Mower County Obituaries
Part 52



Jon Alan Cambern


Jon Alan Cambern, 58, of Albert Lea, Freeborn county, Minnesota, died on Feb. 17, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jon was born on Oct. 4, 1949 to Dale and Beverly (Havener) Cambern in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1968.

Jon also attended Austin Junior College. He served in the Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War. Jon married Catherine Conway on Aug. 14, 1976 at St. Augustine's Church in Austin. The couple made their home in Albert Lea. He worked as a maintenance electrician for Albert Lea Medical Center and retired in 2005. Jon was just beginning to enjoy his retirement, playing cards and bingo, going out to breakfast with friends, trips to Las Vegas and baking cookies with his granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Conway, Albert Lea; daughters, Erin L. (Andrew) Stein, Grand Forks, N.D., Sheila M. Cambern (Bryn Williams), Mankato, and Megan Q. Cambern (Justin Smith), Owatonna; granddaughter, Ella M. Williams; brothers, Jay (Becky) Cambern, Joel M. Cambern, and Brian (Terri) Cambern; sisters, Diane J. Cambern (Wes Card), Susan K. Avery (John Perschbacher), and Debra A. Nelson (Corey Youngberg); mother-in-law, Grace A. Conway; brother-in-law, Michael Conway; sister-in-law, Amy (Ron) Espies; uncles, Richard Havener and Eugene (Olga) Cambern; aunt, Bonnie Krueger; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Beverly Cambern; and father-in-law, Richard Conway.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at the Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home Chapel, Albert Lea. Father James Berning will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Freeborn County Veterans organizations. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. To sign the guest book, go to www.bayview

(Austin Daily Herald)

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Wilfred Carl Thome


Wilfred Carl Thome, 83, of Adams, Minnesota, died Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at Austin Medical Center, Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

He was born July 29, 1924 in Meyer, Iowa, to John and Mary (Bissen) Thome. Wilfred attended elementary school at Johnsburg, Minn. and graduated from the Adams High School in 1943. He was married to Lorraine Johnson on Sept. 24, 1944 at St. John's Catholic Church in Johnsburg. They farmed in the Stacyville area until retiring from the farm and moving to Adams about 14 years ago. Wilfred truly loved farming and never grew tired of the work. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Honorary member of the Catholic order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus, a DHIA member, president of the AMPI Board of Directors and was a member of the Registered Holstein Association. Wilfred showed cattle at fairs throughout the area and enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing, bowling and playing cards.

Wilfred is survived by his wife, Lorraine Genevieve Thome, Adams, Minn.; children; Judy (Jim) Dahl, Dodge Center, Minn.; Dean (Elaine) Thome, Stacyville, Iowa; Jeanette (Tom) Retterath, Adams, Beth Hackenmiller, Owatonna, Minn., Amy (Tom) Warrington, West Bend, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Hansen, Owatonna, Lioba Smith, Adams; Darlene (Alfred) Hemann, Stacyville, Iowa; brother, Melvin (Shirley) Thome, Johnsburg; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father James Seitz officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams. Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. and one hour before the service at the church. The organist will be Helen King, with soloists, Elaine Thome and Trena Thome. The casket bearers will be: Brian Dahl, Steve Thome, Darrel Thome, Brendt Warrington, Andrew Retterath, John Hackenmiller. Honorary Bearers will be: Adam Warrington, Luke Warrington, Erik Hackenmiller, Jordan Warrington, Ross Warrington, Jeremy Hackenmiller.

(Austin Daily Herald)

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James Eugene Dale


James Eugene Dale, 86, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Feb. 19, 2008 at the Austin Medical Center.

James was born Sept. 1, 1921 in Crookston, Minn. He served in the Army for three years from 1942 to 1945 during WW II and in Europe. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. On Dec. 18, 1946 James was united in marriage to Virginia Delhanty at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. James was a life member of the VFW. He worked as a plumber for 40 years. His life was a true reflection of his faith in God. James loved the Lord and his family. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Dale, Austin; two daughters, Sue (Joe) Bellrichard, Austin, Gina (Scott) Everson, Austin; grandchildren, Quien Kjarland, Chad Kjarland, Brent Bellrichard, Bridget Bellrichard, Joshua Dale, Jordan Everson, all of Austin; great-grandchildren, Cole Kjarland, Carissa Kjarland, Christopher Kjarland; grand dog, Tess.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Dale and his daughter, Sandy Kjarland.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church with Pastor David Simerson officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post #1216 and American Legion Post #91. The casket bearers were Quien Kjarland, Chad Kjarland, Brent Bellrichard, Josh Dale, Jordan Everson, Joe Bellrichard, Scott Everson, Jerry Christianson.

