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Adolph Munsterman

Adolph Munsterman, age 84, of Appleton, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. Visitation was held 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Monday, November 29, 2021, at Word Fellowship Church in Appleton. Pastor Troy Bates officiated. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Shible Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials to AMVETS Post #151 are preferred.

Adolph Wayne Munsterman was born January 23, 1937, in Shible Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Adolph Frederick and Augusta Louise (Stock) Munsterman. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. Adolph was raised in the Appleton area and graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1956. He joined the Minnesota National Guard in 1950’s and retired from the guard in 1993. During his working years he lived in Appleton, Ortonville, Clara City and Raymond. He worked as a farm-hand for Dale Giese and Donald Giese for many years and also worked as a welder at several businesses. Upon his retirement, he moved back to Appleton, where he was a long-time member of Word Fellowship Church. Adolph enjoyed spending time with his family, going to the Paddle Bar, playing cards, tinkering with projects, and cleaning out houses.

Adolph passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. He attained 84 years, 9 months, and 24 days of age. Adolph is survived by three children: Anthony (Brigette) Munsterman of Fergus Falls, Angela (Thomas) Kremer of Willmar, and Melissa (Don) Hoffmeyer of Lake City; 7 grandchildren: Anthony Stabb, Jessica (Marc) Rothstein, Daniel Kremer, Alex Munsterman, Bailey Munsterman, Christa Munsterman, and David Munsterman; 2 great-grandchildren: Nicole and Mason Rothstein; sisters: Evelyn Giese of Morris and Verna Quandt of Benson; sister-in-law, Ellen Munsterman of Appleton; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph F. and Augusta Munsterman; his siblings: Walter (Mabel) Munsterman, Bertha (William) Harste, Elmer (Emily) Munsterman, Albert (Vivilore) Munsterman, Renetta (Manville) Schlieman, Melvin Munsterman, and Ronald (Vivilor) Munsterman. Blessed be the memory of Adolph W. Munsterman. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Richard P. Giese

Richard Giese, 82, of rural Holloway, died on Sunday morning, November 21, 2021, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, and continued from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church-Fairfiield Township, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery. Richard Paul Giese was born August 3, 1939, to Paul and Martha (Vollmer) Giese. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Moyer Township, Holloway, Minnesota. Richard grew up on a farm a few miles north of Holloway. He enjoyed working on the farm and it was his lifelong dream to be a farmer. Richard loved sports and was active in football, basketball and baseball for the Holloway Eagles. He attended Holloway Public Schools and graduated in 1957. He was active in the National Guard for five years. He married Marlys Ann Thielke on April 13, 1957. Marlys and Richard started their marriage living in Hancock where he began working for Otto Schafer as a carpenter. Their son Michael was born that same year. In August of 1960, the family moved to Minot, where he continued working in construction. They later moved to Grand Forks, where their daughter Michele was born, and then to Eagan, Minnesota. Richard still dreamed of farming and in 1974 his dreams of farming were fulfilled, when he and Marlys bought a farm out in Tara Township. They raised livestock for a while and then eventually farmed grain only. Their youngest child, Missy was born and raised on the farm.

Over the years, Richard enjoyed snowmobiling, church league softball, bowling and riding four wheelers. Richard was also very competitive. Some of his favorite hobbies were playing cards in Holloway, throwing bean bags at family gatherings, and pitching horseshoe. He and Marlys traveled across Minnesota for horseshoe tournaments and on adventures competing in world horseshoe tournaments all over the United States. Many of these trips were made so memorable as they were accompanied by Kathy and Ernie. In winter months the two of them loved going down to Arizona to spend some time with friends. Rich loved sports and loved watching his children and grandchildren down on the fields and out on the courts. He was so proud of his family and didn’t want to miss a game. Richard loved the farm. He worked hard, he had high expectations and had a generous heart. His passion for farming showed in his collection of toy and restored tractors. On his eighty-second birthday he and his family enjoyed a tractor parade. Richard could strike up a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed long drives, checking crops, snoozing in his chair and keeping his shop clean.

