Mower County Obituaries
Part 022



Edward W. Naatz


WALTHAM -- Edward W. Naatz, 65, a lifelong rural Waltham resident, died Sunday (June 13, 1993).

Born July 11, 1927, in Waltham Township, Mower County, he married Rosemary Schleret on April 24, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waltham. Mr. Naatz was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and had served on the church council.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Charles of Waltham and John of Gonger, Minn.; five grandchildren; and a brother, Glenn of Waltham.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waltham, with the Rev. John Luther officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

Son of Edmund and Magdalena (Faber) Naatz.



Hulda Henrietta (George) Naatz


AUSTIN -- The funeral for Hulda Henrietta Naatz will be 2 p.m Sunday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Stephen Kurtzahn officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Naatz, 82, of Adams, a former Austin homemaker, died Tuesday morning (May 19, 1999) at the Adams Heathcare Center where she had resided for three years.

Hulda Henrietta George was born May 2, 1917, in Lakefield, Minn. On April 9, 1937, she married Raymond Naatz in Owatonna. They made their home in Austin and later on a farm in the Rose Creek area before returning to Austin in 1973. Her husband worked at Hormel Foods Corp. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and was active in its ladies' aid and cradle roll.

Survivors include a son, David, of Wheaton, Minn.; two daughters, Mary Judd of Crystal, Minn., and Kathy Naatz of Austin; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ralph George of Austin. Her husband, a son and two sisters preceded her in death.

Friends may all from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Sunday at the church.



Kathleen S. Naatz


Kathleen S. Naatz, 51, of Austin, died Friday evening at Comforcare Care Center in Austin. She was born on Sept. 18, 1953 in Austin to Raymond and Huldah (Georg) Naatz. Kathleen was a life-long Austin resident and member of the Lutheran faith. She also enjoyed reading and studying history.

She is survived by her brother, David (Solveig) Naatz, Wheaton; a sister, Mary Judd, Eden Prairie, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.



Loretta Esther (Naatz) Rappe


Loretta Esther Rappe, 93 of Austin, died Saturday evening, August 6, 2005, at St Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

She was born August 16, 1911, near Waltham, the daughter of Emil and Mathilda (Koehn) Naatz. She was baptized September 24, 1911 and confirmed May 24, 1924, at Trinity Lutheran Church near Waltham. She attended the Trinity Lutheran Church Day School. After completing her education, Loretta worked as a waitress at the Fox Hotel and later in the dietary department of Burr Oak Nursing Home.

On April 21, 1934, she was united in marriage to Harry Franz Friedrich Rappe at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid, where she served as its first president.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and volunteering.

The couple entered St. Mark's Lutheran Home in January 2002 and Harry died July 26, 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet (James) Connor of Hutchinson; a son, William (Alice) Rappe of Clear Lake, Iowa;three grandchildren, Kandi Rappe, Heather Camacho and Kris Given; a step grandson, Kent Hanson; three great-grandchildren, Mark Given, Morgan Mulford and Samantha Camacho; two step great-grandchildren, Casey Hanson and Shelby Hanson; asister, Florence Naatz of Austin; special niece, Carol McAlister of Austin and many other relatives and friends.. Her parents; husband, Harry F. Rappe; greatgrandson, Mitchell Given; five brothers, Harry, Raymond, George, Reuben and Emil, Jr. and one sister, Evelyn Vacura, preceded her in death.

Funeral services:11 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2005, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Daniel M. Provost officiating. Interment: Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation: 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, at Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.



Ruben Albert Naatz



Ruben Albert Naatz, son of Emil Naatz and his wife Matilda (nee’ Koehn) was born in Udolpho Township, Mower County Minn. April 17, 1919 and was baptized at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham on May 11, of the same year.

After completing his elementary education at Trinity Lutheran Parochial School the deceased was received into communicant membership with the Trinity congregation through the rite of confirmation on April 9, 1933.

In the year 1936 the deceased moved with his parents to the Brownsdale vicinity. He entered the military service in the fall of 1941, serving in the European theater of action until the fall of 1945 when he received his honorary discharge. Upon his return from military service the deceased entered the employ of Geo. A. Hormel & Co. where he had since been employed. He moved to his present home in Brownsdale in 1952.

