MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries
Mower County Obituaries
Robert K. Buehner
Austin Daily Herald, Monday, May 21, 1945, Front Page, col. 6
R.K. Buehner, Radio Man, Killed in Action
Robert Kenneth Buehner, 22, radioman 2nd class, was killed in action
in the Pacific theatre, his parents, Mr.and Mrs. Fred Buehner, 1009 Gleason,
were notified Friday night. No details were given.
Born in Austin on Oct. 03, 1922. Robert was graduated from Austin high
school in 1942 and enlisted in the navy that fall. He received training at
Great Lakes, Indianapolis and Marc Island. He left the U.S. March 19, 1945,
and went into combat service a month ago after receiving final training in
the Hawaiian Islands,
Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Wallace, seaman 2nd class,
stationed in Rhode Island, and two sisters. Mrs. Raymond Christofferson and
Mrs. Leonard Cotter, both of Austin.
[Submitted to MNGenWeb by Mark Ashley -- 12/02/07]
Birth: Oct. 3, 1922
Death: May 1, 1945
On May 1, 1945, as the U.S.S. Terror lay at anchor in Kerama Retto, a
kamikaze dove toward the ship. Darting through a hole in the smoke screen
and coming in on Terror's port beam, the attacker banked sharply around the
stern, then came in from the starboard quarter so rapidly that only one of
the minelayer's stern guns opened fire. As the plane crashed into the ship's
communication platform, one of its bombs exploded. The other penetrated the
main deck before it, too, exploded.
The aircraft's engine tore through the ship's bulkheads to land in the
wardroom. Fire flared immediately in the superstructure but was soon
controlled and, within two hours, was extinguished. Flooding of the
magazines prevented possible explosions, and no engineering damage
occurred, but the kamikaze had exacted its toll.
'THE U.S.S. TERROR' survived the Japanese Suicide Plane attack on
1 May 1945 off Kerama Rhetto during the invasion of Okinawa but the
attack cost Terror 171 casualties: 41 dead, 7 missing, and 123 wounded.
Robert K. Buehner was among those killed. He was laid to rest in
Oakwood Cemetery, Austin Minnesota.
These are photos of Mr. Buehner's tombstone. Click
on a photo to see a larger rendition.
Alphia Emma (Kruger) Rachut-Walk
Alphia (Kruger) Rachut-Walk, 87, died on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Three Links Care Center, Northfield, Minnesota.
Alphia Emma Kruger was born on July 29, 1920 in rural Grafton, Worth County, Iowa, to Alfred and Lydia (Kirchgatter) Kruger. She was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, where she was married to Roy Rachut on February 18, 1940. They made their home and their living on a farm four miles east of Grafton. Roy and Alphia were active members of St. Johns Lutheran Church. Alphia loved to be outdoors and took an active part in farming the land.
After Roy's death in 1971, Alphia married Harley Walk in November 1973. They were members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton. They lived near Grafton where Harley raised turkeys.
Alphia moved to Worth Living Center in St. Ansgar, Iowa and then to the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar in August, 2005. This past April she moved to Three Links Care Center in Northfield, Minn.
Alphia enjoyed attending church and church activities, gardening, dancing, working jigsaw puzzles, doing good works for the elderly in the community, and giving her grandchildren some great farming experiences.
Alphia is survived by three daughters: Mary (Alan) Greenman, Austin, Minnesota; Darlene (Verle) Zuehl, Northbridge, Massachusetts; and Betty (Stan) Brumm,Eden Prairie, Minnesota; by a step-daughter, Anne (Harry) Hammond, Boulder, Colorado; and by a step-son, Mark (Tracy) Walk, Osage, Iowa.
Alphia was preceded in death by her parents, by a sister, Evelyn Steinberg; by two brothers, Elery Kruger and Wilfred Kruger, by her daughter Shirley (Ken) Fossey, by her first husband, Roy Rachut; and by her second husband, Harley Walk.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 8, 2007 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, Iowa, with Rev. Wayne Ellingson and Associate in Ministry Irmgard Ellingson officiating. Burial was in St. Johns Cemetery, Rock Township, Mitchell County, Iowa.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, 207 S. School, St. St. Ansgar, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn J. "Evie" Christopherson
Evelyn Julia (Redwing) Christopherson, 91, died on December 2, 2007 at Our House Memory Care in Austin, Minnesota.
Evelyn was born in Bruce, Wisconson, on May 16, 1916. Evelyn graduated from Austin High School in 1934.
She married Loren E. Christopherson in 1939. He passed away in 1976. To
this union three daughters were born. She worked in her husband's two
grocery stores during the early years of her marriage and later as
bartender/waitress at Lefty's Bar earning her gold union card for 44 years of membership. She was a longtime member of the VFW, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion auxiliaries.
Evie was loved and respected by her family and the many people she
served over the years. Her two rules, "always be a lady" and "if you can't
say anything nice, don't say anything" are her legacy. She left us quietly
and quickly, never wanting to be a bother.
Evelyn is survived by her daughters: Lora Lee Bauer, Austin, Minnesota, Linda (Steve) Hoag, Austin, Minnesota, Lisa Ramirez, Farmington, Minnesota; by seven grandchildren: Tara Anderson, Wade (Jody) Bauer, Lia, (Jason) Culbert, Christyn, (Brandon) McFarland, Chelsea Hoag (Brandon Smith), Rose and Riki Ramirez; and by nine great-grandchildren; by a brother, Alvin (Geraldine) Redwing, Austin, Minnesota; and by three sisters-in-law: Delores Redwing, Portland Oregon, Vernyce Austin and Delphy Voorhees, Austin, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, by three sisters: Burnice Vedder, Myrtle Carlson, and Doris Ness; and by a brother, Chester Redwing.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Wallace "Wally" Becker died at Mapleton Community Home on Sunday, December 2, 2007 in Mapleton, Minnesota.
Wallace was born on February 11, 1917 to Iver and Jeanette Becker in Austin, Minnesota, where he grew up and graduated from high school. While growing up Wally worked at People’s Bakery, their family business.
He married Mildred Booher on Sept. 3, 1939. They had four children.
