Mower County Obituaries
Part 030



Bradley Douglas Symmonds


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Bradley Douglas Symmonds, age 20, of Austin, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in Austin.

Brad was born Nov. 23, 1983, in Ames, Iowa, to Douglas and Kelly (Smith) Symmonds.

He worked for A-Best Janitorial Service.

Bradley attended Austin High School, loved disc golfing, the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He was a loving brother and son who loved his dog, Stormy.

Survivors include his parents: Doug Symmonds, Austin; Kelly (Dave) Nystel, Austin; sister: Ellyn Symmonds, Austin; two brothers: Patrick Symmonds, Austin; Bryan Symmonds, Austin; grandparents: Joan Smith, Davenport, Iowa; Ronald (Wanda) Symmonds, Wilton, Iowa; many aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at the Church of St. Augustine with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

The casket bearers will be Jason Stevens, Matt Fisher, Jason Linnette, John Krones, Eli Carranza and Kyle Linnette.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Bradley Symmonds Memorial.



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Rochester Post Bulletin [ circa Sept. 2005]
By Roxana Orellana

A year ago today, Kelly Nystel said good-bye to her 20-year-old son as he left to check out the rising streams and rivers created by torrential rains the night before.

"I knew he was heading toward the water because every time it flooded, he did that," Nystel said remembering that she advised her son to stay away from the water. "He was fascinated by natural disasters. He talked about being a meteorologist, a storm chaser."

Bradley Symmonds had walked to his mother's house in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Northeast before going to work that day at Hormel Foods Corp. Roads had been closed because of flooding.

He dropped off his keys and wallet and put on some shorts before walking out his mother's door.

"He told me he loved me, and that's the last time I saw him," Nystel said Wednesday, wiping away tears.

Symmonds drowned Sept. 15 after being swept away in the current of the Cedar River.

Austin police received a call from a bystander who saw a man in the Mill Pond. Police tried to save him but current was too strong.

Symmonds body was found the next day near a bridge by Riverside Arena.

"It's hard to believe it's been a year," Nystel said.

Don't want to believe it

The day her son died, Nystel had stayed home from work because roads had been closed. That evening she watched footage taken by the local television station of the man being swept in the water.

"At that time, I didn't know it was him," Nystel said. "I kept thinking 'Oh! That poor kid.' Not ever thinking that it could be my son because I thought he was working."

It wasn't until the next day that she called her ex-husband, asking him if Symmonds had come home.

Nystel and her younger son went to the TV station and watched the video again, and determined it was her son.

"You want to be in denial. You don't want to believe it," she said.

A bad dream

Family, friends and the community continue to show support for the Nystels .

"It's overwhelming. They have been wonderful," Nystel said of the community. Often people will walk up and give Nystel condolences.

Nystel said her son would have been overwhelmed by what people have done for "little old him."

"He would have been taken back by all this," she said.

The Nystels have lived in Austin for 20 years. Symmonds was the oldest of four children, a girl and three boys.

Pictures of him and his siblings adorn the family's living room. His mother described him as an outgoing kid, shy but with a lot of friends.

"He was a big disc golfer. He was really good at it," Nystel said. Almost daily, Symmonds would make a trip to the park for a game of disc golf before heading to work.

"He loved the Vikings and the Timberwolves. But disc hockey was his passion," Nystel said.

Not having her brother around has been tough for Ellyn Symmonds, 19. The recent high school graduate said she had a tough year trying to make sense of the loss.

"It feels like I'm in a bad dream and I won't wake up," she said Wednesday with an emotion-choked voice.

The loss has brought the family closer. Nystel said there is not a day when her children leave the house without saying I love you.

"I do believe he is in a better place and that has helped me get through," Nystel said. "My mom keeps telling me that God has a bigger plan for him. I have to believe that."

Keeping memories

Now that she is over "the first of everything" Nystel hopes it will help her continue to heal.

And so just like she has done in the past 12 months, Nystel will continue to go out for walks on her usual route. She will visit her son's grave, continue through the Mill Pond and stand on the bridge, above the spot where her son was found.

"It's sad. I am dreading it," Nystel said of the anniversary of her son's death. "But you know, life has to go on. You have to try and just think of the good things and memories that you have."


