Erwin “Mitch” Mitchell

January 5, 2012

Mass of Christian Burial for Erwin “Mitch” Mitchell, age 81 ofMarshall, was Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Cath­olic Church inLakeBenton. Visitation was Friday, 4-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home inLakeBen­ton. Burial was at St. Gen­evieve Catholic Cemetery inLakeBenton. Arrange­ments are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel inLakeBenton. On-line obit­uary and registry may be found at www.hartquistfu­

Erwin “Mitch” Mitchell was born April 1, 1930 to Walter and Martha (Nielsen) Mitchell inTyler. He grew up inLakeBen­tonand graduated fromLakeBentonHigh Schoolin 1948. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1951 and worked as a me­chanic. He was honorably discharged in 1952 and returned toLakeBenton. On June 13, 1953 he was united in marriage to Bar­bara DeSchepper in Jasper. Their union was blessed with three children, Susan, Kevin and Kathy. The cou­ple lived inLakeBentonand Mitch was the owner and operator of Mitch’s Texaco inLakeBenton. He retired in 1990. He drove school bus for 40 years from 1956-1996 forLakeBentonSchool. Barbara died Aug. 6, 1993. He was united in marriage to Jean Moon on June 1, 1996 and the couple made their home inMarshall. For the past several years they spent the winter season inFlorida. Jean died April 29, 2008. On Dec. 27 Mitch died at his home inMar­shallat the age of 81 years, eight months and 26 days.

Mitch was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church inMarshalland a former long time member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church inLakeBenton. He served the Lake Ben­ton Fire Department for over 20 years and was a member of the Henry Sol­lie American Legion Post #10 inLakeBenton. Mitch enjoyed fishing, watching Minnesota Twins baseball, Vikings football and espe­cially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.

He will be dearly missed by his children: Susan Deckert of Glencoe, Kev­in (and Deb) Mitchell of Jackson and Kathy Hess of Burnsville; six grandchil­dren: Kelly Mitchell, Tim Mitchell, Brad Mitchell, Chelsey Mitchell, Brady Deckert and Ben Deckert; great-grandson Kayden; sister Janice Thompson of Minneota; step-children: Ron Moon of Marshall, Garry Moon of Las Vegas, Nev., Marlo (and Deb) Moon of Cottonwood, Mike (and Deb) Moon of Port­land, Ore., Jolene Moon of Monticello, Karen Moon of Marshall, Robin (and Jerry) Traen of Minneota and Stacy Moon of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 27 step-grand­children, 32 step-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-grandson and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Bar­bara Mitchell, his second wife Jean Mitchell and an infant brother.

Blessed be his memory!

Elwood Duehn

January 5, 2012

Elwood Duehn, age 29 of Lake Benton, died Jan. 1 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.
Arrangements are pending with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.

Elwood “Woody” Duehn

January 3, 2012

LAKE BENTON — Visitation for Elwood “Woody” Duehn, 29, of Lake Benton will be Friday, Jan. 6, 4 to 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. There will be a time of sharing at 6:30 p.m.

He died Sunday, Jan. 1 at Tyler Healthcare Center.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton is providing the arrangements.

Sister Patrick Rose Eliza-beth “Betty” Nichols

December 30, 2011

Sister Patrick Rose Eliza¬beth “Betty” Nichols, Con¬gregation of St. Joseph, age 90, died Sunday, Dec. 18 at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Betty (Sr. Patrick) was born May 21, 1921 at Woodstock to William H. and Alice (Kreager) Nichols. She graduated from Verdi High School in 1938. She graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in 1940 and taught grades one through eight in country schools near Lake Benton. Sr. Patrick entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Paul in 1948 and took her final vows on Aug. 15, 1953. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in 1957 and received a Masters Degree from Mar¬quette University in 1964. Her ministry as a Catholic school teacher and admin¬istrator included schools in Graceville, Le Center, Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, St. Kevin’s in Rich¬field, St. Helena’s in Min¬neapolis and St. Michael’s in Stillwater. In 1972, a sabbatical year in Brainerd led to a teaching position in the Brainerd Public School System which continued for 20 years. After retire¬ment, Betty returned to Elkton, S.D. to be near her sister Maxine and they en¬joyed many years together and traveling together to many different places.

Sr. Patrick is survived by her sister Maxine Nichols of Elkton, S.D.; six neph¬ews: Pat (Ann) Nichols of Blair, Neb., Jim (Joyce) Nichols of Lake Benton, Bob (Renae) Nichols of Lake Benton, Tom (Dana) Nichols of Plymouth, Steve (Stephany) Nichols of Lake Benton and Kelly (Cindy) Nichols of Marshall; one niece, Shelly (Jerry) Dela¬ney of Lake Benton; many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews and the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Morris “Mike” Nichols.

Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Elkton, S.D., with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Elkton with a scripture service at 7 p.m.

Ruth Anderson

December 30, 2011

Funeral services for Ruth Anderson, age 112 ofMar­shall, formerly of Balaton and Ruthton, were Tues­day, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at Sil­lerud Lutheran Church, ru­ral Balaton. Visitation was Monday from 4-7 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. Burial was in theSillerudCemetery.

