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Mower County Obituaries
Part 266

 

 

Alvin Monroe Greenlee

1930-2015

Alvin Monroe Greenlee, 84, passed away Friday morning, March 20, 2015, at Reflections on the Three Links Campus in Northfield.

Alvin Monroe Greenlee was born October 6, 1930, in Osage, Iowa, to Elmer and Gertrude (Allas) Greenlee. He was raised on the family farm near Elkton, Minnesota, attended country school, Austin High School, and graduated from Elkton in 1948. On April 11, 1950, Al was inducted into the US Army. He served in Germany during the Korean Conflict and following his honorable discharge on April 11, 1953, he returned to Austin. On May 29, 1954, Al married Marlys R. Hanson at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams.

After marriage they made their home in Austin where they became members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, and Al worked as manager of Austin Cashway Lumber. In 1982, Al and Marlys moved to Northfield and purchased the College City Motel. They operated the motel together until retiring in the summer of 1996. Marlys passed away on Jan. 8, 1997. In retirement Al spent most of his time volunteering and enjoying his interests.

Al was a lifetime member of the Northfield VFW serving as Post Commander, secretary for the Veterans Memorial Park Board, and served on the Honor Guard. He was a member of both Austin and Northfield Lions Club, Northfield American Legion and Cribbage Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing and playing Cribbage with his friends and family. Al will be remembered most for his compassion and generosity. He loved people and made friends everywhere he went, giving selflessly of himself and expecting nothing in return. He was very blessed.

Survivors include his son Terry (Heidi) of Orlando, Florida; his daughter Wendy (Ben) Conner of Odon, Indiana; his son-in-law Tony Kvam; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; his brother Ken (Winnie) of Austin; his sister Judy (Charles) Joel of Austin; nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his son Blake; his daughter Susan Kvam; his parents; and his brother Chuck.

Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Military Honors will follow. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Pallbearers will be Terry Greenlee, Ben Conner, Chad Meyers and Kevin Phelps. Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home, www.northfieldfuneral.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, MAR 2015

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David Allen Dahlquist

1942-2015

#1:

Death Notice: David Allen Dahlquist, 72

David Allen Dahlquist, 72, of Lyle, Minnesota, formerly of Russell, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Golden Living Center East, Rochester, Minnesota.

Service: Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, Minnesota, with the Rev. Ronald Myers officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be held for two hours immediately preceding the service at the church.

Interment: Interment will be in the Russell Cemetery, Russell, Minnesota at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Matchbox Children's Theater or recipient of donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 21 MAR 2015


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Obituary

David Allen Dahlquist, age 72 of Lyle, Minnesota, and formerly of Russell, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Golden Living Center East, Rochester, Minnesota.

He was born March 26, 1942 in Tracy, Minnesota, to Charles H. and Florence B. (Bengtson) Dahlquist. After his graduation from Macalester College, David began teaching high school in Lyle. Throughout his years of teaching he taught English, Drama, Speech, and French. He retired from teaching in 1999.

Following his retirement from teaching, he served as the Lyle schools state test coordinator and continued to volunteer his time reading for the elementary students. He was an active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle where he played the organ and directed the choir. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and was a member of the Austin Sons of Norway.

David loved the theater and was a Board Member, actor, and director at the Summerset Theater and Matchbox Children's Theater in Austin, as well as an actor and director at the Marion Ross Theater in Albert Lea. He was artistic in many mediums. . David was an avid collector and enjoyed playing Mexican Train dominoes. David freely gave his time and talents to many and will be missed.

Survivors include his chosen family, Ken and Audrey Miller of Balaton, MN, Anne and Jay Collier and their children and Jackson and Malaney (his Goddaughter) Collier of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Jay and Annette Miller and their children and Rick and Ron Jorgenson, all of Balaton, Minnesota, Robert and Kay Vogt, Kirsten and Jeff Coury and their children Galadriel, Guinevere, and Genevieve Coury, all of Glendale, Arizona, Randy Vogt of Oakdale, Minnesota, Jim and JoAnn Guthmiller and their children Kelsy and Carter, all of Lyle, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Florence Dahlquist and his grandparents. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, MN with Rev. Ronald Myers officiating. Visitation will be held for two hours immediately preceding the service at the church. Interment will be in the Russell City Cemetery, Russell, Minnesota, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Matchbox Children's Theater or recipient of donor's choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home

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Helen (Trihas) Santrizos

1913-2015

Born: January 11, 1913
Died: March 21, 2015

Helen T. Santrizos, 102, of Rochester, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Shorewood Assisted Living in Rochester.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 23rd at Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, Rochester with Father Mark Munoz officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Funeral Service:
  Monday, March 23, 2015
  Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church
  Rochester, Minnesota

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home


Helen Santrizos, 102

Helen Santrizos, 102, of Rochester, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Shorewood Assisted Living in Rochester.

Helen Trihas was born Jan. 11, 1913, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John George and Mary (Andrews) Trihas. She graduated from high school and attended college before she was married to Peter Santrizos. Helen was a longtime resident of Austin, Minnesota, before moving to Rochester. She was a member of the Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Peter and daughter Deanna Kolas.

Helen is survived by her grandchildren: Aristos and Penny Kolas, Rochester, Minnesota, Peter Kolas, Rochester, Minnesota, Sam and Gina Kolas, Rochester, Minnesota; great-grandchildren: Deanna Kolas, Theoni Kolas, Alexandra Kolas and Nicholas Kolas; son-in-law and wife, Nicholas A. and Ann Kolas, Rochester, Minnesota; step-grandchildren: Philip Kolas and Antonia Kolas; sister, Catherine Boyar, Belmont, California; niece, Connie Boyar Frenzel, Los Altos, California; cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23, at Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, Rochester, with Father Mark Munoz officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 23 MAR 2015

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Corey Albert Andrews

1992-2015

#1:

Death Notice: Corey A. Andrews, 23

Corey A. Andrews, 23, of Hollandale, Minnesota, died Thursday March 19, 2015, at his home.

Service: A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday March 24, 2015, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, Minnesota, with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening.

Visitation: Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m.

Interment: Interment will be in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 22 MAR 2015


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Corey Albert Andrews

Born: January 31, 1992
Died: March 19, 2015

Corey Albert Andrews, 23 of Hollandale, Minnesota, passed away Thursday March 19, 2015 at home.

Corey was born on January 31, 1992 in Austin, Minnesota, to Richard and Judy (Smith) Andrews. He earned his General Education Degree in October of 2013 graduating at the top of his class.

Corey loved spending time with his niece Rylyn, niece and Goddaughter Payton, and his dog Scooter. You could always find Corey working on his many vehicles with his friends. He loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his uncle Gary Smith.

Corey is survived by his parents, Rick and Judy Andrews, Hollandale, Minnesota; brothers: Brandon Andrews (Brooke Fontana), Rochester, Minnesota, Travis Andrews (Amanda Zahradnik), Rochester, Minnesota; sister and brother-in-law: Marissa and Chase Wynns, Rochester, Minnesota; nieces: Rylyn Andrews and Payton Andrews; grandparents: Joan and Jerry Smith, Adams, Minnesota, Marlene Andrews, Appleton, Wisconsin, and Darwin Andrews, Owatonna, Minnesota; Corey's "Little Girl," IzaBelle Grace; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and beloved pet, Scooter.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, March 24th at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, Minnesota, with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy and Father Ruben Spinler officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 PM on Monday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

There will be a prayer service at 7:30 PM on Monday and there will also be visitation at the Adams Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home
(Adams Funeral Home)

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John Leroy Capp

1921-2014

March 23, 1921 - March 14, 2015

Obituary for John Leroy Capp

John L. Capp, age 93, of Austin, died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 6:30 pm wake service on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-7 pm and also one hour before the service at the church on that Saturday.

