Eldon Schmidt

March 27, 2020

obit Schmidt EldonApril 16, 1933 – March 17, 2020

Eldon John Schmidt, age 86 of Lake Benton, died Tuesday, March 17 at Pip­estone County Hospice House in Pipestone. A pri­vate family memorial ser­vice will be held. Arrange­ments have been entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Chapel. To leave online condolences or view Eldon’s full life history, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Eldon John Schmidt was born April 16, 1933 to John and Elsie (Harder) Schmidt in Lake Benton. He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton on May 21, 1933, and was spon­sored by Lydia Schmidt and Herman Harder. Eldon was confirmed on March 21, 1941, and always re­membered his confirma­tion verse: Psalms 34:19. He was raised on a farm just west of town and at­tended District 57 Coun­try School until the eighth grade, when he trans­ferred to the Lake Benton City School and graduated in May 1951. After gradu­ation, Eldon began work­ing for Gaylord Williams, maintaining the roads in Lincoln County.
He was united in mar­riage to Marjorie Ras­musen on Nov. 2, 1952 at Bethania Lutheran Church in Solvang, California. The couple made their home in Lake Benton for a short time before relocating to the country. In 1965, Eldon and Marjorie moved into town once again. Through­out this time, Eldon worked with the Farmers Co-op and Hammers Con­crete. In 1979, the couple moved to Sedona, Arizona and Eldon worked for Oak Creek Builders Supply un­til his retirement in 1995, at the age of 62 years. In 2002, Eldon and Marjorie made a final move back to the community they loved in Lake Benton. Marjorie, the love of his life, pre­ceded Eldon in death on Nov. 23, 2012. They were blessed with 60 years of wonderful marriage. On Tuesday, March 17, Eldon was reunited in Heaven with Marjorie at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and one day.
Eldon was an active member of St. John’s Lu­theran Church and had participated in the choir, men’s club, and served as an elder. While living in Arizona, he was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and enjoyed Jeeping with their many friends. Dur­ing his free time, Eldon could often be found tin­kering with old Allis Chal­mers tractors. He also en­joyed gardening, playing cards, attending threshing shows, taking rides in the country, and watching the corn grow. Eldon was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and the RFD televi­sion channel.
Eldon is survived by his children— Philip Schmidt of Lake Benton, Mona (Patrick) Haynes of Lake Benton, Jackie (Thomas) Heesch of Pipestone, Kim­berly (William) Gates of Lake Benton, and Jane (Kevin) Davenport of Vancouver, Washington; grandchildren—Amber (Brent) DuHoux, Bobby (Rachel) Kuiper, Christo­pher (Heather) Haynes, Dana (Andrea) Daven­port, Benjamin (Krystle) Haynes, Eric (Emily) Ma­cias, Melissa Davenport and Kiersten Surbeck; great-grandchildren— Kaylee (Thomas) Hamling, Brayden Kuiper, Carl Haag, Breylon Kuiper, Morgan Haynes, Jaden Johnson, Kade Moffitt, Penelope Davenport, Jayse Kuiper, Etta Davenport, Hannah Haynes, Jacob Haynes, Rayah Kuiper, Graysen Cline, Kinsley Haynes, Pay­ten Cline, Sawyer Haynes and Colt Haynes; sib­lings— Lee Steinberg of Missoula, Montana, Barb Hurd of Lake Benton, and Russell (Heidi) Schmidt of West Bend, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie; par­ents John and Elsie; broth­ers-in-law Robert Hurd, James Steinberg and Ro­land Rasmusen; and sister-in-law Gloria Rasmusen.

