Mower County Obituaries
Victor F. Schlinger
Victor F. Schlinger, 90, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on February 6, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
He was born on October 17, 1918 in Steele County, Minn., northwest of Blooming Prairie, to Joseph and Rose (Haberman) Schlinger. He attended rural school in Steele County and farmed until his father died in 1946. Victor married Bernice Christianson on September 25, 1941 in Blooming Prairie.
Victor had many skills; among them was his skills as an auto mechanic. He worked as a mechanic until 1952 when he went to work for the George A. Hormel Co., where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in 1982. Victor was a skillful craftsman, but he never bragged or talked about his accomplishments. In the early 1950s he and Bernice built their house in Austin from a wooden shell. Victor also built some of the furniture for their home. Some furniture items were built from scratch and others were old and discarded with missing pieces, like a rocking chair he refurbished to make it look brand-new.
Victor and Bernice enjoyed their time traveling in their Volkswagon camper. They had traveled to every state except South Carolina. Their most memorable trips were to the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and Seattle, Wash. to visit their daughter, Shannon.
He was always a positive person. Victor enjoyed socializing with family and friends, telling jokes with excellent timing for the punch line. He was humble and had great integrity, always concerned to not hurt or be rude to another person. People saw his character as an honest, sincere, compassionate gentleman. For those who knew Victor, he was a special guy. He was a beloved husband, father and friend. His wife, Bernice, was loved and adored until his last breath. Victor will be remembered by his smile and twinkle in his eye at each greeting.
Victor Schlinger is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bernice, Austin; son, Richard Schlinger, Brainerd, Minn.; daughter, Shannon Schlinger, Edmonds, Wash.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, in Austin, with the Reverend Daniel Provost officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday for one hour before the service. The organist will be Robert Goetz, with soloist Elise Deppe. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are preferred to Yale University c/o Autism Research, P.O. Box 2038 New Haven, CT 06521-2038.
Austin Daily Herald online
Jeanne A. (nee Cress) Ginder
Jeanne Adelle (Cress) Ginder, 85, formerly of Austin, beloved wife and mother, was welcomed into God's loving arms on February 21, 2009.
Jeanne was born March 30, 1923 in Rose Creek to William and Mary Cress. She met her future husband, Paul, in 1947 while dancing at the Terp Ballroom in Austin. She and Paul married the following year and raised their family in Austin where they lived for over 30 years.
Jeanne's life centered around children — her own, her grandchildren and those she cared for in her home. She and Paul moved to Madison Lake, Minn. in 1986, where she enjoyed boating with her husband, reading and playing innumerable board games with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, Paul; sons, Peter (Geri), Andy (Karen), Mark (Debbie); daughters, Terri (Bob) Richter, Rosemary (Terry) Sexton, Mariana (Michael Goblirsch) Ginder; grandchildren, Paul and Will Ginder, Abby, Andrea and Andrew Ginder, Martha, Millie, Alex and David Ginder, Nikki (Keith) Matowitz, Bobby and Kristin Richter, Sarah (Shawn) Mahmud, Bekah, Liz, Rachael and Sam Sexton, John and Eleanor Goblirsch, and two imminent great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry.
A funeral mass will be celebrated 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Robert Schneider officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
The family would like to especially thank the staff at Sunrise Cottages of Mankato for their wonderful care of Jeanne these last few years. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.
Austin Daily Herald online
Hazel A. Schneider
Hazel A. Schneider, 80, who had recently moved to St. Paul, passed away
on February 22, 2009.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Norbert; son, Gregory;
sisters, Alice and Virginia.
She is survived by her children, James, John (Patti), David (Jean), Teresa, Kathy, Debra, Mary Warner, Dolores Jones; sisters, Lorraine, Lucille, Fern, Helen, Lavonne, Mary; brother, Richard; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and by other loving friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at Galilee Lutheran Church, 145 N. McCarrons Blvd., Roseville.
Austin Daily Herald online
Laurence J. Knoll
LAURENCE J. 'LARRY' KNOLL
MASON CITY, IOWA - Laurence J. "Larry" Knoll, 87, of 615 S. Kentucky Ave., died Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2002) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.
A funeral Mass will be held at noon on Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E., with the Rev. Chris Podhajsky officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., with a 6 p.m. scripture service.
Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Newman Catholic High School.
Larry was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Adams, Minn., the son of Fred and Kathryn (Brady) Knoll. He grew up in Dougherty, graduating from Dougherty High School. He lived in Creston and later in California before returning to Charles City.
Larry was united in marriage to Arlene Cavanaugh in 1939 in St. Paul, Minn. They lived in Charles City, where Larry farmed and owned his own business, from 1946 until 1956.
In 1956, they moved to Algona, where he owned and operated Larry's Recreation Center, affectionately called "the business." In 1970, they moved to Mason City where Larry owned the Hamms distributorship.
After Arlene passed away in 1980, Larry was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Maish, on Aug. 6, 1982, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City. He was a devoted member of the church and a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.
Larry was an avid fisherman who took many trips to Red Wing, Minn., to fish on the Mississippi, yearly trips to Lake Winnie, Minn., and frequent trips to the Northwest for salmon fishing.
He was an excellent cook and gardener who also enjoyed playing cards. Laurence will be remembered as a family man, fun-loving prankster and a loyal friend.
Larry is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann, of Mason City; two daughters, Mary Kathryn McMahon and her husband, Robert, of Winona, Minn., and Judy Archung and her husband, Ralph, of Port Ludlow, Wash.; one stepdaughter, Mindy Lee Prohaski and her husband, Vern, of Nora Springs; five grandchildren, Julie Heise and her husband, Bill, Pam Cunningham and her husband, Mike, Sally Ptacek and her husband, Mike, John Archung and Liz Archung; one stepgrandson, James McDonnell; three great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jack Cunningham and Mitchell McMahon Heise; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene, in October of 1980; two brothers and three sisters.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore-Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372
[Mason City Globe Gazette]
Berl E. ‘Tiny’ Oleson
DEXTER, MINN. — Berl E. “Tiny” Oleson, age 70, of Dexter died Wednesday,
(Jan. 4, 2006) at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Olaf
Lutheran Church in Austin, Minn., with Pastor Kristi Koppel officiating.
Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Minn., with military rites
by American Legion Post No. 91.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Mayer Funeral Home, 600 Second
St. S.W., Austin, Minn., and one hour before the service at the church on
The casket bearers will be Richard Waller, Tom Waller, John Waller,
Cliff Wollschlager Jr., Fred Paul Oleson and Chad Oleson.
