Obituaries 2018


Donald E. Mueller, 88, of Clinton, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Stephenson Nursing Center - Freeport, Illinois.
Funeral Services will be 4:00pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Visitation will be from 1:00pm at the service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Chris, Melissa and Jimmy Lundquist, Kyle Kennedy, Kenny and Mike Mueller, Jason and Joshua Mueller. Burial will be at a later date in the Springdale Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at
Donald E. Mueller was born on November 13, 1929 the child of Helen (Jamison) Mueller Brondyke. He was a 1949 graduate of Fulton High School. He later enlisted in the United States Army in 1951 until being discharged in 1953. He married Vivian Pearson on September 2, 1949 in Clinton; she died August 5, 2004.
Don was a custodian at Harding Elementary School for 18 years before retiring in 1998. He also farmed in Albany. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed spending time outdoors especially camping, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed going out to eat and spending winters in Texas.
Don is survived by two sons: David (Jenny) Mueller of Clinton, and Robert (Marilee) Mueller of Clinton; two daughters: Jane (Matt) Lundquist of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, and Karen Mueller of Clinton; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; a special friend: Edith Bauer of Stockton, Illinois, two half-sisters: Jane VanZuiden of Morrison, and Beverly Vite of Racine, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one half-brother.
Memorials can be made to the family.

Gertrude Anderson-Rietveld

Memorial services for Gertrude Anderson-Rietveld will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018, at New Life Christian Church.  Rev. Vern Harris will officiate.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at New Life Christian Church.

Gertrude Anderson-Rietveld passed away unexpectedly on January 31st, 2018 with her family around her in Edinburg, TX.  She gained her angel wings on her 79th birthday.  Gert went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus.  Gert loved spending time with her family and friends, she loved to travel, camp, fish and read.  She loved family reunions and spending holidays with family.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and she always wanted to be with family at Christmas but once she retired a day or two after Christmas was time to head south to warmer weather.

She will be sadly missed by her sister Dena Larsen, her husband Cornelius Rietveld, her children Le Ann Schommer (Tom), Keith Heim (Angela), Brenda Wilkerson, Ron Heim (Sherri) and Jan Heim, her stepchildren Janice Burton, Neal Rietveld (Sandy), Connie Kingsley, Angela Strommer (David), Ron Rietveld (Jackie), Dan Rietveld (Roxanne) and Bob Rietveld (Jessica), her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Marie and Everett Heemsbergen, late husband Jerry Anderson, her brothers Gerritt, Bill, Marion, Marvin, Melvin and John, her son Mark Heim, and son-in-law Tim Wilkerson.

Elizabeth (Betty) Lev

On January 31, 2018
Elizabeth Lev, 94, of Jackson, Minnesota passed away at the Good Samaritan Society in Jackson Minnesota on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturday, February 3, 2018 with Father Seitz officiating.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Elizabeth “Betty” Mary (Kocak) Lev was born on August 16, 1923 to Andrew Kocak Sr. and Mary (Stinar) Kocak on the family farm in Minneota Township. She was raised with her stepmother, Mary (Pavelko) Kocak after her mother died in 1930.  On September 26, 1946 she was united in marriage to Darrell Lev at the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield.  Together they had four children, Linda, Mike, Carole, and Bill; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Betty was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and Birthday Club.  Always a hard worker with many talents, she will be fondly remembered at the local upholstery shop and as a longtime Riverside school cafeteria employee.  She loved spending time with her grandkids, tending her beautiful garden, and playing cards with family and friends.  She loved to dance and enjoyed watching Polkatime on TV, recognizing several of the participants.  Later in life she took up golf with her special friend Bud and prided herself in needing only one club, Big Bertha.

Betty is survived by her four children, Linda (Larry) VandeBrake of Georgetown, TX; Mike (Judie) Lev of Jackson, MN; Carol Hansen of Augusta, GA; and Bill Lev of Sioux Falls, SD. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, RyanVandeBrake and Mark VandeBrake; Brian Lev and Christine (Brad) Reiff; Ross Hansen and Sara Hansen; Alison (Matt) Wise. Ten great-grandchildren, Hillary, Austin (Kristin), Kaitlin, Sckye, Shianne, Jackson, Hollyn, Avree, Brecken, and Landon. Her son-in-law, John Hansen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of forty-seven years, Darrell; her parents Andrew and Mary (Steiner) Kocak; stepmother, Mary (Pavelko) Kocak; sister, Evelyn Garms; three brothers John, Andrew Jr., and Steve; and special friend, Bud Mier.

Blessed be the memory of Elizabeth Lev.


Thomas “Alan” Enestvedt, 81, of Sacred Heart passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Renville Health Services in Renville. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, January 29, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. Visitation will be from 3 – 6 PM on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Opdal Lutheran Church, rural Sacred Heart and will continue one hour prior to the service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. Interment will be at Opdal Lutheran Cemetery. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family.

Thomas “Alan” Enestvedt was born on May 17, 1936 to Alfred and Edna (Samuelson) Enestvedt in South Sacred Heart Township and was baptized and confirmed at Opdal Lutheran Church.

On June 29, 1957, Alan was united in marriage to Verla Mae Hetle at Rock Valle Lutheran Church, rural Echo. They made their home south of Sacred Heart where Alan farmed. Alan was a lifelong member of Opdal Lutheran Church and was active with the church council. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, wintering in Texas, playing pool and socializing with the neighboring farmers in the shop, especially on rainy days. He loved his time at the lake with family and grandchildren and had a passion for IH tractors.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Alan passed away at the Renville Health Services in Renville at the age of 81.

He is survived by his wife Verla Mae of Sacred Heart; children Steve (fiancé Rita Andree-Thomas) Enestvedt of Sacred Heart and his children Melanie (Mike) Gordon, Stephanie (friend John Zetah) Geer and Carrie (Juan) Leal; Dean (Deb) Enestvedt of Sacred Heart and their children Stacy Knott, Chris (Whitney) Enestvedt and Cory (Emily) Enestvedt; Kathy (Mike) Knutson of St. Louis, MO and their children Tom and Ben Knutson; Lynn Enestvedt of Granite Falls and her son Austin Enestvedt; 10 great grandchildren; brother and lifelong farming partner, Dennis Enestvedt of Sacred Heart; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  sister-in-law Linda and husband Doug Schulte and mother-in-law and father-in-law Idell and Earl Hetle.

Blessed be his memory.

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