James Jensen

January 9, 2020

obit Jim JensenFeb. 20, 1947 – Jan. 3, 2020

James Carl Jensen, age 72 of Tyler, passed away Friday, Jan. 3 at the Tyler Healthcare Cen­ter. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 7, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funer­al service will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. at Danebod Lu­theran Church in Tyler. Inter­ment will follow at Danebod Lutheran Cemetery. To view Jim’s life history or sign an on­line registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
James Carl Jensen was born Feb. 20, 1947, to Raymond and Hazel (Hansen) Jensen.He was raised on the farm and attended school in Tyler, where he graduated from Ty­ler Public High School in 1965. During his childhood, he was a member of the 4-H club and enjoyed working with his fam­ily’s square-dancing horses. Throughout his high school career, he was very passion­ate about sports including football, basketball, and base­ball. He even went on to play collegiate football at Concor­dia College in Moorhead prior to returning to assist on the family farm. He was a great dancer, and was a member of the theater group during his college years, as well.
Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army on Sept. 24, 1969, and went on to serve in Vietnam. Jim was united in marriage to Joyce Drake on Sept. 5, 1970, in Tyler. He furthered his edu­cation by studying masonry construction at the Pipestone Vocational School and earned his degree in 1973. Jim start­ed his own business, Jensen Masonry Construction, which he operated for over 40 years prior to his retirement in 2012. In addition to his ca­reer, it brought Jim great joy to brick his daughters’ homes. Jim took great pride in his work and attention to detail. On Friday, Jan. 3, Jim passed away at the Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 72 years, 10 months, and 14 days.
Jim and Joyce were look­ing forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary in nine months. His family was very important to him and he truly adored his grandchildren. Some of his favorite memo­ries were made on family va­cations and playing cribbage at family holidays. Jim also valued his family history and kept family memories alive by sharing stories. Jim’s love of sports continued into adult­hood, in addition to watching the Discovery Channel, he spent many hours watching and supporting all Minnesota sports teams. He appreciated the outdoors and could often be found gardening, maple sapping, fishing, or hunting. Jim was a talented card player and also enjoyed working on sudoku puzzles. His fam­ily will always remember his ability to teach those around him, his solid handshake, and his love of pistachios and ice cream.
Jim and Joyce were mem­bers of Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Jim was proud to have been able to use his talents of bricklaying on the Danebod Church sign, Dane­bod Cemetery entrances, and several area community and church projects. Jim’s mission trip to New Orleans to help with hurricane relief was a very impactful event in his life. Jim was active on bowl­ing and golf leagues, as well as organizing, sponsoring, and playing on the Tyler Fast Pitch Team in the early 1980s. Jim was a member and past president of the Lions Club. He was also a member of the New Vista Housing Board since its origination in 1976. He served on the Tyler Lum­ber Board, Danebod Village Board, Danebod Folk School Board, and the Danebod Cem­etery Board.
He is survived by his wife Joyce of Tyler; daughters— Stephanie (Joel) Lorsung of Pine City, Karie (Steve) Rutz of Mankato, and Karissa (Matthew) Winter of Cleve­land; eight grandchildren—Hannah Marie Lorsung, Ali­son Cassandra Rutz, Katelyn Marie Lorsung, Leia Korine Rutz, Jocelyn Marie Lorsung, Emmett James Rutz, Gwen­dolyn Rae Winter and Kasyn Rae Winter; sister Susan (Mi­chael) Thompson of Bagley; siblings-in-law Clair (Deanna) Drake, Noreen (Ken) Grunig and Debbie (Gunnar) Tous­saint; nieces and nephews Darice (Jason) Nielsen, Chad (Renae) Drake, Daynica (Pat­rick) Brown, Cade (Amanda) Drake, Megan (Bill) Reyn­olds, Mitchell (Brittany) Grunig, Mackenze (Meredith) Grunig, Zachary Toussaint, Klae (Kristi) Thompson, Kole (Yumiko) Thompson, Kelsie Thompson, and Kase (Tonya) Thomspon; great-nieces and nephews Ashlyn and William Henry III Reynolds, Kamryn, Kiptyn and Kaliana Thomp­son, Jayce, Zachary, Shane and Kaley Thompson, Jaden and Nichole Chesley, and Lexi, Kira and Domanick Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Betty Drake.
Memorials are preferred to Danebod Cemetery, where Jim was an active board mem­ber and the current ground­skeeper.