Tiny was born Sept. 29, 1935, in Forest City, Iowa, to Roger and Blanche (Escherich) Oleson. They lived on a farm where his dad raised and sold horses. Tiny went to rural school in Forest City and in 1949 moved to Kensett, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1954.
On June 24, 1961, he was united in marriage to Lois A. Wollschlager in Lansing, Minn.
Tiny was in the service for two years. He worked in Albert Lea at Rilco Rafters, the Austin Cashway and then Hormel Foods.
He loved to roller skate, hunt, listen to country music, camp with his friends, and was his wife’s driver to and from town. Tiny also loved to spend time with his grandkids, family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Oleson, Dexter, Minn.; children: Scott (Darcy) Oleson, Austin, Minn., Kim (Don) Schultz, Canon City, Colo., and Brett (Mary) Oleson, Austin, Minn.; two grandchildren: Erica and Christopher; stepgranddaughter, Allison; brothers: Roger (Helen) Oleson, Anchorage, Alaska, Raymon (Maxine) Oleson, Northwood, Iowa, and Emory (Gloria) Oleson, Port Charlotte, Fla.; sisters: Ruby Loken, Mason City, Iowa, Evelyn (Richard) Urbatch, Omaha, Neb., and Charlotte (Larry) Stohr, Thompson, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Blanche Oleson; brothers: Fred, Vere, Sherman, Ronnie, and Allen; and nephew, Raymon Oleson Jr.
[Globe Gazette 1/6/2006]
Norma Jean (nee Richardson) Hannam
ST. ANSGAR, IOWA — Norma Jean Hannam, 79, of St. Ansgar died Saturday
(Jan. 7 2006) at her home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Toeterville, with the Rev. Lance Kittleson officiating. Burial will be in the St. Ansgar Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in St. Ansgar.
Norma Jean Hannam was born March 11, 1926, in Lyle, Minnesota, to Hans
and Anna (Olswold) Richardson. She graduated from Lyle High School. On June
27, 1948, Norma married Duane Albert Hannam in Lyle, Minn.
She had a great love for her family which was evident in her homemaking skills. Norma was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Toeterville, for more than 50 years, and was actively involved in Circle.
She was a charter member of St. Peter Lutheran Quilter’s Guild and while participating enjoyed the companionship of the group, providing warmth to those in need and fellowship with other widows.
Norma’s pride and joy was attending her grandchildren’s athletic activities and she was an avid supporter of St. Ansgar Saints, UNI Panther’s and Seattle Seahawks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Hannam (April 5, 1989); parents, Hans and Anna Richardson; parents-in-law, Herbert and Lavina Hannam; sisters, Opal Berg and Phyllis Wallace; brothers, Orwin Richardson and Maurice Richardson; brothers-in-law, Webster Johnson and Eugene Hannam; and granddaughter Leslie Ann Thrond.
Norma is survived by sons: David (Marlene) Hannam, Paul (Lowana) Hannam and James (Ruth) Hannam; daughters: Kathleen (Dale) Thrond and Patricia (Roger) Townsend; grandchildren, Heather Hannam, Christopher (Karen) Hannam, Ryan (April) Hannam, Robyn Hannam, Ross Hannam, Rachel Hannam, Reid Hannam, Matthew Thrond and special friend Wendy Machalicek, Eric Thrond, Jason (Angie) LaPolice, Chad (Heather) LaPolice, Allison Hannam and Laura Hannam; great-grandchildren, Alexander Obdahl, Ethan Hannam, Derek LaPolice, Kailynne LaPolice, Devin LaPolice and Aubrey LaPolice; brother, Lloyd (Esther) Richardson; sister, Marlys Johnson; sisters-in-law, Darlene (Robert) Anderson and Shirley Hannam; brothers-in-law: Herbert (Gertrude) Hannam and Harlan (Arlys) Hannam.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, (641) 713-4920.
[Mason City Globe Gazette]
Dietrich ‘Dick" Freese
OSAGE, IOWA — Dietrich ‘Dick' Freese, 90, of Osage, formerly of the southern Minnesota area, died Monday (April 4, 2005) at his home in Osage.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Osage with the Rev. Dennis Hanson officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rochester, Minn.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage and one hour before services at the church.
Dick was born Jan. 4, 1915, at Holland, Iowa, the son of Jakob and Trientje (Bikken) Freese, who immigrated from Ostfriesland, West Germany.
He moved with his family as a youth to Dexter, Minn. He farmed near Dover, Minn. He worked for the Minnesota Highway Department as a large equipment operator for 32 years and was recognized for never being involved in an accident while working.
Dick married Joanne Renken on Sept. 27, 1958. They lived in Stewartville, and following his retirement they moved to Lake City, Minn. In 1979, they moved to Arkansas, where they lived until 1990, when they moved to Webster City, Iowa. They have lived in Osage since 1999. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Osage.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne of Osage; a son, Kenneth (Betty)Freese of Spring Valley, Minn.; two grandchildren, Cheryl Freese and Jason Freese of Spring Valley; three great-grandchildren, Jay Lehnertz, Jessica Freese, and Jacob Freese; two brothers, Arnold Freese of Pine City, Minn., Johannes Freese of Austin, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Elizabeth, Sylvia, Theresa and Henrietta; two brothers, who died in infancy; five brothers, Herman, John, Jacob Jr., George, and Frank.
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706.
Ruth (nee Christopherson) Stephenson
MASON CITY — Ruth Stephenson, 84, of Mason City died Friday (April 8, 2005) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2502 South Jefferson Ave., with the Rev. Joel Dahlen officiating.
Ruth was born on December 11, 1920, the daughter of Alfred and Clara
(Knutson) Christopherson at home on her parents farm near Fillmore, N.D. She was raised in Austin, Minn.
In Austin is where she met and was united in marriage to Carroll A. Stephenson on Dec. 1, 1940. They moved to Mason City in 1964. Ruth was a longtime hostess and waitress at the Red Llama and Chart Steak House. Her husband Carroll, who died Dec. 22, 1992, was a well-known musician and the bass player for the Hob Mason Trio at the Chart Steakhouse.
Ruth spent much of her retirement volunteering. She spent many hours at the Charles H. MacNider Museum, The Discovery Shop, Madison Elementary and Hospice of North Iowa.
Ruth enjoyed her travels to Florida where she spent many hours walking the beaches and collecting seashells, and in later years she relished time spent working in her gardens. She deeply loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She cherished any time spent with them.
Ruth was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church for more than 40 years.
Ruth is survived by her daughters, Sally Ann Johnson and Jane Harris, both of Mason City; her sons, Richard (Reva) Stephenson of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Thomas (Jane) Stephenson of Plainview, Minn., Charles (Candyce) Stephenson of Mason City, Mark (Kathy) Stephenson of Maple Grove, Minn., and John (Pam) Stephenson also of Mason City. She is also survived by two sisters, Vernyce Austin and Delphy Voorhees, both of Austin, Minn.; 13 grandchildren: Katie, Beth, Tim, Jennifer, Andrew, Alyssa, Benjamin, Jeff, Shelby, Heather, Mike, Samantha and Daniel; 10 great-grandchildren: Nina Zoe, Travis, Maren, Nancy, Jon Thomas, Ali, Brittney, Danielle, Drake and Nicholas; brother-in-law, William (Lucy) Stephenson of Aurora, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Clara; her husband, Carroll; one brother, Loren, and a special friend, Tom MacNider.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa or Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in her name.
Major Erickson Funeral Home, (641) 423-0924.
Floyd Joseph Matter
LYLE, MINNESOTA — Floyd Joseph Matter, 82, of Lyle, Minn., died on
Thursday (July 7, 2005) at Adams Healthcare Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Our Savior's Lutheran
Church in Lyle, Minn., with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating.
Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin, Minn.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Worlein Funeral
Home, 1801 N.W. Fourth St. in Austin, Minn., and one hour prior to services
on Monday at the church.
Worlein Funeral Home, (507) 433-5000 - www.worlein.com
[Mason City Globe Gazette]
Social Security Death Index:
Matter, Floyd J.
b: 7 JUN 1923
d: 7 JUL 2005
res: Lyle, Minnesota
SSN: issued in Minnesota
Richard D. Finn
AUSTIN, MINNESOTA — Richard D. Finn, age 83, of Austin, Minnesota, and
formerly of Belmond, Iowa, died Friday (April 29, 2005) at St. Marys
Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
A memorial Mass for Richard Finn will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Edwards
Catholic Church, 2000 W. Oakland Ave, Austin with the Rev. Joe Fogal
presiding. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mayer Funeral Home, 600 2nd St.,
N.W., Austin, Minn.
Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, (507) 433-1817.
[Globe Gazette May 1, 2005]
LYLE, MINNESOTA — Dolly Jane Johnson, 58, of Lyle, Minnesota, died on
Thursday (May 5, 2005), at her home.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church
in Lyle with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Interment is at
Grandview Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home,
Austin, and at the church one hour prior to the service.
Dolly Jane Johnson was born Feb. 12, 1947, to Richard and Harriet
(Story) Gordon, in Mason City, Iowa. She married John Johnson on January
9, 1970, in Mason City, Iowa. They lived in the Lyle area for 35 years. A
member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, Dolly enjoyed her
grandchildren and family, playing cards, cooking and baking.
Survivors include her husband, John; two sons: Todd (Christena) Johnson
of Austin, Minn., and Matthew Johnson of Burnsville, Minn.; one daughter,
Debi (Kevin) Kinny of Litchfield, Minn.; seven grandchildren: Ryan, Carissa
and Gavin Johnson; Tyler, Zachary, Griffin and Shanna Kinny; one sister,
Judy (Ronald) Yaggy, Rochester, Minn.; one brother, Gerald Gordon, Crescent
City, Iowa; nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harriet and Richard Gordon.
Worlein Funeral Home, 1801 N.W. Fourth St., Austin, Minn., (507)
[Globe Gazette - May 7, 2005]
Mildred Matilda (nee Taylor) Hays
Mildred Matilda Hays, age 91, of Rochester, Minnesota, died on Thursday,
February 26, 2009 at Madonna Meadow in Rochester.
Mildred was born on March 24, 1917 in Freeborn County, Minnesota, to
William and Isabel (Guy) Taylor.
Mildred graduated from Austin High School. On April 19, 1935 she married
William Buford Hays in Hampton, Iowa. Mildred worked as a waitress in
various Austin businesses for several years before becoming a homemaker.
Mildred was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Royal
Neighbors. In her spare time, Mildred was an avid card player; she also
enjoyed fishing, dancing, canning and entertaining family and friends.
Mildred and William enjoyed spending summers at their cabin on Leech Lake.
William died Oct. 11, 1997.
Mildred is survived by her daughter-in-law: Joyce Hays, Rochester;
grandsons: John Hays, Austin; Dean Hays, Rochester; Kevin Hays, Rochester;
granddaughter: Julie (Bruce) Newell, Rochester,; great grandchildren: Amanda,
Travis, Nicole, Jerimiah, and Hillary; seven great great grandchildren;
sister: Florence Terry, Rochester; nieces and nephews.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; son,
Thomas; son, Kenneth; brother Robert; sister, Clara Nielsen; and twin
sister, Mabel Kolpin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2009 at
Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael Olmsted Officiating.
Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be at
Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monday for one hour before the service.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
[Austin Daily Herald, www.austindailyherald.com, March 2, 2009]
David Oscar Jordahl
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David Oscar Jordahl, age 77, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on
March 1, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
He was born July 16, 1931 to Oscar and Hildegarde (Moe) Jordahl in Rugby,
N.D. When David was eight years old, the family moved to Nome, N.D. During
those years scouting, basketball and football were his interests along with
music. He took violin lessons at the college in Valley City. Just prior to
his senior year in high school, the family moved to Finley, N.D. In the fall
of 1949, David entered Concordia College where opportunities in music were
more available for him.
He became a violinist in the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony and a bassoonist in
the college band.
After graduation in the spring of 1953, he joined the US Army for service
during the Korean Conflict. He was assigned for overseas duty first in
Dachau, Germany and later in Nuremberg, Germany. He was discharged from
the Army and returned to Finley, where he married Eloise Halvorson, his
high school and college sweetheart on Sept. 11, 1955. That fall David
entered graduate school at Northwestern University where he gained his MM
in Public School Music. His first teaching experience was in Aurora, Minn.,
where he began an orchestra program.