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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Russell Dean Tabor, 75


Russell Dean Tabor, age 75, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, March 15, 2007 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Russell was born Oct. 20, 1931 in Brownsdale, Minnesota, to Harry and Nellie (Grant) Tabor. On April 3, 1954 he was united in marriage to Janice Roene Berning in Cherry Grove, Minnesota. Russell was a welder by trade who retired from Olson Manufacturing in Albert Lea, Minn.

Survivors include his wife: Janice Roene Tabor, Austin, Minn.; children: Ronnie Tabor and special friend Val Johnson, Austin, Minn., Jone Gallicchio, Rochester, Minn., Todd William (Deborah) Tabor, Austin, Minn., Jill Dvorak and special friend Steve Weber, Austin, Minn.; six grandchildren: Shane Tabor, Savannah Tabor, Shandy Dvorak, Casey Tabor, Nicholas Tabor and Madison Tabor; sister: Helen Reiken, Austin, Minn.; and a sister-in-law: Arlene Tabor, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Harry and Nellie Tabor; by his brothers: Kenneth, Wayne and Harold Tabor; and by his sister: Evelyn.

Memorial services were held on Monday, March 19, 2007 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Pat Toschak officiating.

The honorary casket bearers will be Dennis Tabor, Randy Rieken, Greg Arthaud, Steve Weber, Dan Kretzer and Edward Levy.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


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Janice Kaye (Tangen) Miller


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Joshua Tanner

d: 1881

Austin Register, Thursday November 24, 1881, Page 3, col. 5

Joshua Tanner, an old resident, brother of the late Hiram E. Tanner, long time County Commissioner, died Monday night and was buried yesterday. Mr. Tanner had been in poor health for some years from kidney disease. He leaves a wife and one young girl and a married daughter by his first wife.

Transcribed by Mark Ashley



Edna Marie (Taylor) Russell


Edna Marie (Taylor) Russell, age 87, died of natural causes on Sunday, February 11, 2007, in Austin, Minnesota, at The Cedars Assisted Living Unit.

Edna was born Feb. 22, 1919, in Freeborn County, Minnesota, to James H. and Edna (Anderson) Taylor. She attended Taylor Country School through the 8th grade, graduated from Austin High School in 1938, and attended Mankato Business School. She worked for the Army Finance Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Los Angeles, California.

Edna and Sidney William Russell were married on March 18, 1944, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin. Edna and Sidney lived and raised their five children in Austin, and were committed to family, church, and community.

Edna was active in the Austin community as a charter member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, serving her Lord with WELCA, altar guild, circle and teaching Sunday school; a member of YWCA, Y Matrons, and Sumner School PTA; a Girl Scout leader; a member of Austin Country Club and Ramsey Golf Courses; and worked as a secretary at Austin High School in the audio-visual department.

Upon retirement Sidney and Edna spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona.

Edna is survived by her five children: Patte (Mark) Kraske, of Stillwater, Minnesota; Jeannette (Nick) Lindgren, of Grand Marais, Minnesota; Nancy Barnett of Tempe, Arizona; Steve (Sue) Russell, of Stillwater; and Suzanne (Charley) Hamersma, of Austin; by 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; by a sister, Berneice Kuhl, of Hastings, Minnesota; by sisters-in-law Marian Taylor and Jane Taylor, of Austin; and by nieces and nephews.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney; by her parents; by brothers, Chester and James A. Taylor; by a sister, Elizabeth Brewster; and by five brothers-in -law, three sisters-in-law, and a nephew.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 19, 2007, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Austin, Minnesota, with Rev. Glenn L. Monson officiating.

Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Casket bearers were her thirteen grandchildren: Chad and Corinn Hamersma, Sara (Russell) Morse, Anna, and Jenna Russell, Tatum and Tyler Barnett, Marie, Erin (Lindgren) Prazak and Andrea Lindgren, Sidney, Joshua, and Emma Kraske.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Marian Ann (Penkava) Taylor


Marian Ann Taylor, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, May 26, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born on December 23, 1919 in Austin, Minnesota, to Emil and Josie (Chrz) Penkava.

