Thursday, October 18, 2018

Magnolia Future

The rumors are flying thick and fast and people do not know what to believe. The park has been sold, the park has not been sold; the park is going to be a family park, the park is not going to be a family park; the new manager is. . . . . . . take your pick with the names that people are throwing around. As I understand it the manager's name is Ana. If you are really interested you can go to the site and see her name and her picture.

Rather than rushing to either sell or, if you are an RVer not coming at all, why don't we all step back and take a deep breath and just wait to see what really does happen. It is true that several folks have moved their units out but for some at least, we knew in the spring that they would be gone when we get back for the upcoming season.

There are a few Winter Texans in the park already and I imagine that it won't be long before there will be more arriving. With the weather that we have had here in the upper mid-west I suspect that some folks may even leave sooner than usual. We have been watching the Texas weather and know that it actually isn't so good there either with lots of rain, flooding, and now it's quite chilly.

Our own plans are to leave Wisconsin after Thanksgiving and take our time traveling south arriving in Magnolia in very early December. We wish all of you who will be on the road in the next few weeks and months safe travels and look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Erma Cleavelands OBITUARY

            Erma Leone Cleaveland, the daughter of Ocie and Goldie (Brundidge) Rollins, was born in rural Oakland, IA, on May 12, 1918. She died October 14, 2018, at the Oakland Manor Nursing Home in Oakland, IA, at the age of 100 years 5 months, and 2 days.

            Erma attended country school until the eighth grade. After the death of her mother, when Erma was twelve, she took on the household duties, along with being a housekeeper for several families. On January 22, 1937, Erma was united in marriage to Berwyn Cleaveland at the Council Bluffs Methodist Parsonage. They rented a farm for a short time before purchasing a farm west of Oakland. They moved into town when they purchased a truck line. Erma worked as the dispatcher and bookkeeper until they sold the truck line in 1960. Erma and Berwyn owned and operated several businesses: a boat shop, an auto body shop, the Sinclair Station, and a feedlot cleaning business. Berwyn died May 24, 2010. Erma remained at home until several years ago when she moved to Oakland Heights Assisted Living.

            Erma was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau Ladies. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and sewing.

            She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers Harold and Orland; and her sister Eileen.

            She is survived by her son Richard and wife Leslie of Oakland, IA; her grandchildren Brad and wife Regina of Council Bluffs, IA, Mitch of Harrison, AR, and Tracy and wife Laura of Oakland, IA; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and her nephew Dale and wife Barb.

            Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 10:30 AM at the Oakland United Methodist Church in Oakland. Interment will be at the Oaklawn Cemetery at 1:00 PM. An open visitation will be held at the Rieken Vieth Funeral Home on Tuesday. The family will not be present at any specific time. Memorials may be given to the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland is assisting the family.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Snow Today

This is what it looked like in our front yard today in Neillsville WI. It was a cold, wet miserable day and it rained/flurried all day long. By late afternoon it had started to stick. Hopefully it is done now. I haven't looked outside lately but I did just check the temperature and it has warmed up a degree. It's a whole 34 degrees. This is the 14th of October, for heavens sake! It makes us think it's time to pull that 5th wheel around and start loading. It is a bit early for us but I know that there are people on their way down right now so the Winter Texan Season will soon be in full swing. We are looking forward to seeing our Magnolia friends again and wish everyone safe travels as you make your way south.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Picture Reminder

Just a reminder that before you leave home for the Valley, search through your old photos and find one from grade school or I'm sure any photo of you when you were young (for most of us a LONG time ago). Larry has something in mind to do with old photos and how many of us can be recognized from them.

I'm sure many of you are making preparations for the trip down. Safe travels to all of you. Take your time and get there in one piece!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Marinus Cross Obituary

Marinus and his wife JoAnne lived on the north end of Lime-street, behind where the VanHouwelings currently live.

