Mower County Obituaries
Part 009



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.



Esther A. (Berg) Fardahl, 100


Esther Adina (Berg) Fardahl, 100, formerly of Adams, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 29, 2007 at Northridge Care Center in New Hope, Minnesota.

She was born on January 6, 1907 in Makoti, North Dakota, to Andrew and Marie (Mathiason) Berg. She was baptized at home and confirmed in Hope Lutheran Church in Makoti. She also attended public school in Makoti as well. Esther came to Minnesota in 1937.

She was married on January 31, 1948 to Louis Fardahl, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams. Esther belonged to WELCA and circle, and was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146 in Adams.

Esther and Louis lived on the farm until July 1979 when they moved to Austin. Louis preceded her in death on September 1990. In September 1993 Esther moved to Robbinsdale.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, by her parents, by one sister and by three brothers.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, with Rev. Shari Mason officiating. Burial was in Little Cedar Cemetery.

The Mayer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


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Amelia (Klock) (David) Farquar


From: Chatfield Democrat, Chatfield, Minnesota April 11, 1912

Mrs. J.W. Farquar died at her home in Grand Meadow on Friday April 5, 1912. Her death was caused by bronchial trouble, from which she had suffered a long time, having been confined to her bed since last fall. She was 78 years old.

Miss Amelia Klock was born in Fort Plain, New York, in the year 1835.

She was married to William A. David in New York in 1852 and the following year, when she was 18 years old, they came to Chatfield, where her husband died in 1877.

About 30 years ago she was married a second time, to J.W. Farquar, of Grand Meadow, who died December 8th 1910.

She was the mother of seven children, five sons and two daughters, all of whom survive her. They are: Willis, Edgar, John, and Marvin David, of Chatfield; Melvin David of Grand Meadow; Mrs. Cora Bailey, of Chatfield; Mrs. Marietta Ayler, of Winona, Wash.

The funeral was held from the home in Grand Meadow at 10:30 O’Clock Monday morning, Rev., Hughes, of that place officiating. The remains were brought to Chatfield in the afternoon and taken to the home of her son, Will, in North Chatfield, where services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 O’Clock, Rev. E. C. Teachout officiating. The remains were taken to the Chatfield cemetery for burial.



Gilbert "Gib" Michael Fasbender, 83


Gilbert Michael Fasbender, 83, a longtime Adams resident, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Born Aug. 10, 1923, in Adams, Minnesota, he attended Johnsburg Elementary School in Johnsburg, Minnesota.

The was married on June 19, 1945, to Elizabeth A. Schneider in Johnsburg. While residing in Adams, he drove truck for the Mower County Co-Op and owned a school bus company for over 30 years. He served with the Adams Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, and was Chief for 25 of those years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion. In his free time he enjoyed camping and storytelling.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth; by his two daughters: Kathleen (Marvin) Fifer, Chandler, Arizona; and Mary (James) Duane, Lewiston, Minnesota; by one son, David (Sharon) Fasbender, Rochester; by 11 grandchildren; by 10 great-grandchildren; by two sisters: Maryann (Glen) Davis, Grand Meadow, Minnesota; and Rosella (Wally) Vogen, Chatfield, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

A celebration of life for Gilbert Fasbender was held on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father James Seitz officiating.

The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Beverly A. Fealy, 73


Beverly A. (Nielsen) Fealy was born April 3, 1934 in Austin, Minnesota. She died on May 28, 2007 in Auburn, Washington.

Beverly retired from the Boeing Cafeteria in Seattle, Washington in 1996, after over 30 years of service. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her three children: Diane (Jack) Passinetti, Cindy (Mike) Condon and Steve (Marieke) Fealy; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren, and by two brothers and two sisters.

The family asks that donations be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association. A memorial service was held on June 7, 2007, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.


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Jerome R. "Jerry" Fell, 75


Jerome R. "Jerry" Fell, 75, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, April 27, 2007 at Austin Medical Center.

Jerry was born August 24, 1931 in Austin, Minnesota, to Raymond and Audrey (Wood) Fell. He graduated from Austin High School and served in the United States Navy as a machinist mate from 1951 thru 1955.

He married Ardeth Miller, but they divorced in 1980.

