Emma S. "Emmy" Jossart
Dec. 26, 1904 - June 8, 2000
BENSON - Emma Sophie "Emmy" Jossart, 95, of Benson died Thursday at Meadow Lane Healthcare Center in Benson.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson with the Rev. Keith Born officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, and one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Jacobson-Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
She was born Dec. 26, 1904, in Swenoda Township, Swift County, to Ole and Mina (Samsal) Holstad. She was a graduate of Benson High School and attended Minneapolis School of Business.
On April 28, 1935, she married Floyd Arthur Jossart in Benson. She was employed as a secretary in Minneapolis before returning to Benson.
She was a member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.
She is survived by her sister Mary Ann Pederson of Benson and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1994, two brothers, one in infancy, and five sisters.
Esther G. Lye
Jan. 17, 1923 - June 9, 2000
ST. CLOUD - Esther Genevieve Lye, 77, of St. Cloud died Friday at Country Manor Care Center in Sartell.
Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Westbank Cemetery in Benson.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Benson Funeral Home in St. Cloud.
She was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Glenwood to Martin O. and Helga (Halvorson) Nelson. Her mother died when she was 4 years old, and she was raised by Amos and Inga Larson.
On May 4, 1941, she married Erling Lye in Big Bend. She was employed as a secretary by St. Cloud Public School District 742 at Wilson and McKinley elementary schools.
She was a charter member of Atonement Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband; son Steve Lye of Mukilteo, Wash.; daughter Wendy Randall of Rice; sisters Orpha Wilson of Appleton, Ruth Thralow of Waite Park, Helen Skogberg of Sacred Heart; and five granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Sanford Lye, one brother and one sister.
Judith G. Rysdahl
Jan. 8, 1906 - June 3, 2000
CLARKFIELD - Judith Gjertine Rysdahl, 94, of Clarkfield died Saturday at Clarkfield Care Center.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Clarkfield Lutheran Church with the Rev. Richard Grudt, her son-in-law, officiating.
Arrangements are with Lynner Funeral Home.
She was born Jan. 8, 1906, in Thor, Iowa, to Carl and Caroline Berg. Her family moved to Clarkfield in 1911.
On March 7, 1928, she married Lewis Rysdahl.
She was a member of Clarkfield Garden Club, Clarkfield Lutheran Church and WELCA.
She is survived by her sons Alton (and Dolores), Donald (and Elna), George (and Marjorie); daughters Loretta (and Richard) Grudt, Janice (and Lowell) Sheldahl, Dorothy (and Vaughn) Marian; 25 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Harold Berg and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, twin infant sons Sherwood and Stanley, two granddaughters, parents, five brothers and four sisters.
Gunnard L. Hougen
March 6, 1922 - June 8, 2000
WILLMAR - Gunnard L. Hougen, 78, of Willmar died Thursday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar with the Rev. Sandra Hanawalt officiating. Burial will be in Cloverleaf Memorial Cemetery in Willmar. Military honors by American Legion and VFW Posts.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.
He was born March 6, 1922, in Willmar to Stella (Carlson) and Barney A. Hougen. He was a 1940 graduate of Willmar High School. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
On Sept. 12, 1947, he married Verlene J. Gauer. He was employed by Burlington Northern Railroad for more than 37 years, retiring in 1983 as yardmaster.
He was a life member of American Legion and VFW, member of Willmar Rails and Willmar Kernels baseball teams and Willmar Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Peggy Hougen of Willmar, Marcia (and Mike) Voss of Littleton, Colo., Mary Hougen (and Rick Miner) of Boynton Beach, Fla., Mickey (and Gary) Fried of Willmar, Margie (and Bruce) Deadrick of Willmar, Melinda (and Bill) Masaitis of Littleton, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; four great-grandchildren; sisters Helen (and Bud) Johnson of Willmar, Geraldine Thonvold of Willmar, Janet Setrum of Willmar and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, one grandson and one brother.
Billie M. Childers
March 25, 1910 - June 11, 2000
GLENWOOD - Billie Mary Childers, 90, of Glenwood died Sunday at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at All Saints Chapel in Glenwood Retirement Village with the Rev. James Gronewold officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the chapel. Arrangements are with Hoplin Funeral Home.
She was born March 25, 1910, in Carroll County, Ga., to Walter and Josephine (Jacks) Cook. She was employed as a telephone operator in Carrolton, Ga.
On Dec. 3, 1928, she married John Thomas Childers in Anniston, Ala. They moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1939, and in 1969 to Glenwood, where they lived on Lake Minnewaska. They moved into Glenwood in 1977.
She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Merrill; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Geraldine, son Bobby Gene, five sisters and four brothers.
