Mower County Obituaries
Part 046



Lucille (Ulwelling) Evans


Lucille Ulwelling Evans, age 91, died on November 20, 2007 at Bethany Village in Dayton, Ohio.

Lucille was born on Sept. 7, 1916 to Henry P. and Genevieve L. Ulwelling of Rose Creek, Minn. She attended grade school and high school in Rose Creek and was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church. After moving to Dayton, she served for many years as a secretary at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and in later years was very involved in charity work in the Dayton area.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, by two infant sisters; by a son, Robert Lee Evans; by her husband, Horace L. Evans; by two sisters, Angela F. Ruggles, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and RoseMary Larson, Austin, Minnesota.

She is survived by a niece, Barbara (Jay) Carstenbrock, and by three great-nieces: Molly, Megan, and Emily Carstenbrock, all of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

A funeral mass was held on November 24, 2007 at the Church of the Incarnation in Centerville, Ohio with internment at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. Masses may be offered at the Church of the Incarnation. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent De Paul, 945 S. Edwin E. Moses Blvd., Dayton, Ohio, 45408.



Howard Lowell Keller


Howard L. Keller, age 87, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 18, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Howard Lowell Keller was born at Austin, on April 30, 1920, the son of Cloyd and Marcella (Cougar) Keller. He graduated from Austin High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Howard married Betty Ann King on June 22, 1947 at the First United Methodist Church in Austin. He was employed as a mechanic with the Hormel Foods Corporation and owned and operated the Keller Lawn Service. Howard was an active member of the Grace Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Secretary and treasurer. Howard was a community minded and giving person who volunteered with the historical society and served as an election judge. He also served as the president of the Oaks Condominium Association.

Howard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Keller, Austin; by a son, Arthur L. Keller, Houston, Texas; by a daughter, Dianne (Keith) Helfritz, Rosemount; by a granddaughter, Amy Helfritz, Albuquerque, N.M.; by two brothers, Clifford (Charlotte) "Chuck" Keller, Austin, John (Luvern) Keller, Springfield, Oregon; by a sister, Florence Ohm, Austin; by a sister-in-law, Eileen (Keller) Roper, Austin; and by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Franklin and Loretta King, Austin.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Gordon Larson Officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood, Cemetery in Austin, at a later date.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Lucille Rose (Daly) Grimley


Lucille Rose (Daly) Grimley, age 81, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 19, 2007 at the Austin Medical Center.

Lucille was born on August 28, 1926 in Austin, to Clarence "C.P." and Minnie (Cole) Daly. She graduated from New Prague High School and then attended two years of Mankato Teachers College.

On October 20, 1946 she married John Rex Grimley in El Paso, Texas.

Lucille was a loving wife and mother who took great pride in her family. She loved traveling with her husband. Lucille was active in her church and her community and volunteered at Birthright. She was an expert in crossword puzzles and she enjoyed visiting with her friends and relatives. Lucille loved completely and was completely loved. She will be greatly missed. Lucille was a homemaker and worked many years at Younkers.

Survivors include her husband, John Rex Grimley, Austin; four children: Kathleen (John) Pumroy, Austin; Cindy (Bill) Gunther, New Hope; Debbie (Mike) LaMothe, Crystal; Jon (Diane) Grimley, River Falls, Wisonsin; her 13 grandchildren; her two great-grandchildren; her three sisters: Jeanne Rougny, Fresno, Calif., Joyce Rector, Moses Lake, Wash., Pat Bushnell, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her parents, C.P. and Minnie Daly; by her son, David.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, December 21, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Austin. The honorary casket bearers were: Sarah Gunther, Beth Baudler, Krista Pumroy, Erin Grimley, Maria LaMothe, Clare LaMothe, Joshua LaMothe and David LaMothe. The casket bearers were grandsons: John Pumroy, Matt Grimley, Mike Gunther, Scott Baudler, Tom Gunther and Paul Gunther. Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Donald Harris Nelson


Donald Nelson, age 84, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 19, 2007, at Austin Medical Center.

Donald Harris Nelson was born on March 9, 1923 to David and Hazel (Ostenson) Nelson, in Nevada Township, Mower County, Minnesota. The family moved to Austin, where Don graduated from high school in 1942. He served in the Fifth Army, First Armored Division from 1943 to 1945, stationed in North Africa and Italy. After the war he returned home and went to work for Hormel Foods in the marketing/shipping department.

