Mower County Obituaries
Part 71



Faith Christine Kampa


Faith Christine Kampa, age 3, of Myrtle, Minnesota died Tuesday afternoon, December 16, 2008, at the Albert Lea Medical Center.

Faith was born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota on August 15, 2005, the daughter of Larry James and Shannon Kay (Broitzman) Kampa. Faith was a bubbly and happy three year old that loved Jesus and he lived in her heart. She loved to dance, use make-up and shoes, even though, flip flops were her favorite. Her smile would light up a room. She was everybody’s little angel and had a big heart for everyone. She attended the Glenville Pre-School in Glenville, Minnesota.

Survivors include her parents: Larry and Shannon Kampa; a brother: Jeremiah “J.J.” Kampa; two sisters: Shania and Emily Kampa, all of Myrtle, Minn.; maternal grandmother: Sharon Reynen, Orange City, Iowa; maternal grandfather: Rick (Mary Ann) Broitzman, Lyle, Minn.; paternal grandparents: Wayne and Sue Kampa, Jesup, Iowa; maternal great-grandmothers: Violet L. Kycek, Albert Lea, Minn., Helen Broitzman, Austin, Minn. and Henrietta Reynen of Orange City, Iowa; many aunt, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Bob “Papa” Reynen; maternal great-grandfathers, Leonard Kycek and Leaon Broitzman; paternal great-grandparents, Lawrence and Lucille Frank and Conrad and Claire Nelson; great grandfather, Ray Kampa and step great-grandparents, Walter and Clara Chilson.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Austin with Rev. Rory Synoground, officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Bohemian National Cemetery, rural Myrtle, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Worlein Funeral Home of Austin and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

[Original obituary posted on, Dec. 20, 2008]

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Beverly Ann (Pierson) Ahern


Beverly Ahern -- November 14, 1930 - October 23, 2004

Home: LeRoy, Minnesota

Visitation: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, October 25, 2004 at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James

Funeral Service: 10:30 AM, Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at St. James Catholic Church in St. James

Interment: Butterfield City Cemetery

Beverly Ann (Pierson) Ahern was born November 14, 1930 on the family farm near Lewisville, MN to Nels and Anne (Sanders) Pierson. The family lived on the farm until moving to Butterfield where Beverly graduated from high school. She received her teaching certificate and later her four year teaching degree from Mankato State University. Beverly taught two years in Winnebago before marrying Lawrence Edwin Ahern on June 6, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Madelia. She taught two years of Spring primary in Butterfield prior to taking the first grade position which she held for 28 years until her retirement in 1990.

Beverly and Larry lived in the Butterfield area until 1973 when they moved to an acreage by Lewisville. In 1981 they moved to St. James and upon her retirement in 1990 they moved to Pleasant Lake near Hackensack. In 1998 they moved to Kasson where she lived until April of 2004 when she moved to LeRoy, Mower county, Minnesota.

Beverly enjoyed quilting, Bible study, numerous social activities, card clubs, swim aerobics, and spending time with family and friends.

Beverly is survived by - three daughters, Barbara Armbrust of Sauk Rapids, MN, Debra Sehr and husband Steven of Park Rapids, MN, and Jodi Miller and husband David of LeRoy; one son, Craig Ahern and wife Binga of West Fargo, ND; ten grandchildren, Craig, Travis, and Kevin Armbrust, Constance and Charles Sehr, Bryce and Logan Ahern, Daniel, Michael, and Mark Miller; three sisters, Ruby Ekstrom and husband Eldon of Butterfield, Vivian Blomgren and husband Clarence of Mt. Lake, and Eloise Zellmer and husband Leo of Waterville; one brother, Leland Pierson and wife Marilyn of Trimont; three sisters-in-law, Kathleen Pierson of Butterfield, Myrtle Warner and husband Harold of Madelia, and Marion Hanson and husband Curtis of Mankato; one brother-in-law, Albert Ahern of Madelia; and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence; her parents, Nels and Anne Pierson; one brother, Nels Pierson, Jr., and a niece, Johanna Pierson.

Obituary by Sturm Funeral and Cremation Services.

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Lloyd George Waterman


August 24, 1916 - September 16, 2005

Home: Austin, MN, formerly of Lamberton, MN

Visitation: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, September 19, 2005 at Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton

Funeral Service: 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at Faith Lutheran Church in Sanborn, MN

Interment: Sanborn City Cemetery

Lloyd George Waterman was born on August 24, 1916 in Brown County, Minnesota the son of William J. & Clara E. (Trapp) Waterman. He was baptized on September 24, 1916 and confirmed on April 28, 1929 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sanborn. Lloyd grew up near Sanborn and graduated from Sanborn High School.

He married LaVon E. Hensch on June 27, 1940 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sanborn. The couple lived in Sanborn for 26 years, Lamberton for 31 years and in Austin since December of 1997. Lloyd farmed for ten years and then worked as a Livestock Buyer until 1979. He was a member of Christ Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mankato. Lloyd was the caretaker at the Lamberton Cemetery for several years.

Survivors include, his wife LaVon E. Waterman of Austin, children, William L. (Mavis) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Steven G. Waterman of Corpus Christi, Texas, John B. (Linda) Waterman of Rochester, Minnesota, Jean (Leon) Hellickson of Albert Lea, Minnesota, eleven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, sister, Carol Marcotte of San Diego, Calif., sisters-in-law, Doris Waterman of Minnetonka, Minnesota and Marion Waterman of Minnetonka, Minnesota and brother-in-law, Jack Dahmer of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law, Penny Waterman, brothers, Clifford and Gilbert, and sisters, Margaret Weber, Elaine Dahmer and Claire Wisby.

Obituary by Sturm Funeral and Cremation Services.

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John R. Frein


John R. Frein passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 at the Adams Health Care Center. He was 86 years old.

John was born on Feb. 24, 1922, to Matthew and Elizabeth (Gilles) Frein in Stacyville, Iowa. He grew up in that area along with one brother and eight sisters. Because of the early death of his father he did not go into the military but served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for two years. He was a humble man and never forgot where his roots were.

John married Florentina (Flossy) Allas on June 28, 1947 in Austin, Minn. They lived there for eight years where he started “FreinTrucking Service” and operated it for a short time before starting his employment at the Hormel Plant. In 1955 he and his wife bought a small farm and moved to Adams, Minn. where they raised 11 children along with animals and crops. The family moved back to Austin in 1972. He retired from the Hormel Co. in 1982 after 34 years of service. John leaves behind a wonderful legacy for all those who knew and loved him.

