Martha Hall

March 14, 2019

obit martha hall picAug. 22, 1925 – March 7, 2019

Martha Jane Hall, age 93 of Owatonna, died Thursday, March 7 at Birchwood Cottages.
Visitation will be at Mi­chaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Wednesday, March 13, 4-7 p.m., and at Grace Baptist Church on Thursday, 10-11 a.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Owatonna with Pastor David Levy offici­ating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Owatonna.
Martha was born Aug. 22, 1925 in Bedford, Iowa, the daughter of James and Hazel (Golding) Ul­mer. She grew up in Bed­ford where she graduated from high school in 1943. After high school, she moved with her family to Denver, Colorado, where she worked. While living in Denver, she met Har­old Hall and the couple was married on Aug. 28, 1944.
Harold was sent to Oki­nawa during his military service and Martha con­tinued living in Denver. When Harold returned to the United States, the couple moved to St. Pe­ter, while Harold was in college. Harold’s teach­ing career took the family to Culdesac, Idaho, Bon­ners Ferry, Idaho, and Lake Benton, where they lived for 14 years, then in 1967, to Owatonna.
While living in Owa­tonna, Martha worked at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, where she also attended school, gradu­ating with a degree in education. She taught at Owatonna Christian School until retirement in 1990. She continued as a substitute teacher as needed.
Martha was active in all of the churches she at­tended, served Meals on Wheels, was a competi­tive game player, enjoyed knitting and time with her neighbors. If you met Martha, you were her friend.
Martha’s family is thankful for the people in her life who helped her remain in her home for so many years, including her Grace Baptist Church family, Butch Nelson, Jer­ry and Ramona Fix, and most recently her Birch­wood family.
She is survived by her children—Mike (and Judy) Hall of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Will (and Marla) Hall of New Rich­mond, Wisconsin, and Richard (and Dale) Hall of Dover, Pennnsylvania; son-in-law Al Potter of Apex, North Carolina; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold Hall, her daughter Patricia Potter, her grandson Michael Hall, and her siblings Harlan (and Bonnie) Ul­mer and Beatrice (and Gene) Payne.
Memorials are pre­ferred to Grace Baptist Church.

Kelly Eich

March 14, 2019

obit Kelly EichNov. 23, 1954 – March 3, 2019

Kelly Ray Eich, age 64 of Brookings, South Da­kota, passed away March 3 at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral Services were 2 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Visitation was 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, until the time of services at Rude’s Funeral Home.
Kelly Ray Eich, son of Alvin and Marge (Kuiper) Eich, was born Nov. 23, 1954 in Tyler. His early childhood years were spent in southern California before the family moved back to Iowa in 1963, and eventually resettled on a farm north of Lake Benton. It is on this farm where Kelly developed his love of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. Whether it was snowmobiling in win­ter, fishing in summer or hunting in fall, you could always find Kelly doing something outdoors. Many times he was accompanied by his brother-in-law Rob­ert, who he referred to as his “brother by a different mother.”
Kelly also raced stock cars for many years. He was a loving owner and caretaker of many pets over his lifetime. His first hunting lab was named Tina after the Tina Turner song “Better Be Good To Me” that was playing on the radio when he was bring­ing her home for the first time. She was followed by Sara and now they have Stella. Kelly also had a pet skunk (descented) named Rose. He was also a cat owner and cat lover.
Kelly graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1974 and married Col­leen Weber. This marriage was blessed with three children, Jamie, Jason and Sara. Kelly drove long-haul truck for many years and worked at the bowling al­ley in Brookings, South Dakota for over 20 years. While at the bowling alley he helped install and im­plement the first computer bowling programs. It was while he was working at the bowling alley that Kelly met Kristie Hendrickson, his wife and partner of the last 28 years. They en­joyed a robust rivalry be­tween his Vikings and her Packers all their years to­gether. They also enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt, Sr. together. Kelly worked hard his whole life and he played hard.
Survivors include his wife Kristie of Brookings, South Dakota; two chil­dren— Jason (Amanda) of Wellington, Colorado and Sara Eich-Lang of Fort Collins, Colorado; three grandchildren— Barry, Katelyn and Garrett; four sisters— Karen (Alan) Jo­hansen of Currie, Sandee (Robert) Walker of Ander­sonville, Tennessee, Lea Lory of Lake Benton, and Jodee (Tim) Fodstad of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son Jamie, his parents Alvin and Marge Eich, and nieces and neph­ews.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com

Kelly Eich

March 6, 2019

Kelly Ray Eich, age 64 of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away March 3 at Sanford USD Medical Cen­ter in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Friday un­til the time of services at Rude’s Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com