He married Georgia Turner on September 16, 1946 at St. Olaf Parish House. To this union, four children were born. Don played baseball with the Austin Packers for many years. He was a member of St. Olaf Church, the American Legion and VFW. Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising fruits and vegetables. He was a great household handyman. He retired from Hormel in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia, Austin; by two daughters, Beatrice Wilson, Stillwater, and Jennifer Nelson, St. Paul; by two sons, Michael (Mary) Nelson, Austin, David (Tammy) Nelson, Eagan; by four grandchildren: Kristin Wilson, Kimberly Wilson, Jessica Nelson and Scott Nelson; and by a sister, Donna (Donald) Engdahl, Olympia, Washington.

He was preceded death by his parents; by a sister, Adell; and by a brother, Laurel.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., on Friday, December 21, 2007, at St. Olaf Church with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin, with military rights by American Legion Post 91. The Worlein Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Mary Elizabeth (Hogan) Bissen


Mary Elizabeth Bissen, age 87, of Rose Creek, Mower county, Minnesota, died on December 17, 2007 at Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Osage, Iowa.

Mary was born on February 29, 1920 in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Sara (Dever) Hogan. She graduated from St. Augustine High School in Austin in 1938 and was married to Wilfred N. Bissen on May 24, 1944 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. They made their home, farming in the Adams and Rose Creek area where she was a homemaker and hard-working farm wife.

Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the CCW. She liked to visit, travel, and also enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She was an excellent cook and good provider.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred; by a daughter, Dorothy Nolte, and by two brothers.

Mary is survived by her three daughters: Virginia M. Bissen, Rose Creek; Susan Bissen, Rochester, Minnesota; and Patricia Bissen, Rochester; by three sons: Joseph Bissen, Rochester; Thomas Bissen, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Michael Bissen, Rose Creek; by a son-in-law, Roger Nolte, Waucoma, Iowa; by a sister, Margaret Overlie, Minneapolis; by seven grandchildren; and by one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, December 20, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams.

The casket Bearers were: Ron Plath, Larry Tompkins, Steve Pitzen, Larry Schuttler, Peter Grover and Robert Smith. The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Julianne Elizabeth (Guintire)


Julianne E. Bawek, age 72, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 15, 2007 at her home.

Julianne Elizabeth Guintire was born on October 21, 1935 in Annandale, Minnesota, to William and Hildur (Dahlman) Guintire. In 1951 she married Melvin Bawek. Julianne was a beautician. She loved her family, cooking, and quilting.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Bawek, Austin; children: Patricia (Rick) Rabideau, of Austin, Rick (Judy) Bawek, of Red Wing, Lisa Thomas (Mark O'Leary), of Austin, Diane Spaid, of Rochester; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jack Guintire, of Longmont, Colorado, Mary Jo Rasmussen (Spike Barnett), of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Hildur "Nanny"; and by a brother, Bill.

A memorial mass was celebrated on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Honorary casket bearers were her grandchildren. The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Margaret Elizabeth (Winkels) Ulwelling


Margaret Elizabeth Ulwelling of Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 15, 2007 at the age of 91 at the Adams Health Care Center.

Margaret was born to Elizabeth and Jacob Winkels on June 25, 1916 on a farm near Taopi, Minnesota. She grew up in Lodi Township and went to school in Adams. As a young woman, she worked as a housekeeper in Austin.

She married Leo Joseph Ulwelling on February 14, 1939. They had eight children. Margaret dedicated her life to her family, farm and her faith. She had a great sense of humor and a ready smile. Leo and Margaret farmed near Adams until 1958 when they moved to Warroad, Minnesota. Margaret worked as a baker at Page's Cafe for several years and as a motel clerk at Cal's Motel for 15 years.

They retired from their farm near Warroad in 1980 and returned to Adams. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Timothy's Unit. Margaret was a resident of the Adams Health Care Center in recent years.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; by a son, James; and by a daughter, Diane.

She is survived by her children: Barbara (Daniel) Kasel, Adams, Elaine (Vern) Welin, Fall Creek, Wisconsin, Nancy (Gordon) Otto, Moorhead, Minnesota, Susan (Marvin) Nelson, Rolla, N.D., Carol (Brian) Bennes, St. Joseph, Minnesota, David (Laurel) Ulwelling, Warroad; by 25 grandchildren, by 35 great-grandchildren; and by one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation was held at the Adams Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 from 4 - 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Rosary was said at 4:30 p.m.   Visitation was held on Wednesday, December 19 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

A funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams on Wednesday, December 19, at 11 a.m.   Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Adams.



Dorothea R. (Koch) Thurow


Dorothea R. Thurow, 93, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and formerly of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 14, 2007, at Dove Health Care in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Dorothea Koch was born on Oct. 27, 1914, in Menominee, Minnesota, to Albert and Augusta (Eckert) Koch, the youngest of nine children.

On December 26, 1943, she married Carl M. Thurow, pastor of congregations in Pine Grove and Shirley, Wis. As his loving wife, she supported Carl in his ministry, which also included congregations he served in Two Rivers, Wis., Lamar, Colo., Fridley, and Austin, Minnesota. Dorothea and Carl moved to Eau Claire in 1984 to be closer to their children when Carl retired from the ministry. Dorothea spent her life in loving service to others. She was a devoted wife to Carl, a loving and caring mother to their five children and a concerned and helpful Christian friend to the many members of the congregations her husband served. Her life of service to others was a reflection of the gracious love with which God blessed her through faith in Jesus Christ. She was filled with a sure belief in her salvation and eternal life in heaven, based on God's Word in the Bible from Ephesians chapter 2, verse 8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."

Dorothea is survived by her four children: Carla (Jim) Pelzl, Nona (Paul) Schaller, and Theodore (Connie) Thurow, all of Eau Claire, and Paula (Scott) Schwartz, Chippewa Falls; by a daughter-in-law, Roxann Thurow, St. Paul, Minnesota; by eleven grandchildren; and by eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; by a son, Martin; by her parents; and by eight sisters and brothers: Magdalena, Ida, Clara, Amanda, Leona, Albert, Howard and William.

A memorial service was held at Messiah Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, December 18, 2007, with Pastors Mark Gullerud and Paul M. Tiefel officiating. A family graveside committal service was held on Tuesday at Prairie View Cemetery in the town of Hallie, prior to the memorial service at the church.



Marian E. (Wangen) Bothun


Marian E. Bothun, 90, of Hastings, Minnesota, and formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at her residence in Hastings.

Marian E. Wangen was born June 17, 1917 in Lanesboro, Minnesota, to Edward and Bertha (Olson) Wangen.

She married Ellert E. Bothun on May 15, 1942 in Rushford, Minnesota, and was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester.

She made delicious cinnamon rolls and bread, Norwegian goodies, and many cookies. She lived her 90 years well, and family was her life. Marian's favorite motto was, "Never Give Up" and favorite expression was, "Greet the Family "Uff Da."

The mother of four, grandma to 11, and great-grandma to three, Marian is survived by her four sons: Don (Cindy) Bothun, Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Jerry (Anita) Bothun, West St. Paul, Minnesota, Maynard (Sandy) Bothun, Cary, N.C., and Allen (Carol) Bothun, Rochester, Minnesota; three brothers: James (Erma) Wangen, Harmony, Minnesota, Merlin (Marge) Wangen, Sparta, Wisconsin, Peter (Naomi) Wangen, Harmony, Minnesota; three sisters: Ella Olstad, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Gladys (Marlin) Ziemer, St. James, Minnesota, and Orillie Iverson, Byron, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband, by one daughter, by two brothers, and by one sister.

The funeral service for Marian was held on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes with the Rev. Steve Ronningen officiating. Burial was at Grandview Cemetery south of Austin, Minnesota.

Funeral Arrangements were by Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes.



Harriet M. (Ostenson) DeMar


Harriet M. DeMar, age 92, of Austin, Minn., died Thursday evening, December 13, 2007, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Harriet M. Ostenson was born on December 7, 1915 to Alfred and Thea Ostenson in Nevada Township, Mower county, near Lyle, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church and attended Pinehurst country grade school. She graduated from Lyle High School in 1934 and went on to muses' training at St. Lukes Hospital in Davenport, Iowa where she graduated in 1939. She also attended the University of Minnesota, specializing in anesthesiology.

She worked at Miller Hospital in St. Paul and Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa before becoming an employee of Associated Anesthesiologists for 33 years. In 1982 she married Bernard N. DeMar. They made their home in Balch Springs, Texas for 14 years.

After Bernard's death in 1996, Harriet moved back to Austin, Minnesota to be near her family.

