Mathilda Phillips

March 31, 2016

April 10,1929 – March 25,2016

_MG_6640.CR2Mathilda Rose (Mihm, Hemish) Phillips, age 86 of Canby, passed away on Friday, March 25 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Canby with Father Zach Peterson as Celebrant. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 28 at the Birk Funeral Home in Canby with a prayer service and Rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed Tuesday morning at the funeral home from 9:30-10:45 a.m. followed by a procession to church. Burial was at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Canby.
Tillie was the second of Charlie and Mary (Ochocki) Mihm’s nine children. Growing up on a farm near Hendricks, she helped raise her younger siblings before leaving home to teach in a country school. She soon married Richard Hemish and had two children, Carol and Dick, before losing her husband to a farming accident. Raising two children as a single woman in the 1950s forged her strong and determined character. She later married Norbert Phillips and they had a son, Jim. She made her career teaching science at Catholic elementary schools in Canby, Faribault, and Roseville.
She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking and providing a spotless home for her family. Faith and love sustained Tillie and Norbert through 46 years of marriage before she was called home, and she chose for her final attire the dress from their wedding.
She is survived by her husband Norbert; children Carol Marie Hemish, SSND, Richard (Doreen) Hemish, and James (Carissa) Phillips; siblings Beverly Peterson, Martha Carr, Zita Marczak, Kathleen Schisler and John Mihm; grandchildren Darby Hemish, Amy Vanderlei, Lori Meyer and Jeri Whortenbury; and great-grandchildren Morgan Hemish; Grace, Lila, Lexi, Bree and Jon Vanderlei; Eddie, Owen and baby Meyer; and Gavin, Mason and Brenten Whortenbury.
Tillie was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Richard, and siblings Clara, Pete, George, and infant Mary.

Marcella Sandro

March 24, 2016

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Funeral services for Marcella Sandro, age 96, were Tuesday, March 22, 11 a.m. at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church, Hendricks. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 21 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Marcella Beatrice Hanson was born in Brookings County, South Dakota on Sept. 3, 1919 to Emily (Goodoien) and Carl J. Hanson. She was baptized and confirmed at Singsaas Lutheran Church. She attended District 70 country school and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1938. During the war years, Marcella helped on the family farm. She later worked in Canby and at the Hendricks Ben Franklin Store.
On August 28, 1949 Marcella married Clarence Sandro. They built a farm west of Hendricks, where they spent their married life of 61 years together. In their retirement, they traveled around the U.S., especially enjoying Clarence’s Army reunions. They also made a memorable trip to Norway.
Marcella loved to sew, stitch quilts and do needlework. Norwegian Hardanger embroidery being her favorite. One of her traditions was baking Norwegian foods and entertaining during the holidays. She was devoted to her church. She worked in Sunday School, directed youth group singers, played the organ, and sang duets and trios. WELCA and Bible Study Circle with her friends where also important to her. Marcella was fortunate to have a lifelong group of friends who, into their nineties, still call themselves “The Girls.”
The highlight of her life was becoming Grandma Cella to two grandsons. She will be remembered for her gentle personality and quiet strength and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Marcella is survived by her daughter Nancy, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Louise, and grandsons Jens and Anders.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, her parents, and her brothers Jeffer, Eloy and Hilmor (Myrtle) Hanson.
Blessed be her memory.

Donald Hoffman

March 24, 2016

Feb. 5, 1929 – March 15, 2016

obit Hoffman Donald L  for argusDonald Leslie Hoffman, 87, formerly of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Tuesday, March 15 in Estelline, South Dakota.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The family greeted friends for visitation on Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donald Leslie Hoffman was born Feb. 5, 1929 in St Paul to Leslie and Florence (Radke) Hoffman. He was a graduate of Dunwoody Technical School in St Paul. Don was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a Staff Sgt. in the Air Force from 1950- 1953. His awards include Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and, on Jan. 12, 2016, the Ambassadors for Peace Award from the Republic of Korea. Don was very proud of his military service and that of his family. In addition to his service in Korea, his father served in WWI, his brother in WWII, his nephews in Vietnam and his grandson and great nephews in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Donald was united in marriage with Marjorie Rapp on April 21, 1956 in St Paul. The couple was blessed with four children while Don was employed by Lampert Lumber Company for 32 years in Huron and Sioux Falls, South Dakota and another 10 years at Scott Lumber in Sioux Falls. They built a lake home on Lake Hendricks and resided there following his retirement in 1994, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Don enjoyed blowing balloon figures for children of all ages at area restaurants while dining.
Don was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hendricks, El Riad Temple, Scottish Rite, Huron Lodge 26, Legion of Honor Past Commander, Eastern Star Jasper Chapter No. 8, Parker Shrine Club and a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Retail Lumber Industry for 40 years of service in the lumber business. Don entered the White Senior Care Center in January 2014, moving to the Estelline Nursing Care Center in July 2015 after several years of Marge caring for him at home.
Grateful for having shared Don’s life are his wife of 59 years and 11 months, Marjorie; four children—Eileen (Jeffrey) Fritz, William “Bill” (Barbara) Hoffman, Robert “Bob” (Karen) Hoffman, all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Susan “Sue” (Bryan) Esser of Garland, Texas; eight grandchildren—Nicholas (D’Andra) Esser of Sumter, South Carolina, Elizabeth “Betsey” (U.S. Army Major Christopher) Mercado of Centreville, Virginia, Justin (Catherine) Esser of Qingdao, China, Timothy (Nicole Weber) Fritz of Blaine, Kylie (Jason) Larsen of Worthington, Ali (Russell) Sorensen and Houston and Tanner Hoffman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; ten great-grandchildren— Isabelle and Tristan Mercado, Layla and Maddox Larsen, Jersey and Lenox Sorensen, Emma and Lillian Esser and Elijah Esser and Genesis Fritz; Godchildren Patricia Smith, David Nyberg, Bruce Hoffman, Scott Elcock and Laurie Kasuske; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and friends.
Donald was received in death by his parents, his brother Robert Hoffman and his wife, Gloria; and one grandson, Jeffrey Lee Fritz, Jr.