(Austin Daily Herald)

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Myron Merle "Mike" Meeker


Myron Merle "Mike" Meeker, 87 of Austin, Mower county, Minnsota, died on January 9, 2008 at his home at Primrose.

He was born July 11, 1920 to Harry and Esther (Badker) Meeker in Mason City, Iowa. When Myron was in grade school, his family moved to Austin, then to Nora Springs and later to Decorah, Iowa; before moving back to Austin. After graduating from high school in 1938, he went to work for Hormel Foods Corp.

In January of 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the First Marine Division on Guadalcanal and Papua, New Guinea. He was subjected to Japanese aerial bombardment at Cape Sudest, New Guinea and participated in the landing and seizure of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. After his discharge in August of 1944, Mike returned to work at Hormel Foods Corp.

He married Marcella Baldner on Dec. 15, 1944 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin with the Reverend William Milbrath officiating.

In 1946 they moved to Osage, Iowa, where they owned and operated a bowling alley with Mike's parents. In 1949 they moved back to Austin, and Mike returned to work for Hormel. They were blessed with three children, Janelle, Janet and Scott, and six grandchildren. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Mike was on a church bowling league, belonged to American Legion Post 91, VFW Post 1216 and enjoyed doing yard work. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a good friend to many. Blessed be his memory.

Survivors include his wife, Marcella Meeker, Austin; two daughters, Janelle (David) Shaffer, San Diego, Calif., Janet (Gary) Columb, Albuquerque, N.M.; one son, Scott (MaryLynn) Meeker, Webster; five grandchildren, Melinda, Rebecca, Amanda and Thomas Shaffer, Jack Columb, all of San Diego; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Darrell Wherry and Lynn Larson, Osage, Iowa; Dorothy Swenson, Darlene and Harold Trimble, Austin; half sisters-in-law and half brothers-in-law, Janice and James Christiansen, Diane Haseth, Austin; John and Linda Baldner, Tempe, Ariz.; step sister-in-law, Jewel Weeks, Austin; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Esther and Harry; sister, Bernadine Veverka; and grandson in infancy, Steven Shaffer.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin with the Reverend William Natzke officiating. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church.

(Austin Daily Herald)

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Katherine Francis (Spellman) Smothers

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B: Oct. 27, 1878
D: Oct. 13, 1918

Mrs. Katherine Smothers, wife of George Smothers of Austin, Minn died at the home of her mother Mrs. Pat Spellman in Spring Valley on October 13, 1918. She would have been 40 yearsold on the 27th of October.

She had been in the Mayo Hospital at Rochester suffering from a goiter, which was the cause of her death.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband, one daughter [Anne Josephine Smothers McAlister], one son [George Richard 'Dick' Smothers], her mother [Anna (Quinn) Spellman], three sisters, three brothers, besides other relatives and many friends.

Her funeral was held from the home of her mother on October 16.

Spring Valley Leader, Friday October 18, 1918

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Mrs. Smothers Dead

The many friends of Mrs. George Smothers were shocked to learn of her death which occurred Sunday evening at the home of her mother, Mrs. Spellman, in Spring Valley. She had been in Rochester for four months where she underwent an operation for goiter. Two weeks ago she went to the home of her mother and expected to return to her home in Austin with Mr. Smothers who went to Spring Valley Saturday. She leaves besides her husband two small children, aged six and three years. The funeral was held at Spring Valley Tuesday morning.

Austin Daily Herald
Wednesday Oct. 16, 1918, pg 2

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NOTE: Katherine's husband George Smothers, for reasons known only to himself, had Catherine interred in an unmarked grave somewhere in or near Fillmore County Minnesota.

To date despite years of searching, no one has been able to locate her final resting place.

It is the dream of Catherine's family to someday find her and be able to place a marker at her grave site.

Please contact me at if you have any further information as to her burial location.


Transcribed by K. Pike
February 2008

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William Edward Tritchler


B: Nov. 2, 1883
D: Jul. 16, 1964

William Edward Tritchler, 80, former Wabasha resident, died Thursday afternoon July 16th at Comforcare Nursing Home, Austin, following a lingering illness.

Deceased was born in Wabasha on November 2, 1883, son of Joseph Tritchler and Minnia Mueller Tritchler. He lived at Wabasha until July 1929 when he moved to Mason City, Iowa, residing there until March 1931 when he moved to Austin.

