MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

 

Mower County Obituaries
Part 251

 

 

Debra Ann (Donovan) Ferrie

1955-2014

Debra Ann Ferrie, 59, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Debra Ann Donovan was born March 16, 1955, to Howard and Bernice (King) Donovan in Austin, Minn. She graduated from Hayfield High School in 1973. Debra worked for Farmstead in Albert Lea, Minn., and Hormel in Austin, Minn. She currently worked for Mayo Clinic for 13 years. Debra married Kevin Ferrie on July 4, 2009, on Lake Pepin. Debra enjoyed the outdoors, water, dancing, roller skating, and cooking. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and entertaining her family and friends.

Debra is survived by her husband Kevin Ferrie, Byron, Minn.; her two daughters, Candi (Alex) Brown, Escondido, Calif., and Tanya (Chris) Carr, Eden Prairie, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard (Karen) Donovan, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kenneth (Lorrie) Donovan, Rochester, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; a brother Dean; and a grand daughter Nadja.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until noon. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 10 JUN 2014

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Eunice Mae Cox

1920-2014

(May 26, 1920 - May 28, 2014)

Eunice M. Cox, 94 of Austin, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

No services will be held.

Arrangements are with Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website,
Thursday, 29 MAY 2014

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Phyllis Shirley (Scott) Swanson

1924-2014

(September 17, 1924 - May 28, 2014)

Phyllis S. Swanson, 89 of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester, Minnesota.

Phyllis was born on September 17, 1924 in Austin, Minnesota to James and Merle (Roberts) Scott. She graduated from Austin High School. Phyllis married Harold Swanson on September 17, 1950 at the Church of Christ in Excelsior, Minnesota. After Harold passed away in 1963, Phyllis and her daughter, Cindy, moved to Austin where Phyllis worked at the Red Owl until her retirement in 1982.

Phyllis was a member of the Church of Christ in Austin where she was baptized and confirmed. In her younger years, she was active in the V.F.W. and the American Legion Auxiliary. Her family was her number one priority and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold, five brothers and one sister.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Cindy and Dale Sharp, Rochester, Minnesota; grandchildren: Amie (Kris) Wood, Rochester, Minnesota, Heather (Daniel) Evenson, Goodhue, Minnesota, Michelle (Joshua) Pederson, Byron, Minnesota; great grandchildren: Trayten Trom, Cyndi Trom, Kaitlyn Wood, William Wood, Dawson Evenson, Derick Evenson, Dwayne Evenson, Dwight Evenson, Zoey Pederson and Zaiden Pederson; sister: Anita Fox, Cottage Grove, Minnesota; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 3rd at Church of Christ in Austin with Pastor Stephen DeFor officiating. Interment will be at Pleasant View Memorial Gardens in Burnsville, Minnesota. Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service on Tuesday morning.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website,
Thursday, 29 MAY 2014


Funeral Notice: Phyllis S. Swanson, 89

Phyllis S. Swanson, 89 of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester, Minnesota.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, at Church of Christ in Austin with Pastor Stephen DeFor officiating.

Interment: Interment will be at Pleasant View Memorial Gardens in Burnsville, Minn.

Visitation: Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service on Tuesday morning.

Funeral home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
Friday 30 MAY 2014

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
Sat., 31 MAY 2014

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Helen Elizabeth (Gerber) Noterman

1920-2014

(June 25, 1920 - May 28, 2014)

Helen E. Noterman, 93, of 411 Bergen Street, Adams, Minnesota, died peacefully at her home May 28, 2014.

She was born on June 25, 1920 to Fred and Julia (Smith) Gerber in rural Adams. She grew up on the farm and attended grades 1 to 8 at St. John the Baptist Catholic School and the local school district in Johnsburg, Minnesota. She graduated in 1938 from Adams High School. She was employed at Woolworths in Austin, Minnesota, and worked for room and board at a household in Austin until her marriage.

On October 28, 1947, she married Arnold R. Noterman at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. The couple raised their family on their farm south of Adams. Helen lived on the farm until 80 years of age. At that time she moved into the Victorian home she bought and restored in Adams.

Her Catholic faith played an important role in her life. Helen was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish and the Council of Catholic Women. Christmas and Easter along with other special days throughout the years were celebrated with delicious food as an expression of her love for others. During her life, she enjoyed going to auctions, refinishing furniture, sewing, cooking, canning and gardening both vegetables and beautiful flowers. For nearly thirty years, she enjoyed helping keep the cemetery grotto bright with flowers. Helen had many talents and interests and enjoyed working and keeping busy. She was the grandma with lemon drops, cookies, and freshly baked bread.

Survivors include her children: Jane (John) Merdan, Avon, Minnesota; Teresa (Gary) Smith, Decorah, Iowa; Claire (Roger) Simon, Adams, Minnesota; Gary Noterman, Adams, Minnesota; Gene Noterman, Adams, Minnesota; Edward (Maureen) Noterman, Adams, Minnesota; Fredric Noterman, Taopi, Minnesota; and Daniel (Karen) Noterman, Adams, Minnesota; her grandchildren: Jennifer Merdan, Joseph (Tricia) Merdan, Sara (Matt) Janda, Eric (Erin) Merdan, Julianna (Jim) Geise, Sophia (Juan) Reyes, Vanessa Smith, Winston Smith, Ezra Smith, Katherine Noterman, Anna Noterman, Ella Noterman, Samuel Noterman, Rachel Simon, Matthew Simon, Marisa Simon, Luke Simon, Emma Simon, Isaac Noterman, Maria Noterman, Molly Noterman, William Noterman, and Grace Noterman; and eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers: Margaret Armstrong, Alexandria, Virginia; Mary Brumm, Stacyville, Iowa; Adrian (Elaine) Gerber, Adams, Minnesota; Roger (Mary) Gerber, Adams, Minnesota; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; daughter, Julie Noterman; an infant son, Frederick Thomas; and sister, Evangeline Landherr.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 2nd at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ruben Spinler officiating. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. There will be a 3:00 PM Rosary on Sunday, June 1st at the Adams Funeral Home where friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. There will also be a visitation on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Adams Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Merdan, Eric Merdan, Winston Smith, Ezra Smith, Matthew Simon, Luke Simon, Samuel Noterman, Isaac Noterman, and William Noterman.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website,
Thursday, 29 MAY 2014


Helen E. Noterman, 93

Helen E. Noterman, 93, of 411 Bergen Street, Adams, Minnesota, died peacefully at her home May 28, 2014.

She was born on June 25, 1920, to Fred and Julia (Smith) Gerber in rural Adams. She grew up on the farm and attended grades 1 to 8 at St John the Baptist Catholic School and the local school district in Johnsburg, Minn. She graduated in 1938 from Adams High School. She was employed at Woolworths in Austin, Minn.and worked for room and board at a household in Austin until her marriage.

On October 28, 1947, she married Arnold R. Noterman at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. The couple raised their family on their farm south of Adams. Helen lived on the farm until 80 years of age. At that time she moved into the Victorian home she bought and restored in Adams.

Her Catholic faith played an important role in her life. Helen was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish and the Council of Catholic Women. Christmas and Easter along with other special days throughout the years were celebrated with delicious food as an expression of her love for others. During her life, she enjoyed going to auctions, refinishing furniture, sewing, cooking, canning and gardening both vegetables and beautiful flowers. For nearly 30 years, she enjoyed helping keep the cemetery grotto bright with flowers. Helen had many talents and interests and enjoyed working and keeping busy. She was the grandma with lemon drops, cookies, and freshly baked bread.

