Lucy Persoon

October 19, 2012

Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy Persoon, age 92 of Tyler, was Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in St. Dionysius Cemetery. She died Tuesday at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Tyler provided the arrangements. Send on-line condolences at
Lucy Mary Persoon was born July 9, 1920 to Peter and Marguerite (Wiering) Persoon in Larchwood, Iowa, the sixth of nine children. As a young child her family moved to a farm near Tyler.  She attended country school through the eighth grade. After her education she stayed at home to help with her siblings. After her mother’s death she took over her father’s household and helped support the family doing housecleaning for many people and cleaning at the post office and dental office in Tyler. In 2009 she moved to Southwest Senior Care in Lake Benton and in January of 2012 became a resident of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler. On Tuesday, Oct. 9. Lucy died at Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 92 years and three months.
Lucy was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Always
willing to help others, Lucy was a hard worker and a great cook. She made the best lemon meringue pie! She loved gardening and throughout her life she had parakeets for her special pets. She was like a grandmother to her nieces and nephews and enjoyed playing cards and her time spent with family.
Lucy is lovingly remembered by her sister Margret Anderson and her husband Jim of Lake Benton; many nieces and nephews including two
special nieces, Joyce Dass and Gloria Domino; three sisters-in-law, Clara Persoon, Florence Persoon and Vicky Persoon, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her six brothers, Peter T., Raymond, John, Nickolas, Andrew and Cornielius Persoon, and a sister, Mary Bakker.

Ronald Schreurs

October 4, 2012

Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Schreurs, age 85 of Tyler, was Saturday,
Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was
Friday, 5-8 p.m. with Rosary at 5 p.m. and prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in St. Dionysius Cemetery. He died Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Veterans Home in Luverne. Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler, provided the arrangements. Send on-line condolences and view video tribute at www.
Ronald Louis Schreurs was born March 15, 1927 to Fred and Caroline Schreurs
in Tyler. He was of Dutch and German ancestry. He attended country school
through the eighth grade. Transportation to school was either by horse and
buggy or walking. During the winter months Ronald, along with his brother and
sister, walked across Dead Coon Lake or Grandpa Fred would put runners on their buggy and they would slide across. If they had taken the horse and buggy, there was a barn directly behind the country school to house the horses and protect them from the winter elements. When Ronald was a young boy he had a talented dog named Fido for his pet. Fido could walk up and down ladders and Ronald even had a picture to prove it. When he was old enough to drive his first car he applied for his driver’s license by simply going to the local post office and paying 25 cents. No test was needed, not even behind the wheel. After he completed the eighth grade he worked on the family farm until he entered the U.S. Army in 1946. He was stationed in Indiana and Arkansas and was discharged on May 1, 1947. On Feb. 14, 1949 Ronald took the big step and married his sweetheart Doris Zgoda from Ivanhoe. Their marriage was blessed with five children and 55 years of life together. Ronald was a livestock and grain farmer all his life in the Arco area. He was admired for his dedication to working hard throughout his life. His wife Doris passed away Oct. 25, 2004 and
Ronald continued to live on the farm until 2008 when health problems led
him to reside in Maynard with his daughter and son-in-law for two years before
entering the Veterans Home in Luverne in 2010. There he passed away on
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the age of 85 years, six months and 10 days. Ronald was a faithful member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. He had served on the
Cemetery Board for many years. He enjoyed his lifework of farming, playing
cards (Pepper), dice and mowing the lawn. He loved to watch Westerns and
was very proud of his military service. He especially enjoyed time spent with
family and grandchildren.
Ronald is lovingly remembered by his children, David (Kathy) Schreurs of
Tyler, Diane (Dale) Lalim of Maynard, Marlys (Barry) Christensen of Tyler
and Joel (Teresa) Schreurs of Tyler; 15 grandchildren: Kari (Jeff) Hansen, Ryan (Jamie) Schreurs, Tory (Jodi) Schreurs, Jon (Jen) Schreurs, Mark (Jennie) Jensen, Nikki (Ray) Klinger, Phil Lalim, Stacy (Andy) Peterson, Pam (Scott) Schmeideberg, Lissa (Josh) Gravley, Kristy (John) Thomsen, Ashley Schreurs, Morgan Schreurs, Brandon Rieder and Lexie Rieder; 18 greatgrandchildren;
sisters La-Vaune Thooft of Russell and Lois (Cliff) Haroldsonof Red Wing; sisters-in-law Gladys Schreurs of Marshall, Delores Huber of Marshall and Shirley Zgoda of Richfield and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris, his son Paul, his parents Fred and
Caroline, brother Cletus and great-granddaughter Megg Alice Jensen

Theodore C. Schwing

October 4, 2012

ELKTON, S.D. — Theodore C. Schwing, age 79, died Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Elkton, S.D. with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-6 p.m. Sunday with a 6 p.m. prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Elkton, S.D.

