Rose Ann Eastman

February 21, 2014

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May 6, 1949 – Feb. 10, 2014

Rose Ann Eastman, age 64 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with the Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery near Wilno. Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe is entrusted with the arrangements.
Rose Ann Jerzak was born on May 6, 1949 in Hendricks to parents Donald and Bernice (Tomas-zewski) Benz. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. She graduated from Hendricks High School in 1967.
Rose Ann was united in marriage to Jim Eastman on Dec. 23, 1967 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. To this union they were blessed with three children, Ryan, Kristina and Joshua. She worked for Divine Providence Hospital for a number of years before starting a daycare in her home. She cared for children in her home for 38 years.
She enjoyed doing word searches, reading, cooking and baking cakes and cake decorating. She enjoyed her time spent with her daycare children and especially with her grandchildren. Attending kids’ activities and sporting events over the years was a joy to Rose Ann.
She was a lifelong member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, where she was a member of St. Theresa’s Circle and the Rose of St. Ann Rosary group.
Grateful for having shared Rose Ann’s life is her husband of 46 years, Jim Eastman of Ivanhoe; her three children— Ryan (Jessica) Eastman and their children Luke and Pierce of Stewartville, Tina Eastman of Ivanhoe and Joshua Eastman of Ivanhoe; her mother Bernice Benz of Hendricks; brothers and sister, Richard (Josie) Benz of Sioux Falls, S.D., Allen (Beverly) Benz of Canby, David (Kari) Benz of Sioux Falls, S.D., Sandra Giles of Willow Lake, S.D., Todd Benz of Hendricks and James (Sharla) Benz of Hendricks; brothers-in-law Paul Sterzinger of Ivanhoe, Dean (Marlene) Eastman of Ortonville, and Ted (Shari) Eastman of Ivanhoe; sister-in-law Karen (Ken) Lipinski of Ivanhoe and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Donald Benz, one sister, Geraldine Sterzinger, and her mother-in-law and father-in-law Luke and Emma Eastman.
Blessed be her memory.

Calvin Christensen

February 7, 2014


July 10, 1924 – Jan. 1, 2014

Calvin Christensen, age 89 of Canby, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the Good Samaritan Society in Windom.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 4 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby with Rev. Janet Colby officiating. Military honors were provided by Canby Military Honor Guard and Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195 of Hendricks. Online registry at Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Canby.
Cal was born July 10, 1924 on the family farm in Shaokatan Township, Lincoln County, the son of Merton and Lillie (Jensen) Christensen. He attended country school District 39 through sixth grade. His family moved to Hendricks and Cal graduated from Hendricks High School in 1942. He worked for the Farmers Co-op Creamery in Hendricks and Swift Co. in Marshall before entering the U.S. Navy in July 1943. While in the Navy, he attended U.S. Navy Training School for Electricians Mate at the University of Minnesota. He was stationed aboard the USS Fulton AS11 as a submarine tender in the South Pacific until he was honorably discharged May 1, 1946 and obtained the rank of electricians mate 2nd Class. While in the Navy, he also played in the ship’s band.
Cal married Audrey T. Thompson on Nov. 4, 1945 and to this union four children were born— Monica, Charles, Paul and Todd. Audrey passed away in 2004. He married a long-time family friend, LaVonda Eggen, on Oct. 6, 2007. Cal worked in the electrical industry for more than 50 years. Some of the places he worked were Service Electric in Hendricks, District Rep. for General Minnesota Utilities Co. in Hill City, he owned and operated Cal’s Electric in Hendricks, Maintenance Electrician at Kraft Foods in New Ulm and electrical instructor at Canby Area Vo Tech, now Minnesota West Canby Campus, until his retirement.
He was a member of the Minnesota Electricians Assoc. for a number of years and served on the Education Committee. Cal was a life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Commander at the Hendricks Legion and Canby Legion. Cal was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and sang in the choir over 50 years. He loved old cars and was an amateur restorer. He enjoyed football, baseball, fishing and camping, but most of all loved his family.
He is survived by his wife LaVonda of Windom; daughter Monica Orren (friend Brad Scott) of Granite Falls; two sons, Paul of Kooskia, Idaho, and Todd (Lisa) of Canby; sister-in-law Valerie Christensen of Preston; stepchildren, Larry Eggen of Storden, Renee (Lee) Wyffels of Troy, Mo., and Deb (Doyle) Mattson of Windom; ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, first wife Audrey, son Charles Sr., sister Francis (Harold) Dorn, brother Gene (Barbara) Christensen, sister Ramona Bailey, son-in-law, Dale Orren and one great-grandchild, Jaston.