Ruth died Tuesday, Dec. 20 atMorningsideHeightsCareCenterinMarshall.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel inTylerprovided the arrangements. On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.

Ruth Elizabeth Anderson was born to Carl Gustaf and Mary (Bergstrom) Peter­son on July 24, 1899 on the family farm inEllsboroughTownship,MurrayCounty. Ruth married George An­derson in 1959 at Sillerud Lutheran Church.

Ruth is lovingly remem­bered by her stepsons: Philip (and Joyce) An­derson of Ruthton, Paul (and Marilyn) Anderson of Moorhead, Carl (and MaryAnn) Anderson of Mount Prospect, Ill., and Daniel (and Bev) Ander­son of Balaton; 17 step-grandchildren, 40 step-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Mary Ellen Pierret

December 22, 2011

Mary Ellen Pierret, age 64 of Garretson, S.D., died on Sunday, Dec. 11 at her home near Garretson. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Dec. 15 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Garret­son. Interment was in the church cemetery. Memori­als may be directed to the National Multiple Sclero­sis Society.

Mary Ellen was born on Oct. 8, 1947 in Brookings, S.D. to LaMoyne Emmet and Doris Ann (Frank) Godbey and was baptized on Nov. 2, 1947. At the age of nine years she moved with her family to Garret­son and graduated from Garretson High School in 1965. On Jan. 27, 1968 she married Kenneth Pierret at St. Rose of Lima Catho­lic Church. She spent her days helping on the farm, raising her children and selling Avon products. She also worked as a CNA at Palisade Manor. Follow­ing her mother’s death in 1978, Mary Ellen took over the role of matriarch of the Godbey family. She was diagnosed with multi­ple sclerosis 18 years ago, but always kept a positive attitude and never com­plained.

Mary Ellen was a mem­ber of the Legion Auxiliary, St. Rose Altar Society and Garretson Birthday Club. She enjoyed camping, reading and traveling. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmoth­er, sister and aunt and will also be missed for her wonderful sense of humor.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Kenneth of Gar­retson, S.D.; children: Todd (special friend Sheri Dirito and her children, Michael and Travis) Pierret of Garretson, S.D. and Tracy (Adam) Alleman of Den­ver, Colo.; three grandchil­dren: Nicolas, Grace and Noah; siblings: Jim (Judy) Godbey of Sioux Falls, S.D., Tom (Karla) Godbey of Gar­retson, S.D., Cheryl (Larry) Neustel of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jeanne (fiancé Larry Rob­ins) Meyer of Elkton, S.D. and Gayle (Alan) Franka of Britton, S.D., and numer­ous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grand­parents.


Sylvia Marie Steuck

December 22, 2011

A celebration of the life of Sylvia Marie Steuck was Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial will be at a later date in Howard Lake. She died Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler provided the ar­rangements. Send on-line condolences at www.

Sylvia Marie Steuck was born Aug. 8, 1928 in Wa­tertown, S.D. to Nate and Muriel (Fritz) Nelson.

Sylvia is lovingly re­membered by her chil­dren: Linda (and Virgil) Mahlstedt of Wabasha, Anita (and Dennis) John­son of Tyler, Kathryn (and Dennis) Brockberg of Mar­shall, Gary (and Carol) Steuck of Grygla and Patri­cia Nesvold of St. Charles, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a sis­ter, Lilen Kuhlman of Tyler, and many other relatives and friends.

Lyla Jane Bracken

December 8, 2011

Lyla Jane Bracken was born to Raymond and Anna “Annie” (Schultz) Berger on Nov. 15, 1924 in Tyler. She attended grade school in District #10 in Lincoln County and graduated from Verdi High School. After high school, she continued her educa­tion at Mankato University in Mankato and graduated from there with a B.S. De­gree. On Feb. 8, 1945 Lyla was united in marriage to Clifford Bracken. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed in Pipestone County. They were blessed with one child, Karen, and three grandchildren. Lyla taught in the country school in District #38 and District #60 in Pipestone County. She also taught at the elementary schools in Lake Benton and Pip­estone. In 1987 she retired after devoting 42 years to teaching. In 1989 they moved from the farm into Pipestone. Clifford preced­ed her in death on March 24, 2001. After his death, she continued to reside in her home. In March 2010 she became a resident of Ridgeview Estates in Pipe­stone. On Wednesday, Nov. 16 she suffered a stroke and was taken to the Pip­estone County Medical Center where she died on Friday, Nov. 18 at the age of 87 years and three days.

Lyla was baptized, con­firmed and married at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. When she moved into Pip­estone, she was a faithful member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society Interna­tional where she served as treasurer for several years. She loved flowers and working in her flower gar­dens. She was a member of a flower club, she judged flowers at local fairs and she demonstrated floral arrangements at conven­tions. During retirement years, she enjoyed mak­ing crafts and traveling to various shows. For many years Lyla sang in the Verdi Community Choir and the St. John Lutheran Church Choir in Lake Benton.

