Obituaries from the week of April 4, 2012
Joyce Alcorn, 79
Marguerite Christensen, 95
Winifred Johnson, 92
Allen Luckhardt, 66
Lucas Rohde, 4
Joyce Rosemary Alcorn, age 79, of Marshall, formerly of Walnut Grove, passed away from complications of stomach cancer on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall, while surrounded by all eleven of her children. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, April 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. Interment was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Walnut Grove. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Joyce R. (Johnson) Alcorn was born May 6, 1932 in Bronson, Iowa, to Harry G. and Kathryn (Kingsbury) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed in Sioux City, Iowa. Joyce graduated from Bronson High School and Morningside School of Business.
On December 27, 1952, Joyce was united in marriage to Robert Alcorn in Sioux City, Iowa. Together the couple had eleven children. Joyce was a very patient, generous person and always put others before herself. She was always willing to help others, and always said “yes” to any task. She loved visiting family and friends, quilting, gardening and canning. Joyce was known for her tremendous baking and cooking abilities. She loved watching all Minnesota sports teams. Above all, Joyce loved caring for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Joyce is survived by all of her children: Betty (Ron) Kassel, Billy (Tara) Alcorn, Becky (Kerry) Knakmuhs, Ron (Toni) Alcorn, Don (Lisa) Alcorn, Barb (Mark) Olson, John (Sue) Alcorn, Jeanne (Dwight) Anderson, Nancy (Mark) Lintner, Tony (Patty) Alcorn and Ben Alcorn; grandchildren: Megan Mattison, Tyson Kassel, Dustin Alcorn, David Alcorn, Cody Alcorn, Nash Alcorn, Matthew Knakmuhs, Nate Knakmuhs, Andrea Porter, Justin Knakmuhs, Amber Whalen, Holly Eisen, Spencer Alcorn, Blake Alcorn, Heather Alcorn, Robert Alcorn, Maria Alcorn, Christy Alcorn, Erica Olson, Jessica Olson, Gretchen Anderson, Taylor Doyle, Emma Doyle, Andrew Doyle, Brandon Anderson, Hannah Anderson, Shannon Anderson, Emily Lintner, Chase Alcorn and Eli Alcorn; great grandchildren: Aidan Mattison, Ethan Mattison, Logan Alcorn, Lauren Alcorn, Henry Alcorn, Eleanor Alcorn, Noah Knakmuhs, Lauren Knakmuhs, Orion Knakmuhs, Ella Knakmuhs, Ian Knakmuhs, Leighton Porter, Henry Whalen, Cormic Whalen, Murphy Whalen, Maisy Eisen, Sawyer Eisen, Lilah Alcorn and Avery Olson; brother Howard (Pat) Johnson; sister Mary (Dean) Schager; sisters-in-law Laura Johnson and JoAnn Johnson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in September of 2011, granddaughter Mallory Rose Anderson, and brothers Don Johnson and Connie Johnson.
Marguerite Eleanor Christensen age 95 of Dovray passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Westbrook Good Samaritan while surrounded by family. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Private family burial will be held in Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marguerite Eleanor Christensen was born September 19, 1916 in Sac City, Iowa to Ray and Malo Norton. Marguerite attended Murray County School and Minnesota School for the Blind in Faribault.
On November 12, 1938 she was united in marriage to Willie Larson. He died in 1939. Marguerite married Harris Christensen on May 25, 1940 in Sibley, Iowa. They farmed in the Dovray area for 6-7 years and then moved to Cottonwood. They moved back to Dovray March 1, 1950 where they ran the Log Cabin Café and then started Dovray Manor with their son Bob and wife Marlene. Harris died in 1972.
In 1986, she married Wilferd Einertson. The Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center, where she worked as a cook, was very important to her. She became a resident there on September 4, 2007. Marguerite was a member of the Dovray Legion Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star in Slayton, the Westbrook Lions Club and the Dovray Booster Club. She was also a member of the ELCA at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray.
Marguerite is survived by her children: Robert (Marlene) Christensen of New London, Sheila (Robert) Leonard of Dovray, Malo Scotting of Rockford and former husband Wayne of Buffalo, and Alva Bondhus of Jackson and former husband Jon of Heron Lake; 9 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; siblings: Kathryn Cole of Westbrook, Esther Gay (Ray) Metz of Slayton, Iris (Jerry) Klein of Slayton, and Raymond (Juanita) Norton of California; sisters-in-law: Bernice Pulcher of California, and Marilyn Norton; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Willie, Harris, and Wilferd, sisters Gwen and Lanell, and brothers Glade and Max “Buck”.
Funeral service for Winifred “Winnie” Johnson, 92, of Marshall, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at the Willow Lake Cemetery.
Winifred Stella (Knutson) was born on September 12, 1919, in Tracy, to Clarence and Caroline (Sandrow) Knutson. She grew up in Tracy and graduated from Tracy High School. In 1939, she was united in marriage to Raymond “Bud” Johnson. The couple lived in Minneapolis for a few years while Bud served in the military during World War II. After his honorable discharge, they moved to Marshall where Bud worked as a plasterer and Winnie did his bookkeeping. Winnie later worked for S & L Clothing Store for 25 years. She was an avid Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves fan and a lifelong Marshall Tiger Boys Basketball fan. Winnie enjoyed visiting with her friends and was very proud of her grandchildren. She died on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at her residence in Marshall.
She is survived by her sons Lowell “Codge” (and Shirley) Johnson of Fayetteville, AR, Loren “Whitey” Johnson of Marshall, grandchildren Sara Cooper, Kari Young and Aaron Johnson, great-grandchildren Katherine Cooper, Ben Cooper, Jackson Young, Austin Young, Step-great-grandchild Harley Isaacson, sister Bernice (and Gene) Christopherson of Waseca, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, step-sisters Jean Palmer, Henry Knutson, Mary Sanderson Clarence Knutson, Esther Goodwin, Pearl Marcotte, Walter “Bud” Hansen and Norma Emerson.
Allen L. Luckhardt age 66 of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Balaton, MN, died Monday, April 2, 2012 in Madison, SD. Services will be 2:00 PM Friday, April 6, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 PM Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Balaton, with a prayer service at 8:00 PM and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment is in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton and a luncheon will be served immediately following the burial in the church social hall. The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com
Lucas Bernard Rohde, age 4 of Tracy, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center in Tracy, MN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at Tracy Alliance Church. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment is in Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lucas Bernard Rohde was born June 14, 2007 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Matt Rohde and Amber Wigton. He was baptized at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Lucas was currently a Little Panther at Tracy Elementary Preschool. He loved camping, fishing, and gardening. Lucas was a great artist and loved to draw and color. He had a vivid imagination and loved to tell stories. He was a quiet, gentle boy who was laid back and had a very kind and thoughtful nature. He loved his sisters, and his big sister Hailey was his hero. Lucas enjoyed spending time with all of his family, especially his grandma and grandpa, and loved going to their house.
Lucas is survived by his parents, Matthew Rohde and Amber Wigton of Tracy; sisters Hailey, Marley, and Josilynn of Tracy; grandparents Morgan and Debbie Rohde of Madison, SD; great-grandma Joan Rumpca of Webster, SD; aunts and uncles: Dean Wigton of Canby, Laura (Brent) Gehling of Harrisburg, SD, and Sarah (Beau) Gregory of Newcastle, WY; and many special cousins, great aunts and great uncles.
He is preceded in death by his great-grandpa Bernard Rumpca, great-grandparents Art and Lois Rohde, cousin Joshua Wigton and second cousin Nathan Rumpca.