Mower County Obituaries
Part 041



E. Christense Nickell, 90


E. Christense Nickell, age 90, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on September 28, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center, Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Christense was born on May 23, 1917, to Thomas A. and Cora (Iverson) Nickell in Carthage, Missouri. She was the youngest of 10 children. The family later moved to Wichita, Kansas, where she was educated at East High School and was valedictorian of her class. She graduated from the University of Wichita and did graduate work at the University of Minnesota. She came to Austin in 1947 to work as a scientist at the Hormel Institute, retiring in 1979.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Christense took great pride in owning a home and enjoyed working in the yard and visiting with neighbors and friends. She was also very interested in electronics and enjoyed listening to classical music. Chris spent a great deal of time studying the Bible and at one time was doing translations on the Bible from ancient Greek.

She is survived by nieces and nephews and long-time friend, Juanita Neuman, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Cora Nickell, by five brothers, and by four sisters.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel, with the Reverend Patricia M. Toschak officiating. Burial wasin Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.



Anna Marie (Klingfus) Morgan, 94


Anna Marie Morgan, 94, of Austin, died on Oct. 3, 2007, at Austin Medical Center.

Anna was born on October 8, 1912, to Henry and Henrietta (Kranz) Klingfus, in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, where she spent her entire life. After attending school, she became a cake decorator at Sterling Bakery and at the Federal Bakery. A very active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, she was a lifelong member. She loved to visit the elderly and frequented the Senior Citizens Center, attended their dances, and also embroidered.

Survivors include two sons, Richard (Cleone) Morgan of Richfield, and Larry (Bonnie) Morgan of Jonesboro, Arkansas; one daughter, Beverly (Bruce) Johnson of Bloomer, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

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

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with William Natzke officiating. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.



Arlene Genevieve Schoepf, 87


Arlene Genevieve Schoepf, 87, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., died on Oct. 1, 2007, at the Austin Medical Center in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota.

Arlene was born on May 17, 1920, in Iowa City, Iowa, and was adopted by Gustav and Annie (Nelson) Sagen. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from Fertile High School. Arlene attended Northwestern Bible Institute.

She married Milton Schoepf on July 12, 1942, in Fertile, Iowa. They lived in Minneapolis, Huntley, Artichoke Lake, Adrian, Marshall and Spring Valley before returning to Blooming Prairie, where they had lived from 1972 until 1984. As a busy pastorís wife, Arlene was the church organist and pianist. She enjoyed sewing and reading. Milton passed away in 1996.

Survivors include two sons, David (Beverly) Schoepf, Bonnie Lake, Washington, Timothy (Lani) Schoepf, Waverly, Iowa; four daughters: Genevieve (Ernest) Schmidt, Ankeny, Iowa, Donna (Thomas) Anson, Worth, Ill., Patricia (David) Lutterman, Janesville, Wisconsin; Pamela (Thomas) Johnson, Blooming Prairie; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 5, 2007, at First Baptist Church in Blooming Prairie, with the Reverend Matthew Fennell officiating.

Burial was in Danish Baptist Cemetery, Rural Blooming Prairie.

The Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Dan C. Patterson, 70


Dan C. Patterson, 70, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on October 3, 2007, at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dan was born on February 9, 1937, in Austin, to Graydon M. and Christina J. (Dahlin) Patterson.

On August 31, 1957, he married Patricia A. McDonald at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. Dan was a master plumber. He established and owned Patterson Plumbing from 1976 to 2000.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and cherished friend. Dan loved life, his family and nurturing his yard and his many trees and flowers. He was an antique collector, computer fanatic and gadget lover. His sense of humor and devotion led the family through all of the good and hard times up until the very end. He was innovative and was always there to lend a helping hand.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Patterson, Austin; by his children: Dan (Sandi) Patterson, Zeeland, Michigan, Ann (Michael) Dougherty, St. Paul, Minnesota, David (Lisa) Patterson, Lyle, Minnesota, Dale (Angela) Patterson, Farmington, Minnesota, Christine (Paul) Hlavac, Hugo, Minnesota; by grandchildren: Jennifer (Nate) Minnear, Ryan Durben, Rebekah Wermager (Mark Vollrath), Eric Patterson, Todd Wermager (Carly Erickson), Emily Dougherty, Nicolette Patterson, Charlotte Dougherty; by great-grandchildren: Abigail, Kyera, Kayleigh; and by two brothers, Robert (Diane) Patterson, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and Brian Patterson, Oxnard, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Graydon and Jeanette Patterson, and by a brother, Graydon ďJerryĒ Patterson.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at St. Edward's Catholic Church, with Father Joe Fogal and Father Donald Zenk officiating.

