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Obituaries, Sept. 5, 2006

Larry A. Bonnstetter, 58, of rural Slayton, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at Murray County Hospital, Slayton. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Hadley Lutheran Church, Hadley. The service will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Hadley Lutheran C...

Larry A. Bonnstetter, 58, of rural Slayton, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at Murray County Hospital, Slayton.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Hadley Lutheran Church, Hadley.

The service will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Hadley Lutheran Church, Hadley. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Hadley.

Totzke Funeral Home, Slayton, is handling the arrangements.

Nina Rader, 89, of Windom and formerly of Storden, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Sogge Good Samaritan Center, Windom.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden.

The service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden, with the Rev. Mark Yackel-Juleen and Vicar Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Karna Pulcher, 91, of Windom and formerly of Storden, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Sogge Good Samaritan Center, Windom.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Storden Community Center, Storden, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden.

The service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden, with the Rev. Mark Yackel-Juleen and Vicar Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

William "Willie" Timmerman, 80, of Rock Rapids, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Roste Funeral Home, Rock Rapids, with the Rev. Anita Bane officiating. Burial of cremains will be 1 p.m. Friday, with military honors by the Rock Rapids VFW and American Legion, in Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids.

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Myrtle Ludvigson, 99, of Westbrook, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at Westbrook Good Samaritan Home.

Born Sept. 19, 1906, in Westbrook Township, she was the daughter of Peter and Christina Christenson Peterson. She married Luverne Ludvigson March 9, 1927, in Westbrook. He preceded her in death.

She was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Westbrook for many years. Following marriage, the couple farmed for five years. They then entered the grocery business, working in stores in Albert Lea and Windom. In Westbrook they worked at the Jack Sprat Store and Johnson's Grocery. She also worked at the Wolff Store in Windom for many years. She had been a resident of the Westbrook Good Samaritan Home for the past 12 years.

Surviving are two nieces.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at Immanuel Baptist Church, Westbrook.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at Immanuel Baptist Church, Westbrook, with the Rev. Rob Adams officiating. Burial will be in Westbrook Cemetery.

Almlie Funeral Home, Westbrook, is in charge of the arrangements.

Fredrick Delmar Christians, 84, of George, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at the V.A. Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Born Feb. 8, 1922, in rural George, he was the son of Jake and Tena Duin Christians. He married Hilda Kramer Jan. 25, 1949. She preceded him in death.

After marriage, they lived in the George and Little Rock, Iowa, areas. He was a member of First Baptist Church, rural George.

Surviving are nine children, Fred (Kathy) Christians, Rock Rapids, Iowa, Grace (Carl) Depo, Franklinton, N.C., Herman (Linda) Christians, George, Ted (Kathy) Christians, Slayton, Pearl Schiebler, North Syracuse, N.Y., Roger Christians, George, Jason (Connie) Christians, George, Heidi (Roger) Hess, Sioux Falls, and Chad Christians, Sibley, Iowa; one brother, Russell Christians, Worthington; one sister, Gladys Kooistra, Balaton; 30 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church, rural George, with the Rev. Stephen May officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Bolin Funeral Service, George, is handling the arrangements.

Berdene "Dena" Wilhelmina De Jager, 87, of Sheldon, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at Northwest Iowa Health Center Senior Care, Sheldon.

Born Jan. 10, 1919, in Sanborn, Iowa, she was the daughter of Dirk and Wilhelmina Ter Maat Dykstra. She married Steven De Jager May 13, 1946, in Denver, Colo. He died Dec. 3, 1992.

She lived her youth in Sanborn until age 4, when she moved to Denver, Colo., where she attended Denver Christian School. During her high school years, she helped her mother care for her four sisters and a brother following her father's death. Following marriage, the couple moved to Sheldon. She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, Sheldon, where she was a member of the Ladies Aide Society.

Surviving are three children, Dan (Linda) De Jager, Sanborn, Linda (Dave) Siems, Nora Springs, Iowa, and Dennis (Kim) De Jager, Ventura, Iowa; four sisters, Tillie Le Fleur, Grand Rapids, Mich., Gertrude (Frank) Meerman, Allendale, Mich., Dorothy (John) Reppert, Denver, Colo., and Janice (Ed "Lou") Van Temmeren, Jenison, Mich.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The service will be 2 p.m. today at First Christian Reformed Church, Sheldon, with the Rev. Greg Timmer officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon.

Andringa Funeral Home-Sheldon Funeral Service is handling the arrangements.

Lawrence Stern, 65, of Round Lake, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Lexington, Ky.

Born Oct. 25, 1940, in Taopi, he was the son of William and Eloise Stern. He married Judy Plantz Jan. 17, 1970.

He moved with his family to Round Lake in 1946. He graduated from high school in 1958. He then served four years in the U.S. Air Force and received his honorable discharge in September 1962. He then started trucking with his dad. He was working for Bennett Trucking of Windom.

