Wilma Siemers

September 19, 2018

June 16, 1921 – Sept. 14, 2018

Funeral services for Wilma Siemers, age 97 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were Monday, Sept. 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Alcester, South Dakota. She died Friday, Sept. 14 at Good Samaritan – Sioux Falls Center. Full obituary at www.millerfh.com.
Wilma was born June 16, 1921 to George and Inez (Shuck) Fickbohm in their farmhouse near Alcester, South Dakota. She mar­ried Richard W. Siemers in 1941, and moved from the farm to Sioux Falls, South Dakota upon his death in 1963.
Grateful for having shared her life are her son Richard of Tyler; son-in-law Ronald Tickle of Huntington, West Virginia; sisters Iva Siemers of Al­cester, South Dakota and Opal Keiser of Hawarden, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her daughter Mary Tickle, her parents, six brothers and three sisters.
Blessed be her memory.

Nelleen Pals

September 12, 2018

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Nelleen Pals, age 76 of Lake Benton, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Avera Tyler Hospital in Tyler.
A gathering of family and friends was held Monday, Sept. 10, 4-7 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. A private celebration of life was held following the gathering at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home –Tyler. To sign an online registry and view the life history, please go to www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Nelleen (Muyskens) Pals was born Aug. 8, 1942 in Alton, Iowa to Dick and Katie (Aalberts) Muyskens. The family moved to Chandler while Nelleen was in her teenage years. Nelleen graduated from Chandler High School in 1960. After graduation, she attended nursing school in the Twin Cities, receiving her LPN degree. Nelleen returned to the Chandler area and married Harley Pals on Dec. 21, 1964 in Slayton.The couple moved to Edgerton, and were blessed with four children. While in Edgerton, Nelleen worked in various places, including the Edgebrook Care Center, Pipestone County Medical Center, Edgerton Public School, and the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone. The couple then moved to Lake Benton, and eventually separated.
Nelleen continued to work in various capacities that allowed her to help others, especially those in need and the elderly. She officially retired in 2004, but that never stopped her need to help others. She continued to spend time with the elderly and often made meals for those who could not cook for themselves. Nelleen passed away suddenly at the Avera Tyler Hospital in Tyler on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the age of 76 years and 29 days.
As a faithful Christian, Nelleen believed in the power of prayer, leading her family members in prayer whenever one was needed. She spent a great deal of her time tending to the needs of others and caring for those she loved. Thanks to her loving nature, Nelleen made sure that no one ever left her home emptyhanded. In her spare time, she would watch birds, tend her garden, can the harvests from her garden, and sew for her grandchildren. Nelleen especially enjoyed the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is lovingly remembered by her four children— Byron (Lisa) Pals of Pipestone, Kevin (Jody) Pals of Pipestone, Bonita (Dave) Haroldson of Tyler, and Darin (Marcy) Pals of Jasper; 12 grandchildren— Cassandra, Taylor, Sawyer, Paige, Aubrey, Ashley, Dustin, Britany, Katelyne, MacKenzie, Tristen and Nicole; 11 great-grandchildren— Brentley, Addilyn, Meredith, Breeley, Brystol, Bryer, Daxton, Leighton, Azalea, Aurora and Alliance; her siblings, Chris (Willy) Vander Woude of Menasha, Wisconsin, Rich (Ila) Muyskens of Edgerton, and Corny (Sharon) Muyskens of Chandler; and many other loving friends and family members. Nelleen was preceded in death by her parents Dick and Katie, and one sister, Wilma Karstensen.

Leo Kohler

September 5, 2018

obit KohlerOct. 4, 1930 – Sept. 1, 2018

LEO J. KOHLER, age 87 of Tyler, passed away Sat­urday, Sept. 1 at the San­ford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. at the church.Burial will follow at St. Dionysius Catholic Cem­etery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com
Leo Joseph Kohler was born Oct. 4, 1930 to Her­man and Clara (Ruppert) Kohler at their farm north­west of Tyler, where he was raised and attended coun­try school. One of his fond­est childhood memories was coming into the house and smelling his mother’s rolls in the oven. After his father passed away on Feb. 23, 1946, Leo took over the operation of the farm. On Nov. 30, 1957, Leo was united in marriage to Alice Kerkaert at the Catholic church in Minneota. The two made their home on the dairy farm northwest of Tyler until Jan. 8, 1999, when they passed it down to their son Greg and moved into town. Though he was always a true farm­er at heart, he didn’t miss working among the flies that came out in the hot summer weather. Leo and Alice shared their home in Tyler until Sept. 28, 2017, when he entered long-term care. Leo passed away at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Sat­urday, Sept. 1 at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 28 days.
Leo was a lifelong mem­ber of St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and began singing with the choir in 1941. Leo later served as a song leader from 1985 until 1998. Leo truly loved music and spent many hours playing piano, gui­tar, singing and dancing. He also enjoyed reading books on nutrition and the Reader’s Digest. His fam­ily and friends were very dear to him and the time spent together will always be cherished.
Leo is survived by his wife Alice of Tyler; chil­dren— Darwin and Lori of Rochester, Patricia and her husband Keith Erickson of Rochester, Steve and Fathya of New Hope, Greg­ory and his wife Teresa of Tyler, Tamara and her hus­band Richard Thompson of Andover, Karen and her husband Stephen Nelsen of Hutchinson, and Jason and his wife Anne Marie of Carmel, Indiana; sister Betty Schmidt of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey, his parents, and siblings Ervin Kohler, Ellen Abraham, Ce­cilia Dubbeldee, Thelma Dye, Margaret Skjong, and Leona Prosch.

