Obituaries 3/14/19

Marlin Borscheid, 81

Marlin Dale Borscheid, 81, of Forest Lake, passed away on Friday, March 8, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, Minnesota.

He was born in Buffalo, to William and Emma (Schmedeke) Borscheid on April 14th, 1937.

Marlin was baptized on June 30, 1937 by The Reverend W. C. Nickels.  He was later instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake.

He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1954, enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, spending time in Germany, returned home in October of 1958 at the time of his father’s death.

Marlin then lived in Minneapolis, finding employment with the Rock Island Railroad for twenty years, then with Burlington Northern for sixteen years.

In 1985, he and his friend John Goude built a home in Forest Lake and Marlin resided there until August 2014 when he entered Birchwood Health Care Center.

Marlin is survived by: a sister, Audrey (Allen) Carlson of Monticello; twelve nieces and nephews; other relatives, and friends; also, by a dedicated friend and helper throughout his confinement years, Amy LaMetti, and her husband and boys.

He was preceded in death by: John in 2008; his parents; a brother, Donald and his wife Ruth; and by a sister, Doris Gutknecht and her husband, Arthur.

Funeral Services for Marlin Borscheid will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. Organist will be Lorraine Roush. Pastor Matt Hennig will officiate. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. A visitation will be held on will be held on Saturday, March 16 one hour prior to services at the church.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Paul Borscheid and Joseph Goude.

Casket Bearers will be Allen and Gary Gutknecht, David and John Borscheid, Larry and Lonnie Davis.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 


David Carlson, 75

David C. Carlson, age 75, of Annandale died Friday, March 8, 2019 from complications with Parkinson’s. He died at his home on Clearwater Lake with family at his side.

Funeral Services were held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale with Rev. David Nelson officiating. Burial followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Annandale. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

David Charles Carlson was born March 20, 1943 in Annandale to Leonard and Bernice (Cochran) Carlson. He grew up in Annandale, graduating from Annandale High School with the Class of 1961. He continued his education at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

Dave owned and operated Carlson Plumbing and Heating, retiring in 1997. He also started a real estate development company, Carlson Investment Properties.

On August 14, 1993, Dave was united in marriage to Joy Carlson at their home on Clearwater Lake. Dave was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Annandale Conservation Club and the Annandale Snowmobile Club. He enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, boating, cars, motorcycles, having fun and construction. He seemed to be able to fix or renovate anything. Dave cherished his time with the little ones, his family and his friends. He loved the sunsets on Clearwater Lake.

Dave is survived by: his wife of 25 years, Joy; children, Chuck Carlson of Annandale, Doug (Mandy) Carlson of Savage, Marci (Andy) Segner of South Haven, Lisa (Paul) Harer of Baldwin, WI and Pat (Eva) Hill of Annandale; eight grandchildren, Eric and Emma Carlson, Jimmy and Julia Segner, Tyler and Olivia Harer, and MJ and Jackson Hill; sisters and brothers, Mary Mattson of Richvale, CA, Jerry (Lois) Carlson of Maple Lake, Dan (Marlys) Carlson of Annandale, Kathy Kittelson of Minneapolis, Bob (Diane) Carlson of Annandale, Glenda (Dean) Thurk of Annandale and Laurie Carlson (Ivan Mihovilovic) of Miami, FL; and many nephews and nieces. Dave is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia Carlson; brother, Gordy Carlson; and step daughter Julie Hill.

Orma Lou Jacobsma and Laura Thurk will provide the music for the service.

Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

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Warren Lotsberg, 76

Warren K. Lotsberg, 76, of Huron, South Dakota, passed away Saturday, March 2, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home surrounded by his family.

A celebration of his life will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 15, at the Kuhler Funeral Home, Huron, South Dakota, with a time of sharing at 6:30 p.m. Military rites will be presented by the Huron Veterans Council. A Masonic service will be at 7 p.m., Friday, March 15 at the Kuhler Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kuhler Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation, 1060 3rd St. SW, Huron, SD 57350. To Donate, please visit http://www.sdstate

Warren Keith Lotsberg was born on July 17, 1942, to Paul and Edmere (Bjorklund) Lotsberg at Chicago, Illinois. In 1944, the family moved to Buffalo, Minnesota, where Warren graduated from Buffalo High School in 1960.

On June 24, 1960, Warren enlisted with the United States Navy where he served in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was honorably discharged on May 2, 1961, at Great Lakes, Illinois. Warren returned to his home in Buffalo where he attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.

In 1968, Warren relocated his family to Brookings, South Dakota, to work in the advertising industry. He purchased the eastern SD division of Cunningham advertising and renamed it Warren Advertising. He owned many billboards throughout South Dakota.

Warren married Judith Ann Wilch on March 24, 1978, at Brookings.

In September of 1980, Warren began a 25 years career with Northwestern Energy, formerly Northwestern Public Service Company, starting as the Consumer Affairs Manager, at Huron.

