Violet Reinertson

August 15, 2018

obit Violet ReinertsonAug. 2, 1920 – Aug. 7, 2018

Violet H. Reinertson, age 98 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks, with Rev. Allen Molascon officiating. Buri­al was in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 11 one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel of Hendricks, was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Violet was born on the family farm in Lake Ben­ton Township to Frank and Anna Lindus. She spent her childhood on the farm and later moved to the city of Lake Benton, where she at­tended and graduated from Lake Benton High School. In 1949 Violet graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in the Hendricks Hospital and Retirement Home.
In 1941 she married Si­mon Thoreson and they had one child, Larry. Si­mon died in 1958. Violet married Odell Reinertson in 1959 and they had two children, Randal and An­nette. After Odell’s death in 2002, Violet maintained a companionship with Harry Hansen.
Violet was a support­ive wife and mother. She worked for many years alongside her husband Odell, raising cattle and running his veterinary practice. Violet had two great passions – gardening and collecting rocks. She was self-taught and had a given talent with garden­ing. For many years, using the flowers from her gar­den, she prepared floral arrangements for many celebrations, including weddings and gradua­tions.
Violet is survived by her longtime companion Harry Hansen; her three children—Larry (Wanda) Thoreson of Zimmerman, Randal (Geetha) Rein­ertson of League City, Texas, and Annette (John) Banchy of Tucson, Arizo­na; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchil­dren; her brother Harley (Lois) Lindus of Grants­burg, Wisconsin; and sisters-in-law Grace Christianson of San Jose, California and Vivian Eg­gen of Astoria, South Da­kota.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sis­ter Bernice Pederson, first husband Simon Thoreson, and second husband Odell Reinertson.
Blessed be her memory.

Donald Kamstra

August 8, 2018

obit DKamstraPicMay 26, 1934 – July 13, 2018

Donald Vernon Kamstra of Mesa, Arizona was born May 26, 1934 in Brook­ings, South Dakota and died July 13 at the age of 84. He was the oldest of three children born to John and Violet (Stegner) Kamstra.
When he was two years old the family moved to Hendricks, and there he grew up on a farm. He graduated from Hendricks High School in 1952 and, shortly afterward, enlist­ed and served two years in the U.S. Army.
Don married Arlys Chris­tianson and he farmed a few seasons before mov­ing to Seattle, Washing­ton, where he worked for the Boeing company for 33 years as a Numerical Control Programmer.
After retiring in 1990, he spent winters in Arizo­na and summers in Wash­ington or traveling with Arlys in their RV. They visited almost every state and province.
He courageously fought many medical issues over the last 30 years, but kept his spirits up. Don loved his family, woodworking and traveling. He was al­ways busy fixing things and keeping their home and vehicles in good con­dition.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his daughter Cindy (Bruce) Clark of Lacey, Washington; grandson Austin Clark of Sacra­mento, California; and sisters Ginny Sagmoe of Hendricks and Sharon Thompson of Alexandria.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2-4 p.m. at the HendricksSeniorCenter. Memorials may be made to Hendricks Community Club, PO Box 86, or Hen­dricks Community Foun­dation, PO Box 73, Hen­dricks, Minnesota56136, or your favorite charity.

