Obituaries


                                                   


                                          FRANCIS  E.  RODENZ


Francis  E.  Rodenz, 68, of High Forest,MN died on Monday  (October  13,  2014) of natural causes at his home.

Francis is survived by his wife – Barbara “Jeanie” Rodenz of High Forest,MN;  2 children - his  son – Mike(Lori) Rodenz  of  Sturgis,S.D. and his daughter – Micki(James)  Keefer of  rural Stewartville;  5 grandsons – Chance Rodenz,  Jett Rodenz,  Cody Keefer,  Brady Keefer and Jake Keefer.

 

 

A Celebration of  Frannie’s  Life will be held from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday (October 17,  2014) at the Stewartville American Legion in Stewartville.  

 

 

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

 








                                                 LEONARD  C.  JOHNSON



The funeral service for Leonard C. Johnson, 91, of Rochester, MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (October 15, 2014) at  Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN.  with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mr. Johnson died on Sunday(October 12,  2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since October of last year.

 

Leonard Clair Johnson was born on August 6, 1923 in Stewartville, MN. to John G. and Clara(Vetterberg) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served on the USS Ajax in Hawaii. Following his discharge in 1947, he returned to the area and was employed at Marigold Dairy in Rochester. Leonard was married on November 23, 1947 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester to Lila R. Bruske. Following their marriage the Johnsons lived in Rochester, where they raised their family and continued to make their home during their 66 years of marriage. Leonard was employed in the brace shop in the Orthopedic Department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester located at St. Marys Hospital. Known as ‘‘Leonard the Brace Man”  he helped many patients in his 39 year career at Mayo and was instrumental in the development of  new braces and hospital bed frame work for recovering orthopedic patients. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and was also employed at Super Valu and Erdmans Grocery Stores, both in Rochester, for a number of years.  Leonard was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church, while growing up in Stewartville, and was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester.  He served as treasurer of the Rochester Youth Hockey Assn. for 25 years, including the construction of Graham Arena at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. He enjoyed following hockey, the Twins and the Vikings and working in his garage on automobiles and anything mechanical. He enjoyed time spent with family and Leonard and Lila always followed their son’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s school and sporting activities.

 

Leonard is survived by  2  sons – Robert (Elaine) of Lowell, MI. and Lyle (Allison) of Stewartville; 6 grandchildren and  9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife – Lila, his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

 

A time of visitation will be from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(October 14, 2014) at Griffin Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. The family suggests memorials to the Rochester Youth Hockey Assn.

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










                                                             CORAL C. CARLSON


The funeral service for Coral  C. Carlson, 98, of  Stewartville, MN,  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (October  16,  2014) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN.  Mrs. Carlson died on Saturday (October  11, 2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident  since June of this year.

 

Coral  C. Larson  was born on September  14, 1916  in Goodridge, MN  to Carl  and Ida(Dalen) Larson.  She moved with her family as an infant to Caniesto Twsp. in rural Kasson,MN  grew up on the family farm and attended country school.  Coral was married on June  2, 1936  at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Hayfield,MN  to Stewart T. Carlson.  Following their marriage the couple farmed in Mower County before moving to rural Stewartville in 1957. Mrs. Carlson was  a farmwife and homemaker and Mr. Carlson besides farming was employed  at All American Co-op and as a custodian at the Stewartville  H.S.

Coral was a devoted wife and Mom – always accepting of life’s circumstances and handling  life’s troubles with grace and dignity. Coral was always happy, never complaining and always sharing her love unconditionally. Coral enjoyed cooking and baking and was known in her neighborhood for her delicious home made bread, cookies and pies. When Coral’s family was grown and out of the home, she started her own cake decorating business. She made cakes for all occasions. Wedding cakes were made and with the help of Stewart were delivered  to destinations of choice. She kept photo albums with pictures of each cake. But most of all she treasured the friendships that each order brought her. Coral also enjoyed a sewing and alterations business - on a few occasions, making the wedding party dresses and baking the wedding cake.

Coral’s hobbies included embroidery, card playing, flower gardening, dancing and travel. Stewart and Coral enjoyed many trips west to the Rocky Mts. and Arizona, continuing after Stewart’s death, making  2 trips to Hawaii after 87 years of age.

After Stewart’s death on April 3, 2003, Coral moved into Stewartville, making many new friends and never forgetting her old friends. Coral most of all treasured her family, enjoying each and everyone. Coral always made each feel special.

 

Coral is survived  by;  2 daughters and 1 son – Charlotte Jacobson of  W. Fargo, ND;  Linda (Wayne) Torgersen of Stewartville and Leonard(Kathy) Carlson of New Brighton,MN;  7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren;  2 sister-in-laws – Juanita Larson of Kasson,MN and Erva Larson of Phoenix,AZ. She was preceded in death by her husband – Stewart, her parents and 2 brothers - Lyndon and Earl Larson and her son-in-law –Gerald Jacobson.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday (October  15,  2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.  

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

 






  



                                                   MILDRED H. HANSON


The funeral service for Mildred H. Hanson, 98,  of Stewartville,MN  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday ( September 25,  2014) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,MN  with Rev. Wane Souhrada  officiating.  Burial will take place at E. St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery in Rock Dell,MN.  Mrs. Hanson died of natural causes on Friday (September 19,  2014) at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield,MN, where she had been a resident since May of 2013.   

 

Mildred Helena Pederson was born on November 14, 1915 at her parents home in Rock Dell Twsp., Olmsted County,MN to Morris and Anna(Haugen) Pederson. She grew up on their farm home in Salem Twsp. near Byron,MN. She attended country school through 8th grade and helped her parents on their farm until she was married. Mildred was married on September  27, 1934 at  E. St. Olaf  Lutheran Church in Rock Dell,MN to Marvin I. Hanson. Following their marriage they moved to Salem Twsp. where they farmed and then to Rock Dell Twsp. Mildred was a farmwife and homemaker and did housekeeping part-time in Rochester. The couple moved to rural Eyota,MN. where they lived for many years. After her children were grown, Mildred was employed in housekeeping at the Holiday Inn in Rochester for 7 years. In 1972 she was employed at the Fiksdal Hotel in Rochester where she did house keeping until her retirement in 1991.  Mr. Hanson was employed in carpentry for many years and owned and operated Marvin Toppers from 1969 to 1987. Mr. Hanson died on October 29, 1993. Mildered  moved to the Downtowner II Apts in Stewartville in 1997.  She was a  past member of Faith United Methodist Church in Eyota and was a current member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville. She was an honor member of the Stewartville American Legion Ladies Auxillary and belonged to the Stewartville Senior Citizens.  Mildred enjoyed gardening, cooking for her family, collecting coins and listening to old time country western music. She enjoyed  time spent with friends and loved time spent with her family, especially all of her grandchildren.

 

The Hanson Family would like to thank all the staff at Chosen Valley Care Center

for their Mom’s excellent and loving care.

 

Mildred is survived by her daughter – Annetta Johnson of Rochester and her son -  Irrold ”Bud” Hanson of rural Rochester; daughter-in-law – Mary Carlson of Harmony,MN; her grandchildren –Bonnie Johnson, Cindy(Gary) DeYoung, Jolene Hanson(Joe Dahl) and Scott Johnson who went to Heaven on July 1, 1975;  2 great grandchildren – Shannon and Levi; 2  great-great grandchildren – Grace and David and nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her husband – Marvin,  her parents,  a sister – Loretta,  a brother – Leland and son-in-law – Melvin Johnson.

 

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

 











                                                   CAROL KAY COGGINS


The funeral service for Carol Kay Coggins, 63, of Rochester,MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday ( September 24,  2014) at Trinity  Lutheran Church in Rochester  with Rev. Nathaniel Schwartz officiating. Burial will take place in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mrs. Coggins died on Friday (September 19,  2014) in her home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness with cancer.   

 

Carol Kay Blegen was born on December  28, 1950 in Rochester to Orven and Vera(Hass) Blegen. She grew up on the family farm in High Forest Twsp.,  attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville  H.S. in 1968.  She was employed at Mayo Clinic in their Medical Library located in the Plummer Building.  Carol was married on September 13, 1975 at  Zion  Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Charles Thomas Coggins. The couple lived in Rochester where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Carol was employed at the Medical Library her entire career at Mayo Clinic. She loved her job and retired reluctantly in 2013 due to health considerations. Tom was employed for many years at Mayo Clinic  as a surgical assistant until his retirement in 2009. Carol was a  longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she and Tom served as greeters. She enjoyed reading, going up north, fishing and following the Vikings. She always enjoyed time spent with friends and loved time spent with all her family, especially her granddaughters.

 

Carol is survived by her husband – Tom; her children – Bryan(Charis) of Stewartville and Megan(Joshua) Swanson of Spring Valley,MN; her grand daughters – Breanna and Brynn; her father – Orven Blegen of rural Stewartville; 2 sisters and 1 brother – Ron(Mary) Blegen of Rochester; Mary Blegen of rural Stewartville and Barb Jansen of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her mother – Vera, sister – Linda and her husband – Beano Trusty and brother-in-law – Chuck Jansen.

 

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M.  on Tuesday (September 23,  2014) at  Griffin–Gray F.H. in Stewartville  and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.  

 









ORLEN E. NOLTE


The Memorial Service for Orlen E. Nolte, 90, of rural Stewartville, MN,  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (September  22,  2014) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating.  Mr. Nolte died on Wednesday (September  17, 2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident  for the past two years.

 

Orlen Edgar Nolte was born on March  21, 1924 in N. Germany Twsp., Wadena County,MN  to Henry and Louise(Ploenzke) Nolte.  He grew up on the family farm in rural Sebeka,MN  and attended country school.  He farmed with his family before moving to the Stewartville area where he was employed as a farm laborer and as a seasonal worker at Reed- Murdock Canning Co. in Rochester.  Orlen was married on July 25, 1952  at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Lois A. Bufton.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville, before moving  to Pleasant  Grove Twsp. In 1968 they moved to their current home, where they raised their kids and have continued to make their home. Orlen was employed at Libby, Libby and McNeil and then Seneca Foods in Rochester for 45 years until his retirement in 1993.  He also worked  part-time for many years, on the Paul and Ruth Gerber farm and helped other area farmers in the spring and fall. Lois was a  homemaker.  Orlen was a  member of  Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed woodworking and following the Minnesota Twins. He enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Orlen is survived by his wife – Lois; 2 daughters and 2 sons - Karen(Terry) Goldsmith of Racine,MN;  Jeff (Karen) of Stewartville; Brian(Theresa) of Racine and Kim(John) Guettinger of Eau Claire,WI;  4 grandchildren – Mendela(Erik) Paulsen, Jessica(Scott) Morgan, Jared Nolte(Jeshila Erickson) and  McKenna Guettinger; 4 great grandchildren - McKayla, Carter and Taylor;  3 sisters and 1 brother – Cecelia Schultz of New York Mills,MN; Ted(Ernestine) Nolte of Wadena,MN; Gloria Triebwasser  of Monticello,MN and Onie(Curtis) Goldhammer of Mitchell,SD and sister-in-law – Ruth Nolte of Hammond,WI. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother – Henry.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday (September  21,  2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.  A private family burial  at Woodlawn Cemetery  in Stewartville will take place at a later date.


The family suggests memorials to Seasons Hospice  or the Stewartville First Responders.  





 






MARCIA L. UDENBERG

The Celebration of Life for Marcia L. Udenberg, 53, of Stewartville,MN will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday(September 19, 2014) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Marcia died peacefully surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness with ovarian cancer, on Saturday (September 13,  2014) at Rochester Methodist Hospital.    

Marcia Lea Eickhoff  was born on March 5, 1961  in Rochester,MN to Kenneth and Dianna(Thompson) Eickhoff. She grew up on the family farm, attended Wykoff schools and graduated from Wykoff H.S. in 1979. She was employed at Assisi Heights in their laundry and after her 35 year career at Assisi was currently the Environmental Services supervisor. Marcia was married on April 30, 1993 in Rochester to Michael Udenberg. Following their marriage they moved to Stewartville , where they raised their children and have continued to call home.  She helped start and operate Creative Catering  for a few years with her husband and others. Marcia was a member of Zion  Lutheran Church in Stewartville.  She was an avid supporter of Stewartville School District athletics and belonged to the Football Boosters Club for a number of years. She was voted the Fan of the Year Award last year for Stewartville schools. Marcia enjoyed going out to concerts or plays, solo singing at weddings,  traveling, reading and just plain having fun! She loved life and her family.  

Marcia is survived by her children – Alexandra and Shayne of Stewartville; her husband – Michael of Stewartville; her parents – Kenneth and Dianna Eickhoff of Fountain,MN.; 2 sisters and 1 brother – Mark(Jodi) of Fountain; Michell(Bruce)Hovelson of Chatfield, MN and Misty(Nate) Heusinkveld of Spring ValleyMN; nieces and nephews – Josalyn, Tyler, Makaila, Lucas, Kensie and great niece - Zoey.  She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

 A time of visitation will take place  from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (September 18, 2014) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday afternoon. A private family burial will take place at a later date.


 









                                                              SUZANNE M. IDSO
                                                        

        

The Mass of Christian Burial for Suzanne M. Idso, 75, of rural Rochester,MN will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday(September 17, 2014) at St. Bridgets Catholic Church in Simpson,MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Idso died from a pulmonary embolism on Friday (September 12, 2014) at her Maple Valley home.

 

Suzanne Marie Nicklay was born on November 2, 1938 in Pleasant Grove Twsp., Olmsted County,MN to Alfred and Garna(King) Nicklay. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and Chatfield schools, graduating from Chatfield H.S. in 1956. Suzanne was married on June 6, 1956 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester to Wayne W. Idso. Following their marriage, the couple lived in rural Stewartville and then moved to the Idso Family farm where they raised their family. In 1964, Wayne and Suzanne developed part of the Idso farm and created Maple Valley Golf Course, still one of the most popular golf courses in the area. Wayne and Suzanne built a house on Maple Valley Golf Course where they have lived for many years. In 1991 the Idso Family purchased property in St. Charles and started the St. Charles Golf Course. Suzanne was a homemaker and full-time partner in the operation of Maple Valley Golf Course. She was also employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 11 years. She was a longtime member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church serving on the parrish council and the building committee for the new Fellowship Hall, was a church elder and was active in St. Bridget’s Ladies activities. She volunteered for a number of years at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Mr. Idso died on September 21, 2013. Suzanne enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling with Wayne and her children and reading. Most of all, she loved time spent with family and  the many friends she made at Maple Valley and elsewhere. She always enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s school and sporting activities.

 

Suzanne is survived by her 4 daughters and 2 sons – Maureen(Bill) McMahon of Chatfield, MN.; Ivan(Mary) Idso of Rochester, MN.; Michele(Ken) Splittstoesser of St. Charles, MN.; Eric(Karen) Idso of Stewartville; Kersten(Gary) Danielson of Stewartville and Sabrina Menz of Rochester; 20 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; her sister – Rosemary(Reggie) Oeltjen of Stewartville and 3 brothers – Allen(Nancy) Nicklay of Eden Prairie,MN; Calvin(Deb) Nicklay of Osage,IA; Bruce(Lori) Nicklay of Winona,MN and sister-in-law – Joan Idso of Chatfield. Suzanne was preceded in death by her husband – Wayne, her parents, an infant son – Dwight, her brother – Paul Nicklay and brother-in-laws - Wes Idso and Herb Idso.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday (September, 16  2014) at St. Bridget’s Fellowship Hall in Simpson with  a rosary service at 3:30 and a prayer service at 4:00 P.M. The visitation will continue 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

 











                                                       Lyle C. Abbott



A Mass of Christian Burial for Lyle C. Abbott will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday  (September 15, 2014) at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John P. Wilmot officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Abbott, 92, of Stewartville, died Wednesday, (September 10, 2014) at the Stewartville Care Center.

Lyle Clayton Abbott was born July 27th, 1922 in Dover, MN to Mark and Anna (Ladwig) Abbott. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools.  On June 1, 1949 he married Colette Ringey at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester for a short time before moving to High Forest Township, rural Stewartville. Lyle was employed at Mayo Clinic in the X-ray department for 35 years until his retirement in 1987.  The Abbotts moved into Stewartville in 1979 where they made their home.  Mrs. Abbott died on September 10, 2009.  Lyle was a longtime member of St. Bernards Catholic Church and was a a past member of St. Bridgets Catholic Church in Simpson. Lyle was also a member of several old time/polka bands in the area including the Polka Kings and the Jolly Norsemen. He loved playing his trumpet, drums and the upside-down button accordion. He enjoyed ime spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Lyle is survived by four sons and five daughters  Kevin (Aleta) of Kasson, Kalleen Porvaznik of Carbondale, IL, Jolene Constance of Denver, CO, Mark of Minneapolis, Shawn (Doug) Twernbold of Rochester, Mary (Dan) Young of Rochester, Erin Abbott (Earl King) of Rochester, Greg (Kathy Vos) of North Mankato, and Brian (Barb) of Stewartville; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and his sister, Leona Hawkins of Chatfield.

Preceding him in death were his wife Colette, parents and brothers, Wallace, Gordon, Marion Abbott.

A time of visitation will take place  from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday (September 14, 2014) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville with a prayer service at 4:30 P.M. Visitation will    continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday Morning.

The family suggests memorials to St. Bernard's Catholic Church.






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








                                                                  DUANE A. DOUGLAS          



Duane A. Douglas, 80, of Rochester, and a longtime Stewartville resident, died unexpectedly on Sunday (September 7, 2014) from a cardiac arrest at his lake home in Aitkin.

 

Duane Arthur Douglas  was born on September 16, 1933 in Spring Valley, to Merton and Deanna (Lingbeck) Douglas. He moved with his family to rural Byron, where he grew up on the  family farm, attended Byron schools and graduated from Byron H.S. in 1951. He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force serving 4 years, including service overseas in the Korean conflict as a tail gunner on a B29 aircraft. He was married on June 16, 1952 at Lowry Air Force Base in Aurora, CO, to Elrose Saxton. Following his discharge the couple moved to Kasson. Duane was employed at IBM in Rochester where he had a 35-year career in various positions from management to business planning. In 1966 the Douglas’s moved to rural Stewartville where they raised their family and lived for many years. Elrose was a homemaker  and was employed for 28 years as a bank officer at 1st National Bank and then at Marquette Bank, both in Stewartville. After their retirement, Duane and Elrose purchased a lake home on Clear Lake in Aitkin County and  began wintering in Mesa, AZ, where they eventually bought a home. In 2006, after 40 years on their hobby farm in rural Stewartville, they moved to their current residence in Rochester. They enjoyed winters in Arizona and warm months spent in Minnesota. Duane was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville for 48 years serving on many committees and in many capacities. He was a member of the Masons for 54 years, the Stewartville Masonic Lodge # 203 for 48 years and was a member of the Stewartville American Legion. He was a 53 year member of the Antique Automobile Club Assn.(MN Region) serving on it’s board numerous times, including as past president. Duane and Elrose have many fond memories of the many car club friends and tours they made through the years. Duane enjoyed restoring old cars and loved  woodworking. Many of his family have hutches, cabinets, pantries or other pieces made by Dad or Grandpa and many of his friends have a game called Pegs and Jokers made by Duane. He enjoyed landscaping, mowing lawn on the farm, and coin collecting. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Duane is survived by his wife Elrose and his 3 children – Glen Douglas(Cheryl Parris) of Aitkin; Rhonda(Steve) Breese of Rochester and Patricia(Craig) Lewis of Oronoco; 8 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; his brother – Paul(Harriet) Douglas of Rochester and sisters – Evelyn(Arlen) Anderson of Brainerd and Carol(James) Schimek of Byron. He was preceded in death by his  parents and 2 brothers – Donald and Clifford Douglas.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (September 12, 2014) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating.  Burial with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164 will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday (September 11, 2014) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville with a Masonic service by the Stewartville-Masonic Lodge # 203 at 7:30 P.M.

Visitation will continue 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.









                                                              DeLores C. Wolfgram


The funeral service for DeLores C. Wolfgram, 90, of  Spring Valley,MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (August 29,  2014) at  First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Loel Wessel officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mrs. Wolfgram died on Monday (August 25, 2014) of natural causes at the Spring Valley Care Center, where she had been a resident since January.   

 

DeLores Constance Bucholz was born on November 7,  1923 in Stewartville,MN  to Fred and Leona(Biese) Buchholz. She grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville and attended school there. She graduated from Stewartville  H.S. in 1941 as vice president of her class and Philip  Wolfgram graduated as president of the class. She attended Winona Business School for 1 year and was employed for a short time at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. DeLores was married on January 1, 1943 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Philip T. Wolfgram. They farmed in the Stewartville and Racine area until 1964 when they moved to Spring Valley where they raised their family and have continued to make their home.   DeLores was a farmwife and homemaker and with her husband owned and operated the Mobil Bulk and Service Station in Spring Valley,  for a number of years, where she did the bookkeeping. Beginning in 1969,  the Wolfgrams were employed by the Mower County Dairy Herd Improvement Assn.(DHIA) until their retirement in 1989. They also were employed for a few years at Harmony Enterprises Co.(HECO) in Harmony,MN.  Mr. Wolfgram died on July 13, 2007.  DeLores was a past member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was a longtime member of the First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.  She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, camping and fishing with her family, playing cards, playing the organ and painting and finishing Philip’s woodworking projects. She always enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

 

DeLores is survived by her sons – Dwight(Pat) of Eyota,MN and Mark of Spring Valley; daughter-in-law – Marguerite Wolfgram of Wykoff,MN;  6 grandchildren – Tammy, Terry and Ryan(Jenny) Wolfgram, Jeanne(Mike Sabatke, Gina and Jessica Wolfgram; 9 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband – Philip and son – Donald, an infant son, her parents and two sisters – Isabel Jahns and Audrey Durhman.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (August 28,  2014) 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.









                                                                        George W. Rosin                    


George W. Rosin, 84, died Friday (August 1, 2014),  following a short illness with cancer, at the Stewartville Care Center.

George Wilfred Rosin was born April 9, 1930 in Good Thunder,MN to Arthur and Rose(Heiser) Rosin. He grew up on the family farm and moved with his family into Good Thunder as a young boy, where he attended school and graduated from Good Thunder H.S. in 1948. He then served his country in the National Guard from1950 until 1952.  George was married on May 18, 1952 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Good Thunder to his H.S. sweetheart, Marliss Birr. Following their marriage the couple lived in Good Thunder.  George attended Mankato State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts in 1959. He began his career in education teaching at Lutheran High East in E. Detroit,MI,  Welcome Memorial H.S. in Garden City,MN and back home to Good Thunder. He taught Industrial Arts, directed class plays, served in administrative capacities and also was the Drivers Training Instructor. He continued his education receiving his Masters in School Administration at Mankato State University. In 1969, George was employed as Assistant Principal at Stewartville H.S. , a position he held for many years. George received cerification in Special Education and finished his long career,  teaching Special Ed, at Bonner Elementary School in Stewartville until his retirement. He often referred to this as his favorite part of his career.  He also was Stewartville’s first Community Education Director from 1977 until 1981. Marliss was a homemaker and was employed for over 20 years at Travelers Insurance in Rochester until her retirement. They have continued to make Stewartville their home.

George was a beloved member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where he served on various boards including Vice President and President of the congregation and was a passionate member of it’s choir. He served on the MN South Board of the International Layman’s League and helped start the Lutheran Church Extension Fund(LCEF) Youth  Investors Program.  He was an involved member of the Stewartville Lions Club, receiving the Lion of the Year, Helen Keller and Melvin Jones awards.  He and Marliss  delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered many hours driving people to Mayo Clinic for cancer treatment.  George loved woodworking in his shop at home, creating toy trains and trucks which he donated to fundraisers or gave to young  families, as well as creating furniture and items that grace many  homes today. His love for children, putting smiles on their faces, sharing God’s love for them, was evident to everyone who knew him

 George and Marliss enjoyed traveling in their retirement including trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Europe. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening and growing zinnias, was known for his potato salad, always enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grand children.

He is survived by his wife – Marliss; his children – Robert(Mary Jo) of Rochester,MN; Janet(Lee) Hanson of Baldwin,WI  and Alan(Diane) of Rockford,IL; 6 grandchildren – Steven(Erika) Rosin,  Laura,  Julie,  Daniel and Douglas Hanson and Jeffrey Rosin;  4 step-grandchildren – Dana(Jim) Gammons, Joe Kelley, Merica(Andrew) Mixer and Devra Clawson;  4 step- great-grandchildren – Drew, Marianna, Micah and Aiden; his brother –Arthur “Bud” (Phyllis) of North Mankato,MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister  -Violet Roerig and brothers – Aldo and Jerome.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (August 6, 2014) at St. John’s  Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch and Rev. Steve Andrews officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(August 5, 2014) at St. John’s Lutheran Church and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

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








                                                                   Melvin J. Harrington

Melvin John Harrington passed away Tuesday, July 29th in Stewartville, after a life fully lived with family and friends, in church and in town, on the golf course and on the plains of South Dakota.

 Mel was born October 10, 1928 in Cresbard, SD to Lawrence Lamar and Pansy Ethel (Connell) Harrington. He grew up on the family farm with his siblings Gerald (Jerry), Maxine, Doris and their cousin Bernie Tomek. After graduating from Cresbard High School, Mel joined the SD National Guard and enlisted into the US Army - Air Force in 1947. His basic training was in Lackland TX, where he was handpicked to play baseball for the US. After radar training at Keeslar Airbase in Mississippi, he served overseas in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was proud to be a part of the Berlin Airlift Squadron.  After honorable discharge in 1950, he moved to Aberdeen, SD and began his first career with Northwestern Bell in the advertising department. It was during his training in Omaha NE, that he met the love of his life, Jean Winona Thoelcke. They were married in 1953 in Omaha, NE, and Mel was transferred to Rapid City as a sales engineer. All of their children were born in Rapid City: stillborn twins, Stewart and Porter, followed by Leslie, Christy and Blair.

 After a transfer to Mitchell, SD, the Harrington’s moved to Stewartville in 1963.  Mel owned and operated Harrington Real Estate and Appraisal in Stewartville for nearly forty years, selling homes all over the southeastern part of the state. Leslie has fond memories of taking drives and looking at homes with her dad. The Minnesota Association of Realtors named him Realtor of the Year. While working in Stewartville, Mel founded the SE Minnesota Industrial Development Association. He served on Minnesota Governor LeVander’s steering committee for regional development.  Mel was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served on the Council, was a Sunday school superintendent and teacher. It was at Zion that Mel and Jean met so many of their life-long friends. Mel was a charter member of the Stewartville Lion’s Club and was awarded the Melvin Jones and Helen Keller Sight awards. He will be well remembered for his “permanent” position as Tail Twister. Mel was known for his jokes and shenanigans. Mel was very civic minded and volunteered to serve with numerous Stewartville boards and committees.  A bell-ringer for Salvation Army, Mel knew how to fill the kettles. He loved to bowl, sponsored a team and once bowled a 4-7-9-10 split.  A chronic, consummate golfer, Melvin made a hole-in-one, three-times over. His golfing buddies will miss him dearly. For decades, Mel went pheasant hunting in South Dakota, a legacy he shared with his son, Blair. Many people were the lucky recipients of poems written especially for them. A poem, “The One Room Schoolhouse” was read over the air on WCCO radio. Another interest of Dad’s was going to the stock-car races in Racine. Mel’s daughter, Christy, will always treasure Sunday mornings with her dad, listening to the radio, and playing with Henry, the spectacular grand puppy.   

 Mel’s family would like to thank the all of the angels who cared for Mel in the past year and a half, especially his buddies at the Stewartville Care Center. We are also grateful to Anne, who tended to Dad in his last months of life.

 Those left to cherish his memory include Leslie, Blair (Sue), all of Rochester and Christy (aka Alexandra “Alley” Paisley) of Stewartville, and his sisters Maxine Bradbury and Doris Altringer.     

 Funeral services for Mel will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (August 2, 2014) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Burial with military graveside honors by the American Legion Post 164 will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday (August 1, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church or to the local Lion’s Club at P.O. Box 212, Stewartville MN. 55976.

 Jean passed away in November of 2012. They are at last reunited and dancing together upon some celestial floor.













                                                                   Violet  A. Olson


The Mass of Christian Burial for Violet A. Olson, 88, of Stewartville, MN, will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday ( August 1, 2014)  at  St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville, MN, with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at St. Finbarrs Catholic Cemetery in rural Grand Meadow,MN.  Vi Olson died of natural causes on Saturday (July 26, 2014) at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2013.   

 

Violet Aurelia Michaelsen was born on April 11, 1926  in rural Grand Meadow,MN to Thomas and Olivia(Stier) Michaelsen.  She grew up on the family farm attended rural school and Grand Meadow schools, graduating from Grand Meadow H.S. in 1944. She was employed at the U.S. Post Office in Grand Meadow and also liked to help on the family farm by driving truck.  Violet was married on June 10, 1949 at St. Finbarrs Catholic Church in Grand Meadow to Preston M. Olson.  The couple lived in Grand Meadow before moving to LaCrosse and Rochester and then to Stewartville in 1962. They were later divorced. Vi raised her family in Stewartville and continued to make her home there. She was employed as a cook at the Chanticleer Restaurant at the Rochester Airport for a number of years and then as Kitchen and Events manager at Willow Creek Golf Course in Rochester for 10 years. She was employed as Food Service Director overseeing all of the cafeterias for the Stewartville School District in 1985  until her retirement in 1995. Vi was a longtime member of  St.Bernards’s Catholic Church and was an active volunteer in it’s Ladies activities and was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Auxillary. She liked watching John Wayne movies, playing cards with her grandchildren, doing puzzles, collecting cardinals and music boxes, going to parades and garage sales and her family dogs. Vi enjoyed time spent with her family, taking them on day trips and adventures and especially loved time spent with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

 

Vi is survived by her children - Phillip (JoAnn)of Perham,MN; Margaret “Peggy” (Steve) Thompson of Dodge Center,MN; Michael Olson of Gold Hill,OR;  Jennifer(Allen) Whipple of Rochester,MN; Janelle(Mike) Mitchell of rural Spring Valley,MN and Jeffrey (Melody) of Prior Lake,MN;  26  grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and her sister – Becky(Ed) Bunne of Leroy,MN.  She was preceded in death by her daughter – Mary, her parents, sisters and brother-in-laws – Pat(Stan) Hilmer, Betty(Tom) Roberts, an 11yr. old sister – Peggy, an infant sister – Mary Lou and daughter-in-law Kathy Brommer Olson.

 

Visitation will take place from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday (July 31, 2014) at Griffin–Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, with a prayer service at 5:00 P.M.,  and continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.

 

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.








                                                                   Celia Sue Robinson


The funeral service for Celia Sue Robinson, 78, of rural Stewartville, MN, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, MN, with Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating.  Mrs. Robinson passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, July 18, 2014, at her home in Kasson, MN.   

