Brian Evers

January 16, 2019

0bit evers brian 2157568_profile_picApril 25, 1967 – Jan. 9, 2019

Brian J. Evers was born April 25, 1967 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He lived in various commu­nities in the area prior to moving back to Sioux Falls in 2014.
Brian had a passion for working in sales. He was always great with custom­ers and his coworkers! He was also an active mem­ber of Parrot Heads of the Prairie.
He married his “Happily Ever After,” Tina Marie, on Sept. 16, 2017. They blended one beautiful family of seven— Becca (26), Jake (23), Brody (23), Bailey (19), and Braden (16). Besides his family, he loved his morning coffee, the Vikings SKOL, micro beers and outdoor pa­tios. He was master of the grill (especially anything bacon-wrapped), loved hot-tubbing, entertaining family and friends, and he gave the best hugs—all this while wearing a tropi­cal shirt.
Brian peacefully went to be with Jesus on Jan. 9 with family by his side.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Tina (Beach) Evers of Tea, South Dakota; daughter Becca Evers and Charles Gelhaye of Lonsdale; son Jake Evers and Natalie Thompson of Bethel; step-children Brody, Bailey and Braden Beach, all of Tea, South Dakota; his parents Donald (Diane) Evers of Lake Benton and Lorna (Elvin “Bud”) Beyers of Holland; his former wife, Joell Norland Evers; his in-laws, Leo and Judy Weber of Tea, South Dakota; his step-siblings Lexi Mettler Christianson, Cheri Hu­ber, Scott Beyers, Brendan Beyers and Cyndi Gern­hart; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Evers, and his grandparents, Elsie and Gus Evers and Henry and Blanche Boelens.
Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea, South Dakota. Visi­tation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, with a Wake Ser­vice beginning at 7 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, Westside Chapel, 6200 W. 41st Street.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Brian Evers family.

Mildred Garbers

January 16, 2019

obit Garbers Mildred BevelOct. 17, 1929 – Jan. 10, 2019

Mildred Terhark Gar­bers, age 89 of Balaton, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Avera Re­gional Medical Center in Marshall. Visitation was Monday, Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Me­morial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Mildred Ida (Johnson) Terhark Garbers was born Oct. 17, 1929 to Earl and Pearl (Dyslin) Johnson on the family farm in Murray County. Growing up, Millie attended country school before moving to Balaton Public School. Millie grad­uated from Balaton High School in 1947 and moved with her family to a farm by Rock Lake. On Jan. 26, 1949, Millie was united in marriage to Stewart Ter­hark at the Presbyterian Church in Balaton. The young couple then moved to the Terhark family farm near Ruthton, and re­mained there until 1958, when they moved to a farm in Drammen Township near Lake Benton. Over the course of their marriage, the couple was blessed with six children and many happy memories. Af­ter a prolonged battle with ALS, Stewart passed away on July 3, 1991. Millie con­tinued to live on the farm. On Dec. 26, 1997, Mil­lie married her longtime friend Arnold Garbers. After their marriage, Mil­lie moved to Arnold’s farm in rural Lake Benton. The couple enjoyed the sum­mers in Lake Benton while they spent their winters in Yuma, Arizona. Millie remained on the Garbers farm until 2014, when she moved to Lakeview Senior Housing in Balaton. Due to a fall, Millie was taken to Avera Regional Medical Center in Marshall, where she passed away on Thurs­day, Jan. 10 at the age of 89 years, two months, and 23 days.
Millie was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Benton and thor­oughly enjoyed attending Bible study and volun­teering for Vacation Bible School, to which she often brought her grandchildren. Throughout the years, Mil­lie was a devoted farm wife, helping both Stew­art and Arnold with the chores. Arnold and Millie enjoyed travelling during their marriage, going to Alaska and on bus tours to various places. While she was still able, Millie great­ly enjoyed needlework and being able to cook and bake for her family mem­bers. One of her greatest joys was sharing stories about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is lovingly remem­bered by her six chil­dren— Steven (JoAnn) Terhark of De Land, Illi­nois, Cheryl (Mike) Tom­schin of Springfield, Col­leen (Paul) Brouwer of Blomkest, Pamela (Myron) Drietz of Backus, Bradley (Lorie) Terhark of Willow Lake, South Dakota, and James (Lori) Terhark of Li­tchfield; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mable Bra­band of Balaton; sister-in-law Harriet Altman of Willmar; brother-in-law Henry (Lavina) Terhark of Maple Grove; and many other loving friends and family members. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Stewart and Ar­nold; two infant daughters; her parents; two brothers, Orison and Burch Johnson; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Betty Mosier

