Paul Petersen

March 14, 2019

obit paul petersen 0000297766-01-1Paul Sejr Petersen, age 87 of Minnetonka, passed away on Feb. 12. A me­morial service was held Monday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, with visitation one hour prior.
Paul enjoyed a long ca­reer as a self-employed Mechanical Engineer af­ter graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree. His work ranged from ski boots, to automotive test equipment, to build­ing stabilization systems. Paul’s accomplishments included well over 40 pat­ents. Paul also enjoyed be­ing a private pilot, flying the Cessna he owned with his brother and building an RV-6A aircraft with his son. Other interests included his grandchildren, travel (especially England), read­ing, and the camaraderie of the local coffee shop. He also enjoyed his Danish heritage and its traditions.
He was preceded in death by his parents Har­ald and Agneta Petersen, and his brother Norman. He is survived by wife of 64 years, Marilyn; his chil­dren Martha (Mark) Hage­ness, and Eric (Mary) Pe­tersen; grandchildren Erik (Emily), Jon and Britta Hageness, and Blake and Amy Petersen; sister Julia Steinmetz; brother Niel (Marlys) Petersen; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials preferred to Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park.

Mary Ballard

March 6, 2019

obit Mary BallardOct. 13, 1943 – Feb. 26, 2019

Mary Ballard, age 75 of Glenwood, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Feb. 26. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating. Visitation was at the church, one hour prior to the service. The Christian Mothers prayed the Rosary beginning at 10 a.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Mary Esther Carlson was born in Bird Island on Oct. 13, 1943 to Emery and Ve­ronica (Becker) Carlson. The fifth of eight children, she grew up in Montgom­ery, where she attended school and graduated with the Class of 1961. Follow­ing high school, Mary at­tended college at Mankato State University, where she received her Education de­gree. Her first teaching job was in Wabasso, where she taught high school English. She later taught in Chandler and Tyler. It was while she was living and teaching in Wabasso that mutual friends introduced her to Jerome “Jerry” Bal­lard of Tyler, who had just returned home from serv­ing in Vietnam. The two hit it off and after dating for awhile, they were mar­ried on Aug. 17, 1968 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Mary’s home­town of Montgomery. The two made their home in Tyler before moving to Wisconsin for a short time, then to Glenwood in 1971, where Jerome worked as a commercial printer.
Mary’s first job in Glen­wood was as a typeset­ter for the Pope County Tribune. In 1984, she left the Tribune to become an insurance agent for Farm Bureau Financial Services, a position she held until her retirement in 2009. Mary was elected to the Glenwood City Council in April 1995 and served over four terms. She also volun­teered as a Girl Scout lead­er and taught Catechism to confirmation students at Sacred Heart. Mary loved nature and enjoyed feed­ing the birds, rabbits, deer, and those “damn” squir­rels in her yard.
Mary passed away peacefully on Feb. 26. May God bless the memory of Mary Ballard.
Mary is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jer­ry; her sisters and broth­ers— Darlene (Clayton) Coughlin of New Hope, Carl (Joanne) Carlson of Falcon Heights, Bob (Becky) Carlson of Duluth, Paul (Virgie) Carlson of Minnetonka, Don (Karin) Carlson of Winter Springs, Florida, Rita Carlson of Rosemount, and Jon (Nan­cy) Carlson of Victoria; her mother-in-law, Edna Bal­lard of Tyler; brother-in-law Neal (Linda) Ballard of Tyler; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Em­ery and Veronica Carlson.

Melvin Stuefen

March 6, 2019

Melvin G. Stuefen, age 95 of Tyler, passed away Sun­day, Feb. 24 at Avera Tyler Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held on May 4, 2-4 p.m. at the Tyler Golf Club. Ar­rangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Cha­pel. To view Melvin’s life history or sign an online registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Phyllis Karbo

