MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

 

Mower County Obituaries
Part 272

Richard James "Dick" Keating

1930-2015

Obituary for Richard James "Dick" Keating

Richard J. Keating, 85, of Austin, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 pm on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Mayer Funeral Home and again an hour prior to the mass on Wednesday. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery with the Austin American Legion Post #91 providing Military Gravesite Rites.

Source: Mayer Funeral Home, 9 August 2015


Richard James "Dick" Keating, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, August 7, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dick was born in St. Paul on April 20, 1930, to Melba Keating. He attended Catholic school in Austin and graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1948. After graduation, he started his 42-year career at Hormel Foods in Austin, Minnesota. He spent most of his time at Hormel working in the Pipe Shop as a pipefitter, steamfitter and master plumber. Dick served four years in the United States Marine Corp from 1950 to 1954 and was also a member of the Army National Guard for 22 years.

Dick married Helen Wilson on February 3, 1951, at St. Augustine Church in Austin, Minnesota. After retiring from Hormel Foods he continued his education by attending Austin Community College and Winona State University.

Dick was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Austin American Legion Post No. 91. He loved attending local sporting events. Dick was a founding member of the Austin Pistol Club. He enjoyed hunting and attending community plays. Dick also served two terms on the St. Augustine School Board and was active in the Pacelli High School Booster Club.

Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helen; sons: Dan (Mary) Keating of Mayville, North Dakota, Russell (Mary) Keating of Rochester, Minnesota, Jerry (Sherry) Keating of Lonsdale, Minnesota; daughter, Laura Keating of Rochester, Minnesota; grandchildren: Craig, Mike, Jason (Amanda), Jennifer Keating, Nathan (Deb Franzen) Keating, Erica (Ryan) Kalmes; great-grandchildren: Evelyn Keating and Cora Keating.

Dick was preceded in death by his mother.

A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Mayer Funeral Home and again an hour prior to the mass on Wednesday. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery with the Austin American Legion Post No. 91 providing Military Gravesite Rites.

Online Condolences-www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 10 August 2015

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Tacia Economou

c1933-2015

Tacia Economou, 82, of Bloomington, Minneosta, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on August 3, 2015.

Tacia was a member of Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester.

Tacia and her husband Pete owned the Midtown Cafe on Main Street for over 17 years, where she was known for her friendly personality and exceptional cooking skills.

Her passions in life included a beautiful flower garden, Greek dancing, entertaining, cooking and baking Greek delicacies. She loved watching The Food Network to find the latest recipe to try with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Pete; children: Olga, Themis (Kathy), Maria (Jeff); grandchildren: Annie, Crissy, Peter, Sophia and newborn Penelope; nephews; Angelo (Gina), Costas, Andreas.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Maria; father, Stratos; two brothers, a sister and brother-in-law; In-laws, Olga and Themistocles; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.

Her greatest pride in her life was her family -- they will miss her dearly. May her memory be eternal. Special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, especially her many cardiologists, the palliative care team and Dr. Peter Melchert. Their compassionate care exceeded expectations.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be directed to either: Philoxenia House, Rochester, Minnesota, or Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin with Father Mark Munoz and Father George Dokos officiating. Trisagion will take place at 10 a.m. with visitation to follow until the time of the service. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at the Holiday Inn to follow the interment.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 5 August 2015

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Beverly Ann Hanson

1932-2015

#1:

Beverly A. Hanson, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin.

Beverly Ann was born December 15, 1932, in Austin, Minnesota, to Martin and Ida (Lysne) Hanson, and graduated from Austin High School with the class of 1951. Bev worked as a book keeper for Leuthold's Clothing Store in Austin, then for the Austin YMCA, retiring after many years of service. She had resided at the Cedars in Austin, and for the last 10 months was a resident of St. Mark's Lutheran Home. Bev had been active in the Business & Professional Women of Austin, and Austin Toastmasters.

She was a very strong supporter of the Austin YMCA, and along with her sister, enjoyed many tours provided through the Hormel Historic Home. Bev was very proud of her Norwegian heritage, and most enjoyed the time she spent with her nieces and their families.

Beverly is survived by her sister, Margaret Tubbs of Austin; her nieces: Mary (Greg) Peterson of Hayfield, Ann (Dennis) Stephenson of Austin; great-nieces and -nephews: Michael Krueger, Matthew (Tina) Krueger, Kellie (Mark) Santjer, Adam Stephenson, Caitlin Stephenson, and Erik Stephenson; five great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Pierce Tubbs; nephew, Michael Tubbs.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with the Rev. Gerry Giese 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, 5 August 2015


#2:

Funeral Notice: Beverly Ann Hanson, 82

Beverly Ann Hanson, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin.

Service: Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015, at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with the Rev. Gerry Giese officiating.

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

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

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 6 August 2015

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David P. "Pete" Strecker

c1953-2015

David P. "Pete" Strecker, 62, of Isle, Minnesota, passed away August 4, 2015, at his home.

Pete grew up in Isle, Minnesota, and graduated from Isle High School in 1970. He moved to International Falls as a young man when he met his wife Audrey. On June 19, 1976, Pete and Audrey were married and started their family. From there Pete and his family moved to Austin, Minnesota, where Pete worked as a machinist at Streater in Albert Lea, Minnesota, for over 25 years. Pete enjoyed bow hunting, wood working, and riding his Harley.

Pete is preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; son, Sam Stecker; his father, Clarence Henry Strecker; and his mother, Alice Rose (Elgren) Strecker.

Pete is survived by his son, Jesse (fiance Julie Blaha) of Blaine, Minnesota; brothers: Dan (Toni) of Isle, Minnesota, John (Barb) of Onamia, Minnesota, Roger (Shari) of Cambridge, Minnesota; many nieces and nephews.

A time of gathering will be held for family and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mille Lacs Lake Funeral Home in Isle, Minnesota, on Aug. 9, 2015. Arrangements are by Mille Lacs Lakes Funeral Home in Isle, Minnesota.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 6 August 2015

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Audrey Elaine (Davis) Rolfson

1925-2015

Audrey Elaine Rolfson, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at her home.

She was born March 15, 1925, to Benjamin and Doris (Curley) Davis near Elkton, Minnesota, where she attended school, graduating from Elkton High School and Austin Community College. She worked in Rockford, Illinois, during World War II.

On May 2, 1946, Audrey married Dale Elgar Rolfson in Dexter, Minnesota. She was the registrar at Austin Community College for 34 years and worked at the Hormel Institute. The couple moved to their retirement home on Movil Lake near Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1986. Audrey graduated from Bemidji State University at 70 with a BS in Business Administration. They lived at the lake home until Dale's death on August 25, 2004.

Audrey moved to Austin in 2007. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Bemidji and Austin, as well as many professional organizations. She enjoyed fishing, cooking, trying new recipes, doing ceramics and was an excellent seamstress. Audrey did a beautiful job painting and staining the house that she and her husband built.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue (Allen Lehrke) Rolfson of Apple Valley, Minnesota; a son, Kirk (Wendy) Rolfson of Brownsdale, Minnesota; three grandchildren: Emily (Aaron) Forrester of Ankeny, Iowa, Roy Rolfson of Austin, Minnesota, and Kyle Rolfson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; great-grandchildren: Audrey Forrester and Evelyn Forrester of Ankeny, Iowa; sisters: Beverly Mees of Elkton, Minnesota, and Maxine Thompson of Mankato, Minnesota; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; her parents; sisters: Jeanette Gilbert and June Philp.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment is at Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, Minnesota. The family prefers memorials to 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, 7 August 2015

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Patricia Ann (Flatten) Radford

1940-2015

Patricia Ann Radford, 75, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin.

