Mower County Obituaries
Part 028



Richard Earl Schroeder


AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral for Richard Earl Schroeder will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, with the Rev. James Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Glenville, Minn., with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.

Mr. Schroeder, 84, formerly of Austin, a retired Weyerhaeuser Co. employee, died Saturday (Dec. 6, 2003) at Village Care Center in Maryville, Mo.

He was born Nov. 15, 1919, in London Township, Freeborn County, and served in the Navy before and after Pearl Harbor. On Oct. 27, 1946, he married Dorothy Jean Reed in Las Vegas. Mr. Schroeder was a deputy sheriff in Las Vegas, worked for Weyerhaeuser for many years before retiring in 1981, owned Moonlite Bay Bar and Cabins in Crosslake, Minn., and also had lived in Dorchester, Iowa. He served twice as commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home. She died Dec. 21, 1996.

Survivors include two sons, Barry (Patty) of Chapin, S.C., and Jerry (Gail) of Constantine, Mich.; four daughters, Beverly Schroeder of Freemont, Calif., Carol Scott of Maryville, Barb (Vern) Pettit of Forest City, Iowa., and Annette (Dana) Hovland of Faribault; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald (Jean) of Austin.

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

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Robert A. Schubert

Sep. 4, 1938 Apr. 17, 1993

Brownsdale, Minnesota -- Robert A. Schubert, 54, a longtime resident of Brownsdale, died Saturday (April 17, 1993) in Abeline, Texas. He was born on September 4, 1938, in Owatonna, Minnesota.

On April 28, 1962, he married Judi Liebrenz at Sacred Heart Lutheran Church in Owatonna. Mr. Schubert was employed as a mechanic for Usem Chevrolet in Austin and enjoyed auto racing. He was a member of Our Lady of Loretto in Brownsdale.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: Michael, Charles and Mark, all of Brownsdale; by a daughter, Michelle Schubert of Plymouth, Minnesota; by three grandchildren; by his mother, Florence Schubert of Austin; by two brothers, David of Austin and James of Plymouth; and by three sisters, Jean (Mrs. Ernie) Ingvaldson of Albert Lea, Sandy (Mrs. Curt) Rayman of Mason City, Iowa, and Deb (Mrs. Willy) Dickenson of Winona.

Robert was preceded in death by his father.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 20th, at Our Lady of Loretto, with the Rev. Paul Evers officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery here.

The Vernon Funeral Home, in Brownsdale, was in charge of arrangements.


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Arnold Edward Schumacher


Arnold Edward Schumacher, age 87, died Friday, March 16, 2007, at Veteran's Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He was born in 1920 in Austin, Minnesota, to Edward and Marie (Strobach) Schumacher. After school, he served in the Special Army Airborne Unit, parachute core. He married Mystria (Cis) Brooks in 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin.

Arnold drove for Indian Head Trucking line and then was a mechanic and managed Quickie Transport until he retired. Arnold was a Schriner, a member of the Eagles, Commandry Unit, and American Legion in Minneapolis.

Arnold is survived by his wife; by his grandson, David; by sisters: Lillian (Jack) Flynn, Austin, and Leona (Don) Mattice, Austin; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel; by his parents; and by three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the funeral chapel in Minneapolis. Burial was at Fort Snelling. Billman and Hump Funeral Chapel, 2701 Central Ave., Northeast Minneapolis, was in charge of arrangements.

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Helga (Schwanke) Clausen


Helga Clausen, 91, a lifelong Stacyville, Iowa area resident and homemaker died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at the Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home in Rochester, Minnesota.

A visitation for the friends and family of Helga Mae Clausen was held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Toeterville, Iowa at St. Peter Lutheran Church.   It was followed by a private burial in the St. Ansgar City Cemetery with Pastor Lance Kittleson officiating.

