Myrna Pedersen

May 25, 2017

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Myrna Pedersen, age 76 of Renville, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully May 17. Memo­rial service was Monday, May 22 with visitation one hour prior at Mt. Olivet Church, Minneapolis.
Myrna was born in Tyler on March 13, 1941 to Myra (Macy) and Marvin Lar­sen. She grew up on a farm north of Tyler and graduat­ed from Tyler High School in 1959. She worked at the Met Center with the Min­nesota North Stars. It was not uncommon to find the players and staff chatting with Myrna because she was comfortable around anyone and you felt this when you were around her. She retired from the Minneapolis Public School system where she set up reading programs that went on to win awards. Myrna had a gift for teach­ing children to read.
Myrna went to South Africa with her daugh­ter Annie; Norway to stay with her husband’s fam­ily, where the family found out their very talented, humble mother spoke Danish; and to Spain to visit her great-niece Emily (Weiring) VanWyk. Every summer Myrna and her girlfriends would spend a week in Door County, but her favorite time of the year was when she and her husband LeRoy would go to Hawaii in the winter, bringing all their kids and grandkids with to enjoy it with them.
Myrna’s gifts were end­less. She enjoyed her gar­dens, quilting and living in her log home with LeRoy on her Century Farm in the Minnesota River Val­ley. Myrna’s family and her children were very impor­tant to her, with her grand­kids at the top of the list, making them feel like they were the most important thing in the world. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, LeRoy; daughters Margo Pedersen (Jeff Quast) of Minneapolis and Annie Pedersen Schoenike (Scott) of Newburgh, Indi­ana; five grandchildren— Myra, Isabel (Issy), Chris­tian (Chris), Meyer, and Giselle Myra (GG); brother Herman (Hermie) Lar­sen; nieces and nephews Rhonda (Larsen) Wiering (Ron), Robert (Bob) Lars­en (Joyce), Robin (Larsen) Knudsen (Kelly), and Kurt Larsen (Kelli).
She was preceded in death by her parents Myra and Marvin Larsen, sis­ter-in-law Donna Larsen, niece Valerie Larsen, and a daughter who died at birth.
Memorials for Myrna can be sent to: Cathedral of the Pines Camp, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419.

Jessica Williams

May 25, 2017

Funeral services for Jes­sica Williams, age 38 of Tyler, will be Friday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in the Rus­sell City Cemetery.
She died Monday, May 22 at Avera Tyler Health­care Center in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.

William Sietsema

May 18, 2017

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Funeral service for Wil­liam Robert “Bill” Sietsema was 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Faribault. He died May 1 in Faribault.
Bill was born Feb. 23, 1977 in Pipestone to Darwin and Sharon (Schelhaas) Sietsema. He graduated from Russell- Tyler-Ruthton High School with the Class of 1995. He earned his electrician diploma from Minnesota West in 1997.
Bill was united in mar­riage to Andrea Chris­tensen on Sept. 18, 2004 in Faribault. He worked for Cedar Lake Electric in Faribault for 13 years. For the past seven years he was the facility manager for Aurora Pharmaceuti­cals in Northfield.
Bill loved everything sports—playing, watching, and coaching. He volun­teered his time to numer­ous sports associations— boys and girls basketball, football, and fastpitch. Bill enjoyed hunting and golf­ing, but most of all, the coaching of his own chil­dren’s sports teams was his passion.
He is survived by his wife Andrea and their children Carter and Rylee; his par­ents Darwin and Sharon Sietsema; his grandmoth­er Jeanette Schelhaas; sib­lings Brent (Jennifer) Sie­tsema and Brenda (Jared) Dagel; brother-in-law Joey Christensen; father-in-law Chris Christensen (Sandy Weeks); nephews Tyler and Trevor Dagel, and Jasper, Boden and Tatum Sietsema; and niece Josie Dagel.
He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Mary Christensen, grandparents John Schel­haas and Gordon and Mar­tina Sietsema, and uncle David Sietsema.

