WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Orlein E. Jurgens

    Funeral services were held for Orlein E. Jurgens November 30, 2013 at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Windom, MN. Interment was held at Memory gardens Cemetery, Windom, MN.

    Orlein, 88, died at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial, Windom Tuesday morning, November 26, 2013.

    Orlein E. Jurgens was born on February 4, 1925, in Westbrook, MN, to Max and Marie (Kobs) Bloch. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Westbrook. She received her education in the Westbrook Public Schools; graduating in the Class of 1942. She attended Teacher Training at the Ivanhoe Teacher Training Department in Ivanhoe, MN.



    On August 2, 1950, Orlein was united in marriage to Russell Jurgens at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Through the years Orlein worked as a country school teacher; at the Cottonwood County Extension Office, was a housekeeper for the Clarence Schaffer family, worked at Sears, and TORO.

    Since March of 2010, Orlein was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom where she received excellent care.     Orlein was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom where she was a member of the Women's Circle and the funeral committee. She will be remembered for many things in life which included her love of the color blue and her enjoyments in life which included playing cards and dominos, reading the Bible, trips with siblings and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

    Survivors include her children: Merlin Jurgens, Wilder, Maxine Jurgens, Denver, CO, Marlow Jurgens (Brenda ), Windom, Marsha Ouren, Sartell; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy (Wesley) Lindstrom, Westbrook; Della Hoffman, New Ulm; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

    Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Russell Jurgens; son-in-law, Joe Ouren; brothers, Walter and Elder Bloch; sisters, Hilma Anderson, Emalein Bloch.

M. Duane Smith

    The funeral Mass for M. Duane Smith will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Walnut Grove, MN  Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00 am.  Visitation at the church two hours prior to the Mass.  Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Walnut Grove.  Memorials preferred to St. Paul's Catholic Church or the charity of your choice.

    Age 84, of Walnut Grove MN passed away peacefully November 14, 2013 at his winter home in Roadhaven Resort, Apache Junction AZ.  As the first responders on the scene said, it seems he was having a nice cup of coffee on the screen porch, quietly put his head back, and went to sleep.

    Duane was born in Tracy MN June 8, 1929.  He attended school in Walnut Grove, then later in Butterfield.  After serving two years in the US Navy, he met his future wife Charlotte DeRider in Russell MN where Duane was working on an area farm.  Charlotte and Duane were married November 18, 1950 and from that date began a remarkable 50+ year farming career together at the home place south of Walnut Grove.

    He was a skilled farmer, highly respected by neighbors and peers.  Something of a perfectionist, Duane always insisted his fields be 'clean' of any weeds or errant growth.

    He inspired his seven children with his own character attributes of a strong work ethic, self-reliance, motivation, and confidence, encouraging their unique talents and abilities, and enabling them to achieve success in various walks of life.

    In his leisure time, Duane enjoyed playing cards, dancing, fishing and golf, most often with Charlotte at his side.  They travelled extensively both in the US and abroad.  From Kenya to Ecuador to Alaska and many places in between, they were always game for a new adventure.

    Duane was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.  He served on the Holly Township Board, and was a lector at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Westbrook.

    During the last years of Charlotte's life, Duane took on the role as her caregiver with compassion and selflessness, dedicating himself to her dignity and comfort.

    He is survived by daughters Kathy (Michael) Fiala, Belinda (John) Henle, sons Blair (Tania) Smith, Guy (Elizabeth) Smith, Steven (Anne) Smith, David Smith, Jeffrey Smith, sisters Cleone Flynn, Madonna (Bud) Jablinski, Connie (Glen) Berndt, brothers Robert (Norma) Smith, Dennis (Movane) Smith, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Duane was preceded in death by parents Bertha and Harry Smith, sister Marcella Turner, and brothers Leo, Jack and Vincent.