Mower County Obituaries
Part 59



Albert K. Colby


Funeral services for Albert K. Colby, 76, who passed away on Tuesday morning, Mar. 2, 1954, at his home at 321 Fifth avenue, N.W. after a lingering illness, were conducted Thursday afternoon, Mar. 4, at the Methodist church. The Rev. W. Erie Shields, pastor of the church, officiated. "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" and "The Lord's Prayer" were sung by Harold Roach, accompanied by Mrs. Harry Sanborn. Members of the Social Lodge No. 48, A.F. and A.M. of Northfield, conducted Masonic rites at the cemetery, assisted by members of the Faribault Lodge No. 9, A.F. and A.M. Burial took place in Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, with the following friends as pallbearers: Gus Grunnert, Chris Gravstedt, Roy Peterson of Northfield, Walter Thielbar of Dundas, Gus Reineke and Clifford Hasner of Faribault.

A number of barbers attended the funeral in a body. Other relatives and friends from a distance who attended the final rites for the veteran barber were Milburn Colby of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gerlach ad Robert C. Colby of St. Cloud, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Colby of Mankato, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Festler and Miss Marie Nystuen of Northfield; Joseph Woodley of St. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nash and Edson Nash of Clayton, Wis., Arthur Gerlach, Eugene Gerlach, Mrs. John Ball, Mrs. Harold Nickerson, all of St. Ansgar, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Wardwell of Northwood, Iowa, Mrs. Donald McCormick of Appleton, Wis., Mrs. Marie Martin of Minneapolis, and a number of friends from Northfield, Owatonna, and Morristown.

Mr. Colby was born on Nov. 30, 1877, at Austin, the son of Knute and Mary Colby. He attended the public schools at Austin, and moved with his family to Lyle, Minn., and later to Charles City, Iowa.

He was married to Charlotte E. Woodley on June 12, 1900, at Otranto, Iowa. They lived at Charles City, and St. Ansgar, Iowa, after which they moved to Northfield, where they resided for many years.

Mr. Colby had been a barber for over 50 years, having been active in that work in Charles City and St. Ansgar. He operated a barber shop in Northfield for many years. Following his retirement in 1946, he moved to Faribault, where he has resided since.

He was a member of the Methodist church and sang in the Methodist choir at St. Ansgar and Northfield, where he was active in P.T.A. work. He belonged to the Social Lodge No. 48, A.F. and A.M. the Royal Arch Masons, and the Northfield Council No. 12.

Survivors are his wife, Charlotte; four daughters: Mrs. Roy Gerlach (Margaret) of St. Cloud, Mrs. Marvin Festler (Josephine) of Northfield, Mrs. Howard Davis (Dellene) and Mrs. Gordon Reineke (Dorothy) of Faribault; three sons: Milburn W. of Chicago, Donald A. of Mankato, and Robert C. of St. Cloud. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A sister, Mathilda Colby; and two brothers: Henry and Hans Colby, preceded him in death.

Faribault Daily News, Mar 8, 1954

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Anna May (Lembrick) Behal


Anna May (Lembrick) Behal, age 98, died April 1, 2004. Anna May Lembrick, the fifth of 15 children, was born June 12, 1905, in Mower County, to Phillip and Mary (Hessler) Lembrick.

Anna, formerly of Austin, resided in New Caney, Texas for the last several years with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gus Stark. She died April 1, 2004, yes April fool's day, really. She is going to be buried in Austin with Gus Stark and two of her children. She survived three spouses: Arthur Gillespie, Gus Stark and Robert Behal.

She was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters. One sister, Margaret Louise Steege, remains. These brothers and sisters were constant sources of support and love for each other. Anna was also predeceased by her four children, daughter: Betty Jane Wilson; sons: Rudy Stark, Charles Foster and Robert Gus Stark. She is reunited with each of the children she treasured.

She is survived by two daughters-in-law: Vicki Stark and Lillian Stark Erickson, who she loved dearly.

Living to see, love, comfort and guide five generations, she is mourned and loved by scores of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and five generations of cousins, far too numerous to count or name. They know who they are. From her past to her present we all came to be, faces on her family tree. Anna will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered always.

Fortunately for Anna she never really ever had anything wrong with her. She had a few parts replaced - hips, elbows, etc. - other than that she just got old. She would have been 99 in June.

Should you wish to contribute anything in her memory, please give to your favorite charity or the Parkinson's Foundation in loving memory of her sister, Viva Bumgarner: Parkinsons Research, Park Nicollet Foundation, P.O. Box 650, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0650.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating. The family will greet friends at a luncheon following the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

The honorary casket bearers will be Larry Wilson, Terry Stark, Michael Gallaher and Russell Inman.