Wally served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a baker on the USS Markab. Upon his return to Austin he worked at Earl White Furniture and Coca-Cola. He then started a long career with Old Dutch Foods developing their first accounts in southern Minnesota.
As a master woodworker he was kept busy after his retirement building many unique items and furniture for his church and friends. Wally hand crafted and reproduced the gingerbread trim and other intricate items for the Blue Belle Inn in St. Ansgar, Iowa. There was nothing he couldn't build or fix. He was an avid golfer and photographer.
Wallace was a member of the First Baptist Church, Austin City Band and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; two daughters: Carole (Ken) Howe,Austin, Minn., Linda (Frank) Funaro, Mankato, Minn.; two sons: David (Donna) Becker, Houston, Minn. and Richard (Sue) Becker, Faribault, Minn.; ten grandchildren, numerous great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at First Baptist Church with Pastor David Johnson Officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Visitation was held at First Baptist Church on Wednesday for one hour before the service.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Albert Eugene Madison
Albert Madison, 80, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on Monday morning, December 3, 2007 at Prairie Manor in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.
Albert Eugene Madison was born March 4, 1927 to Martin and Ellen (Wangen) Madison in Austin, Minnesota, where he grew up and attended school. After completing his education, Albert served in World War II, stationed with the Army in Italy. He married Patty Bowers on October 6, 1949 in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
Proud to be a heavy equipment operator for Mower County and the State of Minnesota, Albert retired in 1985. After his retirement he was a crossing guard at Banfield Elementary School. He belonged to VFW and American Legion and was a Nascar and Minnesota Vikings fan who enjoyed his family.
Survivors include his wife, Patty Madison, Austin, Minnesota; two sons, Roy (Donna) Madison, and Donald (Susan) Madison; a daughter, Ruth (Rodger) Klitzke, all of Austin, Minnesota; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; an one brother, Charles (Alcienne) Madison, Osseo, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 14 siblings.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.
Robert Harold Hunter
Robert Hunter, age 85, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died Wednesday
afternoon, November 28, 2007, at Golden Living Center in Rochester, Minnesota,
after a short illness.
Robert Harold Hunter was born on November 23, 1922 to Albert and Ida
(Meyer) Hunter in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, where he grew up and graduated
from high school.
He went to work for Hormel Foods in Austin; but was drafted to serve in
the Korean War. After the war Bob returned to Austin to continue employment
with Hormel where he worked for over 40 years.
He married Thelma Hightshoe with whom he had two children. Thelma passed away in 1975. Later Bob married Marceil Ingvalson. They made their home in Blooming Prairie until her death on Janary 11, 2002.
Bob loved spending time with his family. A member of First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie.
Survivors include: a son, Ronald (Ellen) Hunter, Northfield, Massachusetts; a daughter, Janelle (David) Unverzagt, Austin, Minnesota; three step children: David (Mae) Ingvalson, St. Cloud, Minnesota; Steve (Pat) Ingvalson, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; and Nancy Lee, St. Cloud, Minnesota; eleven grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; s brother, John Hunter, Lakeville, Minnesota; three sisters: Georgie (Howard) Bishop, Chariton, Iowa; Marilyn (Vince) Thorson, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; and Lola Wood, Austin, Minnesota; and a sister-in-law, Donna Hunter, Austin, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by both wives, Thelma and Marceil; by three brothers: Roger, Paul and Howard; by a sister, Mildred; and by two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with the Revs. Richard Hegal and Heidi Heimgartner officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin, Minnesota with military rites by Blooming Prairie American Legion Post 52.
Arrangements were by Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota.
Marilyn Anette (Thyr) Buschmann
Marilyn A. Buschmann, age 71, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
Marilyn Anette Thyr was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 24, 1936, to Wally and Laurene (McGovern) Thyr. She grew up in Pequot Lakes where she graduated as valedictorian in 1954.
On Nov. 27, 1954, Marilyn married Rolland Buschmann at the Lutheran church in Pequot Lakes. They moved to Grand Meadow at that time, and have lived there all their married lives. She was a homemaker and worked at the school as a teachers aid for 10 years until she decided to stay home and care for her grandchildren. She was active in outside activities until she became ill in 1988. She received a heart transplant in April of 1990, which gave her several more years with her family, for which she was grateful. Then, in 1999 she received a kidney from her husband. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, camping, sewing and gardening.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Rollie of Grand Meadow, Minnesota; by a daughter, Debra (Jay) Skifter, Grand Meadow; by three sons: David (Barb) Buschmann, Dale (Pam) Buschmann, Douglas (Darcy) Buschmann, all of Grand Meadow; by nine grandchildren: Bryan (Mandi), Lisa (Steve), Chris, Amy (Mike), Brad (Cassidy), Jason (Jasmine), Kelly, Grant, Reid; and by a sister Muriel (Jim) Simmons, Duluth, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Funeral services for Marilyn A. Buschmann were held on Saturday, December 1, 2007, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church, with Reverend Ann Siverling officiating. Burial was in the Grand Meadow Cemetery.
Eileen M. (McGee) Whalen
Eileen M. Whalen, 86, of Northwood, Iowa, formerly of Osage, Iowa, and
Lyle, Minnesota, died on Nov. 28, 2007, at the Lutheran Retirement Home in
Northwood. Eileen was born December 14, 1920, near Cresco, Iowa, the
daughter of Leo and Geneva (Cummings) McGee. She graduated from Cresco
High School in 1938.
Eileen married Floyd Whalen on July 9, 1944, in Burbank, California. After
the war, they returned to live in the Austin and Lyle, Minnesota areas, and
moved to Osage in 1976. Following Floyd's death, Eileen moved to Lyle.
She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion
Auxiliary. Eileen was a member of the Sacred Heart Guild in Osage, and of
the Queen of Peace Rosary Society in Lyle.
