Nelleen Pals

September 12, 2018

Aug 8, 1942 – Sept. 6, 2018

Nelleen Pals, age 76 of LakeBenton, died sud­denly on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the AveraTylerHospital in Tyler.
A gathering of fam­ily and friends was held Monday, Sept. 10, 4-7 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. A private celebration of life was held following the gathering at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date. Ar­rangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home –Tyler. To sign an online registry and view the life history, please go to www.
Nelleen (Muyskens) Pals was born Aug. 8, 1942 in Alton, Iowa to Dick and Ka­tie (Aalberts) Muyskens. She married Harley Pals on Dec. 21, 1964 in Slayton.
She is survived by her children Byron (Lisa) Pals of Pipestone, Kevin (Jody) Pals of Pipestone, Bonita (Dave) Haroldson of Ty­ler, and Darin (Marcy) Pals of Jasper; 12 grandchil­dren and 11 great-grand­children; siblings Chris (Willy) Vander Woude of Menasha, Wisconsin, Rich (Ila) Muyskens of Edger­ton, and Corny (Sharon) Muyskens of Chandler; and many other loving friends and family mem­bers. Nelleen was preced­ed in death by her parents Dick and Katie, and sister Wilma Karstensen.

Leo Kohler

September 5, 2018

Oct. 4, 1930 – Sept. 1, 2018

LEO J. KOHLER, age 87 of Tyler, passed away Sat­urday, Sept. 1 at the San­ford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. at the church.Burial will follow at St. Dionysius Catholic Cem­etery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry please visit
Leo Joseph Kohler was born Oct. 4, 1930 to Her­man and Clara (Ruppert) Kohler at their farm north­west of Tyler, where he was raised and attended country school. On Nov. 30, 1957, Leo was united in marriage to Alice Kerkaert at the Catholic church in Minneota.
Leo is survived by his wife Alice of Tyler; chil­dren— Darwin (Lori) of Rochester, Patricia (Keith) Erickson of Rochester, Steve (Fathya) of New Hope, Gregory (Teresa) of Tyler, Tamara (Richard) Thompson of Andover, Karen (Stephen) Nelsen of Hutchinson, and Jason (Anne Marie) of Carmel, In­diana; sister Betty Schmidt of Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey, his parents, and siblings Ervin Kohler, Ellen Abraham, Ce­cilia Dubbeldee, Thelma Dye, Margaret Skjong, and Leona Prosch.

Howard Schmidtke

August 23, 2018

obit Howard G SchmidtkeAug. 2, 1924 – Aug. 18 2018

Howard Schmidtke, age 94 of St. James, died Sat­urday, Aug. 18 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan So­ciety in St. James.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at St. James Catholic Church in St. James with Father Timothy Hall as celebrant. Visitation will be one hour before Mass at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at CalvaryCemetery in St. James with military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. You may send con­dolences online to the family at www.sturmfh. com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Howard G. Schmidtke was born on a farm on Aug. 2, 1924 to Laura and George Schmidtke, the third of five children. He went to a country school until sixth grade, then at­tended public school in Morgan. Howard was a very busy young man. As a dutiful son he worked on the Gilfillan Farm near Morgan before and after school each day to help with the family finances, all the while being a stu­dent and three-sport star athlete.
Howard graduated from MorganHigh School in 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Army the fall of 1943 and was sent to CampRoberts in California. He married Audrey Ladd of Sleepy Eye at CampRoberts on Feb. 2, 1944. After boot camp and Army training he was sent to the European Theater of War with the Second Armored Division, land­ing in Anzio as a replace­ment soldier. He spent two years fighting in the war in Europe, mainly in Italy. His division was known as Hell on Wheels and they played an important role during WW II in Sicily and contributing to the lib­eration of Italy. He was in Milan when Benito Mus­solini’s corpse was hung in the town square.
Howard came home from the war early in 1946 and used the GI bill to at­tend what was then called Mankato Teacher’s College to earn a degree in edu­cation. His first teaching job was in Lake Benton in 1949 for a meager salary of $2,900. While in Lake Benton he taught indus­trial arts, coached football, basketball and baseball, played amateur baseball and managed to continue his education at the Uni­versity of North Dakota all while supporting his grow­ing family. He relocated his family to St. James in 1966, where he continued to teach and coach until his retirement in 1984.
Howard and Audrey moved to Arizona for a six-year career in real estate. But they missed their fam­ily in Minnesota too much and decided a more fulfill­ing life awaited them back home. They have lived in St. James ever since.
During his career in ed­ucation, Howard coached and officiated baseball, basketball, football and wrestling. His teams made six appearances in state baseball tournaments and won two championships. He has been recognized by three baseball Hall of Fame organizations. His teaching was recognized, too, by being a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Howard was a “kid whisperer” and he made a difference in the lives of countless students and athletes. He was known for his strong sense of right and wrong. One of his for­mer athletes said, “’Man­agement is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things. Howie understood the difference and did both well. Never will he be forgotten.” How­ard was widely known for his tremendous love of his family, sports, sweets, and a good cigar.
He was preceded in death by his four siblings and daughter Robin Os­land, who passed away Oct. 13, 2017. He is sur­vived by nine children, 36 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and Au­drey—the love of his life and his wife of 74 years.
God has now taken him out to the ball park, an epic coach for the Field of Dreams. Job well done, good and faithful servant.