Richard passed away at North Memorial Hospital on November 21, after injuries sustained in a car accident November 1. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlys of sixty-four years, his son: Michael, and his wife Bonnie (Tulsa, OK), daughters: Michele and Todd Sonnabend (Benson, MN), and Missy and Jake Foslien (Elbow Lake): Eleven grandchildren; Sean (Caitlynn) Giese, Levi Giese, Megan (Tom) Boutain, Jessica (Bryce) Jennings, Kesley (Kurt) Fahlen, Zack Sonnabend (Skylar), Halle, Mya, Josie, Jace, and Maesa Foslien, Four great-grandchildren: Emma Sonnabend, McKinley Giese, Henry Boutain, and Brynn Jennings: Sister-in-law Kathy (Ernie) Christianson, Brother-in-laws: Marty (Dori) Thielke, and Randy (LuJean) Thielke and several nephews, nieces, extended family, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Martha Giese, his brother Kenneth and wife Eunice, his sister Dorla and her husband Iver Lien, and his mother and father-in-law Amanda and Martin Thielke Sr. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson was in charge of the arrangements. Blessed be his memory.


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Phyllis C. Hanson

Phyllis C. Hanson, age 78 of Shakopee formerly of Milan, MN passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, MN. Phyllis was born on May 2, 1943 in Milan, MN the daughter of Harold and Amy (Andrews) Bohm. She married James H. “Jim” Hanson on September 26, 1969 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Phyllis and Jim moved to Shakopee, MN where they raised their family. Phyllis was very active in her community and church and spent time involved in the American Legion Auxiliary, League of Women Voters, Pioneer Club and various school board committees. She was also a classroom volunteer at the schools along with being a Sunday school teacher. Phyllis worked for the US Postal Service and The Cap Agency/Food Shelf for a time but primarily she was a beloved housewife, mother and grandmother. Phyllis enjoyed travelling, sports, especially football and crafting. Most of all though, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other loved ones.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jim; children, Jon (Heidi) Hanson, Jenni (Cole) Mechtel, Chrissy (Kevin) Sullivan and Missy Hanson; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Isaac and Charlie Hanson, Elijah, Dannika and Levi Mechtel, Jamie (fiancé, Cesar) Tello, Alexis, Ryleigh, Macie and Teddy Sullivan, Kjerstin (Cory) Josterud, Andrew (fiancée, Tina) and Rachel (fiancé, Victor) Jovaag; great-grandchildren, Zeke and Freddy Josterud, Noah and Nico Tello, Amora, Iris and Athena Jovaag; sister, Judi Bohm; and many special friends, family and other relatives. She is welcomed to her heavenly home by her parents, Harold and Amy; other relatives and friends. Visitation was on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 4-8 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:30 PM at McNearney-Schmidt Funeral and Cremation, 1220 3rd Ave. E., Shakopee, 952-445-2755. Visitation continued Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 9-10 AM followed by a Funeral Service at 10 AM all at Faith Lutheran Church, 150 130th St W, Shakopee. Interment Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery, Milan, MN. Condolences may be shared at www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com


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Harlan Busse

Harlan Busse, age 85, of Appleton, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital.  Visitation was held 1-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., Monday, November 29, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Shible Township. Harlan John Busse born December 16, 1935, to John W. G. and Edna B. (Schmeichal) Busse. He was baptized on January 19, 1936, and was confirmed on April 2, 1950, by Rev. Paul Gierke, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. Harlan served in the National Guard from 1954-1957 and the US Army from 1958-1960. Harlan was married on October 28, 1961, to Betty Lou Wentler at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. One month prior to his death, they celebrated 60 years of marriage. This union was blessed with 3 children Bradley, Gregory, and Dawn.

Harlan worked most of his life on the family farm north of Appleton. He spent time raising milk cows and then beef cows. After he retired from farming, he worked at Appleton Area Health helping out with maintenance.

Harlan passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021, in Appleton Area Health-Hospital. He attained 85 years, 11 months, and 7 days of age. Harlan is survived by his wife Betty Busse of Appleton; his 3 children Bradley (Mary) Busse, St. Paul, Gregory (Trisha) Busse, Monticello, and Dawn (Joel) Current, Fargo, ND; his 7 grandchildren Rebecca Busse, Monticello, Lauren Busse, Minneapolis, Ashley Busse, Fridley, Deanna Busse, Minneapolis, Benjamin Busse, Monticello, Patrick Current, Madison, WI and Brendan Current, Fargo, ND; and by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents John and Edna Busse; sisters: Loretta Hintz and Lois Koosmann, brother, David Busse; and a stillborn brother Busse. Blessed be the memory of Harlan Busse. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Jeffrey Kavanagh

Jeffrey 'Jeff' Eugene Kavanagh passed away November 24, 2021, at Sanford USD Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota due to Covid 19 pneumonia. Visitation will be held 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 3, 2021, at First Congregational Church in Appleton, Minnesota. Pastor Herbert Rotunda will officiate. Burial will be in Appleton City Cemetery. Jeff's family respectfully request that all guests wear a face mask at the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Special Olympics of Minnesota.

