Mower County Obituaries
Part 023



Lyle William Nielsen


Lyle William Nielsen, age 78, of Grand Meadow, died Oct. 6, 2005, at his home where he had lived since six months of age.

Lyle was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in Pleasant Valley Township to Kasper and May (Gilbert) Nielsen. He attended Frankford School District #19 through the eighth-grade and went on year in Grand Meadow.

Lyle served in the United States Army and was wounded while serving in Munich, Germany.

On Aug. 27, 1955, Lyle married Lucille Hart at the Little Brown Church in Nausua, Iowa, and together they farmed the family farm near Grand Meadow until his retirement when his son took over the farm. Lyle enjoyed going to gun shows, hunting and fishing.

Lyle is survived by his three children: Susan (Dave) Cox, Grand Meadow, Minn.; Carol (Alfredo) Vela, Austin, Minn.; and Carl Nielsen, Grand Meadow, Minn.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; sister, Verla Holton, Byron, Minn.; and brother, Duane (Janet) Nielsen, Scottsdale, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Lucille in April of 2000.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow, Minn., with the Rev. Dr. John E. Grams officiating. Burial will be at the Grand Meadow Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the time of services on Saturday at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow.


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Arthur F. Noble

Oct. 4, 1919 - Feb. 15, 2002

Arthur F. Noble, 82, of rural Austin, died Friday morning, Feb. 15, 2002, at St. Mary,s Hospital, Rochester.

He was born Oct. 4, 1919, in Newry Township, Freeborn County, to Alexander and Emma (Neller) Noble.

On June 6, 1945, he married Wilma Peak in Hollandale, Minnesota.

He was a farmer who was born on the family farm and lived there all his life.

He was a member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, the Farmers Union, and the local and State Watershed Boards. He enjoyed playing cards and games.

Survivors include his wife; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Kathy Noble, Fridley; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Sherry Noble, Oxford, Wis.; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Paul Ulland of LaCrescent; daughter and son-in-law Peggy and Allan Johnson of Shorewood; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Noble,Blooming Prairie and many relatives and friends.

His parents; three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002 and at the church, one hour before the service

Service: 2 p.m., Monday, at the Red Oak Grove Lutehran Church with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Memorials: To the Red Oak Grove Elevator Fund.


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Clara M. (Syverud) Noble

Nov. 25, 1906-Jun. 7, 1997

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MINN. -- The funeral for Clara M. Noble will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Blooming Prairie's First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Richard Hegal officiating. Burial will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery in rural Blooming Prairie.

Mrs. Noble, 90, of Blooming Prairie, died Saturday June 7 ,1997 at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

Clara Syverud was born Nov. 25, 1906, in Mower County. She taught in area schools until her marriage to Lester Noble on June 19, 1937, in Blooming Prairie. Following her marriage, she farmed with her husband in Steele County and was a homemaker. She was also a member of First Lutheran Church.

She is survived by two sons, James of Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Lyle of Cannon Falls; six grandchildren; 10 great-granchildren; two brothers, Arthur Syverud of Blooming Prairie and Arnold Syverud of Rochester; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother and two sisters.

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


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Katherine B. (Rowland) Noble


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Austin for Kathleen B. Noble, 94, of Austin, who died Thursday (Sept. 12, 1996) at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin. The Rev. Becky Jo Thilles will officiate and burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

The former Katherine B. Rowland was born July 13, 1902, in St. Ansgar, Iowa. She attended St. Ansgar schools.

On Nov. 10, 1920, she married Hannible Noble in St. Ansgar, and they moved to the Lansing area; he died in 1960.

Mrs. Noble worked as a nurse's aide at St. Olaf Hospital.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Church Circle and the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include four sons, Roger, Robert, Ronald and Ross Noble, all of Austin; four daughters, Evelyn Duenow of St. Ansgar, Jeanette (Mrs. Joe) Bjork of Silver City, N.M., Barbara (Mrs. Gary) Underland of Owatonna, and Judy (Mrs. Robert) Beck of Conger, Minn.; 34 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Noble of Austin and Ruby Tanner of Perham. She was preceded in death by a daughter, a grandson and two sisters.

