Funeral service listing published June 2, 2022

Area funerals scheduled through June 8, 2022

A pair of white lilies against a reflective background.
We are part of The Trust Project.

This funeral services listing is presented as a public service by the West Central Tribune.

Ryan Aalderks, 31, of New London, died May 25. Service 11 a.m. June 4 at Crossroads Methodist Church, Spicer.

Elaine Feichtinger, 92, of Willmar, died May 25. Service 11 a.m. June 3 at Church of St. Mary, Willmar. Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Willmar.

Dean Grafenstein, 77, of Willmar, died May 25. Service 11 a.m. June 3 at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Willmar.

Wayne Hanson, 82, of Willmar, died May 18. Service 1 p.m. June 3 at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home, Willmar.

Marjorie Hegna, 88, of Granite Falls, died May 29. Service 11 a.m. June 6 at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. Wing-Bain Funeral Home, Granite Falls.


Scott Kalkbrenner, 61, of Spicer, died May 28. Service 1:30 p.m. June 4 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Spicer. Peterson Brothers Green Lake Funeral Home.

Duane Lindgren, 90, of Willmar, died May 28. Service 11 a.m. June 4 at United Lutheran Church, Lake Lillian. Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Willmar.

Penny Peterson, 64, of Bird Island, died May 30. Service 11 a.m June 3 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hector. Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel, Hector.

Rachel Noer Spencer, 96, of Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin, died April 26. Service 2 p.m. June 4 at Colfax Lutheran Church, Colfax, Wisconsin.

John TeBrake, 87, of Brooten, died May 28. Service 11 a.m. June 4 at Brooten Community Church, Brooten. Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home, Brooten.

William “Willie” Upton, 81, of Granite Falls, died May 28. Service 3 to 5 p.m. June 3 at Wing-Bain Funeral Home, Granite Falls.

Vallalee Wertish, 90, of Bird Island, died May 28. Service 11 a.m. June 3 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Bird Island. Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia.

RECENT Obituaries:
Recent obituaries published in the West Central Tribune:
Donna Mae Thompson, nee Dahlgren, age 90, of Benson, MN, died on February 2, 2023, at Scandi Haven Village in Benson. Donna was preceded in death by her husband John in 2011. She is survived by her six children, Stephen (Noreen), Jeanne Martz, Mary Smith (Steve), Ruth (Lynn), James (Tammy), and foster son Scott, 14 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 3 half siblings, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at a later date. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "West Central Tribune staff report." Often, the "West Central Tribune staff report" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.

The West Central Tribune newsroom can be reached via email: or phone 320-235-1150.
What To Read Next
Producers sees bigger needs as farms grow, and market and geopolitical volatility become the norm, according to attendees at a farm bill listening session held in Willmar with staff members of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Nobody was injured after a reported house fire Monday in rural Sacred Heart. All of the occupants of the home were able to safely exit the building. However, the home was deemed a total loss.
The Minnesota Newspaper Association elected officers and board members for 2023 at its annual convention in Brooklyn Park on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.
The process to create a new logo for Willmar Municipal Utilities has taken several years, but it is being rolled out to customers this month.