Jeff was born August 5, 1959, to Loren and Inga Irene 'Bonnie' Waarum Kavanagh at the Appleton Minnesota Hospital. He was baptized and confirmed at the First Congregational UCC church in Appleton. He graduated from Appleton High School with the class of 1979. Jeff lived in many group homes throughout his life. He lived with a foster family (Athey) on their dairy farm for 15 years. He then lived at Parkview Home at Hancock and most recently at a Divine House in Morris. Jeff loved working with the cattle at Athey's but also enjoyed his time at the 'workshop' DAC in Morris working with recycling.

He is survived by his parents, Loren and Bonnie Kavanagh of Appleton; sister, Lori (Craig) Schellberg of Spicer; brother, Joel (Brenda) Kavanagh of Appleton; nephew, Grant Schellberg (Ali Hesano) of St.Paul; aunts: Yvonne Kavanagh Hagstrom of Alexandria and Vera Kavanagh of Bemidji; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Eugene and A Christine Waarum, Emerson and Ellen Kavanagh; aunts & uncles: Lucille and Alvin Brabender, Dorothy and Milton Krogsrud, Vivian and Leroy Swenson, Ray Kavanagh, Evelyn and Philip Battaglia, Lila A Waarum, Norma L. Waarum; cousins: Ricky Brabender, Keith Swenson, Scott Krogsrud and Curtis Krogsrud. Also preceded in death by great uncle and aunt Henry and Lila Strand, whom he considered like grandparents and their son, John Strand. Blessed be the memory of Jeff Kavanagh. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Alvin Hanson

Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home announce the death of 97-year-old Alvin Hanson of Ortonville, formerly of Appleton. A memorial service was held on Monday, November 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Morris, MN. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Pastor Mike Hanson officiatde the service and Shirley Hanson was the organist. Honorary bearers were Alvin’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. The service was livestreamed and recorded and viewable at www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.

Alvin Elmer Hanson was born on October 6, 1924, in Appleton, MN. He was the son of Austin and Emma (Haugen) Hanson. Alvin grew up and attended school in the rural Appleton area. As a young man, Alvin worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps before enlisting in the United States Army in November of 1945. He served during WWII and was honorably discharged in June of 1947. Alvin returned to Minnesota. He was united in marriage with Adeline Arndt on July 13, 1947. They made their home on a farm near Correll, MN. They were blessed with four daughters: Margaret, Colleen, Sally, and Anita. Alvin and Adeline moved to Minnetonka, MN, and Alvin worked as a machinist for Continental Machines in Savage, MN. In 1971, they moved to the original Hanson farm homestead. He was proud to return to the family farm. Adeline passed away in 1995. Alvin farmed and lived there until he was 90 years old. Alvin moved to Ortonville, MN, in 2014, and had recently moved into Fairway View Neighborhoods. Alvin was a lifetime member of the VFW. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards. He loved to spend time in his vegetable garden, and always enjoyed music. He adored his grandchildren and always had candy for them! He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Morris.

Alvin Hanson is survived by his four daughters: Margaret Oibrekken of Bloomington, MN; Colleen Tyler of Rogers, MN; Sally (Craig) Johnson of Punta Gorda, FL; and Anita (Dean) Longnecker of Ortonville, MN; nine grandchildren: Joel Schnell, Sara (Timothy) Shank, Paul (Thea) Tyler, Eric (Lois) Banken, Melissa (Wesley) Graves, Bobbie Jo (Scott) Bertram, Isaiah (Stacy) Longnecker, Joshua (Missy) Longnecker, Rachel Longnecker; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents: Austin and Emma; his wife, Adeline; son-in-law, Gregory Tyler, granddaughter, Teri Schnell; three brothers; and one sister. Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville is in charge of the arrangements for 97-year-old Alvin Hanson of Ortonville. To send an online condolence, visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.


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Virginia Samuelson

Virginia Lee (Gini) Payne Samuelson passed away in Denton, Texas on Monday, November 8, 2021 at age 86. She was born in Appleton, Minnesota to Lysle Walter Payne and Ruth Ursula (Wells) Payne on July 11, 1935. She is preceded in death by her parents. Virginia is survived by her husband Don Samuelson of Denton, Texas, 6 children: Michael Hay, Timothy Hay, Kristin Hay Irons, Kari Hay Peach and stepchildren: David and Darrell Samuelson. Gini has 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Virginia’s father, Lysle Payne worked for the Appleton Pubic schools for over twenty years and served as superintendent of schools in Appleton in the 1930s. Don’s father, George Samuelson, raised four children in Appleton and Don graduated from public schools in Appleton. This is where Don and Virginia first met and then reconnected many years later in 2007 in Overland Park, Kansas after the death of Julie Samuelson, Don’s first wife, in 2002. Don and Gini were married in Overland Park in May 2007 and Gini and her mother moved to Denton.

