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                                                                 Laura I. De Kok
 
                                                      
 
 
The funeral service for Laura  I. DeKok, 90, of rural Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (December 19, 2012) at Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester, Mn. with Rev. Dwight LaPine officiating. Burial will be at High Forest Cemetery in High Forest.Mn. with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164. Mrs. DeKok died Thursday (December 13, 2012) of natural causes at the Lake City Care Center in Lake City, Mn., where she had been a resident since September.   

Laura Irene Turner was born September 7, 1922 in Jackson, Mn. to Ira and Addie(Everts) Turner. She grew up on the family farm, attended Jackson schools, graduating from Jackson H.S. in 1939. She attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis and then radio operator school in Milford,Ia. In 1944 Laura enlisted into the Womens Army Air Corps serving stateside as a control tower operator during WWII. During her enlistment she met Arie DeKok and following their discharges in 1946 they were married on May 8, 1946 in Jackson. The couple lived in rural Archer aand Primghar,Ia. before moving to their farm in rural Stewartville in 1953, where they farmed for many years, raised their family and continued to make their home.  Mrs. DeKok was a farmwife and homemaker and was also employed at Family Conseling and Home Service in Rochester,Mn. for many years.  Mr. DeKok was a life long farmer and was a Funks G Hybrid Seed dealer for 30 years. Mrs. DeKok was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester. She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, sewing, making candles, working with stain glass, bird feeding and watching. She loved time spent with family, especially all of her grandchildren and great grandchidren.

Survivors include  2 daughters and 5 sons – Timothy(Donna) of Johnston,Ia.; Karla(Ralph) Harmon of Boone,Ia.; Lynnelle(William) Rodenz of Spring Valley,Mn.;  Rev. Stephen(Amy) of Jackson,Mn.; Phillip(Teri) of Stewartville; Jonathon(Joy) of Pine Island,Mn and Joel of Stewartville; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband – Arie on March 3, 2010, 2 grandchildren – Joy Harmon and Burton DeKok, her parents, 3 brothers – Milton, Leroy and Boyd and an infant brother - Hugh.

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday(Dec. 18) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
                                                                         Helen Pattridge
 
The funeral service for Helen Pattridge, 95,  of Stewartville,MN., will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday (December 14, 2012) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN. Mrs. Pattridge died on Monday (December 10, 2012) at the Stewartville Care Center where she had been a resident since 2006.
Helen Hoffman was born August 5, 1917, the youngest of nine children, in Chatfield,MN. to August and Ida (Mundstock) Hoffman. She was baptized September 2, 1917 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chatfield. She grew up on the family farm and attended Trinity Lutheran School in Rochester, where she was confirmed March 29, 1931 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and  graduated from the 8th grade on June 5, 1931. She then attended Chatfield H.S.,  graduating in 1935.  Helen was married in Great Falls, Montana to Kenneth G. Pattridge. Following their marriage the couple moved to Lincoln,Mont. where Kenneth worked in the lumber industry at a sawmill. In 1942, the family moved to rural Pleasant Grove Twsp. where they bought Kenneth’s grandmother’s farm and raised their four daughters.  Helen worked in the fields along side her husband, always had a big garden and did a lot of cooking, canning and baking. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church for over 60 years, where she helped start a fund for young people to go into the ministry and also taught Tuesday school. Helen served on the Union Cemetery Board for many years and was a charter member of the Good Neighbor’s Club, which she belonged to for over 50 years. The Pattridges moved to Stewartville in 2005 and Mr. Pattridge died on November 14, 2005.  Helen loved the many flowers she grew in her gardens, playing cards and having friends and family in for dinner. She will be missed by her family and friends who have wonderful memories of her.

 

Helen has been in the Stewartville Care Center for over 6 years, where she was given wonderful care. Her family would like to give special thanks to everyone for their patience and kindness, for the wonderful food, craft department and church services, all of which Helen enjoyed. The employees are amazing and her family very much appreciates their care of her.

Helen is survived by 4 daughters – Marlene(Kenneth) Sabatke and Sharon(Pierre) deCathlineau both of Rochester; Jeannine Vance of San Antonio,TX. and Barbara(Kenneth) Culberton of Rochester;  7 grandchildren –  Michael(Margaret) Sabatke, Naomi(Timothy) Smyrk, Brian deCathlineau, Lori(Mark) Bremer, Vickie(Bill) Thompson, Tony Culberton and Paula(Brian) Culberton-George and 6 great grandchildren – Shelby and Nick Sabatke, Matthew and Luke Bremer, Dillon and Jessica Thompson. She was preceded in death by her husband – Kenneth, grandson – Randy Vance, her parents and 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

 
 
 
 

 
                                                                       Milford E. Mork Sr.
                                                                         
 
12/04/2012 - The funeral services for Milford E. Mork Sr., 99, of Stewartville, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (December 7, 2012) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,Mn. Mr. Mork died Tuesday (December 4, 2012)  of natural causes, at Our House Memory Care in Austin,Mn., where he had been a resident this past year.

Milford Edwin Mork was born July 31,  1913 in West Union, Ia. to Martin and Emma(Jonsberg ) Mork. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools. He moved with his family to rural Spring Valley,Mn. where he worked on the family farm and horse business. Milford was married on August 22, 1941 in Stockton,Mn. to Hazel I. Molde.  During the early years of their marriage they lived in Long Beach, Cal. where they were employed in defense work at a shipyard during W.W. II. After the war, they returned to the Stewartville and Rochester area where Milford began his trucking business which he operated for many years, picking up the nickname of “Peanuts” along the way. Mrs. Mork was a longtime employee at Sears in Rochester. The Morks lived in Rock Dell Twsp. and Pine Island, Mn. before moving to Stewartville where theyLived for a number of years. The Morks were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Following their retirement,  Milford and Hazel enjoyed traveling in their R.V. including  trips to Alaska and Florida, Texas and Arizona. Mrs. Mork died on Sept. 23, 1998. Milford lived for a few years in Grand Meadow before moving to Austin. He enjoyed following NASCAR, going to coffee and visiting with friends and especially enjoyed time spent with his family.

Survivors include three daughters and six sons  - Pat  McKnight;  Dixie(Kit) Collins of Snohomish,Wash. and Renee(Duane) Van Nurden of Rochester; Milford Jr. (Diane) of Dexter, Mn.; Barton(Laurie) andDale(Jan) both of Rochester; twin sons Tim of Stewartville and Tony(Nancy) of Dover,Mn. and Darrell(Jan) of rural Austin,Mn. / Milford had over 40 grandchildren , great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren;  a brother - Arnold(Penny) Mork of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his daughter Betty and son Kenny, his parents, his sister Louella Rice and brother - Merle.

Friends may call from 5 to7:00 P.M. on Thursday (12-6) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.
 
 

  
 
 
                                                                      Jean W. Harrington

 

 

11/28/2012 - The funeral service for Jean W. Harrington, 80, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday (December 2, 2012) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Harrington died Wednesday (November 28, 2012) from complications of a cerebral hemmorage,  at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Mn., where she had been a patient since Sunday.  

Jean Winona Thoelcke was born August 22, 1932 in  Omaha, Nebraska to Chris and Winona(Jones) Thoelcke. She grew up in Omaha, attended school there,  graduating from South High School in 1950. Jean then attended the University of Nebraska – Omaha where she studied accounting. She was employed at Northwestern Bell in Omaha , where she met Mel. Jean was married on August 30, 1953 in Omaha to Melvin J. Harrington. Following their marriage the couple worked for Northwestern Bell moving to Rapid City and then Souix Falls and Mitchell, S.D. In 1963 they moved to Stewartville,Mn. where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Jean was a homemaker and book-keeper for the family business – Mel Harrington Real Estate and Appraisal which Mel and Jean owned and operated for many years. Jean “officially “ retired in 2001.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was active in W.E.L.C.A. and Circle/ Bible Study Group. She also volunteered with Channel One Foodshelf and Meals On Wheels and belonged to the Lionesses, Friends of the Library and Home Economics study club, all in Stewartville. Jean enjoyed gardening, Western dancing, biking, swimming, gardening, antiques, folk art painting and rosemaling, gardening, time spent with her family and Henry the granddog and gardening. Jean was a woman who could do just about anything and do it with style.

 

Jean’s family wishes to thank her church home, Zion Lutheran Church, for fellowship and support through these past many years. We are also thankful to her medical team; Dr. Scheitel, Rita and Jo, to her cardiac team and the many exceptional health care providers through the years. We are thankful to the Stewartville 1st Responders and for our neighbors and friends. This week our gratitude goes to St. Mary’s E.R., Neurology I.C.U.  and to Kelli and Kally and Domitilla. So many earthly angels.

Jean is survived by her husband – Mel;  2 daughters and 1 son – Leslie Jean of Rochester; Christy “Alley Paisley” of Stewartville; Blair(Susan) of Rochester;  2 sisters - Marilyn Chadwell of Omaha,Neb. And Jacqueline Wilson of San Diego,Ca. She was preceded in death by twin stillborn sons – Stewart and Porter and her parents.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday (December 2, 2012) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Sunday afternoon


 
 
                                                     Gladys E. Jones 

 
11/16/2012 - The funeral service for Gladys E. Jones, 90, of Simpson,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (November 19, 2012) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, Mn. with Lay Minister Claire Vomhof officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Jones died Thursday (November 15, 2012) from  natural causes at the Golden Living Center - Whitewater  in St. Charles, Mn., where she had been a resident since August.  

Gladys Ella Louise Matzke was born November 17, 1921 in Pleasant Grove Twsp., Olmsted County, Mn. to Herman and Ida(Draves) Matzke. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural school.  Gladys was married on November 16, 1940 in Rochester,Mn. to Daniel T. Jones. Following their marriage the couple moved into Simpson where they raised their family and continued to make their home for many years.  Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and was employed part-time as a housekeeper.  Mr. Jones was a longtime employee at the Rochester State Hospital until his retirement. Mrs. Jones was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester and belonged to the Get Together neighborhood card club in the Simpson area. Following her husband’s death in 1986, she moved to Central Towers in Rochester and then to St. Charles in 2005. Gladys enjoyed playing 500, fishing and time spent with all of her family.

Gladys is survived by her daughter and 2 sons – Daniel(Judy) of St. Charles; Betty Bleifus of Simpson,Mn. and Thomas(Laurie) of Cumberland, Wis.; 8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law - Merle Matzke of Stewartville,Mn. She was preceded in death by her husband – Daniel, her parents and 2 sisters and 1 brother.

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday (Nov. 18, 2012) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and1 hr. prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday morning.

 

 

 


                                                 

                                                  Michaels S. Roeder 

 

11/06/2012 - The Mass of Christian Burial for Michael S. Roeder, 55, of rural Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (November 9, 2012) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Stewartville. Mike died in the arms and care of his loving wife and family at his home, on Monday (November 5, 2012), following a year and a half illness with metastatic melanoma.

Michael Scott Roeder was born March 9, 1957, in Rochester, MN to Robert and Rita(Tobin) Roeder. He grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville, attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1975. He then attended the University of Minnesota-Waseca for two years and received a degree in animal science. He returned to farm with his family and began driving bus part-time for Grisim School Bus in Stewartville. Mike was married on April 18, 1980, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake City, MN to Kathryn A. Willers.  Following their marriage, the couple lived on the Roeder family farm, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home for their 32 happy years of marriage. Mike was a lifelong farmer.  Early in his marriage he worked construction part-time in Rochester.  In 1986 he began a 13 year employment with Hormel Co. in Austin, MN.  He then was employed by Grisim Transportation Services as the Transportation Manager in Byron, MN - School District #531, where he had been employed for the past 13 years. Kathy has been a devoted wife and mother and is currently employed as a R.N. at the Stewartville Care Center.  Mike was a lifelong member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and was a past 4-H Leader and president of the Stewartville Wrestling Boosters.   He enjoyed bowling, softball, golfing, hunting, was an avid Twins fan and all around sports fan. He enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mike is survived by his wife – Kathy; 1 daughter and 3 sons – Eric(Naomi) of Stewartville; Jonathan(Nikki) of Rochester; Amy(Joey) Miller of Stewartville; Benjamin of Stewartville; 5 grandchildren –  Bram and Daxton Roeder; Karsten and Lainey Roeder and Ellieana Miller; his parents – Bob and Rita Roeder of rural Stewartville, MN; 1 sister – Cheri Braaten of Pine Island, MN: and brother – Robbie Roeder of rural Stewartville, MN.  He was preceded in death by an infant brother and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday (November 8, 2012) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.
 

 
RoseAnn R. Richardson

 

11/3/2012- The funeral service for RoseAnn R. Richardson, 75, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (November 6, 2012) at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kasson, Mn. with Rev. Marie Anderson officiating. Burial will be at East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery in Rock Dell. Mrs. Richardson died Friday (November 2, 2012) of natural causes, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester,Mn.where she had beena patient for the past two weeks.

RoseAnn Ruby Richardson was born December 19, 1936 in Rock Dell Twsp.,Dodge County, Mn. to Albert and Edna(Boyum) Seim. She grew up on the family farm in Rock Dell Twsp., attended rural school and Kasson schools graduating from Kasson H.S. in 1954 and was employed at the Rock Dell Telephone Co. as an operater for a few years. RoseAnn was married on March 28, 1958 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell to Lawrence W. Richardson. Following their marriage the couple lived in rural Rock Dell for a number of years before moving to Rochester and then Byron in 1965 where they raised their family and lived for over 20 years. Mrs. Richardson was a homemaker and was employed in housekeeping at Samaritan Bethany Heights in Rochster for many years until her retirement in 1999. Mr. Richardson was a longtime employee at 21st Century Genetics in Stewartville until his retirement. The Richardsons moved to Stewartville in 1988. RoseAnn was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kasson. Family was the center of her life and she loved time spent with her family, especially all of her grandchildren and great grandchidren.

RoseAnn is survived by her husband - Lawrence; 4 sons – Dennis(Mary)of Kasson; Joe(Karen) of Byron; Keith(Jackie) of Byron and Randy(Michele) of Byron.; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother –David(Ellen) Seim of Rochester, Mn. She was preceded in death by her son Jeffrey, her parents and 1 brother – Lyle Seim.

