Mower County Obituaries
Part 043



Frank Lorenzo Bell


Birth: May 10, 1894
Death: Apr. 24, 1984

Austin Daily Herald - April 24, 1984

Frank L. Bell of Austin, Succumbs

AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- Frank L. Bell, 89, a retired Hormel employee, died Tuesday morning at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin. He was born May 10, 1894, at Chester. He attended schools there, and married Nira Wallace Maya 20, 1914, at Chester. They farmed in the Chester area until 1943, when they moved into Austin and Mr. Bell started working for Hormel. He retired in 1968. Mrs. Bell died in 1976.

On May 5, 1978, Mr. Bell married Esther Godfredson. She survives.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bell is survived by two sons, Robert of New Prague and Loren of Austin; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Faith United Methodist Church at Austin.

Friends may call at the Worlein Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, and at the church one hour before the service Friday.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.

Frank L. Bell, 89, died Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

He formerly resided at 508 12th St. NE and was a retired employee of the Hormel Company. Surviving are his wife, Esther, two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Lucille Bell, New Prague, Minn., Loren and Jean Bell, Austin; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday.

Provided to MNGenWeb by Dorothy Kunz, Oct. 2007



Carlos Manchester


Birth: Jan. 26, 1831
Death: Sep. 18, 1901

Carlos Manchester died at his home in Udolpho, Wednesday afternoon, September 18, 1901, suddenly, aged 70 years. He was around in usual health the day before. He was born in Groton, Vermont, January 26, 1831. He moved with his parents to New York State in the spring of 1845. They settled in St. Lawrence County.

He was married at Pitcairn, New York, October 22, 1854, to Miss Lydia M. Gleason. To this union eight children were born, six surviving. They moved to Illinois near Mendota in October 1857, and moved to Udolpho in this county in 1862, settling on the present homestead in the following year. Like many another pioneer of his time, he had very little of this world's goods, and here as in New York he taught school as a means of earning a livelihood.

He took an early interest in public affairs and was for more than twenty years town clerk of Udolpho.

The widow and six children survive: James Eugene, president of Vincennes University, Indiana; Meribah Eliza, wife of F. H. Chase, just removed to Hewitt, Minnesota; Bertram; Ella May, wife of W. J. McEldoon; Ida Adella, wife of C.A. Rhoades of Udolpho and Lillian, wife of Milo Watts of Lansing township. Frank Dennis died January 19, 1882, and Emma Amelia, wife of J. H. Furtney, died June 9, 1881.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C.D. Belden, were held at the residence Saturday afternoon, a very large concourse of old friends being present. Interment in Udolpho Cemetery. Thus another of the pioneers of this county has been laid to rest and those that remain are few and fast passing away.

Mower County Transcript
September 28, 1901 page 2



Carlos Manchester, an old and respected citizen of Mower County, died at his home in Udolpho Tuesday of acute bowel trouble coupled with heart failure.

He was born in New York State seventy-one years ago and came to Mower County in pioneer days. He leaves beside his wife a family of seven children. Funeral will be held at 1 o'clock from the house.

Austin Daily Herald, September 20, 1901
Austin, Minnesota


Card of Thanks

Kindly permit us to extend our sincerest thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly aided us in our late affliction.

To those who offered their aid at the funeral services and elsewhere, we would make known our most earnest appreciation.

To those who with us followed the remains to their last resting-place, we would say that you lent us your sympathy and consolation by your presence; and to you all we express our heartfelt thanks.

Mrs. Carlos Manchester and Family
Udolpho, Minnesota, September 23, 1901

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Dorothy Kunz 10/2007



Judith Melvine (Lee) Olson, 87


Judith Olson, age 87 of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Judith Melvine Lee was born Dec. 25, 1919 in Vernon Township, Dodge County, Minnesota, the daughter of Anton and Anna Mary (Moe) Lee.

She married Bernard D. Olson on October 8, 1941 at the Olson family home in Rochester, Minnesota. Judy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, and also the Women of the Moose.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard D. Olson of Austin; by a son, Dennis Olson of Austin; by a daughter, Carolyn (Wade) Nelson of Austin; by two daughters-in-law, Janet Olson of Rochester, Minnesota, Carol Ashton Olson of Pima, Arizona; by a sister, Ruby Lee of Hayfield, Minnesota; and by several other relatives.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents, by two sons, Terry and Roger; by two brothers, by four sisters, by an infant sister, and by an infant brother.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Grandview cemetery at a later date. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.