February 27, 2019

obit Karbo PhyllisAug. 27, 1927 – Feb. 24, 2019

Phyllis M. Karbo, age 91 of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota, with burial at the Russell Cemetery in Rus­sell. The family will greet friends at the church for one hour prior to the ser­vice. George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is in charge of ar­rangements.
Phyllis Marie Smedsrud, daughter of Melvin and Ethel (Palmer) Smedsrud, was born Aug. 27, 1927 in Coon Creek Township, Minnesota. She was united in marriage with Robert W. Karbo on March 5, 1947 in Tyler.
Grateful for having shared her life are five chil­dren—Larry Karbo and his wife Gail of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Roberta Karbo of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, David Karbo and his wife Rhonda of Russell, Sandi Nelson and her hus­band Neal of Barrett, and Dan Karbo and his wife Linda of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; son-in-law Craig Skuya of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchil­dren; sisters-in-law Arlene Smedsrud of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Lorraine Smedsrud of Fargo, North Dakota; many nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Robert on May 18, 1979; a daughter, Vicki Skuya, and an infant daughter; her parents Melvin and Ethel Smedsrud; and eight sib­lings—Warren Smedsrud, Muriel Peterson, Wally Smedsrud, Nile Smedsrud, Stanley Smedsrud, Donis Lee, Janet Berg and Dean­na Buchert.
Obit and online guest­book at georgeboom.com.

Cary Rosenboom

February 27, 2019

obit Rosenboom Cary Photo bevelSept. 14, 1963 – Feb. 21, 2019

Cary Rosenboom, age 55 of Verdi, died Thursday, Feb. 21 at his home. Visita­tion will be Friday, March 1, 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lu­theran Church in Lake Ben­ton, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. John’s Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Verdi Township, Lincoln County. Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel is in charge of ar­rangements. To view obit or sign an online registry go to www.hartquistfu­neral.com.
The man who became Uncle Cary to every child he met, was born Cary Lee Rosenboom on Sept. 14, 1963 to his proud parents Gary and Carolyn (Bebens­ee) Rosenboom. Cary was born in Mankato and was baptized into the Chris­tian faith at Our Saviors Lutheran Church on Oct. 13, 1963. In March 1969, at the age of 5, Cary moved with his parents and sis­ters to what is now known as The Rosenboom Farm outside Verdi. Growing up, Cary learned to love the land, animals, and farming. He spent his days with his little sisters and brother exploring every inch of the family farm and his grand­parents’ farm a quarter mile away. He attended St John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton where he at­tended Sunday School and was confirmed in 1978.
Cary attended Verdi Pub­lic School from kindergar­ten until he graduated high school in 1982. Through­out his school years, he was involved in a variety of school and community activities. He enjoyed par­ticipating in many sports including cross country, football, basketball, and track, as well as both the Verdi and church softball teams. Other school ac­tivities he was involved in were Declam and school plays. Cary was an active member of the Verdi-Go-Getters 4-H Club. Saturday nights he could often be found playing cards with friends. They always loved a good game of poker.
After high school, Cary attended Worthington Community College where he played college football. Upon completing his time at WCC he moved back to the farm to help his dad. Over the years, Cary be­came a jack of all trades. He worked at the Elkton Mushroom Plant, helped on various local farms, and ran the cattle operation on the family farm until his passing.
Cary was always on hand to help whoever needed him. He truly had a servant’s heart. Cary served unofficially and then officially on the cem­etery board. He always put his heart into every task. Being a lifelong 4-Her and his love of the fair led him to serve on the Lin­coln County Fair Board. He always enjoyed work­ing alongside others. He helped build and pull the Verdi Community Float ev­ery year.
During his childhood, the family grew by two brothers, Peter and Wolf­gang. These foreign ex­change students from Germany quickly became forever-family. When Cary was 16, he traveled, alone, to Germany to visit his German brothers and their families. He enjoyed exploring the country his ancestors came from and even learned to tolerate rice. For over 25 years, Cary hosted a group of friends for a weekend of hunting pheasants, play­ing poker, eating great food and drinking beer. This was one of his favor­ite times of the year. Cary had a wonderful sense of humor that both adults and children loved. He could lighten any situation with his one-liners, great smile, and laugh. Cary was a lifelong Twins fan.
Cary will be dearly missed by all of his nieces and nephews. No matter what they were involved in, Cary would always be found at their events. From dance to track, and plays to concerts, Cary would be at them all. They were always a number one pri­ority in his life. Love you Cary, weehoo!
Cary leaves behind his mother Carolyn Rosen­boom of Verdi; sisters Cami (Jim) Nichols and Tracey (Ivan) Kuhlman; brother Torey (Lisa) Rosenboom; his beloved nieces and nephews—Michelle and Stephanie (Goddaughter) Kuhlman, and Aidan, Logan, Kaitlyn and Emily Rosenboom; his German brothers Peter and Wolfgang; his adopted siblings from the Reynolds and Fruechte families—Sonia, Max, Zoe, Bree, Ian and Ella Reynolds; and too many others to name who called him Uncle Cary; as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins and his many hunt­ing buddies and fair board friends. He was preceded in death by his father Gary Rosenboom, grandparents Dorothy and Elmer Rosen­boom and Harry and Lil­lian Bebensee, and niece Tiffany Kuhlman.