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday (November 5, 2012) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church in Kasson on Tuesday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 

John W. Brockman
 

10/23/2012 - The memorial service for  John W.  Brockman Jr., 56, of Stewartville, MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (10-26-12) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada  officiating. Mr. Brockman died Monday (10-22-12) at his home in Stewartville.

John William Brockman Jr. was born November 16, 1955 in Beloit, WI. to John and Janet(Phillips) Brockman. He moved with his family as a young boy to Mauston, where he attended school and  graduated from Mauston H.S. in 1973. He attended  Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse and graduated with a degree in accounting.  He moved to Rochester,MN. where he was employed at Bridgeman’s Restaurant as their accountant. John was married on April 21, 1979 in Rochester to Peggy Schueller. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester and were later divoriced.  John was employed by ROTAB Corp. in  Rochester where he was the financial controller for many years. He was co-owner of Sandy Point Supper Club on  Lake Zumbro and then John Hardys Bar-B-Q in Rochester, before becoming the sole owner of John Hardys for the past 10 years. John was married on November 24, 2007 in Rochester to Audrey Betcher. Following their marriage they made their home in Stewartville. Audrey is Director at the Rochester Public Library. John was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church and was a 30 year member of the Northern Light Masonic Lodge # 81 in Mauston as well as being a member of the Masonic Lodge #203 in Stewartville. He  was a longtime member of  the Osman Shrine Center in St. Paul,MN. and was Potentate in 2011, was a member of the Jesters and  Dragon Patrol,  and he marched in hundreds of parades with his fellow Shriners.  John was a past member of the Rotary Club of Rochester, was a longtime member of the Elks Club in Rochester and had recently joined the Stewartville Lions. John belonged to the Rochester Chamber of Commerce,serving as one of it’s Ambassadors for many years and was awarded Business of the Year in 2009 from the Rochester Chamber.  John enjoyed playing golf and darts, going to the cabin at Castle Rock Lake, following the Packers and the Badgers and he especially enjoyed time spent with family.

Survivors include his wife – Audrey; son – John(Natasha)of Sun Prairie,WI.; daughter and son  – Nora and Karl Betcher of Stewartville; his mother – Janet Brockman of Mauston,WI.; three brothers - Thomas(Diane) Brockman of Highland, Ill.; James(Laura)Brockman of Wonewoc,WI.; Mark(Mandy) Brockman of Mauston,WI. and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father – John W. Brockman Sr.

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday (October 25) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with a Masonic Service being held at 7:30 P.M. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.
A  time of remembrance for John will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday (October 27, 2012) at the United Methodist Church in Mauston,WI.  A private family burial will take place at Mauston Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the  Shriners Hospital for Children - Twin Cities.



 

The funeral service for Charles “Charlie” Smith, 81, of Stewartville, MN will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Smith died Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Stewartville Care Center surrounded by family and friends, following a courageous two year illness with multiple myeloma.

Charles Donald Smith was born August 6, 1931, in Webster, Iowa to Charles and Mildred (White) Smith. He grew up on the family farm, attended Webster schools and moved with his family to North English, IA his senior year, graduating from North English H.S. in 1950. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and served overseas during the Korean Conflict where he saw action on the frontlines and was discharged with the rank of Staff Sargent in 1954. Charlie was married on November 14, 1954, at the United Methodist Church in North English to Helen M. Donahoe.  Following their marriage the couple lived in North English before moving to Seattle, WA, where Charlie was employed as a machinist at Boeing Aircraft.  While still living in Washington, he was employed by Northwest Airlines in Seattle for a few years before being transferred to Rochester, MN. The Smiths moved to Stewartville in 1967 where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Charlie was employed in ground services at Northwest Airlines for 30 years until his retirement.  He was a longtime active member of the Stewartville Lions. Charlie was a member of the Stewartville American Legion, the Rochester V.F.W. and a life member of the Korean War Veterans Club in Rochester. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating and time spent with family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife – Helen and three daughters – Jill (Greg) Paukert of Mechanicsburg, PA; Jeri (Chuck) Gauthier of Rochester; Jan (Brad) Janssen of Stewartville; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; one sister – Doris Lockridge of North English, IA and one brother Richard Smith of Walford, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters – Dorothy Buser and Betty Chitwood.

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 16, at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, MN, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday afternoon.
A private family burial will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on Friday. The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Care Center or Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com


 

10/10/2012 - Dorothy “ Grandma Dot ” Elsie Sophie Zola Nelson, a longtime resident of Hayfield,Mn. died at the age of 92, on Monday (10-8-12) at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield,Mn. 

Dorothy was born on September 20, 1920 in Alpha,Mn. to Henry and Emma(Eiten) Beseke. She moved with her family from a farm into Alpha where she attended school. After graduating from Alpha High School in 1937 she attended beauty school in Austin,Mn. Shortly thereafter, she met Robert James Nelson and they were united in marriage on October 12, 1941 in Stewartville,Mn. Following their marriage the couple made their home in Hayfield where they raised their family and lived all their married lives. Dorothy was a homemaker and with her husband Bob were owners of Nelson’s Hardware in Hayfield which they operated together for many years. The family business continues as Nelson Gas Inc., in Hayfield. Dorothy was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hayfield and was active in it’s ladies aid, Altar Society and CCW. She and Bob were lifetime members of the Elks Club in Rochester and as a Hayfield firefighter’s wife she volunteered at many community events. Dorothy and Bob traveled extensively throughout the world and wintered in Arizona for many years. They were married for 66 years until Bob’s death on May 2, 2008. Dorothy learned to paint in Arizona and many of her family and friends have and enjoy her art. Cooking was also one of her joys and she was always willing to share her great recipes with anyone. Grandma Dot loved time spent with her family, especially all of her grand and great-grandchidren.

Dorothy is survived by her sons – James(Barbara) and Richard(Kimberle) both of Hayfield; Gerard(Daphne) of Omaha,Neb.; her daughters – Judith(Reynold) Kuchinka of Kasson,Mn.; Mary Jane Landry of Baton Rouge,La.; Susan(William)Richardson of Hayfield,Mn. ; 13 grandchildren ; 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband – Bob, her parents, one sister and four brothers. 

The funeral Mass will be Saturday – October 13, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hayfield with the Rev. Steven Peterson officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(10-12) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hayfield and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com


 


12/01/2011- The funeral service for Stanley C. Gronseth, 95, of Hayfield,MN. will be at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday (9-29-12) at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant,MN. with Rev. Dwight Dobell officiating. A committal service with military graveside honors by Hayfield American Legion Post 330 will follow at the church cemetery. Mr. Gronseth died Tuesday (9-25-12), following a short illness with cancer, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield,MN. where he had been a resident since 2011.

Stanley Carlton Gronseth was born December 10, 1916 in Sargeant Twsp,Mower County to Albert and Emma(Hanson) Gronseth. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school at District 91 schoolhouse. He farmed with his family and for other area farmers before enlisting into the U.S. Army in 1941. Stan served overseas in North Africa as a radio operator in the 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion and also saw action in Italy. Following his discharge in 1945 he returned to Sargeant where he was employed at Hormel Co. in Austin for a few years. Stan was married on December 4, 1945 at his parents’ home in rural Sargeant to Ellen S. Quinn. In 1947 they purchased a farm in Pleasant Valley Township, where they raised their family and farmed for over 50 years. Mrs. Gronseth was a farmwife and homemaker and with her husband moved to Hayfield Villa in 2010. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Mr. Gronseth was employed for 25 years as an insurance salesman by Mower County Farmers Mutual. He was a lifelong member at Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargeant, where he served on it’s board and was involved in the construction of the new parsonage. Stan was a longtime member of American Legion Post 330 in Hayfield serving as a past Commander and with his wife Ellen placed American flags on Veteran gravesites for Memorial Day services, for a number of years. He served on the Mower County Soil and Conservation Board and received a Minnesota State Award for conservation. He enjoyed fishing, water skiing, deer hunting in Wyoming, playing cards in the winter, going to coffee and time spent with friends and family.

Survivors include his wife – Ellen/ his daughter – LeAnn(Byron) Coller of Dodge Center,MN. and son – Arlen(Patricia) of Rochester/ 8 grandchildren/ 5 great grandchildren/ 2 sisters –Francis Martin of Hayfield and Adeline Moen of Austin,MN./ 2 brothers – Wallace Gronseth of Rochester and James(Janice) Gronseth of rural Sargeant. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters – Shirley Winholt and Alice Miners and two brothers - Archie and Charles Gronseth.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (9-28) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,MN. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday afternoon.
The family suggests memorials to Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargeant.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com



 



 

The funeral service for Ruth M. Richardson, 99, of Rochester, Mn. will be at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday (September 27, 2012) at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove,Mn. with Rev. Marcus Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove. Ruth Richardson died on Friday (September 21, 2012) from natural causes at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eight in Rochester, where she had been a resident since May of 2011.

Ruth Margaret Richardson was born September 10, 1913 in Leonard, Mn. to Theodore and Helen(Parks) Richardson. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools until the 9thgrade. Ruth then moved to Chatfield,Mn to live with two Aunts and their families and continue her schooling, graduating from Rochester H.S. in 1933. She moved to Rochester where she was employed as a nanny for a few years , before attending a business college in Minneapolis. After completing her courses, she returned to Rochester and was employed at the Kahler Hotel in their bookeeping department for over 40 years until her retirement in the early 1970s. Ruth moved to Arbor Terrace in Rochester in 2001. She was a former member of the First Christian Church in Rochester and of the Stewartville American Legion Auxillary – Gold Star Sisters. She volunteered at Mayo Clinic and with the Salvation Army in Rochester. Ruth enjoyed travelling, reading, knitting, square dancing at the Rochester Senior Center and time spent with family.

Ruth is survived by her sister-in-law – Marion Richardson of Stewartville and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister – Lucille Johnson and 3 brothers – John, Rollin and Raymond Richardson.

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday afternoon.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com




The funeral service for Alta A. Morris, 91, of Stewartville, Mn .will be at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Griffin - Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville with Rev. David Hoot officiating. Burial will follow at Douglas Cemetery in Douglas,Mn. Mrs. Morris died on Tuesday - September 4, 2012 of natural causes at the Stewartvile Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2009.

Alta Augusta Felt was born April 14, 1921 in rural Pine Island. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school in the Pine Island and Chatfield areas. Alta was married on June 26, 1941 in Albert Lea,Mn. to Wayne R. Morris. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Pine Island and Douglas area and Mr. Morris operated a cabinet shop until he retired in 1981 due to ill health. They moved to Stewartville in 1984 and Mr. Morris died on December 27, 1984. Mrs. Morris continued to make Stewartville her home and lived at the Stewartvilla Apts. for 27 years. Alta loved music and played keyboard in Mels Polka Stars Band for years. She and Wayne enjoyed dancing, horseback riding and agate hunting. In recent years she enjoyed crafts ,traveling with the band and time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Alta is survived by 2 sons – Terry(Denise) of Culbertson, Neb. and grandchildren – David, Steven, Sean and Nathan Morris/ Eugene of Byron,Mn. and grandchildren – Mindy(Christopher) Henning and great grandaughters - Noelle, Kaylee and Cara of St. Joseph,Ill./ Kassie Morris and great granddaughter –Abbie of Byron/ David, Steven, Sean and Nathan Morris and 1 sister – Ella(Dale) Stuve of Show Lo, Az./ She was preceded in death by her husband- Wayne, her son – Kenneth and a sister and brother.

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com



The funeral service for Emil B. Janssen, 92, of Stewartville, Mn .will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 10, 2012 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville, Mn. with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion and Stewartville V.F.W. Mr. Janssen died on Friday - September 7, 2012 of natural causes at his home.

Emil Bernhard Janssen was born November 28, 1919 in Delft, Mn. to Theodore and Gesina(Dierks) Janssen. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural school and worked in the Conservation Corps. Program in different parts of Minnesota. Emil was married on September 28, 1941 in Elmore,Mn. to Frances I. Senne. Following their marriage the couple made their home in Stewartville. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 serving overseas during W.W.II in the Pacific Theatre, where he earned a Purple Heart Medal. Following his discharge in 1945 he was employed at the Stewartville Elevator and attended night school in Rochester where he received a G.E. Degree and earned his Boiler Operator’s License. Mr. Janssen was employed at Stewartville All-American Co-op for 37 years until his retirement in 1983. Mrs. Janssen was employed at Berg Drug Store and Himmer Snyder Drug in Stewartville for many years. The Janssens have lived in their home in Stewartville for 67 years. Emil was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and as a trustee and was a member of it’s bible study group. He was a member of the Stewartville American Legion and V.F.W. He enjoyed woodworking and made wooden toys and birdhouses and a small altar and lectern for a chapel area in his church. Emil was a fisherman, golfer and bowler and enjoyed going camping up north with family and friends and feeding the birds in his yard. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great and great-great grandchildren.

Emil is survived by his wife – Frances; one daughter and one son –Sandra(Ron) Geist of Stewartville,Mn. and Gary(Pam) of Montgomery, Mn.; 6 grandchildren – Terri(Ron) Geise, Tammy(Frank) Huntley, Amy Janssen, Breyenne(Owen) Janssen, Christopher Geist and Nick Janssen; 5 great grandchildren – Lee, Alicia, Sophia, Vivienne and Dylan; 2 great-great grandchildren – Dominik and Akira. He was preceded in death by his parents, 8 sisters and 1 brother.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday ( 9-9-12) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com



The funeral service for Lyle R. Bateman, 89, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (September 11, 2012) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow in the Frankford Cemetery in rural Spring Valley,Mn. Mr. Bateman died on Friday (September 7, 2012) from complications of cancer at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester,Mn., where he had been a patient for two days.