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Robert Gus Stark


Robert Gus "Bob" Stark, 79, of New Caney, Texas, died July 2nd 2004 after a 4 year battle with cancer. He was born on June 24, 1925 in Austin, Minnesota.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during WW II and was given a honorable discharge after being wounded in action.

He is preceded in death by his mother Anna Stark Behal, 99, who died April 1, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Vicki Karonka-Stark, daughter Cindy Thomasson, of Humble, TX, granddaughters Carrie & Lindsey Brown, daughters of his 1st wife [Patricia Jean Erwin], Roberta Cole and Mary Kay Scott of Arizona along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob worked at Freedman Distributors for 32 years. He loved his work and the people he worked with and was highly respected in his business. He loved fishing, hunting, baseball, football and most of all golf.

You could frequently find him in a game of dominos with friends and family members. Flowers are welcome, however, donations would be preferred to any Cancer Society or Hospice in honor of "Bob Stark". Visitation will be Monday, July 5, 2004 from 6-9 PM. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 2 PM at Rosewood Funeral Home, interment following Rosewood Memorial Park, Porter.

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Mathilda A. (Arneson) Johnson


Mathilda A. Johnson, daughter of John and Martha Arneson, was born in Nevada Township, Mower County, Sept. 28, 1870. Her parents were early pioneers who came to America from Norway. She was baptized and confirmed at Six Mile Grove Church and remained steadfast in the Lutheran faith. After graduation from Austin High School she became a country school teacher and taught in Jacobson School, near Rose Creek, and Woodbury School west of Lyle.

While teaching at school east of Albert Lea, she became acquainted and married John O. Johnson, Albert Lea, Sept. 25, 1888, at Six Mile Grove Church. To this union were born four sons, Dr. Odin J. Johnson, Colton. Calif., Chester W. Johnson, Excelsior, Minn., Webester Johnson, Lyle, and Lawrence A. Johnson, who died in infancy. She lived at Hayward, from 1888 until 1899, then the family moved to Lyle. Later they bought the farm on the outskirts of the village. That was her permanent home with the exception of two intervals totaling 13 years which she spent in Minneapolis.

She was a devoted church worker and WCTU member wherever she lived.

She was president of Our Savior's Ladies Aid at the time the church was built. Mathilda will be remembered as a loving mother, devoted wife and helpmate. Included in her many talents were her writings, paintings and business ability. The rewards from such she used little on her personal self. Her generosity and kindness to others will long be remembered. Mathilda passed away at her home in Lyle after a lingering illness, March 27, at the age of 88 years, 5 months, 27 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, three sisters. Her husband preceded her in death, Nov.1,1947. She is survived by three sons Dr. O.J.Johnson, Chester W.Johnson, Webester Johnson; 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren.

Austin Daily Herald Thursday April 2, 1959; page 2, col. 1; transcribed by Mark Ashley

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John Berg

d: 1960

AUSTIN, MINN. -- John Berg, 71, of 610 8th St. NE, died Thursday at St. Olaf Hospital. A retired employee of Geo. A. Hormel & Co., he took his own life by hanging, Dr. George W. Stahl, county coroner, reported.

Survivors are five brothers, Henry of Wanda, William of Redwood Falls, Leonard of Wabasso, George of Saskatchewan, Can., Albert of Clements, Minn.; four sisters Mrs. Louis Ludwig, Mrs. Helen Riley of Wanda, Mrs. Margaret Anton of St. Paul and Mrs. E.C. Wagner, Austin.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Friday Dec. 30, 1960, Page 2, col. 1 & 2; transcribed by Mark Ashley

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Robert R. Holgate

b: c1897-1962

Robert R. Holgate, 62, died Wednesday evening at St. Olaf Hospital. He was owner of Bob's Beauty and Barber Shop and resided at 504 S. St. Paul.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred; a daughter Mrs. Donald Twedell (Helen), Houston, Texas; two sons, John serving with the Army at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and Thomas of Owatonna; two brothers, Benjamin Holgate, Sr. and George Holgate, Austin; three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Barr, Mauston, Wis., Mrs. Thomas Harding, Kalispell, Mont., Mrs. Bessie Young, San Francisco.

Funeral services will be help Saturday afternoon.

Austin Daily Herald Newspaper - Thursday, 11/5/1959, Page 2; transcribed by Mark Ashley.

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F. Mildred (Doud) Holgate

circa 1794 - 1879

Mrs. F. Mildred Doud Holgate, 83, died Thursday at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital Unit, Mankato.