Eunice (Underland) Bergstrom, 85


Eunice Bergstrom, age 85, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on Tuesday evening, October 23, 2007 at the St. Elizabeth's Care Facility in Wabasha, Minnesota.

Eunice Underland was born on June 15, 1922 at Brookings, South Dakota, the daughter of Cornelius and Martha (Seim) Underland. She was baptized and confirmed at the Moscow Lutheran Church, Moscow, Minnesota. She graduated from Austin High School.

She married Richard W. Bergstrom on July 25, 1941 at the Moscow Lutheran Church.

Eunice was an active member of the Moscow Lutheran Church and St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, as well as the Sons of Norway and the Mower County Senior Center. She was self employed in sales, selling sandals and make-up from her home over the years.

She was an avid gardener and loved flower gardening as well as lawn mowing. Eunice was a wonderful cook who enjoyed “fancy” entertaining. In 1968 Richard and Eunice visited Norway and she returned there in 2001 with her daughter Judy to again visit her family there. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eunice is survived by a daughter, Judy (Gerald) Mittag of Wabasha, Minnesota; by a son, Jim Bergstrom of Austin; by a daughter-in-law and her husband, Jeanne (Bergstrom) and Ron Wangen of Oakland, Minnesota; by four grandchildren: Brian Draayer and Jill, Brenda (Steve) Kuettner, Jeremy (Kelly) Bergstrom, John (Annesa) Bergstrom; by 10 great grandchildren; by a brother, Ordell (Ethel) Underland, Hayward, Minnesota; by a brother-in-law and friend, Arnold Bergstrom and Helen Broitzman of Austin; and by many cousins in the Bergen, Norway area.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard W. Bergstrom in 2002, by a son Jerry, by an infant daughter, by brothers Arthur and Kenneth Underland, and by sisters, Clara Chilson and Minnie Underdahl.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Muriel M. (Conklin) Kasten, 82


Muriel M. Kasten, 82, of Babbitt, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

Muriel was born on April 16, 1925 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota to Melvin and Cora Conklin. She married Lee Kasten on June 16, 1946. The couple left the family farm in Spring Valley, Minnesota in 1956 and moved to Babbitt, where they have made their home for over 51 years.

When they retired, they joined the snowbirds for 20 years of down south traveling. Her home was her pride and joy. Muriel enjoyed church functions, gardening, sewing, and helping out with group functions. She was a member of Babbitt TOPS, the Babbitt American Legion Auxiliary, and wa a Girl Scout Leader.

Muriel is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Lee Kasten, Babbitt, Minnesota; by two children, Dale Kasten, Babbitt; and Linda (Lanny) Kuehl, Garnavillo, Iowa; by three grandchildren: Danelle, Lance and Darci Kuehl; and by two great-great-grandchildren, Lane and Keegan Kuehl of Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brother, Dale Conklin.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Woodland Presbyterian Church in Babbitt. Burial will be at the Argo Cemetery.

Family services by Kerntz Brothers, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Ely. To share a personal remembrance of Muriel online please see



Richard Neil Notermann, 75


Richard Neil Notermann, 75, of Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Dick was born on May 20, 1932 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Regina Notermann. He married Mary Lou Scheid at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin.

A graduate of St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, he worked for Equitable as an insurance agent. Dick was disabled by a stroke in 1981.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou Notermann, Rochester, Minnesota; six children: John (Denise) Notermann, Rochester, Beth (Kent) Bearson, Naperville, Illinois, Mary Jo (Kevin) Eukel, Fridley, Minnesota, Paul (Deborah) Notermann, Savage, Minnesota, Michael (Amy) Notermann, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Neil (Connie) Notermann, Mason City, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; brothers, Alan Hanson, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Charles (Rachel) Hanson, Hawaii; a sister, Mary (Greg) Smith, Winstead, Minnesota; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Meg Hanson, Montrose, Minnesota, John (Helen) Scheid, Rochester, Minnesota, Peggy (Jack) Saari, Seattle, Washington, Larry (Barb) Scheid, Austin, Minnesota, Deborah (Del) Bauernfeind, Kasota, Minnesota; and aunts, Teresa Konair and Frances Gunnarson.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Michael and Frances Notermann; by his mother, Regina Hanson; by a daughter, Amy Marie Notermann; by a brother, Robert Hanson; by a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emil and Elaine Scheid.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, October 26, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post #91.

