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Obituaries from the week of May 1, 2013

Clifton Frisvold, 82


Clifton Frisvold age 82 of Slayton passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Our House of Murray County.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 29 at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin. Burial is in Modum Lutheran Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Murray County Hospice or Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Clifton Neal Frisvold was born January 19, 1931 in Slayton, MN to Clifford and Eleanor (Bentzin) Frisvold.  He attended District #89 School in Murray County and graduated from Tracy High School in 1948.  Upon graduation, he engaged in farming with his father on the family farm near Lake Shetek.  Clifton was drafted in the United States Army in 1952, serving in the Korean War. 

Prior to leaving overseas, he and Lorraine were united in marriage on November 28, 1952, in Tracy, Minnesota.  Following his honorable discharge from the Army in April 1954, the couple made their home on the family farm, where they raised their four children.  Clifton remained actively engaged in farming until 2003, and the family farm was designated a Century Farm in 2007.  Farming was his life-long passion, and he especially enjoyed each spring season.  Clifton was baptized and confirmed at Modum Lutheran Church in rural Lake Sarah Township, Murray County, which became Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin, Minnesota following a merger with Bethany Lutheran Church in the 1950s.  He served in numerous capacities within the church throughout the years, from construction crew in the church building process, to leadership positions, Sunday School teacher and the choir.

Clifton enjoyed numerous activities over his life, including hunting, fishing and bowling. Watching the Twins, Vikings, Gophers and Lynx was important to him, as well as attending local sporting events.  He was very committed to his family his entire life, and especially loved watching his grandchildren grow.  He was a member of the Tracy VFW and the Tracy Lions Club.

Clifton is survived by his wife Lorraine (Olson) Frisvold of Slayton; children: Bruce (Carla) Frisvold of  Slayton, Brian (Laura) Frisvold of Owatonna, Brenda Frisvold of Oakdale, and Bradley (Jennifer) Frisvold of Eagan; grandchildren: Joe, Erik, Aaron, Megan, and Nick Frisvold; step-grandchildren: Dessa (Calvin) Chambers, Eric Dettmer, Daniel Pieper, and Cheera Joy (Pieper) Hibbard; 7 step- great grandchildren; sisters: Fern Johnson of Roseville, Ruth Koehly of Chisago City, and Mary (Darrell) Christian of Garvin; sisters-in-law: Naomi (Hubert) Jansen of LaPalma, CA, Arlene (Ray) Gleason of Owatonna, and Connie (Tom) Harnack of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by an infant son, his parents, his mother-in-law Elvina (Holten) Olson, and brothers-in-law Elmer Johnson and Wayne Koehly. 


Rosella Hoffrogge, 91


Rosella H. Hoffrogge age 91 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  Services were held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy.  Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served in the church social hall immediately following the burial.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. 

Rosella Helen Hoffrogge was born May 28, 1921 to Henry and Flossie (Heindselman)* Westie on a farm in Redwood County, near Lucan, MN.  She was baptized at home on February 10, 1924 and confirmed on July 12, 1936 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lucan.  Rosella attended Country School District #59 and then graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1940.

On September 25, 1942 Rosella married Arthur Hoffrogge at the Lutheran parsonage in Lamberton, MN and they made their home on Art’s parents farm near Revere, MN.  They moved to a farm north of Walnut Grove for a short time and in 1956 they purchased a farm near Tracy, MN.  In 2009 Rosella moved into a home in Slayton, MN, where she remained until her death.

She was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church and was active in the church Ladies Aid, Circle and crocheted sweaters for the children’s kits for Lutheran World Relief.  She enjoyed cooking, fishing, crocheting, and playing cards, but especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. 

On Thursday, April 25, 2013 Rosella died at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 91.

Rosella is survived by her three daughters, Alice (David) Schreier of Currie, MN, Charlotte (Tom) Illg of New Prague, MN, and Sharon (Paul) Engberg of Miami, FL; nine grandchildren, Todd, Kevin, Troy, and Chad Schreier, Jerome and Sarah Illg, Mark and Scott Engberg, and Brenda Smith; six great grandchildren, Jessica, Ryanna, Brylei, and Isabela Schreier, Collin and Kayla Smith; two great-great grandchildren, Haleigh Schreier and Cheyanne Morris; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her husband, Art Hoffrogge, infant grandson, Brian Schreier, great grandson, Tyler Schreier, her parents and one infant brother, John Westie preceded her in death.         



