Mary Ann Brus

April 20, 2017

obit Brus Mary Ann photoJuly 15, 1924 – April 15, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ann Brus, age 92 of Tyler, formerly of Melrose, will be Thursday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove. First visitation was Tues­day, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Second visita­tion will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Melrose. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Jo­hansen Chapel in Tyler and Patton-Schad Funeral Home, Melrose. On-line at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Mary Ann Brus was born July 15, 1924 to Aloys “Al” and Anna Sieben in Melrose. She was bap­tized and confirmed at St. Boniface (now St. Mary’s) Catholic Church in Mel­rose. She attended Mel­rose High School, graduat­ing in 1942. Following her education, she worked as a dental assistant. On June 7, 1945 Mary Ann married Joseph “Bud” Brus at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Their union was blessed with three sons—Robert, Gary and Allan. The cou­ple made their home in Melrose, where Mary Ann cared for the home and raised the family. She was a great homemaker, lov­ing mother, grandmother, and wife. In 1974 Bud began working for Lyon- Lincoln Electric Co-op and the couple moved to Tyler. Bud preceded her in death in 1991. Mary Ann died Saturday, April 15 at St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 92 years.
Mary Ann was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler, and a life member of The Christian Mothers. She enjoyed yard­work and flowers, golfing, sewing, crafts, refinishing furniture, and time spent with her family.
Mary Ann is lovingly re­membered by her sons— Robert (Carol) Brus of Surprise, Arizona, Gary Brus of Kansas City, Mis­souri, and Allan (Gayle) Brus of Minnetonka; five grandchildren—Jeff, Da­vid, Dawn, Logan and Jack Brus; and many other rela­tives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Bud, her parents, brothers Omer and Cyril Sieben, and sister Vera Kirstein.
Blessed and eternal be her memory.

Richard Miller

April 6, 2017

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Richard D. “Rick” Mill­er, age 48 of Watertown, South Dakota, passed away Monday, March 27 at the hospital in Watertown.
Memorial services will take place Saturday, April 8, 2 p.m. at Danebod Lu­theran Church in Tyler with Pastor Jennie Thul of­ficiating.
Rick was born March 20, 1969 in Ivanhoe. Par­ents are Larry LeDale and Angela K. (Christensen) Miller. He graduated from Jackson High School in Jackson in 1987. Rick at­tended Jackson Commu­nity college for two years, starting when he was a se­nior in high school.
On May 3, 1997 Rick married Cheryl Walton at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. The couple moved to Watertown in 1998. Rick started working at Electric Motors and Moore for his father and with his brother and was working there at the present time. He enjoyed building his own electric car and work­ing on anything with an electric motor. Rick was known for caring for oth­ers far above himself.
Rick is survived by his wife Cheryl; his mother Angela (Rick) Dubbeldee of Tyler; stepsister Loni Jo (Damin) Eilers; his fa­ther Larry (Julie) Miller of Watertown, South Da­kota; and three brothers—Michael (Stacy) Miller of LeSueur, Weslen Miller of Lake Benton and Micah Miller and his fiancé An­drea Steinmetz, both of Watertown, South Dakota; and three nieces and two nephews.
Blessed be his memory.

Marge Selken

April 6, 2017

April 12,1940 – March 28,2017

Funeral services for Marge Selken, age 76 of Lake Benton, were Sat­urday, April 1, 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Friday, 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Burial was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. She died Tuesday at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Margaret Lucille (Kuehl) Selken was born April 12, 1940 to Charles and Ar­lene (Otkin) Kuehl in Ca­zenovia.On Feb. 11, 1961 She married Ron Selken in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; they had three children and later divorced.
Marge is survived by her children—Kristine (Roland) Roelfs of Sibley, Iowa, Kelley Selken of Lake Benton, and Vicky (Craig) Halverson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four grand­children; sisters Dorothy (Walt) Henningsen of Ver­di, Marion Goertz of Lake Benton and Carol (Roger) Nelson of Dawson; broth­ers Donald (Phyllis) Kuehl of Verdi and Robert Kuehl of Lake Benton; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by parents, brothers Milo “Hank” and Richard “Dick” Kuehl, and sister Evelyn Clark.