He also served as their Vice President of Public Affairs, chief lobbyist and spokesperson. 

For more than 13 years, he was the host and author of NorthWestern’s two-minute radio editorial program called “Perspectives.” In the late 1990’s, his focus with Northwestern shifted to the political side, when he became the Government Affairs Director.  Much of his time was spent in Pierre at the state capitol where he represented the company on regulatory and legislative matters. Warren retired from Northwestern Energy in 2005.

Serving 15 years for the Railroad Authority, Warren was appointed in 1995 by Governor Bill Janklow and reappointed by Governor Mike Rounds.

Warren served as Chairperson through all of the Labor Workforce programs. He was the first chair of what was then the Job Service Improvement Committee (JSIC) in the 1970’s. Next came the Private Industry Council in the early 1980’s, where he remained the Chairperson. In the mid 1990’s it became the Workforce Development Council, are responsible for allocating millions of dollars to South Dakota for federal job training, where he remained Chairperson until 2015.

Warren had been active in the community serving on the Greater Huron Development Corporation Board, the Huron Chamber Board and Project 21.

In 1999, Warren was appointed to the South Dakota State Fair commission, and served as chairman from 2005 to 2018. He remained on the commission until his passing. He promoted the activities for the state fair, and had keen eye for its infrastructure. He was a good host to the media during the fair, was a great leader to the commission while offering guidance with a side of humor.

Warren was also a licensed pilot and currently served as secretary of the Huron Airport Board. Warren had done a considerable amount of public speaking and was a popular emcee.

Warren was a strong advocate for the Huron community. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason with Huron Masonic Lodge #26 A.F. and A.M., a member of the Shrines and a lifetime member of the Jaycees. Warren was a longtime member of the Huron Country Club and the Huron Elks Lodge #444.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Paul Lotsberg and Edmere Allums; and his step-father, Lenard Allums.

He is survived by: his wife of 40 years, Judy Lotsberg of Huron; five children, Anne Lotsberg Bonack (John) Wiedmaier of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, Patty Lotsberg (Rodney) Amland of Cottage Grove, Minnesota,  Matthew Lotsberg of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Troy (Janelle) Fergen of Sioux Falls, Todd Fergen of Brookings; twelve grandchildren, Samuel Bonack, Sarah Bonack, Brandon (Kari) Lotsberg, Reed Amland, Rachel Amland, Ashley Lotsberg and Bailey Lotsberg; TJ Fergen (Andrea) Junso, Joshua Fergen, Ashley  Fergen (Brandon) Jenson, Cody Fergen, Celia Fergen Gupton, ten great-grandchildren; his brother, Wayne Lotsberg of The Villages, Florida; one niece, and one nephew.


Ethel Mahlstedt, 98

Ethel Luverne Mahlstedt, 98, of Howard Lake, passed away on March 2, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center.

She was born June 8, 1920 in Montrose, to Edward and Mabel (Dalbec) Splettstoeszer.

Ethel married Walter Mahlstedt on August 9, 1941 at Bethlehem Evangelical in Maple Lake. Together they enjoyed 52 years of marriage, residing in Cokato, south of Cokato on the farm and in 1961, moved to Howard Lake.

She worked at Tonka Toys for over 25 years and has been a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake since 1961. Ethel enjoyed quilting, embroidery, word finds, and spending time with her family.

Ethel was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Walter; son, Wayne Mahlstedt; brothers, Norman and Stan Splettstoeszer; sisters, Donna Schmaedeka, and Eleanor Krueger.

She is survived by: her children, Barbara (Lowell) Mikkelson, Larry (Vivian) Mahlstedt, Sandy Mahlstedt, and Kevin Mahlstedt; grandchildren, Kimberly Sipprell, Shannon (Mike) Cox, Kristy (John) Cardinal, Evan (Kristin) Mahlstedt, Brianne (Matt) Nowak, Brent (Amanda) Mahlstedt, and Melissa Mahlstedt; great-grandchildren, Alex Sipprell, Cameron Sipprell, Danica Cox, Ryan Cardinal, Lauren Cardinal, Lennie Nowak, Hailey Hoskins, and Devin Hoskins; a sister, Beverly Lange; along with many other family and friends.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, at St James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Visitation took place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.


Bernice Robasse, 91

Bernice Holmberg Robasse, 91, of Buffalo, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, at her residence.

She was born on August 7, 1927 in Buffalo the daughter of Charles & Hildegard  Ritterrath Otten.

Bernice attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School.  She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1946

On December 23, 1976, Bernice was joined in holy marriage to Robert J. Robasse at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Bernice was employed at many places including Cozy Café, Minnesota Rubber, Paco Corp and The Monte Club.

She loved to gamble, dance, talk on the phone, watching the sunsets over Buffalo Lake and eating at the China Buffet in Monticello.