Source: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin MN


Obituary for John Leroy Capp

John L. Capp, age 93, of Austin, died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

John was born March 23, 1921 in Austin to John J. and Mary (Sloan) Capp. He was baptized, made his First Communion, and was confirmed at St. Augustine Catholic Church. John went to Columbus grade school and graduated from St. Augustine High School.

John joined the United States Navy on June 9, 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945 as Yeoman 2nd Class. On March 26, 1945 he married Agnes Terese Paczkowski at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, New York. The couple moved to Austin shortly after being married where John worked for the Hormel Foods Corp. from 1947 until he retired.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes of Austin; daughter, Mary (Fred) Manuel of Detroit Lakes; son, Thomas J. Capp of Austin; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey, Steven, Julie, Elizabeth, Melissa, John D., Tennille, Josh, and Summer; 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward Capp; sisters, Josephine Meakins and Evalyn Magnuson; son, Steven Jon Capp.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 6:30 pm wake service on Friday April 10, at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-7 pm and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Milirary rites will be by American Legion Post #91 and V.F.W. Post #1216.

Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com

Source: Mayer Funeral Home

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Elsa Marie (Biel) Wilkie

1939-2015

Elsa M. Wilkie, 75, of Spring Valley, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, at her home.

Elsa Marie Biel was born May 22, 1939, to Harold C.E. and Marie (Hartig) Biel in Spring Valley, Minnesota. She was baptized into the Christian faith on July 3, 1939. She grew up in the Zion Lutheran congregation and was a charter member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Elsa graduated from Spring Valley High School and continued her education at Austin Community College, Winona State University, and the University of London, England.

On April 2, 1956, Elsa was united in marriage to Delmar Wilkie, they later divorced in 1983. In 1973, Elsa and Delmar purchased and operated AA Waste Away and the Appliance Center of Austin, Minnesota. Elsa also taught at Austin Community College, sold real estate, owned and operated ShortStop Photo with her son, Steve, was a marketing director, social worker, and a behavioral change counselor at Mayo Clinic. In her spare time, Elsa enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, theater, and traveling, especially to England to visit many friends.

Elsa is survived by her children, Bill (Kris) Wilkie of Hollandale, Minnesota, Karen (Dan) Millenacker of Bloomington, Minnesota, Steve (Laurie) Wilkie of Shakopee, Minnesota, and Sue (Keith) Hanson of Austin, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Harold W. (Cheryl) Biel of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and daughter-in-law, Michelle (Carl) Palma of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold C.E. and Marie; and her youngest son, David.

Funeral services for Elsa Wilkie will be held 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minnesota, with Pastor Jim Scaife officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, Minnesota, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. \Condolences may be left online at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 22 MAR 2015

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Donald Carl "Don" Schieck

1927-2015

Donald "Don" Carl Schieck, 88, of Fargo, North Dakota, and Park Rapids, Minnesota, died on Sunday, March 9, 2015, at the Rosewood Care Center in Fargo, North Dakota.

Donald was born on Feb. 14, 1927, in Waltham Township, in Mower County, Minnesota, the son of George and Emilie (Hussong) Schieck. He grew up and attended the Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in Waltham, Minnesota. His final two years of High School he and his brother Norman dormed in Austin, Minnesota, where he participated in wrestling and in his junior year he made it to the state tournament.

He worked in the area as a carpenter for a year before enlisting into the US Navy in January of 1945. He served onboard a small aircraft carrier the USS Independence and the naval Landing Craft repair ship USS Egeria. Don participated in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II, which included the Philippine liberation. Seaman first class Donald Schieck was honorably discharged from active duty December of 1947. He continued in the Naval Reserves until 1952. He attended the American Technical Society Carpentry School and graduated in 1951. He attained his Journeyman Carpenter rank later the same year.

He was united in marriage to Clarice A. Gabrielson on Nov. 22, 1951 -- Thanksgiving Day -- in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. They settled in Austin, Minnesota, where Don began work in the carpenter and construction trade. They raised their four children in Austin. In 1972, Don changed careers and he began teaching carpentry and construction skills to students at the Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. They lived in Bloomington, Minnesota, until 1983, when they moved to Burnsville, Minnesota. Don retired in 1992, and in 1994, after finishing their dream home on Portage Lake, they moved to Park Rapids, Minnesota.

They enjoyed their retirement years, keeping busy as active members of Calvary Lutheran Church, the Local Veterans Memorial Committee, lifetime member of the VFW and the Disabled Veterans. They were instrumental in establishing two new Sons of Norway Chapters - Lakeville, Minnesota, and Park Rapids, Minnesota, where they were charter members of both.

Don and Clarice enjoyed many summer days pontooning and fishing on Portage Lake. Don was also a longtime member of the Carpenters Union. Earlier in his life he belonged to the Civil Air Patrol. He was also a long-standing and faithful blood donor, and maintained an interest in DFL politics. He also served as the sports boosters chairperson while his children were involved in Austin school sports. Don became a significant member of the Local All Veterans Ceremonial Burial Team in the Park Rapids area, volunteering his time to present military honors for many local veteran funerals.

Don's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the memory care staff at Rosewood Care Center in Fargo. His family would like to suggest memorials may be given to the Calvary Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the Park Rapids Veterans Memorial.

He is survived by his four children: Richard (Mary) Schieck of Sunburg, Minnesota, Ronald (Gloria) Schieck of Lakeville, Minnesota, Jeanine (Ross) Kvittem of Burnsville, Minnesota, Roberta (Greg) Lein of Moorhead, Minnesota; four grandchildren: Sarah Schieck, Adam Schieck, Rachel Herrild, Rebekah Schieck; two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Virgil (Verna) Schieck of Austin, Minnesota, Norman (Donna) Schieck of Austin, Minnesota.

Don was preceded in death by his parents George and Emilie Schieck; his wife Clarice in December of 2014; siblings: Alvin Schieck, Lawrence Schieck, Esther Johnson, and Erwin Schieck.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, Minnesota, with visitation starting at 1 p.m. Pastor Sara Jensen will be the officiant. Military Honors will be provided by the Star of the North Marine Corp League honors team. Ray Vaadeland will play taps. Inurnment will be held at 12:45 p.m. Friday March 27, 2015, at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Mpls, Minnesota, followed by a reception to be held at the Fort Snelling Officers Club. Friends may leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com. Cease Family Funeral Home has assisted the family with arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 22 MAR 2015

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Geraldine Marie (Parker) Sturm

1927-2015

Born: August 27, 1927
Died: March 22, 2015

Geraldine M. Sturm, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 27th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend David Harms officiating. Visitation will be at the mortuary for one hour before the service on Friday morning. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, MAR 2015


Geraldine Marie Sturm, 87

Geraldine Marie Sturm, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, went into the loving arms of her Savior on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota.

Gerri was born on August 27, 1927, in West Concord, Minnesota, to Harry and Pearl (Freeman) Parker. She graduated from Dodge Center, Minnesota, and attended North Central Bible College where she met and married her husband A.D. (Arlo) Sturm of almost 68 years. They entered into the ministry and traveled on the evangelistic field and then pastoral duties. Later, they were part of Christian Radio ministry (Lifetime). She was a devoted wife and mother. Geraldine loved Christian music and played and sang whenever she could be a blessing. She had a heart for children evangelism in her early years traveling giving kids crusades.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents Pearl and Harry Parker; her beloved mother and father-in-law, Beatrice and John Sturm; and also by her sisters: Harriet Frances, Virginia Engelman and Frances Wikre.