She was born March 20, 1940, in Austin, to Hollis and Esther (Rud) Flatten. Patricia attended school in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1958. On March 21, 1959, Patricia and Warren Radford were united in marriage at St. Olaf Church in Austin, Minnesota. After their marriage the couple lived throughout the U.S., including Colorado, Texas, and New York, also abroad in Naples, Italy and Oslo, Norway, during Warren's Air Force career. In 1998, the couple moved back to Austin. Patricia worked in the school cafeteria as a cook and as an office assistant, but she was most happy as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a proud member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading, playing board games, cooking, baking, traveling in their motorhome and spending winters in Texas.

Patricia is survived by her husband Warren Radford of Austin, Minnesota; one daughter, Shawn (Gabriel Garcia) Radford of Austin, Minnesota; one son Todd (Rita) Radford of Lakeway, Texas; five grandchildren: Kristina Lee, Ryan Radford-Garcia, Kati Radford-Garcia, Taylor Radford and Kelby Radford; four great-grandchildren: Dawson Mills, Kyia Bailey, Anna Bailey and Bella Bailey; sister Joyce McKee of Lyle, Minnesota; two nieces; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hollis and Esther Flatten.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel, Austin, with Pastor Gerry Giese officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the family. 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, 7 August 2015


Patricia Ann (Flatten) Radford 1940-2015

Patricia Ann Radford, age 75 of Austin, Minnesota passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin.

She was born March 20, 1940 in Austin, Minnesota to Hollies and Esther (Rud) Flatten. Patricia attended school in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1958. On March 21, 1959, Patricia and Warren Radford were united in marriage at St. Olaf Church in Austin, Minnesota. After their marriage, the couple lived throughout the U.S., including Colorado, Texas, and New York also abroad in Naples, Italy and Oslo, Norway during Warren's Air Force career. In 1998, the couple moved back to Austin. Patricia worked in the school cafeteria as a cook and as an Office Assistant, but she was most happy as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a proud member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading, playing board games, cooking, baking, traveling in their motorhome and spending winters in Texas.

Patricia is survived by her husband Warren Radford of Austin, Minnesota; one daughter, Shawn (Gabriel Garcia) Radford of Austin, Minnesota; one son Todd (Rita) Radford of Lakeway, Texas; five grandchildren Kristina Lee, Ryan Radford-Garcia, Kati Radford-Garcia, Taylor Radford and Kelby Radford; four great-grandchildren Dawson Mills, Kyia Bailey, Anna Bailey and Bella Bailey; sister Joyce McKee of Lyle, Minnesota; two nieces, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Hollis and Esther Flatten.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel, Austin, with Pastor Gerry Giese officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the family.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 9 August 2015

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Gladys Mae Hackensmith

1922-2015

Funeral notice: Gladys M. Hackensmith, 93

Gladys Mae Hackensmith, 93, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, August 7, 2015, at Our House Memory Care in Austin.

Service: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Mayer Funeral Home with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be an hour prior to the service only.

Interment: Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home. Online condolences-www.mayerfh.com

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 9 August 2015


Obituary for Gladys Mae Hackensmith

Gladys Mae Hackensmith, 93, of Austin, died Friday, August 07, 2015 at Our House Memory Care in Austin.

Gladys was born in Austin on April 6, 1922 to Irvin and Pauline (Thompson) Wolfe. She attended school at Lincoln Elementary and Austin High School. After her schooling, she worked at a cafe in Spring Valley and also at Comforcare in Austin. On March 20, 1965, Gladys married Earl C. Hackensmith at the chapel of the Methodist Church in Austin. They loved to travel, fish, and camp together at Lake Milack and danced to polka music in Bixby for years. Gladys was a homemaker who was a great cook and loved to work with her hands; especially when it came to knitting. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren. Earl died on May 4, 2008.

Gladys is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Gregory) Caulfield of Bloomington and Lucina (Phil) Buck of Austin; grandchildren, Kristine, Jackie, Kelly, Karena and Kylene; great-grandchildren, Alex, Danielle, Madison, Ethan, Gabby, Alexander, Colton and Jaylene.

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Mayer Funeral Home with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service only. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Source: Mayer Funeral Home website, 9 AUG 2015
Also see: Austin Daily Herald, 11 August 2015

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Hilda M. (Fiebiger) Turner

1930-2015

Hilda Marie Turner, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.

Hilda was born in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, on May 27, 1930, to John Joseph and Marie Augusta (Peterka) Fiebiger. She was Homecoming Queen and met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Norman Turner, all at Blooming Prairie High School. She graduated in 1948.

Hilda and Norman married on December 2, 1948, and to this union, five children were born: Terry, Greg, Jane, Bradley and Becky. Hilda was a homemaker who loved raising her family. After her children were gone from home,

Hilda went to college and pursued a degree in nursing.

Hilda was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church. She loved dancing with Norman at the Terp Ballroom in her younger years, loved cooking, taking care of her family and friends. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and playing penny slots at the casino.

Hilda is survived by her children; Terry Rutherford of Pasadena, California, Greg Turner of Austin, Minnesota, Jane (Tom) Cummings of Rochester, Minnesota, Becky Ciani of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Blake Rutherford, Marin Turney, Jason, Jessie and Jenna Turner, Melissa Sorenson, Katie Cummings, Samantha, Jordan and Nick Ciani; great-grandchildren, Elsa Sorenson and Ajah Pearson and Norah Ciani; siblings, Liz Frederickson of Hayfield and Dorothy Herron of Bloomington along with many nieces and nephews.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Bradley, siblings, Freddie, Frank, Freida, Carl, Bob, Edith and Ruth.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2015, at St. Edwards Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Friends may greet the family at the church on Monday morning for one hour before the service. Burial will be private.

Mayer Funeral Home is entrusted with Hilda's arrangements. Online condolences-www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 9 August 2015

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Ross Victor Petersen

1936-2015

Ross Victor Petersen, 79, of Warren, Minnesota, passed away early Friday morning, August 7, 2015, at his home under the care of hospice.

Ross was born on May 8, 1936, in Alden, Minnesota, the son of Hjalmar and Vivian (Register) Petersen. He graduated from Alden High School in 1954. Ross served in the US Army from 1954-1956. On February 13, 1955, he married Frances Brua in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Ross attended South Dakota State University before graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1962. Ross and Frances lived in Blackduck, Minnesota, and Lyle, Minnesota, before moving to Warren in 1977. Ross was a high school vocational agriculture teacher from 1962-1977 before teaching adult vocational agriculture from 1977-1981. From 1981-1998, Ross worked for the Farmers Home Administration.

He was a FFA advisor and Boy Scout leader and was also a gun safety and snowmobile safety instructor.

Ross was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed helping farmers, gardening and cooking. Ross was a great ballroom and square dancer.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Frances; children: Brenda (Randy) Olson of Oslo, Minnesota, Ross H. Petersen "JR." (Debra Kobetsky) and Greg Petersen, all of Houston, Texas, and Betsy Stone (Bruce Nelson) of Erksine, Minnesota; grandchildren: Jesse Olson (Roongtiwa Hongcharti), Mason Olson (Vembu Teske), Jonathan Gimm, Dylan Amesur, Gregory Petersen Jr., Hailey Petersen, Jordan Stone (Dana Grassley) and Justin Stone (Megan Bergan); great-grandchildren: Madison Olson, Breanna Olson, Quinn Olson, Anathi Olson-Teske and Moses Olson; family friend, Joel Stone; brother, Alan (Louise) Petersen; and in-laws, Harvey and Donna Brua, Charles and Shirley Brua, Vivian Brua, Sharon Brua and Mary Jean Pagenkopf.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hjalmar Petersen and Vivian (Petersen) Cadwell; step-father, Kenton Cadwell; brothers and sisters in-law: Richard and Denise Petersen, Howard and Theresa Brua, Gerald "Jerry" and Clarine Brua and Chauncy and Glenys Brua; and brother-in-law, Oyer "Ole" Brua.

