Leon Knutson

September 16, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Leon Knutson, age 72 of Marshall, was at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visi­tation was Thursday from 4–8 p.m. with a CCW ro­sary at 4 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp–Horvath Fu­neral Home in Marshall. Visitation continued from 8:30–10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment followed the service at Cal­vary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.

Leon Arlan Knutson was born on Sept. 19, 1938 in Lake Benton to Fred and Christine (Krog) Knutson. He grew up in Lake Benton and graduated from Lake Benton High School. Leon was drafted and served in the U.S. Army. After his dis­charge, he returned to Lake Benton. On April 4, 1966 he was united in marriage to Beatrice Kapolczynski at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Leon drove grain truck for a while before taking a job for the Schwan Food Company. He worked for Schwan’s for 35 years, retiring in 2004 as the manager of dry storage. After his retirement, he took a job at the Hy-Vee gas station. Leon was very social. He enjoyed visit­ing with his customers at Hy-Vee, hosting friends at barbecues and other ven­ues and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He and Beatrice enjoyed travel­ling and Leon also enjoyed fishing and flower garden­ing.

Leon died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 5 at his residence in Marshall. He is survived by his wife Be­atrice of Marshall, daugh­ter Sandra (and Mark) En­emark of Tyler, son David (and Nancy) Knutson of Marshall, grandchildren Kristin, Brandon, Nicole and Mackenzie, siblings Anita (and Herb) Hem­rick of Mesa, Ariz., Elroy Knutson of Lake Benton, Ila (and Elmer) Possail of Tyler, Keith (and Diane) Knutson of Mesa, Ariz., nieces, nephews, rela­tives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother- and father-in-law, sister-in-law Joyce and several in-laws on the Kapolczynski side.

Leon Knutson

September 8, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Leon Knutson, age 72 of Marshall, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visita­tion will be Thursday from 4–8 p.m. with a CCW Ro­sary at 4 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp–Horvath Funer­al Home in Marshall. Visi­tation will continue from 8:30–10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.

Leon Arlan Knutson was born on Sept. 19, 1938 in Lake Benton to Fred and Christine (Krog) Knutson. He died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept 05 at his res­idence in Marshall.

He is survived by his wife Beatrice of Marshall, daughter Sandra (and Mark) Enemark of Tyler and son David (and Nancy) Knutson of Marshall.

Arnold “Buzz” Dass

September 8, 2011

Arnold “Buzz” Dass, age 73 of Tyler, died Wednes­day, Aug. 31 at the Mid­west Regional Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was Sat­urday, Sept. 3, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visita­tion was Friday, 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. In­terment was at St. Diony­sius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johan­sen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry, condolences and video tribute may be found at www.hartquistfu­neral.com.

“Did you hear the one about…”

Arnold “Buzz” Dass was born June 28, 1938 to John and Mathilda “Tillie” (Ster­zinger) Dass on a farm in Lake Stay Township.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. He attended country school and Ivanhoe schools. Fol­lowing a tornado in 1955, he attended school in Ty­ler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1957. He was united in marriage to Joyce Bakker on Oct. 11, 1958 at St. Dionysius Cath­olic Church in Tyler. Their union was blessed with five children and 52 years of marriage together.

The couple began their life together in Spring Val­ley, where Buzz managed Skell Gas. In 1961 they moved to Tyler and he worked for Tyler Whole­sale and in 1965 became owner and operator until his retirement in 2003.

Buzz died on Wednes­day, Aug. 31 at Midwest Regional Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the age of 73 years, two months and three days.

Buzz was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. He was a member of Tyler Lions Club, Tyler Clown Club, Aebleskiver Committee, Tyler Fire Department, Commercial Club and Min­nesota Wholesale Market­ers Association. He loved woodworking, hunting and fishing, playing cards and dice, telling stories, greeting and visiting at the Wooden Diamond Bed and Breakfast, Joyce’s cooking, cocktail hour, loud T.V. and especially loved time spent with his family. Buzz will be remembered as a loving husband, dad and grandpa with a big heart.

Buzz will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joyce of Lake Benton; chil­dren: Jody (Dick) White of Fort Pierre, S.D.; Curt (Kari) Dass of Tyler; Leann (Doumit) Ishak of Raleigh, N.C.; Laron (Haylee) Dass of Montgomery, Ala., and Danielle (Brian) Brezina of Cary, N.C.; grandchildren: Amanda (David) Williams, Michelle (Nate) Preston, Eric Benz, Justin (Erin) Dass, Tasia Dass, Karmina Ishak, Georgina Ishak, Amira Ishak, Laron Dass, Jr., Tyler Brezina and Aus­tin Brezina; great-grand­children: Ashlyn, Logan, Megan, Van and Jaxon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dorothy Zgoda.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Tyler Endowment Fund.

