Mower County Obituaries
Part 039



Charles Eugene Smith



Charles E. Smith, 40, died Sunday at his home, 108 Broadway, Mapleview. He was an auto salesman.

Surviving are four daughters, Shelly, Shari, Nicole, Angela Smith, Fergus Falls, Minnesota; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Smith, Mapleview; two brothers, Duane (Buzz) Smith, Minneapolis, Jerome H. Smith, West Bend, Wisconsin; four sisters, Mrs. Ray (Naomi) Roggeman, Mason City, Iowa, Mrs. Dwight (Bonnie) Shroyer, Austin, Mrs. Ted (Jean) Jelinek, Oelwein, Iowa, Mrs. Roger (Esther) Young, Minneapolis,

Funeral services will be held Wednesday.

Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
Monday August 16, 1982


SMITH -- Funeral services for Charles E. Smith, 108 Broadway, Mapleview, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home, where friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
Monday August 16, 1982


Charles E. Smith 1941-1982

Charles Eugene Smith was born December 29, 1941, at Austin, Minnesota, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Smith.

He attended Columbus Grade School, graduating in 1969; and Austin Junior College. From 1959 to 1962 he served in the U.S. Army.

On July 2, 1966, he was united in marriage with Nancy Bauer at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin.

An auto parts salesman he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Eagles Club, and Elks Club. A former resident of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, he resided at 108 Broadway, Mapleview, Austin, at the time of his death.

Charles died at 3:45 a.m. August 15, 1982 at Austin.

He is survived by four daughters, Shelly, Shari, Nicole, and Angela of Fergus Falls, Minnesota; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Smith; four sisters, Mrs. Roy (Naomi) Roggeman, Mrs. Dwight (Bonnie) Shroyer, Mrs. Ted (Jean) Jelinek, Mrs. Roger (Esther) Young; two brothers, Duane (Buzz) Smith, Jerry Smith.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. August 18, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Rev. Quinn officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roger Young, Ray Roggeman, Ted Jelinek, Dwight Shroyer, Jerry Louden, Bob Olsen, and Bob Desrocher.

Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
Friday, August 20, 1982

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Joseph B. Furtney, Sr.

Birth: Jun. 27, 1819
Death: Mar. 12, 1903


Joseph Furtney, Sr.

The death of Joseph Furtney, Sr., occurred Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the home of his son, the late Josiah Furtney.

The deceased was born in Blenheim, Waterloo County, Canada June 27, 1819. He was married November 23, 1841 to Charlotte Hilker. They resided in Blenheim until 1864 and later to Milwaukee and in 1868 came to Austin where they have since resided.

To them were born seven sons and four daughters. John and Henry reside in Austin; A.W. in Rockford, Minnesota; J.B., in Biwabik; J.H., of Glenwood; Mrs. Barney of Michigan City, N.D., are his surviving daughters. Two daughters and two sons have died.

Two weeks ago Mr. Furtney was stricken with typhoid pneumonia and it was feared from the first that his advanced age would make it impossible for him to withstand the strain of disease. The death of his son Josiah occurring ten days ago was a shock that doubtless hastened the end.

It is a curious fact that Mr. Furtney was the seventh son of the seventh son and to him was born seven sons. The above fact gave him the supposed power of healing. Before moving into the city he was located upon a farm. He was a familiar figure in Austin for over thirty years and a man who numbered many among his friends. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

The entrance of death twice in such quick succession turns the sympathy of the whole community to this grief stricken home where long and continued sickness have sorely tried the bodily strength and death has too frequently wrung the heart.

The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the M.E. church, leaving the house at 2 o'clock, Rev. Brown will officiate.

Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
March 13, 1903

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Henry Furtney


(Obituary and a biographical sketch)


Austin Daily Herald
Friday, November 5, 1943

HENRY FURTNEY Dies at Home in St. Paul, Minnesota

Henry Furtney, former Austin resident, died this morning at his home, 1798 Princetown Avenue, St. Paul. Services will be conducted at Oakwood cemetery in Austin Sunday at 3 p.m.

Mr. Furtney at one time was a Milwaukee engineer, working out of Austin. He and his family lived here for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, a son, Robert, and a daughter, Bess.

Biographical Sketch


Austin Democrat
Austin, Minnesota
February 1, 1894

The subject of this sketch is known as one of the careful and fearless engineers of the Milwaukee road who always comes into the station on time. He is also said to be able to get as much out of an engine as any of the many excellent men in the service.

Henry Furtney was born at Port Elgin, Canada, July 12, 1858, and is consequently not yet 35 years of age. His boyhood was spent mainly in Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, and his father was a saw mill owner and a millright. Henry came to Austin at the age of ten years, and five years after began railroading as fireman. After firing for five years he was promoted to engineer on the Milwaukee road.

Like all sensible young men, Henry took it into his head to get married and on May 6, 1885, he married Miss Bessie Mills, an estimable young lady of North Manchester, Ind. They began housekeeping in Austin, living here one year, after which they moved to Minneapolis, where Mr. Furtney pulled the varnished cars on the short line between the twin cities for fifteen months. After this they moved to Owatonna and Mr. Furtney was engineer on the Owatonna accommodations for three years. Since then Mr. Furtney has been running passenger on the I. & M. division with his home at Austin.