He had a great passion for singing country music and playing the guitar. He loved people and enjoyed entertaining them with his music and songs when ever he had the opportunity to do so. He “cut” a couple of records in his early years but never got too serious about making a living with his music. That decision is probably what allowed him to just entertain and do it for fun. He also had a great sense of humor right up to the end of his life. He had a joke to tell, no matter where he was or who he was with. Because macular degeneration had taken away his eyesight several years earlier he had trouble distinguishing who his many visitors were. He jokingly called all the girls “Susie” and all the guys “Pete”.

John is survived by his wife: Flossy, of 61 years; five sons and daughter-in-laws, Dave (Gail), Austin, Minn., Chuck (Marianne) of Austin, Minn., Steve (Marietta), Plainview, Minn., Gary (Julie), Grand Meadow, Minn., Ed (Maureen), Battle Creek, Mich.; and six daughters and son-in-laws: Helen (Greg) Coffman, Wabasha, Minn., Pat (Larry) Wobschall, Austin, Minn., Kathy Meyer (Sam Schilling), Byron, Minn., Mary (Mike) Kepp, Rochester, Minn., Sharon (Tom) Wobschall, Austin, Minn. and Judy (Tim) Monson, Wabasha, Minn. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters: Gert (Ed) May and Joann Heimer, both of Adams, Minn.; nieces, nephews and many life long friends.He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and five sisters.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mayer Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 from 3 to 6 p.m. and at the church one hour before the service on Monday. There will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.

[Original obituary posted on, Dec. 20, 2008]

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Erving Bugge


Erving Bugge was born on June 4, 1920 at Wagner, South Dakota, the son of Martin and Maren Bugge.

He attended Ravinia Grade School, Ravinia, S.D. He moved from South Dakota to Rose Creek, Minnesota in 1938, and from Rose Creek to Austin, Minnesota, in 1941, residing at 1311 8th Ave. N.W.

He was united in marriage with Marjorie Eloise Johnson, on December 14, 1941 in Austin. Marjorie was the daughter of Ole M. Johnson and Nellie Mae (Smith) Johnson. She was born on December 14, 1922 in Mitchell county, Iowa.

Mr. Bugge was employed at the Hormel Co. for 38 years. he was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran church, VFW, American Legion, Conservation Club and was an active bowler, hunter and fisherman. He was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. Bugge died at 11 p.m. on October 7, 1979, at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota, after being ill for six months.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Joann Bugge, Faribault, Minnesota; two sons-in-law and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Tom (Sandy) Fielding, Mr. and Mrs. Jon (Wanda) Lenoch, Austin; nine grandchidlren; a brother, Jens Bugge, Wgner, S.D.; three sisters, Gertrude Arneson, Avon, S.D. Mrs. Martin (Helga) Nesgaard, Ravinia, S.D., Mrs. Kenneth (Stella) Corson, Lyle, Minnesota.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. October 10, 1979, at St. Olaf Lutheran church, Pastor John Halvorson officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery with Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were: Glenn Brandt, Ed Quednow, Gary Quednow, Don Dreyer, Denny Dreyer, and Dave Dreyer. Sonia Larson was soloist and Dr. Dennis Schmidt organist.

[Oct. 16, 1979 - newspaper unknown]

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Carol Jayne (Hanson) Hamilton


Carol J. Hamilton, age 46, of Lyle, Mower county, Minnesota, died on December 21, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota, as the result of a car accident.

She was born on January 20, 1962 to Carleton and Gladys (Nimz) Hanson in Austin. She grew up in Lyle and after graduating from high school, attended Michael’s Beauty School in Albert Lea and went on to become a beautician. After living in Texas for a short time, she returned to Lyle. She was a beautician at Primrose Care Center and full of energy. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, rural London, she played the piano at Sunday services. Carol sang like a bird, had her own style of piano-playing and wrote songs which were filled with all her thoughts and feelings. She liked walking and running. Her children were the love of her life.

Survivors include her mother, Gladys Hanson, Lyle; three daughters, Natasha, Grand Rapids, Michaela, Hannah and a son, Levi, all at home; sister, Carla (Mark) Olson, Lyle; brothers, Mark (Cynthia) Hanson, Rochester, Ernie (Amy) Comeaux, Madison Lake, David (Susan) Hanson, Winona, Donald (Pamela) Hanson, Lyle, Jerry (Terri) Hanson of Adams, Gary (Peggy) Hanson, Toeterville, Iowa; sister-in-law, Jill Hanson, Apple Valley.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carleton Hanson; brother, Stephen Hanson.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Faith Lutheran Church, rural London with Pastor Kent Otterman and Pastor Einar Unseth officiating. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery, east of Lyle.

[Austin Daily Herald,, Dec. 23, 2008]

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Mildred Cora (Anderson) Syverud


Mildred Cora (Anderson) Syverud, 94, of Blooming Prairie, died on Dec. 21, 2008 at Prairie Manor.

She was born Jan. 19, 1914 to Sam and Amanda (Lee) Anderson in Udolpho Township, Mower County. She was baptized at Westfield Church which was built on land donated by her grandparents. She married Arthur Syverud on June 11, 1936 at First Lutheran Parsonage in Blooming Prairie. Mildred and Art worked together on the farm.

Mildred’s main interest was her home and family. Throughout her years with First Lutheran Church, she was active in Mission Circle and especially the lutefisk supper. She was in charge of the cranberry salad for many years.

Another of Mildred’s and Art’s passions was family history. They traveled to visit relatives and gather family history in Norway and Canada, as well as in the United States. Mildred had been compiling scrapbooks of newspaper clippings dating back to 1930. She continued to work on these even after becoming a resident of Prairie Manor.

Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Arthur, Blooming Prairie; three daughters, Joanne (David) Shaw, Castro Valley, Calif., Doris (Herman) Moe, Grand Forks, N.D., Janice (Michael) Kohlrusch, Circle Pines, Minn., Roger (Bettie) Syverud, Arden Hills, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Ronald Shaw, Renae Harryman, William Moe, Barbra Scharber, John Syverud, Tammy Hartman and Wendy Olsen; four step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher Todd, Michael Todd, Amy Shaw, Reid Shaw, Jacob Scharber, Katrina Moe, Isabella Moe, Olivia Moe; sister, Berneice Wilson of Owatonna; three step-great-grandchildren; brother, Arlen Anderson, Brainerd, Minn.; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gladys Stuhr; grandson, Randall Shaw.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with Pastor Heidi Heimgartner officiating. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment is at First Lutheran Cemetery. Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are preferred to Westfield Church Restoration Fund or donor’s choice.

