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Myrna ‘Jean’ (Westlund) Quiring

Myrna “Jean” (Westlund) Quiring, 83, passed on to her heavenly home Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, after battling cancer. Arrangements are with Kramer Funeral Home of Trimont. Myrna was born to Mabel (Syverson) and Maynard Westlund of St. James on Nov. 15, 1938. She was baptized and confirmed at 1st Lutheran Church of St. James. She graduated from St. James High School in 1957 and two weeks after graduation she married the love of her life, Eldon Quiring of Butterfield. They were married 64 years, and had four children — Randy, Steve, Cary and Meridee. Myrna enjoyed working alongside Eldie on the farm and learned to drive most machinery, except the combine. They milked 60-90 grade A cows in a parlor system for 30 years, and she helped milk and feed calves and livestock. She loved Jesus. Around age 12 she made the decision to follow Christ and in 1987 she was baptized upon public confession of faith at Kansas Lake. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 Myrna was an excellent seamstress, sewing her wedding dress and all the attendants’ dresses. She took advanced tailoring classes and sewed coats and suits. She took swimming lessons, advancing to Sr. Lifesaving, and played snare drum in high school, as well as the St. James City Band. She served as a cook for two years at the Methodist Decision Hills Bible Camp near Spicer, with up to 120 campers. She was a 4-H leader for 21 years, did volunteer driving for Watonwan Co. Senior Transportation, and was a member of Butterfield Community Club Auxillary. Myrna loved to sing. She and Eldie sang duets for many funerals and weddings. She also sang in many sextets, trios and duets. They greatly enjoyed spending 13 winters in Arizona where she played piano for a choir, quartet and many other musical groups. One of her favorite things to do was taking great pride in mowing all the lawns on the farm and keeping the weeds down with her trusty John Deere. Myrna lived a life devoted to her home and family. She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildrens’ concerts and sporting events. She enjoyed when her children and grandchildren all came home for the holidays. She is survived by her husband, Eldon; children: Randy (Irene) Quiring, Steve (Kathy) Quiring, Cary (Jamie) Quiring, and Meridee (John) Paulson; grandchildren: Matthew (Kelly) Quiring, Adam Quiring, Carly Paulson, Sam Paulson, Sara Quiring, and Mark Quiring; and great-grandson, Jackson Quiring; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ardis (Robert) Snyder and Eunice (Ronald) Mutch; brothers: Marlyn, Orland (Anne) and Dale (Alice) Westlund. There is no memorial service planned and burial at Mt. Lake Cemetery will be at a later date. Those wishing to honor Myrna’s memory can make donations to: Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28207- 3000.


Martha Wollschlager

Martha Wollschlager, 61, of Mt. Lake died Jan. 9, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health Care in Red Wing. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 315 Ninth St. South, in St. James with Rev. Jim Renz officiating. Burial will be at the Butterfield City Cemetery in Butterfield. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and continue Jan. 27 at the church in St. James for one hour prior to the service. Sturm Funeral Home of St. James is handling the funeral arrangements. Martha Josephine Haffner was born Aug. 26, 1960, to Louis and Edna (Munning) Haffner in Brooklyn, N.Y. She grew up in Brooklyn before moving to Butterfield in 1977, where she graduated from Butterfield-Odin High School in 1979. In 1981, Martha married Leon Wollschlager Sr. in Windom. They were blessed with four children: Brenda, Lisa, Leon Jr. (LJ) and Desiree. Martha worked at several places, prior to doing home day care for 10 years. In 2020, Martha moved to West Columbia, Texas, to be close to her children and grandchildren. But a year later, due to declining health, she moved back to Mt. Lake and lived at Good Samaritan Society-The Village. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, coloring and family time. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Leon Wollschlager Sr.; her children: Brenda Lugo (Brian) of Angleton, Texas; Lisa (Merritt) Lugo of West Columbia, Texas; Leon Wollschlager Jr. (Loni) of Augusta, Ga.; and Desiree Wollschlager (Adam) of Mt. Lake; son-in-law, Joe Lugo Jr., of Angleton, Texas; 10 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Ibarra of Riverview, Fla


