MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

Mower County Obituaries
Part 324


Robert James Thomas

1930-2017

Robert James Thomas, age 87, of Austin, died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Our House Senior Living.

On February 14, 1953 he was united in marriage to Donna Herr at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. Bob worked at Hormel Foods for 39 years and retired in 1986.

He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and formerly the Eagles and the Moose. Bob enjoyed camping, traveling to all 50 states, Canada, and Europe. He was a member of the Hitchhiker Voyageurs Camping Club of Minnesota and at one time, sang with the Northwest Singers, Queen of Angels Choir and more recently with the Oaks Trio and the Young Oldies.

Survivors include his wife, Donna, Austin; sister, Shirley Adams and her children, Donald (Mona) Adams, Diane Aaby, Debra (Keith) Snyder, Darlene Edge, Donna (Doug) Loverink, David (Debbie) Adams, Denise (Bob) Heimerman, Danette (Jon) Nemitz.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, LaVerne Adams.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91.

Memorials are preferred to Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Parkinsons Research, or Lewy Bodies Dementia Research.

A special thanks to the staff at Our House and St. Croix Hospice Care. Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Nathaniel "Ian" Shapinsky

1949-2017

Ian Shapinsky, 68, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Nathaniel Ian Shapinsky was born June 20, 1949, in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, the son of professional musicians and teachers, Aaron and Norma (Ehrlich) Shapinsky. He could have chosen to pursue any instrument, but from the start, he knew his life would revolve around the piano. He began taking lessons when he was seven, and by age nine he was playing professionally.

Gradually, duo concerts with his father spread throughout the USA and Europe. Ian attended Professional Children’s School in New York City. He received his high school diploma from the Waldorf School in Garden City, Long Island and received his BM and MS Degrees (Bachelor of Music and Masters of Science) from Juilliard. He did some post-graduate school at New York University as well. He was privileged to study with Jascha Zayde, Ania Dorfmann, Rosina Lhevinne, Nadia Reisenberg and Sonja Gurewich, all famous teachers.

His distinctive style of virtuoso playing and musicianship won him many awards, competitions and prizes, including Recitalist of the Year, the Presidential Citation from the New York Federation of Music Clubs, various prizes from the National Federation of Music Clubs, first prize from the Mannes College Concerto Competition, first prize from the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, first prize in piano at two Miami Beach national competitions and many other competitions.

Ian began touring Europe in 1968, performing in many of the major cities and capitols such as Brussels, Paris, London as well as Carnegie Hall and other venues in New York City. He has performed on radio, television, and live stage concerts. Ian performed in solo piano recitals, in chamber music, as a soloist in concertos and in duo piano recitals and performed music by the great classical composers and compositions by George Gershwin. His concerts were a mixture of dazzling virtuosity, wonderful musicianship, sensitivity, humor, and dedication to making great music.

He also taught master-classes and lecture recitals, including programs for children and families. Ian had been awarded several grants from the Rubin Foundation, as well as a performing grant from IBM, for the purpose of giving lectures in schools to foster in children a love and appreciation of the music of the great composers.

On Feb. 22, 2002, Ian was united in marriage to Katherine Franklin in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple made their home in Austin, Minnesota, where they raised their twin daughters, Olivia and Ariana. Ian was presently teaching music at the MacPhail Center for Music in Austin.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine of Austin; daughters, Olivia and Ariana, both of Austin; his mother, Norma Shapinsky of Carmel, California; a brother, Gerald J. (Evie) Shapinsky of North Olmsted, Ohio; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Aaron, in 1984.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota. No formal services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to the MacPhail Center for Music in Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 10 JULY 2017

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Eugenia "Jean" (Weseman, Kahl) Bush

1922-2017

Eugenia "Jean" Kahl Bush, age 95, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died June 7, 2017, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow.

She was born May 10, 1922, in Austin, Minnesota, to Henry and Erma (Douglas) Weseman. Eugenia attended and graduated from Austin High School and went on to continue her education at Austin State Junior College.

Eugenia was united in marriage to Darrel Kahl. He passed away in 1989. She later married Victor Bush, He passed away in 2005.

She was a member of Grand Meadow Lutheran Church. She loved dogs, and enjoyed painting, playing cards, writing and building doll houses. She also had the pleasure of spending winters in Mission, Texas, for over 40 years.

She is survived by son, Mike Kahl; grandchildrenm, Jeffrey Kahl, Christopher Kahl, James Kahl, Patty Pladsen and Nicholas Kahl; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Darrell Kahl and Victor Bush; a son, Peter; and a grandson, Patrick.

Private family services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow. Officiating will be Pastor Beth Krolak.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 30 JUN 2017

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Jean Harriet (Schubert) Nelson

1922-2017

Jean H. Nelson, age 95 of Chaska, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Auburn Manor Nursing Home in Chaska.

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

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

SOURCES: Worlein Funeral Home website (July 3, 2017)
Austin Daily Herald website, 29 JUN 2017


Jean Harriet Schubert Nelson

Jean H. Nelson, age 95 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Auburn Manor Care Center in Chaska.

Jean Harriet Schubert was born February 13, 1922, in Caledonia, Minnesota, to Edward P. and Hilda C. (Nupson) Schubert. Following her graduation from Austin High School, Jean went to work for Hormel Foods Corporation. She married John L. Nelson on December 30, 1939 in Iowa. The couple moved to Redwood Falls, and then to Oakland, California to work in the shipyards.

They returned to the Austin area in 1945. John passed away in 1986. Jean like to work with her hands, and especially enjoyed handiwork like hardanger and tatting. She also liked to knit and crochet. As a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Jean belonged to the WELCA Circle and volunteered in the church office. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her sons Jon L. Nelson of Minnetonka, Minnesota and Kirk E. Nelson of Visalia, California; her daughters Janice H. McKay of Chaska, Minnesota, Hjordis (Jordan A. ‘Jim’) Glover of Wayzata, Minnesota, Pamela M. (Kenneth) Campbell of Las Vegas, Nevada; nine grandchildren Stacey Bosacker, Shauna Koop, John E. McKay, Cathryn J. Thrasher, Crystalyn J. Glover, Catey Nelson, Ali Nelson, Jesse Campbell, Kirk E. Campbell, and 18 great-grandchildren;

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, her grandson Dr. Chad Nelson, and her sister Genevieve Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Lawrence A. "Larry" Christiansen

c1950-2017

Lawrence A. "Larry" Christiansen, 66, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, passed away on June 23, 2017.

Larry was born in Austin, Minnesota, to Niels and Kathryn (Kimlicka) Christiansen.

