Evangeline Gieseke

October 26, 2012

June 2, 1921 – Oct. 20, 2012

Graveside services and burial for Evangeline Gieseke, age 91, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:30–2 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.
She died Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
Arrangements are provided by the Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.
On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Evangeline Sophia Gieseke was born to Frank and Anna (Willert) Pottratz on June 2, 1921 near Ward, S.D. She was baptized on June 26, 1921 by Pastor Werr at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Verdi. She was confirmed on Feb. 25, 1940 at the English Lutheran Church in Lake Benton by Rev. Vordale. She attended school in Verdi, Lake Benton, Pipestone and Des Plaines, Ill. On July 22, 1940 she was united in marriage to Clifford Luschen in Tyler by Rev. Vordale. Following their marriage, they lived in Lake Benton, Minneapolis and Glencoe. After Clifford’s death on April 29, 1957 she worked at Strutwear in Glencoe and Tonka Toys in Mound. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1967 she married Walter Gieseke at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe by Pastor Bogel. Following their marriage they lived in Glencoe. Walter passed away on Jan. 22, 1974. After his death, Evangeline worked at Hands in Hutchinson until her retirement in 1983. In 1985 she moved to Lake Benton and resided there until May 2010, when she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Communities in Pipestone. In November 2010 Evangeline moved closer to her family and became a resident at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe, where, on Saturday, Oct. 20 she died peacefully at the age of 91 years, four months and 18 days.
Evangeline was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She enjoyed spending her time sewing and doing ceramics.
She is survived by her stepdaughter Donna Stepien and her husband Larry of Glencoe; her step-son-in-law Jack Noga of Glencoe; seven step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; numerous cousins and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford Luschen, her husband Walter Gieseke, her step-daughter Betty Noga, her parents, her stepfather Henry Nybo, one stepsister, Deloris Jarzombek, and one stepbrother, Robert Nybo.

Leo L. Alexander

October 26, 2012

MULVANE, Kan.— Leo L. Alexander, age 72, retired SBA Loan Specialist, died Sunday, Oct. 14. Visitation was from 1-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, with family present 4-5:30 p.m., at Senter-Smith Mortuary, Mulvane, Kan. Rosary was at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Mulvane. Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at St. Michael Catholic Church.
Leo’s parents Vincent and Evelyn Alexander once owned Alexander’s Cafe in Lake Benton. Survivors include his wife Joleen; son Dammon Alexander and daughter Tara Alexander; sisters Sharon Wodtke, Mary Ann (Dean) Koster and Rita (Denny) Kruger; brothers James (Carol) Alexander and Michael (Marilyn) Alexander. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Paul.
Memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association.

Betty Brandt

October 26, 2012

Oct. 25, 1914 – Oct. 21, 2012

Memorial services for Betty Brandt, age 97 of Tyler, will be Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Tyler. Arrangement are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line condolences and registry may be found at www.hartquist funeral. com. She died Sunday, Oct. 21 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Betty Brandt was born to Carl and Maren (Ravn) Mathiason on Oct. 25, 1914 in Alden. She was introduced to John Brandt in Tyler and they were married May 9, 1936 in Alden. She became a resident of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in 2009, where she died on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Betty is lovingly remembered by her daughters Eileen Holt of Marshall and Jane (Sherm) DeZeeuw of Tyler; grandchildren Kristi Peters of Tyler and Debra (Jim) Kerkaert of Russell; five great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; sister Dagmar Jacobsen of Rice Lake, Wisc. and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents Carl, two infant grandchildren, sisters Valborg Smith, Astrid Mathiason and Hilda Duncan, brothers Anker and Arnold Mathiason, son-in-law Arvid Holt and father-in-law and mother-in-law Frank and Frances Brandt.

John Tutt, Jr.

