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J Obituaries Thomas Kent Finberg Thomas Kent Finberg, the son of John Russell and Gertrude Naomi (Davick) Finberg was born July 3, 1940 in Clinton. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1958. After graduation he went to the Minneapolis area where he held several jobs; including an anodizer, platter, long haul driver and motor home delivery and set up. Tom returned to Clinton in 1975 where he worked for the Clinton Shipping Association, Kashmark Trucking and Finberg Trucking. Tom was united in marriage to Darlene Louise Erdman on June 30, 1979. They were blessed with two sons, Jake and Justin. Tom also had two sons Russell and Kent from a previous union. In life Tom loved his wife and children and spent much time with his grandson Dylan. Tom enjoyed all of his grandkids and his four furry companions: Sadie, Dixie, Tulip and Biscuit. People would see Tom tooling around about on his scooter, which he jokingly called it his "Harley." Tom loved people and visiting. He enjoyed morning coffee at Bill Christle's before he passed away. The loss of so many of his friends and family these last few years was hard for Tom but he didn't give up. He began having coffee and visiting at KJ's and visiting Jake. He always had time to help others and always had time to chat. His favorite thing of all was being home and puttering in his shop or in the yard with Dolly, or watching TV together in the evening, while he played card games on the computer. Tom left this life for a better one on Saturday, April 17, 2010 reaching the age of 69 years and nine months. He will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Dolly of 31 years; sons, Jake (Karl) Finberg of Clinton, Justin Finberg of Canby, Russell '(Leona) Finberg of Fort Worth, TX., Kent (Gall) Finberg of Farmington; five grandsons, one granddaughter; one brother, Lee (Judy) Finberg of New Freedom, WI; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrude and John; step-father William Christie; and three brothers: John, Neal and David. ' Alfred E. "Fritz" Zahn Funeral services for Alfred "Fritz" Zahn were held Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Odessa with Rev. Benjamin Pollock officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Alfred E. "Fritz" Zahn, was born May 17, 1920 in the home of his parents, Henry and Ida (Ohm) Zahn in Lac qui Parle County. He was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran and was raised with six sisters and two brothers on farms in Lac-qui-Parle and Big Stone Counties. Fritz attended country schools and received his education at Odessa High making books and, of course, his beloved Bible. On July 29, 1945, he married his "black haired beauty", Leona Ida Hillman. They lived in various locations around Odessa until 1955 when they moved to their six acres of "heaven-on-the hill" near Odessa and have remained there for the past 54 years. Fritz had many talents and among his passionate hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening (great corn, potatoes and muskmelons) wood and metal working and "tinkering" (always making something) in his haven: his white shed! Fritz was very much interested in current events, *political issues and an avid National Rifle Association Member. He also loved his dog "Patty" and wouldn't admit it but was quite fond of family He worked hard all his life to support his wife and family. He farmed, worked as a repairman and blacksmith at local granite quarries and after retirement worked at the Big Stone Museum. Fritz was an active senior until his unfortunate stroke on Father's Day, 2009. He was even cultivating his garden on his tractor the day before the stroke. During the last nine months of rehab, he had EXCELLENT care from the staff and nurses at Northridge. He is survived by his wife, Leona, of Odessa; sons, Jerry (Brigitte) of Lawton, OK, Jon of Odessa, Marlin (Kathy) of Odessa; daughter, JoAnn (Fred) of Johnson City, TN; seven grandchildren, Tanya Baltz, Johnny and Chris Havron, Jason and Tristan Zahn, Dr. Robert Schmurr, Dr. Julia Marie Utley Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Julia Marie Utley, age 88 of Graceville. Julia Marie died April 24 at St. William's Care Center in Milbank. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City. Rev. Beth Conrad will officiate. Burial at a later date will be in the Mound Cemetery in Ortonville. Casket bearers will be: Dewayne Jensen, Curtis Olson, Russel Howard, Don Morrill, and Dewayne Stoddard. Music will be provided by Roger Goosen, organist and vocalists: Russel Howard and Kelsey Peery. Julia Marie (Puder) Utley was born Sept. 7, 1921, in Webster, SD. She Charles Pies was the daughter of Artah and Mary (Mueller) Puder. She was the oldest of three children. Julia graduated from Big Stone High School in 1939, and went on to schools in both Minneapolis and Omaha for secretarial skills and bookkeeping. Julia Marie was united in marriage on July 23, 1955, with Jack Utley. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this summer. They were blessed with one daughter, Janet. Julia Marie held a variety of bookkeeping and secretarial positions including being a legal secretary for 20 years and a secretary at the Hedgemark Clinic for 20 years. Julia Marie enjoyed gardening, knitting, and bookkeeping as her hobbies. She was a secretary for the church, Historical Society and Township Board. She and her husband Jack were one of the founding families of the Ortonville Historical Society and Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Charles Pies, age 84 of Milbank who died April 19 at Milbank Area Hospital-Avera Health. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Assembly of God in Milbank. Pastor Don Reynen officiated and burial will be in the Milbank Cemetery. Music was provided by Janet Liebe, organist; MacKayla McKinney and Alicia Loeschke, vocalists. Casket bearers were: Ron Bjerke, Leon Pies, Arlon Pies, Roger Bjerke, Daniel Pies, and Ike Borchert. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Charles Donald Pies was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Blooming Valley Township, near Ortley, SD. He was the son of Joseph and Stella (Schwantz) Pies. Charles was united in marriage with Marion Lambert in 1951, and later married Gladys Reynen in 1971. Charles farmed then worked at Hunter Granite Quarry from 1950 until 1974. He was self employed as a painter until his retirement. Charles enjoyed playing horse- shoes and bowling. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a talented wood-worker. He especially enjoyed cheering for Minnesota Twins Baseball, and was thrilled when their caravan would travel to Milbank. He was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Milbank. Charles Pies is survived by four daughters: Linda and husband Larry School. Although Fritz's formal education ended early to help with the farm and family work, he was an avid reader of history, the wild west, tool kitty cats, too. He had many friends during his life time and loved to visit whenever he had the chance. 2008 Yamaha Grizzly 700 green .... $3,800 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI recSOld 2007 Arctic Cat 700 EFI green ........ $4,900 2006 Polaris Sportsman 800 silver...S01d 2006 Polaris Predit0r 500 red .......... Sold 2005 Polaris Sportsman 400 green $3,000 2005 Polaris Magnum 330 .............. $2,900 2005 Polaris Sportsman 400 red ..... 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S0Id 2002 Polaris Xplorer 400 green with plow .......................................... $3,800 2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 green $2,900 1999 Arctic Cat 500 4x4 green ........ $2,000 1998 Polaris Sportsman 500 red .... $2,500 1998 Yamaha Blaster ...................... $1,800 1997 Suzuki King Quad 280 gray with plow .......................................... $1,300 1996 Yamaha Timberwolf 250 blue ..SOld 1995 Polaris Scrambler white .......... $2,000 00owersportS,nc, i Milbank, South Dakota E HHy 12, Ullbanl SII - 6054132-9111 www. m idwestpowersports, net Michael Schmurr; 13 great- _ e; grandchildren; one brother-in-law; and three sisters-in-law; and many e"Zl IO TOLERIHC[ ..,,, Casting call for ZER- Wilmot theater Area actors and theater enthusiast are being sought for "Mugsy Sent Me", the summer dinner theater pre- sentation set for June 5 and 6 at the Wilmot Community Center in Wilmot. The second annual Wilmot Community Club sponsored interac- tive play has a cast of eight perform- ers plus several none speaking sup- portive roles. The play is set in 1920% mobster fashion at "Big Al's Place" surrounded by whispered conversations between reputed mobsters trying to conduct illicit business while staying out of jail. The audience can witness clan- destine meetings of gangster, local thugs and hoity-toity hoi polloi loiter- ing 'til all hours in this dimly-lit speakeasy down along the docks! As the local gangsters try to keep everything under raps only those with the secret password will get past the black-hat-wearing goons guarding the door in this visit to a great era of American history. Once inside, every- one can enjoy the life and times when flappers were the latest rage and a fab- ulous floor show of tap dancers, sin.gers and accordion players could spring up among warehouse crates, boxes, and piles of junk. Cast members include: Celia, a totally ditzy blond bombshell and the 'hit' of the experience; Shasta, a 1920's flapper and gun moll; Hermie, the evening's quite sophisticated MC; Louie the Bean, a small-time crook - and even smaller gangster; Benny the Worm, smaller than Louie the Bean in every respect; Sylvester the Blade, a champ in the "no brains" department; Big AI, the "man" himself; and Flatfoot Charlie, an "undercover" copper. Several other character parts are available for a hat check girl, a speakeasy photographer, crooners and divas who might sing for the floor show entertainment, hoofers to set the ,place to tapping, stand-up comedians, illusionist and a host of and other great performers from the roaring 20's and speakeasies age. "Mugsy sent me" was written by Dan Neidermyer and produced by special arrangement with Hearer Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids, IA and sponsored by the Wilmot Community Club. Casting is continuing for anyone interested in taking a part in the play, whether from the Wilmot area or the surrounding region. For more infor- mation, contact Brenda Butler at 938- 4856 as soon as possible. Museum. She was a member of the Sweet Adeline's and started the Big Stone Singers and was their director for almost 20 years. She was a member of Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City. Julia Marie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 77 years and has held a variety of offices during that time. Her last position was District President. Julia Marie Utley is survived by her husband, Jack of Graceville; one daughter and son-in-law: Janet and Rory Knutson of Big Stone City; two granddaughters: Jessica and Jackee; one brother and sister-in-law: Howard and LaDonna Puder of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Vlundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of the arrangements for Julia Marie Utley. To send an electronic condolence visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net. Ulrich of Ortonville; Deanna Reil of Milbank, SD; Cheryl and husband Ron Van Hoorn of Milbank, SD and Lori and husband Craig Oehler of Sioux Falls, SD; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; two brothers: Clifford Pies of Watertown, SD; Clarence and wife Ruth Pies of Watertown, SD; three sisters: Lillian Leavitt of Milbank, SD; Mavis Larson of St. Cloud and Delores Schmieg of Bristol, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Pies and Stella Pies, one son: Gary; two brothers: Everett and Lawrence; three sisters: Anna DeLong, Evelyn Borchert, and Jackie Bjerke; and wives, Marion and Gladys. Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank was in charge of the arrangements for Charles Pies. To send an electronic condolence visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net. 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