Elaine Ann Johnson, age 77 of Hendricks, died Wednesday, April 1 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, April 6 at the Hendricks Community Nursing Home Chapel. The family was present for visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cemetery.
Elaine Ann High was born May 27, 1937 in Blue Earth County, the only child of Edmund and Myrtle (Ziegler) High. She attended country school until eighth grade and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1955. She attended lab technician school in Minneapolis then moved to Hendricks to follow her new career at the Hendricks Hospital.
In her youth, Elaine especially enjoyed Sunday afternoons with her aunts, uncles, cousins and friends when they’d all gather and play musical instruments, sing and dance. This love of music was a staple of Elaine’s life and continued until the end. She’d always be listening, singing or tapping her feet to a song.
On Oct. 20, 1957 she married Thomas Gilmore Johnson. They spent their first two years of marriage in Ulm, Germany, while Tommy served in the U.S. Army. Upon return Elaine continued as a lab technician until they had four children—Crystal, Timothy, Jennifer and Gaylene. Elaine spent many days washing clothes and caring for her family. She spent many hours driving cars to and from car dealers and auctions for her husband Tommy. They loved to travel.
Elaine loved to try new things and enjoyed the challenges that came along with them. Elaine loved to sew, she made many award-winning costumes, she decorated the most moist and delicious cakes, she enjoyed painting, rosemaling, canning, woodworking projects, knitting and especially liked growing flowers and planting a garden. She served many years as a Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout leader and 4-H leader. She was always looking for the next adventure and purpose for her life. She encouraged all her children to be kind, loving and adventurous. Elaine loved talking to people. Elaine had the best smile. Elaine loved the Lord and was never ashamed to show it or tell people about Him. Elaine was passionate about Jesus’ love and wanted everyone to know Him and believe.
She is survived by her children—Crystal Johnson of Moorhead, Timothy Johnson of New Ulm, Jennifer (Jason) Vande Griend of Hull, Iowa, and Gaylene Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; special friend of the family Erik Brown of Bismarck, N.D., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tommy Johnson and some unborn children; aunts, uncles, brother and sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.
An online guestbook is available at www.birkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks.
Memorials are preferred to Good Shepherd Hospice, Hendricks Community Hospital, PO Box 106, Hendricks, MN, 56136.
Trygve Trooien, age 65 of Astoria, S.D., passed away on Easter Sunday, April 5 at his home near Astoria.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks with Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Singsaas Cemetery with Military Honors by the Bakken Engen American Legion Post 103 of Astoria, S.D.
Trygve was born to John and Alyce (Ness) Trooien in Hendricks on Feb. 17, 1950. He was baptized and confirmed at SingsaasLutheranChurch where he was a lifelong, faithful member and where he served many terms as president. He graduated from Astoria High School in 1968.
Trygve was a farmer his entire life with the exception of a three-year period, 1969-1972 when he served in the U.S. Army. Tryg’s tour of duty in Vietnam subjected him to the chemical Agent Orange, which caused his declining health.
Dairy was Trygve’s forte! He developed an award-winning herd of Holsteins on the family Century Farm. He was proud to be able to continue the dairy tradition and was proud of his whole farming operation. Trygve milked his herd of cows for a span of 34 years without missing a milking! Trygve developed a fascination with overalls. As a result he put together a collection of over 80 different brands of bibs and organized a “fashion review,” which played to many different audiences. His collection was international. Antique farm machinery was another of Trygve’s passions. He dreamed of organizing his own antique museum so others could also enjoy his collection. Trygve’s threshing bees became widely known and would draw spectators from many states. His idea of a good day was to “set” the machine, adjust the straw blower, then stand on the machine and watch the bundles go into the feeder as the workers all smiled with satisfaction. Trygve was instrumental in the development of the Minn-Ia-Kota Girl Scout Camp on the south side of Oak Lake. He served on that board of directors for many years then helped convert the property into a Biology Field Station when South Dakota State University purchased it from the Girl Scouts.
Trygve was active in the Astoria American Legion. He served in many different leadership positions and was especially involved in their annual Lutefisk Supper. He also served on the boards of the Hendricks Lumber Company, Oak Lake Township and the Lincoln County Museum.
Trygve Allan Trooien passed away on Easter Sunday, April 5, at his home on the shores of Oak Lake in South Dakota. He had attained the age of 65 years, one month and 16 days.
