Mower County Obituaries
Part 49



Ira W. Syck


Ira Syck, 57, Dies in Sleep

Former Sheriff Widely Known in Northwest Area

Ira W. Syck, 57, who was a sheriff and deputy sheriff, was identified with law enforcement in Mower County for 21 years, died of a heart ailment in his sleep Wednesday night at his home, at 709 Crane.

A popular, colorful and vigorous sheriff, he was for many years one of the best known figures in public life in Mower County.

His death was sudden, and a shock to his many friends. A special officer of the Milwaukee railroad here, he was at work yesterday. Not feeling well, in the afternoon he went to the doctor who told him to go home and rest for a few days. For some years he had been troubled with a heart ailment and chronic lung condition. He was found dead by his wife about 6:45 a.m. today.

Wide Reputation

During the 16 years he served as sheriff, from 1927 to 1943, and in the preceding five years when he was deputy sheriff, Mr. Syck was known by virtually everyone in Mower County. He also had a wide reputation for his enforcement record among sheriffs and crime bureau operatives throughout Minnesota and other states of the Northwest.

They were exciting days, the period in which he was sheriff and deputy. It coincided with the prohibition era when many bootlegging cases added to the routine enforcement work of the office. He was a tenacious sheriff who spared no effort in apprehending criminals.

Served 4 Terms

Mr. Syck entered the sheriff's office in 1922 as a deputy under the late Nick Nicholsen. When Mr. Nicholsen decided not to run for reelection in 1926, Mr. Syck filed as a candidate and his election brought him into office as sheriff the following Jan. 1. He served for four terms, and was reelected each time with commanding leads over opposition candidates. He was defeated in 1942 by Arnold Eckhardt, and then took employment with the Milwaukee Road as a special officer or railroad detective.

He was a member of many local organizations, a very generous contributor to charitable drives, and was an ardent sports fan. He led an active life, was fond of bowling and fishing, and was a familiar figure on kitten-ball diamonds here. However, during the last few years he was sheriff, his health began to fail. Though in recent years he had a serious heart aliment, he kept his illness to himself and mentioned it rarely even to intimate friends.

Born in Rose Creek

Mr. Syck was a native of Mower County and was born at Rose Creek on June 28, 1891. He acquired his early education in the schools of Brownsdale and Austin. Before the U.S. entered World War I, Mr. Syck was employed with a street car company in Detroit, Mich. He was working at Windsor Canada, across the river from Detroit, when he decided to enlist with the 12th Canadian Army service corps. He went overseas and on reaching Belgium, his company was transferred to infantry.

During the prolonged fighting at Paschendael Ridge Nov. 3, 1917, he was wounded with shrapnel and was gassed. He was taken to Carlyle, England, where for months he was in a hospital slowly recovering his health. It was while in England he met Florence E. Pegg and they were married in Mower County at Brownsdale on Dec. 16, 1919.

Mr. Syck received his honorary discharge from the Canadian Army on Jan. 25, 1919. Before he was appointed as a deputy sheriff, he worked with his father, the late Carl Syck, at his grain elevator, and was in charge of a filling station at Brownsdale.

He was a member of the American Legion, and a charter member of Olaf B. Damm post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. s

He had belonged to many organizations, including the Masons, Elks, Eagles, Modern Woodmen, Izaak Walton League, Kiwanis Club, and the International Sheriffs and Police Officers Association.

Austin Daily Herald; Thursday, March 31, 1949; Front Page

Research Credit -- Mark Ashley
Transcribed by K. Pike -- January 2008

[NOTE: Ira Wallace Syck b. June 28, 1891 d. March 31, 1949]

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Florence E. (Pegg) Syck


Austin, Minnesota-- A funeral service for Florence E. Syck, 93, formerly of 709 Eighth St. S.E. who died Sept. 20 at St. Olaf Hospital will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Chapel, Pastor Paul Smith of the Austin Baptist Chapel officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.

There will be no visitation or reviewal.

