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Jeanne L. Bendickson, 52

Jeanne Louise Bendickson, 52, a resident of Fergus Falls, died peacefully Monday, October 20, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D., surrounded by her family after a long battle with diabetes.
She was born on August 1, 1962 to LeVerne and Marie (Stich) Bendickson in White Sands, N.M. and shortly after moved to Henning. Jeanne and her family eventually moved to Fergus Falls where she went to school and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1980.
After high school she worked at the RTC as a HST for several years. Jeanne met the love of her life, Butch Loomer and together they farmed and custom combined, traveling from Oklahoma to Canada for many years. Jeanne was a country girl at heart and loved every aspect of where she got to spend her life, in the country.
Jeanne enjoyed gardening and had a passion for cooking. She had a great love for Boxer dogs and loved decorating for Christmas. She had the heart of a child and was a very generous person. She especially loved being an auntie to her nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents; parents, Marie Muchow, who died in 2009, LeVerne Bendickson, who died in 1966; beloved sister, Lori, who died in 1995; numerous aunts and uncles; and her beloved boxer dogs.
She is survived by her lifelong partner, Butch Loomer of Fergus Falls; siblings, Cindy (Rod) Snow of Farmington, N.M., Pam (Steve) Hedstrom of Richville, Daryl Muchow of Fergus Falls, Dale (Wendy) Muchow of Casselton, N.D.; nieces and nephews, Austin (Nichole) Snow, Allyssa (Josh) Taves, Zey Hedstrom, Ethan and Noah Muchow. She is also survived by Butch’s large extended family, along with aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2014 at Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls
Clergy:  Reverend Nancy Eldredge Hess
Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls
Condolences may be sent online at www.olsonfuneralhome.com

David Duchene, 64

Funeral mass will be held for David Duchene, age 64 of New York Mills, on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rush Lake, rural Perham.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. with parish prayers at 6:30 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in New York Mills. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral mass at church on Thursday.
David passed away on October 25, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send David’s family a message of comfort and support.

Lester Bay, 92

Memorial services will be held for Lester Bay, age 92 of New York Mills, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills, Minnesota. A gathering of family and friends will be held an hour prior to the memorial service at church.
Lester passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Lester’s family a message of comfort and support.

Gordon Marweg, 71

Funeral services were held for Gordon Marweg, age 71 of Dent, Minn. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Dora in Dent, Minn. Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service at church.
Gordon passed away at his home in Dent, Minn., surrounded by his loving family on October 20, 2014.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Gordon’s family a message of comfort and support.

Mark Toetschinger, 55

Mark Joseph Toetschinger was born on December 16, 1958 in St. Paul, Minn. Lived his early years in the Maplewood/North St. Paul area.  He and his siblings spent their days outside exploring and playing.  He told stories of he and his brother getting up early in the morning and biking to Gervais Lake in the area and fish all day, eat what they caught for lunch and head home in time for dinner. He graduated from North St. Paul High School in 1977.
After high school Mark had a variety of jobs, from a bouncer at a bar to a gas station attendant while he attended trade school. He applied for a lab tech job at Ecolab as he was nearing completion of his schooling and was hired immediately. Mark stayed at Ecolab for 30 years and received numerous U.S Patents and is included in Ecolab’s Inventors Fall of Fame.  He worked in many positions for all the different divisions within the company, ending his career working in the Water Technologies Group.  While working at Ecolab he was able to go back to school and earn his Bachelors degrees in Industrial Technology and Business from St. Mary’s University.  If you were to ask him he would always remind you he had “two degrees” as he was very proud of his accomplishment.
Mark and Jody were married on May 30, 1987.  It was a quick romance; they were only dating for two months when Mark asked her to marry him. It was the right move, since they have been married for 27 years. They were truly best friends and soul mates. During those years of marriage they were “Happy All The Time” and spent their time with friends and family participating in everything from bowling league, golfing leagues and tournaments and making sure we were always present for everyone’s special event. He made sure we went to all functions, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, etc. because they only happen once. Mark and Jody also enjoyed traveling and exploring new places. They spent many hours in the car driving to visit Jody’s parents in Arizona, exploring all the areas between here and there. The reason for all the car trips was because they had to always take the dogs; they were the highlight to Mark’s day.  He loved his dogs; they all had different personalities, but they all made his heart sing.  
Mark’s other passions were: game nights with his brothers and nephews, bow hunting, riding his Harley or driving his 66 GTO. Summer days were always a dilemma for Mark….drive the car or drive the bike! Not sure which one he loved more. Fall was his favorite time of the year, because it was hunting time. He enjoyed being in the quiet and beauty of the woods and seeing the wildlife almost more than the hunt. We always told him we would get him an expensive camera instead of new hunting equipment since he had more stories of seeing deer then ever getting them.
Mark lived life to the fullest. He was loved by everyone he met.  He was told he had an aura that drew people to him….we all agree that was true.  He will be missed by all who knew him.
Mark is survived by his wife Jody, brothers Anton (Sharon), Richard (Jodi) and Paul, sisters Loretta Hunt (John), Ann Strand (Nathan), daughter Chandra, Mother Joan and grandson, Justin.
Preceded in death by his father Joseph and sister Mary.

