Mower County Obituaries
Part 021



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.



Emma Thortsen Mildenstein


Emma Thortsen Mildenstein are 98, of Burr Oak Manor, Austin, Minnesota died Tuesday February 25, 1975. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Verna M. Peters, Austin and Mrs. charles (Dorothea) Mettiott, Phoenix, Arizona; one son Floyd William Mildenstein, Lyle, Minnesota. 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Detlof and Anna (Koenig) Thorsten, her husband Willaim N. Mildenstein and one son Harold Mildenstein.

Mrs. Mildenstein was born October 2, 1876, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. At the age of nine she moved from Germany to Port Clinton, Ohio. In young womanhood she moved to Iowa, where on April 26, 1899, she married William N. Mildenstein in Hartley, Iowa. In 1912 she and her family moved to a farm northeastof Brownsdale, MN residing there until 1920. The family moved to Austin, where she lived until her death except for ten years in Arizona.

She devoted her life to her family and many friends.



Floyd William Mildenstein


Floyd William Mildenstein was born July 13, 1909 in Durant, Iowa. The son of William N. and Emma (Thortsen) Mildenstein.

He attended school at Brownsdale, MN. On August 16, 1931, he was united in marriage with Emma Jicha in Austin, MN.

They made their home in Lyle, MN. Mr. Mildenstein was a contractor and engaged in farming. A veteran of World War II, he was a member of Lyle Post 105 American Legion.

Mr. Mildenstein died June 27, 1981, at his home.

Surviving are his wife, Emma; two daughters Janet (Robert) Christenson, Hayfield, MN, Ruth Nelson, Roseville, MN; five sons and daughters-in-law, Jams and Ida Mildenstein, Thomas Mildenstein, Owatonna, David Mildenstein, Glenville, MN, Steven and Carol Mildenstein, Rochester MN, Larry Mildenstein, Stillwater, Mn; 13 grandchildren, a sister and brother-in-law Dr. Dorothea (Charles) Merriot, Phoenix, AZ.; neices and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents William N. and Emma (Thortsen) Mildenstein, Austin, MN; two sons Robert and William Mildenstein; a sister Verna Peters; a brother Harold Mildenstein.

Funeral services were held June 30, 1981, at Bethal Alliance Church, Lyle. Paster Iam Petitt officiating. Interment was in Woodbury Cemetery, with Worlein funeral Home, Austin, in charge of arrangements.

Doris Kelley and Mrs. William Haney were singers and Mrs. Dan Pettit, organist. Pallbearers were Myron Morgan, Randy Christensen, Dennis Peterson, Loreen Dennison, Laverne Taylor, William Haney and honorary pallbearer, Mervyn Moran.



William Nicholas Mildenstein


William N. Mildenstein was born September 27, 1876 in Durant, Iowa, the son of Nicholas and Carolin (Voss) Mildenstein.

He attended school in Durant and in Hartley, Iowa, where he moved in 1893. On April 26, 1899, he was united in marriage with Emma Thortsen, at Hartley. They moved to Bownsdale in 1912, where he was engaged in farming and carpentry. In 1923, they moved to Austin.

Mr. Mildenstein died April 4, 1957 at the Vaith Nursing Home, after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. April 7, 1957, at the Worlein Funeral home, Leonard knutson officiating. Interment was Oakwood Cemetery. Casket bearers were, William D. Mildenstein, Rodney Mildenstein, Hugh Peters, paul wolcott, Wayne albright, Robert Christenson, grandsons of the deceased.

Mr. Mildenstein is survived by his wife Emma (Thortsen); two sons Harold of West Concord, MN and Floyd W. of Lyle,MN; two daughters, Mrs. Verna Peters, Austin, and Mrs. Dorothea Mettiott, Rockford, Ill; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Out-of-town persons attending the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bruger, Everyly, Iowa,; Mr. and Mrs. Hans Thortsen, Hartley, Iowa; Mrs. and Mrs. Hugh Petes, Keister, MN; Ruth Mildenstein, St. Paul, MN; Paula Merriot, Davenport, Ia, Mrs. and Mrs. Janet (Robert) Christensen, Waltham, Mn.



