Mower County Obituaries
Part 001



Roger C. Aakre, 69


Roger C. Aakre, 69, died on Friday, June 8, 2007, of cancer, following a brief illness.

Roger was born on July 6, 1937 in Rock Dell Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota. He graduated from Hayfield High School and served in the US Navy from 1955 until 1958. On Oct. 5, 1963 he married Beth Wortman at George, Iowa. He worked for IBM from 1960 until retiring as a Product Analyst on June 30, 1993.

He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, The Quarter Century Club at IBM, The Sons of Norway, and the Rochester American Legion Post 92. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and taking long walks with his wife Beth. He also ran in the Twin Cities Marathon and many 10 K races. His wife was a RN at Methodist Hospital before her retirement.

Roger is survived by his wife, Beth; by daughters: Sandra Borgschatz (Gary) of Pine Island, Minnesota; Melinda Aakre of Rochester, Minnesota; Colette Schwartzman (Robert) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; by a son, Scott Aakre (Marcy) of Rochester; by grandchildren: Tanner Borgschatz, Garrett, Sam and Madelyn Aakre, Maquel, Caleb, twins Jordyn and Danae, and Daniel and Matthew Schwartzman; by his twin brother, Robert (Nadine) Aakre of Rochester; by brothers: Harlan (Shirley) Aakre of Rochester; Virgil (Marie) Aakre of Brainerd; Davis (Shirley) Aakre of Rochester; and by sisters: Virginia Aakre of Rochester and Jean Thoe (David) of Hayfield, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at Bethel Lutheran Church, with Rev. Linda Helberg officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

The Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home was in charge.

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Dorothy Evelyn (Lufi) Addington


Dorothy Addington, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died February 8, 2007, in Edina, Minnesota, at the age of 93.

Dorothy Evelyn Lufi was born April 2, 1913 in Bush Valley, Minnesota, the only child of Christian and Clara (Senn) Lufi. Dorothy attended a one-room country school in Bush Valley through the sixth grade and graduated from high school in Houston, Minnesota when she was 16. Subsequently, Dorothy attended Winona State Teachers College.

In 1930, Dorothy married Milton C. Addington of Winona, Minnesota, where Milton worked for the telephone company. In 1931 their first child, Charlotte, was born. In 1936 twin sons, Laurence and Leonard, were born. In 1940, Milton was transferred to Austin, where the family made their home.

In 1957, Dorothy and Milton purchased the Casedy Value Store and renamed the business "Dorothy's Fabrics." Dorothy sold the business in 1978 and retired.

During her years as a business woman, Dorothy was active in the Austin community. She was a member of Zonta, for which she chaired several committees, served as a board member and as Vice President, and for over thirty years was the leading force behind Zonta's sponsorship of many successful style shows. She also served on the Community Services Advisory Board, was a member of the Downtown Retail Association and of SCORE, and received the 4-H award for her activities with 4-H girls.

In Austin, Dorothy and Milton were members of the First Baptist Church until the 1960's, when they became members of Grace Baptist Church. At Grace Baptist, Dorothy served as Missionary treasurer and also served for many years in the church library. Dorothy's faith sustained her throughout her life.

In March 1999, Dorothy moved from Austin to WestRidge Community Center in Minnetonka to be nearer to her son, Leonard, and his family. In 2005 Dorothy moved to Beacon Hill, an assisted living facility in Minnetonka. In 2006, Dorothy moved to Edina Care Center in Edina.

Dorothy was an expert seamstress, who enjoyed making fashionable clothes for her daughter and granddaughters. She traveled frequently in conjunction with her fabric store and with Zonta, and annually visited her daughter and her family in California and her son in New York City. After she sold her store, she traveled extensively with her children and others to Switzerland, where she had relatives, and to England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Newfoundland, Egypt and Israel. Dorothy had a wide circle of friends in Austin, including neighbors she met in the 1940's, business associates, and her dear friends from Grace Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children: Charlotte and Laurence, of Sonoma, California; and Leonard and his wife, Mary, of Plymouth, Minnesota; by seven grandchildren: Catherine Ryan, Kevin Ryan (Polly), Christopher Ryan (Victoria), Kelly Ryan and Kimberly Ryan Zottolo (Frank) of San Diego, California, David Addington (Kristin) of San Francisco, California, and John Addington of Plymouth; six great-grandchildren in San Diego, and by her sister-in-law, Joan Addington, of Tecumseh, Kansas.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her father in 1950, by her mother in 1973, and her husband, Milton, in 1970.

