A beautiful and joyful Mass was held Thursday, November 8th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington for Dwayne Bents of rural Rushmore. Officiating was Fr. Tom Callahan assisted by Deacon Vern Behrends and Father Luis Vargas, all of Worthington. Dwayne was a well known and well loved gentle man who never had a bad word spoken about anyone! The crowds at the visitation and at his funeral were very large and showed the respect that people gave to him and his family! Cantor was Bruce Brunk and readers were Laura Ailts and Dave Eickhoff. Gift bearers were Don and Carole Shorter and Mass servers were Kate Lesmar and Mac Kenzi Brant. The pallbearers were good friends from all walks of life!
Dwayne is survived by his dear wife Colleen and three great daughters, Claire, Qwinn, and Chloe, four brothers, George, Leo, Ken and Burdell and many many dear relatives and dear friends. Dwayne and Colleen ran their own business called Dwayne and Colleen Bents Gravel, Inc. His mother-in-law is Rosie Mc Ginty of Pipestone who loved Dwayne very much. The funeral dinner was held at the Reformed Church in Worthington because of school children being fed at St. Mary’s. The meal was catered by Hy-Vee and serving were ladies and men from St. Mary’s and Colleen’s Extension Club. This writer was fortunate to meet so many of Dwayne’s family and dear friends. He will be dearly missed, but he left lasting memories for everyone. Many tears were shed for Dwayne, but they were tears of joy just knowing Dwayne is with his Savior and with no more pain! God Bless Colleen, Claire, Qwinn and Chloe, the four most precious joys in Dwayne’s life and death! God Bless the Bents family!
Thursday night Pinochle winners at Big Orv’s were; 1st - “Dolly” Peters and John Palaschak - 2nd - Ron Van Horsen and Mike Metz - 3rd - Frannie Lonneman and Bruce Olson - 4th - Clarence Kellen and “Cannon” Mueller. Remember Pinochle starts at 7:00 p.m.
Heard we received 1/2 inch of rain Saturday night, but no ice on the roads! Don’t forget to thank God!
Special thanks to Jim Lynn and Darlene Miller for a simple solution to my phone problem! What a relief to have my phone working!
On Wednesday, November 14th the Knights of Columbus (K.C’s) will be having another of their great steak/chicken grilled dinners in St. Adrian Church Parlor. The dinner is only $8.00 and open to the public. Go and enjoy!
On November 13th and 14th the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Wilmont and Adrian. The hours in Wilmont are from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In Adrian at the High School the hours are 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. this is so important as blood is needed due to the effects from Hurricane Sandy! Call Al or Cindy Cox to make an appointment. Phone numbers are 483-2218 at the Cox Realty Office or 483-2794 at their home. Walk-ins are welcome also! Please donate!
Our congratulations to the Dragon Girls Cross Country who took 8th place at State!
Veterans program was Monday, November 12th at the Adrian High School at 9:00 a.m. They put on a great program!
Special thanks to Joy and Don Viessman who asked me to join their table after the Hilda Tweet funeral. Our table also included Rollah Madison, Bob Holzmer and Alice Klooster.
Well known, loved, and respected Gene Hokeness passed away about 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 9th at the Hospice Cottage in Luverne. He was surrounded by his loving family. Gene had endured pulmonary illness for months without complaining. His wife Eileen was his constant compassion and caregiver and his seven children took turns assisting. His greatest joy was being able to visit his farm, riding in a truck with his son Dean and his grandson, and sometimes visiting the Rushmore Cafe where he knew everyone and enjoyed having a noon meal there! He was able to go to Mass at times, though climbing steps was difficult. Gene had a smile for all he came in contact with and enjoyed the two porches at his home, where he could get fresh air and wave to his neighbors. His children are: Dean and Lynell, Earl and Laurie, Sharon and Steve, Cindy and Alan, Lisa and Len, Carmen and Lane and Carol and Jeff. He leaves 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren Teagan and Brilyn. A sister Judy and Leonard and his step mother, Alice Hokeness also survives him. Gene will be dearly missed but his family is so happy he is with his Lord and Savior. God Bless his memory.
Attending his wake service Sunday evening were Colleen Bents and daughters, Claire, Qwinn and Chloe. This lovely family just went through the wake and funeral of their dear husband and Dad on November 8th.