About five weeks ago the deceased became seriously ill and after consultation with his physician it was decided that he should be hospitalized. Slowly his condition seemed to improve and plans were already made for his return home.

However, the Almighty God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to take him from this earth, for very suddenly on Dec. 28, 1956 the deceased entered his eternal home. At the time of his departure he had attained the age of 37 years, 8 months, and 11 days.

Left to survive his passing are: his wife Lucille, who he married in 1951, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Emil Naatz; four brothers, Harry of Lansing, Raymond of Rose Creek, George of Waltham, Emil Jr. at home; three sisters, Mrs. Loretta Rappe, Austin, Florence, at home, Mrs. Evelyn Vacura, Austin.

Funeral services for the deceased were held on Dec. 31, 1956 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham with interment in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, the Rev. P.L. Friedrich officiating.



Bruce A. Nagle, 56


Bruce A. Nagle, age 56, of Severn, Maryland, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home in Severn on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007.

Bruce was born in Austin, Minnesota, on Jan. 31, 1951 to Donald A. and Katherine Nagle. He graduated from Austin High School in 1969. Shortly after high school, he went into military service and served in Vietnam.

Following his discharge from the service, he stayed out in the Baltimore area and had a very well-respected career as a truck driver.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Debbie; by two daughters, Stacy Jean and Marci Lynn; by four granddaughters; by one grandson; by a brother, Lon; and by a sister, Barb Carney.

A memorial service for Bruce was held on Thursday, February 22, 2007, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, Minnesota.


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Mona M. (Derr) Narveson

1924 - 2005

May 15, 1924 - Feb. 27, 2005

Mona M. Narveson, 80, of Austin died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

She was born May 15, 1924 in Paris Township, Iowa to Charles and Anna (Jacobson) Derr. She graduated from Austin High School.

She was married to Walter Underdahl in Adams, Minn. She later married Norbert Narveson in 1948 and they made their home in Austin. Mona was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin and was also active with Red Oak Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. She was active with the University Women's Organization. She was a member of St. John's Ladies Aide, VFW Auxiliary, and Udoplia II Project.Mona worked as a cook at numerous places, including the Elk's Club in Austin, and Social Director at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin and Bethany Manor in Rochester.

She is survived by sons; Charles (Roz) Underdahl, Desoto, Kan., Donald (Denise) Narveson, Duluth, Minn., Richard (Marilyn) Narveson, Aurora, Colo.; nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert; daughter Katherine; son Larry, four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Natzke officiating. Interment will be in the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour before the service. Casket bearers will be; Erik Narveson, Charles Porter, Bill Walsh, Mikael Narveson, Chris Munsch, Pete Fryer.

Memorial can be sent to St. John's Lutheran Home radio fund. The family made wishes to express heartfelt thanks to so many in the Austin Community who have made Mona's life so happy.


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Norbert D. Narveson

1921 - 1999

Oct. 21, 1921 - Nov. 23, 1999

Norbert D. Narveson, 78, Austin, died Nov. 23, 1999, at Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin.

He was born to Nels Narveson and Ella Akeson in Browns Valley, Minn. on Oct. 21, 1921. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.

He graduated from Austin High School and attended Austin Community College. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday School for many years, served in various offices of the church, and hosted the radio broadcast. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, in the Pacific Theater, during World War II. Upon returning to Austin, he was employed at the George A. Hormel company for 40 years.

He married Mona Dell on Aug. 14, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nassau, Iowa.

He was a member of VFW Post 1216 and served with their Color Guard for many years. He was also a member of the Austin American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Mona, Austin; sons and daughters-in-law Charles and Roz Underdahl, DeSoto, Kansas, Donald Narveson, Los Angeles, Calif., Richard and Marilyn Narveson, Aurora, Colo. and June Narveson, Melbourne, Australia; brothers and sisters-in-law Howard Narveson, Minneapolis, Maurice Narveson, Edina, Paul and Ethel Narveson, Springdale, Ark., and Clayton and Betty Narveson, Las Cruces, New Mexico; special sister-in-law Clara Berg, Austin; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by son Larry Narveson of Melbourne, Australia; daughter Kathleen Ann; granddaughter Kara Marie; brother Richard; sister Ruth Gerdes; parents.

