Mower County Obituaries
Part 51



Kenneth Lee Sterling


Kenneth Lee Sterling, 56, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on February 10, 2008 near Lyle, Minnesota.

He was born Jan. 22, 1952 in Austin, to Benjamin and Ruth (Rhodes) Sterling. Kenny graduated from Austin High School and was a welder. He was currently employed working construction near Lyle, with Fagen Engineering of Granite Falls, Minn. He loved to ride his motorcycle and his annual trip to Sturgis was the highlight of his year. Kenny was a very creative welder who enjoyed fabricating entirely new items from older random parts. He had a big heart and was always willing to help others. Kenny was loyal to his friends and employers as well as extremely hard working.

Kenneth is survived by his sister, Suzie (David) Spain, Princeton, Minn.; Benjamin J. (Betty) Sterling, Churchill, Mont.; five Nephews; aunts, Mary Jane Miller, Austin, Hester Rhodes, Austin, Ellie Rhodes, Austin, June Zeck, Iowa; uncle, Harry Neil Rhodes, Phoenix, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 at The Church of Christ with Pastor David DeFor officiating. Friends may greet the family for one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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Michael J. Neus



Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Mayer Funeral home in Austin for Michael J. Neus, 64,who died at St. Olaf hospital Sunday. He had been suffering of a heart ailment.

Born Jan. 8, 1878, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Neus of Adams, he lived there all his life.

Services were held at the Mayer Home with D. K. Williams of the Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Burial was in Little Cedar cemetery.

His wife survives with nine children: Bernie and Conrad of Adams; Vida of Austin; Ina (Mrs. Charles Imbody) of Chicago; Fernie of Brownsdale; Harriet (Mrs. Earl Coggins), Mabel (Mrs. Joe Zurcky); Elmer and Andrew, all of Austin.

A son, Warren, preceded him in death.

Also surviving are two brothers, Carl of Milwaukee, Wis.; and Harry of Osage, Iowa; and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Foster of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Martin Teigen of Austin. There are eight grandchildren surviving.

Among those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mrs. Charles Imbody and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Neus of Osage, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Flatjord, and Mr. and Mrs. Sever Fossen of Lawler, Iowa.

The text used at the service was taken from Ecclesiastes, 9: 5-10.

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Daniel J. Corcoran


Daniel J. Corcoran, age 71, died after a two week stay at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. He went home to be with his Savior on February 10, 2008.

Daniel J. Corcoran was born on March 11, 1936 in Grand Meadow, Minnesota to John and Mildred Corcoran joining brothers David and Eugene and sister Dorothy. Brothers John and Gary joined him in the family later. Dan finished high school in Cresco, Iowa, then took his training as a steam fitter. He worked as a steam fitter on various projects around Minnesota as well as other states.

The last 20 years before retiring he worked at NSP power plants including Prairie Island. He was a foreman at power plants in Mankato, St. Paul, Red Wing, Bayport, Becker and Sioux Falls, S.D. before retiring in 1998.

Daniel's life was greatly enriched by his children, Danette, Colleen, Brian, Brenda, Kate and Scott and their spouses. Eventually Meghan was added to his family. He very much enjoyed all his family. He was a doting grandpa to 10, teaching the grandchildren to fish, letting them watch him at work in his workshop, and just enjoying their presence. He also had seven great-grandchildren.

He married Bonnie Bieber on May 25, 1980. They started their married life in St. Croix Beach, Minn., then built a log house together near Stillwater and lived there for 16 years. Dan and Bonnie moved to Amery in 2001 and have been quite appreciative of the wonderful community they now call home. He was very skilled with his hands and could fix and build anything. He was known for his many different bird house designs, and he took old railroad spikes and made figurines using his welding skills. Some of his works were sold at auction to raise money for the hungry.

After joining Balsam Lutheran Church he started a project of making faith chests for every child at their baptism. He made crosses of horseshoe nails, which he gave away freely. Dan enjoyed RVing, riding his motorcycle and motor scooters and creating things in his workshop. Dan was a great friend. He met Don Ahern in high school, and they remained buddies for life. Anyone meeting Dan was never a stranger, he loved to visit with people. Born Irish, he definitely had the ability to tell great stories. Kissing the blarney stone on a trip to Ireland simply confirmed his gift.

Dan survived several heart related operations, but managed to live a full life. His health had started to fail in the last years.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Balsam Lutheran Church in rural Amery with Pastor Matt Saarem officiating. The soloist was Arlen Peterson with organist, Julaine Berglund. The Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery assisted the family with arrangements.

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Barbara (Johnson) Knutson


Barbara (Johnson) Knutson, age 84, of Longview, Texas, passed away on February 12, 2008.