James Anderson

January 9, 2020

obit Jim Anderson IMG_6138April 21, 1933 – Dec. 28, 2019

Jim Anderson, age 86 of Lake Benton, died peace­fully while surrounded by family at his home on Dec. 28, 2019. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 3, 4-6 p.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. at church. Private family interment will occur at a later date. Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home–Lake Benton Chapel. To view Jim’s full life history or sign an on­line registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
James Richard Anderson passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones on Dec. 28, 2019, at the age of 86 years, eight months, and nine days. He was born April 21, 1933, in Lake Benton, to Elmer and Margaret An­derson. Jim was the oldest of three children, followed by Donna and Charles. Jim grew up with a great appreciation for the out­doors and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1951, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Soon af­ter enlisting, he was sta­tioned in Europe, resulting in three years serving his country in Germany and England during the Korean War. Jim took advantage of any given leave during his service to travel Europe, with his only communica­tion back home during this time in the form of written letters to his family.
Upon returning home to Lake Benton in 1956, Jim met his lifelong sweet­heart, Margret Persoon. The two were joined in marriage in April 1957, and spent over 62 years loving each other. As Jim liked to say, “more than 60 years with the same woman, can you believe it?!”—but anyone who knew Jim knows that no one else could have kept up with him (or kept him in line!) as well as Margret did, and no one could have loved Margret as much as Jim did.
The two were blessed with four children—Cindy, Richard, Deborah and Su­san. Jim’s value of a strong work ethic showed in his years of service at Hick’s Oil in Pipestone from 1957 until his retirement in 1995. When he wasn’t working, Jim dedicated time to his passion for the outdoors and his family. He spent many seasons on Lake Benton fishing or in the woods trapping and hunting. If he wasn’t out on an adventure with his hunting partner, Rick, he was bringing home a new pet for Sue or Deb to play with.
In addition to his appre­ciation for the outdoors, Jim was always connected to his roots in Lake Ben­ton. He was an active par­ticipant in his community, whether it was serving smoked bullhead he pre­pared for Legion mem­bers following the Saddle Horse Holiday Parade or “adopting” grandkids in the neighborhood from his front porch. If something was going on in or around town, Jim would be one of the first to know—especially if it involved a good story or a decent fishing report. If the lis­tener stuck around, they might have heard Jim tell the story to a new audi­ence, but this time, the fish suddenly grew in size. If you listened close enough to a Jim story, you either learned a lesson about life or ended up laughing—his best stories had both.Jim’s knack for storytell­ing remains perhaps one of his grandchildren’s fa­vorite things about him. If he wasn’t entertaining the grandkids with a (usually “tall”) tale, he was talking about his grandchildren to anyone who would listen.
Jim cherished his time with his grandchildren; whether it was testing their “eagle eye” on a drive to look at nature, or taking them out on a “wienie roast” at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park, he took every opportunity to impart wisdom and never missed a chance to tease his grandkids.
In the end, the thing Jim was most proud of was his family and the love they shared. During large fam­ily gatherings, Jim would often look at Margret with a twinkle in his bright blue eyes, accompanied by a small smile, and quietly say, “Can you believe we started all this?”
He might have been too humble to admit it, but to his family, this 6’4” giant with a heart of gold and wit as sharp as a tack was our hero, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Margret; son Rick (Janis) of New Hope; daughter Sue (George) Robinson of Rob­binsdale; grandchildren Crystal, Justin, Alyssa, Jade (Josiah), Maddi, Sierra and George; and four great grandchildren—Chloe, Peyton, Ari and Aaron. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna, his daughters Cindy and Deb, and granddaughter Shelby.