Eileen is survived by five daughters: Lois (Bernie) Freiermuth, Elmwood,
Wisconsin; Kathleen Wencl, Austin; Darlene (Darcy) Strouf, Lyle; Arlene
(Michael) Gibson, Gilman, Wisconsin; Lori (Mike) Wilde, Osage, Iowa; by
three sons: Dennis (Linda) Whalen, Lyle; Dale (Kathy) Whalen, Rochester,
Minnesota;, James Whalen, Winona, Minnesota; by 24 grandchildren; by 30
great-grandchildren; by two sisters, Geraldine (Francis) Ott, Denver,
Iowa; and Mildred (John) Ellingson, Rochester, Minnesota; by two brothers,
Lyola McGee of Gilbertville, Iowa, and Willis (Emma Jean) McGee, Raymond,
She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Floyd on
December 10, 1996; by a daughter, Rosanne Eileen Whalen; by a great-grandson,
Jeffrey, Jr.; by a sister, Dorothy Hovey; by two brothers, Leo McGee, Jr.;
and Ronald McGee; and by a son-in-law, Jerry Wencl.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, December 1, 2007, at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, with Msgr. Stanley Hayek officiating.
Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Osage, Iowa.
Elsworth "Al" Walker
Elsworth Walker, 71, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on November
27, 2007 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota after a long and
courageous battle with congestive heart failure and diabetes.
Elsworth was born on June 13, 1936 to Jesse and Lula (Eilers) Walker on a
farm east of Geneva, Minnesota. His early childhood was spent in Owatonna, then
near Ellendale. He then moved to Bixby and graduated from Blooming Prairie
High School. After returning from service in the U.S. Army in 1958, he moved
to Austin where he married his wife Beverly. Elsworth also graduated from
the Austin Technical College Carpentry program in 1964. Elsworth served
three years in the Army's 6th Armored Division, 5th Army and 7th (Seven Steps
to Hell) Army (280 mm Atomic Artillery) in the European Theater of Operation,
West Germany. His military service also included five years assigned to the
14th Army Reserve Group. He was proud of his service during "The Cold War"
and in later years spent many hours researching the history of all the units
he served with. Elsworth volunteered his time doing research for families of
Elsworth was employed at the Austin Post Office from 1964-1991. He
retired as Superintendent of Postal Operations. The majority of his postal
career was in service to the people of Austin as a postal clerk and
supervisor. Elsworth completed courses for Postal Supervisor and attended
the Postal Academies in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles,
California. He served as Postal Officer-in-Charge of the Spring Valley, Minnesota Post Office during the last year of his postal service, prior to retirement.
Elsworth was a long time flight instructor and charter pilot in the Austin
area from the late 1960s through the late 1980s. He logged over 8000 hours of
flight time and enjoyed instructing students and sharing his love of flight
with them. He sent over 100 students for flight testing and certification
ratings. All of them passed their flight exams. Included in this list of
flight accomplishment, is instructing his four sons to their private pilot
certifications. Elsworth served with the Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary United
States Air Force for 18 years (1968-1986). He attained the rank of Captain,
served as Austin squadron commander, commandant of cadets and mission search
and rescue pilot. He later rejoined the Civil Air Patrol in May 2005 with
his grandson and son, currently assigned to the Red Wing, Minnesota, Squadron.
Elsworth was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, American
Legion Post #91, Golden Kiwanis, RSVP, the 18th Engineer Brigade Society,
59th Field Artillery Association and Board of Directors of the Valiant
Flying Museum. The pride of his life was his family.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Beverly, Austin; his children:
Dale (Nancy) Walker, Sanger, Texas; Rodney (Annette) Walker, Hastings,
Minnesota; Sherri (David) Rasmussen, Steven's Point, Wisconsin; Mike (Peggy)
Walker, Burnsville, Minnesota; Dan (Lisa) Walker, Byron, Minnesota; his
grandchildren: Ryan, Adam, Jennifer, Alex, Nicole, Matt, Andrew, Jim, John
and Emily; his great-grandchildren, Aiden, and Taylor (expected); his
brothers, John (Sharon) Walker, and Ellis (Barb) Walker; and his sisters,
Ardythe and Beverly (Tom).
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 30, 2007, at
Westminster Presbyterian Church. Interment was in London Cemetery with
military rites by American Legion Post #91.
The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bobb Duffy Cummins
Bobb Duffy Cummins, age 82, of Fort Myers, Florida, and formerly of Austin,
Minnesota, died on November 26, 2007 at his daughter's home in Austin.
Bobb was born on August 2, 1925 in Smith Mill, Minnesota, to James Lee
and Myrtle (Wollam) Cummins.
Bobb married Marjorie Theoline Shaw in Austin, over 60 years ago. Bobb
served in the Navy and was a World War II veteran. He donated land and
time to develop the youth baseball program at UCT Park along with many
others with a similar love for baseball. Bobb coached and played Moose
soft pitch, American Legion and Austin Blues. Bobb spent the last four
years of his life in Florida. Bobb was a retired employee of Hormel
Foods, having worked for 42 years.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Cummins, Ft. Myers, Florida; his
children, Michael (Shelley) Cummins, Ft. Myers; Dianne Shaw-Cummins,
Scottsdale, Arizona; Pam (Jack) Letourneau, Schafer, Minnesota; Patti
Christenson, Austin; Lindy (Al) Rider, Austin, Cindy Srp, Waseca, Minnesota;
18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Carlson,
He was preceded in death by his parents, and by a brother, Charles
Memorial services were on Thursday, November 29, 2007, at Our Savior's
Lutheran Church, with Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Military rites were
by American Legion Post #91. Interment was in Fort Snelling National
Cemetery. The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Jean E. (Stubbee) Leebens
Birth: Jul. 5, 1918
Death: Sep. 23, 1993
Mrs. Jean E. Leebens, 75, of Memphis, and a former Austin homemaker,
died Thursday, September 23, 1993, at Hillhaven Convalescent Center in
Memphis, where she had been residing.
Jean E. Stubbee was born July 5, 1918, in Austin and attended Austin
schools. Her husband, Dr. William M. Leebens, was an Austin dentist. He
preceded her in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara J. Osilaja of Evanston, Illinois,
and Dr. Patricia K. Leebens of New Haven, Conn.; two sons, Charles W. of
Carterville, Ill., and William M. Jr. of Memphis; three grandchildren; and
two sisters, Janet Stomquist of Duluth and Barbara Woodward of Waterloo,
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Oakwood Cemetery
in Austin, with the Rev. Douglas Bachmann officiating.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Friday at
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin.
[NOTE: Daughter of Grover and Leone (Barr) Stubbee]
Sylvia Karen Julianna (Flagstad) Pickett
Sylvia F. Pickett, age 96, of Austin, Minn., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 at the Adams Health Care Center.
Sylvia Karen Julianna Flagstad was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 19, 1911. She was the granddaughter of Norwegian immigrants. She grew up in a Minneapolis household where Norwegian was the preferred language of her parents and a rich feature of her adolescence. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in music education, with instrumental specialties in cello and piano. Throughout her university years, she played cello in numerous professional chamber groups in the Twin Cities, and for a period was the only student member of the professional Shubert Trio.
Sylvia moved to Blue Earth, Minnesota, in 1934, to teach music in the public schools, and then to Austin, Minnesota in 1937, to teach instrumental and choral music, and to conduct the high school music groups.
In 1939, Sylvia married Fred Pickett, manager of the J.C. Penney store in Blue Earth, where the first of their four children was born. In 1943, they moved from Blue Earth to an Austin house where they lived for sixty years.
On moving to Austin, Sylvia quickly became involved in local music, church, and community circles. For decades, she and Fred were active members of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ). Sylvia was a member of the Austin Floral Club, the Music Performers Club, the American Association of University Women, and was an involved supporter of the Girl Scouts. She also volunteered often and long for the St. Olaf Hospital Auxiliary and the Sacred Heart Hospice Auxiliary.
Over-arching and surrounding these involvements, music enwrapped her life. She played her cello often, both in chamber groups and as a soloist, in many venues in Austin and around southeastern Minnesota--church services, weddings, funerals, parties, musicales, recitals, and concerts. One of her most gratifying musical activities lay in her efforts as one of the founders of the Austin Symphony, in which she played cello for some thirty-five years; and where she long served as a board member, as well.
As rewarding to her as her performing activity was the satisfaction she drew from teaching private cello students. Most afternoons each week, pupils of all ages streamed to the Pickett house for lessons, and their achievements--many in later university and professional circles--always fired her enthusiasm and pride.
Sylvia was an inveterate optimist, always believing the best in people. She overflowed with infectious warmth, making everyone she encountered glad for her touch.
Sylvia was preceded in death by Fred, her husband of 63 years.
She is survived by four children: Stanley, of Potomac, Maryland; Kay, of Bloomington, Minnesota; Lowell, of Minneapolis; and John, of San Diego, California; and by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, December 11 at the First Congregational Church in Austin. A private, family interment service was held at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Austin Symphony Scholarship Fund or The First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) of Austin.
Ethel Erma (Blake) Bartholmey
Ethel Erma (Blake) Bartholmey, age 76, formerly of Austin, Mower
county, Minnesota, died on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Season's Hospice
in Rochester, Minnesota.
Ethel was born on December 13, 1930, in Stacyville, Mitchell county,
Iowa to William and Gertrude (Hackenmiller) Blake. She was one of 13
On August 9, 1950 she married Duane "Bart" Bartholmey in Stacyville.
He preceded her in death on April 24, 1988.
Survivors include her six children: Brian (Debra) Bartholmey, Rochester,
Minnesota; Kevin "Bart" (Marjorie) Bartholmey, Adams, Minnesota; Jean (Alan)
Heimer, Rochester; Jill (Todd) Peterson, Austin, Minnesota; Dawn (Daniel)
Musial, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and Ann (Kimberly) Dublin, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; her fourteen grandchildren; her eight great-grandchildren; and her three brothers and six sisters.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemeterym, Austin, Minnesota.
The casket bearers were: Brian Bartholmey, Kevin Bartholmey, Alan Heimer, Todd Peterson, Daniel Musial and Kimberly Dublin.
The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bernard Atwood Halver
Bernard Atwood Halver, 83, of Adams, Minnesota, died on December 6, 2007, at the Austin Medical Center.
Bernie was born on January 8, 1924, to Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Halver in LeRoy, Minnesota. He has two brothers, Eugene and Donald, four nieces and one nephew.
He was also involved in the LeRoy Lutheran Church Choir and the youth activities. As an active boy scout he received the Eagle Award from Gov. Stassen. He was a scout master for many years. As an adult he received the Lamb Award, the highest honor from the Lutheran Church of America for his service to youth.
After graduating from LeRoy High School in June of 1942 he enrolled in summer school at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in the fall of that year. In March of 1943 he was called to active duty. He completed basic training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas. The following nine months, he was at St. Norberts College in West De Pere, Wisconsin under the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) in an accelerated engineering program. After completion, he was assigned to the Army Signal Corp at Camp Crowder, Missouri, before going overseas, where he spent the remainder of his 3-1/2-year enlistment in the Western Pacific.
After his discharge from the Army in 1946 he attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, graduating in 1949 with a B.S. Degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Civil Engineering.
On December 26, 1948, he married Joyce Anderson at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams. They started Halver Nursery (now Herman's Gardens) in Adams. He was the planning director for Minnesota State Parks and later the environmental coordinator for the Federal Highway Administration in Kansas City. In addition to his family, Bernie's lifelong interests have been his church, scouting, involvement in Minnesota State Parks, Prairie Visions, Shooting Star Trail and other environmental programs and issues.
Bernie is survived by his wife Joyce; by three daughters: Judy of Duluth Minnesota, Joni (John) Varner of Onamia, and Jeanne (John) Rodrigue of St. Francis; and by three sons: Terry of Adams, David (Debbie) of Duluth, and Jim (Karen) of Detroit Lakes; by 13 grandchildren; by one great-grandchild; and by two brothers, Eugene of Mahtomedi, and Donald of South St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held at Little Cedar Lutheran Church on Monday, December 10, 2007. The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Sylvia (nee Thompson) Hanson
Mildred S. Hanson, 83, of Hudson, Wisconsin, and formerly of Rockford,
Illinois, died on Thursday December 6, 2007 at the Christian Community Home
in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Mildred Sylvia Thompson was born on August 12, 1924 in Lyle, Minnesota,
the daughter of Theodore and Alma (Ostenson) Thompson. Mildred was baptized
and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, Minn.
