Ernest Thooft

November 16, 2017

obit ThooftErnie-photoBEVELJune 22, 1936 – Nov. 7, 2017

Memorial services for Ernest H. Thooft, age 81 of Marshall, formerly Tyler, was Saturday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler. Memori­al visitation was Friday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at St. Dio­nysius. Burial was in St. Eloi Catholic Cemetery in Ghent.
He died Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
Ernest Hector Thooft was born to Ernest Joseph and Maria Virginia (Dobbelaere) Thooft on June 22, 1936 on a farm in Island Lake Town­ship in Lyon County, where he was raised and attended country school. Upon com­pletion of his education, he helped on the family farm. In 1957 he started to farm in Island Lake Township of Lyon County. On April 30, 1958 Ernie married Cath­erine Anne Bernardy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaforth. Their union was blessed with 11 children and 59 years of life together. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed near Lynd. In 1996 they moved into Tyler. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Ernie died at Avera Mar­shall Regional Medical Cen­ter at the age of 81 years.
Ernie was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler, and of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, cards, dominos, and going to the casino. He especially enjoyed the time spent with family, creating many cher­ished memories.
Ernie is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Catherine (Kate) of Marshall; 10 chil­dren— Richard (Shirley) Thooft of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Jerome Thooft of Moose Lake, Douglas (Bren­da) Thooft of Hastings, Jan­ine (Douglas) Rassmussen of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Edward (Susan) Thooft of Milroy, Karen (John) Krae­mer of Chanhassen, Thom­as (Susan) Thooft of Cyrus, Suzanne (Robert) Kirsh of Milroy, Bruce (Kimberly) Thooft of New Prague, and Scott (Deb) Thooft of Lynd; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; six siblings— Emma Delanghe of Marshall, E.R. (Agnes) Thooft of Tyler, Marian (Leon) VanDenBroeke of Marshall, Raymond Thooft of Lynd, Mary (George) Lanoue of Marshall, and Jea­nette (Vincent) Lanoue of Tracy; two sisters-in-law— Leona Thooft of Tyler and Betty Thooft of Marshall; and many other relatives and friends. He was pre­ceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Christine; two brothers, Amandus and Aime; and a sister, Louise Ruud.
Blessed be his memory.