Bernice was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Bernice is survived by: her husband, Robert J. “Bob” Robasse; children, Ron Holmberg, Greg (Sue) Holmberg and Deb Holmberg all of Buffalo; thirteen grandchildren, Tia Rangel, Chad Carpenter, Tara Roush, Steven Truesdale, Cary Decker, Theresa Roters, Travis, Cody, Brandon, Nathan, Derrick, Andrew and Molly Holmberg; thirty-two great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her first husband, Gerald Holmberg; a son, Dennis Holmberg; three grandsons, Peter, Adam, and Jacob; her parents; and by her siblings, Virginia Arquette, Canute, Cuthbert, Adrian, and Egidius Otten.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bernice Holmberg Robasse will be held on Tuesday, March 19, at 11a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Private interment Lakeview Cemetery. A Time of gathering will be held on Tuesday, March 19 one hour prior to Mass at the church.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.  


Roger Weege, 76

Roger Allen Weege, age 76, of rural Montrose passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at his residence.

He was born on October 24, 1942, in Buffalo the son of Edwin and Virginia (Batdorf) Weege. Roger graduated from Buffalo High School in 1960. 

On November 14, 1964, Roger A. Weege and  Deloria I. Goeb were joined in holy marriage at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.  God blessed their marriage with four children.

Through the years, Roger’s places of employment were: International Paper Company, Mattson Bus Garage, Walmart, Zion Lutheran Church and other various jobs.

He was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo and was formerly a head usher.  Roger also belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council # 6608.

He enjoyed fishing with his brother, hanging out with the neighbors and his brother in his garage, playing with his great grandchildren and singing “You are my sunshine”.

Roger is survived by: his loving wife, Deloria; children, Lisa Nordling, Betty (Jon) LaRoque, Jim (RoxAnne) Weege and Scott Weege and significant other Jodi; eight grandchildren, Travis (Tricia) Nordling, Zach (Shanna) Nordling, Chelsie Weege, Brad Weege, Josh Weege, Ashley LaRoque, Caitlin Weege and Walker Weege; five great grandchildren; siblings, Kenny (Bonnie) Weege, Larry (Karen) Weege, Sandy (Gerhardt) Kottke, Barb (Dave) Yeager, Pat Weege, Darvin (Darcee) Weege and Robin Kolterman; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister Cheryl Morrissette.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Roger Weege will be held on Friday, March 15, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.  Interment St. Francis Cemetery. A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Friday, March 15 from 9:00 A.M. to time of Mass.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Chelsie Weege, Caitlin Weege, Ashley LaRoque, Mitch Weege and Jeff Weege.

Casket Bearers Travis Nordling, Zach Nordling, Brad Weege, Josh Weege, Walker Weege and Bret Yeager.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to


Vernetta Zimmerman, 93

Vernetta Muriel Zimmerman (Middelstadt), age 93, of Hanover, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo. She was born July 14, 1925 in Hanover, the daughter of Otto and Augusta (Krueger) Middelstadt.

Vernetta was baptized on August 2, 1925 at Salem Lutheran Church by Pastor Haar Sr. and her sponsors were Clara Middelstadt, Dora Beyer and Emil Krueger. Vernetta was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith on April 2, 1939 at Salem Lutheran Church by Pastor W.P. Haar and her confirmation verse was Isaiah 43:1.

Vernetta graduated from Buffalo High class of 1943. She worked at Weinand’s Store in Hanover and did day work cleaning homes a couple days a week.

On August 28, 1948, Vernetta Middelstadt was joined in holy marriage to Gordon Zimmerman at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Vernetta was the loving mother of Janet, Randy, Thomas, Tim and Sheri.

Vernetta was a member of Salem Ladies Aid, Golden Age, Class of 1943 Remnants, Red Hat Society, playing dominoes at ladies homes, Hanover Historical Society and was known as the “Pumpkin Lady”. She enjoyed baking, gardening, sewing, raising ducks and chickens, and spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by: her husband, Gordon Zimmerman; parents, Otto and Augusta Middelstadt; siblings, Bernice, Lloyd and baby girl Middelstadt; and granddaughter, Taylor Zimmerman.

Vernetta will be dearly missed by her children, Janet (Dennis) Baker of Dayton, Randy (Cindy) Zimmerman of Hanover, Thomas W. Zimmerman, PhD of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Tim Zimmerman of Rogers, Sheri (Doug) McCallum of Hanover; grandchildren, Kristi (Steve) Wenzel, Shane (Jill) Baker, Bryan (Danielle) McCallum, Megan McCallum (fiancé, Adam Dickman), Riley Zimmerman, Brady Zimmerman; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Wyatt Wenzel, Elijah McCallum; sister-in-law, Alice Leitzke; dear friend, Elaine Bechtold; and many other family and friends.

Visitation was held Monday, March 11, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with prayer service 7:30 p.m., at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Funeral services for Vernetta Zimmerman were held Tuesday, March 12, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Burial followed at Salem Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Salem Ev. Lutheran Church.


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