Theodore C. Schwing

October 5, 2012

ELKTON, S.D. — Theodore C. Schwing, age 79, died Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Elkton, S.D. with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-6 p.m. Sunday with a 6 p.m. prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Elkton, S.D.

Theodore was born May 28, 1933 in Hendricks to Theodore and Anna (Gramlich) Schwing, Sr. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1951
then attended Mankato State Teachers College. He served in the United States
Army from 1957-1959. Ted married Sadonna Lecheler on Oct. 3, 1959 in Winona.

He farmed in Drammen Township for many years and became township assessor in 1960, serving continuously until 2008, serving Drammen, Verdi
and Lake Benton Townships. Ted was a member of OLGC, served on the church board and was secretary of St. Mary’s Cemetery Corp. He was an accredited
Minnesota Ditch Viewer for 21 years and a charter member of the Minnesota Viewers Association, serving as president for 18 years. Ted served on the board of Hope Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and on the Drammen Township
Community ASCS Committee. He enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, coin and stamp collecting and letter writing.
Ted is survived by his wife Sadonna; sons Anthony (Erin) of Lake Benton, Mark (Brenda) of Carson, N.D., John of Sioux Falls, S.D., Paul of Brownton and Carl (Julie) of Glencoe; daughter Theresa (Chad) Neuberger of Worthington; 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother Sebastian (Beverly) of Elkton, S.D.; brothers-in-law Larry Lecheler of Sherman, Texas and Owen (Connie) Lecheler of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sisters-inlaw Dolores Wojciechowski
of Trempealeau, Wisc., Catherine Lecheler of Winona and Louise Lecheler of
Arcadia, Wisc.

Bonnie Lokkeberg Bingham

September 21, 2012

Bonnie Lokkeberg Bingham, age 69 of Toronto, S.D., formerly of Gary, S.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 10 at her home in Toronto following a sudden illness. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. Rev. Carlene Rhody officiated. Burial was in the Bethany Cemetery, Astoria. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Astoria. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
Bonnie Jean Lokkeberg was born Nov. 24, 1942 in Clear Lake, S.D. to Elmer and Sadie (Wigen) Lokkeberg. She grew up on a farm near Astoria, S.D. where she attended school. Bonnie graduated from Astoria High School with the Class of 1960. As part of Astoria’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in 1960, Bonnie was selected as “Miss Astoria.”
On Oct. 21, 1961 Bonnie was united in marriage to Donald W. Bingham in Astoria, S.D. They made their home in Canby until mid-1962 when they went to work at the Megard Farm. In 1965 they purchased the Bingham Family Farm near Lake Cochrane in Deuel County, S.D. Don and Bonnie raised three children and had a cattle and small grain operation. She owned and operated Bonnie B’s Café in Brandt, S.D., which later expanded to Bonnie B’s Country Supper Club in Altamont. After leaving the businesses, Bonnie worked at the Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake, S.D., retiring in 2006. In the summer of 2011 Bonnie and Don retired from the farm and moved into Toronto, S.D. Mr. and Mrs. Bingham celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in October 2011.
Bonnie was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Astoria, a former member of East Highland Church of Brandt, 4H and FFA Parents, bowling league and the church ladies’ group. She was an active civic and church leader in the communities of Astoria and Brandt, S.D. She enjoyed shopping, cooking for everyone, golfing, dancing and spending time with her numerous friends and family members. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the lights of her life, although she mothered all whom she knew.
Mrs. Bingham is survived by her loving husband Donald Bingham of Toronto, S.D.; three children: Wesley and Nancy Bingham of Gary, S.D., Danita and Joel Carlson of Bradley, S.D. and Faron and Vickie Bingham of Brandt, S.D.; 10 grandchildren: Brandon Heim, Sadie Bingham, Zane Bingham, Lucas and Amanda Gill, Amanda and Joel Engel, Betty and Sean McGraw, Brandi Bingham and Jamie Fanning; four great-grandchildren: Grace, Levi, Lane and Trayson; her brother-in-law Byron and Carol Bingham and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother Sadie Wigen Lokkeberg in 1994, her father Elmer Lokkeberg in 2003, her parents-in-law George and Crystal (Yearous) Bingham, two sisters-in-law, Doris Ronne Musch and Joyce Kontz, and many other close loved ones.