Elwood L. ‘Woody’ Svalland

Elwood L. “Woody” Svalland, 77, of rural Butterfield died Jan. 4, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James. A Celebration of Life service was Monday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Rick Bremseth officiating. Military honors were provided at the church by Donald V. Larson V.F.W. Post 9607 of Butterfield. Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., and Monday for one hour prior to the service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome. com. Elwood Lars Svalland was born on April 9, 1944, to Lars and Esther (Grams) Svalland in Windom. He lived on a farm with his family near Windom and moved to a farm north of Butterfield at age 5. Elwood was baptized in a rural Lutheran Church near Bergen and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield. He attended school in Butterfield and graduated with the class of 1962. Following graduation Elwood was employed at Tony Downs Foods in Butterfield and A.O. Smith Harvestore silos. He was drafted into the Army on June 10, 1965. After basic training, he attended Communications School in Fort Monmouth, N.J., followed by a tour in Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged on May 30, 1967. On Feb. 17, 1968, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Kathleen Hildebrandt at Trinity Lutheran in Mt. Lake. They moved to a farmsite north of Butterfield where they raised their two children. In 2011, they purchased the home where they currently reside. Elwood was employed with UPS in St. James serving the Fairmont area. In 1976, he worked for Farmfest, picking up and returning antique farm equipment from coast to coast. His next employment venture was with Hodgeman & Sons of Fairmont, working on the I-90 project, then 20 years for a business in St. James until his retirement in 2002. He also worked parttime as a custodian for the Butterfield-Odin School after retiring. As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake he served as an usher and was a great supporter of the CCOC. He was also a life member of the Donald Larson VFW Post 9607-Butterfield Area, serving as a trustee. He enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings, Western movies, cruising with Kathy in their Corvette, and occasionally fishing. On any sunny day, spring to fall, you would see him out mowing his lawn — favorite of all. His family knew he had a sweet tooth and could enjoy ice cream anytime along with cookies and a variety of sweet treats. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Svalland of rural Butterfield; son, Matthew (Michelle) Svalland of rural Odin; daughter, Alison (Brian) Poch of Rochester; six grandchildren: Megan Svalland, Macy Svalland, Maxwell Svalland, Abigail Poch, Amelia Poch, Andrew Poch; great-grandson, Drayden Moldan; sister, JoAnn (Ralph) Junker of Butterfield; brother, Myron Svalland of Bigelow; brothers and sisters-inlaw: Emma (Ben) Amann of Rochester, Margareta (Walter) Oeltjenbruns of Mt. Lake, Carolyn Chester of Windom, Yvonne Hildebrandt of Mt. Lake, Wayne Hermanson of Owatonna; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Elwood was preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Esther Svalland; brother, Lloyd Svalland; sisters and spouses: Sonja and Elvin Junker, Bertha and Robert Palm; in-laws: Duane Hildebrandt, Leroy Hildebrandt, Dorathea and Duane Olson, Jean Hermanson, Robert Chester and other relatives.


Ragnhild Heinrichs

Ragnhild “Ronnie” Heinrichs, 98, of Austin, formerly of Mt. Lake, died Dec. 31, 2021, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin. Private family services will be held at a later date. Interment will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., at Delft Cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Ragnhild “Ronnie” Mary Ann Derksen was born June 12, 1923, to Peter and Ida (Ravenberg) Derksen in Butterfield. After graduating from Butterfield High School, she worked at the Butterfield Bank until marrying Abe Heinrichs in 1945. They moved to Delft in 1960 to work, and owned lumberyards in Delft and Jeffers. In 1985, they moved to Mt. Lake and established Farm and Home Lumberyard where they worked together until retiring. Ronnie also was treasurer and janitor at church and taught Sunday School. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Ronnie was preceded in death by her husband, Abe Heinrichs; and brothers, Leo and Elmer Derksen. Survivors include her children, Ardis (David) Jensen and Peter (Norma) Heinrichs; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.


Ronald Johnson

Ronald Johnson, 80, of California, formerly of Mt. Lake, died Dec. 11, 2021. Ronald LeRoy Johnson was born Sept. 6, 1941, to Harm and Mary (Henze) Johnson in Mt. Lake. He grew up on the family farm north of Mt. Lake and was baptized, confirmed and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake where he was an usher for Sunday services. After graduating from high school, he served in the army and did one tour in Germany. After returning to Mt. Lake, he married Bernice Dehmlow. He farmed for five years and worked at Butterfield Turkey Produce Plant and Land O’ Lakes. Ron and Bernice moved to Colorado where they raised four children while Ron worked in construction. His work took him to various locations throughout Colorado, which included helping build the Eisenhower tunnel, which traverses through the Continental Divide at 11,013 feet. After Ron and Bernice divorced in 1985, Ron moved to Reno, Nev., where he lived for many years in close proximity to the Truckee River, which he greatly enjoyed. He later moved to the Central Valley of California to be near his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Ron enjoyed reading Western novels and watching Western movies and will be remembered for his kind heart. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janice (Wayne) Ewing; and a brother, Alfred “Al” (Cindy) Johnson. Survivors include his children: Ray Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev.; Amy (Sylvester) Pfarr of Lemoore, Calif.; Dana VanVoorhees of Fruita, Colo.; and Clay (Nicole) Johnson of Springhill, Fla.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters: Verona (Tom) White of South Carolina, Carol Arndt and Leann (Geof) Johnson, all of Windom.


Bernice Elvina Zastrow

Bernice Elvina Zastrow, 102, of Mt. Lake, formerly of Good Thunder, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society- The Village, Mt. Lake. Funeral services will be held at Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel, on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Rudy Maurer officiating. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Good Thunder. Visitation will be on Wednesday, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. Bernice was born July 28, 1919, to Fred and Ida (Johnson) Rosin. She attended Garden City High School. She married Raymond Zastrow March 28, 1945, in Vernon Center. They lived in Good Thunder for over 60 years and raised five children. They then moved to Mt. Lake in 2009. She was an excellent seamstress and made many clothes for herself and her children. She had a beautiful garden and canned and froze many vegetables for the family. She loved flowers and arranging them. Her house was always immaculate. She was honest about her opinions and valued truth. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Bernice made sure each of her children received a college education and knew about Jesus. Attending church was very important to her. Bernice is survived by her children: Mary Ann Zastrow of Rochester, Karen (Merle) Hinz of Mankato, Lynette (Robert) Ewert of Mt. Lake, Carl (Susan) Zastrow of Auburn Hills, Mich., and William (Margaret) Zastrow of Washington, Mo.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, brother Andrew Rosin and half-sister Erna Heitner.