The Mass of Christian Burial for Michael J. Kean, 91, of Stewartville, MN will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Stewartville.
Mr. Kean died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since July of last year.
Michael James Kean was born on August 13, 1924 in Dawson, NE to Jeremiah and Florence (Armbruster) Kean. He grew up on the family farm, attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Dawson H.S. in 1943. After graduation he farmed with his Dad. Michael married Rose Marie Wernimont on September 9, 1948 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel, IA. Following their marriage, the couple lived on a farm in rural Dawson, NE. In 1957, they moved with their 4 children to rural Grand Meadow, MN where they continued to farm. Their children graduated from Grand Meadow H.S. and they all attended St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church. While farming, Mike worked part-time at Bob Gross’s Garage and the American Legion Club, in Grand Meadow. After their retirement in 1989, Mike and Rose moved to Stewartville and became members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. In retirement, Mike became a gardener and grew vegetables that he enjoyed sharing with family and friends. He also spent time gathering and cracking black walnuts. Mike and Rose enjoyed dancing, traveling, playing cards, fishing, steak fry’s with friends and time spent at family gatherings.
Mike is survived by his wife Rose of Stewartville - 2 daughters and 2 sons – Mark (Sherry) Kean of Fountain, MN; Ann (Marvin) Anderson of Chatfield, MN; Allan (Sue) Kean of Cottage Grove, MN and Linda (Terry) Behrens of Byron, MN; 7 grandchildren – Amanda (Jake) Bosley of Richfield, MN, Nathan, Ryan and Jared Kean of St. Paul, MN, Taletha (Colby) Skar of Middleton, WI, Erica Behrens of Iowa City, IA, Rachel Behrens of Inver Grove Hgts, MN; 2 great-granddaughters – Elliana Skar and Greta Bosley; 1 sister and 2 brothers – Alice Litherland of Falls City, NE; Frank Kean of Omaha, NE and Philip Kean of Dawson, NE and a special cousin - Barbara Ramsey of Dawson, NE.; many nieces, nephews, good friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters – Mildred and Mary and his brother - Paul.
A time of visitation will take place 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning.
Mavis "May" Lee
The funeral service for Mavis “May” Lee, 81, of Spring Valley,Mn, will be at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday(April 23, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Racine,MN with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Sumner Cemetery in Sumner Township, Fillmore County. Mrs. Lee died on Monday (April 18, 2016) of natural causes at Mayo Clinic in Rochester - St. Marys Hospital.
Mavis Arnelda Sorenson was born on June 24, 1934 in rural Thornton, Franklin County,IA to Harry and Rozelle(Sprau) Sorenson. She grew up in Thornton, attended school there and played on the girls basketball team while graduating from Thornton H.S. in 1952. Mavis was married on July 13, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Thornton to Bobbie L. Lee. Following their wedding the couple farmed in Iowa before moving to rural Spring Valley in 1971, where they farmed, raised their sons and have continued to make their home. May was a farmwife and homemaker and Bobbie farmed his entire life. Mr. Lee died on Feb. 25, 2006. Mavis attended the United Methodist Church in Racine for many years, sang in it’s choir and volunteered with it’s Ladies activities. She began quilting in her home many years ago and was known as the “Quilt Lady” due to the large number of beautiful quilts she has given to others through the years. Her family encourages anyone with one of her quilts to bring them to share on Friday night at the funeral home or Saturday afternoon at the church. Mavis enjoyed quilting, following the Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament, playing cards and time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mavis is survived by her 3 sons – Steven and Larry(Barb) both of rural Spring Valley, MN; Donald Gene of Plainview,MN ; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; 2 sisters – Janice(Lou) Walkup of Johnston,IA and Donna(Gary) Miller of Fon du Lac,WI. She was preceded by her husband – Bobbie, son – Douglas, her parents and an infant son – Daryl.
A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(April 22, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday afternoon. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com
Agnes M. Splittstoesser
The Mass of Christian Burial for Agnes M. Splittstoesser, 83, of Stewartville,MN will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday (April 21 , 2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Splittstoesser died on Monday (April 18, 2016) from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester,MN, where she had resided since April 2014.
