Mavis Holland

February 22, 2018

obit MavisJune 29, 1933 – Feb. 17, 2018

Mavis J. Holland, age 84 of Hendricks, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Hendricks Hospi­tal. Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Faith Luther­an Church in Hendricks, with Rev. Darren Shaw officiating. Visitation will be Thursday one hour prior to the service. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Mavis J. Holland was born in Hendricks on June 29, 1933 to Julius and So­phie (Ronning) Johnson. Mavis had four siblings— a sister named Gaella and brothers named Burgess, Arnie and Mark.
Mavis was married to Harry Holland and they had two boys, Steven, the eldest, and Scott. Mavis graduated from Augs­burg College with a music major. She went on to be the organist for 20-some years at St. Luke’s Luther­an Church in Blooming­ton. She was also a mem­ber of Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. She worked in diverse indus­tries over the years. All of her jobs had a theme— she worked hard, had fun and was well liked at all of them. She worked for Lifetouch National School Studios, and was, of course, the church or­ganist and she gave piano lessons. She also worked at airport parking as a cashier when she lived in Houston, Texas. She even cashiered for a big gro­cery chain so when she returned home to Hen­dricks in 2000 she was 66 and decided to work at the Hendricks Hospital until she retired.
Mavis loved sports whether she was out there cheering us on or watching the local sports teams. She loved the Vi­kings, Timberwolves, Wild and the Gophers and was a big fan of all of them. Mavis was a hard-working woman with a great sense of humor and a little bit on the feisty side. She was a fantastic wife and mother to her sons. She was a great grandma and loved by ev­eryone who encountered her.
Mavis is survived by her son Steven Holland of Hendricks; granddaugh­ter Joslin Ndiritu and her husband Peter and three great-grandchildren— Jarrin age 15, Josiah age 13, and Jadelyn age 11.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harry and son Scott.

Lonnel Moon

February 8, 2018

obit Moon editNov. 23, 1940 – Feb. 1, 2018

Lonnel “Lon” Moon, age 77 of Marshall, went home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Heri­tage Pointe Care Center in Marshall. Memorial servic­es are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Mar­shall. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Hamilton Fu­neral Home in Marshall. A prayer service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service, 10-11 a.m. Fri­day at the church.
Lonnel Lewis Moon was born Nov. 23, 1940 in Tracy to Harvey and Arloine (Lewis) Moon. He was raised by his mother and Arthur Scotting near Hendricks. He was raised a very faithful person, liv­ing just across the street from their church. He was baptized and confirmed at New Grove Evangelical United Brethren Church. He attended country school before Hendricks High School. After graduating with the Class of 1958, Lon went on to Beadle State College in Madison, South Dakota, then Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, where he met Ms. Robin Sack. Lon started his life of education teaching for two years at a one-room school house in Brookings Coun­ty, South Dakota, then a couple more years in DeS­met, South Dakota.
On Aug. 27, 1965 Lon and Robin were united in marriage in Spring Valley. The couple moved to Mar­shall, where Lon taught 6th grade. After a brief pe­riod of teaching in Maple­ton, they returned to Mar­shall in 1969. Lon taught at Marshall Middle School, 1969-1979, then at South­west Minnesota State Uni­versity, 1979-1981. He finished his career teach­ing 5th grade at East Side and Parkside Elementary schools for 20 years. All told, he devoted over 40 years to his work and pas­sion of education.
Lon and Robin had two daughters, Joanna and Sarah, and shared over 52 years of marriage. Lon was a long-time member of Al­bright then Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Marshall. He served in many roles including both youth and adult education, youth leader, Wednesday morning Bible study, and served on various commit­tees and council positions. Lon was proud to be part of the team that started the Plum Creek Library Sys­tem. Lon was also known to sing with his family, at church, and as part of the Gospel 4 traveling quartet, sharing the good news of Christ’s salvation.
Lon was a spiritual per­son and led his life by faith. He was always ac­tive; enjoyments included antiques, refinishing furni­ture, caning (cane-woven furniture), playing piano, drama (both in high school and college), poetry, callig­raphy, framing and matting pictures, table-setting, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Lon went home to his Heavenly Father on Feb. 1 at the age of 77 years, two months and nine days. His long battle with Alzheim­er’s is now over. He will be dearly missed.
Lon is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Robin Moon of Marshall; daughters Joanna (Matt) McKenzie of Oakdale and Sarah (Russell) Svenning­son of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four grandchil­dren—Anders Svenning­sen, Jack McKenzie, An­nika Svenningsen and Jude McKenzie; brothers Marlin (Janet) Scotting of Grand Junction, Colorado and Kevin Scotting of DeSmet, South Dakota; brother-in-law Charles (Betty) Ma­thison of Port Hueneme, California; sisters-in-law Karen (Darrell) Vreeman of Spring Valley, Deanna (Dave) Vonn of Rochester and Marlene (Judy Kenni­son) Sack of Ithaca, New York; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandpar­ents Jonathon and Hannah Lewis, parents Arthur and Arloine (Lewis) Scotting, mother-in-law Dorothy (Sack) Lichty, fathers-in-law Arlo Sack and Wal­lace Lichty, infant brother Bruce Moon, brother-in-law Charlie Lichty and sis­ter-in-law Alona Scotting.
Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall available online at

