Diane Schlapkohl

January 30, 2014

obit Diane Schlapkohl-2

July 9, 1956 – Jan. 24, 2014

Diane Schlapkohl, age 57 of Canby, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 24 at her home surrounded by family.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Craig Timmerman as the Celebrant. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary following. Visitation continued on Tuesday one hour prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Canby.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Sanford Canby Breast Cancer Support Group, Sanford Canby MS Support Group, Sanford Canby Hospice, (any memorial to Sanford Canby please mail to: 112 St. Olaf Ave. S., Canby, MN 56220.) Memorials may also be sent to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 307 4th St. W., Canby, MN 56220.
Diane Cundigunda (Antony) Schlapkohl was born on July 9, 1956 to Walter and Dorothy (Sik) Antony in Canby. Diane was baptized at St. Leo’s Catholic Church and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby. Diane attended St. Peter’s Catholic School until the eighth grade and graduated from Canby High in June 1974. On July 13, 1974 Diane married Darwin Schlapkohl, her loving husband of 39 years. To this union was born a son, Jason Darwin, and daughter, Jennifer Ann.
Diane died peacefully in her home after a courageous battle of cancer. She was surrounded by the love of her family and will forever live on in all of our hearts.
Diane was a person in this world who was infectious, not only with her smile but with her being. She radiated in a room full of people with her love of life and her love of God and she wasn’t afraid to show her faith. She lived by her faith.
Diane was always in her element in the caregiving role. It started with her younger siblings when her dad died on her 10th birthday. After this she worked at the nursing home in Canby as a nurses’ aide then shortly thereafter started her own home daycare business for a number of years. This just wasn’t enough for Diane, though. She helped Sister Edna teach Sunday School each week for a number of years for the developmentally disabled. She would also always welcome the developmentally disabled to sit with her and her family during Saturday night Masses at church as well. She had an inner love and comfort with the developmental disability population. After her youngest child entered the first grade, Diane closed her home daycare business in approximately 1986 and became an employee at the Canby DAC.
Diane became a cancer survivor after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. Because she was so passionate about helping other people she started the breast cancer support group in Canby with the help of Peggy Sik and Sue Schanning.
Diane was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis in 1999. In 2004 Diane respectfully retired from the Canby DAC, as the MS would no longer allow her body to be in a caregiving role.
Diane was involved in both the Breast Cancer Support Group and the MS Support Group in Canby for a number of years.
Diane had a deep love for her family, especially her grandsons. Diane loved to entertain family and friends. She loved to go on the annual family hotel trip in March, the annual camping trip in the summer, and she lived all year long for Christmas time. Diane had an inner desire to give to others and to make others feel special. Christmas was a time when she was able to do this more than what she had already completed throughout the year.
Diane is lovingly remembered by her husband Darwin; her children, Jason (Serena nee-Mack) Schlapkohl of Canby and Jennifer (Aaron) Husby of Marshall; mother Dorothy Citrowske of Canby; grandchildren Austin and Carter Husby and Caden and Tyson Schlapkohl; brothers and sisters, Viola (Rodney) VanDeVeire of Canby, Leo (Karen) Antony of Canby, Darlene (Laurie) Antony of Farmington, Bernie (Keith) Wisniewski of Canby, Walter (Sandy) Antony of Canby, Margaret (Ron) Singsaas of Canby and Nancy (Brian) Hanson of Maynard; step brothers and step sisters Deanne VanConneyt of Mexico, Ronald (Lynn) Citrowske of St. Leo, David Citrowske of Savage, Richard (Karen) Citrowske of Ham Lake, James (Elvira) Citrowske of California and Grace Bedor of Burnsville; many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Diane was preceded in death by her father Walter Antony; step father Isidore Citrowske; brother Marvin Antony; step sister Amy Citrowske; grandparents Martha and Paul Sik and John and Margaret (Betzen) Antony; uncles Jim Sik, Marcy Sik, Clarence Sik, Harold Antony and Clarence Antony; Aunt Lorraine Beck; Aunt and Godmother Cundigunda Grengs, and grand-dogs Abby and Champ.
“It is a special time.”
Blessed be her memory.

Larry Johnson

January 24, 2014

A memorial service for Larry Johnson, age 72, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Lake Benton, will be Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to the service, all at the church.
Larry died Thursday, Jan. 16 at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Full obituary will appear in next week’s edition of the paper.