Appreciative of having spent time with Trygve are his brothers Phil and Roberta (Peirce) Trooien and Rollie and Marie (Morseth) Trooien. Nephews and nieces include Todd Trooien, Inger Trooien, Tim Trooien, Neal Trooien, Jill Trooien Moeller, Doyle Trooien and Thane Trooien. In addition, 20 great-nieces and nephews survive.
Blessed be the memory of Trygve A. Trooien.
Duane Schalek, age 70 of Hendricks, passed away at his winter residence in Fort Myers, Fla. on Palm Sunday, March 29.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 6 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery in Wilno.
Duane Lawrence Schalek was born Feb. 27, 1945 in Canby, the firstborn son of Lawrence and Alma (Jerzak) Schalek. He grew up on a farm with his brother Daniel and sister Bonnie and attended rural school in Lincoln County. Duane received his first communion and confirmed his Roman Catholic faith at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. In 1962 he graduated from Canby High School in Canby and was the first wrestler from Canby High School to compete in the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament. He would remain a faithful supporter of the Canby wrestling program throughout his life.
Duane attended South Dakota State University for three years on a wrestling scholarship and worked for Husby and Chaplin Road Construction during his summers between college years. On Sept. 17, 1965 he answered his call from the U.S. Army, where he was trained as a light weapons infantryman. In May 1966, five months into his Vietnam deployment, he was critically injured by a landmine. He spent 15 months at Fitzsimmon’s Army Hospital in Denver, Colo. for healing and rehabilitation. He received the Purple Heart for his injuries and loss of his legs.
It was during his hospital stay that he met Lt. Barbara Anne Moitz, RN. This relationship resulted in a life-long commitment and marriage on July 13, 1967. They returned to Canby after Duane’s discharge from the Army and this is where they would raise their family. Duane and Barbara have two daughters, Tracy (Tim) Roche and Wendy (Bill) Sterzinger.
Duane worked for Moorman’s Feed Company after his discharge from the Army. He started farming with his father in 1972 after purchasing his uncle’s farm. Duane’s farming operation involved grain crop and feed farming for his animals. He raised and showed Angus and Simmental cattle, Suffolk sheep and hogs, many of which become champions. Duane’s love of the land and livestock, especially cattle, involved the whole family. He was fascinated by genetics and observing the development of new mating. He also relished livestock auctions and loved the people who loved livestock, like him. He was a member of the MN Cattlemen’s Assn., Southwest Cattlemen’s Assn., American Angus Assn., the National and Minnesota Suffolk Assns. and a member/ officer of the American Simmental Assn.
Duane was an active American and a lifelong voting Democrat. He cared about his fellow servicemen and women and the rights and quality of life for all Americans. Duane was highly involved in his community and accepted positions of leadership in a wide variety of organizations. He was the Commander of the Canby VFW post, Lincoln County Commissioner, member of the Canby VFW Post, member of the Gary, S.D. Legion Post and a Lincoln County 4-H leader.
Duane enjoyed being with his family, both immediate and extended. He loved and was so proud of those who called him Grandpa Duane and Papa Duane. He was always offering advice, support and love to his grandchildren Abigale, Emily, Elizabeth and Olivia Roche and Jacob and Lucas Sterzinger. He was delighted by their accomplishments and the fine people they are becoming. Duane’s family opened their home to Meri Roca Codina, a foreign exchange student from Catalonia, Spain, to live with them for a year. This student/host family relationship has resulted in Meri being considered their Catalonian daughter and sister.
In addition to his family, Duane enjoyed traveling throughout the USA, watching sports and competitions of all kinds, movies, conversation—especially if it turned into a debate, opinioned people and good dogs. He will be remembered for his wit, ability to reach out to and mentor others, his generosity, bargaining with salespeople, jokes, problem-solving prowess and ability to fix anything.
Grateful for having shared Duane’s life is his wife of 47 years, Barbara Schalek of Hendricks; his daughters Tracy (Tim) Roche of Fargo, N.D. and Wendy (Bill) Sterzinger of Ivanhoe; his grandchildren—Abigale, Emily, Elizabeth and Olivia Roche and Jacob and Lucus Sterzinger; mother Alma Schalek of Canby; brother Dan (Marsha) Schalek of Canon City, Colo.; sister Bonita Lade of Canby and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Lawrence Schalek and his nephew Billy Moitz.
Blessed be his memory.
