Mower County Obituaries
Part 015



Alan Knut Jacobson, 66


Alan Knut "Jake" Jacobson, age 66, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Fieldcrest Nursing Home.

He was born Sept. 19, 1940, in Austin, the only child of Knut and Evelyn (Jahns) Jacobson.

Jake attended Austin Public Schools and spent several years in the U.S. Navy. In 1960 he was married to Ruth Ann Kellogg, and they had two sons. Jake married Mary Hessenius on Sept. 9, 1974, in Austin.

Jake loved to spend time at his cabin in Hackensack, Minnesota. He spent a short time as a Deputy Sheriff for Mower County before spending 17 years with the Austin Fire Department. Jake had many businesses over the years including North Star Liquor, Jake and Fran's Loading Dock, Mapleview Lounge and Bottleshop, Jake's Corral and Jake's Bucksville. For the past 15 years, Jake drove semi for several local trucking firms.

Jake is survived by his daughters and son-in-law: Leah (Levi) Erickson, Austin; Elizabeth Jacobson, Rochester, Minnesota; sons and daughter-in-law: Timothy Jacobson, Brainerd, Minnesota; Michael (Lynette) Jacobson, Rochester; grandchildren: Zachary Wiste, Tanner, Travis, Brandon, Jennifer and Ashley Jacobson; life-long friend, Kenneth Knutson, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jacobson; and his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2007, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with Rev. Glenn L. Monson officiating. Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Brandon Jacobson, Tanner Jacobson, Ryan Palumbo, Tony Palumbo, Eric Palumbo, and Ben Hessenius.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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John A. Jacobson

Nov. 13, 1887 - Jan. 14, 1977

Funeral services for John A. Jacobson, 89, who died January 14 at Mitchell County Memorial hospital, were held Monday, January 17 at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gaylord Grant officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

John A. Jacobson, son of Jacob and Mary (Anderson) Jacobson, was born November 13, 1887 in Nevada Township, Mower County, one ofa family of 14 children. He attended school in Nevada Township.

October 2, 1912 he was married to Clara Morstad. They established their home on a farm east of Rose Creek where they lived their entire married life. His wife died June 29, 1960 and he continued to make his home there until six years ago. December 31, 1976 he entered the Osage Nursing home in Osage.

John and Clara were lifelong members of Six Mile Grove Lutheran church and he served on the Rose Creek school board for a number of years.

He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Richard (Armeda) Olson of Lyle; six grandchildren, Mrs. Harlan (LaVonne) Landehoff and Mrs. Bernard (Diane) Larson of North Bend, Neb.; Mrs. Larry (Joan) Blake of Stacyville; Mrs. Paul (Ramona) Wynia of Lake Mills; Richard and Ronald Olson of Lyle; one sister, Mrs. Ibert (Laura) Hofland.



Russell Kenneth Jacobson


Russell K. Jacobson, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, May 11, 2007 at his home in Austin.

Russell was born on May 16, 1919 in rural Ostrander, Minnesota, to Andrew and Mary (Nortness) Jacobson.

Russell married Violet Jerred on May 12, 1944, at the St. Olaf Parsonage in Austin. During World War II, Russell served in both Europe and in the occupation Army in Japan. After the war, he worked for the Highway Department, Eclipse Lumber Yard, and Hormel Foods, and also did farming.

In his spare time Russell enjoyed family vacations, especially to Punta Cana, D.R. He had done extensive travelling; having visited all fifty states, Cuba, Mexico, and Canada.

Russell is survived by his wife, Violet Jacobson, of Austin; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Allen Holland, of Wabasha, Minnesota; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Linda Jacobson, of Oostburg, Wisconsin; by grandchildren: Rhonda, Jason, Kim, Brooke, and Jesse; by step-grandchildren: Wendy, Cindi, Tammy, and Kari; by three great-grandchildren; by 11 step-great-grandchildren; and by a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Margret Jacobson, of LeRoy, Minnesota.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; by one sister; and by five brothers.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Rev. Glenn L. Monson officiating. Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery south of Austin.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arangements.


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Agnes Elizabeth (Nichols)(Shannon)


Agnes Jeffries, age 98, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, May 25, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Agnes Elizabeth Nichols was born on February 23, 1909 to Daniel M. and Martha (Groepel) Nichols in Winnebago, Minnesota, where she grew up and attended school.

