Mower County Obituaries
Part 004



Dorothy G. (Blanchard) Fahrion

April 4, 1917-June 14, 2001

Dorothy G. Fahrion, 84, of Billings, active in Eagle Ministries International Church, died Thursday evening, June 14, 2001, at her home.

The daughter of George and Edith Blanchard, she was born in Austin, Minn., on April 4, 1917. She grew up on a farm near Grand Meadow, Minn. In 1935, she moved to Columbus to live with her uncle and graduated from Columbus High School that year. She married George W. Fahrion on May 2, 1938, in Malta. They moved to Billings in 1988 to be near their daughter Mary.

Survivors include her husband; three children, Dr. Steven L. Fahrion of Topeka, Kan., Dr. Sue Ann Blanton of Portland, Ore., and the Rev. Mary Cutler of Billings; a brother, Bud Blanchard of Waltham, Minn.; four sisters, Bonnie Fruth of Boulder, Colo., Betty Rasmussen of Grand Meadow, Minn., Beryl Berg of St. Paul, Minn., and Arlene Thorson of Racine, Minn.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were on Monday at Michelotti, Sawyers & Nordquist with interment in Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.



Junior "Corky" F. Blanchard


Birth: Sep. 13, 1923
Death: Nov. 16, 1995

GRAND MEADOW, MINN. -- The funeral for Junior F. "Corky" Blanchard will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev. Donald Leary officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the church cemetery.

Mr. Blandachard, 72, of Grand Meadow, died Thursday Nov. 16, 1995 at St. Marys Hospital.

He was born Sept. 13, 1923, in Lyle and married the former Dorothy Allen Dec. 1, 1945, in Grand Meadow. She survives.

Mr. Blanchard was a former manager of Byron Liquor Store, the Grand Meadow Legion Club and Chatfield Liquor Store, retiring in 1987. He was a member of St. Finbarr Church.

He is survived by four sons, Michael of Spring Valley, Paul and Jon of Orlando, Fla., and James of Rochester; two daughters, Ann (Mrs. Sidney) Saltz of Evanston, Ill., and Barbara (Mrs. James) Pappas of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Don of Madelia, Minn., and Okaycq of Rochester; and one sister, Doris Beckel of Oakland, Calif.

Friends may call at the Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and at the church an hour before the service. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.



Norbert R. Blaser, 81


Norbert R. Blaser, age 81, formerly of Adams, Minnesota, passed away at Sunrise Cottages of Rochester, Minnesota, on Saturday, May 5, 2007, with his daughters by his side, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Norbert Raymond Blaser was born June 7, 1925 in McIntire, Iowa to John and Anna (Blake) Blaser. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Meyer, Iowa. Norbert worked with his father on the family farm during World War II.

On Sept. 16, 1947 he married Pauline Elliott at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams. They moved to rural Osage, Iowa and farmed in a partnership with his brother.

In 1960 Norbert and Pauline purchased a farm south of Adams and farmed until retirement in 1999. Norbert was a faith-filled man with a gentle heart and a playful sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Donna (William) May, of Clarks Grove, Minnesota; Karen (John) Rich, of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Debra Blaser (Jeffrey Hill), of Zumbrota, Minnesota; Pamela (Michael) Nagele, of LeRoy, Minnesota; Bonnie (Craig) Lunde, of Red Wing, Minnesota; Jeanine Blaser (William Stephenson), of Austin; Beverly (Mark) Beaver, of Elkton, Minnesota; by 15 grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; by brothers: Richard (Viola) Blaser, of Osage; Kenneth (Lucille) Blaser, of Osage; Gervis (Lucina) Blaser, of Meyer; by sisters: Armella Kramer, of Osage; Kathleen Wiste, of Adams; Joanne (Eugene) Heimer, of Adams; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; by an infant son; by three sisters; and by one brother.

A celebration of Norbert Raymond Blaser's life was held on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams, with Father James Seitz, Father James Berning, and Deacon Michael Ellis officiating. The organist was Laura Freund. Vocalists were: Mandi Lunde, Tara Lunde, and Michael May. Casket Bearers were: Scott Shane, Jill Shane, Eric Nagele, Ryan Nagele, Michael May, and Marcus May.

Interment was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams.