Helga Schwanke was born May 2, 1915, in Lyle, Minnesota.   After graduating from Lyle High School, she married Charles Clayton Clausen in 1936.  They farmed near Stacyville and Helga worked as an aid at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Ansgar, Iowa.   She was active in her church, a member of the Sons of Norway, and a 4-H leader for many years.   Her hobbies included cooking, baking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton, her son, Allen, two brothers Lee and Elmer, a grandson, Todd, and a granddaughter, Renae.

Survivors include a son, Richard (Marlene) Clausen of Osage, Iowa, a daughter Linda (Gregory) Munson of Rochester, Minn., her brother, Arnold (Geraldine) Schwanke of Ocala, Fla., seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and nephews and nieces.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar is in charge of arrangements. (641) 713-4920.

[ Adapted from -- Nov. 15, 2006 Mitchell Co. Press online ]



J. P. Scott

d: 1880

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Austin Register, Thursday Nov. 25, 1880, pg. 3, col. 3

-Sudden Death- Mr. J.P. Scott, a gentleman of about seventy-two years of age died very suddenly, at the Fleck House, in this city, on Saturday evening last. He was found in the out-house of the hotel, apparently dead, and was brought in and restoratives applied vigorously, but to no avail, as the seal of death was upon his brow. He had been here for several months, practicing as a veterinary surgeon and with success, and was at the time of his death writing a work on diseases of the horse and remedies, and had about two weeks more of work to do on it.

He is spoken of as a fine old gentleman, by those who knew him. He was in apparent health at supper time, and laughed and joked with those who sat opposite him at the table. His son, who arrived yesterday and took his father's remains to Strawberry Point, Iowa, says it was heart disease which carried him off, as he had before had these sinking spells, and that the old gentleman, himself, had frequently said he knew he would die very suddenly. Kind hands of the people of the house and strangers did what they could for him, and sympathizing hearts were there to look upon his sad ending; but he had run his race, and his case reminded us forcibly of the slender thread on which human life hangs.

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Mower County Transcript Wed. Nov. 24, 1880, pg. 3, col. 4

-Sudden Death- Saturday evening, a veterinary surgeon boarding at the Fleck House, by the name of J.P. Scott, early in the evening was found dead in the out-house of the hotel. He is believed to have died in a apoplectic fit. He was a genial social old gentleman, and had made his home at the Fleck for the past nine months. Was seventy-two years of age. His home was Strawberry Point, Iowa, where his remains were conveyed for burial. He leaves a wife and several grown-up children to mourn his loss.

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Gladys Marie (Seavey) Peterson

April 2, 1920 - March 29, 2005

Gladys Marie Seavey Peterson, age 84 of Blooming Prairie, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at her home.

She was born to Charles S. "Sam" and Ella (Josephson) Seavey April 2, 1920 in Udolpho Township, Mower County, Minn. where she grew up and attended country school.

Baptized at First Methodist Church in Austin, she graduated from Austin High School in 1938 and worked a short time at Hormel. She was united in marriage to Marion O. Peterson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa on October 18, 1938.

They farmed in Udolpho Township and celebrated 52 years of marriage until Marion's death in 1990.

Gladys was instrumental in starting the Elevator Fund at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church where she served in many capacities. She also participated in the Home Extension project group and enjoyed her friends and family, quilting, cooking and plants.. In her later years she moved to an apartment at Villa I in Blooming Prairie.

She is survived by her children, Kay Miller and special friend, Dale Nelson, Austin, Minn.; Kathleen (Norman) Bussian, Wabasha, Minn.; Marvin (Connie) Peterson, Austin, Minn.; Galen (Dorothy) Peterson, Austin, Minn.; Bonnie (Calvin) Ripple, Austin, Minn.; Roger (Dawna) Peterson, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Daryl (Rae Ann) Peterson, Austin, Minn.; Mabel Peterson, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; one step granddaughter; 16 great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; several brothers and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents, "Sam" and Ella Seavey; husband, Marion; sister, Maxine Garriot; brother, Clifford Seavey; two infant brothers; son-in-law, James Miller; step grandson, Michael Nolan; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2005 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin with Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and at the church one hour before the service. Interment is at Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Casket bearers are Dennis Bussian, Rodney Krell, Lance Peterson, Landon Peterson, Lee Peterson and Jeff Ripple.

