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Junior Bloemke, 85

Funeral services were held for Junior Bloemke, age 85 of Henning on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning with Pastor Kevin Mann officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Doreen Salvog. The pallbearers were Jarrod Boldt, Albert Boldt, Josh Eckhoff, Tim Eckhoff, Troy Eckhoff and Kevin Meyer. Junior was laid to rest in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Henning.
Erwin L. “Junior” Bloemke was born on November 17, 1929 in Springfield, Minn. His parents were the late Erwin and Pauline (Youngerberg) Bloemke Sr. Junior and his family moved to Henning when Junior was about 15 years old. Junior was special to most, especially to those who were able to get to know him. He was a lifelong friend to many. Junior certainly was an inspiration with his smile and his nonstop fearless determination to love and enjoy life.  He was strong in his faith and faithful to his attendance at St. Paul’s Church snow, rain or shine. Junior enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, gardening, mowing grass, and participating in parades. He was a collector of many things. Junior loved to decorate for the holidays, especially Christmas! He was very proud of showing off his decorated home. Junior loved Henning and the community very much. It was his home. Junior will be greatly missed and always remembered.
Junior passed away peacefully on January 17, 2015 at his home in Henning at 85 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Junior in death were his parents.
Junior is survived by his sister, Janet (George) Dalzell; nephew, Michael Dalzell; niece, Jill Patton; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Junior’s family.

Veronica Rutledge, 29

Funeral services were held for Veronica Jean “Roni” Rutledge, age 29 of Blackfoot, Idaho on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho followed by a reception at the hall. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Spirit Lake, Idaho.
Veronica’s motto was “it’s all good.” Veronica Jean Rutledge was born to Timothy and Wanda Hendricks in Saint Maries, Idaho on August 23 1985. She married Colt Rutledge on November 25 2009 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and brought her son into the world on July 22, 2012. Roni was raised between Minnesota and Saint Maries, Idaho. She attended school in Henning and graduated high school from Kootenai as valedictorian in 2004. She began her college journey at North Idaho College. She joined her love of chemistry and mathematics together at University of Idaho where she graduated in 2010 with a double major in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
She and Colt moved to Blackfoot Idaho in 2010 where she began working for Idaho National Laboratories. She worked as a nuclear research scientist and was well published within the scientific community. She, Colt and their son lived in Blackfoot, Idaho and spent their time riding jeeps, touring the U.S. and hunting every fall.
Roni passed away unexpectedly on December 30, 2014 while visiting family in Hayden, Idaho. She was 29 and lived in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Preceding Roni in death were her grandparents: Leon Reineke, and Melvin and Doris Hendricks of Henning.
She is survived by her husband, Colt, and son; parents, Tim and Wanda Hendricks of Saint Maries, Idaho; siblings: Wade and Jessica of Billings, Mont.; Dirk of Saint Maries, Idaho; Tamara and Bryan of Kalispell, Mont.; Luke of Billings, Mont. and Andria of Blackfoot, Idaho; grandmother, Annella Reineke of Henning; in-laws, Terry and Peggy of Hayden Idaho; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Veronica Rutledge memorial fund is established via www.giveforward.com and there is a college fund being established for her son via her NIC Mentor Renee Cooper.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to send Roni’s family a message of comfort and support.

Alice Clear, 97

Alice M. Clear, age 97, of Parkers Prairie died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Williams Living Center in Parkers Prairie.
Funeral services were 11 a.m., Friday, January 23, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music was provided by organist Gloria Hollatz and vocalists Richard Cloeter and Arlo Peterson. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Almora.                          
Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Thursday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Alice Mary Clear was born June 2, 1917, to William and Grace (Veer) Schrader in Girard Township. She was baptized August 15, 1926, and confirmed March 29, 1931, by Pastor Heuchert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning. She attended Highway Park Country School District #124, and Henning High School through the ninth grade. Following her education she was a housekeeper for area families and helped on the family farm. Alice was united in marriage to John Clear February 15, 1938, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Following their marriage they lived on a farm near Brandon, Minn. During this time Alice developed polio and recuperated at the Sister Kenny Institute in the Twin Cities. They moved to Almora in 1949, and Alice began working at Henning Health Care in the Physical Therapy department. She retired after 20 years of service in 1984. Her husband, John died in 2006; following his death, Alice moved into St. Williams Living Center. Alice was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was involved in many church and civic activities. She enjoyed flower gardening, yard work, embroidering, hardanger, camping and jigsaw puzzles and books. Alice loved spending time with her family and will always be remembered for her good sense of humor. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Wesley Koep; son-in-law, David Lee; brothers, Ben Schrader, George Schrader, Carl Reinken and Herman Schrader; sisters, Arlene Groen, Grace Lukken, Wilma Haugdahl, Hattie Nerdahl and Shirley Eckhoff; and granddaughter, Michelle Lee-Hanson.
Alice is survived by her two daughters, Geraldine (Richard) Brenner of Parkers Prairie and Vicki (Dale) Downing of Almora; seven grandchildren, Michael Lee, Mona (Mark) Lee-Stone, Susan (fiancé, Joey Gaarsland) Jesinoski, Barry (Jennifer) Jesinoski, Heidi (Todd) Lucht, Holly Downing and Paul (Hannah Sterzinger) Downing; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are Bea Jacobs, Arlo Peterson and Betty Eggert.
Arrangements provided by Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Services, www.lindfamilyfh.com.

Rita Riestenberg, 90

Funeral Mass will be held for Rita Riestenberg, age 90 of Perham on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 3 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham with Celebrants, Fr. Matthew Kuhn, Pastor; Deacon Mark Stenger and Deacon, Randy Alstadt. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dent, Minn. Visitation will also resume one hour prior to Mass at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. The music will be provided by Peter Smith, Jonathan Cowgill and Beth Ingebrand. The honorary pallbearers were Mike Riestenberg, Thomas Smith, Kristian Jorgensen, James Jorgensen, Tyler Hakala, Jonathan Cowgill and Peter Smith. Rita was laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Perham.
Mary Rita “Babe” Strauch was born on December 30, 1924 at home in Dora Township, rural Dent, Minn. Her parents were the late George and Susan (Stenger) Strauch. Rita was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dent, Minn. She attended country school at District #166 in Dora Township and graduated from the Pelican High School with the class of 1942. On August 20, 1946 Rita was united in marriage with Robert Richard Riestenberg at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dent, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with seven children. In 1947, Rita and Bob made their home in Perham Township where they farmed and raised their family. Rita was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Christian Mother’s, Perham Fair Board, an instructor at the PAC and CCD Teacher.
On January 16, 2015 Rita passed away at Perham Living in Perham at 90 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Rita in death were her parents; her siblings: Blanch, George, Leo, Lawrence, Wilma, Alois and Marcella.
Rita is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Robert Riestenberg of Perham; three daughters: Faye (Dale) Jorgensen of Bozeman, Mont.; Joyce (Jeff “Ace”) Riestenberg-Smith of St. Paul, Minn.; Nancy (Bob Cowgill) Riestenberg of Minneapolis, Minn.; four sons: Daniel Riestenberg of Dripping Springs, Texas; Gary Noble of Red Wing, Minn.; Phillip (Sandy) Riestenberg of Flagstaff, Ariz. and Patrick (Nancy Hakala) Riestenberg of Bloomington, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a huge host of wonderful friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Henry’s Catholic School and Catholic Daughters, Court Saint Rita.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Rita’s family a message of comfort and support.