Mower County Obituaries
Part 73



Beverly J. Gordon


NORTHWOOD, IOWA -- Beverly J. Gordon, age 60, died on Saturday (Dec. 21, 1996) at Muse Norris Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Deer Creek Lutheran Church, Carpenter, with the Rev. Kathy Larson officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery, St. Ansgar, Mitchell county, Iowa. Visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, Northwood.

Beverly was born on July 8, 1936 in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

Survivors include her husband, Laurel "Buzz" Gordon of Northwood; one son, Kenneth E. Gordon of Fort Madison; her mother, Mildred Hinders of Aldon, Minnesota; four sisters, Nancy Cholljerdes of Medford, Minnesota, Betty Hinders of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Jean Langbehn of Rochester, Minnesota, and Sandra Kondora of Harrison, Arkansas; and one brother, George Thistlewaite of Aldon, Minnesota.

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

[Mason City Globe Gazette 12/22/1996 -]

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Cecily Spaulding


Cecily Spaulding, age 82, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Austin Medical Center in Austin.

She was born on October 18, 1926 in Fargo, North Dakota, to Charles and Laura (Young) Spaulding. Cecily moved to Waseca with her family when she was young. She graduated from Waseca High School in 1944. Cecily attended Mac Murray College in Jacksonville, Illinois for two years; The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois for one year; and in 1949, graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she majored in speech communication and theater. Cecily was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority.

After college Cecily taught school for one year in O’Neill before teaching speech at Austin High School for 38 years. Cecily was also in charge of various extracurricular school activities, including directing and coordinating the Austin High School plays for many years. She retired in 1988.

Cecily was a member of the Congregational Church in Waseca, Minn. and P.E.O.

Cecily is survived by her nephew, David Spaulding, Texas; grand-nephews, Peter Fieger, Colorado, Henry Fieger, Colorado; grand-nieces, Kate Ling, Washington, D.C., Laura Ling, Colorado; dear, close friend and caregiver, Midge Priester, Austin.

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

As per Cecily’s wishes there will be no funeral services. Memorials are preferred to donor’s choice. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 20, 2009 -]

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Dale Norman Ersland


Dale Norman Ersland, age 63, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died at the Austin Medical Center on Sunday, January 18, 2009.

Dale was born on April 26, 1945 to Norman and Ethel (Greseth) Ersland in Red Wing, Minnesota. The family made their home in Kenyon, Minnesota, where Dale grew up and graduated from high school in 1963. He married Linda Schoonover on Sept. 27, 1963. During the Vietnam Conflict Dale served in the U.S. Navy as an airplane mechanic on the USS Oriskany. He was cited for courage shown during a fire on the Oriskany. He attended the University of Minnesota for two years and then the Minnesota School of Barbering. He barbered in Anoka, Kenyon and Rochester. In 1975 he opened The Barber’s Hairstyling for Men and Women in Austin. He operated the shop for 30 years.

Linda passed away on May 26, 1986. He married Theresa (Hicks) Becker on January 26, 1991 in Austin. In 2001 Dale opened The Brownsdale Barbershop. He loved spending time with his family and his dog Buddy. He enjoyed gardening, fishing with grandchildren, playing 500, Acey Deucey and studying the Bible. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, American Legion in Austin and a life member of the VFW in Kenyon.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Becker-Ersland, Austin; daughters, Edwina (Eric) Harder, Austin, Mali (Joseph) Ciola, Austin, Alison (Ryan) Schultz, Rochester; grandchildren, Katelyn and Elizabeth Harder, Alexander and Anthony Ciola, Grace and Ruby Schultz; stepchildren, Jill (Russell) Lucas, Dodge Center, Anthony Becker, Elgin, Michelle (Chad Anderson) Becker, New Ulm; grandchildren, Garrett and Megan Lucas, Andrew and Alexis Becker, Cole Anderson; brothers, Donald (Anne) Ersland, Lyle, David (Carol) Ersland, Wagner, S.D., Bob (Kathy) Ersland, Kenyon; sisters, Lois (Earl) Stumpf, Red Wing, Joan (Philip) Eckblad, Welch, Norma Jean “Jeannie” (Wayne) Clark, Kenyon.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Linda Ersland; by his parents, Ethel and Norman; and by a brother, Paul.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin, with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 21, 2009, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Military rites were handled by American Legion Post 91.

The Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota was in charge of funeral arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 20, 2009 -]

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Isabel Delores (nee Stahl)(Wrolson) Anderson


Isabel Delores Anderson, age 71, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died at her home on January 20, 2009. She was born on August 25, 1937 to Jurgen and Sophia “Martha” (Walterman) Stahl in Austin, where she graduated from high school in 1955.

She married Henry Wrolson in June of 1955, but they later divorced. She married Duane Kenneth Anderson on Jan. 9, 1959. Isabel worked at a variety of jobs. She spent five and a half years at Weyerhauser and sixteen and a half years at Hormels, retiring in 1995. Isabel and Duane later divorced, and he died on Sept. 11, 2002.

She had many hobbies, such as refinishing furniture, crafts of any kind, shopping and antiques. She loved going to the casino, out to dinner and spending time with her sister and many friends.

