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Funeral notice: Norman Ponsford, 73, Dassel

DASSEL, MN – Norman Ponsford, 73, of Dassel passed away Dec. 5. The funeral will take place at First Baptist Church in Cokato Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. The visitation will start at 1 p.m.

Funeral notice: Bernard L. Jeurissen, 88, of Shakopee

SHAKOPEE, MN – Bernard L. Jeurissen, 88, of Shakopee, entered eternal life Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Parish of Sts. Joachim and Anne, in the Church of St. Mark, 350 S. Atwood St., Shakopee, with the Rev. Erik Lundgren officiating. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.
There is visitation Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home, 1220 3rd Ave. E., Shakopee; and visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements are with McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home in Shakopee. Condolences may be shared at

Funeral notice: Lawrence Stifter, 52, of Winsted

WINSTED, MN – Lawrence “Larry” Stifter, 52, of Winsted, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Memorial service will be Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake. There will be visitation at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m. Arrangements are with the Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted.

Funeral notice: Bonnie Kae Allrich, 68, of Dassel

DASSEL, MN – Bonnie Kae Allrich, 68, of Dassel, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at her home. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with interment of the urn at the Dassel Community Cemetery. There will be a time to gather with the family at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.

Funeral notice: Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Peterson, 64, of Darwin

DARWIN, MN – Bernadette Ann “Bernie” Peterson, 64, of Darwin, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at her home. There will be a memorial service Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. John in Darwin. Visitation will take place Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service in Litchfield, with a 7 p.m. prayer service; and will continue Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Johnson-Haaglund Funeral and Cremation Service in Litchfield; online guestbook at

Funeral notice: Leo Esget, age 76, of Arkansas

DARWIN, MN – Leo Esget, age 76, of Arkansas, fell asleep in Christ Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs, AR, after a brief illness. There will be visitation Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, followed by interment at Ellsworth Township Cemetery, south of Darwin. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church of Little Rock, AR; or Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN.