Mower County Obituaries
Part 006



Charlotte Bertina (Larson)


Charlotte Christopherson, age 104, of Spring Valley, Minnesota, died on Friday, May 18, 2007 at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, where she had resided for approximately a year.

Charlotte Bertina Larson was born on December 25, 1902 in Concord Township, Hardin County, Iowa, to John and Julia (Stevens) Larson. She was baptized and later confirmed on Oct. 28, 1917. In 1920 the Larson family moved to a farm near Ostrander, Minnesota.

On March 29, 1922, Charlotte was married to Arthur G. Christopherson, at the Bloomfield Lutheran Parsonage in Rural Ostrander.

Charlotte was a homemaker nearly all her life. She was a charter member of the Ladies Aid at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minnesota, and church was very important to Charlotte.

She is survived by six children: Mildred Payne, Washburn, Iowa; Lester (Joanne) Christopherson, Rochester, Minnesota; Roy (Janice) Christopherson, Spring Valley, Minnesota; Helen (Jerry) Stier, Grand Meadow; Shirley (Norman) Bergman, Austin, Minnesota; and Dennis Christopherson, Spring Valley; by 18 grandchildren; by 40 great grandchildren, and by 25 great-great grandchildren; by a sister, Bernice Osterhus of Spring Valley, and by other relatives.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Arthur; by a son-in-law, Doyle Payne; by three grandchildren; by three sisters, Velinda Tangen, Gladys and Agnes Speer, and by one brother, Joseph Larson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, with the Revs Dennis Timmerman and Laura Fladten officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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Helga (Schwanke) Clausen


Helga Clausen, 91, a lifelong Stacyville, Iowa area resident and homemaker died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at the Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home in Rochester, Minnesota.

A visitation for the friends and family of Helga Mae Clausen was held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Toeterville, Iowa at St. Peter Lutheran Church.   It was followed by a private burial in the St. Ansgar City Cemetery with Pastor Lance Kittleson officiating.

Helga Schwanke was born May 2, 1915, in Lyle, Minnesota.   After graduating from Lyle High School, she married Charles Clayton Clausen in 1936.  They farmed near Stacyville and Helga worked as an aid at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Ansgar, Iowa.   She was active in her church, a member of the Sons of Norway, and a 4-H leader for many years.   Her hobbies included cooking, baking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton, her son, Allen, two brothers Lee and Elmer, a grandson, Todd, and a granddaughter, Renae.

Survivors include a son, Richard (Marlene) Clausen of Osage, Iowa, a daughter Linda (Gregory) Munson of Rochester, Minn., her brother, Arnold (Geraldine) Schwanke of Ocala, Fla., seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and nephews and nieces.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar is in charge of arrangements. (641) 713-4920.

[ Adapted from -- Nov. 15, 2006 Mitchell Co. Press online ]



Irene May Gladys (Clausen) Gemmel


Irene May Gladys Clausen Gemmel, age 81, passed away July 1, 2003, in LaVerkin, Utah.

She was born Nov. 9, 1921, to Marie and Rudolph Clausen in Osage, Iowa. She was educated in Iowa and Minnesota and spent most of her life caring for ill people in their homes. Her sister moved her to Utah in 1997 to oversee her care.

Irene and Albert E. Gemmel were united in marriage Nov. 8, 1959, and lived in Austin.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband in 1988; a sister, Jeri; and a brother, Jerome Clausen.

Survivors include her stepdaughter, Janeth (Harold) A. Nelson; step-grandchildren, Arnold and Martha, Allan, Ardell and Alton and Shelli Nelson and family; sister, Lee Jensen, St. George, Utah; brother, Rev. Ken Clausen, Billings, Mont.; nephews, Mark and Thomas Coleman and Mark Mostrom; nieces, Shelle Rullman and Georgia Hadley.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated by Utah Heritage, 25 South Main St., Suite 210, Centerville, UT 84014, in Irene's name. She had been under their care for the last 10 months.

Graveside services will be held at Cedar City Cemetery on Saturday, July 26, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. with Father Fogel officiating. Tributes will be given by her grandsons.



Deborah J. (Delaney) Clements


Deborah Jean Clements, 55, of Austin, Minnesota, died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

Deb was born Oct. 27, 1951, in Ramsey County, Minnesota, and was later adopted by John and Lorene Delaney. Deb grew up in Austin, where she graduated from Pacelli High School in 1970.

On Jan. 28, 1972, Deb married Thomas Edwin Clements of Austin. They had two children, Brian Thomas and Christine Ann. Deb worked for over 30 years as a registered nurse for Austin Medical Center.

