Obituaries





Burdene C. Jacobson

A memorial service for Burdene Carol Jacobson, 95, a former resident of Racine and Rochester, MN, will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (September 9, 2017) at the United Methodist Church in Racine, MN, with Rev. David Stoeger officiating. Mrs. Jacobson died on Wednesday (September 6, 2017) of natural causes at McKenna Crossing - Presbyterian Homes in Prior Lake, MN, where she had been a resident since 2012.

Burdene Carol Bailey was born on June 3, 1922 in Racine, MN, to Bert and Mary (Kemmer) Bailey. She grew up on the family farmstead in rural Racine, attended Racine and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1940. She attended Paul’s Hairdressing Academy in Minneapolis, receiving her certification as a hairdresser. She returned to Racine, where she met the love of her life one night at her father’s establishment – Bailey’s Dance Hall. Burdene was married on April 2, 1943, at her parents’ home in Racine to R. Paul Jacobson. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Spring Valley, MN for a few years before returning to Racine, where they raised their children. Burdene was a homemaker and operated Burdene’s Beauty Shop from her home for a number of years. They also owned and operated Jacobson’s School Bus Service. Mr. Jacobson died on April 16, 1971. Burdene moved to Rochester in 1972 where she was employed as a salesperson at Masseys Dept. Store and Life Uniforms for several years and also stayed busy as a seamstress from her home.

Burdene was a past member of the Racine United Methodist Church where she played organ and sang in the choir and was very active in church activities. She also played and sang with the Racine Rockettes. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, gardening, playing cards, was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to and playing music for most of her life. Burdene loved spending time with her family, especially her grand-daughters and great grand-daughter.  

Burdene is survived by her son and daughter – Dennis (Joan) of Savage, MN and Claudia (Peter) Hennen of Prior Lake, MN; 2 grand-daughters – Lesley Hennen of Brooklyn, NY and Cara (Marc) Holloway and great grand-daughter – Kathryn of  St. Neots, England; one sister – Donna Whittaker of Peoria, AZ and one brother – Rod (Kathy) Bailey of Colfax, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband – Paul and her sister – Shirley Behnken.

A time of visitation for friends and family will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Burial and a committal service will take place at Spring Valley Cemetery in Spring Valley, MN.



                                                         Autumn M. Swanson

Autumn Marie Swanson, 27 week old baby daughter who lives in the hearts of her parents – Abby Buck and Devin Swanson, was stillborn on Thursday (August 24, 2017) at the Mayo Clinic Birthing Center – Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

 

Autumn is survived by her parents – Abby and Devin of Rochester; her maternal grandparents – Joel Buck of Stewartville and Jean(Kerry) Olson of Stewartville; paternal grandparents – Amy and Jesse Seimer of Elgin,MN; maternal great-grandparents – Roger and Marge Buck of Stewartville and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents – Wilford and Harriet Hoffman and uncle – John Hoffman. A private family memorial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.www.griffin-gray.com







                                           Barbara J. Lee
Barbara Judd Lee passed away early in the morning Saturday (Aug. 26, 2017) ending a 16 year struggle with neuropathy, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria,MN, where she had been a patient for 1 week.  She was also a 13 yr. breast cancer survivor and suffered from diabetes. Her family, while mourning her loss is rejoicing in her freedom from pain.

Barbara was born on October 27, 1947 (to Bettie and James H Judd) in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood with her maternal grandparents in Mississippi and then moved to Denham Springs, LA when her mother remarried. She graduated from Denham Springs H.S. where she was in the marching band. At 18, she moved to Nashville, TN, to live with her father, James H Judd. She joined the U.S. Air Force in 1968 where she met and fell in love with James A. Lee. She and James were married on June 20, 1969. They were stationed in Taiwan for 15 months. Barb was one of only 4 U.S. service women to be stationed there, as part of a trial to see if women in the military could handle remote assignments. After discharge from the military, she attended Rochester Community College, and Moorhead State University graduating with a teaching degree in Business Education. The Lee family lived in Rock Dell, MN, for 16 years. Barbara was the first female Mac Tool franchise dealer in the state, and later worked as a substitute teacher for several local school districts. The family moved to Oakdale, MN, in 1995 where Barbara worked as a real estate agent until 2001 when she became disabled. Jim and Barb moved to Alexandria, MN, in Dec. of  2013, building their retirement home near the lakes Barb and Jim had always loved. Jim was a longtime employee with the State of Minnesota until his retirement in 2011.

Barbara was a past member of East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell. She enjoyed her children, fishing, flowers, birds, & gardening. She was an avid sports fan, supporting the MN Vikings, Twins, & Lynx as well as following collegiate football and women's collegiate basketball. While she supported the sports teams of her adopted home state of MN, but she remained a staunch supporter of both the Tennessee Vols and LSU Tigers. She enjoyed travel and in later years loved visiting Hawaii. Barbara was a loving and caring mother of Elaina Lee of Sartell, MN, and Allen Lee of Minot, ND.  She was ever mindful of every step and misstep, guiding them until her last days.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, James Lee; her daughter Dr. Elaina Lee ( Dr. Steve Patterson); her son Allen Lee; sister-in-law, Rev. Becky Lee; and her four very precious cats & companions Dixie, Dolly, Sam, and Smokey. She is preceded in death by her parents James H Judd and Bettie W Lard, Joe M. Lard - stepfather.

The funeral service for Barbara Judd Lee will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (August 31, 2017) at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell,Mn with Rev. Paul Thompson officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Hayfield American Legion Post 933 will take place in the church cemetery. A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday (August 30, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. The family suggests memorials to East. St. Olaf Church in Rock Dell.

 

 





                                         Sylvia G. Lawson


A memorial service for Sylvia Grace Lawson, 66, of Racine, MN, will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (August 30, 2017) at the United Methodist Church in Spring Valley, MN, with Rev. David Lieder officiating. Mrs. Lawson died on Saturday (August 26, 2017) following a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN, where she had been a resident for the past week.

Sylvia was born on August 20, 1951, in Rochester, MN, to Edward and Mary (Rhoten) Dormody. She grew up in rural Racine Township and attended and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1969. She attended Rochester Community and Technical College receiving a two-year Associates Degree in nursing. Sylvia was married on December 19, 1970, at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville to Leslie H. Lawson. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Stewartville for a short time before moving to Racine, where they built their house, raised their kids, and have continued to make their home. Sylvia had a 42-year nursing career at Mayo Clinic, primarily in the Obstetrics Department at Rochester Methodist Hospital until her retirement in 2014. Les was a longtime employee and supervisor for Weis Builders Construction in Rochester.

Sylvia was a past member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church. She belonged to various quilting groups and has enjoyed quilting as a hobby for many years. Sylvia and Les have enjoyed traveling through the years beginning with family vacations, winter trips to Mexico, Florida and Arizona; and this June, all the Lawson family vacationed in Arizona. They spent many summers at their cabin on Cedar Lake in Faribault, MN. Sylvia was an excellent baker and cook, liked to entertain in her home or at the lake, was an avid reader, and followed MN sports teams and sports in general. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Les, and one daughter and two sons; Jeremy (Amy) of rural Racine, MN; Heather (Jason) Byrne of Stewartville; and Brandon (Nicole) of Pine Island, MN; four grandchildren – Kayla, Brecken, Audra and Justin; her mother, Mary Geraldine Dormody, of Rochester; two sisters and three brothers – Paul (Marge) Dormody of Hudson,WI; Stuart (Adrienne) Dormody of Rochester; Dorothy  (Mike) Paukert of Rochester; Linda Ward (Arthur Long, Jr.) of Eden Prairie, MN; and Dale (Kathryn) Dormody of Gilford, NH; and many nieces and nephews. Sylvia was preceded in death by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Howard and Betty Lawson, and her father, Edward Dormody, and grandparents.

A time of visitation for friends and family will take place from 4-7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (August  29, 2017) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning in Spring Valley. A private family burial will take place at a later date.






                                     Gwendolyn A. Minter

Gwendolyn A. Minter 79, of Rochester MN, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2017 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester – St. Marys Campus.

Gwendolyn Agnes Minter (Dolly) was born on January 1, 1938 in Mantorville,MN to Guinn and Agnes (Stransky) Minter.  She grew up in rural Mantorville and Pine Island,MN, and attended country school and high school. She was married and moved to Oakdale,MN. She was later divorced. After her children were grown, Gwen lived in Danbury,WI where she was employed in manufacturing  for many years and was a machinist at the time of her retirement. She moved to Hastings, MN for several years and most recently had moved to Rochester due to her health. Gwen was an avid hunter, fisherwoman, gardener, enjoyed the lake and being outdoors and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Gwen is survived by her daughters - Cheryl Zacharias and Roxanne Jackson both of Rochester,MN; Susanne Buck (Tim) Lewis of Omaha, NE and Carolyn Buck of Hastings,MN; 8 grandchildren - Jessica (Jessie) Bleichner, Jamie Buck, Avery Buck, Nicholas Buck, Adam Beyer, Nicole Beyer, Kayla (Samantha) Mead and Kenneth Mead;  7 great-grandchildren - Keyanna, Logan, Blake, Lilly, Ambrosia, Azalea and Keenan;  1 sister - Alyce Swanson of Hastings,MN ; 4 brothers - Donald Minter, Richard (Robertina) Minter, Kenneth (Sharon) Minter, and Guinn Jr. (Phyllis) Minter  all of Stewartville, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers –Robert Minter and Thomas Minter and son-in-law – Willis Jackson.

A memorial service will take place at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday (August 30, 2017) at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove MN with Rev. Lance Lorenz officiating. A time of visitation for friends and family will take place 1 hour prior to service at the church. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 

 




                                          Verna M. Haack

Verna Mae Haack, 86,  a longtime Stewartville, MN, resident  passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 at her home in Cambridge, WI.

Verna was born on July 8, 1930 in Stewartville, MN to Elmer and Alice (Lee) Quandt.  She graduated from Stewartville High School in 1948.  Verna married Berdell Henry Haack on September 24, 1950. Verna and Berdell farmed nearly 1000 acres near Stewartville, putting in long hours, while Verna still maintained a perfectly clean house.  After their retirement Verna and Berdell moved to Lake City MN where they resided until Berdell’s death in 1994.   Verna then moved to Cambridge WI to be near her children Vicki and Kami. 

Verna and Berdell loved to travel in their motorhome, and spent many winters living in Texas. Verna had a keen eye for decorating and fashion.  Verna enjoyed entertaining their many friends and her family,  who meant everything to Verna.  Verna was a past member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville, Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City,Mn and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, while living in Cambridge.  Grams, we will love you forever!

Verna is survived by her daughters; Vicki (Mark) Sewell, Cambridge, WI, Kami (Jerry Bales) Haack, Woodlands, TX and daughter in law Cheryl Haack, Stewartville, MN; grandchildren, Leah (Cody) Kochaver, Christopher Sewell, Lauren (Fiancée-Josh Eimer) Sewell, Kaelynn Haack,  Cooper Haack, Allee Bales, Tiarr (Chris)Dahlen,  Sierra Haack and Rio Haack; great-grandchildren, Merrick Dahlen, Kallan Dahlen, and Hugo Kochaver;   brother, Ray  (Janet) Quandt,  and sister Violet Springer. Verna is preceded in death by her parents, husband Berdell, son, Ricky and sister, Evelyn.

A memorial service will be held for Verna on August 19th , 2017 at 11:00 A. M. at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. Steve Andrews officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  A time of visitation for friends and family will take place 1 hr. prior to the service.






                              Gregory R. Robinson

Gregory “ Greg” Robinson , 22,  of rural Chatfield,MN,  died on Wednesday (August 9, 2017) at his home.

Gregory Robert Robinson was born on January  27, 1995 in Rochester,MN to Keith and Dawn(Bergeson) Robinson.  He grew up on the family farm in rural Chatfield and attended  and graduated from Stewartville H.S. Greg and Rachel Schowalter, his fiance and the love of his life, had recently moved to rural Chatfield with their beautiful daughter, Klara. Greg was employed at Power Data Systems in Rochester as a computer technician, and was currently at Mayo Health Systems as a contractor.

At a young age he was a Lego master, having the ability to create any vehicle he wished. He enjoyed golfing, playing baseball, football and wrestling at an early age. He taught himself to play piano, guitar and drums. He played with several bands in Minnesota and recorded some songs written by he and Rachel and a friend. Greg enjoyed family trips, road trips with friends, swimming and grilling and hanging out with family.

Greg was an avid paint baller who had amazingly mad skills on the field, where  he was known as ”Princess” due to his trademark Neon Pink Mask. He would travel far and wide participating in his favorite sport. He also played a lot of on-line games, especially WOT (World of Tanks).  He had an amazing internet family that loved him and because of being part of TUF Clan,  he and Rachel got to make some wonderful friends. Greg was an amazing partner to Rachel and a crazy and loving Dad to Klara. He will always be remembered as a goofy, funny, nerdy, spontaneous, outspoken soul who everyone loved.                                      

Gregory is survived by his fiance – Rachel Schowalter and their daughter Klara; his parents – Keith(Dawn) Robinson  of  rural Chatfield; his sister – Kristin Robinson of Rochester and nieces and nephews – Eduardo, Liliana, Alejandro, Kano and  Sawyer James and Owen Keith; his maternal grandparents – Sonny(Carol) Bergeson of rural Racine,MN and paternal grandparents – Robert (Beverly) Robinson of Rochester; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his sister – Holly Robinson-Wnuk, Uncle Greg Robinson and his maternal and paternal great-grandparents.   Now that Greg is at rest, hold him close in your mind and your spirit. Remember the meaning of the tragedy.                                      

A  time of visitation will take place for family and friends on  Wednesday (August 16, 2017) from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Greg’s family requests memorials to their family in lieu of flowers.   




                       



            
                                                                   Lester W. Schroeder


The funeral service for  Lester W. Schroeder, 92,  a longtime Stewartville, MN, area farmer  will be at 11: 00 A.M. on Friday ( August 11,  2017 ) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Steve Andrews officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mr. Schroeder died on Monday ( August 7,  2017) of natural causes at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow, MN, where he had been a resident for the past 4 years.

Lester Walter Schroeder was born March 6, 1925 in rural Meriden, MN, to Carl and Laura (Mundt) Schroeder.  He grew up in rural Waseca, MN, before moving with his family as a young boy to rural Stewartville.  He attended country school and then farmed with his family. Lester was married on September 7, 1952 at St. John’s  Lutheran Church  in Stewartville to Janette Mae Vrieze. Following their marriage the couple built a new house across the road from the Schroeder Family farmstead, where they raised their family and lived for all 57 years of their marriage. Mrs. Schroeder died on September  22, 2009. Lester was a lifelong farmer and also worked part-time as a carpenter including the construction of his own home. Janette was a farm wife and homemaker and also was a longtime employee at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester as a unit secretary. Lester was a longtime member of   St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville.  He enjoyed coon and deer hunting, fishing , camping, listening to old time polka/waltz music and square dancing with Janette. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Schroeder family would like to thank all the employees at Grand Meadow Heath Care Center for their excellent and loving care.

Lester is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son -  Christine(Jim) Leis of Sparta, WI; Barbara (Dean) Polkowske of Bradenton,  FL and Bruce(Vicki) Schroeder of rural Racine, MN;  Jill Sheely of Stewartville, his grand-daughter,  whom Janette and Lester raised from the age of 6 months and their 8 other grandchildren – Joseph (Jody) Schroeder and Sarah (Bryan) Konisiewicz; Chad Elton(Jenn Steffen) and Diana Elton; Derek Thielen (Samantha Thompson) and Scott Thielen; Ryan Schroeder and Kyle Schroeder; 16 great – grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife - Janette, son and daughter-in-law – Gary and Linda Schroeder, son-in-law - Craig Elton,  2 sisters –Mildred  Brandt, Arlene Andreasen, and a brother – Lorence Schroeder.

A time of visitation for friends and family will take place from 5 to 7: 00  P. M. on  Thursday (Aug. 10,  2017) at Griffin – Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.






Paul B. Witt

Paul B. Witt, 56, of Stewartville, MN, died on Sunday (July 30, 2017) following a short illness with cancer, at Mayo Clinic Rochester – St. Mary’s Hospital Campus in Rochester, MN, where he had been a patient for one week.

Paul Brian Witt was born on February 7, 1961 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Milton and Beatrice (Kuebler) Witt. He moved with his family as a young boy to W. St. Paul, MN where he attended St. Michael’s Catholic School and Sibley High School. He enlisted into the U.S. Army serving from 1989 to 1994.  Following his discharge he was employed as a construction worker and started Paul Witt Masonry. Paul moved to Wykoff, MN in 2010.  He moved to Stewartville in 2012 and was employed part-time as a cashier at Ambassador Liquors. Paul had a great sense of humor and enjoyed telling jokes and made others laugh. He enjoyed reading and was an avid Vikings fan. He loved going on road trips or as he called them “adventures” with Jane, Ethan.

Paul is survived by a sister – Karen (Steve) Keller of Marine on St. Croix, MN and  a brother -  Phil Witt of W. St. Paul, MN; brother-in-law -  Gary Black of W. St. Paul,MN;  nieces and nephews; his  partner in life and love for the past 8 years – Jane Oeltjen and her son Ethan Jon of Stewartville. Paul’s parents and a sister, Debi Black, preceded him in death.

A private family burial with military honors will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN at a later date.







                                       Daniel C. Marshall


The memorial service for Daniel C . Marshall, 61, of High Forest,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday(August  4,  2017) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada  officiating. Burial will follow at High Forest Cemetery in High Forest,MN.  Mr. Marshall died unexpectedly on Sunday (July 30, 2017) of natural causes,  in rural High Forest Township.

 

Daniel Collins Marshall was born on October 15, 1955 in Stewartville,MN to Roy and Betty Jo (Collins) Marshall. He grew up in rural High Forest Township,MN. and attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1973.  He enlisted into the U.S. Army serving for four years. Following his  honorable discharge in 1978 he returned to Minnesota and attended Thief River Vocational School  receiving his certificate in welding.  Dan returned to High Forest and made his home on the Marshall Family homestead. He was employed  with his Uncle Duane and sons at Collins Masonry for 10 years.  Dan was then employed at Hormel Co. in Austin,MN for 28 years until his retirement in 2014. Dan was married on September 11,  2010  in High Forest  to Jo Lynn “ Jody”  Stuber(Street). The couple have made their home on the Marshall Family Homestead. Jody was employed as a nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 34 years until her retirement. She is currently employed as an equine specialist at H.O.P.E. (Horses Offer Personal Empowerment) in Rochester.

Dan was a member of the UFCWU Local 9( United Food and Commercial Workers Union). He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter, fisherman,  and liked gardening, canning ,cutting wood, mowing the yard and land conservation. He was serious about raising chickens, his pickles, Nascar and #3.  He loved time spent with friends and family, especially his wife - Jody and his step children.

 

Dan is survived by his wife – Jody Marshall;  1 stepson - Anthony Street of Rochester, 2 stepdaughters - Corey Street( Sam Benson) of Mpls,MN and Ericka Street of Rochester; his mother - Betty Jo Marshall and  2 sisters – Cindy Grundmeier and Debra Marshall (Doug Erickson)  all of Hines,Mn and 1 brother – Bruce Marshall of Colville,Wa.  He was preceded in death by his father – Roy and his brother - Tom Marshall. 

 

A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday( August  3, 2017)  at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the United Methodist Church on Friday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin - Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com








                                       LaRayne K. Lawler
LaRayne K. Lawler, 90, a longtime Rochester, MN, resident died on Monday (July 17, 2017) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville,MN, where she had been a resident since 2013.

LaRayne K. Holmes was born on July 26, 1926 in rural Glenwood, MN to Mandius and Edna (Rosten) Holmes. She attended the Glenwood schools, graduating from Glenwood H.S. in 1944.  She moved to Rochester where she was employed as a nanny. LaRayne was married on January 3, 1947 in Oakland, CA to David F. Lawler. The couple resided in California for a few years where they started their family, before returning to Rochester.  They eventually built their home East of Rochester where they lived for many years. LaRayne was a homemaker and also was employed part-time at Lourdes H.S. in their cafeteria, with local dealerships as a shuttle driver and in retail sales at Dayton’s in downtown Rochester. David was employed as a union electrician in Rochester with local contractors and at Foster Electric for many years. Mr. Lawler died on March 12, 2011.

LaRayne was a longtime member of  St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester . She also was a member of the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries in Rochester, as well as the Eagles Club. LaRayne enjoyed gardening and landscaping their country home, going to bingo and estate sales and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great – grandchildren.

LaRayne is survived by her daughter and two sons – Lynda Witte of Saratoga Springs, NY;  Larry (Michele) Lawler of  Rochester and Jeffrey (Margaret) Lawler of Sarasota, Florida; 6 grandchildren – Chris (Megan) Witte, Ted (Katie) Witte, Jennifer Witte (Sean O’Keefe), Joseph (Sara) Lawler, Jason Lawler and Anthony Lawler; 12 great-grandchildren – Dante, India, Stella, Finn, Leven, Jack, Tallis, Wellesley, Cailyn, Gracen, Lillian, Andrew.

She was preceded in death by her husband - David, a daughter – Carol Lawler, her parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.                                  .                                       

A  time of visitation will take place for family and friends on  Thursday (July  20, 2017) from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A prayer service will be held  at 7:00 P.M. with Rev. John Wilmot officiating.  Burial and a committal service will take place at 10:30 A.M.  on  Friday (July 21,  2017)  at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.  




                                                Bernard " Bernie " Gardner

The Mass of Christian Burial for Bernard “Bernie” Gardner, 77, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday (July 14, 2017) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating.  Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Mr. Gardner died on Sunday( July 9, 2017) of natural causes,  at  Mayo Clinic Rochester – St. Marys Campus where he had been a patient for ten days.

Bernard Anthony  Gardner was born on February 21, 1940 in Caledonia,MN  to Bernard and Genevive(Guillaume) Gardner. He grew up on the family farm in rural Caledonia, where he attended parochial school, graduating from Loretto Catholic H.S. in 1958. He was employed as a truck driver for a few years. Bernie was married in August of 1962 in Caledonia to Audrey Comstock.  The couple lived in Caledonia before moving to Stewartville in 1966. They were later divorced. Bernie was employed at IBM in Rochester in 1966 and after a long career took his early retirement in 1992. He joined his son Joe’s business - Gardner Cabinets and made many doors and cabinets in his home shop. He did many other woodworking projects through the years for family and friends. Bernie was a longtime member of  St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville.  He was a founding member of the Stewartville Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club and was an avid volunteer with the Stewartville Jaycees. He had a green thumb and had many big vegetable gardens for years. He enjoyed mowing the yard and followed  the Twins and Vikings. Bernie regularly stopped after work for happy hour , developing many friendships and just enjoyed visiting. He loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bernie is survived by 1 daughter and 2 sons  – Tony(Heidi) of Blanchardville,WI ; Jane(Mike) Gardner Jones of N. Richland Hills,TX and Joe of Elkton,MN; 10 grandchildren – Heather(Jared) Rask, Tanner Gardner, Sophia Gardner, Dylan Gardner, Gabriel Gardner, Tayla(Trey) Terral, Brandon Fulcher, Jaycob Jones,  Cody Gardner, Nia Gardner( Matt Hendrickson), Carter Gardner; 4 great – grandchildren - Weston, Easton, Livia and Piper; his brother – John Gardner of Caledonia; sister – Geraldine(Clem) Schilling  and nephew – Greg Schilling all of Medina,OH. He was preceded in death by his parents and  2 nieces – Joan Schilling and Pam Schilling.

A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (July 13, 2017) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday morning.




                                    Carroll L. Bruske

The funeral service for Carroll “Partner” Bruske, 84, of Rochester, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (July 13, 2017) at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Eyota, MN with Rev. Jon Vollrath officiating.  Carroll went home to be with his Savior on Friday (July 7, 2017) after a very lengthy fight with cancer.  

Carroll Leonard Bruske was born on March 6, 1933 in Potsdam, MN to Ernest and Ruby (Knapp) Bruske. He grew up in rural Plainview, MN and attended Plainview school.  Carroll was employed as a lather working for different construction companies in Minnesota and Iowa. Carroll married the love of his life, Betty J. Livingston, on September 22, 1951 in Plainview.  They lived in Racine and Stewartville, MN where they raised their family before moving to Rochester, MN in 1989, where they continue to make their home. Carroll became interested in auctioneering and attended the Riesch Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA where he received his certification. He was an auctioneer for over 40 years. He had many auctions throughout S.E. MN, working with Paul Gatjhe , Lowell Gilbertson, and others.  Around this same time, he earned his realtor’s license and was employed as a Real Estate salesperson with several Realtors in Rochester and later started his own Real Estate business “C. Bruske Real Estate”. He “officially” retired in 2005. Betty was a homemaker and was employed as a waitress at the Rochester Airport in the restaurant for a number of years. She later worked at Mayo Clinic Rochester in the laundry and retired in 2001.

Carroll was a past member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville, Christ Lutheran Church on Marion Road where he was an active member and currently a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Eyota, Carroll is well known for his greeting and positive attitude every week during Sunday service. He served on the Stewartville School Board and was a member of the Rochester Realtor’s Assn. serving a term as president. He belonged to the Stewartville Jaycees and Rochester Morning Pride Lions and had a passion for the Lions Christmas tree lot in Rochester, a charity that he started 25 years ago.  He enjoyed visiting with his many friends, followed all the Minnesota sports teams - pro and college, was an avid lawnmower and enjoyed going on trips with family up north fishing and time spent with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank family, friends and Seasons Hospice for all of their support and care.

Survivors include his wife Betty, and four children - Judy (William) Donahue and David Bruske both of Rochester; Patty (Arvin) Schmidt of Phoenix, AZ and Linda (Craig) Gochnauer of Dodge Center, MN;  12 grandchildren – Malisha Donahue, Michelle Donahue and Bob( Beth) Donahue; Catherine Bruske (Mark Schoop), Joshua (Kim) Bruske, Randy (Theresa) Bruske and Elijah(Megan Reding) Bruske; William Schmidt, Dan (Jill) Schmidt, Travis (Tessa) Schmidt, Jeremy Fenske and Dustin (Jolene) Fenske ; Brandon (Liz) Allen, Lisa Allen and Tanner (Jade) Gochnauer;   22 great grand-children; a sister - Darlene Burns of Owatonna, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a ,son – Randy, an infant son – Michael, a grand-daughter - Jennifer,   4 sisters - Sue Beavens, Lylia Johnson, Kitty Kentz and Elaine Clark and 2 brothers -  Loren and Orville Bruske.

A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday (July 12, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. Following the funeral service and a time of fellowship, the burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 

 

 




                               
                              Gary H. Christopherson

Gary H. Christopherson,77, of Eyota,MN died on Monday (July 3, 2017), of natural causes at Mayo Clinic Rochester – St. Marys Hospital Campus.

             

Gary Harold Christopherson was born April 18, 1940 in Rochester,MN to Harold and Mildred (Peters) Christopherson. He grew up in rural Rochester, attended Rochester schools, graduating from Rochester H.S. in 1958.  He farmed with his family for a number of years. Gary was married in 1970 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester to Marcene R. Zimmerman. Following their marriage the couple lived and farmed in rural Hayfield,MN. They were later divorced. Gary began his trucking career hauling milk while farming. He continued  regional driving  for the rest of his working life including for Molde Trucking,  Wilson Line and later Lawrence Transportation, both Rochester businesses. He was employed for over 50 years as a driver, including  buses to Treasure Island in Red Wing. Gary enjoyed cooking and gardening and the occasional trip to Treasure Island. He loved to visit with his many friends and always looked forward to the annual Peters Family reunion picnics.

 

Gary is survived by his daughter  - Julie Nunez and  grandaughter –Isabella of Rochester;  his sister and brother – Lee(Mary Jane) Christopherson of Chatfield,MN and Brenda Christopherson of Shakopee,Mn; 2 aunts – Gladys Larson of Plainview,MN and Betty Pyfferoen of Rochester; many cousins, two nieces and one nephew and his love and life partner – Linda Plaey of Eyota. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (July 11, 2017) at Griffin – Gray F.H. in Stewartville,MN. A private family burial will take place at a later date.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.













                                                  Fahy and Shirley Lowrie

The Fahy and Shirley Lowrie committal service will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday(July 8, 2017) at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN. All are welcome.

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                                                                Norman L. Sjarpe

The funeral service for Norman L. Sjarpe, 75, a Stewartville, MN resident will be at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday (June 15, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Sjarpe died on Saturday(June 10, 2017) following an illness with cancer,  at  Seasons Hospice in Rochester where he had been a resident for one and half days.

Norman L. Sjarpe was born on October 19, 1941 in Decorah,IA to Julius and Bernice(Samuelson) Sjarpe. He moved with his family as a young boy to rural Lanesboro,MN where he attended school, graduating from Lanesboro H.S. in 1959. He was employed at Winona Industries in Winona, MN until beginning his employment at IBM in Rochester,MN in 1966. Norman was married on June 26, 1970 at the Mabel Lutheran Church in Mabel,MN to Beatrice A. Nelson.  The couple moved to Stewartville in 1971 where they raised their children and have continued to make their home. Norman had a 31 year career at IBM and following his retirement would occasionally return to work part-time on specific projects. Beatrice was a homemaker and also was employed in the Stewartville School District for 25 years. Norman was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church. He enjoyed following the Twins and Vikings, watching Judge Judy, listening to country music and liked vintage cars and trucks. Norman enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

Norman is survived by his wife – Beatrice ; 2 daughters and 1 son – Dawn(Joe) Suntken of Elgin,MN ; Renee(Bob) Roeder of Rochester and Jamie(Dary) Sjarpe of Rochester ; 5 grandchildren – Benjamin and Jacob Suntken, Ava and Josie Roeder  and Jim Vin and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother – Gary Sjarpe.

A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from noon to the time of service at the church on Thursday afternoon.  The Sjarpe Family suggests memorials go to Ronald McDonald House or Seasons Hospice both in Rochester.












                                      Norbert V. Rud

The funeral service for Norbert “Nub” Rud, 91, a lifelong Stewartville, MN resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (June 10, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164. Mr. Rud died on Monday( June 5, 2017) at the Stewartville Care Center where he had been a resident since February of 2016.

