Darlene DeGroat

April 2, 2020

July 15, 1950 – March 28, 2020

Darlene B. DeGroat, age 69 of Balaton, died Sat­urday, March 28 at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.
Due to current guide­lines from the Centers for Disease Control and Pre­vention and the Minnesota Executive Stay at Home Order, ceremonies for Dar­lene will be held at a later date.
Please consider shar­ing a thought, memory, or photo on Darlene’s Trib­ute Wall at http://www. hartquistfuneral.com or reaching out to her fam­ily directly. Your words of comfort and support are very appreciated during this difficult time.
Hartquist Funeral Home –Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments.

Eldon Schmidt

March 27, 2020

April 16, 1933 – March 17, 2020

Eldon John Schmidt, age 86 of Lake Benton, died Tuesday, March 17 at Pip­estone County Hospice House in Pipestone. A pri­vate family memorial ser­vice will be held. Arrange­ments have been entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Chapel. To leave online condolences or view Eldon’s full life history, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Eldon John Schmidt was born April 16, 1933 to John and Elsie (Harder) Schmidt in Lake Benton. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Rasmusen on Nov. 2, 1952 at Betha­nia Lutheran Church in Solvang, California.
Eldon is survived by his children— Philip Schmidt of Lake Benton, Mona (Patrick) Haynes of Lake Benton, Jackie (Thomas) Heesch of Pipestone, Kim­berly (William) Gates of Lake Benton, and Jane (Kevin) Davenport of Van­couver, Washington; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sib­lings— Lee Steinberg of Missoula, Montana, Barb Hurd of Lake Benton, and Russell (Heidi) Schmidt of West Bend, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie and parents John and Elsie.

Agnes Thooft

March 18, 2020

obit Agnes ThooftSept. 19, 1931 – March 13, 2020

Agnes Anna Thooft, age 88 of Tyler, died Friday, March 13 at Divine Provi­dence Health Center in Ivanhoe. Memorial visita­tion was Monday, March 16, 4-7 p.m. at St. Diony­sius Catholic Church in Ty­ler with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Tues­day, March 17, 10:30 a.m. at church. Inurnment will be at St. Eloi Catholic Cem­etery in Ghent. Arrange­ments were entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To view Ag­nes’ full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuner­al.com.
Agnes Anna Thooft was born Sept. 19, 1931, to Camille and Mary (Ja­cob) Lanoue on a farm in Underwood Township of Redwood County. She was baptized at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan, and received First Communion and was Confirmed at St. Mi­chael’s Catholic Church in Milroy. She grew up on a farm south of Milroy and attended school in Mil­roy and Tracy, graduating from Milroy High School in 1949. She helped on the family farm until she mar­ried Etienne “E.R.” Thooft at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Feb. 9, 1955. Their union was blessed with 11 children and 65 years of life together. The couple farmed and raised their family in Island Lake Township of Lyon County. In 1993 they retired and moved to Tyler. On Fri­day, March 13, Agnes died peacefully at Divine Provi­dence Health Center in Ivanhoe at the age of 88 years, five months and 24 days.
Agnes was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. She served as an usher, Eucharistic minister, and was involved with the Council of Catho­lic Women. She helped deliver Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, making blan­kets for grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, and traveling to Belgium, France and Holland. She especially enjoyed time spent with family.
Agnes is lovingly re­membered by her husband E.R.; nine children— Diane (Dan) Vercruysse of Tyler, Yvonne (Mike) Sontag of Minneota, John (Lorie) Thooft of Marshall, Duane (Judy) Thooft of Arco, Mar­gie Thooft of Rapid City, South Dakota, Bernard (Marcia) Thooft of Clay Center, Kansas, Fran (Sher­ry) Thooft of Beaver City, Nebraska, Daryl Thooft of Ghent, and Joyce (Keith) Louwagie of St. Joseph; 34 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; her siblings— Leonard Lanoue of Tracy, George Lanoue of Marshall, Robert (Judy) Lanoue of Mora, Vincent (Jeanette) Lanoue of Tracy, and Ernest (Liz) Lanoue of Ivanhoe; and many other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Roger and Timothy; grandchil­dren Stephen Vercruysse and Brianna Thooft; three sisters, Alice Laleman, Adeline Meulebroeck and Arlene McCoy; and two brothers, Joseph and Den­nis Lanoue.
Blessed be her memory.

