Joseph Lutgen, Jr.

January 9, 2020

obit Joseph LutgenDec. 25, 1929 – Jan. 1, 2020

Joseph Lutgen, Jr. received his call to eternal life on Jan. 1 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks, a week after his 90th birthday. A Mass in cele­bration of Joe’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Burial will be Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Ivanhoe. Visita­tion will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Houseman Funeral Home in Hendricks.
Joseph Lutgen, Jr. was born Dec. 25, 1929 in Bonesteel, South Dakota to Carolyn and Joseph Lutgen. He married Maureen Bolger, the love of his life, on Sept. 6, 1961 in Dublin, Ireland. In their ear­lier years, Joe and Maureen enjoyed frequent trips to the Black Hills. His greatest joy in life was spending time with family and grandchildren and making sure he had enough ice cream and peanut M&M’s for everyone. Joe also kept close contact with Maureen’s family in Ireland, England and Australia.
Joe’s lifelong call was to the cattle ranch. He raised cattle in “the valley” seven miles east of White, South Dakota for over 70 years. His family initially homesteaded in Bonesteel, South Dakota before being driven out by drought and grasshoppers. They moved to Canton, then to Flandreau, and finally to the White area, where they settled. Joe start­ed farming with horses on his father’s farm and could tell many stories about members of those horse teams. He often would end his stories with “the ‘good ol’ days’ really were not so good.” Joe and Maureen moved the family to Ivanhoe in 1970, but continued to ranch in the valley. Joe began to retire in 2007, although he continued to help out on the farm until his death. His son Dan carries on his tradition.
Joe was a member of Ss. Pe­ter and Paul Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, past trustee, and was a mem­ber of the Knights of Colum­bus. He was a member of the Upper Deer Creek Watershed Board and Dist. 75 School Board earlier in life.
Joe is survived by his five children—Paul (Rita) Lutgen, Mary Jo (Brian) Gruber, Dan (Kristi) Lutgen, Margo (David) Bakken, and Therese (John) Schoenfelder; 14 grandchil­dren and three great-grand­children.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mau­reen; his parents; three sisters; and an infant granddaughter.
God bless his memory.

James Anderson

January 9, 2020

April 21, 1933 – Dec. 28, 2019

Jim Anderson, age 86 of Lake Benton, died peace­fully while surrounded by family at his home on Dec. 28, 2019. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 3, 4-6 p.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. at church. Private family interment will occur at a later date. Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home–Lake Benton Chapel. To view Jim’s full life history or sign an on­line registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
He is survived by his wife Margret; son Rick (Janis) of New Hope; daughter Sue (George) Robinson of Robbinsdale; seven grand­children and four great grandchildren.

Phyllis Leuning

December 31, 2019

Phyllis Leuning, age 87 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Hendricks Hos­pital Chapel with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Visita­tion will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the Hendricks City Cem­etery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hen­dricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Sophie Gawerecki

December 31, 2019

obit Sophie GawereckiDec. 15, 1924 – Dec. 20, 2019

Sophie C. Gawerecki, age 95 of Hendricks, passed away Fri­day, Dec. 20 at the Hendricks Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Satur­day, Dec. 28 at St. John Can­tius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial was in the St. John Can­tius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 27, 4-7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks, and resumed Sat­urday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Sophie Clara Gawerecki was born Dec. 15, 1924 to Frank and Dorothy (Sik) Lacek in Hendricks Township, Lin­coln County, Minnesota. She was raised in Lincoln County by Dane Lake and attended country school. Sophie was baptized and confirmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. Following her education, she worked alongside her father on the family farm.
Sophie was united in mar­riage to Harry Gawerecki on June 30, 1947 at St. John Can­tius Catholic Church in Wilno. The couple lived and farmed in Lincoln County. Harry passed away on April 23, 1997. She remained on the farm and enjoyed volunteer­ing at the Arco Community Center for many years. She moved to Dawson, where she lived for a few years before moving to Hendricks. In May 2017, she entered the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Sophie passed away Friday, Dec. 20 at the Hendricks Hospital at the age of 95.
She was a life-long member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, where she served in the Altar Society and the CCW. Sophie enjoyed embroidering, canning, gardening, fishing, listening to music and square dancing. She especially en­joyed spending time with her family.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children— James (Lois) Gawerecki of Lake Benton, Clarence Gaw­erecki of Ivanhoe, Raymond Gawerecki of Hutchinson, Mary (Allen) Regnier of Daw­son, Thomas (Dawn) Gaw­erecki of Canby, and Hattie (James) VanDerostyne of Por­ter; son-in-law Philip (Karen) Leuning of Arco; 14 grand­children, 29 great-grandchil­dren, and four great-great-grandchildren; brother James (Janice) Lacek of Rapid City, South Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sophie was preceded in death by her husband, par­ents, daughter Dorothy, and three sisters— Margaret Bednarek, Gertrude Bednarek and Patricia Kubiszewsi.
Blessed be her memory.

George Skorczewski

December 31, 2019

obit George S IMG_3736Aug. 14, 1928 – Dec. 25, 2019

George Skorczewski, age 91 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 in Marshall.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Vis­itation was 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 at the church, with a 1 p.m. Rosary and a 3 p.m. prayer service. Visita­tion resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery with mili­tary honors.
Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrange­ments.
George John Skorczewski was born Aug. 14, 1928 on the family farm near Canby, to parents Michael Adam and Emily Helen (Ratajezak) Sko­rczewski. He attended coun­try school and continued to help his father on the farm. Working on the farm with his father installed a love for farming that became a life­long passion.
On June 11, 1952 George was united in marriage to Alice Olsonawski in Orleans, Minnesota. In October 1952 he was enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in the Korean War until his discharge on Sept. 15, 1954. After returning from war to his bride, they became blessed with nine children that they raised on the farm together where they instilled values of hard work. They shared 67 years of mar­riage until George passed away on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2019 at the age of 91 years, four months and 11 days.
George enjoyed playing electric guitar in the Walters Gang and dancing at the Bohe­mian Hall in his younger years. He also enjoyed hunting, fish­ing, playing horseshoes and cards, especially pinochle. George enjoyed working for the Lyon County Fertilizer Plant and hauling grain for the Kramer family. Driving Lin­coln County residents around to appointments was fun for him ,as well as helping his son and nephew at the welding shop. Time spent with family and friends telling stories and visiting meant the most to George throughout the years.
He was a member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, NFO Board, Farmfest and Ground­swell.
Grateful for having shared George’s life is his bride of 67 years, Alice; their children— Mary Anderson of Alexandria, Linda Bower of Hendricks, Kenneth Skorczewski of Fair­fax, Julia (Larry) Vick of Canby, Margaret Sawchak (Orville) of Marshall, Dorothy (Tom) Sun­dquist of Bricelyn, Michael (Wendy) Skorczewski of Arco, and Mark (Mitzi) Skorczewski of Hendricks; 14 grandchil­dren and 15 great-grandchil­dren; two sisters, Lorraine Lipinski of Minneota and Elaine Stynski of Ivanhoe; two sisters-in-law, Florine Skorc­zewski of Waseca and Leona Chalturnyk of Lancaster; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Doug­las; grandchildren Natasha Skorczewski, Craig Bower and Matthew Sundquis; son-in-law Dale Bower; three sis­ters and one brother.