January 10, 2019

obit Betty MosierJune 15, 1938 – Dec. 22, 2018

Betty J. Mosier, age 80 of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 in Killeen, Texas.
Memorial Services will be Thursday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Sheldon, Iowa, with Pastor Zac Patke officiating. Visita­tion will be Wednesday, Jan. 9, 5-8 p.m. with the family present 6-8 p.m. at Andrin­ga Funeral Home, Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon, Iowa. Burial of cremains will be at a later date.
Betty Jean Mosier was born to Delmar and Anne (Bolte) Jaques on June 15, 1938 in Lake Benton. She grew up in Lake Benton and attended Lake Ben­ton Schools. Betty mar­ried Lyle (Bud) Mosier on Dec. 28, 1955. They were blessed with six children. She worked as a teacher’s aide at Buffalo Ridge Bap­tist Academy, and was Chair of the Minnesota Women’s Baptist League. They en­joyed camping and fish­ing together, making many good friends while doing so. Betty also enjoyed play­ing softball on the Woman’s Fast Pitch Softball League in Lake Benton, and each year she rarely missed watching Woman’s NCAA Softball on TV. She also enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, knitting and crocheting, gardening, can­ning, and while the children were growing up, making bread weekly.
They moved to Sheldon, Iowa in 1981. There, Betty was employed at Kushner Hickman and Spronk until her retirement in 1998. She also took classes at NCC, receiving her Associates Degree. Betty was a mem­ber of the Calvary Baptist Church in Sheldon, where she served as treasurer for many years and enjoyed participating in Women’s Bible Studies, work groups, and sewing for mission projects. After retirement, Lyle and Betty took to the road in their camper. They were members of SOW­ERS (Servants On Wheels Ever Ready), doing mission work in various parts of the United States, and settling in south Texas in the winter. The church family at Grace Community Church in Pharr, Texas was very dear to her and she enjoyed serv­ing as Secretary there. In the summers, they returned to Iowa, spending time with family and friends in the Midwest.
Those who will miss her smile, her laugh, and will cherish her memory, are her husband of nearly 63 years, Lyle Mosier; her children— Cheryl (Rich­ard) Baird, Brent (Millie) Mosier, Cory (Bruce) Nel­son, Brice (Michelle) Mosier and Bruce (Deb) Mosier; 16 grandchildren, with whom she shared her knowledge and loved dearly— Patrick, Nathan, Bradley, Debbie, Amanda, Alisha, Brandon, Jesse, Carissa, Tasha, Brit­tany, Keri, Shelby, Hallee, Jordan and DJ; 21 precious great-grandchildren, whom she enjoyed watching play on the farm or seeing up­dates of them on Facebook; sisters Delores Venekamp and Teri (Gary) Hurd; sis­ter-in law Hope Mosier; and many nieces, nephews, friends and church fami­lies. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, son Bryan Doc Mosier, brother Bill Jaques, five brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and two nephews.
Online expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneral­

