Alda Olsen

November 7, 2018

Sept. 23, 1924 – Oct. 29, 2018

Funeral services for Alda M. Olsen, age 94 of Tyler, were Saturday Nov. 3, 10 a.m. at Alliance Church in Tyler. Burial was in Ruthton City Cemetery. Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler was entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry, please visit
Alda Marjorie Olsen was born Sept. 23, 1924 to Earl and Avil (Abbott) Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in rural Illinois. Alda married Lawrence Ol­sen on Feb. 1, 1946 in Min­neapolis. They farmed in near Florence.
Alda is survived by her children—Robert Olsen of Hampton, Iowa, Richard (Annetta) Olsen of Tyler, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Weber of Elkton, South Dakota, and Karolyn (James) Barron of Lynd; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchil­dren. She was preceded in death by her husband Law­rence; her parents; broth­ers Clarence Hill, Marvin, Richard, and Lester John­son, and infants Cecil and Junior; sisters Virginia Webb and Juanita Berett; and grandson Larry Olsen.

Grace Anderson

October 26, 2018

obit GraceAndersonwebApril 30, 1930 – Sept. 4, 2018

Grace L. Anderson, age 88 of Walnut Grove, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4 at her home. Memorial ser­vices were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Walnut Grove Funeral Home. Visitation continued one hour prior to the ser­vice at church. Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Stephens Funer­al Service–Walnut Grove Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Grace L. Anderson was born April 30, 1930 to Wil­liam and Mary (Grubish) Prosch in Verdi. She at­tended country school near Verdi and graduated from Lake Benton High School. Grace continued her education at Mankato State College and Marshall Southwest State University. On June 21, 1952 she mar­ried Donald V. Anderson in Lake Benton.
Grace taught elementary school in Walnut Grove. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Grace enjoyed knit­ting, reading and playing cards. She loved going on walks, fishing and travel­ing.
Grace is survived by her children— Mary (Larry) Madsen of Columbia Falls, Montana, James (Barb) of Walnut Grove, and Robert (Mary) of Rapid City, South Dakota; granddaughter Erin Madsen of Whitefish, Montana; sisters LaVonne Bressler of Leona Val­ley, California, and Gladys (Bruce) Southward of St. Paul.
She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band Donald, and siblings Harold Prosch, Evelyn Rudebusch, Marjorie Gun­derman, Dorothy Prosch, Berniece Murray, Wayne Prosch and Donald Prosch.

Lana Norgaard

October 26, 2018

Lana R. Norgaard, age 62 of Rochester, died Sat­urday, Oct. 20 at her home in Rochester.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. at the Hartquist Fu­neral Chapel in Tyler.In­urnment will occur at Me­morial Hill Cemetery, Lake Benton, at a later date.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry please visit www.

Debora Hoflock

October 18, 2018

obit debora hoflockFeb. 6, 1958 – Oct. 10, 2018

Debora Hoflock, age 60 of Lake Benton, died at home with family by her side on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Memorial services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Following a re­ception, interment was in the Canby City Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services, 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Hamil­ton Funeral Home.
Debora Kay Haas was born Feb. 6, 1958 in Mar­shall. She was the only daughter of Carl and Jean­nette (Larson) Haas. She was baptized and con­firmed at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. She grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School, Class of 1976. She helped on the farm in addition to raising her chil­dren and being a devoted homemaker.
She lived in Colorado, and locally in Marshall, Ty­ler, Arco and Lake Benton. Deb earned her CNA and worked at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler for over 14 years before her cancer diagnosis. In Febru­ary 2016, Deb was engaged to be married to Greg Fri­ese.
Deb loved to be outside, camping, fishing, hunting for asparagus, watching for hummingbirds, and antiqu­ing or trolling the streets during junk days for many discarded treasures with Greg.
Debora died Wednes­day, Oct. 10 at her home in Lake Benton, at the age of 60 years, eight months and four days. Blessed be her memory.
She is survived by her fiancé Greg Friese of Ward, South Dakota; mother Jea­nette Haas of Marshall; three children— Chad Ho­flock (Shannon McCarthy) of Lake Benton, Chasidy Ho­flock (Quincy Poindexter) of Lake Benton, and Charlie (and Heather) Hoflock of Marshall; eight grandchil­dren—McKayla Poindexter of Watertown, South Dako­ta, Kaylee Hoflock of Will­mar, Kiah Hoflock of Mar­shall, Preston Hoflock of Marshall, Peyton Hoflock of Marshall, Quinten Poindex­ter of Lake Benton, Myles Poindexter of Lake Ben­ton, and Michael Hoflock of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; siblings Richard (Patty) Haas of Farmington and John (Laurie) Haas of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; her pet Green-Headed Yellow Ama­zon Parrot, Grumpy; nieces and nephews, other rela­tives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl Haas, and brothers Michael Haas and Robert Haas.
Arrangements were by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall avail­able online at www.hamil­

