Peggy Houselog

April 26, 2018

obit HOUSELOG PeggyJuly 30, 1961 – April 14, 2018

Peggy M. Houselog, age 56 of Lake Benton, former­ly of Elkton, South Dakota, passed away Saturday, April 14 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Elkton, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elk­ton, South Dakota. There was a 5 p.m. prayer service Wednesday, April 18, fol­lowed by visitation until 7 p.m. at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Elkton, South Da­kota.
Peg was born July 30, 1961 in Flandreau, South Dakota, to Roger and Dar­lene (Otto) Bauer. She went to school in Elkton, South Dakota. She had sev­eral jobs she enjoyed, with her last one being at Twin City Fan in Elkton, where she enjoyed her co-work­ers and made many won­derful friendships.
She was blessed with having two children, Kim and Heath. Peg loved being around family, her grand­children, hosting family gatherings and loved her coffee go-ers. She enjoyed keeping up with her soap operas and helping other residents at the nursing home. She had a sense of humor that many people enjoyed. She left a very large impression on people in a short amount of time when being somewhere.
In 2007 she suffered a massive stroke, which left her speechless and para­lyzed. She was very much admired for her strength, patience and courage over the past 10 years. Peg was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.
Peg is survived by her children, Kim (Mike) Bloom of Tyler and Heath (Brittany) Houselog of Lake Benton; brothers Jim (Tammie) Bauer, Tim (Toni) Bauer, and Dave (Kristina) Bauer, and sis­ter Kathy (Steve) Kopecky, all of Elkton, South Da­kota; grandchildren Jacob, Adam, Benjamin, Abigail, Merrick, Malahna and Macrae; niece and neph­ews. Peg was preceded in death by her father Roger, mother Darlene, and sister Joan.

Clifford Kittelson

April 26, 2018

obit Kittelson CliffordJan. 26, 1932 – April 12, 2018

Funeral services for Clifford Kittelson, age 86 of Tyler, will be Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. Visitation is Fri­day, April 27, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthton.
He died Thursday, April 12 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
Clifford Wayne Kittelson was born Jan. 26, 1932 to Tom and Esther (Johnson) Kittelson in Tyler. He was baptized in the Tyler Hos­pital, and in 1947 was con­firmed at Aetna Lutheran Church near Ruthton. He grew up on the family farm, attending country school District 103 in Ellsborough Township, and graduated from Ruthton High School in 1950. He began farming with his father, eventually taking over the farm him­self. Clifford enjoyed farm­ing, especially taking care of the sheep. He sold the livestock in 1990 and re­tired from crop farming in 1995. In November 2000 he moved to Danebod Vil­lage in Tyler, then to Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in 2010. It was there on Thursday, April 12 that Clifford died at the age of 86.
Clifford was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton, and was very active in the life of the con­gregation. He served three terms on the Church Coun­cil and was on the Ceme­tery Board for 20 years. He taught Sunday School and served as Sunday School Treasurer. He served on the Ellsborough Township Board for 16 years and was a member of the Mur­ray County Farm Bureau, serving on its board for 10 years. He enjoyed farming, computers, and visiting friends. He was known for his great sense of humor.
Clifford is loving remem­bered by his sister Lois Ed­man and her husband Mat­thew of East Grand Forks; two nieces, Susan (Brian) Larson of East Grand Forks and Patricia Edman of Minneapolis; one neph­ew, Paul (Julie) Edman of Grand Forks, North Dako­ta; great-nieces and neph­ews Ben and Sara Hulteng, Anna (Aaron) Bohl, Alex Larson, and Kate and Ry­lan Edman; and many oth­er relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Blessed be his memory.

Suzanne Johnson

April 26, 2018

May 5, 1950 – April 20, 2018

Suzanne Johnson, age 67 of Minnetonka, died Fri­day, April 20 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Sue was born May 5, 1950 to Louis John and Isabelle (Mouer) Olsen in Marshall.
Sue is lovingly remem­bered by her husband Bruce of Minnetonka; chil­dren, Cory Johnson of Min­netonka, Christopher (and Trina) Johnson of Tyler, and Katie Johnson of Belle Plaine; grandchildren, Noah, Julia, Ruby, Poppy, Jonas and MacKenzie; and sister, Penny (and Bob) Kuhn.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents and aunt, Helga Gormley.
Current arrangements and services are private per Suzanne’s wishes. Ar­rangements are provid­ed by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line at www.hartquistfuneral.

Clifford Kittelson

April 19, 2018

Jan. 26, 1932 – April 12, 2018

Funeral services for Clifford Kittelson, age 86 of Tyler, will be Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. Visitation is Fri­day, April 27, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery.
He died Thursday, April 12 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.
A full obituary will be printed next week.

