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Obituaries, Sept. 12, 2006

MINNIE ANNA GROTH, 93, of Cokato, formerly of Luverne, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Cokato Manor Nursing Home. Born Dec. 29, 1912, in Stanley, Wis., she was the daughter of Albert and Minnie Neitzel Neitzel. She married Henry Groth Jr. on Apr...

MINNIE ANNA GROTH, 93, of Cokato, formerly of Luverne, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Cokato Manor Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 29, 1912, in Stanley, Wis., she was the daughter of Albert and Minnie Neitzel Neitzel. She married Henry Groth Jr. on April 23, 1937, at her parents' farm in Tulare, S.D. He died Nov. 13, 1977.

She moved with her parents as a small child to Tulare, where she was raised and attended school. After graduating from Tulare High School in 1931, she continued her education in Mitchell, S.D., and received her associate's degree in business. Upon completion of her education, she moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., and worked there. After marriage, they moved to a farm near Steen. In 1967, they moved to Luverne, where she became employed as a cook at the Blue Mound Inn for 17 years. She moved to Cokato in 1997 and lived with her daughter. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Cokato, and later a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne. She was active in the Dorcas Circle.

Surviving are four children, Karen (Roger) Schroeppel, Spicer, Melvin Groth, Sioux Falls, Larry Groth, Hamel, and Linda Groth (Brian) Olsen, Cokato; one sister, Dorothy (Jordan) Zillmer, Oconomowoc, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today 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 Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, near Steen.

CORNELIA "CORA" SCHELHAAS, 87, of Edgerton, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at Pipestone County Medical Center, Pipestone.

Born March 24, 1919, in Moulton Township, Murray County, she was the daughter of Klaas and Anna Van Ameyden Hoek. She married Jacob Schelhaas July 10, 1953. He died May 22, 2003.

She grew up in Moulton Township and attended country schools in the Chandler area. After marriage, she worked as a homemaker and as a clerk at Huiskens Brothers Store in Edgerton. Following their retirement, they continued to live in Edgerton until February 2003, when they moved to the Slayton Manor. She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton, and enjoyed volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission. She was also a member of the Edgebrook Auxiliary.

Surviving are two sisters, Anne Talsma, Edgerton, and Minnie Huisken, Edgerton; and various nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 am. today at First Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at First Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton.

Hartquist Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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MARK WOITASZEWSKI, 46, of Slayton, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Our House Hospice Home, Slayton.

Born Feb. 19, 1960, in Slayton, he was the son of Dennis and Cornelia Vander Brink Woitaszewski. He married Pamela Guild June 21, 1981.

He grew up in Slayton and attended West Elementary and Slayton High School, graduating in 1978. While in high school, he worked at Hi Way Grocery in Slayton. Following marriage, the couple lived in Slayton, and he worked at Nordin's Super Valu. He later worked as a salesman for the Worthington Veterinary Medical Center. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton, where he served on the property and management committee. He was a retired member of the Slayton Fire Department and a council member for the City of Slayton.

Surviving is his wife; three children, Luke (Kelli) Woitaszewski, Lake Wilson, Kaitlyn Woitaszewski, Slayton, and Jed Woitaszewski, Slayton; his mother, Slayton; two brothers, Allan (Nancy) Woitaszewski, Worthington, and Gary (Sharon) Woitaszewski, Slayton; and two grandsons.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton, with the Rev. Ted Kunze officiating. Burial will be in Slayton Memorial Gardens.

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

EMMY MAHON, 79, of Fulda, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda.

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Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Totzke Funeral Home, Fulda, with a 4:30 p.m. rosary and a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Gabriel's Church, Fulda.

The service is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Gabriel's Church, Fulda.

RUTH RONGSTAD, 95, of Dovray, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Center.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Totzke Funeral Home, Slayton, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Dovray.

The service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Dovray. Burial is in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Dovray.

GEORGE R. PETERSON, 82, of Worthington, formerly of Columbia Heights, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Crossroads Care Center, Worthington.

Born Dec. 16, 1923, in Sioux City, Iowa, he was the son of Andrew and Lillian Cavanaugh Peterson. He married Edith Cramer Hauswold Dec. 30, 1965.