[Austin Daily Herald,, Dec. 23, 2008]

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Lenora Georgia (Ottjes) Colburn


NORA SPRINGS, IOWA — Lenora G. Colburn, 79, of St. Mark's Apartments, Austin, Minn., formerly of Nora Springs, died Monday (Jan. 19, 1998) at the St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin, Minn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 101 N. Hawkeye, with the Rev. Ruth Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Sheckler Colonial Chapel, 114 N. Hawkeye, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Memorials may be directed to St. Luke's Lutheran Church or to an organization of one's choice in memory of Lenora G. Colburn.

Lenora Georgia Colburn was born May 31, 1918, at Racine, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Schatzeberg) Ottjes.

She was united in marriage to John Colburn on Nov. 11, 1937, at the Pleasant Valley Parsonage in Racine, Minn.

She was an active member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and served as the janitor for the church for several years. Lenora enjoyed her quilting group and volunteering at the Nora Springs Care Center. She liked spending time gardening and raising flowers, making jellies, canning and freezing produce from her garden. She also enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include one son, Wayne Colburn and his wife, Toshie, Phoenix, Arizona; two daughters, Verna Miller and her husband, Jay, Austin, Minnesota; and Deanna Hicks and her husband, Jim, Chelsea, Michigan; nine grandchildren: John Colburn, Lori Ketchum, Patty Corona, Ken Colburn, Tom Colburn, Todd Miller, Heather Hicks, Ben Hicks, and Matt Hicks; 15 great grandchildren; two sisters, Jennie Beise, Stewartville, Minn.; and Edna Holland, Brownsdale, Minn.; two brothers, Elwin Ottjes, Grand Meadow, Minn.; Ernest Ottjes and his wife, Marian, Stewartville, Minn.; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Esther Ottjes, Austin, Minn.; Eunice and John Roberts, Bemidji, Minn.; and Claude and Tag Colburn, Grand Meadow, Minn.; many friends and relatives; and a special friend, Janet Hicks, Nora Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1990, her parents, five sisters and one brother.

[Mason City Globe Gazette online -- Jan. 23, 1998]

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Jack Arthur Tedrow


Jack A. Tedrow, 82, of Lake City, died on Dec. 20, 2008, at his home.

Jack Arthur Tedrow was born May 2, 1926 in Austin, to Roy and Sara (Mitchell) Tedrow. He attended elementary school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1944. From June 1944 until June 1946 he served in the United States Navy, serving as a Signalman on the U.S.S. Nicholson. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., receiving his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in education.

On Sept. 27, 1957 he married Yvonne M. Ebnet at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin. They later divorced. Jack taught in Bessemer, Mich. for two years, then taught band in the Austin Public School system until retiring in 1985. Following retirement, Jack decided to go back to school taking a band instrument repair course at Red Wing Area Vo-Tech. He then owned and operated his Band Instrument Repair Business’, operating in Austin, Stewartville and Lake City. In 1990 Jack and Doris moved from Stewartville, Minn. to Lake City, Minn. Jack and Doris spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., where Jack played with various musical groups.

He owned the historic Lansing Creamery Building, where he collected MoPar parts and classic automobiles for 43 years. For 17 years Jack played in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and also played in the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Jack was a charter member of Sheldon Theater Brass Band in Red Wing, Minn. He played in area dance bands, including Bobby Thompson Band, Rollo Sissel Band and Bob White Band. Jack sang in the Austin Westminster Presbyterian Choir and the Lake City First Congregational Church Choir. He was a member of Lake City and Austin’s VFW and American Legion Clubs; and a life member of the Austin Elks. He was a member of N.E.A., M.E.A., M.M.E.A. and the First Congregational Church Untied Church of Christ in Lake City.

Jack is survived by his partner, Doris Benjamin, Lake City, Minn.; two sons, Peter Tedrow, Apple Valley, Minn. and David (Sharon) Tedrow, Farmington, Minn.; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Tedrow, Lincoln, Neb. and Kathryn (Brian) Knutson, Faribault, Minn.; brother, Jerome (Judy) Tedrow, New London, Minn.; six grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake City, with the Pastor David Badgley officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Memorials will be designated to music scholarships in Jack’s name. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, in Lake City, Minn. [, Dec. 22, 2008]

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Walter Rossow Eggen


Walter Rossow Eggen was born on June 7, 1904, and died on August 7, 1988.

On May 2, 1928 he was married to Clarise Myrtle Hanson, daughter of Magnus Hanson and Betsy Johnson Hanson. Clarise was born on February 23 1906 in Otranto township, Mitchell county, Iowa. Three children were born to this couple: Merle, Beverly Lee, and Elaine K. Eggen.

Funeral services were held on August 10, 1988 at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, east of Lyle, Minnesota. Burial was in the Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery beside the church.

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Elaine K. (Eggen) Thompson


Birth: Dec. 21, 1932
Death: Apr. 10, 1981

Elaine K. Thompson Funeral Held Monday, April 13

Funeral services for Mrs. Elaine K. Thompson, 48, of Caledonia, Minn., who died April 10 at the Caledonia hospital, were held April 13 at the Immanuel Lutheran church in Caledonia with the Rev. Rolf Storlie officiating.

Services were also held that afternoon at Six Mile Grove Lutheran church, rural Lyle, with the Rev. Gaylord Grant officiating.

Elaine Eggen Thompson was born December 21, 1932 near Lyle, the daughter of Walter and Clarise (Hanson) Eggen.

She was baptized and confirmed in Six Mile Grove Lutheran church and was a graduate of Lyle high school. She worked as a telephone operator, parish secretary in Lyle and legal secretary in Austin before attending Luther College, Decorah. Also she was a parish worker in Calvary Lutheran church in Haina, Hawaii.

