Mower County Obituaries
Part 019



Lyman L. Lord


The Mower County Transcript, Friday, December 10th, 1886. Page 2, column 5

Lord - At Austin, Sunday morning, Dec. 5th, Lyman L. Lord, age 74.

Mr. Lord was an old resident of Austin, having come here in 1861. He was born at Merikton, VT. in 1812. He came west in 1855, settling at Oshkosh, Wis. Of late years he has been in very poor health, suffering from lung trouble. He had been married forty-nine years, and leaves a wife, a daughter, and one son.


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Grace V. (Olson) Lorimor, 81


Grace Lorimor, 81, of Austin, Minnesota, died at Our House Assisted Living on Thursday morning, April 19, 2007.

Grace V. Olson was born on February 8, 1926 to Gunvald "Red" and Thea (Runden) Olson in Hayward, Minnesota, where she grew up and received her elementary education. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1944. After graduation Grace was employed by the Red Owl Store in Austin.

She married Dail D. Lorimor on March 24, 1946, at Hayward Lutheran Church; and they made their home in Austin. In 1947 Grace went to work for Geo. A. Hormel & Company, now Hormel Foods Corp, and retired in 1980.

A member of Grace Lutheran Church, she belonged to Women of the Moose and Spamtown Sno Drifters. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and knitting. Dail died November 10, 2000. Grace remained in her own home until 2005 when she moved to Our House Assisted Living.

Survivors include one son, Jack (Sheila) Lorimor, of Austin; two daughters, Sherry (Richard) Beilke, of Burnsville, Minnesota, and Kim (John) Dulitz, of Austin; one grandson, Brian Beilke, of Crystal, Minnesota; three step grandchildren, Andrew Erkeneff, Stacy Eerkeneff and Ethan Dulitz, all of Austin; three step great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Marjorie (Hal) Rupard, of Tucson, Arizona; Gloria (Robert) Donovan, of Austin, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband; by her parents, Thea and Gunvald Olson; and by two brothers, Paul and Gordon Olson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin with Rev. Harold Deye officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, Austin.

Arrangements were by Worlein Funeral Home in Austin.


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Clara Almina Lostegaard Tollefson

Oct. 7, 1904 - Oct. 20, 1991

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN -- Clara Almina Tollefson, 87, of Blooming Prairie, and formerly of rural Austin, died Sunday morning (Oct. 20, 1991) at Prairie Manor Nursing Home here.

Born Clara Almina Lostegaard on Oct. 7, 1904, in rural Austin, she received her teacher's degree from Albert Lea Academy and then taught in Austin-area rural schools.

On Aug. 1, 1928, she married Oliver Lawrence Tollefson at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. They farmed in rural Austin for many years. Her husband died Jan. 4, 1970. Mrs. Tollefson was a member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church where she held many offices and was a member of the ALCW. She was a member of the Senior Citizens.

Survivors include a son, Gaylord of San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Orlie (Mrs. Lauren) Grant of rural Austin, Betty (Mrs. Robert) Ronningen of Rochester and Diane (Mrs. James) Dodd of Austin; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rebecacq (Mrs. George) Mohn of Farmington, Minn. A daughter, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin, with the Rev. Joel Rustad officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service at the church.


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Edward D. Louden, 71


Edward Louden, 71, of Austin, Minnesota, died at his home, of lung cancer, on Thursday, May 24, 2007.

Edward D. Louden was born on June 13, 1935 in Austin, Minnesota, to Dillile and Marian (McNee) Louden. He was baptized at the former Mapleview Lutheran Church.

His early days were spent swimming and fishing along the Cedar River in Mapleview, where he grew up. He graduated from Austin High School in 1954 and began a career that included Hill Heating & Roofing and American Can Company. He married Elizabeth DeShaw in Austin, on Feb. 18, 1956. Ed and Betty lived at various local residences, including an 80-acre farm near Brownsdale, Minn.

In 1975 Ed began working in real estate as an agent with the former Heald Realty in Austin before starting his own firm, Ed Louden Realty, in 1980. He also owned and managed several apartment houses throughout Austin. Ed and Betty managed a large apartment complex in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, from 1984 to 1995, and then moved to their weekend retreat on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor, Minnesota, where they were both agents for McGregor Realty, before returning to Austin in 1997.

