Mower County Obituaries
Ann (nee Pater) Kunze
Ann Kunze, 82, died Monday, July 17, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital in
Ann was born May 21, 1918, in Sheldon, Iowa to Gerrit and Gertrude
(Vlastuin) Pater. She was married to Rex Kunze.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Keith Kunze, Rose Creek, Kevin Kunze, Plymouth, Bruce (Lyanne) Kunze, Austin, Kimm (Gillian) Kunze, Grand Marais, Ross (Joan) Kunze, Austin; 14 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry (Doris) Pater, Deerwood, Albert (Violet) Pater, Waltham, Marvin (Katie) Pater, Lansing, Herman (Loretta) Pater, Waltham, Hank (Margaret) Pater, Rochester; sister, Frances Theisie, Madison, S.D.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rex Kunze; two brothers, Charlie and Ted Pater; sisters, Hattie Wilts, Jennie McCamy and Gertie Sleeper.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home with Pastor Dave DeFor officiating.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and also one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Thursday.
Interment: Enterprise Cemetery. The casket bearers will be Ann's grandsons.
Austin Daily Herald - July 18, 2000
Ted Norman Lange
Ted Norman Lange, 53, of Sheridan, Wyoming, died on Sunday, July 16,
2000 in his home. He was born, July 16, 1947, in Ames, Iowa to Clifford and
Evelyn (Anderson) Lange. He graduated from Adams Public High School in 1965.
Directly following graduation, he entered the Marine Corp. He served two
tours of duty in Vietnam at the DMZ. He was honorably discharged in 1970.
He married Shirley Gilbert in December of 1966. Later on they divorced.
Ted spent the majority of his working life in California and in Wyoming.
He is survived by his three children, Ted (Angie) of Kasson, Tyrome
(Marisa) of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kimberley (Owen) Zimner of Eyota; five
grandchildren; parents; brother, Dano (Kathy) Lange of Rochester, and
sister, Janet (Marv) Jech of Red Wing; Marty Lange and Shirley Lange.
He was preceded in death by his twin sons, Tom and Tim; his brother,
Joe; nephew, Bryce; grandparents, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Memorial service will be held July 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Little Cedar
Lutheran Church in Adams.
Austin Daily Herald - July 19, 2000
Mary Ellen (nee Cotter) Luksik
Mary Ellen (Harlan) Luksik, 96, a resident of Sacred Heart Care Center,
Austin, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Austin Medical Center - Mayo Health
Mary Ellen was born Oct. 21, 1903, to John and Elizabeth (Purcell) Cotter
at the family farm south of Austin. Mary Ellen, the youngest of seven children, grew up on the family farm, attended Columbus Grade School and graduated from St. Augustine High School. She attended College of St. Teresa and in 1925, she married Harold Harlan in St. Paul. They had three children: Shirley, Nathan and Richard.
Mary Ellen retired from the George A. Hormel Co. in 1969 after 38 years of service. In 1970, she married Ignace Luksik. He passed away July 1, 1978. She lived in her own home, living independently until 1998 when she moved to Sacred Heart Care Center. Mary Ellen was a devoted mother and grandmother as well as an avid sports fan. She followed the Minnesota Twins and Vikings closely. She loved gardening, crocheting, quilting and good conversation. Her spirit and her dedication to church and family will be greatly missed.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Bill Skinner of Austin; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and a sister-in-law, Mary Cotter of Austin.
She was preceded in death by both husbands, her parents, two sons Richard and Nathan Harlan, five brothers and one sister.
The honorary casket bearer will be David Nelson. The casket bearers will be Mark Skinner, Matt Skinner, Greg Harlan, Scott Harlan, Dan Skinner, Josh Skinner, Tom Jude and Scott Carlson.
Service: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Louis Cook and Father Frank Enright officiating.
Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today, at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, where a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:30 p.m. wake service will be held and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Memorials: American Diabetes Association, Sacred Heart Care Center or donor's choice.
Austin Daily Herald - July 24-25, 2000
Margaret Elizabeth (nee Walker) McGrath
Margaret Elizabeth McGrath, 89, died Friday, July 28, 2000 at St. Cloud
Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn.