Isabel is survived by her six children: Mark (Anita) Wrolson, Austin, JoAnn (Richard) Chinander, Austin, Cheryl Hinrichs, Cleveland, Texas, Merlin (Callie) Anderson, Lyle, Perry (Carol) Anderson, Lakeville, and Richard (Jill) Anderson, Austin; by 15 grandchildren; by 23 great-grandchildren; by one great-great-grandchild; by four step-grandchildren; by one step-great-grandchild; by a sister, Eileen Dietrich, Austin; by a niece, Pamela Hall; by two nephews, Larry and John Tapager; by two great-nieces; and by one great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her grandparents; by a sister, Shirley Stahl; and by one grandson, Waylon Anderson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 26, 2009 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 22, 2009,]

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Louis Orville Anthonisen


Louis Anthonisen, age 75, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died at the Austin Medical Center on January 20, 2009.

Louis Orville Anthonisen was born on June 10, 1933 to Hans I. and Margaret (Teachout) Anthonisen in Austin. He graduated from Austin High School and attended Austin Jr. College. Louis began employment at the Hormel Company.

On March 8, 1958 he married Karen Knutson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. They made their home in Austin all their married lives. Louis was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where he served as a reader, a Caring Minister, usher, driver for Wee Learning, confirmation mentor, communion assistant, Sunday School teacher for thirty years and Sunday School Superintendant. Louis was an active member of Habitat for Humanity, American Legion Post 91 military escort, DAV chapter and Sons of Norway. Louis also served as Second Ward Alderman on the Austin City Council, Accentra Credit Supervisory Board, Cub Master with the Boy Scouts, leader with the Indian Guides, past president of Lansing Cemetery Association, Via Dechristo (Cursillo), Charis Prison Ministry and Bible Talk Group at Fieldcrest Care Center.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; by a son, Steven Anthonisen, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; by two daughters, Carol Anthonisen, Austin, and Debora Anthonisen, Minneapolis; by a sister-in-law, Esther Anthonisen, Austin; by a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ken and Joanne Knutson, Austin; and by nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Arleigh Anthonisen.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 23, 2009 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Lansing Cemetery, Lansing, Minnesota. American Legion Post 91 is in charge of military rites. The family prefers memorials to St. Olaf Lutheran Church or Habitat for Humanity Freeborn/Mower County.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 22, 2009,]

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James W. "Jim" Bergstrom


James W. "Jim" Bergstrom, 59, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on January 19, 2009 at his home in Austin.

He was born May 3, 1949 in Austin to Richard and Eunice (Underland) Bergstrom. Jim attended school in Oakland Minnesota and graduated from Austin High School. He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970. He worked as a chef at several area restaurants and had also owned and operated restaurants in Austin and Albert Lea before going to work as a letter carrier for the US Postal Department. Jim enjoyed going to Jennifer's gymnastic meets, motorcycling and boating along the Mississippi River. He also liked spending time with his niece and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and his daily trips to Kenny's Oak Grill, spending time visiting and drinking coffee with his buddies.

Jim is survived by his sister, Judy (Gerald) Mittag, Wabasha, Minnesota; sister-in-law and husband: Jeanne (Bergstrom) and Ron Wangen, Oakland, Minn.; special friend, Penny Boyle, Austin, and her children, Steven and Jennifer Boyle, Austin; niece, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerry and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2009 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with Austin American Legion Post #91 in charge of military rites. Visitation will be at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The organist will be Neal Erickson with soloist, Erin Schumacher. Casket Bearers will be Brian Draayer, Steven Kuettner, John Bergstrom, Jeremy Bergstrom, Steven Boyle and Gabe Kuettner.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 23, 2009 -]

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Emma Caroline (nee Probst) Prickett


Emma Caroline Prickett, daughter of Charles and Angeline Probst was born at Clinton, Iowa, Nov. 28, 1878.

She passed away at a Rochester hospital, Nov. 1, 1960, at the age of 82 years, 11 months, 4 days.

When a girl she moved with her parents to Galt, Iowa, where she was united in marriage with John T. Prickett, Dec. 22, 1901, at the home of her parents. To this union, two daughters were born, Mrs. William Lorenzen (Della), who preceded her in death, and Mrs. Wallace Maloney (Lila), Austin. A step-daughter, Mrs. Ralph DeYoung (Ina) resides in Dexter.

In 1903, Mrs. Prickett moved to a farm near Dexter. Later she moved to Austin where she resided about 25 years.

Besides her two daughters she leaves to mourn her death three sisters, Mrs. Louise Daniels, Los Angeles, Mrs. Clayton Cox, Austin, Mrs. Anna Prickett, Minneapolis; a brother, Charles of Port Orchard, Wash.; 16 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Her husband, a brother John, and a daughter Della preceded her in death.

The funeral was held at the Worlein Funeral Home, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., the Rev, H. Hankins of the Methodist Church, Dexter, officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.

Out-of-town persons attending were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Voorhees and daughter, Prescott, Wis., Donald DeYoung, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gage, Robert DeYoung, Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lucas, Spring Valley; Mr. and Mrs. Norris Odland, Clarion, Iowa; many friends from Dexter.

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John Prickett


John Thomas Prickett was born in a log cabin near Newark, Illinois, of pioneer parents, Elijah and Hannah Prickett, on June 22, 1869.

There he grew to manhood and in 1890, was married to Carrie L. Redfield. They resided on a farm near Newark, later moving to a farm near Clarion Iowa where she passed away in July 1900. They had one daughter Ina (Mrs. Ralph DeYoung) of Dexter.

On Dec. 22, 1901, Mr. Prickett married Emma Probst of Galt, Iowa. They resided for a short time in Humbolt County, Iowa and in 1903 came to Minnesota where he farmed for 29 years. Since his retirement from farming he made his home in Austin. Two daughters were born of this marriage, Della, (Mrs. William Lorenzen) and Lila, (Mrs. Wallace Maloney) of Austin.

