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Joan Caroline Rich

Joan C. Rich, 88, of Moorhead, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at The Linden Apartments at Eventide in Moorhead under the care of Sanford Hospice.

Joan was born in Fertile, the daughter of Lloyd and Beda (Tengblad) Knutson. Following high school, she continued her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, graduating in 1954. Joan married Lyle Rich in 1954 and together they made their home in Moorhead.

Joan was a kind and faithful woman. She loved God, family, bird watching, walking and reading. Joan was known for her warm hospitality and unconditional acceptance of others.

Joan is survived by her husband, Lyle; children: Nathan Rich, Naomi (Mark) Hall, Nancy (Rick) Biedermann, Renee’ (George) Kalpakidis; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, James Knutson.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Evan Hall.

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Mable Mae Tirevold

Mable (Mae) Tirevold, 78, of Maple Grove, Minnesota passed away February 24, 2021.

A funeral service will be  held Saturday, April 10, 2021  at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 700 Western Ave.,  in Anoka, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erhardt (Shorty) and Agnes Schuerman; siblings: Wayne and Arnold Schuerman, and son Douglas Tirevold.  

Mable is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Lyle; children: Greg (Lori) Tirevold of Ramsey, Heidi (Mike) Gandsey of Pequot Lakes; grandchildren: Chelsie (Walker) Vaala of Madison, Mitchell Gandsey of Scandia, Matthew Gandsey of Nevis, Kurtis and Zachary Tirevold of Ramsey:  siblings: sister-in-law LeAnn Schuerman, Owen (Noreen) Schuerman, Wally Schuerman. 

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Roselyn Skarsten Scott

Roselyn Skarsten Scott passed away February 18, 2021, at the age of 91. She was born March 5, 1929, in Benson township to C.K. and Rose Skarsten during a snowstorm.

Roselyn is lovingly remembered by niece Kay Schmitt (Michael) of Eagan, niece Karla Lapic (Stephan) of San Diego, nephew Roger Skarsten of Germany, niece Sarah Skarsten and sister-in-law Alice Skarsten of Benson, and great-nieces/nephews Lauren Schmitt, Eric Schmitt, Nathaniel Lapic and Katherine Lapic. She also is missed by step-children/grandchildren Troy Scott, Varhonda Smith, Derrick Scott and Renee Mitchell, as well as cherished cousins and dear friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Scott, her parents, sister Genevieve Sandberg and brother-in-law Ken, brother Christ Skarsten, mother-in-law Virginia Carter and stepdaughter Michelle Gaut.

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Robert L. Hoiland

Robert “Bob” L. Hoiland, 68, of Benson, Minnesota died Thursday, February 18, 2021 at his home in Benson. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Benson City Cemetery will be at a later date.

Robert (Bob) Lynn Hoiland, passed away unexpectedly February 18 at his home. He was born November 20, 1952 to his parents Ruby (Darling) Hoiland and Leonard Hoiland of Benson who have since preceded him in death.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Jamie (Tim) Boorse, granddaughters: Kiley and Sawyer, brothers: Doug and Joel; four nieces and two nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews; former wife Jane Noack Hoiland, her son’s, Jason and Cory and their families, along with many cousins and friends.

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LeRoy Lee Smith

LeRoy “Sonny” Lee Smith, 88, of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, December 24, 2020, at Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 1, 2021, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery. Wearing a mask and social distancing will be adhered to.

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John D. Thorson

John D. Thorson, 65, of Kerkhoven, Minnesota passed away after a short battle with lung cancer Tuesday, February 16 at his home.

His public visitation was from 2-4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 21 at Church of St. Mary in Willmar. A private funeral was Monday at the church. Burial will be at a later date in Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven.

John David Thorson was born February 26, 1955, to Walter and Grace (Whalen) Thorson in Benson. He grew up in Kerkhoven where he lived all of his life. John attended Kerkhoven High School where he graduated May 31, 1973. He played baseball for the Norway Lake Lakers and enjoyed going to his family’s cabin on Lake Andrew. After high school, he started working for Swanson’s Hardware where he continued to work for two years. He then started working at Grossman’s Plumbing, eventually Grossman-Trump, where he continued to work for 48 years!

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Theodore John Skare Jr.

Theodore John Skare Jr., 87, passed away January 26, 2021 in Burnsville, Minnesota. He was born June 6, 1933 in Swift Falls to Theodore Sr. and Eloise Skare.

He is survived by his loving wife Verona, sons Jay (Penny), Tim (Sue), and daughter Robin (Kurt) Hopp. He is also survived by his sister Carol Boettcher (Carlyle), brothers Roger (Jean) and Terry (Carol), seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, all who cherished him.

Arrangements are being made with White Funeral Home and a service is being planned for the Spring.

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Walter J. Walsh

Walter J. Walsh, 98, of DeGraff, Minnesota died Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Gabriel House in Murdock.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. Visitation was from 2-4 p.m., Sunday at the church and one hour prior to the service.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Walter Joseph Walsh was born June 5, 1922, to Henry and Mary (Foley) Walsh in Murdock. He grew up on the family farm where he started helping with chores at an early age. Walter attended country school near Murdock. Following his schooling, Walt enlisted in the US Army where he honorably served for two years during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he moved back to the farm where he continued working with his dad.

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Kenneth A. Jacobson

Kenneth (Kenny) Allen Jacobson, 68, passed away unexpectedly January 26, 2021, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital.

Kenny was born January 28, 1952, in Benson, Minnesota, to Abner and Katherine (Pederson) Jacobson.  He attended school in Benson and graduated with the Class of 1970.  He went on to earn his degree in Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota. As a teenager, Kenny experienced the tragic death of a younger cousin.  The impact of seeing how his family was helped through the care and comfort given by the funeral led to his future career serving others as a funeral director.  

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Margaret Ann (Bangsund) Ellingson

Margaret Ann (Bangsund) Ellingson was born July 2, 1928 on a farm in Swift County near Benson, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Paul and Sarah (Halvorson) Razink. She was called from this life November 20, 2020 at Avera-Marshall Regional Medical Center due to Covid 19 virus.

Margaret was baptized July 15, 1928 in the Catholic Faith and later was confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on June 1, 1941. She grew up on a farm in Swift County and attended District 47, 81, and 84 in Danvers and attended Benson High School.

September 29, 1945, she was married to Raymond Bangsund by Rev. M. G. Berg. Raymond passed away March 6, 1994. November 28, 1997 she was married to Orin Ellingson at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson by Pastor Olness. They enjoyed traveling many places together. Orin passed away May 20, 2012. They were both members of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.

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