A resident of Lake Crystal, Minn., she formerly lived in Austin.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas Holgate, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; John Holgate, Lake Crystal; a daughter Helen Twedell, Gainsville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Russell Doud, 50 Lakes, Minn.; three sisters, Eunice Johnson, Albert Lea; Mrs. Harry (Charlotte) Nelson, Elkton; Mrs. James (Margery) Bendixen, Crosslake, Minn. Memorial services will be held Saturday.

Austin Daily Herald Newspaper Friday, 8/14/1879, Page 9; transcribed by Mark Ashley.

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Arndt Joseph Johnson


Arndt Joseph Johnson, son of Andrew and Maren Johnson, was born March 25, 1896, in Oslo, Norway. He came to the United States with his parents at 9 years of age. They settled in St. Paul, Minn. At age 20 he began his vocation as a bricklayer. He was a member of Brick Layers Local No. 8, Rochester, Minn.

On April 01, 1922, he was married to Helen T. Lestrud. In April 1933 they moved to rural Blooming Prairie, Minn.

Due to ill health he was a resident at Prairie Manor, Blooming Prairie, for the past eight months. He passed away on April 19, 1982 at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin.

Funeral servives were held on April 22,1982, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church rural Austin, Minn., Pastor Jack Rustad officiating. Casket bearers were Harold Wayne, Henry Johnson, Gary Swearingen, Luverne Wayne, Kent Swearingen and Alan Knudson. Honorary casket bearers were William A. Peterson, Lyle Wayne and David Swearingen. Vocal solos were rendered by Karla Ressler, accompanied by Bonnie Schlotzhauer, organist. Interment was at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery,

Survivors include his beloved wife, Helen, Prairie Manor, Blooming Pairie; a son Norman of Blooming Pairie; two daughters, Mrs. Richard S. (Marion L.) Peterson, Austin, Mr. Lowell (Margaret) Swearingen, Ellendale; six grandchildren, Mrs. James (Barbara) Carriger, Edina, Minn., William A. Peterson, Deerfield Beach, Fla. Kent Gary and David Swearingen, Ellendale, Mrs. Alan (Kathy) Knudson, Albert Lea; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry W. Johnson; two sisters, Olga Graf and Hjordis Carlson, St. Paul; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Trygve Johnson; one grandson, baby boy Peterson.

Austin Daily Herald, Tue. April 27, 1982, Page 2, col. 2; transcribed by Mark Ashley.

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Ellena Ranae (Cook) Young


Ellena Ranae Young, 33, of Austin died on May 12, 2008 at her home. She was born January 12, 1975 to Donald and Marie (Deal) Cook in Italy. Ellena moved with her family to Iowa, where she graduated from St. Ansgar High School, St. Ansgar, Mitchell county, Iowa, in 1993. She joined the Army, stationed in South Carolina, Panama and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

After her discharge in 1995, Ellena remained at Fort Campbell for a year before returning to Iowa, making her home in Toeterville. In 2000 she moved to Austin where she was employed by Cedar Valley Services. A member of Free Lutheran Church in London, she married Jarrod David Young on June 18, 2004 in Austin.

Survivors include her husband, Jarrod Young, Austin; two sons, Alexander Rivera and Jacob Rivera; daughter, Autumn Young, all of Austin; siblings, Donnie (Brandy) Juenger, Woden, Iowa, Toleka, Nathan and Noah Juenger, all of Carpenter, Iowa; grandfather, Virl (Bonnie) Deal, Grafton, Iowa; stepfather, Maurice Juenger, St. Ansgar, Iowa; father, Don (Susan) Cook, Westminster, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Cook, and grandmother, Betty Deal.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2008 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Reverend Victor Young officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.

[Original obituary posted on, May 14, 2008, Austin Daily Herald newspaper.]

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Priscilla (Heimer) May


Priscilla May, 92, of Adams, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at Adams Health Care Center.

She was born on July 24, 1915 in Johnsburg, Minnesota, to Joseph and Julia (Krebsbach) Heimer.

Priscilla was married to Gregory May on June 17, 1941 at Johnsburg, Minn. They farmed in the Johnsburg area until moving to Adams 20 years ago. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Johns Council of Catholic Women, Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women and Catholic Aid.

Priscilla was a member of a local card club and enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling and sharing time with her children and grandchildren.

Priscilla is survived by her husband, Gregory May, Adams, Minn.; children, Liz (Cliff) Kiefer, Taopi, Minn.; Jim (Barb) May, Adams; Pat (Glenn) Blake, Naples, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Herb (Mary Anne) Heimer, Adams, Kenneth (Evelyn) Heimer, Austin; Eugene "Shorty" (Joanne) Heimer, Adams; sister, Rose Mary (Ernest) King, Austin; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Glenn) Davis, Grand Meadow; nieces and nephews.