Marinus J. Cross

MARINUS JAMES CROSS was born on April 9, 1935, to Clarence and Millie (Sexton) Cross in Mitchell, South Dakota. Marinus was raised by his step-mother, Anna (Nelson) Cross, after his mother, Millie, died when he was four years old. Marinus grew up and lived in Mitchell until he was 16 years old. On May 24, 1952, Marinus was united in marriage to JoAnn Vermeer at the First Baptist Church in Luverne, Minnesota. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Leota, Minnesota, Magnolia, Minnesota, and finally, Luverne. To their union, Marinus and Jo Ann were blessed with four children. Marinus was employed from 1952 to 1962 by Peter Kooimann who farmed. From 1962 to 1982, he worked for Pat’s Plumbing and Heating as a plumber. In 1982, Marinus began his own business Cross & Son Construction which he operated until his retirement in 2002. In February 2010, he and JoAnn moved into Luverne and made their home.

On Monday, October 8, 2018, while at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage, Marinus went to be with his Lord at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 29 days.

Marinus is lovingly remembered by his four children, Roxy (Archie) Bonnett of Magnolia, Linda (Rick) Bruhn of Magnolia, Kathy Medill of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Delwyn “D.J.” Cross (special friend, Terry Ivie) of Branson, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Bunny, Jamie, and Marty, Shawna, Tonya, and Josh, Wesley, Amy and Amber, Brock and Mary; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Ochocki of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and special friend, Judy Ripley of Luverne. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; a great-granddaughter, Montana Honnerman; mother, Millie; and father and step-mother, Clarence and Anna.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bread Pudding by Noreen Ergen

Bread Pudding
by Noreen Ergen

Spray a 9 x 13 pan.
Cube 4 and 1/2 cups bread into 9 x 13 pan.
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Pour over bread and let set 10 minutes.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soft butter
1 cup chopped pecans
Evenly distribute on top of bread.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
While the bread pudding is baking
Mix in small  saucepan
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook on low heat until thickened.
Remove from heat and add 1/3 cup Brandy

I was going through an old box of  saved papers and ran across this recipe
of Noreen's that I had asked her for. My favorite dessert is bread pudding and Noreen
is an excellent cook and this is an excellent recipe. I would recommend you copy and/or
print this recipe while you have the chance. You will want to keep it.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Vivi Piche Obituary

Vivi Piche

Piche, Vivi - At her home in Grimsby, on Sunday, September 16, 2018, aged 78 years.  Beloved wife of Wally.  Loving mother of Debbie & Bradley Burniston, Danny & Cynthia Piche and Jeffrey Piche.  Devoted grandmother of Devon, Lindsay, Spencer, Sydney, Cole, Carleigh, Thomas, and Benjamin.  Great-grandmother of Hector Percival.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 24 at 11:00a.m. at the Vineland Chapel of Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St. Vineland, with visitation one hour prior.  Reception to follow in the Tallman Fireside Room.  "Around the world and back again

Monday, September 17, 2018

More Trophies for the Bruuns

Dave & Mary proudly show off their latest trophies and I believe they added one more after this according to the text I received. Good for them!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Grade School Pictures

A request has been made that before you leave for Texas this upcoming season hunt through your old photos and see if you can find one from grade school. Bring it along as Larry has something in mind regarding identifying people from their old photos. It sounds as though it could be fun and I'm sure some people will be easily recognized and others, "not so much." I'm not exactly sure what he has in mind but I'm passing along the request and thinking it could be very interesting!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Message from Gwenda- Eula's daughter

Hi Barb, Mom, Eula, it's having a hard time. Her congestive heart failure has caused more problems and then she fell. Bruised up pretty but only thing broken was her thumb. She's not on her computer as much but I know she'd love to hear from her friends at Magnolia.

Thanks, Gwenda

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fun in the Pool

Here are some of the folks who live in Magnolia year around and they are having fun in the pool. With his head almost completely out of sight is DJ Baustian who is Marge Soole's son, next is Anita Nelson, Kathy Baustian, Dick Nelson, and Fred Rabe. The Baustians live on Pecos in what was Pat Jones' house. I'm sure everyone knows Dick and Anita and certainly Fred. It's nice to see them having fun and it's also nice to see that they have hats on their heads. It won't be long and some of the Winter Texans will be pulling into Texas as here it is almost September. The summer has flown by!