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.

Valerie Petersen

August 8, 2018

March 8, 1924 – Aug. 3, 2018

Doris Valerie Petersen, age 94 of Ruthton, died Aug. 3 at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m., at Hartquist Chapel in Tyler. Burial will follow at the Ruthton City Cemetery in Ruthton. To sign an online registry, please visit www.
Doris Valerie Petersen was born March 8, 1924 in Wellington, Kansas to Pastor Eilert C. and Edna On Dec. 28, 1950 Valerie was united in marriage to Norman J. Petersen at Hope Lutheran Church in Ruthton. On April 15, 1997 Norman preceded her in death.
Valerie is lovingly re­membered by her four children—Evelyn Ambler of Fort Myers, Florida, Eric (Gail) Petersen of Ruthton, Arne (Rachel) Petersen of Roswell, New Mexico, and Elsa (Larry) Voltz of Be­midji; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchil­dren; and a sister, Beverly Nielsen of Hemet, Cali­fornia. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman, parents Pastor Eilert and Edna Nielsen, and a sister, Muriel Payson Crane.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials may be directed to Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp.

Earl Klitzke

August 2, 2018

obit Klitzke photoDec. 26, 1937 – July 28, 2018

Earl J. Klitzke, age 80, formerly of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Satur­day, July 28 at the Min­nesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Visitation was Tuesday, July 31, 4-7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial with mili­tary honors will follow at Diamond Lake Cemetery near Lake Benton. To view a video tribute or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Earl Joseph Klitzke was born Dec. 26, 1937 to Earl and Delilah (Hanson) Klitzke in Pipestone. He was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and began his early education there. When he was a freshman in high school he moved to Lake Benton and lived on a farm with his foster parents, Gunnar and Delo­res Johansen. Earl was ac­tive in athletics, especially basketball and football. He graduated in 1957 and went on to attend a year at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota while continuing to work on the farm. On April 11, 1959 Earl was united in marriage to Joan Marlene Wodtke at Peace Church in Elkton, South Dakota. The couple made their first home seven miles north of Lake Benton. Earl farmed until Feb. 17, 1961 when he joined the U.S. Air Force. Earl served as a me­chanic and was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts until his honorable discharge on Oct. 16, 1964. Upon his return from the service, the family moved to a farm just north of Verdi. Earl resumed farming and con­tinued to do so until 1986, when he and Joan moved to Norwood, where he worked as a custodian for Norwood Young America School District. One year later Earl went to work for Petersen Gravel, driving truck while also helping a local farmer part-time. Earl then became employed by MN-DOT, where he worked until his retirement in 2008. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April 2010. In April 2014, Earl became a resident at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, where on Saturday, July 28, he died peacefully at the age of 80 years, seven months and two days.
Earl was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He was also a member of the American Legion. Earl was a sports enthusiast and loved play­ing and following his fa­vorite teams, especially the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota Gophers, and attending his grandchildren’s events. He played fast-pitch softball for many years and en­joyed camping out at the lake in the summer.
Earl will be lovingly re­membered by his wife of 59 years, Joan; two chil­dren, Rick (Anita) Klitzke of White, South Dakota, and Karla (Timothy) An­derson of Elkton, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Justin (Jamie) Klitzke, Miranda (Benjamin) Deutz, Amber (Paul) Langner, Taylor(Lindsey) Anderson, and Abigail Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Halle and Emilee Duetz, Blakely and Gracyn Langner and Coen Anderson; his foster mother, Delores Johansen of Lake Benton; a brother, Leroy Klitzke of Greyball, Wyoming; two sisters, Carol and Cindy; foster sis­ters Diane (Donald) Evers, Gunvar (Randy) Dombeck, Lori Johansen and foster brother James (Linda) Jo­hansen. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl Klitzke and Delilah Struck; two brothers, Rob­ert and Dennis Klitzke; step-mother Vella Klitzke; and his foster father, Gun­nar Johansen.