Neal Erschens

October 18, 2018

Neal Erschens Obituary 001Dec. 10, 1964 – April 14, 2018

Neal Erschens, age 53, died Saturday, April 14 at his acreage in North Caro­lina. A private family burial was held at St. Mary’s Cath­olic Cemetery in Elkton, South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 1.
Neal Patrick Erschens was born Dec. 10, 1964, the youngest son of Paul and Lois Erschens. He at­tended school in Lake Ben­ton, graduating in 1983, and vocational school in Granite Falls in electron­ics in 1987. Neal joined the U.S. Navy in January 1988 and attended Data Sys­tems school prior to being assigned to the U.S. Sara­toga. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his service in the Gulf War. His service included several overseas deploy­ments as well as teaching a computer and peripheral system called JOTS (Joint Operational Tactical Sys­tems). ET1 (Electronics Technician Petty Officer) Neal P. Erschens SW (Sur­face Warfare) retired after 20 years of service to his country.
Neal married Elizabeth Susan Donnell on Aug. 25, 1991 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. They had two sons, Vaughn and Mathias. They made their home in Chesa­peake, Virginia and estab­lished Homebrew USA, a supply store for beer and winemakers.
Neal is survived by his wife Elizabeth; son Vaughn; mother Lois Erschens; brothers Dave (Val), Steve (Kathy), Alan (Carol), and Philip; and many nieces and nephews. He was pre­ceded in death by his father Paul, son Mathias, and a niece, Stacy.
He is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone
or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yes­terday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yes­terday.
You can remember him and only that he’s gone
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Leo Brandt

October 18, 2018

Leo P. Brandt, age 90 of Tyler, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15 at Colo­nial Manor in Balaton.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A private family committal service will follow.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Leo’s full life history or sign an on­line registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.

Francis Kaufenberg

October 4, 2018

Francis Kaufenberg Obituary PictureJuly 25, 1949 – Sept. 23, 2018

Francis Kaufenberg, age 69 of Redwood Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 23 at Seasons Hospice Home in Redwood Falls, following a 10-month battle with glioblastoma. Memorial Mass was held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in RedwoodFalls with burial following in Our Lady of Victory Catholic Cemetery in Lucan. Visita­tion was Friday, Sept. 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the church. After the Mass, the Time of Remembrance Reception continued from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Redwood Falls Golf Course Club House.
Francis was born July 25, 1949 in Marshall to Leo and Florence (Baumann) Kaufenberg. He grew up on a farm near Lucan and at­tended Lucan Public, and Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, and graduated from Wabasso Public School in 1967. Francis worked as a drywall finisher for many years until he retired in 2007. Francis was raised in a family filled with a strong Catholic faith and remained close to his rural Minnesota roots. He had six siblings who meant the world to him. He lost his father in 1982, but he carried his strength and spirit with him throughout his life. He had a close relationship with his mother, Florence Kaufen­berg, and will now watch over her from above.
Francis loved his three children, Amy, Jon and Paula. He taught them the value of a job well done and to always do journeyman work in every aspect of life, to be humble, appreciative and speak the good of oth­ers. They will never forget his kindness. His children were given the gift of time, not taken for granted with their Dad, especially this past year, and learned just how precious life is. For that, they will forever be grateful. His traits and talents such as quick wit, humor, kind­ness and striving for perfec­tion have been passed on and can be seen in his four grandchildren—Brennen, Dylan, Kendra, Dalton, and his great-grandchild Blake. He was always very proud of his grandchildren.
Fran enjoyed spending time with the best of many wonderful lifelong friends, especially his dog Sadie, his devoted hunting compan­ion. He also enjoyed play­ing softball in his younger years, golfing, fishing, hunt­ing, playing cards, garden­ing and helping family and friends with projects. Fran battled terminal glioblas­toma brain cancer for ten months and never once complained, always getting up with grace and great dignity after each blow the disease handed him and al­ways appreciating life and his independence until the end.
Special thanks to long­time friends Doug Schablin, Jeff Christensen and Gene Fenske, who kept Fran’s spirits high and battled right alongside him from the beginning of his diagno­sis all the way to the end.
He was loved by many nieces and nephews and enjoyed receiving letters, pictures and artwork in the mail from his great-nieces and nephews. Fran lived at Garnette Gardens Assisted Living for the last three months of his life, where he enjoyed visits from fam­ily and friends and having conversation with other tenants outside on the pa­tio, soaking up the sunshine while watching the birds, deer and other wildlife pass by during the beautiful late summer and early fall sea­sons that he loved so much.
Survivors include his mother Florence Kaufen­berg of Springfield; chil­dren— Amy Boettger (Greg) of Springfield, Jon Kaufenberg of Redwood Falls, asd Paula Brown (Mat­thew Muske) of Springfield; grandchildren— Bren­nen (Sarah) Boettger of Springfield, Dylan Boettger (Haley) of Spicer, Kendra Brown (Tony Hall) of Lino Lakes, and Dalton Brown of Springfield; siblings— Sister Ann Carol Kaufen­berg, SSND of Mankato, Joe Kaufenberg of Burnsville, Susan Rost (Al) of Park Rap­ids, Mary Heffernan (Pat) of Dresser, Wisconsin, Paul Kaufenberg (Marilyn) of Pe­quot Lakes, and Lee Kaufen­berg of Springfield, South Dakota; great-grandchild Blake Boettger; and many beloved nieces and neph­ew. Francis was preceded in death by his father Leo Kaufenberg.
Fran was fortunate enough to live a full life cre­ating many memories that he could look back on to put a smile on his face and creating many memories for others to keep smiling here on earth. Thanks to the Redwood Area Hospice and Hospital, Seasons, Dr. Fri­ese, St Johns Circle of Care, Carris Health Rice Care Therapy Suites, University of Minnesota Medical Cen­ter, Willmar Regional Can­cer Center and staff at Gar­nette Gardens, for their help and support.
Arrangements were with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail con­dolences may be sent via
Blessed be his memory.