Mr. Prickett passed away Aug. 11, 1948 at this home at the age of 79 years, 1 month, and 20 days. He was a member of the Baptist Church since he joined at the age of 10 years.

A kind husband and father, he will be missed by family and friends. He leaves besides the immediate family, 16 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, also many friends who will mourn his passing.

Funeral services were conducted at the Jordan Chapel by Rev. Charles H. Davis of the Church of Christ. Interment was at Oakwood cemetery.

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Angeline (Engline) Axen Probst


Mrs. Charles Probst

Engline Axen [Angeline] was born in Germany on February 27, 1846 and when a young woman came to this country and settled at Clinton, Iowa. At Clinton she was married to Chas. Probst April 7, 1874 and they made their home in that city and vicinity for a period of twenty-two years when they moved to Wright County Iowa. In 1905 they moved to Grand Meadow, Minn., and then lived for a number of years in Dexter, Minn. Twelve years ago they returned to Galt, Iowa where they made their home until her death which occurred on Sept. 14, 1932 at the age of 86 years 6 months and 17 days.

To this union were born six children: John who passed away six years ago, Mrs. Harry Daniels [Louise] of Buena Park, Calif., Mrs. J.T. Prickett [Emma] of Dexter, Minn., Mrs. Clayton Cox [Clara] of Grand Meadow, Minn., Mrs. E.S. Prickett [Anna] of Wilton, N.D., and Charles of Grant’s Pass, Oregon. Her aged husband also survives her and the children mourn the loss of a most loving wife and mother. She was a charter member of the Church of God at Bethel, Iowa and had spent a long life of sacrifice and service for family and friends.

In her home she also reared a granddaughter, Mrs. Norris Odland [Genevieve Probst] of Clarion, Iowa who was loved and cared for as her own. Loving hands cared for her during her last illness and she was laid to rest at Galt, Ia. Rev. Heiltebritle of Grundy Center, friend and pastor of the family for years had charge of the services. Fifteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive.

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Charles Probst


Funeral services were held Friday at Dexter for Charles Probst, 94 years of age and former resident of the Grand Meadow community. Mr. Probst was the father of Mrs. Clayton Cox of near Dexter. Burial was made at Galt, Iowa cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Colin Bain.

Charles Probst was born on the island of Rugen Germany on October 29, 1845. Being left an orphan at the age of six years he made his home with an aunt.

Young in life he obtained work as a sailor and followed the sea for 15 years working both on sailing ships and steam ships and visiting ports in all parts of the world.

In 1873 he came to New York and then to Clinton, Iowa where he was married to Angeline Axen that same year. Here they made their home for ten years then going to farm, first in Clinton County and later in Wright County, Iowa.

In 1905 he came to Minnesota and made his home on a farm in Grand Meadow until 1912 when he retired and moved to Dexter Village. Later he returned to the old home in Iowa until the infirmities of old age made it necessary for to be with his children.

To Mr. and Mrs. Probst were born six children, two sons, John, deceased and Charles of Grant’s Pass, Oregon and four daughters, Mrs. Harry Daniels [Louise] of Cypress, California, Mrs. John Prickett [Emma] and Anna Prickett of Austin, Minn., and Mrs. Clayton Cox [Clara] of Dexter, Minn. They also reared to womanhood a granddaughter, Mrs. Norris Odland [Genevieve Probst] of Clarion, Iowa.

He passed away at the home of his daughter near Dexter on July 10, 1940 at the age of 94 years, 8months and 10 days.

His wife preceded him in death nearly eight years ago.

Always enjoying rugged health, he lived a long and useful life. In his early life he was reared in the Lutheran faith but later he became a member of the Church of God and was a charter member of the Bethel Church at Galt, Iowa.

Besides his children he leaves to mourn his passing 15 grandchildren . . . .

(the rest is missing).

The scene changed. Here Nature in a grim mood lashed out with wind and hail and only a stubble and the gaunt stalks of the corn remained.

Mr. Charles Probst, who would have been 95 years old in October died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Clayton Cox Wednesday, July 10. He was at one time a resident of Dexter but in recent years made his home in Galt, Iowa, to which place he was taken for burial.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Cox and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph DeYoung of Dexter, and Mr. and Mrs. John Prickett and Miss Thelma Prickett of Austin accompanied the body to its resting place.

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Mark Allen Smalley


Mark Smalley, 57, of Austin, formerly of Prescott, Ariz., died at Austin Medical Center on Jan. 23, 2009 following a long illness.

Mark Allen Smalley was born May 11, 1951 in Austin to Vaughan LeRoy and Shirley Mae (Smith) Smalley. Following graduation from Austin High School, Mark went into military service, serving in Vietnam. After military service he came back to Austin. He later lived in Prescott, Ariz. for 12 years and returned to Austin one year ago. Mark liked to fish, hunt and loved to play with his devoted dog, Sam.

Surviving are two daughters, Kim Smalley and Nelly Smalley, both of Rochester; brothers and sisters, Ron (Janis) Smalley, Austin, Alvin Smalley, Austin, Gary Smalley, Minnesota Lake, Connie (Tim) Culton, Austin, Debbie (Kevin) Mott, Waconia, Nancy (Jim) Dagoot, Cincinnati; many nieces and nephews; special friend and devoted dog, Sam.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vaughan and Shirley Smalley.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Freedom Christian Center, 108 East Oakland, Austin, with the Reverend Rory Synoground officiating. Interment will be later at Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with the arrangements. The family prefers memorials.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 26, 2009 -]

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Patrick Kevin Lunn


Patrick Kevin Lunn, 39, of Austin, died Jan. 23 at Rochester Methodist Hospital after a seven-month battle with melanoma.

