Obituaries


Reuben Willmsen, 85, Arlington

6/23/2016

Reuben Willmsen, age 85, of Arlington, passed away at his home on Monday morning, June 20.  
Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Township at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24. Pastor Gary Ruckman will officiate the services.
Visitation will be held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday morning, June 24.    
Interment will follow immediately at St. John’s Church Cemetery.
Reuben was born in Arlington Township on Dec. 11, 1930. He was the only son of Albert and Elva (Zander) Willmsen. He was baptized in 1931 and was later confirmed in 1944, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Township. He graduated from the Arlington High School in 1948.
On Sept. 29, 1951, Reuben was united in marriage to Dorene Mehlhop at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Arlington Township until they moved to Arlington in 1987. The couple was blessed with four children.
Reuben loved to hunt, fish and spend time at the farm. He also loved old time music and dancing. Reuben especially loved spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren and great- grandchildren’s activities.   He was a  lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and served many positions, including president, cemetery board, elder, trustee and school board member. He also had served on the Sibley Medical Center board.
Reuben is survived by his children and their families: Deb (Charly) Furth and their children, Katie and Sam Furth; Mike (Kris) Willmsen and their children, Nick (Anna) Willmsen, Caden and Hadley, and Ben Willmsen (significant other, Annie Shotliff) and Avery, step grandchildren, Eric (Brooke) Brockhoff and Brady, Erin (Peter) Keller; Brad (Carol) Willmsen and their children, Danny, Neil, Paul and Scott; Tammy Kubal and her children, Kirby (Brittany) Kubal and Hunter, and Brittany (Matt) Turner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law LuAnn and Martin Kuphal, Jr.; many nieces and nephews.
Reuben was preceded in death by his wife Dorene; parents; sisters, Orma Hardel and Dorothy O’Brien; daughter-in-law, Vicky Willmsen; son-in-law, Gary Kubal; father and mother-in-law, John and Ella Mehlhop; sisters-in-law, Virginia Mehlhop and Bernice Hoefs; brothers-in-law, Howard Mehlhop, Harold Hardel and Bill O’Brien.
Arrangements are being handled by Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington.

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Shane R. McCormick, 27, Green Isle

6/23/2016

Shane Richard McCormick, age 27, of Green Isle, passed at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on Friday, June 17.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Green Isle at 11 a.m. Friday, June 24.
A time for family and friends to gather will take place between 9 a.m. and Mass time at the church on Friday, June 24.
Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Shane was born to Richard and Nancy (Brazil) McCormick in Waconia on Oct. 7, 1988. He was a 2007 graduate of the Sibley East Senior High School and was looking forward to furthering his education this winter at Lake Superior Technical College. Shane was currently employed at Mount Olivet- Rolling Acres in Victoria as well as at the Clare House in Minneapolis.
He is survived by his parents, Richard and Nancy McCormick of Green Isle; sisters, Kelly McCormick of Portland, Ore., Michelle McCormick of LeSueur and Kimberly Holmquist of Gibbon; nieces and nephews, Brianna and Carter Holmquist and Lexie and Tucker Adams; his dog, Gus; aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
Shane is preceded in death by his grandparents, Irving and Marie Brazil, Edward and Alice McCormick; and nephew, JR Holmquist.
Kolden Funeral Home of Arlington is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

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Bonnie J. Skelley, 67, Belle Plaine

6/23/2016

Bonnie Jean Skelley (née Pittsley), age 67, of Belle Plaine, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, June 20. She had been admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Thursday, June 9.
A funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Jessenland at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23.
Visitation was held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. There was an LDS service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning, June 23.
Interment will be in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in Jessenland.  
Bonnie was born on March 14, 1949, and grew up in Eden Prairie. She was the daughter of Donald Harvey and Bonnie Pittsley (Bristol) and was later adopted by her father, Bennit Pittsley.
Bonnie married Patrick Skelley at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Jessenland on June 13, 1970. The two made their home in Belle Plaine where they raised their family. Bonnie worked for a time at Plastec and later worked for her husband Pat’s business, Cedar Auto Parts. She loved to crochet and in her younger years enjoyed bowling with her Tuesday night league and in her later years wintering in Arizona.
She was a devoted mother and was always there to help anyone who asked for words of encouragement, or just needed an invite to lunch. Bonnie made friends easily and was always ready to strike up a conversation.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Patrick Skelley; her six children, Matt (Diane), Mike (Francisco), Christian (David), Elisha, Mark (Candice), and Bridgette; eight grandchildren, Tony Ingerson, Tallen Lowe, Kade Skelley, Kiersten Skelley, Carrick Skelley, Maeve Skelley, Britney Sell and Blake Skelley; her mother, Bonnie Pittsley; sisters, Cindy Swenson, and April (Mike) Klegin; and brothers, Greg Harvey and Bennit (Rachelle) Pittsley.
She is preceded in death by her fathers, Donald Harvey and Bennit Pittsley; father-in-law, Michael Skelley; mother-in-law, Pearl Skelley (Holste); brother, Timothy Harvey; sister, Joanne Harvey-Pittsley; and grandson, Daniel.

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Harvey W. Voight, 90, Elko, Nevada

6/23/2016

Harvey Voight, 90, formerly of Green Isle, passed away in Elko, Nevada, on Dec. 23, 2015.
A funeral service was held in Modesto, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Chaplain David Britton officiated.
Interment was in Ceres Memorial Park in Ceres, Calif.
Harvey was born in Glencoe on Nov. 28, 1925. He moved to California in 1963. He was the owner and operator of Voight’s Cabinet Shop in Ceres, Calif.
Harvey is survived by seven children, 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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