Bill Sturgeon's Obituary

William Geoffrey Sturgeon 1927 ~ 2018 William Sturgeon passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at the age of 90 years. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Olive Sturgeon; sister, Kathleen (Jack) Hancock; sister, Margorie (Gary) Hughes; infant brother, Nevalon; niece, Wendy Guider; two grandchildren, Rhys Sturgeon and Angela Sturgeon; in-laws, Edward and Johanna Krueger; and brother-in-law Albert Krueger. William was born August 24, 1927 in the Halbrite, SK area to William and Olive Sturgeon. He took his early schooling in Halbrite and later attended a welder's college in Winnipeg. William spent several years working in British Columbia. On his return to Saskatchewan he met and married Esther Krueger on July 11, 1950. Following their marriage William and Esther established a farming life in the Midale, Saskatchewan area. Together they raised their three sons on the family farm. William's passions in life, besides his family, were farming and restoring old tractors. He was an active member of the Souris Valley (Midale) Antique Association. In retirement, William and Esther became full fledged "snowbirds", travelling to Texas for 23 years. William will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Esther Sturgeon of Weyburn, SK; sons, Donald (Teresa) Sturgeon of Midale, SK; James (Arlene) Sturgeon of Tobin Lake, SK and Kenneth (Joan) Sturgeon of Midale, SK; grandchildren, Jessica (Jason), Danine, Rhea, and Hanna; brother-in-law Gary (Lois) Hughes; nephews, Bob (Eva) Ziehl, and Steven (Joanne) Hughes; Cathy (Stan) Stapleton, Rebecca (Ian) St. Laurent. A Graveside Service and Interment was held on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery at Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Reverend Brian Woods officiating. Donations in memory of William may be made to Weyburn Humane Society. Condolences may be left at: Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 306-842-5432

Monday, August 20, 2018

Mel Stavrum's obituary

Mel's funeral: Wake is on Mon 8/27 from 4-8pm funeral services is on Tue 8/28 at 11am. St Luke's Catholic Church 17144-17498 Huber Ave NW Clearwater MN 55320

Melvin R. Stavrum

1923 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Flowers
Melvin R. Stavrum Obituary
Melvin R. Stavrum

Clearwater - Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Clearwater of Melvin R. Stavrum, age 95 of Clearwater who passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Dennis Backer will officiate. Burial will take place with military honors at the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday and after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by the Clearwater American Legion Post #323 on Monday at the church. Arrangements are being made by the Daniel Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Melvin was born August 16, 1923 in Clearwater, Minnesota to Avon and Otillia (Neft) Stavrum. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII. Melvin married Virginia M. Bowder on May 5, 1945 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta. He was employed by T & O Plastics in Clearwater for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He was an avid square dancer and a member of the Beaux and Belles square dance club, the Clearwater Lions, Clearwater American Legion Post #323 and St. Luke's Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia; children, Beverly (David Clarkson) Lokensgard of South St. Paul, Connie Dziuk of Greenfield, Bob (Bev) of Clearwater, Ken of Clearwater, Mark (Pam) of Plymouth, and Lisa (Jim) Ludescher of St. Augusta; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Wills of Minneapolis.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ionilla Ley; one brother, Norman; and two great-grandchildren, Charles Bixler, Jr. and Travis Monson; and son-in-law, Perry Dziuk.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Interesting Truck

Remember this truck?? It was in the park last season for a short time and we thought it was very interesting. They pulled that 5th wheel parked next to it and did create a lot of interest when they drove in. Unfortunately neither of us can remember what year it was but it was in tip-top shape.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Friend/Messenger Type of Posts

I really do appreciate the fact that Magnolia residents are looking out for each other but the latest thing that is going around is a hoax which has been on-going for years. It refers to accepting a friend request from someone named Fabrizio Brambilla and if you do that he will have access to your computer. NOT TRUE!

Here is a link to Snopes which will explain it all. Snopes is always a good place to go if you get something like this and don't know if it is true or not. Go to Snopes and check it out.

I do want to reiterate I think it's great that we are watching out for each other and often times we think of Magnolia friends like family. It's a very nice feeling to have.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Dave Bruun with his 1st Place Trophey

I hope Mary doesn't mind but I took this photo from her Facebook page. Dave won 1st place in a car show in the 1954 and earlier category. It looks like quite a car and he/they should be proud.

If there is anyone from the park who has something they would like to share from their summer that they think others would enjoy please send them to me (Deon)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Perry Edward Dziuk Obituary

For those of you trying to remember or make connections Perry is Connie Dziuk's husband.
Perry Edward Dziuk
January 11, 1942 - Sunday, July 15, 2018

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Friday, July 20, 2018
4:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Service Information
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Corcoran, MN
Saturday, July 21, 2018,
11:00 A.M.