Joan Votava

January 9, 2020

obit Joan VotavaSept. 5, 1946 – Jan. 1, 2020

Joan Votava, age 73 of Marshall, died Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Avera Morning­side Heights Care Center in Marshall. Memorial ser­vices were 11 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 6 at Living Word Lutheran Church in Mar­shall. Following a recep­tion, interment took place in the Hamlin Reformed Church Cemetery near Castlewood, South Da­kota. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. A prayer service was scheduled for 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service on Monday, Jan. 6, 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Joan Beth Lee was born Sept. 5, 1946, in Water­town, South Dakota, to parents Robert and Ruth (Sikkink) Lee. She was baptized as an infant in the Reformed Church and grew up near Castlewood, South Dakota. Joan attend­ed country school, then graduated from Brookings High School with the Class of 1964 before continu­ing her education at South Dakota State University, graduating in 1968 with a home economics degree.
On March 29, 1975, Joan was united in marriage to Donald Votava in Brook­ings, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Owen, Wisconsin, be­fore moving to Marshall in 1976. They built their current house the follow­ing year and raised two daughters there, Jana and Alison. In addition to being a loving mother and wife, Joan taught preschool in the ECFE program for many years. She then be­gan to work in customer service for Schwan’s, retir­ing in 2013.
Joan was active in the Christian Women’s Fellow­ship and attended many Bible studies. She enjoyed scrapbooking, card-mak­ing, flower arranging, and made hundreds of bows for gifts, weddings and other events.
Joan Votava went to be with the Lord on Jan. 1 in Marshall, at the age of 73 years, four months, and 27 days. Blessed be her memory.
Joan is survived by her husband Don Votava of Marshall; daughters Jana Votava (Darwin Towne) of Marshall and Alison Vota­va of Forest Lake; grand­children Elise Meseck, Ab­igail Vogel, Brenna Vogel, Corbin Vogel and Delaynie Vogel; mother Ruth Lee of Balaton; sisters Cheryl (Curt) Friese of Balaton and Linda Ozkan of Solana Beach, California; sister-in-law Julie Lee of Scotts­bluff, Nebraska; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Robert Lee, Sr., and two brothers, David Paul and Robert Lee, Jr.

George Dubbeldee

December 24, 2019

obit Dubbeldee PhotoFeb. 1, 1924 – Dec. 11, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial for George Dubbeldee, age 95 of Marshall, was 10:30 a.m. Mon­day, Dec. 16 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 15, 4-6:30 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Ser­vice at 6:30 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation contin­ued Monday, 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with military honors followed the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.
George Arnold Dubbeldee was born Feb. 1, 1924, on the family farm in Marshfield Township of Lincoln County to Richard “Dick” and Anna (Schreurs) Dubbeldee. He was a member of St. Diony­sius Catholic Church in Tyler until moving to Marshall in 1995, where he attended Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. George attended ru­ral country school and gradu­ated from Tyler High School in 1941. He farmed with his father and brother until he was called to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. George served with the 27th Infantry Division on Okinawa and was among the early oc­cupation troops in Japan fol­lowing the war. In November 1945, he was transferred to General Headquarters in To­kyo, where he served as a Staff Sergeant in General Douglas MacArthur’s Honor Guard. He was a part of the security detail at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo until he returned home to the farm on Nov. 15, 1946.
On Aug. 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Bea­trice Drietz at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. To this union was born a son and three daughters—Rich­ard “Rick,” Debra, Jill and Joy. George was Post Commander and a continuous member of the American Legion in Ty­ler since 1946. He served on the Tyler Lumber Company Board of Directors and be­longed to the Tyler Knights of Columbus. He loved reading, old-time music, playing rolle bolle, horse shoes and watch­ing sports on TV. He especially enjoyed pro football and play­ing cards at the Senior Center.
George died Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Avera Marshall Re­gional Medical Center in Mar­shall. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice; children Rick (and Angela) Dubbeldee of Tyler, Debra (and Larry Nielsen) of Stewartville, Jill (and Tom Kuhn) of St. Joseph, and Joy (and Peter Hellie) of Hanley Falls; four grandsons, four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters; sister Gladys (and Ken) Stassen of Faribault; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his par­ents and four brothers—Ed­ward, Lawrence, Melvin and Raymond.
Arrangements were with Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Directors of Marshall.