Phyllis Moberg

March 12, 2020

obit Phyllis MobergOct. 26, 1926 – March 3, 2020

Phyllis Nadine Moberg, age 93 of Marshall, peace­fully went to be with her beautiful Savior on Tues­day, March 3, at her home in Marshall with her lov­ing husband and children by her side. Celebration for Phyllis was 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Liv­ing Word Lutheran Church in Marshall. Private inter­ment will be at a later date in the Marshall Cemetery. Visitation was 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Liv­ing Word Lutheran Church in Marshall.
Phyllis Nadine (Nelson) Moberg was born Oct. 26, 1926 in Tyler to N.P. and Johanna Nelson. She grew up in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1945. She further studied music and piano and was a medical receptionist at the Tyler Clinic for several prominent doctors. This is where she met Mr. Jerry Moberg, the love of her life.
They were married Oct. 22, 1948. The couple lived in Marshall, where she was employed with Stone’s Ready-To-Wear clothing for a short time before Jerry was called to service in the Medical Battalion at Camp Rucker, Alabama, for the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. They lived for two years in Alabama before returning to Mar­shall. As Jerry joined his father in business, Phyllis returned to Stone’s Cloth­ing.
Phyllis was an active member of Christ United Presbyterian Church in Marshall, active with the Presbyterian Women, and sang in the church choir for 40 years. Through the years, Phyllis helped with Meals On Wheels, was a member of the General Foundation of Women’s Study Club, member of the National Association of Women’s Business Or­ganization, and was very active in the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Hu­manities Council. Phyllis also volunteered for the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council (MAFAC). Much of her time was lovingly spent welcoming new­comers to town, starting with the Welcome Wagon, and later starting her own business called Welcome Home. She loved and en­joyed people no matter their status, but most of all she loved family. Phyllis loved to host friends, play the piano, and sing for her family and other friends and their families, whom she treasured so much. She was very passionate about music, theater, arts, gardening, interior deco­rating, traveling, and en­tertaining.
Phyllis leaves a legacy of humanity that will carry on her memory for years. She will be remembered for her vivacious character, sincere and warm person­ality, and her gentle and compassionate outlook on life. She approached life with outstretched arms and had a hug ready for everyone, from any walk of life. She was a source of endless maternal inspira­tion to her son and daugh­ters and a loving Nana to her grandchildren. Phyllis was many things to many people, yet she only had one hero, her husband Jerry. For over 71 years, they have been the perfect complement, a true bring­ing together of heart and soul. She always wanted others to share in the ex­citement of life. She left a spark, an impression on all who knew her, and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Jerry Moberg of Marshall; three children— Barry Moberg of Spicer, Cynthia (Brian) Pfeiffer of Marshall, and Michelle (Rob) Howat of Maple Plain; five grandchildren— Laura (Travis) Andries, Hannah Pfeiffer, Colin Pfe­iffer, Benjamin Nelson and Mikaela Yager-Moberg; great-granddaughter Charlotte Jo Andries; sister Carol Nielsen of Ft. Myers, Florida; nieces and neph­ews, other relatives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jo­hanna and Nels Nelson, sister Irma Mattson, and brother Don Nelson.
Memorials are preferred to the GR and Phyllis Moberg Scholarship Fund (in care of SMSU), Prairie Home Hospice of Mar­shall, MAFAC (Marshall Area Fine Arts Council), or Hope Harbor in Marshall. A special thank you for all the wonderful care she re­ceived from Prairie Home Hospice and her caregiver, Jamie.
Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall available online at www.hamiltonfh.com.