Marion Johnson

March 30, 2017

Sept. 21,1926 – March 23,2017

Memorial services for Marion Johnson, age 90 of Lake Benton, formerly of West St. Paul, will be Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton.
She died at her Lake Benton home on Thursday, March 23.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Marion Elizabeth John­son was born Sept. 21, 1926 to Chris and Augusta (Greenfield) Johnson in Balaton. She was baptized and later confirmed at the Methodist Church in Bala­ton. She worked as a nurse for 39 years. In 2015 she moved to Lake Benton to be closer to family.
Marion is survived by her nephews, Bob (Gail) Worth of Lake Benton and Brad (Judy) French of Two Harbors; five great-nieces and nephews and eight great-great-nieces and nephews. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, infant brother Clifton Johnson, sister Maxine (William) Worth, and niece Connie French.

Robert Williams

March 30, 2017

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Robert Lee Williams of Tyler, and Springfield, Mis­souri, was born in Guth­rie, Oklahoma Birth-date March 10, 1931 in Guth­rie OK – to Pearl Bardo and Robert Williams in 1931. He died peacefully at home in Springfield on March 23.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1972 and the worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Dur­ing retirement, he vol­unteered at church, for Meals on Wheels, at the Air and Military Museum, and on the Jorgensen Fam­ily Farm, etc. He loved the outdoors, fishing in the many nearby lakes. Also a reader, he often visited the Tyler Library.
While in Tyler they re­sided in the cottage of his late mother-in-law Marie Jorgensen. An avid garden­er, Marie’s roses flourished under his hand. They at­tended Danebod Lutheran Church, where they cele­brated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001.
He will be missed by his devoted wife of 65 years, Jeanette Lund Jorgensen, formerly of Lake Benton; his offspring—Kevin (Ju­lie) Williams, their daugh­ter Kate (Chris) Daigle, and the Daigle Triplets of Springfield, Missouri, Susan Williams and her daughter Pearl of Shelter Island, New York, and the late Rhonda Lee Williams’ son Eric (Andrea) Swig­gum and their two chil­dren of Pierre, South Da­kota; and so many family and friends worldwide.
The planet was a better place with him on it.
He will be buried in the spring at the Diamond Lake Cemetery in Lake Benton alongside Marie and Iver Jorgensen and daughter Rhonda Wil­liams. Memorial service to be announced.
Blessed be his memory.

Barb Sydow-Houck

March 30, 2017

A memorial celebration of life for Barb K. Sydow- Houck, age 55 of Russell, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace First Parish in Russell. Please come and join her family to help us celebrate her memory and love for us all.
She died March 23 after losing a fight with cancer.
She adored her par­ents and dearly loved her family and the farm com­munity of Russell. It was her fondest wish that her memorial service be a cel­ebration of family, friends and her fondness for junk food, especially chocolate.
She is survived by her husband Bruce, daughters Molly (Trevor) Howard and Elizabeth, son Joseph, granddaughter Grace, grandson Bjorn, mother and father Leah and Reed Sydow of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, brother Mike (Tammy) Sydow of Green­ville, South Dakota, Tom (Brenda) Sydow of Salina, Kansas, Karen (Jeff) Rich­mond of Sioux Falls and grandmother to canines Harley, Lily Edgar.

Former downtown businessman dies

March 23, 2017

Ed Henkelman

By Mark Wilmes

Former Tyler business­man Edward Henkel­man died Friday, March 17 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was 70 years old. Henkelman will be remembered by many as the controversial owner of The Black Bear, where the Timber Tavern is currently located.
He is survived by his sons Matt Henkelman and Mark (Jena) Henkelman, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; grandchildren Matthew, Avery and Pay­ton; brothers David, Mike, Steve and Tony; and sis­ters Marcella, Dori, Mary, Sylvia and Connie. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Pat and Jerry.
Services to celebrate his life will begin at noon on Thursday, March 23, with a reception continuing un­til 4 p.m. at the American Legion, 1701 W Legion Dr., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Lisa Pluto