During those years, four children were born to David and Eloise: Rolf
(died in infancy), Tim, Mark and Brian. In 1960 the family moved to West
St. Paul, where David again started an orchestra program. The family enjoyed
camping and traveling. In 1973 the family moved to Austin, where David became
the high school orchestra director. For two years he served as vice president
of the Minnesota Music Educators Association and was in charge of All State
Orchestra. In 1982 after 25 years in public school work, David left teaching
to become a registered representative with New York Life Insurance Company.
A member of Rotary Club and the Foundation Board at St. Olaf Lutheran Church,
David spent six years (1982-88) directing the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Eloise passed away on July 20, 2006. David married Lois Paulson, a longtime
friend, on June 25, 2008 in Minneapolis.
Survivors include his wife, Lois, Austin; three sons, Tim (Maryl) Jordahl,
Maple Grove, Mark (Laurie) Jordahl, Edina, Brian (Diane) Jordahl, Woodbury;
seven grandchildren; sisters, Katherine (Quinton) Larson, New Brighton;
Norma (the Reverend Elmo) Anderson, Fargo, N.D.; brothers, the Reverend
Paul (Jenine) Jordahl, Decorah, Iowa; Daniel (Penny) Jordahl, Billings,
Mont.; three step-children, Sarah (Ken) Nygren, Lakeville, Dan (Linda
Hesketh) Paulson, Eugene, Ore., Tom (Lou Vlahos) Paulson, Wayzata; five
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a son.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church
in Austin. Visitation is from 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home
in Austin and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment is at
Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to
St. Olaf Lutheran Church Music Ministry Building Fund.
[Austin Daily Herald online, March 3, 2009]
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Longtime Austin Muscian was Gentleman
By Karen Colbenson
Post-Bulletin, Austin, Minn.
The kind and gentle ways of David Jordahl won't soon be forgotten by those
whose lives were touched by the longtime Austin musician and director.
Jordahl, 77, died March 1. Friends who shared Jordahl's love of music say
he has left a permanent mark in the community. "He contributed so much
musically in this town," said Marge Dunlap, former strings teacher at Austin
High School. "He was active in all the musical circles." Dunlap shared a
stand for many years with Jordahl in the Austin Symphony Orchestra, where
they both played violin. "This (loss) is a rough one," said Dunlap, through
tears. "He was a very nice, gentle man with a lot of integrity. He was very
compassionate. He wouldn't say an unkind word about anybody."
North Dakota native
Jordahl, a long-time resident of Austin, was born to Oscar and Hildegarde
Jordahl on July 16, 1931, in Rugby, N.D. His love of music began early in
As a child, Jordahl took violin lessons at the college in Valley City,
In 1949, Jordahl enrolled at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where
he was a violinist in the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony and a bassoonist in the
After graduating in 1953, Jordahl served in the U.S. Army in Germany, and
later married his high school and college sweetheart Eloise Halvorson in
He earned his master's degree in public school music from Northwestern
University, and landed his first teaching job in Aurora, Minn., where he
started an orchestra.
Arrival in Austin
Jordahl began working as the Austin High School orchestra director in
1973. Dunlap was on the interview panel that led to Jordahl's hiring. While
working at AHS, Jordahl led the All-State Orchestra and was vice-president
of the Minnesota Music Educators Association for two years.
In 1982, Jordahl retired from teaching, and began directing the Austin
Symphony Orchestra, which he did until 1988. When Jordahl retired from his
teaching position, Phil Burkhart was hired for the job. Burkhart said Jordahl
played a major role in helping him transition into the school district and
the community. "He was my predecessor. He was so kind and helpful to me
and my family, and I know that he treated his students and colleagues the
same," said Burkhart. "Although he was a fine conductor, teacher and
musician, the thing I will always remember about Dave is that he was such
a gentleman. I am sure this is what made him so successful in his careers
and so respected by others. We will all miss him very much."
Jordahl's wife passed away in 2006.
About nine months before his death, Jordahl married his longtime friend
Jordahl has three sons, seven grandchildren, three stepchildren and five
His musician career went for many year. Jordahl played his final concert
in the symphony orchestra in October, Dunlap said.
He was buried Thursday in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
Mary Jane (nee Kelly) Nepp
Mary Jane Nepp, 73, of Austin died on March 1, 2009 at her home in Austin.
Mary Jane Kelly was the seventh child of eight born to Roy and Hazel
(Griffith) Kelly on March 2, 1935 in Esterville, Iowa. She graduated from Austin High School in 1954. Being young and a free spirit she tried modeling school and went on several adventures with her girlfriends, including a trip to California.
In the summer of ‘54 she walked barefoot into Austin Drug and met her future husband, Howard Nepp. They started dating in 1955 and were married on Aug. 11, 1957 in what was, at the time, the new Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin. A family of four children soon followed, which became the focus and love of her life. She was a gentle soul and generous to all whether as a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother or grandmother. While raising her family she worked at the family business, Austin Drug, as the bookkeeper for over 10 years.
Mary was very creative. She painted, created stage sets and costumes, sewed, gardened, threw great parties and in later life pursued writing. Her most recent accomplishment was a published fictional children’s story. Mary was deeply religious and a member of Westminster all her life. She was a deacon and taught Sunday school for many years. She always wanted to be a minister and obtained an Associate of Ministerial Studies from Freelandia Bible College & Seminary in 1989. Her spiritual strength through her illness gave her comfort and strength as well as to all those close to her. She will be missed greatly by her husband, family and friends.
Mary is survived by her husband, Howard E. Nepp, Austin; sons, James Nepp and partner Larry Fonnest, Golden Valley, Minn., Daniel (Lisa) Nepp, Minneapolis, Minn., Douglas (Barbara) Nepp, Stillwater, Minn.; daughter, Calleen (Curt) Friedel, San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew and Austen Nepp, Caleb Ackerson, Graham Nepp; brothers, Kenneth and (Elnora) Kelly, Austin, Jerald (Anne) Kelly, Austin, Richard (Charlene) Kelly, Austin; sister, Shirley (Don) Erickson, Austin; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Claude and Eugene “Lefty” Kelly and sister Elline Kelly.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Andrew Lindahl officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be no reviewal at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Westminster Presbyterian Church or to ProLife Across America, P.O. Box 18669, Minnespolis, MN 55418-0669. The organist will be Darlene Berhow with soloist will be Jeff Kelly.
The honorary bearers will be Bill Kelly, Jeff Kelly, Kenny K. Kelly, Mike Kelly and Tom Kelly. The casket bearers will be Rande Kelly, Harlen Nepp, Brian Kelly, Dale Nepp, Leif Erickson and Craig Nepp.