Roger Maurer

January 24, 2014

Aug. 28, 1952 – Jan. 13, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial for Roger Maurer, 61, of Tyler was Friday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Burial was in Chamberlain, S.D.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Roger Carlton Maurer was born Aug. 28, 1952 to Dale and Alice (Hickey) Maurer in Chamberlain, S.D. In the early 1980s he moved to Tyler, where he was currently employed by Frontier Communications. Roger passed away unexpectedly at his Tyler home on Monday, Jan. 13 at the age of 61.
Roger is lovingly remembered by his siblings Lorna (and Dean) Bowling of Mesa, Ariz., Margaret (and Manny) Ferrante of St. Charles, Ill., and David (and Colleen) Maurer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; many nieces and nephews and other relatives, friends and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dennis Faaborg

January 24, 2014

obit Dennis Faaborg

Feb. 16, 1937 – Jan. 17, 2014

Memorial services for Dennis Faaborg, age 76, of Tyler will be Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Memorial visitation was Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery.
He died Friday, Jan. 17 at his rural Tyler home.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler, or to Ridgeview Hospice at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.
Dennis LeRoy Faaborg was born Feb. 16, 1937 in Tyler to Herluf and Laura (Christensen) Faaborg. He was baptized on April 11, 1937 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler, and later confirmed there on April 1, 1951. Dennis grew up on the family farm and attended school in Tyler, graduating from Tyler High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955 and served three years as an Engineering Equipment Mechanic, and three additional years in the Reserves, being honorably discharged in 1961. On April 28, 1963 Dennis married Jolean Giesler at Danebod Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with three children and 50 years of life together. The couple moved to California in 1964, where Dennis showed his adaptability by working in construction, the rice harvest, tool and die work, at a milk plant, and on a dairy farm. In 1970 they moved back to Marshall for a year before moving to the Christensen farm, his mother’s home, to be dairy farmers. As a farmer, Dennis developed a great respect for God’s creation, which led him to be a concerned steward of the land and livestock, and an advocate of organic food production. After retiring from farming, he worked at Tyler Electric. On Friday, Jan. 17 Dennis died at his farm home, surrounded by his family. He was one month shy of his 77th birthday.
Dennis was an active member of Danebod Lutheran Church, where he had served on the Church Council, Folk School Board, and Cemetery Board, and participated in the Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study. He had also been a member of the Associated Milk Producers, Inc. Board and the Tyler Elevator Board. He was a member of A.C. Hansen American Legion Post 185 of Tyler. When the RTR High School Historical Research class interviewed local veterans, Dennis was one of the first participants to share his experiences. He enjoyed reading, especially history, and watching RTR basketball and football games, though nothing gave him greater joy than his family.
Dennis is lovingly remembered by his wife Jolean; his children, Denise (Bert) Jones of Suffolk, Va., Julie (Jim) Koester of Manson, Iowa, and Jason Faaborg of New Ulm; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Zach and Kate; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Cooper; brothers Allen “Arch” Faaborg of Pipestone and Doug (Lona) Faaborg of Custer, S.D.; sisters Jeanette Walters of Balaton and Sharron (Dan) Faaborg-Clark of Bay Point, Calif.; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Blessed be his memory.

Daniel Larsen

January 16, 2014

obit Daniel LarsenOct. 30, 1953 – Jan. 6, 2014

Funeral services for Daniel Larsen, age 60 of Battle Lake, were Friday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Thursday from 4-7 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m., all at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
He died Monday, Jan. 6 at his home in Battle Lake.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft – Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Daniel Blaine Larsen was born Oct. 30, 1953 to Darrell and Carole (Blaine) Larsen in Tyler. He was baptized in Tyler by Rev. Vordale of First English Lutheran Church. He grew up in Lake Benton and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1973. He then worked construction with his father, building homes. He later moved to Valley, Neb., where he worked building irrigation systems. He moved back to Lake Benton in 1993 and worked with the windtowers. Daniel met Connie Gawerecki in 1994. They moved to Perham, where he worked at Lund Boats and in 1995 they purchased their first home on Ottertail Lake in Ottertail City. On Sept. 14, 1996 they were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Their union was blessed with one son, Colton, born in 1998, and 17 years of life together. They moved to Pipestone in 2005 and he worked for Bayliner until it closed. In December 2010 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. In 2011 they moved to Battle Lake and managed a resort. Later that year Daniel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought a quiet and courageous battle with his illness. On Jan. 6 Daniel passed away at his home in Battle Lake, surrounded by his family. He was 60 years old.
Danny enjoyed baseball, fastpitch softball, hunting, fishing, feeding the birds, water sports, and especially spending time with his family and his dog Maggie.
Danny is lovingly remembered by his wife Connie Larsen of Battle Lake; his son Colton of Battle Lake; mother Carole Larsen of Lake Benton; father Darrell Larsen of Lake Benton; siblings, Deborah (Gregory) Esposito of Lake Benton, Tamara Heidebrink (Ken Tyrrell) of Spencer, Iowa, Dana (Jane) Larsen of Marshall, and Kara (Collin) Christensen of Lake Benton; father- and mother-in-law Jim and Lois Gawerecki of Lake Benton; sister-in-law Cheryl Gawerecki of Burnsville; brother-in-law Gregory Gawerecki of Verdi, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his nephew Craig Esposito and his grandparents Thomas and Luella Blaine and Soren and Stella Larsen.
Blessed be his memory.