Ron Borchert

December 18, 2019

obit Borchert squareOct. 13, 1933 – Dec. 13, 2019

Ron Borchert, long-time area coach and teacher, passed away Friday, Dec. 13 at his home in Balaton in the care of his family and Prairie Home Hospice. Private fam­ily services will be held, with burial at Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton at a later date. On­line condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralser­vice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the fam­ily with arrangements. The family requests no flowers, but memorials may be made in Ron’s name to the Balaton Historical Society, Tracy Area Animal Rescue, or Prairie Home Hospice.
Ron was born Oct. 13, 1933 in Jordan to Wallace and Rose (Wirth) Borchert, the third of eight children. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. The family lived in Jordan until 1949, when they moved to Mankato. Ron graduated from Mankato High School in 1951 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served his coun­try honorably as a yeoman aboard the U.S.S. Worcester during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he enrolled in Mankato State University where he met his future wife, JoAnn Tenhoff. They were married Aug. 17, 1957 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. After Ron’s college graduation in 1958, they were both offered teach­ing contracts in Balaton, the town they have called home for over 60 years. Ron spent his entire teaching/coaching career in Balaton and was well-liked and respected by all he came in contact with. Upon retirement, Ron contin­ued substitute teaching and for a 10-year period managed the Tracy Country Club. The Borcherts spent many win­ters in Arizona, where Ron could indulge in his favor­ite pastime, playing golf. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, volunteer work, all sports activities and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, JoAnn; his children—Steve (Wendy), his best friend and favorite golf­ing buddy, and their children Karissa, Mark, Ashley, Jeremy and Lauren; Rebecca (Gregg) Bakker and their children Isaac (Kirsti), Eve (Mike Boa­heng), Jacob (Stephanie), and Caleb (Rachel); and Sarah (Rob) Sloan and their children Ben and Brady; great-grand­children Ellis Flies, Lilli and Kelsi Bakker, Isabelle, Abigail, and Christopher Boaheng, and Malakai Bakker. He also leaves siblings Mildred Egan, Alan, Clayton (Mary), Dale, and Pam Brooks. In addition, he leaves sisters-in-law JoAnn and Alice Borchert, brother-in-law Chuck Tenhoff, spe­cial grandson Brady Flies, nephews, nieces, former stu­dents, players, colleagues and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by brothers Wallace and Curtis; brothers-in-law Jerry Brooks, Gene Tenhoff, and Alan Tenhoff; sisters-in-law Joan and JoAnn Borchert; and great-granddaughter Anni Bakker.
Blessed be his memory.

Dick Johnson

December 18, 2019

Sept. 28, 1937 – Dec. 5, 2019

Dick A. Johnson, age 82, passed away Dec. 5 in Sur­prise, Arizona. A Memorial Service was held Monday, Dec. 9 at Yarnell Commu­nity Presbyterian Church in Yarnell, Arizona.
Dick was born Sept. 28, 1937 at home in Coon Creek Township. He mar­ried Marlys Bruns on July 16, 1960; they made their home in Shelburne Town­ship area. They came to Arizona in 1986.
Dick was preceded in death by his son Dean Johnson in 1988 and grandson Seth Johnson in 2019. He is survived by his wife Marlys of Congress, Arizona; son Jody (Lisa) Johnson of Lake Crystal; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Leigh Swanson

December 12, 2019

obit Swanson Radio EditSept. 22, 1946 – Dec. 3, 2019

Leigh Swanson, age 73 of Russell, passed away Tues­day, Dec. 3. Funeral Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Grace First Parish in Rus­sell. Interment followed in the Russell Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Grace First Parish in Russell.
Leigh Vale Schuchard was born to Reynold and Edna (Stuefen) Schuchard on Sept. 22, 1946 in Hendricks. She was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Peace Unit­ed Church of Christ in Elkton, South Dakota. Leigh gradu­ated from Verdi High School, graduating with the class of 1964.
On Sept. 26, 1964, Leigh was united in marriage to Vernon Swanson at the Evan­gelical Peace United Church of Christ in Elkton. The couple made their home on a beau­tiful acreage outside Russell, and raised three children. Leigh was a loving homemak­er and mother and helped Vernon raise horses before they moved into Russell in 1998. The couple was mar­ried over 55 years.
Leigh was a long-time mem­ber of Grace Lutheran Church (now Grace First Parish) in Russell, where she was a Cir­cle member. Her enjoyments in life included time spent at the lake, caring for her flower garden, crafts, turning her ga­rage sale finds into treasures, and supporting her children and grandchildren.
Leigh Swanson passed away Dec. 3 in Tyler, at the age of 73 years, two months, and 11 days. Blessed be her memory.
Leigh is survived by her loving husband, Vernon Swanson of Russell; chil­dren— Tara (and TJ) Law of Brandon, South Dakota, Russ (and Nancy) Swanson of Ab­erdeen, South Dakota, and Troy Swanson of Harrisburg, South Dakota; four grandchil­dren— Tasha Chapman, Teya Berndt, Rex Swanson and Trinity Law; four great-grand­children— Briley, Ella, Sophie and Blayke; her special dog Bella; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Leigh was preceded in death by her parents Reynold and Edna Schuchard, and her brother Dale Schuchard.
Arrangements by the Ham­ilton Funeral Home in Mar­shall. Guest book and tribute wall available online at www. hamiltonfh.com.