Margaret was born Dec. 8, 1910 in Riceville, Iowa to Thomas and Jessie
(Farnham) Walker. She graduated from Riceville High School and then
graduated with a teaching degree from the University of Minnesota. She
first taught school in Clarion, Iowa, where she met John David McGrath. They were married on July 27, 1940 in Riceville. They moved to Austin a few years after their marriage and she began teaching at Neveln Elementary School. She taught grade school students for many years.
Margaret enjoyed playing cards and was involved in bridge clubs. She traveled extensively and had supported a number of needy children overseas. She volunteered her time for Meals on Wheels and often enjoyed the stitch-and-bitch club.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas A. and Helen M. McGrath, Shoreview, Minn., John M. and Helen D. McGrath, Comstock, Wis.; daughter and son-in-law, Mary M. Ronnie Uliom, LeRoy; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Jessie and Bernard Eyestone, Riceville; brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Esther Walker, Emily, Minn.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John David McGrath; brothers, Thomas G. Walker, Donald Walker and Robert Walker.
Casket bearers will be Thomas B. McGrath, Jeffrey A. McGrath, Jason Sorenson, Mark Davis, Craig Hokanson, Mike Monseur.
Services: 1 p.m. Monday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. James C. Peck officiating.
Interment: Riverside Cemetery in Riceville, Iowa.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. today at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and Monday for one hour before the service at the chapel.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.
Austin Daily Herald - July 30, 2000
Evelyn M. (nee Quast) Milbrath
Evelyn M. Milbrath, 85, of Rochester, Minnesota, died Saturday, July
1, 2000, at the Rochester Health Care Center
Evelyn was born May 2, 1915, in Dexter Township to John P. and Emma
She was born and reared in Dexter Township and lived there on the family farm until moving to Rochester in 1963 and she has lived there since.
She married Alton Milbrath on Feb. 26, 1939. They were later divorced.
Evelyn was a member of the Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. She served as church organist in Mower County as a young girl and continued to enjoy music in her retirement.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Earlon (Carol) Milbrath, Chanhassen; daughters, Lola N. Johnson, Edina, and Darlene (Mrs. Harlan) Nelson, Crystal Lake, Ill.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Ted Johnson of Rochester.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
· Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Zumbro Lutheran Church, Sixth Street and Third Avenue SW, Rochester with Rev. Gary E. Benson officiating.
· Interment: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Dexter Township at 1:30 p.m. Thursday
· Visitation: Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the start of the service.
Vine Funeral Home or Rochester is in charge of arrangements
Austin Daily Herald - July 5, 2000
Harmina (nee Groen) Moody
Harmina "Babe" Moody, 91, died Wednesday at the Adams Health Care Center.
Babe was born March 24, 1909 at Belmond, Iowa, the daughter of Henry
and Henrietta (Pals) Groen. She graduated from the Belmond High School and
was married to Bernard L. Moody on June 24, 1928, at Austin. She worked at
the Canton Cafe in Austin and later for the Sterling Drug Store for 10 years
until her retirement. She was a member of Unity Chapter No. 29 Order of the
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roland and Linda Moody,
Dodge Center; three grandchildren, Lynne, Jeff, and Steve; one
great-granddaughter; three step grandchildren; several step
great-grandchildren; sister, Rena Glenn, Austin; nieces and nephews;
special friend, Leone VanHouse, Austin.
The family prefers memorials to Juvenile Diabetes or the Adams Health Care Center.
Service: 2 p.m. Monday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. Richard M. Kastner officiating.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery
Visitation: Friends may call at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
The family prefers memorials to Juvenile Diabetes or the Adams Health Care Center.
Austin Daily Herald - July 14, 2000
Alta S. (nee Hanson) Olson
Alta S. Olson, 81, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at ThorneCrest Retirement
Center, Health Care Wing.
She was born Feb. 24, 1919, at Grand Meadow, the daughter of Halvor and
Ida (Temanson) Hanson. She attended grade school in rural Grand Meadow and
then graduated as salutatorian of the Grand Meadow High School class of
1936. She also attended Winona State Teachers College, where she obtained
her teaching certificate.
She married Paul R. Olson April 2, 1942 at Bear Creek Lutheran Church, rural Grand Meadow.