Karen Kae Chrtt (Steffen)

September 17, 2012

Karen Kae Chrtt (Steffen), age 67 of Canby, died peacefully at the Hendricks Community Hospital on
Sept. 8 surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at Grace United Methodist Church in Hendricks with Pastor Robert Neff officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a 6:45 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Birk Funeral Home in Canby. Burial will be in the Bohemian Cemetery, rural Hendricks.
Karen’s family prefers memorials to Hendricks Hospice, PO Box 106, Hendricks, MN 56136.
Karen was born April 29, 1945 in Britt, Iowa to Louie and El Dora (Jants) Steffen. As a child, her family moved to Canby. She was baptized on Sept. 2, 1945 at First English Evangelical Church in Canby and confirmed on June 5, 1960 at First English Lutheran Church in Marshall.
Karen married Ernest Chrtt on Feb. 15, 1964 at the Swedish Mission Church, Astoria S.D. Together
they farmed southwest of Canby until 2007, where they retired and continued to live.
Karen worked many different jobs throughout her life, making a multitude of friends. Among those jobs were Teakwood Bar in Porter, Canby Home Bakery, Marble Store and DeToy’s Restaurant in Canby. Some of her happiest times were spent with her family, especially with her grandchildren.
She always said that if she had known how much fun grandkids were, she would have had them first. She also enjoyed feeding and watching the orioles and hummingbirds on the farm. She could not
resist a good rummage sale or sharing a joke or a kind word on Facebook.
Karen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ernest Chrtt; three sons: Troy of Watertown, S.D.,
Terry of Fairfield, Ill. and Alan (Renae) of Boyd; one daughter, Lynn (Daryl) Dirkes of Avon; nine
grandchildren: Heather Chrtt, Frankie Chrtt, Jacob Chrtt, Colton Chrtt, Dakota Chrtt, Shy Chrtt, Matthew Chrtt, Peyton Dirkes and Presley Dirkes; two brothers, Ronald (Carol) Steffen of Atkinson, Ill. and Gary (Donna Havlik) Steffen of Madrid, Iowa; two sisters, Donna Olsen of Platte, S.D. and Pat (Steven) Haney of Minneapolis; brother-in-law Jerry Fischer of Madrid Iowa and sister-in-law Charlene Steffen ofRock Island, Ill.

Karen was preceded in death by her father and mother, Louie and El Dora Steffen, stepfather Freeman Ovall, sister Marlys Fischer and brother Melvin Steffen.