Joy M. Lavin

August 25, 2011

Joy M. Lavin, age 77 of Clear Lake, S.D., passed away Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake, S.D. A Mass of Chris­tian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, S.D. with Father Ken Koster cele­brating. Burial was in the Lakeview Cemetery, Clear Lake, S.D.

Visitation was Monday, Aug. 22 from 5–7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Visitation resumed Tues­day one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake, S.D. was en­trusted with the arrange­ments.

Joy Margaret Lavin was born March 10, 1934 to Denver and Corda (Ellis) Williams in Garfield, Ark. She was baptized and con­firmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper, Wyo. Joy graduated from high school in Shoshoni, Wyo. in 1952.

Joy was united in mar­riage to Dallas Lavin on Feb. 6, 1954 in Casper, Wyo. They moved back to Clear Lake, S.D. in 1955 where they owned and operated Lavin Oil for 37 years. Joy worked at Shell Oil Com­pany, Deuel Telephone Company, Joyce’s and the Deuel County Memorial Hospital for 25 years. Joy suffered a stroke in July of 2004. In September of 2004, she became a resi­dent of the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake, S.D., where she was loved, cared for and treated like family for seven years.

Joy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ladies Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary and the Hospital Home and Auxiliary. She was also involved in the Clear Lake Booster Club, Hospi­tal Financial Organization, Extension Club, Clear Lake Golf Club, loved volunteer­ing at the Good Samaritan Home and Clear Lake Mu­seum. She helped orga­nize the Red Hat Society in Clear Lake. Joy received the Angel of the Com­munity Award and loved her Minnesota Twins. She touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband Dallas Lavin, Clear Lake, S.D.; five chil­dren: Kimberly (David) Stormo of Delafield, Wis., Chad (Cindy) Lavin of Ver­million, S.D., Penny (Ste­ven) Krause of Lake Ben­ton, Kane (Sue) Lavin of Glendale, Ariz., and Stacy (Shawna) Lavin of Buck­eye, Ariz.; 11 grandchil­dren; seven great-grand­children; one sister, Janet (Lee) Shoop of Wheatland, Wyo., and two sisters-in-law, Gerry Koenecke of Clear Lake, S.D., and LaFoy (Lloyd) Tesch of Water­town, S.D., and many niec­es and nephews.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law Lyle “Jack” and Bonnie Lavin, and brothers-in-law Melvin Koenecke and Mar­vin Lebert.

Ma­bel S. Nibbe

August 25, 2011

Funeral services for Ma­bel S. Nibbe, age 91 of Tru­man, will be held Monday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Willow Creek, rural Ver­non Center. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, South Willow Creek. Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 28 from 2-5 p.m. at Zaharia Family Fu­neral and Cremation Ser­vice in Truman and one hour before the service in the church.

Surrounded by fam­ily, Mabel died on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Truman Senior Living after a four-month battle with multiple my­eloma.

The oldest of nine sib­lings, Mabel Sylvia Ko­pischke was born July 16, 1920 in Pleasant Mound Township, Blue Earth County, to Fred and Sena (Stoltzman) Kopischke. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Willow Creek. She attended school at the Cooling School in Ceresco Twp. and St. John’s Parochial School, Willow Creek. On Feb. 6, 1940 Mabel was united in marriage to William “Bill” Nibbe. While raising their three children, they spent their lives farming and working for area farm­ers as a married couple. She was a multi-talented homemaker who loved fishing, dancing, quilting and crocheting, garden­ing, flowers, making soap, rugs and feather pillows and playing harmonica. She was very proud of her state and national hand-corn picking trophies. She always lived by her motto, “Make do, make do.” After Bill’s stroke, they moved from Amboy to Truman. Bill died in 1996. For 17 years Mabel was a dedi­cated volunteer at Truman Senior Living before she became a resident there on May 12. Mabel’s German heritage, faith and fam­ily were important parts of her life. She was a life­time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Willow Creek, former member of Dorcas, member of Lu­theran Retirement Home Auxiliary and member of Lutheran Women’s Mis­sionary League.

Mabel enjoyed her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren dear­ly. There were many hours spent down on the farm learning life’s lessons and skills. In later years she shared her love, time, sto­ries and interests with her great-grandchildren.

Mabel is survived by two sons, Mervin (Karen) Nib­be of Vernon Center and John (Pam) Nibbe of Lake Benton; daughter Donna (Al) Mendenhall of Free­born; Merv and Karen’s children and grandchil­dren: Dennis (Stacy) and Morgan, Leslie (Brent) Nibbe-Johnson and Emily, Jason (and friend Nichole Schendel); John and Pam’s children and grandchil­dren: Laura (Ken) Krog and Nathan, Nicholas, Hannah, Ryan and Rachael; Chris (Nycole) and Sam, Braden and Sydney; Luke (Amy) and Matthew, Wade and Joseph; Donna and Al’s children and granddaugh­ter: Mike, Dave (Corrie) and Dan (Brooke) and Ad­dison.