Barbara was born on October 19, 1923, in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, to Simon and Elizabeth Johnson. She and her husband, Willard, have lived in Longview for over 23 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Longview, an excellent seamstress and a lifetime member of the Texas PTA. She enjoyed needlepoint, quilting, crafts and playing games with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Willard Dean Knutson, Longview; daughter, Jan (Don) MacClary of Littleton, Colo.; son, Larry (Debbie) Knutson, Longview; daughter, Linda (John) Hines, Katy, Texas; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Walton Johnson, Albert Lea, Minn.; sister, Ethel Corbin, Austin; brother, Richard (Pat) Johnson, Sun City, Ariz.; amd many nieces amd nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Simon Johnson; two sisters, Eleanor Wakefield & Lois Fisher; and a grandson, Brad Lemmerman.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at the First Lutheran Church with Reverend Phil Fenton officiating. Entombment will follow in Rosewood Park Mausoleum. Services are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial guestbook may be signed online at The family request that memorials be made to First Lutheran Church, 3901 Bill Owens Parkway, Longview, Texas 75605.

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LaVerne Ralph Blakestad


LaVerne Ralph Blakestad, age 86, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died at the Adams Healthcare Center early Monday morning, February 11, 2008.

He was born at home on March 30, 1921 to Raymond and Tilleen (Keilman) Blakestad in Bristow, Iowa. The family moved to Minnesota and resided in Lyle and Hayfield. LaVerne graduated from Austin High School in 1939. He served in World War II from 1942-1945, stationed in England. He married Mae Voigt in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on October 3, 1942. After the war, he returned to Austin where he became a Hormel employee.

He belonged to Fellowship United Methodist Church and VFW Post 1216. After 32 years at Hormel, LaVerne retired in 1980. Mae died on Oct. 13, 1981. LaVerne continued to enjoy playing cards with family and friends, fishing, boating, building bird houses, visiting with people and going out for coffee.

Survivors include sister-in-law, Frances Blakestad of Albert Lea; nieces. Carol Blakestad, Cathy (Curt) Rebelein and Cindy (Roger) Beinhorn; nephew, John (Susan) Engen; great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephew; special friend, Caroline Neve, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond in 1984; mother, Tilleen in 1993; brother, Roger in 1996 and his wife, Mae in 1981.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Geneva Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 1216.

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Earl Gene Machacek


Earl Gene Machacek, 71 of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died at Austin Medical Center on February 12, 2008.

He was born Oct. 20, 1936 to Irving and Helen (Schroeder) Machacek in Austin, where he lived his entire life. He married Karen Larson on Sept. 22, 1956 in Elkton. To this union four children were born. Earl was a Hormel employee for 33 years and a member of Crane Community Chapel. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, farming, gardening, yard work and especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; sons, Rick of Austin, Steven (Margaret), Dexter, Minn.; daughter, Kristi Morgan, Austin; three grandchildren, Ryan and Matthew Machacek and Gage Morgan; one great-grandchild, Aiden Machacek; brother, Rex of Austin; nieces, Lynn and Kelly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Helen; son, Mark; and sister-in-law, Mary.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Reverend Mark Goossen officiating. Interment is at Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery. Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 and one hour prior to the service.

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Vernon Alvin Streightiff


Vernon Alvin Streightiff, age 76, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Austin Medical Center.

Vernon was born on May 15, 1931 at Lake Fremont Village, Minnesota, to Sam and Leona Streightiff. His mother died when he was very young and later his father married Margaret Feldt. Together they raised Vernon and his two brothers. Vernon attended rural area schools and graduated from Austin High School in 1950. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force. After his discharge from the service, he worked for Prairie Egg in Blooming Prairie, Minn. He later was employed by Golden Dairy and then by Sampson Dairy, in Austin, as a driver and salesman, retiring from there. Following his retirement, he was a crossing guard for Austin Public Schools and delivered prescriptions for Shopko Pharmacy in Austin. Vernon was a hard worker who enjoyed his work.

Vernon was united in marriage to Ione Evangeline Holtan on April 5, 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Parsonage in Hayfield, Minn. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Austin where he was an usher and a member of the Austin Eagles Club. He enjoyed camping, listening to old-time and country western music, watching the Twins play, the outdoors, and loved spending time with his family and friends, especially going out to eat and having coffee with friends. Vernon was a quiet, giving person who placed everyone ahead of himself and never complained even when he knew the end was near. He was devoted to his wife and family and was a true Christian who attended church on a regular basis.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Ione, of almost 50 years; son, Todd (Jill) Streightiff, Rochester, Minn.; daughter, Veronica, Austin; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brooke, and Joshua; great-grandchild, NaKayah; brother, Frank (Arlene) Streightiff, Harris, Minn.; sister-in-Law, Margaret Streightiff, Brownsdale, Minn.; nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Louie Streightiff.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with the Reverend Robert Iverson officiating. The organist will be Ernie Murphy with soloist Debbie Nordland. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and for one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be held at a later date. Honorary bearers will be Elizabeth, Brooke, Josh and NaKayah Steightiff. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

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Signora M. "Sig" Kamback


Mrs. Signora M. Kamback, age 93, and formerly of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on February 11, 2008 in Vancouver, Washington.

"Sig" was born near Williston, N.D. on January 5, 1915. In 1927 she moved to a farm near Viborg, S.D. She attended school in Viborg and Yankton.

She married Harold J. Kamback, January 1, 1936. They had five children and lived in St. Paul, Minn., Yankton and Tripp, S.D.; La Porte City, Iowa; and Vancouver, Wash. They lived in Austin for 30 years, 1968-1998.

Signora is survived by her sister, Vivian Preston, Denver, Colo.; two sons, Alan (Brenda), Keller, Texas and Harold, Jr. (Teresa), Jesup, Iowa; daughter, Evelyn (Milton Smith), Vancouver, Wash. Evelyn is a graduate of Austin High School, 1970, and Austin JC in 1971. She was a most wonderful Mother starting with eldest Joyce in 1937 through youngest Ken finishing high school in 1972 (35 years) and on to her final days.

Signora was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2001; her eldest daughter, Joyce in 1998; and her youngest son, Kenneth in 1990, Austin HS Class of 1972.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial to the charity of your choice. A visitation will be held at 12:30 p.m. and funeral service at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at Trondhjem Lutheran Church in Volin, S.D.

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Neola G. (Schultz) Reich


Neola G. (Schultz) Reich died on Feb. 10, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Center at the age of 88.

Neola was born on Christmas Day, 1919 in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Carl and Johanna Schultz. She married Elmer Reich Jr. in Rochester and they made their home in Austin for more than 50 years. Neola enjoyed being involved in bowling league, the neighborhood birthday club and playing cards. She made a warm and loving home for her husband and six children. Neola had been living with her daughter Susan in Albert Lea the past few years and had recently entered Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea due to a fall.

She is survived by five children, Sandra Reich, Arvada, Colo., Larry (Susan) Reich, Maryland, Lynn (Margie) Reich, Apple Valley, Minn., Diane Anderson, Milwaukee, Wis., Susan (Robert) Staloch, Albert Lea; grandchildren, Andrew, Alex and Kendra Reich, Kellie Steward, Teresa Parrish, Ruth VanScoyk, Kassi Reich, Christine and Brian Staloch; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Montemayer, Texas and nieces and nephews.

Neola was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; son, Brian; and brothers Walter, Paul, Carl, and Richard Schultz.

Memorial graveside services will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Austin at a later date. Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Bernie A. Neus


Bernie A. Neus, son of Michael and Jennie (Shaw) Neus, was born on May 30, 1901 at Lyle, Minnesota. In 1907 he with his family moved to a farm near Adams. He spent his entire life in the Adams area except for a few years in Austin. He passed away at the Adams Health Care Center on April 6, 1984, after a lingering illness.

He was baptized and confirmed at Little Cedar Lutheran Church of which he was a lifelong member. Bernie spent most of his life as a farmer but worked at Hormel's for ten years and several years on the Milwaukee Railroad.

On July 21, 1934 he married Edith Huseby.

He is survived by his wife, Edith, Adams; daughter, Ardith Klouse, Mason City, Iowa: sons and daughter-in-law. Arvid and Nancy Neus, Adams and Arden Neus, Rochester; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchlldren; Sisters, Mrs. Harry (Ina) Fingel, Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Mabel Zrucky, Austin; Brother, Andrew Neus, Austin; Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Vida and Harriet, and brothers. Fernie, Conrad, Elmer and Warren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 9, 1984, at 1:30 p.m. at Little Cedar Lutheran Church, with Pastor Allen Gunderson officiating. Organist was Mrs. David Anderson and Michelle Neus, soloists. Interment was at Little Cedar Cemetery. Casket bearers were Charles Neus, David Neus, Paul Zrucky, Ronald Neus, James Neus, Richard Neus.

Name and date of newspaper - unknown.
Submitted by Jim Johnson, -- Feb. 2008

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Jennie Neus


Jennie Tonnette Shaw Neus was born Jan. 26, 1876, at Adams, the daughter of Hans and Martha Shaw.

She lived on a farm, near Adams until 10 years ago when she moved to Austin and resided at 1011 Baldwin. She attended school at Adams and on April 2, 1900, was united in marriage with Michael A. Neus.

Mrs. Neus died at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at St. Olaf hospital after being ill about three years. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Worlein Funeral home, Rev. A. L. Swenson officiating. Burial was at Little Cedar cemetery, Adams.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Fernie and Warren.

Mrs. Neus is survived by eight children, Bernie of Adams; Conrad of Lyle; Mrs. Harry Fingel of Iowa; Ina of Chicago; Mrs. Earl Coggins (Harriet); Mrs. Joe Struck (Mabel); Andrew, Elmer and Vida of Adams; 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Hans Sathre, Kenyon; and a brother, John Shaw, Adams.

Submitted by Jim Johnson,, Feb. 2008

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Max Arthur Guritz


Max Arthur Guritz, age 83, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died Friday, February 15, 2008 at Maple Manor Care Center, Rochester, Minnesota.

He was born August 23, 1924 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to John and Helen (McFarland) Guritz. He graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1942 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Max was married to Audrey Barclay on June 2, 1946 at the Oakland Midway Lutheran Church, Oakland, Minnesota.