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin with Rev. William Natzke officiating.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Cemetery with military rites from American Legion Post #91 and Olaf B. Damn, V.F.W. Post #1216

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, 1999 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and one hour before the funeral service at St. John's Church on Saturday.

The family prefers memorials to St. John's radio broadcast or the Sacred Heart Care Center Memorial Fund.


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Frances B. Nash, 83


Frances Bertha Nash, age 83, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday morning, March 15, 2007 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

She was born Aug. 30, 1923, to Robert and Minnie (Hahn) Myers in Ridgeway, Pleasant Hill Township, Houston County, Minnesota, where she grew up and attended country school. Frances was confirmed on Aug. 7, 1938, at Ridgeway Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgeway.

She worked as a housekeeper for area families and married Kenneth Nash on January 15, 1950, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview. They moved to Austin in 1956.

After raising her four boys, Frances went to work for Cedar Valley for 15 years. In 1996 she moved to Burr Oak Manor and later to St. Mark's Lutheran Home. She enjoyed taking walks, polka music, town celebrations, embroidering and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons: Gary (Jayne), Scott (Darlene) and Randy (Gail), all of Austin; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Lawson, Plainview, Minnesota; two brothers, Roger (Shirley) Myers, Winona, Minn., and Raymond (Marilyn) Myers, Alexandria, Minnesota; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Ricky, in 2001; two sisters, Helen Sellers and Dorothy Myers.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2007, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, with Rev. William Natzke officiating. Interment was in Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery, rural Austin.

Arrangements were by Worlein Funeral Home in Austin.


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Albert Nelious Nelson

Albert Nelious Nelson, age 99, of Austin, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005 at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Albert was born March 10, 1906, in Grand Meadow to Nels and Julia (Springer) Nelson. On June 19, 1929 he was united in marriage to Pauline Louise Wood in rural Grand Meadow.

Albert was a retired farmer and enjoyed odd jobs such as dehorning cattle, white washing barns, weed inspecting-spraying weeds, and mowing the ditches with horses. He loved farming with mules and horses, watching Gunsmoke and All In the Family, rodeos, and wearing western hats and belts. Albert very much loved to tell stories and visit with friends and relatives. He did volunteer work at the hospital and senior center. Albert best loved dancing to polka and waltzes with Pauline and they would get up and dance at various nursing homes. Albert loved the cowboy way of life. In the 60s and 70s he enjoyed giving children rides on the pony cart.

Survivors include his wife of 76 years: Pauline Nelson, Austin; son: Wayne Curtis Nelson, Okeechobee, Fla.; daughter: Cheryl Lou (Lyle "Sonny") Williams, Austin; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Nels and Julia Nelson; sister: Mabel Johnson; brother: Elgar Nelson; grandson: Curtis Nelson; daughter-in-law: Sonja Nelson.

Funeral service: Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005 at Mayer Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Goossen officiating.

Visitation: one hour before service at Mayer Funeral Home Tuesday.

Interment: Bear Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials: Mower County Senior Citizens Center, Austin.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.


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Alvin B. Nelson


Aug. 27, 1896 - Oct. 26, 1991

LYLE -- Alvin B. Nelson, 95, a lifelong Lyle-area resident, died Saturday (Oct. 26, 1991) at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Born Aug. 27, 1896, in Nevada Township, Mower County, he attended Nelson School in rural Lyle. He was a member of Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church.

Survivors include three sisters, Jeanette Reuter of Austin, Harriet Miller of Minneapolis and Lillian Anderson of Rochester. Five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church in rural Lyle, with the Rev. Daniel Behnke officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service at the church.



Arlene Mae (Kirkwood)(Nelson)


Arlene Mae Tresslar, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2007, at her home.

The oldest of five children, she was born May 1, 1934 to Clyde and Gladys Amanda (Hanson) Kirkwood in Austin.

She married Bernell Nelson on Nov. 25, 1950. To this union three daughters were born. Arlene and Bernell were later divorced.