Also surviving is brother Gordon (Dorothy) Ko­pischke of Vernon Center; sister Verona (Delphin) Urban of Lake Crystal; sister Norma (Jerry) Kel­ley of Coon Rapids; four sisters-in-law: Helen Ko­pischke of Madison Lake; Olivia Kopischke of Lewis­ville; LuVerna Kopischke of Huntley, and Donna Kopischke of Vernon Cen­ter, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; four brothers: Clarence, Harold, Elmer and Earl; sister Alta Berge­mann; grandson James Nibbe and infant great-granddaughter Payton Jo Nibbe.

Harry F. Thooft

August 19, 2011

Harry F. Thooft, age 84 of Russell, died Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Tyler Healthcare Center. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dio­nysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Interment was in St. Dionysius Catholic Cem­etery in Tyler. Arrange­ments were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condo­lences at www.hartquist­funeral.com.

Harry Fred Thooft was born to Octaaf and Emma (Becker) Thooft on March 15, 1927 on a farm in Lin­coln County. On Nov. 23, 1948 he was united in mar­riage to LaVaune Schreurs at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler.

He is lovingly remem­bered by his wife LaVaune Thooft of Russell; six chil­dren: Carolyn Lindsay and her husband Kenneth of Albertville, Gary Thooft and his wife Deb (Coud­ron) of Russell, Steven Thooft and his wife Nancy Jean (Liebswager) of Rus­sell, Janice Bornitz and her husband Larry of Tracy, Myril Thooft and his wife Evelyn (Sik) of Lynd and Marlowe Thooft and his wife Nancy Ann (Turuba) of Russell; 10 grandchil­dren; four great-grandchil­dren and one sister, Evelyn Schultz of Marshall. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Neil, and his parents, Octaaf and Emma Thooft.

Leann Marcia Wads­worth

August 19, 2011

Leann Marcia Wads­worth, age 54 of Willmar, fought a strong and coura­geous battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), but went home to be with Je­sus on Wednesday, July 27. Her funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1 at Vinje Lutheran Church, Willmar. Visitation was on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Willmar, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Leann Marcia (Dahl) was born Sept. 22, 1956 in Tyler, the daughter of Bob “Seeds” and Sylvia (Thomsen) Dahl. She grew up in Lake Benton, Tyler and Ivanhoe, graduating from Ivanhoe High School in May 1975. She contin­ued her education at St. Cloud Vo Tech, graduating in June 1976 with a degree in child development. Fol­lowing graduation, Leann moved to Willmar and worked for the Willmar Public Schools, first at Kids Kastle, until 2002 when she went to work with stu­dents with special needs at the high school and at Focus House.

On Aug. 18, 1984 Leann married the love of her life, Jim Wadsworth, in Ivan­hoe. They were blessed with two beautiful daugh­ters, Allie and Jen.

Leann was baptized on Oct. 28, 1956 at Grace Lu­theran Church in Lake Ben­ton and was confirmed in April 1973 at Bethany Elim Lutheran Church in Ivan­hoe. She was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar at the time of her death, where she had served on the altar guild, taught Sunday school and confirmation.

Her family recalls how Leann enjoyed reading, walking, playing games, talking, laughing and es­pecially being with family and friends. Leann enjoyed traveling to Duluth, Florida and a special family trip to Hawaii.

Leann is survived by her husband Jim and daugh­ters, Allison Mamie Wads­worth and Jennifer Bobbi Wadsworth, both of Will­mar. Also surviving are her sisters, Kristi Morelan of Willmar and Julie (Tim) Paluch of Pierre, S.D.

Leann was preceded in death by her parents.

Nor­man George Sears

August 12, 2011

On Monday, July 4 Nor­man George Sears, age 72 of Alamo, Texas, passed away at the McAllen Medi­cal Center in McAllen, Texas. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the First Baptist Church of Lake Benton. Pastor Mark Fish will be officiating. Prior to the me­morial service, the family will have a private inter­ment at the Lake Benton Cemetery.

Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line registry, condo­lences and video tribute may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Norman was born to the late George and Gladys (McLaird) Sears on Aug. 31, 1938 in Lake Benton. On Sept. 21, 1958 Nor­man married Barbara Van­Drunen in Tyler.

Norman is survived by his wife Barbara; his son and his wife, David and JoEllen (Kory) Sears of Fredericksburg, Va.; his daughter and her hus­band, Kathryn and Nicho­las Maas of Bolivar, Mo.; daughter Annette Sears of Alamo, Texas, and five grandchildren.