Memorials are preferred to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Minnesota Chapter, 100 North Sixth Street. Suite 604A Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Arlene Wilmes, age 91 of Tyler, passed away Monday, March 23 at the Pipestone Good Samaritan Home. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.Arlene Ardis (Jensen) Wilmes was born May 3, 1923 to Willie and Hazel (Evans) Jensen in Hendricks Township, Lincoln County. At age six, Arlene went to Hendricks to live with her Grandfather Oscar Evans and Aunt Violet (Bydie) so she could attend school. In 1932 Hazel married Daniel Zeman (Arlene’s stepfather) and they lived on a farm west of Hendricks. Arlene went to country school by the Singsaas Lutheran Church and eventually received her diploma on Dec. 8, 1981 at SMSU in Marshall at the age of 58.
Arlene worked in Pipestone at Longstreet Laundry then moved and worked in Kansas City and at the Ford Plant in Independence, Mo. during the war. In 1944 Arlene returned to Pipestone and worked at the S&L store. On Nov. 16, 1945 Arlene was married to Merl A. Wilmes in Tyler. While he served in the United States Army they lived in New Rochelle, N.Y. After Merl was honorably discharged from the service they returned to Minnesota and farmed by Russell, later buying their small farm west of Florence. They had three children—Rita, Bradley and Becky. Arlene worked at Southwest Dairy for 14 years as a bookkeeper and for several years she and Merl mowed the cemetery near Florence and planted and took care of all the evergreen trees.
Arlene was interested in learning and took several classes at SMSU in Marshall and at SDSU in Brookings, S.D. Poetry was an interest and she published two books of poetry, “Seasons of My Heart” in 1983 and “Sunshine and Shadows” in 1990. Arlene was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church and enjoyed quilting. She was a member of the Danebod Ladies Aid, American Legion Auxiliary, and a charter member of the Country Side Scribblers and Night Writers’ group.
Arlene is survived by her children, Bradley (Peggy) Wilmes of Tyler and Becky Serie of Marshall; grandchildren, Heather (Dwayne) Hickman of Watkins and Heidi (Jason) Oslund of Litchfield, Nicole (Daniel) Renkly of Lake Benton, Tifanie (Craig) Hess of Tyler, Tristan (Danielle) of Sherburne, and Kristal of Lakeville, and Beau Serie; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Melissa, Hunter, Samantha, Michael, Payton, Brooks, Braxton, Andrea, Adelynn, Morgan, Jacob, Jackson, Collin and Bennett and great-great-grandchild Payton; sisters Charlotte and Danene, and brothers Dan and Jesse.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merl, sister Delores, daughter Rita Schrum and granddaughter Bridget Serie.
Aug. 31, 1932 – March 24, 2015
Ardyth “Ardie” Glazier Showers, 82, lost her courageous battle Tuesday, March 24 at United Living Community in Brookings, S.D. There was an 11 a.m. family service for interment at the Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings on Saturday, March 28. Memorial services followed at 2 p.m. at Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, S.D. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
Ardyth Evelyn Cook was born Aug. 31, 1932 in Bruce, S.D. to Chester and Hilma (Kemp) Cook. She was born on her sister Marilyn’s fourth birthday and was always known as Marilyn’s birthday gift. She graduated from Bruce public schools in 1950. Following graduation Ardie and her sister Mavis ran the Toronto Cafe. After the cafe, Ardie and Mavis moved to Watertown, where Ardie met Bill Glazier. They were married March 14, 1953 and had five children—Dave, Mike, Cheryl, Timmy (deceased) and Brad. Bill and Ardie left for California the day after their wedding and lived there until 1958 when they moved back to Toronto. Shortly after moving to Toronto they purchased a house and raised their family there until Bill’s death in 1969. Ardie lived in the family home until her death.
From 1970 to 1977 Ardie shared her life with Wendell Nannestad. They purchased the A&W Tavern in DeSmet, S.D. in 1972 and operated that until the spring of 1975 when they returned to the family home in Toronto. Wendell died in 1977. Ardie met Charlie Showers in 1979 and they were married in 1980. They continued to live in the family home in Toronto throughout their marriage. Ardie and Charlie spent their first eight years of marriage traveling to many states while Charlie worked as a union electrician. Ardie loved traveling and living in their travel trailer. After Charlie retired they continued to travel south every winter, usually to Arizona. One year they wintered in California and managed a retirement community. Ardie always enjoyed being part of a community and was always very active. Ardie loved to sing. She joined the choir in Yuma and even led water aerobics with songs to keep the other ladies in rhythm. Ardie also loved day trips to the casinos and attending all the neighborhood parties. Her friends all missed her when she got sick and could no longer travel to Yuma.
