Eileen Jewett

March 31, 2011

Memorial services for Eileen Jewett, age 94, of Pipestone will be Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Tyler Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday, 5-7 p.m., with Order of the Eastern Star services at 6:45 p.m., at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel, 116 E. Bradley Ave., Tyler. She died Thursday, March 24 at Pipestone County Medical Center in Pipestone. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Eileen Mildred Jewett was born Feb. 1, 1917 to Edwin and Minnie (Munson) Lee on a farm in Moody County near Flandreau, S.D. Eileen married Francis Jewett on Dec. 12, 1936 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Eileen is lovingly remembered by her children: William (and Barbara) Jewett of Alexandria, Steven (and Marla) Jewett of Sloan, Iowa, and Linda (and Tom) Barron of Ruthton; 13 grandchildren,18 great-grandchildren and a brother, Marvin Lee of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her husband Francis, infant daughter Kathleen, her parents and six brothers and one sister.

Alice Reynolds

March 31, 2011

Funeral services for Alice Reynolds, age 97, of Pipestone will be Friday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Verdi. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
She died Sunday, March 27 at Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone. Full obituary will be published in next week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton is providing the arrangements. On-line condolences and registry may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Alice is lovingly remembered by numerous cousins and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and sister Mabel Reynolds.

Doris Stenerson

March 31, 2011

Funeral services for Doris Stenerson,  age 87, of Tyler were Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at Grace First Parish in Russell.
Burial was at Russell City Cemetery. She died Tuesday, March 22 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel
in Tyler. Leave on-line condolences or view video tribute at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Doris Elaine Thompson was born Feb. 16, 1924 in Westerheim Township, Lyon County, to Olaf and Emma Irene (Peterson) Thompson. Doris married Harvey Stenerson on Feb. 16, 1943 at Hope Lutheran parsonage in Minneota. After a courageous battle with cancer, Doris died at Tyler Healthcare Center on Tuesday, March 22 at the age of 87 years, one month and six days.
Doris is lovingly remembered by her children: Jerry of Russell, Ron (and Sharon) of Tyler, Perry (and special friend Brenda) of Fairmont, and Melanie (and Dick) Williams of Russell; six grandchildren: Denise Erwin, Jeff (Rachel) Stenerson, Lyle (Marilyn) Williams, Scott (Terri) Williams, Wendy (Bob) Lustfield and Missy (Jason) Janssen; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Ruth Ann (Darrel) Young of Surprise, Ariz., Beverly (Doug) Anderson of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Franklin (Adeline) Thompson of Glendale, Ariz; special friend and companion
Dick Pinckney and his family of Tyler, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, infant daughter Barbara, an infant son, her parents and siblings, Viola Neuman, Victor Thompson, Virgil Thompson, Arlene Garry and Tom Thompson.

Bea Harper

March 31, 2011

Memorial services for Bea Harper were Saturday, March 26 at Faith Community Church in Pipestone. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line condolences, registry and video tribute may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Beatte L. Harper was born May 22, 1936 in Minneapolis to Fred and Ebba (Hanson) Olin. She was united in marriage in 1966 to Thomas Harper and was blessed with two children, Erick and Sara Beth. After a courageous battle with cancer she died at her home on March 22 at the age of 74 years and 10 months.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son Erick (and Sarah) Harper and their children Caleb, Andrew and Alyssa of Tyler; daughter Sara Beth (and Marc) Aune and their children Evangeline Beatte and Gideon of Woodbury.

