Lawrence VanDeVere

March 22, 2018

obit Vandevere Larry BEVEL2March 14, 1946-March 19, 2018

Memorial Mass of Chris­tian Burial for Lawrence “Larry” VanDeVere, age 72 of Lake Benton, will be Thursday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Cath­olic Church in Lake Ben­ton. Visitation is Wednes­day, 4-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Cha­pel in Tyler. Burial will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
He died Monday, March 19 at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall.
Arrangements are with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.
Lawrence “Larry” Dean VanDeVere was born March 14, 1946 to Edward and Florence (Kaiser) VanDeVere in Lake Ben­ton. He was baptized at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lak Benton. He grew up in the Minnesota com­munities of Cottonwood, Lynd, Marshall, and later Lake Benton. He made his home in Lake Benton and worked in construc­tion of cement silos. He later became a refrigera­tion mechanic and worked for Carlson Stewart and Schwan’s Company.
Larry recently endured a stroke and entered the care of Avera Morningside Heights Nursing Home in Marshall, where on Mon­day, March 19 he died five days after his 72nd birth­day.
Larry enjoyed hunting, trapping, and shooting pistols and black powder rifles. He enjoyed wrench­ing on anything with motors—Maytag motors, steam engines, tractors, fixing lanterns, etc. Larry will be remembered as a fun grandpa and uncle who really enjoyed play­ing and making memories with the kids.
Larry is lovingly remem­bered by his children— Gregory (and Kimberly) Seaton of Garvin and Debra Seaton of Alexan­dria; grandchildren Zach­ary, Taylor, Tristan, Tucker, Joshua and Jordan; great-grandchildren Wyatt, Avery, Piper and Emma; brother Michael “Mic” (and Kathi) VanDeVere of Tyler; sisters Joanne (Fran) Sturm of Minneota and Pat Gross of Portland, Oregon; and nieces, neph­ews, family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Enis.
Blessed and eternal be his memory.

Nancy Christensen

March 22, 2018

obit ChristensenNewsAug. 20, 1935 – Feb. 4, 2018

Memorial services for Nancy Christensen, age 82 of Tyler, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Fri­day, March 23, 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be Friday, 1:30-3 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cem­etery in Lake Benton.
She died Sunday, Feb. 4 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.
Nancy Ann Christensen was born Aug. 20, 1935 to George and Marie (Spring­er) Lorenzen in Lake Ben­ton. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lu­theran Church in Lake Ben­ton, where her Mom was the church organist. Nancy worked at her father’s cafe and continued there after graduating from Lake Ben­ton High School.
On April 13, 1954 Nancy was united in marriage to Arthur Christensen. Their union was blessed with four daughters and 41 years of life together. The family moved around as Arthur served in the U.S. Air Force, for a time in France and Spain, leaving the family to serve in the Vietnam War, then state­side in California, Illinois and South Dakota. Upon re­tiring in 1976, they moved back to Lake Benton.
Nancy was an avid read­er, so it was a great fit as she began working part-time at the Lake Benton Library in 1993. After her husband Arthur died in 1995, Nancy worked there full-time until she retired. Dementia/Alzheimer’s unfortunately became Nancy’s end battle. In July 2013, unable to stay at home, Nancy entered the care of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler, where on Sunday, Feb. 4 she died at the age of 82, surrounded by family.
Nancy enjoyed her fam­ily, especially opportuni­ties to spend time with her sister and parents after being away for over 20 years with her husband’s military career. Her life during the military years was as a devoted wife and homemaker, organizing and resettling the fam­ily every one or two years. Besides her avid love of reading, she enjoyed cro­chet, crossword puzzles, gardening and painting. As an animal lover, Nancy es­pecially loved her cats.
Nancy is lovingly re­membered by her daugh­ters—Debra (Ralph) Viera of Owatonna, Dawn (Gene) Cook of Loda, Illinois, De­nise (Michael) Koch of Lake Benton, and Dayle (Jon) Thomas of Searcy, Arkansas; 17 grandchil­dren, 42 great-grandchil­dren, and two great-great-grandchildren; her sister Karen (Dennis) Anderson of Crystal; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur and her parents George and Marie Lorenzen.