Mrs. Syck was born August 14, 1899 in Leicester, England to Arthur and Annie (Riley) Pegg. She came to the U.S. in 1919 to marry Ira Syck whom she met in England during World War I. They were married Dec. 16, 1919 at Brownsdale. Ira was the sheriff of Mower County from 1927-43 and Florence assisted Ira at the jail as cook and matron. Ira preceded her in death in 1949. She was a charter member of the V.F.W. Post 1216 Auxiliary.

Survivors include one nephew, Robert Stack, Orange, Calif.; one cousin, Lenore; friends, including Evalyn Hartson, Waltham, and Josie Lowrey, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday September 21, 1992

Research Credit -- Mark Ashley
Transcribed by K. Pike -- January 2008

[NOTE: Florence E. (Pegg) Syck b. Aug 14, 1899 d. Sept 20, 1992]

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John Wimmer
Monica Wettstein
Leo Hughes
and William Jordan

December 22, 1935

Four Persons Were Killed Instantly As Passenger Train Demolishes Automobile.

The four, all of the Taopi community were, John Wimmer, Monica Wettstein, Leo Hughes, and William Jordan.

Austin Daily Herald
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Francis Walrod


Francis Walrod [1839-1936], City's Last Civil War Veteran, Succumbs

Austin's last Civil War veteran, Francis Walrod, 96 years and six months old, died at the Old Settler's Home in Minneapolis this morning at 7 o'clock.

Mr. Walrod could also lay claim to other distinctions. He lived in Minnesota for 83 years, and was one of the state's longest residents. He was one of Southern Minnesota's first residents.

He was a young man when the Civil War broke out, and at the age of 24 he enlisted in the First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Company B. He served until the close of the war.

Last Decoration Day Mr. Walrod, who's memory was unusually accurate for a man of his age, reminisced on his early experiences. One of his most interesting recollections was a trip he made with his father in 1854 to a settlement which later became Austin. He camped here overnight along the Cedar River. The first settlers came to Austin in 1853, and when Mr. Walrod saw this community it consisted of only three shanties near what is now the Fox Hotel.

Austin Daily Herald, January 29, 1936
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Pastor Carl Borgwardt


Rev. Carl Borgwardt accepted a call to St. Olaf [Church] in April, 1973. SEMCAC meal program was started in 1974. Noon meals for the elderly were served in the Rasmussen Refectory at noontime- Monday thru Friday.

In 1975 remodeling plans were approved and completed. This included installation of an elevator, improving receptionist area, and remodeling choir room. The library was moved to the main floor.

In September the St. Olaf Church Foundation initiated a daily television program, "What's It All About?" with Pastor Carl Borgwardt.

A new St. Marks building project was started in 1980 and St. Olaf pledged over $83,000.

In January, 1982 Rev. Carl Borgwardt died suddenly. The loss was felt deeply by members of the congregation and the entire community of Austin.

"Mill on the Willow," 1984, pg 185
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[NOTE: Rev. Carl David Borgwardt, born April 29, 1927, died January 25, 1982

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William V. Syck

d: 1934

William V. Syck Dies; Funeral Services Here

William V. Syck, sixty-seven, for many years a resident of Mower County, died at 6:00 last evening at his home near Detroit Lakes. His death was due to an infection of the throat.

The body will be brought to Austin tomorrow, accompanied by his brother Carl Syck of Brownsdale, who reached his bedside yesterday morning. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Saturday afternoon at the Jordan Mortuary, the Rev. Leo Sandgren of the Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery north of Rose Creek.

Mr. Syck was born in Denmark. He came to the United States with his parents when he was one year old. They located at Blue Earth and after a few years of residence there came to Mower County, living first at Rose Creek and then north of Taopi. Mr. Syck, the last couple years, lived near Detroit Lakes. Mrs. Ira Snyder [Cena] of Austin is a sister of Mr. Syck, and Sheriff Ira Syck is a nephew.

Austin Daily Herald, Thursday May 17, 1934

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Transcribed by K. Pike -- January 2008

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Wallace Syck

d: 1893

The infant son of C.M. Syck [Wallace] was laid to rest this afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Rose Creek Cemetery after a brief illness.

Austin Daily Herald, September 21, 1893

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Transcribed by K. Pike--January 2008

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Dorothy Syck

d: 1910


C.M. Syck received word Tuesday morning of the death of his mother, Mrs. Dorathy [sic]Syck of Taopi. Aged nearly 90 years. She has lived with her son W.V. Syck since the death of her husband 35 years ago.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday September 7, 1910


Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Syck and daughters Ethel and Dorothy attended the funeral of Mr. Syck's mother in Rose Creek on Thursday.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday September 14, 1910
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Isabelle (Thomson) Syck


Mrs. C.M. Syck died at the home of her daughter Mrs. F.C. Volkmann, 300 S. St. Paul, the morning of Sept. 4 after an illness of two years.

Isabelle Thomson was one of a family of 12 children born to William and Mary Thomson at Milwaukee, Wisc., Feb. 7, 1873. There she grew to young womanhood and on July 2, 1890 was united in marriage to Carl M. Syck of Rose Creek. They settled there on a farm and to this union four children were born.

After a few years, Mr. and Mrs. Syck moved to Austin and in 1903 they went to Brownsdale where Mr. Syck was engaged in the grain and fuel business until his death six years ago.

Mrs. Syck was a member of the Brownsdale Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, both of which she took active parts in when her health permitted.

She was of a most generous nature and it could be truly said she was a good friend and neighbor and her chief interests were her home and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband and infant son, Wallace.

Survivors are a son Ira W., and two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Volkmann of this city and Dorothy Pike of Brownsdale, a sister, Mrs. O.J. Benton of Austin, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Jordan Chapel, Rev. J.D. Taylor of Brownsdale officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald, September 1944

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Joseph Ira Pike


Joseph Ira Pike, age 80, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2006, at St. Mark's Lutheran Care Center.

Joseph was born at St. Olaf Hospital on Aug. 5, 1925, to Verne and Dorothy (Syck) Pike of Brownsdale, Minn. He grew up on the family farm, attended Austin High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Joe was a member of the Hayfield American Legion Post #330. He was a retired Hormel employee and farmer. Joe was an avid High School and College wrestling fan. He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends as well as occasional trips to the casino. His loving sense of humor and wit will be missed by all.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jackie Pike, Austin, Minn.; and adoring children, son: Dan (Sherri) Pike, Brownsdale, Minn.; daughters: Vicki (John) Buckingham, Byron, Minn.; Cindy (Ray) Hartliep, Byron, Minn.; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Evelyn Pike, Grundy Center, Iowa; sisters and brother-in-law, Evalyn Hartson, Waltham, Minn.; Carol and Stan Anderson, Waltham, Minn.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Charlotte Horstmann, Austin, Minn.

Joe was preceded in death by an infant daughter, parents, and a brother-in-law. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 26, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Patricia M. Toschak officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale with Hayfield post # 330, American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. and on Monday at First United Methodist Church for one hour before the service.

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Waldo Willard Lamb


b: 1847
d: Feb. 9, 1938


Waldo Willard Lamb, 90, Believed Last Civil War Veteran In County, Died At Brownsdale

Waldo Lamb, who served in the Union Army before he had reached his 16th birthday, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.G. Anderson, Brownsdale Village. His most cherished memory was the time in Washington when he shook hands with Lincoln. He also enjoyed recalling how in 1864 he cast his vote for Abraham Lincoln for president. He had not then obtained his majority, but was permitted to vote because he was a soldier.

A resident of Mower for more than 70 years, Mr. Lamb could remember the time when the communities of Austin, Brownsdale, and Lansing were all approximately the same size.

He was the youngest member of the GAR in Mower County.

Austin Daily Herald, February 10, 1938

[Co. D 37th Wisc. Inf.]

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J. C. Johnson, Jr.



J. C. Johnson, Jr., died at Louisville, KY., in the late afternoon of Saturday; February 24,, after submitting to a serious operation of prostateotomy. He was operated on Friday morning and came through the operation in fine shape but his age was against him and he passed away quietly Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Johnson at his death was seventy-eight years, two months and eleven days old, being born December 13, 1855 in Roen, Halsmo, Sunnhordland, Bergen, Norway.

He came to the United States with his parents, John C. Johnson, Sr.,and Johanna Marie (Roen) and his brothers and sisters in 1861. They settled on section 8 in Adams Township, Mower county, where he grew to manhood under the privations of pioneer life.

On October 29, 1882 Mr. Johnson was united in marriage to Sarah Gardner by Rev. John Muller-Eggen. To this union five sons were born, one of whom, Sigurd died in infancy. Mrs. Johnson died March 1, 1932 at Aberdeen, S. D.

Mr. Johnson was an active member of any community in which he lived, holding positions of trust both in church and civic affairs. In the fall elections of 1894 he was elected to the office of sheriff, a position he held for five consecutive terms, until January 1, 1905. held for of an optimistic turn of mind and was and always looked upon the bright side of life.

He leaves to mourn the death of a kind and loving father, four sons; Chester of Lacrosse, Wisc.; Edwin of Aberdeen, S. Dak.; and Drs. Carl and Aaron Johnson of Louisville, Ky.

After a short funeral service at Louisville, Kentucky, conducted by the Rev. Lindsay, the body was taken to Adams accompanied by Drs. Carl and Aaron Johnson, arriving on the early morning train on Monday. Funeral services were held the same day at 1:00 o'clock at the home of Mrs. I. E. Tiegen and at 1:30 at the Little Cedar Lutheran Church, the Rev. A. Brevik officiating. Two beautiful duets were sung by the two of Mr. Johnson's nieces. Interment was made in the family lot in Little Cedar Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald; Wednesday 28 February 1934; page 5, column 3.

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Infant Reed


REED-- In Racine, June 20, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Reed, aged three weeks.

The services were held at the house Sunday at 2:30 o'clock.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday July 1, 1891
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Ernestine Henslin

d: 1891

HENSLIN- In Racine, Sunday, June 21, 1891. Mrs. F. [Ernestine] Henslin.

She has been sick for a long time. Services were held at the house on the 23 inst. at 10 o'clock. Mrs. Henslin has lived in this town about 25 years and was always highly respected. She leaves a husband and seven children.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday July 1, 1891

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Michael Riley

d: 1891

RILEY- In Oakland township, Friday, June 26, Michael Riley, aged 65.

He has been failing gradually for the past year. Four children are left. The deceased was a brother-in-law of James Keenan of this city. Appropriate funeral services were held at the Catholic Church Sunday noon.

"Requiescat in Pace"

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday July 1, 1891

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Walter B. Peach

d: 1944

Walter Peach, 56, Dies at St. Olaf Hospital.

Walter B. Peach, 56, died at 2:45 a.m. today at St. Olaf Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist church, Rev. Leo Sangren officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Goslee funeral home until 2 p.m. Sunday and at the home 709 S. Main, until 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Austin Daily Herald, September 9, 1944

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John Zwald

d: 1938

John Zwald, Former Dexter Man, Dies in Iowa.

Word has been received here of the death of John Zwald, 86, who resided for many years in the Dexter community. His death occurred at 2:00 o'clock this morning at his home in Clear Lake, Iowa, where he moved four years ago. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at Clear Lake.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday March 8, 1938

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Henry Grimm

d: 1934

Henry Grimm, 86, Dies At Sargeant.

Sargeant, May 17- Henry Grimm, eighty-six years old, who was prominent in Mower county affairs for many years, died at his home at Sargeant this morning at 11:00 o'clock.

A resident of Sargeant township for forty-nine years, Mr. Grimm occupied many township offices and was prominent in county political and other affairs.