Dorothy's ashes were interred in the Mound Prairie Cemetery, Mound Prairie, Minnesota, alongside her parents and her husband. A family memorial service will be held in Sonoma later this year.


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Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Steber Ahern


Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Steber Ahern, born in Austin, Minnesota, on August 9, 1914, passed away after 87 remarkable years of dedication to his family, his friends and to the care and welfare of his patients. Jerry died at home in Kerrville on December 11th following a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

While attending public schools in Austin, he was active in scouting and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He began pre-medical education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1932, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1939. Dr. Ahern interned at Minneapolis General Hospital and married his university sweetheart, Margaret Hyde Lyon, in Hibbing, Minn. on July 6, 1941. They moved to Bismarck, North Dakota, where he completed a Residency in Surgery at Quaint-Ramstad Clinic and Hospital followed by a Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Ahern served as a Commissioned Officer in the U. S. Army Medical Corps Reserves at Fort Snelling, Minn. and was called to Active Duty in 1942. Stationed in Adak, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, he served until December 1945.

Dr. Ahern was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1950. He began his medical practice at the Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque, NM followed by two years at the Fargo Clinic in North Dakota. Forsaking the ice and snow of the frigid North, he relocated his family to sunny Corpus Christi, Texas in 1951, where he joined Dr. Jackson E. Upshaw as a partner in the private practice of orthopedics until August 1964. During this period he served as Chief of Orthopedics and Chief of Staff at Memorial Medical Center as well as President and Secretary of the Nueces County Medical Society. He was appointed county representative to the Texas Medical Association and chaired the public relations and medical school liason committees.

Following a six-month sabbatical in New Orleans with hand surgeon Dr. Dan Riordan and in Bombay, India with leprosy patients at Grant Medical College and Hospital, Jerry became the first physician in private practice in the state of Texas to limit his orthopedic practice to surgery of the hand. A Diplomat of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand he was elected President of the Texas Orthopedic Association for the 1965-66 term.

Jerry and Margaret moved to Kerrville, Texas in February 1977 when he accepted the position of Chief of Orthopedics at the Veterans Hospital. In 1978 he was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he shared his knowledge with the next generation of surgeons.

He retired from active medicine in 1988 and was recently recognized as a member of the Texas Medical Association's 50 Year Club.

Dr. Ahern was a founding member of Parkway Presbyterian Church and Chairman of the Board of Deacons in Corpus Christi as well as a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville. He was a member of the Riverhill Country Club. In spite of his constant confrontation with the realities of Parkinson's disease, Jerry proudly shot a turkey from his wheelchair in 1999. The Aherns celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August.

Dr. Ahern was preceded by his devoted wife, Margaret, who passed away on November 9, 2001.

He is survived by his loving children: daughter, Anne Browning Garlepy and her husband Larry of Canyon Lake; sons John Lawrence, and James Lyon and his wife Caroll of San Antonio; his five grandchildren Carie Browning Miller and her husband Gregg of Round Rock; Bonnie Browingin of Austin, James and Matt Ahern of San Antonio, Amanda Ahern of Dallas, and two great-grandsons, Grant and Garrett Miller, Round Rock.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that anyone wishing to send a memorial consider the Sid Peterson Homecare and Hospice, 1420 Water St., Kerrville, TX 78028; the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136-1494; or the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, 6300 North River Road, Suite 700, Rosemont, IL 60018-4261.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville with Vicki Yates, Howard Hovde and David Williamson of Laity Lodge officiating on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville, TX 78029.

San Antonio Express-News 12 December 2001



Bennie O. Aldahl

July 31, 1878 - March. 3, 1943


Memorial services for the late Bennie Aldahl, who died at Kent, Wash., will be held at the Red Oak Grove church Sunday, March 21.   Mr. Aldahl was a former resident of this community.

Austin Daily Herald
Wed., March 10, 1943

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Clarence Aldahl

December 25, 1898 - June 6, 1993


AUSTIN -- Clarence Aldahl, 94, formerly of Route 1, Austin, died Sunday June 6, 1993 at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

Mr. Aldahl was born Dec. 25, 1898, and farmed all his life.