Kim Amundson

January 24, 2014

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July 29, 1956 – Jan. 13, 2014

Kim Amundson, age 57, of Hendricks died Monday, Jan. 13.
She was born July 29, 1956 in Granite Falls to Elmo and Marian Volstad. After graduating from Granite Falls High School, Kim attended Alexandria Technical College and later graduated from Bemidji State University. While in Bemidji she met Matt William Amundson. Following college graduation, Matt and Kim moved to Anchorage, Alaska where they married during a Sunday morning service on Nov. 2, 1980. Kim worked for the Alaskan blood bank as a medical technologist, followed by a job at the Soldotna, Alaska hospital.
Daughters Berit Lee and Leah Ruth were born while they lived in Alaska. In 1985, Kim and her family moved back to Minnesota. Carmen Marie was born while living in Benson, where Kim worked as a medical technologist at the hospital.
Since 1990, Kim and her family have resided in the caring town of Hendricks, a town they chose to raise their family. She was asked to help her husband one day at the bank and never left; she worked there for the past 22 years.
Kim was a member of the Board of Directors at First Security Bank-Hendricks, the manager of the First Security Agency Inc., a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Hendricks Golf Club, the Hospital Auxiliary, Treasurer of Christ Lutheran WELCA, and various other community organizations.
Kim’s home was one in which, if Christ should chance to enter, He would be pleased to linger and rest—and likely be well fed! She followed the advice of her father, who told her that if you stay true to yourself and your God, then you’re set for life.
Kim loved adventure. She loved to travel, cook, garden, downhill and waterski, fish, golf, entertain her many friends, play Scrabble, Sudoku (or any game for that matter!), and loved her pontoon at the lake.
She is preceded in death by her father Elmo James Volstad, her mother Bertha Marian (Thorkelson Volstad) Christenson and her mother’s second husband Sylvester Christenson.
She is survived by many loved ones: her loving husband and best friend Matt; her three daughters, Berit (Brenner) Perryman of Staples, Leah (John) Gilbert of Chaska, and Carmen (Nick) Tubbs of Fargo, N.D. and her grandson Emmett Gilbert; siblings, RaeAnn (Allan) Arneson of Sleepy Eye, Elmo (Julie) Volstad of Hanley Falls, Tim (Sabrina) Volstad of Anchorage, Alaska, and many nieces and nephews.
She had a neverending smile, a song her in heart, and always thought of others. She has touched the lives of many in such a positive manner. Kim was strong in her faith and trusted in the Lord. She will be greatly missed.

Janice Mathison

January 24, 2014

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Aug. 9, 1947 – Jan. 13, 2014

Janice K. Mathison, age 66, of Astoria, S.D. passed away unexpectedly as the result of a heart attack on Monday, Jan. 13.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Faith Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Darren Shaw officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Janice Kay (Tyler) Mathison was born in Huron, S.D. on Aug. 9, 1947 to N.M. “Bud” and Doris (Anderson) Tyler. She lived the first months of her life in Lompoc, Calif., returning to South Dakota in 1948. They lived on a farm southeast of White, S.D. until the spring of 1953 when the Tyler family moved to a farm southwest of Astoria, S.D. She attended Oaklake District 59 for grades 1-4, then the rest of her education was at Astoria Public School, where she graduated in 1965.
Janice married the love of her life, Jerry Mathison, on June 24, 1965. They lived in Hendricks for a few years and then moved to the Tyler family farm, where she lived the remainder of her years. She was an employee of the Hendricks Nursing Home for over 35 years. She had a kind heart and a gentle manner toward the elderly. She recently semi-retired from the nursing home and was looking forward to her retirement years.
Janice loved and cherished her children Kelly, Paula and Sharla, and her grandchildren Erika, Chelsey, Mikah, Niki, Austin and Kyle. They were all a huge part of her life and she was so proud of all their accomplishments.
Janice was an avid Vikings fan. She could be seen proudly wearing her Vikings clothing or carrying her Vikings purse. Janice was a pet lover and took care of several cats and her own dogs Chester and Taylor. She also loved to garden, especially growing tomatoes and canning the produce from her abundant garden.
Janice is survived by her husband of 48 years, Jerry; her children Kelly (Tammy) Mathison of Hendricks, Paula Mathison of Plano, Texas, and Sharla (James) Benz of Hendricks; her grandchildren Erika Mathison of Fargo, N.D., Mikah Mathison of Watertown, S.D., Nicole and Kyle Mathison of Hendricks, Chelsey Benz of Albert Lea and Austin Benz of Hendricks; her mother Doris Tyler of Astoria, S.D; her sister Patty Sik of Hendricks; four aunts and uncles and several cousins and scores of friends.
She was preceded in death by her dad Bud Tyler, brother-in-law Dennis Sik and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Morris Dokken

