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Obituaries, March 5, 2007

MERVENE L. SPEAR, 78, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Sherburn, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Good Samaritan Center, Sioux Falls. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kramer Family Funeral Home, Sherburn, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday...

MERVENE L. SPEAR, 78, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Sherburn, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Good Samaritan Center, Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kramer Family Funeral Home, Sherburn, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sherburn.

The service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sherburn, with the Rev. Steven Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Sherburn Cemetery.

ALICE SHERWOOD, 88, of Luverne, died Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage, Luverne.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m., at Hartquist Funeral Home, Engebretson Chapel, Luverne.

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The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne, with the Rev. Gary Klatt officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne.

LORRAINE BOLL, 70, of Cleveland, Minn., formerly of Brewster, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester.

Born April 15, 1936, in Heron Lake, she was the daughter of Raymond and Alice Berreau Schreiber. She married Donald Wade in 1954. They were later divorced. She married James Boll May 28, 1990, in Rochester.

She graduated in 1953 from Brewster High School.

Surviving are her husband; six children, Monica Wasmund, Sibley, Iowa, Joan (Steve) Kruse, Worthington, Barb (Bob Berger) Wade, Eden Prairie, James Wade, Mankato, Janice Johnson, Madison Lake, and Gary (Kathyren) Wade, Rushmore; one brother, Duane (Gloria) Schreiber, Pueblo, Colo.; one sister, Marcella Schreiber, Worthington; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Nativity, Cleveland.

The service will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Nativity, Cleveland.

St. Peter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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AARON ENGELS, 32, of Overland Park, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Born Oct. 15, 1974, in Luverne, he was the son of Alan and Beth VanderZiel Engels. He married Kari Coppedge Sept. 25, 2001.

He grew up in South Dakota until moving with his family to Parsons, Kan., in 1989. He graduated in 1993 from Parsons High School. He later attended Kansas State University and graduated from DeVry University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1995 and entered the Kansas National Guard in 1999. He became a commissioned officer in 2004. He retired due to illness in 2006. He also worked for several years as manager for Cintas Uniform Co.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Breckyn Leigh Engels, at home; parents, Parsons; one brother, Jerry Anderson, White Lake, S.D.; two sisters, Angela Thomas, St. Louis, Mo., and Kowanda McBride, West Point, N.Y.; and grandparents, Bernard VanderZiel, Leota, and Bertha and Jim Schoop, Pierre, S.D.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, 405 Main, Parsons.

The service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Center Bethel Union Church, near Parson.

Memorials are requested to an education fund for his daughter and can be sent to the funeral home.

MARK JACOBSMA, 51, of Worthington, died Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Worthington Regional Hospital.

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Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington, with the Rev. Robert Bartlett officiating. Burial will be in Worthington Memorial Garden Cemetery.

HOWARD "BLACKIE" EVAN BOECK, 85, of Westbrook, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at his home.

Born Sept. 21, 1921, he was the son of Herman and Gerda Scarset Boeck. He married Lillian Ericson Feb. 20, 1940. She died in 2003.

He attended Westbrook High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. He returned to Westbrook and worked with his father at Boeck Construction. He worked in road construction for many years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Westbrook American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and served on the Westbrook School Board and Westbrook Fire Department.

Surviving are five children, Penny Gorman, Mankato, Patti (Don) Holthe, Jackson, Rodney (Nancy) Boeck, Westbrook, Reid Boeck, McAllen, Texas, and Tim (Anita) Boeck, Arlington, S.D.; two brothers, Leo Boeck, Walnut Grove, and Graydon Boeck, Brooklyn Center; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Westbrook.

The service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Westbrook. Burial will be in Westbrook Cemetery.

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HENRIETTA T. MADLAND, 94, of Sioux Falls, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Dow Rummel Village, Sioux Falls.

Born Jan. 18, 1913, near Boyden, Iowa, she was the daughter of John and Minnie VanDyke Westra. She married Clifford Madland Sept. 28, 1939, in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

She graduated from Rock Rapids High School. For five years, she taught in rural schools in Lyon County, Iowa, then was a department manager at J.C. Penney. After marriage, they lived in Sioux Falls. She was a homemaker and she and her husband were partners in the real estate property business. For 25 years, they spent winters in Arizona and also had a summer home on Lake Madison. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and they were active in the Airstream Club for 25 years.