Perry Edward Dziuk, age 76 of Greenfield, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born January 11, 1942 in Hancock, Illinois, the son of Charles and Laura (Freer) Dziuk.

Perry graduated from Monticello High School in 1959. He honorably served our country and was a proud Marine Veteran. After being in the service, Perry worked at Rockford Bakery until they closed in 1974. He began his career in 1974 working at Landshire in New Hope, the company later became Stewart then Deli Express in Eden Prairie, where Perry retired from in 2009.

Perry was a member of the American Legion Post 270 in Buffalo, and a member and past treasurer of the Wright Flyers for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, remote control airplanes, traveling to Arkansas and digging for crystals, playing blackjack, and he had a huge heart for animals from cats to cows.

Perry’s sense of humor and stories, that may or may not have been true, will be missed by all who knew him. He could talk to anyone he met, and he was known for the nicknames he gave to his family members.

On July 9, 1972, Perry E. Dziuk and Constance M. Stavrum were united in marriage in Watertown, South Dakota. The two just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

He is preceded in death by his grandsons, Charles Bixler and Travis Monson; parents, Charles and Laura Dziuk; sister-in-law, Pearl Dziuk; and beloved dog, Lucky.

Perry will be missed dearly by his wife, Connie Dziuk; children, Steve Dziuk, Julia (Brian) Libbesmeier, Jolleen Swenson (Chris Diesen); 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; twin brother, Larry Dziuk; brothers, Charles “Mike” Dziuk, John (Cheryl) Dziuk; and many other family and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave, Buffalo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 20000 County Rd 10, Corcoran. Burial with Military Rites will follow at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Loretto.

Casket bearers are, Mason Dziuk, Jason Dziuk, Trevor Dziuk, Dustin Monson, Gary Dziuk, Laura Swenson, Ashley Swenson, and Brandon Engstrom.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Computer people past and present

If you have taken a class from me at any time or place you may want to take note of this website. I am pointing out that I personally have not had a malware or virus problem on my personal computer for years. Cloudeight has been one of my go-to places to keep me on track for well over a decade. They are to be trusted. ~Barb

Have You Ever Used the Chrome Malware Scanner?

Caught in the Act!! On the trail yesterday helping herself to the corn.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kay Voss can can

... and cook and bake and it certainly looks like she is hard at it.
Kay Voss says."I picked a total of 109 pounds ! All the rain helped;  froze many bags and gave away at least half."

20 pints of cherry pie filling

We have finished butchering our chickens....I canned pieces of meat from the backs/ribs.  7 pints of meat for soups and 5 pints of broth for various recipes"

"So yummy!   10 jelly jars of cherry jam"

"Our reds are starting.  The yellows are producing too.  The yellows rarely make it to the house,  they are honey sweet!"

"Today I am taking it easy....this is all I have baked today.   Later I do plan on making chocolate cake, topped with canned cream cheese and canned cherry pie filling on top of that.  Jim is finally starting to feel like eating again, so I am trying to fatten him up a bit.  He is very thin.....what a problem to have!"

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Dear RV Shrink

Dear RV Shrink:
I have to tell you I read your column every week – mostly for the chuckles, but also to see what people are complaining about. I love your line, “Some people would complain if they were hung with a new rope.”

I just wanted to write and tell you how “abnormal” I am. I’m a full-timer with a small retro Airstream. I go wherever the wind blows. I never seem to have any of the problems the other folks experience. I think maybe they are thinking too hard. If I get neighbors with a yapping dog, I block it out. If someone decides to take a shower at the dump station while I’m waiting, I just read a book until they are done. If I get party animals camped next to me, I plug in my earbuds and listen to country music.

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff. I read that somewhere because I’m just not that creative. Anyway, keep up the good work. Every Saturday morning I love to read about what I’m missing. —Happy Go Lucky in Lake Louise

Dear Happy:
You are a breath of fresh air. You remind me of two kids who were total opposites: one a total optimist and the other a total pessimist. Their father asked me if there was anything I could suggest to maybe even them out a bit. It was near Christmas so I told him to buy the pessimist a fancy new bike with all the bells and whistles. Spare no expense and get him all the options. For the optimist, I suggested he fancy-wrap up a large box of horse manure. I told him that should even them out just fine.