David Kurth

December 5, 2019

obit David Kurth PictureMay 25, 1941 – Nov. 27, 2019

David C. Kurth, age 78 of Lake Shaokatan, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27 at his home, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Me­morial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Christ Lu­theran Church in Hendricks. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Friday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Hendricks, is entrusted with the arrangements.
David C. Kurth was born May 25, 1941 in Hendricks to Wesley and Bernice (Nelson) Kurth. He was raised near Hendricks, where he attended New Grove Country School, then graduated from Hen­dricks High School. Following high school, he worked as a carpenter until he was draft­ed into the U.S. Army on Jan. 24, 1964. David served in the Army for two years, serving one tour in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 23, 1966.
David was united in mar­riage to Sylvia Nielsen on Sept. 2, 1966. They had three chil­dren— Karla, Todd and Brett. David continued working as a carpenter and later became a Postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service.
David enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, woodworking and anything involving his grandchildren. In the summer you could gen­erally find him on the dock or in the boat enjoying the lake. In the past few years he en­joyed working in the garden alongside Sylvia. In the winter he spent many hours putting together puzzles when he wasn’t removing snow for the neighbors. He was a member of the Watertown, South Da­kota VFW, and an active mem­ber of the Shaokatan Sports­man’s Club.
Grateful having shared David’s life are his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Kurth of Lake Shaokatan; daughter Karla (Tim) Howard; seven grand­children— T.J. (Aly) Howard, Taylor (Haley) Kurth, Austin (Tori) Kurth, Jenna Kurth, Beau Kurth, Dylan (Kelsey) Kurth and Aspen Kurth; great-grandchildren Jamie and Pip­er Howard and Decker Kurth; two siblings, Blaine Kurth and Marcy McCarthy; and nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his two sons, Todd and Brett Kurth; his parents; and his “other mother,” moth­er-in-law Norma Nielsen.

Russel Smith

November 27, 2019

obit Russel Smith (1)Jan. 20, 1928 – Nov. 21, 2019

Russel “Tut” M. Smith, age 91 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel in Hendricks. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are preferred to the Hendricks Community Foundation or Good Shepherd Hospice, both of Hendricks.
Russel Martin Smith was born Jan. 20, 1928 in Minneapolis to Foster and Hilda (Moe) Smith. He graduated from Hendricks High School in 1946 and joined the U.S. Navy. Russ married his high school sweetheart, Ginny (Virginia) Thompson, in 1948, beginning a life-long adventure and loving partnership. Russ furthered his education, graduating from Augsburg College in Minneapolis in 1950. He spent four years teaching and coaching in Echo, and Castlewood, South Dakota, prior to joining the Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Society.Russ began as a field agent in South Dakota, later as General Agent in Dayton, Ohio, South Dakota and St. Paul, then in the corporate office in Minneapolis, concluding his career on the Society Board of Directors. His career with Lutheran Brotherhood spanned 45 years.
Russ and Ginny retired to Rockport, Texas, where they were involved in community and church activities and were charter members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where Russ served as its first president. Russ enjoyed golf, working with stained glass, reading and collecting books, especially Lewis and Clark journals, James Michener sagas and presidential biographies. Their travels took them around the U.S. and Europe, including special trips to Greece and Turkey. As an advocate for higher education, he established the Russel and Virginia Smith scholarships at both Augsburg College and Texas Lutheran University. He loved animals and supported local animal rescue groups and adopted several stray cats; his most cherished was Snoopy.
After moving to Apple Valley, Russ and Ginny continued to volunteer and ultimately returned to Hendricks in 2008 to the caring community they left 60 years prior. Russ was Chaplain of Rueben Hansen American Legion Post 195 and past-president of the Hendricks Foundation. His vision and support helped initiate the Ardor Square project on Main Street.
Russ will be remembered for his devotion and love for Ginny and his family, his church, and community service. Russ was fun-loving and had a unique sense of humor. His calm strength and faith helped him endure the challenges presented later in life.
Thankful for having shared Russ’s life are his five children—Rebecca (Brent) Christianson of Northfield, Kathleen (Scott Wallace) Aydin of Hendricks, Brian (Tia) Smith of Lakeville, David (Nancy) Smith of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Noel (Heather Douglas) Smith of Orangeburg, New York; seven grandchildren—Sasha, Jordan, Johanna, Leah, Elisabeth, Kyle and Senja; and three great-grandchildren—Silas, Owen and Emilia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Clare and Louis, his sister Helen Sventek, his wife Ginny, and son-in-law Fevzi Aydin.

