delphine was an avid reader and enjoyed jour­naling, writing and scrap­booking. She enjoyed baking, cooking, canning and collecting recipes. She loved polka music and en­joyed fond memories of the times she and Elwood went polka dancing. Del­phine liked being outdoors and took great pleasure in flower and vegetable gar­dening, as well as tending to her chickens and other farm animals, including her dog and cats. She en­joyed sewing, which she taught to her daughters. Traveling by plane, train and automobile to visit family and friends all over the United States was a joy to Delphine and Elwood. They spent a great deal of time at their cabin near Battle Lake, with memories of pontoon rides, sitting in the gazebo and swinging under the oak tree.
She was a lifelong mem­ber of the Marble Luther­an Church where she was president of the Ladies Aid for many years until it closed. She then became a member of Singsaas Free Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Sons of Norway.
Delphine always had a joyful outlook on life. She loved to laugh and enjoyed dry humor with Elwood and her daughters. She was very kind and generous to everyone and always had time to listen and be sup­portive to friends and fam­ily. Delphine’s warm smile will always be remembered by all who knew her.
Grateful for having shared Delphine’s life is her husband of 66 years, El­wood Bakke of Hendricks; her three daughters—Judy (Dick) Thies of Charleston, S.C., Joan (Tom) Beseman of St. Paul and Brenda (Dennis Strasser) Bakke of Bothell, Wash.; one grand­-daughter, Crystal (Matt) Hall of Roseville, and two great-granddaughters, Tyyna and Clara Hall, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Nat and Laura Jensen.
Blessed be her memory.

John H. Thomsen

December 4, 2014

obit John Thomsen grandpaAug. 4, 1937 – Nov. 28, 2014

John H. Thomsen, age 77 of Hendricks, passed away on Nov. 28 with his loving wife Joy by his side after a lengthy battle with bone cancer and other medical conditions.
John was born on Aug. 4, 1937 in Hendricks and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After his time in the military John began his career in business. John served as manager at the Anoka Chamber of Com­merce and owned and managed many business­es throughout his career. John would always look for the opportunity to teach his employees and other people precious life lessons. Even after his passing many of us will continue to learn from the many lessons he has left us with. John had an uncanny way of touching people that he met and was loved by many. John’s positive at­titude and outlook on life were second to none. John touched so many lives, and will be missed by all who knew him.
John is survived by his wife of 48 years Joy, son Mark (Collette), daughters Cindy and Kris (Jim), sev­en grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. John is also survived by three sisters, Marlene (Dean) Tripp, Mary (Dave) Zenker and Millie Miller, and nu­merous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son John M. Thomsen, father Harry Thomsen, mother Louise (Larsen) Thomsen, step­mother Lorena (Ellis) Thomsen, brother-in-law Gene Miller, and two infant great-grandsons.
One of John’s last gifts to this great earth was to help with research and to find cures for illnesses that he encountered throughout his lifetime. A few years back John decided to do­nate his remains to the University of Minnesota for research. Therefore, the family of John Thom­sen has decided to hold a memorial service at a later date. Blessed be his mem­ory.

Delphine Bakke

December 4, 2014

Delphine Bakke, age 85 of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thurs­day, Dec. 4 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks with Pas­tor Ron Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Hendricks Com­munity Hospital Chapel. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Marble Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Arrangements are entrust­ed with the Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks.