 

Celia was born on February 23, 1936, in Memphis, Scott County, MO.  She grew up in Memphis, attended school there, graduating from Memphis High School in 1954.  She attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, and Kirksville State Teacher’s College (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, MO, earning a teaching degree.  She moved to Rochester, MN, where she attended Mayo Medical School and became a Registered Physical Therapist.  Celia was employed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester as a physical therapist for many years and was the first Certified Hand Therapist at the Mayo Clinic.  She also was the Director of Physical Therapy at the Stewartville Care Center for several years.  After her children graduated from high school, she returned to college earning her Master’s Degree in Education at St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. 


Celia was married on Oct. 24, 1964, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN, to Gayle E. “Robbie” Robinson.  The couple moved to rural Stewartville where they raised their family and lived on their farm for many years.  Following Celia’s retirement in 2001 they moved to rural Kasson.  Mr. Robinson died on April 23, 2011.  Celia moved into Kasson in the fall of 2011.  She was a longtime member of East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell and was active with its Heritage Committee.  She was a past member of the American Physical Therapist Association serving as an officer for the MN chapter.  Celia was active as a 4-H leader and enjoyed assisting her children with the county fair.  She enjoyed time spent with friends and family, and especially loved following her grandchildren’s school, 4-H and sporting activities.

 

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children; Rebecca (Albert “Red”) Nold, Heather Robinson (Michael Hopper), Laural (Jeremy) Bauer, Ross (Barb) Robinson, and Randall (Leah “Kitsie”); her grandchildren,    Shawnna, Casey, Alex, Nickolai, Landon, Katelyn, Joshua, Aleya, Kale, and Trace; her sister, Virginia (Morris) McNabb and half-brother Andrew (Janet) Keethler.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayle.

 

Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Griffin–Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.  A private family burial will take place at East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials to East St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

 









                                                                   Royce K. Holzerland


The funeral service for  Royce  K. Holzerland, 89, of rural Stewartville,MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (July 1,  2014) at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Steve Andrews officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mr. Holzerland died on Friday (June 27,  2014) of natural causes at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester,MN.

 

Royce Karl Holzerland was born on July 30, 1924 in Minneapolis,MN  to Karl and Dora (Hoover) Holzerland. He moved with his family as an infant to rural Redwood Falls,MN, attended  country school, Wabasso schools and Wabasso H.S.  He entered the U.S. Army in 1944  serving overseas in Austria, at the end of WWII. After his discharge he returned to Redwood Falls and farmed with his family. Royce was married on October 28, 1947 in Morton,MN to Gertrude M. Whetston. Following their marriage the couple moved to a farm in rural Stewartville where they raised their family, farmed for many years and lived  for over 65 years, before moving to Rochester in 2011. Mr. Holzerland was a lifelong farmer and was a sales representative for Pioneer Seeds for many years.  Mrs. Holzerland was a farmwife and homemaker. Royce was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville. The Holzerlands enjoyed traveling including trips overseas and  across the U.S. in a motorhome, square dancing and Royce liked to collect Farmall toy tractors. He enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Royce is survived by his wife – Gertrude and his son – Larry(Marilyn) of Mound,MN and daughter – Janet Holzerland of Rochester; 3 grandchildren – Andrew(Ali) Holzerland, Bradley(Megan) Holzerland and Charles(Kelly) Holzerland; 3 great-grandchildren – Grayson, Owen and Grant.  He was preceded in death by his son – Greg, his parents and a sister – Bertha Smith and brother – Richard Holzerland.

 

A time of visitation will be held 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.





                                                             DeWayne G. Schneckloth


The funeral service for DeWayne G. Schneckloth, 72, of rural Stewartville, MN,  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (June 30,  2014) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Twsp.,MN with Rev. Ron Prigge officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Mr. Schneckloth died on Wednesday (June 25, 2014) following a sudden illness at Mayo Clinic – Rochester – St. Marys Campus.

DeWayne  George  Schneckloth was born on October 9, 1941 in Minneapolis,MN.  He  moved as infant to rural Grand Meadow,MN. where he was raised by his grandparents – George and Julia Schneckloth.  He grew up on their farm , attended Grand Meadow schools, graduating from Grand Meadow H.S. in 1960.  He attended Austin Vocational-Technical  School, graduating with an auto mechanics degree.  De Wayne was married on July 20, 1963 at Immanuel Lutheran Church to Sharon M. Clark. Following their marriage the couple moved to High Forest,MN where they raised their kids and have continued to make their home. DeWayne was employed as a mechanic at Lebens Ford, Sinn Oil Co. and for a number of years at House Chevrolet, all in Stewartville. After  2 years at Harold’s Auto Electric in Rochester, he owned and operated 3-D Auto Electric in Stewartville for over 20 years, until his retirement in 2000.  He had been employed part-time for the past 4 yr.s,  as a parking lot attendant at Rochester International Airport.   Sharon was employed as a Nurse’s Aide for 35 years at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.  Dewayne was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley .  He was a member of the Southeastern Area Tractor Puller’s Assn. and also served on it’s board.  Dewayne  had a passion for John Deere Tractors and built  2 tractors that won many trophys.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing on the pontoon, John Deere memoralbia  and playing cards. He enjoyed time spent with friends and loved time spent with the family he was so proud of, especially his grandchildren and great grand-daughters.


 

DeWayne is survived by his wife – Sharon; his son -  Mike(Annette) of Mantorville,MN and  daughter - Vicki(Rusty) Holz of Dexter,MN; 7 grandchildren – Andrea, Jeremy(Haley), Jason, Jacob, Nickolai, Michaela and Trevor; 5 great grand-daughters -  McKenzie, Abby, Addy, Ashlyn and Charlotte; 2 sisters and 3 brothers – Curt(Virginia) Hameister of Rochester; Julie(Jason) Hagedorn of Lake City,MN; Dave(Carol) Hameister, Linda Hameister and Bruce”Bubba” Hameister all of Rochester and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents and 2 brothers – Dennis and Doug Hameister.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 3 to 6:00 P.M.  on Sunday (June 29,  2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.













Clarence R. Klenke

The funeral service for Clarence R. Klenke, 71, a lifelong resident of Racine, MN,  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (June 26,  2014) at United Methodist Church in Racine with Rev. Glen Holland officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine.  Mr. Klenke died on Saturday (June 21, 2014) of an apparent heart attack at his home.

 

Clarence  Russell  Klenke was born on October 27, 1942 in Stewartville, MN  to Charles and Hollis (Schroeder) Klenke. He grew up on the family farm in rural Racine, attended Racine Elementary school and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1960.  He attended Rochester Junior College graduating with an associate degree in business and farmed with his family. Clarence was married on August 18, 1973 at Racine United Methodist Church to Nancy D. Ward. Following their marriage the couple has lived on the Klenke Family farm. Clarence and Nancy were foster parents for many years. Clarence began driving school bus for Jacobsen Bus Service in Racine and eventually purchased the business. He owned and operated Klenke Bus Service in Racine for many years providing school bus service for the Stewartville School District and charter bus service until selling the business.  Nancy was bookkeeper for the bus company, and was also employed at the Spring Valley Tribune and currently is employed at Spring Valley Veterinary Clinic. Clarence was a lifelong member of Racine United Methodist Church serving on most of it’s committees, teaching Sunday school and serving as a lay minister. He served on the Racine Township Board and the Spring Valley Historical Society Board. He was a member of the Hamilton Cemetery Board, the Root River Historical Power Assn. and was a past member of the Racine Lions. He was an active participant and delegate of the Republican party of Mower County. He enjoyed restoring old tractors, preferably – Minneapolis-Moline, going on tractor drives and auctions. He especially enjoyed time spent with friends and family.

 

Clarence is survived by his wife – Nancy and his sister –Ruth Ann (Bob) Miles of Rochester, MN and brother – Harold(Loretta) Klenke of Jordan, MN and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M.  on Wednesday (June 25,  2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.












Doris A. Jensen


The funeral service for Doris A. Jensen, 72, of Stewartville, MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (June 23, 2014) at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Grams officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mrs. Jensen died on Wednesday (June 18, 2014) following a lengthy illness with dementia, at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester, MN.

 

Doris Ann Swanson was born on September 6, 1941, in Olivia, MN to Linn and Esther (Carlson) Swanson.  She grew up on the family farm and attended Bird Island High School, graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1959.  She attended St. Cloud State where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and then taught in Minnesota for four years.  Doris was married on January 4, 1964, in Bird Island, MN to Robert J. Jensen.  Following their marriage, the couple moved to Rochester, MN and then to Stewartville.  There with Doris as his partner in business endeavors, they established and ran his practice for over 40 years.  Following their retirement and Doris’s illness, the Jensen’s moved to Rochester.  Doris was an active member of Grace Church in Stewartville.  She enjoyed travelling, handiwork and crafts, going to auctions, antiquing and entertaining in her home. She loved time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Doris is survived by her husband – Robert;  2 daughters and 1 son –Michelle(Rick) Busch of Cresco, IA; Rebecca(Richard) Thompson of Houlton, WI and Hans(Kristi) of Deland, FL; 6 grandchildren –  John, Erik and Cole Busch, Olivia Thompson, Anders and Leah Jensen. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister – Ethel Novotny.

 

Friends may call from 3 to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday (June 22, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1hr prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.














Marion M. Holtzworth


Marion M. Holtzworth, 77, of Stewartville, MN, died peacefully on Monday (June 16,  2014) at her home, from kidney failure.   

 

Marion Margaret Emmons was born on April 15, 1937 in Winona, MN to Cecil and Anna(Raphael) Emmons. She grew up in Winona and graduated from Winona Senior H.S. in 1955. She worked at Winona National and Savings Bank for five years. Marion met Robert Holtzworth in 1959 and in 1960 they were united in marriage at St. Mathews Lutheran Church in Winona. Following their marriage they moved to Anoka, MN, where Bob was employed as a machinist for Northern Ordinance. They moved to Minnesota City in 1965 and then to Stewartville in 1973, where they have continued to make their  home.  Marion was a homemaker and together with Bob were foster parents for 70 foster children for nearly 14 years. They were honored in 1980 as Foster Parents of the Year by Olmsted County. Marion loved taking care of children and was a daycare provider for many years, from her home. Bob was employed as a tool and die maker for a number of years including, Lake Center Industries in Stewartville and Gauthier Industries in Rochester. Marion was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville.  She enjoyed dining out, reading romance novels, collecting Precious Moments figurines, playing cards – Shanghai!  and loved time spent with her family, the family dog – Mollie and especially her grandchildren.

 

Marion is survived by her husband – Bob and four sons – David(Elaine) of Oakdale, Conn; Mark(Jill) of Faribault, MN; Terry(Cheri) of Apple Valley, MN and Travis of Rochester; 9 grandchildren and her brother – Bob Emmons of Winona, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

According to Marion’s wishes a private family service took place on Wednesday (June 18, 2014) at Griffin–Gray F.H. in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. A private family burial followed at Witoka Cemetery in Wilson Twsp.,Winona County. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

 










Edna Tverberg


The funeral service for  Edna  Tverberg, 90, of  Hayfield,Mn.  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (June 17, 2014) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield,MN. with Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating.  Burial will follow at West St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery in rural Hayfield. Mrs. Tverberg died on Saturday (June  14, 2014) of natural causes at Fieldcrest Care Center  in Hayfield, where she had been a resident since April of this year..

 

Edna Florence Genora Thompson was born on February 9, 1924 in Hayfield Twsp., Dodge County,MN. to Johnnie and Annie(Boysen) Thompson. She was baptized May 23, 1924 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield and confirmed there on June 26, 1938  by Rev. Knutson. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school and Hayfield H.S. Edna was married on May 17, 1943 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin,MN. to Reuben L. Tverberg.  Following their marriage the couple moved to the Thompson Family Farm, a century farm in rural Hayfield, where she and Reuben, raised their family and continued to live for many years. Edna was an active farmwife and homemaker and was also employed at Hayfield Window Co. for 13 years. Reuben was a lifelong farmer. The couple moved into Hayfield in 2008 and celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2013.  Mr. Tverberg  died on March 14,  2014.  Edna was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield and was active in it’s Ladies Circles. The Tverbergs were both members of the Farmers Union, and volunteered with the association that has been restoring  the Tverberg Cabin at E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell,MN. This historical cabin was built by Reuben’s grandfather – John Tverberg.  Edna volunteered for many years with the Fieldcrest Care Center Auxillary,  making resident visits. She was known for her delicious brownies which she shared with many neighbors and friends  on special occasions. Edna enjoyed gardening, canning and pickling, keeping a clean house, playing cards, and car rides with Reuben in the spring and fall, to check the crops. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

 Edna is survived by her daughter -  Lou Ann (Gary) Stanton of LaCrescent,MN;  daughter-in-law – Margaret Tverberg of Hastings,MN; 5 grandchildren – Troy(Val) Tverberg of Raleigh,N.C.,  Todd(Paddy) Tverberg of Toronto,Canada, Scott(Korrin) of Hastings,MN., Lana(Sam) Tomandl of DePere,WI. and Pastor Jason(Carla) Stanton of Onalaska,WI. ; 13 great grandchildren – Courtney, Jasmine, Bianca,Cayla, Ryan, Chloe, Maximus and Annika Tverberg; Sarah and Rachel Tomandl; Sophia, Andrew and Caroline Stanton.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Reuben, her son - James and her parents.


Friends may call 2 hr.s  prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.










Lyle W.  Hall


The memorial service for Lyle W. Hall, 87, of Stewartville,MN,  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (June 20,  2014) at United Methodist Church in Stewartville  with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Hall died on Tuesday (June 10,  2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident for 1 week.   

 

Lyle was born on February 4, 1927 in Oronoco Twsp., Olmsted County,MN to Arthur and Beatrice(Mull) Hall. He grew up on the family farm in rural Oronoco Twsp. attended country school and graduated from Rochester H.S. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1947 and served overseas including duty in Japan. At the time of his discharge in 1950 he had earned the rank of Sargent and was stationed in Kansas. Lyle was married in 1950  to Bonnie  Sleichter in Kansas. Following their marriage the couple lived in Topeka,KS   for many years and raised their family. They were later divoriced.  Lyle was employed for 34 years at Montgomery Wards in Topeka and was a sales manager when he retired. He moved to Brainerd, Mn. where he met Fayne Turnow and they were married in 1995. They  moved to Texas where they lived for a number of years before returning to the Brainerd area. Fayne Hall died on June 8, 2012.  Lyle moved to Stewartville in 2013.

He was married on July 14, 2013 in Stewartville to Ethel M. Gehrking. The couple have made their home in Stewartville. Lyle enjoyed hunting and fishing, following the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, playing cards and time spent with his family.

 

Lyle is survived by his wife Ethel; 1 daughter and 1 son  – Brenda(Larry) Hudson of Newtown,MO and Daryl Hall of California, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson;  Ethel’s family - 2 step-daughters an 1 step-son –Vicki(Gary) Sikkink of Rochester; Cindy(Wayne) Steege of Zumbrota,MN and Mike(Sue) Gehrking of Stewartville, 6 step grandchildren and 4 step great-grandchildren; Fayne’s family – 3 stepchildren – Cathy(Leroy) Hamberg, Richard(Lucy) Turnow and Charles Turnow; his sister Lola Hall of Stewartville and  brother – Kenneth(Shirley) Hall of Douglas,MN.  He was preceded in death by his son –Warren, his parents, 2 sisters – Evelyn Hall and an infant sister – Edna, 2  brothers – Arthur and Fred Hall and 2 stepsons – Donald and Clifford Turnow.

 

A time of visitation will be held 1 hr. prior to the service at United Methodist Church on Friday (June 20,  2014). A private family burial will take place at a later date in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston,MN.











David Nels Nelson



David Nels Nelson passed away Wednesday (June 4, 2014) at Seasons Hospice in Rochester surrounded by his family.  Dave was the 3rd child of 15 born to Otis and Norma (Nelson) Nelson on February 7, 1941.  He grew up in Rock Dell, High Forest, and Stewartville, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1959.  On February 12, 1960, he married Judy Weiland in Stewartville.  They later divorced.  On February 10, 2001, he married Marie (Seaver) Taylor at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  Following their marriage they made their home in Rochester, MN.

Dave worked as a route salesman at Golden Dairy, Reynolds Wholesale, Barrel O’ Fun, manager at the Stewartville Municipal Liquor store, and ended his career with the US Postal Service, retiring in 2009.  Marie was an employee of the Stewartville Care Center and Madonna Towers until her retirement in 2013. Dave was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and currently attended Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rochester. He enjoyed anything outdoors, hunting with family and friends, 4th of Julys at Mark’s Park, gardening, having the girls beat him at cribbage (not), playing huckley buck with the grand kids, and betting the slots at the casino. He was a longtime youth baseball and softball coach in Stewartville and was a past member of the Stewartville Sportsman’s Club. 

In 2002, Dave obtained his dream of owning hunting land when he bought 100 acres in Iowa.  It soon became a gathering place for all family and friends.  His favorite days were sitting on the porch of the Lodge being the “landowner”.  He proudly watched his sons teach his daughter-in-laws, granddaughters, and nieces how to shoot at targets and clay pigeons.  He also enjoyed many years of deer camps in MN and Iowa with his boys, daughter, grandsons, nephews, cousin, brother-in-laws, and friends.   

Those who will miss his humor, smirk, and even his stubbornness, are his wife Marie, sons and daughter-in-laws – David “Greg” and Sis of Riverton, WY; Leif and Kari of Rochester; Derek and Val of Stewartville and daughter Holly Lien (Chad Olson) of Prior Lake, MN; his grandchildren - Carman (Ryan) Empey, Jackie (Chris) Hrapsky, Ryan Nelson, Jessica Nelson, and Stevie, Chance and Spencer Lien and the one that could make him smile the most in his last few days, great-granddaughter Caroline Hrapsky.  He is survived by 6  brothers - Otis “Henry”, Tom (Darlene), Mark (Shirly Larsen), Pete (LeeAnn), Steve and Eric Nelson and  6 sisters - Karen Bush, Nancy Scantlin, Alice Giefer, Ruth (Jerry) Johnson, Chris (Steve) Wilson, Sarah Thorpe and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his best friends/cousins - Harris and Char Nelson and Jerome and Pat Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother - Jim, sister - Marilyn O’Connell and brother-in-laws -  Eddie O’Connell, Dave Scantlin, Les Bush, and Wayne Giefer.

We would like to extend a big thank you to all the health care providers at Mayo Clinic and Seasons Hospice, especially Dr. Kidd. 

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (June7, 2014) at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rochester with Rev. Fred Rengstorf and Caroline Harthun officiating.  Visitation will be at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home on Friday, June 6 from 5 to 8:00 P.M. and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday morning at the church. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church/ 2124 Viola Road NE Rochester, MN.










Jo Mae Hess

The memorial service for Jo Mae Hess, 82, of Chatfield,MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (June 6, 2014) at Chatfield Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Docken officiating. Burial will follow at the Chatfield Cemetery. Mrs. Hess died on Monday (June 2,  2014),  following a short illness, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester,MN. –St. Marys Campus.   

 

Jo Mae Engel was born on October 17, 1931 in Sumner Twsp.,Fillmore County,MN to Walter and Doris(Lillie) Engel. She grew up on the family farm, attended  Dogtown country school and Chatfield schools, graduating from Chatfield  H.S. in 1949. She then attended Rochester Junior College where she completed it’s secretarial finishing course. Jo Mae was married on June 21, 1952 at Chatfield Presbyterian Church to Warren E. Hess. Following their marriage the couple lived on the Hess Family farm for a few years before moving to the Engel family farm in Sumner Twsp., where they raised their girls and lived for many years. Jo was a homemaker and farmwife and after her daughters had grown, was employed as coordinator of the Stewartville Senior Citizens  for over 20 years. Mr. Hess was a lifelong farmer. He died in a farm accident on June 11, 2002.  Jo moved to Chatfield in 2005 and retired from her coordinator’ s job in 2006.  She was a past member of  St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville and after moving to Chatfield,  belonged to Chatfield Lutheran Church. Jo was a very active member of both of her churches and it was very much her nature to volunteer and give of her time. She enjoyed making greeting cards, reading, baking and time spent with friends and her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Jo is survived by 3 daughters  – Kathryn(Wayne) Gillespie of Calhan,Co; Shari(Rex) Edge of Dodge Center,MN and Mary Hess of St.Paul,MN;  5 grandchildren – Matthew Bernard, Tom Bernard, Jessie(Eric) Brennan, Joshua(Angela) Edge; Joy(Carter) Martin and 10 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Warren, daughter - Karen and son - Ken, her parents and brother – Richard Engel.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M.  on Thursday (June 5, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.  










LaVaine B. Parsons


The funeral service for LaVaine B. Parsons, 92, formerly of St. Charles, MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (June 4, 2014) at St. Charles Bible Church with Rev. James Barnhart officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles. Mr. Parsons died on Thursday (May 29, 2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had resided since 2003.

 

LaVaine Bert Parsons was born August 13, 1921 in Winona County, MN. to Bert and Ella (Kurth) Parsons.  He grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and farmed with his family.  LaVaine was married in September of 1945 in Rochester, MN to Joyce Royce. Following their marriage the couple lived on the Parsons family farm and they were later divorced. LaVaine continued farming until 1972, when he moved to St. Charles and was employed at Mid-America Dairymen Inc. in Zumbrota. LaVaine was married to Harriet Putzier,  July of 1984 in Winona, MN. Following their marriage the couple lived in Winona, where LaVaine was employed at Fiberlite Co. for a number of years. Harriet Parsons died on May 29, 2010.  LaVaine was a past member of St.Charles Bible Church.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, John Deere tractors, visiting with friends and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

LaVaine is survived by 5 daughters and 2 sons – Ruth(Vern) Polzin of Wabasha, MN; Bonnie (Charles) Loftus of Stewartville; Loretta (Brian) Loftus of Stewartville; Donna (Curt) Reiser of Rochester, MN; Jeanette (Steve) Hanson of St. Charles, MN; Jim(Kathy) Parsons of Ostrander, MN; John (Jackie) Parsons of Apple Valley, MN ; 16 grandchildren;  26 great grandchildren; a brother – Lyle Parsons of St. Charles and 4 step-children-

Shirley Putzier, Bill Putzier, Carol Putzier and Sharon Kasper.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wives – Joyce and Harriet.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (June 3, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.  

 

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










M. Richard " Dick " Halvorson


The Mass of Christian Burial for  M. Richard “Dick”  Halvorson, 83, of Stewartville, Mn, will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday(June 5, 2014) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164.  Mr. Halvorson died on Wednesday (May 28, 2014) of natural causes at  Mayo Clinic-Rochester – St. Marys Campus.

 

Merland Richard Halvorson was born November 28, 1930 in Venice, CA to Merland and Winnifred(Johnson) Halvorson. He moved with his family as a young boy to rural Mabel-Canton and attended country school. His father was called to service in the U.S. Army during WW II and young Merland helped his mother with his younger siblings. He enlisted into the U.S. Marines in 1952 serving overseas during the Korean conflict. Following his discharge in 1954, he returned to Mabel-Canton where he was employed as an electrical lineman. Dick was married on November 17, 1956 in Ada, MN to Cecilia A. Riepe. Following their marriage the couple lived in Harmony, MN, where Dick was employed with the City in their electric utility. After moving to Spring Grove and then Chatfield, the Halvorsons moved to Stewartville in 1966, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Dick was employed with Interstate Power Company for 29 years, most as an area supervisor at their Stewartville location, until his retirement in 1992. Mrs. Halvorson was a homemaker, and was a daycare provider from her home. She also helped manage the Halvorson Concessions “The Stand” on Main Street with Dick and the kids, which operated for 14 years. Dick was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church  and American Legion Post 164 where he served for a number of years as it’s Commander. He served on the Stewartville City Council, was a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years with the Stewartville Fire Department, belonged to the Eagles Club in Rochester and was a past member of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce and Lions. Dick was a Boy Scout Leader, enjoyed umpiring youth sports and going to the elementary school to talk to classes about electricity and safety. Every summer he enjoyed fishing and camping in Ely with his family. He liked taking road trips with his family, playing cards and following the Vikings and Twins. Following his retirement, he and Ceil traveled throughout the United States and spent several winters in Mesa, AZ. He enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Dick is survived by his wife – Cecilia;  3 daughters and 6 sons – Ronald of Brainerd,MN; James(Joanne) of Virginia Beach,VA;Jerry(Melissa) of Kasson; Gary(Chong) of Indianapolis,IN; Cheryl(Charles)Paulson of Stewartville; Brian(Karen) Halvorson of Cheyenne,WY; Alan(Kathy) of Keller,TX; Karen(Greg) Lange of Spring Valley,MN; Kathy(Matt) Voigt of Stewartville; 20 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren;  1 brother and 6 sisters – Ken(Lois) Halvorson of Colorado Springs,CO; Bonnie(Mike) Richardson of Edina,MN; Lois(Stanley) Swenson of Rochester; Patricia Doose of Chanhassen,MN; Judy(Larry) Smith of Warrensburg,MO; Marge(Al) Fossey of Decorah,IA and Jean(Lorry) Willie of Kenyon,MN; He was preceded in death by his parents and  a daughter-in-law – Jean (Hanson) Halvorson.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday (June 4, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.




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Steven R. Stephenson

Steven  R.  Stephenson, 64, of  Rochester,MN, died on Saturday (May 24, 2014) of a heart attack , at Mayo Clinic Rochester - St. Marys Campus, where he had been a patient since Friday.   

 

Steven Richard Stephenson was born May 23, 1950 in Rochester to Richard and Mary(Leiferman) Stephenson. He grew up in Rochester, attended Rochester schools, graduating from Mayo H.S. in 1969. He then attended Rochester Vocational School where he took welding courses. Steven was married on June 25, 1970 in Rochester to Pat  M. Gleason. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester, where they raised their family and  have continued to make their home. Steven was employed as a cement finisher, working on many commercial buildings and residential jobs in the Rochester area. He was a member of the Cement Masons Union Local 633 in Rochester and had retired in 2012 after a 30 year career. He enjoyed fishing, working in his shop in the garage and when his children were young volunteer coaching their sporting actitivies. He enjoyed time spent with family, especially his grandsons.

 

Steven is survived by his wife – Pat; 2 daughters  – Tammy(Keith) Bidwell of Rochester; Terry Stephenson(James Seehusen) of Rochester and his son – Richard(Terri) of Rochester; 3  grandsons – Spc. Michael Stephenson and Tyler and Trevor Bidwell; 2 sisters – Julie(Steve) Dobson of Rochester;  Lisa(Doug) Rothschild of Rochester and 1 brother – Rick(Margaret) Stephenson of Rochester.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 8:00 P.M.  on Thursday (May 29, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place on Friday (May 30, 2014) at High Forest Cemetery in High Forest,MN. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.













Florence Paulson

The funeral service for Florence Paulson, 92, of Stewartville, MN, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 27,  2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, with the Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Paulson died on Thursday, May 22, 2014 of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center.

Florence Skaro was born on May 9, 1922, in Gaylord, MN, to Alvin and Lydia (Kusske) Skaro.  She attended Gaylord grade school, and was very involved in all her school coursework, graduating from Gaylord High School on May 31, 1940, as Valedictorian of her class. Florence later attended Mankato State College in Mankato, MN, and graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.  Florence was well liked and respected by her classmates, and was elected Homecoming Queen at Mankato State.  Upon graduation, Florence taught kindergarten in Jackson, MN for a short period of time until obtaining a teaching position with Hamilton Elementary School in Minneapolis, MN, where she worked for 5 years as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. While visiting her parents in Gaylord during a summer break, Florence met her future husband, Clayton Paulson, at a semi-pro baseball game that Clayton was participating in as starting pitcher.  The romance blossomed, and the couple were married in Gaylord, MN, at Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church, on August 16, 1947.  Shortly following their marriage, Clayton accepted a livestock buyer position for Hormel in Stewartville, MN, where the couple set roots and began to raise their family.  Florence continued her teaching career for 25 years as a regular and substitute teacher at Stewartville Elementary, while continuing her graduate studies at Winona and Mankato State colleges.  Florence volunteered at the Stewartville Public Library in the early 1970’s, and conducted Story Time for young children, which she truly enjoyed.  Then, in 1972, Florence continued her educational career as head librarian at the Stewartville Public Library until her retirement in 1980.  Soon after Florence’s retirement, Clayton retired from Hormel and the couple enjoyed visiting and socializing with family and friends often.  The couple also enjoyed making Tucson, AZ an annual winter destination for approximately 6 months per year, where Florence was on the board of directors for the Minnesota Club in Tucson, and was actively involved with activities at one of the local churches.  Florence was very active in church and volunteer activities.  She was a 60 year member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for 1st and 2nd grade students.    Florence also studied for a year and became a certified  instructor for the Bethel Bible series class held at Zion.  Florence was a member of the church council and was on the pastoral call committee.  She was also a member of the Monday Study Club, head of the Ladies Aid Women’s Group, and a member of the church choir.  Florence volunteered her time and talents at The Clothesline in Rochester, MN, the Stewartville Care Center, Meals on Wheels, and other charitable organizations.  Florence thoroughly enjoyed reading books, and was an active member of the Book Club where each member regularly provided book reviews.  Florence was also  a lover of nature.  She enjoyed taking walks outdoors to collect wildflowers for her hobby of making handmade cards and bookmarks out of pressed flowers, while at the same time keeping a close eye out for the colorful birds that she loved so much.

Florence is survived by her son Bruce (Sybil) of Abita Springs, LA;  Grandson Jon (Marlana) Quinlan and three great-grandchildren Kelly, Zane, and Jaxson; Step granddaughter – Sara (Brian) O’Shea and step great grand-daughter – Fiona, and step grandson – Jason Pepitone; She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clayton, her daughter Lori and son-in-law Joseph Quinlan, her brother Stanford Skaro, and her sister Lillian (Skaro) Pedersen.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville.

 








Rodney M. Edge


Rodney M. Edge, 61, of rural Rochester,MN., died on Friday (May 16, 2014) of natural causes at his home.   

 

Rodney Michael Edge was born on June 28, 1952 in Prescott,WI. to Myron “Mike”  and Roberta(Oehlke) Edge. He moved as a 3 yr. old with his family to rural Rochester. He grew up on the family farm, attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1970. He farmed his entire life, beginning with his Dad, and in partnership with his brother – Roy, for many years. Rodney was married on September 1, 1995  on the Edge Family Farm to Bobbi J. Sheldon. Following their marriage the Edges made their home on the farm, where they have continued to live. Rodney enjoyed ice fishing in northern Minnesota and time spent with family, especially his grandsons and nieces

and nephews.

 

Rodney is survived by his wife – Bobbi; his daughter – Deedra(Eric) Gillis of Rochester and son – Kyle Bellefy of Rochester; 2  grandsons – Trenton Brown and Xavier Gillis; his mother – Roberta Edge of rural Rochester; 2 sisters – Roxanne Edge of Round Lake Park,Ill. and Renae(Keenan) Judd of Rochester; 2 brothers – Rex(Shari) Edge of Dodge Center,MN. and Roy(Sue) Edge of rural Stewartville.  He was preceded in death by his father – Myron “Mike” Edge and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 P.M.  on Tuesday (May 20, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.