Brian Krog

February 27, 2019

obit brian krog 2019_02_25_15_38_020001April 13, 1949 – Feb. 23, 2019

Brian Krog, age 69 of Lake Benton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, as the result of a farm accident. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church, Wilno. Burial will be at a later date at Diamond Lake Cemetery, Lake Benton. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service on Friday, March 1 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Canby is entrusted with the arrangements.
Brian John Krog was born to Arnold and Aletta (Gacke) Krog on April 13, 1949 in Tyler. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1967 and continued his education at Canby Technical College to become a Diesel Technician.
On June 6, 1970 Brian was united in marriage to Patricia Kay Ochocki at Ss. Peter and Paul in Ivanhoe. Shortly thereafter he began farming near Lake Benton. He took great pride in raising four boys and growing crops and livestock on the farm.
Brian served on the Southwest Minnesota Dairy Board, church council at St. John Cantius and the Rosary Society. He was a member of the Red Power Chapter and the Two-Cylinder Club. He enjoyed participating in the tractor caravan and one year he custom-built a buddy-seat for his wife to ride along on the Super M-TA Diesel.
Brian held many jobs over the years, developing his skills and friendships. He drove school bus and drove truck for various construction companies. In the 1980s he obtained his boilers license, which allowed him to run steam engines and be an avid volunteer for the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag. Some of his favorite things to do in Rollag were to drive the people wagon, showing spectators how history has evolved, and playing in the big sandbox with his dozer.
He recently spent time helping his good friends with the construction of the 150 Case steam engine that was featured in Andover, South Dakota this September. Brian loved to work for a good cause to preserve history in agriculture. He marveled at how old-timers worked and used their resources. He often jokingly stated he was born 50 years too late.
Brian loved preserving history in the mechanical sense and was a walking historian. Brian had a soft spot for fixing farm machinery that was abandoned or neglected. He hosted many “straw days” and “plow days” on the Krog farm. He was happy when he could hook up his Farmall M to the thresher and have his boys, grandchildren, neighbors and friends be actively involved on his farm.
Brian enjoyed coming home to his loving wife, who always had supper on the table, and she enjoyed baking some of Brian’s favorite foods such as pie, Ponski and Kringler.
To Brian, there was nothing better than raising kids on a farm and having a Farmall M to put to work each day.
Grateful for having shared Brian’s life are his wife of 48 years, Pat; sons Kelly (Nancy) Krog, Matthew (Jeanene) Krog, and Scott (Kyndall) Krog; grandchildren Nathan (Shelby), Nicholas, Hannah, Ryan, Rachael, Jennifer, Molly, Megan, Taryn, McKenna, Kinsley, Teigan, Hadli, Aubri and Brielle; sisters Marcia (John) Copeland and Kathleen Krog; and numerous nephews.
Waiting to greet him in Heaven are his oldest son Kenneth, his parents Arnold and Aletta Krog, brother Colin Krog, and his in-laws, Joseph and Doris Ochocki.

