Bastian Wabeke

January 2, 2015

July 27, 1931 – Dec. 21, 2014

Funeral services for Bas­tian “Cap” Wabeke, age 83 of Ruthton, were Saturday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. at Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone. Visitation was Friday from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johans­en Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in Ruthton City Cem­etery.
He died Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Golden Living Cen­ter in Slayton.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Leave on-line condolences at www.
Bastian “Cap” Wabeke was born July 27, 1931 to Cornelius and Helen (Muilenburg) Wabeke on his parent’s farm near Hat­field in Pipestone County. On Aug. 30, 1955 Bastian married Marilynn Dekker. A teacher and coach of multiple sports, he was named Minnesota Class A Basketball Coach of the Year in 1981.
Bastian is lovingly re­membered by his wife Marilynn of Ruthton; his children—Dawn Schel­haas, David Wabeke, Re­nee Vande Voort, Michael Wabeke, Gary Wabeke, Bastian Wabeke, Jr., and Christopher Wabeke; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Francis, Gerrit and Cornelius, Jr.. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Christina Pike, and brothers John, Arie and Jacobus.

Delphine Bakke

December 11, 2014

obit Delphine Bakke picApril 4, 1929 – Nov. 30, 2014

Delphine Bakke, age 85 of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks with Pastor Ron Smith offi­ciating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Hendricks Com­munity Hospital Chapel. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Marble Lutheran Cem­etery, rural Hendricks. Ar­rangements were entrust­ed with the Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks.
Delphine Joyce Bak­ke was born on April 4, 1929 on the family farm in Marble Township, Lin­coln County, to parents Nat and Laura (Belsner) Jensen.She was baptized and confirmed at the Mar­ble Lutheran Church. She graduated from Hendricks High School as Salutato­rian then attended a year of college at Augsburg Col­lege in Minneapolis from 1946 to 1947.
Delphine was united in marriage to Elwood Bakke on Oct. 23, 1948 at Marble Lutheran Church. To this union they were blessed with three daughters—Judy, Joan and Brenda. Together she and Elwood farmed until retiring in 1986. She taught Sunday School and was super­intendent of the Sunday School for many years. She was also active in 4-H as a leader and parent guide. In 1969 she became a teach­er’s aide at Canby High School and later returned to college at age 42. She at­tended Southwest State in Marshall to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in edu­cation, during which time she continued to work at the high school. After grad­uating, she taught for 14 years at Minnesota West Technical College in Canby, specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) and remedial instruction. She tutored in a variety of subjects, ranging from math and English to weld­ing and diesel mechanics.
Delphine was an avid reader and enjoyed jour­naling, writing and scrap­booking. She enjoyed baking, cooking, canning and collecting recipes. She loved polka music and en­joyed fond memories of the times she and Elwood went polka dancing. Del­phine liked being outdoors and took great pleasure in flower and vegetable gar­dening, as well as tending to her chickens and other farm animals, including her dog and cats. She en­joyed sewing, which she taught to her daughters. Traveling by plane, train and automobile to visit family and friends all over the United States was a joy to Delphine and Elwood. They spent a great deal of time at their cabin near Battle Lake, with memories of pontoon rides, sitting in the gazebo and swinging under the oak tree.
She was a lifelong mem­ber of the Marble Luther­an Church where she was president of the Ladies Aid for many years until it closed. She then became a member of Singsaas Free Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Sons of Norway.
Delphine always had a joyful outlook on life. She loved to laugh and enjoyed dry humor with Elwood and her daughters. She was very kind and generous to everyone and always had time to listen and be sup­portive to friends and fam­ily. Delphine’s warm smile will always be remembered by all who knew her.
Grateful for having shared Delphine’s life is her husband of 66 years, El­wood Bakke of Hendricks; her three daughters—Judy (Dick) Thies of Charleston, S.C., Joan (Tom) Beseman of St. Paul and Brenda (Dennis Strasser) Bakke of Bothell, Wash.; one grand­-daughter, Crystal (Matt) Hall of Roseville, and two great-granddaughters, Tyyna and Clara Hall, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Nat and Laura Jensen.
Blessed be her memory.