Mr. Tritchler attended the Wabasha Public School. On June 29, 1910 he married Mary Zeta Gosse at Wabasha. He was a retired bridge and building supervisor for the Milwaukee Railroad and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council Austin.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Myrtle) Stark, and Mrs. Harry (Kathryn) Nygren, Austin, and a son William H. Tritchler of Milwaukee; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Tritchler preceded him in death in 1957.

Funeral services were held 9:15 a.m. Monday July 20th at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas P. Fitzgerald officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery.

Among the relatives and friends attending were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gauger, Ted Gosse and Mr. and Mrs. Paul McDonald, all of Reed's Landing; Mrs. George Bruegger and Mrs. Edith Johnston both of River Falls, Wisconsin; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Harms, Tom Klas, Joe Gosse, Mrs. Clara Tritchler, and Mrs. Ralph Bellus, all of Wabasha, and Mr. and Mrs. John Tritchler of Minneapolis. Mrs. Bellus spent a week with the members of the Tritchler family at Austin following the death of Mr. Tritchler.

Wabasha County Herald
Wabasha, Minnesota
Thursday, July 30, 1964

Transcribed by K. Pike
February 2008

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William J. Myers


B: May 17, 1856
D: Oct. 15, 1918

William J. Myers passed away at his home at 311 Bridge Street half an hour after noon Tuesday after an illness of several years. Four years ago he suffered a sunstroke which was followed by a stroke of paralysis. He recovered so well from this that he was able to get out and greet his many friends. About a year ago he suffered another stroke which left him practically helpless. There are many who will mourn his death at the same time feeling that rest has come to him after a long illness.

He was born in New York City and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Myers, his father being a merchant of New York.

When a young man he came west to St. Louis and later to Austin and engaged in railroad work for the C.M. & St. P roads of which he has been a faithful employee for over forty years. He was a charter member of the Veteran Employee's Assn.

On February 3rd 1885 he married Annetta Anderson, daughter of John P. Anderson, of this city, and they were blessed with two children; Harry William engaged in the garage and bicycle business in this city and Lulu May, now Mrs. P.W. Lucas. He also leaves a brother and sister in the east.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, being a vestryman for many years and an active member until his affliction, also a charter member of the A.O.U.W. lodge.

Funeral services at his late residence at 3:30 Thursday p.m.

Austin Daily Herald
Wednesday Oct. 16, 1918

Researched by Mark Ashley
Transcribed by K. Pike
February 2008

[Buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin]

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Elven Thornton Yeadon


Elven Thornton Yeadon, 89, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on February 26, 2008 at Good Samaritan Society Comforcare.

He was born July 13, 1918 in Staples, Minnesota, to Fred and Laura (Gordor) Yeadon. On January 1, 1942 Elven married Florence Buhs at the Brownsdale parsonage. Elven joined the Army in 1942 and served in the 535th Anti-Aircraft Battalion in France and Germany. After the war he worked for the Sheedy family on their family farm for 47 years until his retirement. Elven was often an usher first at the Dexter United Methodist Church and later at the First United Methodist Church, where he was a current member. He was also a past member of the board of trustees at the Dexter United Methodist Church. In his spare time Elven enjoyed going for car rides in the country and talking with other farmers. He especially enjoyed visiting with neighbors in the Northwest Austin area and with his friends that he made while serving in the Army.

Elven is survived by his spouse, Florence Yeadon, Austin; sister, Florence (Faye) Saman, Minneapolis, Minn.; nieces and nephews; cousins, Luella Schuman, Rochester, Minn., Kenny Yeadon, Stewartville, Minn., and farm family, the Sheedy Family.

Elven is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Esther.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with The Reverend Patricia Toschak Officiating. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday for one hour before the service. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Salvation Army.

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Joel Dale Johnson


Joel Dale Johnson, age 45, of rural Blooming Prairie, on February 25, 2008 at the family farm.

He was born May 11, 1962 to Dale and Karen (Olsen) Johnson in Austin. A lifelong resident of the Austin/Blooming Prairie area, Joel was active in the Newry 4-H Club and Blooming Prairie Future Farmers of America (FFA). He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1981 and from Albert Lea Vo-Tech in 1984. He married Brenda Diggins on June 12, 1999 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin. He was currently employed by K & K Fabrication and a member of the Belgian Draft Horse Association. He especially enjoyed raising and showing Belgian horses. He took extra pride in his six-horse hitch. Joel also enjoyed spending time with friends and family and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda; parents, Karen and Dale Johnson, Austin; brother, Robert (Kathie) Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa; stepdaughter, Kendall (Taylor) Hansen, St. Ansgar, Iowa; stepson, Kyle Diggins, Austin; two stepgrandchildren, Jolene and Blair; parents-in-law, Verdon and Mona Olson, Spring Grove; aunt, Kathy Palmer, Rochester and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral services were held on Friday, February 29, 2008 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with the Reverend Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment was at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Austin.

