Mower County Obituaries
Part 036



Melanie (Deakins) (Haverhals) SELKEN


AUSTIN, MINN. -- A memorial service for Melanie A. Haverhals Selken was held Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Robert Iverson officiating. The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 24th at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, Iowa, with the Rev. Doug Van Aartsen officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery.

Austin Woman Dies in Fall

By Bryan Clapper/Austin Daily Herald

An Austin woman was killed Thursday after reportedly falling from a belt lift at Grain Millers Inc. in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Melanie Ann Haverhals Selken, 54, was found unresponsive by co-workers Thursday night. According to the Iowa Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Department of Labor, Selken was found at the bottom of a belt lift, which transports people to different levels of the plant. OSHA said she may have fallen as many as eight stories, though the investigation is ongoing.

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“Grain Millers is deeply saddened by this accident and our thoughts and prayers are with Melanie’s family and friends,” Grain Millers president Steven Eilertson said in a statement.

Eilertson said the company contacted OSHA immediately and that an autopsy is scheduled.

Selken was a native of Plainwell, Mich., and Anaheim, Calif. She recently moved to Austin and was engaged to be married. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Austin.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Iverson officiating.

The Globe Gazette of Mason City, Iowa, contributed to this report.

Bryan Clapper can be reached at 434-2230 or by e-mail at

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July 25, 2007

Melanie (Deakins) (Haverhals) Selken, age 54, of Austin, and formerly of the northwest Iowa area, died Thursday (July 19, 2007), as the result of an accident at Grain Miller's Inc. in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

She was born April 10, 1953, in Plainwell, Michigan, to Raymond Greene and Joann Storkan. She spent her childhood in Anaheim, California, where she graduated from Western High School in 1971. On Jan. 22, 1972, she married Ross Haverhals Sr. in Garden Grove, California. They had three children and the couple later divorced. She then made her home in northwest Iowa, where she worked at K-Products and Pella Co. She married Randy Selken on May 1, 1999, and they divorced six years later.

She recently made her home in Austin, where she attended Grace Lutheran Church. She was engaged to Dean Sayles of Austin.

She is survived by her children, Juliet (Ross) Martin of Dubuque, Iowa, Ross (Leah) Haverhals of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Paul (Erin) Haverhals of Camp Zama, Japan; two grandchildren; her mother, Joann Deakins of Bakersfield, California; a brother, Chuck Deakins of Norco, California; and a sister, Kathy DeVos of Bakersfield.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Deakins.



Donald E. Sundberg, 84


Donald Sundberg, age 84, of Red Wing, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at the Fairview Red Wing Seminary Home.

Donald Elroy Sundberg was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Red Wing, to Elroy and Verna (Adler) Sundberg and graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1940. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College before enlisting in the US Navy on A ug. 27, 1942. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 25, 1945.

In 1943 he married Marian Naseth in Red Wing and they later divorced. On Oct. 21, 1974, he married Esther Flatter. For 60 years, he lived in Austin, where he first worked for Hormel for several years and later for the USDA as a meat inspector, retiring in 1987. Esther died in 2000. He came to Red Wing again in 2003 to spend his final years at the Seminary Home. In Austin, he was a 50-year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, having received its highest honor as Pilgrim; he was also a member of the Eagles, Elks, VFW and St. Olaf Lutheran Church. In Red Wing, he was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Donald is survived by two sons, Bruce (Eileen) of St. Paul, and Michael (Nancy) of Milwaukee; by two step-daughters, Joyce McKee of Lyle, Minnesota and Patricia (Warren) Bradford of Austin; by 12 grandchildren; by 18 great-grandchildren; and by one sister, Ruth (Bob) Peterson of Folsom, California.

He was preceded in death by his wife Esther, and a brother, John Sundberg.

A Memorial service was held on Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Kristen Schlauderaff officiating. Burial was in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements were by Mahn Family Funeral Home Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.



Catherine E. Deyo, 51


Catherine Evana Deyo, 51 of Faribault, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Catherine was born on July 23, 1955 to Robert and Donna (Hanson) Arnold in Tucson, Arizona. She grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1973. She became employed by Josten's in Owatonna.