[Austin Daily Herald online, March 3, 2009]
Helen (nee Van De Walker) Timmerman
LEROY, MINNESOTA — Helen Timmerman, 80, of LeRoy, Minn., passed away on
Friday (Sept. 9, 2005) at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center in
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at Lindstrom Funeral
Home in Riceville, Iowa, with Pastor Thelma Colorado Subramanian officiating.
Burial will be at a later date.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Lindstrom Funeral Home in
Helen was born on October 21, 1924, the daughter of Harvey and Althea
Bonwell Van De Walker, in McIntire, Iowa. She graduated from McIntire High
School in 1942. Helen married Robert Timmerman on August 2, 1944 in LeRoy,
Minnesota. She worked 35 years for LeRoy Products, mostly as plant manager.
Helen loved golf, fishing and dancing.
Survivors include her husband, Bob, of LeRoy, Minnesota; one son, Gene
Timmerman and his wife, Darlene, of Mason City; one daughter, Janet and her
husband, Greg Holmes, of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; three grandchildren: Troy,
Scott and Jennifer; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Grimley and
her husband, Glenn, of Oelwein, Iowa; and a brother, Keith Van De Walker,
and his wife, Dorothy, of Oelwein, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Arla Richardson;
and two brothers, Earl and Bud; and one infant grandson, Todd.
Lindstrom Funeral Home, Riceville, Iowa -- (641) 985-2242.
[Mason City Globe Gazette]
Lillian Ione (nee Peck) Felty
Aug. 14, 1926
Mar. 5, 2004
Lillian I. Felty died peacefully at St. Marks' Nursing home on March 5, 2004,
after a long battle with multiple myeloma.
Lillian I. (Peck) Felty was born on August 14, 1926 to George W. and Minnie
Lappin Peck in Austin, MN. Growing up on the family farm just south of Austin,
she was active in her church activities.
She saw her high school sweetheart sent off to fight the war and promptly married
Sidney V. Felty upon his return. They were married Dec. 7, 1946, at First Baptist
Church in Austin. They resided in Austin their entire married life.
Lillian was a homemaker and always enjoyed her family and lifelong friends. She
was a caregiver to all who needed her special touch. She enjoyed entertaining family
and friends, traveling, reading, sewing and needlework. Throughout her life she was
active in her church.
Lillian was diagnosed with Cancer in 2002 and she fought a courageous battle, wanting to spend every last moment with those she loved. She slipped into eternity to join her Heavenly Father on March 5, 2004. She will be missed, but her memory will be cherished by the many lives she touched.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Sidney Felty; her children, Jean (Arnold) DeBoer, Garth (Mary) Felty, Kimberlee (Dale) Rosten; grandchildren, Melissa (DeBoer) Alcorn and her husband, Stephen; Dustin DeBoer; Benjamin Felty and his fiancée, Krista Nelson; Timothy Felty; Jana (Rosten) Huffman and her husband, Mike; and Jevan Rosten; her brother, Arthur Peck, and his wife, Marie; her aunt, Blanche Sully; and several cousins.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church, Austin, on Monday, March 8, 2004. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery.
Vernon Richard Felty
Nov. 10, 1892
Jun. 13, 1970
Vernon Richard Felty was born Nov. 10, 1892 to John and Mary (Pick)Felty at
He attended school in dist. 126. He was united in marriage on March 27, 1921, to
Helen Beneke at Waltham. Three sons and one daugther were born in this union.
Vernon farmed near Waltham for many years. He retired and moved to Brownsdale in
the fall of 1948.
He remained very active and engaged in local carpentry work. He was a
kind neighbor and loving father, always willing to lend a helping hand.
Mr. Felty died following a fall from a collapsed scaffolding on June
He is survived by his wife, Helen of Brownsdale; Three sons, Mervin of
Brownsdale; Sidney and Frank of Austin; one daughter, Mrs. David (Shirley)
Orth, Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson, Osakis, MN and Mrs.
George Nichols, of Bagley, MN; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
many nices and nephews; a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Layfayette and
Memorial services were held June 16, at First Baptist Church, Brownsdale,
Minnesota, Rev. Eddward Corbett officiating. His internment was at Grandview
Memorial Gardens. Blessed be his memory.
People attending from Osakis, Bagley, Hewitt, Owatonna, Rochester,
Byron, Minneapolis, MN, Rockford, IL, Mason City, IA Viroqua, WI and
Fort Bragg, NC.
Helen Elizabeth (Beneke) Felty
Apr. 29, 1894
Jul. 19, 1978
Helen Elizabeth Beneke Felty was born April 29, 1894 to Berthold and Mathilda
(Kroening) Beneke, at a farm near Waltham, Minnesota.
She attended School Dist. 93 and was confirmed at Saint Michael's Lutheran School
in 1907. She attended Southern Minnesota Normal College, Austin.
She was united in marriage on March 27, 1921, with Vernon Felty at Waltham. They
farmed near Waltham until moving to Brownsdale in 1948.
She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Saviour as a young woman. She was a long-time member of Brownsdale First Baptist Chruch. She taught Sunday School for many years and layed the piano as needed.
She was a kind neighbor and loving mother, always ready to lend a helping hand.
Helen Felty died July 19, 1978 following a six week illness.
She is survived by three sons, Mervin of Brownsdale, Sidney and Frank of Austin; one daugther, Mrs. David (Shirley) Orth, Austin, 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Stella Greene, Rockford, IL; nieces and nephews; neighbors and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, three sisters, and her husband Vernon Felty, June 13, 1970.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church, Brownsdale, Rev. Robert Yauch officiating, Mrs. Ralph Hoeper was soloist and Mrs. Blaine Arneson, Pianist, Pallbearers were Denver Ault, Craig Felty, Garth Felty, Jeffrey Orth, Gregory Orth, Rodney Orth. James Felty was honorary pallbearer. Internment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Austin.
Sidney Vernon Felty
May 3, 1926
Jun. 10, 2006
AUSTIN, MINNESOTA -- Sidney V. Felty, age 80, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away
on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at St. Mark's Care Center in Austin.
He was born May 3, 1926 in Waltham, Minnesota, to Vernon R. and Helen E. (Beneke)
Felty. Sidney grew up in the Waltham and Sargeant area and served in the U.S. Army
in the Pacific Theater 1944-1946. After his discharge from the military he returned
to Austin, where he married Lillian I. Peck on Dec. 7th, 1946. Sidney worked at
Hormel Foods for over 42 years. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, woodworking and
riding motorcycles. Sidney loved to go camping with his family and spending time
with his grandchildren.