Lyle Russell Bateman was born March 19, 1923 in rural Mower County, Mn. to Howard and Gertrude(Louks) Bateman. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and moved with his family to Spring Valley where he graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1941. Lyle enlisted into the Merchant Marine serving overseas during W.W. II in Australia. Following his discharge in 1945 he returned to the Spring Valley area and joined the Rochester Fire Department. Lyle was married on August 5, 1954 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell,Mn to Marion E. Bale. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester and then rural Rochester for a number of years. Mr. Bateman was a firefighter in Rochester for 28 years until his retirement in 1979. He then co-owned a fence installation business which he helped operate for a few years. Mrs. Bateman was a service coordinater for 3M Mining Co. in it’s Rochester office for a number of years. The Batemans moved to Stewartville in 1999 where they have continued to make their home. Mr. Bateman was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed mowing and caring for his yard and also mowed and was caretaker for the Bateman Cemetery in rural Spring Valley,Mn. He was a good athlete in high school and enjoyed golfing, bowling, following the Twins and Vikings, collected LP and 45 records and enjoyed horseback riding with Marion when they lived in rural Rochester. Lyle loved time spent with family, especially his grandson and great grandchildren.

Lyle is survived by his wife – Marion and 1 grandson –Phillip(Juanita) and great grandsons – Ashton and Devon of rural Byron,Mn. He was preceded in death by his son – Daniel, his parentas and 3 sisters and 1 brother.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday(9-10- 2012) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com



The funeral service for Aldean B. Thorson, 85, of Racine, Mn .will be at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Dexter, Mn. with Rev. Lyle Aadahl officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Meadow Cemetery in Grand Meadow,Mn. Mr. Thorson died on Sunday - September 2, 2012 of natural causes at Seasons Hospice in Rochester,Mn., where he had been a resident since last Tuesday.

Aldean Burton Thorson was born June 9, 1927 in Bennigton Twsp., Mower County, Mn. to Bernard and Amanda(Miland) Thorson. He moved with his family as a young boy to rural Racine, where he grew up on the family farm and attended rural school. He worked on the family farm and was employed at the Grand Meadow Creamery for a few years. Aldean was married on Sept. 10, 1947 in Grand Meadow to Arlene E. Blanchard. Following their marriage the couple lived in Grand Meadow and Stewartville before moving in 1968 to the Thorson Family Farm in rural Racine, where they raised their family and lived for many years. Mr. Thorson was employed at IBM in Rochester for 30 years until his retirement in 1987. Mrs. Thorson was a homemaker and died on December 3, 2010. Mr. Thorson moved to Grand Meadow in 2011. He was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served as a Deacon and on the church council and taught Sunday school. Aldean enjoyed raising sheep and ponys on the farm for many years and he and Arlene regularly went for walks on the country roads around their farm. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, collecting toy tractors and going to horse or farm auctions. He enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Aldean is survived by three daughters and one son – Marcia(Mark) Gayken of Albert Lea,Mn. / Monica(Jim) Ronnenberg of Byron,Mn./ Meladee (Randy) Bakken of Stewartville/ Mark(Kathy “P.T.”) of Hayfield,Mn./ 12 grandchildren / 21 great grandchildren/ 2 sisters – Loraine Johnson of Grand Meadow and Maxine Runkle of Stewartville/ 1 sister-in-law –Pauline Thorson of Ostrander,Mn. and many neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife – Arlene, his parents, his sister – Oretta Heidtke, his brother - Norwin and infant brother Dolvin.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday ( 9-5-12) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. and 1 hr. prior to the service at Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter, on Thursday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com



The memorial service for Mildred A. Eberling, 98, of Stewartville, Mn .will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Mrs. Eberling died on Sunday, August 26, 2012 of natural causes at Olmsted Medical Hospital in Rochester,Mn. , where she had been a patient since last Wednesday.

Mildred Ada Bigalk was born June 16, 1914 in Howard County,Ia. in the farm home of her parents, Fred and Frieda(Meyer) Bigalk. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and graduated from Cresco High School in 1932. On May 2, 1936 in Cresco, Ia, she was united in marriage to Lloyd W. Eberling. They became the parents of one daughter, Constance Rae. They farmed in Albion and Vernon Springs Townships and in 1972 following her father’s death and the failing health of her husband, they moved to Cresco to care for her invalid mother. Mr. Eberling died on August 12, 1975.  Mildred was baptized, confirmed and married in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco and she belonged to its Ruth Circle, was past president of its E.L.C.W. and was also a member of the choir for several years. She enjoyed music and was occasionaly asked to play violin or piano for different programs. For a number of years she was employed at the Leuthold Ready to Wear Store. After retiring from there, she did Home Health Care for several Cresco residents. Mildred moved to Stewartville in 2003 to live near family. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, playing cards, playing her violin and traveling, but her main interest was always her family. She loved making quilts and their favorite foods for them, but best of all was just being together.

Mildred is survived by 4 grandchildren – Marcia(Brian) Ferson of Stewartville/ Linda Noack of Plymouth,Mn./ Bruce(Kristie O’Brien) Johnson of Minneapolis,Mn./ Janell(Dan) Schefers of Rochester,Mn./ 7 great grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren/ son-in-law –Glen Johnson of Peterson,Mn. and 1 sister – Lucile Floyd of Stewartville. She was preceded in death by her husband- Lloyd, her daughter Constance “Connie” Johnson in 2008, her parents and twin infant sisters.

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at Zion Lutheran Church on Thursday morning. Burial with a committal service will take place at a future date at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco,Ia.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





The Mass of Christian Burial for Gary A. Braun, 58, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with Fr. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion will follow at Zion Lutheran Church’s cemetery in rural Dexter, MN. Mr. Braun died on Monday, August 13, 2012 at his home following a brief illness with cancer.

Gary Allen Braun was born September 24, 1953 in Austin, MN to Daniel and Marietta (Janning) Braun. He grew up in Adams, MN where he attended Sacred Heart Elementary and Middle School and graduated from Adams High School in 1971. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving overseas in Vietnam and was stationed in Norfolk, VA aboard the U.S.S. America. He was discharged in 1975 as a machinist’s mate. He returned to the Rochester area where he was employed at Stauffer Chemical and then at AMPI both in Rochester, MN. Gary was married on May 13, 1978 at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant, MN to Carol Bungum. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Dodge Center for 10 years and Rochester for 7 years before moving to Stewartville in 1995 where they have continued to make their home. Gary has been an Olmsted County employee for the past 26 years and was currently a maintenance supervisor at the Olmsted County Waste to Energy Facility in Rochester. Carol was a homemaker and daycare provider in their home before completing her teaching degree at Winona State in 1995 and has been a teacher in the Rochester area. Gary was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church where he was active as an usher and in its Men’s Club. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Rochester and Local #49 of the Teamsters in Rochester. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, home projects, woodworking, stained glass and was able to fix most anything. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife – Carol and their 3 daughters - Rebekah (Matthew) Lennon and grandchildren –Thomas and Alexandria of Rochester/ Holly (Kevin) Griffin and grandchildren Mary and Liam of rural Rochester and Natalie (Kelly) Schreiner of Columbus, OH/ his parents – Daniel and Marietta Braun of Adams, MN/ 2 sisters and 2 brothers – Robert (Jane) Braun of St. Paul/ Kevin (Lori) Braun of Phoenix, AZ/ Shirley (Rodney) Miller of Leroy, MN/ Laurie (Gerald) Reich of Rochester and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and a niece, Kayla Koch.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with the rosary at 3:30 P.M, a prayer service at 7:00 P.M, and visitation, 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com







The funeral service for Janice M. Kuhlman, 77, of rural Racine,Mn. will be at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday (August 11, 2012) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Twsp.Mn. with Pastor Ron Prigge officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Kuhlman died on Monday (August 6, 2012) following a brief illness with cancer at Methodist Hospital in Rochester,Mn., where she had been a patient for one day.

Janice Mae Hess was born August 20, 1934 in Spring Valley,Mn. to Thomas and Ella(Klingeman) Hess. She moved with her family as a young girl to rural Stewartville, where she grew up on the family farm and attended school, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1952. She was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 3 years. Janice was married on August 14, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Harold R. Kuhlman. Following their marriage the couple moved to rural Racine where they have farmed for over 50 years, raised their family and continue to make their home. Mrs. Kuhlman was a longtime active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was active in it’s Ladies Aid. She was a prodigious baker and she and her children sold a wide variety of baked goods at the Farmers Markets in Rochester and Austin for a number of years. Janice was a vendor at the Craftique Craft Shop in Stewartville where she sold wood crafts that her husband Harold would cut for her, and then she would handpaint. She enjoyed sewing, flower gardening and growing roses, shopping and collecting bears and bells. She especially enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

Janice is survived by her husband – Harold -1 daughter and 3 sons - Robert(Mary) of Racine/ Carolyn Kuhlman of Racine/ David(Donna) of Racine/ Duane Kuhlman of Racine/ 1 grand-daughter - Kristina(Aaron) Laumann and 1 step grandson – Ben(Katrina) Wheeler-Floyd; 2 sisters – Betty Schuman of Stewartville and Margery Henselin of Rochester/ 2 sister-in-laws- Beneda Hess of Stewartville and Jo Mae Hess of Chatfield,Mn. and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son – Ronald, her parents, her sister – Doris Henselin and two brothers- Eugene Hess and Warren Hess.

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday(Aug. 10, 2012) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday afternoon.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com






Marilyn Ann O’Connell, 72, of Naples,Fla. died Monday (July 23, 2012) at Avow Hospice in Naples following a short illness.

Marilyn Ann Nelson was born August 2, 1939 in Kasson,Mn. to Otis and Norma (Nelson) Nelson. She moved with her family as a young girl to Stewartville, attended country school and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1957. Marilyn was married on Otober 28, 1967 in Minneapolis, Mn. to Edward T. O’Connell. The couple lived in Rochester before moving to Naples, Fla., where they made their home for the next 40 years. Marilyn was employed as a postal clerk for over 30 years by the U.S. Postal Service in Naples. Her husband Eddie was a brick mason working in construction in Naples for many years. He died in 1996. She was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was a member of the Bonita Springs American Legion Ladies Auxillary. Marilyn and Eddie enjoyed boating in the Gulf, fishing, and time spent with family and friends.


Surviors include 6 sisters and 7 brothers –Otis Nelson Jr. of St. Cloud,Mn./ David(Marie) Nelson of Rochester/ Steven Nelson of Rochester/ Christine(Steven) Wilson of Rochester/ Karen Bush of Grand Meadow,Mn./ Nancy Scantin of Elk River,Mn./ Tom(Darlene) Nelson of Maple Lake,Mn./ Mark Nelson of Stewartville/ Alice Giefer of Hastings,Mn./ Ruth(Jerry) Johnson of Manchester, Ia./ Peter(Lee Ann) of Golden Valley, Mn./ Sarah-Nelson Thorpe of Bloomington,Mn. and Eric Nelson of Rock Dell,Mn. and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband – Edward, her parents and a brother – Jimmie Nelson.

A memorial service will take place at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday (August 11, 2012) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bridgets Cemetery in Simpson,Mn. Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning and are invited to a luncheon at the Stewartville American Legion.


Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com




Robert “Gordon” Freeman, 52, of Rochester,Mn. died Wednesday (July 25, 2012) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester from complications of cancer following a short illness.

Robert Gordon Freemann was born September 21, 1959 in Perry County, Indiana to Robert and Mary(Cravens) Freeman. Gordon grew up in southern Perry County, Indiana. He was raised right by the mighty Ohio River and very close to the Hoosier National Forrest that gave him many opportunities to enjoy his love of being outdoors, and hunting and fishing. He attended school and graduated from Tell City H.S. in 1977. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator in Indiana for a number of years and after moving to Minnesota in 1997, worked for Rochester area construction companies, most recently Jech’s Excavating in Elgin,Mn. Gordon lived with his companion and the love of his life, Julie Schnabel. Julie has been employed as a medical transcriptionist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for many years. Gordon was a good hearted soul, that would help anyone he came across. He enjoyed vegetable gardening and giving away the produce to all his neighbors, working on everbody’s lawn equipment for very little if any pay. He took great pride in landscaping his and Julie’s yard and enjoyed squirrel and rabbit hunting with his dogs. Coming from Perry County where the winters are mild he was initially shocked by Minnesota winters, but then started calling home to brag about how many feet of snow they’d gotten in Minnesota! He loved it here, but also enjoyed going home to visit family and friends in Good Ole Southern Indiana. His family loved it when he came home and he will be in eveyone’s hearts forever.

Gordon is survived by his parents – Robert Freeman of Loogootee,In.; Mary Freeman of Cannelton,In.; 2 sons – Kurt(Kim) Freeman of Branchville,In. and Craig Freeman of Ferdinand,In.; 4 siblings and their families – Ann Freeman Zuelly of Tell City, In.; Dan(Nickii) of Tell City,In.; Jason(Julie) Freeman of Newburgh,In. and Karen(Chris) Herzog of Cannelton,In.; nieces – Megan, Taylor and Lindsay Freeman; nephews – Dereck Zuelly, Ethan,Spencer and Hunter Herzog, Clayton Morgan and Jacob and Nathan Freeman. Great nephews Silas and Zeke Zuelly. He is also survived by the love of his life - Julie Schnabel. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents –Clarence and Helen(Jordan) Freeman and his maternal grandparents –Vernon and Lily(Turner) Cravens.

Friends are invited to a commital service at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday(July 29, 2012) at Hamilton Cemetery in Racine Township with Pastor David Hoot officiating.


Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com




Lawrence "Louie" Hoffman

Lawrence "Louie" Hoffman, 48, of Rochester,Mn. died Monday (July 9, 2012) from complications of cancer at Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

Lawrence Vincent Hoffman was born June 12, 1964 in Rochester,Mn. to Ronald and Phyllis(Dewey) Hoffman. He moved with his mother as a child to Iowa, where he grew up and attended school. He returned to Rochester as a young man and was a self-employed siding contracter for many years. In 2010, Larry was employed by Cardinal of Minnesota in Rochester and was currently a site caretaker/groundskeeper. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, working on his car and time spent with his family, especially his kids and two granddaughters.

