Mower County Obituaries
Part 017



Delores L. (Klingfus) McAlister


Delores L. McAlister, 73, of Mapleview, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin.

She was born Jan. 28, 1930, to Edward J. and Minnie (Brechtel) Klingfus in Austin.

On Oct. 9, 1946, she married Don W. McAlister in Sioux Falls, S.D. The couple moved to Mapleview where Delores was a homemaker, enjoying sewing, cooking and playing bingo, as well as spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Don McAlister, Mapleview; daughters, Kathy (Pete) Hancock, Mapleview; Julie (John) Wood, Mapleview; Rhonda (Marv) Eckert, Austin; son, Randy (Shelly) McAlister, Austin; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Chester Klingfus, Austin; Roger (Alyce) Klingfus, Waterloo, Iowa; David (Val) Klingfus, Austin; Jim (Ardie) Klingfus, Stewartville; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters, three daughters and her parents.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. today, June 3, 2003, at the funeral home and Wednesday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Church of Christ with the Rev. David DeFor officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.



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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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.



Edith L. (Klusmeier) Rasmussen


Edith L. Rasmussen, 89, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at the Grand Meadow Heath Care Center.

She was born April 24, 1912, in Latimer, Iowa, to John and Bertha Klusmeier. She graduated from Otranto, Iowa.

She married Alvin Rasmussen in Lake City, Minnesota on Feb. 22, 1936. He died June 26, 1966. After their marriage they moved to the Grand Meadow area in 1943 where they farmed. In 1951 they moved into Grand Meadow.

She married Ralph Rasmussen Sept. 26, 1968, at Grand Meadow Lutheran Church.

She was a member of the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aide. She worked for Farmers-Produce in Grand Meadow and worked as a custodian for the Grand Meadow school for a short time. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and flowers.

Survivors include her husband Ralph, Grand Meadow; daughter, Donna Hall, Grand Meadow; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Alice Rasmussen, Wykoff; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Verdie Carlson, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; one great-granddaughter, Nicole; four sisters and two brothers.

Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church with Rev. Bernard Daiker officiating.

Visitation: At the church from 12 noon until the service on Tuesday.

Interment: Grand Meadow Cemetery.


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Kimberly Reena (Kominek) McAlister


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Kimberly Reena Kominek McAlister, 32, of 402 16th St. S.E. died Tuesday (June 1, 1993) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Kimberly Reena Kominek was born Nov. 12, 1960, in Austin, and graduated from Austin High School. On Feb. 2, 1980, she married Randy McAlister.

In addition to her husband, Randy, she is survived by her parents, Edwin "Pete" and Nita Kominek of Austin; two brothers, Dean and James, both of Austin; and two sisters, Marsha Miller and Kathy Kominek, both of Austin.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Bruce Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to services Saturday.



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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Brian R. Krebsbach


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Brian R. Krebsbach, 27, of 401 Third Ave. S.W. and a former a nurses' assistant at Burr Oak Manor in Austin, died Saturday (Oct. 31, 1992) at Rochester Methodist Hospital of complications of diabetes after a 16-year illness.

Born March 22, 1965, in Austin, he was a 1984 graduate of Austin High School.

Survivors include his parents, Donald and Dorothy Krebsbach of Austin; abrother, Ronald of Mantorville; and five sisters, Marlene (Mrs. David) Hannam of Toeterville, Iowa, Connie (Mrs. Jon) Arens of Brownsdale, Jean (Mrs. Royce) Brandvold of Austin, Leanne (Mrs. Jim) Bunkers of Lake Park, Iowa, and Karla Krebsbach of Austin.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin, with the Rev. Thomas Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m. today.



Sharon L. (Krebsbach) Baldwin


ST. ANSGAR, IOWA -- The funeral for Sharon L. Baldwin will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Ansgar Catholic Church, with the Rev. Mark Reasoner officiating. Private burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Baldwin, 65, of rural St. Ansgar, died Sunday (Sept. 1, 2002) at Mitchell County Regional Health Center Hospice Unit in Osage, Iowa.

