Alice Steffes

November 15, 2012

July 4, 1930 – Nov. 2, 2012

Alice Steffes passed away on Nov. 2 at the Hendricks Nursing Home, where she had been cared for the last few months of her life.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe with Father Ron Huberty as the Celebrant. Visitation was Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the church with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued on Tuesday one hour prior to Mass at the church. Burial was in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Online registry can be found at Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe.
Alice Ann Przymus was born on July 4, 1930 to Peter and Agnes (Behnke) Przymus. She attended Wilno Catholic School and graduated from Ivanhoe Public School. On Sept. 22, 1948 Alice was united in marriage to Raymond Steffes. They made their home on the family farm where they raised 11 children. Her devotion to Ray and their children created a strong sense of family. Alice was the heart and soul of her family by creating and passing on the family traditions her children and grandchildren will always remember and cherish.
After raising her family Alice continued her vocation for caring by becoming a certified nursing assistant. As a CNA at Divine Providence Hospital and Home and later as a home health aide, Alice impacted so many lives with her compassion and generous ways.
Alice was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Her faith in the Blessed Mother and the Church was unwavering. Alice was active in the Catholic Ladies Guild, taught religious education for many years and distributed communion at the Hendricks Nursing Home. She was on the Selective Service Board, a member of the Schoenstatt Pioneer Couples and Willing Workers Neighborhood Group.
To relax Alice enjoyed tending to her cats and flower gardens on the farm, reading, crocheting and watching the Minnesota Twins play baseball. She and Ray traveled many miles attending their children’s and grandchildren’s life events.
Alice is survived by 10 children— Wayne, Jean, Allen, Marian, Leslie, Robert, Karen, Betty, Lynn and Paula; 29 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray, daughter June and son-in-law Steve, her parents, one sister and five brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 111 North Sherwood, Ivanhoe, MN 56142.
Blessed be her memory.

Scott Bednarek

November 2, 2012

July 6, 1981 – Oct. 21, 2012

Scott Bednarek, age 31 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21 near Ivanhoe as a result of a car accident.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the St. John Cantius Catholic Church Cemetery.
Scott William Bednarekwas born on July 6, 1981 in Hendricks to parents Duane and LeAnn (Erp) Bednarek. He was baptized, received his First Communion and was confirmed at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno. Scott grew up on the family farm near Ivanhoe with his sister Amy and brother Kevin. Scott was involved in football, basketball and FFA while in school and he graduated from Lincoln HI High School in 2000. After high school Scott started driving truck for local trucking companies, including Bednarek Trucking. He was later employed by Lyon County Farm Service as a floater operator. He was currently employed as a trucker for the Hendricks Farmers Elevator.
Scott enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting pool and darts with friends. He also enjoyed driving truck, playing cards and playing football and video games with his cousins. Scott also liked texting his cousin Bobby and telling jokes. His pickup was his pride and joy and he also valued the company of his dog Copper. Scott’s most cherished moments were spent playing with his nephews and spending time with family and friends. Grilling was something special he enjoyed doing for his family. He was always first in line for the utensils but last to sit at the table. He will be remembered by many for his willingness to help others at any given moment.
Scott was a member of numerous pool and dart leagues and softball teams.
Grateful for having shared Scott’s life is his father Duane Bednarek of Ivanhoe; one sister, Amy (Jason) Kooiker and their son Cole of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one brother, Kevin (Amanda) Bednarek and their children Braxton and Kamdin of Hendricks; nine aunts and uncles—Wayne (Debbie) Bednarek of Ivanhoe, Brenda (Dan) Citterman of Canby, Marie (Kenny) Rybinski of Hendricks, Mike Erp of Canby, Mary Adler of Canby, Nancy Erp and husband John Malone of Currie, Kathy (Doug) Madsen of Taunton, Lori Bednarek of Canby and Bonnie Bauman of Pine River; many cousins and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother LeAnn Bednarek; both maternal and paternal grandparents, Billy and Margie Bednarek and William and Arlene Erp; one aunt, Cheryl Erp and one cousin, Jameson Malone.
Blessed be his memory.

