Eunie Benson, 85

Eunie H. Benson passed away at Mercy Hospital on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the age of 85.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Charles and Grace Ackley; husband of 47 years, William Benson; and a foster daughter, Deanna “Dede” Stevens.

Eunie married Bill Benson in October of 1965.  The couple moved to Rockford, Minn. in 1972.  Eunie and Bill were owners and operators of Bill’s Shoe Repair in Delano, Minn. for 28 years.  Eunie was a loving daycare provider.  The children she cared for “Were her kids too.”  They remained an important part of her life.  Eunie also opened her heart and home to many foster children.  She was a Pioneer Girl Leader at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford, Minn.  She was able to share her love for nature on camping trips, her creativity with crafts and her friendship with smiles and encouragement.

Eunie and Bill retired and moved to Big Fork, Minn.  They enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, gardening, and the quiet.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Marble, Minn.

Her generous, fun-loving spirit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services for Eunice Benson were scheduled on Wednesday, May 20, 2:30 p.m., at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Gail Reitan officiating, and with interment following at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale.  A visitation was planned at the funeral home one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Casket bearers: Alan Howard, Sydney Wright, Keith Hembre, Kenneth Hembre, Kevin Hembre, and Michael Esty.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements for Eunice Benson were by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Bernadine Carlson, 73

Bernadine Carlson, 73, of Buffalo passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015 at her residence.

She was born on June 15, 1941 in Fergus Falls, Minn. the daughter of Carl J. and Gertrude Carlson.

Bernadine was a Buffalo resident for over 30 years.  She was employed at Functional Industries for many years.

She enjoyed embroidering, puzzles, watching TV, traveling, and the Special Olympics.

Survived by: siblings, RoseAnn McKinley and Carol (Leonard) Demarais, all of Buffalo, and Arthur Carlson of Plymouth; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Preceded in death by: her parents; and by two brothers and four sisters, Shirley Carlson, Dale Carlson, Verla Reierson, Warren Nathem, Joan Hughes, and Marlene Johnson.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 22, 6 p.m., at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  Inurnment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Anoka.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


Patricia Dahl, 74

Patricia A. Dahl, 74, of Annandale died on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by the love of her family after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Dave Nelson officiating.  Burial will be at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural French Lake. Visitation with a prayer service was scheduled from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and will continue one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Patricia Ann Dahl was born Jan. 4, 1941 in Belgrade, Minn. to Edmund and Dorothy (Krueger) Thoreson.  She grew up in Northeast Minneapolis and attended Edison High School.  On Oct. 11, 1958, Pat was united in marriage to Harvey Dahl in Northwood, Iowa.  Pat was able to be a stay-at-home mom and raise their four daughters.  As the girls got older, Pat went to work for Tonka Toys. She then worked alongside Harvey for their company, H.A. Dahl Company, in Maple Lake as the bookkeeper. Upon retirement, Pat and Harvey headed south to the Phoenix, Ariz. area to spend the winters.

In her spare time, Pat enjoyed playing bingo, cards, cooking, and bird watching at the lake home.  She was a crafty lady, and liked to find time to sew.  Pat and Harvey often traveled across the United States together, making lasting memories. Above all, Pat cherished the time she spent with her family.

Patricia is survived by: her husband of 56 years, Harvey of Annandale; children, Bonnie (Jim Hicks) Hokkala of Queen Creek, Ariz., Connie (Todd) Bishir of South Haven, Candy (Jeff) Nyren of South Haven, and Kelly (Brandon) Rosha of St. Augusta; nine grandchildren, Amy, Sara, Mike, Jimmy, Ashley, Tasha, Parker, Justin, and Josh; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Dennis Thoreson of Port Charlotte, Fla. and Debbie Bares of South Haven; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Dorothy Thoreson.

Jim Miceli, Parker Nyren, Justin Oberg, and Josh Oberg will serve as the urn-bearers.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.


Patricia Hammerstrom, 65

Patricia Sue (Ellis) Hammerstrom, 65, a Cape Coral, Fla. resident for the last two years, formerly of St. Michael, Minn., passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 in Cape Coral.

She was born Aug. 21, 1949 in Chicago to Virgil Ellis, Sr. and wife Dorothy, now deceased.

Patricia was of the Lutheran faith. She was a loving Mother, wife and grandmother. Raising two boys on her own was a challenge but one that she welcomed. Pat was retired and upon moving to Florida she quickly fell in love with the beach and all that it had to offer. Even after becoming sick last year she continued to go. And when she could not make it, Jay would go and grab her favorite food from the beach. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.

She is survived by: her beloved husband of 28 years, Jay R. Hammerstrom of Cape Coral; her loving sons, Thomas C. Oprzedek, Jr. of Chicago and Shawn Ellis of Ft. Myers; a sister, Kathy Podzius of Crestwood, Ill.; a brother, Greg Ellis of Tinley Park, Ill.; a granddaughter, Melissa Ellis of Maple Grove, Minn.; as well as two nieces, Amy and Ashley.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Ellis, Jr., and her grandson, Anthony V. Ellis.

Celebration of Life is taking place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24 in Chicago.  No formal services are planned in Florida.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral is entrusted with final care.