Deane Sagmoe

March 22, 2018

Oct. 16, 1941- March 14, 2018

Deane “Bucky” Sag­moe, age 76 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, March 14 at the Hendricks Hospital. Funeral service was 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at Faith Lu­theran Brethren Church in Hendricks. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cem­etery. Visitation was Sun­day, one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Deane “Bucky” Sagmoe was born Oct. 16, 1941 to Kenneth and Fern (Chris­tensen) Sagmoe in Brook­ings County, South Dakota. Bucky was united in mar­riage to Beatta Olson on Sept. 14, 1968. He was elected Lincoln County Auditor in 1973, where he served for over 25 years. After retiring, he served two terms as County Com­missioner from 2000 to 2008.
He is survived by his wife Beatta Sagmoe of Hendricks; daughters Heidi (Darren) Swenson and Jodi Sagmoe of Hen­dricks and Missy Sagmoe of Brookings, South Dako­ta; grandson Henry Dean; and sister Donna (Jerry) Kluess of Brookings, South Dakota.
He was preceded in death by parents Ken­neth and Fern Sagmoe and brother Duane“Pike” (Jean) Sagmoe.

Marjory Eich

March 16, 2018

Dec. 29, 1925-March 11, 2018

Memorial service for Marjory Eich, age 92 of Lake Benton, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Lake Benton Funeral Cha­pel. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Marge died Sunday, March 11 at the Hendricks Hospi­tal in Hendricks. Arrange­ments are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Marjory “Marge” Eich was born Dec. 29, 1925 to Sam and Bernice (DeWitt) Kuiper in Sheldon, Iowa. Marge married Alvin Eich on April 5, 1945 in Dakota City, Nebraska.
Marge is survived by her children— Karen (Alan) Johansen of Currie, Sandee (Robert) Walker of An­derson, Tennessee, Kelly (Kristi) Eich of Brookings, South Dakota, Lea Lory of Lake Benton, and Jodee (Tim) Fodstad of Grand Rapids; eight grandchil­dren; 13 great-grandchil­dren; five great-great-granddaughters; brother Duane (Rose) Kuiper of Anchorage, Alaska; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Al­vin; parents Sam and Ber­nice; three grandchildren and twin great-grand­daughters; three brothers and two sisters.

Arnold Garbers

March 16, 2018

Aug. 7, 1925 – March 5, 2018

Funeral service for Ar­nold John Garbers, age 92 of Lake Benton, was Sat­urday, March 10, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral from 1-2 p.m. at the church. Burial was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton following the service. He died Monday, March 5 at Perham Health in Perham.
Arrangements were with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.
Arnold John Garbers was born Aug. 7, 1925 to Ernst and Elli Garbers at home on their farm near White, South Dakota. On Nov. 13, 1948 he was united in mar­riage to Esther Schuller. Esther passed away April 15, 1997. Arnold married Millie Terhark on Dec. 26, 1997.
Arnold is survived by his wife Millie of Balaton; children Sherry Garbers Dwire of Sebeka and Alan (Dianna) Garbers of Mar­tinsville, Indiana; siblings Herbert (Rose) Garbers of Edina and Erna Salmonsen of Hastings; sisters-in-law Linda Hagevold Garbers of Bloomington and Glenda Korver Garbers of Lake Benton; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchil­dren. He was preceded in death by his wife Esther, his parents, infant son John, sisters Viola Hokins, Lydia Van Dyke and Elf­reida (infant), and broth­ers Erwin and Marvin Gar­bers.
Memorials are preferred to the non-profit that was started by Arnold’s grand­son and his wife, the 7:10 Foundation, at http://

