Kenneth LaWayne Smith

June 3, 2011

Kenneth LaWayne Smith was born in Lake Benton to George and Verne Smith on Dec. 9, 1930. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Kenneth passed away May 19.

He is survived by his son Terry (Tina); stepchildren Karen (Ted) Veliquette, Joe (Colleen) Cemiglia, Mark (Valerie) Grimes, Patri­cia Melo and Tod Grimes; sisters Nadine Borresen and Beverly (Bob) Neale; brother Larry, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara.

Memorials may be sent to Sutter VNA Hospice, C/O Terry Smith, 76 Loch­moor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

Keith A. Kinner

May 26, 2011

Keith A. Kinner, age 56 of Elkton, S.D., died of nat­ural causes on Thursday, May 19 at his home near Lake Benton. Funeral ser­vices were at 11 a.m. Mon­day, May 23 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.eidsnessfuneral­home.com.

Keith A. Kinner was born Feb. 18, 1955 in Lake Benton to Kenneth and Doreen (Cyriacks) Kinner. He attended school in Lake Benton and graduated from high school in 1973. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force Secu­rity Service under the di­rection of the National Se­curity Agency and moved to San Antonio, Texas. On Dec. 8, 1973 he married Debbie Johnson in Holland. Immediately thereafter they moved to Italy, where Keith served for two and a half years until return­ing to San Antonio, Texas, to finish his active service. Upon returning to Minne­sota, he attended South­west Minnesota State Uni­versity where he earned his accounting degree. He worked as an accountant in Mankato and became a Certified Public Accoun­tant in 1979. He returned to the Lake Benton/Elkton area in 1981 and began his accounting practice, Kin­ner & Company, LTD. Over the years he expanded the business to eight offices in the area.

Keith lived a joyous life with no regrets. He loved God, his family and his community. He was a member of multiple Ki­wanis and Rotary Clubs and various professional organizations.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Debbie; son Chris (Page) of Edina; daughter Nicki (Aaron) Holmen of Denver, Colo.; son Nathan (Lynae) of Bloomington; daughter Kelsey; two grandchildren, Adam and Marie; brother Lyle (Kim) of Elkton, S.D.; sister Helen (Don) Drietz of Lake Benton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leonard and Vida Johnson of Lake Benton and Pat Kocer of Pickstown, S.D. He was preceded in death by his parents, Doreen and Kenneth, and an infant sis­ter, Elise.

Alvin “Ace” Thomas

May 19, 2011

Memorial Mass for Alvin “Ace” Thomas, 69, of Lake Benton will be Thursday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. with prayers at 6:30, all at the church. Burial will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Alvin “Ace” Thomas was born Aug. 27, 1941 to Elmer and Alvina (Weinkauff) Thomas on a farm near Holland. He grew up on the farm in a large family of 14 brothers and sisters and he received his education in Holland and Pipestone. He was united in marriage to Ellen Steele on July 13, 1963 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Pipestone. Their union was blessed with five chil­dren, Paul, Peter, Jason, Lo­rie and LeAnn. The couple made their home in Ruth­ton, Tyler and in 1975 they moved to Lake Benton. Ace worked as a mechanic and loved to fix and tinker. He worked 15 years in con­struction for Larry Ster­zinger and later worked independently as a truck driver delivering mail. He retired in 2005 due to health complications and was doing kidney dialysis for the past six years. He entered the Canby Nurs­ing Home in 2010, where he died peacefully Sunday, May 15 at the age of 69 years, eight months and 18 days.

Alvin was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. He was a member of Pheas­ants Forever. He loved fishing, hunting, garden­ing, woodworking, mak­ing birdhouses and having coffee with the boys.

Alvin is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Ellen; children, Paul (and Pam) Thomas of Buffalo, LeAnn Thomas of Burnsville, Pe­ter (and Jennifer) Thomas of Mankato and Jason (and Becky) Thomas of Elkton, S.D.; seven grandchildren, Skylar Thomas, Laurissa Thomas, Brett Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Nathan Thomas, Noah Thomas and Bella Thomas; broth­ers, Frank Thomas of Waldorf, Md., and David Thomas of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters, Evelyn Schmidt of Sioux Falls, S.D., Fay Dehlar of Milaca, Elener Muller of Milaca and Carol (and Ralph) Courtney of Tyler. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lo­rie Ann Thomas and sib­lings Richard Thomas, Ed Thomas, Ellen Fett, James Thomas, Millie Thomas, Sharla Thomas and Ardis Knutson.

Blessed be his memory!

Mar­cella June Petersen

May 19, 2011

Sioux Falls, S.D.—Mar­cella June Petersen, 79, died Monday, May 16 at Good Samaritan Luther Manor surrounded by her family. Memorial ser­vices will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls, S.D. The family will be present to greet friends for visita­tion one hour prior to the service at the church.