He is survived by his sister, Martha Knutson of Blooming Prairie, nephews, nieces and cousins.

The service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin, with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church.

Burial will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery.


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George Oscar Aldahl

July 6, 1888 - April 12, 1949


George Aldahl, 61, died Tuesday at Long Beach, Calif., where he had resided since leaving Austin in 1944. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Austin VFW post.

Funeral arrangements by the Worlein Funeral home will be announced later.

Mr. Aldahl is survived by two sons, Lester and Clayton, and a daughter, Shirley Mae, all of Austin and seven sisters and two brothers, Mrs. A. H. Thompson, Mrs. Ole Stemson, Mrs. Peter Knutson, Mrs. Nellie Thompson, Clarence Aldahl, Joseph Aldahl, Mrs. Bennett Christianson and Mrs. Osmond Knutson, all of the Austin community and Mrs. Henry Stemson of Wadena.

Austin Daily Herald
Wed., April 13, 1949

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Ilene Eleanor (Berg) Aldahl

1924 - 2002

December 20, 1924 - March 9, 2002


Ilene Eleanor Aldahl, 77, of Austin, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

She was born Dec. 20, 1924, to Frank and Janet (Kvale) Berg in Mower County.

After graduating from Lyle High School in 1942, she moved to Wichita, Kan. where she worked at the Beechcraft airplane plant during World War II. She returned to this area, working in Mason City, Iowa and then Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in Austin. She also worked as a waitress and homemaker.

On Sept. 10, 1949, she married Lester K. Aldahl in Austin. He died on June 23, 1987.

An active member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Ilene was president of her circle. She enjoyed her family and church activities, word and jigsaw puzzles, cards, games and gardening.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, George and Alberta Aldahl, Northfield; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Rick Retterath, Sartell; two grandsons; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Berg, Lyle; sister, Jean Berg, Sun City, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Shirley Aldahl, Austin; Therese Berg, Tucson, Ariz.; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Maxine Smith; brother, Robert Berg; nephew, Charles.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at the funeral home and Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin, with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 12, 2002]


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Julia (Knutson) Aldahl

May 25, 1851 - July 26, 1930


Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Red Oak Grove church, with Rev. J.H. Rassmussen of Blooming Prairie officiating at the service and burial of Mrs. Julia Aldahl, who passed away Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Aldahl had been at the Austin Health Home since September 1928, for care and treatment.

Mrs. Aldahl had been ill for several years, first entering a hospital in Havre, Montana, but came to St. Olaf hospital here to be near her family and received every attention from July of 1926 until December of that year. She then went to Health Home where she remained until June 20, 1928. Mrs. Aldahl had been injured while on her way to Havre, and she never recovered from the injury. She was able to go to her home in Udolpho township, but only until in September of that year when she again needed constant care and treatment and returned to the Austin Health Home. Her passing brought relief from her long illness.

Julia Aldal (Aldahl), daughter of John and Synuva Knutson, was born in Dane County, Wisconsin, May 25, 1851. When a child the parents moved to Iowa, near St. Ansgar, and Julia was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in that church in St. Ansgar. In 1872 she married Torkel O. Aldahl and they came at once to the farm home in Udolpho township where they remained until his passing on January 2, 1925. She spent a year in Kent, Washington, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susie Skagen and it was on her way home to this county, when she was injured , in 1926. Three sons and a daughter survive, John T. Aldahl of Owatonna; Susie Saken in Kent, Wash.; Bennie O. and Marbo of Austin' Four children passed on some years ago, Serina, Julius, Theodore, and Roy. A brother resides at Lake Mills, Iowa, and there are five grandchildren, Cora, Hazel and Ruth Skagen, Torkel and James Aldahl.

Mrs. Aldahl was a patient sufferer and was one of the duitful mothers to a large family, which is tribute to her.

Mower County News
July 31, 1930

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Sophia Bolstad Aldahl

December 29, 1885 - October 6, 1960


Mrs. Sophia Aldahl, 74, died Thursday afternoon at Comforcare Rest Home.

She resided at 201 1/2 1st St. SE. Surviving are a son, Torkel of Minneapolis; a sister, Mrs. Emma Easterson, Eau Claire, Wis.; a brother, John Bolstad, Independence, Wis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday.

