MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

Mower County Obituaries
Part 284


Donald George Hope

1930-2015

Obituary

Donald George Hope, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home after a lingering illness. He was 85.

He was born June 29, 1930, at home in Freeborn County, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and Mary (Hjelman) Hope. Don attended District 1 Country School and graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1948. On June 24, 1953, he was united in marriage to his wife of 62 years, Janet Sauke, in Geneva, Minnesota. The couple raised two children, Randy and Lyn.

A lifelong dairy farmer and avid Minnesota sports fan, Don was also a member of the Newry Township board and Community Lutheran Church in Geneva, where he served on the church council. Bowling and gardening were two of his favorite pastimes. After retirement, Don was happiest helping other farmers and spending time with his grandchildren. He lived his 85 years in the same house where he was born.

Donald is survived by his wife Janet Hope of Austin; his daughter Lyn (Mike) Bolster of Kasson and son Randy (Rosalyn) Hope of St. Paul; four grandchildren Sam and Margaret Hope, Brennan and Ben Bolster.

He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Mary Hope, his brother Russell Gilde, and his sister-in-law Eva Gilde.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, at Community Lutheran Church, 106 3rd Street SE, Geneva, Minnesota, with Pastor Kristen Venne officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m., immediately preceding the service. Interment will be in the Geneva Cemetery.

Memorials can be directed to Geneva Community Lutheran Church or recipient of donor's choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home
Also see: Austin Daily Herald, 4 November 2015

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John P. Felton

1857-1907

JOHN P. FELTON

Died at his home, a mile and a half south of Rose Creek, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1907, of dropsy, John P. Felton, aged 50 years.

He was born in Luxenburg, Germany, March 20, 1857. He came to this country about 1888 settling on his place south of Rose Creek. He was married about 1892 to Mrs. Elizabeth Gillgenbach who survives him. He has three brother living, Peter, lving near Austin, Andrew near Rose Creek and John in Lullingen, Germany, also two sisters, one in Dubuque, Iowa, and one in Fraiport, Belgium.

Mr. Felton had been sick since Christmas. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Father Schneider were held at St. Peter's church in Rose Creek, Saturday. Interment in Rose Creek cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 27 Feb. 1907, page 2, column 4, under heading "DEATHS"

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Mary Effie (Schwamm) Weiland

1823-1914

MARY EFFIE WEILAND

Mary Effie Weiland died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Joe Wendell 3 1/2 miles southwest of Rose Creek. She was ailing for a day when death suddenly called her to the great beyond Monday morning October 26 at 6:55 a.m., of old age.

The deceased was born in Germany in 1823, June 1. Mary Effie Schwamm was married to Peter Weiland in 1843 who died in 1855.

She came to America in 1867 and made her home with her daughter except 4 years with her sister in St. Louis.

She was possessed of a rare sense of a keen wit and a kind heart which made for her friends wherever she went. She was one of the most unique characters of Rose Creek and she always found a friend and following. She lived a long and useful life, meeting joys and sorrows with patience and cheerfulness.

She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Mary Effie Wendell of Rose Creek, three other children who are dead and besides she leaves to mourn her loss 8 grand children, 40 great grand children, 1 great, great grand child.

The funeral services were held at St. Peter church of Rose Creek at 9:30 Wednesday Oct. 28. The body was laid to rest in the Rose Creek cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 4 Nov. 1914, page 3, column 4, under heading "DEATHS"

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Mrs. Fred Blabaum

c1861-1900

#1:

From the Adams Review, February 23, 1900:

Mrs. Fred Blabaum died of heart failure at her home, three miles north of Rose Creek, Sunday morning, February 17, at seven o'clock, aged 38 years. The deceased was born in Wisconsin and was married to Mr. Blabaum at Dodgeville previous to their emigrating to Minnesota in 1881. When the young couple arrived in Mower county they purchased the Wright farm and have since lived and worked together on that place.

Mrs. Blabaum leaves a husband, three children and two sisters, Mrs. Jens Nelson and Mrs. Jno. Reckenthaler to mourn her loss. The funeral was held in the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock after which all that is mortal of this faithful wife and loving mother was laid to rest in Rose Creek cemetery.

-Contributed by Janet Stephenson


#2:

Died, at her home three miles north of Rose Creek Monday morning, February 19, of heart failure, Mrs. Fred Blabaum, aged about 37. She came to Rose Creek with her husband from Wisconsin about 18 years ago, when they bought the Wright farm where they have resided since. She had been ill for some time but her sickness was not considered serious. She leaves a husband, three children and two sisters who live near her, Mrs. Jno. Reckenthaler and Mrs. Jens Nelson. The funeral will be held from the Congregational church Wednesday. Burial at the Rose Creek cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 21 Feb. 1900, page 3, column 5, under heading "ROSE CREEK."

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John Hall

1823-1907

JOHN HALL.

John Hall, aged 84 years, died in Rose Creek, Thursday, March 28, 1907. He was born in Richland county, Ohio, March 10, 1823.

He moved from Ohio to Lee county, Ill. in 1856, and came to Mower county in 1876. He has lived in the township of Windom for the past 31 years.

Those who have known him during his residence here speak of him in the highest terms of respect. He was a member of the M. E. church for 60 years and during all these years he has lived a consistent Christian life.