Norman Petersen

November 9, 2017

obit Norman-Petersen-1510054310July 20, 1930 – Nov. 1, 2017

Norman Alfred “Nummy” Petersen, age 87, died Nov. 1 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin due to complications of Par­kinson’s disease.
Norman was born July 20, 1930 in Askov, the second child of Harald A. and Agne­ta (Nielsen) Petersen. At the age of two, his family moved to Tyler, where his father was a beloved teacher, prin­cipal and Superintendent of Schools. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1948. He earned his Associate’s Degree at Grand View Col­lege in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Minnesota, majoring in mathematics and commu­nity recreation. Norman proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Fort McHenry, Maryland.
On March 7, 1953 he mar­ried Anna Marie Witzel at Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Norman worked for Investors Diver­sified Services (IDS) for 14 years in St. James. In 1968 Norman and Anna Marie purchased St. James Print­ing and Office Supply, where he worked as proprietor and printer until Anna Ma­rie’s death on Feb. 12, 1980. Norman was hired in 1980 by the Experimental Air­craft Association (EAA) as an associate editor of Sport Aviation and Vintage maga­zines. He sold the printing business and relocated to Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and eventually Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
He married Loretta Ren­nick on Aug. 29, 1981 in St. James. She and her three children joined Nor­man in Hales Corners and Oshkosh. Norman retired from the EAA at age 70. Norman had a passion for for airplanes from the age of 12 after earning rides from a barnstormer at the Lincoln County Fair in Ty­ler. He earned his private pilot license June 19, 1956 and was proud to be an EAA homebuilder. He com­pleted his first single-seat EAA biplane in 1968 after 5½ years of building time, followed by a two-seater Starduster II biplane that required six years. He en­joyed doing aerobatics and treating friends and family to surprise loops and rolls. Later projects included a Piper J-3 Cub rebuild outfit­ted with skis and floats, and the start of an antique 1948 Danish KZ3 rebuild im­ported from Denmark. He was also a proud member of EAA Chapter 252 in Osh­kosh, the Midwest Antique Airplane Club, and the Quiet Birdmen. In St. James, Nor­man was an active member of First Lutheran Church, neighborhood bridge club, the Lions Club, founding member of the Fraternal Or­der of Eagles, St. James Fly­ing Club and EAA. He was proud to have attended 57 consecutive EAA fly-ins dat­ing back to the early years in Rockford, Illinois. His en­thusiasm and work helped to initiate the opening of a new airport in St. James.
He served as Watonwan County Police Commis­sioner and participated in many public services. In Os­hkosh, Norm was a member of Countryside Lutheran Church. He became spokes­man for the EAA Seaplane base and wrote numerous articles about float and ski-plane flying. Norman loved to travel to Denmark, where he was a member of the In­ternational KZ Klubben and attended a number of fly-ins at Stauning, Denmark.
Norman’s joys included his love for music, sing­ing bass in choir, playing his accordion and dancing. He called square dances through college, played accordion with the Polka Pilots in St. James, and par­ticipated in jam sessions at the Winneconne VFW. He loved his annual deer hunt­ing trips to Cloquet Valley State Forrest with his son Norman II and his annual fishing trips to Lake of the Woods in northern Min­nesota. He attended many flight breakfasts, taking his children one-at-a-time as his special guests. He cheered for the Minnesota Vikings even while living in Packer country. He was an outstanding speaker who always had a joke or a story to tell. He shared his hu­mor and optimism and was loved by all.
Norman is survived by and his memory will be cherished by his wife Lo­retta of Oshkosh, Wiscon­sin; his children—Teresa Pedersen of Kuwait, Nor­man (Joanna) Pedersen II of Mankato, Nancy Petersen of Woodbury, Janis Weikle of Hector, and Kari Jo (Dwight) Bullard of Oakdale. Step-children include Lisa (Dan) Morse of Whitehall, Michi­gan, Troy (Heidi) Toelle of Twin Lakes, Michigan and Wynette (Beau) Jero of Axtel, Texaas. Surviving siblings include, Julia (Jim) Steinmetz of Midland, Mich­igan, Paul (Marilyn) Peters­en of Minnetonka, and Niel (Marlys) Petersen of Min­netonka. Norman had 17 grandchildren, 5-plus great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. The last 8½ years of Norman’s life were spent at Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh.
A memorial service cel­ebrating his life will be held Monday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. in the EAA Founders Wing, 3000 Poberezny Road in Os­hkosh, Wisconsin with the Rev. Ed Riddick officiating. A time of visitation will be held in the Founders Wing from 9 a.m. until the time of service. There will be a time of storytelling and a lunch following the service. Memorials may be made to Grand View College, EAA Young Eagles Program, and Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler.

Darlene Jacobsen

November 2, 2017

obit Darlene JacobsenDec. 30, 1935 – Oct. 26, 2017

Darlene B. Jacobsen died Oct. 26 in Isle. She was 81 years old.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Wahkon Presby­terian Church in Wahkon.Visitation will be Saturday, 11:30-1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Edgerton Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements by Mille Lacs Lake Funeral Home.
Darlene was born Dec. 30, 1935 in Inwood, Iowa to Jorienius and Artie (Brands) Brouwer, the seventh of 11 children. In 1946 her family settled on a farm near Edgerton, where she lived until age 24. She did many jobs in the area. The summer of 1960 was a highlight for her when she spent the season working at a resort in Glacier National Park.
On Nov. 19, 1960 she married John Jacobsen. They lived in Minnesota, Il­linois and numerous towns in eastern Iowa. From ap­proximately 1966-1970, they operated D&J Rubbish Removal. In the fall of 1971 they moved to Dakota City, Nebraska, where she had a carpet cleaning business from 1972-1990. During this time she made deep connections with many of her customers. She was an active member of the Da­kota City United Methodist Church. In November 1990 she moved to Ruthton, liv­ing close to a number of her sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews. She worked in the kitchen at Tyler Healthcare Center from 1990-2006, start­ing as a prep/dishwasher then to cooking breakfast and dinner. While living in Ruthton, she hosted many family gatherings. She was a member of the Ruthton Methodist Church until it closed, then attended the American Reformed Church in Woodstock.
In October 2006 she made her last move, to Isle, to be closer to grand­children. She lived in Isle View Apartments until passing away. At the apart­ments, she enjoyed coffee time and once-a-month potlucks in her building. She took over posting resi­dent birthdays monthly, along with making cof­fee most Thursday morn­ings. Her schedule always worked around XYZ pot­lucks the second Thursday of the month, first at Op­stead Baptist Church then Isle Evangelical Church. She was an active member at Wahkon Presbyterian Church, providing Sunday morning coffee treats and participating in quilting and Wahkon Presbyterian Women’s Group.
She enjoyed gardening everywhere she lived, lov­ing all the fresh vegetables and fruits. She also enjoyed camping, cooking, baking, sewing (she was a pro at mending) and playing all sorts of games. Family and friends were a big part of Darlene’s life. She had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior, who brought her safely to her heavenly home.
Darlene is survived by her daughter Tura Eye of Isle; grandchildren An­drea and Adam Eye; sis­ters Jeanette Schelhaas of Ruthon, Rena Halbersma of Clarissa, Angeline (Al­vin) Buysman of Ruthton, and Maxine (Jim) Johnson of Jasper; brothers Ger­rit (Esther) Brouwer of Carthage, Missouri, Pete (Elsie) Brouwer of Val­ley Springs, South Dakota, and Albert (Ann) Brouwer of Chandler; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jorie­nius and Artie; husband John; son-in-law Jeffrey G. Eye; brothers Jasper, John and Jorienius; nephew Rodney Schelhaas and great-nephew William Si­etsema.