The casket bearers were grandsons: Jason, Matthew, Brandon, Jacob and Luke Notermann, Zachary and Alex Bearson, and Neil Eukel.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Verlie Evelyn (Christianson) Tollefson, 91


Verlie Tollefson, age 91 of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died on Sunday, October 21, 2007, at Our House Assisted Living, Austin.

Verlie Evelyn Christianson was born on August 5, 1916 to Selmer and Ella (Basness) Christianson, in Mower County, Minnesota.

She married Tilmen Tollefson on October 6, 1934 in Albert Lea. In 1941 they moved to a farm near Hollandale where they raised vegetables. They lived there until moving to Blooming Prairie in 1978. Verlie loved to cook and bake. The family looked forward to her lefse. She crocheted and made quilts for the grandchildren, babysat and helped her family in many ways. A member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, she belonged to Circle.

Tilman passed away in 2002, and Verlie then moved to Our House Assisted Living in Austin where she spent the past four years.

Survivors include one son, Darrel (Marlene) Tollefson of Burnsville, two daughters, Jean Gappa of Albert Lea and Judy (Robert) Remker of Blooming Prairie; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Tilman; by a great-granddaughter, Bethany; by two sisters, Dorothy and Katherine; and by a brother, Virgil.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin. Burial was in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Austin. Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Marvin F. Moes

died: 2007

Marvin F. Moes of Parker, Colo., formerly of Austin, died this week.

PARKER, COLORADO -- Marvin Moes, a graduate of University of Nebraska, was a 36-year employee of Hormel Foods in Austin. He was also a past-President of The Rotary Club in Parker, a member of the Parker Breakfast Club, a member of the Air Force Academy Quarterback Club of Denver, a Division of Wildlife Volunteer, a member of the Pinery Country Club, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Cathy; by four sons: David (Jani), Chicago, Illinois, Tim (Camille), Lancaster, California, Mike (Laura), Centennial, Colorado, and Jim (Jackie), Racine, Wisconsin; by nine grandchildren; by a brother, Don (Pam), by sisters: Ann Marie (Don) Thies, Elaine (Leo) Moschenross, Florence (Jim) Glenn; brother-in-Law, LaVon Moes; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Dorothy Moes and brother, Wayne Moes.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at Ave Maria Catholic Church, in Parker, Colo. Interment will be at St. Simeon Cemetery.



Ruth Maxine (Marshall) Salisbury


Ruth Maxine Salisbury, age 89, Austin, died on October 31, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

She was born May 2, 1918 to William and Myrtle (Holman) Marshall at West Liberty, Iowa. Baptized at a Church of Christ, Ruth attended school in West Liberty, Iowa. During her years at home, she worked with her family in the vegetable fields and doing housekeeping. She sang, played the guitar and piano, all by ear without ever taking a lesson. After completing her education, Ruth worked as a housekeeper in St. Ansgar, Iowa, where she married Clifford Salisbury on June 19, 1937. They moved to Minnesota and made their home in the Lyle area. Ruth enjoyed sewing, baking, crocheting and decorating cakes. In 1977 they moved to Austin. They enjoyed old time and country music, including polkas and waltzes. Cliff died on December 17, 1990.

Survivors include one daughter, Catherine (John) Fletcher, St. Peter; two sons, Donald (Nancy) Salisbury, Rudd, Iowa; Richard Salisbury and special friend, Judi Price, Lyle; nine grandchildren, Sherri (Todd) Tehurne, St. Peter; Cindy Betts, Orchard, Iowa; Doug (Julie) Salisbury, Nora Springs, Iowa; Dwayne Salisbury, Rudd, Iowa; Susan Kendrew, Mason City, Iowa; Sandy (Loren) Wagner, Osage, Iowa; Stacy (Ron) Koehler, Rudd, Iowa; Deanna Sizemore, Greendale, Indiana; Jason Salisbury, Rising Sun, Indiana; twenty-two great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Angeline Overland, Twin Lakes; uncle, Benjamin Holman, Oakwood, Illinois; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 53 years, Clifford Burk Salisbury; several sisters and brothers as well as two grandchildren, Misty Ann Salisbury and Michael Richard Salisbury.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 5, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with The Reverend Mark Goossen officiating. Burial was in Woodbury Cemetery, rural Lyle, Minnesota.