Janice L. Jacobson


Janice  L. Jacobson, 78, of Rochester,MN., died on Wednesday (May 14, 2014),  her family by her side, following a lengthy illness, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester,MN. –Methodist Campus.   

 

Janice Louise Swenson was born on August 2, 1935 in rural Spring Valley,MN. to Ole and Alice(Medberry) Swenson. She grew up in rural Spring Valley, attended school there, graduating from Spring Valley H.S. in 1953.  She moved to Rochester and was employed at Paco Films. Janice was married in 1957 in Rochester to Merton Jacobson. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester and were later divoriced. Janice was a homemaker and raised her family in Rochester, where she has continued to make her home.  She was employed at Waters Instruments in Rochester for 12 years and was then employed at the bookstore at Rochester Community Technical College until her retirement. She also enjoyed sewing and doing clothing alterations, when her children were still young, and which she continued to present day. She was a past member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester. Janice enjoyed knitting and crocheting and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Janice is survived by 1 daughter and 2 sons  – Jeff and Scott both of Rochester and Kristine Sawyer of Stewartville; 6 grandchildren-Melissa(Jason) Karau, Pamela Felton, Nicholas Jacobson, Brian Jacobson, Amber Sawyer(Craig English), Mitchell Sawyer;  4  great grandchildren- Alex, Bell, Olivia and Callan; and her brother – Gary Swenson of Rochester.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M.  on Monday (May 19, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place on Tuesday (May 20, 2014) at Frankford Cemetery in rural Spring Valley. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.











Allen L. Hamilton


The funeral service for Allen L. Hamilton, 86, of rural Dexter,Mn., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (May 10, 2014) at Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargeant,MN. with Rev. Dwight Dobell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Hamilton died on Sunday (May 4, 2014) of natural causes at his home in Hayfield,MN.

 

Allen Lee Hamilton was born November 29, 1927 in Iowa to Elmer and Ethel (Oulman) Hamilton. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural school.  Allen was married on December 25, 1944 in Northwoods,IA  to Faye A. Kirkpatrick. Following their marriage the couple farmed near Dexter until 1949 when they moved to Waterloo,IA., where  Mr. Hamilton was employed at John Deere. They returned to the Dexter area in 1952 and moved to a farm in 1955, where they raised their family and lived for many years. Mr. Hamilton was a lifelong farmer and was also employed at Weyerhauser Co. in Austin and in construction for a number of years. Mrs. Hamilton was a farmwife and homemaker and after her children had graduated, was employed at the Rock Dell Creamery for a few years. Mrs. Hamilton died on January 17, 1988.  Mr. Hamilton retired from farming and sold the farm in 1999. He moved to Sargent where he lived until moving to Hayfield in 2012. He was a past member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Twsp. and was a longtime member of Evanger  Lutheran Church in Sargent where he served on it’s leadership councils and on the building committee. Allen was a true family man and enjoyed taking his family fishing and on vacation and playing the harmonica and accordion. After retiring, he took a part-time job delivering newspapers and read the news daily and followed the Minnesota Vikings. He enjoyed time spent with friends and his family, especially his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

 

Allen is survived by  2 daughters and 1 son – Linda(Jim) Risser of St. Charles,MN.; Valerie (Lloyd) Helland of St. Louis,MO. and Wade(Janet) of Rochester,MN.; 15 grandchildren; 33 step-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and a brother – Richard(Marce) Hamilton of Kasson,MN.  He was preceded in death by his wife – Faye, his parents and 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(May 9, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

 









                                     Lila R. Johnson


The funeral service for Lila R. Johnson, 87, of Rochester, MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (May 3, 2014) at the Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN.  with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mrs. Johnson died on Wednesday (April 30, 2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since October of last year.

 

Lila Ruby Bruske was born on June 10, 1926 in Potsdam, MN. to Ernest and Ruby(Knapp) Bruske. She grew up in Potsdam and attended rural schools.  Lila was married on November 23, 1947 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester to Leonard C. Johnson. Following their marriage the Johnsons lived in Rochester, where they raised their family and continued to make their home during their 66 years of marriage. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and was also employed at Super Valu and Erdmans Grocery Stores, both in Rochester, for a number of years.  Mr. Johnson was employed for over 30 years at Mayo Clinic in the Orthopedics brace shop. Lila was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. She enjoyed following her son’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s school and sporting activities and also followed the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Lynx. She always enjoyed time spent with her friends and family.

 

Lila is survived by her husband – Leonard and 2 sons – Robert (Elaine) of Lowell, MI. and Lyle (Allison) of Stewartville; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; her sister – Darlene Burns of Owatonna, MN and brother – Carroll (Betty) Bruske of Rochester.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

 

Visitation will be 1 hr prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Care Center Van Fund. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.








Faye L. Finley


The funeral service for Faye L. Finley , 74, of rural Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (May 1, 2014) at the United Methodist  Church in Stewartville with Rev.Wane Souhrada officiating.  Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN. Mrs. Finley died on Sunday (April 27, 2014)  following a short illness, at Mayo Medical Center – St. Marys Campus, where she had been a patient since Thursday of last week.   

 

Faye Lorraine Coulter was born on January 16, 1940 in Belfield,N.D. to Joseph and Maude(Troubough) Coulter. She grew up in Belfield, attended school there, graduating from Belfield H.S. in 1958.  Faye was married on September 2, 1961 in Billings, MT. to Howard S. Finley. Following their marriage the couple lived in Billings, where Howard was begining his career as a tile setter on a job at Glascow Montana Air Force Base. Faye attended college in Billings receiving a degree in bookeeping and was employed as a bookkeeper at Deaconess Hospital there, for a few years. As they followed various tile job opportunies, the Finleys lived in Helena,MT., Vantage,WA., Salt Lake City,UT., Grand Forks,N.D., Marshfield,WI. and St. Paul,MN.  They moved to Stewartville in 1965, where they settled and raised their family, before moving to rural Stewartville in 1997, where they continue to make their home. Faye was a homemaker and volunteered for many of her kids’s activities,  most often at Bonner Elementary School in Stewartville.  Eventually she was employed in their cafeteria before becoming a teacher’s aide, retiring after 24 happy years at Bonner Elementary. Howard has been employed as  a union commercial tilesetter  for over 50 years.  Faye was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church and was active with it’s Ladies  Circles and Bible study groups. She enjoyed playing cards, bunco, and suduko, going to lunch and coffee with her girlfriends, and watching Days of Our Lives.  She loved to spend time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Faye is survived by her husband – Howard; 3 daughters and 1 son – Julene(Clint) Hartman of Rochester,MN.; Chet(Judy) Finley of Stewartville; Nancy(Matt) Urban  and Charlene(Trevor) Wibben both of Stewartville; 7 grandchildren; a sister – Beatrice(Johnny) Syminow of Belfield,N.D. and her brother - Jimmy Coulter of Cheyenne,WY. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

 

Visitation will be from  4 to 7:00  P.M. on Wednesday(April 30, 2014) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.













Donald W. DeYoung

The memorial service for Donald W. DeYoung, 79, of  Austin,Mn. formerly of Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (April 24, 2014) at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritch officiating. Mr. DeYoung died on Monday (April 21, 2014) of natural causes at Mayo Medical Center in Austin,Mn.

 

Donald Wayne DeYoung was born September 8, 1934 in Pleasant Valley Twsp., Mower County,MN. to Ira and Elsie (Schutz) DeYoung. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1952.  Don was married on January 31, 1953 at Reedemer Lutheran Church in Rochester,MN. to Joan E. Thedens. Following their marriage the couple moved to Babbitt,MN., where Don was employed at an iron ore mine for a few years. In 1960 the DeYoungs moved to rural Stewartville, where they farmed, raised their family and lived for a number of years. Mrs. DeYoung died on Oct. 11, 1988. Besides farming, Don was also employed at Greenway Co-op in Stewartville, before he began a 28 year career at IBM in Rochester, working there until his retirement. Don was married on Nov. 23, 1991 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley,MN to Judith E. Frank. Following their marriage the couple lived in Dexter,MN. for a number of years and then  for a few years in Spring Valley and had recently moved to Austin,MN. Judy was a stay at home mom and after her children were raised was employed for a few years,  at Mayo Clinic and IBM, both in Rochester. Don was a past member, as a young boy and teen, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley and was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served on it’s leadership councils, as an usher and Sunday School teacher. Don enjoyed traveling all his life and took many trips across the Midwest and beyond with his young family. Following his retirement, he and Judy would drive their R.V. south and west in the winter.  He enjoyed golfing, playing sports as a youth in school, going to flea markets, collecting toy cars and farming. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Don is survived by his wife – Judy;  2 daughters and 1 son – Susan(Jimmy John) King and Nancy(Tom) Kidd both of Stewartville; Chris (Laura Megahan) DeYoung of Mantorville,MN.; 3 step-daughters – Penny(Randy) Ness of Spring Valley,MN.; Tammy(Michael) Troska of High Forest,MN. and Lori(David) Reuter of Rose Creek,MN.;  7 grandchildren – Emily(Jon) Barlow, John King(Rochelle Franks), Mia King(Brady Johnson) , Aaron(Brie) Kidd, Joseph(Esiquia) Kidd, Aaron(Lisa) DeYoung, Alexis DeYoung;  13 step-grandchildren – Molly Ness (Paul Youseff), Brandon(Carlie) Ness, Kelsey(Matt) Gehling, Erin Ness, Amy Troska - Morgan, Adam Morgan, Isaac Troska, Tyler Troska, Bryten(Jameson) Hanson, Colten, Braden, Ashlyn and Camryn Reuter; 9 great grandchildren – Ayanna, Addisyn, Emitt, Kylie, Charlie, Brooks, Katy, Lydia and Alexander .  He was preceded in death by his wife - Joan,  an infant son – Danny, a stillborn son, his parents and  a step-son – Daniel Price.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.  A burial and committal service will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Pleasant Valley Twsp.

 











Norbert H. Yennie


The Mass of  Christian Burial for Norbert H. Yennie, 93,  of rural Byron,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (April  16, 2014) at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron with Rev. Paul Surprenant officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville,MN. Mr. Yennie died on Sunday (April 13, 2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since November of 2012.

 

Norbert Henry Yennie was born on February 20, 1921 in Mazeppa,MN. to Henry and Erma (Langworthy) Yennie. He was 3 years old when his family moved to Kenosha,Wis. where he lived until he was 14.  His family  moved to a farm in  rural West Concord,Mn. where he graduated from West Concord H.S. in 1938. The Yennies then relocated to rural Pine Island,MN. where he helped his family on the farm. Norbert was married on March 30, 1948 at Sacred Heart Church in Fairbault,MN to Donna Jean Haug.  Following their marriage the couple moved to a farm in rural Pine Island, where they began raising their family and farmed. In 1957 they moved to a farm in rural Byron, where they continued to make their home for many years. Mr. Yennie  was a lifelong farmer and also was employed at the Byron Lumberyard for 16  years, retiring from farming in the mid 1980’s. Mrs. Yennie was a farmwife and homemaker and was also employed as an R.N. at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester,MN and at the Stewartville Care Center for a number of years. The Yennies were both charter members of Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron and Norbert was an active volunteer when the new rectory was built by parishoners. He and Donna enjoyed traveling together following their retirements. Mrs. Yennie died February 15, 2008 and Norbert moved to the Stewartvilla Apts. in 2012.  He enjoyed gardening, following sports, playing cards and word games.  He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

The Yennie Family would like to thank the entire staff of the Stewartville Care Center for their dedicated care of Norbert.

 

Norbert is survived by 2 sons -  David(Kathleen) of  Byron and Bob of Rochester,MN. ; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; daughter-in-laws – Patti Yennie of Souix Falls,S.D. and Judy Yennie of Gilbert,AZ.; a sister – Lois(Jim)Scripture and brother  - Lyle(Janie) Yennie  both of Pine Island; 2 brother-in-laws –Hap Gower of Texas and Sydney Ronningen of Zumbrota,MN. He was preceded in death by his wife – Donna, 2 sons – Jim and  Norbert Charles ” Charlie”, his parents and 2 sisters – Eileen Gower and Ruth Ronningen.  


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

 










Ruby M. Hanson



The funeral service for Ruby M. Hanson ,90, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (April 9, 2014) at Midwest Bible Baptist Church in Rochester,MN. with her grandson, Rev. Caleb Hanson, officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mrs. Hanson died on Friday (April 4,  2014) of natural causes at her home in Stewartville following a short illness.  

 

Ruby Madelyn Norstad was born on January 27, 1924 in Zumbrota,MN. to Oscar and Rachel(Greseth) Norstad. She grew up on the family farm,

attended rural schools and Cannon Falls schools, graduating from Cannon Falls High School in 1942.  She was employed for a short time as a 2nd maid in a home in Minneapolis. Ruby was married on December 26, 1944  at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester to Niel Hanson. Immediately following their marriage Niel was deployed to Germany while serving in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, the Hansons lived in Rochester and Eyota,MN. before moving to Stewartville in 1963, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Mrs. Hanson was a homemaker and was also employed for many years as a pharmacy supply clerk at Rochester Methodist Hospital until her retirement. Mr. Hanson was employed as a coach driver for many years with Rochester City Lines and drove the 1st commuter bus from Stewartville to Rochester until his retirement . Mr. Hanson died on December 3, 2002.  Ruby was a longtime member of Midwest Bible Baptist Church and was active with it’s Ladies activities and in recent years helped with Church mailing duties. She was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Auxillary and a Gold Star Mother after her son, Terry, was killed in action in 1968, while serving his country in Vietnam. Ruby enjoyed camping with Niel and her kids, being outside in the sunshine, reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting and needlework.  She loved to spend time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Ruby is survived by 3 daughters and 3 sons; Daniel(Patty) of Stewartville; Mark(Joy) of Rochester; Barb(Dick) Evers of Grand Forks,N.D.; Michael(Nancy) of Racine,MN.; Becky(Tim) Lesmeister and Brenda(Joe) Jacobson both of Stewartville; 30 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband – Niel, son – Terry,  grandson – Jacob, a stillborn daughter, 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday (April 8, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.















Margaret "Peg" Sanderson



The funeral service for Margaret “Peg” Sanderson ,92, of Wabasha,MN., formerly of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (April 5, 2014) at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville  with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Sanderson died on Tuesday (April 1,  2014) of natural causes at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Wabasha, where she had been a resident since 2012.  

 

Margaret Lusinda Schroeder  was born on December 13, 1921 in Pleasant Valley Twsp., Mower County,MN. to Herman and Ida( Schleusner) Schroeder. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and then helped on the family farm.  Margaret was married on June 2, 1940 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley to Clarence O. Sanderson. Following their marriage the couple farmed in Rock Dell Twsp. before moving to Iowa. Margaret was a homemaker and was employed at St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo and Clarence was a groundskeeper for golf clubs in Waterloo, Lake Mills and Omaha,NE. In 1959 they moved to Stewartville , where they raised their family and lived for many years. Margaret was employed in the laundry at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester for a number of years until her retirement and Clarence was a longtime public works employee for the City of Stewartville until his retirement. Mr. Sanderson died on Jan. 22,  2005. Mrs. Sanderson was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville. She enjoyed traveling with Clarence after they retired, playing cards and doing word search puzzles. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Margaret is survived by her daughter and 2 sons; Robert(Patricia) of Appleton,WI.; Ron(Sandy) and Rose(Gary) Wendland both of Wabasha; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and a sister – Irma Sanderson of Dodge Center,MN. She was preceded in death by her husband – Clarence, her parents and a sister – Edna Kuehntopp and brother-in-law – Howard Sanderson.

 

Friends may call from 9 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (April 5, 2014) at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville. The family suggests memorials to St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home in Wabasha.

 













Robert E. Meyerhofer



The Mass of Christian Burial for Robert (Bob) Meyerhofer Sr., 60, of Grand Meadow, MN, will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday (April 2, 2014) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Mr. Meyerhofer died on Friday (March 28, 2014) of an apparent heart attack at the emergency room at Mayo Clinic – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, MN.

 

Bob was born on March 21, 1954 in Osage, IA to Leverne and Mary (VanHooser) Meyerhofer. He moved with his family as a young child to rural Stewartville where he grew up on the family farm. He attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1972. He completed the welding course at Rochester Vocational-Technical School, becoming certified later and then going to work at Briese Iron in Rochester, MN. On December 16, 1977 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rochester, Bob married his best friend and the love of his life –Dawn L. Faughn. Following their marriage the couple moved to Blooming Prairie, MN where they made their home for many years while raising four wonderful children.  Bob was a lifelong master welder and fabricator. He held a multitude of positions and encountered many different people, all who have been influenced by the great man he was. He was employed for over 20 years at Metal Services in Blooming Prairie and was well known in many communities where he excelled at on-site specialty welding and projects. Most recently Bob was employed with Meyerhofer Steel and Construction in Grand Meadow where he worked with three of his nephews sharing his skills and talents and of course his sarcastic ways.  He enjoyed discovering that “rare” find in the ditch or negotiating a deal at a garage sale, because “someone else’s trash was his treasure!” He was known for his quick wit and great work ethic. He had a great sense of pride in everything he did, including his kids and grandkids and a deep love and adoration of his wife. Bob was previously a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville and St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Blooming Prairie.

 

Bob is survived by his wife Dawn of 36 years; 4 children and their spouses – Melissa (Craig) Schammel of Blooming Prairie; Margo (Rob) White of Sanford, N.C.; Monica (Troy) Anderson of Blooming Prairie and Bobby Meyerhofer Jr. (Misty Glasco) of Traphill, N.C.; 12 grandchildren –  

Lauren, Lucas and Lily Schammel; Zach, Emmaleigh and Ian White; Olivia, Tyler, Gracelyn and Nora Anderson; Molly and June Meyerhofer; his father - Leverne Meyerhofer of Stewartville and siblings - Richard (Becky) Meyerhofer of Zumbrota, MN; Pam Winkels of Rochester, MN; Kenny (Cindy) Meyerhofer of rural Stewartville; Gary (Wendy) Meyerhofer and Brian (Tammy) Meyerhofer both of rural Racine, MN; and father and mother –in-law – Donald and Jan Stringer of Kingston, OK.  He was preceded in death by his mother – Mary and his grandparents.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday (April 1, 2014) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville or 1 hr. prior to the funeral on Wednesday.  There will be a prayer service at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday.  

 

A private family burial and committal service will take place at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville at a later date.

 







                                    






The funeral service for Mary L. Eggert , 79, of rural Hayfield,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (March 22, 2014) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville,MN.  with Rev. David Hoot officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield. Mrs. Eggert died on Monday (March 17,  2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville where she had been a resident this past year.  

 

Mary Lois Christie  was born on April 23, 1934 in Racine Twsp., Fillmore County,MN. to Harry and Marion(Mills) Christie. She grew up on the family farm, attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1952.  Mary was married on September 7, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville to Ellsworth L. Eggert. Following their marriage the couple moved to rural Hayfield where they farmed and began to raise their family. Mrs. Eggert was a farmwife and homemaker and worked part-time at other jobs for a few years. Mr. Eggert was killed in a farm accident in 1980 and Mrs Eggert continued to live on their farm until moving to Stewartville to live with her son Eric,  in 2012.  She enjoyed country living, taking care of the animals, going on trips, and took pride in her” English,Scotch,Dutch and Irish” heritage. She loved to spend time with her friends and family, especially her grand-daughters.

 

Mary is survived by her son Eric(Christine) of Stewartville and her daughter – Elaine Eggert of rural Hayfield; 3 grand daughters – Amanda, Michelle and Jessica Eggert;  a brother – Herbert(Shirley) Christie of Marshfield,MO.;  3 sister - in- laws – Lorraine Christie of Stewartville; Lois Johnson of Hayfield and Janice Gunderson of Austin. She was preceded in death by her husband – Ellsworth, her parents,  a sister – Verna Senn and  2  brothers – Ernest and Dillman Christie.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (March 21, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H.in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday morning.

 

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










                                                                        Pearl I. Lovstad

Pearl Irene Lovstad, 97, of Stewartville, MN. passed on Sunday (March 16, 2014) at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester, MN. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (March 21, 2014) at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsh officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.

 

Pearl Irene Woltz was born December 29, 1916 to Elzia and Laura (Godfredsen) Woltz in Burt, Iowa.  She attended public school there and graduated in 1934.  Following graduation, she attended the Hamilton School of Business in Mason City, IA.  On August 10, 1936, she married Lester Floyd Lovstad.  They began farming in Kensington, MN and farmed there for six years. In the fall of 1942, they purchased a farm south of Stewartville and moved there in the spring of 1943.  After Lester's death in 1999,  Pearl continued to live on the farm until April of 2003 when the farm was sold and she moved into the city of Stewartville. Pearl was a faithful and active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville for nearly seventy years, participating in choir, Altar Guild,  teaching Sunday School, and working as church secretary.   As a homemaker, wife and mother, she gave her time and talents working on the farm, gardening, cooking, canning, crocheting, sewing clothes and making quilts, many of which were given to World Relief.  She was an excellent Scrabble player, reader and enjoyed playing piano and making desserts.  Pearl's love for family and friends was known through her generous weekly sending of cards and letters remembering birthdays, anniversaries or just to say 'I'm thinking of you'.

 

Pearl is survived by her son - Vernon (Donna) of Burnsville, MN, and her daughter - Lavonne Lovstad of Rochester, MN.; three grandchildren - Greg Lovstad of Apple Valley,MN.; Kari(Dan) Schrader of Maple Grove, MN.; Aaron Vaupel (Anna Pollard) of Haliewa,Hawaii and 2 great grandsons - Jack and Joe Schrader. She was preceded in death by her husband –Lester, two daughters - Marlene and Elaine, her parents, sister – Ella and two brothers -Wilfred and James.

 

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (March 20, 2014) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and an hour before the funeral on Friday morning at the church. Memorials can be sent to St. John's Lutheran Church designated for Elder Ministry or Youth for Christ.

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

 

 

 

 






                                                                   Reuben L. Tverberg



The funeral service for Reuben L. Tverberg, 92, of Hayfield,MN.  will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (March 18, 2014) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, with Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating. Mr. Tverberg died on Friday (March 14, 2014) of natural causes at his home in Hayfield.

 

Reuben Louis Tverberg was born on July 12, 1921 in Olmsted County,MN. to Louis and Evelena (Hansen) Tverberg. He was baptized at E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church and confirmed at W. St. Olaf Lutheran Church. He attended country school and grew up on the farm with his family in the Oslo area. Reuben married Edna Thompson on May 17, 1943 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin,MN.  Reuben was a lifelong farmer in rural Hayfield and he and Edna raised their family and continued to live on their farm for many years. Edna was an active farmwife and homemaker and was also employed at Hayfield Window Co. for 13 years. The couple moved into Hayfield in 2009 and recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.  Reuben was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield and the Farmers Union. He and Edna were  members of the association that have been restoring  the Tverberg Cabin at E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell. This historical cabin was built by Reuben’s grandfather – John Tverberg. He enjoyed mowing lawn on the farm, playing cards, tractor parades on his restored Oliver and Ford tractors and car rides with Edna in the spring and fall, to check the crops. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Reuben is survived by his wife Edna and his daughter Lou Ann (Gary) Stanton of Medford,WI.; daughter-in-law Margaret Tverberg of   Hastings,MN. ; 5 grandchildren – Troy(Val) Tverberg of Raleigh,N.C.,  Todd(Paddy) Tverberg of Toronto,Canada, Scott(Korrin) of Hastings,MN., Lana(Sam) Tomandl of DePere,WI. and Pastor Jason(Carla) Stanton of Onalaska,WI. ; 13 great grandchildren – Courtney, Jasmine, Bianca,Cayla, Ryan, Chloe, Maximus and Annika Tverberg; Sarah and Rachel Tomandl; Sophia, Andrew and Caroline Stanton; 1 sister –Alice Buckman of Wabasha,MN. and 7 nieces and 3 nephews. He was preceded in death by his son - James Reuben, his parents and 3 sisters – Irene Abbey, Ruth Alexander and Joan Lee.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday (March 17, 2014) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. A spring burial and committal service will take place at West St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery in rural Rock Dell.

 

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













                                                                   GEORGE REINHART


George Reinhart passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Stewartville Care Center where he had resided the past four months under the loving care of his wife, Florence, their family, Pastor Lyle Fritsch, Mayo Hospice and the staff of the Care Center.

George was born December 7, 1918 on the family farm, north of Spring Valley, MN, to the Knut and Bertha (Danliesen) Reinhart, he was the third of four siblings.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  He was a long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville where he served as an elder and an usher. George attended Spring Valley Schools through the eighth grade and from then became  self – taught,  learning skills which he applied in many work related areas.  In June 1943 George married Bernelda Ida Prescher in Rochester, MN.  She preceded him in death on March 22, 1950.  On July 28, 1951 George was re-united in marriage to Florence Anna Schulze at the St. Johns Lutheran Church Parsonage in Stewartville.  They were fortunate to spend 62 years of marriage together.  They made their home on the family farm in Racine Township.  George and Florence, with their five children took pride in maintaining a well kept and operational place for many years until 1978, when they moved and took up residence in Stewartville. George was employed at the All American Co-op in Stewartville, served on the Racine town board, and was a charter member of the Woodlawn Cemetery Board of Trustees, formed on January 1, 1967.  He continued his commitment and dedication as superintendent, caring for the grounds of Woodlawn Cemetery for 42 years. George enjoyed reading, woodworking, designing and creating pieces for his family and friends.  The Reinhart’s did much traveling together as family.  One of his greatest trips was to Norway and meeting his relatives there.  It was of prime importance to meet his coffee friends each day at the Senior Citizens Center in Stewartville.

Left to honor and cherish George’s memory are his loving wife Florence and his four daughters and one son - Shirley (Rollin) Granger of Cyprus, Tx.;  Ilene (Craig) VanHauten of Coon Rapids, MN.;  Julie (Stanley) Glenz of Spring, TX.;  Marjorie (Kirk) Brumson of Fountain Hills, AZ,;  David Reinhart of Robbinsdale, MN. and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great – great grandchildren, as well as, nieces and nephews living throughout the United States.

In addition to his parents, Knut and Bertha Reinhart, George was preceded in death by his wife, Bernelda Prescher; two sisters, Esther (Leonard) Converse; Lillian (Cecil) Fredrickson and one brother, Albert (Alice) Reinhart.

George will be missed and loved always.  He is now resting in the everlasting arms of Jesus.

The funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville at 11:00 A.M. on  Saturday( March 8, 2014) with the Reverend Lyle Fritsch officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. until the time of his service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church; Woodlawn Cemetery of Stewartville or Mayo Hospice, 200 1st St. S.W. Rochester,MN. 55904 

 







                                                                     Paul  A. Trumpold

The memorial service for Paul A. Trumpold, 69, of St. Charles,MN. will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday ( March 10th, 2014) at the Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. David Hoot officiating.  Mr. Trumpold died on Friday (February 28, 2014) at his home in St. Charles after a short illness.

Paul Trumpold was born in Stewartville on June 23, 1944 to Henry and Elsie (Farley) Trumpold.  He grew up in Stewartville and attended Stewartville schools.  He was first employed in Rochester at the Postier and Eggers Auto Agency as a mechanic. He was then employed at Crenlo, Inc. in Rochester from 1977 until retiring in 2009.  He was a member of the United Auto Workers #2125.

Paul was married to Sharon Bradshaw in 1964 and they were later divorced.  He married Deanna Burt in 1980 and they were later divorced.

Paul is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter - Kimberly (Richard) Swager of Radisson, WI.; Kevin of Radisson and Lucas(Lisa) of Breezy Point, MN. ;  2 step-children -  Michael (Lynn) Burt of Pensacola, FL. and Stacy(Michael) Harding of Rock Dell,MN. ;  6 grandchildren - Dalton and Tanner Swager, Heather and Haley Trumpold, Matt and Mia Trumpold ; 2 brothers and 1 sister - Mary Anne Trumpold of Hayfield,MN. ; Stephen (Teresa)Trumpold of Stewartville and David “Butch”(Sue) Trumpold of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday (March 9, 2014) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

 








                                                                        Roy A. Marshall



The funeral service for Roy A. Marshall, 85, of High Forest,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (February 21, 2014) at  the United Methodist  Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Marshall died on Monday (February 17, 2014),  following a short illness with cancer,

at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester,MN. where he had been a patient for 1 week.  

 

Roy Alfred Marshall was born on August 12, 1928 in Pleasant Valley Twsp., Mower County, Mn. to Ray and Clara(Wyatt) Marshall. He grew up on the family farm in High Forest Twsp.  and attended rural schools. He enlisted into the Merchant Marine serving on supply ships overseas during WW II. Following his discharge he returned to High Forest. Roy was married on September 18, 1948  at the Stewartville United Methodist Church to Betty Jo Collins. The couple lived on the Marshall family farm for a number of years, farming and raising their family. They were later divorced. He was also employed at the Hayes Lucas Lumber Yard and for Bill Russell Construction, both in Stewartville. Roy was employed for over 20 years with the City of Stewartville as a maintence worker and following his retirement continued to operate a mower part-time for many years for the City. He was a past member of Stewartville United Methodist Church and the Stewartville Gun Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, mowing, reading and watching Westerns,  college and pro football, especially the Vikes. Roy played guitar and sang in a local band for a few years and enjoyed listening to country western music. He enjoyed time spent with all of his family.

 

Roy is survived by 2 daughters and 2 sons – Bruce of Colville,WA; Daniel(Jody) of High Forest,MN.; Cynthia Grundmeier and Debra Marshall (Doug Erickson) both of Hines,MN.; 4 grandchildren – Collin(Melissa) Marshall, Thomas Marshall(Jade Devaney), Sarah Marshall(Chris Martin) and Kate Marshall; 1 great grandson – Dominic and a sister – Glennie Light of Stewartville. He was preceded in death by his son – Thomas, his parents, an infant sister – Vera and 6 brothers – Homer, Marion, Farlow, Harry, Charles, Keith and a brother-in-law – Hayden Light.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. A private family burial will take place in the spring at High Forest Cemetery.

 

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










                                                                   Lucyle  C. Varpness



Lucyle C. Varpness , 90,  passed away  Friday evening (February 7, 2014) at the Stewartville Care Center, with her family by her side.

 


Lucyle Carrie Johnson was born near Clarkfield,MN.  on July 8, 1923  to Herbert and Emma(Trandahl) Johnson. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Clarkfield High School. She continued her education at Teachers College in Montevideo,MN. and taught 1 year at Cottonwood country school. On  July 11, 1943, Lucyle married Irving M. Varpness at the bride’s home near Clarkfield.  The couple farmed together near Cottonwood, Dawson and Lac Qui Parle in western Minnesota. They moved to Echo,MN. where Irving joined his brothers in operating a John Deere dealership for 23 years. Lucyle was a homemaker and during these years they raised a son and two daughters. After their children graduated from high school, Lucyle and  Irving began a new adventure – managing motels in Wadena, then Rochester and later a retirement home in Buffalo,MN. In 1988, they moved to Stewartville where they were longtime assistant managers at the Stewartvilla Apts. Even after “retiring”  Lucyle continued to help residents at the Stewartvilla. Mr. Varpness died on July 3, 2010.  Lucyle enjoyed sewing, reading, daily devotionals, following the Twins and the Vikings and keeping up with everything new. Most of all, Lucyle loved to spend time with her friends and family.

 


Lucyle is survived by her daughters – Lavonne Faye and LynnVarpness(John Kestner) both of  St. Paul,MN; a sister – Theodora Delight Miller of Glenwood,MN.; 2 sister-in-laws – Lucille Varpness of Marshall,MN. and Rosie Varpness of Echo,MN. She was preceded in death by her husband – Irving, her son – Larry, her parents and her sister – Virginia Hoff.

 


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday (February 15, 2014)  at the Stewartville Care Center Chapel with Pastor Emily Carson officiating. Friends may call from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. on Saturday afternoon at the Care Center Chapel. A private family burial will take place at St. Lucas Lutheran Cemetery near Clarkfield in the springtime. 


Special thanks to Arlys Beise and Kate Towey for being such great friends to Lucyle. The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Care Center and Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville.

 


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












                                                                        Linda Kay Sloan

                                                                         

The funeral service for Linda K. Sloan, 67, of Rochester,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (February 14,  2014) at  the United Methodist  Church in Racine,MN. with Rev. Glen Holland officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine.  Mrs. Sloan died on Tuesday (February 11, 2014), at her home,  following a lengthy illness with C.O.P.D.

 

Linda Kay Lawson was born on April 5, 1946 in Rochester, Mn. to Howard and Betty(Shaw) Lawson. She grew up on the family farm in rural Racine, attended elementary school in Racine  and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1964. She attended cosmetology school in Rochester and following her graduation was employed at St. Marys Beauty Salon for a few years. She was married in 1966  at Racine United Methodist Church to James L. Birch. The couple lived in Racine and were later divoriced. Linda was married on December 13, 1986 to Michael D. Sloan. Following their marriage they lived in St. Peter,MN. and Stewartville before moving to Rochester where they have continued to make their home. Linda was a homemaker and was most recently employed as a lab technician for 10 years at Mayo Clinic in Rochester until her retirement due to her health. Mike was employed for a number of years at Waters Instruments , now Zareba Systems in Rochester, as plant manager, and for 1 year, as production manager at Geotek Corp. in Stewartville. Linda was a past member of United Methodist Church in Racine. She enjoyed reading, knitting and sewing, cooking and traveling with Mike. She always enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Linda is survived by her husband – Mike; two daughters and a son – Chad(Brenda) Birch of Stewartville; Kimberly(Thomas) Yennie of Grand Meadow,MN. and Gwen(Ryan) Ravenhorst of Racine,MN.; step- son – Shaun(Amber) Sloan of Kasson,MN.; 14 grandchildren; 1 sister and 3 brothers; Les(Sylvia) Lawson of Racine; Mike(Donna) Lawson of Racine; Mary(Greg) Townsley of Lyle,MN. and Danny(Mary) Lawson of Stewartville. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday evening at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home 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.








                                                           Elizabeth  Collins


The Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth Collins, 100, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (February 1, 2014) at  St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Collins died on Monday (January 27, 2014) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2011.

 

Elizabeth Brezovski was born on May 21, 1913 in Brownsville Twsp., Fayette County,PA. to Joseph and Mary(Hlavik)Brezovski. While still a young girl, following the death of her father, she moved with her mother to live in Austria and Czechoslovakia. She returned to the U.S. in 1928. Elizabeth was  married in 1934 in Newark,NJ. to James Collins. Following their marriage the couple lived in New Jersey, where they raised their daughters and made their home. Mrs. Collins was a homemaker and Mr. Collins was employed at Blue Cross/Blue Sheild for many years. Mr. Collins died in February of 1968. Mrs. Collins moved in with her daughter Elizabeth before moving to Stewartville in 2010 to live with her daughter Joan. She enjoyed saying the rosary, cooking for her family and time spent with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandaughter.

 

Elizabeth is survived by her daughter – Johanna(Charles) Koestler of  Stewartville and son-in-law Charles Trybus of Burlington,VT.; 6 grandchildren – James(Megan) Trybus, Matthew(Mary Clay) Trybus, Cathy(Randy) Blake, Brenda Biljan, Charles(Celeste) Koestler and Curt Koestler; 14 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband – James and her daughter – Elizabeth Trybus.

 

Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday morning at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville. The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Care Center Van Fund or the donor’s charity of choice.

 

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









                                              
        
                                                           Newton H. Nagel
                                                                      

The funeral service for Newton H. Nagel, 93, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (January 25, 2014) at  the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada  and Rev. Jeff  Utecht officiating. A committal service and burial will take place at 2:00 P.M. at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Cherry Grove, MN. Mr. Nagel passed away of natural causes, peacefully with family at his side, on Tuesday, January 21, at his home in Stewartville.

 

Newton Harold Nagel was born on February 14, 1920 to Ira and Marie (Zwart) Nagel on the family farm in Fillmore County, MN. and grew up with 2 sisters and 3 brothers. He attended country school and graduated from Harmony H.S. Newton was married on August 25, 1943 at Cherry Grove Evangelical United Bretheren Church to Deloris E. Mensink. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester where they began their family of 3 sons - Gary, Bruce, David and daughter – Carol. Newton was employed at Rochester Dairy and at the United Postal Service before entering the U.S. Army in 1946. Following his discharge, Newton worked at the United Postal Service until the family moved to rural Granger, MN. in 1951 where they farmed. In 1965 they returned to Rochester and Newton was employed by the City of Rochester in the Park and Recreation Department until his retirement in 1985. Mrs. Nagel was a homemaker and also was employed as a cafeteria worker at Mayo High School in Rochester for a number of years. The Nagel’s moved to Stewartville in 2010. Mr. Nagel was a past member of Cherry Grove United Methodist Church and was a longtime member of Evangel United Methodist Church in Rochester, where he sang in the choir. He was able to play numerous instruments by ear and had a very good singing voice. He was a member of the Stateline Choir for a time and was also a member of the Teamster’s Union while employed in Rochester.  Newton enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. He enjoyed carpentry and his flowers and you could always hear his music and joyful laugh for miles. Newton Nagel lived his life with joy and enthusiasm, but most of all he loved the family and friends that shared his life.

 

Newton is survived by his wife – Deloris and their children –Bruce (Jeannette) of Rochester; Carol (Dallas) Stewart of rural Lawrenceburg, KY.; David (Ilene) of Arlington, WA.; and Cheryl Nagel of Lake City, MN.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 3 brothers – Russell(Leona) Nagel of Harmony, MN.; Gordon(Irene) Nagel of Lime Springs, IA. and George(Diane) Nagel of Stewartville and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Yen La Ong who lived with them for 6 years as she graduated from high school and attended college. He was preceded in death by his son - Gary, his parents and 2 sisters – Eunice Winters and Frances Kratz.

 

Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (January 24, 2014) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. The family suggests memorials to St. Croix Hospice, the Evangel United Methodist Church, or the United Methodist Churches in Cherry Grove or Stewartville.

 

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












                                                                      Irene E. Eichstadt




The funeral service for Irene  E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (January 25, 2014) at  Chatfield Lutheran Church in Chatfield ,MN. with Rev. Mark Docken officiating.  Burial will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Redwood Falls,MN.  Mrs. Eichstadt died on Monday (January 20, 2014) of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester,MN.,  where she had been a patient for one day.

Irene Ethlyn Lee was born on June 25, 1919 in  Dolliver, Iowa to George and Dena( Mother’s Maiden name was also Lee ) Lee. She grew up in Sanborn, MN. attended school there, graduating from Sanborn H.S. in 1939. Irene was married on May 11, 1940 in Sanborn to Harvey L. Eichstadt. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Walnut Grove,MN for many years. They retired in 1990 and moved to Mission,TX., but continued to spend the summer months at their farm home in Walnut Grove. They moved to Stewartville,MN. in March of 2000. Mr. Eichstadt died June 22,  2000.  Mrs. Eichstadt moved to Chatfield that same year where she lived until moving to Preston in 2013, to live near her son. Irene attended the Chatfield Lutheran Church while living there, and had always been an active member of Ladies Circles in the Lutheran churches she and her husband had attended thru the years prior. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and had started painting these later years of her life. She enjoyed time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandson.

Irene is survived by her son –Richard(Linda) of Bloomington,MN. and Preston; 3 grand-daughters – Andrea(Michael) Neurerburg, Christina Eichstadt, Brooke Eichstadt (ShawnFarnham) and great grandson - Max;  2 sisters – Charlotte(Bob) Davis of Broomfield,CO. and Bernice Sykora of Windom.MN. and 1 brother – Willard(Shirley) Lee of Sandwich,IL. She was preceded in death by her husband – Harvey, her parents, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.

Friends may call  1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning at Chatfield Lutheran Church. The family suggests memorials to the Chatfield Lutheran Church.

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








                                                                      Berniece H. Molde





                                                                                       

The memorial service for Berniece  H. Molde, 82, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (January 20, 2014) at  Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Berniece died on Thursday (January 16, 2014) of natural causes at Root River Estates in Stewartville.

 

Berniece Hazel Wyant was born on November 19, 1931 in Austin, Mn. to Edward and Hazel(Wallem) Wyant. She grew up in Austin, attended Austin schools and graduated from Austin H.S. in 1950. She was then employed at Hormel in Austin for a few years. Berniece was  married on September 19, 1953 in Austin to Richard D. Molde. Following their marriage the couple lived in Austin before moving to Stewartville in 1957, where they raised their family and continued to make their home. Mr. Molde died on Nov. 16, 2008. Berniece was a homemaker and was employed at Lake Center Industries in Stewartville from 1973 until the plant’s closing in 1980. As a young girl Berniece became involved in activities at the Salvation Army in Austin, receiving her first Bible there and always remembered that as an important influence in her life. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was also involved in her kid’s activities with the Boy Scouts and 4-H. Berniece enjoyed music, reading, playing bingo with her family and celebrating the holidays. She always was there to help care and babysit for  her grandchildren, loved time spent with her mily and this past Christmas held her great-great granddaughter for the 1st time.

 

Berniece is survived by her two daughters – Nancy(Tom) Allen of Rochester and Jane(Joe) Himmer of rural Stewartville; 7 grandchildren – Cristi(Art) Lyke, Ryan(Audrey) Colligan, Josh Molde, Megan Himmer, Nikki(Jake) Tietje, Adam(Ashley) Himmer and John Himmer; 5 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter;  2 sisters – Evelyn(Jim) Allgood of Austin,MN. and Linda(Fred) Drehobl of Lake of the Woods,ILL.; 2 brothers – Chuck(Leora) Wyant of Austin,MN. and Gary Wyant of Dallas,TX. and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Richard, her son - Bill,  her parents and her brother – Edward.

 

Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. on Monday morning at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army, Zion Lutheran Church or to the Diabetes Association.

 

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






                                                                               

                                                                      Dorothy M. Christie


                         

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy M. Christie, 86, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (January 11, 2014) at  St. Bernards Catholic Church with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Mrs. Christie died on Sunday (January 5, 2014) of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient for a day.

 

Dorothy Mary Hanf was born on November 30, 1927 in Pleasant Grove,Twsp.,Olmsted County, Mn. to Franklin and Lillian(Butler) Hanf. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and at Loudres H.S. in Rochester, graduating in 1945. She was employed as a housekeeper and nanny in Rochester and at Berg Drug Store in Stewartville for 2 years. Dorothy was  married on October 5, 1950 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville to Dilman J. Christie. Following their marriage the couple moved to the Christie farmstead in rural Racine,MN. where they raised their family and farmed for 45 years. Dorothy was a farmwife and homemaker and managed the Christie family egg business. Dilman was a longtime farmer, seed salesman and insurance agent. Dorothy was a longtime member of  St. Bernards Catholic Church, where she was an Altar Guild member and treasurer at the age of 18. She also belonged to it’s CCW, Ladies circles and taught religion. She belonged to the Sumner Twsp. Magazine Club, the Science Hill Birthday Club, the Country Bumpkins and the Friendly Neighbor Club and the Red Hat Ladies.  Dorothy and Dilman moved into Stewartville in May of 1995 and enjoyed trips to Arizona in the winter. Mr. Christie died on June 6, 2012 and Dorothy resided at Madonna Meadows in Rochester since 2012. Dorothy enjoyed cards and puzzles, collected butterfly pins and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Dorothy is survived by 2 daughters and 3 sons – James(Deborah) of Stewartville; Paul(Jacqueline) of Fond-du-Lac,WI; Charles(Jane) of Spring Valley,MN.; Mary(Harold) Bredesen of Racine,MN. and Suzanne “Sue” (Tim) Seehusen of Stewartville; 17 grandchildren – Holly Joy Christie, Bridget(Cory) Hoffman, Emily(Holly) Christie, Aaron Christie(Amy Schultz), Chris(Tanya) Bredesen, Nathan Bredesen(Racheal Rasmussen) Katie(Jared) Steiger, LeAnn Bredesen(Aaron Tebay), Bryan(Andrea) Bredesen, David Bredesen(Hannah LeBarron), Shaleen(Konrad) Waugh, Tiffany, Rabecca, Janae  and Allen Bredesen, Candace Lacey(Shayne Thompson) and Nicole Seehusen ; 14 great grandchildren – Nadine, Garrett, Olivia, Parker, Paisley, Alex, Paige, Macey, Matthew, Wyatt, Emily, Gabe, Jackson and Lillian;  2 brothers – Brother Bertrand Hanf of Milwaukee,WI. and Tom Hanf of Bloomington,MN.; and 1 sister – Rosie(Paul) Bowe of Greenwood,IN.; sister-in-laws –  Lois Hanf of Golden Valley,MN.; Lorraine Hanf of White Bear lake,MN. and Katie Hanf of  Waseca,MN.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Dilman, her parents,  4 sisters – Theresa Nicklay, Betty Green, Helen Sapp, Mary Majerus and 5 brothers – Raymond, Francis “Bud”, Leo, Joe and William Hanf.

 

Friends may call 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. prior to the service on Saturday morning at the church.

 

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












                                                                      Agnes M. Griffin     




The Mass of Christian Burial  for Agnes M. Griffin, 95, of rural Rochester,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (January 4, 2014) at St. Bridgets Catholic Church in Simpson,MN. with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Mrs. Griffin died on Monday (December 30, 2013) of natural causes  at the Stewartville Care Center , where she had been a resident for the past 2 weeks.

 

Agnes Mary Halloran was born on April 3, 1918  in Rochester,MN. to Thomas and Mary Frances (O’Mahoney) Halloran. She grew up on the family farm in rural Chatfield and attended Chatfield schools. At the age of 16 she moved with her family to live in rural Stewartville and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1935. Agnes was married on October 27, 1941 at St. Bridgets Catholic Church to Walter William Griffin. Following their marriage the couple  lived in rural Simpson, where they farmed, raised their family and have continued to make their home for their 72 years of marriage. Mrs. Griffin was a farmwife and homemaker and also was employed as a unit assistant at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester for 20 years until her retirement. Mr. Griffin has been a lifelong farmer. Mrs. Griffin was  a longtime member of St. Bridgets Catholic Church where she played the organ for many years and was active in it’s Altar Society, CCW and Ladies circles. Agnes and Walter enjoyed dancing in their early married years and always have enjoyed playing cards in a neighborhood card club, St. Elizabeths card group at their church and at the Stewartville Senior’s card afternoons.  Agnes also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, canning, photography, bird watching and feeding and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Agnes is survived by her husband – Walter – 4 daughters and 3 sons  – Kathleen(Al) Walczak of Valrico,FLA.;Mary Frances (John) Gillich of Stewartville; Sheila Griffin of rural Rochester; Patrick(Bridget) Griffin of Rochester; Daniel (Faye) of rural Rochester; Timothy Griffin of Minneapolis,MN. and Roseann(Charles) Melby of Rochester,MN.; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; her sister – Eileen Rick of Bellingham,WA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her son – William and 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday (Jan. 3, 2014) at St. Bridgets Catholic Church in the fellowship hall and 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning at the church. The family suggests memorials to the Poverello Foundation at Mayo Clinic. 

 

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










Sigrun K. Weerheim






The memorial service for Sigrun K. Weerheim, 65, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (December 31, 2013) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Mrs. Weerheim died on Friday (December 27, 2013) from complications of cancer  at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient for 1 week.

 

Sigrun Karen Schlenker was born on September 3, 1948  in Essingen, Germany to Edward and Elfriede (Gallas) Schlenker. She emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 7 with her family and they first lived in Dodge Center,MN. The family moved to Rochester in 1957 and Sigrun attended school there graduating from John Marshall H.S. in 1967. She then attended Mankato State University and later in life continued her studies at Rochester Community College. Sigrun was married on December 20, 1969 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester to Larry Weerheim. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester and moved to Stewartville in 1976. Sigrun was a homemaker and also was employed at Rochester Medical and 21st Century Genetics both in Stewartville. She also was employed at IBM  in Rochester and most recently had been employed as a desk clerk by RGI Corp. in Rochester. Larry was a machinist for a number of years at Professional Instruments in Rochester. Mr. Weerheim died in 1986. Sigrun was a member of  the Jehovah Witnesses and attended services at Kingdom Hall in Rochester. She enjoyed nature, gardening, bird watching and feeding, reading and time spent with her family.

 

Sigrun is survived by 4 sons  – Mark(Laura)  of Rochester; Bryce and Steve of Stewartville and Dean of Rochester; her brother – Gert(Janet) Schlenker of Rochester,MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband – Larry.

 

Friends may come from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday (Dec. 30,2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the 11:00 A.M. service on Tuesday morning at the funeral home. A family burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville following the service. 

 








Harry D. Geerdes





The memorial service for Harry D. Geerdes, 87, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 2:00 P.M. on Monday (December 30, 2013) at the Stewartville Care Center Chapel with Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Mr. Geerdes died on Thursday (December 26, 2013) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center.

 

Harry Duane Geerdes was born on April 20, 1926 in Stewartville, Mn. to William and Winnie (Converse) Geerdes. He grew up on the family farm  and attended rural school. He farmed with his family until entering the U.S. Army in 1954 serving until 1956. Following his discharge he returned to rural Stewartville and farmed. Harry was married on June 20, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. to Lorraine “Lori” Mathews. They made their home in Stewartville, where they raised their family. Harry was a lifelong farmer until his retirement. Lori had a long career as an accountant with the A.P. Herold Accounting firm in Rochester. Harry was a longtime member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. He enjoyed farming, raising and caring for animals including his dogs, in particular – Nicky. He read the local newspapers front to back, keeping up on current events and always looked forward to time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grand-daughter.

 

Harry is survived by his wife –Lori; daughter – Linda(Steven) Kath of Seattle,WA.; daughter-in-law – Patricia Geerdes of Stewartville; 4 grand-daughters – Angela Kath, Rebecca Kath, Nikki Geerdes and Brittany Geerdes and great grand-daughter – Payten; 2 sisters – Betty Geerdes of Stewartville and Helen Gifford of Marcell, MN.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his son – David.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service on Monday afternoon at the Stewartville Care Center Chapel. A private family burial will take place at a later date in High Forest Cemetery in High Forest, MN.

 










E. KAY BOYUM




E. Kay Boyum, 75, of Stewartville,MN.  passed away peacefully at her home on Christmas Eve morning after a lengthy illness.

Eleanor Kay (Campbell) Boyum was born in Rochester MN on August 28, 1938 to Dwight and Elmira(Hare) Campbell.  The family moved to Fergus Falls, MN, where she attended elementary and jr. high school.  Kay chose to change her name from Eleanor and became E. Kay Campbell. The Campbell family returned to Rochester and Kay graduated from Rochester High School in 1956 and from Rochester Jr. College in 1958, with an associate arts degree.

Kay married Gary Boyum on June 26, 1960 at First Christian Church in Rochester. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville,  where they raised three children (Kirk, Jill, and Eric) and have continued to make their home.  Gary and Kay joined  the family grocery business,  Erdmans’s Grocery Store, which was established  by Gary’s parents – Corwin and Verna Boyum in 1935 in Stewartville. The name was changed to Boyum Foods in 1980 and Gary and Kay worked together there until their retirement in 2008.

Kay and Gary belonged to St. Johns Lutheran Church of Stewartville and also attended Grace Evangelical Free Church of Stewartville.  Kay’s faith was strong, which she demonstrated through her service over the years on several church boards, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and as a member and holding many offices of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She, also, attended Bible Study Fellowship for many years serving as a group leader. Her barbeques were legendary, which were served at many functions, including saddle club, 4H and church activities.  Kay was also a Scouts leader, a past member of the Mrs. Jaycees in Stewartville and served  as a building committee member when Bonner Elementary School was built.

Kay enjoyed time at their lake home in Shell Lake Wisconsin, where she especially enjoyed growing flowers.  Kay with her husband Gary enjoyed traveling to many countries and driving through the western states. Kay was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother with a tender and loving heart, full of energy and always having a positive outlook no matter what her circumstances. Whoever she bumped into in life was impacted by her loving and giving spirit, and her laugh that will forever live in our memories and heart. She has become known as Special K, which will be missed by many for years to come.

She is survived by her husband Gary of 53 years, her children and their families; Kirk (Ginny, Breanna, Ben) Boyum of Stewartville;  Jill (Doug, Kaylyn, Corrie) Hildebrandt of Stewartville; Eric (Sonda, Makeesha, Jordan, Jessica) Boyum of Caldwell, Idaho; and one brother Perry (Corrine) Campbell of California.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, two sisters, and twin grandsons.

A Celebration of Kay’s Life  will be held  at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday ( December 29, 2013) at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Grams officiating.  Friends may call from 12:30 to the time of service at the church on Sunday afternoon.  In appreciation for the cancer research programs she was involved with at Mayo Clinic,  she has chosen to donate her body to the Mayo Clinic for research.  Burial and a committal service  at Grandview Memorial  Gardens in Rochester will take place at a later date.







William ''Bill" Wesselman




The funeral service for William “Bill” Wesselman, 65, of Rochester,MN., will be at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday (December 28, 2013) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartille,MN. with Rev. David Hoot officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN.  Mr. Wesselman died on Wednesday (December 25, 2013) from complications of cancer at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester,MN.

               

William Allyn Wesselman was born on January 21, 1948 in Sparta,Wis. to Donald and Dorothy (Bullen) Wesselman. He grew up in Sparta and started school there but moved often with his family as his Dad had a military career in the U.S. Army.  He attended schools in the U.S. and Germany, with his high school mostly taking place in Heidelberg, Germany. He enlisted into the U.S. Army, serving 10 years, including 2 tours in Germany and at the time of his discharge had received the Army Commendation Medal, the Oak Leaf Cluster, a National Defense Service Medal , 2  Good Conduct Medals, and  his G.E.D.  Bill was married while stationed in Texas in 1970 and his daughter Lori was born. He and his wife were later divorced. Following his discharge he returned to Wisconsin and attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute in LaCrosse,WI. While still in college he was recruited by IBM and moved to Rochester,MN. in 1978, where he was employed at IBM for a number of years. Bill was married on October 26, 1985 in Rochester to Myrna Baker–Kuehn. They built a house and made their home in the bluff country near the Root River in rural Rochester and that’s where they have continued to make their home. Bill’s IBM division was sold to Celestica in 2001 and he was employed by Celestica at their Rochester plant  until it’s closure in 2003.  He attended Riverland Community College in Austin,MN. for 2 years and had recently done  most of the finish work on a new house. Myrna was a longtime employee at IBM in Rochester until her  retirement. Bill enjoyed playing pool, golf, fishing and snowmobiling including trips to the western U.S. with Myrna and other family. In warmer months, they enjoyed trail riding, camping, hog roasts, swimming and canoeing along their campsite on the Root River with friends and family. Bill loved animals and had many pets through the years, the latest, his dogs Rowdy and Halle. He and Myrna raised horses, mainly Arabians. He attended several Heidelberg School Reunions at Estes Park, Colorado. Bill was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and was an avid reader, always a book within reach. He especially enjoyed time spent with all of his family. Bill’s positive attitude over these months, set the precedent of his acceptance of this disease, to his family and friends.

 

Bill is survived by his wife – Myrna; daughter – Lori Carlin, 2 grandchildren – Kimberlee and Brandon Carlin, 2 great grandchildren and former son-in-law – Tommy Carlin, all of Texas; 2 sisters and 4 brothers –Donald(Julie) Wesselman of Poplarville,Miss.; Kenny(Holly)Bainter, Jimmy(Candi) Bainter, John(Edie) Bainter and Janice Turmiere, all of Sparta,Wis. and Dori Tasker, currently working and living in Afghanistan; brother-in-law – Dale Baker; special cousin – Ann(Bob) Hill and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father – Kenneth Bainter.

 

 

 

 









WESLEY DEAN IDSO





The funeral service for Wesley D. Idso, 82, of Chatfield, MN, will be at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday (December 18, 2013) at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove, MN with Rev. Isaac Karow officiating. Mr. Idso died on Saturday (December 14, 2013) from complications of Alzheimers Disease at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield,MN. , where he had been a resident since April of 2012.

 

Wesley Dean Idso was born on June 13, 1931 in Alden,IA., the second son born to Torval and Minnie (Lehmeier) Idso. When Wes was just a toddler, Torval packed the family into a small car, in the middle of winter, and made the move to the Pleasant Grove area, where Wes would spend the rest of his life. He attended rural schools and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1949. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1951, serving most of his duty as a radioman aboard the USS Cassien Young in the Mediterranean. Following his discharge in 1953 he returned to Pleasant Grove to farm. Wesley married Joan Ready on December 16, 1956 at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and thus began a partnership that spanned the next 57 years. They farmed for a number of years, before moving to Rochester and after a time living there, moved to rural Chatfield where they built a house and have continued to make their home. Wes was employed at Mayo Clinic’s Institute Hills and at Marigold Dairy, both in Rochester. Joan was employed for 9 years at Donaldson’s Department Store in Rochester and was a 27 year employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Following his retirement, Wes was free to pursue his hobby of collecting toys and building scale replica steam tractors and threshing machines. His tinkering was raised to an art form and some of his replicas and dioramas were featured in national magazine articles and newspapers and included in local history museums.  His collection knew no bounds and eventually took up a good portion of the basement. His dream to open a museum for his collection came to fruition in 1989 in Harmony, MN where he and Joan owned and operated the Harmony Toy Museum until Wes’s health made him retire for good. He enjoyed family vacations to historical sites, reading, going to coffee, visiting and time spent with family during the holidays and get-togethers.

 

Wesley is survived by his wife – Joan and was the proud father of 6 children – Greg(DelMarie) of Kasson,MN.;Jeff(Sarah) of Rochester; Doug of Rochester; Julie(Lon) Golberg of Rochester; Jennifer(Tony) Christanson of Goodhue,MN.; Steve (DaNett) of Rochester; and proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers - Dale, Wayne and Herb, 1 granddaughter and 2 great grandchildren.

 

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

Burial will follow the funeral service at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.

 















                                      QUARLES ASHLEY BASHAW                                   

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Quarles Ashley Bashaw, 85, of Stewartville, MN, passed away peacefully, his family by his side, on Friday (December 6, 2013) of natural causes, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where he had been a resident the past two weeks.

 

Quarles Ashley Bashaw was born on February 23, 1928 in Richmond, VA. to Thomas   and Virginia (Henley) Bashaw. He grew up in Richmond, attended school there before enlisting and serving 2 years in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge he returned to Richmond where he finished and graduated from Thomas Jefferson HS. He attended the University of Richmond where he received a degree in English literature. Ashley worked at the Life Insurance Company of Virginia, where he met his wife Joan M. Aswegan. They were married on January 24th, 1959 in Stewartville, MN.  They made their home in Richmond and various East Coast states before moving their family to Stewartville in 1969. They were later divorced. Ashley was employed at the Stewartville Lumberyard for a short time, before his employment with the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Rochester, MN for 20 years until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion and the National Association of Letter Carriers. He enjoyed gardening following local and national politics, current events and doing crossword puzzles and going for rides with his dog.

 

“The greatest gift we ever received came from God, we called him Dad”. Our dad taught us everything we needed to know although we may not have listened all of the time!  He was passionate about everything he did especially debating current events with friends and family and his wonderful garden. He gave us all of his love and his life, because for him family and particularly his children and grandchildren were the most important things to him.  Now you are our angel Dad, so spread your wings out wide and please wrap them around us whenever you see us in need or missing you. We are proud to say you were our dad, the greatest man we ever knew.  We will see you again - the day will come and we’ll hold you dear and never be apart.

Ashley is survived by 5 daughters and 2 sons – Jennifer Bashaw of Rockville, Md.; Tom (Barb) of Andover, MN.; Matt (Danette) of Byron, MN.; Susan (John) Bromen of Eagan, MN.; Mary Bashaw of Rochester; Anne (Tony) Meyer of Stewartville and Carole Bashaw of St. P; 12 grandchildren and a great granddaughter; his brother  - Berkeley Bashaw and nieces – Renee and Shiree Bashaw all of Richmond, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister - Sue and brother – Waverly.

 

His family would like to thank the staff at Seasons Hospice for their patient and loving care and also the staff at Pine Haven nursing home.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (December 13, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. A private family memorial service will take place at the funeral home with Rev. David Hoot officiating. Burial in Richmond, Va. will take place at a later date. The family requests any gifts or donations be given to Season’s Hospice in memory of Ashley Bashaw.

 

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

















JOHN "JERRY" LACKMANN


The memorial service for John “Jerry” Lackmann , 59, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday (November 30, 2013) at  Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Mr. Lackmann died on Friday (November 22, 2013) of natural causes at his home.

 

John Jerome Lackmann was born on May 23, 1954 in Moorhead,Mn. to Leonard and Patricia (Layton) Lackmann. He grew up in Moorhead, attended school there, graduating from Moorhead H.S. in 1972. He attended Moorhead Technical College receiving a culinary degree. Jerry was married on May 3, 1974 in Moorhead to Julie Engel. Julie died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident that same year. Jerry was employed as a chef in  Fargo,MN. and his growing love of cooking led him to successfully manage a variety of fine restaurants, traveling to Montana and Florida and returning to Minnesota in the early 1980’s. He was employed  at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester and then was part of the team that opened John Barleycorne Restaurant in Rochester,MN., where he was a longtime employee, including  kitchen and general manager. Jerry was married on February 14, 1987 in Rochester to Marcia Johnson. They made their home in Stewartville, where they raised their family. They were later divoriced. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed people and time spent with friends and family and his border collie - Rex. He loved to ride the highways and byways on his motorcycle and spent many hours at the “Hideout” in Hager City, boating, fishing and socializing. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, woodworking and hunting.