Henry Engesmoe

November 14, 2019

obit engesmoe ThumbnailFeb. 13, 1922 – Nov. 7, 2019

Henry J. “Hank” Engesmoe, age 97 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Sing­saas Church, rural Hendricks, with burial in the Singsaas Cemetery. Visitation was Mon­day, Nov. 11, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks, was entrusted with the arrange­ments.
Henry Joseph Engesmoe was born Feb. 13, 1922 to Carl and Hilda (Nordaune) Engesmoe on the family farm in Hansonville Township, Lin­colnCounty. He was baptized and confirmed at Singsaas Lu­theran Church, and attended School District 42 in Hanson­ville Township through the eighth grade. In his late teen years, he stayed home and helped his dad farm and raise his younger siblings, as his mother passed away when he was 17.
On Sept. 18, 1954, he was united in marriage to Ruth Christensen in Hendricks. To this union two children were born, Harvey and Pamela. In the early years he farmed and during the winter he trapped mink, muskrats, etc., for their furs. He continued to farm and also worked at Larson’s Gro­cery Store on the side. Hank worked for Harlen Gilbertson at Southside Implement for a few years. He drove tractor and farmed for Marvin Wes­sels. Later he helped his son-in-law, Bill Ochocki, farm for a number of years. In his later years, he trapped pocket go­phers and collected/recycled aluminum cans. Most years he would catch around 700 go­phers a year. He had picked up and recycled over 816,000 alu­minum cans and was still doing it when he went into the nurs­ing home in June 2019. Hank passed away at the Hendricks Nursing Home on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the age of 97.
Hank was a member of Singsaas Church, where he was an usher and the church bell ringer for Sunday services and funerals. Hank loved mu­sic, playing by ear, the piano, guitar and accordion. He es­pecially loved old-time polka music; Ruth and he used to go to lots of dances. In later years, Jared and he would watch “Fun Time Polka” on PBS on Saturdays and Sundays. He loved visiting with family and friends, playing cards, Yahtzee, Phase 10 and other games. Ruth and he loved putting jig­saw puzzles together. Hank enjoyed doing Search-A-Word puzzles to pass the time. He enjoyed life and had an infec­tious smile and laugh.
He is survived by his two children, Harvey (friend Na­dean) Engesmoe and Pam (Bill) Ochocki; granddaughters Stacey (Braden) Texley and Stephanie (Matt) Pederson, and grandson Jared Ochocki, all of Hendricks; granddaugh­ters Erin (Randy) Kletscher of Vesta, Jennifer (Chris) Erion of Montevideo, and Joni (Brian) Mesch of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota; great-grandchildren Ayla, Colsen, Braxtyn, Callie, Jalyn, Maryn and Thielyn; brother Joe (Helen) Engesmoe; sisters Helen Moffatt, Opal (Chester) Benson and Marcy Sommer­vold; brother-in-law Richard Christensen; sisters-in-law Irene Engesemoe, Clarice Dal­lenbach and Karen Christens­en; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Hank was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ruth; his parents; brother Cliff Engesmoe; sisters Gelina, Ju­dith, June and Pearl; brothers-in-law Orris Olson, Harold Moffatt, Kenny Sommervold, Ron Weenink, Larry Fredricks, Vernon Christensen and How­ard Dallenbach; sisters-in-law Karen Fredricks and Josephine Christensen.
Blessed be his memory.