Gerri is survived by her husband, A.D. (Arlo) Sturm, Austin, Minnesota; her four children: Larry Sturm, Norman, Oklahoma, Dwight Sturm, Austin, Minnesota, Rhonda J. (Gordon) Mondt, Austin, Minnesota, and Craig Sturm, Austin, Minnesota; three grandchildren: Eric (Lynda) Runnels, Bend, Oregon, Robyn (Justin) Dobbs, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Matthew (Kayla) Sturm, Austin, Minnesota; four great-grandchildren: Madison and Gavin Dobbs, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Landon and Leah Sturm, Austin, Minnesota; sister Mary Ella Westerman, of Tennessee; and nieces and nephews.

Geraldine was dearly loved and will be missed deeply.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 27, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. David Harms officiating. Visitation will be at the mortuary for one hour before the service on Friday morning. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 25 MAR 2015

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James David Weber

1948-2015

Funeral Notice: James David Weber, 66

James David Weber, 66, of rural Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be at the mortuary on Saturday for one hour before the service.

Interment: Interment will be at St. Ansgar City Cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, MAR 2015


James David Weber

Born: May 01, 1948
Died: March 23, 2015

James David Weber, 66, of rural Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 28th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be at St. Ansgar City Cemetery. Visitation will be at the mortuary on Saturday for one hour before the service.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website 25 MAR 2015


James David Weber

Born: May 01, 1948
Died: March 23, 2015

James David Weber, 66 of rural Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home.

James was born on May 1, 1948. His parents were Edward and Agnes (Lammers) Weber. He grew up near little cedar, Iowa and graduated from Osage High School in 1966 and attended Hamilton College. He later purchased his farm, where he presided until his death.

James was very hardworking as he farmed and maintained a full time job all of his life. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed going to auction sales. He would always find time to have a cup of coffee with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Agnes Weber.

James is survived by his sister: Mary Brown; one nephew: Jason Brown; and many cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 28th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be at St. Ansgar City Cemetery. Visitation will be at the mortuary on Saturday for one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 26 MAR 2015
See also: Austin Daily Herald, 26 MAR 2015

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Keith William Ihrke

1946-2015

Born: December 07, 1946
Died: March 23, 2015

Keith W. Ihrke, 68, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin.

Keith was born on December 7, 1946 in Austin, Minnesota, to Frank and Gladys (Abbott) Ihrke. He graduated from Austin High School and received an Associates Degree at Anoka Ramsey Community College. He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1968. Keith married Deborah Olson on September 22, 1973 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Keith enjoyed fixing computers, golfing, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Deborah (Olson) Ihrke in 2009, brother Dale Ihrke, sister Phyllis Oldenburg, brothers-in-law Otto Oldenburg and Blaine Nobbs.

Keith is survived by his son, Vaughn (Kelly) Ihrke, Isanti, Minnesota; daughter, Kelly Ann (Nathan) Marvin, Clearwater, Minnesota; two grandchildren, Neva Ihrke and Noah Ihrke; a sister, Carol Nobbs, Monticello, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law, Petra Ihrke, Austin, Minnesota, and Becky (Richard) Johnson, Gilbert, Arizona; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held later in the spring and will be announced. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 26 MAR 2015


Keith William Ihrke, 68

Keith W. Ihrke, 68, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin.

Keith was born on Dec. 7, 1946, in Austin, Minnesota, to Frank and Gladys (Abbott) Ihrke. He graduated from Austin High School and received an associates degree at Anoka Ramsey Community College. He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1968. Keith married Deborah Olson on Sept. 22, 1973, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Keith enjoyed fixing computers, golfing, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Deborah (Olson) Ihrke in 2009; brother Dale Ihrke; sister Phyllis Oldenburg; brothers-in-law Otto Oldenburg and Blaine Nobbs.

Keith is survived by his son Vaughn (Kelly) Ihrke, Isanti, Minnesota; daughter Kelly Ann (Nathan) Marvin, Clearwater, Minnesota; two grandchildren: Neva Ihrke and Noah Ihrke; sister Carol Nobbs, Monticello, Minnesota; sisters-in-law: Petra Ihrke, Austin, Minnesota, and Becky (Richard) Johnson, Gilbert, Arizona; nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a graveside service for Keith and Deborah Ihrke at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 10:45 a.m. Family and friends attending the graveside service should enter the cemetery at the second gate marked “Funeral Cortege” and proceed to Assembly area No. 2 by 10:30 a.m. There will be a reception for family and friends from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. following the graveside service and it will held at the Ft. Snelling Officers Club at 395 Highway 5 and Post Road, St. Paul, MN 55111. The family prefers memorials. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 1 APR 2015

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David Eugene Ferguson

1934-2015

Born: July 9, 1934
Died: March 24, 2015

Pending Notice: David E. Ferguson, 80

David E. Ferguson, 80, of Austin, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin. 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, 25 MAR 2015 & Worlein Funeral Home


Obituary

David Eugene Ferguson, age 80 of Austin, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin.

He was born to Ross and Florence Ferguson on a farm near Newry, Minnesota in Freeborn County where he grew up. David graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1953 and obtained his two year mechanics degree at Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis before going to work for several auto and farm machinery dealerships, including implement dealers in Madelia and Owatonna. He had his own diesel repair shop in Lansing, Minnesota and later built another shop near Interstate 90 and Highway 56.

David operated the shop for over 50 years and also lived there. David repaired all kinds of engines but specialized in diesel injection (mostly self-taught). He was internationally known for his diesel innovations and solving problems after other diesel shops failed. Happiest when he was talking about or working on tractors, David conducted diesel seminars at the Gathering of the Orange in Hutchinson, Minnesota and other tractor shows.

He collected classic farm tractors of all makes, except John Deere. He enjoyed showing off his tractors at antique tractor pulls, and many area antique tractor shows. He was well-respected for his high quality work restoring classic Allis Chalmers tractors. His innovations were featured in books and magazines, including antique tractor magazines, and he continued to receive inquiries from overseas even after he sold his business property and moved to the Cedars of Austin in 2012. His participation in tractor shows and his expertise will be missed. He will be especially missed by family and friends.

Survivors include two brothers, A. Owen (Lorraine) Ferguson of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota and Phillip (Linda) Ferguson of Rochester, Minnesota; two sisters, Norma (William) Johnson of Centennial, Colorado and Carol (Ward) Voorhees of Morris, Minnesota; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, two great, great nieces; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Florence Ferguson.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James Beyer officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and one hour prior to the service Sunday. Interment is at Geneva Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 3/26/2015
See also, Austin Daily Herald for 3/27/2015

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Eugene "Gene" Orth

1939-2015

Eugene "Gene" Orth, 75, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Gene was born August 17, 1939, in Mower County, Minnesota, the son of Roy and Erma (May) Orth. He was a graduate of Austin High School. On August 24, 1957, he was united in marriage to Joyce Hardy in Austin, Minnesota.

Gene had been engaged in farming in his younger years and then spent many years with the Wilson Company in Albert Lea. He was a member of the Church of Christ (New Life Christian Church), the Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and the Elks.

Gene loved hunting, fishing, gardening, travel, bird watching, music, motorcycling and stock car racing. Special times in his life were enjoyed with family and the grandchildren.

Gene is survived by his wife Joyce; children: Ken Orth of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Christine Orth (Daniel Colstrup) of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Curtis (Lori) Orth of Falcon, Colorado, and Sheila Orth of Albert Lea, Minnesota; grandchildren; Daniel Orth, Sierra (Renaldo) DeMery, Sammuel Orth, Lauren (David) Hoffman, Ethan Orth, Andrea Orth, Garret Orth, Megan Orth, and Jennifer (Lewis) Baumann; four great-grandchildren: Oliver, Lucy, Cohen and Kellan; brother Robert Orth of Aurora, Colorado; sisters: Mary (Robert) Baker of Austin, Minnesota, Connie (Morris) Gibson of Houston, Texas; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Eugene will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the New Life Christian Church in Albert Lea. Pastor Vern Harris will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lansing Cemetery, Lansing, Minnesota.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 26 MAR 2015

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Arlean J. (Henrikson) Quackenbush

1929-2015

Obituary for Arlean J. Quackenbush

Arlean J. Quackenbush, 85, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, and Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Arlean was born in LaMoure, North Dakota on May 26, 1929 to Herman and Irene (Anderson) Henrikson. She grew up in LaMoure and graduated from LaMoure High School in 1946. Arlean was an excellent student and graduated Valedictorian of her class. She continued her education at Concordia College where she studied bookkeeping. She moved to Pipestone, Minnesota, to work as a bookkeeper and it was in Pipestone, where she met her future husband, Robert T. Quackenbush.