She married Harold Thompson July 12, 1957 in Six Mile Grove Lutheran church. Two children were born to them.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Harold; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eggen of Lyle; one son, Jeffrey Thompson; and one daughter, Julie Thompson, both of Winona, Minn.; one sister, Beverly Lee of Mankato, Minn.; by a brother, Merle Eggen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Six Mile Grove Lutheran cemetery.

[St. Ansgar Enterprise, 30 APR 1981]

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Barbara (Stubbee) Woodward


WATERLOO - Barbara Stubbee Woodward, 85, of Bickford Cottage, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk county, Iowa, and formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, died on Saturday (December 20, 2008) at Bickford Cottage of natural causes.

She was born on Sept. 9, 1923, in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, daughter of Grover and Leone Barr Stubbee. She graduated from Austin High School in 1941 and from Grinnell College in 1945 with a degree in psychology.

Barbara married Dr. Arthur W. Woodward, a Mason City native on March 7, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1990. The Woodward family continues to enjoy a home on the south shore of Clear Lake. Barbara was a stalwart supporter of Clear Lake and the beautiful oak trees surrounding it. Granite Lodge on Buzzard's Bay was noted for the trees that were saved by Arthur and Barbara Woodward when the trees were allowed to grow through the roof of the front porch and breezeway of their beloved home.

Barbara is survived by five children, Philip (Kathy) of Hot Springs, Ark., Christopher (Karen) of Minneapolis, Minn., David (Connie) of Clear Lake, Anne (Bill) White of Woodbury, Minn., and Cynthia (Todd) Peterson of Johnston. Her progeny include 10 grandchildren: Tracy (Mark) Ferguson of Indian Trail, N.C., Brian (Marnie) Woodward of Harrisburg, N.C., Jeffrey (Carrie) Woodward of Little Rock, Ark., Spencer Woodward of Minneapolis, Minn., Travis Woodward of Cambridge, England, Jessica White of Sofia, Bulgaria, Benjamin White of Fort Collins, Colo., Tyler Peterson of Des Moines, Trent Peterson of Des Moines, and Leah Peterson of Johnston. Her five great-grandchildren include Emily and Bryce Ferguson of Indian Trail, N.C., Katie, Maggie and Chloe Woodward of Harrisburg, N.C.

Barbara was past-president of the Black Hawk County Medical Auxiliary and a member of Chapter MR-PEO. She was an avid reader, active tennis player, stargazer and bird watcher. She approached life with an acerbic wit and rare intellect that will be missed.

A memorial ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. Public visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Cedar Valley Hospice. Condolences may be left with

Arrangements are by Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Services, 319-233-3393.

[Published in the Globe Gazette on 12/24/2008]

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Evelyn Lois (Magee) Goslee


Evelyn Lois Goslee, 80, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on December 27, 2008 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Evelyn was born March 15, 1928 in Austin to Joseph and Emily (Moshier) Magee. Her father was a farmer and her mother was a house wife. Evelyn grew up with two younger brothers and one older 1/2 sister. Evelyn went to school in Austin and graduated in 1945.

Evelyn met her husband, John Goslee, who was her neighbor while growing up. They married on March 20, 1947 and were married for 15 years until he passed away at a young age. John was a farmer and Evelyn was a secretary at Hormel. They had six children together, Keith, Dwight, Larry, Janiene, Randy, and Meridee. As a family they showed cattle at fairs and got together for the holidays. Evelyn enjoyed reading, gardening, visiting with others and cooking. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and gathering the family together.

Evelyn is survived by sons, Dwight (Linda) Goslee, Marco Island, Florida, Larry (Paula) Goslee, Austin, Randy Goslee and Sue Overton, Lake Isabella, California; daughter, Meridee (Dwight) Denisen, Rochester, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Darlene) Magee, Austin, Kenneth (Pat) Magee, Austin, sister-in-law, Marion Mendenhall, Bloomingdale, Illinois; brother-in-law, Richard (Erlys) Goslee, Byron, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; son, Keith; daughter, Janiene; sister, Vila; brother-in-law, Cedrick "Stub" Warrington and brother-in-law, Ed Mendenhall.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be in London Cemetery in London, Minn. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and for one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.

[Original obituary posted online at, Dec. 30, 2008]

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David Wilmer Kamp


David Kamp, age 62, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on December 27, 2008, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota.

David Wilmer Kamp was born April 11, 1946 in Austin, the son of Vernon and Mildred (Steile) Kamp. He attended school in Hayfield where he graduated in 1965. He then joined the United States Army, serving from Jan. 31, 1966 until his discharge on January 12, 1969. He continued to serve his country with the Minnesota National Guard from 1969 to 1993. After his discharge from the United States Army, David worked as a roundhouse foreman for the Milwaukee Road Railroad in Austin for over fourteen years.

On June 2, 1973, he was united in marriage to Mary Alice Getchell at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin. The couple made their home in Austin, where after working for the railroad, the couple managed the Sterling Motel for two years before moving to Dodge City, Kan., where they also managed a motel.

They returned to Austin to again manage the Sterling Motel before moving to Faribault and later Rochester, where they worked as caretakers for apartment complexes until David’s retirement in 2002. He enjoyed deer hunting and traveling, especially their trip to Germany to visit their daughter. He was a member of American Legion Post 91, VFW Post 1216 and DAV Chapter 27, where David served as trustee.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kamp, Austin; five children, Julie (Bruce) Newell, Rochester, Linda (Staff Sgt. Tony) Heise, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Ken (Barb) Shuck, Jon Kamp and Laura (Tony) Myhre all of Austin; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; eight sisters, Joyce (Clifford) Carlson, St. Paul, Jean Thompson, Forest City, Iowa, Marjorie Distad, Albert Lea, Patricia (Bernard) Schaefer and Rita (Arnold) Earl both of Austin, Linda (Jerry) Meyer, Pepin, Wis., Karen (John) Torvik, Newcastle, Calif. and Debra (Leonard) Wood, Owatonna; five brothers, LaVerne (Jeri) Kamp, Austin, Charles Kamp, Hooks, Texas, Douglas Kamp, Keith Kamp and Scott (Denise) Kamp all of Austin; also many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Mildred Kamp; one grandson, Richard Kamp; sister, Joan Lester and three brothers, Ricky, Raymond and Roger.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Crane Community Chapel with the Reverend Dale Christiansen, officiating. Interment will follow the service in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 91, VFW Post 1216 and DAV Chapter 27. Honorary Casketbearers will be Ken Shuck, Jon Kamp and Spc. Lucas Heise. Casketbearers will be Bruce Newell, Staff Sgt. Tony Heise, Tony Myhre, Curtis Shuck, Dustin Shuck and Zachary Heise.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

[Original obituary posted online at, Dec. 30, 2008]

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Russell A. Anderson


Long time Austin resident Russell Alvin Anderson passed away early on December 28, 2008.