Arlis Ploeger

August 2, 2018

obit arlisplogerJan. 16, 1948 – July 30, 2018

Arlis Sally (Johnson) Ploeger, age 70 of Wahpe­ton, North Dakota, passed away peacefully at her res­idence on Monday, July 30.
Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church in Breckenridge, with visi­tation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Wahpeton.
Arlis Sally Johnson was born Jan. 16, 1948 in Tyler, one of two daughters born to Alvin and Hilda (Traut­man) Johnson. When Arlis was a child, she was bap­tized and confirmed at Im­manuel Lutheran Church and later graduated from Tyler High School in 1966. After receiving her diplo­ma, she attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Da­kota for a short time be­fore marrying her high school sweetheart, Randy Ploeger, at Immanuel Lu­theran Church on Nov. 26, 1966.
To establish their career, Arlis and Randy moved to Michigan and vari­ous other cities in South Dakota, and Minnesota, including Duluth, before making their home in Breckenridge, where they purchased Altstatt Snyder Drug in the 1980s. Arlis worked alongside her hus­band Randy at the drug store, but her true passion was her role as a devoted mother to her children, Lea, Jeffrey and Paula.
In 2003 Arlis and Randy moved across the river to Wahpeton, North Dakota and have since enjoyed their time traveling to Florida, southwest Arizo­na, Hawaii and numerous trips to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. When they weren’t traveling, Arlis could be found playing her grand piano that was gifted to her from Randy on the 35th anniversary of their first date. She was talent­ed in many ways; she was a wonderful mother, wife, and friend. Arlis played organ for over 55 years at various churches, includ­ing Grace Lutheran Church where she was currently an active member. At Grace Lutheran Church, she was a member of the L.W.M.L. group and the church’s quilting group. She had a huge heart and cherished any time spent with fam­ily.
Arlis will be deeply missed by her husband of 51 years, Randy Ploeger; her children, Lea (Brian) Hoellein of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jeffrey (Tonya) Ploeger of Breck­enridge, and Paula (Nicho­las) Owens of Rogers; her seven grandchildren, Jus­tin (Ashley) Hoellein, Amy Hoellein, Tanner Ploeger, Tristan Ploeger, Noah Owens, Elliot Owens and Olivia Owens; one great-grandchild, Logan Hoel­lein; and her sister, Lana Alderson of Holland.
Arlis was preceded in death by her parents Al­vin and Hilda (Trautman) Johnson.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Brecken­ridge.

Clifford O’Toole

August 2, 2018

Sept. 23, 1926 – July 29, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial for Clifford O’Toole, age 91 of Tyler, is Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Burial will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Ceme­tery in Tyler. He died Sun­day, July 29 at Avera Sun­rise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
John Clifford O’Toole was born Sept. 23, 1926 to Clyde and Alice (Kings­borough) O’Toole in their farm home in Drammen Township near Lake Ben­ton. In 1940 he moved to the farmstead east of Tyler, which became his home for over 50 years. On Nov. 10, 1953 Clifford married Betty Lou Ortmann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa.
Clifford is survived by his wife Betty; their chil­dren, Linda (Larry) Dolan of Sartell, and Patrick (Brenda) O’Toole of Tyler; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters Arlene Maertens of Marshall and Loretta (Francis) Haper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris Lewandowski, and broth­ers-in-law Donald Lewan­dowski and Donald Mae­rtens.