He was a retired salesman, having worked with Moorman Feeds and The Fuller Brush Company. He owned and operated the Springsoft Water Softner Company in Austin. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin Post #91 American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Max did volunteer work at Austin area nursing homes and as a volunteer driver.

Max is survived by his wife: Audrey Guritz, Austin, Minnesota; daughter: Judy (Patrick) McGuire, Austin, Minnesota; son: Jerry (Marlys) Guritz, Richfield, Minnesota; daughters: Jean (Roger) Slowinski, Gretna, Nebraska, Janet Olson, Rochester, Minnesota; sister: Marilyn (Harold) Lyman, Grand Rapids, Minnesota; four grandchildren; one great grandson

Max was preceded in death by a brother, John Guritz, Jr., grandson James Ruud and granddaughter Jessica Slowinski.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m, on Monday, February 18, 2008 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Barnett Officiating. Interment will be in the Oakland Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Organist was Neal Erickson. Casket bearers were: Scott Ruud, Joe Slowinski, Jon Olson, Katie Slowinski, Jake Ruud, Paul LaPlant.

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Lois Louise (Bray) Roseth


Lois Louise Roseth, 76 of Cloquet, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on February 13, 2008 in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet.

She was born on November 20, 1931 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, to Walter and Ida Bray. Lois married Lawrence Roseth in 1952 in Sioux Falls, S.D. and they made their home in Cloquet. She worked for Jeno's for three years and sold pull tabs at the Labor Temple for three years.

Lois worked as a Nurse's Aide at the Cloquet Hospital for 20 years until retiring in 1985. They spent the first 10 years of retirement in Babbitt and returned to Cloquet in 1995.

Lois was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed planning other people's parties and visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Robert Roseth and Carol Johnson both of Johnson City, Tenn., and Michael (Cheryl) Roseth, Wrenshall; mother, Ida Bray, Rochester, Minnesota; two sisters, Shirley (Don) Hallback, Cloquet and Wendy (Joe) Niesen, Rochester; one brother, Walter (Roxie) Bray Jr., Apache Junction, Ariz.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence who died exactly 18 years ago to the day; father, Walter Bray; one granddaughter, Jessica Roseth; one great-granddaughter, Brandi Roseth; two brothers, George and Bill Bray; and one sister, Barbara McMartin Thompson.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 18, 2008 in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Cloquet.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see

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Patrick Allen Flaherty


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Patrick Allen Flaherty was born on July 31, 1941 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, to Emmett and Eleanor Flaherty. He grew up in Austin along with his two sisters Marilyn and Elaine and two brother's Steve and Mike. He was baptized, received his first communion and confirmed at Queen of Angels Church and attended school at Queens and Pacelli High School.

He enlisted in the Navy in July of 1959 and was stationed in San Diego, California. While in the Navy it gave him the opportunity to see places such as Hong Kong and Hawaii. Later vacations would be anywhere that did not consist of an airplane; flying was not an option. Also in the Navy he set a record in California on the drag strip. NASCAR and drag racing became a passion.

On October 31, 1964 a first date to a Halloween Party and a quick courtship ensued; Mom and Dad were married on July 9, 1965 in Brownsdale, Minnesota. Not your typical start to married life; this came with four kids from the ages of one to nine years in tow. If anything spoke of his character; marrying someone with four kids tells you either he is crazy or really in love.

In February of 1969 Kathy was born, bringing the total to five. Dad first worked for Kolb bakery in Austin, delivering bread in a little blue van and then went on to work for Taystee Bread up to his retirement. There was never a shortage of bread or Mickey doughnuts in the house; you just make sure that you never brought home a Hostess Twinkie.

Growing up there was always the annual pilgrimage up north to various resorts with a station wagon full and U-Haul pulling behind carrying everything but the kitchen sink. It was not only our family making the journey, either the Muellers or Mike, Joyce and their kids were there.

Dad taught us how to fish; drive the boat (wouldn't let us drive the car) golf, and for the girls the meaning of being grounded. Dinner was always at six o'clock and you were there. Chicken and dumplings was a staple; however it was the meatloaf that brings back memories. Kris detested meatloaf and would either put as much of it in her mouth and leave the table and head for the bathroom or give to the dog; well the dog threw up and Kris response was even the dog doesn't like it. Fishing also had its moments, Jim thinking that pulling the motor was much like a starting a lawn mower he pulled so hard he flipped over the seat landing in the bottom of the boat then laughing so hard he peed his pants.

In 1976 a trip to California to attend the Super Bowl with Mike and Joyce to see the Minnesota Vikings play against the Oakland Raiders; tickets were arranged through John Madden and we all know who won that game.

The house was always full of family and friends; whether it was the grandparents over for Sunday dinner to pool parties in the backyard. The grill was always hot and the food was always readily available to those who stopped by.

Over the past six years my parents enjoyed their summers at Kitchie Lake in northern Minnesota. During this time they have developed strong friendships with many people. In typical Flaherty fashion Dad jumped right in and started helping to make improvements to the cabin they leased from Matt and Chris. This was always the high point of the year; allowing him to do what he enjoyed most -- fishing.