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.

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Harold Victor Bruggeman

d: 2008

Harold Victor Bruggeman, passed away recently.

Harold was born the son of Max and Alice (Winn) Bruggeman in Udolpho Township in Mower County. He was united in marriage to Edna Olof on Jan. 3, 1943 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Waltham. Harold was a life-long resident of the Waltham area and was an active member of St. Michael's Church. Harold worked as a farm hand and farmer. He drove truck for Commander Elevator and the Cheese Factory in Waltham. He screened government corn at the Waltham Bin site. He did plumbing work for Waltham Plumbing and Heating, and worked at Waltham Equipment for 22 years as delivery person. Harold enjoyed stock car racing at Lansing, mowing lawn and scooping snow with his Farmall H, telling stories and feeding squirrels and crows.

Harold is survived by his daughter, Bonnie (David) Pfeffer, Battle Lake, Minn.; son, Todd (Lola) Bruggeman, Waltham, Minn.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; two half brothers, Earl (Florence) Hagstrom, Brownsdale, Minn.; and Edgar (Martha) Hagstrom, Memphis, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Edna, and one son, Craig.

The funeral service was held on Friday, February 29, 2008, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in rural Waltham with the Reverend John Heruth officiating. Interment was in St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Waltham.

The Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield was in charge of arrangements.

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Phyllis R. Bambrick

d: 2008

Phyllis R. Bambrick, died on Feb. 18, 2008.

Funeral services were held on March 1, 2008 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Austin. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota. The funeral home was Colonial Mortuary, St. Louis, Missouri.

She is surivived by sons, William P. (Peggy) Bambrick, Michael D. (Jeannie) Bambrick; daughter, Barbara A. Bambrick , Kathleen Bambrick (Frank) Cepull; sister, Barbara Cockrell; grandchildren, Michael Bambrick, Jr., Billie Jo (Michael) Wicks, Katies Mae Bambrick, Brigid Meier; great-grandchildren, Raymond and Robert Wicks and William Mullenbach; sisters-in-law; aunts; nieces; cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Phyllis' memory to The Association for Frontotemporal Lobe Dementias (AFTD) or the Alzheimer's Association.

(Austin Daily Herald)



Margery Ann (Ellis) Harter


Margery Ann Harter, age 70, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on February 24, 2008 at her home.

She was born on July 21, 1937 in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, to Dale and Melda (Benson) Ellis. Margery grew up in the Lansing area and graduated from Austin High School in 1955.

On June 23, 1956 she married Patrick Harter in Hollywood, California. They later divorced.

Margery was a stay-at-home mom until she and Patrick bought Harter's Hideaway Tavern in Austin, which she helped to run. In her spare time, Margery enjoyed being creative with arts and crafts, gardening and especially loved flowers of all colors. Margery particularly enjoyed the time that she spent with her grandchildren.

Margery is survived by her son, Kevin Harter (Patti Kunze), Hudson, Wisconsin; by her daughter, Sherri (Ron) Heim, Owatonna, Minnesota; by three grandchildren: Aaron Heim, Chelsi Heim, and Spencer Heim; and by a sister, Darlene (Ron) Thomas, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by a son, Michael, and by two brothers.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Lansing United Methodist Church with Reverend Beth Perez Officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Austin.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Harold Herman Schwerr


Harold Herman Schwerr, age 89, of Mankato, Minnesota, died on February 23, 2008 at Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato.

Harold was born April 24, 1918 at his great-grandmother's home in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Mankato High School the class of 1936. He graduated from Mankato State University in 1956 and from Stout University, Menominee, Wisconsin, with a masters degree in 1961. He taught industrial arts in Harmony, Lyle and Austin for 20 years. Harold played semi-professional basketball. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. during World War II and was severely wounded during the battle for Iwo Jima for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

He had life memberships in the National Education Association, VFW Post 950, Disabled American Veterans, Third Marine Division Association, World War II Last Man's Club, Mankato, and Military Order of the Purple Heart, Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Brown County Societies. He published a "Narrative Genealogy History" of his forbears on both sides of his family, which are cataloged in the Library of Congress.

