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    Mt. Lake, MN 56159
    Phone: 507-427-2725
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    John H. Buller
    John H. Buller, age 91, of Mt. Lake died peacefully on June 20, 2014, at Good Samaritan Village in Mt. Lake.
    Visitation was Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel and continued on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., at the Bethel Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake.
    Service was held at the Bethel Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake, on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy was Pastor Galen Kauffman. Interment was at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake.
    Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
    Online condolences may be left for the family at
    John Buller was born in Mt. Lake on May 22, 1923, to Dietrich and Margaret (Peters) Buller. He was the oldest of three children. He was baptized at Bethel Mennonite Church on June 13, 1943.
    He attended Mt. Lake Public School through eighth grade and was a lifelong member of Bethel Mennonite Church.
    John was united in marriage to the love of his life, Evelyn Peters, on May 31, 1946 in Mt. Lake. They were married 65 years until her death in 2011. John and Evelyn farmed around Mt. Lake until 1957.
    In 1957, they moved to town and he started working at John Deere Implement as a mechanic. He worked at John Deere until 1969.
    In 1969, he started working at Mt. Lake Public High School as a Flat Surface Engineer (custodian). He worked his way up to head custodian and retired from school in 1988.
    After retirement John enjoyed woodworking, fishing and taking care of his lawn and garden. John had a love for life and enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.
    He will be remembered for his kind, caring heart, his warm hugs, smile and witty humor. John was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
    John is survived by his son-in law, Marvin Birr of Good Thunder; grandchildren: Ellen (Paul) Sombke of Good Thunder, Kara (Mike) FitzSimmons of Good Thunder, Darrin (Cassie) Birr of Good Thunder, Lindsay Birr of Elgin and Allison Birr of Good Thunder;
    great-grandchildren: Josh Sombke, Sam Sombke, Zack Garlow, Bryan Garlow,Tyler Garlow, Logan FitzSimmons, Braxton FitzSimmons, Jackson Birr, Rosemary Birr and Nolen Birr; aunt, Lorraine Quiring of Mt. Lake; brothers:
    Elmer (Rubie) Buller of Mt. Lake and Willmar (Darlene) Buller of Mt. Lake; nieces and nephews: Galen Derksen of Windom, Dana Derksen (Mary Jane Mardesen) of Rushmore, Sharon (Gary) Phelps of Burnsville, Dineen Dohmen
    of Dundas and Jolene (Bob) Kump of Burnsville;
    David (Linda) Buller of Mt. Lake, Walter (Cindy) Buller of International Falls, Richard (Jean Ann) Buller of New Hope, Larry Buller of Mankato, Deb (Curt) Wall of Mt. Lake and Tim (Kim) Buller of McPherson, Kan.; greatnieces
    and nephews: Nikki (Brian) Shannon, Jay (Carissa) McDonald, Kinsey Kump, Bailey Kump, Kerry (Mike) Gabael, Kristen (Ben) Radcliffe, Matthew (Kara) Buller, Jeremy (Angela) Buller, Andrew Buller, Peter (Ruth) Buller, Martin Buller, Shelby Buller, Marshall Wall, Grant (Emily) Wall, Zachary Buller and Rachel Buller; 17 greatgreat- nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends, including special friend Mildred Quiring.
    John was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Leroy Buller; daughter, Patricia Birr; sisterin- law, Luella Derksen; brother-in-law Leonard Peters; and niece, Eileen Derksen.

