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.

Norman Sears

August 12, 2011

Memorial services for Norman George Sears 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.

A tree will be planted in memory of Norman on the nature trail within his com­munity of Alamo, Texas.

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

On Monday, July 4 Nor­man George Sears, age 72 of Alamo, Texas, passed away at the McAllen Medi­cal Center in McAllen, Texas due to complica­tions caused by a massive stroke he suffered on Nov. 2, 2010.

He was born to the late George and Gladys (McLaird) Sears on Aug 31, 1938 in Lake Benton. Norman attended grade school in Lake Benton and graduated from Lake Ben­ton High School in 1956. On Sept. 21, 1958 Norman married the love of his life, Barbara VanDrunen, in Tyler at the Alliance Bible Church.

In 1961 Norman received a Bachelor of Science de­gree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapo­lis. Upon graduation, he started his career as a civil engineer with the State of Minnesota within the highway department. Nor­man switched his career path and began his federal civil service career with the USDA Forest Service in Missoula, Mont. in 1963. This career path took him and his family from Mis­soula, Mont. to Grangeville, Idaho to Washington, D.C. on to Milwaukee, Wis. and eventually back to Wash­ington, D.C., where he ended his career. In 1994 Norman and Barbara re­tired to Lake Benton. They eventually found their way to Alamo, Texas where they were currently resid­ing when Norman passed away.

Outside of his career, Norman was involved within his community. As a young boy he was a mem­ber of the Boy Scouts and was active in school activi­ties. Once retired, Norman became a member of the Lake Benton School Board and sat on the Board of Directors of ITC, the local telephone company. As a church member, Norman was a leader in the Awa­na youth program and a church deacon; he served as a member of many church building commit­tees and supervised the construction of a large Christian grade school in Watertown, Wis.

In his free time Norman enjoyed sharing his many stories of Lake Benton with friends, family or to whomever would listen. He also loved to spend time with his family, par­ticularly his grandchildren, taking them on many trips. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching and work­ing with his hands.

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., and daughter Annette Sears of Alamo, Texas. Norman is also survived by five grandchildren: Megan, Amy and Peter Sears, and Katlyn and Samuel Maas. He is further survived by nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his younger sib­lings, his sister Faye Hares and his brother Raymond Sears.

Don­ald “Bob” Sandberg

August 5, 2011

Funeral services for Don­ald “Bob” Sandberg, age 69 of Lake Benton, were Saturday, July 30 at 3 p.m. at Lighthouse Assembly Church, rural Lake Benton. He died Wednesday, July 27 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Cha­pel in Lake Benton. View full obituary and send on-line condolences at

Donald (Bob) Robert Sandberg was born Sept. 8, 1941 in Geneva, Neb. to Donald and Eileen (Weath­erly) Sandberg. He was united in marriage to his wife, Shirley Petersen, on Oct. 22, 1960. They moved to Pipestone, where they raised their four children. They moved several times throughout their married life, settling in Lake Ben­ton at the time of their retirement. Don joined the Marine Corps, where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and was honorably discharged af­ter four years. From there he joined the National Guard for two years. Don was very proud to have served his country.

Don owned his own construction business for many years and built many homes and other projects. He then had the oppor­tunity to work for large construction management companies and was par­ticularly proud of the op­portunity to be part of the team that constructed an addition for Mayo in Roch­ester. He was also part of the team that constructed Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., the hospi­tal in Pine Ridge, S.D. and helped finish a project in Denver, Colo. There were numerous other projects he designed and built.

He was an active mem­ber of Lions in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Lake Benton. He was also an active member of Gideons in Pierre and a member of the Lake Ben­ton Chamber of Commerce. While living in Sioux Falls, Don had Bible studies with residents living in a half-way house. Don loved to fish, dance, play cards and, most importantly of all, he loved to study the Bible with friends. Don had a very strong faith in his Lord Jesus and would share his faith openly with others. His faith sustained him and his family and friends during his difficult battle with cancer. He often talked about how his fam­ily made him feel wealthy and that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his jewels.

Don peacefully went to be with the Lord on July 27 at the age of 69. He is lov­ingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Shirley; daughters: Pam (Barry) Nosbusch, Virginia (Con­rad) De Kam and Jo (aka Teresa) Dimando; grand­children: Kirsten Hunt and special friend John Miller; Seth, Malory and Sammi Nosbusch; Bridget, Martin and Abby De Kam; Des­tiny (Lance) Ripka; Sierra Dimando and three fos­ter grandchildren; great-grandchildren: Rheanna Worlds; Halle, Aidan and Macgregor Hunt; Emry and Mya Nosbusch; Justyce and Braydon Ripka. He is also survived by his brother, David (Mavis) Sandberg, and many numerous niec­es and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his sister, Faith, parents, Don and Eileen, and his son, Mark. Don was so looking forward to seeing his family that had already gone to be with the Lord. He was given instructions to give hugs to numerous family and friends’ loved ones that he will see in Heaven. He will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts.