Larry dedicated his life to his career as an over-the-road truck driver. When he retired after 40 years, he enjoyed working for Tri-Cap, providing rides to those in need, and later transporting employees of BNSF railroad.

He loved giving others a hard time, but his heart of gold remained. He enjoyed fishing with his dad and brother when he was able to. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be forever missed.

Survivors include his children, Abbey (Dan Vadner, fiance) of Waite Park, Minnesota and Eric of Freeport, Minnesota; grandchildren, Mason, Alayna, Jace, and Silas; father, Niels of Austin; sisters and brothers, Terri Lackey of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, MarJean of Tallahassee, Florida, David (Linda) of St. Cloud, Michael of Austin, Steven of Austin, Lisa of Austin, Gina (Butch) Schneider of Colfax, Wisconsin, Kathi of Hopkins, Minnesota, and Charles (Susan) of Mazeppa, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30, followed by the Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. at Riverside Evangelical Church, 405 Riverside Ave. North, Sartell, Minnesota. Pastor Ryan Conrad and Pastor Isaac Gould will officiate.

Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of St. Cloud as in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 30 JUN 2017

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Jorge V. Sifuentes

1974-2017

Jorge V. Sifuentes, age 42, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at his home.

He was born October 2, 1974 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Jorge and Alicia (Iniguez) Sifuentes. Jorge spent most of his growing-up years in the United States, and some in Mexico. He earned his Associates Degree in Science at Riverland Community College in Austin. Jorge worked as an inspector at Quality Pork Producers in Austin. He enjoyed attending church, watching movies, and cooking out with his family.

Survivors include his wife Clara Sifuentes of Austin; his children Michelle Sifuentes (Elpidio Daniel Orozco), Karla (Moises) Rodriguez, Jorge Sifuentes Jr., Azeneth Sifuentes, and Grako Sifuentes, all of Austin; one grandchild Thaliya Orozco Sifuentes; his parents Jorge and Alicia Sifuentes of Fort Worth, Texas; 2 sisters, Diana (Jacob) Romero and Liliana Sifuentes, both of Fort Worth, Texas, 1 brother, Edgar Sifuentes, also of Fort Worth, his grandfather Ignacio Sifuentes of Coahuila, Mexico, and his beloved bulldog.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be directed to the Sifuentes Family. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website

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Joyce Elaine (Andrews) Ree

1932-2017

Joyce Elaine Ree, age 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday afternoon, July 1, 2017, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Joyce Elaine Andrews was born August 10, 1932, in Austin, Minnesota the daughter of Bernard and Ruth (Greenlee) Andrews. She attended school in Austin, Minnesota and was united in marriage to Kenneth M. Ree on January 30, 1949, in Austin. The couple made their home in Austin raising five children. Joyce worked at Austin Floral and then the Burr Oak Market for several years, before moving to the Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home as a cook.

Joyce also worked at the White Drug Store until it closed, and then moving to Reed’s 4th Avenue convenience store as a cashier for several years. Kenneth died on February 16, 1984. Joyce was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Eagles. Joyce loved to read and do crocheting and needlework.

Survivors include five children: David Ree of Austin, Susan Ree of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dennis (Cheryl) Ree of Austin, Julie (Dale) Lee of Madison Lake and Barbara (William) Bos of Austin; thirteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; three sisters: Helen (Leo) Kopsa of Beaman, Iowa, Mary (Bill) Nehring of Tiffin, Iowa and Bonnie Burke of Rochester; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Ruth Andrews; her husband, Kenneth; a son in infancy, Matthew; a granddaughter, Jill Bos; a grandson, Derek Ree and a sister, Rose Grebin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Niethammer officiating. Interment will follow the service at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website

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James Robert ‘Jim’ Battey

1960-2017

James Robert “Jim” Battey, 56, of Rochester, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on July 3, 2017.

Jim was born on October 15, 1960, in Rochester, to Robert and Eunice Battey. Jim grew up in Chatfield, Minnesota, with his three sisters and graduated from Chosen Valley High School in 1979.

On Dec. 31, 1986, Jim married Mary Jo Schneider of Adams, Minnesota. They were married for 30 years.

Jim worked as a commercial truck driver for Waste Management for several dedicated years of service. Jim had a passion for NASCAR, golf, baseball, making wine, warm weather, and above all, his family.

Jim is survived by his spouse, Mary Jo; two daughters, Amy (Josh) Seifert, and Hilary (fiancé Jack Carr) Battey of Rochester; one grandson, Mason James Seifert; siblings, Sharon (Matt) Manahan of Chatfield, Joan (Robert) Stroebel of Billings, Montana, and Anne (Randy) Schultz of Mabel, Minnesota; and many loving family members and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his mother; father; father-in-law, Robert Schneider; and nephew, Timothy Dahley.

The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Pax Christi Catholic Church with Father Will Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 7, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held at a later date at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Adams.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Brains Together for a Cure. The family of Jim Battey wishes to thank all friends, family and Season’s Hospice for their unconditional support during Jim’s fight against cancer. Team Jimbo will live on forever.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 6 JULY 2017

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Iris Mary Hansen

1947-2017

Iris M. Hansen, 69, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System – Austin.

Service: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 10, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the church on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment: Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 6 JULY 2017


Iris Mary Hansen

August 11, 1947 - July 04, 2017

Iris M. Hansen, 69, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Austin.

Iris, better known as Doodie by friends and family, was born on August 11, 1947 in Austin, Minnesota. She was one of Baldy and Margaret's "five gorgeous girls." She graduated from Pacelli High School and from the Austin Junior College with an Associates Degree and worked as a paralegal.

Her life was full of faith, family, friends and kindness. She created magic by sharing her generous spirit with all those she met. Once she was in your life, it was forever. Her phenomenal memory and attention to detail was reflected in the many gifts and remembrances she shared. Doodie had a talent for collecting just what you wanted and making sure she gave it to you. Shakespeare's quote, “though she be but little, she is fierce", was perhaps coined with her in mind as her larger than life personality was in sharp contrast to the small and sweet person she was. Doodie was a dedicated advocate for those in need who crossed her path. She had a genuine devotion to the Holy Mother and St. Therese "The Little Flower".

Iris was an avid toy and doll collector, she loved attending plays and musicals and watching movies and crime shows. She enjoyed spending time with her children and especially her grandchildren and great nieces and nephews.

Iris completed her earthly journey on July 4, 2017. She is in her eternal home with her son Aaron; her parents Charles and Margaret; infant brother Charles; and great-niece, Caitlin Hassler.