Ethel E. Leenerts
May 6, 1903 - June 11, 2000
CLARKFIELD - Ethel Elnora Leenerts, 97, of Clarkfield died Sunday at Clarkfield Care Center.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Zion Lutheran Church in Tyro Township with the Rev. Randy Maland officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are with Lynner Funeral Home.
She was born May 6, 1903, in Gilead, Neb., to Henry and Mary (Rader) West.
On Feb. 1, 1922, she married George S. Leenerts. They moved March 1, 1941, from Nebraska to their farm west of Clarkfield. She entered Clarkfield Care Center Aug. 1, 1993.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and LWML.
She is survived by her children Dale (and Ethel) Leenerts of Montevideo, Betty Ostenson of Montevideo, Robert Leenerts of St. Paul, Kenneth (and Gerry) Leenerts of Clarkfield; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; sister Mary Parks of Hastings, Neb., and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, three grandsons, one great-grandson, and nine brothers and sisters.
Esther (Olson) Helgeson
July 3, 1912 - June 9, 2000
STARBUCK - Esther (Olson) Helgeson, 87, of Starbuck died Friday at Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Zion Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck with the Rev. John Malm officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons. Arrangements are with Starbuck Funeral Home.
She was born July 3, 1912, in Rolling Forks Township, Pope County, to Sigvert and Bonnie (Skarsten) Pederson. She attended school in Rolling Forks Township.
On Oct. 20, 1934, she married Chester Olson in Rolling Forks where they farmed.
She was active in 4-H, Farmers Union, Ladies Aid and Country School Mothers Club.
She is survived by her sons Charles (and Lois) Olson of Inver Grove Heights, Sanford (and Clara) Olson of Alexandria, David (and LuAnn) Olson of Benson, Neil (and Peggy) Olson of Raleigh, N.C.; daughters Beverly (and Kenneth) Fischer of Eagan, Sandra (and Kenneth) Hoff of Inver Grove Heights, Janet (and Richard) Lundebrek of Benson, Ruth (and Don) Schwanke of Buffalo, Naomi (and Fred) Anderson of Maplewood; daughter-in-law Terry Olson of Starbuck; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Chester, husband Rudy Helgeson, son Robert and one brother.
Rev. Wayne W. Mensing
Nov. 3, 1929 - June 10, 2000
MONTEVIDEO - The Rev. Wayne Warren Mensing, 70, of Montevideo died Saturday at Unity Hospital in Fridley of melanoma cancer.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bruce Kuenzel, the Rev. Bob Knutson and Bishop Stan Olson officiating. Burial will be in West Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Starbuck.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls, and one hour prior to services at the church.
He was born Nov. 3, 1929, in Minot, N.D., to Warren and Alvina (Nelson) Mensing. He was a 1947 graduate of Central High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948-52.
On Aug. 23, 1952, he married Margery Rhoads in Omaha, Neb. He was a 1956 graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree. He was employed by Northern States Power Company for 10 years. In the summer of 1966 he was admitted to Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, graduating June 1, 1969. He served as student pastor at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church. He was ordained into the ministry of the American Lutheran Church. He served at Cross of Glory of Brooklyn Center, Immanuel, Indherred and St. John's of Starbuck, and Our Savior's of Baxter and Saron of rural Montevideo. He retired in December 1995, serving as interim and visitation pastor at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. After retirement they lived in Montevideo and wintered in Indio, Calif.
He was active in the church community of St. John's of Palm Desert. He was a member of CEAP board in Brooklyn Center, Pope County Hospice chaplain, and Luther Haven Nursing Home of Montevideo board member.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Deborah (and Frank) Thompson of Mora, Paula (and Michael) Hoverud of Starbuck; three grandchildren and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
James E. Kerr
April 22, 1936 - June 9, 2000
LITCHFIELD - James Edward Kerr, 64, of Litchfield died Friday at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Church of St. Philip in Litchfield with the Rev. Peter Nosbush officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with a 6:15 p.m. Knights of Columbus service provided by P.J. Casey Council 2029, and 7 p.m. parish prayers, at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.
He was born April 22, 1936, in Minneapolis to Michael and Marion (Rudder) Kerr. He attended South High School in Minneapolis.
On Aug. 21, 1973, he married Carol Eiden in Watertown, S.D. They lived in Minneapolis where he was employed as a machinist by Minneapolis Moline. In 1974 they moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was employed by Western Forge and Midwest Automation. In 1975 they moved to Annandale where he was employed by Wandale Fleming from 1976 to 1981, and by RR Howell until 1989. In 1989 they moved to Litchfield where he was employed in quality control by Custom Products.
