Mower County Obituaries
Part 026



Erma (Remington) Wilson


Mrs. Erma Wilson was born Aug. 24, 1896, at Dexter, Minn., to the parents of William L. and Gusta Remington. She was united in marriage to Fern Wilson on April 28, 1923.

She was longtime member of the Pleasant Valley and Dexter Methodist Churches and of the WSCS. She also was a longtime member of the Eastern Star. She spent most of her life in the Dexter and Taopi areas, having moved to a farm near Taopi, in 1942.

Mrs. Wilson died Nov. 24, 1966, at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Glenn, Minneapolis, Leo, Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Bradley, Bonnie, Brian and Bruce, Kansas City.

Funeral services were held at Dexter Methodist Church, Nov. 28, 1966, Rev. Lindsay officiating.

Interment was in Grand Meadow Cemetery.




Betty J. (Wolden)(Reisetter)(Keller)(Gregory)


Betty Jean "Daysha" Anderson, 78, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center. Austin, Minnesota.

Betty was born on January 11, 1929 at Wallingford, Iowa to Fred and Ida (Gunderson) Wolden. She graduated from Waldorf Academy in 1947.

She married Don Reisetter in 1948 and they divorced in 1951. She married John Keller in 1951 and later divorced. She married Harry Gregory in 1969 and he died in 1969. She married Allen C. Anderson on Oct. 25, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nev. She worked as a nurse in Minneapolis. Betty was an Air Force widow and had lived in Sacramento, California.

Betty is survived by her husband: Allen Anderson, Austin, Minnesota; by a daughter, Barbara Andrews, Sacramento, California and her children: Jeremy and Marika; by a step daughter: Debra Wenlund, Elk River, Minnesota and her children: Heidi, Bradley and Jenny; and by a brother: Lauren Wolden, Phoenix, Arizona.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ida Wolden; and by a son, Randy Keller.

A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Bonnerup Funeral Home, Albert Lea, Minnesota; the Reverend Reggie Klindworth officiating. Interment was in Wallingford Cemetery, Wallingford, Iowa.


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Frank Henry Remington


Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, Feb. 27,1962 pg.2 col. 3&4

Frank Henry Remington was born Sept. 5, 1891, in Mower County the son of William Remington and Gusty Colton. He attended Dexter Township Grade School and farmed in the Dexter and Spring Valley localities until coming to Austin in 1926.

He was united in marriage with Lyle Herron on Nov. 12,1919, at Austin. Mr. Remington was engaged in farming and employed by Geo. A. Hormel & Co. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. The past 24 years he resided at 702 12 Ave NW. Mr. Remington died Feb. 18.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Charles of Austin; a daughter, Margaret Reul, Rock Falls, Illinois, a foster son, Eugene Wilson, Hay Creek, Minn.; a sister, Mrs. Fern Wilson, Taopi; 16 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Worlein Funeral Home, Dr. William Law officiating. Interment was at Grand View Memorial Gardens with Worlein Funeral home in charge of arrangements. Out of town persons attending were Mr. and Mrs. Burnell Herron, Syracuse, Kan.; Mrs. Carl Fritz, Neil Herron, Morton Herron, Wilford James Herron, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Cecil Cole, Osage; Robert Wilson, Mrs. Donald Wrench, St. Ansgar; Mr. and Mrs. Don Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilson, Osage; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bailey, Racine; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wilson, Hay Creek; Mrs. Glen Remington, Dexter; Mr. and Mrs. Fern Wilson and Glen, Taopi.


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Glenn Park Remington



Austin Daily Herald, Wednesday Nov. 9, 1960 pg.2 col. 1&2

Glenn Park Remington was born July 23, 1894 the son of William L. and Gusta Remington. He was united in marriage with Ethal Kahler, Oct. 24, 1928. Glenn was born and lived on a farm northeast of Dexter, until 1945, when they moved into Dexter.

In 1949 they moved to Austin, where he was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad. When Glenn's health began to fail in 1956, they moved back to their home in Dexter, He had been a member of Grand Meadow Masonic Lodge 121, for 42 years. He passed away at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, Saturday, Oct 29, 1960, at the age of 66 years, 2 months, 6 days. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Ethel; a brother, Frank of Austin; a sister, Mrs. Fern Wilson (Erma), Taopi; several nieces and nephews; many cousins and a host of friends Burial was at Grand View Memorial Gardens, Austin.


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Helen (Chapek) Remington


Helen Chapek Remington, 78, of Austin, Minnesota, died April 27, 2001, at her home.