Austin Daily Herald
Friday, Oct. 7, 1960


Sophia Aldahl was born Dec. 29, 1885 at Trempleau County, Wis., the daughter of Bretha Wathe and Andrew Bolstad.

She attended school in Trempleau County and in March 1911 was united in marriage with John Aldahl at Trempleau County. They moved to Mower County and since 1935 resided in Austin. Her home is at 203 1/2 1st St. SE.

Mrs. Aldahl, a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, was a gold star mother and a member of Mission Circle 15.

She died Oct 6 at Comforcare Rest Home after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at 12 o'clock noon Oct 8, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the Rev. Arthur L. Swenson officiating. Interment was in Red Oak Grove Cemetery with the Worlen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Aldahl is survived by a son, Torkel B. Aldahl, Minneapolis; a sister, Mrs. Emma Easterson, Eau Claire, Wis.; a brother, John Bolstad, Independence, Wis. She was preceeded in death by her husband, John; an infant son, Carl; and a son, James, who was killed in World War II in Italy.

Out-of-town persons attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John Bolstad, Independence, Wis.; Grant Plett, Elaine and Cindy Easterson, Eau Claire, Wis.

Austin Daily Herald
October 11, 1960

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Sylvia Bertina Aldahl



The Rev. H.J. Rasmussen conducted the funeral services for Mrs. George Aldahl Tuesday afternoon at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran church. Burial was in the cemetery there.

The body lay in state during Saturday and Sunday in the Goslee Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Aldahl died Thursday morning at St. Olaf hospital after an illness.

Mower County News
Thur., May 11, 1933

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Torkel Bernard Aldahl

July 22, 1914-October 21, 1980


Torkel B. Aldahl, 66, died Tuesday evening at his home, 807 13th Ave. S.E.   He was a machinist for FMC.

Surviving are his wife, Louise; two step-daughters, Mrs. David (Janice) Murphy, Austin, Mrs. Richard (Mary Ann) Jorgenson, Tucson, Arizona; eight step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday.


Funeral services for Torkel B. Aldahl, 807 13th Ave. S.E., will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Rev. Philip J. Formo officiating. Interment will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call at May Funeral Home from 3 to 9 p.m. today, until noon thursday and at the church one hour before the service. The VFW and American Legion will be in charge of military rites.

Austin Daily Herald
Oct 22, 1980


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Eva L. Eckhardt Allen


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Eva L. Allen, 91, of St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin, a South Dakota native, died Sunday evening (April 3, 1994) at the nursing home.

Eva L. Eckhardt was born Oct. 2, 1902, in Clear Lake, S.D.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy (Mrs. Raymond) Espe, Helen Majewski and Geraldine (Mrs. Roger) Noble, all of Austin; a son, Russell of Austin; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Hanson of Gary, S.D., Marcella Bacon of Oregon and Mrs. Lillian Hanson of Minneota, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, two brothers, three sisters and a great-granddaughter.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church in Austin, with the Rev. Douglas Bachmann officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin.

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Gladys A. Arndt Allgood


AUSTIN -- Gladys A. Allgood, 83, of 200 First Ave. N.E., died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1992) at her home.

Born Gladys Arndt on Aug. 22, 1909, in Fenwood, Wis., she graduated from Abbotts Ford High School in Abbotts Ford, Wis. She attended beauty college in Minneapolis, moving to Austin in 1928. She married Clarence Feeney on July 13, 1936, in Northwood, Iowa, and the couple resided in California. He preceded her in death in 1946, and she returned to Austin.

On Nov. 13, 1958, she married Billie Allgood and has since resided in the Austin area. Mr. Allgood died in 1984.

Survivors include two stepsons, Jimmie D. Allgood of Austin and Carroll Allgood of St. Louis Park; a daughter, Billie Flora (Mrs. Milton) Scogin of Pleasanton, Tex.; a sister, Leone Moses of Austin; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Grace Baptist Church in Austin, with the Rev. Jack Dowden officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Friends may call at Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and an hour before services at the church.

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Alma Odella Lastine Anderson


Birth: Apr. 17, 1900
Death: Feb. 9, 1979

Funeral services for Mrs. Caius (Alma) Anderson, 78, a lifetime resident of Lyle, who died at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center February 9, were held February 13 at Our Savior's Lutheran church, Lyle, with the Rev. Harold Luecke officiating.

