Dolores Hesse

December 20, 2018

obit DoloresHesse20181207140336April 15, 1928 – Nov. 27, 2018

Dolores Hesse, age 90 of Mountain Lake, died Nov. 27 at Valley View Manor Care Center in Lamberton.
Visitation will be Thurs­day, Dec. 20, 4-8 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey, and will continue Friday, 10-11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur. Funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur on Friday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Darfur.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. Online condo­lences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh. com.
Dolores May Winkelman was born April 15, 1928 in rural Ormsby to Dick and Ella (Krueger) Winkelman. She received her educa­tion in country school and graduated from Trimont High School in 1946. Dolo­res then attended beauty school in Mankato and be­gan working at Johnson’s Beauty Shop in St. James. She was united in mar­riage to Carroll Hesse on Sept. 9, 1949, at Grace Lu­theran Church in Ormsby. The couple moved to their farm northwest of Moun­tain Lake. Dolores loved living on the farm and working with her husband and three sons.
Carroll died March 20, 2000, and Dolores con­tinued to live on the farm. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur, where she was a Sunday School teacher and actively involved in many events and gather­ings there. Dolores’ faith and love for the Lord were both extremely important to her. She especially en­joyed any time spent with her children, grandchil­dren, and great-grandchil­dren playing Yahtzee or a game of cards. Dolores loved embroidering, being outside mowing lawn, and working with her garden and flowers. She was truly a gift to her family, friends, and so many others.
She is survived by her sons—Wayne and wife Sheri of Tyler, Mark and wife Linda of Moun­tain Lake, and Joel and wife Connie of Jackson; grandchildren—Michelle (Hesse) Lamont, Sara (Hesse) Pankonin, Michael Hesse, Daniel Hesse, Ste­ven Hesse, Nathan Hesse, Angela (Hesse) Hulett, Bradley Hesse, Justin Hesse, and Andrew Hesse; 15 great-grandchildren; and special friends Cora and Stella Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Caroll, and sisters Ardella Kolden and Marian Seab­erg.
Blessed be her memory.

Dolores Faber

December 20, 2018

April 20, 1925 – Dec. 11, 2018

Dolores M. Faber, age 93 of Lake Benton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will occur at St. John’s Imman­uel Lutheran Cemetery in Verdi. Hartquist Funeral Home-Lake Benton Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To view a full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Dolores Minnie Faber was born April 20, 1925 to Paul and Minnie (Koster) Trautman on the farm in Verdi Township west of Lake Benton. Dolores was united in marriage to Woodrow “Woody” Faber on April 18, 1954 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. On Nov. 1, 2014, Woody preceded Dolores in death.
Dolores is survived by her son Noel (Roni) of Bloomington; two grand­children and four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Spin Trautman. She was preceded in death by her husband Woody; her parents Paul and Min­nie; brothers Norman and Thorvald (Bernice) Traut­man; and sister-in-law Winifred Faber.

Sherry K. Johnson

December 13, 2018

May 6, 1933 – Dec. 7, 2018

Sherry K. Johnson, age 85, of Marshall, formerly of Lake Benton, passed away Friday, Dec. 7 at Prairie Home Hospice – McLaughlin House in Marshall. Rosary will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will follow from 4-6:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. at church. Interment will follow at St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton. Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Sherry Karen Johnson was born May 6, 1933 in San Francisco, California. She was adopted by Nona Nelson Preston Gray. They made their home in New York until 1939, when they traveled by train to Tyler. In 1944, Nona died; Sherry was then adopted by her aunt and uncle, Marguerite and Hugh McCaffrey of Verdi. Sherry graduated from Verdi High School in 1951. On Sept. 15, 1951, Sherry and Dennis Vern Johnson were married at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton.
Sherry is survived by her daughters Pamela (LaWayne) Petersen and their two children, and Christine (William) Knutson and their two children; her sons Michael (Lisa) Johnson and their two children, and Thomas (Tami) Johnson and their three children; and eight greatgrandchildren. Sherry was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Rodney Glidewell