His wife died in 1891. He has one sister, aged 93 years, living in Ohio. He leaves three sons: Oscar Hall of Tacoma, Wash., Marion F. of Austin and George of Rose Creek. Funeral services were held Sunday, conducted by Rev. Thompson. Interment in Rose Creek cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 3 April 1907, page 2, column 2, under heading "DIED"

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Dellie May Pike

1880-1889

--Dellie May Pike, daughter of Frank and Jennie Pike, aged nine years and three months, died July 4th of that dreaded disease diphtheria. Her remains were buried at Enterprise cemetery the afternoon of her death. The funeral sermon will be preached later. She was an engaging little girl especially diligent and punctual at school. During the present term of school she had been neither absent or tardy until taken sick.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 10 July 1889, page 5, column 2

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Avery Stoyle

1897-1911

Avery Stoyle, aged 14 years, youngest child of Mrs. Elizabeth Stoyle, died Monday evening of heart trouble. He had always been frail. He was born in Lyle township March 7, 1897. Funeral will be held at the house Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. C. D. Belden officiating. Interment at Enterprise.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 15 Nov. 1911, page 6, column 2, under heading "VARCO"

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David Edgar "Ered" Pratt

c1868-1888

Drowned.

Ered Pratt, son of David O. Pratt, living south of Enterprise school house, was drowned in the Cedar River May 25. He had been working for Mr. Abe Watkins, who lives on the west side of the Cedar about eight miles south of Austin, and started from there on Friday to go home or to find work elsewhere. His parents went to visit him on Sunday and finding him absent became alarmed, and search for him was commenced. As he frequently swam or waded the river to shorten his journey their attention was turned in that direction. His body was found by a party of the searchers, about three miles below the place where it is supposed that he went into the water.

The remains were interred in Enterprise Cemetery early Monday morning. The deceased was nineteen years of age, a young man of good habits and well liked by all who knew him. His sudden death casts a gloom over the community.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 6 June 1888, page 1, column 4

NOTE: Full name:
David Edgar "Ered" Pratt

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Mildred Catherine Duerst

1904-1910

MILDRED CATHERINE DUERST.

The oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Duerst of Lyle township died yesterday morning early of peritonitis, after a brief illness. Aged 5 years.

Mildred Catherine was born Sept. 19, 1904. She was a very winsome child and leaves a great vacancy in the home and heart. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, will be held at the house Thursday noon, 12 o'clock. Interment at Enterprise.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 19 Jan. 1910, page 3, column 5, under heading "DEATHS"

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Thomas W. Lausen

1891-1911

Thomas W. Lausen, aged 20 years and one month, died Monday evening of typhoid fever after a brief illness. He was the son of Nick Lausen. he was a young man of exemplary habits and was a faithful and dutiful son. Funeral at the house at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Interment at Enterprise.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 29 March 1911, page 7, column 4, under heading "VARCO."

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Henry Hudson Hawkins

c1876-1909

HENRY HAWKINS.

Henry Hudson Hawkins died Thursday morning, October 14, 1909, at Faribault of epilepsy, aged 33 years.

He was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hawkins of this city and was born in Windom township February 1, 1876. He was an unusually bright boy but at the age of 13 years began to be troubled with symptoms of nervous weakness and the best medical aid in the Northwest was called to him but without permanent recovery.

The remains were brought home Friday. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, were held at the Hawkins residence on South St. Paul street, Saturday afternoon. Interment at Enterprise cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 20 Oct. 1909, page 2, column 4, under heading "DEATHS"

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Lucy A. Brownell

1898-1911

Lucy A. Brownell, aged 13 years, died Wednesday of neuralgia of the heart. She was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. O. Brownell and was born here, April 13, 1898. She was taken sick only a week before she died and had been to school that day. She was a dutiful child, interested in Sunday school and day school and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. F. Stout, D. D. were held at the school house Saturday afternoon. Each of her school mates dropped a flower on her casket after the service. Interment in Enterprise cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 20 Dec. 1911, page 6, column 3, under heading "VARCO"

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Christian Hansen, Jr.

c1886-1913

CHRISTIAN HANSON, JR.

Christian Hanson, Jr., 27 years, died Wednesday morning, September 24, 1913, at the home of his father Christian Hanson, south of Varco station. He had been in failing health for several years from chronic myeletes. Funeral was held at the residence Friday afternoon, Rev. J. A. E. Naess officiating. Interment in Enterprise cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 1 Oct. 1913, page 2, column 2, under heading "DEATHS"

NOTE: Correct spelling of name: Christian Hansen, Jr.

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Judy Kay (Kollasch) Rusher

1949-2015

Judy Kay Rusher, 65, of Rose Creek, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2015, in her home surrounded by her family.

Judy was born December 16, 1949, in Buffalo Center, Iowa, to Robert and Viola (Roelfsema) Kollasch. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at Ledyard, Iowa.

Judy was raised on a farm just north of Lakota, Iowa, and enjoyed a large family, social gatherings and her many cousins. She graduated from Lakota Consolidated High School in 1968, and then attended LaJames School of Hairstyling in Mason City, Iowa. She spent 37 years as a hair stylist and five years in the kitchen at the Osage Hospital until cancer forced her retirement.

On June 12, 1970, she married Kurt Rusher. They were blessed with two children, Scott in 1974, and Heidi in 1975. They resided in the Austin area for 40 years. Judy was a lifelong member of the Catholic faith and loved singing in the church choir. She was very proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with her family, and traveling. She had a ready smile and used her gifts of cooking, decorating, and gab to bring joy to others. She was a special, peaceful person with a giving heart and always chose to see the good in everyone.

Judy is survived by her husband of 45 years, Kurt; son Scott, Austin, Minnesota; daughter Heidi (Dave) Michels of Stacyville, lowa; four grandchildren: Noah, Christian, Mariah, and Korben Michels; her mother-in-law Geneva Rusher; four living siblings: Linda (Rube) Schutz, Hutchinson, Minnesota, Jolene (Les) French of Alden, lowa, Deb (Rob) Scadden, Iowa Falls, lowa, and Tim (Lori) Kollasch of Mankato, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Mary at birth; brother John Kollasch; father Bob Kollasch; and mother Viola Kollasch, who were surely there to welcome her home.