Surviors include daughter – Ashley(Davey Silva) Hoffman and grand-daughters - Alexzis and Khlayah of Stewartville,Mn.and son - Cameron of Leroy,Mn./ his father - Ronald(Marcia) Hoffman of rural Rochester/ maternal grandmother - Ethel Dewey of Eyota,Mn./ paternal grandmother - Virginia Hoffman of Grand Meadow,Mn./ two brothers and two sisters - Troy Hoffman of Rochester/ Lance(Jane Peterson) Hoffman of Stewartville/ Toya Hoffman of Perry,Ia./ Dawn(Toby Cantler) Allen of Homossassa,Fla. and lifelong friend and mother of his children Ashley and Cameron – Kim(Jim) Baker of Leroy,Mn. He was preceded in death by his mother - Phyllis, paternal grandfathers- Dwight Dewey and Leonard Hoffman and half-sister - Sherry Hoffman.

A graveside service will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Thurday(7-12-12) at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville with Pastor David Hoot officiating. Friends are encouraged to attend the committal service and then to join Larry's family at the south side of the Stewartville Civic Ct. for lunch and fellowship from 11:30 to 2:00 P.M. 

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com.





06/06/2012 - The memorial service for Marjorie A. Jensen, 68, of Rochester,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday(June 11, 2012) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. Wane Souhrada and Rev. Jef Olson officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Marjorie died Tuesday (June 5, 2012) after a lengthy and courageous illness with cancer. She was a rehabilitation resident at Golden Living Center East in Rochester.

Marjorie Ann Marshall was born Nov. 13, 1943 in Stewartville,Mn. to Marion and Evelyn(Krull) Marshall. She grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville, attended school and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1961. Following her graduation Marjorie was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She was married on Sept. 14, 1963 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville to Donald D. Jensen. They lived in Stewartville for a number of years and were later divoriced. Marjorie was employed in registration at Mayo Clinic for 43 years until her retirement in 2008. She moved to Rochester in 1984, where she had continued to make her home. She was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and enjoyed being a member of 4-H during her school years. Marjorie enjoyed being outdoors, reading, puzzles and visits from her children and grandchildren.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living Center East for her loving care.

Surviors include her daughter and three sons - David of Rochester/ Daniel and Jeff(Andria) both of Kasson,Mn. and daughter - Lori(Jamie) Knutson of rural West Concord,Mn./ 10 grandchildren - Shane and Tara/ Will, Jack, Thomas and Emma/ Carli, Zach, Sami and Cami; her sister- Judy Malone of Stewartville and neice and nephews - Lisa Malone, Bryan Malone and Brad(Stacey) Malone. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday(6-10) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.





Thomas M. Minter

05/01/2012 - The memorial service for Thomas M. Minter, 72, a longtime Pleasant Grove,Mn. resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (5-5-12) at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ with Rev. Marcus Kendall officiating. Mr. Minter died Friday (4-27-12) of natural causes at his home.

Thomas Marvin Minter was born Feb. 4, 1940 in Mantorville Twsp.,Dodge County,Minnesota to Guinn and Agnes(Stransky) Minter. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and worked with his family on the farm. Mr. Minter moved to Pleasant Grove and was employed as a farm laborer for several Pleasant Grove farmers for many years until his retirement in 1987. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed watching old Western movies, mowing the lawn and celebrating all the holidays with his family.

Surviors include two sisters and four brother - Alice Swanson of Hastings,Mn./ Donald Minter of Byron,Mn./ Richard(Robertina) Minter of Pleasant Grove/ Gwendolyn Minter of Hastings/ Kenneth(Sharon) Minter of Pleasant Grove/ Guinn Jr.(Phyllis) Minter of Stewartville,Mn/ sister-in-law - Mary Minter of W. Chicago,Ill. and many neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother - Robert. 

There will be a time of visiation 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Aprivate family burial will take place later Saturday at the Oronoco Cemetery in Oronoco,Mn.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com






Florence S. Yeadon

05/01/2012 - The funeral service for Florence S. Yeadon, 94, a longtime Stewartville,Mn. resident, will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday (5-4-12) at the First Baptist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Curley Werth officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Yeadon died Tuesday (5=1-12) of natural causes at Golden Living Center West in Rochester,Mn.

Florence Sara Bamlet was born July 23, 1917 in Hansel,Ia. to Frank and Ella(Stanbrough) Bamlet. She moved with her family as a young girl to rural Sargent in 1928, where she grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools. She was married on Oct. 1, 1941 in Stewartville to Fred A. Yeadon. Following their marriage the couple lived in Brownsdale,Mn. before moving to rural Stewartville where they raised their family, farmed and lived for many years. Mrs. Yeadon was a homemaker and was employed at the Fish House Restaurant in Stewartville and then Jimmy's Dressings in Stewartville until her retirement at the age of 89 in 2006. Florence and her sister, Lola Wendt were in many T.V. advertisements for Jimmy’s Salad Dressings through the years. Mr. Yeadon was a longtime farmer and was also employed by the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation in Rochester,Mn. He died on November 14, 1973. Mrs. Yeadon was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Stewartville and enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning and time spent with all her family.

Surviors include her daughter - Ella(Ordean) Swain of Zumbrota,Mn. and her son - Frank(Carol) of Stewartville/ 8 grandchildren/ 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband - Fred, son - Kenneth, two sisters and two brothers.

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (5-3-12) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com







 

Jennie Menart Rauh

Jennie Menart Rauh, 95, of Gilbert,Mn. and Stewartville, MN, passed away with family by her side on Thursday, April 19 at the Stewartville Care Center where she was a resident for one and a half years.  Jennie was born on October 21, 1916 in McKinley, MN to John and Johanna(Nevada) Menart, where she lived on the family farm.  She graduated from Gilbert High School.  Jennie was a WWII veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Women's Reserve, stationed in Washington, D.C.  She rose to the rank of Sergeant while she worked at the Pentagon.  Jennie married Joseph J. Rauh, Sr. on March 10, 1944 in Aurora, MN.  They made their home in Gilbert,  where they raised their three children.  Jennie was a devoted mother and homemaker. and later was employed at the Cluett and Peabody Shirt Factory. Mr. Rauh was a warehouse supervisor at Erie Mining Co. in White Lakes,Mn. for many years.    Jennie was an active member of St. Joseph's CatholicChurch in Gilbert, as well as the Catholic Women's Council. She enjoyed flowers and working in her garden, loved animals, and had a special bond with her pets. Jennie was an avid walker, choosing to walk to perform her errands around town. She also loved to read books, often walking to a park to sit on a bench under a shady tree to read.  Jennie showered her family with love, often in the form of wonderful cooked meals and baked treats. She always enjoyed talking to her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends and also shared her love by sending beautifully written letters.  Jennie moved to Stewartville after her husband passed away in 1995 to live near family.  She resided at the Downtowner II Senior Citizen Apartment Building. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and made many friends throughout the community during the 17 years she lived in Stewartville.

 Jennie is survived by her three children - Joseph, Jr. (Mary) of Stewartville/ Susan Znameroski of Minnetonka, MN and Mary Jane (Neil) Kunycky of Marlborough, MA/  seven grandchildren - Steven Rauh and Stacy(Luke) Harter, Elizabeth (Felicia Ortiz) Znameroski and David (Nicole Cooper) Znameroski, and Christina, Brianna, and Alexander Kunycky, and great grand daughter Emily Harter.  Jennie was preceded in death by her husband Joseph , her parents,  her two brothers John and Louis Menart, her son-in-law Michael Znameroski and her beloved cat Buddy.

A Mass of  Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. Matt Fasnacht officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at  Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartvilleand 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Burial will take place at Ft. Snelling Cemetery in Bloomington, MN. the following week.

In lieu of flowers, Jennie wished that memorials in her name be made to either the Stewartville or Gilbert Public Libraries. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 


 

 

Shirley M. Wiles

04/21/2012 - The memorial service for Shirley M. Wiles, 91, of Albert Lea,Mn., formerly of Stewartville,Mn., will be at 2:00 P.M. on Friday (4-27-12) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Wiles died Saturday (4- 21-12) of natural causes at Thorne Crest Retirement Center in Albert Lea,Mn.

Shirely Marie McMoran was born March 28, 1921 in Chatfield,Mn. to Otis and Ruby(Sisson) McMoran. She moved with her family as a child to Stewartville where she attended school, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1939. She attended Winona Teacher's College and after receiving her teaching certificate taught school in rural Racine,Mn. for a few years. Shirley was married on Dec. 19, 1944 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville to Kenyon W. Wiles. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they raised their family and made their home for many years. Mrs. Wiles was a home-maker and Mr. Wiles was a longtime IBM emplyee in Rochester,Mn. They moved to Racine,Mn. and then Grand Meadow,Mn. after they retired. Mr. Wiles died on March 18, 1976. Shirley was a longtime member at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and was active in it's Ladies Aid circles and sang in the choir. She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Stewartville. Shirley had a beautiful singing voice and soloed at many weddings and funeral services thru the years. She enjoyed going up north to the cabin and time spent with her family.

Surviors include her daughter - Patricia(Herbert) Houg of Albert Lea,Mn. and son - Richard(Sandy) Wiles of New Richland,Mn./ 7 grandchildren - Alisha(Andy) Hackerson, Derek Wiles, David Stevenson, Heidi(Mike) Torgerson, Daniel Houg, Andrew(Rebecca) Houg and Kristopher Houg/ 7 great-grandchildren - Evan,Brynn,Jessica,Jacob,Jadie,Gavin and Collin. She was preceded in death by her husband - Kenyon, her parents, daughter - Sharon Stevenson and grand-daughter -Amy Houg. 

Friends may call from 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday afternoon.

Arrangements are with griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. www.griffin-gray.com


 
Pauline K. Kramer

04/18/2012 - The funeral service for Pauline K. Kramer, 91, a longtime Grand Meadow,Mn. area resident, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (April 21, 2012) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Twsp.,Mn. with Rev. Ron Prigge officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Mrs. Kramer died Wednesday (April 18, 2012) of natural causes at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center.

Pauline Katherine Henke was born June 22, 1920 in Fennimore,Wis. to Rudolph and Frieda(Mutchmann) Henke. She moved with her family as a young child to rural Grand Meadow. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and was employed for a few years at the Tews Hotel in Stewartville. Pauline was married on Dec. 28, 1941 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley to George G. Kramer. Following their marriage the couple moved to Pleasant Valley Township where they raised their family and farmed for many years until their retirement in 1990. Mrs. Kramer was a farmwife and homemaker and was the custodian at Immanuel Lutheran Church for over 40 years. Mr. Kramer was a life-long farmer and died on July 14, 1994. Mrs. Kramer was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and it's Ladies Aid, Couple's Club and taught Sunday school. Pauline and George drove Immanuel Lutheran Men's Club - "Lutheran Hour" float in area parades for many years. She enjoyed gardening, canning, milking the cows, jigsaw puzzles and word searchs and time spent with her family.

Surviors include five daughters and a son - Dorothy(Lanny) Jacobson of Grand Meadow/ Beverly Hanson of Grand Meadow/ Audrey(Joe) Ericksen of Rochester,Mn./ Barbara(Paul) Rath of Chatfield,Mn./ Roger(Jo) Kramer of Waucoma,Ia. and Catherine(Dave) Severson of Grand Meadow/ 16 grandchildren/ 17 great-grandchildren/ 2 great-great-grandchildren/ a sister- Ruth Lane of Gilbert,Az./ a brother - John(Nancy) Henke of High Forest,Mn./ three sister-in-laws - Ann Voeltz of Austin,Mn./ Evelyn Henke of Rochester/ Pearl Henke of Racine,Mn. and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents, 3 brothers - Christian, William, infant brother - Harold and son-in-law - Loren Hanson. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday(4-20) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. www.griffin-gray.com

 

 

 




Altie R. Schaefer

04/11/2012 - The memorial service for Altie R. Schaefer, 98, a longtime Stewartville resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (4-14-12) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mrs. Schaefer died Monday (4-9-12) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center.

Altie Rocile Stageberg was born July 14, 1913 in Floodwood, Fine Lakes Twsp, St. Louis County,Mn. to Nels and Nettie(Johnson) Stageberg. She grew up on the family farm and sawmill operation, attended rural schools, Floodwood schools and graduated from Floodwood H.S. in 1931. She then attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis for 1 year before attending Duluth State Teacher's College where she received her Teacher's Certificate. She taught elementary school for two years in the  Garvin and Milan, Mn. school districts. Altie was married on Sept. 11, 1936 in Sisseton, S.D. to Harold H. Schaefer. Following their marriage the couple lived in Montevedio,Mn. where Mr. Schaefer was employed as a junior high school principal. They then moved and lived in Wood Lake,Mn. and Okabena,Mn. before moving to Stewartville in 1949 where Mr. Schaefer was employed as Superintendent of Schools, retiring in 1976. Mrs. Schaefer was a homemaker and following her husband's death on March 18, 2003 continued to make Stewartville her home. She was a longtime member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church and was active in it's Ladies Circles. She was a member of the Monday Study Club for many years and was a past board member at the Stewartville Public Library. She was an avid reader.

Surviors include her two sons - Paul of Sunnyvale, Ca. and Kenneth of Philadelphia,Pa./ 2 grand-daughters - Heidi(Matt) Preston and Sonya(Phil) Schafer-Smith and 2 great-grand-daughters - Emma Preston and Clara Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband -Harold, her parents, 1 sister and three brothers. 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.  Burial will take place at Blue Earth Cemtery in Blue Earth, Mn. at a later date. The family suggests memorials to the Al Heitman Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn.






 Salmena "Sally" Runkle


03/31/2012 - The funeral service for Salmena "Sally" Runkle, 93, a life-long rural Racine,Mn. resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (April 4, 2012) at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow,Mn. with Rev. Shirley Redmond officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Runkle died Saturday (March 31, 2012) of natural causes at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow.