There was a rosary at 4 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.

The casket bearers were: Dan Patterson, David Patterson, Dale Patterson, Ryan Durben, Eric Patterson, Todd Wermager.



Charlotte F. (Waldron) Larson, 83


Charlotte Larson, 83, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died at Our House on September 29, 2007.

Charlotte was born on November 4, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Avice (Standish) and Victor Waldron. She moved to Austin in 1941 and graduated Austin High School in 1943.

Charlotte married Elliot Larson in December 1943. Charlotte worked in Bremerton Navy Yard in Washington while Elliot was in the service. She also worked in Bremerton as a telephone operator and in an optometrist office. After that time, they settled back in Austin and continued to live there the rest of their lives. Two children were born into the marriage, Carole and Kevin.

Charlotte was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, served as chair of the Womenís Circle and was president of United Methodist Womenís Society. Always active in the church, she worked on many different committees and raised her children to be conscientious citizens and good Christians. In addition to her work with the Naval shipyard, Charlotte worked at her parentís grocery store, Woolworths, St. Olaf Hospital and the Hormel office before retiring. She did volunteer work at St. Markís Rest Home and the Red Cross.

After they both retired, Elliot and Charlotte loved spending their winters in Donna, Texas.

She is survived by her husband; by her daughter, Carole (Joe) Wike, San Pedro, California; by her son, Kevin (Ellen) Larson, Cape Town, South Africa; by her sisters, Sybil Wilson, and Jeannine (Dick) Buechner, Austin; by a sister-in-law, Phyllis Waldron; and by her four grandchildren, Hattie, Reid, Jennie and Anna.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, by a sister, June, and by her brothers Victor and Rodney Waldron.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at the First Methodist Church. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery south of Austin. Visitation was held at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday, from 4-7 p.m., and for one hour before the service on Saturday at the church.



Richard L. "Dick" Johnson, 88


Richard L. "Dick" Johnson, 88, of Austin, Mower Couty, Minnesota, died on October 2, 2007, at Austin Medical Center.

Richard was born on November 12, 1918, to Elmer and Gertrude (Marvin) Johnson in Stearns County, Minnesota. He attended country school and Browerville High School. Richard served in the Navy in World War II aboard the U.S.S. Bunker Hill as an aircraft mechanic.

After the war ended, he owned and operated an auto repair shop in Carpenter, Iowa. A truck driver, Dick moved to Austin in 1950 where he started working for Bill Todd in the Ford garage.

He married Lavona Marzolf at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Preston on January 14, 1951. In 1956 he began work as a maintenance mechanic and locksmith for Austin High School, retiring in 1986 with 30 years of service. A lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion, he also belonged to Grace Lutheran Church and was active in Boy Scout Troop 124, where he helped several boys achieve Eagle Scout. He received the Silver Scout Award.

He is survived by his wife, Lavona Johnson of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by one sister, Alice; and by four brothers: Iver, Robert, Nelson, and Rollo.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, with The Reverend Robert Iverson and Chaplain Pam Solberg officiating. Military honors will be provided by members of American Legion Post 91. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Burial will be at a later date in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota.



Florence Otillia (Brede) Russell, 88


Florence Russell, age 88, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on September 30, 2007, at Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center.

Florence was born on March 13, 1919, in Ida Township, Douglas County, Minnesota, to Otto and Louisa (Schoeneck) Brede. She attended St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Garfield, Minnesota, where she was baptized and confirmed.

She married Kenneth M. Russell on September 19, 1944, in Garfield. In 1950 Florence and Kenneth moved to Austin. In 1970 the family moved to Centralia, Illinois, returning to Austin in 1973. Florence was a homemaker.

Florence was a long-time member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church. She was active in the St. Johnís Ladies Aide where she was president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Florence attended Bible study classes and the quilting group. Her interests included: gardening, sewing, quilting, crocheting, reading and pie baking.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth M. Russell, Austin; her daughter, Francine (Wayne) Strouf, Oakland, Minnesota; her two sons, Dale (Benita Manahan) Russell, Pennock, Minnesota, and Rick (Jean) Russell, Maple Grove, Minnesota; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy Schulz, Anoka, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law, Marion Brede, Garfield, Minnesota, and Marcene Ziegelman, Garfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Louisa Brede; by brothers, Frederick and Waldemar Brede; by sister-in-law, Linda Brede; and by brother-in-law, Clarence Schulz.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, with the Rev. William Natzke officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.