She is survived by her sons: Christian (Connie) Weis, Jordan Weis, and Benjamin (Taylir) Weis; granchildren: Michael Weis, Marcus Weis, Noah Weis, Jonah Weis, Jeremiah Kachel, Christopher Weis, Douglas Nelson, Timothy Weis, and Sam Weis; great-grandchildren, Brylyn and Alaina; sisters: Margaret "Beth" (Edward) Wollerman, Charlotte (Joseph) Theissen, Michael (Dennis) Bednar, Leone Hansen; by many nieces and nephews and a special God-daughter and niece, Logan Alexander.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 10th at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, with a Rosary Service at 4:00 PM. Visitation will also be held at the church on Monday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website
Also see Austin Daily Herald for 7 JULY 2017

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Donald Earl Ferch

1922-2017

Donald Ferch, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System – Austin.

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

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

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 6 JULY 2017


Donald Earl Ferch, age 94 of Austin, Minnesota died Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin.

He was born July 30, 1922 in Waterville, Minnesota, the son of Erry and Vera (Davison) Ferch. Following graduation from Waterville High School in 1940, Donald married Myrles Dimmel on April 20, 1942 in Janesville, Minnesota. The couple raised 4 sons. Don served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until his honorary discharge in 1945. Following his service in the Navy, he made his living as a laborer for Hormel Foods Corporation, retiring in 1984.

Don was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Austin, where he was a church elder, a church council member and usher, and a 5th grade Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Austin Country Club for 46 years, where he loved to golf. Don will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his four sons Dennis Ferch (Nancy Janke) of Owatonna, Ronald (Debbie) Ferch of Austin, Randall (Leah) Ferch of Vancouver, Washington, Craig (Jodie) Ferch of Austin; 14 grandchildren, Scott Ferch, Michael Ferch, Jon Ferch, Kristoffer Ferch, Dillon Ferch, Tesa Horstmann, Adam Ferch, Rachel Hellsvig, Jordan Ferch, Amy Bishop, Bethany Kraske, Brittney May, Blake Michaelsen, Aja Keith, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Myrles Ferch in 2011, his grandson Jason Ferch in February 2017, his granddaughter Alisa Ferch in April 1978; his brother Gordon (Ethel) Ferch, his daughter-in-law Drucilla Ferch; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2103 8th Street SW in Austin with Rev. Dean Gunn officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 10 at Worlein Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials can be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website
Also see: Austin Daily Herald website, 8 JUL 2017

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Bradley D. Benner

1971-2017

Bradley D. Benner, 45, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, passed away on June 26, 2017, after a long illness.

Bradley was born on August 19, 1971, to William E. Benner and Sandra M. (Weber) Benner. Bradley graduated from Austin [Minnesota] High School in 1989. Later, Bradley worked at Bridon Cordage for many years. Bradley enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, along with playing electric guitar.

Survivors include his mother, Sandra Benner; daughter, Stephany Benner and significant other, David Lammers; grandchildren, Isabelle and Lillyane Lammers; siblings, Chad Benner and significant other, Nikki Roell, Sheena Meyer-Sellers and husband, Nolan Sellers, and Matthew Tomlinson; his cousin and caregiver, Debbie Wacholz; and many other loving family and friends.

Bradley was preceded in death by his father, William Benner; son, Trevor Benner; and grandparents, Margaret “LaVon” Benner, and Elmer and Patricia Weber; and an aunt, Carol Anderson.

A Celebration of Life memorial will be held from noon – 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 2145 Kenneth Drive, Albert Lea.

Bonnerup Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 8 JUL 2017

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Mary Lynn (Martz) Nordstrom

1946-2017

October 11, 1946 -- July 4, 2017 (age 70) Obituary--

Memorial service for Mary Lynn (Martz) Nordstrom will be held 2:00 P.M. Sunday July 9, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Le Roy, Minnesota, with Rev John Kerr officiating. Burial will be in the Le Roy Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Mary Nordstrom, age 70, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, died Tuesday July 4, 2017 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Mary Lynn Martz was born October 11, 1946 in Rochester, Minnesota, to LuVerne and Barbara (Ladd) Martz. She attended and graduated from Le Roy High School in 1964 and continued her education at St. Cloud State and graduated from Luther College in the class of 1968. She was united in marriage to Garry Nordstrom on February 4, 1967 at the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy and they were later divorced. Mary was co-owner of Andy’s Furniture in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1976-1980 and owner of Designers Guild from 1980–1985.

She is survived by her daughter Cindy (Greg) Danielson of Wykoff, Minnesota; and a son Tom Nordstrom of Rochester, Minnesota; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Roberta (Leonard) Edwards of Duluth. She was preceded in death by her parents.

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Harold Arthur "Hal" Dickey

1926-2017

Birth: November 4, 1926

Death: July 5, 2017

Harold "Hal" Dickey, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa.

A celebration of Hal's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Evergreen Senior Living, 925 Heritage Drive in Osage, Iowa.

Harold Arthur "Hal" Dickey was born November 4, 1926 in Grant County Wisconsin to Richard and Vera (Livens) Dickey. Immediately following high school Harold joined the Navy and soon after met the love of his life, Marilyn, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Hal and Marilyn were united in marriage on January 15, 1949 in Madison, Wisconsin. Hal was initially stationed in San Diego, California but the couple eventually returned to Wisconsin at which time Harold earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meat Studies. He continued to serve as a medic for the Navy and retired from the Reserve as Senior Chief Petty Officer after serving three tours of duty.

Hal was employed as a foreman at Hormel for his entire career there and was frequently referred to as "the best foreman they'd ever had" by numerous fellow workers. Upon retirement he and Marilyn took up temporary residence in Menomonie, Wisconsin so Hal could earn his Master's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Once completed, the couple began a small private business job coaching and helping to place Veterans and special needs individuals in the workplace.

Harold was very active in his community serving on numerous boards and committees, including but not limited to Mr. Jaycees, YMCA Indian Guides and Indian Maidens, Meals on Wheels, church councils, and the Boy Scouts of America where he earned the Silver Scout Award.

Hal and Marilyn rarely left each other's side and joined forces in creating Dad's "Peanut Brittle Legacy". It gave them both great joy to spread the love with their amazing treats.Mere words cannot begin to describe the way Hal lived his life as a true servant of others. In his soft-spoken nature he modeled compassion, selflessness and unconditional love every day of his life, always putting others ahead of himself. He was a true hero.