The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Jamie Lee Blomquist, 36


Jamie Lee Blomquist, age 36, of Austin, Minnesota died Tuesday evening, April 10, 2007 in Rochester from complications of an aneurysm suffered on Oct. 1, 2004.

He was born Aug. 19, 1970 to Gary and Sharon (Wendorf) Blomquist in Austin. After graduating from Austin High School in 1989, Jamie received a degree in machine technology in 1991 from Austin Technical College and a degree in CNC Programming from Riverland Technical College in 1992. He married Debbie Murphy on Aug. 21, 1993 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Rose Creek, Minnesota. They made their home in Austin, and Jamie worked at Lou Rich, Inc. in Albert Lea as a CNC Programmer. He was a member of Crane Chapel.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie, of Austin; his two children: Tyler James, age 10, and Ryley Marie, age 6; his parents, Gary and Sharon Blomquist, of Austin; his brother, Tim (Elizabeth) Blomquist, of Pine Island, Minnesota; his two sisters: Kimberly (Eric) Kozak, and Jenny (Joe Bastyr) Blomquist, both of Austin; his paternal grandmother, Lorna Blomquist, of Winthrop, Minnesota; his father and mother-in-law, Dean and Carol Murphy, of Rose Creek; his sister-in-law, Penny Murphy, of Austin; and his brother-in-law, Pat (Holly) Murphy, of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Bertel Blomquist; his maternal grandparents, Bonnie and Robert Wendorf; and by his an aunt, Doris Brazil.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at Crane Community Chapel with Rev. Mark Goossen officiating. A prayer service was held on Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel, led by Father Joseph Fogal. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.


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Ervin J. Boe


Birth: Mar. 10, 1906
Death: Oct. 14, 1993

LE ROY, MINN. — Ervin J. Boe, 87, a former resident of Le Roy, died this morning, Oct. 14, 1993 at Mitchell County Hospital in Osage, Iowa.

He was born March 10, 1906, in Clayton Township, Mower County. He married Gladys Worden April 5, 1931, in Austin. They farmed in the Le Roy area until he retired in 1977.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Lorraine (Mrs. Delman) Phelps of Days Creek, Ore., and Mary (Mrs. Keith) Eastman of Riceville, Iowa; three sons, Robert of Chanhassen, Minn., Stanley and Elwood both of Le Roy; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six sisters, Mildred Corcoran of Austin, Julletta Wigness of California, Helen Palmer and Hazel Hall, both of Grand Meadow, Nona (Mrs. Willis) Erie of Le Roy, and Shirley (Mrs. Ray) Harrington of Le Roy; and four brothers, James of Taopi, Harlan of Le Roy, Vernon of Whitehall, Mont., and Donald of Austin. He was preceded in death by a son, a sister and a brother.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Le Roy Lutheran Church with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial will be in Marshall Lutheran Cemetery in rural Adams.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Hutchins Funeral Home, Le Roy, and an hour before the service Sunday at the church.



Helen Alene (Boe) Palmer


Helen Alene Palmer, 89, of Grand Meadow, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center, where she had lived for a short time.

She was born April 12, 1912, in Clayton Township, Mower County, to Simon and Elizabeth (Anderson) Boe. She was baptized and confirmed at Marshal Lutheran Church, rural Adams.

She attended Clayton Township schools and married Everett Palmer at Preston on April 13, 1932. They lived on a farm north of Grand Meadow. He died in 1970. In 1971, she moved to Austin and worked at the Austin YMCA until 1973, when she moved back to Grand Meadow. She also worked for Grand Meadow Public Schools for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Ramona (Lloyd) Swenson, Austin; three sons, Norman (Patricia) Palmer, Rochester, Curtis (Patricia) Palmer, Chandler, Ariz., and Leslie (Nina) Palmer, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Nona (Willis) Erie, LeRoy; and two brothers, Harlan (Maggie) Boe, LeRoy, and Donald (Bonnie) Boe, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Charles, and an infant daughter; five sisters, Jolette, Mildred, Hazel, Shirley and Lois; and four brothers, Ervin, Jim, Vernon and Richard.

Services: Graveside services held Monday, May 21, 2001, at Grand Meadow Cemetery, Grand Meadow, with the Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements: Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home, Grand Meadow.