He was a long time partner in the Phil & George Café in Minneapolis. He was also involved in nursing home ministry in Minneapolis. After the restaurant business, he became a machinist in a tool and dye company.

Surviving is a brother; and various nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington, with the Rev. Scott Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Worthington Cemetery.

MARIE SCHAAP, 94, of Pipestone, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at Pipestone County Medical Center.

Born July 30, 1912, in Murray County, she was the daughter of John and Fredericka Vetters Schaap.

She attended country school through the seventh grade and then attended Leota Christian School for one year. She attended Edgerton Public School for a year and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa. After graduation, she enrolled at Mankato State Teachers School and began teaching in a country school and later at Edgerton Christian Elementary School. Later, she transferred to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she graduated in 1939 with a bachelor's degree. She moved to Maryland and worked as an analyst for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. After retiring, she continued to reside in Maryland, and in 2002, returned to Edgerton. She was active at Christian Reformed Church in Maryland, where she served in various leadership positions. She was also a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton, the Appalachian Trail Inc. and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Christian Reformed Church. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton.

Colonial Funeral Home, Edgerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

ALVIN "DOC" ROGERS, 93, of Reading, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Sioux Valley Luverne Hospital.

Born Aug. 25, 1913, in rural Reading, he was the son of William and Evelyn Coyour Rogers. He married Irene Spellman Aug. 12, 1950.

He grew up and attended school in Reading. After his schooling, he helped local farmers. On May 25, 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II until Nov. 8, 1945. He was stationed in Italy and Africa, and received a Purple Heart. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Lake Wilson and farmed. After marriage, the couple made their home in Reading. He started working for the Rock Island Railroad in 1953 and stayed until he retired. After retirement he again worked for local farmers. He moved to the Mary Brown Home in June 2006. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Worthington, a member of the Worthington VFW and the Disabled American Veterans.

Surviving are his daughter, Ginger Rogers, Reading; and a sister, Doris Ricketts, Slayton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Dingmann Funeral Home, Worthington.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Dingmann Funeral Home, Worthington, with the Rev. Thomas Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Summit Lake Cemetery, Reading.

FLOYD BRUNING, 86, of Westbrook, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Westbrook Good Samaritan Center.

Born April 4, 1920, in Murray County, he was the son of Henry and Sarah Kroch Bruning. He married Rita Backus Aug. 22, 1946, in Currie.

He attended country school, then entered the U.S. Army in 1942, taking part in the Normandy Invasion where he landed on Omaha Beach. He was wounded in action and received numerous commendations, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and others. He was discharged in 1945, but presented with the Liberty Medal 60 years later while a resident at Westbrook Good Samaritan Center. After marriage, the couple settled in Westbrook, where he operated Dray Lines and worked part time as a bartender and police officer. He worked at Westbrook Lumber Yard for 30 years, retiring in 1982. After retirement, Floyd and his wife were campground hosts at Lake Shetek State Park for 12 years. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Westbrook American Legion and VFW, where he served as sergeant of arms for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Westbrook Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife; four children, Linda (Gene) Nelsen, Albert Lea, Sandra (Gary) Adam, Mesa, Ariz., Debra (Roger) Miller, Marshall, and Charles Bruning, Slayton; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Westbrook Funeral Home and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Westbrook.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Westbrook. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery, Westbrook.

HAZEL AMELIA HENDRICKSON, 91, of Pipestone, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Ashton Care Center, Pipestone.

Born July 22, 1915, in Granite Falls, she was the daughter of Christian and Julia Seim Brevig. She married James Hendrickson August 13, 1941, in Granite Falls. He died May 23, 1998.

She grew up and attended school in Granite Falls, graduating from Granite Falls High School in 1932. In 1934, she attended West Central School for Agriculture in Morris, where she took business classes. After marriage, the couple moved to Minneapolis and later lived in Hutchinson, Billings, Mont., and Mound. In 1955, the couple moved to Texas, where she worked for an insurance company. In 1956, the couple moved back to Mound, where she worked as a secretary for the school system for 18 years. In 1976, she retired, and they moved to Redwood Falls, later moving to Pipestone in 1981. In June 2005, she became a member of Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone. The following month, she moved to Falls Landing in Pipestone, where she lived until moving to Sunrise Village, Jasper, in December 2005. On July 18, she became a resident of Ashton Care Center, Pipestone. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Pipestone, where she was active in choir and Love Circle. She was also a member of Eastern Star.

