Obituaries


Lois May Bahn


Lois May Bahn, 89 of Buffalo, formerly of Wood Lake passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the Knute Nelson Hospice Home in Alexandria. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township, rural Wood Lake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family. Lois May (Timm) Bahn was born on August 5, 1927 to Arthur and Laura (Schlemmer) Timm in Wood Lake, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, attended St. Luke’s Parochial School and Wood Lake High School. On April 15, 1945, Lois was united in marriage to Louis “Sonny” Bahn at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. They made their home on a farm near Wood Lake. Lois was a homemaker but also worked as a cook for St. Luke’s Parochial School and decorated cakes for all occasions. She was active with the Ladies Aid, Birthday Club, and Card Club. She enjoyed spending winters in Texas with Sonny for over 25 years and many summers at Lake Mary in Alexandria. She also enjoyed painting, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Lois passed away at the Knute Nelson Hospice home in Alexandria, Minnesota at the age of 89. She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Ray) Huston of Buffalo, Gary (Kathy) Bahn of Alexandria, and Jodell (Steve) Steffen of Starbuck; grandchildren, Jim (Dodi) Huston, Jason Huston, Joel Huston, Amy (special friend Bart) Huston, and Kurby Steffen; great grandchildren, Jamee (John) Hopkins, Jess Huston, Chloe Huston, Jonny Huston, Tanner Steffen, and Berkley Steffen; great-great grandchildren, Colton Hopkins, and Tommy Hopkins; and many additional extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Bahn, her parents, grandson Johnny Ray Huston, brothers Harvey, Howard, and Melvin, and infant sister Mildred Timm. Blessed be her memory.

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Gertrude Emma (Frank) Nelson


Gertrude Emma (Frank) Nelson, 103, of Marshall, formerly of Wood Lake, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, May 18, 2015 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township. Visitation will be from 3-5 pm on Sunday at Morningside Heights Care Center Chapel in Marshall and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family. Gertrude Emma Frank was born May 25, 1911 to Herman and Margarethe (Sawatzke) Frank on the family farm near Wood Lake. Gertrude confirmed her faith in 1925 at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where she remained a faithful member throughout her life. She attended public school and later the Christian Day School sponsored by St. Luke’s congregation. On March 12, 1944, Gertrude was united in marriage to Morris Nelson at Zion Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo, California where Morris was stationed in the military. After Morris’ honorable discharge, the couple returned home to the family farm where Gertrude was born and began their life together raising their children. Gertrude was a homemaker, but also helped on the farm, and worked at Ristvidts store in Cottonwood for 7 years. Gertrude and Morris remained on the farm until 1974 when they moved into Wood Lake, and in 1998, they moved to Marshall to live at Hill Street Place. Gertrude enjoyed her life at Hill Street Place often playing cards, bingo, and doing puzzles. She enjoyed sitting at her organ playing a concert of music, welcoming new people and helping them feel at home, and loved to share the bounty of sweet corn, apples, pears, and other fruits and vegetables delivered by her family. On Friday, May 15, 2015, Gertrude passed away at the Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall, Minnesota at the age of 103, ten days short of 104. She is survived by her two children Larry (Karen) Nelson and Karen (Chuck) Fischer, grandson Justin Nelson (fiancé Andrea Johnke), granddaughter Allison (Allen) King and great grandchildren Mikaela King, Jaden Barnes, Karsten King, and Austin Nelson. She is preceded in death by her husband Morris, her parents, her sister Eilleen Bahn, and grandson Jeffrey Fischer. Blessed be her memory.

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Roland "Rolly" Louis Fiene


Funeral services for Roland "Rolly" Fiene, 93, of Wood Lake, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wedesday, March 25, 2015, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Posen Township. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Visitation will continue from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment will follow the service at St. Luke's Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors provided by U.S. American Legion Post of Wood Lake. Roland Louis Fiene was born on May 6, 1921, in Posen Township, to Hugo and Lydia (Bruss) Fiene. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized, confirmed and later married at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Rolly also attended St. Luke's Parochial School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II, both state side and in the Pacific Theater. After his honorable discharge, he returned to the family farm in Echo. On June 22, 1943, he was united in marriage to Viola "Vi" Geistfeld. The couple continued farming and raised their family in Rural Wood Lake. Rolly also worked as a funeral assistant for the Sunset Funeral Home in Echo for over 30 years. He enjoyed helping people and served many families in this capacity. He also enjoyed playing cards, hunting and fishing, throwing horse shoes and bowling. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and also followed local baseball teams. Rolly was most passionate about his family and he always enjoyed helping others. He was a charter member of the Wood Lake American Legion Post 556, Granite Falls VFW, and a lifelong member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. He served the church in a variety of capacities including 17 years as treasurer. Rolly died on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Parkview Home in Belview. He is survived by his wife, Viola, of Wood Lake, children Jerome (and Ann) Fiene of Prairie du Sac, WI, Carolyn (and Lee) DeLaCruz of North Mankato, Shirley (and Jeff) Ackerson of Spicer, Richard (and Shannon) Fiene of Echo, 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Myrl. Blessed Be His Memory