Most recently, Ed was an agent with Sterling Real Estate until his retirement in 2005. He attended Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Austin, serving as an usher and councilman. Ed was an avid hunter and trapper in his youth and enjoyed fishing later on.

Survivors include his wife: Elizabeth Louden, Austin, Minnesota; his daughters: Carmen (Dennis) Larrison, Rochester, Minnesota; Cathy (Wayne) Techau, Rochester, Minnesota; a son, John (Mei) Louden, Woodbury, Minnesota; a daughter: Carolyn (Chris) Trost, Stacy, Minnesota; another daughter, Connie Louden, Austin, Minnesota; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald (Donna) Louden, Otsego, Minnesota; a sister, Karen (Dale) Venema, Battle Ground, Washington; and two aunts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dillile and Marian Louden.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Bob Seifert officiating. Burial is to be held at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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Herbert Loverink

April 6, 1925 - April 27, 1999

AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral for Herbert Loverink will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Austin with the Revs. H. Michael Ryburn and Jim Cockram co-officiating. Burial will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery in rural Austin with military graveside rites by the Blooming Prairie VFW and American Legion.

Mr. Loverink, 74, of Maple Island, a retired Hormel Foods Corp. employee formerly of Austin, died of cancer Tuesday evening April 27, 1999 at his home.

Born April 6, 1925, near Reading, Minn., he moved with his family to Hollandale and Hayward, Minn., and later to a farm near Rose Creek. During World War II, he served with the Army in Okinawa. After his discharge in 1945, he worked in the Hollandale area and farmed with his father for a few years before beginning his employment with Hormel where he was employed for 37 years. On Nov. 22, 1948, he married Jennie Deboer at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They lived in Austin until 1960 and then east of Hollandale before moving to Maple Island. Mr. Loverink was a member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Prairie. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Gordon of Hollandale, Tom of Albert Lea and Don of Little Falls, Minn.; three daughters, Julie (Mrs. Duane) Draayer and Gayle (Mrs. Tom) Kirby, both of Blooming Prairie, and Wendy Loverink of Oceanside, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and eight brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and three grandchildren. .

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

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


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Dorothy Evelyn (Lufi) Addington


Dorothy Addington, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died February 8, 2007, in Edina, Minnesota, at the age of 93.

Dorothy Evelyn Lufi was born April 2, 1913 in Bush Valley, Minnesota, the only child of Christian and Clara (Senn) Lufi. Dorothy attended a one-room country school in Bush Valley through the sixth grade and graduated from high school in Houston, Minnesota when she was 16. Subsequently, Dorothy attended Winona State Teachers College.

In 1930, Dorothy married Milton C. Addington of Winona, Minnesota, where Milton worked for the telephone company. In 1931 their first child, Charlotte, was born. In 1936 twin sons, Laurence and Leonard, were born. In 1940, Milton was transferred to Austin, where the family made their home.

In 1957, Dorothy and Milton purchased the Casedy Value Store and renamed the business "Dorothy's Fabrics." Dorothy sold the business in 1978 and retired.

During her years as a business woman, Dorothy was active in the Austin community. She was a member of Zonta, for which she chaired several committees, served as a board member and as Vice President, and for over thirty years was the leading force behind Zonta's sponsorship of many successful style shows. She also served on the Community Services Advisory Board, was a member of the Downtown Retail Association and of SCORE, and received the 4-H award for her activities with 4-H girls.

In Austin, Dorothy and Milton were members of the First Baptist Church until the 1960's, when they became members of Grace Baptist Church. At Grace Baptist, Dorothy served as Missionary treasurer and also served for many years in the church library. Dorothy's faith sustained her throughout her life.

In March 1999, Dorothy moved from Austin to WestRidge Community Center in Minnetonka to be nearer to her son, Leonard, and his family. In 2005 Dorothy moved to Beacon Hill, an assisted living facility in Minnetonka. In 2006, Dorothy moved to Edina Care Center in Edina.

