Obituaries

Verna Laura Busch, 91, formerly of Luverne, died Monday, June 20, 2016, at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. Funeral arrangements are pending with Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.  (0616 DN)
Stanley John Wessels, 84, Luverne, died Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. A funeral service was Wednesday, June 15, at the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors was at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Stanley Wessels was born Nov. 20...
Richard Walvante
Richard “Dick” Walvante, 80, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Sanford USD Medical Center. A celebration of life for both Dick and his wife, AnNette, who recently died of ovarian cancer, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Jasper Cemetery in Jasper with an open...
Fred Manfred Jr.
Frederick Manfred Jr., loyal longtime resident and writer from  Southwest Minnesota and Southeast South Dakota, died on June 12th, 2016, at Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls.  The son of author Frederick Manfred and Maryanna Shorba Manfred, he was born in Minneapolis on February 6, 1954, and lived...
Gladys Van Wetterling
Gladys Van Wettering, 84, Luverne, died Monday, June 6, 2016, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne with burial at Eastside Cemetery in Steen. A visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at...
Arlene Backer
Born to Carl and Irene Isaacson on June 15, 1928, on the farm she grew up on. Attended a one-room country school grades 1-8. Graduated from Litchfield High School in 1946. Attended the University of Minnesota—graduated in 1951 with Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing. On the staff of...
Rosanne Lynn Olson, 65, Wabasso, died Friday, May 27, 2016, at Season’s Hospice in Redwood Falls after a three-year illness of multiple myeloma. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wabasso. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at...
Diane La Frenz, 69, Luverne, died Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are by Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Luverne, dingmannandsons.com  (0602 DN)
Robert Olson
Robert Leo “Bob” Olson, 79, Beaver Creek, died Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills. A funeral was Tuesday, May 31, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial followed at the Beaver Creek Cemetery. Robert Olson was born Sept. 1, 1936, to Ole and Meta (Schneekloth) Olson in...
Opal Claussen
Opal Claussen, 95, Luverne, died Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne. Following Opal’s request, no services will be held. Opal Johanna Hoops was born Aug. 7, 1920, to Lewis and Margaret (Pieper) Hoops in Quimby, Iowa. She was raised and received her education in Quimby...

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