Her love and passion was working as a trauma nurse in the ER and being the driving force in the development of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. Deb's compassionate and caring ways and her love of giving endeared her to everyone she knew. Deb also enjoyed traveling with her beloved husband and watching Vikings and Twins games. Truly she bled purple everyday of the year!

Deb will be remembered by her husband, Tom, of Austin; by her son, Brian (Mary) and two grandsons, Manny and Riley, of Shakopee, Minnesota; by her daughter, Chrissy (Jason), of Austin; by her sister, Teri Delaney, of Phoenix, Ariz.; by her sister-in-law, Maureen (Doug), of Princeton, Minnesota; by her nieces: Chiara (Tim), of Nashville Tenn.; Charis (Matt), of New Hope, Minnesota; Ingrid (Ben), of Crystal, Minnesota; Bethany (Tom), of Palatine, Ill.; nephews, Caleb and Josh, of Minnetonka, Minnesota; by five grandnieces: Julia, Rachel, Anna, Elissa, and Evangeline; and two grand-nephews, Zachary and Tyler.

A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, April 9. 2007, at St. Edward's Catholic Church, officiated by Father Joe Fogal.

Arrangements were being handled by Mayer Funeral Home.


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Carrie May (Cochran) Magnuson

April 28, 1913 - November 26, 2004

Carrie May Magnuson, age 91 of Blooming Prairie, died Friday evening, November 26, 2004, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home, Blooming Prairie.

She was born April 28, 1913, in Brookings, SD, the daughter of William and Allie (Rittman) Cochran. As a child, Carrie moved with her family to Lansing, where she attended school. They later moved to Faribault, where she was united in marriage to Rudolph Magnuson January 18, 1936. After their marriage, the couple lived and farmed Newry Township, Freeborn County.

Carrie worked for many years in the kitchen of the Blooming Prairie Elementary School.

After her husband, Rudolph's death on Sept. 3, 1965, Carrie moved to Blooming Prairie.

She was an active member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church and WELCA. She also served as a 4-H leader for many years.

She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening and working with her flowers. Carrie entered Prairie Manor Nursing Home on November 24, 2004.

Survivors include, one daughter, Marlene Shurson of Kasson; three grandchildren, Scott (Shelly) Shurson of Mantorville, Julie (Kevin) McAdams of Mantorville and Carrie (Darrin) Giesler of Kasson; five great grandchildren, Kristina, Kayla, Talon, Isiah and Gavin. Her parents; son-in-law, Karl Shurson; two sisters, Vivian Tollefson and Harriet Meese and one brother, Roger Cochran, preceded her in death.

Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment: Following the service at Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church Tuesday.

Funeral Home: Worlein's Blooming Prairie Funeral Home.


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Lois R. (Coddington) Haugland


Lois Ramona Haugland, age 73, of Lyle, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 after a long battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 18, 1933 in Sargeant Township, Mower County, Minnesota, daughter of Wayne and Amanda (Boe) Coddington. She was raised by her grandparents, Gilbert and Meada Coddington. They moved to Austin in 1935 where Lois attended school. She worked at Carnegie Public Library in Austin during her high school years.

After graduation from Austin High School in 1951, she moved to Minneapolis to work at Northwestern National Bank for two years before returning to Austin where she worked for KAUS-KMMT TV. She married Ronald E. Haugland on Jan. 21, 1955 at First Baptist Church in Austin. They farmed in the Lyle area.

Lois was bookkeeper for Cyanamid and Tri-County FS in Lyle for ten years and at Huntting Elevator in Lyle for 17 years. A member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, she was active in WELCA and Ruth Circle and taught Sunday School for many years. A 4-H leader, she enjoyed flower gardens, collecting Department 56, researching and compiling family genealogy, puzzles, reading and traveling.

Survivors include her husband, Ron; two sons, Bryce (Cathie), of Lyle, and Mark, of Lyle; two daughters, Deborah (Roger) Melder, of Rochester, Minnesota, and Dawn (Gene) Block, of Lyle; eight grandchildren: Anna, Danielle, Erik, Joshua, Zachary, Jacob, Cory and Alex.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2007 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle. There will be no visitation or reviewal. Private interment is at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Lyle prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, is in charge of arrangements. The family prefers memorials to the Lyle Cancer Fund.

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Clara Colman


Friday, June 29, 1956, Austin Daily Herald, pg. 6, col. 1

Mrs. Clara Colman, 82, died Wednesday evening at her home in Spring Valley. She was a former resident of Grand Meadow, where her husband, Roy Colman, was mayor.

Mrs. Colman is survived by two sons, Kenneth, Seattle, and Everett, Fargo, ND, two sisters, Mrs. John Puff, Redwood Falls, and Mrs. Marcin David, Chatfield and a brother, George Prodahl, Grand Meadow.

Her husband and son, Lloyd, preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Colman, Spring Valley, will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Grand Meadow Methodist Church, the Rev. Harold Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Meadow Cemetery. Friends may call at the Burrington Funeral Chapel until noon Monday.

Transcribed by Mark Ashley



Roy Colman


Thursday, October 16, 1947, Grand Meadow Record, front page

Roy Colman, a life long resident of Grand Meadow, died last Friday morning at Rochester. He had been in poor health for the past year. He was born in Grand Meadow December 25, 1871.

In 1892 he married Clara Grodahl. He was always a believer in civic affairs and improvements. He had been a Mason for the past 20 years being a member of Grand Meadow Lodge No. 121.

He had a host of friends who will miss his friendliness. He served as Mayor of Grand Meadow for 20 years, and was holding that office at the time of his death.

Besides his wife he is survived by three sons: Lloyd of New Underwood, S.D; Everett of Fargo, N.D.; and Kenneth of Seattle, Wash., one sister, Maude Parmelee, three half sisters, Hazel Riffle, Ortario, Wis.; Lucy Worthington, Norwalk, Wis.; and Mabel Cook, Independence, Ore.

His son, Lloyd was visiting here at the time of his father's death. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 Monday afternoon, Rev. Stanley Williams and Rev. C. Bain officiating.

Burial was in the Grand Meadow cemetery with Dion Adams of Spring Valley conducting the Masonic rites.

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Leona Olive (Rabine-DeSart) Cooklin


AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral for Leona Olive Cooklin of Austin, formerly of Elkton, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter with the Rev. Robert Gamble officiating. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooklin, 89, died Friday morning (Nov. 27, 1998) at Austin Medical Center.

Leona Olive Rabine was born Jan. 31, 1909, on a farm near Dexter. She married Iven DeSart in 1926 and he died Dec. 31, 1946. She married Walter T. Cooklin in 1949. After retirement from St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, they retired to Mesa, Ariz., for 14 years. Mr. Cooklin died June 28, 1985. She had been an active member of the Mower County Senior Center and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was once state president of the auxiliary. She also was also active in church and loved to play cards and bingo, and fish.

Survivors include three daughters, Lois Deyo of Austin, Audrey (Mrs. Mitchell) Rieken of Oakdale and Donna (Mrs. Jim) Burdette of Great Falls, Mont.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and five brothers.

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



Richard Adrian Cotter



Birth: Feb. 14, 1928

Death: Feb. 15, 2001

AUSTIN, MINN. -- A funeral Mass for Richard Adrian Cotter, 73, of Austin, will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Edward's Catholic Church, the Rev. Paul Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Austin on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Mr. Cotter, a retired lawyer, died Feb. 15, 2001, at his home.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1928, in Austin. He was reared and educated in Austin, served in the air force from 1954 to 1957, and received his undergraduate and graduate law degrees from Notre Dame. He retired from his law firm in 1996.

He married Beverly Kilbride on June 23, 1962, and they were later divorced.

Surviving are four daughters: Jeanne (Matthew Moore) Cotter, Fatomeh Therese Cotter Azad, Anne Marie Cotter (JoJo) David, and Sheema Cotter; five sons, John, Patrick, Richard Joseph, Stacey Benjamin and Delip; and three sisters, Jeanne (Gus) Manthey, Cecilia (Bruce) Longtin and Sr. Mary Teresa Cotter, O.S.H.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and a son.

Friends may call on Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward's Catholic Church.

The family prefers memorials to the Richard A. Cotter Land Preservation Memorial Fund, Box 11840, St. Paul MN 55111.




From the football field to the courtroom, determination and perseverance were what Richard A. Cotter believed was all that was needed to succeed.

"That was just kind of his way of looking at things," said his younger brother Michael Cotter. "If you keep it up, you will prevail."

On Thursday, 73-year-old Cotter, a retired Austin attorney, and longtime friend Mary F. McIntyre, 68, of Baltimore, Md., died from what investigators are calling "homicidal violence." Firefighters found the bodies of the two while fighting a fire investigators believe was set to cover up evidence of the homicide. The fire destroyed the two-story house Cotter owned southwest of Austin.