Two years ago Mr. Furtney built a fine residence on Bridge Street, and himself and family are among our nicest citizens, whom all are glad to know.

All engineers on the railroad have many interesting experiences, as well as hairbreadth escapes. Mr. Furtney tells of one some years ago when he was in the freight service. An intoxicated farmer living north of Faribault on returning home managed to get upset on a crossing. The wagon was turned over and the man lay underneath, the horses being astride the track facing west. The train was coming east about 9:30 p.m. with twelve cars, and the engineer noticed something ahead on the track, which he thought was stock. Coming closer he saw it was a team of horses, and he called for brakes and reversed the engine.

The train coming closer, the horses wheeled to the left, and the pilot caught the wagon back of forward wheels. The wagon was smashed to smithereens, and the driver lay at the end of the ties just in the clear, lifeless ~ apparently. Mr. Furtney felt for his heartbeats, and the old man opened his eyes. In answer to the question, "what are you doing here?" the old man said "what in the divil is the matter wid you?" Just then his two sons arrived and said, "O, father is dead." Mr. Furtney said, "no, he is not hurt or your horses either; but your wagon is a total wreck." The trainmen resumed their stations, and went their way rejoicing that it was no worse, although a very narrow escape.

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Bessie Electa (Mills) Furtney


Born: June 4, 1862 -- North Manchester, Wabash County, Indiana
Died: September 6, 1901 -- Austin, Mower county, Minnesota
Parents: David Mills, Mary Vernon Mills


Austin Daily Herald
September 6, 1901

Died at her home on Water Street at 1 o'clock today Mrs. Henry Furtney. Funeral notice later.

The line between life and death, between time and eternity is faint and no mortal eye can discern it. Yesterday the friends of Mrs. Furtney saw her in her usual health and strength today the silver cord is loosed and the grim messenger has issued his final call. The home is desolate and the links of friendship broken.

Bessie Mills was born in North Manchester, Wabash County, Indiana in 1862. She was married May 6, 1885 to Henry Furtney of this city. One child, Vernon Mills was born to them and died after a short life of but five years.

Mrs. Furtney has been a member of the East Side Presbyterian Church since moving to Austin ten years ago. She was also a member of the Ladies Aide Society, the G.I.A., and the Calendar Club. In every place she was loved and respected. Her pleasant ways and helpful friendliness will be missed by the co-workers in these organizations. Her death comes with a great shock and casts a gloom over the East Side where her home was the center of many pleasant memories.

Besides her husband she leaves a mother and four sisters of whom Mrs. Krisher of this city is one. The others residing in St Paul, Minneapolis and Indiana respectively. She also leaves Miss Virgie Furtney, a niece who has made her home with her.


At her home on East Water street, Friday noon, September 6th, 1901, of spasms, Mrs. Bessie (Mills) Furtney, wife of Henry Furtney, aged 39 years. She was born in Indiana and was married May 6th 1885. The husband survives. Their only child died several years ago. Deceased was an active member of the Presbyterian church since moving to Austin ten years ago and was also a member of the G.I.A. and the Calendar club. She was a helpful friend and was much beloved by a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Vernon Mills Furtney


Vernon Mills Furtney
Birth: April 18, 1891
Death: March 24, 1899


Vernon M., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Furtney, died Friday after a brief illness, aged nearly nine years. He was a very bright and amiable child and a great favorite. Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon, Revs. Cone and Weaver attending.

Mower County Transcript
March 29, 1899
Page 3 Column 2


1. Son of Henry F. Furtney and Bessie Electa (Mills) Furtney.

2. Vernon was named for his mother's parents -- Mary Vernon (Mills) and David Mills.

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Raymond Edward Furtney


Born May 14, 1917
Died July 29, 1973
Parents: Raymond Lewis Furtney, and Leah Triphena Griffith Furtney



Raymond (Bud) Furtney, 56, Nelson, Wisconsin, formerly of Austin died Sunday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Wabasha, Minnesota.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; two sons, Dennis, Shakopee, Minnesota, Jack L.; Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Raymond L. Furtney, Austin; one sister, Mrs. Richard (Beatrice) Sheedy, Austin.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Jordan Mortuary.

Austin Daily Herald,
Austin, Minnesota
Monday July 30, 1973



Funeral services for Raymond E. (Bud) Furtney, Nelson, Wisconsin will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Jordan Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with Olaf B. Damm Post 1216, VFW, in charge of military rites. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Thursday.

Austin Daily Herald
Wednesday, August 1, 1973

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John Furtney


Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
Thursday December 29, 1927

John Furtney Dies Here After Lingering Illness of 10 Years

John Furtney passed away at 6:40 Wednesday evening at St. Olaf Hospital after an illness that covered a period of about ten years. For the past six months he had been a patient at the hospital.

Mr. Furtney was born November 29, 1864, at Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1868 he moved to Austin with his parents and since made this his home. He was the youngest of a family of eleven children, only two brothers of whom survive Joe of Glenwood, Minnesota and Henry of St. Paul.