Those left to cherish his loving memory include Daughter, Diana Branstad of Osage, Granddaughters Natalie Jack (Derek) and Paige Branstad; Daughter and Son-In-Law Deb and Rick Mandt of Owatonna, Grandson, Nicholas Gartland; Son, David Dickey of Lake City; Daughter-In-Law, Kathy Martin of Lake City; Son, Daniel Dickey (LeAnn) and their children Tara, Tory and Trevor of Albia; Great-Grandsons Riley Gartland and Thomas Jack and Baby Jack, due in October; Sisters and Brothers-In-Law, nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Tracey Emberson.

Hal was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and his wife, Marilyn.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Faith Lutheran Home in Osage.

The family would also like to extend a special thanks to those who knew and cared for Marilyn and Harold at the Faith Lutheran Campus in Osage.

Source: Hauser Funeral home [Charles City, Iowa] website

Also see: Austin Daily Herald, 17 July 2017

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Donna (Cole) Kraft

1931-2017

Donna Cole Kraft, 86, passed away peacefully at home in south Minneapolis on July 7, 2017, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She knew she was ill and that there was no cure, but she accepted her condition with humor and grace.

Donna was born on April 10, 1931, and raised in south Minneapolis. Donna graduated from Washburn High School in 1948 and earned a degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She and Fred met at the university and were married Sept. 8, 1951. After graduation, they moved to Fred’s hometown of Austin, Minnesota, where they raised their four children. Donna was a devoted mother and homemaker.

She loved music and sang in the choir for many years at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, where she also served as an Elected Elder. Donna, Fred, and the family traveled often and especially enjoyed annual trips to Hilton Head Island and the North Shore.

Donna enjoyed playing tennis and golf on a regular basis for many years. When the children left the nest, Donna returned to college and earned an accounting degree from Winona State University at Rochester, Minnesota. Donna and Fred moved back to the Twin Cities in 1987, and Donna worked for the next 20 years as an accountant for Krause Anderson Construction and Christ Presbyterian Church. Fred and Donna continued to take annual vacations with their growing extended family, and traveled internationally extensively.

Donna was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina at the time of her death.

She is survived by Fred, her husband of 66 years; children, John Kraft (Rachel Madden), Kathryn Burger, Rebecca Kraft (Marc Soderbloom), Daniel Kraft (Michelle); and 11 grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Angeline (Schumm) Cole; and her sisters, Carol Jefferson and Mary Sloan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Waters on 50th (3500 W. 50th St. Minneapolis, Minnesota, parking in the rear of the building) on Thursday July 20, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Suggested memorials to the Christ Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Minneapolis People for Parks.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 12 JULY 2017

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Boyd Tilford Sandum

1931-2017

Boyd Tilford Sandum, age 85 of Blaine, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

He was born October 11, 1931 on the family farm near Rake, Iowa, to Joseph and Bessie (Hauskins) Sandum. Following his graduation from Rake High School, he attended the Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute, training in auto body repair. Boyd entered service in the U.S. Army in 1952, serving in Germany during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1954.

On June 16, 1957, Boyd married Janet C. Lange in Sargeant, Minnesota. The couple raised three children. During their years in Austin, Boyd and Janet were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. They moved to Blaine, Minnesota in 2009. Janet passed away July 2, 2016.

Boyd operated S&H Auto Body and worked nights at Hormel Foods both in the Cure 81 Ham Department and driving forklift. Among Boyd’s favorite pastimes were restoring antique cars, spending winters in Arizona, fishing and camping, bowling, and especially spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his children Diane (Jim) Felton of Fridley, MN, Deb Bernier of Blaine, MN, Dave Sandum of Prescott, WI; four grandchildren, Lauren, Taylor, Briana, and Natalie; 3 great-grandchildren, Madison, Landon, and Sura; siblings Glennis Pearson of Fort Pierre, SD, Peggy (Al) Smidt of Buffalo Center, IA, and brother-in-law Verland (Darlene) Lange of Ostrander, MN.

Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janet Sandum, his brother Carroll Sandum and his wife Gladys, his sister LaVonne Quame and her husband Robert, and brother-in-law Leland Pearson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor James Groleau officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at Worlein Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Military honors by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date. Memorials can be directed to the American Lung Association or recipient of donor’s choice. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Edgewood Senior Living in Blaine, Minnesota. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Source: Worlein funeral home website
Also see: Austin Daily Herald website, 12 JULY 2017

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Phyllis (Squier, Arp, Miller) Petersen

1931-2017

Phyllis Miller Petersen, age 86 of Austin, Minnesota left her earthly home to join her loved ones in Heaven on July 11, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Phyllis Jeanette Squier was born to Hazel Frank and Lawrence Squier on June 19, 1931. She was later adopted by Edward Arp and became Phyllis Arp.

She attended schools in Osage, Iowa and later Austin High School, Austin, Minnesota. Phyllis married Leonard E. Miller and they had nine children. They later divorced. She raised her nine children herself, while waitressing at night and other jobs.

On June 27, 1992, she married Erwin “Pete” Petersen. She gained three step-children. They were married until his death in October of 2013. Phyllis was a member Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, and faithfully attended until her health no longer permitted it. She was also a member of the Women of The Moose in Austin having served in every office, including Senior Regent.

She ran a ceramics shop for many years in her daughters shop and later from her home, and loved collecting ceramic and porcelain dolls. Phyllis enjoyed bird watching, especially humming birds, from her chair and new many by name as they came to her feeders. She was lucky to have travelled to Hawaii several times, and California to see her children and grandchildren. Phyllis spent about ten years living in California and briefly in Iowa and Kansas, before returning to Austin, MN. She enjoyed being around her family, especially her grandchildren, of which she had many. She spoiled them all and claimed they were all her favorite. We all loved her so much.

She is left to mourn by her children: Leanne and Larry Rand of Rockford, IL, Jeannette and Kevin Slavik of New Prague, Judy and Steven Tabor of Austin, Sherri McCarty of Austin, Patti Lang of Austin, Roger Miller of Austin, Lenny and Becky Miller of Mona, IA, Phillip and Joanne Miller of Austin, Carmel and Dave Taylor of Austin, Mike and Merry Petersen of Austin, and Judy Hebl of Austin; 28 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren. Well over 100 in all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; son Eddie Lee; grandchildren Bobee Raina, Cully Drew, Tonya Rae, and Rann Tyrone; son-in-Law Mike McCarty, daughter-in-law Julie Miller. She missed them all so much. Blessed be her memory. She will be so missed by us all.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Chad Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at church on Sunday. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be express to the family online at www.worlein.com

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website, 12 JULY 2017

Also see: Austin Daily Herald website, 14 JUL 2017

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Fern Alice (Shope, Norgaard) Granle

1922-2017

February 20, 1922 - July 09, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Fern Granle, 95, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Sacred Heart Care Center, where she was under their loving care for the past several years.

Fern was born "Fern Alice Shope" on Feb. 20, 1922, in McIntire, Iowa, to Atlee (Frank) and Christine Shope. She was the youngest of five children. In 1924, her family moved to Hayfield, Minnesota, where she attended high school and after graduating in 1940, moved to Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, where she worked a short time at a local bakery, then the post office.

In 1943, at the age of 21, she joined the WAC (Women's Army Corp) and during World War II she volunteered for overseas duty. She served in Birmingham, England and Paris, France. While in Paris, she was reunited with a high school boy friend, Lester Norgaard, and they were married in Paris. After the war and being discharged, they moved to Hayfield, Minnesota. They had three children: L. James (Donna) Norgaard of Roy, Montana; David (Mary) Norgaard (deceased), and Joann (Gary) Ciampi (deceased). Sadly, they were later divorced.

Fern and her children moved to Austin, Minnesota, and in March of 1951, she married Wesley I. Granle. They had a set of twins: Kenneth (Anne) Granle of Mantorville, Minnesota and Keith Granle of Denver, Colorado. Fern and Wesley lived a happy life up until 1977, when Wesley died of a heart attack while working.

Fern was a housewife and mother. She enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was very devoted to her five children and their families, always there for them helping them out with her time and generosity. Later in life, she worked for Kmart until her retirement. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. She also was a member of the Legion Post 570 and VFW Auxiliary Sam Post, where they dedicated time and effort supporting amputee veterans with modified clothing.

Fern is survived by three of her sons: James, Kenneth, and Keith; Grandchildren: Travis (Antigone) Norgaard, Lisa (Jeff) Hathorn, Tom Norgaard, Jon (Jennifer) Norgaard, Shelly (Mark) Mathis, Michael Ciampi, Adam Kopsidis, Kendra Granle, Kenneth Granle Jr, and Kendall Roberts; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by two brothers, Frank and Grant; by two sisters, Sarah and Marge; her husbands; son David and daughter Joann.

Funeral services for Fern will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary 209 2nd Ave NW, Austin, MN, with the Reverend Susan Li officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service Thursday morning. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery with Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 V.F.W. and Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites. A reception will follow at the Austin American Legion Club, 809 12th Street SW.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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LaVonne Ann (Rugg) Elmer

1928-2017

June 24, 1928 - July 08, 2017

LaVonne A. Elmer, 89 of Austin, Minnesota, died at her home on Saturday, June 8, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on July 22nd at First Congregational Church with the Reverend Shari Mason officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 12 JUL 2017


Funeral notice: LaVonne Ann Elmer, 89

LaVonne Ann Elmer, 89, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, at her home in Austin.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on June 22 at the First Congregational Church in Austin.

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

Memorials: Memorials suggested to the First Congregational Church, ROAR or charity of your choice.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 15 JUL 2017


LaVonne Ann Elmer, 89, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, at her home in Austin.

She was born on June 24, 1928, to Ena and Everett Rugg, the oldest of six children. She graduated from Austin High School at age 16 then went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota with a degree in statistics. LaVonne worked as an industrial engineer at Hormel Foods, a substitute teacher and later as an instructor at Austin Community College. She married Bryan “Moe” Elmer on May 6, 1950. They had three children.

During high school she stayed in town with Audrey Erickson and they have been lifelong friends. Golf, bridge, church, working with ROAR, the YMCA, Floral club, PEO, gardening, sewing, knitting and canning were some of her interests. She often did them all at the same time.

LaVonne helped many friends who suffered with cancer, driving some to chemotherapy or radiation, helping in any way she could. She stayed steadfastly with Moe and Craig before they died. She supported her children and grandchildren with their education and expected all of them to do well.

Family was very important to LaVonne. She had a well-worn paper in the den with the Rugg family contact information and also stayed in touch with Gahagens on the Elmer side. She was part of an amazing group of lifelong friends that have remained close and supported each other through the years: Rosie and Dick Seltz, Ann and Jack Sherman, Meem and Ray Asp, Hjordy Mlinar, the Lommens, Orsheks, Hunttings, Wilsons, Phillips, Gilliams, Shugarts, Fuhrmans, and many others. You have set a standard for friendship that the rest of us can only strive to achieve.

LaVonne is survived by her children, Audrey (Randy) Buck of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Nancy (Dean) Whelan of Austin; daughter-in-law, Sue Elmer of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; grandchildren, Bryan Buck of Sandpoint, Idaho, Bridget Grismer of Portland, Oregon, Abbey (Andrew) Rupiper of Des Moines, Iowa, and Art Elmer of Colorado; brother, Bill (Bette) Rugg; sister, Noel (Tom) Moore, sister-in-law, Janice Rug, and brother-in-law, Darrell Crawford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bryan; son Craig; brother, Bob; sister. Jayne, sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Corky, and her friend Jim Wilson.

A special thank you to her caregivers, hospice, and helpers Georgia Ramaker and Tammy Flicek.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the First Congregational Church in Austin with the Rev. Shari Mason officiating. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to be given to the First Congregational Church, ROAR or charity of your choice.

LaVonne hopes that her memorial service will be a party and that her tombstone will say “She Tried Hard.”

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 18 JUL 2017

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Robert James Vilt

1943-2017

Robert James Vilt

Robert "Bob" Vilt, 74, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, July 13, 2017.

He was born June 15, 1943, in Austin, the youngest child of Frank and Margaret (Thompson) Vilt. A 1961 graduate of Austin High School, he remained lifelong friends with many of his peers. After graduation, he went “upstairs” and continued his education at Austin Junior College before transferring to Mankato State University, completing his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Later in life, he earned another bachelor’s degree in sociology and a masters degree in counseling. Bob’s professional life included working as a teacher, counselor, and social worker.

Bob enjoyed a bohemian lifestyle in California and Hawaii, returning to Austin after his mother’s death to live with his dad along Turtle Creek. It was in Austin where he met his future wife, Jeanne Poppe. Love struck quickly and a year later they were married on June 16, 1984, on the Poppe family farm in Houston, Minnesota. From this marriage, Bob found his true calling, that of being a dad, unconditionally loving his three children: Lydia, Casey, and Skyler.

Bob’s experience as a soldier marked a profound turning point in his life. Drafted to serve in the U.S. Army from Nov. 22, 1966 – Aug. 26, 1968, he would carry emotional trauma for the rest of his life — it would inform his politics of anti-war, anti-violence protests and rallying in support of peace and justice.