Mavis Joyce Windsperger

March 31, 2011

Mavis Joyce Windsperger (nee Rolf) was born May 11, 1941 at her parents’ home two miles south of Echo. She was the daughter of Roland and Myra (nee Riebe) Rolf. On May 25, 1941 at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo, Pastor Theodor Bauer baptized her into Christian faith. In 1944 Mavis moved with her family to the Delano area. Rev M.J. Lenz confirmed her into the Lutheran faith on June 6, 1954 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. In May of 1959 she graduated rom Delano High School. After graduation she attended the Minneapolis School of Beauty and worked part-time at Woolworth’s.
On July 15, 1961 she was united in marriage to Donald C. Windsperger, Sr. The following year, on May 16, 1962, their marriage was blessed with the birth of their son, Donald, Jr. Mavis enjoyed staying at home raising Donald until he reached the age of 17. In 1978 Mavis began a career at Continental Phone Company in Mound. While working there, she made enduring, lifelong friends. She worked in Mound until that office closed.
Mavis valued her faith and was an active member at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, attending Bible study, serving as a Sunday school teacher, holding offices in Women’s Club and Altar Guild and serving on the Evangelism Committee.
In her later years Mavis became a faithful and active member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Plymouth. She was active in altar guild, Bible study, leading the women’s Bible study group and helping with vacation Bible school. After the passing of her beloved husband Don, Mavis
enjoyed spending winters at her winter home in Apache Junction, Ariz. While there, she practiced
her faith by serving as a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Apache Junction. Mavis enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, attending choir concerts, sporting events and even stepping in as their grandparent at school functions.
Mavis was called to her eternal rest on March 21 at her winter residence in Apache Junction, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, Sr.; her parents Roland H. and Myra M. Rolf; her baby sister Mabel M. Rolf; her brother Richard R. Rolf; her parents-in-law Edward and Agnes Windsperger; brother-in-law Robert Windsperger and great nieces Karissa Vieths and Kara Stevens.
Mavis is survived by her loving son Donald C. Windsperger, Jr.; sister Bonnie and brother-in-law Kenny Weege; sister Linda Rolf; brothers and sisters-in-law Elaine and Larry Heyer, Edward and Susan Windsperger, Margaret and Albert Loebertman, Judy and Allie Lacina, Kathy and Tom Maas, Betty and Dale Glunz and Elaine Windsperger; aunts Naomi Riebe and Marge Windsperger; nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and other numerous relatives and friends.
Visitation was Monday, March 28 from 4-8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Christian burial took place on Tuesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Plymouth with Pastor Bruce Janisch officiating and Bethel Janisch serving as organist. Interment was at East Mt. Olive Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Casket bearers were Randy Weege, Dale Weege, Allen Rolf, Mitchell Weege, Trevor Weege, Jay Stevens, Josh Stevens and Sam Stevens.
Honorary bearers were Lynn Lahti, Brenda Stevens, Kim Vieths, Katie Stevens, Shannon Vieths, Danea Rolf, Danielle Weege, Jordan Vieths, Dabrina Rolf, Collin Vieths, Dawson Rolf, Maddie Stevens, Eva Weege and Grace Weege.
Mavis leaves to her family and loved ones her strong faith, remarkable courage, beautiful memories and contagious laughter. Blessed be her memory.

Leroy Melvin Nielsen

March 24, 2011

Leroy Melvin Nielsen, age 82, of Tyler passed away Friday, March 18 at his home. A private family service will be held. Email condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leroy Melvin Nielsen was born Dec. 12, 1928 in Tyler to Eijnert and Edel (Olegaard) Nielsen. He was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church. He attended country school District 2 west of Tyler. After his schooling, Leroy farmed with his dad. On Oct. 22, 1952 Leroy entered the U.S. Army. He served as an infantryman during the Korean Conflict. Leroy received his honorable discharge Oct. 21, 1954. Following his service, Leroy returned to the Tyler area to farm. In the spring of 1955 Leroy was united in marriage to Liesbeth Neumann in Lake Benton. He continued farming until his retirement in 1996. Leroy remained living on the farm until September 2010 when he moved to Danebod Village in Tyler. Leroy was a member of the Tyler VFW and Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He enjoyed traveling, deer hunting and watching the Twins, Vikings, “Bonanza” and westerns on TV. He also enjoyed driving his brand new red pickup and he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Leroy is survived by his children: Ken (Deb) Nielsen of Marshall; Pat (Ralph) Moorman of Albany; Julie (Chuck) Donaldson of Andover; Bruce (Roxanne) Nielsen of Russell, and Shiela Nielsen of Superior, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings: Agneta Rasmussen of Lake Benton, Vivian Nelson of Lake Benton, David (Agnes) Nielsen of Tyler, Marjorie Meinders of Edmond, Okla., and Dale (Jean) Nielsen of Tyler, and many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents and ex-wife Liz.