Priscilla was preceded in death by brothers, Sylvester, Nicholas, Cletus Marvin and Jerome and an infant sister Marjorie Ann.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2008 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, Minnesota, with Father James Seitz officiating. Interment will be in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Johnsburg. Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home on Friday from 4-8 p.m., with a 4:30 p.m. Rosary service and a 7 p.m. Prayer service, and on Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home. Casketbearers will be Gene Kiefer, Brenda May, Lisa Kirtz, Denise Fiedler, Jeff Blake, Deena Eide, Rod (Trina) Blake.

[Original obituary posted online on, May 15, 2008]

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Jean K. (Odden) Schupp


Jean K. Schupp, age 88, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on May 11, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was born in Grand Meadow, Mower county, Minnesota, on Nov. 15, 1919 to Ludwig and Alma (Root) Odden. Her younger years were spent in the Dexter, Minnesota area. Her father died when she was two and when her mother remarried they moved to Grey Eagle, Minn. They later moved to Rochester, where she graduated from high school in 1937.

She graduated from the Minneapolis School of Business in 1939 and started her bookkeeping career at Park Motors in Austin. She also was the bookkeeper for Zrucky's Garage in Austin, and retired from Miller Motors, Northfield, Minn., in 1982.

She married Robert J. Schupp at Tremont Temple, Boston, Mass., on June 2, 1943. They later divorced. She was a member of the Eagles, Moose, VFW, and American Legion Auxiliaries. Her hobbies were bridge, bowling, golfing, and visiting with her many special friends.

She is survived by her son, Robert "Jerry" Schupp, Jr., Aitkin, Minn.; daughter, Marge (Michael) Butts, Lake Mills, Iowa; grandsons, Tim (Carol) Butts, Vine Grove, Ky., Tom (Jamie) Butts, Highland Ranch, Colo., Todd (Cheri) Butts, Hugo, Minn.; six great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Alison Felt, Kailey Butts, and Taylor, McKenna, and Ryan Butts; two Step great-grandchildren, Tommy Cathey and Jasmine Taylor; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her 100-year-old aunt, Sally Root.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Harry S. Callahan; sisters, Gayle McAllister and Bette Hanson; son, Michael D. Schupp.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday May 21, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel in Austin with the Reverend Kristi Koppel officiating. Music will be by Neal Erickson. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minn.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted online on, May 15, 2008]

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Constance (Lundquist) Elrod


Constance "Connie" Elrod, age 92, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on May 17, 2008.

Connie was born on January 30, 1916 in Willmar, Minnesota, to Edward and Anna Lundquist. She attended beauty school in 1940 and North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. She received a degree in business in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and worked most of her life in accounting.

She married the Rev. John Elrod on November 21, 1942 in Minneapolis. They were in a full-time ministry for 49 years, many of them overseas, where John served as a military chaplain.

While overseas, Connie served with the American Red Cross. She also served for years as a volunteer at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, and as a volunteer tax preparer for AARP. She loved to travel and was active with the Austin Travel Club.

Connie spent 14 years at the Cedars of Austin before moving to St. Marks Lutheran Home for the last two years of her life.

She was dedicated to the Lord and His church, and loved preaching the word of God. She was faithful in her Bible reading and prayer every day. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her son, David (Candy) Elrod, Austin; three grandsons: Dr. Scott (Ruth) Elrod, Angleton, Texas, Lamon (Anne) Elrod, Hartland, Wisconsin, and Cameron (Dana) Elrod, Detroit, Michigan; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Macy Williams, Springfield, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and brother, Kenneth Lundquist.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, with the Rev. David Simerson officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. The family requests that all memorial gifts be designated for Cornerstone Assembly or God Youth Ministry in Austin.

[Original obituary posted on (Austin Daily Herald) May 20, 2008]

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Elso Charles Thomas


Elso Charles Thomas, age 59, of Walker, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on May 17, 2008 after a courageous 10-month battle with cancer.

He was born on October 31, 1948 in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota. Elso attended school in Austin, joined the Marine Corp., serving his country proudly in Vietnam. He returned home and attended Austin Community College, married and started a family.

Elso was a locomotive engineer until his early retirement in 1999. He realized a dream of living in northern Minnesota, and moved into a home on Leech Lake.