On February 26, 1968 Arlene married George M. Tresslar in Watertown, South Dakota. Arlene worked many years as a cook at Union 76 Restaurant and later at the Cedars of Austin.

Survivors include her daughters: Judy (Wilson) Bollinger of Austin, Terry (Fred) Cantrall of Austin, and Tina Anderson of St. Paul, Minn.; her sister, Aggie (Robert) Hendrickson of Austin; her brother, Norbert Kirkwood of Albuquerque, New Mexico; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Tresslar; by her parents, Gladys and Clyde Kirkwood; and by her brothers, Claire and Daryl Kirkwood.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with Rev. Mark Goossen officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.


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Avis Marie (Nelson)(Jorgenson)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Erna Wilhamina Ernestina


Erna W.E. Nelson, 91, of Austin, Minnesota, and formerly of Waltham, Minnesota, died June 3, 2007 at the Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin.

Erna Wilhamina Ernestina Petersen was born on January 1, 1916 in Primghar, Iowa, the daughter of Nick and Minnie (Brandt) Petersen. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and attended a Center Township Country School and graduated from Primghar High School.

She was married to Delbert Schultz on Feb. 19, 1937 and they had one daughter, Judith Ann Schultz. Delbert died on June 15, 1938.

Erna moved to Brownsdale, Minnesota in October of 1958 where she was employed at The First American State Bank. Erna married Arthur Nelson on December 15, 1961. They farmed in Waltham Township until their retirement in 1974 when they moved to Austin.

Erna was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, Hope Circle and the Waltham Doer's Women's Extension Club.

Erna is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Richard Bress of Centennial, Colorado; by grandchildren: Julie (Jeffrey) Woods of Elizabeth, Colorado; Marc (Sue) Bress of Littleton, Colorado; Eric (Victoria) Bress of Centennial; by great-grandchildren: Ricki and Nikki Woods of Elizabeth; Baily and Shannon Bress of Littleton; by a brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Aleene Petersen of Sutherland, Iowa; and by nieces, nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husbands, Delbert Schultz and Arthur Nelson; and by a sister, Mildred.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at 11 a.m., at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield, Minnesota, with Rev. Myrwood Bagne officiating. Music was by Baily Bress. The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Esther Sadella Nelson Jorgenson


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

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

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

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

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

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



Lois (Nelson) LaValley, 75


Lois LaValley, age 75, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

She was born Nov. 15, 1931, in Austin, to Lloyd and Ella (Exelby) Nelson.

Lois graduated from Austin High School in 1950. She was married to Donald L. LaValley on April 5, 1952, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. She had worked at several area businesses over the years including Gerber's Drive-In, the Hormel Office, Landherr Drug, Quality Market, Jim's SuperValu and the Hormel Employee's Credit Union. She returned to school and received her LPN degree from the Austin Vo-Tec School. She then worked as a nurse at St. Mark's Lutheran Home and later as their Volunteer Coordinator and held the same position at the First Congregational Church in Austin.

While a member at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, Lois was a volunteer with the Jr. and Sr. High Leagues and as Sunday School teacher. After joining St. Olaf Lutheran in Austin, Lois served as Bible School Teacher, Church Council President, Chairman of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Foundation, and was the driving force and founder of the Wellness Group with the Lay Ministry Board.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Past Grand Rep. to the State of New York, Eastern Star and Worthy Matron and Past Matron of Unity Chapter No. 29 OES. Lois was involved with Job's Daughters as Past Guardian and Past Grand 3rd Messenger Minnesota. Lois also ran as a candidate for the 4th District Mower County Commissioners seat.

Lois had a great faith in God and served Him well. She dedicated herself to anything she put her mind to and was the hub of the family, keeping them together and organized.

Lois is survived by her husband, Donald L. LaValley, Austin; daughters and sons-in-law: Lynne (Mike) Boyer, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Nancy (Brian) Clingman, Austin; grandchildren: Stacy Clingman, Austin; Michelle Boyer, Albert Lea; Jami (Tim) Johnston, Albert Lea; Terri Boyer, Albert Lea; Luke Boyer, Albert Lea; great-grandchildren: Alisha, Tristen, Trent, Andrew, Riley, Cole and Kylie; sister, Judy Bjorgo, Austin; brother, Robert D. Nelson, Austin; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lorraine Price; and brother, Kenneth Nelson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Music will be by Neal Erickson. Casket bearers will be: Brian Clingman, Mike Boyer, Bob Guild, Tim Johnston, Bob Pederson and Luke Boyer.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Philip E. Nelsen, 27


Philip E. Nelsen, age 27, of Rose Creek, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 as the result of an automobile accident.