Norbert Virgil Rud was born on May 1, 1926 in Rock Dell Township, Olmsted County to Arthur and Selma Rud. He grew up on the family farm, attended and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1944. He entered the U.S. Army in 1945 during WWII,  serving overseas in the Pacific. Following his discharge in 1946, he returned to Stewartville where he worked with his dad’s business – Art Rud Trucking. Norbert was married on October 14, 1950 in Stewartville to Frances Elizabeth Kath.  The couple lived in Stewartville before moving to their homestead  just outside of Stewartville where they raised their children and made their home for many years. Norbert owned and operated Rud Trucking for over 50 years, hauling livestock for local farmers to the stockyards in South St. Paul before dawn and returning with a full truck that delivered goods to the many merchants in Stewartville. It was once estimated he had driven over  2 and 1/2 million miles up to his last delivery on Dec. 1, 1998. Frances was a homemaker and also taught in the Stewartville schools part-time. Mrs. Rud died on Oct. 4, 1997. Norbert  sold his acreage in 2000 and bought a townhome in Stewartville. He was a member of  Zion Lutheran Church  and was a longtime member of the Stewartville American Legion. Norbert enjoyed following college and pro football  and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norbert is survived by his son - Norbert( Marilyn) of Thousand Oaks,CA and his daughter - Rebecca(Kevin) Koehler of Stillwater,MN;  4 grandchildren – Amber(Rob) Ward, Kimber Nichols, Megan(Edward) Nowak and Amanda(Steve) Banick; 3 great-grandchildren – Sierra and Grayson Ward and Savannah Nowak; a sister – Beverly(Duke) Feehan of Stewartville and  nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife - Frances, his parents and 2 sisters – Ellen Michaud and Ardith Robertson.

A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com







                                                               Calvin J. Vrieze

The funeral service for Calvin J. Vrieze, 81, of rural Racine, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (June  9, 2017) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Bridget Sheely and Rev. Wane Souhrada  officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine, MN with military graves side honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164.  Mr. Vrieze died on Tuesday (June 6, 2017) at his home surrounded by family.\

Calvin John Vrieze was born on November 11, 1935 in Spring Valley, MN to Harry and Winnie (Hess) Vrieze. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He enlisted into the U.S. Army serving from 1954 to 1956 including duty overseas in Germany. Following his discharge, he returned to S.E. MN and was employed as a carpenter. Calvin was married on March 8, 1958 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN to Maxine E. Ihrke. The couple lived in Rochester for 2 years before moving to rural Spring Valley and then rural Kasson where they farmed. In 1971 they returned to rural Spring Valley to the current Vrieze Family Farm, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Cal was a dairy farmer for many years and after a brief retirement continued to help with the family farm operation. Maxine was a homemaker and farmwife and was employed at Mayo Clinic, Sam’s Club and Fleet Farm in Rochester. 

Calvin was a longtime member of the Racine United Methodist Church. He served on the Hamilton Cemetery Board and was a member of the Stewartville American Legion. Cal and Maxine rarely missed a Saturday night dance at the Pla-Mor Ballroom in Rochester and enjoyed taking trips together and with friends. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Cal loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

The Vrieze family would like to thank all the staff at Mayo Hospice for their support and loving care for Calvin. 

Calvin is survived by his wife – Maxine; 2 daughters and 2 sons –  Sandra Schatz of rural Spring Valley, MN; Ron(Robin) of rural Racine; JoAnn(Scott) Osterhus of Stewartville and Bryan(Dawn) of Racine; 13 grandchildren  and 13 great-grandchildren;  1 sister and 3 brothers – Vivian Rodenz of Mabel, MN; Avery(Donna) Vrieze of Spring Valley; Kenneth(Joanne) Vrieze of rural Racine; Floyd Vrieze of Storm Lake, IA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son -in-law - Delbert Schatz Jr. , 3 sisters – Harriet Rolli, Dorothy Burmeister, Eleanor Squire and his brother – Franklin Vrieze.

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday ( June 8, 2017) at Stewartville United Methodist Church and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com







                                                        Maxine Bell

The funeral service for Maxine Bell, 90,  a longtime Stewartville,MN, area resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday( June 6, 2017) at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove,MN with Rev. Lance Lowrenz officiating.  Burial will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mrs. Bell died on Thursday (June 1, 2017) of natural causes at Samaritan Bethany Home  in Rochester,MN where she had been a resident for the past 14 months.

            

Maxine Erichsen was born June 27, 1926 in Stewartville to John and Ina(Barrows) Erichsen. She grew up in Stewartville and attended school there, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1944. Maxine was married on August 20, 1944 at the Stewartville United Methodist Church to Orrin H. “Pete” Bell. Following their marriage the couple started their family and lived in Stewartville for many years. Maxine was a homemaker and longtime crossing guard for the city and school district of Stewartville. Pete was employed  at Erichsen Produce, Rochester Dairy(as a home delivery milkman in Stewartville) and  was also employed with Ralston Purina Co. until his retirement. Pete and Maxine moved their family to a hobby farm in rural Racine where they lived for a number of years before moving to the Stewartvilla Apts. Mr. Bell died on August 21, 2005.

Maxine was a past member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and for the past number of years has been attending services at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening, canning, reading mysteries, word search puzzles, followed the Twins and Viking and always enjoyed the family dogs. Maxine loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren,  and great grandchildren and always told them – “Now you be careful going home”. 


Maxine is survived by her 2 sons – Anthony ”Tony” (Ruby) of Grand Meadow,MN and Joel(Brenda) of Stewartville; 3 grandchildren – Cory(Jackie) Bell, Amy Bell (Jess Trusty) and Eric(Ashley) Bell and 4 great-grandchildren  - Andrew Bell(Courtney Smith), Alex, Jacob and Caleb Bell;  a sister-in-law – Delores Erichsen of Spring Valley,MN. and longtime friend – Toni Pikula of Virginia,MN.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Pete,  2 sons – Steven and Robin, her parents, a sister – Bernice Meek and 2  brothers – Owen “Bud” Erichsen and Ervin Erichsen. 

A time of visitation for friends and family will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday( June 5,  2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. Maxine’s family suggests memorials to Seasions Hospice in Rochester. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. griffin-gray.com





  


                                         Charlotte D. Kath


The memorial service for Charlotte D. Kath, 85,  a lifelong Stewartville, MN, resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday( June 1, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating. Mrs. Kath died on Saturday (May 27, 2017),  unexpectedly, of natural causes at Mayo Clinic Rochester – St. Marys Hospital Campus.             


Charlotte Delores Kath was born June 7, 1931 in Haverhill Twsp/Olmsted County to Clarence and Thelma (Molde) Rud. She grew up in rural Stewartville  and attended country school before moving with her family into Stewartville. She helped at home and was employed at Boyum Foods and then Berg Drugstore,  both in Stewartville. Charlotte was married on September 16, 1950 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to William J. Kath. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they started their family and lived for many years. Charlotte was a homemaker and returned  to Berg Drug where she was employed for a number of years until her retirement. Bill was a longtime employee with the Olmsted County Highway Dept. at their Stewartville location. Mr. Kath died on June 7, 1990.


Charlotte was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was active with the Auxillaries for  the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 and the Stewartville Veterans of Foreign War Post 8980. She belonged to the Stewartville Center for Active Adults and volunteered at the Stewartville Care Center and with Channel One.  Charlotte lived at the Stewartvilla Apts and resided for the past 2 years at the Stewartville Care Center, where she enjoyed the many activities and the wonderful care she was given. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo, followed the Twins and Viking and enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.


Charlotte is survived by her son - David Kath of Lee’s Summitt,MO and her daughter -  Julie Kath of Stewartville; 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren , 5 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters and 1 brother –  Sandy Rodenz, Germaine(Charlie) Baker and Harry Rud all of Stewartville. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law – Barbara Kath and grand-daughter – Nicole Kath, 3 sisters – Elaine ‘Shorty” Haley, Carolyn Evans, Janice Borgschatz,  3 brothers - Lyle Rud, Richard Rud, Dayton Rud and 2 siblings who died at a young age – Janet and William Rud.

 


A time of visitation for friends and family will take place 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. A committal service and inurnment will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester on Thursday afternoon.










                                           Reggie W. Oeltjen                       


The funeral service for Reggie W. Oeltjen, 65, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (May 31, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating.  Burial will take place in Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, MN.  Mr. Oeltjen died unexpectedly in his sleep on Wednesday (May 24, 2017) in Waseca, MN.

Reggie William Oeltjen was born on January 15, 1952 in Rochester, MN to Edwin and Eileen (Howard) Oeltjen. He grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville and moved with his family as a young boy into Stewartville where he graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1970.  He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he earned an associate degree in electrical engineering. Reggie was married on June 17, 1972 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Simpson, MN to Rosemary R. Nicklay.  The couple lived in Waukesha, WI following Reggie’s graduation, where he began his career in industrial automation at OSI, travelling extensively, including overseas. In 1981 the Oeltjen Family moved back to rural Stewartville, where they raised their kids, farmed and have continued to make their home on the Nicklay Family Farm, just recently recognized as a Century farm. Reggie was employed as an industrial software consultant at Lakeside Industries in Plainview and then with Werner Electric in Rochester. He began his own consulting firm, Automation Doctors in 1999 and has traveled across the US and overseas working with local and international businesses.  Rosemary is a homemaker and farmwife and was a substitute teacher in the Stewartville School District.  Reggie was a longtime active member of Zion Lutheran Church serving on its council and with computer-related activities. He has served as Supervisor on the Pleasant Grove Township Board for the past 9 years. He was a member of Team R.E.D.(Run Eat Drink) in Byron and the Rochester Track Club and had reached the half-way point in his South Dakota to Wisconsin Border-to-Border run with his daughter, Natalie. He’s finishing the 2nd half with the Lord. Reggie enjoyed farming, traveling with Rosemary in their motorhome and loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Reggie is survived by his wife – Rosemary; son Quentin (Julie) and grandchildren – Samantha and Charlotte of rural Stewartville and daughter – Natalie (Jamie) Droessler and grandchildren – Brett and Avery of Black Earth, WI;  his mother -  Eileen Oeltjen of Spring Valley, MN ; 3 brothers – Michael ”Mick” Oeltjen of rural Stewartville; Marti (Susan) Oeltjen of Racine, MN and Ronald (Monika) of Menomonie Falls, WI and sister-in-law – Donna Oeltjen of Lake City, MN.  He was preceded in death by his father – Edwin, his brother Gary, nephew – Nathan Oeltjen and great niece – Mia Oeltjen.

A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday (May 30, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. Reggie’s Family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society in memory of his father, Edwin. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com




  





                                  HOLLY ANN ROBINSON- WNUK

  

Holly Ann Robinson - Wnuk, 27,  of rural Chatfield,MN,  died on Sunday (May 21, 2017) from injuries suffered in an automobile accident, near Friendship,WI.

Holly Ann Robinson was born on May 5, 1990 in Rochester,MN to Keith and Dawn(Bergeson) Robinson. She grew up on the family farm in rural Chatfield and attended Chatfield and Stewartville schools.  She attended the MN School of Business in Rochester graduating with an associate’s  degree in applied science. Holly was married on July 12, 2009 to Travis Eaton. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester and they were later divoriced.  Holly was employed as a Certified Medical Assistant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a few years and was most recently employed at Benchmark Co. in Rochester.  Holly was married on March 6, 2017 to Spencer Wnuk at her parent’s hobby farm. She enjoyed riding horse and was a State Champion at the age of 10 as a member of the Southeastern MN Saddle Club Association. Both she and her sister Kristin rode competively at the State level into their teens, and horses were a big part of the Robinson Family growing up. Holly also enjoyed fishing trips with her Dad and family, bargain shopping with her Mom (“ain’t no shame in my game!”), playing volleyball in high school and time spent with family and husband and especially her sons who were her everything.  

She will always be remembered as a fun and beautiful soul with a captivating smile and a no nonsense attitude. She loved looking her best and pleasing others.  Her nieces and nephews were her joy.                                     

Holly Ann is survived by her 2 sons – Sawyer James and Owen Keith; husband – Spencer Wnuk of Almond,WI;  her parents – Keith(Dawn) Robinson  of  rural Chatfield; her maternal grandparents – Sonny(Carol) Bergeson of rural Racine,MN and paternal grandparents – Robert (Beverly) Robinson of Rochester; her sister – Kristin Robinson of Rochester and brother - Greg Robinson(Rachel Schowalter) of Woodbury,MN and nieces and nephews – Eduardo, Liliana, Alejandro, Kano, Kla’ra and David and many uncles, aunts and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal great-grandparents and her uncle – Gregory Scott Robinson.                                       

A  time of visitation will take place for family and friends on  Thursday (May  25, 2017) from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place at a later date.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com


 






                                                     Debra J. Swanson


Debra J. Swanson, 63, of Stewartville,Mn , formerly of Wabasha,MN, died on Thursday (May 18, 2017) following a lengthy illness, at Mayo Clinic – Rochester – Methodist Campus, where she had been a patient for the past two weeks.

Debra J Dose was born on July 30, 1953 to James and Gertrude(Anderson) Dose. She moved with her family as a young girl to Wabasha,  where she grew up , attended school and graduated from Wabasha H.S. in 1971. She then attended Rochester Vocational- Technical College where she received an electronics degree. Debra was married on May 6, 1972 in Rochester to David Swanson.  The couple resided in Illinois and Rochester while raising their children. They were later divorced.  Debra was a homemaker and was employed at IBM in Rochester for many  years and most recently had been employed in marketing with Crossmark Cos. She enjoyed reading and sewing.                   .

Debra is survived by her  son -  Joshua(Megan) Swanson  of  Spring Valley,MN and her daughter - Charis(Bryan) Coggins and grand-daughters – Breanna and Brynn of Stewartville; 2 brothers    Bob(Linda) Dose of Lake City and Brian(Donna) Dose of  Fairfax. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister - Patty Rubie.                                       

A  time of visitation will take place for family and friends on Tuesday ( May 23, 2017) from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville with a prayer service being held  at 7:30 P.M. A private family burial will take place at a later date.                                              



                

                                    Helen E. Gusa

The memorial service for Helen E. Gusa, of Stewartville,Mn will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (May 19, 2017) in the Timothy Chapel at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester,MN with Rev. Karen Foster and Rev. Woody Roland officiating. Burial will take place at Elgin Cemetery in Elgin,MN. Mrs. Gusa died of natural causes on Sunday(May 14, 2017) at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2014.                                                                       

Helen Ester Amos was born on June 5, 1924 in Little Valley, Elgin Twsp, Olmsted County to Alvin and Lillian(Zimmerman) Amos.  She grew up on the family farm and attended Pine Ridge Country School No. 40. Helen was married on February 2, 1941 in Elgin to Richard E. Gusa. The couple lived and farmed in rural Elgin before moving to the Stewartville area where they raised their daughters and have continued to make their home for many of their 68 years of married life. Helen was a homemaker and was employed at Waters - Connolly Co. in Rochester for a number of years. Richard farmed and was employed as an electrician at Gusa Electrical in Elgin in earlier years and at Kuntz and Teigen Electrical in Stewartville until his retirement. Mr. Gusa died in January of 2007.

Helen was a member of Autumn Ridge Church, the Eagles in Rochester and the Elgin American Legion Post 573 Ladies Auxillary. Helen and Richard enjoyed taking their girls on vacation in the summer to the Black Hills or Colorado or to northern MN, fishing. They continued to travel following their retirement and enjoyed driving to the Mississippi River. Helen enjoyed gardening, reading her bible, visiting with friends and loved spending time with her children and their families. 

Helen is survived by three daughters – Barbara Engel of Stewartville; Patricia Lipke (Norman) – Laabs of rural Racine,MN and Cheryl(Mike) Holzer of Wykoff,MN; 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren; her sister -  Bonnie Gathje of Pine Island,MN and her brother - Donald(Janice) Amos of Stewartville. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, son-in-law – Jerry Engel,  brother – Gerald “Ike” Amos, 4 sisters – Merle Taylor, Charlotte Johnson, Mildred Liskow, an infant sister - Vera and brother-in-law - Arnie Gathje.              

A time of visitation will take place for family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.


                                  



                                  Jack L. Maxwell

The memorial service for Jack L. Maxwell, 77, of Stewartville, MN will be at 1:30  P.M. on Saturday (May 20, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating.  Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mr. Maxwell died on Saturday (May 13, 2017)  surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness with cancer, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester MN, where he had been a patient for 4 days.

Jack Lee Maxwell was born on June 23, 1939 in Storm Lake,IA to John and Helen (Bright) Maxwell. He grew up on the family farm in rural Storm Lake and attended and graduated from Truesdale H.S. in 1957. Hewas employed as a truck driver and in construction following high school.  Jack was married on October 5, 1968 in Stewartville to Marian A. Bamlet. The couple lived in Stewartville, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Jack was a self-employed over the road truck driver for many years. He was employed for the past 10 years at Northwest Asphalt in Shakopee,Mn until his battle with cancer caused him to take a break. Had he won that battle he hoped to go back to work. Marian is a homemaker and was employed for a number of years at Pemster/ Benchmark Co.’s in Rochester and has been recently  employed with the Stewartville School District in the Bonner Elementary School cafeteria.  Jack was a member of  Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, following the MN  Twins and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jack is survived by his wife – Marian ;  his son – Craig(Sarah) of rural Racine,MN and daughter – Cristal(Pat) Collins of rural Stewartville ; 5 grandchildren – Jamie(Hayley) Maxwell, Jennifer Maxwell, Tyler Collins, Joshua Collins and Emma Collins; 2 great-grandchildren – Liam and Casen Maxwell;  sister – Patricia(Dan) Kleinpaste of Harlan,IA; brother – Richard Maxwell of Breemer,NE and sister-in-law – Marjorie Maxwell of Kansas City,MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother – Gary Maxwell.

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (May 19, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday afternoon.  







                                                    Mathias J. Kellner


The Mass of Christian Burial for Mathias J. Kellner, 86, of rural Stewartville, MN, will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday (May 20, 2017) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating.  Mr. Kellner died on Friday (May 12, 2017) of natural causes, at the Stewartville Care Center where he had been a resident for 2 months.

 Mathias J. Kellner was born on September 18, 1930 in Wesley, IA to Mathias and Mary (Foretsch) Kellner. He grew up on the family farm and attended parochial school at St. Josephs Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Marines for 2 years during the Korean Conflict including duty overseas in Japan. Matt’s family had moved to rural Stewartville and following his discharge, he began farming with his family. He was a lifelong farmer and after his retirement from active farming continued to live on the Kellner Family farm. Matt was a longtime member of St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville. He was also a member of the Hayfield American Legion Post 933. He enjoyed watching old Western movies, following the Minnesota Wild, Twins and Vikings and mall-walking with his brother Rex in the winter.

Matt is survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers – Viola Gartner of Preston, MN; Rex Kellner of Rochester, MN; Paul (Carol) Kellner of Eau Claire WI and Margaret Webb of New Concord, OH and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters and 3 brothers – Mary Ann Hyatt, Lil Larson, Lawrence, Kenneth and Louis Kellner.

 

A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.  Burial with military graveside honors will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday (May 23, 2017).






                                                    Jerry M. Johnson


The Rite of Christian Burial for Jerry M. Johnson, 67, of Kasson,Mn,  formerly of Stewartville,MN  will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday(May 11, 2017) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Mr. Johnson died on Friday (May 5, 2017) surrounded by his family, following a short illness with cancer, at Maple Manor Care Center in Rochester where he had been a resident for 5 days.

 

Jerry Michael Johnson was born on September 1, 1949  in Harmony,MN to Allerd and Marion(O’Connor) Johnson. He moved with his family as a young boy to Stewartville, where he attended school, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1967.  Jerry was married on May 25, 1968 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville to Ruth E. Nelson. Following

their marriage the couple moved to Minneapolis where Jerry attended the Minnesota School of Business and where they began their family. After receiving a business degree,  Jerry was employed by Associated Milk Producers Inc. in Rochester for a number of years and the Johnsons lived in Rochester.  He was then employed with EcoLab Co. of St. Paul,MN. Jerry and family moved first to Nebraska and then Waseca,Mn and after a 20 plus year career in sales and management, retired from EcoLab. He was employed again by AMPI and once again he and Ruth moved, to Manchester,IA for 11 years until Jerry officially retired from AMPI in 2015. They moved to Kasson in January of this year. Ruth is a homemaker and has worked with children as a para - professional in the various districts, where she and Jerry have lived.

 

Jerry was a past member of St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville

and was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Waseca. He was a member of  the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. Jerry enjoyed being in the outdoors, hunting or fishing, camping and golfing. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grand-daughter.

 

Jerry is survived by his wife – Ruth; his daughter – Michelle(Greg) Aakre of Rochester and son – Michael(Jennifer) of Cedar Rapids,IA; 5 grandchildren – Zachary Edling, Nelson Edling, Brynn, Annabelle and Leah Johnson and  great grand-daughter – Hallie; his brother – Art(Margaret) Johnson of Rochester and his extended Nelson family.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday(May 10, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.  






                                      
                                         Nancy C. Stankey

Nancy C. Stankey, 75, of Rochester,MN, died on Wednesday (May 3, 2017) unexpectedly of natural causes,  at her home.

                  

Nancy Carole Ostby was born on August 8, 1941 in Stewartville,MN to Ray and Bernice(Lange) Ostby. She grew up in Stewartville attended and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1959. That summer she was employed in the admissions office at Olmsted Medical Hospital in Rochester where she stayed for a number of years. Nancy was married to John Stankey. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester and then Simpson,Mn where they raised their 4 children. They were later divorced and Nancy moved to Rochester where she has continued to make her home for many years. Nancy was also employed in the offices  at Channel One in Stewartville and Rochester and later retired from Atlas Van Lines in Rochester. She was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed league bowling, trips with her grandchildren, knitting baby blankets for her grandchildren, an occasional trip to the casino her dog Sparkey who was always at her feet and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.   

                

Nancy is survived by her 4 children - Kim Stankey of Rochester; Kathy Leloux (Ray Rash) of Livingston,TX; Kevin Stankey of Pine Island,MN and Kenneth Stankey of Rochester, MN,. 11 grandchildren - Jesse Stankey (Jamie Hoekstra), Heather Scanlan (Jamie Long), Jeremy Volkart, Brian Stankey,  Ryan (Amber) Leloux, Ranae Leloux, Randy Leloux, Ashley Stankey, William Stankey, Ginger(Kevin) Juel  and Alek Wallin; 15 great-grandchildren - Isabelle, Aubrey and Ashton, Adrianna, Abigail, and Gabrial, Aubrey, McKayla, Kevin, Austin, and Rylan , Jacob, BrydenWyatt, Delaynie;  3 sisters - Rose (Bob) Swanson of CO; Mary (Jim) Meredith of Stewartville and Sharon of SD; 2 brothers - Harold (Pat) Ostby of Dexter, MN and Lyle Ostby of Iowa: many nieces and nephews. She was also grandma to many of her grandchildren's friends, and life-long friends - Ken and Bev Zahradnik of Rochester. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents,  ex-husband - John Stankey and 2 brothers- Terry Ostby and Tony Meeker.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday( May 8, 2017) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. A family prayer service will follow at 7:30 with Rev. David Hoot officiating. Burial will take place at First Lutheran Cemetery in Blooming Pairie at a later date. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.


       
    
                                         Maxine E. Taylor 
                             

The memorial service for  Maxine E. Taylor,  95,  a lifelong Stewartville,Mn resident  will be at 11: 00 A.M. on Tuesday ( May 9,  2017 ) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch and Rev. Steve Andrews officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville .  Mrs. Taylor died on Wednesday ( May 3,  2017) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center where she had been a resident since 2014.

Maxine Evelyn Janssen was born September 3, 1921 in rural Stewartville to William and Lena(Schulz) Janssen. She grew up on the family farm, attended Stewartville schools and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1939.  After high school she was employed as an office worker by Stewartville attorney, Joseph Streiff for a few years and then was employed at All-American Coop in Stewartville. Maxine was married on March 13, 1943 in Stewartville to Herbert W. Taylor. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they raised their family and made their home for all 69 years of their marriage. Maxine was employed as treasurer at All –American Co-op for many years until her retirement. Herb was a longtime self-employed home builder. Mr. Taylor died on November 20, 2008.

Maxine was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where she served as Sunday School superintendent, played the organ and was an active member of it’s Ladies Aid. She served on the first Board of Directors at the Stewartville Care Center in 1970. Maxine was an avid reader, enjoyed taking  walks, playing cards and doing handiwork. She enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

Maxine is survived by one daughter and one son - Cecelia(Richard) Louks  and Lyndon(Linda) Taylor both of Stewartville,MN; 3 grandchildren – Shelly(Scott) Kautz of Rochester, Joe Louks of Stewartville and Tom (Melissa) Louks  of Rochester; 7 great-grandchildren – Cory, Brandon and Brock Kautz, Laura(Steven) Brady, Matthew, Aaron and Ashley Louks; a brother – Don(Jane) Janssen of Rockford,IL and a very special sister-in-law – Blondie Janssen of Stewartville and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Herb, her parents and her brother – Lyle Janssen.

A time of visitation will take place 1 h. prior to the service on Tuesday morning  at the church in Stewartville. Maxine’s family suggests memorials to St. Johns Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com







                                 John E. Hermans

John E. Hermans, 51, of Plymouth,Mn,   formerly of Rochester and Stewartville, MN died on Wednesday (April 26, 2017). John died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale,Mn with his family by his side, following complications of a cerebral hemorrage.

John Edward Hermans was born on August 14, 1965 in St. Paul,MN. His parents were Dr. Paul and Jeanette Hermans. He grew up in Rochester and graduated from Mayo H.S. John recieved  Bachleor of Science degrees in mathematics, education and computer  science from the University of Minnesota and Winona State University. John was married on November  27,  1992 to Bridget M. Gray at St. Bernards  Catholic  Church in Stewartville.  They resided in Stewartville and raised their three children. They were later divoriced.  John was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester several years as a computer analyst.  He later moved to Plymouth,MN. He was employed as a SAS programmer at Boston Scientific, Target Corporation and Wells Fargo.  John loved reading, music and golfing. He enjoyed sharing his quirky sense of humor with his children, friends and with the Gray Family in Stewartville.

John is survived by his son -  Connor of  St. Paul,MN;  2  daughters -  Olivia of Winona,MN and Rosemary of St. Paul,MN;  sister –  Yvonne  Hermans of  Deerfield Beach,FL.  and  brother – Albert Hermans of Independence,MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.                                       

A family prayer service will be held on Tuesday (May 9, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville with Fr. John Wilmot  od St. Bernards Church officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernards Cemetery in Stewartville.   Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.








                                           Dayton R. Rud

Dayton R. Rud, 79, of Rochester, MN, formerly of Stewartville, MN died on Saturday (April 22, 2017), with his loving family by his side at Golden Living Center East in Rochester, where he had been a resident for the past two weeks.

             

Dayton Raymond Rud was born April 4, 1938 in Stewartville to Clarence and Thelma (Molde) Rud. He grew up in Stewartville where he attended school and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1957. He served in the U.S Marines and the Army Reserves until his discharge in 1963. He was very proud to be a Marine. Dayton was married on July 16, 1960 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Judith C. Brandt. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they started their family and lived for a number of years. They were later divorced. Dayton was employed at Telex Corporation in Rochester for over 40 years and was a supervisor at the time of his retirement. Dayton was married on June 23, 1989 to Colleen Payne and the couple made their home in Rochester for many years. He was employed part-time as a driver with O’Reilly Auto Parts and as a greens-keeper at Oak Summit Golf Course both in Rochester.

He was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was a current member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester. Dayton was a longtime active member of the Eagles Club in Rochester and enjoyed many years volunteering with the Eagles Cancer Telethon. He was an avid golfer and a member of Oak Summit Golf Course where he enjoyed volunteering with tournaments and other events. He also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, followed the Vikings and Twins and loved time spent with his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Dayton is survived by his wife  - Colleen and 3 daughters – Teresa (Steve) Nikolai of Victoria, MN; Christine (Tom) Schreyer of Zumbrota, MN and Kelli Rud of Rochester; 7 grandchildren- Dustin (Molly) Sherman, Christopher Sherman(Danielle Masters), Jessica (Shane) Bostrom and Nathan Nikolai, Anthony Schreyer, Joseph Schreyer and Shawna Rud; 3 great-grandchildren – Abbie and Charlie Sherman, Pandora Bostrom; 4  step-children -  Mary Peterson, Ron Payne, John Payne and Chad Payne; 3 sisters and 1 brother – Charlotte Kath, Sandy Rodenz, Germaine(Charlie) Baker and Harry Rud all of Stewartville. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters – Elaine ‘Shorty” Haley, Carolyn Evans, Janice Borgschatz; 2 brothers - Lyle Rud and Richard Rud and 2 siblings who died at a young age – Janet and William Rud.

 

In keeping with Dayton’s wishes, his body has been donated to Mayo Clinic - Rochester for research. A celebration of Dayton’s life will take place from 1 to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday (May 6, 2017) at Oak Summit Golf Course at 2751 County Rd 16 SW Rochester, MN. 












                                  Minar L. Bussell

The funeral service for Minar L. Bussell, 87, of rural Stewartville, MN will be at 11 A.M. on Wednesday (April 19, 2017) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wayne Souhrada officiating.  Burial will take place in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester, MN.  Mr. Bussell died on Saturday (April 15, 2017) of natural causes at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus.

Minar Lewis Bussell was born on October 18, 1929 in Grand Meadow, MN to Minar Sr. and Mina (Kruger) Bussell.  He grew up on the family farm in rural Grand Meadow and graduated from Grand Meadow H.S. in 1947.  Minar was married on December 10, 1950 to Barbara Jean Drake at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN.  Following their marriage the couple lived in rural Stewartville, MN, where they raised their 5 children and still reside on the Bussell Family farm.  Minar farmed for many years and was employed by Foster Electric Co. in Rochester for 60 years, where he was known as “Buster”, until his retirement in 2010.  Mrs. Bussell is a farmwife and homemaker, was employed at Possibilities of Southern MN for 18 1/2 years. This past December, Minar and Barb celebrated  66 years of marriage. 

Minar was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville.  He was a member of the Stewartville Masonic Order 203 and the Rochester Kiwanis. Minar was a  well liked Boy Scout leader when his sons were young. At camp, Minar hit the cot early, and all the boy scouts liked that. He enjoyed the family farm work, which included raising his registered polled Hereford cattle and his bee keeping hobby.  Minar also enjoyed meeting friends for lunch and loved time spent with family and friends especially enjoying his many grandchildren.

