Deloris Olson

February 21, 2019

obit Deloris OlsonAug. 8, 1924 – Feb. 16, 2019

Deloris Mae Olson, age 94 of Hendricks, passed away Saturday, February 16 at the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home. Funeral service was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks.Burial was in the East Hendricks Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the Hendricks Hospi­tal Chapel, and resumed Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Hen­dricks, was entrusted with the arrangements.
Deloris M. Olson was born Aug. 8, 1924 to Julius and Palma (Hagen) Aune in Hendricks. She was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church and was a Hendricks High School graduate. After re­ceiving her lab tech. certif­icate, she returned to Hen­dricks and began working at the Hendricks Clinic.
Deloris was united in marriage to Kenneth Ol­son on June 24, 1951 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with one daughter, Darla. In 1956 they moved to Fargo-Moorhead, where Deloris became a stay-at-home mom and took in sewing and alterations for 20 years before returning to Hendricks in 1976. She then began working at the Hendricks Hospital and Home and continued with her sewing.
Deloris was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway, Vennskap Lodge 554.
Weekends spent at the lake near Alexandria brought much enjoy­ment for Deloris and her family. It was here that she found time to relax, whether it was in the boat fishing or fooling with her two grandchildren— great memories. Her great-grandchildren, Max, Cooper, Reed and Beau, brought a smile to her face when talked about. She will be remembered as “Granny” by them.
Deloris is survived by a daughter, Darla (Daniel) Buseth; grandchildren Da­vis (Lisa) Buseth and Dan­ielle Buseth; great-grand­children Max, Cooper, Reed and Beau Buseth; sisters Elizabeth Klosterman and Joan Lovro; brother Paul (Penny) Aune; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ken­neth Olson, parents Julius and Palma Aune, brothers Julian, Cleon and James Aune, and sister Lorraine Thompson.
Blessed be her memory.

Esther Dahlgren

February 21, 2019

May 22, 1926 – Feb. 14, 2019

Esther Marie (Carlson) Dahlgren was born May 22, 1926. She passed away peacefully at her daugh­ter’s home with family by her side under the care of Prairie Hospice of Mar­shall on Feb. 14 at the age of 92.
Esther graduated from Marshall High School. She married Roy Dahlgren on July 4, 1945 at midnight with her parents as wit­nesses. She and her hus­band farmed near Ivan­hoe. Esther and Roy had three children, daughters Joyce and Jean and son James. They moved to Hendricks in 1979, where they started a machine shop business with their son James Dahlgren.
Esther had many tal­ents. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and bookkeeping in their shop in Hendricks. She made many friends while tend­ing the office.
Esther believed the truth of the Bible and ac­cepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Because of God’s Word, Esther is enjoying Heaven today. Esther faithfully at­tended church by televi­sion with Pastor Harold Selem of Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Esther’s surviving fam­ily includes her daugh­ter Joyce Kelm of Albany, Oregon along with her daughters Lada (Carl) Wilson and their daugh­ter Cheyenne, all of Or­egon; daughter Johanna (Jacob) Klein of Oregon; daughter Jean (Calvin) Gilbert of Lake Benton; son Patrick Dirckx (friend Sarah), their daughter Kassidy and her son Kam­den; son Scott Ochocki and his daughter Hailey; son James Dahlgren’s best friend Doris Moe of Hen­dricks and their three daughters, Terry, Kelly and Courtney and their families. Other surviv­ing family members are Edwin Steuck of Ivanhoe, Mike and Tami Locy of Watertown, South Dakota, Marvin and Margie Oberg of Milroy, Marion and Clarence Wiering of Mar­shall, and Vern and Diane Krentz of Hutchinson.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents Eric and Marie Carlson, her husband Roy and her son James.
Visitation for Esther Dahlgren will be Satur­day, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. at Cedric’s Banquet Hall in Hendricks. A service and burial will be held later in July, when all of Esther’s family is able to attend.