Ethel Huhnstock

May 18, 2017

Photo Ethel Christine HuhnstockOct. 11, 1919 – April 11, 2017

Ethel Christine Huhn­stock, age 97, passed peacefully in her sleep on April 11 in the warmth and comfort of her resi­dence in Fortson, Georgia. The family will be bring­ing their beloved mother and grandmother home, to lay to rest in Ruthton next to her life partner and be­loved husband John.
Graveside services will be held by the family at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27 in Ruthton, followed by a celebration of life at 1 p.m. at the Holland Senior Citizen Center, 441 Rock Street, Holland. The fam­ily has created a Facebook page (“Ethel Huhnstock” ) to share your best memo­ries and or favorite pho­tos.
Ethel was born Oct. 11, 1919 to Hans and Clara (Bornholdt) Sorensen of rural Ruthton. Ethel at­tended grade school at District 34 until entering the Ruthton School, gradu­ating in 1937.
On Sept. 18, 1938 Ethel married John Huhnstock and resided in Ruthton. Their union was blessed with three children—Jona Lee, James (Jim), and Judith (Suds), six grandchildren and eight great-grand­children. She was lovingly referred to as Grandma Great by them. Ethel and John built and operated the Ruthton Kleenette and J&E Kar Kleen, Ruthton Rural Water Service and the Ruthton Blacksmith.
During these years to­gether, some of their most memorable enjoyments were the many summers their grandchildren spent with them. Together they enjoyed fishing, hunting, cards and time with ex­tended family and friends. They retired happily to­gether in 1982. In 1984 Ethel and John moved to Fortson, Georgia where they lived with grandson Scott Ressmeyer until their return to Ruthton in 1989.
In 1995 Ethel returned to Fortson to be near her two daughters, where she helped with Joni’s catering business, baking and cook­ing all her favorite recipes. Each summer Ethel trav­eled and spent time with Judi in Indiana, and with her dear friends Richard and Catherine Ness, her sisters, and all her life friends in Ruthton.
She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1995, son Jim in 1996, sister Gladys Lingen in 2017, and brother Wayne Sorensen.
Ethel is lovingly remem­bered by her two daugh­ters, Jona Lee Ressmeyer of Fortson, Georgia and Judith Gill of Greenwood, Indiana, grandchildren— Scott Ressmeyer (Ro­chelle) of Fortson, Georgia, Mark Ressmeyer (Gaye) of Columbus, Georgia, Tim Gill (Ellen) of Greenwood, Indiana, Joni Gill-Ashcraft Smith (Lori) of Colum­bus, Georgia, Jennifer Huhnstock Hamm (Ed) of Round Lake Beach, Ilinois, and Jeff Huhnstock (Liz) of Round Lake Beach, Illi­nois; great-grandchildren Jeff Huhnstock and Jac­queline Huhnstock, Scott Gill, Grant Gill, Nick Gill and Ellie Grace Gill, Pierce Ressmeyer, and Abbie Ash­craft.
She leaves us rich in memories.