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Maxine Marcella (Timm) Homme


Maxine Marcella (Timm) Homme, age 91 of Riverside, CA, formerly of Wood Lake, passed away on February 22, 2015 in Riverside, California. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township, rural Wood Lake, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are sent to either St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake, MN or Faith Lutheran Church in Sun City, CA. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family. Homme, Maxine Marcella (Timm) Loving wife, mother , grandmother, great grandmother, and mother-in-law passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2015 in Riverside, CA at the age of 91. She was born and raised on a farm in Wood Lake, MN. She married Eldor Homme and they lived in OK, MN, NM, and CA. Preceded in death by parents William and Alvina (Bruss) Timm, husband Eldor, infant son Colin, daughter Karin Elavsky, and granddaughter Basia Altamirano, and son-in-law Larry Larson. Maxine was a strong yet gentle person who deeply loved her large family and later was proud to be employed at Penney’s, Dayton’s, Broadway, and Dillard’s. She exhibited a special kind of love for all her grandchildren and great grand children. She was a person who believed in God, enjoyed reading the Bible, cooking, and baking. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten! Survived by children Bruce (Rebecca) Homme, Pam Larson, Ranelle (Fred) Brandt, Marcia (Brad) Wicks, Brian (Pam) Homme, Janice Homme-Nichols, Jill (Deb) Homme, and son-in-law Jeff Elavsky; 18 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. The entire family extends their sincere thanks and appreciation to all who cared for her.

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Louis "Sonny" Bahn


Louis “Sonny” Bahn, age 94 of Wood Lake passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Parkview Home in Belview. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township. Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 pm on Tuesday at the Church with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family. Louis “Sonny” H. Bahn was born on December 4, 1920 to Louis Sr. and Elisa Louise (Bruss) Bahn in Wood Lake, Minnesota, Yellow Medicine County. He was baptized on January 1, 1921 and confirmed on April 14, 1935 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township and attended St. Luke’s School. He grew up on the Bahn family farm near Wood Lake. On April 15, 1945, Sonny was united in marriage to Lois Timm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. They made their home on the Bahn family farm until 1960 when they moved to the Timm family farm. In 2001, they left the farm and moved to a house in Wood Lake until 2014 when they moved one last time to the Belview Senior Apartments. Sonny loved farming and was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church where he was active with the St. Luke’s Mens Club, cemetery committee, and a member of the church choir for over 70 years. Sonny also sang in the Marshall Area Men’s Chorus and loved Barbershop Music. While farming, he also worked at a Lawn Ornament business in Vesta and also assembled farm equipment for Si Raddatz Implement in Wood Lake. Louis loved to fish and hunt, wood working, gardening, spending time wintering at Bit-o-Heaven in Donna, Texas for over 20 years, and spending weekends at Lake Mary in Alexandria. Sonny was known by his grandchildren and great grandchildren as “grandpa Fish”. On Saturday, February 21, 2015 Louis passed away at the Parkview Home in Belview at the age of 94 years old. He is survived by his wife Lois Bahn; children, Kathleen (and Ray) Huston of Buffalo, Gary (and Kathy) Bahn of Alexandria, and Jodell (and Steve) Steffen of Glenwood; 5 grandchildren, Jim (and Dodi) Huston, Jason Huston, Joel Huston, Amy Huston, and Kurby Steffen; 6 great grandchildren, Jamie, Jess, Chloe, and Jonathon Huston, Tanner, and Berkley Steffen; 2 great-great grandchildren, Colton and Thomson Hopkins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Johnny Ray Huston, brothers Dellas and Marvin, sisters Elsie, Irene, Ethel, Hannah, and Renda. Blessed be his memory.

