Sue Ellen Josephine Kimball- Johannsen-Stuart

May 12, 2011

Sue Ellen Josephine Kimball-Johannsen-Stuart, age 84, passed away peacefully to heaven on April 19. For the last four years she resided at Skyline Nursing Facility in Canon City, Colo.
Sue graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1945.
Sue is survived by her daughter Lynette Rand of Grand Junction, Colo.; brothers, Leo Kimball (Beverly) of Lanesboro, and Leslie Kimball (Teresa) of Bellevue, Neb.; sisters-in-law Joyce Kimball of Frisco, Texas, and Janis Johnson (Larry) of Arizona; nieces and several nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother Delite Wisler and father Floyd Kimball, husband Lawrence H. Johannsen, brothers Chester Kimball and his beloved daughter Terry, Harvey Kimball, Robert Kimball and half-sister Evelyn Jaspersen.
A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at a later date at the Canon View Vineyard Chapel in Grand Junction, Colo. Skyline will have a memorial for Sue at a later date.

Joseph Randall Burgiss

May 5, 2011

Funeral service for Joseph Randall Burgiss was Tuesday, May 3 at Jim Rush Funeral Home, Wildwood Chapel, Cleveland, Tennesee.
Visitation is Monday, 6-9 at the Wildwood Chapel. Burial will follow at Center Point Baptist Church Cemetery, Cleveland, Tenn. Arrangements are provided by Jim Rush Funeral Home of Cleveland,
Tennesee and with local arrangements by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.
Joseph Randall Burgiss was born March 25, 1960 to William and Barbara (Farmer) Burgiss. He grew up in Cleveland, Tenn. and served in the Army National Guard. He lived in Colorado and later moved to Minnesota in 1983. He worked for Larson Manufacturing in Brookings, S.D. As the result of a farm accident on April 25, 2011, Randy died at his rural Lake Benton home at the age of 51 years and 1 month.
Randy loved to hunt and fish, and caring for his horses. His greatest love was Judi Evers, the person with whom he shared his life for the past nine years.
Joseph is remembered by his loving companion, Judy Evers of Lake Benton; mother, Barbara (and Danny) Trentham of Cleveland, Tenn.e; his father, William Burgiss of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers and one sister; and many other relatives and friends.

Lance E. Krog

April 29, 2011

Lance E. Krog, age 50 of Lakeville, formerly of Tracy, passed away Friday, April 15 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis while surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis. A memorial visitation will be held at the Tracy Area Funeral Home from 12-3 p.m. Friday, April 29.
Burial will follow at Diamond Lake Cemetery near Lake Benton. Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program, Minnesota Dairy Goat Association, or the pancreatic cancer organization ( Online condolences may be sent to Stephens Funeral Service –Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lance Edward Krog was born Nov. 1, 1960 in Tyler to Dale and Karen (Kragh) Krog. He was a Luther League member and was confirmed at Tracy Lutheran Church and graduated from Tracy High School in 1979. Lance was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, was active in the Tracy Comets 4-H Club and played in the high school band. He attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, before
starting a mortgage underwriting business in Minneapolis. He was vicepresident and underwriting
manager for Summit Mortgage Company in Plymouth and was Underwriter of the Year in 2001.
Lance was a member of the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program, serving as chairman for several years. He also belonged to the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association and raised and exhibited Dwarf Nigerian purebred dairy goats. He was Minnesota State Fair Grand Champion in 2006.
Lance also belonged to the Purple Martin Association.
His greatest love, besides his family and friends, was his yard and animals.
Lance is survived by his parents Dale and Karen Krog of Tracy; sister Carla (Steve) Thein of Owatonna; niece and nephew Madelyn and Mason Thein of Owatonna; uncles, Glenn Krog of Lake Benton, Jim Kragh of Hendricks and Paul (Geri) Kragh of Mankato; cousin Erin Kragh of New York, N.Y., and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents Jorgen and Selma Krog and Ralph and Velera Kragh, and uncle Edward Kragh.