Dorothy was an expert seamstress, who enjoyed making fashionable clothes for her daughter and granddaughters. She traveled frequently in conjunction with her fabric store and with Zonta, and annually visited her daughter and her family in California and her son in New York City. After she sold her store, she traveled extensively with her children and others to Switzerland, where she had relatives, and to England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Newfoundland, Egypt and Israel. Dorothy had a wide circle of friends in Austin, including neighbors she met in the 1940's, business associates, and her dear friends from Grace Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children: Charlotte and Laurence, of Sonoma, California; and Leonard and his wife, Mary, of Plymouth, Minnesota; by seven grandchildren: Catherine Ryan, Kevin Ryan (Polly), Christopher Ryan (Victoria), Kelly Ryan and Kimberly Ryan Zottolo (Frank) of San Diego, California, David Addington (Kristin) of San Francisco, California, and John Addington of Plymouth; six great-grandchildren in San Diego, and by her sister-in-law, Joan Addington, of Tecumseh, Kansas.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her father in 1950, by her mother in 1973, and her husband, Milton, in 1970.

Dorothy's ashes were interred in the Mound Prairie Cemetery, Mound Prairie, Minnesota, alongside her parents and her husband. A family memorial service will be held in Sonoma later this year.


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Mae Bernice (Richards)(Luren) Stemson

March 27, 1913 - December 6, 2001

Mae Bernice Stemson, 88, of Blooming Prairie, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001 at Prairie Manor.

She was born March 27, 1913, to Albert and Ida (Jacobson) Richards at home on the family farm in Canoe Ridge Township near Decorah, Iowa.

She married Lloyd Luren who died in 1950. She married Halver Stemson on Aug. 22, 1970, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

She worked at St. Olaf Hospital as a surgical aid for 30 years. She resided at Prairie Manor for the past four years.

Survivors include husband Halver Stemson, Blooming Prairie; a son, Gerald (Louise) Richards, Grand Junction, Colo.; a daughter, Patricia (James) Voss, Nisswa, Minn.; six grandchildren; twelve great grand children; brothers, Olaf (Lorraine) Richards, Albert Lea; Russ (Donna) Richards, Fort Meyers, Fla.; sisters, Grace Rabe, Denver, Colo.; Norma (Robert) Helebrant, Mankato; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Lloyd Luren; parents, sisters, Donnafred; Ethyl, Gloria, Cora; brothers, Grant and Oliver.

Visitation: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. today at the funeral home and at the church one hour before the service on Monday, Dec. 10, 2001.

Service: 11:00 a.m. at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church of rural Austin with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Blooming Prairie.


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Ruth E. (Lysne) Benson


AUSITN, MINN. -- Ruth E. Benson, 83, of Austin, died Wednesday (April 19, 1995) at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Ruth E. Lysne was born April 16, 1912, in Steele County, graduated from Blooming Prairie High School and attended St. Olaf Lutheran College. On June 11, 1935, she married Selmer K. Benson in St. Ansgar, Iowa. Mrs. Benson was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, St. Olaf Helping Hands, and the Hoe and Grow Garden Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen (Mrs. David) Wolff of Glenville, Minn.; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Lawrence and Kenneth Lysne, both of Blooming Prairie. She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Mark Decker officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service Saturday at the church.



Frank Mace



Austin Daily Herald, Wed., April 29, 1959 pg.2 col.2

Frank Chester Mace was born at Glidden, Iowa, Dec.15, 1892, and passed away suddenly April 25, at the age of 66 years; He was the son of Lafayette and Mary Mace. He attended school at Glidden and was united in marriage with Stella Myers, Dec. 4, 1912. They moved to the Grand Meadow area in 1921, and farmed there for many years before moving to Austin in 1955.

Mr. Mace served on the Pleasant Valley Town Board for 18 years, served as township assessor and was a member of Dist. 64 school board. They resided at 2201 McKinley, Austin; Mr. Mace was custodian of Westminster Presbyterian Church for two years.

He is survived by his wife, Stella; one son Moris of Racine; two daughters, Mrs. Norman Opsahl (June), Austin, And Mrs. Ivyll Hanson, Grand Meadow; nine grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. H.F. Rubey, Pomona, Calif., Mrs. Irma Smith, Redwood Falls, Minn., and Mrs. Torfen Saholt, Minneapolis; two brothers, Ray Mace, Glidden, Mason Mace, Austin.

One sister Edith preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 1959, at the Jordan Mortuary Chapel, the Rev. David B. Kachel officiating. Interment was at Bear Creek Cemetery, Grand Meadow.