Survivors include her children, Jane (John) Merdan of Avon Minnesota, Teresa (Gary) Smith of Decorah, Iowa, Claire (Roger) Simon of Adams, Minnesota, Gary Noterman of Adams, Minnesota, Gene Noterman of Adams, Minnesota, Edward (Maureen) Noterman of Adams, Minnesota, Fredric Noterman of Taopi, Minnesota, and Daniel (Karen) Noterman of Adams, Minnesota; her grandchildren: Jennifer Merdan, Joseph (Tricia) Merdan, Sara (Matt) Janda, Eric (Erin) Merdan, Julianna (Jim) Geise, Sophia (Juan) Reyes, Vanessa Smith, Winston Smith, Ezra Smith, Katherine Noterman, Anna Noterman, Ella Noterman, Samuel Noterman, Rachel Simon, Matthew Simon, Marisa Simon, Luke Simon, Emma Simon, Isaac Noterman, Maria Noterman, Molly Noterman, William Noterman, and Grace Noterman; eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Margaret Armstrong of Alexandria, Virginia, Mary Brumm of Stacyville, Iowa, Adrian (Elaine) Gerber of Adams, Minnesota, and Roger (Mary) Gerber of Adams Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; daughter, Julie Noterman; an infant son, Frederick Thomas; and sister, Evangeline Landherr.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ruben Spinler officiating. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. There will be a 3 p.m. Rosary on Sunday, June 1 at the Adams Funeral Home where friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Adams Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Merdan, Eric Merdan, Winston Smith, Ezra Smith, Matthew Simon, Luke Simon, Samuel Noterman, Isaac Noterman and William Noterman.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
Friday, 30 MAY 2014

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Gerald Rodger "Jerry" Montgomery

1931-2014

Gerald Rodger "Jerry" Montgomery, 83, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at his home.

He was born February 19, 1931 in Madelia, Minnesota, to Howard and Stella (Bjoin) Montgomery. A 1948 graduate of Madelia High School, Jerry enlisted in the United States Army in November 1951, proudly serving his country as a corporal in the Korean War before his discharge in August of 1953. In 1955, he moved to Austin. He worked as a Federal Meat Inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retiring July 3, 1987.

In 1981, Jerry and Gladys "Larrie" Stark were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin. Gladys passed away in July 2007. Jerry was a lifelong member of the V.F.W. and American Legion, and also belonged to the Moose Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Disabled American Veterans. He was past-president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include two sons, Rodger Montgomery of Austin, Minnesota, and Mark Montgomery of Edwards, Missouri; a step-son, Jerome Wing of Austin, Minnesota; three step-daughters, Linda (Bill) Bottema of Isanti, Minnesota, Marci (Steve) Burton of Austin, Minnesota, and Linda Lestrud of Albert Lea; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Martin of Apex, N.C.; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren, and his former wife, Shirley Montgomery of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Stella; his wife, Gladys; his step-son, David Martin; three sisters; and two brothers.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Jeff Forbes officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors by V.F.W. Post 1216. Interment will be in the Veterans Cemetery, Preston, Minn. Memorials can be directed to recipient of donor's choice, or to the Montgomery family, in memory of Gerald.

Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
Friday 30 MAY 2014

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Muriel D. Ondov

1925-2014

Obituary

Muriel D. Ondov, age 89, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday May 30, 2014, with her entire family at her side at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester-Saint Marys Campus.

She was one of five children. Muriel D. Kvitrud was born January 31, 1925 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Robert and Carrie (Herdahl) Kvitrud. She attended South High School in Minneapolis. World War II began, and Muriel voluntarily joined the Nurses Cadet Corp in 1943 and served for a brief time. She also worked in a war defense plant assembling carburetors, resigning in the fall of 1947. Muriel attended Abbott Northwestern Nursing School in Minneapolis and received her nursing degree in 1947. On September 15, 1951,

Muriel married Raymond B. Ondov. God blessed them with three wonderful children, Charles, Rebecca, and Julie. Following Ray's graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School in June 1954, the couple moved to Austin, MN where they continued to live. Muriel worked as an Austin Public Schools nurse for several years until their first child was born. A strong supporter of her hometown of Austin and her church, Muriel deeply loved her God, her husband and children, and each of their families.

Survivors include her husband Raymond Ondov of Austin; her children Charles R. (Cindy) Ondov of Missoula, Montana, Rebecca E. Ondov of Hamilton, Montana, and Julie A. (Michael J.) Gutz of Bemidji, Minnesota.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Carrie Kvitrud and her brothers Lawrence Kvitrud and Lowell Kvitrud.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin, with Pastor Mike Sager officiating. Friends and relatives may gather at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday June 2, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Private interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorials be directed to Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1800 12th Street SW, Austin, MN 55912. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home website,
30 MAY 2014


Muriel D. Ondov, 89

Muriel D. Ondov, 89, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday May 30, 2014, with her entire family at her side at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester-Saint Marys Campus. She was one of five children.

Muriel D. Kvitrud was born January 31, 1925, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Robert and Carrie (Herdahl) Kvitrud. She attended South High School in Minneapolis. World War II began, and Muriel voluntarily joined the Nurses Cadet Corp in 1943 and served for a brief time. She also worked in a war defense plant assembling carburetors, resigning in the fall of 1947. Muriel attended Abbott Northwestern Nursing School in Minneapolis and received her nursing degree in 1947. On Sept. 15, 1951, Muriel married Raymond B. Ondov. God blessed them with three wonderful children, Charles, Rebecca, and Julie.

Following Ray's graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School in June 1954, the couple moved to Austin, Minn., where they continued to live. Muriel worked as an Austin Public Schools nurse for several years until their first child was born. A strong supporter of her hometown of Austin and her church, Muriel deeply loved her God, her husband and children, and each of their families.

Survivors include her husband Raymond Ondov of Austin; her children Charles R. (Cindy) Ondov of Missoula, Mont., Rebecca E. Ondov of Hamilton, Mont., and Julie A. (Michael J.) Gutz of Bemidji, Minn.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Carrie Kvitrud; and her brothers Lawrence Kvitrud and Lowell Kvitrud.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin, with Pastor Mike Sager officiating. Friends and relatives may gather at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 2, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Private interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorials be directed to Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1800 12th Street SW, Austin, MN 55912. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
Sat., 31 MAY 2014

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Robert Lawrence Graves

1930-2014

Robert Lawrence Graves, 83, of Moore, Oklahoma, passed away June 10, 2014.

He was born in Austin, Minnesota, on November 23, 1930, to Robert B. and Melba Irene (Roche) Graves. After he retired from 20 years of service in the Air Force as a radio communications tech and instructor, Robert was later employed in, then retired from, a long career in civil service at Tinker Air Force Base. He liked photography and traveled to many countries in Europe. Robert was a devout Catholic and a long-time member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman, Oklahoma. He liked eating at the Red Lobster in Norman, and ate there every day for 17 years, always ordering salmon with a double order of broccoli. He had a deep, committed love for his family.

Robert is survived by three sons, Kurt Graves and wife Rose, Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, Harold Graves and wife Carole, Dallas, Texas, and Richard Graves and wife Charise, Albuquerque, New Mexico; two daughters Barbara Morgan, Norman, Oklahoma, and Monica Mansur and husband Mike, Shawnee, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Chasity Morgan, John Graves, Mark Graves, Kelli Graves, Dylan Graves, Brandon Mansur and Tyler Mansur; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Ferguson and husband Francis, Austin, Minnesota; brother, Daryl Graves and wife Linda, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and ex-wife Shirley Graham, Moore, Oklahoma.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Irma Graves; parents, Robert and Melba; and brother Roger Graves.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3939 W. Tecumseh Rd., Norman, Okla., with a funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13. Burial will be at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, OKC. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
12 JUN 2014

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Ruth E. (Steuck) Nelson

1921-2014

Ruth E. Nelson, age 92, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin of natural causes.

Ruth E. Steuck was born June 19, 1921 in Primghar, Iowa, to William and Dora (Petersen) Steuck. She attended country school, graduating from high school in Primghar, Iowa in 1938. On June 9, 1940, she was united in marriage to William Nelson in Sanborn, Iowa. The couple farmed in Iowa until 1950. They moved to Minnesota, where they settled and farmed in Waltham and were happily married for 74 years. Ruth helped on the farm when the children were older. She also worked in the hospitality industry at the Holiday Inn and Best Western Hotels, and then in food service at Riverland Community College. After Bill retired from farming in 1970, the couple moved to Austin. Bill passed away April 11, 2014. Ruth was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, where she was active in circle and other activities. She enjoyed her flower garden and mowing the lawn.