Visitation will take place after 5 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. service on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Warren, Minnesota. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015, at Alden Cemetery in Alden, Minnesota, with lunch to follow at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden. Military services will be given by Alden American Legion Post No. 404. An online register book is available at www.duborefuneralhome.com. Arrangements can be made with DuBore Funeral Home of Warren, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 10 August 2015

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Jane Luella (Nack) Wallis

1941-2015

Jane Luella Wallis, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, August 6, 2015, at her home.

Jane was born in Austin on October 19, 1941, to Melbourne and Bedelia (Meyer) Nack. She attended grade school in Austin and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1959. After her schooling, she moved to Arizona and became a fitness instructor. She met the father of her children in Cabazon, California, and resided there for 20 years. She was a homemaker who raised her five children in Cabazon. In 1989, Jane moved back to Austin. She worked as an office manager for a real estate company and as a tax manager for an auto dealer, both in Austin. Jane then took a position with Hy-Vee and retired from there in 2010.

Jane was a selfless, devoted mother and caregiver who put her family first. She was able to find the good in all, and often found the silver lining in difficult situations. Many were struck by Jane's gentle nature and kind heart.

In her later years, Jane enjoyed the game Farmville on Facebook. She was in second place in the world and received phone calls from people in other countries just to speak with Jane about Farmville.

Jane is survived by her children: Dana Wallis of Cabazon, California, Lance (Belinda) Wallis of Austin, Chastity (Jason) Bennicoff of Rogers, Arkansas, Cole Wallis of Fridley; half-brother, Mark Wallis of Palm Springs, California; grandchildren: Tiffany, Eric, Trevor, Julian, Keanan, Adrienne, Jacquelyn, Astasia, Lance, Wyatt, Ava, Liam and Bedelia; siblings: Doug Nack of Freeburg, Minnesota, Sue (Verlyn) Ryks of Rose Creek.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: David, Joel and Joan Nack; step-son Leon Wallis; and grandson Aidan Bennicoff.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service only. Burial will be private. Mayer Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Jane.

Online Condolences: www.mayerfh.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 10 August 2015

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Duane B. Merten

1936-2015

Funeral Notice: Duane B. Merten, 78

Duane Merten, 78, of Adams, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa.

Service: Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Interment: Interment will be in the Johnsburg Cemetery.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 10 August 2015


Duane B. Merten, 78

Duane Merten, 78, of Adams, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, after an episode of heart complications.

Duane was born Sept. 13, 1936, the son of Matt and Adeline (Landherr) Merten. Duane grew up on a farm around the Meyer, Iowa, area where he attended the Meyer grade school.

Duane married Louise Schneider on June 16, 1959, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Minnesota, and to this union four children were born.

The couple moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where Duane worked at various stations at the John Deere plant. On weekends, Duane would help his father-in-law, Leo, with farming. In 1969, Duane and Louise took over the home farm when Leo and Martha retired to Adams. The couple farmed until 1989, when they built their present home in Adams.

Duane spent his retirement years close to his family and his hobbies included woodworking, fishing, trapping and many hours back on the farm helping out. Duane enjoyed traveling, including trips to Germany and Alaska. His favorite home hobby was his extensive collection of John Deere tractors.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Jane; and sister Virginia Merten.

Duane is survived by his wife Louise Merten, Adams, Minnesota; sons: James Merten (Jill Cyr and her children), Stacyville, Iowa, Ronald Merten, Stacyville, Iowa, Thomas Merten, Adams, Minnesota,; granddaughter Haley Merten, Stacyville, Iowa; siblings: Darlene and Jerome Gerber, Adams, Minnesota, Eugene and Joyce Merten, Adams, Minnesota, Mary Ann and Delphin Mueller, Austin, Minnesota, Herbert and Charlene Merten, Taopi, Minnesota, Ilene and Erving Berg, Rochester, Minnesota, Elaine and Ron Schemmel, Savage, Minnesota; many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment will be in the Johnsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and at the funeral home on Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 12 August 2015

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Raymond John Monsoor, Sr.

1925-2015

#1:

Pending Notice--

Raymond John Monsoor, Sr., 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday evening, August 8, 2015, at Golden Living Center -- Lake Ridge in Roseville, Minnesota. Funeral services are pending with the Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 10 August 2015


#2:

Raymond John Monsoor, Sr., 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully Saturday evening, August 8, 2015.

Ray was born May 16, 1925, to Michael and Turkia (Swayden) Monsoor in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He received his education at Aquinas High School and entered the United States Navy at age 17. Ray proudly served his county aboard the USS Coffer during World War II.

After his honorable discharge in 1946, he met the love of his life Anita Kathleen Semmen, at the Avalon Ballroom in LaCrosse and they were married on November 15, 1950. Ray owned and operated Monsoor Superette in LaCrosse before moving to Austin in 1967. In Austin, he was a salesman for McKesson and Robbins. Ray was a life member of the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, baseball and horseback riding. He also loved to dance and was a Golden Glove Boxer. Ray loved cooking for his family and friends and wouldn't pass up a Lebanese meal. It was said the party did not start until Ray Monsoor showed up. He truly enjoyed being with friends and especially his family.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Anita Kathleen Monsoor; three children: Bill (Cathy) Monsoor, Becky Cassidy and Ray Monsoor, Jr.; four grandchildren: John (Martina) Cassidy, Megan (Karl) Cassidy, Katie Monsoor and Joseph (fiance, Toni Krynski) Monsoor; four great-grandchildren: Ciana, Joseph, Edward and Quinn; a sister, Elizabeth "Toots" Berry; and brother George Monsoor both of California; many nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents; four brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the Worlein Funeral Home. Military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91 will follow the service. Interment will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 11 August 2015


#3:

Funeral Notice--

Raymond John Monsoor, Sr., 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully Saturday evening, August 8, 2015.

Service: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Father Dale Tupper officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the Worlein Funeral Home. Military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91 will follow the service.

Interment: Interment will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota, at a later date.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 12 August 2015

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Ronald Dean Gullickson

1956-2015

Ronald Dean Gullickson, 59, of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Purdy, Missouri, died Monday, August 10, 2015, at his mother's home in Austin.

He was born on January 7, 1956, on the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, the son of Olaf R. and Donna M. (Lunde) Gullickson. Ron attended San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California, before moving to Bloomington, Minnesota, where he worked at a restaurant. He relocated to London, England, where he trained for one year at the Watergate Inn on the Thames River. Upon his return to the U.S., Ron worked at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Oxnard, California. He returned to Minnesota after a couple of years and suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident that prevented him from working. Ron lived in Austin to be near family before moving to Possum Trot, Arkansas, and then to Purdy, Missouri. He recently returned to Austin, where he lived until his death.

Ron is survived by his mother Donna Mae Gullickson of Austin, Minnesota; his father Olaf "Bud" (Vicki) Gullickson of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Rick (Connie) Gullickson of Lampe, Missouri, and Bryan Lee Gullickson of Austin, Minnesota; sister Denise Lynn Gullickson of San Antonio, Texas; special friend Diane Morgan of Princeton, Wisconsin, and her daughters Jenny and Mary.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his sister Lori Ann Forstad.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday. 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, 12 August 2015


Funeral Notice: Ronald Dean Gullickson, 59

Ronald Dean Gullickson, 59, of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Purdy, Missouri, died Monday, August 10, 2015, at his mother's home in Austin.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin.

Visitation: Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday.

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

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

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 13 AUG 2015

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Darrin Orlen Stemson

1967-2015

Darrin Orlen Stemson, 48, of Ocala, Florida, formally of Austin, Minnesota, and Owatonna, Minnesota, passed away July 30, 2015, at Ocala, Florida, Hospital from a brief illness.