Michael Dahl

July 27, 2018

July 19, 1954 – July 19, 2018

Memorial services for Michael Dahl, age 64 of Ty­ler, are Wednesday, July 25, 11 a.m. at Tyler Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation with viewing was Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at Tyler Alliance Church. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Jo­hansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Michael Allen Dahl was born July 19, 1954 to Je­rome and Barb (Holmes) Dahl in Tyler. On May 30, 2007 Mike married Diane Hagberg in San Francisco, California. He passed away on his 64th birthday, July 19, at Avera Tyler Hospital in Tyler.
Mike is survived by his wife Diane; his children— Ashley Dahl, Brittany Dahl and Casey Dahl, all of of Little Falls, and Mikey Dahl of Minneapolis; three grandchildren; his mother Barb Dahl of Tyler; brother, Bruce (Barb) Dahl of Tyler; and sister Susan Rutledge of Lewistown, Montana; and many other relatives and friends. He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther Jerome Dahl, brother Jerry Dahl, grandparents Grace and Chris Dahl and Art and Tiny Holmes, uncle Elsworth Holmes; aunts Grace Dahlin and Marylon Robertson, sister-in-law Gail Marie Dahl, and his niece and godchild, Jessica Williams.

Bernice Trautman

July 27, 2018

obit Trautman BerniceApril 1, 1923 – July 22, 2018

Bernice Trautman, age 95 of Lake Benton, died Sunday, July 22 at Central Minnesota Senior Care Center in Lake Benton. Funeral service will be Friday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, with interment in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Visitation will be Thursday, July 26, 5-7 p.m. at the church. Hartquist Funeral Home, Lake Benton Chapel is in charge of arrangements. To view obit or sign an on­line registry go to www.
Bernice Marie Trautman was born April 1, 1923 to Alfred and Katherina (Shriver) Cyriacks in Lake Benton Township. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She was raised on the farm and at­tended country school in District 10 of Lake Ben­ton Township. She then attended the high school in Lake Benton. After she graduated from Lake Ben­ton High School in 1940, she attended teacher training in Ivanhoe, where she received her teaching certificate. She continued her education for teaching in Duluth.
On June 23, 1946 she was united in marriage to Thorvald Trautman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Their union was blessed with two chil­dren, Joy and David, and 62 years of marriage togeth­er. They farmed west of Lake Benton, and Bernice taught country school in various districts. She was also a substitute teacher for 15 years in Lake Ben­ton. In 1983 they retired from farming and moved into Lake Benton. Thor­vald preceded her in death on May 9, 2010. Following his death, she continued to live in Lake Benton. On Sunday, July 22 she died at her home at the age of 95 years, three months and 21 days.
Bernice was a lifetime member of St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church. She was active in the life of the congregation and served as a Sunday School teacher for 20 years and served in the Dorcas Society. She was also a member of BETA Feder­ated Club and the Library Board. She volunteered at Senior Dining in Lake Ben­ton. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, spending time on her computer, and playing cards with her card club. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her family and friends.
Bernice will be lovingly remembered by her chil­dren, Joy Ricke and her husband Steve of Olathe, Kansas and David Traut­man and his wife Patti of Frazee; grandchildren Tif­fany Trautman and Travis Trautman, both of Over­land Park, Kansas, and Tatum Trautman of West Fargo, North Dakota; sis­ters Evelyn Trautman of Lake Benton and Lorraine Brandt and her husband Leo of Balaton; sisters-in-law Shirley Cyriacks of Adel, Iowa, and Stella Cyri­acks of Annandale, and brother-in-law Bob Bush­man of Lake Benton. She was preceded in death by her husband Thorvald, her parents, brothers Walter Cyriacks and Marvin Cyri­acks, and sisters Doreen Kinner, Madalyn Huska and Marie Bushman.
Memorials may be di­rected to St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church, Lake Benton Opera House, or the Memorial Hill Cem­etery Fund.