She is survived by her children Dennis (Diane) Nelson of Waltham, Minnesota, and Vicki (Lowell) Steen of Blue Earth, Minnesota; seven grandchildren: Troy, Terri, Todd, Toni, Alan, Amy and April, thirteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Norma Brinkert of Sanborn, Iowa, Irene Smith of Sparta, New Jersey, and Lorraine McCauley of Primghar, Iowa; many other wonderful relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Nelson, two brothers Fred and Arnold, two sisters-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.

A private family service will be held after cremation with Rev. Jeff Sage officiating. Memorials may be sent to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 411 West Main Street, Brownsdale, MN, 55918.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home website,
30 MAY 2014

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Ruth L. Muhlbauer

1942-2014

Pending notice: Ruth L. Muhlbauer, 72

Ruth L. Muhlbauer, 72, of Austin, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Services are pending with Mayer Funeral Home.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
Sat., 31 MAY 2014


Ruth Loretta Muhlbauer, 72

Ruth Loretta Muhlbauer, 72, of Austin, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

Ruth was born on January 2, 1942, to Edmund and Loretta (Fink) Bissen. She attended grade school and high school in Austin and graduated in 1959. She married James Muhlbauer on July 18, 1959, at St. Augustines Catholic Church in Austin. They later divorced but remained friends.

Ruth lived and raised her family in Austin where she worked at Jupiter and Kmart. She later worked at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

Ruth enjoyed spending time reading books. She also enjoyed word searches, playing cards, gardening and joking around with her grandchildren. Ruth was a down-to-earth woman who was a fun person to be around. She made everyone feel comfortable and like she was their friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Ruth is survived by James Muhlbauer of Austin; daughters, Deb (Tom) Haugland of Austin, Linda (Dave) Miller of Austin, Stacey (Tim) Nazarro of Topeka, Kan., Cheryl Muhlbauer (Jason Legried) of Austin and Joleen Muhlbauer (Tom Brewster) of Austin; grandchildren, Dan, Eric, Kyle, Bobby, Shayna, Cortnee, Caitlin, Jake and Maggie; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Tyler and Oliver.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents; daughters Cindy and Joyce Muhlbauer; grandchildren Jacob Muhlbauer and Jeremy Miller; four brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Mayer Funeral Home with visitation starting at 1 p.m.

Burial will be private. Condolences can be made online at condolences-www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3 JUN 2014

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Thomas James Forstner

1926-2014

24 MARCH 1926 - 29 MAY 2014

Obituary for Thomas James Forstner

Thomas J. Forstner, 88, of Austin, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin. Funeral arrangements are pending with Mayer Funeral Home.

Source: Mayer Funeral Home website, 31 MAY 2014


Thomas James Forstner, 88

Thomas James Forstner, 88, a longtime Austin resident and retired Hormel Foods Corp. employee, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin, Minnesota.

Tom was born March 24, 1926, in Madelia, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and Mary Forstner. He graduated from Madelia High School in 1944 and was inducted into the U.S. Army that July. He served as a cannoneer with the 805th Field Artillery Unit, 22nd Corps, in Europe from January 1945 until the end of the war. Following the war, he performed across Europe as a snare drummer with the 112th Army Ground Force Band. He was honorably discharged from the Army, July 8, 1946.

He married Sally Ann Pyan on May 13, 1950, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. They lived in Madelia, where he worked for the family business, Forstner Fire Apparatus, until he was hired by Hormel Foods in May 1953. He worked there for 32 years until retiring in January 1986.

Tom was a member of the VFW and American Legion for over 60 years, and several drum and bugle corps earlier in his life. He was a two-time VFW national champion snare drummer. He made his Freedom Flight to the World War II Memorial in October of 2008. He and his wife, Sally, have been members of St. Augustine Catholic Church since moving to Austin in 1953.

Tom is survived by his wife, Sally of Austin; a daughter, Barbara (Jim) Kauphusman of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; a son, Sandy (Pam) Forstner of Austin; two brothers, Larry (Dorothy) Forstner of Sumter, South Carolina, and Robert (Joan) Forstner of Fargo, North Dakota; two sisters, Audrey Schick of Bloomington, and Florence (Eldon) Hibbard of Parowan, Utah; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Arrangements are being handled by Mayer Funeral Home in Austin. A memorial service will be held at St. Augustines Catholic Church at a later date, followed by inurnment in Calvary Cemetery. A funeral notice will be published in advance of those services.

Online condolences may be extended through www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 5 JUN 2014


Funeral Notice: Thomas James Forstner

Thomas James Forstner, a longtime Austin resident and retired Hormel Foods Corporation employee, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin.

Service: A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2014, at St. Augustines Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating.

Interment: Inurnment will follow at Calvary Cemetery with military graveside rites performed by the Austin American Legion Post No. 91 and Austin V.F.W. Post No. 1216.

Memorials: Memorials in Tom's name may be made to the Mower County Humane Society or the choice of the donor.

Online condolences may be made at Condolences-www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website
28 JULY 2014

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John Thomas Anker

1945-2014

John Thomas Anker, 68, a resident of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Dec. 10, 2013, at Sunset Homes in Rochester, Minnesota, after a long struggle with Alzheimers Disease.

He was born November 28, 1945, in Austin, Minnesota, to Alvin and Ruth (McGuire) Anker. A 1963 graduate of Austin High School, John was involved in track, football and student council. He was awarded the first annual Pat Geraghty Memorial award and scholarship for athletic ability, scholastic achievement and leadership.

John graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, in 1967, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. While at Pella, he played defensive linebacker for the "Dutchmen" football team and was co-captain his senior year.

John served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1970 as a medical technician. He served 18 months at the Third Field Hospital USA RPOC.

On July 27, 1975, John was united in marriage to Marlene Rensink at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, Minn. The couple raised two daughters, Emily and Carrie. John enjoyed biking, golfing, running, reading, disc golf and spending time with his grandson Jackson. John worked for the Hormel Co. in Austin for more than 30 years, retiring in 2004 due to declining health. During his time at Hormel, John held several elected positions for Local 9 of the UFCW before he was elected president in 1987.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Ruth Anker; and one grandson, Riley Anker.

John is survived by his wife, Marlene of Austin; two daughters Emily (Aaron) Heimer of Blooming Prairie, and Carrie Anker of Austin; six grandchildren, Jackson Wilson, Zoe, Daisy and Gracie Heimer, Bailey and Micah Anker; one brother Robert (Patricia) Anker of Carmel, Indiana; brothers-in-law Marvin (Nancy) Rensink of Pleasanton, Calif., Larry (Kay) Rensink of Naperville, Illinois, Kenny (Deann) Rensink of Austin; sisters-in-law Shirley (Rensink) (Gary) King of Sioux City, Iowa, Linda (Rensink) Darling of Austin; many nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin with Father Paul Nelson officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. After the service, there will be a reception at the Hormel Historic Home with interment following at Calvary Cemetery

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
Sat., 31 MAY 2014

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Eunys Ottilie Kloempken

1948-2014

Eunys Ottilie Kloempken, 66, of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 66 years, one month and 20 days.

Eunys Ottilie Kloempken was born on April 9, 1948, in Glencoe, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Orville and Emma (Hoernemann) Kloempken. Eunys was baptized as an infant on April 25, 1948, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 15, 1962, both by the Rev. O. J. Vriesen at St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg, Minnesota. She received her education in Norwood Young America, Minnesota, graduating with the Central High School Class of 1966. Eunys furthered her education by attending Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, and received her master's degree in education. In 2009 Eunys traveled to Tanzania on a mission trip with Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Austin, Minnesota.

Eunys made her home in Hamburg and Austin, Minnesota. She taught elementary education for more than 35 years including Lester Prairie for one year, Bagley for one year and from 1972 on in Austin, Minn., retiring in 2004 at the age of 56. While in Austin, she would substitute teach in Blooming Prairie and after moving to Belle Plaine also was a substitute at Belle Plaine Elementary. She called her substitute teaching pay her travel money. Eunys most recently lived in Belle Plaine to be closer to family.

Eunys always had a gentle disposition. She was a faithful person who loved to pray and read Psalms. Eunys was very involved at church, which included singing in the choir, playing organ and attending bible studies and women's groups. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, enjoyed shopping for fabric, quilting, scrapbooking, gardening, playing piano and traveling. Eunys was a member of the American Association of University Women. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends, especially her college friends.

Eunys is survived by her siblings, Steve Kloempken and his wife, Ione, of Kasson, Minnesota, Bonie Schrupp and her husband, Bruce, of Norwood Young America, Minnesota, Lance Kloempken and his wife, Kathleen, of Hamburg, Minnesota, Amy Franck and her husband, Kirk, of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, and Mark Kloempken of Hamburg, Minnesota; nieces and nephews, Amanda Theuer and her husband, Eric, of Rochester, Minnesota, Heidi Kloempken of St. Paul, Minnesota, Melissa Kloempken of Rochester, Minnesota, Wyatt Schrupp of Mound, Minnesota, Jennifer Gruenhagen and her husband, Corey, of Cologne, Minnesota, Jill Schrupp and her special friend, Travis Brown, of Burnsville, Minn., Jason Kloempken and his wife, Angela, of Norwood Young America, Minnesota, Brian Kloempken of Hamburg, Minnesota, Eric Kloempken of Hamburg, Minn, Timothy Kloempken of Norwood Young America, Minnesota, Joseph Franck of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, and John Franck of Belle Plaine, Minnesota; great nieces and nephews, Anya Theuer, Quincy Gruenhagen, Lily Gruenhagen, Jack Kloempken, Waylon Kloempken; and other relatives and many friends.

Eunys is preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Emma Kloempken.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 2, 2014, 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, Minn., with interment in the Ferguson Cemetery following the church luncheon. Pastor Mark Johnson officiated. The organist was Diane West, and the congregational hymns were, "Abide With Me," "When Peace, Like A River," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," and "How Great Thou Art."

Honorary casket bearers were Eunys' Nieces: Amanda Theuer, Heidi Kloempken, Melissa Kloempken, Jennifer Gruenhagen, and Jill Schrupp.

Active casket bearers were Eunys' Nephews: Wyatt Schrupp, Jason Kloempken, Brian Kloempken, Eric Kloempken, Timothy Kloempken, Joseph Franck, and John Franck.

The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the service.

Arrangements by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America.

Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com. Please click on obituaries/guest book.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 2 JUN 2014

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Leslie E. Meres

1923-2014

Leslie Earl Meres, 90, of Mankato, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Laurels Peak Rehabilitation Center, Mankato, Minnesota.

Leslie was born on August 29, 1923, to Gus Constantine (a Greek immigrant) and Inga Luana (Damm) Meros in Mason City, Iowa. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother changed the spelling of their last name to Meres. A World War II veteran, Leslie served as a radio operator stationed at posts in Egypt, Arabia, and Libya with the mission of closing supply lines to Japan.

Upon his discharge from the service, he began a career as a government meat inspector and retired from Hormel Foods, Austin, in 1979. On November 26, 1949 Leslie was united in marriage to Laura "Evelyn" Peterson of Mason City, Iowa. Evelyn succumbed to cancer in December of 1968, leaving four children.

On July 24, 1971, Leslie married Virginia Mae Bell of Austin. The couple eventually settled in Yuma, Arizona. In 2013, he moved from Yuma to Keystone Communities of Mankato to be closer to his family. Leslie was an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman, also enjoying the hobbies of whittling and visiting casinos. He entertained all with his quick wit, sense of humor, charm, and storytelling of days gone by.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Peggy Meres of Austin, Bruce (Tamera) Meres of Austin, and Brenda (David) Spangenberg of Eagle Lake, Minn.; two step-children David (Teresa) Fischer of Eau Claire, Wis., and Connie (Dale) Spaulding of Gulf Shores, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents Inga Gray, step-father Sam Gray, and Gus Constantine Meros; his first wife Laura "Evelyn" Meres, his second wife Virginia Meres; one daughter Donna Becker; one step-son Larry Fischer; and one step-grandson Daniel Fischer.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen DeFor officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1216. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the VFW Olaf B. Damm Post 1216 in Austin, of which Leslie was a member. Post 1216 was dedicated to Olaf B. Damm, an ancestor of Leslie's, the first Mower County casualty of World War I. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3 JUN 2014

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Viola Luksik

1917-2014

Viola Luksik, 97, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Our House Assisted Living in Austin.

Viola was born on May 5, 1917, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Mudra) Kycek in Freeborn County. Viola attended country school. On September 10, 1937, Viola was united in marriage to Joseph Luksik. The couple made their home in the Elkton area. She worked as the head cook at St. Olaf hospital for 22 years. Viola was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin and the Western Fraternal Lodge No. 44 for 75 years. She especially enjoyed crocheting and giving many afghans, scarves, pot holders and scrubbies to all of her family.

Survivors include her children, Wayne (Marilyn) Luksik, Larry (Bea) Luksik, and Marilyn (Darwin) Haney; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; two grandsons; sisters, Irene (James Sr.) Benesh and Alice (Frank) Chrz; and brother, Ludvik (Helen) Kycek

Funeral services for Viola will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
2 JUN 2014

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Carie J. Hansen

1966-2014

Carie J. Hansen, 48, of Waseca, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at her home following an extended illness.

Carie Jean, the daughter of Larry and Linda (Sawyer) Hansen, was born on March 7, 1966, in Austin, Minn. She attended Austin High School and graduated with the class of 1984. Carie worked at Viracon in Owatonna for many years and later worked at Linders Liquor in Waseca before her health began to fail. She enjoyed being outside and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Cpl. Alex Mutch currently stationed on Okinawa, Japan, in the Marines, and his half-sister, Breahnna Mutch; her parents, Larry & Linda Hansen of Austin; her sister, Christine (Lindsay) Zaharris of Owatonna; her brother-in-law, Terry Harvala of Waseca; her niece and nephew, Cortney Kitzman of New Richland, and Jesse Zaharris of Owatonna; and by many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her many aunts and uncles; and by her sister, DeeAnn Harvala on October 19, 2013. For guestbook and further information, please visit www.McRaithFuneralHome.com. Private family interment will be held at the Calvary Cemetery in Austin, Minn. Arrangements are being completed by the McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory of Waseca.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
2 JUN 2014

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Ruth Lucretia Przytarski

1921-2014

Ruth Lucretia Przytarski, 93, of Shakopee,Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at her residence in Shakopee.

Ruth was born in Cashton, Wisconsin, on March 23, 1921, to Edward and Teresa (Bates) Quinn. She graduated high school and attended a couple of years of college before she married Daniel J. Przytarski on August 6, 1946, in Cashton, Wisconsin.

Ruth was a very active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church for several years. She cherished the friendships and memories of that time. Ruth enjoyed gardening, reading and loved nature. She will be truly missed as she was the heart and soul of her family.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Roger (Kathy) Przytarski of Burnsville, and David (Elizabeth) Przytarski of Burnsville; daughters, Nancy (Howard) Hornibrook of Plymouth, and Jeanne (Brian) Blair of Northfield; twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Steve Gerlach of Mankato; and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Przytarski of Apple Valley; a brother, Tom (Donna) Quinn of St. Cloud; and sister-in-law Mary Quinn of Sparta, Wisconsin.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Daniel; son Phillip Przytarski; and daughter Rita Gerlach.

A Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Fr. Jim Steffes officiating. Visitation will start at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Condolences can be made online at

Condolences-www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
2 JUN 2014

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Paul Louis Larson

1956-2014

Pending Notice: Paul L. Larson, 57

Paul L. Larson, 57, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. Services are pending with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
2 JUN 2014

Obituary

Paul L. Larson, age 57, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Survivors include is his wife, Linda L. Larson of Austin; siblings, Leslie Larson, Darlene (Scott) Nash, and Mary Miller, all of Austin; nieces and nephews; special friends, Fred and Terry Cantrall, and Debbie Kittrige; his dog, "Dolly." Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Helen (Hanson) Larson; paternal and maternal grandparents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis and Marilyn Rosecke.