Mabel Dressen

May 11, 2017

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Memorial service for Mabel Irene Dressen, age 91 of Ivanhoe, formerly of Arco, will be Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Arco City Cemetery. Mabel died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Divine Provi­dence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line de­tails may be found at
Mabel Irene Dressen was born March 2, 1925 to Olaf and Minnie (Christensen) Swanson in Lyon County near Russell. Mabel was one of 13 children. Her ed­ucation was at District 70 and Russell High School.
On Jan. 21, 1943 Mabel married Melvin Andersen in Tyler. Their union was blessed with two sons and one daughter. Melvin died Jan. 21, 1969 after 26 years of life together. On Sept. 28, 1970 Mabel married Harold Dressen in Tyler. Mabel worked at the Ivanhoe hospital, cooking in the kitchen. She waitressed at Chat ‘n Chew Café in Tyler, and at Brick Manor in Arco. She also worked at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Mabel was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco, where she was ac­tive in ladies aid. She was a member of Legion Auxil­iary and VFW. She enjoyed sewing clothes and quilt­ing, and was famous for her baked beans and po­tato salad. She will always be remembered as a car­ing, loving lady who loved music and could dance all night.
After 57 years on the farm near Arco, they sold it in 2001 and moved to Ivanhoe. On July 24, 2008, Harold passed away. In 2010 Mabel became a resi­dent at Divine Providence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe. She died there on Thurs­day, Dec. 22, 2016 at the age of 91 years.
Mabel is survived by her three children—Lyle Andersen of Crosslake, Larry (Marsha) Andersen of Marysville, Washington, and Cindy (Ken) Levering­ton of Marysville, Washing­ton; two grandchildren— Carla and Jason Andersen of Minneapolis; six sib­lings—Willard Swanson, Lee Swanson, June Good­man, Howard Swanson, Leona Mikkelsen, Marlene Yonker; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Melvin Andersen, her second hus­band Harold Dressen, her sisters Violet Binnebose and Ruby Armstrong, her brothers Earl, Elmer and Arden Swanson, an infant brother Howard.

Brett Thooft

May 11, 2017

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Brett Alan Thooft, age 36, died on Monday, May 1. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, May 8 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home, 12-2 p.m.
Brett was born Jan. 30, 1981 in Edina to Antho­ny and Dawn (Wellberg) Thooft. Brett was raised and received his educa­tion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, graduating from Washington High School in 1999. While in high school Brett fell in love with Lind­say Van Engen. Brett and Lindsay were married in 2009 at Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls and were blessed with three children, Briahnna, Bailee and Mason.
Brett worked in the construction industry for many years; most recently at Brooks Construction in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Brett enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Above all, he loved spend­ing time with his children. Brett was a kind soul with a soft heart.
Grateful for having shared his life are his fa­ther Anthony (Deb Nelson) Thooft of Woodbury; his mother Dawn Anderson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; high school sweetheart Lindsay Thooft of Tea, South Dakota; three chil­dren—Briahnna, Bailee and Mason Thooft of Tea, South Dakota; sister Bran­di Thooft of Minneapolis; niece Kayla Christensen of Minneapolis; two half-brothers, Taylor Thooft of Mobile, Alabama and Justin Thooft of San Jose, Califor­nia; maternal grandmoth­er Ann Svendsen of Tyler and paternal grandmother Bonnie Thooft of Tyler; step-father Roger Ander­son of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and step-mother Laura Nelsen of Randolph; and a host of other rela­tives and friends. He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Fritz Thooft and Darwin Wellberg.
An online guestbook is available at­

Glen Meyer

April 27, 2017

obit Glen MeyerOct. 2, 1928 – April 21, 2017

Memorial services for Glen Meyer, age 88 of Ty­ler, are Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Friday, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Jo­hansen Chapel in Tyler. Interment will be in Dane­bod Lutheran Cemetery in Tyler.
He died Friday, April 21 at his Tyler home under hospice care.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Cha­pel in Tyler. On-line regis­try may be found at
Glen Earl Meyer was born Oct. 2, 1928 to Fred and Ellen (Bruemmer) Meyer in Pipestone, and moved to Tyler when he was about three months old. He was baptized in Lake Wilson and con­firmed at First English Lu­theran Church in Tyler. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1946. On June 4, 1950 Glen married Joyce Norgaard at First English Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with two sons and 66 years of life together. They built a home on the outskirts of Tyler and lived there all their life. Glen was a paint­er before he entered the U.S. Army in 1952, serv­ing in Korea. He was as­signed in artillery and did survey work, receiving an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1954. He owned Meyer’s Standard service station for nine years. He and Joyce owned and operated Meyer’s Clothing for 33 years. On Friday, April 21 Glen died peacefully at his home at the age of 88 years while under the care of hospice.
Glen was a long-time member of First English Lu­theran Church and served on the Church Council. He was a member of A.C. Han­sen American Legion Post 185 in Tyler. He received honorable mention for his 27 years as finance officer of the Legion, and also as membership chairman, bringing the Tyler Legion to first out of 84 posts in the district. He did much volunteer work, including chairman of Tyler Com­munity Chest, and was chosen Grand Marshal for the 1995 Aebleskiver Days parade. Glen liked to bowl, golf, travel, watch sports, and be with people. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a spe­cial part of his life.
Glen is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Joyce; his sons, Bruce Meyer (Chris­topher Tran) of Tyler and Mark (Bonnie) Meyer of Brandon, South Dakota; five grandchildren—Dain (Robyn) Meyer, Matt (An­dreia) Meyer, Eric Meyer, Hilary (Wade) Buchert, and Andrea (Corey) Bab­cock; six great-grandchil­dren — Jaeryn, Payson, Madison, Sofia, Samir and Mina; and many other rel­atives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Ray­mond and John Meyer, and his sisters Mildred Han­sen, Erma Jaspersen, Ruby Sorensen and Faye Koster.
Blessed be his memory.