She married Craig Deyo on August 2, 1980 at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin. In 1984 Cathy and Craig moved to Faribault. Cathy worked at Josten's for 32 years.

Survivors include her husband, Craig Deyo, Faribault; one son, Robert Deyo, Faribault; one daughter, Becca Deyo, Faribault; a sister, Robin Hanson and special friend, Barry, Prior Lake, Minnesota; three brothers: Edward (Teresa) Arnold, Randy (Christine) Arnold, Dean (Brenda) Arnold, all of Austin; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Arnold; by her grandparents; and by her mother-in-law and father-in-law.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 23, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Robert Iverson officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery south of Austin.

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



Leona M. Goraczkowski, 88


Leona M. Goraczkowski, 80, of Amboy, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at Parker-Oaks in Winnebago, Minnesota. Leona was born on July 3, 1927, in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur and Ruth (Peterson) Anderson. She attended Sumner Elementary and Austin High School, Austin, Minnesota.

On August 23, 1948, she married Emil Goraczkowski at Rose Creek, Minnesota.

Leona is survived by her husband, Emil Goraczkowski, Amboy; by her sons, William A., and his wife Ruth, Goraczkowski, North Hampton, New Hampshire; Richard, and his wife Cheryl, Goraczkowski, Amboy; by her daughters, Peggy, and her husband Todd, Torres, Winnebago, Minnesota; Ruth M. Seavey and her friend Steve Jensen, Austin, Minnesota; by 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; by her brother, Donald, and his wife Carol, Anderson, Fairfield Bay, Alaska.

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

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 28, 2007, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Vernon Center, with Rev. Tim Biren officiating.

Burial was in East Chain Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, East Chain. The Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago was in charge of arrangements.



Ruth Anne (Weil) Murphy, 100


Ruth Anne Murphy, age 100, of Adams, Minnesota, and formerly of Iowa City, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at Adams Health Care Center in Adams.

She was born Feb. 17, 1907 in Churchville, Iowa, to Peter and Barbara (Miller) Weil.

Ruth graduated from high school and from the Mercy School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse prior to her marriage to Vincent Murphy, on Jan. 25, 1940 at Des Moines, Iowa. They resided in Iowa City where she was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. For the past several years she has lived in Adams and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Ruth is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Larry Croker, Adams; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Nancy Murphy, Scottsdale, Arizona; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent, in 1997; and by three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A graveside service was held on Friday, July 27th, at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City.



Lucille E. (Goeritz) "Mitzi" Uhlis


Lucille "Mitzi" Uhlis, 74, of Lakeville, Minnesota, and formerly of Morristown and Austin, Minnesota, died on Monday, July 23, 2007, at Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, Minnesota.

Lucille, the daughter of Edward and Selina (Kistner) Goeritz, was born on November 8, 1932 in Arlington, Minnesota. She graduated from Morristown High School. Prior to her retirement she was employed by Northwestern Bell for over 35 years.

She married Edward Uhlis on May 24, 1975, in Austin. She loved to volunteer her time and talents at the Metrodome, Northwestern Bell Pioneers and Hug A Bear.

She is survived by her husband, Ed; by a sister, Leola Rodewald of Faribault, Minnesota; by a step-daughter, Patricia Westrum of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; by step-sisters: Delores (and Merle) McDonough of St. Peter, Minnesota; Helen Erdner of Wells, Minnesota; Janet (and Wayne) Enger of Owatonna, Minnesota; Evelyn Biers of St. Charles, Minnesota; and by a step-brother, Louis (and Judy) Becker of Hamburg, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Lyle Goeritz; and by a sister, Lois Cole.

Services were held on Friday, July 27, 2007 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault. Interment was held in the Woodville Cemetery, Waseca, Minnesota.

The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, Minnesota, was in charge of arrangements. Visit for information and guest book.



Olaf Hanson


Olaf Hanson, 97, of Austin, Minnesota, died July 30, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home. He was born on June 9, 1910, to Gilbert and Lukris (Wangen) Hanson in Freeborn County, Minnesota.

Olaf married Maxine Stern on December 18, 1933 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. They made their home in Austin, where Olaf was employed at Hormel Foods for 40 years. A member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway, Olaf was a well-known musician who also repaired musical instruments. He loved his family and music, and won numerous fiddle contests.

Survivors include seven daughers: Marjorie (William) Barnett, Janet Farrell, Phyllis Buzzard, Sylvia (Kenneth) Davis, Wendy (Kenneth) Larson, Candice Mathison, Valerie (Ronnie Tabor) Johnson, all of Austin; 29 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lukris and Gilbert Hanson; his wife, Maxine in 2001; two sons and one grandson.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 2, 2007, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, in Austin, with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating.

Worlein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.



Brian Scott Tonding


Brian Scott Tonding, 38, of Austin, Minnesota, died suddenly on July 26, 2007, in Rochester, Minnesota.

Brian was born June 5, 1969, the younger son of Larry and Connie (Baumgartner) Tonding in Norwich, Connecticut. The family came to Austin in 1970. Brian graduated from Austin High School in 1987, and Albert Lea Vocational School a few years later.

On May 26, 1990 he married Ericka McAnally at Wabasha, Minnesota, and together they had one daughter, Jade Elaine Tonding. They later divorced.

Brian had been employed at Lansing Corners Supper Club, but for the past several years was employed at Smidt Sheet Metal Inc. of Racine, Minnesota. He loved the outdoors but he most loved spending time with his daughter, Jade.

Survivors include his daughter, Jade Tonding, Austin; his parents, Larry and Connie Tonding, Lansing; a brother, Lars (Nancy) Tonding, Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Memorial services were held on Friday, August 3, 2007, at Mayer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.



Bonnie Mae (Holm) Neubauer


Bonnie Mae (Holm) Neubauer, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, died on July 27, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Bonnie was born in Austin on Dec. 14, 1924, to Will and Emma (Best) Holm.

On May 10, 1948 she married Lewis C. Neubauer at the Presbyterian Church in Austin. He preceded her in death on May 17, 2002.

Survivors include two daughters: Diane Wacholz, Austin, Denise Neubauer, Brooklyn Park; two grandchildren: Kristie (Kurt) Christiansen, Bloomington, Darren (Tiffany) Wacholz, Rochester; four great-grandchildren: Tyson Chase, Emmerson Christiansen, Dax Wacholz and Kassidy Scanlan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, Will and Emma Holm, and a sister, Kathryn Christiansen.

Private family services were held at Oakwood Cemetery. A celebration of Bonnie's life was held on Thursday, August 2, 2007, at the Austin Lanes Community Room.



Sandra Ellen (Cotter) Nelson


Sandra Ellen Nelson, 63, of Hayward, Minnesota, died on July 29, 2007, at her home in Hayward after a long battle with cancer.

Sandra was born July 4, 1944, to Leonard J. and Grace (Buehner) Cotter, in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She attended St. Edward's Catholic Church and graduated from Austin High School. In her youth, Sandra was active in 4-H, showing award-winning steers.

She married Jon A. Nelson on Sept. 8, 1962, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Austin. The couple has lived in Hayward for the last 42 years. Sandra retired from the Hayward Co-op Elevator after over 20 years as a bookkeeper.

Survivors include her husband, Jon of Hayward; her sons: Michael (Teri) Nelson of Albert Lea, Patrick (Laurie) Nelson of Rochester; grandchildren: Cody and Samantha Nelson of Rochester, Amanda and Cara Nelson of Albert Lea; brother, Fred Cotter of Tennessee; sisters: Judy Kitchen of N.C., Karen Johnsrud of Clarks Grove; her mother, Grace Cotter of Austin; and mother-in-law, Ginny Nelson of Hayward.

Sandra was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Cotter.

Funeral services for Sandra were held on Thursday, August 2, 2007, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Austin. Father Jon Moore officiated. Interment was in the Hayward Cemetery.

Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest book, go to



Eileen A. (Hoff) Heiny, 85


Eileen A. Heiny, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died on July 29, 2007, at Austin Medical Center. She was born on June 23, 1922, to Henry and Inger (Seim) Hoff in Austin, where she was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and married Sidney M. Heiny on April 26, 1947. Eileen worked as a bookkeeper at the Austin Daily Herald for many years, at Sears for 14 years, and at Woelfel Jewelry.

Survivors include her husband, Sidney; one daughter, Cindy (James) Samuel, of Austin; two sons, Thomas (Barb) Heiny, of Austin, Robert Heiny, of Austin; three grandchildren, Zachary (Sarah) Heiny, of Minneapolis, Andrew Samuel of Costa Mesa, Calif., Adam Heiny of Mankato, Minn.; one great-grandchild, Lilah Mae Heiny; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Hoff, of Austin, Jean Hoff of Tacoma, Wash.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Inger and Henry Hoff; two brothers, Roland and Robert; and an infant son, Larry.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 2, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Wangen officiating. Interment was in Ceder City Cemetery.



Elaine J. (Wellendorf) Fink, 74


Elaine J. Fink, 74, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, July 27, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

She was born September 17, 1932, in Ellsworth, Minnesota, to Earl and Florence (Hall) Wellendorf.

She graduated Valedictorian of her class from Ellsworth High School and graduated from Gustavus Adolpus College. She moved to Austin in 1954 where she taught Home Economics for many years at Austin High School.

She married Stanley Fink on June 23, 1957, in Luverne, Minnesota. She retired from teaching in 1990. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Austin and the Cross Lake Presbyterian Church in Cross Lake, Minnesota.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Stanley Fink of Austin; daughter, Sarah Fink of Austin; sister, Corrine (Elvin) Heiberg of Northfield, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Jon Fink.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at the First Congregational Church with Rev. James Peck officiating. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. The organist was Scott Blankenbaker, and the soloist was Darlene Collins.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Margaret May "Peg" Frederick


Margaret May "Peg" Frederick, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died on July 31, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin.

Margaret was born on March 6, 1919, in Watertown, South Dakota. She was the only child of Gay (Hermanson) and Roy Thompson. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1937. After graduation she moved to Minneapolis, Minn. and attended Burroughs Business School in 1938. She worked as a secretary in the billing department for Sears in Minneapolis.

On September 14, 1940, she married Harold A. Frederick in Minneapolis. The couple moved to Austin in 1941. They had one daughter, Diane Jech, and one adopted daughter, Judith Ewer.

Margaret was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Austin where she worked as the church secretary for 23 years. She was the church historian for 45 years and a member of the Daughters of the King. She was a past member of the Vestry and also served one term as Senior Warden. Margaret and Harold were also co-owners of Austin Rusco from 1969 to 1982.

Peg was a member of the Mower County Chapter of the American Red Cross for 30 years, serving at the front desk and was also the Red Cross Blood Services Chairman. She is a past member of the Board of Directors.

She is survived by a granddaughter and her husband, Lori (Jech) and Greg Pfeifer of Austin; by grandsons, Randy and Rochelle Jech of Austin, Dean Adams of Austin, Dale Adams of Brownsdale, Minnesota; great-grandson, Gregory Chad Pfeifer of Austin; by adopted daughter and husband, Judy and Jim Ewer, Chino Hills, California; grandchildren; and by several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by a daughter Diane and her husband Harold.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 4, 2007, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.



Evelyn Agnes (Virnig) Majerus


Evelyn Agnes Majerus, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died on August 1, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She was born on January 19, 1922, to Adrian and Eva (Perkins) Virnig in Racine, Wisconsin. The family moved to Minnesota, where Evelyn attended country school near Dodge Center. She graduated from Dodge Center High School and began employment as a housekeeper at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

She moved to Austin in 1942 and married Bernard Majerus on January 20, 1943, in Claremont, Minnesota. They made their home in Austin and belonged to St. Edward's Catholic Church. Bernard passed away in 1996.

