Mower County Obituaries
Part 033



Arlene Mary (Palys) Whalen


Arlene Whalen, 51, of Salem, Oregon, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, and Duluth, Minnesota, died at her home on Friday, May 4, 2007 after a lingering illness.

Arlene Mary Palys was born on March 18, 1956 to Jeanette and the late Antoni Palys in Austin, Minnesota.

She married Michael Whalen on Nov. 30, 1975 at St. Johnís Church at Elkton, Minnesota. They both attended Austin College and the University of Duluth, in Duluth, Minnesota, graduating in 1985. She graduated with honors. Arlene and her family moved to Salem, Oregon in October of 1989.

Arlene is survived by her husband Michael Whalen; by her son, Jason Whalen; by a grandson, Dawson; by a daughter and her fiance, Jaime Whalen and Cedric Van Nevel, Salem, Oregon; by her mother, Jeanette Palys of Austin, Minnesota; by her sisters: Barbara Herr, Walker, Minnesota, Debra Hulet and Gayle Heimsness, both of Austin; by a sister-in-law, and by other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Antoni Palys, and by her grandparents.

Memorial services were held in Salem, Oregon, at the Golden Virgil T. Funeral Home on May 10, 2007. Her family attended the services.

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Helen Lorraine (Wheeler) Ofstedahl


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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials are preferred to Crane Community Chapel.

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Larry W. Wick


MAPLEVIEW, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Larry W. Wick will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Rev. Mark Nordell officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Mr. Wick, 51, of Mapleview, died Thursday (Feb. 27, 1997) at his home.

He was born Dec. 14, 1945, in Savannah, Ill. He married Violet Kirchgatter on Jan. 24, 1976, at Winona. They lived in Austin following their marriage. He was an employee of Broms Foundry and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Robin (Mrs. Chris) O'Hara and Kimberly (Mrs. Dan) Gibbs, both of Winona; three stepdaughters, Debra Baisden of Verdunville, W. Va., Sandra Crumbley of Tampa, Fla., and Rebecca (Mrs. Jeffrey) Krengel of Eden Prairie, Minn.; two stepsons, Douglas Finley of Austin, and Donald Finley of Brownsdale; two grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; two brothers, Gary of Alma, Wis., and Vernon of Winona; four sisters, Audrey (Mrs. Curtis) Tudahl of Rushford, Judy (Mrs. Donald) Bublitz of Winona, Janice (Mrs. William) Bell of Austin, and Nancy (Mrs. Wayne) Hopf of Rushford.

He was preceded in death by a brother, and his stepfather.

Friends may call one hour before services in the church. The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.



Bernard Robert Wiegert


Birth: Sep. 1, 1916
Death: Jan. 3, 2004

Bernard Robert Wiegert, 87, of Rose Creek, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

He was born Sept. 1, 1916, in Gilmore City, Iowa, to Robert Carl and Anna (Beneke) Wiegert. He grew up with his parents, two sisters and a brother on a farm, where he enjoyed all aspects of farm life, especially raising Shorthorn cattle. Bud participated in all kinds of sports at Rolfe High School before he graduated.

He served in the United States Army from June 3, 1942, until his discharge on Oct. 13, 1945, participating in the European, African and Middle Eastern Campaigns. He was awarded two bronze stars and a purple heart. Upon discharge he returned to Iowa.

On Jan. 11, 1946, he married Lillian Ulicki in Omaha, Neb. They farmed in Bradgate, Iowa until 1950, when they moved to the present farm in Rose Creek, where he farmed until age 84 with the help of his seven daughters, four sons and his beloved John Deere tractors. Bernard and Lillian encouraged and participated in all their children's interests in farm life.

Bernard was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Elkton, the NFO and VFW Post #141.