She taught school at Hayward and Byron and Chula Vista, Calif. She also substitute taught for Albert Lea School District No. 241 for many years and did tutoring.
For more than 46 years she was also secretary and bookkeeper for her husband in Paul Olson Construction.
She was a member of Hayward Lutheran Church, where she was a long-time Sunday school teacher, active in the Altar Guild, Ladies Aid and Mission Circle. She served as area president of the Women's Missionary Federation.
She enjoyed the Birthday Club and coffee with friends, plus creating rhymes for special events.
Survivors include her husband Paul, Albert Lea; two sons: David P. Olson, Kansas City, Kansas, Bruce Olson and his wife, Judy, Albert Lea; two grandchildren: Travis Olson, Albert Lea, Reid Olson, Savage; two brothers, Hamlyn Hanson and his wife, Edna, Rochester, Mervin Hanson and his wife, Myrtle, Austin; a sister, Harriet and her husband, Russell Poison. Crystal Lake; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald Timm and his wife, Mary, Plainview, Grace and her husband, Dale Lorimor, Austin, Marge and her husband, Hal Ruppard, Tucson, Ariz., Gloria and her husband, Bob Donovan, Austin, Texas, Dorothy Olson, Albert Lea; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Devota Timm, and a brother-in-law, Gordon Olson.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at Hayward Lutheran Church, Hayward, with the Rev. Scott Meyer officiating.
Interment: Hayward Cemetery.
Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea.
Austin Daily Herald - July 24, 2000
Bertha Olson, 90, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at Sacred Heart Care
Center where she was a resident.
She was born Aug. 31, 1909 in rural Northwood, Iowa to Martin and Anna
(Erickson) Christianson. She was baptized and confirmed at Silver Lake
Lutheran Church, Northwood, Iowa and attended a rural school in that area.
She married Olaf Olson on Dec. 12, 1935 in Mason City, Iowa and they lived
on an acreage southwest of Northwood until 1982 when they moved to Austin.
Bertha was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Austin.
Bertha will be remembered for her many talents, her strong faith and her
love for her family. Many will remember her as the lady who entertained with
her accordion and the dancing dolls she had carved.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Patrick O'Brien, Austin; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, her parents, five sisters and three brothers.
Service: 9 a.m. Friday at Sacred heart Care Center with Father Frank Enright officiating. soloist will be Maureen Cahill and the organist will be Shirley Cahill.
Visitation: Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Care Center.
Interment: Elk Creek Cemetery in Kensett, Iowa. Casket bearers will be Patrick O'Brien, Charles Butler, Mark Jensen and Larry Ulland.
Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home
Austin Daily Herald - July 13, 2000
Ruby (nee Morgan) Partridge
Ruby Partridge, 94, formerly of Albert Lea, died Sunday at Comforcare
Good Samaritan Center in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.
She was born Nov. 12, 1905 in Austin, the daughter of John L. and Edith
M. (Corson) Morgan. She attended school in Austin. On Sept. 4, 1927, she
married Lloyd Partridge in Austin. Two children were born to this union.
She was a housewife and enjoyed crocheting, gardening and crafts. She was
a long-time member of Albert Lea Church of Christ.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Max Pecht II, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, James and Doris Partridge, Big Lake; sister, Mrs. John (Ethyl) Moen, Austin; three grandchildren, Matthew, Todd, and Annette; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and one sister.
Service: 1 p.m. Thursday at the Albert Lea Church of Christ, 1705 Marshall Street SE with Pastors T. Wayne Douglas and Mike Gerhardt officiating.
Visitation: Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and at the church one hour before the service on Thursday.
Interment: Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.
Austin Daily Herald - July 18, 2000
Ronald E. Swank
Ronald E. Swank, 80, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on July 22,
2009 at the Austin Medical Center from COPD and congestive heart failure.
Ron was born June 29, 1929 in Austin, to Bob and Helen (Leek) Swank, the
oldest of four boys. He lived in Austin his entire life, except the four
years he was in the Navy during the Korean War. Ron graduated from St.
Augustine High School (Pacelli) in 1948.