Phil was born Feb. 19, 1980 in Austin, Minnesota to Bruce E. and Shirley M. (Ellis) Nelsen. He attended Southland Elementary and High School. He graduated from Riverland Community College with a degree in Carpentry. Phil was baptized and confirmed, and was an altar server, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Rose Creek. He farmed with his dad, brother and uncles and worked at EW Lindquist & Son, Inc., with Larry and Lee.

Survivors include his parents, Bruce and Shirley Nelsen, Rose Creek; his brother, Patrick Nelsen, Rose Creek; his sister, Laura Nelsen, Brookings, South Dakota; his significant other, Tara Lindquist, Rose Creek; his son, Hunter, and step-daughter, Hayden; grandmothers, Gert Ellis, Austin, and Loretta Nelsen, Rose Creek.

He is preceded in death by his grandfathers: Arnie Nelsen and Selmer Ellis; by a cousin, Chad Hanson.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Rose Creek with Father Joe Fogal and Father Ruben Spinler officiating.

Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Windom township.

The casket bearers were Tiffany Clasby, John King, Jon Stroup, John Wolterman, Mike Nelsen, Jason Nelsen, Ryan Felten and Neil Goergen.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Rodney Gene Nelson, 66


Rodney Nelson, age 66, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday evening, May 30, 2007, at the Austin Medical Center.

Rodney Gene Nelson was born November 15, 1940, to Soren and Lucille (Kastor) Nelson in Austin, Minnesota. A lifelong Austin resident, Rod graduated from Austin High School in 1958.

He married Rosemary Blume at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Rodney and Rosemary owned and operated Delta Cleaners, which Rosemary continues today. Rod was an avid outdoorsman and also a member of the Albert Lea Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Nelson, Austin, Minnesota; his daughters: Rebecca (Michael) Mikoloyck, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Angela (Ronald) Gross, Fremont, Nebraska; his sons: Mark Green, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Damien (Julie) Londino-Green, Austin; his ten grandchildren: Isaac, Spencer, Riley, Carly, Zachary, Ashley, Alexa, Satchel, Rainer and Holden; his sisters: Sharon Nelson, Huntington Beach, California; Phyllis (Kenneth) Mason, Hastings, Minnesota; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2007, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, Minnesota, with the Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. There was no reviewal. The Worlein Funeral Home of Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Harriet Jewel (Lockwood) Nesbitt


GRAND MEADOW, MINN. -- The funeral for Harriet Jewel Nesbitt will be 2 p.m. Friday at United Church in Grand Meadow, with the Rev. Rob Gamble officiating. Burial will be in Frankford Cemetery.

Mrs. Nesbitt, 81, a Grand Meadow homemaker, died Tuesday (July 30, 1996) at Rochester Methodist Hospital after a short illness.

Harriet Jewel Lockwood was born Jan. 23, 1915, in Frankford Township, Mower County. On Nov. 24, 1935, she married Charles Nesbitt at her parnets' parents' home. Mrs. Nesbitt had been a member of the B.I Club since 1938, served as leader of the Frankford Booster 4-H Club, and was a member of the Frankford Grange and and Frankford Project Group.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Jay C. of Grand Meadow; two daughters, Harriet (Mrs. Terry) Deutschman of Norwalk, Calif., and Janis (Mrs. Gordan) Sharp of Carlsbad, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, a brother and a grandson. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and an hour before the service Friday at the church.



Esther Clarine (Nestvedt)


Esther Richardson, age 96, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at her home.

Esther Clarine Nestvedt was born on June 15, 1910, in rural Joice, Iowa to Lars and Inga Nestvedt.

Esther was married to Lloyd Richardson on Dec. 31, 1948 in Northwood, Iowa. Together they farmed north of Dexter, Minnesota for 31 years, and in 1986 they moved to LeRoy.