Survivors include four daughters: Kathleen (Dale) Thome of Waterloo, Iowa, Marleen (Al) Salo of Lutz, Florida, Joyce (Charles) Benner of Austin, Renee (Gary) Bure of Albert Lea; two sons, Adrian (Donna) Majerus of Franklin, North Carolina, and Maynard (Karen) Majerus of Austin; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Meryl Kriedermacher of Plainfield; and a brother, Wilfred Virnig of Winona, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Bernard; by a granddaughter, Tammy Benner; by sisters, Lorraine Putzier and Leona Myer; by brothers: Kenneth Virnig, Aloys, Gerald, and Gabriel Virnig.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2007, at St. Edward's Catholic Church.

Worlein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Jacob Lee De Boer, 85


Jacob Lee De Boer, age 85, died on Friday, July 20, 2007 at a convalescent home in Carlsbad, California.

Jacob was born in Dexter, Minnesota, on November 22, 1921, and lived in Carlsbad for the past 21 years. He retired in 1965 as a colonel in the United States Air Force after 22 years (1944 to 1965), and served in World War II and Korea. He was a P38 pilot and a graduate of the Air War College in Alabama. He attended Pepperdine University and Maryland University. He worked and retired from Hughes Aircraft Company after 21 years in Fullerton, California. He was a member of the Camp Pendleton Officers Club.

Jacob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Noelle De Boer, Carlsbad, California; by a daughter, Danielle Anderson, Carlsbad, New Mexico; by brothers, Merton De Boer, Austin, Minnesota, and Lynn De Boer, Stewartville, Minnesota; by two sisters, Viola Stahl and Catherine Stahl, both of Austin, Minnesota; by a sister-in-law, Maxine De Boer, Austin, Minnesota; and by two grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on Friday, July 27, 2007, at Riverside National Cemetery, in Riverside, California, with a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in attendance. Interment will follow the service.

Allen Bros. Mortuary, San Marcos Chapel, handled the funeral arrangements.



James M. Cochlin, 52


James M. Cochlin, 52, of Crystal River, Florida, died on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at the Hospice House in Lecanto, Florida.

James was born on May 16, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota, to Roger W. and Kathleen Ann (Hurley) Cochlin. Jim graduated from Austin High School and served in the Navy from 1974 to 1978.

He married Shelly Rae Lewis and worked as an Engineer in the AeroSpace industry.

James was preceded in death by his father Roger W. Cochlin.

He is survived by his wife, Shelly Rae Cochlin of Crystal River, Florida; by a son, Cody Lee Cochlin of Crystal River; by his mother, Kathleen Ann Cochlin of Mineral Wells, Texas; by three brothers: Roger F. Cochlin of Lincoln, Montana, John D. Cochlin, Omaha, Nebraska, and Donald T. Cochlin of Ramona, California; by five sisters: Jane A. Brown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Margaret L. March of Mineral Wells, Texas, Catherine A. Hamblin of Tempe, Arizona, Patricia M. Winkels of Prescott, Arizona, and Shirley R. Cochlin of Casa Grande, Arizona.

Funeral Services were held at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2007, and burial was in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, on Tuesday August 7, 2007.



Olive Rose Penkava, 86


Olive Rose Penkava, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center.

Olive was born in Austin, Minnesota on May 2, 1921, to Emil and Josie (Chrz) Penkava.

Olive graduated from Austin High School, and later attended cosmetology school at the Vo-tech in Austin. Olive worked at Harriet's Dress Well in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota for over 30 years. She was a member of ZCBJ Bohemian Lodge.

She is survived by nieces, Beverly (John) Bridgeman of Austin, and Marian (Ray) Maloney of Austin; and by a nephew, John (Vicki) Taylor of Austin.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Andrew M. Lindahl officiating. Burial was in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Myrtle, Minnesota. Visitation was held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Sunday, August 5th, and on Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church for one hour before the service.

Casket Bearers were: Brad Bridgeman, Brian Bridgeman, Dan Maloney, David Maloney, Kevin Maloney, Matt Taylor, Jody Maloney, Tracy Oleson, Kim Nystel, Jennifer Taylor, and Melissa Taylor.



