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Obituaries, September 6, 2006

VIVIAN DURETTA EITZEN, 100, of Mountain Lake, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Good Samaritan Village, Mountain Lake. Born Feb. 5, 1906, in Lamberton, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna Olson Clark. She married Jacob Eitzen on Dec. 2, 1933. He...

VIVIAN DURETTA EITZEN, 100, of Mountain Lake, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Good Samaritan Village, Mountain Lake.

Born Feb. 5, 1906, in Lamberton, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna Olson Clark. She married Jacob Eitzen on Dec. 2, 1933. He died Jan. 3, 1975.

She received her early education in Lamberton, and she attended high school in Mankato, where she and her family moved in 1920. She received an elementary education degree from Mankato State Teachers College. She moved to Lake Bluff, Ill., as a house mother and first-grade teacher at the Methodist Deaconess Orphanage. She moved back to Storden, teaching both first and second grades, and then to Mountain Lake, teaching first grade. After marriage, they made their home in Waconia until 1943, when they returned to Mountain Lake in the telephone business. After living for several years at Eventide Nursing Home, Mountain Lake, she moved to Good Samaritan Village, Mountain Lake, on Feb. 27, 2003. She was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, where she served as kindergarten superintendent, and teacher of release time and Wednesday night classes. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Lamberton, Century Methodist, Mankato, and the Moravian Church, Waconia. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are two sons, William (Judy) Eitzen, Boulder, Colo., and Allan Eitzen, Morrison, Colo.; one brother, Robert V. (Barbara) Clark, Fairmont; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. today at Bjerum Funeral Home, Mountain Lake, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at Bethel Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake.

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The service will be 10:30 a.m. today at Bethel Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake. Burial will be in Mountain Lake Cemetery.

KARNA ELISABET PULCHER, 91, of Windom, formerly of Storden, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Sogge Good Samaritan Center, Windom.

Born March 23, 1915, in Springfield Township, Cottonwood County, she was the daughter of Andrew and Anna Olson Skogen. She married Laurence Pulcher on Feb. 9, 1938, at Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden. He died May 11, 1997.

She grew up on the family farm. She attended the Red, White and Blue Country School, graduating from the eighth grade. After marriage, they farmed in Amo and Storden townships for 40 years before retiring to Storden. She was a member of the Good Neighbor Extension Club, Jeffers, and the Storden Senior Citizens Center. She was a member of 4-H as a youth and served as an adult leader. She was a member of Amo Lutheran Church, rural Jeffers, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, an advisor to the Luther League and as an active member of WELCA, especially doing quilt making. She sewed for a home-based company for 10 years.

Surviving are one son, Richard Pulcher, Lublin, Wis.; one daughter, Judith "Judy" (George) Regan, Sioux Falls, S.D.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special friend Mae Ysker, Windom.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden.

The service will be 2 p.m. today at Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden, with the Revs. Mark and Margaret Yakel-Juleen officiating. Burial will follow in Amo Lutheran Cemetery, rural Storden.

Memorials are preferred to the Norwegian Studies Endowment Fund at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, or the Amo Lutheran Cemetery Association.

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LaCanne Family Funeral Service, Windom, is in charge of arrangements.

RANDALL STEVEN REISDORFER, 56, of Lismore, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Born March 30, 1950, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, he was the son of Earl and Jennette Drenth Reisdorfer. He married Pat Dreke in December 1968 in Sioux Falls. They divorced in 1983. He married Tracy Byrnes in 1987. They later divorced.

He graduated from Adrian High School. After his first marriage, they lived in the southwest Minnesota area. He worked various occupations including car sales and insurance sales. He owned his own plumbing and hardware store in Lismore. He also worked as a gutter specialist in Mankato. He most recently worked as a maintenance manager for the City of Lismore. After his second marriage, they lived in the Twin Cities. He organized a radio-controlled model airplanes club in Mankato.