He was married June 14, 1888, to Dora Dovenberg. To them were born three children, Raymond L., Hazel (Mrs. Charles Orth) and Dorothy, who with her mother are left to mourn his departure. Mr. Furtney also leaves three grandchildren, Beatrice and Raymond Furtney, Jr. and Wallace Orth.

Funeral services will be held from the Mayer Funeral Home at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Rev. Reginald Coleman of the Presbyterian Church officiating.

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Dora (Dovenberg) Furtney



Austin Daily Herald
Tuesday August 16, 1955

Dora Dovenberg Furtney was born October 25, 1867, at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the daughter of Andrew Dovenberg and Barbara Rush Dovenberg. She died at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, Monday, August 15, following an illness of 6 weeks.

On June 14, 1888, she was united in marriage to John Furtney at Austin and to them were born three children.

Mrs. Furtney was a resident of Austin all of her married life and she was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a son, Raymond L. Furtney and a daughter, Mrs. Henry Bauer, (Dorothy)., both of Austin, and another daughter, Mrs. Charles Orth, (Hazel), Brownsdale.

Also surviving are two brothers, George Dovenberg, Winona, and Edward Dovenberg, Austin, two sisters, Cora Dovenberg, Austin, and Mrs. Emma Gluck, Milwaukee, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her husband in 1927 and by 3 brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, at the Mayer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lyndon Schendel officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Out-of-town people attending the funeral services were George Dovenberg and Mrs. Harry Miller, Winona, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dovenberg, West Salem, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dovenberg, Minneapolis, Mrs. Ellen Dovenberg and Louella, Hopkins, Mrs. Norman Bale, Hopkins, Mrs. Helen Bauer and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Strohfus, Watertown, S.D. and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Griffith, Rochester.


Austin Daily Herald
Tuesday, August 16, 1955


Mrs. Dora Furtney, 87, 409 North 3rd Street, died at St. Olaf Hospital Monday Afternoon.

Surviving are a son, Raymond Furtney, Austin, two daughters, Mrs. Charles Orth, Brownsdale, and Mrs. Henry Bauer, Austin, two brothers, George Dovenberg, Winona, Minnesota and Edward Dovenberg, Austin; two sisters, Miss Cora Dovenberg, Austin, and Mrs. George Gluck, Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dora Furtney, who died at St. Olaf Hospital Monday afternoon, will be held at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at Mayer Funeral Home with the Rev. Lyndon Schendel, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald
Wednesday, August 17, 1955

Out of town people attending the funeral services were George Dovenberg and Mrs. Harry Miller, Winona,Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dovenberg, West Salem, Wisconsin, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dovenberg, Minneapolis, Mrs. Ellen Dovenberg and Louella, Hopkins, Minnesota, Mrs. Norman Bale, Hopkins, Minnesota, Mrs. Helen Bauer and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Strohfus, Watertown, South Dakota and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Griffith, Rochester, Minnesota.

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Mary Christina (nee Wradislavsky) (Furtney) Fockens


Austin Daily Herald
November 29, 2003

Mary C. Fockens, 74

We write these words with extreme love and tenderness in our hearts to all family, friends, and loved ones.

Mary C. (Furtney) Fockens, age 74, of Wabasha, Minn, (and formerly of Nelson, Wis.; Shakopee, Minn.; and Austin, Minn.) lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, November 27, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center in Wabasha, Minn. She was surrounded by her family and angels when she left this earth. and now her spirit is free again to reach out and embrace all of those she loved.

Many will remember her friendly manner, energy and her Tom & Jerry's at the Top Hat Bar in Nelson, Wis. Others at the county Village in Shakopee, Minn., will remember Mary's positive outlook, thoughtfulness, her willingness to help, and her charm.

She was born December 9, 1928, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Joseph and Louise (Mueller) Wradislavsky. She graduated from Austin High School in 1946.

On August 11, 1946, she married Raymond Edward Furtney at the Little Brown Church in Nashau, Iowa. He died July 29, 1973. She was a housewife until 1960 when Bud and Mary bought the Top Hat Bar in Nelson, Wis., and they ran the business until his death. On August 7, 1976, she married George Fockens at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nelson, Wis.

Survivors include George Fockens of Wabasha, Minn.; two sons, Jack (Kathy) Furtney of Nelson, Wis., and Dennis (Alice) Furtney of Shakopee, Minn.; four grandchildren, Craig (Stacy) Furtney of New York City; Jessica (Ryan) Wiltgen of Rochester, Minn.; Tonya (Kevin) Larson of Indianapolis, Ind.; and Eric Furtney of Eau Claire, Wis.; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen Finneman of Anthonn, Iowa, and Ida Matheiu of Owatonna, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Furtney; parents; two brothers; and five sisters.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 1, 2003 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nelson, Wis. Rev. Jamie S. Brei will officiate. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Minn., at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home in Alma, Wis., where there will be a 7 p.m. prayer service. Also from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church in Nelson, Wis.

Pallbearers will be Craig Furtney, Kevin Larson, Ryan Wiltgen, Wayne Brandt, Donald Ingvaldson and Robert Christensen.

The family thanks the Mayo Clinic Hospice Program and St. Elizabeth Health Care Center and staff.