Agnes Mary Boyle was born on February 8, 1933 in Marshall,MN to John M. Boyle and Clara Irene (Motl) Boyle. She moved with her family as a young girl to Mankato,MN, where she attended Good Counsel H.S., graduating in 1951.She entered St. Marys School of Nursing in Rochester,MN graduating with her RN degree in 1954 and was employed as a pediatrics nurse at St. Marys Hospital. Agnes was married on June 23, 1956 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato,MN to Darrel L. Splittstoesser. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester before moving to Stewartville in 1964 where they raised their family and have continued to live for many years. Agnes was an active community volunteer but managed to continue her education. She had a life long love of drawing and painting and was a talented artist in her own right, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree at Rochester Community College in 1987. She received her 4 yr. Bachelor of Arts Degree from Winona State in 1992. Darrel was employed at IBM in Rochester in their procurement division from 1957 to his retirement in 1991.
Agnes was a longtime active member of St. Bernards Catholic Church where she served with it’s CCW and Ladies activities. She was a member of the Stewartville Historical Society and Friends of the Library. Agnes was a longtime active member of the Republican Party in the Olmsted County caucus and served as a delegate to the State Convention. She was passionate when she believed in something . She volunteered at the Rochester Art Center and some of her artwork was exhibited there. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening , collecting antiques and knick-knacks. She loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Agnes is survived by her 2 daughters and 6 sons – Michael and Diane(Olson) of Rochester; Julie Prondzinski of Winona,MN; Kevin and Robin(Hunt) of Stewartville; Kenneth and Michelle(Idso) of St. Charles; Mary Thompson and Bruce Nutall of LaCrosse,WI; James and Lynn(Toddie) of Bloomington,ILL; Robert and Lynn(Demaray) and Richard and Beth(Kraus) both of Eagan,MN; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and Darrel's brother – Vernon Splittstoesser of St. Charles. She was preceded in death by her husband – Darrel on Dec. 3, 2014, her daughter - Teresa, her parents, and her brother – John Boyle.
A time of visitation will be held 1 hr. prior to the service on Thursday morning at St. Bernards Catholic Church. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimers Association or to the Stewartville Area Foundation Bandshell Fund. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.
Harlan J. Haugen
The funeral service for Harlan J. Haugen, 76, of rural Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating. Burial and a committal service will follow at Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony, MN at 2:30 P.M. Mr. Haugen died at his home on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Harlan James Haugen was born on June 18, 1939 in Harmony, MN to Arthur and Ruby (Lindelien) Haugen. He graduated from Harmony High School in 1957, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He went on to attend the Minnesota School of Business where he received an accounting degree and earned his accreditation as a Licensed Public Accountant. Harlan was married on June 18, 1960, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony to Sharyl Dybvik. Harlan and Sharyl had known each other since grade school and both were baptized, confirmed and then married at Greenfield Lutheran Church.
Following their marriage, the couple lived in Bloomington, MN where Harlan was an accountant at Kraus-Anderson Construction for 12 years. Their enterprising spirit drew them to Stewartville in 1972 where they opened and operated Serendipity Campground for many years. At that same time, Harlan began Haugen Accounting Service in Stewartville, which he and Sharyl owned until 2000. Sharyl is a homemaker and worked side-by-side with Harlan in the office and at home, as they began and grew their business ventures. In 2001, Harlan began a new career as a crop adjuster for Pro-Ag Insurance, amongst others, and continued until 2014 when his health caused him to retire. He was a longtime, active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where he served in numerous capacities. He passionately fulfilled the motto of the Stewartville Lions Club-“We Serve” and also was a dedicated member of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce.
Harlan and Sharyl enjoyed time at home raising miniature donkeys on their farm and taking trips together. He enjoyed following politics and the markets, deer hunting with family and visiting with people from all walks of life. Harlan loved following his sons' activities when they were young, and continued this pastime with his grandchildren.