Grateful for having shared her life are two daughters, Carol Heffele and her husband Gary of Lake Benton and Linda Claussen and her hus­band Kent of Sioux Falls, S.D.; son David Petersen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; six grand­children, Rochelle, ReNae, Reid, Crystal, Jessica and Justin; 10 great-grandchil­dren, Skylar, Taryn, Gabi, Natalie, Brynn, Christian, Kennedy, Sarah, Reese and Kellen.

Marcella was preceded in death by her husband Darwin Petersen, parents Jacob and Emma Solma, brothers Merle and Elmer Solma and sister Pauline Petersen.

Patricia Carpenter

May 19, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Carpenter, age 80 of Pipestone, formerly of Lake Benton, was Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Burial was in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton, provided the arrangements. View video tribute and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Patricia Ann Carpenter was born April 5, 1931 in Tyler to Thomas McCaffrey and Ellen (Stack) McCaffrey.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. She graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1949 and attended St. Catherine’s College
in Minneapolis, where she received her degree as a registered nurse in 1952. Pat married her Lake Benton sweetheart, Paul Carpenter, on Nov. 11, 1952 in Augusta, Ga. where Paul was serving in the U.S. Army. In August 1954 they returned to Lake Benton. Pat and Paul were blessed with six children and 44 years of life together before Paul’s death in 1997. Pat was a nurse for over 40 years. She was director of nursing in Tyler and completed her career working in the Hendricks Nursing Home. She retired in 1996 and cared for Paul during the last months of his life. In 2000 she moved from her Lake Benton home to Homestead Place in Lake Benton and entered Good Samaritan Home in Pipestone in January 2006, where she died on Wednesday, May 4 at the age of 80 years and 29 days.
Pat was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. She was a member and performer at the Lake Benton Opera House for many years and received the Friend of the Opera House Award. She was also a member of Beta Federated Club of Lake Benton. She enjoyed music, golf, traveling and especially enjoyed time with her family and friends.
Pat is lovingly remembered by her children: Susan Houck, a missionary in Haiti; Steven Carpenter
and his wife Karla of Brookings, S.D.; Mary Willert of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Cynthia Enke and her husband Daniel of Appleton; Patty Blair of Rock Springs, Wyo., and John Carpenter and his wife Lynne of Glendale, Ariz.; a brother, Robert (and Susan) McCaffrey; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, one granddaughter, Melissa Enke, and a brother, Richard McCaffrey.
Memorials may be directed to the Lake Benton Opera House or Good Samaritan Home of Pipestone.

Patricia Carpenter

May 12, 2011

LAKE BENTON – Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Carpenter, 80, of Pipestone, formerly of Lake Benton, was Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Burial was in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.

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

Patricia Ann Carpenter was born April 5, 1931 in Tyler, Minnesota to Thomas McCaffrey and Ellen (Stack) McCaffrey. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton, Minnesota. She graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1949 and attended St. Catherine’s College in Minneapolis, where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1952. Pat married her Lake Benton sweetheart, Paul Carpenter, on November 11, 1952 in Augusta, Georgia where Paul was serving in the U.S. Army. In August 1954 they returned to Lake Benton. Pat and Paul were blessed with six children and 44 years of life together before Paul’s death in 1997. Pat was a nurse for over 40 years. She was Director of Nursing in Tyler, Minnesota, and completed her career working in the Hendricks Nursing Home. She retired in 1996 and cared for Paul during the last months of his life. In 2000 she moved from her Lake Benton home to Homestead Place in Lake Benton, and entered Good Samaritan Home in Pipestone, Minnesota in January 2006, where she died on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at the age of 80 years and 29 days.

Pat was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. She was a member and performer at the Lake Benton Opera House for many years, and  received the Friend of the Opera House award. She was also a member of Beta Federated Club of Lake Benton. She enjoyed music, golf, and traveling, and especially enjoyed time with her family and friends.

Pat is lovingly remembered by her children, Susan Houck, a missionary in Haiti, Steven Carpenter and his wife Karla of Brookings, South Dakota, Mary Willert of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Cynthia Enke and her husband Daniel of Appleton, Minnesota, Patty Blair of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and John Carpenter and his wife Lynne of Glendale, Arizona; a brother, Robert (and Susan) McCaffrey; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul; her parents; one granddaughter, Melissa Enke; and a brother, Richard McCaffrey.

Memorials may be directed to the Lake Benton Opera House or Good Samaritan Home of Pipestone.

Sue Ellen Josephine Kimball- Johannsen-Stuart

May 12, 2011

Sue Ellen Josephine Kimball-Johannsen-Stuart, age 84, passed away peacefully to heaven on April 19. For the last four years she resided at Skyline Nursing Facility in Canon City, Colo.
Sue graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1945.
Sue is survived by her daughter Lynette Rand of Grand Junction, Colo.; brothers, Leo Kimball (Beverly) of Lanesboro, and Leslie Kimball (Teresa) of Bellevue, Neb.; sisters-in-law Joyce Kimball of Frisco, Texas, and Janis Johnson (Larry) of Arizona; nieces and several nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother Delite Wisler and father Floyd Kimball, husband Lawrence H. Johannsen, brothers Chester Kimball and his beloved daughter Terry, Harvey Kimball, Robert Kimball and half-sister Evelyn Jaspersen.
A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at a later date at the Canon View Vineyard Chapel in Grand Junction, Colo. Skyline will have a memorial for Sue at a later date.