Pearl Bauman

February 6, 2019

obit Pearl BaumanDec. 29, 1924 – Jan. 27, 2019

Pearl Bauman, age 94 of Gary, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at Bethany Cemetery in Astoria, South Dakota. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Pearl Josephine Bauman was born Dec. 29, 1924 in Ward, South Dakota to Paul Sr. and Josephine (Lamp) Carpenter. She was raised on the family farm near Lake Benton, and she graduated from Lake Benton High School. Pearl went to teachers’ training then taught country school near Arco and Lake Benton.
On April 19, 1949 Pearl was united in Holy Matrimony to Kenneth Bauman at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. They were blessed with eight children. In 1951, they relocated to a farm south of Gary, South Dakota, near Lake Cochrane. She worked side by side with her husband, children, chickens and cattle. In 1979, Pearl and Kenneth moved off the farm into Astoria, South Dakota. Kenneth died in 1996 after 47 years of marriage. In 2005, Pearl moved to Lincoln Lane Villa in Hendricks.
Pearl enjoyed gardening, baking, birdwatching and writing poetry. She also enjoyed doing crafts, needlework, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and reading. She was known for sending cards for every occasion to all her family and friends. Family gatherings were especially important to Pearl, as she loved her time spent with her grandchildren.
She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she served on the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Ladies American Legion Auxiliary in Astoria and a member of the Prairie Neighbors Extension Club.
Grateful for having shared Pearl’s life are her eight children— Ron (Sandy) Bauman of Hendricks, Darlene Theisen of Altamont, Myrna (Richard) Shum of Wamego, Kansas, Darald (Peggy) Bauman of Gary, South Dakota, Marlin Bauman of Gary, South Dakota, Charles (Melanie) Bauman of Lebanon, Missouri, Joanne (Darryl) Mauseth of Clear Lake, South Dakota, and Teresa (Steve) Bourassa of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 29 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; siblings William (Darlene) Carpenter, Lois Zimmer and Ardith Larson, all of Lake Benton, Conrad (Connie) Carpenter of College Station, Texas, and Danny (Judy) Carpenter of LeMars, Iowa; sisters-in-law Joyce Carpenter, Gladys Riesgard and Joyce Broderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Verlon (in infancy), Alvin and Paul Jr., and son-in-law Kenneth Theisen.

Linda Zylstra

February 6, 2019

Aug. 29, 1962 – Jan. 31, 2019

Linda A. Zylstra, age 56 of Litchfield, died Thursday, Jan. 31 at Meeker Memo­rial Hospital in Litchfield after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Church of St. Philip in Li­tchfield. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the church with parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Visita­tion will also be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. An­thony’s Catholic Cemetery in Lismore at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.
Linda Arleen Zyl­stra, daughter of Darwin “Smokey” and Audrey (Henriksen) Stoffel, was born Aug. 29, 1962 in Lu­verne. Her family moved to Litchfield two years later. She attended St. Philip’s School and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1981. She had two children with her former husband, Vince Zylstra. She moved to southwest Minnesota and worked as a teacher’s aide at the Tracy and Hendricks schools. Linda also had vari­ous jobs such as cleaning houses, doing bookwork for a gas station, and working at a grocery store. She moved to Litchfield and worked a few part-time jobs, then for Sparboe Farms as Plant Secretary Admin., and was a member of the Church of St. Philip. Linda enjoyed crafts and gardening, play­ing Phase 10 and Cribbage, crossword puzzles, and camping, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her chil­dren’s fondest memory is of her singing and dancing while cleaning, baking, and cooking.Although she didn’t want to be the center of at­tention, she loved people and often spent time help­ing them in whatever way she could.
Linda is survived by her children Amanda (Kevin) Bednarek of Hendricks and Matthew (Stephanie) Zylstra of Hendricks; Tim’s children Brian (Jessie) Stocker and Jason (Ash­ley) Stocker; grandchildren Braxton Bednarek, Kamdin Bednarek, Rylee Zylstra, Trevor Zylstra, and Izzy, Arlo and Piper Stocker; and life partner Tim Stocker of Litchfield. She is also sur­vived by her mother Audrey Stoffel of Litchfield; broth­ers Dale (Sandy) Stoffel of Plymouth and Dallas Stoffel of Litchfield; sister Loydene (Doug) Bernhagen of Will­mar, and twin sister Lisa (Kent) Valiant of Litchfield; and several other relatives and friends. She was pre­ceded in death by her father Darwin “Smokey” Stoffel, brother Monte Stoffel, and beloved grandmother Ma­rie Henriksen.
Memorials are preferred to St Philip’s School. Please sign the on-line guest book at