She was born Nov.18, 1922, in Glenville, Minn., to Edward and Marie (Svejkovsky) Chapek. A lifelong resident of Austin, Helen was active in the church for many years and enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was very proud of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Stanley; and daughter Annette Marie.

Survivors include: her husband, Charles Remington, Austin; son, Ray (Cheryl) Remington, Austin; daughter, LaVonne (Edward) Mathewson, Maple Grove, Minn.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Service: At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with the Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating and Worlein Funeral Home of Austin in charge of arrangements.

Visitation: Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and at the church an hour before the service.


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Kenneth L. Renslow


AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral for Kenneth L. Renslow will be 11 a.m. Friday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, with the Rev. Joe Matt officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mr. Renslow, 87, of 3503 Third Ave. S.W., a retired Hormel Foods Corp. employee, died Wednesday (May 1, 1996) at his home.

He was born Feb. 13, 1909, in rural Spring Valley.

Survivors include a daughter, LaVonne (Mrs. Kenny) Vaughan of Austin; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, George of Spring Valley; and a sister, Beulah Eisman of Chatfield. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Doris Heidtke, a son and two brothers.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and an hour before the service Friday at the funeral home.


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Harriet Ophelia (Rhoades) Seavey


DIED: At her home on Oakland avenue Saturday forenoon, Feb. 24, 1900, of typhoid fever and heart failure, Mrs. Harriet O., wife of Samuel C. Seavey, aged 40 years. Harriet Ophelia Rhoades was born in Udolpho township, June 14 1859. Her father died in the army. Her mother is still living in Udolpho with her son, Oscar.

She was married in Udolpho to Mr. Seavey, Jan. 1, 1879. They moved to Austin about three years ago and Mrs. Seavey engaging successfully in the millinery business.

She was ill only a few days and her death came as a great surprise to all her friends. The husband and five children survive, the youngest eight years old.

The deceased was a member of the Eastern Star in Lansing, and of the Macabees, the W.R.C and the Court of Honor in this city. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the M. E. church, Rev F. A. Cone officiating. Interment at Lansing.

We sincerely sympathize with the afflicted family. They miss a most affectionate mother and faithful wife and friend.

[Mower County Transcript, 28 Feb 1900]



Malina Sylvaina (Rhoades) Carll


Mrs. Norman Carll died at her home on Thursday morning, Jan 24, after an illness of but a few hours. Her maiden name was Malina Sylvaina Rhoades. She was born in Pennsylvania March 17, 1850, and married to Norman Carll Feb. 22, 1870.

The funeral was conducted at the house on Saturday by Rev. W. E. Stanley, of Austin. Her remains were buried in the cemetery at Lansing.

She leaves a husband and two daughters, aged 10 and 14, to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. The large attendance at the funeral showed the esteem in which she was held by her neighbors.

[Mower County Transcript, 30 Jan 1889]



Mary C. (Rhoades) Carll


Mrs. B. M. Carll one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Mower County died Sunday morning at 1:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myron Beltz, 509 North Second street. She had been ill for the past two months with paralysis. Mary C. Rhoades was born September 11, 1847 at Clymer, Chatauqua County, N.Y.

When a little girl, nine years of age, she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Rhoades to Minnesota and the family settled in Udolpho, which for so many years was the home of this good woman. It is hard to go back even in thought and picture what pioneer days would mean in Udolpho sixty years ago. But it was under the hard, trying conditions of pioneer life that little Mary Rhoades developed a character of helpful service and self sacrificing devotion which made her so loved and honored as a woman. Little of luxuries did those days afford, and few and simple were the pleasures, but out of its hardships came hardihood and strength; out of deprivation came generosity and out of toil, prosperity.

When the war broke out the father went to the front, leaving extra burdens to the mother and children in the Rhoades home. Volumes might be written of those trying days and conditions under which they were spent.

On February 22, 1870 Mary Rhoades and Benjamin M. Carll were married and they set up their home in Udolpho. Four children were born to them, Roy Carl and Mrs. Myron Beltz ofAustin, Fred of Columbus, Mont. and Ira who died in infancy. Mrs. Carll also leaves one brother, Oscar Rhoades of Lansing township and one sister, Mrs. Minnie King, who also resides in Lansing. The husband, Benjamin M. Carll died in 1908. For the past three years Mrs. Carll has made her home in Austin.

