Bernadine Stynski

July 2, 2010

Bernadine Stynski, age 72 of Ivanhoe, passed away Saturday, June 26 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 1 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco, with Rev. Julie A.K. Anderson and Vicar Jackie Harvestine officiating. Burial will be in Lake Sarah Bethany Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 30 from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. at Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe. For online condolences, please visit our website at

Bernadine Carolyn Moat was born Aug. 25, 1937 to Bernard and Blanche (Walden) Moat in Slayton.She graduated from Lake Benton High School then  attended Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Following college, she worked at a bank in Lake Benton.

On June 10, 1961 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Stynski at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Following their marriage, the couple resided in the Lake Benton area until 1979, then moved to Granite Falls, where Bernadine got a job at a bank. The couple moved to Ivanhoe about two years ago.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. She sang in the church choir and the Girls Triple Trio. She played the organ, piano and accordion and loved music, gardening and flowers.

Bernadine is lovingly remembered by her husband of 49 years, Lawrence; three brothers-in-law: Raymond Stynski of Lamberton; Gordon Stynski of Ivanhoe and Norbert Stynski of Colorado Springs, Colo. and two sisters-in-law: Elaine Stynski of Ivanhoe and Caroline Thielges of Tracy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers-in-law: Richard Stynski and Art Thielges; three sisters-in-law: Ruth Ann Stynski, Rose Ann Stynski and Pat Stynski; two nephews: Scott Stynski and Mark Stynski; niece, Norine Frank and father- and mother-in-law, Mark and Regina Stynski.
Blessed be her memory.

Dr. Jon Paulson

July 2, 2010

Dr. Jon Paulson, 66, of Brandon, S.D. died Thursday, June 17 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D. Services are private. Interment will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Engebretson Chapel in Luverne. Complete  obituary, on-line registry and condolences may be found at

Dr. Jon Paulson was born Oct. 31, 1943 to Herman and Gladys (Kvale) Paulson in Luverne. In childhood he grew up on farms near Hills. He was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills and graduated from Hills High School in 1962. Following high school he attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1970. He was united in marriage to Gloria Sogard on Aug. 3, 1968 at Lake of the Isles Church in Minneapolis. Their union of 41 years was blessed with four children. The couple moved to Davis, Calif. where Jon served as an ambulatory intern and later Lockeford, Calif. working in a veterinary practice. The couple then moved to Worthington, then to Lake Benton, where they raised their family and established and operated the Western Veterinary Clinic for many years. After practicing large animal medicine for 30 years, Jon became a consulting veterinarian for Grand Laboratories Novartis Animal Vaccines and Growers Mineral Solutions. In 2008 Jon was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was admitted to the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Wednesday, June 16, where he died June 17 at the age of 66 years, 7seven months and 16 days.

Jon was a member of Sun Prairie Baptist Church near Salem, S.D. He devoted his life to the work he loved with large animal medicine. He enjoyed working with 4-H in his youth and in his adult years. He enjoyed reading and was a life long learner, never quitting the search for knowledge and truth. He was passionate about animal husbandry and loved cattle and livestock. For many years he worked at developing a breeding program for Polled Herefords. He especially enjoyed time with his family and sharing his interests with them.

Jon is lovingly remembered by his wife, Gloria, of Brandon, S.D.; four children: Jennifer Klimek and her children, Cade and Connor, all of Brandon; Christian Paulson of Brandon; Betze (Andrew) Deutz and their daughter Angela of Lake Benton and Jon Gary Paulson of Brandon, S.D.; sister, Betze (Maynard) Solomonson of Blaine; nephews, Joel and Jon Solomonson; nieces, Kari Wiggins and Stephanie Sogard and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Lance Klimek.

Joyce Yvonne Briffett

July 2, 2010

LAKE BENTON — Funeral service for Joyce Briffett, 82, of Lake Benton was Thursday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Benton United Methodist Church. Burial was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Lake Benton assisted with arrangements. Send online condolences at

Joyce Yvonne Briffett was born Oct. 3, 1927 to George and Veronica (Wagner) Smith in Lake Benton, where she was raised and attended Lake Benton Public School. She was baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Tracy and was confirmed in the Methodist Church in Lake Benton. She worked in her parent’s café until she graduated from high school. She then went to work at Nieforth’s clothing store. On Aug. 27, 1949 Joyce married LeRoy L. Briffett at the Methodist Church in St. James. She worked side by side with her husband in Briffett Hardware in Lake Benton. On March 11, 1970 they were blessed with their only child, Joy Lee. After her husband passed away in 1982, Joyce worked at Draper’s Carpet and Wallpaper store. She then worked at Lake Benton Public School, where she was head cook for 15 years.