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Lucille Alma Bahn


Lucille Bahn, 95 of Hutchinson, formerly of Posen Township passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Rogers, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 16, 2015 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family. Lucille Alma Bahn was born on Monday, April 5, 1920 in Posen Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota to Walter and Angline (Timm) Wenholz Sr... She was baptized and confirmed in the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township and grew up in Posen Township where she attended St. Luke’s Parochial School. Lucille was united in marriage to Martin Bahn on March 5, 1939 in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. They lived in Posen Township until 1948 when they moved to Midway City, California where they lived for ten years. They returned to Minnesota in 1958 living in Cottonwood where they owned and operated the Bahn Grocery Store. In 1977, they moved to Crosby, Minnesota living there until 1981 when they moved to Hutchinson. Lucille’s first love was her family and spending time with them and friends. She also enjoyed gardening and music and playing cards. On Friday, January 9, 2015 Lucille passed away in Rogers, Minnesota at the age of 95 years old. She is survived by her daughters and daughters-in-law and families, daughter Joy Bahn of Chandler, AZ, grandchild, Jessyca (Bradon) Peterson, great grandchildren, Aydon, Madasyn, and Haylie, daughter Patricia Bahn of Biloxi, MS, grandchildren, Thomas Weber, Stephanie (Ryan) Krueger, great grandchildren, Reaghan, and Tyler, and daughter-in-law Betsy Bahn of Andover, MN, grandchildren, Mike Bahn, Greg (Sauwanee) Bahn, Andy (Jackie) Bahn, and Stacey(Eric) Roberts, great grandchildren, Ian, Jackson (Jackie), Nadya, Sam, and Martha, Daughter-inlaw Donna Bahn of Boca Raton, FL, grandchildren, Lindsey (John) Trylch, Sally Bahn, and Brian (Karen) Bahn, great grandchildren, Liam, Isabelle, and Anna; siblings, Ruth Timm, Nona (Clayton) Anderson, Connie (Richard) Schrupp, and Walter (Sandra) Timm, and many extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband Martin, sons Jerome and Dale, parents Walter and Angline, and her sister Betty Timm. Blessed be her memory.

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Harold Herman Jesse


Harold H. Jesse, age 84 of Wood Lake passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Parkview Home in Belview. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township, rural Wood Lake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church with burial held in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family. Harold Herman Jesse was born on October 12, 1930 to Herman and Anna (Mohr) Jesse at his home in Pomeroy, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pomeroy, Iowa and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1948. After high school, Harold farmed for a few years in the area before starting his own business called Jesse Insurance Services. On November 20, 1949, Harold was united in marriage to Juanita Winebrinner at Fonda Presbyterian Church in Fonda, Ia. They made their home in Pomeroy, Iowa where Harold farmed and sold insurance. In 1986, Harold sold the business and they moved to Oklahoma where Harold continued to sell insurance until he retired in 1998. After retiring, they moved one last time to Minnesota. Over the years, Harold was active in various church organizations and community activities, and as a Lion’s Club member both in Iowa and Minnesota. Harold enjoyed singing, fishing, and golfing. He also very much enjoyed being in front of a microphone, announcing local football games and other community events. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. Harold really enjoyed life, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family. On Saturday, January 10, 2015, Harold passed away at the Parkview Home in Belview at the age of 84 years old. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Juanita Jesse of Wood Lake; three sons, Bill (Sue) Jesse of Waukee, IA, Paul (Denise) Jesse of Wood Lake, and Harold Dean (Maggie) Jesse of North Liberty, IA, one daughter, Pam, seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; one brother, Pete (Ruth) Jesse, two sisters, Darlene (Mayo) Chance, and Pauline Roush, and many extended family. His parents, two brothers, and one brother-in-law preceded him in death. Blessed be his memory.

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Verlin Scheer


Verlin Harold Scheer was born on September 11th, 1949 in Clarkfield, MN to Harold and Viola (Neuman) Scheer. He was baptized into Christ on November 20, 1949 at Silo Lutheran Church in Cottonwood, Mn. Verlin grew up in Wood Lake where he was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church on April 28, 1963. After graduating from Wood Lake Public School in 1967, he attended Granite Falls Technical School for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force. On June 20, 1970 Verlin was united in marriage to Beatrice Bode at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Posen Township, Wood Lake, MN. Three sons were born to this union, Richard, Jonathan and Joshua. Together they made their home in rural Wood Lake until moving to their lake home near Battle Lake, MN in January 2014. There they became members of the ever welcoming St John's Lutheran Church of Ottertail, Mn. He served as a machinist at Norton AFB California and RAF Lakenheath, England from 1969 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1973 and served in the Air Force Reserve until 1975. Verlin was active in St. Luke's Lutheran Church as a youth leader, financial secretary, elder and president of the congregation. He also served in his community as a school board member of both Echo-Wood Lake and Lakeview School Districts. He was the treasurer of the Posen Town Board for 29 years from 1983 to 2012. Some of his most joyous times were spent with family and friends at their lake home on Round Lake. He was always an avid hunter and fisherman and held cherished memories from the many trips that he took. Verlin passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Lakeland Hospice on September 29, 2014 at 65 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Most important and always to remember is how grateful he was for the gift of life without end from our Lord Jesus Christ who is the resurrection and the life. Preceded in death by son Richard, parents Harold and Viola Scheer, parents-in-law Ezra and Renetta Bode, brother-in-law Butch Bode, niece Sanndy Olson and nephew Nathan Klinghagen.