Alma Odella (Lastine) Anderson, daughter of Knute and Sigre (Flaten) Lastine was born April 17, 1900 in Nevada Township.

She attended Nevada Center District II School and was baptised and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran church.

She was united in marriage to Caius J. Anderson September 8, 1935 in St. Paul, Minn.

She is survived by one son, Paul J. Anderson and daughter-in-law, Rebecca (Hertle) Anderson of Wayzata, Minn. And four grandchildren, Gretchen, Sarah, Lisa and Paul J. Anderson II; two sisters, Adeline Lastine and Mrs. Jay (Selma) Mortenson, both of Lyle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Caius, and one brother, Henry Lastine.

Burial was in Six Mile Grove Lutheran cemetery, with Rev. Luecke in charge of committal services.


Betty J. (Wolden)(Reisetter)(Keller)
(Gregory) Anderson


Betty Jean "Daysha" Anderson, 78, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center. Austin, Minnesota.

Betty was born on January 11, 1929 at Wallingford, Iowa to Fred and Ida (Gunderson) Wolden. She graduated from Waldorf Academy in 1947.

She married Don Reisetter in 1948 and they divorced in 1951. She married John Keller in 1951 and later divorced. She married Harry Gregory in 1969 and he died in 1969. She married Allen C. Anderson on Oct. 25, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nev. She worked as a nurse in Minneapolis. Betty was an Air Force widow and had lived in Sacramento, California.

Betty is survived by her husband: Allen Anderson, Austin, Minnesota; by a daughter, Barbara Andrews, Sacramento, California and her children: Jeremy and Marika; by a step daughter: Debra Wenlund, Elk River, Minnesota and her children: Heidi, Bradley and Jenny; and by a brother: Lauren Wolden, Phoenix, Arizona.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ida Wolden; and by a son, Randy Keller.

A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Bonnerup Funeral Home, Albert Lea, Minnesota; the Reverend Reggie Klindworth officiating. Interment was in Wallingford Cemetery, Wallingford, Iowa.

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Cora Frances Leidall Anderson


Birth: Sep. 15, 1895
Death: Feb. 18, 1977

Funeral services for Mrs. Melvin (Frances) Anderson, 81, who died in Austin February 18, were held Feb. 24 at Faith United Methodist church in Austin with the Rev. Howard Bredesen officiating. Interment will be in the spring at Six Mile Grove cemetery, Lyle.

C. Frances Anderson, the only daughter of Knut and Emma (Knudson) Leidall, was born in Mitchell County September 15, 1895. She was baptized and confirmed at the Six Mile Grove Lutheran church and attended the rural Union township No. 5 school, and graduated from Lyle high school.

July 27, 1917 she married Melvin S. Anderson and four children were born to them.

They spent the first years of their life on a farm in Nevada township and later moved to Lyle where her husband Melvin operated a filling station from 1934 to 1947. They moved back to Austin. Mrs. Anderson had been a member of Six Mile Grove and Our Savior's Lutheran Churches and since moving to Austin a member of Faith United Methodist Church.

Survivors are three sons: Vernon and Darrell of Austin; and Wayne W. of Costa Mesa, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Darlene) Wilson of Garden Grove, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard Leidall of Lyle and Oscar Leidall of Marion, North Dakota.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Melvin in 1974; six brothers, Albert, Robert, Willie, Fred, Clifford and Walter Leidall.


Darrell D. Anderson


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Darrell D. Anderson, 86, of 605 12th St. S.W., a retired Geo. A. Hormel & Co. employee, died Thursday morning (Oct. 31, 1991) at Comforcare Care Center in Austin.

Born June 2, 1905, in Cedar County, Nebraska, he attended rural schools there. He had resided in Austin since 1929.