Miss Katie Bertrnad, daughter of Cindy and Dave of Wilmont was gust of honor at the bridal shower held Saturday morning in the Wilmont school kitchen. The tables were set with a “beach” theme with lots of real gold fish, shells and arrangements of real flowers. The guests enjoyed punch, a hot brunch with delicious rolls and fresh fruit! All enjoyed watching the bride open her many many beautiful gifts! Katie is the bride-to-be of Brent Henning, son of Gary and Eileen Henning of Adrian. The couple will be married in a Catholic church with a small family gathering in the Dominican Republic! How wonderful! They will be living in Adrian in their beautifully remolded home on Indiana Ave. For the older generation -- it was the Joe Kramer home! Congratulations Katie and Brent!
What a delightful thank you note I received from young Grant Wieneke, son of Chad and Teresa Wieneke this past week! At the Lismore fall dinner I noticed this young boy holding a trinket of some kind and I asked him if he wanted it. He nodded yes, but had no money. It was such a simple act on my part to buy it and he was so happy. So when I got this note in his own boyish printing, I shed a few tears. That young boy has been taught a great but important lesson from his parents. I will treasure his note!
I had a wonderful enlightening call from Shelby Schieck’s Mom, Ann (Klein) Schieck from a Specialty Clinic in St. Paul where Shelby has been getting indepth treatment. Shelby’s caring doctors and nurses met with Ann to decide the next step for her. It was decided to bring Shelby to the Hospice Cottage in Luverne for loving and dedicated care. Shelby will be closer to home and will be near to her family and friends who love her. I am so proud of Ann and her heart-full decision! God will be very close to this family. Please pray for them!
Guests in the Elaine Kellen’s home last weekend were her son Gary Kellen from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and his good friend Dr. Dan Tveden. The young men came to take part in their annual pheasant hunting in S.D. Some of the other regulars also hunting were; Steve Heitkamp, Jeff and Cory Pietrick, Bruce and John Loosbrock and Dave Olson. If I missed someone, blame me and age!
Ann (Cox) Hoemberg, Blaine, MN, Mark and Lisa Cox, Edina, Mary (Cox) and Mark Taylor of Minneapolis, and Mike Cox of Luverne spent time with their Mom Kay Cox. They came especially to be present at the visitation for good friend Eugene Hokeness and his family. Due to work they just came for the visitation on Sunday.
How about that $4,000 donation to our new Legion building? The donation came from New Vision Coop and the Land-0-Lakes Foundation. If you haven’t donated to the Legion building you can always buy a “Paver.” The building can be rented out also. That new building looks good on our Maine Street!
The First Presbyterian Church in Lismore held their annual fall dinner and raffle on Sunday, November 11th in the American Legion Club. They had a huge crowd and the soups were hot and delicious! They had many great items on their raffle ticket. It was so good to see dozens of hunters, in their bright orange, take time from hunting to enjoy the meal! Thanks Presbyterian Church Parish!
Jon and Jodi Thier and Virg and Alice Cook drove to Dubuque, IA, last weekend to visit their daughter and granddaughter Austyn, who attends Clarke University at Dubuque. On Saturday they drove to the Quad Cities to attend Austyn’s Conference Cross-County meet. Austyn came in tenth and missed by one place to go to Nationals in two weeks! Austyn’s family was very proud of her. She did a wonderful job! p.s. What a bummer! kc
Catholic Daughters #247 of Adrian will meet on Thursday, November 15th beginning with Mass at 6:15 p.m. in memory of the deceased members of their Court. A meeting will follow Adoration after Mass. Bring a baby gift to be donated to the Helping Hands Pregnancy Center in Worthington.
Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Hilda Tweet, Ed Wiess, Dwayne Bents and Gene Hokeness! God Bless their memories and God Bless their families!
Levi Bullerman and Jon Fletcher of Aberdeen, SD were overnight guests in the home of Dean & Cindy Bullerman on Wednesday. The two coaches had been in Brainerd and Willmar earlier in the week, recruiting prospective football players for Presentation College. Thursday morning they visited at Minnesota West in Worthington before returning to Aberdeen. The Bullermans also enjoyed having Merlin Winselman as a supper guest on Thursday.