Services are pending and will be announced later. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com. Worlein Funeral Home is handling his arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home website,
2 JUN 2014


Paul Louis Larson

Obituary

Paul L. Larson, age 57, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. Paul Louis Larson was born on October 22, 1956 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Lars and Helen (Hanson) Larson. Paul attended Austin Schools, and later Austin Community College. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Paul was united in marriage to Linda Louise Rosecke on October 17, 1987 at Crane Community Chapel in Austin. Paul and Linda have resided their entire married life in Austin. Paul was employed with Quality Pork for almost 20 years before poor health forced his retirement in 2010. Paul's hobbies included ham radio, remote control airplanes and helicopters, and motorcycle and bike riding. He was a former member of the Austin Ham Radio Club.

Survivors include is his wife, Linda L. Larson of Austin; siblings, Leslie Larson, Darlene (Scott) Nash, and Mary Miller, all of Austin; nieces and nephews; special friends, Fred and Terry Cantrall, and Debbie Kittrige; his dog, "Dolly." Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Helen Larson; paternal and maternal grandparents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis and Marilyn Rosecke.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Salvation Army in Austin with Lieutenants David Amick and Laura Amick officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post 91 at the Salvation Army following the service. Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date. Paul's family will greet friends on Saturday from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 P.M. prior to the service at the Salvation Army. Honorary pallbearers are, Fred Cantrell, Justin Loeding, Doug Williamson, Randy Gardner, John 'Jack' Morgan, and Dennis Matter. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home

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Grace Jeanette (Backhaus) Wagner

1918-2014

(Died June 12, 2014)

Grace Jeanette Wagner, age 96, of Osage, Iowa, and formerly of Riceville, Iowa, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage. Cremation has taken place.

Graveside inurnment services will be held at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Riceville.

Grace was born March 20, 1918, in LeRoy, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Rose (Sternburg) Backhaus. She went to school in LeRoy for eight years. Grace took care of children while their mothers worked. She loved kids. Grace also worked in the LeRoy poultry plant in the winter. She met Glenn Wagner and they were married on July 16, 1938. They lived in LeRoy for many years. They had one daughter, Sharon Lee. They moved to Riceville and lived there for ten years. During that time, Grace joined St. Peterís Lutheran Church in Riceville and was baptized. They then moved to Osage where she and Glenn retired. Grace was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Grace is survived by her daughter, Sharon L. Lynch of Osage; two grandchildren, Mark (Kris) Lynch of Ware, Massachusetts, and Cheryl (Tony) Woodman of West Brookfield, Massachusetts; three great-grandchildren, Krista (Jesse) Sorel of Rochester, New Hampshire, Josh Lynch of Ware, Massachusetts, and Ashley Woodman of Worcester, Massachusetts; one great-great-granddaughter, Kali Sorel; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glenn Wagner in 2011; sisters, Pearl Duryee, Eldora Benson, Bernice Rassmuson, Betty Waldemar and Florence Powell; and brother, Richard Backus.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage (641) 732-3706.

Source: Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home website,
12 JUN 2014

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Joyce "Charlene" (Flink) Gerber

1926-2014

Joyce "Charlene" Gerber, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Monday, June 2, 2014, at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

Charlene was born in Spencer, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 1926, to Holger and Blanche Flink. When she was 16 years old, her family moved to a farm in the Austin area. She graduated from Austin High School.

She married Eugene Gerber at Queen of Angels Catholic Church on August 25, 1947. They were blessed to have celebrated 65 years of marriage before her husband preceded her in death on March 31, 2013. Charlene and her husband Gene were longtime members of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Charlene was very active in her unit and enjoyed helping out in serving and making pies, cakes, etc., for funerals and other functions. She was a very sweet, loving, caring mother and she will be dearly missed!

Survivors include her son, Gregory (Bonnie) Gerber, Austin; daughter, Diane (Donald) LaVallie, Austin; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Gerber, Rochester, Minn; 10 grandchildren, Debbie Getchell, Lisa Aden, Jacob Gerber, Adam Gerber, Derek LaVallie, Kristin Guneri, Benjamin LaVallie, Richard LaVallie, Tim Gerber, and Jenna Sanchez; 16 great-grandchildren, Sierra, Garrett, Nate, Owin, Olive, Osa, Jae, Autumn, Summer, Mina, Celestina, Elizabeth, Alice, Jacob, Lexie, and Bryce; her brother Harley (Jan) Flink, Rochester, Minn., nieces and nephews. Also, brother and sister-in-laws Ed (Gert) May, Stan(Stephanie) Gerber, Marie(Doug) Behrenfeld, Norb(Helen) Gerber, Dave (LaVonne) Gerber, and Paul (Tula) Gerber.

She was preceded in death by her son James Gerber; sisters Maxine Berkland, Linda Lageson; and brother John Flink.

A graveside service for immediate family will be held on Wednesday June 4, 2014, with Father Jim Steffes officiating.

Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
3 JUN 2014

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Beverly Jane (Beadell) Hillmer

1929-2014

Beverly Jane Hillmer, 85, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 31, 2014.

She was born March 19, 1929, in Austin, Minnesota, to parents Lillian and Clarence Beadell, and there she married John Walter Hillmer at The First Baptist Church on June 16, 1950.

The two moved to Waukesha shortly thereafter for the sake of John's job (and 41-year career) at the Waukesha Freeman. Later in life, Beverly worked as a teacher's assistant for the Montessori Methods School of Waukesha, but her most enduring role was as wife, mother and matriarch of the expansive Hillmer clan. She served as hostess to all important family functions and had the right tablecloth for every occasion.

Beverly will forever be remembered as an evangelist. Her passion for sharing her Christian faith began as a teenager at a Billy Graham alter call and was later fueled by her involvement in the Austin-area Youth for Christ. From the beginning to Waukesha Bible Church (WBC) 64 years ago, she and John have been dedicated members at both its original location on East Avenue and its current site on Glendale Road.

She served in various ways at WBC, including the Awana and childcare ministries. Her children recall the Hillmer household as a "revolving door" for missionaries in need of a meal, a bed, of just a bit of fellowship. Walk-in guests were always welcome. For years, Beverly held backyard Bible Club meetings for neighborhood children.

She loved travel and spent a healthy part of every July at a cabin "up North." She had a favorite saying: "You're on vacation--you can do whatever you want!" Beverly was never far from a deck of Rock cards or a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Her "Kroger room" was always well stocked with Wheaties.

Beverly leaves behind a large and loving family: her husband, John, of 64 years; her sister; four children; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She will be missed by eldest daughter, Susan (Dennis) Henriksen and her perennial lunch partner, Arlene Henriksen, all from Waukesha, grandchildren Kristine (Joshua) Garroway, and Nathan (Erin) Henriksen, and great-grandchildren Cyrus, Leo, Abner, Abigail and Lillian.

Her son, John David (Bonnie) Hillmer of Waukesha, celebrates Beverly's life along with grandchildren Stacy (Jacob) Werkheiser, John Michael (Leah) Hillmer, Kimberlie and Melissa, and great-grandchild Evelyn.

Beverly's witness and testimony lives on in her daughter Sandy (Charles) Hungerford of Spring Creek, Pa., and grandchildren Michelle, Timothy (Samantha) Hungerford, Christopher, Matthew, Shawn, and Kyle.

Her youngest daughter, Penny (John) Quirk of Stevens Point, lifts up Beverly's life work along with an extended family of rescued pets that left paw prints of love across their "grandma's" heart.

Beverly is also survived by her sister Helen (Ralph) Nebergall; and nieces and nephews Marna (Phil) Whitney, Nancy (Martin) Priest, Richard (Jill) Hillmer, Carl (Shelley) Hillmer, Joy (Steve) Payne and James Nebergall. The children of her nieces and nephews were close to her heart as well: Brian, Carl Martin, Jennifer, Whitney and Naomi. She leaves behind many, many friends; all the saints at Waukesha Bible Church; her best friend, Nancee B.; and innumerable souls whose lives were transformed by her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Beverly was preceded in glory by her parents; her husbandís parents, Mildred and John Fredrick Hillmer; and her brother-and sister-in-law, Roy and Alyce Hillmer.