Patrick was born April 18, 1969, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to John and Judith (Marsh) Lunn. Patrick was the director of power and water production for Austin Utilities. He was a graduate of Austin High School Class of 1987, a Navy veteran serving on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University, class of 2007, with a business degree. He was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle.

Patrick will be loved and missed by his wife, Karyn Sackis Lunn (McBride); father, John Lunn, Burlington, Iowa; sisters: Cheryl Gordon, St. Charles, Illinois, Theresa (Tim) Clancy, Seaside, California; grandmother, Letha Lunn, Fort Madison, Iowa; niece, Anna Gordon; nephews: Patrick Whalen, Zachary Gordon and Nathan Gordon; dogs: Trivia and Strider; and numerous cats.

Patrick was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Lunn; and his brother, Eric Lunn.

Special thanks to the 4-4 unit nurses at Rochester Methodist Hospital and Lisa K. Also thanks to all the friends and co-workers who have helped during the last several months.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and for one hour before the service on Wednesday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 26, 2009 -]

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Edna (nee Young) Christianson


Edna Elizabeth Christianson, 91, of Oakland, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was born Aug. 24, 1917, in Moscow, Minn., to Uri and Ida (Arett) Young. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Edna was married to Earl C. Christianson on Dec. 15, 1937, at the St. Olaf Parsonage in Austin. She had been employed by J.C. Penney, Land O’Lakes and the Oriental Express in Austin. Edna was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where she had been active with WELCA and circle in earlier years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl C. Christianson.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Barnett Officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and for one hour before the service at the church.

Organist will be Neal Erickson. Music will be by Cindi Christianson, Brian and Nicole Christianson.

Casket Bearers will be Michael Severtson, Mark Severtson, Scott Wangen, Chad Wangen, Jeremy Wangen, Brian Christianson. An honorary bearer will be Ethan Severtson.

Edna is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Elna Mae E. and Roger Severtson, Oakland, Donna L. and Larry Greeley, Oakland; son and daughter-in-law; Keith E. and Cindi Christianson, Oakland; six grandsons; Michael (Cindy) Severtson, Mark (Amber) Severtson, Scott (Sue) Wangen, Chad (Tisha) Wangen, Jeremy (Abby) Wangen, Brian (Nicole) Christianson; nine great grandchildren: Ethan and Anna Severtson, Ty Severtson, Taylor Johnson, Cody Huston, Alison and Madalyn Wangen and Miranda and Paige Wangen; brother and sister-in-law, Myron and Betty Young, Oakland; and nieces and nephews.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 26, 2009 -]

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Herbert Dean Henricks


Herbert Dean Henricks died on Jan. 22, 2009 at his home after a brief illness.

Herbert was born on Jan. 12, 1946 in Austin, to Fred and Thelma (Helleck) Henricks. He graduated from Austin High School in 1964 and served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. He married Christene Ludvigson on September 10, 1967 in Austin. Herbert then attended Winona State University and worked for Qwest for 34 years, retiring as construction supervisor for southeast Minnesota. Herbert enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and their lake cabin. He also enjoyed his dog, Otis, playing cards, dancing and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Christene, Rochester, Minn.; two sons, Douglas Henricks, Las Vegas, Nev. and Benjamin (Kim) Henricks, Rochester; two grandchildren, Cheyenne and Mason Henricks, both of Rochester; sister, Ramona (John) Moede, Golden Valley, Minn.; five brothers, Ronald Henricks, Chester, Iowa, Tom (Carmine) Henricks, Marietta, Ga., Gerald (Susan) Henricks, Farmington, Minn., Phil Henricks, Minneapolis, Minn. and Ted (Kathy) Henricks, Fairport, N.Y. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with the Reverend Steve Ronningen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 26, 2009 -]

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Robert Ralph Shaw


Robert Ralph Shaw, 94, formerly of Austin, died on January 24, 2009 at Hastings Regina Hospital.

Bob was born March 10, 1914 in Faribault to Arthur and Magdalena (Kline) Shaw.

On October 14, 1935 he was united in marriage to Victoria Sippel at St. Theodore's Catholic Church in Albert Lea. They resided in Austin all of their 67 years of marriage. After Victoria passed away on January 28, 2003, Bob moved to Hastings to live closer to his family. Bob was an active member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and belonged to many organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He began his employment with the Hormel Company prior to his graduation from Austin High School. He continued to work there for 46 1/2 years. Bob spent 52 years in public service as an Austin City Councilman and 4th District Mower County Commissioner. His major accomplishments include: attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, starting the Austin Youth Recreation Program, the addition of the Indian Museum to the Mower County Fairgrounds and establishing the Austin Recycling Center.

Survivors include his son, Robert (Mary) Shaw, Duluth; three daughters, Mary Kellogg, Sheffield, Alabama, Suzanne (Roger) Schweich, Hastings, Vicky (Craig) Huber, Virginia Beach, Virginia; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Ordella (Ken) Rolfson, Austin; brother-in-law, George Sippel, Austin; nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arthur (Betty) Shaw; sister, Juanita Shaw.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 30, 2009 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

The casket bearers will be: John Shaw, Mike Huber, Doug Tillma, Chris Larsen, Darrell Stacy and Duane Hanson.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Jan. 27, 2009 -]

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Margaret Anna (nee Retterath) Gerber


Margaret Anna Gerber, age 83, of Adams, Mower county, Minnesota, died on January 25, 2009 at the Adams Health Care Center.

