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Obituaries, March 18, 2006

FELIX SWANSON, 93, of Trimont, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center, St. James. Arrangements are pending with Kramer Funeral Home, Trimont. ERNEST WIPF, 94, of Elk River, formerly of the Jeffers area, died Thursda...

FELIX SWANSON, 93, of Trimont, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center, St. James.

Arrangements are pending with Kramer Funeral Home, Trimont.

ERNEST WIPF, 94, of Elk River, formerly of the Jeffers area, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Guardian Angel Care Center, Elk River.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. April 7 at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 8 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Windom.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. April 8 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Windom, with the Rev. Paul Sajban officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Windom.

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MARGARET VERNA FINKE, 85, of Roseville, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, in Roseville.

She married Wilfred "Jim" Henry Finke. He died in 1999.

Surviving are one son, Duane W. Radke, Greenville, Calif.; one stepson, Robert F. (Rae) Finke, Penryn, Calif.; one brother, Elvin Kuehl, Lismore; and eight sisters, Bertha Anderson, Edina, Evelyn Froderman, Round Lake, Vauna Gieser, Mesa, Ariz., Doris Habeck, Heron Lake, Celia Kunze, Delano, Harriet Thoresen, Spicer, Donna Van Behren, Richfield, and Lucille Welton, Windom; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be in Worthington and Roseville at a later date.

Lambert Funeral Home, Roseville, is in charge of arrangements.

VIOLA FERN VANDEN HULL, 78, of Archer, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Northwest Iowa Health Center Senior Care, Sheldon, Iowa.

Born Aug. 16, 1927, in Tekamah, Neb., she was the daughter of Hobson and Florence Kellogg Smith. She married Jacob "Jake" Vanden Hull Aug. 20, 1947, in Archer. He preceded her in death.

She grew up in Cherokee, Sutherland and Archer, where she attended school. After marriage, they lived in Archer and she was a cook at the Archer Community School until it closed, and then she was the custodian at Archer Reformed Church until retiring in 1996. She was a member of Archer Reformed Church.

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Surviving are her children, Bonnie (Dan) Frangenberg and Todd Vanden Hull, both of Archer; two brothers, Clyde Smith, Columbus, Ohio, and Walter Smith, Sheldon; one sister, Inez Peterson, Washington Courthouse, Ohio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m., at Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service, Sheldon.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Archer Reformed Church, Archer, with the Rev. Jeremy Wiersema officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon.

HELEN ELNORA WESSMAN, 96, of Lexington, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Tri-County Hospital, Lexington.

Born June 17, 1909, in Morris, she was the daughter of Henry and Emelia Ettesvold Mickelson. She married Elmer G. Brodin of rural Windom in 1932. He died on Sept. 12, 1950. She married Walter Wessman of Anaheim, Calif., in 1964. He preceded her in death.

She graduated from Cyrus High School in 1926 and Augsburg College, Minneapolis, in 1930. She taught high school music and English in Wilder. After her first marriage, they were engaged in farming and active members of the local Lutheran church and local community organizations. In 1952, she moved to Minneapolis, where she took business and music courses at the Minneapolis School of Business and the University of Minnesota. She worked in secretarial positions for the President and Dean of Students at Augsburg College. She served as editor of the Women's Missionary Federation magazine for the Evangelical Lutheran church. After her second marriage, they lived in California. She accompanied church choirs, serving as organist. She moved to Lexington in 1990.

Surviving are one daughter, Ethel (Gilbert) Gierhan, Lexington; one stepdaughter, Joy Ann (Chuck) Dodd, Lexington; one brother, Arlo (Helen) Mickelson, Grand Rapids, Mich.; three sisters, June Anderson, Morris, Harriet Berg, Minneapolis, and Elaine (Norris) Felt, Vancouver, Wash.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home, Lexington, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom.

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The service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, with the Rev. Michael Gruhn officiating. Burial will be in Delafield Cemetery, Windom.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lexington, with the Rev. Michael Gruhn officiating.

Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Lexington, or the donor's choice.

WARREN EWEN, 85, of Windom, formerly of Jeffers, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Sunset Cottage, Worthington.

Born April 25, 1920, on a farm one mile west of Callender, Iowa, he was the son of C.E. and Blanche (Elvidge) Ewen.

In 1927, the family moved to from Callender to a farm 1½ miles south of Jeffers. He went to school in Jeffers and graduated in 1938. He enrolled in an aviation mechanics class in the fall of 1938 in Pomona, Calif. He graduated from junior college in Pomona in 1940. In the fall of 1940, he was hired by Lockheed Aircraft of Burbank, Calif., and spent a year there working on the manufacturing of the Hudson Bomber and P-38 fighter aircraft. In 1941, he was hired by his former school instructor to work in his machine shop in Pomona. He started his machining career by making aircraft parts for another company, Loud. He was deferred for 2½ years with Hadley & Loud Companies, and in June 1944 was drafted in the Navy. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946. He spent 1½ years in San Diego, Calif., after boot camp at Farragut, Idaho. In the years after 1946, he started a small shop on the farm and assisted with farming. In 1950, he started crop spraying and did this for 12 years along with shop work and part-time farming. Then, for the next 12 years, he went back to California in the winter and worked for B.H. Hadley Company. In 1962, he remained in Minnesota and began expansion of his shop to an eventual size of 22,000 square feet. Two of the main products of production were the rolling cultivator shield and quick hitches for tractors. He sold the hitch and rolling shields in 1980. In 1995, he sold the complete facility.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom.

The service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, with the Rev. David Lightner officiating. Military honors will follow.

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Memorials are preferred to the Salvation Army.

PATRICIA MARGUERITE BEAL, 86, of Mankato, formerly of Avoca, Slayton and Pipestone, died Friday, March 17, 2006, at Oaklawn Health Care Center, Mankato.

Born Dec. 29, 1919, in Avoca, she was the daughter of Frank and Nellie Osborne Fitzpatrick. She married Robert "Jim" Beal on Sept. 13, 1943, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Avoca. He died on Feb. 9, 1990.

She grew up in Avoca and graduated from Slayton High School in 1938. She attended Mankato Business College. After marriage, they lived in Slayton, where she worked at Murray County Mutual Insurance Co. In 1951, they moved to Pipestone, and she worked at Pan-O-Gold Bakery and then Pipestone Vocational School. In 1976, they moved back to Slayton, where she worked at the Hut for eight years. She moved to Mankato in 1997. She became a resident of Oaklawn Health Care Center, Mankato, in April 2003. She was a member of St. Ann's Church, Slayton. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, serving as treasurer for several years and Grand Regent for two years. She belonged to a dance club.

Surviving are two sons, Jim (Deb) Beal, Eagle Lake, and John (Linda) Beal, Lakeville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann's Church, Slayton.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann's Church, Slayton, with the Rev. Patrick Arens officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Avoca.

Totzke Funeral Home, Slayton, is in charge of arrangements.

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