Salmena Alberta Severson was born Dec. 6, 1918 in Racine,Mn. to Sever and Albertina(Halvorson) Severson. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural school. She was married on August 31, 1938 at Bear Creek Lutheran Church to John C. Runkle. Following their marriage the couple farmed in Pleasant Valley Twsp. before purchasing the Severson Family Farm in Racine Twsp. They farmed and raised their family together there for 45 years. Mrs. Runkle was a farmwife and homemaker and was also employed at the nursing homes in Grand Meadow and Stewartville. Mr. Runkle died on August 17, 1990 and Mrs. Runkle continued to live on the farm which has been in the Severson and Runkle families since 1859. She was a life-long member of Bear Creek Lutheran Church where she was active in all of it's Ladies Aid activities, including the sewing of many quilts for fundraisers and to be sent overseas to missions. She also enjoyed sewing quilts for her family, gardening and canning, cooking and baking, dancing and traveling with her husband John in the winter, following retirement. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grand and great- grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters and a son - Shelby(Dale) Bergland of Bella Vista,Ak./ LuAnn(Tim) Wandzel of Eagan,Mn. and Dennis(Cheralyn) of Rochester,Mn./ 11 grandchildren/ 22 great-grandchildren and a brother - Clifford Severson of Richfield,Mn. She was preceded in death by her husband John, one grandson,  her parents and 3 brothers. 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(4-3) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com




 

03/22/2012 - The funeral service  for Warren K. Clark , 79, a longtime Stewartville resident, will be at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday (3-25-12) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville with military grave side honors provided by the Stewartville American Legion. Mr. Clark died Wednesday (3- 21-12) from complications of cancer at the Stewartville Care Center where he had been a resident for 2 days.

Warren Keith Clark was born Oct. 9, 1932 in Sherwood,Ia., to Walter and Vera(Ramert) Clark. He moved with his family as a child to rural Storm Lake,Ia. where he grew up on the family farm and attended public school. Warren excelled at baseball, basketball and in music while graduating from Truesdale H.S in Truesdale,Ia. He entered the U.S. Army in 1953 to 1955, serving  as an engineer in construction, including 18 months of duty in Japan. Warren was married on May 22, 1955 in Storm Lake,Ia. to Joan E. Sennert. Following their marriage the couple moved to Stewartville where they raised their family and have continued to make their home.  After a short time farming, Warren was employed by Greenway Cooperative as it’s bulk plant manager

in Stewartville for a number of years. He  was employed at J.C. Penney in Rochester as a major appliance technician before his employment at Wrights Small Engine Repair in Rochester until his retirement in 1999. Mrs. Clark was employed for 23 years in  the Engineering Tech. Dept for the City of Rochester until her retirement in 2001.  Warren was a longtime member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church serving in numerous capacities. He  was a retired 20 year member of the Stewartville Volunteer Fire Department and was a charter member of it’s First Response Medical Unit. He served on the first Board of Directors when the Stewartville Youth Athletic Assn.(SYAA) originated, was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164  and volunteered with the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, traveling, was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and loved time spent with family especially his grand and great-grandchildren.

 

Warren’s Masonic career began in 1970 when he was raised a Master Mason in Stewartville Lodge No. 203. He served as Lodge Master in 1974 and was District 28 representative from 1976-1983. He served as Secretary of the Lodge for several years and was appointed Grand Pursuivant in 1985 by then Grand Master- Donald J. Flood. He served as Grand Master of the State of Minnesota in 1993. Other Masonic memberships include – Stewartville Order of Eastern Star No. 102, serving as Worthy Patron twice; Past Wise Master, Chapter Rose Croix, Scottish Rite Rochester Valley; Osman Shrine; Halycon Chapter No. 8, R.A.M.; Tyrian Council No. 4, Cryptic Masons; Home Commandry No.5, Knights Templar; Zagalas Shrine Car Club; Board of Directors, Masonic Cancer Center in Minneapolis. 

Surviors include his wife – Joan/  three daughters and a son- Paula Douglas of Salt Lake City,Ut./ Brenda(Pete) Maringer of Weaver,Mn./ Dale(Anita) of Stewartville/  Donna(Ray) Babcock of Stewartville/ 10 grandchildren/ 18 great-grandchildren/  a sister, Margaret McCarthy of Wichita,Ks. He was preceded in death by his  parents and a brother – Edward Clark.  

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Saturday(3-24) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with a Masonic Service at 8:30 P.M. Friends may also call from 8:30 to 11:00 A.M. on Sunday morning at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Sunday afternoon. 

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com


 

Richard "Dick" Tangen, 70, of Stewartville,Mn. died Thursday (March 19, 2012) at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after courageously fighting a nearly 2-year long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dick was born on the family farm near Ostrander,Mn. on January 29, 1942 to Orvin and Cora(Moen) Tangen. He was baptized and confirmed at Bloomfield Lutheran Church and attended elementary school in Ostrander. He graduated from Leroy-Ostrander H.S. in 1960. Following graduation he worked for the Chicago Great Western Railroad, John Deere Tractor Co. and a cabinet shop. In May of 1962, Dick volunteered and entered the U.S. Army, serving 2 years, including 13 months in Korea. Following his discharge, he was employed briefly at Crenlo,Inc. before joining IBM in Rochester in October of 1964 where he was employed as a machinist and tool and model maker until his retirement in 1994. On June 28, 1969 Dick was united in marriage to Janice "Jan" Bishop at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester. They made their home in Stewartville where they raised their children in the home they have shared for 42 years. Jan was a homemaker and following his retirement Dick was employed part-time at 3-D Tool and Design, Pemstar and Benchmark companies. They were past members of Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester and were current members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander.
Dick was always involved with his chidren's activities including coaching summer youth baseball. One of his greatest joys was becoming a grandfather and his grandchildren will always fondly remember him playing his guitar and harmonica while they sang and danced to the beautiful music. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed reading, gardening, playing his guitar, woodworking and watching all sports. He loved playing golf and belonged to a bowling league in Stewartville. A huge part of Dick's life was operating the Tangen family farm in rural Ostrander. He was proud of it's designation as a Century Farm and that his two grandsons are the 6th generation to live on the farm.

Dick will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Jan / his children - Jennifer(David) Clementsen of Lake City,Mn. and Matthew(Cindy)of rural Ostrander/ his grandchildren - Laura and Johannah Clementson and Connor and Noah Tangen/ a sister and three brothers - Roger of Spring Valley,Mn./ Jon(Diane) of Eyota,Mn./ Craig(Peggy) of Rochester,Mn. and his sister - Dorinda(Larry) Leutink of Hayfield,Mn and many neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an unborn son, and his sister - Dorothy Bundy. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (3-20-12) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with Rev. Jane Timmerman officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday(3-18-12) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning. Dick was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 and they will perform military graveside honors at his committal service at Bloomfield Cemetery in rural Ostrander.
The family prefers memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Bloomfield Cemetery or to Mayo Hospice. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com


 

Elaine Eaton

 

03/01/2012 - The funeral service for Elaine Eaton, 90, of LaCrescent,Mn. and formerly of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday (March 3, 2012) at the Stewartville Assembly of God Church with Rev. Peter Skogebo and Rev. Richard Scott officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Eaton died Wednesday (Feb. 29, 2012) of  natural causes at Franciscan-Skemp Hospital in LaCrosse,Wis. , where she had been a patient since Sunday.

Elaine Mae Smith was born July 10, 1921 in Olivia,Mn. to Walter and Otelia(Doering) Smith. She grew up in Olivia and attended school there. Elaine was married on August 23, 1940 in Olivia to Richard F. Eaton. Following their marriage the couple lived in Olivia before moving to the Stewartville area in 1966. Mrs. Eaton was employed in housekeeping at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester,Mn. for 15 years until her retirement. Mr. Eaton was a mechanic and truck driver for many years and was employed at the Racine Elevator in Racine,Mn. He died on Sept. 27, 1992. Mrs. Eaton moved to La Crescent in 2003. She was a member of the Stewartville Assembly of God Church and enjoyed visiting her grandson - Todd and all of the kids at Hiawatha Homes in Rochester. Elaine enjoyed listening to music and watching movies, collecting dolls and music boxes, cooking and baking, and time spent with family and all her grandchildren.

Surviors include three daughters and one son - Sharon(Keith) McAtee of rural Stewartville / Joanne Harreld and Linda Wasko both of La Crescent and Joey Eaton (Dale Doyle) of Wisconsin Dells,Wis./ 14 grandchildren/ 30 great grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren/ 8 great-great grandchildren/ two sisters - Betty Wulf of Renville,Mn. and Margaret "Marge" Henry of High Forest and a brother - Daryl "Dick" (Camille) Smith of Sacred Heart,Mn. She was preceded in death by her husband - Richard, son - Richard "Butch", 3 grandsons - Todd Livingstone, Scott Thielen, infant grandson - Richard Wellnitz, grand daughter-in-law - Connie Thielen and two brothers - Walter "Duke" and Donald "Tuff" Smith. 

Friends may call from 11;00 A.M. to  the time of the service on Saturday afternoon at the church.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com

 


Vincent "Tony" Lilly
 

02/17/2012 - The memorial service for Vincent "Tony" Lilly, 56, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (Februray 21, 2012) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Lilly died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2012) from complications of a pulmonary embolism, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester,Mn., where he had been a patient since Sunday. 

Vincent Anthony Lilly was born July 12, 1955 in Rochester,Mn. to Irvin and Grace(Fellows) Lilly. He grew up on the family farm in rural Rochester, attended Rochester schools and graduated from Mayo H.S. in 1973. Tony was married on July 27, 1974 at the United Methodist CHurch in Rochester to Wanda K. Bundy. Following their marriage the couple moved to Stewartville where they raised their family and lived until 2005, before moving to Racine Township in rural Stewartville. Mr. Lilly was a longtime employee at 
All-American Co-op/Progressive AG Center in Stewartville where he was currently driving semi-trailers hauling grain. Mrs. Lilly is a longtime Mayo Clinic employee in Rochester in the Dermatology Department at Rochester Methodist Hospital. Tony enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and riding four-wheelers, working on mowers and engines for family and friends and on his own tractors. He enjoyed reading and trivia, visiting and especially time spent with his family and beloved grandchildren.

Surviors include his wife - Wanda/ daughter - Stacey(Brad) Malone of Racine and son Anthony and his fiance - Lindsey Peterson of rural Stewartville/ 7 grand- children - Destiny, Braeden, Zachary, Austin, Jayden, Alexis and Rylee/ his father - Irvin(Rita) Lilly of Rochester/ 3 sisters - Marilynn(Tom) Jenkin of Richfield,Mn./ Beth(Bruce) Edwards of Gillette,Wy./ Vicki(Bob) Brady of Rochester/ his god-daughter - Jenna Marshall and many neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother - Grace Lilly.

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday(2-20) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 


 
 

Paul C. Denny

 

02/07/2012 - The funeral service for Paul C. Denny, 78, of Chatfield,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (Feb. 10, 2012) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville with Rev. Amanda Larson officiating. Burial will be in Orion Center Cemetery in rural Chatfield,Mn. Mr. Denny died Monday (Feb. 6, 2012) from complications of a lengthy illnes with multiple sclerois, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where he had been a resident since 2006.

Paul Carlton Denny was born Jan. 7, 1934 in Chatfield to Carlton and Ellen(Henriksen) Denny. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Chatfield H.S., graduating in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army, including duty overseas in Germany. Paul was married on Sept. 21, 1954 at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Chatfield to Marilyn Jean Nietz. Following their marriage the couple lived in Germany until Mr. Denny's discharge in 1956. They moved to Chatfield and in 1967 moved to rural Chatfield where they made their home, raised their daughters and lived until 2006. Mr. Denny was a life-long electrician employed at Kuntz and Teigen Electric in Stewartville for a number of years. He established Paul Denny Electric in 1980 and with his wife Marilyn handling the book-keeping, they operated their business until 1995, when his health brought on early retirement. Mrs. Denny died on March 23, 2006. Mr. Denny was a past active member of the Chatfield United Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 22 in Pleasant Grove,Mn. He also was a member of the Chatfield American Legion Post 197 and the National Electricial Benefit Fund. Paul enjoyed riding motorcycle, taveling and drives in the country with Marilyn, following the Minnesota Twins, going to coffee, visiting and time spent with family, especially his grandchidren.

Survivors include his daughters - Debra(John) Ward of Byron,Mn. and Lynee(Brian) Montgomery of Rochester,Mn./ 5 grandchildren - Erika(Adam) Rucker, Brooke(Brandon) Bordelon, Brianna, Kelsey and Corben Montgomery/ 2 great-grandchildren - Aidan and Anna Rucker/ his sister - Judy(Dr. Fred) Roberson of Zumbrota,Mn. and brother - Jack(Debra) Denny of Chatfield,Mn. He was preceded in death by his wife - Marilyn and his parents. 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:30 P.M. on Thursday with a Masonic service at 7:00 P.M. and 1 hr. prior to the service on Friday morning at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com

 

 

 


 
William "Billy" Schmoll
 

02/03/2012 - The funeral service for William "Billy" Schmoll, 25, of rural Spring Valley,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (February 6, 2012) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. Brian Brinker officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Schmoll died Thursday (February 2, 2012) of injuries suffered in an auto accident on Hwy 63, south of Spring Valley.

William Eugene Schmoll was born March 30, 1986 in Kodiak Island,Alaska to Kevin and Monica(Mahon) Schmoll. He moved with his family at the age of 6 mo.s to Stewartville,Mn. where he grew up, attended school and graduated from Stewartville H.S. He was employed in construction for a short time and then was employed at Valley Design in Fountain,Mn. for a number of years, currently as a machinist. Bill enjoyed reading about and studying history, fishing, riding motorcycle, watching movies and playing X Box. He enjoyed making people laugh and was always pulling pranks on friends and family. He loved all his family and especially enjoyed being a grandson and uncle to his many neices and nephews.