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Shirley J. (Boe) Harrington


Birth: Aug. 31, 1927
Death: Oct. 22, 1994

LE ROY, MINN. -- Shirley J. Harrington, 67, a resident of Lodi Township, Mower County, died Saturday (Oct. 22, 1994) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Shirley J. Boe was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Clayton Township, Mower County. On Jan. 17, 1947, she married Ray Harrington at Marshall Lutheran Church in rural Adams. Mrs. Harrington was employed at the veterinarian clinic in Spring Valley and Le Roy.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Linda (Mrs. Doug) Bergan of Whalan; three sons, Michael and Douglas, both of Le Roy, and Brian of Adams; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Julletta Wigness of Bellflower, Calif., Helen Palmer and Hazel Hall, both of Grand Meadow, and Nona (Mrs. Willis) Erie of Le Roy; and three brothers, Harlan Boe of Le Roy, Vernon Boe of Whitehall, Mont., and her twin brother, Donald Boe of Austin. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Le Roy Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial will be in Marshall Lutheran Cemetery in rural Adams. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hutchins Funeral Home in Le Roy and one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday.



Alyce Elizabeth (Bond)(Bergdale)



Alyce Brimacomb of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at “Our House” Care Facility in Austin.

Alyce Elizabeth Bond was born Dec. 9, 1922 in Osage, Iowa to Adrian and Elizabeth (Gunsallus) Bond. The family moved to the Austin area in 1932 and Alyce graduated from Austin High School in 1939.

She married Arvid Bergdale in 1941. He died in Italy in 1944 during World War II. She married Melvin Brimacomb in 1952. Melvin died in 1994.

Alyce was well-known in the Austin area for her exceptional catering service. She credited her high school days in domestic work in the Austin area as training for her catering business. She also worked for Hormel & Company for 35 years and, upon retirement, was in charge of the dining room and kitchen at what was then the Red Cedar Inn. During these years she also presented many cooking classes and shared her recipes and techniques. Alyce was also deeply involved in volunteer work, serving as a “Gray Lady” at the hospital and in anything that involved food at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Alyce enjoyed her community and traveling to wherever any of her family might be living. She loved people and a visit to Alyce’s home was always a feast for the mind and the body.

Alyce is survived by three daughters: Elizabeth (Harvey) Mohrenweiser, of Turner, Ore.; Jo Seabrook, of Lewes, England; and Suzanne Brimacomb of Victoria, Australia; three step-children, Robert (Ferneva) Brimacomb, of Burr Oak, Iowa; Richard Brimacomb, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and MaryAnn (Donald) Gothard of Mascoutah, Ill.; one brother, Gerald C. (Henrietta) Bond, of Byron, Minn.; a special niece, Pat Nelson, of Byron; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; her parents; two brothers; two sisters; a daughter-in-law; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service for Alyce will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin. There will be no visitation, friends are invited to visit with the family at lunch after the memorial service. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made in Alyce’s name to Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Hormel Historic Home in Austin, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa or the organization of your choice.




Alyce Brimacomb, 35-year plant employee of Hormel Foods in the refrigerated bacon slice department and Austin's consummate caterer, died March 17 at the age of 84.

Alyce's goal wasn't to simply feed her clients what they ordered on time, it was to enchant and amaze them. Some people show love with words or presents. Alyce showed love by doing everything in her power to make your party memorable for years to come.

To do that, you cannot show up in pants and a stained frock. You arrive in a neat, wraparound skirt, a crisp, white starched shirt with a hankie in the pocket, white shoes, nylons, and impeccable hair, done twice weekly. And you topped it off with a smile on your face. "She was very prim and proper, and she always wore a hat. Her shoes were shined. And she was just as happy as can be," said Kathy Askelson, fellow caterer.

Next, the table. "Plastic" was not in Alyce's vocabulary. Everything was served on gorgeous platters, plates and in bowls selected to showcase the food. The cutlery was sterling silver, polished to perfection, and her linens were beautiful and as immaculate as she was.

"Alyce was meticulous," said Jim Braaten, who worked for Alyce through high school and college. "Everything had to look good; people would appreciate it. Everything had a certain appeal to it." Now, the food. Everything was sliced impossibly thin, and laid out neatly and with great care. Little meringue mushrooms delicately topped with powdered sugar, gorgeous wedding cakes with a unique almond flavor, and if you're going to set out nuts, no peanuts, please. And the pickles must be tiny.

