Norma Burdick

September 10, 2015

obit Burdick, Norma - photo (1)Nov. 7, 1938 – Aug. 31, 2015

Memorial service for Norma Burdick, age 76 of Hendricks, formerly of Lake Benton, was Friday, Sept. 4, 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Interment was at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. She died Monday, Aug. 31 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral services were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line registry at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Norma Jean Burdick was born Nov. 7, 1938 to Fred and Pearl (Davis) Rust in Hendricks. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Evangelical and Reformed Church in Elkton, S.D. She grew up in Thomsenburg, a neighborhood near Hendricks, and attended Hendricks School District 29 through grade six and completed the eighth grade at Hendricks Public School. In 1957 Norma moved to Austin to live with relatives, where she met her husband Richard G. Burdick. On July 15, 1957 Norma married Richard at the Assembly of God Church in Austin. Their union was blessed with 38 years of life together. The couple lived in Austin and in 1966 moved to Owatonna. In 1980 they moved to Lake Benton. Richard died in 1996 and Norma continued to make her home in Lake Benton until becoming a resident of the Hendricks Nursing Home in June 2012. Norma died there and went home to her Lord and Savior on Aug. 31 at the age of 76 years, nine months, and 24 days.
Norma was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She was a social individual who enjoyed visiting with friends, talking on the phone, sitting in the flower garden, as well as playing cards, bingo, and dice with her friends at the nursing home. Norma is lovingly remembered by numerous relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Pearl Rust and by her husband Richard.
Blessed be her memory.

Arnold Fredricks

September 10, 2015

April 23, 1932 – Sept. 2, 2015

Memorial services for Arnold Fredricks, age 83 of Lake Benton, were held Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. at Victory Christian Church in Balaton. Burial was in Memorial Hill Cemetery.
Arnold died Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Arnold Fabien Fredricks was born April 23, 1932 in Ash Lake Township to Henry and Freda (Alleckson) Fredricks.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathy of Lake Benton; daughters Ranea (Jeff) Johnson of Lake Benton, Dyann (Pat) McCarthy of Lake Benton, and Lynda (Michael) Hulsebus of White, S.D.; five grandchildren; siblings Bonnie Guza of Ivanhoe, Carol (Jim) Sorenson of Lake Benton, Stanley (Sandy) Fredricks of Arvada, Colo., Patricia Skyberg of Malcom, Iowa, and David (Roxy) Fredricks of Alexandria; sister-in-law Janet Anderson and brother-in-law Paul Anderson, both of Texas; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Marvin and Larry Fredricks.

Marlys Bren

September 10, 2015

obit Marlys Bren picDec. 28, 1937 – Sept. 1, 2015

Marlys D. “Toodie” Bren, age 77 of Canby, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Canby with Rev. Janet Kettering as celebrant. Visitation was Monday, Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Burial was at the Grandview Cemetery in Gary, S.D. Birk Funeral Home of Canby was entrusted with the arrangements.
Marlys “Toodie” Bren was born Dec. 28, 1937 to Clarence and Alvina Jensen. She was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Gary, S.D. She was raised on a farm in rural Canby. In 1955 she graduated from Canby High School and after graduation she worked for Dr. Gross in Gary, S.D. She was united in marriage to Ardell Bren on May 13, 1956, and to this union three children were born. They moved to the Minneapolis area where they made their home. In 1977 they moved back to the family farm. She spent 33 years in the banking business and 20 years as a CNA for the Hendricks Nursing Home, where she worked until her death.
Toodie enjoyed being on the farm and she was a very capable farmwife. She was a good cook and when company came calling, they never left hungry. She also had a passion for horses and she, along with her family, participated in many trail rides and leisure rides around the countryside. Her free time was spent entertaining family and friends, playing with her great-grandkids, taking pictures and hitting up the local auctions (there were lots of good finds!) Her smile was infectious, her heart was immense and her home was always open to anyone needing a place to stay.
She is survived by her husband Ardell Bren; three children—Craig (Edie) Bren of Montrose, Deb (Craig) Stone of Gary, S.D., and Kent Bren of Willmar; seven grandchildren—Destiny (Dustin) Szech, Justin, (Julie) Bren, Matt (Stephanie) Bren, Angela (Andy) Knutson, Joshua (Trista) Christianson, Dallas Stone, and Kala (Aaron) Luciano; 13 greatgrandchildren; one sisterin-law, Shirley (Randy) Denekamp, and two brothers-in-law, Lyle Bren and Elroy Severson.