Joyce died peacefully at Pipestone County Medical Center on Monday, June 21 at the age of 82 years, eight months and 18 days.

Joyce was a member of the Lake Benton United Methodist Church and of the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons, Brady and Riley Carstens. They were her pride and joy.

Joyce is lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Randy Schmidt of Canby; her grandsons, Brady and Riley Carstens of Canby; her three step-grandsons, Chris (Melissa), Cody and Corey Schmidt; two sisters, Nadine Borresen of Mankato and Beverly (Bob) Neale of Sauk Rapids; two brothers, Kenneth Smith of St. Cloud and Larry Wagner of Sacramento, Calif.; sister-in-law Phyllis Smith of Jasper; her very special friend and companion of 20 years, James K. Sorensen and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; her parents; five sisters, Vivian Busselman, Valda Naeve, Audrey Schnell, Georgia Smith and Hazel Jordt and one brother, George Smith.

James R. Steinberg

July 2, 2010

James R. Steinberg, 76, of Missoula, Mont. passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at St. Patrick Hospital.
Memorial services were Friday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church at 3718 Rattlesnake Drive, Missoula, Mont. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.

James was born Jan. 9, 1934 in Sibley, Iowa, the son of Lena and Andrew Steinberg. He grew up in Lake Benton and moved to Montana in 1953. He did ranch work, worked at Bud Lake Truck Stop and Imperial Meats, 4 B’s, retiring from 4B’s Wholesale.

James is survived by his wife of 57 years,  Lee; a daughter, Deborah; two sons, Michael and his wife, Jill and Richard and his wife, Lois; siblings: Kay Hughes and her husband, Roy; Carrel Hughes and her husband, Dick and Darrel Steinberg and his wife, Carol; sister-in-law, Sadie Steinberg; grandchildren: Scott; Jess and her husband, Eric; Megan; Sara and Emily; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Gracie and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Andrew and a grandson, Adam.
Memorials are suggested to the church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.

Kenneth Duane Nordmeyer

May 5, 2010

Funeral service for Kenneth Nordmeyer, 85, of Lake Benton, was Monday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Interment was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. View video tribute and send on-line condolences at

Kenneth Duane Nordmeyer was born Dec. 14, 1924 to August and Mabel (Lindemann) Nordmeyer in Lake Benton. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He grew up in Lake Benton, graduating from Lake Benton High School in 1944 and worked on the family farm. On March 4, 1950 Ken married Clarice Oerter at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Their union was blessed with five children and 60 years of life together. The couple farmed in the Arco and Lake Benton areas for 29 years. He was recognized as Outstanding Soil Conservationist in 1966. In 1979 they moved to their home in Lake Benton. In addition to farming, Ken worked as an independent trucker, meat cutter for Ernie’s Fairway, school bus driver and did some carpentry and plumbing work for two local businesses. Out of all these jobs, he most enjoyed farming and the care and fattening of his Hereford cattle. He retired in 1990. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004. Ken passed away at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the age of 85 years, four months, and 15 days.

Ken was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher and many years on the cemetery board. He was a member of the Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club. He loved to fish at Turtle Lake near Battle Lake and enjoyed deer hunting locally and in northern Minnesota, camping, hunting pheasants, vacationing, playing cards, pinochle, 500 and Scrabble. He especially enjoyed time spent with family and grandchildren.

Ken is lovingly remembered by his wife, Clarice; children: Craig (Carol) Nordmeyer of Reno, Nev.; Julayne (John) Thoreson of Willow Lake, S.D.; Karen (Ben) Koch of Breckenridge; Glenyce Nordmeyer-Coley of Rapid City, S.D. and Lee (Holly) Nordmeyer of Faribault; nine grandchildren: Brett Nordmeyer, Jennifer Tellinghuisen, Melissa Thoreson, Lynnea Thorseson, Jay Koch, Amy Koch, Taylor Nordmeyer, Conor Nordmeyer and Cammi Nordmeyer; step-grandchildren Erica and Adam Coley; great-grandson Dakota Nordmeyer; sister Betty Dahl of Seal Beach, Calif.; brother Eldon (Wanda) Nordmeyer of Lake Benton and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Naomi Knutson and son-in-law Mike Coley.