Survivors include two nephews, Russell (Helen) Ashley and Wayne (Joan) Skov; two great-nieces, Diane Driessen and Julie Kath; two great-nephews, Mark Ashley and Jeffrey Ashley; and six great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, by her parents; and by two sisters, Gladys Ashley and Irene Skov.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 17, 2007 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Interment was at Six Mile Grove Cemetery, east of Lyle, Minnesota.



Sylvia Anna Emma
(Schlichting) Georg


Sylvia Anna Emma Georg, age 91, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 11, 2007, at Our House Memory Care in Austin. She was born on July 16, 1916 to Henry and Emma (Reinke) Schlichting in Waltham Township, Mower County. She graduated from Austin High School on June 2, 1938.

She married Arnold Georg on January 22, 1939 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Waltham. They made their home in Washington, D.C. and nine other states. When Arnold retired, they returned to Minnesota where they made their home in Austin and later moved to Brownsdale. They spent many winters in McAllen, Texas. A member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale since the spring of 1985, Sylvia taught Sunday School for 20 years and was active in Ladies Aid until she was no longer able. They moved to Our House in July, 2007.

Survivors include her husband, Arnold, Austin; one son, Daniel E. Georg, Allen, Texas; two grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice Alpers, Cottage Grove; brother, Donald (Julie) Schlichting, Mankato; sisters-in-law, Doris Schlichting, Chico, California; Hazel Schlichting, Brownsdale; Frances Schlichting, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by five brothers: John, Harlon, Henry, Wilmer and Arnold; and by a sister, Pearl, in infancy.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2007, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale with Vicar Jeff Sage officiating. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at St. Michael's Cemetery, Waltham.



Robert L. Hoffman


Robert L. Hoffman, age 76, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 10, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Bob was born on December 11, 1930, in Austin, to Adelbert and Rose Hoffman. He attended St. Augustine High School and later dropped out to join the Air Force. He served overseas in Guam, Japan and Korea during the Korean War.

On May 9, 1954 Bob married LaDonna Ploof. Bob was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin and a life long member of the V.F.W. He worked at Hormel for 33 years until he retired. Bob's favorite hobby was woodworking and he made several pieces of furniture for himself and others. His grandchildren were his life and he did so much with them, such as: taking his granddaughter out on dates and feeding the ducks, taking her swimming and many other things. She would call him her walking ATM machine which made Bob smile every time she told him that. He would take his grandson Alex into his woodworking shop and let him pound nails in his work bench. They would also make bird houses, airplanes and many other things.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, LaDonna, Austin; a son, Brad, Brainerd; a daughter, Lynn, Austin; two grandchildren, Samantha and Alex, Austin; and a brother, Donald (Pat), Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Gordon Larson officiating. Military rites were by V.F.W. Post #1216. The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Charles Barnes


Charles Barnes, 98, formerly of Brownsdale, Minnesota, died on December 12, 2007, at Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center.

Charles Myron Barnes was born on November 9, 1909 to Charles and Anna (Love) Barnes in Hancock, County, Iowa. When Charles was nine years old, the family moved to Minnesota, making their home in Brownsdale, where Charles grew up and attended school. He farmed in his early years and married Marion Wright on March 16, 1935 in Albert Lea. They made their home in the Elkton and Brownsdale area where they continued to farm.

In 1947 Charles went to work as a bottler for Marigold Dairy, until 1974. After his retirement he worked at Pike Car Wash. Marion died on July 5, 1993. Charles moved to Brownton in April of 1995 where he lived until May of 2007 when he moved to Buffalo Lake.

Survivors include two daughters, Saundra (Victor) Proeschel, Glencoe, Gloria (Ronald) Raasch, New Hope; three grandchildren: Donald (Elisabeth) Raasch, Kari (Clyde) Raasch-Swain, Amy (Jon) Schmidt; eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; sisters-in-law, Marie Burma, Austin; Delvin (Janet) Augustin, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Marion; by a granddaughter, Heidi Oquist; by two sisters; and by three brothers.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 16, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.



Terry J. Schmidt


Terry J. Schmidt, 67, of Fort Myers, Florida. and Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, died on December 9, 2007, at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, surrounded by his family.

He was diagnosed the last week of November with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Stage IV. Terry was born in Spring Valley, Minnesota, on December 17, 1939, to Clarence and Odessa Schmidt. Terry graduated from Austin High School, in 1958 and then attended Mankato State University. He earned his Bachelor's in teaching and in 1968 earned his Masters.

Terry dedicated 43 years of service to public education. He first started teaching in Minnesota Lake, Minn., and from there he entered public administration. He served the school districts of East Chain, Minnesota; Milaca, Minnesota; Mishicot, Wisconsin; and Balsam Lake, Wisconsin as superintendent. Terry retired from public education in July 2006.

He loved the outdoors and was happy when fishing, traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Terry loved to spend his time with people, and that is why he touched so many hearts. We will always remember his sense of humor and laughter.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Sandra, of 43 years; children Lisa (John) Emholz, Steven Schmidt (Tony), Robert Schmidt, and Jennifer (Dan) Gross; six beautiful grandchildren, Natalie, Jourdan, Madeline, Aspen, MacKenzie, and Tyler; mother, Odessa; sisters, Gwen and Margaret; and brothers Dennis and Curtis.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Stephanie Ann, and his father, Clarence Schmidt.

It was his wish to be cremated, followed by a private family/friends gathering to celebrate his life this coming summer in Balsam Lake. Terry wanted to be remembered by the memories that make you smile. Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 818 Fulton St., SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.



Sandra Marie (Williams) Stransky


Sandra Marie Stransky, age 57, of Owatonna, Minnesota died on December 12, 2007 at the Owatonna Hospital.

Sandra Marie Williams was born on June 11, 1950 in Austin, the daughter of Sam and Donna (Krause) Williams. Sandra graduated from Austin High School.

She married Kenneth Stransky August 26, 1983 in Owatonna. The couple has lived in Owatonna since their marriage. Sandra worked at American Freight before her 18-year career with Aid Association for Lutherans--now known as Thrivent.

She was a very talented musician both vocally and instrumentally. She was the music director at her church for many years and was a member of the hand bell choir.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Ken, of Owatonna, Minnesota; by a daughter, Amber Stransky, Minnetonka; by her mother, Donna Williams, Austin; by sisters, Sue (and Dana) Miller, Austin, Pat (Mike) Lewis Devinny, Owatonna; and by a brother, John (and Jan) Williams, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother.

Memorial services were held on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

The Michaelson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Frieda (Amble) Prescott


Frieda Amble Prescott, age 87, was born on January 22, 1920 near Saude, Iowa, to Isabelle and Nels Amble. She grew up in Adams with siblings Clara (Johnson), Hannah (Flatjord), John (Amble) and Ella (Hukee). Frieda attended the Adams Public School and graduated in 1939.

In September 1941 she married Martin Prescott. They farmed west of Adams until 1971. Martin passed away in 1967. Frieda moved into the town of Adams in 1972. She worked at the Adams Dental Clinic for 23 years, retiring in 1991.

In addition, she found joy in her church; she participated in a variety of church activities, and especially enjoyed being a member of the bell choir.

Frieda and Martin had four sons and one daughter: Chuck, Phoenix, Arizona; Diane Gentle, Overland Park, Kansas; Dave, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Don, Parkston, South Dakota; and Tom, Lake City, Minnesota. She had 13 grandchildren: Cindy (Steve) Koller, David (Karrie) Prescott, Kevin (Kim) Prescott, Nikki (Phil) Gernes, Emily (Tyronne) Bialas, Martin Prescott, Benjamin Prescott and special friend, Trisha Krenzel, Jennifer (Shaun) Schreiber, Julia (Chad) Focht, Megan (Steve) Prescott-Accardi, Christopher Prescott; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband Martin, by son-in-law Larry Gentle, and by grandchildren, Wayne and Barbara Prescott.

Memorial Services were held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, December 15, 2007, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with Reverend Shari Mason officiating. The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Ethel Amelia Wold


Obituaries, Austin Daily Herald, Friday, 17 June 1983, page 2, column 1.

Ethel Amelia Wold was born October 9,1881, in Austin, Minn., the daughter of Petra Amelia and K. O. Wold.

She graduated from Austin High School in 1900 and the University of Minnesota in 1905, earning an MA degree in l919.

Miss Wold was a teacher at Montgomery High School, St. Cloud High School, Illinois Wesley University, University of Upper Iowa and later was head of the book department at K. O. Wold Drug.

She also was a Sunday school teacher and a member of PEO and secretary of the YWCA.

Miss Wold died at 5:15 a.m. June 11, 1963, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home. Surviving are a niece, Jeannette W. Anderson, Stockton, Calif., and a nephew Culver Wold, San Lorenzo, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Walter Edward and Guy Kenneth Wold .