Gladys Munson

August 12, 2011

Funeral services for Gladys Munson, age 99 of Balaton, are Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton. Visitation is Wednesday from 5–8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30, all at the church. Burial will be in Sillerud Cemetery.

She died Sunday, Aug. 7 at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.

Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com

Gladys Eleanor Mun­son was born Dec. 11, 1911 to Charles and Mary (Johnson) Rathlisberger in Mankato. She married Carl Munson on June 4, 1936 at St. Peter. On Aug. 6 she fell and was admitted to Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, where she died on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the age of 99 years, sev­en months and 26 days.

Gladys is lovingly re­membered by her chil­dren, Marie (and Nat) Rut­ter of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Bob Munson of Balaton; grandchildren Todd (and Karen) Rutter and Chris (and Jennifer) Rutter, all of Edmonton, and Jon (and Amy) Mun­son and Paul Munson, all of Balaton, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, her parents and her brother, Carlyle Rathlisberger.

Marian Pricer

August 12, 2011

Marian Pricer passed away on July 24 at St. Ther­ese of New Hope. Funeral services were at Brookdale Covenant Church on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. The Evans Nord­by Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Marian was born on April 29, 1924 to Gordon and Vera Clipper in Lake Benton. Marian loved her life on the farm working hard with her family and working for others as well. She was the oldest of Vera and Gordon’s five children. Marian cherished and en­joyed lifelong friendships with her four siblings, Norma Rogers, Gloria Even, Keith Clipper and Van Clipper. Marian gradu­ated from Lake Benton High School in 1942.

After high school Mar­ian spent a year in Florida working as a personnel assistant. She then moved to the Camden area. When World War II broke out Marian worked with a group of eight women at In­ternational Harvester run­ning a lathe. After the war she began a 19-year career working at the Camden Bank. She loved her work and made many lifelong friends at the bank. She enjoyed getting together with the “bank girls” and dearly loved time spent with those friends.

She met Clyde Pricer through her good friend Millie Huxley and on Oct. 4, 1952 they were married. Their first home was on Washburn Ave. in Minne­apolis and it was here they began their family. Son Curtis was born on Nov. 22, 1961 and son Lowell was adopted on Aug. 12, 1963. Marian was a dedi­cated mother and loved her boys. In 1974 Clyde and Marian purchased their home on Memory Lane in Fridley. Marian loved both of these homes and kept in close contact with all her neighbors.

After working at the bank Marian began do­ing some catering work for Mrs. Fish. She loved it so much that she began building a client list of her own. She worked many years catering for a won­derful group of clients. She enjoyed catering so much she worked until she was 82-years-old!

Marian was very involved at Camden Covenant and then Brookdale Covenant Church. She taught Sun­day school, participated in Joy Circle, Friendship Builders (senior citizens), Covenant Women and worked tirelessly in the church kitchen. She also volunteered regularly at Bethany Covenant Home serving coffee and cookies. She found so much joy in putting on many banquets, luncheons, weddings and funerals working for hours with her good friends and making an occasion truly special.

Marian was also in­volved with Home League at the Salvation Army for many years. She took her mother and friends there every Thursday for lunch and a program. She assist­ed many times putting on the program and making creative party favors.

On Nov. 1, 1997 Clyde passed away from com­plications due to diabetes. Never thinking she would be alone, Marian took on all the responsibilities of running her house. She enjoyed mowing her own lawn and keeping her grass looking perfect, no weeds! She also kept busy at her church as well as volunteering at the Salva­tion Army, catering and at­tending all of her clubs. She seemed to have something going every minute. Mar­ian also enjoyed her two grandchildren, Rachel and Mitchell. She was proud of them and enjoyed follow­ing all the things they were involved in. Her energy was unmatched, so it was a shock to her and all of us when she fell on the ice going to a Salvation Army meeting in 2007. This fall changed her life immense­ly, as she had to move to The Crossings in Brooklyn Center. She deeply appre­ciated the friendship and tender care that the Jim Woods family extended to her while living at The Crossings.

She embraced her new home with energy and en­thusiasm. She continued to meet new friends, en­tertain and travel. On May 5 Marian had a stroke and, through tests, it was dis­covered that her Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia had become active. She also continued to have com­plications with her heart. Marian was moved to St. Therese of New Hope for rehabilitation care. Short­ly after arriving it was discovered that Marian would need hospice care and decided to stay at St. Therese during this time. Marian loved all of your cards, visits and words of love and encouragement during her stay at St. Ther­ese. We thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for our family.

During the last weeks of her life, one afternoon we were sitting outside in the sunshine and she be­gan singing a chorus that went like this, “There’ll be joy, joy, joy in my Father’s house, in my Father’s house, in my Father’s house. There’ll be joy, joy, joy in my Father’s house; where there’s peace, sweet peace.

We rejoice in the knowl­edge that Marian is in her Father’s house experienc­ing joy and peace, sweet peace.