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David Narvaez

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 2:29pm

David Merton Narváez, age 29, died on Friday, August 19, 2016, when struck by a vehicle in Washington D.C.

David was born September 17, 1986, in Northfield, MN. He grew up in Northfield and San José, Costa Rica. He graduated from Northfield High School (2005) and went on to graduate from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish (2009). After working at U.S. Bank in Minneapolis he moved to Washington D.C. where he completed an M.A. degree in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University (2015). He remained working in the Washington D.C. area, and had just passed the Chartered Financial Analyst Level III exam on August 9, 2016.

David was a loyal, selfless, caring son, brother, grandson, uncle, and friend to many. His volunteer work included Habitat for Humanity, service trips to Mexico (twice) and Mississippi, and the Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics. In addition to his many academic successes, he was an accomplished athlete with a passion for tennis and soccer. David loved to travel throughout the United States and internationally. He will be missed by the many people who knew him.

David is survived by his mother and father, Nancy Paddleford and Leon Narváez (Northfield, MN); his maternal grandmother, Laurie Paddleford (Lombard, IL); his brother and sister-in-law, Benjamin Narváez and Martha Schultz (Minneapolis, MN); his sister and brother-in-law, Cristina Narváez and Christian Conesa (Lighthouse Point, FL); his two nieces, Margaux and Verónica Narváez (Minneapolis); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Ricardo and Maxine Narváez and Merton Paddleford.

Family, friends, and others whose lives David touched are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the United Methodist Church of Northfield, MN located at 1401 Maple Street. The evening before, Friday August 26, 2016, there will be a wake between 4 and 7 p.m. at the same United Methodist Church. A visiting hour with the family will occur at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of David may be made to the Rice County, MN chapter of Habitat for Humanity, 204 W. 7th St., Northfield, MN 55057 or

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Muriel Sovik

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 1:48pm

Muriel Rasmussen Sovik died on August 13, 2016, at the Northfield Care Center. She was 100.
Muriel Eunice Rasmussen was born July 14, 1916, in Austin, Minn., to the Rev. Halbert J. and Bertha Marie Sampson Rasmussen. She grew up in Blooming Prairie, Minn., where her father was the Lutheran minister. She attended St. Olaf College and spent her junior year at the University of Kentucky. After graduating from St. Olaf in 1938, she taught high school English and directed school plays and the girls’ chorus in Mantorville, Minn., for several years. Some of her students kept in touch with her for decades.
In June 1944, Muriel married Ansgar Sovik, who had served as a Navy chaplain during World War II. From 1946 on, they lived in Northfield and Ansgar taught at St. Olaf. Between 1966 and 1980, they led many study programs in the Middle East, Rome, and Mexico.
Muriel loved music. She played the piano, belonged to a music group, and sang in the chorus of various Northfield Arts Guild productions. Despite a severe hearing loss in her last years, she still played occasionally for others.
Muriel took great joy in keeping up with friends abroad and students, as well as friends close to home. She met and entertained people from all over the world. And she was devoted to Ansgar, her husband of 62 years. As she often said, she could not have had a better or more interesting life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ansgar; her sister, Ragnhild Rasmussen Lunde, and brothers, Archibald P. Rasmussen and the Rev. Halbert J. Rasmussen; and her niece Judy Rasmussen Larson. Survivors include her daughters, Elisabeth Sovik (James Wicklatz) of Minneapolis and Katherine Sovik-Siemens (Brian Siemens) of Hastings, Minn.; her grandchildren, Paul Sovik-Siemens (Kimberly) and Martha Walker (Marlon), and great-granddaughter, Grace Carolyn Sovik-Siemens; and her niece Sonja Lunde Griffiths, and nephew, Philip Rasmussen.
The family thanks the Northfield Care Center for the loving care Muriel received there for over 11 years.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Friday, August 19, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Bread for the World or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Genevieve McFarland

