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Obituaries, Sept. 8, 2006

ELEANOR "ORLA" VOSS, 90, of Worthington, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at the Fairmont Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Dingmann Funeral Home of Worthington. LAURENCE H. WISSINK, 91, of Sheldon, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, a...

ELEANOR "ORLA" VOSS, 90, of Worthington, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at the Fairmont Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending with Dingmann Funeral Home of Worthington.

LAURENCE H. WISSINK, 91, of Sheldon, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at the Northwest Iowa Health Center, Sheldon.

Born March 13, 1915, in Sioux Center, Iowa, he was the son of Manus and Gertjes Van Maanen Wissink. He married Phyllis Rowenhorst Aug. 21, 1943.

He received his education in Sioux Center. He served in the U.S. Army for almost three years during World War II in Italy and the South Pacific. After his discharge, the couple lived in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Sheldon, where Laurence was self employed in the construction business. He was one of the contractors of the Sheldon First Reformed Church. In 2002, he moved to Fieldcrest Manor, Sheldon, and in 2005, moved to the Prairieview Nursing Home in Sanborn, Iowa.

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Surviving are his wife, Sanborn; two sons, Lee Wissink, Des Moines, Iowa, and Jay (Donna) Wissink, Dallas, Texas; three daughters, Mary (David) Stegemann, Lakefield, Helen (Robert) Schoon, Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Susan (Bill) Reimers, Boyden, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon.

The service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Reformed Church, Sheldon, with the Rev. David Brower and Rev. Gordon Bloemendaal officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon, with military graveside service by the Sheldon American Legion Post 145 and VFW post 7354.

MILDA JUNE REINERTSON, 94, of Worthington, formerly of Astoria, S.D., died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at South Shore Care Center, Worthington.

Born May 4, 1912, she was the daughter of Martin and Johanna Westby Reinertson.

She grew up in Astoria, S.D., and graduated from Astoria High School. After graduation, she attended the University of South Dakota and Augustana College, S.D., and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree. She joined the U.S. Navy April 3, 1945 and was discharged March 5, 1946. She taught for 39 years in rural Webster, Rosalyn Public School, Howard Public School, Sibley Public School, and moved to Worthington in 1955 and taught for District 518 until she retired in 1975. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran Women's Society, the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Nobles County Art Society, Business Professional Women's Club, National Education Association, Minnesota Education Association and the Worthington Education Association.

Surviving is a sister, G. Levina (Ingvald) Dragseth, Madison, S.D.; and various nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, Worthington.

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The service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, Worthington, with the Rev. Richard Ricker officiating. Burial will be in Astoria Cemetery.

Dingmann Funeral Home, Worthington, is in charge of the arrangements.

EDITH KRAFT, 93, of Lakefield, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at the Colonial Manor, Lakefield.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lakefield.

The service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jonathan Nack officiating. Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Hansen Funeral Home, Lakefield.

MARY OLSON, 92, of Lakefield, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center, Jackson.

Born Nov. 3, 1913, on a Rush Lake farm in Minneota Township, Jackson County, she was the daughter of John and Bertha Cholick Soukup. She married Myron Olson Oct. 11, 1944. He died Jan. 22, 1998.

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She grew up in Hunter Township, Jackson County, and graduated from eighth grade at District 84. Following her education, she worked on the family farm and for several families with small children. After marriage, she worked for the Minnesota Egg Plant in Jackson and helped her husband on a farm in Rose Township, Jackson County. In 1961, the couple purchased a farm in Hunter Township. She lived at the Pines in Jackson for more than two years before moving to the Good Samaritan Center in Jackson in July 2006. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Lakefield, and belonged to the Catholic Order of Foresters and Ava Maria Court 781 for 67 years. The couple spent 20 winters in Rio Hondo, Texas.

Surviving are a son, Bernard (Dorothy) Olson, Appleton, Wis.; two daughters, Margaret Ackerman, Weston, Mass., and Judy (David) Cihak, Jackson; a sister, Eleanor Freer, Jackson; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. rosary, at Hansen Funeral Home, Lakefield, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Lakefield.

The service will be 10:30 am. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Lakefield, with the Rev. Charles Quinn officiating. Burial will be in Lakefield Cemetery.

MINNIE PEARL GEHRKE, 96, of Luverne, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Luverne.

Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hartquist Funeral Home, Engebretson Chapel, Luverne.

The service is 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Luverne. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne.

WILLIAM "BILL" HENRICHS, 90, of Marshall, formerly of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, in Brainerd.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Zion Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Zion Presbyterian Church.

The service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Zion Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. William Kleymann officiating. Burial with full military honors by the Ellsworth American Legion Post 196, will be in the Grand Prairie Cemetery, Ellsworth.

Dingmann Funeral Home, Adrian, is in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT "CACKLE BIRD" ERBES, 65, of Windom, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home.

The service, with full military honors, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home, with the Rev. Andrew Olsem officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Lakeview Cemetery.

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