Christina Mary (Wagner) Miller



Mower County Transcript Wed.; January 12, 1898; pg. 7 col. 2

Mrs. John Miller died last Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1898, at 11:30 a.m., at her home. Christina Mary Wagner Miller was born in Germany Feb. 1, 1827.

She came with her parents to Canada when she was about seven years old, where she was married to J.W. Miller Feb, 16, 1847. Eleven years later Mr. and Mrs. Miller moved to Preston, Fillmore county where they lived until about twenty-two years ago, when they moved on to a farm north-east of Brownsdale, where they lived until about a year ago, when the moved in to town, She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom, three sons and four daughters, survive her. She died as she lived, a firm believer in the Christian religion. Life went out without a struggle.

The night before her death she said to her daughter Emma, "Oh, I am so happy; I am trusting in Jesus." She has been a great suffer for years from that dread disease asthma, which finally caused her death.

The funeral took place at the Baptist church at 1 p.m., Rev. William Cooke of the M.E. church officiating.

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Frank L. Miller

d: 1895


Mower County Transcript Wed. March 27, 1895, pg. 3 col. 2

It is with sadness we pen the sudden death of Frank L. Miller, who died at his home in Brownsdale last Thursday morning, March 21, at 11:30, death resulting from injuries received the Saturday previous while assisting in raising a wind-mill in the town of Sargent. At the time, Mr.Burt Baldwin, Mr. Miller and another gentleman were endeavoring to lift the piping from the well, but through a mishap the pipe-lifter, weighing eight pounds became detached from the derrick above and fell a distance of forty feet, striking him a glancing blow on the back of the head, fracturing the skull. He was standing on the ground and not in the well, as reported for some papers.

He was unconscious most of the time after the second day and seemed to die painlessly. Drs. Johnson of Austin and Gray of this place did all they could to save his life, but the injuries were fatal and death claimed him. Mr. Miller was in his 28th year.

He was married about a year ago to Mary, daughter of Alexander Requa, late treasurer of this county, and leaves her to mourn his untimely fate. He also leaves a father and mother, two sisters and a brother, who are left sorrowing. His funeral was held Saturday last at the Methodist church, the sermon being preached by Rev. A. McCausland from the text, "Comfort ye, Comfort Ye my People," The services were conducted under the auspices of the Masonic Order, of which he was a valued member. The remains were laid to rest in Greenwood cemetery, a mile south of the village. The services were very largely attended, many being unable to enter the church.

For the present his wife expects to remain at Brownsdale.


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Janice Kaye (Tangen) Miller


Janice Kaye Miller, age 47, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died Saturday, February 10, 2007, at her home, following a courageous battle with a brain tumor the past 1 1/2 years.

She was born April 25, 1959, in Rochester, Minnesota, and grew up and lived most of her life in LeRoy. She graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School in 1977. After graduation she attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1981.

On June 13, 1981, she was united in marriage to Rick Miller at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy, and together they made their home in LeRoy. Janice continued her education through the University of Minnesota, receiving her master's degree in education in 1992. She had been a family and consumer science teacher for the Southland School District in Adams, Minnesota, since 1983. She served as the FCCLA Advisor, and had students involved in several national competitions.

Survivors include her husband, Rick, of LeRoy; her two sons, Tony, of Roseville, Minnesota, and Nate, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; her mother, Thelma Tangen, of LeRoy; two sisters, Marcia (Robert) Myli, of Cresco, lowa, and Mary (Peter) Slavin of Rochester; brother, James Tangen, of Mabel, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Tangen.

A Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at St Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy, with the Rev. John Traufler officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery.

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


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John Henry Miller


John Henry Miller, 53, of Osage, Iowa died Saturday (Oct. 21, 2006) at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Mayer Funeral Home, 600 Second St. N.W., Austin, Minnesota, with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post No. 91 and VFW Post No. 1216.

John was born on Jan. 29, 1953, in Austin, Minnesota, to John Jesse and Ann (Staresnic) Miller.