Doris Miller

January 16, 2014

Oct. 4, 1920 – Jan. 9, 2013

Funeral services for Doris Miller, age 93 of Fergus Falls, formerly of Balaton, were Monday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
She died Thursday, Jan. 9 at Pioneer Care Center in Fergus Falls.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Doris Louise Miller was born Oct. 4, 1920 to John G. and Mildred A. (Belz) Henkel in Skandia Township, Murray County. On Dec. 15, 1945 Doris married LeRoy Miller at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton.
Doris is survived by her son Kenneth (Audrey) of Balaton; daughter Paulette (Ken) Brendefur of Fergus Falls; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Murlaine Henkel of Balaton and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy, infant daughter Jeanette, her parents, sister Ruth Swen-son and brother Johnny Henkel.

Daniel Larsen

January 13, 2014

Funeral services for Daniel Larsen, age 60 of Battle Lake, will be Friday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is Thursday from 4-7 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m., all at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
He died Monday at his home in Battle Lake.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Full obituary will be published in next week’s paper.

Justin George

January 13, 2014

Jan. 10, 1984 – Dec. 29, 2013

Memorial services for Justin George, age 29 of Ruthton, were Friday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton. Interment is private.
He died Sunday at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Justin John George was born Jan. 10, 1984 to Cynthia Hendley and John George, Jr. in Mankato.
Justin had medical issues and became seriously ill on Friday, Dec. 27; he was transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he died on Sunday, Dec. 29, two weeks before his 30th birthday. At the end of his life Justin was an organ donor to help provide life for others.
Justin is lovingly remembered by his mother Cynthia Hendley of Ruthton; his father John George, Jr. of North Mankato; his sister Amanda (Gary) Pipes of North Mankato, and their children, Christopher, Matthew, Blake and Bailey; aunts and uncles and many other relatives and friends.

Marlyn Wittrock

January 13, 2014

Nov. 1, 1933 – Dec. 29, 2013

Funeral service for Maryln Wittrock, age 80 of Pipestone, was Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Visitation was Friday from 4–8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone and continued one hour prior at the church. Interment will be at New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone and on-line condolences and registry may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Maryln Mertie Wittrock was born to William and Hazel (Minor) Nihart on Nov. 1, 1933 in Lake Benton. On July 28, 1951 she was united in marriage to LeRoy Wittrock in Pipestone. She died at the Pipestone County Hospice House on Sunday, Dec. 29.
She is survived by her children— Diane Heard of Pipestone, Loretta Backlund of Pipestone, Allen Wittrock and his wife Chris of Alexandria and Keith Wittrock of Pipestone; daughter-in-law Jodi Wittrock of Alexandria; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; her twin brother Marlin Nihart (Ruth) of Huron, S.D. and one sister, Lucille Strom of Woodstock. She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy; her son Ronald; grandsons Ryan Wittrock and William Heard; her parents William and Hazel; sisters Irene Hind, Hazel Prinsen and Louise Mortland; and brothers True Nihart, Earl Nihart and Stacy Nihart.

Elsie Smith

January 2, 2014

obit Elsie Smith

March 31, 1917- Dec. 25, 2013

Funeral services for Elsie Smith, 96, of Pipestone, were held on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Christian Reformed Church in Pipestone. Burial was in the Holland Cemetery.
Elsie Florence Smith was born to Joe and Nellie (Schut) Turbergen on March 31, 1917 in Leota. She was raised on several farms in the area by Leota, Edgerton, Chandler and Woodstock and she attended country school. After she completed the eighth grade, she moved with her parents to a farm south of Ruthton. While living there, she worked in several homes doing housekeeping. She also worked in Gambers Dry Goods and Grocery Store in Ruthton. On March 14, 1941, she was united in marriage to Albert Smith at the church parsonage in Holland. Following their marriage, they moved onto a farm in Fountain Prairie Township of Pipestone County. During this time, Elsie raised their three children and helped with the farm work. After their retirement in 1988, Elsie and Al moved to Pipestone. After 61 years of marriage, Al preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 2002. Following his death, Elsie continued to reside in Pipestone. in 2006, she became a resident of Ridgeview Estates where she enjoyed spending time with her friends.
Elsie was baptized in April 1917 at the Christian Reformed Church in Leota. She made her Profession of Faith in the spring of 1937 at the Christian Reformed Church in Holland and remained an active member of this church. During her lifetime, she taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, was a member of the Ladies Aid, and attended various Bible study groups. She enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, crocheting, gardening, camping, playing cards, putting together puzzles, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family. As a child, she and her siblings made play houses in the grove.
On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2013, Elsie passed away at the Pipestone County Medical Center at the age of 96 years, eight months, and 24 days. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She is lovingly remembered by her three children, Alger Smith and his wife Marilyn of Pipestone, Nancy Johnson of Lake Benton, and Gary Smith and his wife Evie of Paynesville; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Hattie Van Heerde. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her grandson Jason Smith; her son-in-law Steve Johnson; four brothers, Alfred, Gerrit, Henry and Fred Tubergen; and two sisters, Fannie Miersma and Helen Top.