Verlin is survived by his wife Beatrice of Battle Lake, Mn; Son, Jonathan (Laura) of South Haven, Mn; their children Jessica, Noelle, Kara, and Rachel; Son, Rev. Joshua (Holly) of Cheyenne, WY and their children Madelyne, Genevieve, Wilhelm, and Frederick; Sister, Cindy (Randy) Klinghagen of Clara City, Mn; Brothers and sisters in law: Dianne Bode of Burnsville, Mn Robert and Charlotte Bode of Wood Lake, Mn; Curt and Sandy Bode of South Haven, Mn; Kevin and Karin Bode of Phoenix, Az; Elizabeth and Peter Lavin of Wood Lake, Mn. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

FUNERAL SERVICE Friday October 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at church.

VISITATION Thursday October 2, 2014, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church

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Hazel Frank


Hazel Frank, age 94, of Wood Lake, MN passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Granite Manor in Granite Falls. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Posen Township, rural Wood Lake. Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 pm on Friday, January 24, 2014 with a prayer service being held at 8:00 pm at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family.

Hazel Minnie Farber was born on June 20, 1919 in Hennepin County, Hopkins, MN to Charles and Frieda Farber and brought to the Lord Jesus through the sacrament of Holy Baptism on July 13, 1919 by the Rev. Chas W. Hornberg. She was confirmed on April 9, 1933 by Rev. Carl S. Mundinger. In 1937, Hazel graduated from Hopkins High School. She was joined in Holy Matrimony on June 21, 1941 to Virgil Frank by Rev. W.P. Clausen at Zion Lutheran Church in Hopkins. Since their marriage, she has been a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Posen Township, Wood Lake. She farmed with her husband Virgil. Her enjoyments were flowers, gardening, volunteering and traveling. Hazel was called to her eternal home in Heaven on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Granite Manor in Granite Falls at the age of 94 years old. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Arlaine Farber of Annandale, and one brother-in-law, Lowell Frank of Westbrook, and many nieces and nephews, and other extended family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Virgil, brother, Walt, brother-in-law, Roger, and 2 sisters-in-law, Jeanette and Peggy Frank.

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Tim Naab


Tim Naab, age 54, of Fresno, California, formerly of Wood Lake, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in California. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Wood Lake, MN. Visitation will be held at the church from 5 -7 on Thursday August 29, 2013 with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the services on Friday. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family.

Timothy Jon Naab was born on March 3, 1959 to Dennis and Delores (Steinhouse) Naab in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. He attended Posen Parochial School and Wood Lake High School. On August 13, 1977, Tim was united in marriage to Sandi Fischer at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. They made their home in Wood Lake for a few years and then moved to the St. Cloud area. In 2000, they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and in 2006, they moved to Fresno, California. Tim was a Project Manager for URS Corporation at the IRS Center in Fresno, California. Tim was very proud to accomplish a management position in charge of 11 people with only having his GED. Tim was a farmer at heart. He loved gardening and especially flowers, loved riding motorcycle, hunting, camping, and the mountains. Tim loved people and people loved him. He always put everyone else first and would do anything for his friends and family. Tim loved his two dogs, Monty and Penny, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. His smile will be missed by many. Grateful for having shared in Tim’s life is his wife of 36 years, Sandi Naab of Fresno, CA; children, Justin Naab and Bobby (Jamie Harter) both of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Danielle, Joey, Devon, and Caden; his parents, Dennis and Delores Naab of Wood Lake; siblings, Maureen (Steve) Knutson, Steven (Sandy) Naab, Jena (Clark) Corbin, Jenny (David) Larsen, and; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His sister, Kristine, uncle, Orlean, cousins, Brian and Curtis Naab, Aunt, Judy Naab, grandparents, and many cousins and friends preceded him in death. The Lord has since taken Tim’s uncle, Harlan Naab. Blessed be the memory of Tim.