He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in 1st/7 Infantry, 1st Cavalry Division. John served in the Army branch of the military from 1971 through 1975. He was awarded the Air Medal on June 28, 1972, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

In April of 1995, he was engaged to Brenda Kloberdanz and on Oct. 17, 2006, the two of them married in Rochester, Minn.

John enjoyed telling tales with his many friends, traveling, and sharing his experiences from his service in Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Miller, Osage, daughter, Shelby (Adam) Kline, Mason City; sons, David Kloberdanz and Nicholas Kloberdanz, both of Cedar Falls; granddaughters, Kinsey and Kylee Kline; mother and her special friend, Ann Miller, and Rocky Rasmussen, Austin, Minn.; brothers, Tim (Pat) Miller, and Jim (Linda) Miller, all of Austin, Minn.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marloe and Alice Ellingson, Osage; brother-in-law, Marloe Jr. (Donna) Ellingson, Joice; sister-in-law, Deb (Dan) Swann, Osage; nephews, Travis Miller, Calif., Jesse Miller, Lorton, Va., Joey Miller, Austin, Minn.

Mayer Funeral Home, (507) 433-1817, was in charge of arrangements.

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Maxine C. Miller


Maxine C. Miller, (nee Williamson), 88, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday morning May 12, 2007 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie.

Maxine was born on January 13, 1919 to Joseph and Selma (Lee) Williamson in Mower County, Minnesota. She grew up in rural Austin.

She married Harold A. Miller on January 24, 1943 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Austin. The couple farmed for 30 years, and then moved to Blooming Prairie in 1976. She was the Head Cook at Blooming Prairie High School over 22 years.

Maxine was a member of First Lutheran Church and belonged to the Communion Group at First Lutheran Church and many church circles. She belonged to the Degree of Honor Society, Veteran's Auxiliary, enjoyed her crafting, crocheting, baking, as well as her flowers.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Leroy) Ingvaldson, of Ellendale, Minnesota, and Pat (Robert) Heikes of Ogilvie, Minnesota; one son, Terry (Kathy) Miller, of Owatonna, Minnesota; 14 grandchildren: Michael (Kari) Ingvaldson, of Ellendale; Nancy Ingvaldson, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; Jason Ingvaldson, of Burnsville, Minnesota; Lori (Josh) Hossli, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dan Ingvaldson, of Burnsville; Mark (Tracy) Heikes, of Mora, Minnesota; Joe (Kim Stuckey) Heikes, of Milaca, Minnesota; Sarah (Jim) England, of Swanville, Minnesota; Amy (Jon Connor) Miller, of Owatonna; Becky (Eric) Bishop, of Shakopee, Minnesota; Stacey Miller, of Owatonna; Dawn (Jorge Zapata) Miller, of Owatonna; Jake (Anna Sobolik) Miller, of Owatonna; and Jeremy Miller, of Owatonna; 12 great-grandchildren: Tristan Ingvaldson, of Ellendale; Ashley Heikes, of Mora; Zach Heikes, of Mora; Ashton Heikes, of Milaca; Hunter Miller, of Shakopee; Lucas Miller, of Shakopee; Mackenzie Hill, of Owatonna; Chase Hill, of Owatonna; Hailey Miller, of Owatonna; Makayla Zapata, of Owatonna; Hannah Zapata, of Owatonna; Sarayna Zapata, of Owatonna; two step-great-grandchildren, Bailey and Austin England, of Minneapolis; two ex-daughters-in-law; Mary Miller and Tonyia Miller; two sisters and one brother: Sylvia Swenson, of Blooming Prairie, Minn.; Don (Syrlene) Williamson, of Austin; and Lorraine Turvold, of Belvidere, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Lorene Williamson, of Blooming Prairie, and Margaret Williamson, of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a son, Doug; three grandsons: Joan Heikes, Matthew Heikes and Brian Ingvaldson; two infant daughters; one great-grandchild, Dakota; four brothers: Jens, Lawrence, Orville and Kenny; one sister, Jeanette Tapp; and her very good friend, Zef Marsh.

Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. Officiants were Rev. Richard Hegal and Rev. Heidi Heimgartner. Interment was in the Blooming Prairie City Cemetery.