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



Frances (Hamlin) Norby


Frances Hamlin Norby, 80, of Bennington Township, Mower County, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at the Ostrander Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 8, 1920, near Spring Valley.

She graduated from LeRoy High School and went to college at Winona State.

She taught for 29 years in Adams, LeRoy and Ostrander.

She married Floyd Norby Sept. 2, 1942, and lived on a farm near Ostrander in Bennington Township for 60 years.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Friends of Forestville and Ladies Aid.

She taught Sunday School and was superintendent for several years.

She was also interested in sports.

Survivors include her children, Gary Norby and his wife, Gwen, LeRoy; Doug Norby, Ostrander; Gayle Reiland and her husband, Gene, Spring Valley; Janet Rathburn and her husband, Jerry, Spring Valley; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Dean Hamlin, LeRoy; Wendell Hamlin, Ostrander.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Services were held at 10 a.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ostrander, with the Rev. Norman Bauer officiating.

Interment: Bennington Lutheran Cemetery, Bennington Township.


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Stella E. (Carstens) Norton


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Stella E. Norton, 83, of 308 Third Ave. S.W., died Thursday (Dec. 22, 1994) at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin.

Stella Carstens was born Aug. 25, 1911, in Newton, Iowa. On June 11, 1932, she married Milton Norton in Austin. Mrs. Norton was a member of the Gopher Hawkeye C-B Club, and a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge.

She is survived by her husband; a son, John E.D. of Austin; seven daughters, Barbara (Mrs. John) Wendel of Waverly, Minn., Jackoleincq (Mrs. Kenneth) Kahler and Margaret Elaine (Mrs. Clifford) Stoen, all of Austin, Agatha (Mrs. Richard) Pederson of Rose Creek, Eudell (Mrs. Maynard) Hamor of Joliet, Ill., Judy (Mrs. Richard) Bastin of Hurst, Texas and Janice Yardley of San Diego, Calif; 30 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Delta (Mrs. George) Sanneman of Owatonna. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crane Community Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Joe Matt officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Mayer Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.


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Kathryn Esther (Tritchler) Nygren


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Kathryn E. Nygren, 75, of 1200 12th St. S.W., a longtime Austin resident, died Tuesday (Aug. 30, 1994) at Sacred Heart Hospice in Austin.

Kathryn E. Tritchler was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Wabasha, graduated from St. Augustine High School in Austin and attended St. Theresa's College in Winona two years. On Sept. 18, 1945, she married Harry Nygren at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. Her husband died in 1984. Mrs. Nygren had been a bookkeeper for an accounting firm in Austin.

Survivors include two sons, William of Austin and Thomas of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Nancy Pike of Austin; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, with the Revs. Paul Nelson and Frank Enright co-officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.


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Jeanette (Stearns) O'Connor


Jeanette (Norma) O'Connor, age 95, passed away Feb. 22, 2007, at St. Mark's Nursing Home in Austin, Minnesota.

Jeanette was born on April 24, 1912, to Floyd and Grace (Fairley) Stearns in Waseca, Minn. At the age of two her family moved to Ellendale, Minnesota, where she grew up with her two sisters, Myrle and Thelma and many cousins. They were very musical and sang for family and friends.

Jeanette graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1930. She was a bookkeeper at Motor Inn and Knutson Chevrolet Garages, Frank and Bob Arnolds and Jim and Dudes.

On Aug. 13, 1938, she was united in marriage to Michael J. O'Connor, Sr. To this union two sons were born, Michael J. O'Connor II and Patrick T. O'Connor.

Jeanette was a charter member of the United Methodist Church of Albert Lea. Her hands always had knitting needles or a crochet hook going at full speed as she produced an endless number of afghans.

In 2001 she moved to Austin and resided at The Cedars until for health reasons she moved to St. Mark's Nursing Home.