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Stella E. Mace

d: 1979


Austin Daily Herald, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1979 pg.2 col.1

Mrs. Stella E. Mace, 87, died Monday at Meadow Manor Nursing Home, Grand Meadow. A resident of rural Grand Meadow, she is survived by a son, Morris Mace, Racine; two daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Idyll) Paulson, Geneva, Minn., Mrs. Dennis (June) Camerer, Casper, WY.; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stella E. Mace, Grand Meadow, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Racine, Rev. Walter Flesner officating. Interment will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, near Grand Meadow. Friends may call at the Burrington Funeral Chapel, Grand Meadow, from noon today and Thursday at the church one hour before the service.


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Duane O. Madson, 75


Duane Ole "Dewey" Madson, age 75, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday morning, March 17, 2007 at his home in Austin.

Dewey was born March 28, 1931, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, the son of Ole and Emelia (Hallum) Madson. The family moved to Minnesota, where Dewey graduated from Austin High School in 1949. After graduation, he served with the United States Navy aboard the USS Southerland during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he returned to Austin, where he married Darlene Jacobson in 1956, and they had eight children together.

Dewey was employed by the Geo. A. Hormel company for many years working in various areas of the plant. On May 26, 1969, he married Mavis (Johnson) Uhlis. They had two children. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, VFW Post #1216 and American Legion Post #91, all of Austin.

Dewey is survived by his wife, Mavis Madson of Austin; by his five daughters: Lisa (Bob) Schmidt, Owatonna, Minnesota; Kim Spencer, Columbus, Ohio; Julie (Bruce) Bartz, St. Paul, Minnesota; Kathy (Tom) Derrico, Waterford, Wisconsin; and Mary Madson, Columbus, Ohio; by his three sons: Wayne (Lisa) Madson, Austin; Mike Madson, Fargo, North Dakota; and Tom Madson, Manchester, New Hampshire; by a step-daughter, Patricia Westrum, St. Louis Park, Minnesota; by eight grandchildren; by five great-grandchildren; by one great-great-grandchild; by his brother, Don Madson, Austin; by three sisters: Opal Gibson, San Leandro, California; Shirley (Tom) Doolittle, Hayward, California; and Arlene McDermott, Scottsdale, Arizona; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by two daughters, Susan and Marcia; by two brothers; and by five sisters.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, with Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Military honors were provided by members of VFW Post #1216 and American Legion Post #91.

Interment will be held at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.

Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Thomas H. Madson, 64


Thomas Madson, age 64, of Rochester, Minnesota, died on Friday, April 20, 2007 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Thomas Howard Madson was born October 15, 1942 in Austin, Minnesota. A graduate of the public schools in Austin, he then attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. A research chemist, Mr. Madson worked for the Hormel Institute in Austin and later for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

He is survived by his sister, Carol (Darvin) Anderson, of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private services will be held at a later date. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes of Rochester are in charge of the arrangements. On-line memorials may be made at


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Carrie May (Cochran) Magnuson

1913 - 2004

April 28, 1913 - November 26, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment: Following the service at Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

Funeral Home: Worlein's Blooming Prairie Funeral Home.


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Louise Maresa (Luthe) Magnuson

Oct. 10, 1906-Feb. 8, 1997

BLOOMING PRAIRIE -- The funeral for Louise M. Magnuson will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Magnuson, 90, of Blooming Prairie, formerly of rural Austin, died Saturday (Feb. 8, 1997) at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie wherrs she had resdied since June 19, 1991.

Louise Maresa Luthe was born Oct. 10, 1906, in Marshalltown, Iowa, and as a child moved to Dexter, Minn., with her family and later near Corning in Newry Township, Freeborn County. She attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin as a child. On March 11, 1925, she married Ephraim Magnuson at First Lutheran Church parsonage in Blooming Prairie and they farmed near Corning. Her husband died Aug. 9, 1967. She was a member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, attended Bible camp in Onamia, Minn., and was a member of the Senior Citizens of Austin and Blooming Prairie. She had been a 4-H club leader and was a member of the Blooming Prairie Garden Club, Farmers Union, Cedar Valley Beekeepers Association and Extension Club. She had traveled extensively in the United States and Canada.

