Mower County Obituaries
Part 031



Emma Thortsen Mildenstein


Emma Thortsen Mildenstein are 98, of Burr Oak Manor, Austin, Minnesota died Tuesday February 25, 1975. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Verna M. Peters, Austin and Mrs. charles (Dorothea) Mettiott, Phoenix, Arizona; one son Floyd William Mildenstein, Lyle, Minnesota. 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Detlof and Anna (Koenig) Thorsten, her husband Willaim N. Mildenstein and one son Harold Mildenstein.

Mrs. Mildenstein was born October 2, 1876, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. At the age of nine she moved from Germany to Port Clinton, Ohio. In young womanhood she moved to Iowa, where on April 26, 1899, she married William N. Mildenstein in Hartley, Iowa. In 1912 she and her family moved to a farm northeastof Brownsdale, MN residing there until 1920. The family moved to Austin, where she lived until her death except for ten years in Arizona.

She devoted her life to her family and many friends.



Charlotte Louise Sophiaottie (Thurneau)


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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Gullick Olson Tilden


Birth: Jan. 13, 1840
Death: Nov. 14, 1906

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

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

Gullick enlisted Jan. 18, 1862, in Co. I, 15th Wis. Infantry Vols. He served ten months when he was discharged for disability contracted in the service.

He returned to Adams and was married in 1871 to Miss Ingeborg Anderson Numbdall, a native of Norway, who came with her parents to this country in 1864.

He engaged in farming and was also a dealer in agricultural machinery.

The widow and nine children survive. Funeral services were held at Little Cedar church and interment in Little Cedar cemetery. Mr Olson was a man prominent in township affairs. He was also a frequent delegate to county conventions. He was of friendly disposition and a good neighbor and husband and will be greatly missed in the circle where he was known.


Chester S. Tollefson

May 10, 1906 - Nov. 6, 2001

Chester S. Tollefson, age 95, of Austin, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at his home.

He was born May 10, 1906, to Theodore and Sophie (Thompson) Tollefson in Moscow Township.

A lifelong Austin area resident, Chester began farming at the age of 16. He loved farming and teaching himself new farming techniques. He received many rewards from his ideas.

He was secretary of the telephone company, served as township supervisor, president of Red Oak Grove Creamery association, a member of the State Brand Board and lifelong member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed reading and community work.

Survivors include sisters, Dora Tollefson, rural Austin; Carrie (Mayer) Krawetz, St. Paul; nieces, nephews, great niece and great nephew; two great- great nieces; cousins and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, three brothers and a nephew.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at the funeral home and at the church one hour before the service on Friday.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Friday, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, Nov. 7, 2001


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Clara Almina Lostegaard Tollefson

Oct. 7, 1904 - Oct. 20, 1991

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN -- Clara Almina Tollefson, 87, of Blooming Prairie, and formerly of rural Austin, died Sunday morning (Oct. 20, 1991) at Prairie Manor Nursing Home here.

Born Clara Almina Lostegaard on Oct. 7, 1904, in rural Austin, she received her teacher's degree from Albert Lea Academy and then taught in Austin-area rural schools.

On Aug. 1, 1928, she married Oliver Lawrence Tollefson at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. They farmed in rural Austin for many years. Her husband died Jan. 4, 1970. Mrs. Tollefson was a member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church where she held many offices and was a member of the ALCW. She was a member of the Senior Citizens.

Survivors include a son, Gaylord of San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Orlie (Mrs. Lauren) Grant of rural Austin, Betty (Mrs. Robert) Ronningen of Rochester and Diane (Mrs. James) Dodd of Austin; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rebecacq (Mrs. George) Mohn of Farmington, Minn. A daughter, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin, with the Rev. Joel Rustad officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service at the church.


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Dora Louise Tollefson

December 18, 1910 - January 30, 2007

Dora Louise Tollefson, age 96, of rural Freeborn County, Minn., died at her home Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007.

She was born Dec. 18, 1910, to Theodore and Albertina Sophie (Thompson) Tollefson at home in Moscow Township, Freeborn County. She was baptized and confirmed at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church and attended a Mower County country school, graduated from Austin High School in 1929, and went on to the Normal School in Austin to become a rural elementary school teacher.

