Obituaries

Alvera Balster
Alvera D. Balster, 92, Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at the Sanford Luverne Medical Center. A private funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Burial was in the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth. Alvera Wentler was born Dec. 6, 1928, to Emra...
Donald Mitchell
Donald Eugene Mitchell, 72, Luverne, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage. A public visitation and private family funeral were Friday, Feb. 19, at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Donald Mitchell was born on Aug. 16,...
James Keiper
James Lewis Keiper, 74, Dresbach, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at their winter home in LeHigh Acres, Florida. A private funeral service for family will be at a later date, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona. James Keiper was born Dec. 28, 1946, to Cleo and Bernice (Blumentritt) Keiper in...
Orvel Dreesen
Orvel Ralph “Orv” Dreesen, 84, Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at his home. A funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Bethel Reformed Church south of Ellsworth. Burial with full military honors provided by the Ellsworth American Legion was at the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth....
Barbara Wills
Barbara Berene Wills, 81, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Prairie Creek Assisted Living Memory Care in Sioux Falls. A memorial service was Friday, Feb. 19, at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. A video tribute can be viewed at https://youtu.be/-9jtLmaZSb0...
Brad Weinkauf, 50, Jasper, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. A private family funeral service will take place. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne...
Pa Si Phan, 67, Worthington, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at the Sanford Luverne hospice cottage. A private service will take place at a later date at Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne, dingmannandsons.com. (0218 DN)  
Donald R. Esterly died on Feb. 1, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona, from the combined effects of COVID-19 and Parkinson’s disease. Donald Esterly was born to Elden and Frances Esterly in rural Rock County. He attended rural schools and graduated from Luverne High School in 1950. Don served with the 8th U....
Larry Rosenberg
Larry Rosenberg, 76, Slayton, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home. A private family service will be at the Iona Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth. A public visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Christ Lutheran Church in...
Harold Sandstede
Harold A. Sandstede, born to Lawrence and Madge Sandstede, died in the comfort of hospice care with loving daughter and favorite dog by his side. Harold is survived by daughters Kristin and Heather, grandchildren Natalie and Garrett, and siblings Jacque (Roger), Jan (Ron) and Steve. Harold briefly...

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