He enjoyed his dog, Bear, of 19 years, big band music, dancing at the Terp, traveling, watching and discussing sports and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Wiegert, Rose Creek; seven daughters, Joanne (Erwin) Shepard, Omaha, Neb.; Linda (Robert) Mitlyng, Austin; Elaine Wiegert, Rochester; Janice (Larry) Nyblom, Vermillion, Minn.; Nancy (Joseph) Navarro, Southern Pines, N.C.; Arlene (Gene) Davis, Virginia Beach, Va.; Marilyn (Steve) Johnson, Cannon Falls; four sons, Edwin (Renee) Wiegert, Long Prairie; Eldon (Phyllis) Wiegert, Puyallup, Wash.; Vernon (Kay) Wiegert, Stewartville; Marlon (Mona) Wiegert, Austin; eight grandsons; seven granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; two stepsons; three stepdaughters; one brother, Raymond Wiegert, Bradgate, Iowa; one sister, Lois Topliff, Gilmore City, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Edna, and brother-in-law, Ed Van Gorkum; brother-in-law, George Topliff; his stepmother, Mabel Ryan; and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Rev. Daniel Kahl officiating. Interment with military honors by American Legion Post #91 and VFW Post 1216 will be in Hoflanda Cemetery, Rose Creek. Visitation will be held at the Worlein Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.



Doyle Wilder


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Doyle Wilder, 69, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, was held today in Faith Lutheran Church in London, Minn., with Reverend Einer Unseth officiating. Burial was in the Woodbury Cemetery, rural Lyle.

Mr. Wilder died Friday in the Riverside Chautauqua, in Charles City, Iowa.

He was born Oct. 10, 1930, in Osage, Iowa, and attended school in Otranto, Iowa. He worked in the area as a carpenter. He entered the U.S. Army and served two years during the Korean Conflict. On June 20,1954, he married Marilyn Hanson at First Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar, Iowa. They lived in the Otranto and St. Ansgar area where he owned Wilder Construction. He retired due to poor health. He was a member of the Lyle American Legion.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Cheryl (Mrs. Mike) Cherney of Adams and Diane (Mrs. John) Jahr of St. Ansgar; two sons, Steven and Gary both of St. Ansgar; his mother, Elmira Wilder, of St. Ansgar; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Jeanie (Mrs. Butch) Neuman and Joan (Mrs. Steve) Braun, both of St. Ansgar, and two brothers, Roger and Donald, both of St. Ansgar. He was preceded in death by two brothers, and three grandchildren.

Champion Funeral Home, Osage, was in charge of arrangements.


Arlene Louise (Wilert) Braaten


Arlene Louise Braaten, age 65, of Blackduck, Minnesota, died Monday, May 7, 2007 as a result of an automobile accident near Blackduck.

Arlene Louise Wilert was born Jan. 24, 1942 to Herman and Louise Wilert in Owatonna, Minnesota. She attended school in Ellendale, Minnesota, and graduated from Ellendale High School. After high school she attended and graduated from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota.

Arlene married LaVerne R. Braaten on June 5, 1965 in rural Ellendale. They lived in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, where Arlene taught elementary school. She retired from teaching in 1999. They then moved to their lake home near Blackduck.

Arlene is survived by two sons: Jay Braaten of Hibbing, Minnesota, and Jeffrey Braaten of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; by a brother, Duane Wilert of Ellendale; by a sister, Doris Krause of Hope, Minnesota; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

No services were planned; Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


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Henry Edward Wilkerson


Henry Edward Wilkerson, 85, died, Sunday evening, May 8, 2005, at his home in rural Sargeant, Minn., of natural causes.

He was born May 25, 1919, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the son of Harris W. and Anna (Larsen) Wilkerson. Henry served in WWII from 1941-1945 and was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was united in marriage to Emily Crouse in 1945, and later divorced. Henry moved to the Sargeant area in the 1950's from Austin. He married Myrtle Nelson on June 18, 1955, and she died in 1986. Henry married Elsie Koch on Oct. 11, 1986.

He worked for the Mower County Highway Department for 33 plus years and farmed in rural Sargeant area for 50 plus years. He retired in 1981 from the Mower County Highway Department and 1998 from farming. His hobbies were farming and John Deere tractors.