Survivors include three daughters, Elaine Larson of Mankato, Minn., Gayla (Mrs. Gale) Russell of Urbandale, Iowa, and Carole (Nrs. Denver) DuMond of Faribault, Minn.; three sons, Sydney, Burton and Dennis, all of Austin; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church.


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Sydney Allen Magnuson

October 25, 1930 - February 3, 2005

Sydney Allen Magnuson, 74, of Austin, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Sydney was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Lansing, Minn., to Ephraim and Louise (Luthe) Magnuson. He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1948. Sydney was active in 4-H during his younger years.

Sydney operated a dairy and crop farm northwest of Austin, Minn.

Sydney had many interests such as fixing and repairing case IH tractors, fishing and bowling. Sydney was a member of Red Oak Lutheran Church, The Farm Bureau and the Luther League. He was president of the Red Oak Grove Congregation, taught Sunday School and also enjoyed Bible camp.

He is survived by wife, Shirley Magnuson, Austin; son, Barry (Sandra) Magnuson, Austin; daughter, Sandra (Mark) Larkoski, Austin; eight grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Elaine Larson, Burton Magnuson, Carole DuMond, Dennis Magnuson and Gayla Russel.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating. Interment will be in the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery in Udolpho Township. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary today from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Monday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church one hour before the service.

Casket bearers will be Bill Wilkie, John Penkava, Phil Oswald, Jesse Qualey, Jerad Magnuson and Tyler Shifflett. Honorary bearers are Orville Thompson, Nathan Goodwin, Kinley Peterson, Nathan Christianson, Ellsworth Ulland, Gary Braaten and Johnny Callahan

Organist will be Ardis Luther and soloist will be Kaye Perry.


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Kathleen M. Majerus, 77


Kathleen M. Majerus, age 77, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Monday, May 21, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born August 2, 1929 in Austin, to Michael and Alvina (Mullenback) Majerus. She graduated from Austin High School in 1947 and attended two years of teacher's college. After college she taught school in the Brownsdale area for over seven years before going to work at the Mower County Courthouse. During her 31 years at the courthouse she worked 14 years as the Deputy Clerk of Court, two years in the accounting department of Social Services, and another 14 years as the Deputy County Auditor.

She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

A funeral mass was be celebrated on Friday, May 25, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Austin.

The organist was Mary Lou Rysavy. Soloist was Erin Schumacher. The casket bearers were: Lester Goergen, John Goergen, Ronald Goergen, Dan Pike, Jim Coughlon, and Don Coughlon.

She is survived by her cousins and her many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her brothers, Michael and Kenneth Majerus; and by her sister, Bonnie Larson.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Marlin Eugene Marcks


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- A funeral Mass will be held for Marlin Eugene Marcks at 1 p.m. Saturday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin with the Rev. Virgil Duellman officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mr. Marcks, 66, of Route 5, Austin, a retired Pepsi-Cola sales representative, died Wednesday (June 23, 1998) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born Dec. 14, 1931, in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and graduated from Austin High School. On Aug. 26, 1950, he married Sonya Schrieber and they were later divorced. Mr. Marcks owned and operated Pepsi-Cola Distributing in Austin from 1962 to 1974. He retired recently as a regional sales representative at Pepsi- Cola Bottling in Rochester.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Marcks of Austin; two sons, Mike and Brian, both of Austin; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Elizabeth Marcks of Bloomington, Minn.; and a sister, Dorothy Chapman of Austin. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m. Friday.



Esther Lauretta Hansine (Marcusen)


Esther Plehal of Austin, Minnesota, died January 2, 2007 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She was 88. She had been living in Boise since November 2004.

Esther Lauretta Hansine Marcusen was born in Austin on August 14, 1918. She was the oldest of four girls born to Hans and Else Marcusen.

Esther's parents were first generation Danish immigrants, having traveled to America as teenagers, settling separately in Austin in the early 1900s. During Esther's youth, Hans owned and operated a car dealership at Park Motors, was a community leader, and served two terms as mayor of Austin from 1933-1938. The City of Austin acquired family land for a ball park, which is now named Marcusen Park in his honor.

Esther graduated valedictorian of the class of 1936 at Austin High School. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the University of Minnesota, majoring in journalism. Upon the death of her father, she returned to Austin to assist with the family business and to help support her younger sisters. She also worked at the Austin Utilities and other city offices.

