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Carl M. Ekness, age 89, of Farmington, Minn., passed away on April 1, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. Carl was born in Hurdsfield, N.D., on Jan. 22, 1922, the son of Olai and Inga Ekness. Inga had immigrated from near Bergen, Norway, in 1902, and Olai had immigrated from Bergen, Norway, in 1906. Both settled in Hurdsfield, a Norwegian community in north central North Dakota.
Molly Bourn Olson, age 86, of Woodville, Wis., born July 31, 1924, in Farmington, Minn., died on March 29, 2011, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis. Services for Molly Olson will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, Wis. Burial will follow at the Baldwin Cemetery. Visitation will take place for 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday as well as from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. Services are in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home - Baldwin, 715-684-3434, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com .
Susan K. Grinsteinner, beloved wife, mom, grandma, and dear friends, age 61, of Oakdale. Surrounded by her family, Sue peacefully entered the kingdom of heaven on March 25, 2011. Preceded in death by father, Raoul Anderson. Survived by loving husband of 42 years, Ray; children, Bretta and Matt; cherished grandson, Todd; mother, Jeanette Anderson; brother, Curt Anderson (Pam) and their children, Chris (Erikka) and Nora Frye (Arnold); extended family and many loving friends. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2499 Helen Street, North St.
Patrick Kleve, age 78, of St. Louis, Mo., a former Farmington resident, died March 19, 2011. He is the brother of Virginia Carey of Farmington.
Riley Nicolle Spaulding, age 6, of Farmington, earned her angel wings and left this earth as we know it on Friday, March 25, 2011. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at Hosanna Church, 9600 163rd St. W., Lakeville, with visitation on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr. (Co Rd 50), Lakeville, 952-469-2723, and 1 hour prior to the service at church.
Ione A. Wohkittel, age 92, of Chisago City, formerly of Farmington, passed away on March 20, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington, with visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery next to her husband Joe.
John B. Lovlein, my best friend and love of my life, passed on to be with our Lord Jesus on Monday, March 7, 2011. He loved trout fishing and was an A-1 pilot. He loved flying. He enjoyed talking to old friends and new friends wherever he went. Survived by special friend, Diane Ward; one son, Dan (Amy), who he loved very dearly; three grandchildren; four sisters, a brother, and a brother-in-law. He is greatly missed and loved by his family and friends. We will always love you, John, and hold you dear to our hearts.
Robert Emil Steffenhagen, age 77, of Foley, passed away on March 13, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minn. Funeral service 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd St., Farmington, with visitation 1 hour prior to service.
Harris O. Hagen, age 92, of Lakeville, lifelong resident of Eureka Township, passed away at home, surrounded by family, on March 10, 2011, his 92nd birthday. Funeral service was Monday, March 14, at Christiania Lutheran Church, Lakeville. Interment, West Cemetery.
Richard Duane Siven, age 74, of Farmington, passed away March 3, 2011, in Farmington. No services are scheduled. White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374.