March 23, 2017

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Lisa Kay Pluto, age 48 of Dodge Center, died Wednesday, March 8 at St. Marys Hospital in Roches­ter.
Memorial service was 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 at Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center, with Rev. Barb Streed of­ficiating. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Mankato at a later date. Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the family for the children’s college edu­cation fund. Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home Rochester Chapel. Online condolenc­es may be sent to the fam­ily at www.mahnfamilyfu­
She was born Feb. 6, 1969 in St. Cloud to Lyn­don and Joyce (Rogers) Su­kola. She graduated from Apollo High School and received her undergradu­ate degree in international business from St. Cloud State University, and her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. On Aug. 18, 2001 she was united in marriage to Christopher Pluto and they lived in St. Paul until 2006, when they moved to Dodge Center. In the early stages of her career she practiced all areas of law. In January 2007, she started her own practice, Pluto Legal, concentrating on Medical Assistance and Estate Planning. Lisa great­ly enjoyed helping others, and this was evident in her work as she assisted others, especially the el­derly, helping to put their affairs in order. She was well respected and trusted in her expertise and had frequently presented on Medical Assistance, Estate and Disability Planning. She was a member of sev­eral organizations includ­ing the Wealth Council, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, The Hennepin County Medical Assistance Committee, The Elder Re­source Association, South­ern Minnesota Estate Planning Council, LLC, the Minnesota State Bar As­sociation Agricultural and Rural Law and Elder Law.
Growing up, Lisa had traveled the world with her family and had also studied abroad in Japan as an undergrad. Her love of travel stayed with her throughout her life, but most of her free moments were spent and cherished with her family. She was also quite creative and crafty, often making or de­signing something for or with her children. She was a member of Faith Luther­an Church, Triton Founda­tion and the Girl Scouts.
She will be dearly missed by her loving hus­band, Christopher Pluto of Dodge Center; daugh­ters Morgan and Sydney; son Graham; her parents Lyndon and Joyce Sukola of St. Cloud; sister Lynda (Kevin) Larson of Coon Rapids; niece and nephew Madeleine and Corey and brother-in-law Jon Pluto. She was preceded in death by her mother- and father-in-law John and Barbara Pluto.

Hilda Hansen

March 23, 2017

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Hilda Hansen age 95 of West Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, March 7 at Eventide Sheyenne Cross­ings in West Fargo. Me­morial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.ste­ Stephens Funeral Service-Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Hilda Marie (Bollesen) Hansen was born Jan. 20, 1922 in Tyler to Lars and Henrietta (Andersen) Bollesen. She was bap­tized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1940. Hilda attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa. Hilda was united in marriage to Or­val Johannes Hansen on Sept. 8, 1946. Together the couple lived and farmed in the Tyler area for many years. Hilda worked at Citizen’s State Bank for a short time and also at the Tyler Fairway store. They managed Danebod Village Apartments from 1973-1979. Beginning in 1981, they wintered in California and for several years were caretakers for the Prescott family in Santa Ana, Cali­fornia. They served as caretakers of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds for a period of time. Hilda was a lifelong member of Dane­bod Lutheran Church and was active in Ladies Aid. Hilda loved family gather­ings and was often the or­ganizer of many of them. She made the best home­made bread and baked goods. She enjoyed cross stitch embroidery, cro­cheting and sewing. She and Orval loved to play cards and she taught her grandchildren how to play cards. In the latter years, she enjoyed giving tours of the Danebod Lutheran Church campus. Hilda was very proud of her Dan­ish heritage and enjoyed introducing Danish tradi­tions to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Orval died Feb. 25, 2005. In 2012 Hilda sold their home and moved to The Living Center in Moorhead so she could be near her children. In September 2015 Hilda was admitted to Eventide Senior Living Communities following a hip fracture. In Janu­ary 2016 Hilda moved to Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo, North Dakota, where she resided until her death. She will be lov­ingly missed by her fam­ily and friends, as well as the Sheyenne Crossings staff. The staff had a bed­side memorial service on March 7 and shared their memories of Hilda and her pranks. The family would like to thank the Sheyenne Crossings staff for their wonderful care and com­passion during her stay.
Hilda is survived by her sister Alma Miller of Brainerd; children— Roger (Betty) Hansen of Fargo, North Dakota, Owen (Paula) Hansen of West Fargo, North Dakota, and Sharon Hansen; eight grandchildren— Ryan (Shawn) Hansen, Dayna Olson, Loren (Whitney) Hansen, Joel (Amy) Han­sen, David (Becky) Han­sen, Nathan Hansen, Chad (Jody) Faaborg and Kresta Faaborg; 15 great-grand­children—Shelby, Maddi, Luke, Ross, Madysen, Chloe, Lindsey, Alex, Pres­ton, Bryce, Gavin, Sydney, Samantha, Melissa and Soren; step-great-grand­sons Trevor and Tanner Chastek; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band Orval, brothers and sisters-in-law Reuben and Ardyce Bollesen and Arvid and Joann Bollesen.