Henry is survived by his wife, Elsie Iva Wilkerson, Sargeant, Minn.; son, James (Donna) Wilkerson, Rochester, Minn.; daughter, Joyce Ann (Merle) Stickley, Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; five brothers: Lloyd Wilkerson, Springfield, Minn.; Richard Wilkerson, Oroville, Calif.; Arnold (Nancy) Wilkerson, Sacramento, Calif.; Jack (Sandy) Wilkerson, Wis.; Robert Wilkerson, Oroville, Calif.; three sisters: Gladys Ashton, Alleghany, Calif.; Pearl Mason, Austin, Minn.; Beverly (Darold) Anderson, Austin, Minn.; and half sister, Arlene Vanek, Glenville, Minn..

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle; and three sisters.

Friends and family may call from 5-7 p.m. today at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. May 12, 2005, at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant with Rev Todd Hawkins officiating. Interment will be in Evanger Lutheran Cemetery.

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Arline M. (Ford) Williams, 91


Arline Merle Williams, age 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Our House Memory Care in Austin.

She was born May 23, 1915, in Garner, Iowa, to Edward and Merle (Simcox) Ford. Arline attended school in Mankato, Minnesota, through the 11th grade when her family moved to Dows, Iowa, where she graduated from high school.

On Feb. 23, 1934, she Married Lyle Williams in Northwood, Iowa.

Arline and Lyle farmed in Olaf, Iowa, then Adams, Minnesota, finally settling in Dows, Iowa. Arline was a life long member of the Methodist Church, where she was active in the church circle. She was also active with the Senior Citizen Center in Dows.

She is survived by a daughter, Catherine Andree, Austin; a son, Lyle (Sheryl) Williams, Austin; grandchildren: Robert and Miriam Andree, Barry Andree, Allen Andree, Patsy and Phillip Koontz, Neal Williams, Connie and Joel Crnkovic, Christine and Barry Fett; by 23 great-grandchildren; by five great-great-grandchildren; by sisters-in-law: Dorothy Williams, Clear Lake, Iowa; Ethel Williams, Iowa Falls, Iowa; and Betty Williams, Nebraska.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 7, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin, with The Rev. Patricia M. Toschak officiating.

A second funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 7, at the United Methodist Church, Dows, Iowa, with the Rev. Kalen Fristad officiating. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Dows, Iowa.


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Helen V. (McMichael)(Flaherty) Williamson


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- A memorial Mass will be conducted for Helen V. Williamson at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin, with the Rev. Virgil Duellman officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Williamson, 78, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, formerly of Austin, died early Tuesday (Aug. 13, 1996) at her home.

Helen V. McMichael was born Aug. 8, 1918, and was a 1936 graduate of Austin High School. She worked for Hormel Foods Corp. and was an operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Mrs. Williamson was a charter member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Her first husband, Steve Flaherty, died June 15, 1957. Her second husband, Ken Williamson, died Oct. 14, 1975.

Survivors include three children, Martin J. Williamson of Alden, Iowa, and Sandrakay J. Williamson and Stanley Williamson, both of Austin; six grandchildren; and a brother, Lloyd McMichael of Minnetonka, Minn. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Mayer Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation or reviewal.



Helen Caroline (Braaten)
(Williamson) Fahje


Helen Caroline Fahje, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, May 25, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center.

Helen was born on May 9, 1919 in Udolpho Township, Mower County, Minnesota, to Henry and Olga (Klemestad) Braaten.

She was baptized, confirmed and married at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Helen attended the District #72 Country School near Corning, Minn. She did housework in Austin and also worked as a nurses aid before going to work at the Geo. A. Hormel Company in 1941.

She was married to Jens Williamson on Sept. 29, 1943 and they farmed in Mower County until his death on July 31, 1945. After selling the farm she moved home with her parents. Her son Jens was born Feb. 27, 1946.