He attend Austin Junior College and graduated from Mankato State College in 1958. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of South Dakota in 1965. He was the Principal at Elkton, Minnesota and Kasson, Minnesota, and the Superintendent of Schools at Becker, Minnesota, before going back into teaching. He taught music in the Austin Public Schools from 1971 to 1991.

Jerry married Suzanne M. Gulbranson Cole on April 11, 1981. Jerry was a professional musician and played drums with several area "big bands" during the 1950s and 60s.

After teaching middle school music for many years he developed a love for corny jokes and puns. He had imaginary "helpers" like Fred, who lived in his closet in his Austin High School classroom. Along with his other interests he enjoyed spending time with his family and sitting on his front porch "people watching."

He was a member of Austin Post #91 American Legion, the Elks Club and the Mower County Historical Society.

Jerry is survived by his wife: Suzanne Fell, Austin, Minnesota; by daughters, JerriLynn (Terry) Merritt, Gilbert, Arizona, Joan (Tony) Wagner, Keller, Texas, Susan (Andy) Johnson, Ashland, Wisconsin; by stepsons: Patrick Cole, Centennial, Colorado, Shawn (Lisa) Cole, Aurora, California; by grandsons: Andy, Jason and T. J. Wagner, Alex and Nick Johnson; by step-grandchildren: Matthew, Linnie, Abby and, Tommy Cole.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joanne.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Honorary pal bearers are Andy Wagner, Jason Wagner, T. J. Wagner, Alex Johnson, Nick Johnson, Tom Ogland, Jim Ogland, and Dick Alger.


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Gladys Eleanor (Ferguson) Howden, 95


Gladys Eleanor Howden, age 95, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Monday, February 12, 2007, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

She was born Dec. 16, 1911, in Woodstock, Wisconsin, to Bert and Winnifred (Klock) Ferguson, the third of nine children.

She was married to Glenn D. Howden at Austin. Following his death in 1934, Gladys went to work at the George A. Hormel, Co., where she worked until retiring in 1975. Gladys was a member of The Church of the Open Bible, where she completed the INSTE program through the church and taught Sunday School for 65 years, as well as teaching in the church school. She served as the secretary-treasurer for the Lifetime Ministries. In retirement, Gladys worked as a volunteer at St. Olaf Hospital and the Austin Medical Center, and enjoyed traveling to visit her family.

Gladys is survived by a son and daughters-in-law: James and Virginia Howden, of Hurst, Texas; and Lynda Howden, of Austin; by five grandchildren; by six great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Howden, Sr.; her son, Glenn Howden, Jr. in 1997; and by eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 2 p.m., at the Church of the Open Bible, with Pastor Charles Courtney officiating. Interment was in the Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin, was in charge of arrangements.


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Starr Magdalene (Finer) Lengerman


Starr Magdalene Lengerman, age 87, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died Tuesday Feb. 20, 2007, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

Starr was born on a farm near Buffalo Center, Iowa, to Henry and Dora Finer. She attended and graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1936. She then went on to Normal School and taught in rural Buffalo Center.

On Nov. 29, 1940, she married Dallas M. Lengerman in Buffalo Center, Iowa. After their marriage they farmed in the Grand Meadow, Minnesota, area.

After Dallas passed away, Starr moved from the farm into Grand Meadow.

Starr was a member of the United Methodist Church in Grand Meadow. She enjoyed reading, gardening, flowers and being involved at the church.

Starr is survived by her son, Larry (Judy) Lengerman, Rochester, Minnesota; by two daughters: Loreen (Allan) Sprau, Rochester, Minnesota; and Judy (Robert) Witherow, Green Valley, Arizona; by five grandchildren: Nicholas, Valerie, Virginia, Lesha and Dane; by five great-grandchildren: Jeremy, Cole, Mina, Jaelyn and Elayna; and by two sisters: Dorothy (Glenn) Bonnickson, Ringsted, lowa; and Bess (Stan) Tweeten, Manly, Iowa.

She was preceded by her parents; by husband, Dallas; by her son, Randall; by four brothers: Dale, Merle, Ray and Gene; and by one sister, Mae.

Funeral services for Starr M. Lengerman were held on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the United Church in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, with the Rev. Karen Ashton officiating. Burial was in the Grand Meadow Cemetery, Grand Meadow, Minnesota.


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Eleanor Luella (Peters) Finley


Eleanor Luella Finley, age 79, of Austin, Minnesota, died at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin on March 11, 2007.