Eunice O. (Osborn) Burton, 101


Eunice O. Burton, 101, of Austin, died on October 31, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Eunice was born on February 13, 1906 in Kansas City, to Victor Elis Osborn and Ida Carolyn (Anderson) Osborn. She was the second child of four, with an older brother, Floyd and two younger brothers, Raymond and Edward. Eunice graduated with honors in 1922 from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. She was a 1923 graduate of Central Business College in Kansas City, Missouri.

Eunice married G. Warren Burton on Nov. 18, 1925. She served as secretary to the Jones Hettelsater Company of Kansas City, and as assistant to the secretary of the president of Trans Western Airlines in the late 1920's. In 1933, Eunice and Warren moved to Austin, where Warren was a cattle buyer and head of the department for Geo. A. Hormel & Company from 1941 until his death in 1967. The Burton's raised four children in Austin. Eunice was an active member of the Central Presbyterian Church, now the Westminster Presbyterian Church. She did volunteer work for the American Red Cross and her church, and was spirited in raising her family.

Survivors include her son, Robert W. (Linda Strawbridge) Burton, Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter, Vicki Burton (Gerald) Swedish, Madison, Wisconsin; son-in-law, Donald Elliot (husband of the late Barbara Burton Elliot), Brooklyn New York; sisters-in-law, Helen Burton Huitt, Prairie Village, Kansas, and Marjorie Burton (wife of the late Jean A. Burton), Austin; several nieces and nephews; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Steven (Jan) Elliot Drew (Erika Doering) Elliot, Douglas (Suzette) Elliot, Kevin and Kent McMasters, Warren B. (Theresa) Burton Lee Elisa Burton, Laura (Bernardo) Burton Lora; grandchildren, great-grandchildren Kai, Zachary, Kaitlin, Tyler, Clay, Scott Douglas, Amanda, Ryan, Boo, Lux, Zoe, Tristan. Nina, step-grandchildren, Kevin (Sarah) Strawbridge, Andy (Kim) Strawbridge, Lance Swedish; nieces, Ritu Esbjorn, Sabastopol, California, Jeanette Osborn Bray, Evert, Minnesota, many grand nieces and nephews, plus numerous long time and dear friends.

Eunice was preceded in death by her husband, G. Warren Burton, two children, Barbara Burton Elliot and Bruce Burton, three brothers, as well as her beloved brother-in-law Jean Burton.

A memorial service will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Austin, Minnesota, on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m., with the Reverend Michael Olmstead officiating. Interment will be held at the Mt. Mariah Cemetery, in Kansas City.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.



David Eugene Deyo, 62


David Eugene Deyo, 62, of Austin, died on Oct. 29, 2007, at Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea. He was born May 23, 1945 to Dale and Viola (Gorman) Deyo in Austin, where he grew up and received his education. A very hard worker, David was employed for several years on construction, building bridges and at Mitch Buxton’s Concessions. He was injured while working on the railroad.

Survivors include his children, Troy (Davina) Utzig, Rockford, Illinois, Tracey (Tanya) Utzig, Beloit, Wisconsin, Dustan Farmer, Austin; nine grandchildren, Chandra, Victoria, James, Brandon, Christopher, Kimberly, Alexander, Divianna and Tabitha; and three sisters, Sharon Weiss, Glenville; Darlene James, Janesville, Wisconsin; Pamela (Dan) Grace, Norfolk, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Viola and Dale Deyo; brothers-in-law, Wayne Weiss and Rod James; special friend, Diane Hanson.

Memorial services were held on Friday, November 2, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with the Reverend Kent Otterman officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.



Anna M. (Robertson) Atchley


Anna M. (Robertson) Atchley, 79, died on Oct. 23, 2007, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

Anna was born on Nov. 24, 1927, in Mitchell, Iowa. She later moved to Osage. She worked for Hallmark in Kansas City for many years. Anna was married to Donald Atchley of Ponca City, Oklahoma, and they had one son, Donald Gene.

She is survived by her son, Donald Gene (Judy) Atchley, Oak Grove, Missouri; granddaughter, Ann; and by a sister, Ruth Collette, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Atchley; by her parents, W.M. and Vera Robertson; by a brother, Gene; and by a sister Katherin Gutman, Austin.

A memorial service was held on October 27, 2007, in Cole Camp, Missouri.