Gini was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal in Shawnee, Kansas. In Denton Virginia excelled doing quilting, loved her book club, was a great candy maker, attended Sunday school at 1st Baptist church and services at ST Andrews Presbyterian. She and Don enjoyed traveling back to Kansas to visit the church and friends and they had vacations in New Mexico and Minnesota. After moving to Texas Gini continued to be the care giver for her mother Ruth Payne until Ruth passed away at over the age of 100 in 2014. Gini has cared for Don following he stroke about two years ago.

A graveside service at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.


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Theresa Jerve

Theresa Jerve, age 51, of Appleton, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, in her home. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 19, 2021, at First Congregational Church in Appleton. Pastor Herbert Rotunda officiated. Burial was in Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers. Theresa Mary Jerve was born August 17, 1970, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Clyde and Arlene (Rundle) Hughes. She was baptized at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson and was confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton. Theresa was raised in the Danvers and Appleton areas, graduating from Appleton High School in 1989. She was united in marriage to Charles Jerve on October 6, 2018, in Appleton.

Theresa worked at Appleton Area Health in the Nursing Home for many years, worked as a cashier at Sinclair and Cenex, and was a Para-Professional at the Appleton Elementary School. She enjoyed spending time, babysitting or just hanging-out, with all of her nieces and nephews. Theresa liked to crochet, watch T.V., and bake goodies for the Holidays. She loved to spend quality time with her sons…and definitely liked to brag about them!

Theresa passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, in her home. She attained 51 years, 2 months, and 27 days of age. Theresa is survived by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Jerve of Appleton; children: Thomas Guse of Appleton, Joshua (Katie Eben) Guse of Wahpeton, ND, Braydon Jerve of Mankato, Kendrick Jerve of Hutchinson, and Kayleigh Jerve of Mankato; two grandchildren: Madison Jerve and Colton Jerve; siblings: Debra (John) Dixon of Belgrade, Douglas (Sandy) Hughes of Hastings, Vince Hughes of Milan, Sandi (Rob) Robinson of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Lisa (Craig) Bohlman of Appleton, Brenda Hughes of St. Peter, Linda (Chris) Cromartie of Wilmington, NC, Sue Greig of Motley, Mary (Aaron) Prigge of Paynesville, and Joseph Hughes of Kinsley, Kansas; sister-in-law, Jolie (John) Polacek of Doylestown, OH; aunts and uncles; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Arlene Hughes; brother, Steven Hughes; nephew, Jacob Hughes; step-father, Arnie Lokken; and mother-in-law, Jane Jerve. Blessed be the memory of Theresa Mary Jerve. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Betty M. Schulz

Betty M. Schulz, 90, went to her heavenly home on November 6, 2021 from her home in Post Falls, Idaho. A private interment will be on November 22 at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle at 10:00 am. A memorial service will follow beginning at noon at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Washington. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Betty was born in Appleton, Minnesota on May 18, 1931 to William H. and Lillie (Hoffman) Jagow. She grew up on the family farm near Holloway, the second of 6 children. She was baptized and confirmed at Fairfield Lutheran Church. Her elementary education was at the country school near her home north of Holloway. Throughout her life she loved to reminisce about life on the farm, the hard work as well as fun times. At the age of ten she began baking the family bread. She loved baking bread for the rest of her life. Betty graduated from Appleton High School in 1949. During highschool, she lived with her Grandma Thielke so that she could be closer to the larger school. During all four years she worked at Reno’s Theater and was known by all as the popcorn girl. Eventually she held down two more jobs, one at the Appleton Bakery and the other as legal stenographer for attorney Frank Wright. Betty met her husband Merlin while skating at the local roller rink in January of 1951. The couple married August 9, 1952 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway while Merlin was home on leave from the Airforce. The newlyweds moved to Charleston, West Virginia where Merlin was stationed. Their first daughter, Robin, was born in July of 1953. They lived in Charleston until October of 1953 when Merlin received orders to go to Okinawa. At that time, Betty came back to Holloway with Robin to live with her parents After 21 months in Okinawa, Merlin was stationed at Geiger Field in Spokane, Washington and the family was reunited in June of 1955. After being discharged, they moved to Bremerton, Washington. While Merlin was attending college on the GI Bill, Betty worked for the Navy as an administrative assistant. In June of 1957 they moved to north Seattle. There Merlin studied engineering at the University of Washington and Betty worked as an administrative assistant at Sandpoint Naval Air Base. She worked there until February of 1960, a few months before their second daughter, Vickie, was born in May. In March of 1961 they bought their first and only house in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle where they lived for 49 years. Betty enjoyed her roles as a wife, mother and homemaker. She was an expert seamstress and bread baker. She was active at Our Savior Lutheran church and in her neighborhood. She participated in a neighborhood sewing club and bowled in a league for many years. In 1979 Betty decided to go back to work. She worked at the Office of Personnel Management for the federal government in Seattle until she retired in 1994. In retirement Betty enjoyed volunteering as a reader for the radio station for the blind and at Seattle Children’s Hospital holding sick babies whose parents needed respite. This position truly captured her heart. She also participated in Bible Study Fellowship and had her last volunteer position reading to the residents at Faas Nursing Home. At Betty’s urging, she and Merlin bought a condo at the end of 2009 and sold the family home in order to downsize. This was a providential move for them, for at about that time, she began exhibiting early signs of dementia. In December 2019, Betty suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. After about 6 weeks of recovery she was able to return to her home with Merlin. In July of 2020, Betty and Merlin moved to The Chateaux Assisted Living in Bothell. They made their final move to Post Falls, Idaho in April 2021, buying a house with daughter Vickie and son-in-law Dale. Here they were able to spend her last six months together before she went to her final home.

