Marian Ertz

January 11, 2013

obit marian ertz

Feb. 16, 1942 – Dec. 26, 2012

Marian Ertz, age 70 of Marshall, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation was from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church with a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Burial was in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.
For online condolences, please visit www.birkfuneralhome.com
Marian Grace Sik was born on Feb. 16, 1942, the youngest child of Frank and Theresa (Pytlewicz) Sik. Marian married her late husband Donald W. Ertz on Nov. 30, 1974.
Marian attended high school at Ivanhoe Public School. She took pride in the jobs she held, especially selling Avon products. She was an exceptional housekeeper and had a kind and generous heart, providing care to Donald’s’ brother Leonard until his passing. She enjoyed living on the farm near Lake Benton. She and her husband Donald spent many winters at their home in Texas. She retired to Boulder Estates in Marshall.
Marian is survived by her brother Lawrence Sik; sisters Leona (Sik) Sovell and Joan (Sik) Lipinski; one brother-in-law and several sisters-in-law. She is also remembered by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; infant son Lawrence Frank; parents Frank and Theresa Sik; brothers Clem, Donald and Jerome; sisters Regina (Sik) Lozinski and Irene (Sik) Drietz and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Marian overcame many adversities in her lifetime.She will be missed by her family. Blessed be her memory!

John M. Henriksen

January 11, 2013

obit John Henriksen

Aug. 31, 1944 – Dec. 30, 2012

Memorial services for Pastor John M. Henriksen of Alden were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Pastor Greg Ofsdahl and Pastor Phil Lewison officiated. Friends greeted the family two hours prior to the service on Monday at the church.
Pastor John died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Mayo Health System in Albert Lea. He was 68 years of age.
John Milton was born Aug. 31, 1944 in Tyler. He was the son of Henrik and Esther (Sorensen) Henriksen. John graduated from Ivanhoe High School in 1962 and was a graduate of both North Dakota State University and Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary. He was united in marriage to Deloris (Lori) Enga on June 26, 1965. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter.
John grew up near Arco and spent time in California and New Jersey before returning home to Minnesota where he resided in Farmington, Wabasha, Albert Lea and then Alden. He briefly taught mathematics in Plainview before starting a program management career with air traffic control systems at Sperry Univac. Years later, he pursued his Masters of Divinity and found his calling—the ministry. He was ordained in 1984 and was installed as Faith Lutheran Church’s pastor in Wabasha. From 1999-2007 he served as the Senior Pastor at Grace Lutheran in Albert Lea. He ended his ministerial career amidst a long fight against Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. In his retirement, John became an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden.
John loved spending time with his family, especially his “five beautiful grandchildren.” He had an attachment to wide, open prairie land—a fondness that prompted his move to Hansen Point near Alden. He also was proud of his Danish heritage and held a lifelong passion for music. He greatly enjoyed singing.
John is survived by his wife Lori of Alden; children Dana and his wife Suzy and their children Meghan and Mykenzie of Mankato, Kent and his wife Amy Jo and their daughter Harper of Falcon Heights and Erika and her husband Geoff Stenrick and their children Clara and Thea of St. Paul. Brothers and sisters include Marie Henriksen of Arco, Elin (Leigh) Krueger of Minnetonka, Thomas Henriksen of New Prague, Neils (Bonnie) Henriksen of Grand Rapids, Ardis Henriksen of Arco and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Oda (Bob) Dwire.