Darrin was born on May 28, 1967, in Austin, Minnesota, Mower County, to Orlen and Darlene Stemson. He grew up in rural Austin and was baptized and confirmed at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Darrin served in the United States Army in 1985 and received his honorable discharge in 1986. He sang at his mother's wedding to Raymond Nichols in October of 1986 and was very contented to have Ray as his stepfather.

Darrin enjoyed and loved living in Florida; all the trees that surrounded him where he lived reminded him of Northern Minnesota. Family and friends were most important to Darrin. There was a small get-together that was held in Florida for his friends.

Darrin is survived by his mother Darlene (Raymond) Nichols of Owatonna; his special friend Lou Hughs of Florida; his uncle Dennis Kressin; cousins: Jennifer (James) Meyman and family, Duane, Jeffrey, and Rick Johnson and families, Bryan Stemson and Debra (Morris) Klouse and family.

He was preceded in death by his father Orlen on June 12, 1985; his grandparents; and aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church rural Austin on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Internment will be at Red Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 12 August 2015

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Joan Augusta (Milbrath) Schonsby

1917-2015

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Pending Notice: Joan A. Schonsby, 97

Joan A. Schonsby, 97, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at the Trails of Orono Assisted Living Facility in Wayzata, Minnesota. 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, 12 August 2015


Obituary--

Joan A. Schonsby, age 97 of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Trails of Orono Assisted Living Facility in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Joan Augusta Milbrath was born on August 17, 1917 in Bloomfield Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota to John and Laura (Kumm) Milbrath. She attended school in Chester, Iowa. On June 28, 1941, she was united in marriage to Lester Schonsby in Lime Springs, Iowa. The couple raised two children. Lester passed away in 1983. Joan was a loving mother, wife, and grandmother.

She worked for Austin Public Schools as a cook, retiring 30 years ago. She loved gardening and all things flowers, traveling across the USA and Canada on her many scenic bus tours with her many senior citizen friends. She will be missed by her immediate family and her many nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her son Dennis (Karen) Schonsby of Plymouth, Minnesota; grandchildren Greg (Jenni), Jennifer, Alicia, and Roxanne; great grandchildren Taylor H., Taylor T., Jordan, Anna, and Malcom; son-in-law Terrance Hughson of Denver, Colorado; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Lester, her daughter Diane, six sisters Lorna, Laura, Verona, Millie, Marty, and Valetta, and her brother Raymond.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family prefers that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimers Association, or recipient of donor's choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 12 August 2015
See also: Austin Daily Herald, 13 AUG 2015

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Jeanette Mary Hernes

1928-2015

Pending Notice: Jeanette Mary Hernes, 86

Jeanette Mary Hernes, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester -- Saint Marys Campus.

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, 13 AUG 2015


Obituary

Jeanette Mary Hernes, age 86 of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester -- Saint Marys Campus.

She was born November 10, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Gust and Anna (Ness) Hernes. After attending grade school in Minneapolis, Jeanette moved to Austin where she attended Lincoln School and Austin High School, graduating in 1947. She completed her nurse's training in Faribault, and then began her 50-year nursing career, including many years spent at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin. Jeanette enjoyed handiwork; among her favorites were knitting, crocheting and sewing. In her younger years, she enjoyed ice skating. An avid traveler, she enjoyed her many trips to Norway. She also liked to go to the movies, play bingo, and go for rides. She expressed her love for the outdoors by going fishing and visiting the Hormel Nature Center. A member of the Camera Club and the Sons of Norway, Jeanette also enjoyed music and she loved cats.

Survivors include one nephew, David Lyons of Austin, Minnesota and two great nieces, Amanda and Kelly. She was preceded in death by her parents Gust and Anna Hernes, her sister Alyce, and nephew John Lyons.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Todd Portinga, A.I.M., officiating. Jeanette's family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic Health System Austin Foundation, the Mower County Humane Society, or recipient of donor's choice.

Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home website, 15 Aug 2015
Also see Austin Daily Herald, 16 August 2015

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Kathleen E. (Smith) Laskewitz

1936-2015

Pending Notice: Kathleen Laskewitz, 78

Kathleen Laskewitz, 78, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Sacred Heart Care 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, 13 AUG 2015


Obituary--

Kathleen E. Laskewitz, age 78 of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin. Kathleen Evelyn Smith was born September 30, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota to Leonard and Dorothea (Freund) Smith. She attended St. Augustine Catholic Schools in Austin, graduating in 1954.

On May 19, 1956 Kathleen was united in marriage to Jerald Laskewitz at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. The couple raised five children. Kathleen enjoyed her life as a homemaker, as well as her jobs at the Dime and Dollar Store jewelry counter and as a proofreader at the Austin Daily Herald.

She enjoyed writing children's stories, sewing, cooking and baking, taking care of family and playing with her grandchildren. Kathleen enjoyed being outdoors with nature, doing her gardening, going fishing, taking walks, collecting rocks, leaves, shells, and fossils. A lifelong resident of Austin, she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Jerald "Jerry" Laskewitz of Austin, Minnesota; her children LeaAnn (LaVerne) Gilbert of Dexter, Minnesota, Dale (Pam) Laskewitz of Austin, Minnesota, Sharon (Matt) Holten of Austin, Minnesota, Sue Wolf, also of Austin, Minnesota, and Terese Ingvaldson (Trent Hinkley) of Rochester, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren Ellen (Jesse) Sheehan, Curtis Gilbert, Travis Gilbert (Brianna Lipa), Jennifer Laskewitz, Derek Laskewitz (Beth Schaefer), Michael Holten (Alicia Weatherly), Alexandra Holten, Heather Wolf, Ethan Wolf, and Isaac Ingvaldson, as well as Trent Hinkley's children, Zachary and Avery Hinkley; one great-grandchild Tannor Sheehan; her brother George Smith of Encino, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Dorothea Smith and her sister-in-law Martha Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Father Raul Silva officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Memorials can be directed to Queen of Angels Catholic Church or recipient of donor's choice.

Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home website, 15 Aug 2015

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Donald Roy Mackay

1939-2015

Donald Roy Mackay, 75, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at his home, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born October 8, 1939, in Linesville, Pennsylvania, to Donald R. and Lola (Young) Mackay. Don attended elementary school and high school in Linesville, graduating in 1957. He worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for two years before receiving several degrees in biblical studies from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

On August 11, 1962, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Glenda Baker, in Linesville, Pennsylvania. Over the years Don served as a church pastor and taught at Bible colleges in Florida, San Diego, California, Denver, Colorado, and Owatonna, Minnesota, before moving to Albert Lea in 1984. He pastored in Albert Lea for 10 years, having experienced the wonderful grace of Jesus and abiding faithfulness of God "through it all."

Don retired from preaching in 2001, while Glenda continued a faithful ministry at Crane Community Chapel in Austin. Following retirement, he worked for NAPA and he owned a lawn mowing business for over 30 years. He and Glenda were members of Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin. Don enjoyed reading, canoeing, hiking, preaching and teaching, spending time with family and friends, and camping. He is now enjoying the "rest" of the Lord's eternal campground.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Mackay Olson of Albert Lea, Minnesota; a son, Donald (Amanda) Mackay, Jr. of Austin, Minnesota; four grandchildren: Amanda Olson, Danielle Olson, Emma Mackay and Keegan Mackay; one great-granddaughter, Avah Patton; a niece Pattie Bianchi of Louisville, Colorado; a brother-in-law, J. Lee Baker of Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law: Diana Baker Hanson of Florida, and Pam Baker Gee of Linesville, Pennsylvania; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Lola Mackay; his wife Glenda in December 2014; and his sisters: Rosemary, Jean, and Doris.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin with Pastor Mike Sager and Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. 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, 14 August 2015

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Catherine V. (Arens) Krebsbach

1899-1943

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MRS, KREBSBACH RITES PLANNED

Osage Woman Dies After Long Illness

OSAGE, IOWA - Funeral services for Mrs. W. S. Krebsbach, 43, who died Sunday morning at her home following a long illness, will be conducted Wednesday morning at 8:30 at the Krebsbach home in charge of the Rev. E. A. Fitzgerald.