On Nov. 26, 1955 he was united in marriage to Winnie Kolb at Queen of
Angels Catholic Church. Ron worked at the Hormel plant for 38 years. He
enjoyed his yard work and raising "moon flowers-angel's trumpets" and
"miniature oriental poppies." Ron loved golfing and he belonged to the
Ramsey Men's Club. His pride was his family and traveling to Oregon, and
Plymouth, Minn. to be with children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Winnie Swank, Austin; son, Brad (Evie) Swank,
Springfield, Ore.; daughter, Renae (Jeff) Aspenson, Plymouth; grandsons,
Austin Swank and Dan Aspenson; granddaughter, Ashley Swank; mother, Helen
Swank, Austin; sisters-in-law, Theresa Swank and JoAnn Swank, both of
Austin; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Swank; brothers, Paul,
Kenneth and Leo Swank.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2009
at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends
may call one hour before the service at the church.
Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Military rites will
be by American Legion Post #91. The casket bearers will be Ben Bednar,
Denny Kolb, Randy Kolb and Kevin Kiser. Memorials are preferred to the
American Heart Association or the Diabetes Association. Arrangments by
Mayer Funeral Home.
[Austin Daily Herald - July 24, 2009]
Donald M. Sand, age 74, died Sunday of cancer.
He was born May 24, 1926, in Minneapolis to Martin and Thora (Jeppesen)
Sand. He graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1944 and entered the
Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946. On Sept. 3, 1949 he was married to Betty
Jane Coder in St. Paul. In June of 1951, he graduated from the University
of Minnesota and moved to Austin where he began a 38 year career as a
biochemist with The University of Minnesota Hormel Instituted, retiring
on Jan. 31, 1989. He was an avid gardener and traveler, and spent this
past February in Hawaii. Don was a member of the VFW, American Legion,
Austin Moose Club and the Elks.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Sand, Austin; son and daughter-in-law,
Stephen and Rita Sand, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Daniel
Jaeger, Austin; grandchildren, John Sand, Joseph Sand, Erik Knutson, Tessa
Knutson; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Evelyn Sand, St. Louis Park;
sisters and brother-in-law, Mary and Ellsworth Anderson, International Falls,
Dorothy Burlington, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law
and a brother-in-law.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev.
Harold L. Usgaard officiating. Organist will be Neal Erickson. Soloist will
be Kaye Perry.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery with Austin Post 91 American Legion and Olaf
B. Damm Post 1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars in charge of military rites.
Casket bearers will be Timothy Johnson, Lewis Lindsey, Robert Flatten, John Sand, Joseph Sand and Erik Knutson.
Visitation: Friends may call at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.
Austin Daily Herald - July 18, 2000
Florence (nee Pettit) Sommer
Florence Pearl Sommer, 74 of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, July 23,
2000, at Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home, Austin.
She was born January 29, 1926, in Austin, the daughter of Vernon C. Sr.
and Gertie (Ryks) Pettit.
She married Everett Sommer May 20, 1943, at First Congregational Church,
She lived in Austin most of her life and was a homemaker.
She enjoyed square dancing with her husband, boating on the Mississippi
River, bowling, knitting and crocheting, as well as camping, fishing,
hunting and bingo.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Judith A. Snyder, Austin,
Pat and Harold Tiedemann, Zumbro Falls, Nancy and Ronald Hanson, Oakland;
one son, Mike Sommer, Rochester; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
sisters, Elsie Krachmer, Blooming Prairie, Grace Edwards, Austin; brother
and sister-in-law, Vernon C. Jr. and Barb Pettit, Forest City, Iowa.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with the
Rev. Randy Petersen officiating.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.
Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today Tuesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and one
hour before services Wednesday also at the chapel.
Austin Daily Herald - July 25, 2000
Hattie M. (nee Hellmer) Thilgen
Hattie M. Thilgen, 87, a resident of the Cedars of Austin, died Friday
morning, June 30, 2000, at her home.
She was born Oct. 1, 1912 in Glenwood City, Wis., to Wenzel and Magdaline
On Nov. 19,1934, she married Hubert Thilgen at Minneapolis. Hubert
preceded her in death May 14, 1970.
She worked as a sales clerk at Wallace's Department Store for 25 years.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Allan Hansen,
Hazleton, Iowa, Linda and Gary Granle, Austin; son, Burnett Thilgen,
Brooklyn Park; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Thilgen; infant
daughter, Marilyn; step-daughter, Joyce; stepson, Jean.