December 13, 2018

obit Glidewell RodAug. 17, 1939 – Dec. 6, 2018

Rodney “Rod” Glidewell, age 79 of Pipestone, died Thursday, Dec. 6 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4-7 p.m. at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone.
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Rodney Neil Glidewell was born Aug. 17, 1939 to Buryl and Loretta (Farwick) Glidewell in Pipestone. He was baptized as an infant at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. As a child, Rod enjoyed fishing and helping out on the family farm. He was also a member of 4-H. He attended country school through 7th grade, then attended school in Pipestone, graduating from Pipestone High School in 1957. Rod began farming with his father in 1956. After high school, Rod joined the U.S. Army National Guard, where he served for six years. He did his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, serving in Georgia, Alaska and Fort Ripley in Minnesota. On April 16, 1966 he was united in marriage to Carol Bedow at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone.
Rod grew up and lived on the family farm his entire life. In addition to working on the farm, Rod worked at Town and Country Locker in the 1980s. He later worked at Ellison Meats, and drove truck for Winter Concrete. Rod retired from farming in 2000. He continued to work part-time driving truck for Double D Gravel, Vis Farms and CPS. After suffering a stroke recently, Rod’s health declined and he passed away Thursday, Dec. 6 at the age of 79 years, three months, and 19 days.
Rod was a member of Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone. He was active there, making lefse yearly, helping sew quilts (lots and lots of quilts) for Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Society, and other places with the Chatter Quilter’s church group. He also ushered for many services and funerals. Rod had a lifelong passion for archeology, but stayed on the family farm to help his father. He loved to plant things—flowers, berries, vegetables, anything that would grow. He enjoyed making homemade bread, target shooting, and hunting and fishing. He liked to watch the Minnesota Vikings play. Most of all, he loved watching his grandchildren play, and enjoyed going to their concerts and school activities.
Rod is lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Carol of Pipestone; three children— Lynn Glidewell of Pipestone, Scot Glidewell of Ruthton, and Ryan (Heather) Glidewell of Lennox, South Dakota; six grandchildren— Calina of Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany, Hannah of Rosemount, Selah of Gent, Belgium, Seth of Lennox, South Dakota, Aleigha of Lennox, and Garret of Ruthton. He was preceded in death by his parents Buryl and Loretta, and one brother, Larry Glidewell.

Barry Wodtke

December 6, 2018

Nov. 8, 1941 – Nov. 7, 2018

Barry Wodtke, age 76 of Lake Benton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Ave­ra McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A future listing will be placed with details of a me­morial service to be held at a later date. Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Lake Benton Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Natalie Hunt