In 1945 she was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Mower County. After serving for three and a half years, Miss Tollefson was appointed to a two-year term as Superintendent. She was later elected to four four-year terms as Mower County Superintendent of Schools. During her last term, Dora also served as administrator for Fillmore County. Miss Tollefson also served as vice chairperson for the Mower County March of Dimes from 1949 to 1966, was secretary of the Mower County Public Health Nursing Board, and was one of the incorporators of the Austin Achievement Corporation, which is now the Cedar Valley Rehabilitation Workshop. She became a representative for teachers in the State of Minnesota, holding many offices too numerous to list. Dora retired in 1966. She was Zonta Woman of the Year in 1957 and belonged to the Art and Travel Club, a neighborhood extension group and Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

Survivors include one sister, Carrie (Mayer) Krawetz, St. Paul, Minn.; nieces: Jean Krawetz and Ruth Krawetz; nephews: Paul (Pam) Krawetz, Theodore Krawetz, James Krawetz and Matthew Krawetz; grand-niece, Elycia (Tim) Henry; grand-nephew, Samuel Krawetz; two great-great-nieces, Jasmine and Jessica.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a twin sister, Cora; sisters: Alice and Effie; three brothers: Albert, Orvin and Chester; nephew, Daniel Krawetz.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin, with The Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. today at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Red Oak Grove Cemetery.


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Effie Gladys Tollefson

Nov. 22, 1913 - Oct. 24, 2001

Effie Gladys Tollefson, age 87, of Austin, died Wednesday, Oct, 24, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

She was born Nov. 22, 1913, to Theodore and Albertina Sophie (Thompson) Tollefson in Moscow Township, Freeborn County.

She received her education in country schools and graduated from Mankato State Teachers College with a Bachelors Degree. She taught in rural schools and in Austin public schools from 1946 until retiring in 1979.

A lifelong resident of the Austin area, she was selected Mower County representative of the Minnesota State Fair and Delta Kappa Gamma chose her to be woman of achievement. A member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, she served as organist and on women's organizations of the church. She also belonged to Mower County Home Extension groups, Business and Professional Women, Austin Area Retired Educators, Austin Education Association, Southeastern Minnesota Education Association, Minnesota Education Association and she was president of Mower County Teachers Association.

Survivors include brother, Chester Tollefson, Austin; sisters, Dora Tollefson, Austin; Carrie (Mayer) Krawetz, St. Paul; nieces and nephews; great niece and great nephew; two great-great nieces and cousins.

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

Service: was held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin with the Rev. Myrwood Bagne officiating.

Interment was at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.


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Gullik Tollefson


From the Austin Daily Herald, Austin, MN -- Monday May 4, 1942:

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p. m. from the house and at 2:00 p. m. from Red Oak Grove Lutheran church near Corning for Gullick Tollefson, 70, who was killed last week in a fall.

Rev. H. J. Rasmussen will officiate at the services.

Mr. Tollefson, manager of the Corning Farmers Telephone Co., was a member of the Red Oak Grove church. He was repairing a telephone line Friday when the pole broke throwing him to the ground.


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Eunice (Torgerson) Huseby


Birth: Aug. 21, 1920
Death: Oct. 30, 2001

Eunice Huseby, age 81, of Adams, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 21, 1920, in Adams to Oscar and Clara (Lewison) Torgerson. She spent her life in Adams.

She graduated from Adams High School in 1939. She also attended the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus.

On October 28, 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, Aaron Huseby.

She was the "Lucky Clovers" 4-H leader for many years and was a life-long member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She and Aaron enjoyed traveling around the world. They traveled to Europe, Norway, Mexico, Hawaii and all over the United States, until Aaron's death in 1992.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Bernice Huseby, Eyota; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Porter Hemingway, New Ulm; Carol and Wayne Schramm, Adams; Janet and Randy Stephenson, Rose Creek; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Aaron; brothers, Donald and Sydney Torgerson; and grandsons, Michael and John Huseby.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at the funeral home.

Service: 2 p.m., Friday, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams with Rev. Richard Kastner officiating. Casket bearers will be Jennifer Zetah, James Huseby, Heather Irwin, Joshua Hemingway, Jacob Schramm, Sydney Schramm, Carrie Stephenson, Sarah Stephenson and Kate Stephenson.

Interment: Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery, Adams.

Funeral Home: Adams Funeral Home, Adams.



Phyllis "Fid" (Rother) Torgrimson


Birth: Feb. 24, 1913
Death: Oct. 27, 1995

GRAND MEADOW, MINN. -- Phyllis "Fid" Torgrimson, 82, of Austin, who helped found the Austin chapter of ARC, died Friday (Oct. 27, 1995) in Rochester.

Phyllis Rother was born Feb. 24, 1913, in Grand Meadow and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1931. She attended Teachers Training Class in Austin and taught in rural schools until 1937 when she married Rolf "Gib" Torgrimson.

One of their children, Ann, was developmentally disabled, so Phyllis and Rolf helped start the ARC chapter. From 1967 until 1973, she worked at the ARC center at Red Oak Grove.

Mrs. Torgrimson is survived by a son, John of Lanesboro; four daughters, Mary (Mrs. Thomas) Fitterer of Juneau, Ala., Connie (Mrs. Merle) Boes of Austin, Margaret (Mrs. Dan) Gaworecki of Owatonna and Chris (Mrs. Jeff) Kasak of Austin; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, a daughter and a grandson.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin with the Revs. Paul Nelson and Frank Enright officiating. Burial will be in St. Finbarrs Cemetery in Grand Meadow.

Friends may call at the Mayer Funeral Home in Austin from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday. The rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. and there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.



Arlene Mae (Kirkwood)(Nelson)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Kathryn Esther (Tritchler) Nygren


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

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

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

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

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


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Myrtle Tritchler Stark


Myrtle M. Stark, 90, of Austin, died Friday, June 28, 2002 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

She was born July 26, 1911 in Wabasha, Minn. to William and Mary (Gosse) Tritchler.

She was married to Henry M. Stark on June 18, 1930 at St. Joseph's Church in Mason City, Iowa. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include son James (Linda) Stark, Austin; daughters Mary (William) Christopherson, Austin and Kathleen (Robert) Priem, Rochester; twenty grandchildren; forty-three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, sister, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 1, 2002 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home with a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and 6:30 p.m. wake service and also one hour before the service at the church.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.



Phyllis Irene (Tubbs) McAlister


AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral for Phyllis I. McAlister will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Crane Community Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Randy Petersen officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. McAlister, 69, of Austin, a homemaker, died Saturday (June 7, 2003) at Austin Medical Center following a long illness with respiratory disease.

Phyllis I. Tubbs was born Nov. 27, 1933, in Osage, Iowa, and grew up there. On Aug. 21, 1951, she married Herbert McAlister and they made their home in Austin. Mr. McAlister died June 1, 1977.

Survivors include two sons, Bill (Sandy) and Jack (Carol), both of Austin; two daughters, Kris (John) Wobschall and Kathy Pike, both of Austin; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a brother, Charles (Barb) Tubbs of Oelwein, Iowa; and a sister, Joan (Bill) Kenny of Osage. A daughter preceded her in death.

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

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



Pierce Benedict Tubbs


AUSTIN -- Pierce Benedict Tubbs, 77, of 510 Fourth Ave. N.W., a retired Hormel Foods Corp. employee, died Tuesday (Nov. 23, 1993) at his home after a long illness.

Born here on May 17, 1916, he graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1934. From Nov. 28, 1940, to Oct. 23, 1945, he served in the military, with duty in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge, and received three Bronze Stars. On June 7, 1947, he married Margaret K. Hanson at St. Augustine parish house here. Mr. Tubbs worked at Hormel for 34 years before his retirement in December 1979. He was a 46-year member of American Legion Post 91 and served as funeral escort for 30 years as officer of the day, and also was a member of VFW Post 116.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mary (Mrs. Greg) Peterson of Hayfield and Ann (Mrs. Dennis) Stephenson of Austin; five grandchildren; and a brother, Dwain of Cresco Iowa. A son preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, with the Revs. Paul Nelson and Frank Enright co-officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Austin, with military grave-side rites by the American Legion and VFW.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.. today.

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Martha Elizabeth (Tuel) Graves

1886 — 1961

Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Graves was born May 19, 1886 at Jones county, Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin R. and Catherine (Bobleter) Tuel. She spent her childhood in and around Monticello, Iowa.

On April 18, 1906, she was united in marriage with Robert K. Graves at Monticello. In 1914 they moved to Minnesota and lived the last 47 years in and around Brownsdale. To this union were born nine children.

Her life was centered around her family and home. In the past few years she found great enjoyment in her 27 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was a very wonderful mother and friend and will be greatly missed by all. She found great satisfaction and companionship with the members of the Sunshine Birthday Club and the Martha Circle of Brownsdale Methodist Church.

Mrs. Graves entered St. Olaf Hopital April 11, and underwent surgery April 14. Martha E. Graves passed away May 2, at St. Olaf Hospital.