Ardie was a member of the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, S.D. During her life she was a member of Ladies Aid, the church choir, taught Sunday school and participated in many church activities. Ardie was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to sing and play the piano, play cards, work on puzzles, and crochet. She was crocheting a baby afghan for her most recent great-granddaughter until she became ill several weeks ago. Ardie loved watching television—mostly her game shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, which she enjoyed watching even on her last day with us.
Ardie is survived by so many who love her. Her children—Dave of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mike (Joline Knutson) of Tulsa, Okla., Cheryl of White, S.D. and Brad (Lorri Lanpher) of Hartford; step-children Linda (Jim) Winterringer of Yankton, S.D., Bill (Susan) Showers of Tabor, and Laurie (Jack) Pitts of Sioux City, Iowa. She is also survived by her 16 grandchildren—Jennifer, Nathan, Mike, Jessica, Erin, John, Lauren, Lori, Brady, Jacy, Greg, Kyle, Ryan, Jacob, Rhiannon and Kristina; 10 great-grandchildren—Sophia, Elsa, Sheridan, Presley, Finley, Addison, Britton, Channing, Paisley and Annabelle. She is also survived by her sisters Marilyn Rice of Brookings, S.D. and Glenes Peter of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Curt Lenander and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Ardie was preceded in death by her husbands Bill Glazier and Charlie Showers, her partner Wendell Nannestad, her infant son Timmy, her infant grandson Derek, and her sister Mavis Bruflat.
Helen Overby, age 93 of Hendricks, passed away on Monday, March 9 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery, Astoria. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Bethel Lutheran Church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements. For online registry and condolences please visit www.housemanfuneralhome.com.
Helen Overby was born June 4, 1921 on the Fisher family farm north of Astoria, S.D. to Thomas and Mary Jane (MacArthur) Fisher. Helen was baptized into the Lutheran Faith, recited her confirmation vows and remained a lifelong member of the BethelLutheranChurch in Astoria, S.D. She received her education in the AstoriaPublic School, proudly graduating in the Class of 1939. On Sept. 24, 1940 she married Floyd Sand. Upon her return to Astoria, Helen enjoyed her employment at the Astoria Post Office and the Astoria and Brandt elevators. On Aug. 20, 1955 she was united in marriage to Trygve Overby. They were blest with the enjoyment of each other’s company for 46 years. The task of collecting the Astoria area news for the local newspapers, the Toronto Herald and the Clear Lake Courier, occupied her time on Monday mornings. During the busy years of raising her family and being a farm wife, Helen found fulfillment in serving as a CNA at the Hendricks Nursing Home. When Trygve entered the nursing home in Hendricks, Helen moved to Hendricks. Trygve passed away on March 2, 2001. Helen enjoyed living in Hendricks and entered the Hendricks Nursing Home on Aug. 23, 2010.
Helen was a dedicated Astoria Legion Auxiliary member for 52 years and participated in various church and community organizations. Her hobbies included playing the piano, baking, gardening, embroidery, crocheting, puzzles, playing Bingo, cards and visiting with family and friends. Special visits from her brother and family were priceless. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren always brought a special smile, warmth and healing to her that grandmothers readily receive.
She is survived by her children—LuAnn (Glenn) Schmuck of Lexington, Ky., Bernadette (Marlo) Brown of Brandt, S.D., Dennis (Melody) Sand of Parker, Colo., Dale (Beth) Overby of Toronto, S.D., David (Kim) Overby of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Sue (Randy) Holt of Fulda; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ken (Karen) Fisher of Armstrong, Iowa; one aunt, Grace MacArthur of Sioux Falls, S.D. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Allen Sand, grandson Christopher Sand, great-granddaughter Mason Brown, great-grandson Jesse Brown, and son-in-law Dennis Aaberg.
Tom Willmott, age 63 of White, S.D., died Monday, March 9 at the Brookings Hospital. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 16 at the United Methodist Church in White, with interment in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated for the United Methodist Church parking lot fund or the White Fire Department. Eidsness Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas Charles Willmott was born May 4, 1951 in Brookings, S.D. to Darwin and Viola (Kruse) Willmott. He grew up on the family farm east of White, attended country school District No. 103, and graduated from DeubrookHigh School in 1969. He married Mavis Thompson on Nov. 14, 1975 in White.