Honorary casket bearer: Clint Peterson


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Harriet Ophelia (Rhoades) Seavey


[Mower County Transcript, 28 Feb 1900]

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.



Donna M. (Raymond) Seberson


Donna Mae Seberson, 77, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, April 27, 2007 at Austin Medical Center.

Donna Mae Raymond was born on November 25, 1929 in Madelia, Minnesota, to George and Hertha (Miller) Raymond.

She graduated from Austin High School, and then worked for the Geo. A. Hormel Co.

She married Dennis B. Seberson on Aug. 15, 1959, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Seberson, of Austin; by her sons: Lon Newman of Wausau, Wisconsin; Kelly Seberson, of Austin; Craig Seberson, of Shakopee, Minnesota; by her grandchildren: Rachel, Taylor and Grace; by a sisters, Gertrude Lervaag, of Mankato, Minnesota, and Bonnie Swanson, of Mankato, Minnesota; and by nieces and nephews.

Donna Mae was preceded in death by an infant son and a daughter; by her parents; and by three brothers.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, Austin.


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Judge Michael H. Seibel



The Honorable District Judge Michael H. Seibel, 49, died at his residence in Austin Friday, June 16, 2000.

He was born June 6, 1951 in Los Angeles, Calif., to David and Rosalie (Mandanici) Seibel.

He graduated in the class of 1969 from Marshall University High School. He attended the University of Rochester in New York from 1969-1970 and then graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1974 with a bachelor of arts degree. He then studied at Hamline University School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1977. After law school, Michael married Linda Borgstrom on May 10, 1979, in New Brighton. They had three children: Amanda, Megan and David.

Michael served on the Mower County Third Judicial District Court bench and was a former Mower County Assistant Attorney and a criminal lawyer with the Leighton, Meany, Cotter, Enger Ltd. law firm in Austin.

Michael was involved in many clubs and organizations and prior to his appointment to the bench, he was with the Austin City Charter Commission, St. Olaf Hospital Chemical Dependency Treatment Center Advisory Board, Agape Halfway House Board of Directors and the Kinship of Mower County. He presently held positions on the State Bar Association, Minnesota District Judges Association, NITA (National Institute for Trail Advocacy), Economics of Justice, Cooperative Solutions and various youth sport boards.

Michael enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his children participate in sports, traveling and reading. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, Austin; two daughters, Amanda and Megan, Austin; one son, David, Austin; mother, Rosalie Seibel, Minneapolis; one sister, Deborah Seibel, Beverly Hills, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Rosa Seibel, Wadsworth, Ill.; father- and mother-in-law, Jim and Dolores Borgstrom, Minneapolis; aunts and uncle, Anne and Edward McCloskey, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Doris Jacobs, New York, N.Y.; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Dr. David Seibel.

Casket bearers will be Joseph Seibel, Gary Ofstedahl, Dr. Larry Nace, Steven Rizzi Jr., Dr. Peter Green and Tom Neilon

Service: 1:30 p.m. June 22 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Tim Biren, Pastor Jim Baker and Rabbi David Freedman officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. June 21 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. There will be no reviewal.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Kidney Cancer Association or the Austin Medical Center-Mayo Health System hospice care program for families with financial difficulties.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary of Austin.



Sverre Melvin Seljeseth


Sverre Melvin Seljeseth, age 84, of Owatonna, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home.

He was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Bucyrus, N.D., to Sigrud and Malla (Legangersether) Seljeseth. He was baptized and confirmed at the North Grand Lutheran Church, Bucyrus, N.D.