Minar is survived by his wife – Barbara; 2 daughters and 3 sons – Wes (Donna) Bussell of Eyota,MN; Mary Tostenson of St Charles,MN;  Dennis (Angie) Bussell of Minnetonka,MN;  Carol (Mark) Freeman of Chicago,IL  and  Tom (Diane) Bussell  of rural Stewartville;  12 grandchildren  - Brent(Sarah) Bussell,  Erin(Bruce) Guenther,  Amanda(Adam) Rabe,  Jeffrey Tostenson,  Gabriel Bussell,  Nick Bussell,  Shaheen (Michael) Christie,  Michael Bussell,  Graham Bussell,  Grant Bussell,  Derek Bussell and Megan Bussell;  10 great- grandchildren – Landon, Alexis, and Kolton Guenther; Frank Dreier; Talen, Leni and Nori  Rabe,  Christopher Bussell,  Dominick Bussell and Emerson Christie; a sister – Shirley (Everett) DeYoung of Austin,MN  and brother  Charlie (Vicki)  Bussell of Hawaii and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, step sisters   Ada Bussell, Florence Bussell,  2 sisters - Marion Jensen and Lois Van Ripper and  brother – Harry Bussell.                                      

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (April 18, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.  





                                              Marvel  J.  Brossoit

Marvel J. Brossoit, formerly of rural Stewartville passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at her son's home in rural Dexter MN.  A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday,  April 20, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.

                                                                            

Marvel Joanne Feifarek was born on June 19, 1931 in St. Paul, MN to Ernest and Margaret (Rubash) Feifarek.  Marvel married Marvin E. Brossoit on October 7, 1950 in Newport, MN. The couple lived on the east coast during Marvin's military service and then made their home in the St. Paul area until moving to rural Stewartville in 1968. Marvel was a homemaker and mother of four who also worked outside the home most of her married life.  She loved her jobs as a bookkeeper and secretary with her final position being many years at Ace Worldwide Moving in Rochester. Marvel enjoyed going to the family cabin in northern Minnesota which was originally built by her maternal grandfather. She loved spending time with her children and their families.

 

Marvel is survived by two daughters and two sons, Nanette Brossoit (David Seelen) of Little Falls,MN; Ward(Deb) Brossoit of rural Stewartville; Jay(Carol) Brossoit of Dexter,MN and Joanne(Jim) McCann of Rochester,MN;  11 grandchildren  and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin, parents, brother Malvern Feifarek, and grandson Alexander Brossoit.

                

Family and friends are welcome to gather one hour prior the service at the church.   Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston,MN.

              







                                  David W. Pearson

The funeral service for David W. Pearson, 68, of Dexter, MN  will be at 11 A.M. on Friday (April 14, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Dexter with Rev. Brad Novacek officiating.  Burial will take place in the church cemetery with military graveside honors by Grand Meadow American Legion Post 140.  Mr. Pearson died on Sunday (April  9,  2017) at his home, following a lengthy illness with COPD.

David  Pearson was born on September  25, 1948 in Flandreau,SD. From the age of 12 he was parented by Howard and Darlene Quail(foster parents) in Sinai,SD. He attended Arlington H.S. David married Jacqueline K. Stroud on March 24, 1967 at the Church of the Nazarene in Madison,SD.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971, including  a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his discharge the couple lived in Sinai until they moved to Iowa where David earned his journeyman’s state certification for plumbing and heating.  In 1984, David was employed as a plumbing and heating technician with Tri-County Plumbing and Heating in Stewartville for 25 years until his health caused his early retirement. In 1985, the Pearsons moved to Dexter, where they raised their children and have continued to make their home.  Jacque is a homemaker and was employed at Woolworths Dept. Store in Rochester for 12 years. Since earning her Masters Degree in Psychology  has been employed as a mental health care provider at Zumbro Valley Health Care Center in Rochester for the past 17 years.

David was a member of  Zion Lutheran Church in rural Dexter, where he served on the church council as a trustee and as treasurer. He was a member of the Flandrue Santee Sioux Tribe. Dave was multi-talented and enjoyed working with his hands, remodeling the family  home in Dexter, working in his shop and had begun restoring an old Allis Chalmers tractor. He had a lifelong love for fishing and made his own lures. David also enjoyed going to coffee with friends, following the Vikings, gardening and animals  in general and particularly his dog –Nuk. He was known for his quick wit and his wonderful sense of humor.  David loved time spent with family and  especially enjoyedhis grandchildren.

David is survived by his wife – Jacque; 2 daughters and 2 sons – Michael of Phoenix,AZ;  Melissa Pearson of Dexter; Christopher of Byron,MN and Randie(Nick) Waltz of Austin,MN; 4 grandchildren  - Erin(John) Jepson, Devin Pearson, Lillian and Benjamin Waltz; his sister – Kim(Clark) Rogness of Atoria,SD and brother – Kevin(Laura) Quail of White,SD.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister – Kathy McMillan and brother – Teddy Theodorapolis.

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday(4-13-17) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. 








                                          Glen  G. Hyland

The memorial service for Glen G. Hyland, 92, a longtime Stewartville, MN area resident will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164.  Mr. Hyland died on Saturday April 8, 2017 of natural causes at Olmsted Community Hospital  in  Rochester, MN, where he had been a patient for one day.

Glen Gordon Hyland was born on September 6, 1924 in Leroy Township, Mower County to Sigfred and Johanna (Peterson) Hyland. He  moved with his family as a young boy to rural Spring Valley,MN, where he grew up on the family farm and attended country school.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, including duty overseas with the 77th Infantry in the Pacific theater. After his discharge he returned to Minnesota.  Glen was married on July 20, 1946 in Caledonia, MN to Alice Mae Skifton.  The couple lived in rural Spring Valley before moving to Stewartville, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Glen was a lifelong union carpenter and was employed for many years with Alvin E. Benike Construction in Rochester until his retirement in 1986. Alice was a homemaker and continued her education, receiving her LPN certification and was employed at the Stewartville Care center for a number of years. Mrs. Hyland died on April 19, 1999. Glen was a member of  Zion Lutheran Church  and was a longtime member of the Stewartville American Legion and Stewartville VFW. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 1382 and the Eagles both in Rochester.  Glen enjoyed going to Leech lake fishing, cribbage, woodworking, rummage sales and time spent with family.

Glen is survived by 2 daughters and 6 sons – David of Grand Rapids, MN; Glynis (Steve) Sturm of Stewartville, MN;  Mike of Stewartville; Mark of Marietta, GA; Tom (Lisa) of Owatonna, MN; Paul (Tammy) of Fishers, IN and Deborah (Glen) Rose of Nederland, TX, Doug Hyland Two Harbors, MN;  11 grandchildren – Ryan Hyland, Melissa (Doug) Sturm-Smith; Katie (Jayson) Thaut, Elizabeth (Joe) Harvieux, Andrea Sturm (Jon Benkusky), Keely (Dustin) Ihry, Carly Hyland (Greg Jacobs), Sari (R.J.) Nabb,  Ben Hyland, Christopher Rose and Michael Rose; 10 great-grandchildren – Ethan, Gabe, Brandon, Nicholas, Eloise, Reagan, Beckett, Cayden, Kaimara and Max.  He is survived by a brother Lester (Shirley) Hyland of Spring Valley, MN He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, his  sister Myrtle Schoppers and 2 brothers Arnold Hyland and Stan Hyland.

A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. The Hyland Family suggests memorials to the Eagles Cancer Telethon in Rochester. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.






                                         Joseph W. Waugh

Joseph W. Waugh , age 60, of Stewartville, MN passed away peacefully at his home on Friday March 31, 2017  following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

 

Joseph Wesley Waugh was born on March 28, 1957  in Rochester, MN to Kenneth and Fern (Blauer) Waugh. He grew up on the family farm, attending Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1975.  Joe had his hand in many ventures, including bartending at The Kahler, farming with his family and selling insurance for Safeway Insurance Company. Joe was married on July 6, 1985 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Green Bay, WI to Diane Lynn Maccoux.  The newlyweds settled in Kasson, MN where they started their family and opened Waugh Insurance in Mantorville, MN. Joe had a long career in the insurance industry, first with Safeway and most recently with Essig Insurance.  In 1997, Joe and Diane moved to the family farm in rural Stewartville, where they raised their four daughters and have continued to make their home.  Joe was a lifelong farmer with a passion for his horses and cows. He was also co –owner of the Down Under Bar in Stewartville for a short time.  Diane has been employed for 34 years as a Registered Nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

 

Joe was a parish member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville.  He served on the Mantorville Fire Department from 1986 to 2009. Joe was a longtime member of the Stewartville Sportsmen's Club and past member of the Stewartville Jaycees. He was elected to the Stewartville School District Board in 2006 and served until his health caused early resignation in 2016. Joe had a special love for horses, which he grew up riding and showing in 4-H. His daughters followed in his footsteps, also showing their beloved horses at the Olmsted County Fair. The Waugh family enjoyed going on horseback riding trips throughout the Mid-West, most recently to Missouri. The family has treasured summers in Brainerd where they boat, fish and sit around the campfire. Joe was an active volunteer with Stewartville Youth Basketball, serving as tournament director for 13 years. Joe and Diane avidly followed their daughters' athletics. He was a big fan of the Minnesota Twins and John Deere tractors. Joe was always eager to visit with friends, old and new, and loved time spent with his family. He especially loved to prepare a good meal, which always included mashed potatoes and gravy. Joe was a jack of all trades, and a true handyman, spending many hours working on the farm.

 

The Waugh family would like to thank all the healthcare workers at Mayo Clinic. A special thank you to Dr. Keith Bible for his wonderful care and dedication.   We would also like to thank Fr. John Wilmot, Pastor Bob Bergland and Tom Lofgren for their endless support for Joe and our family. 

 

Joe is survived by his wife, Diane and four daughters, Renee (Joshua) Johnson of Fountain, MN; Rachel (Nathan) Askelson, Elizabeth, and Julianne all of Stewartville, MN; sister Delores Kaiserlik of Rush City, MN; two granddaughters, Adelynn and Ayla Johnson, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Phyllis Frisch, and two brothers Marvin and William Waugh.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 4, 2017 and 1 hour prior to the mass.

 




                                       Wayne R. Gammell

Wayne R. Gammell, 75, of Rochester,MN died on Sunday (April 2, 2017) of natural causes at his home.

 

Wayne Robert Gammell was born on April 17, 1941 in Pleasant Grove, MN to Lawrence and Alma(Yates) Gammell. He grew up in Pleasant Grove Township, MN and attended Chatfield High school. Wayne was married on September 12, 1959 in Mason City, IA to Jean Mills. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Rochester where they raised their family and continued to make their home. Wayne was employed as a custodian for a number of years at the Minnesota State Hospital in Rochester until it closed in 1982. He was then employed as an office worker at the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Rochester until his retirement. Jean was employed at the State Hospital until its closing, and then was employed at the Samaritan Bethany Senior Living Home for a number of years. Mrs. Gammell died on September 23, 1998. Wayne enjoyed cameras and photography, hiking and bird watching, and going on rendezvous camping excursions in Mantorville and Winona. He enjoyed time spent with his family and friends.

 

Wayne is survived by 1 son and 2 daughters –  Robert (wife Lydia) Gammell and Marcia Gammell both of Rochester and Barbara (husband Thomas) Kirkaldy of Lexington, NC; 9 grandchildren -  Joshua (wife Emily) Gammell, Justin (wife Kelley) Gammell, Andrew Gammell, Alexander (wife Kaitlyn) Gammell, Jessica Cohran, Nicholas Cohran, Samantha Cohran, Cailyn Kirkaldy, and Aiden Kirkaldy;  4 great-grandchildren – Conner, Evelyn, Elizabeth and Freya; his half-brother – Victor (wife Linda) Gammell of Oronoco, Mn and half brother-in-law – John DeMotts of Rochester.  He was preceded in death by his wife – Jean, his parents, a sister – Phyllis Lee and half-sister – Karen DeMotts. 

 

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (April 11, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, MN. A private family burial will take place at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove the following day. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 














                                             Lyle R. Noble

The funeral service for Lyle R. Noble, 98, a longtime Rochester, MN area farmer will be at 11 a.m. on Friday (March 31, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Burial will take place in Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, MN.  Mr. Noble died on Sunday (March 26, 2017) of natural causes at Rehoboth Adult and Elderly Care in Oronoco, MN, where he had resided for the past 4 and ½ years.

Lyle Richard Noble was born on November 9, 1918 in Harmony Township, Fillmore County to Alva and Selma (Dybvik) Noble. He grew up on the family farm, attended Pleasant Grove country school until the 8th grade and then farmed with his parents in Pleasant Grove Twsp.  Lyle was married on August 29, 1940 in Spring Valley, MN to Juanita Kaldenberg.  The couple farmed in Pleasant Grove Twsp. until moving to Marion Twsp. in 1951, where they raised their children and made their home for many years.  Mr. Noble was a lifelong farmer and owned a dairy operation until 1976. His wife Juanita was a farmwife and homemaker. Lyle owned and operated Nobles Circle Steel, selling and constructing grain bins for 15 years.  He continued to raise livestock and farm until renting his land in the mid 1990’s, and lived on his farmstead until age 93.  Mrs. Noble died on May 19, 2000. Lyle attended services as a young boy with his family at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. He and Juanita enjoyed trips to their cabin in northern Minnesota and road trips to many midwestern and western states. They were longtime members of the Austin Gem and Rock Club and enjoyed playing cards. Lyle also enjoyed woodworking, visiting with friends and time spent with family, especially with his grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.

Lyle is survived by 3 daughters and 1 son – Joan Thiem (Willie Boswell) of Reed Springs, MO; Linda (Gary) Allen of Eyota, MN;  Kathleen (Brad) Winter and Richard (Mary) Noble  both of rural Rochester;  20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife – Juanita, his son James,  sister – Vernice Farley and brother – Arthur Noble.

A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (March 30, 2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. The Noble Family suggests memorials to Rehoboth Adult and Elderly Care at 3696 110th St. N.W., Oronoco, MN 55960.







                                       Margaret C. Strum

The funeral service for Margaret C. Strum, 100, a long-time Stewartville, MN area resident will be at 2 P.M. on Wednesday (March 29, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating.  Burial will take place in St. John’s Evangelical Cemetery in Racine Township.  Mrs. Strum died on Saturday (March 25, 2017) of natural causes at Willows and Waters Senior Living in Rochester, MN, where she has been a resident since November of 2015.

Margaret Cecelia Risdal was born on June 9, 1916 in Roland, IA to Christ and Marie(Mason) Risdal. She grew up on the family farm, attended school in Roland, graduating in 1934. She went to work for the Reuben H. Donnelley Corp. in nearby Nevada, IA for a number of years.  Margaret was married on April 5, 1941 in Roland to Orris S. Strum. The couple farmed and began their family in and around the McCallsburg, IA area before moving to rural Stewartville in 1959. They purchased the current Strum family farm in Racine Township, where they continued to farm and live, until moving to Root River Estates in Stewartville in 2013.   Mrs. Strum was a farmwife and homemaker, and was employed by the Stewartville School District in their cafeteria for 17 years until her retirement.  Along with farming,  Mr. Strum was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  Mr. Strum died on August 20, 2016, the same year he and Margaret celebrated 75 years of marriage.  The couple were longtime members of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Following their retirements, Orris and Margaret began traveling and would drive to Apache Junction, AZ, where they spent winters for many years. Margaret was very creative, both with a needle and a paint brush. Her creations included hardanger, quilting and oil painting. She enjoyed spending time with her family,  and attending special events for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter – Steve(Ruth) of Sun City, AZ; Ken(Sharon) of rural Racine and Sharon(Larry) Moody of Hastings, MN; 8 grandchildren – Lisa Strum, Kris Ries, Brian Strum, Jennifer(Matt) Sickle, Ben(Jennifer) Moody, Jon Strum, Jessica(Chad) Mayer and Erik Strum; 20 great-grandchildren - Kylen, Bailey, Madalyn, Colten, Alexandra, Janel, Mason, Alayna, Haylie, Kaydyn, Aubrey, Colton, Devlin, Carly, Graham, Braedon, Danielle, Cason, Drew, and Remi; a brother – Gerald Risdal of Ames, IA; a sister-in-law – Esther Risdal of Roland, IA; a brother-in-law – Avon Hall of Ames, IA; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Orris, her parents,  an infant sister – Carolyn,  2 sisters – Blanche Hill and Geraldine Wessman and 2 brothers – Rudolph and Robert Risdal.

The family would like to express appreciation to the wonderful staff at Willows and Waters Senior Care Center for the very special care Margaret received for more than a year and to the staff at Zion Lutheran Church of Stewartville for their frequent visits.

A time of visitation will take place two hours prior to the service at the church on Wednesday afternoon.








                                     Beverley "Bev"  Noble

The funeral service for  Beverley  “Bev”  Noble,  87,  of Stewartville,Mn  will be at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday (March 18,  2017 ) at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville with  Rev. Jim Barnhart officiating.  Burial will  take place in High Forest Cemetery in High Forest,MN.  Mrs. Noble  died  on Monday ( March  13,  2017) from an aneurysm,  at  Mayo Clinic – Rochester - St. Marys Campus.

Beverley Betsy Lawrence was born on April 9, 1929 in Iron Mountain,MI to Glen and Agnes(Frederickson) Lawrence. She moved with her family as a young girl to rural Sparta,WI  where she attended country school. The Lawrence family moved several times before moving to Tomah,WI where Beverley attended Tomah H.S.,  graduating in 1947. She then attended vocational/technical school in LaCrosse,WI where she studied bookkeeping and lived at Hixon House.  She was employed  for a short time as a waitress at a root beer stand/drive inn  in Tomah. Beverley was married on April 9, 1948 in Tomah to Norman Thompson.  Following their marriage, the couple lived  in Tomah where they began a wholesale lumber supply business with Bev in charge of  the accounting  and at the same time Norm began a lifelong career working in construction. They lived in several places in Wisconsin and Minnesota before moving to High Forest,MN in 1960 where they raised their family and lived for many years. Beverley was a homemaker and also was a full partner and bookkeeper with Norm in Thompson Construction  and  Minnesota Truss and Manufacturing both in High Forest.  Mr. Thomson died in 1989.  Bev moved into Stewartville in 1993. She was married in 1996 to Art Noble and they lived in rural Stewartville.  Mr. Noble died in 2007 and Bev returned to Stewartville where she has continued  to make her home.

Bev was a longtime member of High Forest Community Church and with her children in tow spent many a Saturday night cleaning the church for Sunday services. She was an active volunteer in the Stewartville area community as a member of the Lionesses and volunteered many hours with the Seniors Citizens group, now, the Center for Active Adults, even stepping in as an interim director when needed. She helped with the flowers on Main Street and enjoyed the honor of being an “old Settler” in the High Forest Old Settlers Day Parade.  Beverley loved to travel, especially road trips to other states and in 2013 fufilled a lifelong dream, travelling to   Alaska. She was an avid bowler, participating in league bowling, had huge gardens for years and would can most everything.  She enjoyed sewing and quilting and made a quilt for all 34 great grandchildren and had orders placed for 35, 36 and 37.  All her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren received a birthday card from Bev like clockwork!

Beverley is survived by 4 daughters and 3 sons  – Thomas(Karla) Thompson of  Pine Island,MN; Sharon Ward of  Stewartville; Geraldine Thompson of  Minong,WI; Constance(Cash) Payne of Dallas,TX; Phillip(Pegi) Thompson of Germany; Dawn(Tony) Whipple of Lonsdale,MN and John(Susan) Thompson of Grand Meadow,MN; 17 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren;  1 brother – James(Shirley) Lawrence of Vesper,WI and nieces and nephews.  She was proceeded in death by her husbands, an infant son – Charles, her parents,  2 sisters – Joyce Martin and Mabel Siegler, her brother – Glen Lawrence and an infant brother – Sonny.

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (March 17,  2016)  at Griffin-Gray F. H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior 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





                                   LeVerne R. Meyerhofer

The Mass of Christian Burial for LeVerne R. Meyerhofer, 86, of Stewartville, MN, will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday (February 17, 2017) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Mr. Meyerhofer died on Monday (February 13, 2017) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since 2012.

 

LeVerne Ruben Meyerhofer was born on March 13, 1930 on the family farm in rural Stacyville, IA to John and Ida (Kramer). He grew up on the family farm, attended parochial schools in Stacyville and then began helping on the family farm. LeVerne was married on April 15, 1952 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, MN to Mary M. VanHooser.  Following their marriage the couple lived and farmed on the Meyerhofer family farm in rural Stacyville. They moved to rural Austin and then to Pleasant Valley Twsp, rural Racine, MN in 1959, where they raised their family and farmed for many years.  LeVerne was a lifelong farmer until retiring in 2008. Mary was a farmwife and homemaker. Mrs. Meyerhofer died on July 19, 2009.

LeVerne was a longtime member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and member of the Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Foresters.  He enjoyed spending winters with his wife Mary in Mesa, Az. He also enjoyed dancing (he met Mary at a dance at the Terp Ballroom in Austin), playing cards, and was an excellent softball player from his youth into his adult years.  He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

LeVerne is survived by 1 daughter and 4 sons – Richard (Becky) Meyerhofer of Zumbrota, MN; Pam Winkels of Hammond, MN; Kenny (Cindy) Meyerhofer of rural Stewartville; Gary (Wendy) Meyerhofer and Brian (Tammy) Meyerhofer both of rural Racine, MN; daughter-in-law – Dawn Meyerhofer of Mt. Arie, N.C.; 17 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; 3 sisters -  Martha Beland of Stacyville,MN and twin siblings – Sr. Nona Meyerhofer and Sr. Nila Meyerhofer.  He was preceded in death by his wife – Mary, his son – Robert, his parents, 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (February 16, 2017) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville or 1 hr. prior to the funeral on Friday at St. Bernard’s Church.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.  









                                         Walter L. Krahn

The memorial service for Walter L. Krahn, 92,  a longtime rural Rochester,MN resident will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday (February 16, 2017) at  Church of Our Savior in Rochester with Rev. Mark Beernink and Rev. Ron Sikkema officiating.  Burial will take place in Spring Valley Cemetery  in Spring Valley,MN.  Mr. Krahn died on Sunday (February 12, 2017) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville,MN where he had been a resident for the past week.

Walter Lester   Krahn was born on May 22, 1924 in Ostrander,MN to Frank and Mollie(Kraling) Krahn. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and then helped on the family farm. Walter was married on January 22, 1949 in Spring Valley,MN to Laura Howard, two children blessed this marriage. Following their marriage the couple lived in Spring Valley. Besides farming Walter was  employed at Gamble – Robinson Co. in Rochester as  a route driver.  Laura Krahn died on January 24, 1952. Walter continued to make his home in Spring Valley. He was married on  June 24, 1960 in Spring Valley to Myrna Johnson. The couple moved to a farm in Marion Twsp. where they farmed, raised their family  and where Walter had continued to live.  Myrna Krahn died on Sept. 11, 2006. Mr. Krahn was a lifelong farmer and after his years at Gamble-Robinson, he was employed as a rural mail carrier for the U.S Postal Service in Rochester for over 20 years until his retirement.   He was an active member of  Church of Our Savior in Rochester serving as a Deacon and on the church board and as an usher. He enjoyed taking care of the many animals on his farm, feeding the birds, drinking coffee, collecting antiquities and junk. Walter loved time spent with family, especially  his grandchildren.

Walter is survived by  1 daughter and 1 son – Mollie(Bud) Ehlenfeldt of LeSueur,MN and Franklin(Jean) Krahn of Ostrander,MN;  4 grandchildren –  T.J.(Callie) Ehlenfeldt, Blair(Sara) Ehlenfeldt, Elizabeth(Jason) Rice, Laura(Michael) Waksdahl;  3 step-grandchildren -  Tom(Vicki) Hamersma, Ted(Barb) Hamersma and Kelly(Dan) Barker; 11 great-grandchildren – Dale, Katie, Braddock, Brighton, Jed, Miles, Daniel, Isaac, Corey and A.J. ;  his sister and 2 brothers -   Delores Howard, Lloyd Krahn and Lawrence “Shorty” Krahn all of Spring Valley,MN; many nieces and nephews and special friends – Dick and Carol Aug and Chuck and Audrey Rathburn. He was preceded in death by his wives – Laura Howard Krahn and Myrna Johnson Krahn, his parents and  step-son – Gary Hamersma.  

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday (February 15, 2017) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour before the service at Church of Our Savior on Thursday morning.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





                                     Florence A. Reinhart


The funeral service for  Florence Reinhart, 95,  a longtime Stewartville,Mn resident  will be at 11: 00 A.M. on Tuesday ( February 14,  2017 ) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville with military graveside honors  by the Stewartville American Legion Post 164.  Mrs. Reinhart died on Sunday ( February  12,  2017) of natural causes at her home in Rochester,Mn .

Florence Anna Schulze was born November 29, 1921 in South St. Paul,MN to Fred and Mary(Walhauser) Schulze, the 7th of 9 siblings. She  graduated from  South St. Paul H.S. in 1939. She attended the nursing program at the Rochester State Hospital, receiving her R.N. degree in 1943. She enlisted into the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in 1943, serving during WW II until her discharge in 1950.  Florence was married on July  28, 1951 at St. Johns Lutheran Church  in Stewartville to George Reinhart. Following their marriage the couple lived and farmed in rural Racine,MN, and raised their family.  Florence was a farmwife and homemaker and also was employed as an RN at the State Hospital  in Rochester until it was closed and then finished her career at St. Peter S Hospital . In 1978, following the sale of their farm, they moved into Stewartville. George and Florence were supervisors and carertakers at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville for over 40 years.

Florence was a longtime active member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville serving with it’s Ladies Aid and volunteering with the Wee Care. Florence truly enjoyed giving of her time and talent to many organizations, including Mayo Hospice, Channel One and the Stewartville Care Center. She gave many friends car rides when they needed help with transportation and was recognized with many local community awards for her committment and active volunteerism. She was a member of the the Stewartville American Legion and  Auxillary and was honored to participate in the First Honor Flight from Rochester to the Veterans Memorial in Washington,D.C.  Florence  loved to travel, visiting all 50 states, the birthplace of her father in Germany and many other countries.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving family of four daughters and one son; Shirley(Rollin) Granger of Cypress,TX; Ilene(Craig) Van Houten of Coon Rapids,MN; Julie(Stan) Glenz of Spring,TX; Marjorie(Kirk) Brunson of Fountain Hills,AZ and David Reinhart of Blaine,MN and many grand,great grand and great-great grandchildren; 1 sister – Ruth Frerichs of Oakland,CA and a special friend and niece – Jeanne Cosgrove.

Visitation will take place from 9:30 A.M. to the time of the service on Tuesday morning, February 14,  at St. Johns  Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





                                      Dorothy M. Sloneker

The funeral service for  Dorothy M. Sloneker,  89,  a longtime Stewartville,Mn resident  will be at 11: 00 A.M. on Wednesday ( February 15,  2017 ) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Dorothy died on Saturday ( February  11,  2017) of natural causes while she was a brief resident at the  Stewartville Care Center.

Dorothy was born on December 18, 1927 in Alma CityMN to John and Louise Krautbauer. She  attended high school in Pemberton,MN  graduating in 1945. She then attended and graduated from Mankato Commercial College in 1947 where she was employed  at the Commercial Credit Corp. in Mankato,MN . Dorothy married Howard Sloneker  June 24, 1950 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Alma City. Following their marriage, the couple lived briefly in Mankato, where Howard was employed teaching biology in the North Mankato Public school district, until his recall into the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge they returned to Mankato, before moving to Stewartville in 1952 where they raised their children and have continued to make their home. Dorothy was a homemaker and Howard was employed at Stewartville H.S for  36 years until his retirement.

Dorothy was especially devoted to her family and church. A longtime member of  St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville she was active in Ladies Aid , Altar Guild and taught Sunday School for a number of years. SHer family was her pride and joy!   Dorothy was active with her children’s scouting  and enjoyed attending all of her children’s and grandchildren’s events and activities. Howard and Dorothy enjoyed traveling together, touching all 50 states by any mode of travel available.

Dorothy is survived by her husband – Howard; one daughter  and four sons – Craig(Kim) Sloneker of Forest Lake,MN; Mark(Deb) Sloneker of Stewartville; Lynn(Brian) Gray of Rosemount,MN; Brett of Minneapolis,MN and Brian(Rita) of Tampa,FL; seven grandchildren – Shelly( Mike) Diener, Karmin, Justin, Brandon, Hannah, Lilli and Breanna and  2 great – grand-daughters – Brooke and Stella. She was proceeded in death by her parents and 2 brothers and their wives – Gilbert and Mabel Krautbauer, Edgar and Valeria Krautbauer.

A time of visitation will take place from 10:00 A.M. to the time of the service on Wednesday morning at St. Johns  Lutheran Church in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





                                         Monica Van Such

Monica Van Such, 65,  of Rochester, MN  died on Wednesday (February 8, 2017), surrounded by her family at her home, following an aggressive illness.

 

Monica Bozick was born on November  8, 1951 in Youngstown, OH  to George and Catherine (Glova) Bozick.  She grew up in Youngstown where she attended parochial school, and graduated from Ursuline H.S. in 1969. She attended Youngstown State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Monica was married on October 6, 1973 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Youngstown to Steven Van Such. Following their marriage the couple lived in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana before moving to Minnesota, where they have continued to make their home. Monica was a longtime employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester most recently working for the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Steven was employed with Sears Holding Company and was general manager with K-Mart in Winona at the time of his retirement. Monica was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville. She continued her education while employed at Mayo Clinic receiving her MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.  She enjoyed traveling with her family including trips overseas to Ireland, Europe and Hong Kong. She enjoyed walking, Hallmark movies, reading and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Monica is survived by her husband –Steven  and  daughter – Stephanie (Chris) Matejka and grandchildren –Mathew and Jackson  all of  Rochester; 1  brother- Greg (Sharon) Bozick of Ohio; 1 sister-in-law- Susan (Rick) Trope and a niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother – Mark Bozick.

 

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville.  Burial will take place at St. Bernards Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to research at Mayo Clinic. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. www.griffin-gray.




                                            Alan A. Rosin

The memorial service for  Alan A. Rosin, 56, of  Rockford,IL. will be at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday ( February 11, 2017 ) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mr. Rosin died on Tuesday ( February  7,  2017) from heart failure at OSF St. Anthony Hospital  in Rockford.

Alan Arthur Rosin , son of George and Marliss(Birr) Rosin was born on July 1, 1960 in Mt. Clemens, MI.  He  attended schools in Good Thunder,MN  and Stewartville graduating with the SHS class of 1978.  During his school years he was active in the performing arts – choir, drama,  speech competitions,  singing with his church choir and also with the Minnesota State High School Lutheran Choir. Following graduation, Alan attended Brown Institute where he earned a degree in broadcasting.  His voice was heard on radio stations in Mankato, Rochester, and Pella,IA.  In 1989 Alan earned his Bachleor of Arts degree from Mankato State University. He also managed Tires Plus stores in Rochester, Duluth and Rockford. His love of music helped him launch his business – FirstClassDjz.