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 1983. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Rev. Glenn Nycklemoe officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery with pallbearers: Raymond Ondov, Claries Jahren, James Carroll, Richard LaLonde, Louis Ryks, Leonard Astrup. Arden Haug was soloist and Neal Erickson, organist.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Jim Johnson 12/07



Guy K. Wold


OBITUARY: Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Front Page, 16 June 1972.

Guy Wold, prominent local man, dies at the age of 84.

A former prominent Austin pharmacist and businessman, Guy K. Wold, 84, died at 10 a. m., Friday of a massive stroke at St. Olaf Hospital. He had entered the hospital on June 9, 1972.

Wold, a native of Austin, was often called "Austin's one-man Chamber of Commerce," He was a prime booster of the city, with an intense and continuing loyalty.

He was probably best known for his work as a member of the Mower County Fair Board and as a circus buff. He was a member of the Fair Board for 29 years, a director of the Mower County Historical Society for 24 years and for many years a member of the Austin Circus Club.

During his long service as a Fair Board director, Wold spent his spare time cultivating flowers, mowing the lawn, hanging flags and meeting the public at the fairgrounds.

Always pleasant and cheerful, Wold made thousands of friends and his intense interest in the progress of Austin and improvement of the Mower County Fair was practically a full-time activity.

For many years, Wold was a backer of civic improvements regardless of how big or how menial the task. For his devotion to the city and the fair, Guy was presented with a civic merit award by the Austin Daily Herald in 1956.

In 1960 he was honored when the building, housing the horticulture and pigeon exhibits at the fair grounds was dedicated the Guy K. Wold Building and at that time, P. J. Holand, longtime friend and fair secretary, paid tribute to Wold as "the hardest working member of the fair board."

On learning of Wold's death, Holand today said that Guy became one of the outstanding fair board members and credited him with the grooming of the grounds that has won praise from fair officials from all parts of the country.

In honor of Wold, flags at the fairgrounds will be flown at half mast today.

We will have to close ranks and guy will be missed," Holand said. Guy was born in Austin on Oct, 13, 1838 and started working for his father, K. 0, Wold while still a boy.

He was a graduate of Austin High School and obtained his pharmacy degree at Northwestern University in 1900. He passed his Minnesota examination for registered pharmacist in 1910.

He married Cecile Opie in 1917 and they made their home at 310 1st St. SE, which for many years was a gathering place for their many friends. Mrs, Wold, who was born at Mineral Point, Wis. and came to Austin as a young girl, died March 13,1966.

Besides being a member of from the Fair Board. Wold, was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran church, Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Pharmaceutical Assn., American Pharmaceutical Assn., City Fire and Police Commission, Minnesota State Assn, of Retail, Druggists and Austin Businessmen's Assn.

He took over ownership of the Wold Drug Store when,his father, K. O. Wold, died in 1937. He retired, and sold the business in 1964. That year he was honored by the Austin Midtown Assn. and was presented the "keys to the city" and was praised for his support of music and youth activities music his work in beautifying the fair-grounds.

Wold never owned an automobile and probably spent less time away from the city than other resident. His devotion was to his store and community, which he sincerely believed the "best in the world."

He is survived by a sister, Miss Ethel Wold, Austin; a niece, Mrs. Jeanette Anderson, Stockton, Calif.; two nephews, Culver Wold, Stockton, and Harold Buell, Indianapolis, Ind.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church., Rev. Hoover T. Grimbsby officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the Jordan Mortuary from 7 p.m. Saturday until 11 a.m. Monday. There will be no viewing at the church. The family prefers memorials to the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Foundation.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Jim Johnson 12/07



Agnes Johnson


Austin Daily Herald, Friday April 19,1940, page-11, col.-3

[In the Adams section]

Mrs. John Johnson of Minneapolis died Tuesday.   Her husband was born and raised in Adams [Mower county, Minnesota], and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Johnson.   Services will be in Minneapolis.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Jim Johnson 12/07



Knud O. Wold


Austin Daily Herald, Monday, 27 December 1937, Front Page.

Knud O. Wold, 92, in Business Here Longer Than Any Other Man, Dies.

Community Mourns Loss of Veteran Druggest, Respected Citizen.