Margaret was born July 30, 1925, in Wapsi, Iowa. After attending school in Wapsi, she married Robert Gerber on November 24, 1942. They made their home on a farm in the Adams area. A homemaker, she enjoyed crocheting, crafts, sewing and gardening. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them how to bake. She was a member of SHCCW.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Jerry (Dorothy), Adams; daughters, Barbara (John) Garvey, Wayzata, Minnesota, Cindy (John) Thomas, Lake City, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Marlys, Adams; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Isabelle Gilgenbach and Marie Rauen, both of Adams.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard; sister, Marcella Winkels; three brothers, Alfred, Lawrence and Paul Retterath.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father James Seitz officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams. A wake service will be at Adams Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 4:30 p.m. and a 7 p.m. prayer service.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Jan. 27, 2009 -]

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Henry Cox


Henry Cox died at his home Wednesday morning, 10 June 1903 at 10 o’clock a.m. The deceased was born at Ackley, England 18 July, 1829. He came to America in 1854 and settled in Wisconsin. In 1858 he was married to Miss Eliza Crook of Green Lake, Wisc. Nine children were born to them of whom eight are living. One preceding him in death 22 years ago. He moved with his family to Minnesota in 1896.

His death was expected as he had been ill some time. Rev. Paul Winter conducted the services at the Congregational Church on 13 June and he was laid to rest in the Dexter Cemetery. He leaves a wife, 8 children and 13 grandchildren.

The Dexterite Weekly
June 18, 1903
Page 6 Col. 2

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Eliza (Crook) Cox


Mrs. Eliza Cox, age 80 and one month, died Wednesday, 16 May, 1917. After a month of illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aroline Brady.

Eliza Crook was born 16 April, 1837 in Akley, England. In 1855 she came to America with her parents. They settled in Green Lake County where she married Henry Cox on 28 October 1858. Lived in Green Lake County until 1879, moved to Golden City, Missouri, returning 5 years later to Markesan until 1896 when the family moved to Dexter, Minnesota where Mr. Cox died in 1903.

Unknown Wisconsin Newspaper
May 18, 1917

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Clayton Cox


Clayton Cox was born Sept. 1, 1881 in Golden City, Mo., the son of Henry and Eliza Crook Cox.

He moved to Markesan, Wisc., then to Grand Meadow, Minn. In 1896, farming in the Grand Meadow and Dexter area until 1944 when he moved to Austin working several years for the Mower County Highway Dept.

On October 15, 1907 he married Clara Probst in Austin. He resided at 1107 17th Ave. NE and his main interests were his home and family.

Mr. Cox died April 28, 1970 at Raymond’s Nursing Home.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edith Pike, Mrs. Harold (Lucille) Hinkle, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1962, five sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. April 30 at Worlein Funeral Home, Rev. Howard Bredesen officiating. Interment was in Grand View Memorial Gardens.

Relatives and friends came from Grand Meadow, Dexter, Lake City, Stillwater, Albert Lea, Mankato, Inver Grove, Keister, Minn., Lake Mills, Iowa, Markesan, Wis.

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Clara Pauline (Probst) Cox


Clara Pauline Cox was born on Dec. 31, 1882 at Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Engeline Probst. When yet a baby the family moved to Wright County, Iowa. It was here that she attended school and grew to womanhood. She taught school for several years.

In 1903 she moved with the family to Grand Meadow, Minn. where she again taught school.

She was married to Clayton Cox, Grand Meadow, Oct. 15, 1907.

To this union were born two children; Edith (Mrs. Harold Pike), Lucille (Mrs. Harold Hinkle), Austin. Mr. and Mrs. Cox farmed in the Grand Meadow-Dexter community for 33 years. In 1944 they moved to Austin and lived at 1107 17th Ave. NE. Mrs. Cox passed away on Sept. 9, 1962 at the age of 79 years, 8 months, and 8 days. She had been in ill health for over a year.

Mrs. Cox is survived by her husband Clayton; two daughters, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Daniels, Los Angeles, Mrs. Anna Prickett, Minneapolis; a brother Charles Probst, Port Orchard, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John, and a sister Mrs. Emma Prickett.

While yet a young woman she joined the Church of God at Bethel, Iowa. Christ’s teachings were her guide throughout a long and useful life.

She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and a friend to all who knew her.

We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many relatives, friends and neighbors for the flowers, memorial gifts, letters, and cards of sympathy and the food sent in.

A special thanks to Rev. Clare Karsten, Mrs. Wilfred Pike Jr., Mrs. James McDonough, Dr. Sheedy, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Olson and the staff at Raymond’s Nursing Home, the casket bearers, those who furnished cars, and those who prepared and served the dinner and the lunch. Your prayers, expressions of sympathy and many acts of kindness during the long illness and death of our beloved wife and mother were all deeply appreciated.

Mr. Clayton Cox
Mrs. Harold Pike
Mrs. Harold Hinkle

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Harold Raymond Pike


Harold Raymond Pike, son of Ray and Marion Reightley Pike was born in Hubbard County, Minn. March 26, 1904. His youth was spent near Park Rapids, Minn. except for a few years in Poplar, Mont. and Eaton, N.D. where he attended school. As a young man he worked in the saw mills at Park Rapids.