Marian graduated from Austin High School in 1940. On Nov. 2, 1940 she married Chester Taylor on her parents' farm in Freeborn County. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the ZCBJ Lodge

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Chester.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with The Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

She is survived by: daughters and sons-in-law: Beverly (John) Bridgeman of Austin, Minnesota, Marian (Raymond) Maloney of Austin, a son and daughter-in-law: John (Victoria) Taylor of Austin, by 11 grandchildren, by 20 great-grandchildren, by a sister: Olive Penkava of Austin, by sisters-in-law, Bernice Kuhl of Hastings, Minnesota, and Jane Taylor of Austin, and by nieces and nephews.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Virgil C. Taylor, 90


Virgil Cyril Taylor, age 90, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at St. John's Lutheran Home.

Virgil was born March 3, 1916, to Elmer O. and Dora R. (Huffman) Taylor, in Taopi, Minnesota.

On June 23, 1939, he was united in marriage to Ingeborg Lunde at Moscow Lutheran Church. Virgil was employed for 41 years as a Perishable Freight Inspector for the Milwaukee Railroad. The couple moved to Albert Lea after Virgil's retirement in 1976. Virgil was a member of the Moscow Lutheran Church and the Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, Ingeborg, Albert Lea, Minnesota; his children: Anita (Jack) Bena, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Karen (Harold) Moeller, Marengo, Illinois; Virgil David Taylor, Thousand Oaks, California; and LuAnn (Jim) Walsh, Omaha, Nebraska; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Carlos (Lil) Taylor; brother-in-law, Vernon (Beverly) Lunde; his sisters-in-law: Leona Taylor, Mildred Lunde and Jean Lunde; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Orlin, Darrell and Lyle Taylor.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at Moscow Lutheran Church. The Rev. Peter Soli officiated. Interment was in the Moscow Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. You may sign the guest book at:


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Olga Emelia (Haarstad) Tebay


LE ROY, MINN. -- The funeral for Olga Emelia Tebay will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Le Roy Lutheran Church with the Rev. Tom Kolden officiating. Burial will be in Frankford Cemetery in Mower County.

Mrs. Tebay, 96, of Ostrander Nursing Home, formerly of Le Roy, died Sunday evening (April 5, 1998) at the nursing home, where she had lived since September 1997.

Olga Emelia Haarstad was born Oct. 19, 1901, in Dexter, and attended Dexter area schools and Austin High School. After receiving her teaching degree from Mankato Teachers College, she taught in rural schools in the Dexter, Le Roy and Rock Dell areas. On June 21, 1933, she married Frantz Tebay at her parents' farm home near Dexter. He died in 1984.

Survivors include two daughters, Wanda (Mrs. Donald) Dohlman of Le Roy and Mardella (Mrs. Arnold) Felter of Riceville, Iowa; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Thelma Kirchner of Hayfield.

She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, three sisters and a brother.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Le Roy.


Esther E. (Buss) Temanson


GRAND MEADOW, MINN. The funeral for Esther E. Temanson will be on Friday at Grand Meadow Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Elaine Siemsen officiating. Burial will be in Grand Meadow Cemetery.

Mrs. Temanson, 93, of Grand Meadow, a retired business owner, died Monday (April 23, 2001) at Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

Esther E. Buss was born March 24, 1908, near Spring Valley, attended Zion German Lutheran Church in Spring Valley as a child and Hardscrabble School through the eighth grade. She was a caretaker for area families before her marriage on Sept. 7, 1938, to Milton Temanson in Grand Meadow. They operated a filling station and lunch room on Highway 16 in Grand Meadow, and then lived in Cherry Grove, where they operated a filling station for a short time before returning to Grand Meadow. They owned and operated a grocery and dry goods store in Grand Meadow until their retirement. Mrs. Temanson resided at Hillside Apartments in Spring Valley from 1992 until entering the care center in July 2000. She enjoyed crocheting and playing cards.

Survivors include nieces and nephews. Her husband, five sisters and five brothers preceded her in death.

Friends may call an hour before the service Friday at the church.

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


Donna Mae (Templeton) Jones


Donna Jones, age 74, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died early Sunday morning, May 20, 2007, at her residence where she had lived most of her married life.

Donna Mae Templeton was born on December 26, 1932 in rural Riceville, Iowa, to George and Hazel (Stanton) Templeton. In 1951, Donna graduated from the Riceville High School in Riceville.