She married Bernie M. Hanson on May 21, 1944 at her home in Lyle by the
Rev. Olaf A. Langehough. Mildred was devoted to her family. She enjoyed her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, camping, painting and gardening.
Mildred is survived by her husband, Bernie Hanson; by her three children:
Roger Hanson (Janet Widder), Mary Pinkston, and Jerry Hanson; by
grandchildren: Timothy Hanson (fiance Jodi Thraen), Wisconsin, Rebecca
Hanson, Kirsten Lawson (Charlie), Thomas Hanson (Jessi); and by
great-grandchildren Kayla and Jakob Hanson, Connor Hanson and Kaycie
and Jeshua Lawson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Alma Thompson; by
her brothers: Melvin, Edward, Dean and John; by two sisters, Alice and
Marie; by four sisters-in-law: Alma (Melvin), Winny (Dean), Colleen (John),
Ginny (Edward); by two brothers-in-law, Kurt Luethy (Alice), and Eric
Funeral Services were held on December 11, 2007, at the O'Connell
Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wis. Burial was in the Fort Snelling
National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Funeral arrangements were by the
O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson, Wisconsin. (www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com).
Catherine M. "Kay" (Judd) Burroughs
Catherine Burroughs, age 85, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on
December 5, 2007 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minnesota.
Catherine "Kay" was born on July 26, 1922 in Rochester, Minnesota, to
John and Mary (Rink) Judd. She attended catholic school.
On May 20, 1948 she was united in marriage to William O. Burroughs. He
preceded her in death on June 9, 1981. Kay worked at Hormel for 11 years.
She managed the Patchwork Village and also was associated with the Windfall
for many years. Kay was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, and
served on the CCW as chairman of Mother of Sorrows Unit for many years.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary (Tim) Lukes, Chatfield, Minnesota;
two step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; a sister, Mary Jane Nash,
Rochester, Minnesota; and a brother-in-law, Harold Burroughs, Louisville,
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents,
and by two brothers, Vern and John.
A memorial mass was celebrated on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at Mayer
Funeral Home, with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Interment was in
Calvary Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.
Arthur "Junior" Clennon
Arthur "Junior" Clennon, age 83, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died
on December 5, 2007 at St. Marks Lutheran Home in Austin.
Arthur was born on October 30, 1924, in Austin, to Arthur P. and Vada
On June 12, 1943 he was united in marriage to Delores Mae Bednar. She
preceded him in death on June 26, 2006. Arthur was a retired employee of
Hormel Foods, and also a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his children: Arthur (Sue) Clennon, Houston, Texas;
Bruce (Gwen) Clennon, Bruno, Minnesota; Steve (Arlis) Clennon, Austin;
Mark (Bev) Clennon, Springfield, Minnesota; Jim (Mary) Clennon, Austin;
Dan (Mary) Clennon, Austin; Mike (Sarah) Clennon, Byron, Minnesota; Willie
Clennon, Austin; Jerry (Julie) Clennon, Rochester, Minnesota; Tim (Marcia)
Clennon, Sandstone, Minnesota; Kathy (Bud) McPartlin, Summerville, North
Carolina; Lisa (Dean) Johnson, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; 42 grandchildren;
his siblings: Eugene (Donna) Clennon, Austin; Martin Clennon, Florida;
Marion Ashton, Austin; Erma Anderson, Modesto, California; Gweneth Chain,
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly c
Sheedy; by a brother, Delbert Clennon; and by a granddaughter, Gina Clennon.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, December 10, 2007 at Queen of
Angels Catholic Church, with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Interment was
in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota, with military rites by American
Legion Post #91. The casket bearers will be Arthur's children.
The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Carol Marie (O'Kelly) Harlow
Carol Harlow, age 70, of Sioux Center, Iowa, died on December 04, 2007 at
the Royale Meadows Care Center of Sioux Center.
Carol Marie O'Kelly was born March 6, 1937 in Palatine, Illinois, the
daughter of Raymond and Hazel (Perwitz) O'Kelly. She was the youngest of
six children. She received her education while living in Illinois. Carol
moved to Minnesota in 1956, where she resided until she met and married
Gene Harlow on August 7, 1992 in Austin. She moved to Sioux Center to live
with her husband and his youngest daughter, Kristin. Carol helped raise four
stepchildren from her first marriage and had the delight of nurturing Gene's
She had the privilege of being the step-grandmother to 11 grandchildren.
Her relationship with her Lord enabled her to cope with the many trials that
she faced throughout her life; she never walked alone as she knew the saving
grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus brought Gene into her life knowing that there
would be a special bonding between them, as both Gene and Carol were Born
Their lives together were filled with tears, much laughter, and lots of
love. Carol always said she had been born twice; once when she was a baby
and the second when she accepted Christ; and that she would die twice, once
when she died to sin and again when she left this earthly realm to be with
her Savior. Carol would like to ask that you "shed no tears for me for I am
where I want to be!"
Carol is survived by her husband of 15 years, Gene Harlow, Sioux Center,
Iowa; by eight step-children: Trudy Kasprzak, Portage, Wisconsin; Marty
Bishop, Arlington, Wisconsin; Vickie Beyer, and Bonnie Bishop, both of
Adams, Minnesota; Randy Harlow, Sioux Center; Steven Harlow of Kansas
City, Missouri; Shar Harlow, Sioux City, Iowa; and Kris Harlow of Sioux
City, Iowa; by 11 step-grandchildren; by three sisters: Rae Jean Lowe,
Cary, Illinois; Pat Pittenger, Palatine, Illinois; and Phyllis Heathscott,
Jedsonia, Arkansas; and by one brother, Jesse (Mike) O'Kelly, Welling,
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 8, 2007, at Christ Community Church of Sioux Center, Iowa, with Rev. Randy Widbin officiating. Interment was held prior to the memorial service, in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Sioux Center, Iowa. A prayer service was also held on Saturday, at Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
Gus C. Marmesh
Gus C. Marmesh, age 89, died on November 29, 2007 at home in Sun City,
Arizona. Gus was born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, on May 31, 1918.
He worked at Hormel for 44 years and was in involved in the development of
the Cure 81 ham. Gus served in the Navy during World War II, was a member
of the American Legion, life member of the Austin Elks and taught Sunday
school at Christ Episcopal Church in Austin. Now as Gus Marmesh is watching
over us, he is saying. "I love you all, so go on now; I am in a good place."
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vivian; by his two daughters, Susan (Terry) Hanson, Naperville, Illinois, and Marcia (John) Bouquet, Rochester, Minnesota; and by a son, Gregg (Karen) Marmesh, Vancouver, Washington.
He is survived by his grandchildren: Kirsten, Kevin (Lisa), Ryan (Janine), Bo Hanson, Gregg (Rebecca), Dirk Erickson, Keila and Wade Marmesh, Carrie Marmesh; by four great-grandchildren: Olive, Vivian, Rebecca and Ashley; and by a granddaughter, Melissa Elliott.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Bryan and Roger. Services were held at Menke Funeral Home in Sun City, Arizona, with burial at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joseph Edward Srp 1929-2007
Joseph Edward Srp, age 78, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at his home.
Joe was born on July 5, 1929 at his home on the farm near Oakland, Minnesota. His parents were Joseph and Josephine (Pliml) Srp. Joe graduated from Austin Senior High School.
On September 23, 1951 he married Marion Berg in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe and Marion have always made Austin their home, and Joe worked for the college in Austin as a maintenance man until he retired. Joe was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and enjoyed volunteering as an usher many years, off and on, throughout his life.
Joe enjoyed his family, and loved reading, woodworking, and his computer.
Survivors include his wife, Marion Srp, Austin, Minnesota; his four children: Roy (Delores) Srp, Waseca, Minnesota, David (Suzanne) Srp, Glenville, Minnesota, Randy Srp and fiancee Sheila, East Bethel, Minnesota, Barbara (Steve) Wright, Austin, Minnesota; his grandchildren: Benjamin (Kristin) Srp, Marisa (Cory) Nagele, Emily Wright, Ian Srp, James Jaminski, Caleb Srp, Isaiah Wright, Kelcey Srp; his three great-grandchildren: Laney Srp, Piper Srp, Marnie Nagele; and a sister, Clara (Ralph) Noble, Austin, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by his two brothers, Frank and Chuck; and by his two sisters, Marion and Luella.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2007 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota. Casket bearers were Joe's grandchildren.
The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Byron Lee "Bucky" Buxton
Byron Lee Buxton, 59, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Tuesday morning, December 4, 2007 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. "Bucky" was born on October 28, 1948 to David and Catherine (Swatosh) Buxton, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bucky grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School. He enlisted in the Army and served during the Vietnam War. He began his career in the carnival business over 30 years ago.
He married Dawn McClary on November 25, 1978 in Austin. They made their home in Texas. In 1991 they moved to Minnesota to be near family. A member of Midwest Showman's Association, Showman's League of America and past president of Red River Showman's Association, Bucky was well-known in the carnival community.
Survivors include: his wife, Dawn; his parents, Catherine and David Buxton; a daughter, Michelle (Robert) Nelson; and a son, Daniel Buxton, all of Austin; his two grandchildren, Andrew and Kellyana; two brothers, Mitchell (Martha) Buxton of Austin, and Thomas Buxton of Texas; and his four sisters: Pamela (Terry) Yanzer of Austin; Debbie (Perry) Sorg of Owatonna. Minnesota; Jody Buxton of Texas; and Kathleen (Martin) Frey of Washington.
He was preceded in death by a brother, David.
Memorial services were held on Friday, December 7, 2007 at Church of Christ in Austin with The Reverend David DeFor officiating.
Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin, Minnesota. The Urn Bearer was Daniel Buxton; Honorary urn bearers were: Mitchell Buxton, Freddy Grover, Eddy Grap, Harley Shocker, and Billie Hallman.
The Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin was in charge of arrangements.
Susie Nelson Wold
(Wife of Johannes O. Wold, (1839-1894), of Austin, Minnesota.)
Mrs. Susan J. Wold passes at Home of Daughter in City
(Missoula May 29, 1931)
Mrs. Susan Jan Wold, aged 74 years, died thursday at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. G. E. Stokke, 1130 South Higgins Ave. Mrs. Wold would
have reached her seventy-fifth birthday Oct 3. She was born at Stoughton,
Wis, and went to Minnesota in a pioneer wagon. For the past 20 yeas she
had resided in the Inland Empire District, the home being at Rose Lake,
She made her home with Mr. & Mrs. G. E. Stokke, the latter being her
daughter. Besides Mrs. Stokke she is survived by a grandson, Gordon Stokke,
a brother, Nels H. Nelson of Austin, Minn. is the last survivor of a family
Her husband died at Austin, Minn in 1894.
The body is at the Marsh & Powell undertaking place. no funeral
arrangements have been made.
Submitted by Jim Johnson, 12/2007
Daniel John DeVriendt
Daniel J. DeVriendt, age 53, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on
December 9, 2007 at his home, after a lengthy illness.
Daniel John DeVriendt was born on May 18, 1954 to Vince and Emily (Hrabak)
DeVriendt of Austin. He graduated from Pacelli High School in Austin, and
went on to Austin Vocational Technical Institute for two years. A welder by
trade, Dan worked for Queen's Products, King Company in Owatonna for 23 years.
He married Jodi McAnally on January 17, 1979 in Brookings, South Dakota.
Later he was a Lou Rich employee for over five years.
He is survived by his wife, Jodi; by his parents, Emily and Vince
DeVriendt, Austin; by two sons, Jesse, St. Cloud, and Casey, Austin; by two
grandchildren, Grey and Hailey, both of Austin; by two brothers, Vince
(Laura) DeVriendt of Poolsville, Maryland; Robert (Dawn) DeVriendt, Austin;
by a sister, Vanessa (Colin) Keller, Wayzata, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at Worlein
Funeral Home Chapel in Austin.