Pearl Dorn

September 4, 2012

Pearl Dorn, age 91 of Hendricks, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with
Pastor Duane Baun officiating. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 7p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the East Hendricks Cemetery, rural Hendricks.
Pearl was born on Aug. 24, 1920 to Tom and Nettie (Ronne) Hoseck in rural Canby. She moved to Astoria when she was six years old and went to school and was confirmed in Astoria.
Pearl was married to Robert Dorn on March 9, 1936. To this union three children were born— Allyn, Raya and Roberta. They lived with Bob’s folks and farmed for nine years. They farmed in various places until they moved to Hendricks in 1950. Over the years Pearl worked for Andy’s Café, the Red
Owl Store, the Ben Franklin Store, Dr. Reinsertion’s (vet), Ness’s Meat Market and the Hendricks Hospital kitchen. After Bob died in 2001 she lived in their big house for a few years then moved to a duplex in Hendricks. After her health failed she entered the Hendricks Nursing Home in March 2010.
Her life was dedicated to her family. She loved cooking, baking and canning for everyone and always had a houseful of company for holidays. She was known for her brown raisin bread, scalloped potatoes, creamed rice, cinnamon rolls and date cookies, to name a few. Pearl also loved flower gardens and always had flowers from her garden in the house. Her greatest enjoymentcame from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. She beamed with pride when they would visit and enjoyed pictures for her bulletin board and digital frame.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and a WELCA member.
Pearl is survived by her children: Allyn (Janet) Dorn of Brookings, S.D., Raya (Henning) Hansen of
Elkton, S.D. and Roberta (Gerry) Willert of Hendricks; seven grandchildren: Elaine (Lenny) Armour
and Bobby (Lisa) Shakelford, both of Rock Hills, S.C., Tonya (Mike) Hornback of Volga, S.D., Karmen (Randy) Piper of Sioux Falls, S.D., Paula (John) Dooley of Riverside, Iowa, Bryce Hansen of Elkton,
S.D. and Braden (Stacey) Texley of Hendricks; 11 great-grandchildren:Kristin (Chris) Quate, Jessica
(Clark) Hoyer, Rachael (Tim) Feekes, Ashley (Tim) Horton, Ryan and Justin Shakelford, Brooke and
Erika Piper, Brittany Hansen and Ayla and Colsen Texley; nine great-greatgrandchildren: Lola, Quate, Desirae, Hunter and Ryker Horton, Harley Hallem and Jennilee, Jayda, Callyn and Camdyn Hoyer; one sister, Florence Reinertson of Edina, one brother, Doug (Ruth) Hoseck of Hector,
plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bobby, granddaughters Michelle and Allison Dorn, sisters Maimie Hoseck, Hazel Trulock and
Gladyce Froiland, brother Loyal (Bud) Hoseck and son-in-law Mark Texley.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Blessed be her memory.

Harm P. Kruse

August 23, 2012


Harm P. Kruse, age 98, died Monday, Aug. 20 at the White Healthcare Center in White, S.D. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the First Baptist Church in White with interment at Fairview Cemetery in White. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, S.D. Harm P. Kruse was born on Aug. 1, 1914 in Argo Township, Brookings County, S.D. to Peter L. and Rena (Johnson) Kruse. He moved to Oak Lake Township with his parents at age four, to the farm where he lived for 86 years. One of Harm’s first farm experiences was picking corn for his uncle in George, Iowa, one row at a time by hand. He attended Oak Lake District 60 School. By the time he was 85, he still helped harvest corn, but then he harvested eight rows at a time.
On June 4, 1938 he was married to Harriet Jurrens in Brookings, S.D. The couple farmed near Toronto, S.D. and moved to Lincoln Lane Villa in Hendricks on Aug. 1, 2005. They entered the White Healthcare Center in November 2006. Harm was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in White.
Harm is survived by his son Donald (Beverly) Kruse of Hendricks; two grandchildren, Dawn (Jim) Dermam of Geneva, Ill. and Jeff (Kay) Kruse of Maple Grove; five great-grandchildren, Molly and Megan Derman and Ashley (Sean) Jensen, Michael (Elena) Kruse and Nicholas Kruse. He was preceded in death by his wife Harriet and his parents Peter and Rena.


Elisabeth “Liz” Heffele

August 23, 2012

Elisabeth “Liz” Heffele, age 89 of Mountain Lake, died Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Good Samaritan Village of Mountain Lake.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m.Saturday, Aug. 11 at Lakeview Gospel Church in Mountain Lake. The Reverend Merwin Dick officiated. Visitation began one hour before the service. Interment was at Klaassen Cemetery in Delft. Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mountain Lake. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at
Liz was born on April 8, 1923 in Chinook, Mont. to Peter P. and Anna (Klaassen) Rempel. On April 7, 1973 Elisabeth married Fred Heffele at Immanuel Mennonite Church. He died on May 6, 1976.
Liz is survived by her stepchildren Loretta (Myron) Hanson of Hendricks, Norma (Lowell) Koenig of Stillwater, Judi Garbers of Truman, Gary (Carol) Heffele of Lake Benton and Charles “Chuck” (Mary Ann) Heffele of Butterfield; 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, stepdaughter Marjean Mathistad, four sisters, seven brothers and three grandchildren.