On Christmas morning I happened by their house. There on the sidewalk was the pessimist. I said, “What did Santa bring you?” He said, “I got a stupid ol’ bike with so much junk on it I can’t even find the pedals!” I turned around and the optimist was running out of the house and jumping off the porch. I asked him the same question. He went screaming around the house, “I got a pony, but I haven’t found him yet!”

I think you might be pony boy. Happy travels, as if you need the encouragement. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

Friday, July 06, 2018

Facebook Hacking

Just a heads up to all Magnolia residents. It would appear that several of you have had your Facebook account compromised in one way or another. I received a Messenger request from someone who I was already friends with on Facebook. I ignored it for a while because Facebook friends can already message back and forth. Yesterday morning in a weak moment I saw it on my phone and accepted it thinking, ok, now this notification will go away. Immediately, my "friend" said Hey Deon, which I thought was a bit unusual. I asked "her" a few questions and the answers were not accurate and then "she" started telling me how she had $50,000 cash delivered to her and how I could ask for some too. Needless to say, I deleted the entire conversation, then I went to Facebook and unfriended her and then I sent her an email telling her what had happened and told her when she got her account straightened out to send me a new friend request. I also suggested she change her profile photo so that I know it's really her as the messenger request used her Facebook profile picture.

Please, everyone who reads this, whether you are a resident of our park or just a casual follower of our blog, guard your Facebook accounts, as well as everything else, with care. Be careful where you click, have a STRONG password and if your account gets compromised, I think Facebook has a help section where you can get it fixed.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Michael and Carolyn Murray's place

Michael and Carolyn Murray have made a silk purse out of a sow's ear. You can barely tell it is the same place they purchased. I thought you all would enjoy seeing the transformation.



Friday, June 29, 2018

White-winged Dove

I am missing seeing these kind of  doves. I took this picture in Magnolia Village last season. They are common in south Texas but this is a bird we would never see up here in Wisconsin. We've been seeing lots of birds but our dove is the Mourning Dove and we do have lots of those. This White-winged Dove is bulkier than the Mourning Dove and I would see them often when I was out on my morning walk. They would often be perched up on a wire over by Cottonwood and Pecos Streets.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rio Grande Valley Flooding

If you've been following the flooding in the Valley on the news you know that it is quite severe. Weslaco seems to have been hit really hard. You can find all kinds of pictures on line showing the various streets including both the east and west frontage roads with water up to car windows in some places. From what I've been told in Magnolia Village the worst spot was back in the southeast corner where Mike and Patti Reddick live. That always seems to be the case.

If I hear anything more specifically about the park I will post it. As I understand it since we left a couple of trees have come down, or at least parts of trees and I really don't know if wind took them down or if they were in bad shape and were cut down. In any case, as far as I know, everyone's property is okay and if I hear differently I will post it. If any of you hear otherwise, please let me know.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wanda Reed Obituary

Wanda Reed Obituary

 Wanda Reed, 86, of Atlantic, formerly of Wiota, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Atlantic Specialty Care.
Wanda Mae was born at her parent's home on May 26, 1932, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, the daughter of Herbert William and Ethel May (Begley) Thomlinson. She was baptized at the First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota. Wanda attended Atlantic Community Schools and went to work at an early age for Enockson's Ice Cream Parlor in Atlantic for several years.
On May 28, 1949, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Harold Reed at her parent's home in Atlantic. The couple was blessed with three children, Denny, Ron and Donna. Wanda's priority was raising her family; she stayed home to care for the children and the household. In 1949, they made their home in Wiota, where they resided until moving to Atlantic in 2002.
Wanda was a member of First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota. She loved playing cards; pitch, pinochle, and canasta being her favorites. Lloyd and Wanda took great pride in their home; always meticulous inside and out. Wanda treasured time spent with family; especially her grandchildren and their families. When the family was together there was no doubt that Wanda had a camera in her hand capturing the special moments.
Wanda is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lloyd; children, Denny Reed and his wife, Sherri of Des Moines, Ron Reed and his partner, Chuck Downs of Tucson, Ariz., and Donna Watson and her special friend, Denny Hall of Indianola; grandchildren, Shane Reed and his wife, Tammy of Urbandale, Mike Reed and his wife, Jamaica of Adair, Lisa Munsey and special friend, Matt Alexander of Ida Grove, Jennifer Yerton and her husband, Mike of Cookson, Okla., Shaun Watson and his wife, Jeanette of Ankeny, Brad Harris of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Kathryn Clark of Redding, Calif., and David Wilkins and his wife, Georgia of Truckee, Calif.; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Howard Reed of Council Bluffs, Benita Rasmussen of Atlantic, Marlene Andersen of Atlantic, and Norma Reed of Atlantic; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Ethel Thomlinson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frank and Cecile (Mailander) Reed; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rex Clark, Lucille (Dick) Reed, Russell Rasmussen, Ralph Andersen, Duane Reed.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, June 18 at the First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota, with Pastor Mike Bodkins officiating. Following the service, the family invites you to join them for a time of visitation and lunch in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Wanda's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chuckle for the day from Peggy G.