Richard and Michael Cotter grew up with six older sisters. Michael Cotter said he and his brother worked and played together on the Mower County farm that has been in their Irish-American family for 125 years. "He was my hero," Michael Cotter said of his brother, who was 3 1/2 years older. Michael Cotter, who lives in Austin, is a storyteller who performs at local and national festivals.

After graduating from high school, Cotter attended the University of Notre Dame on a football scholarship. Michael Cotter said since his brother hadn't come from a school with a good football reputation, he felt he had to work harder to prove himself.

Rep. Rob Leighton, who is Cotter's godson, described him as a modest man who rarely talked of his accomplishments, including being captain of Notre Dame's championship football team. "It was like pulling teeth to get him to tell stories," Leighton said. "That was part of his charm."

Michael Cotter's son, Tom, said he thinks some of his uncle's athletic prowess came from years of hard work as a boy on the farm, getting up at 4 a.m. and doing chores before running a mile and a half to catch the bus to school.

On Friday, Tom Cotter said firefighters helped him salvage some photographs, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia from the basement, including a copy of Life magazine featuring Cotter's photo after a Notre Dame-Purdue football game when Cotter had been a team captain for the Fighting Irish.

After Cotter graduated from law school, he formed a law firm in Austin with the late Robert Leighton Sr. and Terry Meany.

On Thursday, law firm partner Terry Meany said he, Cotter, and the elder Leighton all attended school together, starting in first grade. Leighton said Cotter loved his family and had 10 children. Michael Cotter said although his brother and his former sister-in-law, Beverly Cotter, had divorced about a decade ago, they still cared about each other. Michael Cotter said his brother met McIntyre around the time Cotter had entered the Air Force. Although they dated, Michael Cotter said the two lost touch for several decades until one of McIntyre's relatives helped her locate him using the Internet a few years ago and renewed their friendship. "She was a beautiful woman," Michael Cotter said.

McIntyre, who recently retired from the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Board in Baltimore, never married and took care of her brother Robert, who is disabled.

Kevin O'Brien, director of the Ignatian Apostolic Partnerships Office of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesuits, said his former development assistant was a wonderful woman who loved Irish music and enjoyed working for the church. O'Brien described McIntyre as having a "youngness of spirit, a lot of energy and a fire in her eye." "She talked a lot about Dick," O'Brien said. "She was looking forward to retiring to spend more time with him."

O'Brien said workers were talking about the irony of McIntyre leaving a city known for its murders only to be murdered in rural Minnesota.

Although the horrible realization was just setting in Friday night, that his brother had been killed, Michael Cotter said he knew that if there had been a way for his brother to escape the burning home, he would have. As young boys, both escaped a fire that burned their home, only to go back into the house to reclaim family possessions. "This twist is a blow," Michael Cotter said, adding that he cannot imagine anyone who would want to hurt his brother or McIntyre.

"If someone killed him, that's different. I don't know how one heals," Michael Cotter said, adding that he isn't certain he wants to know who did it. He said hoped some of his brother's perseverance and determination have rubbed off on him. "I'd like to think there's some of that in me too," he said.



Stacey Benjamin Cotter



Birth: 1977
Death: Oct. 29, 2001

AUSTIN, MINN. — A funeral Mass for Stacey Benjamin Cotter will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Edward's Catholic Church.

Mr. Cotter, 24, formerly of Austin, died Monday (Oct. 29, 2001) at St. Peter Community Hospital in St. Peter, Minn.

Survivors include his mother, Beverly Cotter of St. Paul; four sisters, Jeanne (Matthew Moore) Cotter and Fatomeh "Therese" Azad, both of St. Paul, Anne Marie (David) JoJo of Boston and Sheema Cotter of Austin; four brothers, John T. of Seattle, and Patrick, Richard Joseph (Joe) and Delip, all of St. Paul.

Friends may call an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

Mayer Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.




A 24-year-old man accused of killing his father and a family friend in Austin earlier this year was found dead in his room at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Facility Monday, and authorities say he apparently committed suicide.

Stacey Benjamin Cotter strangled himself with his shoe laces, according to Mower County Attorney Pat Oman. His body was found at 1 p.m. Monday in his room at the facility, where he was undergoing a mental health evaluation, according to prosecutors and court records.

Officials at the Minnesota Security Hospital division of the treatment center referred media calls to the assistant commissioner at the state Health Department. Calls to the facility for information were not returned today before press time.

Cotter was initially charged with second-degree murder and arson in the Feb. 15 deaths of his father, retired Austin attorney Richard Cotter, 73, and his father's longtime friend, Mary McIntyre, 68. Authorities alleged that Stacey Cotter stabbed his father to death and set fire to his father's home to cover up the crime. Medical examiners were unable to determine a specific cause of death for McIntyre but ruled she died of homicidal violence.