Two months ago she was stricken with paralysis, but everything that loving hands could do, or loving hearts suggest, was done for the mother whom her children lived so devotedly. Mrs.Carll was a member of the W. R. C. and of Cella Lodge No 48 O. E. S. She was widely known in the northwest part of the county and a friend of all.

The funeral will be held at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the residence of her daughter, 509 North Second street, with burial in Lansing. Rev. Tom Broeck of Christ Episcopal church will officiate.

[Austin Daily Herald 18 Dec 1916]



Oscar J. Rhoades


Oscar J. Rhoades, the last but one of the pioneers who came into Udolpho township over 60 years ago, died at his home Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, after being a partial invalid for the past year. He had not been ill enough to be confined to bed. Tuesday night he retired as usual and went to sleep and from that time to the end had hardly an awakened period.

The funeral will be held from his late home at noon Saturday Jan. 26 with interment in Lansing cemetery.

Mr. Rhoades was born at Clymer, Chautauqua county, N. Y., Sept. 17, 1845. In 1853 his father Orsamus D. Rhoades started by wagon for the broad prairie to establish a new home and settled in Iowa. In 1856 the family came up into Minnesota and Mr. Rhoades pre-empted 160 acres in Udolpho.

In 1862, Mr. Rhoades enlisted in the 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He was taken prisoner in the battle of Guntown and died in the rebel prison at Milan, Ga., in 1864. When he enlisted the entire responsibility of the farm and care of the family of five other children fell upon Oscar then seventeen years old. He faced the responsibility like a man and from that day to the day he died he faithfully performed all duties that came to him. One who was long known him says of him: "He was a man who numbered his friends by his acquaintances."

He was honest and upright in all his dealings, loved his home and the building up and care of that home has been the chief desire and occupation of his life. He never married. He loved his mother with a deep affection and all the years from the time his father went to the war down to the time of her death in 1910 he and she were constant companions. He had five sisters, all of whom are dead except Mrs. Minnie King, who came back to the old homestead just before her mother died and who has lived with him since.

Mr. Rhoades was well known in this city. He was a giant among men and weighed 340 pounds, being, we believe, the heaviest man in this couty. When he came to the city he attracted the attention of all by his size.

There remains but one of the old pioneers of the early days, Bennett Christianson. His home is within three miles of where Mr. Rhoades lived. For over 60 years they were neighbors and friends. The have witnessed the great changes that have taken place from the early settlers arrival to the present day.

Source: Austin Daily Herald -- 24 JAN 1918



Daniel Joseph Rhodes


Birth: Jul. 25, 1949
Death: Aug. 3, 2006

AUSTIN, MINN. Daniel Joseph Rhodes, age 57, died peacefully at his home on Aug. 3, 2006, surrounded by his family after a brief illness with cancer.

He was a loving, helpful and caring husband, son, brother and uncle. Dan was a wonderful friend to many. He wasn't afraid to die because he knew his Lord and loved Him with his whole heart. His Christian example was a blessing to others.

He was born July 25, 1949, to Harold and Hester (Buxton) Rhodes in Austin, Minn. Dan attended the Southgate Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School in 1968. He worked at several jobs in his years, at Red Owl Foods, The Red Cedar Inn, Cedar Group Homes as a caregiver, Quality Pork, Elden's IGA Foodliner, Tandem Products and at Hy-Vee Foods.

He was united in marriage with Mary Freed on June 19, 1993, at the Fellowship United Methodist Church in Austin. Every Saturday he and his mother would enjoy breakfast, Bible study and long walks together. He enjoyed singing in choirs at the Church of Christ and the Northwestern Singers. In his younger years he was active in triathlons, biking, playing on church softball leagues, playing piano, swimming and gardening, as well as teasing Pepper, the family dog, and summers at the family cabin near Park Rapids.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Rhodes, of Austin, Minn.; mother, Hester Rhodes, of Austin, Minn.; mother-in-law, Florence Freed, of Austin, Minn.; sisters and brothers-in-law: Nancy and Stephen Roanhorse, of Sanders, Ariz.; April and Tim Lund, of Elk River, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lonnie and Susan Rhodes, of Owatonna, Minn.; Caleb and Rose Rhodes, of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Andrew and Audrey Rhodes, of Bemidji, Minn.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He will be deeply missed, but will always be in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Gordon Larson officiating. Interment will be in the Hoflanda Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary today from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.