On Dec. 31, 1926 he was married to Lillian Baker. To this union were born eight children; Donna (Mrs. E.A. Karlsgodt), Alexandria, Minn., Delma, (Mrs. William T. Wade), Chattanooga, Tenn., Violet (Mrs. Bion Henderson), San Diego, Calif., Lois, (Mrs. Harold Davis), San Diego, Calif., Edith, Clarks Grove, Minn., Ethel who preceded him in death in 1941; Raymond, who is stationed with the Air Force in Madrid Spain, and Donald, Austin. Mrs. Pike died in 1936.

Later Mr. Pike married Edith Cox, and to this union five children were born; Joanne, Charleen, Clayton, Glen, and Dean, all at home.

Harold Raymond Pike came to Austin in July 1928 and had since been employed by Geo. A. Hormel & Co. He was a quiet unassuming man who made friends easily. In his earlier life he was affiliated with several fraternal organizations but in later years devoted his time to his home and family which were always uppermost in his thoughts.

His death came unexpectedly in his sleep the morning of Aug. 4, 1956 at the age of 52 years, 4 months, 8 days. A devoted husband and father, he is sadly missed by his family and host of friends.

Surviving besides his wife and family are his father Ray Pike, Sunnyside, Wash., a sister Mrs. Otto Gottsman, Park Rapids, Minn. a brother Lennie Pike, also from Park Rapids; three grandchildren, Terry and Julie Ann Karlsgodt, Alexandria, Minn., and Deborah Ann Henderson, San Diego, Calif. (unreadable piece)

Funeral services were in charge of Worlein Funeral Home, interment was in Grand View Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Lewis Hardy, Frank Carmack, LaVern Michels, Richard Schaefer, Kenneth Bowe, and Harold Allard.

Out of town people attending the funeral services were Mrs. William Wade, Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Karlsgodt, Alexandria; Lennie Pike and son Wayne, Mrs. Otto Gottsman, and Miss Karen Sitz, all of Park Rapids; Mrs. John Buck, Mrs. Jerome Warner, Gordon, Jerry, and Judy Sitz, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Root and Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Root, Minneaplois, Mrs. Clarence Voorhees, Grand Meadow, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph DeYoung, Dexter; Miss Edith Pike and Donald Lawson, Clarks Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Norris Odland and son Loren, Clarion, Iowa; Mrs. Nellie Simon, Grand Forks, N.D.; Miss Sarah Probst, Bellmond, Iowa; and Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Pike, Brownsdale.

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Jerry C. Mlenar


Jerry C. Mlenar, 71, died on Jan. 25, at his home.

Jerry was born and grew up in Austin. He graduated from Austin High School. He then joined the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Turkey. After his military service he returned to Rochester and worked for many years for the Rochester News Agency.

He married Leona Moeykens on July 8, 1960 and they were later divorced. He retired from the news agency due to his health, but drove limousine for the Civic Inn and worked as an usher at the Mayo Civic Center. In 1968 he married Janice Ernst in Edina. He enjoyed playing Softball, Bowling, NASCAR and being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; daughters, Jodi (Brian) Krueger, Austin, Traci (Erick) Scovill, Dodge Center, Minnesota; son, Todd Mlenar, Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren, Jesse and Jacob Krueger, Travis, Trenedy, Tyler, Elaine, Shawna and Marcaisia Mlenar, Jade Scovill and a step-grandson, Talus Scovill; brothers, Michael (Sandra) Mlenar, Rochester And Bruce Mlenar, Austin.

He was preceded in death by one brother and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens. Memorials are requested to the N.E. Mayo Clinic Dialysis Unit or to the family.

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Michael Dean "Mike" Weldon


Mike Weldon, 57, died on Jan. 26, 2009 at his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Michael Dean Weldon was born Jan. 5, 1952 in Lebanon, Oregon. He grew up with his parents and five brothers on a farm near Austin. He attended school in Austin and volunteered for the Army in 1969. He served one year in Vietnam as a Combat Medical Corpsman. Following his honorable discharge he worked as a postman, bartender (famous Gopher Bar), restaurant manager, maintenance person for St. Paul Schools, and drove a taxi for many years in the St. Paul area. Mike especially enjoyed long discussions with family and friends on just about any topic. He spent time fishing in northern Minnesota and had a large collection of antique furniture (Victorian Style). For the past decades, he shared his life with Victoria St. Claire.

In addition to his Victoria, he is survived by five brothers, Joseph R. Weldon, Oahu, Hawaii., Dr. David E. and Dorothy (Benson) Weldon, Centerville, Ohio, Phillip G. and Karen (Glubka) Weldon, Lebanon, Ore., James H. and Dorothy (Brandt) Weldon, Denver, Colo., John E. and Patricia (Lee) Weldon, Brownsdale, Minn. and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay Buel Weldon and Bernice Olive (Morton) Weldon, Austin.

Services and internment with military honors will be scheduled at Fort Snelling National Cemetery later this spring. Spielman Mortuary, 344 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minn. is handling final arrangements and can be reached at (651) 222-6363.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home in Bancroft, with a rosary prayed at 5:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Paul Bormann officiating. Interment will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Bancroft.

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Max E. Barrows


Max E. Barrows, age 87, of Bancroft, died on January 25, 2009, at the age of 87.

Max was born on November 30, 1921, in Austin, to Faye and Basil Barrows. Max was schooled in Austin then worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company there. Though Max was not in the military, during World War II, he drove high ranking military people for the Manhatten Project in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. He later moved to Brainerd, Minn. where he worked for many years at a paper mill.