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Harlan Walter Naab


Harlan Walter Naab was born on May 30, 1924 to Walter and Hulda (Zimmer) Naab in Seaforth, Minnesota, Redwood County. He was baptized at Sheridan Lutheran Church in Seaforth. He attended Country School by horse and buggy and graduated from Wood Lake High School. On May, 22, 1938, Harlan was confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. On September 12, 1948, Harlan was united in marriage to Marian Timm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. They made their home on the farm near Wood Lake where they remained their entire life. Harlan was a farmer, milked cows and raised Dekalb seed corn for many years. Harlan also worked for many years as the Posen Township Assessor. He was very active in his community, being involved on the Posen Township Board, spent many years on the Wood Lake Public School Board, Wood Lake Equity Elevator, and served on the Yellow Medicine County D.H.I.A. Board. Harlan was active with the Wood Lake Lions Club, President of AAL branch 1305, and also held various positions on the St. Luke’s Church Council. Harlan enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Lake Amelia, bowling, playing cards, fishing, golfing, hunting, tinkering in his shop, socializing with friends, and spending time with his family and especially his grandkids. Harlan took great pride in his farm operation and the upkeep of his yard and equipment. On Friday, August 23, 2013, Harlan passed away in Hospice care at Morningside Heights in Marshall, Minnesota at the age of 89 years old. Grateful for having shared his life is his wife of 65 years, Marian; children, Char (Nick) Kissner of Wood Lake, Jolene Busiahn of Marshall, and Becky (Kevin) Pogreba of Lincoln, NE; siblings, Dennis (Delores) Naab of Wood Lake, and Kenneth Naab of Wood Lake; grandchildren, Jacob and Megan Busiahn, Max and Addie Pogreba, Heather (Allen) Paves, Tracey (Patrick) Blake, and Amber and Bailey Kissner; great-grandchildren, Eva Paves, and Charlotte Blake, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His parents, Walter and Hilda, son, Curtis, brother, Orlean, nephews, Brian and Tim, and niece, Kristine preceded him in death. Blessed be his memory.

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Martin Henry Schmidt


Martin Henry Schmidt was born April 12, 1917 in Posen Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota to Philip and Amelia (Frank) Schmidt. He was baptized at St. Luke’s and confirmed his faith at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township on April 13th, 1930. He attended Mankato School of Business. He was united in marriage to Hattie Loretta Dagel on June 6, 1943 in Montevideo. Martin and Hattie farmed in Posen Township. For 26 years they spent winter months in Texas from 1977 to 2003. Martin resided at Fieldcrest Assisted Living facility in Cottonwood, Minnesota from May 2011 until he moved to the Granite Falls Hospital & Manor in December 2011. He was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church where he was active as an elder and on the building committee. He was on the Equity Elevator Board for over 25 years. He enjoyed playing cards, entertaining, planning fishing trips and fish fry’s in Texas and at Waskawood Resort in Glenwood. He and Hattie loved to dance as well as spend time with family and friends. Martin Henry Schmidt died on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Granite Falls Hospital & Manor at the age of 95 years, 7 months and 18 days. He is survived by his children, Daniel Schmidt and wife Marilyn of Wood Lake, Berwyn Schmidt and wife Gayle of Howard Lake, and Nadine Rozikes and husband Steve of St. Paul and special nephew Roger Olson and wife Pat. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; Marc Schmidt and wife Gretchen, Melissa Ertsgaard and husband Rev. Todd, Michael Schmidt, Michelle Salfer and husband Robert, Matt Schmidt, Amy St. Pierre and husband Travis, Heather Rokeh and husband Jason, Douglas Schmidt and wife Bridget, Kelly Schmidt, John Kader and wife Amber , Sharon Bauer and Nicholas Rozikes, Randy Olson and wife Shannon, Shari Flakus and husband Tony, Katherine Bach and husband Doung, 20 great-grandchildren, brothers Leroy of Wood Lake, Ordean of Glenwood, MN; Edgar of Danbury, WI; Loren of Springfield, Philip of Wood Lake, MN and sister Joanne Willhite of Woodbury and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hattie, son Stanley, three brothers, Arnold, Art and Vernon Schmidt and sisters Hilda Preuss and Olena Jorgenson.