· Service: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with
the Revs. Donald Zenk and Frank Enright officiating. Casket bearers:
Jeff Hansen, Darin Granle, Scott Granle, Randy Thilgen, Eric Hansen,
Troy Hansen, Chad Fox, Clayton Tuttle and Randy Rueber.
· Visitation: 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:30 p.m. wake service at
Mayer Funeral Rome today Sunday where friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. today
and 8:30 to 9:30 am Monday.
· Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
· Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home of Austin.
Austin Daily Herald - July 2, 2000
Marjean I. (nee Randall) Thompson
Marjean I. (Randall) Thompson, 75, died of cancer Friday, July 14, 2000.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with
Pastor Harold Usgaard officiating.
Interment: First Lutheran Church Cemetery in Ellendale at 1:30 p.m.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mayer Funeral
Home in Austin and a half-hour before the service at the church.
Austin Daily Herald - July 17, 2000
Elna M. Vinlass
Elna M. Vinlass, 81, formerly of Austin, died Tuesday morning, July 25,
2000, at the Whitewater Healthcare Center, St. Charles. [Elna was born
on November 23, 1918; SSN 470-05-3821, per Soc. Sec. Death Index.]
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Vae and Richard L. Anderson,
Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Marie Vanless, Lake Oswego, Oreg.;
four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, June Riedel,
Fullerton, Calif.; sister-in-law, Helen Johnson, Hayfield.
Service: A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel. Organist will be Neal Erickson. Soloist
will be Kelly Jones.
Interment: Fairview Cemetery at Hayfield
Visitation: Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service
NOTE: Original obit. had name spelled as "VINLESS," but Soc. Sec. had
it spelled "VINLASS."
Austin Daily Herald - July 27, 2000
Alfred J. Weber
Alfred J. Weber, formerly of Austin and Brownsdale, died Tuesday,
July 11, 2000, at Meadow Maner Nursing Home in Grand Meadow.
Alfred (Al) was born May 5, 1915, in Harvey, North Dakota, one of eleven
children born to Stephen and Sybilla Weber.
Alfred left North Dakota in 1938 and came to Minnesota seeking
employment. He worked on his uncle's farm, and also other area farms in
and around Bellechester.
In 1941, Alfred joined the Army when World War II broke out and spent
four years serving in India. He sent home many gifts and his favorite niece,
Shirley Cahill of Austin, still has the beautiful set of ivory salt and
pepper shakers he sent her so many years ago. Alfred returned to Austin
following the end of the war and lived with his brother Lawrence, wife
Gen and their family until he could get his life restarted.
In October of 1948, Alfred married Marion (Goldsmith) Crawford in
Owatonna and, even though they had no children of their own, Alfred became
a stepfather to two young daughters.
They lived their 42 years together in Austin, Toterville, Iowa, Nisswa,
and were living in Brownsdale when Alfred became a widow in June 1990, when
Marion passed away.
After the war he started working for Hollis Webber Implement Company.
Later, he and a friend started an implement repair service. From there to
Usem Motors in Austin and then to A & S Auto Parts.
When the opportunity came to work for Motor Supply of Austin he went
there and stayed until his retirement.
He enjoyed spending time on the lake with his "grand kids."
Al traveled by car and train to many reunions with war buddies.
He is survived by daughter and sons-in-law, Joan and Roger King, LaCrescent, Shirley and Mervin Fletcher, Nisswa, Merlin Mullen, Rochester, Donald Aaby, Austin; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sisters, Alvina Weber, Harvey, N.D., Annabell Churchwell, Auburn, Wash.; sister-in-law, Genevieve Weber, Austin, Thelma Weber, Harvey, N.D.; many nieces and nephews, especially Shirley Cahill, Austin and Carole Hyder, Minneapolis; many great nieces and nephew and special friend Micki Carter, Grand Meadow.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Sybilla Weber; his wife, Marion Weber on June 13, 1990; daughters, Margaret Mullen and Mary Patricia Aaby; sons, Thomas Crawford and Richard Crawford; six brothers, Arnold, Adolph, Lawrence, Francis, Vincent and George; sisters, Gertrude and Evelyn.
Service: Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Virgil Duellman officiating.