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Josie Kos Krob


Birth: Mar. 19, 1899
Death: Apr. 30, 1999

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Josie Krob will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Krob, 100, of Austin, died early Friday morning (April 30, 1999) at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Josie Kos was born March 19, 1899, in rural Austin.

On Sept. 21, 1915, she married Anton J. Krob. The couple farmed in the Clarissa, Oakland and Rose Creek areas. Mr. Krob died in 1935. At that time she moved to Austin and did housework for various families. From 1971 until 1978 she lived with her daughter Viola and son Theodore. She then moved to the Twin Towers and in 1993 moved to St. Mark's Lutheran Home. Mrs. Krob was a member of First United Methodist Church and WFLA Fraternal Lodge 38, serving in many offices and was on hospitality from 1928 to 1992. She enjoyed baking, cooking, walking and helping people.

Survivors include one son, Theodore, and one daughter, Louise Weber, both of Austin; six grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, James Kos and Edward Kos, both of Austin.

Her husband, two daughters, four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, and at the church one hour before the service on Tuesday.



Evangeline M. Olawsky, 73


Evangeline M. Olawsky, age 73, of Austin, Minnesota, died September 13, 2007, at Rochester Methodist Hospital, in Rochester, Minn. She was born July 7, 1934, to Ralph and Odelia (Fried) Weber in Center, N.D. She grew up in North Dakota and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Bismarck.

She worked as a bank teller for many years and married Harvey Olawsky on August 17, 1959, in Bismarck. They moved to Minnesota and made their home in Austin. Harvey died in 2005. Evangeline enjoyed cooking, gardening, crafts, painting and her cats.

Survivors include two sons: Duane (Lynn) Olawsky, of Eden Prairie, and Barry Olawsky, of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Sondra Olawsky, of Lyle; two grandchildren: Evan and Alex; seven sisters: Margaret (Erwin) Feist, of Bismarck, N.D., Lorraine Weber, of South Dakota, Mary Ann Joachim, of Arizona, Ann Marie “Sam” Weber of Oregon, Dorothy Christopher, of Washington D.C., Helen Weber, of Oregon; three brothers: Richard (Margaret) Weber, of North Dakota; Ed (Joann) Weber, of Bismarck; Ray (Sherri) Weber, of Washington; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; her parents and one brother, Roger.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to donors choice.



Harvey Olawsky, 69


Harvey D. Olawsky, age 69, of Austin, died Thursday morning, May 26, 2005, at his home.

He was born Jan. 17, 1936, to Ernest and Bertha (Sperlick) Olawsky in Parkston, S.D., where he grew up. He married Evangeline Weber on Aug. 17, 1959, in Bismarck, N.D. They also lived in Missouri and Minnesota. Harvey loved his work as an accountant for Armour Foods. A lifetime Lutheran, he enjoyed watching all sporting events, spending time with his family, playing card games and board games.

His survivors include his wife, Evangeline, Austin, Minn.; two sons: Duane (Lynn) Olawsky, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Barry Olawsky, Houston, Texas; one daughter, Sondra Olawsky, Lyle, Minn.; two grandchildren, Evan and Alex; two sisters: Leona Killeen, Liberty, Mo.; Mabel Goetsch, St. Cloud, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Edna Olawsky, Mitchell, S.D.; many nieces; nephews; relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Ernest Olawsky; two brothers: Albert and Carl; one sister, Violet; two nieces: Sharon and Mary Lou.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2005, and one hour prior to the service on Sunday.



Charlotte Dorothy (Greimann)
Swanson, 93


Charlotte Dorothy Greimann Swanson died on September 18, 2007, at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, Minnesota.

Charlotte was born on April 7, 1914, in Dale, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school in Wisconsin and Iowa. She graduated from Garner (Iowa) High School. Following additional study, Charlotte worked for several years in California, where she met her husband, Leonard Swanson. They returned to Minnesota and settled in Austin, where Leonard was a 31-year employee of Hormel Foods. An active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Charlotte served as the parish secretary, Sunday school and confirmation teacher, and a member of the Ruth Circle.

She is survived by three grandchildren: Christina (Craig) Johnson, Northfield, Minnesota, Eric Swanson, Gold Valley, Minnesota, and Anna Swanson, Missoula, Montana; by three great-grandchildren: Anders, Emma and Inga Johnson, Northfield, Minnesota; by a brother Eugene (Doris) Greimann, Garner, Iowa; by Ruth Greimann, Garner, Iowa; and by a sister, Dorothy Anderson, Garner, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Swanson; by her parents, Rev. Herman and Caroline Haberkamp Greimann, by her stepmother, Anna Maurer Greimann; by a sister, Adeline Greimann Carothers; by a brother, Curtis Greimann; by her brothers-in-law Charles Carothers and Norman Anderson.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September. 21, 2007, at Grace Lutheran Church, with Reverend Robert Iverson officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin, Minnesota. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements.



Adrian J. Gaard, 64


Funeral services for Adrian J. Gaard, 64, of Austin, Minnesota, who died on September 14, 2007.