In 1995 Alan met the love of his life – Diane Merrill . They were married on May 4, 1996  in Duluth,MN.  Following their marriage,  the couple have made their home in Rockford.  Alan was a devoted husband and a great Dad to sons – Jeffrey and Joe. Family was a huge part of Alan’s life. He treasured time spent with loved ones. Alan was also pretty handy in the kitchen and with the grill, preparing delicious mouth-watering meals. He was a relentless Vikings fan, proudly wearing his purple and gold. He also enjoyed his motorcycle, photography and travel, especially trips to Duluth,  Alaska and Caccun,Mexico.  Although complications from diabetes hampered his mobility, the disease did not hamper his spirit. Alan kept in contact with friends and family via computer or phone,  playing Words with Friends.

Above all, Alan had a deep and personal relationship with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Alan will forever remain in the hearts of his wife - Diane;  sons – Jeffrey and Joe, mother - Marliss, brother – Robert(Mary Jo), sister – Janet(Lee) Hanson, nephews and nieces – Steven(Erika),  Laura,  Julie,  Daniel,  Douglas,  many aunts,  uncles,  cousins,  friends and lifelong friends – John Smidt and Blaine Johnson.  Alan was proceeded in death by his father – George and grandparents – Athur and Rose Rosin and Joseph and Marcella Birr.

A time of visitation will take place from 10:00 A.M. to the time of the service on Saturday morning at St. Johns  Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





                                           Kim Jo Mason

The Mass of Christian Burial for Kim Jo Mason, 59, of Rochester, MN will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday (February 10, 2017) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville, MN.    Kim died on Monday (February 6, 2017), surrounded by her family,  at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, St. Marys Campus.

 

Kim Mason was born on January 4, 1958 in Burlington,WI  to Allen and JoAnn(Farrington) Everman.  She moved with her family at the age of 6 to Stewartville, where she grew up, atttended school, and graduated from Stewartville H.S.in 1976. She was a longtime employee  at Ability Building Center in Rochester, most recently as a transportation coordinator and also was employed as a para-professional at Century H.S. in Rochester. She  enjoyed doing crafts, writing poetry, riding motorcycles, and time spent with family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She took pleasure in the work she did everyday and adored everyone she met along the way.

 

Kim is survived by her partner JB Zorteau, daughters – Kelly Mason of Mpls,MN and Nicole(Justin) Amy of Rochester and their children – Paityn and Harper; her parents – Allen and JoAnn  Everman  of  Stewartville; sister –  Kris( John) Sawka of Naples,Fla and brother- Scott(Brenda) Everman of Farmington,MN and numerous nieces and nephews. Kim was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents, brother – Allen Everman Jr. and sister- Kelly Everman.

 

A time of visitation will be held  from 4 to 7:00 P.M on Thursday(February  9,  2017) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and  1 hr. prior to the time of service at the church on Friday morning. A private family burial will take place at St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. www.griffin-gray.







                                            Ann D. Gallie


The funeral service for Ann D. Gallie, age 53, of Pine Island,Mn, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday(February 7, 2017) at Crosswinds Church in Oronoco,MN with Rev. Doug Mathers officiating. Mrs. Gallie died on Wednesday( February 1, 2017), unexpectedly, of natural causes at her home.

          

Ann Darlene Bredesen was born December 31, 1963 in Rochester,MN to Arthur and Darlene(Kath) Bredesen. She grew up in and around Stewartville, where she attended school, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1982. Ann was married on May 18, 1985 in Stewartville to Kevin Henry. Following their marriage the couple moved to Adams,MN where they made their home and raised their 2 daughters. They were later divoriced. Ann was a homemaker and was employed at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with Domitilla staffing and scheduling, for many years. Ann was married on April 16,  2011 at Crosswinds Church to Raymond Gallie. The couple lived in Adams for 3 years before moving to Pine Island where they have continued to make their home. Ann was employed at Visionworks in Austin,Mn for a few years  and most recently has been employed with Visionworks at Apache Mall in Rochester. Ray is a longtime employee at Vertical Limit Construction in Wanamingo,MN. Ann was a member of Crosswinds Church. She enjoyed spending time with her girls – Ashley and Amanda, riding Harleys, baking, gardening or as she would call it “digging  in the dirt”.

 

Ann is survived by her husband – Ray and her 2 daughters;  Amanda Henry of Mazeppa,MN and Ashley Henry(Kami Whynaucht) of Chatfield,MN; step-daughter – Amber Gallie and her children –Jordyn and Skylee of Stewartville; 1 sister and 3 brothers – Gail(Randy) Peck of Rochester; Charlie(Alicia) Bredesen of rural Racine; Phillip(Cheryl) Bredesen of Kimberly,ID and Craig(Diane) Bredesen of Stewartville; sister-in-law – Mary Bredesen of Racine,MN and numerous  nieces and nephews. Ann was preceded in death by her  parents, and her brother – Harold Bredesen.

 

A time of visitation will be held  from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on  Monday( February 6, 2017) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home  in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service on Tuesday morning at Crosswinds Church – 8106 - 31st Ave. N.W. –Oronoco,MN. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.



 

 







                                   Mary "Mary-Kay" Strei

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary “Mary-Kay” Strei, 72, of rural Rochester, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (February 2, 2017) at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Simpson, MN.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Mrs. Strei died on Monday (January 30, 2017) of natural causes at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, St. Marys Campus, where she had been a patient for 1 day.

 

Mary Catherine Theresa Montgomery was born on February 4, 1944 in Minneapolis, MN to Howard and Dorothy (Houg) Montgomery. She grew up in Mpls., attending parochial schools, graduating from Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, MN in 1962. She then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachleor of Arts degree in social work. Mary was married on September 2, 1967 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Mpls. to Denis A. Strei. Mary was employed as a social worker for 1 year with Hennepin County and Denis was employed as an electrician with Local Union 292 in Mpls. Their first-born, Timothy, was born with special needs and Mary became a stay at home Mom who advocated for his full participation in school, his work training, and doing chores on their farm. After 8 years in Mpls, the Streis moved to a farm in rural Rochester, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. As her kids began graduating, Mary was employed part-time as a personal caregiver at REM Homes in Rochester for a number of years. Denis is a Master electrician and a member of  the Electricians Union – Local 343 in Rochester and farms. Mary was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville where she taught CCD for many years. In recent years the Strei family has attended St. Bridget's Church.  She was involved with her children’s Boy and Girl Scout activities, belonged to a 500 card club with Denny,  the Neighborhood Birthday club and Friends of the Library in Stewartville. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing cross-stitch, embroidery, gardening, canning and time spent with family. She was an accomplished seamstress, who sewed her own wedding gown, as well as her daughter's wedding gown. She especially enjoyed following her children and grandchildren's school activities.

 

Mary is survived by her husband – Denis;  1 daughter and 3 sons; Timothy on the farm in rural Rochester; David(Kelly) of Waconia, MN; Theresa(David) of Arlington,TX and Michael(Lisa) of Cedar Falls,IA; 11 grandchildren – Lauren, Benjamin and Noah, Sam, Katherine, Grace and Isaac, Gabriel, Elijah, Cecilia and Asher; 3 sisters and 1 brother – Robert Montgomery of Burnsville, MN; Diane(Steve) Wittlief of Oronoco,MN; Barbara(Bill) McGee of Savage,MN and Karen Cardenas of Fridley,MN and numerous nieces and nephews.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents, sister – Patricia Sundt, brother – Richard Montgomery and special Aunt Catherine.

 

A time of visitation will be held  from  10:00 A.M to the time of service at the church on Thursday morning at St. Bridget's. The Strei Family suggests memorials to Ability Building Center in Rochester. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. www.griffin-gray.com.

 

 









                                    PHYLLIS J. TONNE

Phyllis J. Tonney, age 92, of Stewartville,MN  died on Friday( January 27, 2017) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center where she had resided for  2 years.

 

Phyllis Jean Rudd was born January 18, 1925 in Carroll,IA to Samuel and Jessie(Cart) Rudd. She moved as a 2 yr. old with her family to Lansing,MN where she grew up, attended country school and then Austin H.S. She was employed for the next 5 years at Hormel Co. in Austin. Phyllis was married in 1947 in Lansing to Everett Wilson. Following their marriage the couple farmed in Glenville,MN for 2 years before returning to Lansing where they started their family and lived for the next 8 years. Phyllis was a homemaker and Everett was a licensed carpenter who was employed with Stocke Construction in Rochester for many years. After living in Austin for 9 years, they moved to Stewartville and then Byron for 14 years.  Mr. Wilson died in 1983. Phyllis was married in 1985 to Ernest Tonne and they lived  and farmed in Granada,MN for 5 years until retiring and moving to Austin. They lived there until Mr. Tonne’s death in 2005. Phyllis moved to Stewartville that same year where she has continued to make her home. She was a past member of the United Methodist Church and St. Johns Lutheran Church in Granda. She enjoyed doing embroidery and time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Phyllis is survived by 2 daughters and 3 sons;  Allen Wilson of Austin, MN; Dwain(Colleen) Wilson of Dodge Center,MN; Melinda(Vincent) King of Grand Meadow,MN; RickWilson of Rochester and Judy Martin of Austin; 9 grandchildren –Tony(Jody) Wilson, Angela Wilson, Dan Wilson, Stuart(Tara) Wilson, Ruth(Chris) Madison, Heather(Bill) Heddlesten, Michelle King, Kristin King(Marty Ellingson) and Robert King; 13  great– grandchildren – Emily, Tom, Elisabeth, Isaac, Lydia, Tyler, Katelin, Sean, Jordan, Michael, Mackenzie, Sawyer and Jamie;  1 brother – Harold Rudd of Austin and brother-in-law – Glen Wollschlager of Lansing,MN.  Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband – Everett, husband – Ernest, her parents, 3 sisters – Esther Wollschlager, Aurella Walker, an infant sister – Dorothy and son-in-law – Les Martin.

 

A time of visitation will be held  from 4  to 7:00 P.M. on  Tuesday( January 31, 2017) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home  in Stewartville.  A private family burial will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.

 









                                   Charles "Chuck" Molde

The funeral service for Charles “Chuck” Molde, 78, of rural Byron, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at East St Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, MN with Rev. Paul Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Molde passed away on Monday (January 23, 2017) from an illness with lung cancer, at Meadow Lakes Senior Living in Rochester where he had resided since December of 2016.

Charles Ellis Raymond Molde was born on September 28, 1938 in Rochester, MN to Raymond and Doris (Nereson) Molde.   He was the oldest of 6 boys.   He graduated from Hayfield High School in 1957.   Upon graduation from high school, Chuck started his career as a parts department employee/salesman for several auto dealerships including Don Shreve Lincoln Dealership and the Mercury Dealership in Rochester,  Dahlberg Ford in Hopkins, MN and back to Universal Ford in Rochester in 1962.  While attending a dance at the Pla-Mor Ballroom in Rochester, Chuck met Patricia “Pat” Strain.  After a  3 month courtship,  they were married on October 6, 1962 at the United Methodist Church in Byron. The couple lived in Rochester for a short time before moving to rural Byron. They bought a small hobby farm where they raised their daughters and lived happily for 50 years.  In 1971  Chuck started his career at CATCO in Rochester and worked there until his retirement in  April of 2000.  Pat was a longtime employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. After retiring, Chuck was employed for a number of years at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home  driving hearse and assisting with church services.

Chuck had a love for horses. No one could have guessed that one Christmas morning  when his daughters each received a pony for Christmas,  their entry into the "horse" world would lead to years of family enjoyment and participation in horse show events throughout South Eastern Minnesota.  Great friendships and memories were created and cherished.

As Chuck said - "When my daughters went on with their lives" - it was time for a new hobby. That is when the John Deere world became a part of Chuck and Pat's life.   Chuck restored John Deere tractors, participated in parades, was a member of the Root River Antique Power Association and looked forward to the Days of Yesteryear at the Olmsted County Historical Society. 

      

Chuck was an active member of East St Olaf Lutheran Church,  where he was baptized,  confirmed and a life long member.  Being a member at East St Olaf Lutheran Church, was a big part of Chuck and Pat's life. They both worked and helped promote  the annual Lutefisk Dinner.  Chuck also was a member of the Heritage Committee volunteering numerous hours towards the restoration of the Tverberg Cabin and served on the cemetery board. Chuck just loved being busy – whether it was fishing, deer hunting, following the Vikings, reading the paper front to back everyday, going to coffee, playing 500, cross-country bus trips, going up North, cutting wood or just running errands with Pat.  Chuck enjoyed  visiting with friends and neighbors, family reunions and picnics which included attending the monthly "Strain" gathering!

Chuck was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 6 years old. He was one of the longest treated diabetic patients at Mayo Clinic.  As he said:  "Having diabetes at a young age was not easy or fun" but he developed a disciplined lifestyle and along with the help of his wife, diabetes did not control his life. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer in October of 2015, he fought until his body could fight no more and on January 23,  2017, the angels came.   

Chuck is survived by his wife – Pat; his daughters:   Dawn (Mark) Grande and  LeAnn (Lonnie) Larson both of Rochester; 2 grandchildren – Dylan and Abbey Larson, 3 step-grandchildren - Elizabeth Grande, Consuela(Joshua) Richardson, Matthew Grande. 5 step-great grandchildren and 3 step great great grandchildren.  3  brothers - Arlyn of Robbinsdale, MN; Terry (Jane) Molde and Monte (Carol) Molde both of Menomonie, WI. and Barbara Molde, sister in law of Hastings, MN,  numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers -   Jim Molde and Gene Molde.  

A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 PM to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday(January  26, 2017) at East St Olaf Church in Rock Dell and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. The family suggests memorials to East St. Olaf Lutheran Church,  East St. Olaf Heritage Committee,  diabetes research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN or Eagles Cancer Telethon.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, MN. www.griffin-gray.com

 

 

  





                                        Wilma A. Zylstra

Wilma Zylstra, age 93, of rural Chatfield passed away peacefully on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Chosen Valley Care Center where she had resided for 5 months.

 

Wilma Anne Zylstra was born at her family home in Haverhill Township, Olmsted County, MN to Lysle and Verna Clement on February 15, 1923 and attended country school there.  When Wilma was 12 years old, the family moved to Stewartville, where she graduated from Stewartville High School in 1941.  The following year, Wilma moved to Washington D.C. and worked at the Pentagon in the Civil Service for four years, keeping track of personnel, equipment, and supplies for the wartime efforts.  In 1947 she moved back to Rochester, and began working at Mayo Clinic in the Registration Department.

 

Wilma married Meindert Zylstra on March 14th, 1953 at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.  Soon after, she left her job at Mayo to raise her family and help her husband with his farming endeavors.  In October 1964 the family purchased and moved to their farm in rural Chatfield where they lived for the next 52 years.  Wilma started back at Mayo Clinic at this time, making appointments for international patients at the Advanced Appointment Desk until her retirement in 1988.  Upon retiring, Wilma volunteered as the manager of Chatfield Brass Band Music Lending Library for several years.  She also volunteered time at the Wykoff Area Historical Society.

 

Wilma was an active member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ for most of her life, and enjoyed singing the alto part of the hymns.  She was an avid puzzler and also enjoyed family camping vacations, fishing trips, scrapbooking, sewing, crocheting, tatting, and collecting stamps.  Many hours were spent attending concerts and parades for the Chatfield Brass Band and, as her children were growing up, the Chatfield school bands and choirs.

 

Wilma is survived by her husband of 64 years, Meindert Zylstra of Chatfield; three children, Phyllis (Paul) Comstock of Stillwater, MN; Ronnie (Barbara) Zylstra of Stewartville and Sylvia (Brent) Klomps of Chatfield; grandchildren, Gary Zylstra, Jennifer (Joshua) Datta, Victoria Klomps, Stephanie Zylstra, Joseph Klomps, Carolyn (Seth) Lilly.

 

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gene; daughter, Elaine; sisters Clarice Anders, Merle Clement, Nadine Cook; brother Keith Clement.

 

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25th at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, rural Stewartville, with Pastor Lance Lorenz officiating.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Stewartville, MN.  Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24th, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home, Stewartville, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  The family suggests memorials to Pleasant Grove Church of Christ or Chatfield Music Lending Library.

 

 






                                         Adam D. Waugh

The funeral service for Adam D. Waugh, 20, of  Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday(January 17, 2017) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Mr. Waugh died on Wednesday (January 11, 2017) at his home.

 

Adam Donald Waugh was born on March 28, 1996 in Rochester,MN to Michael and Rochelle(Mills) Waugh. He grew up in Stewartville and attended Stewartville H.S. He was employed at Northside Auto and Fareway Foods in Stewartville. He was employed at CHS in their plant in Ostrander for 2 years, and after receiving his commercial driver’s license was recently employed at Croell Concrete in Preston. Adam enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycle, going mudding in his pick-up and hanging

with his friends. He especially enjoyed time with his parents, Tiffany and

his family.

 

Adam is survivd by his parents – Rochelle Mills(Paul Laganiere Jr.) of Lime Springs,IA; Mike Waugh (Jodi Janssen) of  Stewartville and his sister Tiffany Waugh; his grandmothers – Mary Ann Mills of Stewartville and Mary Waugh of Dexter,MN and great grandfather - Donald Martin Jr. of  Dexter,MN , numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers – Everett Mills and Dale Waugh and aunt – Nicole Mills.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday(January 16, 2017) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. A private family burial will take place at later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.






                                        Ellen Polzin Niski

Ellen Polzin Niski, 84, of Austin,MN died on Wednesday (January 4, 2017) of natural causes at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague,Mn, where she had been a resident since 2009.

Ellen Eloise Uptagraff was born on November 12, 1932 in West Concord,MN to Claude and Sarah(Babcock) Uptagrafft. She grew up in Dodge Center,MN, attended school there, graduating from West Concord H.S. in 1949. She attended Austin Teacher’s College for 2 years and taught in 1 room country school houses in Steele and Dodge Countys for 10 years. Ellen was married on January 8, 1966 in Rochester,MN to Arthur E. Polzin.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Racine,Mn and Stewartville,Mn. Mr. Polzin died on Nov. 26, 1972. Ellen and her son Arthur moved to Austin,MN where she lived for many years. Ellen was married on January 23, 1980 to Chester Niski in Austin,Mn where they made their home. Mr. Niski died on Oct. 8, 1994. Ellen was a past member of the First Baptist Church in Stewartville and Grace Lutheran Church in Austin. She enjoyed reading her Bible and going out to dinner with her son – Arthur.

Ellen is survived by her son - Arthur ”Art” Polzin of Alden,MN and 2 sisters – Marlys Thompson of Hayfield,MN and Marion Cordiner of Woodbury,MN. She was preceded in death by her husbands.   

A private family burial and committal service will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville at a later date.






                                        
                                                      Chase A. Tuseth

The Celebration of Life for Chase A. Tuseth, 33, of Chanhassen, MN, formerly of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 7, 2016 with a viewing one hour prior at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Grams officiating. Mr. Tuseth died on Saturday (December 31, 2016) in Mankato, MN.

 

Chase Anthony Tuseth was born on February 12, 1983 in Crookston, MN to Tony and Mickie Tuseth. He grew up in Wadena, MN and began his schooling there before moving in 1990 to Stewartville, MN where his parents were employed as teachers at Stewartville H.S.  In 1993 the Tuseth Family moved to Japan, where Tony taught Computer Science and Mickie taught English. Chase and his sister Chloe were fully immersed in a new culture and language attending Japanese school. They explored Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau, China and Hong Kong while there.

 

They returned to Stewartville in 1996, where Chase was an excellent student athlete playing basketball and going to State his senior year as a high jumper. He graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 2001 and attended Mankato State University receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology. Following in his parents’ footsteps, he accepted a teaching position in South Korea to teach English for one year. Chase returned to Minnesota, where he student taught in the Byron School District, receiving his MN State Teacher’s certification. He was then employed in Minneapolis at the Watershed Charter School where he taught science. His next teaching position was at Integrated Arts Academy in Chaska, MN where he taught biology, chemistry and physics for 2 years. Chase was becoming interested in different forms of education and with a fellow colleague, they began T & S Education Advisors, a consulting firm that specialized in project based learning. This past fall, he began teaching biology and physical education at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee, MN.  He had already received his Master’s in Science Education and was working on his Master’s in Administration.

As an adult, Chase was an avid traveler including trips to Morocco, Italy, Germany, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Peru. His month long trip to Peru was to deliver microscopes to children, visit Machu Picchu and study the culture. This December Chase visited Cuba “before McDonalds gets there”.  He enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, kayaking and camping in the Boundary Waters, was a take-no-prisoners board game player, enjoyed Frisbee golf and had begun playing golf. He loved time spent with his friends and family, with a special love for his nieces and nephew.

 

Chase is survived by his parents – Tony and Mickie of Stewartville; his sister – Chloe (Ryan) Ihrke of Lewiston, MN and their children, Chase’s beloved nieces and nephews – Sophia, Genevieve, Anthony (godson) and Celine; paternal grandparents – Ruth & Wesley Faul of Stewartville, MN, maternal grandparents– Victor & Barbara Liptrap of Bloomington, MN and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother – D’Ann Liptrap and paternal grandfather – Horace Tuseth. 

 

A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (January 6, 2017) at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the 11:00 a.m. service at Grace Church on Saturday morning.  A private family burial will take place at a later date. Chase’s family will use memorials to buy science equipment for the Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee, MN.               





                                         




                                      Delbert F. Schatz Jr.


The funeral service for Delbert F. Schatz Jr., 60, of rural Racine,MN. will be at

11:30 A.M. on Tuesday(January 3, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada and Rev. Bridget Sheely officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mr. Schatz died on Wednesday (December  28, 2016), of natural causes, at his home.

 

Delbert Francis Schatz was born on March 19, 1956 in Spring Valley,MN to Delbert and Susie(Oswald) Schatz. He grew up in Stewartville,MN., attended school there, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1974.  He was employed that same summer at All American Co-op in Stewartville. Delbert was married on June 29, 1978 in Keystone,S.D. to Sandra M. Vrieze. The couple lived in Stewartville where they began their family and moved to rural Racine in 1990, where they have continued to make their home. Delbert was employed for 38 years at All- American Co-op  in various capacities and departments throughout his time there. Delbert has been employed for the past 4 years at Tractor Supply in Rochester.  Sandy is a Registred Nurse and has been employed for the past 28 years at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Delbert and Sandy were longtime custodians and groundskeepers at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN.

Delbert was a  member of the Racine United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a longtime trapper along the Root River and streams in the area. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, camping with his family and traveling in their RV with Sandy. Delbert enjoyed listening to music and talk radio. He greatly loved time spent with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Delbert is survived by his wife - Sandy and 2 daughters and son – Anita(Jon) Milburn  and Austin(Gina) both of Stewartville and Arica(Chris) Schmoll of Spring Valley,MN; 7 grandchildren – Tanner and Tessa, Olivia, Nolan and Reese, Nathaniel and Madison; his father – Delbert Schatz Sr. of Stewartville;  2 brothers – Richard(Cindi) Schatz of Brooklyn Park,MN and Tim(Judy) Schatz of Stewartville,MN and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother – Susie Schatz and his grandparents. 

 

A time of visitation will take place from 9:30 AM. to the time of the service at the United Methodist Church on Tuesday morning.








                                            Harold J. Ivey


The  Mass of Christian Burial for Harold  James Ivey, 80,  a former Stewartville,MN resident will be held  at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday (December 28,  2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial with military graveside honors  will follow at the church cemetery in Stewartville.  Harold went Home to be with Our Lord on Friday (December 23, 2016) at 9:24p.m. at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, St. Marys Campus.

                                

Harold James Ivey was born on November 22, 1936 in Cameron County,TX to Ernest  and Ella(Peterson)Ivey. He grew up in Donna, TX where he attended school. He enlisted into the Army Reserves in 1955 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1956 serving overseas in Iwo Jima during the Korean Conflict and two Tours of Duty in Vietnam. Harold served 20 years in the Marines and achieved the rank of E-6 Staff Sargent at the time of his retirement in 1975 .  Harold was married on July 19, 1969 in Oceanside,CA to Katherine O’Connor. The couple moved to Minnesota in 1975 and settled in Stewartville where they raised their daughter and continued to make their home until moving to Rochester in 2008. Harold was employed for 20 years at Guyer’s Big G in Rochester.

Harold was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening ,  playing bingo, doing crossword and soduku puzzles, cross stitching and spent with family, especially his daughter and granddaughter.  

                      

Harold is survived by his wife Katherine and his daughter – Penny Ivey(Lewis Wuestwald) and granddaughter – Cassandra; 5 brothers and 2 sisters -  Jesse E. with wife, Annie Lee Ivey of Houston,TX; John E. Ivey with wife Linda K. of Aransas Pass, TX;  Brenda L. Ivey of Austin, TX;  Sylvia B. (Ivey) Lecuyer and husband Lawrence of Granbury, TX;  George A. Ivey with wife Gloria J. of Sugarland, TX;  Jodie L. Ivey of Jewett, TX  and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother – Robert Floyd Ivey.                     

               

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday( December 27, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service on Wednesday afternoon at St. Bernards Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.

 







                                        Irma E. Sanderson

The funeral service for Irma E. Sanderson, 102,  a longtime Stewartville,MN area resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (December 28, 2016) at St. Johns Lutheran Church in  Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Sanderson died on Thursday (December 22, 2016) of natural causes at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, St. Marys Campus.

                                                                            

Irma Ellna Schroeder was born on February 9, 1914 in High Forest Twsp., Olmsted County,MN to Herman  and Ida(Schluesner) Schroeder. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and continued to live and help on the family farm. Irma was married on October 7, 1937 in Pleasant Valley Township to Howard Sanderson. Following their marriage they lived and farmed on the Sanderson Family farm where they raised their daughters and made their home for many years. Irma was a farmwife and homemaker. Howard was a lifelong farmer

and was the neighborhood handyman, blacksmith and mechanic. Mr. Sanderson died on May 23, 1998. Irma moved into Stewartville in 2000 and to Dodge Center in 2012.

Irma was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, where she was active in it’s Ladies Aid activities. She belonged to a neighborhood card club and played with the same group of ladies for over 50 years, even after moving from the farm into town. She enjoyed gardening and riding the lawnmower and always kept their yard beautiful. She enjoyed crocheting, going up north fishing and time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Irma is survived by 2 daughters – Ethel Noterman of Hayfield,MN and Betty(Orie) Beltz of rural Lake City,MN; 3 grandchildren – Michelle Noterman of Purcell,OK, David  (Beth) Beltz of Plainview,MN and Greg(Beth) Beltz of Queen Creek,AZ;  6 great grandchildren – Ryan, Lacey, Ava, and Arie Beltz and Logan and Dillan Beltz.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Howard, her great-great grandson – Devan, her parents and 2 sisters – Margaret Sanderson and Edna Kuehntopp.

                

A time of visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.






                                        
                                        
                                          LeAnn K. Coller

The funeral Service for LeAnn K. Coller, 59, of Dodge Center, MN will be at 2:00 P.M.  on Thursday( December 15, 2016) at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant, MN with Rev. Dwight Dobell officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Coller died on Friday (December 9, 2016), following a lengthy illness with Pulmonary Hypertension, at Mayo Clinic, Rochester – St. Mary’s Campus, where she had been a  patient for four days.

 

LeAnn Kay Gronseth was born on December 13, 1956 in Minneapolis, MN. to Stanley and Ellen( Quinn) Gronseth. She grew up on the family farm outside of Sargent, where she loved helping take care of the chickens, pigs, cows, and farm cats. LeAnn attended Hayfield schools and during high school she fell in love with music, started playing the guitar and began a lifelong interest in arts and crafts. She graduated from Hayfield H.S. in 1974 and then attended college at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato where she majored in Social Work.  She transferred to Luther College in Decorah,IA where she graduated with a Bachleor of Arts degree in Social Work.  LeAnn was married on April 10, 1980 at Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargent to Byron A. Coller . The couple moved to a farm outside of Rochester, MN. and started their family. In 1999 they moved to Dodge Center,Mn where they have continued to make their home. LeAnn was a homemaker and loved spending time with her four daughters making crafts, participating in  their 4 –H activities and volunteering at her church. Byron has been employed as an over the road semi trailer driver for the past 37 years. In her later years, LeAnn spent most of her time focusing on her crafts and entering craft shows, and helping friends and neighbors with her homemade care packages.  LeAnn enjoyed reading, cooking yummy food  and  loved spending time with family and friends, playing with her grandkids, and taking care of her beloved dog, Ginger.

 

LeAnn is  survived by her husband Byron and her four daughters – Sarah(Charlie) Saul of Ft. Worth, TX; Robyn Robertson of Dodge Center, MN;  Michelle(Andrew) Pleschourt of Lonsdale, MN and Mickalla Coller of St. Paul,MN. ;  4 grandchildren - Abigail Saul, Jacob and Erik Robertson, and Arnold Pleschort;  step-son - Anthony Coller and  her brother – Arlen(Patricia) of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents, her maternal and paternal grandparents and her son-in-law Justin Robertson.

 

A time of visitation will take place from  5 to 7:00 P.M. on  Wednesday (December 14, 2016) at Griffin – Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thuraday afternoon.  







                                   Barbara "Jean" Rodenz


Barbara Jean Rodenz,  68, of High Forest,MN  died on Wednesday  (December  7,  2016) from a short battle with cancer,  at Riverbend  Senior Living in Rochester, where she had resided since October of this year.

Barbara  was born February 23, 1948 in Rochester to James and Virginia(Titrington) Sexton. She grew up in rural Stewartville, attended  and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1966.  Barbara was married on May 28, 1967 in Stewartville to Francis E. Rodenz.  Following their marriage the couple moved to High Forest where they raised their family and lived for many years. Barbara was known to many as Jeanie.  She was employed at the Stewartville Care Center for many years as a nurses aide and part-time as a kitchen prep worker at the Fish House Restaurant in Stewartville. Francis was a longtime employee at All-American Co-op in Stewartville and was employed at Mathy Construction Co. until his retirement.  Francis Rodenz died on October 13, 2014.  Barbara remained in their home in High Forest. They shared a love of being in the outdoors and watching wildlife. Barbara enjoyed feeding and photographing the many birds in their backyard  and they both enjoyed their dogs, Muddy and Jetty. The Rodenz family all enjoyed camping, fishing and deer hunting together.  Both Barbara and Francis shared a need to go to sales and antiquing. They liked cooking scallop potatoes and morel mushrooms for the annual wild game feed at the Stewartville Sportsman’s Club. After retiring they would often travel to visit family in Iowa, South Dakota and MN.  Barbara enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandsons who knew her as Nana.