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


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Bernetta (Ossawskie) Mlenar


Bernetta "Babe" Mlenar, 93, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at Our House Assisted Living in Austin.

Babe was born on February 6, 1914 in Spring Valley, Minnesota, to John and Mary (Kasten) Ossawskie. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and she got all her schooling in Spring Valley. After leaving home she worked in Rochester, Minneapolis, Blooming Prairie, and Grand Meadow before settling in Austin. In her younger years, she loved to dance, and take short tours with the Hormel Historic Home. She loved gardening, and had flower beds and planters all over her yard.

On May 29, 1937 she married Clarence Mlenar. This union lasted 54 years, and they spent all their married life in Austin. Clarence preceded her in death on March 15, 1991. Babe did domestic work for professional people before going to work at the Trowbridge Grill as a waitress. After the supermarket closed, she went to work at Harry's Cafe where she remained until retirement.

Babe may best be remembered as secretary of the Milwaukee Women's Club for several years. She also served as secretary of the Golden Age Club. Babe was a member of the Mower County Senior Center, and the Moose Lodge.

After her husband's death, Babe moved to the Twin Towers, and eventually to Assisted Living at the Cedars and Our House.

Survivors include three sons: Jerry (Jan) Mlenar, Rochester, Minnesota; Mike (Sandy) Mlenar, Rochester; Bruce Mlenar, Austin; three step-sons: Norman Mlenar, Las Vegas, Nevada; Tom (Mary) Mlenar, St. Paul, Minnesot; Eugene Mlenar, Phoenix, Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Grabau.

She was preceded in death by her husband; by a son, James; by her parents, five sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 7, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church, with Rev. Russ Wangen officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery.

The casket bearers were: Jeremy Mlenar, Jimmy Dean Hultgren, Brian Krueger, Tim Mlenar, Duane Klingerman and Mike Miller.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Lucille A. (Svejkovsky) Moore


Lucille Ann Moore, age 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, April 13, 2007 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Lucille Ann Svejkovsky was born March 18, 1916 in Austin to Albin and Albie (Balley) Svejkovsky. She moved with her parents to London, Minnesota, where she started school. At age ten the family moved back to Austin. Lucille attended Austin High School and graduated in 1933. She worked at the George A. Hormel company for twelve years. Lucille married Allan Moore, and they later divorced.

Lucille lived in Aitkin, Minnesota for a year and owned and operated Anglers Rest Resort. In 1947 she came back to Austin and started working for Roger's Jewelry, where she worked for 33 years. Lucille retired in 1980 and then volunteered at AMC where she managed the gift shop for 15 years. She also volunteered at the J.C. Hormel Nature Center, Mower County Historical Society and her church.

Survivors include her brother, Roger (Betty) Svejkovsky, Austin; sister-in-law, Rosella Svejkovsky, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clarence and Adolph; two sisters, Lillian and Delores; two nephews and a niece.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at the Church of Christ, with Rev. Steve DeFor and Rev. Dave DeFor officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mayer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


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Margaret Elizabeth (Morgan)


LYLE, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Margaret Elizabeth Capretz will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mona, Iowa.

Mrs. Capretz, 80, of Lyle, formerly of Austin, died Saturday morning (Oct. 7, 2000) at Austin Medical Center.

Margaret Elizabeth Morgan was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Mona, Iowa, and attended schools in Mona and Lyle. On Nov. 27, 1937, she married Floyd B. Capretz in Osage, Iowa. They lived in Austin for a short time before moving to Lyle. She worked at the egg hatchery in Lyle and later the Carroll George Co. in Northwood, Iowa. After her husband's death on Dec. 21, 1979, she continued to live in Lyle. Mrs. Capretz was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, its WELCA and Ladies Aid, and enjoyed playing bingo, fishing, flowers and gardening.

Survivors include two sons, John (Sandy) of Fridley, Minn., Brian (Marge) of Austin; two daughters, Sharon (Harlan) Slaichert of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and Jeanne Capretz of Austin; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Wilder of Austin; and two brothers, Spencer (Irene) Morgan of Austin and Larry (Lenore) Morgan of North Branch, Minn. She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service at the church.