Harold is survived by two sons: Gary (Fannie), Pensacola, Florida, and Thomas (Pat), St. George, Utah; by one brother, Dean (Margaret), Mounds View, Minn.; by two granddaughters, Tracy and Andrea; by a grandson, Frederick; and by great-grandchildren, Sara and Michael.

He was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife, Emily Force Schwerr, and by a brother, Cyril.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Thomas Arthur Retterath


Thomas Arthur Retterath, age 60, of Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, died on February 21, 2008 at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a long courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on March 28, 1947 to Lawrence and Marie (Wettstein) Retterath in Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa. Tom attended Sacred Heart School in Adams and graduated in 1965 from Adams High School.

He married Jeanette Thome on Feb. 15, 1969 at Visitation Church in Stacyville, Iowa. He served in the Army and served in Vietnam. He was a retired bulk feed truck driver from Northern County Co-op. He was a loving and gentle husband, dad, and grandfather who had a big heart. He enjoyed his family who was his pride and joy and always came first.

He loved to go out for breakfast with his grandchildren every weekend, doing mom's remodeling projects, and woodworking. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the American Legion. He also served on the CRCC Board, parish council and was a volunteer fireman for over 20 years.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette; by his two daughters, Darcey (Steve) Reinartz, and Nichole (Tony) Johnson; by a son, Andrew (Melissa) Retterath; by grandchildren: Trent, Cassidy and Lydia Reinartz; Marcus, Brooklyn, Brianna, and Bailey Johnson; and Riley, Madisyn, Alia and Dakota Retterath; by a sister-in-law, Betty Retterath, Adams; by sisters, Annie (Ken) Hemann, St. Ansgar, Iowa, Lorraine (Ken) Kramer, Adams, Louise (Ken) Goergen, Adams, Helen (Lynn) Webber, Adams, Terry (Wally) Watson, Milwaukee, Wis., Mary (Wayne) Rogne, Austin, and Liz (Mike) Schik, Plymouth; brother, John Retterath, Adams; by a brother-in-law, Jim Blake, Riceville; by a mother-in-law, Lorraine Thome, Adams; by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Judy and Jim Dahl, Dodge Center, Beth Hackenmiller, Owatonna, Amy and Tom Warrington, West Bend, Iowa, Dean and Elaine Thome, Stacyville, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by one brother; by one sister; and by his father-in-law.

A mass in celebration of his life took place on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a very special close family friend Father James Seitz officiating. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams.

The organist was Joyce Edland with soloists, Mark Schaefer and Virginia Bissen. The casket bearers were: Randy Kramer, Heidi Retterath, Scott Retterath, Todd Retterath, Brad Retterath and Brendt Warrington. Honorary casket bearers were: Marcus Johnson, Trent Reinartz, Brooklyn Johnson, Cassidy Reinartz, Riley Retterath and Brianna Johnson.

The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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John Bradley Waterman


John Bradley Waterman, 61, of Rochester, formerly a teacher in Austin Public Schools, died on Feb. 27, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born Dec. 5, 1946 to Lloyd G. and LaVon E. (Hensch) Waterman in Springfield, Minn. He was baptized on Jan. 5, 1947 and confirmed on April 10, 1960 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sanborn. He graduated from Sanborn High School in 1964 and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in math in 1968. John made his home in Austin, where he taught math at Ellis Middle School.

He married Linda Stramel on June 28, 1975 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Austin. In 1990 John and Linda moved to Rochester. John continued to teach at Ellis until 1996, when he transferred to Austin High School until his retirement in 2003. A member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Austin, John served as treasurer, choir director and organist for more than 40 years. He was a piano accompanist for Northwestern Singers for several years and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles on the computer.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, Rochester; daughter, Jennifer (Jeremy) Martin, Fridley; mother, LaVon Waterman, Prairie Manor Care Center, Blooming Prairie; two brothers, William (Mavis) Waterman; Steven G. Waterman, both of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Jean (Leon) Hellickson, Albert Lea; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister-in-law, Penny Waterman.

Memorial services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, March 8, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Austin with the Reverend Ted Barthels officiating. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements. Interment is at Sanborn City Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Austin Daily Herald -- February 29, 2008

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Mrs. A.W. Sanborn



Mrs. A.W. Sanborn, age 73 years, died Feb. 27, 1911, at her home here, of grippe. Harriet N. Cochrane was born in Westfield, N.Y., Jan. 2, 1839.

She was married at Stewartville to Mr. Sanborn Nov. 19, 1866, and they came at once to this township where the home has since been, with the execption of five years spent in Rochester.