Barbara Preuss, 87

Funeral services were held for Barbara “Barb” Preuss age 87, of New York Mills on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills with Pastor Ryan Stout officiating. The music was sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. Special music was provided Heidi Dresser.  The pallbearers were all of Barb’s grandchildren.
Barbara “Barb” Jean Eggleston was born May 30, 1927 at home in Worthington, Minn.  Her parents were the late Nelson Raymond and Jessie Olive (Larson) Eggleston.  Barb grew up on the family farm and attended school in Worthington.  On March 27, 1947 Barb was united in marriage to Harold Reginald Preuss in Sioux Falls, S.D. Their marriage was blessed with 8 children. Barb and Harold resided in Round Lake, Minn., Worthington, Minn. and then in Prior Lake, Minn. In 1979, Barb and Harold moved to Dent and in 1993 they resided at Lakeland Apartments in Perham.  Barb and Harold moved to Heritage Manor in New York Mills, in 1999.  Harold passed away on May 17, 2004 at the Perham Memorial Hospital in Perham.  In 2009, Barb moved into the Elders’ Home in New York Mills.  Barb enjoyed baking bread, cards, music, sewing and making quilts, dancing, holidays, and taking care of her grandchildren.
Barb passed away peacefully on October 12, 2014 at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Barb in death were her parents; husband: Harold; siblings: Doris, Alice, Merle, and Lydia.
Barb is survived by her 5 daughters: Linda (LeRoy) Arnoldi of Prior Lake, Minn.; Sandi Preuss of Mankato, Minn.; Cheryl Preuss of Wadena; Janice Ehlers of Wadena; Patricia Pryor of Mankato, Minn.; 3 sons: Darwin (Cindy) Preuss of Union Springs, N.Y.; Steve (Cheryl) Preuss of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Jeffrey (Lisa) Preuss of New York Mills; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings: Merritt, Kenneth, and Leslie; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Barb’s family.

Lillian Scheuring, 93

Lillian Victoria Nelson was born October 5, 1921 in Deer Creek to Anton and Ida (Landmack) Nelson. After graduating from Deer Creek High School, she went to St. Paul.
Lillian married Henry Scheuring on October 25, 1941. They had two daughters, JoAnn and Donna. In 1958 they moved to La Jolla, Calif. After 25 years in California, they moved back to Alexandria, Minn. to retire. Henry died in 1994. Lillian loved to travel and enjoyed rosemaling. In 2005 she married Vincent Anderson. They spent time between their lake home on Pelican Lake and their home in Alexandria.
On October 21, 2014 Lillan died at the age of ninety-three years. She is survived by her daughter; Donna of Kolonia, Pohnpei; son-in-law, Charles Stem of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter, Jody of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Charles Nelson of Eagan, Minn.; cousins, nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her daughter, JoAnn; parents; brother, Clifford and Anton Jr.; sisters, Luella and Lynn Mae.
A funeral service was held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Reverend Kari Van Wakaren officiated. Music was provided by Randy Morken. The urn bearer was Diane Ziebell. Interment was in Inman Cemetery at Henning. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net.

Agnes Deckert, 83

Agnes Deckert, age 83, died on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Good Samaritan of Battle Lake.
Agnes Deckert was born February 11, 1931, to Alma (Anderson) and Olaf Hagen. Agnes spent her youth in Folden Township and graduated from Henning High School in 1949. Agnes met and married her one true love, Carl Deckert, on October 22, 1950, in Folden Lutheran Church and was happily married for 62 years.
Agnes is survived by her twin, Alice Heinis, of Henning, and her children: Stanley (Glenda) Deckert, Coral Springs, Flor., Charlene (Bruce) Torkelson, Fargo, Carolyn (Bobby) Gill, Huntingtown, Md., Roger Deckert, Henning, David Deckert, Henning, Romayne (Joseph) Hines, Frederick, MD, John Deckert, Fargo, N.D. and Rebecca Deckert, Fargo; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Agnes was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.  She enjoyed quilting and sewing, fishing, playing cards, music, and traveling.  Agnes loved to spend time with family and friends, exchanging stories and laughter.  She spent years helping Carl on the farm while raising her eight children.   She was an active member of the church and the Henning Senior Citizen’s center.  
Agnes is preceded in death by her parents; Alma and Olaf Hagen; siblings, John,   Julian and Clarence (Norman); and her husband, Carl.  
Funeral service will be Tuesday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church with Interment to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Henning.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at Belmont Funeral Home in Henning and resumed for an hour prior to services at the church.   A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  
Online condolences available at www.belmontfuneral.com.