Mower County Obituaries
Part 296

Shirley Mae (Doggett) Patterson


Shirley Mae Patterson passed away on February 23, 2016, at Northwest Hospital, Tucson, Arizona, after suffering a courageous fight from Mantel Cell Lymphoma and a rare auto immune disease named Granulomatosis.

Shirley Mae was born on May 13, 1937, to Emil and Inez Doggett, in Austin, Minnesota. She attended country school and in 1955 graduated from St. Augustine High School, Austin, Minnesota. Following high school, she was employed in the office of Geo. A. Hormel & Co. During this period, one of the highlights of her life was when she became a finalist in the Miss Austin Pageant and also met the love of her life, Harry Patterson. On Feb. 1, 1958, she married Harry Patterson at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin, Minnesota.

During her lifetime Shirley led a very active life in New Mexico and Arizona where she and her husband owned and operated various restaurants as well as an Indian jewelry business. She chaired the Cafe Committee which was responsible for increasing the volume of business at their cafe in Sun City Oro Valley, Arizona.

She excelled as a cater, a decorator, talented artist and participated in various sports including tennis, softball, volleyball and bowling. Tennis was her favorite. She joined a tennis club and played three to five times a week. She served two terms as president of the tennis club.

Shirley was a devout Catholic, and devoted her life to her husband and family. Her children called her their "rock." She will be remembered as a woman of strength and courage, spunky, beautiful inside and out and lived life to the fullest. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Harry; and children, Terri Thurman (Michael, dec), Michael (Geraldine) Patterson, Kristine Kitchens and Gregory Patterson; grandchildren, Michael Patterson, Debra Kitchens and Alexander Patterson; sisters, Janet Commers, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Janeth Ranum, Austin, Minnesota, Gwen Jordan, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and brother, Ron Doggett, Raleigh, North Carolina; loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Inez Doggett; baby daughter, Suzanne Patterson; son-in-law, Michael Thurman. Funeral services were held at St. Marks Catholic Church, Oro Valley, Arizona, on March 5, 2016.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/29/2016

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Victor Norman Augustin


Victor Norman Augustin, age 75 of Austin, Minnesota died Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Renville, County, Minnesota. He was born June 12, 1940, the son of George and Elta (Meier) Augustin. The strong work ethic of Vic's parents molded him into the man he turned out to be. A graduate of Elkton High School, Vic learned both the hard way of doing things and how to be a loving friend. His many occupations included farming, managing a fertilizer plant and a grain elevator, as well as being a truck driver and a meatpacker at the Hormel plant in Austin. He was a hard-working man who put others first.

Vic formed bonds of friendship with the love of Jesus Christ woven into each one. He enjoyed his farming occupation, planting his fields, as well as baking his special cakes, building things, and visiting with friends. He also served as a Boy Scout leader. The father of five children, Vic taught his family the core values of friendship, love, and hard work before sending them off to build their own lives. These important values are visible throughout the Augustin family tree. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Victor is survived by his children Jeff (Lou Ann) Augustin of Cape Coral, FL, Pam (Tony) Severson of South St. Paul, Minnesota, Michelle Goergen of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, Jeremy Augustin of Waconia, Minnesota, and Jason (Kristie) Augustin of Hayfield, Minnesota; nine grandchildren Nick, Mallory, Jared, Jake, Chessa, Chad, Ashley, Emily, Addison, and one more due later this year; five great-grandchildren: Chloe, Amelia, Keats, Brinley, Drake and a sixth great-grandchild, also due later this year; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Elta Augustin, his sister Ruth (Chet) Sande, his brothers George and Jim Augustin, and his sister Loretta Drabant.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Sargeant, Minnesota with Pastor Collin Duling officiating. There will be a visitation Thursday, March 31 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Church cemetery, Sargeant. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

The Augustin family is appreciative of the kind support and thoughtfulness they have received during this time of loss, and is comforted that today as he was greeted into paradise, Vic has heard the sweet words of Jesus, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 3/29/2016

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Jordon William Jensen



Jordon William Jensen, age 20 of Austin, Minnesota died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at his home.

He was born March 5, 1996 in Austin, the son of David A. and LuAnn (Wilde) Jensen. Jordon was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. While attending Austin High School, he was involved in the Skills USA Club. Jordon had various jobs including McDonald's, Godfather's, and most recently at Verizon. He enjoyed computers, playing video games, and working on things. Jordon and his family were members of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Jordon is survived by his mother, LuAnn (Wilde) Jensen; his father David Jensen both of Austin, his brother Jason Pedersen, also of Austin, two nephews Logan and Aydan Pedersen, many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Mark Niethammer, officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30-11:00 a.m., immediately preceding the service. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Parenting Resource Center. Make checks payable to: PRC, with Jordon Jensen’s name in the memo line. Funds will be allocated for speakers on addiction in the schools. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 3/29/2016

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Bonnie Kay (Hynie) Ellis


Bonnie Kay Ellis née Hynie, born July 8, 1940, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 7, 2016.

She was preceded in death by mother, Laura Hansena Hynie and father, Harry Hynie.

Those who still journey here are her husband, Paul G. Ellis; daughters, Jennifer Lomack, Dawn (Mike) Moder, and Kim (Brett) Seehusen. Along with her sisters, Mary Wilson and Linda (Jim) Bulson; seven grandchildren, Leslie, Jaqueline, Eddie Jr., Gwendolynn Lomack and Autumn, Dawson and Everett Moder; and one great-granddaughter, Maddisen Lomack; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, Minnesota, with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating and followed by a luncheon. Memorials to the family of Paul Ellis.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/29/2016

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Joann Loretta (Vogelsang) Mieska


Joann Loretta (Vogelsang) Mieska, 63, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on March 9, 2016.

Joann (Jody, Jo) was born November 16, 1952, in Austin, Minnesota, to John and Kathryn Vogelsang. She graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1970. Jody was united in marriage to Steve Mieska in 1972. They lived many years in Council Bluffs, Iowa, before divorcing. Jody loved quilting, glasswork, flowers and sharing those passions with others.