Orville J. Mortensen


LYLE, MINN. -- Orville J. Mortensen, 91, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, a retired rural letter carrier formerly of Lyle, died Wednesday (Nov. 3, 1993) at Mitchell County Memorial Hospital in Osage, Iowa.

He was born Nov. 12, 1901, in Lyle and was married there on June 24, 1950. His wife, Laura, preceded him in death. Mr. Mortensen lived in the Lyle area all his life. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle and the Lyle American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, Jack Finnegan of Gainesville, Fla., and Donald Finnegan of Brownsdale; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Katherine Howard of Lyle. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Rev. Harold Luechke officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mona, Iowa, with military graveside rites by the Lyle American Legion.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.



Donald Leroy Mossyge


LE ROY, MINN. -- Donald Leroy Mossyge, 70, of Le Roy, died Thursday (Sept. 7, 1995) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born May 21, 1925, in rural Le Roy and farmed all his life in the Le Roy area. On Feb. 3, 1951, he married Marjorie Shirbroun in Le Roy. Mr. Mossyge was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Le Roy.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Becky Book and Barbara Hammon, both of Rochester; three sons, James and Robert, both of Le Roy and Mark of Tuscon, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Marion (Mrs. Lyle) McRoberts of Le Roy. He was preceded in death by a grandson and a sister.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Roland Walkes and Arthur Nash co-officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery in rural Le Roy. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Le Roy and one hour before services at the church on Sunday.

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Mary (Moucha) Mudra



Austin Daily Herald, Thurs. June 25, 1959

Mary Mudra was born April 14, 1870 in Litoholvy, Czechoslovakia the daughter of Frank and Frances Moucha. On Feb. 09, 1886 she was united in marriage with Frank Mudra. She resided on a farm near London, Minn., until moving to Austin to make her home at 306 S. First.

Mary was a kind person; loved by all who knew her and took pride in her home, flowers and garden. Later in life, her hobby was painting. Mrs. Mudra died at 5:35 p.m. June 19 at St. Olaf Hospital after being ill eight months. Funeral services were held a 2:00 p.m. June 22 at Faith EBU Church, the Rev. Gordon Wendland officiating. Interment was in London Cemetery with Berg Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mudra is survived by a son, Alfred of Austin; four daughters, Mrs. Frank Kycek (Mary) Hayward, Mrs. Frank Pell (Ella), Austin, Mrs. Charles Wilt (Helen), Mahnomen, Minn. and Mrs. Louis Kraft (Anna), Austin: 28 grandchildren: numerous great-grandchildren: one great-great-grandchild: two brothers, Emil Moucha, Myrtle, and Stanley Moucha, Glenville. She was preceded in death by her husband: a son, Edward: two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Belshan and Mrs. Blanche Krikava, and two grandsons.

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Peter Mudra


Mower County News, Thursday, April 17, 1930

A short burial service was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o' clock at the Mayer Funeral Home for Peter Mudra, 70, who died Sunday morning at Health Home. He had been ill for two years. J. R. Lukes of London read the funeral ritual in the Bohemian tongue, and the body was sent to St. Paul for cremation.

Deceased was born a native of Bohemia, born in Tejeck Okres Zbirow on January 05, 1860, of sturdy stock, and made a good citizen in his adopted home country. A son lives in Canada, a sister and a daughter still live in Europe, four brothers, John and Frank of White bear, and Joe and James also live in the home land across the sea.

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Leonilla Mary (Mullenbach) Yunker



ADAMS, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Leonilla Mary Yunker will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Yunker, 94, of Adams, a homemaker, died Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000) at the Adams Health Care Center.