Services will also be held at Austin. Minnesota, at 9:30 at Queen of Angel's church, the Rev Mr. Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery at Austin.

She was born September 30, 1899, at Austin, Minn., the daughter' of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Arens. She attended the schools and spent her girlhood there and in 1922 was married to W. S. Krebsbach.

The Krebsbach family came to Osage in 1940 from Adams, Minnesota.

Surviving are her husband, five children, five sisters and five brothers. One brother, Arthur F.,is at the Walter Reed hospital suffering a broken back received when his ship was torpedoed.

The body was brought from Champion's funeral home to the Krebsbach home Monday morning.

The rosary will be said Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Mason City Globe-Gazette, Monday - May 10, 1943


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Notes:
Catherine Arens was the daughter of Joseph Matthew Arens and Mary Alice (Mayer) Arens.

She married William Sylvester Krebsbach, the son of Michael and Anna (Smith) Krebsbach.


#3:

MRS. W. KREBSBACH
DIES AFTER TWO
YEARS OF ILLNESS

Mrs. William S. Krebsbach, 44, died at her home sunday afternoon after an illness of about two years. She had suffered intensely during most of that time, so death came as a relief. She was taken to clinics at various places, including Austin, Rochester and Iowa City, in an effort to arrest the disease and lessen her suffering, but nothing could be done and she died after being confined to her bed for several months.

Catherine Arens, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph arens, was born at Austin, Minnesota, September 30, 1899, and spent her girlhood there. Her marriage to William S. Krebsbach took place at Austin on August 1, 1922.

Mr. and Mrs Krebsbach established their home at Adams, Minnesota, where they operated a large general store, and Mrs. Krebsbach gained a wide circle of friends over that vicinity due to that association and her natural, friendly, kindly manner.

Adams continued to be their home until two and a half years ago when they moved to Osage and established Mr. Krebsbach's present business.

Surviving besides her husband are the following children: William, enlisted in the navy and in foreign service; Curtis, Rogers, Ann and Kay at home. Mrs. E. J. Brush, Osage, is an aunt.

Funeral service was held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the Sacred Heart Church, after which the body was taken to the Mayer Funeral Home at Austin, where it lay in state for several hours before burial in the Austin Catholic cemetery.

Source: Mitchell County Press-News - 13 MAY 1943
(Transcribed by K. Kittleson, August 2015)

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Henry N. Halvorson

1871-1943

FORMER MITCHELL
COUNTY RESIDENT
DIES, CLEAR LAKE

Henry N. Halvorson, 402 North Second St., Clear Lake, Iowa, died at a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, last Friday morning, following a major operation performed a week ago. A blood clot is believed the cause of death.

Mr. Halverson was born at Lyle, Minnesota, November 21, 1871, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Halverson. The family moved to Clear Lake when he was a small boy.

Mr. Halvorson entered the bank at Clear Lake as cashier in 1917, and three years later was elected its president, continuing with the bank in that capacity until 1925, when the bank was consolidated with the First National Bank. Mr. Halvorson continued as president of the combined organization for a number of years.

Later he entered the field of insurance and was active in that business at the time of his death. He was a justice of the peace and secretary of the Clear Lake Federal Savings and Loan Association.

In 1903 Mr. Halvorson was married to Emma Hinz of Clear Lake. They have no children.

Besides his wife, Mr. Halvorson is survived by his brother, Albert, of St. Ansgar, and his sister, Mrs. L.A. White, of Los Angeles, California, and Miss Hattie Halverson, also of that place.

Source: Mitchell County Press-News - 13 MAY 1943
(Transcribed by K. Kittleson, August 2015)

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Renee Lavonne Low

1949-2015

Born: March 26, 1949
Died: August 11, 2015

Renee L. Low, 66, of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, died at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at St. John's Lutheran Church with Reverend Robert Bailey officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Memorials may be designated to the American Cancer society

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website, 15 Aug 2015


Renee L. Low 1949-2015

Renee L. Low, 66, of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, died at her home.

Renee was born on March 26, 1949, in Austin, Minnesota, to Douglas and Lorraine (Krieg) Low. She attended St. Johns Lutheran Church and was baptized on April 24, 1949, by the Rev. Milbrath and was confirmed on June 2, 1963, by the Rev. Hanp. Renee was active in 4H and showed her horse "Blue" in local and state competitions. Childhood weekends were spent at state parks riding horses and camping. She graduated from Austin High School in 1967.

After high school she attended the Minneapolis School of Business and went on to receive her MBA from the College of St. Thomas. She owned and operated Break Tradition Uniforms. She was very involved at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park. Renee loved to travel, visiting nearly all 50 states, Europe multiple times, and many countries around the world including Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Russia, South Korea, and Australia.

She was an avid college womens volleyball fan, she had season tickets for the Golden Gophers womens volleyball team for nearly 30 years and even flew to Hawaii to watch them play. Renee doted on her nieces, and later on her great nieces. She was active in caring for her mother in memory care. Omaha was her second home.

She was preceded in death by her father Douglas Low.

Renee is survived by her mother Lorraine Low, Omaha, Nebraska; sister Bonnie (Doug) Niessen, Omaha, Nebraska; nieces: Amy (Bruce) Thomsen, Omaha, Nebraska, Bethany (Chris) Huerta, Omaha, Nebraska; great-nieces: Aubrey and Amelia Thomsen and Kiley and Lylah Huerta; aunt Molly Martin, Austin, Minnesota; and many cousins

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at St. Johns Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Bailey officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be designated to the American Cancer society.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 19 August 2015

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Elizabeth (Betty) Bridget Rauth

1923-2015

Elizabeth (Betty) Bridget Rauth, 91, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.

Betty was born November 15, 1923, to George F. and Kathleen I. Cavanaugh Cobb, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. She was the older of two children.

Betty passed away on the 71st anniversary of her marriage to the love of her life, John F. Rauth. They were married on Aug. 5, 1944, at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Jermyn.

Betty's focus was always on her family. Together she and John raised seven children.

Betty was a woman of strong faith and an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where she served as a member of the Altar Society and as a Eucharistic minister.

She was a companion of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Community. Betty highly valued Catholic education and volunteered in many capacities while her children were attending Catholic grade school, high school and college.

She was secretary/treasurer of John Rauth Construction Company, working with her husband to support their business. Betty cherished her relationships with her neighbors, her faith community and her Missouri Air National Guard friends. She volunteered for many years at Heartland Hospital.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband John Rauth on August 2, 2008; her parents, George and Kathleen Cobb; brother, George J. Cobb; as well as her husbands parents, Aaron and Anna Rauth; brothers-in-law: Thomas (Fontelle) Rauth, Paul (Martha) Rauth and Vincent Rauth; sisters-in-law: Mary Theresa Rauth and Patricia Brennan Cobb.

She is survived by her seven children: Joyce A. (Mike) Rauth-Fears, Kansas City, Missouri, Eileen M. (Wayne) Strider, Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Kay (Mark) Rauth-Farley, Shawnee, Kansas, Patty A. (Chuck) Hayes, St. Joseph, Michael G. (Mary) Rauth, St. Joseph, Jeanne F. (Jimmie) Sheehan, Austin, Minnesota, and G. Reine (John) Seiler, Bridgeton, Missouri; 11 grandsons; four granddaughters; and 13 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law: Rev. Fr. Philip J. Rauth, Omaha, Nebraska, Sr. Mary Vanna Rauth, OP, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, R. Joseph (Carol) Rauth, New Haven, Missouri, and Herman I. (Jenene) Rauth, Honey Creek, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, and due to her strong Catholic values, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Church, School or House of Bread; Bishop LeBlond Memorial High School; or a charity of your choice.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 16 August 2015

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Dean Orlee Thompson

1928-2015

Obituary for Dean Thompson

U.S. Veteran--

Dean Thompson, age 86, of Riceville passed away on Thursday August 13, 2015 at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa.

