Obituaries

Jason Armitage

Jason Armitage, age 51, of Gaylord, Minn., and formally of Canby, Minn., passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby, Minn. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Waneta Heaton

Waneta Heaton, age 81, of Big Stone City, S.D., died on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at her home after a battle with cancer. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and husband, who loved her unconditionally. Waneta was a fantastic grandma, mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

DeLaine Joy Buck

DeLaine passed away May 31, 2022. She was born in Canby, Minn., to Carl and Anna Richter on September 18, 1939, on her Grandma Minnie Richter’s birthday. She grew up with her two sisters, on the family farm five miles NE of Canby.

Merlin Westfield

Merlin Westfield, age 94, of Pipestone, Minn., died on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at his home in Pipestone. Visitation was held on Monday, July 18, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone.

Ross Eichens

Ross Eichens Mass of Christian Burial for Ross Eischens, 42, of Minneota, will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at St. Leo Catholic Church in St. Leo, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church. A private interment will take place at a later date.

Merlin Westfield

Merlin Alfred Westfield was born to Alfred and Sylvia (Buchanan) Westfield on March 26, 1928, at home in Providence Township, Lac qui Parle County, Minn. He was baptized in Redwood Falls, Minn., in the Redwood River.

He attended school in Madison, Minn., graduating from Madison High School in 1947.

Curtis Eischens

Mass of Christian Burial for Curtis “Curt” Eischens, 70, of Minneota, will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at St. Leo Catholic Church in St. Leo, Minn. Visitation will be Friday, July 15, 2022, from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Horvath Remembrance Center in Minneota.

LaVonne Nuteson

LaVonne M. Nuteson, age 84, of Gary, S.D., passed away Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby, Minn. The funeral service took place on Sunday, July 10, 2022, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gary, S.D., with Rev. Bruce Mueller officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary.

Phyllis Betts

Memorial service for Phyllis Jeanne Betts, age 92, of Fairmont, Minn., was held Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.

Phyllis passed away two days short of her 93rd birthday on June 23, 2022, at Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

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