Mrs. Graves is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Roy Van Vleet (Alice), Mrs. Francis Carroll (Frances), Mrs. Glen Krulish (Jean), Austin, Mrs. Gertrude Wilder, Van Nuys, Calif.; four sons, Robert and Arthur, Austin, Harry and Donald of Brownsdale; 27 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Arvilla Derflinger, Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Virginia Eilers, Monticello, Mrs. Frances Bahl, Dubuque, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert K. Graves, one son, Lynn, her parents, three brothers, one sister.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. May 6, at the Jordan Mortuary Chapel, the Rev. William J. Campbell officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale, with Ronald Van Vleet, David Van Vleet, Darryl Graves, Patrick Carroll, Roger Graves, Richard Wilder, grandsons of Mrs. Graves, serving as bearers.


Ethel M. (Tufte) Olson


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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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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.

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Mabel M. (Svejkovsky) Twedell


Mabel Twedell, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

Mabel Mary Svejkovsky was born October 27, 1922, to Jim and Agnes Svejkovsky. Mabel graduated from Austin High School in 1941, and was married to George E. Twedell on October 2, 1948, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2002. Mabel lived her entire life in Austin except for residing a brief time in California.

She was a life-long member of Western Fraternal Lodge #38 and was proud to wear her 75-year member pin.

Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law: Barry Twedell, Austin; Brad (Diane) Twedell, Albert Lea, Minnesota; and Brent Twedell, Lyle, Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Smith, Austin; and a brother-in-law, Ted Getchell, Austin.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and by three brothers: Jim, Edwin, and Harold Svejkovsky.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service was held at 7 p.m. on June 11th, at the Mayer Funeral Home.

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Gladys L. (Newlon) Twitchell


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment: Grand Meadow Cemetery.


David Allen Ulland

Dec. 4, 1946 - Jan. 15, 1990


Costa Rica was Austin man's winter home


An Austin area man who died in a plane crash in Costa Rica was traveling to a favorite fishing camp on the Pacific coast when the accident occurred.

David Ulland, who lived 11 miles northwest of Austin on his family's farmstead, was among 23 people killed when their plane crashed on a mountain on Monday.

A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin.

Ulland, 43, had been spending winters in the Central American nation for the past 20 years. "He liked the climate and the culture down there," his sister Carolyn Zipse of rural Austin said Wednesday. He spoke Spanish and Portuguese.

Over the past six years, Ulland had raised vegetables on a small farm near San Jose in the central part of the country. He periodically would spend a few weeks at a friend's fishing camp called Drake Bay, where he had a boat, Zipse said.

A University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in geography, Ulland was a lifelong resident of the Austin area and was well known, Zipse said. He had served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

During the building season, he worked with Lysne Construction Co.

The crash took place minutes after the twin-engine propeller plane took off in driving rain from the airport in San Jose, according to Costa Rican officials.

Austin man dies in plane crash

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA -- An Austin man was among those killed in the crash of a twin-engine propeller plane high up Pico Blanco mountain, authorities said.

The State Department in Washington identified three of the American victims as David Ulland of Austin, Lester Ross of Lancaster, Pa., and Norman Baltimore of East Smithfield, Pa. It said families of two other Americans were being notified.

Rescuers on Tuesday retrieved all 23 bodies on the plane, which crashed about 4,500 feet up the 7,450-foot mountain 10 miles southwest of San Jose. The crash occurred minutes after the plane took off in driving rain Monday morning from the capital's Juan Santamaria airport, the Public Security Ministry reported.

Red Cross and Costa Rican officials said victims included three Costa Rican crew members and up to 14 foreigners. The 9-year-old, Spanish-made Aerocar aircraft belonged to Servicios Aereos Nacionales, a subsidiary of Lineas Aereas Costaricenses S.A., the national airline, and was on a regular flight to the small southern town of Palmar Norte.

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Daniel W. Ulwelling



Rochester Post Bulletin--

**Bike shop owner leaves behind fond memories**

The bicycle stand that once showed off the bicycle of cycling legend Lance Armstrong now holds the bike of an Austin man many loved and respected. A black-and-white photo of Daniel W. Ulwelling adorns one of walls at Rydjor Bike Shop. Along with bike, the white and red biking shoes he wore for years along with his black cycling gloves also are on display.

Ulwelling, 53, of Austin died Sunday morning at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester of cancer.