Sharon L. Krebsbach was born Jan. 4, 1937, near Johnsburg. On June 19, 1958, she married Sidney R. Baldwin in Austin.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Bret of St. Paul and Kipp (Leticia) of Bloomington, Minn.; a granddaughter; and her mother, Loretta (Pittman) Krebsbach of Stacyville, Iowa. She was preceded in death by two children, her father and a brother.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church and an hour before the service Wednesday. There will be a Scripture service at 6 p.m. today at the church.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage is in charge of arrangements.



Marian Cecelia (Dandelet) Kroc


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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LaVaine Kruger, 82


LaVaine Kruger, age 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, March 5, 2007.

She worked at the George A. Hormel Co. for about 35 years. She and her husband, Russ, also farmed near Rock Dell for 10 years.

LaVaine was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Her positive attitude was an inspiration to all who knew her and she will be sorely missed.

LaVaine is survived by her daughter, Pam Maloney; by her son-in-law, Glenn; her granddaughters: Katie and Patty, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; by her sister, Loretta Brown, Austin; by her sister-in-law, Jean Golberg, Fort Dodge, Iowa; and by nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Russell Kruger; her parents, Norman and Myrtle Golberg; and three brothers: Norval, Merlin and Eugene.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota.


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Annella E. (Thompson) Krupicka

December 14, 1910 - June 15, 1993

AUSTIN - Annella E. Krupicka, 82, of rural Austin, died Tuesday (June 15, 1993) at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin.

The former Annella Thompson was born Dec. 14, 1910, in Moscow Township, Mower County. On June 2, 1928, she married John Krupicka in Great Falls, Montana. The couple moved back to the Austin area and engaged in farming. Mrs. Krupicka worked as a homemaker and was a lifelong member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin. Mr. Krupicka died Dec. 14, 1969.

Survivors include two daughters, Scarlett Glover of Olympia Wash., and Shareen Carlson of Austin; two sons, Jack of Dubuque, Iowa and Richard of Austin; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirlee Walker of Seattle, Wash. She was preceded in death by a son, a sister, and four brothers.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Mayer Funeral Home in Austin and on Saturday one hour prior to services at the church.


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John Lewis Krupicka

August 30, 1907 - December 14, 1969

Funeral services for John Lewis Krupicka were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Leland Evenson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. At the service, Gerald Wakefield sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Mrs. Maurice Basness, organist. Pallbearers were Alvin Sistek, Ernest Sistek, Dale Neitzel, Jay Fawver, Raymond O'Leary and Joy Lillegaard.

Mr. Krupicka suffered a sudden heart attack on December 14th and passed away enroute to St. Olaf Hospital.

John Lewis Krupicka, the son of Frank and Ruzena Raisler Krupicka, was born Aug. 30, 1907 in Austin, Minn., and was baptized in the First United Methodist church.

He attended Austin Elementary and Austin High School. From 1923 to 1926, he was a member of Co. "H" of the Austin National Guard.

He married Annella E. Thompson June 2, 1928 at Great Falls, Mont. Rev. P.W. Dierberger performed the ceremony. To this union five children were born: three sons, John N. Krupicka, Dubuque, Iowa, Richard H. Krupicka, Austin Rt.4, Army Chief Warrant Officer Randy S. Krupicka, stationed in Germany; two daughter, Mrs. William (Scarlett) Glover, Olympia, Wash., Sharren Krupicka, Austin.

Mr. Krupicka was a foreman in the specialty cooler at Geo. A. Hormel & Co., Austin, from 1926 to 1928 at which time he moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where he resided for two years and was employed as a foreman at American Lace Paper Co.

In 1930, Mr. Krupicka moved to Seattle, Wash., and was employed as an electrician at Cascade Electric Co. until 1932 at which time he returned to Austin and to Geo. A. Hormel & Co. where he worked for 17 years. He was engaged in farming for the past 31 years on "Sunnyhill Farm" Austin, Rt.4.

He was devoted to his home and family and will be sadly missed. Blessed be his memory.

Mr. Krupicka was a confirmed member of the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

Besides his wife Annella, and his children, he leaves to mourn his loss, five grandchildren; Danny, Linda and Nancy Krupicka, Dubuque, James and Jason Glover, Olympia; two brothers, Ludvig and Anthony Krupicka, Austin; one sister, Mrs. Johannes (Barbara) Sweep, Austin; numerous nieces, nephews cousins.