Adrian was born on September 14, 1943, at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, Minn. Adrian's parents are Marvin and Lorraine (Clausen) Gaard of Albert Lea. Adrian's brothers are Sheldon Gaard of Camden, Maine, and Lamoyne Gaard of Grinnell, Iowa. Adrian lived with his parents near Thompson, Iowa, and started school there.

The family moved to the farm near Oakland, Minnesota, in 1952. Adrian grew up, and spent most of his adult life, around Albert Lea and Austin. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1961 and attended Austin Community College and Winona State University. Adrian was a member of the Albert Lea National Guard unit from 1966 to 1973.

Adrian married Freda Gari in 1968, and they had two children, Lisa and Jason who live with their children in Albert Lea. Adrian's grandchildren are: Slater, Phoenix, Aubrey, Caleb, and Sophi. Adrian married Donna Nybo in 1992. Adrian sold automobiles for several dealerships, he enjoyed cars and always owned several. He also enjoyed farming and old tractors. Adrian was farming with his parents at the time of his death. He even hosted an old plowing exhibition at his farm near Austin. Adrian enjoyed socializing and hosting people at his home and talking to friends and relatives.

Funeral services for Adrian were held on Saturday, September 22, 2007, at Oakland Lutheran Church, Oakland, Minnesota. The Rev. Peter Soli officiated. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery.

The Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, and friends may sign the guest book by going to



Juletta Marcella (Northness) Wilder, 95


Juletta Marcella (Northness) Wilder, 95, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died on September 18, 2007, of natural causes, at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams, Minnesota.

Juletta Marcella Northness was born on September 3, 1912 in LeRoy, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Mary Ann Northness. She grew up near LeRoy on her family farm. She graduated in 1930 from the LeRoy Public School and was a member of LeRoy Lutheran Church. She graduated from Winona State College and taught in Riceville, Iowa, and several rural schools near LeRoy, and Spring Valley, Minnesota.

On December 18, 1942, she married Earl O. Wilder in LeRoy. Following their marriage, they lived in Jacksonville, Florida, while Earl was in the Navy. Upon his transfer to Guam in the Pacific, she moved back to LeRoy with their daughter. They also lived in Waterloo, Iowa and Spring Valley, Minnesota. She was a teacher in Spring Valley from 1957 until her retirement in 1976, when Juletta and Earl moved to Wabasha, Minnesota. They lived there until 1997 when they returned to LeRoy. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church.

Following a stroke in 2004, Juletta moved into the Cedar Court Apartments Assisted Living in Adams. On September 12, 2007, Juletta suffered another stroke and passed away on September 18, 2007. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 31 years belonging to the Adams Legion Post 146 Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen (Richard) Doree of Maplewood, Minnesota; three sons: Michael (Clarian) of Calmar, Iowa, Gene (Anna) of LeRoy, and Dale (Sue) of Muscatine, Iowa; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband, and by two brothers, Milo and Norris.

Funeral services for Juletta M. Wilder were held on Saturday, September 22, 2007, at the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy, Minnesota. The Rev. Neal Solomonson officiated. Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery.

The Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church or the Adams Health Care Center.



Nels LeRoy Sorensen


Nels LeRoy Sorensen, 90, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on September 16, 2007, at Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. Nels was born on December 11, 1916 to Nels and Laura (Edmund) Sorensen in Rochester, Minnesota. An only child, Nels attended country school through eighth grade and worked on farms with a friend building silos in the area. In 1942 he moved to Austin to work for Hormel Foods in the hog kill operation. He then served in the Marines during World War II, stationed at Camp LeJune, in North Carolina -- returning to work at Hormel after the war.

Nels retired in 1978. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, taking many fishing trips to northern Minnesota with friends and family. The grandsons spent many summers with their grandparents in Minnesota. Nels also enjoyed gardening and tending to his flowers.

Survivors include one daughter, Marsha (Burt) Yaste, of Coleraine; two grandchildren, Derek (Margie) Yaste, of Mead, Colorado; Kyle (Tessa Rains) Yaste, of Greeley, Colorado; five great grandchildren: Kiahlei, Dalton, R.C.. Sidney Yaste, and Conner Holdek.

Nels was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and by his parents, Laura and Nels.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, September 22, 2007, at 11 a.m., at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, with the Rev. Stephen DeFor officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post 91.



Florence P. (Butler) Loftus, 80


Florence P. Loftus, 80, of Waseca, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin and Rochester, Minnesota, died on September 14, 2007, at her home following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Florence was born on May 23, 1927, in Summit Township, Steele County, Minnesota, to Patrick and Margaret (O'Brien) Butler. After moving to Austin in 1937 she attended school at Lincoln, Webster, Queen of Angels and St. Augustana (Pacelli) High School.

After her marriage to William "Willie" Loftus, they lived in Queens, New York, until Willie's induction in the military. Florence worked at F.W. Woolworth during the war years. In 1958 they were transferred to Rochester by Schied Plumbing and Heating. In Rochester Florence worked at Maple Manor Nursing Home and School District 535. Upon retirement they moved to Akeley, Minnesota, and built a home on the lake. After 12 years they moved to Waseca due to health problems, and to be near family and the Mayo Clinic. In Waseca she worked at the Senior Citizens Center and was a voting judge.

