Mower County Obituaries
Part 99



Roland Keith "Ron" Moody


Roland "Ron" Keith Moody, 65, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at the emergency room of St. Mary's Hospital of a stomach aneurysm.

He was born May 7, 1935 to Bernard and Harmina (Groen) Moody in Austin.

He was married to Lois G. Harnesk and later divorced. He later married Linda McCallum June 17, 1989, in Rochester.

Roland graduated from Austin High School. He lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., Stewartville, and has lived in Dodge Center since July 1987.

He was a spot welder for 22 years with Crenlo in Rochester. He retired on Nov. 1, 1999. He co-chaired the 1998 Minnesota State Square and Round Dance convention. He enjoyed square dancing, reading and camping.

He is survived by his wife Linda Moody, Dodge Center, son Jeff Moody, Richfield; daughter, Lynne (Louis) Pedersen, Phoenix, Ariz.: two step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruth Ann Pratt.

Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Kasson with the Rev. John Conklin officiating.

Interment: Private family burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Dodge Center, and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.

[Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 13, 2000]

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Judy Faye (nee Pater) Koopal


Judy Faye Koopal, 55, of rural Lyle, died at Austin Medical Center Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000.

She was born June 28, 1945, at Primghar, Iowa, to Arthur and Verda (Heimensen) Pater. Judy attended school in Dexter and Elkton, graduating in 1963. She married Sammy Koopal on June 5, 1976, in Lyle and recently worked at Home Federal in Austin. A member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, Judy belonged to circle there and enjoyed doing hardanger (Norwegian needlework).

Survivors include husband, Sammy Koopal of Lyle; children, Janae Koopal, Mankato, Jason Koopal, Lyle, Jared Koopal, Lyle and Audra (Jody) Simenson, Rochester; two grandchildren; parents, Arthur and Velda Pater of Dexter; brother, Robert (Rhonda) Pater, Dexter; and a sister, Kay (Ralph) Kosmicke, Arizona.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Soloist is Brad Nelson, accompanied by David Dahlquist on the organ.

Interment: Woodbury Cemetery, Lyle. Casket bearers are Dwight DeBoer, Steve Hollerud, David Howard, John Johnson, Josh Kunze, Ron Slowinski.

Visitation: Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday and from 8 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home and at the church one hour before the service.

[Austin Daily Herald]

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William Lee


William Lee, 71, of Austin, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at his home.

Bill was born July 28, 1929, in Kasson to Willie and Louise (Jensen) Lee. He married Elinor (Davis) Lee on Sept. 26, 1953, in the Little Brown Church in Iowa. He is a retired employee of Hormel Foods Corp. in Austin.

Survivors include his wife, Elinor, Austin; daughters, Kathie (Jim) Stadler, Minneapolis, Lori (Jack) Koppa, Austin, Linda (Dennis) Sershen, Albert Lea; son, Steve (Sandy) Lee, Richfield; eight grandchildren; sister-in-law, Violet Lee, Austin; brother-in-law, Lynn Christianson, Burnsville.

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

Service: 11 a.m. service on Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Organist will be Ruth Monson and the soloist will be Erin Schumacher.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mayer Funeral Home and one hour before the service on Thursday at the church.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jim and Benjamin Stadler, Ralph George, Morey and John Mueller and Leroy Wollschlager.

[Austin Daily Herald]

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Ward E. Ellis


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John B. Felton

died 1961

Funeral services for John B. Felton, Rose Creek, Minnesota, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Church, Rose Creek. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery. Rosary services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mayer Funeral Home. Adams Post, American Legion, will be in charge of military rites at the graveside.

Austin Daily Herald, Aug. 8, 1961

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Otto Gunderson


Daughters: Mrs. H.L. Johnson, Gertrude Erickson, Mrs. Hubert Gaetke
Sisters: Clara Steen, Mabel Milbrath

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Mildred Leone


Mrs. Vincent Leone

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Josephine (Bock) French


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bock

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Lyle F. Gravlin

d: 1966

Funeral Services for Lyle F. Gravlin, 309 11th Ave. SW, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home. Rev. R. Colby officiating.

Interment will be in Kasson Cemetery, Masson, Minnesota. VFW post 1215 will be in charge of military rites. Friends may call at Mayer Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Family prefers memorials for Muscular Dystrophy Fund.

Austin Daily Herald, Tue., Oct. 25, 1966.