Cary Rosenboom

February 27, 2019

obit Rosenboom Cary Photo bevelSept. 14, 1963 – Feb. 21, 2019

Cary Rosenboom, age 55 of Verdi, died Thursday, Feb. 21 at his home. Visita­tion will be Friday, March 1, 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lu­theran Church in Lake Ben­ton, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. John’s Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Verdi Township, Lincoln County. Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel is in charge of ar­rangements. To view obit or sign an online registry go to www.hartquistfu­neral.com.
The man who became Uncle Cary to every child he met, was born Cary Lee Rosenboom on Sept. 14, 1963 to his proud parents Gary and Carolyn (Bebens­ee) Rosenboom. Cary was born in Mankato and was baptized into the Chris­tian faith at Our Saviors Lutheran Church on Oct. 13, 1963. In March 1969, at the age of 5, Cary moved with his parents and sis­ters to what is now known as The Rosenboom Farm outside Verdi. Growing up, Cary learned to love the land, animals, and farming. He spent his days with his little sisters and brother exploring every inch of the family farm and his grand­parents’ farm a quarter mile away. He attended St John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton where he at­tended Sunday School and was confirmed in 1978.
Cary attended Verdi Pub­lic School from kindergar­ten until he graduated high school in 1982. Through­out his school years, he was involved in a variety of school and community activities. He enjoyed par­ticipating in many sports including cross country, football, basketball, and track, as well as both the Verdi and church softball teams. Other school ac­tivities he was involved in were Declam and school plays. Cary was an active member of the Verdi-Go-Getters 4-H Club. Saturday nights he could often be found playing cards with friends. They always loved a good game of poker.
After high school, Cary attended Worthington Community College where he played college football. Upon completing his time at WCC he moved back to the farm to help his dad. Over the years, Cary be­came a jack of all trades. He worked at the Elkton Mushroom Plant, helped on various local farms, and ran the cattle operation on the family farm until his passing.
Cary was always on hand to help whoever needed him. He truly had a servant’s heart. Cary served unofficially and then officially on the cem­etery board. He always put his heart into every task. Being a lifelong 4-Her and his love of the fair led him to serve on the Lin­coln County Fair Board. He always enjoyed work­ing alongside others. He helped build and pull the Verdi Community Float ev­ery year.
During his childhood, the family grew by two brothers, Peter and Wolf­gang. These foreign ex­change students from Germany quickly became forever-family. When Cary was 16, he traveled, alone, to Germany to visit his German brothers and their families. He enjoyed exploring the country his ancestors came from and even learned to tolerate rice. For over 25 years, Cary hosted a group of friends for a weekend of hunting pheasants, play­ing poker, eating great food and drinking beer. This was one of his favor­ite times of the year. Cary had a wonderful sense of humor that both adults and children loved. He could lighten any situation with his one-liners, great smile, and laugh. Cary was a lifelong Twins fan.
Cary will be dearly missed by all of his nieces and nephews. No matter what they were involved in, Cary would always be found at their events. From dance to track, and plays to concerts, Cary would be at them all. They were always a number one pri­ority in his life. Love you Cary, weehoo!
Cary leaves behind his mother Carolyn Rosen­boom of Verdi; sisters Cami (Jim) Nichols and Tracey (Ivan) Kuhlman; brother Torey (Lisa) Rosenboom; his beloved nieces and nephews—Michelle and Stephanie (Goddaughter) Kuhlman, and Aidan, Logan, Kaitlyn and Emily Rosenboom; his German brothers Peter and Wolfgang; his adopted siblings from the Reynolds and Fruechte families—Sonia, Max, Zoe, Bree, Ian and Ella Reynolds; and too many others to name who called him Uncle Cary; as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins and his many hunt­ing buddies and fair board friends. He was preceded in death by his father Gary Rosenboom, grandparents Dorothy and Elmer Rosen­boom and Harry and Lil­lian Bebensee, and niece Tiffany Kuhlman..

Marlys Bruemmer

February 27, 2019

obit Bruemmer MarlysJuly 8, 1934 – Feb. 16, 2019

Marlys Carol (Knutson) Bruemmer of Osakis was born July 8, 1934 in Wa­tertown, South Dakota, the daughter of Carl B. Knutson and Gertie (Sleaper) Knut­son. Marlys was baptized July 22, 1934 at First Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Gary, South Dakota. In 1945 her family moved to Verdi, where her father worked as manager of the Verdi Elevator. Marlys was confirmed on July 11, 1948 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elk­ton, South Dakota. Marlys graduated from Verdi High School in May 1953. After graduation, Marlys attended night school at the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. Marlys worked in Hopkins at Minneapolis-Moline.
On March 21, 1954 Marlys was united in mar­riage to Paul Henry Bruem­mer. Marlys and Paul lived on a farm near Ruthton for many years, where they raised their children. Marlys worked as a dental assistant and as a manager at several convenience stores in Minnesota and South Dakota. She retired in 2003. Marlys enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. Marlys was an expert at crochet­ing and an avid reader.
Marlys Carol Bruemmer, age 84, of Osakis, died Sat­urday, Feb. 16 at the Galeon of Osakis. Besides her par­ents, she was preceded in death by her husband Paul Bruemmer, her brother Norman Knutson, and her grandson Aaron Hedin.
Marlys is survived by her daughter Paula West and husband Randy of Davenport, Iowa; daugh­ter Myra Hedin of Blue Springs, Missouri; son Joey Bruemmer and wife Janet of Long Prairie; grand­daughter Mandy Cole and husband Caleb of Betten­dorf, Iowa; grandson Clay­ton West and wife Mallory of Parkview, Iowa; grand­daughter Katelan Blocker of Davenport, Iowa; grand­son Ira Hedin and wife Ra­chel of Waynesboro, Penn­sylvania; grandson Joshua Bruemmer and wife Anna of Nelson; and grand­daughter Jolene Sabrowsky and husband Allen of Long Prairie; great-grand­children Ethan, Madison and Riley Cole; Lily and Shelby West; Christopher and Natalie Blocker; Eze­keihal Wilson; Marissa, Kayla, Annalyse, Arianna and Maci Hedin; Robert Jablonski; Alaina, Tyler and Cailyn Bruemmer; and Noah and Ally Sabrowsky. Siblings Rhoda Thomas of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota; Ronald Knutson of Nevada, Missouri; Carl Knutson of Warrensburg, Missouri; and Dorothea Howell of Warrensburg, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visi­tation was Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexan­dria. Visitation continued Friday at the church for one hour prior to the ser­vice. Interment was in the Holland Village Cemetery in Holland on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net