Pearl Bauman

January 31, 2019

Dec. 29, 1924 – Jan. 27, 2019

Pearl Bauman, age 94 of Gary, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Bethany Cemetery in Astoria, South Dakota.
Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Merrill Widmark

January 31, 2019

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Merrill John Widmark, age 84 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully Dec. 15, 2018 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Visitation with the fam­ily was Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Zion Evangelical Lu­theran Church in Grand Rapids. Rev. Ben B. Bu­chanan officiated. Rowe Funeral Home of Grand Rapids was entrusted with arrangements.
Merrill was born Aug. 19, 1934 to John and Maren (Enga) Widmark on the farmstead in rural Ivanhoe. Merrill earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Master’s Degree from the Univer­sity of South Dakota. He was united in marriage to Marlene Haugen on Dec. 17, 1955. They relocated to Hibbing in 1960, where he taught math and phys­ics at Hibbing Community College and operated the Adams House B&B. The couple retired to their lake home on WabanaLake in the Grand Rapids area in 1999.
He was an active sports enthusiast as an athlete, coach, official, announc­er for college and high school sports, as well as a great fan, especially of baseball. One of his great passions was singing and acting. He was in numer­ous theater productions, including “Showboat” in Grand Rapids, and was a long-time choir member at church.
He had many interests, including traveling all over the world; he loved the arts and entertain­ment, was active in the church and Sons of Nor­way, was a director and supporter of Camp Hia­watha, was an avid read­er, enjoyed being at the lake, volunteering, and was a generous donor.
He was always curi­ous and adventurous. His greatest passion was for family and friends with which he so enjoyed vis­iting and telling stories whenever he had the op­portunity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Marlene, and his brother Manley Wid­mark.
Merrill is survived by sons Scott Widmark and Stuart (Lisa) Widmark; daughters Carolyn (Mel) Maturi and Ellen (Mike Murphy) Widmark; sister Muriel Dorn; six grand­children and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Merrill’s generous spirit, offbeat humor and enjoyment of life will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Memorials preferred to The Widmark Fam­ily Scholarship Fund at Gustavus Adolphus Col­lege, Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry in support of Camp Hiawatha, or Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, MN.

Merlyn Schwarz

January 23, 2019

obit schwarz merlyn image1Aug. 30, 1932 – Jan. 18, 2019

Merlyn Schwarz, age 86 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Jan. 18 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thurs­day, Jan. 24 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, with Fr. Ron Hu­berty celebrating. Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery, Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks, and will resume Thursday one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church.
Merlyn Edward Schwarz was born Aug. 30, 1932 to Julius and Jeanette (Van Meeteren) Schwarz in Shel­don, Iowa. He was raised near Sheldon, where he at­tended country school. In 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served his country during the Korean Conflict. During this time he was stationed in Austria with the 510th Field Artillery BA Battalion Battery C. In 1954 he was honorably discharged and returned home.
Merlyn was united in marriage to Lenore Jans­ma on May 24, 1956 in a private ceremony in Spirit Lake, Iowa. They were blessed with four children. They lived on a farm by Shaokotan Lake, where they raised their children, and later retired in Hendricks. Later, Mer­lyn turned the farm over to his son Randy, who was currently crop-sharing. Le­nore passed away Aug. 4, 2017. Merlyn entered the Hendricks Nursing Home in June 2017, where he passed away Friday, Jan. 18 at the age of 86 years, four months and 19 days.
Merlyn enjoyed farming and gardening. His grand­children were his pride and joy and his face would light up when he saw them. His dream for all of his children and grandchil­dren was to receive a col­lege education, since back in his day he was only able to obtain an eighth grade education.
Grateful for having shared Merlyn’s life are his three children— Ran­dall (Leslie) Schwarz of Hendricks, Jan Schwarz of Phoenix, Arizona, and Dar­la (Jeff) Lasnetski of Will­mar; daughter-in-law Pam Schwarz of Tyler;15 grand­children and 24 great-grandchildren; and numer­ous nieces and nephews.
Merlyn was preceded in death by his son Ron­ald Schwarz; parent Julius and Jeanette Schwarz; two brothers, Wallace and James Schwarz; one sis­ter, Donna Gebauer; and one grandson, Nathan Schwarz.
Blessed be his memory.