Donna was united in marriage to Clarence H. Jones on June 15, 1951 at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, Iowa. Donna was a Mower County Health Aide for many years and also wrote articles for the LeRoy Independent. Donna enjoyed volunteering at the Senior Citizen Center.

She is survived by four children; Steven "Spike" (Kay) Jones of Spring Valley, Minnesota; Michael (Sandy) Jones of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; Jeaneen (Bob) Lindeland of Nashua, Iowa; John (Brenda) Jones of LeRoy; by 11 grandchildren; by 10 great-grandchildren; by a sister, Janet (Norval) Britain of Spring Grove, Minnesota, and her special companion, Donald Jones of Chester, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Clarence in 2000; and by a sister, Joan, who passed away in childhood.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy, Minnesota, with Rev. Neal Solomonson officiating. Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery.

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


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Dorothy M. (Tentis) Rollie


Dorothy Mable Rollie, age 79, of Austin, Minnesota, died at St. Mark's Lutheran Home Monday evening, Feb. 19, 2007.

Dorothy was born Oct. 21, 1927, to Frank and Myrtle (Cox) Tentis in Kellogg, Minnesota, where she grew up and attended a one room school.

After attending high school, she moved to Rochester, Minnesota, to waitress. She married Lyle Rollie on Oct. 8, 1948, in Rochester. They made their home in Spring Valley, Minn., until 1952 when they moved to Austin, Minnesota. Dorothy worked at The Riviera, The Hub, The Dinner Belle, and at Sacred Heart Hospice for 10 years. She operated a day care center in her home for 22 years. She moved to St. Mark's Lutheran Home in October of 2006. Dorothy liked her grandchildren's visits and enjoyed watching birds and squirrels from her deck.

Survivors include sons: William (Monica) Rollie, Austin, Minn.; Scott (Barbara) Rollie, Austin, Minn.; Randall "Randy" (JoAnn) Rollie, Austin, Minn.; daughters: Pamela (Rocky) Borg, Madison Lake, Minn.; Kandis Jones, Niceville, Fla.; Jody (Tom) Nyberg, Waseca, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two sisters: Rachel Pavelka, Kellogg, Minn.; and Jean Speedling, Plainview, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Eleanor Groby.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Harold Deye officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery, Austin.


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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.



Harold Thaden


Harold Thaden, age 88, of Dexter, Minnesota, died from leukemia at his home on May 8, 2007.

Harold was the eldest child born to Reiner and Isabelle (Koch) Thaden, on Feb. 10, 1919 in Moline, Illinois. In 1920 the family moved to Blooming Grove, Minnesota, and subsequently lived in Medford, Delhi, Rosemount, Lamberton, and Waterville before settling in Easton. He was confirmed on June 30, 1935 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lamberton. Harold started working to help support the family at age 13, and left school at age 16 to work full time on the farm.

Harold was drafted into the Army on Nov. 16, 1944. He was sent overseas to the Philippines in 1945 and then, after the Japanese surrender, to Hiroshima, and then Kyoto, Japan for the occupation. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze battle star, the WW II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation - Japan Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1946.

Harold married Helen M. Bloomer on April 14, 1945 at the Methodist Church in Morristown, Minnesota, after he had finished basic training, and before serving overseas. Upon discharge from the army, Harold and Helen settled on a farm east of Dexter where they farmed together from 1947 until retiring from farming in 1972. He then drove truck for Morgan Drive Away, moving mobile homes from 1969 to 1983.

Harold was active in church by helping with various improvement projects, acting as a trustee, and on the administrative board for many years. He helped build the two replica churches for the 100th church centennial in 1977 for display in parades. He also has put up the flags for Memorial Day at the Dexter and Zion Lutheran Cemeteries for many years. Harold and Helen spent the winters in Texas since 1979, living in Brownsville, San Benito, and Harlingen, where they enjoyed the company of many good friends.

Harold was still living on the farm where he and Helen spent the majority of their lives working together farming and raising their family. He enjoyed helping Marvin and Linda Gehling by driving truck for them during the fall harvest. He was a regular at the local restaurant for coffee and rode his bike the two miles to get there for many years. His humor and camaraderie were well-known trademarks among his many friends.