October 19, 2012

BALATON—Funeral services for John Tutt, Jr., age 98 of Balaton, were Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Skandia Evangelical Free Church in rural Balaton. Visitation was Friday, 5-8 p.m., all at Skandia Evangelical Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

John David Tutt, Jr. was born Aug. 24, 1914 to John and Christine (Corneliussen) Tutt on the family farm north of Lake Wilson. On July 2, 1941 John married Stella Erickson. On Monday, Oct. 8 John died at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

John leaves to mourn his passing Stella, his wife of 71 years; his children, Judy Petersen of Maple Grove, Jim (Jayne) Tutt of San Diego, Calif., JoAnne (Dave) Harthan of Champlin, Jerry (Wanda) Tutt of Maple Grove, J. Daniel (Julie) Tutt of Robbinsdale, Jeanne (Irvine) Goldenberg of Minneapolis, J. Dawn (Don) Fontaine of St. Paul, Joel (Kathy) Tutt of Balaton, Jeff (Diana) Tutt of Billings, Mont., Jay (Catharine) Tutt of Watertown, Jill (Mike) Eisner of Salinas, Calif. and Scot (Darrelynn) Tutt of Miller, S.D.; 39 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; brother Carroll (Florence) Tutt of Slayton, sister Irene Telford of Pittsburgh, Pa. and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by son Jack, grandsons Jeremy and John, his parents, brothers Arthur, Earl, Fred and Ralph and a sister, Mary.

Lucy Persoon

October 19, 2012

Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy Persoon, age 92 of Tyler, was Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in St. Dionysius Cemetery. She died Tuesday at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Tyler provided the arrangements. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Lucy Mary Persoon was born July 9, 1920 to Peter and Marguerite (Wiering) Persoon in Larchwood, Iowa, the sixth of nine children. As a young child her family moved to a farm near Tyler.  She attended country school through the eighth grade. After her education she stayed at home to help with her siblings. After her mother’s death she took over her father’s household and helped support the family doing housecleaning for many people and cleaning at the post office and dental office in Tyler. In 2009 she moved to Southwest Senior Care in Lake Benton and in January of 2012 became a resident of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler. On Tuesday, Oct. 9. Lucy died at Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 92 years and three months.
Lucy was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Always
willing to help others, Lucy was a hard worker and a great cook. She made the best lemon meringue pie! She loved gardening and throughout her life she had parakeets for her special pets. She was like a grandmother to her nieces and nephews and enjoyed playing cards and her time spent with family.
Lucy is lovingly remembered by her sister Margret Anderson and her husband Jim of Lake Benton; many nieces and nephews including two
special nieces, Joyce Dass and Gloria Domino; three sisters-in-law, Clara Persoon, Florence Persoon and Vicky Persoon, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her six brothers, Peter T., Raymond, John, Nickolas, Andrew and Cornielius Persoon, and a sister, Mary Bakker.

Ronald Schreurs

October 4, 2012

Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Schreurs, age 85 of Tyler, was Saturday,
Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was
Friday, 5-8 p.m. with Rosary at 5 p.m. and prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in St. Dionysius Cemetery. He died Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Veterans Home in Luverne. Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler, provided the arrangements. Send on-line condolences and view video tribute at www.
Ronald Louis Schreurs was born March 15, 1927 to Fred and Caroline Schreurs
in Tyler. He was of Dutch and German ancestry. He attended country school
through the eighth grade. Transportation to school was either by horse and
buggy or walking. During the winter months Ronald, along with his brother and
sister, walked across Dead Coon Lake or Grandpa Fred would put runners on their buggy and they would slide across. If they had taken the horse and buggy, there was a barn directly behind the country school to house the horses and protect them from the winter elements. When Ronald was a young boy he had a talented dog named Fido for his pet. Fido could walk up and down ladders and Ronald even had a picture to prove it. When he was old enough to drive his first car he applied for his driver’s license by simply going to the local post office and paying 25 cents. No test was needed, not even behind the wheel. After he completed the eighth grade he worked on the family farm until he entered the U.S. Army in 1946. He was stationed in Indiana and Arkansas and was discharged on May 1, 1947. On Feb. 14, 1949 Ronald took the big step and married his sweetheart Doris Zgoda from Ivanhoe. Their marriage was blessed with five children and 55 years of life together. Ronald was a livestock and grain farmer all his life in the Arco area. He was admired for his dedication to working hard throughout his life. His wife Doris passed away Oct. 25, 2004 and
Ronald continued to live on the farm until 2008 when health problems led
him to reside in Maynard with his daughter and son-in-law for two years before
entering the Veterans Home in Luverne in 2010. There he passed away on
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the age of 85 years, six months and 10 days. Ronald was a faithful member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. He had served on the
Cemetery Board for many years. He enjoyed his lifework of farming, playing
cards (Pepper), dice and mowing the lawn. He loved to watch Westerns and
was very proud of his military service. He especially enjoyed time spent with
family and grandchildren.
Ronald is lovingly remembered by his children, David (Kathy) Schreurs of
Tyler, Diane (Dale) Lalim of Maynard, Marlys (Barry) Christensen of Tyler
and Joel (Teresa) Schreurs of Tyler; 15 grandchildren: Kari (Jeff) Hansen, Ryan (Jamie) Schreurs, Tory (Jodi) Schreurs, Jon (Jen) Schreurs, Mark (Jennie) Jensen, Nikki (Ray) Klinger, Phil Lalim, Stacy (Andy) Peterson, Pam (Scott) Schmeideberg, Lissa (Josh) Gravley, Kristy (John) Thomsen, Ashley Schreurs, Morgan Schreurs, Brandon Rieder and Lexie Rieder; 18 greatgrandchildren;
sisters La-Vaune Thooft of Russell and Lois (Cliff) Haroldsonof Red Wing; sisters-in-law Gladys Schreurs of Marshall, Delores Huber of Marshall and Shirley Zgoda of Richfield and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris, his son Paul, his parents Fred and
Caroline, brother Cletus and great-granddaughter Megg Alice Jensen