The honorary casket bearers were: Tina Fread, Heather Russell and Yamieleth Cantu. The casket bearers were: Michael Strouf, Peter Russell, Merlin Ziegelman, Robert Brede, Maurice Schulz and Ernesto Cantu.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Duane Earl McFarland, 66


Duane McFarland, age 66, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on September 30, 2007, at St. Markís Lutheran Home.

Duane Earl McFarland was born December 5, 1940, in Austin, to George and Marie (Underwood) McFarland. He graduated from Austin High School in 1958. After high school Duane became a carpenter, a skill that became a life long hobby. In 1979 he bought the family business, McFarland Truck lines, which ran until 1997. In 1997 Duane went to work for the C.O. Brown Agency as an Insurance Agent, where he worked until his retirement in June of 2007. Duane was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He is survived by his son, Scott McFarland, Austin; by a daughter and son-in-law, Jena (Gary) Engelbrecht, Fridley, Minnesota; by grandchildren: Justin (Shannon) McFarland, Austin, Miranda McFarland, Red Wing, Minnesota, Chance McFarland, Red Wing, Cory Engelbrecht, Fridley, Minnesota, Brian Engelbrecht, Fridley; by great-grandchild, Jaimeson McFarland; by a sister, JoAnn (Lary) Dillavou, Florida; and by fiance, Penny Flynn, Rochester, Minnesota.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, by his parents, George and Marie McFarland and by a brother, George McFarland.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend Doctor Andrew Lindahl officiating.

Burial was in Grandview Cemetery south of Austin. The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangement.



Beatrice Ann (Kast) Wistrcill, 85


Beatrice Wistrcill, died peacefully on October 5, 2007, at Sauer Memorial Home, she was 85.

Beatrice Ann Kast was born on February 13, 1922, on the family farm near Strool, South Dakota, and was raised at Beaver Lake near Ellendale. Her parents were Irvin and Margaret Kast. She graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in 1941 and taught at a one-room country school near Ellendale.

While teaching fourth-grade in Medford, in 1944, she met her future husband, Raymond Wistrcill. They married June 11, 1945, at St. Aidan Catholic Church in Bath. They then settled in Austin, where they raised six children. At home in Austin, Beatie volunteered at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, with the Cub Scouts and the Philomathian Society.

In 1955, she and her husband built a cabin at Beaver Lake near her family farm; they spent nearly every summer at the lake. After her husband retired from his teaching career at Austin High School, Beatie and Ray retired to McAllen, Texas, in the winter. In retirement, they traveled throughout the world. They moved to Winona in the late 1990s.

She was non-judgmental and had a common-sense approach to life. Her quick wit, good cooking and strong moral compass centered the family. Her husband died March 1, 2007.

She is survived by her six children: Roger (Barb) of Cumberland, Wisconsin; David (Jan) of Maplewood, Minnesota; Don (Ann) of Fountain City, Wisconsin; Jean (Bob) Berg Keyes of South Portland, Maine; Pegi (Bill) Chamberlain of Harrison Township, Michigan; Mary Ryan, Algonquin, Illinois; and by 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by both parents, by a brother Earl, and by a sister Alice.

The family held a private Mass on Saturday, October 13, 2007. Messages of condolences may be sent to Roger Wistrcill at



Louise M. (Forcelle) Anderson, 87


Louise Anderson, 87, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on October 8, 2007, at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester, Minnesota, where she had resided for the past three years.

Louise M. Forcelle was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Faribault, to Louis and Delphine (Caron) Forcelle. She married Donald Anderson, who preceded her in death on December 18, 1991. Louise worked as a nurses aide.

Survivors include three daughters: Deanna (Kenneth) Watkins of Cross Lake, Minnesota; June Lee, Rochester, Minnesota, and Beverly (Edward) Tuohy, Eyota, Minnesota; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cecelia Simmons of Faribault, Minnesota.

She is preceded in death by her husband.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Mayer Funeral Home.



Loretta Mary (Tschida) Nielsen, 82


Loretta Nielsen, age 82, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on October 6, 2007, at her home. Loretta was born April 10, 1925, in Holdingford, Minnesota, to Michael and Frances (Patrias) Tschida.

On August 17, 1946 she married Frederick Carl Nielsen in Holdingford. He preceded her in death on November 3, 2006.

Loretta worked for the Brown & Bigelow Publishing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hormel Foods in Austin, and she was also a homemaker. Loretta was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Ladies Unit. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, furniture refinishing, upholstering and shopping for antiques.

She is survived by her children: Patricia A. (Jerry) Elmore of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Michael A. (Sherry) Nielsen also of Oklahoma City; John F. Nielsen of Austin; Sandra L. Jenia of Austin; Jeanne M. (Jim) Winters of Austin; James S. Nelson of Austin; by grandchildren: Natalie A. (Rodney) Hicks of Oklahoma City; Michelle A. Nielsen of Oklahoma City; Jacob F. Winters of Austin; Tanner J. Nielsen of Austin; Olivia P. Nielsen of Austin; by great-grandchildren: Trevin T. Hicks of Oklahoma City; Keetin L. Hicks of Oklahoma City; by siblings: Cecil Schmidt of Austin, Valeria LaVallie of Austin; Rita Smith of Monticello, Minnesota; Leona Fahrnkopf of San Diego, California; Louise Terwey of Avon, Minnesota; Doris (Linus) Vos of Albany, Minnesota, Leo (LaVonne) Tschida of St. Michael, Minnesota, Jerome Tschida of Holdingford, Minnesota; Robert (Lila) Tschida of Avon; Michael (Faye) Tschida of Avon; by sisters-in-law, Carol Tschida of Austin, Mary E. Christensen of Austin; and by a brother-in-law, Art Pierskalla of Avon.

She was preceded in death by her husband; by her parents; by one brother; by one sister; and by a granddaughter.

A memorial mass was celebrated on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, with Father Joe Fogal officiating.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Lloyd E. Tapp, 93


Lloyd E. Tapp, age 93, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, and formerly of LeRoy, Minnesota, died on October 7, 2007, at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Canter.

Lloyd Ernest Tapp was born on January 4, 1914, in Osnabrook, North Dakota, to Ernest and Edith (Melugin) Tapp. He attended country schools through the eighth grade, and later worked with the Conservation Corps from 1933 until 1935.

On October 20, 1937, Lloyd married Irene Schroeder at St. John's Parsonage, in Elkton, Minnesota. Together they farmed for many years in the Mower County area. In 1953 they moved to LeRoy, Minnesota. Lloyd's pride and joy were his John Deere tractors. He was a member of the LeRoy Evangelical Church since 1953. Lloyd and Irene enjoyed traveling extensively in the United States; and he also made several trips to Europe.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Irene, Grand Meadow. Minnesota; by three sons: Alan (Penny) Tapp, Highland, Ohio; Donald (Karen) Tapp, Lincoln, Nebraska; and Verdell (Micky) Tapp, Apple Valley, Minnesota; by eight grandchildren; by ten great-grandchildren; and by two brothers, Kenneth (Jeanette) Tapp, Austin; Vernon (Mildred) Tapp, Lake City, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by four brothers: Maynard, Lester, Cecil and Clifford; by two sisters, Opal and Lucille.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at LeRoy Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Reverend Thomas Kolden officiating. Burial will be at a later date, in the LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery.



Audrey L. (Westerberg)
(Jacobson) Kraft, 83


Audrey L. Kraft, age 83, of Dexter, Minnesota, died on Thursday afternoon, October 4, 2007 at Madonna Towers in Rochester, Minnesota.

Audrey was born on December 5, 1923 to Elmer and Alice (Erickson) Westerberg in Red Wing, Minn., where she grew up and attended school.

Audrey married James Jacobson, and they farmed in the Wanamingo, Minnesota area until moving to Dexter in 1957. She married Leslie Kraft on December 30, 1958 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

An LPN at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, Minnesota, Audrey retired in 1985 after 14 years.

She is survived by two sons, Kendall and Kevin Kraft, both of Austin; by three daughters: Carol (Terry) Therneau, Rochester, Minnesota; Alice (Gene) Berry, Corpus Christi, Texas; Diane Jacobson, Blackshear, Georgia; by four grandchildren; by five great-grandchildren; and by one brother, Ray Westerberg, Red Wing, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Leslie; by a daughter, Patsy; by one brother; and by four sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 8, 2007 at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Elkton, with the Rev. Liz Erickson officiating.

Burial was at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Elkton. The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.



Flora Anna Louise
(Baumgartner) Paape, 96


Flora Paape, age 96, of Hayfield, Minn., died on Oct. 4, 2007.