Survivors include three children: Jean (Arnold) DeBoer of Austin, Garth (Mary)
Felty of Minnetonka, Minn., and Kimberlee (Dale) Rosten of Eden Prairie, Minn.; six
grandchildren: Melissa (Steven) Alcorn of Oklahoma City, Dustin DeBoer of Hopkins,
Minn., Benjamin (Krista) Felty of LaCrosse, Wis., Timothy Felty of Minnetonka,
Jana (Michael) Huffman of Tata, Morocco, and Jevan Rosten of Richfield, Minn;
brothers Mervin (Cornelia) Felty of Brownsdale, Minn. and Frank (Lois) Felty of
Coon Rapids, Minn.; sister Shirley (David) Orth of Austin.; and other relatives and
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at the Worlein
Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Monday and one hour before the
service on Tuesday at Worlein. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery.
Family prefers memorials to donor's choice. Military Rites will be performed by
American Legion Post 91.
Mervin Burton Felty
Jan. 5, 1924
Mar. 2, 2009
Mervin Burton Felty, 85, of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed on to be with the Lord
Monday, March 2, 2009 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.
He was born on January 5, 1924 to Vernon and Helen (Beneke) Felty in Waltham
Township, Minnesota, where he grew up on a farm. He attended school in Waltham and
after graduation from Austin High School in 1942, he began his own trucking service.
He married Cornelia Bonnes on Jan. 15, 1944 at Brownsdale Baptist Church. They made
their home in Brownsdale, where Mervin continued to operate Felty Trucking until
its sale. He then drove bus and truck for Cedar Valley until illness required
retirement and a move to the Care Center. A member of First Baptist Church in
Brownsdale, he enjoyed camping, music and visiting friends and family.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Cornelia; daughter, Carol Ault,
Blaine; son, James (Dee) Felty, Easthampton, Mass.; two grandsons, Timothy (Christie)
Ault, Brandon (Lisa) Ault; granddaughter, Jessica (Matthew) McDaniel;
great-granddaughters, Kaylea and Alannah Ault; great-grandson, Logan Ault; three
step-grandchildren, Lindsey, Melissa and Ross; sister, Shirley (David) Orth, Austin;
brother, Frank (Lois) Felty; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Helen Felty; brother, Sidney.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Brownsdale with Pastor Jerry Harris and Pastor Kraig E. Elliott officiating. Friends may greet the family at the church one hour before the service. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements. A private interment is at Grandview Cemetery.
The family prefers memorials to Three Links Care Center, Pathways Unit, in Northfield.
Charles Merle Painter
Charles Merle Painter was born in a sod house in Keya Paha County, Nebraska,
on May 31, 1905. He was the first of two sons born to J.B. and Ida Page
Painter. When Charles was school age, the family moved to South Dakota to
homestead in Tripp County where he began a life long love of the land. His
deep interest in agriculture led him to South Dakota State University where
he majored in agriculture education. He graduated in 1928. In 1940, he earned
his Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Beginning his teaching career in Lane, South Dakota, Charles taught several
subjects and also coached varsity basketball. In his first year of coaching,
his team won the county championship. It was in Lane that he met and courted
Lillian Bentley. Charles and Lillian were married on June 16, 1931 in Twin
Valley, Minn. and established their first home in Kenmare, N.D. A daughter,
Lavonne, was born in 1932.
In succeeding years, Charles taught in Lennox, S.D. and Belle Plaine,
Minn. A second daughter, Colleen, was born in 1937. In 1941, Charles took
a break from teaching and went to work for the federal government in the
Farm and Home Administration, assisting farmers who needed loans. He worked
in Wabasha, Rochester, Pine Island, and Mahnomen, Minn.
In the fall of 1943, he entered military service. Being 38 years old,
only the Seabees would accept him; he enlisted as a petty officer and served
on Tinian, Saipan and Okinawa until he was discharged in the fall of 1945.
After the war in 1946, Charles was hired by the Austin Public Schools to
teach farming to veterans returning to school under the G.I. Bill. Over the
years, the program became so successful that three more instructors were
needed to meet the demand. When the G.I. Bill expired, Charles developed
the Farm Analysis program in the Austin area in cooperation with the
University of Minnesota. Several hundred Minnesota farmers have benefited
and continue to benefit from this service. Charles retired in 1970 having
taught for 37 years.
In addition to being active in the First United Methodist Church for over
60 years, he has been a member of Toastmasters, the Golden Age Kiwanis, the
FFA alumni, past president of the Austin Retired Teachers and one of the
first men in Austin to join the League of Women Voters. For several years,
he also mentored a young boy through the Kinship Program.
A man of profound integrity, Charles was given 103 productive years and
his family gives thanks for his active life.
He is survived by his daughters; Dr. Lavonne Painter, Atlanta, Calif. and
Colleen (Dale) Bartley, Pacentia, Calif.; two grandchildren, Dr. Scott
Bartley (Dr. Julie) Carrollton, Ga. and Dr. Susan Griffin, Corona, Calif.;
great-grandson, Bruce Charles Bartley; he also leaves a large extended
His parents, his brother, and Lillian, his dear wife of 68 years preceded
Charles in death.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Patricia M. Toschak
officiating. There will be no visitation or reviewal. There will be a
private interment at Grandview Cemetery. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in
charge of arrangements. Memorials are preferred to First United Methodist
Church of Austin, American Farmland Trust or Americans United for the
Separation of Church and State.
[Austin Daily Herald, March 4, 2009 -- www.austindailyherald.com]
Eileen O. (nee Austad) Minnick
Eileen O. Minnick, 91, of Mangum, Oklahoma, and formerly of Austin,
Minnesota, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in Altus, Oklahoma.
She was born July 20, 1917 in Velva, S.D. [SIC - s/b North Dakota] to
Olaf and Ella (Christopherson) Austad. Eileen graduated from Austin High
School in 1935. During World War II, Eileen served in the U.S. Navy.
On Dec. 30, 1946, she married Foord B. Minnick in Portland, Oregon. Eileen worked at Butrey’s as a bookkeeper in the early 1940’s and at Montgomery Ward after the war. In her spare time she enjoyed embroidery, traveling, reading, watching the Twins and Vikings and volunteering at the church.
