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Andrew Westerback

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:03pm

Andrew Westerback, age 56 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, June 2, 2016, at his home.

Andrew Bradley Westerback was born July 17, 1959, in Superior, Wisconsin, to Dale and Anita (Bergren) Westerback. He was raised in Bloomer, baptized at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Superior and was confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Bloomer. Following his graduation from Bloomer High School in 1977, Andy attended UW Superior, UW Eau Claire, and UW Stout – receiving a business degree in 1987. During those years he worked for Northwestern State Bank in Chippewa Falls and sold insurance. In late 1987, he began working for a Menard’s distribution center. He then worked for Walmart and in 1996 transfer to the Sam’s Club distribution center in Bloomington. Andy married Julie Schaefer on December 19, 1996, and after marriage they made their home in Northfield. They later divorced but remained good friends. In 2000, Andy began working at the Rice County Recycling Center and remained there until his health failed.

Andy was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where together with Emily ushered for many years. He was a Mason, enjoyed deer hunting and the outdoors, was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers, a good friend to many, the “King of B.S.”, and a wonderful and thoughtful son and brother. He dearly loved and was always so very proud of his daughter Emily.

Survivors include his daughter Emily, his parents Dale and Anita of Bloomer, his sister Ann of Eagan, other relatives and friends.

Services will be 11:00AM, Thursday, June 9, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior and a lunch reception will follow. Andy’s remains will be placed in the St. John’s Columbarium in a private service.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Audrey D. Holter

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 3:53pm

Audrey D. Holter was born October 17, 1930, in St. Paul the daughter of Joseph and Elsie (Hansen) Malecky.  She was raised in St. Paul and graduated from N. St. Paul High School.  In 1948, Audrey began working for Northwest Airlines.  It was during a company Christmas party that Audrey met Clarence Holter, who worked as a mechanic.  The couple were united in marriage on September 1, 1951, in St. Paul.

They moved to Richfield where Audrey was able to care and raise their three children.  In 1968, Audrey began working for Nott Corporation in Bloomington.  Clarence and Audrey moved to Northfield in 1973, and she continued working for the Nott Corporation until her retirement in 1984.

Audrey was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and sang in the church choir.  She was a member of the Rice County home extension and the Red Hat Society.  The couple enjoyed traveling and Audrey was able to travel to Italy to see the Vatican which was the most memorable of her trips.  The family took many camping trips throughout the states.

On Monday morning, May 30, 2016, Audrey passed away at the Northfield Retirement Community at the age of 85.

She is survived by her husband Clarence of Northfield; two sons John (and Janette) of Richfield, David (and Darcy) of Andover; a daughter Barb (and Gary) Johnson of Royalton; three grandchildren Joseph (and Sarah) of Richfield, Theresa Keltgen of Le Center, Madelyn Holter of St. Cloud; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers Edward, Bernard and Kenneth.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016, beginning at 10:30 AM at Church of the Annunciation rural Northfield with Father Dennis Dempsey officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the church.  Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Edmund Youngquist

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:54am

Edmund Robert Youngquist was born September 20, 1924, in Monango, North Dakota, to Henning and Hilda (Olson) Youngquist. When Ed was a child, he moved with his family to Minnesota, and he graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1942. Because he worked on the family farm, he was deferred during World War II. In 1946, after telling his dad that he didn’t want to be a farmer, Ed joined the Army Air Corps as a clerk/typist. He was transferred to the Air Force, serving as a Chaplain’s Assistant for two years in the Philippines. Upon his discharge, he attended college at Luther Jr. College in Wahoo, Nebraska, at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minnapolis, at the University of Minnesota, and at Augsburg College – graduating in 1953. He enrolled at Luther Seminary, graduating in 1958. While at LBI, Ed met Rose Jacobson and the two were married on August 21, 1954, in Beresford, South Dakota. After ordination, Ed and Rose served churches in Willow Lake, SD, Astoria, SD, Rolling Forks, MN, Granite Falls, MN, Highmore, SD, Platte, SD, Luverne, MN, Comfrey, MN, and Cosmos/rural Hector, MN.

Upon retirement on Reformation Sunday 1996, Ed and Rose moved to Northfield to be close to family. They joined St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, and Ed joined the Troubadours men’s chorus. He enjoyed working on his computer, photography, sightseeing, travel, liturgical studies and tinkering.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Rose; four children: Margaret Youngquist (Jon Kerr) of St. Paul, Miriam (Randy) Youngquist-Thurow of Holly Springs, North Carolina, Michelle Youngquist (Darren Ressler) of Boise, Idaho, Michael (Stephanie Yoshikawa) of Palo Alto, California; four grandchildren: Kai Thurow (Lauren Large Thurow), Kyra Thurow, Sarah Youngquist, Jonathon Youngquist; his brother, David (Doris) of Annandale; his sister, Helen Schmidt of Danville, CA; beloved relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Ethel Blackwood, Mary Hazard, Dorothy Johnson, and his brother Richard.

With family by his side, Ed passed away peacefully on Monday evening, May 30, 2016, at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield, at the age of 91.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 2:00PM, Thursday, June 2, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior. Military Honors and a reception will follow. Interment will be at Beresford City Cemetery, Beresford, South Dakota.

Memorials are preferred to Luther Seminary, St. John’s Lutheran Church, or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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