Flora Anna Louise Paape was born on October 16, 1911, in Waltham Township, Mower County, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Matter) Baumgartner -- the youngest of seven children.

She was baptized on November. 5, 1911, by Pastor F.C. Milius. Flora attended German parochial school and District 85 Country School in Mower County. Flora was confirmed on April 5, 1925, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church.

She married Arthur Paape on May 30, 1943, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church where she had been a lifelong member. Prior to her marriage, Flora did housekeeping and later was employed at Geo. A. Hormel and Company. Flora and Art farmed west of Waltham since their marriage.

She had been a resident of Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield since March of 2001.

Flora is survived by one son, Virgil (Darlene) Paape, Waltham, Minnesota; by a daughter, Carol (Allen) Bothun, Rochester, Minnesota; by five grandchildren: Matthew Paape, Waltham; Brett (Kayla) Paape, Owatonna, Minnesota; Tammy Bothun, New Prague, Minnesota; Terry Bothun, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Randy Bothun, Rochester, Minnesota; and by six great-grandchildren: Travis, Maria, Michaela, Emily, and Katelynn Paape, and Morgan Bothun.

Flora was preceded in death by her husband Art, on January 7, 2004; by her parents; by four brothers: Oscar, Henry, Ervin and Gustav Baumgartner; and by two sisters, Alma Long and Adelia Bennett.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in rural Waltham, with the Rev. John Heruth officiating. Burial was in St. Michaels's Lutheran Cemetery.



Elizabeth (Kepkey) Detwiler


Mrs. George D. Detwiler, aged 73 years, died Thursday afternoon, February 10, 1910, at the home of her daughters, Mary and Anna, 1402 Spruce Place, Minneapolis, on Wednesday. She had a stroke of apoplexy from which she did not rally. She suffered the first stroke five years ago and had a second slight one last summer.

Elizabeth Kepkey was born in Markham, Ontario, May 2, 1836.

She was married at Port Elgin, Ontario in 1866 to George D. Detwiler of Roseville, Ontario. They lived at Port Elgin until 1880, when they moved to Austin. She lived here with her family until five years ago, when she had the first stroke and since that time on account of her frail health and for the benefit of her health and comfort, she has lived with her daughters in Minneapolis.

She leaves her husband and three children, Mary, Anna and John E. Detwiler of Austin. Deceased early in life united with the United Brethren church of which she was a member when she died. Of her it might be said that her adornment was a meek and lowly spirit. Simple and unassuming in her life there was an inner power of the spirit that dominated her life. Her force of character and sweetness of disposition made her many friends whom she dearly loved. As the earthly temple grew frail her beautiful spirit shown forth with unusual brightness. She was fond of nature and spent much of her time amid the trees and flowers and birds.

Thus her waning years glided away placidly and serenely. The influence of her life will continue as a benediction of love and uplifting power with those who knew and loved her and she will be "like a star beaconing from the abodes where the immortals dwell," inspiring to nobler deeds and sustaining with an assured hope of eternal life.

Funeral service, conducted by Rev. C.D. Belden, were held at the home on north Kenwood avenue on Saturday afternoon. Interment in Oakwood.

"I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead--she's just away.
With a cherry smile and a wave of her hand,
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
Its needs must be since she lingers there.
"And you, O you, who the wildest yearn
For the old time step and the glad return-
Think of her faring on as dear
In the Love of there as the Love of here,
Think of her still the same. I say--
She is not dead--she is just away. "

Mower County Transcript
Austin, Minnesota
Wednesday, February 16, 1910

NOTE: Elizabeth was George D. Detwiler's first wife

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George D. Detwiler


Born February 14, 1842, Born Roseville, Ontario, Canada
Died May 31, 1918
He has no grave marker


Death claimed one of Austin's devout good citizens this morning at 9:15 when George D. Detwiler died at his home on north Kenwood. Mr. Detwiler had been in failing health since last fall, suffering from stomach trouble and asthma, but was confined to his bed but a short time before his death.

Mr. Detwiler was born in Roseville, Ontario, February 14, 1842. Here in the province of Ontario his boyhood and early manhood days were spent and here his marriage to Miss Elizabeth Kepkey took place.

The family came to Minnesota in 1879 and located in Austin, where Mr. Detwiler took up the work of a mason contractor but later devoted his time to house moving, and many of the buildings of our city testify to his good workmanship.