Dolores Faber

December 26, 2018

obit Faber Delores photoApril 20, 1925 – Dec. 11, 2018

Dolores M. Faber, age 93 of Lake Benton, passed away peacefully on Tues­day, Dec. 11 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral service was Thursday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Interment was at St. John’s Imman­uel Lutheran Cemetery in Verdi. Hartquist Funeral Home-Lake Benton Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To view a full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Dolores Minnie Faber was born April 20, 1925 to Paul and Minnie (Koster) Trautman on the farm in Verdi Township west of Lake Benton. She was bap­tized that very day and was later confirmed on June 25, 1939 at Immanuel Luther­an Church in Verdi. She at­tended country school and graduated from Lake Ben­ton High School in 1954.
Dolores was united in marriage to Woodrow “Woody” Faber on April 18, 1954 at St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. The couple made their home in town for several years before relocating to a farm sev­eral miles east. They later returned to town and re­mained there until tran­sitioning together to the nursing home in Hen­dricks. On Nov. 1, 2014, Woody preceded Dolores in death and they were re­united once again on Dec. 11, when she passed away peacefully at the age of 93 years, seven months, and 21 days.
Dolores was an active member of St. John’s Lu­theran Church in Lake Benton. She volunteered her time with the Dorcas Society and taught Sunday School. She also worked for 25 years at the post of­fice before retiring as Post Master. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She loved to play cards and many other games. Some of her favor­ite memories were made on the various bus trips she took with Woody. Her fam­ily will always remember the labor of love she put into making homemade rolls for holidays and her wonderful doughnuts. She will be greatly missed.
Dolores is survived by her son Noel (Roni) of Bloomington; grand­children Alison (Ryan) Dotzenrod of Wyndmere, North Dakota and Nathan (Casey) Faber of San Diego, California; great-grand­children Samantha, Cody, Luke and Oscar; and sis­ter-in-law Spin Trautman. She was preceded in death by her husband Woody; her parents Paul and Min­nie; brothers Norman and Thorvald (Bernice) Traut­man; and sister-in-law Winifred Faber.

Harland Zimmer

December 26, 2018

Jan. 4, 1926 – Dec. 3, 2018

Harland Zimmer passed away on Dec. 3. He was born on Jan. 4, 1926 in Lake Benton to his parents Louis and Mary Zimmer. He graduated from Lake Benton High School with the Class of 1944. In 1947 he married Edith Hansen of Tyler. They had three children— Cindy Hansen, Barbara Zimmer and a son, Jeffery Zimmer of San Diego, California.
Harland leaves behind his three children, three grandsons, and one great-granddaughter; also two sisters, Patrica Majerle of San Jose, California and Janice Whitehouse of San Anslo, California.
He will be dearly missed by his family. A celebration of his life will be held after the first of the year in San Diego, California.