Leonard Voigt, age 93, of Spring Valley, Minnesota, died on December 8,
2007 at the Spring Valley Senior Living in Spring Valley.
Leonard was born on August 18, 1914 in Doliver, Iowa to Otto and Gertrude
(Priebe) Voigt. He married Ruby Severson on February 23, 1935 in Austin. They
farmed in the Taopi and Preston area all their lives.
Leonard is survived by five children: Wayne (Barbara) Voigt, Stewartville,
Minnesota, Cheryl (Richard) Case, Preston, Minnesota, Kevin (Nancy) Voigt,
Dakota, Minnesota, Timothy (Ellen) Voigt Spring Valley, Minnesota, Rick
Voigt, Spring Valley; by 19 grandchildren; by 31 great-grandchildren; by one
brother, Raymond (Evelyn) Voigt, Taopi, Minnesota; and by a sister-in-law,
Marcelle Voigt, Taopi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruby in 2004; by two
daughters; by one infant daughter; by two brothers; and by a sister.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at the Grace
Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville, Minnesota, with Pastor Tim Wilson
officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Carimona Cemetery.
Founder of George's Pizza in Austin dies.
George Tortorelis, age 79, formerly of St. Paul, Minnesota, died
peacefully on December 12, 2007 from complications of a rare progressive
Born on September 14, 1928 in Athens, Greece, George served in the
Greek military and traveled all over the world before settling in Newark,
N.J. in 1955. He moved to St. Paul in 1958 where he met his wife Athanasia
"Ethel" Miller. They lived until 1970 in St. Paul, where their two children
(Athena and Deano) were born. George owned and operated several restaurants
including George's Pizza in Austin, Georgio's Restaurant and Torelli's in
St. Paul. George was an active member of St. George's Greek Orthodox Church
in St. Paul and served on the parish council. He was also an active member
of the AHEPA and was a 32 Degree Mason and a Shriner.
George was preceded in death by his wife Ethel, and by a brother,
He is survived by his children, Polixeni Kakadiaris, Athens, Greece,
Athena (Michael) Keifer, Chantilly, Virginia, Dr. Deano (Dena), Edina,
Minnesota; by grandchildren: Anna Kakadiaris, Michael and Stephanie Keifer,
and Athanasia, Georgie, and Pericles; by a sister, Joanna Angelis, St. Paul;
by brothers, Dino (Marika), Stathis (Kaliopi), Athens, Greece; by a
sister-in-law, Maria, Owatonna, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 15, 2007, at St.
George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota.
Interment was at Roselawn Cemetery.
The Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota,
was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Richard Louis Koster
AUSTIN, MINN.-- The funeral for Richard L. Koster was held on Saturday,
December 15, 2007, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota,
with the Revs. Dennis Tamke and Richard Hegal officiating.
Dick Koster, age 60, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, December 11,
2007, at his home.
Richard Louis Koster was born on December 10, 1947, in Osage, Mitchell
county, Iowa. He attended St. Ansgar (Iowa) Elementary School and graduated
from Blooming Prairie High School in 1966.
He married Darlene Gabrielson in 1967; they were later divorced. Mr.
Koster served in the Army from 1968 to 1970, during the Vietnam War.
In 1971 he married Leola Nielsen; she preceded him in death in 1991. He
worked various jobs until 1985, when he began work at Quality Pork Processors
in the hog kill. A former member of First United Methodist Church, he
belonged to the VFW, American Legion and the Eagles Club.
Survivors include three children, DeeDee Theisen of Texas, Christopher
(Marilyn) Koster of Blooming Prairie and Wendy Koster of Austin; six
grandchildren; four siblings, Connie Trihus, Rodney (Tess) Koster, and
Scott (Julie) Easton, all of Blooming Prairie, and Rita (David) Braaten
of Owatonna; his stepfather, Allen Michaelson of Blooming Prairie; his
companion of 17 years, Barbara Molland of Austin, her children, Christie
(Dennis) Fox and Kimberly (Ron) Hansen, and her two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his second wife; his parents, Marlin and
Marjorie (Loew) Koster; and a brother, Ronald.
The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, was in charge of arrangements.
American Legion Post 91 provided military honors.
Mari Johannesdotter (Amble) Wold
OBITUARY: Austin Daily Herald, Saturday 15 June 1907; page 2, column 3.
Mrs. O. J. Wold Dies
Mrs. O. J. Wold - When death entered the K. O. Wold home at 1 o'clock
this morning and called home the aged mother, a beautiful life ended and
a noble Christian woman went to her reward.
Mrs. Wold was born in Sogndal, Norway in 1814. Had she lived until next
September she would have been ninety three years of age. Mr. and Mrs.
Wold came to America in 1804, settling in Adams township in 1865. In 1883
they removed to Austin where they lived until Mr. Wold's death. For the
past fifteen years she has made her home with her son K. O. Wold.
Active and well though all the years her long life, possessed of a sweet
and patient disposition, exemplifying the trials of a true Christian
character, she was a blessing and a help to those about her. Up to
Tuesday last she had been in her usual health. But she awoke from her
afternoon nap unable to rise. From that time she failed steadily, though
conscious until almost the last hour of her life. Thoughtful of those
around her she begged them to rest and peacefully she passed from the
sleep of the living to the sleep of the dead.
She leaves three sons K. O. of Austin, James of Enderlin, N. D. and John
of Eldora, Ohio (?). Her husband O. J. Wold died 10 August 1892.
Scores of people in our city knew this cheerful and pleasant little old
lady. By a quiet and subtle influence she made all about her better. to
but few is the boon of so long a life given and to still fewer does so
good a record belong.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home and
at 1:30 from the church. The remains will be interred in Oakwood
Submitted by Jim Johnson, 12/2007
OBITUARY: Mower County Transcript, 19 June 1907. MRS. MARIE WOLD.
Mrs. Marie Wold, died early Saturday morning, June 15, 1907, at the
residence of her son K. O. Wold on Chatham street after a few days illness.