Carolyn Lutterman

March 8, 2018

Aug. 6, 1945 – March 4, 2018

Carolyn Lutterman, age 72 of Tyler, passed away Sunday, March 04 at Sun­rise Manor in Tyler while surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednes­day, March 7 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment is in the Dane­bod Cemetery. Online con­dolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralser­ Stephens Funer­al Service – Tyler Area Fu­neral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carolyn was born Aug. 6, 1945 in Tyler to Peder and Aster (Markussen) Chris­tensen. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lu­theran faith. She graduat­ed from Tyler High School in 1963. Carolyn worked in Minneapolis for a couple years after graduation.
On July 24, 1965, Carolyn was united in marriage to Darwin “Dub” Lutterman at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Together the couple lived in Omaha, Nebraska for 2½ years before returning to Tyler in November 1967. Caro­lyn worked in the kitchen at the old nursing home, and later the new nursing home. She also worked for Maynard’s for 19 years. Af­ter her retirement in 2006, she became active at the Food Shelf in Tyler and she served as president. Caro­lyn was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Stick-to-its Tuesday morn­ing group. She was also an active member of Danebod Lutheran Church, where she served on the WELCA and on the church council. Carolyn enjoyed spending time on the ipad, reading, and gardening, especially flower gardening. Carolyn enjoyed her dog, and loved spending time with her family and friends.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dub; sons David and Dar­ren (Monica), all of Tyler; sister Shirley (Merle) Han­sen of Tyler; sisters-in-law Shirley Hiller of Eden Prai­rie and Nancy Lutterman of Tyler; and many other relatives and friends. Pre­ceding her in death were her parents and sister-in-law Kathy Dunn.

Dennis Nelson

March 8, 2018

obit Nelson DennisAug. 30, 1940 – March 1, 2018

Dennis Wilbur Nelson, age 77 of Winnebago, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. There will be a private family service at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be left at
Dennis (Denny) Wil­bur Nelson, son of Wilbur Elvin Nelson and Esther Carrie Koustrup, was born Aug. 30, 1940 in Tyler. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1958 and joined the United States Navy in May 1961. He traveled ex­tensively throughout the Far East before perform­ing many operations dur­ing the Viet Nam War.
In 1965 Dennis was honorably discharged and went to work for Stokely Van Camp in Winnebago, where he met his future wife, Janet Hart. They were married on June 10, 1967 and moved to New Hope, where he worked as an electrician and Janet taught school.
In 1971 the couple moved with their infant son Timothy to Janet’s an­cestral home on the north side of Bass Lake. There they began farming and their son Robert was born the following year. Denny farmed his entire life and retired in 2004.
Throughout his life, Denny enjoyed travel­ling, photography, lapi­dary, coin collecting and woodworking. He served for many years as a town­ship supervisor, American Legion Commander and was an active member of the Bass Lake Community Church.
For the last several years Denny was a resident of the Luverne Veterans Home.
Dennis is survived by his wife Janet (Hart) Nel­son of Bass Lake; sons Tim (Mona) Nelson of Albert Lea and Rob (Lori) Nelson of Winnebago; grandchil­dren Isabella, Elisabeth, Al­exandra and Molly Nelson; younger sister Karen Miles of Minneota; and several nieces and nephews.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, step­father Earl Jacobson, and his older brother, James Nelson of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Arnold Garbers

March 8, 2018

Funeral service for Arnold John Garbers, age 92 of Lake Benton, will be Saturday, March 10, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral, 1-2p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton following the service.
He died Monday, March 5 at Perham Health in Perham.
Arrangements are with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at