He was a skilled fisherman, nature-lover and was blessed with a curious and sharp mind. He was the truest of friends and loved and lived ferociously, with great intention.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janet Heis Thomas; son, Ryan (Kris) Thomas, Mantorville, Minn.; daughter, Marney Thomas (Brian Erickson), Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Nate, Kaleigh, Gabby, Joe and Josh of Mantorville; brothers, Samuel, Phoenix, Ariz., Bill, Landfall, Minn., Terry (Julie), Mason City, Iowa, Wade (Sue), Clear Lake, Iowa; sister, Carrie (Chris) Illa, Minnetrista, Minn.; father- and mother-in-law, Ken and Helen Heis, Austin; and his faithful canine companion, Rip. He was also survived by many aunts, uncles, brother- and sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Virginia (Peggy) Thomas; grandparents; sister-in-law, Lynn Thomas and many good friends.

A celebration of his life was held at the Isaac Walton Cabin in Austin, on Monday, May 26, 2008. You may share your memories by e-mailing,

[Original obituary posted on (Austin Daily Herald) May 20, 2008]

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Donna May (Sheetz) Arnold


Donna May Arnold, age 71, of Sunrise, Florida, and formerly of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

She was born on October 11, 1936 in McGregor, Iowa, to Don and May Sheetz. When Donna was a young girl, they moved to Austin. She graduated from Austin High School in 1954. At age 47 she graduated from nursing school as a registered nurse. Donna married Richard (Dick) Arnold on July 17, 1954.

Her pride and joy was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, scrapbooking, knitting and spending time at the river.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Arnold; children, Debra (Kendall) Klaehn, Adams, Minn., Rebecca (Tom) Harris, Byron, Minnesota, Scott Arnold (Dale McBurney), Pompano Beach, Florida, 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gary (Kay) Sheetz, Irvine, California, Roger (Jeannie) Sheetz, Lake in the Hills, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and May Sheetz, of Austin.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Memorials are requested to Caringbridge or Rochester Ronald McDonald House.

The funeral was held on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church, 308 Lewison Street Adams, Minnesota. Officiating was Pastor Sheri Mason.

[Original obituary posted on (Austin Daily Herald) May 20, 2008]

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Kathryn Loretta (Cardinal) "Katy" Vogelsang


Kathryn "Katy" Loretta Vogelsang, 76, of Grand Meadow, died Sunday May 18, 2008 at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born on April 27, 1932 in Grand Meadow, Mower county, Minnesota, to Kenneth Cardinal and Loretta (Frankson) Cardinal. She attended school in Grand Meadow through the 11th-grade and later went on to receive her GED.

She was united in marriage to John Vogelsang at the Congregational Church in Grand Meadow and together they had three daughters, Peggy, Jody and Connie. Katy was a homemaker, waitress, bartender, cake-baker and decorator for weddings and special occasions. She also served as Post Master relief for Dexter, Elkton and Sargeant. She was very active in her church and community including Girl Scouts, Sister Kinney, March of Dimes and community education. She enjoyed her family and friends, her church, camping, music, crocheting, traveling, history, flowers and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, John, Grand Meadow; three daughters; Peggy (Lee) Ottman, Grand Meadow, Jody Mieska, Council Bluffs, Iowa and Connie (Mark) Rabine, Farmington, Minn.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Kahl of Spring Valley, Minn.; along with many nieces and nephews.

Katy was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter with the Rev. Karen Ashton officiating. Burial will be in the Dexter Cemetery. Hindt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on (Austin Daily Herald) May 20, 2008]

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Fern Irene (Carpenter) Bitker


Fern Irene Bitker, age 89, of East Bethel, Anoka county, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died in East Bethel on Friday morning, May 16, 2008.

She was born on January 31, 1919 to Earl and Mary (Kesselring) Carpenter in Sheridan Township, Iowa. When Fern was young, her family moved to Minnesota, making their home in Austin.

She married Barney Bitker on August 13, 1938 at Saint Johns Parsonage. Fern worked at Hormel Foods Corp. and later worked at the candy counter in Woolworth's. She was a member of Saint Johns Lutheran Church in Austin, where she was also a volunteer quilter. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Salvation Army. Fern's hobbies included reading, working in her garden and cooking.

Survivors include her brother, Wilbur (Berneice) Carpenter, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Barney; two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, with The Reverend William Natzke officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.

[Original obituary posted on (Austin Daily Herald) May 20, 2008]

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Diane Lorraine (Ludwig) Huinker


Diane Huinker, 57, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at the Adams Healthcare Center after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Diane Lorraine Ludwig was born on January 16, 1951 in Austin, Minnesota, as a twin (David Ludwig), to Donald and Lorraine (Meister) Ludwig. She attended school in Austin and went on to graduate from Lyle High School.

On October 29, 1969 she was united in marriage to Craig A. Huinker at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Together they had two children, Steven and Shannon.

Diane was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being outdoors, rock music, cooking and baking. Her smile and storytelling made others feel so special. Diane will be an inspiration for people who are struggling with illness as we watched her face her journey with cancer in a dignified and courageous way.