Honorary pallbearers are grandchildren: Noah, Christian, Mariah, and Korben Michels, and nephew Joe Kollasch. Casket Bearers will be nephews: Mike Kollasch, Rob Schutz, Carey French, Cam Scadden, Ben Scadden, Chad Goetz, Shawn Goetz, and Brian Jack.

A funeral mass for Judy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Rose Creek with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment will be at St. Peters Cemetery in Rose Creek, Minnesota, at a later date with the immediate family. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the church for one hour before the service.

We want to thank you for your prayers and support during this trying time. It was monumental in our lives. We wish you would join us in the celebration of Judyís life here on earth and now with her Lord and Savior.

Austin Daily Herald, 15 November 2015

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Simeon Chapman

1819-1905

CHAPMAN.

At the home of his son, two miles south of this city, September 13, 1905, of old age, comrade Simeon Chapman, aged 86 years.

He was born in Susquehanna county, Penna., July 5, 1819, and grew up there. He was married September 17, 1842, in Pennsylvania. In 1857, with a family of five children, two boys and three girls, they moved to Tennessee, where they lived several years.

In 1861, Mr. Chapman enlisted in Co. I, 105th Penna., Vols. and served for three years in the war of the rebellion. The family came west in 1864, settling first at Easton, Minn. and in 1870 they came to Austin to reside, and their home has since been in this vicinity.

Mrs. Elizabeth Chapman, the wife and mother, died here January 29, 1900. Since her death, Mr. Chapman has made his home with his children.

He united with the Baptist church at the age of 18 years and was for nearly seventy years a follower of the Lord. He was a great sufferer for a long time and now he is at rest.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, were held at the residence of E. A. Chapman, Friday afternoon. Interment at Enterprise by the side of his wife and two grandchildren. Four children survive: Daniel R. Chapman, Mrs. Rocepha Rice and Enoch A. Chapman of Austin and Mrs. Sara Ann Sheriff of Goldfield, Iowa.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 20 Sept. 1905, page 2, column 2, under heading "DIED"

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Patricia Helen Peil

1933-2015

Born: January 29, 1933
Died: October 26, 2015

Patricia H. Peil, 82 of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, October 26, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin. No services are planned, in following Patricia's wishes.

Source: Mayer Funeral Home

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Timothy Peter Nordquist

1956-2015

Timothy Peter Nordquist, age 58, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, died on October 27, 2015.

Born December 18, 1956 in Owatonna, Minnesota, to Thomas and Joan (Gwin) Nordquist. Tim graduated from Owatonna High School in 1975 and enrolled in Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute in the Auto Mechanic program, graduating in 1977. It was there he met his future wife on graduation night, Leah Nelson of Austin, MN. While attending school, Tim worked at Von Ruden and Owatonna Manufacturing Company as a machinist.

On October 14, 1978, Tim and Leah Nelson were married in Mankato, Minnesota. After their graduation, Tim and Leah moved to the Twin Cities where Tim held a number of machining and tool and die positions. Tim worked for Charmilles Andrew/Andrew Engineering for 26 years as a tool and die maker and CAM programmer. Tim's life was forever blessed on July 29, 1991 with the birth of his son, Thomas. Tim loved taking his little boy to the park, tucking him in at night, watching him play baseball and basketball, building Pinewood Derby cars together and helping scouting Pack 592 and Troop 342 with biking campouts and pancake breakfasts.

Tim was proud to see Tom achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010 and receive his diploma from the U of MN-Duluth this past May. Besides scouting, Tim volunteered his time and talents with Wings of the North (WOTN.org) whose mission is to preserve and present aviation history. Tim managed security and performed other duties during the annual Air Expo at Flying Cloud Airport. He also acted as liaison between WOTN and Eden Prairie High School for the James F. Dubay Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to Leah and Tom, Tim is survived by his immediate family, mother Joan and brother Andrew (Deb) of Faribault, Minnesota; sister Marilyn (Daniel) of Kent, England; brothers-in-law Randy Naae of Bloomington, Minnesota, and James (Deb) Nelson of Austin, Minnesota; beloved niece and nephew Rachel and Brian Naae of Bloomington, Minnesota; uncle Richard (Rita) Nordquist of Lino Lakes, Minnesota; aunt Gloria and many cousins that were like brothers and sisters to him. Tim was preceded in death by his father Thomas and brother Daniel.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota, with Pastor Dennis Tamke officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery near Oakland, MN at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Tim's family or recipient of donor's choice.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home website

Note: Fairview Cemetery is in Freeborn county, Minnesota.

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Willard "Will" "Deuce" Klatt

1935-2015

Willard "Will" "Deuce" Klatt, 80, of East Troy, Wisconsin, died at home October 25, 2015.

Born October 22, 1935, and raised in Austin, Minnesota, Will, a graduate of St. Augustine High School 1954 went on to college to earn his Masters Degree in Teaching from UW Madison. After college he began his teaching career for 20 years, which he spent mainly in Berlin, Wisconsin. During this time in both Berlin and Westfield, Wisconsin, as head football coach he led the Westfield team to an undefeated year where the opponents never scored. In Berlin he saw two championships. After retirement from teaching he owned a business in industrial sales. An avid golfer, Will spent time as the golf pro at Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin.

A beloved husband of 55 years to Iris (nee Loomis); he also leaves his beloved cat Mittens. He was a dear dad of Karleen (Mark) Rogers, Christopher (Kristin), Lisa (Gary Neumann) Baldwin and Jennifer Mack; a proud grandpa of Megan and Jared Rogers, Emily and John Klatt, Lyndley (Colin) Kent, Joshua and Genevieve Baldwin, Jacob, Caitlin, Nathan and McKenna Mack; a cherished great-grandpa of Gabrielle, Hannah, Ethan and Mariah. He is also survived by his big brother Eugene "Ace" (Virginia) Klatt; and other loving relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Irene; and step-mother Hila.