James Johnson, 68


James F. Johnson, age 68 of Warsaw, died on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault with the Reverend Dr. Armand J. Boehme, officiating.  Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault with military rites provided by Rice County Central Veterans Association.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

James Frederick Johnson, the son of Frederick and Blanche (Addison) Johnson was born on August 16, 1944 in Tracy.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1963.  He married Sandra Lorenz on September 30, 1967 in Walnut Grove.  They renewed their vows in 2012.  Jim was formerly employed by farmers in the Walnut Grove area, as a mechanic in St. Charles and retired as a civil servant and Army Reservist for the 417 Army Reserve Maintenance Company, Faribault.  Jim was a liver transplant recipient six years ago.  He loved people, collecting John Deere tractors and driving bus for Faribault Transportation.  He also loved camping, gardening and ice fishing.  Jim was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as a worship assistant and usher.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; three children, Jay (and Colleen) Johnson of Faribault, Jamie (and Kathy) Johnson of St. Paul Park and Janell Johnson (and best friend, Justin Johnson) of Madison; five grandchildren, Emma, Sam, Caitlyn, Timothy and Marissa Johnson; two siblings, Janet (and Robert) Cyr of Tracy and John (and Won) Johnson of Sierra Vista, AZ; his mother-in-law, Shirley Lorenz of Walnut Grove; and a special sister-in-law Dianna Meld of Anoka; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Mark Koenig, 47


Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 for Mark Allen Koenig, age 47, of Tracy, MN, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fairfax, SD.  Father Godfrey Muwanga officiated.

Casket bearers were Matt Koenig, Brad Koenig, Kelly Reiser, Kevin Reiser, Jeff Reiser, Mike Reiser, Jason Kulm, Todd Hoffman and Jonah Koenig.  Interment was in St. Anthony’s Cathoic Cemtery, Fairfax, SD.

Mark was born on July 27th, 1965, to Bill and Pat (Humpal) Koenig at Lynch, NE, and died April 25th, 2013, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

He attended all of his years of elementary and high school education in the Fairfax School system, Fairfax, SD, graduating in 1983, which was the last year the high school was open in Fairfax.  Mark and his class are to be inducted into an Alumni-related organization’s “Wall of Fame” this coming June as part of their 30-year celebration.

Mark’s collegiate studies were all in the areas of electronics and computers at USD/Springfield, Southwest State at Marshall, MN, and at SDSU in Brookings, where he obtained his degree.

Mark lived and worked at various places over the course of his life -- Daktronics in Brookings during and right after his college days there (also part-time at Pizza Hut prior to his graduation); Schwans in Marshall, MN during his Southwest State days there; Godfather’s Pizza in Worthington, MN, where he was a manager; Syncom in Mitchell, SD; Gateway and Lodgenet in Sioux Falls, SD; and for Quest in Omaha, NE, Des Moines, IA, Las Vegas, NM, Los Alamos, NM, and in the Marshall, MN area.  He was trained on a number of different computers and equipment and most recently serviced the area communities in the Marshall - Tracy - St. Cloud, MN locales for Quest (now Centurylink).

Mark loved sports of all kinds and was one of the biggest Oakland (LA) Raider fans ever.  He even took in a number of the local high school sporting events in the communities he lived in.

Mark will especially be missed by his mother, Pat, brother, Jim, and sister, Mary, all of Fairfax, SD, his brother, Bill and wife, Tracey, of Spencer, IA, as well as their children, Jessica Sitting Crow and husband, Perry, Estherville, IA, Matt Koenig, Iowa State in Ames, IA, and Brad Koenig of Spencer, IA, and one other brother, Dave Koenig and his children, Jonah and Elizabeth of Leland, NC, step-nieces Ally Busse, Ames, IA, Nicky Busse,  Ft. Dodge, IA, and Sammy Busse of Jacksonville, NC. 

Mark also touched the hearts of many exchange student brothers and sisters and their families -- Tony Urunuela, Memo Riggen and Manuel Cabal, Mexico City, MX, Mari (Urunuela) Martinez, Silvia (Jimenez) Sandoval, Tony and Luis Riggen, all of Guadalajara, MX, Memo, Paulina, and Jorge Abaroa of Monterrey, MX, Luisi (Urunuela) Cornejo of San Luis Potosi, MX, and Dan Albuquerque of Forta Lesa, Brazil.

Mark was preceded in death by his dad, Bill, in 1994, his paternal and maternal grandparents, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.