The visitation for Beverly will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m. on April 4, followed by a 6 p.m. memorial service, officiated by Pastor Pat Griffiths at Waukesha Bible Church, S53-W24079 Glendale Road, Waukesha.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
4 JUN 2014

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Gerald Bradley Merrill

1941-2014

Gerald Bradley Merrill, 72, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at his home in Albert Lea. He was 72 years of age.

Gerald was born December 25, 1941, in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Isaac and Myrtle (Olman) Merrill. He attended public school in Austin, Minnesota.

Gerald had been employed for many years first as a supervisor with the Rock Island Rail Road and then with the Burlington Northern Rail Road. He loved fishing, travel and had a great passion for watching the trains go by.

Gerald is survived by the mother of his children Maryann Jensen of Albert Lea, Minnesota; children Bradley Allen Merrill of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, Jerry Bradley (Jayme) Merrill of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Char Merrill of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, and Randy Allen Merrill (April Rygh) of Fairmont, Minnesota. Grandchildren include Crystal, Brianna, Amanda, Nikki, Haily, Serena, Brandon, Karrah, Kaitlyn, Kaydence and Kendrick; great-grandchildren are Zayden and Amadeus. He is also survived by two sisters, Zelma Bolinger of Austin, Minnesota, and Marie Gallegos of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Floyd; sister Karen; grandson Isaac; and brother-in-law Mario Gallegos.

Memorial services for Gerald will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Assemblies of God Church, 1540 S. Shore Dr. Albert Lea, Minn. The Rev. Lee Freshour will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin, Minn.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
4 JUN 2014

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Thomas Carl Schreiber

1947-2014

Pending Notice: Thomas Carl Schreiber, 66

Thomas Carl Schreiber, 66, of Pea Ridge, Ark., formerly of Brownsdale, Minnesota, died May 25, 2014. Services have already taken place with Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Arkansas.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
4 JUN 2014


Thomas Carl Schreiber

August 25, 1947 - May 25, 2014

Obituary

Thomas Carl Schreiber, 66, died May 25, 2014 in Bentonville. He was born on August 25, 1947 in Rochester, Minnesota to the late Wallace Carl and Delores (Behnken) Schreiber. He was the loving husband of Kristin (Frank) Schreiber for 42 years. He fought a courageous fight with his illness and remained positive throughout.

He was a veteran of the US Air Force and served in Vietnam.

Thomas worked for the United States Forest Service for 27 years. Upon retiring, he was a custodian for the Pea Ridge School District for 7 years. He enjoyed helping people and especially enjoyed talking to the children. He enjoyed meeting new people and always had a smile and a warm hand shake for anyone he met.

He is survived by his wife, Kristin; sons, David Carl Schreiber and Jeffrey Schreiber and his wife Ethel; sister, Gloria Brandt; and three grandchildren, Deidre, Devin Carl and Avery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Michael H. Schreiber.

A visitation will be Friday, May 30, 2014, from 6 until 8pm at Rollins Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2pm in the United Methodist Church in Pea Ridge.

Online condolences can be made at www.rollinsfuneral.com.

Source: Rollins Funeral Home website

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Betty Lou (Jones) Jensen

1932-2014

Betty Lou Jensen, 82, of Preston, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minnesota, after a courageous fight with cancer.

Betty Lou Jones was born April 25, 1932, in Rice County, Northfield, Minnesota, to Floyd and Olive (Sargeant) Jones. In 1940 the family moved to Sargeant, Minnesota. She attended rural school in Northfield and graduated from Austin High School in 1949. She then was employed at the Production and Marketing Administration Office in Austin, Minnesota.

On May 17, 1954, Betty married Orville Jensen in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They made their home in Brownsdale. In 1960, they moved to rural Preston where they began farming and raised their family.

From 1981 to 1991, Betty worked at the Pine Tree Apple Orchard in Preston. Betty was an active member of the Preston United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She served as a representative on the Salvation Army Board for Fillmore County. Betty and Orville volunteered through Channel One doing food distribution for many years. Betty also volunteered at the food shelf in Preston for several years. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, sewing, dancing, and music.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Orville; six children, Pam (Rod) Nelson of Chatfield, Minnesota, Karen Jensen of Rochester, Minnesota, Duane Jensen of Stewartville, Minnesota, Carol Jensen of Winona, Minnesota, Angela Jensen (John Cordes) of Wanamingo, and Julie Jensen (Mike Eidenschink) of Randolph; 11 grandchildren, Jeff Junge, Luke Junge (Amanda Tibbals), Jeremy (Shawn) Jensen, April Jensen, Tyler (Mary Beth) Nelson, Lindsey Nelson, Nicolle Jensen, Jesse Meyer, Shane Meyer, Clayton Romanoski, and Amber Jensen; nine great-grandchildren, Tatyn, MacKenzie, Matthew, Macy, Andrew, Kennedy, Mattison, Savannah and Charlotte; one sister, Carol (Gary) Lingbeck of Rochester; two brothers, Dick (Irene) Jones of Cohassett, Jim (Ivadene) of Loveland, Colorado; sister-in-law, Judy Jones, of Grand Meadow, Minn.; brother-in-law Roy Schmidt of Grand Meadow, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Jones; and sister, Mary Schmidt.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the United Methodist Church in Preston. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at the United Methodist Church in Preston, followed by a luncheon. A burial will be held at Watson Creek Cemetery in rural Preston. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
5 JUN 2014

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Jolene "Jo" Alaine (Laskewitz)
ELLSWORTH

1942-2014

Jolene "Jo" Alaine Ellsworth, age 72, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

Jolene was born on March 27, 1942, in Mower County, Austin, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Dormond and Alice (Schroeder) Laskewitz. Jo was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at the Crane Community Chapel in Mower County. She received her education in Austin and was a graduate of the Austin High School Class of 1960.

Jo was blessed with two sons, Michael and Mark. Jo resided in Hutchinson.

Jo was employed at HTI in Hutchinson, in production. She retired in the summer of 2008. Jo was an officer and board member for McLeod County Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter.

Jo helped start the McLeod County Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson and spent many years volunteering, fostering and caring for the animals. She also enjoyed camping with her family. Jo especially cherished spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.

When Jo needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, Minn., on Feb. 12, 2014. She passed away there on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the age of 72 years. Blessed be her memory.

Jo is survived by her sons, Michael Skelton and his wife, Melissa of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and Mark Skelton of Hutchinson, Minnesota; grandchildren, Bailey Skelton-Mateo and her husband, Nic, Hannah Skelton, Derek Skelton; great-grandchild Rhia Mateo; brothers Jerry Laskewitz and his wife, Kathy of Austin, Minnesota, and David Laskewitz and his wife, Judy of Austin, Minnesota; sister, Randee Laskewitz and her husband, Dan Johnson of Port Orange, Florida; and many other relatives and friends.

Jo was preceded in death by her Parents, Dormond and Alice Laskewitz.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, with Pastor Wayne Morrison officiating. The soloist is Andrew Larson, singing "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art." The pianist is Stephanie Larson. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel. Interment will be at about 3:30 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery in Austin, Minn. Following the burial, the family will meet at about 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Pizza Ranch in Austin. Everyone is welcome.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
5 JUN 2014

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Dale Russell Johnson

1935-2014

Dale Russell Johnson, 78, died Wednesday evening, June 4, 2014, at his farm in Newry Township, Freeborn County, Minn.

Dale was born Dec. 13, 1935, to Joel and Olga (Christianson) Johnson in Freeborn County where he lived his entire life. He was a lifelong member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Dale married Karen Olsen on May 21, 1960, at First Methodist Church in Albert Lea. Dale and Karen farmed their entire married life. They developed the Kar-Dale Holstein herd of registered Holsteins. When Dale's health prevented him from working with the Holsteins, he went into restoring and collecting toy tractors and pedal tractors. He enjoyed all the people he met at these different events. Dale will be remembered for the love he had for his family and friends, but his love for his savior, Jesus Christ, gave Dale the peace that only he can give.