Oscar Albin Scharberg, 90


Oscar Albin Scharberg, 90, died on Thursday evening, August 2, 2007, at Field Crest Care Center, Hayfield, Minnesota.

Oscar was born, June 16, 1917, the son of Axel and Gunhild (Mogen) Scharberg in Rock Dell Township, Minnesota. Oscar was baptized and confirmed at Evanger Lutheran Church, Sargeant, Minnesota.

Oscar served in the U.S. Army and was part of the Black Hawk Division that swept Europe during World War II. After Europe, his division was assigned to the Pacific Theater. Oscar was scheduled to go to Hiroshima, Japan, but did not need to go because the atomic bomb was dropped. Therefore, the entire Black Hawk Division ended up in the Philippines and Oscar was honorably discharged January 25, 1946. After the war, he became a cement finisher and carpenter. Oscar worked for Jordan Builders, Austin, Minnesota, for 20 years, retiring at the age of 65 in 1983.

His hobbies were woodworking and gardening, and he raised many vegetables, which he sold at the Farmer's Market in Austin.

Oscar had a lifetime membership at the VFW Post in Austin, and was also a member of Rothie Post 330 American Legion, Hayfield, Minnesota. He was a past member of the Carpenter's Union and the Cement Finishers Union.

Oscar is survived by several nieces and nephews, and by sister-in-law, Frances Scharberg of Brownsdale, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, by a special companion, Evelyn Moen, who died in 2001; and by four sisters and three brothers.

A visitation was held on Monday, August 6, 2007, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield, Minnesota. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday August 6, 2007. Interment was in Evanger Lutheran Cemetery in rural Sargeant, Minnesota, with military honors by the Hayfield American Legion.



Harlan M. Kittelson, 89


Harlan M. Kittelson, 89, of rural Austin, Minnesota, passed away on August 4, 2007, at his home near Austin. Harlan was born on February 27, 1918 in Freeborn County, Minnesota, to Carl and Nilanna (Wigtil) Kittelson. He lived and worked on the family farm all his life except while he served his country in military service from October 9, 1942, to October 14, 1945 -- serving in the European theater.

On August 13, 1945, Harlan married Eileen Sauer. To this marriage four daughters and four sons were born. Harlan was active at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Blooming Prairie American Legion and VFW.

Survivors include four sons: James (Jan) Kittelson of Owatonna, Minnesota, Richard (Linda) Kittelson of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, John "Pete" (Mary) Kittelson of Blooming Prairie, and Robert of Austin; three daughters: Sharon (Lyle) Kirmis of Bismark, North Dakota, Cindy (Rich) Hingeveld of Austin, Mary (John) Weikum of Austin; eighteen grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nina Ingvalson of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Nellie; by his wife, Eileen; by a daughter, Pat; by a sister, Avis; and by a brother, Alan.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment was in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, with American Legion Post 52 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 878 in charge of military rites. The family prefers memorials to Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church or Austin Medical Center Hospice.

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



Roy Eisentrager


Roy Eisentrager, 77, 602 Second Ave. S.W., died Sunday, June 30, 1996, at Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home, Austin. Funeral srvices will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at St John’s Lutheran Church, Austin, with the Rev. William Natzke officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and an hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

He was born June 22, 1919 in rural Austin, to George and Seiby (Deikman) Eisentrager. He attended Brownsdale Public School. He had lived in Austin most of his life and was an auto mechanic for Holiday Dodge earlier in his life.

He is survived by sone and daughter-in-law, Roy and Bonnie Eisentrager, Alameda, Calif; granddaughter, Tamara Eisentrager, Alameda, Calif.; brothers and sister-in-law, Vern Eisentrager, Rochester, Kenneth and Lillian Eisentrager, Muskegon, Mich.; and nieves, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by parents; wife, Lena Eisentrager; and a brother.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Graff, Vernon Graff, Pat O’Brien, Leonard Haughland, Harold Augustin, and Robert Srsen.

