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
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.hartquistfuner­
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
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
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.

Howard Reynolds

January 9, 2020

obit Reynolds Howard squareMay 7, 1921 – Dec. 29, 2019

Howard “Stub” Reynolds, age 98 of Pipestone, formerly of Verdi, died at his home on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Memo­rial visitation was held Thurs­day, Jan. 2, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone. Memorial service was Friday, Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m. at Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone. Inurnment was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Arrangements were with Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. To read Stub’s life history or sign an online registry please visit
Howard “Stub” Hiram Reynolds was born to Thom­as Clay and Martha (Petersen) Reynolds on May 7, 1921 on a farm in Pipestone County near Verdi, where he was raised and began his education. In the early 1930s, he moved with his parents to a farm near Balaton, and continued attending school there. When he reached the ninth grade, he and his parents moved back to Verdi. At the age of 18, Stub and his brother moved to Weirsdale, Florida. In April 1944, he was united in mar­riage to Louise Costell. Then, on May 15, 1944, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany during World War II. After he was honorably discharged from the service in January 1949 at Fort Riley, Kansas, he returned to Weirs­dale, where he worked as a trucker. In 1963, he moved back to Verdi and continued to drive truck. In 1967, he was united in marriage to Alta Jo­hansen. Following their mar­riage, they lived in Verdi and Stub worked as a trucker until his retirement in 1992. Alta preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 1992. After her death, Stub continued to live in Verdi. On Nov. 27, 1993, he was united in marriage to Rosemary We­ber. Following their marriage, they lived in Verdi until 2011, when they moved into Rid­geview Estates in Pipestone. Stub died at his home on Sun­day, Dec. 29, 2019 at the age of 98 years, seven months, and 22 days.
Stub was a member of Unit­ed Methodist Church in Verdi, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was a current member of the Lake Benton American Legion Post and a past member of the Pipestone VFW and the Florida Ameri­can Legion. He was extremely proud of all of his family mem­bers who followed his exam­ple to join the United States Military. Stub and Rosemary enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida every year. Howard loved hunting and fishing, playing cards, and gardening, and he especially enjoyed watching his grand­children in their various ac­tivities.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Rosemary of Pip­estone; two children— Larry (Gaye) Reynolds of Pipestone, and Krista (Don) Davis of Jefferson City, Tennessee; 10 step-children—Barbara (Gary) Ripley of Cannon Falls, Keith (Connie) Johansen of Rochester, Lynette (Paul) Bo­land of Smithfield, Kentucky, Paulette Kissell of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Patricia (Terry) Gackstetter of Hendricks, Jeff (Kathy) Weber of Hendricks, Colleen (Kelly) O’Briant of Hendricks, Andy (Roxy) We­ber of Elkton, South Dakota, Laurie (Barry) Cavanaugh of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Kelly (Wendi) Weber of Pipestone; daughter-in-law Angie Weber; many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by Alta and Louise; his parents; six broth­ers— Harvey, Tommy, Archie, Frank, Richard, and an infant brother; two sisters, Dorothy and Dalma; step-daughter Sharon Louks and step-son Curt Weber.

James Jensen

January 9, 2020

Feb. 20, 1947 – Jan. 3, 2020

James Carl Jensen, age 72 of Tyler, passed away Friday, Jan. 3 at the Tyler Healthcare Cen­ter. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 7, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funer­al service will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. at Danebod Lu­theran Church in Tyler. Inter­ment will follow at Danebod Lutheran Cemetery.
To view Jim’s life history or sign an online registry please visit
He is survived by his wife Joyce of Tyler; daugh­ters Stephanie (Joel) Lor­sung of Pine City, Karie (Steve) Rutz of Mankato, and Karissa (Matthew) Winter of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; sister Su­san (Michael) Thompson of Bagley.

