Eunice Kuper

Eunice Kuper, 85, Luverne, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

Services were Saturday, June 9, at United Methodist Church in Luverne. The Rev. John Pehrson officiated. Burial was in Ebenezer (Stateline) Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Ellsworth.

Eunice Jean Bunte was born to James and Catherine (Metzger) Bunte on July 7, 1915, at Lester, Iowa. She grew up in Lester, attended country school and later graduated from Lester High School. After high school she attended normal training at Iowa Falls, Iowa, and earned her teaching certificate. She taught country school near Rock Rapids, Iowa, for about four years.

She married Edward Kuper on Jan. 1, 1938, at the parsonage of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, rural Ellsworth. Following their marriage they moved to the Kuper homestead in Kanaranzi Township where they farmed. She was a self-taught seamstress and did much of the sewing for her family. She learned how to sew draperies and developed her own sewing business while also teaching sewing for the home extension service and 4-H. Mr. Kuper died in 1975. After his death she extended her drapery sewing and took on more work. She later moved to Luverne. She discontinued her drapery business when in her mid 70Õs. She became a resident of Tuff Memorial Home in Hills in February of this year.

Mrs. Kuper was an active member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church and a Sunday School teacher. With the closing of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church she transferred her church membership to First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. In her leisure time she did gardening and landscaping around her home.

Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Douglas and Barb Kuper, Prior Lake, and Dale Kuper, Rock Rapids; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kuper was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward, one brother, Raymond, and one sister, Mavis.

Roste Funeral Home, Hills, was in charge of arrangements.

Harvey Nath

Harvey Nath, 79, Luverne, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

Services were Tuesday, June 12, at United Methodist Church in Luverne. The Rev. Bart Fletcher officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne.

Harvey M. Nath was born to Markus and Emma (Schneekloth) Nath on Nov. 30, 1921, in Rock County. He was raised and educated in Rock County at a country school. He graduated from the 8th grade.

He married Jeanette Williams on Aug. 27, 1944, in Luverne. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 12, 1944. He was a truck driver with the armor division. He served in the Philippines and Japan. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 16, 1946.

He returned to the farm and they farmed until 1978 and then moved to Jasper. There he worked for Rodman Welding until he retired. They later moved to Luverne due to his health.

Mr. Nath was a member of United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and all sporting events. They enjoyed going to several local lakes and camping.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Nath, Luverne; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Leslie and Sandy Nath, Jasper, Loren Nath, Hills; one daughter, Janice Enger, Fulda, and her fiancŽe, LeRoy Baumgard; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey (Lori) Enger, Scott (Shari) Enger, Brenda (Aldon) Van De Stroet, Jason and Jessica Nath, Timothy, Anthony, Christopher Nath; five great-grandchildren, Cody, Mikayla and Matthew Enger, and Cori and Hailee Nath; three brothers, William (June) Nath, Carl (Betty) Nath and Orlen (Mary Jo) Nath, all of Luverne; and two sisters, Norma (Vincent) Meyer, Luverne, and Milda (Horton) Staeffler, Gladbrook, Iowa.

Mr. Nath was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Elmer Enger.

Engebretson Funeral Home, Luverne, was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Ward

Ethel Ward, 96, Luverne, died Friday, June 8, 2001, in Luverne Community Hospital.

Services were Monday, June 11, at United Methodist Church in Luverne. The Rev. Bart Fletcher officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne.

Ethel J. Ross was born to Jesse and Francis (Griffin) Ross on April 16, 1905, in Sioux Center, Iowa. She was raised and educated there until she was 14 years old. Following her education she remained at home with her family. The family later moved to Minnesota.

She married Charles Krejci on Jan. 5, 1925, in Rolfe, Iowa. Mr. Krejci preceded her in death.

She married Edward Ward on June 9, 1937. The couple farmed for a short while near Rolfe and later near Beaver Creek and Magnolia. In 1945 they moved near Garretson, S.D., and farmed until retiring to Luverne in 1970. Mr. Ward preceded her in death in April 1998. She continued to live in their home in Luverne.

Mrs. Ward was a member of United Methodist Church in Luverne. She was also a member of the Hannah Circle at Palisade Lutheran Church for 25 years and a member of the Royal Neighbors Club. She made many quilts and crocheted. She was a keeper of family history, and she played the mouth organ.

Survivors include one son, Elwood Krejci, Canton, S.D., and his special friend, Lois VanderKieft; one daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Ron Livermore, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Flora Larson, Sioux Falls, Edith Umland and Myrtle (Orey) Gehrke, all of Luverne; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, one son, Kenneth, seven brothers, Floyd, Alfred, Lawrence, Melvin, Walter, Oscar and Clarence Ross, and two sisters, Grace Vaughn and Cora Gehrke.

Engebretson Funeral Home, Luverne, was in charge of arrangements.

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