She returned to work doing various housekeeping jobs and grading potatoes at Hollandale, Minn. before returning to work at the Hormel Foods Corporation in 1950, where she worked until her retirement. She met Martin Fahje and they were married on Dec. 8, 1957 at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, and they had two daughters, Susan and Carol. Martin preceded her in death in 1990. Helen was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Helen is survived by a son, Jens (Bonnie) Williamson, Fremont, Nebraska; by daughters: Susan Fahje, Omaha, Nebraska, Carol Fahje, Rochester, Minnesota; by grandchildren: Neal Williamson, Fremont, Nebraska, Spencer and Michele Williamson, Gretna, Nebraska, Jenna and Marty Gifford, Fremont, Nebraska, by great-grandchildren, Lauren and Sam Gifford; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jens and Martin, and by four brothers: Harmon, Nordahl, Kenneth and Orlean Braaten.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 28, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Russ Wangen officiating. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29th, at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery.

The organist was Linda Anderson. The soloist was David Wiedemann. Casket bearers included: David Braaten, Richard Braaten, Dean Braaten, Mark Braaten, Roger Nelson, and Martin Fahje.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Cyril Smith Wilson


Cyril Smith Wilson was born March 4, 1834, at Youngsville, Warren Co., Penn, son of Abram C. and Samantha S. Wilson. A part of his youth was spent in Ohio. At the age of twelve he moved with his parents to Pewaukee, Waukesha Co., Wis. In 1856 he came to Minnesota and preempted land in Pleasant Valley. Was married Jan. 31, 1861, to Martha E. Gates, of Pewaukee, Wis. In 1863 they moved to Pleasant valley where they resided until 1787 when they then moved to Racine, where they have since lived.

He died Sept. 10, 1900, at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 6 days, after an illness of about a year, death being caused by cancer of the stomach.

He is survived by his wife, an only brother, two daughters and four sons, who mourn his loss.

The Transcript
Austin, Minnesota
Wednesday, October 3, 1900

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Erma (Remington) Wilson


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

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

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

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

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

Interment was in Grand Meadow Cemetery.


Rosaline E. (Bartz) Wilson


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Rosaline E. Wilson will be on Friday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Harold L. Usgaard officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Wilson, 92, of Austin, formerly of St. Ansgar, Iowa, died Sunday (July 1, 2001) at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

Rosaline E. Bartz was born March 17, 1909, in St. Ansgar and attended an area rural school and Rock Creek Lutheran Church. She had lived in Austin since 1950 and was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and the Rebekah Lodge. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Elvin Tesch, Stewart Wilson and Clelle Brown,

Survivors include three sons, Carl (Betty) Tesch of Lincoln, Neb., Robert Wilson of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Stewart Wilson of Orofino, Idaho; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A daughter, a sister and a brother also preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and an hour before the service Friday at the funeral home.


Francis R. ''Frank'' Winn

d: 1999

Francis Winn, 87

Francis R. ''Frank'' Winn, 87, Rt. 1, Box 48, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died yeterday at this residence.

Survivors include wife, Dorothy, Blooming Prairie; daughter and son-in- law Marianne and Ken Hamilton, Austin; son Warren, Blooming Prairie; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother George, Austin; many nieces and nephew.

Service: 1:30 Wednesday at Lansing United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Tanke officiating.

Interment: Udolpho Cemetery, Lansing Township.

Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and one hour before the service at the church.

Austin Daily Herald, February 8, 1999

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Robert Louis "Bob" Wiseman, 80


Robert Louis "Bob" Wiseman, of Austin, Minnesota, died March 10, 2007 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

Robert was born July 26, 1926 in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Harvey and Theresa Wiseman. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Austin. Robert attended St. Augustine's Catholic School. He left school to work in the Hormel factory during World War II, but returned to school a year and a half later to earn his high school diploma from Austin High School in 1946.

On Dec. 5, 1947, Robert married Olive Vaughan at Queen of Angels. The marriage of Robert and Olive solidified one of the best dance couples to cross the floor at the Terp Ballroom in Austin, where they regularly won dance contests.