She is survived by her husband, William (married 63 years); by sons, Joe (Jane), Roger (Peggi), Mark (Rosy), Mike, and Craig; by daughters: Sue Cole, Peggy (Dave) Semling, Mary (John) Hill, and Creda (Rick) Pike; and by 27 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Steven; by three grandchildren, Michael, Katie Rose and Whitney Rose; by one brother, Bud Butler and by two sisters, Mary M. Stanley and Helen Blough.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 2 p.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville, Minnesota, with Fr. Syl Brown officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester, Minnesota. There was a Rosary on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements were by McRaith Funeral Home in Waseca.



John Lloyd Gilbert, 84


John Lloyd Gilbert, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died on September 12, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

John was born on January 8, 1923, in Spring Valley, Minnesota, to Merril and Mabel (Hayden) Gilbert. He attended country school and graduated from Spring Valley High School.

On August 8, 1948, he married Beverly Jahns. John served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war he worked road construction. In 1951, John started working for the Geo. A. Hormel Co., where he worked for the next 33 years, retiring in 1984. In his retirement John delivered motor homes all across the U.S. and Canada. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, making home improvements, camping, and driving.

John was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Oddfellows, the American Legion, and the VFW.

John was a victim of Parkinson's disease for the past 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Gilbert, Austin, Minnesota; two sons, Craig (Laurie) Gilbert, Venice, California, Curtis (Theresa) Gilbert, Austin, Minnesota; a daughter, Lori Fischer, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; six grandchildren: Amy (Mike) Verhulst, Betsy (Darius) Semmens, Hans Gilbert, Chris Fischer (Bethany Pederson), Jesse Fischer, and Adam Fischer; his great-grandchildren: Connor, Lauren, Jack and Victoria Verhulst, Kira and Cache Semmens and Eelee Fischer; and a brother, Kenneth (JoAnne) Gilbert, Austin.

John was preceded in death by his parents, by brothers: George, Donald, and Gerald, and by a sister, Marjorie. John was the victim of Parkinson's disease for the past 25 years.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, September 15, 2007, at the First Congregational Church, with the Rev. James Peck officiating. Visitation was held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, and at the church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Austin American Legion Post #91 was in charge of the military rites.



Lawrence Jensen, 77


Lawrence "Larry" Jensen, 77 of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday morning, September 14, 2007, at the Austin Medical Center.

Larry was born on December 8, 1929 to Henry C. and Rose A. (Schlinger) Jensen in Oelwein, Iowa. The family moved to Minnesota and made their home in Owatonna, Minnesota, where Larry attended school, graduating from Owatonna High School in 1947. The following year he joined the Air Force where he served for four years.

He married Margie Grunwald on June 15, 1953 in Osage, Iowa. A co-owner of K & L Auto Supply for 37 years, Larry belonged to Our Savior's Lutheran Church and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Jensen, Austin, Minnesota; two daughters, Cathie (Sheldon) Sayles, Austin, Minnesota, Nancy (Larry) Haukom, Rochester, Minnesota; two sons, Larry M. Jensen and Steven H. (Cynthia) Jensen, both of Austin; six grandchildren: Chad B. (Laura) Sayles, Jeffrey B. (Chanda) Sayles, Michelle A. Jensen, Lisa A. (Joseph) Lee, Laura A. Haukom and Michael W. Jensen; five great-grandchildren: Natalie G. Sayles, Emily J. Sayles, Faith M. Sayles, Eben D. Jensen and Andrew B. Sayles; and his sisters-in-law, Audrey Langer, Owatonna, Minnesota, and Margaret Jensen, Albert Lea, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Henry Jensen; by one brother Ervin Jensen and a nephew, Bruce Jensen.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., on Monday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery, rural Austin with military rites by American Legion Post 91.



Alice (Jones) Larson, 90


Alice (Jones) Larson, 90, of Owatonna, Minnesota, died on Thursday, September 13, 2007, at Homestead Hospice House.

Alice was born on September 26, 1916 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Cadwaldr and Mary (Morris) Jones. Her family moved to the Brownsdale, Minnesota area in the early 1920's. After Alice married Chester Larson they farmed in the Austin and Lansing, Minnesota area until moving to Owatonna in 1989. In the 1960's they began traveling around the U.S. and spending the winters in Mesa, Arizona.

While on the farm, Alice enjoyed planting and caring for their garden and then canning many of the vegetables it produced. She was an excellent wife, homemaker and mother, and enjoyed preparing large meals for any occasion.

Alice is survived by two daughters, JoAnn (Dean) Shankland, Owatonna, Minnesota, and Georgianna (Ted) Hales, San Juan Capistrano, California; by grandchildren: Brenda (Aubrey) Ebanks, Sandy (Steve) Miller, Lynn (John) Schiller, Tom (Sue) Bendorf, Sara (Eric) Esau, Mike Bendorf and Stephany (Ray) Panlilio; by 17 great-grandchildren; and by six great-great-grandchildren,

She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Larson, by a daughter, Ramona Bendorf, by as sister, Vera Buck, and by her parents.