Dean Orlee Thompson was born October 16, 1928, in Chester, Iowa, the son of Milton and Enid (Culbertson) Thompson. He was baptized at the Chester Lutheran Church on November 18, 1928 and confirmed in 1940. Dean attended local schools and graduated from Chester High School in 1946. Dean always joked he was in the top three of his class, of three graduates. Dean served his country in the United States Air Force serving in Korea. Dean was united in marriage to LaVonne Adele Wolthoff on December 27, 1953 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Dean farmed north of Riceville, where he milked cows, had a Black Angus cattle herd and raised feeder cattle. He had a special love for all his dogs: Duke, Trixie, Tippy, Lady, Chris, Lucky, JR, Shadow and Jenny. Dean loved to golf and he created "bucket golf" at the farm for his grandkids. He was a member of the Riceville Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing and playing cards. He loved to challenge people to a game of pool. He liked pheasant hunting with his dogs. He had his special spot in the kitchen where he would eat Von's great cooking and then visit and tell jokes.

Survivors include his children, daughter Gale (John) Koschmeder of Riceville, his sons: Mark (Kris) Thompson of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Jay (Cherise) Thompson of Ames, Iowa, seven grandchildren: Robin, Ryan, Jason, Justin, Jessica, Cody and Cade; and two great-grandchildren, Maddox and Everly. Also surviving are two sisters, Donna Hanson of LeRoy, Minnesota and Beth Sheeley of Des Moines, Iowa.

He is preceded by his wife LaVonne in 2013, his parents, a brother Charles, and a sister Gay Zidlicky.


NOTES:

Funeral Service:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Riceville, Iowa

Cemetery:
Location: LeRoy Cemetery
LeRoy, Minnesota

Source: Lindstrom Funeral Home website, Riceville, Iowa

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Phyllis J. Mauseth

1923-2015

Phyllis J. Mauseth, 92, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Phyllis Jeanette was born on April 7, 1923, in Cherry Grove, Minnesota, to Julius and Eva (Vrieze) Hendrickson. She graduated from Wykoff High School in Wykoff, Minnesota, and continued her studies at Mankato Commercial College.

She was united in marriage to H. LeRoy Mauseth on November 20, 1945, at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church in Cherry Grove, Minnesota. Phyllis and Harold raised their family and resided in Austin their entire married life. Phyllis was employed at Home Federal as a bookkeeper and secretary. When not working, Phyllis loved working in her garden, and canning. For over 40 years Phyllis was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, where she held various offices, worked with the women's group, served as a soloist and choir member, and was a faithful volunteer where needed.

Survivors include her daughter, Paulette (Larry) McFarland of Gillsville, Georgia; sons: James (Donna) Mauseth of Owatonna, Steven (Becky) Mauseth of Austin, Stuart (Judy) Mauseth of Ankeny, Iowa, Jason (Robin) Mauseth of Lincoln, Nebraska; nine grandchildren: Jeremy (Jackie Deml) Mauseth, Scott (Dea) McFarland, Heidi (Jesse) Farlinger, Kelly (Brian) Kiker, Jaime (Aaron) Meyer, Amanda (Jonathan) Kinzebow, Emily (Tanner) Archer, Anthony (Ashley) Mauseth, and Amelia (Michael) Steck; great-grandchildren: Kaleigh and Matthew McFarland, Amanda, Haley and Lawren Deml, Brooklyn Kinzebow, Nadia, Jayda and Titus Archer, Isaiah Mauseth, Johnathan, Sophia and Ruby Kvam, Kiara, Kristian and Jaeger Farlinger, Jake and Kate Kiker, Josephine Meyer, and Christian Steck; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband LeRoy on January 28, 2012; her brother Cardinal Hendrickson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Simerson officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. The family prefers that memorials be directed to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, or donor's choice. 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, 17 August 2015

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Thomas Handland Sr.

1924-2015

Pending Notice: Thomas Handland Sr., 91

Thomas Handland Sr., 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Our House Memory Care. 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, 17 August 2015


Obituary--

Thomas L. Handland, age 91 of Austin, died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Our House Memory Care. He was born June 29, 1924 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin to Thomas and Mary (Lewis) Handland.

Thomas attended school in Albert Lea, Minnesota before serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Headquarters Battery 18th Field Artillery Battalion. He served from May 1946 until his honorable discharge in June 1947, achieving the rank of Tech 4th Class. Thomas worked in auto body shops both in Albert Lea and Austin, and at a Ford Dealership in the Twin Cities for several years. His favorite pastimes were buying and restoring cars, and fishing.

Thomas is survived by his children Thomas Handland of Mauston, Wisconsin, and Cynthia (Pete) Fitch of Elroy, Wisconsin; 1 grandchild Shawn Handland of Holmen, Wisconsin; two great-grandchildren Isaac and Maron Handland. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Mary Handland, his wife Bonnie, his brother Robert Handland, his sister Donelle Hanson, and his daughter-in-law Bonnie Handland.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Military honors by the Albert Lea Veteran's organization. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 17 August 2015

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Bette Mae (Fecht) Winkel

1949-2015

Pending Notice: Bette M. Winkel, 66

Bette M. Winkel, 66 of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center, Mason City, Iowa. Arrangements are pending with the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 17 August 2015


Bette M. Winkel, 66

Bette M. Winkel, 66, of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center, Mason City, Iowa.

Bette Mae Winkel was born February 1, 1949. She was the daughter of John and Lottie (Wessels) Fecht and resided in Allison, Iowa. Bette attended school in Allison and received her high school education from there in 1967. She continued her education at Hawkeye Technical College where she earned her nursing degree.

After college, she met a handsome Navy guy who strolled into town visiting his good friends Corky and Irv. Bette was currently working at the local grocery store where her co-worker Corky insisted that she go on a date with Eldon. Bette was reluctant at first, but it only took one date for her to be swept off her feet. They married August 31, 1969, and moved to Newell, Iowa, for the first year of their marriage. Life took them to Waverly, Iowa, where Bette worked for Waverly Hospital and their family grew to include Julie, Jarred, Joel and Jeremy.

In 1982, Eldon and Bette moved to Lyle, Minnesota, and Jolynn was born in 1983. On March 30, 1987, Bette started working at Austin Medical Center and through her 28 years worked in multiple departments, ending in cardiology, which she loved. Bette was a loving, compassionate nurse and a dedicated worker. When asked if she was considering retirement, Bette would say no because of how much she enjoyed her work and those she worked with.

Bette's favorite things were traveling with her family, boating on the lake, helping anyone in need and telling others about how proud she was of her family. In all her activities she pursued the heart of God and was sure to be attending any Southern Gospel concerts in the area. Bette always put others before herself and her family before all others. Her family prayed together, played together, worked together and loved together in all things.

Bette is survived by her husband Eldon Winkel of Lyle, Minnesota; five children: Julie (Troy) Ruis of Grafton, Iowa, Jarred (Lori) Winkel of Suamico, Wisconsin, Joel Winkel of Waverly, Iowa, Jeremy Winkel of Buffalo, Minnesota, and Jolynn (Josh) Gentz of Rose Creek, Minnesota. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Austin, Brennen, Adreanna, and Carsten Ruis, Trevor, Hailey, Jason and Aaron Winkel and Aanden and Joslyn Gentz; one brother Darwin (Joyce) Fecht of Allison, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother-in-law.