Arthur Anderson

December 4, 2014

obit Art Anderson picFeb. 14, 1931 – Nov. 24, 2014

Art Anderson, age 83 of Hendricks, passed away on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednes­day, Nov. 26 at Christ Lu­theran Church with Pas­tor Cindi Hopp officiating. Visitation was prior to the service at the church from 9:30-11 a.m. Inurnment was at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Arthur Conley Anderson was born on Feb. 14, 1931 in Hansonville Township, Lincoln County, to parents John Arthur and Sylvia Josepha (Christianson) Anderson. He was bap­tized and confirmed at the Hansonville Lutheran Church. He attended Han­sonville Country School through the eighth grade then attended Hendricks Public School, graduating in 1949. After graduation he farmed with his father until taking over the fam­ily farm.
Art was united in mar­riage to Betty Jane Arnold on May 3, 1952 in Albert Lea. To this union they were blessed with two children, Chuck and Jan­ice. Together Art and Betty farmed and raised their children on the family farm in Hansonville Township. They retired in 1989 and moved into Hendricks. He was partners with a good friend in the grocery busi­ness for many years.
Art was an avid golfer who played in every tour­nament he could and golfed whenever he had the chance. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially Pinochle at the Senior Cen­ter with his friends. Trav­eling and cooking were highlights for Art. Having coffee with his friends and visiting meant a great deal to him. Spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren, brought the most joy to him.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Hendricks Golf Club and a member of the Hendricks Farmers Elevator, where he served as president for many years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Canby.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife of 62 years, Betty Anderson of Hendricks; his children Chuck (Joyce) Anderson of Moorhead and Janice (Jeff) Moen of Hendricks; six grandchildren—Rebec­ca (Matt) Kollitz of Moor­head, Christen Anderson of Moorhead, John Ander­son of Omaha, Neb., Jackie (Andy) Miller of Burns­ville, Jared (Elisa) Moen of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jordan (Becca) Moen of Mankato; six great-grand­children—Sylvia, Scarlett and Madeline Miller, Con­nor and Cora Moen and Grant Kollitz; and numer­ous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Syliva Anderson and one grandson, Jason Moen.
Blessed be his memory.

Marvin Lathrop

December 4, 2014

obit lathrop dad2Sept. 20, 1952 – Nov. 19, 2014

Marvin Lloyd Lathrop, age 62, passed away on Nov. 19 in his home peace­fully, surrounded by those who loved him. Marvin was a brilliant and fun-loving man who loved God and enjoyed his family, nature, a good laugh and working with his hands.
Marvin enjoyed work­ing on projects around the house and in his wood­shop. He loved garden­ing and taking dips in his backyard pool on hot summer days. Marvin en­joyed Southern-style rock and worship music. Those genres were truly the sound track of his life and would regularly be heard around the house while he enjoyed his time off. He was tremendously proud of all ten of his grandchil­dren and took great care in challenging them to en­sure they grew to be both smart and compassionate. Those are the qualities he will be most remembered and admired for.
Marvin’s love and spirit is carried on by his wife Claire. They were deeply in love during their 42 won­derful years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children and grandchildren—Lee Lathrop, his wife Julia and children Mia, Ivy and Riggs; Courtney Tighe, her husband Brian and chil­dren John “Jack,” Savan­nah and Samuel; and Kelli Ankrom, her husband Ivan and children Jacob and Jo­seph. He is also survived by his mother Beverly, sib­lings Michael and Thomas, and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and fam­ily members too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Marvin is reunited in Heaven with his father Ar­chie and two grandsons, Aiden and Jude Tighe.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 4078 Milgen Road, Columbus, Ga.
Cox Funeral Home, Ham­ilton, Ga. is in charge of ar­rangements. Please sign the online register at to leave condo­lences for the family.

Duane Sagmoe

November 14, 2014

obit SagmoeFeb. 8, 1937 – Nov. 7, 2014

Funeral services for Duane“Pike” Sagmoe, age 77 of Slayton, were held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton with Rev. Dawn Quam officiating. The pia­nist was LaDean Lang and the pallbearers were his grandchildren. Interment was at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton. Military honors were accorded by the Slayton American Le­gion Post and the Slayton VFW Post. Visitation was Monday, Nov. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church from 4-6 p.m. and also one hour pri­or to the services on Tues­day. Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton was entrusted with arrangements. To view online obituary and send condolences visit
Duane Kenneth “Pike” Sagmoe was born on Feb. 8, 1937 in Hendricks to Kenneth and Fern Chris­tensen Sagmoe. He grew up in Hendricks and grad­uated from Hendricks High School in 1955. On March 14, 1958 he and Jean Res­men were married in Hendricks and three days later on March 18, 1958 Pike enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Following his hon­orable discharge on June 4, 1962 he returned to his family back in Hendricks. That same year the fam­ily moved to Slayton and Pike went to work for Cen­tral Telephone Company. Pike retired in 1996 from Frontier Telephone Com­pany. Following his retire­ment Pike helped out his daughter and son-in-law with their farming opera­tion. On Oct. 22 this year Pike moved to Our House Hospice Home in Slayton where he passed away on Friday, Nov. 7 at the age of 77.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton. Pike enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, puzzles, playing cards and shooting pool.
Survivors include his wife Jean Sagmoe of Slay­ton; three children and their spouses—Greg and Renee Sagmoe of Cham­plin, Scott Sagmoe and Lynn Knutson of Slayton and Laurie and Chuck Hill of Lake Wilson; six grand­children—Tanner Sag­moe, Sarina Sagmoe, Isaac Sagmoe, Cody (Sara) Hill, Weston Hill and Cheyenne Hill; two great-grandchil­dren, Abraham “Bram” Hill and Avaya Sagmoe; two siblings, Donna and Jerry Kluess of Brookings, S.D. and Dean ”Buck” and Beaetta Sagmoe of Hen­dricks. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Dan Sagmoe.