Harold is survived by Helen, his loving wife of 62 years; by three children, Russell (Merry) Thaden, of Atchison, Kansas; Dennis (Mary Jo) Thaden, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Beth (Bruce) Andersland of Emmons, Minnesota, by two grandchildren; by 13 great-grandchildren with three more on the way; by a sister, Gladys (Larry) Erie, of Bemidji, Minnesota; by a brother, Kennard (JoAnn) Thaden, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by two sisters in infancy; by one sister, Alma Perrenoud; and by one brother, Donald Thaden.

Funeral services were held at the Dexter United Methodist Church on May 12, 2007, with Rev. Karen Ashton officiating. Burial was in the Dexter Cemetery with Military graveside rites by the Grand Meadow American Legion.

The Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, was in charge of arrangements.


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Marian G. (Thoe) Tvedt


Marian G. Tvedt, 84, Hayfield, died Tuesday evening at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

She was born April 22, 1915 in Vernon Township, Dodge County, Minn. to Henry and Clara (Knutson) Thoe.

She married William M. Tvedt on Dec. 12, 1938. She was a life long resident of Dodge County. As a homemaker and mother she belonged to Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant,

She is survived by a son Stanley Tvedt, Hayfield; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Tvedt, March 26, 1988, one daughter Dorothy Schwemmer, July 6, 1963.

Service: 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2000 at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant with the Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating.

Interment: Church Cemetery

Visitation: Friends may call one hour before the service at the Church on Friday.

Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 3, 2000
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Alma Gunderson Thompson

Sep. 13, 1885 - Feb. 3, 1952


Mrs. Edwin M. Thompson passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 3rd at St. Olaf Hospital from complications following many years of pain and sufferings due to arthritis.

Alma Gunderson was born in Marshall county, Minn., Sept. 13, 1885, the daughter of Martin and Anna Berg Gunderson. At the age of 2, she became a resident of Moscow township.

She had five brothers, Henry, John and Oscar, deceased. W. Leonard Gunderson, Sioux City, Iowa, and George Gunderson, Seattle, Washington; four sisters, Mrs. Henry Earl and Mrs. Albert Gullickson, deceased; Mrs. Viola Hammel, Sioux City and Mrs. Peter Borgesen, Austin.

On Jan 26, 1910, she was united in marriage with Edwin M. Thompson of Corning.

Seven children were born to this union; Mrs. John Krupicka (Annella), Corning; Herschel, deceased; Arnold, National City, Calif.; Roy, Corning; and Mrs. Merril Walker (Shirlee), Seattle, Wash.; also 16 grandchildren and many other relatives.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Red Oak Grove congregation.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb 5, at 1:15 p.m. at the Mayer Funeral Home and at 2 o'clock at Red Oak Grove Lutheran church, Rev. Alf Romstad officiating. Burial was in Red Oak Grove cemetery. At the service, Mrs. Romstad sang "Old Rugged Cross" and "My God and I", accompanied by Mrs. Dale Braaten, organist. Pallbearers were Byron and Stanley Borgesen, Grant and Warren Gullickson, Emmett Earl and George Krupicka.

Out of town persons attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gunderson and Mrs. Viola Hammel, Sioux City, Iowa.


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Annella E. (Thompson) Krupicka

December 14, 1910 - June 15, 1993

AUSTIN - Annella E. Krupicka, 82, of rural Austin, died Tuesday (June 15, 1993) at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin.

The former Annella Thompson was born Dec. 14, 1910, in Moscow Township, Mower County. On June 2, 1928, she married John Krupicka in Great Falls, Montana. The couple moved back to the Austin area and engaged in farming. Mrs. Krupicka worked as a homemaker and was a lifelong member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin. Mr. Krupicka died Dec. 14, 1969.

Survivors include two daughters, Scarlett Glover of Olympia Wash., and Shareen Carlson of Austin; two sons, Jack of Dubuque, Iowa and Richard of Austin; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirlee Walker of Seattle, Wash. She was preceded in death by a son, a sister, and four brothers.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Mayer Funeral Home in Austin and on Saturday one hour prior to services at the church.


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Charlotte Louise Sophiaottie (Thurneau) Thompson


Charlotte Louise Sophiaottie Thompson, age 101, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Wednesday evening, February 14, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Born July 15, 1905, to John and Augusta (Martin) Thurneau in Aurora Township of Owatonna, Lottie grew up in Pratt and Owatonna, Minn. She worked at the Owatonna State School, Lyle Public School and at Hormel Foods.