In June, a Mower County grand jury indicted Cotter on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of felony murder during the commission of an act of arson, and one count of first-degree arson.

Cotter was to appear in court last week for arraignment on the new charges. The arraignment was postponed until Dec. 19 pending a mental health evaluation, according to court records.

Oman said Cotter had been at St. Peter for about a month for the mental health evaluation. Oman said that while Cotter was in the Mower County Jail, he once tied a sheet around his neck; authorities at the time questioned whether Cotter was making a serious attempt to harm himself.

Cotter was not being watched for suicide attempts, and local authorities had no reason to believe it would be appropriate, Oman said. "Most of his behavior in jail was demonstrating aggressiveness toward others," he said.


Charles Cox



Austin Daily Herald, Saturday, August 16, 1913;

Funeral services for Charles Cox, who was hurt Wednesday afternoon in the new building at the Packing House by a plank striking him on the head, will be held at the home on Monday afternoon [Aug. 18, 1913] at one o'clock. The body will be taken to Golden City, Missouri, for burial.

The deceased was born in Green Bay, Wis., August 30, 1859. Ten years ago the family came to Austin to reside where Mr. Cox has been employed. He was married September 23, 1883, to Maggie Garver, who died June 20, 1896, leaving Mr. Cox with six children, all of whom survive their father, Mrs. Lee Harlowe of Austin, Aroline of Kansas City; Bennie of Golden City, Mo.; Nettie Fisher of Denver, Colo.; Charles of St. Anthony, Idaho; and Otto of Austin. He also leaves a mother residing in Chicago, five sisters and four brothers. One sister, Mrs. Aroline Brady resides in Austin.

Mr. Cox was unconscious a greater part of the time following his accident, and death was due to fracture of the skull. The family resides on East Mill street.



Lucille H. (Cox) Hinkle



DEXTER, MINN -- A memorial service will be held for Lucille H. Hinkle at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Austin.

Mrs. Hinkle, 81, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Dexter, died Jan. 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a short illness.

Lucille H. Cox was born March 26, 1916, in rural Dexter.

She and Harold Hinkle were married Sept. 4, 1935.

Survivors include her husband; four sons, Fred R., Eugene R., Robert J., and Thomas M.; four daughters, Geraldine E. (Mrs. Stanley) Zerck, Sharon L. (Mrs.Kenneth) Schied, Betty J. Booth and Cynthia R. (Mrs. Michael) Wirrer; 65 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edith Pike. A son and a grandson preceded her in death.


First Name: Lucille
Middle Name: H.
Last Name: Hinkle
Birth Date: 26 March 1916
Social Security Number: 475-34-0368
Place of Issuance: Minnesota
Last Residence: Mower, Minnesota
Zip Code of Last Residence: 55912
Death Date: 13 January 1998
Estimated Age at Death: 82



Gladys Ione (Crane) Eddy


STEWARTVILLE -- There will be a memorial service for Gladys Ione Eddy at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Jack Haddorff officiating. Burial will be in Frankford Cemetery in rural Spring Valley.

Mrs. Eddy, 85, a homemaker formerly of Stewartville and Racine, died Sunday (Jan. 18, 1998) at Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Grand Meadow where she had resided five years.

Gladys Ione Crane was born Oct. 10, 1912, in Grand Meadow, grew up on the family farm and graduated from Grand Meadow High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in home economics and taught for a year before her marriage. On Dec. 19, 1936, she married Maurice Eddy in Charles City Iowa, and they lived in Montevideo and Renville, Minn., before moving to Racine in 1956. They moved to Stewartville in 1961. Her husband was a heavy equipment opprator for Leon Joyce Construction Co. of Rochester. He died in 1979. Mrs. Eddy lived in Apache Junction, Ariz., from 1980 until returning to Minnesota in 1992. She was a member of Stewartville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Eldon of St. Paul, Earl of Clancy, Mont., Eugene of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Kenneth of Rochester; a daughter, Ruth (Mrs. Jeff) Schroeder of Vancouver, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ralph Crane of Racine, Wesley Crane of Tulsa, Okla., and Donald Crane of Round Lake, Ill.; and two sisters, Florence Howard of Huntington Beach, Fla., and Dorothy Beltz of Palmdale, Calif. A grandson preceded her in death.

Friends may call an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville is in charge of arrangements.

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Margaret Dorthy (Cummings)(Saack)


Margaret Dorthy Groby, age 96, of Austin, Minnesota, died at Austin Medical Center Monday morning, Feb. 19, 2007.