Betty died at home on November 6, 2021. She is survived by her husband Merlin, daughter Vickie (Dale), grandchildren Marissa (Karel), Betsy, Ian, Megan and David, and by many nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her daughter Robin, her five siblings Willard, Jerry, Wally, Ruby and Bill, and by her parents.


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Dianne L. VanBriesen

Dianne VanBriesen, age 76, of Appleton, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021, at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo. Visitation was Noon-1 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 1 p.m., Friday, November 12, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. Pastor John Ramsbacher officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Dianne Lynn VanBriesen was born October 28, 1945, in Milbank, South Dakota, the daughter of Joseph V. and Della A. (Kunter) Weeding. Dianne was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Milbank by Rev. Wessier on December 2, 1945, and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton, Minnesota, by Rev. Meissner on May 17, 1959. Dianne attended Appleton High School where she graduated, Class of 1963. On December 26, 1964, Dianne was united in marriage to Gerald VanBriesen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. The couple was blessed with over 31 years together and two children: Scot and Marcie. Over the years Dianne worked a variety of jobs in the Appleton area including: The Appleton Meat Center, Prairie Correctional Facility, Don’s Food Pride, and The House of Spirits. Dianne operated an in-home daycare for many years, which she greatly enjoyed! She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club. Dianne liked to read, work on puzzle books, go snowmobiling, watch Elvis movies, and spend time with her family and her Schnauzer’s.

Dianne passed away November 5, 2021, at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo. She attained 76 years and 7 days of age. Dianne is survived by her children: Scot (Shari) VanBriesen of Appleton, and Marcie Radtke of Watson; her 3 grandchildren: AJ (Katie) Marganelli, Connor VanBriesen (fiancé, Laura), and Kassidy VanBriesen; her 2 great-grandchildren: Leo and Marcella Marganelli; her brother, Donald Weeding of Fridley; her sister-in-law, Irene Weeding of Appleton; her brother-in-law, Merlyn “Ike” VanBriesen of Cold Spring; her 3 sisters-in-law; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald VanBriesen in 1996; her parents, Joseph and Della Weeding; her parents-in-law, George and Marian VanBriesen; her brother, Richard Weeding; and a niece, Lisa Weeding. Blessed be the memory of Dianne Lynn VanBriesen. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com


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Linda Lee Carstens

Linda Lee Carstens, 80, of Benson, died on Tuesday morning, November 9, 2021, at the Miller Dawn Hospital in Duluth. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, followed by the funeral service at 1:00 pm. Interment will be in the Appleton City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Lee (Vergin) Carstens was born on August 29, 1941, to Walter and Esther (Kolstad) Vergin. She grew up in Cashel Township, being one of twelve children born to this union. She attended country school district #7l and graduated Benson Senior High School. Linda was united in marriage to Kenneth Carstens on December 26, 1959, in Benson, Minnesota. They farmed the Carstens’ family farm north of Appleton until Kenny lost his sight. They then moved to Virginia, Minnesota in 1966, where together they operated a coffee shop at the St. Louis County Courthouse for 16 years. After that they went into the woodworking business and did craft shows until Kennys’s death. After Kenny's death on Wednesday, August 20, 2003, Linda moved back to Benson to be with family and to help take care of her Mom. She loved gardening, fishing, playing cards and cribbage, woodworking, doing puzzles, gardening, and water aerobics. Family gatherings were so important to her and she loved attending the annual sister's weekend. Linda had an adventurous spirit and in her life, she took flying lessons, and with Kenny, they rode snowmobile, tandem bike, and they especially enjoyed riding motorcycle. She was a board member at the Benson Public Library and a member of the Swift County Historical Society. She was also active at St Mark's Church, and loved taking care of her dog and companion, Missy. She was called from this life on Tuesday morning, November 9, 2021, at the Essentia Miller Dawn Hospital in Duluth. She attained the age of 80 years, 2 months, and 11 days.