Out of town friends and relatives attending the funeral were C.W.O. 2 Randy and Mrs. Krupicka, Fulda, Germany; Mrs. William Glover and Jason, Olympia, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. John Krupicka and Danny, Dubuque; Mr. and Mrs. Don Quirin, Mrs. Lorrayne and Roseanne Krupicka Mankato; Arnold Thompson,Lakeside, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Vern Gunderson, Prairie DuChien, Wisc.; Bruce Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Aldeen Underland, Minneapolis; James Miller, St. Louis Park, Minn.; Alvin Sistek, Milwaukee, Wis.


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Randy Scott Krupicka

August 2, 1944 - July 18, 1987

At 9:05 a.m., August 2, 1944, God blessed John and Annella Thompson Krupicka with a beautiful son, named Randy Scott Krupicka. Randy spent his childhood years living, loving, learning and helping with his beloved family on Sunnyhill Farm, Rt.#4, Box 186, Austin, Minnesota.

He graduated from Austin High School in 1962 and attended Austin Jr. College for one year. He worked for his dad and held some other jobs in the area. In his teen years, he began building and racing stock cars with his brother, Richard. He worked for Northwest Airlines for 16 months and then entered the United States Army in April, 1967. He trained to be a helicopter pilot and received his Silver Wings of an Army Aviator and was appointed the rank of Warrant Officer upon graduating 2nd in his class at

the Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Ala. While in Alabama, he also got his fixed wing pilot license. At age 24, Randy was promoted to Army Chief Warrant Officer, 2 while serving with the 4th Infantry Division near Pleiku, Vietnam. He was Chief Maintenance Officer for helicopters and participated in rescue missions. During his active duty in Vietnam (1968-1969), he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medals.

Prior to Randy's tour in Vietnam, he married Audrey M. Knutson, daughter of Orville and Helen Knutson. The marriage took place on August 18, 1968 at First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

In 1969, Randy was sent to Fulda, Germany and Audrey went with him. In May, 1970 they returned home to Sunnyhill Farm after his father's death and took over the farming responsibilities for his mother. He had farmed there ever since.

God blessed Randy and Audrey with two precious children, Shawn Marie, and Lonny Scott. Randy was a man who was deeply concerned for his family, country, and the human race. He always took time for extending a helping hand when needed, and saying an encouraging word when someone was down and never let a day go by without an "I love you" and "God Bless You" to his family. He dearly loved and gave of his time to his nieces and nephews, too.

In 1976, Randy went to Helena, Ark. for his Ag pilot training after which he operated his own business in Austin until 1984. Randy spent his last three years of his Ag spraying career flying for Air Ag, Albert Lea, Minnesota. Randy was a life long active member of the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. He was active in the Army Reserves and was a volunteer farm advocate for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He was a part time representative for the Al Williams Marketing Organization.

On Saturday, July 18, 1987 at 9:05 a.m. the Lord called his son, Randy, home. His Ag plane crashed half a mile east of his family farm. He was preceded in death by his father, John L. Krupicka, December 1969.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey and two children, Shawn Marie and Lonny Scott, and his mother, Annella E. Krupicka and his brother and sister-in-law, John N. and Maryann Krupicka, Dubuque, Iowa, Richard H. Krupicka, Albert Lea, sisters and brother-in-law, Scarlett L. and William J. Glover, Olympia, WA, Shareen R. and Don Carlson, Jr. of Rt. 4 Austin, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were made by Mayer Funeral Home. Dr. Joel Rustad and Rev. Johnathan Law gave Randy's farewell message at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 21, 1987 at 1:30 p.m. Organist was Mrs. Jay Fawver; Reader, Mr. Jay Fawver; Soloist, Mr. Frank Vorlicek. Military Rites were by VFW Post 1216. Pallbearers were Jerome Christianson, Don Carlson, Jr., Lowell Schlatzhauer, Art Knutson, Jay Fawver, and Robert Knutson, Jr.

Interment was in the Red Oak Grove Cemetery.


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Richard Herschel Krupicka

Aug. 15, 1934 - Aug. 20, 1999

Richard Herschel Krupicka, 65, died at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, August 20, 1999 at 9:35 a.m.