June Stanton

March 12, 2020

obit June StantonJune 12, 1924 – March 3, 2020

June Stanton, age 95 of Russell, died Tuesday, March 3 at Heritage Pointe Senior Living in Marshall. Memorial services were 11 a.m. Monday, March 9 at Grace First Parish in Russell. Private interment will be at a later date in the Russell Cemetery. Visi­tation was 3-5 p.m. Sun­day, March 8 at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, with a prayer service is at 4 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the ser­vice on Monday, March 9, 10-11 a.m. at the church in Russell.
June Wigton was born June 12, 1924 to Lewis and Lydia “Liddie” (Lee) Wigton in Lake Wilson. She was baptized in the Christian faith and attend­ed country school. June worked at a toy factory, the egg plant, and was a farm girl before she met Mr. Robert Stanton.
On Sept. 22, 1946, June and Robert were united in marriage in Slayton. The couple made their home in Pipestone and Lynd before settling in Russell in 1951. They raised four children as June served as loving mother, devoted housewife, and jack-of-all-trades. She was a master at accomplishing whatever her family needed and did so with love.
June was member of the Russell American Legion Auxiliary, where she was Chaplain, and was a long-time member of Grace First Parish, where she served on the Ladies Aid. Her enjoyments in life in­cluded fishing, gardening, squaredancing, playing cards, and cooking. Her family was everything to her and she cherished the time spent with them.
June Stanton died March 3 in Marshall. She had reached the age of 95 years, eight months and 20 days. Blessed be her memory.
June is survived by her four children— Barbara Williams of Russell, Matt (Linda) Stanton of Rus­sell, Carroll (Mary) Stan­ton of Lynd, and Cathy (Marlin) Besse of Garvin; nine grandchildren—Sta­cy (Sarah) Stanton, Becky (Jim) Burns, Jay Williams, Crystal (Kevin) Rud, Carrie Johnston, Meghan (Den­nis) DeBolt, Troy Stan­ton (Laura Jones), Dawn Kunkel, and Wendy (Pat) Goltz; 14 great-grandchil­dren and one great-great-grandson; sisters-in-law Gladys Knapper of Slayton and Betty Stanton of Pip­estone; nieces and neph­ews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lew­is and Liddie Wigton; her husband Robert Stanton; three grandchildren— Jen­nifer Stanton, Christopher Stanton and Ryan Besse; son-in-law Larry Williams; and her six brothers and four sisters.
Memorials are preferred to Avera Hospice in Mar­shall.
Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. Guest book and tribute wall available online at www.hamiltonfh.com.

Myrna Johnson

March 12, 2020

Myrna J. Johnson, age 82 of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Monday, March 9 at Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler.
A funeral service will be held Friday, March 13, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Lake Benton Chapel. To view Myrna’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com

Margaret Habben

March 5, 2020

Margaret Patricia Hab­ben, age 93 of Balaton, died peacefully on Sunday, March 1 at Boulder Creek Assisted Living in Mar­shall.
A visitation will be held Thursday, March 5, 10-11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Balaton. Funer­al service will follow on Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Russell City Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To sign an online registry or read Margaret’s life his­tory, please visit www.hartquistfuneralhome.com.

James Gladis, Sr.