She was born March 25, 1927, to Otto and Selma (Kuhlman) Peters in Dodge Center, Minnesota, where she grew up.

She married Roland E. Finley on June 30, 1947 in Dodge Center. They made their home in Hayfield, Minnesota for four years before moving to Austin, where they lived for 52 years.

A member of the Lutheran faith, Eleanor reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Roland Finley of Austin; her daughters: Cheryl (David) Lawrence of Parma Heights, Ohio; Gwen (Eric Scheibe) Thilgen of New Brighton, Minnesota; her three grandchildren: Todd Lawrence of Little Falls, Minnesota; Randy (Amanda) Thilgen of Lakeville, Minnesota; Jamie Thilgen of Phoenix, Arizona; and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary; one grandson, Troy; sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 15, 2007 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, with Pastors Barbara Finley-Shea and Stephan Sandness co-officiating. Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Hayfield.

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


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Lois Virginia (Johnson) Fisher, 86


Lois Virginia Fisher, age 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, March 22, 2007 at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Lois was born Aug. 28, 1920 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, to Simon and Elizabeth (Racklemann) Johnson.

On Feb. 22, 1941, she was united in marriage to Howard H. Fisher in Austin.

Lois was a retired bookkeeper from the Dubinsky scrap yard. The couple spent their retirement years in Mesa, Arizona. She was a member of the Village Bells at Mesa Dunes, and was active in the Girl Scouts and St. Edward's Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Howard H. Fisher of Austin; her daughter, Elizabeth LeFevour of Elmhurst, Illinois; her son, David Fisher of Austin; her three grandchildren: Kevin (Kristina) LeFevour of Naperville, Illinois; Kelly LeFevour of Chicago, Illinois; Katherine LeFevour of Elmhurst, Illinois; her brothers: Walton Johnson of Albert Lea, Minnesota; Richard (Pat) Johnson of Sun City, Arizona; her sisters: Ethel Corbin of Austin; Barbara (Willard) Knutson, of Longview, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her son, Richard H. Fisher; a sister, Eleanor Wakefield; and by her son-in-law, Michael LeFevour.

A memorial service was celebrated on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Mayer Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.


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Helen V. (McMichael)(Flaherty) Williamson


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- A memorial Mass will be conducted for Helen V. Williamson at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin, with the Rev. Virgil Duellman officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Williamson, 78, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, formerly of Austin, died early Tuesday (Aug. 13, 1996) at her home.

Helen V. McMichael was born Aug. 8, 1918, and was a 1936 graduate of Austin High School. She worked for Hormel Foods Corp. and was an operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Mrs. Williamson was a charter member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Her first husband, Steve Flaherty, died June 15, 1957. Her second husband, Ken Williamson, died Oct. 14, 1975.

Survivors include three children, Martin J. Williamson of Alden, Iowa, and Sandrakay J. Williamson and Stanley Williamson, both of Austin; six grandchildren; and a brother, Lloyd McMichael of Minnetonka, Minn. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Mayer Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation or reviewal.


Charlotte Ellen Cecilia (Fogelstrom)


Birth: Mar. 4, 1929
Death: Dec. 31, 2005

AUSTIN, MINN. — A memorial service for Charlotte Ellen Cecilia Sutter will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with the Rev. Dennis R. Tamke officiating. Interment will be in Hoflanda Cemetery in Marshall Township.

Mrs. Sutter, 76, of Austin died Saturday (Dec. 31, 2005) at her home.

Charlotte Fogelstrom was born March 4, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Austin High School in 1947 as her class's valedictorian. On Dec. 31, 1950, she married Gary Sutter at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Austin. She enjoyed crafts, cooking, card games and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her husband; four sons, Brian (Linda) of Eatonville, Wash., Ron (Helen) of Lanesboro, Kevin (Julie) of Rochester and Scott (Carla) of New Brighton, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by a brother.

Visitation will be an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

The family prefers memorials to the Hoflanda Cemetery or to ovarian cancer research.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.



Arlin LeVern "Lee" Forland


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Arlin LeVern "Lee" Forland, age 82, of Austin, died Friday, March 10, 2006 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

He was born June 19, 1923, in Fillmore County, Minn., to Arndt and Lena (Swenson) Forland. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was an Austin resident for 60 years and worked for Hormel Foods for 30 years. He supported St. Olaf Lutheran Church and enjoyed his hobby farm, woodworking, creating model hitches, and making rosettes was a favorite pastime.