Lanford Larson

November 2, 2012

July 9, 1938 – Oct. 19, 2012

Lanford “Lanny” Lee Larson, age 74 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Oct. 19 at the Minneota Manor.
Memorial services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson and Rev. James Carlson officiating. Visitation was 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday at Christ Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, East Hendricks. Lanny’s family prefers memorials to the Alzheimers Association.
Lanny was born on July 9, 1938 in Hendricks, the son of Orton and Thelma (Tolrud) Larson. His mother died in Portland, Ore. when he was nine years old as surgeons attempted to remove a brain tumor. He and his three sisters, Connie, Patricia and Sonja, were brought back to Hendricks, separated from each other and were each raised in different homes. Lanny was raised on a farm by Orval and Beulah Odegaard, friends of the family and wonderful people. Lanny’s sister Connie died in 1954 and his father in 1956 in a car accident. He graduated from Concordia College in 1964 and taught and coached in Buffalo Lake for nine years, during which time he earned a master’s degree in counseling from Bemidji State University.
He married Joan (Sather) Larson, to whom he was totally devoted, in 1972 and welcomed their son Jedd in 1974 and daughter Sara in 1975. He and Joan purchased a farm south of Hendricks in 1977 and named it the Triple L Farm as a way of denoting the hierarchy of ownership—the Lord’s, the Lender’s and then the Larsons. Lanny loved few things more than a good laugh, a good conversation, hard work and he yearned for few things more than to be able to give back even a portion of what he felt he had received. He was blessed with good health, a couple bouts of good luck and an amazing metabolism but, unfortunately, was cursed by Alzheimers. Lanny passed away after fighting the disease that would strip him of all of the qualities that made him great, except for his unassailable kindness.
Lanny is survived by his wife Joan; two children, Jedd (Annika) and Sara (Mike) Woodruff; five grandchildren, Mara, Sonna, Aasta, Svea and Sigg; two sisters, Pat Goebel and Sonja Larson; his father-in- law Stanley Sather; his brother-in-law Dean (Lois) Sather and many nieces and nephews, as well as by his greatest wisdom— “Son, it’s important to go to church every Sunday to start your week off right, ‘cause it starts going downhill quick come Monday.” He will have the last laugh.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orton and Thelma Larson and Orval and Beulah Odegaard; one sister, Connie; his mother-in-law Charrie Sather and sister-in-law Cheryl Sather.
Blessed be his memory.

Ila Nelson

November 2, 2012

Nov. 29, 1947 – Oct. 19, 2012

Ila Nelson, age 64 of Columbia Heights, passed away Friday, Oct. 19.
Ila was born to Pearl and Helmer Nelson of Hendricks on Nov. 29, 1947. She was a graduate of Hendricks High School and the University of Minnesota.
She will be greatly missed by her sister Marlene (Molly) Nelson, extended family and friends, including her special feline family Coco, Chloe and Cleo.
Ila loved all animals, reading, game playing, television (especially CNN and CNBC) and, most of all, time spent with her dear friends when her health permitted.
She chose to donate her body to the University of Minnesota Medical School Anatomy Bequest Program.
Interment will be at a later date at the East Cemetery, Hendricks.
A memorial service and Celebration of Life were held Oct. 27 at the Murzyn Hall in Columbia Heights.
Thank you to Fairview University, Crestview Senior Center, Fairview Hospice Care and her great extended family and friends for all the visits, thoughts and prayers.

Eunice Oines

November 2, 2012

May 30, 1924 – Oct. 21, 2012

Eunice Oines, age 88, formerly of Volga, S.D., died Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at First Lutheran Church in Volga, S.D. with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Volga, S.D. Memorials may be directed to Gideons International, ADVANCE, Hope Haven or First Lutheran Church in Volga.
Eunice Irene (Black) Oines was born May 30, 1924 in Miner County, S.D. to Charles William and Florence Emily (Aalseth) Black. She attended country school and graduated from Corsica High School and South Dakota State College. She taught home economics in Avon, Hurley and Volga. On Oct. 26, 1947 she married Orvis A. Oines at Armour, S.D. Eunice worked as a secretary at First Lutheran Church then as a secretary and bookkeeper for Oines Chevrolet in Volga.
Her faith in Jesus Christ has been the center of her life. Eunice was a member of First Lutheran Church, actively involved in WELCA, Sunday school and missions. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Century Club, PTA, Extension Club, Gideons Auxiliary and Fortnightly Club. She taught Friendship Class and served as a 4-H leader. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, art, sewing, needle work and poetry. Eunice had a heart and talent for teaching and enjoyed spending time with people of all ages, learning together. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and they fondly remember Grandma giving each of them their first driving lesson.
Survivors include her five children: Rev. James A. (Randi) Oines of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Kay Marie (Donald) Bosanko of Aberdeen, S.D., Douglas (Carlene) Oines of Sioux Falls, S.D., Barbara (Rusty) Nelson of Hendricks and Mark Oines of Brookings, S.D.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters: Ella Mae (Robert) Wood of Denver, Colo., Iona (James) Langer of Spearfish, S.D. and Joan (Marvin) Northrup of Mitchell, S.D.; a sister-in-law, Clarine Black of Winner, S.D., and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Kenneth and her husband Orvis on March 5, 1987.