Ruth Josephson

March 3, 2016

July 10, 1919 – Feb. 21, 2016

obit Ruth Josephson picRuth Josephson, age 96 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Bethany Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe with Pastor Julie Anderson officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Birk Visitation Center in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 5 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Lincoln Lutheran (aka Icelandic) Cemetery, rural Ivanhoe. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Ruth Carol Josephson was born July 10, 1919 in Elkton, South Dakota to Herman and Hannah (Hansen) Skarsten. She graduated from Hendricks High School in 1937. After graduation she worked as an aid at the Hendricks Hospital
for a number of years and that’s where she met Erland Josephson.
Ruth was united in marriage to Erland G. Josephson on Aug. 25, 1942 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneota. To this union they were blessed with two children, Michael and JoAnn. Together they raised their children on the family farm. After the children were raised she worked for many years as a cook at the Daree Drive In in Ivanhoe and made many friends and was known for her caring nature and kindness.
Ruth enjoyed cooking, baking and hosting friends and family and was known to be a great hostess. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading and bowling. Gardening and canning were things Ruth enjoyed and she will be remembered by many for her famous vegetable soup. Going to the casino with family and friends was a favorite pastime. Visiting and spending time with family and friends, especially with her only grandson John, was dearly treasured by Ruth.
She was a member of Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church where she was a member of the WELCA Committee. Grateful for having shared Ruth’s life are her children Michael (Laura) Josephson of Ivanhoe and JoAnn (Mike) Hansen of Ivanhoe; grandson John (special friend Becci Alleckson) Josephson of Ivanhoe; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Erland, brothers Marvin and Arlin Skarsten, and sister Janet Skarsten.

Ruth Josephson

February 25, 2016

Ruth Josephson, age 96 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe with Pastor Julie Anderson officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Birk Visitation Center in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 5 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lincoln Lutheran (aka Icelandic) Cemetery, rural Ivanhoe. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Grateful for having shared Ruth’s life are her two children, Michael (Laura) Josephson of Ivanhoe and Joann Hansen of Ivanhoe; and one grandson, John Josephson of Ivanhoe.

Phyllis Hoversten

February 18, 2016

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On Sunday morning, Feb. 7, Phyllis Hoversten passed away at the Three Links Care Center at the age of 94.
A service to celebrate Phyllis’s life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 3312 St. Anthony Blvd., Minneapolis.Visitation and luncheon followed the service. Interment will be in Hemnes Lutheran Cemetery, Minneota, at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to World Hunger/ LWR, the Music Department at Augsburg College, or to the church of your choice. Arrangements were with the Benson and Langehough Funeral Home,
Phyllis Hoversten was born Oct. 15, 1921 in South Lake Hendricks, Brookings County, South Dakota, to Grant and Anna (Foros-Forseth) Johnson on the family’s homesteaded farm. She attended South Lake Hendricks one-room schoolhouse, but before going to town to high school she stayed home for one year to care for her grieving family and ill mother. She found that homemaking work, done in the service of loved ones, was not only a gift to others, but healing for herself. This was a lesson she shared her entire life and a gift she gave to her children.
She graduated from Hendricks High School in Minnesota and attended Augsburg College. She graduated from Northwestern School of Medical Technology and Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd with her youngest daughter at the age of 56, completing a lifelong desire for a college degree.
At Augsburg College she met the love of her life, Chester Hoversten. They married on June 2, 1945 and spent their 71 years of marriage at multiple parishes where her husband served as pastor. Phyllis was known for her gracious and welcoming hospitality and her ability to make a warm and comforting home for her family wherever they were.
She is survived by six c h i l d r e n — M . A n n e t t e (Robert) Hanson of Boston, Massachusetts, Philip (Patricia Sausser) of St. Anthony, Krista (Giuseppe Coco) of Suffern, New York, Mark (Turi) of Moscow, Idaho, Karina (Joel) Peterson of Brainerd, and Elizabeth (John Bade) of Northfield; 10 grandchildren—Nels (Emily) Hanson, Per Hanson, Sonia Hoversten, Anne (Tom) Archambault, Alessandra Coco, Elizabeth Coco, Knut Hoversten, Liv Hoversten (Chris Sprague), Leif Bade and Bjorn Bade; three great-grandchildren —Katherine Hanson, Adelaide and Juliette Archambault; her sister Avis Torgrimson Nelson of Tyler; her brother Quinten (Leola) Johnson of Richfield; her sister-inlaw Donna Johnson Patterson of Kimball; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chester on Nov. 21, 2015, her parents, her sisters Elaine Sternke, Grace Aldal and Alvera Westberg, and her brothers Grant Jr. and Jacob Johnson.