Darrell Ruhd

January 26, 2018

obit Darrell Ruhd 1Nov. 17, 1935 – Jan. 7, 2018

Darrell B. Ruhd, age 82 of Brandt, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7 at the Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center. Fu­neral service was 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Highland Lutheran Church, Brandt, South Dakota. Burial was in the Highland Lutheran Cemetery, Brandt. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Thurs­day, Jan. 11 at Highland Lutheran Church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake, South Da­kota was entrusted with the arrangements.
Darrell Blair Ruhd was born Nov. 17, 1935 to Martin and Lillian (Blair) Ruhd in Hendricks. He was raised in Brandt, South Dakota and gradu­ated from Brandt High School. During high school he enjoyed work­ing for area farmers. He moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked at a packing plant.
Darrell was united in marriage to Annie Schep­ker on July 16, 1955 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They moved back to Mar­shall, where he worked at a packing plant. They then moved to Brandt, South Dakota, where he began working for the Brandt Co-op Creamery and Hatchery as well as the packing plant in Marshall. He later began working for Virgil For­syth at the Brandt Locker, which Darrell and An­nie purchased and op­erated for many years. Darrell also worked as a rural mail carrier for the Brandt and Toronto Post Offices for over 53 years.
Annie passed away on June 20, 2008. Darrell re­mained active in Brandt and continued to be in­volved with his family’s activities. He passed away Sunday, Jan. 7 at the San­ford Clear Lake Medical Center at the age of 82.
He was a member of Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt, where he volunteered, served as a board member and sang in the choir. Darrell was a member of Isaac Walton League, where he did skeet and trap-shoot­ing. He was also a volun­teer fireman and served as Fire Chief in Brandt. He had many hobbies including watching his children’s and grandchil­dren’s sporting events, hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, watching birds and teaching his boys to hunt. Darrell also spent time driving school bus for the Brandt School.
Darrell is lovingly re­membered by his chil­dren—Terry (Cherie) Ruhd of Brandt, South Dakota, Darla (Greg) To­ben of Clear Lake, South Dakota, Brad (Tammy) Ruhd of Toronto, South Dakota, Peggy (Dwight) Buller of Hendricks, Neal (Polly) Ruhd of Clear Lake, South Dakota, and Patsy (Don) Cassels of Clear Lake, South Dakota; 25 grandchildren—Abby Ruhd, Katie Kopp, Jes­sica Rehder, Jason Toben, Ross Toben, Josh Ruhd, Tony Ruhd, Brooke Ruhd, Lily Ruhd, John Buller, Andrew Buller, Thomas Buller, Claudia Buller, Gladys Buller, Rachel Bednarek, Joey Buller, Ezzy Buller, Tyler Ruhd, Logan Ruhd, Walker Ruhd, Tate Pope, Trevor Cassels, Justin Cassels and Mat­thew Cassels; 17 great-grandchildren—Casen Kopp, Colton Kopp, Vic­toria Olson, Brayden Re­hder, Ema Rehder, Gray­son Rehder, Laney Toben, Jace Toben, Payton Ruhd, Layla Ruhd, Gabe Buller, Josh Bednarek Jr, Leah Buller, Brock Ruhd, Colt Ruhd, Mataylah Pope and Taytum Pope; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Annie, son Brian, granddaugh­ter Sarah Buller, and seven siblings—Harriet Zischke, Bernice (Clulla) Nelson, Gladys Hofman, Minerva Helmberger, Le­land Ruhd, Ellen Story and Avis (Bonnie) Stange­land.