Ronald Stenerson

August 30, 2018

obit Stenerson RonNov. 28, 1945 – Aug. 16, 2018

Ronald Lee Stenerson, age 72 of Tyler, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16 Sunrise Manor in Tyler. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. at First English Lu­theran Church in Tyler. Vis­itation was one hour prior to the service. Inurnment followed at Hope Cemetery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home-Tyler Chapel was entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Ron’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Ronald Lee Stenerson was born to Harvey and Doris (Thompson) Sten­erson on the farm in Nor­dland Township of Lyon County on Nov. 28, 1945. He was baptized at Hope Lutheran Church in Min­neota on Jan. 16, 1946. At an early age, he moved with his family to Russell, where he attended school. In 1958 he relocated with his family once again to Granby, Colorado for two years before returning to Russell. Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 and was first stationed in Korea, then Vietnam. He returned home to Russell in 1966, and was married to Sharon Maxine Gravley on Aug. 13, 1966 at the First Presbyterian Church in Russell. The couple made their home in Tyler, where they have remained ever since. Shortly after his return to the country, Ronnie started his career at Lyon-Lincoln Electric in April 1966 working in the shop, then worked his way up to lineman. In 1996, he became the line superintendent, a position he held until his retire­ment in November 2011. Ron thoroughly enjoyed his job at the electric com­pany. He considered him­self blessed every morning that he was able to get up and do the work he loved. On Aug. 16 Ron passed away at the Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 72 years, 8 months, and 19 days.
One of Ronnie’s favor­ite activities was riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the Roaring Ly­ons Motorcycle Club and rode in several parades in addition to trips made to numerous parts of the U.S. and Canada with Sharon and his friends. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at their cabin on Lake Shaokatan. Ron’s active lifestyle intro­duced him to many close friends over the years. He will be greatly missed.
Ron is survived by his wife Sharon; son Jeff and his wife Rachel of Tyler; four grandchildren, Jacey and Jarrett Stenerson and Luke and Anthony John­son; siblings Jerry of Rus­sell and Perry of Fairmont; siblings-in-law Dick Wil­liams, Dewey Gravley and Leroy (Sharon) Gravley, Shirley Thompson, and Beverly (Norvin) Vier­gutz; and many nieces and nephews. He was preced­ed in death by his parents Harvey and Doris, sister Melanie Williams, and in­fant brother and infant sis­ter Barbera.
Memorials may be di­rected to the Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler or Avera@ Home Hospice.

Larry Otter

August 30, 2018

Larry Otter, age 73 of Pipestone, died Monday, Aug. 27 at his home sur­rounded by his family.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5-8 p.m. at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pip­estone.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel is in charge of arrangements. To view obituary or sign an online registry go to www. hartquistfuneral.com.

Ruby Haken

August 23, 2018

Nov. 22, 1934 – Aug. 15, 2018

Memorial visitation for Ruby Haken, 83, was Fri­day, Aug. 17, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. She passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota. Arrangements were with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Ruby Maxine Haken was born Nov. 22, 1934 to Hen­ry and Ellen (Reynolds) Lichtsinn in Arco. On Dec. 31, 1976 Ruby was united in marriage to Larry Hak­en in Watertown, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Tyler for the majority of their lives.
Ruby is survived by her husband Larry; children Lorraine Maleyko of Tyler, Allan Sik of Tyler, Cindy (Lyle) Page of Sherburn, and LeeAnn (Shawn) Teig of Lynd; siblings Fritz (Diane) Lichtsinn of Mar­shall, Herman (Lavonne) Lichtsinn of Lake Benton, George (Karen) Lichtsinn of Paynesville, and Tootie “Ellen” Christensen (Lyle Rochel) of Tyler; six grand­children and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Danny Sik, siblings Melvin, Clar­ence and Henry (Jr.) Lich­tsinn, and Lillian “Marj” Popowski.