Tom farmed east of White and also owned and operated Willmott Gravel. He was actively involved in the White community as a Jaycee and Boy Scout leader. He served in many offices in the UnitedMethodistChurch, as president of the White Community Club, and he was a member of the White Fire Department from 1988 until the present. He was a member of the Elks Club in Brookings, S.D. and the elevator board in Hendricks for 16 years. Tom and Mavis enjoyed traveling and they regularly followed the SDSU Jackrabbit basketball teams.
Survivors include his wife Mavis of White, S.D; two sons, Chris (Kari) Willmott and Chad Willmott, both of White; sister Lonnie (Roger) Hansen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; brother Randall (Cynthia) Willmott of White, S.D.; brother-in-law Duane Neuert of Washington state; three grandchildren—Karissa, Collyn and Cole; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sharon Neuert.
Pamela Joan (Schanck) Schillerstrom passed at the age of 68 on Thursday, March 12. Her family celebrates her life and spirit. They are grateful that Pam is now at peace after a seven-year battle with cancer. She fought enormous odds with the help of a strong medical team.
A memorial celebration will be hosted on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, S.D. Visitation will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home with family present from 5-7 p.m. to greet friends.
This June, Pam and Jerry would have been married 49 years! Pam cherished seeing her sons get married, knowing they too would have lifelong partners.
Tim and Roselyn have two children, Jacob and Morgan. Jim and Niki have one son, Ian. Pam’s sisters and brother and their spouses visited often. Judy and Charles Berdahl live in Sioux Falls and Phoenix, Ariz. Karen and Bob Welnhofer live in Phoenix, Ariz. and Portland, Ore. Freddie and Regina Schanck reside in Phoenix, Ariz. They talked often of enticing Pam and Jerry to move to Phoenix! She simply couldn’t leave her sons’ families.
Pam and Jerry’s bucket list included taking their grandchildren to Disney. In January 2014, Tim and Roselyn and the kids visited Disneyland with Pam and Jerry. In October 2014, Pam and Jerry took Jim, Niki and Ian to Disney World. The trips were magical!
Pam had remarkable friendships that spanned decades. From grade school through a 25-year career at Wells Fargo, she had a long list of friends. Nieces and nephews called Pam the “fun aunt.” She loved spending time with them and hearing their stories. Relationships were precious to her and she valued each connection to the end.
Embracing her in heaven are her mother and dad, Junis (Peterson) and Fred Schanck, and a grand-nephew, Nathan Berdahl.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, or the BackPack Program. www.heritagesfsd.com
Loretta Ruth (Heffele) Hanson, age 76 of Windom, formerly of Hendricks, passed away at the Windom Area Hospital on March 1. Celebration of Life Service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. James with Pastor Matthew Natsis officiating. Burial followed in the Butterfield Cemetery, rural Butterfield. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and on Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church in St. James.
Memorials preferred to either St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur or Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Condolences can be sent online to: www.lacannefuneralhome.com.
Loretta was born in Mountain Lake on March 8, 1938 to Frederick Reinhart and Amanda (Kunkel) Heffele. She was given the name Loretta Ruth, meaning “pure friend,” and she truly fit the definition. She was baptized April 3, 1938 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake and was later confirmed there on April 6, 1952. Loretta spent her childhood in Mountain Lake and obtained her education at Jeffers Public High School, graduating in the Class of 1956.
Loretta was married to Myron Dean Hanson on Oct. 12, 1956 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters—Tracey Ann, Paige Alese and Amy Jo. Loretta and Myron lived in Butterfield and Tacoma, Wash. early in their marriage and moved to Hendricks in 1967. Loretta worked at various jobs throughout her life, including farming with Myron, and she retired from the Farm Service Agency in Ivanhoe in 2001 after 23 years of service there. They moved from the farm into the City of Hendricks in 2000 and together they enjoyed their retirement there until moving to Windom in October 2013.
Loretta was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks from 1967 to 2014, when she joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur. Loretta’s faith was foremost in her life and she was a very dedicated servant, knowing her final journey would be to heaven. She was extremely active in her church, serving many years as superintendent and teacher of Vacation Bible School and Sunday School, officer of Ladies Aid, and attending Bible study. She looked forward to the church summer picnic and Christmas party. Serving a meal for her church family brought her such joy.