Born near Owatonna, Minnesota, in 1919, Russell spent his entire life in Minnesota, except for his years in the Army during World War II. He was known to almost everyone as simply “Russ” or “Andy.”

He married Elizabeth Granowski in May of 1939. Russ and Betty had a daughter Donna Jean Anderson (Wiley). Russ began work at the Hormel Company in early 1942, but was called away to military service in Europe. He returned two years later and resumed employment at Hormel, where he remained until retirement in 1981. During his many years at Hormel, a great many beginning employees learned the ropes from Andy Anderson, who was always willing to help. Russ Anderson led an active life of varied interests. He and Betty owned and rode horses for many years. An avid motorcycle enthusiasts, they rode to Alaska when they were in their 60’s.

Russ was a master with his hands and tools; able to repair or fabricate almost anything. He built his home with the help of friends, digging the basement with a team of mules. He loved to fish, and he and Betty owned several little places along the Mississippi River. They often ice fished. In later years Russ and Betty enjoyed time in Arizona, where he developed as many friendships as he had in Minnesota. He was a member of the American Legion, Moose and Eagles Clubs and the VFW.

Russell A. Anderson is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Donna (Warren); brothers, Ray (Marion) Anderson, Owatonna, Tom (DeLoyce) Anderson, Barnesville; sister, Evelyn Standke, New Richland; he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Mabel Anderson and sister, Ardis Blastervold.

Services will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends lend their strong support to the Hospice program.

[Original obituary posted online at, Dec. 30, 2008]

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Dale Eugene Gallaher


Dale Gallaher, age 81, died on December 24, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota.

Dale Eugene Gallaher was born Nov. 19, 1927 near Lansing, Minnesota, to Glen and Edythe (Benson) Gallaher. The family later moved to Rose Creek, Mower county, Minnesota, where he attended Rose Creek School and helped his father farm. Because of his father’s ailing health the family moved to Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, where Dale graduated from Austin High School in 1945.

In 1946 he married Alice Lauritzen. They later divorced. Dale worked for Nate Wiese Conoco, drove truck for Gamble Robinson and Armstrong Truck Lines all through the 1950s. He and his brother, Don, started Austin Indian Sales in 1957. It later changed to Dales Cycles, which he sold in 1968. Motorcycles always played a big part in his life.

In 1972 he married Marilyn Jorgenson. She passed away in 1986. Dale retired in 1986 after working more than 40 years at Hormel. Dale was a great friend and a wonderful father and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his very special friend, Sylvia Satter, Austin; son, Tom (Joni) Gallaher, Austin; daughters, Jean (Tom) Fargusson, Rose Creek, Sue (Mike) Van Hyfte, Dallas, Ga., Sally Gallaher (Nick Zrucky), Mankato; Sylvia’s daughter, Pam Carlson, Albert Lea; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother, Don (Martha) Gallaher; sisters, Lois Holmes, Bronson, Mich., Casey Lakin, Austin; brother-in-law, Ron Jorgenson, Rock Island, Ill.; sister-in-law, Harriet Greeley, Austin; many nieces and nephews and his faithful feline companions, Simba and Molly.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn and brothers-in-law, Ken Holmes and Steve Lakin.

There will be no service. Dale donated his body to the Mayo Clinic. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Mower County Humane Society.

[Original obituary posted online at, Dec. 30, 2008]

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Vernon Earl Jacobson


Vernon E. Jacobson, 86, of Grand Meadow, Mower county, Minnesota, died on December 29, 2008 at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center in Grand Meadow where he had resided for about three years.

Vernon Earl Jacobson was born on July 17, 1922 in Grand Meadow Township to Peter and Alice (Johnson) Jacobson. In 1939 he graduated from Stewartville High School.

On November 4, 1972, Vernon was united in marriage to Pauline Anderson at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church. Vernon farmed in the Racine area and also worked at IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, hunting, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two stepsons, Wyeth (Marilyn) Anderson and Harry (Donna) Anderson both of Glenville, Minnesota; seven step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-step-grandchild; brother, Duane (Maren) Jacobson, Marshall, Minnesota; sister, Doris Anderson, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pauline on August 30, 2005; and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2009 at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, with the Reverend Ann Siverling officiating. Burial will be in the Bear Creek Cemetery in rural Grand Meadow. Hindt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted online at, Dec. 30, 2008]

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Maxine (Stockdale) Morrison

(died: 2008)

Maxine (nee Stockdale) Morrison escaped the mind-numbing prison of Alzheimer’s disease on December 27, 2008. While the disease had a short-term victory, it will not take away the legacy of her life, the love and compassion she had for her family and friends and the love returned to her.

Early in life Maxine learned the lessons and values of hard work on her family’s farm. Whether it was milking the cows or hitching up and managing the horses, gender was not going to deter this young lady’s drive to do her share or more.

In 1945 she met and married a young man, Mitchell W. Morrison, who shared her values of hard work and “family first.” Together, through the challenges that life presents to all of us, they built a strong family, proud of their heritage.

Six loving children were born of this union. Mitchell and Maxine’s values provided each child the foundation to build a great life, for which their children are forever grateful and appreciative. In order to help meet the family’s budget Maxine joined her husband in assuming more than one job to provide for a family of six. In addition to being a fulltime housewife, managing a very busy and active household, she worked as a waitress and a cook throughout much of her life.

Even today, several years after her retirement, her children are fond of hearing compliments about their mother’s baking and cooking. Her employers didn’t need to teach her the value of “customer satisfaction.” While most of her great-grandchildren didn’t have the opportunity to get to know her, they will someday wonder about the excellent brownies they just ate and from that inquiry they will learn a lot more about their great-grandmother around the kitchen table.

While she enjoyed work, it took second place to her most important concern, her children and husband. Maxine demonstrated her love through the big and little things she did daily for her family. She was a great role model for how to cope with the challenges of life and how to raise children. She was the glue that held the family together. Later, when her husband, Mitchell, declined in health, she stood by his side constantly, being his caregiver for several years. She never heard the term “servant leadership,” but she was one.

