Mower County Obituaries
Part 98



Tim E. Canterbury


Tim E. Canterbury, 54, died on June 23, 2009 at his home in Wright, Wyoming.

He was born July 1, 1954 to Harold and Georgianna (Scharf) Canterbury in Bowling Green, Ohio. After graduating from Bowling Green High School in 1972, he graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Tim worked in a coal mine, North Antelope Rochelle, operating heavy equipment. He attended Wright Baptist Church and liked traveling, photography and visiting family. He also enjoyed dressing up as Santa Claus to entertain the kids in Wright, Wyo.

Survivors include his father, Harold Canterbury, Adams, Minn.; brother, Jon (Beverly) Canterbury, Adams; nephews, Jason (Janice) Canterbury, Joshua (Jody) Canterbury; Jeremy (Kristin) Canterbury; nine great-nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgianna.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2009 at First Baptist Church in Brownsdale, Minnesota, with Pastor Kraig Elliot officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Little Cedar Cemetery near Adams.

Austin Daily Herald, June 29, 2009

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Wayne E. Shumate


Wayne E. Shumate, 88, of Austin, died at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center on June 28, 2009.

He was the youngest of nine children born July 8, 1920 to John and Astella (Donner) Shumate in Osakis, Minnesota. Wayne served in World War II where he was stationed in Alaska. He married Betty B. Meyers on January 31, 1948 in Austin where they made their home. A Hormel Foods employee for over 40 years, Wayne belonged to Fellowship United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, Austin; daughter, Bonnie Lea, Oakdale; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Austin with Pastor Dennis Tamke officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Osage, Cemetery, Osage, Iowa with military honors by American Legion Post 91. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, June 29, 2009

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Herman Sylvester Jacobson


Herman Sylvester Jacobson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Jacobson, was born on May 11, 1903, at Ostrander, Minnesota.

He spent his early life on his parent's farm south of Ostrander and in 1928, he was united in marriage to Mae Clark of that community. They made their home on the farm home of his parents until 1935 when they retired from farming because of Mr. Jacobson's health, and moved to Spring Valley, where they lived for six years. They then moved to Wykoff, Minnesota, and made their home until two years ago, when they came to Austin.

Mr. Jacobson died suddenly of a heart attack on September 17, 1954, at University Hospital, Minneapolis. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 21 at Bloomfield Lutheran Church, with interment at Bloomfield Cemetery with Worlein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mae Jacobson, and by five children: Mrs. Jerry Seabright, Eldena, Grand Meadow, Merton Jacobson, Grand Meadow, Mrs. Norman Hildestad, Lorraine, Mary Ann Jacobson, and Terry Jacobson, all of Austin.

Also surviving are three sisters: Mrs. Carl Anderson, Dakota City, Iowa, Mrs. Elda Peterson, Westbrook, Minnesota, and Mrs. Charles Frank, Spring Valley, Minnesota; three brothers: James and Julian Jacobson, Ostrander, and Everett Jacobson, Preston, Minnesota; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a brother, and two children.

Pallbearers were six nephews: Clayton, Donald and Lyle Frank, Robert Jacobson, Claire Peterson and Albert Nelson.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sat., Sept. 25, 1954]

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Charles Galloway


Charles Galloway, 84, of 708 W. Maple, died at St. Olaf Hospital Friday evening.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two step-sons, Clifford Erickson, Mobile, Alabama. and Percy Erickson, Austin; one step-daughter, Mrs. Arthur Lee, Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon at Mayer Funeral Home. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sat., Sept. 25, 1954]

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Henry Oliver Anderson



Henry Oliver Anderson 1872-1961

LYLE, MINNESOTA -- H.O. Anderson, 89, a former Lyle resident, died Friday, his 89th birthday, in Minneapolis. Funeral services will be on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mona Lutheran Church. Rev. S. Klemesrud will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mona.

Born December 29, 1872, on the Blakestad homestead near Otranto, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew H. Anderson. He was married to Mamie Everson on September 2, 1899.

Surviving are his wife, three sons: Russell and Merle, Minneapolis; Andrew, Los Angeles; a daughter, Mrs. William (Evelyn) Schermer, Waterloo; four grandchildren, two brothers, R. A. Anderson, Lyle; G.R. Anderson, Los Angeles; a sister, Mrs. B.J. (Bertha) Robertson, Minneapolis.

Mason City Globe Gazette
Saturday, December 30, 1961


Minnesota Death Index:

Name: Henry O. Anderson;
Birth Date: 29 Dec 1872;
Death Date: 29 Dec 1961
Death County: Hennepin;
Mother's Maiden Name: Blakestad
State File Number: 027541;
Certificate Number: 027541;
Certificate Year: 1961
Record Number: 1487860


Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Otranto Twp., Mona, Mitchell, Iowa:

Henry Oliver Anderson -- December 29, 1872 — December 29, 1961.

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Schmidt child

died 1906



New has been received here that diphtheria has broken out in the family of August Schmidt of Waltham town. A daughter, about 12 years of age, died last Sunday, and nine other children are down with the disease.

(From a 1906 newspaper)

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Died 1906

Mrs. Lewis Schultz died Monday evening of childbirth at her house in the German settlement east of Austin.

The case is particularly sad, as one of the twin babies is living and one died with the mother. Arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.

(From a 1906 newspaper)

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d: 1905

Louis Scow died this morning at the county farm of dropsy. Interment took place at Oakwood this afternoon. He leaves a wife and three children. Mr. Scow was a man about 45 years of age, and for the past two years has been in failing health. He was for a number of years previous engaged in business on Mill Street.

(From a 1905 newspaper)

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Died 1952

Mrs. Maurine Jennie Wait, 56, died May 1, 1952 at Lying-In hospital, Oxnard, California, after being ill for two years.

A former resident of Austin, Minnesota, Mrs. Wait moved to Oxnard in 1940, and was an employee of the Press-Courier before her illness.

She is survived by her husband, Landon C. Wait, and a sister, Mrs. Oscar Rubin, Dexter. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Oxnard.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, May 6, 1952]

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Mrs. Mary Kasel, 78, Adams, Minnesota, died this morning in an Austin rest home following a short illness.

She is survived by four daughters and two sons. They are Mrs. John Stoltzenberg, Johnsburg; Mrs. H. Heimer, Austin; Mrs. Frank Thome, Stacyville, Iowa; Mrs. Alfons Kirtz, Adams; Paul Kasel, Meyer, Iowa; and Joe Kasel, Charles City, Iowa.

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

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, May 6, 1952]

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Roland "Rollie" W. Ross


Roland "Rollie" William Ross, 87, of Adams, died on June 30, 2009 at Adams Health Care Center in Adams.

Roland William (Rollie) Ross was born June 13, 1922 near Alta Vista, Iowa to William and Evelyn (Paschalke) Ross. When Roland's father was transferred by the railroad, the family moved to the Taopi area, where Roland attended school and later went to work for the Chicago Great Western Railroad.

In 1941 he proudly enlisted in the Army/Air Force and served most of his time in New Guinea clearing land for airstrips. He belonged to the Adams Post 146 American Legion, where he was honored in 2006 for his 60 years of membership. After his service, he returned to Taopi.

Rollie was married to Grace Hueman on May 28, 1946 at St. Paul, Minn.; they had two children: Georgia and Terrance. In 1951, he went to work at the Austin Hormel Plant. In 1959, he built a new home and moved his family to Adams. After working 30 years, he retired from Hormel in 1981 and continued to live in the home he built until this spring when health issues prompted a move to Cedar Court assisted living.

His hobbies were fishing and hunting. He had a love for cars which was handed down to his son, Terry, and a love for birds which began when his grandson, Stacy, entrusted him with a parakeet named Spanky when he entered the Air Force in 1986. He continued to garden until just a few years ago but still managed to find a place for a tomato plant or two.

Roland is survived by his wife, Grace Ross, Adams; daughter, Georgia (Arlo) Scheevel, Austin; son, Terry (Pam) Ross, Austin; daughter-in-law, Arlene Hueman, Austin; grandsons, Wayne (Alicia) Scheevel, Stacy (Michelle) Scheevel; step-granddaughters, Kathy (Rick) Johnson, Karen (Mike) Vaith, Julie (Terry) Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Anna Scheevel, Danielle Haerer, Bryan Haerer, Matthew Scheevel, David Scheevel and Michael Kanne; sisters, Jean Gosha, Austin, LaRae Rarer, St. Paul; brother-in-law, Maury Hemley, St. Paul; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, James Hueman; brothers, Dale and Duane; and sister, Darlene Hemley.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father James Seitz officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams with Adams Post 146 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and for one hour before the service at the church on Friday. The organist will be Helen King with soloist Virginia Bissen and violinist will be Anna Scheevel.

Honorary bearers will be Anna Scheevel, Danielle Haerer, Bryan Haerer, Matthew Scheevel and Michael Kanne. Casket Bearers will be David Scheevel, Wayne Scheevel, Stacy Scheevel, Gordy Briggs, Terry Schmidt and Arlo Scheevel.

[Austin Daily Herald, July 1, 2009]

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Dorothy Ann (Radford) Burnett


Dorothy Ann Burnett passed away on June 28, 2009 at her home in Austin with loved ones at her side, after a long illness with cancer.

Dorothy was born Sept. 5, 1937 in Mitchell, S.D. to Edgar and Alvina Radford. They moved to Austin in 1952. Dorothy graduated from Austin High

School in 1955. After high school she married Clifford Pratt and they had six children. They later divorced. Dorothy was married to Robert Burnett for a short time and later divorced. She then met her significant other, Harry Burton in 1978 and they were together until he passed away in 2006.

Dorothy and Harry owned Righty's Bar for several years in two different locations. They made a lot of friends throughout those years. Dorothy then became a home health aide and worked at the Cedars.

After leaving the Cedars she took care of Ed Hammermeister until he passed away and she became ill. She loved people, and taking care of them was just her nature. Dorothy enjoyed flowers and working in her garden. Her home won Yard of the Month and she was so proud and honored to have been chosen. Dorothy was a beautician. She was also a model for Belles and Beaus bridal show every year at the Oak Park Mall, and the last time her granddaughter, Sadie, was also in the show with her. Dorothy's three dogs: Abby, Ashley and Tina who passed away this year were a big part of her life. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was what Dorothy enjoyed the most. She was very much loved by her family and friends and will be sadly missed by all of us.

Survivors include three sons, Mike (Julie) Pratt, Austin, Mark (Deb) Pratt, Waterloo, Iowa, Joe (Darlene) Pratt, Dexter, Minn.; three daughters, Lisa (Roger) Toms, Austin, Leslie Pratt (Bob Reimers), Lansing, Minn., Lori Pratt (John Jordon), Las Vegas, Nev.; 12 grandchildren, Chris Pratt, Nick Reed, Kye Kilmer, Jeremy Martin, Emily Pratt, Kelly Pratt, Steven Toms, Trisha Pratt, Randall Pratt, Sadie Pratt, Lindsey Reimers, Robert Reimers II; four great-grandchildren, Alyssa LaPlant, Mandy LaPlant, Levi Pratt, Carter Reimers; three brothers, Don (Betty) Heidinger, Mitchell, S.D., Warren (Pat) Radford, Austin, Bob (Brenda) Radford, Yukon, Okla.; three sisters, Nona (Horace) Blanchard, Oklahoma City, Okla., Joan (Jim) Stopfer, Mitchell, Barb (Cliff) Zimmerman, Lake Butler, Fla. and special friend, Don Olson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Cliff Pratt and Harry Burton.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. The honorary casket bearer will be Carter Pratt Reimers. The casket bearers will be Nick Reed, Steven Toms, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Martin, Robert Reimers II, Levi Pratt and Randall Pratt.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., June 30, 2009]

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Barbara Wangen, 76


Barbara E. Wangen, 76 of Hayward, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.

She was born Sep. 13, 1924 in Oakland, to John and Helen (Cafourek) Kermes. She attended school in Oakland and beauty school in Mankato.

She married Winferd Wangen on Feb. 18, 1948 in Albert Lea and has resided in the Hayward area. She was a member of the Oakland Lutheran Church, where she was active in Circle, WELCA and Bible Studies.

They were also active in the Farmers' Union. Barbara was an avid gardener, enjoying her flower gardens and the outdoors and working in the yard. For the past 20 years they have wintered in Arizona.

She is survived by her husband, Winferd "Windy" Wangen, Hayward; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary (Linda) Wangen, Blaine, William (Cathy) Wangen, Willmar; daughter, Karen Wangen, Albert Lea; sister, Miriam Wangen, Sargeant; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford "Jack" (Lucetta) Kermes, Glenville, Bruce (Bonnie) Kermes, Albert Lea; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Betty and Ellsworth Jackson, Austin, Stanley, Judy Wangen, Woodstock, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Oakland Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Scott Duffus officiating.

Internment: Hillcrest Cemetery in Oakland

Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin, and at the church Monday one hour before services.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 1, 2000]

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Thelma (nee Edwards) Schlichter


Thelma (Dollie) Schlichter, 74, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin, after an eight-month-long illness of cancer.

She was born Oct. 28, 1926, at Grand Forks, N.D., to George and Dorothy (Buss) Edwards.

She attended Austin High School and married Paul (Bud) Schlichter June 20, 1945, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin.

She was a homemaker, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1216 Auxiliary and enjoyed the Minnesota Vikings and music, including her son Joe's band.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Julie Schlichter, Austin, Joseph and Lisa Schlichter, Owatonna; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Wayne Brandt, Austin, Paulette and Ray Shook, Glidden, Iowa, Jeanne Motl, Blooming Prairie, Dianna and Steve Enfield, New Richland; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Mary Jo Edwards, Austin; one sister, June Poole, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; one son, Mark; parents, George and Dorothy Edwards; brothers, Raymond Edwards and Howard Edwards.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Edward's Catholic Church, Austin, with the Rev. Tim Biren officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

Visitation: 4-8 p.m. today, at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday also at Mayer Funeral Home.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 1, 2000]

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Renee A. (nee LaVelle) Kocik


Renee A. Kocik, 50, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Austin Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 10, 1950, to John Patrick and Geraldine Cecelia (Kneeland) LaVelle in Austin. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Mower County Humane Society.

She had a special friend, Rita.

Survivors include brothers, John LaVelle and Terry (Michelle) LaVelle, all of Austin; sisters, Sue Sanvick and Michele Sheller, both of Austin; and nieces and nephews.

Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Worlein Funeral Home with Father Paul Nelson officiating. There will be a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and one hour before the service.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials: Preferred to the Mower County Humane Society

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 3, 2000]

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David Quinlan


David Quinlan, 52, of 1808 Sixth Ave. SW, Austin, died Thursday evening, Nov. 30, 2000, at his home.

David was born June 6, 1948, in Lake City, Iowa, to Kenneth and Evelyn Marjorie (Kuebler) Quinlan. He married Annette Leiting in Carroll, Iowa, on Jan. 27, 1968.

He worked in the Mower County Extension Office as an extension educator employed by the University of Minnesota. He held bachelor's and master's degrees in agriculture business from Iowa State University. He was a vocational agriculture teacher in Farragut, Iowa, and extension director in Tama, Iowa, and Boone, Iowa, and for eight and a half years here in Austin as extension educator.

Survivors include his wife, Annette Quinlan of Austin; five children, Jill and Toby Lorenzen of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Brian Quinlan and fiancee Kym McBride of Ankeny, Iowa, Jennifer and Johnathn Clayton of Des Moines, Iowa, Carl Quinlan of Boone, Iowa, and Alicia Quinlan of Austin; three grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth and Carol Quinlan of Edwardsville, Illinois, and Joe and Kristy Dewey of West Des Moines, Iowa; and sisters, Sharon and Jerry Carey of Churdan, Iowa, and Linda and Gerald Durben of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, stepfather (George Dewey), a brother (Melvin Dewey), and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Services: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at St. Edward's Catholic Church with Father Hubert Boschert and Father Donald Zenk officiating. There will be a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home, where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday. Casket bearers will be Bruce Henricks, Leonard Miller, Woody Vereidi, Lowell Franzen, Dan Vermilyea and Tom Neilon. Music will be by St. Edward's choir, Leona Miller will be organist and Kristine Allas will be the soloist.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post No. 91.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 3, 2000]

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Gina Rolfson


Gina Rolfson, 23, of Bagley, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Bagley.

She was born May 8, 1977, in Austin, the daughter of John and Sandy (Shanfeld) Rolfson. The Rolfson family moved to Bagley in 1978 to open a veterinary clinic. Gina was diagnosed with renal failure in this year at the age of 1. She was able to attend Bagley Public School, graduating in 1997. Although regular dialysis was required, Gina enjoyed the weddings of five siblings and the births of 10 nieces and nephews. Her trip of a lifetime came in 1988 with a family trip to Disneyland and California.

Gina loved music, playing cards, games and ball with her family.

Surviving are her parents, John and Sandy Rolfson of Bagley; sisters, Lisa (Bob) Bestul of Ely, Gail (Shawn) Thorson of Andover, Lori (Mark) Agnew of Bagley and Sara (Josh) Burley of Bagley; brothers, Guy (Debbie) Rolfson of Bagley and Tommy Rolfson of Ely; her maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Mildred Shanfeld of Charles City, Iowa; her paternal grandmother, Isa Streeter of Bemidji; eight nephews; two nieces; and several aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Neil Rolfson, and an uncle, Tom Rolfson.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bagley with Father Gary LaMoine, Sister Jenice Miller and Pastor Mardy Schermerhorn officiating.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Cease Funeral Home in Bagley and also one hour prior to the services at the church.

Interment: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Bagley.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 4, 2000]

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Robert A. Lamecker


Robert A. Lamecker, 70, of Elysian and formerly of Austin, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, in Scottsdale, Ariz., following a sudden illness.

Robert Alfred Lamecker, the son of Arthur and Rose (Schriener) Lamecker, was born Aug. 2, 1930, in New Ulm. Robert attended New Ulm High School and graduated in 1949. Following high school, Robert served in the Army during the Korean War. After his service time, Robert returned to New Ulm and worked at Schell's Brewery.

On June 27, 1953, he married Betty Roberts in Sleepy Eye. Robert worked for more than 29 years for LCL Transit in Green Bay, Wis., as an over-the-road truck driver. He retired in 1991. Robert and Betty spent their summers at Lake Francis and their winters in Mesa, Ariz. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and experienced handyman. Robert was a member of American Legion Post No. 311 in Elysian.

Surviving are his wife Betty; two daughters, Lynne Moldenhauer of Austin and Lisa (Daryl) Johnson of Osage, Iowa; two sons, Dennis (Dorothy) Lamecker of Skiatook, Okla., and James Lamecker of Austin; six grandchildren; a sister, Grace (William) Roberts of Elysian; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services: Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Elysian with Father Michael Ince officiating.

Visitation: At the church on Thursday for an hour prior to the services.

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery with military honors conducted by members of American Legion Post No. 311 in Elysian.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 4, 2000]

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Michael Anthony Elias


Michael Anthony Elias, 43, of Austin, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born May 3, 1957, in Los Angeles County, Calif., to Mary Esther Valenica and William Elias Bejarano. Michael lived in Albert Lea before moving to Austin two years ago. He was a board member of the Mower County Council for the Handicapped Inc., a member of the Claim to Fame Motorcycle Club and was associated with members of Christ Episcopal Church. He loved kids, work and laughing.

Surviving are daughters, Melissa Elias of Oceanside, Calif., Michelle Elias of El Cajon, Calif., Megan Elias of Grand Meadow and McKenzie Elias of Grand Meadow; sons, Michael Elias of Grand Meadow and Dustin Forde of Colona, Ill.; a granddaughter; brothers, Chris, Robert and William; and sisters, Jude and Margaret.

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

Services: Were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Richard A. Ressler officiating.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 4, 2000]

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Mabel Briggs


Mabel Amelia Briggs, 75, of Pine Island, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was born April 25, 1925, in Chatfield to Elmer Sutherland and Mabel Amelia Gordon. She married Donald Briggs on Dec. 9, 1946, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mabel lived the last five years in Pine Island; prior to that she and her husband lived in the Oronoco Area at Kings Park for many years. Mabel was an upholsterer and seamstress for Lloyd's Upholstery for six years and then with Orlen Ross for 17 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are sons, Gordon D. (Terry) Briggs, Adams, David G. (Carolyn) Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Donna Jean Meyer, Jamesville, N.Y., Marilyn (Charles) Churchward, Dodge Center; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine (Mrs. Dewey) Baker, Spring Valley, Edith (Mrs. Melvin) Eichoff, Wykoff, Eva Briggs, Melville, Maxine (Mrs. Arthur) Rowe, Wykoff.

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

Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Ranfranz Funeral Home with the Rev. Linda Helberg officiating.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday one hour prior to the funeral service at Ranfranz Funeral Home.

Interment: Grandview Memorial Gardens.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 4, 2000]

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Edward H. Voeltz


Edward H. Voeltz, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at Lewiston Villa Nursing Home.

He was born Sept. 20, 1910, near Racine to Robert Voeltz and Mathilda Dumke. He was born and raised near Racine. Mr. Voeltz was a milk hauler in the Austin area for many years. He lived south of Blooming Prairie. After he retired from hauling milk, he was a janitor at the North Star Bar in Austin. He enjoyed playing the accordion.

He is survived by brothers, Fredrick "Fritz" Voeltz, Brownsdale, Bernard Voeltz, Rochester; sisters, Dorothy Campbell, Rochester, Evelyn Stiegerwald, Brownsdale, Adeline DeVriendt, Minneapolis.

Service: 3 p.m. Wednesday at Macken Colonial Chapel, Rochester, with the Rev. Allen Vrieze officiating.

Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home on Wednesday

Interment: Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 4, 2000]

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Linda J. (nee Thilgen) Granle


Linda J. Granle, 53, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at her home.

She was born July 2, 1947, in Austin to Hubert J. and Hattie Mathilda (Hellmer) Thilgen. She married Gary Granle on Dec. 5, 1970, in Austin. She owned and operated Granle's Custom Framing and Art Gallery.

She is survived by her husband Gary, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa (Bradley) Tuttle, Austin; sons and daughters-in-law, Darin (Jenna) Granle and Scott (Tina) Granle both of Austin; four grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Joan (Al) Hansen, Hazelton, Iowa; brother, Burnell Thilgen of Brooklyn Park.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marilyn and a brother Jean Thilgen.

Service: A funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Brian Kruger, Brad Bednar, Dave Sorlie, Mark Haider, Tom Steihm and Glen Farnum.

Visitation: There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 7 p.m. wake service at Mayer Funeral Home on Tuesday evening where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 5, 2000]

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Lillian (nee Mortenson) Smith


Lillian V. Smith, 78, Austin, died at Ostrander Nursing Home Dec. 3, 2000.

She was born Oct. 20, 1922, to George and Clara (Thraser) Mortenson in Spring Valley. Lillian married Robert R. Smith on Jan. 1, 1946, in Austin where she was a life-long resident. A member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, she worked at the Ben Franklin store and Comforcare Care Center.

Survivors include daughters, Sharon (Keith) Cooper, Elroy, Wisconsin; Diane (James) Cecil, Austin; Linda (Robert) Jasinski, Garland, Texas; Mary Kay Smith, St. Paul; Pam Billings, Austin; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Eva Marie Price, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three brothers.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home.

Visitation: Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Interment: Nashville Cemetery in Truman.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 5, 2000]

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Wayne W. Judd


Wayne W. Judd, 66, died Sunday Dec. 3, 2000, at his home from cancer.

He was born Jan. 1, 1934, in Austin to Leonard and Lillian (Gulbrandson) Judd. He attended Columbus grade school and Pacelli High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball, lettering eight times. He was very active in his youth with club league baseball, was a member of the Moose Lodge and played fast pitch and slow pitch softball well into his 40s.

He married Patricia Tate on June 12, 1952, in Austin. His second marriage was to Helen (Dearmin) Bierlen on June 6, 1964, in Albert Lea. Wayne was employed at George A Hormel and Co. from 1952-1983. He then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a federal meat inspector, retiring in 1996. After his retirement he spent many hours watching his grandchildren playing sports and socializing with friends. He also enjoyed a little golf and bowling.

He is survived by his wife Helen; children, Thomas (Patricia) Judd, Sheridan, Wyo., Randal (Teresa) Judd, Austin, Daniel Judd, Rochester; Karen (Doug ) Kelly of Austin; Roger (Denise) Bierlen, Kasson, Linda (Adam) Weiss, Arlington, Texas, Ralph (Margarita) Bierlen, Des Moines, Iowa, Diana Bierlen, Austin, and Michael Bierlen, Austin; 15 grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brothers and sisters, Keith (Delores) Judd, Austin, James (Hildegarde) Judd, St. Paul, Duane (Maggie) Judd, Albert Lea, Mary Ann (John) Ruffins, Chicago, Ill. Barbara (Ronald) Huffman, Austin, and Michael Judd, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

Wayne has donated his body to Mayo Cancer Research Foundation. There will be no funeral home reviewal.

Service: A Memorial Mass will be held at St Augustine Catholic Church on Friday at 1 p.m.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family in the Jennings Hall after Mass.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 5, 2000]

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Marvin S. Skaran


Marvin S. Skaran, 90, formerly of the rural Grand Meadow area died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at the Ostrander Nursing Home in Ostrander.

He was born on his farm in Racine Township, Mower County, on July 16, 1910, to Old and Gina Skaran. He lived on the farm where he was born until the time he entered the nursing home. In September 1937, he married Agnes Dettloff at the Bear Creek Church. He loved farming and the land that he lived on along with horses and working with wood. He also loved the Vikings.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes of the Ostrander Nursing Home and many nieces and nephews.

Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bear Creek Lutheran Church, Frankford Township with the Rev. Dr. Elain Siemsen officiating.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment: the church cemetery

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or for Alzheimer's research.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 7, 2000]

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Stella Giannou


Stella Giannou, 100, Phoenix, Ariz., died Nov. 21, 2000.

Stella was born Sept. 22, 1900, in Niata, Greece. She was a homemaker.

She and her husband and son managed the Austin Candy Shop.

She is survived by her son George Giannou and his wife Elaine and daughter-in-law, Lucille Giannou; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law.

Service: Graveside services were held on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at Phoenix Memorial Park.

Arrangements were provided by Phoenix Memorial Park.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 8, 2000]

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Gertrude M. (nee Adams)(Duffy) Diederich


Gertrude M. (Duffy) Diederich, 93, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home, Austin, where she lived.

She was born Aug. 24, 1907, at Bowdle, S.D., to Joseph and Catherine (Kaiser) Adams. When she was three years old the family moved to Stacyville, Iowa, and she lived in several places during childhood. She attended schools at Meyer, Iowa, Sargeant, Waltham and Austin.

She married Vivian Duffy Nov. 12, 1924, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin, and they lived in Austin for seven years before moving to a farm east of Austin for 16 years.

Her husband, Vivian, died in 1941.

She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, PTA and Mower County Extension Service Club.

She moved into Austin in 1947 and was a cashier and grocery checker at Austin Super Valu until her marriage to Ernest Diederich April 8, 1967. The couple lived in Austin and wintered at Mesa, Ariz. They belonged to a Minnesota Group Card Club, American Legion and Auxiliary and she was a member of the Mower County Extension Service as well as St. Augustine Rosary Society.

She enjoyed music, sewing, cooking, baking, crocheting, knitting, crafts and quilting, gardening and flowers.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Clarence and Millie Duffy, Austin; two daughters and sons-in-law, Agnes and Steven Moscny, Los Angeles, Calif., Doris and Warren King, Carlton; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, Margaret; a brother, William Adams; her first husband, Vivian; daughter-in-law, Betty Lewis Duffy, and second husband, Ernest Diederich in 1992.

Service: Funeral mass celebrated Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin, with the Rev. Paul Nelson officiating and Mayer Funeral Home of Austin in charge of funeral arrangements.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 10, 2000]

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Edward H. Freiheit


Edward H. Freiheit, 78 of Austin, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at the Grand Meadow health Care Center.

He was born January 24, 1922, at Wykoff to henry and Amilea (Gute) Freiheit. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, during World War II. He was a retired employee of Hormel Foods Corporation.

Service: 10 a.m. Monday memorial service at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, with the Rev. Paul Nelson officiating.

Visitation: one half hour before services Monday at the funeral home.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 10, 2000]

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Marian R. (nee Taylor) Enright


Marian R. Enright, 103, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin.

She was born July 28, 1897, at Austin to George and Mary Ellen (Fichten) Taylor.

She attended Columbus school and later Pacelli High School, where she graduated June 10, 1915.

After graduation, she taught school in a country school south of Rose Creek.

She married William Enright Sept. 26, 1917, and they lived on a farm near Rose Creek. Later, they moved into Austin, where they lived except for a short period in the late 1920s, when they moved briefly to Kimball.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, tatting, embroidery, cooking, baking, weaving, flower arrangement, entertaining, gardening and playing bridge.

She was president of the Rosary Society at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Austin.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Ilene Enright, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Robert Hart, Austin; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William, in 1977; daughter, Jeanne Marie Schulz; infant son, William Jr.; sisters, Jane Goslee, Ethel Denicen, Marie Denicen, Florence Kittridge and Irene Taylor; brothers, Early Taylor and Robert Taylor.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Monday funeral mass at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Austin, with the Revs. Virgil Duellman and Frank Enright officiating and casket bearers Michael Enright, John Enright, James Enright, Joseph Enright, Robert Schulz, William Schulz, David Hart and William Hart.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m. today at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, where there will also be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and 6 p.m. wake service. Also, noon - 1 p.m. Monday.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 10, 2000]

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Regina Rose Rockers


Regina Rose Rockers died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at the Fairmont Community Hospital.

She was the stillborn infant daughter of Mark and Chris (Olsen) Rockers.

Survivors include her parents, Mark and Chris, Winnebago and formerly of Austin; two brothers, Brian and Matthew; three sisters, Beth, Katie and Marianna, all at home; paternal grandparents, Francis and Carole Rockers, Austin; maternal grandparents, Richard R. and Helen Olsen, McAllen, Texas and formerly of Austin.

Service: Monday with Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, Inc., Winnebago, in charge of funeral arrangements.

Interment: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Winnebago.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 10, 2000]

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John W. Moeller


John W. Moeller, 80 of Lyle, died.

Service: 1 p.m. today at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Lyle, with Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, in charge of arrangements.

Visitation: One half hour before services today at the church.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 10, 2000]

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Elna (nee Boysen) Bates


Elna (Boysen) Bates, 85, formerly of Austin area died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, at Loring Clinic in Sac City, Iowa.

She was born Aug. 14, 1915, in Vernon Township in Dodge County, to Edward and Anna (Brekke) Boysen. Elna went to the Boysen County School near Hayfield. She then started working at Hormel Foods. She married Joe Bates in 1940. They lived and worked in Austin until 1954 when they moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa. They moved again in 1960 to Humboldt, Iowa, where Elna lived until 1990. Elna moved to Humboldt Nursing Home for a while and was recently living at Fonda Nursing and Rehab Center in Fonda, Iowa. Elna loved cats and took care of many throughout her life. She liked cooking, flowers, and gardening. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Iowa. She also belonged to the Issac Walton League.

She is survived by her brother, Irvin Boysen, Hayfield; several nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Bates; one brother and three sisters.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Clasen-Jordan Chapel with the Rev. Myrwood A. Bagne officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery. Honorary bearers will be Charlie Klock, Linda Pettis, Robert Klock, Verlet McFarland, Bonnie Rebelein. Casket bearers are Steve Boysen, Russell Benson, Randy Benson, Roger Pettis, Darvin Dahle, Ron Benson

Visitation: Friends may call at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Thursday one hour before the service at the chapel.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 12, 2000]

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Agnes (nee Twedell) Lee


Agnes Lee, 87, Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, December 11, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Albert Lea.

Agnes was born Nov. 29, 1913, in Austin to Richard and Mary (Logas) Twedell. On Oct. 25, 1934, she was married to Russell LaVerne Lee. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria (Tom) Langan, Austin, Elaine (Gary) Sipple, Albert Lea; sons, Robert Lee, Austin, Gene Lee, Austin; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, George and Mabel Twedell, Austin, three sisters and a brother-in-law, Mildred Anderson, Austin, Dorothy Smith, Austin, Carol (Ted) Getchell, Austin.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

Gary Westland and Jeffrey Studley.

Service: 1 p.m. funeral Mass Thursday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Visitation: There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6 p.m. wake service on Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery. The casket bearers will be grandsons, Edward Miller, Todd Miller, Michael Langan, Jeffrey Langan, Gary Westland and Jeffrey Studley.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 12, 2000]

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Donald Arthur Busse


Donald A. Busse, 41, of Waseca, formerly of Austin, died on Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at his home.

Donald Arthur Busse, the son of Donald F. and Margaret (Antonsen) Busse was born on Dec. 27, 1958, in St. Paul. He graduated from Prior Lake High School in 1977 and went on to attend Golden Valley Lutheran College in Golden Valley. From 1979 to 1984 Don worked as a journeyman carpenter/foreman for Bill Berg Construction in the Twin Cites.

He was married on May 19, 1984, to Kris McCormick at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Prior Lake. Don and Kris resided in Austin, and from 1984 to 1991 Don worked as the Olmsted County Building Inspector in Rochester. In 1991 he took a position as Building Official for the city of Austin. Don and Kris moved to Waseca in 1995, and Don continued his position with the city of Austin. Recently Don joined the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca. Don was an avid hunter, enjoyed golfing, and shooting sporting clays. He also enjoyed traveling. First and foremost in Don's life was his family.

He is survived by his wife Kris; daughter Brooke and son Jake, all of Waseca; mother, Margaret Busse, Sandstone; sister, Brenda (Tim) Arvidson, Shakopee; brothers, David (Shannon) Busse, Prior Lake, Den (Sue) Busse, Austin; brother-in-law, Mark McCormick, Prior Lake; sisters-in-law, Julie McCormick and fiancée, Judd Dow, Lonsdale, Patty (Matt) Friedrich, Prior Lake; nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Evelyn Busse.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1987; by twin infant siblings in 1971; by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pat and Mary Ann McCormick; by his grandparents.

Service: A 1 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was held Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca with Fr. John Kunz officiating.

Interment: St. Michael's Catholic Church Cemetery in Prior Lake. Caseketbearers were Rod Tollefson, Danny Tollefson, Lance Glauvitz, Tim Tollefson, Tom Tollefson, Paul Busse, Steve Busse, Lee Busse.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 12, 2000]

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