Patrick Meyers, 69

Patrick W. Meyers, 69, of Kimball died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the St. Cloud V.A. Medical Center.

Funeral services were scheduled on Saturday, May 16 at the Kimball Church of Christ with Pastor Kevin White officiating, and with burial following at Forest City Cemetery.  Visitation was also planned on Saturday at the church prior to the services.

Patrick William Meyers was born Feb. 17, 1946 in St. Cloud to William and Leona (VanNurden) Meyers.  He graduated with the Class of 1964 from Kimball High School.

He served his country with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.

On Aug. 29, 1970, Patrick was united in marriage to Sharon Espelund at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball.  He was a member of the Kimball Church of Christ and the Kimball American Legion Post 261.  Pat enjoyed painting, working on the computer, working on cars, and spending time with family.  He was a friend to everybody, a true jokester and prankster and was a handyman.  He loved to go on golf cart rides with his grandchildren.

He is survived by: his wife of 44 years, Sharon; daughter, Shannon Meyers of Maple Lake; three grandchildren, Bryant Stucky, Jade Zeidler and Amber Zeidler; brother, Jerry Meyers of Kimball; and sister, Joan Meyers of Maple Grove.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Leona Meyers.

Pallbearers: Bryant Stucky, Jade Zeidler, Mike Espelund, Dean Stewart, Justin Schafer, and Jason Lueders.  Honorary bearers: Wayne Gulso, Cole Espelund, James Justison, and Daniel Justison.  Jamie Miller was asked to provide the music for the service.  Military honors provided by the Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard and the Kimball American Legion Honor Guard.

Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.


Justin Mills, 33

Justin William Mills, 33, of Minnetrista passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a valiant two-year battle with Germ cell cancer on May 13, 2015.

He is survived by: the two loves of his life, his wife, Danielle, and their daughter, Charlotte, age 2; parents, Bill (Lisa) Mills, Terri (Scott) Harris; sister, Missi (Andy) McKown; step-siblings, Kristin (Dustin) Abanto and Ryan Harris; in-laws, Mike (Julie) Guldberg; sister-in-law, Whitney (Alfredo) Arce; brother-in-law, Jordan Guldberg; niece, Skylar Guldberg; and many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  Preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Jo Haislet, and uncle, TJ Haislet.

Justin lived his life to the fullest every day.  His passion for motorcycle racing, whether on pavement or ice, water sports, and anything with a motor was legendary.  Justin made friends with everyone he met and will be remembered for his zeal for a well-timed movie quote, his love of cheeseburgers, his vast knowledge of all things pop culture, and keeping everyone laughing with his jokes; but most importantly, Justin taught us to love without limits.

Justin’s positive outlook on life was not dissuaded by the challenges he fought the last two years.  His faith in Jesus was an inspiration to many, even those who had never actually met him.

Memorial service is taking place Saturday, May 23 at River Valley Church, Minnetrista at 11 a.m., with a gathering starting at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

Arrangements are by Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Cecilia Pearson, 94

Cecilia Theresa “Cec” Pearson, 94, of Bryan, Texas, formerly of Plymouth, Minn., passed away Sunday May 17, 2015 in College Station, Texas.

She was born on July 30, 1920 to Stanely and Christine (Kalenda) Dombeck in Perham, Minn.  Cec enjoyed gardening and playing golf.  She was a member of the Christian Women Club and Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, Minn.

Cec was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, and daughter, Deborah Begin.  She is survived by: her children, Sharee (David) Norcom, Cindy (John) Johnson, Russell Jr, and Ward; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Lorene Jones.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Loretto.  Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Iten Funeral Home, Delano.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at church prior to the Mass.  Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Lowell Sellin, 85

Lowell Sellin was born in St. Paul, Minn. on Feb. 5, 1930 to Paul and Minnie (Dallman) Sellin of Ortonville and went to meet the Lord on May 15, 2015.

Survived by: his wife, Lenore (Motzko); his daughters, Randa (Stephen) Hahn of Eden Prairie, Sandra (John) Smelter of Foley and Sara (Garrett) Haas of Albertville; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four stepchildren; his loving sister, Vadnae (Ronald) Kottke of Big Stone City; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, who will all miss him.

Lowell grew up farming and graduated from the U of M School of Agriculture in St. Paul. He then continued to farm for most of his life.  As a boy, he and his brother raised and showed cattle for 4H projects.  Lowell and his brother, Jim, often took their sister, Vadnae, roller-skating.  He also worked in the trucking and concrete industries.  He worked for the creamery in Buffalo, making butter and received the nickname “Ole,” which stayed with him.  He enjoyed running an antique store and coffee shop during retirement.  He loved music, played the Hawaiian guitar and went square dancing in his youth.  His family was the Light of his Life.

Lowell was a kind and gentle man who was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Services will take place Thursday, May 21 at the Park View Care Center Chapel.  Visitation is from 1-2 p.m., and the service is from 2-2:45, with a time of Fellowship to follow.  Internment follows at Mound Cemetery in Ortonville, Minn. at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, with a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. in Methodist Church, Ortonville, and with lunch to follow.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is serving the family.