She united early in life with the Presbyterian church and lived a consistent Christian life. Her husband and two children, Mrs. C.E. Calaghan of Rochester and Chas. Sanborn of Racine, survive.

Funeral was held Wednesday, Rev. C.B. Frank officiating. Interment at Frankford.

Mower County Transcript, Wednesday 3-08-1911 page-3 col.-5

Transcribed by Mark Ashley --Feb 2008

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Loren Wilfred Murphy


Loren Wilfred Murphy, 82, of Rose Creek, Minnesota, died on February 28, 2008 at Mitchell County Regional Medical Center, Osage, Iowa.

Loren was born on November 15, 1925 in Austin, Minnesota, to Wilfred and Clista (Hoban) Murphy.

He attended the Red Star elementary school and Lyle Public Schools. He was married to Marcella M. King on October 17, 1945 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. They farmed in the Lyle area. Following Marcella's death in 1999, Loren moved to Austin where he resided at the St. Mark's Apartments and later moved to the Rose Haven Apartments in Rose Creek. He was a member of St. Peterís Catholic Church in Rose Creek.

Loren had many interests including attending the fiddler's concerts at Hayfield, gardening, playing bingo, driving and taking neighbors for rides. He could often be found whistling a tune.

Loren is survived by his children, Thomas Murphy, Austin, David (Wendy) Murphy, Adams, Minn., Dean (Carol) Murphy, Rose Creek, Minn.; Mary Murphy, Zimmerman, Minn.; Chris (Michelle) Murphy, Waseca, Minn.; Julie (Gary) Frein, Grand Meadow, Minn.; grandchildren: William, Michael, Jessica , Joseph, Callie, Stacy, Jamie, Jeff, John, Debra, Penny, Patrick, Bryan, Katie, Paul and Becky; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Riley, Patrick, Tanner, Logan, Ian, Alana, Ethan, Preston, Meridith, Lauren, Jazmin, Carter and Addison; brother, William Murphy, Lyle, Minn.; sister, Loretta Lenton, Maple Grove, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Marrald King, Charles City, Iowa, Melvin King, Austin; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Madonna Murphy.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Rose Creek with Father Ruben Spinler officiating. Interment was in the Woodbury Cemetery near Lyle, Minnesota. Visitation was held at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 4-7 p.m. and at St. Peters Catholic Church on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m.

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Sharon L. Wentzel


Sharon L. Wentzel, age 65, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton, Iowa.

She was born on August 2, 1942 in Austin, Minnesota, to Donald and Julia (Koenigs) Belden. She attended Queen of Angels Catholic School.

She married Paul Wentzel on March 31, 1959. Sharon was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and enjoyed growing her roses.

Sharon is survived by her children: Donald (Char) Wentzel, Hampton, Iowa, David Wentzel, Hampton, Iowa, Danny (Amy) Wentzel, Austin, Minn., Duane Wentzel, King George, Va., Delmer (Sherrie) Wentzel, Somerton, Ariz., Doug Wentzel, Yuma, Ariz., Donna (Paul) Farrell, Austin, Minn., and James (Catrena) Wentzel, Hampton, Iowa; 21 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; brothers: Joe (Liz) Belden, Fernandina Beach, Fla., Jimmy (Laurie) Belden, Dodge Center, Minn.; sisters: Rosemary (Riley) Brown, Austin, Minn., Liz (Bill) Thomas, Charles City, Iowa, Vivian (Harold) Stockel, Dodge Center, Minn., Millie Hedum, LaCrosse, Wis., Judy Viers, Green, Iowa, Debbie (Byron) Gardner, Andover, Minn., Donna Cockrell, Las Vegas, Nev., nieces amd nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul in 2002, children, James and Denise, and brother Donald Belden, Jr.

A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating.

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Donald Dean Ziegler


Donald Ziegler, age 80, of Lyle, Mower County, Minnesota, died at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea on February 27, 2008.

Donald Dean Ziegler was born Jan. 18, 1928 in Austin and attended Union One School, rural Stacyville, Iowa. He married Dona Johannsen on Nov. 6, 1948 at the bride's home in Lyle. A farmer for over 40 years and an employee of Owatonna Manufacturing Company (OMC), Don retired in 1982. Don and Dona were the guiding influence for restoration of the Union Presbyterian Church and Cemetery in rural Stacyville, where six generations of his family attended and are buried. The church was closed for 25 years and needed major repairs. Don also enjoyed attending antique power shows and was involved in farm organizations. He loved Oliver tractors, tractor pulls and tractor shows.