The two were married on November 6, 1949. They moved to Windom, Minnesota, and then eventually to Albert Lea in 1954 where Robert worked at and eventually purchased the Bergen Insurance Agency - later to be named QBC Insurance. Arlean was the bookkeeper for their business as they raised their family. They also owned World Travel Agency and enjoyed traveling together.

Robert and Arlean sold their businesses and moved to Austin in 1988. Robert continued to work in different banks in Austin and Arlean enjoyed family and friends. Robert died on May 4, 2007. Arlean remained involved in different activities around the Austin area, including PEO, until she moved to Chanhassen, Minnesota in 2010.

Arlean was a member of First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea and St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. She loved golf and was a member of the Albert Lea and Austin Country Clubs. Arlean was an avid bridge player; even in her final months she was winning at bridge. Most importantly, she loved being committed to her family. Arlean and Robert had a "perfect balance of faith, family and work" in their lives. Anyone who was lucky enough to be a part of her family felt her unconditional love.

Arlean is survived by a daughter, Jana (Gene) Berghoff of Excelsior, Minnesota; a son, James (JoAnn) Quackenbush of Chanhassen, Minnesota; grandchildren, Michael (Jaclyn) Quackenbush of Arden Hills, Minnesota, Elizabeth Quackenbush of Rochester, Krista (Blake) Arnold of Tonka Bay, Minnesota, Austin, Sophia, Lucas and Ethan Quackenbush, all of Chanhassen; great-grandchildren, Redding and Sloan Quackenbush of Arden Hills, Minnesota; sister, Violet (Eldon) Bergman of Frazee, Minnesota; brother Harvey Henrikson of Rochester; other family members, Diane Holland of Eyota, Minnesota, and Ann Quackenbush of Chanhassen.

Arlean was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert; son Stephen; brother Robert Henrikson; sister Leota Ellison and her husband Carl; and sister in law Fernande Henrikson

A public visitation will be held from 11 am - 1 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin. Graveside ceremony will be private at Frankford Cemetery of Spring Valley.

Memorials to be sent to:
    Hospice - Arlean Quackenbush Memorials
    c/o Park Nicollet Foundation
    6500 Excelsior Blvd
    St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Source: Mayer Funeral Home, 26 MAR 2015

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Luverne Fredrick Homeier

1927-2015

Luverne F. Homeier, 87, of Austin, and formerly of Faribault, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin.

Luverne Fredrick, the son of Herman and Hulda (Krakou) Homeier, was born on October 4, 1927, in Faribault. He married Betty Barfknecht on February 11, 1951, in Faribault. Luverne was employed by DHIA for 34 years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, playing cards and the harmonica.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters: Nancy Homeier of Owatonna, and Shirley (and Bob) Olson of Austin; five grandchildren: Gabe Homeier (and Amy Vasey), Naomi (and Gideon) Thompson, James Homeier (and Andrea Rhodes), Greg Schmidt (and Lisa Washa), and Paul Schmidt (and Megan Radel); seven great-grandchildren: Michaela Homeier, Kelsey Homeier, Alyssa Homeier, Morgan Thompson, Drake Thompson, Ava Schmidt, and Addison Schmidt; one brother, Howard Homeier of Kenyon; one brother-in-law, Walter (and Margie) Barfknecht of Owatonna; other relatives; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Harry Homeier and Harlan Homeier.

Funeral services will be at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault, on Monday, March 30, 2015, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, with military rites provided by Rice County Central Veteran's Association. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Sunday, March 29, 2015, and also at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the services. Visit boldtfuneralhome.com for information and guest book.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 27 MAR 2015

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Betty Rosalie (Engwall) Svejkovsky

1924-2015

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Born: June 07, 1924
Died: March 27, 2015

Betty Rosalie Svejkovsky, age 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Koronis Manor, Paynesville, Minnesota, due to complications from a fall.

Betty was born on June 7, 1924, to George and Minnie (Freeman) Engwall in Bloomington, Minnesota in the house her father built. She attended grade school there, and at the age of 9 her family moved to Minneapolis in 1933. Betty graduated from Central High School in 1942, continued her education by attending a Business School and then working in the clerical department for Munsingwear.

It was during her employment that Betty met and married her soulmate, Roger Svejkovsky (now deceased), at the Richfield Lutheran Church on September 15, 1951 after a five-month courtship. They lived in the home that Roger built prior to their wedding and lived there happily during their 62 years of marriage.

Betty and her husband Roger owned Rogers Jewelers and Betty worked there part-time. Betty loved being a homemaker and doing crafts, especially making her special note cards and as well as all of their Christmas cards. She particularly loved to travel with Roger in their motorhome(s) and in their retirement, wintered in Florida but mostly in California. Betty and Roger had visited all 50 United States in addition to several European countries.

Betty is survived by two sisters-in-law Maxine Engwall and Rosella Svejkovsky, along with many nieces and nephews and too many great friends to mention. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Roger, along with their infant son David, her parents, two brothers Glen and Robert, along with one sister, Dee.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Dale Christiansen officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. The family requests no flowers. Any monetary memorials will be used for perpetual gravesite flowers.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 29 MAR 2015

See also: Austin Daily Herald, 7 APR 2015

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William J. O'Rourke, M.D.

1930-2015

Holy, humble, generous and kind. A compassionate physician and loving father, grandfather, husband, brother and friend. Bill O'Rourke was all these things, and much more.

After suffering the last few years from Alzheimer's, Dad died at age 85, unexpectedly but peacefully at Madonna Towers in Rochester on March 29, 2015. His loving wife of 59 years, Mary Ann, was at his side.

Bill was born Jan. 31, 1930, in St. Paul to Margaret (Schiller) and Willis O'Rourke. He attended St. Andrew grade school, and St. Thomas Academy and College. During medical school at Creighton University, he met Mary Ann (Dendinger). They were married in Omaha at St. Cecilia's Cathedral. He did an internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, then served two years at Otis Air Force base hospital in Massachusetts, did his family practice residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, and then settled in Austin, Minnesota. He practiced Family Medicine at the Austin Clinic from 1961 until 1978, then joined the Mayo Clinic as a medical otorhinolaryngologist for the next 18 years, where he healed many and made friends with many more. He retired in 1996. Bill was a member of the Doctors Mayo Society, Zumbrota Medical Society and a life-time member of the American Academy of Family Practice.

Bill was an ardent, prayerful Catholic who served his parish community with total faith and generosity; he raised his children to live their faith in service to others. He and Mary Ann were Eucharistic ministers and belonged to the Rochester Serra Club, which fosters vocations to the priesthood and religious life. He was a former member of ElderNetwork and the St. Pius X parish nurse program.

Bill was preceded in death by parents Willis and Margaret; brothers: Robert and Jerry; sister Marguerite; and infant son William.

In addition to his wife Mary Ann, other survivors include daughter Theresa (David) McGuire, Rochester; Joe (Mary) O'Rourke, Kansas; Michael O'Rourke, St. Paul; Gina (Pat) Peschel, Edina; foster daughter Jane Schnirring Rodriguez (Joe), St. Paul. He was a wonderful grandpa to Patrick, Mara and Helen McGuire, Olivia and Elise Rodriguez, Maddy and Ian O'Rourke, and Jack, Emma and William Peschel.