Jone Jorgenson
(Mrs. Bernard Lorenz)

d: 2007

Jone Jorgenson, formerly of Austin, passed away on October 26, 2007, in California. Jone grew up in the Austin area and graduated from Austin High School. She went on to be an airline hostess for many years.

Jone is survived by her husband, Ben Lorenz; three children and their families; two sisters, Mrs. Carola Lang, Mesa, Ariz., Mrs. Darleen Fox, Salt Lake City, Utah; by two sister-in-laws, Mrs. Gladys Jorgenson, Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Betty Jorgenson, Austin; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins in the Austin area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Dora Jorgenson; and by five brothers: David, Glenn, Ernest, Harold, Thorman and Gene.



Ruth Leah (Stroh) Schumacher, 71


Ruth Leah Schumacher, age 71, of rural Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on Sunday on October 28, 2007, at her home. She was born June 1, 1936 to Fredrick and Susanna (Doerrheim) Stroh in Missoula, Montana, where she grew up and received her education. She moved to Helena, Montana, working in the Finance Office while serving in the Navy Reserves at Fort Harrison.

She married Richard Schumacher on Nov. 3, 1956, in Bonner, Montana. They made their home in Helena, where Ruth continued to work at Fort Harrison. They moved first to Missoula and then to Minnesota, taking up residence in Minneapolis in the 1960's. Later they moved to Austin. After moving to Austin, Ruth graduated from the Austin Vo-Tech secretarial program. She was employed by a private investigator for a short time before becoming a back-up cook at a truck stop. While raising her family, she drove a school bus for Austin Schools. A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in rural Geneva, Ruth was active in WCCW, serving as president.

She always had a smile and good word to say. She never gave up on the battle against cancer.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Schumacher, rural Austin; children, Mark (Dianne) Schumacher, Savage; Calvin (Amy) Schumacher, Elko-New Market; Karl (Allamay) Schumacher, Elko-New Market; Christina (Michael) Kanne, Austin; Edward Schumacher; Margaret (Bruce) Grover, Austin; Melissa (Paul) Jacoby, St. James; thirteen grandchildren, Skye Kanne, Page Kanne, Faith Kanne, Daniel Schumacher, Rebekah Schumacher, Nicholas Schumacher, Brooke Jacoby, Seth Jacoby, Michael Schumacher, Nathan Schumacher, Krista Schumacher, Kensington Schumacher and Miranda Jacoby; three sisters, Katherina Dagenais, Helena, Mont.; Betty Bristow, Missoula, Mont.; Francis Pearson, Halsey, Oregon; sister-in-law, Barbara Stroh, Bonner, Mont.; brothers-in-law, Roland (Barb) Schumacher, Austin; Ralph (Kathy) Schumacher, Rosemount; Delores (Norm) Norring, Shakopee; Robert (Donna) Schumacher, Rochester, Minn.; mother-in-law, Mathilda Schumacher, Austin.

Her parents; one brother, Ernest; four sisters: Violet, Irene, Dorothy and Esther preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 1, 2007, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Geneva with Father Thien Nguyen, officiating.

There was also a Rosary service at Worlein Funeral Home on Wednesday. Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Geneva.



Lawrence M. Jensen


Lawrence M. "Jens" Jensen, 69, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on October 28, 2007, at the Comforcare Good Samaritan center in Austin.

Lawrence was born on August 9, 1938 in Albert Lea, Minn., the son of Jens and Else (Jones) Jensen. He graduated from the Lyle High School and attended the Austin Junior College.

Jens was married to Barbara Ann Kruger on Feb. 15, 1958, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. He started working as a meat cutter at Trowbridge's in Austin and also worked for the Piggly Wiggly and Erdman's in Rochester before going to work at the Hormel Foods Corporation. He was also employed in real estate sales with the Carol Lantow Real Estate office. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jensen, Austin; Daughters and sons-in-law, Shalane and Robert Hicks, Austin; Shan and Dayton Kehret, Austin, Shelly (Mark) Metcalf, Austin; eight grandchildren, Brianne Hicks and Jason Pedersen, Jerimie and Laine Hicks, Katelyn, Nathan and Colten Kehret, and Jessika and Madisen Starry, great-grandson, Logan Pedersen; mother-in-law, Lola Kruger Lysne, Austin; sister-in-law and husband, Becky (Steve) Schneberger, Cloquet, Minn., step-sisters-in-law and husbands, Pam (Alan) Wigant, Austin, Judy (Mike) Wolfe, Arizona, and his nieces and nephews.