Dad went into the hospital and the family came together to be by his side. Our father was experiencing a great deal of pain, yet it was at this time my father continued to show his deep concern and love for our mother. With tears rolling down his face he asked me to do him a favor and his request was simply: make sure that people know that God does work miracles and this miracle was God was taking him first, because he would not have been able to cope with the loss of Mom.

Living so far from home I want to thank my sisters and brother; for their support in helping Mom take care of Dad and allowing him to do what he wanted to do and that was to come home.

Finally: "As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without every really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on-in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here. Death ends a life, not a relationship."

Austin Daily (Feb. 17, 2008)


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Patrick Allen Flaherty, age 65, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at his home.

Patrick was born July 31, 1941, in Austin to Emmett and Eleanor (DuCharme) Flaherty. He was baptized, made his first communion and was confirmed at Queen of Angels Catholic Church; and he attended Pacelli High School. He entered the U.S. Navy in July 1959, and was honorably discharged in July 1962. On July 9, 1965, he was united in marriage to Barbara Lewis Nelson in Brownsdale, Minnesota.

Patrick enjoyed doing woodworking. He was a member of the Eagles for 43 years.

Patrick was a retired employee of Tastee-Metz Baking Company, where he worked as a salesman and driver. He retired in 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Flaherty, Austin; his children: Kathleen (David) Robertson, Osage, Iowa; Lori (Steve) Siege, Orange City, Iowa; Kris (James) Hemann, Chester, Iowa; James (Lori) Nelson, Duluth, Minnesota; David (Tony Berg) Nelson, Oakland, California; his grandchildren: Olivia Robertson, Madelyn Robertson, Ryan Robertson, Sara Robertson, Dalton Hemann, Gatlin Hemann, Nathan Nelson, Bradley Nelson, Shonda Nelson, Elonda Nelson, Alfred Nelson and Joshua Nelson; a great-grandchild, Avalon Nelson; brother, Stephen (Sandra) Flaherty, Pillager, Minnesota; and two sisters: Marilyn (Kenneth) Schammel, Newland, North Carolina, and Elaine (Harold) Olson, St. Anthony, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Michael Flaherty.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Harold Deye officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post #91 and VFW Post #1216.

The casket bearers were: Nathan Nelson, Bradley Nelson, Alfred Nelson, Joshua Nelson, Dalton Hemann and Olivia Robertson.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Chester Maynard Hoeper


Chester Maynard "Chet" Hoeper, 85, passed away on February 14, 2008, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Chet was born on June 7, 1923, in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, to Jacob and Cassie (Herrington) Hoeper. He graduated from Austin High School in 1941.

On September 19, 1942, he married Margaret E. Moen at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

He joined the U.S. Army on May 24, 1943. After his training he was sent to New Guinea where he served from January 1944 to December 1944. He became seriously ill there and was in the hospital for three months, then sent to Baxter General Hospital in Spokane, Wash., and was a patient there until October, 1945, when he was medically discharged.

He worked for the Hormel Foods company for 41 years, retiring in July of 1982.

Chet was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, the American Legion, VFW, and DAV. He also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Hoeper, Austin, Minnesota; by a daughter, Judy (David) Bulger, Rochester, Minnesota; by a granddaughter, Robin (Peter) Dupey, Waukesha, Wis.; by a granddaughter, Natalie (Harley) Terrill, Naples, Florida; by a grandson, Daniel (Darcy) Bulger, Kasson, Minnesota; by a granddaughter, Lisa (Kevin) Plank, Byron, Minnesota, by five great grandchildren; by a brother, Ralph (Helen) Hoeper; by a sister-in-law, Betty Hoeper; by a brother-in-law, Lowell (Rita) Moen, Eau Claire, Wis., and by nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, by his mother, and by a brother, Robert Hoeper.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Bob Seifert officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery south of Austin, with Austin Post #91, American Legion and Olaf B. Damm #1216 VFW in charge of military rites.

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Leonard L. Miller


Leonard L. "Len" Miller, 60, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on February 9, 2008 at his home.

Len was born on April 29, 1947 in Austin, to Edwin L. and Margaret M. (Ferguson) Miller. He was a Vietnam era veteran and a member and former officer of the American Legion. Len was a business consultant and former Mower County Commissioner.

Survivors include two children, Troy A. Miller, Vienna, Virginia, Michelle L. Miller, LaCrosse, Wisconsin; three grandchildren: Matthew J. Nemitz, Austin, Jacob W. Miller, LaCrosse, William S. Miller, LaCrosse; two brothers, Dean (Nicki) Miller, Brandon, Mississippi, David Miller, Fairbanks, Alaska; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Margaret Miller; by his son, Jason L. Miller; and by a brother, Larry D. Miller.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the Austin American Legion with the Rev. Ray Tuck officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society in memory of Len Miller.

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Doris Ann (Krull) Garbisch


Doris Ann Garbisch, age 78, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died at Beverly Living Center in Rochester, Minnesota on February 11, 2008.