Theodore C. Schwing

October 4, 2012

ELKTON, S.D. — Theodore C. Schwing, age 79, died Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Elkton, S.D. with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-6 p.m. Sunday with a 6 p.m. prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Elkton, S.D. www.skrochfc.com.

Theodore was born May 28, 1933 in Hendricks to Theodore and Anna (Gramlich) Schwing, Sr. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1951
then attended Mankato State Teachers College. He served in the United States
Army from 1957-1959. Ted married Sadonna Lecheler on Oct. 3, 1959 in Winona.

He farmed in Drammen Township for many years and became township assessor in 1960, serving continuously until 2008, serving Drammen, Verdi
and Lake Benton Townships. Ted was a member of OLGC, served on the church board and was secretary of St. Mary’s Cemetery Corp. He was an accredited
Minnesota Ditch Viewer for 21 years and a charter member of the Minnesota Viewers Association, serving as president for 18 years. Ted served on the board of Hope Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and on the Drammen Township
Community ASCS Committee. He enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, coin and stamp collecting and letter writing.
Ted is survived by his wife Sadonna; sons Anthony (Erin) of Lake Benton, Mark (Brenda) of Carson, N.D., John of Sioux Falls, S.D., Paul of Brownton and Carl (Julie) of Glencoe; daughter Theresa (Chad) Neuberger of Worthington; 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother Sebastian (Beverly) of Elkton, S.D.; brothers-in-law Larry Lecheler of Sherman, Texas and Owen (Connie) Lecheler of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sisters-inlaw Dolores Wojciechowski
of Trempealeau, Wisc., Catherine Lecheler of Winona and Louise Lecheler of
Arcadia, Wisc.

Douglas Scott Wagner

October 4, 2012


A celebration of the life of Douglas Scott Wagner, age 52 of Cottonwood, will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Christ Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. A private interment will be held at a later date.

Doug was born on Aug. 31, 1960 in Pipestone to Walt and Kathy (Ehlers) Wagner. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed at St. Paul
Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Doug loved being outdoors and began working
on the Bonnie and Jim Folkerts farm while in high school. Doug graduated from Pipestone High School in 1979 and afterward attended Granite Falls Vocational Technical School for professional sales. After graduating in 1980, Doug began working as a salesman for Barglof Chevrolet, which later became Anton Chevrolet. It was there that he met his wife, Diane Petersen of Tyler. They were united in marriage on June 29, 1985 in Pipestone. In July 1996 Doug began working for the Consumer Brand Division of The Schwan Food Company in Marshall, where he was presently employed.

