Dolan Johnson

November 1, 2018

Dolan Johnson, age 82 of Russell, passed away Sun­day, Oct. 28 at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4:30-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Grace First Parish in Russell. A funeral service will be held Thurs­day, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. at church. Burial will follow at Russell City Cemetery.
Hartquist Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To read Dolan’s full life history or sign an online regis­try, please visit www.hartquistfuneral .com.

Leo Brandt

October 29, 2018

obit leoOct. 30, 1927 – Oct. 15, 2018

Leo P. Brandt, age 90 of Tyler, passed away Monday, Oct. 15 at Colonial Manor in Balaton. A funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. A private family committal service followed. Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Cha­pel was entrusted with ar­rangements. To view Leo’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Leo Peter Brandt was born Oct. 30, 1927 to Axel and Dagmar (Lund) Brandt in Arco. He was baptized and later confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. He attended a country school for eight years, then attended West Central School of Agricul­ture residential high school in Morris. After gradua­tion, Leo farmed until he entered the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington State. He was sent to Ko­rea as an army cook, and was discharged in 1953. After returning home he returned to farming.
On June 25, 1953 Leo married Lorraine Cyriacks at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Verdi Township. The couple was blessed with five children and 65 years of life together. They operated a dairy farm be­tween Tyler and Lake Ben­ton, and Leo served on the AMPI Dairy Board many years. After retirement he still farmed with sons Tom and Wayne, and enjoyed traveling with Lorraine, taking several trips to visit relatives in Denmark. Re­cently, Leo was a resident of Colonial Manor in Bala­ton, where on Monday, Oct. 15, he died 15 days before his 91st birthday.
Leo was a long-time member of St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, where he served on the church coun­cil and participated in the Men’s Club, later joining Im­manuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. He enjoyed dancing and playing cards, and for a number of years delivered Meals on Wheels.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife Lorraine; his children— Jane (Les) Johnson of Ty­ler, Thomas (Marlene) Brandt of Tyler, Wayne (Kathy) Brandt of Tyler, and Reid Brandt of Fairfax; 11 grandchildren— Kay (Joe Metzen) Brandt, Car­riAnn (Todd) Caron, Dean (Danielle) Brandt, Lesley (Eric) Kaesermann, Hilary (Wade) Thooft, Julian and Allison Loescher, Lauren (William) Dunn, and Bri­anna, Mariah and Brandon Brandt; 15 great-grand­children; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Anker Brandt, and a daughter, Jean Loescher.

Lana Norgaard

October 29, 2018

Lana R. Norgaard, age 62 of Rochester, died Sat­urday, Oct. 20 at her home in Rochester.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. at the Hartquist Fu­neral Chapel in Tyler. In­urnment will occur at Me­morial Hill Cemetery, Lake Benton, at a later date.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry please visit www.

Roger Peters

October 18, 2018

Sept. 22, 1967 – Oct. 8, 2018

Roger Dean Peters, son of Dean and Karen (Bauer) Peters Hays, was born Sept. 22, 1967 in David City, Ne­braska. He went to heaven Oct. 8, 2018.
Roger was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. He attended school in Tyler and graduated from South­west Minnesota Technical College in Granite Falls. Roger owned and operated Peters Auto Salvage. Roger was married to Sabrina Cardiel. After one and a half difficult years of illness, Roger passed away from kidney cancer that metas­tasized.
Roger had a vivid interest in history that began at a very young age. It spanned from King Tut’s time to modern day wars and in­cluded all history. He was in 4-H with pigs as his project, winning Grand Champion at the Lincoln County Fair. He also collected spiders to send to Harvard University. When he visited the desert he looked for insects and snakes. Roger loved clas­sic cars and collecting all sorts of antiques. He liked spending time with his children and grandchild. He had a great sense of humor, which he used even during his illness. Roger had an incredible work ethic and would often work day and night.
Roger was preceded in death by his father Dean Peters, his grandparents, his sister Jamie, four of his biological siblings, and one niece—all who passed away from cancer; and two siblings who died of other causes.
Roger is survived by his mother Karen Peters Hays; his brother Charles (Jill) and family; his nieces and nephew, Lacey, Zach and Molly; his children— Philip Cardiel (son Michael), Dil­lon Peters, Cody Peters and Scott Peters; and five bio­logical siblings.
Blessed be his memory.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Debora Hoflock

October 18, 2018

obit debora hoflockFeb. 6, 1958 – Oct. 10, 2018

Debora Hoflock, age 60 of Lake Benton, died at home with family by her side on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Memorial services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Following a re­ception, interment was in the Canby City Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services, 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Hamil­ton Funeral Home.
Debora Kay Haas was born Feb. 6, 1958 in Mar­shall. She was the only daughter of Carl and Jean­nette (Larson) Haas. She was baptized and con­firmed at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. She grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School, Class of 1976. She helped on the farm in addition to raising her chil­dren and being a devoted homemaker.
She lived in Colorado, and locally in Marshall, Ty­ler, Arco and Lake Benton. Deb earned her CNA and worked at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler for over 14 years before her cancer diagnosis. In Febru­ary 2016, Deb was engaged to be married to Greg Fri­ese.
Deb loved to be outside, camping, fishing, hunting for asparagus, watching for hummingbirds, and antiqu­ing or trolling the streets during junk days for many discarded treasures with Greg.
Debora died Wednes­day, Oct. 10 at her home in Lake Benton, at the age of 60 years, eight months and four days. Blessed be her memory.
She is survived by her fiancé Greg Friese of Ward, South Dakota; mother Jea­nette Haas of Marshall; three children— Chad Ho­flock (Shannon McCarthy) of Lake Benton, Chasidy Ho­flock (Quincy Poindexter) of Lake Benton, and Charlie (and Heather) Hoflock of Marshall; eight grandchil­dren—McKayla Poindexter of Watertown, South Dako­ta, Kaylee Hoflock of Will­mar, Kiah Hoflock of Mar­shall, Preston Hoflock of Marshall, Peyton Hoflock of Marshall, Quinten Poindex­ter of Lake Benton, Myles Poindexter of Lake Ben­ton, and Michael Hoflock of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; siblings Richard (Patty) Haas of Farmington and John (Laurie) Haas of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; her pet Green-Headed Yellow Ama­zon Parrot, Grumpy; nieces and nephews, other rela­tives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl Haas, and brothers Michael Haas and Robert Haas.
Arrangements were by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall avail­able online at www.hamil­