He attended school in Adams County, Minn. In 1936, he moved to the Blooming Prairie area, where he farmed with his parents. In 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

On June 2, 1945, he married Helen Bonnett in Kansas City, Kan. In November of 1947, Melvin began working for the Geo. A. Hormel Co., working the in sweet pickle pump department, the freezers and the hog kill until his retirement on Nov. 30, 1982. In May of 1997, after suffering a heart attack, he sold the farm that he had owned since 1956 and moved to Owatonna.

Melvin liked to work in his garden and camping with his family. He enjoyed road trips and liked to sing, yodel and play the harmonica and took lots of family pictures.

He loved his family and friends. He would host his big family for the holidays and also hosted a large family reunion. Melvin's family meant a lot to him and he loved to spend a great deal of time with them.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlene Wengel; great-grandson, Tyler Boe; two stepsons, two step-great-granddaughters; a brother; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2004, at the Salvation Army, 409 First Ave. NE, Austin, with Major Alan Fones officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Austin, with Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be held at the Clausen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the Salvation Army for one hour before the service on Saturday.

Casket bearers will be honorary bearers Wayne Fones, Terry Hofner, Nick Pool, Randy Henga, Charles Wengel, Nicholas Wengel, Thomas Russell, Derrik Russell and Roger Russell.

Casket bearers will be Patrick Fitzwater, Larry Seljeseth, Jr., Randy Hofner, Alan Fones II, Arron Seljeseth, Jeremy Sletten, Lee Seljeseth and Kenneth Hofner.

Melvin is survived by sons, Larry (Judy) Seljeseth of Faribault, Minn.; Tharen (Linda) Seljeseth of Owatonna, Minn.; daughters, Renae (Roger) Russell of College Station, Texas; Colleen (Earl) Sletten of Owatonna, Minn.; Major LaVonne (Alan) Fones of Saint Cloud, Minn.; Sonya (Roger) Hofner of Dexter, Minn.; 30 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; sisters, Inga (Jerry) Carey of Mankato, Minn.; Edna Olstad of New Richland, Minn.; many nieces and nephews.

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Earl Oswald Senjem, 102


Earl Oswald Senjem died on Sunday evening, April 29, 2007, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota, at the age of 102 years.

He was born on November 6, 1904, on a farm in Rock Dell Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota. He was the last surviving of six children born to Julius and Mathea (Enderson) Senjem. Earl spent his childhood on the family farm near Rock Dell. His parents and grandparents were raised in the same area. Earl's grandparents were pioneer settlers who immigrated to the local area in the 1850s from Norway.

On September 15, 1926 Earl married Tillie Johnson at Evanger Lutheran Church, and they spent their first few years in Rock Dell, where Earl managed the Cutting Store. During this time their child, Beaumont, was born. In 1932, Tillie and Earl moved to Hayfield. They owned a home on First Avenue for several years, and for almost 60 years they lived in the house Earl had built on East Main Street.

Earl owned and operated Senjem's Fairway Market throughout the 1930's, and early '40's. Their business in Hayfield started as a grocery store, but later they added a locker plant. They eventually converted the store to sell major appliances and in the 1950's and '60's, also became a marine dealership.

They made many trips to northern Minnesota, fishing on Mille Lacs Lake, Lake Kabetogama, Lake Winnebigosh, and Lake of the Woods. Earl loved cars and driving them. Some of the earliest he owned were Model T's and his last was a shiny new 1996 Lincoln bought when he was 92 years old. Tillie and Earl retired in 1971.

Tillie and Earl celebrated their 75th anniversary on September 15, 2001. Tillie died in 2002, and Earl then moved to Field Crest Care Center at that time.

People who remember Earl from early times always say that he loved to make a deal. There wasn't anything he owned that he wouldn't sell, and if he saw a business in it, he would buy more. His family will always remember Earl as someone who loved company. He was happiest when he was talking and visiting over a cup of coffee, or better yet a nice big holiday meal. He had a great sense of humor and got such joy out of his family. Earl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Hayfield for 75 years.