The family would like to extend special thanks to those who helped us care for Bill these past few years, especially those at Caring Partners and the Madonna Towers Living Community.

We invite you to join us in remembrance and celebration of Bill's life on April 1, 2015, starting with recitation of the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester, followed by visitation at 10 a.m. and a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. The Mass will be concelebrated by Father Paul Nelson and brother-in-law Bishop Willam Dendinger from Grand Island, Nebraska. Lunch will follow Mass; burial afterward at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Pius X Church or Madonna Towers Living Community of Rochester. Macken Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 30 MAR 2015

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Lynn Edward Webber

1939-2015

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Funeral Notice: Lynn Edward Webber

Lynn Edward Webber, 76, of Adams, Minnesota, died Saturday, March, 28, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating.

Funeral Home: Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 30 MAR 2015


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Lynn Edward Webber 1939-2015

Lynn Edward Webber, 76, of Adams, Minnesota, died Saturday, March, 28, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Lynn was born on January 14, 1939, in Austin, Minnesota, to Raymond and Aurelia (Campbell) Webber. Lynn attended school in Taopi from first-through eighth-grade before graduating from Adams High School in 1957. Lynn was homecoming king of Adams High in 1956. He excelled in baseball, basketball, and football and was All Conference Honors in all three sports. On Nov. 15, 1960, Lynn married Helen Marie Retterath at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He retired from George A. Hormel Co. and was a proud member of the Local P-9. In his retirement, Lynn worked as a caretaker at the High Forest rest area.

Lynn was proud of his children and adored his grandchildren. He coached grade-school football. He enjoyed his sons' sports events and later he loved to watch his grandchildren's sporting events. He loved babysitting his precious granddaughter -- his little Sadie Bug (3-and-a-half years old). In his spare time, Lynn enjoyed hunting ducks, geese, deer and bear with his sons, grandsons and friends. He also did taxidermy and trapping with his sons. Lynn was in the Donor Program. He loved John Wayne movies and all westerns.

Lynn was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Ducks Unlimited.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Aurelia Webber; and his brother Bob Webber.

Lynn is survived by his wife: Helen Webber, Adams, Minnesota; son Anthony "Potsy" Webber, Harmony, Minnesota; daughter Tamara Larsen, Adams, Minnesota; son Timothy (Annette) Webber, Rangely, Colorado; daughter Pamela (Jason) Teerink, St. Paul, Minnesota; son Matthew (Kerry) Webber, Adams, Minnesota; nine grandchildren: Brittany Webber, Shane Webber, Bryce Larsen, Mitchell Webber, McKenzie Webber, Marshall Webber, Katlin Webber, Christopher Webber, and Sadie Webber.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Sue Finbraaten was the organist. Private burial will take place at a later date.

We would like to thank everyone for all the kindness shown to our family. We extend a special thank you to all the law officers who attended the service, the Southland Baseball players who attended in their uniforms, friends and relatives.

The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 8 APR 2015

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Mary Jane Smith

C1936-2015

Funeral Notice: Mary Jane Smith, 78

Mary Jane Smith of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully at her home on March 24, 2015.

Service: There will be a Mary Jane Smith Celebration of Life service held on May 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Westminister Presbyterian Church at 802 4th Street SW Austin, MN, 507-433-3258. Please bring memories and stories to share. Lunch will be served.

Interment: Per her request cremation has taken place.

Memorials: Mary Jane requested memorials go to the Westminister Presbyterian church or the local Humane Society.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 30 MAR 2015


Funeral Notice: Mary Jane Smith, 78

Mary Jane Smith of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully at her home on March 24, 2015.

Service: There will be a Mary Jane Smith Celebration of Life service held on May 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Westminister Presbyterian Church at 802 4th Street SW Austin, MN (507) 433-3258. Please bring memories and stories to share. Lunch will be served.

Interment: Per her request cremation has taken place.

Memorials: Mary Jane requested memorials go to the Westminister Presbyterian church or the local Humane Society.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 30 APR 2015

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Rosebell S. (Larson) Blonigan

1904-1999

Obituary,

Rosebell S. Blonigan, 95, of Adams, died on Monday, July 26, 1999, at Meadow Manor Nursing Home.

Rosebell Larson Blonigan, daughter of Andrea Olson and Lars Larson, was born on January 5, 1904, in Nevada township, Mower county, Minnesota. Later the family moved to the Adams area.

After graduating from Adams public grade and high school, she completed a year's teacher training at Austin Public High School and later completed elementary education at Winona State College. She taught rural and village schools for a number of years. She was awarded a life certificate to teach elementary grades in the state of Minnesota.

She lived with her parents on a farm west of Adams on Highway 56, until her marriage to Edmund Blonigan on June 27, 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edmund died on February 10, 1978.

She is survived by her cousins.

Casket bearers are Mike Adams, Jerome Landherr, Earl Lewison, Donald Fasbender, Victor Jensen, and Robert Gerber.

Organist is Helen King.


Service: 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating.

Interment: Six Mile Grove Cemetery, Lyle, Minnesota.

Visitation: Friends may call at the church one hour before the service.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are prefered to the donor's choice.

Source: Austin Herald, Wed. 7-28-1999, page 2, col. 1
Submitted to MNGenWeb/Mower by Mark Ashley, 3/30/2015

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Thomasine Loretta (Lickteig)
"Tommie" Farnsworth

1928-2015

Thomasine Loretta "Tommie" Farnsworth, 86, died March 31, 2015, at Hester Care Center. She was born September 1, 1928, in Austin, Minnesota, to Stephen and Catherine (Cassady) Lickteig.

Tommie was a Christian woman of great faith who spent her life spreading her Lord's word. She was involved in foreign missionary work for over 40 years, with so many brought to the faith through her kind hand and compassionate heart. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who left a great legacy of faith, hope, and love.

She married Francis Farnsworth on April 28, 1947, in Austin, Minnesota. He died Nov. 17, 1993.

Survivors include sons: Robert Farnsworth and wife Linda, Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Brad Farnsworth and wife Gina, Brownsburg, Indiana; daughters: Diane Brick and husband Edward, Neoga, Illinois, Cathy Patterson, Yukon, Oklahoma, Mary Schulte and husband Ken, Hutchinson, Kansas; 13 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; 10 brothers; and four sisters.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Elliott Chapel, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS, 67501, with the Rev. James Francis presiding. Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, April 3, 2015, in Resurrection Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Memorials may be made to Kids Around The World International, The Guatemala Project, 2424 Charles St., Rockford, IL, 61108.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 2 APR 2015

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Marlys Verdell (Richardson)
Johnson

1918-2015

Marlys V. Johnson, 96, formerly of Lyle, Minnesota, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin.

Marlys Verdell Richardson was born on Aug. 12, 1918, in Lyle, Minnesota, to Hans and Anna (Olswold) Richardson. She graduated from Lyle High School in 1935 at the age of 16, as she had skipped a grade in school. She was valedictorian of her class. After graduation she worked for her uncle, John Hanson, at Hanson's Department Store in Lyle.

On January 14, 1940, she was united in marriage to Webster Johnson. They had seven children and were married for 63 years before Webster passed away. Marlys was a lifelong member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She was active in her church circle and WELCA and sang in the church choir for over 50 years. Marlys was also a member of the Lyle Senior Citizens and the Lyle Study Club.

She enjoyed music, and in her younger years she sang solos and duets with her sister Opal. While at Sacred Heart, Marlys enjoyed the game of "Name That Tune." There were very few songs that she didn't know. After taking only 14 piano lessons she was able to play many songs. Marlys enjoyed playing cards, watching sporting events -- especially basketball, sewing and making quilts with the ladies at church, and spending time with her family. She was a kind and loving mother and an excellent cook. Some of her specialties were Swiss steak, homemade bread and rolls, and graham cracker cream pies. She raised a big garden and did a lot of canning produce. She also enjoyed traveling, spending 15 winters with her husband in McAllen, Texas.