Jody is survived by two sons, Jeremiah (Regina) Mieska of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Zachary (Amber) Mieska of Lakeland, Florida; six grandchildren, Luke, Owen, Jude, Finn, Maddilynn and Lillian; her sister Connie Rabine of Faribault, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Kathryn Vogelsang; her sister Peggy Ottman; and brother-in-law Lee Ottman. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 7, 2016, at Dexter Cemetery.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/30/2016

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Velma Ingeborg Moen


Born: September 26, 1926
Died: March 26, 2016

Velma Moen, age 89, died peacefully in her sleep on March 26, 2016, at Primrose Retirement Community in Austin, Minnesota.

Vel was born on September 26, 1926, to Niels and Laura (Bork) Bro in Guthrie County, Iowa. She graduated from high school in 1944 and earned her BS in physical education in 1950 at Iowa State Teacher's College, Cedar Falls, Iowa. While in college, she returned home for a year to care for her mother and two younger brothers during her father's final illness.

Upon graduation, Vel moved to Austin, Minnesota, where she met her future husband, Roger. She taught at Austin Junior High School and Austin Community College from 1949-1953. She left Austin to pursue an MA in physical education which she received in 1954 from The University of Iowa. After completing her MA, she taught in Lake Forest, IL for a year.

Vel moved back to Austin to marry Roger on July 24, 1955. Their sons, Jon and James, were born in Austin.

In 1965 Vel returned to teaching at Austin Community College as a part-time physical education teacher. When Title IX passed in 1972, Vel became a full-time instructor and coach. She coached softball and volleyball, but her great love was coaching the ACC women’s basketball team. After 23 years of teaching, coaching, and being Women’s Athletic Director at ACC, Vel retired in 1988. In recognition of her service, Vel was elected to the ACC Hall of Fame in 1997.

Vel spent her retirement years playing golf, traveling with Roger, and enjoying her family. She played hundreds of rounds of golf at the Austin Country Club and at other courses around the state. She also spent as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.

Vel was a long-time member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Vel was preceded in death by Roger, her husband of 43 years; her granddaughters Laura Foster and Mary Riley Moen; her brothers Art (Erma); Arnold (Elsie); Ingward (Lillian); Howard (Muriel); Edwin (Constance); Manville (Marjorie), and Mervin, and a sister, Sigrid Crovo (Edmond).

Vel is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jon Moen (Barbara Lowe), Oxford, Mississippi, and James (Jane) Moen, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; by her grandchildren Anna Kate Moen, Nashville, TN; Eli and Bekah Moen, Oxford, Mississippi; John, Jeff, and Sarah Moen, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; by one great-granddaughter, Alexis Moen, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; by her sister, Leona Witte (Tom), by brothers Frank (Ora Mae) and Ronnie (Mary), and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers at Primrose Retirement Community and at Mayo Hospice for their excellent care of Vel at the end of her illness.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

See also: Austin Daily Herald 5/8/2016

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Lawrence G. "Mac" McAlister


Lawrence G. McAlister, age 83 of Mapleview, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at his home.

Lawrence "Mac" was born November 22, 1932 in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Hazel (Wood) McAlister. He grew up in the Mapleview and Austin area where he met the love of his life, Jeannine Britt. They were married on December 30, 1950 in Fertile, Iowa. Lawrence attended Austin High School and served his country in the National Guard, and then in the Korean War from 1952-1953. He was employed by the Hormel Company for 22 years, retiring in 1971.

Lawrence's pride and joy was his family. He loved nothing more than spending time with all of them. In his early life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, stock car racing, and riding horses. He continued throughout his life to sing, play dice, and do anything he could with his family. One of Lawrence’s favorite things to do was to hand out dollar bills to every small child he would see. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 65 years Jeannine McAlister of Mapleview, Minnesota, his four children Larry (Pam) McAlister of Austin, Minnesota, Dianna (Brad) Bolinger of Lyle, Minnesota, Ginger Gave of Austin, Minnesota, and Allen (Barb) McAlister of Austin, Minnesota. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and his sister Rosella Nash of Mapleview, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Hazel McAlister, his maternal and paternal grandparents, four brothers, three nieces, one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Church of Christ in Austin with Rev. David DeFor officiating. The McAlister family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216.

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

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 4/1/2016

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Betty Marie (Ulland) Armstrong


Betty Marie (Ulland) Armstrong of Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, passed away on March 22, 2016, at the age of 85.

She was born March 13, 1931, in Austin, Minnesota, to Palmer Anton and Myrtle Gladys (Rolfson) Ulland. Betty grew up on the family farm, the oldest daughter of seven children. She spent many summers living in northern Minnesota while her father managed road projects as co-founder of Ulland Brothers Construction. Betty was a star student through school and graduated from Austin High School in 1949. Her first job was doing office work for an auctioneer.

Betty married Charles Allan "Chuck" Armstrong on August 1, 1950, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in Austin. They were life partners in love, family, and business, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary before Chuck’s death in January 2011. Her quiet, organized demeanor balanced Chuck's bold entrepreneurial pursuits.

After selling Chuck's Phillips 66 on Water Street in Austin, the family moved to International Falls, Minnesota, where they purchased Rainy Lake Oil, later adding Northway Services, Orr, Minnesota; Armstrong Ford, International Falls; and Agassie Oil, Virginia, Minnesota. Betty was the chief office manager and bookkeeper throughout.

Betty received an AA degree from Rainy River Junior College in 1976. The required physical education credits included taking swimming lessons with her 2-year old granddaughter. She retired with Chuck to Oahu in 1981. While on Oahu, Betty earned a Bachelors Degree in Business and Accounting at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

In 1991, they moved to Kauai and built a home in the Wailua Homesteads where she lived until 2012. Her final move was to the Regency at Puakea in Lihue where a true Kauai ohana formed with fellow residents and staff.

Betty was a gracious and involved mother and passed her love of reading onto her five children. She was an accomplished knitter and created beautiful patterned mittens, scarves, and Norwegian sweaters. Betty was a good cook and fed her large family well. Geneology became a passion and countless hours were spent researching all branches of the family tree. As an avid gardener, rock flower gardens decorated with gnomes surrounded their home on Rainy Lake near International Falls. She loved growing orchids at their homes in Hawaii and was especially proud of her red poinsettias.