Maxine is survived by her six children, Michael (Pat), Stone Lake, Wis., John (Mary) Austin, Mitchell (Connie), Mason City, Iowa, Sharon Thomsen (Reed) Avram, West Branch, Mich., Janice (Dean) Pike, Adams, Minn. and Michelle (Cory) Arjes, Austin; sisters, June Fagerle, Cresco, Iowa, Leona Hein, Gold Bar, Wash. and Genevieve (Bob) McNiff, Austin; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Ron Thomsen; parents; and five brothers and sisters.

The family is thankful for the excellent and compassionate care provided by the unsung heroes at Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood, Iowa. Alzheimer’s took our mother before Dec. 27. But its victory is shallow. Love lives on both in this world and the one she’s passed to.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeff Forbes officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

The Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted online at, Dec. 30, 2008]

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Paul L. Sathre


Paul L. Sathre, age 87, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on December 30, 2008 at the Austin Medical Center with his wife and family at his side, due to complications of Parkinson's Disease.

Paul was born in Austin on August 29, 1921 to Johnny and Bertha (Benson) Sathre, and he resided in Austin his entire life. On May 17, 1947, Paul married his best friend and the love of his life, Alice Crilly. Paul was employed by the Hormel Company for 44 years until his retirement in 1984. Paul continued to enjoy raising trees and flowers, woodworking, traveling, playing bridge, reading and he especially took pleasure in providing his grandchildren love, endless fun activities and bear hugs. Paul enjoyed a challenge, particularly a crossword puzzle or math problem.

He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church where he was active as a lector, choir member, usher, communion minister and board member. Paul participated in many aspects of Pacelli High School while his children were students. He was a veteran of World War II, member of the Legion and was the bingo manager at the VFW in Austin and delivered Meals on Wheels. Paul leaves a legacy of love and laughter and is a lasting role model for his family as a teacher of life's lessons.

Survivors include his loving wife and caregiver, Alice Sathre, Austin; six children, Michael (Lorelee) Sathre, Inver Grove Heights, Paulette (Don) Schlichter, Apple Valley, Danny (Janeen) Sathre, Jacksonville, Ore., Charlotte (Dan) Knutson, Bloomington, Scott (Jana) Sathre, Allendale, Mich., Christine (Kevin) Schwab, St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Joshua Sathre, Treana (Andrew) Mungovan, Corey Schlichter, Dane Sathre, Yvonne (Beau) Garrett, Katie Knutson, Tracey Schlichter, Kanette Sathre, Elizabeth (Jake) Snellink, Emily Schwab, Kyle Knutson; one great-grandson, Kieran Mungovan; siblings, Harvey (Alice) Sathre, Adams, Helen (Byron) Huseby, Adams, Dorothy (Sparky) Bellrichard, Austin, Joanne Sathre (Mrs. Maynard), Austin, Donna (TJ) Williams, Albuquerque, N.M., Joan (Tom) Adams, Boulder City, Nev., Ann (Gary) Eppen, Goodyear, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Priscilla; grandsons, Christopher Sathre and Matthew Knutson; brothers and sister-in-law, Maynard and William (Morna).

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. There will be at 7 p.m. rosary on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. and also from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, in Austin. The "Grandpa Paul" bearers will be his 11 grandchildren. The family prefers memorials to Queen of Angels Catholic Church and Parkinson's Desease research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.

[Original obituary posted online at, Dec. 31, 2008]

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Greta Mae (Smith) Kraushaar


Greta Mae Kraushaar, 78, of Austin, [Mower county, Minnesota,] died on December 31, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was born March 25, 1930 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, to Carl and Christine (Reap) Smith. Greta Graduated from the Dunbar High School and served in the U.S. Navy. She was married to Robert G. Kraushaar in 1953; they later divorced. Greta graduated from St. Catherine’s College with a bachelor of arts degree in social work. She was employed at the Mower County Veteran's Service Office until her retirement in 1998.

Greta was a very active resident of the Austin area. She served on many city and county boards, including the County Veterans Memorial Committee, the City Planning Commission, the Austin Municipal Airport, Mower County Planning and water policy advisory boards. She also held positions with the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers and the Minnesota Women Veterans Task Force. Greta was a member of the League of Women Voters, the American Legion, VFW Auxiliary, Zonta and the American Heart Association.

Greta is survived by her children, Sandra (Roger) Batt, Algona, Iowa, Beverly (Bruce) Baker, Kellogg, Minn., Theresa Kraushaar (Michael Eisenbarth), Morgan, Minn., Mary Hansen (Alex Moise), Brooklyn Center, Minn., Michael (Jenny) Kraushaar, Austin, Jane Byrne, Plymouth, Minn., Patricia (Earl) McLain, Maple Grove, Minn.; 18 grandchildren, Tony, Dustin, BJ, Brandon, Chad, Trevor, Eric, Grayson, Courtney, Isaac, Ethan, Caden, Nicholas, Nathan, Zachary, Christopher, McKenna and Rebecca; three great-grandchildren, Stacy, Shelby and Mellisa; sister, Libby Roberts, Falkville, Ala.;

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Francis Dunn.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at Clasen-Jordan Chapel. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

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Alice Myrtle (Rieser) Wolfe


Alice Myrtle Wolfe, 95, of Austin, [Mower county, Minnesota,] died on Tuesday afternoon, December 30, 2008 at the Foley Nursing Home in Foley.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1913 to Henry and Anna (Sukow) Rieser in rural Dexter, Minnesota. While growing up Alice was the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church. After graduating from Austin High School in 1932, she worked at Hormel for several years. She married Alex Wolfe on May 28, 1938 at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Austin. They had four children, and in 1944 when Alice was expecting their fifth child, Alex passed away. Alice’s faith kept her strong as she raised the family by herself. A great supporter of the Girl Scouts, she was secretary to the administrator for nine years. She loved music, flowers and cats, was a fabulous baker, an avid reader and letter writer, and was known for her warm personality. Alice sent cookies to her children all over the world from Michigan to Vietnam to Egypt. She moved to Our House in March 2007 and to Foley Nursing Home in 2008. The things that were important to Alice were laughter, the Lord and little things.

