OBITUARIES





                                     Bridget M. Hale

Bridget M.  Hale, 33,  of Stewartville,MN died on Tuesday(August 23, 2016) of natural causes at her home. Her  funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday(August 27, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday(August 26, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church and 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.








                                    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