On July 30, 1938, he married Elnora Rud at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Mr. Anderson was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Delford of Stewartville, Jerry of Savage, Minn., and Darvin and Marley, both of Austin; a daughter, Judy (Mrs. Jon) Mathison of Madison, Wis.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Mildred Wholman of Bellevue, Wash., and Grace Lein of Sioux City, Iowa. Three brothers, a sister and a daughter preceded him in death.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Ronald Jensen officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

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Goldie Marie (Gutman) Anderson


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AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Goldie Marie Anderson will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with the Rev. Joe Matt and Capt. Ed Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Anderson, 80, of Route 5, Austin, died Friday (June 16, 2000) at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

Goldie Marie Gutman was born Feb. 15, 1920, in St. Ansgar, Iowa, where she grew up and attended school. On March 21, 1945, she married Willard J. Anderson in Louisville, Ky. She had lived in Austin for many years.

Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Nancy Stahl and Lavinda (Michael) Bauer, both of Austin, Jane (Darrell) Griner of Elgin, Ill., and Patsy (Mike) Becker of Mason City, Iowa; two sons, Rudolph of Austin and Milton of Mason City, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

A brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and an hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Goldie Marie Anderson, 80, Route 5, Austin, Minnesota, died June 17, 2000 at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

She was born Feb. 15, 1920 to Hubert and Lorinda (Tesch) Gutman in St. Ansgar, Iowa where she received her education. Goldie married Willard J. Anderson March 21, 1945 in Louisville, Kentucky. She has lived in Austin for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Willard J. Anderson, Austin; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Stahl, Austin, Lavinda and Michael Bauer, Austin, Jane and Darrell Grinner, Elgin, Ill., Patsy and Mike Becker, Mason City; sons, Rudolph Anderson, Austin, Milton Anderson, Mason City; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Kay Gutman, Austin.

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

Service: 1:30 Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Matt and Captain Ed Wilson officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery

Visitation: Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before the service.

Austin Daily Herald, approx. June 20, 2000


Joyce Janet (Anderson) Dennis, 82


Joyce Dennis, age 82, of Northfield, Minnesota, passed away Monday, March 19, 2007 at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield.

Joyce Janet Dennis was born June 30, 1924 in Waltham, Minnesota, to Bert and Loraine (Wadman) Anderson. She was raised on her parent's farm near Waltham and attended the nearby country school through 8th grade. She graduated from Austin High School in 1942 and then attended Winona State College for two years where she earned her teaching certificate. She began her teaching career in rural Mower County.

On Dec. 22, 1946 she was united in marriage to David C. Dennis of Waltham at the E.U.B. Church in Sargeant, Minn., where Joyce was also baptized and confirmed. They made their home in Waltham where Joyce raised their children and also continued her education in teaching, as well as doing substitute or full-time teaching. In 1964 the family moved to Northfield when Dave began working for MNDOT. Joyce began substitute teaching at Northfield Public Schools, and soon was offered a full time teaching position at Sibley Elementary.

Retirement came in 1988, giving Joyce and David time to travel with memorable trips to Europe and Alaska. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing, and being with her family and grandchildren. She was very dedicated in remembering birthdays and anniversaries with cards and also had a very long Christmas card list.

Joyce is survived by daughters, Dr. Bonny (Dr. David) Enrico, of Sparta, Tennessee, Barbara (Eugene) Graff, of Clear Lake, Minnesota; sons: Dr. Dale (Maryann) Dennis, of Winona, Minnesota, Dean (Melanie) Dennis, of Northfield, Minnesota; sisters: Margene (Jim) Burns, of Northfield; Eldore (Jack) Kelly, of Northfield; Clarice (Ermin) Albrecht, of Paynesville, Minnesota; brothers, Lowell (Connie) Anderson, of Waltham, Buford Anderson, of Lanesboro, Minnesota; grandchildren: Amy (Dr. Patrick) O'Keefe, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Dr. Megan (Ryan) Ping, of Winona; Adam (Bambi) Graff, of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; Justin Graff, of Sartell, Minnesota; Darren (Cheyenne) Enrico, of Driggs, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Grace and Lauren Ping, of Winona, and Cameron Bastable, of Sauk Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband David; and brothers Durwood, Hugh, and Atlee.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, March 22, at the United Methodist Church in Northfield, Minnesota, with burial at the Waltham Township Cemetery near Hayfield, Minnesota.

Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield was in charge of arrangements.

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Mahlon Galt "Andy" Anderson



Mahlon "Andy" Galt Anderson, age 79 of Austin died Sunday, March 20, 2005 at the home of his son Craig Anderson.