Jens was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and his grandparents.

A memorial service was held on Friday, November 2, 2007 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with the Reverend Glenn L. Monson officiating. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery south of Austin.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Bonnie (Klingfus) Anderley, 51


Bonnie Kay Anderley, age 51, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday morning, October 27, 2007, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home. She was born Nov. 24, 1955 to Henry and Hilda (Aslakson) Klingfus in Austin, Minnesota where she attended St. John’s Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School in 1974.

She married Robert Anderley, and they were later divorced. Bonnie was a beautician for many years and then became a para-professional with Austin Public Schools. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She loved to garden and raise beautiful flowers; and also enjoyed baking, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her companion of 23 years, Tom Brewster; one daughter, Amber Anderley; a grandaughter, Kasey “Bugaboo” Chandy; brothers, Jerome (Laurie) Klingfus, George (Elfie) Klingfus, all of Austin; Darrell (Nancy) Klingfus of Northwood, Iowa; and special in-laws, Virgil and Arlene Anderley of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.



Donald Bergstrom


Donald L. Bergstrom, 77, of rural Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday November 2, 2007, at his home.

Don L. Bergstrom was born on February 3, 1930, at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, to Rudolph and Marguerite (Weiler) Bergstrom. He graduated from Austin High School.

He married Shirley "Sal" Nemitz, and they raised five children together on their farm east of Austin. On October 10, 2007 Don and Sal celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. They belonged to Christ Episcopal Church in Austin. Don worked at Hormel for 34 years.

Don is survived by his wife, Shirley Bergstrom, Austin; children, Suzan (David) Avery, Jefferson City, Mo., Mary Anna (Terry) Heimsness, Austin, DeAnna (Mark) Mandler, Brownsdale, Rosalie (Steve) Ivers, Austin, Jack and Shari Bergstrom, Austin, brother, LaVern Bergstrom, Dexter; and by other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; by a sister, Shirley Ann Bergstrom; and by a sister-in-law, LaVonne Bergstrom.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at Christ Episcopal Church in Austin, with Father Scott Monson officiating. Visitation was held on Monday, November 5, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, and one hour before the service at the church. There was no reviewal at the church. The organist was Gretchen Zinsli. The soloist was Terrance Zink.

Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Honorary bearers were: Norb Bergstrom, Lowell Sorg, Al Simon, Al Swenson, Luke Mandler, Henry Mandler, Gavin Bergstrom, Colton Ivers, Caden Sherrard, and Brecklan Sherrard. Casket bearers were: Dave Simon, Ray Rauen, R.J. Bergstrom, Kevin Sorg, Steve Severson, and Keith Larson.



Thomas Schenk


Tom Schenk, 43, of Owatonna, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at his home.

Thomas Erich Schenk was born on May 31, 1964 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to James and Mitzi (Meyer) Schenk. He graduated from Pacelli High School and received his BS in Computer Science/Math from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Tom worked at Federated Insurance for 20 plus years as a systems developer.

Survivors include his soulmate, Janice Martens of Owatonna, Minnesota; his parents, Mitzi Schenk of Austin, and James Schenk of Lake City,Minnesota; a sister, Teresa (Jim) Baldus of Austin; a niece, Brianna Baldus of Austin; a nephew, Ryan Baldus of Austin; and his grandmother, Vida Schenk of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Margaret Meyer, and O.W. Schenk; and by his aunt, Janet Warfield.

A memorial mass was celebrated on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating. There was wake service held on Monday at Mayer Funeral Home. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

The honorary casket bearers were: Dan Quinn, Ted Paczkowski and Kevin Ryks.



Elizabeth "Betty" Dunn, 84


Elizabeth Dunn, 84, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on November 6, 2007 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, where she had resided for six years.

Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Dunn was born on November 1, 1923 in Moose Lake, Minnesota, to John and Bertha Dunn. The family moved to Austin in 1943. Betty was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Austin Eagles Auxiliary.