Talena Rhubee


Talena Rhubee, 86, died Thursday (Feb. 15, 1996) at the Timely Mission Nursing Home, Buffalo Center.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Winter Funeral Home, Buffalo Center, with the Rev. Gary Bergman of First Baptist Church, Buffalo Center, officiating. Burial will be in Grand Meadow Cemetery, Grand Meadow, Minn.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Talena Rhubee was born June 7, 1909 ,in Ackley.

Survivors include three sisters, Martha Bell of Manly, Josephine Rippentrop of Rockford and Janet Oliver of Mason City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister and five brothers.

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Mae Bernice (Richards)(Luren) Stemson

March 27, 1913 - December 6, 2001

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment: Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Blooming Prairie.


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Esther Clarine (Nestvedt) Richardson


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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Donald Ernest "Dutch" Riedemann


Donald "Dutch" E. Riedemann, age 79, of Grand Meadow, died Sept. 4, 2006, at his home.

Donald "Dutch" Ernest Riedemann was born on Sept. 17, 1926, in Marcus, Iowa, to August and Emma (Roth) Riedemann. He attended school in Paullina, Iowa, and was in the National Guard for many years. On Nov. 16, 1951, he married Eleanor Nielsen in Marathon, Iowa. Dutch farmed for many years and worked as a carpenter and at Arnolds Supply. He was a volunteer driver for the Mower County Senior Transportation and Cancer Society and was active in the local food shelf.

Dutch is survived by his wife, Eleanor, of Grand Meadow, Minn.; five children: Donald L. "Donnie" (Mary) Riedemann, of Chatfield, Minn.; Donna (Mike) Fenton, of Grand Meadow, Minn.; Dennis "Denny" (Vicki) Riedemann, of Brownsdale, Minn.; Denise (Dan Loehr) Riedemann, of Rochester, Minn.; and Dana (Tracy) Riedemann, of LeRoy, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three siblings: Bernice Splittgerber, of Wyoming; Mildred Steenhoven, of South Dakota; and Burnell (Phyllis) Riedemann, of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dirk; one sister, Irene; and one brother, Ferdinand.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church in Grand Meadow, Minn., with Reverend Gail Klavetter officiating. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow, Minn., and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Grand Meadow Cemetery at a later date.

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Jack Dean Rietveld, 53


Jack Dean Rietveld of Boulder, Colorado, died on May 24, 2007 after an extended illness. He was 53.

Jack was born on Dec. 7, 1953 in Rose Creek, Minnesota, to Neal and Jennie (Loverink) Rietveld.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Bob.

Jack is survived by his wife, Kathleen (K.C) Hill; his children, Jacob and Jessyca; his step-children: Sara and Robert; his siblings: Cornie, Irene, Tom and Betty; and his grandchildren: Adeline, Benicio, Zayden and Kian.

Jack's generosity and kindness was only exceeded by his love for his family and friends and his incredible zest for life. He was an artist, gardener, builder, welder, mechanic, electrician, chef.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at the family's home, at 1650 Orchard Avenue, Boulder, Colorado, followed by a celebration of Jack's life.


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Jeffrey Allen Ripple

Oct. 24, 1978 - Jan. 17, 2006

Jeffrey Allen Ripple, age 27, of La Crescent, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at his home.

He was born Oct. 24, 1978, to Calvin and Bonnie (Peterson) Ripple in Austin, Minn. After attending Austin schools and graduating from Austin High in 1997, Jeffrey attended Riverland Community College and Winona State University. He worked summers combining peas for Green Giant in Montgomery, owned and operated his own business until 2005, and recently moved to the La Crescent area where he had been working for a bakery since November. He enjoyed boating, water sports, fishing, hunting deer, trapping, ATV riding, playing cards and traveling. California, Alaska, Hawaii, London and Paris were among his visits.

Survivors include his parents, Calvin and Bonnie Ripple, of Austin, Minn.; aunts: Kay Miller and special friend Dale Nelson, of Austin, Minn.; Kathleen (Norman) Bussian, of Wabasha, Minn.; Mabel Peterson, of Blooming Prairie, Minn.; Margaret (James) Prokopy, of Fruita, Colo.; uncles: Marvin (Connie) Peterson, of Austin, Minn.; Galen (Dorothy) Peterson, of Austin, Minn.; Roger (Dawna) Peterson, of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Daryl (RaeAnn) Peterson, of Austin, Minn.; Charles Ripple, of Edwards, Mo.; many great aunts and uncles; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin with The Reverend Dan Kahl officiating. Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment is at Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Austin.