Survivors include his wife Karen Johnson of rural Austin; his son Robert (Kathie) Johnson of Sioux City, Iowa; daughter-in-law Brenda Johnson of Blooming Prairie; step-granddaughter Kendall (Taylor) Hansen of St. Ansgar, Iowa; step-grandson Kyle Diggins of Austin; four step great-grandchildren, Jolene and Blair, Kylee and Averie; and his sister-in-law Kathy Palmer of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joel and Olga Johnson; his son Joel (Joey) Johnson; his brother James and James' wife Donna.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with Pastor Lindsay Stolen officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Memorials in Dale's memory can be directed to the family or to recipient of donor's choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
7 JUN 2014

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Carol Irene (Anderson) King

1937-2014

Carol Irene (Anderson) King, 77, of Riverside, California, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away May 26, 2014, in Riverside.

She was born on February 7, 1937. On Nov. 15, 1975, she married Robert A. King in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carol is survived by her husband, Robert King, of Riverside, California; her children; grand-children; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., June 16, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Riverside, Calif., with Pastor Debbie Sperry officiating. Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Wesley UMC, 5770 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 92504.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
9 JUN 2014

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Kenneth Edwin Heise

1925-2014

Kenneth E. Heise, 89, one the last of the "Greatest Generation," went home to the Lord on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Home in Stillwater, Minnesota.

On February 11, 1925, Ken was born to Tony and Irene Heise in Mankato, Minnesota. With his beloved sister Phyllis and his brothers Norman and Raymond, the Heise family faced the long hard days of the 1930s together. At Ken's 14th year, the family moved to Austin, Minn., to find a better life. After his graduation from Austin High School in 1943, Ken immediately focused on serving his country in World War II. With a sincere love of country, Ken proudly enlisted in the United States Navy. He went on to serve his country courageously as a First Class Gunners Mate at the true height of the war in the Pacific Theater.

In late 1946, Ken returned home victorious to his family and his sweetheart Helen Schmitz, whom he had fallen in love with before he "shipped off." On Jan 12, 1947, Ken and Helen were married at St. Augustines Church. Then it was off to the Milwaukee School of Engineering to learn a new trade. When they returned to Austin in the fall of 1947, Ken began his career at the Geo A. Hormel Co., from which he would retire in 1986 after 39 years of "goin" to the pack. Ken and Helen were blessed with six healthy and happy children, 16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Children and family were always the highlight of life for Ken and truly nothing made him happier than being with his extended group of friends and family; any time, any place. Ken was proud to do what he could for the Austin community. As a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church beginning in 1958, he served in many ways; especially as Bingo Caller, which he did weekly and without hesitation for 25 years.

He was also a member of the local Moose Club 1180 and served as its Governor in 1978. And he enjoyed another kind of serving by running a bratwurst stand with Helen and the family at many local fairs from 1970-2001. We can still hear him bark, "Get 'em while they're hot." Ken was also the long-time Secretary of the Moose Bowling League and captain of his bowling team, earning him his well-known nickname, "Captain Ken." Outside of his duties with the Moose Club and VFW, Ken also had a great time being a Pacelli Booster Club member. Ken, simply put, was a man who strove to do his very best for his family and community. And, perhaps most importantly, Ken leaves us all with fun-filled memories of his great big laugh and his wonderful smiling face. He was simply a man of service who lived his life with love and laughter and a great faith in God.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Irene; and two brothers, Norman and Raymond.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Elizabeth Heise (Schmitz); one sister, Phyllis; his six children, Randal (Kitty) of Prior Lake, Barry (Donna) of Mankato, Janet (Patrick) of Minneapolis, Steve of Stillwater, Tony (Linda) of Georgia, and Sally (David) of Stillwater; his 16 grandchildren, Ryan (Krissy), Jesse (Kristy), Drew (Sara), Marney (Brian), Mesa, Alec, Kia (Chris), Hilary (Tim), Lucas (Krissy), Katie, Steven, Ethan, Elizabeth, Zachary, James, and Joshua; and his 12 great grandchildren, Nate, Kaleigh, Gabby, Mycah, Joey, Josh, Eliah, McKenna, Levi, Parker, Gabrielle, and Nels.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery with military gravesite rites performed by Austin American Legion Post No. 91 and the Austin VFW No. 1216. The visitation will be held after the mass, during the luncheon.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
11 JUN 2014

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Bryan Lee Krebsbach

1954-2014

Bryan Lee Krebsbach, 60, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at home with his family by his side.

Bryan was born on April 27, 1954, in Austin, Minn., to Curtis and Joan (Cady) Krebsbach. Bryan was a graduate of Pacelli High School. In 1974 Bryan joined the United States Navy. He was very proud of his service. Bryan was married to Kathryn Bucklin in 1977, and Stacey Brody in 1999.

Bryan was self-employed as a contract painter who owned Woodland Painting. He loved his occupation and all the other contractors who worked around him.

He is lovingly remember by his wife Stacey Brody; daughter Linsey (William) Savick of Rochester; step-sons Bryan Brody of Brazil, and Tyler Brody of Moorehead; parents Curtis and Joan Krebsbach of Austin; brother Scott (Mary Kay) Krebsbach of Colorado Springs; sisters Renee (Douglas) Leif of Bemidji, and Sarah (Joshua) Christopherson, Brownsdale; grandchildren Austin, Maddison, Kailey and Carter.

Bryan was preceded in death by his beloved son, Mitchell Krebsbach; and his grandparents.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1315 12th Avenue NW, Rochester.

Honorary pallbearers are Mike Hugeback, Brian Gorman, Kevin Sternburg, Terry Gates, Todd Wilker, Gary Weber, Scott Krebsbach, Douglas Leif, and Collin Leif.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
11 JUN 2014

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Jean C. Miller

1920-2004

Jean C. Miller, 84, of Austin, Minnesota and formerly of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died Thursday, August 5, 2004 at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born April 1, 1920 in Cedar Falls the daughter of Carl W. & M. Viola (Nolte) Miller. Jean graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1937, earned her BA degree from Iowa State Teacher's College (U.N.I.) and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.

She taught music in Charles City and Ames then moved to Austin as a string instructor and orchestra conductor. Jean retired from teaching in 1982 after 29 years with the Austin School District. She was a noted cellist, playing with the Iowa State Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Chamber Orchestra and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Jean was a charter member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, performing as recently as 1997. Her gentle spirit and abilities as both musician and teacher touched many lives.

Jean is survived by many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 13, 2004 at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to First Congregational Church, Austin Symphony Orchestra, or Sacred Heart Care Center, all of Austin, Minnesota.

Source: Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Service,
Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Ethel Cleone (Bergene) Nerison

1935-2014

Pending Notice: Ethel Nerison, 78

Ethel Nerison, 78, of Adams, Minnesota, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Adams Health Care Center. Arrangements are pending with the Adams Funeral Home.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
12 JUN 2014


Ethel Cleone (Bergene) Nerison, 78

Ethel Cleone (Bergene) Nerison, 78, died on June 11, 2014, at Adams Healthcare Center in Adams, Minnesota.

Ethel was born in Austin, Minnesota, on August 2, 1935, to Edwin N. and Clara Irene Bergene. She grew up on the family farm in Adams, married Stanley Barrows in 1954 and raised a family of four children. In 1963, Stanley died of cancer at the age of 29. Ethel remarried in 1966 to Larry Nerison and the family added one more son, Loren, to the family. Ethel worked at Farmers State Bank, Mower County Treasurer's Office, and as manager of Cedar River Country Club. She was a lifetime member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church, Adams, Minnesota. She enjoyed flower gardening, quilting, and playing bridge with her friends. She also enjoyed time at the family cabin in Madison Lake, Minnesota, especially watching grandchildren and great-grandchildren fish, boat and play in the water.