Carolyn Stegner

August 8, 2018

obit Stenger OrigJan. 31, 1943 – Aug . 1, 2018

Carolyn Stegner, age 75 of Madelia, formerly of southwest Minnesota and eastern Iowa, died Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Lu­ther Memorial Home in Madelia. Memorial service and visitation were 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Hamil­ton Funeral Home in Mar­shall. Following a recep­tion, interment was in the Hendricks Cemetery. Visi­tation was held one hour prior to the service, 1-2 p.m. Monday at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall.
Carolyn Elizabeth Hoff was born Jan. 31, 1943 in Parkston, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Raymond and Hulda (Fechner) Hoff. Carolyn grew up in Meckling and Vermillion, South Dakota. She graduated with the Vermillion High School Class of 1961. She con­tinued her education and became the first woman in South Dakota to graduate with Inhalation Technolo­gy Certification, which she put into practice at Sioux Valley and McKennan Hos­pitals in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
On March 30, 1968 Car­olyn was united in mar­riage to Wayne Stegner at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota. The couple shared over 50 years of marriage and raised twin daugh­ters. Carolyn was a loving mother and homemaker and held a variety of other jobs including bookkeep­ing for Wayne’s imple­ment business. The family moved from Wilton, Iowa, to Hendricks in 2000.
Carolyn’s hobbies in­cluded crafts, refinishing furniture, crocheting, col­lecting various treasures, reading magazines, bird watching, and following the Minnesota Twins. She loved all things angels and butterflies.
She was called home on Aug. 1 in Madelia. She reached the age of 75 years, six months, and one day. Blessed be her mem­ory.
Carolyn is survived by her husband Wayne Stegn­er; daughters Brenda (and Doug) Shelton of Clive, Iowa, and Bonnie (and Mike) Bronson of West Des Moines, Iowa; three grandsons—Brett and Col­by Shelton and Alex Bron­son; sister Roberta Styles of Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law Carl Styles.
Arrangements by Hamil­ton Funeral Home in Mar­shall, Minnesota. 507-532- 2933
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Pearl Weenink

August 8, 2018

obit Pearl Weenink PhotoJan. 17, 1938 – Aug . 3, 2018

Pearl Weenink, age 80 of Hendricks, passed away on Friday, Aug. 3 at the Hendricks Hospital. Fol­lowing Pearl’s wishes, a private family service will take place Aug. 13. Burial will be in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Eidsness Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrange­ments.
Pearl Joan Weenink was born Jan. 17, 1938 to Carl and Hilda (Nordaune) Engesmoe in Hendricks. She was raised on the family farm north of Hen­dricks. Pearl was baptized and confirmed at Singsaas Lutheran Church. She at­tended school at District 42, north of Hendricks, and graduated from Hen­dricks High School.
Pearl was the youngest of 10 children. She was only 18 months old when her mother died. She was very fortunate to belong to a loving father and sib­lings. They all cared deeply for each other.
After graduation, Pearl moved to Akron, Iowa, where she met and fell in love with her husband Ron. They were married on Oct. 28, 1961. Ron passed away in 1989. Pearl remained in Sioux City, Iowa until 2011, at which time, she moved back to Hendricks.
Survivors include her brothers, Henry Engesmoe and Joseph (Helen) Enges­moe of Hendricks; sisters, Helen Moffatt of Akron, Iowa, Opal (Chester) Ben­son of Clear Lake, South Dakota, and Marcella Som­mervold of Hendricks; sis­ter-in-law Irene Engesmoe of Hendricks; and numer­ous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; her in-laws Clarence and Ethal; broth­er Clifford; sisters Gelina Judith, Gelina and June Marcella; brothers-in-law Orris Olson, Harold Moffatt and Kenneth Sommervold; sister-in-law Ruth Enges­moe; niece Twyla Enges­moe and nephew Carroll Engesmoe.