Visitation was held at Michaelson Funeral Home on Saturday, September 15, 2007, from 4 to 7 p.m. and at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 16, 2007, from 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 16, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, on Monday.



Robert E. Schmidt, 83


Robert E. Schmidt, 83, of Henderson, Nevada, died on August 27, 2007, at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

Robert was born on December 14, 1923, to Clifford and Signe (Anderson) Schmidt, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he grew up and attended school. Robert joined the Marines during World War II, and served his county admirably in the South Pacific.

On July 24, 1947, he married Louise Brokaw in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To this marriage one son was born, Wayne Robert.

They moved to Austin and purchased Austin Sanitation, which they owned from 1961 to 1969. In 1971 they purchased the Alcove Supper Club and Hotel in Austin, which is now the site of Robbins Furniture. Robert and Louise were always on hand to greet everyone. The food was always the best, and after dining one could always have fun in the piano bar. They sold this business in 1975 and moved to Las Vegas. They lived there until 2006, moving out to Sun City Anthem, a suburb of Henderson, Nevada, to live closer to their son and daughter-in-law.

Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise; by his son Wayne; by a daughter-in-law, Debbie; by two grandchildren, Robert, of Austin, and Shari Jainuddin, of Northampton, Massachusetts; by one great-granddaughter, Shyra, of Northampton; by three step-grandchildren, Kyle Dahlquist, Jamie Arradondo, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Kari Dahlquist, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Memorial services were held on September 15, 2007, in Henderson, Nevada.



Essie Louise (Parker) Madison


Essie Madison, 68, of Austin, Minnesota, died on September 11, 2007, at her home in Austin.

Essie Louise Parker was born on September 11, 1939, in Centralia, Illinois, to William B. and Nettie A. (Bell) Parker.

On December 3, 1960 Essie married David E. Madison in Sandovel, Illinois. While living in Austin she worked as a dietary cook at the hospital and area nursing homes. Essie was an active member of First United Methodist Church, as well as the VFW Auxiliary Post 1216, DAV Chapter MN 27, and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 29.

Survivors include her husband, David Madison, of Austin; a daughter, Franny Kish, of Dupo, Illinois; her sons, Clinton (Vickie) Madison of Cohokia, Illinois, Edwin Madison, of Austin; sisters, Mamie Zalumskis of Bismarck, North Dakota, Cynthia Jordan, of Belleville, Illinois; a brother, Byrle Parker, of Little Rock, Arkansas; and a sister-in-law, Polly (Gene) Jelinek, of Austin.

Essie was preceded in death by her father William Parker; by her mother Nettie Parker; and by a sister, Wilmajene Gambell.

Memorial services were held on Friday, September 14, 2007, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating.

There was also an Order of the Eastern Star Memorial Service at Worlein Funeral Home at 7 p.m. on Thursday.



George L. Kukowski


George L. Kukowski, 90, of St. Anthony, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on September 6, 2007, at St. Anthony Health Care.

George was born in Winona, Minnesota, on August 10, 1917, the son of Albert and Louise (Janikowski) Kukowski. He was united in marriage to Helen C. Keifer at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Winona on July 14, 1941. Helen died on May 26, 1966. He then married Eleanor Baldus on June 18, 1971. She died Jan. 21, 1999.

He lived in Winona until moving to Austin in 1972. George moved to St. Anthony in 2005. He was a former member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Winona, and a former member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin. He is also a retired foreman for Archer-Daniels-Midland. George had many interests, including the history and changes of Winona, and taking walks at the Mill Pond in Austin.

George is survived by four sons: Rev. Richard G. (Elaine Klein) Kukowski, of Silver Springs, Maryland; Donald R. (Marsha) Kukowski, of Winona, Minnesota; Paul M. (Mary) Kukowski, Camano Island, Washington; and William C. (Nancy) Kukowski, St. Anthony, Minnesota; by eight grandchildren: Todd, Trisha, Jennifer, Keegan, Lynnae, Lisa, Andrew and Timothy; by eight great-grandchildren: Joshua, Ryan, Kaitlynn, Adam, Allyson, Erin, Samantha; by seven step-grandchildren; and by one step-grandson, Geoff; by stepson, Walter (Jan) Baldus, of Austin; by a step-daughter, Sharon (Richard) Schleich, of Owatonna, Minnesota; by six step-grandchildren: Eric, Melissa, Michael, Tony, Heidi and Jacob; and by sisters-in-law: Ruth Kukowski and Betty Mlynczak, both of Winona.

George was preceded in death by his parents, by his wives, by a son, David; by a stepson, Darrell Baldus; by a stepdaughter, Jannell Bausch; brothers, Roy and James; by a half-brother, Robert Mlynczak; and by a step-father, Frank Mlynczak.

A Mass and Christian Burial to celebrate his life was held on Thursday, September 13, 2007, at 11 a.m., at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, in Winona. The Rev. Thomas Hargesheimer officiated. Burial followed at St. Mary's Cemetery, in Winona. Casket bearers were his grandchildren: Todd Kukowski, Trisha Olsen, Jennifer Joda, Lynnae, Andrew and Timothy Kukowski.