Francis Spiczka, Jr.

March 16, 2017

obit Spiczka Frank photoJan. 6, 1944 – April 10, 2016

Memorial Mass of Chris­tian Burial for Francis “Frank” Spiczka, Jr., age 72 of Tyler, will be Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass, all at St Dionysius Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. He died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
Francis Valerian Spic­zka, Jr. was born to Frank Stanley and Mathilda Ve­ronica (Niedzielski) Spic­zka on Jan. 6, 1944 in Gil­man. In the spring of 1947 Frank moved with his par­ents to Foley, and in the fall of 1947 they moved to Albany, where his dad worked for Kraft Foods. In 1950 the family moved to St. Nicholas, and his dad worked as a boiler engi­neer at the Cold Spring Brewery in Cold Spring. While living in St. Nicho­las, Frank attended Catho­lic school. In 1955 the fam­ily moved to a farm home east of St. Nicholas where Frank attended school in a one-room country school­house. He continued his education at Kimball High School in Kimball. On Feb. 9, 1961 Frank en­listed in the U.S. Air Force and received his techni­cal training in the electri­cal field. His home base was Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. While stationed there he met Karen Bitter­man. Frank was honorably discharged from the Air Force on Feb. 9, 1965 and left active duty. On Feb. 13, 1965 Frank and Karen were united in marriage at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City. Following their marriage they moved to Minneapolis, where Frank worked at a service station then as a mechanic at Co­lumbia Capital Transit. In 1966 they moved to Lake Andes, South Dakota and worked at the Rest Haven Resort. While at the re­sort, a major storm caused power outages over a large area. Frank started work­ing with a powerline con­tractor, Stake Construc­tion. After completing the storm damage repairs he stayed with the contractor and moved to Tyler, set­tling on a farmsite south of town. In the fall of 1967 Frank began working as a power lineman for Lyon- Lincoln Electric Coopera­tive in Tyler. In April 1972 the couple purchased a farm home in Section 32 of Marshfield Township west of Tyler. Frank re­tired as the manager of the Member Relations De­partment and Director of Safety in December 2006 after working for the co­operative for 39 years and six months. On Sunday, April 10, 2016 Frank died at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler at the age of 72.
Frank was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus as a third degree Catho­lic Knight. He was also a member of the A.C. Han­sen American Legion Post 185. He enjoyed wood­working. He especially en­joyed Mother Nature and spending time outdoors. He watched the sunset whenever possible.
Frank is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Karen of Tyler; four children—Car­ol Alexander of Tyler, Ruth (Matt) Pearson of Front Royal, Virginia, Brenda Brown of Spearfish, South Dakota, and Stanley (San­dy) Spiczka of Front Royal, Virginia; nine grandchil­dren; one great-grandson; five sisters—Mary Ann (Jim) Wegrzyn of Ankeny, Iowa, Delores (Matt) Shif­flet of Minneapolis, Kath­line Stearns of St. Cloud, Celestine (Bob) Beckius of Watkins, and Rosella (Pete) Roeser of Walker; and many other rela­tives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandson Nicholas, his parents, brothers Benedict and Harry Spiczka, and sister Lorraine Schaffer.