Clifford Gilbertson

November 2, 2017

Dec. 3, 1925 – Oct. 21, 2017

Clifford Orville Gilbertson, age 91, died Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m. at the Adrian Funeral Home. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 with visitation at 10 a.m. at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth with Rev. Paul Snyder officiating. Burial followed at Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Cliff was born Dec. 3, 1925 in Ruthton to Orlo and Hazel (Peterson) Gilbertson. He served in the U.S. Army 1945-46. On Aug. 14, 1954 he married Esther Berdine Bierma. He was a manager at the elevator in Ruthton for a number of years in the mid 1960s.
Cliff is survived by daughters LaVon Lenz and DeAnn Vostad of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Jean Gilbertson. He was preceded in death by his wife Esther, parents Orlo and Hazel, brother John, and sister Marian.

Kenneth Anderson

November 2, 2017

Nov. 24, 1929 – Oct. 23, 2017

Memorial services for Kenneth Anderson, age 87 of Lake Benton, were Fri­day, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Luther­an Church in Lake Benton. Memorial visitation was Thursday, 4-7 p.m. at the church. Burial was in Me­morial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
He died Monday, Oct. 23 at Sanford USD Medi­cal Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Kenneth Wayne An­derson was born Nov. 24, 1929 to Arthur and LuLu (Berger) Anderson in Ty­ler. He was united in mar­riage to Ethel Park on Feb. 23, 1959 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pip­estone.
Ken is survived by his wife Ethel of Lake Benton; children—Wayne (and Cathy) Anderson of Collins­ville, Illinois, Judith (and Victor) Domke of Weber­ville, Michigan, and Keith Anderson of Minneapolis; special family, Randy (and Lisa) Sixta of Lake Benton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jo Ann Cassidy of Watertown. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents Arthur and LuLu and sister Jean Kruse.

Kenneth Anderson

October 27, 2017

Memorial services for Kenneth Anderson, age 87 of Lake Benton, will be Friday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Memorial visitation is Thursday, 4-7 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
He died Monday at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at

Delores Huber

October 20, 2017

Nov. 14, 1926 – Oct. 13, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial for Delores Huber, age 90 of Marshall, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be Thursday, 4-8 p.m., with CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall.Visitation will continue 8:30-10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Delores died Friday, Oct. 13 at Boulder Creek Assisted Memory Care in Marshall. Arrangements are with Rehkamp Hor­vath Funeral Directors, Marshall,
Delores Jean (Zgoda) Huber was born Nov. 14, 1926 on the family farm near Arco to John and Hedwig (Dastych) Zgoda. In 1948 she married Rus­sell Huber at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe.
She is survived by her children Richard (Doris) Huber of Ghent, Jeanne (Milo) Serreyn of Las Ve­gas, Nevada, and Randall (Janis) Huber of Alexan­dria; daughter-in-law Mary Huber of Mahnomen; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rus­sell, son Roger, sisters Do­ris Schreurs, Lucy Fligge, and Rose Frank and broth­ers Basil, Lawrence and Jo­seph Zgoda.

William Sowden

October 20, 2017

Nov. 7, 1923 – Jan. 1, 2017

William W. Sowden, age 93, formerly of Lake Ben­ton, passed away at Lake View Ranch in Darwin on Jan. 1.
Graveside services will be Oct. 23, 11 a.m. at Me­morial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Arrange­ments are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line at
William Warner Sowden was born Nov. 7, 1923 to Charles and Rosa (Brown) Sowden at home in Lake Benton. He served in the U.S. Army as a rifleman in WWII.
He is survived by his sis­ters-in-law, Jeri Sowden of Rockwell City, Iowa, Betty Sowden of Pipestone, and Joyce Sowden of Canada; and many nieces and nephews and his Lake View Ranch family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and six brothers.