Visitation: There will be a 6:30 wake service on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday.
Interment: Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. The casket bearers will be Dave Cahill, Carole Hyder, Jerry Kittleson, Michael Mullen, John Mullen and Jeff Mullen.
Austin Daily Herald - July 13, 2000
Joseph A. Wenzl
Joseph A. Wenzl, 81, White Bear Lake, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000.
He is survived by daughter, Karen; son, Joseph Jr., both of White Bear
Lake; grandchildren, Christopher, Victoria and Rachael; great granddaughter,
Catelynn; brother, Walter, Nebraska City, Neb.
Service: Noon Saturday at the Havenor Funeral Chapel 2132 St., White Bear
Interment: Evergreen Memorial Gardens
Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday until time of service
Havenor Funeral Chapel in charge of services.
Austin Daily Herald - July 21, 2000
Mark E. Wiese
Mark E. Wiese, 45, of Blooming Prairie, died Saturday, July 22, 2000 as the result of an airplane accident.
Mark was born Sept. 26, 1954 in Austin to Nathan and Margaret (Wackwitz) Wiese. On Sept. 25, 1976 he married Lisa Ingvalson at the the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Mark was a sales representative for McNeilus Trucking. He was a member of the Marcellus King Chapter of the EAA in Austin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, downhill skiing and especially flying small aircraft. Mark was an inspiration to us all for his positive attitude and enthusiasm for life. Mark's presence will be deeply missed by his wife, family, friends and coworkers.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Wiese, Blooming Prairie; parents, Nathan and Marge Wiese, Austin; sister Julie Ann Wiese, Rochester; aunts and uncles; father-in-law and mother-in-law Neil and Nina Ingvalson, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; brother-in-law Brent (Jennifer) Ingvalson, Blooming Prairie; sisters-in-law Cara (Lyn) Smith, Albert Lea; Cheryle Patterson, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Linda (Ron) Beckman, Sioux Falls, SD; Pam Ingvalson, Elaine (Larry) Klein; many nieces and nephews and many special cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a brother-in-law Naven Ingvalson;
Service: A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with the Revs. Myrwood Bagne and Ron Beckman officiating. The organist will be Karla Iacovino and the soloist will be Tammi Ferch.
Interment: Red Oak Grove Cemetery
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mayer Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.
Austin Daily Herald - July 25, 2000
Sue E. (Ames) Wolfe
Sue E. Wolfe, 54, of 505 Ninth Ave. SW, Austin, died Thursday at Austin
Sue was born Sept. 5, 1945, in Austin to Vern and Beverly (Earl) Ames.
On Nov. 28, 1981, she married Donald Robert Wolfe at Crane Community Chapel
in Austin. Sue loved horses and animals. She was involved with the Humane
Society, worked for Rube Bongaard for 30 years, loved reading, gardening
and crocheting. She was a bartender.
She is survived by her husband, Donald of Austin; her mother and
stepfather, Beverly and Vernon Ames of Austin; brother and sister-in-law
Steve and Kellee Ames, Rochester; sister and brother-in-law Sara Jane and
John Eisert, Spencer, Iowa; mother-in-law and father-in-law Robert and
Shirley Wolfe, Austin; sister-in-law Mary Jo Wolfe, Austin; Bailey and Katy.
She was preceded in death by a brother and sister Larry Ames and Renee
· Service: A funeral Mass will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Louis Cook officiating.
· Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Rick Earl, Randy Schmidt, Brian Retzlaff, Steve Ames, Ed Pike and Ron Plath.
· Visitation: There will be a wake service on Tuesday evening at Mayer Funeral Home, where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Austin Daily Herald - July 10, 2000
Kayla Marie Wolterman
Kayla Marie Wolterman, 16, of Adams died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, in a car accident.
Kayla was born Dec. 31, 1983 in Austin to Mark and Carleen (Gehling) Wolterman. She went to Sacred Heart Elementary School and Southland High School. Kayla worked as a personal care assistant for Chance to Grow. She was an officer of 4-H and a cheerleader; she was on the flag patrol and the rebellion band. She was the manager of the varsity basketball team and a member of the volleyball and golf teams.