Doug was an avid outdoorsman and spent the majority of his spare time enjoying nature’s beauty. Whether it was hunting, fishing, riding his Harley
motorcycle, water skiing (barefooting), or pulling kids tubing on the lake. Doug filled his spare time surrounded by his family and many friends. If Doug wasn’t on the water, riding his bike or hunting, he could be found tending to his yard or playing with his dogs on the lawn. An active conservationist, Doug became
a member the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a Lifetime Member of
Pheasants Forever.
Doug passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Avera Marshall
Regional Medical Center in Marshall. He is survived by his loving and devoted
wife Diane of Cottonwood; daughters Shannon Wagner Paulson of Pipestone,
Jessi “Jessi-Bug” Wagner of Rochester and Erica “Little Buddy” Wagner of Cottonwood; parents Walt and Kathy Wagner of Starbuck; brother Randy (and Lisa) Wagner of Buena Vista, Colo. and sister Lisa (and Chris) Taylor of Cushing.
He will be lovingly remembered by his large extended family, many wonderful
friends and his hunting dogs Lacey, Smokey and Razz.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, many aunts and uncles and his hunting dogs Bo- Jack and Princess. Memorials preferred to Lyon County Pheasants Forever at P.O. Box 217, Marshall, MN.
Blessed be his memory.

Jacqueline Kay Foross

September 20, 2012

Jacqueline Kay Foross died Friday, Sept. 14 at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Susan Midaugh Farm, Worthington. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jacqueline was born on Oct. 30, 1945 in Long Beach, Calif. to Cato William and Selma (Nold) Foross. At the age of eight she moved to Orland, S.D., where she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Edward and Clara Bryne. She attended school at Orland and graduated from Orland High School and from General Beadle College in Madison, S.D. She taught music and physical education in Roslie, Neb. for a year and at Verdi for seven years. She was employed with CCSI in Worthington for 26 years before moving to Sioux Falls in November 2011 for health reasons. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines for many years.
Grateful for having shared her life are her friends, canine companions Carrie and Ruby, adopted family—Maxine Burrell, Cynthia Burrell, Paul Ullom, Greg Burrell, Carol Lewis and Keith Burrell, and four cousins— Shirley of Baraboo, Wisc., Bill of Seattle, Wash., Shirley of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Joyce of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and aunt and uncle, Edward and Clara Bryne.
Sunday, Sept. 23 there will be a Life Celebration for Jackie Foross at 2 p.m. in Centennial Park in Worthington. Bring a dish to pass such as a casserole, salad or dessert. Come and share some of your favorite memories of Jackie with the group. Call Cindy at 507-360-5699 for directions. Her address is 5013 E. 54th Street Apt 60, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.

Desmond Ankrum

September 20, 2012

Funeral services for Desmond Ankrum, age 20 of Canby, recently of Tyler, will be Friday, Sept. 21
at 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
He died Sunday as the result of an auto accident. Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel
in Tyler is providing the arrangements. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Desmond Ankrum was born Feb. 27, 1992 to Jeanine Norgaard and Jeff Ankrum in Marshall. He was
baptized March 14, 2001 at Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jasper. He attended school in Jasper, Tyler and Lake Benton and graduated from MECLA in Marshall. He worked various jobs at Culvers, Apollos Bar and Grill and Jonti Craft and excelled at his current job working for Universal Forest Products in Minneota as a saw operator. Desmond was a proud father of his three-and-ahalf
month old son Kasyn. He enjoyed fishing, skateboarding, BMX stunt bicycling, playing video games,
motorcycling, music and hanging out with family and friends. He especially enjoyed time spent with
Jenna and Kasyn. On Sunday, Sept. 16, as the result of an auto accident south of Tyler, Desmond died at the age of 20 years, six months and 17 days.
Forever and always Desmond will be lovingly remembered by his girlfriend Jenna and their son Kasyn of Canby; mother Jeanine Norgaard of Minneota; father Jeff (and Angie) Ankrum of Elizabeth,
Ind.; grandmother Renata Norgaard of Tyler; grandmother Grace Ankrum of Tracy; sister Ashley Norgaard of Canby; brothers Sean Stefanick of Tracy and Asher Ankrum of Indiana; aunts and uncles Sandy Ankrum, Dave Ankrum, Tim Ankrum and Susan Schettler and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers David Norgaard and Emil Ankrum, great grandparents
Florence Ten Cate and Wayne and Carol Norgaard, best friend Michael Hein and great aunt Leatha
In lieu of flowers, donations to a fund for Desmond’s son Kasyn Ankrum, at First Security Bank in Canby, are preferred.
“When I’m gone just carry on, don’t mourn, rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice. Just know that I’m looking down on you, smiling. I didn’t feel a thing so baby don’t feel no pain, just smile back.” — Eminem