Thanks, Peg for sending this along. Brought back memories and made me chuckle.

Down memory lane! This is cute! Your laugh for today!

Murgatroyd, remember that word?  Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word Murgatroyd?

Heavens to Murgatroyd!

Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really.
The other day a not-so elderly lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said "What the heck is a Jalopy?"

He never heard of the word jalopy! She knew she was old, ... but not that old.       

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.
These phrases included "Don't touch that dial," "Carbon copy," "You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry."

Back in the olden days, we had a lot of 'moxie'. We'd put on our best 'bib and tucker' to 'straighten up and fly right'.

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!

We were 'in like Flynn' and 'living the life of Riley'.

Even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell?

Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A., of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, penny loafers and pedal pushers. And don't forget Saddle Stitched Pants.
Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, .. but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap and before we can say, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!"       
Or, This is a 'fine kettle of fish'!

We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind
We blink, and they're gone. Where have all those great phrases gone? Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey, it's your nickel!           Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty.           I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses. It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.         

This can be disturbing stuff! ("Carter's Little Liver Pills" are gone too.)  We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child, each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once existed and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memories.  It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.  Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth.

See ya later, alligator!      Okidoki!


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Cards for Anita Nelson

 Anita Nelson has been in the Knapp hospital since Thursday. She fell and broke her right arm between the shoulder and elbow. She will be moving to the Weslaco Nursing & Rehabilitation Center soon. She will be there for approximately 3 weeks.  It would be nice to send her a card. She is so good about sending out cards to other people and I am sure it would really brighten her day. You could send it to the house and Dick could take it to her. He goes every day at 6 AM and stays till she is done with supper, as she can't do much for herself. Then he comes home and gets his own supper. They did walk her for the first time on Monday.
Dicks address is
3707 E Highway 83
Lot 353
Donna, Texas 78537

The Rehab is
Weslaco Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
422 E 18th Street
Weslaco, Texas 78596

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Address for Orlen Anderson

Condolences for Shirley's passing can be sent to

Orlen Anderson
Edgewood Prairie Crossing #216
1810 S Dorothy AVE
Sioux Falls SD 57106