Bob enjoyed reading, drawing, creating works of art from rust and sticks, and writing. He is the author of one published book (“You Much Crazy: One soldier’s story of Vietnam and its personal aftermath”). He taught drawing and poetry, held weekly writing group gatherings, and substitute taught when asked. His innate warmth helped him connect with those on the margins or troubled by life.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jeanne Poppe; and their children, Lydia Vilt, Casey Vilt, and Skyler Vilt; he is also survived by his brother, Darryl; Darryl’s sons, Chris (Kim) Vilt, and Greg (Stacy) Vilt; and his late sister Carol’s children, Eric (Cathy) Peterson, and Jana (Brady Slater) Peterson. Additional survivors include his brothers-in-law, Lloyd Peterson Jr, and Chuck (Diana) Poppe; his sisters-in-law, Sharon (Joel) Schulze, and Sandra (Kevin) Dixon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Vilt; his sister, Carol (Vilt) Peterson; his parents-in-law, Vincent and Marjorie Poppe; and his sisters-in-law, Darla Vilt and Dianne Poppe.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Christ Episcopal Church, 301 Third Ave. NW, Austin. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour before the service at Christ Church. Burial will not follow the service. Bob will be interred at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minnesota Alzheimer’s Association (with a memo line of “You Much Crazy,” a team for the Sept. 9 Minnesota Walk to End Alzheimer’s) or the Austin Public Library.

Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

SOURCES: Austin Daily Herald website, 15 JUL 2017, and
Worlein Funeral Home, 14 July 2017

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Diane L. (Brechtel) Christopherson

1950-2017

Diane L. Christopherson, 66, of Austin, Minnesota, died at her home on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, after a courageous battle with glioblastoma.

She was born on October 5, 1950, in Austin to Vera (Zachgo) and Earl Brechtel. She attended and graduated from Austin High School in 1968 and was employed at Mower County Health and Human Services as a financial worker.

Diane married Larry Christopherson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on May 8, 1971.

She was an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and enjoyed traveling, quilting, baking, reading and camping. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Diane is survived by her son, Wade Christopherson (Jill Lauer); daughters, Kelly Christopherson (Ryan Retterath), and Kim (Jason) Cummings; five grandchildren, Samantha and Mitchell Cummings, and Mhairi, Layla and Aubrie Christopherson; special friend, Gene Nelson; sisters, Debra (Dennis) Hansen, and Bonnie Brechtel; brothers, David Brechtel, and Scott (Katy) Brechtel; sisters-in-law, Jennel (Pete) Hines. Marlene (Orris) Ohm, and Connie Sylvester; brothers-in-law, Dean (Edee) Christopherson, and Ed (Debbie) Christopherson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Christopherson; parents, Earl and Vera Brechtel; and sister Denise Arends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 17, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Susan Li officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and on Monday for one hour before the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be designated to St. Olaf Lutheran Church or to the American Cancer Society.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 15 JUL 2017

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Norma Jean (Tischer) Arends

1929-2017

Norma Jean Arends, 88, of Hayfield, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Norma was born on Jan. 28, 1929, the daughter of Otto and Gladys (Hanson) Tischer, in Sargeant, Minnesota, in Mower County. Norma graduated from Austin High School. She worked at Libby’s Canning Factory in Rochester, Kmart in Rochester and also Austin.

Norma was united in marriage to Orville Arends in Dec. 10, 1949. The couple farmed in rural Hayfield and Norma helped on the farm. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, needlepoint and Diamond Jo.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Linda Arends, Hayfield; sister, Marilyn (Duane) Halverson, Austin; and brother, David Tischer, Austin. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville; one brother, Dale Tischer; and one sister, Lois Paulson.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 First St. SE in Hayfield, with the Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield.

Czaplewski Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 15 JUL 2017

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Norbert John Nelson

1924-2017

Funeral notice: Norbert J. Nelson, 92

Norbert J. Nelson, 92, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home in Austin.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 22, 2017, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Todd Portinga, AiM officiating.

Visitation: Friends may greet the family for one hour before the memorial service at the church.

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

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 15 JUL 2017


October 02, 1924 - July 13, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Norbert John Nelson of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Norb was born on the family farm in the beautiful bluff country of southeast Minnesota to Emma Sanden Nelson and Nels J. Nelson on October 2, 1924. After graduating from Houston High School, he spent one year at Luther College before enlisting in the Navy. He saw extensive action in the South Pacific, taking part in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Following his service, Norb completed college at Luther and began his teaching career. In August 1952, he and Mary Lou Lindahl were married at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, MN. Three children were born to this union: Kimberly, Kirby, and Kris. Norb earned his Master of Science degree at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon in 1959. His career of teaching physics and other sciences, spanned 30 years and included Austin High School, Austin Community College, and Mayo High School in Rochester, MN.

Preceding him in death were his parents and four sisters, Carola, Jewel, Audrey, and Florence. Surviving him are his wife of 64 years, Mary Lou, and their children, Kim Nelson Brown, Kirby Nelson and wife Marian, Kris Nelson and wife Andrea. Norb is also survived by four grandsons: Kristopher Nelson and wife Kate, Nicholas Nelson and wife Iris, Ian Brown, and Nelson Brown. He is also survived by brother-in-law David Lindahl and wife Grace. In addition are several loving nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Norbert Nelson was a quiet, thoughtful man with a quick but never hurtful wit. He enjoyed sports, loved reading, and was blessed to travel widely with family and friends. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on July 22, 2017 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Todd Portinga officiating. Military honors will be conducted by Austin Post #91 American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may greet the family for one hour before the service.

Any memorials may be designated to Bread for the World, St. Olaf Church, or the Austin Public Library.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website

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Georgia Jean (Greiner) Williams

1939-2017

Funeral notice: Georgia J. Williams, 78

Georgia J. Williams, 78, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at her home.

Service: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin with Pastor Mike Sager officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, immediately preceding the service.

Interment: Interment will be in Woodbury Cemetery, rural Lyle, Minnesota.

Funeral Home: Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

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

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 17 JUL 2017


Obituary--

Georgia Jean (Greiner) Williams, age 78, of Austin, Minnesota, went home to be with the Lord on July 13, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

Georgia was born February 11, 1939, in Lyle, Minnesota, to Robert and Blanche (Bedford) Greiner. She graduated from Lyle HS (’57) and attended St. Paul Bible College. On October 24, 1959, Georgia was united in marriage to Hilmore Nelson Williams of Osage, Iowa. They were blessed to raise three children, Julie, Darwin and Kim. Georgia will be remembered for her generosity, kindness and fervent prayer. She enjoyed loving relationships with her children, grandchildren and extended family. She loved to do puzzles, play games, and sent countless cards of encouragement to those around her.