Will's family asks that you join with them to gather to reminisce about his life and watch the Badger game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Morningstar Golfers Club, S77 W26285 Prairieside Dr., Waukesha, Wisconsin 53189. Arrangements are with Max A. Sass & Sons, Greenridge Directors 414-282-4050, www.maxsass.com.

Austin Daily Herald, November 1, 2015

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Richard J. Olson

1929-2015

Richard J. Olson, 86, passed away September 11, 2015, at home in Austin, Minnesota, from cancer.

Richard was born August 13, 1929, in Austin, to Joseph and Mildred Olson. He graduated from Austin High School and was in the Navy.

Richard was employed at Weyerhaeuser in Austin for 36 years where he retired.

Richard married Peggy Burns on March 10, 1952. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and bowling, and was a lifetime member of the Austin Amateur Radio Club which he greatly enjoyed, and the Austin VFW.

Richard is survived by daughters: Pamela (Paul) Byron, Georgia, Paula Coddington, Austin; grandchildren: Trista, Pennsylvania, Steven, Hayfield, Carly, Colorado, and Amy, Austin; great-grandchildren: Sadie and Jude; four sisters and one brother.

He was preceded in death by parents; and his wife Peggy.

He was a very kind and gentle man, and is greatly missed. The family would like to specifically thank his family and friends for their prayers and support before and after his passing.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 8, 2015, at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center Ruby Rupner Auditorium with a luncheon to follow. Inurnment burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery after the service.

Austin Daily Herald, November 1, 2015

His amateur radio call was WB0FWI.

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Myrtle Rosella (Fink) Tesdahl

1927-2015

Myrtle Rosella Tesdahl, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, November 1, 2015, at her home.

Myrtle was born in Rose Creek, Minnesota, on March 3, 1927, to John and Kathryn (Mullenbach) Fink. She grew up in the Rose Creek area. After her father died when she was only 14, Myrtle and the rest of her family moved to Austin. Myrtle married Donald Orlean Miller on February 15, 1944. To this union, nine children were born. She was a homemaker that loved raising her family. Donald died on June 28, 1968. On June 5, 1976, Myrtle married Newman Tesdahl. To this union, Newman brought two sons into the family. Newman died on September 2, 2002.

Family and faith was always important to Myrtle. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and she volunteered in whatever capacity she could. When Donald died, she remained steadfast with her family and faith; the same could be said when Newman died.

Myrtle loved family gatherings, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her sisters, polka, country and gospel music, lutefisk, and cooking. Most of all, Myrtle was a caregiver for her entire life and had a big heart.

Myrtle is survived by her children: Donald "Butch" Miller of Austin, Gary (Terri) Miller of Rockwell, Iowa, Diane LaRocco of Tacoma, Washington, Debbie Adams of Portland, Oregon, John Miller of Austin, David (Linda) Miller of London, Minnesota, Steven Miller of Austin, Bradley Miller of Austin; step-sons: Robert (Dorothy) Tesdahl of Marion, Iowa, Randy (Peggy) Tesdahl of Elk River, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Lynn Miller of Austin; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Myrtle is preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald, husband, Newman; son, William Miller; grandson, Jeremy James Miller; son-in-law, John LaRocco; sisters: Dorothy, Donna, Mildred, Kathy and Margaret.

A funeral mass will be at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Mayer Funeral Home is entrusted with Myrtle's arrangements. Online Condolences-www.mayerfh.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 3 November 2015

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Robert W. "Bob" Beckel

c1929-2015

Robert W. "Bob" Beckel, 86, of rural Kellogg, Minnesota, died Saturday, October 31, 2015, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha.

Bob was born to Walter and Laura (Bornfleth) in Chicago. His father died when Bob was very young and he was raised by his mother and step-father, Joseph Beckel. The family moved to Austin, Minnesota, where he graduated from Austin High School. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Peterson January 8, 1949, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Bob was a pipefitter for Scheid Plumbing and Heating and later for HiMEC, Inc. in Rochester. He was an accomplished baseball player, playing for the semi-pro team, Austin Packers, and while working in the communities of Blue Earth, St. Cloud, and Litchfield he played for their baseball teams.

He retired January 1, 1986. The couple had a motor home for a several years at Prichard's Landing, rural Kellogg, where they enjoyed the water and the outdoors. They moved to the property full time in 1987. For the past several years they spent their winters in Florida.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman and Minnesota Twins fan. His love of hunting and fishing took him to many different locations. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Wabasha and the pipefitters union.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Beckel, Kellogg, Minnesota; sons and daughters-in-law: Joe and Shelly Beckel, Rochester, Minnesota, Mike and Julie Beckel, Missoula, Montana; three grandchildren: Tina, Bryce and Jenessa; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Geri Beckel, Chatfield, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Dale.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha with the Rev. David Knox officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin at 3 p.m. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday one hour before the service. The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements and more information can be found at www.abbottfh.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 3 November 2015

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Donald E. (Strohmann) Batt

1929-2015

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Donald E. Batt, 86, of Rochester, Minnesota, and formerly of Elkton, Minnesota, died Monday, November 2, 2015, at home.

He was born Donald Strohmann on a farm near Silver Lake, Ayrshre, Iowa, and was raised by his grandmother until he was 8-years-old. At the age of 8, he went to live with the Batt family and took the Batt name. As a child he worked three separate paper routs and attended school in Ayrshre, Iowa, through the ninth grade. Don graduated from Manson, Iowa.

After his graduation, he moved to Peterson, Minnesota, where he purchased a farm. In 1951, he was drafted into the Marines and served 17 months in Korea. He was awarded the Accommodation Medal with two bronze stars and combat V, for going above and beyond the call of duty. While in the service he worked as an investigator arresting 275, two of which were North Korean Communist. While in the service he received letters of recognition from General Sheppard -- Commandant of the Marine Corp and from President Eisenhower for the millions he saved the U.S. Govt.