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:39pm

Genevieve D. “Ginny” McFarland died Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Northfield Retirement Community. She was 95.
Ginny was born Feb. 13, 1921 in Sharon, Pa. to Curwin Kemery and Benjamin Harrison Goodall; she was an only child. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Thiel Lutheran College in Greenville, Pa. and taught high school history and social studies. She traveled often in her twenties.
Ginny married Gordon McFarland Jr. during a trip to California on Dec. 23, 1954. She and Gordon returned to Pennsylvania, where they enjoyed the outdoors and often spent their free time camping and gardening. They were married 44 years before Gordon passed away in 1999. Ginny especially loved cats, birds and flowers. She was active in the Methodist Church and served as Sunday School Director at Charleston United Methodist Church for many years.
After living in the same house for 80 years, Ginny spent the next 8 moving around the country with her children: son Donald and his wife Marie, and daughter Curwin and her husband Sam Gett. She lived in North Mankato, Minn., St. Peters, Mo. and Puyallup, Wash. before settling in Northfield Retirement Community in 2009. Ginny enjoyed her retirement travels and loved living at NRC.
Besides her children, Ginny is survived by two grandchildren, Kemry Gett and Corbin Gett, two step-grandchildren, Amanda Fitzsimmons and Polly Lewis, and six step-great grandchildren.
Visitation is Sat., Aug. 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Northfield Retirement Community courtyard near the chapel. The family will hold a grave site service in Pennsylvania.
Donations in Ginny’s memory can be made to the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation or to Northfield Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Dee Hille

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:24pm

Dolores J. “Dee” Hille, age 86 of Webster, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Northfield Retirement Community.

Dee was born April 26, 1930, at the old Northfield Hospital on Water Street, to George and Evelyn (Ohs) Errington.  She was baptized into faith and later confirmed her faith at Randolph Methodist Church.  She attended one year of country school, Randolph Public School – graduating with her class, and the Minnesota School of Business.

She was united in marriage to Dale Hand on May 16, 1952 and they made their home in Dennison.  Dale died in 1955 which left Dee a young widow.  She moved back in with her parents and worked at Mutual Service Insurance for over 20 years making many trips to and from St. Paul where the insurance company was located.  In 1968, she met Alvin Hille and the couple married March 15, 1969.  They lived on a century farm near Webster.  Alvin passed away in 2004.

It was no secret that Dee enjoyed traveling.  She made it to all 50 states including Alaska (before it was even a state) by driving the old Alaskan Highway.  Over the years she traveled many times to Europe and drove all the way through Central Mexico.  She was a member at Solor Lutheran Church and was very active in the church where she served as treasurer of the ELCA Women’s group for over 40 years.  She enjoyed her flowers and gardening as well as getting together with family and friends to play cards and visit.

Dee was very thoughtful and had a kind heart.  Never having her own children, she was very fond of her nieces and nephews considering them her children.

She is survived by her nephews and nieces: Vickie (Jim) Switzer of Northfield, Beckie (Steve) Duff of Hampton, Laurie (Dave) Johnson of Maplewood, Aaron (Julie) Ehlers of Farmington, Nedra (Doug) VanDam of Faribault, Kay Renneke (Michael Berg) of Grenora, ND, Ken (Judy) Hille of Minneapolis; and many great nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Dale and Alvin, her parents, a sister Donna Ehlers and a nephew Jon Renneke.

Funeral services for Dee will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, beginning at 3:30 PM at Solor Lutheran Church in Webster with the Reverend Daniel Dimick officiating.  Visitation will be held on Monday, August 15, 2016, from 4-7 PM at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service in the church.  Burial will be in the Solor Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred to the Solar Lutheran Cemetery Association.

Arrangements by Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Judy Draves

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 1:17pm

Judy Draves, age 80 of Northfield, passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday morning, August 9, 2016, at Reflections on the Three Links Campus in Northfield.

Judith Ann Hockey Draves was born March 12, 1936, in Superior, Wisconsin, to Raymond and Evelyn (Potts) Hockey. She was raised in Hibbing and attended Hibbing Public Schools. On October 21, 1952, in Milbank, South Dakota, Judy married Stanley Eugene Draves. After marriage they lived in Crosby, Minnesota, until moving to Northfield in 1968. Judy was a homemaker and also assisted Stanley at Northfield Disposal, retiring in 1992. Stanley passed away on June 14, 1996.

Judy was an active longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She loved and always felt comfortable with her “church community.” She enjoyed gardening, flowers, birds, caring for her yard, “just being outdoors”, and traveling with Stanley. Grandchildren were a focal point for both Judy and Stanley and they always were there with support. Judy was straight forward, private and had a great sense of humor.