Doris was born in Austin on March 3, 1929, to Enno and Orma (Nemitz) Krull. She attended school in Brownsdale and Austin.

She married George Carl Garbisch on October 27, 1946 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, rural Waltham. They made their home in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, before returning to Minnesota to settle in Brownsdale. They moved to Austin in 1956. Doris worked at Sears in the 1960s and early 1970s. George died on January 7, 2004.

Doris was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she belonged to WELCA, taught Sunday School and served as a Luther League chaperon. Traveling to Florida on vacation for over 37 years, she was an avid and expert collector of sea shells.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl (Garon) Anderson, Rochester, Minnesota; a son, Michael (Carol McFarland) Garbisch, Roseville; five grandchildren: Brooke Proulx, Ryan Anderson, Jessica Olson, Emily Garbisch and Leah Garbisch; five great-grandchildren: Amelia Proulx, Michael Proulx, Mitchell Anderson, Hannah Olson and Hunter Olson; a sister, Jean (Priebe) Dumke, Austin, and a brother, Larry (Susie) Krull, Nevis.

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

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin with The Reverend Robert Iverson officiating. Interment was in the St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Waltham, Minnesota.

The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.

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Henry Joseph Selmecki


Henry Joseph Selmecki, age 87, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on February 11, 2008 at Comforcare Good Samaritan.

He was born on July 5, 1920 in St. Francis, Wis., to Joseph and Rozalia (Szmania) Szelmeczka.

Henry was married to Berniece Yarroch in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, on October 21, 1944. Henry served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, where he served in Europe as a Medical Supply Officer.

Hank and Berniece moved to Austin to purchase the Plant Cafe which they owned and operated for over 20 years. After selling the cafe, Henry went to work at the Owatonna Tool Co. for nine years before he retired in 1985. Henry was a charter member of St. Edward's Catholic Church, where he was a member of the church choir, a member of the Austin Post #91 American Legion and the Knights of Columbus, where he was a 4th degree knight. Throughout their marriage, Hank and Berniece were inseparable. They golfed, gardened, and attended church activities together. Hank liked woodworking, hunting and fishing. Hank always looked forward to the week spent up north with his family at Round Lake.

Henry is survived by his four sons: Phillip (Barbara) Selmecki, Austin, Mike (Pam) Selmecki, Austin, Jim (Vicki) Selmecki, Bayport, Minnesota, Jon Selmecki, Oakdale, Minnesota; by seven grandchildren: Chad, Mark, Anna, Heather, Sean, Abbie, and Joe; by two great-grandchildren, Ella and Aubrey; by two sisters, Rose Malicki, Franklin, Wis., Anne Malicki, South Milwaukee, Wis.; by sisters-in-law: Inez Yarroch, New Lisbon, Wis., Hilda Martin, Ellsworth, Wis., Polly (Pete) Peterson, Beloit, Wis., Mac Thompson, New Lisbon, Wis.; Marion Szelmeczka, St. Francis, Wis.; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rose; by his wife, Berniece; and by brothers and sister: Florence, Edwin and John.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at St. Edward's Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal Officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Austin. Austin Post #91, American Legion in charge of military rites. The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Kenneth Robert Julson


Kenneth R. Julson, age 56, of Grand Meadow, Mower County, Minnesota, died February 11, 2008 at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

Kenneth Robert Julson was born on August 12, 1951 at the LeRoy Rest Home to Elgar and Virginia (Wadsworth) Julson. He was raised in Clayton Township on the Julson Homeplace and has lived there all his life. He started working for Libby's in 1974 and continued working for Libby's and Seneca foods for 32 years--with many seasons spent harvesting peas and sweet corn. He was forced to retire in 2006 due to health complications.

Kenny also did farm work for many area farmers. He liked going to the Windmill to have coffee with his friends and to get the latest news. He enjoyed going to Pizza Hut for a good pizza with pineapple on it,listening to old time music, keeping up with family and friends on his cell phone, and having his antique Allis Chalmers tractor.

Kenneth is survived by his four brothers: Erland, Stewartville, Minnesota, Roger, Milo, and Lyle (Robbie) Julson all of Grand Meadow, and a sister, Hazel Julson of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by two sisters, Doris and Evelyn; by a brother, Rollie; by a brother-in-law, Jerome Hauge; and by a nephew, Ronald Grabau.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2008, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow. Burial was in the Grand Meadow Cemetery.

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Daphanie Lauren Zimmerli


Daphanie Lauren Zimmerli, age 5 and a half months, died Feb. 16, 2008 at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul from injuries sustained in an auto accident near Rochester on Feb. 9, 2008.

She was born Aug. 27, 2007 in Austin, the daughter of Jacob John and Stephanie Ann (Lies) Zimmerli.