Mrs. Detwiler died February 10, 1910, and later Mr. Detwiler married Mrs. Sarah Furtney who survives him; Sarah was born in Aurland, Sognefjord, Norway. Of the children of the first marriage three are living, John E., a real estate dealer of Austin and now serving as Justice of the Peace of the Second Ward, Mary A. who was with her father during his illness and death, and Anna B., now Mrs. Frank E. Davis of Evanston, Ill. Mr. Detwiler also leaves a brother in Petosky, Mich., and one sister, Mrs. Abigail Hilker of this city.

Mr. Detwiler was a member of the Methodist church and the Woodman lodge. He was a devoted Christian gentleman and one who found joy in his religion. His trust in the goodness of God was as great as his faith, and he lived the religion in his life, which he professed with his lips. In his home he was a kind father, devoted to his children and his home. Mr. Detwiler was respected and honored in Austin for his unquestioned honesty and high moral character. He was genuinely liked by all who knew him and his life is a record of hard work, faithful effort and doing the right as he saw it.

The funeral notice will be given tomorrow.

Austin Daily Herald
Friday, May 31, 1918


The funeral of the late George D. Detwiler will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from his late home on North Kenwood. Owing to illness his daughter Anna of Evanston, Illinois, is unable to be present.

Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
Saturday, June 1, 1918

NOTE:Obit says Bergen but that's wrong.

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Josiah S. Furtney


Josiah S. Furtney was born on December 4, 1849, and died March 3, 1903
Born: Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada
Son of Joseph and Charlotte Hilker Furtney


The death of Josiah S. Furtney which had been expected for some time, occurred this morning at 6:25 at his home on Water street. The cause of death was consumption of the bladder. For two years Mr. Furtney had been ill and a great sufferer. Six weeks ago he was stricken with the grip. Since that time he has failed rapidly and for the past three weeks he has been critically and dangerously ill. Those who watched by him did not think it was possible for him to live as long as he did.

Mr. Furtney was born December 4, 1849 at Port Elgin, Canada. He removed from there to Michigan, thence to Milwaukee and Decorah, coming to Austin about
Sarah Hibbard Furtney
thirty-five years ago where has since resided. He was married March 29, 1873 to Sarah Hibbard. To them seven children were born, all of whom survive the father and were near him at the time of death, Mrs. Bruner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Joseph, Harry, Roy, Ada and Vera of Austin and Mrs. Williamson of Owatonna. Besides the wife, five brothers survive, Henry and John of Austin, Jacob of Biwabik, MN., Aaron of Buffalo, MN., Joseph H. of Glenwood, MN., and two sister, Mrs. Mattice of Austin and Mrs. Barney of Michigan City, ND. The father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Furtney of this city, are also left to mourn the loss of their son.

Sarah Hibbard Furtney
Mr. Furtney was a stone mason and tanner by trade. He was also a building mover and owned the little steam boat, The Bell of Austin, which for a number of seasons plied up and down the Cedar. AT the time of the gold fever he made a trip to the Klondike but was never thoroughly well after his return. He was a kind man in his family, a member of the Methodist church and M.W.A. lodge and esteemed by those who knew him.

Funeral will be held from the Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Brown officiating. Interment to Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Mower County Transcript
March 4, 1903, page 2


At his home on Water street, Tuesday morning, March 3, 1903, of tuberculosis of the bladder, Josiah S. Furtney aged 53 years. He was son of Joseph Furtney and was born at Port Elgin, Canada, Dec. 4, 1849. The family subsequently moved to Flint, Mich., and thence to Milwaukee. From there they moved to Decorah, Iowa, and became residents of Austin 35 years ago and have since lived here.

Mr. Furtney was married to Miss Sarah Hibbard in Austin, March 29, 1873. The widow survives and seven children: Mrs. Minnie Bruner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Joseph and Harry of Austin; Mrs. Charlotte Williamson, Owatonna; Roy, Ada and Vera at home. Deceased was a mason by trade and also a house mover. He was a member of the M.W.A. and this lodge will have charge of the funeral. He was a kind and considerate husband and father, a good neighbor and friend and was highly regarded by his friends. He had been sick for over two years past but three weeks ago had an attack of grip which hastened his disease. His parents survive, living in the city. He has also five brothers and a sister in Minnesota and one sister in North Dakota.

Funeral services will be held at two o'clock, Thursday afternoon.

Mower County Transcript
March 18, 1903, page 3


In this city Thursday afternoon, March 12, 1903, of old age and pneumonia Joseph Furtney aged 83 years. He was born in Blenheim, Canada June 27, 1819 and was married to Miss Charlotte Hilker Nov. 23, 1841. They moved to Flint, Mich. 1864, coming to Austin in 1868. Five sons and two daughters survive with the widow. Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Sunday afternoon Rev. J.M. Brown officiating.