Jeanette is survived by her two sons: Michael O'Connor & his wife Jan, and Patrick O'Connor and his wife Barb; by three grandchildren: Michael III (Beverly) O'Connor; Shaun O'Connor (Scott Nichols); and Ryan O'Connor; by three great grandchildren: Michael IV, and Mason O'Connor, Ashley Nichols; and six step grandchildren; by a sister, Myrle Claybourne, New Richland, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Sr.; by her parents, Floyd and Grace Stearns; by a sister, Thelma Thuesen; by her stepmother, Sedate Stearns; and by a niece, Sharon Kortz.

A funeral service for Jeanette O'Connor was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at United Methodist Church, Albert Lea, Minnesota, with Pastor John Bromeland officiating. Burial was in the St. Theodore Catholic Cemetery, Albert Lea.


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Helen Lorraine (Wheeler) Ofstedahl


AUSTIN, MINN. -- Helen Lorraine (Wheeler) Ofstedahl, age 99, of Austin, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center where she was a resident.

Helen was born Feb. 23, 1906, in Cresco, Iowa, to Orrin and Anna (Copeman) Wheeler. She married Norman Edwin Ofstedahl in Rochester. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1971. Helen was a homemaker and a member of Crane Community Chapel. Her hobbies included flowers and music. Helen took great pride in keeping her home.

Survivors include her children: Robert G. Ofstedahl, of Austin, Minn.; Shirley M. Bischoff, of Austin, Minn.; Norma Jean "Butch" (Sam) Farrand, of Austin, Minn.; grandchildren: David (Deanna) Ofstedahl, Kathy (Ron) Howard, Janice (Tom) Lorimor, Gary (Linda) Ofstedahl, Karen (Smokey) Carlson, Linda (Doug) Robinson, Brenda (Mike) O'Connor, Renee (Charlie) Myers, Eric Farrand; great-grandchildren: Lenise Arnold, Sara Wickstrom, Stacy Wickstrom, Gina Arens, Angela Elliott, Matthew Sween, Danielle Lorimor, Kyle Ofstedahl, Adam Ofstedahl, Micah Ofstedahl, Alyssa Ofstedahl, Chad Carlson, Natalie Remiger, Brianna Carlson, Kayla Biedelspach, Laurisa Myers; fifteen great-great-grandchildren; sister, Harriet Nelson, of Sun City, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Ernest Bischoff; daughter-in-law, Gladys Ofstedahl.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at Mayer Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Goossen officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today and also one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Wednesday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

The casket bearers will be David Ofstedahl, Gary Ofstedahl, Ron Howard, Thomas Lorimor and Eric Farrand.

Memorials are preferred to Crane Community Chapel.


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Connie J. Olson Johnson


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

Burial will be in Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle, Minn.

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

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

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



Ethel M. (Tufte) Olson, 86


Ethel Marie Olson, age 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at Sacred Heart Care Center, where she was a resident.

Ethel Tufte was born on May 9, 1920 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, to Luther and Marvel (Evenson) Tufte. She married Kenneth "Huck" Olson, who preceded her in death.

She was a wife and mother. She worked at Sears and at the Piggly Wiggly. Ethel was an artist, quilter and seamstress who loved to read and travel.

Survivors include three daughters: Nancy (Kelley) Giovannetti, Pequot Lakes, Minnesota; Pamela (Chris) White, Guerneville, California; Deborah Olson, Fort Collins, Colorado; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, Clifford (Claire) Tufte, Geneva, Minnesota; a sister, Anne Moot, Canton, Ohio.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Olson; by her parents, Luther and Marvel Tufte; by a brother, Harlan Tufte; by sisters: Alice Fingarson, Martha Stien, Lois Steele, Janice Gimberline; by a grandson, Hucky Partee.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Grace V. (Olson) Lorimor


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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Gullick Olson

(b: circa 1840, d: 1906)

At his home near Adams village, Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, 1906, Gullick Olson, aged 66 years. He had been sick for about four years and was confined to bed for about a year before his death.