She had a stroke of paralysis on the preceding Tuesday and up to that time
had been in remarkably well. She was born at Sogndal, Norway, Sept. 15, 1815,
so that she was past 81 years old. She was married in Norway to O. J. Wold.
They came to this country in 1865 settling on a farm three miles west of
Adams Village in this county. About 1883 they moved to Austin. Mr. Wold
died in 1892. Since his death Mrs. Wold made her home with her son,
K. O. Wold.
Deceased was a woman of sunny disposition, unselfish in her
devotion to others. She was a worthy member of the Lutheran church and
took great interest in religious matters. Al who knew her highly regarded
her for her many beautiful traits of character. Funeral services conducted
by Rev. J. C. Roseland were held at the residence Sunday afternoon.
Interment was in Oakwood cemetery, Austin, Minnesota.
Submitted by Jim Johnson 12/2007
OBITUARY: Austin Democrat, Thursday, October 11, 1894
A SUDDEN SUMMONS
Death of our Faithful City Recorder, Johan Wold, of Consumption.
Few realized the critical condition of Johan Wold, our ever faithful city
recorder, until the news of his death was reported Sunday evening. Mr.
Wold courageously stuck to his post of duty until he was exhausted, and
the sad summon of death came to him as the evening of a righteous day of
rest was about closed. Friends could not dissuade him from attending to
the duties of the public office to which the people of this city so many
times returned him by their unanimous vote. History, seldom records a
public official who was as obliging and painstaking in the discharge of
his public duties as was Mr .Wold in his work as city recorder of Austin.
Mr. Wold has been ailing for several years with a bronchia; difficulty.
years with past year he has been gradually failing, and for the few
months preceding his death, he was physically unable to do the work, but
stuck to it regardless of the advice of friends. This shows the
determination which he possessed to keep inviolate a public trust left in
his keeping. At last he is compelled to lay down the work which he so
persistently tried to carry on to the satisfaction of every man.
Appropriately,might we say, "Well done, thou good and faithful services,"
and we feel sure that he will receive his reward.
Mr. Wold remained at the city hall Saturday, October 6, late in the
afternoon. Friends assisted him home,and did everything possible to
relieve him. He passed away the day following - Sunday - at 8 o'clock in
the evening, surrounded by his family and friends.
Johan Wold was born in Sogendal,Norway, Dec. 31, 1840. He came to this
country in the early '70s. He was married in Austin, to Miss Susie
Nelson, and they have since resided here. For many years Mr. Wold
conducted a merchant tailoring store, and was a splendid workman. He was
elected city recorder about six years ago, and has served in that
position up to the time of his death. Mr. Wold's relatives in this
country are his mother, Mrs. Maria Wold, who resides with her daughter
Mrs. S. A. Hofland, near Mona, Iowa; his brothers, K.O. Wold of Austin,
O. O. Wold of West Duluth, James Wold of North Dakota, and Joseph Wold of
Iowa. Deceased also leaves a faithful wife as well as one child to mourn
The funeral will be held at the Lutheran church Tuesday, at 2:30 o'clock.
The Austin lodge of United Workmen,of which order he was a member and
recorder for several terms will act as escort. The funeral cortege will
start from the home at 2 o'clock.
The editor has been intimately acquainted with the deceased for several
years, and feels like paying a high tribute to the departed friend. The
family and relatives have the sympathy of the community in their
Submitted by Jim Johnson 12/2007
Ole J. Wold
a.k.a. (Born) Ole Jonson Fretland
OBITUARY: DEATH OF O. J. WOLD.
He Phases Away Quiet and Full of Years Saturday Evening.
Ole J. Wold breathed his last at 8:40 o'clock Saturday evening at his
home on Cedar street between Jay and Franklin. Brief services will be held
at the house tomorrow afternoon and at 2 o'clock the remains will be taken to
the Lutheran Church, where the pastor, Rev. E. T. Rogne, will deliver the
In the early part of last winter, Mr Wold, sustained a fall which
resulted in a painful injury to his side and the supposed rupture of a
vessel! which led to the formation of a tumor. His severe illness has
continued during the last seven weeks.
The deceased was born March, 1810 (?) in the northwest part of Norway,
district of Bergen, whence he came direct to Minnesota in the spring of
1865 and took a small farm adjoining that of his son James, in the town
of Marshall, removing thence to this city a few years ago.
He was married at the age of 27 and he and his wife enjoyed a happy
married life of fifty-five years. Twelve children were born, of whom the
surviving six are, in the order of their birth ages, Johannes, of Austin;
James of North Dakota; K. O. Wold, Austin; J. O. (John O. Wood), of Hardin
county, Iowa; Mrs. Stenna Hofland, Mitchell county; Iowa, and Oscar, of
His wife survives at an advanced age. Mr. Wold evidently came of
a long-lived family, he himself, being 82 at the time of his death, and
one of his brothers dying not long ago at the ripe age of 96. He was a
devout and faithful communicant of the Lutheran church and a righteous
man who lived a good life and left his children the legacy of an
Submitted by Jim Johnson, 12/2007
Susie I. Moe
Austin Daily Herald, Wednesday, 9 July 1960; page 2, column 3.
OBITUARY: SUSIE I. MOE was born in Norway 92 years ago. She came to
America when she was 12 years old and since that time she has made her
home with her cousins, the K. O. Wolds.
At 12, she was confirmed and joined St. Olaf Lutheran church, where she
was an active member for many years.
She graduated from Austin High School in 1892; later she graduated from
Mankato Normal school. After teaching in Austin several years, she
attended the University of Minnesota and on completing the work for a BA
Degree,she taught in the high school at Milaca for several years. Since
then her home has been with Ethel Wold.
She is survived by her Second cousin, Guy and Ethel Wold.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1960, at 1:30 P.M. at the
Jordan Mortuary Chapel, the Rev. Arthur L. Swenson officiating. Interment
was at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, with Edward Jahren, L. C. Cory, Walter
Varco, Dr. B. T. Johnson, Carlisle Donovan and Fred Vest serving as pall
Submitted by Jim Johnson, 12/2007
Webization by Kermit Kittleson, December 2007