Marlys is survived by her daughters: Judy (Donald) Ransom of Austin, Minnesota, and Jackie (Dennis) Miller of Mankato, Minnesota; sons: John (Darlene) Johnson of Lyle, Minnesota, Roger (Mary Ann) Johnson of West St. Paul, Minnesota, Douglas (Jane) Johnson of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Jerry (JoAnn) Johnson of Corcoran, Minnesota; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; her brother Lloyd Richardson of Austin; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hans and Anna Richardson; her husband Webster; her son Robert; daughter-in-law Dolly; sisters: Phyllis, Opal, and Norma; brother Maurice; step-brother Orwin; and step-sister Hazel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, Minnesota, with the Rev. Ronald Myers officiating. Visitation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church immediately preceding the service. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mona, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hill Cemetery or donor's choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online atwww.worlein.com. Blessed be her memory.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 2 APR 2015

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Bernyce Harriet Crowder

1926-2015

Bernyce Harriet Crowder, 88, of Austin died on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Our House in Austin, Minnesota.

Bernyce was born on October 17, 1926, in Crandon, Wisconsin. She attended school in Wisconsin. Bernyce was married to Wesley Crowder. On May 8, 1964, Bernyce became a licensed student pilot and two days later made her first solo flight in a Beechcraft Musketeer, in which she received most of her training. She also soloed in a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Cessna Skyhawk on the same day. She also owned and worked at several Austin area businesses. For 12 years, she worked with the Hospital Auxiliary.

Bernyce was preceded in death by her husband Wesley Crowder.

She is survived by her stepson and wife, Dennis and Julie Crowder, Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren: Tim and Julayne; and great-grandchildren, Chris and Kelsey.

In remembrance of Bernyce, friends and relatives are welcome to the Moscow Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015, for a memorial lunch and time of sharing.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 1 APR 2015

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Helen Faye Roeske

1920-2015

Helen F. Roeske 94, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died March 26, 2015, at the Eastmont Towers Care Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Helen Faye Roeske was born April 8, 1920, on a farm near New York Mills, Minnesota, the daughter of Jessie Mae (Hillier) and Elmer W. Roeske. Her mother died when Helen was five days old. She was raised by her birth mother's brother and wife, the Rev. Benjamin and Ollie Hillier. She moved to Nebraska when she was 10 days old.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin; with the Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 5 APR 2015

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Lisa (Dotzenrod) Fisher

1957-2015

Lisa Dotzenrod Fisher, 57, of Los Gatos, California, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was born in Austin, Minnesota, on December 23, 1957, to Carol and Darrell Dotzenrod.

Lisa attended school in Chatfield and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1976, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in business in 1980. She married Robert Fisher in 1987, and worked in financial planning, spending most of her professional career working for Fisher Investments of San Mateo, California.

Lisa was an accomplished horsewoman, winning numerous awards at shows in Minnesota and at national competitions. Her real joy in life was her family. She especially loved watching the inline hockey games of her sons, Adam and Matthew. She attended as many tournament games as she could, until her health would no longer allow her to travel. Lisa touched the lives of everyone she met with her kind, generous nature and her fun-loving spirit.

Lisa is survived by her husband, Robert, and sons Adam and Matthew, all of Los Gatos, California; father, Darrell Dotzenrod of Austin; sister, Teri Danhoff (James) of Blaine; sisters-in-law: Cynthia Fisher of Costa Rica, and Joni Fisher (Steve Koeln) of River Falls, Wisconsin; nieces and nephews; and other loving family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second St. in Campbell, California, on Sunday, April 19, at 4 p.m.

A memorial service in Minnesota will be held at a later date; details to be shared on Lisa Dotzenrod Fisher's Facebook page and through family members. Lisa donated her body to Stanford University. Memorial contributions can be made to the Silvercreek Sportsplex Foundation at www.gotoplex.com/foundation/donate.html.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 5 APR 2015

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Richard L. "Dick" Larson

1928-2015

Richard L. "Dick" Larson, 86, passed peacefully on March 14, 2015.

On May 29, 1928, Richard L. "Dick" Larson survived a difficult delivery, which culminated in being warmed in the oven of the wood-burning stove in parents Clarence and Mary Aileen Larson's rented farmhouse not far outside Austin, Minnesota. A talented student, like his schoolteacher mother before him, Dick attended one room schools in the primary grades. At age 15 he moved into town on his own to bellhop at the Fox Hotel. A couple years later he graduated from Austin High School and, after service in the Navy, obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering, the first college degree in his immediate family.

In 1958, already the father of three boys, Dick landed what was to be his final engineering job with the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, from which he retired after 35 years of service, first with the Bomarc and Minuteman missile programs and ultimately with the 747 airliner program. Dick and his loving wife Patsy retired to Green Valley, Arizona, in 1995 where they spent many happy years as he pursued his interest in golf, road trips, dancing and just generally having a good time. Faced with failing health in 2013, they returned to Seattle to be near family.

Dick is survived by wife Patsy; in the Seattle area by sons: Richard (Sue), Bruce (Rebecca), Scott (Elaine); grandchildren: (Richard) Nicole, Taylor, Peyton, (Bruce) Ryan, (Mark) Mitchell, Matthew, (Scott) Andrew and Emily; in Minnesota by his brother Chuck (Audrey), niece Joyce and nephew Bryan.

Dick was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Frances Dunfee Larson, also originally of Austin; and son Mark.

At the request of Dick and Patsy there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, donations to the Alzheimers Foundation are suggested.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 5 APR 2015

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Mary Jane (Runquist) Smith

1937-2015

Mary Jane Smith of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully at her home on March 24, 2015.

She was born on January 19, 1937, in Austin, Minnesota, to Erling W. and Mary Jane (Hubbard) Runquist. Mary Jane graduated from Austin High School in 1955 then attended Macalester College and Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing. In 1957, she took a leave of absence from nurses training to serve as a Minnesota student nurse delegate at the International Council of Nurses Convention in Rome, Italy. There she became reacquainted with, and later married, Robert Irwin Richardson of Austin, Minnesota, who was serving in the military. They were married in Basel, Switzerland, lived in Germany and later in Ellendale, Minnesota. Mary Jane graduated in 1960 with her RN from the Naeve Hospital School of Nursing, where she served as president of the Nurses Club and belonged to Beta Sigma Phi. Mary Jane and Bob relocated to Austin, Minnesota, where they were active members of the First Methodist Church and she was employed at St. Olaf Hospital. They were later divorced. They had three daughters: Mary Jane, Barbara Ann and Ann Elizabeth.

Mary Jane married Dr. Merrill K. (Med) Smith on July 22, 1971, on an island in the boundary waters of Northern Minnesota. Med, Mary Jane and her three daughters relocated to a hobby farm east of Austin where they raised horses, great dane dogs and Persian cats. In 1986 a second home was purchased in Sun City, Arizona, and for eight winters Mary Jane was employed at Thunderbird Samaritan Medical Center and did home care nursing in Arizona. In 1989, Mary Jane provided end-of-life home care for a dear friend on a ranch in Montana.

Mary Jane was employed as an RN at Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where she enjoyed working with spinal cord injury and rehabilitation patients. After earning her certification as an RNC in 1997 in Gerontological Nursing she was employed at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin, Minnesota, for four years. She then returned to Courage Center until her retirement.

Mary Jane had many interests during her life. She was an active member of the Mower County Humane Society, she and husband Med were State Investigative Agents for the Minnesota Humane Society, she was a member of the Red Cedar Chapter of the DAR, a first aid/CPR instructor for the American Red Cross and a Hospice Volunteer for the Austin Medical Center. Mary Jane and Med were members of the Westminister Presbyterian Church of Austin, Minnesota.