He is survived by his nieces: Diane (Doug) Freeman, of Rochester, Minn.; Julie (Jeff) Johnson, of Rochester, Minn.; nephew, Dave (Ann) Forland, of Austin, Minn.; great nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Doris Forland, of Austin, Minn.

Arlin was preceded in death by his sisters, Eleanor Knutson and Pearl Forland; brothers, Alfred Forland and Lorn (Duane) Forland; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with The Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in LeRoy. Austin Post #91, American Legion, is in charge of military rites. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary today from 4-7 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church one hour before the service.

The organist will be Neal Erickson. Soloist will be Erin Schumacher. Casket bearers will be Dave Forland, Danny Swenson, Chris Swenson, Brian Swenson, Jeff Johnson, Doug Freeman and Bob Swenson.

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Charles Fossey


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A former Lyle area and business man, Charley Fossey, 77, died Tuesday, April 26, 1966, following a year and one half illness in St. Mark Retirement Home in Austin, Minnesota.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 29, at Our Savior's Lutheran church, Austin, with the Rev. G. C. Knutson officiating. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery at Austin.

Charley Fossey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Fossey, was born in Mitchell County, Iowa, East of Otranto on January 30, 1889. He attended the rural Pleasant Prairie school in Otranto township and also the Cedar Valley Seminary, Osage, Iowa.

He served in World War I in France, and later worked in a store in Rhame, North Dakota.

He was married to Edna Johnson of Lyle June 30, 1919. The couple lived in Lyle where Charley operated a department store with his brother-in-law, later was Lyle Postmaster and also operated a Gamble store in Lyle.

Later they moved to St. Paul where Charley served a term in the Legislature as clerk under Senator Nolan. They moved back to Austin where Charley was the founder of the Fossey Implement Co. which he operated until his health failed.

He is survived by his wife, Edna, three sons, Dean and Robert of Austin and Dr. Darol Fossey, Minneapolis; 11 grandchildren; also one sister, Mrs. Gilbert Martin of Austin; four brothers, Otto of St. Ansgar, Mense, George and Eddie, all of Lyle.

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Charles P. Fossey was born on January 30, 1889, in Mitchell County, Iowa, the son of Anton and Olivia Fossey. He attended public schools in Mitchell County, and the Osage Seminary.

He lived in Rhame, North Dakota from 1909 to 1915. He returned to Lyle and operated a general merchandise store after his overseas service in World War I. He served as clerk in the office of Senator Nolan in 1921 and as postmaster at Lyle from 1922 until 1935, when he entered the farm equipment business. In 1940 he served as territory manager for Deere and Webber Co., and purchased the John Deere franchise in Austin in 1941.

Mr. Fossey was married to Edna Johnson, Lyle, on June 30, 1919. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the American Legion and Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime member of the DAV.

He died on April 26, 1966 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Surviving are his wife, Edna; three sons: Robert and Dean of Austin, and Dr. Darol Fossey of Minneapolis; one sister, Mrs. Hannah Martin, Austin; and by four brothers: Otto Fossey, St. Ansgar, Iowa, Edward, George and Mense Fossey, Lyle.

Funeral funeral services were held at 1:30 p m. on April 29, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church; Rev. G. C. Knutson officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery with Worlein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald - Wednesday, May 4, 1966]



Merlin Dale Fossey


Merlin Dale Fossey, 70, of Austin died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at Austin Medical Center.

He was born March 8, 1932, in Lyle, to Alfred and Amanda (Nelson) Fossey.

He attended St. Ansgar, Iowa schools, graduating in 1950. He then joined the Army in April 17, 1952, serving in the Korean Conflict as a medic and was honorably discharged as a sergeant on March 3, 1954.

On Dec. 17, 1955, he married Alice Foster in Grand Meadow. They lived in Austin, and Merlin worked 25 years as a mechanic for Thill Implement in Rose Creek, at Gerard School for eight years and at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center for seven years in maintenance.

He belonged to Holy Cross Lutheran Church and VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91. He enjoyed woodworking, camping and fishing.