Eileen is survived by her son, Dean (Joyce) Minnick, Altus, Okla.; daughter, LTC.(R) Diane and Michael Varhola, Springfield, Va.; grandchildren, Dr. Julie and Bert Hansen, Laurie and Ivan King, Amy Minnick, Lindsey Valentine, Hayley Waters; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey (Bob) Anhorn, Faribault, Minn.; nieces and nephew.
Eileen is preceded in death by her husband, Foord B. Minnick and sister, Lorraine Stuewer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Clasen-Jordan Chapel with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and for one hour before the service at the mortuary on Saturday. Memorials may be made to St. Olaf Lutheran Church.
[Austin Daily Herald online, March 6, 2009 - www.austindailyherald.com]
Dorothy L. (Greiner) Hulshizer
Dorothy Hulshizer Funeral June 1
Funeral services for Dorothy L. Hulshizer, 83, who died on May 28, 2002,
at the Oregon Health Center, Oregon, Illinois, were held on Saturday, June
1 at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Bonney officiating.
Dorothy was born on November 14, 1918 in Floris, Iowa, to Perle and Cora
(Copeland) Greiner. She married Harold Hulshizer on December 21, 1940 at the
Little Brown Church in the Vale.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Harold of 62 years; son, Fred
Hulshizer of Madison, Illinois; daughter, Carolyn (Donald) Welsh of Chana,
Illinois; grandchildren: Bill (Janice) Welsh of Golden, Colorado; Denise
Welsh of Phoenix, Arizona; Natasha (Michael) Lovings of Beaver Dam,
Wisconsin; Bronwyn (Michael) Anthony of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin; daughter-in-law
Katie Hulshizer of Richland Center, Wisconsin; great grandchildren, Mark and
Brett Anthony; Griffin Lovings; brother James Greiner; sisters, Ruth
(Lawrence) Beltz; Hazel (Harold) Petznick; Faye (Don) Severson; Louise
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Freddie, Louis,
William, Joseph, Robert and Verlin Greiner; sisters Mary Greiner, Mildred
Greiner, Inez Huber, Mabel Severson and Mae Petznick; grandson, Craig Welsh.
Burial was in the Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle, Minnesota.
[St. Ansgar Enterprise Journal - June 07, 2002]
Bruce John Kunze
Bruce John Kunze, 64, died peacefully at home on March 1, 2009 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Lyanne; six children, Jonathan, Jared, Isaac, Jessica, Abigail and Elijah; brothers Keith and Ross Kunze.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Anne Kunze; brothers, Kevin and Kimm Kunze.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, March 14, at 12 noon at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin.
[Austin Daily Herald online, March 5, 2009 -- www.austindailyherald.com]
Lorenz John "Larry" Schieck
Lorenz "Larry" John Schieck, 92, died March 4, 2009, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minn.
Lorenz John Schieck was born on April 20, 1916, the son of George and Emilie (Hussong) Schieck in Waltham Township, Mower County, Minn. He was united in marriage to Luella Johnson on Dec. 6, 1941, in Hayfield. The couple lived in Austin and moved to Rochester in 1969, then to Hayfield in 2001. Larry was a carpenter in the Austin and Rochester areas and a member of the Local Carpenters Union. He enjoyed fishing, reading, cards, board games and watching sports.
Larry is survived by his wife, Luella Schieck, Hayfield, Minn.; children, Marcia Christensen, Rochester, Minn., Michael (Lorinda) Schieck, Rochester, Rita (George) Heydt, Hayfield, Sally (Randy) Pettitt, North St. Paul, Dwight Schieck, Hayfield; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Donald (Clarice) Schieck, Park Rapids, Minn., Norman (Donna) Schieck, Austin and Virgil (Verna) Schieck, Austin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
The funeral service for Lorenz 'Larry' John Schieck will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Reverend Paul Hauschild officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be dfrom 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. The family prefers memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church building fund.
[Austin Daily Herald online, March 5, 2009 -- www.austindailyherald.com]
Nathan Edward Wiese
Nathan Edward Wiese, 89, of Austin, died on March 2, 2009 at Austin Medical Center, Austin.
Nate was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Carroll, Iowa to Edward and Anna (Siepker) Wiese. The family moved to the Austin area where he graduated from Austin High School. On Oct. 15, 1944, Nathan married Margaret Wackwitz of Welcome at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. The couple lived in Austin and later moved to their farm near Brownsdale. Nate taught flying lessons to student pilots in the late 30’s early 40’s. During his lifetime, he owned the filling station near Queen of Angels Church, operated a bulk fuel business, farmed and raised purebred polled Hereford cattle.
In 2006, Nathan and Margaret moved to Austin. Nathan was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the Elks Club and the Austin Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards and vegetable gardening. He was a master at telling jokes and sharing interesting detailed stories of his experiences as well as was a talented host of friends and family.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, Austin; daughter, Julie, Austin; daughter-in-law, Lisa, Owatonna; two sisters, Bernice Mahnke, San Mateo, Calif. and Dolores (Howard) Nielsen, Jackson and sister-in-law, Marie Wiese, Austin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mark; and his brother, Keith a.k.a. Butch.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at Queen of Angels Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. The family will also greet friends at a luncheon following the service. Father Dale Tupper is officiating. Arrangements are being made by Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.
The family extends their gratitude to Mark and DeAnna Mandler, Mike and Maureen Bibus, Dr. Julie Olson and the Austin Medical Center nursing staff for all their special care and assistance.
[Austin Daily Herald online, March 5, 2009 -- www.austindailyherald.com]
Kevin J. Otterness
AUSTIN, MINNESOTA - Kevin J. Otterness, 54, of Austin, died on March 3, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota.
Kevin was born the son of Norvin and Phyllis (Saufferer) Otterness in Rochester, Minn. He attended McKinley school in Owatonna. Kevin lived his younger years in Fergus Falls, Faribault, Rochester and later moved to Austin. He worked for Cedar Valley services in Austin doing packaging for Hormel. He recently received a plaque for 25 years of service there. He enjoyed bowling, playing bingo and visiting with people.
Kevin was able to travel to California with family members which was a lifelong wish of his. While he lived in Austin, Kevin was responsible for flying the American flag at the home he lived in. He liked to tinker with things to see how they worked. Kevin also enjoyed going on yearly vacations to Camp Friendship.