John Huber

January 18, 2018

obit John Huber picMay 21, 1924 – Jan. 10, 2018

John Huber, age 93 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Hendricks Community Hospital. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visi­tation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with mili­tary honors by the Rueben- Hansen American Legion Post 195 of Hendricks will be at the East Hendricks Cemetery. Houseman Fu­neral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
John Henry Huber was born May 21, 1924 in Bushnell, South Dakota to parents Nickolas and Mary (Tomscha) Huber. He was raised on the family farm near Elkton, South Da­kota and attended country school. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in Japan, and was honorably discharged in March 1946. After the war he returned home to farm.
On Sept. 3, 1955 John was united in marriage to Marlys Oien at Calvary Lu­theran Church in Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with one daughter, Kim. Together they farmed and milked cows and in the early 1970s John and Marlys moved to Brook­ings, South Dakota, where John worked for SDSU as a custodian for the Veteri­narian Science facility. In 1996 they moved back to Hendricks.
John enjoyed maintain­ing their home and tak­ing the RV out of town for some fishing with his grandchildren. He also en­joyed spending time at the lake in their cabin. He was a member of Christ Luther­an Church and also of the Rueben-Hansen American Legion, Post 195 of Hen­dricks.
Grateful for having shared John’s life is his wife of 62 years, Marlys Huber of Hendricks; his daughter Kim and Kent Kanten of Milan; his grandchildren— James (Laura) Kanten and their son Henry of Milan, Kristin (Aaron) Vadnais and their children Freya and Bjorn of Benson, and Timothy (Sierra) Kanten of Milan; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three broth­ers— Roy, Russell and Vir­gil Huber; and numerous in-laws.

Beth Daniels

January 18, 2018

obit beth daniels image1March 1, 1950 – Jan. 9, 2018

Beth Daniels, age 67 of Arco, passed away Tues­day, Jan. 9 at her home near Arco. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. A spring burial will be held in the Arco Cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Bethany Luther­an Church, and resumed Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Beth Ann (Nagel) Dan­iels, 67, died peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 9 surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 1, 1950 in Libertyville, Illinois, the daughter of Wilbur and Marie (Behm) Nagel. She graduated from Grant High School in Fox Lake, Illinois in 1968, and went on to attain her BA degree in Social Work from Moor­head State University in 1972. On Aug. 19, 1972 Beth was united in mar­riage to Thomas Daniels in Long Lake, Illinois. The two made a family and a home on a farm near Arco. Beth worked as a licensed social worker and was an integral part of Divine Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe for 31 years. Following her successful career as a social worker, she dedicated her exper­tise at Pluto Legal in Tyler for several years.
When her family was young, she devoted much of her time to her church and community. She en­joyed reading a good book and was active in the Ivan­hoe book club, the Litwits. For many years, Beth loved couples’ bowling with Tom on Sunday nights in Ivanhoe, mostly for social­izing. She was involved in Knights of Knowledge Study Club in Ivanhoe and served on the board at Western Mental Health in Marshall. Spending time with her friends and fam­ily was one of Beth’s great­est joys in life; she was always available with an open heart and a listening ear. Beth was a special per­son who demonstrated Je­sus’ love, humbleness, and selfless nature to those around her. She touched many lives during her time on earth and her positive spirit was inspiring to many. She will be dearly missed.
Grateful to have spent their lives with Beth are her husband of 45 years, Tom of Arco; daughters Dawn (Scott) Popowski of Ivanhoe, Jill Daniels of Ivanhoe, and Janet (Jere­my) McGee of Rosemount; grandchildren Leah, Lacey, Elizabeth, Blake, Matthew, Jacob and Mason; siblings Craig (Claire) Nagel of Pe­quot Lakes, Dick Nagel of Pequot Lakes, Bill (Jane) Nagel of Pine River, and Carol (Fran) Marin of Oax­aca, Oaxaca, Mexico; and a host of other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her precious daughter Heather in 1978; parents Wilbur and Marie Nagel; grandson Ted Mc­Gee in 2016; and nieces Kia Holbeck and Sharon Nagel.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials are preferred to Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco.