Daphanie is survived by her parents, Jacob and Stephanie Zimmerli, Austin; brother, Blake Thomas Zimmerli, Austin; paternal grandfather, Sam Zimmerli, Oakdale; maternal grandparents, Steve and Patty Lies, Wahpeton, N.D.; paternal great-grandfather, Virgil Zimmerli, St. Peter; paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Schmidt, Parkers Prairie; maternal great-grandparents, George and Virginia Marback, Wahpeton, formerly of Mandan, N.D., and Jim and Ruth Lies, Wahpeton; aunt and uncles, Daniel Zimmerli, Buffalo, Joy (Mohamed) Gabr, Edina, and Jay (Sarah) Lies, Wahpeton; also many other relatives and friends.

Daphanie was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Patty Jean Zimmerli; paternal great-grandfather, Reinhart Schmidt and paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Zimmerli.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 and for one hour prior to the service at church on Friday. A Parish Prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Austin Daily Herald)

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Lynnette Kay Schafer


Lynnette Kay Schafer of Austin, died Feb. 18, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester; she has already given new life to recipients through LifeSource.

She was born Aug. 7, 1963 in Wadena, Minn., to Joseph and Gladys (Johnson) Hansen. Lynnette was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. She graduated in 1981 from Wadena High School and from the University of Minnesota, Morris and Minneapolis School of Business as a Court Reporter. She married James T. Schafer on March 16, 1990. They lived in Plainview until 1991 when they moved to Austin. They have two sons, Thomas and Andrew. She worked with Rice Reporting Agency until 1998 when she went to work for Freeborn County. She enjoyed her bowling team and she was a member of the "600" Club. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed walking for the Cancer Society and for the March of Dimes.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; sons, Thomas James and Andrew David; mother, Gladys (Charles) Chase; brother, Chris Hansen; sister, Cynthia Schmalz; brother-in-law, Scott Sammons; mother-in-law, Nancy Smith. She had four nieces, five nephews and a special friends Samantha, Joshua and Christian Gage all of which she adored; aunts, uncles and 13 cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph J. Hansen; grandparents, Harold and Alice Johnson, Edna and Joseph A. Hansen; and cousin Bob Brockpahler.

Active Pallbearers are Brixanne Schafer, David Schafer, Joe Atneosen, John Lembcke, Ryan Olson, Alex Krachmer, Mike MalIan, and Woody Nordstrom.

Honorary Casketbearers are The Greenman Bowling team, Sue Mielke, Terri Erkmeier, Casey Bernholtz, Bert Jochunsen, and Carol Deraad.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Internment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and one hour before the service at the church.

(Austin Daily Herald)

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Doris Pauline (Larson) Benesh


Doris Pauline Benesh, 72, of Austin, died on Feb. 19, 2008 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Doris Pauline Benesh was born on June 15, 1935 to Erwin and Alice Larson in Jewell, Iowa. She was the youngest of nine children. Her family moved to Hayward, Minn., in 1936 and Doris was baptized and confirmed at the Hayward Lutheran Church. Doris attended school in Hayward and Albert Lea Public Schools graduating in 1953. She graduated from Mankato State Teachers College with a teaching degree and taught elementary school for several years.

Doris married Kenneth L. Benesh on June 23, 1957 in Hayward. The couple resided for 47 years in the Myrtle area where they worked together farming and co-owned Ken's Place in Myrtle. She spent several years as a caregiver for her mother-in-law, Mabel, and for her husband Ken. They moved to Austin and lived there for the past three years. Doris was a member of the Trondhjem Lutheran Church, and the Myrtle Historical Society. She enjoyed collecting Czech crystal, antiques, animals, reading, flowers, gardening, travels and many fishing trips with Ken.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; brothers, Daryl (Pat) Larson, Marshfield, Wis., and Erwin (Ruth) Larson, Austin; sister, Lucille (Bill) Stephenson, Aurora, Colo.; sister-in-law, Lucille Larson, Albert Lea; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews; special friends, Larry and Paula Goslee, Lance and Sharon Davis and family, Dick and Fay Madson and family, Wayne and Arcley Wahlers, Willie Gisch, Jeff Larson, Roger and Delores Saman, Michael Booher, Dee Soiney and Dan and Bonnie Belshan.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Everett (Pearl) Larson, Luverne (Helen) Larson, Jewel (Evelyn) Larson, and Curtis Larson; sister, Ethel (Ben) Fliss.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at Hayward Lutheran Church. The Rev. John Malm will officiate. Interment will be at the Bohemian National Cemetery. Visitation will be beginning at 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to

(Austin Daily Herald)

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Carol Jean (Downing) Sheetz


Carol Jean Sheetz, 65, of Johnstown, Colorado, died Feb. 17, 2008 at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado.

Carol was born Dec. 26, 1942 in Mason City, Iowa, to Dr. Roger L. and Elizabeth (Crowell) Downing. After graduating from Austin High School, she attended Northern Iowa Women's College. On March 9, 1963, Carol married Gary E. Sheetz in Austin. They later divorced. Mrs. Sheetz had worked for 24 years as a business process analyst for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. While raising her children, Carol had been a tireless advocate for special needs programs and curriculum in the local school system. She also enjoyed bowling with her friends from Rockwell Collins. In 2003, Carol moved to Colorado to be closer to her children, grandchildren and the beautiful mountains she so loved. She enjoyed picnicking at Sprague and Bear Lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. She cherished time spent with her grandchildren, Kennedy and Lilly Sheetz, and John and Samuel Hayes.

