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Agnes Brakel, 87

Funeral services will be held for Agnes Brakel age 87 of Wadena, on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Federated Church in Carrington, N.D. with Reverend Justin Schnackenberg officiating. The pallbearers were Kim Erdmann, Don Hagen, Jon Hagen, Jerone Sauter, Tom Sauter, Charles Seil, Jason Winter and Jim Meckle. Agnes was laid to rest in Goodrich Cemetery in Goodrich, N.D.
Agnes Eleanor Erdmann was born on November 27, 1927 at home on the farm near Goodrich, N.D. Her parents were the late Fred and Lena (Johannsen) Erdmann. Agnes graduated from Goodrich High School with the class of 1946. From 1947-1951 Agnes was employed as a country school teacher in 3 schools in Sheridan County, N.D. On June 10, 1951 Agnes was united in marriage to Arley Brakel in Harvey, N.D. Agnes and Arley made their home near Heaton, N.D. where they purchased a farm in 1952. Their marriage was blessed with four children and Agnes enjoyed being a housewife and a devoted wife and mother. Agnes and Arley enjoyed RV trips throughout the United States and enjoyed visiting relatives and friends from 1980 to 1996. Arley passed away on November 16, 1998. Agnes resided in Carrington, N.D. from 1999 to 2013 and then made her home in Wadena. She was an active member and Sunday school teacher at Heaton Congregational Church in Heaton, N.D. and became a member of the Federated Church after moving to Carrington. She enjoyed gardening, flower beds, and sewing quilts. Agnes was the family historian with a large collection of photo albums and scrapbooks that she kept up faithfully for over 65 years. After her retirement, Agnes enjoyed TV, crossword puzzles, e-mailing and visiting with family and friends.
Agnes passed away peacefully on November 19, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. at 87 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Agnes in death were her parents; husband: Arley; brothers: Dean, Gordon, and Melvin; sister: Elaine Pfarr.
Agnes is survived by her children: Arlo (Phyllis) Brakel of Tucson, Ariz.; Janell Brakel of New York Mills; Lonny (Carol) Brakel of Grand Forks, N.D.; Janine (Jonathan) Holbrook of Lake Stevens, Wash.; 5 grandchildren: Emi. William, Ana, Lena, and Chloe; 2 step-grandchildren: Adam and Ryan; brother: Howard (Connie) Erdmann of Goodrich, N.D.; brothers-in-law: Thomas Brakel of Blooming Grove, Texas; Elmer Pfarr of St. Cloud, Minn.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
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Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.

Kathryn Brockman, 55

A Celebration of Life was held for Kathryn “Brock” Brockman, age 55, of Henning, on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. with sharing time at 6 p.m. at Henning Community Center in Henning.
Kathryn “Brock” Andrean Brockman was born on September 20, 1960 in Wayzata, Minn. Her parents were the late Edward Wallace and Phyllis Marie (Bailey) Brockman.  Brock graduated from the Wayzata High School with the class of 1979. She played softball and basketball where Brock excelled and coached summer basketball at the Jim Dutcher Basketball Camp.  Brock was employed at Brandy Wine Farms in Hamel and North Ridge Horse Farms in Wayzata where she worked with high end show horses. She was also employed at Wagner Spray Tech, Melco Tools, and road construction with heavy equipment.  Brock attended the Brown Institute for radio hosting and then made her home in Annandale, Minn. where she was employed at the United States Post Office. In 2005, Brock made her home in Henning where she was employed with the Henning High School for a short time and owned and operated Cloud Nine Therapeutic Massage in Henning and Parkers Prairie.  Brock enjoyed painting, deer hunting, gardening, motorcycles and for Halloween she was very instrumental with the Henning Haunted House.
Brock passed away peacefully on November 16, 2015 at her home in Henning, at 55 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Brock in death were her parents; brother, Philip “Flip” Brockman.
Brock is survived by her brother, David (Carol) Brockman of St. Cloud, Minn.; sister, Polly (Scott) of Sartel, Minn.; 3 nieces: Bailey, DeDe, and Audrey; nephew, Michael; the Henning Boo Crew; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
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William Bjerketvedt, 90

William “Bill” Bjerketvedt, 90 of Battle Lake died Sunday, November 15, 2015, at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center.
William Ernest Bjerketvedt was born on October 14, 1925, the son of Theodore and Thale (Olson) Bjerketvedt.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Leaf Mountain Lutheran Church and attended Rural School District #283 in Leaf Mountain Township.
Bill and Delores Jastram were married on August 26, 1961.  He lived on the family homestead the majority of his life.  Bill was a lifelong member of Leaf Mountain Lutheran Church where he had served as church elder and the cemetery care taker. He had been a dairy and beef farmer, worked for the Urbank Creamery, Dieseth Specailty Co. of Dalton, Minn. and Moonies Construction Co. of Granite Falls, Minn. With Moonies he helped build I-94 from Evansville, Minn. to Barnesville, Minn., while on this stretch of road he would say “You are driving on my road.” Bill enjoyed puzzles, dancing and visiting with neighbors and friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Carol Hagen of Springfield, S.D. and Linda Ottesen of Newfolden, Minn.; one grandson and three great-grandchildren, Joseph (Annemie) Ottesen, Kelsee, Ziva and Lucas  of Stanley, N.D.; sister-in-law, Beverly Bjerketvedt of Battle Lake; friends, Delores Bjerketvedt of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Mavis Olson of Battle Lake and her family, Johnny (Sue) Olson and family and David (Julie) Olson and family of Battle Lake and Judy (Kevin) Little and family of Coon Rapids, Minn.; and by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Thale Bjerketvedt; five brothers, Thomas, Roy, Stillman, Vernon and Howard Bjerketvedt; four sisters-in-law, Othelia, Alice, Evelyn and Helen Bjerketvedt.
Funeral Service: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015, at leaf Mountain Lutheran Church of rural Clitherall
Visitation: Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Battle Lake.
Clergy: Rev. Ben Johnson
Interment: Leaf Mountain church Cemetery
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake

Bonnie Witt, 45

A Celebration of Life for Bonnie Sue Witt will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning.
Bonnie passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at her group home in Roseville, Minn. Bonnie was born December 21, 1969 in Seoul, Korea. She was blessed to be adopted by a very loving family and came to America on March 28, 1972.  She was baptized into her faith on April 30, 1972 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning and was confirmed at St Peter’s Lutheran Church on July 21, 1985 in New York Mills. Bonnie graduated from Deer Creek School with the class of 1988. She attended Southwest State University and received her diploma on May 29, 1993. She resided in St Paul, Minn. where she held a variety of jobs. She was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in St Paul, Minn. She always had a great outlook on life and nothing could hold her back. She had a very strong faith in God which carried her through much in her life. She was proud of her independence and enjoyed spending time with her many friends in the Twin Cities area. Although Bonnie’s body failed her at times she was very proud of who she was and all who met her loved her just as she was. She was an especially caring person which has carried on through her death. She chose to donate her body to the University of MN to help others.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Witt Jr, her infant sister, paternal grandparents Vernon Sr and Wilma Witt, and maternal grandparents Herman and Erna Menze.
She is survived by her mother, Sharon Witt of Henning; siblings, Rob (Bev) Witt of New York Mills, Jim (Michelle) Witt of Osage, Minn., Lisa (Chad) Rudolph of Henning; nephews, Justice Witt, Cale Rudolph, Jace Rudolph, Jeron Witt; nieces, Jaden Witt, Sharnea Witt, Marissa Witt, Alexis Rudolph; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends
Arrangements are provided by Belmont Funeral Home, Henning.
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