Linda is survived by her siblings, Joan (Gerald) Johnson of Boulder City, Nevada, Ramona (Walter) Young of Benson, MN, Roger (Shirley) Vergin of Plato, MN, Dennis Vergin of Minneapolis, MN, Jane Lee of Glenwood, MN, Donald (Nancy) Vergin of Benson, MN, David Vergin of DeGraff, MN and Gail (Rodney) Skowronek of Forest Lake, MN: a sister-in-law, Sharon Vergin of Willmar, MN; a brother-in-law, Victor Arnold of Appleton, MN; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Esther, her husband Kenneth, and her brothers Floyd, Gary, and Gene (Charles). Blessed be her memory.


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Annie Torgerson

Annie Laurie (McEachern) Torgerson, 94, of Fergus Falls, died Sunday, October 31, 2021, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls. Annie was born March 22, 1927, to Murdock and Annie (Scott) McEachern in Homestead, MT. She was baptized, had her first communion, and was confirmed in St. Patrick’s Church in Medicine Lake, MT. She attended Medicine Lake School. As a child Annie lived in Medicine Lake, MT with the exception of one year in Hot Springs, SD. At the age of 17, she moved to Hannaford, ND to help a family friend run a café. It was there she met her husband, Kermit and got married in Cooperstown, ND at the age of 18. A son Leslie was born to them in 1946. They lived and worked in Northfield, MN for a short time but eventually moved back to ND where they lived in various communities (Hannaford, Fingal, and Mercer) until settling in Bismarck, ND in 1951. Their daughter Becky was born to them in 1953. In 1966 they moved to Elgin, ND where they owned and operated a grocery store until 1972 when they moved back to Bismarck. In 1989 they moved to Appleton, MN to be closer to their family. Kermit died in 2015 and Annie moved to Fergus Falls with her daughter Becky in 2016. She lived with her daughter, then Mill Street Residence, and finally PioneerCare Center. Annie worked as a waitress at many supper clubs throughout her life. She also owned and operated a paper supply company while living in Bismarck, ND. Annie’s greatest joy in life was cooking for her family. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She loved sports, especially the MN Lynx Basketball team, and she loved watching her children and grandchildren in their sports and activities.

Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, John, Bennie, and Willard; three sisters, Lillian Aitken, Mary Vaught, and Iva Mayhew, and a son-in-law, Charles Brown. Annie is survived by her children, Leslie (Marcia) Torgerson of Bradenton, FL and Rebecca Brown of Fergus Falls; grandchildren, Susan (Clark) Christianson of Glencoe, Stephanie (Stacy) Krusemark of Madison, SD, Bridget (Nick) Leonard of Fergus Falls, Kelsey Brown of St. Paul, Megan (Ryan) Zigler of Fergus Falls, and Katie Brown (Luke Nelson) of St. Paul; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Brooklyn Christianson, Kaden and Kylie Krusemark, Louis, Maggie, and Claire Leonard, Zac, Henry, and Logan Zigler, and Luna and Fiona Brown Nelson; sister-in-law, Beverly Torgerson, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation: one hour prior to the start of the service at church Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 8, 2021 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Fergus Falls Clergy: Father Patrick Hoeft Interment: Appleton Cemetery in Appleton, MN Assistance provided by the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls. Online condolences may be sent to www.olsonfuneralhome.com


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Gladys Cairns

Gladys Marie Cairns, 77, passed away Oct. 6, 2021, in Henderson, Nevada after her kind and generous heart finally gave out. Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck at a later date in the spring. Gladys was born Feb. 5, 1944 in Graceville, Minnesota, the ninth child of Florence and Albert Weller. She was raised in Minnesota, graduating from Appleton High School. She married James Cairns in 1962. The lights of her life were Marie and Becci, her daughters, loving them always and forever.