Theodore was born May 28, 1933 in Hendricks to Theodore and Anna (Gramlich) Schwing, Sr. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1951
then attended Mankato State Teachers College. He served in the United States
Army from 1957-1959. Ted married Sadonna Lecheler on Oct. 3, 1959 in Winona.

He farmed in Drammen Township for many years and became township assessor in 1960, serving continuously until 2008, serving Drammen, Verdi
and Lake Benton Townships. Ted was a member of OLGC, served on the church board and was secretary of St. Mary’s Cemetery Corp. He was an accredited
Minnesota Ditch Viewer for 21 years and a charter member of the Minnesota Viewers Association, serving as president for 18 years. Ted served on the board of Hope Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and on the Drammen Township
Community ASCS Committee. He enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, coin and stamp collecting and letter writing.
Ted is survived by his wife Sadonna; sons Anthony (Erin) of Lake Benton, Mark (Brenda) of Carson, N.D., John of Sioux Falls, S.D., Paul of Brownton and Carl (Julie) of Glencoe; daughter Theresa (Chad) Neuberger of Worthington; 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother Sebastian (Beverly) of Elkton, S.D.; brothers-in-law Larry Lecheler of Sherman, Texas and Owen (Connie) Lecheler of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sisters-inlaw Dolores Wojciechowski
of Trempealeau, Wisc., Catherine Lecheler of Winona and Louise Lecheler of
Arcadia, Wisc.

Douglas Scott Wagner

October 4, 2012


A celebration of the life of Douglas Scott Wagner, age 52 of Cottonwood, will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Christ Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. A private interment will be held at a later date.

Doug was born on Aug. 31, 1960 in Pipestone to Walt and Kathy (Ehlers) Wagner. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed at St. Paul
Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Doug loved being outdoors and began working
on the Bonnie and Jim Folkerts farm while in high school. Doug graduated from Pipestone High School in 1979 and afterward attended Granite Falls Vocational Technical School for professional sales. After graduating in 1980, Doug began working as a salesman for Barglof Chevrolet, which later became Anton Chevrolet. It was there that he met his wife, Diane Petersen of Tyler. They were united in marriage on June 29, 1985 in Pipestone. In July 1996 Doug began working for the Consumer Brand Division of The Schwan Food Company in Marshall, where he was presently employed.

Doug was an avid outdoorsman and spent the majority of his spare time enjoying nature’s beauty. Whether it was hunting, fishing, riding his Harley
motorcycle, water skiing (barefooting), or pulling kids tubing on the lake. Doug filled his spare time surrounded by his family and many friends. If Doug wasn’t on the water, riding his bike or hunting, he could be found tending to his yard or playing with his dogs on the lawn. An active conservationist, Doug became
a member the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a Lifetime Member of
Pheasants Forever.
Doug passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Avera Marshall
Regional Medical Center in Marshall. He is survived by his loving and devoted
wife Diane of Cottonwood; daughters Shannon Wagner Paulson of Pipestone,
Jessi “Jessi-Bug” Wagner of Rochester and Erica “Little Buddy” Wagner of Cottonwood; parents Walt and Kathy Wagner of Starbuck; brother Randy (and Lisa) Wagner of Buena Vista, Colo. and sister Lisa (and Chris) Taylor of Cushing.
He will be lovingly remembered by his large extended family, many wonderful
friends and his hunting dogs Lacey, Smokey and Razz.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, many aunts and uncles and his hunting dogs Bo- Jack and Princess. Memorials preferred to Lyon County Pheasants Forever at P.O. Box 217, Marshall, MN.
Blessed be his memory.

Jacqueline Kay Foross

September 20, 2012

Jacqueline Kay Foross died Friday, Sept. 14 at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Susan Midaugh Farm, Worthington. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jacqueline was born on Oct. 30, 1945 in Long Beach, Calif. to Cato William and Selma (Nold) Foross. At the age of eight she moved to Orland, S.D., where she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Edward and Clara Bryne. She attended school at Orland and graduated from Orland High School and from General Beadle College in Madison, S.D. She taught music and physical education in Roslie, Neb. for a year and at Verdi for seven years. She was employed with CCSI in Worthington for 26 years before moving to Sioux Falls in November 2011 for health reasons. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines for many years.
Grateful for having shared her life are her friends, canine companions Carrie and Ruby, adopted family—Maxine Burrell, Cynthia Burrell, Paul Ullom, Greg Burrell, Carol Lewis and Keith Burrell, and four cousins— Shirley of Baraboo, Wisc., Bill of Seattle, Wash., Shirley of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Joyce of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and aunt and uncle, Edward and Clara Bryne.
Sunday, Sept. 23 there will be a Life Celebration for Jackie Foross at 2 p.m. in Centennial Park in Worthington. Bring a dish to pass such as a casserole, salad or dessert. Come and share some of your favorite memories of Jackie with the group. Call Cindy at 507-360-5699 for directions. Her address is 5013 E. 54th Street Apt 60, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.