Her eyes sparkled when she smiled and she was generous with praise and thank you’s. Hawaii was her home for 35 years and she had deep appreciation for the diversity and spirit of aloha. Five generations were fortunate to visit the islands and the love for Hawaii grew throughout the family.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Eugene Ulland; and sister, Rose Mary Ulland.

Survivors include son, Lynn Charles Armstrong of Waipouli, Kauai, Hawaii; daughters, Vicki Cheyenne (Wayne) Harala of Florence, Wisconsin, Amy Faith (Joseph) Matson of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Kathy Jill Mulic of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Judy Marie (Thomas) Briggs of Waverly, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kindi Harala, Tricia (Jeremy) Hipps, Katie (Richard) Matson-Daley, Laura and Kelly Matson, Nikol Larson, Charles Mulic, Marie and Lexy Briggs; great-grandchildren, Owen and Walter Hipps, Abigail Mulic, Kaylee, Jayden, MacKenzie, Tyler, and Blake Larson, Maci Mathias; sister, Ann (John) Hess of Christiansburg, Virginia; brothers, John (Jan) Ulland of Austin, Minnesota, Robert (Myrna) Ulland of Scottsdale, Arizona, Paul (Judy) Ulland of LaCrescent, Minnesota; sister-in-law Geri Ulland of Mesa, Arizona; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial and celebration of her life will be held on the mainland at a later date. Her ashes will be scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Red Cross, Minnesota Historical Society, or your favorite charity. Borthwick Kauai Mortuary of Koloa assisted the Armstrong family with arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/3/2016

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Steven A. Nelson


Steven A. Nelson passed away on January 23, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona, due to complications of pancreatic cancer.

Steve was born in Austin, Minnesota, August 22, 1951, to Dale and Elaine Nelson. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Rose Creek High School in 1969 and Austin Vocational Tech. in 1971. Following school, he farmed near Rose Creek. He later worked at St. Marks Lutheran Home, Austin, and CCI in Rochester. Steve married Sue Daiker in 1979. They resided near Rose Creek for 36 years. They had recently moved to Tucson.

Steve was a charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. He was a talented carpenter and built many projects for home and work. There wasn't anything that he couldn’t jerry-rig. He enjoyed his Z28 Camaro, classic cars and car cruises, the many friends that he made, and most recently, desert life.

He is survived by wife Sue; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Jessie Nelson of Rochester, and Michael and Michelle Nelson of Rose Creek; brothers and sisters, Carol (Richard) Waudby of Columbia, Missouri, David (Sandra) Nelson of Lyle, Ann Solberg of Minneapolis, and Robert Nelson of Rochester; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Stephen Nelson of Rochester, Bernard and Barbara Daiker of Johnston, Iowa, and James and Phyllis Nesler of Port Orchard, Washington; and many aunts and uncles; nieces, nephews; and cousins.

Steve fought a courageous 11-year battle with three cancers and never complained. He is now at peace.

A memorial service will be at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Burial will be at Six Mile Grove Cemetery in Lyle, Minnesota. A reception will follow the service, which will then be followed by graveside services. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Steve's name to Our Saviors Lutheran Church building fund, or Mayo Clinic Cancer research fund.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/3/2016

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Glen Charles Malenke


Glen Charles Malenke, long-time resident of Austin, Minnesota (husband of Bernice Malenke) was received into glory on March 28, 2016, at the age of 97, in Houston, Texas.

He was born to his parents Carl Charles Malenke and Emma (Ruesch) Malenke on October 6, 1918, the third child out of four in Fulda, Minnesota. Glen married Bernice Ruth Rotermund on June 5, 1948, and celebrated more than 64 years of married life together. Glen was baptized into Christ as an infant. Raised on a farm between Worthington and Fulda, Minnesota, Glen proudly served his country as an Army medic for three-and-a-half years during World War II. After the war, he went to school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduating from Dunwoody Institute and meeting his future wife, Bernice at Mount Olive Lutheran Church there. Mechanically minded and interested especially in automobiles, Glen was employed by the Bill Todd Ford Dealership in Austin, Minnesota, then he managed Plant Standard gas station in Austin.

After a summer working for Country Living (Evinrude motors) on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, in 1956, the family settled permanently in Austin where Glen became a Vocational School Auto Mechanics Instructor for 25 years. After his retirement in 1981, he taught driver training for the Lyle, Minnesota, School District until 1983. During their early retirement years, Glen and Bernice were snow birds, spending their winters in central Florida with summers in Austin, Minnesota. In 1998, they became full-time Florida residents, then moving to Cypress, Texas, in the summer of 2010 to live with one of their twin sons, NJ.

He is survived by four children, Norman, Norbert (NJ), Joeline (Mayes) and Daniel. He also counted as rich blessings his 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Glen was preceded in death by his wife Bernice. In addition to Bernice, two of his grandchildren and three siblings preceded him in death.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/3/2016

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Duane Harvey Patten


Duane Harvey Patten, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester – Saint Marys Campus.

He was born December 28, 1925, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Harvey and Ruth Ann Ida (Paulson) Patten. The family moved to Austin when Duane was 10 years old. He attended Austin High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 18, where he served for four years in the Philippines during World War II as a motor machinist’s mate. After leaving the Navy, Duane worked for an accounting firm in Des Moines, Iowa, and then moved back to Austin, going to work for the Milwaukee Railroad until his retirement.

On May 26, 1950, he married Donna Carlstrom in Austin. The couple made Austin their lifelong home, raising three daughters. Duane was active in the Eagles Club, the American Legion and the Cedar Valley Conservation Club. An avid photographer specializing in animals and pets, Duane enjoyed the outdoors. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his family.

Summers were spent wherever there was a beautiful lake, fishing, camping, boating, and water skiing. In his younger years, Duane loved bowling and belonged to several leagues. One regret was that he never bowled a perfect 300 game, although he came close. Later in life, Duane enjoyed trapshooting with his team.