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Shirley Anderson Obit


Shirley Tirrel-Anderson
September 15, 1930 - May 28, 2018
 Shirley Tirrel-Anderson, 87, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Monday, May 28,
2018, at Good Samaritan Villages in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Faith United
Church in Brandon, SD.
Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until
7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, at George Boom Funeral Home &
Shirley Jean Pearson, daughter of Eugene and Sophie (Grafing) Pearson was
born September 15, 1930, in Flandreau, SD.
She grew up in the Flandreau area attending school there.
She was united in marriage to Heye Tirrel on August 8, 1947, at 1st
Presbyterian Church in Pipestone, MN.
They farmed near Canton for several years before returning to Pipestone.
Their time farming took them back to Flandreau and later to Jasper, MN.
In 1959, they moved the family to Brandon, SD, where they would spend the
next years until Heye's passing in 1995.
During her time in Brandon, Shirley was a charter member of Faith United
Presbyterian Church in Brandon.
She also served as a cub scout den mother for 13 years.
She was also proud to have been the Jr. Bowling Coach in Brandon for over
20 years.
She also enjoyed bowling on leagues during this time.
On October 23, 1998, Shirley was united in marriage to Orlen Anderson at
Ben Claire UMC in rural Valley Springs, SD.
The couple moved to Sioux Falls and they have been members of
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls.
She enjoyed selling Avon products in Sioux Falls.
Some of her hobbies also included playing cards, antiquing and attending
garage sales.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society.
Shirley also supported the American Legion Women and Moose Lodge
A love of football grew in her from the many times watching her sons and
grandsons play.
She loved watching NFL and College games once her family was done
Many winters were enjoyed in Donna, Texas.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Orlen Anderson of Sioux Falls;
sons, Jim Tirrel of Sioux Falls, Jay (Lorraine) Tirrel of River Falls, WI, and
Wade Tirrel of Hartford, SD; daughter, Gaylin (Glenn) Scott of Valley
Springs, SD; grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Tirrel; Andrea (Mike)
Harstad, Nicholas (Rebekah) Scott, Ashley (Steve) Finnerty, and Nathan
Scott; McKenzie and Taylor Tirrel; and Cole, Chase, and Sydney Tirrel; 11
great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy Rath of Egan, SD and Lucille Johns of
Sioux Falls; 3 stepchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and 10 step great
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Heye in 1995; three
brothers in infancy; brother, Glen Pearson; sister, Dorothy Hammer; and one

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Shirley Tirrel-Anderson passed

Shirley passed away 5/28/2018. Her obituary is not yet available but when it is I will post it.
George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls SD.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

properly recycle your old lithium-ion batteries

How to properly recycle your old lithium-ion batteries.

Call2Recycle’s mission is to make Americans aware of the dangers of improperly recycling or disposing of lithium-ion batteries. It has a network of 14,000+ recycling centers in the U.S. According to their website, Call2Recycle has a public drop-off location within 10 miles of more than 87% of people living in the U.S. And it’s 100% free to all U.S. consumers. There are two drop-off locations within 10 miles of me – Lowe’s and Home Depot. I don’t have any lithium-ion batteries to recycle right now – but I have tossed old cell phones in the trash in the past. I was never aware of the potential dangers of throwing old cell phones and/or lithium-ion batteries in the trash… but I am now. And so are you.
Visit this page to find the nearest battery recycling center to you.
To learn what types of batteries you can recycle, check this page.
You never have to pay to recycle your old batteries; the rechargeable battery program is funded by major battery and product manufacturers.

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If you’re one of our Canadian friends, visit Call2Recycle’s Canadian website here.

Monday, May 21, 2018


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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Everything is bigger in Texas!

They say everything is bigger in Texas and here are just a couple of pictures to show you how big things can be. The first is a Prickly Pear Cactus taken a couple of years ago. The next is just a part of a tree. The thing is HUGE and lastly is a Bougainvillea. No it isn't really big but it does have some of the biggest, sharpest thorns on it you have ever seen. It's a beautiful shrub but oh so mean!

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Blast from the Past

Remember this cute little family that resided at the Chet & Irma Johnson house. She had the name of "Porchie" and she had the cutest bunch of kittens. Porchie now lives in Wisconsin at the Ferrell residence.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

From Marty Harper

For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists:

I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I
feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of my gardening, taking things apart in the
garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having
lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them.

And it works just like Facebook.

I already have four people following me:

two police officers,
a private investigator
and a psychiatrist.😊

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Jim Voss Fishing

Kay Voss:
Jim and I went fishing today....went last week, and he sat the whole time.....this week he stood the whole time!!!  Progress.  Fishing is the best medicine for him!  We got 12 last week and 5 today.  
Hope to start home on Sunday.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Funny Looking Bird

This strange looking "bird" in the bird bath belongs to Phyllis and George. He was a bit too fast for me as he was already trying to get out when I got the pic snapped. He had been curled up in it, just enjoying life.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Donn and Peggy are at home in Nevada

Donn and Peggy are home in Nevada and last I heard she was trying to straighten out her postal service in Carson City.  Let us know how this goes, Peggy, and sorry to take so long in telling everyone that you are okay. Okay that is except for the post office bit.