Surviving are four children, Mary Reisdorfer, Apple Valley, Shelly (Fred) Schmidtke, Ceylon, Jennifer (Tony) Green, Eden Prairie, and Nick Byrnes, Burnsville; his mother, Lismore; one brother, Ron (LuAnn) Reisdorfer, Adrian; two sisters, Nancy (Roy) Stricker, Apple Valley, and Sandy (Roger) Duncan, Beaver Creek; and three grandchildren.

A time of fellowship will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Lismore.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Lismore, with the Rev. Chris Herring officiating. Burial of cremains will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, Lismore, at a later date.

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

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NINA MARGRETE RADER, 89, of Windom, formerly of Storden, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Sogge Good Samaritan Center, Windom.

Born Dec. 29, 1916, in Amo Township, Cottonwood County, she was the daughter of Sam and Hattie Thorson Egenes. She married Elmer Rader on Oct. 17, 1936.

She received her early education in District 64 of rural Cottonwood County and later graduated from Storden High School in 1935. After marriage, they farmed south of Storden until 1969, when they moved into Windom. For several years, she worked at Windom Area Hospital as a cook and later at one of the hotels in Windom cleaning rooms. She was a member of Amo Lutheran Church, rural Storden, where she was involved with Ladies Aid and Circle.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Myra (Curtis) Paulson, rural Jackson, and Joyce (Hart) Paulat, Kamiah, Idaho; one sister, Christine (John) Bondhus, Windom; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today 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 Revs. Mark and Margaret Yakel-Juleen officiating. Burial will follow in Amo Lutheran Cemetery, rural Storden.

LARRY ALBERT BONNSTETTER, 58, of Slayton, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at Murray County Hospital, Slayton.

Born May 11, 1948, in Whittemore, Iowa, he was the son of Anton "Tony" and Sophie Norvellis Bonnstetter. He married Julie Larson on Aug. 11, 1984, in Hadley.

He grew up near West Bend, Iowa, and attended country school. He later moved his family to a farm north of Slayton. He attended country school near Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School in 1966. On Nov. 15, 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After his discharge on Nov. 13, 1970, he returned to live and work in Minneapolis. In 1972, he returned to Slayton to live and farm. After marriage, they lived on the farm.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Lance (Abby) Larson, Fayetteville, N.C.; three daughters, Angela Bonnstetter, Lake Park, Iowa, Olivia (fiancé Ben Lewis) Bonnstetter, Slayton, and Nicole Bonnstetter, Slayton; his mother, Slayton; three brothers, Russ (Jean) Bonnstetter, Jeff (Rhonda) Bonnstetter, and Tony (Sue) Bonnstetter, all of Slayton; two sisters, Donna (Keith) Johnson and Barb (Paul) Nepp, all of Slayton; and four grandchildren.

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

The service will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Hadley Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kerry Bose officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Highland Cemetery, Hadley.

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

LT. COL. LEWIS PAUL "L.P." BAKER, 81, of Spearfish, formerly of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Rapid City, S.D., Regional Hospital.

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

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Rapids, with the Rev. Jim Little officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids.

Memorial services for Black Hills-area family and friends will also be at a later date.

WILBERT WALTER "MIKE" RIENTS, 79, of DeMotte, formerly of Lakefield, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at Jasper County Hospital.

Born April 6, 1927, in Rost Township, Jackson County, he was the son of Elit J. and Anna Luebben Rients. He married Dorathy M. Pigman on Aug. 24, 1950, in Lakefield.

He attended the Rost Township public schools. In 1966, they moved from Austin to DeMotte. He was a retired bricklayer with Local No. 4 Bricklayers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was a member of American Reformed Church, DeMotte, the Lakefield VFW and a past member of the DeMotte American Legion Post 440. He was a 50-year member of the Local No. 4 Bricklayers Union.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Ardy (Ralph) Myers, DeMotte; one brother, Jim Rients, Lakefield; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 22 at American Reformed Church, DeMotte, with the Rev. Dan Jelsma officiating. Burial was in the Holland Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the American Reformed Church, DeMotte.

Jackson Funeral Service of DeMotte was in charge of arrangements.

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