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Joseph Henry Furtney


Joseph Henry Furtney
Birth: Aug. 24, 1875
Death: May 13, 1919

Born Austin Daily Herald
Tuesday May 13, 1919
Austin, Minnesota


Jo Furtney Killed; Albert Cotter and
Walt St. Ledger Seriously Injured.

An auto accident that occurred this side of Lansing between midnight and one o'clock this morning resulted in the sudden death of Jo Furtney and the serious injury of Albert Cotter and Walter St. Ledger. Gus Lunberg who was with the party escaped without injury.

The party left here in the Furtney auto at about 8 o'clock Monday night for Blooming Prairie. On their way back from that village, Cotter was driving the car.

At the point where a road turns west to the Andrew Ramsey farm the car ran into the ditch and in bringing it back to the grade it turned over, pinning Furtney to the ground and crushing the life from his body. Lunberg was thrown free of the car but Cotter and St Ledger were caught under it. They managed to get free. Roy Chaffee of the Baird farm was aroused and phoned for Dr. Griese who hurried to the scene. Others came in the mean time and the car was lifted and Furtney was found to be dead.

Roy Drummond who has a crew working on the state highway was coming to the city in his Ford and he brought the three men to this city and left Cotter at the hospital and St. Ledger at his mother's home. Lunberg left when the car stopped at the hospital.

Cotter had his back hurt and suffered a slight fracture at the base of the skull. St. Ledger had his right shoulder broken. Dr. Griese took an X-ray of the break this morning and found the humerus bone broken from the shoulder socket. Both men are expected to recover.

The body of Furtney was brought to this city by Frank Mayer.

Mr. Furtney was born in this city August 24, 1875 and has always resided here. He has been engaged in the livery business all his life. He was married to Miss Ida Nelson who with two children, Florence and Herbert survive. Another child, Donald, died a few months ago. He leaves a mother, two brothers, Roy and Harry and four sisters, Vera McArdell of Minneapolis, Ada Davis of Dickinson, Lotta Williamson of Geyser, Montana and Minnie Griffith of Sumner, Washington.

He leaves his family well provided for. He was a member of the Eagles and also carried insurance in an old line company.

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Roy Lou Furtney, Sr.


B: Dec. 18, 1885
Austin, Mower County, Minnesota
Death: Jun. 4, 1923

Austin Daily Herald,
Austin, Minnesota
Monday, June 4, 1923


Roy L. Furtney Succumbs Sunday

After Long Illness And Suffering

Which He Bore With Fortitude.

Roy L. Furtney died Sunday night at 8 o'clock at his home, 1000 North First street after a long illness. He was conscious to the last moment and sang and prayed shortly before passing on, for his faith was of the supreme sort that knew no doubt. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon, with service at the Methodist church at 4 o'clock, Rev. Warner Johnson officiating. The casket will be open to friends at the church from 3 to 4 o'clock.

Mr. Furtney was born in Austin, December 18, 1885, attended the public schools and graduated from our high school in 1904. The next day he began work in the office of the George A. Hormel Packing company's plant and became manager of the credit department. He held this position up to the time of his death. He was thought so highly of by the company's officials that, while they knew some months ago that he could not recover, they did not appoint a successor to take his place.

He was married April 7th, 1911 to Miss Dana F. Waterman of Great Falls,
Dana Waterman Furtney
Mont. To them were born three children, Ferris aged 10, Roy L. aged five and Dana age one. Besides his wife and children he leaves four sisters, Lottie of Great Falls, Mont., Ada of Dickinson, N.D., Vera of Minneapolis and Minnie of Spokane, Wash., also a brother, Harry of Los Angeles and his mother Mrs. J.S. Furtney of this city. They were all with him at the time of his death except his sister Minnie, who was unable to come.

Mr. Furtney had always enjoyed perfect health up to about four years ago. On March 15, 1922, it was necessary to have his right arm amputated at the shoulder. He returned from Rochester with a smile on his face and a determination not to let this loss of his arm handicap him. He learned to write with his left hand and he took up the work of life where he had laid it down to undergo the operation. The operation did not bring about a cure and he continued to have treatments in Chicago and at Rochester. His last treatment, which was at Rochester, February 21, of this year was a most trying one and he returned home knowing that nothing more could be done for him. He faced the inevitable with the greatest fortitude. His bearing was one of cheer and faith. He went to his work at the Packing house and told the officials the verdict of the doctors. He stayed at work during that day when his strength failed him.