Rosella E. Schwartz

December 4, 2014

obit Rosie SchwartzAug. 4, 1940 – Nov. 24, 2014

Rosella E. Schwartz, 74, of Pennock died peace­fully Monday, Nov. 24 with her husband Melvin by her side at Rice Memo­rial Hospital in Willmar. Her funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Friday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at Clover Leaf Cemetery in Willmar.
Memorials in Rosie’s name may be given to Re­deemer Lutheran Church in Willmar.
Rosella Eleanor (Thomp­son) Schwartz was born Aug. 4, 1940 to Robert and Eleanor (Larson) Thomp­son at the Minnewaska Hospital in Starbuck. She was baptized and con­firmed at St. Petri Luther­an Church in Cyrus. Rosie graduated from Cyrus Public School in 1958. Af­ter graduation she went to Minneapolis School of Business. She then worked at North Central Insurance. On Oct. 15, 1960 she mar­ried Melvin Schwartz at St. Petri Lutheran church in Cyrus. To this union four children were born— Gregory, Gary, Gerri Ann and Gene. Mel and Rosie celebrated 54 years of marriage. Their first home was in Coon Rapids. Mel and Rosie enjoyed travel­ing to several states and Europe. They also enjoyed time spent with their chil­dren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at St. John’s Lake. In 1965 Mel received a transfer in his job and they moved to Lake Benton. While liv­ing in Lake Benton, Rosie was a stay-at-home mom, keeping up with four active children and their sports. She later worked for Cen­ex, then for Journal Print­ing. She was very active in her church and Federated Club. She was on a bowling team and couples team for several years. In 1985 Mel was transferred to Will­mar, and they made their home on St. John’s Lake in Pennock. She then worked for Western National In­surance and Allied Adjust­ers, retiring in 2010.
Rosie was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church at the time of her death. She served on the Altar Guild for over 20 years, on the Fellowship Board, and was an usher and greeter. She also at­tended the Wednesday morning Bible study.
Surviving are her hus­band Melvin; children, Gregory (Denice) Schwartz of Marshall, Gary (Anne) Schwartz of Renner, S.D., Gerri Ann (Jeff) Nelson of Hill City, and Gene Schwartz (Laura Olson) of Maple Grove; nine grand­children and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviv­ing are her sisters Eunice Linde, Lucy Kraml, Shirley Janzen and Dee Petersen, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, grandparents, one brother in infancy; two sis­ters in infancy, sister June Flaaten, step-sister Adeline Bullard, and brothers-in-law Dick Carey, Bob Kraml and Glenn Schwartz.

Dorothy Bunjer

December 4, 2014

July 9, 1921 – Nov. 28, 2014

Dorothy (Baumgarn) Bunjer, age 93 of Arco, died Friday, Nov. 28 at the Sun­rise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler. Funeral services will take place on Wednes­day, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at BethanyLutheranChurch in Arco. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4-8 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in the ArcoCityCemetery at a later date. Hartquist Funeral Home – Utoft Johansen Chapel in Tyler is caring for the family. Please visit to sign an online registry and leave condolences.
Dorothy Wilhelmina (Baumgarn) Bunjer was born on July 9, 1921 to George and Augusta (Jans­en) Baumgarn in Suther­land, Iowa. On March 15, 1940 Dorothy was united in marriage to Frederick “Bud” Bunjer and to this union seven children were born.
Dorothy is survived by her five children—Carol Bunjer of Minneapolis, Larry (Dianne) Bunjer of Ivanhoe, Ronald (Patty) Bunjer of Arco, Cindy (Tom) Frensko of Ivanhoe, and Danny (Janine) Bunjer of Arco; one daughter-in-law, Jessie Bunjer of Col­ton, S.D.; 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchil­dren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frederick “Bud” and two sons, David and Billy.

John J. Wichern

November 28, 2014

obit Wichern, John - photocroppedJuly 13, 1929 – Nov. 22, 2014

Funeral services for John J. Wichern, age 85 of Tyler, will be Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was Tuesday, 4-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m., at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Tyler.
He died Saturday, Nov. 22 at Colonial Manor of Balaton.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
John Joseph Wichern was born July 13, 1929 to John H. and Edna (Miller) Wichern on the family farm in Hope Township near Tyler. He attended eight years of country school at Indian Grove District 43 near Tyler. He served in the armed forces in Korea in the U.S. Army, 7th Division, 31st Regiment, Company E. On March 7, 1953 he was wounded in action by tank mortar and began recovery in the army hospital in Ja­pan. From there he spent nine months recuperating at Fitzsimons Army Hos­pital in Aurora, Colo. and finished his tour in the 1st Tank Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. After his hon­orable discharge, John mar­ried Shirley Hall on Oct. 29, 1955 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Their union was blessed with two sons and 54 years of life togeth­er. They farmed two-and-a-half miles west of Tyler. John was well known for his sheep raising. In 1974 he was honored with a 200 Percent Lamb Crop Award, the first time that had been achieved in the nation. His excellence was recognized in 1977 when he was one of the first recipients of the Silver Bell Award given out by the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers. He was on the Advisory Board for Minnesota West Com­munity and Technical Col­lege in Pipestone, helping start their lamb and wool program. John and Shirley retired from farming in 1988 and moved into Ty­ler, though John was still at the farm daily. Shirley died in 2010. For the past year, John had been a resident at Colonial Manor of Balaton where on Saturday, Nov. 22 he died at the age of 85.
John was a member of First English Lutheran Church. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, a for­mer Kiwanian, and had served on the Elevator Board and the Tyler School Board. He enjoyed hunt­ing, fishing, card playing (Pepper was his game) and gardening, and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren.
John is lovingly remem­bered by his sons, John M. and his wife Dawn, and Duane and his wife Judy, all of Tyler; nine grandchil­dren; six great-grandchil­dren and one on the way; and three sisters, Marge Taveirne of Tyler, Irene (Morris) Fehl of Lake Ben­ton and Helen (Joe) Mur­phey of Bloomington.
John was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents, and two sis­ters, Dorothy Hansen and Mary Judge.
Blessed be his memory.