Message from Reggie

We too are glad to be up here again but next season will wait till it is really Spring!!! Duane and my son are working on our house as much as they can. The insurance company put us up into a motel for a week, then moved us into an apartment this last Wednesday until the end of July. In the midst of all this, Duane and Larry's sister Carol was laying in hospice unresponsive for the last 7 days until her body finally gave in.  Thought I'd send you her obituary.  Thank you."
Clarification from Barb- Carol is the sister of Duane and Larry Ergan. Reggie and Duane's home in Minnesota suffered frozen and broken pipes while they were in South Texas. Their insurance company has been very helpful in helping them deal with all the problems connected with it.

Carol Ann Stich

August 23, 1940 - April 23, 2018

Monticello, Minnesota
Aug 23, 1940 - Apr 23, 2018 (Age 77)

Age 77, of Annandale.  Passed away on April 23, 2018.

She is preceded in death by parents; granddaughter, Natasha.

Carol is survived by her children, Daryl, Christine, Jennifer, Eric, and Daniel; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lawrence, Dianna, Duane, Eldon, Evelyn, and LeRoy.

A Celebration of Carol’s life will be at 5:00PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway Street, Monticello, with visitation starting at 3:00PM.  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

From the Harpers

 We got home Sunday. We had side winds. rain, snow. we got it all. 50 dollars to stay in a campground 2nd night out. thought we were going to get blown upside down. wind kept raising the back end up and down.
When Don starts those wheels a rollin"  there is no stopping him. Glad to be home even with the cold and snow. Don has the fireplace burning so it is toasty warm here. Safe travels to all yet to come.

Irene Paulson Obituary

Irene I. Paulson

Irene I. Paulson
( January 31, 1930 - April 16, 2018 )

Irene I. Paulson, 88, of Bismarck, ND, formerly of Bowman, ND, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Home in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman.  Fr. Paul Eberle will celebrate the Mass with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery.  There will be a Family and Friends Service on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will be from 12-9 at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.
Irene was born in Bowman, ND to Irvin and Matilda (Schaff) Herman and grew up with her parents and sister, Esther (Herman) Lininger on the family farm north of Scranton, ND.

Irene graduated from Bowman High School in 1947. She attended college in Dickinson, ND obtaining her Teaching Certificate. She proceeded to teach country school for one year.

Irene married Paul E. Paulson on November 26, 1949. She and Paul farmed and raised their family south of Bowman. After retiring from farming, Paul and Irene embarked on a new adventure, moving to Alaska to manage the Knik Bar near Wasilla, Alaska. After approximately 2 years they moved back to their home in Bowman. Shortly after, they started spending winters at Magnolia Park in Donna, Tx, enjoying many friends and activities.

Over the years, Irene “wore many hats”. She was not only a farm wife and mother, but had been a salesman selling Tupperware and Shaklee, managed and cooked at the Homebase Auction Market café during the livestock sales, making and serving many of her delicious homemade pies, bartended and served at the Flagstone Terrace, Silver Dollar and Harold’s Bar, worked for their retirement park in Texas, worked for a vendor at the flea market near their retirement park and even dealt Black Jack and called bingo here in Bowman!

Irene enjoyed and experienced life in so many ways. Her hard work and adventures took her from the Plains of the Dakotas to the tundra of Alaska to Mexico. She enjoyed reading, gardening, camping and fishing, crafts, playing cards and games, and bingo. She was always ready to help, spend time and have fun with family and friends.

She will be missed dearly by all her family and friends!

Irene is survived by her children: Leslie Paulson (Diane) Bowman, ND; Paula Doll, Bismarck, ND; Lee Paulson (Karen) Bowman, ND; Doris Paulson (Leon) Bismarck, ND and sister, Esther Lininger, Bowman, ND. Irene enjoyed her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Troy Paulson (Megan) with Anders and Finn, Bozeman, MT; Robyn Paulson (Binh) Phoenix, AZ; Jessica Doll Henkel (Kevin) with Grace and Gabe, Sioux Falls, SD; Justin Doll (Melissa) with Rhett, John, Grace and Daniel, Carlos, MN; Nicole Doll Pieper (Matt) with Lainey, Deer Creek, MN; Sparky Watson (Natalia) with Alexia, San Diego, CA; Spring Watson Braaten (Brad) with Brooklyn, Blake, and Braelyn, Bishop, CA; Levi Paulson ( Kim) with Kyler, Bowman, ND.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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