Earl is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Beaumont and Ruth Senjem, Hayfield; by four grandchildren: Paul and Pat Senjem, Kenyon, Minnesota; Holly and Stan Ardendts, Hayfield; Kari and John Davis, Chanhassen, Minnesota; Penny and Gene Tubbs, Red Wing, Minnesota; by six great-grandchildren: Guye Senjem, Kathryn Emanuel, Logan Arendts, Zachary Tubbs, Gunnar Tubbs, Hannah Davis; and one great-great-grandchild, Hailey Lewis.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, with Rev. Stephan Sandness officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

The Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield was om charge of arrangements.


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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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Vernon Shatek, 87


Vernon Shatek, age 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Good Samaritan Center, St. Ansgar, Iowa.

He was born Feb. 18, 1920, to Henry and Bessie (Schoolcraft) Shatek in Fort Worth, Texas. He moved to Austin in 1939, and married Marie Hanson in 1942 in Albert Lea. After serving as a head mechanic in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Vern became an employee of Hormel Foods, where he worked for 42 years. Marie died in 1979. A member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include five sons: Robert, Richard (Linda), Ronald (Patty), all of Austin; Charles (Judy), of Hastings, Minnesota; Mark, of Albert Lea, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Walter) Callahan, of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; a sister, Jenny; and brothers: William, Chester, Douglas and Jerry.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, March 8, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Ron Barnett officiating.

Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, in Austin, with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.

The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.


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Gladys J. (Shaw) Basness

December 31, 1918 - April 14, 2005


Gladys J. Basness, age 86 of Blooming Prairie, died Thursday, April 14, 2005 at Prairie Manor in Blooming Prairie.

She was born Dec. 31, 1918 to John and Gertrude (Johnson) Shaw in Adams, Minnesota, where she grew up. After attending St. Olaf Teacher's College, she taught at rural schools for four years.

On Feb. 23, 1946 she married Maurice B. Basness in Adams. A member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church where she was the organist for 26 years, Gladys enjoyed fishing, sewing, crocheting and traveling.

Survivors include her husband: Maurice Basness, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; two daughters: Barbara (Steve) Nelson, Underwood, Minn.; Karen Basness, Underwood, Minn.; one son: Scott (Sandra) Basness, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; five grandchildren: Corissa and Casey Nelson, Sheena Marie, Stephen and Syndey Basness; one sister: Mabel (Edward) Kittleson, Austin, Minn.; sister-in-law: Isabel Shaw, Adams, Minn.; many other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating. Friends may call at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Austin.

The family prefers memorials to donors choice.


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Harold Vernon Sheely


Harold Vernon Sheely, 68, died Friday morning, Nov. 28, 2003, at his home in rural Dexter, Minn.

Harold was born Nov. 22, 1935, the son of Elbert and Lavina (Moss) Sheely in Huntley, Minn. He was united in marriage to Doris Jensen on Aug. 24, 1956, in Hayfield, Minn. Harold served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1959 in Duluth, Minn. He and Doris farmed and had dairy cattle from 1965 until 1985. He then started with his own trucks, hauling grain.

Harold is survived by his wife, Doris Sheely, rural Dexter, Minn.; three daughters, Cynthia Sheely & husband, Jan Jepsen, Arvada, Colo.; Laureen Sheely, Winona, Minn.; Deanna Sheely, Red Wing, Minn.; one son, David & wife, Amy Sheely, Dexter, Minn.; three sisters, Genieve Bartz, Winona, Minn.; Elvera Krutzinger, Austin, Minn.; Darlene Ulwelling, Stewartville, Minn.; three brothers, Robert Sheely, Rose Creek, Minn.; Darold Sheely, Elkton, Minn.; Michael Sheely, Rochester, Minn.; and eight grandchildren, John David Jepsen, David Ian Jepsen, Jeremie Lee Brown, Meghan Francis Brown, Heather Lou Sheely, Justin David Sheely, Lindsey Elizabeth Sheely, Dean Michael Westfall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Sheely; two nephews, Scott Sheely and Dale Ulwelling.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield and one hour before the service on Monday. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant with Rev. Todd Hawkins officiating. Interment will be in Evanger Lutheran Cemetery.