Carl Burk

October 12, 2017

obit Burk Carl PhotosquareBEVELMarch 26, 1942- Aug. 28, 2017

Memorial services for Carl Burk, age 75 of Mah­tomedi, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Memorial visita­tion is Friday, Oct. 13, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial will be private. Arrange­ments are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Carl Alvin Burk was born March 26, 1942 to Julius and Alvina (Oerter) Burk in Tyler. He was baptized and confirmed at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church of rural Lake Benton. He grew up in Tyler, Arco, Ivanhoe, Madison, Lake Benton, and Pipestone, graduat­ing from Pipestone High School in 1960. Carl en­listed and was very proud to have served in the U.S. Navy in 1960 and was hon­orably discharged June 15, 1966. He returned to Pipe­stone and went to Winona State College, graduating with distinction in 1967. While at Winona State he met JoAn Whorton. The couple was united in mar­riage on Sept. 2, 1967 at the Cathedral of the Sa­cred Heart in Winona. Their union was blessed with two sons, James and Paul, and 49 years of life together. The couple moved to Madison, Wis­consin where Carl taught social studies at Gompers-Blackhawk Middle School. While teaching in Madi­son, Carl was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award by the DAR. After 30 years of teaching he retired in 1997 and they moved to Lake Benton. Carl and JoAn restored the old Brif­fet House to establish Ben­ton House Bed and Break­fast. In 2004, Carl restored the old Firehouse into the Buffalo Ridge Coffee and Trading Company. They re­tired from that business in 2011 and from operating a bed and breakfast in 2013. Carl and JoAn had recently moved to Mahtomedi to be closer to their family and his doctors. Carl died Monday, Aug. 28 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 75.
Carl was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He served in the life of the congrega­tion on the church council, as treasurer, sang in the Men of Grace, ushered, and taught Sunday School. Carl was a member of Henry Sollie American Le­gion Post 10 of Lake Ben­ton and the Lions Club. He served the community of Lake Benton on the City Council, Library Board, a liaison for the Police De­partment, Chamber of Commerce, Lake Benton Opera House Board, and Visions in Progress (VIP), and had been Citizen of the Year. He was the pioneer of the Benton-Fremont/Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous. Carl enjoyed collecting and restoring Studebakers, collecting inverted feather Near Cut glass, stamps, and pin cushion dolls. He liked to travel to historic sites in the United States and Europe, and had visit­ed New Orleans numerous times for the Mardi Gras celebration. He enjoyed discussing current events and how they related to history. Carl especially en­joyed the time spent with family.
Carl is lovingly remem­bered by his wife JoAn of Mahtomedi; sons James (Kimberly) of Montrose and Paul (Heike) of New Glarus, Wisconsin; grand­children Anna, Abby and Christopher; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings— baby boy Burk, Joyce McColm and Jack Burk; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Betty Christensen

October 12, 2017

obit Betty ChristensensquareMay 9, 1931 – Oct. 3, 2017

Betty Jane Christensen, age 86 of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Sunrise Manor. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9 at Danebod Lutheran Church. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial was at 10 a.m. Tues­day at the Danebod Lu­theran Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuner­ Stephens Funeral Service-Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Betty Jane (Andersen) Christensen was born May 9, 1931 in Hope Township, Lincoln County, to Andrew and Eva (Frederiksen) Andersen. She graduated from Tyler High School in 1949. Betty worked at the courthouse in Ivanhoe for a number of years.In 1950 she met VerLane Christens­en at a dance in Pipestone. On July 11, 1951 Betty and VerLane were united in marriage at Danebod Lu­theran Church in Tyler. In 1976 Betty began working as secretary at the school in Tyler, where she worked for nearly 40 years. Af­ter her retirement, Betty continued helping out at school whenever needed. She also worked at New Vista for several years. Betty was a member of the Red Hat Society and Amer­ican Legion Auxiliary. She was a very active mem­ber of Danebod, where she served on the church board and volunteered for many activities. Betty en­joyed cross stitch, garden­ing, playing cards, baking and cooking, and reading. She loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her sons Dale (Lynn) of Pequot Lakes and Todd (Denise) of Tyler; grandchildren Marcy, Scott and Kimber­ly, Tina, Trista and Tregg; great-grandchildren Owen, Bradyn, Adrienna, Rylan, Liam, Brockstyn, Logan and Ashton; sister Val Pace of California; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band VerLane, son Doug, sister Donna, and brothers Kenny, Arvin and Norville.