Survivors include his wife Donna Patten of Austin, Minnesota; his three daughters, Barbara (Gary) Morgenroth of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Judy (Michael) Harris of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Nancy (Lee) Williams of Laramie, Wyoming; his grandchildren, Christine Morgenroth of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Daniel Morgenroth of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jennifer (Stacy) Cook of Hudson, Wisconsin, Amber (Jeffrey) Hull of Glenrock, Wyoming, Andrew (Michelle) Harris of North Ogden, Utah, Clayton Niss, Erin Niss and Taylor Niss, all of Laramie, Wyoming; great-grandchildren, Ashley (Ricky) Rasmussen, Jessica Cook, Kassidi Hull, Josie Hull and Elizabeth Harris; great-great-grandchildren, Matthew Rasmussen, Alexis Rasmussen; and several nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Ruth Ann Ida Patten; and his sisters Gloria and Patricia.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Rev. Sharon Goetzinger officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The family prefers memorials be directed to the Mower County Humane Society or recipient of donor’s choice. In accordance with his wishes, Duane's body has been donated to the Mayo Clinic Anatomical Bequest Program. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 4/7/2016

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Viola May Deyo (Huffman)


Funeral notice: Viola May Deyo (Huffman) 82

Viola May Deyo (Huffman) 82, of St Paul, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2016.

Service: A memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Crane Community Chapel, 1111 9th St NE Austin, Minnesota 55912.

Visitation: Visitation will be at 3 p.m. at the church.

Memorials: Tributes can be posted at

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/3/2016

Obituary of Viola Deyo

1934 - 2016

Passed away peacefully on March 28, 2016.

She is survived by her sons: Dan, Rich & Mark Weber; grandchildren: Melissa (Mike) Vangsness, Kristin (Bill) Pierce, Danielle (Randy) Markun; many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine (Rolland) Brady, and Wanita (Gene) Pfeifer; and a brother, Ronald (Barb) Huffman.

Visitation at 3 PM; Memorial at 4 PM, Tuesday, April 5th at CRANE COMMUNITY CHAPEL, 1111 9th St. NE, Austin, MN, 507-433-5844.

Source: Anderson Funeral Home website

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Stephen George "Butch" Lickteig


Stephen George "Butch" Lickteig, 76, currently of Edina, Minnesota, passed away March 22, 2016, suddenly of a heart attack.

Steve was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota, where he lived on his family farm. The farm was the epicenter of family and friends and he grew-up surrounded by many cousins. Steve graduated from Pacelli High School where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. He was part of the Boys State High School Basketball Champion Team (1958), and later inducted into the Pacelli Hall of Fame. Steve attended the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, where he played quarterback for the Blue Golds. He received a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1964. He joined the private practice of Russell & Willenbring, in Cold Spring, Minnesota, where he became a partner in 1965. Steve found a passion for law within fire litigation and later moved to Minneapolis to work with Fetterly & Gordon P.A.

Over the years Steve lived in Cold Spring, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Faribault, Minnesota, but had a special fondness for Green Valley, Arizona and Austin, Minnesota. It was a great joy to go back to the family farm and help during harvest. Steve had a life-long love of golf and suffered his heart attack while playing Quail Creek in Green Valley. He loved spending time in Arizona entertaining family and friends. Steve was a voracious reader, loved travel, good food and drink, and he knew how to tell a story. His sense of humor and dry wit were one of the many reasons people loved him so much. He

collected antiques and had a keen eye for Nike athletic shoes. Steve loved to follow politics and closely monitored the stock market. He will be greatly missed.

Steve is survived by his love, Joan Hasper; his daughters, Lori Lickteig, Debbie Lickteig, Jenny (Greg) Schneider, and Sarah (Justin) Hayes; his step-sons, Mike (Rhyannon) Novak, and Bryan (Laura) Novak; sisters, Susan (Steve) Haeny, and Sandra (Daniel) Hendrikson; sister-in-law Linda Lickteig; 21 grandchildren; nieces, nephews; cousins; and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen; brother Richard Lickteig; and parents Esther and Stephen Lickteig.

Memorial service will take place Friday, April 29, at 3 p.m., at Colonial Church of Edina. Private interment will be held in Austin, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association or the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/3/2016

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Robert Wayne "Bob" Lein


Robert Wayne "Bob" Lein, 82, of Onalaska, Wisconsin, died Friday April 1, 2016, at the home of his daughter in La Crescent, Minnesota, after fighting prostate cancer.

He was born January 31, 1934, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Arthur and Sophie (Bjerke) Lein. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.

After graduating from Harmony High School, he joined the army in June of 1954. He served in Germany and was discharged in June of 1962. After serving his country he went to Brown Institute and started working for Western Electric and later AT&T, where he worked for 30 years. He maintained the relay towers in southeastern Minnesota. On March 15, 1958, he married Jan Skaim, the love of his life.

They lived in Minneapolis later moving to Austin, Minnesota, where they lived for 44 years. Following his cancer diagnosis, they moved to Onalaska in 2012 to be closer to Karin and family.

Bob enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed vacationing and fishing with his grandsons up north at Lucky Strike! His favorite pastimes included playing euchre, attending family gatherings and visiting with everyone, and going out for mystery trips with Jan and Karin. Bob was a proud Norwegian! And he was thankful he made the trip to Norway with Kevin and Barb.

His mottos were "One Day at a Time" and "Count your Blessings."

Bob is survived by his wife Jan of Onalaska, Wisconsin; daughter Karin (Tom) Wiese of La Crescent; daughter-in-law Barb Lein of Temecula, California; grandsons, Michael Wiese of Holmen, Wisconsin, John (Katy) Wiese of Holmen, Peter (Jess) Wiese of Caledonia, Minnesota, Mark Wiese of Mankato, Minnesota, Jesse (Michelle) Bawek of DesMoines, Iowa; granddaughter Andrea (Danny) Marrapodi of Goleta, California; his great-grandchildren, Otis and Zora Marrapodi, Connor, Alex and Joslin Bawek; sister LaVonne Clink; sisters-in-law Gladys Howe, Lorraine Wright (Larry Schumacher), Markeata Schuler, Adline Jensen, Anna Marie (Jerry) Ewing, Darlene Klien (Mert Phipps), Audrey Lein; brothers-in-law, Harry (Dorene) Larson, Daryl ( Ellen) Larson, David (Linda) Larson, Bob Daniels; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Kevin; his parents Arthur and Sophie Lein; his in-laws Thelma and Leonard Larson; and his brother Glen Lein.