Survivors include her brother, Robert J. (Ellen) Dunn of Austin; a sister, Lorraine Minelli of Phoenix, Arizona; three nieces: Mary McCarron, Kathy Dunn, Pat (David) Larson; a nephew, Michael (Anna) Minelli.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bertha Dunn; by a nephew, Robert Michael Dunn; and by a brother-in-law, Frank Minelli.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 12, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home with Father Paul Nelson officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at St. Mark's on Monday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

The Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Edith (Jones) Wehner


Edith Wehner, age 70, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Nov. 7, 2007 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Edith Loretta Jones was born on September 14, 1937 in Nashville, Tennessee,the daughter of Herbert F. and Mary Frances Jones. She grew up and graduated from St. Bernard Convent and Academy in Nashville. After two years of college she met and married Richard L. Wehner on February 7, 1959. She then moved to Austin where she lived the rest of her life.

Edith was a homemaker, Cub Scout Den Mother and worked as secretary for the family business, Wehner Construction Co. In later years they divorced, and Edith worked with the special needs people and cared for children which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Edith loved her flowers, baking, entertaining and was known for generously giving her baked goods to others.

Survivors include two sons, Richard L. (Monica) Wehner Jr., Austin; Herbert F. (Sarah) Wehner, Austin; grandchildren: Ryan (Toni) Wehner of Brainerd, Minnesota; Chelsie Wehner of Rochester, Minnesota; Nicholas, Zachary, and Breanna Wehner of Austin; her siblings: Clyde Lee, White Creek, Tennessee; Robert Lee, Callahan, Florida, Lea Moseley, Ashland City, Tennessee, Madale Reed, Olive Hill, Tennessee, Donald Lee, Auburntown, Tennessee, Ethel Jackson, Water Valley, Kentucky; her cousins: Mary Margaret Edwards, Brian Edwards, Kevin Edwards, Pat Edwards, all of Nashville, and Mark Edwards, Maryville, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by a brother, Lawrence Lee; and by a cousin, Herb Edwards.

A memorial mass was celebrated on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at St. Augustine Catholic Church.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Ruth (Mason) (Gauthier) LaLone


Ruth LaLone, age 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died on November 8, 2007, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Ruth Alberta LaLone was born on January 11, 1921 to Burt and Ruth (Saunders) Mason in Warroad, Minnesota.

In January 1937 she married Aime Gauthier; they later divorced. In May 1963 Ruth married Harvey LaLone. Harvey passed away in 1970. Ruth began working for E.C. Alsacker in 1975 as his caregiver. She worked for him until his death in June 1989. She went to work at REM (Woodvale) in July 1990 at the age of 69 and retired on January 2002 at the age of 81. Ruth loved to crochet. She made several bedspreads, tablecloths and doilies. Gardening was another passion of hers. She loved her flowers and birds.

Ruth is survived by four daughters: Aimee Merrill, Austin; Marian Duryee, Little Cedar, Iowa; Peggy (Malcolm) Struthers, Austin; Linda Swinyard, Blooming Prairie; by twenty-three grandchildren; by thirty-four great-grandchildren; by eight great-great-grandchildren; by a sister, Sarah Allard (Evan) Frutiger, Warroad; and by a brother, Danny (Betty) Mason, Falls Church, Virginia.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Burt and Ruth Mason; by her husband, Harvey LaLone; by a son, Dennis Gauthier; by a daughter, Rita Grap Boyenga; by a son-in-law, Floyd Merrill; by two grandsons, Lonny Raye Lee, Donald Keith Wilder; by a brother, Henry “Dell” (Marian) Mason; and by a brother-in-law, Thomas Allard.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2007, at Christ Episcopal Church in Austin, Minnesota. Burial will be at a later date at Maple Hills Cemetery, Grand Marais.

Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of funeral arrangements.



James K. Sayles


Birth: Oct. 7, 1822
Death: Jan. 24, 1882

J. K. Sayles, living one mile east of Varco station, died yesterday of dropsy. He leaves a wife and one child and numerous friends to mourn the loss of a good husband, father and neighbor.

Mower County Transcript, January 25, 1882, page 3 column 2

Note: Buried in Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery

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Lucinda Brown Sayles


Birth: Aug. 27, 1831
Death: Jul. 2, 1896

The funeral of Mrs. Lucinda B. Sayles was held yesterday afternoon at two o'clock from the house, one mile east of Varco. Rev. Crum of Owatonna officiated at the services and the body was interred in the Enterprise cemetery. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in that section of the county. It is estimated that there were over two hundred teams in the procession.

