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Verla Snethen, 78

Arrangements are pending for Verla Snethen, age 78 of Dent.
Verla passed away on October 13, 2016 at her home in Dent.
Please visit to send Verla’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.

Julia Curtis, 90

Funeral services will be held for Julia “Judy” Curtis, age 90 of Battle Lake, Minn. on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Water’s Edge Church (due to construction at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church), Henning.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home in Henning.  Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.
Please visit to send Judy’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home, Henning.

Vivian Neuvonen, 92

Graveside services were held for Vivian Neuvonen, age 92 of Milbank, S.D. (formerly of New York Mills), on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Woodland Cemetery, New York Mills, with Pastor Andy Tumberg officiating. Special music was provided by Andy and Janet Tumberg. The pallbearers were Jarl Perna, Jay Perna, Joe Hoeke, Jack Hoeke, Gordy Dykhoff, Jr., and Cary Perna.
Vivian Lucille Perna was born on August 16, 1924 in Ely, Minn. Her parents were the late Toivo and Hulda (Hyrynkangas) Perna. She was the second born of ten children. The Perna family moved to Deer Creek Township where they farmed. When Vivian was a teenager the Perna family moved to Heinola, where they continued to farm. Vivian attended New York Mills High School and graduated with the class of 1942. After graduation Vivian was employed in Chicago, Ill. at the Merchandise Market. She returned to New York Mills where she was employed at the Co-op Grocery Store for over 50 years. On June 22, 1945 Vivian was united in marriage to Walter Edwin Neuvonen in Wadena. Walter and Vivian enjoyed going on drives together sightseeing. On April 22, 2002 Walter passed away. Vivian continued to reside in New York Mills and Vergas until recently in Milbank, S.D.
On October 9, 2016 Vivian passed away at St. Williams Care Center in Milbank, S.D. at 92 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Vivian in death were her parents; husband, Walter; siblings: Vernon, Morris, Dennis, Alvin and Jim; sister, Vanette Dykhoff.
Vivian is survived by her sisters: Vi Hoeke of Milbank, S.D. and Verla Snethen of Dent; brother, Marvin Perna of Heinola; sisters-in-law, Emmaline Perna of Minneapolis, Minn. and Mayme Perna of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brother-in-law, Gordy Dykhoff, Sr. of New York Mills; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit to send Vivian’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.

Patricia Freeman, 86

Memorial services will be held for Patricia “Pat” Freeman, age 86 of Perham, on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Perham Living Chapel, with Pastor Greg Leslie officiating. The honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren. Pat will be laid to rest in Sunset Cemetery, Fargo, N.D.
Patricia was born on December 5, 1929 in Linton, N.D. Her parents were the late William Frederick and Annie Leola (Norman) Bauer. She moved to Fargo, N.D. at age 14. The family attended First Methodist Church in Fargo, N.D. Patricia graduated from Fargo Central High School with the class of 1947. Her first employer was Northwestern Bell, as a telephone operator. On December 30, 1949 Patricia was united in marriage to Richard Freeman at the First Methodist Churchin Fargo, N.D. They resided in Fargo, N.D.; Jamestown, N.D. and Williston, N.D. returning to Fargo, N.D. during Richards working career. Patricia was a stay at home mom, keeping busy raising five daughters. She was active in the First Congregational Church in Fargo, N.D. serving as Circle Chairman and Bridal Chairman. She was a leader for the Campfire Girls and helped with the 4-H Club. After her children started school, Patricia worked part time at the Fargo Clinic and the Fargo Country Club. In 1975, she started full-time with Cass County Social Services as a Homemaker. She retired in 1988. She enjoyed visiting with her daughter, Kristin and her family in Yuma, Ariz. in the winter months. Square dancing, golf, water exercises, dominos, cards and cribbage were part of Pat’s free time. Their first summer home was on Lake Lida. In 1990 she and her husband purchased a home on Dead Lake, near Richville. In 1996, they purchased a condo in Perham, and in 2003 they moved to Briarwood in Perham. They enjoyed volunteer activities. Pat was active in the United Methodist Church; she served as WMA Preschool and Secretary, chairman of the Memorial Committee and Prayer Chains.
Preceding Patricia in death were her parents; husband, Richard; daughter, Katherine; son-in-law, Rene.
Patricia is survived by Rosemary (David) Hillerson of West Fargo, N.D.; Peggy (Gary) Wright of Aurora, Colo.; Terri Holden of St. Cloud, Minn.; Kristin Ozuna of Yuma, Ariz.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Norman (Lynn) Bauer of Des Moines, Iowa; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit to send Pat’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.