Toodie was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Alvina Jensen, father-in-law and motherin-law Albert and Gladys Bren, and sister and brothers-in-law Arvilla (Alvin) Sik, Verna (Paul) Janiszeski, Gloria and Herman Gronseth and Delores Severson.

Norma Burdick

September 3, 2015

Memorial service for Norma Burdick, age 76 of Hendricks, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Friday, Sept. 4, 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
She died Monday, Aug. 31 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral services are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Online registry at www. hartquistfuneral.com

Phyllis Ask

September 3, 2015

obit Phyllis-Ask-pic1June 9, 1921 – Aug. 26, 2015

Phyllis Ask, age 94 of Hendricks, formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church, rural Hendricks, with Pastor Ron Smith of­ficiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial will be at the Hansonville Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Birk Funeral Home of Hen­dricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Phyllis Irene Ask was born in Hendricks on June 9, 1921 to Melvin and Cora (Christianson) Nel­son. She was raised on the farm with two sisters and three brothers. She gradu­ated from Hendricks High School in 1939.
Phyllis was united in marriage to Carrol Ask on Dec. 7, 1940. To this union they were blessed with five children. After they were married they lived in Hendricks for a few years until they moved to Minne­apolis. In 1952 they built a home in Bloomington, where they raised their children. Phyllis loved be­ing a homemaker and rais­ing her children. When the children grew older she worked several different jobs to help supplement the family budget. Phyllis and Carrol were founding members of Emmaus Lu­theran Church in Bloom­ington. All of their children were confirmed there.
Phyllis was actively in­volved in the organizations of the church. She enjoyed Ladies Circle, Bible study, and a quilting group. The Emmaus Church was the center focus of life for Phyllis and Carrol and fam­ily. Phyllis’ faith was very strong and the friendships she made lasted through­out her life.
Phyllis was a talented woman and was known to be a perfectionist in all she did. She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, knit­ting, quilting and making everything from wedding dresses, drapes, uphol­stery and slipcovers. She was very inquisitive and enjoyed reading, studying, and memorizing scripture. She was very healthy and enjoyed exercising. Cook­ing, baking and making lefse were a few of the things for which she will be remembered. Some of her fondest memories were spent outside on the farm helping her mother and father, but the most treasured moments were spent with family and friends.
Grateful for having shared Phyllis’ life are four children—Thomas Ask of Deephaven, Richard (Mer­lina) Ask of Inver Grove Heights, Jane (Lawrence) Bodahl of Waconia, and James (Sue) Ask of Eden Prairie; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchil­dren; one sister, Mavis Kirkvold of Hendricks; daughter-in-law Karen (John) Ask of Blooming­ton, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Mel­vin and Cora Nelson, her husband Carrol, her son John, grandson Austin Bo­dahl, one sister, Oriette Dahl, and three brothers, Virgil, Maurice and Wil­fred Nelson.
Blessed be her memory.

Forrest Benz

September 3, 2015

obit Forrest BenzMar.25, 1929 – Aug. 25, 2015

Forrest George Benz, age 86 of Kalispell, Mont., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25. A visitation was held Monday, Aug. 31, 9-9:30 a.m. at Buffalo Hill Fu­neral Home with a 10 a.m. graveside committal at Glacier Memorial Gardens. An 11 a.m. Celebration of Life Service was held at Epworth United Methodist Church in Kalispell follow­ing the graveside.
Friends and family are encouraged to visit our website at www.buffalo­hillfh.com to leave notes of condolences for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory cared for the family.
Forrest was born in Hendricks on March 25, 1929 to Arthur and Emma (Halseide) Benz. Forrest served his country hon­orably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Eleanor Clark on June 30, 1957 in St. Ig­natius, Mont. For several years Forrest worked as a heavy equipment operator before making a career in small engine mechanics. He enjoyed being a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 48 and square dancing.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years El­eanor Benz; son Edward Benz; daughters Elaine (Dan) Badley, Wanda (Randy) Hinzman, and Ra­mona (David) Binnewies; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and his sister Hazel Dare of Troy, Mont.
In lieu of flowers dona­tions can be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church, 329 2nd Ave East, Kalispell, MT 59901 or Montana Alzheimer’s As­sociation, 3010 11th Ave., North Billings, MT 59101.