Margaret was born Nov. 17, 1910, to Arthur and Minnie (Ober) Cummings in Blue Earth, Minnesota. Margaret's mother became ill when she was about three years of age. She was raised by her grandmother who passed away when Margaret was five. After that she was taken to the State Orphanage at Owatonna. She was there for over a year before she was taken as a foster child into the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Schlussin, of Waterville, Minnesota, where she lived until the age of 18. Margaret was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

She married William F. Saack in 1928 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterville. Five children were born to this union including one baby boy deceased. They moved to Austin in 1941 where they joined St. John's Lutheran Church.

When her children were small, Margaret was a homemaker. After her divorce, Margaret worked at MacLaren's Laundry for 10 years. In 1956 she met and married Elmer Groby, of Spring Valley, Minnesota. She began work at Chuck Hall Cleaners where she was employed until they went out of business five years later. She cooked at St. John's Lutheran School for one year before she and her husband bought the White Front Caf‚ in Rose Creek which they operated for five years. Elmer died in 1978. Margaret worked at St. Mark's Lutheran Home for a few years.

Survivors include her son, Fred (Michele) Saack, Rochester, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Molly Preuss, Waterville, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; two daughters: Inez and Shirley; and two sons: Curtis and an infant.

Memorial services were held on Friday, Feb. 23, 1007 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. William Natzke officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

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


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Thomas M. Cummings


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Thomas M. Cummings, 66, of 501 11th St. S.W., a former wrestling coach and retired longtime Hormel Foods Corp. employee, died Thursday (Oct. 27, 1994) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester of injuries suffered in a fall at his home.

Born Nov. 12, 1927, in St. Ansgar, Iowa, he served in the Navy during World War II.

On June 21, 1949, he married Dorothy ``Toots'' Goergen at St. John's Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Minn. Mr. Cummings was a wrestling coach at Pacelli High School from 1965 to 1975. He retired from Hormel in 1989 after 41 years of service. Mr. Cummings was a member of the VFW, served as an usher at St. Augustine Catholic Church, and enjoyed reading, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Marsha Cummings of Oakland, Calif., Judy (Mrs. Michael) Quinn of Des Moines, Iowa, Mary (Mrs. Jerry) Miller of Rochester, Kathy (Mrs. Charles) Warren of Chicago, Ill., and Patricia (Mrs. Thomas) Wlechmann of Austin; two sons, Tom of Rochester and Bob of Kansas City, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Ann Diedrich, Peg (Mrs. Harold) Johnson and Ruth (Mrs. Harold) Smith, all of Austin. A sister preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, with the Rev. Paul Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Austin with military graveside rites by VFW Post 1216.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m. Saturday.



Howard Eugene Curley


DEXTER, MINN. -- Howard Eugene Curley, 87, of rural Dexter, a longtime area resident and retired farmer, died Monday (April 3, 1995) at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams.

He was born March 4, 1908, in Clarion, Iowa. On Oct. 14, 1932, he married La Rue Taylor in Austin. His wife died July 3, 1986. Mr. Curley lived in the Dexter area for 72 years before entering the care center two years ago. He was a member of United Church in Grand Meadow, the Grange, Farmers Union and Golden Age Club of Grand Meadow.

Survivors include two sons, Robert of Newbury Port, Mass., and Wayne of Dexter; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Davis of Hayfield. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev. William Meier officiating. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.



Andrew Olson Dahle

d: 1926

Death: Sep. 30, 1926

Andrew Olson Dahle, a pioneer resident, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ellen Pederson, at Wallace, S.D. on Sept 30. He had resided there since leaving Adams about 3 years ago. The remains were brought here on Saturday and on Monday afternoon funeral services were held at Little Cedar church, Rev O. C. Brenna officiating.

Interment was made in Little Cedar Cemetery.



Lois A. (Daiker) Svedine, 68


Lois Ann Svedine, of Fond du Lac, Wis., died Saturday, April 7, 2007, from complications of multiple myeloma, at her daughter and son-in law's home in Fond du Lac, surrounded by family.

Lois Ann Daiker was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Perham, Minnesota, to Joseph John and Alta Pauline (Thompson) Daiker. After the death of her father, Joseph, the family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, then to Austin, where she attended school and graduated from Pacelli High in 1956. She married a military man and they traveled around the world for 17 years and had four daughters.

She eventually returned to Austin with her daughters and was employed by Cedar Valley Services for over 30 years. She retired in 2006 and moved to Fond du Lac.