Esther married Burt J. Plehal on May 9, 1943 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Burt was employed at the Austin State Bank. Soon after their wedding, Esther and Burt left Austin for two years while Burt served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following the war, they returned to Austin where Burt resumed his career as a banker and Esther began raising a family of three sons.

In 1954 the family moved to 701 S Fifth Street (later Ninth Street SW) where, except for a brief stay at the Cedars of Austin, she lived until moving to Idaho. She and Burt also established a summer home on the Mississippi River at Wacouta Beach, near Red Wing, Minn. Life on the river became a most important part of Plehal family life.

Esther began a twenty-year career in commercial and residential property management with Red Cedar Properties in 1965, and she joined Zonta International in 1967. She served in various leadership positions at the local, area, district, national and international levels and was named Zonta Woman of the year in 1974.

In her 86 years in Austin, Esther was involved in countless civic and benevolent organizations. She served on the Board of the Austin YWCA; was an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church where she also was president of food services and taught Sunday school. She was a Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star; a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International; donated more than 100 units of blood at the American Red Cross blood bank; served as City/County election judge; was on the board of the Hormel Historic Home, and she was a 72-year member of the Danish Sisterhood of America.

Above all, Esther was family-focused. She lovingly shared her home with her mother-in-law Emily for 25 years; she religiously exchanged letters in Danish and English with relatives near and far; she conducted family church services during summer vacation at the Plehal cottage and she managed a "house of boys" and the associated roles of Den mother, cheerleader, referee, judge, nurse, timekeeper and chauffeur.

She is survived by her three sons: Jim of Red Wing, Minnesota, Tom of Cascade, Idaho, and John of Springfield, Virginia; a sister, Helen of South Carolina; her daughters-in-law, Sandra, Karolyn and Gari; her grandchildren: Ben, Joe, Chris, Andrew, Emma and Dan, and very special "adopted" boys and their families from the US to the Netherlands.

Memorial services were held on Friday, May 18, 2007, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.


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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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Ella Marie (Hegna) Martin


Ella Marie Martin, 93, Stewartville, formerly of Rochester and Hayfield, died Sunday morning at April 23, 2000 at Stewartville Care Center.

She was born Dec. 17, 1906 in Vernon Township, Dodge County to Ole and Mary (Limbo) Hegna. She married Philip Martin Dec. 20, 1924 in Hayfield. After her marriage she and her husband farmed in Mower County and then moved into Sargeant where they operated a tavern for 18 years. They moved to Rochester in 1953 where he worked for Fullerton Lumber Co. and she worked for St. Mary's Hospital. She retired form St. Mary's in May 1981 after 28 years. Ella resided in Hayfield until moving to Stewartville a year ago.

Ella was a member of Evanger Lutheran Church. She was a member of Ladies Aid. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and crocheting.

She is survived by her son Arlo Martin, Stewartville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; sisters Ruth Crace, Racine, and Fern Erath, Waltham.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son Clayton; three brothers and four sisters.

Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant with the Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating.

Interment: Church cemetery

Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.



Florence Elise Hartson


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Florence Elise Hartson will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Brownsdale United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald D. Budd officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale.

Mrs. Hartson, 85, of Austin, formerly of Brownsdale, died Tuesday (Aug. 24, 1999) at Austin Medical Center.

Florence Elise Martin was born Oct. 20, 1913, in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and graduated from high school in Eau Claire, Wis. On June 13, 1942, she married Harold Hartson in Owatonna and they moved to Brownsdale shortly thereafter. From 1945 to 1968 they owned and operated Hartson Produce in Brownsdale and then moved to Austin. Her husband died in 1975. Mrs. Hartson was a nurse's aide at Burr Oak Manor in Austin for 20 years before her retirement in 1990. A member of the Brownsdale United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school, and was active in the United Methodist Women and other church activities. She was a past matron of Unity Chapter 29 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon (Mrs. Donald) Sparks of Waseca, Minn., and Shirley (Mrs. Donald) Peterson of Brookings, S.D.; a son, Richard of Tarpley, Texas; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service Friday at the church. Unity Chapter 29 of the Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.