Surviving are her husband; five children, Jolene "Jody" (Elton) Byre and Jon (Patsy) Madland, both of Sioux Falls, Janis (Hank) Grant, Okoboji, Iowa, Jerolyn "Jeri" (Steve) Timmons, Lincoln, Neb., and Jess (Ellen Jordano) Madland, Plymouth; two brothers, Andrew Westra, Aberdeen, S.D., and John Westra, Centerville, S.D.; one sister, Marjorie VanderPol, Beaumont, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at George Boom Funeral Home, 3408 E. 10th St., Sioux Falls.

The memorial service will be noon Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 12th and Spring, Sioux Falls. Burial will be 9:30 am. Tuesday in Richland Cemetery, Inwood, Iowa.

JOHANNA KRULL, 89, of George, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Roste Funeral Home, George.

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The service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, with the Rev. Scott Burdsall officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

ELLEN NELSEN, 88, of Westbrook, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.

Born Sept. 14, 1918, in Rosehill Township, Cottonwood County, she was the daughter of Ernest and Bertha Bloch Rachuy. She married Lloyd Nelsen Sept. 13, 1939, at her parents' home. He preceded her in death.

She attended District 59 country school and graduated in 1937 from Westbrook High School. After marriage, they lived and farmed in Des Moines River Township, Murray County, until 1977, when they retired from farming and moved into Westbrook. He was a homemaker. In 2005, she became a resident of Westbrook Good Samaritan Home. She was at member of Grace Lutheran Church, Westbrook, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader and ladies aid officer. She was a 4-H leader for many years and belonged to Neighborly Club, the hospital auxiliary unit, Sunset Club and Stitch and Chatter.

Surviving are five children, Lois (Lemoine) Grams, Hutchinson, Janice Anderson, Springfield, Rodney (Carol) Nelsen, Plymouth, Ruth (Jay) Takle, Westbrook, and Keith (Jane) Nelsen, Westbrook; one brother, Marvin "Bud" Rachuy; three sisters, Elffie Kopperud, Orpha Emkes and Muriel Gundermann; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. today at Grace Lutheran Church, Westbrook.

The service will be 11 a.m. today at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Westbrook Cemetery.

Westbrook Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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MAVIS ANN SCHENK, 54, of Minneapolis, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.

Born Jan. 27, 1953, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Armin and Elaine Krengel Schenk.

She grew up on a farm in southwest Minnesota. She earned a degree from the University of Minnesota in home economics and began her career at the University of Minnesota in the nutrition department, eventually moving to project management with Facilities Planning at University Hospital, now UMMC Fairview, where she worked for 30 years.

Surviving are her father, Amin (Clara) Schenk; two brothers, Dean (Karen) Schenk, and Mark (Brenda) Schenk; and one sister, Diane (Denny).

The service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis.

Memorials are preferred to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

FRANCES G. GIVENS, 84, of Luverne, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Sanford Hospital, Luverne.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Hartquist Funeral Home, Engebretson Chapel, Luverne.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Luverne, with the Rev. Terry Morse officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne.

GEORGE HERMAN ZANTER, 86, of Avoca, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Sanford Health Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Born Aug. 22, 1920, in Fulda, he was the son of Paul and Ida Bremer Zanter.

He grew up near Fulda and Avoca and attended St. Paul's Lutheran School, Fulda. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1944. He returned to Avoca, where he farmed and ran a lawn care business. He later moved to Slayton and lived at Sunrise Terrace Apartments and then at Slayton Golden Living Center. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Avoca.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at Faith Lutheran Church, Avoca.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at Faith Lutheran Church, Avoca, with the Rev. Ted Kunze officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the American Heart Association.

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

HARVEY YANTZI, 91, of Slayton, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Crossroads Care Center, Worthington.

Born Nov. 6, 1915, in Nobles County, he was the son of David and Maggie Wettlaufer Yantzi. He married Eva Schlueter Sept. 15, 1962, at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton. She died March 1, 2003.

At a young age, he moved with his family to Mott, N.D., and after a couple of years they returned to Minnesota and lived on a farm by Badger Lake near Slayton. He attended country school and worked on the family farm. After marriage, they lived on the family farm until 1964, when they moved to a farm near Lake Wilson. They later lived in Slayton and he worked at the lumberyard. After retiring in 1980, he did handy work in the area. They became residents of Crossroads Care Center in 2001. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton.

The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton, with the Rev. Ted Kunze officiating. Burial will be in Slayton Memorial Gardens.

Totzke Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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