 

Jerry is survived by son – Nicholas of Rochester and daughter – Lindsey of Stewartville;  2 sisters and 2 brothers – Thomas Lackmann of Oldsmar,Fla.; Barbara(Reed) Hooper of Kinsley,MI; Mary(Kevin) Barton of St. Paul,MN. and Leonard R.(Cathy) Lackmann of Englewood,Fla.; 7 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother – Leonard.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

 








                                           JEAN SMITH POLKOWSKE


The Mass of Christian Burial for Jean Smith Polkowske, 87, of Bradenton, Fl., formerly of Stewartville,MN. , will be at 10:30 A. M. on Saturday (November 30, 2013) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Polkowske  died on Saturday (November 23, 2013) of natural causes in Bradenton.

 

Jean Marie Smith was born  December 30, 1925, in Rochester, MN, to Leroy and Matilda (Weber) Smith. She grew up in Stewartville, attended school there,  graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1943.  She then attended and graduated from nursing school. Jean was married in November of 1947 in Stewartville to Max Polkowske. Mr. Polkowske was enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the time of their marriage and the couple moved often as he continued his career as a navy pilot. Jean was a homemaker and also had a long career as a Registered Nurse. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, the Polkowskes farmed in Independence, WI. before moving to Florida, in 1978. Mr. Polkowske died in 2002. Jean was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bradenton and was a member of the Sacred Heart Ladies Guild, Sacred Heart Rosary Makers and it’s Adoration Chapel. She also belonged to AARP and was a life member of  the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed  reading, needlework and time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Survivors include  6 sons -  David(Carol) of Oskaloosa,IA;  Leroy(Jan)  of La Jara, CO;  John of Trempealeau, WI;  Nicholas(Micky) of Portage, WI;  Joseph (Shirley) of Chetek, WI.;  Robert(Chris) of Durand, WI;  Gail(Tom) Keene of Trempealeau, WI. and a sister -  Patricia Hass of Bradenton, FL; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max and grandson – Michael.

 

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

 














 
 
 Gary C. Poffenberger 
 
 
 
 

The funeral service for Gary C. Poffenberger, 58, of Wabasha, MN, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (November 20, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. Emily Carson officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester, MN.  Mr. Poffenberger died on Saturday (November 16, 2013) of a cardiac arrest at his home in Wabasha.

 

Gary Craig Poffenberger was born on December 11, 1954 to Gerald and Barbara (Cutting) Poffenberger in Rochester MN. He moved with his family as an infant to Babbitt, MN where he grew up, attended school and graduated from Babbitt High School in 1974. As a teen, with his mother’s help, he learned to play the piano by ear and was a life-long musician.  He began playing keyboard and bass in a band called “Fire and Ice” and later in a band called “The Whip”.  Both bands were popular at the time on the Iron Range. Gary was married on July 26, 1976 in Babbitt to Jodi M. Bee.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Babbitt, where Gary was employed for a few years at Reserve Mining Company and Erie Mining Company before moving to Rochester in 1983. They were later divorced.  He was employed at Tom Kadlec Honda in Rochester, as their Used Car Sales Manager for a number of years.  He was also employed in sales at other Rochester dealerships for several years.  In 2000, he started and operated Ace Drywall in Rochester until 2007, when he and his life partner, Connie Carlson Wiles bought the Wabasha Marina. Together, Gary and Connie have expanded and improved the marina every year, and it’s where they made their home. Gary was a member of the Southern Minnesota Sportsman’s Club, the Wabasha Gun Club, and the Marion Remote Control Modelers, a radio airplane flying club.  In addition to playing in bands most of his life, he loved his boats and owned all models and sizes from dingys to Cabin Cruisers.  One of the highlights of his music career was the Summer of 2010 when Gary and his band, “Relaxed Fit”, opened for the Down by the Riverside Concert in Rochester in front of 21,000 concert goers.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with friends and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Gary is survived by 2 daughters – Tiffany (Cullen) Houser of Oronoco, MN; Lacey (James) Jelle of Rochester; his mother – Barbara Poffenberger of Babbitt, MN and his life partner and fiancé Connie Wiles of Wabasha and her 2 sons – Talman (Melissa) Wiles of Eyota, MN and Trevor (Laura) Wiles of Stewartville, MN; 7 grandchildren – Logan, Ashtyn and Hayley Houser, Makaila, Silas and Derian Jelle and Sean Wiles. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald, in 1986.

 

Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday (November 19, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church (400 5th Ave. N.E.) in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Phyllis C. Gullickson
 
 
 
 

The funeral service for Phyllis C. Gullickson , 87, of Stewartville, MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (October 28, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN. with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mrs. Gullickson died on Wednesday (October 23, 2013) of natural causes at her daughter’s home in Racine, MN.

 

Phyllis Cedell Eppard was born on June 22, 1926 to Burton and Lillian (Quamen) Eppard in Dover, MN. She moved with her family as a young girl to rural Rochester, MN. where her father managed one of the Mayo Family farms. She grew up on that farm, attended Bamber Valley grade school and Rochester Central H.S., graduating in 1942. Phyllis was married on April 15, 1944 in Rantoul, Ill. to Clifford A. Gullickson, who was serving in the U.S. Army at the time. Following their marriage the couple lived in Hampton,VA. where Cliff was stationed. After his discharge, the couple lived in St. Paul, MN. before moving to Rochester and then to Stewartville in 1954. Phyllis was a homemaker and a longtime employee at Peoples Cooperative Power Co. in Rochester as a receptionist and in their accounting department. Cliff was co-owner and operator of C&S Plumbing and Heating in Rochester. Mr. Gullickson died on August 6, 1987.

She bowled in the Womens League at Recreation Lanes in Rochester for many years and was a past volunteer for the Rochester Royals baseball team. She enjoyed many past-times with Cliff; they danced expertly, camped and fished in Chicken Town in rural Mabel Canton, played cards and cheered for the Vikings. Phyllis also
enjoyed crocheting, going to the casino, playing the piano and organ, karaoke, crossword puzzles, entertaining in her home and time spent with family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Phyllis is survived by her daughter – Karen (Deri) Nordsving of Racine, MN.; 6 grandchildren – Mark Schumann, Jody Murdock, Tonia Gardner, Traci Schumann, Deri Nordsving Jr. and Darin Nordsving; 8 great grandchildren; 3 nieces who were raised by Cliff and Phyllis – Hjordis Engel and Louise Mielke both of Stewartville and Lucille Weber of Rochester; sister-in-law – Kaye Eppard of Rochester and many other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband – Clifford, her parents, her brother Philip Eppard and a niece – Carla Brandt and nephew – Roger Ferguson.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday (October 27, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Harriet Lawson
 
 
 
 

The memorial service for Harriet Lawson , 93, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (October 24, 2013) at  United Methodist Church in Racine,MN. with Rev. Glenn Holland officiating.  Burial will follow at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Mrs. Lawson died on Saturday (October 19, 2013) of natural causes at  the Adams Health Care Center in Adams,MN. where she had been a resident since September of 2012.

 

Harriet Lawson was born on October 8, 1920  in Burnstad,N.D. to Martin and Elmira(Hardy) Bjugstad. She grew up and attended school in Burnstad. She moved with her family as a teen to Stewartville, where graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1938. Harriet was employed as housekeeper in Rochester for a few years prior to her marriage to Clarence Thompson. They lived in Racine where Clarence operated a service station. Mr. Thompson died in 1956. Harriet was employed  at the U.S. Post Offices in Racine and Rochester for a few years.  She was married on January 19, 1964 at the Methodist Church inWinnebago,MN to Harry C. Lawson. The couple resided in rural Racine and Mr. Lawson owned and operated Racine Sand and Gravel. The Lawsons sold their farm and retired, then moving into Racine in 1992. Mr. Lawson died on Dec. 5, 1999. Harriet moved to Stewartville where she lived for a number of years. She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Racine. She enjoyed reading, her daily devotions, embroidery, visiting with friends, and always enjoyed cooking and entertaining for and time spent with family.

 

Harriet is survived by  many nieces and nephews and 2 sister-in-laws – Myrtle Tebay of Stewartville and Ruth Goede of Plainview,Mn. She was preceded in death by her husbands – Harry and Clarence, her parents and 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

 

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

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Clayton Paulson
 
 

The funeral service for Clayton Paulson, 93, of Stewartville, MN, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 21, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mr. Paulson died on Wednesday(October 16, 2013) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since April of 2010.

 

Clayton Paulson was born on November 18, 1919 in Kinbrae, Nobles County, MN, to Guy and Elizabeth (Kuehl) Paulson. He moved with his family in 1925 to Okabena, MN, where he attended grade school, and graduated with honors from Okabena H.S. in 1937.  Clayton played four sports in H.S. and excelled at baseball as a shortstop and pitcher. He later played semi-pro baseball for many years. After graduating, Clayton worked in area towns making farm machinery and was employed at George A. Hormel Co. in 1939 as a livestock buyer. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and spent most of his duty in the Air Force as an instructor of navigation flying. Following his discharge in 1945, Clayton returned to Okabena and continued his 40 yr. career with Hormel. Clayton was married in Gaylord, MN on August 16, 1947 to Florence Skaro. Florence taught school in Minneapolis, Gaylord, and Stewartville, and was later employed as a librarian at the Stewartville Public Library. Shortly following their marriage, Clayton accepted a livestock buyer position for Hormel in Stewartville, and Clayton and Florence set roots and began to raise their family.  Following Clayton’s retirement from Hormel, the couple enjoyed making Tucson, AZ an annual winter destination.Clayton was a 60 year member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where he served on the church council and was financial secretary for 10 years. He served on the building committee when Zion moved to its current location and the new church was built. Florence and Clayton volunteered with Luther League Boys and Girls and served for Sunday Worship services. Clayton judged livestock for area 4-H and Fair competitions, and coached youth baseball for a number of years. He was an avid hunter, truly enjoying duck, goose, and pheasant hunting throughout his entire life beginning as a young boy in 1929, and was a member of Ducks Unlimited from its inception in the 1940’s. He also enjoyed sports of all kind, following the Minnesota Twins closely as well as many other sports teams.  Clayton also enjoyed visiting and spending time with family and friends.

 

Clayton  is survived by his wife Florence, and son Bruce (Sybil) of Abita Springs, LA;Grandson Jon (Mariana) Quinlan and three great-grandchildren Kelly, Zane, and Jaxon; Step granddaughter - Sara (Brian) O’Shea and step great grand-daughter - Fiona and step grandson -Jason Pepitone;  and brother Calvin (Delores) Paulson of Mankato, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Lori and son-in-law Joseph Quinlan, and his sister Blanche Saathoff.                                     

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service on Monday, October 20, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville.

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Myrtle A. Bellingham
 
 
 

The funeral service for Myrtle A. Bellingham,  90, of  Ostrander,MN. will be at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday(October 19, 2013) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Burial will be at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in rural Granger,MN. Mrs. Bellingham passed away of natural causes on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Ostrander Care and Rehabilitation Center.

 

Myrtle Annette Nelson was born September 2, 1923 in York Township, Fillmore County,MN.  to  Nikoli “Nick” and Kristine (Skogen) Nelson. She grew up on the family farm,  attended Liberty rural school near Greenleafton and graduated from Preston H. S. in 1941.  She moved to Washington,D.C. in 1942,  where she was employed at the U.S. Mint., returning to Minnesota in 1945. Myrtle was married on February 1, 1948 at Bloomfield Lutheran Church in Ostrander to Robert Bellingham. The couple farmed in Bristol Township in rural Harmony, before transplanting to Georgia in 1959. Myrtle was employed as a bookkeeper for her husband Bob’s wheel weight manufacturing business and several other companies. They also lived in Arizona, Iowa and Florida. Mr. Bellingham died on July 5, 1972. Myrtle moved to Rochester,MN. in 1973 where she was employed at the First National Bank for a number of years. She retired in 1988 and went to Stewartville where she lived until moving to Ostrander Assisted Living in 2005. Myrtle loved music and her church and was a church pianist/organist in several churches over the years and sang in the Trinity Lutheran Church choir in Rochester for 12 years.  She was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander and a past member of the Stewartville Senior Citizen’s.  Myrtle loved traveling and especially enjoyed a trip with her brother George to Norway, sightseeing and meeting relatives. She enjoyed visiting with friends and especially enjoyed times spent with her family.

 

Myrtle is survived by sister-in-law - Marion Meinen Nelson and brother-in-law - William (Bill) Bellingham as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband - Robert, her parents, five brothers and two sisters - Oscar, George, Herman, Richard, Albert, Nora and Bertha and a nephew – Delvin Nelson.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(October 18, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning in Ostrander.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

                                                                       Eugene C. Klann

                                                                

Eugene “Gene” Klann, 74,  succumbed to cancer on Monday (October 14, 2013),surrounded by his family, at his home in rural Grand Meadow, MN.

Eugene Charles Klann Jr.  was born on December 22, 1938 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Eugene, Sr. and Clara (Tisler) Klann. He grew up in Manitowoc and graduated from Manitowoc H. S. in 1957.  He served four years in the U.S. Navy where he trained in electronics. Following his discharge in 1961 he was employed by International Business Machines in Green Bay,WI.  Gene was married on Aug 17, 1963 at Church of the Sacred Heart  in Nekoosa,WI.  to Ruth Ann Gotz. Following their marriage the couple moved as Gene worked in various engineering roles at IBM in Wisconsin Rapids,Marquette,MI.and Coal Valley,ILL. The Klann family settled in Stewartville, MN in 1973 where Gene was employed at the Rochester IBM plant until his retirement in April 1992. Ruth is a homemaker and was employed for a number of years in the cafeterias at Bonner Elementary and recently at the Stewartville H.S. and is known in the area for her cake baking and decorating expertise. Gene’s other occupations during retirement included installing automated postal sorting machines for the U.S. Postal Service and hauling for a local farm supply company. Gene and Ruth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August of this year with their family and friends at the Church of Saint Bernard in Stewartville, MN where they had been members since 1974. Gene was also a member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. He enjoyed reading, gardening, keeping up on national news, visiting his favorite fishing lake up North, and tinkering with all things electronic. His love of coming up with solutions to fix anything, big or small, resulted in several inventions, one of which lead to a U.S. patent. He especially enjoyed time spent with his family  and following his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events.

Gene is survived by wife Ruth of Grand Meadow, MN and children; Karen (Wayne) Volkart of Stewartville, MN; daughter-in-law Caroline Klann of Wanda, MN; Chuck (Amy) Klann of Lodi WI; Susan (Jeff) Owen of Saint Peter, MN; Kenneth (Lucinda) Klann of Grant, MN, Jeanine (Doug) Brieske of Tomah, WI; Jennifer (Trevor) Burke of North Liberty, IA; and Amanda Klann of Chandler, AZ. Survivors include eighteen grandchildren: Kyle, Bryce and Kelsey Volkart; Danny, William, Rebecca, Tommy and Sarah Klann; Alison, Samantha and Josh Klann; Adair and Griffin Klann, Jayden and Adam Brieske; and Keegan, Tiernan and Rory Burke. Gene’s sister, Marlene Benzschawel of Appleton, WI; brothers Robert (Margaret) of Beloit, WI and Jerry (Susan) of Salem, WI; sisters-in-law LeAnn Gotz and Barbara Masche both of Port Edwards, WI; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Joseph in 2011, brothers-in-law Gerry Benzschawel, Frank Gotz, and James Masche.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M.  on Thursday (October 17, 2013) at the Church of the St. Bernard in Stewartville,Mn. with the Rev. John Wilmot officiating.  Burial with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion will follow at St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville. Visitation will be from  5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday (October 16, 2013) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
Lois C. E. Swenson
 
 

Lois C. E.  Swenson, 83, of Stewartville,MN., died on Friday (October 11, 2013) from complications following a stroke, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester,MN., where she had been a resident for a brief stay.

 

Lois Claire Elaine Doeden was born on April 15, 1930 in Worthington,MN.  to John and Margaret( Fike)Doeden. She grew up on the family farm in rural Worthington, attended school there, graduating from Worthington H.S. in 1948.  Lois was married on  February 22, 1950 in Worthington to Paul H. Swenson. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Worthington before moving to Stewartville in 1952. Mr. Swenson died on Oct. 13, 1957. Lois was a homemaker and after her children were raised was employed as a waitress at Little John’s restaurant and at the Hungry Steer in Stewartville. She was then employed at Holiday Inn South in Rochester,MN. until her retirement and had continued to make her home in Stewartville. She was a  past member of Emmanuel United Brethern Church in Worthington and Evangel United Methodist Church in Rochester. She enjoyed  bowling, following the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, listening to country and bluegrass music and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Lois  is survived by 2 daughters and 2 sons; Pauline(Brian Wight) Utecht of Eloy,AZ.; Becki(Richard Glover) Blau of Phoenix,AZ.; Robert(Pamela) of Bremerton,WA. and Jonathan of Rochester; 7 grandchildren – Amy Baker, Denni Utecht, Brandon Wight, Jason Blau, Katrina Swenson, Justin(Laura) Swenson and Kristina(Alonzo) Deadwiler; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law – Jean Doeden of Worthington,MN.  She was preceded in death by her husband – Paul, her grandaughter – Tiffany Blau, her parents and  her sister – Joyce Rathlisberger and 2 brothers -  Sidney and Daniel Doden.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday (October 14, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Burial and a committal service for Lois will take place at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday(October 15, 2013) at Worthington Cemetery in Worthington with Rev. Daren Flinck officiating.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marion E. Richardson
 
  
  

The funeral service for Marion  E.  Richardson, 85, of Stewartville,MN., will be at 2:00 P.M. on Monday (October 14, 2013) at First Baptist Church in Stewartville,MN. with Pastor Chad Skaran officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN. Mrs. Richardson died on Thursday (October 10, 2013) from complications of an illness with cancer, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow,MN. where she had been a patient this past year.

 

Marion Elizabeth Opdahl was born on February 20, 1928 to Andrew and Mabel(Knutsen) Opdahl in Trail,MN. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and then helped on the family farm. Marion was married on Feb. 21, 1945 in Bagley,MN. to Raymond A. Richardson.  Following their marriage the couple  farmed in rural Leonard and  rural Clearbrook in northern Minnesota, before moving to Stewartville in 1967. Marion was a homemaker and was employed by the Kahler Corp. at the Harwick Cafeteria in Rochester for a number of years. She was self–employed as an upholsterer from her home for many years and her husband Ray owned and operated Richardson Saw Sales and Services from their home as well. Mr. Richardson died on May 21, 1987. Marion was then employed at Triad Manufacturing in Stewartville for a few years and also provided adult foster care from her home. Following her retirement she continued to make Stewartville her home. Marion was a longtime active member of  the First Baptist Church in Stewartville and and was a member of the Center for Active Adults in Stewartville. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, making her own greeting cards, flower arranging and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren

 

Marion is survived by 3 daughters and 1 son; Marilyn(Tom) Hair of Stewartville; Carolyn(Clyde) Boone of rural Racine,MN.; Ronald(Julie) of Stewartville and Betty(Timothy) Carr of Farmington,MN.; 10 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister – Irene Noyes of Erskine,MN.; 3 brothers – Lloyd(Ardell) Opdahl of Oklee,MN./ Wendell(Hilda) Opdahl of Trail,MN. and Galen(Bette) Opdahl of Milwaukee,WI. She was preceded in death by her husband – Raymond, her parents and 5 siblings that died while infants.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday (October 13, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday afternoon.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Casey Jo Bishop

The Celebration of Life for Casey Jo Bishop, 28, of Garden City, KS formerly of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (October 7, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline, Rev. Emily Carson and Rev. Karen Pahl officiating. Casey joined her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family and friends on Wednesday (October 2, 2013) following an aggressive illness with tumefactive multiple sclerosis, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN where she had been a patient since August 23rd.

 

Casey Jo Bishop was born on September 19, 1985 to Joy Ann Bishop in Spencer, IA. Casey and her mother moved to Stewartville, MN when she was 4 years old where she attended the Stewartville public schools and graduated in 2003. While growing up Casey was an active part of Zion Lutheran Church and was involved with various youth programs as well as teaching Sunday school. She then went on to attend Winona State University in Winona graduating in 2007 Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in elementary education. Casey then moved to Garden City, KS in 2007 where she began teaching 2nd grade at Victor Ornelas Elementary School. She had just begun her 6th year at Victor Ornelas when Casey was affected by the illness that took her life and the career she loved.

 

A true reflection of Casey’s love for children was demonstrated through her years of employment with Tiger Time, Key Kids and the YMCA after school program. Casey also prided herself in being a big sister through the Y program and a 4-H leader. Casey’s love for the Lord was lifted up through her voice, as she was a member of the praise choir at New Life Community Church in Garden City, KS, which was her current faith community. She was also passionate about reading, listening to music, watching movies, playing board games and cards. She followed the Vikings, especially #28 and the Minnesota Wild. She enjoyed collecting VW Bug model cars and drove a lime green Volkswagen Beetle.

 

Casey loved life, loved her Lord, lived her faith on a daily basis, and was blessed to take trips home to visit her Mom and Dad, her grandparents, family, friends and her dogs - Laney and Cameron.

 

Casey grew close to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital during her stay and they to her. Her family thanks the entire staff for their loving care and support.

 

Casey is survived by her parents – Joy & Brad Cole of Rochester, MN; maternal grandparents Wayne(MaryBeth) Bishop of Everly, IA and Cheryl(Stan) Cox of Oregon; paternal grandparents – Irvin(Pam) Johnson of Everly, IA, Sandy(Robert) Hoffman of Estherville, IA and Lucien(Carol) Cole of Stewartville, MN; paternal great grandmothers – Thora Grover of Spencer, IA, Mildred Webb of Des Moines, IA and Deloris Means of Spring Valley, MN; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Casey was preceded in death by her great grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Friends may call from 3:30 to 7:30 P.M. on Sunday (October 6, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Lone Tree Cemetery in rural Everly, IA.

 

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

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
WAYNE W. IDSO
 

 

Wayne W. Idso, 83, of rural Rochester, MN. died on Saturday (September 21, 2013) at his home, surrounded by his loving family, from Lung Cancer.

 

Wayne Wendell Idso was born on February 19, 1930 in Alden, IA. to Torval and Minnie(Lehmeier) Idso. He moved with his family at the age of 3 to rural Stewartville, MN, grew up on the family farm and attended rural school.  He entered the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1951 serving with the 3rd Marine Air Wing at Opa-Locka Air Base in Miami, FL. Following his discharge in 1953, he returned home and farmed with his family and was employed with the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation for a few years. Wayne was married on June 6, 1956 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester to Suzanne M. Nicklay. Following their marriage, the couple lived in rural Stewartville and then moved to the Idso Family Farm where they raised their family. In 1964, Wayne and Suzanne developed part of the Idso farm and created Maple Valley Golf Course. In 1991 the Idso family purchased property in St. Charles and started the St. Charles Golf Course. Wayne, Suzanne and family continue to own and operate both courses. Wayne also consulted on the creation of other area golf courses through the years. Suzanne was an employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 11 years. Wayne was a member of the Moose Lodge 1114 in St. Charles, the Midwest Golf Course Owners Assn., the MGA, and the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, working and mowing on the golf courses. Most of all, he loved time spent with family and friends. Especially attending his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s school and sporting activities.

 

Wayne is survived by his wife - Suzanne; 4 daughters and 2 sons – Maureen(Bill) McMahon of Chatfield, MN.; Ivan(Mary) Idso of Rochester, MN.; Michele(Ken) Splittstoesser of St. Charles, MN.; Eric(Karen) Idso of Stewartville; Kersten(Gary) Danielson of Stewartville and Sabrina Menz of Rochester; 20 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and his brother – Wesley(Joan) Idso of Chatfield. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son – Dwight and 2 brothers – Herbert and Dale Idso.

 

A Celebration of Wayne’s life will be held from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday (September, 29 2013) at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall in Simpson, MN.  A private family burial and committal service will take place on Saturday (Sept. 28, 2013) at St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion Post.

 

The family requests memorials to the Eagle Cancer Telethon or the Wounded Warriors Project.

 

  

 

 


 

 

 

Dorothy D. Marshall

 

 

The funeral service for Dorothy D. Marshall, 90, of Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (September 18,  2013) at the United  Methodist  Church in  Stewartville,MN with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.  Mrs. Marshall died on Saturday (September 14, 2013) of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester where she had been a patient for one day.

 

Dorothy Darlene Martin was born on May 1, 1923 in Britt,Ia. to William and Pearl(Kellogg)Martin. She moved with her family at the age of 5 to rural Grand Meadow and Leroy,MN. and attended rural school in Leroy. Dorothy was married on January  6, 1947 in Cresco,Ia. to Harry Kenneth Marshall. Following their  marriage the couple moved to Stewartville and then to High Forest,MN where they lived for a number of years and raised their family. Dorothy was employed at restaurants in Rochester and Stewartville and was also employed at Erdman’s Grocery Store in Stewartville. She was employed for 20 years at Crenlo Corp. in Rochester. Ken was  a longtime employee at Hathaway Tree Service in Rochester. The Marshalls moved to Dexter,Mn. where they lived for a few years. Mr. Marshall died Sept. 11, 1982 and Dorothy returned to Stewartville, where she continued to make her home. She was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Auxillary for 56 years. She enjoyed playing pool, going to bingo and bowling. Dorothy enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son – Sharon(Steve) Bleifus and James(Barbara White) both of Stewartville; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry, her parents, a sister – Hope Briggs and brother- Roy Martin.

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (September 17, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

 

 


  

Elsie I. Andereasen
 

 

The memorial service for Elsie I. Andreasen, 83, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (September 20, 2013) at United Methodist Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mrs. Andreasen died on Friday (September 13, 2013) of natural causes at her home.

 

Elsie Irene Krueger was born on January 10, 1930 to Earl and Tilda (Kjonaas) Krueger in New Richland, MN. She grew up in New Richland and after the death of her mother Tilda was raised by George and Tillie Keen. She attended New Richland schools, graduating from New Richland H.S. in 1948. Elsie was married on Oct. 25, 1953 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland to Gordon Andreasen. The couple lived in Stewartville before moving to rural Stewartville where they farmed for a number of years and raised their children. Mrs. Andreasen was a homemaker and was employed at Rochester Equipment and in the accounting department with Olmsted County for a number of years. Mr. Andreasen was a longtime area farmer and owned and operated a feed milling and grinding business for a number of years. After retiring, the Andreasens moved to a lake home in Park Rapids, MN, enjoying 16 years there. They moved to Mankato, for a time, before returning to Stewartville. Mr. Andreasen died on March 28, 2013. Mrs. Andreasen was a past member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and Park Rapids, MN. She was active with her children’s 4-H and Scouting activities and was a past member of the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary. Elsie enjoyed raising sheep while on the farm and the company of her pet dogs. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, listening to the loons at the lake, quilting, and traveling to the Western U.S. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Elsie is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son – Richard (Janine) of Mankato, MN; Gwen (Randy) Stier-Freitag of Spring Valley, MN; Barbara Andreasen of St. Louis Park, MN; 3 grandchildren – Ella Andreasen, Gabriel (Lisa) Steir and Christopher (Leah) Stier and 3 great grandchildren – Andrew, Nathaniel and Aiden; 1 brother – Charles (Phyllis) Krueger of Milaca, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband – Gordon, her parents, 3 sisters –Marion Lingenfelter and Florence Peterson, Florence Ackland and 2 brothers – Don and Henry Krueger.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (September 19, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. Burial will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester at a later date.  

 

 

 


 

 
Janice J. Wagaman  
 
 
 

The funeral service for Janice J. Wagaman, 67, of Dexter,MN. will  be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (September 14, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in  rural Dexter,MN with Rev.

Donald Gerven officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Janice died on Tuesday (September 10, 2013) at her home, from complications of congestive heart failure.

 

Janice Jeanette Miller was born on November 17, 1945 in Austin,MN. to Harold and Alice(Anderson)Miller. She grew up on the family farm in rural Dexter, attended country school at District 111 schoolhouse and then Hayfield schools, graduating from Hayfield H.S. in 1963. Janice was married on January 3, 1964 at Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter to Gene E. Wagaman. Following their marriage the couple lived in Owatonna and then farmed in rural Dexter on the Wagaman Family farm. They lived in St. Charles for a number of years before moving to Worthington,Mn. They were later divoriced. Janice was a homemaker and was employed as a dispatcher for the Nobles County Sheriff Department while living in Worthington. She was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in rural Dexter and the Bible Church in St. Charles and Leroy,MN. where she was active in their Awana programs and with other child evangelism programs. She was a member of  the Chrisitian Womens Club in Worthington, Rochester and Austin,MN. She enjoyed reading, family vacations, boating, growing and arranging flowers, Chrisitian music and her faithful dog – Nougie. Janice loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grand-daughter.

 

Janice is survived by 3 daughters; Tamara(Kevin) Burke of Spearfish,S.D.; Kimberly(Bruce) McNamee of Levittown,Pa.; Renne(Curt) Meyer of Columbia Heights,MN.; her mother – Mrs. Alice Miller of rural Dexter; 2 sisters – Judy(Lee) Pearce of Hammond,MN. and Kathy “P.T.” (Mark) Thorsen of Hayfield,MN.; 8 grandchildren – Zachary(Jamie) Burke, Riley Burke, Brad McNamee, Hope, Grace and Cole McNamee, Ethan Meyer and Mackenzie Meyer and her great grand-daughter - Adilyn. She was preceded in death by her father – Harold Miller.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (September 13, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. The family suggests memorials to Wycliff Bible Translators.

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
David M. Ryan

The Memorial Mass for David M. Ryan, 66, of Stewartville, MN will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday (September 4, 2013) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Mr. Ryan died on Thursday (August 29, 2013) of an apparent heart attack at his home.

 

David Marlin Ryan was born on April 5, 1947 in Preston, MN to Donald and Marie (Pederson) Ryan. He grew up on the family farm, attended area schools, graduating from Harmony H.S. in 1965. He entered the U.S. Army in 1966, serving one year overseas in VietNam. Following his discharge in 1968, he lived in Winona for a few years. Dave was married on June 14, 1974 in Brownsdale, MN to Barbara A. Darnell. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Stewartville, where they raised their kids and have continued to make their home. Dave was employed as a metal refinisher at Crenlo Corp. in Rochester for over 30 years until his retirement in 2004. Barb has been employed as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester for 24 years. He was a longtime member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and its Men’s Club. He was a member of the United Auto Workers, the Stewartville American Legion and served on the Riverview Greens Townhome Assn. Board. Dave was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed rendezvousing and camping and was a member of the Root River Rifleman Club. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and visiting with friends. He loved time spent with family and following his retirement was able to help with day care for his grandkids - Jacob and Ashley.

 

Dave is survived by his wife – Barb; his daughter – Carrie (Andrew) Anderson of Stewartville and son - Joseph of Rochester; 2 grandchildren – Ashley and Jacob Anderson; 2 sisters and 1 brother – Carol (John) Lewis of Cresco, IA Joan(John) Broadwater of Winona, MN and John (Jacque) of Harmony, MN and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew – Ryan Lewis.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (Sept. 3, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, where a prayer service will be held at 4:00 P.M.,  and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.  A private burial will take place at a later date.