Blessed be his memory.



Ruth E. Zimmer-Johanns Shephard


Birth: Aug. 8, 1911
Death: Dec. 19, 1997

SPRING VALLEY, MINN -- The funeral for Ruth E. Shephard will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Jon Olson officiating. There will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. at St. Finbarr Cemetery in Grand Meadow.

Mrs. Shephard, 86, of St. Paul and formerly of Spring Valley died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997 at St. Joseph's Hospice in St. Paul.

Ruth Zimmer was born Aug. 8, 1911, in Wykoff. She married Ralph Johanns on Feb. 2, 1932. He died in October 1966. She married Wendell Shephard on June 10, 1977, and he died in February 1995. She was a bookkeeper for Donavon Construction. After her retirement, she lived in the Bradenton, Fla., area for 27 years.

Survivors include one son, Chuck Johanns of South St. Paul; one step-son, Roy Shephard of Mankato; one step-daughter, Patsy Moon of Fond du Lac, Wis.; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and 10 step-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brothers.

Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the church. Hind Hutchings Funeral Home of Spring Valley is in charge of arrangments.



Matilda (Norman) Shortt


Birth: Jul. 28, 1825
Death: Jan. 6, 1902

Mrs. Matilda Shortt, aged 76 years, died Monday night, Jan 6, at the residence of her son, George M. Shortt, of old age. Matilda Norman was born in Boston, Mass., July 28, 1825, her folks soon after moving to Montreal.

She became an orphan when eight years old and was raised by her grandmother at Bakersfield, Vermont, She was married there in 1842 to Martin Shortt and lived in Vermont, New York and Illinois until 1861, when they moved to Saratoga, Winona county, Minnesota. The father enlisted in Co. K, 9th Infantry and in June 1864 was taken priosner and died in Andersonville prison Sept. 12, 1864. The mother, left with 4 children, the youngest only 2 years old, struggled heroically in the midst of privation and wellnigh starvation at times. After her only son grew up, he made a comfortable home for her and she has lived with him for many years.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the residence, Rev. D.D. Belden of Austin and Rev. Lee officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.



Shirley A. (Shuck) Medrano, 56


Shirley Ann Medrano, age 56, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the Albert Lea Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 17, 1950, to Clifford and Loretta (Kinney) Shuck in Austin, Minnesota. She grew up in Austin and attended Austin High School.

In April 1985, Shirley married Pedro C. Medrano in Albert Lea. She worked for various companies, including Land O'Lakes, Winnebago, Schweigert, Ring Can, and Wal Mart, and attended the Albert Lea Church of Christ.

Shirley was a giving and loving person who had a gentle soul. She loved singing with her grandchildren and teaching them songs. She put everyone in her life ahead of herself. The most important thing in Shirley's life was her family and the love of her life, Pedro.

Survivors include her husband, Pedro; her children: Roque Medrano and Beth, Angie Medrano and Jake, and Rosa Medrano and Kevin; her grandchildren: Desiree Medrano, Destiny Medrano, Makenna Christenson and Hayden Christenson; her sisters: Diane (Robert) Newton; Betty (Raymond) Musel; and Elizabeth (Larry) Thompson; her brothers: Gerald (Sandy) Shuck; Donald Shuck; and Gary (Jackie) Shuck; her five brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Steven; her father-in-law; and a brother-in-law.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Church of Christ Christian. Pastor Mike Gerhardt officiated. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. To sign the guest book, go to


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Charles W. Seigfried


Charles W. Seigfried was born Jan. 7, 1885 in Hopkins, Missouri. He was the son of Lewis Milton Seigfried and Emily May Seigfried.