JoAnn Jensen, 73

JoAnn Jensen, age 73 of Henning, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.
Funeral services were held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning, with Pastor Keith Lankford officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Wilma Morse. The pallbearers were Skyler Johnson, Sean Rinicker, James Wilcox, Tim Heaton, Jeff Stueve and Jesse Olson. Honorary pallbearers were Phillip Cannell, Cassandra Lipson, Brandon Cannell, Emily Cowles, Perry Cowles, Mikayla Jensen, Nicholas Miller, Anika Miller, Jessica Schlauderaff, Matthew Schlauderaff, Patrick Lipson, Dan Lipson and Jaime Reid. JoAnn was laid to rest in Trinity Cemetery, Henning.
JoAnn Marilyn Moen was born on July 2, 1943 at the Wesley Hospital in Wadena. Her parents were the late Luther and Emma (Knudson) Moen. JoAnn graduated from Deer Creek High School with the class of 1961. After graduation JoAnn was employed at Gillette Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1971 she moved to rural Henning. In 1980 she moved into the City of Henning. JoAnn was blessed with four daughters: Kathy, Karen, Kim and Kelly. JoAnn hosted two foreign exchange students, Julia from Spain in 1990 and Debra from Brazil in 1992. They quickly became part of the family. JoAnn was employed at the Golden Living Center in Henning and Parkwood Group Home in Wadena. JoAnn enjoyed quilting, crocheting, puzzles, playing cards, arrowhead hunting, camping, baking with her grandchildren and spending time with family and friends
Preceding JoAnn in death were her parents; brother, Erwin Moen.
JoAnn is survived by her daughters: Kathy Moen (Butch Obe) of Henning, Karen Cannell of Fergus Falls, Minn.; Kim (Bruce) Schlauderaff of Perham, Kelly (Jesse) Miller of Henning; ten grandchildren: Phillip Cannell, Cassandra (Dan) Lipson, Brandon Cannell, Emily and Perry Cowles, Mikayla Jensen, Jessica, and Matthew Schlauderaff, Nicholas and Anika Miller; one great-grandchild, Patrick Lipson; siblings: Carl (Lucille) Moen of Ames, Iowa; Jerold Moen of Fergus Falls, Minn.; Jeanette (Douglas) Anderson of Henning; Elaine (Stephen) Dubel of Pinehurst, N.C. and Kenneth (Nancy) Moen of Henning; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit to send JoAnn’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home, Henning.

Edith Iverson, 95

Funeral services were held for Edith Iverson, age 95 of Henning, on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Henning, with Pastor Mark Bateson and Pastor Jeff Trites officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Doreen Salvog. The pallbearers were all of Edith’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edith was laid to rest in Trinity Cemetery, Henning.
Edith Lydia Trana Iverson was born on June 28, 1921 in Vining, to Lydia (Peterson) and Anton Trana. Edith attended Vining Consolidated School from first grade to the eighth grade, and continued her education in Henning graduating in 1939. While attending Moorhead State Teachers’ College, Edith would work at various jobs taking her to New York City where she would work as a nanny and to a defense plant in Milwaukee, Wis. during WWII. Edith graduated in 1942 with a teaching certificate. Edith’s first teaching position was a one room school house between Henning and Parkers Prairie– Otter Tail County District 249. Edith stayed with the Martin Hermanson family during her time at the school. From 1943-1946 she also taught in New London, Minn. and in Henning. On March 30, 1946 Edith married Herbert Iverson at the Edgewater Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minn. Edith and Herb made their home in Henning, moving to their home on East Battle Lake in 1968 where she lived for 42 years, before moving back to Henning. Edith went back to teaching briefly in the spring of 1954 and 1955 to teach kindergarten in Battle Lake, Minn. From 1961-1962 she was a home bound teacher for a student in Deer Creek and in the fall of 1962 Edith returned to teaching fulltime for the Henning Public School system. Edith would teach sixth grade, second grade (in Henning and Vining), and Title One until her retirement in May 1983. In 1962, Edith join the Henning Education Association where she served as secretary and vice president. She was also a member of the Minnesota Education Association. Edith was recognized by her peers as Henning Teacher of the Year in 1977. Edith became a member of the United Methodist Church in Henning in 1942 and was a member of the United Methodist Women. In 1944, she joined the Henning Women’s Reading Cub, serving as president, vice president and secretary. Edith was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary having joined in 1948, serving one term as vice president. Edith enjoyed quilting with the United Methodist Women, crocheting, gardening, playing whist, cribbage, fishing, reading, she was an ardent birdwatcher (especially enjoying watching the Hummingbirds) and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lydia and Anton Trana; an unborn baby; her siblings: Howard, Mary, Lucille and Dora; and husband, Herbert.
She is survived by her sons: Paul (Joyce) Iverson and David (Pamela) Iverson; granddaughters: Michelle (Brad) Hanson (children, Brianna and Allyson) and Lucinda (Matt) Weverka (children, Lydia and Hudson); grandsons: Kristopher (Tabitha) Iverson (children, Laura and Addison), Michael (Lisa) Iverson (children: Emily, Olivia, Nicholas), Adam Iverson (Levi and Maci), Zachary (fiancée, Amber Langston and her son, Rylan) Iverson, Charles (Kelly Wellman and her son, Henry) Iverson, Geoffrey Iverson, William Iverson, Samuel (Megan Rachels) Iverson; numerous nieces and nephews.
Please visit to send Edith’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements were provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home, Henning.