Harlan is survived by his wife, Sharyl, and three sons – David (Cindy) of Ann Arbor, MI; Dan (Teri) of Prior Lake, MN and Dean (Pam) of Minneapolis, MN; 6 grandchildren – Brian and Allie Haugen, Zach and Nate Haugen, Aly and Lars Haugen; 2 sisters and 4 brothers – Norm (Nancy) Haugen of San Antonio, TX; Al Haugen of St. Louis, MO; Carron (Ron) Schnoor of Stockton, IA; Ken (Diane) Haugen of Weslco, TX; Don Haugen of St. Johns, AZ and Candis Wiste of Hokah, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association or the Zion Lutheran Church Endowment Fund. .
“Tax season is over; I’m going home.”
Mary M. Lovett
Mary M. Lovett, 88, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully on April 15, 2016 at
the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since April of 2013.
Mary Marie Marshall was born on November 26, 1927 in Lamoni, IA to Richard and Ollie (Gravatt) Marshall. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Lamoni schools, graduating from Lamoni H.S. in 1945. She attended Graceland Nursing School in Lamoni. Mary was married on January 24, 1947 in Troy, KS to Bruce Lovett. Following their marriage the couple lived in Oskaloosa, IA, where they raised their daughter Linda and made their home for many years. Mary was a homemaker and Bruce owned and operated Bruce’s Barber Shop from 1952 until his retirement in 1985. Mary was a past member of the First Christian Church in Oskaloosa and also was a member of the Vega Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Lovett died on June 23, 1992. Mary moved to Rochester in 2001 to live near her daughter Linda and her family and was employed part-time at
Hy-Vee North in Rochester as a food sample lady. She enjoyed being outdoors, growing flowers in her yard, and time spent with family especially her grandsons.
Mary is survived by her daughter – Linda (William) Oelke of Rochester and two grandsons–Matthew Oelke of River Falls, WI and Andrew Oelke of Rochester; 1 sister-in-law – Rosemary Cadwallder of Los Angeles, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband – Bruce and her parents.
In keeping with Mary’s wishes there will be no services or visitation. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, IA. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com
The funeral service for Viola J. Klomp, 93, of New Richland,MN and formerly of Stewartville,Mn, will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday(April 13, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Burial and a committal service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mrs. Klomp died on Friday (April 8, 2016) of natural causes at the New Richland Care Center, where she had resided since December of 2010.
Viola June Lange was born on June 16, 1922 in Harmony, MN, to Friebert and Sarah(Miller) Lange. She grew up on the family farm and attended country and Harmony schools. She helped on the family farm and was employed as a clerk at the Johnson Grocery Store in Harmony. Viola was married on February 18, 1946 at Big Spring Lutheran Church in rural Harmony to George Klomp. Following their marriage the couple lived in Harmony where George taught school and was elementary school principal from 1952 to 1954. Viola was a homemaker and the Klomp Family moved to Albert Lea,MN in 1954 to 1956, where George once again taught and served as elementary school principal. They moved to Stewartville in 1956 where George was the first principal at Central Elementary School until his retirement in 1985. Viola was employed as activities director at the Stewartville Care Center for 17 years. The Klomps were both longtime active members of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where Viola volunteered with many of it’s Ladies activities and the Sarah and quilting circles. She served as Welcome Wagon Hostess, and, with George, delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered with Channel One Food Bank. Mr. Klomp died on August 31, 2005. Viola moved that year to Waseca,MN to live near her son, Mike. She liked sewing, gardening, listening to music and played organ at church services in younger years. She loved time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Viola is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son – Mike(Carmen) of Waseca,MN; Sara Klomp of Minneapolis and Selisa(David) Erickson of Trempealeau,WI; 3 grandchildren – Jeremy(Sara) Klomp, Jennifer(Lou) Roberts and Adam(Kamille) Klomp; 3 great grandchildren – Alyson Klomp, Louis Roberts and George Klomp; 1 sister and 2 brothers – Dolly Mensink of Pine Isalnd,MN, Manley(Lorraine) Lange and Manfred(Carol) Lange both of Harmony,MN. and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband - George, her parents, a sister – Annabelle Kvam, brother – Elmer Lange and brother –in-law Arlyn Mensink.