January 24, 2014

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Feb. 13, 1922 – Jan. 15, 2014

Morris C. Dokken, age 91, of Hendricks passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Woodlake Lutheran Church, rural Astoria, S.D. Burial will be in the Woodlake Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the Hendricks Nursing Home Chapel. The Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Morris Cameron Dokken was born to Oscar and Hana (Valle) Dokken on the family homestead in Ziebach County near Red Elm, S.D. on Feb. 13, 1922. He spent most of his youth in Deuel County, S.D. when his parents moved back to take over his grandparents’ homestead. He attended elementary school at the Fairview School District and graduated from Brandt High School.
He married Lavona Breeze in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Calif. on Aug. 8, 1942 where they both worked in an airplane factory. They were happily married for nearly 66 years when Lavona died in 2008.
Morris served in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees during WWII, stationed for a time in Sacramento, Calif., Guam and the Pacific. After the war, Morris and Lavona farmed, settling near Astoria, S.D., where they farmed for many years. They retired to Lake Cochrane, where they lived for 30 years. In 2006, due to health reasons, they moved into Lincoln Villa in Hendricks.
Morris was a member of the Astoria School Board, the Izaac Walton League and a faithful lifetime member of the Woodlake Congregation. He had many interests but foremost was fishing. He also was an avid hunter, golfer, bowler, card player and gardener. Morris was a long-time Twins fan, rarely missing a game on T.V. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and taught most of them how to fish. He was especially proud to have spent 39 winters in Brownsville, Texas. He was a kind and gentle man who never had anything negative to say about another person. He was always friendly, caring and truly interested in others. He was fun-loving with a great sense of humor.
Morris and Lavona had three children, 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He always remembered the names of all his grandchildren, their spouses and the great-grandchildren. Morris’ nieces and nephews were very special to him; he enjoyed their visits and calls.
Grateful for sharing his life are his three children— Roger (Ruth) Dokken of Omaha, Neb., Gail (Paul) Kvernmoe of Astoria, S.D., and Beth (Dale) Overby of Toronto, S.D.; grandchildren— Laura (Chris) Houston of Omaha, Neb., Gena Dokken of Omaha, Neb., Nancy (Matt) Ash of Minnetonka, Stephanie Kvernmoe of Atlanta, Ga., Lynn (Kate) Jurrens of Watertown, S.D., Tony Jurrens of Marshall, Cary (Rebecca) Jurrens of Minneota, Lana (Trever) Schwartz of White, S.D., Morrey (Jill) Overby of Parkston, S.D., Shane (Amber) Overby of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Becki (Jeremy) Beer of Hendricks; 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Morris was preceded in death by his wife Lavona; parents Oscar and Hana Dokken; his brother Kermit Dokken and his wife Ethyleen; sisters Noami Ide and Shirley and her husband Sidney Ensberg; brother-in-law Howard Brezee and his wife Ruth.
Blessed be his memory.