Merlin Bendickson, 91

Merlin Bendickson, age 91 of St. Louis Park, Minn., formerly of Henning, passed peacefully Sunday, October 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce.
He is survived by daughters, Marsha (Gary) Mathes and Jane Bendickson; grandsons, Matthew, David and Jason Schiebe and Grant Imhoff; sister, Verna (Dennis) Koep; nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives.
Merlin retired from Xcel Energy after 30 years of dedicated service. His passions in life included farming, hunting and fishing. He was an avid outdoorsman. Special thanks to Park Nicollet Hospice and Golden Living Hillcrest.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 22 at 12 p.m. at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN, with a visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow.
Hubert Funeral and Cremation Services Mound Chapel (952) 472-1716.

Clarence Olson, 86

Clarence “Bud “ Olson, 86 of rural Clitherall died, Thursday October 13, 2016, peacefully in his sleep at home.
Clarence Alfred Olson was born on February 22, 1930, by Vining, the son of Clarence Sr. and Hilda (Rakstad) Olson. He was baptized in the Folden Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Bud attended Country School in Folden Township and Central High School in Minneapolis, Minn. He served with the US Army during the Korean War, serving with the Infantry in Korea.
Bud and Rose Ann Justin were married on February 5, 1955. After their marriage they lived in Minneapolis, Minn. and then moved to their home in Richfield, Minn. He was employed many years as a Plumber with Swanson and Schieger Plumbing of Richfield, Minn. retiring in 1988. Bud and Rose then moved to their home, which they built on their hobby farm in Nidaros Township. He was an avid outdoorsman with a special affection for animals. Bud enjoyed fishing, hunting, animal watching and especially loved his dogs. He was an active member of the Folden Lutheran Church and had good memories of helping with the building addition, along with always looking forward to the pancake feed. Bud was a generous man, people enjoyed listening to his stories, he could always make you smile with his clever sense of humor and his Budisms. The love of his life was Rose Ann and they cherished their family and friends. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, he touched those he new and will be missed by many.
He is survived by three children, Karen (Greg Sandberg) Olson of St. Louis Park, Minn., Cynthia (Randy Quinn) Olson of Eden Prairie, Minn. and Joseph (Mary) Olson of Wadena; four grandchildren, Jennifer (John) Herman, Olivia, Minn. and Emma of Woodbridge, Va.., Charlotte (Matt) Lachowitzer, Kalin, Ryker and Krimsyn of Mapleton, N.D., Andrew (Kate) Wiecher of St. Louis Park, Minn. and  Eric (Samantha) Olson of Wadena; three granddogs, Spanky, Knute and Daisy; brother, Richard Olson of Henning; and by numerous relatives and friends. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Hilda Olson; his wife, Rose Ann Olson on October 4, 1997; eight siblings, Noranda Corrine, Adeline, Herbert, Alice, Donald, Viola, LouAnn and June.
Funeral service: 2 p.m., Sunday, October 16, 2016, at Folden Lutheran Church of rural Vining.
Visitation: One hour prior
Clergy: Rev. Rud Wasson
Interment: Folden Lutheran Cemetery
Military Honors: Minnesota Army National Guard- Taps by Zach Olson
Funeral home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake