Mower County Obituaries
Part 96



Barbara Jean (O'Marro) Kath


Barbara Jean Kath, 61, Lee's Summit, Missouri, passed away June 13, 2009.

She was Born on October 2, 1947 in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to John and Adeline (Boss) O'Marro. She married David Kath on October 1, 1977. Her love for the outdoors included hunting, fishing and gardening. She was also an avid reader. Barb, along with her husband David, devoted their lives to day care and foster care until retiring in 2006.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 32 years, David; children, Laura Nelson, Lana Barthle, Tami DeYoung, Jeff Miklas, Jamie Miklas and Perrin Kath; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Walter) Blake; mother-in-law, Charlotte Kath; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Adeline O'Marro; daughter, Nichole Kath; brother, Lanny O'Marro; and father in-law, William Kath. She will be loved and missed by all that knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday June 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, Minnesota.

[Austin Daily Herald, June 16, 2009]

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Barbara J. Veverka


Barbara J. Veverka, 62, of 201 10th Ave. N.W., died early Sunday morning at the Austin Medical Center.

Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Virgil Duellman officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation: Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the service on Tuesday morning.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 29, 1999]

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Mary Ellen Marie Lippold

died 1999

Mary Ellen Marie Lippold, 87 of St. Mary's, Iowa, died of pneumonia March 28, 1999, at Regency Care Center, Norwalk, Iowa.

She was born at New Hampton, Iowa and lived in St. Mary's, Iowa since 1972 after moving there from Austin. A retail sales clerk before retirement, she was active in her church and the Bevington garden Club as well as the St. Mary's Quilting Club.

Survivors include her husband, L. T. buss Lippold, St. Mary's; three sons, Robert Blanchfield, Ozark, Ala;, Bill Blanchfield, Lakeside, Ariz., and Robert Lippold, Clive, Iowa; two daughters, JoAnn Stills, New Virginia, Iowa, Marilyn Ruckauf, Chicago, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eleanor Norton and Phyllis Langford, both of Fresno, Calif..

Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 1999, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Mary's, Iowa.

Visitation: 5-7:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at Peterson Funeral Home, Indianola, Iowa. Also, 6:30 p.m. tonight Wednesday wake service at funeral home.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Austin, with a 3 p.m. graveside service also today Wednesday.

Funeral Home: Peterson Funeral Home, Indianola, Iowa.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 31, 1999]

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Jeanette S. (nee Bridley) Junge


ROCHESTER, MINN. -- Jeanette S. (Bridley) Junge, 53 of 3009 25th St. N.W., Rochester, died Sunday, March 28, 1999, of cancer. She died at a daughter's home in Rochester.

She was born Nov. 17, 1945, at Albert Lea. She graduated Austin High School and moved to Rochester in 1963 to work at Rochester Methodist Hospital as a unit assistant until 1973. She was married to Dennis Junge May 21, 1966, and they later divorced.

Survivors include two daughters, Carla (Mrs. Charles) Knudsen, Rochester, and Tammy Junge, Rochester; one grandchild; her mother, Mrs. Elna Bridley, Zumbrota; brothers and sisters, Betty (Mrs. Gordon) Aspenson, Big Lake, Dean Bridley, Mazeppa, Leo Bridley, Oakland, and Valborg Vollmer, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Service: 10 a.m. memorial service Thursday, April 1, 1999, at Oakland and Moscow Lutheran Church, Oakland. A prayer service will be held tonight Wednesday, March 31, 1999, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Macken Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation: 5-8 p.m. today Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at Macken Funeral Home and one hour before services Thursday at the church.

Interment: Oakland Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Macken Funeral Home of Rochester.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 31, 1999]

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Mabel Ruppert


Mabel Ruppert, 95, formerly of Austin, died Friday, March 26, 1999, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center, Wabasha.

Survivors include a niece, Cathy Wood, Melbourne, Florida; nephews, Douglas Wright, Rochester and Vern Anderson, Vermillion, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant son, James.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Kristin Wee officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Visitation: Noon until time of service Wednesday, Marcy 31, 1999, at the church.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 31, 1999]

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Fred Elmer Machacek


Fred Elmer Machacek, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 30, at the Colony Home.

He was born Dec. 22, 1911 in Mower County to Lewis and Emma (Pell) Machacek. He graduated from Austin High School. After school he worked for Wehner Construction from 1933-1941. He then went into the U.S. Navy in 1941 until 1947. After the service he helped Chester Taylor with farming from 1951 to 1967. He then worked at the State Hospital in St. Peter for 10 years. He came back to Austin and resided in the Colony Home. He was a member of Olaf B. Damm Post#1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed playing cards.

He is survived by sisters and brother-in-law Rita Seeger, Myrtle, Ora and Elmer Yaroshek, Austin; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 2, 1999 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with The Rev. Randy Petersen officiating Casket bearers will be Brian Bridgeman, Dan Maloney, Kevin Maloney, Dave Maloney, John Taylor, Mathew Taylor

Interment: Grandview Cemetery in Austin, with Olaf B. Damm Post#1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars in charge of Military Rites.

Visitation: From 5-8 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday and on Friday one hour before the service at the chapel.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 31, 1999]

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Laura Zwerneman


1880 Mrs. Charles Zwerneman 1955

Mrs. Laura Zwerneman, daughter of Lars and Martha Arneson, was born on August 5, 1880, in Nevada Township. She passed away at the age of 75 at her home in Lyle, Minnesota, after a prolonged illness.

She received her schooling in the Lyle community. She was united in marriage to Knute Dyrland in 1900, and he preceded her in death in 1913. In 1915 she was united in marriage to Charles Zwerneman. She was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Zwerneman, Lyle; a son, Conrad Dyrland, Lyle; two daughters, Margaret Borris, Los Angeles, Mrs. Glenn Martin, Minneapolis; four step-children, Carl Zwerneman, Mason City; Loyd Zwerneman, Livingston, Montana; Mrs. Robert Moore, Honolulu, Hawaii; Mrs. George [Laura] Plummer, St. Ansgar.

She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Peterson, Mary Arneson and Anne Arneson, all of Lyle, and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Lee Warren in 1950.

[Austin Daily Herald, Nov. 3, 1955]

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Soren Hansen


Soren Hansen was born on May 10, 1893, in Tyllnand, Denmark, the son of Hans and Maren Hansen.

He moved tp Torrington, Conn., in 1911 and later resided in Iowa. In 1916, he moved to London and since 1929, made his home in Austin. Mrs. Hansen attended schools in Denmark.

On June 1, 1925, he was united in marriage with Birmah Morgan at Lyle. They made their home at 704 N. First, and Mr. Hansen was employed by George A. Hormel & Co. He was a member of the Danish Brotherhood and American Legion.

Mr. Hansen died at 2:40 a.m. January 27, 1957, at the Halverson Rest Home after being ill for 18 months.

Funeral services were held on Janaury 30, 1957, at the Jordan Chapel, the Rev. C. Gordon Beale officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery with Austin Post 91, American Legion, in charge of military rites at the graveside.

Mr. Hansen is survived by his wife, Birmah; two daughters, Mrs. GLoria Morrow, Los Angeles, and Mrs. George Fett, Austin; two brothers, Martin of Austin and Loust of Denmark; and a sister, Agnes also of Denmark.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1957

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Louise Hartson



LYLE, MINN. -- Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Hartson, 75, were held Sunday at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota. Mrs. Hartson died Friday at an Austin nursing home.

Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Eva) Sexton, Minneapolis, and two sons, Wayne, Lyle, and Gerald, Austin.

Mrs. Hartson was a longtime resident of Lyle.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Monday, Feb. 4, 1963]

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J. Peterson

(died 1906)

Section foreman, J. Peterson of the Illinois Central at Lyle, Minnesota, died of typhoid fever Saturday night, after a week's illness. Mr. Peterson had been emplyed as a section foreman for about six months and was well and favorably known by all with whom he came in contact.

[The Daily Times-Tribune, Tuesday, May 15, 1906]

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George Hillier


George Hillier died at his home in Brownsdale Sunday, may 3, from a complication of diseases resulting in heart failure.

He was born in London, England, May 1, 1852. His wife and five children survive him.

The funeral services will be held Wedneday afternoon at 1:30 at the Baptist church in Brownsdale. Rev. McCormick will have charge. Interment will be made in Oakwood Cemetery in this city.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, May 5, 1908]

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Carl Kloberdanz

circa 1949-1962

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W. Ben Helfritz



LYLE, MINNESOTA - Funeral services for W. Ben Helfritz, 77 former Lyle constable for 37 years, will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota.

Helfritz, who also was a member of the Lyle Town Council for 30 years, died Sunday at a hospital. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mona, Iowa. The Rev. M. Hauge will officiate.

Survivors include three daughters: Mrs. Orville (Hazel) Haverseth, of Lyle, Mrs. Harold (Gladys) Jorgenson, of Jackson, Minnesota, and Mrs. Harvey (Lois) Quindt, of Orlando, Florida; four sons: Otto, Ringsted, and Delmer, Russell and Robert, all of Austin; 19 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Helfritz lived in Lyle since 1908. He was born and educated at St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Source: Mason City Globe Gazette, Monday, February 4, 1963

NOTES: The Pleasant Hill Cemetery listing on Iowa GenWeb shows:
Helfritz, Willie Bennie (loc) 64-3; Mar. 28, 1885 -- Feb. 3, 1963

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Arnold Walter “Arnie” Wolff


Arnold “Arnie” Walter Wolff, 65, of Austin, died on June 8, 2009, at Austin Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 13, 1943, in Austin, the son of Walter and Margaret (Wood) Wolff. He attended school in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1961. Following graduation, Arnold joined the United States Army, serving from March 26, 1963 until his discharge on Feb. 28, 1969. After his discharge, Arnold moved to Minneapolis, where he worked various jobs. He returned to Austin to care for his mother and operate the Wolff Construction Co. On May 10, 1997, he married Linda (Wencl) Boe in Austin. He retired in January 2005 due to ill health caused by COPD.

He was a member of Faith Evangelical Free Church and lived his life serving the Lord. He loved to work on old cars and collected them, often using them as an opportunity to witness to others. Among the collection was a 1922 Model T, which Arnie loved to drive in parades and around town. He collected model trains to enjoy with his 10 grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Wolff, Austin; brother, Roger Wolff, Houston, Texas; two sons, Chadwick (Lori) Wolff, Garland, Texas and Corey (Heidi) Wolff, Zimmerman, Minn.; four daughters, Katie (Doug) Dawson, Richfield, Minn., Karla Boe, Kris Boe and Kari (Matt) Swigerd all of Austin; 10 grandchildren, Jonah and Mark Wolff, Codey and Cole Wolff, Alyssa and Ashley Boe, Johanna and Calleigh Geannakouri and Zachary and Abigail Swigerd; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Mary Wolff and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Wencl and Gary Wencl.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 15, 2009 at Faith Evangelical Free Church with the Reverend Pat Wester and the Reverend Hilmore Williams officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post 91 will follow the service. Interment will be at a later date at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 14, at the Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

[Austin Daily Herald online, June 11, 2009]

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Mrs. James Keenan


The body of the late Mrs. James Keenan arrived from California this afternoon over the Great Western. It was taken to the Joseph Keenan home on West Bridge Street and the funeral will be held from St. Augustine's church tomorrow morning at 9:30. Mr. Keenan accompanied the remains from California. Mrs. Keenan was a member of the Rosary Society.


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Sara Kimble Gilmore

(Mrs. Daniel P. Gilmore)

Mrs. D.P. Gilmore died at the home of her son, G. W. Gilmore, on Maple Street Monday evening shortly before 6 o'clock. Six years ago she was stricken with paralysis and two strokes followed the past week, the last of which caused her death.

Sara Kimble was born in Troy, New York, May 30, 1838. Fifty-two years ago she was married to Daniel P. Gilmore at Fox Lake, Wisconsin, where they lived until sixteen years [ago]. Mr. Gilmore died in 1886. Mrs. Gilmore then lived in Mason City until nine years ago when she came to Austin to reside.

Four children survive, Mrs. Charles Haskins of Princeton, Wisconsin, Mrs. Westlund of Mexico City, Mexico. Will and Harry of Austin. Mrs. Gilmore leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lyons of Fayette, Iowa . . .

The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon; Rev. G. Lutz officiating, and the body will be taken to Fox Lake, Wisconsin for interment.

Mrs. Gilmore was a strong and noble character, honored by all who knew her and revered and loved by all who were intimately associated with her. She was posessed of a bright mind and cheerful disposition which won for her many friends. She was however a lover of home and in its simple duties and sacred relationships found her heart centered and derived her greatest pleasures. Her life was complete and she laid down her burdens with the hope and assurance of a larger life beyond.

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Aaron Anderson

(died 2009)

Aaron Anderson, son of Jeremey and Kimberly, died on June 1, 2009.

Although not yet born, he was a beloved member of our family and a joy to his parents, sisters and brother. We were never able to hold him or cuddle him, but we could not have loved him more. Now he is in heaven where he can be held and cuddled and loved by God, but he will live on in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his parents, Jeremey and Kimberly Anderson; siblings, Jasmine, Emily and Dylan all of Faribault; grandparents, Mike and Vicky Gandy, Faribault; aunts and uncles, Roger Anderson, Austin, Renee (Bob) Doe, Austin, Tim (Tina) Gandy, Faribault, Tom (Jessica) Gandy, Little Falls; many great-aunts and uncles and great-grandparents, Pat Weber, Shirley Gandy and Charles Gandy.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Reuben and Carol Anderson and great-grandparents. Graveside services will be held at Red Oak Grove Cemetery in Austin on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault. Visit for information and guest book.

[Austin Daily Herald online, June 11, 2009]

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Mary (nee Hardwick) Scripps


Mary Hardwick Scripps, 61, formerly of Austin, lost her long battle with cancer and died in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 27, 2009.

Mary, the daughter of Robert and Irene Hardwick, was born in Minneapolis on Oct. 13, 1947. She grew up in Austin, and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1965. After attending the College of St. Catherine and the University of Minnesota, Mary started her own successful jewelry manufacturing company, Haywire. Her interest in and dedication to jewelry design remained with her throughout her life. Most recently, Mary made her homes in Thompson, Conn. and St. John USVI.

A witty and generous hostess, Mary was also a passionate, consummate gardener. She loved literature and art, amusing conversation and liberal politics. She was a benefactor of many charities, notably among them the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn., from which her two sons graduated.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Rachel Vaughn, Big Sky, Mont.; two sons, Welland Hardwick Scripps and Samuel David Scripps, Brooklyn, N.Y.; her grandsons, Seasal and Trewyn Vaughn, Big Sky; sister, Patricia (Don) Sterling, Gunnison, Colo.; brothers, David (Kathy) Hardwick, E. Woodstock, Conn. and Paul Hardwick, Cedaredge, Colo.; and her former husband, Sebastian Scripps, Dayville, Conn.

Mary is deeply loved and missed by her family and many friends. A memorial service and celebration of her life is scheduled for this October in Pomfret, Conn.

[Austin Daily Herald online, June 11, 2009]

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Maurine A. Goetsch


Maurine A. Goetsch, 87, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999 at the Austin Medical Center. She was born on October 28, 1912** and resided at Montevideo, Minnesota**.

She is survived by sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Lydia and Everett Fankell, Clear Lake, Iowa, Alma Studer, North Branch, Minn., Rose Heikes, Austin, Leona Goetsch, Austin; nieces and nephews.

· Service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 1999 at Clasen-Jordan Chapel with The Pastor Ted Stowers officiating.

· Interment: Oakwood Cemetery

· Visitation: Friends may call at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and again on Thursday one hour before the service.

[Austin Daily Herald]

** Social Security Death Index shows:
MAURINE A. GOETSCH born 28 Oct 1912, died 06 Dec 1999; res: 56265 (Montevideo, Chippewa, MN) 472-52-7814 Minnesota.

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Charles Holmes


Charles F. "Smokey" Holmes, 89, of 187 2nd St. NW, Blooming Prairie, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at the Austin Medical Center.

He was born July 28, 1910, to John Nellie Grace (Allen) Holmes in rural Linwood, Kan. He married Cassie Leah Bailey Dec. 25, 1929 in Linwood, Kan. They moved to Blooming Prairie in 1948 where they farmed and raised seven children. He was also a crane operator.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Charles and Carol Holmes, Blooming Prairie, Lawrence and Christa Holmes, Warrenton, Mo., James Holmes, Webster City, Iowa; daughters and sons-in-law Rosemary Timm, Northfield, Betty Kruckeberg, Stewartville, Linda and Jerome Jakobson, Blooming Prairie; 22 grandchildren; fifty-two great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Howard Holmes, Irvine, Calif., Sherley Holmes, Stover, Mo., Quentin Holmes, Linwood, Kan.; sister Elizabeth Pepton, Lawrence, Kan.; sisters-in-law Clara Holmes, Linwood, Kan., Helen Holmes, Buffalo, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons Ralph and Ronnie; brothers John and Allen; sister Louise Rausch and Dorothy Chamney.

· Service: 11 a.m. with The Rev. Keith Champion officiating.

· Interment: Blooming Prairie Cemetery prior to the service.

· Visitation: Friends may call at Blooming Prairie Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30-10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. There will be no reviewal.

[Austin Daily Herald]

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Josephine Anna Chrz


Josephine Anna Chrz, age 93, of Austin, died Thursday, June 11, 2009 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Josephine was born Jan. 14, 1916 in Moscow Township, Mower County, to Joseph and Anna (Piscac) Viktora. On May 23, 1939 she was united in marriage to Clifford W. Chrz. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1983.

Josephine was a homemaker and she only had one hobby: cleaning house. She also enjoyed dining out.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlene (Clarence) Henderson, Austin; a son, Gene Chrz, Prior Lake, Minn.; six grandchildren: Craig Wasko, Randy Wasko, Mike Wasko, Jill Culver, Michelle Kramer, Tom Chrz; seven great-grandchildren: Jenny, Megan, Kyle, John, Nathan, Nicholas and Joanna; one great-great-granddaughter, Camille; a brother, Wesley Viktora, Austin; a sister, Agnes Zahradnik, Austin.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her sister, Margaret; and two brothers, Frank and Jerry Viktora.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary on Monday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4-6 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The honorary casket bearers will be Jill Culver and Michelle Kramer. The casket bearers will be Craig Wasko, Randy Wasko, Mike Wasko, Tom Chrz, Kyle Wasko and Matt Daniels.

[Austin Daily Herald, June 14, 2009]

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Robert Allan Thomson


Robert Allan Thomson, 49, formerly of Austin, died unexpectedly of a heart condition in Haltom City, Texas, on April 9, 2009.

Bob was born on Aug. 8, 1959 in Austin to Carlton and Muriel (Glenna) Thomson. In 1977 he graduated from Immanuel Lutheran High School in Eau Claire, Wis.

He married Kathy Lau on March 10, 1979. Bob and Kathy started their life together in Minnesota and Wisconsin before making Texas their home in the mid 1980s. Bob worked as mechanic most of his life eventually owning Thomson Auto Service in Haltom City. Bob loved spending time with his granddaughters. He also enjoyed playing pool with his wife and friends. He was a huge sports fan but above all he was dedicated to the Minnesota Vikings.

Bob is survived by his wife, Kathy Thomson, North Richland Hills, Texas; two daughters, Janelle (Brisco) Sumrall, Killeen, Texas; Laura (Justin Sherrill) Thomson, Aurora, Colo.; five granddaughters: Vidalia, Alia, and Elara Thomson of Killen, Texas, and twins, Brittany and Ashley Sherrill, Aurora; parents, Carlton and Muriel Thomson, Austin; brothers, Jim (Pat) Thomson, Glendale, Wis., John (Sarah) Thomson, Burnsville, Minn.; sister, Barb (Todd) Anderson, Austin; father and mother-in-law, John and Dorothy Lau, Eau Claire; brother-in-law, John Lau, Eau Claire; six nephews, four nieces, three great-nieces and one great-nephew; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by paternal and maternal grandparents; a sister, Patricia; and a brother, David.

A graveside service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Austin on Friday June 19, 2009 at 4 p.m. with Pastor David Fleischmann officiating. Visitation was held on April 13, 2009 at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel, North Richland Hills, Texas.

[Austin Daily Herald, June 14, 2009]

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James Duane Foster


James Duane Foster, age 61, of Austin, Minnesota, died on June 12, 2009, at his home in Austin.

He was born on February 5, 1948, in Crosby, Minnesota, the son of Layton Archibald and Helene Evelyn (Nelson) Foster. He graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1966 and went on to attend the University of Minnesota. He worked for Crown Auto Stores and later for White Farm Equipment in Hopkins, Minn.

On Sept. 16, 1972, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Lettman in Brainerd, Minnesota. They moved to Austin where Jim worked for DTN and then as an instructor at Riverland Community College in the parts and merchandising program.

His most recent employment was with Tandem Products of Blooming Prairie, where he was the purchasing manager. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He was a lifetime member and Past Master of NE Masonic Lodge No. 345 of Anoka, received the Hiram Award for lifetime Masonic service and was a past master of Fidelity Lodge 39 of Austin. He also had served as Minnesota Grand Lodge monitor.

He was a member and past patron of Unity Chapter 29 Order of the Eastern Star in Austin. He served as Worthy Grand Patron for the Minnesota Grand Chapter OES from 2006 to 2007. He also enjoyed traveling, photography, hiking, biking canoeing and was an avid cook. He worked on old cars and especially loved his 1956 Chevrolet Nomad. Jim was a nature lover, tending to his flower garden and raising and tagging Monarch butterflies.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Foster, Austin; two daughters, Angela (Leif) Bierly, Eagan and Kimberly Foster, Chaska, Minn.; two grandchildren, Gabrielle and Marshall Bierly; one sister, Joanne (Clarence) Jacobson, Baxter, Minn.; sister-in-law, Darlene Darbo, Hoyt Lakes, Minn.; mother-in-law, Harriet Lettman, Austin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Cleve “David” Darbo; sister, Nancy Fouquette; special niece, Rae Lynn Kordiak and special nephew, Greg Fouquette.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2009 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with the Reverend Glenn Monson. officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 20 at the Worlein Funeral Home. A Masonic/Eastern Star service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 20 at the Worlein Funeral Home.

Memorials are preferred to Masonic Cancer Center Fund, 11501 Masonic Home Dr., Bloomington, MN 55437 or Unity Chapter 29 of the Eastern Star or Our Savior's Lutheran Church Building Fund or Youth Ministry.

[Austin Daily Herald, June 16, 2009]

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Esther (nee Thorson) Christianson

circa 1873-1963

LeROY, MINNESOTA - Funeral services for Esther Christianson, 90, will be held on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. J. Anderson, who lives northeast of here.

Other survivors include four daughters: Mrs. Henry Knutson, Mrs. Gus Walden, Mrs. J.W. Johnson, all of LeRoy; and Mrs. Ralph Townsend, Spring Valley, Minnesota; three sons: Mandius, Elma; Martin, Chester, and Torge, Preston, Minnesota. Also surviving are five sisters: Mrs. George Rogstad, Mrs. Henry Rendahl, Mrs. George McGinnis, Minneapolis; Mrs. Gilbert Johnson, St. Paul, and Mrs. Lawrence Anderson, Edina, Minnesota; two brothers, John Thorson, Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Tom Thorson, Minneapolis, 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Source: Mason City Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, July 9, 1963

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Harris A. Mc Neir


Harris A. Mc Neir, son of George and Clara Mc Neir, was born in Hennepin County, Minnesota, on June 11, 1892, and passed away in Austin, Minnesota, on August 1, 1954, at the age of 62 years, 1 month and 20 days, after a short illness.

He spent his youth in the Dexter community, later moving to Austin where he has resided for the past 32 years. At the time of his death, he lived at 2109 E. Collins, and was employed by George A. Hormel Co.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Mary; seven children: Mrs. Winnifred Winchel, Milwaukee; Mrs. Harlan Heinicke, Austin; Sgt. Otis E. Mc Neir, Hawaii; Kenneth Mc Neir, Milwaukee; Mrs. Melba Kaster and Mrs. Burrell Knotts of California; and Staff Sgt. James Smith of Colorado. He is also survived by one brother, Lynn Knouse, Rochester; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services were held on Thursday, august 5, 1954, at the Jordan Chapel, with the Rev. H. Bentrup officiating. Interment was at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Aug. 6, 1954]

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Theodore A. Anderson


Theodore A. Anderson was born April 17, 1877, in Freeborn County, Minnesota, to Mr. and Mrs. Anfin Anderson, and passed away at 4 p.m. on October 16, 1955 at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, from a heart attack.

He married Gertrude Winjum in 1906 [??]. They moved from Freeborn County to Austin in 1914. To this union four children were born.

Mr. Andrson was preceded in death by Mrs. Anderson. The immediate survivors are Orlando Anderson, Rochester; Mrs. Charles E. (Ruth) Anderson, Faribault; Mrs. Sidney Gerbig (Thelma) Faribault, and Ralston E. Anderson, Austin, also 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 19. at 3 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church w i t h the Rev. Arthur L. Swenson officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.

[Austin Daily Herald - Thursday, October 20, 1955]

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Vernon Babb


Vernon K Babb was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Babb, July 31, 1891. at Wilmonf, South Dakota.

Mr. Babb married Selma Flatten, on Oct. 17. 1911, at LaCrosse, Wis. The Babb family lived in northern Minnesota for a number of years, and then moved to Austin, where they have resided the past 28 years. Three children were born to this union and two foster children.

Mr. Babb was preceded in death by his mother, father, a brother and seven sisters. Mr Babb was a quiet man, who enjoyed spending hours within the confines of his home with his family and friends. He is loved by many for his wonderful sense of understanding and devotion.

Vernon also loved the out-of-doors and thrilled to go hunting and fishing.

Mr. Babb is survived by his wife; two sons, Lloyd of Alhambra, Calif., and Norman of Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Gunnard Brandt, Mound, Minn.; two foster children, Mrs. Robert Orr and Jack Cartwright; two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Lloyd Babb and Mrs. Norman Babb; a son-in law, Gunnard Brandt; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1955, at 2 p m. at the Jordan Chapel with the Rev. Herman H. Kooy officiating Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.

