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Verna Pillatzki

 Verna Lorraine Pillatzki

VERNA PILLATZKI
September 21, 1929 ~ July 6, 2018

Verna Pillatzki, 88, of Benson, Minnesota, died Friday evening July 6, 2018 at the Swift County Benson Hospital.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, with a 4:30 p.m. rosary and prayer service. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday July 13, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Interment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery.

Verna Lorraine Pillatzki, 88, was born September 21, 1929 on a farm near Kerkhoven, Minnesota, the daughter of Otto and Gladys (Bengtson) Mattson. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church November 2, 1929 and confirmed May, 20, 1945.  August 3, 1948 she was baptized and received her first communion at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson and later confirmed by Father Dorrer,  August 15, 1948. She attended Country school and completed the 8th grade.

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Pearl R. Rasmusson

Pearl R. Rasmusson, 91, of Benson, Minnesota (formerly of Morris) passed away June 28, 2018.
Pearl was preceded in death by husband, Gorden C.; daughter, Kayla Jean; and son, Wayne Lee.
She is survived by sons: Arnold (Mary), Leon (Mary), Richard, Lyle; grandchildren: Aric, Michael, Randy, Andrew, Brandon and great-grandchildren. Service details pending.
 

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Roland ‘Rolly’ Hartmann

Roland “Rolly” E. Hartmann

ROLAND "ROLLY" HARTMANN
December 9, 1973 • June 23, 2018

Roland “Rolly” E. Hartmann, 44, of Big Stone City, SD, formerly of Mahnomen, Minnesota, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Essentia Health Systems in Fargo, ND.

Funeral Services were held Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11 a.m.  at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen with visitation starting at 9 a.m. and going until the time of the funeral.  Burial was  in the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Mahnomen.  

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Emlyn Frazeur

Emlyn Frazeur

EMLYN FRAZEUR
October 8, 1922 • June 25, 2018

Emlyn Frazeur, 95, of Canby, Minnesota passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.  

A Memorial Service was held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Canby. Burial was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Canby. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church Friday, June 29, 2018.

Emlyn L. Frazeur was born Oct. 8, 1922 to Sam and Emma Knutson in rural Canby,  Yellow Medicine County. Her grandparents all emigrated from Norway and Norwegian was spoken at home while she was young. She was active in First English Lutheran Church in Canby throughout her childhood years. When her mother became sick and passed away in 1935, Emlyn was just 13. The Knutson siblings helped take care of Emlyn as well as Sam and delayed their own schooling to take care of the Knutson home. Emlyn was the youngest of seven children.

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Rev. Charles L. Gunderson

Rev. Charles L. Gunderson

Rev. Charles L. Gunderson
February 15, 1930 • June 21, 2018

Rev. Charles Laverne Gunderson, 88, of Northfield, Minnesota, passed away peacefully  June 21, 2018 at the Northfield Retirement Center with loving family by his side.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield.  Visitation was at the church  Monday, June 25, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. and continued  Tuesday one hour prior to the service.  Interment with Military Honors took place at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield.  Pallbearers were his grandchildren.

Charles was born  February 15, 1930, the youngest of Elmer and Inez (Hermanson) Gunderson’s seven children.  He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, WI.

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Richard "Dick" Schirmer

Richard “Dick” H. Schirmer

RICHARD "DICK" SCHIRMER
August 29, 1943 • June 18, 2018

Richard “Dick” H. Schirmer, 74, of Fridley, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, died  peacefully Monday June 18, 2018, at the Benedictine Health Care Center at Innsbruck in New Brighton.

Visitation was held from 2-3 p.m.  Friday, June 22, followed by the funeral service at 3 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Chapel in Benson.   Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  

Richard was born August 29, 1943 in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Harold and Lila Schirmer. He attended school in the Benson area graduating from Benson High School in 1961. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1964 and was accepted for post graduate work at the University of Iowa.

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Eleanor "Ellie" Jane Floan

Eleanor “Ellie” Jane Floan

ELEANOR JANE FLOAN
July 20, 1930 - June 9, 2018

Eleanor “Ellie” Jane Floan,  87, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at her home in Benson.  

Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m., at West Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hancock.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  

Ellie was born July 20, 1930 to Odin and Olga (Erickson) Floan in Langhei Township, Pope County, Minnesota.  She was baptized  August 10, 1930 at West Zion Lutheran Church. She continued to live on the farm with her parents until her mother’s death.  At that time, she moved into Swift County Homes Number 1 where she continued to live until the time of her death.

Ellie attended the Developmental Achievement Center in Benson for many years where she worked at various jobs and participated in many social activities.

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Diane Kay Ascheman

Diane Kay Ascheman

DIANE KAY ASCHEMAN
- June 17, 2018

Diane Kay Ascheman, 69, of Benson, Minnesota, died Sunday afternoon, June 17, 2018, at Homestead Place North in Benson. Visitation was held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 4:30 p.m. Parish Prayer Service, Wednesday, June 20 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. A mass of christian burial was held Thursday, June 21, at St. Francis Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment was in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Church Cemetery in Danvers.

Diane Kay (Sulier) Ascheman was born August 21, 1948, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard and Viola (Hess) Sulier. She grew up in the Benson area and graduated from Benson High School.

November 19, 1966, Diane was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Ascheman at St. Francis Catholic Church. This union was blessed with more than 51 years of marriage, four children, and five grandchildren.

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Gregory E. Fischer

Gregory E. Fischer

GREGORY E. FISCHER
June 5, 1960 - January 21, 2018

A Celebration of Life service for Gregory E. Fischer of Brighton, TN (formerly of the Benson-Willmar area) will be held July 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer, Minnesota.  Greg will be laid to rest in Aitkin near his beloved grandparents, July 5, 2018.

Gregory Eugene Olson Fischer, 57, was born  June 5, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Sherman and LaVay Olson.

He was baptized at the EUB Church in Norcross and was confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Benson.  He attended elementary schools in Watertown, Willmar, New London-Spicer and Benson.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1978.  

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Donald W. Flynn

Donald "Don" William Flynn

DONALD "DON" W. FLYNN
May 14, 1943 - June 13, 2018

Donald William Flynn, 75, died at his home in Paynesville, Minnesota, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. prayer service at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock, Thursday June 21. A private family funeral mass will be held at a later date.

Donald was born May 14, 1943, the son of Glen and Anetta (Schaaf) Flynn. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. He attended school in Benson until 1962.

In 1965, Don was united in marriage to Lucille Jindra at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church by Monsignor Trainor.

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