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Janice Wallaker

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 3:41pm

Janice Eileen Wallaker was born April 14, 1922, in Kenyon, Minnesota, to John M. and Tilda O. (Ronning) Wallaker. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church and graduated from Kenyon High School in 1940. Following her education she worked as a jewelry store clerk. In February 1941, Janice entered Kahler School for Nursing in Rochester. In 1944, she joined the US Army Nurse Corp. and served as a field hospital nurse during WWII including during the Battle of the Bulge. Following her honorable discharge she attended an operating room management program at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. She returned to Kenyon and shortly after joined the Northfield Hospital as the temporary hospital administrator, subsequently becoming permanent. She served as Administrator of the Northfield Hospital from 1948-1965. In 1965, she moved to Bemidji and served as hospital administrator for 5 years. In 1970, she moved to Fergus Falls and served as Director of Nursing for the Fergus Falls Hospital until retiring in the 1980’s and returning to Northfield. She served as president of the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary from 1990 to 2000. In 2002, Janice was named Outstanding Rice County Senior Citizen of 2002. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Survivors include her sister Marcene Langeness of Kenyon, and niece Lynn (and Eugene) Eversman of Plainview. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Janice passed away Wednesday morning, February 3, 2016, at the Sunset Nursing Home in Kenyon, at the age of 93.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community. Military Honors will follow. Interment will be in Kenyon Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service

Memorials are preferred to Northfield Retirement Community or Kenyon Sunset Home.

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

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Edward Grebis

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:35pm

Edward Joseph Grebis was born July 26, 1939, in Windber, Pennsylvania, to Alexander and Susanna (Kucharchik) Grebis (Grzywacz in the old country.) He was raised in Pennsylvania and as a young man followed a path to the seminary and Priesthood. Following his ordination in the Catholic Church he served as a priest in the Washington D.C./ Virginia area and in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In 1969, he moved to Northfield and joined the staff of the Northfield Middle School as a Chemistry and Physics teacher. He later transferred to the high school where he worked in the Media Center and assisted with technology for the school district. He continued his work in education at the Archdiocese of St. Paul/ Minneapolis as Director of Educational Technology and also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of St. Thomas, College of St. Catherine and Hamline University. The last few years of his career were spent working in the Minnesota Reading Core Program until his retirement in 2013. On May 27, 1995, Ed married Nancy Elaine Lindtvedt at Peace Lutheran Church in Pella, Iowa. They made their home in Northfield.

Ed was a member of the Church of St. Dominic and a longtime member of the St. Dominic Blue softball team. As a young man he was a talented athlete and continued to follow sports throughout his life, especially enjoying watching his son, Alec, play sports as he grew up. Ed loved to play golf also and especially when he could be on the green with his son. He was an avid reader, enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching NCIS. He was a master of trivia and never missed Wheel-of-Fortune or Jeopardy. Ed was a man of strong faith and a true family man – always taking interest in his children and grand-children’s activities. He will be missed on the bleachers.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Nancy; daughters Sharon (Shane) Stratmoen of Stillwater, Royanna (Todd) Stratmoen of Brookings, South Dakota; 9 grandchildren: Emma and Ian Stratmoen, Luke, Caleb and Emily Stratmoen, Noah, Elijah, Moriah and India Bamonte-Grebis; his daughter-in-law, Tara Bamonte-Grebis of Northfield; his sister, Pauline (Robert) Michek of Connecticut and nephews Bobby and David; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Alec, his step-son Gary, his sister Betty Ann Cleary and his parents.

Ed passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, January 31, 2016, in Northfield, at the age of 76.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM, Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield. Pallbearers will be Todd Stratmoen, Shane Stratmoen, Ian Stratmoen, Luke Stratmoen, Caleb Stratmoen, Noah Bamonte-Grebis, Elijah Bamonte-Grebis and Leon Haefner. Visitation will be 4-7PM, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. Visitation will continue on Friday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to St. Dominic Music Fund or the American Heart Association.