Following graduation, Robert worked for various employers in Austin, including Lion's Shoes and Sporting Goods, and served a short time in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Hormel Company, where he worked in several departments including the market, the lard room, and the Hormel Annex until retirement in 1991 after spending 45 years with the company. In addition to working for the Hormel Company, Robert ran his own business selling Conklin Chemical products, and still found time to manage the Welch Village Ski Shop.

Robert was an avid skier. In 1969, Robert earned his Associate Instructor Certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America and taught skiing for Welch Village Ski Area and the Austin YMCA. After retirement from Hormel, Robert and Olive moved to Colorado where Robert continued to teach skiing and race competitively. His interests in competitive downhill ski racing earned him national recognition by being ranked among the top ten amateur racers nationally in his age bracket four years running from 1996-1999. In 1999 he was ranked second in the nation for his age group and competed in the national racing championships in Squaw Valley, Calif. In all, Robert earned over 125 gold medals racing at ski areas all over the Midwest and Rocky Mountains. The agility Robert displayed on the ski slopes, as well as the dance floor, and golf links were exceeded only by his enthusiasm for new challenges, his sense of humor, and his tremendous persistence. Robert and Olive moved back to Austin in 1990 to be near friends and relatives.

He is survived by his wife, Olive; his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Robert M. and Crystal Wiseman, of East Lansing, Mich.; and his sisters, June Grimley and Victoria Schulte, of Austin.

Robert was preceded in death by his father and mother, and his older brother, Daniel Wiseman. His remains will be interred at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.


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Wm. H. Witham

d: 1885

Mower County Transcript, June 24, 1885, pg. 3, col. 3

Death of Wm. H. Witham

Last Saturday news was received of the death of Mr. Witham in Owatonna. He had been sick for several weeks. Dr. Gibson his old family physician was summoned to his bed side last Thursday by telegram; but it was no use -- poor "Billy" was past help. His disease was typhoid pneumonia. For years he has been in poor health.

He was a painter by trade, and had been in the employ of Ames Brothers of this city nearly all the time they have been running the foundry, leaving them last fall for Owatonna, where he had a job of painting for McLaughlin, Sheldon & Co. He resided in Austin for 15 years; was a faithful hard-working young man, and a good citizen. His age was 42 years.

He leaves a wife and four children. Mr. Witham was a soldier in the late war, and was a member of the G.A.R. Post of this city. The remains were brought to Austin Monday noon, and the funeral services conducted in G.A.R. hall at 2 p.m., by Rev. A.W. Edwards. There was a large turn-out to the funeral, the old soldiers in procession numbering over fifty. The Austin Cornet band of which Mr. Witham had also been connected, joined the funeral column, and the attendance of friends was large.

The following resolutions have been handed us for publication:

WHEREAS, The Grand Commander of the Heaven and the Earth has seen fit to 8remove from us, by death, our dearly beloved Comrade, William H. Witham.

Resolved, that in the death of our Comrade, McIntyre Post, G.A.R. has lost a bright and worthy member, the community an honorable citizen, and his family a kind and indulgent husband and father, That while we mourn our loss, and sympathize with his wife and children, let us not forget that death is the common lot of all; and as we believe in a world of future happiness and glory, where there will be no more wars or rumors of war, no carnage or death, but where all will be peace, with no sectional disputes, no North, no South, no Blue, no Gray, but all purity and white, and but one song, and that the song of gladness, let us hope that, while we remain in a world of death and tears, our dear comrade has put on the uniform of purity, and is now shouting songs of triumphant.

Resolved, further, That McIntyre Post, No. 66 be draped in mourning, and that a copy of these resolutions be spread upon records of the Post, and a copy forwarded to the wife of the deceased.

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Albina (Bastyr) Wolf


Stacyville, Iowa -- Albina Wolf, 93, of Stacyville, Iowa died Friday, September 29, 2006 at the Stacvyille Community Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 6, 2006, at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial will be in Visitation Cemetery.