A time of visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday( April 12, 2016) at Griffin–Gray Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday morning. The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com
Audrey R. Denny
Audrey R. Denny, 90, of Stewartville,Mn, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Tuesday (April 5, 2016) at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, where she had been a resident the past 11 days. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday(April 7, 2016) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with Rev. Glen Holland officiating.
Audrey Rose Kruger was born on October 17, 1925 in Eyota, MN, to Edward and Rose(Sherer) Kruger. She grew up on the family farm in rural Dover,MN and attended country school, before moving with her family to Rochester where she attended Rochester schools. She was employed at the Carlton Hotel and also helped at her parent’s restaurant, the Short Cut in the Hollywood Bar, located on Broadway in Rochester. Audrey married the love of her life, Donald ”Don” Denny, on March 7, 1946 in Winona,MN. Following their wedding the couple moved to Stewartville , where they raised their 3 girls – Kathryn, Carol and Mary and lived for all their 65 years of married life together. Audrey was a homemaker and was a children’s daycare provider from her home , for many years. Don was a longtime employee with the Stewartville School District 534. Mr. Denny died on September 24, 2011. Audrey enjoyed entertaining and cooking for her family and friends, especially at holidays. She and Don enjoyed playing 500, summer vacations up North with the girls through the years, tending her flowers in their yard and was a Days of Our Lives fan. Audrey loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and great-great grandaughter.
Audrey is survived by her 3 girls – Kathryn ’’Kay’’ Lecy of Stewartville; Carol Hoover of Rochester and Mary Hanson (Bob Retzlaff) both of Rochester; 4 grandchildren – Timothy(Denese) Lecy of Byron,MN; Rick Hoover and Kimberly(Nelson) Hoover-Robinson both of Rochester; Scot(Andrea) Hanson of Owatonna,MN; 8 great grandchildren – Lauren and Sydney Lecy, Ian and Skylar Lecy, Quadruplets – Noah, Ashley, Nathan and Alyssa Hoover; 3 step grandchildren – Kristina Koyama Stephens, Ryan Stephens and Lauren Koyama and 1 great-great grand-daughter – Lilliana Wilcox and many nieces and nephews; 1 brother – Dayton(Bubby) Kruger of Las Vegas,NEV. She was preceded by her husband – Don, grandson – Michael Lecy, her parents, 2 sisters – Betty Moehnke and Mildred Campbell, 4 brothers – Edwin, Walter, Marvin and Donald “Dutch” Kruger and 3 son-in-laws - LuVern ”Fid” Lecy, Ronald Hoover and Kenneth Hanson.
A time of visitation will take place 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday morning at the Stewartville United Methodist Church. Burial and a committal service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. The family suggests memorials to the Stewartville Fire Department and it’s First Responders . Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com
Richard Lee Schendel
Richard Lee Schendel stepped from this life into eternity with Christ, surrounded by his loving family, on April 1, 2016. Mr. Schendel died following a lengthy illness with Parkinsons Disease at the Spring Valley Senior Living, where he had been a resident for the past 5 months.
