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.Filed under Obituaries |
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.Filed under Obituaries |
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 www.hartquistfuneral.comFiled under Obituaries |
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.Filed under Obituaries |
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Ellen Lodahl Nielsen was born Aug. 31, 1914 to Christian and Karen (Jorgensen) Lodahl on their homestead in Sheridan County near Dagmar, Mont. She was baptized as an infant and was confirmed Sept. 1, 1929 at the Nathaniel Lutheran Church in Dagmar. She attended elementary school at Hiawatha School, District #49 and graduated from Dagmar Academy in 1933. She worked as a maid for a doctor’s family in Des Moines, Iowa during the depression years. On Oct. 27, 1934 Ellen married Jens J. Nielsen at the church parsonage in Des Moines, with the service performed by Rev. S. D. Rodholm. Their union was blessed with five children and 63 years of life together. Jens was from Tyler, and they moved to Tyler to operate the Nielsen farm until March 31, 1963 when they purchased a country store, The Friendly Corner, on Highway 14 west of Tyler. They retired on June 1, 1974 and moved into Tyler. After retirement the couple went on many trips around the United States. Ellen continued to live in their home following the death of Jens on April 6, 1998. In 2001 she made her home at Danebod Village in Tyler and in April, 2009 she moved to Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler. On Thursday, April 1, 2010, Ellen died at Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 95 years, seven months and one day.
Ellen was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler where she was active in the Danebod English Ladies Aid. She was a member of the Merry Homemakers Extension Club, the Hospital Auxiliary and Tyler Senior Citizens. For many years she participated in the Nite Writers, a creative writing class. Ellen enjoyed playing cards and Scrabble, doing Danish embroidery and writing her memoirs about her growing up years. She was an avid reader and loved to work crossword puzzles.
Ellen is lovingly remembered by her children: Ann Svendsen of Tyler; Roald Nielsen and his wife Kay of Glencoe; Barbara Jorgenson of Emery, S.D.; Ronald Nielsen and his wife Valerie of Moorhead and Nancy Mankin and her husband James of Greenville, S.C.; 12 grandchildren: Randall Wellberg, Brian (Lynne) Wellberg, Denise (Patrick) Masyga, Dawn Anderson, Lorene Schmisek, Lauri (Mark) Anderson, Lyndsey Nielsen, Darrell Burckhardt, Joy Butler, Michael (Jennifer) Nielsen, Mark (Lisa) Nielsen and Julie (Jason) Watson; 24 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters: Eleanora Milne and Elsie Lovell of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Ida Brinkman and Elizabeth Chandler of Plentywood, Mont. and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jens; her parents; sisters Agnes Miller and Bodil Carraway; brother Chris Lodahl, Jr.; three grandsons: Kenneth Wellberg, Bradley Burckhardt and Michael Scott Nielsen and son-in-law Darwyn Jorgenson.Filed under Obituaries |
RUTHTON — Memorial service for Gregory Lindahl, 57, of New Prague, formerly of Ruthton, was Monday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Gregory Allen Lindahl was born Sept. 3, 1952 to Glenn and Alene (Toft) Lindahl in Tyler. On Sunday, March 21, 2010 Greg died unexpectedly at his home at the age of 57 years, six months and 18 days.Filed under Obituaries |
TYLER — Memorial service for Wilmer Jensen, 80, of Tyler was Monday, March 22 at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial was in Hope Cemetery in Tyler. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. View a video tribute and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Wilmer Max Jensen was born August 6, 1929 in Tyler and died on Thursday, March 18 at the age of 80 years, seven months, and 12 days. Wilmer is lovingly remembered by his wife, Deloris; his children, Kitty Jensen of Tyler, Rick Jensen and his wife Joan of New Ulm and Kim DeVries and her husband Mike of Tyler; four grandchildren, Nicole (Kevin) Briggs, Ben Jensen (Amanda Andrews), Zack Jensen and Joseph DeVries; three great-grandchildren, Candon Briggs, Braylon Jensen and Porter Jensen; a brother, Dennis Jensen and his wife Esther of Tyler and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Pete.Filed under Obituaries |
There are times in one’s life when unexpected sadness comes our way. Most recently one of those times came on Thursday morning, Feb. 25 upon receiving word that one of Lake Benton’s staunchest supporters – Jack Burk – was no longer in our midst.