Gladys graduated from Moorhead State College in 1973 with a degree in social work. She was employed by the nonprofit Volunteers for Community Services until she moved with her family to Bismarck in 1976. She served the state of North Dakota as the administrator of Child Protection Services for the Department of Human Services from 1979 to 2006. Her work serving abused and neglected children and their families was a passion in her life. One of the most rewarding experiences for Gladys was her volunteer work from 1977 to 1983 with Parents Anonymous, a confidential support group for parents. She served as the state coordinator for the 1987 ND Year of the Child.

In 1980, Gladys received the Mental Health Association of North Dakota Woman of the Year Award. She was named North Dakota Public employee of the year in 1984. In 1985 she received the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Commissioner's National Award for her work on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. And in 2000 was awarded the State Friend of Extension recognition. Gladys wrote numerous grants for the State of North Dakota and was responsible for the state receiving millions of dollars in funding to help families and children in need.

After her retirement, Gladys was an active member of The First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck and enjoyed serving on the Fine Arts Festival board for the church. Gladys also served on the Burleigh County Social Service Board from 2013 to 2019. She also gave her time, knowledge, and love to the Abused Adult Resource Center while volunteering with her granddaughter Jaden at Seeds of Hope. Gladys moved to Henderson, Nevada, in 2019 to be closer to family. She enjoyed crocheting and jewelry making, and made many beautiful things that she selflessly gave to the people she cared for. She also enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles and assembled many, many puzzles with her new found friends in Henderson.

Gladys is survived by her precious daughters and their husbands, Marie and Jim Otis, Becci and Don Braunagel, as well as three wonderful grandchildren, Jaden Braunagel, and Grace and Nick Otis. Memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck.


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Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson (Mea Mathies) was born September 21, 1974, died tragically as the victim of a murder-suicide, October 22, 2021, at her home in Geyser, Montana. Her parents are Glen and Lorna (Erickson) Anderson of Perham, MN. She grew up on the family farm near Louisburg, MN with Karla, Lee, and Kristi. She attended school in Bellingham, MN and Mounds View in Arden Hills, MN. She attended her junior and senior years of high school at Lac Qui Parle Valley, living with her brother, Lee Anderson, on the family farm and graduating in 1993. Lac qui Parle Valley was special to her as it was a newly merged high school that was her dad’s prime legislative accomplishment. While in western Minnesota, she was a CNA and worked at the Madison Lutheran Home in Madison and enjoyed spending time there with her two grandmothers.

After graduation, she attended the University of Minnesota taking coursework in Kinesiology, worked for Lifetime Fitness in many locations and in home health care. Mea joined her parents in the Perham area in 2001. She worked in many roles in the Perham and Ottertail area; Nursing Assistant at the Perham Hospital, lifeguarding at the PACC, and managing the new pool at Thumper Pond in Ottertail. Her son, Thor (Phoenix Anderson) was born in 2003. Mea and Joseph Mathies were married in 2012. They had two children - Mathilda (9) and Vernon (7). They moved to Montana living at Reed Point and Geyser. Mea was a valued caregiver for many area veterans. During her entire life she bubbled with enthusiasm helping others. Mea looked positively at everything and was always happy. She loved her children and it showed by the sacrifices she made for them. Her first love was those kids; bringing them with her when she worked at Sequoia’s Closet in Big Timber, MT; consistently visiting the library and swimming pool in Stanford, MT; and countless hours watching them play with friends on the school playground in Geyser, MT. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, and thrift shopping. She is survived by her children, parents, siblings – Karla Anderson, Lee Anderson (Jody Sheppard), Alma Center WI, Kristi (Nick) Karels, Perham, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents Manfred and Helen Anderson and Orvin and Marion Erickson plus numerous aunts and uncles.

We will have a memorial weekend in Perham at the lake in the summer of 2022. Please join us Fri-Sun June 24, 25, and/or 26 - More details to come. If you’d like more information, please reach out to lornaandglen@hotmail.com or Glen at 218-849-2905. A fundraiser is being held for the three orphaned children.


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Dorla Lien

The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison announces the death of 87 year old Dorla Lien of Madison who passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Madison Healthcare Center. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Madison, MN. Rev. Noel Herr will officiate at the service.

Visitation was held Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m and with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. all at the Zahrbock Funeral Chapel, Madison, MN. Visitation will continue at the church on Monday. Dorla is survived by daughter Ramona (Jeff) Struck of Madison, MN; son Stanley (Lori) Lien of Louisburg, MN; daughter Renee (Michael) Downey of Watson, MN; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, brother Richard & Marlys Giese of Holloway.