Lavonne Nelson

November 20, 2014

obit Nelson, LaVonneSept. 30, 1932- Nov. 13, 2014

Lavonne F. Nelson, age 82 of Jackson, passed away at the SanfordHospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Thurs­day, Nov. 13. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Church of the Good Shep­herd in Jackson, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Father James Seitz officiating. Burial followed the service at GoodShepherdCatho­licCemetery in Jackson. Visitation was on Sunday, Nov. 16, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and continued one hour prior to the service, all at the church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.osterbergfuneral­
Lavonne Faye (Be­bensee) Nelson, daugh­ter of Albert and Selma (Rutzen) Bebensee, was born on Sept. 30, 1932 on the family farm in Dram­menTownship, LincolnCounty. She was baptized and confirmed at TrinityLutheranChurch in Elk­ton, S.D. Lavonne attended and graduated from LakeBentonHigh School at age 16. She attended Normal Training then for two years taught at the same country school she attended as a girl. She returned to col­lege at Saint CloudState. She also taught in Bloom­ington and Tyler before settling in Jackson. She re­ceived her Bachelor’s De­gree from MankatoState. On June 21, 1956 she was united in marriage to Al­vern Nelson at St. Gen­evieve Catholic Church. Lavonne taught sixth grade in Jackson from 1963 until retiring in 1993. Follow­ing retirement Lavonne and Al wintered in Texas for two years and have been wintering in Arizona since then. Lavonne passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the SanfordHospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the age of 82 years, one month and 14 days.
Lavonne was a long-time member of the Good Shep­herd Catholic Church in Jackson. There she was ac­tive in Sewing Club, Church Circle and Choir. She was very active in organizing the annual Church Rum­mage Sale. She was an ac­tive member of P.E.O. and AAUW. Lavonne also loved to play cards with her Bridge club, embroider items, go to coffee with the gals and go golfing. She was also an avid reader. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grand­children, and traveling around the country and parts of the world.
Lavonne is survived by her husband of 58 years, Alvern of Jackson; their children—Tom (Joanne) Nelson of St. Anthony, Nan­cy (Gary) Opheim of Black Hawk, S.D., Peggy (Ramon) Rubalcaba of Kearny, Ariz., Barb (Curt) Egeland of Jackson, and Amy (Doug) Kloth of Melrose; their grandchildren—Alex Nel­son, Amelia (Aaron) Hob­bins, Andrew Nelson, Sara Opheim, Jennifer (David Gunnels) Opheim, Kelsey Opheim, Skylar Rubalcaba, Dylan Rubalcaba, Dominic Rubalcaba, Ramon (Ken­dra) Rubalcaba, Shauna Bolton, Carey Egeland, Taylor Egeland, Rachael Kloth, Anna Kloth and Ben­jamin Kloth; great-grand­children— Grace Hobbins, Jolene Hobbins, Axel Hob­bins, Kaiden Gunnels, Zakk Bolton and Jace Bolton. She is also survived by her brother Arland (Lorraine) Bebensee of Montevideo, sisters Joyce (Jim) Young of Rogers and Janice (Clair) Hetland of Golden Valley, and her close cousin Lyle (Marion) Johannsen of Monona, Iowa.
Lavonne was preceded in death by her parents.
Blessed be the memory of Lavonne Faye Nelson.