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Lewis E. Larson


Husband of Helga Larson
Father of Harriet and Mona

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Clara Orcutt


Mother of Helen Murphy, Mary Jean, George and Evan

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Louis J. Schwartz


Son of Christian and Elizabeth (Goesela) Schwartz
Married Mathilda Hass

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Arthur F. Cowan


Word has been received of the death of Arthur F. Cowan, age 60, at Rainer, Oregon.

A former Austin resident, he is survived by his widow, Vera; by a sister, Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Bell, Austin; and aunt, Mrs. Margaret Morris, Austin; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Portland, Oregon.

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., March 30, 1966]

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Herman Krahn


NOTE: It is believed his address was actually Lyle, Minnesota.

Herman Frederick Krahn was born June 14, 1874, in Rock Township, Mitchell County, Iowa. He was the son of Frederick Krahn and Amelia nee Talzmann.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. On November 6, 1899, he married the former Ida Cordes and they lived on the farm northwest of Toeterville. They were the parents of one child, Wilmer.

Herman and Ida Krahn moved to Toeterville in 1935, when Wilmer married and took over the farm. Ida Krahn died on March 3, 1940, after which Herman made his home with his son. His eyesight had been failing for the last four or five years.

In February, 1956, at the time when the Rev. Meyer, then pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Toeterville, announced that he would leave, Herman Krahn suffered a stroke. He was in the hospital for a time. Then in the Good Samaritan Home in Mason City, and on may 8, was taken to the Baldner Rest Home, Adams, Minnesota where he was until his death which came at 2:30 P.M. January 20, 1957, at the age of 82 years, 7 months and 6 days.

One brother and one sister preceded him in death as did his wife. Survivors include his son, Wilmer; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Langrock, Toeterville; a brother, Paul of Osage; three grandchildren, Fred, Jean, and Janice; relatives, many of which live around Toeterville and also in the vicinity of Fairmont and Welcome, Minnesota, and many friends.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, February 5, 1957]

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Barbara Kay Prescott


Barbara Kay Prescott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Prescott, Adams, Minnesota, was born on March 24, 1961 at Osage, Iowa, and passed to her eternal reward on April 20, 1963 by accidental death at the age of 2 years and 27 days. She was baptized at the Little Cedar Church.

Funeral services for Barbara were held April 23, 1963 at the Little Cedar Church, Adams. . . .

She was preceded in death by her baby brother.

She leaves to mourn, her parents, a sister and brother; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Prescott, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Skou; great-grandparents.

Interment was at the Little Cedar Cemetery, with her four uncles, David, Donald, and Thomas Prescott and Gary Skou serving as bearers.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., Apr. 30, 1963]

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Frank Wilson

(died 1940)

STACYVILLE, IOWA -- Frank Wilson died Sunday night at Rose Creek, Minnesota, after a prolonged illness of two years.

Surviving are his wife and three children: Mrs. Blanche Christopherson of Rose Creek, Archie and Alvin of Austin, Minnesota; and one sister, Mrs. Ben Woolworth of Osage.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Schutte Funeral Home at Austin, and burial was made here in the Union Presbyterian Cemetery.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Wed., Nov. 13, 1940]

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John M. Nelson


#1 of 2 items:


John M. Nelson, 78, died ... of injuries suffered in a single car accident three miles north of Grafton, Iowa.

He was a retired farmer in the Rose Creek area and is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Walter (Helen) Baldner . . . Mrs. Amanda Fossey . . . and Mrs. William (Lula) Klusmeier of Rose Creek; three brothers, Alfred of Rose Creek, El . . . and Raymond of Austin.

Funeral services will be held Friday.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, May 10, 1966]

#2 of 2 items:


GRAFTON, IOWA -- John M. Nelson, 78, of the Good Samaritan Center, St. Ansgar, Iowa, died in a one-car accident Monday morning at the intersection of two Worth county blacktop roads about three miles north of Grafton.

The car in which Nelson was riding was driven by William Howard Klusmeier, 57, rural Rose Creek, Minnesota. Authorities said it went out of control as Klusmeier attempted to stop.

The eastbound car crossed the intersection, went into a ditch and rolled onto its top.

Klusmeier and his wife, Lila, were admitted to Mercy Hospital, Mason City. Mrs. Klusmeier was treated for back and knee injuries along with cuts and bruises, while Klusmeier was treated for facial and possible back and wrist injuries. Both were reported in satisfactory condition.

Nelson had been a patient at Mercy Hospital and was being returned to St. Ansgar by his sister, Mrs. Klusmeier, and her husband. The mishap occurred at 11 a.m.

