Phyllis Hoversten

February 18, 2016

obit hoversten phyllis picOct. 15, 1921 – Feb. 7, 2016

On Sunday morning, Feb. 7, Phyllis Hoversten passed away at the Three Links Care Center at the age of 94.
A service to celebrate Phyllis’s life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 3312 St. Anthony Blvd., Minneapolis.Visitation and luncheon followed the service. Interment will be in Hemnes Lutheran Cemetery, Minneota, at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to World Hunger/ LWR, the Music Department at Augsburg College, or to the church of your choice. Arrangements were with the Benson and Langehough Funeral Home,
Phyllis Hoversten was born Oct. 15, 1921 in South Lake Hendricks, Brookings County, South Dakota, to Grant and Anna (Foros-Forseth) Johnson on the family’s homesteaded farm. She attended South Lake Hendricks one-room schoolhouse, but before going to town to high school she stayed home for one year to care for her grieving family and ill mother. She found that homemaking work, done in the service of loved ones, was not only a gift to others, but healing for herself. This was a lesson she shared her entire life and a gift she gave to her children.
She graduated from Hendricks High School in Minnesota and attended Augsburg College. She graduated from Northwestern School of Medical Technology and Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd with her youngest daughter at the age of 56, completing a lifelong desire for a college degree.
At Augsburg College she met the love of her life, Chester Hoversten. They married on June 2, 1945 and spent their 71 years of marriage at multiple parishes where her husband served as pastor. Phyllis was known for her gracious and welcoming hospitality and her ability to make a warm and comforting home for her family wherever they were.
She is survived by six c h i l d r e n — M . A n n e t t e (Robert) Hanson of Boston, Massachusetts, Philip (Patricia Sausser) of St. Anthony, Krista (Giuseppe Coco) of Suffern, New York, Mark (Turi) of Moscow, Idaho, Karina (Joel) Peterson of Brainerd, and Elizabeth (John Bade) of Northfield; 10 grandchildren—Nels (Emily) Hanson, Per Hanson, Sonia Hoversten, Anne (Tom) Archambault, Alessandra Coco, Elizabeth Coco, Knut Hoversten, Liv Hoversten (Chris Sprague), Leif Bade and Bjorn Bade; three great-grandchildren —Katherine Hanson, Adelaide and Juliette Archambault; her sister Avis Torgrimson Nelson of Tyler; her brother Quinten (Leola) Johnson of Richfield; her sister-inlaw Donna Johnson Patterson of Kimball; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chester on Nov. 21, 2015, her parents, her sisters Elaine Sternke, Grace Aldal and Alvera Westberg, and her brothers Grant Jr. and Jacob Johnson.

Paul Erschens

February 18, 2016

obit ERSCHENS PaulMay 12, 1929 – Feb. 9, 2016

Paul A. Erschens, age 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Elkton, South Dakota with burial to be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elkton. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 12 from 5-7 p.m. with a wake service at 7 p.m. at the church.
Paul was born May 12, 1929 in rural Lincoln County to Frank Mathias and Agnes Katherine Dowdle. He grew up and lived on the family farm in Drammen Township during the Depression and the Dirty ‘30s. Paul was baptized in 1929 and received his First Communion and Confirmation at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in 1939. He attended District 62 Country School through the eighth grade, as the only student in his grade, then graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1947. He farmed with his father until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955, where he served in the Korean War. He was married Sept. 24, 1955 to Lois Louise Veire at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. He was discharged from the Army on Feb. 8, 1957 and returned to the Elkton, South Dakota area to farm.
Paul was a director of the Production Credit Association of Marshall, the Farmers Elevator and Hope Mutual Insurance, and was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. He served on the wind power taskforce to develop criteria for wind development on the Buffalo Ridge.
Paul was very talented in many ways. He enjoyed repairing and restoring. He could fix absolutely anything and was very innovative, often fabricating his own tools and parts as needed for different projects. He was very particular in everything he did and that it was done to his satisfaction. He was proud of his farm home and his farm life.
Paul is survived by his wife Lois of Elkton, South Dakota; his five sons— Dave (Valerie) of Lake Benton, Steve (Kathy) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Alan (Carol) of Grimes, Iowa, Phil of Champlin, and Neal (Elizabeth) of Chesapeake, Virginia; 13 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; five stepgrandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mariann Nielsen, his halfsisters Helen Porter and Leona Young, his grandson Mathias Erschens and his granddaughter Stacy Erschens.
Online tribute may be seen at

Bobby Jones

February 18, 2016

Bobby Jones, age 72 of Astoria, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
No formal service will be held until a graveside service in the spring at the East Hendricks (Calvary) Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Grateful for having shared Bobby’s life is his wife Patricia Jones of Astoria, South Dakota and two sons, Robert (Deanna) Jones of Idaho and Steven Jones of Washington.