Lois loved her children and grandchildren, enjoyed bingo, and playing cards. In the short time she lived in Wisconsin, she became a member of Full Gospel Church in West Bend, and made new friends at the Senior Center in Fond du Lac.

Lois is survived by four daughters: Pamela (Korey) Rhodes, Fond du Lac; Kathy (Dave) Reller, Rochester, Minnesota; Anne (Mark) Kermes, Amboy, Minnesota; Jackie (Pat) Freismuth, Fond du Lac; ten grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Lou (Stephen) Nelson, Preston, Minnesota, and Susanne (Steven) Nelson, Rose Creek, Minnesota; brother, Bernard/Tom (Barb) Daiker; step-brother, James (Phyllis) Nesler, Port Orchard, Wash.; step-sister, Helen (Dean) McFarland, Wilmington, N.C.; step brother-in-law, Bob Evans, Des Moines, Iowa.

Lois had many nieces and nephews who knew her fondly as "Aunt LoLo."

Lois was preceded in death by her father and mother; step-father and step sister.

A memorial service for Lois Ann (Daiker) Svedine was held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 in West Bend, Wisconsin.


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Zili B. Daily

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday, June 01, 1898, pg.10, col-1

Another old settler has passed away. Zili B. Daily died at his home in LeRoy Tuesday evening, May 24, 1898, aged 67 years 9 months and 12 days. Mr. Daily had been suffering for some time from the effects of cancer and other complications and family and friends were anxious, yet the end came with a sudden shock as there was little thought that death would come so quickly. He bore his suffering with the same patient resignation that characterized his life.

Always pleasant and genial to all he had endeared himself to family, neighbors and friends. He was born in North Moreland, Pa., and came to LeRoy in 1855.

In August, 1855 he was married to Jane C. Vargason, who with 8 sons survive him, their oldest son Daniel Z. having preceded him to the land of rest.

The surviving sons are Geo. J. of LeRoy; John F. of St.Paul; Lewis M. of Taopi; Chase M. of LeRoy; Willie Z. of Sutton; Dr. Milton of Sheldon, Iowa; Otis H. and David M. still at home.

Mr. Daily was a member of the first board of supervisors and has since held various town offices and was an honored member of the Masonic order under whose auspices the funeral services were conducted. The mourning friends have the sympathy of the community.

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Marian Cecelia (Dandelet) Kroc, 84


Marian Cecelia Kroc, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, June 11, 2007.

Marian Cecelia Dandelet was born February 4, 1923 in Mason City, Iowa, to James and Louise (Tousignant) Dandelet. She moved to Austin with her family when she was a young girl and graduated from St. Augustine High School, where she was the first homecoming queen. Marian served in the United States Navy as a WAVE from 1943 to 1946.

On August 30, 1947, she married Bernard Kroc at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. From this union came the birth of eight children.

Over the years Marian was very active in the Catholic Church. In her later years she found gardening to be relaxing and delighted in the sight of flowers. Marian was dearly loved by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to whom, for some, she was known as Grandma GG. She lived life to the fullest and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband Bernard; by five daughters and three sons: Mary Jo (David) Mosher, Westerfield, Indiana; Thomas (Carole) Kroc, Farmington, Minnesota; Diane (Larry) Swanson, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin; Nancy (Robert) Brede, Austin; Susan (Murray) Srock, Austin; Ellen Kroc, Austin; Jerome (Sherry Smahel) Kroc, Delano, Minnesota; Joseph (Cecelia) Kroc, Austin; by 17 grandchildren: Tom, Jim, Chris, John (Mary Jo's), Deb, Mike, Randy, Becky (Tom's); Mike, Katie (Diane's); Matt, Renee, Andy (Nancy's); Frank (Sue's); Lindsey, Erin, Joey (Joe's); by 20 great-grandchildren: Trey, Miranda, Aariela, Erica, Riley, Kyle, Cade, Kailei, Hannah, Blake, Christian, Sarra, Brooke, Kylee, Quinn, Owen, Kate, Mackenzie, Zachary, and Brody; and by one brother, Father James E. Dandelet.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents, James and Louise Dandelet; and by three sisters: Betty Dandelet, Jo Vogel and Naea Wedding.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, in Austin, Minnesota, with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.


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Donald Ray Davis, 83


Donald Ray Davis, 83 of Austin, Minnesota, died at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on Friday morning, May 4, 2007.

Donald was born Oct. 3, 1923 to Homer and Sara (Scearcy) Davis in Amboy, Minnesota, where he attended schools and graduated in 1941. After completing his education, Don farmed in Newry Township.