 


  

 

Evelyn C. Bernard

 

The funeral service for Evelyn C. Bernard, 97, of Chatfield, MN, will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday (August 29, 2013) at the Chatfield Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Docken officiating. Burial will follow at the Chatfield Cemetery. Mrs. Bernard died on Sunday (August 25, 2013) of natural causes at her home.

Evelyn Cecelia Kunerth was born on April 12, 1916 in Haverhill Twp., MN, to Henry and Clara (Eggler) Kunerth. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school in Salem Corners and Byron H.S. and then worked on the family farm. Evelyn was married at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN, to Arthur W. Bernard. Following their marriage the couple moved to Chatfield, where they owned and operated a stockyard for a number of years. They then started Chatfield Implement and Truck Sales which they operated for 35 years. In 1955, they bought the bus service in Chatfield and Bernard Bus Service continues today as a family run business. The Bernard family moved to rural Chatfield in 1957 where they farmed and sold Black Angus cattle, raised their family and lived for many years. Evelyn was a farmwife and homemaker and did the bookkeeping for the family businesses. Following their retirement, the couple moved to Wabasha in 1977. They enjoyed fishing together and Evelyn volunteered at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Wabasha. Mr. Bernard died in 1994 and Evelyn returned to Chatfield in 1995, where she continued to live in her own home. She was a longtime member of Chatfield Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and served as secretary-treasurer. She was a member of one of the knitting and quilting groups that served various church missions. Evelyn was known for her exceptional knitting skills and enjoyed teaching others in Chatfield, including her granddaughters and great granddaughters. She was always sharing knitted caps and scarves with family and many Chatfield residents and most recently was known for knitting and giving away her colorful striped socks!  She enjoyed gardening, fishing, going on the Bernard Bus casino trip twice a month and following Minnesota Viking football. Evelyn loved time spent with family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 “Mom was a kind, gentle, loving person to everyone - we miss her already.”-Evelyn’s Family.

Evelyn is survived by 4 children; Arleta Fenwick of Chatfield, Lois (Bill Small) Bernard of Milwaukee, WI, Allen (Joyce) of Belle Plaine, MN, and Glen (Kaye) of Rushford, MN; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and further survived by Lana Bernard and a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, a son, Clifford, a son-in-law, Richard Fenwick, a granddaughter, Kimberly Bernard and 2 infant great grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday (August 28, 2013) at the Chatfield Lutheran Church and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

  


 

 

 
E. Alan Ottjes 
 
 

The funeral service for E. Alan Ottjes, 65, of Stewartville,MN. will be at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday (August 29, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Churchin Stewartville, MN. with Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Ottjes died on Sunday (August 25, 2013) following a 4 and ½ year illness with pancreatic cancer, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester,MN, where he had been a patient for one day.

 

 

Ernest Alan Ottjes was born on June 16, 1948 to Ernest and Marion(Beach) Ottjes in Rochester,MN. He grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville, attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1966.  He attended Rochester Community College for 2 years and then was employed in general service at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Alan was married May 26, 1973 at St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Minnesota Lakes Twsp. to Kathryn K. Bruegger. Following their marriage the couple moved to Stewartville, where they raised their kids and have continued to make their home. Al was employed at Mayo Clinic for 41 years, many as a surgical assistant, retiring due to his health. He also was an assistant for over 20 years in  the organ donation and procurement partnership between Mayo Clinic and Lifesource. Kathy was employed for 38 years in the Finance Dept. at Mayo Clinic until her retirement. Al was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, serving on it’s Council and on it’s property management team and enjoyed helping with handyman projects at church. He enjoyed fixing things, putzing, watching NASCAR, following the Vikings, collecting oil lamps and loved time spent with friends and his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Al is survived by his wife – Kathy; son – Pat(Nikki) of Roseville,MN. and daughter – Pam(Jarett) Jones of Stewartville; 4 grandchildren – Ayssa and Kiley Jones, Dane and Cole Ottjes; 1 sister and 3 brothers – Jim(Karen) Ottjes of Thorntown, Ind.; Julie(Joe) Brossard of Chandler,MN.; Leslie Ottjes(RogerTrapp) of Scottsdale,AZ. and Terry Ottjes of Stewartville. Al was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday (August 28, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday afternoon.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Dorothy M. Flynn
 
 

The Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy M. Flynn, 88, of Stewartville,MN. will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday (August 28, 2013) at St. Bridgets Catholic Church in Simpson, MN. with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Mrs. Flynn died on Thursday (August 22, 2013) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville, where she had been a resident since 2012.

 

Dorothy Mae Shiek was born on July 17, 1925 in rural Elgin,MN. to Frank and Gertrude (Stueve) Shiek. She grew up in on the family farm, attended Elgin schools, graduating from Elgin H.S. in 1942. She attended a business college in Minneapolis for 1 year before returning to Rochester where she was employed at Mayo Clinic as a lab tech in the Pathology Dept. for a few years. Dorothy was married on August 21, 1948 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Rochester to James “Pete” Flynn. Following their marriage the couple farmed in Pleasant Grove Twsp., where they raised their family and lived all there married life. Dorothy was a farmwife and homemaker and Pete was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Flynn died on April 19, 2005 and Dorothy moved into Stewartville that same year.  She was a longtime member of St. Bridgets Catholic Church and was very active in all of it’s Ladies activities. She was a member of the Good Neighbor Club in Pleasant Grove Twsp. and with her husband also belonged to the Farmers Union. She enjoyed gardening, canning, raising chickens and selling the eggs and playing cards with neighbors and family. Dorothy loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Dorothy’s family would like to thank all of the Stewartville Care Center staff for her excellent care.

 

Dorothy is survived by 1 daughter and 3 sons; Dr. Patrick(Jody) of Woodbury,MN.; Anne(Michael) Moriarty of Byron,MN.; Dr. Michael(Priscilla) of Winona,MN. and Matt(Patricia) of rural Stewartville; son-in-law – Jack Smith of Newport,Ore. ; 16 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-laws - Adeline Shiek of Plainview,MN.;Ellie Shiek of Thousand Oaks,CA. and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband – Pete, her daughter Kathleen, her parents, 3 brothers – Ray, Russ and Freddie Shiek and sister-in-law – Lucille Shiek.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (August 27, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, where a prayer service will be held at 4:00 P.M., and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Ronald H. Nielsen
 
 

The funeral service for Ronald H. Nielsen, 65, of Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (August 14, 2013) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Nielsen died on Saturday (August 10, 2013) following a year long illness with cancer, at Maple Manor Rehabilitation and Care Center in Rochester, where he had been a resident for ten days.

 

Ronald Harvey Nielsen was born on May 24, 1948 in Pleasant Grove Twsp., Olmsted County to Verne and Muriel(Bernard)Nielsen. He grew up on the family farm, attended Chatfield schools, graduating from Chatfield H.S. in 1966. He attended Austin Vocational School before entering the U.S. Army, serving 2 years. Following his discharge he returned to rural Stewartville and was employed at AMPI and at Pulvers Towing both in Rochester. Ron moved to Stewartville in 1989 where he and Mary Honsey began their relationship together and where they have made their home for the past 24 years. Ron was employed at Ag Services in Stewartville for a number of years and for the past 10 years has been employed driving truck for Braaten Construction in Byron, until his health led to his retirement. Mary has been a daycare provider from her home for over 30 years. He was a past member of Sumner Center United Methodist Church in rural Racine,MN, the Stewartville American Legion and as a boy was a member of the Pleasant Grove Producers 4-H  Club. Ron and Mary were members of RACE (Rochester Area Corvette Enthusiasts) and enjoyed driving and dining with fellow members on weekends in their 2000  Corvette. He enjoyed going camping, following NASCAR and vegetable gardening at his home and on the Nielsen Family farm.

 

Ron is survived by Mary; 2 daughters –Leah(Jeff) Nielsen-Koster of Leroy,MN. and Krista(Lucas) Peterson of Castle Rock,CO.;  Mary’s children – Dave(Jessica) Honsey of Stewartville; Dan(Theresa) Honsey of Hutchinson,MN.; Paul(Leah) Honsey of Minneapolis,MN.; Robert Honsey of Stewartville; 5 grandchildren and Mary’s 6 grandchildren; his sister – Nadine Fisher of Harmony,MN and brother – Norman(Donna) Nielsen of Pine Island,MN. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, 3 brothers – Wesley,Walter and Robert Nielsen and a nephew – Gary Nielsen.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (August 13, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville  and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Larry R. Gunderson
 

The Mass of Christian Burial for Larry R. Gunderson, 75, of Stewartville, MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (August 7, 2013) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery. Mr. Gunderson died on Friday (August 2, 2013) following a lengthy illness, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he had been a patient for two days.

 

Larry Ronald Gunderson was born August 1, 1938 in Rochester,MN. to Lawrence and Ruth(Vangness) Gunderson. He grew up in Rochester, attended school there, graduating from Rochester H.S. in 1956 and shortly after began his employment at Associated Milk Producers Inc. in Rochester. Larry was married on July 3, 1958 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rochester to Joan E. Bertman. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester before moving to Stewartville in 1964, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Larry was employed at AMPI for 42 years and was a supervisor at the time of his retirement. Joan was a long time employee at the Stewartville Care Center. Mrs. Gunderson died on April 9, 2011. Larry was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church and was a past member of the Stewartville Jaycees. He enjoyed following NASCAR, the Minnesota Vikings and Twins and time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Larry is survived by five daughters and two sons; Liz(Jeff) Podein of Stewartville; Tony(Jackie) of Stewartville; Debbie(Randy) Morrow of Rochester; Jill(James)Swenson of Taopi,MN.; Sandy(Scott) Hamand of Spring Valley,MN.; Tammy(Brian) Robertson of Rochester and Jake(Courtney) of Stewartville; 23 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan and his parents.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (August 6, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville  and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

 

 

 
 
 
DONALD J. SULLIVAN
 
 
 
 

The funeral services for Donald J. Sullian, 89, of Stewartville, MN.  will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (July 22,  2013)  at Griffin-Gray Funeral home in Stewartville with Fr. Paul Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Sullivan died Wednesday (July 17, 2013) at Golden Living Center West in Rochester where he had been a resident for the past six weeks.

 

Donald Joseph Sullivan was born on July 13, 1924 at his family’s home in Stewartville to Edward and Katherine (Sexton) Sullivan. He grew up in Stewartville and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1942. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army.  Following his discharge, he attended Winona State College and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and history. Don received a Master of Arts degree in secondary education at Colorado State College in Greeley, CO. and a Piano Technician degree at McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. He taught music and general education courses at schools in Rose Creek, Elkton, and Lester Prairie, MN. Don was employed as a piano technician at Bach Music in Rochester for a number of years and was self-employed for many years servicing and tuning pianos. He was a longtime member of St. Bernards Catholic Church and was a member of the Stewartville Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening, antiques, and music. Don and his four brothers were all born in the Sullivan family home and Don lived there all his life.

 

Don is survived by his brother – Richard (Anna) Sullivan of Rochester, sister-in-law – Helen Sullivan of Minneapolis, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers – Glenn, Gordon, and Francis(Pat) Sullivan.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday morning. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Geraldine W. Teske
 
 

The funeral service for Geraldine W. Teske, 89, of Racine, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. Norman Witt officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.  Mrs. Teske died on Saturday, July 13, 2013 of natural causes at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where she had been a resident for two days.

 

Geraldine Mae Witt was born on January 17, 1924 at South Ridge, Houston County, MN to Benjamin and Gertrude (Arnett) Witt.  She grew up on the family farm, before moving with her family to Iowa as a young girl.  She lived at various places, moving with her family in response to her father’s pastoral assignments to different churches.  She attended high school in Fairmont, MN, graduating in 1942.  She then attended Westmar College in LeMars, IA where she received her teaching degree. She taught for one year at a one-room school house in rural Truman, MN. Geraldine was married on July 9, 1944 in Blue Earth, MN to Milton P. Teske.  The couple farmed near Truman, then moved to Spring Valley in 1949 where they farmed until 1962.  They lived in the area before moving to Stewartville in 2003.  Upon her husband’s death, Geraldine moved to Racine in 2005.Geraldine was a homemaker.  Later she was employed at the Swygman Nursing Home in Stewartville and at Charter House in Rochester for over 10 years, until her retirement in 2001. During this time she also ran an elder care service from her home in rural Spring Valley. Geraldine was a member of Sumner Center United Methodist Church in rural Racine, where she was active in its Ladies Aid and later became a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, sewing, reading, listening to music and playing the piano. Geraldine enjoyed keeping busy, visiting friends and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

The Teske family would like to thank all of Geraldine’s care providers for their loving dedication with a special thank you to Dr. Quirindongo.

 

Geraldine is survived by 3 sons – James(Elaine) of Spring Valley, MN; John(Carol) of Grand Rapids, MN and Joel of Grand Meadow, MN; 2 adopted sons – Jared Teske and Justin Teske; 7 grandchildren – Mark(Jennifer) Teske, Daniel(Victoria Lappe) Teske, Karri(Eric) Lohmann, Joshua(Elizabeth) Teske, Amanda Teske, Jared(Bobbi-Jean Kelly) Teske; Justin(Krista) Teske and 9 great grandchildren; 3 sisters – Shirley Ann(James) Marshall of Grand Rapids, MN; Leslie(Edward) Kesser of Cedar Rapids, IA and Barbara Witt (Neil Chewning) of  Richmond, VA.  She was preceded in death by her husband Milton and her parents.

 

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. The Teske family suggests memorials to Mayo Hospice and Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

 

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

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Roger H. Knutson  
 

The funeral service for Roger H. Knutson, 76, of  Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday(July 11, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Gary Schulz officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Roger  died on Monday(July 8, 2013) at his home, surrounded by his family, following a lengthy illness with renal cancer.

 

Roger Hubert Knutson was born on May 18, 1937 to Hubert and Esther(Landsrud) Knutson in Calmar,IA. He grew up on the family farm, went to Calmar schools, graduating from Calmar H.S. in 1955. He attended Gale Institute in Minneapolis where he studied aviation dispatching. He was employed at American Airlines at Midway Airport in Chicago, and met his future wife who was employed at United Airlines.  Roger was married on August 30, 1957 in Calmar,Ia. to Peggy Jeanette Rose. Following their marriage the couple lived in Chicago, Iowa and Rochester before moving to Stewartville in 1965, where they raised their family. Roger was employed in finance at Thorpe Finance and ITT both in Rochester. He and Peggy moved to Cannon Falls,MN. in 1989  where Roger was employed at First National Bank, retiring as vice president in 2002. Peggy was a homemaker  and was employed for 14 years at Midwest of Cannon Falls Inc. They moved back to Stewartville in 2012.  Roger was a member of 20+ years at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was a member of  St. Ansgars Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. While living in Decorah,IA. Roger worked for the newspaper and was asked to cover high school wrestling. This sparked a lifelong passion for amateur wrestling. He helped start and coached with youth wrestling programs and booster clubs in Stewartville and Cannon Falls. He began officiating Freestyle Wrestling in 1978, officiating for 10 years at the Jr. Nationals and for the Greco-Roman Regional Qualifier for the 1984 Olympic Games. He attended many NCCA National Championships with his family in tow and the MN. State Wrestling Tournament was an annual trip. Roger was a member of the MN State and National Wrestling  Officials Assn.’s. He was inducted into the Region I Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008 and into the MN State Wrestling Coaches Assn. -  Hall of Fame in April of this year. He had a good singing voice and sang in barbershop groups in Iowa and Rochester and enjoyed gospel music. He also enjoyed horses and horseracing, golfing, following the Twins, trips to Virginia with Peggy and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Roger is survived by his wife – Peggy; 1 daughter and 2 sons – Roger(Kristi) of Dorchester,IA; Craig(Mary) Knutson of Stewartville and Denise LeBarron(Mike Udenberg) of Stewartville; 7 grandchildren – Carly Knutson, Mike(Emily) Knutson, Kate(Cory) Schmitz, Matt(Kirstin) Knutson, Samantha LeBarron, Hannah LeBarron

 and Jacob LeBarron; 3 step grandchildren – Hammie Girard, Jacob Girard and Cody Girard; 6 great grandchildren – Hailee, Jackson, Aubree, Eloise, Brayden and Makayla and 1 brother – Earl(Judy) Knutson of Calmar,Ia. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister – Elsie Ingvolstad and his brother – Howard Knutson.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Alberta Marlene Denny Emonds  
 
 

Alberta Marlene Denny Emonds, 74, originally from Stewartville, MN and a resident of Pittsgrove Township, NJ for most of her life, died on May 30, 2013 after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.

 

A. Marlene Denny was born on June 6, 1938 to Leo and Grace (Bushman) Denny in Salem Township, MN. She grew up on a farm just north of Stewartville and attended school there, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1956. Marlene was a horse lover from an early age, a passion which lastest throughout her years. She was married on September 7, 1957 in Rochester, MN to Joseph Alan Emonds of Elmer, NJ. After Mr. Emonds completed his enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, they moved to Pittsgrove Township, NJ. Marlene raised three children there, and once the youngest reached school age, she worked as a school bus driver for the Pittsgrove Township Schools. Later, she was employed as the assistant to the principal at Olivet Elementary School, from which she retired in 2004. Marlene also raised horses at her home in Pittsgrove Township. In addition to horseback riding, Marlene enjoyed gardening, reading, listening to country music, and, most of all, spending time with her family whenever she could. She regularly traveled to Minnesota for family picnics and to visit her relatives, along with travel to Connecticut, Michigan, and Missouri to visit family and close friends. In 2005, she vacationed in Hawaii and satisfied a dream of riding a horse there, with one of her granddaughters and Anna Braxton. Marlene also enjoyed time spent with her close friends in the Pittsgrove Township area, especially Donna Johnson.

 

Marlene is survived by her three children: son Mark (Barbara) Emonds of Bay County, MI; daughter Linda (Gilbert) Camirand of Sterling, CT; and son Joseph Scott (Tiffany) Emonds of Vineland, NJ; six grandchildren - Craig, Samantha, Alexandriya, Brandon, Bryan, and Benskylor; and her former husband, Joseph Emonds of Lady Lake, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Maynard Wayne Denny.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (July 9, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville following the service.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Paula A. Kolstad 
 
 

The memorial service for Paula A. Kolstad, 76, of rural Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, MN.  Mrs. Kolstad died on Friday, June 21, 2013 from a brief illness with cancer at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN where she had been a resident for three days.

 

Paula Ann Wurtzler was born on January 29, 1937 to Paul and Mabel(Krueger)Wurtzler in Chatfield, MN.  She grew up in Chatfield, attended school there, graduating from Chatfield H.S. in 1955.  Paula was married at Root Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Fountain, MN to Morris Kolstad.  Following their marriage, the couple moved to rural Stewartville where they farmed for many years, raised their family and have continued to make their home.  Mrs. Kolstad was a farmwife/homemaker and was employed at Rock Dell Meats in Rock Dell, MN and at IBM in Rochester for 15 years.  Mr. Kolstad was a lifelong farmer and a self employed truckdriver and drove for many years at Rochester Sand and Gravel.  Mrs. Kolstad was a member of E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell and she and her husband were members of the Root River Antique Historical Power Association. Paula will be remembered for her wonderful cooking and canning and her famous pickles. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, going to the casino, farm shows and going to restaurants with family and friends. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Paula is survived by her husband Morris; 2 daughters and 1 son – Debbie Kolstad of Naples, FL; 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. She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters - Kay Starken and Sandra Asleson.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Griffin-Gray F.H. and 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning. A private graveside service will be held at Root Prairie Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials are preferred to Root Prairie Lutheran Church in Fountain, MN.

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Richard D. Fenwick

 
 

Richard “Dick” Fenwick, 80, of Chatfield,MN. died peacefully at his home, with his family around him, on Saturday (June 15, 2013) after a courageous year long battle with cancer.

 

Richard Dobson Fenwick was born on February 5, 1933 to John and Amy( Dobson) Fenwick in Lake City,MN. He grew up in Lake City and attended school there, graduating from Lincoln H.S. in 1951. Dick attended the Episcopal Church in Lake City with his family and stayed very active in the Episcopal Church, serving as a lay reader for over 50 years and as part of the Vestry.  He worked for Schnauss Electric in Lake City before entering the U.S. Army serving 2 years. Following his discharge in 1955,  Dick attended Winona State University in Winona,MN. graduating with a Speech degree and minor degrees in Biology and Geography. During one of his summer breaks he worked in Skagway, Alaska as a longshoreman. He was employed in the Chatfield School District in 1961 where he taught English, Speech and reading in Jr. and Sr. High School and coached speech and drama until 1978. Dick did tree trimming during summer breaks and following his retirement from teaching in 1978 he expanded his tree trimming service and owned and operated Fenwick Floral Shop. He sold the flower shop in 1980 and was employed part-time as a substitute mail carrier in Altura,MN. In 1996 he retired and sold Fenwick Tree Service. Arleta was a homemaker and ( please mention your Mom’s employment here, if she wants – I usually keep it to one sentence.). He was a member of the Chatfield American Legion Post 197 serving as Commander for 25 years, a past member of the Chatfield Lions and Chatfield Commercial Club. He delivered Meals-On-Wheels, was chairman of the Bike Trail Committee that resulted in the trails and benches in Goen Park, and served on the committee that helped relocate Vietmanese refugees in Chatfield in the 1970s. Dick enjoyed camping, travelling, gardening, hiking, bicycling, playing cards and was an avid Vikings fan. He loved time spent with his friends and family and took special joy in watching his grandchildren’s activities.

 

Dick was married on August 17, 1961 in Chatfield, Mn. to Arleta Bernard. Following their marriage the couple lived in Chatfield where they raised their family, built their house and continue to make their home.

 

 Dick is survived by his wife,  Arleta; 3 daughters –Julie(Pete) Boyum of Chatfield; Sara(Tom) Duxbury of Chatfield and Beth(Randy) Boysen of Rockford,MN.; 7 grandchildren – Luke, Morgan, Logan, Bailey, Alexandra, Carter and  Ryan and 1 brother – Robert of Centerville,Oh. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday (June 19, 2013) at Chatfield Lutheran Church in Chatfield with Rev. Mark Docken officiating. Friends may call 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday( June 18, 2013) at Chatfield Lutheran Church and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday afternoon. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

 

 
 

 
 
 
Iva May Sattre
 

The funeral service for Iva May Sattre, 90, of Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday(June 18, 2013) at E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell Twsp.,MN. with Rev. Darby Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery in Rock Dell. Mrs. Sattre died on Friday(June 14, 2013) at Prairie Meadows Assisted Living in Kasson,MN., where she had been a resident for the past 3 years.

 

Iva May Runkle was born on January 9, 1923 to Clifford and Alida(Patten) Runkle in Pleasant Valley Twsp., Mower County,MN. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Stewartville H.S. She was married on October 17, 1941 in St. Ansgar,Iowa to Donald R. Sattre. Following their marriage Mr. Sattre served in the U.S. Army during WWII and following his discharge the couple lived in Rochester before purchasing the Sattre Family farm in Rock Dell Twsp. in 1947. They farmed for many years and raised their family. Mrs. Sattre was a homemaker and active farmwife. Mr. Sattre died on Sept. 29, 1983 and Mrs. Sattre continued to live on the farm until recently. She was married in December of 1986 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua,Ia. to William Curtis. Iva was a longtime member of E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church and was active in many of it’s Ladies activities. She had been a 4-H leader when her kids were members and played 500 in a neighborhood card club named, “ the Dirty Dozen”, for a number of years. She enjoyed going to Texas in the winter for many years with her husbands Don and then Bill, until his death in Feb. of 2001. In later years she travelled with her friend and companion, Kurt Todenhaupt. She also enjoyed caring for her farm animals, gardening and canning, going dancing and time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Iva is survived by her children; Richard Sattre of Red Wing,MN.; Judy(Mark) Zuleger of Stetsonville,Wi. and Mark Sattre of Stewartville; 5 grandchildren – Ryan(Michelle) Boller, Jenna Boller,Andrew(Stephanie) Sattre, Paul Sattre and Dan Sattre; 5 great grandchildren – Kaylee and Chase Boller, Evelyn, Drew and Katherine Sattre; a sister – Irene(Donald) Sinn of St. Charles,MN; a brother – Gene Runkle of Grand Meadow,MN. and sister-in-law – Maxine Runkle of Stewartville.  Iva was preceded in death by her husband – Donald, an infant son, her parents, her husband – William, her sister – Laverne Smalley and 4 brothers – John, Richard, Donald and Kenneth.

 

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

 

 
 
 

 
Donald O. Fahrman
 
 

The memorial service for Donald O. Fahrman, 89, of Stewartville, MN, will be at 11:00AM on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Mr. Fahrman died on Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident for the past month and a half.

 

Donald Oscar Fahrman was born on May 26, 1924 to Albert and Ella (Schumann) in Rochester, MN. He grew up and attended school there, graduating from Rochester H.S. in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and saw action at Omaha Beach and was part of the 2nd Armed Division that met the Russians at the Elba River in Germany. Following his discharge in 1945 he attended Stout College in Menomonie, WI. Don was married on June 11, 1949 at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester to Anna Louise Smith. Following their marriage the couple lived in Menomonie until Don graduated with a degree in education. They moved to Mound, MN where Don was employed in the Mound School District where he taught Industrial Arts for 32 years, was assistant principal for 2 years and transportation supervisor for 3 years. Don also coached youth sports and was a firearms safety instructor. Ann was employed as a physical education instructor in the Minnetonka School District for over 20 years. Don retired in 1982 and in 1987 the Fahrmans moved to the Smith family farm in rural Stewartville. Don was a past active member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Mound, serving on numerous committees and was a current member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville. He was a member of the American Federation of Teachers serving as a past president of the MN Chapter. Don belonged to the American Legion Posts in Mound and Stewartville and was a member of the Center for Active Adults in Stewartville.     He enjoyed traveling, spending winters in Mexico, hunting, shooting skeet, golfing and time spent with family.                                                                                      

 

Don is survived by his wife – Ann; daughter – Patricia (Michael) Holzkopf formerly of Long Grove, IL and now of rural Stewartville; son - Donald (Marcy) Fahrman II of Maple Plain, MN and grandson - Matthew Fahrman. Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother – Lowell Fahrman and sister – Elizabeth Scharlemann.

 

Friends may visit with family at the church one-hour prior to the service on Thursday morning. A private family burial will take place at a later date. The family suggests memorials may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church’s youth programs.

 

 

 

 
 
 
Evelyn L. Henke 
 
 

The funeral service for Evelyn L. Henke, 83, of Rochester,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on  Friday (June 14, 2013)  at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester,MN. with Rev. William Otte officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn cemetery in Stewartville,MN. Mrs. Henke died on Tuesday (June 11, 2013) from complications of cancer at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where she had been a patient for 2 days.

 

Evelyn was born on December 3, 1929 in Wykoff,MN. to Clayton and Cora (Theiss) Kidd. She moved with her family as a young girl to rural Stewartville, attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1947. She was employed for a few years at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Evelyn was married on November 24, 1951 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Christian R. Henke. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they raised their family. Evelyn was a homemaker and as her boys grew older returned to Mayo Clinic where she was employed for 29 years. Mr. Henke was employed as a meat cutter and grocer in Stewartville and Rochester for many years. The Henkes moved to Rochester in 1979. Mr. Henke died on Oct. 14, 2003. Evelyn was a past member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was  a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester where she was active in it’s Women’s groups. She enjoyed knitting, watching the Twins and Vikings, visiting with friends and especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

 

Evelyn’s family wish to extend a special thank you to the caring staffs at Shorewood Commons and Seasons Hospice for their loving kindness.

 

Evelyn is survived by her sons – Philip (Linda) of Indianapolis,Ind. and Paul (Barb) of Rochester,MN.; daughter-in-law – Joyce Henke of Lakeville,MN.; 7 grandchildren – Evan Henke, Hunter Henke, Amanda(Jess) Greenwood and great grand-daughter - Johanna, Alison, Jessica, John and Natalie Henke and her brother Harold(Terry) Kidd of Lake of the Ozarks, Ark. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband – Christian and son – Mark, her parents, and a sister – Carol Schoppers and brother – Donald Kidd.

 

Friend may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning in Rochester.

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 Paul A. Nicklay 
 
 
 

The Mass of Christian Burial for Paul A. Nicklay (73) of Stewartville,MN,  will be held at 11:00 A.M. on  Saturday, June 15th, 2013. Services will be at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Simpson,MN, with Father Matt  Fasnacht officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Nicklay died at St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault, MN, on Friday, June 7, 2013 from COPD.  Paul had resided at St. Lucas Care Center for the past two years, after being transferred from the Stewartville Care Center.

 

Paul Alfred Nicklay was born on March 16, 1940, in Pleasant Grove Twsp., Olmsted County,MN, to Alfred and Garna (King) Nicklay. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Chatfield schools. Graduating from Chatfield H.S.in 1958. He attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis and was employed by Kirsch Fabric Co. in Minneapolis and Dallas,Texas,  for many years. Paul returned to Minnesota and lived on the Nicklay family farm in Pleasant Grove where he helped care for his parents. He was a member of St. Bridgets Catholic Church and enjoyed playing cards, board games and the dice game, Farkle. He loved time spent with all his family, especially his many nieces and nephews.

 

Paul is survived by 2 sisters and 3 brothers:  Suzanne (Wayne) Idso of rural Rochester,MN; Allen (Nancy) Nicklay of Eden Prairie,MN; Calvin (Deborah) Nicklay of Osage,IA; Rosemary (Reggie) Oeltjen of rural Stewartville,MN ; Bruce (Lori) Nicklay of Winona,MN, along with many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Friends may call from 9 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 15, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Simpson. The family suggests memorials  to St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault or to the Stewartville Care Center.

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
  Hilmer M. Stiller              Kathryn J. Stiller    
 
 
 
 

The funeral services for Hilmer M. Stiller, 97, and Kathryn J. Stiller, 94, of Rochester, MN will be  at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester, MN with Rev. Paul Bauch officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mr. Stiller died on Wednesday (May 15, 2013) of natural causes, at Arbor Terrace in Rochester, where he had been a resident for two weeks. Mrs. Stiller died on Saturday (May 11, 2013) of natural causes, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. 