Kenny Buseth

August 2, 2018

obit Kenny BusethAug. 13, 1925 – July 24, 2018

Kenny M. Buseth, age 92 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, July 24 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Friday, July 27 at the Buseth Family Farm, 1178 County Highway 14, Hen­dricks, with Pastor Chip Joyslin officiating. Burial was in the East Hendricks Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks, and resumed one hour prior to the service at the Buseth Family Farm.
Kenneth Myron Buseth was born Aug. 13, 1925 to Andrew and Clara (Men­nis) Buseth in Hendricks. He attended school in Hen­dricks, where he had to learn English because all he knew was Norwegian.
Kenny enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was honorable discharged in 1946. He was an Aviation Machinist.
He married Patricia Hansen on Sept. 10, 1949 in Hendricks. Kenny and Patty built a home in Hen­dricks in 1953, then moved to the farm in 1957, where they lived until they moved into Lincoln Lane Villa in Hendricks in 2015. To this union, they were blessed with four children. Kenny did carpentry work with his uncle Slim Buseth and Hans Hegstad before he began his 30-year career at the Hendricks Post Office. He was a proud member of the American Legion for 60 years. Kenny and Patty farmed and had horses and cows and a menag­erie of other animals over the years. Kenny’s pride and joy was his family, but his horses came in a close second. He attended many of his grandchildren’s and great -grandchildren’ s horse events and rodeos. He was always there to help anyone who needed a hand. He always had a smile on his face and was quick with a joke. He loved life and enjoyed it to the end.
Grateful for having shared his life is his lov­ing wife of 68 years, Patty; daughters Nancy Buseth and husband Scott Tweet of Minneapolis, and Lori (Russ) Rogness of Asto­ria, South Dakota; son Dan (Darla) Buseth of Hendricks; grandchildren Josh (Heidi) Rogness, An­nie (Ryan) Hauschild, Me­gan (Kyle) Hawks, Davis (Lisa) Buseth, and Danielle Buseth; 14 great-grand­children; and his special horse buddy, Alden Olsen.
He was preceded in death by his son Scott, his brother Archie, his sister Pearl, and his parents.

Joel Torgerson

August 2, 2018

obit joel torgerson 36636125_10155370090011109_6337359601142333440_nFeb. 14, 1940 – July 4, 2018

Joel Jon Torgerson was born in Stewart on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, 1940, to Joseph M. and Goldie M. Torgerson. He entered his heavenly rest in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 4, Independence Day, 2018. Services will be held Aug. 18 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Phoe­nix at 11 a.m., with mili­tary honors. Interment will be in the National Me­morial Cemetery in Phoe­nix. Grandson-in-law, Rev. Tyler Poppen will offici­ate.
Joel was baptized and confirmed in the Lu­theran faith, and often recalled to the grandchil­dren, as an incentive, that he had been president of his confirmation class. He had been attending St. Mark Lutheran Church for the past 14 years. He graduated from Anoka High School in 1958. As a young man, he put him­self through college at the University of Minnesota, where he met and mar­ried Carillon R. Kintzi of Wabasso. He paused his education to volunteer for the U.S. Army, serving for three years in Security and Intelligence at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Goer­gia, where their daughter Beth Anne was born. Fol­lowing his military ser­vice, Joel returned with his family to Minnesota and completed his college de­gree in economics at Ham­line University in St. Paul. Over the next few years, Joel held various man­agement positions with Federal Cartridge, and Electric Machinery in the Minneapolis area and Erickson Oil Products of Hudson, Wisconsin. He and Carillon welcomed their second daughter, Kristin Anne, in 1968.
In 1972 Joel and Carillon purchased the Hendricks Pioneer. Over the next several years, Joel sig­nificantly expanded the business by starting two additional regional pub­lications and converting to computer offset print­ing. In 1983 the family relocated to the sunnier climate in Phoenix, where Joel and Carillon started a new business, Panda Travel, still in operation. They celebrated 56 years of marriage this past Feb­ruary. Joel explored many hobbies and interests over the years, including hunt­ing and fishing, horses, dogs, gun and coin collect­ing, antique cars, weight lifting, sailing, learning about and sharing his Norwegian and Swedish heritage, and building computers. He was known as a dynamic and entre­preneurial man, full of ideas and energy, and he often encouraged others toward success. Although he loved to talk and visit, he was also a man who would take action; one of his favorite phrases was, “Let’s not talk about it— let’s do it!”
He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and loved to invent imaginative games to play with his grandchildren. He had a great sense of fun, a quick wit, and loved lively conversation. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed.
Joel is survived by his wife Carillon, daughter Beth, sons-in-law Bob Nie­man and Kevin Carter; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sis­ters Valene (Gene) Corne­lius and Deanna (Michael) Burgess. He was preced­ed in death by infant sib­lings Dennis and Joann Torgerson, both parents, and his younger daugh­ter, Kristin. Blessed be his memory.