Sherry K. Johnson

December 13, 2018

obit Johnson Sherry PhotoMay 6, 1933 – Dec. 7, 2018

Sherry K. Johnson, age 85 of Marshall, formerly of Lake Benton, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 7 at Prairie Home Hos­pice – McLaughlin House in Marshall. Rosary will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m. at St. Genevieve Catho­lic Church in Lake Ben­ton. Visitation will follow, 4-6:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. at church. Interment will follow at St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton. Hartquist Funeral Home–Lake Benton Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Sherry Karen Johnson was born May 6, 1933 in San Francisco, California. She was adopted at age two by Nona Nelson Pres­ton Gray. They made their home in New York, New York until 1939, when she and Nona traveled by train to Tyler. They then made their home on the Marsh­field family farm with her grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. C.O. Nelson, and her uncles, Stanley and Anker Nelson. Sherry started school in the Marshfield Country School District No.3. In 1944 Nona died, and Sherry was then ad­opted by her aunt and un­cle, Marguerite and Hugh McCaffrey of Verdi. Sherry graduated from Verdi High School in 1951.
On Sept. 15, 1951, Sherry and Dennis Vern Johnson were united in marriage at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. This was the church her grandfather Patrick Mc­Caffrey had helped to build and where both Sherry and Dennis’ parents were also married. Dennis and Sherry spent the first two years of their married life in San Francisco, Califor­nia, where Dennis was stationed in the Marine Corps. They returned to a farm five miles south of Lake Benton in December 1953. There they raised their four children, Pame­la, Christine, Michael and Thomas. The couple was later blessed with nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Sherry was devoted to her family, church, com­munity, and country. She was a tireless homemaker and volunteer. The couple hosted two foreign ex­change students, Roberto from Tampico, Mexico and Emilio from Volta Rodon­da, Brazil. St. Genevieve Catholic Church was very important to Sherry. She served in many capacities including teaching CCD classes for 25 years, serv­ing as a parish trustee for nine years, as chairmen of the Parish Liturgy Com­mittee for many years, a parish song leader for 21 years, and as an Extraor­dinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist from 1980 to 2011. Serving on the Parish Centennial Com­mittee, she helped write the parish history for its centennial. Sherry served in many offices for the Council of Catholic Wom­en at the local and regional levels, serving on the New Ulm Diocesan Council of Catholic Women board for 14 years and attending 27 National Council of Catho­lic Women conventions. She was a life member of the Associates of the Na­tional Council of Catholic Women. In 2008, she was named Catholic Woman of the Year in the New Ulm Diocese. After moving to Marshall, Sherry became a member of the Catholic Daughters of America No. 1291.
Sherry was an associ­ate member of the Lake Benton Chamber of Com­merce from 1988-2011. She was a member of the Lake Benton School PTA for 23 years, a 4-H adult leader for 25 years, a past-president and member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1967, and a charter member of Lake Benton Historical Society and Vision in Progress Club. Sherry served on the Lake Benton Beacon staff and the Lincoln County Promotion and Tourism Board. She was the Lincoln County delegate to the Southern Minnesota Tour­ism Association for 14 years. Sherry served as an officer on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Highway 14 and the Historic Highway 75 King of Trails Coalition commit­tees. She and her husband, the late Dennis Johnson, received the honor of Citi­zens of the Year from the Lake Benton Chamber on Oct. 17, 2007.
Sherry and Dennis loved to travel. They enjoyed visiting countries in Eu­rope, South America and Mexico. They also trav­eled extensively around the United States, includ­ing Alaska and Hawaii. In 1997 Sherry joined the NCCW pilgrimage to Rome and Genazzano, Italy. In 2000, Sherry attended the Dedication of Mary’s Gar­den at the Basilica of the U.S. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. In 2003, she made a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of our Lady of Good Help in Cham­pion, Wisconsin. In 2008, Sherry made a pilgrimage to Rome with Archbishop John C. Nienstedt to see him receive his pallium. Another pilgrimage was made in 2013 to Quebec with Bishop John LeVoir to celebrate the canonization of St. Katiri Tekekwetha in Kahnawake, and a final pilgrimage to Hanceville, Alabama to Mother An­gelica’s Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Sherry was a promoter of the Mi­raculous Medal since 1962 and a devout member of the Schoenstatt Moth­ers. Sherry enjoyed her friends and neighbors, her many bridge partners, the Schoenstatt Mothers, the Council of Catholic Wom­en, Beta Club, Valley Exten­sion Club, and Red Hats. Her love and devotion as wife, mother, and grand­mother always brought the most joy.
On Nov. 26, 2011, Sherry moved to Boulder Estates in Marshall to begin her retired life, and on Dec. 7 Sherry passed away peacefully at the age of 85 years, seven months, and one day.
Sherry is survived by her daughter Pamela (La­Wayne “Red”) Petersen and their children Sarah (Joseph) Lamia and Paul (Jessica) Petersen; her daughter Christine (Wil­liam) Knutson and their children Kelley and John Knutson; her son Michael (Lisa) Johnson and their children Jennie (Lindsay) Anderson and Kendra (Alex) Rowan; and her son Thomas (Tami) Johnson and their children Mytch­ell Johnson, Alex Belmont, and Monte Belmont. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren— Madilyn, Andrew and So­phia Lamia, Brooke and Dashiell Petersen, Georgia and Audrey Knutson, and Payton Rowan. Sherry was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dennis V. Johnson.

Barry Wodtke

December 6, 2018

Nov. 8, 1941 – Nov. 7, 2018

Barry Wodtke, age 76 of Lake Benton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Ave­ra McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A future listing will be placed with details of a me­morial service to be held at a later date. Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Lake Benton Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Walter Henningsen