Richard was born June 30, 1932 to Daniel and
Frances Schendel in Chippewa Falls, WI. He grew up in Menomonie, WI where
he learned to love fishing, hiking and living on Lake Menomen. His parents
owned Dan’s Cafe and Drive-in, where all
the Schendel kids worked while growing up. After graduating from Menomonie
High, Richard joined the U.S. Air Force and spent 4 years in Germany during the
Korean Conflict, reaching the rank of
Sergeant. Following his discharge, Richard attended the UW-Stout where he
received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. While attending
Stout, Richard met his bride of 58 years, Jean Goehring. They were married
in 1958 and after a short time in Clintonville, WI, they moved to Rochester, MN
where Richard worked for IBM as an Industrial/Graphic Designer for 30
years. Jean was a homemaker and was
also employed at IBM in Rochester for 15 years. They moved to Stewartville,MN
in 2000 where they have continued to make their home. Richard’s lifelong passion was photography
and he loved being out in creation capturing God’s beauty through his camera
lens. His inspiration was Ansel Adams and he attended photography
workshops with protégés of Adams’. He excelled in black and white
photography, won several awards and sold photos both locally and
internationally. He had an enduring love for nature and spent many happy
summers camping, hiking and canoeing with his family. A favorite
destination was the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) where he camped and canoed
with his sons and family. He had a quick wit and love for laughter and
enjoyed the many family reunions at a family tree farm near Menomonie.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jean, sons Scott (Pat), Tom (Marquita) and a daughter, Susan (Brett) Topham, grandchildren Laura Topham, Mark Topham, Evan Schendel and Tana Schendel, brothers Dale and Mike (Sally) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Frances Bergstrom Schendel and grandson, William Joseph Schendel .The family is grateful for the loving care that was provided to Richard by the staff at Spring Valley Senior Living and Heartland Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Monday( April 4, 2016)at the Stewartville United Methodist Church with Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Parkinsonsmn.org. Arrangements are with Griffin-gray F.H. in Stewartville,MN. www.griffin-gray.com.
Shirley A. Hahn
Shirley A. Hahn, 91, of Rochester,Mn and formerly of Stewartville,MN, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday (March 29, 2016) at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since January of 2015.
Shirley Ann Ibach was born on October 20, 1924 in Preston, MN, to Harry and Dena(Roseth) Ibach. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school and Preston schools, graduating from Preston H.S. in 1942. She attended and graduated from teacher’s training and taught in a 1 room schoolhouse in rural Dexter,MN and also was employed as a postal clerk in Dexter. Shirley was married on February 8, 1947 to Russell Hahn. Following their marriage the couple lived in the Dexter before moving to Anoka,MN, in 1964, where Shirley was a homemaker and was employed doing clerical work in nearby Fridley,MN. The Hahn family moved to Stewartville in 1968. Shirley was employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester as a surgical pricer in it’s Business Dept. until her retirement in 1986. Russell was a longtime employee at Midwest Breeders in Stewartville. After their retirements, they moved to Rochester in 1991 and Shirley continued to care for Russell during his illness with myotonic dystrophy. Mr. Hahn died in 1994. Shirley was a longtime member of Bethany Methodist Church in Rochester, where she volunteered with it’s Circle UMW ladies groups and was a member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 - Ladies Auxillary. She enjoyed reading, was an avid fisherwoman, followed the Twins and Vikings and collected elephants figurines. Shirley loved time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Shirley is survived by her daughter and 2 sons – Karen(Richard) Morrow of Rochester; Don(Diane) of Soldotna,Alaska and Alan (Bonnie) of Mebane,NC; 7 grandchildren – Michael Morrow, Jason(Susan) Morrow, Curt(Shawna) Hahn, Michelle(Sass) Fisher, Brandon(Caley) Hahn, Matt(Erica) Hahn and Mark(Rose) Hahn; 12 great grandchildren – Josh, Sam and Max Morrow, Tyler and Bryan Hahn, Mikayla and Mackenzie Henry, Abigail, Anna, Sarah, Alexandra and Kennedy Hahn. She was preceded in death by her husband – Russell, her parents, brother Harlow Ibach and infant brother.
A funeral service for Shirley will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday( April 1, 2016) at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville with Rev. Mark Woodward officiating. A time of visitation will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday( March 31, 2016) at Griffin–Gray Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday morning. A private family burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston,MN. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville www.griffin-gray.com
Mildred Hinkle Liskow
The funeral service for Mildred Hinkle Liskow, 80, a longtime Stewartville, MN resident will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday( March 21, 2016) at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN. Mrs. Liskow died on Thursday(March 17, 2016), loving family by her side, following a lengthy illness with lung cancer, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester,Mn, where she had been a resident for the past week.