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Lydia Bode


Lydia Bode, age 95, of Wood Lake, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Parkview Nursing Home in Belview. Service will be 10:30 AM Saturday, August 4, 2012 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Friday, August 3, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso are handling the arrangements. Lydia Adele Bode was born August 29, 1916 to Rev. William and Emilie (Roehl) Hennig in Moosejaw, Sask. Canada. She was baptized on September 18, 1916 and confirmed in Canby, MN. As an infant she moved with her family to Grahamdale, Manitoba, where she began school. In 1924 her family moved to rural Lynd, MN and shortly thereafter, to Canby, MN where she attended school, graduating from Canby High School in 1934. Lydia then enrolled in Teacher Training Courses for a year, then taught country school for four years. In 1939 Lydia married Edgar W. Bode and they made their home on a farm in Posen Township, south of Wood Lake, MN for their entire married life. A housewife and mother of seven children, Lydia led an active life at home, in her church and the community. She was a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and active as a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, and as a substitute organist. She was also a charter member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and helped organize its circuit and region. She served as vice-president in 1960 and in 1964 as president. After passing this post on she was the organization’s Archivist-Historian for ten years. In her community, Lydia served as a substitute teacher in the parochial school, served as a leader for the local PTA, and was a member of the Music Mother’s Club and Homemaker’s Club. Lydia enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, listening to and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and especially loved flower gardening, and making beautiful arrangements. In April of 2011 Lydia became a resident of the Parkview Nursing Home in Belview, MN. After the July 2011 storm Lydia was a temporary resident at the Olivia Nursing Home before returning to Parkview Nursing Home, where she died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the age of 95. Lydia is survived by her five sons, Rev. Edgar (Helynn) Bode of Rapid City, SD, John Bode of Belview, MN, Paul (Diana) Bode of Hudson, WI, Daniel (Julie) Bode of Omaha, NE and James (MaryLynn Pulscher) Bode of Minneapolis, MN; two daughters, Judith (Rev. Lee) Eilert of St. Clairsville, OH and Kristen (Mikel) Brantley of Shiloh, IL; fourteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Colberg of Milbank, SD and Hildegarde Kottke of St. Paul, MN; sisters-in-law, Irene Hennig of Sun City, AZ, Lois and Hamlin Milbradt of Apache Junction, AZ, brother-in-law August Bode of Fairfield Bay, AR; nieces, nephews and friends. Her husband, Edgar, her parents, one infant sister, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

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Evelyn Munsch


Munsch, Evelyn A. of Minneapolis, formerly of Wood Lake, MN, passed away June 28, 2012, at the age of 96 yrs., 10 mos., 28 days. Preceded in death by husband, Victor; daughter, Marylin (Gniffke); her parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. A wonderful, loving woman who is survived by sons & daughter, Glenn (Rosalie) Munsch, Sandra (Walt) Wenholz, Jarvis (Joy) Munsch, Kenneth Gniffke (son-in-law); 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; two step- great-great-grandchildren; and of special note, a new baby, great-great-granddaughter born Feb. 2, 2012, who was named Evelyn Renee Munsch; one sister, Dolora Hegg, Portland, OR. Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at Redeemer Health and Rehab Center, 625 W. 31st St., Mpls, MN 55408 at 10 AM with visitation half-hour prior on Tuesday, July 3rd. Graveside Service will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Posen Township, Wood Lake, MN at 2 PM. Memorials preferred to Redeemer, Attn: Dan Colgan. Miller Funeral Home Fridley Chapel 763-571-1300 www.millerfuneralfridley.com

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Magdalene Schnackenberg


Magdalene Schnackenberg, age 100, of Echo, passed away January 18, 2012, at her home in Posen twsp. Services will be held Monday, January 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen twsp., Wood Lake. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Monday, January 23, 2012 at the church. Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso are in charge of the arrangements. Magdalene Margaretha Schnackenberg was born on September 17, 1911 in Posen Township to George and Elizabeth (Bobsin) Schnackenberg. She was baptized at her home in Posen Township on September 17, 1911 by Pastor Laux. She was confirmed on March 28, 1926 by Pastor Scheitel at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo. Magdalene was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, playing cards and visiting with family and friends. Magdalene Schnackenberg passed away in her home on January 18, 2012 attaining the age of 100 years, 4 months and one day. She is survived by her sisters, LaVerna Schrader of Echo and Mabel Hoepner of Granite Falls. Also surviving are her nieces and nephews, Burton (Carroll) Kuehn of Belview, Jane (Tom) Garvin of Echo, Roger (JoAnn) Kuehn of Bemidji, John (Audrey) Schrader of Echo, Becky (Gary) Remmele of Dodge Center, Marjorie (Dale) Luepke of Granite Falls, Betty (Gale) Running of Burnsville and Jim (Carey) Hoepner of Echo along with great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents and her sister Elvira Kuehn and a great nephew. Blessed be her memory. Visitation: Monday, January 23, 2012 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM St. Luke's Lutheran Church Wood Lake, MN Service: Monday, January 23, 2012 2:00 PM St. John's Lutheran Church Posen Twsp., Wood Lake, MN

