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Obituaries Earl R. Hoffbeck Funeral services for Earl R. Hoffbeck, 88, of Ortonviile, were held Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 i n t h e : : :%,'>!i Trinity Lutheran 7 Church in Ortonville with the Reverend Richard Boehnke officiating. Mr. Hoffbeck died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998 in Ortonville. Music was presented by Sarah Miller, organist, and Janice Meuller, soloist. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery north of Big Stone City, SD. Pallbearers were Willis, John, Robert, R. Chad, Jim, and David Hoffbeck. Earl was born May 12, 1910 in rural Big Stone City, SD, the son of Bertal and Anna (Johnson) Hoffbeck. Earl attended school in Big Stone City and attended SDSU in Brookings in 1929 where he studied agriculture. He was united in marriage to Lila Smith in Milbank on April 5, 1935. Following marriage, the couple moved to a farm in Lockwood Township, rural Big Stone City, SD, where he fanned until 1952 when they moved to Big Stone City. Earl worked for the Milbank City Police Dept. for awhile. Later, he worked at the Big Stone Canning Lola Gearman Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 16 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Nassau for Lola Gearman. Rev. Stephen Olson officiated. Special music was provided by organist Jean Wirkus and soloist Larry Kanthak. Honor groups were the Marietta American Legion Auxiliary. Special friend John Jorgenson. Pallbearers included Pat Ward, Mike Dahle, Jerry Dahle, Jerome Schuelke, Paul Wittnebel and Truman Redepenning. Concluding services were at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery at Nassau. Lola Rosella Struck was born March 17, 1944 in Madison to parents Lehardt and Alice (Kaufman) Struck. i She was baptized Dec. 10, 1944 at St. Paul's Lutheran church and confirmed on May 11, 1958 by Rev. Hodum also at St. Paul's. Lola attended grade school in Nassatruntil the 8th grade. She then went ol*,igh Sdmot in Marietta, graduating ill 1962 3he m=o',;ed to Minneapolis and found employment at a banking firm. Lola moved back to Nassau and was united in marriage on June 1, 1963 to Kent Gearman at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. To this union two children were born. After marriage Lola and Kent lived Company where he was the farm and cattle manager. Earl continued to raise cattle and especially enjoyed raising and training his quarter horses. When the Big Stone Bank, now Marquette Bank in Big Stone City, SD, was initially formed, Earl sold a great deal of stock in the bank to get it started. While the couple resided in rural Big Stone City, Earl was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. He was confirmed by Reverend Wessler in 1945 in Milbank. The couple moved to Ortonville in 1975 where they joined the Trinity Lutheran Church. Earl had a strong, personal relationship with his Lord and Savior. He was a church elder for many years. He was also a past member of the Lockwood Township Board and was also a former mayor of Big Stone City, SD. He loved to read and especially loved his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Lilah, Ortonville; two daughters and son-in- law, Margaret and Kenneth Hoberg, Ortonville; Deanna and Dennis Rudolph, Billings, MT; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Earl was preceded in death by his- parents; one infant brother and two brothers. in Mississippi" ,until Kent was discharged from the service. They then moved to southern Minnesota to the town of Truman where Lola found work at Tony Down Foods. From there they moved to Fairmont and finally Waseca where she worked at the Midwest Loan Company. Lola and Kent moved to Marietta and purchased the Red Owl Store. They bought the Hi Ho Saloon in Nassau, in 1985 and changed the name to Bucky's. After a courageous battle with cancer, death came to Lola, Dec. 12, 1998 at her home in Nassau. She had reached the age of 54 years, eight months and and 25 days. In life, Lola enjoyed golfing, bowling, water-skiing, cooking, gardening, reading and weather permitting ice fishing. Lola is survivel by her husband- Kent of Nassau, children Jason Gearrnan and friend Tina Hicks both of Sioux Falls, SD, and Brook Gearman of Nassau, two brothers; Charles and wife Bernadette Struck of Dawson, and Paul and wife Pam Struck of Madison, also a brother-in- law David Wellnitz of Milbank, SD. Lola was preceded in death by her parents and sister Diane Wellnitz. Marion Kopitzke Funeral services for Marion Kopitzke of Morris were held Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Simon Fensom officiated. Burial was at Summit Cemetery in Morris. Marion Paulson, daughter of Christian P. and Manda (Gunderson) Paulson, was born March 30, 1908 at Morris. She grew up in the Morris area, and received her education at the District #8 rural school. She was later confirmed at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Morris. On May 29, 1925 she was united in marriage to Charles Carbert in Brown County, SD. To this union, four children were born: Edward, Gene, Floyd and Marlene. They made their home near Morris, where they farmed until' Charles' death on Feb. 10, 1935. On July 6, 1940 Marion was remarried to Richard Kopitzke in Glenwood. They had one son, Gary. Following their marriage, they lived in several towns in west-central Minnesota, some of which included Beardsley and Wheaton. In 1972, they settled in Morris, where they remained until Richard's death on Aug. 26, 1979. Following his death, Marion continued to live in Morris with her brother, Clarence. Marion was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Morris, where she had been active in her ladies circle. Some of her favorite hobbies included quilting, sewing and embroidering. Marion died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998 at her home in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 90 years. She is survived by four children: Edward (Evelyn) Carbert