She married Harry Shannon in 1929. They lived on a farm near Winnebago until 1956, when they moved to Spring Valley, Minn. Harry died in 1970.

Agnes married Ray Jeffries in 1972, and they made their home in Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoyed fishing trips and traveling with Ray, and summers at Black Bay on Rainey Lake. Ray died in 1987. Agnes then moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1998, to be near her daughter. She became one of the first residents of Primrose in Austin, on December 14, 2002, where she lived until March 17, 2007 when she moved to St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Survivors include two sons: Richard (Lucy) Shannon of Carol Stream, Illinois, and James (Mary) Shannon of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Mary Lou Wangen of Austin; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both husbands, Harry Shannon and Ray Jeffries; by her brother, Harry Nichols; by three sisters: Audrey Fenelon, Lucille Davis and Irene Messer.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with Rev. Pat Toschak officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago, Minnesota.


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Muriel (Jensen) McAlister


AUSTIN, MINN. -- A memorial service for Muriel McAlister will be at 5 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Austin, with the Rev. David DeFor officiating. The body was cremated.

Mrs. McAlister, 80, of Rogers, Ark., formerly of Austin, died May 9, 2003, at her home.

Muriel Jensen was born May 23, 1922, in Alden, Minn. On May 20, 1948, she married Kenneth McAlister. He died Jan. 16, 1991. She was a homemaker and moved to Rogers from Austin in 1981.

Survivors include two sons, Terry L. Sr. of Sulphur Springs, Ark., and Rodney K. of Austin; two daughters, Sherry Ann Gilbertson of Fayetteville, Ark., and Roxanne Johansen of Garfield, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Grant Hansen of Little Rock, Ark., Lloyd Jensen of Denver, Colo., and Russell Jensen of Atlantic, Iowa.

Callison-Lough Funeral Service in Rogers is in charge of arrangements.



Emma (Jicha) Mildenstein


Emma Mildenstein, 80, of Lyle, Minnesota, was born August 29, 1909 at Austin, Minnesota to Frank and Louisa (Jilek) Jicha. She was Married to Floyd William Mildenstein on August 19, 1931.

Mrs. Mildenstein was a home-maker. She was a member of Bethal Alliance Church for 45 years. She was also a member of the Lyle American Legion Auxiliary, Woodbury Willing Workers, Lyle Senior Citizens and Women's Missionary Prayer Fellowship.

Mrs. Mildenstein died January 15, 1990 at Burr Oak Manor, Austin, MN. Funeral services were held on January 18, 1990 at Bethel Alliance Church with Rev. Damon Aukema officiating. Soloist was Betty Haney and organist was Nancy Wellington. Interment was in Woodbury, Cemetery, Lyle, MN.

Worlien Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Brian Mildenstein, Linda Christensen, Randall Christensen, James Wallack, Victoria Christensen and Myron Morgan. Honary pallbearer Merwyn Morgan.

Mrs. Mildenstein is survived by children Mrs. and Mrs. Robert (Janet) Christensen, Hayfield, MN, Ruth Nelson, Minneapolis, James and Ida Mildenstein, Albert Lea, MN, David G. MIldenstein, Glenville, MN, Larry D. Mildenstein, Minneapolis, Steve and Carol Mildenstein, Rochester, Mn.; a Sister Mary Morgan, Lyle, MN.; 13 grand children and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Louisa (Jilek) Jicha, husband Floyd, a brother Amos Jicha, two sons Robert and William Mildenstein.



Connie J. Olson Johnson


HOLLANDALE --The funeral for Connie J. Johnson will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin, with the Rev. Russell Wangen officiating.

Burial will be in Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle, Minn.

Mrs. Johnson, 32, of Hollandale, died Sunday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She was born July 1, 1966, in Austin and graduated from high school there. She then attended Austin Vocational Technical School for two years to become a cosmetologist. She married Larry Johnson on Sept. 27, 1984, in Austin.

Survivors include her husband, of Hollandale; son Travis Johnson of Hollandale; parents Robert and Barbara Olson of Austin; brother Curtis Olson of Austin; sisters Carol (Mrs. Tab) Gusa of Commerce City, Colo., Valerie (Mrs. Wade) Schewe of Blooming Prairie; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before the service.