Patronella Koens

November 6, 2014

July 22, 1952 – Oct. 31, 2014

obit Patronella Koens pic1Patronella “Patty” Koens, age 62 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Oct. 31 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church with Father Ron Huberty as the Celebrant. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the church with a Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to Mass at the church. Inurnment will be in St. Columba Catholic Cemetery in Iona at a later date. Online guestbook available at Arrangements are with Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe.
Patty was born July 22, 1952 in Slayton, the daughter of Goodwin and Teresa (Ebbers) Ford. She was baptized, confirmed and received her First Communion at St. Columba Catholic Church. In 1970 she graduated from Slayton High School. She attended Stewart’s School of Hair Styling in Sioux Falls, S.D. before moving to Minneapolis to pursue her music career. Patty decided that getting married and having a family was more important than a music career, so she moved back to Slayton and met Eddie Koens. In December 1976 they were married at St. Columba Catholic Church and they made their home in Sioux Falls, where she worked as a hair stylist. In 1990 Patty’s family moved to Garretson, S.D. Patty changed careers and became a dietician, which was her career for 17 years, working primarily in nursing homes. Patty’s interests were singing, crocheting and reading and she was an excellent cook. She had the most gentle spirit; she was always there willing to help anybody who crossed her path. Patty was a very unselfish and loving person. All children were precious to her and she cherished being a Mom, not only to her children, but even her children’s friends so much that they called her Mom. Being a grandmother was such a thrill for Patty and the best days of her life were when she spent time with her grandchildren.
Patty is survived by her three children, Tanya (Mike) Facile of Garretson, S.D., Jessica Koens of Marshall and Wyatt (Jill) Koens of Flandreau, S.D.; six grandchildren, Jacob, Logan and Cody Facile and Lucy, Karmen and Ella Koens; nine siblings, Paulette Ford of Hendricks, Peggy (Orin) Swart of Lieter, Wyo., Pam Ford of Slayton, Peter Ford of Iona, Penny (Bruce) Platt of Iona, Priscilla (Jeff) Olson of St. James, Perry Ford of Warroad, Patrice (Marc) Widmark of Hendricks, and Portia Blees of Brookings, S.D.; brother-in-law David Blees of Hendricks; godmother Loretta Staples of Spring Valley and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Goodwin and Teresa, her husband Eddie in 2006, her nephew Derek Swart and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Blessed be her memory.

Robert Allen Neff

October 23, 2014

July 8, 1933 – Oct. 8, 2014

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Memorial services for Bob Neff, age 81 of Plains, Mont., formerly of Hendricks, will be held Friday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m. at Grace U.M.C. in Hendricks. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.
Robert Allen Neff was born at home to Martha (Schindler) Neff and Charles Neff on July 8, 1933. He grew up in McClusky, N.D. and started working at the young age of 11, delivering telegrams during WWII. Church was an important part of the lives of this family. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country during the Korean War as a radio technician.
Upon completing his Navy days, he continued his education at N.D. University where he met his future wife Bonnie Ungerecht. They were married June 9, 1957 and made their first home in Fresno, Calif. where Bob completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. His first teaching job was in Victorville, Calif. In 1966 they moved to Plains, Mont., to another teaching job. Bob also completed his studies for administration and in 1969 moved to Melstone, Mont. where he was superintendent of a small-town school. In 1974 they moved to Northome, where Bonnie had grown up. Bob was high school principal there. At the various locations he coached boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball, and track. He was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, active in the American Legion, the Lions Club in Plains and later Kiwanis in Hendricks.
In 1986 Bob was inspired go into the ministry, attended Garrett Seminary and was a pastor for most of his remaining years. After serving the United Methodist Church in Northome, he and Bonnie moved to Hendricks. He served churches in Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton and Walnut Grove, until he was diagnosed with cancer in June 2012. He continued preaching for another year, then he and Bonnie moved back to Plains, Mont. to be near their daughter.
Bob and Bonnie actively enjoyed each place where they lived. Bob was devoted to his family, helping the people around him, and serving his Lord. He enjoyed joshing with his friends, working for Hospice, doing community work and having his children and grandchildren around him. He had a passion for the people of Haiti and made several mission trips there, so in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Haiti Solar Oven Project (HSOP). Thank you.
Bob left his old, worn-out body on Oct. 8 at the age of 81¼ years to receive a new body and share with old friends in praising their Lord. He will be missed by family and friends on this earth.
Surviving Bob is Bonnie, his wife of 57 years; children, Kevin (Carol) of St. Paul, Sandra Jirasko of Paradise, Mont., and Robert J. (Toni) Neff of Lake Zurich, Ill.; three brothers, LaVerne of Williston, N.D., Harold of Bismarck, N.D., and Richard of Spokane, Wash.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Dorothy and Janet, and one brother, Don