 

Hilmer Milford Stiller was born on September 7, 1915 in Oronoco, MN to Frank and Alma (Koenig) Stiller.  He grew up in Oronoco and attended high school in Rochester. Kathryn Junice Zeller was born on October 1, 1918 in Berne,MN. to Jacob and Edna (Alberts) Zeller. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and West Concord Schools. Hilmer and Kathryn were married on June 11, 1938 in Berne. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester where they raised their children and have lived all of their 74 years of marriage. Hilmer served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army and held the rank of staff seargant at the time of his discharge. He was

 a construction superintendent for many years for C.C.  Pagenhart Co. and then Larson Construction in Rochester.  Kathryn was a homemaker all of her life.  They had moved to Arbor Terrace and Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth for the past few years. The Stillers were  longtime members of Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester where Hilmer oversaw the construction of the new Peace Church and Kathryn volunteered with it's Ladies Aid. Hilmer also served on the Board of Directors for Samaritan Bethany Homes.  The Stillers loved traveling  and  went on numerous trips to Hawaii and on many cruises. Hilmer also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons and Kathryn liked to fish as well. They loved time spent with family, especially their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Hilmer and  Kathryn are survived by their daughter – Sandra (John) Gorvin of Oronoco,MN. and son – Richard (Jill) of Brooklyn Park,MN.; 3 grandchildren – David(Jennifer) Gorvin, Melissa(Jason) Gillmore and Michael(Jill) Stiller;  4 great grandchildren – Elizabeth Persik,  Andrew Gorvin, Samuel Gorvin, and Brecken Stiller. They were preceded in death by  2 children in childbirth – Mary and Joseph and their parents. Kathryn was also preceded by 3 brothers, Harold, Lyle and Caryl Zeller and Hilmer by his sister - Viola  and  2 brothers – Alvin and Marvin Stiller.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. The family suggests memorials to Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester.

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Donald G. Wester
 
 

Donald  G. Wester, 77, of Stewartville,MN. died Friday (May 10, 2013) at his home following a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday (May 17, 2013)  at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.

 

Don was born on April  5, 1936 to Gustav and Alma(Zellmer) in Vernon Center,MN. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Vernon Center schools, graduating in 1954. Don was employed by IBM in Rochester,MN. for 35 years and farmed in Rock Dell Township. He was a member and past president of Pheasants & Habitat in Stewartville.

 

Survivors include his wife – Marilyn Timmons Wester ; 2 sons – Kevin(Pam) of Stewartville and Mark(Lori) Wester of Kettle River,MN; his daughter Shelly(Tom) Codd of Dallas,TX; 2 step-daughters – Kelly(Bill) Thomson of Rochester and Kris(Bill) Reed of Na’ Alehu, Hawaii; 15 grandchildren; 2 sisters – Doris(Arden) Caldwell of Amboy,MN. ; Elaine Harkins of Mankato,MN. and sister-in-law – Nancy Wester of Round Rock,TX. Don was preceded in death by his first wife Marlene Miller Wester, his parents and a brother - Dale.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday afternoon. A private family burial will take place on  Friday morning at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
Walter S. Mount
 
 
 
 

Walter S. Mount took off Thursday on his last flight, to his Heavenly Home. Mr. Mount, 100, of Stewartville,MN died Thursday (May 9, 2013) of natural causes, at Ostrander Care Center, where he had been a resident since August of last year. 

 

Walter Stephen Mount was born on October 3, 1912 in Hancock County, Ill. to S. Lee and Mabel(Stephens) Mount. He grew up on the family farm attended country schools and LaHarpe schools, graduating from LaHarpe H.S. in 1930. He attended college in Peoria,Ill. receiving an engineering degree and was employed at Caterpillar Co. in Peoria. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 including duty overseas in the Pacific Theatre. Following his discharge he returned to the LaHarpe area and began farming. Walter was married in August 4, 1946 in LaHarpe to Elizabeth M. Bricker. The couple began their family and farmed until moving in 1955 to Redwood Falls,MN. where they owned and operated the Redwood Falls Airport. After selling the airport to the City of Redwood Falls, they moved to Stewartville in 1960 where they raised their family  and Mr. Mount has continued to make  his home. Mrs. Mount died on   March 28, 1991.  Mr. Mount was a longtime aviation mechanic in the area including employment at Gopher Aviation and Sizer Aviation in Rochester and Anderson AERO in rural Stewartville. He operated Mount Aviation for many years making service calls well past 90 years of age. He was renowned for his ability and knowledge and was a member of EAA(Experimental Aircraft Assn.) and AOPA(Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn.).  He was a past member of the Meadow Park Church of  Christ  in Rochester and the Stewartville American Legion. Walter was an avid reader, enjoyed going to aviation shows, was an advocate of holistic medicine and natural foods and enjoyed time spent with friends and family.

 

Walter is survived by 3 daughters and 3 sons – Stephen(Mary) of Minnetonka,MN.; David(Carol) of Spring Valley,MN. ; Gale(Mary) of Oronoco,MN.; Sandra(Jim) Mahoney of Leopolis,WI.; Marcia Friedrich of Ross,CA.; Jill(Jim) Yount of Nashwauk,MN; 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren and a sister – Madelyn Frederickson of Cordova,ILL. He was preceded in death by 2 young children - Eric and infant – Lee Ann, grand-daughter – Bethany Mount and 3 sisters.

 

A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday (May 14, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H.in Stewartville with a prayer service taking place at 8:00 P.M. Burial with military graveside honors will take place at LaHarpe Cemetery in  LaHarpe, Ill. on Wednesday afternoon.

 

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

 
 
 
 
Virginia A. Moham 
 
 
 

Virginia A. Moham, 68, of Stewartville,MN died on Wednesday (May 8, 2013) at her home, from complications of a short illness with cancer. 

 

Virginia Ann Moham was born on July  9, 1944 in Arcadia,WI. to Raymond and Mary(Christ) Moham. She moved with her family as a young girl to  Stockton,MN., where she attended Lewiston,MN. schools and Lewiston H.S. She moved to Lewiston where she raised her girls, and operated a daycare from her home. Virginia was also employed in  housekeeping and in manufacturing in Lewiston. She moved to Stewartville in 1994 where her daughter Lisa lives and she had continued to make her home there. She was currently employed in housekeeping at Country Inn and Suites in Rochester and had been employed at Chateau Theatres in Rochester for a time. Virginia was a member of Immanuel Lutheran (SILO) Church in rural Lewiston. She enjoyed walking, bird-watching and bird-feeding, following the MN Twins and Vikings, playing cards, doing puzzles and time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Virginia took care of  people, all of her life, always thinking of others before herself.

 

Virginia is survived by her daughters – Lisa of Stewartville and Amy(Joel) Stich of St. Paul,MN.; 3 grandchildren – Joshua Ihrke, Isabella and Jackson Stich; 3 sisters –Mary Lou Sims of             TN.; Susan Moseman of                    ; Heidi Anderson of Tracy,MN.; 3 brothers – Harold(Joanne) Moham of Winona,MN.; Leonard(Gail) Moham of Johnson City,TN.; Robert Moham of                                and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters – Delores and Charlotte and brother – Richard Moham.

 

A private family funeral service will take place at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday ( May 11, 2013) at St. Johns Lutheran Church  in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. There is no public time of

visitation.

 

 


 
 
 
 
Marvin L. Brandt
 

The memorial service for Marvin L. Brandt, 80, of Rochester,MN will be at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday (May 11, 2013) at E. St. Olaf  Lutheran Church in Rock Dell,MN. With Rev. Darby Lawrence officiating. Burial, with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion and VFW, will follow in the church cemetery.  Mr. Brandt died on Saturday (May 4, 2013) at his home, following a lengthy illness with COPD Syndrome. 

 

Marvin Lloyd Brandt was born on March 25, 1933 in Rock Dell Twsp, Olmsted County,MN. to Albert and Adeline(Wendt) Brandt. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1952 serving as a mechanic on aircraft carriers during the Korean Conflict and as an aviation technician in North Africa. Following his discharge in 1956 he returned to the Rock Dell area and was employed as a mechanic at Funk Auto in Hayfield,MN. Marvin was married on August 24, 1957 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester,MN. to Beverly B. Schmidt. The newlyweds lived in Stewartville before moving to Rock Dell Twsp. in 1964 where they farmed for many years and raised their family. Marvin had a long career as an auto mechanic including owning his own shop in Rock Dell for a time, Lebens Ford in Stewartville, Shreve Lincoln-Mercury and Kinsellas Auto, both in Rochester. Beverly was employed as an LPN at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester for 25 years. Marvin also operated a handy man repair service at the end of his career and was an excellent woodworker. Following their retirement the Brandt’s sold their farm and moved to Rochester in 2010. Marvin was a longtime member of E. St. Olaf Lutheran Church and was a past president of the congregation. He was a longtime member of the Stewartville VFW and Stewartville American Legion and was an American Angus Assn. member. He enjoyed following politics and current events, reading, fishing, collecting toy tractors, visiting with friends and loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great and great-great grandchildren.

 

Marvin is survived by his wife – Beverly; 2 daughters and 3 sons – Merry Lea McFann of Silverdale,WA.; Juliana(Jeremy) Lee of Rochester; Mark of Stewartville; Lloyd(Laurie) of Owatonna,MN. and Ellerd of Clarksville,TN.; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; son-in-law – James Kaplan of Woodbridge,VA.; a sister – Dorothy(Norman) Schwanke of Rochester and 3 brothers – Arthur(Millie) Brandt and Norbert(Viola) Brandt both of Rochester and Willard(Bonnie) Brandt of Pine Island,MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter – Molly Kaplan, grandson – Jay Saufferer, sister - Ledean Engebretson and brothers – Albert Jr. and Jerry Brandt.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday (May 10, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the services at the church on Saturday afternoon.

 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
James ''Jim'' Rodenz
 
 

The memorial service for James M. Rodenz, 64,  a lifelong resident of Stewartville,MN. will be at 2:00 P.M. on Friday (May 3, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Byron Meline officiating.  Mr. Rodenz died on Tuesday (April 30, 2013) following a 2 year illness with cancer, at Maple Manor Care Center in Rochester, where he had been a resident for 5 days. 

 

James Martin Rodenz was born on January 28, 1949 in Stewartville to Frank and Ella Mae(Bakken) Rodenz. He grew up in High Forest,MN, attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1967.  He enlisted into the U.S. Navy serving 4 years including duty overseas on the U.S.S. Saratoga. Following his discharge in 1971, he returned to the Stewartville area where he was employed as a bartender for a few years. He was employed at Telex in Rochester for 10 years and then was employed at Benchmark in Rochester for 10 years.  Jim was married on May 17, 1992 in Stewartville to Sandra Rud. The couple have made their home in Stewartville. Sandy was a longtime employee at IBM in Rochester and was also employed at Rochester Medical in Stewartville until she and Jim retired in 2011. Jim was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and a 41 year member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164.  He was a naturally talented artist who drew and painted wildlife and wildlife scenes on canvas and feathers and was an excellent woodburning artist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing , following the Packers. visiting with friends and time spent with his family.

 

Jim is survived his wife -Sandy;  his sister – Linda(Jerry) Higgins of Spring Valley,MN and brother – Francis(Barbara) Rodenz of High Forest,MN. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service on Friday afternoon at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. A private family burial will take place next week at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Dorothy E. Everts
 
 
 

The funeral service for Dorothy E. Everts, 100, of Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (May 1, 2013) at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Evangelical Cemetery in rural Racine,MN.  Mrs. Everts died on Saturday (April 27, 2013) of natural causes,  at her home. 

 

Dorothy Elfrieda Rausch was born on November 17, 1912 in Pleasant Valley Twsp., Mower County,MN to John and Anna (Wegenke) Rausch. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and moved with her family as a teenager to Stewartville. Dorothy was married on January 12, 1932 at her parents home in Stewartville to Fred W. Everts. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Racine and Spring Valley area before moving back to the Everts Family farm. Mrs Everts was a farmwife and homemaker and Mr. Everts was a lifelong farmer. Following their retirement in 1967, they moved to Mineral Wells, TX. where they were active in the community and established a Lutheran (Missouri Synod) mission church. They returned to the Stewartville area in 1992 and  joined St. John’s Lutheran Church. Mr. Everts passed away on January 7, 1995 and Mrs. Everts has continued to make her home in Stewartville.  Dorothy was  a longtime past member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Twsp.,MN. where she was active in it’s Ladies Aid and taught Sunday school. She loved caring for flowers, especially roses and enjoyed playing cards with her friends even to her 100th birthday. She loved time spent with family, especially her many grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. She was known for her ready smile for everyone!

 

Dorothy is survived by 1 son and 4 daughters; Donald of Memphis,TN.; Joan(Walter) Kuhlman and Ardis(John) Copple of rural Racine,MN.; Alice(Alvin) Wendt of rural Stewartville and Debra Morton of Tuscon,AZ.;  15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons – Phillip and 3 yr. old – James, great grandson – Kenen and 5 siblings – Olga Haack, Argene Haas, Ada Wallace, Edgar and Hugo Rausch.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(April 30, 2013) at Griffin- Gray F.H. in  Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning . The family suggests memorials to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville or St. Croix Hospice in Rochester.

 

 

 
R. Scott Fritz
 

The memorial service for R. “Scott” Fritz, 88, of rural Rochester, MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (May 3, 2013) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Wane  Souhrada officiating. Mr. Fritz died of natural causes on Monday (April 22, 2013),  at his home.

 

Richard Scott Fritz  was born on April 26, 1924 in  Cylon,WI. to Frank and Hazel(Cain) Fritz. He moved with his family to Lewiston,MN. where he attended school, graduating from Lewiston H.S. in 1942. He enlisted into the U.S. Army – Air Force in 1943 where he played  the tuba in an Air Force band, traveling and performing often. Following his discharge in 1946  he returned to the Rochester area and married  Ramona M. Priebe. The couple lived in Rochester, raising their 5 children. They were later divoriced. Scott was a lifelong businessman and entrepenuer, beginning his career as a service station owner/operator. He owned several service stations and eventually was partner in B & F Truckstop in Rochester. He owned and operated Blue & White Cab and Yellow Cab in Rochester and was a partner in B & F Distributing for many years. Scott was married in December of 1976 in Stewartville to Margie S. Westphal. The couple moved to a farm in rural Rochester, where they built a house overlooking the Root River Valley, raised horses and enjoyed trail riding. They also enjoyed spending winters in Mexico. Mrs. Fritz died on August 12, 2007 and Scott continued to live at his farm home. During the last 2 ½  years he was assisted by his granddaughter, Nikki Fritz and great grandson Dylan. In the years after his service in the Air Force he performed in area big bands including the Whoope John Orchestra.  He also enjoyed hunting, boating and water skiing, going to dinner with friends and time spent with his family.

 

Scott is survived by 1 daughter and 4 sons; Becky Fritz of Austin,MN.; Barry(Terry) of Aitkin,MN; Tracy(Reynalyn) of Marshfield,WI.;  Marti of Columbia,S.C. and Brad(Becky) of Kasson; 1 sister -  Joan(Bob) Shipley of  Tuscon,AZ.; and significant other – Carole Walz of Rochester;  7 grandchildren and  several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his  wife – Margie, his parents and 2 brothers – James and David Fritz.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday (May 2, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.  A private family burial will take place at a future date. The family suggests memorials to the Olmsted County – Root River Park.

 

 

 
 

 
  
 
Alvin " Al " Ayshford 
 

Alvin “Al” Ayshford, 88, of Hot Springs, AK. passed away Saturday (April 20, 2013) under the care of Arkansas Hospice at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs. His funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday (April 30, 2013) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville,MN. with  Rev. Dr. Roger Kvam officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove,MN.  

 

 Alvin Loren Ayshford  was born on June 26, 1924 in Donna,TX. to Stuart and Margaret(Gerber) Ayshford.  His maternal grandparents – Arthur and Emma Ayshford  raised him from the age of  8 on their farm in rural Pleasant Grove Twsp., Olmsted County,MN.  He attended country school and  Stewartville schools,  graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1943. Al was married on October 20, 1946 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville to Gloria M. Kvam. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Stewartville for a few years. Al had a long career as an over the road truck driver and at the time of his retirement was leasing trucks to his former employer, Gillette Co. in St. Paul,MN. Gloria was a longtime employee of General Motors Co. in St.Paul in their accounting department. Following their retirement Al and Gloria moved to a hobby farm in River Falls,WI. where they raised horses and Al got to enjoy country living  again. In 1996 they retired again moving to Hot Springs,AK, where they have continued to make their home. Al enjoyed raising and riding horses and he and Gloria rode in 12 of former Gov. Al Quie’s rides across Minnesota. He was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting with friends and family.

 

Gloria would like to extend  grateful thank yous to QUAPAW Care and Rehabilitation, Arkansas Hospice and Mercy Hospital, all of Hot Springs, for their expert and dedicated care of Al. 

 

Al is survived by his wife of  66 years – Gloria; his sister – Joyce Nereson of White Bear Lake,MN. and many nieces and nephews; 3  sister-in-laws -  Phyllis(Don) Hieftje of  Hot Springs,AR.; Arva Prescher Kvam of Phoenix,AZ. and Patricia Hoehn of Brooklyn Park,MN;   2 brother-in-laws – Rev. Dr. Roger(Debbie) Kvam of Marietta,Ga. and Frank(Joann) Kvam of Hudson,WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grand-parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. 

 

Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service on Tuesday morning (April 30, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Any memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church  or Arkansas Hospice, both in Hot Springs, or to the donor’s choice.

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Dorothy F. Lichty
 
  
 

The funeral service for Dorothy F. Lichty will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 8, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville, MN, with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Racine-Salem Cemetery in rural Racine, MN. Mrs. Lichty passed away peacefully, her family by her side, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for five days.

 

Dorothy F. Utzinger was born on January 13, 1919, in rural Racine, MN, to Arthur and Ina (Warren) Utzinger. She grew up on the family farm near Racine, attended country school and graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1936. She attended Westmar College in LeMars, IA, for one year.  She was employed as a bookkeeper for a business in Austin. Dorothy was married on August 14, 1941, in Spring Valley to Arlo R. Mathison. Following their marriage they lived in Spring Valley.  Their first child, a son, was born just before Mr. Mathison was drafted during WWII. He served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action overseas on Dec. 25, 1944, when his transport ship was hit in the English Channel. Their second child, a daughter, was born shortly after Arlo died.  Dorothy and her children continued to live in Spring Valley. She was married on March 17, 1946, in St. Cloud to Arno W. Sack.  They lived in rural Paynesville, MN, where they farmed. The Sack Family moved to Spring Valley in 1955 where Dorothy was employed as a bookkeeper for Spring Valley Creamery for 14 years. Mr. Sack worked as a mechanic.  He died on Oct. 9, 1972.  Dorothy moved to Rochester where she was employed as a bookkeeper for several Rochester businesses. She was married on Sept. 9, 1978, to Wallace R. Lichty. They lived in Cherry Grove. After retiring, they enjoyed going to Arizona in the winter. Mr. Lichty died on Jan. 15, 1995.  Dorothy moved to Stewartville in 2003. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, everywhere she lived. She was active in the churches’ Women’s Circles, taught Sunday School, played piano and sang in church choirs and was recently a member of  the Stewartville United Methodist Church. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, knitting, playing cards, reading, playing and listening to music, golfing, and bowling. She enjoyed time spent with her friends and family, especially all of her grandchildren.

 

 Dorothy is survived by her children; Charles Mathison (Betty McMahon) of Phoenix, AZ; Robin (Lon) Moon of Marshall, MN; Karen (Darrell) Vreeman of Ostrander, MN; Deanna (David) Von Lichty of Stewartville; Marlene Sack (Judith Kennison) of Ithaca, NY;  stepsons – Harlan Lichty of Hastings, MN and Mark (Mary) Lichty of  Elgin, MN;      eight grandchildren - Todd Mathison, Lisa Dortch, Joanna (Matthew) McKenzie, Sarah (Russell) Svenningsen, Lori (Todd) Hubka, Lynette Vreeman, Jason (April) Lichty, and Matthew Lichty (Karen Sleva); five step grandchildren – Darren (Kathy) Lichty, Chris Lichty, Chad Lichty, Tory (Andrew) Larson, and Kelli Lichty; 18 great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; her sisters – Marcella Dufty of Phoenix,AZ, and Marilyn (Mark) Warren of Stewartville. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husbands – Arlo R. Mathison, Arno W. Sack, Wallace R. Lichty, her parents, a sister, Helen Sanford, and  stepsons – Charlie and Scott Lichty.

 

 

Friends may call from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Alice Mae Arndt 
 
 

Alice Mae Arndt was called home on April 3rd, 2013. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (April 6, 2013) at the Chatfield Lutheran Church in Chatfield, MN with Rev. Mark Docken officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville, MN.  Mrs. Arndt died Wednesday (April 3, 2013) at her home, following a 3 year illness with metatstatic cancer.

Alice Mae Preston was born on May  19, 1939 in Rochester, MN to Harold and Ruth(Clark) Preston. She grew up in rural Chatfield, attended school there, graduating from Chatfield H.S. in1958. Alice was married on May 14, 1966 to Gerald Chytracek. Following their marriage the couple lived in rural Simpson, MN and were later divorced. Alice was employed at Boyum Foods in Stewartville in their meat department for a number of years and was also employed part-time at Libby, Libby, and McNeill Co. in Rochester. She was married on June 20, 1975 in Stewartville to Loren “Butch” Krahn. They lived for short time in Stewartville before moving to rural Chatfield. They were later divorced. Alice was employed in 1981 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester working 20 years there until her retirement. She was married on June 18, 2005 to Richard K. Arndt and they have made their home in Chatfield. She was a member of Chatfield Lutheran Church. Alice enjoyed collecting treasures – glass ware and figurines, antiquing and going to rummage sales and in earlier years riding horse. She enjoyed time spent with family and friends, attending movies and plays, and dining out. She’s spent the last few years of her life “making memories” with everyone she knew.

 
Although she struggled with her illness for the last few years, Alice made it her mission to reach out and support others with cancer. Her strength and spirit were an inspiration to many.
 

Alice is survived by her husband - Richard; her son –Chris Chytracek and her daughter –Kasey(John) Fousek both of Chatfield; step children – Dean(Tina) Arndt of Chatfield; Curt(Jennifer) Arndt of Chatfield; LouAnn(Ron)Piens of Rochester; Hydee(David) Overend of Eyota;  5 grandchildren – McKenzie Beck, Samantha Fousek, Dustin(Alicia) Arndt, Terry Arndt and Christine Arndt; a sister – Bonnie(Leroy) Growt of Spicewood, TX and Paul(Terry) Preston of Spring Valley. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and her mother’s sister – Aunt Ida, who had a special place in Alice’s life. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday (April 5, 2013) at Chatfield Lutheran Church and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

 

 
 
 

 
 
Kenneth  Benedict 

The funeral service for Kenneth Benedict, 89, of  Stewartville, MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday (April 4, 2013) at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester,MN. with Rev. Norman Wall officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mr. Benedict died Saturday (March 30, 2013) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident for 1 year.

Kenneth was born on August  4, 1923 in rural Eyota,MN to Leonard and Stella(Engle) Benedict. He grew up on the family farm and went to country school. He attended Eyota H.S. where he was involved in football and drama and graduated in 1941. He was one of three sons and after his brothers joined the service, stayed and helped on the family farm during WWII. Kenneth was  married June 14, 1947 in Rochester,MN. to Inez M. Lebeck. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester, moved to Oregon and returned to Minnesota where they lived in Rock Dell Twsp. for a few years, before moving to Dodge Center,MN. in 1968 . Mr. Benedict was employed at Scharf Auto Parts in Rochester for many years and also at NcNeilius Steel in Dodge Center for many years. After a long career at McNeilius, he continued working part time , well into his eighties, until retiring in 2006. Mrs. Benedict died on July 23, 1990 and he moved to Stewartville in 2007. He was a past member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center. Kenneth enjoyed fishing, bowling,  dancing, gardening, mowing the lawn on the rider, traveling and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

Kenneth is survived by his son – Joseph(Lynne) of rural Stewartville and 3 grandchildren – Amanda, Aaron and Adam Benedict; special friend – Betty Pyfferoen of Mantorville,MN. He was preceded in death by his wife – Inez,  his parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. 

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday (April 3, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H.in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Gordon Andreasen
 

The memorial service for Gordon Andreasen, 85, of  Stewartville, MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (April 3, 2013) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Mr. Andreasen died Thursday (March 28, 2013) of natural causes at his home.  

Gordon Andreasen was born on October 15, 1927 in High Forest Twsp., Olmsted County to James and Ruth(Poppen) Andreasen. He grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville, attended country school and Stewartville High School, graduating in 1945. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army serving overseas in Germany. Following his discharge in 1952, he returned to Stewartville, where  he was employed at All-American Co-op and as a bulk tank driver for Greenway Co-op, both in Stewartville. Gordon was married on Oct. 25, 1953 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland,MN. to Elsie I. Krueger. The couple lived in Stewartville before moving to rural Stewartville where they farmed for a number of years and raised their children. Mr. Andreasen owned and operated a feed milling and grinding business for a number of years. In later years Mr. Andreasen was employed as a custodian in the Stewartville School District  and drove school bus. Mrs. Andreasen was employed at Rochester Equipment and was then employed in the accounting department with Olmsted County for a number of years. After retiring, the Andreasens moved to a lake home near Park Rapids,MN. enjoying 16 years there. They moved to Mankato,MN. for a time, before, returning to Stewartville. Mr. Andreasen was a past member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and Park Rapids. He also was a member of the  Stewartville V.F.W. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, woodworking, cribbage and having dogs as pets. He enjoyed time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gordon is survived by his wife - Elsie; 2 daughters and 1 son – Richard(Janine) of Mankato,MN;  Gwen(Randy) Stier-Freitag of Spring Valley,MN and Barbara Andreasen of St. Louis Park,MN; 3 grandchildren – Ella Andreasen, Gabriel(Lisa) Stier, Christopher (Leah) Stier and 3 great grandchildren – Andrew, Nathaniel and Aiden; his sister – Jane Hoeft of York,Neb. and brother – Norbert Andreasen of Chatfield,MN.  Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, a sister-in-law – Arlene Andreasen and brother-in-law – Rev. Robert Hoeft. 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(April 2, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. A private family burial will take place at a future date.

 


 
 
 
 
LYNN  M. LARSEN 
 
 
 

Lynn M. Larsen, 57, of Stewartville,MN.  died Friday (March 22, 2013) from complications following a 2 yr. illness with lung cancer, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester,MN. , where he had been a patient for 1 day.
 
Lynn was born on March 11, 1956 in Lucan,MN to Lynden and Erna(Hengel) Larsen. He grew up on the family farm before moving with his family as a young boy into Lucan. He attended school there and graduated from Wabasso H.S. in 1974. He worked in construction as a welder before joining his Dad’s business as a bulk oil delivery driver for Standard Oil Co. Lynn was married on August 14, 1976 in Wabasso,MN. to Judy T. Salfer, whom he met in high school. Following their marriage they lived in Lucan where Lynn was employed in 1978 by Crop Mate as a chemical applier and began his life’s career in agronomy. After 13 years in Lucan, Lynn was employed in Pittsburgh, KS and then Hutchinson,MN. before the Larsens moved to Stewartville in 1997 and where they continue to make their home. Lynn was employed as a sales consultant for MN Chem and most recently at Winona  River and Rail in Winona which has now become CHS,Inc. Lynn always commented on how much he loved working in the agronomy industry and how great it was to work with people you considered friends.  Judy has been employed for 15 years at Rochester Medical in Stewartville. Lynn was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville and always was involved in summer athletics and booster clubs wherever they lived believing that was part of the life in a small town. He was a past member of the Lions  and the Lucan Fire Department. He was a huge Vikings fan and enjoyed all sports and outdoor activities including golf, hunting, fishing, going to ball games and just being with friends and family. One of Lynn’s greatest joys was the birth of his granddaughter, Abby, and the special times they shared together. They had a very special bond. 
 
Lynn is survived by his wife - Judy; his daughter Nicole and grand-daughter – Abby of Stewartville; his mother – Erna Larsen of Redwood,Falls,MN; 4 sisters – Colleen(Tom) Zupfer of New Ulm,MN; Marge(Larry) Weber of Sanborn,MN; Joyce(Steve) Gorres of Redwood Falls; Gail(Steve) Fisher of Wabasso,MN and many nieces and nephews. Lynn was preceded in death by his Dad -  Lynden, his sister  - Virginia and her husband Wayne Kramer.
 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday(March 26, 2013) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville,MN. with Rev. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday(March 25, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. A private family burial will take place at a future date at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Cemetery in rural Lucan,MN.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Dale T. Carlson
 

The funeral service for Dale G. Carlson, 82, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville, MN.  Dale died Monday, March 11, 2013, from complications prior to surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN where he had been a patient for one day. 

 

Dale was born on January 13, 1931 in Holstein, IA to Irving and Mabel (Anderson) Carlson. He grew up on the family farm, attended Marathon H.S. in Marathon, IA, graduating in 1948.  He was married on February 4, 1951 in Linn Grove, IA to Dorothy Stone.  Following their marriage the couple farmed in Iowa before moving to rural Grand Meadow, MN in 1957 where they raised their family and farmed for many years. Dorothy died on June 12, 1971. In 1966 Dale attended Albert Lea Vocational School and completed the Mechanical Drafting Program.  In 1967 Dale started working for Telex Corporation in Rochester as a draftsman.  In 1974 he began teaching mechanical drafting at Rochester Vocational and Technical School until his retirement in 1997. Dale was married on June 12, 1975 to Becky Martig. They lived on the home farm in Grand Meadow before moving to rural Stewartville in 1998 where they have continued to make their home. Becky was employed for 30 years at Olmsted County Social Services as a financial specialist, retiring in 2011. Dale was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. He was an active member of the Driftskippers Snowmobile Club in Stewartville and volunteered with Becky at the Stewartville American Legion for many years. Dale loved the land, his family and the company of his friends. He enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, snowmobiling, following the Vikes and traveling with Becky. He loved time spent with all of his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Dale is survived by his wife Becky; his children; Gary of Stewartville; Connie Wiles(Gary Poffenberger) of Wabasha; Nancy(Steve) Mullenbach of Warsaw, MN; Bob(Diane) of Stewartville; Jay(Lori) of Stewartville; Kurt(Annette) Martig of Chaska, MN; Mark(Gretel) Martig of Rochester; Kristine Huinker of Stewartville; 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; his sister – Arlene Franksain of Marathon, IA and sister-in-law – Betty Carlson of Spencer, IA. He was preceded in death by his wife – Dorothy, his parents, brother – Vernon and brother-in-law – Frank Franksain. 

 

Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, March 15, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

 

 

 
Jacob R. Seehusen
 

The funeral service for Jake Seehusen , 93, of Rochester, MN. will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday(March 15, 2013) at the Assembly of God Church in Stewartville with Pastor Peter Skogerbo officiating. Burial will take place at 3:00 P.M. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center, Ia. Mr. Seehusen died Saturday (March 9, 2013) of natural causes at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield,MN. , where he had been a resident for the past year.  