On Nov. 26, 1925, she married Henry Hewitt Thompson in Owatonna. They shared nearly 64 years together.

Except for a few months in Albert Lea early in their marriage, Lottie lived all her adult life in Austin, Minnesota. She was an active member of Crane Community Chapel. Over the years she was involved in Women's Missionary Society, quilting, cleaning, serving, visitation, Bible studies and she served as Sunday School pianist and Vacation Bible School cookie.

She always had an open door for meals, homemade cinnamon rolls, buns and a cozy bed if needed, for family, friends and church guests. She loved to bake, sew, and crochet.

In 1998, due to a stroke, Lottie moved to St. Mark's Lutheran Home where she was compassionately cared for until her death.

Lottie is survived by her son, David (Edith) Thompson, Wilmore, Kentucky; by 13 grandchildren; by 26 great-grandchildren; by 31 great-great-grandchildren; and by a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband; by brothers and sisters; by a son, George Thompson; by a daughter, Joyce (Thompson) Bure; by a great-granddaughter; and a great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday February 18, 2007 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota, with the Rev. Mark Goosen officiating. A visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday February 17th. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.


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Edwin M. Thompson

May 8, 1884 - May 15, 1963

Edwin M. Thompson, 10th and last surviving child of Halvor and Caroline (Johnson) Thompson was born May 8, 1884 at Corning, Minn.

Mr. Thompson passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 15, at St. Olaf Hospital from complications following a stroke on May 11th.

He was baptized and confirmed at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. On Jan 26, 1910, he was united in marriage with Alma Gunderson at Austin, Minn., and they moved to the home farm, near Corning. Mrs. Thompson preceded him in death Feb. 3, 1952.

Seven children were born to this union: Mrs. John (Annella) Krupicka, Austin Rt. 4, Herschel, deceased; Arnold, Lakeside, Calif.; Mrs. Mayrene Torgeson, Ketchikan, Alaska; Edwin, Chula Vista, Calif.; Roy, Austin Rt. 4; Mrs. Max Walker (Shirlee); Seattle, Wash.; also 25 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, 2 p.m., at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Rev. Walter Wahl officiating. Burial was in Red Oak Grove Cemetery. At the service, Mrs. E. L. Jirele sang "The Old Rugged Cross' and "Rock of Ages," accompanied by Mrs. Maurice Basness, organist. Pallbearers were Ephraim and Rudolph Magnuson, Kenneth Christianson, Glen Nordland, Lloyd Lestrud, Raymond Leary.

Out of town persons attending the funeral were Arnold M. Thompson, Lakeside, Calif.; Mr. & Mrs. Aldean Underland, Pine Island; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Underland, Ellendale; Mrs. Laverne Roberts, Albert Lea, Mr. Jack Krupicka, Dubuque, Iowa.

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Eleanor Harriet Thompson Baldus Kukowski


AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral Mass for Eleanor Kukowski will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Church in Austin with the Rev. Hubert Baschert officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Kukowski, 78, of Austin, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) at the Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

Eleanor Thompson was born Aug. 30, 1920, on a farm near Corning, Minn. She was raised there and attended O'Leary country school near Hollandale, Minn. She worked for a short time at the Corning country store. On March 25, 1939, she married Arnold Baldus at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They moved to Austin in 1940, where Mr. Baldus worked at Hormel Foods; He died on Dec. 8, 1966. She worked as a housekeeper at King's House Retreat Center and then at St. Augustine Rectory.

On June 18, 1971, she married George Kukowski at the St. Augustine Convent in Austin. They lived briefly in Winona before moving to Austin in 1972. Mrs. Kukowski was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, a son, Walter Baldus of Austin; two daughters, Sharon (Mrs. Richard) Schleich of Owatonna and Jannell (Mrs. Bill) Bausch of Red Wing; a brother, Marvin of Blooming Prairie; three sisters, Coral Swank of Austin, Pearl Counts of Vinton, Va., and Muriel Watson of Bloomington, Minn.; four stepsons, Rich Kukowski of Silver Spring, Md., Don Kukowski of Winona, Paul Kukowski of Camano Island, Wash., and Bill Kukowski of Minneapolis; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was also preceded by a son and a brother.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. There will also be a 4 p.m. rosary service on Sunday and a 7 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home.