Leonilla Mary Mullenbach was born Feb. 27, 1906, in Johnsburg, attended St. John's Catholic School in Johnsburg and then worked on the family farm. On Oct. 22, 1929, she married Philip Merten in Johnsburg. He died September 18, 1954. She married Ray Yunker in 1961 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy and he died in 1989. During her marriages, she lived on an acreage, and from 1992 until returning to Adams in 1996, resided in Milwaukee. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Rosary Society and St. Barbaras unit.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy (Alfred) Loecher of West Bend, Wis., and Marcella (Damien) Bissen of Milwaukee; three sons, Mathias (Susan) Merten of Kansas City, Mo., Nathan (Betty) Merten of Brownsdale and Bernard (Eline) Merten of St. Ansgar, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Armella Mullenbach, Marianne Mullenbach and Ida Winkels, all of Adams; and a brother, Otto (Marcella) Mullenbach of Austin.

She was preceded in death by a son, a grandson, five brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Adams Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. today.


Leonilla Mary Yunker, 94, Adams, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at the Adams Health Care Center.

She was born Feb. 27, 1906, in Johnsburg, to Mathias and Mary Ann (Kramer) Mullenbach. She attended St. Johns Catholic School in Johnsburg and worked on the family farm. She married Philip Merten on Oct. 22, 1929, at Johnsburg. Philip died Sept. 18, 1954. Leonilla married Ray Yunker in 1958 and St. Patricks Catholic Church in LeRoy. He died in 1989. Through both of her marriages she lived on an acreage farm. She lived in Milwaukee from 1992 until 1996 when she moved back to Adams.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rosary Society and St. Barbaras Unit of the church.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy (Alfred) Loecher, West Bend, Wis. and Marcella (Damien) Bissen, Milwaukee; sons and daughters-in-law, Mathias (Susan) Merten, Kansas City, Mo., Nathan (Betty) Merten, Brownsdale, and Bernard (Eline) Merten, St. Ansgar, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Armella Mullenback, Adams, Marianne Mullenbach, Adams, and Ida Winkels, Adams; brother and sister-in-law, Otto and Marcella Mullenback, Austin, Mildred Mullenbach, Adams, Alice Mullenbach, Johnsburg; brother-in-law, Stephen Freund, Adams; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both her husbands; son, Michael; five brothers and three sisters.

Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating. Organist will be Helen King. vocalists will be Peter Bissen and Dawn Buege.

Interment: Sacred Heart Cemetery. Casket bearers will be: Douglas Loecher, Kevin Loecher David Merten, Philip Merten, Jason Merten, Gregory Bissen.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home and there will be a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be visitation Thursday at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 20, 2000]



Magdalen "Maggie" (Mullenbach)


ADAMS, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Magdalen "Maggie" Freund will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams, with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Adams.

Mrs. Freund, 85, of Adams, a homemaker, died Thursday (Aug. 31, 2000) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Magdalen Mullenbach was born Aug. 14, 1915, in Johnsburg, Minn. She graduated from Adams High School and worked in Austin for a short time. She married Stephen Freund on Sept. 28, 1938, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. They lived in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and Meyer, Iowa, before moving to Adams in 1952. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and baking. She also liked gardening, crafts and shopping for antiques. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Kenneth (Nancy) of Gallatin, Tenn., and Dennis (Judy) of Lake Forest, Calif.; three daughters, Mary (William) Colter of Scottsdale, Ariz., Judy (Kevin) Underdahl of Vista, Calif., and Rita (Gene) Miller of LeRoy, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Leonilla Younker, Armella Mullenbach, Mary Ann Mullenbach and Ida Winkels, all of Adams; and one brother, Otto (Marcella) Mullenbach of Austin.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Adams Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m., and there will be a 7 p.m. prayer service. Friends may also call from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.



John Murane



Austin Daily Herald, Thursday 5-09-1912, pg.2 col.3


The Sympathy of a wide circle of friends goes out to the E.D. Murane family in the death of John Murane who died at 2 o'clock this morning after an illness with tuberculosis for about five years. Mr. Murane had won many friends by his pleasing personality and have watched with deep regret his failing fight against disease. During all this time he has been most patient and appreciative of all acts of sympathy and kindness shown him.

The sympathy of the community goes out to his parents and to his sisters in this hour of sadness. The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 from St. Augustine's church with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Murane was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Murane, and was born at Oakland thirty-nine years ago the 27th of next July. After attending the school at Oakland he attended our High school for three years. When 19 years of age he moved to this city with his parents and later went into real estate business and other lines.

