OBITUARIES





                                        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