Survivors include her children, Ronald (Ann) Wolfe, Deale, Md., Jon (Margaret) Wolfe, St. Charles, Ill., Lynette (Warren) Kindt, Ossineke, Mich., Maurice (Takae) Wolfe, Deer Park, Texas, Gordon (Sharon) Wolfe, Oak Park, Minn.; stepdaughter, Mikki Sale, Centennial, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and close friends, Bonnie and Tim Rietz, and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Henry Rieser and her husband, Alex.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are preferred to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the Salvation Army and River Trails Girl Scout Council.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Jan. 2, 2009, --]

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Peggy Lou (Skalicky) Miller


Peggy L. Miller, 60, of Austin, [Mower county, Minnesota,] died on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at the Austin Medical Center.

Peggy Lou Skalicky was born July 29, 1948 in Powers Lake, N.D. to Victor and Elsie (Rouse) Skalicky. She grew up in the Hampton, Iowa area. She married Ronald Miller on July 19, 1972 in Peoria, Ill. They have made their home in Austin for the last six years. Peggy was a carrier for the Mower County Shopper as well as owning her own business, Stanley Home Cleaning, and was a Watkins distributor. Peggy liked to make dreamcatchers, enjoyed walks and bowling, and loved spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Miller, Austin; sons, Dywane Miller and Dan Miller, both of Austin; daughter, Lori Miller, Rock Valley, Iowa; two granddaughters; four grandsons; two stepdaughters; two brothers, Steve Skalicky, Gainesville, Fla., Gene Skalicky, Minot, N.D.; four sisters, Jeannie Skalicky, Diane Fink, Marysville, Ark., Dorothy Ojay, Yorba Linda, Calif., Terri Skalicky Evans, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Elsie Skalicky; son, Roy Michael; daughter, Tammy Sue; two grandsons; one brother, David Skalicky; and niece, Dessa Fink.

There will be no services at this time. Interment will take place at a later date at the Hampton Cemetery, Hampton, Iowa. Memorials are preferred to the family. Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Jan. 2, 2009, --]

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Mary Jo (Kough) (Langevin) Wolf


Mary Jo Wolf, 53, of Rochester, [Olmsted county, Minnesota,] died on December 27, 2008 at her home of natural causes.

Mary Jo Kough was born Nov. 28, 1955, in Austin, [Mower county, Minnesota,] where she grew up. In 1973, she married Dennis Langevin in Austin; they later divorced. In 1990, she married Sean Wolf in Iowa. They were later divorced. She had lived in Minneapolis, Shakopee, Waterloo and Des Moines, and had resided in Rochester since 1996.

Survivors include her children, Shannon (Matt) Bisbey, Danielle (Vinay) Joshi, Jamie Essig, Brig Kough, and Jay Stephan; nieces, Jennifer Fhurong and Angela Kough; seven grandchildren; stepmother, Carol Kough; and three stepbrothers, Steve, Allen and Scott Wermager.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

A memorial service for Mary Jo Wolf will be at 3 p.m. Friday, at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with the Reverend Scott Jorgenson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Friday at Macken Funeral Home. Memorials are preferred to the family.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Jan. 2, 2009, --]

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Betty Rose (Boire) West


Betty Rose West, age 83, of Austin [Mower county, Minnesota], was received into heaven on Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

Betty was born January 20, 1925 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Edward H. and Rose M. (Haefer) Boire. Betty graduated from the Washington High School, Milwaukee in 1943. On October 10, 1946 she was married to Weldon West in Milwaukee and was employed as an administrative assistant.

The Wests moved to the Brownsdale, Minn. area where she was a volunteer at the Brownsdale Elementary School and she was a member of the Brownsdale study group. Following Weldon’s death Betty moved to Austin. She has been a member of the First Congregational Church, the Senior Citizen Center, Women's Fellowship at the First Congregational Church and the Austin Medical Center Auxiliary.

Betty enjoyed playing cards, volunteering and traveling, especially to Hawaii, and was a Barry Manilow fan. Betty’s greatest joy came from spending time with her daughters, their families and her grandsons.

Betty is survived by her daughters: Joanne (Steve) Rossler, Newton, Iowa, Janet West (Richard Pfaff), Woodinville, Wash.; grandsons: Jordan Rossler, Newton, Iowa, Matthew Rossler, Newton, Iowa; sisters-in-law: Marion Boire, Ripon, Wis., Mary Jane West, Valentine, Neb.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Weldon West, her parents, a daughter Julie and two brothers Edward and Clayton Boire.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 at First Congregational Church with the Rev. Levering Reynolds III officiating. Interment will be in Wild Rose Cemetery in Wild Rose, Wis. Visitation will be at First Congregational Church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joanne O’Brien and Effie Lou Willson.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 4, 2009,]

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Kenneth Donald Ault


Kenneth Donald Ault, age 96, of LeRoy, [Mower county,] Minnesota, died Thursday, January 1, 2009 at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center in Grand Meadow, Minnesota.

Kenneth was born on December 8, 1912, in Table Rock, Nebraska, to Fred and Laura (McLaughlin) Ault. Kenneth along with his parents and brother (LeMoyne) moved to Callendar, Iowa where he attended school. On March 16, 1940, he married Juliet Prestegard. During the early years of their marriage they moved to a farm outside of Chester, Iowa to begin farming. After retiring from farming, they moved to LeRoy at which time Kenneth worked at the LeRoy Creamery before going to work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, retiring in 1977.

Kenneth was a member of the LeRoy Lutheran Church where he served on many boards and committees. He loved working on his hobbies of woodworking, growing roses and painting scenes. Kenneth had a great love for his church and his family. He cherished and loved the time he spent with his wife, Juliet, and the rest of the family.

He is survived by his wife: Juliet of the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center; son: Roger (Eleanor) Ault, Lake In The Hills, Illinois; grandsons: Mark (Grace) Ault, Galena, Illinois, and Jon (Chris) Ault, Fargo, North Dakota, and great grandchildren: Megan Ault, Nicole Ault, Alison Ault, and Erik Ault; one sister-in-law: Clara Prestegard of Riceville, Iowa, and one niece and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step mother Ruth, a sister Mary, a brother LeMoyne, and sister-in-law Iona Ault.

Funeral services for Kenneth will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2008 at the LeRoy Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas Kolden officiating. Burial will be in the Ostrander Cemetery, Ostrander, Minnesota.

The family requests memorials are made to the LeRoy Lutheran Church or the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 4, 2009,]

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Robert Alfred Lau


Robert Alfred Lau, age 76, of Austin, [Mower county, Minnesota,] died on Monday, December 29, 2007 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, [Olmsted county,] Minnesota.