Brian Venekamp

March 24, 2011

Memorial services for Brian Venekamp, age 54, of Revere, formerly of Lake Benton, were held on Friday, March 18 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery at a later date.
He died Monday, March 14 at his home in Revere.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Lake Benton. On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Brian Venekamp was born Oct. 23, 1956 to Wilbur Venekamp and Berniece (Petersen) Venekamp Johannsen in Glendive, Mont. In 1959 the family moved to Lake Benton. Brian was baptized
at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church and attended school in Lake Benton. Brian lived in many places and recently made his home in Revere. He died at his home on March 14 at the age of 54 years, four months and 19 days.
While growing up, Brian was a member of Diamond Lake Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He loved to tinker and explore how things worked. Brian had many challenges throughout his life, yet he maintained a love and connection with his family.
Brian will be dearly missed by his mother, Berniece Johannsen of Lake Benton; siblings: Doug (and Carolyn) Venekamp of Verdi, Mike (and Cynthia) Venekamp of Sioux Falls, S.D., Patricia (and Joe) Harris of Silver City, N.M., Karen Venekamp (and Danny Anderson) of Kittridge, Colo., and Kevin (and Leslie) Venekamp of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Laura and Sara; three grandchildren, and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur
Venekamp; step-father, Ed Johannsen; infant sister, Donna Marie; maternal grandparents, Knute and Carrie Petersen, and paternal grandparents, Herman and Henrietta Venekamp.
Blessed be his memory!

Florine Kuiper

March 24, 2011

Memorial services for Florine Kuiper, age 85, of Watertown, S.D. were at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown. Florine passed away on Friday, March 11 at a care center in Watertown. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown. Arrangements were handled by Crawford Funeral Chapel of Watertown, S.D.
Florine was born on Jan. 27, 1926 in Diamond Lake Township, Lake Benton, to Fred and Helen (Busselman) Dahl. She was baptized, in symbol of her dedication to Jehovah God, on March 19, 1939. She moved to Watertown, S.D. in 1945.
On Oct. 27, 1948 Florine married Orville Kuiper in Pipestone. In 1964 the couple started the family-owned business, Kuiper Appliance Service, of which Florine was an active partner until 2000.
Her deep love for Jehovah God motivated her to volunteer many hours in the ministry of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Florine is survived by one daughter, Judy (Michael) Langendorfer of Watertown, S.D.; seven grandchildren: Eric, Crystal, Summer, Heidi, Wyatt, Jared, Jasminn and Jens, and two great-grandchildren, Mason and Gavin.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one son, James Kuiper, and one granddaughter, Pastel.

Brian Venekamp

March 17, 2011

Brian Venekamp, age 54, formerly of Lake Benton, died March 14. Arrangements
are pending with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.

Barbara Kock

March 3, 2011

Funeral services for Barbara Kock, 63, of Mankato will be Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery, rural Verdi.
She died Saturday, Feb. 26 at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton, is providing the arrangements. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Barbara Kay Kock was born on Friday, Aug. 1, 1947 in Tyler. She was the oldest daughter of Harold Kock and his wife Mary Louise Beever. She was baptized on Aug. 31, 1947 in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She was also confirmed in the Lutheran faith in St. John’s Lutheran Church at Lake Benton on June 11, 1961 by Pastor G. Birkholz. On June 3, 1965 she graduated from Lake Benton High School.
Following her graduation in 1965 she moved to Mankato and worked at Red Owl Grocery store for 20-plus years, then with QDC/CWC for 10 years and other various jobs until her retirement in June 2009. She passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 26 of cancer, with her daughter Christine at her side, at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato. Barbara was at the age of 63 years, six months and 25 days.
Barbara was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. She had a passion for reading, collecting angels, was a fan of “Paula Dean” (Mom would always say, “Paula always makes me so hungry watching her cook”) and she laughed at those wacky “Golden Girls,” but most of all she loved to spend time with her two grandchildren, Emma and Benny.
Barbara is lovingly remembered by her daughter Christine and her husband Stephen Lell and two grandchildren, Emma and Benny, of Mankato; one brother, Rodney Kock of Eagle Lake; three sisters, Cheryl VanDeVere of Marshall, Diana Muetzel of Rochester and Pamela Sontag of Big Lake, and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Larry Kock.