Karen Miles

February 27, 2019

June 19, 1944 – Feb. 7, 2019

Karen Miles, age 74 of Minneota, passed away on Feb. 7. A memorial ser­vice, rescheduled due to weather, will be held Sun­day, March 10, 1 p.m at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 1966 County Rd. 124, Lake Benton.
Karen Patricia Miles was born June 19, 1944 in Ty­ler to Easter Jacobson and Wilber Nelson.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Kim) Miles of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Michelle Miles of Lake Benton; grand­children Kenndee and Kody Miles, Travis, Trevor and Chelsie Yockey, and BryAnn Miles; sister-in-law Janet Nelson of Win­nebego; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Jim and Dennis Nelson.

Melvin Stuefen

February 27, 2019

April 15, 1923 – Feb. 24, 2019

Melvin G. Stuefen, age 95 of Tyler, passed away Sun­day, Feb. 24 at Avera Tyler Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ar­rangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Cha­pel. To view Melvin’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Karen Miles

February 21, 2019

June 19, 1944 – Feb. 7, 2019

Karen Miles, age 74 of Minneota, passed away on Feb. 7. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 1966 County Rd 124, Lake Benton.
Karen Patricia Miles was born June 19, 1944 in Tyler to Easter Jacobson and Wil­ber Nelson.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Kim) Miles of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Michelle Miles of Lake Benton; grandchil­dren Kenndee and Kody Miles, Travis, Trevor and Chelsie Yockey, and BryAnn Miles; sister-in-law Janet Nelson of Winnebego; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Jim and Dennis Nelson.

Karen Miles

February 14, 2019

obit Karen MilesJune 19, 1944 – Feb. 7, 2019

Karen Miles, age 74 of Minneota, passed away on Feb. 7. Arrangements are pending with the family.
Karen Patricia Miles was born June 19, 1944 in Ty­ler to Easter Jacobson and Wilber Nelson.
Karen had worked for Schwan’s for 13-plus years as a food line lead. She had also been part-owner of Ralph’s Kitchen, Tyler Bowling Alley. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Lake Benton and the Red Hat Society.
Karen had battled breast cancer, which had survived and returned to her liver. She had resided at Min­neaota Manor for the past 2½ years She enjoyed her crafts, playing Bingo, cook­ing, and being the center of attention. She was loved by many of the residents currently living at Minneo­ta Manor. She loved her dog Ginnie. Her dream had always been to visit Dis­neyworld, and her favorite character was Dopey.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Kim) Miles of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Michelle Miles of Lake Benton; grandchil­dren Kennedee and Kody Miles, Travis, Trevor and Chelsie Yockey, and Bry­Ann Miles; sister-in-law Ja­net Nelson of Winnebago; and nieces and nephews Lester (Glenda) Nelson of Rapid City, South Dakota, Tami (Jerry, deceased) Quinn of Rapid City, South Dakota, Tim (Mona) Nel­son of Mankato, and Rob (Lori) Nelson of Winne­bago. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Jim and Dennis Nelson.

Michael Koch

February 14, 2019

Michael A. Koch, age 63 of Lake Benton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota.
A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 4-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Lake Benton. A prayer service will follow at 6 p.m. To view Michael’s full life history or sign an online registry please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.