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, May 10, 1966

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Josephine H. (Helleck) Jones


Josephine Jones, 85, of Albert Lea, died on July 2, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Josephine H. Jones was born on Jan. 18, 1924 to Theodore and Jane (Noble) Helleck in Austin. She grew up in rural Blooming Prairie and was a member of the Red Oak Grove Church. Josephine graduated from Blooming Prairie High School. After high school she attended Austin Jr. College. On June 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Dale Jones in Seattle, Wash. where they lived for two years. The couple then returned to the Albert Lea area where they made their home. Josephine was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. She and Dale enjoyed spending winters in Arizona after his retirement.

Survivors include her children, Gail (Ron) Rhea, Byhalia, Miss., Carol (Ernie) Schultz, Alden, Jeff (Donna) Jones, Chaska, Marge (Bill) Entorf, Albert Lea, Michael (Cindy) Jones, Brownsdale and Steven (Carol) Jones, Joliet, Ill.; son-in-law, Tom O’Byrne, Albert Lea; 16 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Roscoe (Rita) Helleck, Sterling, Alaska, Arthur (Arlene) Helleck, Blooming Prairie and Harold (Susan) Helleck, Rochester; sister-in-law, Leona Jordahl, Owatonna; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Jones, Las Vegas, Nev.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; daughter, Janet O’Byrne; great-grandson, Makiao and sister, Thelma Hendriks.

Funeral services for Josephine H. Jones, age 85, of Albert Lea will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2009 at Ascension Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Boorsma will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5th at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to

[Austin Daily Herald, July 3, 2009]

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Herbert J. Furtney

Died 1961

Herbert J. Furtney, 60 [??], died Saturday while on a two-week vacation to Hawaii. A resident of Seattle, Wash., he was formerly of Austin.

Surviving are his widow, Ruth; and a sister, Mrs. Florence Smith, Minneapolis.

Funeral services are pending.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue. Dec. 26, 1961]

Age might have been 50 or 60 years.

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Florence (Chapman) Rosenthal


Mrs. Florence Rosenthal, 83, of 400 8th St. SW, died at her home on Sunday.

SHe is surviuved by three daughters: Miss Merle Rosentha., Brookfield, Illinois, Miss Madge Rosenthal, Austin, and Mrs. Mardelle Burgeson, Hopkins; one son, Kenneth K. Rosenthal, Austin; one brother, M.O. Chapman, Plainwell, Michigan; and six grandchildren.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue. Dec. 26, 1961]

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Otto Tollerud


Otto Tollerud, 94, of 905 10th St. NW, died at St. Olaf Hospital this morning. He had been hospitalized the past week.

Tollerud was formerly in the maintenance department of the Austin Public Schools and was well known for his interest in woodworking. He farmed for years northwest of Austin, and on retirement from this he joined the school staff.

Tollerud had been seriously ill for more than a year. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Esther) Hildreth, Mrs. Roscoe (Morine [??]) Noble and son Guy Tollerud, who is building supervisor for the Minnesota Dept. of Education.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Berg Funeral Chapel.

[Austin Herald, Thu., Jan. 25, 1962]

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John Ulven


John Ulven was born June 11, 1896, at Adams, Minnesota, the son of Ole and Ingeborg Ulven.

He attended school at Adams and on Oct. 26, 1921 was united in marriage with Jennie Johnson at Marshall Lutheran Church, Adams. The past 26 years they resided at 903 [??] 10th Ave. S.W.

Mr. Ulven was a retired employee of Geo. A. Hormel & Co., and was a member of the Eagles.

He died Dec. 17, at St. Olaf Hospital after being ill for five years.

Surviving are his wife, Jennie; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Knutson and Miss Emma Ulven, Austin, and Mrs. H.E. Drake, St. Paul.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery with the Worlein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., Dec. 26, 1961]

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Thomas M. Waterbury

Died 1966

Thomas M. Waterbury of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California died on Sept. 11, 1966.

A former Austin resident, he is survived by his widow, Edna, two children, R.M. Waterbury, San Francisco, and Mrs. Lloyd (Lucille) Walrath, Hinckley, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 19, 1966]

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Chester Nitzkowski


Chester Nitzkowski, 57, died Saturday at St. Olaf Hospital after a short illness.

He resided at 1027 4th Ave. NE, and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Irene L. Callahan, Austin, and Mrs Bernadine Kvalheim, Mason City, Iowa; a brother, Kenneth L. Nitzkowski, San Clementi, Calif.

Funeral services will beheld Tuesday.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 19, 1966]

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