Lanford “Lanny” Lee Larson

October 26, 2012

July 9, 1938 – Oct. 19, 2012

Lanford “Lanny” Lee Larson, age 74 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Oct. 19 at the Minneota Manor.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson and Rev. James Carlson officiating. Visitation will be 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday at Christ Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, East Hendricks. Online registry is at
Full obituary will be published next week.

Scott Bednarek

October 26, 2012

Scott Bednarek, age 31 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21 near Ivanhoe as a result of a car accident.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the St. John Cantius Catholic Church Cemetery.

Naomi Farnham

October 19, 2012

Naomi Farnham, age 82 of Enderlin, N.D., formerly of Fargo, N.D., passed away on Oct. 10 while in the hospital surrounded by family members.
Naomi was born on Jan. 15, 1930 to Walter and Meta (Schmidt) Juenke. She grew up and attended school in Crystal, N.D. She attended Taylor University and received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of North Dakota with degrees in English, music and religion. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Beta Kappa and in 2005 was elected a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.
She was married to Rev. D. James Farnham (deceased) in Aug. 1954. They had three children: Tom (Nancy) Farnham of Enderlin, N.D., Cynthia (Paul, deceased) Dressen of Belle Plaine and Ken (Lisa) Farnham of Fargo, N.D. Naomi had nine grandchildren: Lesley (Jonathan) Kochel of Chaska, Ben (Stefanie) Dressen of Belle Plaine, James Dressen of Belle Plaine, Zach (Renata) Farnham of Fargo, N.D., Tim Dressen (Carissa Rand) of Shakopee, Sam (Rachel) Farnham of West Fargo, N.D., Katie Dressen of Belle Plaine, Caleb Farnham of Fargo, N.D. and Lydia Farnham of Fargo, N.D. She also had three great-grandchildren: Alex and Grant Kochel of Chaska and Emma Dressen of Belle Plaine.
Naomi is also survived by a sister, Vernadine Otto of Bremerton, Wash., and a brother, Arnold Juenke of Crystal, N.D. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Duane and sister Lyla.
She was active in numerous organizations including the Fine Arts Club, Antique Club, Washington Elementary PTA (president twice), League of Women Voters, the local Democratic Party and Cub Scouts. Naomi loved music, reading and traveling. Naomi was a teacher for most of her life, including teaching music at Cass Lake, substitute teaching in West Fargo and freshman English at NDSU. She participated in study programs at Oxford University in England and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1980s. She enjoyed grading SAT tests in Princeton, N.J. Naomi also was an entrepreneur, owning and operating a successful small business (MotoFoto) and a Christmas tree farm in the 1970s.
Naomi loved family gatherings and being surrounded by the laughter and conversation of her children and grandchildren. She was a consummate storyteller, particularly enjoying recounting memories of times with her grandchildren.
Visitation was at Faith United Methodist Church (909 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 and officiated by Rev. Kevin Kloster. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. Interment was in the West St. Olaf Cemetery, rural Enderlin, N.D. Rev. Frank Dobos officiated at the burial service.
The family would like to thank the healthcare teams at Maryhill Manor, Lisbon Area Health Services, Sanford LifeFlight and Sanford Hospital for everything they did for Naomi.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, please visit .