Darrell Apelgrain

October 17, 2014

Sept. 12, 1942 – Oct. 3, 2014

Darrell Apelgrain, age 72 of Marshall, passed away Friday, Oct. 3 at Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements were provided by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Online obituaries and guest book available at
Darrell Eugene Apelgrain was born Sept. 12, 1942 in Long Prairie to Vernon and Emma (Bangert) Apelgrain. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his youth in the Lutheran faith. He attended Long Prairie schools, graduating with the Long Prairie High School Class of 1960. He went on to get an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. On May 4, 1963 Darrell was united in marriage to Caroline Pederson at Faith Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The couple made their homes in Minneapolis, then Marshall.
Darrell worked for the Minnesota Highway Department while living in Minneapolis for 13 years. In 1979 the couple moved to Marshall, where they had lived since. He worked for the Area II River Basin Project, engineering flood and runoff waters around Marshall until his retirement.
His enjoyments in life included working on engines and cars, fixing up the house, crossword puzzles and reading. He truly enjoyed learning about his family genealogy and spending time with his grandchildren.
Darrell is survived by his wife Caroline of Marshall; daughter Lori (Mark) Thooft of Hendricks; four grandchildren—Anthony (Kristi), Janelle (Kyle), Derrick and Shawn; sister Bonnie Radtke of Blaine and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Emma Apelgrain.
Blessed be his memory.

Erma Ochocki

October 17, 2014

obit Erma Ochocki picDec. 31, 1918 – Oct. 4, 2014

Erma Ochocki, age 95 of Canby, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby with Father Craig Timmerman as the Celebrant.Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Birk Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary following. Visitation continued from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Birk Funeral Home, followed by procession to the church for Mass. Burial was in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.
Erma Lillian Ochocki was born Dec. 31, 1918 to Otto and Mary (Hemish) Schwartz in Hansonville Township, Lincoln County. As a young girl she attended country school in District 36 in Hansonville Township. Erma married Michael B. Ochocki on Sept. 17, 1940 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby and to this union they were blessed with four children. They farmed together until Michael passed away on Sept. 2, 1969. She lived her entire life in Hansonville Township until she moved to Canby in 1974. After moving to Canby she received her GED, while she was in her 60s. For many years she was a cook and housekeeper for Father Guetter. On Feb. 19, 2007, she moved to the Sylvan Court Nursing Home.
She loved her bingo trips with her friends and an occasional trip to the casino. Erma was a real pro with her crossword puzzles. In her younger years she enjoyed playing the piano. She also enjoyed playing games and cards with her family and friends. After moving to the nursing home, she spent a lot of time putting together jigsaw puzzles. The more pieces it had just meant it took her a couple extra days to finish. Erma put over 100 puzzles together for family and friends and they are hanging all over the nursing home and in many homes.
Erma was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where she served on the CCW group and the Quilting Ladies. She was also a member of the ZCBJ Lodge. She was active with the mission sewing group.
Erma is survived by her four children, Michael J. (Louise) Ochocki of Elk River, Ralph (Kathy) Ochocki of Hendricks, Monica (Ed) English of Kingsville, Mo., and Kevin (Deb) Ochocki of Canby; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandsons Leon and Danny Ochocki, sisters Emily Ochocki and Mildred Vernlund and brother Otto Schwartz, Jr.
Blessed be her memory.