Carol Budahl

January 28, 2016

obit Carol BudahlMay 13, 1932 – Jan. 21, 2016

Mr. Carol J. Budahl, age 83 of Toronto, South Dakota, died Thursday, Jan. 21. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25 at Leganger Lutheran Church, Toronto, South Dakota, with burial in the Woodlake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Astoria, South Dakota. Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at Leganger Lutheran Church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, South Dakota was entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Woodlake Cemetery Association.
Carol J. Budahl was born May 13, 1932 to Leonard and Ella (Hawley) Budahl of Astoria, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Woodlake Lutheran Church, of which he was a lifelong member. On Dec. 31, 1951 Carol was united in marriage to Helen Christopherson at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota. To this union four special children were born—Milo, Lonnie, Margo, and Todd. Carol and Helen spent the majority of their life farming in the Astoria area. Carol retired from farming in 1998 and they moved into Toronto. Carol worked from 1996 to 2015 for the Deuel County Soil Conservation Service as foreman for the tree planting crew. This was a job he truly loved and took great pride in. He also enjoyed driving tractor, doing fall tilling for area farmers.
Carol served on the ASCS Board of Directors for several years. He was active in his church, serving as board and council member, served on the Astoria Elevator Board and supported Pheasants Forever for many years. A big part of Carol’s life were his card playing friends, eating out and socializing. He was an avid Twins fan and enjoyed watching games as often as he could. Carol’s greatest treasures were his family—Helen, children and spouses, grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren. Carol also had many special friends.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Helen Budahl of Toronto, South Dakota; four children— Milo (Dawn) Budahl of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Lonnie (Bonnie) Budahl of Clear Lake, South Dakota, Margo (Marlin) Lorenzen of Brookings, South Dakota and Todd Budahl of Brookings, South Dakota; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; three brothers; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leland and Glen Budahl, sister Lucille Decker and an infant sister, Mavis.

Katherine Sipe

January 28, 2016

Nov. 11, 1949 – Jan. 14, 2016

Katherine Elizabeth “Katie” Gleason Sipe, age 66 of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away on Jan. 14 at Brookings Health System after a courageous battle with cancer.
There will be a memorial gathering on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Whispering Pines community room, located at 1924 9th Avenue South, Brookings, South Dakota. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com.

Randy Kjelden

January 21, 2016

Aug. 19, 1954 – Jan. 14, 2016

Randy Kjelden, age 61 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14 with family by his side.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Singsaas Free Lu­theran Church with Pastor Ron Smith officiating. Visi­tation was 5-7 p.m. Tues­day, Jan. 19 at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Birk Fu­neral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Randall Pernie Kjelden was born Aug. 19, 1954 in Hendricks to Pernie and Eleanor (Person) Kjelden. He graduated from Hen­dricks High School in 1972. Randy was united in mar­riage to Lujeanne Aaberg on Sept. 2, 1972 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Asto­ria, South Dakota. To this union they were blessed with two sons, Derek and Dustin. Randy drove milk truck for Land O’ Lakes out of Volga, South Dakota for a number of years. In 1986 he went to work for his father-in-law and a year later, purchased the busi­ness. Sterling Technology was founded in 1987. Ran­dy had found his calling as an entrepreneur and chased his dream. Randy worked side by side with his wife and sons until the end. Randy’s passion and thirst for knowledge in­spired many people.
Randy’s love of music came from his mother. He played guitar, mandolin and banjo. Randy played in various bands in his early years and continued to play in his later years for his and Lu’s enjoy­ment. Randy was proud of his family and enjoyed his grandchildren. Randy’s most treasured moments were those just enjoying life at the lake. Randy was a proud member of the NRA and had a soft spot for the Wounded Warriers Project.
Grateful for having shared Randy’s life is his wife and best friend Lu­jeanne Kjelden of Hen­dricks; two sons, Derek (Cheryl) Kjelden and Dustin (Becky) Kjelden, both of Brookings, South Dakota; five grandchil­dren—Blake and Max Kjelden and Ella, Emmy and Elise Kjelden; brother and sisters, Joan Krier of Hendricks, Midge (Dan) Olson of Huron, South Da­kota, Lolly (David) Thom­sen of Hendricks and Ron (Marlene) Kjelden of Hen­dricks; sister-in-law Ja­net Kjelden of Brookings, South Dakota, plus numer­ous nieces, nephews, cous­ins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Per­nie and Eleanor Kjelden and one brother, Don Kjelden.
Blessed be his memory.