Donald A. Johnson, 59


Funeral services for Donald A. Johnson were held on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at the LeRoy Evangelical Lutheran Church in LeRoy, Minnesota, with the Rev. Thomas Kolden officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs, Iowa.

Don Johnson, 59, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

He was born Sept. 13, 1947 in Preston, Minnesota, to Arlow and June Johnson. He attended school in Lime Springs and Cresco, Iowa. After high school he attended and graduated from Winona State University and in 1970 he joined the United States Army and served until 1972 during Vietnam.

On Sept. 3, 1973 he was united in marriage to Fran Victorine at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lime Springs. Don went to work for GTE telephone company in Cresco, and in 1977 moved to LeRoy, where he continued to work for GTE and eventually Frontier Communications, retiring in 2004.

In college he sang in the State Line Choir, The LeRoy Lutheran Church Choir and for many special events for his family and friends. He was a faithful and active member of the LeRoy Evangelical Lutheran Church where he was a church council president. He was a member of several community organizations and retired from the LeRoy Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife Fran of LeRoy; three children, Charles Dean (Sarah) Johnson of North Mankato, Minnesota, Barry Arlo (Billi) Johnson and Jeanette Marie (Jay) Burns, both of Lime Springs; two grandchildren, Isaac Ryan Johnson of North Mankato and Kaylee Ann Johnson of Lime Springs; his parents, Arlo and June Johnson of Lime Springs; and sisters, Nancy (Terry) Miller of Lime Springs and Betty (Chuck) Wilson of Naples, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Theodore and Bessie Johnson and Arthur and Edith Johnson.

Arrangements were by Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy, Minnesota.


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Donna Morine (Klingfus) (Johnson)


Donna Hatfield, age 75 of Austin, died Monday evening, May 28, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Donna Morine Klingfus was born on March 30, 1932 to Walter and Dorothy (Noble) Klingfus, in Austin, where she lived her entire life. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1950.

In 1951 she married James (Jim) Johnson. Jim passed away in 1958. Donna married Ronald Hatfield in 1960, and they later divorced. She worked at Streeters in Albert Lea for 26 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy (Patrick) Wehner of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, and Nancee (Thomas) Easter of Menomonie, Wisconsin; four grandchildren: Sam and Hannah Wehner, Donald and Jonathan Easter; two sisters, Shirley (John) Flink of Rose Creek, Minnesota, and Ethel (Roger) Anderson of Austin; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Karen Johnson of Austin

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her first husband, James "Jim" Johnson; and by two infant daughters, Bonnie and Brenda Johnson.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 1, 2007 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, with Rev. William Natzke officiating. Burial was at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Austin.

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Eleanor (Johnson) Masse, 99


Eleanor Masse died on May 4, 2007 in Austin, Minnesota, four and one-half months prior to her 100th birthday.

Eleanor was born on Sept. 24, 1907, in Norway, Michigan, to Helga and Herman Johnson. She was raised in Wakefield, Michigan, and lived for many years raising her four sons in Bessemer, Michigan. She went back to nursing school (a lifelong dream of hers) in 1963 and graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) from Northern Michigan University in 1964. She worked at the Gogebic Hospital until she retired.

Eleanor was very active in the First Presbyterian Church, the PTA and the local Election Board in Bessemer. She made friends wherever she went and never hesitated to strike up a conversation with strangers and take an interest in their problems. She was a very good listener all the days of her life, but did not hesitate to offer an opinion when it was merited!

After suffering several incidents with ice and snow in the early 1990's, Eleanor agreed to move to Austin to be closer to family members. She developed new friendships at St. Mark's Apartments where she lived. Eleanor regularly attended church at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett, and by and her eldest son, Kenneth.

She is survived by her other sons: Philip and his wife Millie, of Austin; Roger and his partner Patrick Kelley, of Warrenton, Oregon; Gary of Galveston, Texas; and by her daughter-in-law, Judith Masse Kaffine and her husband, Donald Kaffine, of Deerwood, Minnesota; eight loving grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; by a sister, Clara Wiita, of Wakefield, Michigan; and by a brother, Ernest (Jim) Johnson, of San Mateo, California.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

It was her wish that her body be donated to the Mayo Clinic for medical research.