Bob was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be dearly missed and remembered by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Prince of Peace Lutheran church in La Crescent. Pastor Michael Woods will officiate. Burial will be in the Fremont Cemetery, Iowa. Friends may call on the family Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be used in Bob's memory. Online guestbook may be signed at

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/3/2016

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William Allen Bailey


William Allen Bailey, 72, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.

He was born May 5, 1943, in Iron Mountain, Michigan, the son of Irving and Marie (Harper) Bailey. Following his graduation from South Bend (Indiana) High School, Bill served his country in the U.S. Air Force at Cocoa Beach, Florida, as well as in Alaska. On Oct. 1, 1966, he was united in marriage to Darla Swenson at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. The couple raised three children.

Bill made his living as a semi-truck driver for over 30 years, most recently with Wilson Lines. A member of First Lutheran Church, he enjoyed spending his leisure time fishing and boating. Bill spent the last six years wintering in Texas.

He is survived by his sons, Jeff (Sharon) Bailey of Owatonna, Minnesota and Greg Bailey of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, his daughter Dawn Bailey also of Owatonna, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Courtney Bailey, Austin Bailey-Padilla, Shelby Bailey, and Reese Hageman; two great-grandchildren, Willow Hageman and Trenton Hageman; one brother, Mike Bailey of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; three sisters, Sandy (Bob) Beck, Linda (Mark) Moliter, and Pat Gillespie, all of Chicago, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents Irving and Marie Bailey and two siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents Irving and Marie Bailey; and two siblings.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with Pastor Heidi Heimgartner officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post 52 and V.F.W. Post 878. Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/5/2016

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Inez Angela (Howden) Vietor


Born: January 02, 1926
Died: April 03, 2016

Inez Angela (Howden) Vietor died peacefully in the night on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin, Minnesota, at the age of 90 years.

Inez was born Jan 2, 1926 on their family farm near Brownsdale, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Ira J. and Lulu Joy (Phillips) Howden. As a child, her family lived with her grandparents, William and Inez Adele (Rockwell) Phillips. She was proud to say that she attended the "Phillips-Howden" country school until 8th grade. She also attended Austin High School.

On March 23, 1943, Inez married Robert L. Vietor. They had seven children. Inez had the amazing ability to make anyone feel welcome. She was a wonderful conversationalist, a true historian, a fabulous cook, was well known for her famous home-made brownies and banana bread. She was everyone's favorite Grandma. She took care of many of her grandchildren, from newborns to teenagers. Sleep-overs with Grandma "Inee" were the best of times. She loved listening to music, having family get-together's, rocking babies to sleep, and always made the very best coffee.

In her last few years of life, Inez was diagnosed with dementia. Her family often struggled to understand how this disease could happen to someone who had such an active mind. She read endless books, spent hours doing crossword puzzles and could master very difficult jigsaw puzzles. She could sew curtains, take care of any mending project, embroidered endless towels and could also crochet. Many were lucky enough to be given her handiwork as gifts.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, brothers Ira, Keith and Dean Howden, sister Madeline (Howden) Sorensen and grandson William "Bill" Blom.

Survived by Nancy (Charles) Crosby of Austin, Minnesota, David Vietor of Reno, Nevada, Joan (Rudy) Pargas of Kearney, Nebraska, Linda (Joel) Blom of Austin, Minnesota, Bruce (Lori) Vietor of Winona, Minnesota, William (Debbie) Vietor of Austin, Minnesota, and Timothy (Mary Ellen) Vietor of Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Inez also had two special women whom she considered her own, Karen (Swanson) Pedersen and Vikki (Swanson) Blom, both of Austin, Minnesota. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends as well.

There will be a private graveside service for immediate family at Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale, Minnesota. Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 9th at Austin Eagles Club.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 4/5/2016

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Kenneth Herman Schara


Kenneth Herman Schara, age 96 of Austin, Minnesota died Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

He was born June 4, 1919 in Postville, Iowa to Fred and Jenny (Schroeder) Schara. Ken attended country school and went to work in a grocery store owned by his uncle. A Hormel salesman told him there were openings at the Hormel plant, so Ken came to Austin in 1942 and began working as a laborer at the plant in 1943. He retired after working at Hormel for more than 40 years.

On November 27, 1943, Kenneth was united in marriage to Eva Lattin at the First United Methodist Church in Austin. They met while Ken was playing piano at the Turf Bar. The couple raised one daughter. Ken and Eva were among the original residents of Chauncey Apartments in Austin. Eva passed away in 2012.

He was a volunteer for the Red Cross and at St. Olaf Hospital for many years and he loved music. Ken was in his family's band, playing trumpet, violin and clarinet. Learning to play the piano by ear, he played in piano bars in the area and entertained for countless hours in local nursing homes. Ken also enjoyed fishing, following the Minnesota Twins, and most recently, Wednesday lunches with his daughter Deb.

He is survived by his daughter Deborah Marie Nordland (Roger Stahl) of Austin, Minnesota; two grandchildren, Scott (Michelle) Nordland of Pine Island, Minnesota and Angie (George) Bailey of Lakeville, Minnesota; four great-grandchildren, Brittany (Indy) Liljevall, Roman Nordland, Kendra Bailey, Beau Bailey, and one great-great-grandson Mitchell Liljevall.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Jenny Schara, his wife Eva Schara, four brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin with Reverend Jeff Forbes officiating. Visitation will be held 12:00 Noon -- 2:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

Source: Worlein Funeral Home, 4/5/2016

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Linda L. Larson


Linda L. Larson, 62, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Linda Louise was born October 1, 1953, in Austin to Louis and Marilyn Rosecke. Following her graduation from Austin High School, she lived and worked in Rochester for several years. Linda returned to Austin, and on October 17, 1987, she was united in marriage to Paul L. Larson at Crane Chapel in Austin. Over the years Linda worked for Torge’s Bar and Grill and various other Austin businesses.

Linda is survived by her aunt Barbara Scott of Adams, Minnesota; by many friends and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Paul on May 30, 2014.

No services will be held at this time. Private interment will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 4/7/2016

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Darrell George Stacy


Darrell George Stacy, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

He was born on April 29, 1933, in Ceylon, Minnesota, to George and Edith (Penniman) Stacy. Darrell graduated from Ceylon High School in 1951 and served in the United States Air Force Security Service from 1952 to 1955 during the Korean conflict.