Emil Bannick

November 27, 2019

obit Emil BannickFeb. 22, 1924 – Nov. 20, 2019

Emil Ernest Bannick, age 95 of Walnut Grove, passed away Nov. 20 at Valley View Manor in Lamberton. Funeral service was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at Walnut Grove Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at church. Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Emil Ernest Bannick was born Feb. 22, 1924 to Ernest and Christine (Husen) Bannick in Lake Benton. Emil grew up in in Lake Benton and spent time working for a farmer. He attended District 10 school in Lake Benton. Emil was in the U.S. Army and served in WWII. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1946. Following his time in the Army, Emil attended tech school in Fargo, North Dakota, and later returned to Lake Benton. He met his wife, Betty Farber, in 1950 at a dance in Walnut Grove. They were united in marriage on Sept. 22, 1951 at Walnut Grove Methodist Church. Together they had five children— Susan, Ronald, LaDonna, Dale and Gary. They made their home in Lake Benton for 12 years, where he worked as a mechanic. In 1963 they moved to Walnut Grove, where he worked for a trucker and worked on the farm with Betty’s father. He received his GED in the early 1970s. In 1971 they purchased a farm just North of Walnut Grove, where he farmed until he retired in 1986.
Emil was a life member of the American Legion Post 267 in Walnut Grove, VFW Post 5098 in Westbrook, DAV Chapter 33 in Marshall, and English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. He enjoyed tinkering with motors, solving word puzzles, recording rainfall amounts to report to Soil Conservation, and lawn and garden tending. Emil especially enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.
Emil is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty; children— Susan (Greg) Bannick-Mohrland of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ronald (Carol) Bannick of St. Peter, LaDonna Albertson of Walnut Grove, Dale (Heather) Bannick of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Gary Bannick of Redwood Falls; grandchildren Andrew Mohrland, Alysha (Rodney) Reed, Nathan (Stacey) Bannick, Emily (Eli) Travaille, Meghan Bannick, Caitlin Sikel, Ryan Albertson, Molly (Tim) Robinson, Greg Echtman, Shane Harold, and Casey Harold; 12 great grandchildren; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ernest “Ernie” (Florine) Bannick, sister Alice (Harold) Buhl, and brothers-in-law Howard Farber, William (Avis) Farber, Maurice (Peggy) Farber, and Allan (Marilyn) Farber.

Arlaine Meyer

November 27, 2019

June 11, 1933 – Nov. 13, 2019

Arlaine Meyer, age 86 of Pipestone, passed away Nov. 13 at the Pipestone County Hospice House. Funeral service was Monday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. at Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone. Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home-Pipestone Chapel. Interment was in the Ihlen Cemetery.
Arlaine Louise Meyer was born to Henry and Louise (Herschberger) Kock on June 11, 1933 in Ash Lake Township, near Lake Benton. On April 17, 1955, she married John Meyer at the Methodist Church in Lake Benton.
She is survived by her four children— Harold Meyer and his wife Sarah of Pipestone, Carol Dammann and her husband Paul of Clearwater, Randy Meyer of Pipestone, and LeAnn Perez and her husband Max of Keller, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sisters Lois Kock, Corliss Kock, Florence Rochel and her husband Dale, and Bernice Christensen, all of Lake Benton; brother-in-law Phil Mason and sister-in-law Helen Gorter.

Leila Teeselink

November 27, 2019

April 2, 1932 – Nov. 19, 2019

Leila Teeselink, age 87 of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 5-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 27, 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Holland Cemetery in Holland.Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign an online registry, please visit
Leila Teeselink was born April 2, 1932 to Bert and Ida (Terpstra) Tinklenberg in Bemis, South Dakota. She married Alfred Teeselink on Sept. 24, 1952 in Holland.
She is survived by her children— Deb (Terry) Denney of Ridgecrest, California, Bev (Lloyd) Van’t Hof of Edgerton, Rhonda (Troy) Blomme of Marshall, and Dean (Dawn) Teeselink of Dysart, Iowa, and son-in-law Tom Stewart of Rapid City, South Dakota; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.