Karen Miles

February 27, 2019

June 19, 1944 – Feb. 7, 2019

Karen Miles, age 74 of Minneota, passed away on Feb. 7. A memorial ser­vice, rescheduled due to weather, will be held Sun­day, March 10, 1 p.m at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 1966 County Rd. 124, Lake Benton.
Karen Patricia Miles was born June 19, 1944 in Ty­ler to Easter Jacobson and Wilber Nelson.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Kim) Miles of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Michelle Miles of Lake Benton; grand­children Kenndee and Kody Miles, Travis, Trevor and Chelsie Yockey, and BryAnn Miles; sister-in-law Janet Nelson of Win­nebego; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Jim and Dennis Nelson.

Melvin Stuefen

February 27, 2019

April 15, 1923 – Feb. 24, 2019

Melvin G. Stuefen, age 95 of Tyler, passed away Sun­day, Feb. 24 at AveraTylerHospital.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ar­rangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Cha­pel. To view Melvin’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Karen Miles

February 21, 2019

June 19, 1944 – Feb. 7, 2019

Karen Miles, age 74 of Minneota, passed away on Feb. 7. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 1966 County Rd 124, Lake Benton.
Karen Patricia Miles was born June 19, 1944 in Tyler to Easter Jacobson and Wil­ber Nelson.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Kim) Miles of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Michelle Miles of Lake Benton; grandchil­dren Kenndee and Kody Miles, Travis, Trevor and Chelsie Yockey, and BryAnn Miles; sister-in-law Janet Nelson of Winnebego; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Jim and Dennis Nelson.

Michael Koch

February 21, 2019

obit Koch MichaelMay 25, 1955 – Feb. 10, 2019

Michael A. Koch, age 63 of Lake Benton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10 at Avera McKennan Hospi­tal in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A memorial visi­tation was held Satur­day, Feb. 16, 4-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Lake Benton. A prayer service followed at 6 p.m. To view Michael’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Michael Allin Koch was born May 25, 1955 to Frank and Joan (Shepard) Koch in Bloomington, Il­linois. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Michael was raised in Rantoul, Il­linois where he attended school and graduated from RTHS in 1973. Throughout his childhood, Michael’s step-father Roger White was a great influence on him. Michael held several jobs during school and af­ter graduation, including his position at Furniture World, before moving on to begin his 12-year career at Rantoul Products. On Octo­ber 18, 1975, he was unit­ed in marriage to Denise Christensen at the Ameri­can Lutheran Church in Rantoul, where they made their first home. In October 1995, the couple relocated to Minnesota, where Mi­chael began working with Schwan’s Foods and later at the elevator in Lake Ben­ton. Eventually he found his true passion, working for Ag First Farmers Co­operative in Aurora, South Dakota as a grain hauler. He embraced his CB radio nickname “Papa Smurf,” coined for his powder blue semi and beloved beard. He thoroughly enjoyed his career until June 2018, when his health made re­tirement necessary. How­ever, Michael would have loved to continue to work and reminded his family of this often. On Feb. 10, Michael passed away at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta at the age of 63 years, 8 months, and 16 days.
Michael’s favorite activ­ity was fishing, but he also loved to attend auctions and play pool, Euchre, Pep­per, and Baringo. His family will always remember the Sundays and Father’s Days they spent together while he grilled. Michael also enjoyed cooking breakfast for his grandchildren, who were the true lights of his life.
Michael will be remem­bered by his wife Denise of Lake Benton; daugh­ters—Michelle (Randy) Pierce and Marsha Jones of Lake Benton, Michael Jo Koch (Jordan Oney) of Tyler, and Monique (Kel­ly) Bahm of Lake Benton; grandchildren—Kash, Da­kotha, Sydney and Damian Pierce, Kenneth and Nic­hole Jones, Logan Miller, Aiden, Luna and Anasta­sia Oney, and Kobe Bahm; great-grandson Phillip Jones; step-father Roger White of Rantoul, Illinois; brothers Rick (Betty) Koch of Bloomington, Illinois, and Dwayne White of Ran­toul, Illinois; special sister-in-law Dawn Cook; spe­cial aunt Kathy “Tootsie” Bustle; and many nieces, nephews and other rela­tives. He was preceded in death by his parents Joan White and Frank Koch; parents-in-law Arthur and Nancy Christensen; broth­er Ronald Koch; brother-in-law Ralph Viera; and his grandparents.