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Morris Edward Roberts


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Morris Edward Roberts will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lutheran Church in Mona, Iowa, with the Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, with military graveside rites by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Mr. Roberts, 82, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, formerly of Austin, died Saturday afternoon (Aug. 10, 2002), at the Mitchell County Regional Health Care Center in Osage, Iowa, following a short illness.

Born Sept. 7, 1919, in Lyle Township, Mower County, he attended Ames country school and graduated from Austin High School in 1937. He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, for a year and St. Olaf College in Northfield from 1941 to 1942. From April 3, 1942, to Oct. 3, 1945, he served in the Army with duty in the Asian-Pacific theater. Following his discharge, he returned to Minnesota and farmed with a brother, later worked in Minneapolis and Owatonna, and then was a custodian at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin until his retirement. He lived in Mona, Iowa, and spent winters in Austin until entering Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Ansgar, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 2000. He was a member of the Mona Lutheran Church and VFW Post 1216 of Austin and enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Survivors include a brother, LuVerne of St. Ansgar, and a sister, Jeanette Palys of Austin. A sister preceded him in death.

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



Velmajean (Kvale) Roberts


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

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

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

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

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



Elizabeth (Robertson)


Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Dugan were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home and at 2:30 from the Methodist church, Rev. Warner Johnson, her pastor, conducting the services. Six grandsons, Thomas Harrison of Dawson, N.D., Marlin and Melbourne Dugan of Seattle, Wash., and Harry, Leonard and George Dugan, Jr., of this city carried the loved grandparent to the last resting place.

Elizabeth (Robertson) Dugan, daughter of George and Margaret (Lang) Robertson, was born on a farm near Fulton, Wis., Nov.14, 1846. On April 1, 1865 she married Thomas Dugan and they resided in Janesville, Wis., until Oct.1866, when they emigrated to London, Freeborn Co., Minn. After two years they moved to Austin and for some more than sixty years the family home was on south Franklin Street, for more than fifty years on the same corner where stands the new home which Mr. and Mrs. Dugan built in recent years.

Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dugan, Kate, wife of W.L. Nichols of Great Falls, Mont., Mrs. Flora E. Harrison and Harry D. Dugan of Napoleon, N.D., Hazel, wife of R.E. Lang of Plentywood, Mont., George Dugan, Mrs. Minnie Crocker and Miss Jean Dugan of Austin, the latter two living in the home with the mother. Sheridan E. died April 18, 1926 in Mandan, N.D. Mary aged five and an infant daughter had gone on before. With those left to mourn are seventeen grandchildren and ten great grand children. Mr. Dugan died February 25, 1926. Mrs. Dugan was one of a family of ten children also, two of whom are living, sisters, Mrs. F.B. Hyland of Stoughton, Wis., and Mrs. Jean Lang, widow of the late Oscar Lane; who had made her home with Mrs. Dugan for some months past, the two sisters and all of the daughters came to the bedside of their mother when she was stricken ill on September 13th.

On September 13, 1929 she suffered the stroke which caused her to take to her bed and remain until the end, her life ending Monday morning at 3:15, sweetly and peacefully she closed her book of life. She knew the sacrifices of the mothers of the early day and she lived to see many of the changes that brought comfort to her retiring years; she took the bitter with the sweet, for the pioneer days had trials as well as happy days for the young people who came west to settle in this, then a new country. Mrs. Dugan was well read and a bright nature, passing cheer to those about her and she reaped the reward of her kindness.

Mr. and Mrs. Dugan were of the pioneer residents of the city of Austin, Mr. Dugan being one of the early business men. He conducted a blacksmith business on East Bridge street in the "Old Headquarters" building. He was an artist in his trade, for he was of the old school and his helpmate was of the good old school of home-makers, a dutiful wife and mother. The long period of residence, over half a century, in the one home and location, speaks of the thrift, the trust and loyalty of two of our older citizens now gone on, their work here finished.

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Adelaide Elizabeth (Roeder) Holton


Adelaide Elizabeth Holton, age 87, Austin, Minnesota, died at St. Marks Lutheran Home on Tuesday, June 5, 2007.

Adelaide was born March 29, 1920 in Springbrook, Iowa, to Philip and Loretta (O'Neil) Roeder. An orphan before the age of one, she was lovingly cared for by Elizabeth and Peter Roeder, Philip's brother. Elizabeth and Peter's only son had been killed in action in France in 1918.

Educated in the parochial schools of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 1937. She was united in marriage to I.J. Holton in the Rectory of St. Patrick's Church on June 23, 1941, two days before he left for service in the U.S. Army.