She is lovingly remem­bered by her daughter Karen Geier of Minneton­ka; her grandson Kevin of Plymouth; her grand­daughters, Erica and her fiancé Randy Vaughn of Minnetonka, and Nicole of Eden Prairie and her spe­cial friend, Jerry Moose of Pipestone. She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Cliff, her parents, her brother Ervin and infant twin siblings.

Patricia Drietz

December 1, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Drietz, age 58 of Coon Rapids, will be Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Interment will follow at St. John Cantius Catholic Cem­etery in Wilno. Visitation is Friday, 4–7 p.m. with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johans­en Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry, obituary and trib­ute may be found at www.

Patricia Louise Drietz was born Aug. 14, 1953 to Clem and Rosie (Lozin­ski) Drietz in Hendricks. She was baptized Aug. 23, 1953, received First Com­munion May 14, 1961 and later was confirmed, all at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. She grew up in Lake Ben­ton and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1972. Following her ed­ucation she moved to the Twin Cities and lived with her brother Lenny and his family in Coon Rapids. She later moved to her own home in South Min­neapolis and worked as a personal care attendant. She then worked at K-Tel, a record store in southeast Minneapolis, in the mail room and on the line. She also worked as a secretary and receptionist at Beco- Helman, a fabric supplier and then as a customer service specialist for Mont­gomery Ward. Her past 28 years of employment were with US Bank, where she held numerous positions, of which technical sup­port was her most recent duty. On Jan. 22 Patti was diagnosed with multiple cancerous brain tumors. On Feb. 24 she entered Demar Assisted Living in Coon Rapids. She began hospice care on Nov. 9 and on Sunday, Nov. 27 she en­tered her eternal home at the age of 58 years, three months and 13 days.

Patti was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids and volun­teered in the church gift shop. She enjoyed comput­er games, growing flowers, baking and cooking, play­ing cards and Scrabble, completing jig saw puzzles with family and friends and visiting casinos and shopping with her for­mer co-worker and great friend Kathy. Patti found much satisfaction in caring for and loving Marrisa, her one and only canine com­panion of over 10 years. Patti had a terrific sense of humor, a robust laugh that could be heard in any crowd, a huge heart and unwavering courage right up to her last days. Patti greatly appreciated the helping hand and compas­sionate care she received through her niece, Bonnie Fuhrman, especially dur­ing these past 10 months.

She is lovingly remem­bered by her mother Rosie of Lake Benton; sib­lings: Genny (and Eric) Woratschka of Springfield, Ill., Ed Drietz of Volga, S.D., Lenny (and Pat) Drietz of Coon Rapids, Floyd (and Barb) Drietz of Laramie, Wyo., Cathi Reese of Rus­sell, Don (and Helen) Dri­etz of Lake Benton and Mary Sherrill of Garden Grove, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Clem Drietz, sister Betty Meyer and infant brother Vernon Drietz.

Blessed be her memory!

Ione Christensen

November 17, 2011

Funeral services for Ione Christensen, age 81 of Tyler, were Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was Saturday, 4-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in Dane­bod Cemetery in Tyler.

She died Thursday, Nov. 10 at Sunrise Manor Nurs­ing Home in Tyler.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing arrange­ments. On-line registry, condolences and video tribute is found at

Helen “Ione” Chris­tensen was born Oct. 2, 1930 to Ralph and Minnie (Hetland) Larson in Ells­borough Township, rural Balaton. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Ellsborough Lutheran Church. She grew up on a farm near Ruthton in the Current Lake area. She attended country school District 45 and graduated from Ruthton High School in 1949, where she was homecoming queen. She continued her education at Lamberton Teachers College in Lamberton and taught country school from 1950-1953. Ione married Kenneth Christensen on June 7, 1952. Their union was blessed with four children—LaJoy, Linda, Connie and Mark—and 44 years of life together. They lived one year in Texas while Kenneth was sta­tioned in the air force, then returned to Minnesota and lived on a farm one mile west of Tyler where she dedicated her life to farm­ing and her family. They retired in 1991 and moved into Tyler. Ione was a lov­ing caregiver for husband Kenny prior to his death in December 1996. In 2008 she entered Sunrise Man­or Nursing Home in Tyler, where she died peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the age of 81 years, one month and eight days.

Ione was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler where she was active in women’s circles, WELCA and as a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her life on the farm, tending to her flock of sheep. She loved flower gardening, vegetable gar­dening, canning, card club, birthday club, embroidery, a bowl of popcorn, watch­ing Lawrence Welk, refin­ishing furniture and going to Dar’s for beer and pizza. She especially enjoyed time spent with her fam­ily.

Ione is lovingly remem­bered by her children: LaJoy (and Bishop Larry) Wohlrabe of Moorhead, Linda (and Roger) John­son of Breckenridge and Mark (and Cathy) Chris­tensen of Tyler; 11 grand­children: Erik Wohlrabe, Kristen (Aaron) Haddorff, Tanner and Jacob Johnson, Krystal, Brooke and Ashley Paluch, and Haley, Joshua, Jared and Jonah Chris­tensen; her sister Lorraine Ryberg of Apple Valley and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Christensen, daughter Connie Paluch and her parents.

Blessed be her memory.