The city was sturred this morning when the news became known that K.O. Wold, Austin's splended business man and fine citizen had died during the night, as the news yesterday was that he was gaining in his fight against pneumonia.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from his late residence with Rev. Henry Noss officiating.   On account of the physical condition of Mr. Wold, the services will be strictly private. Friends may call at the Jordan Mortuary tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening.

He had spent a pleasant day although confined to his bed and not able to be at the Christmas tree festivities which he directed should be held as usual, but he entered into the spirit of the occasion, and there was no indication that it was going to be his last Christmas day.   Some close friends were permitted to see him in the evening for a moment, but a sudden turn came and he died at 1:00 o'clock

Mr. Wold was one of the group of men who tied their future to what was then a mere settlement of houses and a few wooden store buildings of less than a thousand population, a settlement that was not organized into a village, just a part of the township of Austin.   He tried to see it become a city of 18,000.   He outlived all of his generation and the workers that laid the foundations of this city.   His record is that of having been longer in business in this city than any other man.

Born in Norway

He was born in Sogndahl, Bergenstift, Norway, on November 4, 1845.   He got his education in the public schools of his native land and when 20 years of age came to this country with his parents.   They located in Adams township where his father purchased a farm.   Mr. Wold worked a year on the farm and then came to Austin where he became clerk in the drug store of Woodward & Dorr.   From that day to the day of his death K.O. Wold was a part of that drug business first as a clerk and six years later became a partner of Mr. Dorr, who had operated the store for two years as sole proprietor.   In 1897 Mr. Dorr withdrew from business, Mr. Wold buying his interest.

He was married November 3, 1876, to Miss Petra A. Moe.   She survives him. He is also survived by two sons, Walter, of San Jose, California; Guy K. who has been associated with his father in the operation of the well known drug store, and Miss Ethel of this city.

Mr. Wold came from a long-lived ancestry, his mother lived to be ninety-two and his father to eighty-two.

Conservative But Progressive

Mr. Wold was a Republican in politics, was and early member and an officer of St. Olaf Lutheran church, and a member of Fidelity Lodge of Masons.   In the early days he took a part in politics but was not an office seeker.   He was one of the conservative-progressives, and not wanted to see the city progress as rapidly as it could, but not by building up a debt against the future.   He has been in favor of everything real in progress since the first petition was passed for a bucket brigade to fight fires.

Qualities Outstanding

The present generation, the thousands who have moved to this city during the past few years have known Mr. Wold as a fine citizen, who held their respect the moment they met him.   His fine qualities of a man and a citizen were outstanding, so predominant that he was liked by young and old.   They liked his cherry greetings when they went to his store.   His reputation for honesty and fair dealings was known as far as he was known, and that was over all this trade territory.

Old timers came in to greet him and to trade, and youth came, came because the family "had always traded with Mr. Wold".   He was conscientious in every transaction. He worked for the joy of working. his business was running a drug store. He was there on the job. He didn't ride to work as the younger businessmen do, but each day he walked to and from his drug store. The last day he was at the store he walked there and home. He plowed his way through the snow knee deep and enjoyed the exersize and was ready for his day's work when he reached the store.

Mr. & Mrs. Wold observed their sixtieth wedding anniversary November 3 last year.   On Mr. Wolds 92nd birthday he was greeted by many friends who called at the store for that sole purpose and flowers graced the counters.

Submitted by Jim Johnson, <>



Sylvia V. (Teeple) Cady


Sylvia V. Cady, 98, of San Diego, California, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on November 9, 2006, at her residence in Encinitas, Calif.

Sylvia Teeple was born Jan. 31, 1908, in Riceville, Iowa, to Anna (Stephani) and Frank Teeple. She was married to Emerson Cady for 55 years. She loved music, sewing and cooking--and had a massive cookbook collection. She and Emerson moved to San Diego in 1976, to be near her sister, Muriel, and to enjoy the sunny weather. In San Diego she was able to pursue her love of music through her involvement in an organ club with her sister. Always active and healthy, Sylvia drove her beloved Buick until she was 90 years old. Sylvia's cheerful nature earned her many new friends at her assisted living facility.

Sylvia was preceded in death by both of her sisters, Ione and Muriel. She also lost her only child, Georgiana Cady Humphrey, as well as her husband, Emerson, in 1986.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Julie Humphrey and her Husband Rik Belew, San Diego, California, Bruce (Denise) Humphrey, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, John (Lori) Humphrey, River Falls, Wisconsin; ten great-grandchildren: Corinne, Leland, William, Erin, Jack, Shane, Kelly, Lane, Lisa and Sam.