Mary Jane is survived by a daughter Mary Jane Riley of Rochester, Minnesota; a brother John (Luine) Runquist of New Brighton, Minnesota; a sister Erleen (Wendell) Nelson of Austin, Minnesota; a granddaughter Jessica Bell of Robbinsdale, Minnesota; a great-granddaughter Annabell Clarke of Robbinsdale, Minnesota; two step-children: Dr. Jeffrey (Mary) Smith of Andover, Minnesota, and Jeff (Kathleen) Zwerdling of Minneapolis, Minnesota; four nephews; one niece; three step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother Alyce Runquist; her husband Dr. Merrill K. (Med) Smith; two daughters: Barbara Ann (Richardson) Bell, and Ann Elizabeth (Richardson) Pfenning; granddaughter Ashley Lee Bell; brother Dr. James Runquist; and son-in-law Leonard Eugene (Gumps) Riley.

Per her request cremation has taken place. There will be a Mary Jane Smith Celebration of Life service held on May 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Westminister Presbyterian Church at 802 4th Street SW Austin, MN (507) 433-3258. Please bring memories and stories to share. Lunch will be served. Mary Jane requested memorials go to the Westminister Presbyterian church or the local Humane Society.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 5 APR 2015

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Johnny Elroy Callahan

1927-2015

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Johnny Elroy Callahan, 87, of Austin, died, Thursday, April 2, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Johnny was born on October 20, 1927, in Kanawah, Iowa, to Erle and Mary (Hewitt) Callahan. He served in Italy while in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. On August 22, 1948, he married Bernice Marie Stelter in Toeterville, Iowa.

Johnny was employed at Decker Packing Plant, B.F. Goodrich in Mason City, Iowa, and spent 18 years at International Harvester, before starting Callahan Sales and Service Inc. in 1971.

He enjoyed bowling, watching sports on TV and listening to old country music. He also memorized many inspirational poems that he recited at care centers in Iowa and Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law Marge and Darrel Deets; brother-in-law Jack Davison; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lawrence and Gala Stelter, and Lucille and Brad Larson.

He is survived by his wife Bernice Callahan, Austin, Minnesota; two sons, Larry Callahan, Austin, Minnesota, and Gary Callahan, Austin, Minnesota; a sister, Nada Davison, Nora Springs, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Crane Community Chapel with the Rev. Dale Christiansen officiating. Interment will be in the Toeterville Cemetery. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday for one hour before the service.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 5 APR 2015


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Funeral Notice: Johnny Elroy Callahan, 87

Johnny Elroy Callahan, 87, of Austin, died, Thursday, April 2, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Service: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Crane Community Chapel with the Rev. Dale Christiansen officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday for one hour before the service.

Interment: Interment will be in the Toeterville Cemetery.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 6 APR 2015

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Merrie M. Johnson

1942-2015

Merrie M. Johnson, 72, of Austin, Minnesota, bravely lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday afternoon, April 3, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Merrie will always be remembered for her strength and courage through this devastating disease. Merrie will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Merrie was born December 22, 1942, in Austin, Minnesota, to Richard and Mildred (Collette) King. Merrie was the second oldest child and the first daughter in a family of 10 children. Merrie was united in marriage to Jerald Johnson on May 12, 1962, at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Austin. To this marriage three wonderful children were born: Anthony, Katherine and Nicholas. Merrie and Jerry fell in love in September 1961 and were about to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary this coming May. As a young girl, Merrie was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout. One of the highlights of Merrie's youth was a trip with her Girl Scout troop to Savannah, Georgia, a memory Merrie never forgot. Merrie graduated from Pacelli High School in the class of 1960 and graduated from the Austin Vocational College of LPN Nursing in 1961.

In the earlier years of their marriage, the family moved frequently and resided in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Arizona. Merrie was always excited about moving and felt it was a great adventure. Whenever the family moved to a new area, Merrie usually had a new nursing position within a few days of arrival. Although Merrie worked 27 years in the nursing profession, she also loved bookkeeping and took several college accounting classes. Merrie held head bookkeeping positions for a chain of music stores in Iowa, a large ethanol plant, and an electronics distributing company. Merrie retired in June of 1997 at the age of 54 and thoroughly enjoyed her retirement years. Merrie was a true romantic and collected and read romance novels all her married life. At last count Merrie had a collection of over 5,000 carefully catalogued novels by her favorite authors.

Merrie also enjoyed several memorable RV camping adventures with her husband and children to the Black Hills, Yellowstone National Park, Tennessee, and many other wonderful trips. For the past several years, Merrie and Jerry had their RV on a seasonal site in the bluff country by Harmony and Merrie loved to go there on weekends. She always referred to these trips as mini-vacations. Other hobbies Merrie enjoyed included knitting, crocheting and playing bingo. Merrie had several appropriate bingo shirts such as “to hell with housework, let's play bingo.” Merrie also loved going out to eat with her sister Marlene and her mother every Wednesday night and then back to her home to play cards for a couple hours.

The most important things in Merrie's life were her husband; her three children; her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and her home. Although we mourn Merrie's passing, she will forever be in all our hearts.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Johnson of Austin; three children: Anthony (Felicia) Johnson of Osage, Iowa, Katherine (Steve) Sollie of Austin, and Nicholas (Chris) Johnson of St. Ansgar, Iowa; five grandchildren: Samantha (Josh) Kraske, Justine (Brandon) Harris, Emily (Dillon) Kildrow, Mathew Johnson, Michele Johnson; three great-grandchildren: Fiona Kraske, Sullivan Kraske, and Eloise Kildrow; her mother Mildred King of Austin; four brothers: Richard (Laurie) King, II of Rose Creek, Robert King of Austin, Ronald (Teresa) King of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Roger (Carol) King of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; four sisters: Michele Miller, Marlene (Norm) Blaser, and Maureen Eklund all of Austin, and Marcie King of Lyle.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard King, ESQ and one brother, Randy King.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Austin with Father James Steffes officiating. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at the Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 6 APR 2015

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Louise (Wall) Hall

1912-2015

Louise Hall, 102, of Austin, died on Friday, April 3, 2015, at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin.

Louise was born in Pleasantville, Iowa, on July 12, 1912, to Lloyd and Leila (Walker) Wall. Her early childhood was in Iowa until she turned 6-years-old and her family moved to North Dakota. Ten years later, when she was 16, they moved to the Austin area. Louise attended Franklin school and graduated from Austin High School in 1930.

On Nov. 18, 1930, Louise married Walter J. Hall in Osage, Iowa. She was a homemaker and raised her children in the Austin area as Walter worked for the George A. Hormel Company. Louise worked many jobs as her children grew older. She worked for different restaurant and diners in the area in addition to being a dispatcher for the Austin Cab Company. Walter died on June 21, 1990.

Louise was a member of The Church of Christ, where she served on many committees. She was a member of the Legion and VFW Auxiliary, where she held state and national offices. Louise was a member and multi-level officer with the Phythian Sisters. She also was a member of a knitting club and a birthday club. Louise volunteered for the American Red Cross for 25 years. She won the Eileen Nierengarter Award for Volunteer Achievement. Louise was a member of the Red Hat Society and helped out at the Eagles Club as well.

Louise enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting. She liked keeping her hands busy. More recently, she really enjoyed the amazing turn-out of friends and family at her 100th birthday celebration.

Louise is survived by her children: Raymond Hall of Reno, Nevada, Doris Lancaster of Minneapolis, Walter "Eddie" (Pat) Hall of Austin, Darrell "Keith" (Shirley) Hall of St. Paul, Kay (Bob) Kahler of Prior Lake, Shirley A. Hall of Hendersonville, Tennessee, James "Jimmy" (Barb) Hall of Las Vegas, Nevada, Charlie "Chuck" (Jan) Hall of San Diego, California, Dennis Hall of Albert Lea, and Karen (Duane) Carlson of Brandon, Mississippi; 44 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, 34 great-great-grandchildren, two great-great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Heimer of Sargent.