When her ashes are returned by the Mayo Clinic, her family will hold a Celebration of Life service in Bessemer, Michigan. Interment will then be in Saxton, Wisconsin, where her husband, Emmett, is buried.

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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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Esther Luella (Grimley) Johnson


The funeral for Esther Luella Johnson will be 1 p.m. Saturday at LeRoy Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Thomas Kolden officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in rural LeRoy.

Mrs. Johnson, 92, of Austin, a former LeRoy homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb.9, 2000 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin where she had resided since August 1998.

Esther Luella Grimley was born Nov. 8, 1907, in rural LeRoy and attended country schools through the eighth grade. On Feb. 10, 1926, she married Peder Johnson in Austin. He died April 23, 1985.

Survivors include three daughters, Leora (Mrs. David) Lidtke of LeRoy, Phyllis (Mrs. Ray) Becker of Dakota, Minn., and Marlys (Mrs. Peter) Jones of Prior Lake, Minn.; two sons, Peder Jr. of Rochester and Garry of Spring Valley; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Grimley of Adams; and a sister, Ruth Osland of Adams. She was preceded in death by a daughter and two sisters.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy and an hour before the service Saturday at the church.

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Jaynard B. Johnson Sr.


AUSTIN -- Jaynard B. Johnson Sr., 82, of Osage, Iowa, formerly of Austin, died Saturday (Jan. 25, 1992) in Maple Manor Nursing Home in Osage.

Born Oct. 6, 1909, in Worth County, Iowa, he lived most of his life in Freeborn and Mower County, where he farmed.

On Oct. 21, 1931, he married Rosella Nelson. The couple moved to Austin in 1946, where Mr. Johnson was employed at Geo. A. Hormel Co. until 1972, when he retired.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jaynard Jr. of Lansing and Richard of Owatonna; four daughters, Jo Ann Payne of St. Paul, Mary Zuehl of Toeterville, Iowa, Suzzane Allen of Donna, Texas, and Deborah Oelkers of Grantsburg, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Sander of Austin, LeRoy of Mona, Iowa, and Jim of Phoenix; five sisters, Selma Berg of Northwood, Iowa, Bertha Barclay and Lola Erickson, both of Austin, Gladys Bruce of Rochester and Rose Hansen of Longville, Minn. He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, a great-grandson, four brothers and two sisters.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Peter Lutheran Church in Toeterville, Iowa, with the Rev. Dennis Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Garden in Austin.

Friends may call from 10:30 p.m. until time of service at the church.



Mark C. Johnson, 57


Mark C. Johnson, age 57, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at his home.

He was born Sept. 26, 1949 to Clestine and Mildred (Kraft) Johnson in Austin. He attended Austin High School, Austin Junior College and Austin Area Vocational School.

Mark enjoyed the arts, music, books and theatre. A voracious reader, excellent writer and reporter, he also critiqued movies for newspapers in some of the communities where he resided. After working in Morris, Minnesota, Rochester, Minnesota, El Paso, Texas and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, he returned to Austin to be closer to family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Mildred and Clestine Johnson; one sister, Sunnee (Jerry) Flink; two aunts, LaDonna Johnson and Blanche (John) Newlin, all of Austin; nieces, Julene, Krista and Jillian Flink; special friends, Capt. Curt Rude and Dan Flo.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harvey and Bernice Johnson and Joseph and Frances Kraft.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

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


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Mildred Gladys (Kraft) Johnson


Mildred Johnson, age 79 of Austin, died Monday morning, May 28, 2007 at Austin Medical Center.

Mildred Gladys Kraft was born on May 5, 1928 to Joseph and Frances (Drabek) Kraft, in Austin, Minnesota, where she grew up. Millie graduated from Austin High School in 1946 and married Clestine Johnson on September 4, 1948, at First United Methodist Church. As a member there, she belonged to United Methodist Women's Circle and served on the Memorial Committee.

She enjoyed traveling and socializing with friends and family -- although she struggled with various debilitating and, at times, life-threatening conditions for over 50 years. Millie never complained. She strived to be cheerful and optimistic. She did her best to do what she could, live life to the fullest and take ownership for each day. She was an inspiration to all she met.