On May 25, 1956, Darrell married Grace Tietje at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilbert, Minnesota. The couple raised two children, David and Susan. Following his 1962 graduation from Mankato Commercial College, the Stacys moved to Austin and Darrell went to work as an accountant for the City of Austin. In June of 1966 until 1974, he worked as Austin’s city recorder. From 1974 until his retirement in 1991, he proudly served as Austin's city administrator.

Among Darrell's favorite pastimes were fishing, playing Oklahoma Rummy with family, doing crosswords and puzzles, and reading any book by Louis L'Amour. He especially enjoyed his time spent with family and friends. Darrell and Grace made four enjoyable trips to Alaska to visit David and his family.

In 1986, they purchased a home on Child Lake in northern Minnesota, spending many years fishing and making memories with family and friends. Darrell’s later years were spent at Primrose Retirement Community. The family extends many thanks to the wonderful staff for all the help and support he was given. Darrell will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his children, David (Jenny) Stacy of Anchorage, Alaska/Charlotte, North Carolina, and Susan (Kim) Downey of Austin; grandchildren, Aaron (Ashley), Samantha (Bill), Nathan, and Nicholas (fiance Leanne); two great-grandchildren, Zooey and Stephen; his sister Dolores Prust of Mesa, Arizona; his brother Bruce Stacy of Chula Vista, California; his brother-in-law Don (Irene) Tietje of Fairmont, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Janice Tietje of Fairmont, Minnesota, and Myla Tietje of Ceylon, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

Darrell was preceded in death by his wife Grace Stacy; his parents George and Edith Stacy; his sister Suzy Conlin; his brother George "Don" Stacy; parents-in-law Ernest and Emma Tietje; sisters-in-law Eloise Roesner and Alice Knudsen; brothers-in-law Robert, Richard, and Herbert Tietje, Hans Knudsen and Willard Roesner; niece Brenda Roesner and nephew Mark Tietje.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, with Pastor Robert Bailey officiating. Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 91. The family requests that memorials be directed to the St. John's Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast or recipient of donor's choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/8/16

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Eva Dennison Carberry



Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Carberry, a former resident of Meltonville, were held in the Meltonville church Wednesday, February 4, at 2 p. m. with the Rev. Howard Root of Otranto conducting the services.

Mrs. Carberry died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Greenwood of Vinton, where she had been making her home for several years. Mrs. Carberry celebrated her 80th birthday anniversary last summer.

Burial was in Woodbury cemetery by the side of her late husband, Will Carberry, who died several years ago. Rev. Root was in charge of committal services.

Source: the St. Ansgar Enterprise, 5 Feb. 1953, page 2, column 5 under heading "MELTONVILLE"

Credit: Mitch Helle

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Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Carberry, 81, a former resident of Meltonville, who died in a Vinton hospital February 1, were held Wednesday, February 4, at the Meltonville church with the Rev. Howard Root of Otranto officiating.

Mrs. Eva Dennison Carberry was born in Leeds, England, June 27, 1872, and at the age, of nine came to America with her parents and settled in Wisconsin. Later they moved to Mitchell county and then to Worth county where her girlhood was spent.

On March 31, [illegible] she was united in marriage to Joseph W. Carberry in Northwood, with the Rev. Dewitt Clinton, then pastor of the First Methodist church in Northwood, officiating. They established their home on a farm north of Meltonville. Four children were born to this union: LaVerne of Council Bluffs, Gladys (Mrs. Dan Asbury) of Santa Monica, California, Veva, (Mrs. Jess Greenwood) of Vinton and George of Glendale, California.

In 1895 they moved to Schell City, Missouri, where they lived three years. While there they united with the First Baptist church at Flatrock, Missouri and were baptized in that faith. They also lived in the states of Minnesota, Colorado and Washington before returning to Meltonville in 1911 where they purchased a farm and lived for 12 years. After a few years in Iowa City they moved to Vinton where their last days were spent. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Carberry spent several winters in Arizona and California with her daughter, Mrs. Asbury and son George and their families. She also spent some time with her sister, Mrs. Agnes Thayer, in Colorado.

Mrs. Carberry had been in poor health for several years and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage January 29 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jess Greenwood of Vinton, with whom she had made her home in recent years.

Burial was in Woodbury cemetery with the Rev. Root in charge of the committal services.

Source: the St. Ansgar Enterprise, 12 Feb. 1953, page 8, columns 4&5

Credit: Mitch Helle

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Michael Ovelson Wilson


[Michael Ovelson Wilson]

M. O. Wilson died at 8:30 Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, at his home one mile north of town, at the age of 69 years. He was one of the oldest and most enterprising merchants of this place having been in the general merchandise business here since 1876.

A year ago he had an attack of the la grippe which affected his lungs and from this he never recovered. During the summer he sought medical aid from eminent physicians, but of no avail, and he gradually faded away.

Those who mourn his loss are his wife and eight children, Andrew, Oscar, Marcus, Theodore, Mrs. Irgens, Mrs. Newhouse, Mrs. Tollefson, and Della. All were at his bedside when he passed away but two, Marcus and Mrs. Irgens, who are expected today.

Source: the Mower County Transcript, 30 Jan. 1901, page 7, column 2

Credit: Mitch Helle

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David Jon Fisher


July 6, 1955 - April 4, 2016


David Jon Fisher, age 60, of Austin, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at his home. Graveside services are pending for later this summer.

Source: Mayer Funeral Home

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Randena Andersen Campbell


Mrs. W. Campbell Rites Sunday In Otranto

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilmer Campbell, 84, of Otranto, who died Thursday, May 18 at St. Olaf hospital in Austin, were held Sunday afternoon, May 19 at the Otranto Community church with the Rev. Elwin Labrenz officiating.

Randena Andersen was born Nov. 12, 1872 in St. Ansgar, the daughter of Sven and Rachel Andersen. She spent most of her younger days there and was baptized and confirmed in the First Lutheran church. She attended grade schools and Seminary in St. Ansgar and later worked as a clerk and dressmaker.