Survivors include her husband, Craig Huinker, Austin; two children, Steven (Christine) Huinker, Austin (currently in Kosovo), Shannon Huinker, Austin; grandchildren, Lita, Cody, Ryan, Kaylin, Jacob, Lucas, Cora; parents, Don and Lorraine Ludwig, Rochester; siblings, Sheryl (David) Rawn, Lyle, David (Nancy) Ludwig, Austin, Steven Ludwig, Austin, Susan (Jim) Kisro, Rochester, Debra Pompey, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her great grandmother, Anna Meister; and her grandparents.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, May 19, 2008, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. The casketbearers were: Jacob Farnsworth, Scott Farnsworth, Tom Farnsworth, David Rawn, David Rawn II, and Jason Rawn.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on (Austin Daily Herald) May 20, 2008]

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Carl Walter Budde


Carl Walter Budde, age 53, died on May 11, 2008 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

He was born on July 24, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Walter and Jacqueline Budde of Bemidji. He grew up in Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Prior Lake, Minnesota, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Austin.

Carl graduated from Pacelli High School in 1972 and from Brown Institute with a degree in Electronics Repair. He worked for years at Norman County Telephone in Ada, Minnesota. He worked for the last 20 years for the State of Minnesota and the Department of Transportation as a Communications Specialist.

Carl was preceded in death by Mari Jo French, his companion of over 20 years, who died on January 29, 2008, with whom he had three children, Sonja, Sylvia, and Shannon. Carl was also heavily involved in the raising of Mari's three children of a prior relationship, Jodi Edin, Minot, North Dakota, and Jamie Chesley and Jennifer French of Bemidji. Carl was most proud of being called Dad by all his girls.

Carl will be remembered for his love of his friends and family, in particular his daughters and the members of Mari Jo's family who lived or regularly visited with him at their home in rural Blackduck.

In addition to his parents, Carl is also survived by his sister, Jann B. Logsdon, Louisville, Kentucky; brothers, Frederic Emil Budde, Eagan, Minnesota, Harold Merwin (Mernie) Budde, Chisago City, Minnesota, and Edward Christian Budde of St. Michael, Minnesota.

A burial service was held at the Old Pine Point School on May 14, 2008 with the burial at Breck Memorial Cemetery in Ponsford, with the Rev. Carol Smith presiding.

[Original obituary posted on (Austin Daily Herald) May 20, 2008]

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Loretta Charlotte (Mutch) Mithuen


Loretta C. Mithuen, age 86, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Olmstead county, Minnesota.

Loretta Charlotte Mutch was born on November 6, 1921 in Mankato, Minnesota, to Charles and Lora (Watts) Mutch. She graduated from the Mankato High School.

She married Irvin T. Mithuen on November 17, 1942 in Denver, Colorado. She worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Raymond Anderson in Austin for many years and later was employed as a teacher's aide at Austin High School. Loretta was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, knitting and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin in 1992, and by brothers Robert and Gordon Mutch.

Loretta is survived by her children: Jerry (Joyce) Mithuen, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Steven (Ruth) Mithuen, Castle Rock, Colorado, Judy Stern, Rochester, Minnesota, Robert (Kelly) Mithuen, Austin; by grandchildren: John (Lauren) Mithuen, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Joseph Mithuen, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Matthew Mithuen, Denver, Colorado, Mark Mithuen, Denver, Jeremy (Amy) Stern, Adams, Minnesota, Tucker, Bronwyn and Logan Mithuen, Austin; by great-grandchildren: Jacob and Joshua Mithuen, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Ethan and Kaitlyn Stern, Adams, Minnesota; by a sister-in-law, Alice (Gene) Brennan, Austin; by a twin sister, Lora (Al) Homer, Gardenerville, Nevada; by a sister, Shirley Bradshaw, Colorado Springs, Colorado; by a sister-in-law, Beverly Mutch, LeSueur, Minnesota; by a sister, Marjorie (Allen) Mollenhauer, LeSueur, Minnesota; by a brother, Walter (Jerri) Mutch, St. Peter, Minnesota; and by a sister-in-law, Edy Mutch, LeSueur, Minnesota.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 23, 2008 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, with the Reverend Glenn Monson officiating. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Casket Bearers were: John Mithuen, Joe Mithuen, Jeremy Stern, Tucker Mithuen, Eugene Stern, Allan Feuerhak. Honorary bearers were: Bronwyn Mithuen, Logan Mithuen, Mark Mithuen, Matthew Mithuen. The organist was Ruth Monson, and the soloist was Erin Schumacher.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on, May 21, 2008]

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Leone Mary (Kramer) Ulwelling 1928-2008

Leone Ulwelling, 79 of Adams, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Monday, May 19, 2008 at Adams Health Care Center.