Viola Tholen

January 21, 2016

obit Viola Tholen 2016_01_15_10_23_460001 -2July 8, 1915 – Jan. 13, 2016

Viola M. Tholen, age 100, passed away Wednes­day, Jan. 13 at the Divine Providence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe. Mass of Chris­tian Burial was Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ivanhoe, with Fr. Ron Huberty celebrating. Burial will be in the Ss. Pe­ter and Paul Catholic Cem­etery, Ivanhoe. Visitation was Monday, Jan. 18, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. in the Birk Visi­tation Center in Ivanhoe. The Birk Funeral Home in Canby was entrusted with the arrangements.
Viola was born July 8, 1915 in Florence to Anna and Fred Dwire. She at­tended District 8 School in rural Balaton. After gradu­ation from the eighth grade she helped her par­ents on the family farm then worked in Marshall for five years. On Feb. 18, 1941 she married Leo Tholen in Marshall.They lived on a farm in rural Arco for three years then moved to a farm six miles west of Ivanhoe, which they owned and operated for 25 years. They moved to Ivanhoe in December 1973.
She was Parish Histori­an for 22 years, member of the Ladies Guild, lifelong member of the Hospital Auxiliary in Ivanhoe, Wel­come Wagon for five years, catechism teacher for 10 years, member of the ru­ral Willing Workers Club for 60-plus years, deliv­ered Meals on Wheels for five years and many other community projects. She enjoyed Minnesota Twins ballgames, traveling, cards and bowling. She was a volunteer in the activity room at the nursing home. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and neighbor.
Viola is survived by her daughter Judith (Michael) Koltun; son Ron (Diane) Tholen; grandsons Peter (Amy) Koltun and Brian (Lisa) Tholen; granddaugh­ters Janelle (Erik) Plaisted and Stacy (Craig) Bednar; great-grandchildren Jack Plaisted, Madeline Koltun, MiKenna Plaisted, Elo­ise Koltun, Owen Bednar, Mitchell Plaisted and Ellis Bednar.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leo; mother Anna Cedarholm; father Fred Dwire; step­father Carl Cedarholm; great-granddaugher Lisa Koltun; siblngs Albert Dwire (Eva), Merina Haack (Helmut) and Irvin Dwire (Margaret); nieces Jaunita Dwire and Sandra Dwire.
Blessed be her memory.

Katherine Sipe

January 21, 2016

obit Katherine SipeNov. 11, 1949 – Jan. 14, 2016

Katherine Elizabeth “Katie” Gleason Sipe, 66, passed away Jan. 14 at Brookings Health System in Brookings, South Da­kota after a courageous battle with cancer. There will be a memorial ser­vice in Brookings, to be announced at a later date. Another memorial service will be held in Hanover at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at a later date. Rude’s Fu­neral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Katherine Elizabeth Gleason was born Nov. 11, 1949, the daughter of James and Frances (Brad­shaw) Gleason in Minne­apolis. She attended school in Minneapolis, graduating from Minneapolis Central High School in 1967. At the age of 17 she started work­ing for Northern States Power and stayed with them for 29 years, retiring in 1996. She was united in marriage to Daryl Sipe on March 25, 1972. They made their home on Beebe Lake in Minnesota.
Katie was known as a nomad, a loving wife, just one of “the guys,” and was a best friend to the world. She was fun-loving, always willing to help, and a per­son who enjoyed every minute of her life. For 43 years she taught Daryl how to have fun. People who knew Katie loved her and she loved everyone she met. She will be missed by all who knew her. Her time on Earth was far too short.
Katie is survived by her husband Daryl of Brook­ings, South Dakota; four sisters—Pat Koosmann, Rosemary St. Denis, Judy Payne and Marie Neitzke; three brothers—Gary Gleason, Tom Gleason and George Gleason; several brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Michael and John and sister Marge.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all the Hospice, infusion, and Brookings Hospital personnel who helped Katie through her two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. They were all won­derful, as were her caring neighbors.
Condolences may be sent to the family through