Mrs. Delia Ann (Marvin) Lord


Mower County Transcript, Wednesday, August 18th, 1909, pg 3, col 4-5

Mrs. Delia A. Lord, formerly of Austin, died of old age at the home of her son in Los Angeles, California. Monday morning, Aug. 9, 1909, aged 89 years. She was ill but five days.

Delia Ann Marvin was born in Peru, Clinton County, NY, November 27, 1820, and grew up there. She was married there to Lyman L. Lord on March 12, 1939. In October of the same year they moved to his home in Bristol, Vermont, and to Middlebury Vermont, in the fall of 1840. Mr. Lord was a millwright by trade. They went back to New York State to live about 1841 and remained there until 1855, when they moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He built the first flour mill there and she was in the millinery business.

In 1860 they moved to Charleston, Missouri and the next year returned to Oshkosh and moved to Austin in 1862 and the family home remained here.

Mr. Lord died in Austin about 22 years ago. Mrs. Lord was one of the first milliners in Austin starting in the business as soon as she came here and continuing for many years. She united with the Baptist church in Keysville, NY at the age of 14 years, and united with the Baptist church in Austin in 1862. She lived here most of the time after her husband died but about three years ago went to Los Angeles, Cal to live with her son. Three children were born to her; Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Jacobs, of Austin, deceased; George Lord who enlisted in the 9th Vermont Vols. in the civil war and died in the hospital during the war; and Charles Eaton Lord of Los Angeles, Cal. Deceased received a pension for years on account of the service of her son in the army. Funeral services and interment at Los Angeles.


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Helen (Marvin) Berry


At the home of her son in Minneapolis, Sept. 7, 1905 of old age Mrs. Helen M., widow of Dr. P. C. Berry, aged 80 years. Helen M. Marvin was born in Clinton county New York, Jan 11, 1825.

She was married there to Dr. P. C. Berry. They subsequently lived in Vermont and in 1865 they moved to Austin where Dr. Berry practiced medicine until his death here. Mrs. Berry then returned to the east and lived at Westville, N.Y. and Burlington, Vt. About 14 years ago she came to Minneapolis to reside. She was a sister of Mrs. D.A. Lord.

Two sons survive George Berry of Minneapolis and William living in Massachusetts. Deceased united with the Baptist church at the age of 14 and always retained her religious interest and convictions.

Mower County Transcript, Sept. 13, 1905, pg. 3 col. 3

Transcribed by Mark Ashley



Eleanor (Johnson) MASSE


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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Emma Elizabeth (Mathews) Delaney


Jan 12, 1843 Aug 25, 1909

Emma Elizabeth Mathews was born in New Hampshire, Jan. 12, 1843. In Oct. 1862 she was married to Richard Delaney at Black River Falls, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. Delaney came to Grand Meadow in the spring of 1871 and lived on a farm in Frankford township most of the time. To them were born eight children four of whom are living, who mourn the loss of a dear mother. The children living are: Wm. E. of Baldwin, Wis.; Fred H. of Volin, Mont.; Harry E. of Hoquiam, Wash.; and Mrs. stella Moody of Wahpeton, N.D. Fred and Harry were too far away to come to the funeral.

About twelve years ago the family retired from the farm and moved to the village of Grand Meadow, erecting and living in for several years the residence now occupied and owned by John Wanger, Sr.

The husband and father died the same month ten years ago, since which time the mother has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Moody at Motley, Minn. and afterward at their present home in Wahpeton, N.D. She spent the past winter with her son, Harry, at Joquiam, Wash. and this summer at Wahpeton, N.D. On August 1st of this year she came to Baldwin, Wis. to be with her son, Will, where she passed away to rest on August 25th. She had suffered from gall stones and other complications for over a year, but the last few days was free from pain.

She was a member of the Grand Meadow W.R.C. and had taken a very active part in the corps work at Wahpeton while living there, and the members of that corp sent a beautiful floral offering as a kind remembrance to the dear ones of a loved member. The Grand Meadow W.R.C. and other friends here sent beautiful flowers at the funeral, which was held in the M.E. church Saturday morning at 10 a.m. , Rev. A. Bauman preaching the sermon. the body arrived here on Friday evening, accompanied by the two children, Wm. Delaney and Mrs. Stella Moody. The corps appropriately decorated the church in honor of once a former active and dear member. The remains were taken to the Frankford cemetery, where they were laid to rest by the wide of her husband two daughters.




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