November 29, 2018

obit Hunt Natalie newMay 29, 1929 – Nov. 22, 2018

Natalie Kate (Muel­ler) Hunt, age 89 of Blue Earth, went to be with her Lord on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Fu­neral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Bloomington Lutheran Church, 9350 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington, with Pastor Scott Spaulding of­ficiating. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Natalie was born In Witoka (near Winona), on May 29, 1929, the 10th of 11 children born to Adolph and Kate Mueller. She grew up on the fam­ily farm and graduated from Winona High School, then attended Dr. Mar­tin Luther College in New Ulm. In 1949 she moved to San Diego, California, where she met a U.S. Navy submarine sailor, Charles “Chuck” Hunt. They mar­ried in March 1950.
Chuck and Natalie were blessed with four sons— Charles (Chuck), Randall (Randy), William (Bill) and Timothy (Tim). Natalie was often a “single mom,” as her husband went on six-month-long sea duties during their marriage. The family lived in the San Di­ego area until 1964 when they moved to Denver, then Aurora, Colorado, where her husband was a Navy recruiter. In 1968, the fam­ily moved back to Natalie’s home state of Minnesota, where they made their home in Bloomington.
Natalie worked for the Owens Corporation as an office manager. She then became co-owner of Vinyl Sash Windows and Great Lake Products with her husband and son Bill. They retired in 1991 and moved to their lake home on Lake Volney near Le Center. Af­ter her husband’s death in 1992, Natalie eventually moved to Brillion, Wiscon­sin in 1999, to be near her son Tim and family.
In 2014, Natalie moved to Blue Earth, where she was first a resident of Southview Estates, then Friendship Court, and fi­nally Moonlight Lane, all at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center.
Natalie was always very active in all the different Lutheran churches she was a member of over her years. She was also active in politics, and worked on several campaigns, includ­ing for Sen. Dave Duren­berger. But, most impor­tant to her was her family, all who will miss her very much.
Natalie is survived by her sons: Chuck (Pam) of Blue Earth and their chil­dren Nate (Sue) Hunt, Nick (Karmen) Hunt and Katy (Wade) Volk; Randy (Shir­ley) of Appleton, Wiscon­sin and their children Phil (Kelly) Hunt, Tom (Rachel) Hunt, Sonya (Nate) Krake and Cory (Amanda) Gras­sell; Bill of Clear Lake, Wisconsin and his chil­dren Valerie (Rob) New­man, Matt Hunt and Tyler Hunt; and the late Tim and his children Alex (Melissa) Hunt, Jenny Hunt, Em­ily Hunt and Carrie Hunt; two sisters, Dorothy Lau of Eau Claire, Wiscon­sin and Alice Klawiter of Winona; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mueller and Mary Mueller of Winona; 21 great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and countless friends from across the country.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck; her parents Adolph and Kate; her parents-in-law Richard and Carrie Hunt; her brothers David, Pete, Alfred, Marvin, Rob­ert and Herbert; her sis­ters Lula and Clara; and her beloved son Tim.

Julie Nielsen-Fuhrmann

November 29, 2018

obit julie nielsenOct. 1, 1951 – Nov. 24, 2018

Memorial service for Ju­lie Nielsen-Fuhrmann will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at Lutheran Church of Peace in Maplewood. Visitation will be one hour before service at the church.
Julie Nielsen-Fuhrmann was born Oct. 1, 1951 to Elmer and Edith (Eskov) Nielsen in Tyler. She was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. She at­tended school in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1969. After high school, she went on to re­ceive her Bachelor’s De­gree in Home Economics from Mankato State Uni­versity in 1973.
On Dec. 11, 1982, Ju­lie married Frederick Fuhrmann at Danebod Lutheran Church. They had two sons, Aaron and Christopher. After mar­riage, Julie and Fred made their home in Marshall.
After moving to Wood­bury in 1994, Julie began working at the Minnesota State Department of Edu­cation. She earned her Master’s Degree from Con­cordia University, St. Paul, in 2008. She worked for the Department of Educa­tion for 20 years and re­tired in January 2018.
She enjoyed serving her church communities by teaching and as superin­tendent of Sunday School at Lutheran Church of Peace. Julie was an avid reader, baker, seamstress, homemaker and garden­er. She always made her house a home and wel­comed visitors with deli­cious food and coffee.
On Saturday, Nov. 24, Ju­lie Ann Nielsen-Fuhrmann died peacefully and sur­rounded by family at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.
She is survived by her husband Frederick and son Christopher; brother Alan and wife Susan of Richfield; sister-in-law Jan Nielsen of Tyler; nephews and nieces: Scott and wife Tara Nielsen of Moorhead; Shanna and husband Todd Kooker of Spencer, Iowa and their sons Chase, Blake and Zachary; Sara and hus­band Allan Mortensgaard of Holstebro, Denmark and their children McKen­sie and Kayden; and Will Nielsen and Lisa Nielsen of Richfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roger, and her son Aaron.
Memorials preferred to Lutheran Church of Peace, 47 Century Ave S, Maple­wood, MN 55119