Esther was a member of Bethany Bible Church. She was a great homemaker, loved to quilt, and was a very devoted wife. She also really enjoyed company.

Esther is survived by her husband, Lloyd, of LeRoy; by a sister-in-law, Marlys Johnson, of Lyle, Minnesota; and by nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by three brothers; and by four sisters.

Funeral services for Esther C. Richardson were held on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at the Bethany Bible Church in LeRoy, with Pastor Chuck Phelps officiating.

Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery.


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Dorothy Lavine (Salisbury) Newkirk


ADAMS, MINN -- Dorothy L. Newkirk, 74, a longtime Adams homemaker, died Monday (May 25, 1992) at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Born Dorothy L. Salisbury on March 18, 1918, in Auburn, Iowa, she was a grauaute of Lyle High School. On Nov. 6, 1937, she married Edwin Newkirk in Elmore, Minn. Mrs. Newkirk had been a sales clerk at the Adams Hardware Store.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Margaret (Mrs. Harlan) Boe of Le Roy, Sharon (Mrs. Arthur) Osmundson of Adams and Patricia (Mrs. Ernest) Leonard of Houston, Texas; two sons, Roger of Grand Meadow and Ronald of Austin; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leonard Salisbury; and three sisters, Angeline Overland, Margaret Erickson and Mabel address for siblings A sister, two brothers and a grandson preceded her in death.

The funeral was today at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, with the Revs. Allen Gunderson and Donna Joseph co-officiating. Burial was in Dexter Cemetery.

Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Gladys L. (Newlon) Twitchell


Gladys L. Twitchell, 86, of Grand Meadow, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center, where she lived for a short time.

She was born July 12, 1915, in Wells, Minn. to Josiah Charles Newlon and Bertha Jane (Spotts) Newlon.

She graduated high school and attended one year of Teacher's College.

She married Charles Leon Twitchell July 8, 1939, in Waterloo, Iowa.

Charles worked for Ruan Transport and died Sept. 5, 1977.

Gladys taught school for seven years in Iowa and Minnesota with her last two years in Walters, Minn.

The couple lived in Waterloo, Wells and Owatonna, moving to Grand Meadow in 1950.

They owned and operated a cafe in Grand Meadow and Gladys later worked at Three Sister's Dress Shop in Rochester.

She served on the library board, was a PTA member, serving as Treasurer, was Band Mother President and a member of the United Church of Grand Meadow.

Survivors include four daughters, Peggy Lee Jendersee and her husband, Harvard, Rochester; Patti Lou Harvey, New Brighton, Minn.; Penne Lin Gossard and her husband, Gaylord, Dodge Center; Polly Lon Glynn and her husband, Doug, Grand Meadow; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; a grandson, Danne Lynch; one great-granddaughter, Kara Janzen; a sister, Hazel Ramsey and one brother, Pat Newlon.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at the United Church of Grand Meadow with the Rev. Tom Wilson officiating.

Visitation: Friends may call the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home from 3 to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment: Grand Meadow Cemetery.




Agnes Elizabeth (Nichols)(Shannon) Jeffries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Beverly A. Fealy, 73


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

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

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

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

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


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Lucille Ann (Hart) Nielsen


Lucille Ann Nielsen, 65 of Grand Meadow died Tuesday morning, April 11, 2000, in Rochester. She was born May 5, 1934 near Cherry Grove, Minn., in Fillmore County to Clifford Hart and Mae Miland Hart. She attended school in Rochester and was united in marriagfe to Lyle Nielsen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, on Aug. 27, 1955.

She was employed at the Pace Dairy for 22 years before retiring in 1996.

She is survived by her husband Lyle of Grand Meadow, two daughters Susan Cox of Grand Meadow and Carol Guy of Austin; one son, Carl, of Grand Meadow, eight grandchildren, her mother Mae Hart of Rochester, and a brother, Richard, of Chatfield.

She was preceded in death by her father, two grandchildren and two sisters.

Serivces: 10:30 a.m. Friday April 14, at Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow with Gary Gilbert officiating.

Interment: Grand Meadow Cemetery.

Visitation: Friends may call at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.


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