Darla McCurdy

March 18, 2020

obit McCurdy DarlaMarch 5, 1961 – March 8, 2020

Darla McCurdy, age 59 of Verdi, died Sunday, March 8. Visitation was Wednes­day, March 11, 4-8 p.m. at Country Church in Ruth­ton, with sharing of mem­ories at 7 p.m. Funeral ser­vice was Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. at Country Church, with interment in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone. Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Pipestone Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Darla Kristine McCurdy was born March 5, 1961 to Roger and Carol (Jiran) Buelow at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. She was raised in Anoka, and was baptized and con­firmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka, where she was active in the youth group. As an adult she was water-baptized at the Country Church in Ruth­ton. Growing up, she was involved in piano, dance and 4-H, and worked as a candy-striper and nurse-in-training. She completed her education in Anoka, then the nursing program at Anoka Tech. She worked as a Certified Nursing As­sistant in Anoka and later at the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone. She really enjoyed her work with the children as a paraprofessional in Ver­di, Ruthton and Pipestone, and at the Heartland Colo­ny.
On Nov. 1, 1980 she was united in marriage to Mar­vin McCurdy at Zion Lu­theran Church in Anoka. After their marriage, they lived in the Twin Cities and moved to the Verdi area in 1981. On Sunday, March 8, she died at her home at the age of 59 years and three days.
Over the years, she was very active as a 4-H leader from about 1989 to 2014 in Verdi and Altona Town­ships. She often taught Sunday School at Zion Lutheran in Anoka, Grace Lutheran in Lake Benton, and Country Church in Ruthton. She enjoyed sell­ing Avon, accompanying her husband on over-the-road trucking trips, camp­ing and bonfires. She also enjoyed crocheting, cook­ing, camping, motorcycle trips, poker runs and was an avid MN Vikings fan. She loved spending time with her children and grandkids. She will be re­membered for her sense of humor and especially about her foot— “always had a leg up” and “danced in circles.” She was very kind-hearted and would help out anyone. She had a strong faith in her Lord.
She is lovingly remem­bered by her husband Marvin McCurdy of Verdi; three children— Chad Mc­Curdy and his fiancé Jackie Wiebelhaus of Brookings, South Dakota, Chris Mc­Curdy of Ruthton, and Channa McCurdy and her special friend Justin of Franklin, Massachusetts; grandchildren Lucy, Philip and one on the way; one sister, Marcy McConnell and her husband Roger of Ruthton; and one brother, Dana Buelow and his wife Erica Buelow of Zimmer­man; and close-as-brother and sister, Shawn and Ma­ria Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Buelow.

Darla McCurdy

March 12, 2020

Darla McCurdy, age 59 of Verdi, died Sunday, March 8 at Pipestone County Medi­cal Center in Pipestone.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 11, 4-8 p.m. at Country Church in Ruthton, with sharing of memories at 7 p.m. Funer­al service will be Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. at Coun­try Church. Interment will be in New Woodlawn Cem­etery, Pipestone. Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel is in charge of ar­rangements.
To view obit or sign an online registry go to www. hartquistfuneral.com.

Myrna Johnson

March 12, 2020

Myrna J. Johnson, age 82 of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Monday, March 9 at Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler.
A funeral service will be held Friday, March 13, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Lake Benton Chapel. To view Myrna’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com

Irene Johnson

March 5, 2020

May 26, 1923 – Feb. 21, 2020

Irene B. Johnson, age 96 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Feb. 21 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel, and re­sumed Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Fu­neral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Irene (Blaine) Johnson was born May 26, 1923 in Lake Benton, to Thomas and Luella (Sears) Blaine. She married Robert John­son, Sr. on Dec. 20, 1945.
She is survived by her children— Elaine Schlink of Brooklyn Park, Rob­ert Jr. (Betty) Johnson of Hendricks, Patricia (Alan) Briggs of Sidney, Iowa, Julie (Lauren) Dykema of Rush­more, and Sheryl (Scott) Pearson of Hendricks; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Johnson of Vancouver, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rob­ert; her parents; broth­ers Floyd and Duane; and sisters, Lorraine Knudsen, Shirley Olsen and Carole Larsen.

Luella Madsen

January 30, 2020

April 15, 1926 – Jan. 22, 2020

Luella Madsen, age 93, of Lake Stay Township, Lin­coln County, died peace­fully on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 31, 4-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Interment will occur at a later date in the Arco City Cemetery. Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To view Lu­ella’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Luella Mae Madsen was born April 5, 1926, to Carl and Lillian (Sherman) An­dersen on a farm three miles northeast of Arco in Lake Stay Township, where she would be a lifelong resident. She was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Carsten Mad­sen, on Oct. 14, 1944, at Bethany Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband Carsten of Lake Stay Township; and her children, Glenn (Sara), Murray (Kathleen), Ron (Lynette), and Kay (Mike) Ponstein.