On June 19, 1954, he was united in marriage to Marian Schopfer in St. Louis, Missouri. Together they had five children: Paul, Rodney, Dale, Susan and Tracy. Don and Marian started farming together in 1955. They later purchased a farm near LeRoy, Minnesota, and farmed there for many years. Don was named district farmer of the year in 1972-1973. While farming, Don worked part time doing Hail Adjusting and Crop Hail Management. In 1987, he quit farming and allowed his boys to take over the farm.

Don took over the Des Moines Branch office for Crop Management and controlled five states. He was branch manager for five years. In 1988, Don and Marian were divorced. In 1990, he was united in marriage to Joyce Cowan in La Shone, Washington. In 1991, they moved to Dexter, Minnesota, where he continued to work as a crop adjuster for RCIS. He retired in March of 2013 after 40 years with the company. After Joyce passed away, Don met and lived with Cora Day of Rochester from 2000 until his death.

Don was a member of the Grand Meadow American Legion for 50 years, serving as its commander in 1970. He served 15 years on the LeRoy Township Board, served on the LeRoy and Ostrander Elevator boards, served two terms on the St. John's Church Council and one term on the cemetery board. He also served on the advisory committee for Farm Credit and enjoyed spending time in his wood shop.

He is survived by partner Cora Day of Rochester; children: Paul Batt of Grand Meadow, Rodney (Jean) Batt of Dickenson, North Dakota, Susan Batt of Rochester and Tracy Batt of Cass Lake, Minnesota; step-children: Scott and Reed, both of California, and Mary of Texas; five grandchildren: Tom, Chris, Maria, Mike and Alicia; four step-grandchildren: Tara, Eve, Jane and Katrina; 10 step-great-grandchildren and a half sister Mary.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce; son Dale; daughter-in-law Connie; half-brothers: Robert, Justin, Roger and Steve; and half-sisters: Carolyn and Ada.

Funeral services for Donald Batt are set for 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, at St John's Lutheran Church in Elkton, Minnesota, with the Rev. Liz Erickson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at the church. Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 4 November 2015


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Donald E. Batt

July 18, 1929 -- November 2, 2015 (age 86)

Obituary

Funeral services for Donald Batt are tentatively set for 2:30 p.m. on Friday November 6, 2015 at St Johnís Lutheran Church in Elkton, Minnesota with the Rev Liz Erickson officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Donald E. Batt, age 86, of Rochester and formerly of Elkton, Minnesota, died Monday November 2, 2015 at home.

He was born Donald Strohmann on a farm near Silver Lake, Ayrshre, Iowa, and was raised by his grandmother until he was 8 years old. At the age of 8 he went to live with the Batt family and took the Batt name. As a child he worked three separate paper routs and attended school in Ayrshre, Iowa, through the 9th grade. Don graduated from Manson, Iowa. After his graduation he moved to Peterson, Minnesota, where he purchased a farm.

In 1951 he was drafted into the Marines and served 17 months in Korea. He was awarded a Medal with 2 bronze stars and combat V, for going above and beyond the call of duty. While in the service he worked as an investigator arresting 275, 2 of which were North Korean Communist. While in the service he received letters of recognition from General Sheppard - Commandant of the Marine Corp and from President Eisenhower for the millions he saved the U.S. Govt.

On June 19, 1954 he was united in marriage to Marian Schopfer in St Louis, Missouri. Together they had 5 children; Paul, Rodney, Dale, Susan and Tracy. Don and Marian started farming together in 1955. They later purchased a farm near Le Roy, Minnesota and farmed there for many years. Don was named district farmer of the year in 1972-73. While farming Don worked part time doing Hail Adjusting and Crop Hail Management. In 1987 he quit farming and allowed his boys to take over the farm. Don took over the Des Moines Branch office for Crop Management and controlled five states. He was branch manager for 5 years. In 1988 Don and Marian were divorced.

In 1990 he was united in marriage to Joyce Cowan in La Shone, WA. In 1991 they moved to Dexter, Minnesota where he continued to work as a crop adjuster for RCIS. He retired in March of 2013 after 40 years with the company. After Joyce passed away Don met and lived with Cora Day of Rochester from 2000 until his death. Don was a member of the Grand Meadow American Legion for 50 years serving as its commander in 1970, he served 15 years on the Le Roy Township Board, served on the Le Roy and Ostrander Elevator boards, served 2 terms on the St. Johns Church Council and 1 term on the cemetery board he also served on the advisory committee for Farm Credit and enjoyed spending time in his wood shop. He is survived by partner Cora Day of Rochester, children; Paul Batt of Grand Meadow, Rodney (Jean) Batt of Dickenson, ND, Susan Batt of Rochester and Tracy Batt of Cass Lake, Minnesota, Step Children; Scott and Reed both of California and Mary of Texas, five grandchildren; Tom, Chris, Maria, Mike and Alicia, four step grandchildren Tara, Eve, Jane and Katrina, 10 step-greatgrandchildren and a sister Mary.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, son Dale, Daughter-in-law Connie, brothers Robert, Justin, Roger and Steve and sister Carolyn and Ada.

Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com

Source: Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home website

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David Allen Madison

1976-2015

David Allen Madison, age 39, of Austin, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

He was born March 12, 1976 in Austin to Don and Sue (Allas) Madison. David grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1995. David married Melissa Kneeskern, and the couple lived in Pipestone, Minnesota. To this union two children were born. The couple later divorced. In 2012, David moved back to Austin. He attended Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Marshall, Minnesota, where he received a degree in Wind Tower Technology. A member of the Methodist faith, David's favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting, and spending time with his children.