He was born in Branerdam township, Wisconsin, July 7, 1847, son of John F. and Barbara Grimm, both natives of Germany. In 1862 Henry went with his parents to Rochester Minn., and there he spent his young manhood. In 1885 he went to Sargeant township and followed farming for twenty-five years. Twenty-three years ago he moved to Sargeant village.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, Frank of Mora, and LeRoy of Foley, and Mrs. Edward Anderson of Sargeant. Funeral arrangements had not been completed early this afternoon and will be announced later.

Austin Daily Herald, Thursday May 17, 1934

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Mrs. E.J. Davidson

d: 1897

Mrs. E.J. Davidson of London township died Wednesday night. Funeral services were held at the Catholic church in this city Saturday.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday March 17, 1897

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Cora Syck


The little four months old twin baby daughter Cora, of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Syck of Corning was laid to rest on Wednesday March 10th.

Austin Daily Herald, Friday March 12, 1897
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Infant Boy Snyder


The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Snyder were grieved to hear of the death of their little boy by the dread malady diphtheria, which occurred Monday night, Nov. 16. He was an exceptionally bright little fellow and their only child and the loss came with crushing force upon them.

They have the sympathy of this entire community.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday Nov. 25, 1896
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Nancy Syck

d: 1896


SYCK- At her home one mile west of Corning, Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock, aged 37, Mrs. Nancy Syck, the beloved wife of Thos. B. Syck.

The funeral will be held from the Austin M.E. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. F.A. Cone officiating.

The remains will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald, Saturday Nov. 21, 1896


The good people of this place were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Thos. Syck [Nancy Craig], which occurred at her home ten miles northwest of Austin last Thursday night. Deceased was a daughter if Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Craig of this place. She leaves a husband and nine little ones to mourn the loss of a kind and living mother and an industrious wife. They have the kind sympathy of a large circle of friends in this their great loss.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday Nov. 25, 1896

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Darlene (Mullenbach) Mayer


Darlene Mayer, 66, of Adams, Minn., died on Jan. 15, 2008, at Austin Medical Center after a battle with cancer.

Darlene was born on Nov. 19, 1941, to John and Magdalena Mullenbach. She attended Johnsburg Grade School and Adams High School. After high school, she attended a year of trade school to become a teletype operator. She married Allan Mayer on June 18, 1963, at St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg, Minn. She worked at Hormel Foods in Austin and then became a stay-at-home mother raising her four children. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and CCW.

Darlene enjoyed spending time with family, especially her nine grandchildren, and being outdoors mowing her lawn, gardening (especially flowers), and sitting on the patio. She also enjoyed canning tomatoes, salsa and pickles and experimenting with new recipes at family gatherings. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports and watching the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. Other favorite past times included scrapbooking and shopping.

Surviving family members include husband Allan (Fuddy); Adams; children, Kim (Jim) Bottema, Adams, Perry (Kris) Mayer, Austin, Dana (Allan) Sorenson, Adams, Jad (Niki) Mayer, Rochester; nine grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Evangline Binzer (special friend Mork), Elmer (Donna) Mullenbach, Cleo Ann Osmundson, Wayne (Franny) Mullenbach, Jurine (David) Smith; and sister-in-law, Lavonne (Slim) Landherr.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Vernon.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father James Seitz officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4-8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home with a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Friday at the Adams Funeral Home from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Austin Daily Herald



Marlys K. (Trimbo) Tenhoff


Marlys K. Tenhoff, 76, of Austin, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Marlys was born March 24, 1931 in Green Isle, Minn., to Howard and Genevieve Trimbo. She graduated from Henderson High School and Mankato Commercial College. Before marriage, she worked at Standard Oil Regional Office and Spence McCord Wholesale Office, both in Mankato. On Dec. 28, 1957 she was united in marriage to Clair Tenhoff at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Henderson, Minn. They moved to Austin in 1961 where Clair taught at Ellis Junior High School and later Austin High School. Marlys was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church. Her top priority was being a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons, Mike (Lisa) Tenhoff, Columbia Heights, Minn., Greg (Chris) Tenhoff, San Francisco, Calif.; grandchildren, Caitlin and Mabel Ann Tenhoff, Jacob, Maxwell Tenhoff; brother, Les (Rosemary) Trimbo, Henderson, Minn.; sister, Madonna (John) Higgins, Bloomington, Minn.; other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clair Tenhoff on June 6, 1996; parents; brother, Kenny Trimbo; sister, Monica Adams; cousins, aunts and uncles.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 at St. Edward's Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal and Father Clayton Haberman officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Francis Emmitt Stolzenberg