Joseph Randall Burgiss

May 5, 2011

Funeral service for Joseph Randall Burgiss was Tuesday, May 3 at Jim Rush Funeral Home, Wildwood Chapel, Cleveland, Tennesee.
Visitation is Monday, 6-9 at the Wildwood Chapel. Burial will follow at Center Point Baptist Church Cemetery, Cleveland, Tenn. Arrangements are provided by Jim Rush Funeral Home of Cleveland,
Tennesee and with local arrangements by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.
Joseph Randall Burgiss was born March 25, 1960 to William and Barbara (Farmer) Burgiss. He grew up in Cleveland, Tenn. and served in the Army National Guard. He lived in Colorado and later moved to Minnesota in 1983. He worked for Larson Manufacturing in Brookings, S.D. As the result of a farm accident on April 25, 2011, Randy died at his rural Lake Benton home at the age of 51 years and 1 month.
Randy loved to hunt and fish, and caring for his horses. His greatest love was Judi Evers, the person with whom he shared his life for the past nine years.
Joseph is remembered by his loving companion, Judy Evers of Lake Benton; mother, Barbara (and Danny) Trentham of Cleveland, Tenn.e; his father, William Burgiss of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers and one sister; and many other relatives and friends.

Lance E. Krog

April 29, 2011

Lance E. Krog, age 50 of Lakeville, formerly of Tracy, passed away Friday, April 15 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis while surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis. A memorial visitation will be held at the Tracy Area Funeral Home from 12-3 p.m. Friday, April 29.
Burial will follow at Diamond Lake Cemetery near Lake Benton. Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program, Minnesota Dairy Goat Association, or the pancreatic cancer organization (pancan.org). Online condolences may be sent to www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service –Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lance Edward Krog was born Nov. 1, 1960 in Tyler to Dale and Karen (Kragh) Krog. He was a Luther League member and was confirmed at Tracy Lutheran Church and graduated from Tracy High School in 1979. Lance was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, was active in the Tracy Comets 4-H Club and played in the high school band. He attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, before
starting a mortgage underwriting business in Minneapolis. He was vicepresident and underwriting
manager for Summit Mortgage Company in Plymouth and was Underwriter of the Year in 2001.
Lance was a member of the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program, serving as chairman for several years. He also belonged to the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association and raised and exhibited Dwarf Nigerian purebred dairy goats. He was Minnesota State Fair Grand Champion in 2006.
Lance also belonged to the Purple Martin Association.
His greatest love, besides his family and friends, was his yard and animals.
Lance is survived by his parents Dale and Karen Krog of Tracy; sister Carla (Steve) Thein of Owatonna; niece and nephew Madelyn and Mason Thein of Owatonna; uncles, Glenn Krog of Lake Benton, Jim Kragh of Hendricks and Paul (Geri) Kragh of Mankato; cousin Erin Kragh of New York, N.Y., and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents Jorgen and Selma Krog and Ralph and Velera Kragh, and uncle Edward Kragh.

Ernest Bannick

April 29, 2011

Memorial services for Ernest Bannick, age 85 of Tyler, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Saturday,
April 30, 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow at the Bannick Family Farmstead in rural Lake Benton.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.
On-line condolences and registry at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Ernest “Ernie” W. Bannick was born Aug. 8, 1925 to Ernest R. and Christine (Husen) Bannick on a farm in Lake Benton Township, near Lake Benton. He was baptized June 6, 1926 and confirmed Dec. 12, 1948 at English Lutheran (later Grace Lutheran) Church in Lake Benton. He grew up on the farm and attended country school District 10. Ernie married Florine Resen on Dec. 12, 1956 in Pipestone. Their union was blessed with four children and 54 years of life together. The couple farmed on the farm of Ernie’s birth. They purchased the farm in 1963, retired in 1985—though he continued to work on the farm—and sold the farm in 2005. They continued to live there until 2009 when they moved to Tyler.
In 2008 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. On Feb. 14 Ernie died peacefully at his home at the age of 85 years, six months and six days.
Ernie was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed most his passion of farming, taking care of his family, his animals, his Appaloosa horses and his Guernsey cows. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening, flowers and especially time spent with his family.
Ernie is lovingly remembered by his wife Florine; his children, Randy Bannick of Morris, Larry Bannick of East Grand Forks and Verna Timmons of Kerkhoven; six grandchildren, Rachel and Amy Bannick, Austin and Jenna Timmons, and Crystal and Andrew Marks; brother Emil (and Betty) Bannick of Walnut Grove; sister Alice Buhl of Tyler; son-inlaw Kenneth Marks of Detroit Lakes, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carol Marks, his parents, three brothers- in-law and one sister-in-law.