Pastor Cy Solberg

January 10, 2018

obit Solberg Cy editedNov. 25, 1930 – Jan. 3, 2018

Memorial services for Pastor Cy Solberg, age 87 of Tyler, were Saturday, Jan. 6, 2:30 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Danebod Lutheran Cem­etery in Tyler.
He died Wednesday, Jan. 3 at the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pip­estone.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at
Cyrus LeRoy Solberg was born Nov. 25, 1930 to Carl and Lillian (Skjei) Solberg in Hatton, North Dakota, where he was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He at­tended school in Hatton, graduating in 1948. After high school he attended Mayville State University in Mayville, North Da­kota, Concordia College in Moorhead, and graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul in 1956. On June 30, 1956 Cy married Betty Jo Vogtsburger at Our Sav­ior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Their union was blessed with four children and 62 years of life together. Dur­ing his years as a parish pastor, Pastor Cy served Bethany and Bethlehem Lutheran Churches in As­toria, South Dakota; Ken­neth Lutheran and Blue Mound Lutheran Churches in Kenneth; Grace Luther­an Church in Dawson; First English Lutheran Church in Tyler; and United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake. He retired from Elbow Lake and he and Betty Jo moved back to Tyler, where he was busy for many years serv­ing as an interim pastor in southwestern Minnesota. In 2014 he was named Pastor Emeritus from First English Lutheran Church. In the last few years, Cy experienced declining health. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, he died peacefully in his sleep at Pipestone County Hospice House at the age of 87 years.
Cy was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. In retirement, he and Betty Jo led senior and adult retreats at Shetek Lutheran Camp. He was a long-time member of Tyler Kiwanis. Cy had a love for sports, politics, and family. He enjoyed golf, all sport­ing events and attending his grandchildren’s events. He loved his many visits to Little Norway Resort and Itasca State Park at Park Rapids for over 60 years. Cy had the honor of marry­ing and baptizing all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He recently officiated at his grandson’s wedding in Itasca State Park.
Cy is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Betty Jo; his children—Mark (Kelly) Solberg of Cam­bridge, John (Lori) Solberg of Mitchell, South Dakota, Ruth (Jim) Rupp of Ruth­ton, and Sarah (Paul) Lib­bon of Duluth; ten grand­children— Matt (Sarah) Solberg, Sam Solberg, Nick (Saskia) Solberg, John Sol­berg, Megan Solberg, Ryan Solberg, Laisa (Jimmy) Dekker, Brennen Rupp, Elizabeth Libbon, and An­nalise Libbon; two great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Jordan; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lillian Solberg, and his sister Le­Anne Kae Solberg.
Blessed be his memory.