"For my wedding, she didn't just make basic punch. She made a warm cider punch with orange liqueur, which she added in the basement of St. Olaf Church! Everything she did was extra-special," said Gretchen Ramlo.

Alyce treated her friends with the same extra effort, with a warm hospitality which made them feel special, loved, and worth it. When her friend, Evie Mohrfeld, was preparing for her Tulip Fest pilgrimage, Alyce showed up at her door with beautiful cookies in the shape of tulips, frosted in a plethora of colors appropriate to the flower. "I just loved doing it," Alyce told her.

The circle ladies of St. Olaf Church "would kill" to be in her circle, because the group didn't meet for the Christmas party in the church, like the other circles. It met in Alyce's home, where she served them a gourmet meal laid out on an elegant table. Alyce loved entertaining in her home, and cooking class attendees often found themselves invited to her home following the class.

Alyce's many other passions included volunteering at St. Olaf and Westminster Presbyterian churches, presenting cooking classes sponsored by the Austin Daily Herald, sharing her cooking and domestic wisdom at the Hormel Historic Home, and being a top-notch wife and mother to six children.

She also did the "Kitchen Page" for the Hormel news magazine in the 1980s, which involved preparing the food for photography, and providing the recipes and text.

Alyce is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth (Harvey) Mohrenweiser, Jo Seabrook, and Suzanne Brimacomb; three step-children, Robert (Ferneva) Brimacomb, Richard Brimacomb, and MaryAnn (Donald) Gothard; one brother, Gerald C. (Henrietta) Bond; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two husbands; her parents; two brothers; two sisters; a daughter-in-law; and two grandchildren.

By Jackie Wambach Holstrom/Austin Daily Herald


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Merle Bonnes

Oct. 5, 1922 - Jan. 6, 2007

LANSING, MINN. -- Merle Bonnes, age 84, of Lansing, Minn., died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Austin Medical Center.

He was born October 5, 1922, to John and Cornelia (DenHartog) Bonnes in Ocheydan, Iowa.

Merle grew up in the Hollandale and Lansing area. He married Arlene G. Braastad on Jan. 24, 1942, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. After serving in the US Army during World War II, Merle and Arlene moved to Bristol Center, Minn., where Merle worked in a garage partnership with his brother, Andrew for 14 years. They moved to Rock Dell, Minn., and a year later, in 1957, to Lansing, where Merle opened a garage. After operating the garage for 14 years, he worked for the city of Austin as a mechanic until 1985 when he retired.

He loved to fish, camp, and invent things. He enjoyed building and repairing all sorts of things. Merle loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene, of Lansing, Minn.; one daughter, Norma (Nathan) Naatz, of Austin; two sons, Wayne (Sandy) Bonnes of Austin, and Terry (Connie) Bonnes, of Rochester, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Cornelia (Mervin) Felty, of Brownsdale, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Muryne Bonnes, of Austin, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Engel; four brothers, John, Henry, Andrew and Maynard; and one great-grandchild, Joshua.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin, with The Reverend Bruce Falksen officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment is at Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post 91. Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.


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Walter C. Borchardt


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- Walter C. Borchardt, 90, of 1913 Second Ave. S.E., died Friday (Feb. 9, 1996) at Burr Oak Manor nursing home in Austin.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a son, Gary of Cordova, Ill.; a stepson, Randy Miller of Clarks Grove; three stepdaughters, Sandra (Mrs. Gus) Gaughran, Marsha stet (Mrs. Dennis) Shaw and Linda (Mrs. Bill) Nicol, all of Austin; two grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; a brother, Ervin Borchardt of California and a sister, Erma Loney of Wisconsin.

The funeral was at 2 p.m today in Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Bruce Wilder officiating. Burial was in St. Ansgar Cemetery in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

The family prefers memorials to Grace Lutheran Church. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary of Austin was in charge of arrangements.



First Name: Walter
Middle Name: C.
Last Name: Borchardt
Birth Date: 4 May 1905
Social Security Number: 482-38-9813
Place of Issuance: Iowa
Last Residence: Mower, Minnesota
Zip Code of Last Residence: 55912
Death Date: 9 February 1996
Estimated Age at Death: 91



Barbara J. (Grant) Boysen, 55


Barbara J. Boysen, age 55, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday evening, March 5, 2007, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 30, 1951, to Daniel and Gladys (Knudson) Grant in Austin, Minnesota, where she lived her entire life. She married Dennis Boysen on June 14, 1969.