Jay Bruce Mincher

November 20, 2014

obit Jay_MincherApril 21, 1933 – Nov. 6, 2014

Jay Bruce Mincher, age 81 of Idaho Falls, Id., hus­band of Connie Martha Mincher for 57 years, left this world on Thursday, Nov. 6, at his home in Ida­ho Falls.
He was born on April 21, 1933 at Halfmoon, N.Y., to George James and Loise Klaiber Mincher. He grew up hunting and fishing in the Adirondacks. Although he was a dedicated out­doorsman, Connie was the dear of his life. They met in Rapid City, S.D., while he was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, in which he served from 1953 to 1961 during the Korean War. He married Connie Petersen on Jan. 26, 1956, at the BaptistChurch in Rapid City. They returned home to New York where he worked as a transporta­tion supervisor at Shenen­dehowa School until his retirement. He and Connie moved to Idaho Falls, Id. in 1994. There he enjoyed deer, antelope and moose hunting, and floating the South Fork. Jay also en­joyed doing volunteer work for Idaho Fish and Game, where he made many friends in the department. He also had many friends in his congregation at St. John’sLutheranChurch, where he did volunteer work. Spending time with his son and daughter and their families was espe­cially important to him. He will be greatly missed by his family, who are com­forted by the knowledge that he is not gone forever, merely gone before.
Survivors include his wife Connie Mincher of Idaho Falls; son Bruce Mincher of Idaho Falls; daughter Barbara (Ran­dy) Ernst of Meridian, Id.; brother Albert Mincher; sisters Ida Kniese of Half­moon, N.Y. and Carol Foun­taine of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Louise Mincher and his brother George Mincher.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at St. John’sLutheranChurch, 290 7th St. in Ida­ho Falls, Id. Online condo­lences may be left at www. In lieu of flowers, the fam­ily suggests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at

Barbara Sears

November 20, 2014

Barbara Sears, age 76 of Alamo, Texas, formerly of Lake Benton, died Saturday, Nov. 8 in Alamo, Texas.
A memorial service is planned for early spring, April 2015, in Lake Benton. Please look for a future announcement of services.
Arrangements are provided by Kreidler Funeral Home in Alamo, Texas and locally by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.

Woodrow Faber

November 6, 2014

June 5, 1916 – Nov. 1, 2014

obit Faber, Woody - photoFuneral services for Woody Faber, age 96 of Lake Benton, will be Thursday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery, rural Verdi.
He died Saturday at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Woodrow “Woody” Faber was born June 5, 1916 on a farm east of Lake Benton to Thorvald and Sophie Faber. Woody grew up in the Lake Benton area, attending country school and graduating from Lake Benton High School. He was a World War II veteran, serving two years in the Marines. He was a corporal in a machine gun platoon that participated in liberating the island of Okinawa.
Woody spent most of his working life as a parts man and salesman for two implement dealerships in Lake Benton. He also drove school bus for 32 years and operated a small farm east of Lake Benton. He served as a volunteer fireman for 25 years and served as chief for two years. He was a member of the American Legion since 1946.
On April 18, 1954 Woody married Dolores Trautman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. They lived in Lake Benton for several years before moving to the farm east of town. After retiring they moved back into Lake Benton. As a member of St. John’s, he served on the church council for 24 years. During that time he served as treasurer, trustee and secretary. He was also an active member of the Men’s Club.
Woody enjoyed playing cards and bowling. He spent countless hours working crossword puzzles, even into his 90s. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, but had a special fondness for the New York Yankees.
On Saturday, Nov. 1, while at the nursing home in Hendricks, Woody went to be with his Lord at the age of 96.
He is survived by his wife Dolores of Hendricks; his son Noel (Roni) of Bloomington; grandchildren Alison (Ryan) Dotzenrod of Wyndmere, N.D. and Nathan (Casey) Faber of San Diego, Calif.; great-grandchildren Samantha, Cody and Luke Woodrow Dotzenrod; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Winifred Faber.
Blessed be his memory.

Evonne Fuhrmann

November 6, 2014

Oct. 8, 1926 – Nov. 1, 2014

obit Fuhrmann, EvonneFuneral services for Evonne Fuhrmann, age 88 of Russell, will be Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace First Parish in Russell. Visitation was Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Russell City Cemetery. She died Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry and condolences at
Evonne Eloweese Fuhrmann was born on Oct. 8, 1926 to Harald and Eva (Helland) Andresen on the family farm east of Ruthton. On Oct. 29, 1947 Evonne married Edward Fuhrmann at Ellsborough Lutheran Church.
Evonne is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Elise and Steve Williams of Russell and Kristy and Dave Jones of Sioux City, Iowa; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one on the way and a great-great-granddaughter; and son-in-law Harold Quiring. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed, her daughter Ellyn Quiring, her parents, her brother Harlow Andresen and her parents-in-law.