Lurine Knutson

January 21, 2016

obit Lurine Knutson picJune 5, 1926 – Jan. 12, 2016

Lurine Knutson, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks with Pastor Ron Smith of­ficiating. Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer ser­vice at 6 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Sing­saas Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Birk Fu­neral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
Lurine Myrrle Knutson was born June 5, 1926 near Hendricks, to Albert P. and Mabel (Johnson) Sagmoe. She was the only girl born to the Sagmoe family and she grew up with five older brothers. She graduated from Hen­dricks High School then took nurses’ training in Minneapolis. She worked for the Hendricks Public School before starting at the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home, where she worked for 47 years.
On Aug. 28, 1947 Lurine was united in marriage to Paul Oscar Knutson at the First Lutheran Church in Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with seven children. She raised her children and later took care of her mother in her home as well as caring for her father-in-law in their final years. Lurine and Paul were caretakers of Singsaas Lutheran Church for over 25 years.
Lurine enjoyed baking, cooking and reading her Bible. Keeping a journal and a calendar were en­joyable as well. She loved serving others and was very hospitable. Sunday afternoons were always spent visiting others, espe­cially people at the nursing home where she would be known for spreading God’s love and joy. As a resident of the nursing home for al­most the last five years she never missed an activity as she enjoyed them all.
She was a member of Singsaas Free Lutheran Church, where belonged to the Ladies Aid group.
Grateful for having shared Lurine’s life are her seven children—Pauline (Bob) McKnight of Brook­ings, South Dakota, Na­dine (Mike) McHugh of Hendricks, Joline (Mike) Glazier of Hendricks, Peter (Leslie) Knutson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Colleen Knut­son of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kathleen (John) Burke of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Sharlene (Jim) Koenig of Toronto, South Dako­ta; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Al­bert and Mabel Sagmoe, her husband Paul Knutson and five brothers.
Blessed be her memory.

Vincent Sik

January 14, 2016

obit Vincent Sik 20160106_143857April 25, 1922 – Jan. 5, 2016

Vincent Sik, age 93 of Hendricks, died Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 9, 2 p.m. at Grace Unit­ed Methodist Church in Hendricks. Burial was in the Hendricks Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 8, 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service in the Hen­dricks Hospital Chapel. The Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Vincent Adrian Sik was born April 25, 1922 to John and Katherine (Sa­dergaski) Sik at home on the family farm, where he lived and worked his en­tire life. He attended coun­try school District No. 72 through the eighth grade. Following his education, Vincent worked on the family farm.
He married the love of his life, Eloise Hultz, on Feb. 15, 1945. They spent their lives farming, trav­eling to all 50 states, and going to many grandchil­dren’s events. Vince and Ellie celebrated 70 years of marriage in February 2015. Vince became a resident of the Hendricks Nursing Home on Sept. 16, 2013, where he remained until his death on Tues­day, Jan. 5 at the age of 93 years.
Vince was a member of Grace United Method­ist Church in Hendricks, served on the Marble Dis­trict 405 School Board and the Hendricks Elevator Board. He was a lifelong member of the commu­nity. Vince was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Ellie; three daughters—Ila Schult, Betty (Larry) VanDeVeire and Terri An­derson; seven grandchil­dren—Tanya, Brandon, Victoria, Andrea, Jacqulyn, Nicole and Katelyn; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rozy Thompson and Eleanor Wiering; two sisters-in-law, Lydia Sik and Faye Wahl; brother-in-law Nels Jorgensen and many nieces and neph­ews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Martin, and sister Mary Lacek.
Blessed be his memory.