He was born in Norway and left his native country with his parents in April, 1857, landing at Quebec after a voyage of five weeks. They came west and after stopping at Decorah a few weeks arrived in Adams township in July. They settled in section 2 where the father erected a log shanty 10x10 with sod roof and ground floor. After living in this for three years he built a good log house.

Gullick enlisted Jan. 18, 1862, in Co. I, 15th Wis. Infantry Vols. He served ten months when he was discharged for disability contracted in the service. He returned to Adams and was married in 1871 to Miss Ingeborg Anderson Numbdall, a native of Norway, who came with her parents to this country in 1864. He engaged in farming and was also a dealer in agricultural machinery.

The widow and nine children survive. Funeral services were held at Little Cedar church and interment in Little Cedar cemetery. Mr Olson was a man prominent in township affairs. He was also a frequent delegate to county conventions.

He was of friendly disposition and a good neighbor and husband and will be greatly missed in the circle where he was known.

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This Obit is from the Mower County Transcript Weekly, 21 Nov. 1906.


Luella H. (Srp) Olson, 85


Luella Olson, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at "Our House."

Luella H. Srp was born on March 25, 1922 in Oakland, Minnesota, to Joseph and Josephine (Pliml) Srp.

On July 29, 1943 she was united in marriage to Elmer Olson in Austin. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1975.

Luella was a bookkeeper for her son's business, the former Leisure Lounge in Austin and previously as a bookkeeper for Mower County. She was a member of the St. Olaf Hospital Auxiliary for over 35 years. Luella enjoyed crafts, sewing and handiwork.

Survivors include a daughter, Robin (Jason) Mauseth, Lincoln, Nebraska; a daughter-in-law, Doris Olson, Rochester, Minnesota; three grandchildren; a brother, Joe (Marion) Srp, Austin, Minnesota; and a sister: Clara (Ralph) Noble, Austin, Minn.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert Olson on January 5, 2002.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, June 11, 2007 at Mayer Funeral Home, with Dr. Stephen DeFor officiating. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery.


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Stephen Olson
Stephen Christianson

Frozen To Death

Stephen Olson and Stephen Christianson, [from Adams Township] spoken of as settlers of July 1855, were frozen to death December 8, 1855. They started on the morning of that day, with ox teams, to go to the Norwegian settlement at Six Mile Grove in Nevada Township, to procure provisions in which the settlers were in much need. They procured the provisions and started home. A severe snow storm set in and they evidently got lost. The team found their way home that night. One of the menís hats was found attached to the yoke. The next morning a party started in search. Their dead bodies were found three days later in Lodi Township. Each left a wife and one child.

They were buried in section 11 without any funeral services.

History of Mower County, 1884

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Earl J. Ondrick, 91


Earl J. Ondrick, age 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday morning, February. 13, 2007, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center.

Earl was born Jan. 25, 1916, to Earl Joseph Ondrick, Sr. and Emma (Blahnik) Ondrick, in Austin, Minnesota, where he grew up. Earl graduated from Austin High School in 1935.

A self employed carpenter/contractor, Earl married Florence Patzoldt on Dec. 14, 1957, at First United Methodist Church in Austin where Earl was lifetime member.

After retiring at age 64, he took advantage of the time for his hobbies - woodworking, and gardening. He will be remembered for always helping others, and for his dry sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife, Florence, Austin, Minnesota; a sister, Ruth (Ronald) Jost, of Clear Lake, Iowa; nieces: Rhonda (Kenneth) Sommerfield, Zumbrota, Minnesota; Lori (Douglas) Rockers, Greeley, Kansas; Linda Jost, Des Moines, Iowa; Caroline (Elmer) Tatge, Wells, Minnesota; and many grand nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his mother, his father, and his two brothers.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2007 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota, with casket bearers: Ernest Bera, David Tatge, Dale Tatge, Kenneth Sommerfield, Jack Bly and Kenneth Haggerty.