Kevin is survived by his parents, Norvin and Phyllis Otterness, Owatonna; siblings, Rhonda (Nordean) Hartle, Owatonna; Lynn (Craig) Stern, Marshall, Daniel and Billie Otterness, Sacramento, Calif.; nieces, Jennifer (Jeffery) Hall, Northfield and Sarah Wingrove, Mc Kenzie, Tenn.; nephews, Anthony Hartle, Owatonna, Cheston Otterness, Minneapolis, Colton Otterness, Nevis, Minn. and Anthony Jaramillo, Tucson, Arizona.
Kevin was preceded in death by one brother, Craig Otterness.
Memorial services are set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Owatonna with the Reverend Ron Gilthvedt officiating the morning service. A private family burial will take place at forest hill cemetery in the Spring. Friends may greet the family one hour before the time of services at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to family’s choice. On line condolences may be expressed at www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com.
[Austin Daily Herald online, March 5, 2009 -- www.austindailyherald.com]
Harold William Hulshizer
Funeral services for Harold William Hulshizer, 85, of Oregon, Illinois,
who died on Friday, December 5, 2003, in Oregon, Illinois, were held on
Tuesday, December 9 at the Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in St. Ansgar
with the Rev. Richard Bonney officiating. Burial was in the Woodbury
Cemetery in Lyle, Minnesota.
Harold was born on May 18, 1918, in Thornton, Iowa, to Fred and Ross
Hulshizer. He married Dorothy L. Greiner in 1940. Two children were born
to this union, Fred and Carolyn. He served his country in the United States
Army from March 1943 to March 1946. He was in the Military Police serving
in the South Pacific Campaign. He resided his adult life in Wisconsin. He
worked 40 years in the auto body business.
Harold is survived by his children, Fred of Madison, Wisconsin, and
Carolyn L. Welsh and husband Donald of Ghana, Illinois; a brother, Dale
Hulshizer and wife Lots of St. Charles, Minnesota; four grandchildren,
four great grandsons; many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Dorothy in 2002, a
grandson, Craig Welsh, six brothers and one sister.
Globe Gazette - Published December 13, 2003
Clifford Donald Severson
Clifford "Donald" Severson, age 95, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Monday
morning, April 28, 2003, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.
The life of Don Severson began January 16, 1908, when Don's 10-year-old
brother, Arnold, drove a horse-drawn sled to meet a doctor at the corner
between Carpenter and Northwood. He took the doctor back to the farm three
miles southwest of Carpenter and brought into the world a son to Sam and
Sarah (Ellingboe) Severson. Donald Severson grew up to be a basketball
player and baseball player at Carpenter School. He continued to play when
he was out of school.
Don lived in Illinois where he made sample hardware for salesmen to use
as display for cupboards, etc. He moved to northern Minnesota and later
moved back to Iowa.
He married Icle F. (Greiner) on March 28, 1942, at the Little Brown
Church in Nashua, Iowa and moved to the home place to farm and sell DeKalb
seed corn. In 1953, Don retired from farming, and the family moved to
Carpenter where he took the job of teller at Carpenter Bank and later
became the manager. Don and Icle moved to Florida in 1960 where he got a
job as loan officer at Pratt Whitney Aircraft Corporation. After 24 years,
they returned to the Midwest, making their residence in Austin.
Don enjoyed reading, politics and cars.
Survivors include his wife, Icle Severson; a daughter, Kaye (Irving)
Nagel of Rose Creek; a son, Bruce (Susan) Severson of Collinsville, Okla.;
five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Arnold, Roy and Lloyd.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Our
Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin. Friends may call at the church one hour
before the service on Thursday. Interment is at Woodbury Cemetery of Lyle.
Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are preferred
to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin.
Austin Daily Herald, Tue., April 29, 2003
Funeral services for Clifford Donald Severson, 95, of Austin, Minnesota,
who died Monday, April 28, 2003 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin, were
held Thursday, May 1 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin.
Clifford Donald Severson was born January 16, 1908, to Sam and Sarah
(Ellingboe) Severson. Donald grew up to be a basketball player and baseball
player at Carpenter School. He lived in Illinois where he made sample
hardware for salesmen to use as display for cupboards, etc. He moved to
northern Minnesota and later moved back to Iowa.
He married Icle F. (Greiner) on March 28, 1942 at the Little Brown
Church in Nashua and moved to the home place to farm and sell DeKalb corn.
In 1953 Don retired from farming and the family moved to Carpenter where he
took the job of teller at Carpenter Bank and later became the manager. Don
and Icle moved to Florida in 1960 where he got a job as loan officer at Pratt
Whitney Aircraft Corporation. After 24 years they returned to the midwest
making the home in Austin. Don enjoyed reading, politics and cars.
He is survived by a daughter, Kaye (Irving) Nagel of Rose Creek; a son,
Bruce (Susan) Severson of Collinsville, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; eleven
great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Arnold, Roy and Lloyd.
Interment was at Woodbury Cemetery in Lyle.
St. Ansgar Enterprise - Published May 3, 2003
Charles Herman Stark
Funeral services for Charles Herman "Chuck" Stark, 71, of Austin, Minnesota, who died at his home on Monday, August 4, 2003, will be held Friday, August 8, 2003, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Harold Deye officiating.
Charles was born April 30, 1932, to Charles Carl and Sylvia "Micky" (Freese) Stark in St. Charles, Minnesota. He attended schools and served in the US Army from 1949 until 1952 during the Korean War, a member of the Charlie Company. After his discharge, he returned to Austin where he married Donna Tuinder on April 11, 1953, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
He hauled milk for Marigold Dairy and with his brother, Ed, owned the Deep Rock Stations on the East Side and on Highway 218 south of Austin and Mobil Station until January, 1965. After leaving the oil business, he worked for Minnesota Department of Transportation, retiring in 1994. From 1974 until 1989 he lived in Lyle and then moved back to Austin. He was a member of the Lyle Fire Department for 13 years, the Elks, Eagles, Moose and American Legion Post 105. He enjoyed traveling and lived in Apache Junction, Arizona during the winters.
Charles is survived by his children: Don (Sandra) Start of Boston, Massachusetts Debbie (Randy) Berg of Austin; Dale (Stephanie) Stark of Oakland; seven grandchildren; fiancée, Donna Meyer of Austin; his dog, Friday; sister, G. Larrie (Jerry) Montgomery of Austin; brother Ed "Red" (Sandy Mogen) Stark of Stacyville; step daughter Jody Meyer of Austin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jacob "Jack" Stark.
Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery with military rites by Lyle American Legion Post 105.
St. Ansgar Enterprise - Published August 9, 2003
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