Bette was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who loved life and lived it to its fullest. Her legacy will continue through all those who she has loved.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Faith Church, 1800 12th Street SW, Austin, Minnesota, with Russell Nesbit officiating. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at the Antioch Cemetery, Clarksville, Iowa. Visitation will be on Tuesday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church for one hour before the service on Wednesday morning.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 18 August 2015

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Violet Marie (Diggins) Hansen

1918-2015

Funeral Notice: Violet Marie Hansen, 96

Violet Marie Hansen, 96, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Service: A funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 21 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church for one hour before the service on Saturday.

Interment: Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 19 August 2015


Violet Marie Hansen

Born: September 19, 1918
Died: August 18, 2015

Violet Marie (Diggins) Hansen, 96, died Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Sacred Heart Care Center. She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on September, 19, 1918, to William and Margaret (Wilkerson) Diggins. Violet grew up in Sioux Falls attending school until the 8th grade. She married Howard R. Hansen on October 29, 1937. To this union, three children were born; Sharon, George, and Dennis. They raised their family in Austin, Minnesota.

Violet enjoyed baking, playing cards, bingo and watching the Twins. She was President of the Golden Age Club and a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge. Violet will be remembered for her unconditional love for her family, her wonderful baking, and her love for children.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hansen, an infant daughter, daughter Sharon Johannsen, sister Helena, sisters and brothers-in-law: Marcella "Arch" (Cletus) Heimer and Patricia (Alfred) Puettmann; brother and sister-in-law: Albert (Arlene) Diggins, and Jimmy Diggins.

Violet is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: George (Kathy) Hansen, Littleton, Colorado; Dennis (Debra) Hansen, Mantorville, Minnesota; son-in-law: Gerald Johannsen, Round Rock, Texas; grandchildren: Tim (Lou) Hansen, Wendy Parker, Kris Black, Kari (Nick) Bednarczyk, Marc (Kim) Johannsen, and Susan (Phil) Tate; great grandchildren: Jared, Chance, Athena, Brooklyn, Tony, Jade, Nathan, Kali, Alex, Bennett, Andrew, Caitlin, Eric, Bryan, and Brad; sisters and brother-in-law: Marion "Penny" Kvam and Margaret (Roger) Jennings; brother: Bob Diggins; many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 22nd at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva and Deacon Peter Bednarczyk officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, August 21st at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church one hour before the service on Saturday.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 19 August 2015
See also: Austin Daily Herald, 20 August 2015

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Ruth R. Jorgensen Leslie

c1920-2015

Ruth Leslie, of Houghton Lake, Michigan, left her place on earth to join her spiritual father on July 29, 2015.

An Austin, Minnesota, native, Ruth worked at the Hormel plant and farmed by Blooming Prairie where she resided for 27 years. Becoming a member of the Oak Glen Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in 1960, Ruth served in six offices before being appointed Grand Chaplain of the Minnesota OES in 1967. With her appointment in 1977 to the position of Worthy Grand Matron, she headed the state organization of 226 OES chapters with a membership of over 38,000.

Ruth was past president of the Blooming Prairie Women's Golf Association and served as a Red Cross volunteer. Ruth kept a busy schedule and enjoyed traveling in her retirement before settling in Florida and, later, Houghton Lake, Michigan.

Ruth and her late husband Carl Leslie spent much time ballroom and square dancing. Ruth enjoyed visits from family and friends in her later years, as well as great love and care provided to her by the devoted staff at Brook Retirement Communities in Houghton Lake.

Ruth was proceeded in death by her parents Olaf and Loretta Bekkedahl; three older sisters: Stacia A. Angell, Lenore Becky Tolbers, and Marcella L. Lani; her husband Albert Jorgensen in 1986; her husband Carl Leslie in 2012; her daughter Judith Brewer in 2011; and her son Albert in 2012.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Susan Jorgensen; and six grandchildren: Melissa Gaul, Amanda Sherpe, Betsy Jorgensen, Brett Brewer, Jill Snograss, and Scott Brewer.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2015, at Grandview Cemetery, Highway 218 South in Austin.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 23 August 2015


NOTES: According to www.peoplefinders.ws, Ruth Lorraine Leslie of Houghton Lake Heights, Michigan was age 95 -- hence born about 1920.

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Franklin Delano Luksik

1936-2015

Franklin Delano Luksik, "Frank" was born January 30, 1936, and passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015, surrounded by his family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Frank was born in Austin, Minnesota, and was raised by his grandparents, Joseph and Kate Luksik, and his mother, Mary Luksik. He was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Austin High School, the class of 1954, and was inducted into the Austin Hall of Fame.

He received a four-year football scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, graduating with a degree in agricultural science and ROTC. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a distinguished veteran in the Vietnam War, earning four medals for his service. After retiring from the military, he worked in the public sector for general dynamics.

He married Susan (Gower) Luksik, also from Austin and subsequently moved to Arizona in 1998. He enjoyed being a volunteer at the Mustang Library, where he was so happy to immerse himself among the stacks of books. He and Susan's love of animals included rescuing many pets as their own. Frank was a devoted father and grandfather to his own children and Susanís children. He accumulated many dear friends and memories over his lifetime.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Susan Luksik; children: Dan (Janet), Susan (Allan) and David (Janet); his stepchildren: Kirk, Todd and Greta; and seven grandchildren: Andrew, Sarah, Madeleine, Halle, Haden, Brady, Rowan; and four step grandchildren: Natalie, Nicholas, Jack and Annika.

Flowers may be sent to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Scottsdale. Donations in his honor may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale or the Arizona Humane Society.

Services were held on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Scottsdale with burial immediately following at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 23 August 2015

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Thelma Elzine (Cloyd) "Tiny" Arens

1932-2015

Thelma Elzine "Tiny" Arens, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, August 20, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Thelma was born in Rockford, Illinois to Horace and Flora Cloyd on August 23, 1932. She grew up in the Rockford area.

On November 17, 1953, Thelma married John Duane Arens. They moved to Austin and raised their two sons there. Thelma was a homemaker until her boys grew up. She then worked for the Austin Daily Herald as an inserter for over 20 years. She worked at the Austin American Legion and volunteered at the Salvation Army. John died on October 4, 2003.

Thelma was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and the Austin American Legion Auxiliary for 10 years. She loved hunting, fishing, gardening, knitting and crocheting.

Thelma loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved the fall because she enjoyed preparing apples from her trees and vegetables from her garden for winter.

Thelma is survived by her sons, John Jr. (Carol Supalla) of Austin, Minnesota, Jim (Carol) Arens of Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren, Andy, Jeremy, Robert, Steven, Jason and Lora, 15 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

Thelma is preceded in death by her parents, husband John, brothers and a sister.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Mayer Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mayer Funeral Home and again an hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Online Condolences-www.mayerfh.com

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 23 August 2015

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Ted N. Ekle

1952-2015

Ted N. Ekle, 63, formerly of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away at 6:16 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, from complications of AML.

He was born May 29, 1952, in Austin, Minnesota, to Charles A. and Carol M. Oleson Ekle. He was raised in Lyle, Minnesota, and recently lived in Springfield, Illinois. He married Pat DeFord in Peoria, Illinois, on August 25, 1979, and she survives.

Ted graduated from Luther College in 1974 and Sangamon State University in 1992 with a Masterís Degree in Business Administration. He was employed by Osco Drug until 1994 when he became self-employed with Primerica, where he enjoyed helping others financially.

He was an active member of Historic Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois, where he taught confirmation, sang in the choir and served on various committees. He enjoyed music, golf, basketball, poker and euchre and had a passion for the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Tom Ekle.

As well as his wife, he is survived by three children: Eric Ekle of Basalt, Colorado, Jennifer (Jon) Jackson of Plainfield, and Lisa Ekle of Brooklyn, New York; mother, Carol Ekle of Lyle, Minnesota; sister, Paula (David) Johnson of Reedsville, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; father-in-law, Chellis DeFord; brother-in-law, David (Colleen) DeFord; sister-in-law, Jeanne Ekle; and several aunts, uncles; nieces and nephews.