of Ogilvie, Floyd (Arlene) Carbert of Blaine, Marlene (Charles) Seip of Morris and Gary (Anita) Kopitzke of Sleepy Eye; one brother: Clarence Paulson of Morris; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Charles Carbert and Richard Kopitzke; one son: Gene Carbert; one granddaughter: Karon Rosario; her parents and one sister: Myrtle Monson. Pallbearers for the service were Edward Carbert, Charles Carbert, Michael Carbert, Terry Lynn Nelson, Deborah Klawitter, Nathan Seip, Mark Seip, Julie Duncan, Christian Kopitzke, Kimberly Kopitzke, Gene Carbert and Laura Jean Carbert. Rita Lambert was organist with John Kleinwolterink serving as soloist. Pedersen Funeral home in Morris was in charge of arrangements. Raymond Nelson Funeral services for Raymond Nelson were held Friday, Nov. 27, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township, with Pastor Kevin Frodlich officiating. Pat McGeary was the organist. Special must was by the Trinity Lutheran Choir and the congregation in the singing of three hymns. Honorary pallbearers were all of Raymond's grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Casketbearers were Ruth Ann Lee, Jerry Nelson, Justin Nelson, Matt Nelson, Stanley Nelson, Merlyn Sachs, Karla Schmidt, Ronald Trager and Judy Wellnitz. Military Honors were by VFW Post No. 4955 and the Minnesota Army National Guard. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Raymond Henry Nelson was born Oct. 30, 1926 in Fairfield township, Swift County, to William and Marie (Kohler) Nelson. He was baptized March 6, 1927 at his parent's home by Rev. G.H. Lippert. Raymond was confirmed Feb. 26, 1971 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway by Rev. William Naetzke. He served with the US Army from 1950 to 1952. He was married to Florence Wente Hoppe April 20, 1954. Raymond farmed for Harold Heinecke and also farmed his own farm his entire life. He enjoyed ice fishing, deer hunting and helping others. He served as an Elder, Trustee .and on the finance board of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield for many years. Raymond died Sunday morning, Nov. 22, 1998 at the Appleton Municipal Nursing home where he had lived since Aug. 29, 1995. He had reached the age of 72 years and 22 days. He is survived by his wife Florence; two sons: Danny (and Joyce) Nelson of Ortonville and Wayne (and Connie) Hoppe of -Agpleton; seven grandchildren: Cheryl Nelson, David Hoppe, Doreen (and Jason) Keith, Robin (and Craig). -, Danielson, Terry (and Bruce) Lindquist, Tim (and Lisa) Redepenning and Jeremy Redepenning; seven great- grandchildren: Kaylee and Alexis Hoppe, Alexis and Brett Danielson, Jessica and Adam Lindquist and Michael Keith; three brothers: Andrew (and Gloria) Nelson of Appleton, William (and Ruth) Nelson, Jr. of Holloway and Norman and (Joyce) Nelson of Appleton; four sisters: Alta Mae (And Donald) Peterson of Milan, Emma (and Amos) Radcliffe of San Diego, CA, Alice Clark of San Diego, CA and Minnie (and John) Bryan of Bartonville, IL; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. "He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in- law Gordon and Doris Nelson. Thanksl To a[l our loyal customers, [ many than for your business. I May this Christmas be the best I everforyouandyourfami[y. HAPPY HOUDAYS From Everyone At ' WEE GROCERY ' Big Stone City, SD Gilbert Brustuen Funeral services for Gilbert John Brustuen of Hancock, formerly of Morris, were held Friday, Dec. 18, 1998 at Federated Church in Morris. Reverend Jerry Hankins officiated. Burial was at Summit Cemetery in Morris. ", Gilbert J6"lia3.. Brustuen, son of Amund and Annie"(Lokken) Brustuen, was born June 5, 1909 at Summit, SD. At a young age, he moved with his family to Hegbert Township, near Alberta. where he grew up and attended rural school. After his schooling, Gilbert worked on the family farm for a few years before he began farming on his own in Artichoke Township. On March 16, 1938, he was united in marriage to Ora Hanson at her parents home in Artichoke Township. Following their marriage, they continued farming in Artichoke Township for five years. At that time, they moved to the Clinton area, where they farmed for nearly 20 years. They then moved to the Ortonville area, where they continued farming for another five years, before moving to Morris in 1969. Gilbert then worked for the City of Morris until his retirement. After retiring, he continued working at various jobs in the Morris area. In 1994, they moved to Hancock, where Gilbert continued to A LITTLE CHEER GOES I WWWWl ALONG WAYi Merry Christmas. BIG STONE MUNICIPAL LIQUOR STORE Big Stone City (605) 862-8166 S Thank you for helping to make our world a better place to live. Strege's Recycling Center, Inc. and Strege's Auto Parts live until Dec. 2, 1997, when he entered the Villa of St. Francis in Morris. Gilbert was a member of Federated Church in Morris, and his greatest joy in life was when he could spend time with his family. Gilbert died Dec. 14, 1998 at the Villa of St. Francis in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 89 years. He is survived by his wife: Ora Brustuen of Hancock; six children: Jerome of Cyrus; David (Gail) of Morris; Mike (Sandra) of Granite Falls; Rick (Debra) of Morris; Kathy (Alvin Jr.) Nohl of Hancock and Lori (Brent) Hunt of Crystal; one brother: Ole (Verna) of Appleton; one sister: Amanda Beyer of Evansville; 22 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one great-granddaughter, Desiree Gunderson; and one sister: Barbara Eliason. Pallbearers for the service were Rick Brustuen Jr., David Brustuen Jr., Jeremy Brustuen, Adam Kramer, Steve Brustuen and Shawn Brustuen. Honorary pallbearers were all Gilbert's other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cheryl Rempel was organist with Brent Hunt serving as soloist. Pederson Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of arrangements. TAE MIRACLE! A joyous Noel to all our faithful supporters. 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