    Marie (Klaassen) Campbell
    Marie Dorothy (Klaassen) Campbell, 94, went to be
    with our Lord on July 22, 2014, at her daughterís home in rural Eaton Rapids, Mich.
    She was born on Nov. 2, 1919 in Mt. Lake to Bernard B. and Agatha (Hooge) Klaasen.
    In 1939, Marie began attending Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School (NBMTS) in Minneapolis. She majored in Christian education and while there she taught at dozens of rural Summer Bible Schools set up by students from the school. It was there that she met her future husband, W. Glen Campbell.
    She graduated from Northwestern Bible and
    Missionary Training School in 1943 while Glen was serving overseas in the Army Air Corp as a Chaplainís Assistant during WWII. When Glen returned they were married on Sept. 8, 1945, in rural Bingham Lake at the Carson Mennonite Church.
    Glen returned to Northwestern Bible School and was ordained as a Baptist minister.
    Glen and Marie served churches in Richland, St. Paul, and Delavan, Minn.; and Orangeville, Mich. Marie was active in Christian education in all of the churches they served.
    In 1967, they moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where Glen worked as a pastor-counselor at The Radio Bible Class.
    Marie and Glen moved to Eaton Rapids, Mich., in June of 1999 to live near their daughter, Ruth, and they became members of Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte.
    Marie was an avid gardener and sports fan and followed college basketball and football teams, the Detroit Tigers and enjoyed watching golf. She deeply loved her family and enjoyed playing games of all kinds.
    She excelled at crossword puzzles. Above all she dearly loved the Lord and sought to serve Him and honor Him in her daily life.
    Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, one sister and three brothers.
    She is survived by daughters: Ruth (Hank) Benjamin of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; Susan (Bill) McConnell of Gales Ferry, Conn.; Linda (Art) Feingold, of Raleigh N.C.; grandchildren: Tamah (Micah) Winzeler of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; Nicole (John) Ramirez of Belleville, N.J.; Steven Feingold of Washington, D.C.; David (Ann) Foreman of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren: Elora and Elisha Winzeler, Gabriel Ramirez and Benjamin and Marisa Foreman. She is also survived by one brother, Harry Klaassen of Stillwater; and two sisters-in-law, Minnie Buyse of Carmichael, Calif.; and Marcelyn Pedersen of Lake Crystal.
    A celebration of her life will be held at Calvary Baptist
    Church in Charlotte, Mich., on Aug. 2, 2014, at 10 a.m.
    Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids following the service.
    Visitation at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 1, at 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
    If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to: Baptist Haiti Mission, Calvary Baptist Church of Charlotte, or Eaton Community Palliative Care.

    Elida Hunstad

    Elida Hunstad, 102, of St. James died July 21, 2014, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.
    Funeral services were Friday at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Carla Reierson officiating.
    Burial was at St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery in rural Odin.
    Sturm Funeral Home of St. James handled the funeral arrangements.
    Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.
    Elida Alma Thorson was born Oct. 8, 1911, to Anton and Clara (Kolden) Thorson on the family farm in rural Odin. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Church where she remained a lifelong member.
    Elida attended District 93 country school in Martin County and attended Odin High School for a short time before working as a cleaning lady at the Boston Hotel in St. James. She also worked for a time for a family in Fairmont.
    In 1930, Elida married Purdy Hunstad at the parsonage in Madelia. They lived on several different farms before moving to their own place.
    Elida was a farm wife and worked with Purdy on the farm for the next 38 years. They retired in 1969 and a year later moved to St. James, where Elida worked as a waitress and cook at the Rustic Inn. After the Inn closed, she worked as a waitress at the Boston Hotel for a couple years before Purdyís health issues required her to care for him at home.
    After Purdyís death in 1997, Elida sold their home and moved to an apartment. She lived at Prairie View for three years and Brandt Ridge before becoming a resident of Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center.
    Elida was involved in church activities, serving as a Sunday School teacher, with ladies aide and in various office positions.
    She enjoyed getting together monthly with a group of ladies from St. Olaf for coffee and to celebrate birthdays.
    In addition to her husband Purdy, Elida was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law: Carl and Hazel Thorson, and Eddie and Adeline Hunstad; and sisters-inlaw: Mabel and Caspa Nordby, Thea and Arnold Carlson, and Helen and Joel Lynn.
    Survivors include her son, Arlo (Kenneth) Hunstad of St. James; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

    Kevin Loewen

    Kevin Loewen, 45, of Minneapolis, formerly of Mt. Lake, died July 23, 2014, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
    Memorial services were held Monday at Alliance Missionary Church in Mt. Lake.
    Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements.
    Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.
    Kevin Jon Loewen was born Oct. 10, 1968, to Jon L. and Diane R. (Decker) Loewen.
    As a child growing up, Kevin had many challenges to face due to physical limitations, but he was almost always smiling.
    He was happiest spending time on the farm with his Grandpa and Grandma Decker and his uncle Alan.
    Kevin loved to meet new people and was ready with a joke or two to share with those he called friends.
    He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and uncle.
    Survivors include his mother, Diane Loewen, of Goessel, Kan.; sisters Kari (Tom) Duncan of Mt. Lake, Darliss Simpson of Mattapoisette, Mass., Sharleen (Russ) Francis of Goessel, Kan.; brother Brent (Cassy) Loewen of Butterfield; and his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunt, uncle and many friends.

    LaVerne Fast
    LaVerne Fast, 74, of Austin. Texas, formerly of Mt. Lake, died July 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas.
    A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Service of Lake Travis, Texas, handled funeral arrangements. LaVerne Gaylord Fast was born in Mt. Lake, to Theodore and Hulda (Wall) Fast.
    He is survived by his wife Ruth Fast (daughter of Peter D. and Sue L. (Harder) Eitzen), of Austin, Texas; son Randy
    of New York City; daughter Stephanie of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren; and sister Delores Moon of Simi, Calif.

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