Survivors include her husband, Clestine Johnson, Austin, Minnesota; one daughter, Sunnee (Jerry) Flink, Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren: Julene Flink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Krista Flink, Gay's Mill, Wisconsin, and Jillian Flink, Austin, Minnesota; one sister, Blanche (John) Newlin, of Austin; a sister-in-law: LaDonna Johnson, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Frances Kraft and her son, Mark.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, June 1, 2007, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with the Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. The soloist was Julene Flink, Becky Bissen was organist. Burial was in at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Casket Bearers were: Jerry Flink, Steven Sanderson, Troy Heinz, Kevin Soiney, Wayne Rossow and Bradley Baker.

The family prefers memorials go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, First United Methodist Church, or the American Cancer Society.

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


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Ronald E. Johnson, 88


Ronald Edward Johnson, age 88, died Monday morning, March 26, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Roseville, Minnesota.

Ronald was born on July 18, 1918, the son of Edward and Mary (Blessum) Johnson, in Dodge County, Minnesota.

He was married to Doris B. Stevens on Dec. 21, 1938 in Hayfield, Minnesota.

Ronald farmed with his parents at Hayfield. He and his wife moved to St. Paul, Minn., where he worked for Berkley Buick for many years and later worked as a carpenter. The couple moved to Deer Park, Wis. After his wife's death he moved to the assisted living at Good Samaritan Care Center in Roseville. He enjoyed gardening, miniature railroad modeling, and woodworking.

Ronald is survived by his sons: James S. (Mary) Johnson of Deer Park, Wisconsin; Mark E. Johnson of Lake Elmo, Minnesota; Gary D. (Mary) Johnson of Buford, Georgia; Daniel R. (Lori) Johnson of Rochester, Minnesota; Steven D. Johnson of Chisago City, Minnesota; Gregory A. (Lori) Johnson of Woodbury, Minnesota; by his daughters: Diane Bentson of Inver Groves Heights, Minnesota; Jean Beacom of Maplewood, Minnesota; Holly Johnson of Texas; Sandra D. Johnson of Hobart, Oklahoma; and by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris B. Johnson on May 25, 1991; by two brothers; by five sisters; by one son; by one daughter; and by one grandson.

The funeral services were held on Thursday, March 29, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hayfield, Minnesota, with Rev. Stephan Sandness officiating.


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Rose Ann (Johnson)(Brakke) Walstrom


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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Susan (Qvale) Johnson, 54


Retired Sergeant First Class Susan Q. Johnson (nee Qvale), age 54, died on April 30, 2007 in her home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

She was a graduate of Austin High School, and was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. She was a medical laboratory specialist, a recruiter and above all, a leader of soldiers. Susan was a hard working supporter of her community.

Susan is survived by her husband, Steve Johnson; her mother, Margaret; her brothers, Jack and Robert; her sisters, Louise and Barbara; and by seven nephews and one niece.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sigvald C. Qvale.

Services and burial were held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday, May 7, 2007.


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Verlin A. Johnson, 80


Verlin A. Johnson, age 80, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 31, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center.

He was born May 18, 1926 in Hayfield, Minnesota, to Alferd and Opal (Stevens) Johnson.

He attended country school in the Hayfield area. He served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947. He married Anna Mae Lindquist on October 1, 1949 in Kasson, Minnesota. They moved to Austin where Verlin began working for the Geo. A. Hormel Company. He worked at Hormel for 34 years until his retirement on August 30, 1985.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 VFW in Austin.

He is survived by children: Eugene (Kris) Johnson, Ellendale, Minnesota, Verlys (Scott) Haney, Rotonda West, Fla., DuWane Johnson, Austin, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, sisters: Mavis (Truman) Moen, Austin, Minnesota, Marilyn (Don) Wilson, Appleton, Wis., Margaret (Jim) Senjem, Hayfield, Minnesota, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, and wife Anna Mae in 2003.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church with The Reverend Harold Deye officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery in Austin, with Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 VFW and Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites.

Organist will be Linda Anderson. Casket bearers will be Ryan Johnson, Corey Johnson, Adam Johnson, Keith Johnson, Jim Senjem, Mark Senjem.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Donna Mae (Templeton) Jones


Donna Jones, age 74, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died early Sunday morning, May 20, 2007, at her residence where she had lived most of her married life.