Donald Bingham

January 11, 2013

obit Donald Bingham

Dec. 28, 1932 – Jan. 3, 2012

Donald W. Bingham, age 80, of Toronto, S.D., formerly of Gary, S.D., passed away on Jan. 3 at his home after a long but courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. with Rev. Carlene Rhody officiating. Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 6 from 3–6 p.m. at the church and resumed Monday one hour prior to the service. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery, Astoria, S.D. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
Donald Wesley Bingham was born Dec. 28, 1932 in Murray County to George Wesley and Crystal Elna (Yearous) Bingham. Early in his childhood the family moved to a farm near Lake Cochrane in Deuel County, S.D., where he grew up. Donald graduated from Balaton High School in 1951 and served in the United States Army, where he saw action in Korea with the 330th Ordinance Company. PVT-2 Bingham was honorably discharged in 1955. He then lived and worked in Illinois before becoming employed by the creamery in Canby.
On Oct. 21, 1961, Donald was united in marriage to Bonnie Jean Lokkeberg in Astoria, S.D. They made their home in Canby until mid-1962, when they went to work at the Megard Farm. In 1965 Donald and Bonnie purchased the family farm from his father. They raised three children there and maintained a cattle and small grain operation. In addition to the cattle, Don also enjoyed working with horses. After over 45 years of farming, Don and Bonnie retired to Toronto in the summer of 2011. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in October of that year. Bonnie passed away on Sept. 10, 2012.
Donnie was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. and a former member of East Highland Lutheran Church in rural Brandt, S.D. He was a member of the Peden-Cole American Legion Post 109 of Gary, S.D.; he served as Post Commander while a member of the Bakken-Engen American Legion Post 103 in Astoria, S.D. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 4-H and FFA Parents and the bowling league. He was active in the communities of Brandt and Astoria, S.D. He enjoyed golfing, slow-pitch softball, gardening, playing cards, dancing and visiting with his many friends and family members. Of special joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Donald is survived by his 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, Gus Carlson, Brandi Bingham, Brittany Guffin and Jamie Fanning; four great-grandchildren—Grace, Levi, Lane and Trayson; two brothers, Charles Bingham of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Byron and Carol Bingham of Arvada, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his loving wife of 50 years, Donald was preceded in death by his mother Crystal Yearous Bingham in 1965, his father George Bingham in 1985, two sisters, Doris Ronne Musch and Joyce Lokkeberg Kontz, and his parents-in-law, Elmer and Sadie (Wigen) Lokkeberg.

Trey Petersen

December 10, 2012

June 21, 1950 – Nov. 17, 2012

Trey Petersen, age 62 of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Saturday, Nov. 17. Rosary was 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sioux Falls, S.D. Interment was at Columbarium of St. Michael Cemetery, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Trey Petersen was born June 21, 1950 to Herman, Jr. and Mavis (Arndt) Petersen in Hendricks. He attended public schools, graduating from Hendricks High School in 1969. He then attended vocational school in Canby where he received formal training in diesel mechanics.
On June 5, 1971 Trey was united in marriage to Jean Dorn in Ivanhoe. A month later he began serving in the U.S. Army; he was honorably discharged in 1973. Upon his return he began working with White Holcomb Trucks as a mechanic. In 1975, Trey began working at Sears. He held a number of positions throughout his 27 years with the company. Trey began a new career with AFLAC in 2001, where he was currently working as an agent.
An avid golfer, Trey enjoyed golfing with his son Travis. He liked to travel with his wife and had taken a number of trips. Trey’s true passion in life was spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. He cherished watching them play baseball, softball and soccer. As a child, Trey’s summers were filled with playing fast pitch softball. His passion for the game carried through to his children and grandchildren, as he coached their teams when they became active in sports. Years later, after coaching his kids, he began working as a softball umpire. While busy with family and sports, Trey also held his spiritual life close to his heart. A man with deep faith, he was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and was highly involved with the Knights of Columbus as a member of the Marquette Council, Fourth Degree Knights.
A friend to all, Trey was blessed with a genuine and strong spirit. His generosity and kindness will be forever cherished in the hearts of all who knew him.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Jean Petersen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; son Travis (Mandy) Petersen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughters Tracey (Jameson) Stoneall of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Lisa (Kyle) Raph of Harrisburg, S.D.; grandchildren Megan Stoneall, Alex Stoneall, Cason Raph, Maddox Raph and Trey Raph; parents Herman and Mavis Petersen of Hendricks; sister Julie (Andrew) Dalle of Sioux Center, Iowa, and brothers Jeff (Jenny) Petersen of Newnan, Ga., Mark (Lynn) Petersen of Carpinteria, Calif., and Tim Petersen of Lake Benton.