Norman Van Overbeke

January 10, 2018

Norm Obit PhotoJune 1, 1948 – Jan. 7, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial for Norman “Norm” Van Overbeke, age 69 of Ivan­hoe, will be 10:30 a.m. Sat­urday, Jan. 13 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation will be Friday, 4-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at the church. Vivitation will continue Saturday morning, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow the service at Sts. Peter and Paul Catho­lic Cemetery in Ivanhoe. Attendees are invited to dress in their favorite Min­nesota sporting apparel.Military Honors provided by Lincoln County VFW Post 2980 of Ivanhoe.
Norman Alois Van Over­beke was born June 1, 1948 in Marshall to Arthur and Julia (Matthys) Van Over­beke. He grew up in GreenValley and graduated from MarshallHigh School in 1966. Norm served in the U.S. Marine Corps as part of an artillery unit in Vietnam. After his service, Norm attended Southwest Minnesota State University. He achieved a Bachelor’s Degree and participated on the wrestling team.
He was married to Pa­tricia “Patt” Van Robays and to this union were born son Todd and daugh­ter Kristi. Norm worked for the Great Plains Sup­ply Company in Ivanhoe. After a brief transfer to Hutchinson, he returned to Ivanhoe, where he opened and operated the local hardware store. He also served as the Lincoln County Emergency Man­ager. Norm later went to work as a building inspec­tor for DSI and drove bus for 4.0 Bus Company. He retired from his inspecting job, but continued driving his “Precious Cargo” until his death.
Norm was a very social person. He made friends easily and volunteered actively for many organi­zations. He was Gambling Commissioner of VFW Post 2980 and volunteered for the Ivanhoe Fire Depart­ment for over 35 years. He loved sports of all kinds, including golf, softball and racquetball. He was also an outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. Norm was most passionate about his family and especially enjoyed following his kids’ and grandkids’ activities.
Norm died Sunday, Jan. 7 at the Sioux Falls VA Medi­cal Center shortly after a bone cancer diagnosis.
He is survived by his son Todd (and Jennifer) Van Overbeke of Ivanhoe and grandchildren Cooper and Carson; daughter Kristi Van Overbeke Leach of Vir­ginia Beach, Virginia and grandchildren Shaemon and Shelby; siblings—De­lores Sumption of Breck­enridge, JoAnn Gerlach of Green Valley, MaryAnn and Rich Memmer of Ven­tura, California, Gordie and Solveig Van Overbeke of Lucan, Eugene and Joann Van Overbeke of Eagan, and Kathy and Paul Moen of Minneapolis; nieces, nephews, relatives and special friend Carol Jan­iszeski of Minneota. Norm was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don­ald Van Overbeke and sis­ter LouAnn Van Overbeke.
Memorials preferred. Arrangements with Re­hkamp Horvath Funeral Directors, Marshall, Min­nesota,

Walter Syltie, Sr.

January 4, 2018

obit syltie DOC122717-12272017093637-0001May 21, 1927 – Dec. 25, 2017

Walter Syltie Sr., age 90 of Porter, passed away Mon­day, Dec. 25, 2017 at his home in Porter. Memorial Service was 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Bethel Lu­theran Church in Porter. Burial was at the Bethel Lu­theran Cemetery in Porter. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, two hours prior to the service at Bethel Lu­theran Church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Walter Syltie was born May 21, 1927 in Alta Vista Township, Lincoln County, in the house in which he lived for 89 years, to John J. and Anna (Gilbertson) Syltie. He was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran church in Porter. He attend­ed country school in Alta Vista Township and trans­ferred to Canby High School in Canby. He graduated in 1944. Walter was drafted into the U.S. Army in Janu­ary 1953 and completed basic training at Fort Chaf­fee, Arkansas. Following completion of basic train­ing, he transferred to the 470th Counter Intelligence Corps at Fort Holabird, Bal­timore, Maryland. Walter completed Counter Intel­ligence School and served as an Intelligence Analyst at Fort Amador in the Panama Canal Zone. After transfer­ring to the reserves, he was honorably discharged in 1961.
After completing ac­tive military service he re­turned to farm and on June 18, 1956 Walter was united in marriage to Ramona Ann Fier. They raised three children—Christopher, Re­becca and Walter II.
As a farmer, Walter raised cash and feed crops and livestock. He had pigs, dairy cows, feeder cattle and stock cows (he always en­joyed seeing the new batch of calves being born in the spring). Walter retired from farming in 1995.
During his life, Walter was active in the American Le­gion and Porter Town and Country Club. He served on several county and town­ship governing bodies, sev­eral co-op boards, the Lin­coln County Fair Board, as a 4-H advisor, and was very active in Bethel Lutheran Church. Walter’s hobbies included bowling, hunting, fishing, bridge club, many card games, and he could always hold his own in a poker game. He enjoyed spending time with his fam­ily, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Walter is survived by his sister Peggy McCellan; his children—Christopher Syltie of Marshall, Rebec­ca (Richard) Clayton of New London, and Walter II (Jane) Syltie of Brook­ings, South Dakota; three grandchildren—Kelly Jo (Nate Miller), John Syltie and Will Clayton; two great-grandchildren—Jessa and Graham Miller; many nieces and nephews; and sisters- and brothers-in-law Den­nis (Martha) Fier, Pat Fier, Adrienne (Eldon) Ouver­son, Barb Fier and Karen (Roger) Moody.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife Ramona; his parents John and Anna Syltie; brothers and sisters Hans (Elvina) Syltie, James (Dora) Syltie, Agnes (Clar­ence) Johnson, Bruce McCel­lan, Ella (Robert) Blomberg, Cora (Arthur) Ochmcke, Laura (Floyd) Misner and Jane (Luvern) Dehlin; sis­ters- and brothers-in-law Rose Marie Hoffman, Har­old (Nancy) Fier, Jim Fier and Doris Mathews.
Blessed be his memory.

