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  • January 31, 2024
    Gloria June Juhl was born July 5, 1935, to George and Anna (Boldt) Albers in Luverne, Minnesota. In 1942 she moved with her parents to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where her parents both worked in defense plants during the World War II. In 1945 they returned to Luverne. Gloria graduated from Luverne High School in 1953. After graduation she worked for Dr. G. N. Getman for six years. On August 19, 1956…
  • January 31, 2024
    Harold Vogt, age 92, of Luverne, died Sunday, January 14, 2024, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Harold was born August 31, 1931, in Sibley, Iowa, to Henry and Anna (Donker) Vogt. He attended school at Sibley, Iowa, and Ellsworth, Minnesota. Harold was in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1952 to 1954, serving in Germany. Harold married LaVonne Bartholomus on April 10, 1957. They…
  • January 31, 2024
    Robyn Kay VanDinther (Claussen), 54, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away at her home on December 7, 2023, after a three-year battle with cancer. Robyn was born on November 17, 1969, to Lee Allen and Jacqueline Claussen (Strassburg) in Luverne, Minnesota. In 1996 she married Benjamin Lee VanDinther and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Robyn was preceded in death by her father, Lee Allen…
  • January 31, 2024
    Kristi Kay Knutson, age 57, of Luverne, Minnesota, died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 31, from 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Funeral service will be Thursday, February 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at Leota Community…
  • January 31, 2024
    Brin Nelson, age 19 days, of Luverne, Minnesota, went to be held in the arms of Jesus on Sunday, January 28, 2024, while at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, February 10, from 2-4 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com
  • January 24, 2024
    Karen E. De Noble, age 77, died Friday, January 12, 2024, at her home near Hills, Minnesota. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the Bethel Reformed Christian Church in Lester, Iowa.  Visitation was 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, January 19, 2024, also at the church in Lester. Karen Elaine (Kooi) De Noble was born June 7, 1946, in Hull, Iowa, to Ellis and…
  • January 24, 2024
    William “Bill” John Krotzer passed away on December 13, 2023, near Beaver Creek, Minnesota, at the age of 76. He was born on December 30, 1946, in Minnetrista, Minnesota. The Maple Plain area was his home until he moved to Lake Benton in 1974. In 1982, Bill and his family moved to Kanaranzi and eventually to Luverne. Bill was a jovial man bringing joy and laughter to those around him. Known…
  • January 24, 2024
    Ramona Joyce Walker, age 87, of Luverne, Minnesota, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at the Mary Jane Brown Nursing Home in Luverne. A visitation will be Friday, January 26, from 12-1:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne with a funeral service to begin at 2 p.m.  Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. To view Ramona’s…
  • January 24, 2024
    John “Ode” David Smith, age 70, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Luverne, died Tuesday, January 16, 2024, suddenly at his home. He was born July 18, 1953, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Jack and ElDora (Kersbergen) Smith. Ode graduated from Luverne High School in 1972. He later received his business degree from Mankato State University. Ode married Deb Haper in 1988 in Luverne. The…
  • January 24, 2024
    Gerhard Peter Fick was born April 7, 1932, to Henry and Anna (Wilkins) Fick at the Luverne Community Hospital in Luverne, Minnesota, and raised on the family farm southwest of Luverne. He was baptized in May of 1932 and later confirmed in June of 1948 at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Gerhard attended District 61 country school through the eighth grade. Following his schooling, he continued…
  • January 24, 2024
    Sandra “Sandy” Kaye Loose was born on April 23, 1959, to Harvey and Cora (Ross) Gehrke in Pipestone, Minnesota. She grew up on farms in the Jasper and Beaver Creek, Minnesota area. When her dad died suddenly in 1969, Sandy and family moved off the farm and into Luverne, where she graduated from Luverne High School with the Class of 1977. Sandy then married Larry Frey. The couple later divorced…
  • January 17, 2024
    Elmer Menage, age 85, of Luverne, Minnesota, died peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, while at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was Sunday, January 14, from 2-5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Funeral service was Monday, January 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverview Cemetery…
  • January 17, 2024
    David George Paquette was born on September 9, 1951, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of George and Mary (Cardin) Paquette. Proud of his French and Portuguese heritage, Dave spent his early years in Rhode Island, Vermont, Germany, and Massachusetts where his parents served in the U.S. State and Defense departments. His love of nature and animals, especially reptiles, permeated his young life…
  • January 17, 2024
    Peggy Schmidt Anderson died January 6, 2024, at the age of 87 years.   Peggy will be remembered by Swede Anderson, her husband of 66 years, and their children, Jane Bechtle (Wally), David, Steven (Lisa) and Bruce (Lynn), six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial services will be in Bloomington on January 18, 2004, at 11 a.m., visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers…
  • January 10, 2024
    William (Bill) Jansma Jr., age 86, of Ellsworth, Minnesota, passed away Monday, January 1, 2024, at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa, with Pastor Doug De Groot officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery of Rock Rapids. Visitation will be Friday,…
  • January 10, 2024
    Loren Wiese, 88, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Monday, January 1, 2024, at Pleasant Acres Nursing Home in Hull, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2024, at George Boom Funeral Home and On-Site Crematory in Sioux Falls. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2024, also at the funeral home. Interment will take place at a later date at Ashwood…
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