Services were entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona. Words of sympathy and remembrance may be left at



Violet Irene (Bustad) Huckabay


Violet Irene (Bustad) Huckabay, 82, of Rockville, Maryland, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on September 6, 2007, in Maryland. She was born on June 2, 1925, in Austin, the daughter of Ingvold and Augusta (Hanson) Bustad. She grew up in the Lutheran faith while attending St. Olaf Lutheran Church. She also attended school in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1944. Following graduation, Violet moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she worked as a telephone operator for a couple of years. During World War II, Violet took a train with the troops to California. While living in Los Angeles, California, Violet met and married Rodney Oakley Huckabay, a chiropractor, on December 25, 1947 in Stockton, Calif. The couple made their home in Los Angeles, where Violet attended college and earned a bachelor's degree in education. She then worked as a first grade teacher in the Los Angeles area.

The couple later moved to Santa Monica, California, where they owned and operated a health food store for many years. In the early 1990s, Violet moved back to Austin. Rodney died in January 2000. In June 2005, Violet moved toAnnandale, Virginia, to be near her daughters. In November 2006, she entered the National Lutheran Home in Rockville. Violet always held a special place in her heart for her Savior and spent many hours reading and studying the Bible.

Survivors include three children: Norwin (Sheri) Huckabay, of Tehachapi, California, Nori (Bob) Hummel, of Great Falls, Virginia, and Rodene "Crystal" Cowan, of Fairfax, Virginia; four grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters: Evelyn (Dwain) Beckel, of Baudette, Minnesota, Arnold Bustad, of Cross Lake, Minnesota, Marion Baxter, of River Falls, Wisconsin, Edward (Pat) Bustad, of Austin, Wallace "Wally" (Marlys) Bustad, of Austin, and Deanna (Keith) Schewe of Glenville, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Rodney Huckabay in January 2000; and by a brother, Kenneth Bustad.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at Oakwood Cemetery, with Rev. James Grothe officiating.

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



George Robert Becker, 84


George Robert Becker, 84, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died on September 7, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

George was born on October 24, 1922 in Brownsdale, Minnesota, to George Martin and Emma (Klindt) Becker. He grew up in Brownsdale and graduated from Austin High School in 1940.

He married Rosemary Reedy on June 3, 1961 at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Brownsdale. They lived in Brownsdale throughout their married years. Rosemary died on October 13, 2004. George then moved to Blooming Prairie.

George was stricken with polio at the age of 17 and was confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. He sold and repaired televisions and radios, operated the Bargain Counter newspaper with his nephew Bill Nason, and repaired clocks. George served on the Brownsdale City Council and was a past director on the Board at the Bank of Brownsdale.

George enjoyed visiting with people. His positive outlook on life was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Survivors include his brother, Clinton M. Becker, Blooming Prairie; nephews, Jerry (Karen) Becker, of Austin, Clinton G. (LuAnn) Becker, of Waltham, Minnesota; and nieces: Mary (Paul) DeGennaro, of Coronado, California, Sally Rabenhorst, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mary Smith, of Bloomington, Minnesota, Barb Nason, of Brownsdale.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary; by his parents, George M. and Emma Becker; by two sisters, Ruth Heydt and Alva Madison; by a nephew, Bill Nason.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, with Father Dale Tupper officiating. There was a wake service on Monday evening at Mayer Funeral Home. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. George's family expresses their gratitude for your support, prayers and kindness. In lieu of sending individual thank you cards, we will be donating the cost of the stamp in memory of George, to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.



Calvin Henry Kahl, 86


Calvin Kahl, 86, of Spring Valley, Minnesota, and formerly of Grand Meadow, Mower County, Minnesota, died on September 8, 2007 at the Spring Valley Healthy Living Center.

Calvin Henry Kahl was born on March 22, 1921 in Webster City, Iowa, to David and Madeline (Louc) Kahl. He attended school through the eighth grade in Iowa. He joined the Navy on May 30, 1944, and served at the USNTC at Farragut, Idaho, and aboard the U.S.S. Easterland and U.S.S. Sarita. He served in the South Pacific, the Philippines, Japan and Pearl Harbor. After his discharge in 1946, he moved to the Grand Meadow area where he worked for the local elevator. In the 1970s he owned and operated the Grand Meadow Locker, and in the mid-1980s he went to work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he retired in the early 1990s. Calvin was a member of the Grand Meadow American Legion, and was a former member of the Eagles, in Rochester.

He is survived by his wife, Everlyn, of Spring Valley; by his three daughters, Nancy Miland, of Spring Valley, Rose (Ed) Ackermann, of Grand Meadow, Lori (Curt) Unverzagt, of Brownsdale; by one son, Larry Kahl, of Grand Meadow; by eight grandchildren: David (Diane) Miland, Kenneth (Melanie) Miland, Philip Miland, Sheldon Miland, Mary (Jim) Borgschatz, Kristina (Burton) Foote, Carla (Bill) Hilton, and Mathew Unverzagt; by eight great-grandchildren; by two brothers, David (Harriet), of Le Center, Minnesota, and Harold, of Grand Meadow.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at Hindt Funeral Home, in Spring Valley, with Rev. Steve Huekcer officiating. Burial was in Grand Meadow Cemetery.





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