Desmond Ankrum

September 20, 2012

Funeral services for Desmond Ankrum, age 20 of Canby, recently of Tyler, will be Friday, Sept. 21
at 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
He died Sunday as the result of an auto accident. Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel
in Tyler is providing the arrangements. Send online condolences at
Desmond Ankrum was born Feb. 27, 1992 to Jeanine Norgaard and Jeff Ankrum in Marshall. He was
baptized March 14, 2001 at Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jasper. He attended school in Jasper, Tyler and Lake Benton and graduated from MECLA in Marshall. He worked various jobs at Culvers, Apollos Bar and Grill and Jonti Craft and excelled at his current job working for Universal Forest Products in Minneota as a saw operator. Desmond was a proud father of his three-and-ahalf
month old son Kasyn. He enjoyed fishing, skateboarding, BMX stunt bicycling, playing video games,
motorcycling, music and hanging out with family and friends. He especially enjoyed time spent with
Jenna and Kasyn. On Sunday, Sept. 16, as the result of an auto accident south of Tyler, Desmond died at the age of 20 years, six months and 17 days.
Forever and always Desmond will be lovingly remembered by his girlfriend Jenna and their son Kasyn of Canby; mother Jeanine Norgaard of Minneota; father Jeff (and Angie) Ankrum of Elizabeth,
Ind.; grandmother Renata Norgaard of Tyler; grandmother Grace Ankrum of Tracy; sister Ashley Norgaard of Canby; brothers Sean Stefanick of Tracy and Asher Ankrum of Indiana; aunts and uncles Sandy Ankrum, Dave Ankrum, Tim Ankrum and Susan Schettler and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers David Norgaard and Emil Ankrum, great grandparents
Florence Ten Cate and Wayne and Carol Norgaard, best friend Michael Hein and great aunt Leatha
In lieu of flowers, donations to a fund for Desmond’s son Kasyn Ankrum, at First Security Bank in Canby, are preferred.
“When I’m gone just carry on, don’t mourn, rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice. Just know that I’m looking down on you, smiling. I didn’t feel a thing so baby don’t feel no pain, just smile back.” — Eminem

Ralph Hansen

September 20, 2012

Memorial services for Ralph Hansen, age 93 of Tyler, will be Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be at a later date in Danebod Lutheran Cemetery. He died Thursday, Sept. 13 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler. Send online condolences and view video tribute at
Ralph Sandager Hansen was born May 14, 1919 in Luck, Wisc. to Thorvald and Bodil (Sandager) Hansen. He grew up near West Denmark, Wisc. and was baptized and confirmed at West Denmark Church. He attended Polk Country School for his elementary education and graduated from Milltown High School in 1938. Ralph moved to Tyler to work on the farm of his Uncle Richard Sandager. He met Ruth Jensen at a Mardi Gras dance at Danebod when (in answer to Ruth’s prayer) he asked her to dance. On Nov. 20, 1941 Ralph and Ruth were married at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Their union was blessed with four daughters and 70 years of life together. The couple farmed south of Tyler from 1941-1997, when they retired and moved into town. They moved to Danebod Village in 2004 and in 2012 the couple became residents of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. There, with his family at his side, Ralph passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the age of 93 years, three months and 30 days.
Ralph was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church, where he participated in the Mens Club. His hobby was golfing, but he also enjoyed playing cards, having coffee with his coffee buddies and spending time with his family. In earlier years Ralph and Ruth spent their winters in Arizona.
Ralph is lovingly remembered by his wife Ruth; his four daughters: Elizabeth Baxter and her husband William of Phoenix, Ariz., Karma Dingman and her husband Richard of Littleton, Colo., Ruthann Dorn and her husband Darwin of West Bend, Wisc. and Gail Newell and her special friend Neil Enderson of Tyler; 10 grandchildren: Chris Dupre, Megan Dupre, Daralyn (Ed) Hein, Derek
(Nikki) Cady, Patrick Dingman, Dana Dorn, Shannon (Todd) Traeder, Shawna (Matt) Smith, Amie (Tim) Lingen and Justin (Missy) Newell; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandson; brothers Alfred (and Anne) Hansen of Chicago, Ill. and Ejvind Hansen of King of Prussia, Pa.; sister-in-law Virginia Hansen of Universal City, Texas and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Thorvald and Bodil Hansen and brothers Niels, Erik and Viggo Hansen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Danebod Lutheran Church or Danebod Folk School.