Leone Mary Kramer was born on July 29, 1928 in Adams, Mower county, Minnesota, to Fred and Agnes (Hartogh) Kramer.

She married Paul Ulwelling on May 24, 1949 in Adams. Leone was a member of many organizations over the years, but she was particularly proud of her involvement in Birth Right, the DAC, of which she was a founding member, and 55 Alive, where she taught classes. In her spare time, she enjoyed stamping, making cards, decorating, flowers and organizing groups to do activities.

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

Leone is survived by her spouse, Paul Ulwelling, Adams, Minnesota; by a daughter, Victoria (Paul) Blum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; by a son, Joseph (Sandra) Ulwelling, Plainview, Minnesota; by six grandchildren; by one great-grandson, Luka; by a sister, Lyda (Harold) Mandler, Austin; by a brother, Gerald (Elaine) Kramer, Adams; and by Ruth Kramer, Adams.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father James Seitz officiating. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams. Casket bearers were: Joe Blum, Tom Blum, Sarah Blum, Lisa Blum, Amy Ulwelling and Callie Ulwelling. The organist was Helen King, and soloist was Joseph Ulwelling.

The Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on, May 21, 2008]

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John "Jack" Tindal


John "Jack" Tindal died on May 18, 2008 in Mesa, Arizona.

John was was born on February 16, 1935 in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to Lee and Margaret Tindal. He worked at Wilson Foods in Albert Lea, Minnesota for several years, bartended at the VFW in Albert Lea before moving to Mesa with his wife, Gerri. He fought a courageous battle with asbestos poisoning.

Jack is survived by his wife, Gerri, Mesa Arizona; by a daughter, Peggy Koehler, Colorado Springs, Colorado; by a son, Mark (Tracy) Tindal, Austin; by a step-son, Jeff Hagen, Albert Lea; by a stepdaughter, Gena (Brad) Lombard, Faribault; by three daughters: Jackie, Danielle, and Tracy; and by sisters: Mary Jane Lenoch, Betty Monty, Marcella Mullenbach and Joan Smith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee; by his mother, Margaret; by a brother Tom; by sisters, Joann and Margaret (Leah); and by a daughter, Thomacyne.

[Original obituary posted on, May 21, 2008]

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Loddy James Maly, Jr.


Loddy James Maly, Jr., age 78, of Lansing, Minnesota, died on May 19, 2008 at the Austin Medical Center.

Loddy was born on September 13, 1929 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, to Loddy and Alice (Winke) Maly, Sr. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War as a corporal.

On August 8, 1953 he married Patricia Gerhart in Austin. They had two sons, Loddy III and Daniel.

Loddy worked at Austin Clean Towel, Haladay Construction and retired from Wilson Foods. He also worked at the family ceramic shop. Loddy enjoyed hunting and camping.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Maly, Lansing; two sons, Dan (Barbara) Maly, Lansing, Loddy III (Liz) Maly, Austin; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at Mayer Funeral Home, with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post #91.

[Original obituary posted on, May 23, 2008]

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James Leonard Breedlove


James Leonard Breedlove, 86, a resident of Two Harbors, Minnesota, and formerly of Brownsdale, Mower county, Minnesota, passed away on February 8, 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

James Leonard was born Dec. 14, 1921 in Chester, Iowa to William C. and Alice A. (Turner) Breedlove. In 1924 he and his family moved to Brownsdale and in 1939 he graduated from Austin Central High School. He also attended Austin Junior College 1940-42. He served three years, eight months in the Navy during World War II and while in the military service he attended classes at Gustavus Adolphus from 1943-44. He completed his education at the University of Minnesota in 1949 with a BSCE degree in structural engineering.

On April 13,1946 Leonard was united in marriage to Eleanora Lulu Hansine Marcusen in Brownsdale, Minn. They were married for 28 years until her passing in 1974.

He started his engineering career working at Ellerbe and Associates in Minneapolis for three years and then became a private building contractor in Oakdale for 13 years. For the next 20 years he was a physical plant engineer at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis until his retirement in 1984. On Feb. 4, 1977 in Maplewood, Minn., Leonard was again united in marriage; this time to Mary R. Ferrise of St. Paul, Minn. For their last 24 years they have resided at their home on Lake Superior north of Two Harbors.