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Brian Naab


Brian Naab, age 49, of Hudson, Florida formerly of Wood Lake passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011 in Hudson, Florida. Services will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Twsp., Wood Lake with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. with Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church and will continue one prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso are in charge of the arrangements. Brian Keith Naab was born on October 10, 1962 in Marshall to Orlean and Marjean (Timm) Naab. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Brian attended St. Luke’s Parochial School and graduated from Echo – Wood Lake Public School in 1981. He lived in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and has spent the last 13 years in Florida. Brian worked as an auto mechanic most of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, motorcycling, gardening and always lived life to the fullest. Brian passed away on December 25, 2011 in Hudson Florida attaining the age of 49 years, 2 months and 15 days. He is survived by his mother Marjean and special friend Leonard Malecek, and his siblings; Scott (Beth) of Hanley Falls, Michele (Steve) Paskewitz of Echo, and Rod (Kelly) of Mora, nieces and nephews; Ryan Naab, Jesse Naab, Travis Naab, Tiffany Jenniges, Kyle Paskewitz, Hunter Naab, and Hailey Naab, great nephew Triston Jenniges and great niece Charly Jenniges. Brian is preceded in death by his grandparents and his father. Blessed be his memory. Visitation: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM St. Luke's Lutheran Church Posen twsp. Wood Lake, MN Special Services: Prayer Service 7:30 p.m. Tuesday January 3, 2012 Visitation: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM St. Luke's Lutheran Church Posen twsp. Wood Lake, MN Service: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:00 AM St. Luke's Lutheran Church Posen twsp. Wood Lake, MN

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Mildred Kuehn


Mildred Kuehn, 96, of Vesta died Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Golden Living Center in Olivia. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 from St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Posen Township, rural Wood Lake. Burial will follow at the Echo City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to services. Mildred Kuehn, the daughter of Carl and Amanda (Stage) Rohde, was born April 19, 1915 in Sheridan Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at the Sheridan Lutheran Church in Sheridan Township. Mildred married Gustav Kuehn on July 5, 1934 at Weber, Minnesota. The couple settled on the Kuehn home farm south of Echo and there raised eight children, Melvin, Elaine, Mavis, Murl, Marlin, Marlice, Marlene and Marvin. They worked together on the farm until Gustav’s death on April 19, 1965. Mildred moved to Vesta in 1982 and eventually to Parkview Home in Belview. She continued to live there until a severe storm on July 1, 2011 damaged the building and she was evacuated to the Golden Living center in Olivia where she lived until the Lord took her home. Mildred Lucille Rohde Kuehn passed away on December 8, 2011 at the age of 96 years and eight month and 19 days. Mildred loved the Lord and Savior and had such a passion for life. She enjoyed working and serving others and was the cook for a period of time at St. Luke’s Parochial School. She loved raising her family and being on the farm. She enjoyed cooking and garden; the cellar was always full of canned foods and those who came to visit didn’t go away hungry. She loved seeing her family come and had a special place in her heart for “little ones,” as she lovingly spoke of them. She visited with people who were shut-in and Marlene summed up her feelings and those of her siblings, as follows: “We all will miss you so much, Mom. You gave us so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever.” Mildred Kuehn is survived by her children, Melvin Kuehn of Dassel, Elaine Schlenner of Woodbury, Mavis and Don Byers of Austin, Murl and Lynn Kuehn of Echo, Marlin and Mary Kuehn of Youngsville, NC, Marlice and Gary Halvorson of Youngsville, NC, Marlene and Dennis Ryks of Renville, and Marvin and Vicky Kuehn of Redwood Falls; 20 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; one sister Violet Dresow of Redwood Falls; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gustav Kuehn; a granddaughter, Lori Kuehn Williams; a grandson Joseph Kuehn; one son-in-law, Donald Schlenner; two daughters-in-law, Doris Kuehn and Phyllis Kuehn; her parents, Carl and Amanda Rohde; one brother, Gilbert Rohde; and two sisters, Dorothy Fletcher and Arlene Racine. Blessed be her memory.

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Hilda Preuss


Hilda Preuss, 97, of Echo died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the Sunwood Good Samaritan in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011 from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township rural Wood Lake with burial in the church Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services, at the church. Arrangements are with the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso. Hilda Dorothy Matilda (Schmidt) Preuss was born on August 15, 1913 in Posen Township, Yellow Medicine County to Philip and Amalie (Frank) Schmidt. She was baptized on September 5, 1913 and confirmed on Good Friday, April 15, 1927 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. On September 15, 1935 Hilda married Raymond Preuss at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. They lived in Echo Township until 1945 when they moved to the Home farm. In 2006 Hilda entered the Parkview Nursing Home in Belview. Hilda participated in many competitions at county and local fairs, feed contests with her laying hens, and corn husking contests, earning her many trophies and ribbons along the way. She was a 4-H leader, loved flower and vegetable gardening and sewing. Both Hilda and Raymond were avid fisherman, with their annual visits to Lake Victoria for many years. She also served on the altar guild at St. Luke’s. Hilda passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Redwood Falls, attaining the age of 97 years, 11 months and 11 days. She is survived by her children; Dennis (LaVon) Preuss of Echo, Delroy (Karen) Preuss of Maplewood, Marvin Preuss of Belview, Bernadine (Dale) Seehusen of Danube, Linda Enger of Eden Prairie (friend Darrel Sonnenberg), Ardell (Bonnie)Preuss of Bemidji, Leland (Bonnie) Preuss of Belview and Ranae (Michael) Edwards of Dalton, 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings; Martin Schmidt of Cottonwood, Leroy Schmidt of Wood Lake, Loren Schmidt of Lamberton, Ordean Schmidt of Glenwood, Edgar Schmidt of Webster, WI, Philip Schmidt, Jr. of Wood Lake and Joanne Willhite of Afton, and sister-in-law Laverna Markgraf of Onalaska, WI. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, one sister, one great grandson, Derek, son-in-law Marvin Enger and daughter-in-law Gerry Preuss. Blessed be her memory.