On March 21, 1893 she was united in marriage to Wilmer J. Campbell of Meltonville. Six children were born to them: Dewey of Otranto, Cora (Mrs. B. F. Wilson), Robert, Kenneth and Florence (Anderson), all of Austin and Donald of St. Paul, Minnesota, all of whom survive her.

Her husband preceded her in death eight years ago. They spent many years farming in Iowa and Minnesota. In later years, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell made their home in Otranto.

Mrs. Campbell was always active in church, Ladies' Aid and school activities. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors for 50 years. She is survived by her children, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and a host of friends.

Burial was in the Woodbury cemetery with Rev. Labrens in charge of the committal services.

Source: the St. Ansgar Enterprise, 23 May 1957,
page 1, columns 2 & 3

Credit: Mitch Helle

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Donald L. Heinicke


Donald L. Heinicke, age 84 of Austin, Minnesota, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin, surrounded by his loving family. Donald LaVerne Heinicke was born March 23, 1932 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Emerson and Viola (Ollmann) Heinicke. He attended Queen of Angels Parochial School in Austin before enlisting in the United States Army. Don served his country from 1949 to 1952 in the U.S. Army, serving in Japan during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1952.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis Ann Schmidt on November 4, 1964, in Northwood Iowa. Phyllis passed away in 1972. For 32 years Don was employed with Metal-Matic Inc. in Minneapolis where he worked as a forklift and crane operator until his retirement. He returned to Austin in 2013. Don enjoyed following sports, bowling, boating, hunting and fishing, and was a past member of the Austin VFW Post #1216.

He is survived by his two children Linda Stotlar of Austin, and Daniel Heinicke of Brooklyn Center; by five grandchildren; Jennifer, William, Michael, Felicia and Sabrina and seven great-grandchildren; brothers Charles (Norma) Heinicke and Arlan Heinicke, and many wonderful relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Phyllis.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 15, 2016, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening and 1 hour before the service. Interment with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and Austin VFW Post 1216 will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Memorials to Austin VFW Post 1216. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Worlein Funeral Home

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Arius Johnson


Arius Johnson Suddenly Dies.

Again the grim reaper has visited our community but this time it was not to take one who bad lived the allotted time of three score and ten but a young man, who until a short time ago had been in his usual health. We refer to the sudden death of Arius Johnson, who passed away Saturday morning about four o'clock. As the news became known nearly every heart was touched with sympathy for the young wife, who is left to face life alone and mourn for the one who can no longer love and care for her. His sudden death emphasizes again the uncertainty of life and should serve as a warning to all, to be ready for in such an hour as we think not the summons cometh.

Arius Johnson was born August 18th, 1871 in Mitchell county, Iowa, and was married to Miss Louise Running, Sept. 22, 1909. Besides the wife, he is survived by his father, Ingebrit Johnson, and two brothers, Elmer and Carl of this vicinity, and three sisters, Mrs. John Lenth of Buffalo Springs, N. D., Mrs. Berk, of Minneapolis, and Mrs. J. H. Hughes of Lyle.

Mr. Johnson has always lived in this vicinity and since last May has been employed as bartender In the A. B. Olson saloon. His jovial, happy disposition had won for him many friends who regret his untimely death.

The deceased carried an insurance policy of $2000 with the Indemnity Life and Accident Company of Minneapolis, which he has just recently taken out. --Lyle Tribune.

Source: the St. Ansgar Enterprise,
4 Jan. 1911, page 8, column 2

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William Oliver Young


William Oliver Young, 89, of Cleveland, Minnesota, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at his home.

William was born on October 23, 1926, in Bertha, Minnesota, to Irvin and Emma (Erkel) Young. In 1932, the family moved back to Le Center. He graduated in 1944 from McKinley High School in Le Center. William served in the United States Army from October 1944 to 1946 in the artillery in Germany/France. He worked for the Hormel company in Austin until he retired in 1982.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Port St. Joe, Florida. He enjoyed fishing, football, baseball, reading, and politics.

William is survived by his children, Sharon (Jim) Olson of Cleveland, and William (Danita) Young of North Mankato; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Also, three stepchildren, Debra (Dennis) Watkins of Enterprise, Alabama, Jan Comisak of Panama City, Florida, Paul Comisak of Panama City, Florida; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ilene; second wife, Gloria; daughters, Wendy McFarlin, and Lori Hintz; siblings, Francis Ganfield, Robert Young, and Gordon Young; and stepson, Mitchell (Sue) Christiansen.

Burial will be on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 10 a.m. with a grave side service at Grandview Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota. Military Honors will be provided by the Austin Area Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home, 507-357-6116,

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/10/2016
See also: Austin Daily Herald, 4/13/2016

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Martha (Frank) Gould



Mrs. Martha Gould, mother of Ed Gould of St. Ansgar, died Monday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Frank, at Rudd. She had been sick only about ten days, following a stroke. Her age was 86.

Mrs. Gould was the wife of Collon (sic) Gould, one of Mitchell county's pioneers. Her home was near Mona for years and after the death of her husband, about 30 years ago, she made her home with one and another of her children, spending part of the time in St. Ansgar.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at one o'clock at the Mona church and interment will be in the Mona cemetery.

Source: the St. Ansgar Enterprise, 8 Feb. 1928, page 1 column 6

Credit: Mitch Helle

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David Lewis Vogel


Funeral notice: David Lewis Vogel, 70

David Lewis Vogel, 70, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home on March 25, 2016, in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. Catherine Lemons officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be for one hour before the service.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 4/10/2016

David Lewis Vogel

Born: July 20, 1945
Died: March 25, 2016

David Lewis Vogel, 70, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home on March 25, 2016, in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Dave was born on July 20, 1945 in Austin, Minnesota, to Arthur and Donna (Barr) Vogel. He graduated from Austin High School in 1963 and attended courses at Austin Community College. Dave served in the Army for two years. He served at the Walter Reed Hospital and was stationed in Japan and Hawaii.

Dave's career took him to many states including Colorado, California, Tennessee, and Missouri. Although he learned to dislike cold weather, Dave was loyal to his home state. Many great friends were made during these years and their regular phone conversations were greatly valued.