On June 07, 1905 he was married to Miss Mary Davis who lived but seven months after the marriage. Soon after her death he fell ill and has failed in health ever since. He leaves besides his father and mother three sisters Mrs. Peter Fahey and Mrs. William Casey, both of Fessenden, N.D. and Mrs. Milo Christi of Anoka.

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Mollie Davis-Murane

d: 1906

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Austin Daily Herald, Friday, 3-30-1906, pg. 3, col. 4


Mrs. John E. Murane [Mollie (Davis) Murane]

Mrs. John E. Murane died at her home south of Oakland Thursday evening shortly before 8 o'clock. The funeral will be held Saturday morning 10:30 from St. Augustine's church and the interment will take place in the Catholic cemetery. Mollie Davis was born in Madison, Wisconsin twenty-two years ago last October.

When a little girl of ten she removed with her parents to Austin where she has since resided. Her school days were spent here in attendance at the High school and two years at the Normal College. After she left school she taught south of Adams and near Oakland. When she closed her school a year ago last March she took a severe cold which followed pleurisy of the lungs from which she suffered a year or two ago, resulted in consumption.

Since Christmas time hopes of her recovery have been entertained. She was married last June to John E. Murane and has since lived in her new home south of Oakland. Though ill since fall she has been confined to her bed less than two weeks. Mrs. Murane leaves beside her husband, father, mother, three sisters and one brother to mourn the loss of a loving and true wife, daughter and sister. Only words of praise can be spoken of Mrs. Murane. She was true to all the duties and relations of life and no higher eulogy can be given to any one. Her early death leaves a void in many hearts.

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Mower County Transcript, Wednesday 4-4-1906, pg. 2, col. 2

Mrs. John Murane

At her home in Oakland Township, Thursday evening, March 29, 1906 of consumption, Mrs. John E. Murane, aged 22 years. Mollie Davis was born in Madison, Wis. In October, 1883, at the age of ten she came with her folks to Austin. She finished her education at the Austin High School and S.M. Normal College and taught school near Adams and Oakland.

She was married to Mr. Murane June 07, 1905. She has been growing rapidly worse for several months. She was of a happy, sunny disposition and made all about her happy. It seems hard that her home should so soon be broken up but there are many arrangements of providence which we shall be better able to understand hereafter. Funeral services held at the Catholic Church Saturday forenoon. Interment in the Catholic cemetery.

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Anna C. (Stevenson) Murphy


Anna C. Murphy, age 60 of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away on August 12, 2006 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 103 Pershing Street in Lyle, Minnesota, with Rev. Barb Finley-Shea officiating.

Interment will be in Woodbury Cemetery, rural Lyle. Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.

Anna was born December 14, 1945 to William and Exie (Miller) Stevenson in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

On August 26, 1960 Anna married Ralph D. Dickerson in Kingswood, Kentucky. They had two children: Melinda and Ralph Jr. and were later divorced. She spent many years raising and enjoying her family in Kentucky, before moving to Lyle, Minnesota, in 1990. On July 28, 1990, Anna married Reuben Murphy in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Anna owned her own housecleaning business in Lyle until suffering a near fatal heart attack in June of 1998. Anna defied the odds and survived because of her own determination, will and faith. She belonged to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, and enjoyed cooking, baking, keeping house, walking, liked her flowers and spending time with her many grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Nettie Dupin, Brenda Jo Stevenson and brothers Calvin and James Stevenson.

Anna's survivors include her husband Reuben of Lyle; daughter Melinda (Victor) Young of Spicer, Minnesota; son Ralph Dickerson, Jr., of Lewisport, Ky.; stepchildren: Tammy (Steven) Roberts of Stewartville, Minnesota, Terri (Paul) Hanson of Wanamingo, Minnesota, Troy (Renae) Murphy of Faribault, Minnesota, Thane (Debbie) Murphy of Sandstone, Minnesota, and Tracey (Connie) Murphy of Austin, Minnesota; three grandchildren, and 12 step-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita (Fred) Hines of Louisville, Kentucky; Doris (Guy) Gross of Kentucky; a brother, Thomas Stevenson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, Minn., was in charge of arrangements.