Paul Erschens

February 18, 2016

obit ERSCHENS PaulMay 12, 1929 – Feb. 9, 2016

Paul A. Erschens, age 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Elkton, South Dakota with burial to be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elkton. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 12 from 5-7 p.m. with a wake service at 7 p.m. at the church.
Paul was born May 12, 1929 in rural Lincoln County to Frank Mathias and Agnes Katherine Dowdle. He grew up and lived on the family farm in Drammen Township during the Depression and the Dirty ‘30s. Paul was baptized in 1929 and received his First Communion and Confirmation at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in 1939. He attended District 62 Country School through the eighth grade, as the only student in his grade, then graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1947. He farmed with his father until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955, where he served in the Korean War. He was married Sept. 24, 1955 to Lois Louise Veire at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. He was discharged from the Army on Feb. 8, 1957 and returned to the Elkton, South Dakota area to farm.
Paul was a director of the Production Credit Association of Marshall, the Farmers Elevator and Hope Mutual Insurance, and was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. He served on the wind power taskforce to develop criteria for wind development on the Buffalo Ridge.
Paul was very talented in many ways. He enjoyed repairing and restoring. He could fix absolutely anything and was very innovative, often fabricating his own tools and parts as needed for different projects. He was very particular in everything he did and that it was done to his satisfaction. He was proud of his farm home and his farm life.
Paul is survived by his wife Lois of Elkton, South Dakota; his five sons— Dave (Valerie) of Lake Benton, Steve (Kathy) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Alan (Carol) of Grimes, Iowa, Phil of Champlin, and Neal (Elizabeth) of Chesapeake, Virginia; 13 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; five stepgrandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mariann Nielsen, his halfsisters Helen Porter and Leona Young, his grandson Mathias Erschens and his granddaughter Stacy Erschens.
Online tribute may be seen at

Bobby Jones

February 18, 2016

Bobby Jones, age 72 of Astoria, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
No formal service will be held until a graveside service in the spring at the East Hendricks (Calvary) Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Grateful for having shared Bobby’s life is his wife Patricia Jones of Astoria, South Dakota and two sons, Robert (Deanna) Jones of Idaho and Steven Jones of Washington.

Carol Budahl

January 28, 2016

obit Carol BudahlMay 13, 1932 – Jan. 21, 2016

Mr. Carol J. Budahl, age 83 of Toronto, South Dakota, died Thursday, Jan. 21. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25 at Leganger Lutheran Church, Toronto, South Dakota, with burial in the Woodlake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Astoria, South Dakota. Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at Leganger Lutheran Church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, South Dakota was entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Woodlake Cemetery Association.
Carol J. Budahl was born May 13, 1932 to Leonard and Ella (Hawley) Budahl of Astoria, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Woodlake Lutheran Church, of which he was a lifelong member. On Dec. 31, 1951 Carol was united in marriage to Helen Christopherson at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota. To this union four special children were born—Milo, Lonnie, Margo, and Todd. Carol and Helen spent the majority of their life farming in the Astoria area. Carol retired from farming in 1998 and they moved into Toronto. Carol worked from 1996 to 2015 for the Deuel County Soil Conservation Service as foreman for the tree planting crew. This was a job he truly loved and took great pride in. He also enjoyed driving tractor, doing fall tilling for area farmers.
Carol served on the ASCS Board of Directors for several years. He was active in his church, serving as board and council member, served on the Astoria Elevator Board and supported Pheasants Forever for many years. A big part of Carol’s life were his card playing friends, eating out and socializing. He was an avid Twins fan and enjoyed watching games as often as he could. Carol’s greatest treasures were his family—Helen, children and spouses, grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren. Carol also had many special friends.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Helen Budahl of Toronto, South Dakota; four children— Milo (Dawn) Budahl of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Lonnie (Bonnie) Budahl of Clear Lake, South Dakota, Margo (Marlin) Lorenzen of Brookings, South Dakota and Todd Budahl of Brookings, South Dakota; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; three brothers; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leland and Glen Budahl, sister Lucille Decker and an infant sister, Mavis.

Katherine Sipe

January 28, 2016

Nov. 11, 1949 – Jan. 14, 2016

Katherine Elizabeth “Katie” Gleason Sipe, age 66 of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away on Jan. 14 at Brookings Health System after a courageous battle with cancer.
There will be a memorial gathering on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Whispering Pines community room, located at 1924 9th Avenue South, Brookings, South Dakota. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com.