Merle Hansen

November 21, 2018

obit Hansen MerleNov. 19, 1933 – Nov. 11, 2018

MERLE HANSEN, age 84, of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Avera Tyler Hospital. Visi­tation was Thursday, Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m. with Prayer Service and Sharing of Memories at 6:30 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Funeral service was Friday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, with interment in Dane­bod Lutheran Cemetery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home-Tyler Chapel was entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Merle’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.
Merle Daniel Hansen was born Nov. 19, 1933 to Glen and Mildred “Molly” (Meyer) Hansen in Tyler. He was baptized in Tracy in 1935 and later con­firmed at First English Lu­theran Church in Tyler. He attended school in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1952. On Sept. 5, 1954 Merle mar­ried Shirley Christensen at Danebod Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with three daughters and 64 years of life together. He was a lifelong resident of Tyler. After high school he started working part-time at Lyon-Lincoln Elec­tric in Tyler and retired from there 45 years later as Lineman Superinten­dent. He was diagnosed with cancer in October of this year, and on Nov. 11, Merle died at Avera Tyler Hospital, eight days before his 85th birthday.
Merle was a lifelong member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, where he had served as Church President, usher, and choir member. He was a charter member of Tyler Lions Club and a member of Tyler Kiwanis. He served on the Tyler Golf Club board, delivered Meals on Wheels, and used his woodworking skills to create donations for com­munity causes. He enjoyed flower and vegetable gar­dening and yardwork, golf, fishing, hunting, bowling, woodworking, and playing Liars Dice with his morn­ing coffee group. Merle will be remembered for his quick wit and caring nature, a gentle protective love of family and friends, and a deep love of his wife of 64 years. He was strong spiritually, physically and mentally, and loved the outdoors and sports. He enjoyed the Danish Christ­mas tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Shirley; his daughters, Nancy Hagmann of the Twin Cities, Vicki (Greg) Goblirsch of Prior Lake, and Karla Grams (fiancee, Jeff Hayes) of Phoenix, Ari­zona; three siblings, Dale (Jane) Hansen of Ankeny, Iowa, Steve (Ann) Han­sen of Cold Spring, and Kathi (Mic) VanDeVere of Tyler; six grandchildren, Gretchen O’Keefe-Ricci, Justin O’Keefe, Kyle Gob­lirsch, Corey Goblirsch, Hunter Grams and Jordyn Grams; nine great-grand­children, Treyton Bixby, Kyla O’Keefe, Brayden Goblirsch, Lukas Ricci, Jaxsen O’Keefe, Adelynn Goblirsch, Leah Ricci, Mar­garet “Maggie” Goblirsch and George Goblirsch; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Molly; two sis­ters, Jeanne Larson and Di­ane Zandt; and a brother, Rick Hansen.
Memorials may be di­rected to the American Cancer Society or First English Lutheran Church.

Richard Halsne

November 21, 2018

Nov. 19, 1941 – Nov. 14, 2018

Richard Halsne, age 76 of Ruthton, died Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Richard Raymond Halsne was born to Earl and Carol (Kuhlman) Halsne on Nov. 19, 1941 in Fountain Prai­rie Township, Pipestone County.
Richard is survived by his children, Randy (Judy) Hal­sne of Joliet, Illinois, David Halsne of Holland, and Lori Halsne of Luverne; daugh­ter-in-law Kris Halsne of Ruthton; six grandchildren and three great-grandchil­dren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Dale, and infant grand­son Justin Halsne.
A gathering of friends and family was held Sat­urday, Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m. at the Ruthton Community Center, with a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. A pri­vate family interment will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Fu­neral Home-Tyler Chapel. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.

Merle Hansen

November 15, 2018

Nov. 19, 1933 – Nov. 1, 2018

Merle Hansen, age 84 of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11 at Avera Tyler Hos­pital.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service and Sharing of Memories at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Funeral service will be Fri­day, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Interment will be in Danebod Lutheran Cem­etery in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home– Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Merle’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.