Barb had a true passion for travel and worked in the industry for nearly 20 years, specializing in cruises. In 2005, Barb opened "The Travel Edge" agency and in that same year was one of 10 agents in the United States selected to be on the "Regis and Kelly" cruise down the East Coast from New York to Miami. During her battle against cancer, Barb was "Captain of her Cruise for a Cure." Through Care Pages website, she kept her family and friends updated daily and received tremendous support from these dedicated crew members.

Barb enjoyed being part of the Austin community and served as an ambassador for the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin High School Alumni Association and Class of 1969 Committee.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Boysen; one daughter, Kimberly (Chris) Baier; two sons: Brett (Kim) Boysen and Bryan (Jennifer) Boysen, all of Austin; seven grandchildren: Lynae, Nicholas and Kellie Baier; Joshua, Megan, Stephanie and Madelyn Boysen; brothers: David (Helga) Grant; and Michael Grant, of Austin; sisters: Joyce Anderson, of Austin; and Marilyn Surman, of Highlands, N.D.; mother-in-law, Eunice Boysen, of Hayfield; a host of crew members, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gladys D. and Daniel E. Grant, Sr.; sister, Nora Lee; brother, Daniel Grant, Jr.; brother-in-law, Charles Anderson.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota, with Pastor Dan Kahl and Father Joseph Fogal officiating.

The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Arlene Louise (Wilert)


Arlene Louise Braaten, age 65, of Blackduck, Minnesota, died Monday, May 7, 2007 as a result of an automobile accident near Blackduck.

Arlene Louise Wilert was born Jan. 24, 1942 to Herman and Louise Wilert in Owatonna, Minnesota. She attended school in Ellendale, Minnesota, and graduated from Ellendale High School. After high school she attended and graduated from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota.

Arlene married LaVerne R. Braaten on June 5, 1965 in rural Ellendale. They lived in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, where Arlene taught elementary school. She retired from teaching in 1999. They then moved to their lake home near Blackduck.

Arlene is survived by two sons: Jay Braaten of Hibbing, Minnesota, and Jeffrey Braaten of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; by a brother, Duane Wilert of Ellendale; by a sister, Doris Krause of Hope, Minnesota; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

No services were planned; Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


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Bennie N. Braaten


HAYFIELD, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Bennie N. Braaten will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Vernon-Czaplewski Funeral Home in Hayfield, with the Rev. Reginald Torrison officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield with military graveside rites by Blooming Prairie VFW Post 878.

Mr. Braaten, 88, of Hayfield, formerly of Austin and Blooming Prairie, died Monday evening (Jan. 1, 1996) at Field Crest Nursing Home in Hayfield.

Born Feb. 10, 1907, in St. Ansgar, Iowa, he lived in Austin and Blooming Prairie before moving to Hayfield. Mr. Braaten was employed at the Austin Municipal Light Plant and Mower County Fairgrounds and later worked for farmers in the Blooming Prairie and Hayfield areas. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Blooming Prairie VFW Post 878.

Survivors include a sister, Gelma Dahlberg of Brownsdale. Three sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.



Helen Caroline (Braaten)
(Williamson) Fahje


Helen Caroline Fahje, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, May 25, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center.

Helen was born on May 9, 1919 in Udolpho Township, Mower County, Minnesota, to Henry and Olga (Klemestad) Braaten.

She was baptized, confirmed and married at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Helen attended the District #72 Country School near Corning, Minn. She did housework in Austin and also worked as a nurses aid before going to work at the Geo. A. Hormel Company in 1941.

She was married to Jens Williamson on Sept. 29, 1943 and they farmed in Mower County until his death on July 31, 1945. After selling the farm she moved home with her parents. Her son Jens was born Feb. 27, 1946.

She returned to work doing various housekeeping jobs and grading potatoes at Hollandale, Minn. before returning to work at the Hormel Foods Corporation in 1950, where she worked until her retirement. She met Martin Fahje and they were married on Dec. 8, 1957 at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, and they had two daughters, Susan and Carol. Martin preceded her in death in 1990. Helen was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Helen is survived by a son, Jens (Bonnie) Williamson, Fremont, Nebraska; by daughters: Susan Fahje, Omaha, Nebraska, Carol Fahje, Rochester, Minnesota; by grandchildren: Neal Williamson, Fremont, Nebraska, Spencer and Michele Williamson, Gretna, Nebraska, Jenna and Marty Gifford, Fremont, Nebraska, by great-grandchildren, Lauren and Sam Gifford; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jens and Martin, and by four brothers: Harmon, Nordahl, Kenneth and Orlean Braaten.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 28, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Russ Wangen officiating. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29th, at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery.