Donald married Sylvia Hazel Lostegaard on Aug. 31, 1946, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

They farmed near Oakland and owned and operated the Corning Store until 1965 when they moved to Austin. Don was a self-employed carpenter until his retirement in 1979. They moved to Branson, Missouri for several years, returned to Austin in 1986. He was a member of Crane Community Chapel.

Survivors include three sons: James (Vickie) Davis, Austin; Kenneth (Sylvia) Davis, Austin; Ronald (Teresa) Davis, Farmington, Minnesota; two daughters: Jean (Rick) Nelson, Austin; Patty (Don) Blain, Weippe, Idaho; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother: George (Virginia) Davis, Clarks Grove, Minnesota; a sister: Dorothy (Allen) Johnson, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah and Homer Davis; by his wife, Sylvia Davis on Sept. 9, 2005, and by a sister, Janet Palmby.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at Crane Community Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Mark Goossen officiating. Interment was at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Austin.

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


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Elenora Paulina (Rudolph) Davis


Elenora Paulina Davis, age 89, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Thursday, February 22, 2007, at the Austin Medical Center, Austin, Minnesota.

Elenora was born Feb. 5, 1918, in Iaseo Township, Minnesota, to Frederick and Della (Schlossin) Rudolph. On Aug. 28, 1938, she was united in marriage to Kenneth G. Davis in St. Clair, Minnesota. He preceded her in death on January 5, 1979.

Elenora was a retired employee of Hormel Foods, having worked there for 31 years. She enjoyed working with her picture books and needlework.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley (Gilbert) Heimerman, Austin; her grandchildren: Kimberly (Scott) Duncomb, Chrys Heimerman, Scott (Jules) Heimerman, Shellie (Keith) Lorenzen, Tom (Terri) Heimerman; her 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Lillia (Lyle) Hawker, Mankato, Minnesota; her sisters-in-law: Delores (Walt) Marreel, Austin; and Bernadette Stephens, Austin; and nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter, Lucille; her brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Violet Rudolph; and her parents, Frederick and Della Rudolph.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2007, at Mayer Funeral Home, with Rev. Greg Mannel officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.

The casket bearers were: Kimberly Duncomb, Chrys Heimerman, Scott Heimerman, Shellie Lorenzen, Tom Heimerman and Jessi Struck.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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James Herbert Davis



Austin Daily Herald, Thursday Nov. 19, 1908, pg. 4, col. 3


James Herbert Davis died at his home on Grove street Wednesday evening, November 18, about 10:30 o'clock. Mr. Davis has been in failing health for a year and last February was compelled to give up work. He suffered with dropsy and the end came Wednesday evening.

Mr. Davis was born in Portage, Wis., fifty-three years ago last April. He came to Austin fifteen years ago last August and was employed at the L.S. Mitchell blacksmith shop, and with Johnson & Smith plow shop for twelve years. He was married June 18, 1879, and his wife died less than a year ago.

He leaves three daughters, Grace, Lydia, Irene and one son Willie. Two daughters of Mr. Davis are dead- Lizzie and Mrs. John Murane. The Deceased was a member of the local Woodmen lodge and the C.T. A.U. Funeral services will be held from St. Augustine's church at 10 o'clock Saturday morning.

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Mower County Transcript, Wednesday, 11-25-1908, pg.6, col.2

James H. Davis aged 52 years, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, 1908, of dropsy at his home on Grove Street. He has been failing in health for the past year. He was born in Portage, Wis., April 6, 1855. He came to Austin in August, 1893, from Winnebago City and worked at his trade of blacksmith for L.S. Mitchell and for 12 years at the Smith & Johnson plow shop. He was married June 18, 1879. She died Dec, 21.1907. Three daughters and a son survive; He was a member of the Woodman lodge. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church Saturday morning.

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Mrs. James H. Davis

1855 - 1907

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday 12-25-1907, pg.2, col.3

Mrs. James H. Davis, of this city, who had an operation at the Mayo hospital in Rochester on Wednesday died Saturday. The body was brought here for interment.

She was born in New York state, Oct. 19, 1855. In 1865 she moved with her parents to Wisconsin and was married there to Mr. Davis, June 18, 1879. The family moved to Austin in the summer of 1893. Mr. Davis worked for years for Johnson & Smith and now is employed by Shedd & Wright; Mrs. Davis has been in failing health for some time. She was a woman of many estimable traits of character and her death is sincerely mourned by many.

She leaves a husband and four children. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Austin yesterday forenoon. Deceased was member of the Catholic Church and of the Royal Neighbors.

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