Megan Stensgaard

January 14, 2011

Memorial services for Megan Stensgaard, age 22 of Florence, were Saturday, Jan. 8, 3 p.m. at the Community Center in Ruthton. Burial will be at a later date.
She died Tuesday, Jan. 4 in an auto accident in Pipestone County.
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.
Megan Jean Stensgaard was born Dec. 3, 1988 to Randy and Sue (Vos) Stensgaard. On Tuesday, Jan. 4 she was involved in an automobile accident in which she died at the age of 22 years, one month and one day.
Megan is lovingly remembered by her parents, Randy and Sue Stensgaard of Florence; a brother, Kyle Stensgaard of Florence; her grandmother, Betty Vos of Ruthton, and many other relatives and friends.

June Serie

January 6, 2011

June Serie, age 88 of Lake Benton, died Tuesday, Jan. 4 at the Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.

Funeral services are pending with Hartquist Funeral Home, Lake Benton Chapel.

Mildred A. Gehrts

January 6, 2011

SAUK RAPIDS—A funeral service will be held in April at Good Shepherd Chapel in Sauk Rapids, with burial at Immanuel Cemetery near Verdi, for Mildred A. Gehrts, age 99, who died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Sauk Rapids. Arrangements are being made with Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Mildred was born Sept. 20, 1911 to Henry and Helen (Binnebose) Lang near Pipestone. On Aug. 22, 1934 she was united in marriage to Wilos Gehrts in Verdi. They farmed near Verdi for 21 years. To this union two children were born, Meilahn and Allan “Joe.” Mildred was active in the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Verdi, a leader in 4-H and a clerk for the country school. Wilos passed away in 1955. In 1962 Mildred moved to Minneapolis, where she was employed by both North Memorial and Abbott Northwestern Hospitals working in a research lab. She retired in 1977 and spent the next 27 years living at Robbins Landing Apartments in Robbinsdale. She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, visiting grandchildren and shopping with friends. In 2004 she moved to Shepherd Oaks Apartments in Sauk Rapids to be closer to her son. Here she enjoyed crocheting mittens and scarves to donate to charities. It’s estimated she made over 20,000 mittens in the past 25 years.
Mildred is survived by one son, Allan (Helen) of Sartell; six grandchildren: Joan Gehrts of Sartell, Julie Dylla (Joe) of Sauk Rapids, Joe Gehrts (Tina) of Mendota Heights, Jeanette Jochum (Craig) of Big Lake, Becky Gauerke (Glenn) of Chanhassen and Chris Gehrts (Kim) of Eden Prairie; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilos, son Meilahn and granddaughters, Elizabeth and Cindy.

Michael Hook

January 6, 2011

Memorial services for Michael Hook, age 60 of Lake Benton, will be Friday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to service.
Michael died at his home Jan. 1.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line condolences and registry may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Lucy Thooft

December 30, 2010

Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy Thooft, age 82 of Tyler, was Thursday, Dec. 23 at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is provided the arrangements.
Lucy Catherine Thooft was born July 25, 1928 to Joseph and Engelina (Shoo) Balster on the family farm near Iona, Minnesota. On June 19, 1962 Lucy married Leon Thooft at St. Columba Catholic Church. She died at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
Lucy is lovingly remembered by her husband of 48 years, Leon of Tyler, and a sister, Josephine Neuheisel of Belle Fourche, S.D. as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, John, Henry, Frank, Bill, Aloy, Bernard and Norbert Balster, and two sisters, Mary Clark and Anna Schaffer.

Joyce Knutson

December 23, 2010

Memorial services for Joyce Knutson, age 74 of Lake Benton, were Monday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, with burial following at Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton, provided the arrangements. View a video tribute and leave condolences on-line at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Joyce Lorraine Knutson was born Oct. 3, 1936 to Stanley and Lyle (Deerborn) Patrick in Hendricks. She grew up on the family farm near White, S.D. She was baptized Oct. 3, 1937 at the Methodist Church in White and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Ivanhoe on May 20, 1951. She attended Country School District 48 and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1954, then continued her education at Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was united in marriage to Elroy “Bud” Knutson on Oct. 29, 1954 at Lake Benton United Methodist Church.  Their union was blessed with six children and 56 years of marriage. The couple raised their family and made their home in Lake Benton. Joyce worked for the Lake Benton News under Marlin Thompson for 30 years and retired in 1998. She also enjoyed her work at the Lake Benton Heritage Center for many years. In April of 2000 Joyce was diagnosed with cancer and established and organized the Lincoln County Chapter of Relay for Life. She was Lake Benton Citizen of the Year in 2007. She was very proud of her work at the Lake Benton Opera House and served on the Opera House Board for over 25 years and in 2010 she received the Friend of the Opera House Award. On Sept 18 Joyce moved to Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler, where she died Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the age of 74 years, two months and 12 days.