Donna Mae Templeton was born on December 26, 1932 in rural Riceville, Iowa, to George and Hazel (Stanton) Templeton. In 1951, Donna graduated from the Riceville High School in Riceville.

Donna was united in marriage to Clarence H. Jones on June 15, 1951 at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa. Donna was a Mower County Health Aide for many years and also wrote articles for the LeRoy Independent. Donna enjoyed volunteering at the Senior Citizen Center.

She is survived by four children; Steven "Spike" (Kay) Jones of Spring Valley, Minnesota; Michael (Sandy) Jones of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; Jeaneen (Bob) Lindeland of Nashua, Iowa; John (Brenda) Jones of LeRoy; by 11 grandchildren; by 10 great-grandchildren; by a sister, Janet (Norval) Britain of Spring Grove, Minnesota, and her special companion, Donald Jones of Chester, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Clarence in 2000; and by a sister, Joan, who passed away in childhood.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy, Minnesota, with Rev. Neal Solomonson officiating. Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery.

The Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.


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Goldie (Jones) Siegfried


Austin Daily Herald, Saturday March 21, 1959, pg. 6, col. 2-3

Goldie May Siegfried, daughter of Benjamin and Rohda Carvey Jones, was born in Windom, Minn. Aug. 3, 1893, and passed away at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, March 16, 1959.

Mrs. Siegfried suffered a stroke in November, 1947 and has been in failing health since that time.

She was united in marriage with Charles William Siegfried, Jan. 1, 1911, at Knapp, Wis. and lived in Austin the past 50 years. Mr. Siegfried, who was an engineer on the Milwaukee Road, passed away in 1952.

Mrs. Siegfried was a member of the GIA of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Degree of Honor, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She is survived by her daughter, Lillian, Mrs. Eugene Cleveland, Hanover, Minn; a sister, Mrs. Henry Baler, Lillie, Spooner, Wis.; several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Jordan Mortuary Chapel, Elder Edwin Peterson, Oakland, officiating. Interment was at Grandview memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Arthur Sucha, William C. Jeffers, Edward Jeffers, O.C. Peed, Chris J. Hanson, Peter Pauley. Mrs. Ralph Hoeper was soloist.

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Avis Marie (Nelson)(Jorgenson)


Avis Marie Haugen, age 79, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday evening, Feb. 24, 2007, at Austin Medical Center.

She was born June 21, 1927, in Wheaton, Minnesota, to Henry and Selma (Enerson) Nelson. She attended Hayfield High School for one year, then went to Austin High School, where she graduated in 1945.

Avis moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for a short time.

She married Mark Jorgenson on Dec. 12, 1946, in Austin, and they were later divorced. Avis worked as an accountant for Carlson Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for 30 years. She married her high school sweetheart, Sterling Haugen, on Feb. 14, 1987, in Austin.

After retiring, Avis spent the next 20 years wintering in Arizona and spending summers in Austin. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Eagles and VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Sterling Haugen, of Hayfield, Minnesota; her four daughters: Linda Marie (Butch) Dyrland, of Black Duck, Minnesota; Vickie Lynn (Perry) Bollum, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; Kendra LeAnn (William) Newman, of Hudson, Wisconsin; and Tammy Ann Jorgenson, of Waconia, Minnesota; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a step-daughter, Carol Kieffer, of Plymouth, Minnesota; three step-grandchildren; one sister, Vivian Paulson, of Lake Benton, Minnesota; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five siblings; and her first husband.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota, with Rev. Harold Deye officiating. Interment will be in Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Lyle, in the spring.

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Esther Sadella Nelson Jorgenson


Birth: Mar. 27, 1902
Death: Jan. 9, 1979

Funeral services for a life long Lyle resident, Mrs. Esther S. Jorgenson, 76, who died January 9 at the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center, were held January 12 at Clasen Jordon Chapel in Austin, Minn. with the Rev. Marshall Averbeck. pastor of Bethel Alliance church, officiating.

Esther Sadella Nelson, the daughter of Mads and Jennie (Erickson) Nelson, was born in Mona March 27, 1902 and was baptized and confirmed at Mona Lutheran church and attended the Mona grade school.