Jean is survived by her  2 children - Mike(Lori) Rodenz  of  Sturgis,S.D. and  Micki(James)  Keefer of  rural Stewartville;  5 grandsons – Chance Rodenz of Spring Valley,MN,  Jett Rodenz of Ridgeway,IA and  Cody Keefer,  Brady Keefer and Jake Keefer all of Stewartville; her brother - Robert Sexton of Rochester; her sisters – Alice Sexton of Rochester; Cindy(Bob) Horstmann of rural Stewartville; Becky Sexton of Rochester; Arlene Sexton of Wisconsin and Ms. Mike Sexton(Bobbie  Briggs) of Millville,MN and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Francis, her parents and sister Betty Sexton.

 

 

A Celebration of  Jean’s  Life will be held from 2 to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday (December 17,  2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial in High Forest Cemetery will take place at a later date.  

 

 











                                                     LLoyd D. Lowrie


The memorial service for Lloyd D. Lowrie, 72, of Oronoco,MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday(December 6,  2016) at the Riverpark Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester,MN with Rev. David Mohler officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164. Mr. Lowrie died on Wednesday (November 30, 2016) from complications of an illness with chronic heart disease at Mayo Clinic, Rochester –Saint Mary’s Campus.

 

Lloyd David Lowrie was born on September 12, 1944 in Stewartville,Mn  to Byron and Irene(nee Sparrow) Lowrie. He grew up there and attended Stewartville H.S. Lloyd enlisted  and served in the U.S. Army including duty overseas in Germany. After his honorable discharge he returned to Minnesota. Lloyd was married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua,IA  to Margaretha “Margie” Karen Lang. The couple lived in Rochester for a few years before moving to Lake Zumbro in Oronoco where they raised their boys and have continued to make their home. Lloyd was employed with the Rochester Police Department shortly after his marriage. He attended Rochester Junior College and St. Marys College in Winona, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in law enforcement. He proudly served for over 30 years with the department as a patrolman and supervisor retiring with the rank of Lieutenant in 1999. Margie was employed for many years as a Registred Nurse at Mayo Clinic. Lloyd was a past member of the Presbyterian Church of Oronoco and Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota and was currently attending Zumbro Community Church in Zumbro Falls. He  was a member of the Rochester Police Benevolent Assn. , served on the Union Cemetery Board and was a past member of the Mn Police and Peace Officers Assn.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, following the Vikings and the Gophers and was a handyman extraordinarre – he could fix anything! Lloyd also was an avid high school wrestling fan especially enjoying his sons’ successes wrestling at state. He always enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors, loved time spent with family and going with Margie to all the grandkid’s sporting and school activities.

 

Lloyd is survived by his wife – Margie and his 3 sons –  Bill and Justin both of Ornonco,MN and Chris(Angela) of Pine Island, MN; 6 grandchildren – Colleen, Sam, Anna, Keagan, Sophia, Landon and great-grandson – Leo; 3 sisters – Jean Nelson of rural Stewartville; Barbara Mathison and Kathryn(Paul) McAllister both of Rochester and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter – Grace, his parents Byron and Irene(nee Sparrow) Lowrie, his brother Don and 3 brothers-in-law – Roland Nelson, Jim Mathison and Jan Sackett. 

 

 A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday(December 5, 2016) at Riverpark Chapel at Macken F.H. in Rochester and 1 hr. prior to the service at Riverpark Chapel on Tueday morning. Memorials are suggested to Zumbro Community Church or House of Shields in Rochester.











                                                          Daniel D. Jensen

The memorial service for Daniel D. Jensen, 50, of Kasson,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday(December 1, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Jensen died on Friday (November  25, 2016), of an apparent heart attack, at his home.

 

Daniel D. Jensen was born on April 5, 1966 in Rochester,MN to Donald and Marjorie(Marshall) Jensen.  He attended school in Stewartville,MN.  but finished his high school at Hayfield H.S. where he graduated in 1984. He then attended Waseca Technical College. Dan was a longtime employee of S and L Contracting in Rochester as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers -  Local 49 in Rochester. He moved to Kasson in 1996, where he has continued to make his home. He was a past member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church. He was a proud member of the Kasson Fire Department. Dan enjoyed motorcycling and snowmobiling and following the Vikings and Notre Dame football. He enjoyed time spent with his friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews and his beloved dogs -his boxers – Chopper and Harley.

 

Dan is survived by his sister and 2 brothers – David Jensen of Rochester; Jeffrey(Andria) Jensen of Kasson and Lori Jensen of St. Charles,MN; his beloved nieces and nephews – Shane, Tara, Will, Jack, Thomas, Emma, Carli and Cami; his aunt – Judy Malone of Stewartville and his cousins – Lisa, Bryan and Brad Malone and his father – Donald Jensen of Kasson,MN. He was preceded in death by his mother – Marjorie Jensen. 

 

 A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday(November 30, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Burial and a committal service will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville at a later date. 








                                       William H. Oehlke

William H. Oehlke, 79, of rural Stewartville,MN. died on Wednesday (November 23, 2016), following a short illness, at his home. 

William Henry Oehlke was born on November 6, 1937 on the family farm in Washington County, Minnesota to William and Bessie(Bondenson) Oehlke. He grew up on the family farm and attended District School 25 in Woodbury Twsp. He attended and graduated from St. Paul Park H.S. in 1955.  That same year the Oehlke family moved to rural Stewartville, MN where Bill farmed with his family. He had joined and served with the U.S. Marines Reserve before moving to Stewartville, and then enlisted into the U.S. and Minnesota National Guards and served a short stint in the US Army. After his discharge in 1961, he returned to Minnesota and continued farming with his family. William was married on May 14, 1966 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA to Ingrid A. Titterington. Following their marriage, the couple moved to the current Oehlke Family farm, where they raised their daughter and have continued to make their home. Bill was
a lifelong farmer and also was employed as an over the road semi-trailer driver.                   Ingrid was employed in the nursing profession until her retirement. Bill was a longtime supervisor for the Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was a John Deere tractor enthusiast, enjoyed attending antique tractor shows, following the Vikings, traveling with Ingrid, and was a history buff. Bird watching and his dogs were a big part of his life. He always enjoyed telling or hearing a good story, playing cards, visiting with friends and neighbors and time spent with family.

 

Bill is survived by his wife – Ingrid and his daughter Ingrid ’’Ingie” Oehlke both of rural Stewartville; 4 sisters and 5 brothers  – Roberta Edge of Stewartville; Audrey Pommerening of Woodville,WI; Herbert(Sarah) Oehlke of Stewartville; Chester(Doris) Oehlke of Stewarville; Lloyd(Meg) Oehlke of Mt. Judea,AK; Allan(Audrey)Oehlke of Grand Meadow,MN; Beverly(Paul) Bernau of Fountain,MN; JoAnn(Wayne) Wegman of St. Charles,MN; David(Janice) Oehlke of Brady,MT; sister-in-law – Sue Oehlke of Woodville,WI and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister – Dorothy Grieger and brother – Dennis Oehlke.   

A time of visitation will take place from 2 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday(November 27, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston,MN at a later date.








                                    Ronald D. Brummond


The funeral service for  Ronald D. Brummond, 63, of  rural Stewartville, Mn will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday ( November 22, 2016 ) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Lunch will be after the service and burial will follow at St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery in Chatfield, MN.  Mr. Brummond died on Thursday ( November 17, 2016) at his home,  following a lengthy illness with kidney cancer.

Ronald  Brummond was born on January 15, 1953 in New Hampton, IA to Erwin and Lila(Thies) Brummond. He moved with his family in 1957 to rural Chatfield, MN where he grew up, attended Chatfield schools and graduated from Chatfield H.S. in 1971.  He attended and graduated from Winona Vocational- Technical School in 1974 with an associates degree in civil engineering. Ron was employed for 2 years as an engineer in Minneapolis with the Hennepin County Highway Department. He missed country life and changed careers moving to Elma, IA where he was employed as a farmhand with his uncle.  Ron was married in August of 1982 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA to Tina Slifka.  Following their marriage the couple lived in rural Lonsdale,MN,  where Ron managed a large scale hog operation for 8 years, before purchasing the current Brummond farmstead in rural Stewartville, where they raised their 3 sons.  Ron and Tina later divorced.  Ron was married on September 12, 1998 at the Chatfield Lutheran Church to Debra F. Horstmann.  Following their marriage the couple have made their home on the Bummond Family farm. Ron has been a longtime passionate farmer  and Deb was employed for a number of years at Root River State Bank in Chatfield in the insurance department and later with AgStar as a sales insurance specialist.

 Ron was an active member of  St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville serving on various committees. He was an avid snowmobiler with his sons as they grew up on the farm and also enjoyed deer hunting and golf. Ron and Deb have enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. to 49 of the 50 states as well as the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and  a Mediterranean cruise. He always enjoyed time spent visiting with neighbors and friends and loved time spent with his family.

Ron is survived by his wife - Debra; 3 sons – Adam Brummond (Sarah Lahalih) of Los Angles,CA; Jeffery(Laura) Brummond of Chatfield, MN and Mitchel(Brianna) Brummond of rural Stewartville, MN; his mother – Lila Brummond of Chatfield, MN; 2 step-children – Casey(Heather) Borgen of  Rapid City S.D. and Lindsay(Chad) Eide of Chatfield, MN and 4 step-grandchildren; 3 sisters – Beryl(Jim) Stevens and Carolyn(Duane) Bicknese both of Chatfield; Vicki(Mike) Campion of Eyota, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his father – Erwin.

A time of visitation will take place on Monday ( November 21, 2016 ) from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.








                                     Robert D. Meyer

The funeral service for Robert D. Meyer, 86, of Byron,Mn will be at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday(October 27, 2016) at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in rural Kasson,MN with Rev. Mark Schwartz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Meyer died on Saturday( October 22, 2016 ) following a lengthy illness with congestive heart failure, in his home at Madonna Summit of Byron, where he and his wife Carol became the first assisted living  residents, on Memorial Day weekend of this year.

Robert David Meyer was born on September 3, 1930  in Preston Village, Fillmore County,MN to Ernest and Marguerite(Gee) Meyer. He grew up on the family farm in rural Wykoff,Mn  and attended  Wykoff  H.S. graduating in 1950.  He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in 1950 serving 4 years including duty overseas in England. Robert was married on March 8, 1952 at the Evangelical United Bretheran Church in Cherry Grove,MN to Carol Ann Ruesink.  Following their marriage the couple lived in England and following Bob’s discharge returned and lived in Rochester,MN.  Bob was employed at SM Electrical Supply as a sales clerk and at Marigold Dairy as a route driver, both in Rochester. He was employed at Ryan Electric for a few years and then Luck Electric, both in Rochester.  The Meyer family moved to rural Byron in 1968, where they continued to make their home for many years. In 1973, they started Bob’s Countryside  Electric, which Bob and Carol owned and operated for 35 years.

Bob was  an active member of South Zumbro Lutheran Church serving on numerous boards. He was a member of  the S.E. Minnesota Bowhunters Assn., the National Rifle Assn. and was a lifetime member of the Byron American Legion Post 119.  He was a member of the S.E. Minnesota Saddle Club and with Carol, they raised and showed quarter horses for a number of years. He was an avid hunter, especially with a bow, enjoyed fishing whenever possible and was a Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. Bob always enjoyed visiting with friends and loved  time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great -  grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife – Carol  and 3 daughters and 2 sons  – Bridget(Don) Bubendorf of Rochester; Robert Meyer Jr. of Byron; Jeff(Deb) Meyer of Mantorville; Sherri(Fred) Diercks of Zumbro Falls,Mn and Deb(Mike) Yennie of Park Rapids,MN; 12 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren; his sister – Margie Peterson of Wykoff  and brothers – Ernest(Jeannie) Meyer Jr. of Wykoff and Harold(Carolyn) Meyer of Byron and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents and 2  brothers – Richard Meyer and John Meyer.

A time of visitation will take place on Wednesday(October 26, 2016) from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at South Zumbro Lutheran Church  on Thursday afternoon. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





                                         Betty Jean Olness

The funeral service for Betty Jean Olness, 79,  of Stewartville,MN will be 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday( November 1, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. Byron Meline officating.  Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN. Mrs. Olness died on Friday ( October 28, 2016) of an acute illness following a medical procedure at Mayo Clinic in Rochester  -  St. Marys Campus.

Betty Jean Olness was born on August 26, 1937 in Rushford, MN to Melvin and Norma (Gravos) Bratberg. She grew up on the family farm in rural Rushford, attended country school and graduated from Rushford H.S. in 1945.  She was employed as a waitressed at Nigle Cafe in Rushford for a few years. Betty was married on September 4, 1955 at Highland Prairie Church in rural Rushford to Arland L. Olness.  The couple lived in Peterson,MN before moving to Stewartville in 1965, where they raised their family and lived for many years. Betty was a homemaker and was employed as a nurse’s aide at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester for over 25 years.  During those same years, she also was employed part-time at the Stewartville Nursing Home and Shamrock Home Care in Rochester. Arland was a longtime employee  at Custom Printing in Rochester. Mr. Olness died on Sept. 22,  2005.                                     

Betty was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartvile. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed interior decorating, quilting and sewing. She loved time spent with  her family, especially her grandchildren and great – grandchildren.

The Olness family would like to thank the staff on Mary Brigh 7E at St. Mary’s Hospital for the wonderful care they gave our mother and grandmother and also a special thank you to Dr. Whalen.

Betty is survived by 3 daughters and  1 son - Dawn (Kevin) Warren of Winona,MN ; Debbie(Dave) Turnquist of Eyota,MN ; Deanna(Kevin) Brossard of West Concord,MN and Doug (Robin) of Rochester, MN; 22 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and her brother – Merlin (Ellen) Bratberg of Plainview,MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Arland and her parents. 

A time of visitation will take place one hour before the service at Zion Lutheran Church on Tuesday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.www .griffin-gray.com

 

 




                                    Dale Jaszewski Sonski

Dale Sonski, 64, of Stewartville,Mn died on Monday( October 24, 2016 ) of  injuries caused by an accident at his rented workshop in Stewartville.

Dale Edwin Jaszewski was born on July 26, 1952 in LaCrosse,WI. to Raymond and Berniece(Beeman) Jaszewski. He moved often as a young boy with his family living in Houston,MN, Wisconsin, in rural Dover,MN and then in Rochester. He attended school in Rochester and as a teenager was employed as a “pots and pans” boy at Michaels Restaurant in Rochester.Later he earned his GED in the U.S. Marines when serving 2 years and returned to Rochester and attended Rochester Vocational- Technical School for truck driving mechanics. He then was employed as a cook at Perkins Restaurant. He moved to Bettendorf,IA and was employed as manager at the Sirloin Stockade Restaurant. Dale was married on  December 13, 1974 in Davenport,IA to Deborah R. Miller. The couple lived in Davenport,IA and then moved to Rochester,MN, where they began raising their daughters and where Dale was employed at Crenlo Corp. They were  later divoriced. Dale lived and worked in Albequeque,NM and then Lafayette, CO with his life partner of over 20 years, Kris Abelson. They returned to Rochester shortly before Kris’s death due to an illness on Jan. 1, 2014. Dale moved to Stewartville and was married on April 25, 2015 to Cheryl L. Stevenson and together they legally combined their names to become the Sonskis. They have continued to make Stewartville their home. Dale was most recently employed as a custodian at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Cheryl is employed at Rustic Accents in Stewartville. Dale was an avid bicyclist and could be seen cycling despite weather, almost year round. He enjoyed working on bicycles and his vehicles and could fix most anything. He was a true jack of all trades! He always enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his daughters and grandchildren. He was free-spirited, always smiling and a happy-go-lucky guy. He will be deeply missed.

Dale is survived by his wife – Cheryl;  4 daughters – Bobbie Jaszewski(Jeff Wiebold) , LuRae McLarnan, Samantha Jaszewski and Jessi Jaszewski all of Stewartville; 11 grandchildren – Grady, Emilie, Evan,  Laney, Hannah, Lily, Paige, Chase, Pacey, Max and Gavin; his sister – LuRae(Bob) Buck of Albany,ORE; half-sister – Marian Allen of Wisconsin Rapids,WI and Donald(Virginia) Jaszewski of Henderson,NV and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents  and 4 half-sisters – Phyllis Byon, Renee Stirneman, Donna Wolfgang and Bernice Wilk and 2 half-brothers – Wayne Raboin and Ray Jaszewski Jr.

A time of visitation to celebrate Dale’s life will take place from 2 to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday(October 29, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place at a later date.







                                         Brenda K. Travis


The memorial service for Brenda K. Travis, 78,  of Rochester,Mn will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday(November 11, 2016 ) at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow,MN with Rev. Larry Iverson officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Brenda died on Saturday(October 22, 2016) from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Brenda Karen Travis was born at the Peterson Nursing Home in Grand Meadow on June 25, 1938.  Her parents were William (Bill) and Gladys (Nelson) Travis who lived on a farm near Racine, Minnesota.  Brenda attended a one-room school near the farm for eight years.  In 1956, she graduated from Stewartville High School in Stewartville, Mn and in 1960, received a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Olaf College in Northfield,MN.  Later she earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Brenda taught two years at Morgan High School in Morgan, MN.  In 1962, she bought a ticket to Washington D.C. and sought a job in the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Schools.   Asmara High School in Ethiopia (now Eritrea) was her station for two years.  She then transferred to Mannheim, Germany; Ankara and Izmir Turkey; Kenitra, Morocco; Okinawa; Subic Bay, Philippines and then Okinawa after the bases closed in the Philippines.  She taught business classes for a total of 32 years overseas. In addition to teaching duties she was a member of the Overseas Education Association (now the Federal Education Association), serving 15 years as board president.

Brenda loved to travel and did so extensively, during her teaching career and continued after retiring, visiting over 100 countries. She made many lifelong friends during her years teaching and on her travels. Some of her hobbies were gaining a private pilot’s license, obtaining a scuba diver’s license and playing duplicate bridge.

She is survived by her brother, Glen (Sally) Travis  of Dodge Center, Mn  and her sister, Judy Travis of Sacramento, CA  and numerous nieces and nephews and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law - Richard "Dick" and Lavonne Travis and an infant brother - Kenneth.

A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service at the Bear Creek Lutheran  Church, 74727  265th  St. /Grand Meadow,Mn 55936. Brenda's family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society and Bear Creek Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,Mn.www.griffin-gray.com

 





                                     Robert D. Meyer

The funeral service for Robert D. Meyer, 86, of Byron,Mn will be at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday(October 27, 2016) at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in rural Kasson,MN with Rev. Mark Schwartz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Meyer died on Saturday( October 22, 2016 ) following a lengthy illness with congestive heart failure, in his home at Madonna Summit of Byron, where he and his wife Carol became the first assisted living  residents, on Memorial Day weekend of this year.

Robert David Meyer was born on September 3, 1930  in Preston Village, Fillmore County,MN to Ernest and Marguerite(Gee) Meyer. He grew up on the family farm in rural Wykoff,Mn  and attended  Wykoff  H.S. graduating in 1950.  He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in 1950 serving 4 years including duty overseas in England. Robert was married on March 8, 1952 at the Evangelical United Bretheran Church in Cherry Grove,MN to Carol Ann Ruesink.  Following their marriage the couple lived in England and following Bob’s discharge returned and lived in Rochester,MN.  Bob was employed at SM Electrical Supply as a sales clerk and at Marigold Dairy as a route driver, both in Rochester. He was employed at Ryan Electric for a few years and then Luck Electric, both in Rochester.  The Meyer family moved to rural Byron in 1968, where they continued to make their home for many years. In 1973, they started Bob’s Countryside  Electric, which Bob and Carol owned and operated for 35 years.

Bob was  an active member of South Zumbro Lutheran Church serving on numerous boards. He was a member of  the S.E. Minnesota Bowhunters Assn., the National Rifle Assn. and was a lifetime member of the Byron American Legion Post 119.  He was a member of the S.E. Minnesota Saddle Club and with Carol, they raised and showed quarter horses for a number of years. He was an avid hunter, especially with a bow, enjoyed fishing whenever possible and was a Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. Bob always enjoyed visiting with friends and loved  time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great -  grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife – Carol  and 3 daughters and 2 sons  – Bridget(Don) Bubendorf of Rochester; Robert Meyer Jr. of Byron; Jeff(Deb) Meyer of Mantorville; Sherri(Fred) Diercks of Zumbro Falls,Mn and Deb(Mike) Yennie of Park Rapids,MN; 12 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren; his sister – Margie Peterson of Wykoff  and brothers – Ernest(Jeannie) Meyer Jr. of Wykoff and Harold(Carolyn) Meyer of Byron and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents and 2  brothers – Richard Meyer and John Meyer.

A time of visitation will take place on Wednesday(October 26, 2016) from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at South Zumbro Lutheran Church  on Thursday afternoon. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com





                                  Alberdena  Hoffman

Alberdena Hoffman, 89, of Stewartville, was called home to heaven to be with Jesus, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  Allie was residing at Cottagewood Senior Communities.  She had been a resident there since April, 2013.

Alberdena Hoffman was born on February 16, 1927, in South Holland, Illinois to John and Cornelia (Smit) Dykhuizen.   Her family moved when Allie was a young girl to rural Fair Oaks, Indiana, where she attended Fair Oaks schools.  She was employed outside her family home for several years. On June 26, 1947, at the First Reformed Church in DeMotte, Indiana, Alberdena was married to William M. Hoffman.  She began her married life as the wife of a farmer on the Hoffman Family Farms, in rural DeMotte. When her husband, William accepted the Lord’s call to prepare for the Gospel ministry in 1949, Alberdena was by his side. William graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, in Holland, Michigan.  William said, “My name is on the diplomas, but we earned those degrees together.”  William was ordained as a Minister of the Word in the Reformed Church of America.  William and Alberdena served six congregations during their ministry. Alberdena used her talents to bring honor and glory to her Heavenly Father.  She was a “behind the scenes” person who arranged women’s and children’s ministries in the congregations they served.  The Hoffmans retired from the ministry in 1990 and moved to Stewartville, Minnesota, to be near family.  

Allie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Despite many moves, everywhere she lived, Allie made a home for her family.  Allie enjoyed spending time outdoors, tending her many flower and vegetable gardens.  She was an avid reader and puzzle solver.  God blessed Allie with the gift of creative handiwork in the areas of cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, and crafting.  Allie was a prayer warrior for her family and friends.  Her faithful prayers will be missed.  She faithfully sent handwritten letters to her loved ones who were separated from her by miles.  Allie was blessed with a gentle and caring spirit that will be missed by all. 

Alberdena will be lovingly missed by her four living daughters and their families:  Karen and her husband H. LeRoy Kraai of West Des Moines, Iowa; Martha and her husband Paul Steege of Omaha, Nebraska; Mary and her husband Herb Carlson of Fulton, Illinois; and Priscilla Joy and her husband Ken Mann of Stewartville.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren:  Kristi (Jason) Sitzman, Joel (Lisa) Kraai, Elisabeth (Tony) Rupe, Matthew (Robin) Carlson, Mark (Jen) Steege,  John (Aisha) Steege, William (Jenny) Mann, Joshua (Anna) Mann and Rachel (Alexander) Lewis; fifteen great-grandchildren:  Teagin Sitzman, Samuel and Nicholas Kraai, Annalise and Layla Steege, Isaac and Sarina Steege,  Jacob and Kayla Rupe, Jonas, Pearl, and Adora Carlson, Liam and Natalie Mann, and Baby Girl Mann. She is also survived by one sister:  Evelyn Koster of DeMotte, Indiana; and one brother:  John Jr. (Evelyn) Dykhuizen also of DeMotte.   She was preceded in death by her husband, William, beloved daughter Elisabeth Ruth, her parents John and Cornelia Dykhuizen, and three sisters:  Martha Hamstra, Marie Hamstra and infant sister, Marjorie Dykhuizen.

Her family would like to express a sincere thank you to the staff of Seasons Hospice and Cottagewood Senior Communities of Rochester for the loving care they provided during Allie’s final earthly days.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville with Dr. John Grams and Joel Kraai, Allie’s grandson, conducting the service. Visitation will be on Friday, October 14, 2016, from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday morning.  Her final resting place will be at the Carmel Cemetery in Carmel, IA, on Saturday afternoon.

Memorials are suggested to The Gideons International (www.gideons.org).


 




                                          Kevin C. Chinn

The memorial service for Kevin C. Chinn, 60, of Rochester, MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (October 14, 2016) at Mercy Hill Church in Rochester with Pastor Blane Huston officiating. Burial will take place at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove Twsp, MN. Mr. Chinn died on Saturday (October 8, 2016) after a 20 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease, at Bear Creek Services Homes in Rochester, where he had been a resident for 3 years.              

            

Kevin Charles Chinn was born on April 5, 1956, in LaCrosse, WI, to William and Bertina (Speciale) Chinn. Growing up Kevin lived many places – West Virginia to California to Minnesota following his Dad’s employment as he built a career with different radio stations across the country. The Chinn Family moved to Rochester, MN in 1969, and Kevin graduated from Mayo H.S. in 1975. He also attended Rochester Area Vocational – Technical College in Rochester in the early 1990’s. Kevin was married on February 15, 1985, in Rochester to Ann Gunsalus. They made their home and raised their family in Rochester. Kevin was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Madonna Towers and Maple Manor Care Center in Rochester for a few years. He was employed at the Stewartville Care Center for 10 years before his health caused his early retirement. Ann was employed at Childcare Resource and Referral, and Wal-Mart North, both in Rochester. Kevin was passionate about spending time with his family and attending Sunday church services, currently at Mercy Hill Church. In 1996, Kevin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which he courageously fought. Even if he was having a rough day, he always had something positive to say and a smile on his face. He enjoyed football, baseball and golf. He always followed his alma mater – Mayo Spartan’s sports teams and was a Viking, Twins and Rochester Honkers fan.

 

He is survived by his wife - Ann  of Rochester and his daughters; Amber (Scott) Sampson of Gilbert, AZ;  Lee-Amber Arndt of Rochester; Jane Chinn (Cody Thorson) of Dodge Center and Kristina Chinn of Rochester; 8 grandchildren – Nathan and Lauren Sampson, Angeleigh and Gwendolyn Chinn, Erin Thorson and Charles, Trevor and Joshua Arndt; 1 sister and 3 brothers – Christopher Chinn of Chicago, IL; Gina (Michael) Osbeck of Windsor, CA; Tracy (Audrey) Chinn of Fridley, MN and Michael (Pete Combs) Chinn of Citrus Heights, CA and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father - William “ Bill”, and his mother – Bertina “ Tina” Chinn.

 

A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.










                                    Margie B. Snyder

The funeral service for Margie B. Snyder, 88, a longtime rural Spring Valley,MN resident will be at 1:00 P.M. on Monday(October 3, 2016) at the Sumner Center United Methodist Church in rural Spring Valley,MN with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will take place at the Sumner –Millett Cemetery in Sumner Twsp. Mrs. Snyder died on Monday(September  26, 2016) of natural causes at the Clara House in Harmony,MN where she had been a resident for the past year.

 

Margie Beth Ihns was born on March 5, 1928 in Preston,MN to Walter and Emma(Austin) Ihns. She grew up on the family farm in rural Lime Spring,IA and attended country school where she discovered her love for learning and in the 8th grade was the Grand Champion Speller in  Howard County and placed 9th at the Iowa State Spelling Contest. Margie was married on September 25, 1946  in Lime Springs  to Ivan DuMez Snyder. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Ostrander and Spring Valley for a few years before moving in 1951 to the current Snyder Family farm where they raised their 4 children and lived together for many years. Margie was a farmwife and homemaker and Ivan was  a lifelong farmer. Mr. Snyder died on August 9, 2001.  Margie was a natural caregiver, whether for a family member or a neighbor,  she was there to help with a meal or to lend a hand. She was employed with Fillmore County Social Services in the 1960s as one of the 1st home health care aides in the county. In 1970 she was employed  with the U.S. Postal Service in Stewartville as it’s 1st female city letter carrier and in the office.

Margie was a active member of the United Methodist Church in Sumner Center serving in many capacities -  with U. M. Women activities, on the Church Board and as a Sunday School teacher for adults. She was a charter member of the Prairie Land Parish. She was active with her children’s 4-H, was a Sunshine Lady and belonged to the Neighborhood Birthday Club. She continued her education later in life receiving her GED in 1966 at the Stewartville HS and enjoyed taking Community Education Courses on various topics and crafts. They were charter members of the MN Donkey and Mule Assn. and participated in the  Friendship Wagon Train for number of years. They enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. including trips to Alaska and Virginia where she would meet with her pen pal of 65 years.Margie loved to dance as a young girl and with Ivan they square danced all over S.E. MN together. Margie was an avid reader and photographer, enjoyed gardening and flowers, cooking and baking and was widely known for her breads (Margie Buns!) and raspberry jelly. They loved all the wild animals on their farm and would feed the birds, squirrels and rabbit year round. Margie enjoyed time visiting with friends and loved time spent with her family and especially her numerous cats and dog – Lassie.  

      

Margie is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son – Emilie(Robert) Durand of Spring Valley; Rebecca(Jim) Herron of Sidney,MT and Joel(Darla)Snyder of St. Joseph,MO; daughter-in-law – June Snyder – Oak Harbor,WA; 7 grandchildren –  Ben Snyder, Ivan J. Snyder, Melinda(Cory) TeStroote, Marla(Cory) Gilman, Amy(Casey) Jackson, Bianca Snyder and Ariel Snyder: 6 great-grandchildren – Marcus, Justin, Ivan W., Loralai, Jacob and Maliyah;  her sister – Wanda Isaacson of Riceville,IA,  numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; lifelong friend –Julia Timmerman. She was preceded in death by her husband – Ivan and son – Anthony in 2015, her parents, her sister – Gloria Jefferson and her husband Gordon, brother – Wallace Ihns and his wife Edith and brother-in-law Mervin Isaacson.

        

A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday(October 2, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday afternoon.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.






                                 James "Jim" Wuertz

The funeral service for James “Jim” Wuertz, 50, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (September 24, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Meadow Cemetery in Grand Meadow, MN. Mr. Wuertz died on Tuesday (September 20, 2016) of an apparent heart attack, at his home in Stewartville.

James R. Wuertz was born on October 5, 1965 in Rochester, MN. He grew up in Stewartville and attended Stewartville High School. He spent many hours as a boy and teen in his grandfather Jim Riehl’s shop, helping and learning the basics of how to be a diesel mechanic. He was employed as a mechanic at CATCO Co. in Rochester. James was married on April 16, 1994 in Stewartville to Lori L. Lipkie.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville and they were later divorced. Jim was employed as an over the road semi-trailer driver by Artic Air Trucking Co. in Wisconsin Dells for a number of years. For the past 5 years he has been a self-employed truck mechanic. Jim enjoyed working and the occasional fishing trip, having just returned from a trip to Canada with friends. He always enjoyed time spent with his large family and lived for time spent with Cora and his grandkids – Collin and Nora.