Faye Meyer

March 8, 2018

obit Meyer Faye photoBEVELDec. 9, 1930 – Feb. 25, 2018

Memorial service for Faye Meyer, age 87 of Lake Benton, was Satur­day, March 3, 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visita­tion was Friday, 5-7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Interment was in Diamond Lake Cemetery in rural Lake Benton. Faye passed away Sunday, Feb. 25 at Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johans­en Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line at www.hartquist­
Faye Frances Meyer was born Dec. 9, 1930 to Art and Nell (Raine) Salzman in Tyler. Faye grew up on the family farm in Diamond Lake Township north of Lake Benton. She was bap­tized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton. Faye grad­uated from Lake Benton High School in 1948.
Following her education, she was united in marriage to E. Marvin Meyer on April 30, 1949. Their union was blessed with five children and 53 years together. The couple lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for one year, where Marvin worked for Old Home Bakery and Faye worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. In 1951 they moved to the family farm. Her primary job for many years was raising her five children, teaching them life skills to become independent with a strong work ethic. There were never idle hands. In 1979 they built a home on Highway 75 north of Lake Benton. Faye enjoyed working various jobs in the area. This included serving as a dietary cook at Divine Providence Hos­pital in Ivanhoe, volunteer driver for Lincoln County Transit, and Avon sales. In 2001 they moved into Lake Benton.
Marvin passed away on June 5, 2002. Following a fractured hip from a re­cent fall, Faye entered the care of Avera Sunrise Man­or Nursing Home in Tyler. She passed away there peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 25 at the age of 87 years.
Faye was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and had served in the GLCW and Diamond Lake Cemetery Board for many years. Faye enjoyed baking, gar­dening, maintaining a well-kept yard, and bird watching. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.
Faye is lovingly re­membered by her four children— Jill (and Paul) Borresen of Tyler, Connie (and Brent) Bressler of Lake Benton, Terry (and Anthony) Savas of El Do­rado Hills, California, and Rick Meyer (and Deb Fre­dricks) of Ihlen; ten grand­children—Chet Borresen, Troy (Brooke) Borresen, Chris (Cara) Bressler, Car­rie (Ryan) Forster, Chad Tittle, Rachel Savas, Nik­kos Savas, Jessica Meyer, Joshua Meyer, and Joanna (Matt) Hess; 18 great grandchildren; a brother, Gene (Lorraine) Salzman of Fairbanks, Alaska; niec­es, nephews, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Meyer, son Douglas Meyer, and sisters Gladys Mann and Ione Anderson.
Blessed and eternal be her memory.

Mavis Norgaard

March 1, 2018

obit Norgaard MavisJan. 14, 1931 – Feb. 22, 2018

Mavis Elenora Allan Bortnem Norgaard, age 87 of Luverne, formerly of Tyler, died Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Good Samaritan Society-Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne. Funeral services were held Tues­day, Feb. 27 at the United Church of Garretson, South Dakota. Interment was in the Summit Hill Cemetery, rural Garretson.
Mavis was born Jan. 14, 1931 to Sidney and Ele­nora (Reemts) Allan. She lived with her family on the Alex Allan homestead, which was near the site of the Palisades, South Da­kota. She grew up loving the beautiful scenery and learning what the ances­tors had accomplished. She attended Palisade, Roadside, and Garretson schools. She was con­firmed in the Evangelical and Reformed Lutheran Church in Garretson. She was active in her beloved church as a member of the choir, Sunday School su­perintendent and teacher, and dining room hostess for many occasions. Her parents, church relatives, and friends were very im­portant to her.
In 1953, Mavis and El­mer Bortnem were united in marriage and unto this union two children were born, Randy Duane and Kathleen Marlene. After their divorce, Mavis and her two children resided with her parents in Gar­retson, South Dakota until 1970 when they moved to Tyler, where she married Keith Norgaard. While she was married to Keith, she attended Danebod Lu­theran Church. She was active in the choir, altar society, served at funer­als, and was a commu­nion assistant and greeter. She learned how to bake æbleskiver in the old pow­er house. Her German cof­fee cake was not allowed as only Danish coffee cake was served. She worked at the Marshall Cemetery for eight years; and also did wallpapering, painting, housecleaning, rosema­ling, and aiding the elderly. She volunteered in the beauty shop at the nurs­ing home. While in Garret­son, she was employed in the doctor’s office, which she greatly enjoyed. Her life was very busy as she worked with both her par­ents and enjoyed the many get-togethers they had.
While growing up near the Palisades, Mavis walked to school and enjoyed the fresh early mornings and sounds of the early birds singing. After rains, water would flow through the ra­vine and pasture and over the rocks. She enjoyed watching the river run and it only took a few minutes to walk to the river to fish. The beauty of working with her parents, the won­derful sounds of nature, being with her relatives, neighbors and friends, her very good school teachers, and her church, were the most beautiful memories of her life. She was never alone as her God was al­ways with her.
Mavis will be buried in her hometown cemetery outside Garretson, South Dakota along with her an­cestors, relatives, and all the church members she grew up with. She is home once again.
Mavis is survived by her children Randy (Karen Da­gel) Bortnem of Tyler, and Kathy (Dale) Feekes of Lu­verne; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchil­dren; and a sister, Marlene Farrand. She was preced­ed in death by her parents, husband Keith Norgaard, a precious grandson, and a brother, Duane Allan.
On-line condolences and video tribute at www.min­