Austin Daily Herald, July 6, 1896 – page 3

Death of Mrs. L.B. Sayles

Mrs. L. B. Sayles, mother of Mrs. E. L. Peck of this city, died at the home of her son, C.B. Sayles, south of Austin, yesterday evening at 6 o'clock, after a lingering illness of some six months. The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house. Rev. Crum, a Universalist preacher of Owatonna, will preach the funeral discourse, and the remains will be interred in the Enterprise cemetery.

Mrs. Sayles was an old resident of Austin Township, having resided in this locality for the past twenty-five years, during which time she has made a great many friends by her kind acts and gentle deeds. She would have been 65 years of age on the 27th day of August. Mr. Sayles preceded her to that land from which no traveler can return some fourteen years ago. She leaves a son and three daughters to mourn the loss of a most lovable mother; C.B. Sayles of Austin township, Mrs. E.L. Peck of this city, Mrs. W.H. Rolfe of Flandreau, S.D. and Miss Lizzie Sayles.

Austin Daily Herald, July 3, 1896 – page 1

Mrs. Lucinda Brown Sayles died at her home in Austin Township, Thursday evening, July 2, at six o'clock, after six months of suffering. Lucinda Brown was born in Otsego County, N.Y., August 27, 1831, and was married to James K. Sayles October 7, 1851. They came to this county 26 years ago, and made their home on the farm from which they have been carried to their last resting place, Mr. Sayles having died January 24, 1882.

Two children were born to them, a daughter who died in her tenth year, and a son, Cyrus B. Sayles, who is well known throughout the county.

The largeness of their hearts led them to take into their home three motherless girls who were received and loved as their own, the oldest, Mrs. W.H. Rolfe of Flandreau, S.D., Mrs. E.D. Peck of this city and Miss Lizzie Sayles. All were with the mother in her last illness and did all that daughters could do to alleviate her suffering.

The funeral services were held at the home, Sunday, at 2 p.m., Rev. Crum of Owatonna officiating.

The remains were followed to Enterprise cemetery by a very large concourse of friends and neighbors.

The son and daughters wish to express their gratitude and appreciation to the friends who have done so much to make their affection lighter.

Mower County Transcript -- July 8, 1896

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Henry Joseph Bauer

Birth: Feb. 26, 1908
Death: Oct. 9, 1978

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday October 10, 1978 -- page 13

Henry J. Bauer, 70, died Monday at Methodist Hospital, Rochester.

A retired employee of the Hormel Company, he resided at 409 7th Street NW.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Patricia) Schreiner, Austin, Mrs. Norbert (Judith) Ellis, Sandstone, Minn., Mrs. Charles (Nancy) Smith, Fergus Falls, Minn., Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Dalquist, Boca Raton, Florida.; 12 grandchildren; five brothers, Albert and Victor of Austin, Edmund and Ronald of Watertown, S.D., Omer of Middlesex, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. Martin Strohfus, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Funeral services will be held Thursday.

Austin Daily Herald, October 11, 1978


Funeral services for Henry J. Bauer, 409 7th Street NW, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Augusine Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. (Knights of Columbus) and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call after 3 p.m. Wednesday.



Warren "Jack" Fullen


Warren "Jack" Fullen, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, age 83, died on October 22, 2007.

Jack was born in Austin, Minnesota on July 27, 1924 to W.J. and Gratia Fullen. W.J. Fullen was the Chief Chemist at Hormel and retired in 1963.

Jack lived on Oak Street until his graduation from Austin High School in 1942. He then joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, primarily on the USS Ptarmigan and USS Ardent. After his completion of military service in 1946 he returned to Austin briefly before attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree.

Jack married Carol Johnson, also of Austin, in 1948. Carol's father owned Axe Johnson's Hardware. Carol and Jack, and their growing family, moved to numerous states during Jack's career as a Chemical Engineer for Hercules, General Mills, and Henkel. Jack and Carol's longest (40 years) and current residence is St Paul, Minn.

Jack was a kind and gracious man who loved his wife, family and the Lord. He shared his life and faith, through action, with all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife: Carol, of 59 years, St. Paul, Minn.; four children: Doug (Carol), John (Donna), Mary (Mike), Mark (Lesley); 12 cherished grandchildren: and dear sisters: Margie (Loyd), Marietta, Ga., Carol (Darrell), Austin, Minn.

We will all remember him through his love for us, his caring spirit for others, and personal integrity. A celebration of a life well lived was held on Oct. 30, 2007.

Austin Daily Herald
November 11, 2007

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