Golfing was his favorite sport and he was hoping to be able to return to playing in the next couple of months with a new advantage. He was known for his incredible kindness, quirky humor and compassion for all. Dave loved driving his red, convertible Sky which had all of the bells and whistles.

Dave is survived by his son and family (Bryan, Jamie, Madalyn, and Gavin) and daughter and family (Anna, Ron, Chloe, and Georgia). He is also survived by his brother’s family (Gary, Cheryl Jeffery, Jennifer) and several cousins and friends. Dave was preceded in death by his parents. He was loved greatly by many.

On March 31 a memorial service was held in Bella Vista with his golfing buddies and friends. Another memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 16th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Catherine Lemons officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service.

Memorial Service
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary
209 2nd Avenue NW
Austin, Minnesota 55912

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website

See also: Austin Daily Herald, 13 APR 2016

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Theodore Arneson



(Mona Correspondent)

Theodore Arneson was born in October, 1854, in Solor, Norway, and emigrated to America in 1882. He made his home with Mr. Martin Hanson south of here for three years.

In the year of 1885 he was united in marriage with Miss Lena Arneson. They settled on the Arneson farm, where he resided until his heath on January 23. He had always been in good health until about two weeks before his death but appeared as well as usual until the evening of January 23, when he was taken suddenly ill and died in a short time.

Mr. Arneson was a faithful member of the local church for nearly 50 years. He will be greatly missed by his many friends to whom he always proved to be a true friend during the many years he was given to spend in this community.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Langehough from the home and later at the church on January 27.

Besides his wife he leaves one sister to mourn his departure.

Source: the St. Ansgar Enterprise, 8 Feb. 1928,
page 1, column 5

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Karen Lyn (Hummel) Christiansen


Born: April 02, 1964
Died: April 04, 2016

Karen Lyn Christiansen (Hummel), 52 of Albert Lea, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died at her home on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Karen was born April 2, 1964 in Austin, Minnesota to Donald and Patricia (Peck) Hummel. She attended Austin Public Schools. She was a cook and restaurant manager at several area restaurants. Karen enjoyed puzzles, animals, plants and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents John and Elnora Peck and Nick and Selma Hummel.

Karen is survived by her significant other, Chris Charlson, Albert Lea, Minnesota; children, Ryan Walker, Austin, MN; Samantha Walker, Albert Lea, MN, Erin Walker, TN; Chevy Brown, Albert Lea, MN, Jamie Schammel, Austin, MN; grandchildren, Sky Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, Montanna Jenkins, Peyton Walker, Landon Brown, Bella Brown; parents, Patricia and Don Hummel, Austin, MN; sisters, Bonnie Hummel, Elkton, MN, Mary Schwartz, Austin, MN, Dona Hummel, FL; nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 12th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Memorial Gathering:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary
209 2nd Avenue NW
Austin, Minnesota 55912

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Gundie (Johnson) Carlson


Mrs. Charles Carlson Buried at Mona Today

Funeral services were held this afternoon for Mrs. Charles Carlson, age 61, at the Mona Norwegian Lutheran church where she was a member.

Mrs. Charles Carlson, nee Gundie Johnson, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernt Johnson of Mona. Death came suddenly last Monday evening, May 16, following a heart attack. She is survived by her husband and two children. Mrs. Albin Nelson, a daughter, lives at Lyle; Galin Carlson, a son, lives at Minneapolis.

Services were conducted from the Mona Norwegian Lutheran church at Mona by the Rev. O. M. Langehough at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon. Interment was in the Mona cemetery.

Source: the St. Ansgar Enterprise, 19 May 1938,
page 1, column 4

Credit: Mitch Helle

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Richard Kenneth Gustafson


Born: September 28, 1930
Died: April 05, 2016

Richard Kenneth Gustafson, 85 of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospitals – St. Marys Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Richard, the youngest of four children, was born September 28, 1930 in Duluth, Minnesota to Carl and Alma (Erickson) Gustafson. He graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School in 1949. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served at the Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt Germany until his discharge in 1954. After his service, Richard attended UMD and worked in Duluth. He graduated from Dunwoody in Minneapolis in 1957.

Richard married Virginia (Ginny) Hansen in Duluth on August 26, 1961. He re-enrolled at UMD, graduating in 1964 with a degree in Industrial Arts. After graduation, he accepted a job teaching auto mechanics at the Austin Vo-Tech. He enjoyed many years in the classroom, retiring in 1995.

He had many hobbies. Richard enjoyed restoring Studebakers, first a ’49 Champion convertible and then a ’61 hard top Hawk that he was very proud to win a national and grand championship. His favorite room was his shop and he enjoyed working with wood. Richard built furniture, toys, carved Christmas Santas, snowmen, model ships and model cars. His model of the ship of the “America” is shown in the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum in Tofte, Minnesota. He loved giving his projects to others.

Richard loved to travel. He and Ginny traveled the U.S. and the world. He was proud to have been to all seven continents including Antarctica. The animals were wonderful, but the seas were rough. They attended over 27 Elderhostels all over the U.S.

He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the choir for many years. He appreciated the faith, fellowship and friends of the church especially the Questers group.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond (Edna) Gustafson, brothers-in-law Arne Krabbe, Alan Forsman, Keith Anderson and sister-in-law Mary Lou Hansen.

Richard is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ginny) Gustafson, Austin, MN; daughters: Elaine (Phil) Schmidt, Lake City, MN, and Joanne (John) Stillman, Cedar Falls, IA; grandchildren: Abigail and Elizabeth Schmidt, and Annalisa, Kerstin and Bryce Stillman; sisters: Helen Forsman (Don Kirkland), FL and Dorothy Krabbe, Duluth, MN; sister-in-law: Karen Anderson, Duluth, MN; Lori Gustafson, FL; brothers-in-law: David Hansen, Clitherall, MN and Richard (Janyce) Hansen, Merrifield, MN.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 9th at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston at a later date. Austin Post #91 American Legion is in charge of military rites. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church in Austin or to the Tofte Historical Society, Box 2312, Tofte, MN 55615

Memorial Service:
  Saturday, April 09, 2016
  First United Methodist Church
  204 1st Avenue NW
  Austin, Minnesota 55912

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

See also: Austin Daily Herald, 4/7/2016

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