Ernest Bannick

April 29, 2011

Memorial services for Ernest Bannick, age 85 of Tyler, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Saturday,
April 30, 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow at the Bannick Family Farmstead in rural Lake Benton.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton.
On-line condolences and registry at
Ernest “Ernie” W. Bannick was born Aug. 8, 1925 to Ernest R. and Christine (Husen) Bannick on a farm in Lake Benton Township, near Lake Benton. He was baptized June 6, 1926 and confirmed Dec. 12, 1948 at English Lutheran (later Grace Lutheran) Church in Lake Benton. He grew up on the farm and attended country school District 10. Ernie married Florine Resen on Dec. 12, 1956 in Pipestone. Their union was blessed with four children and 54 years of life together. The couple farmed on the farm of Ernie’s birth. They purchased the farm in 1963, retired in 1985—though he continued to work on the farm—and sold the farm in 2005. They continued to live there until 2009 when they moved to Tyler.
In 2008 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. On Feb. 14 Ernie died peacefully at his home at the age of 85 years, six months and six days.
Ernie was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed most his passion of farming, taking care of his family, his animals, his Appaloosa horses and his Guernsey cows. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening, flowers and especially time spent with his family.
Ernie is lovingly remembered by his wife Florine; his children, Randy Bannick of Morris, Larry Bannick of East Grand Forks and Verna Timmons of Kerkhoven; six grandchildren, Rachel and Amy Bannick, Austin and Jenna Timmons, and Crystal and Andrew Marks; brother Emil (and Betty) Bannick of Walnut Grove; sister Alice Buhl of Tyler; son-inlaw Kenneth Marks of Detroit Lakes, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carol Marks, his parents, three brothers- in-law and one sister-in-law.

Joseph J. Wipf

April 14, 2011

Joseph J. Wipf, age 70, of Heartland Colony, Lake Benton, died Tuesday, April 5 at the Pipestone County Medical Center. Funeral services were Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Heartland Colony Church in Lake Benton, with interment in Heartland Colony Cemetery. Visitation was held at his home Thursday evening, April 7. Arrangements were through the Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone.
He is survived by his wife Leah; sons, Joey (Helen), Alvin (Pauline), Mark (Marian) and Jerry (Marlene), all of Heartland Colony; daughters, Kathy (David) Waldner of Millbrook Colony, S.D., Linda (Bob) Hofer of Lakeview Colony, S.D., Mary Wipf of Heartland Colony, and Dalia (Ted) Wipf of Rolland Colony, S.D.; 38 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven brothers; five sisters; nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Alice Reynolds

April 7, 2011

Funeral services for Alice Reynolds, 97, of Pipestone were Friday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Verdi. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Alice died Sunday, March 27 at Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone. Hartquist Funeral Home,
Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton provided the arrangements. On-line condolences and registry may be found at
Alice Victoria Reynolds was born May 11, 1913 in Verdi to Charles and Anna (Hansen) Reynolds.
She was baptized and confirmed at Verdi United Methodist Church. She graduated from Verdi
High School in 1931, after which she helped on the farm and took care of her mother and father. In 1977 she and her sister Mabel moved into Verdi. She lived there with her cats and dogs, helping with the Verdi Thursday Church Community Supper until she fell in 2004 and entered Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone. There, on Sunday, March 27, Alice died at the age of 97 years,
10 months and 16 days.
Alice was a lifelong member of Verdi United Methodist Church. She served as the church organist for many years. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and crocheting. She loved animals and always had cats and dogs and, while on the farm, goats, sheep and chickens. She enjoyed visits with friends and family.
You couldn’t get out of her house without a cup of coffee and treats.
Alice is lovingly remembered by numerous cousins and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and sister Mabel Reynolds.

Joan Lee

April 7, 2011

Joan Lee, age 72, of Mankato stepped peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, March
31 after a two-year struggle with multiple illnesses.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mankato,
with Rev. Paul Nolting officiating.
Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Mankato Mortuary and continued one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Memorials can be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir.
Joan was born March 17, 1939 in Lake Benton to Martin and Marian Mathison.
Growing up in a small town meant making lifelong friends as she made her way through high
school with a small, closeknit group of classmates.
She moved to Mankato in 1957 to attend Mankato State University, pursuing a degree in elementary education and the arts. On Oct. 30, 1959 she married Earl “Bud” Schweim. They raised three children, spending the rest of her life in Mankato.
Over the years, Joan used her talents and creativity working for companies such as Fab ‘n Trim,
Shopko, Brett’s Bridal and, for the past 20 years, Chris Tailor Shop. Her coworkers and customers would say that her warm smile and bubbly personality meant as much to them as the fact that she was an accomplished and gifted seamstress. She won the hearts of many with her quick wit and generosity. She was an astute shopper who always found the bargains, so it was great fun for her to spend the day with her daughter or sister or friends on shopping excursions. She loved theater, enjoying regular visits to the local plays as well as the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Music always
meant a lot to Joan, whether it was listening to her favorite CD, going to concerts or singing in her
church choir. If you were to ask her about her favorite activities, she would no doubt put being with her granddaughters at the top of the list. From wearing silly hats to having tea parties to taking walks at Sibley Park, she never missed the opportunity to spend time with them.
Joan made friends easily and could count people from six months to 96 years in that category. She
made a point to recognize birthdays and other special occasions, truly excited to share in the joys of life with those she loved.
She also had a number of friends over the years that fit in the four-legged, furry category. Anyone who knew Joan knew that she loved cats in particular, as was evidenced by the many cats she befriended in her life as well as her collection of cat memorabilia. She seemed to be drawn to those animals who shared her gentle spirit. Many people have had the privilege of having known Joan, of sharing life with her and she no doubt will be deeply missed. Her family celebrates her life and cherishes the memories she leaves with us.
She is survived by her husband of six years, Wayne Lee; her three children, Lane Schweim, Lori (Mark) Bode and Lee (Pete) Schweim; two granddaughters, Anna and Sarah; a sister, Loralee (Stan) Miller of Minneota; her brother Larry Mathison (Imren) of Idaho, as well as Wayne’s five children
and their families: Dennis Lee, Jan Summerville and Paul Lee, all of North Carolina, Shawn Kurtzahn (Martin) of Ohio and Martin Lee of St. Peter.
She also leaves behind cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Marian Mathison and her husband of almost
40 years, Earl “Bud” Schweim.