He was born to John L. and Annella E. (Thompson) Krupicka on Wednesday, August 15, 1934 at Riverside Maternity Home in Austin, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

He lived his early years and some of his adult years on Sunny Hill Farm, RR#4, Austin, MN.

He attended Magnuson School, a one room country school, through eighth grade and graduated from Austin High School in 1951. He attended Austin Junior College for a year where he pledged to Delta Psi Omega and was ranked fourth in his class.

During this time, he became an accomplished musician, playing the accordion and played in dance bands. He also did some stock car racing in his young adult years.

Richard enlisted for four years in the U.S. Air Force from July 15, 1954 to July 14, 1958 and he attained the rank of S/Sgt.

After his time in the service, he attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington. He also worked for Boeing in Seattle, WA. As he continued his learning experiences, he earned a diploma from Erv Malnarich Outfitters and Guide School of Hamilton, Montana and graduated June 14, 1964. He then spent some of his life, living and working in Alaska as a Professional Hunting Guide. He also owned and operated a commercial fishing boat.

Richard began his professional pilot training at Ag Aviation Academy, January 18, 1968 in Reno, Nevada and graduated as a Commercial Pilot on June 20, 1968. He also completed his instrument rating, ground school, certified flight instructor and Master Air Applicator Curriculum by June, 1969.

He and his brother, Randy, became partners in the Sunny Hill Aerial Sprayers and also did some custom round baling. Richard was a Chief Flight Instructor at the Austin Municipal Airport.

He packed a lot of occupations into his lifetime. Besides the above mentioned, he was a salesman of sewing machines, insurance and real estate. He also did some farming.

Richard was united in marriage on August 25, 1973 to Carolyn Loverink McShane at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. They were married for twelve years.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Mary Ann Krupicka, Dubuque, Iowa, sisters and brothers-in-law, Scarlett and William Glover, Olympia, Washington, and Shareen and Donald Carlson, Jr., Austin, Minnesota, and former sister-in-law, Audrey Krupicka Thompson, also 6 nieces, 5 nephews, 3 Aunts and many cousins.

He also is survived by his step children and their spouses: Marc and Maria McShane, St.Paul, Minnesota, Karrie Dimitros, Forest City, Iowa, Roxane and Ali Merhi, St. Frances, Wisconsin, Susan and Ted Failor, Austin, Minnesota, and Michele and Corey Jertson, Austin, Minnesota and 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; also his long time friend, Dale Neitzel, Albert Lea, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Randy. Richard donated his body to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

A Memorial Service was held on October 2, 1999 at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, MN.

NOTE: Burial of cremains took place 24 August 2004 in Krupicka family plot.


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Arden Kubista, 73


Arden Kubista, age 73, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died Monday morning, May 7, 2007 at the Veterans Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Arden was born on August 15, 1933, the son of John W. and Pearl Mae (Ashley) Kubista in Brampton, North Dakota. In 1945, at the age of 12, he moved to Havanna, North Dakota. Arden worked with his father doing carpentry work and entered military service in 1956. In 1962, after his military service, he moved to Owatonna, Minnesota.

He married Marlys Hofius in 1974. Arden loved kids and spending time with his family. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie.

Arden is survived by his wife, Marlys Kubista, of Owatonna; by one brother, Earl Kubista, of Forman, North Dakota; by one sister, Mildred Lehmann, of Frazee, Minnesota; and by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brothers, Wencel and Charles; and by his sisters, Drucella Bloomberg and Marilyn Ehrich.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 11, 2007, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with Rev. Heidi Helmgartner and Rev. Richard Hegal officiating. Interment followed the service in Union Cemetery, rural Bixby, Minnesota. Military honors were by VFW Post #878 and American Legion Post #52 of Blooming Prairie.

The Worlein-Blooming Prairie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Mrs. K.O. (Anna) Kuien

1865 - 1948

Mrs. K.O. Kuien, 83, died this morning at her home in Lyle, following a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Kuien is survived by a son, John Paulson of Lyle and three daughters, Edith Bauer and Clara Kesler of Chicago and Anne Janes of Los Angeles.