Gary Zylstra

August 23, 2012

Gary Zylstra, age 69 of Hendricks, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 18 in Hendricks. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Duane Baun officiating. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Christ Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. A private family burial will take place on Thursday. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Gary LeRoy Zylstra was born at home in Prinsburg on July 20, 1943 to parents Gerald and Ella Mae (Roelofs) Zylstra. He attended Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg, graduating in 1961. That is where he met his wife of 50 years, Karen (Asche) Zylstra. They were married at Bunde Christian Reformed Church in Clara City on April 21, 1962. They were blessed with four children.
Gary had several careers in his life— working for his father Gerald at Zylstra Construction, for Renville Farmers Co-Op as Assistant Manager and later transferring to Hendricks Farmers Elevator Association as General Manager, where he worked for 25 years. In his retirement years he worked for NB Golf in Hendricks until his untimely death. Gary enjoyed dealing with people, selling golf cars and working trade shows.
Gary was an avid collector of antiques, firearms and coins. He also taught youth firearm safety training for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, classic cars, having coffee with friends and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He also enjoyed spending time at the “Zylstra Zoo” on Diamond Lake and more recently on Green Lake in Spicer. Gary was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, where he had been Church Council President and a Sunday School teacher. Gary will be remembered for his gentle smile, firm handshake and his friendly personality.
Gary is survived by his wife Karen (Asche) Zylstra; children: Vince (Mary) of Hendricks, Vonn (Marcia) of Spicer, Karla Henry (Darryle) of Eden Prairie and Jonathan of Minneapolis; grandchildren: Amanda Bednarek, Samantha Javier and Matthew Zylstra, Justin, Brandon, Shane and Jaden Zylstra and Ellie, John and Sam Henry; great-grandchildren Braxton and Kamdin Bednarek, Lucy Javier and Rylee Zylstra; his father Gerald Zylstra and sisters Barb Modderman and Denice Link. Gary was preceded in death by his mother Ella Mae Zylstra and his brother Ronald Zylstra.

Sharon Joan Ellis

July 27, 2012

Sharon Joan Ellis, age 71 of Norwalk,Iowa, passed away June 5 at HCI, Ka­vanagh House.

She was born Feb. 10, 1941 to Frieda (Koop­man) and George Hasel in Ivanhoe and grew up on a farm in Hendricks. She was confirmed in her faith at First Lutheran Church in Hendricks. She was edi­tor of the school paper, the Homecoming Queen and Salutatorian for the Hen­dricks High School Class of 1959.

Family was very impor­tant to Sharon. She loved having her home filled with family, especially at Christmastime. She spent many hours throughout the year planning and shopping for their annual Christmas Eve extended family get-together and Christmas morning cel­ebration with all the chil­dren and grandchildren. She was always searching for the “just what they always wanted” gift. Her happiness came from see­ing others happy.

Sharon’s professional career was spent as a sales manager. She worked for Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, S.D., followed by The Bob Allen Company in Des Moines, Iowa. She re­tired from the Roto Rooter Corporation. Sharon was a champion for women’s rights and inspired many to achieve their dreams. Her business acumen orig­inated with a sales course involving Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

Sharon loved her garden and cherished spending time among her flowers and on her porch. Over the years she spent many meaningful hours with her grandchildren, attending events and teaching the granddaughters to em­broider.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Duane; children: Connie Schuring (Dan), Pam Ow­ens (Kyle), Jeff Feldman (JoDee), Janet Hill (Larry), Jeannette Lose and Mike Ellis (Angela); grandchil­dren: Katie, Emily, Carlye, Annie, Jaycie, Alex, Carl, Carrie, Ashley, Molly, Zach, Abbey and Kennedy, and four great-grandchildren. Survivors also include her sisters Georgia Slothauber, Jackie Fredette (Larry) and Mary Peplin (Bob).Sharonhad many other loving family members and friends.

Joseph C. Cech

July 19, 2012

Joseph C. Cech, age 60 of Brookings, S.D., died Tues­day, July 10 at Sanford Hos­pital in Sioux Falls,­ter a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13 at First United Methodist Church in Brookings, S.D. Visita­tion was held on Thurs­day, July 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.