Rhoda Larson

August 20, 2015

obit Rhoda Larson picJune 26, 1922 – Aug. 12, 2015

Rhoda Larson, age 93 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at her daughters home in Frid­ley.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe with Rev. Stephen Rasmusson officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was at the West Elim Lu­theran Cemetery, rural Ivanhoe. Birk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
Rhoda Roumaine Larson was born June 26, 1922 in Ivanhoe to Richard and Inez (Herschberger) John­son. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe. She graduated from Ivanhoe High School and received her Normal Training through Mankato State. She taught for sev­eral years at rural schools near Ivanhoe.
On June 27, 1945 she married Carl Larson at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church and they lived on a farm south of Ivanhoe. They had two daughters, Connie and Carol. Rhoda stopped teaching to raise the children. She then be­gan working in the food in­dustry and continued to do so for most of her career. Rhoda loved working with her students in school and with her customers, many of whom became friends in the restaurants. Rhoda lived on the farm until 1987 when she moved into Ivanhoe.
Rhoda’s special inter­ests included the love and appreciation of nature, especially birds and deer, and she enjoyed going for rides to see what could be spotted in our countryside. A trip to Lake Benton was never complete without a slow cruise through Nor­wegian Creek Park to see the ducks, herons, pelicans and listening to songbirds. Rhoda liked to embroider and do crossword puzzles. She enjoyed her pole-vaulting days at Ivanhoe High. She participated in the Ladies Aid at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church and promoted and donated to the Red Cross Blood Drive.
Rhoda died unexpected­ly at Carol’s home in Frid­ley on Aug. 12 at the age of 93 years, one month, and 16 days.
Grateful for having shared Rhoda’s life is her daughter Carol Larson of Fridley; her granddaugh­ter Dawn Cooley of Phoe­nix, Ariz.; and her siblings, Raymond Johnson and Ilene Lundberg of Ivanhoe and Lois Winter of Min­neota.
Preceding her in death were her husband Carl, her daughter Connie, son-in-law Garry Rosa, Carol’s life partner Terry Enslen, and her special friend Lambert Dombek.
Blessed be her memory.

Jerome Taylor

August 13, 2015

obit Jerry TaylorJan. 7, 1921 – Aug. 9, 2015

Funeral Mass for Jerome Taylor, age 94 of Luverne, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at St. Adrian Catholic Church in Adrian, officiated by Fr. Andrew Beerman and Fr. Thomas Jennings. Visita­tion will be at the Ding­mann Funeral Home in Luverne from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, with par­ish prayers and sharing of memories at 7:30 p.m. Vis­itation will continue 9:30- 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Adrian. Burial with full military honors provided by the Adrian American Legion will be in the St.Adrian Cemetery.
Jerry died Aug. 9 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
Jerome “Jerry” Charles Taylor was born Jan. 7, 1921 in Adrian to Bryan C. and Carolyn (Kraphl) Tay­lor, the oldest of their ten children. He was raised on the family farm and gradu­ated from St.Adrian High School in Adrian.
In 1942 Jerry trained as a Navy pilot, was later commissioned into the Marine Corps, and having excelled as an Instrument Pilot was selected to be an Instrument Pilot In­structor. He also received training to fly transport planes then transported GIs to various islands in the Pacific theatre of the war. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and later to Captain and First Pilot of his plane.
Following the war, Jerry married Lucille Morgan of Ellsworth and they raised a family of ten children on a farm near Adrian. Dur­ing his 52 years of farming he received recognition for his stewardship of the land. He was twice award­ed the Outstanding Soil Conservation Farmer by Nobles County. He served on the boards of the Pork Producers Association, the Cattlemen’s Association, the Adrian Elevator, and the Farm Bureau. He and Lucille were active in the local 4H and Lions clubs. Jerry was recognized with the Lions Club Interna­tional Melvin Jones Fel­lowship for his dedication to humanitarian service. In 1980, the University of Minnesota began the Farm Family Recognition Program and Jerry and Lu­cille were the first family in Nobles County awarded the Minnesota Farm Fam­ily of the Year Award. This honor signified that they had “made significant contributions to Minne­sota agriculture and their communities.” Jerry was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and served as an usher for many years at St. Adrian’s Catholic Church. In 2014 Jerry and Lucille were hon­ored to receive the Bish­op’s Medal. Following his retirement from farming, Jerry served as a hospice volunteer and was highly regarded by patients and staff for his dedicated ser­vice. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Luverne, where they lived together until Jerry moved to the Veterans Home.
Jerry is survived by his nine children and their spouses—Maureen and Walt Gearino of Des Moines, Iowa, Beth Stroot­man of Andover, Mary Car­ole and Joel Hornaman of Aberdeen, S.D., Tim and Deb Taylor of Adrian, Dan and Suzanne Taylor of Yp­silanti, Mich., Kevin Taylor and Julie Jones of Ann Ar­bor, Mich., Leisha Nebel- Taylor (widow of son John) of Oshkosh, Wisc., Kate and Dennis Johnson of Hendricks, Ann and Mark Schumacher of Omaha, Neb., and Sara Taylor and Miguel Souffront of Wood­bury. Jerry is also survived by 31 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille Taylor on July 31, 2015, his parents Bryan and Carolyn Taylor, four brothers—Earl Taylor, Lloyd (Paul) Taylor, Robert Taylor and Bryan C. Taylor, and three sisters-in-law—Beverly, Lorraine and Joan. Jerry also ex­perienced the loss of his son John Taylor, son-in-law Larry Strootman and granddaughters Christine Taylor, Catherine Taylor and Lucy Kate Johnson.
Memorials are pre­ferred.