Jim is survived by his daughter – Cora Lee Wuertz (Gary Clark) and grandson – Collin and grandaughter – Nora of Eyota, MN ; his mother -  Barbara Wuertz of Rochester; 2 sisters and 4 brothers – John Wuertz and Daniel (Ryan) Wuertz both of Rochester; Donald Wuertz (Jenni Koenigs) of Stewartville; Kristine (Jason) Schlecht and Sarah Volker both of Sartell, MN and Matthew Wuertz of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his father – Luverne Lecy, his paternal and maternal grandparents and brother-in-law – Lucas Volker.

A time of visitation will take place on Friday (September 23, 2016) from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com




                                                   
                                                                  Theresa C. Rose

Theresa C. Rose, 92, of Stewartville, MN died on Saturday (September 10, 2016) of complications following a stroke, at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past  2 years.

Theresa Caroline Drees was born on January 5, 1924  to August and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Drees in Wabasha,MN.  She grew up on the family farm and, attended St. Felix Catholic School in Wabasha and also attended secretarial school in Winona,MN. She was employed at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester for a few years before moving to Souix Falls,S.D. where she was employed as a secretary. Theresa  was married on March 27, 1949 in Souix Falls to Leon J. Rose. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Rochester for 10 years before moving to Pleasant Grove Twsp. with their family.  Theresa was a homemaker and Leon was a self – employed auto mechanic. Mr. Rose died on December 16, 1966. Theresa raised her 5 children on her own and continued to live in Pleasant Grove until moving to Stewartville in 2013. She was employed at Lake Center Industries in Stewartville and as a home health care provider with Family Services in Rochester for many years, well into her 80’s. She was a longtime member of St. Bridgets Catholic Church where she volunteered with it’s ladies groups and in the church office. Theresa enjoyed gardening and flowers, garage sales, playing cards monthly with her sisters in Wabasha and was an excellent baker, famous for her apple pies. She loved traveling and never turned down a chance to take a road trip, often times with her favorite traveling companion, daughter Marianne. In August of this year, she traveled to Cincinatti with her daughters to visit a grandson. She never lost her sense of adventure – going on a hot air balloon ride and tubing behind a boat while in her 80’s. Theresa was deeply loved  by her family and many friends and will be greatly missed.

A special thanks to those that stayed with her day and night thru her illness, Marianne, Teri, Don, LuAnn and the Care Center Staff.

Theresa is survived by her 2 daughters and 3 sons – Teri Rose (Langdon) of Neenah,WI; Leon (Gwen) of Cannon Falls,MN; Donald  of Grand Meadow,MN: Marianne(Jerry) Cordell of Rochester and Mark(LuAnn)  of rural Spring Valley,MN; 10 grandchildren – Matthew Langdon, Kyle(Keely) Langdon, Jason(Heather) Rose, Derek(Amber) Rose, Dayna(Tom) Jerome, April(Jack) Newman, Ryan (Heather) Cordell, Scott Cordell (Lucas Mueller), Nathan Cordell and Joshua Cordell; 9 great grandchildren  - KyAnn and Kelson, Eric, Madeline, Gabriella, Hailey, Dylan and Holly, and Ava; 2 sisters - Betty Wilson of Wabasha,MN and Dolores Bona of New Brighton,MN and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Leon, her parents, son-in-law – Bill Langdon, 2 sisters and a brother - Mary Gasch, Margaret Drees and Joe Drees.

A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday (September 14,  2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, MN. Theresa in her giving spirit,  has chosen to donate her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Mayo Clinic. A private family burial will take place at St. Bridgets Catholic Cemetery in Simpson,MN at a later date.  The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Care Center.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 





                            

                                            Donald "Donnie" Jordan

The Mass of Christian Burial for Donald “Donnie” Jordan, 42, of rural Stewartville, MN will be at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday (September 13, 2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Mr. Jordan died on Sunday (September 4, 2016) from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

Donald Melvin Jordan was born on January 19, 1974 in Rochester, MN to Jack and Sandra (Inglebret) Jordan. He grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville and attended Stewartville High School. He was employed, beginning in high school, at Oehlke Farms in rural Stewartville as a farm laborer. Donnie was married on May 3, 1997 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville to Serena M. Minter.  Following their marriage the couple lived in rural Stewartville, where they raised their boys and have continued to make their home. Donnie was employed for close to 25 years at Oehlke Farms as a mechanic and semi-truck driver. Serena is a homemaker and is a longtime employee at PossAbilities in Rochester as a personal care provider. Donnie was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church. He enjoyed camping with Serena and family, competing in tractor pulls, horseback riding, snowmobiling with his boys and had recently become a Harley Davidson enthusiast. He was known for his large vegetable gardens, going mudding in his Chevy truck “Puddles” and followed the Vikings and NASCAR. Donnie always enjoyed time with his large family and loved time spent with Serena, his boys and Amry.

 Donnie is survived by his wife – Serena and  2 sons – eldest, Matthew Jordan (Mary  Bakken) and grand-daughter Amry, youngest, Willit Jordan both of Stewartville; his mother -  Sandra Jordan of rural Stewartville; 3 sisters and 3 brothers – Richard (Terry) Jordan of rural Stewartville; Joey (Sreytauch) Jordan of Stewartville; Nancy (Ed) Nold of Stewartville, MN; Mary Jordan (Rodney Bell) of Rochester, MN; John (Tanya) Jordan of Stewartville and Heather (Tom) Sexton of Sargent, MN; several aunts and uncles and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his father – John “Jack” Jordan, his paternal grandparents – Lawrence and DeVera Jordan, and maternal grandparents – Lillian and Connie Ringey and Willet “Bill” Inglebret.

A time of visitation will take place on Monday (September 12, 2016) from 5 to 8:00 P.M. at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday morning. The Jordan Family suggests memorials be sent to a fund being established at Bremer Bank in Stewartville for Serena’s medical expenses following the accident.











                                                       Arthur G. Hermanson

Arthur George Hermanson, 82, of Stewartville, MN died on Thursday (September 1, 2016) following a short illness with cancer, at Golden Living Center West in Rochester, MN where he had been a resident for the past 2 weeks.

 

Art was born on March 18, 1934 in Spring Valley, MN to Andrew and Edna (Jenkins) Hermanson. He grew up in rural Spring Valley, attended country schools and graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1954. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in November that same year, serving 4 years, including duty overseas at a SAC base in Newfoundland and Labrador and Baffin Island during the Korean Conflict. He was an Airman 1st Class at the time of his discharge in September of 1958. Arthur was married on January 25, 1959 at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester to Carol M. Whipple. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Rochester where Art was employed by Greenway Cooperative as a service station attendant. He transferred with Greenway first to Kasson and then to Stewartville in 1967, where the couple raised their sons and lived for a number of years. Art was an LP gas plant manager in Stewartville until leaving Greenway in 1978. He was an over the road semi-truck driver for Molde Trucking and then Wilson Trucking, and was employed at Rochester Sand and Gravel and Schaefer Construction until retiring in 1999. Mrs. Hermanson was employed at Newman Kraft Photography, Massey’s Department Store, as a church secretary, and in medical records at Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center until her retirement in 1999. Art and Carol moved to Dexter, MN where they owned and managed a small mobile home park for a number of years before returning to Stewartville in 2014.

                 

Art was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville, the Masonic Order – Stewartville Lodge No. 203, the Teamsters Local No. 160 in Rochester and the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. He was involved with his son’s Boy Scout activities and was a MN State certified gun safety instructor for a time. He and Carol enjoyed camping and family vacations while their boys were growing up and continued to travel following their retirements. Art enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with friends and time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

              

Art is survived by his wife – Carol; 2 sons – Garth (Carol) of Chicago, IL and Lane (Anita) of Rochester, MN; 4 grandchildren – Ushus Hermanson, Arielle, Garrett, and Owen Hermanson and his sister – Doris Miland of Austin, MN He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister – Joann Moucha and brother – Harvey Hermanson.

      

A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (Sept 6, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.





                                    
                                   Bridget Marie Hale


The funeral service for Bridget M. Hale, 33, of Stewartville, MN will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating. Mrs. Hale died unexpectedly of natural causes at her home on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

           

Bridget Marie Wilma was born on October 23, 1982 in Winona, MN to Jerry and Cheryl (Ryan) Wilma. She grew up in Winona and attended WACS schools, graduating from Winona Cotter in 2001. Bridget was a standout student athlete and continued to play softball at the collegiate level. With a passion for coaching, Bridget influenced the lives of many young athletes in the Winona area, often with the help of her future husband Nic. She graduated from Winona State University in 2005, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  Bridget was married on August 12, 2006 in Winona to Nicholas James Hale. Shortly after their marriage, Nic and Bridget moved to Pine Island, MN where she was a substitute teacher and assisted in coaching volleyball, basketball and softball for the Pine Island Panthers. On December 15, 2008, they welcomed James Virgil Hale to the family, who was the pride of Bridget’s life. In 2010, Bridget began teaching in the Stewartville School District. Due to her love of reading, she earned a Reading Specialist degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona, eventually becoming the Stewartville Middle School reading specialist. She was a dedicated educator who loved helping kids and always had extra supplies on hand so every student was equipped for learning. Nic, Bridget and James moved to Stewartville in 2014 and were members of Zion Lutheran Church. Bridget was involved with James’ Cub Scout activities and had volunteered as a coach with SHS Tiger softball.  She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, doing crafts, was an avid reader. She passionately followed the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Twins and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Bridget enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially time with Nic and James.

 

Bridget is survived by her husband Nic and son James; her parents Jerry and Cheryl Wilma of Winona, MN and in-laws – Brian and Gayle Hale of Pine Island, MN; her maternal grandmother – Shirley Ryan of Albert Lea, MN; her sister – Heather (Bryan) Lande and niece and nephews Colin, Justin, Mallory and Max of Altura, MN;  brothers - John (Amy) Wilma and nephew Jack of Shakopee, MN and Anthony Wilma of Minneapolis, MN; two sisters-in-law – Natalie (Nic) Rebeja and nephew Ben of Rochester, MN and Allison (James) Claassen and nieces Abigayle and Maggie of Pine Island, MN. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Symford Wilma and Mary Ann Wilma-Boyd, step-grandfather Robert Boyd and maternal grandfather Virgil Ryan.

                      

Visitation will be held at Zion Lutheran Church from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, August 26, 2016 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday morning.  A private family burial will take place at a later date. The family suggests memorials to the Winona area Ready Set School program and the Sharing Project at the Stewartville School District.










                                    Aulden E. Winch

The funeral service for Aulden E. Winch , 95, a longtime Stewartville,MN resident  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday(August 25, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial with military graveside honors will follow at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston,MN. Mr. Winch died on Friday(August 19, 2016) at the Maplewood Care Center in Maplewood,MN, where he had been a resident for the past month.

 

Aulden Earl Winch was born on August 22, 1920 in Canton,MN to Earl and Hattie Mae(Scott) Winch. He grew up on the family farm and attended Canton H.S. He enlisted into the U.S. Marines in 1942 and served overseas in the South Pacific including duty in the battles for Guam and Iwo Jima. Following his discharge, he returned to Minnesota. Aulden was married on  March 15. 1946  in Mabel,MN to Virgina Rassmussen. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in March of this year.  Following their marriage the couple lived in  Rockford,ILL where Aulden completed a 4 yr. apprenticeship in tool and die making. In 1958 he was employed at IBM in Rochester, working there until his retirement in 1985. The Winchs moved to Stewartville in 1958,  where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Virginia was a homemaker and was also employed at  First National Bank in Stewartville. Aulden was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville where he volunteered in numerous capacities, serving as usher, on the new church building committee and volunteering many hours in the actual construction of the current church. He was a member of the Masonic Order – Stewartville Lodge No. 203,  the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 and the Stewartville Veterans of Foreign War 1215. Aulden enjoyed woodworking, fishing, mowing and working in the yard and traveling. He enjoyed time visiting with friends and loved time spent with his family, especially his grandsons.

              

Aulden is survived by his wife – Virginia; his son – James of Lakeshore,MN and Kathryn(Stephen) Schneider of  Jordan,MN; 2 grandsons – Peter(Laura) Winch and Jason Winch and brother – Charles Winch of Rockford,Ill and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.                                                 .

      

A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday(August 24, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.








                                      Orris S. Strum

The funeral service for Orris S. Strum, 101, a long-time  Stewartville,MN area farmer will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (August 24, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Burial will take place in St. John’s Evangelical Cemetery in Racine Township.  Mr. Strum died on Saturday(August 20, 2016) of natural causes at Willows and Waters Senior Living in Rochester,MN, where he and his wife Margaret have been residents since November of last year.

Orris Seymour Strum was born on April  21, 1915 in McCallsburg, IA to Isaac and Bertha(Helland) Strum. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and McCallsburg  H.S. graduating in 1934 and continued to work on the family farm.  Orris was married on April 5, 1941 in Roland,IA to Margaret C. Risdal. The couple farmed and began their family in and around the McCallsburg area, before moving to rural Stewartville in 1959. They purchased the current Strum family farm in Racine Township, where they continued to farm and live, until moving to Root River Estates in Stewartville in 2013.  Mr. Strum was also employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester,MN  as a custodian for close to 20 years, until his retirement in 1980. Mrs. Strum was a farmwife and homemaker and was employed by the Stewartville School District in their cafeterias for 15 plus years, until her retirement. Mr. Strum was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Following their retirements, Orris and Margaret began traveling and would drive to Apache Junction, AZ, where they spent winters for many years. Orris played town baseball when he was young and enjoyed following the Chicago Cubs and Twins. He enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with family, especially going with Margaret to his kid’s and grandkid’s school and sport activities.

Orris is survived by his wife – Margaret; 2 sons and 1 daughter – Steve(Ruth) of Sun City,AZ; Kenneth(Sharon) of rural Racine and Sharon(Larry) Moody of Hastings,MN; 8 grandchildren – Lisa Strum, Kris Ries, Brian Strum, Jennifer(Matt) Sickle, Ben(Jennifer) Moody, Jon Strum, Jessica(Chad) Mayer and Erik Strum; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law – Esther Risdal of Roland,IA; 2 brother-in-laws – Avon Hall  and Gerald Risdal, both of Ames,IA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters – Lila Hall and Irene Strum and 3 brothers – Arlo, Jarl and Wayne Strum.  

The family would like to express appreciation to the wonderful staff at Willows and Waters Senior Care Center for the very special care Orris received over the past several months and to the staff at Zion Lutheran Church of Stewartville for their frequent visits.

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (August 23, 2016) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com




                         
                                 Aricc "Red"  Hansen

Aricc  “Red” Hansen, 26, of Stewartville,MN. died on Sunday (August 14, 2016), following a short illness, at his home.

 

Aricc Mikeal Steven Hansen was born on January 21, 1990 at Vandenberg Air Force Base - Hospital in Lompoc,CA to Steven and Victoria(Ramos) Hansen. He moved often as a young boy when his Dad’s Air Force duty changed and after his Dad was employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Hansen family moved to Stewartville in 2000, where Aricc attended Stewartville schools and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 2008. He was employed at Halcon Corp. in Stewartville and at Toppers in Rochester. Arric enjoyed history, especially reading about the U.S. Civil War and WWII, hiking, playing video games and Legos with his daughter and was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan, like his Dad. He liked hanging with friends and time spent with family, especially his daughter  Kiana and Chloe.

 

Aricc is survived by his mother – Victoria(Richard) Faircloth of Gloucester,VA; father – Steven(Loretta) Hansen of Clinton,IA; daughter – Kiana Skyhawk of Stewartville; his maternal grandparents – Janet(James) Bronson of LasVegas,NV and Gilbert(Anita) Ramos of Riverside,CA; paternal grandmother – Maureen Hansen of Palo,IA; 1 sister and 2 brothers  – Jerriana “Jerri” Hansen and Jason  Hansen both of Mankato,MN and Donald Merritt of Gloucester,VA. and his fiance – Chloe Johnson of Stewartville. He was preceded in death by his grandfather – Jerry Hansen. 

 

 A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(August 19, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.







                             
                                   Janice M. Heitman


Janice “Jan” Heitman,  86,  a long-time Stewartville, MN resident and Stewartville H.S. teacher, went to be with her Lord, on Friday ( August 5, 2016) at  the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past 19 months.

Janice Marie Sobbota was born on August 16, 1929 in Bluff Siding, WI to Lawrence and Johanna (Kreibich) Sobbota. She grew up on a farm near Bluff Siding and attended parochial school in Winona, graduating at the age of 16, from Cathedral High School.  She attended and graduated from Winona State College with a Bachelor of Science degree at the age of 19. Jan was hired to teach physical education and math at Stewartville High School and began teaching at age 19.  Janice was united in marriage to Allan E.  Heitman on June 23, 1951 in Winona.  The couple moved to Stewartville, where Jan and Al both taught at Stewartville High School, together they dedicated a combined 84 years to education. They raised their two girls and made their home in Stewartville. Al passed away on August 17, 1990.

Both Jan and Al made life-long impressions on their students, many who returned over the years to express their gratitude for their commitment and caring.  Jan’s commitment to her students was not only in the classroom but also through coaching, chaperoning dances and attending most of their after school events.  She likewise spent countless hours volunteering on the St. Bernards Cemetery Board, at Bonner Elementary School, Ronald McDonald House and with the Stewartville Lionesses. But most important was her faith and her family. She was a longtime member of St. Bernards Catholic Church, where she belonged to its CCW and helped with many church events through the years. Values that were important to her were her Christian faith, her family and sharing big meals for birthdays and holidays. She felt everyone should receive a present, regardless of whose birthday we were celebrating.  She instilled these values in her children and grandchildren through prayer and her example.  She lived a great life, was very active and touched many lives.  Jan will be remembered for being strong, happy, kind, caring and generous.  Above all, she loved Jesus, her family and friends.  She will be missed, loved and never forgotten.   

Jan is survived and loved by her family: 2 daughters - Julie (Mike) Ancius of Onalaska, WI and Sue (Steve) Steinmetz of Rochester, MN; 4 grandchildren - Matt Steinmetz (Jordan Melby), Beau (Lory) Steinmetz, Jimmy and Christopher Ancius, and 3 great grandchildren - Savannah, Alden and Ezra Steinmetz; 3 sister-in-laws - Simone Heitman of Fountain City, WI, Phyllis Sobotta of Cedar Rapids, IA and Delight (Dee) Sobotta of Winona, MN.  Jan also had so many special, life-long friends, many of whom she knew as neighbors and family.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Al, her parents, and her sister - Lucille McClain, 2 brothers - Quentin and Adrian Sobotta, a sister-in-law - Betty Schmidtknecht and a brother-in-law -  Richard (Dick) Heitman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday (August 16, 2016) at St Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday (August 15, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and an hour before the service at the church on Tuesday morning.

A special thank you goes to all the health care professionals including the doctors, nurses and wonderful staff at the Stewartville Care Center and Seasons Hospice who cared for Jan in her final years. Memorials are suggested to the Allan and Janice Heitman Scholarship Fund at (Stewartville H.S. / 440 6th Ave. S.W. / Stewartville, MN 55976) or St. Bernards Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. www.griffin-gray.com

 






                                 Juliet Skustad Seim

The funeral service for Juliet Skustad Seim, 104, of Stewartville, formerly a longtime Grand Meadow, MN resident, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (August 5, 2016) at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow, MN with Pastor Larry Iverson officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Mrs. Seim died of natural causes on Tuesday (August 2, 2016) at the Stewartville Care Center where she had been a resident since 2013.


Juliet Lee was born in Spring Grove, MN, April 19, 1912, to Knute and Mathilda (Glasrud) Lee.  She graduated from Spring Grove High School at the age of 16 and attended Winona State Normal School, where she received a teaching degree.  On September 27, 1941, she married Marvin Skustad at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove.  They lived and farmed on the Skustad home farm until moving to Grand Meadow in 1967. Mrs. Seim was a homemaker and worked in elementary education for 22 years at Grand Meadow Public School.  Mr. Skustad died on May 21, 1974.  Juliet continued to make her home in Grand Meadow. On December 29, 1979, Juliet married Marvin Seim at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow.  In 1986 they moved to a townhome in Rochester.  Marvin died November 22, 1993. Juliet continued to live in their town home until her health caused a move to the Stewartville Care Center in 2012. She enjoyed being a farm wife while also being involved in church activities and community organizations.  She was a past longtime member of Bear Creek Lutheran Church where she served as church organist.  More recently she was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. Her love of music was always a big part of her life.  She had a piano and organ in her home and loved to play duets with anyone who would join her.  When she wasn’t playing music, she was often listening to it – all styles and types.  Her other interests included reading, flower gardening, art (painting), sewing and spending time with family and friends, which would always involve coffee and cookies or a full meal.

 

She is survived by her son - Mark (Susan) Skustad of rural Rochester and her daughter -  Jane (Duane) Milburn of Racine, MN; step-daughter - Eleanor Christeson of Rochester and step-son -  George Seim of Rochester;  4  grandchildren -  Carl Skustad, Ben (Melisa) Skustad, Eric (Leah) Milburn, Jon (Anita) Milburn;  2  step-grandchildren - Louise (Brian) Hendricks and Martin (Diana) Christeson;  9 great grandchildren - Ava and Aksel Skustad, Logan, Boden and Delaney Skustad, Cody and Caleb Milburn, Tanner and Tessa Milburn; 5  step great- grandchildren - Aaron Hendricks, Evan, Kenny, Jada, and Kaitlyn Christeson and  1 sister -  Naomi Hysell  of Rochester.  She was preceded in death by her two husbands, her parents, three sisters and two brothers.

                
A time of visitation will take place from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service, at the church on Friday morning.








                                                                  Ruth M. Pingree          

The funeral service for Ruth M. Pingree , 97, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (August 3, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Pingree died on Friday (July 29, 2016) at the Stewartville Care Center where she had been a resident for the past 3 years.

 

Ruth Miriam Iverson was born on June 14, 1919 in Sioux Falls,SD to Sherman and Edna (Hanson) Iverson. She grew up on the family farm and attended South Sioux Grade school, graduating from Washington H.S. in Sioux Falls in 1937. She was employed at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Sioux Falls from 1940 to 1945. Ruth was married on November 14, 1945  in Sioux Falls to Gerald “Jerry” Pingree. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Georgetown, MN where their 3 sons were born. They moved to a farm in Pleasant Grove Twsp. in rural Stewartville, where daughter Jeanne was born. In 1963 they moved into Stewartville where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Ruth was a homemaker and was employed for 2 years at the Stewartville Bakery, before being employed as Cook Manager at the Stewartville H.S. from 1966 until her retirement in 1984. Jerry was employed in 1963 by the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Stewartville until his retirement in 1984. Mr. Pingree died on January 17, 2009.

Ruth has been a member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville since 1952, serving in many capacities - with U. M. Women activities, on the Church Board and as Bible School and Sunday School teacher. She was active with her children’s 4-H, belonged to the Good Neighbor Club and Knitting Club and was a Stewartville Lioness. She volunteered at the Stewartville Care Center and was an escort helper. In 2000 Ruth received the  Stewartville Community Service Award and the Stewartville United Methodist Member Award. Ruth and Jerry traveled extensively following their retirements – to all 50 states (some twice!) and trips overseas to 9 different countries. She  enjoyed crocheting, needlework, quilting and following her grandkids and great grandkids school and sporting events. Ruth enjoyed time visiting with friends and loved time spent with her family.

              

Ruth is survived by 1 daughter and 2 sons – Dave(Linda) of Stewartville; Dennis of Newport, OR and Jeanne(Chris) Stafford of Stewartville; daughter-in-law – Michon Pingree of Rochester,MN; 6 grandcildren – Andy(Sara)Pingree, Lisa(Ryan) LeClair, Anna(Chris) Hanson, Peter Pingree, Heather Pingree and Alisha(Zach) Nelson: 9 great-grandchildren – Ethan, Jocelyn, Leo and Sam, Reese, Avery, Braylen, Ashton and Teigan; 4 sisters –Elda Buxton of Salibury, NC; Elsie Winfree of Lynchburg, VA; Thelma Moberly of Sioux Falls, SD and Elma Black of Bethel Park, PA and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband – Jerry and son – Keith, her parents, 1 sister – Garnett and husband Wayne Stoutenberg, 1 brother – Clifford and wife Vivian Iverson and brother-in-laws – Jay Buxton, Bill Winfree, Richard Mobley and Perry Black.

      

A time of visitation will take place from 9:30 A.M. until time of  service at the church on Wednesday morning.









                                        Donald Glen House

Donald Glen House, 82 of San Jose, CA, formerly of Stewartville and Rochester, MN, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Stanford Hospital in Stanford, CA, due to complications of pancreatic cancer. 

Don was born in Rochester, MN, Dec. 14, 1933 to Ed and Alice (Bennett) House of Stewartville, MN.  He graduated from Stewartville High School in 1951 and went on to Hamline University in St. Paul where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.  On Dec. 27, 1954, Don married his high school sweetheart Phyllis Lyman in Racine, MN.  He was a member of the US Army where he played snare drum with the 179th Army Band traveling throughout the US performing with the Pipes and Drums Kiltie Band from 1955-1957.  He was employed at IBM in Rochester, MN, in 1957.  In 1967 he accepted a transfer and moved his family to San Jose, CA, where he retired in 1992 with 35 years of dedicated service to IBM. After retiring, Don enjoyed playing tennis at ASRC, coordinating trips with his friend Allen Daily and escorting travelers with SIR Branch 74.  With a passion for teaching and to provide a path of knowledge to others in a caring and understanding manner, he was a devoted instructor and selfless volunteer with SeniorNet at the Almaden Community Center.  Don was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, MN, and Almaden Hills United Methodist Church in San Jose.  He was also a member of the Stewartville Masonic Lodge No. 203 and the Stewartville Ivan Stringer American Legion Post No. 164, as well as a member of SIR Branch 74, the IBM Quarter Century Club and the IBM Retirement Club.

Don was an extraordinary man of character that no one walked away from without feeling loved.  His love for his family was unconditional and without limits. He loved his family even when they were not so loveable.  He was meticulous with attention to details using Excel spreadsheets in every aspect of his life. He always had well-thought and calculated words for all that would listen. His extended family included many friends that considered him “Dad”.  His gallant strength and positive attitude in his battle with pancreatic cancer was an inspiration to others fighting their own battles.  Don lived in a way so that others who didn’t know God came to know God because they knew him.  His faith carried him through every journey, and will continue to inspire others.  He was loved by many for his patience, knowledge, acceptance and leadership. He will be greatly missed by so many people who cherished him.

Don is lovingly survived by his wife of 61 years Phyllis; daughter - Deb (Jim Finley) of Zumbro Falls, MN; sons - Steve (Bambie) of Rochester, MN, John of San Jose, and David of San Jose;  8 grandchildren - Tiffany Finley, Korey (Courtney) Finley, Laura (Michael) Kruse; John (April) Bahr, Eric House, Ryan (Kacey) House, Katie House; and Shay Huntley; 2 great granddaughters -  Hadley and Skyler; 2 sisters - Dorothy Cooper of Rochester, MN, and  Phyllis Juterbock of Moraga, CA, and brother - Bob (Beverly) House of Stewartville MN; sisters-in-law Marilyn McCarty of New Richmond, WI, and Dorothy Nelson of Mason City, IA, brother-in-law Don (Mary Kester) Lyman of Racine, MN, as well as special nephew - Dave (Rachel) Lyman of Sacramento, CA. He will be dearly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law - Bob Cooper, Jack Juterbock, Tom McCarty Sr., Erling Nelson and Lemon Lyman;  sisters-in-law - Kate Lyman and Bette Lyman

A visitation will be held at Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills in Los Gatos, CA, from 5 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday August 2, 2016. Friends and family are invited to attend services at 10 a.m. Wednesday August 3 at Almaden Hills United Methodist Church in San Jose, CA, Pastor Jane Schlager officiating, with a visitation one hour prior. Don will then travel to Minnesota where a visitation will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday August 5, 2016 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, MN. Family and friends are invited to a funeral service on Saturday August 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, MN, Rev. Nancy Wheeler-Handlon officiating, with a visitation one hour prior.  Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Almaden Hills UMC, PanCan (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network), Stanford Oncology Department, or a charity of your choice.

Our heartfelt thanks to Pastor Jane Schlager for her compassionate care of Don and his family, and to every caregiver and volunteer that came in contact with Don at Stanford, as well as the San Jose Fire Department and the EMS Ambulance Service.  Special thanks to Monica Palomino de Ramirez at Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills and Chris Gray at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home.














                                  VeeAnn M. Carlson                           

The funeral service for VeeAnn M. Carlson, 75, a long-time rural Rochester, MN resident, will be at 11 a.m. on Monday (August 1, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN.  A private family burial service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville at a later date. Mrs. Carlson died on Wednesday (July 27, 2016) of natural causes at Spring Valley Senior Living, where she had been a resident since October of last year.

VeeAnn Marsha Herrick was born on February 8, 1941 in Kiester, MN to Homer and Carmen (Folken) Herrick. She grew up on the family farm in rural Kiester and attended school there until 1957 when her family moved to Dodge Center, MN.  She graduated from Dodge Center H.S. in 1959.  VeeAnn was married on September 11, 1959 in Kiester, MN to Curtis E. Carlson. The couple lived in Rochester for a short time before building a home in rural Rochester where they raised their sons and lived for many years. VeeAnn was a homemaker and assisted her husband Curt, who co-owned and operated General Trading Company, now known as CarQuest Auto Parts, for many successful years in Rochester. Mr. Carlson died on Feb. 4, 1999 and the business was sold. VeeAnn was also employed for several years with Family Services, part of United Way in Rochester, and found it very rewarding to help senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Due to health issues, she moved to Meadow Lakes Senior Living in Rochester in 2011. VeeAnn liked making people laugh with her stories and jokes. She and Curt very much enjoyed country living, everything from lawn care to watching the birds, deer and other wildlife. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and new great-grandson.

VeeAnn is survived by 2 sons - Timothy (Els) Carlson of Eemnes, Netherlands and Todd (Roxanne) Carlson of Grand Meadow, MN; 7 grandchildren - Dane, Joshua, Jasmin & Kai Carlson of Eemnes, Netherlands, Rebecca (Brandon) Nelson of Stewartville, Tony Carlson of Rochester and Tyler Carlson of Grand Meadow; 1 great-grandson -  Liam Curtis Nelson of Stewartville; 2 brothers - Ronald (Bonnie) Herrick of Kasson and Dallas (Sharyl) Herrick of Hayfield, MN; 2 sisters - Sharon (Ray) Bidne of Bricelyn and Janeen (Fred) Gries of Bloomington; 1 sister-in-law - Clare Thorwick-Herrick of White Bear Lake and many nieces/nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis, son Troy (April 29, 2000), her parents and 3 brothers - Gene, Jerry and an infant brother, Homer Jr. Herrick.  