He was a member of the Methodist church, having united with that denomination during the pastorate of Rev. Lutz. He was a member of the official board of the church since 1906 and chairman of the board of managers for the past three years.

For the past seven years he has been Superintendent of the Ticket Audit Department of the State Fair Board.

He was a member of the Masonic order, the Woodmen, the Equitable Fraternal Union and the Kiwanis club. He was active in the work of all these orders, but his home was where he loved to be best. He always expressed his regrets when business called him out of town.

Roy Furtney was of the heroic type of manhood. There are many who are called upon to undergo similar suffering as that which came to him, but few bear their affliction with the cheer and courage that was his. He was not of the complaining kind. His sufferings were not paraded before the public. After his right arm was amputated he took up his life's work with the same smile and the same spirit that had characterized him when he was in full enjoyment of life.

Nor was this bravery assumed for the benefit of those who saw him every day. some men can put on a brave face in the presence of their friends, but he wore it in the crowds where he was not known. A Herald representative was in the Union depot at Chicago, the day that Mr. Furtney returned from his
Miss Dana Waterman
last trip to consult a widely known X-Ray specialist. Roy came down the broad stairway in the center of the ceaseless tide of humanity that endlessly passes to and fro through that great station. His tall straight figure loomed above the hundreds who were hurrying along to take their trains. He carried upon his face the same smile that he has worn in his daily walks among us. Unobserved we watched to see if that brave face would change when he found that no one knew him of all that multitude. He walked up and down the waiting room, speaking to no one, for he know no one there. There is no place so lonesome as to be one of a crowd of strangers, even to one in perfect health. Yet Mr. Furtney carried himself as one among friends, yet he was carrying, hidden from human eyes, the fear and the dread of the disease that was sapping away his wonderful vitality.

Roy Furtney ever held the respect of all who knew him. He was one who was not without honor in the city of his birth and the city where he spend his entire life. He was in every way a good citizen. He stood for the things that were right, for the things that were pure and for the things that were true and worth while. His interests lay in his home and his church. He was a Christian by profession of faith and by his works. He lay down to his last sleep in the confidence of those whose faith is absolute. His life was all too short but the example of his life, his fortitude under great suffering, his splendid example of a clean, upright living survives.

A section of the Methodist church will be reserved for members of the Kiwanis club and their families, President Hoffman announced this afternoon.



There will be a special communication of Fidelity Lodge No. 39 tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 sharp for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother Roy L. Furtney. Will the brothers who are willing to furnish cars please bring them.

G.E. Sharpstene, Sec'y

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Donald Walter Furtney


Birth: Sep. 21, 1906
Death: Oct. 16, 1918


Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
Wednesday, October 16, 1918

Donald Walter the twelve year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Furtney 208 East Water street died this morning at 7:30. Donald was born in this city, September 21, 1906. He had been ill for some time with diabetes but recently was able to resume his school work. He was apparently as usual Monday and attended school that day. Tuesday evening he was taken seriously ill with heart trouble became unconscious shortly after midnight. He leaves besides father and mother a sister and brother, Florence and Herbert.

It had been a disappointment to Donald that he could not enter into the sports with other boys to the extent that he desired, on account of his illness. The sympathy of a wide circle of friends will go out to this family. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday from the residence.

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Ferris Roy Furtney


Birth: Sep. 8, 1912
Death: Aug. 5, 2002

Ferris Roy Furtney, 89, of Austin, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

He was born Sept. 8, 1912, to Roy Luke and Dana (Waterman) Furtney in Austin.

He graduated from Austin High School in 1932 and began working at Geo. A. Hormel & Company. He started the photographic department, now audio-visual department and worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1975.

On Aug. 31, 1935, he married Marguerite Peterson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

Ferris was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Shriners Oriental Band, 50-year member of Kiwanis and the oldest member of First United Methodist Church.

He loved traveling in his motor home, fishing, camping, cooking, gardening and boating. He was a member of the Austin Boating Club.

Survivors include wife, Marguerite, Austin; sons, Roy (Susie) Furtney, Austin; David (Sandy) Furtney, Kenosha, Wis.; daughter, Shauna (Michael) Brignac, Worthington; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dana Pyburn; two brothers, Roy and Dan Furtney.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., today, Aug. 7, 2002, at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m. memorial service, Thursday, at First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

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