Surviving are his wife; three children, Brent, Terry and Tanya, all of Round Lake; one sister, Carol Gowett, Chelsea, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, Round Lake.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Robert Barlett officiating. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery.

Johanna Erickson, 100, of Worthington, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at South Shore Care Center, Worthington.

Born April 11, 1906, in Pennington County near Thief River Falls, she was the daughter of Martin and Gretje Duis Heyen. She married Edward Erickson in 1937. He died in 1948.

She moved with her family at a young age to a farm in Bloom Township, Nobles County. She grew up on the farm and attended country school. Following marriage, the couple lived at Green Lake. Following her husband's death, she returned to the family farm in Nobles County. She later moved to Worthington. She entered South Shore Care Center in August 1994. She was a member of Immanuel American Lutheran Church, rural Fulda, where she belonged to Ladies Aid.

Surviving are one nephew and four nieces.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel American Lutheran Church, rural Fulda.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel American Lutheran Church, rural Fulda, with the Rev. Kristi Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel American Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fulda.

Totzke Funeral Home, Fulda, is handling the arrangements.

Charles Henry Vande Velde, 74, of Kenneth, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

Born Sept. 6, 1931, in Luverne, he was the son of Henry and Louise Anderson Vande Velde. He married Clare Melcher May 20, 1961, in Woodstock.

He attended grade school in Kenneth and graduated from Luverne High School in 1950. In high school, he was an outstanding football player and track star, holding track records many years after graduation. He attended Luther College where he played football until he entered the U.S. Army. He served his country in the Korean War. After his discharge, he returned to college until he returned to Kenneth to help his father run Vande Velde Hardware and Implement. He continued to operate the hardware store until ill health forced him to retire. He was a lifelong member of Kenneth Lutheran Church where he had several offices and was a member of the church choir. He was a member of the Kenneth City Council for more than 30 years, was a long time member of the Kenneth Fire Department, a lifetime member of the Luverne VFW and the Hardwick Legion, where he was a past commander and had various other offices. He was also chairman of the board for the State Bank of Kenneth.

Surviving are his wife; four children, Susan (Brad) Skattum, Magnolia, Monica (Gary) Cross, Lennox, S.D., Greg (Connie) Vande Velde, Luverne, and Paul (Amy) Vande Velde, Lead, S.D.; one brother, Harris Van Develde, Minneapolis; one sister, Dolores Pederson, North Branch; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Dingmann Funeral Home, Luverne, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kenneth Lutheran Church.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kenneth Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Kerry Boese officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Kenneth Cemetery.

Lillian Anna Margaretha Drenkow, 87, of Boyden, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at Northwest Iowa Health Center Senior Care, Sheldon, Iowa.

Born June 16, 1919, in rural George, Iowa, she was the daughter of Herman and Betty Reyelts Stueven. She married Raymond Drenkow April 20, 1938, at her parents' home. He died in October 1982.

She lived her youth in rural George, where she attended St. John Lutheran Parochial School. Following marriage, the couple lived and farmed north of Hull, Iowa. She moved to Northwest Iowa Health Center Senior Care in Sheldon in August 1995. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, rural Boyden, where she was active when she was able.

Surviving are two sons, Larry Drenkow, Hull, and Rodney (Bonnie) Drenkow, Waverly, Iowa; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The service was 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Boyden. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, rural Boyden.

Andringa Funeral Home-Sheldon Funeral Service, was in charge of the arrangements.

Roger William Kruse, 74, of Maple Grove and formerly of Red Wing and Windom, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at the Windom Area Hospital.

Born Dec. 29, 1931, in Lyon County, Iowa, he was the son of William and Louise Rudlof Kruse, Jr. He married Mildred "Mickey" DeNeui June 30, 1952.

He received his early education in country school and later attended and graduated from George High School in George, Iowa. He then attended Wartburg College for two years before being drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. In 1954, he was honorably discharged and returned to George, and then attended Augustana College and the University of South Dakota before graduating from Mankato State University with his master's degree in education. Following marriage, he was a math teacher in Windom and was later the Agency Manager in Goodhue and Wabasha County for Farm Bureau Insurance Co. before retiring in 2004. For many years the couple lived in Red Wing before moving to Maple Grove five years ago. He was a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Maple Grove. He was a Sunday school teacher and served on various boards over the years. He was also a Cub Scout Master, active in JC's and a member of the Elk's Lodge and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife; three children, Carla (Paul) Sartorius, New Hope, Barry (Arleen) Kruse, Augusta, Ga., and Ann (Steve) Phillips, Maple Grove; three sisters, Luetta Eberline, Waseca, Janice Starr, George, and Nadine Krull, Blue Earth; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom.

The service will be 11 a.m. today at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, with the Rev. Stephen Norby officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

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