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Olga M. (Oscarson) Kellogg


Olga M. Kellogg, age 93, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday evening, Feb. 21, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

She was born Jan. 21, 1914, to Oscar and Judith (Hendrickson) Oscarson in Heather Sage, Alberta, Canada.

She married Kenneth B. Kellogg on May 25, 1934, in Austin, where she spent most of her adult life. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four sons: Richard (Mary) Kellogg, of Austin; James (Karen) Kellogg, of Walker, Minnesota; Gerald (Jeannine) Kellogg, of Austin; Ronald (Ann) Kellogg, of The Villages, Florida.; one daughter, Ruth Smith, of The Villages; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Inez (Forest) Honderick, of Tucson, Arizona; and a host of relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Juel O. Osmundson


Birth: Jan. 27, 1908
Death: Feb. 16, 1997

ADAMS,MINN. ó The funeral for Juel O. Osmundson will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams with the Revs. Donna Joseph and Allen Gunderson co-officiating. Spring burial will be in Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery.

Mr. Osmundson, 89, of Adams, a former mayor, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997 at the Adams Health Care Center.

He was born Jan. 27, 1908, in Marshall Township, Mower County, and attended Adams schools. On Jan. 17, 1933, he married Glenda Crowell in Cresco, Iowa. Mr. Osmundson worked for Ulland Brothers until 1946 and then was employed in the Osmund Brothers family business until his retirement in 1973. He and his wife had spent the winters in Florida for more than 40 years. Mr. Osmundson was a member of Fidelity Lodge 39 A.F. & A.M., Osman Temple of the Shrine, Oriental Shrine Band and Little Cedar Lutheran Church.

His wife survives. Five brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Adams Funeral Home in Adams and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.



Bernetta (Ossawskie) Mlenar, 93


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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Jessica Rae Overby


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Jessica Rae Overby, 10, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

She was born Jan. 6, 1994, in Austin, to Randy and Linda (Krulish) Overby.

She attended Southgate and later Neveln schools.

Survivors include her parents, Randy and Linda Overby, Austin; brothers, Mathew and Raymond Overby, Austin; grandparents, Evabelle Krulish, Lyle; Carstin and Wanda Overby, Austin; great-grandmother, Mabel Overby, Austin; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. today, April 21, 2004, at the mortuary and Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Casket bearers will be Jimmy Krulish, Heath Deters, Tristen Deters, Nick Deters and Kory Briggs.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.


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LYLE, MINNESOTA -- An Austin girl died Sunday from injuries received in a three-vehicle accident Saturday on U.S 218 about 4 miles north of Lyle.

Jessica Rae Overby, 11, was taken to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, the State Patrol reported. She died Sunday, according to Mower County Chief Deputy Mark May.

The patrol said Jessica was a passenger in a car driven by Linda Rae Overby, 40, of Austin who was driving south on the highway at about 12:50 p.m. Saturday. A sport utility vehicle in front of her stopped to make a left turn onto Mower County Road 22, and Overby ran into the back of the SUV. Overby's car then went into the northbound lane and was struck by a third vehicle.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Christine Marie Hanson, 15, of Rose Creek. She was not injured. A passenger in the SUV, Lori J. Hanson, 44, of Rose Creek, was injured but said she would go to the hospital on her own.

The driver of the third vehicle was Nicole J. Henaman, 29, of St. Ansgar, Iowa. Linda Overby and Henaman were taken to Austin Medical Center, where they were treated and released, according to a medical center spokeswoman.


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Clarence William Overkamp


Birth: Jul. 8, 1902
Death: Aug. 6, 1996

GRAND MEADOW, MINN. -- A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Clarence William Overkamp at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev. Donald Leary officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Overkamp, 94, of Grand Meadow, a retired area farmer, died Tuesday (Aug. 6, 1996) at Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Grand Meadow.