Francis Emmitt Stolzenberg, 81, of Austin died Monday, January 14, 2008 at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin. Francis was born Aug. 9, 1926 in Austin to Peter and Eva (Adams) Stolzenberg. He attended St. Augustine High School in Austin and entered the US Navy. Francis was married to Margaret Jean King on Sept. 4, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Austin. He was a retired employee of the Hormel Foods Corporation. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he had been an usher and a Youth Fellowship sponsor. Francis was an active member of Austin Post #91 American Legion where he had been Commander, Chaplin and historian as well as being a member of the funeral escort and active with the Legion youth baseball program. He was also a member of Olaf B. Damn post #1216 VFW. An avid sports fan, he was a founding member of the Austin Athletic Club and supporter of the AHS Packer, Pacelli Shamrocks, Vikings, Twins and Gophers. Francis and Margaret were supporters of the Riverland Theater, Summerset Theater and the Austin Artist Series. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Francis is survived by his daughter, Linda (Bill) Case, Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandson, Michael (Barbara) Case, Greenville, Ky.; granddaughter, Christine (Nick) Zednik, Colorado Springs; great-granddaughters, Kayla Case, Tiffany Antener, and Rebecca Zednik; great-grandson, James Zednik; brother-in-laws, Ben (Lois) King, Austin, Robert (Carol) King, Riverside, Calif.; sister-in-law, Lee King, Cedar Hill, Texas; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Francis was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; and brothers, Joseph, Louis, Leonard, Charles, James and Paul.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Patricia Toschak and Reverend Debbie King Quale Officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery with Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be at First United Methodist Church on Friday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service. The organist will be Becky Bissen with soloists Amy and Bill Nelson. The family prefers memorials to the donor's choice.

Austin Daily Herald



Barbara Marie (Bishop) Morem


Barbara Marie (Bishop) Morem of Brooklyn Park, died peacefully at home Jan. 14, 2008 surrounded by her family after a brief but heroic nine week battle with cancer. Barb was born May 17, 1954 and raised in Austin. After serving in the U.S. Navy she had a long career in the hospitality industry, including the Crystal VFW & Northland Inn of Brooklyn Park.

She was preceded this past August by her father, Robert Morem.

She is survived by Dennis Bishop; son, Derek, Brooklyn Park; daughter, Maigan, Buffalo; mother, Phyllis Morem, Scottsdale Ariz.; brother, Mike (Linda) Morem, Phoenix; Dennis' Parents, Dean & Agnes Bishop, Austin, along with many additional friends and family members.

Memorial service will be held at Evans Nordby Funeral Home in Osseo on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, and luncheon to immediately follow at the Osseo American Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or Allina Hospice Services.

Austin Daily Herald



Harold Myron Nelson


Harold Myron Nelson, 81, of Austin died on January 12, 2008 at St. John's Lutheran Home.

He was born July 1, 1926 in Freeborn County, Minn., to Harry and Minnie (Swanson) Nelson. He attended county school in Freeborn County and entered the US Army. Harold was married to Janeth Gemmel on Sept. 10, 1950 at the First United Methodist Church in Austin. He was a retired employee of the Hormel Foods Corporation and worked for Nelson Machine and operated a lawn mowing service until he was 80. Harold was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Spamtown Snow Drifters.