Surviving are two children, Teri Jim Hendrickson, Duluth, and Kay (John) Dubbelde, Pipestone; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel.

The service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, Pipestone. Burial will be in Old Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone.

WILLIAM J. KAMSTRA, 77, of Sheldon, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at the Northwest Iowa Health Center, Sheldon.

Born July 9, 1929, in Hawarden, Iowa, he was the son of John and Emma DeJager Kamstra. He married Evelyn Meerdink Oct. 12, 1950, in Hull, Iowa.

He grew up and attended country school near McNally, Iowa. After marriage, the couple farmed near Ireton and later moved to a farm near Sheldon. For more than 25 years, he drove truck for Van Wyk Trucking in Sheldon. He was a member of First Reformed Church, Sheldon.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Butch Kamstra and Terry (Kay) Kamstra, both of Sheldon, and Arlan (Laura) Kamstra, Albuquerque, N.M.; one daughter, Eileen Martens, Sheldon; two brothers, Tony (Gloria) Kamstra, Quincy, Wash., and Peter (Diane) Kamstra, Orange City, Iowa; one sister, Jean Goslinga, Orange City; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon.

The service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Reformed Church, Sheldon, with the Rev. David Brower officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon.

MYRON L. KLINKENBORG, 61, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer, Iowa.

Born Aug. 3, 1945, in Sibley, Iowa, he was the son of Everon and Esther Klaassen Klinkenborg. He married Mary Houwen June 6, 1969.

He was raised on the family farm east of Rock Rapids, attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated in 1963 from Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids. He farmed with his father before entering the U.S. Air Force Jan. 7, 1968. He served with the 185th Air Guard and received an honorable discharge May 28, 1969. After marriage, the couple lived and farmed in the Rock Rapids area. In 1978 they moved to a farm east of Rock Rapids. Along with farming, he owned and operated a corn shelling business and helped at the George Elevator. He also substituted with the DOT during winter storms, helping with snow removal. He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, serving as a deacon. He was a past member of the Lyon County Co-op Oil Board.

Surviving are his wife; three children, Monte (Sara) Klinkenborg, Gold River, Calif., Marne Klinkenborg, Aurora, Colo., and Mike Klinkenborg, Iowa City, Iowa; six brothers, Jim (Jean) Klinkenborg, Worthington, Davis Klinkenborg, Rock Rapids, Randy Klinkenborg, Rock Rapids, Jerry Klinkenborg, Rock Rapids, Merle (Kae) Klinkenborg, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tom (Audra) Klinkenborg, Rock Rapids; and three grandchildren.

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

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Reformed Church. Burial, with military honors by the Van Anne-Fields VFW Post 6960 and the Rex Strait American Legion Post 103 of Rock Rapids, will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids.

LYAL VERNON ODDSON, 84, of Worthington, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

Born Oct. 7, 1921, near Mille Lacs Lake, he was the son of Olaus and Emelia Olson Oddson. He married Bessie Ann Day Sept. 10, 1945.

He grew up and attended school in the Mille Lacs Lake area and attended accounting school in Mankato. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. After marriage, he worked as an accountant in Madison, S.D., and Worthington. He lived in Iowa for a time. He was a member of the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Disabled American Veterans.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Lloyd (Jan) Oddson, Sioux Falls, Kerry (Crystal) Oddson, Worthington, and Shane Oddson, Fulda; four daughters, Ruth (Al) Geslin, Eufaula, Ala., Robin (Clayton) Wick, Adrian, Linda Balster, Clarkfield, and LuCinda (Rick) Kluever, Iowa; a brother, Alton Oddson, Cottonwood, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Worthington Cemetery, with the Rev. Gordon Orde of the First United Methodist Church officiating.

Dingmann Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Worthington, is in charge of arrangements.

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