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

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Zachary D. Mitchell

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 3:11pm

Zachary Daniel Mitchell was born July 19, 1993, in Burnsville, Minnesota, to Michael and Mary (Shetka) Mitchell. In 2000, he moved with his family to their home in rural Dundas. A bright and caring individual, Zach always worked hard to engage others. Zach attended Northfield High School (Class of 2011) where he was very active in school activities, including orchestra as a violinist, Science Olympiad Club, the Debate Team, Nordic Ski Team, and Model UN Club. He was an Eagle Scout and as a Rotary Exchange student, spent a year in Germany becoming part of three families and making friends with people from around the world. Zachary was a National Merit Scholar and currently attended Carleton College where he was studying Geology. At Carleton, he continued as a violinist with the Carleton Symphony Orchestra, was a hooker for the Carleton Rugby team and worked in the Geology lab. Zach was a locavore, always passionate about the local food movement and worked hard in the college garden and at promoting the movement on campus. Along with the outdoors and camping, Zachary enjoyed motorcycles. He shared the dream with his dad of someday riding their cycles up Pikes Peak.

Zachary was a fighter and never gave up, even against all the odds. However, following a courageous battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Zachary passed away at home, surrounded by the love of his family, on Friday morning, January 29, 2016, at the age of 22.

Survivors include his parents, Mike and Mary of Dundas; his grandparents, Jim and Mary Anne Shetka of St. Paul; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Dan and Mary Mitchell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30AM Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. Visitation will be 4-7PM, Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.

A memorial service to celebrate Zachary’s life will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Skinner Memorial Chapel on the campus of Carleton College.

In lieu of flowers, please make a gift donation to Carleton College in Zach’s name.

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

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Ruth Stinski

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 2:58pm

Ruth L. Stinski, age 86 of Northfield, died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Three Links Care Center.

Ruth was born on the family farm in Northfield on August 12, 1929, the daughter of William and Martha (Sandvik) Ford. She was raised in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School. At the age of 18, Ruth moved to Minneapolis where she worked as a secretary. She married Roland Stinski in 1949. They lived mostly in the Metro area including Brooklyn Center and Crystal with Ruth becoming an at home Mom raising their three sons. The couple later divorced. Ruth moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her son Donn and later to Aurora, Colorado. As Ruth’s health deteriorated, Donn and Ruth returned to Minnesota and made their home in Northfield.

Ruth loved bowling and bowled in three different leagues over the years. She occasionally went to Mystic Lake casino and also to Las Vegas. During her married life she and Roland traveled extensively throughout the United States and also vacationed in other parts of the world. She loved the beauty and serenity of Colorado. Ruth also had a love of cats, caring for as many as five at one time.

Ruth is survived by two sons, David Stinski of Northfield, Donn Stinski of Northfield; three grandchildren and a great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by a son Danny, her parents, two sisters and a brother.

Graveside services will be at Valley Grove Cemetery, rural Nerstrand on Saturday, May 7, 2016, beginning at 2 PM.

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

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Lois Page

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 2:54pm

Lois Joy Page was born December 30, 1932, at home in Faribault, Minnesota, to Howard and Pearl (Voge) Reineke. She was baptized and confirmed at the Faribault Methodist Church and attended Faribault schools. After her education she worked and lived at the Blind School, and worked at the Dime Store and Woolworth’s. She married Percy “Skip” Page on February 8, 1952, in Faribault. After marriage they lived in Hampton for a year and then Farmington for 5 years. In 1958, they moved to Castle Rock and bought a home. Lois worked at Fredrick Willis pool table factory in Farmington for several years, and as a custodian at Carleton College. In 1989, Lois and Skip sold their home and moved to Yuma, Arizona. Skip passed away in 2003 and Lois returned to Northfield shortly after. She has lived on Three Links Care Center campus since 2005. Lois enjoyed collecting, painting, camping and all types of crafts.

Survivors include her children: Tom (Pat) of Elko New Market, Kathy (Steve) Aldrich of Northfield, Debbie (Mark) Lundquist of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Jim (Brenda Woodard) of McGrath, Rick (Sarah) of Elko New Market; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; her brother, Bob (Bonnie) Reineke of Faribault; 2 sisters-in-law, Sharon Reineke of Blaine, Pat Reineke of Oregon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her granddaughter Stacy, her sister Dorothy Sickinger, and brothers Lowell, Ken and Ronny Reineke.

Lois passed away Wednesday morning, January 27, 2016, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield at the age of 83.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Cornerstone Community Church in Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date in Greenvale Cemetery, Castle Rock.