Louise is preceded in death by her parents; husband Walter; sons: Byron, Ronald, Richard and Duane; sisters, Helen and Marian; and some grandchildren.

Memorials in Louise's name may be made to the Red Cross.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April, 7, 2015, at Austin Church of Christ with Dr. Stephen DeFor officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 12 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow the service at Enterprise Cemetery, rural Austin. Mayer Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Louise. For more information, visit www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 6 APR 2015

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Elizabeth "Kit" Hagen

1948-2015

Elizabeth "Kit" Hagen, 66, of Houlton, Wisconsin, died on April 1, 2015, from cancer at home in Houlton.

Kit was born on July 10, 1948, in Austin, Minnesota, to Raymond and Lorraine (McGuiness) Hagen.

She is survived by brothers: David (Paulette) Hagen, and Bill (Carolyn) Hagen, both of Austin; nieces: Amy Hagen St. John, Kristina Hagen, and Nicole Hagen Johnson; nephews: Jamie and Ryan Hagen; great-nephews: Jake and Isaiah; dear friend Wendy and her three children, Lucas, Lydia and Landon; and numerous close friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine Hagen.

Per her request, please celebrate Kit's life in your own way. Memorials are preferred to the family, or Leech Lake Legacy Animal Rescue, www.leechlakelegacy.org.

O'Connell Family Funeral Home is assisting the family. For more information, visit www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com, or email dphagen2@charter.net.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 6 APR 2015

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Harriette Jean (Brandt) Lewison

c1930-2015

Funeral Notice: Harriette Jean (Brandt) Lewison, 84

Harriette Jean (Brandt) Lewison, 84, a loving mother and grandmother, of Adams, Minnesota, passed away peaceably on March 30, 2015.

Service: Services will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Adams, Minnesota.

Visitation: Family and friends are invited to share memories one hour before the service.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 6 APR 2015

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Richard Duane Becker

1946-2015

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Funeral Notice: Richard D. Becker, 68

Richard D. Becker, 68, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015, at his home.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Worlein Funeral Home Austin, Minnesota.

Visitation: The Becker Family will greet friends on Thursday afternoon for one hour prior to services, at the funeral home.

Memorials: Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com. Blessed be his memory.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 7 APR 2015


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Richard D. Becker, age 68, of Austin, MN passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015 at his home.

Richard Duane was born October 17, 1946 in Austin, Minnesota to Wallace and Mildred (Booher) Becker. Dick attended Austin High School, and then began his life-long music career. He was united in marriage on June 28, 1969 to Donna Meres in Austin, MN. They resided in Austin where they raised their two daughters. In addition to his music career, Dick worked various jobs in the Austin Area. Dick and Donna later divorced, and in 1989 he moved to Faribault. It was there he met Susan Johnson, and they were married on April 9, 1994.

Dick attended Faribault Vo-Tech, where he was enrolled in the Lab Technician program. He worked many years in the Owatonna School District until his retirement. In 2013 Dick returned home to Austin. He enjoyed assembling model cars, fishing, playing guitar, listening to music, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Becker of Faribault; daughters, Shelly (Ted) Janning of Blooming Prairie, Amy (Dan) Rech of Austin; grandchildren, Hallie Janning, Megan Janning, Heather Hultman, Michael Hultman, Maya Rech, Daniel Jack Rech; great grandchildren, Aaron Janning-Smith and McKenzie Janning-Smith; siblings, David (Donna) Becker of Rushford, Carole (Kenny) Howe of Austin, Linda (Frank) Funaro of Mankato; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Cera Janning; former wife, Donna Becker.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Worlein Funeral Home Austin, MN, with Deacon John Kluczny officiating. The Becker Family will greet friends on Thursday afternoon for one hour prior to services, at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com. Blessed be his memory.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home website
See also: Austin Daily Herald, 8 APR 2015

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Edith Anna (Emery) Huffman

1941-2015

Edith Anna Huffman, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday afternoon, April 5, 2015, at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin.

She was born May 7, 1941, in Austin, Minnesota, to Conard and Buelah (Bly) Emery. After growing up in northeastern Iowa, Edith moved back to the Austin area. She married Wesley Huffman in November of 1963 in LeRoy, Minnesota. Edith loved boating, fishing, hunting and casino trips. She loved to go to Branson with her sister. A member of the VFW, she also enjoyed visiting and socializing at the American Legion and the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include her sister, Juanita Engan of Dorchester, Iowa; brother, Gerald Emery of Fort Morgan, Colorado; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends, including special friend, John Percival of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Alvie Emery; and nephews: Harlan Engan and Ernie Engan, Jr.; sister-in-law, Joyce Emery.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Memorials are preferred to donors choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 7 APR 2015

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Michael Harold Simmons

1948-2015

Michael Harold Simmons, 66, of Austin, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at his home.

He was born September 17, 1948, in Mitchell, South Dakota, to Harold and Phyllis (Martin) Simmons. After his graduation from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1966 to 1969 in Vietnam. He was employed by the John Morrell Company in Sioux Falls. On June 13, 1971, Michael and Dagna Bergdale were united in marriage in Hanlontown, Iowa. The couple raised two children. In 1985, he moved to Kansas where he worked as a supervisor for Morrell for five years. In 1990, the Simmons moved to Austin, where Michael worked for Quality Pork Processors until 1997.

Other places of employment include IBI Data and Nuss Truck and Equipment, where he worked in the Parts Department until his retirement in October 2014. Mike had a special interest in cars. He watched NASCAR races on TV and collected car memorabilia. He also enjoyed car detailing. An active participant in the Mower County Relay for Life, he served as honorary chairperson in 2012. Mike loved his family, especially time spent with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Dagna Simmons of Austin; his children: Tracy (Corey Strawn) Simmons of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and Todd Simmons of Madelia, Minnesota; three grandchildren: Kelly, Sydni, and Hunter; one sister Linda Martin of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his parents Harold and Phyllis Simmons of Sioux Falls.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his brother-in-law Pat Martin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. American Legion Post 91 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1216 are in charge of military rites. The family prefers memorials to the Mower County Relay for Life or to Our Savior's Lutheran Church. 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, 9 APR 2015

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Dorothy A. Frazer

1940-2015

Dorothy A. Frazer, 74, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at St Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Dorothy Ann Frazer was born Sept. 25, 1940, in LeRoy, Minnesota, to John and Genevieve (Durnin) King. She attended LeRoy schools graduating in 1958. She was united in marriage to Glen Frazer Sr. at St. Patricks Catholic Church in LeRoy on August 2, 1958. They were married for 53 years. Glen died in June of 2012. Dorothy was a homemaker, she enjoyed going to the casinos, growing flowers when she was able, spending time with her best friend Lois, and especially enjoyed spending time with all of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Glen Jr. (Lori) Frazer of Portage, Wisconsin, Debra (Stephen) Maxfield of Spring Hill, Florida, John (Becky) Frazer of Lime Springs, Iowa, Ron (Kathy) Frazer of LeRoy, Minnesota, and Steve (Gena) Frazer of Franklin, Indiana; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one brother Jim (Norma) King of Rochester, Minnesota; three sisters: Ann Olson of Austin, Minnesota, Louise Keifer of Orlando, Florida, and Betty (Lenard) Duryee of Leland, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter Krystal; and a great-granddaughter Gabby Ray; three brothers: Bob, Bill and Larry; and a sister Mary Jane.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Le Roy and will continue on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home where people may gather before going in procession to the LeRoy Cemetery for graveside services at 2 p.m. Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 9 APR 2015

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