Barbara Ovall

January 4, 2018

Barbara M. (nee Engen) Ovall, age 72 of Oak ParkHeights, passed away peacefully on Dec. 25, 2017.
She is survived by her husband Phil; sons Jason (Ginger) and Joel; grand­children Ryan and Ashley; sisters Beverly (Orville) Halstad and Arlene Swen­son; and brothers Roger (Arla) Engen and Robert (Doris) Engen. She was preceded in death by her parents Hjalmer and Al­ice Engen; brother Blaine Engen; and sisters Marlys Anderson and Bonnie Ben­taas.
The family will be hon­oring Barb’s wish to not have a service.
Arrangements were with Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services, 2800 Curve Crest Boule­vard, Stillwater.

Audrey Bergjord

December 28, 2017

obit Audrey Bergjord picSept. 21, 1920 – Dec. 15, 2017

Audrey Bergjord, age 97 of Toronto, South Da­kota, passed away Friday, Dec. 15 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hen­dricks. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Wednes­day, Dec. 20 at Houseman Funeral Home Visitation Chapel in Toronto. Visi­tation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Toronto City Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home of Clear Lake, South Da­kota was entrusted with the arrangements.
Audrey Geraldine (Westgard) Bergjord was born Sept. 21, 1920 to Oscar and Mollie (Peter­son) Westgard. Audrey received her education at rural Oak Lake School and graduated in 1938 from Astoria High School.
On Oct. 28, 1939, Au­drey married Evenor Bergjord. They made their first home on a small acre­age called the Moe place, just across the road from his dad’s farm. The newly married couple started out with a team of hors­es, four cows, and $70 in cash. In 1946 they bought the Emerson farm, which was across the section from the Bergjord farm. The Emerson farm was bought for $50 an acre. Audrey loved life and en­joyed the challenges of being a wife, a partner in farming and a mother of five. Her Christian con­viction was strong as she served in many capaci­ties at Leganger Lutheran and was installed as their first woman Deacon. She considered it an honor to teach Sunday School.
In the early ‘60s Au­drey began working out of the home for Louie at Ensberg Store. In 1968 she was employed by 3M, retiring 20 years later.
In 2000, Audrey moved from the farm and settled in Toronto, South Dakota. In 2004, she moved to out of her home to receive ex­tra care due to Alzheim­er’s.
Her zest for life was expressed through her many interests—baking, quilting-sewing, garden­ing, church activity, PTA, Legion Auxiliary, trav­eling and especially through her good humor and wonderful laugh. She enjoyed a good story, and would often tell jokes only to discover she told the punchline at the be­ginning of the story, but had a good laugh anyway. Throughout the com­munity she was often referred to as “the donut lady” and enjoyed bring­ing baked items to friends and shut-ins.
Audrey is survived by her children who are grateful to have shared her life—Joan and Vir­gil Oldre of Minneapolis, Sally Bergjord of Hen­dricks, Brian and Dianne Bergjord of Flandreau, South Dakota, and Larry and Carol Bergjord of Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta; grandchildren Carman Oldre, Tina (Bob) Sand, Valerie (Doyle) Trooi­en, Meera (Cory) Lyver, Soni (Mike) Cariveau, Sandy (Phil) Orlick, Amy (Dwaine) Sutherand, Blake (Capri) Bergjord, Jason Bergjord and Ka­tie Bergjord; 20 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Norris Bergjord and sisters-in-law Carol Behrens and LeDonna Potter; numerous nieces, nephews and a wealth of friends.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Evenor and her son Dennis.