Halvor Thompson

Sep. 29, 1836 - Jun. 5, 1923

Halvor Thompson (Langeland) was born in Føgn, Stavanger, Norway and came to America about the year 1855 (6 Apr 1854*). He was married to Miss Karine Gjesfjeld, a sister of John G. Johnson, in Fayette county, Iowa, in 1859.

They took up a homestead in Martin county which they abandoned, however, in 1863, on account of Indian troubles. In 1864 he was drafted with many others, but the draft order was cancelled. Mr. Thompson volunteered and served to the end of the war in the First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, which operated in Tennessee.

When the war was over Mr. Thompson settled on a homestead in Newry, which was sold a few years later, when he purchased the farm in Moscow which has since been the home of the family.

Mr. Thompson was nearly 88 years old at the time of his death on June 5. He had always enjoyed good health and was seriously ill only a few days before his death. His wife died last year at the age of 83.

Of ten children, five are living. They are Mrs. Ole Kittleson and Edwin M. of Red Oak Grove community, Mrs. C. C. Collins of Lethbridge, Canada, Martin J., of Kindersley, Canada, and a daughter, Martha who is married and lives in New Mexico.

The funeral services were held at the Red Oak Grove church, Rev. Rasmussen officiating. Four Civil War veterans attended as an honor guard. They were J. G. Johnson, T. A. Helvig, Thos. Moroton and Wm. Kruger.

Thus another pioneer and defender of the Union has gone to rest. Not many of his comrades survive him. Their ranks are thinning year by year. Do we honor and appreciate them as we should while they are with us?

**Research into Norwegian records indicated his immigration date as: 6 Apr 1854.
-S. Glover**

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Myrtle B. (Thompson) Watson


Myrtle Beatrice Watson, age 94 of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, May 4, 2007 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Myrtle was born on January 13, 1913 in Ridgeway, Iowa, to Ben and Isabelle (Nesheim) Thompson. Myrtle was the second youngest of 12 children. She was baptized and confirmed at Ridgeway Lutheran Church. In 1931, she graduated from high school and normal training (Teachers School) at Decorah High School.

She taught for three years in Winneshiek County Elementary School. She also taught Sunday school and bible school for 15 years at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

On January 8, 1939 Myrtle married Harold (Whitey) Watson in the Little Brown church in Nashua, Iowa. Myrtle was also a Girl Scout Leader, a Gray Lady and a member of WELCA.

Myrtle is survived by her daughters: Sondra Freese, Lyle, Minnesota, Cheryl (Richard) Wood, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Mary (Larry) Schreiber, Austin, Minnesota; by her grandchildren: Carolyn and Doug Dillman, Kristin and Kendrick Deplitch, Ginnie and Roger Dahl, Becky Wood; by great-grandchildren: Carter Dillman, Brianna Deplitch; by a sister: Ruth Blekeberg, Decorah, Iowa; by a sister-in-law: Rachel Watson, St. Paul, Minnesota; and by nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Watson, by a son-in-law Jacob Freese, and by a grandson, Douglas Freese.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 7, 2007 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin, with Mr. Todd Portinga officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery in Austin, Minn.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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Roy Francis Thompson

July 14, 1922 - December 12, 1978

Roy Francis Thompson, 56, was born July 14, 1922, on the home farm,Corning, Minn., the son of Edwin M. Thompson and Alma Gunderson Thompson.

Roy attended School District 135, Newry Township. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

A veteran of World War II, Roy entered service on Dec. 8, 1942, and was a light machine gunner and combat infantryman in Co. B 19th Armored Infantry Battalion, 14th Armored Division. Roy served his country proudly and justly received these medals: Silver Star, Purple Heart, two Battle Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon, European African Midwest Campaign Ribbon, one Bronze Campaign Star. Roy was wounded in action on Jan. 13,1945, in the Rhineland Campaign, Hatten, France. His courage, initiative and devotion saved the lives of many comrades and earned him a Silver Star for gallantry in action. Roy spent eight months in convalescent hospitals before receiving honorable disability discharge on Sept. 12,1945. He returned home and worked at Wilson, farmed, then worked on construction.