Leila Teeselink

November 27, 2019

obit Leila TeeselinkApril 2, 1932 – Nov. 19, 2019

Leila Teeselink, age 87 of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 5-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Nov. 27, 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Holland Cemetery in Holland. Hartquist Funeral Home – Ty­ler Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Leila Teeselink was born April 2, 1932 to Bert and Ida (Terpstra) Tinklenberg in Be­mis, South Dakota. She was baptized in May 1932 at the Bemis Reformed Church and attended rural school. She re­located to Edgerton with her family, where she continued her education and graduated in 1950. Leila was united in marriage to Alfred Teeselink on Sept. 24, 1952 in Holland. The couple farmed for a short time near Pipestone before settling in Tyler in 1953. They shared 52 wonderful years to­gether prior to May 30, 2004, when Alfred preceded her in death. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Leila passed away at Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 87 years, seven months and 17 days.
Leila was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church. She served her church by assisting in the ladies circle, church choir, and volunteer­ing for the church office. She also volunteered for her com­munity by reading to grade school children. Leila enjoyed traveling, working on cross­word puzzles and embroi­dering towels, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.
She will be remembered by her children— Deb (Terry) Denney of Ridgecrest, Cali­fornia, Bev (Lloyd) Van’t Hof of Edgerton, Rhonda (Troy) Blomme of Marshall, and Dean (Dawn) Teeselink of Dysart, Iowa; son-in-law Tom Stewart of Rapid City, South Dakota; nine grandchildren— Aimee (Trent) Urban, Wonder (Samantha) and April Marc­zak, Brett (Alecia), Jayson (Heather), and Dustin (Sara) Van’t Hof, Elijah Teeselink, and Thomas (Beth) and Temple (Kari Simonson) Stewart; 19 great-grandchildren; and sis­ters-in-law Theresa Tinklen­berg, Wilma VanderZiel, and Beverly (Jay) Pruim. She was preceded in death by her hus­band Al; her parents; daugh­ter Sandy Stewart; son-in-law Kevin Marczak; grandson Mi­chael Marczak; and two infant brothers.