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

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Elizabeth Miessler

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 9:04am

Elizabeth Josephine Bjerkesett Miessler was born August 10, 1917, on the family farm in Milaca, Minnesota, to Ole and Ingeborg (Andersen) Bjerkesett, the 10th child of 11.  She attended a one-room school until the age of 10, moving to Minneapolis with her family when the farm was lost in the Great Depression.  In 1936, she graduated from Central High School and helped support her family by working as a bookkeeper at the University of Minnesota Library.  During World War II she worked as a secretary in the Commerce Department in Washington D.C.  In 1946, she volunteered with the Red Cross in Germany, where she met Erwin G. Miessler, a fellow Red Cross worker.  Upon returning to the U.S., they married in December 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland.  After marriage they settled in Erwin’s home town of Independence, Kansas, where their son Gary was born. In 1964 the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when Erwin took a job with Boeing. After retirement, Elizabeth and Erwin moved to Eagan, Minnesota in 1976.  Erwin passed away in 1982.  Elizabeth moved to Northfield in 2001 to be close to Gary and his family.  She enjoyed reading, listening to classical music and Lawrence Welk, sewing, baking, and taking walks.

Survivors include her son Gary (Rebecca Benedict) of Northfield, her granddaughters Naomi and Rachel Miessler, also of Northfield; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and 10 sisters and brothers.

With her family by her side, Elizabeth passed away on Friday evening, January 22, 2016, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield at the age of 98.

A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the Chapel of Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Kathryn Lean

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 4:24pm

Kathryn Marie Lean was born August 6, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Elmer and Bernice (Weber) Lean. She was raised in South Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1969. In 1973, she received her Teaching degree from Moorhead State College. She taught in Lansboro, and in 1975 accepted a position as Special Education teacher with Laura Baker Services in Northfield. In 1994, she began teaching Special Education with the Northfield School District and remained there until retiring in January 2015.

Kathryn spent a great deal of her time and energy as a coach with Special Olympics and she loved it – participating for over 40 years. She enjoyed travel and dearly loved her family. She was generous, selfless, friendly, kind and giving. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her son, David (Shawnalee) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; her granddaughter, Kianna Kathryn; her sister, Stephanie Swenson of Faribault; her brothers, Elmer and Jeff Lean of Northfield; her great-niece, Cierra Swenson of Northfield; her niece, Tracy Swenson of Northfield; her nephew, Peter Swenson of New York; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surrounded by the love of her family, Kathryn passed away Friday afternoon, January 22, 2016, at home in Northfield, at the age of 65.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the Northfield United Methodist Church. Interment will be at a later date in Oaklawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4-7PM, Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and will continue on Tuesday at the church one hour prior to the funeral.

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

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Orwin Marks

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:21pm

Orwin Albert Rudolf “Orv” Marks died peacefully with his family by his side, at sunset on January 18, 2016, at the age of 98.
Orwin was born on July 6, 1917, on the family farm in Lester Prairie, MN. In 1935, he graduated from Lester Prairie H.S. and later took correspondence courses in journalism from the University of MN. After enlisting in the Army Air Corp during WWII and serving as a flight engineer and top turret gunner on the B-24 Liberator, Orwin returned to MN and worked as a linotype operator at newspapers in Winsted, Hector and Glencoe until he moved to Northfield where he worked at the Northfield News. It was there he met his wife Doris (Nelson) whom he married in 1948. From 1960 to 1964 he became employed as an offset press operator at Modern Printers in Faribault. In 1965 he returned to the Northfield News as the General Manager of their commercial printing division.
In 1973, Orwin was given the opportunity to purchase the commercial printing business from the Northfield News and he opened Northfield Printing, Inc., operating out of the same facility on Fifth Street. In 1980, he was joined in business by his son Alan. Together they built a new building on S. Hwy. 3. He ran the business until his son Alan purchased it in 1988 and continued to work part-time until his retirement in 1996 after nearly 60 years in printing.
Orwin was an avid gardener, expert woodworker and refinisher, mechanic and handyman, and enjoyed history, geology, photography, meteorology, reading and traveling. He was a quiet but steadfast Christian who lived his faith daily in the way he treated others. He had a deep baritone voice and sang in the church choir at Trinity Lutheran Church before joining St. John’s Lutheran Church later in life. He had an amazing intellect and memory, a quick wit, and was a great storyteller right to the end. He was a devoted husband and father and loved his family and grandchildren. He cared for his wife Doris at home for over five years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimers. He always loved driving across the country to sightsee and visit children and grandchildren no matter how far. He loved sports, particularly the Minnesota Twins, and fishing. Orv was accepted in membership of the Northfield Rotary Club in June 1965 and formally inducted in October 1965. He served in all four directorships, as vice president and as president during the clubs 50th anniversary year (1975). He was a Paul Harris Fellow, a founder of the scholarship program, and served on various subcommittees. When he was president of the Trinity Lutheran Church congregation, he oversaw construction of their existing building. In 1985, Orv left the Northfield Retirement Community board after serving for 15 years, which included board chairman and helping in the building design of their original facility.
Orwin is survived by his sister Orvilla Marks of Edina; his daughters Carolyn Marks of Naples, FL, Elaine Sergeant (James Christopher Sergeant) of Minneapolis, and Kristen Sonneborn (Matthew Sonneborn) of Naples; his son Alan Marks (Lynette) of Northfield along with his grandchildren Matthew Fedderly (Jessica) of Baltimore, MD, Jacob Sergeant and Laura Sergeant of Minneapolis, Nathan Marks of Mexico City, Emily Langan (Aaron) of St. Louis Park and Zachary Sonneborn of Naples. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman Julius & Marie (Moenke) Marks, his siblings Arthur, Alma, William, Irene, Armin, Alfred, Marvin and Clarence; along with his loving wife Doris.
Funeral services will be 10:30AM, Saturday, January 23, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Interment with Military Honors will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield. Pallbearers will be Mark Espeland, Matthew Fedderly, Curtis Marks, Donald Marks, Roger Marks and Chris Sergeant. Honor pallbearers are Lynette Marks, Nathan Marks, Emily Marks, Laura Sergeant, Jacob Sergeant and Zachary Sonneborn. Visitation will be 4-7PM, Friday, January 22, 2016, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Northfield Retirement Center and Three Links for their amazing care, and the many friends, neighbors and family who took the time to visit him, write to him, look after him and remember him through his amazing 98 years.
Memorials are preferred to St John’s Foundation or St. John’s Radio Fund.