The organist was Linda Anderson. The soloist was David Wiedemann. Casket bearers included: David Braaten, Richard Braaten, Dean Braaten, Mark Braaten, Roger Nelson, and Martin Fahje.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Olga Marie (Hensrud) Braaten


Olga Marie Braaten, age 90, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died at Prairie Manor on Monday evening, March 12, 2007.

She was born March 21, 1916, to John and Ida (Holstad) Hensrud in Westfield Township, Dodge County, Minnesota, where she attended District 62 country school. She married Albert Braaten on Sept. 26, 1934 in Northwood, Iowa.

Olga and Albert farmed and lived in Westfield Township until the early 1950s. When they moved to Blooming Prairie, Olga belonged to WELCA at First Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway and Royal Neighbors Club. Albert died July 4, 1979. Olga loved children and enjoyed babysitting, as well as sewing.

Survivors include a step-son, Floyd Braaten of Rochester, Minnesota; a brother, Clifford Hensrud of Blooming Prairie; a sister, Marian (Lawrence) Ingvaldson of Ellendale, Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Marian Hensrud of Blooming Prairie; and nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert; three brothers, Palmer, Irvin and one in infancy; one sister in infancy.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 16, 2007, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with Pastors Heidi Heimgartner and Richard Hegal co-officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield, Minnesota.

Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Rose Ann (Johnson)(Brakke)


Mrs. Rose Walstrom, 74, of New Richland, Minnesota, died Thursday evening, April 12, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident outside of Elgin, Minnesota.

Rose Ann was born Aug. 18, 1932 in Sargeant Township, Mower county, Minnesota, the daughter of H. Arthur and Ruth (Hanson) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargeant, Minnesota. Rose Ann was a graduate of Hayfield High School in 1950.

On April 7, 1951 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Brakke at the Hayfield Church Parsonage. He preceded her in death.

On Nov. 17, 1974 she was united in marriage to Clayton Walstrom at the First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

Rose Ann had lived in several communities during her life including Stewartville, Hayfield, Blooming Prairie, Alma, Wisconsin, Waseca and New Richland for the past three years. She was an active member of all the churches she belonged to. She held office at the conference level and local level in the WELCA and various other jobs within the communities where she lived.

Rose Ann was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of Norway. She loved the Norwegian heritage, cooking and especially rosemalling.

Rose Ann is survived by her husband, Clayton, of New Richland; by her children: Cynthia (James) Wolslegel, of Fargo, North Dakota; Paul (Kathy) Brakke, of Indianapolis, Indiana; Keith (Ann) Brakke, of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Thomas (Holly) Brakke, of Alma; Brian (Sally) Brakke, of Eagan, Minnesota; Denise (Glen) Palecek, of Winona, Minnesota; Donna (Joe) Kincade, of Wadena, Minnesota; Bradley (Pam) Walstrom, of Alma, Wisconsin; Pamela (David) Farr, of Ellendale, Minnesota; Garry (Sandy) Walstrom, of New Richland; by 23 grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; by her sister, Ila Mae (Dale) Akkerman, of Austin, Minnesota; by her sister-in-law, Verta Johnson, of Rushford, Minnesota; by her brother-in-law, Lyle Bremmer, of Peterson, Minnesota; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Rose Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; by her brother, Roger Johnson; by her sister, Carol Bremmer; and by a nephew, Mark Bremmer.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 16, 2007 at the First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. Pastor Pamela Jensen officiating. The Friedrich Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Interment was in First Lutheran Cemetery, Blooming Prairie.


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Edna Pearl (Priem)


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Edna Pearl Brandt will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. William Natzke officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Brandt, 97, of Austin, a homemaker, died Tuesday (May 8, 2001) at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin.

Edna Pearl Priem was born Sept. 12, 1903, in Mitchell County, Iowa. She married Michael Brandt in February 1921 in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and they made their home in Austin.