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Daniel Alvin Besser


Daniel Alvin Besser, 85, of Sun City Center, FL, went to heaven May 7, 2011. Daniel graduated from Mapleton High School, Mapleton, Minnesota in 1944, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served in the South Pacific during WWII, and participated in action on Iwo Jima. He returned to the United States and graduated from Winona State University. Dan was an athlete, educator, investment advisor and school administrator in Frost, MN and then in Echo and Woodlake, MN, retiring in 1988. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lena Besser. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine; and, sons Steven (Tracey and grandchildren Taylor and Alexi); Stanton (Charlene and grandchildren Michael Burley (Sharla and great-grandchildren Kara and Kurtis), Cory Burley (great grandchildren Brittany, Taylor and Cole) and Matthew Burley (Tina and great grandchildren Amanda and Kaitlyn)); Mark (Naomi); and, Matthew (Karen and grandchild Dayna). A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 25 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township, Wood Lake, MN, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be Monday, June 27, at 1:45 p.m., at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. Dan loved God, his family and friends, and his country. Our family states, “He was the best man any of us has ever known.”

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Betty L. Timm


Beloved Mother, Grandmother Sister ~ Age 84 Of Roseville, formerly of Mankato, passed away on May 27, 2011. Preceded in death by husband, Melvin. Survived by children, Bruce (Janine), Mary Kaye, Edrie (David) Murphy, Lori (Larry) Smith; 5 grandchildren; siblings, Lucille Bahn, Ruth Timm, Nona Anderson, Walter Wenholz, & Connie Schrupp. Funeral service at ROSEVILLE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1215 W. Roselawn Ave., Roseville on Wednesday, June 1 at 10 AM. Interment St. Luke's Lutheran Cemetery, Wood Lake, MN. Visitation at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME-ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. @ Co. Rd. B from 4-7 PM Tuesday and also at church on Wednesday from 9-10 AM. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Carol Schwerin


Carol Schwerin age 80 of Wood Lake passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in McAllen, Texas. Services will be Saturday March 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Posen Township Wood Lake. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday all at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso. Carol Schwerin joined her Savior on March 2, 2011 after a suffering a severe stroke. An amazing example of kindness and generosity to all who knew her, Carol grew up in Echo, MN. She graduated from High School in 1948 and the Abbott Northwestern Hospital nursing school in 1951. She married Harlan Schwerin in 1953, worked in Alabama for a year as an RN while Harlan finished his military service and then returned to Wabasso Minnesota in 1954. She, her husband, and her four young children settled on the family farm near Wood Lake in 1964. She was a loving and devoted mother but found a way to continue her career in nursing, working in Redwood Falls and Granite Falls. She was generous with her time and talents as the coordinator of the bloodmobile, recently receiving an award for 50 years of service to the Red Cross. She volunteered testing nurse’s aides for the Belview nursing home. She was devoted to the church as a long time Sunday school teacher, ladies aide member, and member of the guild. Carol blessed her 11 grandchildren with her love and was witness to their many achievements. She and her husband developed close communities of friends at a lake retreat near Glenwood, Minnesota over many years and in Alamo, Texas during the past 15 winters. She was enjoying the winter at their home in Trophy Gardens when she died. She is survived by her husband Harlan, her 3 sons, Clayton, Roger, Dave (Diane), by her daughter Kaye (Donald) Wothe, and by her grandchildren, Michael and Garrett Schwerin, Kevin (Beth) Schwerin and Kari Schwerin, Dani, Desi, and Dana Schwerin, and Austin, Jillian, Nicole and Grant Wothe. She is also survived by her sister, Lois (Odean) Odegard, and her brother Rollie(Noreen) Brockman. She is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Hazel Brockman. Blessed be her memory. Memorials in Carol's honor can be sent to: Sunset Funeral Home C/O Carol Schwerin Memorial 100 North Ave Echo, MN 56237 St. Luke's Lutheran Church C/O Carol Schwerin Memorial 5597 130th Ave Wood Lake, MN 56297 ** All Memorials will be donated to Parkinson's Research.

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