This individual brought not only his many and varied talents to the community, but I was among the many who came to really appreciate the person.
My recollections of him over the several decades I was in Lake Benton are many. My memories are from the times we served together on various committees and organizations, to our common efforts in city government . . . and the times we just sat down for a cup of coffee and often times a cookie or two, or occasionally a slice of key lime pie (one of his favorites.) He was never too busy to discuss anything that had to do with Lake Benton! And his knowledge of the city’s history was right up my alley! I really enjoyed his descriptions of years past . . from the old-time photos he loved to talk about to the day in and day out comings and goings within Lake Benton. I also marveled at his artistic works and especially his ability to capture the beauty of the Lake Benton area in his paintings.
He was a stalwart when it came to defending the town nestled in the valley by the lake and his reasons for doing so were obvious to me — he was passionate about Lake Benton! I recall the first Visions in Progress meeting I attended and he was the one who spelled out the need for a Heritage Center to preserve the town’s history. Not long after that, he was also the one who came to me and suggested that a historical society would be a big asset to not only preserving that history but also providing an ongoing chronology for the years to come. Soon thereafter . . . well it’s history! Both of his ideas were brought to fruition.
His involvement for the betterment of the community was unending. His businesses were a tremendous asset to the town and, not surprisingly, he personally was one of the town’s biggest assets. I always marveled at his knowledge of the antique glassware and other items he displayed in his business and his readiness to bring a special tale that was connected to many of them.
When you drive through the “main drag” in Lake Benton, once again this is the result of his vision for the “city center” downtown intersection and the vintage-style street lighting. He was relentless day after day in his quest to see those changes made when the main street project was being contemplated. On one particular early summer day the two of us sat down to discuss how that all might come about. I will always remember when I asked him if this was something the other city council members and residents would support — and I thought my serious question was something that needed a reply. Well as many know he also had a good sense of humor and with a smile he replied, “Well, I guess they could kick us out!” You know what? He never did clarify that.
His personal achievements were many and Lake Benton is the fortunate recipient of his numerous good works. I always admired him for his unselfish commitment to making Lake Benton a better place for all. Blessed be the memory of Jack Burk.
Marlin D. ThompsonFiled under Obituaries |
Funeral services were held Monday, March 1 for Douglas and Lillie Foster, Minneapolis, who passed away Feb. 25 and 23, 2010 as a result of a tragic car accident.
Doug and Lil were married for 57 very happy years. Services were held at Grace Lutheran Church and interment was in Ft. Snelling.
Doug was born and raised in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis and attended West High School. Lillie Junge, daughter of Art and Ethel Junge, was born and raised in Lake Benton and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1949, where she was Salutatorian. They met in undergraduate school at the University of Minnesota, receiving their degrees there.
They were married Sept. 12, 1953. Doug was in ROTC, served in Korea, received a Masters Degree at Harvard, spent many years in architecture and design in St. Paul and was a professor at NDSU.
Lil dedicated her life to her children and was especially active in volunteering her time over the years to church, school and numerous charitable groups.
They are survived by children Anne (Steve) Nelson) and Dave (Jenny) Foster; three grandchildren; her sister, Sophie (Jerry) Lipinski of Hendricks; his siblings, Irene (Ed) Orr and Gene (Bridgette) Foster. Preceding them in death were their parents and her brother, Lawrence.Filed under Obituaries |
ELKTON, S.D. — Alice was born April 23, 1934 in Elkton, S.D. to August and Phoebe (Booth) Hartwig. She graduated from Elkton High School in 1952 and was married to Bruce Kinner on Oct. 25, 1953 in Elkton, S.D. She was a farm wife but also worked at SDSU in Brookings, S.D. and then at Royal River Casino in Flandreau, S.D. for eight years. Alice was a lifetime member of United Parish of Elkton and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Lake Benton Post #10.
She liked playing cards, having lunch with friends and she loved her family and her pugs. She also loved to shop and had several different types of collections. She is survived by her husband, Bruce; three children: Bradley Kinner, Mounds View; Brenda (Tom) Wurzberger, Hutchinson and Brian (Michelle) Kinner, Tea, S.D. and seven grandchildren: Bayley Kinner, Braxton Kinner, Zoe Kinner, Nick Draper, Brooke Draper, Lexi Wurzberger and Dylan Wurzberger. She was preceded in death by her parents and an unnamed infant daughter.Filed under Obituaries |