He moved to the Titonka area, working at Winnebago in Forest City, when he met and married Ruth Arndorfer Menke on June 29, 1978, in South Dakota. The couple lived on the Menke family farm, northeast of Bancroft all their married life. Max was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed enjoyed dancing, golf, horses, watching westerns on television, lawn care and reading (especially about trains). Max was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft.

Max became a resident of the Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong on January 15, 2009.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, Bancroft; children, Steve, Brainerd, Minn., Terry, Crystal, Minn., Greg, Evergreen, Colo. and Renee (Mark) Gavin, Highland Park, Minn.; Max’s first wife, Helen Gavin, Little Falls, Minn. Also surviving are Ruth’s eight children, Daniel, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Joan (Dennis) Phillips, Evansdale, Iowa, Judy (Robert) Meyer, Kirkland, Washington; Darlene (Blaine) Watkins, Bloomington, Minn., Nancy Hutzell, Topeka, Kan., Harriett Hutchinson and special friend, Pat Robbins, Tempe, Ariz. and Mike and Steve of Bancroft, Iowa; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris Wilson; brothers Donald and Marv; grandson, Tom and son-in-law, Ron Hutzell.

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Joseph A. Stenger


Joseph A. Stenger, 79, of Austin died on Jan. 27, 2009 at Austin Medical Center.

Joe was born on Oct. 16, 1929, in Austin, to Robert R. and Rose (Michels) Stenger. He graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1947 and attended the University of St. Thomas. He served in the Army for two years during the Korean War.

Joe was united in marriage to Caroline Brill at St. Augustine Church on Sept. 3, 1956. He was employed at Hormel for 38 years as an electrician. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and Austin Jaycees, where he served as State Vice President, and the Austin American Legion, where he held many positions, including Commander and Adjutant. He was awarded a Life Membership in the American Legion in 2004.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Caroline; son, Stephen Stenger, Columbia Heights; daughters, Christene (Michael) Jolowsky, Eagan, Therese (Ken) Thomas, Blaine, Ellen (Scott) Anderson, Austin, Julie (Martin) Clasen, Maplewood; grandchildren, Benjamin (Julia Spencer) and Nicholas Anderson, Sandra and Samantha Clasen, and Claire and Nora Jolowsky; sister, Geraldine Chavez, Sister Lorraine Stenger, OSF; brother, John Stenger (JoAnne); sister-in-law, norma Stenger; brother-in-law, Peter Dayer; 25 nieces and nephews and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert and sister, Rosemary Dayer.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Visitation will be from 12 noon on Sunday until the time of service. Burial services will be at Fort Snelling at a later date. Austin American Legion Post 91 will be in charge of military rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pacelli High School, or donor's choice.

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Fritz Emil Baker


Former Albert Lea Man Dies In Austin At 108

Served in Franco-Prussian War and Was Awarded Iron Cross- Cared For Kaiser When William II Was Boy.

Austin, Oct. 13- Fritz Emil Baker, 108 years and nine months old, probably the oldest man in Minnesota, died early yesterday morning here at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harold [Lillian] Pike, in the Mapleview addition.

Up to within a year of his death, he was active and took care of a large garden. A year ago his health began to fail. Until that time, he had never been ill.

Mr. Baker served with the German army as a lieutenant in the Franco-Prussian war and was awarded the Iron Cross. He was present when the treaty was signed ending the war.

When Kaiser William II was a boy, Mr. Baker took care of him while the royal family attended the funeral services of the young crown prince’s grandfather, Kaiser William I.

Mr. Baker was born in Berlin, Germany, on January 10, 1825. He was 108 years, nine months and two days old when he passed away this morning at 12:45 o’clock at the home of his daughter here.

Emigrating from Germany to the United States in 1871, Mr. Baker first located at Chicago where he worked in a foundry until 1880.

He moved to Minnesota, settling at Spring Valley where he engaged in farming for five years. In 1885 he went to Albert Lea and worked on a dray line for 17 years. He moved to Freeborn where he purchased and operated a dray line until 1920. He then went to Nevis, Minn., and resided there for six years, moving in 1926 to Park Rapids where he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Pike. He came with his daughter to Austin in 1928.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Pike and Miss Virginia Baker, of Mapleview addition, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 o’clock this afternoon at the Goslee Funeral Home here, the Rev. Leo Sandgren of the Baptist church officiating. Friends may call the funeral home to view the body.

[Austin Daily Herald - Friday, October 13, 1933]

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Lillian Margaret (nee Baker)


Young Wife and Mother Is Called

Funeral Services Held Tuesday At Local Church

Mrs. Harold Pike age 32, of Austin died Monday morning at 3:45 o’clock at the home of her aunt and uncle Mrs. And Mrs. John Hemphill of this city. Her death terminated an illness of ten months duration, the cause of which was cancer.

Brief funeral services were held at 1:30 o’clock at the Hemphill home and at 2 o’clock at the Baptist church of this city, Rev. Donald Wagner officiating and were largely attended. A wealth of floral offerings testified to the esteem in which the deceased was held.

Burial was made at Lakeview cemetery at Nevus, Olai Erickson, funeral director of Nevis being in charge.

Lillian Margaret Baker, daughter of Frederick and Lena Baker was born December 1, 1903 at Freeborn, Minn. where she lived until the age of seventeen when she moved with her parents to the Nevis community. She attended high school, also the state teachers college at Bemidji, following which she taught five years in the rural schools of this county, Yola and Guthrie schools being among those taught.