He was united in marriage with Goldie May Jones, Jan. 1, 1911, at Knapp, Wis. They had one daughter, Mrs. Eugene Cleveland (Lillian) and one granddaughter, Sandra Kay Cleveland. Mr. and Mrs. Seigfried made their home in Austin since their marriage. Charles W. Seigfried started as a fireman for the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad in 1909, and was promoted to an engineer in 1915. He was a retired engineer at the time of his death. He belonged to the Order of B of LE and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Besides his wife, daughter and granddaughter, he is survived by his son-in-law, Eugene Cleveland, Grand Forks, N.D.; two brothers, Sam of Austin, and Bryan and three sisters, Mrs. A. Stoub (Luella), Wanakok, Hamberg, N.Y., Mrs. Frank Bollin (May), Hamilton, Ill., Mrs. Gordon Mason (Bertha), Toledo, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Mr. Seigfried will greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was a devoted husband and father. He passed away Feb. 11. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb14 at the Jordan chapel with interment in Grandview Memorial Gardens. Edwin B. Peterson conducted the service.


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Goldie (Jones) Siegfried


Austin Daily Herald, Saturday March 21, 1959, pg. 6, col. 2-3

Goldie May Siegfried, daughter of Benjamin and Rohda Carvey Jones, was born in Windom, Minn., August 3, 1893, and passed away at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, March 16, 1959.

Mrs. Siegfried suffered a stroke in November, 1947 and has been in failing health since that time.

She was united in marriage with Charles William Siegfried, Jan. 1, 1911, at Knapp, Wis. and lived in Austin the past 50 years. Mr. Siegfried, who was an engineer on the Milwaukee Road, passed away in 1952.

Mrs. Siegfried was a member of the GIA of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Degree of Honor, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by her daughter, Lillian, Mrs. Eugene Cleveland, Hanover, Minn; a sister, Mrs. Henry Baler, Lillie, Spooner, Wis.; several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Jordan Mortuary Chapel, Elder Edwin Peterson, Oakland, officiating. Interment was at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Arthur Sucha, William C. Jeffers, Edward Jeffers, O.C. Peed, Chris J. Hanson, Peter Pauley. Mrs. Ralph Hoeper was soloist.

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Lydia Alice (Simonson) Spiten


HAYFIELD -- The funeral for Lydia Alice Spiten will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant, with the Rev. Todd Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Evanger Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sargeant.

Mrs. Spiten, 97, of Hayfield, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006) at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

Lydia Alice Simonson was born Aug. 13, 1908, in Mower County. On June 22, 1929, she married Martin Spiten at Evanger Lutheran Church. They lived on a farm in Olmsted County. She was active in Evanger Ladies Aid and had different jobs in the aid. She liked to play cards.

Survivors include a son, Mardean (Sharon) of Kasson; two sisters, Doris Lodin of Libertyville, Ill., and Gladys Carlson of Buffalo, Minn.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on June 28, 1982, a daughter, two sons, a grandchild, a great-grandchild and many brothers and sisters.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield, and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church.

The family prefers memorials to the Evanger Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Submitted to Mower MNGenWeb by K. Pike.



Ruth Harriet (Simonson) Scharberg


Ruth Harriet Scharberg, 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

Ruth was born Dec. 6, 1910, the daughter of Mathias and Anna (Exe) Simonson in Sargeant. Ruth married Carl J. Scharberg, Oct. 28, 1932, at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant. Ruth and Carl farmed in the rural Sargeant and Hayfield areas until his retirement in 1988.

Ruth was a homemaker and an active member of Evanger Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Hayfield American Legion Auxiliary. Ruth enjoyed her family and Norwegian Heritage, and she also enjoyed knitting, reading, music, and traveling.