Born July 8, 1902, in Osage, Iowa, he lived in New Haven, Iowa, before moving to the Grand Meadow area in 1911. Mr. Overkamp farmed in Racine Township and sheared sheep for many years. He was a member of St. Finbarr Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Kathryn Jacobson and Viola Overkamp, both of Grand Meadow. Four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.



Viola Overkamp


Birth: Oct. 16, 1911
Death: Jan. 27, 1998

GRAND MEADOW, MINN. -- A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Viola Overkamp at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Miss Overkamp, 86, of Grand Meadow, a former teacher and retired Johnson Co. employee, died Tuesday (Jan 27, 1998) at Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

Born Oct. 16, 1911, in Grand Meadow, she graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1930 and, after graduating from Austin Normal School in 1932, taught in area schools for seven years. From 1939 to 1941 she attended Minneapolis Business College. She was employed by Pure Oil Co. and Campbell-Mithun in Minneapolis and after moving to Rochester worked at Olmsted and Foley Printing Co., Olmsted Community Hospital and Johnson Co. before her retirement in 1971. She was a member of St. Finbarr Catholic Church.

Survivors include a sister, Kathryn Jacobson of Grand Meadow. Five brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of the service Thursday at the church.

Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow is in charge of arrangements.



Cyrus R. Padelford


Austin Daily Herald, Wed. May 7, 1919; page 3 col. 1


Comrade Cyrus R. Padelford died from paralysis at his home, 507 Grant street at 10:15 Tuesday morning. Mr. Padelford was born November 12, 1838, in Greenfield, Saratoga county New York. He enlisted in the Civil War in 1862 and was discharged in 1865.

He was married to Miss Sara C. Rose June 17, 1866. They came to Minnesota in 1889 and resided on a farm until his health failed when they moved into Austin.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Padelford, three of whom are living. George S. Padelford, Mrs. Myrtle B. Sockness and Mrs. Winifred Miller, all of Austin. He is also survived by his wife and eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. All were with him at the time of his death except one grandchild who always made his home with his grandparents and is now with the occupation army in Germany.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Charles Miller, 306 South River Street.


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Sarah C. (Rose) Padelford



Austin Daily Herald, Thur. Jan. 19, 1922; page-2 col.-1


Mrs. C. R. Padelford died at St. Olaf hospital Wednesday morning at 10:45 after an illness of nearly two years with a complication of diseases.

Sarah C. Rose was born April 17, 1843 at So. Corwith, Saratoga county New York. She was married to Cyrus R. Padelford June 17, 1866. They came to Minnesota fifty-two years ago locating in Austin and resided here until their deaths. Mr. Padelford dying three years ago. Five children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy.

Those surviving are George Padelford and Mrs. Myrtle Sockness of Austin and Mrs. Charles Miller of Mason City, Iowa. She also leaves one brother, William A. Rose of New York and nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. All the children and grandchildren will be present at the funeral except one grandson F.J. Churchill and his daughter of Auburn, Wash., who are unable to come. The funeral services will be held at the house, 507 East Grant Street, Friday afternoon at two o'clock. Interment will be made in Oakwood cemetery.


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Dorinda M. (Pahl) Holst


LYLE, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Dorinda M. Holst will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Burial will be in Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle.

Mrs. Holst, 52, of Lyle, died Wednesday evening (April 29, 1998) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Dorinda M. Pahl was born May 2, 1945, in Osage, Iowa, and graduated from high school in St. Ansgar, Iowa, in 1963. After receiving a teaching degree from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, she taught in Austin and Lyle schools until retiring due to medical reasons. On Jan. 28, 1967, she married Galen Holst. Mrs. Holst was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, a member and past president of the American Legion Auxilairy, and served as clerk for the city of Lyle and as a City Council member. She enjoyed oil painting, writing, calligraphy, sewing and reading.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Steven of Austin and Scott of Lyle; two grandchildren; her mother, Dorothy (Pagel) Pahl of St. Ansgar; and two brothers, Norman Pahl of St. Ansgar and Howard Pahl of Frederic, Wis. Her father and a brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Saturday at the church.




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