Survivors include his parents Don and Sue Madison of Austin; his children Hunter Madison and Summer Madison, both of Lyle, Minnesota; his grandmother Patty Madison of Mapleview, Minnesota; his sister Kathy (Mike) Madsen of Hollandale, Minnesota; nephews Michael Madison and Kyle Bramstedt, niece Elizabeth Bramstedt; many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Pete and Gladys Allas and his paternal grandfather Albert Madison.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Pastor Dennis Tamke officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12 at Worlein Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Madison family 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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Clifford James Vincek

1931-2015

Clifford James Vincek, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

He was born January 11, 1931, in Sauk Center, Minnesota. Clifford grew up and attended school in Sauk Center before serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He made his home in Rochester and worked as a truck driver for various companies.

He married Beverly Stewart at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. After Beverly's death in 1999, Clifford moved to Austin. He enjoyed time at the senior center, tinkering on many projects including latch hook and doing puzzles. He also liked to travel.

Survivors include his daughters: Sharon (Damon) Morgan of Austin, and Julie Allhiser of Austin; three grandchildren: Jami Allhiser, Amanda Reed and Bobbi Schlichter; seven great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Cory Allhiser; and his former wife Beverly Stewart.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 9, 2015, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with military honors by American Legion Post 91. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Interment is at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 5 November 2015

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Marlis Irene (Meier) Buland

1931-2015

Marlis Irene Buland, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday afternoon, November 6, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System -- Austin.

She was born January 11, 1931, in Sargeant, Minnesota, the daughter of Louis and Ileta (VanRiper) Meier. Marlis attended school in Brownsdale, Minnesota, and graduated from Austin High School in 1948. On June 10, 1949, Marlis was united in marriage to LeRoy Arnold Buland in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The couple made their home throughout the Midwest, including Austin, Des Moines, Iowa, Fremont, Nebraska and Ottumwa, Iowa. After their retirement, the couple lived for six years in Loudon, Tennessee, before returning to Austin. Marlis enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, LeRoy Buland of Austin; two sons: Rod (Ann) Buland of Livonia, Michigan, and Mike (Kathy) Buland of Noblesville, Indiana; three grandchildren: Justin (Elisabeth) Buland, Lauren (Travis) Brinkman, and Erik Buland; a great-granddaughter, Kolby Brinkman; one brother, Merrill (Bonnie) Meier of Austin; two sisters: Mary Lou (Duane, "Dutch") Maxfield of Austin, and Donna Lane of Fremont, Nebraska; also many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Meier.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Karen Behling officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will take place at a later date in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Preston, Minnesota.

Memorials are suggested to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin or the Peace and Power Program, First Lutheran Church, 301 West Clark St., Albert Lea, MN, 56007. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 9 November 2015

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Jane Ellen (Bell) Walker

1939-2015

Jane Ellen (Bell) Walker, 76, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, died on Friday, October 31, 2015, at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.

Jane was born on April 11, 1939, and grew up in Lyle, Minnesota, to Verne and Ethel Bell. She was married in 1957 to Paul Austinson, had three children and moved to Mankato, Morristown, Grand Meadow, Mason City, and eventually Rochester.

In 1981, she met and married Robert Walker and moved to Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In 1990, Robert and Jane retired, then moved to Fort Myers, Florida. Jane was an avid golfer, sold realty, and was very active socially. She especially loved hosting parties, playing cards, and taking long walks.

Jane is survived by her husband, Robert Walker of Lehigh Acres, Florida; her children: Jaci (Ron) Rietveld of Aitkin, Minnesota, John (Julie) Austinson of Eyota, Minnesota; step-children: Rob (Donnelle) Walker of Denver, Colorado, Renee (Walker) Holmes of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two sisters: Margie (Bud) Lau, and Carol (Oscar) Huff of Austin, Minnesota; a brother, David (Carolynn) Bell of Albert Lea, Minnesota; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Mark Austinson.

A visitation for Jane will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a short service at 11 a.m. Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 11 November 2015

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Amy Ruth (Jensen) Green

1923-2015

Amy Green, 91, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center in Grand Meadow.

Amy Ruth Jensen was born December 31, 1923, in Rochester, Minnesota, to Chris and Mary (Nelson) Jensen. She attended school in Rochester and graduated in 1944. Amy worked as a nurse's aide at the Worrall Hospital in Rochester for two years after high school. On June 1, 1947, Amy was united in marriage to Maynard Green at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota. They were married for 62 years. Together they lived on a farm northeast of Grand Meadow, where they farmed with Maynard's father. After five years, they moved into town, and Maynard worked at IBM for 30 years.

Amy belonged to the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church, where she was involved with the Circles and aid and taught Sunday school and Bible School. She was interested in embroidery work and also enjoyed reading magazines, especially Country Women. Amy, along with her husband, was also interested in rocks and jewelry. They went to many rock shows in different states to show and sell their rocks and jewelry. Amy belonged to the Austin Gem and Mineral Club in Austin, Minnesota, where she was secretary for many years. She worked at the nursing home as a volunteer as a grey lady.

Amy is survived by her daughters: Judy Green of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, and Joanne Olson of Sun City, Arizona; sister, Lenora "Lee" Jensen of Ellsworth, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Mary; husband Maynard in 2010; son-in-law, David Olson; three sisters: Connie, Elnor, and Alice; and three brothers: Richard, Nels, and James.

Funeral services for Amy Green will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, with Pastor Beth Krolak officiating. Burial will take place in the Bear Creek Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be left online at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 11 November 2015

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Kenneth Norman Stover

1925-2015

February 15, 1925 - November 9, 2015

Kenneth Norman Stover, age 90, of LeRoy, Minnesota, passed away on Monday November 9, 2015 at his home in Wildwood Grove in LeRoy, Minnesota.