Kay Weckert

October 5, 2012

Kay Weckert, age 81 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday,
Oct. 2 at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe with Pastor Stephen Rasmusson officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the West Elim Cemetery, rural Ivanhoe.
Katherine Sophia Weckert was born on Dec. 7, 1930 to parents Albert and Hulda (Anderson) Widmark in Ivanhoe. She spent her entire life in the Ivanhoe area, growing up on her parents’ farm southwest of Ivanhoe. She attended country school and graduated from Ivanhoe High School in 1948.
Kay was united in marriage to Donald Weckert in 1948 and to this union they
were blessed with seven children. Kay was a hard worker all her life, no matter
the task. She worked numerous jobs during her life as a waitress, cook,
bartender, bookkeeper, nurse’s aide and manager of a supper club. She also
volunteered her time at the nursing home, where she enjoyed meeting and
serving people.
Kay loved the peace and beauty of the country and she spent her last years
enjoying country living. Her true passion was gardening, especially raising
numerous varieties of roses and other flowers. Autumn leaves and floral colors were her favorites and she used her flowers as long as possible into the fall of the year. She was also an exceptional seamstress.
Kay had a wonderful sense of adventure, especially for traveling. She made her way around the United States to visit family in Texas, Colorado, Florida and Idaho. She will be remembered as a wonderful cook, as many people can attest to, especially her fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Most important to Kay was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church.
Grateful for having shared Kay’s life are her children: James (Dianna) Weckert of Ivanhoe, Nancy (Rod) Mack of Meridian, Idaho, David Weckert of Ivanhoe, Lynda Stevenson of Ivanhoe, Beth (LeRoy) Olsen of Tyler and Tom (Codi) Weckert of Kuna, Idaho; twelve grandchildren: Ben (Kimberly) Weckert,Annette Weckert, Jessica (Jonathan) Chalker, Derek (Kathy) Christensen, Amber Christensen, Matthew Olsen, Samantha Olsen, Alexandra Weckert, Samantha Weckert, Zavier Weckert, Krista (Ray) Hatton and Kelli (Chris) Irwin; seven great-grandchildren: Micah, Josh, Kaden, Mason, Noah, Miranda and Stanlee; sister Lorraine Nelson; brother John (Margaret) Widmark; brother-in-law Ed Wick; sister-in-law Lois Widmark and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Steven Weckert, sisters Ione Bonde and Helen Wick, brother Arnold Widmark and brother-in-law Arlan Nelson. Blessed be her memory.

Clarence Lipinski

October 5, 2012

Clarence Lipinski, age 91 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at his home in Ivanhoe. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with Rosary at 5 p.m. and prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the St. John Cantius Catholic Church Cemetery near Wilno.
Clarence (C.A.) Anton Lipinski was born on March 22, 1921 in Royal Township, Lincoln County, to Anton and Martha (Remerowski) Lipinski.He was the oldest child to this union. Clarence was baptized, received his First Communion and was confirmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Clarence attended school in Wilno, graduating from the eighth grade, after which he began farming with his Dad and taking a home study course on automotive engineering. In September 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served during WWII until September 1945. During this time he worked on B-17 airplanes and flew 31 missions; 18 of these missions were flown as right waist gunner and the rest as top turrent engineer, obtaining his Tech Sergeant rank.

On Oct. 29, 1945 Clarence was united in marriage to Margaret (Margie) Panka at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. This union was blessed with two children, Kenneth and Karen. They lived in Wilno, where Clarence began his auto repair business. In 1959 he moved his business to Ivanhoe, commuting from Wilno. In 1965 they purchased a home in Ivanhoe. Margie did the bookkeeping and son Ken worked after school in the shop. As years passed, he had several hired men, with Jim Eastman working 20-plus years for him. Margie passed away Nov. 13, 1993. In April 2005, after 60 years as owner and operator of Lipinski
Garage, he sold his business to his grandson Chris Aaron Lipinski (also, C.A.).
After this time, you could find him each day repairing an old building located by his residence or using his talents on other projects in this workshop. Over the years, he did wood working, making many craft items for his family. His
mind was always thinking of ways to invent things to make life easier. Clarence
was a faithful listener of the daily “Radio Rosary,” a lifelong member of St.
John Cantius Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid
reader and loved playing solitaire on his computer each day. His greatest pride
was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Clarence died peacefully on Sept. 25 at his residence. He will be sadly missed
by his son Ken and Karen of Ivanhoe; daughter Karen and Royal Hettling of Minneota; grandchildren Greta and Al Schugel of Courtland, Shad and Reba Lipinski of Ivanhoe, Chris and Shelley Lipinski of Marshall, Justin Lipinski of Ivanhoe and Jeffrey Hettling of Queen Creek, Ariz.; great-grandchildren Hunter, Matthew, Tyler, Emma, Andrew, Abigail, Joseph, Desiree and Jasmine;
siblings Al Lipinski of Luverne, Mildred Wodzinski of Brandon, Fla. and Stanley and Leo Lipinski of Hendricks; brothers-inlaw Alvin (and Lorraine) Lipinski and John Bednarek and sisters-in-law Dorothy Miller and Joan Lipinski; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and siblings Josephine, Walter and Lawrence. Blessed be the memory of Clarence.