Harvey Koopman

January 10, 2019

obit harvey koopmanFeb. 21, 1934 – Dec. 27, 2018

Harvey Koopman, age 84 of Hendricks, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Beth­any-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church. Visitation re­sumed one hour prior to the service at the church.Burial with military hon­ors was at West Elim Lu­theran Cemetery, Ivanhoe. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Harvey James Koopman was born Feb. 21, 1934 in Ivanhoe to his par­ents Frank and Jeanette (Berg) Koopman. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Ivan­hoe High School. Harvey served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
On Sept. 1, 1957 Harvey was united in marriage to Muriel Sandro at Beth­lehem Lutheran Church near Astoria, South Da­kota. Harvey and Muriel had four children that they raised on their farm. Harvey enjoyed visiting with his coffee crew at the bakery and traveling. Playing cards with friends was also something he en­joyed, especially Pinochle. He was a member of Beth­any-Elim Lutheran Church and a lifelong member of Rueben-Hansen American Legion, Post 195 of Hen­dricks.
He is survived by his be­loved wife of 62 years, Mu­riel Koopman; sons James Koopman, Mark (Missy) Koopman and Kevin Koop­man, and daughter Nor­een Zafft. Harvey loved his three grandchildren— Jesse (Jessica) Zafft, Anna Zafft and Matthew Koop­man; and two great-grand­children—Abbie Grace and Tucker Zafft. He is also survived by his brother Joel (Jan) Koopman and sister Wanice (Dick) Hoff, along with numerous niec­es, nephews and cousins.
Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Gary Koopman, Ruby Campbell, John Dale Koopman and Robert Koopman.