Survivors include a son, Glenn (Loriene) of Austin; a daughter, Virginia (Robert) Myhre of Austin; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her twin sister, Esther Rosenberg of St. Ansgar. She was preceded in death by her husband, four sisters, five brothers and a grandson.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin.



Walter Brandt


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Walter Brandt will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Burial will be in Immanual Lutheran Cemetery in St. Ansgar, Iowa, with military graveside rites by VFW Post 1216 of Austin.

Mr. Brandt, 82, of 300 First Ave. N.W., a longtime area farmer, died Monday evening (Aug. 25, 1997) at Austin Medical Center.

Born Feb. 6, 1915, he attended Carpenter, Iowa, schools and as a young man traveled around the country working in several defense plants. In 1943 he moved to Austin and he and a brother owned and operated Brandt Construction, a masonry firm. For seven years he served in the Army with overseas duty during World War II and the Korean War. He farmed in rural Austin for many years before his retirement in 1983 and then farmed on the Richard Epley farm. He never married. Mr. Brandt was a charter member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and a member of VFW Post 1216 of Austin. He enjoyed gardening, trips to northern Minnesota and fly-in fishing trips to Canada.

Survivors include a brother, Fred of Osage, Iowa. Five brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.



Mrs. Augusta Brekke

1867 - 1969

Saturday Jan. 11, 1969, Austin Daily Herald

Mrs. Augusta Brekke, 101, died friday night at St. Marks Lutheran Home, Austin, where she had been a resident more than five years. She was born Dec. 08, 1867, in Norway and was the widow of Thomas Brekke.

Surviving are three sons, Norman Brekke, Bruno, Minn., Jacob Brekke, Ellendale, Minn., Herman Brekke, Portland Ore.; four daughters, Miss Sylvia Brekke in California, Mrs. Matilda Alm, St. Paul, Minn., Thea Larson, Ellendale, Minn., Mrs. Josephine Denham, Silverton, Ore.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at Ellendale, Minn.

Transcribed by Mark Ashley



David Allan Brekke, 45


David Allan "Spiffy" Brekke, age 45, of rural Austin, died Sunday morning, April 8, 2007, at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester, Minnesota.

He was born Nov. 24, 1961, the son of Marvin and Mary June (Arett) Brekke in Austin. He received his education in Albert Lea, Minnesota. After completing his education, David was employed as a truck driver for area companies, including Olsen Grading, K & K Fabrication and Sparrow Farms. He was a member of the Moscow Lutheran Church. He had a great love of draft horses and old tractors, enjoyed auctions and traveled the United States with the Coors Draft Horse Hitch Team. He especially liked to spend time with his two sons and his family and friends.

Survivors include his two sons, Jonathan Brekke and Matthew Brekke, both of Emmons, Minnesota; his father, Marvin Brekke, of Albert Lea, Minnesota; two brothers, Mark (Debbie) Brekke, of Oakland, Minnesota, and Paul Brekke, of Austin; two sisters, Annette (Kim) Naatz, of Glenville, Minnesota, and Joyce (Jerry) Erstad of Austin; long-time family friend, Russell Thostenson, of Hartland, Minnesota; two aunts, Palma Ulland, of LaPorte, Minnesota, and Shirley Arett, of Austin; nieces and nephews: Christopher (Jennie) Brekke, Lindsey Brekke, Emily Brekke, Adam Brekke, Jessica Naatz, Lee Erstad, Megan Erstad, Emma Erstad; great nieces, Emma and Isabelle Brekke; cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary June (Arett) Brekke; fiancee Carolyn Scalon, in 1992; grandparents; many aunts and uncles, including Ruth Arnetveit and John Nordby.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at the Moscow Lutheran Church, with Rev. Peter Soli officiating. Interment will follow the service in Hillcrest Cemetery, rural Oakland. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. today, April 10 at the Worlein Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

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Charlotte J. (Douglas) Briggs


The funeral for Charlotte J. Briggs, 65, of 1039 4th Ave. S.E., will be held on Monday at the Vine Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Dale DePeel of Meadow Park Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Frankford Cemetery in Frankford Township, Mower County.

Mrs. Briggs, who worked for Libby, McNeil and Libby canning factory for many years, died Wednesday (Nov. 13, 1996) of natural causes at her home.