A time of visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday (July 31, 2016) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour before the service at the church.







                                  Catherine M. Towey

The Mass of Christian Burial for Catherine M. Towey, 90, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. Msgr. Donald Schmitz officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Stewartville. Kate Towey died on Sunday, July 17, 2016 of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since mid-April.

Catherine Mary Towey was born on August 5, 1925 on the family farm in rural Stewartville  to Thomas F. and Gertrude “Nellie” ( Ellis) Towey. She grew up on the family farm  and attended country school and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1943.  She attended  St. Margaret’s School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS where she graduated in 1947 as a Registered Nurse. Kate’s nursing career was life-long and took her across the U.S. – she was first employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester from 1949 to 1952. She moved to Houston, TX  where she was employed at MD Anderson Cancer Research Hospital from 1952 to 1955 and then was employed at Alameda County, CA until 1958 when she returned to Stewartville, Minnesota. Kate spent the last 32 years of her nursing career at St. Mary's Hospital caring for neurosurgical patients, the majority of the years in the Neuro ICU, as the Nurse Manager. She mentored many nurses and was respected for her knowledge, work ethic and commitment to her patient’s care. She demanded that all her staff  give the quality of care they would expect for their family members. Many of her co-workers credit her with guiding them to be the nurses they became. They remained her steadfast friends, supporting her in later years,  to stay as independent as possible. She was part of the Mayo team that provided care for President Ronald Reagan during his recovery following a head injury in 1981. Kate retired in 1990 and has continued to make her home in Stewartville.

Kate was a lifelong devout Catholic, a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and was active with its CCW and Ladies volunteer groups. She was a member of various Minnesota State and National Nurses Associations and the Mayo Retired Nurses' Association. She served on the Stewartville Care Center Board for a number of years and on St. Bernard's Cemetery Board and was a member of the Monday Study Club in Stewartville. She was a volunteer for many area organizations including – Seasons Hospice, Meals on Wheels, and the Gift of Life House. Kate enjoyed traveling while visiting friends and family across the U.S. She was an avid reader, enjoyed  golfing, especially following her retirement, flower gardening , decorating and celebrating the holidays. She fervently enjoyed her Irish heritage. Kate was considered a member of the family by more than one household she came to know through the years.

Kate is survived by her nieces and nephews, many close friends, and the  fellow Mayo employees she worked side by side with during her long and rewarding nursing career. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters – Mary Steele, Rita Towey, Teresa Ann Towey, Rose Ellen Nash and 5 brothers –Francis “Red”, Joseph (Fr. Cyprian, CP), Leonard “Pat”, James Norbert “Norb”, and  William John “Bill” Towey, who was killed in WWII. She was the last of her family generation to join the heavenly choir.

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, July  22, 2016 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville with the Rosary being said at 4:30 P.M. Visitation continues 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. Kates’s family suggests memorials to the Poverello Foundation at St.Mary's Hospital or the Gift of Life House, both in Rochester, or to St. Bernard's Cemetery Association. 







                                   Ronald E. Hatcher

Ronald E. Hatcher, 84,  a longtime Stewartville,Mn  resident,  died peacefully on Sunday( July 17, 2016) surrounded by family and following  a lengthy  illness with lung disease at Homestead in Rochester,Mn, where he had been a resident since April of this year.

Ronald Eugene Hatcher was born in  July of 1932 in Cozad,NE  to Corwin and Esther(McNulty)              Hatcher. He grew up in rural Cozad, attended country school and Cozad schools, graduating from Cozad H.S. in 1950.  He enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1951 serving during the Korean Conflict, including overseas duty in Guam. At the time of his discharge in 1955, he was an aviation electronics mate and assistant fire chief. Ronald was married on Dec. 26, 1955 in Elm Creek,NE to Barbara J. Peterson. The couple lived in Cozad and later moved to Lincoln , NE , while Ron attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. In 1959, he received his Bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and was summarily recruited by IBM. They moved to Owego,NY where Ron was involved in the development of operating and guidance systems  used by NASA including the Saturn V rocket which took our astronauts to the moon. The Hatcher family moved to Stewartville on June 5, 1968, after Ron was transferred to IBM in Rochester, where he was a System 36 Quality Assurance team member.  Ron retired in 1995 after a long and fulfilling career at Big Blue. Barbara was a homemaker and taught piano and organ lessons in their home and was employed part-time at Kwik Trip and the Stewartville Care Center.

Ron was always a Cornhusker at heart and was a member of the University of Nebraska Alumni Assn and followed Big Red football and volleyball. He also belonged to the Institute of Radio Engineers. After his retirement he started  a small engine repair business in his garage and then expanded into small electronics repair – VCRs were a speciality,  He was a talented musician who could play numerous instruments by ear and established the Country Classics, a local band that played for a number of years in the area. He and Barb enjoyed square dancing together and going boating and fishing with their kids. Ron spent many of his days in pursuit of the wily pheasant and elusive trout that populate the fields and streams found in the southeast corner of the state he came to love. Ron was forever rooted in his Nebraska small town upbringing and instilled that in his children.  He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His children were so proud of their father.

His family would like to thank all of his caregivers – Michelle Higgins at Olmsted Medical Center in Stewartville, American Home Patient,  Mayo Clinic and the staff at Homestead in Rochester.  Ron was a participant in a heart valve replacement  study in 2012 at Mayo Clinic. Their efforts gave him extra years of life for which his family is forever grateful and will always cherish.

Ron is survived by his wife –  Barbara and his 7 children  – Shari Anderson of Rochester; Linda VanSickle of Oronoco,MN; Steve Hatcher of Stewartville; Rodger Scott Hatcher, Toni Kay Mangskau, Travis Lee Hatcher and Billy Joe Hatcher(Jolene Erickson) all of Rochester; 10 grandchildren –  Brandon(Krista) Anderson, Kristy(Jess) Vomhof, Nicholas Mangskau, Jason Harley VanSickle, Valerie Jeanne Mangskau, Cody VanSickle, Zachary Ryan Hatcher, Corey Gryzbowsk, Nicole “Nikki” Gryzbowski, and Travis Dakota Hatcher; 10 great grandchildren – Gunner, Logan, Kaitlyn, Emily, Ryan, Alyssa, Tyler, Justice, Faith and Jayce; 2 sisters  – Beverly Anderson of Lexington,NE; Twyla(Kurt) Gengenbach of Spring,TX; 2 brothers – Corwin “Cory”(Barb) Hatcher of Payson,Az;  Jim(Lynn) Hatcher of Johnson Lake,NE and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother – Gary, son-in-law – Bruce Harley VanSickle and a nephew – Greg Hatcher.

A time of visitation  will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(July 26, 2016)  at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Burial with military graveside honors will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston,MN. at a later date.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com

The family requests that any memorials in Ron’s memory go to The Arc of Southeastern Minnesota or
PossAbilities of southern Minnesota.







                                                         JAMES R. SLIGHTAM

The funeral service for James R. Slightam, 87, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident and businessman, will be at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Slightam died on Saturday, July 16, 2016 of natural causes at Mayo Clinic – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, MN.

 

James Raymond Slightam was born on September 23, 1928 in Colfax, WA to Fred and Hazel (Stoyke) Slightam. He moved with his family as a young boy to Stewartville where he attended school, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1946. He was a part of the family business, working at Stoyke Super-Valu and as a butcher at Stoyke Meat Locker, both on Main Street in Stewartville. Jim was married on October 10, 1947 in Rochester to Ella McManamy.  Following their marriage the couple made their home in Stewartville where they raised their family. In 1956, Jim began his restaurant career as co-owner, with Jim Lebens, of Jim’s Drive-In in Stewartville. The Slightam’s purchased the Fish House Restaurant in 1958 from Louis and Kathryn Walters. It became a destination fine dining location for Stewartville and southeastern Minnesota families and travelers until Jim and Ella retired in 1992.  Mrs. Slightam died on May 21, 2002 and Mr. Slightam has continued to make his home in Stewartville.

Jim began selling jars of his original recipe salad dressing from the Fish House. In 1973, as its popularity grew, he began marketing Fish House Dressings throughout southeastern Minnesota. His son, Tom, joined the business and it became Jimmy’s Dressing in 1990. In 1993, as it continued to expand, they built a manufacturing plant in Stewartville. It has become a well-known success story in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest. Tom continues as CEO and Jim stayed active in the business, helping with recipes and mixing spices. He was a charter member of the Stewartville Lions and hosted their meetings for many years at the Fish House.  The Slightam’s have been longtime members of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce. Jim enjoyed following civic events and national politics, his grandkids’ school and sporting events, the Twins and Vikings, going to coffee, visiting with friends and time spent with his family. 

 

Jim is survived by two daughters and one son – Regina (Matt) Hoffman of St. Paul; Thomas (Susan) of  Stewartville and Elizabeth (Steven) Holzer of St. Paul; six grandchildren – Natasha Collins, Matthew Hoffman, Meaghan (Patrick) Simpson, Catherine Holzer, Samuel Slightam and Griffin Slightam; Seven great grandchildren – Mairi, John, Theresa, Thomas, Joseph, Bernadette and Michael Collins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella, his parents and his brother, Wallace.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 10:00 A.M. to the time of service on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. In lieu of flowers, the Slightam Family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Historical Society.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.www.griffin-gray.com








                                        Raymond L. Thompson


The funeral service for Raymond Lloyd Thompson, 81, of Stewartville, MN, formerly a longtime Racine, MN resident will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (June 24, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will take place at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Mr. Thompson died on Monday (June 20, 2016) of natural causes at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN, where he had been a resident for the past 2 weeks.

 

Raymond Lloyd Thompson was born on April 23, 1935 in Racine, MN to Lloyd and Anna Mae (Lowe) Thompson. He grew up in Racine and attended school there through the 8th grade before attending Stewartville H.S., graduating in 1953. He attended Mankato State for a year and then returned to work with his father in the family business – Thompson Livestock and Trucking in Racine. Raymond was married on Dec. 28, 1954 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville to Lois A. Murray. The couple raised their family and lived in Racine for many years. Mrs. Thompson died on July 28, 1999.  Ray was a longtime active member of the Racine United Methodist Church, serving on numerous committees and volunteering his time and talents. He served 19 years as Mayor of Racine and never ran an election campaign, but was a write-in candidate each term. He was a member of the Racine Lions and was a regular volunteer for city events where he could be found conversing with everyone. During this time Ray operated the family business until it closed in 1999 and he retired. On Feb. 14, 2001, Ray married Carla Heymann Light at the Stewartville United Methodist Church. The couple made Stewartville their home and became members of Stewartville UMC. During this time he was employed part-time driving truck for Robinson Cold Storage. Ray was a successful athlete in high school and continued his love of sports watching and cheering on local teams. Ray truly enjoyed being in the outdoors; he especially looked forward to the annual Thompson Camper hunting and fishing events.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed card and board games, enjoyed going to coffee and visiting with family and friends.


Ray is survived by his wife - Carla; 1 son and 3 daughters – Mark (Debra) of Elysian, MN; Kari (Stephan) York and Jill (Brad) Zumbach both of Racine; Amy (Steven) Wild of New Albin, IA; 2 step-sons – Jeremy (Andrea) Light of Rochester, MN and Josh (Kathy) Light of Stewartville; 13 grandchildren – Kelly Harstad, Nathaniel Thompson, Doug Murray, Daniel (Amber)  Murray, Dennis Murray, Darcie Brinson (Travis), Ryan (Vanessa) York, Stephanie (Drew) Lawson, KayLea Zumbach (Matt Marchant), Ross Zumbach (Taylor Gruszynski), Shawn Wild, Nolan Light and Sophia Light; 9 great grandchildren – Hailey, Jadyn, Allie, Ava, Avery, Ayden, Arica, Lane and Reed. He was preceded in death by his wife – Lois, his parents and his brother – Paul. 


Visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (June 23, 2016) 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









                                Verna Blackstock

Verna Blackstock, 89, of Littleton,CO died on Wednesday(June 15, 2016) of natural causes at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton. Mrs. Blackstock, formerly of Stewartville was the daughter of James and Tina Caldbeck. Her remains will be interred with her family at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (June 27, 2016) at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville with a committal service officiated by Pastor David Hoot. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com / And with Drinkwine Family Mortuary in Littleton,Colorado. www.drinkwinemortuary.com








                                  Jennifer L. Buxton

The memorial service for Jennifer “Jen” Buxton , 44, of rural Rochester,MN  will be at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday(June 15, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mrs. Buxton and her husband, Curt, died on Friday (June 10, 2016) from injuries suffered following a motorcycle accident on Marion Road in S.E. Rochester.

 

Jennifer Lou Boulais was born on August 11, 1971 in Waseca,Mn. to Richard and Sandra (Boulais) Ryan. She moved with her family as a young girl to Janesville,MN where she grew up, attended Janesville schools, graduating from Janesville H.S. in 1989.  She attended Rochester Community Technical College in Rochester,MN and was employed at Chemlawn in Rochester for a few years. Jen moved with her children to Stewartville where she has been employed for the past 15 years with Sodexo Corp. in the Stewartville School District cafeterias, currently as administrative assistant. Jen was married on June 14, 2008 at her home in Stewartville to Curtis L. Buxton. Following  their marriage the couple lived for a short time in Stewartville, before moving to rural Rochester, where they have continued to make their home. Curt was a longtime employee at IBM in Rochester. Jen was a past member of  St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville. She enjoyed gardening and especially enjoyed time spent with her children and grandchildren.

 

Jen  is survived by her daughter – Haley Jacobson (John Laganiere) of Stewartville and her son Tyler Jacobson at home in rural Rochester; 3 step-daughters – Kaylee Kemper (Andy Miller) and Kimberly Poore both of Mantorville,MN and Korie(Jason) Krueth of Kasson,MN; 11 grandchildren – Trenton, Katelyn, Carter, Kolten, Kamren, Threadin, Brayden, Kole, Arihana, Khloe and Jaxson; a half sister - Tina Ryan of  Owatonna,MN and half brother – Shane Ryan of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

 

A time of visitation for friends and family will be from 10 A.M. till the service at noon on Wednesday at the church. A private family burial will take place at a later date.







                                    Curtis L. Buxton

The memorial service for Curtis L. Buxton , 56, of rural Rochester,MN  will be at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday(June 15, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Buxton and his wife, Jen, died on Friday (June 10, 2016) from injuries suffered following a motorcycle accident on Marion Road in S.E. Rochester.

 

Curtis Lee Buxton was born on November 14, 1959 in Rochester,Mn. to Roger and Audrey (Kaldenberg) Buxton. He  grew up in rural Chatfield,MN, attended Chatfield schools, graduating from Chatfield H.S. in 1978. He was employed at Servicemaster in Rochester for a few years and at that same time earned his boiler operator’s license. Curt was married on March 29, 1980 at Pilot Mound Lutheran Church in rural Chatfield to Debbie K. Dahl. Following their marriage the couple moved to Chatfield, where they lived for many years. They were later divoriced. Curt was employed at IBM in Rochester and with Fluor Daniels Co. also at IBM for over 30 years in waste management. Curt was married on June 14, 2008 at his home in Stewartville to Jennifer L. Boulais. Following their marriage the couple lived for a short time in Stewartville, before moving to rural Rochester, where they have continued to make their home. Jen was employed with Sodexo Corp. in the Stewartville School District cafeterias for the past 15 years. Curt was a past member of  Pilot Mound Lutheran Church in rural Chatfeld. He enjoyed four-wheeling, motorcycling and snowmobiling and especially enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren.

 

Curt is survived by his 3 daughters – Kaylee Kemper (Andy Miller) and Kimberly Poore both of Mantorville,MN and Korie(Jason) Krueth of Kasson,MN; Step-daughter – Haley Jacobson (John Laganiere) of Stewartville and step-son - Tyler Jacobson at home in rural Rochester; 11 grandchildren – Trenton, Katelyn, Carter, Kolten, Kamren, Threadin, Brayden, Kole, Arihana, Khloe and Jaxson; a brother – Douglas Buxton of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

 

A time of visitation for friends and family will be from 10 A.M. till the service at noon on Wednesday at the church. A private family burial will take place at a later date







                                             Barbara R. Hanson


The funeral service for Barbara R. Hanson , 43, of Stewartville, MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday(May 24, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN.

Mrs. Hanson died Wednesday (May 19, 2016) at her home, following a lengthy illness.

 

Barbara Renee Herrick was born on July 16, 1972 in Rochester,Mn. to Reuben and Virginia “Ginny”(Borgschatz) Herrick. She grew up on the family dairy farm and attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1991. Barbara was married on August 17, 1996 at the United Methodist Church in Byron,MN  to Jim A. Hanson. Following  their marriage the couple lived for a short time in Rochester, before moving to Stewartville, where they have continued to make their home. Barbara was a homemaker and was employed at K-Mart and Hiawatha Homes both in Rochester and most recently at Kwik Trip in Stewartville. Jim is employed at Reichel Foods and part-time at TJ Maxx, both in Rochester. Barbara was a past member of Sumner Center United Methodist Church in rural Racine,MN. She enjoyed crafts, music, video games, bonfires and going to her nieces and nephews sporting events. She and Jim have been selling Watkins Products at local craft sales and festivals. Barbara especially enjoyed time spent with Jim and her loving sisters and families.

 

Barbara is survived by her husband – Jim and 3 sisters;  Denise Higgins (Steve Miranda), Brenda(Ken) Trisko and Diane(C.J.) Johnson all of Stewartville ; 8 nieces and nephews – Christa Miranda, Jon Miranda, Mike(Kristin) Higgins, Amanda(Jason) Eckre and great niece – Liara Eckre, Kelly Trisko, Paul Trisko, Jared Trisko, Dale Johnson and her aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her beloved son – Reuben “ R.J.” Hanson and her parents.

 

A time of visitation for friends and family will be from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday(May 23, 2016) 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.











                                          Betty Mae Pembleton

Betty Mae Pembleton, 81, of rural Racine, MN died on Tuesday (May 17, 2016), her family by her side, from complications following a stroke, at the Stewartville Care Center, where she been a resident for 2 months.

 

Betty Mae Bufton was born on October 24, 1934 in Racine Township, Mower County, MN to William and Gertrude (Bushman) Bufton. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Betty was married on February 16, 1963 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Glenn W. Pembleton. The couple farmed in rural Elma, IA. They returned to Racine Township, Mower County in 1965 and continued to farm their entire life. Glenn was also employed at All American Co-op for 15 years. Betty was a farmwife and homemaker. Betty enjoyed caring for the animals on the farm, flower and vegetable gardening, canning, and liked reading and following local and national politics. She enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors and time spent with family, especially Mike and Beth.

 

Betty is survived by her son – Michael(Beth) of rural Stewartville; 1 sister -Lois(Orlen) Nolte  and brother-in-law – Knud Jorgenson both of rural Stewartville and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband – Glenn, her parents, infant brother David, and 2 sisters – Phyllis Gleason and Wilma Jorgenson. 

 

In keeping with Betty’s wishes, she has been cremated and no services are planned. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com








                                                          Gayle "GW" Stevens

The funeral service for Gayle “G.W.” Stevens, 69, of rural Racine, MN. will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday (May 18, 2016) at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester, with Rev. John Steer officiating. A committal service and burial with military honors will take place at 2:00 pm at the Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery in Preston, MN. Mr. Stevens passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday (May 13, 2016) in the rehab unit at the Spring Valley Care Center, following a lengthy illness with C.O.P.D.

 

Gayle William Stevens was born on March 28, 1947 in Jefferson, IA to Kenneth and Pearl (Baugh) Stevens. He grew up on a farm in rural Jefferson before moving with his family as a young boy to rural Grand Meadow, MN. Following the death of his father, Pearl and her children moved to Stewartville, where G.W. graduated from Stewartville High School in 1965. In 1966 G.W. enlisted into the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving his country for 8 years including duty overseas. Following his Honorable Discharge with the rank of Staff Sergeant; he also served for 7 years with the Minnesota National Guard. In 1968 he married Sharon Malone and they were later divorced.

 

After the service, G.W. was employed with the city of Stewartville and also served as a fire fighter with  the Stewartville Fire Department, worked as a probation officer in Ocala, FL., was in management at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester for 18 years, and also worked at the All American Co-Op in Stewartville.

G.W. also enjoyed farming with his step-dad, Bill Henke.

 

In 1992 G.W. met the love of his life, Deb Mathews, and they were married on June 30th, 2001 at Iron Wood Springs in Stewartville. They have made their home together in rural Racine. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, summers in Waterville, MN., boating on Lake Sakatah, going antiquing with Deb, and many family vacations up North.

 

G.W. will be remembered as a kind and generous man who deeply loved his family and enjoyed being with his friends. He could carry on long conversations with anyone that he met. His gift of gab, jokes, and one liners will be truly missed. He made an impact on everyone he met up until his passing.

 

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Deb, and his 5 children – Ken (Gwen) Stevens of Rochester, Kevin (MaryKay) Stevens of Shakopee, Scott (Cathy) Stevens of Aurora, CO, Shannon (Mike) Day of Byron, and Nikki Moon of Byron;11 grandchildren – Kendra, Kayla, and Karisa Stevens, Justin and Luke Stevens, Megan and MacKenzie Stevens, Madilynn Day, Ashley (Hector) Ramirez, Stephen Colsch, and Connor Moon; his mother – Pearl Henke of Rochester, sister- Kathy (Bill) Wildeman of Racine; sister-in-law – Joann Stevens of Aurora, CO, his aunt – Mary Bell of Stewartville, and uncle – John(Nancy) Henke of High Forest, and nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his father – Kenneth, step father – Bill Henke, brother – Gary Stevens, grand parents, and many aunts and uncles.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 9:00 am-10:30 am at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester on Wednesday morning. A celebration of G.W.'s life will continue at 5:00 pm on Wednesday at the Stewartville American Legion. Everyone is invited!! Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville;  www.griffin-gray.com

 

 










                                                             LILLIAN A. RINGEY

                                                     

The funeral  service for Lillian A. Ringey, 89, a lifelong resident of  Stewartville,MN  will be at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday(May 12, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating.  Burial will follow at  Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mrs. Ringey died on (May 8, 2016)  at her home, surrounded by family, following a short illness with cancer.

Lillian Bakken was born on January 31, 1927  in Stewartville, MN, to Ted and Ida(Bredesen)             Bakken. She  grew up in Stewartville and attended Stewartville schools.  Lillian was married on March 29, 1946 to William Inglebret. Following their marriage the couple lived in High Forest and they were later divoriced. Lillian was a longtime employee at Tarsillas Cafe in Stewartville, where she helped in the kitchen and waitressed until  her retirement. Lillian was married on August 9, 1968 to Cornelius “ Connie”  Ringey.  Following their marriage the couple lived on the Ringey Family farm in rural Stewartville  before moving into Stewartville in 2006. Connie  was a lifelong farmer until his retirement. He died on April 17, 2007.  Lillian was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was a longtime active member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 -  Ladies Auxillary.  Lilllian and Connie enjoyed fishing trips in Northern Minnesota with family and the occasional trip to the casino. She loved time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lillian is survived by her daughter – Sandra Jordan and her son  – Jeffrey Inglebret (Rene’ Lunde) both of Stewartville; 10 grandchildren – Richard(Terry) Jordan,  Joey(Sreytavch) Jordan,  Nancy(Ed) Nold,  Mary Jordan(Rodney Bell),  John(Tanya) Jordan,   Donnie(Serena) Jordan,  Heather(Tom) Sexton, Christopher(Amanda) Inglebret, Jessie Inglebret(Nick Riley), Samantha(Brady) Lorenzen; 18 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister – Dolores “Pee Wee” Zink of Stewartville and 2 brothers – Donnie(Mert) Bakken of Stewartville and Jerry Bakken of Big Fork,Mn; a brother-in-law – Tom Sexton of Pleasant Grove,MN. and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband -  Connie, her parents, 5 sisters and 1 brother.

A time of visitation  will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on  Wednesday(May 11, 2016)  at Griffin–Gray  Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday afternoon .  The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville American Legion Ladies Auxillary  or  to Mayo Hospice in Rochester. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com

 









                                                                    Morris Kolstad
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The memorial service for Morris Kolstad, 82, of rural Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, MN.   Mr. Kolstad died at his home on Saturday, May 7, 2016 following a brief illness with cancer. 

 

Morris Kolstad was born on January 27, 1934 to Elvin and Mabel (LanskovKolstad of Fountain, MN.  Morris attended country school until 6th grade and then graduated from Chatfield high school in 1952. Morris was baptized, confirmed, and then married Paula Ann Wurtzler on August 20, 1955 at the Root Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Fountain, MN.  They began their married life on the Kolstad family farm, and then moved to Rochester, followed by fulfilling a dream of owning a farm in rural Stewartville in 1965.  There they farmed for many years, raised their family and continued to make their home until both of their passing. Mrs. Kolstad died June 21, 2013.  Morris held many positions while employed at Rochester Sand and Gravel.  He was a lifelong farmer and self-employed semi-truck driver.  He was a long time member of the Root River Antique Historical Power Association.  He enjoyed stock car races, tractor pulls, farm shows, parades, attending auction sales, collecting antique tractors and going to restaurants with family and friends. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

 

Morris is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son – Debbie Kolstad of Naples,Fla., Susan(Todd) Sorenson of Minneapolis, MN and Steve(Selena) of Stewartville;  3 grandchildren – Andrea(Bryan) Bredesen, Melyssa Kolstad and Keenan Kolstad and 3 great grandchildren – Matthew, Wyatt and Emily; a sister Kathleen (Barry) Langton of Minneapolis, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife – Paula, his parents, and his sister, Janet Kolstad.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, (May 13, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. and 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning. A graveside service will be held at Root Prairie Lutheran Cemetery on Sunday, May 22 following church services.  Memorials are preferred to Root Prairie Lutheran Church in Fountain, MN. 









                                       Arlet "Arlie" Wyant

The memorial service for Arlet “ Arlie “ Wyant, 88, of Stewartville,Mn will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday(May 12, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Wyant passed away of natural causes at his home in Stewartville on Monday (May 2, 2016).

 

Arlet Arthaud Wyant was born on August 12, 1927  in Los Angles,CA to John     and Marie(Arthaud) Wyant. He moved as a young boy with his mother to Sydney,MT , where he grew up and attended Sydney H.S. and played quarterback on it’s football team. After his H.S. graduation in 1945, he attended college courses in  Billings,MT before entering the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII. Following his discharge, Arlie moved to Mesa,Az where he worked a variety of jobs before being employed at Motorola Co. as a buyer. It was at his new job at Motorola that he met a girl from Rochester,MN – Molly Ginther. Arlie and Molly were married on November 25, 1959 in Mesa. Following their marriage the couple lived in Mesa and in 1964 their son Todd was born. Arlie had a 25 year career at Motorola and following his retirement, the Wyants moved to Minnesota in 1995 and to Stewartville in 1999.  He was a  member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville, a member of  a Masonic Order in Mesa and a past member of the Stewartville American Legion. Arlie loved fishing, golf, motor-homing and boating. He enjoyed cooking and BBQing for his friends and family and was known for his omelets with “hot sauce.” He loved time spent with Molly and Todd family and friends.

 

Molly and Todd wish to recognize nephew – Scott Hanson and his wife –Penny and nieces – Vicki Martini and Debbie Catoor for their loving support during Arlie’s illness. Also a special thank you to the staff at St. Coix Hospice for their care of Arlie this past week.

 

Arlie is survived by his wife –Molly and his son – Todd of Murfreesboro,TN; 1 daughter and 2 sons from a previous marriage – Stephanie, Allen and Kevin;   2 sister-in- laws – Sally(Darrell) Linton of Sand Point, ID and Gret Hanson of Rochester,MN and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother – Marie Arthaud Wyant, sister-in-law – Nancy Duxbury and brother-in-law – David Hanson. 

 

A time of visitation will take place  1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army in Rochester.







                                      Bertha "Peg" Ames

Bertha “Peg” Ames, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident, passed away Monday(March 28, 2016) in Pueblo, Colorado following a long battle with Alzheimers Disease.

Bertha Katherine Balcome was born Feb 12, 1919 in St. Charles, MN to the union of Leslie Balcome and Tidal Baier Balcome.  She married Roland G. Ames on July 2, 1938 in St. Charles, MN and the couple lived in Stewartville all of the married lives.

Peg is survived by her son -  Lonnie of Pueblo,CO; two grandsons, Erik (Seanna) and Eugene (Gina); 8 great grandchildren -  Matthew, Aaron, Josh, Cami, Chandra, Chris, Chesley, Alyssa; 3 great-great grandchildren - Silas, Jeremiah and Greyson; 3 sisters – Lilas Reiman and Barbara Wondrasch of Rochester,MN and Sherry Graf of Winona,MN  She was preceded in death by her husband Roland, her parents,  sister Mavis and brothers - Lloyd, Frank and Lewis. 

A time of visiation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday( May 5, 2016) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.  Burial of Peg’s cremains with a committal service will take place at 1:00 P.M. on Friday(May 6, 2016) at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN. www.griffin-gray.com

 





                                          
                                                               Michael J. Kean

The Mass of Christian Burial for Michael J. Kean, 91, of Stewartville, MN will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Stewartville.

Mr. Kean died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since July of last year.

Michael James Kean was born on August 13, 1924 in Dawson, NE to Jeremiah and Florence (Armbruster) Kean.  He grew up on the family farm, attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Dawson H.S. in 1943.  After graduation he farmed with his Dad.  Michael married Rose Marie Wernimont on September 9, 1948 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel, IA.  Following their marriage, the couple lived on a farm in rural Dawson, NE.  In 1957, they moved with their 4 children to rural Grand Meadow, MN where they continued to farm.  Their children graduated from Grand Meadow H.S. and they all attended St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church.  While farming, Mike worked part-time at Bob Gross’s Garage and the American Legion Club, in Grand Meadow.  After their retirement in 1989, Mike and Rose moved to Stewartville and became members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.  In retirement, Mike became a gardener and grew vegetables that he enjoyed sharing with family and friends.  He also spent time gathering and cracking black walnuts.  Mike and Rose enjoyed dancing, traveling, playing cards, fishing, steak fry’s with friends and time spent at family gatherings.

