MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries
Mower County Obituaries
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In honor of Wold, flags at the fairgrounds will be flown at half mast
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
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
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
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.
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, <email@example.com>
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
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, 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
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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org 12/2007
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