Alice Campbell

August 15, 2018

obit Campbell, AliceFeb. 8, 1926 – Aug. 11, 2018

Alice Elin Campbell, age 92 of Gentry, Arkansas, passed away Aug. 11.
Services will be 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Wasson Funeral Home Chapel in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. View­ing was Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Wasson Funeral Home. Interment will follow the service at the Gentry Cemetery in Gentry, Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wassonfuneral­home.com.
Born Feb. 8, 1926 in Tyler, she was the daugh­ter of Jorgan and Rigmor Christensen. Alice married Warren Campbell in 1948 and had four girls. Alice and Warren were active in their church youth minis­try, where she played the piano. She was a practic­ing Registered Nurse for over 50 years, of which 30 years were devoted to the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital. In her years at the hospital she worked most areas, but loved ob­stretics the best. She was acting Director of Nursing until they found a replace­ment. As Coordinator of OB, she assisted in many deliveries.
She was an avid reader, loved scrapbooking, cro­cheting, listening to piano music, puzzle books, and studying her Bible. Her faith in Jesus was strong and even when she could not attend church, you could find her listening to Doug Bachelor’s radio pro­grams.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband War­ren Campbell, her sister Astrid Holmquist, and her parents. She is survived by her children—Alice Arlene Jardee of Omaha, Nebras­ka, Dolly Jane Miller and husband Bill of Springdale, Arkansas, Patricia Astrid Adams and husband Dale of Gentry, Arkansas, and Valerie Sophia Berry and husband Jerry of Bro­ken Arrow, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Total Life Community Center, 13710 AR-59, Si­loam Springs, AR 72761.

Valerie Petersen

August 8, 2018

obit Petersen Doris photoMarch 8, 1924 – Aug. 3, 2018

Doris Valerie Petersen, age 94 of Ruthton, died Aug. 3 at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m., at Hartquist Chapel in Tyler. Burial will follow at the Ruthton City Cemetery in Ruthton. To sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Doris Valerie Petersen was born March 8, 1924 in Wellington, Kansas to Pastor Eilert C. and Edna S. (Sandberg) Nielsen. She was baptized by her father in Wellington and confirmed at Augsburg Lu­theran Church in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 1938. Valerie’s family moved of­ten in her younger years. She began school in Val­ley Falls, Kansas, then at­tended middle school at Yale School in Chicago, then Parker High School in Chicago, before graduating from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Kansas. She furthered her education by attending Bethany Col­lege in Lindsborg, Kansas, graduating with a BA De­gree in English. Valerie worked four years at the Blue Earth Post and Farib­ault County Register as a reporter. Then she taught school in District 58 south­west of Ruthton for two years, 1948 to 1950.
On Dec. 28, 1950 Valerie was united in marriage to Norman J. Petersen at Hope Lutheran Church in Ruthton. The service was officiated by her father, Pastor Nielsen. To this union, four children were born. The couple made their home near Ruthton and Valerie raised their young family. In 1965, Val­erie received her teach­ing degree after attending Sioux Falls University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Then she taught English at Ruthton High School until 1971. She continued to serve as a substitute teacher for the district until retiring in 1982. On April 15, 1997 Norman preceded her in death. Val­erie continued to reside at her home on the farm and she spent her winters in Florida with her daughter until June 2018, when she became a resident at Heri­tage Pointe Senior Living in Marshall. On Friday, Aug. 3, while at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Valerie went to be with the Lord at the age of 94 years, four months and 26 days.Valerie was a member of Peace Luther­an Church in Ruthton. She was active in the church, serving as librarian from 1978 until 2010, a mem­ber of the Peace Lutheran Church Women, Circle, and serving as a Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher. She enjoyed help­ing people and the com­munity and served on the committee which put on the 4th of July Celebration in Ruthton. She also vol­unteered at Senior Dining in Ruthton. Valerie was an avid reader and frequently referenced the encyclo­pedia to her children. She also spent time knitting and playing Scrabble. She enjoyed riding on a golf cart around her daughter’s neighborhood while in Florida.
Valerie is lovingly re­membered by her four children—Evelyn Ambler of Fort Myers, Florida, Eric (Gail) Petersen of Ruthton, Arne (Rachel) Petersen of Roswell, New Mexico, and Elsa (Larry) Voltz of Bemi­dji; eight grandchildren— Jennifer (Adam) Ambler, Christopher (Tennille) Madden Petersen, Heidi (Matthew) Schaefer, Cor­win (Jan) Petersen, Alison Petersen, Clinton Petersen, Lars (Joyce) Voltz and Leif Voltz; seven great-grand­children—Joshua, Alize, Trinity, Truman, Rose, Jameson and Vivian; and a sister, Beverly Nielsen of Hemet, California. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman, parents Pastor Eilert and Edna Nielsen, and a sister, Mu­riel Payson Crane.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials may be directed to Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp.