The memorial service for Sylvia took place at Greenwood Cemetery, Salli Lynn Chapel, on Thursday, December 27, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Sylvia V. Cady to the Spreckels Organ Society Scholarship Fund, 1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, Calif. 92101-1661.



Robert Peterson


Robert Peterson, age 86, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on Saturday morning, December 22, 2007, in Austin.

Robert was born on January 4, 1921, to Jul and Matilda (Kulsrud) Peterson in Austin, where he grew up and attended school. He joined the Marine Corps and was in the Second Infantry Division during World War II.

He married Harriet Hedegard on October 26, 1944. After the military, Bob worked for Hormel on the SPAM line for 28 years. He then started farming. Bob enjoyed farming, traveling to auctions and sales, and he also collected and bought pencils for school children.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Harriet; and two sisters, Marguerite Furtney, Worthington, and Helen Davidson, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by two brothers, Vernon and Herald; by a sister, Katherine Torkelson, and by one nephew, James Torkelson.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 27, 2007, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, with Reverend Steven DeFor officiating. Military rites were conducted by American Legion Post 91.



Robert Manley Dennis


Funeral services for Robert Manley "Bud" Dennis, age 85, of Blooming Prairie, Dodge County, Minnesota, were held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating. Interment was in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, Mower County, Minnesota.

Robert died on December 20, 2007 at his home.

He was born on January 2, 1922 to Frank and Lucy (Chubbic) Dennis in Blooming Prairie Township, Dodge County, Minnesota, where he grew up and attended country school. After completing his education, Bud farmed.

He married Orene Christianson on January 30, 1943 at the Lutheran parsonage in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. They made their home on the family farm until 1945 when they moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota, so Bud could work as a truck mechanic at Wilson Meat Packing Company. In 1952 they bought a farm west of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church where they were members.

He was the Newry Township supervisor for eight years. He retired from farming in 1974 and built a new home south of Blooming Prairie off Highway 218 where they lived until moving into Blooming Prairie in 1992. Bud enjoyed fishing. They spent several winters in Florida. He was handiman for the family, using his plumbing skills. He raised a garden, specializing in tomatoes.

Survivors include his wife: Orene Deniis, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; two sons: Roger (Mary Simmons) Dennis, Belton, Texas; Vern (Gloria) Dennis, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; two daughters: Linda (Ed) Peak, Hayward, Minn.; Brenda (Mike) Rasmussen, Cleveland, Minn.; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two sisters: Edith Cyson and Florence Ferguson, both of Albert Lea, Minn.; one brother: John Dennis, Evansville, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; ten siblings; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Robert Dennis.

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



Evans LaVerne Knutson


Evans LaVerne Knutson - born 28 July 1921 - Adams, Mower county, Minnesota.

OBITUARY: Rogers Morning News; 16 April 1997.

BELLA VISTA, BENTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS -- Evans LaVerne Knutson, 75, of Bella Vista died April 13, 1997 at Bates Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born July 28, 1921, at Adams, Minn to Albert and Ella Storvic Knutson. He was a lieutenant Commander in the Navy during World War II, serving in the Mediterranean Theater and the Pacific Theater.

He was a pianist, a past secretary/treasurer for Rocky Mountain ELCA, a past president of Knute Nelson Retirement Home in Alexandria, Minn., was a stewardship secretary for the Southwest Minnesota ELCA, had been active in church camps and was a member and officer of local chapter AAL in Bella Vista and was a retired minister, having pastored in Lutheran churches at Bonners, Mont., Absarokee, Mont, Clarkston, Wash., Reserve, :Mont., Sauk Centre, Minn., Albert Lea, Minn., Chinook, Mont, and Grove, Okla. He was a member of United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista. He moved to Bella Vista in 1984 from Chinook.

Survivors include his wife, Dalora H. Knutson of the home, to whom he was married 52 years; two sons, Paul M. Knutson of Gravette and Mark N. Knutson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Patricia Blackburn of Mounds View, Minn., and Sara Elizabeth Knutson of St. Paul, Minn.; one brother, Alvin Eugene Knutson of Rochester, Minn.; three Grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville. Honor Guard will be provided by VFW Post 9063 of Bella Vista. Memorials may be made to ELCA World Hunger, or ELCA Disaster Fund.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Jim Johnson -- 12/2007




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