December 30, 1926 she was married to Harold Pike in this city. Eight children were born to the union. The family lived at Yola and the past nine years had lived at Austin. At Austin Mrs. Pike was affiliated with the Baptist church.

She was a devoted wife and mother. She made friends of all who came within the circle of her acquaintance. Following the birth of twin daughters in August 1935, her health began to fail. She was taken to the University Hospital where conditions were so grave a nature was found that no hopes were given as to her recovery. The last three months she was confined to the bed, but bore her suffering uncomplaining. Her beautiful Christian character will ever be remembered by those who knew and associated with her.

Surviving are the devoted husband, son Donald aged 8, twins Delma and Donna 7, Violet 5, Lois 4, Raymond 2, and the twin daughters Edith and Ethel aged ten months.

Relatives from a distance attending the services were Mrs. Carl Lawsen, Clarks Grove, Mrs. Miles Ottesen, Gordonsville, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Cary, Mr. and Mrs. Lars Romer, Miss Kathryn Romer, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Wagner, Mrs. T.T. Hanson, and Miss Hilda Hanson of Nevis. Mrs. Alfred Ottesen, Mowbray, N.D., and many other friends from Thorpe township, Hubbard and Nevis.

[Hubbard County Newspaper - July 1936]

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Eleanor Thurneau Vaughn


Eleanor Gertie (nee Thurneau) Vaughn 1915-2009

Eleanor Gertie Vaughn, 93, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota, on January 28, 2009.

Eleanor Thurneau was born October 16, 1915 to Henry and Margaret (Meyer) Thurneau in Aurora Township, Steele County, Minnesota. When Eleanor was nine years old the family moved to Austin where she attended Austin Central High School. She married Charles “Red” Wilcox on June 17, 1935. They made their home in Austin until 1979 when they moved to Spring Valley, Wis. Red passed away in 1981, and shortly after, Eleanor moved back to Austin. She owned and operated Town Talk restaurant in Lyle for several years. She married Lester Vaughn on April 7, 1982, he passed away in 1993. A member of Crane Community Chapel and the Moose Lodge, Eleanor liked to travel, knit, crochet and do word search.

Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl (David) Stigney, Minneapolis, Minn., Vonda (Andrew) Buzzitta, Austin, Vickie (Larry) Waltz, Austin; three step-children, Lanny (Susan) Vaughn, Kalispel, Mont., Elliott Vaughn, Austin, Sara (Clifford) Davis, Fredericksburg, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Charles and Lester; one son at birth; a sister; a granddaughter and a grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at Crane Community Chapel with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 12 at church prior to the service. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

The family prefers memorials to Crane Community Chapel.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 30, 2009]

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Patrick R. Miles


Patrick R. "Pat" Miles, 63, of Hooper, Nebraska, died on January 28, 2009.

Patrick grew up in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota. He served in the Navy from May of 1964 to May of 1968 aboard the U.S.S. Kamehameha Submarine during the Vietnam war. He then served in the Naval Reserves from 1968 to 1975 and then the army reserves from 1977 to 2005 and retired as Command Sergeant Major.

He married Marcia "Marcy" Klubertanz on May 22, 1971 in Crystal, Minnesota. He moved to Minneapolis, Minn. in 1968 and to Fremont, Nebraska in 1971 He moved to hooper and was employed in the area for over 35 years, retiring in 2007.

Pat was a member of the American Legion Post #18 and the VFW Post 10535.

Pat is survived by his wife, Marcy; three sons, Zachary (Jennifer) Miles, Wichita Falls, Texas, Joshua Miles, Lillington, N.C., Josiah (Cheri) Miles, Hooper, Neb.; daughter, Michelle (Daniel) Engel, Ames, Neb.; sister-in-law, Sharon Miles, Fridley, Minn.; six grandchildren, Jabin and Chloe Swanson, Kaleb and Alayne Miles and Shannon and Madison Engel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Elizabeth (Rank) Miles, and brother, Mike Miles.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 30, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with the Rev. Scott Jensen officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Honor Guard from Post # 854 and American Legion Post #20. Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremon, Neb. is in charge of arrangements. A memorial will be established in his name for pancreatic cancer research.

[Austin Daily Herald, Jan. 30, 2009]

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Jayne Anne Bautista (nee Exelby)


Jayne Anne Bautista passed away on January 24, 2009 in San Jose, California.

Jayne Anne Bautista photo Jayne was born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota on March 3, 1941 to William and Eliza (Maston) Exelby. Jayne graduated from Austin High School in June 1959. She attended Foothill Junior College in Cupertino, Calif., where she received an A.A. degree. In August 1959 she married John Cerny. Jayne and John moved to San Jose after their marriage. In 1971 Jayne and John were divorced. In 1981 Jayne married Jose F. Bautista. Jayne worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for 35 years. Jayne holds the distinction of being promoted the first female press operator at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.

Jayne was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jose Bautista.

She is survived by her three children, Doris Cerny, Anchorage, Alaska, Diana (Rick) Webb, John Cerny and Mai Hoang, San Jose, Calif.; two sisters, Lucy (Ron) Johansen, Waconia, Minn. and Kathleen (Steve) Cerny, Reno, Nev.; two grandchildren, JoLynda Gonzales and John Cerny, San Jose, Calif.; Uncle Walt and Aunt Alice Tomhave, Austin; nieces, newphews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose.

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