Carol is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Downing, Austin; sons, Mark Sheetz, Johnstown, Colo., and Scott (Kim) Sheetz, Longmont, Colo.; two daughters, Susan (James) Hayes, Broomfield, Colo., and Shelley Sheetz, Woodland Hills, Calif.; two brothers, Roger (Dorothy) Downing, Jr., Chanhassen, Minn., and Robert (Patricia) Downing, Oregon, Wis.; two sisters, Barbara (Maj. John C.) Thorsell, Merced, Calif., and Deanna (Dave) Ofstedahl, Lansing, Minn.; and brother-in-law, Nolan Smith, Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her father, and a sister, Betty Jo Smith.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Howe Mortuary and Cremation Service, Longmont, Colo. A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at the Howe Mortuary Chapel.

Donations may be made in memorium of Carol J. Sheetz to Hospice of Larimer County, Colo.

(Austin Daily Herald)

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James Elmore Nelson


James Elmore Nelson, 84, of rural Austin, died on Feb. 14, 2008 as a result of an automobile accident.

Jim was born May 3, 1923 in Freeborn County to Jesse and Evelyn (Nagel) Nelson. On Nov. 26, 1949 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Gilma Aldahl. Jim farmed in Freeborn County, Oakland Township his entire life. In 1957 he was the Outstanding Farmer of the Year. Jim enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, golf, dancing, spending time with special friends, going out for dinner and playing cards, and going for coffee every day with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Nelson, Austin; children, Dennis Nelson, Austin, Judy (Mike) White, Blooming Prairie, Dean (Laureen) Nelson, Plainview; grandchildren, Christine and David White, Laura Nelson, and Sara (Jason) Vagt; step-grandchildren, Andrew, Lisa, Lindsey and Nathan Tilkes; great-granddaughter, Kya Christopherson; brother, Kenneth (June) Nelson, Adams; sister-in-law, Lorraine Aldahl, Madison, Wis.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Evelyn Nelson; sister, Mavis Nelson; brother-in-law, Kermit Aldahl; nephew, Ken Aldahl.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

The honorary casket bearers will be, LaVon and Tillie Grosland, Bob and Ruth Libersky, Darwin and Betty Fossey, Leslie and Germaine Matthies, Bob and Betty Thompson, Jerry and Evie Mohrfeld, Larry and Lorraine Fjelstad, Dan and Gerry Whalen. The casket bearers will be Steve Aldahl, Scott Hayden, Dan Cotter, Conrad Nelson, Loren Lair, Wayne Brandt, Peter Heers

(Austin Daily Herald)

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Thelma Jeannette (Helleck)


Thelma Jeannette Henricks, nee Helleck, age 86, longtime resident of Austin, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008 at Prairie Manor Care Center, Blooming Prairie, Minn.

Thelma was born on Feb. 17, 1922 and was preceded in death by husband, Fred Henricks, and her parents, Jane and Theodore Helleck of Blooming Prairie. Her life and memories will be cherished by her surviving children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sister and many friends.

Thelma grew up in Blooming Prairie and then moved to Austin where she and Fred raised their family. After her children graduated from college, Thelma continued her education at Austin Junior College and graduated with honors from Mankato State University. Upon college graduation she accepted a position with Mower County as a caseworker in Foster Care and Adoptions. She continued to work for Mower County Court Services as a Guardian Administrator until she turned 80 years old.

Thelma was a "spark plug" in many ways and was a strong, trusted mentor and friend to numerous people appointed by the court to act as an advocate and assist in the management of individuals with troubled lives; she had a special gift of love she shared with those less fortunate, and many will remember her for the kindness she showed to the homeless over all her years. She opened her home to those who needed guidance and understanding even though she had a full house of children. Always an avid reader and crossword puzzle expert, she divided her free time between collecting antiques and doing volunteer work for political candidates who shared her views.

Survivors include her daughter: Ramona "Mona" (John) Moede, Golden Valley, Minn. and Palm Springs, Calif.; sons: Ronald Henricks, Chester, Iowa; Thomas (Carmine) Henricks, Marietta, Ga., Gerald (Susan) Henricks, Farmington, Minn., Herbert (Christene) Henricks, Rochester, Minn.; Phillip Henricks, Minneapolis, Minn. and Theodore "Ted" (Kathy) Henricks, Fairport, N.Y.; brothers: Roscoe, Anchorage, Alaska; Arthur Helleck, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; Harold Helleck, Rochester, Minn.; and Sister Josephine Jones, Byhalia, Miss.; grandchildren: J. Scott Moede, Jason Moede, Rhonda Henricks Klapperich, Anna Henricks Gunn, T. Charles Henricks, Kevin Henricks, Michael Henricks, Mark Henricks, Douglas Henricks, Benjamin Henricks, Morgan Henricks, Jacob Henricks, Laura Henricks and Timothy Henricks. Thelma has 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Goossen officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

(Austin Daily Herald)

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