Funeral services for Mrs. K.O. Kuien of Lyle will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior's church in Lyle, Rev. T. Torvik officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the Worlein Funeral home, Austin, until Thursday noon.


Austin Daily Herald Monday November 15, 1948; pg. 11; col. 3

Transcribed by Mark Ashley



Eleanor Harriet Thompson Baldus


AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral Mass for Eleanor Kukowski will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Church in Austin with the Rev. Hubert Baschert officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Kukowski, 78, of Austin, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) at the Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

Eleanor Thompson was born Aug. 30, 1920, on a farm near Corning, Minn. She was raised there and attended O'Leary country school near Hollandale, Minn. She worked for a short time at the Corning country store. On March 25, 1939, she married Arnold Baldus at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They moved to Austin in 1940, where Mr. Baldus worked at Hormel Foods; He died on Dec. 8, 1966. She worked as a housekeeper at King's House Retreat Center and then at St. Augustine Rectory.

On June 18, 1971, she married George Kukowski at the St. Augustine Convent in Austin. They lived briefly in Winona before moving to Austin in 1972. Mrs. Kukowski was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, a son, Walter Baldus of Austin; two daughters, Sharon (Mrs. Richard) Schleich of Owatonna and Jannell (Mrs. Bill) Bausch of Red Wing; a brother, Marvin of Blooming Prairie; three sisters, Coral Swank of Austin, Pearl Counts of Vinton, Va., and Muriel Watson of Bloomington, Minn.; four stepsons, Rich Kukowski of Silver Spring, Md., Don Kukowski of Winona, Paul Kukowski of Camano Island, Wash., and Bill Kukowski of Minneapolis; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was also preceded by a son and a brother.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. There will also be a 4 p.m. rosary service on Sunday and a 7 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home.




Velmajean (Kvale) Roberts


AUSTIN -- The funeral for Velmajean Roberts will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lutheran Church in Mona, Iowa, with the Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating. Burial will be in Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle.

Mrs. Roberts, 70, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, formerly of rural Austin, died Monday (Aug. 2, 1999) at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Velmajean Kvale was born Nov. 15, 1928, in London Township, Mower County, attended Ames country school in the area and graduated from Austin High School in 1946. On Nov. 19, 1946, she married LuVerne Roberts at London Lutheran Church. They farmed in London Township before moving to Mitchell County, Iowa, where they farmed for 48 years. Mrs. Roberts was a member of Mona Lutheran Church, was active in the Woodbury Willing Workers, and enjoyed quilting, gardening, reading and puzzles.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Nancy (Mrs. John) Michelson of Faribault, Minn., and Karen (Mrs. Donald) Whalen and Linda (Mrs. Terry) Mayer, both of St. Ansgar; a son, Dale of Rockwell, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

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



Alice Marie (Kvam) Houff


Alice Houff, age 79, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at her daughter's home in Waseca, Minnesota, of cancer.

Alice Marie Kvam was born Nov. 14, 1927, in Austin to Severt and Selma (Gustavson) Kvam. She married Chester Houff, who preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1986.

She did day care in her home for over 35 years, retiring at age 75. Alice lovingly took care of her handicapped son Joey until her health made it impossible to do so. She was well known for her pie baking and homemade bread and rolls. Her door was always open to the countless people who came to visit and the coffee was always on.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie (Pat) Fryer, Winona, Minnesota; and Sandy (Bill) McAlister, Waseca, Minnesota; four sons: Gary (Norma) Houff, Kalispell, Montana; Tom Houff, Austin; Rick Houff, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Joey Houff, Owatonna, Minnesota; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother, Martin Kvam, Austin.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Chester Houff.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 30, 2007 at Mayer Funeral Home, with Rev. Harold Deye officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.