Lorraine Kurth

January 10, 2019

obit lorraine kurthMay 28, 1922 – Dec. 28, 2018

Lorraine Kurth, age 96 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 at Silver Creek Hospice in Maple Grove. Funeral ser­vice was 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at United Methodist Church in Hendricks with visitation held prior to the service at the church from 12:30-2 p.m. Burial was at the Hendricks City Cem­etery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Lorraine Elizabethann Ista was born May 28, 1922 in Walcott, North Dakota to LeRoy and Maude (Hancock) Ista. She grew up in the Colfax, North Dakota area. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1939 and attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moor­head. She married John Kniess and later divorced. She then married Glenn Eugene Kurth on Aug. 7, 1953 at Zion EUB church in Colfax, North Dakota. They moved to Hendricks in 1953. Lorraine was an amazing artist, house­wife, jeweler, gardener, mother and teacher. Her artwork included rose­maling, china painting, oil painting, acrylic, water­colors, making porcelain dolls, stained glass, wood­working, crocheting, knit­ting, copper enameling, sewing and, last but not least, quilt making. Lor­raine was a humanitarian and loved to keep those around her, especially her grandchildren, filled with happiness and tran­quility. She was a strong, humble woman who is and always will be an idol and an inspiration. Some of her life accomplish­ments were pursuing an education until she was a proud 88 years of age, working at UMCOR ev­ery winter, helping those around her and giving her family a strong start. Lor­raine lived in Hendricks until March 2014, when she moved to Heritage Lane in Marshall, where she lived until June 2017. She spent the remainder of her life at SilverCreek on Main in Maple Grove. Lorraine died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 at Silver Creek on Main Memory Care in Maple Grove.
She is survived by her six children— Patricia Carlson of Rochester, Eu­gene Scott (Marie) Kniess of Port Orchard, Wash­ington, Glenda Vizecky of Cottonwood, Debra (Neal) Homan of Labolt, South Dakota, Tami (Tom) Cooper of Maple Grove, and John (Renee) Kurth of North Richland Hills, Texas; her sister Marge Crowell of Napa, Califor­nia, as well as sister-in-law Lorraine Ista of Fargo, North Dakota, and her many nieces and neph­ews; her grandchildren— Jill (David) Chao, Jennifer (John Adkins) Christens­en, Catherine (Case) Un­fried, Gordon (Stephanie) Vizecky, Michelle Kirk­land, Mark Vizecky, Quint (Erin) Homan, Clint Ho­man, Michael (Kelsey) Cooper, Rachel Cooper, David (Brittany) Kurth, and Matthew Kurth; her great-grandchildren— Abraham Wangnoo, Mary Claire Chao, Sara (Matt Menzenski) Chao, Tahira (Royce) Farmer, Zendaya Adkins, Zachary Vizecky, Gage Vizecky, Autumn Kirkland, Evan Kirkland, Andrew Vizecky, Reid Vizecky, Czarina Unfried, Carson Unfried, Remi Ho­man, and Callie Kurth; and lastly, her great-great-grandchild Mason Wangnoo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glenn; brothers LeRoy, Adolph (Vonnie), John and Allen (DeAnn); sister Beverly (Richard) Trimble; brothers-in-law Richard LaPlat and John Crowell; sisters-in-law Raychel Christianson, and Clarysse (Ronald) Ather­ton; nephew LeRoy Ista; son-in-law Thomas Carl­son; and grandson-in-law David Kirkland.

Della Pegors

January 10, 2019

obit Della Pegors PhotoMay 31, 1953 – Jan. 4, 2019

Della Pegors, age 65 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Jan. 4 at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A Cel­ebration of Della’s life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Bible Baptist Church in Brookings, South Dakota.Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brook­ings, South Dakota. A private family burial will precede her memorial service at the Hendricks City Cemetery.
Delrose “Della” (Mohwinkel) Pegors was born May 31, 1953 in Fairmont to Delton and Loretta Mohwinkel. She was the middle of three children, growing up on a farm northeast of Truman. Upon graduation from high school, Della attend­ed fashion merchandising school in Minneapolis.
Wes and Della built an enduring friendship in high school that became the foundation for their re­lationship, which bloomed into a 45-year marriage, which started on Oct. 3, 1973. Della, having been raised in church, was con­cerned that after having done everything required of her, she still had no assurance that Heaven would be her home. On April 2, 1973, a friend she worked with invited her to a Dave Wilkerson Cru­sade, where Della heard the Gospel plainly given and put her trust in Christ Jesus alone for her salva­tion. Without getting any discipleship, she strug­gled on what she should do next in her newfound Christian walk. When her husband Wes was saved on April 10, 1977, they both realized the need to follow the Lord together in believer’s baptism and live for Christ.
To their union were added two daughters, Angie and Megan. Della’s one desire was that her daughters have a person­al relationship with the Lord Jesus like she did. After Angie and Megan were married, that same desire was transmitted to her grandchildren. She re­joiced as each one of them put their trust in the Lord Jesus.
In 1979, Della, along with her husband, began a 30-year ministry of pick­ing up unchurched chil­dren on a Sunday School bus and bringing them to church. Through this min­istry, scores of children were reached with the Gospel, with many trust­ing Christ as their Savior and some going on to full-time Christian ministry.
Della went home to her mansion that Jesus pre­pared for her to serve her Savior eternally on Jan. 4. She will be sorely missed by her husband Wes; daughters Angie (Grant) Behlen and Megan (Steve) Alberts; and grandchil­dren Brooke, Britton, Day­na, Ava, Karmen, Kendra and Macy.