Clifford O’Toole

August 2, 2018

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Mass of Christian Burial for Clifford O’Toole, age 91 of Tyler, is Wednes­day, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at St.Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visita­tion was Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Burial will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler.
He died Sunday, July 29 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www. hartquistfuneral.com.
John Clifford O’Toole was born Sept. 23, 1926 to Clyde and Alice (Kings­borough) O’Toole in their farm home in Drammen Township near Lake Ben­ton. He was baptized at St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church in Lake Benton. He moved with his family to the Russell area, and in 1940 moved to the farm­stead east of Tyler, which became his home for over 50 years. He attended Ty­ler High School.
On Nov. 10, 1953 Clifford married Betty Lou Ort­mann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa. Their union was blessed with two children and 64 years of life together. The couple made their home on the O’Toole family farm, where they raised crops and livestock until retir­ing in 1992 and moving into Tyler. On Sunday, July 29, Clifford passed away peacefully at the Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 91 years, 10 months, and six days.
Clifford was a member of St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved all things farm-related, and enjoyed polka music and playing cards.
Clifford is lovingly re­membered by his wife Betty; their children, Lin­da (Larry) Dolan of Sar­tell, and Patrick (Brenda) O’Toole of Tyler; four grandchildren, Sean (Lisa) Dolan, Sr. Maria Laudem Gloriae Dolan SOLT, Kyle O’Toole and Ryan (Lynd­say) O’Toole; three great-grandchildren, Patrick, An­nabelle and Jack Dolan; two sisters, Arlene Maertens of Marshall, and Loretta (Francis) Haper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris Lewandows­ki, and brothers-in-law Donald Lewandowski and Donald Maertens.

Earl Klitzke

August 2, 2018

obit Klitzke photoDec. 26, 1937 – July 28, 2018

Earl J. Klitzke, age 80, formerly of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Satur­day, July 28 at the Min­nesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Visitation was Tuesday, July 31, 4-7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial with mili­tary honors will follow at Diamond Lake Cemetery near Lake Benton. To view a video tribute or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Earl Joseph Klitzke was born Dec. 26, 1937 to Earl and Delilah (Hanson) Klitzke in Pipestone. He was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and began his early education there. When he was a freshman in high school he moved to Lake Benton and lived on a farm with his foster parents, Gunnar and Delo­res Johansen. Earl was ac­tive in athletics, especially basketball and football. He graduated in 1957 and went on to attend a year at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota while continuing to work on the farm. On April 11, 1959 Earl was united in marriage to Joan Marlene Wodtke at Peace Church in Elkton, South Dakota. The couple made their first home seven miles north of Lake Benton. Earl farmed until Feb. 17, 1961 when he joined the U.S. Air Force. Earl served as a me­chanic and was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts until his honorable discharge on Oct. 16, 1964. Upon his return from the service, the family moved to a farm just north of Verdi. Earl resumed farming and con­tinued to do so until 1986, when he and Joan moved to Norwood, where he worked as a custodian for Norwood Young America School District. One year later Earl went to work for Petersen Gravel, driving truck while also helping a local farmer part-time. Earl then became employed by MN-DOT, where he worked until his retirement in 2008. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April 2010. In April 2014, Earl became a resident at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, where on Saturday, July 28, he died peacefully at the age of 80 years, seven months and two days.
Earl was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He was also a member of the American Legion. Earl was a sports enthusiast and loved play­ing and following his fa­vorite teams, especially the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota Gophers, and attending his grandchildren’s events. He played fast-pitch softball for many years and en­joyed camping out at the lake in the summer.
Earl will be lovingly re­membered by his wife of 59 years, Joan; two chil­dren, Rick (Anita) Klitzke of White, South Dakota, and Karla (Timothy) An­derson of Elkton, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Justin (Jamie) Klitzke, Miranda (Benjamin) Deutz, Amber (Paul) Langner, Taylor(Lindsey) Anderson, and Abigail Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Halle and Emilee Duetz, Blakely and Gracyn Langner and Coen Anderson; his foster mother, Delores Johansen of Lake Benton; a brother, Leroy Klitzke of Greyball, Wyoming; two sisters, Carol and Cindy; foster sis­ters Diane (Donald) Evers, Gunvar (Randy) Dombeck, Lori Johansen and foster brother James (Linda) Jo­hansen. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl Klitzke and Delilah Struck; two brothers, Rob­ert and Dennis Klitzke; step-mother Vella Klitzke; and his foster father, Gun­nar Johansen.