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Obituaries, Sept. 22, 2006

HELEN POTTER, 91, of Windom, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Sogge Good Samaritan Center, Windom. Born June 19, 1915, in Breckenridge, she was the daughter of Oscar and Minnie Johnson Norell. She married Merrill "Pud" Potter Oct. 11, 1935, in Co...

HELEN POTTER, 91, of Windom, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Sogge Good Samaritan Center, Windom.

Born June 19, 1915, in Breckenridge, she was the daughter of Oscar and Minnie Johnson Norell. She married Merrill "Pud" Potter Oct. 11, 1935, in Comfrey. He preceded her in death.

She received her elementary and high school educations in Comfrey, graduating in the Class of 1933. Following marriage, the couple lived in Jeffers until 1946, when they moved to Merrill's family farm in Amboy Township. They operated the farm for almost 30 years until their retirement in 1975. They remained on the farm until moving to Windom in 1984. While in the Jeffers area, the couple attended United Methodist Church, Jeffers. When they moved to Windom, they became members of American Lutheran Church. She was a church organist for more than 30 years as a young girl in Comfrey and later in life in both the First Lutheran Church in Comfrey and the Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeffers. She was an avid ballroom dancer, continuing even at age 90. In December 2003, she moved to the Good Samaritan Campus in Windom, living at Remick Ridge and later, Mikkelsen Manor. She moved to Sogge Good Samaritan Center on Sept. 12.

Surviving are one son, Ronald (Billie Jean) Potter, Minneapolis; one brother, Kenneth (Harriet) Norell, Springfield, Mo.; four granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Dallas Bowron.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom.

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The service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, with the Rev. Stephen Norby officiating. Burial will be in Jeffers Cemetery, Jeffers.

ALICE ELIZABETH LOHRENZ, 95, of Mountain Lake, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Good Samaritan Village, Mountain Lake.

Born April 20, 1911, on the family farm northwest of Mountain Lake, she was the daughter of Jacob and Katherine Unruh Dick. She married Silas David Lohrenz July 16, 1930. He died Oct. 24, 2000.

She moved with her parents to Inverness, Mont., and then to Lostwood, N.D., before returning to Mountain Lake. She attended country schools in Montana and North Dakota. Following marriage, the couple farmed until 1937, when they moved into Mountain Lake. In 1941, they moved to Portland, Ore., and returned to Mountain Lake in 1946. She gave up her nursing career in 1970, when she and Silas became custodians at Bethel Mennonite Church. They continued to serve as custodians until 1981. She also worked with Harold Lund, a local lawyer, from 1959 to 1989 as a legal guardian and administrator for the estates of many people. She volunteered at the Senior Center, the Care and Share Shop, the Good Samaritan Village and in numerous groups in her church. On May 14, 2002, she moved to Eventide Nursing Home and on April 7, 2006, she moved to the Good Samaritan Village.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis (Joyce) Lohrenz, Tulsa, Okla., and Roger (Bobby) Lohrenz, Keller, Texas; two daughters, Donna Mae (Orlo "Buzz") Hotzler, Mountain Lake, and Bernice Alice (Merle) Wall, Windom; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Bjerum Funeral Home, Mountain Lake, and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, with the Rev. George O'Reilly and the Rev. Amy Nissley officiating. Burial will be in Mountain Lake Cemetery.

JOHANNA VAN DE KIEFT, 84, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital, Rock Rapids.

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Born Aug. 9, 1922, in Goudswaard, The Netherlands, she was the daughter of John and Sijtje Schipper De Heer. She married Henry Van De Kieft May 8, 1941, in Artesia, Calif. He died in November 2003.

She grew up in The Netherlands, where she attended two years of school before coming to America. She continued her education at the Little Holland Christian School in Manhattan, Mont. In 1950, they moved to Rock Rapids. She was a homemaker and worked as a custodian at Kooiker Chevrolet in Rock Rapids for 10 years. She was a member of First Reformed Church and the Dorcus Circle.

Surviving are five children, Marinus (Harriet) Van De Kieft, Rock Valley, Sadie (Tony) Van Grootheest, Hardwick, Joann (Carl) Nielson, St. George, Utah, and Henry Jr. (Marlys) Van De Kieft, Canton, S.D.; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m., at Roste Funeral Home, Rock Rapids.

The service will be 11 am. Monday at First Reformed Church, Rock Rapids, with the Rev. Dan Haggar officiating. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery, Inwood, Iowa.

CLARA BECKERING, 90, of Edgerton, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton.

Born Oct. 2, 1915, in Holland, she was the daughter of Ryer and Clara (Post) Van Essen. She married William Beckering March 12, 1935, in Holland. He died Feb. 12, 1995.

She was raised and received her education in Holland. She was employed by Dr. Yseth in Pipestone until she was married. Following marriage, the couple resided in Edgerton. She did wood finishing for several years, and then became employed at Gord's Hardware in Edgerton, where she worked for many years and still enjoyed working part-time. She entered Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton on Sept. 15. She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton. She was also a member of the Edgerton Senior Citizens. Following her husband's retirement, they spent winter months in Arizona for 20 years.

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Surviving are one daughter, LaVonne (Robert) Roelofs, Edgerton; four sisters, Netta Kroeze, Fairmont, Calif., Sophi Scholten, Leota, Hattie Williams, Vancouver, Wash., and Bunny Huisken, Foley, Ala.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Colonial Funeral Chapel, Edgerton.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Colonial Funeral Chapel, Edgerton, with burial in Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton.

LILLY KAZEMBA, 94, of Lakefield and formerly of Windom, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Windom.

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

LaCanne Family Funeral Service, Windom, is handling the arrangements.

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