For many in the community, Ulwelling did for cycling in Austin what Armstrong did nationally. But it was also his reputation as a loyal, caring friend and businessman that made him well-liked. "He is my best friend," Mike Tischer, Rydjor Bike Shop manager said. "He is the greatest guy in the world." Tischer remembered meeting Ulwelling in 1988, at age 15, and begging for a job. "Dan is the foundation of the bike shop," Tischer said. The news of Ulwelling's death has taken "a lot of wind out of everybody's sail."

Throughout Monday, people stopped by the shop on Main Street to recount their favorite memories of a friend. Ulwelling and a friend first opened the bike shop in 1973. The business was located at several sites before making Main Street its home.

Dale VanDenover had known his boss and friend for 20 years. "What I'll miss most, it's just him. ... Knowing that there was someone you could go to and ask about anything." VanDenover said Ulwelling was a private person and would be embarrassed if knew he was being written about. "He didn't want any credit for anything," VanDenover said. "He just wanted to be Dan and sit in the background."

Friends describe Ulwelling as a good, kind, tolerant, talented and fun person. "Fun was his second name," Shirlee Stratton. "All of us, we can't come up with one thing that anybody has ever said bad about Dan."

Bill Stratton, Shirlee's husband, had known Ulwelling for more than 40 years. "He was just a caring and giving person to all his friends, in a nutshell," Bill Stratton added.

Dave Thomsen remembers buying his first bike from Ulwelling in 1975. He credits Ulwelling for a lot of his success in competitive cycling. "The guy was a great mentor, just a fantastic person," Thomsen said. "We can go on talking for hours about the guy. ... I miss him big time."

Ulwelling graduated from Pacelli High School and Austin Community College. He and his wife, Katie, an Austin teacher, married in 1976. They have three children.


Tue, Jan 10, 2006
By Roxana Orellana
The Post-Bulletin

OBITUARY--Daniel W. Ulwelling, age 53, of Austin, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

He was born Aug. 15, 1952, in Austin, Minn., to Bernard and Vera (McGee) Ulwelling. Dan graduated from Pacelli High School and the Austin Community College. He was married to Kathleen Nelson on April 10, 1976, at the Church of Christ in Austin.

Dan was the owner of the Rydjor Bike Shop in Austin and also the Rydjor Shop that was located in Albert Lea. Dan was a member of the Southern Minnesota Bicycling Club, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Design Committee for Austin Main Street Project and the Austin Elks Club. Dan was an avid biker and cross country skier who enjoyed doing carpentry, landscaping, drawing and painting, reading, and was a vintage motocross rider.

He is survived by his wife, Katie Ulwelling, of Austin, Minn.; children: Janelle Ulwelling and Patrick Voigt, of Austin, Minn.; Zak Ulwelling, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; Dylane Ulwelling, currently stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss.; parents, Ben and Vera Ulwelling, of Austin, Minn.; sisters and brothers-in-law: Janet and Ken Ruzek, of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Judy and Jeff Lee of Rochester, Minn.; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at 4 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson and Pastor Tracey Chamberlain officiating. Private family interment will be at Grandview Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary today from 4-7 p.m. Friends may also greet the family in the church hall following the memorial service on Wednesday.

Pianist will be Shirley Cahill. Soloist will be Erin Schumacher.


From the Rydjor Bike website:

Dan Ulwelling (1952-2006)

Rydjor Bike Shop lost one its founding partners with the passing of Dan Ulwelling on January 8, 2006. Dan battled multiple myoloma, a form of cancer, for 3 years the same way he lived his life - with grace and humility.

Dan was the sole operator of Rydjor Bike Shop since 1992, when Pat left Austin to pursue a career in Engineering. Dan's influence and taste can still be seen in the shop. Dan was an avid collector of classic, antique, and unique bikes. He is responsible for assembling Rydjor's collection of 84 bikes that hang from our walls and ceilings. Dan knowledge of vintage bikes was amazing.

Dan was also an accomplished artist and several of his paintings hang from Rydjor's walls. In the above photo, you can see Dan's painting of fellow Minnesotan and 3 time Tour winner Greg LeMond attacking 5-time Tour winner Miguel Indurain, on a climb of the Tour De France.

Dan's influence and values will always be a part of Rydjor Bike Shop. He is dearly missed by many.