He was born on June 6, 1925 to John T. and Irene Anderson on a farm west of Meltonville, Iowa. In 1938, he graduated from high school in Otranto, Iowa. Andy enlisted in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 -- when he was honorably discharged. In 1949, Andy married Marilyn Lucille Hanson. They had four children, Holly, Craig, Robert and Rebecca.

In addition to being a retired Hormel Foods employee with 43 years of service, Andy worked for Marilyn Anderson Real Estate. His favorite activities were fishing, bridge, hunting, reading, visiting Northern Minn., carpentry and animals. He was dearly loved and will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Mahlon is survived by: wife, Marilyn L. Anderson; daughters: Holly (Hal) Henderson, Rochester, Minn., Rebecca (Kirk) Stroebel, Golden, Colo.; sons: Craig Anderson (Debbie Reimers), Lansing, Minn.; Robert (Kathy) Anderson, Austin, Minn.; grandsons: Ryan Henderson, Dallas, Texas; Heath Henderson, Nashville, Tenn.; niece: Glenda (Carl) Beltz, St. Ansgar, Iowa; brother-in-law: Glenn (Loriene) Brandt, Austin, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene Anderson, brothers Merlin Anderson and Myron Anderson and sister Elva Blakestead.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis R. Tamke officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Austin Post #91 American Legion is in charge of military rites. Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday for one hour before the service. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret Mary "Maggie" (Kiley)


Margaret Mary "Maggie" Anderson, age 53, of Austin, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield.

Maggie was born Feb. 16, 1951, in Rochester, to Dennis and Patricia (Casey) Kiley. She attended St. Joseph Grade School in Red Wing and graduated from Pacelli High School in Austin in 1969.

On July 7, 1979, she married Larry Anderson.

Maggie worked as a teacher's aide at Southgate Elementary School, where she was known as the "Playground Lady."

Survivors include her husband: Larry "Pee Wee" Anderson, Austin; children: Casey (Sue) Anderson, Austin; Brian Anderson, Austin; four grandchildren: Cody, Kyle, Skylar and Ethan Anderson, Austin; mother: Patricia Kiley, Austin; siblings: Jill Kiley (Denny) Shatek, Austin; Mike (Terrie) Kiley, Alaska; Mary Kiley (John) Lange, Fountain City, Wis.; Marty (Cindy) Kiley, Rochester; Patty Kiley Boelman, Austin; nieces and nephews: Scott and Trevor Shatek, Corissa and Peter Kiley, Bridget and Patrick Lange, Ryan and Molly Kiley, Lacey, Kyle and Jesse Boelman; sisters-in-law: Norma (Rev. Russell) Wangen, Austin; Kaye (Bruce) Ebnet, Kasson; brothers-in-law: Allan Anderson, Austin; Richard (Muriel) Anderson, Nekoosa, Wis.; Gary (Diane) Anderson, Glendale, Ariz.

She is preceded in death by her father: Dennis Kiley; and a niece: Katrina Kiley.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

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Marilyn L. Anderson


Marilyn L. Anderson, 76, of Rochester, formerly of Austin, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at her home in Rochester.

She was born July 24, 1928, in Mayville, N.D., to Engvold and Anna (Nielson) Hanson. She graduated from Austin High School and was married to Mahlon G. (Andy) Anderson in 1949 at the First United Methodist Church in Austin.

Marilyn was the owner of Marilyn Anderson Real Estate in Austin and so greatly appreciated all the wonderful clients that she had worked with over the years. She was an avid bridge player, loved traveling and enjoyed spending time with her family and at her lake home. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Austin Realtor Association.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Holly and Hal Henderson, Rochester; Rebecca and Kirk Strobel, Golden, Colo.; sons and daughter-in-law: Craig Anderson and Debbie Reimens, Lansing; Robert and Kathy Anderson, Austin; grandsons: Ryan Henderson, Dallas, Texas; Heath Henderson, Nashville, Tenn.; sister and brother-in-law, Loriene and Glenn Brandt, Austin.

She is preceded in death by Mahlon (Andy) Anderson in March of 2005; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 11, 2005, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Patricia M. Toschak officiating. Internment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be held in the church Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Casket bearers will be Mike Bartesch, Lynnette Bartesch, Brian Brandt, Glenda Brandt and Alan Wigant.