On Nov. 9, 1947, Roy married Alice June Underland at Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, Minn. This union was blessed with six children: three sons, Ronald, Charles City, Iowa, David, Camrar, Iowa, Steven, Charles City, Iowa; three daughters, Sandra, Austin, Beverly and Kristine, Owatonna; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Rebecca, Jeffrey Thompson.

Roy became disabled in 1969. He suffered a severe heart attack Dec. 12, 1978, at home and passed away at St. Olaf Hospital that evening.

Roy is survived by his wife; six children; three grand-children; two sisters, Annella Krupicka, Austin, Shirlee Walker, Seattle, Wash., numerous nieces and nephews.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Herschel, Arnold, Edwin; one sister, Mayrene Torgeson.

Funeral services were held at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church on Dec. 15, 1978. Pastor Kyllo officiated with VFW Olaf B. Damm Post 1216 performing military rites. Mrs. Alan Kestner sang "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and

"Beautiful Saviour." The organist was Lisa Kyllo. Pallbearers were Randy Krupicka, Raymond O'Leary, Glen Nordland, Warren Gullickson, Rick Thompson, and Roger Jorgenson.

Blessed be his memory.


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Dr. Theodore Sevrin Thompson


Dr. Theodore Sevrin Thompson, age 84, of 2415 Eighth Ave. SW, Austin, Minnesota, died at Adams Health Care Center Thursday morning, May 3, 2007.

He was born July 16, 1922 to Thomas and Anne (Metveidt) Thompson in Erskine, Minnesota. He attended North Dakota Agricultural College School of Pharmacy from 1940 until 1943 and served in the US Infantry from 1943 to 1946.

He was married to Annacile Parrish on March 2, 1946 in Columbus, Georgia. They were married for 61 years.

In 1950 Ted received a BA degree from the University of Minnesota, and in 1952, a DDS degree from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He practiced general dentistry in Austin from 1952 until 1985 when he was forced to retired due to lung disease.

Ted was a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, chairman of the MDA Committee on Organization and Structure, MDA Resolutions Committee and a delegate to the MDA House of Delegates. He was past president of Southeastern District Dental Society, Austin Dental Society and Austin Dental Study Club. A member of Board of Directors of Minnesota Dental Alumni Society, U of M School of Dentistry, Century Club and Minnesota Dental Association Committee on Science and Annual Session,

Dr. Thompson was also a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Mower County Cancer Society, Board of Directors on the United Way, and past president of YMCA, Lions of Austin. He was a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, as well as a member of the American Legion, Sons of Norway, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.

Ted's favorite hobbies were woodworking, fishing, boating, reading, and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Ann, of Austin; a son, Tom (Marcia) Thompson; a daughter, Pam (Dr. Larry) Kreuger, of Plymouth, Minnesota; his grandchildren: Steven (Kate), Suzanne and David Thompson, Paul and Lauren Kreuger; a sister-in-law, Marie Thompson, of Fosston, Minnesota; a brother-in-law, Robert Burkhart, of Denver, Colorado; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Thomas Thompson; by two brothers, Alvin and Arthur; and by two sisters, Leona and Sylvia.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin 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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Norman Wendell Thorson


Birth: Jun. 24, 1930
Death: Jul. 5, 1993

The funeral for Norman Wendell Thorson will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Zumbro Lutheran Church with the Revs. Charles Solberg and Lester Horntvedt co-officiating. Burial will be in Hoflanda Cemetery near Rose Creek.

Mr. Thorson, 63, of 2115 U.S. 14 East and a retired cement contractor, died of cancer Monday July 5, 1993 at his home. He had been ill a year.

Born June 24, 1930, in Mower County, he grew up there. He had resided in Rochester since his marriage to Genevieve Blom on July 17, 1954. His wife is a desk supervisor at Mayo Clinic. Mr. Thorson served in the Army from 1952 to 1954.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Michael of Dexter, Jeffrey of Austin, and James and Daniel, both of Rochester; a daughter, Cynthia Mahoney of Rochester; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Darrell and Richard, both of Le Roy; and two sisters, Delores (Mrs. Don) Phililps of Golden Valley, Minn., and Glendora (Mrs. Gene) Root of Bloomington, Minn.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Macken Funeral Home and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Mayo Clinic Hospice.

First husband of Genevieve (Blom) Thorson and
son-in-law of Rudy Blom.


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