Harold is survived by his sons, Arnold (Martha) Nelson, Hudson, Wis., Allan Nelson, Salida, Colo., Ardell Nelson and Penra Grimley, Austin, Alton (Shelli) Nelson, Austin; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Harold (Dick) Allen, Austin; two nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janeth in 2005.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008 at First United Methodist Church with The Reverend Patricia M. Toschak officiating. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Thursday for one hour before the service. The family prefers memorials to the First United Methodist Church or to the Cedar City Cemetery Association.

Austin Daily Herald



Carol H. (Skogstad)


Carol Queensland, 84, of Grand Meadow died on Jan. 11, 2008 at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand meadow where she had resided for a little over 3 years.

Carol H. Skogstad was born March 14, 1923 in rural Grand Meadow to George and Palma (Bjerke) Skogstad. She graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1941. She went on to teach in the rural schools around Grand Meadow. On Aug. 11, 1945 she was united in marriage to Clarence Queensland at the home of her parents. Carol was a homemaker, she enjoyed sewing, reading, taking walks, coffee with friends, baby sitting for her grandchildren and great grandchildren and taking trips to Seattle to visit cousins.

She is survived by her three children Julie (Steve) Hovda and Dale (Susan) Queensland, both of Grand Meadow, Minn., and Lori Pier, Winona, Minn.; five grandchildren Janna, Jonn, Nick, Gail, Sarah; eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in May 1993.

Funeral services for Carol Queensland will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church with the Rev Ann Siverling officiating. Friends may call at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church from 5-8 P.M. on Monday and 1hr prior to the service. Burial will be in the Bear Creek Cemetery in rural Grand Meadow. Arrangements are being made with Hindt Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald



Sandra Kay (Mason) Thurnau


Sandra Kay Thurnau, age 69, of Austin, Minn., died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Austin Medical Center.

Sandra was born Sept. 29, 1938, to Avon and Gladys (Olmstead) Mason, in Austin, Minn. Sandra graduated from Austin High School in 1956, and lived in Austin her entire life.

She married Robert Hyland on Sept. 29, 1956 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. They later divorced. Two daughters were born to this union. In 1972, Sandra married LaVern Thurnau who passed away in 2003.

Sandra enjoyed gardening, reading and being with friends and family, She retired from St. Marks Lutheran Home in 2006 where she had worked as a nursing assistant and in the laundry.

She is survived by her two daughters: Kristi Jo Hyland, Austin, Minn., and Elizabeth Ann (Dennis) Martinson, Austin, Minn.; two grandchildren: Allison Hyland and Nicolle Smith; father: Avon Mason, Austin, Minn.; sister: Karyl (Robert) Brabbit, Faribault, Minn.; brothers: Russell Mason, Austin, Minn., and Kenneth (Phyllis) Mason, Hastings, Minn.

Her mother, Gladys, one brother, Allen Keith, one daughter, Denise preceded her in death.

A funeral service will be held at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 with Pastor Kristi Koppel officiating. There will be visitation on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008 from 2 to 5 p.m. and for hour our prior to the service on Monday. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. The family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Austin Daily Herald



Tyrie Dion Stoen


Tyrie Dion Stoen, age 8 of Austin, Minn., died at Austin Medical Center Jan. 8, 2008. He was born on Nov. 2, 1999 in Texas.

Survivors include his parents: Melanie and Jason Stoen; three sisters: Benet, Megan and Aubrianna; two brothers: Benjamin and Bryce, all of Austin, Minn.; grandparents: Dick McNea and Dotty DeWitt, Mankato, Minn.; Ron Stoen, Austin, Minn.; Merlin and Callie Anderson, Lyle, Minn.

He was preceded in death by an uncle Waylon Anderson and brother, Jacob Stoen.

Private services were held at Tyrie's home in Austin. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements.

Flowers are welcome and appreciated, If people are flexible in their gestures of kindness and thoughtfulness, the family would ask that donations be made to the Spare Key Foundation, a foundation that helps families with children that have disabilities by paying their mortgage while the family is with the child at the hospital. Friends may send memorials to the Stoen family at 2103 13th St. S.W., Austin MN 55912.

Austin Daily Herald




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