Kim Amundson

January 17, 2014

Kim Amundson, age 57 of Hendricks, passed away on Monday, Jan. 13 in Hendricks.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Christ Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Janice Mathison

January 17, 2014

Janice K. Mathison, age 66 of Astoria, S.D., passed away on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Faith Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Darren Shaw officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Donald Asbjornson

January 17, 2014

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Dr. Donald C. Asbjornson, age 82 of Lincoln, Neb., passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Celebration of Life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1200 South 40th St. in Lincoln, Neb.
Surviving family members include his wife Elaine; his children and their spouses— Kevin Asbjornson of Singapore, Dr. Jon Asbjornson of Lincoln, Neb., Karen and Dr. David McConnell of Kearney, Neb., Beth Asbjornson-McCashland and Dr. Timothy McCashland of Omaha, Neb., David Asbjornson of Lincoln, Neb., and Janie Asbjornson-Haisch and Scott Haisch of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his grandchildren and their spouses— Amy Asbjornson and Scott Nelson, Katie Asbjornson, Molly Asbjornson and Kyle Regelean, Madeline Asbjornson, Cassie Prestia and Mark Bernier, Austin McConnell, Cole McConnell and Alexandra McCashland.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, The Pankey Institute “Ozzie” Award Scholarship Fund, University of Nebraska Foundation— Asbjornson Family Scholarship, Lincoln Food Bank Backpack Program or the Hendricks, MN Development Fund.
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Virginia Smith

January 13, 2014

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July 7, 1928 – Jan. 1, 2014

Virginia “Ginny” Smith, age 85 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks. Online registry at
Ginny was born on July 7, 1928 in Wentworth, S.D. to Oliver and Thelma (Tvedt) Thompson. She attended public schools in Draper, S.D. and Hendricks, graduating in 1946. She attended Augsburg College and South Dakota State University. Ginny and Russ were high school sweethearts and married at First Lutheran Church, Hendricks, on Aug. 22, 1948, beginning a lifelong adventure together. What partners and friends! What a partnership! Flexibility and adaptability were traits Ginny possessed since she made more than 30 moves to different homes in Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Minnesota. Travel was an important part of work life and retirement, with travel to 49 states, including 12 visits to Hawaii, and several countries in Europe. While living in Rockport, Texas, Ginny was a member of the Rockport Country Club and a very good golfer, a volunteer at the Castaways organization, the Good Samaritans Society, the Humane Society, and an Ombudsman at the Oakcrest Nursing Home.
Ginny will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was proud of her family, her Norwegian ancestry and her South Dakota West River roots.
Ginny is survived by Russel Smith of Hendricks, her husband of 65 years; five children— Rebecca Christianson (Brent) of Madison, Wisc., Kathleen Aydin of Hendricks, Brian (Tia) of Lakeville, David (Nancy) of Rapid City, S.D. and Noel (Heather) of Sparkill, NY; grandchildren Sasha (Ryan) Reese, Jordan (Nipa) Smith, Johanna Whiting, Leah Christianson, Elisabeth Christianson, Kyle Smith and Senja Smith; great-grandsons Silas Whiting and Owen Reese; brothers Warren (Darla) Thompson, Orland (Sharon) Thompson and Tom (Wanda) Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Oliver and Thelma Thompson and son-in-law Fevzi Aydin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: The Lutheran Campus Ministry, 325 Mills St., Madison, WI 53715 or to The Hendricks Community Foundation, PO Box 86, Hendricks, MN 56136.

Frank H. Greve

January 2, 2014

Jan. 19, 1940 – Dec. 18, 2013

Frank H. Greve, age 73 of Hendricks, formerly of Marshall, passed away suddenly at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Rosary and 7 p.m. prayer service Friday at Hamilton Funeral Home, Marshall. Visitation continued at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be sent to
Frank Herman Greve was born on Jan. 19, 1940 in Tracy to Herman and Esto (Benginen) Greve. He was united in marriage to LaVonne Irma Dhaene on Jan. 30, 1960 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Minneota.
Frank is survived by his loving wife LaVonne of Hendricks; his children, Brenda (Dave) Tatsak of Ft. Worth, Texas, Bruce (Chris) of Sioux Falls, S.D., Brian (Laura) of Marshall, Barb (Steve) DeSmet of Canby, Becky (Kelly) Meyer of Windsor, Colo., and Brad of Marshall; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jack (Jackie) of San Bernadino, Calif., Gary (Betty) of Fayetteville, N.C., and Tom (Vicki) of Marshall. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Delbert, Donny, Teddy and Ray, and sisters-in-law Headi, Betty, Lillian and Tess Greve.