Joyce Serie

November 27, 2019

obit Joyce SerieSept. 12, 1922 – Nov. 22, 2019

Joyce S. Serie, age 97 of Ty­ler, passed away Friday, Nov. 22 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Rosary will be Friday, Nov. 29, 3 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler. Visitation will follow, 3:30-7 p.m. at church with a prayer service and memory sharing at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. at church. Interment will follow at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with ar­rangements. To sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Joyce Sybil Serie was born Sept.12, 1922 to George and Susie (Mertens) Petersen of Denver Township, Rock County, near Hardwick. She grew up on a family farm with her three older broth­ers and knew the meaning of hard work at an early age. She was baptized at the Method­ist Church in Luverne. Joyce attended a one-room coun­try school, District 49, and later attended Luverne High School. Following her educa­tion, she returned home to help on the farm.
Joyce met Luverle Jerome “L.J.” Serie at the Gem Dance Hall in Hardwick. They were married on Oct. 7, 1943, in a small chapel at Fort Sill, Okla­homa, where L.J. was stationed with the U.S. Army. They re­sided in Lawton, Oklahoma and later, Gainesville, Texas. In 1944, Joyce returned home to her parents during L.J.’s de­ployment overseas. Upon his discharge in November 1945, they came back to Hardwick to farm near the Petersen’s family farm. In the ensuing years, they were blessed with 12 children as they worked the farm to make ends meet. In 1962 they moved to Tyler, and continued on with a dairy farm south of town.
In 1979, they moved from the farm into town, where Joyce worked as a cook at the Kronborg Inn for three years, then as a co-manager and cook for Danebod Village. She retired in 2001, after 18 years of serving the elderly community. In 2009, L.J. and Joyce moved into a Danebod Village apartment. After be­ing blessed with 67 years of marriage together, L.J. died in 2010. Joyce continued living in her apartment until 2013, when she moved to a small apartment in the main build­ing of Danebod Village. On May 3 she entered Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Ty­ler, where she passed away on Nov. 22 at the age of 97 years, two months and 10 days.
Joyce was a very active and devoted mother and grand­mother, taking many shifts as a daycare grandma! Her cook­ing and baking skills were top notch, with homemade bread, buns and cinnamon rolls being her specialties! She was an excellent dancer and enjoyed being led around the dance floor in L.J.’s arms. Her love, support and selflessness made her an excellent ex­ample as Mom, Grandmother, and Wife.
Joyce had a deep abiding faith in God and a wonder­ful gift of understanding and forgiveness. The family was blessed for all the prayers she offered for each of us. She was a member of St. Diony­sius Catholic Church in Tyler, where she taught CCD and was a member of the CCW group. She was also a mem­ber of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Joyce is lovingly remem­bered by her 12 children— Jerome (Bernadette) Serie of Easton, Maryland, James (Monika) Serie of Lincoln, Nebraska, Susan (Bruce) Slocum of Litchfield, Nebras­ka, Jeanne (Craig) Norgaard of Tyler, Keith (Kathy) Serie of Tyler, Carole (Ron) Carr of Tyler, Donna (Bryan) Hedlof of Spicer, Mary (Rich) Wier­ing of Tyler, Paul (Sue) Serie of Mitchell, South Dakota, Connie Freese (Ron Drew) of Baltic, South Dakota, Judy (Duane) Wichern of Tyler, and Jolene (Jamie) Becker of Brookings, South Dakota; 37 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren; and many oth­er relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband L.J., her parents, one grandson, and three brothers.

Evan Rogers

November 20, 2019

obit Evan RogersJuly 6, 1955 – Nov. 13, 2019

Evan Rogers, age 64 of Ty­ler, died Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 17, 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Private family inter­ment will be at the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm. Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Evan Rogers was born July 6, 1955, in Mitchell, South Da­kota and was thankful to have been adopted two weeks later by Ralph and Hazel (Laffey) Rogers. He lived with his fam­ily in Stickney, South Dakota for the first four years of his life. Following the death of Evan’s father, he relocated with his family to various ar­eas of the country throughout his childhood. These moves exposed him to the Pacific Northwest that always held a special place in his heart. During school, Evan was an avid athlete. Evan graduated from Mapleton High School in 1973, and went on to further his education at the Univer­sity of Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mortuary Science in 1981.
Once he earned his morti­cian’s license, he relocated to New Ulm, where he began working for the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home. Here he met Cynthia Schnichels, who just so happened to return to the area for work as well. On Dec. 22, 1984, Evan and Cyn­thia were married at The Brig in Mitchell, South Dakota. On June 29, 1985, their Nuptial Mass was held at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Searles. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye, as Cynthia grew closer to the end of her college career. In September 1988, they relocated to Tyler, where Evan began working with the Utoft Johansen Funeral Home. Evan found true mean­ing through meeting with families and guiding them through their time of loss as a funeral director. Each feeling Evan had, he felt deeply, and empathy was no exception. Evan shared his caring nature with the people and animals he worked with in his next beloved career, which he be­gan in November 1999 with Christensen Farms. He later went on to work at the swine research facility operated by Ralco prior to his retirement in December 2018.
Though work brought Evan and Cynthia to Tyler, the people kept them here. They were blessed to have many great friends with whom they shared their lives together. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Evan died unexpectedly at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 64 years, four months, and seven days.
Evan believed that we choose our families, and thus is survived by a family beyond counting or fully naming. He will be remembered by his beloved wife of almost 35 years, Cynthia Rogers of Ty­ler; son Regis (Terra) Rogers of Cincinnati, Ohio and their grandchildren, Regis and Rea­gan Rogers; parents-in-law Mathias and Avis Schnichels; siblings-in-law Brenda (Da­vid) Drill and Phil (Rochelle) Wagner, and six nieces and nephews; dear friends Stacy and Reid Jorgensen; and ex­tended families.
He is also survived by three children, Danielle, William and Melissa; and eight grand­children. He was preceded in death by his parents Hazel and Ralph Rogers.