She is survived by four children: Mrs. Pete (Donna) Peterson of Austin; Mrs. Lavern (June) Leidall of Lyle; Mrs. Dwight (Alta) Jennings of Minneapolis; and son, Mark Jorgenson of Mound, Minn.; one sister, Myrtle Melson of Rochester, Minn.; one brother, Kenneth Nelson of Elkton, Minn.; 18 grand-children; 14 great grand-children; nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, David and Clair; one daughter, Rebecca; two sisters, Mrs. Fritz (Mayme) Ogden of Osage and Mrs. Thorvald (Alvira) Hansen, St. Ansgar.

Burial was in Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery, Lyle, with Rev. Averbeck in charge of committal services.



JoAnn E. (Gillson) Just


JoAnn E. Just passed away on May 5, 2007 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

JoAnn Gillson was born June 20, 1932 to Ezra and Edna Gillson in Austin, Minnesota.

JoAnn had a love for life, especially her life in Christ, and a great love for serving the Lord, which she did faithfully from her youth until the Lord called her home at the age of 74.

After graduation from Austin High School, she worked as a switchboard operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During this time she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior, and attended Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis.

JoAnn began her Christian service by teaching Pioneer Girls Clubs. Between 1960 and 1963 she served as housemother for Grace Children's Home in Central City, Nebraska, caring for girls who were wards of the state and students at Nebraska Christian School. In 1963 JoAnn felt the call of the Lord to the Mexican Mission Ministries in Pharr, Texas. There she served as secretary to Rev. Walter Gomez. In 1974 she moved to Dallas where she served as secretary to the president of Southern Bible Institute.

JoAnn married Howard Just on Nov. 14, 1975, and together they served the Lord at the Southern Bible Institute.

In 1977 Howard and JoAnn again answered the Lord's call to return to Mexican Mission Ministries. During these years JoAnn led Bible studies with young ladies. Howard and JoAnn developed many close friendships that continue to be of great encouragement.

Once again Howard and JoAnn sensed the call of the Lord and on Dec. 8, 2005 moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to join Christ For Me, Inc. as Bible correspondents, where they graded lessons on Wednesdays. Their correspondence was largely with inmates.

JoAnn had a vivacious personality that she expressed in many ways, one of which was her love for Christmas. She loved decorating her home for thee holidays. She also loved to entertain and did this well until deteriorating health no longer allowed her to do so. JoAnn considered her roles as prayer warrior and homemaker an honor and a joy. She fulfilled these roles very faithfully.

Even though Howard and JoAnn were not blessed with biological children, they opened their hearts with joy and developed a deep love for these whom they call their "kids and grandkids." These special people provided love, encouragement, and great joy to the Just's home.

She leaves behind her husband, Howard; her sisters, Twila (Lloyd) Roush and Betti Pollin; her brother, Ray (Betty) Gillson; her sister, Lois (Frank) Felty; her mother-in-law, Hulda Just; her sister-in-law, MaryLou (Harvey) Goertzen.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Ezra and Edna Gillson; by her brother, Ron Gillson; and by her father-in-law, Jake Just.

A memorial service to honor JoAnn was held on Friday May 11, 2007 in the Green Country Funeral Home Chapel, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.


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Eleanor M. Kannberg Pries


Birth: Jan. 6, 1913
Death: Dec. 7, 1957

Rites Held Monday in Sergeant, Minn, for Mrs. Emory Pries

Funeral services were held in Sergeant Minnesota, for the former Peotone resident, Mrs. Eleanor Pries. Mrs. Pries, 44, died suddenly about 4:20 am Saturday as a result of childbirth in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Rev. J. H. Klausmerier officiated at the services at 2 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church. Mrs. Pries and her infant daughter were buried in Sergeant.

Born January 6, 1913 in Crete, the daughter of William and Martha Kannberg. Mrs. Pries was married in Peotone March 24, 1940 to Emory Pries, who survives. The couple farmed east of town until they moved to Minnesota several years ago to make their home.

Survivors beside her husband include two sons Darell and David, and a daughter Carol, all at home; her mother Mrs. Martha Kannberg of Lansing, Minn., and a brother Raymond Kannberg of Peotone.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother Roy.



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