November 29, 2018

obit Henningsen Photo copyMarch 4, 1929 – Nov. 8, 2018

Walter Henningsen, age 89 of rural Verdi, died Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Co­lonial Manor in Balaton. Visitation was Saturday, Nov. 10, 3-6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. at church. Burial followed at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Walter Henningsen was born March 4, 1929 to Pe­ter and Marie (Hendrick­sen) Henningsen in Persia, Iowa. He moved with his family to Elkton, South Da­kota in 1942, then a year later they relocated south of Verdi, where he attend­ed Verdi Public School, graduating in 1946. Walt went on to work for vari­ous farmers in the area. On Aug. 1, 1951 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Kuehl at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. The couple made their home in Pipestone, where Walt worked for Feckers Egg Company. In 1954, they moved to a farm one mile north of Verdi, be­fore settling into the farm on the east side of town. Walt continued to reside on the farm with Dorothy until just before he passed away on Nov. 8 at the Co­lonial Manor in Balaton, at the age of 89 years, eight months, and four days.
Walt was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church. He served on the Church Council, Lincoln County Planning Com­mission, and the Town and Community Boards. He was a member of the Sportsman’s Club, and was a Master of McKliney Masonic Lodge No. 251. Walt was very proud of his work done through the El Riad Shrine that led to the sponsored care of two young burn patients. In addition to being a farm­er for life, he was also a school bus driver for sev­eral years. Walt was a John Deere man and enjoyed restoring old tractors; he could fix anything. He had a knack for carpentry and made several clocks. His other hobbies included training Roy, his dog of 13 years. He was an avid col­lector of arrowheads and rocks found mostly on the farm. His children even say he is the inventor of the “weather rock,” if the rock is wet – it’s raining. Walt’s legacy is filled with these oneliners and plenty of stories that start off with “When I was a kid…” but he will truly be remembered for his willingness to help anyone. His family was so very important to him and he will be greatly missed.
Walt is survived by his wife Dorothy of Verdi; chil­dren— Barbara (Robert) Plueger of Tomah, Wis­consin, Jim (Antoinette) of St. Joseph, and David (Jan) of Sibley, Iowa; eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren—Jen­ny, Melissa, Brad, Bobbi Jo, Gavin, Amanda, Evan and Mystic, and Heather, Emily and Robert; 11 great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grand­children— Blaine, Ashlin, Jessica, Hailey, Carter, Ella, Brady, Brielle, Cash, Jaxton, Jett, Nicholas, Christopher, Matthew, Abigail, Sam, Joe, and Kate; and his brother, John Henningsen. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Norma Jean, and brothers Werner, Donald and Reinhold.

Richard Halsne

November 21, 2018

Nov. 19, 1941 – Nov. 14, 2018

Richard Halsne, age 76 of Ruthton, died Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Richard Raymond Halsne was born to Earl and Carol (Kuhlman) Halsne on Nov. 19, 1941 in Fountain Prai­rie Township, Pipestone County.
Richard is survived by his children, Randy (Judy) Hal­sne of Joliet, Illinois, David Halsne of Holland, and Lori Halsne of Luverne; daugh­ter-in-law Kris Halsne of Ruthton; six grandchildren and three great-grandchil­dren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Dale, and infant grand­son Justin Halsne.
A gathering of friends and family was held Sat­urday, Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m. at the Ruthton Community Center, with a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. A pri­vate family interment will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Fu­neral Home-Tyler Chapel. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.

Marlene Wheeler

November 15, 2018

obit marlene wheelerFeb. 10, 1931 – Nov. 7, 2018

Marlene Deloris Wheel­er, age 87 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Avera Hospital.
A celebration of Mar­lene’s life was held Sunday, Nov. 11 at Central Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; beginning with a visitation at 2 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 3 p.m.
Marlene was born Feb. 10, 1931 in rural Willow Lake, South Dakota. She married Lowell Wheeler on July 13, 1952. They were married for almost 63 years, before Lowell’s pass­ing. Marlene was a wonder­ful teacher and taught in rural South Dakota schools for six years and for 24 years in Lake Benton.
She loved her family deeply and her dear friends at Central Church, where she enjoyed attending ser­vices and Bible classes.
Marlene is survived by her family, who all loved and adored her. Her children, David (Janice) Wheeler and Vonda (Aus­tin) Vanderzee; her sis­ters, Mildred Iverson and Florene (Stan) Foresman; her grandchildren, Sarah Wheeler (Troy Volk), Josh Wheeler, Amber Vanderzee (Randy Matuszewski) and Brett (Laura) Vanderzee; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and neph­ews. She was preceded in death by her husband, grandson Matthew Wheel­er, and sister Bernice Fos­sell.