Larry Berger

January 30, 2020

obit Berger Larry BevelSept. 2, 1944 – Jan. 23, 2020

Larry Berger, age 75 of Lake Benton, died peace­fully on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Pipestone County Hos­pice House in Pipestone. Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 26, 3-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Monday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. at church. Interment was in Memorial Hill Cem­etery in Lake Benton. Ar­rangements were with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. To read Larry’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuner­al.com.
Larry Edward Berger was born Sept. 2, 1944 to Floyd Henry and Eleanor Rose (Grenz) Berger in Ty­ler. Larry grew up on the family farm southwest of Lake Benton, and contin­ued to live there until 2006. He attended country school from the first until the sixth grade. He then continued his education in Lake Ben­ton, graduating from there in 1962. Following his education, Larry became a member of the Army Na­tional Guard in 1965. On June 30, 1967, Larry mar­ried Marlis Folkerts at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. The young couple lived on the family farm, farming full-time un­til 1978. Larry then worked as a district manager for Ar­cher Petroleum from 1979 until 1993. Larry continued to work various other jobs in the area, including driv­ing tractor and tree-trim­ming for Roggenbuck Tree Service until 2017. Larry officially retired in 2006, and the couple moved in to Lake Benton. The couple continued to live there un­til he was brought to the Pipestone County Hospice House. Larry remained there until his passing on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the age of 75 years, four months, and 21 days.
Larry was baptized Sept. 24, 1944 and confirmed on Oct. 25, 1959 in the English Church in Lake Benton. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, serving on the church council. Larry was a member of Henry Sollie Post No. 10 American Legion, where he served as a member of the rifle squad for over 30 years. While in the Army National Guard, he was also honored with the distinction of marks­man. In his younger years, Larry loved coaching soft­ball and bowling. Larry had a great love of fishing, and playing cards with his fam­ily and friends. He espe­cially loved attending the activities of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved welcoming his two newest great-grandbabies.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Marlis; his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren— Theresa (the late Louie) Eberhardt, Darci, Kristi and James; Michael (Bren­da) Berger, Kayla (Andrew) McLain, Alexander, Cory (Laura) Berger, Dylan, Lay­la, Kelli (Joshua) Choudek and Clayton; Brenda (Steve) Tecken, Todd Berg­er, Maggie Rietz, Keaton, Amber, David, William, Jacqueline, Isaiah and An­drew; Terry (Janel) Berger, Christopher and Jenna; and Marsha (Joe) Mendro, Autumn, Skylar and Alex; his siblings— Jan (Sharp) Todd, Ron (Anna) Berger, and Bev (Duane) Egbers; and many nieces and neph­ews. He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Eleanor, his brother Richard, son-in-law Louie Eberhardt, and his in-laws Alfred and Rena Folkerts.

Shirley Cyriacks

January 30, 2020

obit cyriaks IMG_1683May. 22, 1928 – Jan. 17, 2020

Shirley Jean (Pickering) Cyriacks died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 17, after a short stay in the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 91 years old.
Memorial service for family and friends will be held at the Lake Benton Funeral Chapel in July.
Shirley (Pickering) Cyri­acks was born May 22, 1928 to Bert and Alma Pickering. Shirley was raised on a farm outside Lake Benton. She was the youngest of nine children. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, and was ac­tive in the church choir for many years.
Shirley married Walter Blayne Cyriacks on June 29, 1947 in Lincoln Coun­ty. They had two sons, Ste­ven Cyriacks and Mark Al­lan Cyriacks (1953-1974). Walter and Shirley farmed in the Lake Benton area and loved to dance, travel and golf. She was a thoughtful and loving mother, wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Shirley moved into Lake Benton after Walter passed away in 1985. Her younger son Mark preced­ed her in death on May 15, 1974 at the age of 21. Wal­ter preceded her death on Sept. 17, 1985 at the age of 61 years. Shirley was also preceded in death by her brothers Clive, Moyne, Cliff, Lyle and Darwin (Dean); and sisters Lilas, Charmine and Betty.
Shirley is lovingly re­membered by her son Steven Cyriacks and daughter-in-law Marinela Cyriacks; granddaughter Michelle Scheid and hus­band Tom Scheid and their two children, Isabella and Alexandra; and her grand­son Gregory Cyriacks.
Condolences may be sent to Steven Cyriacks, 1253 Kenneth St., Seaside, Ca. 93955.