Survivors include his wife, Dona, Lyle; three sons, Darwin (Kathy), Hollandale, Randy (Marian), Hayward, Gary (Cindy), Lyle; six grandchildren, Trenton, Mary, Cory, Colleen, Megan and Sarah; nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Snowbeck, stepfather, George Snowbeck; and a daughter, Gail, at birth.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin with Dr. Andrew Lindahl officiating. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m., Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, rural Stacyville in the spring.

The family prefers memorials to Union Presbyterian Church Restoration or to donor's choice.

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Garry Anderson


Garry W. Anderson, age 64, a longtime resident of Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, died on February 26, 2008 at his home, of multiple myeloma.

He was born on October 29, 1943, in St. Ansgar, Iowa. He married Sandra Skjong on September 21, 1968, in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. He worked as an insurance adjuster for CIGNA and Crawford & Co. His wife worked many years for Qwest; she survives. Anderson was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and was active in its stewardship committee. He was formerly a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. He was also active in scouting, and loved summers at Happiness Resort and doing yard work.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Todd (Mary), Chicago; daughter, Tanya Anderson, Chicago; mother, Rosie Anderson, Austin; brother, Brad, Minneapolis, Minn.; and granddaughter, Claire Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother.

The funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Match 1, 2008, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. Macken Funeral Home of Rochester was in charge of arrangements.

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John Robert Mullenbach


Birth: May 6, 1957
Death: Nov. 5, 1978

An accident Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. took the life of a rural Adams farmer. John Mullenbach, 21, was killed on a township road near Adams when he apparently got tangled in the wheel of a tractor he was driving and was thrown from the vehicle, which then ran over him.

John Mullenbach is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred (Martha) Mullenbach, Johnsburg; two brothers, Gerald and Michael, Johnsburg; two sisters, Mrs. Lester (Janet) Heller, Rose Creek and Mrs. Raymond (Lucy) Tufte, Rochester; a niece and nephews, Susan Tufte, Matthew Tufte and Steven Heller; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe (Bernetta) Mullenbach, Johnsburg; and aunts, uncles, cousins and a friend, Miss Pam Blaser, Adams.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. John's Catholic Church, Johnsburg, Rev. William Bertrand officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Church Cemetery. Rosary services will be held at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Adams Funeral Home, where friends may call after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Austin Daily Herald, Austin, MN Monday November 6, 1978.

MULLENBACH-- Funeral services for John R. Mullenbach, Johnsburg, Minn., will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, Johnsburg, Rev. William Bertrand officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Church Cemetery. Rosary services will be held at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday at Adams Funeral Home, Adams, where friends may call after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

[Submitted to MNGenWeb by K. Pike, March 2008]

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Joan Marie Mullenbach


Birth: 1968

Death: Dec., 1968

Joan Marie Mullenbach, five-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mullenbach, Johnsburg, Minn., died Sunday morning at Mitchell County Memorial Hospital, Osage.

She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Rita and Karen, at home; one brother, Craig, at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mullenbach, Johnsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brennhofer, Rochester.

Funeral services will be Tuesday.

Austin Daily Herald, Austin, MN Monday December 23, 1968:

MULLENBACH -- Funeral services for Joan Marie Mullenbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mullenbach, Johnsburg, will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Catholic Church, Johnsburg. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call at the Adams Funeral Home, Adams, after 4:30 p.m. today.

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John Peter Mullenbach


Birth: 1866

Death: Jun. 2, 1952

John Peter Mullenbach, 86, died Monday evening at his home in Johnsburg.

He is survived by three children, Mrs. Ben Loecher, Johnsburg; Tony P. Mullenbach, Adams; and Mrs. Robert McClosky, Austin. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning.

Austin Daily Herald, Austin, MN Tuesday June 4, 1952

Funeral services for John P. Mullenbach, Johnsburg, will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Church in Johnsburg. Interment will be at St John's Cemetery with the Adams Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Rosary service will be at 8 o'clock tonight at the family residence.

[Submitted to MNGenWeb by K. Pike, March 2008]

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Joseph F. Mullenbach


Birth: Mar. 19, 1868
Death: May 1, 1936

Mower County News, Austin, Minnesota
Thursday May 28, 1936 Page 8

Funeral services were held Friday morning in the Sacred Heart church in Adams for Joe F. Mullenbach, well known resident of that village. Burial was in the St. John's church cemetery in Johnsburg.

Mr. Mullenbach had been ill for a few weeks at his home and died early Wednesday morning.