Mike is survived by his wife Rose of Stewartville - 2 daughters and 2 sons – Mark (Sherry) Kean of Fountain, MN; Ann (Marvin) Anderson of Chatfield, MN; Allan (Sue) Kean of Cottage Grove, MN and Linda (Terry) Behrens of Byron, MN; 7 grandchildren – Amanda (Jake) Bosley of Richfield, MN, Nathan, Ryan and Jared Kean of St. Paul, MN, Taletha (Colby) Skar of Middleton, WI, Erica Behrens of Iowa City, IA,  Rachel Behrens of Inver Grove Hgts, MN; 2 great-granddaughters – Elliana Skar and Greta Bosley; 1 sister and 2 brothers – Alice Litherland of Falls City, NE; Frank Kean of Omaha, NE and Philip Kean of Dawson, NE and a special cousin - Barbara Ramsey of Dawson, NE.; many nieces, nephews, good friends and neighbors.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters – Mildred and Mary and his brother - Paul.

A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning. 



  

                                                              Mavis "May" Lee    
                                             

The funeral service for Mavis “May” Lee, 81, of  Spring Valley,Mn, will be at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday(April 23, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Racine,MN with Rev. Wane Souhrada  officiating.  Burial will follow at Sumner Cemetery in Sumner Township, Fillmore County.  Mrs. Lee died on Monday (April 18, 2016) of natural causes  at  Mayo Clinic  in  Rochester - St. Marys  Hospital.

Mavis Arnelda Sorenson  was born on June 24, 1934 in rural Thornton, Franklin County,IA to Harry  and Rozelle(Sprau)  Sorenson. She grew up in Thornton,  attended school there and played on the girls basketball team while graduating from Thornton H.S. in 1952.  Mavis was married on July 13, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Thornton  to Bobbie  L. Lee.  Following their wedding the couple  farmed in Iowa before moving to rural Spring Valley in 1971, where they farmed, raised their sons and have continued to make their home. May was a farmwife and  homemaker and Bobbie farmed his entire life. Mr. Lee died on Feb. 25,  2006.  Mavis attended the United Methodist Church in Racine for many years, sang in it’s choir and volunteered with it’s Ladies activities. She began quilting in her home many years ago and was known as the “Quilt Lady” due to the large number of beautiful quilts she has given to others through the years. Her family encourages anyone with one of her quilts to bring them to share on Friday night  at the funeral home or Saturday afternoon at the church.  Mavis enjoyed quilting, following the Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament,  playing cards and time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mavis is survived by her  3 sons – Steven and Larry(Barb) both of rural Spring Valley, MN; Donald Gene of  Plainview,MN ;  12 grandchildren  and 4  great grandchildren;  2 sisters – Janice(Lou) Walkup of Johnston,IA and Donna(Gary) Miller of Fon du Lac,WI. She was preceded by her husband – Bobbie, son – Douglas, her parents and an infant son – Daryl.

A time of visitation  will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(April 22, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday afternoon.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 





                                                     Agnes M. Splittstoesser

The  Mass of Christian Burial for Agnes M. Splittstoesser, 83, of Stewartville,MN  will be held  at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday (April 21 ,  2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Stewartville.  Mrs. Splittstoesser  died on Monday (April 18, 2016) from complications of  Alzheimer’s Disease, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester,MN, where she had resided since  April 2014.

           

Agnes Mary Boyle was born on  February 8, 1933 in Marshall,MN  to John M. Boyle     and Clara Irene (Motl) Boyle. She moved with her family as a young girl to Mankato,MN, where she attended Good Counsel H.S., graduating in 1951.She entered St. Marys School of Nursing in Rochester,MN graduating with her RN degree in 1954 and was employed as a pediatrics nurse at St. Marys  Hospital.  Agnes was married on June 23, 1956  at  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato,MN to Darrel L. Splittstoesser.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester  before moving to Stewartville in 1964 where they raised their family and have continued to live for many years.  Agnes was an active community volunteer but managed to continue her education. She had a life long love of drawing and painting and was a talented artist in her own right, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree at Rochester Community College in 1987. She received her  4 yr. Bachelor of Arts Degree from Winona State in 1992. Darrel was employed at IBM in Rochester in their procurement division from 1957 to his retirement in 1991.

Agnes was a longtime active member of St. Bernards Catholic Church where she served with it’s CCW and Ladies activities. She was a  member of the Stewartville Historical Society and Friends of the Library. Agnes was a longtime active member of the Republican Party in the Olmsted County caucus and served as a delegate to the State Convention. She was passionate when she believed in something . She volunteered at the Rochester Art Center and some of her artwork was exhibited there.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening , collecting antiques and knick-knacks.  She loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

           

Agnes  is survived by her 2 daughters and 6 sons – Michael and Diane(Olson) of  Rochester; Julie Prondzinski of Winona,MN; Kevin and Robin(Hunt) of Stewartville; Kenneth and Michelle(Idso) of St. Charles; Mary Thompson and Bruce Nutall of LaCrosse,WI; James and Lynn(Toddie) of Bloomington,ILL; Robert and Lynn(Demaray) and Richard and Beth(Kraus) both of Eagan,MN; 17 grandchildren;   10 great grandchildren and Darrel's  brother – Vernon Splittstoesser of St. Charles.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Darrel on Dec. 3, 2014,  her daughter - Teresa, her parents, and her brother – John Boyle.                     

           

A time of visitation will be held 1 hr. prior to the service on Thursday morning at St. Bernards Catholic Church. The family suggests memorials  to the Alzheimers Association or to the Stewartville Area Foundation Bandshell Fund. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.

 





                                                             Harlan J. Haugen

The funeral service for Harlan J. Haugen, 76, of rural Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating.  Burial and a committal service will follow at Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony, MN at 2:30 P.M.  Mr. Haugen died at his home on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Harlan James Haugen was born on June 18, 1939 in Harmony, MN to Arthur and Ruby (Lindelien) Haugen. He graduated from Harmony High School in 1957, where he played football, basketball and baseball.  He went on to attend the Minnesota School of Business where he received an accounting degree and earned his accreditation as a Licensed Public Accountant.  Harlan was married on June 18, 1960, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony to Sharyl Dybvik.  Harlan and Sharyl had known each other since grade school and both were baptized, confirmed and then married at Greenfield Lutheran Church. 

Following their marriage, the couple lived in Bloomington, MN where Harlan was an accountant at Kraus-Anderson Construction for 12 years. Their enterprising spirit drew them to Stewartville in 1972 where they opened and operated Serendipity Campground for many years. At that same time, Harlan began Haugen Accounting Service in Stewartville, which he and Sharyl owned until 2000. Sharyl is a homemaker and worked side-by-side with Harlan in the office and at home, as they began and grew their business ventures.  In 2001, Harlan began a new career as a crop adjuster for Pro-Ag Insurance, amongst others, and continued until 2014 when his health caused him to retire.  He was a longtime, active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where he served in numerous capacities. He passionately fulfilled the motto of the Stewartville Lions Club-“We Serve” and also was a dedicated member of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce.

Harlan and Sharyl enjoyed time at home raising miniature donkeys on their farm and taking trips together. He enjoyed following politics and the markets, deer hunting with family and visiting with people from all walks of life. Harlan loved following his sons' activities when they were young, and continued this pastime with his grandchildren.

Harlan is survived by his wife, Sharyl, and three sons  – David (Cindy) of Ann Arbor, MI; Dan (Teri) of Prior Lake, MN and Dean (Pam) of Minneapolis, MN; 6 grandchildren –  Brian and Allie Haugen, Zach and Nate Haugen, Aly and Lars Haugen; 2 sisters and 4 brothers – Norm (Nancy) Haugen of San Antonio, TX; Al Haugen of St. Louis, MO; Carron (Ron) Schnoor of Stockton, IA; Ken (Diane) Haugen of Weslco, TX; Don Haugen of St. Johns, AZ and Candis Wiste of Hokah, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.  The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association or the Zion Lutheran Church Endowment Fund. 

 

“Tax season is over; I’m going home.”





                                          Mary M. Lovett

Mary M. Lovett, 88, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully on April 15, 2016 at

the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since April of 2013.

 

Mary Marie Marshall was born on November 26, 1927 in Lamoni, IA to Richard and Ollie (Gravatt) Marshall. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Lamoni schools, graduating from Lamoni H.S. in 1945.  She attended Graceland Nursing School in Lamoni.  Mary was married on January 24, 1947 in Troy, KS to Bruce Lovett. Following their marriage the couple lived in Oskaloosa, IA, where they raised their daughter Linda and made their home for many years. Mary was a homemaker and Bruce owned and operated Bruce’s Barber Shop from 1952 until his retirement in 1985. Mary was a past member of the First Christian Church in Oskaloosa and also was a member of  the Vega Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Lovett died on June 23, 1992. Mary moved to Rochester in 2001 to live near her daughter Linda and her family and was employed part-time at

Hy-Vee North in Rochester as a food sample lady.  She enjoyed being outdoors, growing flowers in her yard, and time spent with family especially her grandsons.

 

Mary is survived by her daughter – Linda (William) Oelke of Rochester and two grandsons–Matthew Oelke of River Falls, WI and Andrew Oelke of Rochester; 1 sister-in-law – Rosemary Cadwallder of Los Angeles, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband – Bruce and her parents.

 

In keeping with Mary’s  wishes there will be no services or visitation. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, IA. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 

 

 

 




                                                            Viola June Klomp  

The funeral  service for Viola  J. Klomp,  93, of  New Richland,MN and formerly of Stewartville,Mn,  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday(April 13, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial  and a committal service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Klomp died  on Friday (April 8, 2016) of natural causes at the New Richland Care Center, where she had resided since December of 2010.

Viola June Lange was born on June 16, 1922  in Harmony, MN, to Friebert and Sarah(Miller) Lange. She  grew up on the family farm and attended country and Harmony schools.  She helped on the family farm and was employed as a clerk at the Johnson Grocery Store in Harmony. Viola was married on February 18, 1946 at Big Spring Lutheran Church in rural Harmony to George Klomp. Following their marriage the couple lived in Harmony where George taught school and was elementary school principal from 1952 to 1954. Viola was a homemaker and the Klomp Family moved to Albert Lea,MN in 1954 to 1956, where George once again taught and served as elementary school principal. They moved to Stewartville in 1956 where George was the first principal at Central Elementary School until his retirement in 1985.  Viola was employed as activities director at the Stewartville Care Center for 17 years. The Klomps were both longtime active members of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where Viola volunteered with many of it’s Ladies activities and the Sarah and quilting circles. She served as Welcome Wagon Hostess, and, with George, delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered with Channel One Food Bank. Mr. Klomp died on August 31, 2005. Viola moved that year to Waseca,MN to live near her son, Mike. She liked sewing, gardening, listening to music and played organ at church services in younger years. She loved  time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Viola is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son  – Mike(Carmen) of Waseca,MN; Sara Klomp of Minneapolis and Selisa(David) Erickson of Trempealeau,WI;  3 grandchildren –  Jeremy(Sara) Klomp, Jennifer(Lou) Roberts and Adam(Kamille) Klomp;  3 great grandchildren – Alyson Klomp, Louis Roberts and George Klomp; 1 sister and 2 brothers – Dolly Mensink of Pine Isalnd,MN, Manley(Lorraine) Lange and Manfred(Carol) Lange both of Harmony,MN. and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband -  George, her parents, a sister – Annabelle Kvam, brother – Elmer Lange and brother –in-law Arlyn Mensink.

A time of visitation  will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on  Tuesday( April 12, 2016)  at Griffin–Gray  Funeral Home and  1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday morning.  The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com

 





                                                         Audrey R. Denny


Audrey R. Denny, 90, of Stewartville,Mn,  passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Tuesday (April 5, 2016) at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, where she had been a resident the past 11 days.  Her funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday(April 7, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Glen Holland officiating.

Audrey Rose Kruger was born on October 17, 1925 in Eyota, MN, to Edward and Rose(Sherer) Kruger. She grew up on the family farm in rural Dover,MN and attended country school, before moving with her family to Rochester where she attended Rochester schools. She was employed at the Carlton Hotel and also helped at her parent’s restaurant, the Short Cut in the Hollywood Bar, located on Broadway in Rochester. Audrey married the love of her life,  Donald ”Don”  Denny, on March 7, 1946 in Winona,MN.  Following their wedding the couple  moved to Stewartville , where they raised their 3 girls – Kathryn, Carol and Mary and lived for all their 65 years of married life together. Audrey was a homemaker and was a children’s daycare provider from her home , for many years. Don was a longtime employee with the Stewartville School District 534. Mr. Denny died on September 24, 2011.  Audrey enjoyed entertaining and cooking for her family and friends, especially at holidays. She and Don enjoyed playing 500, summer vacations up North with the girls through the years, tending her flowers in their yard and was a Days of Our Lives fan. Audrey loved  time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and great-great grandaughter.

Audrey is survived by her  3 girls – Kathryn ’’Kay’’ Lecy of Stewartville; Carol Hoover of Rochester and Mary Hanson (Bob Retzlaff) both of Rochester; 4 grandchildren – Timothy(Denese) Lecy of Byron,MN;  Rick Hoover  and Kimberly(Nelson) Hoover-Robinson both of Rochester;  Scot(Andrea) Hanson  of Owatonna,MN;  8 great grandchildren – Lauren and Sydney  Lecy, Ian and Skylar Lecy, Quadruplets – Noah, Ashley, Nathan and Alyssa Hoover; 3 step grandchildren – Kristina Koyama Stephens, Ryan Stephens and Lauren Koyama and 1 great-great grand-daughter – Lilliana Wilcox and many nieces and nephews;  1 brother – Dayton(Bubby) Kruger of Las Vegas,NEV. She was preceded by her husband – Don, grandson – Michael Lecy, her parents,  2 sisters – Betty Moehnke and Mildred Campbell, 4 brothers – Edwin, Walter, Marvin  and Donald “Dutch” Kruger and 3 son-in-laws  - LuVern ”Fid” Lecy, Ronald Hoover and Kenneth Hanson.

A time of visitation  will take place 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday morning at the Stewartville United Methodist Church.  Burial and a committal service will follow  at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Fire Department and it’s First Responders . Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

 









Richard Lee Schendel

Richard Lee Schendel  stepped from this life into eternity with Christ, surrounded by his loving family, on April 1, 2016.  Mr. Schendel  died following a lengthy illness with Parkinsons Disease at the Spring Valley Senior Living, where he had been a resident for the past 5 months. 

Richard was born June 30, 1932 to Daniel and Frances Schendel in Chippewa Falls, WI.  He grew up in Menomonie, WI where he learned to love fishing, hiking and living on Lake Menomen. His parents owned Dan’s Cafe  and Drive-in, where all the Schendel kids worked while growing up. After graduating from Menomonie High, Richard joined the U.S. Air Force and spent 4 years in Germany during the Korean Conflict,  reaching the rank of Sergeant.  Following his discharge, Richard attended the UW-Stout where he received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design.  While attending Stout, Richard met his bride of 58 years, Jean Goehring.   They were married in 1958 and after a short time in Clintonville, WI, they moved to Rochester, MN where Richard worked for IBM as an Industrial/Graphic Designer for 30 years. Jean was  a homemaker and was also employed at IBM in Rochester for 15 years. They moved to Stewartville,MN in 2000 where they have continued to make their home.  Richard’s lifelong passion was photography and he loved being out in creation capturing God’s beauty through his camera lens.  His inspiration was Ansel Adams and he attended photography workshops with protégés of Adams’.  He excelled in black and white photography, won several awards and sold photos both locally and internationally.  He had an enduring love for nature and spent many happy summers camping, hiking and canoeing with his family.  A favorite destination was the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) where he camped and canoed with his sons and family.  He had a quick wit and love for laughter and enjoyed the many family reunions at a family tree farm near Menomonie. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean, sons Scott (Pat), Tom (Marquita) and a daughter, Susan (Brett) Topham, grandchildren Laura Topham, Mark Topham, Evan Schendel and Tana Schendel, brothers Dale and Mike (Sally) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Frances Bergstrom Schendel and grandson, William Joseph Schendel .The family is grateful for the loving care that was provided to Richard by the staff at Spring Valley Senior Living and Heartland Hospice.

 

A memorial service will be held at  11:00 A. M. on Monday( April 4, 2016)at the Stewartville United Methodist Church with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating.  Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to  Parkinsonsmn.org.  Arrangements are with Griffin-gray F.H. in Stewartville,MN. www.griffin-gray.com.








Shirley A. Hahn


Shirley A. Hahn, 91, of Rochester,Mn and formerly of Stewartville,MN,  passed away peacefully,  on Tuesday (March 29, 2016) at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since January of 2015.

Shirley Ann Ibach was born on October 20, 1924 in Preston, MN, to Harry and Dena(Roseth) Ibach. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Preston schools,  graduating from Preston H.S. in 1942. She attended and graduated from teacher’s training and taught  in a 1 room schoolhouse in rural Dexter,MN and also was employed as a postal clerk in Dexter. Shirley was married on February 8, 1947  to Russell Hahn. Following their marriage the couple lived in the Dexter before moving to Anoka,MN, in 1964,  where Shirley was a homemaker and was employed  doing clerical work in nearby Fridley,MN. The Hahn family moved to Stewartville in 1968. Shirley was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester as a surgical pricer in it’s Business Dept. until her retirement in 1986.  Russell was a longtime employee at Midwest Breeders in Stewartville. After their retirements, they moved to Rochester in 1991 and Shirley continued to care for Russell during  his illness with myotonic dystrophy. Mr. Hahn died in 1994. Shirley was a longtime  member of Bethany Methodist Church in Rochester, where she volunteered with it’s Circle UMW ladies groups and was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 - Ladies Auxillary. She enjoyed reading, was an avid fisherwoman, followed  the Twins and Vikings and collected elephants figurines. Shirley loved  time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her daughter and 2 sons  – Karen(Richard) Morrow of Rochester; Don(Diane) of Soldotna,Alaska  and Alan (Bonnie) of Mebane,NC;   7 grandchildren – Michael Morrow,  Jason(Susan) Morrow,  Curt(Shawna)  Hahn,  Michelle(Sass) Fisher, Brandon(Caley) Hahn,  Matt(Erica) Hahn and Mark(Rose) Hahn;  12 great grandchildren – Josh, Sam and Max Morrow, Tyler and Bryan Hahn, Mikayla and Mackenzie Henry, Abigail, Anna, Sarah, Alexandra and Kennedy Hahn. She was preceded in death by her husband – Russell, her parents, brother Harlow Ibach and infant brother.

A funeral service for Shirley will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday( April 1,  2016) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville  with  Rev. Mark Woodward officiating. A time of visitation  will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday( March 31, 2016)  at Griffin–Gray  Funeral Home and 1 hour  prior to the service on Friday morning.  A private family burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston,MN.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com

 






Mildred Hinkle Liskow
 

The funeral service for Mildred Hinkle Liskow, 80, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday( March  21,  2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville  with  Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN.  Mrs. Liskow died on Thursday(March 17, 2016), loving  family by her side, following  a lengthy  illness with lung cancer, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester,Mn, where she had been a resident for the past week. 

Mildred  Jane Amos was born on January 16, 1936 in Viola Twsp.,rural Dover, MN, to Alvin and Lillian(Zimmerman) Amos. She moved with her family as a young girl to Stewartville  where she grew up, attended school,  graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1954.  Mildred was married in 1955 at the United Methodist Church in Sumner Center, MN to Lester D. Hinkle Jr. Following their marriage the couple lived in Minneapolis and Farmington,MN  before moving to Stewartville where they raised their sons and lived for many years. They were later divoriced. Millie was a homemaker and was employed for 30 plus years at Waters Connelly Co. in Rochester.  She was married on February 13, 1986 to Russell E. Liskow  in Stewartville, where they have continued to make their home. At the time of their marriage Russell had just retired from Chicago-Northwestern  Railroad in Rochester. He then became co-owner and operator , with his son – Rick,  of Land ‘O’ Dreams in Owatonna and Rochester. Millie was a longtime  member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where she volunteered with it’s Ladies circles. She had a deep faith in the Bible and it’s teachings and even while terminally ill, was at peace and knew she was going to be with God. She was always ready to reach out to others and would often help nurse ailing family members. Millie and Russ enjoyed spending winters in Florida and trips to Branson, the Black Hills and summer vacations at Woman Lake in northern MN. She liked reading, doing yard work and mowing, shoveling snow and following the Vikings and the Packers. She loved  time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Millie is survived by her husband – Russell; 2 sons – Greg(Sherry)Hinkle  and Jeff (Bonnie)Hinkle both of rural Stewartville;  1 step daughter and 1 step son - Rick (Debbie) Liskow of Oronoco, MN and Jeanne Landsittel of Golden,CO; 8 grandchildren – Jarrod (Breanna)Hinkle, Kyle (Lacy) Hinkle, Jacob Hinkle and Janelle Hinkle, Niki(Rob) Langheim, Ryan Liskow and Kacy Landsittel and Jesse Knutson;  9 great grandchildren – Pierson,  Keely, Elsie and Decker Hinkle, Aidan, Finn and Ari Liskow, Quinn and Heath Knutson; 2 sisters and 1 brother – Helen Gusa of Stewartville; Bonnie Gathje of Pine Island,MN  and Don “Buck”(Jan) Amos of Stewartville; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters – Merle Taylor and Charlotte “Shorty” Johnson, brother - Gerald "Ike" Amos and infant great grandson – Braxton Hinkle.

Visitation will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. on  Sunday( March 20, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and on Monday morning 1 hour prior to the service at the church. The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church and Seasons Hospice. 






                                     Delwyn " Del " Johnson


The funeral service for Delwyn “Del” Johnson, 77, of Stewartville, MN will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March  5,  2016, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville  with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn  Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Johnson died surrounded by family, at his home in Stewartville on March  2,  2016, following an illness with pulmonary fibrosis. 

Delwyn Dean Johnson was born on June  22, 1938 in Blooming Prairie, MN, to Menard and Meta (Stork) Johnson. He moved with his family as a young boy to Elkton, MN where he grew up, attended Elkton schools, and graduated from Elkton H.S. in 1957. He began his love of athletics in Elkton and played  football, basketball and baseball in H.S., earning 11 letters.  Del was married on June  2, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Dexter, MN  to Roxanna J. Rabine. Following their marriage the couple moved to Endicott, NY for 6 months, where Del went for training with his new employer, IBM. They returned to Minnesota where Del began a 35 year career with IBM, living in Rochester  and then Racine, MN for a few years. In 1964 the Johnson family moved to rural Stewartville where they raised their children and lived for over 50 years. Del retired from IBM in 1992 as a quality control manager. He began his 2nd “part-time” careers – 10 years with Byrne Construction, refereeing  middle and high school sports in the Stewartville School District, and driving for Grisim School Bus until last year. Roxie was a homemaker and worked part-time at Boyum Foods and Grisim School Bus. Del was a longtime active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where he taught Sunday school, and served on many committees and on the church council. He was a longtime member of the Drift-Skippers Snowmobile Club, Stewartville Lions and the Stewartville Wrestling Boosters. He truly enjoyed following high school wrestling, and through his volunteering as a scorekeeper and helping with weigh-ins at the local and state level, was inducted into the Region 1 Wrestling Alumni Hall of Fame. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed snowmobiling and motorcycling, photography and videography, deer hunting and following the Twins and Vikings. Del loved spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Del is survived by his wife – Roxie; 1 daughter and 4 sons – Russel (Ruth) of Denver, CO; Blaine of Melbourne, FL; Doyle (SueAnne) of  Owatonna, MN  and Liza (Gary) Neseth of Stewartville; Noel (Sunday) AnderJohn of Roseville, MN; 13 grandchildren – Neal (Camille) Johnson, Lucas (Elise) Johnson, Nathaniel (Katelyn) Johnson, Corinna (Chris) Anderson; Erika, Elsa, and Eva Johnson; Derek (Jessica) Johnson, Drew and Mya Johnson; Nashia Johnson (Mitchel Baldus); Winter and Briar AnderJohn; 13 great grandchildren – Asher, Cecily, Vienna, Boaz, August, Gavin, Georgia, Caroline, Nora, Drake, Ethan, Isaac and Elliot;  3 brothers – Dennis (Joan) Johnson of New Prague, MN; Doug (Linda) Johnson of Dexter, MN and DeVern (Lina) Johnson of Rochester, MN; 1 sister-in-law – Karen Johnson of Cannon Falls, MN, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother – Dale Johnson and great granddaughter – Gabrielle.

Visitation will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on  Friday, March 4, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and on Saturday morning one hour prior to the service at the church. 



                                                               Gladys H. Claeys
                                           
The Mass of Christian Burial for Gladys H. Claeys, 96, of Stewartville,Mn will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday(March 5,  2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Mrs. Claeys died on Tuesday (March 1, 2016) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past month.

Gladys Helen Malmanger was born on June 11, 1919, at home in Westford Township near Truman,MN to Hans and Emma(Eggert) Malmanger. She grew up on the farm in rural Truman and attended country school and Truman High School through 11th grade. Prior to her marriage she enjoyed working as a housekeeper and nanny. Gladys was married to the love of her life, Julius J. Claeys Jr., on February 12, 1939 at the rectory of St. Paul’s Catholic Church  in Fairmont,MN. Following their marriage the couple farmed at several locations in southern MN, before purchasing a farm in rural Truman in 1949, where they raised their 4 children and farmed for 30 years. Gladys enjoyed gardening, canning, raising chickens and dairy chores with her husband, while on the farm. Julius was a lifelong farmer and was also employed for  20 + years as a mechanic at International Harvester in Truman. They had just began enjoying their retirement, going  south for the winter, first to Texas and then Arizona, when their farmhouse was lost in a fire in the winter of 1979. After the fire, they decided to build a home in Truman where they lived for many years. Gladys was a longtime member of St. Katherines Catholic Church in Truman. She participated with several church groups and various functions through the years. Mr. Claeys died on May 23, 1994. In 2006, Gladys moved to Stewartville to be near her son Jerry and his family. She became a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church, while making her home at the Stewartvilla Apts. She enjoyed playing cards and board games, doing jigsaw and word puzzles, reading, hosting the big Claeys Family Thanksgiving celebrations in Owatonna and loved time spent with all her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gladys is survived by 1 daughter and 3 sons – Marvel(Jerome) Bergervoet of St. Peter,MN; Gerald(Mary) of rural Grand Meadow,MN; Cecil(Barbara) of Owatonna and Mark of Andover,MN; 21 grandchildren , 39 great-grandchildren and  6 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law – Iona Malmanger of Lakeville,MN and many nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband – Julius, her parents, 2 sisters – Betty Iliff and infant sister – Dolores and 5 brothers – Harold, Leonard, Marvin, Charles and Purl Malmanger.

A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(March 4, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning. Burial and a committal service will take place at 3:30 P.M. on Saturday afternoon(3-5-16)  at Ridgelawn Cemetery in rural Truman,MN. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com






                                                              Wayne R. Briese


The funeral service for Wayne Roger Briese, 79, of Grand Meadow, MN will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March  1, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley, MN,  with Rev. Colin Duling officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Briese died peacefully with family close by at Seasons Hospice on February 25, 2016 following a lengthy illness with cancer.  

Wayne Briese was born February 5, 1937, in Rochester, MN, to Stephen and Helen (Betcher) Briese. He grew up in High Forest, MN, attended Stewartville schools, and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1955.  Wayne was married on April 4, 1964 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Lucille “Lucy” M. McClellan.  A long-time farmer and enthusiast of Oliver & White tractors, Wayne and Lucy farmed in rural Stewartville until building a new home in Pleasant Valley Twsp., where they farmed and raised their family. Employed by the Kahler Hotel, Lucy died on Nov. 17, 1998 following an automobile accident in Rochester.  Wayne was a longtime active member of Pleasant Valley Immanuel Lutheran Church as well as the Pleasant Valley Township Board and member of the Minnesota National Guard. Wayne enjoyed bowling in both the Stewartville and Rochester men’s bowling leagues for many years, was an avid Twins and Vikings fan, and especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Wayne is survived by his two sons, Roger (daughter-in-law Alison Dermer) of Minneapolis, and Tom of South St. Paul; sister Nancy Henke (brother-in-law John) of High Forest; brother William “Buck” Briese (sister-in-law Carol) of Stewartville; loving nieces and nephews, and supportive girlfriend Sheila Mehling. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucy and mother Helen.

Visitation will take place 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, February 29, 2016, at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,MN and one hour prior to the service at Immanuel Lutheran Church Tuesday morning.  






                                     Harold Ole Bredeson

Harold O. Bredesen, 56, died in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday( February 18, 2016) on MN State Highway 63,  just north of his home in Racine,MN.

Harold Ole Bredesen was born May 17, 1959 in Rochester,MN to Arthur and Darlene(Kath) Bredesen. He grew up in and around Stewartville,MN and attended Stewartville Schools.  Harold was married on October 13, 1979 at St. Bernards Catholic Church  in Stewartville to Mary A. Christie.  Following their marriage the couple built a wonderful and creative life in their 36 years of marriage and were blessed with 11 children while living in Stewartville, rural Rochester and for many years in Racine. Harold had a great sense of humor and a distinctive smile. He enjoyed talking to many people from all over the world while working at the Rochester International Airport for the past 30 plus years. Mary has been an employee at Target South in Rochester since it opened over 8 years ago. Harold loved spending time with his wife, children, and especially his grandchildren; four wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, planting flowers, taking last minute road trips, even playing with toy tractors and dolls, or just sitting and enjoying a good swing outside. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls and classic tractor shows. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church  and was a member of the Root River Antique Historical Power Association.

 He is survived by his wife Mary; 5 sons and 6 daughters- Christopher (Tanya) Bredesen of Stewartville; Nathen (Racheal Rasmussen) Bredesen of Hayfield,MN; Katie (Jared) Steiger of Hayfield; LeAnn (Aaron) Tebay of Hayfield; Bryan (Andrea) Bredesen of Stewartville;David Bredesen(Hannah LeBarron) of rural Racine; Shaleen (Konrad) Waugh of Grand Meadow,MN; Tiffany Bredesen (Jon Defoe) of Stewartville; Rabecca Bredesen of Stewartville and Janae and Allen Bredesen at home in Racine;18 Grandchildren - Olivia and Carissa Bredesen, Cole, Kody, Layla, and Reghan Rasmussen, Parker, Paisley, and Hazel Bredesen, Alex and Paige Steiger, Macey Tebay, Matthew, Wyatt, and Emily Bredesen, Mallory Bredesen, Gabriel and Jackson Waugh; 2 sisters and 3 brothers - Gail (Randy) Peck of Stewartville; Charlie (Alicia) Bredesen of Stewartville; Phillip (Cheryl) Bredesen of Kimberly,Idaho; Craig (Diane) Bredesen of Stewartville and Ann (Ray) Gallie of Pine Island,MN. He was proceeded in death by his parents.

Harold’s funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday(February 23,  2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday(February 22, 2016) at St. Bernards Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service on Tuesday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com