A visitation took place Friday, August 7, 2015, at Historic Grace Lutheran Church. A memorial service took place at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Historic Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Thomas Christell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Historic Grace Lutheran Church; Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, Minnesota, 55953; or Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, 401 North Third Street, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401, or online at www.friends-bwca.org/donate.

Ted was a counselor and guide at the Boundary Waters one summer after college where he accompanied others and youth from Historic Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 23 August 2015

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Marie A. (Minar) Kuiters

1916-2015

Born: May 12, 1916
Died: August 21, 2015

Marie Anna Kuiters, age 99 of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Cedars of Austin.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 29th at Grace Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the service on Saturday. A meal and fellowship will follow the service.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 23 August 2015


Marie A. Kuiters, 99, of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at The Cedars of Austin.

Marie was born May 12, 1916, in rural Pine County, Minnesota, to Charles and Sophie (Mischka) Minar. Marie attended a one-room country school near her family's farm. At 16, she attended the Southern School of Agriculture Southern Campus. While at school, she met Jacob Kuiters and they were married November 13, 1934, in Carlton County. Together, with his family, they farmed west of Hollandale. In 1941, they moved to their farm near Clarks Grove. Jacob died in 1998 and Marie continued to live on the farm until 2011.

Throughout her life, she was active as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher and was involved with Motherís Club at District 23 and Homemakers Clubs. Marie was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed needlework. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She loved making birthday cakes for everyone in the family and made and decorated many wedding cakes for her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jacob; and brother Charles L. Minar.

Marie is survived by her children: Dave Kuiters, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Carolyn (Lewis) Lindsey, Naples, Florida, Keith Kuiters (Helen Johnson), Clarks Grove, Minnesota, and Cathy (Ken) Lightly, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; grandchildren: Sharon (Dave) Egerdal, Clarks Grove, Minnesota, Sandy (Danny) Reed, Austin, Minnesota, Susan Meyer, Omaha, Nebraska, Jim (Jayne) Lindsey, Bloomington, Minnesota, Barb (Steve) Moriarty, Naples, Florida, Laurel Peterson, Medford, Minnesota, Jay (Emily) Kuiters, Clarks Grove, Minnesota, Lee (Kerri) Kuiters, Dacula, Georgia, Mary (Mike) Kirtz, Eyota, Minnesota, Wayne (Julie) Lightly, Austin, Minnesota, Sarah (Steve) Caton, Bicester, England, Daryl Lightly, Estherville, Iowa, Brian (Jessica) Lightly, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law: Ursula Kuiters, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Nancy Kuiters, Albert Lea, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Terrill officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service on Saturday. A meal and fellowship will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the donorís choice or Bass Lake Bible Camp. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 26 August 2015

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Abigail (Moore) Johnson

1921-2015

Born: July 21, 1921
Died: August 22, 2015

Abigail Moore Johnson, 94 of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, August 22, 2015 at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

Abigail Moore Johnson was born in Estherville, Iowa, July 21, 1921, to George M. and Ora Moore. She attended elementary school in Jackson, Minnesota, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1939. The following fall she entered Macalester College in St. Paul and graduated in 1943 with a B.A. degree in English.

She taught senior high English courses in the high schools of Pemberton, Mabel, and Northfield before going to Austin High School in 1949 where she taught for twenty-two years. In 1962 she was married to Arthur Johnson of Buffalo, Minnesota who was teaching business and economics at Austin High School and later at Austin Community College. They were married at Moorland Farm, Jackson, Minnesota.

She belonged to Chapter CU, P.E.O.; the Ladies Floral Club and the Collectors Club. She was a member, an elder and a deacon of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Abigail is survived by Art's nephew and niece: John (Sue) Bates, Austin, Minnesota and Punta Gorda, FL; and Bonnie (Russell) Grgich, Sun Lakes, AZ. Surviving cousins are Marita Talbott, Eugene, OR; Warren Nelson, Sioux City, IA; Kirsten Bedford, Yountville, CA; and Eleanor Dunning, Dana Point, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her infant brother, Judson, and cousins Philip Shockly, Dean Nelson, Russell Albenus, and Robert and Richard Johnson.

Friends may visit with the family at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, August 28th. There will be no reviewal. A memorial service will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 29th with the Reverend Michael Olmsted officiating. Memorials are suggested to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Minnesota.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 23 August 2015


Funeral Notice: Abigail Moore Johnson, 94

Abigail Moore Johnson, 94 of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, August 22, 2015, at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

Service: A memorial service will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, with the Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. There will be no reviewal.

Interment: Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Minnesota.

Memorials: Memorials are suggested to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 26 August 2015


Abigail Moore Johnson, 94

Abigail Moore Johnson, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

Abigail Moore Johnson was born in Estherville, Iowa, July 21, 1921, to George M. and Ora Moore. She attended elementary school in Jackson, Minnesota, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1939. The following fall she entered Macalester College in St. Paul and graduated in 1943 with a Bachelors degree in English.

She taught senior high English courses in the high schools of Pemberton, Mabel, and Northfield before going to Austin High School in 1949 where she taught for 22 years. In 1962, she was married to Arthur Johnson of Buffalo, Minnesota, who was teaching business and economics at Austin High School and later at Austin Community College. They were married at Moorland Farm, Jackson, Minnesota.

She belonged to Chapter CU, P.E.O., the Ladies Floral Club and the Collectors Club. She was a member, an elder and a deacon of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Abigail is survived by Artís nephew and niece: John (Sue) Bates, Austin, Minnesota, and Punta Gorda, Florida; and Bonnie (Russell) Grgich, Sun Lakes, Arizona. Surviving cousins are: Marita Talbott, Eugene, Oregon, Warren Nelson, Sioux City, Iowa, Kirsten Bedford, Yountville, California, and Eleanor Dunning, Dana Point, California.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her infant brother Judson; and cousins: Philip Shockly, Dean Nelson, Russell Albenus, and Robert and Richard Johnson.

Friends may visit with the family at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. 2015. There will be no reviewal. A memorial service will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, with the Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating. Memorials are suggested to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Minnesota.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 27 August 2015

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Nathan P. Merten

1937-2015

Obituary

Nathan P. Merten, age 78, of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, August 21, 2015 surrounded by his loving family at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota.

He was born February 4, 1937 in Adams, Minnesota, to Philipp and Leonilla (Mullenbach) Merten. Nathan grew up in Adams and attended school in Adams. He worked as a milk hauler for the Adams Creamery for many years. On July 17, 1976 he married Betty L. Konken at Our Lady of Loretta Church in Brownsdale. The couple made their home in Brownsdale ever since.

Nathan worked for the Brownsdale Elevator for many years and then worked for IFP out of Oslo, Minnesota for the last 25 years of his career. Nathan enjoyed going for rides in his car and went on many bus trips. He attended Our Savior Lutheran Church and served on the church board and also was the head usher.

Survivors include his loving wife Betty Merten of Brownsdale, Minnesota, three special daughters; Jessika (Robert) Gaul of Owatonna, Minnesota, Enith Espino of Panama City, Panama and Marvina (Thomas) Zaparolli of Milan, Italy. Two sisters, Dorothy Loecher of West Bend, Wisconsin and Marcella (Damon) Bissen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two brothers, Mathias Merten of Adams, Minnesota, Bernard (Elaine) Merten of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and many wonderful nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philipp and Leonilla, brother, Michael, step father, Ray Younker, two nieces, Marianne and Elizabeth Konken and a nephew Leon Merten.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 411 W Main St., Brownsdale, with Pastor Jeffery Sage officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 -- 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening, August 27, 2015 at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale, Minnesota.

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

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 23 August 2015
See also: Austin Daily Herald, 26 August 2015

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