Lucille Ohl

September 20, 2012

Funeral services for Lucille Ohl, age 92 of Tyler, will be Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.,
all at First English Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Tyler.
She died Monday, Sept. 17 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.. Hartquist Funeral Home,
Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing the arrangements. Send online condolences at

Lucille Dorothy Ohl was born Feb. 20, 1920 to Carl George and Elizabeth (Oerter) Hansen in Arco.
She was baptized and later confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco.  She attended Arco Public Schools, graduating from Arco High School in 1936, after which she took one year of teacher training in Ivanhoe. She taught in rural schools in Lincoln County for four years. On March 28, 1942 Lucille married Henry Ohl at Bethany Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with four children and 47 years of life together. They farmed for 38 years in Coon Creek Township in Lyon County and in 1980 retired to a home in Tyler. Henry died on Aug. 19, 1989. Lucille continued to live in her home until Sept. 2011 when she moved to Danebod Village in Tyler. On Monday, Sept. 17 she was transferred to Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.  A few hours later Lucille died there at the
age of 92 years, six months and 28 days. Lucille was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler where she was active in an afternoon circle, WELCA and the quilting group. She was a member of Tyler Senior Citizen Center and a volunteer for Tyler Healthcare Center and the Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, flower gardening and handwork. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. Her strong faith and love for her Lord was an evident part of her life.
Lucille is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Carolyn (and Doug) Venekamp of Lake
Benton, Diane Wartner of Russell and Cynthia (and Mike) Venekamp of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, her son Allen, her parents, her two sisters, Bernice Larson and Alice Hahn, and son-in-law Valgene Wartner. The family wishes to thank you for your words
of sympathy, your voice of concern, your gesture of caring and the love you offer — the family of Lucille Ohl.

Edna Shriver

September 17, 2012

Memorial services for Edna Shriver, age 96 of Tyler, will be Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Danebod
Lutheran Church in Tyler. Memorial visitation is Friday, Sept. 14 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the church service. Burial of the cremated remains will be at the church cemetery. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry and condolences may be found at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Edna Marie (Kruse) Shriver was born on Dec. 17, 1915, to Nels Sigurd and Sigrid (Linnet) Kruse in Hope Township, Lincoln County. She was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. She attended grade school at BØrneskolen (the Children’s School) at Danebod, where classes were taught half a day in Danish and half a day in English. Edna attended Tyler High School and graduated in 1934. While in high school, Edna met August “Buster” Shriver at a barn dance. They were married on April 12, l935. The couple farmed south of Ruthton for a year then moved to a
farm south of Tyler, where they farmed for 55 more years. Their marriage was blessed with four children and 59 years of life together. August died in 1994.
Edna moved to Danebod Village in 1994. She became a resident of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in 2010, where she passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sept. 8 at the age of 96 years, eight months and 22 days.
Edna was a lifelong member of Danebod Lutheran Church. She was a founding member of the Danish Ladies Aid. She also was active in the Hope Afternoon Club, Home Extension, Danebod Quilters,
Hobby Club and participated in Relay For Life. She enjoyed bowling, square dancing, making ceramics and had a special ability to grow flowers.
Edna will be remembered for her quiet and unassuming nature. She directed attention away from herself and focused on the needs of others. She showed an interest in everyone she met, always
putting their feelings first.
Survivors include her children Ronald (Mavis) Shriver of Woodbury, Elaine Shriver (Bob Stevens)
of St. Paul, Sharon (Dale) Koster of Atlanta, Ga. and Lois (Al) DeLeon of Britt, Iowa; 10 grand-children; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; one sister, Harriet Sorensen of Peterborough, N.H.; sistersin-law DeLoris Kruse of Bozeman, Mont. and Pearl Kruse of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; brother-in-law Vic Ecklund of Hot Springs, Ark.; special friend Doris Kragh and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, two sisters and one great-granddaughter.
Memorials may be directed to Sunrise Manor Nursing Home for the television fund at PO Box 280,
240 Willow Street, Tyler, MN 56178.

Waldon Otto Petersen, Sr.

August 31, 2012

Waldon Otto Petersen, Sr. died at the age of 94 years at the Baptist St. Anthony Hospice in Amarillo, Texas on Aug. 22.
Waldon was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” and siblings Marilyn Spark, Vernal Petersen and Vion Erhardt.
Left to mourn him are his children Susan E. Throckmorton of Hawley, Texas, Karen A. Larson of Conchas Dam, N.M. and Waldon Otto Petersen, Jr. of St. Paul, sister Delores Dressen of Magnolia, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Waldon and Betty were the owners of the Showboat Ballroom in Lake Benton from the 1940s to 1960. After Betty’s death Waldon lived 21 years with his daughter Karen and son-in-law Milo Larson at Conchas Dam, N.M. Waldon’s health declined and he was at the Farwell, Texas Convalesent Center