Lau­ra Welch

July 29, 2011

Funeral services for Lau­ra Welch, age 74 of Tyler, are Friday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery.

She died Sunday, July 24 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.

Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at

Laura Ann Welch was born in Chicago, Ill. on March 21, 1937 to Garrett and Ellen (Holm) Welch. On June 14 Laura was ad­mitted to Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. following a heart at­tack and stroke. She en­tered Sunrise Manor on Tuesday, June 28. She died there on July 24 at the age of 74 years, four months and three days.

Laura is survived by her uncle, Hugo (Mary) Holm of Bremen, Ind.; aunt, Sigr­und (Tom) Garner of Tow­son, Md.; a host of cousins and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Garrett, and brother, Gar­rett, Jr.

Elaine L. Phipps

June 17, 2011

Elaine L. Phipps, age 86 of Waconia, formerly of Hector, passed away Thursday, June 2, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia. Fu­neral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector, with interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The Reverend M. Ruth Ed­berg officiated.

Elaine Lois Phipps was born Aug. 14, 1924 in Verdi to Henry and Laura (Tams) Koster. She was baptized as an infant on Sept. 14, 1924 at the Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Elkton, S.D. and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on May 18, 1947 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pipe­stone. She received her ed­ucation in Verdi and was a graduate of the Verdi High School Class of 1938.

On June 20, 1942 Elaine was united in marriage to Neil Elwin Phipps at St. Paul’s Evangelical Luther­an Church in Pipestone. This marriage was blessed with four children. Elaine and Neil resided in Hector. They shared 44 years of marriage until Neil passed away on Nov. 21, 1986.

In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Elaine held em­ployment as a waitress at The Grill for many years, then worked as a certified nursing assistant at Buf­falo Lake Health Care in Buffalo Lake. In 1962 she became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector.

Elaine enjoyed baking, gardening and reading. She was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins. Elaine especially enjoyed the time she spent with her chil­dren and grandchildren.

Elaine passed away on Thursday, June 2 at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia at the age of 86 years.

Elaine is survived by her children: Sandra Knapp and her friend Steve John­son of Lake Crystal, James Phipps and his wife Louann of Grand Island, Neb., Gail Evenson and her husband Butch of Hector, and Patri­cia Clark and her husband, Dan of Waconia; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters; many nieces and nephews, and other rela­tives and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Laura Koster, grandson Shawn Prouty, grandson-in-law John Trei and great-grandson Jer­emiah Trei.

Arrangements were provided by the Hughes – Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector. Online obituaries and guest book are avail­able at Please click on Obituaries/ Guest Book.

Blessed be her memory.

Brian James Delaney

June 3, 2011

Brian James Delaney was stillborn to Gregory and Sonja (Olson) Delaney on May 28 at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.

A private family service was held Monday, May 30 at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Burial was at St. Genevieve Cemetery in Lake Benton.

Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line registry and con­dolences may be found at

Brian is survived by his parents Gregory and Sonja of Yankton, S.D.; 13-month-old brother Connor; pater­nal grandparents William and Denise Delaney of Marshall; maternal grand­parents Donald and Su­san Olson of Colton, S.D.; aunts and uncles, Gary Delaney of Marshall, Lau­rie (Ryan) Senn and their two children, Braeden and William, all of Baltic, S.D., Jonathan (Janet) Olson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Ana Ol­son (fiancé, Seth Schur­man) of Yankton, S.D. and Eric Olson of Colton, S.D.

Sally Lenertz

June 3, 2011

Memorial services for Sally Lenertz, age 62 of Brookings, S.D. were Sat­urday, May 28 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial was in the Danebod Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Leave on-line condolences at

Sally Corine Lenertz was born May 28, 1948 to Arnold and Jean (Faulds) Stefansen in Tyler. She married Robert Lenertz of Canby on June 12, 1971. On Wednesday, May 25 Sally died at the Brook­ings Hospital following an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Sally is lovingly remem­bered by Robert, her hus­band of 40 years; her chil­dren, Kristin and husband Darren Kersey of Volga, S.D. and Erin and hus­band Jason Delgehausen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; her grandchildren Hailey and Raenie Delgehausen; her sister Jill Stefansen of Min­neapolis; her brother Joel Stefansen of Marysville, Tenn.; her father Arnold Stefansen of Tyler and many other friends and relatives throughout the United States. Sally was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Stefansen of Tyler.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations in Sally’s name to Lutheran Disaster Response (

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.eidsnessfuneral­

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

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!