Mildred Jane Amos was born on January 16, 1936 in Viola Twsp.,rural Dover, MN, to Alvin and Lillian(Zimmerman) Amos. She moved with her family as a young girl to Stewartville where she grew up, attended school, graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1954. Mildred was married in 1955 at the United Methodist Church in Sumner Center, MN to Lester D. Hinkle Jr. Following their marriage the couple lived in Minneapolis and Farmington,MN before moving to Stewartville where they raised their sons and lived for many years. They were later divoriced. Millie was a homemaker and was employed for 30 plus years at Waters Connelly Co. in Rochester. She was married on February 13, 1986 to Russell E. Liskow in Stewartville, where they have continued to make their home. At the time of their marriage Russell had just retired from Chicago-Northwestern Railroad in Rochester. He then became co-owner and operator , with his son – Rick, of Land ‘O’ Dreams in Owatonna and Rochester. Millie was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where she volunteered with it’s Ladies circles. She had a deep faith in the Bible and it’s teachings and even while terminally ill, was at peace and knew she was going to be with God. She was always ready to reach out to others and would often help nurse ailing family members. Millie and Russ enjoyed spending winters in Florida and trips to Branson, the Black Hills and summer vacations at Woman Lake in northern MN. She liked reading, doing yard work and mowing, shoveling snow and following the Vikings and the Packers. She loved time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Millie is survived by her husband – Russell; 2 sons – Greg(Sherry)Hinkle and Jeff (Bonnie)Hinkle both of rural Stewartville; 1 step daughter and 1 step son - Rick (Debbie) Liskow of Oronoco, MN and Jeanne Landsittel of Golden,CO; 8 grandchildren – Jarrod (Breanna)Hinkle, Kyle (Lacy) Hinkle, Jacob Hinkle and Janelle Hinkle, Niki(Rob) Langheim, Ryan Liskow and Kacy Landsittel and Jesse Knutson; 9 great grandchildren – Pierson, Keely, Elsie and Decker Hinkle, Aidan, Finn and Ari Liskow, Quinn and Heath Knutson; 2 sisters and 1 brother – Helen Gusa of Stewartville; Bonnie Gathje of Pine Island,MN and Don “Buck”(Jan) Amos of Stewartville; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters – Merle Taylor and Charlotte “Shorty” Johnson, brother - Gerald "Ike" Amos and infant great grandson – Braxton Hinkle.
Visitation will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M.
on Sunday( March 20, 2016) at Zion
Lutheran Church in Stewartville and on Monday morning 1 hour prior to the
service at the church. The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church
and Seasons Hospice.
Delwyn " Del " Johnson
The funeral service for Delwyn “Del” Johnson, 77, of Stewartville, MN will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Cassidy officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Mr. Johnson died surrounded by family, at his home in Stewartville on March 2, 2016, following an illness with pulmonary fibrosis.
Delwyn Dean Johnson was born on June 22, 1938 in Blooming Prairie, MN, to Menard and Meta (Stork) Johnson. He moved with his family as a young boy to Elkton, MN where he grew up, attended Elkton schools, and graduated from Elkton H.S. in 1957. He began his love of athletics in Elkton and played football, basketball and baseball in H.S., earning 11 letters. Del was married on June 2, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Dexter, MN to Roxanna J. Rabine. Following their marriage the couple moved to Endicott, NY for 6 months, where Del went for training with his new employer, IBM. They returned to Minnesota where Del began a 35 year career with IBM, living in Rochester and then Racine, MN for a few years. In 1964 the Johnson family moved to rural Stewartville where they raised their children and lived for over 50 years. Del retired from IBM in 1992 as a quality control manager. He began his 2nd “part-time” careers – 10 years with Byrne Construction, refereeing middle and high school sports in the Stewartville School District, and driving for Grisim School Bus until last year. Roxie was a homemaker and worked part-time at Boyum Foods and Grisim School Bus. Del was a longtime active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville where he taught Sunday school, and served on many committees and on the church council. He was a longtime member of the Drift-Skippers Snowmobile Club, Stewartville Lions and the Stewartville Wrestling Boosters. He truly enjoyed following high school wrestling, and through his volunteering as a scorekeeper and helping with weigh-ins at the local and state level, was inducted into the Region 1 Wrestling Alumni Hall of Fame. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed snowmobiling and motorcycling, photography and videography, deer hunting and following the Twins and Vikings. Del loved spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Del is survived by his wife – Roxie; 1 daughter and 4 sons – Russel (Ruth) of Denver, CO; Blaine of Melbourne, FL; Doyle (SueAnne) of Owatonna, MN and Liza (Gary) Neseth of Stewartville; Noel (Sunday) AnderJohn of Roseville, MN; 13 grandchildren – Neal (Camille) Johnson, Lucas (Elise) Johnson, Nathaniel (Katelyn) Johnson, Corinna (Chris) Anderson; Erika, Elsa, and Eva Johnson; Derek (Jessica) Johnson, Drew and Mya Johnson; Nashia Johnson (Mitchel Baldus); Winter and Briar AnderJohn; 13 great grandchildren – Asher, Cecily, Vienna, Boaz, August, Gavin, Georgia, Caroline, Nora, Drake, Ethan, Isaac and Elliot; 3 brothers – Dennis (Joan) Johnson of New Prague, MN; Doug (Linda) Johnson of Dexter, MN and DeVern (Lina) Johnson of Rochester, MN; 1 sister-in-law – Karen Johnson of Cannon Falls, MN, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother – Dale Johnson and great granddaughter – Gabrielle.
Visitation will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Zion
Lutheran Church in Stewartville and on Saturday morning one hour prior to the
service at the church.
Gladys H. Claeys
The Mass of Christian Burial for Gladys H. Claeys, 96, of Stewartville,Mn will be at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday(March 5, 2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Mrs. Claeys died on Tuesday (March 1, 2016) of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past month.
Gladys Helen Malmanger was born on June 11, 1919, at
home in Westford Township near Truman,MN to Hans and Emma(Eggert) Malmanger. She
grew up on the farm in rural Truman and attended country school and Truman High
School through 11th grade. Prior to her marriage she enjoyed working
as a housekeeper and nanny. Gladys was married to the love of her life, Julius
J. Claeys Jr., on February 12, 1939 at the rectory of St. Paul’s Catholic
Church in Fairmont,MN. Following their
marriage the couple farmed at several locations in southern MN, before purchasing
a farm in rural Truman in 1949, where they raised their 4 children and farmed
for 30 years. Gladys enjoyed gardening, canning, raising chickens and dairy
chores with her husband, while on the farm. Julius was a lifelong farmer and
was also employed for 20 + years as a
mechanic at International Harvester in Truman. They had just began enjoying
their retirement, going south for the
winter, first to Texas and then Arizona, when their farmhouse was lost in a fire
in the winter of 1979. After the fire, they decided to build a home in Truman
where they lived for many years. Gladys was a longtime member of St. Katherines
Catholic Church in Truman. She participated with several church groups and various
functions through the years. Mr. Claeys died on May 23, 1994. In 2006, Gladys
moved to Stewartville to be near her son Jerry and his family. She became a
member of St. Bernards Catholic Church, while making her home at the
Stewartvilla Apts. She enjoyed playing cards and board games, doing jigsaw and
word puzzles, reading, hosting the big Claeys Family Thanksgiving celebrations
in Owatonna and loved time spent with all her family, especially her
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gladys is survived by 1 daughter and 3 sons – Marvel(Jerome) Bergervoet of St. Peter,MN; Gerald(Mary) of rural Grand Meadow,MN; Cecil(Barbara) of Owatonna and Mark of Andover,MN; 21 grandchildren , 39 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law – Iona Malmanger of Lakeville,MN and many nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband – Julius, her parents, 2 sisters – Betty Iliff and infant sister – Dolores and 5 brothers – Harold, Leonard, Marvin, Charles and Purl Malmanger.
A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday(March 4, 2016) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service on Saturday morning. Burial and a committal service will take place at 3:30 P.M. on Saturday afternoon(3-5-16) at Ridgelawn Cemetery in rural Truman,MN. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com
Wayne R. Briese
The funeral service for Wayne Roger Briese, 79, of Grand Meadow, MN will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley, MN, with Rev. Colin Duling officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Briese died peacefully with family close by at Seasons Hospice on February 25, 2016 following a lengthy illness with cancer.