Lucille Rogge

April 27, 2017

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Lucille Mary Rogge, age 93 of Marshall, passed away Wednesday, April 19 at the Prairie Home Hos­pice House in Marshall. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Mar­shall. A reception for at­tendees followed in Carlin Hall. Interment will be at a later date in St. Diony­sius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. Visitation was held 5-8 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.
Lucille Mary Dubbeldee was born Sept. 6, 1923 to Herman and Anne (Dres­sen) Dubbeldee in Ty­ler. Lucille grew up on a farm near Arco and was baptized, received first communion, and was confirmed at St. Diony­sius Catholic Church in Tyler. She attended rural elementary school then graduated from Tyler High School in 1941. Lucille fur­thered her education at the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis then worked for the Selec­tive Service.
On Feb. 19, 1944 Lucille was united in marriage to Gerald Shellenberg and the couple made their home and farmed near Arco. Gerald died in a tractor ac­cident in April 1954 and Lucille moved her young boys, Wayne and Steve, to Marshall. On Nov. 10, 1956 Lucille was married to Rene Rogge in Marshall and they added another son, John, to the family.
Lucille worked as a homemaker then started with the Social Security Administration, doing clerical work for 26 years. She retired in September 1992. She was also very active in the community, volunteering with Hospice, the Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop, Senior Center, and as a school mentor. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and enjoyed quilting circles at church. She was a charter member of the board overseeing the hospital wellness cen­ter and a board member of the Senior Center in Mar­shall.
Lucille lived for her fam­ily and time spent with grandchildren. Her other enjoyments in life includ­ed hand-quilting, crochet­ing, exercising, yardwork, crossword puzzles, and conversing with friends over coffee. As Lucille needed increasing help, she was blessed to be cared for at Hill Street Place and Boulder Creek in Marshall, then the Prairie Home Hospice House.
Lucille died April 19 at the age of 93 years, 7 months, and 13 days. Blessed be her memory.
Lucille is survived by her three sons—Wayne (Rose) Shellenberg of Mar­shall, Steven (Ruth) Shel­lenberg of Marshall, and John Rogge of Marshall; seven grandchildren—Joshua (Jennifer) Johnson, Katie Jo (Sam) Salatel, Ashlie (Jeremy) Vought, Ande (Sarah) Sik, Matthew (Pam) Rogge, Elizabeth Rogge, and Zachary (Ash­ley) Rogge; sister Teresa (Les) Kimball of Belview, Nebreaska; nieces, neph­ews, other relatives, and many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Her­man and Anne Dubbeldee, husbands Gerald Shel­lenberg and Rene Rogge, and sisters Leona Schak, Bernice Lutterman, Mar­lene Illaug and Evangeline Wyffels.
Arrangements provided by Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall available online at

Mary Ann Brus

April 20, 2017

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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.