Joseph C. Cech was born on Oct. 30, 1951 in Hen­dricks to Joseph A. and Ione L. (Olson) Cech. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Canby High School in 1969. He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State Univer­sity and spent many years teaching science before he discovered his love of computers and became the District Technology Coordinator for the Brook­ings Public School Sys­tem. During his career, he continued to spend many hours farming alongside his father.

In 1989 Joe met Mary Huether-Spaulding of Brookings, LakeC o­chrane, where they were married one year later. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Joe and Mary had three daughters and two sons— Amy, Tom, Ann, Annie and Dan— and six grandchil­dren. They frequently vis­ited Seattle,Wash., where all of their grandchildren live, and they recently en­joyed a cruise to Alaska together, a place Joe had always wanted to visit. He loved to travel and explore new places, in particular from behind the wheel of his red pickup truck.

Joe enjoyed spending time at the lake boating, water skiing, fishing and relaxing. Joe was adven­turous; he loved to fly all types of airplanes and had a special love of the peace­fulness he found in the cockpit of a glider. Riding his motorcycle and four-wheeler were also some of Joe’s favorite pastimes. Joe was a lifelong learner. He had a constant quest for knowledge and could always be counted on to know something about al­most everything. He also had an amazing ability to fix anything, from a stalled car to a broken heart.

Joe is survived by his wife Mary of Brookings, S.D.; three daughters: Amy Stepan and her husband D., Ann Aho and her husband Jeremy and Annie Spauld­ing, all of Seattle, Wash.; two sons: Tom Spauld­ing and his wife Oriona, of Seattle, Wash. and Dan Spaulding of Brookings, S.D.; six grandchildren: Ka­leb, Landon, Karlee, Elena, Charlie and Sabriel; one brother, Jon Cech, and two sisters, Colleen Peters and Sandra Eberle.

Joe will always be re­membered by his family and friends as a warm, car­ing, adventurous, knowl­edgeable and courageous man with a huge heart.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com

Bernice Patrick

July 19, 2012

Bernice Patrick, age 87 of Brookings, S.D., formerly of White, S.D., died Monday, July 16 at the Brookings Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Fri­day, July 20 at the Unit­ed Methodist Church in White, S.D. with interment in Fairview Cemetery. Visi­tation will precede servic­es at the church, beginning at 9 a.m.

Bernice Josie (McKeev­er) Patrick was born May 26, 1925 near Humboldt, John Charles and Martha Jorgena (Nielsen) McKeever. She attended country schools through the eighth grade and grad­uated from Montrose High Schoo in 1943. On Jan. 8, 1954 she married Stan­ley A. Patrick in Luverne. After their marriage the Patricks moved to a farm near White, S.D. in Lake Hendricks Township. They lived there for nine years then in 1963 they moved to a farm on the east edge of Oak Lake. They moved into White in 1978. Ber­nice worked for the local newspaper from 1979 until 2005, serving as edi­tor of the Tri-City Star for 13 of those years.Stanley died April 16, 2008. Ber­nice lived at Greenleaf As­sisted Living from 2006 until her final illness.

Bernice was a member of the United Methodist Church in White, S.D. She served as a 4-H leader in Brookings County from 1965 until 1975. She had extensive vegetable and flower gardens and was an excellent cook and baker. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Verlyn Fodness of Sioux Falls, S.D.; five daughters: Linda (Jim) Peters of Sioux Falls, S.D., Lynette Swindle of Brookings, S.D., Debby Otten of Hendricks and twins Darla (Doyle) Hicks of Brookings, S.D. and Di­ane (Harlan) Best of Sioux Falls, S.D.; step-children Don (Mim) Patrick of Ot­tertail and Darlene (Bob) Bailey of Luverne; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Hazel Kortleever of Luverne.

She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band, sisters Lily Ordal and Marcella McKeever, a step-daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Bud Knutson, twin infant grandchildren, grandson Allen Patrick and great-granddaughter Kayla Knutson.