Kenneth Norman Stover was born near Gilman, Iowa, to Floyd and Leona (Dougherty) Stover on February 15, 1925. He graduated from Gilman High school in May of 1942. He attended Iowa State University majoring in agronomy until he volunteered in the Air Force in July of 1943. Kenneth served as a radio operator, mechanic and gunman during World War II.

In 1948 he moved to Howard County, Iowa, and began his life-long career as a farmer.

In 1951 Kenneth married Mildred Baethke at St. Paul's Maple Leaf Lutheran Church and from that union four children were born: Lucille, Diane, Galen and Corinne. Mildred passed away in 1977. In 1982 he married Maxine Bentley. They enjoyed many years and had many travels together. They especially enjoyed their many winters in Arizona.

Kenneth was a man of strong faith. He was a long time member of St. Paul's Maple Leaf Lutheran Church and a member of the American Legion. Kenneth had a passion for gardening, farming and was an avid reader. He really enjoyed visiting and playin games and cards with his many friends and treasured time spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Maxine of LeRoy, Minnesota, four children: Lucille and her husband Bill Schumann of Riceville, Diane and her husband Vince Nuebel of Dunkerton, Iowa, Galen and his wife Cindy of Riceville, Iowa, Corinne and her husband Bruce Coyle of Newton, Iowa, fourteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister Phyllis Baethke of Waterloo, Iowa, a sister-in-law Dorothy Baethke of Riceville, Iowa, and a brother-in-law Wilfred (Shorty) Baethke and his wife Delores of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his first wife Mildred, his parents, brother Lyle, sisters Bernice Stover, and Rosemary Helm, also brothers-in-law Carl Baethke and Orville Baethke.

Source: Lindstrom Funeral Home website, 11/11/2015

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Raymond George Hemann

1920-2015

Raymond George Hemann, 95, of Adams, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Raymond was born August 26, 1920, in Meyer, Iowa, to Joseph and Dorothy (Smith) Hemann. He attended Catholic School in Meyer. He married Beatrice Gerhart on June 4, 1946, at St. John's Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Minnesota.

Together they farmed on Beatrice's family dairy farm near Johnsburg for over 40 years until their retirement in 1985, when they moved into Adams where they enjoyed the next 30 years together.

Raymond was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and later Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting, particularly fox hunting. Over the years in retirement, Raymond and Beatrice enjoyed traveling together which included vacationing in Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and Europe. Raymond enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and he especially loved to have slumber parties and to play cards with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Dorothy Hemann; brothers: Cletus, John, Robert, and Arthur; and his beloved daughter, Sharon age 8.

Raymond is survived by his wife and loving companion of 69 years, Beatrice Hemann, Adams, Minnesota; children: Ronald (Bonnie) Hemann, Owatonna, Minnesota, Janice (Julian) Bergstrom, Plymouth, Minnesota, Elaine (Thomas) May, Rochester, Minnesota, Marvin Hemann, Glendale, Arizona, Audrey (Steven) Schroeder, Adams, Minnesota, Mary (Steven) Maiers, Fairmont, Minnesota, Jerome (Roxan) Hemann, Byron, Minnesota, Daryl (Judy) Hemann, Kasson, Minnesota; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Sister Mary Kenneth Hemann, Dubuque, Iowa, Angela Werner, Osage, Iowa, Theresa (George) Theis, Manly, Iowa; brother: Kenneth (Ann) Hemann, St. Ansgar, Iowa; nieces, nephews and many friends.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be on Saturday at the Adams Funeral Home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Austin Daily Herald, 12 November 2015

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Sandra Kay (Diggins)
"Sandy" Johnson

1963-2015

Sandra Kay "Sandy" (Diggins) Johnson, 51, of Spring Grove, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

She was born November 21, 1963, in Austin, Minnesota, to Clifford and Ann (Block) Diggins. She was a graduate of Austin High School and Austin Technical College.

Sandra and Butch Johnson were together for 28 years. The couple enjoyed hunting and fishing.

She was a very dedicated and caring LPN at Gundersen Tweeten Health Care in Spring Grove.

Survivors include her husband Butch of Spring Grove; her mother Ann of Austin, Minnesota; her brothers: Jeff, Keith, and Roger of Austin, Minnesota; her niece Kendall; and nephews: Kyle, Derick, Dustin, and Patrick.

She was preceded in death by her father Clifford.

Memorial services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Black Hammer, rural Spring Grove. Pastor Leonard Liptack will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Austin Daily Herald, 12 November 2015

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Arlene Joyce (Gruseth) Howard

1926-2015

Born: May 07, 1926
Died: October 31, 2015

Arlene Joyce Howard, 89 of Adams, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Adams Health Care Center.

Arlene was born May 7, 1926 at Volga, South Dakota, to John and Ethel (Lund) Gruseth. She attended grade school and high school in Volga, graduating in 1944. After graduation, she enlisted in the Cadet Nurse Corp and she spent three and a half years studying nursing at Augustana College, the University of Minnesota - St. Paul, Luther Hospital in Watertown, South Dakota, General Hospital in Minneapolis and she graduated from Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1947 as a registered nurse. Arlene met Mel Howard in September 1946 while he was a patient and they were married on June 8, 1947.

From 1947 to 1951, Arlene and Mel lived in Rapid City, South Dakota while Mel attended the South Dakota School of Mines. Their two sons were born while living in Rapid City, Mike in 1948 and Steve in 1949. From 1951 to 1957, they lived in Richland, Washington while Mel worked on the Hanford Nuclear Project. In 1957, they moved to Rochester, Minnesota where Mel worked at IBM and Arlene worked at St. Marys Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic where she worked for 18 years. After Mel retired, they moved to Adams, and Arlene worked at the Adams Health Care Center for seven years. They moved to Cedar Court Apartments in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Ethel Gruseth and her husband Mel in 2006.