Leonard spent many hours landscaping and mowing their beautiful location on the North Shore. He also enjoyed playing the Hammond organ and had visited numerous theater organ sites throughout the U.S. He was a member of many choirs, chorale groups and lover of both vocal and instrumental music. Leonard also liked to travel, and in September 2006 took an extended tour with his son visiting relatives in Denmark and Sweden. He spoke Danish and Spanish.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Curtis James Breedlove (Elizabeth Merena), New York City, N.Y.; three granddaughters, Lizbeth Casper, Chetek, Wis., Claire Elizabeth Breedlove and Nora Denise Breedlove of New York City; and sister, Helen Sinn, Blue Earth, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a daughter, Lynn Marie Fleischauer.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Christ United Methodist Church in Maplewood, Minnesota and at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, at the United Church of Two Harbors.

[original obituary published on, May 24, 2008]

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Tyler Michael Bunne


Tyler Michael Bunne, age 20, of LeRoy, Mower county, Minnesota, died on May 21, 2008, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota, of injuries received in an auto accident.

Tyler was born on April 18, 1988 in Rochester, Minn. to Nick and Kathi (Lidtke) Bunne. He graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School as salutatorian of his class and was also voted Athlete of the Year in 2006. He was currently attending Minnesota State University, Mankato for the past two years.

He was active in basketball, football and baseball. He helped out with youth activities and coached the off-season LeRoy girls and boys basketball teams. He was a hard worker and enjoyed helping out on the family farm.

Tyler could always make you laugh. His siblings always joked that he gave the best gifts and he continued giving in death by donating his organs so others could live.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Dominick "Nick" and Kathi Bunne, LeRoy, Minnesota, by two brothers, Shane Bunne (fiance Emily Mullenbach), Rochester, Minnesota, and Nathan Bunne at home, and by a sister, Kaylee Bunne at home; by paternal grandparents, Ed and Becky Bunne, LeRoy, Minnesota; and by his maternal grandmother, Leora Lidtke, LeRoy, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Lidtke.

A funeral mass for Tyler will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 26, 2008 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in LeRoy, Minnesota, with Father Steve Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery.

[original obituary published on, May 24, 2008]

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Bette (Gillson) Pollin


Bette Pollin, age 84, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Bette A. Gillson was born March 17, 1924 in Austin, Minnesota, to Ezra and Edna (Bliese) Gillson. She graduated from Austin High School in 1942.

She married Otto F. Pollin on Oct. 19, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minn. Bette worked as a claims examiner for the Social Security Administration and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Austin.

Bette is survived by her son: Bruce (Marybrigid Patrias) Pollin, Minnetonka, Minnesota; brother: Ray (Betty) Pollin, Austin, Minnesota; sister: Lois (Frank) Felty, Coon Rapids, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Gordon Larson Officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday for one before the service.

Organist will be Nancy Arneson. Soloist will be Stacie Beecham. Casketbearers will be Todd Bradley, John Bradley, Frank Felty.

The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

[original obituary published on, May 24, 2008]

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Peter Hanson


One by one the old settlers are called from our midst, some after years of pain and sufferings, and others like a passing shadow without note of warning or word of farewell, and the place which has known them so long sees them no more.

Peter Hanson, who has been ill for a number of years, passed away at his home, Saturday afternoon. During the past two weeks his death has been almost hourly expected, and many times the watchers thought the final call had come.

He was one of the oldest businessmen in Lyle until he disposed of his harness shop last spring. Here he toiled for 38 years, during which time he saw many come and go in business circles, and countless other changes take place; here he met successes and adversities, joys, and cares. He was interested in the cause of temperance and religion and the upbuilding of the village, and was at one time owner of considerable property.

Peter Hanson was born in Welch, Denmark, June 7th, 1840, and when a boy learned the harness-makers trade, which occupation he followed while in the old country. In 1868 he was married to Mary Sorenson, and the year following left his native land for America, and settled for a short time in Freeborn County, with the Peter Knutson family. Later he moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he was first employed in a harness shop, and later became a partner in the business.

In 1874, he sold out and came to Lyle, where he opened a harness shop, and with the exception of about a year continued in the business until last spring, when he was compelled to give up on account of his health.

In the spring of 1878, his wife died, and of the four children born to them, only Mrs. G. Hackett of Waterloo, and Mrs. Jas. Mortenson, survive.

In 1880 he was married to Anna Rasmusson, who, with the four children born to them, remain to mourn his departure. The children are Will of Mason City, Mrs. Florence Snyder of Omaha, and Robert and Mary at home.

Deceased was a charter member of the local camp of M.W. of A., and carried protection for his family in that order.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Mission church and was conducted by Rev. Samuel Johnson, pastor of the Congregational church, and Peter Knutson of Clear Lake, Iowa. Interment was made in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mona.

--Lyle Tribune, Sept. 13, 1912.

NOTE: Obituary provided by Steve Hansen, May 22, 2008.

Steve Hansen
1007 Sherman Street
North Mankato, MN 56003-2136

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