[ Adapted from Mitchell County Press online -- -- Aug 15, 2006 ]


Gordon H. Murphy, 84


Gordon H. Murphy, P.E., died on May 8, 2007, at the age of 84. He grew up in Mower County, Minnesota, and graduated from Austin Junior College and Marquette University's College of Engineering. He also attended Berea College in Kentucky and City College of New York while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Gordon and his wife, Adell, founded Graphic Engineering, a candid and stereo photography firm. In 1951, they founded Combustion Service Engineers, which later became Combustion Service & Equipment Inc. Gordon provided boiler and burner expertise for a wide variety of industries and businesses in the Milwaukee area and Wisconsin, including hospitals, schools, manufacturing plants, canneries, and commercial farms.

Gordon was a consultant for many years to Wisconsin Ice and Coal Company and Kelley Company. He especially enjoyed servicing the huge freighter ships that arrived and departed from the Milwaukee harbor. A true craftsman, he could diagnose difficult problems, and understood all kinds of machinery and designed many unique pieces of equipment.

A long-time member of St. Rita Parish in West Allis, Wisconsin, Gordon was a member of the Holy Name Society and past president of the Parish Council.

Gordon is survived by his beloved wife, Adell; by his children: Michael (Joanne) Murphy, Timothy Murphy, Kathleen Nolan (Brian Beyer), and Daniel Murphy (Cynthia Troxell); by his grandchildren: Rebecca, Denise, Kevin (Sara), and Keith Murphy; Monika, Ryan and Dustin Nolan; and Miles and Gavin Murphy; by his siblings: Robert (Carol) Murphy, Leah Rusnak, Rita Andersen and Suzanne Murphy, and by his sister-in-law, Emerence Sajdak.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Harold and Loretta Murphy of Austin, Minnesota; by his sister, Katherine Baudler; and by his brothers, David and Luke Murphy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 11, 2007 at St. Rita Church, 2318 S. 61 Street, West Allis, Wisconsin. There was a private interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


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August Friederich Herman Naatz


BROWNSDALE, MINN. -- The funeral for August Naatz will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, with the Rev. Daniel Czech officiating. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery in Dexter.

Mr. Naatz, 89, a retired buttermaker, died Thursday (June 3, 1993) in the Adams Health Care Center after a long illness.

Born on March 12, 1904, in Lansing Township he attended area schools and St. John's School in Austin. He married Ella B. Rubin on Aug. 15, 1930, in Austin. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Darlene (Mrs. Lowell) Bjoraker of Winona; a son, Thomas of Huntsville, Ala.; and a brother, Clarence of Brownsdale.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Vernon's Funeral Home in Brownsdale and one hour before services at the church.

NOTE: He is the son of Frank and Clara (Kestner) Naatz.



Clarence Edwin Carl "Mike" Naatz


BROWNSDALE, MINN. -- The funeral for Clarence Edwin Carl "Mike" Naatz will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, with the Rev. John Luther officiating. Burial will be in Waltham Township Cemetery with military graveside rites by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Mr. Naatz, 79, of rural Brownsdale a longtime Brownsdale businessman, died Saturday afternoon, June 22, 1996 at Austin Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 30, 1916, on the Naatz family farm in Dexter Township, Mower County. During World War II he served in the Army as a sergeant and was assigned as tank commander to the 737th Tank Battalion. His tank crew participated in the invasion of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. He was wounded at St. Lo, France, on July 17, 1944, and was awarded the Purple Heart. After his discharge, he was a businessman in Brownsdale and from 1956 until his retirement in 1978 operated a service station. On Feb. 10, 1949, he married Glee Ilene Wills and they made their home west of Brownsdale. Mr. Naatz served on the Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department, was a member of the DFL Party, T-Totalers Car Club of Minneapolis and St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Monty of Minneapolis and Cecil of Marshall, Minn.; and four grandchildren. Three sisters and a brother preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and an hour before the service Tuesday at the funeral home.




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