Arlene is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Michael and June Howard, South Haven, Minnesota, and Steve and Julie Howard, Sargeant, Minnesota; grandchildren: Rob, Kelly Jo, Mason, Erin, Bobbie Jo and David; great grandchildren: Megan, Shelby Jo, Abby, Brayden, Theo, Parker, Logan and Simon; sister: Marlys Erickson, Elk Point, South Dakota; brother and sister-in-law: Don and Arlene Gruseth, Volga, South Dakota; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with the Reverend Jeremy Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service.

Arleneís family would be grateful for your presence in lieu of memorials.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website

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Mervyn Charles Sauer

1922-2015

Mervyn Charles Sauer, age 93 of Austin, died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Prairie Manor Care Center, Blooming Prairie.

He was born September 13, 1922 in Sanborn, North Dakota, the son of Wilfred and Louise (Benett) Sauer. At an early age, Mervyn's family moved to Minnesota, where he attended grade school and Austin High School. His first job was on a dairy farm, and then he was hired by Hormel Foods Corporation, where he worked for over 41 years. Mervyn served his country in the U.S. Army for nearly three years. He was 1st Scout for the 1st Armored 6th Infantry Division, spending time in Africa, Italy, France and Germany.

In September 1942, Mervyn married Dawnene Rogers. The couple raised three children, Tim, Gloria and Julie. Dawnene passed away June 12, 1976. In 1977, he married Doris (Haney) Phillip. Doris passed away April 3, 1998. Mervyn was a member of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church in Austin, where he served as an usher at the Saturday service for many years. He enjoyed traveling, fishing at his cabin in Roberts Lake, woodworking, and taking casino trips.

Mervyn is survived by his daughters Gloria Jean (John) Norton of Austin and Julie (Dan) Page of Red Wing; 10 grandchildren, Jim (Jean) Sauer, Chris (Tracy) Sauer, Melany Mendenhal, Brad (Michele) Norton, Connie (Greg) Pettit, Shannon Norton, Ryan (Jamie) Norton, Natalie (Dan) Wandel, Renee Dickenson, Danyelle (Chris) Kaiser; 20 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marge Gregg and Luella Howe; two brothers, Warren (Marilyn) Sauer and Charles (Betty) Sauer, all of Vancouver; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wilfred and Louise Sauer, his first wife Dawnene Sauer, his second wife Doris Sauer, his son Tim Sauer, and two sisters, Eileen Kittelson and Patricia Newton.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Christy Shelinbarger officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until the time of the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Sauer family or recipient of donorís choice. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

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Austin Daily Herald, 13 November 2015

Lillian M. (Klocke) Gehling

1927-2015

Lillian M. Gehling, 88, a longtime Grand Meadow, Minnesota, resident, passed away at her home peacefully with her loving family by her side on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Lillian Marie Klocke was born August 8, 1927, at home near Carroll, Iowa, to Anton and Bertha (Bernholtz) Klocke. She was baptized, received First Holy Communion, was confirmed and attended school through eighth grade at Holy Angels Catholic Church and school in Roselle, Iowa. She always enjoyed singing in the church choir. She grew up on the family farm with her three brothers and two sisters where she learned the value of hard work by milking cows and baking bread, but she also enjoyed going to dances in Carroll.

Lillian was married on September 25, 1946, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle to George J. Gehling. The couple farmed south of Carroll for 4-and-a-half years before moving to rural Grand Meadow, Minnesota, in 1951. Together they farmed and raised their 10 children including hosting a foreign exchange student, Alexis Vasquez, in the 1964-1965 school year, with whom they have stayed in touch to this day. While raising her family, Lillian was an active member of the Grand Meadow School Distrct No. 495 PTO and her kidís 4-H Club.

She was a longtime member of St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, serving as a substitute catechism teacher for many years and more recently, serving in Eucharistic Ministry, Holy Hour Adoration, and Mission Circle. She also participated as an active member of the Rosary Society where she served as president and with the Winona Council of Catholic Women. Lillian was a Gold Star mother of the American Legion Auxiliary in Grand Meadow.

After moving into the town of Grand Meadow in 1979 with George, Lillian enjoyed flower gardening and feeding the birds and squirrels. She and George spent many enjoyable winters in Mesa, Arizona, with their daughter Cathy. Lillian was the heart of her home. She was an inspiration to all she came in contact with, singing while she worked, "offering up" all her suffering to God, and loving Jesus and Mary every minute of her life. Her infectious smile captivated everyone. Her dream was to be the best wife, mother and grandmother she could be, which she has far exceeded.

Survivors include her beloved children: Mary (Gerald) Claeys of Grand Meadow, Patricia (Edward) McLean of Anoka, Minnesota, Jane (Gerald) Brogan of Grand Meadow; Georgia (Robert) Von Arx of Byron, Minnesota; Allan (Debbie) Gehling of Grand Meadow; Richard (Peggy) Gehling of Grand Meadow, Steven (Dorothy) Gehling of Grand Meadow, Barbara (Steven) Seifert of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and Cathy Gehling of Grand Meadow; 43 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy (Leon) Steinkamp of Grand Meadow; a sister-in-law Ruth Klocke and brother-in-law Frank Dalhoff; as well as several loving brothers- and sisters-in-law on the Gehling side. She has a multitude of wonderful nieces and nephews carrying on her legacy.

She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, George, in April 2010; her son Donald, who was killed in action in Vietnam in October 1967; her parents; her brothers: Alfred, Harold and Paul Klocke; her sister Louise Dalhoff; sister-in-law Darlene Klocke; nephew Joseph Klocke and niece Sharon Laramie.

The mass of Christian burial for Lillian will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Fr. Marreddy officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. A time of visitation will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, from 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville, www.griffin-gray.com.

Austin Daily Herald, 13 November 2015

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