Clarence Hoversten

November 14, 2019

obit Chris Hoversten RadioFeb. 13, 1918 – Nov. 6, 2019

Clarence “Chris” Hoversten, age 101 of Hendricks, formerly of Marshall, died Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Hendricks Community Hospital. Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. A light reception will follow. Interment will be at a later date in the Hemnes Lutheran Cemetery, Minneota. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, 9:30–10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at the church.
Clarence Theodore Hoversten was born Feb. 13, 1918, to Elias and Martha (Johannes) Hoversten in Island Lake Township, Lyon County, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at Hemnes Lutheran Church in Minneota. Chris attended country school, District 62, then graduated from Minneota High School with the Class of 1934. He went on to graduate from Augsburg College. He then taught for a year in Hanley Falls, where he met fellow teacher Marguerite Haster.
On March 29, 1942, Chris and Marguerite were united in marriage in Crosby. While raising three children, the couple made their home in Hanley Falls; St. Paul; Westminster, Maryland; Waukesha, Wisconsin; Longmont, Colorado; Lebanon, Idaho; Chicago, Illinois; Savanah, Goergia; then back to Minnesota to Lakeville, and finally Marshall in 2003. Chris worked for 3M, spending his whole career in their national advertising branch, working on outdoor advertising products. Chris retired in 1987. The couple spent nearly 63 years of marriage together before Marguerite passed away in February 2005. Soon thereafter, Chris moved to Hendricks.
Chris was always civic-minded, a member of Kiwanis and the Masonic Lodge, and served as volunteer director for the Royce Learning Center in Savanah, Georgia. He enjoyed golfing, playing the Stock Market, going to service club events, and spending time with his family and friends.
Clarence Hoversten entered his Heavenly home on Nov. 6. He reached the age of 101 years, nine months, and 24 days. Blessed be his memory.
He is survived by his children— Glen Hoversten of Eugene, Oregon, Janet (and Jim) Erickson of Redmond, Oregon, and Paul Hoversten of Lynd; nine grandchildren— Krista (and Mike) Takas, Erik Hoversten, Seth (and Anita) Erickson, Lucas (and Anicia) Erickson, Cy Erickson, Elias (and Cassie) Hoversten, Emma Lynn Hoversten, Ruth Ann Hoversten and Joseph Hoversten; five great-grandchildren—Mathias, Elliana, Rylea, Delos and Emmie; siblings— Bernice Digre of Prior Lake, Garfield Hoversten of Edina, Kermit (and Ruth) Hoversten of Austin, and Vincent (and Marge) Hoversten of San Rafael, California; former daughters-in-law— Mary Hoversten of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jody Anderson of Tracy, and Ann Hoversten of Florida; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents Elias and Martha Hoversten, his wife Marguerite Hoversten, and nine siblings.
Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. 507-532-2933
Guest book and tribute wall available online at

Edna Christianson

November 7, 2019

obit Christianson EdnaApril 20, 1928 – Oct. 29, 2019

Edna Grace Christian­son, age 91 of Valley City, North Dakota, moved to heaven on Oct. 29 after liv­ing at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City. She was under the care of CHI Health at Home and Hos­pice, Valley City.
The funeral service for Edna will be 2 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 9 at Trinity Lu­theran Church in Valley City, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral service. Inurnment will be at Marble Lutheran Church Cemetery in Canby.
Edna was born to Adolf and Laura (Koll) Hoffman on April 20, 1928 in Hard­wick. Following her gradu­ation from high school, Edna received her LPN de­gree from Franklin School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She moved to Hendricks to begin her nursing career. Edna cared for many as a nurse until her retirement at the age of 75.
Edna married Gerald Christianson of Hendricks on Nov. 18, 1950. They farmed near Hendricks, where they raised their two children. She was very active in her children’s lives as a Sunday School teacher, Luther League leader, Cub Scout den mother, and a 4-H leader. She loved knitting, sewing for others, and quilting.
Edna was a member of Marble Lutheran Church and later a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. After her hus­band died in 1999, she moved into the town of Hendricks. In 2005, Edna moved to Valley City, North Dakota, to be closer to fam­ily. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Valley City, where she was involved with the quilters.
Edna is survived by her children, Kathleen (Thomas) Utke of Oriska, North Dakota, and David Christianson of St. Charles, Missouri; grandchildren, Laura Utke (Brenda Hart) of, Hudson, Wisconsin, and Peter (Kelly) Utke of Oriska, North Dakota; great-grandchildren Claire and Mackenzie Utke of Oriska, North Dakota; a brother, Robert Hoffman of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota; sisters-in-law Lela Hoffman of Dolton, South Dakota and Jane Hoffman of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota; and many nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; hus­band Gerald; sister Ethel Remme; and four broth­ers, Roy, Walter, Harold and Donald Hoffman.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel of Valley City, North Dakota. An on­line guestbook is available at