Bessie Hammer

November 30, 2012

Feb. 2, 1923 – Nov. 22, 2012

Funeral services for Bessie (Bess) Nash Hammer, age 89 of Germantown, Tenn., formerly of Minneota, will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Hope Lutheran Church. Interment will follow the service at Hemnes Lutheran Cemetery in Minneota beside her late husband Allan.
Bess was born Feb. 2, 1923 in Camden County, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Nash, Jr. and Lula Russell Nash. She graduated from South Mills High School. Bess met Allan Hammer in 1946. Allan was from southwestern Minnesota and, after a long-distance romance, they married in 1949. Bess was always interested in fashion and home decor. She worked in a dress shop for some time. Both Allan and Bess were very active at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. She taught Vacation Bible School for several years, was an active member in HLCW (Ladies Aid), serving it as secretary twice. She was a member of the Ladies Circle, giving lessons and hosting meetings. She was a member of the Nordland Social Club and the News and Art Club.
After Allan’s death in 1995 Bess left the Minneota area and went to live near her daughter and her husband and two precious grandchildren, who she adored. They lived in Oregon for some time and eventually came back to the Midwest, residing in Minneapolis/St. Paul. At the time of her death they resided in Germantown, Tenn.
Bess died on Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Methodist Germantown Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
She is survived by her daughter Robin Virginia Hammer Young and son-in-law Dr. George Young; grandchildren Nikolai Allan Young and Christian George Young; two nieces in North Carolina, Carolyn and Dianne Lamb, and grand-nieces and nephew Valerie Boothe, Van Boothe (wife Christi and their son Zachary) and Gail Rogers (husband Rev. Tim Rogers and daughter Rebekah), numerous cousins on both Bess’ and Allan’s side of the family and four special in-laws, Ruth and Kermit Hoversten of Austin and Janice and Carl Kingsley of Ocala, Fla.

Marcellus Sik

November 23, 2012

Dec. 20, 1943 – Nov. 13, 2012

Marcellus “Marcey” Sik, age 68 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at his home in Ivanhoe.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant.
Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with a Rosary said at 5 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery near Wilno.
Marcellus Harry Sik was born Dec. 20, 1943 to parents Paul and Martha (Panka) Sik in Lincoln County. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. He attended country school in Marble Township. He graduated from Minnesota West Technical College with diploma for diesel mechanics.
Marcellus was united in marriage to Clara Ratajczak on June 30, 1964 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. To this union they were blessed with seven children.
He enjoyed working on cars, doing handy work around the home, playing cards, dancing the Polka and visiting with his family and friends. He enjoyed his grandchildren very much. He was a truck driver most of his working days and had been in almost every state in the U.S. He drove truck for various companies and eventually bought his own rig. He retired in 2003 due to illness.
Marcellus was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe and a member of the Knights of Columbus, reaching Fourth Degree status.
He is survived by his wife Clara Sik of Ivanhoe; his seven children: Randall (Lisa) Sik of Tyler, Wesley (Rebecca) of Lucan, Sheila (Tom) Tykwinski of Marshall, Victoria (John) Hauswedell of Minneota, Rodney Sik of Ivanhoe, Renae (Nick) Mihelich of Fargo, N.D. and Rebecca (Kenny) McMahon of Minneota; 17 grandchildren: Ryan, Amy, Travis, Olivia, James and Ethan Sik; Jessica (Mike) Stowman; Stacey, Shawn and Jaelyn Tykwinski; Tim and Jenna Czech; Eric, Heidi, Grant and Jody Hauswedell and Brittaney McMahon; sisters and brothers: Dorothy Citrowske of Canby, Emil (Maddie) Sik of Canby, Gertrude (Roman) Bach of Canby, Cecelia (Wayne) Thompson of Rochester, Robert (Peggy) Sik of Canby and Tony (Joan) Sik of Watertown, S.D. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Martha Sik; brothers James and Clarence; two grandchildren, Wesley Sik, Jr. and Trevor McMahon.
May the Lord Bless him.

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 www.birkfuneralhome.com. 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.