Wayne Briese was born February 5, 1937, in Rochester, MN, to Stephen and Helen (Betcher) Briese. He grew up in High Forest, MN, attended Stewartville schools, and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1955. Wayne was married on April 4, 1964 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Lucille “Lucy” M. McClellan. A long-time farmer and enthusiast of Oliver & White tractors, Wayne and Lucy farmed in rural Stewartville until building a new home in Pleasant Valley Twsp., where they farmed and raised their family. Employed by the Kahler Hotel, Lucy died on Nov. 17, 1998 following an automobile accident in Rochester. Wayne was a longtime active member of Pleasant Valley Immanuel Lutheran Church as well as the Pleasant Valley Township Board and member of the Minnesota National Guard. Wayne enjoyed bowling in both the Stewartville and Rochester men’s bowling leagues for many years, was an avid Twins and Vikings fan, and especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Wayne is survived by his two sons, Roger (daughter-in-law Alison Dermer) of Minneapolis, and Tom of South St. Paul; sister Nancy Henke (brother-in-law John) of High Forest; brother William “Buck” Briese (sister-in-law Carol) of Stewartville; loving nieces and nephews, and supportive girlfriend Sheila Mehling. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucy and mother Helen.
Visitation will take place 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, February 29, 2016, at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,MN and one hour prior to the service at Immanuel Lutheran Church Tuesday morning.
Harold Ole Bredeson
Harold O. Bredesen, 56, died in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday( February 18, 2016) on MN State Highway 63, just north of his home in Racine,MN.
Harold Ole Bredesen was born May 17, 1959 in Rochester,MN to Arthur and Darlene(Kath) Bredesen. He grew up in and around Stewartville,MN and attended Stewartville Schools. Harold was married on October 13, 1979 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville to Mary A. Christie. Following their marriage the couple built a wonderful and creative life in their 36 years of marriage and were blessed with 11 children while living in Stewartville, rural Rochester and for many years in Racine. Harold had a great sense of humor and a distinctive smile. He enjoyed talking to many people from all over the world while working at the Rochester International Airport for the past 30 plus years. Mary has been an employee at Target South in Rochester since it opened over 8 years ago. Harold loved spending time with his wife, children, and especially his grandchildren; four wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, planting flowers, taking last minute road trips, even playing with toy tractors and dolls, or just sitting and enjoying a good swing outside. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls and classic tractor shows. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and was a member of the Root River Antique Historical Power Association.
He is survived by his wife Mary; 5 sons and 6 daughters- Christopher (Tanya) Bredesen of Stewartville; Nathen (Racheal Rasmussen) Bredesen of Hayfield,MN; Katie (Jared) Steiger of Hayfield; LeAnn (Aaron) Tebay of Hayfield; Bryan (Andrea) Bredesen of Stewartville;David Bredesen(Hannah LeBarron) of rural Racine; Shaleen (Konrad) Waugh of Grand Meadow,MN; Tiffany Bredesen (Jon Defoe) of Stewartville; Rabecca Bredesen of Stewartville and Janae and Allen Bredesen at home in Racine;18 Grandchildren - Olivia and Carissa Bredesen, Cole, Kody, Layla, and Reghan Rasmussen, Parker, Paisley, and Hazel Bredesen, Alex and Paige Steiger, Macey Tebay, Matthew, Wyatt, and Emily Bredesen, Mallory Bredesen, Gabriel and Jackson Waugh; 2 sisters and 3 brothers - Gail (Randy) Peck of Stewartville; Charlie (Alicia) Bredesen of Stewartville; Phillip (Cheryl) Bredesen of Kimberly,Idaho; Craig (Diane) Bredesen of Stewartville and Ann (Ray) Gallie of Pine Island,MN. He was proceeded in death by his parents.
Harold’s funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday(February 23, 2016) at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. A time of visitation will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday(February 22, 2016) at St. Bernards Church in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service on Tuesday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com