Rosina Ritter

April 20, 2010

TYLER — Services for Rosina Ritter, 90, of Tyler, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, and continued at the church. Visitation continues at the church on Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Interment is in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton assisted with arrangements. Send on-line condolences at

Rosina Caroline (Lubben) Ritter was born March 5, 1920 to John and Eva (Wendt) Lubben in LeMars, Iowa.

Rosina was the oldest of eight children, and was a profound influence in the lives of her younger brothers and sisters. After graduation from high school, Rosina worked at the bank in LeMars and then for several years at the law offices of Roseberry and Pitts. On January 10, 1945 she married Herman Ritter. Their union was blessed with three children and 52 years of life together. They made their home in LeMars until 1948 when they moved to rural Marcus, Iowa. In 1951 they moved to their farm at Lake Benton. Following Herman’s death on June 15, 1997, she continued to live in their Lake Benton home until April 2009 when she moved to Danebod Village in Tyler. She had only recently moved to Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler where on Saturday, April 17, 2010 Rosina died at the age of 90 years, one month and 12 days.

Rosina was active in church and community affairs all her life. She had a high regard for education and continued to read and learn throughout her life. In 1958 she was elected to the Lake Benton School Board, the first woman to serve in that capacity. She continued to serve for three terms. Her greatest passion during the second half of her life was the Lake Benton Opera House. She was very much involved in the restoration of the building and also served on the board of directors as secretary for 30 years. She was named a Friend of the Opera House in 1988.

Rosina is fondly remembered by her children, Margaret Nagel and her husband Daryl of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Martin Ritter and his wife Robin of Lake Benton; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Martha “Jo” Lubben of Hot Springs, Ark., Bernice Sitzman of LeMars, Iowa, Audrey Jakobsons and her husband Arnis of Elmhurst, Ill., and Hester Thoms and her husband Jerry of Sioux City, Iowa; two brothers, Harm Lubben of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Stanley Lubben and his wife Charlene of LeMars, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; a son, Richard; her parents; and one brother, Art.

John M. Parsley

April 14, 2010

LAKE BENTON — John M. Parsley, 81, died Tuesday, April 6 at Pipestone County Hospice Residence. John was born on March 1, 1929 on a farm in Moody Co. to Harry and Leona (Fargen) Parsley. He attended Durland Country School and graduated from Egan High School in 1948. John was married on Dec. 29, 1951 at Flandreau, S.D. to Frances Frauenberg. He started farming and then they moved to Colorado and he worked at Coors Brewery for two years, returned to Elkton, S.D. and farmed from 1957 until 1965. John worked for the National Farmers Organization from 1962 – 1970. They moved near Verdi in 1964 and he worked construction until going to work in the carpenter shop at SDSU from 1976 until he retired in 1991. He was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church, a former member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Elkton, was a member of the Verdi school board for 12 years and was sexton of St. Mary’s Cemetery for many years. John enjoyed gardening, bird watching, dancing, reading, wood-working and playing cards.

John is survived by his wife, Frances Parsley, Lake Benton; 13 children: Michael (Karen) Parsley, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Theresa (Paul) Osgood, Mazeppa; Thomas (Connie) Parsley, Dyersville, Iowa; Catherine (Norman) Rossiter, Brooklyn Park; Patrick (Jean) Parsley, Fairmont; Mona (Dennis) Boese, Pipestone; Bernadette (Neal) Carstensen, Granite Falls; Mark (Carol) Parsley, Mapleton; Eileen (Scott) Christensen, Lake Benton; Anthony (Darla) Parsley, Adrian; Merle (Dawn) Parsley, Lawson, Mo.; Miriam (Todd) Johnson, Pipestone and Jerome (Paige) Parsley, Del Ray Beach, Fla.; 60 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Lucille (Keith) Emerson, Phillip, S.D. and Mary Rosheim, Flandreau, S.D.

Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, Lake Benton with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elkton, S.D.

Gail Dahl

April 14, 2010

Gail Dahl, age 50 of Tyler, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at the Tyler Healthcare Center.

Gail Marie Dahl was born Dec. 27, 1959 in Tyler to Orville and Darlette (Hubner) Wigton.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 12 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler.

Jennie Swisher

April 14, 2010

Memorial service for Jennie Swisher, 94, of Hendricks, formerly of Nashua, will be Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home Chapel in Fergus Falls. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Nashua.

She died Friday, April 9 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.

Local arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at

Wes Alderson

April 14, 2010

HOLLAND — Services for Wes Alderson, 69, of rural Holland will be Thursday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. Visitation is Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Visitation continues at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Holland Cemetery.

He died Sunday, April 11 2010 at Tyler Healthcare Center.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler is assisting with arrangements.