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Derek M. Larson, 35


Derek Max Larson, 35, of Austin, Minnesota, died at his home on Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

He was born on October 4, 1971, to Kenneth and Wendy (Hanson) Larson, in Austin. He was a graduate of Austin High School, and returned to Austin recently after making his home in Rochester for 12 years. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his daughters, Alyssa and Jessica Larson, both of Stewartville, Minnesota; his parents, Wendy and Kenneth Larson, of Austin; his brothers: Levon (Melissa) Larson, of Austin, Joshua (Karen) Larson, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; his grandparents, Olaf Hanson, Elmer and Leona Schwartz, of Austin; nephews, Ethan, Keagan and Max Larson; fiance Shannon Apold and her daughter, McKenna, all of Austin.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Maxine Hanson; paternal grandfather, Gail B. Larson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, with Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

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


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Hazel Leola Larson Eastlick


The funeral for Hazel Eastlick will be 2 p.m. Monday at Vine Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Linda Helberg of Bethel Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Bennington Cemetery in Mower County.

Mrs. Eastlick, 90, of Rochester, a longtime Saint Marys Hospital employee, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998) at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth where she had resided since 1976.

Hazel Larson was born June 14, 1908, in Bennington Township, Mower County, attended area country schools and Grand Meadow schools, and then worked in housekeeping at Saint Marys Hospital until her marriage. On Sept. 5, 1927, she married Kenneth Alton Eastlick in Kasson and they made their home in Kalispell, Mont. After her husband's death in 1931 she moved to Rochester and returned to Saint Marys where she was employed in housekeeping for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen (Mrs. Lyle) Manley of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Olga Wright of Byron. She was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, a grandson, two sisters and two brothers.

Friends may call an hour before the service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.


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Levi Larson


LYLE, MINNESOTA -- Levi Larson, 81, of Lyle, Minn., died Saturday (Feb. 17, 1996) at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Mr. Larson, a longtime farmer, graduated from Lyle High School in 1933.

He was married to Ileene Marshall on March 19, 1939, in Lyle. He began farming at age 14 and retired from farming in 1980, but lived on the family farm his whole life. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, where he was baptized and confirmed. He served on the Lyle Township Board for 27 years and played trumpet for the Robertson Band for several years.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Betty (Mrs. Phil) Gardner of Austin and Berneda (Mrs. Keith) Hawton of Redwood Falls, Wis.; a son, Bernard of North Bend, Neb.; a brother, Orville Sjolie of Madison, Minn.; eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a sister.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, with the Rev. Harold Luecke officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mona, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.



Marilyn Lee Buchanan, 70


Marilyn "Millie" Lee (Larson) Buchanan, 70, passed away on the morning of April 1, 2007 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Millie was born on Dec. 8, 1936 to Archie and Mildred (Dennisen) Larson in Austin, Minnesota. She was raised and attended school in Austin. After graduation she worked at the bank before marrying Gordy Buchanan, who has come to be known since his passing as Minnesota's "Last Game Warden."

After moving to Cass Lake, Minnesota, she worked for the U.S. Federal Forest Service. Following their move north, having become accomplished in her own right in her chosen career, Millie then concentrated on the task of raising their family, beginning in 1972. Millie was active in all facets of her family's life and community, including Trinity Lutheran Church committees, school district events, and additionally, she was elected to the Pike Bay Township Board for seventeen consecutive years.

Millie is survived by her children's two families: Steph (Eric) Lueth, and two granddaughters: Rachael and Heather, who live in Cass Lake, Minnesota; John and Shannon (O'Boyle) Buchanan are in the Air Force with Millie's first grandson, Ryan, with another due in late April.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Archie and Mildred Larson; her husband, Gordy; and her sisters, Jan Larson and Shirley Finnegan.

A visitation was held on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cass Lake, Minnesota. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, also at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were by Thomas-Dennis Funeral Home, (218) 547-1112.


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Marion Ileene (Marshall) Larson


Marion Ileene Larson, age 90, of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin, Minnesota.

She was born on March 10, 1917 in West Liberty, Iowa to William and Myrtle (Holman) Marshall. On March 10, 1939 Marion married Levi B. Larson in Lyle.

Marion was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed being a homemaker, raising their children and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marion belonged to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle where she was active in the Lioness Club, Rebecca Circle and the Senior Center.

Survivors include two daughters, Berneda (Keith) Hawton, of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, and Betty Gardner, of Rochester, Minnesota; one son, Bernard (Diane) Larson, of North Bend, Neb.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Salisbury, of Austin; nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi, in 1996; two brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, with Pastor Barb Finley-Shea officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2007 from 4-7 p.m. at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mona, Iowa.


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