Georgia ministered as a pastor’s wife at the Hawley Alliance Church 1976-1979, Grace Bible Church of Highmore, SD 1979-1985, Remer Alliance Church 1985-1994, Echo Alliance Church 1994-1997, and at Faith Church 2005-2014 in Austin. Georgia was interviewed on an Iowa Christian radio station (KCJY) in September 2016 during her time of remission and healing following chemotherapy treatment Oct-Dec 2015. She lovingly shared, “I knew God was with me and He was going to heal me. I would either live longer or I might die, but death is a healing too. So I just kept praying to God saying, whatever happens, I will give you the glory because I know how much you love ME and I know how much I love YOU.”

Georgia‘s memory will remain in the hearts of her husband, Hilmore; her daughter Julie (Travis) Schmidt; her son Darwin (Trixie) Williams; her daughter Kimberly (Steven) Phillips; five grandchildren: Chelsey (Jon) Odell, Joshua Phillips, Christine Phillips, Cara Schmidt, Isa Williams; one great-grandchild Brycen Odell; her sisters Bonny (Warren) Toavs and Rebecca (Harlan) Greiner-Pepper, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents Robert Leo and Blanche Belle Greiner; her sister Betty Grinstead, and her grandsons Ian Williams and Daniel Phillips.

Funeral services will be held at Faith Church, 1800 12th St SW, Austin, Minnesota, 55912 at 11 am on Saturday, July 22, 2017 with Pastor Mike Sager officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service on Saturday at church. Following the service the family invites you to join them for a luncheon. The Interment will be at Woodbury Cemetery after the lunch.

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

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website

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Marion “Penny” (Diggins) Kvam

1929-2017

Marion “Penny” Kvam, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.

Penny was born August 29, 1929, in Austin to William and Margaret (Wilkerson) Diggins. She married Delmar “Jack” Kvam. To that union, three sons were born, Roger, Larry and Randy. They were later divorced.

Her enjoyments included playing softball, crocheting, baking, preparing for and spending holidays with her family, visiting with friends and time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved playing games and especially loved playing Bingo.

Penny lived her entire life in Austin and was loved and respected by many. She will be greatly missed by her family, neighbors and Bingo friends.

Remembering her are her three sons, Roger (Elaine), Larry and Randy (Barb), all of Austin; grandchildren, Riley, Amy, Ben, Julie, Katie, Jill, Jeff, Niki and Chris; brother-in-law, Tom Jennings; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Violet (Howard) Hansen, Jimmy Diggins, Arch (Cletus) Heimer, Bob (Molly) Diggins, Patty (Al) Puettmann and Margaret Jennings; nephew, Tommy Heimer; nieces, Nancy Heimer, Sharon Johansen, Linda Peck, Lori Puettmann-Mayne and Marsha Pawluk; and friend Charlie Dormady.

The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at Mayer Funeral Home. Friends may also call on Wednesday, for one hour before the service at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mark’s Assisted Living as well as the doctors and nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin for their beautiful and compassionate care during her stay there.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 18 JUL 2017

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Douglas Kevin Ashton

1966-2017

Pending notice: Douglas K. Ashton, 51

Douglas K. Ashton, 51, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

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

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 18 JUL 2017


Douglas Kevin Ashton, age 51 of Hutchinson, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Douglas was born on June 9, 1966, in Austin, Minnesota, to Bruce and Mae (Bjork) Ashton. He graduated from Austin High School in 1984. Doug worked as a floral warehouse manager for many years in Minneapolis. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Doug was exceptionally talented and had a creative and artistic eye. Being colorblind did not stop him from creating one-of-a kind works of art. He also had a passion for good tunes and was a skilled guitar player. Doug will be dearly missed by his friends and family, and will be remembered as a gentle and kind soul.

Doug is survived by his sisters Diane (Jimmy Meyer) Ashton of Austin, Debra (Deane) Nelson of Minneapolis, MN; nieces and nephews Deven (Michelle) Leidall, Jaynie Bolster, Lisa Leidall, Tyler Bolster and Aimee Leidall; great nieces and nephews Allan Evans, Kloey Nelson, Avery Bolster, Alana Nelson and Ashton Leidall; his Godmother Ruth Schmidt of Stillwater, MN, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bruce and Mae Ashton; grandparents Kenneth and Eileen Ashton, Fred Sr. and Mabel Bjork; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Reverend David Simerson officiating. The Ashton family will greet friends from 1:30 to 2:00 P.M. on Saturday afternoon prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Kirk Edwin James Gilbert

1986-2017

Kirk Edwin James Gilbert, 31, of Marble, Minnesota, and formerly of Lyle, Minnesota, died Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Kirk was born in 1986 to Michael Gilbert and Kristi Gustafson in Bigfork, Minnesota. He grew up in Bigfork and graduated from Bigfork High School in 2004.

Kirk was united in marriage to Jillien O’Brien on Dec. 3, 2011. He was employed as a diesel mechanic and built grain bins as a steel construction worker.

He loved ice fishing, spearing, grouse hunting, and watching movies with his boys. He also enjoyed watching and participating in all sports.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Jacob Nelson; paternal grandfather, James Gilbert; and his maternal grandfather, Edwin Kaczor.

Kirk is survived by his wife, Jillien; two sons, Olaf and Odin; father, Michael Gilbert of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; mother, Kristi (Paul) Gustafson of Bigfork; sister, Julia (Randy Collins) Nelson of Bigfork; three brothers, Kyle (Kandis) Gilbert of Coleraine, Minnesota, William (Josie Johnson) Gilbert of Cohasset, Minnesota and Jaren Gustafson of Bigfork; paternal grandmother, Shirley Gilbert of Biwabik, Minnesota; maternal grandmother, Amber Kaczor of Bigfork; step-mother, Laura Gilbert of Grand Rapids; step-sisters, Susan (Skyler) Hilborn of Cohasset and Amanda Martin of Grand Rapids; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be Friday, July 21, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a time of sharing at 11:30 a.m., at Gunn Park in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The Rev. Greg Cook will officiate.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 20 JUL 2017

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Virginia Catherine (Barthelme) Daily

1920-2017

September 17, 1920 - July 19, 2017

Obituary for Virginia Catherine Daily

Virginia Catherine Daily, age 96, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Virginia was born September 17, 1920 in Ossian, Iowa, to Leo and Marie (Thiltgen) Barthelme. The family moved to Rose Creek, Minnesota, when Virginia was seven years old. She attended St. Peter’s School through the 8th grade.