Organist will be Mrs. Annette Kiehne; the soloist, Vicar Craig Cummins.

Submitted by Sandy Cleary


Lena B. Eisentrager


Funeral services for Lena B. Eisentrager, 87, 110 10th St. S.W. who died June 17, 1991 at the Adams Nursing Home, will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. C.J. Schieicher officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.

Friends may call at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before the service at the church.

Mrs. Eisentrager was born Feb. 11, 1904 in Ackley, Iowa to Anton and Grace (Mudderman) Boyenga. She attended Ackley schools. She was married to Roy Eisentrager April 19, 1948 in Northwood, Iowa. She was employed by the George A. Hormel & Co for 22 years, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Austin.

Survivors include her husband, Roy, Austin; a son and daughter-in-law, Roy G. and Bonnie Eisentrager, San Francisco, Calif; daughters and son-in-law, Grace and Raymond Weber, Rochester and Mary Peters, Rochester; seven grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, George and Viola Boyenga, Austin, William and Margie Boyenga, and Marjorie Boyenga, all of Austin; sisters, Anne O’Brien, Eve Hulet, and Gertrude Percival, all of Austin;nieves, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers.

Submitted by Sandy Cleary



Verne Henry Eisentrager


Rochester, Minn. -- The funeral for Verne Henry Eisentrager will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dwight D. LaPine officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minn.

Mr. Eisentrager, 87, of Rochester, formerly of Blooming Prarie, died Thursday (Nov 22, 2001) at St Marys Hospital.

Submitted by Sandy Cleary



Clifford Sherman Green


Born Feb 9, 1895 Yale, Iowa

Died Dec 31, 1941 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Clifford Sherman Green, eldest son of Charles and Ida Green was born February 9, 1895 in Yale, Iowa, and passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis December 31, 1941. He had been ill for a month and all that loving hands could do at home was done for him and when his condition became serious he was taken to the hospital.

Mr. Green spent his early life in Iowa and worked in the coal mines. In 1912, with his parents, brothers and sisters he went north in a covered wagon and he made his home there until the United States entered the World War on 1917 when he entered and served two years and eight months. He has honorably discharged and a member of the American Legion.

On his return from war service he worked on farms and at various times at the Hormel packing plant.

He was married on February 27, 1922 to Bessie J. Valentine and to them three children were born: Anna Bell; Margie Mae, who lost her life in an automobile accident on October 13, 1935, and Clifford Jr. three.

The last eight years he was employed at the Hormel plant. The family lived in and around Austin and Lansing for four years and last spring moved to Brownsdale.

He was a kind neighbor, loved his home and was always ready to help those in need.

He is survived by his wife, two children, Anna Bell and Clifford Jr. four sisters, one brother and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Schutte Funeral Home Friday afternoon the Rev. E. H. Knehans of the Methodist church officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery with the American Legion in charge.

Submitted by Sandy Cleary


Beryl Irene Mielke


Beryl Irene Mielke, age 95, of Austin, died on Aug. 10, 2007, at Our House Assisted Living in Austin. She was born June 13, 1912, in Osage, Iowa, to Harrison and Nellie (Kirgus) Smalley. She attended normal school in Osage, Iowa. She worked at Geo. A. Hormel and Company for several years.

On Dec. 15, 1934, she was united in marriage to Louis William Mielke in Austin. They made their home in Austin for over 60 years, spending their summers at a cabin near Backus, Minn., and winters in Florida for over 20 years. Louis died on Feb. 3, 2001. Beryl was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Women's Circle as well as the local PTA.

On June 1, 2006, Beryl moved to St. Mark's Lutheran Home and to Our House Assisted Living on June 1, 2007.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol (William) Sheely of Austin, and Nancy (Thornton) Pratt of Brodhead, Wisconsin; four grandchildren: two great-grandchildren; and three sisters: Bessie Miller of Austin, June Eskew of California, and Ruby Davis also of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louis William Mielke, by a brother, Harvey, by five sisters: Bernice, Blanche, Dorothy, Bertha and Beulah.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 13, 2007, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.





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