Survivors include wife, Alice Fossey, Austin; children, Pamela (Steve) Forshier, Fountain Hills, Ariz.; Duane Fossey, Owatonna; Nancy (Terry Kropp) Fossey, Cave Creek, Ariz.; Dale Fossey, Harrison, Ark.; one granddaughter; brother, Darwin (Betty) Fossey, St. Ansgar, Iowa; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Frank) Dunlevy, Mason City, Iowa; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne Fossey.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at the funeral home and at the church for one hour before the service. Service: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Stohlmann officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91. Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

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Evelyn I. (Goodew) Fox


Evelyn I. Fox, age 78, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, died at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Osage, Iowa, on Nov. 16, 2006.

Evelyn Goodew was born on March 4, 1928, in Austin, Minnesota, to Edward and Etta (Eckert) Goodew. As a teenager she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Evelyn married Edgar Fox on May 15, 1948, in Austin, Minn. She worked at Hormel and later at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar when it first opened. She worked as a nurses aid, charge nurse and activity director.

After retiring, she went back to the Good Samaritan as a feeder until her health would not let her continue. She enjoyed flowers, birds, coin collecting and collecting post cards. Her heart was so loving that she opened her home over the years to care for people with health difficulties.

Evelyn will be remembered as a loving person.

Evelyn is survived by her husband, Edgar, Sr., of St. Ansgar, Iowa; one son, Edgar, Jr. (Dixie), of St. Ansgar, Iowa; two daughters: Sue (Nick) Streit, of St. Ansgar, Iowa; and Jo Fox, of St. Ansgar, Iowa; five grandchildren; one honorary grandchild; four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ray (Billie) Goodew, of Austin, Minn.; and Carroll (Audrey) Goodew, of North Carolina; one sister, Val (Ron) Shada, of Walker, Iowa; and special friend, Jo Nash, of Carpenter, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two children: Robert and Mary; and one brother in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at the St. Ansgar Baptist Church, St. Ansgar, Iowa, with Rev. Gary Gonnerman officiating. Burial will be at the St. Ansgar Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. today at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home of St. Ansgar, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



June Carol (Francis) Iverson, 75


June Carol Iverson, age 75, of Channelview, Texas, was carried away by angels to join her Lord God on March 8, 2007. Loving family members waiting for her are her beloved parents, Gladys and Lynn Francis; and brother, Ronnie Francis.

June is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Henry; by her daughters: Debbie (Curt) Long, and Sherri (Benny) Judice. June enjoyed the love of her five grandchildren: Tara (Adam) Taylor, Tasha Driscoll and fiance Ramon Ramos, Brian Judice; Ashlee and Curtis Long. June was also eagerly awaiting the birth of her first great-grandson by granddaughter Tasha. Family members also surviving include brothers and sisters: David (Clara) Francis, Burnet, Texas; William (Carol) Francis, Flower Mound, Texas; Cheryl (Dick) Scroggins, Leander, Texas; Beth (Paul) Hipp, Kingwood, Texas; sisters-in-law, Jewell Francis, Houston, Texas, and Marlys Larson, Spring Valley, Minnesota.

June and Henry had been lifetime residents of Austin, Minnesota before moving to the Houston area to be near their daughters.

Funeral services were held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota, on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. The burial was in Grandview cemetery.


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Francis Albert Freed


Birth: Jan. 4, 1909
Death: Nov. 25, 2002

Francis Albert Freed, age 93, of Brownsdale, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home, Blooming Prairie, Minn.

He was born Jan. 4, 1909, at a farm in Bondurant, Iowa, to Albert and Elizabeth Westman Freed. His parents moved to a farm southeast of Brownsdale in 1910. Two years later, they moved to a farm southwest of Sargeant, Minn., where he farmed until his retirement in 1974. He received his elementary education at District #89 Country School and graduated from Hayfield High School.

On June 21, 1941, in Austin, Minn., he was united in marriage with Florence Larson from Rose Creek, Minn. He and his wife moved to Brownsdale in 1980. They were blessed with one daughter, Mary Freed.