Surviors include his mother - Monica Hammill of rural Spring Valley; his father - Kevin Schmoll of Rochester,Mn.; 4 sisters -Kristine(John)Spillers and Brienne of Mankato,Mn.; Danielle(Kirby Dudley) Schmoll and Graesyn of Eagle Lake,Mn.; Nancy(Brian)Paul and Kara,Sari,Elle,Abi,Caed and Zanna of Indianapolis,Ind; Mandy Sample and Dylan,Nathan and Caleb of University Park,Ia.; significant other - Teresa Pruitt and their daughter MaKayla of rural Spring Valley; his grandmothers - Darlene Mahon of Rochester and Adaline Ramsey of Humansville,Mo. and step-grandmother - Barbara Mahon of Stewartville; his paternal grandfather – Wilbur Schmoll of Ostrander,Mn.; step-siblings - Josh Hammill and Kiersten of Racine,Mn.; Kayla Hammill(Jared Kraetsch) and Kameran of Stewartville; Kristy Hammill (Adam Fretty) and Madalynn and Tayte of Chester,Mn. and Taylor Hammill (Trevor Lange) and Hailey and Carter of Preston,Mn. Bill was preceded in death by his sister - Heather Schmoll, step-dad - Gerald Hammill and grandfathers - William Mahon and Ken Ramsey.

Friends may call from 3 to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday ( February 5, 2012) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com



Shirley M. Johnson

01/22/2012 - The funeral service for Shirley M. Johnson, 84, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (1-28-12) at the Church of the Savior in Rochester,Mn. with Rev. Bob Johnson and Rev. Ron Sikkema officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mrs. Johnson died Saturday (1-21-12)of natural causes at Seasons Hospice in Rochester where she had been a resident for 1 day.

Shirley Mae DeMaris was born June 6, 1927 in Bruno,Mn. to William and Elsie(Bates) DeMaris. She grew up on the family farm in rural Bruno, attended school and graduated from Bruno H.S. Shirley was married on Nov. 4, 1945 in Bruno to Frank O. Johnson Jr. The couple lived in Duluth until 1950, moving to Winona,Mn. where Mr. Johnson was assigned to the Winona Social Security office. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and a self-employed interior decorater for many years. They moved to Rochester where Mr. Johnson was transferred and retired from the Social Security Administration. The Johnsons were both active mmembers of the Church of the Savior in Rochester where Shirley has helped with the Wednesday night supper for many years. Mr. Johnson died on April 13, 1984 and Shirley moved to Stewartville in 1986. She was a member of the Family Council at the Stewartville Care Center, the Stewartville Senior Citizens, and played in a few card clubs. She also enjoyed camping and fishing, traveling and bus trips and taking her friends on "mystery" trips. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends.

Surviors include 2 grandchildren - Stacey (Kevin Ostern) Hildebrandt of Preston,Mn. and Derek(Heather) Oates of Mt. Vernon,Wa./ 4 great-grandchildren -Jesanna (Justin Erdmann)Hildebrandt, Kyle Hildebrandt, Emma and Naomi Oates and a great-great-grandson - Parker Erdmann. She was preceded in death by her husband - Frank, daughter and son-in-law - Connie and Don Oates, 1 sister and 1 brother. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday(1-27) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com


 

 

Mary Bertice "Bea" Born

 

Mary Bertice "Bea" Born, 91 of Rochester,Mn. died Monday (Jan. 16, 2012) of natural causes at Golden Living Center E. in Rochester.

Mary Bertice St. Onge was born June 10, 1920 in Sioux City,Ia. to Albert and Edith(Messer) St. Onge. She grew up in Sioux City,Ia., attended school there and graduated from Sioux City H.S. in 1938. Bertice was married on July 8, 1946 in Sioux City,Ia. to Derald E. Born. The couple moved to Worthington,Mn. where they raised their sons and lived for many years. Mrs. Born was a homemaker and in 1973 was employed as a waitress at Bob's Truck Stop in Worthington for a number of years. Mr. Born was a longtime employee at the Armour Packing Plant in Worthington. They moved to Stewartville,Mn. in October of 1997 and Mr. Born died on Dec. 23, 1998. Mrs. Born lived at The Cottages in Stewartville before moving to Golden Living Center East in Rochester, where she made her home for the past 10 years. She was a past member of St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville and she enjoyed art and drawing, playing cards, watching T.V. and collecting angels. Mary was a wonderful mother and caring person, who loved her family and grandsons very much.

Surviors include her daughter-in-law - Karen Born - Rochester and 2 grandsons - Jonathan and Brandon both of Rochester/ two brothers - Vincent(Dorothy) St. Onge of Ft. Collins.Col. and Larry(Pat) St. Onge - Arvada, Col. She was preceded in death by her husband Derald, two sons - Michael and Eugene, three sisters - Georgea Hayes, Pat Verschoor, Janice Rhodi and two brothers -Albert "Curly" and Walter St. Onge. 

Visitaion will take place from noon to 2:00 P.M. on Saturday (1-21) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A prayer service will take place at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Shawn Haremza of Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 
 
 
 
Charlotte L  (Vought) Marx
 
Charlotte L. (Vought) Marx, 88, of Stewartville passed away of natural causes Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN. She had been living with her daughter, Jean in Blaine for the last several months.

Charlotte was born October 19, 1923 in Marble, MN in Itasca Co. Charlotte was adopted in 1926 from the Owatonna State Orphanage by   Edna and Walden Vought and was raised in Preston, MN where she graduated from high school in 1941. During the next few years she worked at various jobs in Preston including Fillmore Co. Welfare office, Preston Creamery office, Snyder Motor Company, she was a secretary for two superintendents and the Methodist church, and once wrote for both the Winona and Rochester daily papers.

In 1945 Charlotte enlisted in the Marines where she served from March of 1945 to June of 1946. She completed her basic training at Camp Lejeune, NC and was then transferred to Cherry Point, NC where she served out her enlistment operating teletype at the airport operation center and as staff artist on the base newspaper. Following her honorable discharge she was accepted to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. She completed two years before marrying in 1948 to William R. Marx of Winona; they remained in Preston and had three children.  William Marx was Postmaster at the time of his death in 1966 at the age of 46. Charlotte, again, did various jobs and volunteer work the next few years.  She was a past president of the Preston American Legion Auxiliary, past Adjutant of the Preston American Legion, past Matron of the Eastern Star (a 50+ year member) and was involved in both the Girls and Boy Scouts in Preston.

In 1968 Charlotte enrolled at Winona State to complete her art degree and received her B.S. in 1970. In 1972 Charlotte was hired to teach art in Stewartville, MN. Charlotte taught in Stewartville from 1972 until her retirement in 1987.  During her 16 years, she directed and painted all of the scenery backdrops for 10 class plays and co-directed 13 musicals including co-directing 3 musicals after her retirement.

Charlotte remained active after her retirement as a member of the Stewartville Study Club and taught Sunday school.  She also loved to travel, paint, sketch, read and hike.

Survivors include: Son Robert L. Marx (Diane) of Maple Grove, MN; daughter Jean C. Afrooz of Blaine, MN; son William W. Marx of Savage, MN; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband –William, her parents – Walden and  Edna (Popple) Vought in 1964, several brothers and sisters and a grandson.

 

The funeral service will take place at 10:30 A.M.  on Tuesday (1-10-12) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada  officiating.  Burial will take place at Ft. Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 P.M.

The family prefers memorials to the Stewartville High School Art Department.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. www.griffin-gray.com

 

 
 
 
Cecilia M. Beato
 

01/04/2012 - The funeral service for Cecilia M. Beato, 88, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday (1-7-12) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. with Roy Gisler officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Beato died Tuesday (1-3-12) of natural causes at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester,Mn., where she had been a resident for the past 2 years.

Cecilia Angela Mezner was born May 26, 1923 in Chicago,Ill. to Louis and Angela(Locniskar) Beato. She grew up in Chicago, attended school there and graduated from Immaculata Catholic H.S. in 1941. Cecilia was married on Nov. 5, 1944 in Chicago to Ralph J. Beato. The couple raised their family and lived in the Chicago area for many years and following their retirements' moved to Stewartville in 1990. Mr. Beato died on April 7, 1991. Mrs. Beato was a homemaker and after her children had graduated from H.S. was employed in the records department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for a number of years, until her retirement in 1990. Mr. Beato was a longtime cabinet-maker in the Chicago area. The Beatos were past members of the First Baptist Church in Stewartville and Mrs. Beato was a past member of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville. Mrs. Beato enjoyed being a member of the Naomi's, a Stewartville Ladies group that enjoyed lunch and fellowship together. She enjoyed sewing, taking walks, reading, was a tremendous letter writer and especially enjoyed time spent with her children and spouses and grand and great grandchildren.

Surviors include her daughter and two son - Rick(Marilyn) of Bloomingdale,Ill./ Cliff(Sherry) of Bourbonnais,Ill. and Maryan(Steve) Gisler of Stewartville,Mn./ 6 grandchildren - and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(1-6-11) at Griffin-Gray F.H. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday afternoon.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com

 
 
 
 
 
Lauren N. Smith
 

12/31/2011 - The funeral service for Lauren N. Smith, 82, of rural Spring Valley,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (1-4-12) at the United Methodist Church in Sumner Center,Mn. with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will be in Sumner-Millett Cemetery in Sumner Twsp. Mr. Smith died Friday (12-30-11) from complications following a lengthy illness with Lewy-Bodies Disease, at the Spring Valley Care Center where he had been a resident since 2008.

Lauren Newell Smith was born May 8, 1929 in Wykoff,Mn. to Newell and Minnie(Rick) Smith. He moved with his family as a a child to Sumner Twsp., grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools and then farmed with his family. Lauren was married on Oct. 6, 1950 at the United Brethern Church in Rochester to Jeanne M. Hanson. Following their marriage the couple moved to Sumner Twsp. where they farmed. In 1952 they moved to the Smith Family farm, where they farmed, raised their family and have continued to make their home. Mr. Smith was also employed for 18 years as an equipment operator at Quarve and Anderson Road Contractors of Rochester. Mrs. Smith is a farmwife and homemaker. Mr. Smith was a longtime member of the Sumner Center United Methodist Church serving as a youth counselor, head usher and groundskeeper. He was a member of the 49er's Independent Union of Operating Engineers in Rochester. Lauren enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, water skiing, snowmobiling and motorcycling and especially enjoyed time spent with his large family.

Surviors include his wife of 61 years - Jeanne/ 3 daughters - Eileen(Ralph) Schansberg of Harmony,Mn./ Laurie(Larry) Davidson of Dora,Mo./ Judy(Frank) Perry of Coon Rapids,Mn./ 6 sons - Rev. Michael of Harmony/ Stuart(Deb) of Spring Valley/ William(Deb) of Dover,Mn./ Donald of Spring Valley/ Adam of Wykoff,Mn. and Bradley(Jackie) of Spring Valley/ 19 grandchildren/ 11 great-grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren/ his sister - Elaine Stackhouse of Wykoff,Mn. and brother - Ronald(Pat) Smith of Fifty Lakes,Mn. and numerous neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister - Lois Briske. 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(1-3-12) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin -Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. www.griffin-gray.com

 



Orville A. Matzke

Orville A. Matzke, 70, of Pleasant Grove,Mn. died Thursday (12-15-11) following a short illness, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Mn., where he had been a patient since November.

Orville Alton Matzke was born March 16, 1941 in rural Rochester to Leland and Merle(Gammell) Matzke. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and Chatfield schools. Due to school district realignment, his senior year he attended Stewartville H.S. graduating in 1961. He entered the U.S. Army and was a squad leader at the time of his medical discharge. Orville was married on June 8, 1968 at Henrytown Lutheran Church in rural Harmony,Mn. to Lois L. Schultz. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester a short time before moving to Pleasant Grove Twsp. where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Mr. Matzke was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for many years, first in maintence and then in security, until his retirement in 1995. Mrs. Matzke was employed at the Rochester School District for a number of years and for 10 years at Yaggy -Colby and Associates in Rochester until her retirement in October of this year. Mr. Matzke was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville, was a past member of the Eagle's club in Rochester and enjoyed boxing as a young man at both the Chatfield and Stewartville H.S.'s. He enjoyed nature and hiking, taking care of animals, raising sheep on his farm, bird watching and feeding, and following Nascar. Orville enjoyed going to coffee, fishing, especially with his grandkids and time spent with family.

Surviors include his wife - Lois/ three daughters - Brenda(Jeff) Olsgard of Dover,Mn. / Kim(Greg) Stock of Austin,Tx. and Dawn(James) McRae of Wykoff,Mn./ 6 grand-children - Nicole, Brennen, Tyler, Madison, Katelyn and Hannah and great-grandson - Carson/ his mother - Merle Matzke of Stewartville and sister - Diane(Norman) Schultz of rural Stewartville. He was preceded in death by his son - Bruce and his Dad - Leland. 

Friends may call fom 4 to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday (12-18)at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family committal service will take place on Monday(12-19) at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com





Lawrence J. Bussman

12/16/2011 - The Mass of Christian Burial for Lawrence J. Bussman, 91, of rural Spring Valley,Mn. will be at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday (12-20-11) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. Matt Fasnacht and Rev. Gregory Havel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Bussman died Thursday (12-15-11) of natural causes at his home.

Lawrence Jacob Bussman was born Nov. 11, 1920 in Seneca,Ks. to Henry and Mary(Rottinghaus) Bussman. He grew up on the family farm and moved with his family as a boy to California, Kansas and then to rural Rockwell,Ia. He graduated from Rockwell H.S. in 1939 and then farmed with his family. Lawrence was married on April 3, 1945 at St. Marys of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Eagle Ct.,Ia. to Anna Elizabeth Meier. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Gilmore City,Ia. before moving to a farm in rural Racine in 1958. They farmed for many years, raised their family and have continued to live on their farm in Sumner Twsp. Mr. Bussman was a life-long farmer and Mrs. Bussman is a farmwife and homemaker and was a longtime employee at the 7th Rib Restaurant in Racine and at the Stewartville High School cafeteria for 18 years. Mr. Bussman was a longtime active member of St. Bernards Catholic Church where he served on numerous committees. He was the first Catholic man to teach CCD in the Diocese of Winona and received the Bishops Catholic Action Medal. He was a past member of the Racine Creamery Board. Larry enjoyed time spent with family, and his children remember many Sunday afternoons playing softball with him on the picher’s mound. He was a good storyteller that often gave people a laugh and a smile.  He and Ann enjoyed traveling to visit their children, including a trip to Germany and he especially enjoyed time spent with all his grandchildren.