Donald W. Underdahl


Birth: Nov. 19, 1917
Death: Nov., 1999

Donald W. Underdahl, 81, of Adams, Tuesday morning at Austin Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 19, 1917 in Clayton Township, Minn. to Carl and Isabel (Anderson) Underdahl. He attended schools in Elton and Adams. On June 20, 1938 he was united in marriage to Ruby Haney at the Lutheran Parsonage in Adams. He farmed in the Adams area until 1994 when they moved to town. He drove school bus, he was Road Grader operator for Osmundson Bros. and then continued to grade roads for Ron Eastrold until 1995. He was a very active and lifetime member of Marshall Lutheran Church. He was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife Ruby Underdahl, Adams; sons and daughters-in-law Wayne Underdahl, Wilton, Iowa, Robert (Nancy) Underdahl, Adams, Loren (Charleen) Underdahl, Carson City, Nev., Larry Underdahl, Owatonna; daughters and sons-in-law Marlis (Eugene) Kasel, Roscoe, Ill., Linda and William Boe, Taopi, Cheryl and Kevin Sternhagen, Wyoming, Minn., brother Walter Underdahl, Adams; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four step grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Mary (Berg) Underdahl, brother Philip Underdahl, sisters Eleanor Underdahl and Leona Gordon.

Honorary bearers are Gale Ramsey, Barbara Underdahl, Erica Boe, Laura Tyler, Donna Walter, Lisa Boe, Valarie Boe, Janice Canterbury, Angela Sternhagen, Melissa McCabe

Casket bearers are Calvin Kasel, Rodney Boe, Jeremy Sternhagen, Bradley Kasel, Michael Underdahl, Joshua Sternhagen, Daren Boe, Stephen Underdahl.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 1999 at Marshall Lutheran Church with The Rev. Allen Gunderson officiating.

Interment: Marshall Lutheran Cemetery in Marshall Township

Visitation: Friends may call Marshall Lutheran Church on Thursday Nov. 11, 1999 from 4-8 p.m. and on Friday Nov. 12, 1999 for one hour before the service at the church.

The Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Elfrieda A. (Miller) Uzlik


AUSTIN, MINN. -- The funeral for Elfrieda A. Uzlik, 90, formerly of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and a nurse at St. Olaf hospital here for 45 years, was Monday in St. Ansgar in First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Porisch officiating. Burial was in First Lutheran Cemetery in St. Ansgar.

Mrs. Uzlik died Wednesday (May 19, 1999) in Miami.

Elfrieda Miller was born Dec. 6, 1908, in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was reared by Chris and Dora Goplerud. She was a nurse at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin for 45 years. She operated a neighborhood grocery store in Austin for 10 years. She also did child care in St. Ansgar for 15 years. She enjoyed flower gardening. She had lived in Florida the past six years.

Surviving are a son, Michael Uzlik of Homestead, Fla., and two brothers, Kenneth Goplerud of St. Ansgar and Chris Miller of Ashbe, Minn. She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, was in charge of arrangements.


Judy Ann (Brown) (Uzlik)


Judy Ann Uzlik Kearney, age 66, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at her home in Dorchester, Iowa.

She was born Dec. 25, 1940, to Clelle and Viva (Coudding) Brown in Austin. She graduated from Austin High School in 1958.

After working at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, she moved to California. Returning to Minnesota, she worked for the Mower County Probation Office for a time. A certified public accountant, she started an accounting office in the 1970's, providing accounting and income tax services for over 35 years. She married John Kearney on Aug. 18, 1995, in Houston, Texas.

A member of Minnesota Association of Public Accountants, Judy loved working with people. She moved to Iowa in 1996 but commuted to her business until retirement.

Survivors include her husband, John Kearney, of Dorchester, Iowa; her three sons: Gary Uzlik, Jr., of Austin; Ronald (Carmen) Uzlik, of Albert Lea, Minnesota; Lance Uzlik, of Austin; her stepdaughter, Barbara (Justin) Voge; her five grandchildren; her sisters: Dixie (Elmer) Mytten, of Wabasha, Minn.; and Betty (Joseph) Mather; brothers: James (Karen) Brown, of Custer, South Dakota; and Jerry (Jesse) Bootenhoff, of Roshron, Texas; her sisters-in-law: Kaye (James) Strand, of Mesa, Arizona; and Mary Jean McGinty, of Glenwood; and her step-sister, Treva (Emil) Raider, of Mesa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clelle Brown and Viva Lisk; brother-in-law, Charles McGinty; parents-in-law, Franze and Muriel Kearney.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 10, at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. The Worlein Funeral Home of Austin was in charge of arrangements.

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