He was a member of P.J. Casey Council 2029 Knights of Columbus and St. Philip's Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife; children Steven (and Charlotte) Kerr of Fairfax, Va., Timothy (and Sheila) Kerr of Hubert, N.C., Daniel Kerr of Palm Bay, Fla., Lisa (and Don) Pampuch of Savage, Jennifer Maidl of Litchfield, Jonathon Kerr of Litchfield, Benjamin Kerr of Litchfield, Amanda Kerr of Litchfield; seven grandchildren; brother Thomas Kerr of Fridley; sisters JoAnn (and Neil) Furst of Shakopee, Kate (and Donald) McDonald of Andover, Jessica (and Timothy) Thul of Coon Rapids and other relatives.
Oct. 26, 1977 - June 11, 2000
ST. CLOUD - Amiel Grams, 22, of St. Cloud, formerly of Willmar, died Sunday following an automobile accident.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Willmar.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
He was born Oct. 26, 1977, in Togo to Stephen and Barbara (Courneya) Grams. When he was 9 years old, his family moved to Willmar. He was a 1996 graduate of Willmar High School and attended St. Cloud State University.
He was active in orchestra. He was a member of the Baha'i Faith.
He is survived by his parents of Willmar; sister Elissa Grams of St. Cloud; paternal grandparents Joseph and Alma Grams of St. Cloud; and maternal grandparents Eugene and Arlene Courneya of Cross Lake.
Elwood F. Bohlman
Feb. 9, 1914 - June 9, 2000
APPLETON - Elwood Frank Bohlman, 86, of Appleton, died Friday at Appleton Municipal Nursing Home.
His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Appleton City Cemetery with the Rev. Herbert Rotunda officiating.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Vaala Funeral Home in Appleton.
He was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Correll, and raised by his grandmother Anna Bohlman. He was a 1931 graduate of Correll High School. On June 17, 1934, he married Opal A. Roberts in Appleton. He served in the Army Air Force stationed in Germany during the Nuremburg trials. He returned to Appleton where he was employed as a bulk oil truck driver by Appleton Oil Company 38 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of VFW Post 4955, serving as commander, National Aid D'Camp, district commander, and national deputy, chief of staff. He was a member of American Legion Post 72, Appleton Sportsmen's Club, and board member of Martinson Foundation.
He is survived by his son Ronald of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughter-in-law Delores Bohlman of Ham Lake; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Delores (and Ralph) Perry of Appleton, Helen (and Wilbert) Bartz of Appleton, Dorothy Atchison of Kirksville, Mo.; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sept. 4, 1998, son Robert Jesse, parents, one brother and one sister.
Viola R. Boehl
March 12, 1904 - June 12, 2000
PAYNESVILLE - Viola R. Boehl, 96, of Watkins, formerly of Paynesville, died Monday at Hilltop Good Samaritan Care Center in Watkins.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville with the Rev. Richard Koehn officiating. Burial will be in Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
She was born March 12, 1904, in Paynesville, to Gustave and Augusta (Gedosch) Donath. She attended Paynesville school through the eighth grade and began employment with North American Creamery. In November 1922, she marred Arthur Bauman and they farmed near Paynesville. Arthur died in 1923. She returned to employment at North American Creamery. In June 1929, she married Erwin Boehl in Paynesville where they lived. Erwin died Feb. 11, 1978. In 1984, she moved to Good Samaritan Home in Paynesville and in 1985 to Hilltop Good Samaritan Care Center in Watkins. She was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville and member of Naomi Circle, Gideon Auxiliary and Women's Christian Temperance Union.
She is survived by her son Wesley of Paynesville; daughter Marilyn (and Roger) Nilson of Annandale; four grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, daughter Florence Jensen, one sister and one brother.
Loyd F. Elfrink
Sept. 13, 1940 - June 12, 2000
BELGRADE - Loyd Floyd Elfrink, 86, of Belgrade, died Monday at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade with the Rev. Carl Listug officiating. Burial will be in the Grace Lutheran West Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade and one hour prior to the service at church.
He was born Sept. 30, 1913, in Seneca, S.D., to Harry and Lula (Hall) Elfrink. He grew up on the family ranch and attended grade school in the area. He moved to Belgrade in 1936. He worked for local farmers until 1938, when he and his brother Merl built a service station and a garage where he worked as a mechanic.
He married Pearl Johnson on Sept. 13, 1940, in Webster, S.D. They made their home in Belgrade, where he worked at the Red Onion, Phillip 66 station and car wash, retiring in 1980. He served during World War II as a mechanic. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife; sons Roger (and Cheryl) of Mankato, Ronnie (and Shelly) of Duluth; daughters Sharon (and Garry) Jones of Statesville, N.C., Sandra (and Charles) Fishbein of Providence, R.I., Judy (and Gene) Wendt of St. Paul, and LeeAnn Elfrink of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Merl of Sacramento, Calif.; and sister Alta Senf of Sacramento, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.