Deceased was a native of Germany born in Boss, March 19, 1868. When he was six months old the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chrysant Mullenbach came to this country. They settled near Johnsburg and here he grew up. June 10, 1897, he was married to Barbara Fass at Stacyville. They started housekeeping on a farm near Johnsburg which was the home until in July of 1925. They retired and moved to Adams which was the home since. He was a member of St. John's Mens Society.

Mr. Mullenbach is survived by his wife and three children, John of Johnsburg; Lorena, at home and Mrs. Edward Merten of Meyer, Iowa; his mother, Mrs. Chrysant Mullenbach, age 99 years; four sisters and three brothers; Mrs. Catherine Effinger of Milwaukee, Wis., who arrived in Adams before his death; Mrs. John Heimer, Jr., and Mrs. Gertrude Karst of Johnsburg; Mrs. John M. Bissen of Adams, John C. and Matt C. Mullenbach of Johnsburg and Nick Mullenbach of Hoven, S.D., and several grandchildren. Two brothers, Stephan and Peter and one sister, Mrs. John S. Freund, preceded him in death.

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Lorena Gertrude Mullenbach


Birth: Apr. 19, 1900
Death: May 12, 1957

Austin Daily Herald, Austin, MN Monday May 13, 1957:

Miss Lorena Mullenbach, 87, died Sunday morning at the John Mullenbach farm home, near Adams. She had recently returned from Seattle, Wash.

Surviving are her brother, John Mullenbach; a sister, Mrs. Ed Merten, Rose Creek; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning.

Funeral services for Miss Lorena Mullenbach, Adams, will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, Johnsburg, the Rev. G. H. Smith officiating.

Interment will be in the church cemetery. Rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Adams Funeral Home.

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Karen (Gleason) Fox


Mrs. Larry (Karen G.) Fox, age 69, of rural Riceville, died Tuesday, February 26, 2008, peacefully on her birthday at her home near Riceville.

She was born February 26, 1939 in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of Emil Klaehn and Edith (Lindell) Klaehn Gleason and later step-father Charlie Gleason. Karen graduated from Osage High School in 1957, and then from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, MN, as a Registered Nurse. She was employed at the Mitchell County Hospital in Osage. Karen was united in marriage to Larry Fox on February 4, 1961, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage. Karen was a CASA Volunteer and enjoyed over 5 years of sobriety. She was a mother and homemaker. Karen enjoyed reading, spending time with her children and her much loved grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Riceville with Rev. Ray E. Atwood officiating. Burial was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in New Haven. Visitation was held Friday February 29, 2008, at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage, with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and continued one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

She is survived by: Her husband, Larry Fox of Riceville; a daughter, Jennifer Fox of Eden Prairie, MN; 3 sons, Douglas Fox of Austin, MN, David (Kristy) Fox of Eden Prairie, MN and their children, Alexander and Kathryn Jeffrey Fox of Houston, Texas; 1 sister, Janice (Fred) Sorensen of Omaha, NE.

She was preceded in death by: her mother, father, and step-father.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, (641) 732-3706 was in charge of arrangements.

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William Wilcox


Funeral services for William "Billy" Wilcox will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at the LeRoy Lutheran Church with the Rev. Tom Kolden officiating. Burial will be in the Spring. Friends may call at the Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior at the church on Wednesday. William, age 44, of LeRoy died of natural causes Saturday evening at home.

He was born June 6, 1963 in Spring Valley, Minn. He attended Riceville schools and graduated from the University of Austin, Texas. He also attended Austin Vo-Tech for Industrial Welding Technology. He was currently working at GMT Corporation in Nashua, Iowa.

On September 14, 1985 William was united in marriage to Lisa Winkels at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa and to this union four sons were born.

Billy enjoyed fishing, camping, motorcycles and spending time with his family.

Wilcox was preceded in death by a sister Laurene Wilcox, stepsister Deb Gansen, stepmother Lillian Wilcox and maternal and paternal grandparents

He is survived by his wife Lisa of LeRoy, sons: Cole of Camp Pendelton, Calif. and Jake, Sam and Bobby all at home. His parents Robert Wilcox of Riceville, Iowa, Mother Loma Roske and stepdad Floyd of Osage, Iowa; one sister Julie (Gary) Lucas of Mason City, Iowa and stepsisters Sharon (Larry) Lovelace, Nancy (Russ) Wolthoff, Connie Fox, Wendy (Les) Gibbs, Susan (Tom) Miller and Jill (Steve) Johnson. Stepbrothers Russ (Rowie) Roske and Kevin (Julie) Roske. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins.

[Mitchell County Press online - (Mar. 3, 2008)]

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