Jean Nielsen

October 4, 2018

May 25, 1946 – Sept. 29, 2018

Jean Nielsen, age 72 of Tyler, died Saturday, Sept. 29 at Avera Tyler Hospital in Tyler.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Ty­ler. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the ser­vice. Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an on­line registry please visit
Jean Ann Nielsen was born May 25, 1946 to John and Lucille (Matheson) Langford in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where she was raised and attended school. Jean and Dale Nielsen were united in marriage on May 4, 1968.
Jean is survived by her husband Dale of Tyler; children Aaron (Kirsten) Nielsen of Arden Hills, Becca Nielsen of Mar­shall, and Kristian (Katy) Nielsen of Bakersfield, California; four grand­children; brothers John (Patti) and Bill (Carol) Langford; and many niec­es and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her aunts and uncles.
Memorials may be di­rected to the Dementia Society of America.

Kenneth Krog

September 26, 2018

obit K KrogJuly 8, 1971 – Sept. 21, 2018

Ken Krog, age 47 of Lake Benton, passed away Fri­day, Sept. 21 at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from complications resulting from a work-related in­jury.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednes­day, Sept. 26 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton. Visita­tion was 4-8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church, and will resume Wednesday one hour prior to the service. The House­man Funeral Home, Birk Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
Kenneth Brian Krog was born to Brian and Pa­tricia (Ochocki) Krog on July 8, 1971. He was soon joined by brothers Kelly, Matthew and Scott at the family farm north of Lake Benton. There he grew to love farming and raising livestock.
Ken graduated from Lake Benton Public School and went on to Canby Area Vocational College to pur­sue a degree in agricul­ture. Upon graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Laura Nibbe, on Aug. 28, 1993 at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno. They were blessed with five healthy children— Nathan, Nicholas, Hannah, Ryan and Rachael.
Ken’s favorite pastime was his love of sports, espe­cially softball and football. From this he made friends with numerous people throughout the area. Ken’s motto always was, “If you want a friend then be a friend.” This summer his greatest highlight was to play in a softball tourna­ment with his three sons.His kids were his great­est joy in life and he made them his first priority. He never missed watching his girls play volleyball or bas­ketball and loved watching the boys play football and basketball as well.
During his short life, Ken was a large livestock and crop farmer who enjoyed teaching his five children about raising and showing livestock. His kids were al­ways major contenders at the fair.
Ken will be greatly missed by everyone, as he touched so many with his kindness of both his heart and actions.
Grateful for having shared Ken’s life are his children, Nathan, Nicho­las, Hannah, Ryan and Ra­chael; parents Brian and Pat Krog; siblings Kelly (Nancy) Krog, Matthew (Jeanene) Krog and Scott (Kyndall) Krog; nieces and nephews Jennifer, Molly, Megan, Hadli, Aubri, Bri­elle, Taryn, McKenna, Kin­sley and Teigan Krog; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Waiting to greet him in heaven are his paternal grandparents Arnold and Aletta Krog, maternal grandparents Joe and Doris Ochocki, and pa­ternal uncle Colin Krog.
Blessed be his memory.

Jennifer Plank

September 26, 2018

Jennifer (Adolph) Plank, age 40 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, surrounded by family at her home.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-7 p.m. at the Showboat Pa­vilion (former American Legion Hall) in Lake Ben­ton. A prayer service with a time of remembrance will follow at 7 p.m.
To sign an online reg­istry, please visit