Mavis Petersen

July 19, 2018

obit Mavis PetersenSept. 8, 1928 – July 9, 2018

Mavis Petersen, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away Monday, July 9 at the Hen­dricks Community Hos­pital. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Christ Lutheran Church with visitation held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cem­etery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Mavis Darlene Petersen was born Saturday, Sept. 8, 1928 to William and Guida (Eggen) Arndt on a farm near Lake Benton. She was one of six children born to the Arndt family. She graduated from Verdi High School in 1946.
On June 26, 1949 Mavis was united in marriage to Herman Petersen at Cal­vary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with five children that they raised on the Petersen family farm. She was a devoted farm wife and helped out wherever she could and took care of her family as well as the farm duties.
Mavis enjoyed dancing, reading, cooking, baking, gardening and canning. She also enjoyed quilting and the majority of her family had received some of her handiwork. Sew­ing was also something that Mavis excelled in by making many outfits and dresses, including her own wedding dress from a WWII parachute. Craft projects were also an en­joyment for Mavis over the years. Picnics were a fami­ly favorite and Mavis’ fried chicken was a special treat for all who attended.
Mavis passed away Mon­day, July 9 at the Hendricks Community Hospital at the age of 89 years, 10 months and one day.
Mavis was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and a member of Mothers Night Out Club for many years.
Grateful for having shared Mavis’ life is her husband of 69 years, Her­man Petersen of Hen­dricks; her children— Ju­lie (Andrew) Dalle of Sioux Center, Iowa, Mark (Lynn) Petersen of Carpinteria, California, Jeff (Jenni­fer) Petersen of Newnan, Georgia and daughter-in-law Jean Petersen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sib­lings Delores Browne and Lyle Arndt; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Trey and Tim Petersen.

Orwill Wigen, Jr

July 19, 2018

obit Wigen squareSept. 25, 1943 – July 9, 2018

Orwill J. Wigen, Jr., age 74 of Tracy, passed away Monday, July 9 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16 at United Method­ist Church in Tracy with Pastor David Erickson of­ficiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation con­tinued one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Interment will be at a later date in the Han­sonville Cemetery in Hen­dricks. Online condolences may be sent at www.ste­ Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Orwill J. Wigen, Jr. was born Sept. 25, 1943 to Or­will, Sr. and Myrtle (Fur­ness) Wigen in Hendricks, and lived on the family farm. He attended country school and later gradu­ated from Hendricks High School in 1961. Orwill worked at several differ­ent places in Marshall, including Marshall Foods, Deutz and Crow, Marshall Processing, Marshall Fur Farm, and Marshall Pro­duce. In July 1962, Orwill met the love of his life, Lorraine Haney, while they were both employed by Marshall Produce. They were sent on a blind date by Lorraine’s sister Har­riet Reese.
Orwill and Lorraine later married on Sept. 29, 1962 and they were married for 56 years. To this union five daughters were born— Wendy, Caroline, Michelle, Kelly and Mary Jo, who passed away due to a car accident on July 4, 1996. Orwill, Jr., or “Sarge” as he liked to be called, went into the U.S. Army and was stationed in St. Bonifacius at a Nike Missile Base. When he was there he also became their cook. Jr. was there from Oct. 18, 1963-July 22, 1966. He enjoyed working in his wood shop, gunsmithing, boating and fishing. He enjoyed stock car racing until he had his accident in 1968. Because of the accident, Jr. spent several years in different hospitals. He was a mem­ber of the American Le­gion for 47 years, which he greatly enjoyed, and was the manager of the Legion Hall until it was sold to oth­ers. Jr. was a member of the Tracy Presbyterian Church and he belonged to the Ea­gles, the 40&8, and Para­lyzed Veterans of America organizations. Orwill was the Commander for Post 173 for many years, Dis­trict Vice Commander for Area D, District Com­mander from 2000-2001, District 7 Adjutant for 13 years, and he also served as Department of Minne­sota Vice Commander. He loved spending time with his children, grandchil­dren, great-grandchildren and his pets—Schnapps, Windsor and Snowball.
Orwill is survived by his wife Lorraine; daughters Wendy (Ron) Coyle of Tra­cy, Caroline (Floyd) Lacek of Canby, Michelle (Dan) Kerkaert of Russell, and Kelly (Darren) Jacob of Tracy; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sis­ter Clara (Doug) Groenhoff of Canby; brother Martin (Viney) Wigen of Luverne; and many nieces and nephews. He was preced­ed in death by his parents, daughter Mary Jo, sister Mary Bonde, four uncles, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and one nephew.