Francis became a member of Sargeant Zion United Bretheran Church in 1921. He had been a faithful servant doing God's work through the years. He loved to sing in the choir and the men's quartet. He was a soft spoken, kind and loving husband, father uncle and friend to all. He loved to go to northern Minnesota to go fishing and playing cards with family and friends. Blessed be his memory.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence Freed; and sister, Alice Freed Klingsheim.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. at Sargeant United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Hodak and the Rev. Donald D. Budd officiating. Interment will be in the Hoflanda Cemetery in Marshall Township. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday at Sargeant United Methodist Church for one hour before the service. Organist will be Barbara Nason. Casket bearers will be David Hammermeister, Harlin Kriehn, Gene Studer, Tom Anderson, Jim Risius, David Baumgartner.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Freed of Brownsdale, Minn.; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Daniel Rhodes; sister-in-law, Vivian Larson of Loveland, Colo.; nephew, Dr. Michael Freed of Hastings, Minn.; great niece, Kirsten Freed of Corvallis, Ore.; great nephew, Sanders Freed of Olympia, Wash.; and many cousins.



Todd Jay Frisbie



Todd Jay Frisbie was born Aug. 20, 1959, at Wadena, Minn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Frisbie.

He attended Sumner Grade School, Austin, and graduated from Austin High School in 1977.

Todd accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his own and personal Saviour at the age of 8 and was a member of First Baptist Church, Austin.

Surviving are his parents, Betty and Everett Frisbie; a brother-in-law and sister, Nolan and Ellen Bacon, Leader, Minn.; a sister, Sharon Frisbie, Minneapolis, a sister and brother in-law, Susan and Kenneth Penkava, Austin, a sister and brother in-law, Cindy and Pat Tracy, St. Paul; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hartzel Porter, Deer Creek, Minn.; six nephews; one niece; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins.

Funeral services were held May 1, 1978, at First Baptist Church at 3 p.m. with Dr. Wallace Alcorn officiating.   Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.   Organist was Doreen Kallman and soloist, Walter Tomhave.   Pallbearers were John Smith, Dave Dubinsky, Bill Dugan, Steve Wilkie, Jeff Larson, Dave Smith.

Todd and his fiance, Kim McAlister, died tragically of carbon monoxide poisoning April 28.

He was a loving, generous person and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.



Mary Melvina (Fuller) Rolfson


Mary Melvina Fuller, daughter of Simeon and Naomi Fuller, was born Dec 7, 1862, at North Creek, Warren County, N. Y. At the age of six, she moved with her parents to Minnesota and settled on a farm, near Chatfield.

A few years later, they moved to Dexter township, Mower county, where on Nov. 28, 1884, she was united in marriage to Asben S. Rolfson. To this union were born four sons and two daughters, all of whom survive.

In the fall of 1919, Mr. and Mrs. Rolfson retired from the farm and moved to Austin, where they resided at 602 West Maple, until their death.

Mrs. Rolfson was a faithful member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and a life member of the Women's Missionary federation. Death came to her about 7:30, Sunday morning, Nov. 25, 1951, at St. Olaf hospital, just 12 days prior to her 89th birthday.

Mrs. Rolfson was preceded in death by her husband and a step-daughter, Anne (Mrs. M. M. Haynes). Surviving are her six children: Roy, Guy and Earl, Brownsdale; Frances (Mrs. C. H. Waldon), Waterloo, Iowa; Myrtle (Mrs. P. A. Ulland) and Merril, Austin; also 20 grandchildren; three step-grandchilrecn; 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Eugene Fuller, Oregon.

Funeral services were held at St. Olaf Lutheran church on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 2 p. m. with Rev. Arthur L. Swenson officiating. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery at Brownsdale. Pallbears were Paul Rockwell, Oscar Proeschel, Ben Anderson, Arthur Hoffman, Irvin Strangman and John Brinkman."



Ronald "Butch" Gage, 66


Butch Gage, 66, previously of Austin, Minnesota, died on May 29, 2007 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

Butch was born in Liberty, Nebraska, on February 22, 1941. Butch worked for 37 years for US West and later Qwest.

He is survived by his wife, Maridee (Clark) Gage; by a daughter, Gina; by a son, Robert (Sharon); by granddaughters, Ashleigh and Courtney; by a sister, Rita Brooks (Kenny); by his brothers: Lee Garland (Carol), Mel Girl (Elaine), Jerry Girl (Nancy), and Alan Girl (Bev). Ron is also survived by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from his wife's family, his mother-in-law, Inez Honderich (Forrest), and many other relatives.

Memorial services were conducted on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Arizona.


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