Ethel was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley Eugene Barrows; and her parents, Clara and Edwin Bergene.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry Nerison; her brothers, Harlan Bergene of Austin, Minnesota, and Meritt Bergene (Maurette) of Owatonna, Minnesota; daughters, Janet Barrows Stotts (Gene) of Wasilla, Alaska, Cindy Barrows Chapek (Russ W.) of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, sons, Gene Barrows of Elko, Minnesota, Dale Barrows of Adams, Minnesota, and Loren Nerison of Adams, Minnesota; grandchildren, Corey Chapek (Stephanie) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Chrystal Lindeman (Peter) of Mankato, Minnesota, Candice Bartel (Lucas) of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Cassidy Chapek of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, and Taylor Osmundson, Jacqie, Cole, and Sophia Nerison of Austin, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Chase, Porter, Edison, Tyler, Alexander, Cambrie and Tenley; uncle Garfield Kittelson of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin; niece, Dawn McMurray of Loveland, Colorado; many cousins; in-laws; and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 16, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeremy Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Little Cedar Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Home on Sunday, June 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. and at the church for one hour before the service on Monday. Memorials contributions can be made to "Home Away From Home," Extended Stay Home for Cancer Patients, 1216 5th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN, 55901. Arrangements are by Adams Funeral Home

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 13 JUN 2014

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Nell Louise (Rommel) Madura

1921-2014

Pending Notice: Nell Madura, 92

Nell Madura, 92, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at her home in the Keystone Communities of Eagan, Eagan, Minnesota. Arrangements are pending with the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
12 JUN 2014


Nell Louise Madura

(December 24, 1921 - June 11, 2014)

Nell Louise Madura, 92, formerly of Austin died Wednesday June 11th, 2014 at the Keystone Communities of Eagan, Eagan, Minnesota.

Nell Louise Rommel was born December 24, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Louis and Blanche (King) Rommel. Nell graduated from Roosevelt High School and from the University of Minnesota. Nell was married to John P. Madura in June of 1946 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. She taught music in Rose Creek and was the band director at Southland High School before her retirement. Nell was also the choir director at Fellowship Methodist church in Austin.

Nell was a charter member of the Fellowship United Methodist Church and more recently a member of the First United Methodist Church of Austin. She was a charter member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Nell was devoted to her church and family. She loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. She camped with family, participated in mission trips, took up scuba diving at 62 and traveled worldwide to many countries.

Nell was preceded in death by her husband John Madura and son Bob.

She is survived by sons, John (Kathryn Christie) Madura, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Tom (Jo) Madura, Apple Valley, Minnesota; Six grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, Sister Marjorie Talkovich, Safety Harbor, Florida.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday June 16, 2014 at the Clasen Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Marilee A. Benson officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Memorials to Austin Symphony or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website

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Roy Kester Huddleston

c1914-1969

LE ROY, MINNESOTA -- Services for Roy Kester Huddleston, 55, who died of a heart condition Wednesday at the Beaumont Hospital in El Paso, Texas, will be tomorrow in El Paso. Burial in the National Cemetery in Fort Bliss, El Paso.

Survivors include his widow, Josephine; two sons, Jerry of El Paso and Jack of Cedar Falls; a step-daughter, Georgia of El Paso; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Clark of Le Roy, Minnesota; two brothers, Curtis of McIntire and Archie of Aitken, Minnesota, and a grandson.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Sunday,
June 1, 1969, Waterloo, Iowa

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Eleanore Edith (Kirchner) Yunghans

1918-2014

Eleanore Edith Yunghans was the fourth child and only daughter born to Charles Henry and Edith Emma (nee Zander) Kirchner in their home near Sargeant, Minnesota, on March 13, 1918.

She was baptized at her home on April 21, 1918, by the the Rev. C. A. Affeldt of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Sargeant, and confirmed by the Rev. Rudolph F. Schroeder at Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS), Dexter, Minn., on May 15, 1932. Her confirmation passage was Hebrews 12: 2. She remained a faithful life-long member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. She graduated from Austin High School, Minn., studied for a year at the Hamilton School of Business in Mason City, Iowa, and married Ernest Emil Yunghans in St. Johns Church on Aug. 10, 1940, the Rev. C. F. Knauft officiating. She and Ernest had two children, Charles Ernest, born in Oak Park, Ill., on Aug. 9, 1946, and Paul Arthur, born in Baltimore on Sept. 16, 1949. Paul passed away in Indianapolis, Ind., on Feb. 23, 1954.

She was employed as a secretary at Mayer-Marx Furniture Company and Republic Steel Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, at Amertorp Torpedo Ordnance Corporation in Forest Park, Ill., at Army Finance, Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Ind., at North American Van Lines, Fort Wayne, Ind., as Faculty Secretary, at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., and as department secretary first to the religion and then to the music departments, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She also tested vacuum tubes for General Electric Corporation in Indianapolis, Ind. She was a supportive mother and remained the faithful wife of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Ernest Yunghans, for over 60 years by the time he passed away, on May 9, 2001. She showed a strong faith in her Lord throughout her life, and a willingness to defend her faith before others, even college professors.

Along with her son Paul, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Arthur, Elmer and Herbert, and their wives Doris, Thelma and Irene; her husband Ernest, her sisters-in-law Ruth and Dorothy and their husbands Rev. Dr. Robert Gussick and Louis Carr; nieces Joanne Johnson, Grace Sutherlin, Judith Dalager, Carol Felsch, Carol Schatz, Susan Carr Berilla; grandniece Michelle Boelter; and Dale Taylor, the husband of a surviving niece, Elaine.

She is survived by her elder son Charles; her cousin Jeanette Clayton; nieces Colleen Kvasnicka, Monica Fiduk, Carlene Schultz and Mary Lohrbach; and nephews Charles Kirchner, Arthur Kirchner, Herbert Kirchner, John Carr and Stephen Carr.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 222 6th Ave., SW Rochester, MN, with the Rev. Joel Haak officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at St. Johns Lutheran Church cemetery in rural Sargeant, Minn.

Memorials can be directed to The Confessional Lutheran Education Foundation, P.O. Box 43844 Minneapolis, MN 55443-0844, Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 289-3600,

www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 13 JUN 2014

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Bu Rey

1956-1014

Bu Reh, 58 of Austin, Minnesota died Saturday morning, June 14, 2014, at his home in Austin.

Bu Reh was born January 1, 1956, in Burma, the son of Meh Reh and Kar Meh. On October 17, 1980, he was united in marriage to Oo Meh in Thailand. They moved to the United States in June of 2009, where they settled in Kentucky. While living in Kentucky, Bu was employed at Perdue Foods in chicken processing. The family moved to St. Paul, Minn. in 2012, and to Austin, Minn., in February of 2014.

Bu is survived by his wife, Oo Meh; three children, Seh (Jermaine Molina) Meh, Meh Moh and Mi Meh; two grandchildren all of Austin, Minn.; and many family members in Burma. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Grandview Cemetery in Austin with Father Dale Tupper, officiating. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website,
14 JUN 2014

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Bernard Joseph Schaefer

1933-2014

Bernard Joseph Schaefer, 81, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Golden Living Center East in Rochester, Minnesota. He passed away the same day as his partner in crime, his nephew Bruce Schaefer 41 years ago, and now they are on their way to trap shoot together.

Bernard was born on March 25, 1933, at home in Austin to Joseph and Celestine Schaefer.

He attended kindergarten at Webster School and then Queen of Angels Catholic School.

Bernard was united in marriage to Patricia Kamp on Feb. 24, 1968. He worked for the Milwaukee Road Train Station de-icing box cars. Bernie would have his nephew Bruce come get unused ice to bring home to make homemade ice cream with his family. After his retirement he worked at Echo Lanes. He was a member of the Austin Moose Lodge and Austin Eagles Club for 51 years where he enjoyed volunteering and served on the board. Bernie and Pat enjoyed washing dishes and cleaning the dining room for many years at the Moose Lodge. Bernie loved spending summers up north at the Darrel and Rosie Danley's fishing shack, he enjoyed trap shooting, watching softball games, bowling, attending Moose and Eagles functions, hording and collecting many priceless trinkets and treasures where he would find most often at Sallyís Boutique and Goodwill.

Bernie was preceded in death by his wife Pat in 2012; his parents Joseph and Celestine; brothers Leo, Ray, Wilfred; sisters, Margaret Whalen, Dorothy Schlicter, Rosemary Danley

Bernie is survived by his brother Sylvester and sister Helen Sershen; his special niece Nancy Schaefer King and husband Bradly King; and many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Mayer Funeral Home.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Zink officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences available at www.mayerfh.com

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 17 JUN 2014

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