Surviors include  his wife – Anna /  4 daughters and 9 sons -  Bernard(Lori) of Red Wing,Mn. / Margaret (Bill) Reimers – Stewartville/ Martin (JoAnn)  – St. Louis Park,Mn./ Andrew (Paula)  – Eau Claire,Wis./ Larry (Gretchen)  – Cassville,Mo./ Bill (Rita)  – Wykoff,Mn./ Albert (Sandy) – Crane,Mo./ John (Deb) – Mt. Vernon,Mo./ Konrad (Toni) – Alexandria,Va./  Ben (Barb) – Carol Stream, Ill./  Mary Bussman and partner – Tracy E. Tracy of Robbinsdale,Mn./ Loraine (Burton Rossi) Bussman – DeForest,Wis./  Yolanda (Steve) Koball of Rochester/  41 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son – Henry, infant son - Ricky and two brothers – Frederick and Albert. 

Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday (12-19) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with a Rosary and time of rememberance service at 7:00 P.M. and there will be visiation 1 hr . prior to the service the church on Tuesday morning. The family suggests memorials to the St. Bernard’s Building Fund.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com





June C. Wilson

12/09/2011 - The funeral service for June C. Wilson, 90, a longtime Racine,Mn. resident, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (12-13-11) at the United Methodist Church in Racine with Rev. Glen Holland officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Mrs. Wilson died Thursday (12-8-11) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center where she had been a resident since 2007.

June Caroline Lawson was born June 11, 1921 in Racine,Mn. to George and Lillian(Nelson) Lawson. She grew up in Racine and attended Racine School. June was married on Dec. 29, 1940 in Oronoco to Vernon O. Wilson. Following their marriage the couple lived in Racine where they raised their family and lived all their married life. Mrs. Wilson was employed at First State Bank in Racine and Grand Meadow for 35 years until her retirement in 1995. Mr. Wilson was owner-operator of Vernon O. Wilson Implement in Racine for many years. He died on March 31, 2001 and Mrs. Wilson moved to Stewartville in 2005. She was a longtime member of the Racine United Methodist Church and was active in it's Ladies Aid and volunteered as an election judge for the City of Racine. She enjoyed camping, fishing, knitting, crafts, playing cards and time spent with family, especially her grand and great grand-children.

Surviors include her three sons - Glenn(Marilyn) of Racine/ Ron(Tobi) of Pullman,Wa./ Todd(Sheila) of Grand Meadow,Mn./ 7 grand-children and 9 great grand-children/ her sister- Florence(Harold) Hegg of McHenry, Ill., and sister-in-law - Phyllis Lawson of Plainview,Mn. and numerous neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband - Vernon, daughter - Sharon, her parents, an infant sister -Mildred and two brothers -Howard and Clinton. 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday(12-12) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com







Donna M. Roeder

Donna M. Roeder passed away peacefully, with her daughters and family at her side, on Thursday (12-8-11) from complications of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Mrs. Roeder, 78, a life-long resident of Stewartville,Mn. had been a patient at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester,Mn. for the past week.

Donna Marie Mills was born May 29, 1933 in Stewartville to Francis and Geneva(Groen) Mills. She grew up in Stewartville, attended school and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1951. She was married on June 23, 1952 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville to Charles "Artie" Roeder. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they raised their daughters and lived all their married life. Mrs Roeder was employed as a secretary in the Stewartville schools and at Erdmans Grocery and Weinhold Dental both in Stewartville. She was also employed at Mayo Clinic as a telephone operator for a number of years until her retirement in 1995. Mr. Roeder was a longtime employee at Telex in Rochester. He died on March 9, 2001. Mrs. Roeder was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville, the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary, the Eagles Auxillary in Rochester and the Stewartville Senior Citizens. She was a member of the Twins Club/Mother's of Multiples and was an avid bridge player who belonged to a weekly women's card club in Stewartville for a number of years. She enjoyed going to lunch with her girlfriends, following the Minnesota Twins, and going on bus trips. She loved time spent with family especially her grand-children. 

Donna had been a resident at the Stewartville Care Center for the past 6 months. Her daughters and family would like to thank the entire staff for her loving care.

Surviors include her twin daughters -Patrice "Pat"(Mike) McNeill of Stewartville and Pamela "Pam" Koster(Mitch Haase) of Lake City,Mn./ 5 grand-children –Adam,Alex,Austin, Kyle and April; Josh, Justin and Mitchell Haase/. her brother - Dr. Norbert(Jean) Mills of Toledo,Oh.. She was preceded in death by her husband - Artie and step-father – Bert Carlson.

A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday (12-11) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stwartville. A committal service will take place in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville when Donna's grandsons , Kyle and Alex, return with their Army National Guard Units from Kuwait.

Arrangements are pending with Griffin –Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com





Robert E. Nickum

12/06/2011 - The funeral service for Robert E. Nickum, 87, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (12-9-11) at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove,Mn. with Rev. Marcus Kendall and Rev. John Kester co-officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion will be at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,Mn. Mr. Nickum died Monday (12-5-11)of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center where he had been a resident for the past two weeks.

Robert Elmer Nickum was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Rochester,Mn. to Gerald and Katherine(Beach) Nickum. He moved with his family as a young boy to rural Marion Twsp., where he grew up on the family farm. He attended rural schools and Rochester H.S., graduating in 1943. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1944, serving overseas during the Korean Conflict, including duty in Okinawa. He acheived the rank of Sgt. and was discharged in 1952. Bob was married to Nadine E. Woolf on June 29, 1952 at Holy City Chapel in Lawton,Ok. at the end of his enlistment. The couple lived in Byron before moving to Stewartville in 1956. Bob was employed as a draftsman in the enginering section at Minnesota Department of Transporation in Rochester for 35 years until his retirement in 1991. Nadine was a home economics teacher for a few years in Byron and Stewartville and for 20 years in the Spring Valley district. In 1977 the Nickums built a house on the Nickum family farm in Pleasant Grove Twsp. and Bob farmed for a few years after his retirement. They had continued to live on the farm until October of this year, before moving to Stewartville. He was a longtime active member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ where he served as elder and treasurer for over 30 years and taught adult education for 20 years. He was a member of the Stewarville American Legion Post 164 and the Stewartville Lions. He enjoyed ice and roller-skating, water and snow-skiing, reading, and fishing. He enjoyed time visiting with friends and spent with family, especially his grand-daughters.

Surviors include his wife - Nadine/ a daughter - Nanetta(Michael)Boutelle and grand-daughters - Alexandra and Cassandra of Rochester/ extended family members - Susan(Heitman)Steve Steinmetz and their son -Matt/ a brother - John(Mary) Nickum of Phoenix,Az./ a sister-in-law - Margie Nickum of Ames,Ia and neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister - Florence. 

Friends may call from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M. on Thursday(12-8) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. The family suggests memorials to Crossroads Bible College and Schaefer Academy both in Rochester or the Pleasnat Grove Church of Christ.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn.www.griffin-gray.com



Brenda A. Grabau

11/27/2011 - The funeral service for Brenda A. Grabau, 59, of rural New Richland,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (11-30-11) at LeSueur River Lutheran Church in New Richland Twsp. with Rev. Paul Meierding officiating. Mrs. Grabau passed away Sunday (11-27-11) from complications of cancer, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Brenda Ann Bleifus was born Aug. 4, 1952 in Rochester,Mn. to Clarence and Frances(Braksilek) Bleifus. She grew up and went to school in Stewartville and attended Stewartville High School. Brenda was married on August 26, 1972 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Alan R. Grabau. Following their marriage the couple lived in Georgia and Arizona while Al served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge they moved to Rochester,Mn. briefly, before moving to Ostrander,Mn. in 1975, where they lived for a number of years. Al and Brenda were both employed at Rongar's Appliance in Spring Valley,Mn. and in 1980 they purchased the business and location. Together they owned and operated Al's T.V. and Appliance in Spring Valley for 19 years, selling their business in 1999. They moved to St. Olaf Lake in rural New Richland where they have continued to make their home. Brenda was employed in accounting at Media Com in Waseca,Mn. until her retirement in 2005. Al is self-employed as a Dish Network retailer and installer. Brenda was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander and was a current member of the Lesuer Lutheran Church in rural New Richland. She enjoyed fishing, rides on the pontoon, following NASCAR and Minnesota Boys and Girls H.S. basketball and March Madness college basketball. She loved time spent with her lake neighbors and friends and family, especially her grandchildren. 

Surviors include her husband - Al/ her two daughters and son - Alisa(Greg) Baumann of Plymouth,Mn./ Amanda of St. Paul,Mn. and Jakin of Plymouth,Mn./ 4 grandchildren - Alex, Olivia, Konnor and Amelia/ one sister and two brothers - Richard(Marian) Greene of Hastings,Mn./ Sharon(Ed) Wellik of Stewartville/ Steve(Sharon) Bleifus of Stewartville and sister-in-law Betty Bleifus of Simpson,Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother - Charles "Tony" Bleifus. 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(11-29) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
LeSueur River Lutheran Church – 16650 250th Ave. – New Richland,Mn.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com








Reuben "R.J." Hanson

11/18/2011 - The funeral service for Reuben "R.J." Hanson, 4, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (11/23/11)at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Glen Holland officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,Mn. R.J. died Thursday (11-17-11) at his home, surrounded by family, following a 2 yr. illness with neuroblastoma cancer.

Reuben James Hanson was born Aug. 29, 2007 in Rochester,Mn. to Jim and Barbara(Herrick) Hanson. R.J. grew up in Stewartville, a happy good-natured boy who loved to play with his cousins. He was a student at the Early Childhood Learning Center in Stewartville and was a baptized member at Sumner Center United Methodist Church in rural Racine,Mn. R.J. enjoyed playing with trains, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Chuggintons, watching Nascar and the Vikings. He had been named co-captain by the SYAA 6th grade traveling football team this season. He was chosen by Make-A-Wish Disney to travel to California with his parents in April of this year and had recently enjoyed a trip to Minneapolis thanks to the Miracle of Mitch Foundation in Chanhassen,Mn.

Surviors include his parents - Jim and Barbara Hanson of Stewartville/ his maternal grandmother - Ginny Herrick of Stewartville/ paternal grandmother - Judy(Walbruch) Hanson of Minneapolis,Mn./aunts -Denise Higgins(Steve Miranda) of Stewartville/Brenda(Ken) Trisko of Stewartville/Diane(CJ) Johnson of Spring Valley,Mn./ uncle- Wade Hanson of Minneapolis/ cousins -Mike Higgins, Amanda Higgins, Christa Miranda, Jon Miranda, Kelly Trisko, Jared Trisko and Dale Johnson. R.J. was preceded in death by his his maternal grandfather - Reuben Herrick.

Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday(11-22) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.www.griffin-gray.com





Lester D. King

Lester D. King, 68, of rural Spring Valley,Mn. passed away at his home on Wednesday(Nov. 16, 2011.)

Les was born on April 18, 1943 in Spring Valley to Donald and Geraldine(Anderson) King. Les graduated from Chatfield H.S. in 1961 and attended Westmar College at LeMars,Ia. He graduated with a degree in education. While in high school and college he was a great athlete. In 1993 he was in inducted into the Westmar Football Hall of Fame for his college career from 1961-1965. For his his teaching career Les taught and coached at Annandale H.S. and Rosemount H.S. In 1965 Les signed and played with the Denver Broncos in the National Football League and signed and played with the Omaha Mustangs in 1966-67. Les married Jesse Staiger in Hebron,N.D. on Aug. 2, 1969. In 1971 Les and Jessie returned to the King sesquicentennial family farm where they had a dairy, raised their family and continue to make their home.

Les had a deep relationship with God and loved Jesus with all his heart. He had a deep desire for others to know the Lord, also.

Surviors include his wife Jesse/ two daughters - Tonya(Ted) Kottom of Rochester,Mn./ Melissa of Spring Valley and son - Nolan(Kristin) of River Falls,Wis and son - Eric./ 3 grandchildren - Meredith,Luke and Natalie Kottom/ two sisters - Lois Rehling of Flanders,N.J. and Janice Sorenson of Az./ two brothers - Wayne(Cheryl) King of Plymouth,Mn. and Ron(Sally) King of Edina,Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call for a time of visitation from 11:00 to 2:00 P.M. on Saturday(Nov. 19) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. There will be a private family prayer service with the Rev. John Grams officiating and interment at Presbyterian Cemetery in rural Sumner Twsp. will take place later Saturday afternoon.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com







Jerry Dale Carter – Stewartville

Jerry Dale Carter, 56 of Stewartville, MN, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, November 12, 2011, after a nine month battle with pancreatic cancer. Jerry was surrounded by his loving family at home at the time of his death.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (11-14-11) at United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Marcus Kendall officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 P.M. on Thursday afternoon at Wayne Township Cemetery in rural McIntire,Ia.

Jerry Dale Carter was born December 2, 1954, to Dale and Lorraine Carter in Charles City, Iowa. He lived in Colwell, IA, until his family moved to Red Wing, MN, where he graduated from Red Wing H.S. in 1973.

In 1983 he married Pamela Clement and they recently celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with two sons, Lucas and Shane.

Jerry was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ where he was a current trustee and a previous elder. He placed great value in mentoring and teaching the youth, and he taught Sunday School, youth group, and helped with Vacation Bible School faithfully for many years. In the past he was very involved with the wrestling, football, and baseball booster clubs at the Stewartville schools . He was employed with Tuohy Furniture Corporation in Chatfield, MN, and worked there as a product engineer for 26 years. Pam has been employed for 28 years at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, currently in Office Support Services.

He looked forward to summer and being outdoors, vacationing with his family, riding his motorcycle, enjoying concerts, and spending time with his family and friends. Jerry loved his family and friends and spent as much time as he could with them.

He is survived by his wife, Pam, and two sons, Lucas and Shane, of Rochester; his parents, Dale and Lorraine Carter of McIntire, IA; his sister Connie (Tom) Mariette, of Prescott, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents - Hugh and Helen Carter and maternal grandparents - Jacob DeVries, Louise DeVries, and step-grandmother, Bess DeVries. We rejoice and take comfort in the fact that he is forever at home and with our Savior, Jesus Christ, whom he faithfully served. Jerry changed the lives of many people with his genuine smile, courage, firm beliefs, and sense of humor to the end.

Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday (Nov. 16, 2011) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.www.griffin-gray.com











Ione E Severson

11/14/2011 - The memorial service for Ione E. Severson, 84, will be at 11:00 A.M, 11/17/2011 in Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. John Grams officiating. Burial will be in East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell,Mn. Mrs. Severson died Monday (Nov. 14, 2011) at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester,Mn. where she had been a resident for the past two years of natural causes.

Ione Elizabeth Yngsdal was born June 7, 1927 in Utica,Mn. to Harry and Clara “Ocelia” (Evjen) Yngsdal. She moved with her family as a young child to Salem Corners in rural Rochester where she attended rural schools and Rochester H.S. She was married on Sept. 13, 1945 at E. St. Olaf Lutheran church in Rock Dell to Clayton M. Severson. They moved to Rock Dell Twsp. where they raised their family and farmed for 50 years. They moved to Stewartville following retirement where they lived for a number of years before moving to Rochester in 2007. Mrs. Severson was a longtime member of E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell where she served as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher and was active in it's Ladies circles. The Seversons had most recently attended Sunday services at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville.. She enjoyed embroidery, reading, bird-watching, traveling, including a trip to Norway and time spent with friends and family, especially her great and grand -children.

Surviors include her husband – Clayton/ three daughters - Mary Jo(Thomas) Strain of rural Millville,Mn./ Patricia Cote of Fremont,Ca. and Susan(Dana) Haakenson of rural Pine Island,Mn.; 7 grandchildren – Bradley and Jeremy Strain, Kelly and Erin Cote, Chad Nelson,Katie Kellen and Cody Haakenson/ 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl(Marion) Yngsdal of rural Rock Dell; and a step-sister, Helene Yngsdal of Kasson,Mn and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother – Donald and two infant grandsons.


Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.



 
 

Arline Sophia Jakl

Arline Sophia Jakl, 88, departed this life on Tuesday (May 10, 2011) at Reston Hospital Center in Reston,Va. Arline Jakl was a longtime resident of Stewartville,Mn. and was on an extended visit with her son in Herndon,Va. She was the wife of the late Rudolph Jakl.

Mrs. Jakl was born (Arline Danielson) on September 8, 1922 in Isanti County,Mn. where she attended school and grew up. In July 1943 she married Rudolph Jakl in St. Paul. The couple moved as a military family during W.W.II and then returned to St. Paul and started a family there. The couple later lived and raised their family outside of Minnesota for a number of years and then returned to Minnesota and a home in Stewartville in 1990. Mrs. Jakl often described her time living in Stewartville, with friends and neighbors, as some of the most pleasant in her life.

Surviors include a son - Gary of Virginia and a brother - William Danielson of St. Paul,Mn. She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph on Jan. 29, 2005, a daughter - Carol, a sister - Julette, and a brother - Archie.

Friends may call from 3 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday (Nov. 13, 2011) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A grave side service will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2011) at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. 

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.www.griffin-gray.com



Judy A. Greening

 11/01/11 - Judy A. Greening, 48,  of Stewartville,Mn. died (Oct. 29, 2011) at her home following a  lengthy courageous illness with cancer.

 Judy Ann Greening was born Sept. 9, 1963 in Rochester,Mn. to Francis and Marie(Hanson) Greening. She grew up in rural Rochester, attended Rochester schools and graduated from Mayo H.S. in 1982. She attended Rochester Vocational Technical School, where she studied book-keeping. Judy was married in 1983 at her parent's home in rural Rochester to Gary W. Deyo. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville and  they were were later divoriced.  Judy was employed as a waitress at Country Kitchen,  the 7th Rib in Racine,Mn. and the Ranch Family Restaurant in Rochester. She was co-owner and operator of J.A.G.  Services in Stewartville with her partner and significant other, Galen Flink.  She enjoyed reading and spending time with friends and her family.

Survivors include two sons - Tyler Deyo and Fredrick Flink both of Stewartville; her mother - Mrs Marie Greening of rural Rochester; three sisters and four brothers - Robert(Mary) Greening of Kasson,Mn; Dave Greening of Rochester; JoAnn(Charles) Bodin of Cannon Falls,Mn.; Jim(Becky) Greening of Rochester; Gary Greening of Byron,Mn.; Sharon Greening of Cannon Falls and Linda(Jerome) Wickert of Kasson; her significant other Galen Flink/ daughter -Tiffany Flink and Dylan, Destyni and Dominic; son Galen Jr. and A.J. and special friend Kate Flink. She was preceded in death by her father - Francis, her sister - Marilyn and her nmaternal and paternal grandparents. 

A private family graveside service was held on Tuesday - November 1, 2011 at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester. A Memorial Mass will take place at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday(November 3, 2011) at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester with Rev. Joseph Fogal officiating. Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday afternoon.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.

 


  

                      

11/26/2011 - The funeral service for David J. Geerdes, 55, of rural Racine,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (9-29-11) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson co-officiating. A private family burial at Woodlawn Cemetery will take place at a later date. Mr. Geerdes died Sunday (9-25-11) unexpectedly of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. 

David John Schafer was born March 22, 1956 in Rochester,Mn. to Orrin and Lorraine(Mathews) Schafer. He grew up in Stewartville, attended school and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1974. He was employed at the elevator in Grand Meadow ,an implement in Chatfield and at Rochester Diesel. He helped Herb Hanson on his farm in rural Grand Meadow, before he began farming on his own in rural Racine. Dave was married on March 11, 1989 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester to Patricia A. Anderson. They have farmed in rural Racine, where they raised their daughters and have continued to make their home. Dave also was employed as a seed distributor for Asgrow Seed for a number of years and operated Geerdes Trucking. He was on the advisory board at MinnEergy Ethanol Plant in rural Mower County and received an award from the Mower County Soil Conservation Authority. Patty is a farmwife and homemaker and has been employed at the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for many years. Dave was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville serving on numerous commitees including the Building Committee and as President of the Church council. He was a longtime supervisor on the Racine Twsp. Board, currently as it's chairman and volunteered and contributed to the new Stewartville Swimming Pool and was advising on the proposed Stewartville Firehall rennovation. He played multiple sports in high school and enjoyed coaching his daughter's youth softball and basketball teams. He built his own model train set as a young boy and following high school , Dave raced cars, often winning , and also raced snowmobiles. He was a co-sponsor of stock cars and helped others establish the Slingshot Race circuit at Deer Creek Raceway in Racine. He enjoyed collecting vintage cars and was one of the founding members of the Stewie Cruisers car club. He also collected Oliver tractors, and Nascar models and enjoyed following and going to Nascar Racing. Dave also enjoyed playing golf, softball and bowling league, traveling and time spent with friends and family, especially his grand-daughter Payten. 

Surviors include his wife - Patty/ two daughters - Nicole and grand-daughter - Payten of Stewartville and Brittany of Racine/ his mother and step-father - Lorraine and Harry Geerdes of Stewartville/ four sisters- Linda(Steve) Kath of Auburn,Wa./ Stacy(Tim) Williamson of Rushford,Mn./ Shelly Schafer of Chatfield, Mn., and Sheila(Andy) Burt of Eyota,Mn./ two brothers - Chris Schafer of Dover,Mn. and Brian(Vicki) Schafer of Chatfield. He was preceded in death by his father - Orrin. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday (9-28) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. 

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.


Lonna L. Hensley

Lonna L. Hensley, 62, of Stewartville,Mn., formerly of Boothwyn,Pa., died Sunday (Oct. 9, 2011) following a short illness, at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester,Mn.

Lonna Lee Whitmore was born Sept. 28, 1949 in Chester, Pa. to Revelle and Donna(Fuhring) Whitmore. She grew up in Aston,Pa. where she attended school and graduated from Sun Valley H.S. She was employed as a secretary at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media,Pa. for 8 years. She was married on Sept. 22, 1973 in Aston,Pa. to Warren W. Hensley. Following their marraige the couple lived in Boothwyn and they were later divorced. Mrs. Hensley was a homemaker for many years before her employment as a secretary in Media in 2006. She moved to Stewartville this year to live near her daughter Kelly. She enjoyed drawing, crafts, going to the beach, collecting jewelry and antiques and following the Philadelphia Eagles.

Surviors include her daughter - Kelly(Craig) Birkett and their son and Lonna's grandson - Thomas of Stewartville and her sister - Shawn Bye of Toledo,Oh. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents.

A time of rememberance with a prayer service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (Oct. 13, 2011) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville with the Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 11:00 A.M. on Thursday morning at the funeral home. Burial at Lawncroft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa.will be at a later date.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.


Kenneth L. Howe

10/04/2011 - The funeral service for Kenneth L. Howe, 66, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (10-7-11) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville,Mn. with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Howe died Monday (10- 3-11) from complications following a surgical procedure, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, where he had been a patient for the past 3 weeks..

He was born Jan. 22, 1945 in Winona,Mn. He grew up on the family farm at Bridge Creek in rural Rushford,attended Bridge Creek country school and Rushford schools, graduating from Rushford H.S. in 1963. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis where he studied drafting from 1963 to 1965 before he was employed as a draftsman at Spancrete Co. in Minneapolis. Ken joined the Peace Corps in 1966, serving in Bangalore,India until 1968. After traveling the world at the end of his service, he returned to Minnesota and was married on Nov. 23, 1968 at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson to Elizabeth F. Pederson. Following their marriage the couple lived in Winona and rural Houston,Mn. before moving to Stewartville in 1973. Ken was employed as a draftsman at Kraeger Coach in Winona and America Coach in Rochester,Mn. and at that time started Howe’s Upholstrey in rural Houston and later Stewartville. He purchased the Servicemaster of Rochester franchise in 1986 which he operated until 2001 and along with Furnace Ductworks in Rochester and the upholstery business. Following the sale of both businesses he returned Howe’s Upholstery to Stewartville in 2001 where he continued it’s operation of 40 years. Liz was employed as a registered nurse for 40 years, most recently at R.E.M. and Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center, both in Rochester, until her retirement in Jan. of this year. Ken was a past member of Highland Prairie Lutheran Church and an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where he served on numerous committees and as Sunday School coordinator and taught Sunday and Thursday school. He was a member of the Stewartville Morning Lions and Stewartville Chamber of Commerce. He was past president of the Stewartville Jaycees and served on the Planning and Zoning Board and EDA for the city of Stewartville. He was a past member of the Rochester Homebuilders Assn., Rochester Small Business Group and served on Rochester Planning and Zoning and on the Olmsted County Park Board Advisory Committee, when Bear Cave Park in Stewartville was being established. He enjoyed politics and as a member of the Republican Party was active in local GOP caucuses and campaigns. Ken was a competitive horseshoe player belonging to the Rochester Horseshoe Club and the Mn. State Horseshoe Pitcher Assn. He competed in numerous local state and world tournaments taking 2
nd in his class at the World Championships in Bismarck,N.D. He volunteered with Rochester Park and Rec in the organizing of Star of the North horseshoe tournaments and was a past member of the Rochester Antique Car Club. He had many hobbies including golf and bowling, restoring/refinishing furniture, drawing and painting ,playing guitar, horseshoes,traveling with Liz, toy collecting, following the Twins, and hunting turkey on the family farm. He had recently restored a 1948 Ford tractor that was used on his parent’s farm in Rushford. His greatest accomplishments were his daughters and grandchildren whom he loved dearly and always enjoyed time with them – “Ken never let grass grow under his feet, he was always mowing it.” – Liz Howe

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Survivors include his wife –Liz / two daughters- Jeshila(Kevin) McGovern of Savage,Mn./ Elsa(Tyler) Maas of Rochester,Mn.; 4 grandchildren – Zachary and Grace and Payton and Parker / two sister-in-laws - Catherine(Allan) Cordes of Goodhue,Mn. and Jennifer(Richard) Dahl of Rochester / six brother-in-laws - Charles(Lynette) Pederson of Rushford / Harold(Denise) Pederson of Burr Oak,Ia ./ Thomas(Ruth) Pederson of Cedar Rapids,Ia ./ John Pederson of Rushford / Carl(Kris) Pederson of Pine City,Mn./ Paul Pederson of Pine Island,Mn. and numerous loving nieces and nephews nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents –Walter and Gladys(Kopperud) Howe.


Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday(10-6) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H in Stewartville.


David Garret Messinger

David Garret Messinger, 31 of Stewartville, died of accidental alcohol poisoning on Saturday -Oct. 1, 2011.

David, the son of William & Dee Messinger was born in Austin, MN on March 21, 1980. He attended Stewartville schools and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Feb. of 1999, serving for over 10 years. He loved being in the Navy and serving his country.He served in Sicily for 3 ½ years. He was trained as a Gunner’s Mate and served on the Destroyer USS Hue City, out of Mayport, FL. He was a Recruit Division Commander at Great Lakes Naval Station, Great Lakes, IL. He and Natalie Cebular were united in marriage on May 30, 2004 and they were later divorced.David enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, target shooting and sailing. He especially loved playing with his nephews, Kaden, Colin, & Liam and his nieces Danita, Mikayla, Abby & Paisley.

He is survived by his daughter, Isabel Marks of Garland, TX, his parents Dee & Bill Messinger of Stewartville, sisters April(Randy) Woodbury of Bondurant, IA, Anette Messinger of San Antonio, TX, and Lacy Messinger of Rochester, MN.Maternal grandfather, Garret(Lois) Loverink of Deer River, MN, Maternal grandmother, E. Muriel Jensen of Nisswa, MN, one uncle, Derwin (Tammy) Loverink of Rittman, OH, four cousins, Derwin II, Peter, Rena & Aiden, and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents William & Martha Messinger.

Even though he struggled with his addiction, he loved the Lord. In the last year he had joined Autumn Ridge church and been active in Celebrate Recovery there and also in Freedom for Life, at Journey church.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Friday October 7, 2011 at the Timothy Chapel at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd. SW, Rochester, MN, with the Rev. Dan Farm officiating. Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the Timothy Chapel on Friday afternoon.

As a true sailor,, he wanted to be cremated and his ashes spread over the ocean he loved.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.