Loretta enjoyed quilting, sewing, flower and vegetable gardening, puzzles, crocheting, reading, sharing a cup of coffee, baking and cooking. Holiday time was very special to her and she made sure she made everyone’s favorite treats, especially cut-out frosted sugar cookies for her grandchildren. Her family looked forward to Christmastime at Grandma’s—the laughter, food, and games were endless, and she always created unique origami gifts for her grandchildren. She was an avid collector of, and loved to display, her Department 56 Village and Clothtique Santas.
Loretta was a hard worker, striving for perfection in whatever she did. Her family was very important to her and she was a compassionate and funloving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, especially her dear Iva Mae. The strength Loretta exhibited in any hurdle life gave her was extraordinary—there was never a complaint of pain or hint of self pity. Her life will forever have a positive impact to all she shared it with.
Loretta is survived by her husband of 58 years, Myron Hanson of Jackson; daughters Tracey (Ronald) Hanson Schramel of Windom, Paige (John) Scholl of Austin, and Amy (Mark) Bauer of New Ulm; grandsons Hunter Johnson of San Diego, Calif. and Landon Johnson of Brookings, S.D.; granddaughter Grace Bauer of New Ulm; step-grandchildren Jonah Scholl of Kinnesaw, Ga. and Anya Neppl of Durham, N.C.; step-great-grandchildren Chloe and John Lawson Scholl and Samantha Neppl; two sisters, Norma (Lowell) Koenig of Stillwater and Judith Garbers of Truman, and two brothers, Gary (Carol) Heffele of Lake Benton and Charles (MaryAnn) Heffele of Butterfield, and brother-in-law Wayne (Vonnie) Mathistad of St. James.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents Frederick and Amanda Heffele, stepmother Elisabeth Heffele, sister Marjean Mathistad, parents-in-law Maylon and Laura Hanson, niece Joan Mathistad, and nephews Kim Mathistad, Rick Koenig and Kevin Mathistad.
Audrey Hindbjorgen, age 83 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, March 4 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 9 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church, rural Hendricks, with Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Visitation was 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in Singsaas Free Lutheran Cemetery. Online guestbook is available at www.birkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks.
Audrey Ann Olson was born Sept. 25, 1931 at home on the family farm in Hansonville Township, the daughter of Roy C. and Bertha Olson. She attended school at Hansonville School District 28 and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1948. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield and graduated in 1952. Audrey taught school in Lakefield for one year before marrying Darwin Dwaine Hindbjorgen on June 15, 1953 at the Hansonville Lutheran Church. Audrey and Darwin were the last couple to be married at the Hansonville Church before it was closed.
Audrey and Darwin lived in Ft. Knox, Ky. for one year, where Audrey taught school and Darwin was an Army tank operations instructor. The couple then moved back to Hendricks where their son John was born. They lived in half of Audrey’s parents’ home until 1968, when they moved to a farm north of Hendricks, where they stayed until Audrey and Darwin moved into Hendricks in 1999. During this time, Audrey stayed very busy helping on the farm as well as fulfilling two 20-year long careers, one as a junior high reading and English teacher in Canby and the other as a rural mail carrier in Brookings, S.D. Months after Audrey’s husband died in 2007, Audrey moved to the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Audrey was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Singsaas Lutheran Church and the Hendricks Ladies’ Golf League. She enjoyed sports, spending many hours listening on the radio to Minnesota Gophers basketball games with John and listening to Minnesota Twins and Vikings games with Darwin and John. Audrey was an avid golfer, playing in the Hendricks League and all of their local tournaments as well as many out-of-town tournaments. Audrey also loved gardening, both on the farm and in town, and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends. Audrey and Darwin spent extended winter vacations in Arizona with her parents for many years before purchasing a second home in Casa Grande, Ariz. She and Darwin then split their time between homes in Hendricks and Casa Grande. Audrey had a special bond with her parents. A favorite memory for Audrey was her 1983 trip to Norway with Darwin and her parents.
Audrey is survived by her son John (Renate) of Astoria, S.D.; grandchildren—Carter of Kirkland, Wash. and Kaia of Fargo, N.D.; brother Roy (Dolores) of Osseo; brothers and sisters-in-law Roger and Marlys of Sioux Falls, S.D., Loren and Arlene of Spearfish, S.D., Joanne of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Lola of Hendricks.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roy C. and Bertha, husband Darwin, and two brothers-in-law, Obed and Paul.
Blessed be her memory.