Merle Gladys Anderson


Merle Gladys Anderson, age 88, died on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at Albert Lea Medical Center.

Merle was born Nov. 27, 1918, daughter of Cloyd and Marcella Keller of rural Dexter. Merle spent her childhood on the farm with her parents, brothers and sister. In 1936 she met Andy Anderson, who lived on a neighboring farm. They were married in 1938 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. LaVerne, their oldest son, was born in 1939 and in 1944 their second son, Perry was born.

Merle and Andy remained on the farm until 1959 when they moved into Hayward, Minn. Merle, through out her life, was an excellent homemaker. After the farm she worked for a time at Skinners Department Store in Albert Lea. Also, she was a postal clerk for 16 years at the Hayward Post Office.

Merle will be remembered for her many talents which she shared unselfishly with family and friends. She was gifted in upholstery work, quilt making, crocheting and other crafts. She was an active member of the Hayward Lutheran Church. She served in many ways and was always faithful.

Merle is survived by her son, LaVerne (Shirley) Anderson, of Wabasha, Minn.; grandchildren: Todd (Marcie) Anderson, of Albert Lea, Minn.; Lisa Anderson, of Freeborn, Minn.; Wade (Amanda) Anderson, of Lake Mills, Iowa; Angie (Bob) Rognes, of Lake Mills, Iowa; Tim Seberson, of Napa, Calif; LuAnn Lechnir, of Mason City, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Nikki (Mike) Olson, Ashley Anderson, Jordan Anderson, Ty Anderson, Kristan Slowinski, Nick Slowinski, Brandon Slowinski, Rochelle Rognes, Anthony Rognes, Alexis Anderson, Tavar Parker, Christopher Jandebeur; great-great-grandchildren: Logan Olson, Madison Garson and Samantha Garson; brothers: Howard (Betty) Keller, of Austin; Clifford (Charlotte) Keller, of Austin; John (Laverne) Keller, of Eugene, Ore.; sister, Florence Ohm, of Austin; sisters-in-law: Estelle Keller, Norma Keller and Eileen Keller Roper. She is also survived by Shirley's son, Jeff (Brandi) Draayer; and children: Taylor and Lauren.

Merle was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andy in 1995; son, Perry; granddaughter, Lori Slowinski; great-grandson, Jason Parker; brothers: Ralph, Lynn, Harold and Maynard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hayward Lutheran Church. The Rev. John R. Malm will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be Hayward Cemetery.


Robert Lewis Anderson, Jr., 57


Robert Lewis Anderson, Jr., age 57, of Austin, Minnesota died Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

He was born April 28, 1949, to Robert Anderson Sr. and Lorraine Elward Anderson in Austin, where he grew up and received his education.

Robert married Marjorie Scheer at St. John Lutheran Church in Elkton. They made their home in Dexter but were later divorced. Robert worked for various companies as a truck driver. He moved to Lang boarding house in 1991.

Survivors include his son, Nicholas (SaraLee) Anderson, of Adams, Minnesota; his two grandchildren, Jenna and Mathias Anderson; his brother, William (Nancy) Anderson, of Long Valley, New Jersey; his one sister, MaryJo (Terry) McAlister, of Sulphur Springs, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held on Friday, February 16, 2007 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota, with Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment was in Cedar City Cemetery, rural Austin.


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Gertrude Kristina (Skjeveland) Arens


Birth: Feb. 22, 1898
Death: Apr. 14, 1992

AUSTIN, MINN. -- Gertrude Kristina Arens, 94, died Tuesday morning (April 14, 1992) at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Born Gertrude Kristina Skjeveland on Feb. 22, 1898, in Iowa, she married Edward Arens on May 19, 1917, in Austin. She was a member of Queen of Angels Rosary Council.

Survivors include three daughters, Virginia Myers and Maxine Christensen, both of Austin, and Marilyn (Mrs. Larry) Snyder of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; a son, Fayette of Los Angeles; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Selma Johnson of Schaller, Iowa; and four brothers, Lynn Skjeveland of Brownsdale, Bernie Skjeveland of Austin, Lawrence Skjeveland of Minneapolis and Clarence Skjeveland of St. Ansgar, Iowa. Her husband, two sons, four grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin with the Rev. Thomas Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Austin.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m. today.




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