Bob was born on March 11, 1932 in Comfrey, Minnesota, to Edward and Hilda Lau, then attended catholic school. He was a German-Bohemian. Bob served as private first class in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War.

Bob was a construction worker at Wilson and retired before 1991. He was a member of the VFW, Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Bob enjoyed fishing, playing cards at the old place where the B&J Bar is now, farmshows, yardwork, reading, bingo and watching TV (especially shows about religion). Bob liked homemade chicken soup, especially at the soup kitchen at St. Augustine Catholic Church during Lent. Bob really liked Abbey (the dog at Comforcare) and Kay's dog too.

After Bob's parents passed away, Bob rented an apartment on West Oakland from Art and Ardy Wangen where he lived for almost 28 years. He made friends with many of the other tenants and they sat together on the front yards and waved and visited with passersby. From his apartment, Bob would walk downtown to make friends with so many merchants and then stop to visit them. He also walked to St. A's Church each Saturday night. Bob had a special shitzu friend named Tibet.

Bob is survived by his many friends at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Lau, and his sister, Lorraine Lau.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan.5, 2009 at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post No. 91.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Augustine Catholic Church or Comforcare Good Samaritan Center.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 4, 2009,]

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Kay Jean (Erickson) Bonnell


Kay Jean Bonnell, age 68, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on January 3, 2009, at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born on April 11, 1940, in Estherville, Iowa, the daughter of LeRoy and Mildred (Peterson) Erickson. She moved to Austin where she graduated from Pacelli High School in 1958.

After graduation, Kay moved to Colorado where she worked as a ward secretary in a local hospital. After moving back to Austin in 1993, Kay continued to work as a ward secretary at Austin Medical Center, retiring in 2004. She loved to grow flowers, camp, crochet and NASCAR racing. She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her son, Michael Heinicke, Austin; grandson, Derek Ressler, Blooming Prairie; father, LeRoy Erickson, Austin and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred; son, Robert Heinicke in 1992 and her brother, Gary Erickson.

Memorial services will be held at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel of Austin at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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Leallen H. "Lea" Shawback


Leallen H. “Lea” Shawback, age 84, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on January 2, 2009, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home surrounded by his family.

He was born on July 7, 1924, near Waltham, Minnesota, the son of Henry W. and Gitta L. (Gilbertson) Shawback. He attended school in the Waltham and Sargeant area. He served in the Navy in World War II. On March 2, 1951, he was united in marriage to Gladys Elaine Kruger in Hayfield, Minnesota. To this union four children were born. Lea worked in the dry sausage department of Hormel Foods for thirty six years. He was a member of Crane Community Chapel, where he served as an usher and was a member of the men’s fellowship. Lea loved to bowl. He taught many family members his love of bowling, while being a dedicated member of the Austin Men’s Bowling Association. During his bowling career he was known to be one of the top senior bowlers of Austin. His greatest accomplishment was a near perfect game of “297”.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Shawback, Austin; son, James (Mary) Shawback, Rochester; daughters, Linda (Mike) Miller, Austin and Sue Shawback, Waltham; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Decker, Austin; six brothers, Johnny Shawback, Oronoco, Merv Shawback and Art (Lavonne) Shawback all of Austin, Henry (Bonnie) Shawback, Jr. and Leslie (Cathy) Shawback all of Blooming Prairie and Ray (Phyllis) Shawback, Manvel, Texas; sister-in-law, Evie Shawback of Owatonna; brother and sister-in-law, Ken (Bonnie) Kruger, Silver Bay; sister-in-law, Linda (Bob) Dowd, Galesburg, Ill. and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; brother, Joey; sister, Marion; brother-in-laws, Chuck Kruger and Palmer Holtan and sister-in-law, Amy Holtan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at Crane Community Chapel with Pastor Dale Christianson officiating. Interment is at Fairview Cemetery near Hayfield, with military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 6, at Worlein Funeral Home and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 5, 2009 --]

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Donald John Brandenburg


Donald Brandenburg, age 87, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on January 2, 2009 peacefully at his home.

Donald John Brandenburg was born to Henry and Minnie Brandenburg of Luverne, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm and attended country school and in 1942 he enlisted in the Army. He joined the 82nd Airborne at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was discharged at Fort Devon, Mass.

There he met and married Rita Rossi on Sept. 15, 1946. The couple moved to Austin where Don worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and later went into the implement business. Don then took over the Standard Station by the Hormel Plant and also the East Side Standard and West Side Standard. After retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling the country and visiting family and friends in McClelland, Texas. They would return to Austin in the spring. Don enjoyed all sports, especially baseball. He went to many games at the old stadium. Don was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Brandenburg, Austin; three brothers, Vernon Brandenburg, Spokane, Wash., William (Sharon) Brandenburg, Rochester, Robert Brandenburg, Dixon, Ill.; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters-in-law, Sarah Brandenburg, Marge Brandenburg and Arlene Brandenburg.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 5, 2009 --]

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Ronald Perry Quill


Ronald Perry Quill, age 71, of Austin, Mower couty, Minnsota, died in Chicago, Illinois, on January 3, 2009.

Ronald was born on March 7, 1937, in Hayfield, Minnesota, the son of Harold O. and Ruth Ethelyn (Wilson) Quill.

He was united in marriage to Elaine M. Ehmke on Dec. 30, 1956, in Waltham, Minn. and the couple have been married for 52 years. Ron served in the U.S. Army and worked for Hormel for over 10 years. He farmed all his life. Over the years Ronnie enjoyed speaking Norwegian, motorcycle riding, country music, playing the fiddle and being with his friends and family. He enjoyed his visits to Oslo where people referred to him as “Nice Ronnie”. He loved his farm and was a proud Norwegian.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Quill, Austin; daughter, Denise (Dr. Charles) Campbell, Chicago, Ill.; son, Scott (Sandy) Quill, Hampton, Minn.; four grandchildren, Jack and Ian, Cameron; Anthony and Taylor Quill.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Hal Quill.

Ron and Elaine danced one last dance in Chicago, New Years Day Eve. Oh, how we loved you Ronnie, Dad and Grandpa.

The funeral service for Ronald Perry Quill will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Hayfield, MN with the Reverend Darby Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 5, 2009 --]

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