Paul Bartz

April 7, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Paul Bartz, age 62, of Tyler will be Wednesday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Dionysius Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
On-line condolences, registry and tribute may be found at
Paul Frederick Bartz was born Sept. 26, 1948 to Helmer and Lorraine (Hansen) Bartz in Owatanna.
In early childhood he grew up on farms in Owatanna, Hannibal, Mo., and Austin. While attending high school in Austin he was very active in 4-H, raising pigs and cows. He graduated from Austin High School in 1967. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota, attaining a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education.
He was united in marriage to Mary Orlowski on June 16, 1973 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin.
Their union was blessed with three children and 37 years of marriage together.
The couple made their home in Tyler, where Paul worked for Highland Vocational Center and Minnesota West as a teacher for adult farm management for many years. He taught modern technology and robotics for Russell-Tyler- Ruthton Schools. He also served many years on the
police force in the communities of Tyler, Lake Benton and Ivanhoe.
In 2010 he was diagnosed with ALS and retired due to declining health. Paul entered Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center on April 1, where he died April 2 at the age of 62 years, six
months and six days.
Paul was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church and taught CCD. He was a member of Tyler Kiwanis, Cub Scouts and was a Firearms Safety Instructor. He was proud of Tyler and Lake Benton and was honored as 2010 Tyler Citizen of the Year and 2010 Grand Marshal of Lake Benton Saddle Horse Days. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, planting trees, part-time farming, model railroads, Christmas lights and decorating, “Oldies” music, playing cards and had a gift in mathematics and speed reading. Above all, he enjoyed the time spent with his family and grandchildren.
Paul is survived by his wife Mary Bartz of Tyler; children: Kyle (and Katie) Bartz and their son John
of Storm Lake, Iowa; Amy Bartz and her daughter Anne of Pipestone, and Cole (and Tabby) Bartz
and their daughter Ella and soon arriving son R.J. of Sioux Falls, S.D.; mother Lorraine Bartz of Austin; siblings: Ralph Bartz of Austin, Lori Bartz of Austin, and Jerry Bartz of Reno, Nev. He was preceded in death by his father Helmer Bartz; maternal grandparents Frederick and Edna Hansen; niece Melissa Peterson, and aunt and uncle, Archie and Evelyn Steen.
Blessed be his memory!
Memorials will be established in Paul’s honor for scholarships and fighting ALS.

Eileen Jewett

March 31, 2011

Memorial services for Eileen Jewett, age 94, of Pipestone will be Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Tyler Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday, 5-7 p.m., with Order of the Eastern Star services at 6:45 p.m., at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel, 116 E. Bradley Ave., Tyler. She died Thursday, March 24 at Pipestone County Medical Center in Pipestone. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Leave on-line condolences at
Eileen Mildred Jewett was born Feb. 1, 1917 to Edwin and Minnie (Munson) Lee on a farm in Moody County near Flandreau, S.D. Eileen married Francis Jewett on Dec. 12, 1936 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Eileen is lovingly remembered by her children: William (and Barbara) Jewett of Alexandria, Steven (and Marla) Jewett of Sloan, Iowa, and Linda (and Tom) Barron of Ruthton; 13 grandchildren,18 great-grandchildren and a brother, Marvin Lee of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her husband Francis, infant daughter Kathleen, her parents and six brothers and one sister.

Alice Reynolds

March 31, 2011

Funeral services for Alice Reynolds, age 97, of Pipestone will be Friday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Verdi. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
She died Sunday, March 27 at Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone. Full obituary will be published in next week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton is providing the arrangements. On-line condolences and registry may be found at
Alice is lovingly remembered by numerous cousins and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and sister Mabel Reynolds.