Leo Brandt

October 18, 2018

Leo P. Brandt, age 90 of Tyler, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15 at Colo­nial Manor in Balaton.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A private family committal service will follow.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Leo’s full life history or sign an on­line registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.

Jean Nielsen

October 4, 2018

obit jean nielsenMay 25, 1946 – Sept. 29, 2018

Jean Nielsen, age 72 of Tyler, died Saturday, Sept. 29 at Avera Tyler Hospital in Tyler. A memorial ser­vice will be held Wednes­day, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. at Dane­bod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry please visit www.
Jean Ann Nielsen was born May 25, 1946 to John and Lucille (Matheson) Langford in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where she was raised and attended school. After graduating from high school, Jean moved to Minneapolis, where she attended college for two years and earned her As­sociate of Arts degree in Medical Technology. She then relocated to Ivanhoe, where she began her first job as a lab and x-ray tech­nician. A short time later, she was introduced to the man she would later mar­ry, Dale Nielsen, at a mutu­al friend’s housewarming party. Jean relocated back to Menomonie, where she worked for a year. Jean and Dale were united in mar­riage here on May 4, 1968 and celebrated 50 years of marriage together.
The couple made their first home on a farm just south of Tyler. Jean be­gan working as a medical technologist for Dr. Mul­der in Ivanhoe, before she transferred to the Ivanhoe Hospital. Years later, Jean worked as a health coor­dinator at the RTR school in Tyler and also helped at the REM home. She later transitioned careers and worked at Minnesota West Technical School in customized training for 20 years prior to her retire­ment in 2013. Jean and Dale continued to share their home in Tyler until Jean’s passing on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Avera Tyler Hospital at the age of 72 years, four months, and four days.
Jean was an avid bridge player, loved to play games (especially when she was winning), and faithfully cheered on the Green Bay Packers. She enjoyed going out for coffee with friends and loved to laugh. Jean spent alot of time cooking, sometimes while singing “I Feel Pretty.” Her grandchil­dren were especially dear to her. She will be remem­bered for being a great friend and always being there when she was need­ed by friends and family. Jean will truly be missed.
Grateful for having shared her life are Jean’s husband Dale of Tyler; her children—Aaron (Kirsten) Nielsen of Ar­den Hills, Becca Nielsen of Marshall, and Kristian (Katy) Nielsen of Bakers­field, California; grand­children Madeline, Henry, Haley and Jack Nielsen; brothers John (Patti) and Bill (Carol) Langford; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Lucille, and her aunts and uncles.
Memorials may be di­rected to the Dementia So­ciety of America..

Orville Johnson

September 26, 2018

obit Orvillle Johnson photoFeb. 15, 1925 – Sept. 17, 2018

Orville “Doc” Johnson, age 93 of La Crescent, formerly of Tyler, passed away Monday, Sept. 17 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
A gathering of family and friends was held Friday, Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m. at the Kronborg Inn in Tyler.Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler with visitation beginning at 9 a.m.. Burial followed at St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler was entrusted with arrangements.
Orville “Doc” Pierre Johnson was born in Flandreau, South Dakota on Feb. 15, 1925 to Edward and Olive Esther (Biever) Johnson. He was raised in Lake Benton and graduated from high school there in 1942. Doc proudly served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Following his time in the military, he attended college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and after graduation began his high school teaching career in Seneca, Wisconsin, making many lifelong friends. Orville earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, following which he returned to Lake Benton for a teaching position. While there, he met, then married Eva Mae Dupuis on July 6, 1968. A year later they moved to Tyler, where he taught until his retirement in 1987.
Doc and Eva had two children, Gwynne and Orin. He was very proud of his vegetable garden, and maintained it well into his eighties. He was also proud to have flown on a Southwest Minnesota Freedom Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
In his later years, following Eva’s death, he moved to La Crescent to be closer to Gwynne’s family. While living there, he was able to become close with his granddaughter Madelyn Mishler, and cheer her on in her many activities.
Orville passed away on Sept. 17 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center at the age of 93 years, seven months and two days.
He is survived by his daughter Gwynne Mishler, her husband Mike Mishler and their daughter Madelyn Mishler; his son Orin Johnson and his wife Erin Hammond; his sister Mildred Jatko; and nieces and nephews Mary Jane, Pat, Tom and Jim. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Eva.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Midwest Honor Flight via their website,
May the choirs of angels lead him into paradise.

Jennifer Plank

September 26, 2018

Jennifer (Adolph) Plank, age 40 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, surrounded by family at her home.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-7 p.m. at the Showboat Pa­vilion (former American Legion Hall) in Lake Ben­ton. A prayer service with a time of remembrance will follow at 7 p.m.
To sign an online reg­istry, please visit

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
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.