In 1934 her parents moved to a farm in Adams. Virginia attended Adams High School and graduated in 1938. After completing a course in business at Mankato Commercial College, she was employed by Geo. A. Hormel Co. for two years. On September 18, 1941, Virginia was united in marriage to Denver P. Daily at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin.

Virginia was active in several organizations and served as President for St. Augustine CCW, BPO Does, Philomathian Club, Sacred Heart Care Center, and Golden Kiwanis. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Virginia loved to cook, travel, fish, and enjoy time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Karen Mattison, Robbinsdale, MN, Kay (Mahlon) Krueger, Austin, MN, Jim Daily, Austin, MN; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; sister, Genevieve Anastasi, Aptos, CA; sisters-in-law, Beverly Christopherson, Cohasset, MN, Lois Barthelme, Stewartville, MN; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Denver; parents; sister, Roberta; brother, Robert.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. There will be a 5 pm CCW rosary on Monday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-7 pm and there will also be visitation one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left on line at www.mayerfh.com

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

Also See Austin daily Herald - 21 July 2017

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Lillian Bertha (Johnson) Roiland

1926-2017

Lillian Bertha Roiland, 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, July 24, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Austin.

Lillian was born March 28, 1926, in Foley, Minnesota, to Oscar and Delia (Butler) Johnson. On October 28, 1950, she married Jarvis Roiland in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The couple raised two daughters. Jarvis passed away in 2006. Lillian enjoyed her role as homemaker, wife, and mother.

The family lived in Europe for three years during Jarvis’s military service. Her favorite pastimes included gardening, cooking, sewing, painting rooms in their house, telling jokes and making her family laugh with her silly sense of humor. Lillian will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Survivors include her daughters, Pamela Joy Alexander of Arkansas and Susan Kay Roiland (Cary Tuttle) of Austin; seven grandchildren, Megan, Brianna, Travis, Ashley (Tyler Stadheim), Tyler, Whitney, and Madison; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ellie Stadheim; siblings Conrad Johnson of Foley, Minnesota, Gladys Conner of Fairfield, California, and William Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, and four sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online atwww.worlein.com.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 26 JUL 2017

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Greg Robert Farrell

1959-2017

Greg Robert Farrell, 58, of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, at his rural home.

Greg was born April 20, 1959, in Austin, Minnesota, to Robert and Retha Farrell. He grew up in the Brownsdale, Minnesota, area and was baptized at the Church of Christ in Austin in 1975 and graduated from Hayfield High School in 1977.

On Jan. 23, 1982, he was united in marriage to Anita Vogt at Queen of Angel’s Catholic Church in Austin. The couple lived in south central Minnesota near Blooming Prairie while Greg worked at MHF Inc. for most of his life and the couple raised a family together. In 2004, they moved to Lyle.

Greg enjoyed working on tractors and going to swap meets to see what kinds of treasures he could find. He loved to work with his hands and garden and took great pride in his vegetable garden he grew with his family every year. Greg also loved to feed and watch the squirrels and birds, especially cardinals and hummingbirds, with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his mother, Retha, Austin; wife, Anita, Lyle; daughters, Heidi Adams, Omaha, Nebraska, Alisha (Adam) Meyer, Austin; son, Zachary Farrell, Lyle; brother, Doug (Rebecca) Farrell, Austin; sister, Deanna (Dale) Krukow, Emmons, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Laura, Haylie, Heather and Bob; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father Robert; his brother Terry; and his sister LeAnne.

A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church of Dexter, Minnesota, with Pastor Brad Novacek officiating. There will be a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery the following Monday for family.

Memorials are preferred over flower. Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 26 JUL 2017

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Todd Michael Benner

1970-2017

Todd Michael Benner, 46, of Austin, Minnesota died Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Todd was born August 8, 1970, in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Joyce (Majerus) Benner. He attended school in Austin at Neveln, Ellis and Austin High School, graduating in 1988. After graduation, Todd worked for several companies in Austin, including, QPP, Johnson Floral, Smyth Printing and most recently Hormel Foods.

He loved to go fishing and listen to music. Todd’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Charles and Joyce Benner of Austin; a brother, Troy Benner of Austin; his long-time girlfriend, Dawn Strobel of Austin; many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Tammy Rae “Rocky” Benner on Sept. 23, 1992; and his grandparents, Lester and LaVon Benner and Bernard and Evelyn Majerus.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Newry Township, Freeborn County, Minnesota, with Lt. David Amick officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota. Memorials should be directed to the family. A time of fellowship will follow the burial at the Worlein Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 25 JUL 2017

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Marlis Ileen (Miller) Janssen

1931-2017

Marlis was born February 18, 1931, in Hampton, Iowa, to Henry and Margaret (Uilk) Miller. She grew up in Hampton and graduated from Hampton High School.

On February 4, 1951, she was united in marriage to Willis (Bill) Janssen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa. She and Bill then moved to Arizona as Bill was enlisted in the Air Force. They moved back to Hampton fall of 1955 and in November of 1959 they moved to Minnesota and took up farming, living in the LeRoy, Elkton and Austin areas, farming and raising the family.

Marlis became involved with horses in 1963, starting the LeRoy Saddle Club, later joining the Mower County Trailblazers and Lyle Line Riders. She was very active in the 4-H horse program in Mower County, being the superintendent at the Mower County Fair Horse shows. Marlis enjoyed working with horses and was a long time member of the Minnesota Paint Horse Association.

Survivors include daughter, Barbara (Bruce) Kvittem of Kenyon, Minnesota, sons, Larry (Melanie) Janssen of Austin, Steven (Lori) Janssen of Austin, and Scot (Amy LeTendre) Janssen of Austin; six grandchildren, Vicky (Neil Buchholz) Shorter, Becky Krahn, Ashley (Justin) Michels, Haley Janssen, Shelby (Wade Sundell) Janssen and Cole Janssen; five great grandchildren, Lacy Krahn, Nicole (Travis Freiheit) Shorter, Cody Krahn, Hunter Krahn & Cash Krahn, and one great-great grandchild, Trentyn Freiheit and one brother, Eugene (Sharon) Miller and several nieces and nephews.

Marlis is proceeded in death by her parents, husband Bill; and two brothers, Melvin and Wendell Miller.

A memorial service is being held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Ruby Rupner Auditorium located at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Friends are invited to this service to share wonderful memories with the family.

Memorials are preferred to the Adams Health Care Center.

Condolences can be left online at www.mayerfh.com.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald website, 25 JUL 2017

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