Albina Wolf was born December 6, 1912, in Lonsdale, Minnesota, to Frank and Albina Franek Bastyr. She attended high school in Faribault and graduated from Austin High School. Albina married Ralph J. Wolf of Stacyville on August 31, 1936, in Austin. She worked at Hormel's in Austin before her marriage and assisted Ralph at his insurance, bookkeeping, and real estate office after they moved to Stacyville in 1948. In 1964 they moved to Mason City, and Albina became a stay-at-home mom.

In 1970 Ralph and Albina moved to Florida where Albina developed interests in flower gardening and golfing. They returned to Mason City in 1986. The last years of her life she was a resident of the Stacyville Community Nursing Home. Albina will be remembered by her family with the motto she lived by: "Life is what you make it."

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Ralph J. Wolf, son Paul in January of 2006, son John in infancy, a grandson in infancy, brother Robert Bastyr, and sisters Mary Peroutka, Helen Wehner, and Martha Lynch.

Albina is survived by her children: Mary (John) Christoffersen of Gainesville, Florida; Judy (Keith) Ramker of Leesburg, Florida; Tom (Ann) Wolf of Sheffield, Iowa; Ralph A. (Audrey) Wolf of Mason City, Iowa; Rich (Mary) Wolf of Rockford, Illinois; Joe (Rosie) Wolf of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter-in-law Mary Lou Wolf of Gainesville, Florida., 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Albert Bastyr of Austin, Minnesota, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

[Modified from Mitchell County Press online -- -- Oct 04, 2006]


Virginia F. (Wood) Rogne


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

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

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

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

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

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


Patricia K. (Legler) Woodger


Patricia Kay Woodger, age 61, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.

Patricia was born Oct. 23, 1945, in Austin, Minnesota, to Kenneth and Erma (Taylor) Legler. She attended Hayfield High School in Hayfield, Minnesota. She went on to take nurses training in St. Paul, Minnesota.

After receiving her nursing degree she moved to Missoula, Montana, where she met her husband Blair. After Blair received his degree in veterinary medicine, they together built an animal clinic in Cheney, Washington.

Later in life Patricia pursued her main interest which was training thoroughbred horses, and eventually moved to California to train horses full time.

Recently Patricia moved back to Austin to care for her parents.

Patricia is survived by a son: Travis Woodger, Federal Way, Washington; by her parents: Kenneth and Erma Legler, Austin, Minnesota; by brothers: Michael (Beverly) Legler, Webster, Minnesota; Larry (Nancy) Legler, Austin, Minnesota; Charles (Marjean) Legler, Luck, Wisconsin; by a sister, Debra (James) Goergen, Austin, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Patricia was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 23, 2007, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Harold Deye officiating.


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Selden G. Woodward


Mower County Transcript; June 10, 1908; pg.2, col.1

Selden G. Woodward aged 69, died at the hospital in Minneapolis Jun 04, 1908 of apoplexy. He had been in failing health for several years and had retired from active life. On Memorial Day he was stricken with apoplexy at his home and did not rally from it.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Woodward and was born in Richmond, Ohio, Sept. 01, 1838. When a lad of 3 or 4 years of age he moved with his parents to Monroe, Ohio, where he grew up and received his education. He came out to Mower County in June, 1859, and bought the quarter where the Austin Cement works now are. He was married at Cresco, IA. Sept. 03, 1869 to Miss Fannie S. Sumner. They lived on the farm south of Austin for ten years and in 1879 moved to Webster, South Dakota, where they lived on a farm for twenty years, moving to Minneapolis in 1899.

Mrs. Woodward survives. Mr. Woodward's parents moved from Ohio to Nevada Township in this county in 1864, The mother died here in 1871 and the father died in Ohio in 1888. Both are buried in Varco cemetery. Selden was one of nine children of whom only two survive: Mrs. John C. Hawkins of this city and Mrs. Byron Beebe of Alreno, Okla. He is well remembered by many of the old settlers in the vicinity of Varco. The body was brought to Varco Friday for interment in the cemetery there.

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Norma M. (Schiefelbein)(Wakefield) Young


Norma M. Young, 82, of Austin, formally of Grand Meadow, died Thursday, July 15, 2004 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Young was born on Feb. 10, 1922 in Wooden, Iowa to Robert and Phyllis (Preston) Schiefelbein.

