Obituaries, March 1, 2007
MILDRED B. PRATT, 94, of Marshfield, formerly of Worthington, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at Marshfield Center Nursing Home. Born May 24, 1912, in Osceola County, Iowa, she was the daughter of Clarence and Cora Winslow Ling. She married John P...
MILDRED B. PRATT, 94, of Marshfield, formerly of Worthington, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at Marshfield Center Nursing Home.
Born May 24, 1912, in Osceola County, Iowa, she was the daughter of Clarence and Cora Winslow Ling. She married John Pratt Jr. Aug. 14, 1936, in Salem, S.D., He died in October 1998.
She survived polio in her teen years and graduated in 1929 from Worthington High School. After marriage, they farmed near Brewster, Worthington, Reading, Fulda and Tyler before moving back to Worthington in 1980. She was a housewife and, after raising their children, worked at a nursing home in Tyler. In 1997, she moved to Marshfield, Wis., to be near her son, David, and became a resident of Marshfield Center Nursing Home in 1999. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Worthington, the Triple Five Club and Methodist circles.
Surviving are three sons, David (Betty) Pratt, Marshfield, Richard (Nancy) Pratt, Middleton, Pa., and Dennis Pratt, Tucson, Ariz.; one daughter, Mary (Tom) Christensen, Colbert, Wash.; one sister, Vera Hvistendahl; nine grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Worthington.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Worthington, with the Rev. Gordon Orde officiating. Burial will be in Worthington Cemetery.
Benson Funeral Home, Worthington, is in charge of the arrangements.
DEB BELL, 56, of Wilmont, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Wilmont.
Born Feb. 19, 1951, in Worthington, she was the daughter of Arnold and Adeline Carstensen Bell.
She attended Wilmont Public School for six years and graduated in 1969 from Worthington High School. She worked as a nurse's aide at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She moved to Sibley, Iowa, and continued to work as a nurse's aide in the Sibley hospital. She moved to Wilmont and worked at Bell Locker, and later worked for United Parcel Service in Slayton. She continued her education at the Minnesota Medical Institute in Minneapolis and was employed at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Lab. In 1996, she moved back to Wilmont to care for her ill mother. She cleaned, wallpapered and did painting for people in the Wilmont area and later became assistant manager of the Wilmont liquor store.
Surviving are three brothers, Gary (Shirley) Bell, Calmar, Iowa, Daryl (Pat) Bell, Hopkins, and Vernon (Carol) Bell, Pine Island; and two sisters, Kathleen (Leland) Smith, Wilmont, and Nancy (Marv) Vaske, Rushmore.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Wilmont.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.
Dingmann Funeral Home, Wilmont, is in charge of arrangements.
GENEVIEVE E. SCHARLES, 93, of Luverne, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Mary Jane Brown Good Samaritan Home, Luverne.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hartquist Funeral Home, Engebretson Chapel, Luverne.
A graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Alcester, S.D.
ALPHONSE L. BEZDICEK, 90, of Jackson, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Jackson Good Samaritan Center.
Born March 22, 1916, in Hunter Township, Jackson County, he was the son of Vincent and Anna Dvorak Bezdicek.
He graduated from District 65 school in Jackson County. He became a resident of Jackson Good Samaritan Center in 1987. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Jackson.
Surviving are two brothers, Lawrence Bezdicek and Vincent (Ann) Bezdicek, both of Jackson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Osterberg Funeral Home, Jackson, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Good Shepherd, Jackson.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Good Shepherd, Jackson, with the Rev. Peter Schuster officiating. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Jackson.
IRENE J. THIEL, 81, of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Sioux Falls.
Born Nov. 4, 1925, in Java, S.D., she was the daughter of George and Sophia Zambo Kormendy. She married Lawrence Thiel Aug. 16, 1952, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Lismore. He died in 1990.
As a young woman, she moved with her sisters to Sioux Falls. After marriage, they farmed near Lismore for 31 years, then retired and moved to Sioux Falls.
Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Ann (James Evans) Thiel, Ames, Iowa; four sisters, Margaret Steinhoff, Pipestone, Anna Hasse, Brookings, S.D., Sister Martha Kormendy, Bruce, Wis., and Tillie Balak, Sioux Falls; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, with a 7 p.m. scriptural vigil followed by a rosary, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, Sioux Falls.
The service will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 57th Street and Bahnson Avenue, Sioux Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Avera McKennan Foundation at Avera McKennan Hospital.