Lila Lavonne Clawson

February 3, 2011

Lila Lavonne Clawson, 88, longtime Bloomington resident, died on Jan. 21 at Fairview Ridges health care facility in Burnsville.
Lila was born to L. Peter and Louise F. Christensen in Hope Township, Lincoln County, on Nov. 25, 1922.
She is survived by her sons, John (Annette Roth) of Minneapolis, Phillip (Barbara) of Hastings, Richard (Kathy) of Texas, David (Mary) of Savage, and Steven (Tammi) of Colorado; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,
several nieces and nephews and a whole host of friends and family, living and dead, among them her parents, sister and both brothers.
A funeral liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at noon at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, with burial to follow in the Bloomington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorials in Lila’s name to St. Luke’s social ministry program, VEAP 9728 Irving Ave. S., Bloomington MN 55431; or to Ebenezer Ridges resident social activity fund, 13820 Community Drive, Burnsville MN 55337.

Louise Johnson

January 28, 2011

Louise Johnson, 73, of Tyler died Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Jan. 22 at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Spring interment will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft – Johansen Chapel in Tyler. View full obituary and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Louise Marie Johnson was born May 22, 1937 to Camille and Marie (Bakker)
Polle in Tyler. In 1967 she married Gilbert Johnson in St. Paul.
Louise is lovingly remembered by her daughter Karen Johnson of Tyler; grandsons Christopher (and Victoria) Knight of Faribault and Derrick Whiting of Tyler; brother Victor Polle of Florence and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings.

Jodi Lynn Pries

January 20, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Jodi Pries, age 32 of Russell, was Friday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Burial will be at a later date.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Jodi Lynn Pries was born Sept. 29, 1978 to Charles and Rita (Thooft) Klukas in Tyler. She married Timothy Pries Sept. 29, 2001. She died Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jodi is lovingly remembered by her husband, Tim of Russell; her daughters, Samantha and Makayla; her parents, Chuck and Rita Klukas of Russell; siblings, Jon Klukas and his wife Val of Russell, Jena Klukas and her good friend Cullen DeRuyter of Ruthton, and Jaci Klukas of Russell; grandmother Vicki Faragher of Marshall; grandfather Ernie Thooft of Tyler, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lloyd and Nancy Klukas, father-in-law, Wendell Pries, and mother-in-law, Marlene Ilaug. Blessed be her memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Michael Hook

January 14, 2011

Memorial services for Michael Hook, age 60 of Lake Benton, were 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 at Hartquist Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Benton.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Michael James Hook was born Nov. 26, 1950 to Ralph and Katherine (Knoben) Hook in Tracy. He graduated from Tracy High School in 1969. Following his education he enlisted in the National Guard. He worked various jobs in Minnesota. He moved to Lake Benton in 2000. On Jan. 1 Michael died at his home at the age of 60 years, one month and five days.
Michael enjoyed gardening, hunting and especially fishing.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Troy (and Rachel) Hook of Clearwater, Kan. and Wendy (and Andy) Veatch of Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren; brothers, George (and MaryRose) Hook of Monticello, Richard (and Kinue) Hook of St. Paul, and Kevin Hook of Apple Valley; sisters, Sharon Hays of Los Angeles, Calif. and Beth White of Los Angeles, Calif.; special friend Deb Hawbecker of Lake Benton and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dennis Hook and granddaughter Chaylee Michelle Hook.

June Serie

January 14, 2011

Mass of Christian burial for June Serie, age 88 of Lake Benton, was Saturday, Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Burial was in St. Genevieve Cemetery.
She died Jan. 4 at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. View a video tribute and leave on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
June Mary Serie was born March 18, 1922 to Elmer and Helen (Propp) Severance in Pipestone. She was baptized and confirmed in Pipestone. She grew up on the family farm north of Pipestone and graduated from Pipestone High School in 1940. She was united in marriage to Merlyn Serie on May 18, 1943 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. Their union was blessed with six children and 43 years of marriage together. The couple farmed near Ward, S.D. where June cared for their family, their home and helped on the farm. They retired from farming in 1976 and moved into Lake Benton. Merlyn passed away in 1984 and June continued to live at her home. She entered Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in 2006. She died at Tyler Healthcare Center on Jan. 4 at the age of 88 years, nine months and 16 days.
In the farming years she was a member of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church for 25 years in Elkton, S.D. After moving to Lake Benton she continued her life of faith with the fellowship of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. She was very active in the Catholic Church Women CCW coordinating and serving many funeral receptions. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and farm life. Faith and family were especially important to her.
June will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Gary (and Shirl) Serie of Lake Benton; Wayne (and Mary) Serie of Crystal; Steve (and Tracy) Serie of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mark (and Rita) Serie of Lake Benton, and Dale (and Carlin) Serie of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter Becki (and Jerry) Quade of Paynesville; 22 grandchildren: Scott and Christopher (Gary Serie family); Kara, Annah and Laura (Wayne Serie family); Beau, Nolan, Alexander and Clayton (Steve Serie family); Johannah, Adam, Melody, Molly, Maria, James and Joseph (Mark Serie family); Josh, Josiah and Joseph (Dale Serie Family); McKenzie, Matthew and McKayla (Becki Quade Family); 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Klensing of Albuquerque, N.M., and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merlyn; granddaughter, Bridget Rose Serie; brother, Ray Severance, and sister, Bernice Smith.

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.