[Austin Daily Herald - Thursday, October 20, 1955]

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Vera F. (Crabtree) Kime


Vera Fern (Crabtree) Kime was born on December 9, 1916 in Riceville, Iowa to William and Lepha (Harvey) Crabtree. God took her to her Heavenly home on June 17, 2009 while she was at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Vera married Lester Kime on May 20, 1935 is Osage, Iowa. They were together in Austin for 64 years until Lester passed away on June 10, 1999. At that time, Vera went to Grand Meadow Healthcare Center. She went to Sacred Heart Care Center in March of 2000. Vera worked at Hormel Foods in Austin until she retired in 1979. Over the years she enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing cards with their friends. Every Friday night they would go up to the lake. She loved to knit, crochet, read books, and have coffee with friends and family. Vera was a member of First United Methodist Church in Austin.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon (Verlin) Eaker, Mechanicsville, Iowa, Carol (Earl) Goetz, Minot, N.D., Lana (Wesley) Johnson, Austin; ten grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Myrtle Reed, Austin.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Mae Cassidy and Leona Crandall; brother, Noel; infant sister, LaVilla and her parents.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Pat Toschak officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the National Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, June 19, 2009

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Carl H. Dalluge


Carl H. Dalluge, 35, died Sunday en route to the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, from his home in Eagle Grove, Iowa.

A former resident of Austin, he is survived by his widow, the former Phyllis Rogers of Rose Creek; three children, Kenneth, Richard, and Cynthia; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Dalluge, St. Ansgar; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Philip Rogers, Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Eagle Grove.

[Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 6, 1966]

NOTE: According to the Soc. Sec. Death Index, "CARL DALLUGE" was born on "20 Jul 1931" and died on "Aug 1966"; SSN is 471-26-0914 and was issued in Minnesota.

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Mrs. Jean Dennis, age 65, died unexpectedly on Sunday [August 5, 1966] at her home, 404-1/2 5th Pl. N.W., [Austin, Minnesota.]

[Jean Mechenich was born on 12 OCT 1900, per Soc. Sec. Death Index.]

Surviving are a son, Robert Dennis, Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Dorothy) Dreyer, Austin; brother, Vernon** Mechenich, Austin; four sisters: Mrs. Edward LaPointe, International Dalls, Minn., Sister M. Lambert, Rochester, Mrs. Everett Ellis, Minnetonka, Minn., Mrs. Raymond Monahon, Seal Beach, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday.

[Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 6, 1966]

**NOTE: Vernon Mechenich died in March 1972.

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Mrs. Antonea Martin


Mrs. Antonea I. Martin, 92, died Saturday [August 4, 1966] at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, Minnesota.

A resident of Sargeant, she had been a patient at the Fauver Rest Home, Brownsdale, the past year.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Oscar (Louise) Johnson, Dexter, Mrs. Selmer (Cora) Johnson, Mrs. Carl (Gertrude) Gunderson, Sargeant, Mrs. Emma Eastlee, Santa Monica, Calif.; two sons, Stuart of Sargeant and Phillip of Rochester; a sister, Mrs. Cora Zeimer, Dodge Center; a brother, Fred Schwartz, Minneapolis.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 8, 1966.

[Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 6, 1966]

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Shirley Mae Patterson



TOETERVILLE, IOWA - Funeral services were held Monday at Six Mile Grove Church for Shirley Mae Patterson, age 19, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Patterson, rural Toeterville. The Rev. Stanley Klemesrud officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery with Worlien Funeral Home, Austin, in charge.

She died Saturday at an Austin Hospital where she had been since Wednesday. She had been in poor health for some time. Born in Lyle, May 5, 1943, she was graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1961 and attended Wartburg College last year. She was enrolled this fall at Hamilton College, Mason City.

Surviving are her parents, two brothers, David and Duane, both at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Sampson, Lyle, and Mr. and Mrs. John Patterson, Toeterville.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Sept. 17, 1962 -- Mason City, Iowa]

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