Joyce was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and served writing acknowledgements on behalf of the church. She was a member of the Town and Country Study Club of Lake Benton and a member of the Henry Sollie Post #10 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Lake Benton.  She enjoyed reading, photography, working on the computer, doing record keeping and genealogy, tending to her flowers and especially time spent with her beloved family.
Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Elroy “Bud” Knutson of Lake Benton; four sons, Scott (and Jeanne) Knutson of Brandon, S.D., Mark (and Jolene) Knutson of Maple Grove, Brian (and Tamara) Knutson of Augusta, Ga., and Kevin (and Laura) Knutson of Brandon, S.D.; five grandchildren, Joselyn (Michael) Schmitz, Jace Knutson, Jen (Jon) De Jong, Tony Knutson and Kirsten Knutson; two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Courtney De Jong; brother, Donald (and Mim) Patrick of Ottertail; sister, Darlene (Robert) Bailey of Ottertail; step-mother, Bernice Patrick, and  half-brothers and sisters, Lynn Swindle, Debbie Otten, Darla (Doyle) Hicks, Diane (Harlan) Best and David Fredricks. She was preceded in death by her parents, twin infant sons and granddaughter, Kayla Knutson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, Lake Benton Opera House, American Cancer Society Relay for Life-Lincoln County Chapter, Diamond Lake Cemetery or Lake Benton Heritage Center.
Blessed be her memory.

Lucy Thooft

December 23, 2010

Tyler — Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy Thooft, age 82 of Tyler, will be Thursday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 22 from 4-7 p.m. with prayers at 4:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
She died Tuesday at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

She is survived by her husband, Leon, of Tyler; sister, Josephine Neuheisel of Belle Fourche, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler is providing the arrangements. Full notice will appear next week.

Howard Krog

December 1, 2010

Memorial services for Howard Krog, age 88 of Lake Benton, were on Friday, Nov. 19 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton provided the arrangements. View a tribute video and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Howard Arthur Krog was born May 22, 1922 to Johan and Hanne (Thomsen) Krog on the family farm in Diamond Lake Township, rural Lake Benton. He was baptized and confirmed at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church. He received his education in country school District #16 through the eighth grade. Following his education he worked on the family farm and helped his neighbors. He was united in marriage to Bernice Yonker on June 29, 1947 at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with three children, Jerry, Rebecca and Deanna, and 63 years of marriage together. Howard was a dairy farmer until 1968 and had received the premier dairyman award from DHIA. In 1970, he partnered with his son, Jerry, in farming and in 1971 they began raising Simmental cattle and dealing seeds for Pioneer. He helped organize the Minnesota Simmental Cattle Association and served as secretary-treasurer. In 1981, the family was named “Cattlemen of the Year.” He retired from dealing seeds in 1992 and retired from farming in 2002. On Saturday, Nov. 13 Howard became ill at his home and was transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he died Monday, Nov. 15 at the age of 88 years, five months and 23 days.

Howard was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and had served on the church council. He also served on the Tyler Hospital Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing and traveling to visit family and friends.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Bernice of Lake Benton; children: Jerry (and Beverly) Krog of Lake Benton, Rebecca (and Michael) Alderman of Oregon City, Ore., and Deanna (and Richard) Rochel of Carbondale, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Norman, Arnold, Leon and Margaret Ann.

Blessed be his memory.

Florence Lopau

December 1, 2010

LAKE BENTON — Florence Lopau, age 90, of Lake Benton, died Nov. 22, 2010 at Tyler Healthcare Center.  Arrangements are pending with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Lake Benton.

Clarence Lichtsinn

December 1, 2010

LAKE BENTON — Clarence Lichtsinn, age 81, of Lake Benton, died Nov. 23, 2010 at Hendricks Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Lake Benton.