Lucille Taylor

August 6, 2015

obit lucille taylor022May 6, 1924 – July 31, 2015

Funeral Mass for Lu­cille Taylor, age 91 of Lu­verne, was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 at St. Adrian Catholic Church, in Adrian, officiated by Fr. Andrew Beerman and Fr. Thomas Jennings. Visita­tion was 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne with parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued 9:30- 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Adrian. Burial was in the St.AdrianCemetery. Lucille died Friday, July 31 at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
Lucille Grace (Morgan) Taylor was born May 6, 1924 in Ellsworth to John and Cora (Nelson) Mor­gan. She was raised on the family farm near Kanaran­zi, the youngest of six chil­dren. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Ellsworth in 1942, Lucille attended the Minnesota School of Business then worked as a secretary in Minneapolis before join­ing the Coast Guard during WWII. In the Coast Guard she served as a book­keeper and secretary in Palm Beach, Fla. then was stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y. Near the war she worked for the Stouffer Corpora­tion in Minneapolis and Chicago.
Following a courtship with Jerome (Jerry) Tay­lor during the war, Lucille and Jerry were married on Oct. 25, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth. They raised a family of 10 children and farmed near Adrian for 52 years. Lucille was one of the founding leaders of the Adrian Arrows 4-H Club, serving as 4-H leader for 25 years, and demonstra­tion judge at the MN State Fair for 10 years. In 1980 the University of Minneso­ta began the Farm Family Recognition Program and Jerry and Lucille were the first family in NoblesCoun­ty chosen to be awarded the Minnesota Farm Fam­ily of the Year Award. This honor signified that they had “made significant con­tributions to Minnesota agriculture and their com­munities.” Upon retire­ment, the couple moved to Luverne, where they lived together until Jerry moved to the Veterans Home.
Throughout her life, Lu­cille’s faith was very im­portant to her and she was very active in her church. As a member of the Cath­olic Daughters for more than 67 years, Lucille held the roles of regent, district deputy and a state edu­cation chairperson. She served as Religious Edu­cation Coordinator and taught for several years. In 2014 Lucille and Jerry were honored to receive the Bishop’s Medal.
Lucille enjoyed cooking and collecting recipes, gar­dening, sewing and mak­ing quilts.
She is survived by her husband Jerome Taylor of Luverne; nine of her chil­dren and spouses— Mau­reen and Walt Gearino of Des Moines, Iowa, Beth Strootman of Andover, Mary Carole and Joel Hor­naman of Aberdeen, S.D., Tim and Deb Taylor of Adrian, Dan and Suzanne Taylor of Yppsilanti, Mich., Kevin Taylor and Julie Jones of Ann Arbor, Mich., Leisha Nebel-Taylor (wid­ow of son John) of Osh­kosh, Wisc., Kate and Den­nis Johnson of Hendricks, Ann and Mark Schumach­er of Omaha, Neb., and Sara Taylor and Miguel Souffront of Woodbury. Lucille is also survived by 31 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents John and Cora Morgan and her siblings, Dorothy and Hank Bruns, Irene and Richard McClellan, Don and Millie Morgan, Bernard and Lor­raine Morgan, and Bernice and John Kent. Lucille also experienced the loss of her son John Taylor, son-in-law Larry Strootman and granddaughters Christine Taylor, Catherine Taylor and Lucy Kate Johnson.
In lieu of flowers memo­rials are preferred to the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage at 211 East Main Street, Suite 101, Luverne, MN56156; or St. Cath­erine Catholic Church at 203 East Brown Street, Lu­verne, MN 56156.
To view an online obitu­ary, sign a virtual register book, or order flowers, please visit www.ding­mannandsons.com