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Shirley Kepner

Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Nancy Gilbertson, age 68, of Williston, ND. Nancy died on December 21, 2020, in Williston. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Mound Cemetery in Ortonville. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Nancy Jane Gilbertson was born August 18, 1952 to Herbert and Martha (Herzog) Wiese in Ortonville, MN. She grew up on the family farm in Big Stone County where she attended Country School District #133 (#14) and graduated from the Ortonville High School in 1970. Nancy graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1975. That same year Nancy married Laurell Taylor in Sisseton, SD. They resided in Chamberlain, SD and Plentywood MT where they managed Group Homes. Nancy also taught school briefly in Chamberlain. In 1989 Nancy married Gary Gilbertson in Sydney, MT. They resided in Culbertson, MT where Nancy worked as a CNA. For the last 30 some years Nancy resided in Williston, ND where she worked at Bethel Homes in the Dietary Department. The highlight of Nancy’s life was the birth of her son Joel Erin on Christmas Eve Day 1983. She took great pride in her son and cared for him with great love and tenderness. But the joy of his birth was short lived. On the first day Nancy returned to work after maternity leave, Joel died at age 8 weeks of SIDS (Cribdeath) at the babysitters. Nancy served as an advocate for mental health issues testifying several times at the North Dakota State Legislature. She also worked closely with “Sunshine”, a newsletter put out by a local drop-in. Nancy had gradually become afflicted at an early age with mental health issues which stayed with her the rest of her life. Nancy’s deep Christian faith carried her through many difficult days. Nancy J. Gilbertson is survived by her sisters Tessa (Dennis) Mahoney of Appleton, MN and Tami (Doug) Plank of Gayville, SD, her sister-in-law Dorothy Wiese of Appleton, MN, her life-long friend Kathy Nordgren and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Nancy died at her home in Williston, ND on December 21, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Joel Taylor, husband Gary Gilbertson, and brother Terry Wiese. To send an online condolence, visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.


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Melissa 'Missy' McMahon

Melissa 'Missy' McMahon, 50, passed away on October 15, 2021, in a tragic work accident. Funeral Mass for Missy will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Father Jack Nordic will celebrate the Mass and a private burial will be held at a later date. The service will be livestreamed and recorded and available online at www.mundwilerfuneral home.net

A memorial celebration will be held at the Big Stone American Legion following the service. All are welcome to join the family in commiserating and sharing memories while enjoying a light lunch. Melissa Margaret McMahon was born on September 13, 1971, in Appleton, MN, to Robert and Sandra (Jahn) McMahon. She was raised in Odessa and attended Ortonville Public School where she excelled in athletics, especially track.

Missy loved spending time with her family and friends and was always the first to reach out and offer advice or help to others. Her life was completed when she met and fell in love with her husband, Jimmy (aka Sugar Puff). He treated her like a queen and showered her with love every day. She loved being involved in her community and was the first to volunteer when there was a need. She moved many times throughout her life and always planted roots and made new friends quickly. Flowers and decorating were two of her passions and her home is testament to that. She gave a lot of love and had a knack for making everyone feel welcome. Missy is survived by her husband, Jim Curtis; daughters: Chelsea (Michael) Shutt, Mallory Adelman, Alexis Adelman, and Ashley Curtis; granddaughters: Zella and Leni; siblings: Robert McMahon, Debra (Dennis) Braun, Teresa (Larry) Snyder, Jeffrey McMahon, Timothy McMahon, and Heather McMahon; along with many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Sandra McMahon; and brother, Patrick McMahon. Missy loved flowers but if you would like to make a donation, the family requests donations to be made in Missy's name to the Big Stone Area Health Care Foundation (Ortonville Hospital). To send an online condolence, please visit www.mundwilerfuneral home.net


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Eunice E. Sachs

Funeral service for Eunice E. Sachs, 76 of Otsego, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Elk River. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Interment will take place in Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton, at 4:00 p.m.

Eunice is survived by her husband of 58 years, Arlyn; children, Rickey (Dawn), Lorie Jo (Eric), Tina (Jesse); grandchildren, Bryce (Candace), Brittany (Charles), Jarrett, Brooke (Nick), Brady, Caitlyn, Nikki, Ricky, Justin, and Tucker; great-grandchildren, Mollie, Addrian, Jaide, Ayvah, Aubrey, and Amelia; siblings, Myron Schliemann, Donna (Gene) Anderson, Lorene Thomas, Alan (Jean) Schliemann; and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Manville and Renetta Schliemann; mother and father-in-law, Elmer and Doris Sachs; and brothers-in-law, Wally Ohland, and Orville Sachs. Arrangements by Dare’s Funeral Home. Elk River. 763-441-1212. (www.daresfuneralservice.com)






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