Ruth is survived by one son, Arlan (Sharon) Scharberg, Hayfield; one daughter, Karen (Bruce) Skow, Stewartville; three sisters, Lydia Spiten, Hayfield, Gladys Carlson, Buffalo, Doris and George Lodin, Libertyville, Ill.; two granddaughters; one grandson; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; many brothers, sisters and an infant daughter, Arline.

Service: The funeral will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Evanger Lutheran Church with Reverend Paul Hauschild officiating.

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

Interment: Evanger Lutheran Cemetery. Blessed be her memory.


Gertrude Kristina (Skjeveland) Arens


Birth: Feb. 22, 1898
Death: Apr. 14, 1992

AUSTIN, MINN. -- Gertrude Kristina Arens, 94, died Tuesday morning (April 14, 1992) at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Born Gertrude Kristina Skjeveland on Feb. 22, 1898, in Iowa, she married Edward Arens on May 19, 1917, in Austin. She was a member of Queen of Angels Rosary Council.

Survivors include three daughters, Virginia Myers and Maxine Christensen, both of Austin, and Marilyn (Mrs. Larry) Snyder of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; a son, Fayette of Los Angeles; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Selma Johnson of Schaller, Iowa; and four brothers, Lynn Skjeveland of Brownsdale, Bernie Skjeveland of Austin, Lawrence Skjeveland of Minneapolis and Clarence Skjeveland of St. Ansgar, Iowa. Her husband, two sons, four grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin with the Rev. Thomas Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Austin.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m. today.



Eugene "Gene" Skov, 66


Eugene "Gene" Skov, 66, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday afternoon, June 8, 2007, at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams, Minnesota.

Gene was born on April 25, 1941, in Austin, to William and Leona (Johnson) Skov. Gene was baptized, confirmed and attended Sunday school at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle. He served with the United States Marine Corps for four years.

Survivors include: two sisters, Shirley Burney and Marlys Golberg, both of Austin; a brother, Roger (Cindy) Skov of Austin; a niece; and two nephews.

His parents, one brother, Stuart Skov, and one nephew, Tony Burney, preceded him in death in 1999.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, with Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Interment with Military Honors by the Lyle American Legion Post followed the service in Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery, rural Austin.

Worlein Funeral Home of Austin handled arrangements.


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Arnold T. Slinde

Aug. 6, 1890-Oct. 29, 1979

Arnold T. Slinde Funeral Held at Six Mile Grove

Funeral services for Arnold T. Slinde, 89, rural Lyle, who died at the Mitchell County Memorial hospital, Osage, October 29, were held November 2 at the Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gaylord Grant officiating.

Arnold T. Slinde was born August 6, 1890 in Waukon, the son of Thomas and Anna (Severson) Slinde. He farmed in the Adams and Lyle areas and then was in the garage business in Verndale, Minn. He moved back to Adams in 1927 when he bought a threshing machine, then moved south of Rose Creek, Minn. and in 1939 bought the present home site in Lyle where he had an apiary for many years. He had lived there until the summer of 1979 when he became a resident of the St. Ansgar Good Samaritan Center.

Mr. Slinde married Bertha Anderson October 1, 1913 in Adams. He was a farmer, thresher, lumber sawyer and in late years repaired steam engines for Ed and Ray Smolik of rural Osage. He was a member of Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church and Antique Acres Steam Engine club of Cedar Falls.

He was preceded in death by his son, Algie, his parents, four sisters, three brothers, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

Mr. Slinde is survived by three sons, Arthur and Donald of Lyle and Virgil Sr. of Rose Creek; also one sister, Mrs. Emma Halls of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Selmer Slinde of Austin, Minn. and Theodore Slinde of Brownsdale, Minn.; many grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Burial was in the Six Mile Grove cemetery with Rev. Grant in charge of committal services.




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