Jay Bogen

August 6, 2015

Bogen orig #2Nov. 27, 1948 – June 27, 2015

Jay P. Bogen, age 66, of Middleton, Wisc., formerly of Watertown, S.D., passed away Saturday, June 27 in Middleton. Memorial ser­vices were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at the First Congregational Unit­ed Church of Christ in Wa­tertown with Rev. Steven Bailey officiating. Music was provided by A.J. Sher­rill as organist with Wendy Landmark Cline as soloist and Ed Cline as guitar­ist. Visitation was prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial was at the Hendricks City Cemetery in Hendricks with mili­tary honors. Urn bearers were Don Goldhorn, Larry Dockter, Roger Randall and Manuel Ramlo.
Jay Peder Bogen was born Nov. 27, 1948 in Min­neapolis to Doris Johnson. Shortly after birth, he was adopted by Clifford and Beatrice (Nelson) Bogen and spent the first several years of his life in Hen­dricks with his parents and a large extended family. He attended country school for part of his elementary years. The family moved to Mankato in 1960, where Jay acquired his first job at the Cliff Kyes Motel at the age of about 14. Jay graduated from Mankato High School in 1966 and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato (then Mankato State College), graduating in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in busi­ness. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega ser­vice fraternity and chair of the first MSU-Mankato col­lege-wide book exchange.
While in college, Jay met Susan Graham and they were married on Sept. 26, 1970. Following gradu­ation, Jay worked for JC Penney Corporation at the Milwaukee Distribu­tion Center, Coast-to-Coast Stores at their Minneapo­lis and Kansas City dis­tribution centers, and for Arrowhead Seeds in Wa­tertown. Jay also worked for First Federal Bank as a financial representative. He opened his own insur­ance agency in 1985 and ran it until his retirement in 2011. Jay was the first person in South Dakota to be a certified Long Term Care Insurance specialist, an achievement of which he was very proud.
Jay was a member of the Army Reserves in Minne­sota and Wisconsin from 1970-76, and the South Dakota National Guard 1742nd Transportation Unit from 1989-1996. He served in the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and was a lifetime mem­ber of the VFW.
In 2012 he moved to Madison, Wisc. to be clos­er to family and was soon after diagnosed with a rare neurodegenerative disorder, Progressive Su­pranuclear Palsy (PSP), for which there is no treat­ment or cure.
Jay loved Watertown and South Dakota and was very active in the com­munity. He served on the Chamber of Commerce and on the finance com­mittee for many years and received their Volunteer of the Year award. He was a former member of Rotary, Kiwanis and the Elks. He was active in the First Con­gregational United Church of Christ, serving on many boards and as moderator. Jay also served on the Sal­vation Army board.
He loved riding his Hon­da Gold Wing, taking trips to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Las Vegas, listen­ing to big band music, vin­tage cars and car shows, watching action movies and Springer Spaniels (es­pecially his dog Addie and his daughter’s dog Olive). He had strong opinions about many things and never shied away from sharing them. He also en­joyed the simple things in life like fresh baked cook­ies, homemade casseroles and playing cards with his family. He loved to spend his weekends washing and waxing his cars, espe­cially his 1973 yellow VW Beetle convertible and his two Cadillac Fleetwood Broughams.
Jay is survived by his children—son David (Sar­ah) Bogen and daughter Amy Bogen; his grandchil­dren—Garrison and Dinah Bogen, both of Madison, Wisc.; his brother Paul (Pat) Bogen of Suwanee, Ga.; his former wife, Susan Bogen of Madison, Wisc.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests me­morials be made to the Watertown Community Foundation.