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

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Marion Crabtree Zeddies

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:14pm

Marion Crabtree Zeddies, age 95 of Minneapolis passed away Monday morning, January 18, 2016.  She was born February 27, 1920, in Minneapolis to Charles D. and Harriet (Bratlund) LaBeaux.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy May of Minneapolis; her grandsons Guy (Kimberly) May of Illinois and Chad (Rochelle) May of New York; 2 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands Howard Crabtree and Milton “Doc” Zeddies, son James LaBeaux, sisters Dolly Hoppenrath and Marcia Inman, and brother Chuck LaBeaux.

Private interment.

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

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Robert “Bob” Manderfeld

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 5:41pm

Robert G. Manderfeld was born on May 9, 1939, in the Manderfeld Grocery Store by Fox Lake, Minnesota, to Anthony and Martha (Spinler) Manderfeld. In 1943, the family moved to a farm site in Richland Township where Bob attended country school and worked on the family farm. Bob attended Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, graduating with the class of 1957. On December 26, 1959, he enlisted in the National Guard and was honorably discharged on September 14, 1962.

On October 14, 1961, Bob was united in marriage to Jean Mary Hale at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Faribault. This marriage was blessed with 3 children.  In 1962, they resided in North St. Paul where they operated a Dairy Queen, later moving to Michigan where they operated a Dairy Queen in Hurley, Wisconsin, then settling in Northfield where they owned and operated the Northfield Dairy Queen. Bob remained in the business for 53 years, receiving many awards from International Dairy Queen for his pride and excellence.

Bob was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and in his early years was very active with the Northfield Jaycee’s. He enjoyed deer hunting, snowmobiling, going to the races, winter trips in Hawaii and recently, camping at Sherwood camp grounds where he had many friends. He especially cherished the time he spent with his family.

Survivors include his daughter Robin (Chad) Svendsen of Lakeville and their sons, Cole and Clint; son Troy of Northfield and his daughter, Nicole;  son Craig of Northfield and his children, Luke, Noah, and Grace; former wife Jean Mary Hale (Bob Sellers) of Northfield; sisters Carol Leifeld of Miesville, Minnesota, and Camille Skluzacek (Gene) of Florida; brother Ben (Mary) Manderfeld of Northfield; and sister-in-law Betty Manderfeld of Faribault.   He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill, and his brother-in-law Robert Leifeld.

On Wednesday morning, January 13, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer, Bob passed away at the Lodge on Natchez in Elko.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Monday, January 18, 2016, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. Interment with Military Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery in Northfield. Visitation will be from 2-5 PM on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at the Benson and Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield and continues at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Academy in Faribault or The Lodge on Natchez in Elko.

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

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