Louvaine Johnson

January 23, 2020

May 23, 1939 – Jan. 14, 2020

Louvaine “Sonny” John­son, age 80 of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Memorial visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 19, 3-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at DanebodLutheranChurch in Ty­ler. Memorial service was Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. at church. Hartquist Funeral Home-Tyler Chapel was entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Sonny’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Louvaine “Sonny” John­son was born May 23, 1939 to Edgar and Clara (Singsaas) Johnson in Hen­dricks. He married Barbara Warwick on Oct. 3, 1959 in Gary, South Dakota.
Sonny is survived by his wife Barbara of Tyler; children—Tim (Susie) Johnson of Granite Falls, La Donna (Brett) Ahrens of Elk River, and Scott (Rhonda) Johnson of Ty­ler; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Corlene Nielsen of Tyler and Marlene Peder­son of Farmington.

James Anderson

January 9, 2020

obit Jim Anderson IMG_6138April 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.
James Richard Anderson passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones on Dec. 28, 2019, at the age of 86 years, eight months, and nine days. He was born April 21, 1933, in Lake Benton, to Elmer and Margaret An­derson. Jim was the oldest of three children, followed by Donna and Charles. Jim grew up with a great appreciation for the out­doors and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1951, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Soon af­ter enlisting, he was sta­tioned in Europe, resulting in three years serving his country in Germany and England during the Korean War. Jim took advantage of any given leave during his service to travel Europe, with his only communica­tion back home during this time in the form of written letters to his family.
Upon returning home to Lake Benton in 1956, Jim met his lifelong sweet­heart, Margret Persoon. The two were joined in marriage in April 1957, and spent over 62 years loving each other. As Jim liked to say, “more than 60 years with the same woman, can you believe it?!”—but anyone who knew Jim knows that no one else could have kept up with him (or kept him in line!) as well as Margret did, and no one could have loved Margret as much as Jim did.
The two were blessed with four children—Cindy, Richard, Deborah and Su­san. Jim’s value of a strong work ethic showed in his years of service at Hick’s Oil in Pipestone from 1957 until his retirement in 1995. When he wasn’t working, Jim dedicated time to his passion for the outdoors and his family. He spent many seasons on Lake Benton fishing or in the woods trapping and hunting. If he wasn’t out on an adventure with his hunting partner, Rick, he was bringing home a new pet for Sue or Deb to play with.
In addition to his appre­ciation for the outdoors, Jim was always connected to his roots in Lake Ben­ton. He was an active par­ticipant in his community, whether it was serving smoked bullhead he pre­pared for Legion mem­bers following the Saddle Horse Holiday Parade or “adopting” grandkids in the neighborhood from his front porch. If something was going on in or around town, Jim would be one of the first to know—especially if it involved a good story or a decent fishing report. If the lis­tener stuck around, they might have heard Jim tell the story to a new audi­ence, but this time, the fish suddenly grew in size. If you listened close enough to a Jim story, you either learned a lesson about life or ended up laughing—his best stories had both.Jim’s knack for storytell­ing remains perhaps one of his grandchildren’s fa­vorite things about him. If he wasn’t entertaining the grandkids with a (usually “tall”) tale, he was talking about his grandchildren to anyone who would listen.
Jim cherished his time with his grandchildren; whether it was testing their “eagle eye” on a drive to look at nature, or taking them out on a “wienie roast” at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park, he took every opportunity to impart wisdom and never missed a chance to tease his grandkids.
In the end, the thing Jim was most proud of was his family and the love they shared. During large fam­ily gatherings, Jim would often look at Margret with a twinkle in his bright blue eyes, accompanied by a small smile, and quietly say, “Can you believe we started all this?”
He might have been too humble to admit it, but to his family, this 6’4” giant with a heart of gold and wit as sharp as a tack was our hero, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Margret; son Rick (Janis) of New Hope; daughter Sue (George) Robinson of Rob­binsdale; grandchildren Crystal, Justin, Alyssa, Jade (Josiah), Maddi, Sierra and George; and four great grandchildren—Chloe, Peyton, Ari and Aaron. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna, his daughters Cindy and Deb, and granddaughter Shelby.