Survivors include her children: Robert (Cathy) of Northfield, David of Cottage Grove, Jeannie DeCarlo of Scottsdale, Arizona; 5 grandchildren: Tara (Chris) Blandin, Jamie (Chad) Bellin, Katie (Greg) Miller, Peter Collins, Carrie (Robb) Miller; 12 great-grandchildren: Sydney, Payton, Max, Reese, Jake, Addison, Heidi, Ella, Holly, Ava, Anthony and Corb. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents,

A service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held at 11:00AM, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Miriam Drake

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:33pm

Miriam Ethel Drake passed away at the age of 91 at her home in Dundas early Monday, August 8, 2016. She had been cared for by her family and they were with her to the end. She is now safe in the arms of her Saviour.

Miriam Ethel Mikkelsen was born at home, on Madison St in Northfield, on Oct. 1, 1924, to Danish immigrants, Martin J. and Kjerstine Marie (Christensen) Mikkelsen. She was their only child. At the age of 14, her Dad passed away. He was a Purple Heart WW1 veteran, who earned his citizenship as a result. Miriam graduated from NHS in 1942 and worked at the drugstore downtown for Harry Lazarus and John Petricka, a job she loved.

On Aug. 22, 1947 she married Wayne Canedy Drake at the old St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. They then moved to Dundas where they lived and were part of the community for the rest of their lives. They had four children. In the early 60’s, Miriam got a job at Sheldahl and began a career there, learning many skills. Women were just starting to get out of the home and into the work force. For the first time, she had a sense of independence, pride in her abilities, and extra money. She retired in 1979, after 15 years.

She and Wayne enjoyed traveling to national parks, and camping. A highlight of her life was a trip to Denmark to meet her cousins, and see the church her Dad was confirmed in. They enjoyed daily coffee at the Ranch House Restaurant. She knit and knit, and when she wasn’t knitting, she crocheted. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and, in 1998, Wayne passed away. Miriam began a new life and went on from there.

She traveled with her daughters. She loved dollar stores, K-Mart, bright colors, garage sales, her car, her candy and snacks, her church, her Dundas community and, in her last years – a weekly prayer group, blue skies, and her manicures.

She is survived by her children, Bobalynn “Bobbi” (Jerry) Bolton of Northfield; Melody Werner of Northfield; Travis (Deborrah) of Ripon, WI; and Dallas of Minneapolis; four grandchildren, Jennifer “Dawn” Draper; Amy (Leigh) Hunter; Amanda (Richard) Slaubaugh; and Emily Drake; and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; two grandsons; Matthew Werner, and infant Andrew Werner; and her son, Dallas’ partner, Joseph Shulka.

Services will be held at Little Prairie United Methodist Church in rural Dundas, on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Groveland Cemetery, Dundas. Casket Bearers will be Travis Drake, Dallas Drake, Jerry Bolton, Leigh Hunter, Dustin Hunter and Jim McKinnon, Sr. Honorary casket bearers are Jennifer Draper, Amy Hunter, Amanda Slaubaugh, Emily Drake, Karl Schrader, Terra Wierson and Rosanna Forsberg. Visitation will be 4-7PM Friday, August 12, 1016, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and will continue at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Mary Thelen

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:49am

Mary Thelen, age 84 of Northfield, passed away Sunday morning, August 7, 2016, at Trinity Care Center in Farmington.

Mary Helen Thelen was born June 27, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to William and Ethel (Van Cleave) Hoyer. She graduated from Cudahy High School in 1950 and married Michael Thelen on November 25, 1954. Mary and Michael made their home in the East Troy area for over 30 years. While Michael taught school, Mary stayed home to raise their children. After the children started school she worked at Boston’s Department Store as a sales clerk, remaining with Boston’s for more than 20 years. The family were long-time members of St. James Catholic Church in Mukwonago and Mary and Michael spent many hours helping at the food bank. In her spare time she enjoyed decorating their home. Following Michael’s passing in 2011, Mary moved to Northfield to live with her daughter Geralyn. In 2015, she moved to Trinity Care Center.

Survivors include her daughter, Geralyn of Northfield; her sons, Michael of Milwaukee, Bill (Med Byrd) of Raleigh, North Carolina; her grandchildren: Katie (Craig) Rezac of Rosemount, Peter Kniep (Nicole Thuftin) of Chippewa Falls; one great granddaughter, Hailey Rezac; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister Inez Hendrickson, and her brothers Bob, Leo, and Raymond Hoyer.

Interment will be held at 11:00AM, Friday, November 25, 2016, at the Chapel of the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

Memorials are preferred to the Mukwonago Food Bank.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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