 

Jake was born on August 29, 1919 in Grundy Center,Ia. to Rieki and Etta(Miller) Seehusen. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural school at Beaver District 8 schoolhouse in rural Dike,Ia. and then worked on the family farm. He enlisted into the U.S. Army six months before Pearl Harbor in 1941, and for the duration of the war, being discharged in 1945. Jake was married on May 30, 1941 in Lancaster,Mo. to Lillie Mae Dunham and the couple lived in Seattle and Ft. Robinson,Neb,  while he served in the Army.  Following his discharge the Seehusens farmed in Rock Dell Township for a number of years then moving to Rochester. Mr. Seehusen was a home builder and after moving to Chatfield,Mn was a commercial painter specializing in barn painting and churches. He retired in 1997 at the age of 77. Mrs. Seehusen died on April 19, 2002.  He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Stewartville. Jake had a passion for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

 
Day is done, Gone the Sun, From the Lake, from the Hill, From the Sky, All is Well, Safely Rest, God is Nigh. 
 
 

Jake is survived by 1 daughter and 2 sons; Charley(Jean) of Bloomington,MN; Ed(Mary) of Rochester and Ruth Bartsch of Spooner,Wis.; 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; 2 sisters – Grace Ennenga and Reka(Marlyn) Flater both of Grundy Center, Ia;. He was preceded in death by his wife – Lillie Mae, grand daughter – Debbie, his parents, 2  sisters – Etta and infant sister, 3 brothers – George, Koert and John and son-in-law – Douglas Bartsch. 

 
 

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

 

 

 

 
 
 
Orrin T. Wiste 
 

The funeral service for Orrin T. Wiste  , 83, of  Stewartville, MN. will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday(March 15, 2013) at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester,MN. with Rev. Laura Sutherland officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. Mr. Wiste died Sunday (March 10, 2013) from complications of a 5 year illness with Alzheimer’s Disease, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow,MN. , where he had been a resident for 2 days.  

 

Orrin Truman Wiste was born on November 13, 1929 in Winnesheik ounty,IA.  to Arnold and Bernice(Erickson) Wiste.  He grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools. Orrin was married on August 25, 1948 in Preston,MN to Marlys J. Scheevel. Following their marriage the couple lived in Austin before moving to Rochester in 1965. Orrin was an over the road truck driver for a number of years and then was employed by the Rochester School District as a custodial supervisor until his retirement. Mrs. Wiste was a homemaker and was employed as a cook at Rochester Care Center  and as a cook and house keeper for the rectory at St. Pius Catholic Church in Rochester for  5 years until her retirement. The Wistes moved to Stewartville in 1993 , where they have continued to make their home. Mr. Wiste was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing cards and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

 

Orrin is survived by his wife – Marlys;  1 daughter and 4 sons – Dennis( Marcia) of Rochester; Duane(Cindy) of Kasson,MN.; Douglas of Stewartville; Doyle(Cindy) of Elk River,MN. and Dee Olson of Rochester,MN.; 14 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren;  24 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters – Betsy Sand of Spring Grove,MN.; Dorothy Treangen of Waukon,Ia. and a brother –Arnie(Naomi) Wiste of Austin,MN; 2 sister-in-laws – Carimona Wiste and Bonnie Wiste and a brother-in-law – Lester Vongroven.  He was preceded in death by his daughter – Debra Blakstad, grand daughter – Cheyenne Wiste, his parents, 2 sisters – Ione Treangen and Alvina Vongroven and 2 brothers – Arvid and Dale Wiste. 

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday(March 14, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday afternoon. The family suggests memorials to the choice of the donor.

 

 
 

 
 
 
Fern Mae Waugh
 
 
 

The funeral service for Fern M. Waugh , 92, of Stewartville, MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday(March 14, 2013) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartvillw,MN. Mrs. Waugh died Friday (March 8, 2013)of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past two weeks.  

 

 

Fern Mae Blauer was born on May 24, 1920 in Tingley,Iowa. to William and Matilda(Todd) Blauer .She grew up on the family farm, attended Tingley schools, graduating from Tingley H.S. in 1936. Fern was married on May 4, 1938 in Maryville, Mo. to Kenneth D. Waugh.  They farmed in southern Iowa and moved from Earlham,Ia. in 1947 to their current farm west of Stewartville. Mrs. Waugh was a homemaker and full partner with her husband Kenneth working their farm, growing crops and milking cows. She was employed as a veterinary assistant for Dr. F.A. Bathke in Rochester,MN. from 1961 to 1980 and was a gourmet cook at the Chanticleer Restaurant at the Rochester Airport from 1982 to 1990. Fern was a  4-H leader for 35 years and had continued to work and live on the farm following Mr. Waugh’s death on Oct. 6, 1968.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and was active in it’s U.M.W. and taught Sunday School for many years. Fern enjoyed raising and breeding dogs and horses. As a young girl in Iowa she rode her pony Pansy to school. A direct descendant of that same bloodline, a mare named Zelda, lives on the Waugh family farm today and Fern was still  riding at 84 years of age on another generation from Pansy, a horse called Brandy. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, was an avid Twins fan and enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

 

 

Fern is survived by her children – Phyllis Waugh Frisch of  Altura,MN.; Delores Waugh Kaiserlik of Rush City,MN. and Joseph(Diane) of Stewartville; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband – Kenneth, her sons – William and Marvin, her parents and son-in-law – Richard Frisch. 

 

 

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday(March 13, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. The family suggests memorials to Paws & Claws.  

 

 

 
 
Ruth M. Andreasen
 

The funeral service for Ruth  M.  Andreasen , 110, of Stewartville, MN. will be at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday(March 13, 2013) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville,MN. Mrs. Andreasen died Friday (March 8, 2013) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since  November of 2006.  

Ruth Mildred Poppen was born on February 8, 1903 in Parkersburg,Ia. to John and Mary(Johnson) Poppen. She moved with her family at the age of 6 to rural Stewartville where she attended rural school at the Waterloo schoolhouse and then worked with her family on the farm.  Ruth was married on March 28, 1923 in Stewartville to James G. Andreasen. Following their marriage, the couple farmed and raised their family in Pleasant Valley and High Forest Townships until retiring in 1969. They moved into Stewartville, where Mrs. Andreasen continued to make her home. Mr. Andreasen died on October 4, 1985. She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Stewartville and was active in it’s United Methodist Women’s group. She was also a member of the Home Economics Club in Stewartville. She enjoyed handiwork especially crocheting, gardening and spending time with family and friends. 

Ruth was the 2nd oldest living person in Minnesota and was among the 50 oldest living U.S. citizens, at the time of her death.  She was also one of the few remaining surviving spouses of a World War I veteran. 

Ruth is survived by 1 daughter and 2 sons; Norbert of Chatfield,MN; Gordon(Elsie) of Stewartville and Jane Hoeft of York,Neb.;  9 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband – James, her parents, a sister – Margart Seehusen, a brother – Harold Poppin, daughter-in-law – Arlene Andreasen and son-in-law – Robert Hoeft.

Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday(March 12, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
Virginia A. Herrick  
 

The funeral service for Virginia “ Ginny”  Herrick , 70, of Stewartville, MN.be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday(March 8, 2013) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Glen Holland officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN. Mrs. Herrick died Sunday (March 3, 2013) from complications following a cardiac arrest, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient the will past two days.

Virginia Arlene Borgschatz was born on December 17, 1942 in Red Wing,Mn. to Edward and Rosielle(Closner) Borgschatz. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural school and Pine Island H.S.  graduating in 1960. Virginia was married on April 3, 1965 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island, Mn. to Reuben L. Herrick. Following  their marriage the couple moved to rural Stewartville where they farmed and raised their family. Following Reuben’s retirement from farming, Ginny became a day care provider, being called “Grandma Ginny” by many of the children she cared for through the years. Reuben died on May 18, 2006 and Ginny continued to live on their farm. She was a member of Sumner Center United Methodist Church in rural Racine,MN. and was active in it’s U.M.W. , Sunday school, youth groups and served on various councils. She also was a member of the MS Society and the Stewartville American Legion Auxillary. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, watching her grandchildren’s school and sporting events, baseball and going to monthly lunches with her high school friends. 

Ginny was the ultimate care giver, for Reuben, R.J. and all of her family, friends and neighbors,

touching many lives with patience and love.  

Ginny is survived by her 4 daughters;  Denise Higgins (Steve Miranda), Brenda(Ken) Trisko, Barbara(Jim) Hanson all of Stewartville and Diane(C.J.) Johnson of Spring Valley; 8 grandchildren – Christa Miranda, Jon Miranda, Mike Higgins, Amanda Higgins and fiance Jason Eckre, Kelly Trisko, Paul Trisko, Jared Trisko and Dale Johnson; 3 sisters and 1 brother – Marge(Roddy) Welch of Chatfield, identical twin - Verona(Cliff) Prigge of Rochester,  Linda(Earl) LaVan of Hartley,Ia. and Bernard(Rosie)Borgschatz of Byron,Mn. Ginny was preceded in death by her husband – Reuben, her parents, her grandson – Reuben “ R.J.” Hanson and her brother – Raymond Borgschatz.

Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday(March 7, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.

  
  
 
 
 
 

 
 
S. Lynn DeBoer
 
 

The funeral service for S. Lynn DeBoer, 85, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 am on Monday, February 25, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating.  Burial will follow at Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, MN.  Mr. DeBoer died on Thursday, February 21, 2013 of natural causes at his home.

Lynn was born on March 1, 1927 in Dexter, MN to Henry “Hank” and Helen (Bryza) DeBoer.  He grew up on the family farm in Dexter, MN, and attended rural schools.  Lynn was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army for 2 years.  Lynn was married on October 19, 1947 in Grand Meadow, MN to Ruth O. Gilbert.  They lived in Grand Meadow before moving to Austin, MN; Spring Valley, MN; Reedsburg, WI, and settling in Stewartville, MN following his retirement in 1990.  Lynn was a buttermaker and supervisor/engineer for Wisconsin Dairies, now known as Foremost Farms USA until he retired in 1990.

Lynn was married to Ruth for 49 years.  Ruth DeBoer died on February 22, 1996.  He married Angeline Gilbert Buschmann on January 10, 1998.  They were married for 13 years.  Angeline died on February 28, 2011.  Lynn was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, traveling, and gardening. 

Lynn is survived by his daughter – Mary (Robert) Howard of rural Stewartville and son Thomas (Kathy) of Rochester, MN; 3 grandchildren Laurie, Susan, and Jennifer; 8 great grandchildren; 1 sister – Viola Stahl of Austin, MN; 2 step-daughters – Sandra (Richard) Schwartz of Atlanta, GA and Carol (Paul Widergren) Gratton of Harrison, Arkansas; 5 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wives, Ruth and Angeline, his parents, 2 sisters, and 4 brothers. 

Friends may call from 4-7 pm on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
THAV  BAN
  
 
 

Thav Ban , 75, of Rochester, MN died Friday (February 3, 2013)of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville,Mn.

 

Thav was born on June 5, 1937 in Cambodia. She grew up there and was married in

1956 in Cambodia to Khan Chea. She was a homemaker all of her life, in Cambodia following her marriage and after moving to Rochester in 1985. She was a member of

the Buddhist Support Society in Rochester. She enjoyed going to movies and travelling including trips back home to Cambodia.

 

Thav is survived by her children; Samouen Chea; Samd Chea; Bunthoeun Chea; Bunthan Chea;Vanny Chea and Bunthy Chea all of Rochester; 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Thav was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Services will be on Saturday (February 16, 2013) at the Buddhist Temple (4462 29th Ave. S.E.) in Rochester and continue into Sunday morning. Friends may visit any time after 5:00 P.M. at the Temple on Saturday.

                                                                             
  
 
 
 

  
                                                                     
                                                                     Marilyn R. Honsey               
 
 

Marilyn Rae Honsey, 65, of Stewartville, MN died after a three-year battle with breast cancer on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at home surrounded by her loved ones.

 

Marilyn was born on March 3, 1947 in Thief River Falls, MN to Allard and Margaret (Lillevold) Morken. Along with her brother and sister, she was raised on the family farm near Grygla, MN. Marilyn graduated from Goodridge High School in 1965. In 1966 she married Gaylen Quam of Goodridge, MN. Marilyn and Gaylen lived on a homestead near Goodridge, and from that union three children were born: Eldon, Allison, and Gary. After nineteen years of marriage, Marilyn and Gaylen divorced. Marilyn returned to Concordia College and was very proud to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education in 1988.

 

On June 24, 1995 Marilyn married Jim Honsey at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  Following  their marriage, Jim and Marilyn made their home in Stewartville.  Marilyn retired from IBM in 2002. Jim was also a longtime employee of IBM in Rochester. During retirement, she worked for five years as a flight attendant for Pinnacle Airlines. Marilyn had an adventurous spirit, getting her motorcycle license at age 50, and skydiving at age 55. She had visited all 50 states and many countries. Marilyn enjoyed golfing, knitting, and sewing. Most of all, Marilyn loved spending time with her family and friends. In the winter she’d enjoy boat rides in Lake Havasu, AZ with dear friends and family. In the summer Marilyn always looked forward to the annual Valleyfair trip with the grandchildren and her time at Island Lake, MN, fishing, having picnics, and listening to the loons. Her grandchildren loved helping her pick raspberries for her jelly, and helping her in the kitchen by frosting cookies and cupcakes. Marilyn also enjoyed her time as a member of the Red Hat Society and the Lady’s Tuesday Golf League at Willow Creek.

 

Marilyn is survived by her husband Jim; her children - Eldon (Lisa) Quam of Stewartville;  Allison (Andy Bloedorn) Quam of Winona, MN. and Gary (Melissa Kaderabek) Quam of Stewartville;  step-children - Dave (Jessica) Honsey of Stewartville;  Dan (Theresa) Honsey of Hutchinson, MN.; Paul (Leah) Honsey of Minneapolis, MN.  and Bob Honsey of Rochester, MN;  grandchildren  Blake,

 Blair, Olivia, Ella, Maren, Logan, Milo, Neva, Penelope, and Ryan; siblings -  Allan (Mary) Morken of Grand Forks, ND. and Genelle Black of Thief River Falls, MN;  as well as several nieces and nephews. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Allard and Margaret.

 

The funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday(February  9,  2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Friends may call fron 5 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday (February 8,  2013) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

 

The family suggests  memorials  to Join the Journey:http://www.jointhejourney.us/

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

 

 

 
 

 
                                                                     Mary E. Armstrong                 
 
The memorial service for Mary “Dutchie” Armstrong, 101, of Rochester, MN, will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday ( February 8, 2013) at the Charter House Chapel in Rochester. Burial will be at High Forest Cemetery in High Forest, MN. Mrs. Armstrong died on Sunday (February 3, 2013) of natural causes at Charter House where she had been a resident since 1999.

 

Mary Ethel Detschman was born January 28, 1912 in Munich, ND to Emil and Mary Detschman. She grew up in Munich and attended school there.  Mary was married on September 15, 1934 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rochester to Charles Archie Armstrong.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester, where they raised their family and made their home. Mrs. Armstrong was a homemaker and Mr. Armstrong had a long career as a civil engineer and was Rochester city engineer for 21 years until his retirement in July of 1974.  Mr. Armstrong died May 10, 1995.  Mary moved from the family home to an independent living apartment at the Charter House in 1999. She enjoyed camping with her kids, playing cards and traveled with her husband including trips overseas.She will be missed by her family and friends who have wonderful memories of her.
Mary is survived by a daughter and 3 sons – Charles(Bonnie) of Morrison, CO; Peter(Sara) of Lee, NH; Thomas of Rochester, MN; and Susan O’Malley of Kapa’au, HI. ; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and her parents.
 
Friends may call from 1 hr. prior to the service on Friday (February 8, 2013) at Charter House Chapel in Rochester.
 
   
 
 

 
                                                                       James L. Hagen
                                                                       
                                                  

The memorial service for James L. Hagen, 75, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (January 28, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Mr. Hagen died on Thursday (January 24, 2013) , following a lengthy illness, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester,Mn. where he had been a patient for the past 10 days.

James Luther Hagen was born July 7, 1937 in Fargo, N.D. to Rev. Melvin and Olga(Galstad) Hagen. He grew up in Shelly,Mn. where he attended school and attended high school in Climax, Mn. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy serving four years, including duty on the U.S.S. Nereus as a submarine instrument repairman.  He returned to Shelly where he was employed as a plasterer. James was married on November 25, 1960 at Shelly Lutheran Church in Shelly to Janice S. Hetland. Following their marriage the couple lived in Fargo/Moorhead where their children were born. They moved to Albert Lea,Mn. in 1970 and then to Stewartville in 1974, wher they have continued to make their home. James was employed at Countryside Homes in Stewartville where he worked in the construction and development of what is now Southern Hills Manufactured Home Park. He owned and operated Wood ‘n Stuff, building furniture and home furnishings for retail sale, from his home until his retirement. Janice was a longtime employee at the Stewartville High School and also worked in the school library for a few years. James was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. He was an avid reader and followed current events and politics and enjoyed going to coffee, visiting with friends and wood working. He loved time spent with family especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his friends and loving family.

James is survived by his wife – Janice; his children – Daniel(Mary Jo) of Cottage Grove,Mn. and Gretchen Hagen(Bill Skadden) of  Maplewood,Mn./ his grandchildren  -  Samantha(Will) Zywiec, Benjamin James Hagen, Leo and Will Skadden; his sister –  Faith(Ken) Johnson of Reno,Nev. and brother – David(Alice) Hagen of Park Rapids,Mn. and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings –Hilding Hagen, Solveig Jevning and Richard Hagen.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. at the church on Monday morning. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                  William "Bill " Wright
 
 
The funeral service for William “Bill” Wright, 87, of Stewartville,MN. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (January 23, 2013) at High Forest Community Church in High Forest,MN. with Rev. Chad Skaren officiating. Burial will follow at High Forest Cemetery. Mr. Wright died Friday (January 18, 2012), from natural causes at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center in Grand Meadow, MN., where he had been a resident since October of last year.
 
William Clifford Wright was born Nov. 24, 1925 in Ceylon,MN. to Robert and Ruby(Morgan) Wright.  He grew up on the family farm and attended Alden elementary school and high school. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1945, serving overseas in Japan. Following his discharge he returned to Albert Lea, MN. where he was employed as a baker for a number of years. Bill was married on Sept. 4, 1949 at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea to Ramona L. Allen. Following their marriage the couple moved to Iowa, then Mankato,MN, before moving to Stewartville in 1965 where they have lived for many years. Mr. Wright was a Trojan Seeds salesman for a number of years and was employed at Halcon Corp. in Stewartville at the time of his retirement. Mrs. Wright was a homemaker and was employed at First National Bank in Stewartville. Bill was a member of High Forest Community Church. He was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers and enjoyed woodworking, following sports, the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bulls, walking and time spent with family, especially his grand and great grandchildren.
 
Surviors include his wife – Ramona / 4 sons - Tom(Cindy) of Port Orange,Fla.; Bill Jr.(Victoria) of Rochester; Scott(Shelli) of Stewartville and Todd of Pine Island,MN.; 7 grandchildren – April(Ryan) Kennedy and Joe (Robyn) Wright, Sarah and Spencer Wright, Joshua, Hannah and Jacob Wright; 3 great-grandchildren – Carter, Cole and Paisley Kennedy;  2 sister-in-laws – Wilma Wright of Rochester and Shirley Wright of Alden,MN and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers – Robert, Lyle and Wayne Wright.
 
Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. 
 
 
 
 
 

 
                                                                  Gordon  D. Gustafson
                                                             

The memorial service for Gordon D. Gustafson, 79, of Oronoco, Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday (January 18, 2013) at  Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester,Mn. with Rev. William Otte officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Gustafson died Tuesday (January 15, 2013) from natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he had been a patient 1 week.

 
Gordon Duane Gustafson was born April  25, 1933 in Pleasant Valley Twsp., Mower County Mn. to Maurice and Luella(Quandt) Gustafson. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in1953. He then was employed at Libby,Libby and McNeill Co. in Rochester as a seasonal worker. Gordon  was married on April 9, 1955 in Tamarack,Mn.  to Estella Davis. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester, Minneapolis and McGregor before moving to Stewartville in 1963. They were later divorced. Mr. Gustafson was employed at Vogel Advertising in Rochester for 43 years until his retirement in 2011. Gordon was married on February 10, 2007 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua,Ia. to Caroll Farley Vincek. Following their marriage the couple lived in Oronoco,Mn. where they continue to make their home. Caroll was employed at Econo–Lodge Motel in Rochester for a number of years until her retirement. Gordon was a past member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Twsp. and was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. He enjoyed helping at his father’s resort in McGregor, Mn. and also enjoyed trips to Branson,Mo. for Passover celebrations during Easter season. Gordon was an avid Vikings, Twins and Gophers fan and enjoyed time spent with his family especially all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
 
Gordon is survived by his wife – Caroll;  I daughter and 5 sons –  Jeff(Sherry) of Rochester; Doug of Preston; John(Leann) of Rochester; Linda(Ron) Jokimaki of Tamarack,Mn.; Jim(Junell) of rural Stewartville and Dave(Jean) of Kasson,Mn.; 7 step children – Cindy(Matt) Wilson of Plainview,Mn.; Chris Vincek of Rochester; Victor Vincek of St. Peter,Mn.; Jean(Dave Charpenter) of Palisade,Mn.; Joyce Vincek of Lake City,Mn. ; Rob Vincek of Byron,Mn.  and Jayme(Dan) Varner of Hastings,Mn.; 37 grandchildren  and 13  great grandchildren;  3 brothers – Leo (Lois) Gustafson of Hot Springs, Ark.; Philip Gustafson of Tucson, Az. and Raymond(Brenda) Gustafson of St. Paul, Mn.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters – Janet and Marlys Gustafson, 1 brother – Bruce Gustafson and step daughter – Victoria Gochnauer.
 
Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. The family suggests memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. 
 
 
 

 
 
 
                                                                        Hazel E. Stover
 

The Mass of Christian Burial for Hazel E. Stover, 92, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (January 12, 2013) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Burial will be at St. Bernards Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Stover died Tuesday (January 8, 2013) from natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Mn., where she had been a patient for 2 days.  

 
Hazel Elizabeth Marion was born March 13, 1920 in Elma, Iowa to Emil and Christine(Praska) Marion. She grew up on the family farm in rural New Hampton,Ia., attended school there, graduating from New Hampton H.S. in 1937.  Hazel was married on April 28, 1942 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton to Vance F. Stover. Following their marriage the couple lived in Postville,Ia. before moving to Vancouver,WA. where they both were employed in a naval shipyard during WW II. In 1945 they returned to Postville where Mrs. Stover was a homemaker and was employed at Citizen’s State Bank. The Stovers moved to Stewartville in 1966 and Mrs. Stover was employed for many years at First National Bank which later became Marquette Bank, as a teller and as a bank officer at the time of her retirement. Mr. Stover was employed for a number of years at Adair Electric in Rochester. Mr. Stover died on August 13, 1990. Mrs. Stover moved to Rochester in 2003 and returned to Stewartville in 2010. She was a longtime member of St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville and was a past member of the Stewartville Lionesses and the Red Hat Club in Rochester.  Hazel was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, dancing, doing craftwork, going to Texas in the winter. She especially enjoyed time spent with all of her family.
 
Hazel is survived by 4 daughters – Diane Dochterman of Crocker,Mo.; Karen(Michael) Reilly of Rochester; Nancy Tweite of Rochester and Jeane(Michael) Corcoran of rural Houston,Mn.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and 5 great - great grandchildren; . She was preceded in death by her husband – Vance, her parents, 1 sister – Clara Chihak, 2 brothers – Max and Harold Marion and son–in–law - Melvin Dochterman.
 
Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday (Jan. 11, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.
 
 


                                                                                                                     
                                                             
                                                                      William C. Tasler                                                     
 

The funeral service for William “Bill” Tasler, 72, of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (January 9, 2013) at the Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Robert Tasler and Rev. John Niebuhr officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Tasler died Saturday (January 5, 2013) from natural causes following a 2 year illness, at  Golden Living Center East in Rochester, where he had been a resident 1 week. William is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lou.

 
William Carl Tasler was born August 23, 1940 in Windom,Mn. to Edward and Martha(Woizeschke) Tasler.  He grew up on the family farm, attended rural and Windom schools, graduating from Windom H.S. in1958. He then attended Mankato State Teacher’s College graduating with a Bachleor’s Degree in Industrial Arts. Bill was married on July 21, 1961  in Comfrey,Mn. to Dianne Middleton. Following their marriage the couple lived in Trimont,Mn. and then moved to Stewartville. They were later divoriced. Bill  taught in the Trimont School District for 2 years before teaching industrial arts in the Stewartville School District 534 for 30 years until his retirement. He truly enjoyed teaching young people and always liked seeing former students. Bill was married on July 27, 1999 in Stewartville to Laurabel “Lou” Griese Hall. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville, where they continue to make their home. Lou was a longtime employee at Think Credit Union in Rochester. Bill was a past member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville, the Stewartville Jaycees and Toastmasters in Rochester. He played multiple musical instruments, had a good  singing voice and was a past member of the Rochester Male Chorus.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching Westerns and was an avid reader. He rode horse as a boy and after moving to Stewartville, kept his horse, Amos, in High Forest for buggy rides and riding. Bill was a woodworker and craftsman of knives, custom fishing rods and diamond willow walking canes. He enjoyed collecting maple syrup, making soup and baking bread which he and Lou would deliver to senior citizen friends. Bill especially enjoyed visiting with everyone and loved time spent with his family.

 

His family would like to thank the staffs at St. Mary’s Hospital and Golden Living center East in Rochester for their excellent care of Bill.

Bill is survived by his wife – Lou;  2 sons – Kenneth( Jean) of Mankato,Mn. and Kerry(Sarah) of Lakeville,Mn.; 4 step children  - Arthur(Debra) Hall of Dodge Center,Mn; Luann VeVea of Macon,Ga.; Susan(Gene) McFarland  and Christine(Marc) Gauthier both of Rochester; several  step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; 1 sister –Marian Niebuhr of Chaska,Mn; 2 brothers – Rev. Robert “Bob” (Carol) Tasler of Castle Rock,Col. and Edward(Betty) Tasler of Jeffers,Mn. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother – Fredrick “Fritz” Tasler.
 
Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday (1-8-2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. 
 
 

                                         
                                                    Gary D. Taylor
                                               
 
Gary D. Taylor, 65, of Stewartville, Mn. died Saturday (January 5, 2013) following a lengthy illness, at Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilation in Rochester,Mn., where he had been a resident for 3 days. 

Gary Dwight Taylor was born March  31, 1947 in Rochester, Mn. to Dwight and Gertrude(Dobson) Taylor. He grew up in Stewartville, attended Stewartville schools and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1965. He enlisted into the U.S. Army-Air Force  and following his discharge returned and attended Rochester Junior College where he earned a 2 year degree in engineering.  Gary was married on April 14, 1970 in Stewartville, MN. to Louise Winkels. The couple lived in Stewartville and Elgin and they were later divorced. Gary was a longtime employee at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester as an assistant manager and head of security until his retirement. Gary was married  on May 26, 1998 in Souix Falls, S.D. to Khoeum  Koy. Following their marriage they lived in Stewartville where they continue to make their home. Khoeum was employed  at the Kahler Hotel in housekeeping for a number of years. Gary enjoyed researching his family history and helping organize his Class of 65 reunions. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed handy work and small engine repair and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Gary is survived by his wife Khoeum;  2 daughters and 1 son –  Roberta(Dave) Provost of Isanti,Mn.; Jenelle (Chris) Hudok of Corcoran,Mn. and Richard(Amy) Taylor of Plainview,Mn.; 5 grandchildren; 4 sisters – Dianne Johnson of Pensacola,Fla.; Theresa(John) DeWitt of Dodge Center,Mn. ; Della(Frankie) Matson of Pensacoal,Fla.; Ramona Taylor of Stewartville,Mn. and 1 brother Ramon Taylor of Foley,Ala.   He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  

 
Friends may call for a time of visitation from 4 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Honoring Gary’s wishes, there will be no service and a private family burial  at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove Twsp.,Mn. will take place at a later date.
 
 
 

 
                                                                            Lois M. Kaul                                  
                                                          

The funeral service for  Lois M. Kaul, 90, of Racine,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday (January 7, 2013) at the United Methodist Church in Racine with Rev. Glen Holland officiating. Burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Mrs. Kaul died Friday (January 4, 2013) from  complications following a stroke, at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for 1 year.  

 
Lois Marie Govier was born October 23, 1922 in  Osage, Ia. to Leslie and Mary(Bowers) Govier. She moved with her family as a young girl to rural Stewartville, attended Stewartville schools  and was Salutorian of the Stewartville H.S. Class of 1940. Lois then attended Rochester Junior College for 2 years. She was married to Lester Kaul and following their marriage the couple lived a short time in Oronoco, Mn.  before moving to Racine and were later divoriced. Mrs. Kaul  was employed in accounting at First State Bank, now First Farmer’s and Merchant Bank, in Grand Meadow, for many years. She enjoyed flower gardening, watching and playing Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, following the Twins, Vikings and Golden Gophers, playing cards and going to lunch wither lady friends and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Lois is survived by 2 sons – Bruce( Sandy Jirele) of Racine and Brent(Sandra) of Prior Lake,Mn.;  2 grandchildren – Cassie(Derek) Myers and Kevin Kaul both of Prior Lake and 2 great grandchildren –Katelyn and Kyle Myers. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, 1 sister –Wilma Lawson and 1 brother – Bill Govier.
 
Friends may call 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.
 
 
 

 

 

                                                                      Helen M. Hayenga             

The memorial service for Helen M. Hayenga, 74, a lifelong resident of Stewartville,Mn. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (January 4, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Emily Carson officiating. Mrs. Hayenga died Tuesday (January 1, 2013) from an apparent heart attack at Olmsted Community Hospital in Rochester, Mn.

Helen Mae Bushman was born October 12, 1938 in Stewartville to Henry and Clara(Severson) Bushman. She grew up in Stewartville attended Stewartville schools,  graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1956. She then attended Rochester Vocational-Technical School graduating from it’s nursing assistant program. Helen was married on November 16, 1940 in Rochester,Mn. to James S. Hayenga.  Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they raised their sons and have continued to make their home.  Helen was a homemaker and was employed at the Stewartville Care Center as a nursing assistant and medical  tech. for 34 years until her retirement.  Jim is a longtime employee at All American Cooperative in Stewartville, where he continues to work part-time. Helen was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was active in it’s Ladies Circles. She was also a member of  the Stewartville American Legion Auxillary.  She enjoyed bowling, reading, collecting dolls and teddy bears, following the Vikings and Twins, long drives with Jim and visiting the Black Hills and Amana Colonies. Helen also had a special place in her heart for their golden retriever – Alex, following her grandkids sporting and school events and loved time spent with all of her family.
 
Helen is survived by her husband – Jim; 3 sons – Michael(Sherry) of Stewartville; Jon of Stewartville and Galen(Irene) of Evans, Ga.; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren;  a sister- Fran Schoenfelder of Rochester and sister-in-law – Janice Bushman of Stewartville. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister – Hinnie Rowley and 1 brother – Howard Bushman.
 
 A time of visitation will take place from 10 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday (Jan. 4, 2013) at Zion Lutheran Church. A private family burial will take place at a later date.