She was born Charlotte J. Douglas on Aug. 29, 1931, in Racine Township of Mower County. She attended rural schools through the sixth grade and graduated from Spring Valley High School. She worked as a secretary for Libby's in Spring Valley following graduation.

On Nov. 30, 1952, she married Theodore Edward Briggs and they were later divorced. She had worked at Seneca Foods in Rochester (the former Libby, McNeil and Libby) until her retirement in August this year.

Surviving are her mother, Helen Douglas of Racine; a daughter, Cheryl (Mrs. David) Ryan of Zumbro Falls; a son, Gary of Rochester; eight grandchildren; a brother, Howard Douglas of Spring Valley and a sister, Shirley (Mrs. Lester) Hyland of Spring Valley. She was preceded in death by her father.

Submitted to Mower MNGenWeb by K. Pike.



Jeffery Forrest Brown


Jeffery Forrest Brown, 36, of Albert Lea, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at his home.

He was born July 13, 1966, in Tachikawa, Japan, to Forrest and Anne (Bergstrom) Brown. He attended Austin Public Schools and the Staples Technical College.

He lived and worked in the Staples/Wadena area before returning to the Austin area in 1993. For the past three years, he had lived in Albert Lea where he was employed at Streater Inc. and the Rainbow Foods Store.

Survivors include his parents, Anne and Dennis L. Hanson, Austin; Forrest and Lola Brown, Bloomington; sisters and brothers, Michele Kassel, Austin; Nickole Roberts, Minneapolis; Tony Wadding, Farmington; Tracy Wadding, Lakeville; Amy Mooney, Portland, Ore.; Jason Brown, Edina; grandmothers, Viola Gavle, Emmons; Inger Hanson, Austin; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brandon; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Visitation: In the Rasmussen Refectory of the church following the service.

Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kristin K. Wee officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.



Judy Ann (Brown) (Uzlik) Kearney


Judy Ann Uzlik Kearney, age 66, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at her home in Dorchester, Iowa.

She was born Dec. 25, 1940, to Clelle and Viva (Coudding) Brown in Austin. She graduated from Austin High School in 1958.

After working at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, she moved to California. Returning to Minnesota, she worked for the Mower County Probation Office for a time. A certified public accountant, she started an accounting office in the 1970's, providing accounting and income tax services for over 35 years. She married John Kearney on Aug. 18, 1995, in Houston, Texas.

A member of Minnesota Association of Public Accountants, Judy loved working with people. She moved to Iowa in 1996 but commuted to her business until retirement.

Survivors include her husband, John Kearney, of Dorchester, Iowa; her three sons: Gary Uzlik, Jr., of Austin; Ronald (Carmen) Uzlik, of Albert Lea, Minnesota; Lance Uzlik, of Austin; her stepdaughter, Barbara (Justin) Voge; her five grandchildren; her sisters: Dixie (Elmer) Mytten, of Wabasha, Minn.; and Betty (Joseph) Mather; brothers: James (Karen) Brown, of Custer, South Dakota; and Jerry (Jesse) Bootenhoff, of Roshron, Texas; her sisters-in-law: Kaye (James) Strand, of Mesa, Arizona; and Mary Jean McGinty, of Glenwood; and her step-sister, Treva (Emil) Raider, of Mesa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clelle Brown and Viva Lisk; brother-in-law, Charles McGinty; parents-in-law, Franze and Muriel Kearney.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 10, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. The Worlein Funeral Home of Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Emeline Ardella (Johnson) Brudwick

July 25, 1912 - July 24, 1996


BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN -- The funeral for Emeline Ardella Brudwick will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with the Rev. Tom Pietz officiating. Burial will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery in rural Austin.

Mrs. Brudwick, 83, of Blooming Prairie, a retired teacher and clerk, died Wednesday July 24, 1996 at Prairie Villa Apartments in Blooming Prairie.

Emeline Ardella Johnson was born July 25, 1912, in Newry Township, Freeborn County, and lived in the Blooming Prairie area most of her life. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church, a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, a volunteer at Prairie Manor Nursing Home and a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons, Dean of Mankato, Minn., and George of Rochester; three daughters, Jeanette (Mrs. Harold) Underwood of Winter Garden, Fla., Shirley Noble of Blooming Prairie and Isabel "Izzy" (Mrs. Mike) Taylor of Austin; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Melda Alexander of Rochester. Two granddaughters preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and an hour before the service Monday at the church.


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