Sylvia Ommen

June 27, 2018

obit Ommen Sylvia (2)Jan. 31, 1939 – June 18, 2018

Sylvia Jean Ommen, age 79 of Lindstrom, died Mon­day, June 18 at Parmly on the Lake in Chisago City.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom. Visita­tion will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church of Lindstrom.
Sylvia was born Jan. 31, 1939 in Brookings, South Dakota to Eldon and Ber­nice (Kennedy) Felton. She was a 1957 graduate of Hendricks High School in Hendricks. Sylvia was unit­ed in marriage to Eugene “Gene” Ommen on May 31, 1958 in Hendricks. They lived in Macomb, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, and Min­neapolis before moving to Lindstrom in 1979. Sylvia assisted Gene with their company, Ommen Phar­macy (later Snyder Drug) from 1979 until 1993. She was also a homemaker for her family. Sylvia was a member of Trinity Luther­an Church in Lindstrom, where she participated in the choir. She also enjoyed singing with the Sweet Adelines for 25 years, cook­ing, and traveling to Europe and Australia.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Nichole Om­men. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Gene; sons Dennis (Bar­bara), David (Kim), Daniel (Joy), and Douglas (Jean) Ommen; seven grandchil­dren; one great-grandson; sister Illa (Duane) Ommen; brother John (Gail) Felton; and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Myron Lasnetski

June 22, 2018

obit myron lasnetski IMG_4181-Edit-EditNov. 12, 1925 – June 11, 2018

Myron Lasnetski, age 92 of Ivanhoe, passed away Monday, June 11, at Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Sat­urday, June 16 at St. John’s Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial was in St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Friday, June 15 at Houseman Fu­neral Home, Birk Chapel in Ivanhoe, and resumed Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Myron Lasnetski was born Nov. 12, 1925 in Can­by to Andrew and Mary Lasnetski (Shaikoski). He attended Wilno Parochial School then the country school near his home. My­ron was a member of the St. John Cantius Church in Wilno. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Myron married Irene (Skorczewski) on Oct. 10, 1949. To that union they were blessed with six chil­dren. The family lived on the original family farm in rural Lincoln County where Myron farmed until his retirement. Myron also worked at various other jobs, including Swifts, the Ivanhoe Hospital, and Ivanhoe Feed and Seed.
Myron was a hardwork­ing man who loved spend­ing time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of his favorite activities were playing horseshoes, base­ball and fishing. He loved watching Minnesota Twins baseball and Minnesota Vi­kings football. These were his two favorite teams. Myron also loved playing softball and spending time in the playhouse with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his ear­lier days, you could find Myron spending time at the Marble store or play­ing cards with his broth­ers and in-laws. Another favorite of Myron’s was the yearly 4th of July cele­bration at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno.
Myron is survived by his children—Gerry Las­netski of Canby, Nick (Lin­nea) Lasnetski of Mar­shall, Maelene Lasnetski of Marshall, Jeff (Darla) Lasnetski of Willmar, and Patty (Jim) Redlinger of Brandon, South Dakota; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Irene Lasnetski, daughter Colleen Przymus, grand­son Nathan Lasnetski, and brothers Ambrose and Leonard Lasnetski.
Blessed be his memory.