Her adult life centered on her children and her church. All was secondary to the needs of her family. She was an active participant of school, church and community affairs. Wherever she lived she was a warm and caring neighbor. She resided in Austin, Minnesota from August, 1947 until the time of her death.

Adelaide is survived by her husband, I. J. Holton, Austin, Minnesota; by a son, Brooks Holton, Minneapolis, Minnesota; by daughters, Janet Holton and Philip Haber, Reston, Virginia, and Ann (Mark) Paparella, Oakdale, Minnesota; by grandchildren: Zachary H. Haber, Laura H,, Paparella, Benjamin H. Paparella; by a sister-in-law, Carol Parliament, Bloomington, Minnesota; by one niece and by three nephews.

A memorial mass was held on Sunday, June 10, 2007, at St. Edwards Catholic Church, with Father Joe Fogal officiating.

The organist was Jan Muzik. The soloist was Erin Schumacher.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Erna Wilhamina Ernestina
(Petersen)(Schultz) Nelson


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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Harlan E. Rogne


Birth: Nov. 15, 1910
Death: Mar. 26, 1993

ELKTON, MINN. -- Harlan E. Rogne, 83, of Elkton, a retired area farmer, died Saturday (March 26, 1993) at Adams Healthcare Center in Adams.

Born Nov. 15, 1910, in Marshall Township, Mower County, he graduated from Elkton High School in 1927 and lived in the area all his life. On Sept. 1, 1940, he married Virginia Wood in Adams and they farmed on the family homestead in Marshall Township until 1976. They moved into Elkton in 1982. Mr. Rogne served on a number of boards, including Elkton School District 494 Board, Adams Creamery Board, Little Cedar Lutheran Church Board and the Marshall Township Board. He was a member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church from the time he was a child until tranferring to St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkton.

Survivors include his wife; six sons, Robert of Marietta, Ga., Bruce of Stewartville, James of Elkton, Dennis of Cresco, Iowa, Barry of Northfield, Minn., and Ray of Austin; two daughters, Dixie (Mrs. Jerry) Bergstrom of Dexter and Miriam (Mrs. John) Schneider of Adams; 18 grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. A son, four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkton, with the Rev. Diane Joseph officiating. Burial will in Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery in Adams.

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



Virginia F. (Wood) Rogne


Birth: Jun. 18, 1920
Death: Nov. 14, 1998

ADAMS, MINN. The funeral for Virginia F. Rogne will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkton with the Rev. Diane Joseph officiating. Burial will be in Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery in Adams.

Mrs. Rogne, 78, of Adams, a former Elkton-area farm homemaker, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Virginia F. Wood was born June 18, 1920, near Grand Meadow and graduated from Elkton High School. On Sept. 1, 1940, she married Harlan Rogne at the church parsonage in Adams. They farmed near Elkton until their retirement and then moved into Elkton and later to Adams. Her husband died in 1994. Mrs. Rogne was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkton.

Survivors include six sons, Robert of Marietta, Ga., Bruce of Rochester, James of Elkton, Dennis of Cresco, Iowa, Barry of Northfield, Minn., and Ray of Austin; two daughters, Dixie Bergstrom and Miriam (Mrs. John) Schneider, both of Adams; 18 grandchildren; three stepgrandsons; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pauline (Mrs. Albert) Nelson of Austin. A son and three sisters preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Adams Funeral Home and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.



Elizabeth M. `Betty'
(Tesch) Rohne


LYLE, MINN. -- Elizabeth M. ``Betty'' Rohne, 75, of Lyle, a longtime area farm homemaker, died Tuesday evening (June 9, 1992) at her home.

Born Elizabeth M. Tesch on Jan. 26, 1917, in Toeterville, Iowa, she married Melvin Rohne on March 12, 1938, in Toeterville and they farmed in the Lyle area all their married lives.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Esther (Mrs. Gefferd) Sparks of Sargeant and Edith Hastings of La Crescent; a son, Harold of Lyle; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Otto Tesch and Rudolph Tesch, both of St. Ansgar, Iowa; and five sisters, Matie Torney, Agnes Decklever and Elsie Decklever, all of Osage, Iowa, Margaret (Mrs. Vernon) Murphy of St. Ansgar and Mathilda (Mrs. Jim) Olson of Horseshoe Bend, Ark. A brother preceded her in death.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church in Lyle, with the Rev. Harold Luecke officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

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




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