Michelle Fredricks

April 12, 2018

obit FredricksWebJune 28, 1967 – April 2, 2018

Michelle “Shell” Kay Fre­dricks, age 50 of Lake Ben­ton, passed away Monday, April 2 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Memo­rial services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church and continued one hour prior to the ser­vice at church on Friday. Interment was in the Dia­mond Lake Lutheran Cem­etery. Online condolences may be sent via Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Michelle was born June 28, 1967 to Robert and Janice (Fischer) Brown on the U.S. Air Force Base near Cape Cod, Massachu­setts. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lu­theran faith. As a young child and a “military brat,” Shell and her family trav­eled to and lived various places in Europe, includ­ing Germany, France and Spain. The family later re­turned to the United States and settled in Tyler. Shell graduated from Russell-Tyler High School then studied accounting at Min­nesota West Community Technical College in Pip­estone. On Sept. 27, 1986 she married Loren Fre­dricks at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She was currently employed at Skyview Junction in Elk­ton, South Dakota, where she made many great friends and enjoyed visit­ing with the regulars. Shell was always very involved with her kids, traveling to see them every chance she had, from family game nights to simply spending the evening watching her grandkids. She loved going to every event and activity. Shell had an immeasurable amount of love for her kids and grandkids, and truly lived for them. She had a genuine kindness about her, and had a hard time say­ing “no” (especially to the grandbabies).
Michelle is survived by her husband Loren Fre­dricks of Lake Benton; her children, Lance (Amber) Fredricks of Pipestone and Miranda (Carl) Burfeind of Kindred, North Dakota; grandchildren Hayden, Hadley and Hexton Fre­dricks and Ryker Burfeind; mother Janice Brown of Tyler; siblings Allen (Ulma) Brown of Tyler, Cindy (John) Mundy of Scranton, Kansas, Diane (David) Fiegen of Marshall and Tom “TJ” (Cheryl) Brown of Heron Lake. She was preceded in death by her father Bob.

Martin Gallanter

April 12, 2018

Dec. 2, 1944 – Feb. 24, 2018

Martin “Marty” Harold Gallanter, age 73, died Feb. 24 as a result of congestive heart failure at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Martin was born Dec. 2, 1944 in Newark, New Jer­sey to Bernard Gallanter and Penny Whitefield. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Empire State University in Albany, New York.
Marty and his second wife Lorna moved to Ty­ler in 1993. Prior to the move he worked as De­velopment Director for The Great Hudson River Revival, United Jewish Ap­peal, and Legal Aid Society in the New York City area.
In 2002 Marty and his wife moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He worked as Development Director for DSU in Madison, South Dakota, Washington Pa­vilion, and Volunteers of America.
Marty worshipped the New York Yankees. He loved to write and read. He enjoyed all forms of music, and was passionate about politics. He was a member of MENSA. Marty was an active member of MT. Zion Congregation for over 20 years, serving as temple president as well as serv­ing on the board.
Marty is survived by his daughter Tisha; mother Penny; sister Debra and her daughter Rebeccah; former wives Judy and Lor­na; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Ber­nard and his brother Paul.
A private service was held for family immedi­ately after his death.
Condolences may be sent to Lorna Gallanter, 100 N. Duluth Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Memori­als may be sent to Mt. Zion Congregation, PO Box756, Sioux Falls, SD 57101; or to Tallgrass Recovery, Suite 105, PMB 378, 2601 S. Minnesota Ave., 57105.

Berniece Johannsen

March 29, 2018

Jan. 31, 1924 – March 24, 2018

Funeral services for Berniece Johannsen, age 94 of Lake Benton, are Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton.
She died Saturday, March 24 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements are with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Berniece Marie Johannsen was born Jan. 31, 1924 to Knute and Carrie (Hansen) Petersen in Shaokatan Township near Lake Benton. She married Wilbur Venekamp in December 1943. In November 1965 she married Edward Johannsen.
Berniece is survived by her children—Douglas (Carolyn) Venekamp of Lake Benton, Michael (Cynthia) Venekamp of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Patricia (Joe) Harris of Silver City, New Mexico, and Karen Venekamp of Lake Benton; 24 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; sister MeraLuceil Johnson of Marshall and brother Arlyn (Garnet) Petersen of Lake Benton. She was preceded in death by her husbands Wilbur and Edward;, her parents Knute and Carrie; three children—infant Donna, Brian, and Kevin Venekamp; and sisters Irene Lahey and Rosie Rydell.

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.