She was married to Dale E. Wakefield on Feb. 14, 1940 in Osage, Iowa. Dale passed away on Nov. 9, 1979.

Norma and Dale had eight children: Robert, Phyllis, Kathryn, Laura, Linda, Vicki, Dennis and Richard.

Norma married Oakley G. Young on March 13, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nev.

She is survived by six daughters: Bobbi Seavey, Rochester; Phyllis (Frank) Guyton, Porterville, Calif.; Kathy (George) Morse, Austin; Laura (Gary) Sneed, Rochester; Linda (Mike) Steinberg, Austin; Vicki (Dennis) Riedermann, Brownsdale; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Lois (Kenny) Coleman, Mission, Texas.

Norma is preceded in death by her parents, husband Dale; husband Oakle; two sons: Dennis and Richard, and a sister Viola.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, July 19, 2004 at St. Mark's Chapel in Austin with the Rev. Greg Mannel officiating. Burial will be at the Grand Meadow Cemetery in Grand Meadow.


Leonilla Mary (Mullenbach) Yunker


ADAMS, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Leonilla Mary Yunker will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Yunker, 94, of Adams, a homemaker, died Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000) at the Adams Health Care Center.

Leonilla Mary Mullenbach was born Feb. 27, 1906, in Johnsburg, attended St. John's Catholic School in Johnsburg and then worked on the family farm. On Oct. 22, 1929, she married Philip Merten in Johnsburg. He died Sept. 18, 1954. She married Ray Yunker in 1961 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy and he died in 1989. During her marriages, she lived on an acreage, and from 1992 until returning to Adams in 1996, resided in Milwaukee. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Rosary Society and St. Barbaras unit.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy (Alfred) Loecher of West Bend, Wis., and Marcella (Damien) Bissen of Milwaukee; three sons, Mathias (Susan) Merten of Kansas City, Mo., Nathan (Betty) Merten of Brownsdale and Bernard (Eline) Merten of St. Ansgar, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Armella Mullenbach, Marianne Mullenbach and Ida Winkels, all of Adams; and a brother, Otto (Marcella) Mullenbach of Austin. She was preceded in death by a son, a grandson, five brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Adams Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. today.


Marie Alice (Calta) Zahradnik


Marie Zahradnik, age 92, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, April 20, 2007 at Sacred Heart Care Center where she was a resident.

Marie Alice Calta was born Aug. 13, 1914 in Veblen, South Dakota, to Emil and Mary (Skala) Calta.

She married Frank Zahradnik on June 23, 1934 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, Minnesota. Frank preceded her in death on December 13, 1985. Marie was a retired employee of Hormel Foods, having worked more than fifty years as a machine operator.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Mary Calta; by her brothers, Joseph and Rudolph Calta; by a sister,ˇAlbina Melc; and by a special friend, Marie Casey.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2007 at Sacred Heart Care Center, with Father Don Zenk officiating. There was a CCW rosary on Sunday, April 22, at Mayer Funeral Home. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.

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Melba L. Zerck


Rochester, MN -- The funeral for Melba L. Zerck will be 11 a.m. Monday at Bethel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Linda Helberg officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Miss Zerck, 77, of 917 Second Ave. N.W., a retired nurse, died Thursday (Oct. 9, 1997) at Saint Marys Hospital.

Born March 18, 1920, in Lyle, she was a graduate of Lyle public schools and graduated from the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester in 1942. From 1942 to 1949 she was a registered nurse at Worrell Hospital in Rochester and then worked at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Huntington Beach, Calif. After returning to Rochester in 1957, she was employed at Rochester Methodist Hospital and became head nurse in the first intensive care unit in Rochester. She retired April 18, 1986.

Miss Zerck was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the Life and Growth Committee at the church, and Methodist-Kahler Alumni Association. She was a Pink Lady at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Survivors include a brother, Wallace Zerck of Rochester. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ranfranz Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Anny or Bethel Lutheran Church.



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