March 5, 2020

obit James Gladis 2Aug. 13, 1936 – Feb. 27, 2020

James “Jim” Gladis, Sr., age 83 of Arco, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27 at Heritage Point Senior Living in Marshall. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at St. John Cantius Catho­lic Church in Wilno, with Father Ron Huberty cele­brating. Burial will be held at a later date in the Arco Cemetery, Arco. Visitation will be Saturday, March 7, 9:30-11 a.m. at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
James “Jim” Gladis, Sr. was born Aug. 13, 1936 in rural Ivanhoe, to Joseph, Sr. and Helen (Radtke) Gladis. Jim lived most of his life in Ivanhoe, Ghent and Arco. He resided at Heritage Point Senior Liv­ing in Marshall since De­cember 2018, where he passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Jim worked hard as a farmer, truck driver, con­struction and back to farm­ing. Some of his employ­ers were Appleton Silo Co., Robert L. Carr Construc­tion and Buller Farms. Upon retiring, Jim took on the duty of patrolling the City of Arco and Lake Stay Park, day and night. He is missed in this role.
Jim was very proud and dedicated father, a loving grandfather, son, brother, favorite uncle and good friend. He will be remem­bered for his great sense of humor, (BS-ing), telling jokes, teasing and visiting with everyone. He was al­ways there to lend a hand to anyone who asked, and during retirement, drive slow enough to enjoy ev­erything around him. Jim’s motto could be, “if you’re driving 10 mph, you’re driving too fast.” Jim had a love of Country music and often sang his favorite songs to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his children— Kirsty (Craig) Deslauriers, James Jr. (Becky Leibfried) Gladis, Shirly (Hammerlink) Gladis, Mitch (Janet Gram­stad) Gladis, Steve (Rocia Mendez) Gladis, Mary (Pat­rick) O’Reilly, Tom (Denise Halling) Gladis and Scott (Jenn Short) Gladis; 26 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings— Lorraine Reiter, Irene (Willard) Goodmundson, Ione Voss, Roseann (Da­vid) Halfmann and Joyce (Dwaine) Evans; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his son Lee Gladis in 1997; grandchildren Jennifer Gladis and Cory Gladis; his parents, broth­ers, sister-in-law, broth­ers-in-law and nephews.

John Sorensen

March 5, 2020

obit John SorensenMay 30, 1941 – Feb. 11, 2020

John K. Sorensen of Sun City, Arizona passed away on Feb. 11 of heart failure. His wife Sheila was by his side.
John was born in Refu­gio, Texas. He was a gradu­ate of Tyler High School, a graduate of Grandview Jr. College in Des Moines, Iowa, and a graduate of the U of M-Minneapolis. John worked for Sears Manage­ment in Minneapolis and Chicago, Illinois for 25 years and retired in 1990. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1998 as a Chief Petty Officer, after serv­ing 24 years— two years active duty and 22 years in the Naval Reserve Unit, Great Lakes, Illinois.
In 2003, John and his wife Sheila moved from Schaumburg, Illinois to Sun City, Arizona for the winter months. Summer months were spent on their boat on Lake Michi­gan and later in a home in Crivitz, Wisconsin.
In 2015, John and Sheila became full-time residents of Sun City. Hobbies for John were motorcycling with friends, golfing, boat­ing, hunting, trap shooting, fishing, traveling and, most of all, his 2005 Corvette. He was an avid fan of all foot­ball and basketball events. John was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Elks, the American Legion, the Sun City Corvette Club and a volunteer with the Sun City Prides for 10 years.
John is survived by his wife of 56 wonderful years, Sheila (Schardin) Sorensen. He could always make her laugh and put everything in perspective. Other survivors include his brother Tom of Fort Mill, South Carolina; Tom’s wife Valerie and their sons Christopher and Trever; Trever’s wife Heather and their two children; neph­ews Joshua Schardin of Sanibel Island, Florida, and Matt Schardin of Al­bany, New York.
John was preceded in death by his parents Har­old J. and Evelyn Sorensen, and his in-laws, Elmer and Fern Schardin.
A memorial service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19 at the National Memo­rial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Arrangements by Menke Funeral and Cre­mation Center; condolenc­es may be shared at www.menkefuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, dona­tions can be made to The Sun Health Foundation, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Sur­prise, AZ 85374.

Wayne Anderson

February 27, 2020

obit W. Anderson for websiteMarch 6, 1943 – Feb. 17, 2020

Pastor Wayne W. Ander­son, age 76 of White Bear Lake, passed away peace­fully on Feb. 17.
Visitation was Monday, Feb. 24, 4-8 p.m. at Sand­berg Funeral Home, North St. Paul. Funeral service was Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church in St. Paul, with visitation one hour prior. There will be private in­terment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery .
Wayne was born March 6, 1943 in St. Paul to Wil­bur and Marcella Ander­son. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Tyler, and Northeast Bap­tist Church in White Bear Lake.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife Sharon; chil­dren Steven (Kristin), Joel (Lisa) and DeNean Tisell; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Darlene (Jack) Huppert.
Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant.
Sandberg Family Funer­al Home assisted the fam­ily with arrangements.