She is survived by her parents, Mark and Carleen Wolterman of Adams; brothers, John and Ben Wolterman of Adams; sisters, Jenna and Eliz of Adams; grandparents, Rita Wolterman of Adams, Albert and Lois Gehling of Grand Meadow; godparents, Dean Wolterman of Phoenix, Ariz. and Kathy Gehling of Grand Meadow; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Harold Wolterman.
Honorary casket bearers will be Miranda Schneider, Amanda Bottema, Lindsay Viker, Erin Orvik, Sarah Thome, Ashley Halbach, Jill Goergen and Jenny Wilson.
Casket bearers will be John Wolterman, Tom Wolterman, Bob Wolterman, Aaron Jax, Adam Chapek and Ryan Goergen.
Organist will be Jan Muzik and soloist will be Brian Schotanus.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating.
Interment: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Adams
Visitation: Friends may call at Adams Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service and on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Austin Daily Herald - July 27, 2000
Floyd Kuehnast, of the Lanesboro area, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000,
at St. Mark's Lutheran Nursing Home in Austin where he had resided the
past two years.
Floyd, son of Reinhold and Louisa (Busse) Kuehnast, was born on Oct.
14, 1917, in Beaver Township, Humboldt County Iowa. He lived on a farm
where his dad broke the prairie grass into crop land. He was baptized
and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Beaver Township, Humboldt, Iowa.
He was a 1937 graduate of Humboldt High School, but between the seventh
and eighth grade went to confirmation school for a year.
He married Maxine Blesie on Aug. 24, 1940.
Agriculture and farming was his life long love. In 1940 he was awarded
the American Future Farmer degree. He served his country as a farmer during
World War II. He rented several farms in the LuVerne, Iowa area before
moving back to Beaver Township, Humboldt, Iowa. In 1952 the family moved
to a farm at Lanesboro. Floyd received an award from Goodyear for his
conservation practices of contours and terracing which are still in place
today. He was active in his church serving on the church council and as
an adult advisor to the Lanesboro FFA program. He enjoyed his years as a
school bus driver after the milk cows were sold. The herd was mostly
Holstein, but he always had a few brown Swiss scattered among the black
and whites. He also fed out steers and later had a Charlois cow/calf herd.
His favorite color for implements was green (John Deere).
He enjoyed woodworking, flower, vegetable gardening, and traveling after
He is survived by his wife Maxine; children, Annette (Richard) Kiehne, Austin, Donavon (Lois) Kuehnast, Northfield; Linda (Jim) Iverson, Zumbrota; Douglas (Donna) Kuehnast, Willmar, and Julie (Dale) Magee, Bloomington; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro with the Rev. Kerry Eversole and Rev. Greg Mannel officiating.
Interment: Lanesboro Cemetery
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro and a hour before services at the church.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 19, 2000]
Irene Martha (Walk) Aanonson
Irene Martha Aanonson, 76, of Rose Creek, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin.
Irene was born Aug. 28, 1924, near Grafton, Iowa, the daughter of Ervin
and Edna (Wilde) Walk. She was baptized and confirmed at Rock Creek Lutheran
Church near Grafton. At the age of 12, she moved with her family to a farm
near Lyle. On Mother's Day, May 9, 1943, she married Glen A. Aanonson at the
Lutheran parsonage in Lyle. They have lived on the family farm for more than
57 years near Rose Creek. She was a member of the Six Mile Grove Lutheran
Church, Lyle; where she was active in WELCA, Dorcus Circle and was a Sunday
She is survived by her husband, Glen A. Aanonson, Rose Creek; sons and daughters-in-law, Leland Aanonson, Rose Creek, Larry (Lynette) Aanonson, Lyle; two grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Lyle Hanson, Blooming Prairie, aunts, Viola Wilde, Grafton, Iowa, Leona Foley, Northwood, Iowa; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Rosella Gerber, Austin, Beverly and John Aanonson, Lyle; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Walter, Melvin and Lawrence.
Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church with the Rev. Russ Wangen and the Rev. Einar Unseth officiating.
Interment: Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery. Honorary bearers: Duane Gerber, Darrell Hinsman. Casket bearers Jeff Orth, Jamie Hanson, Huey Helder, Steve Heller, Craig Murphy and Gerald Sampson.
Visitation: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and on for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 18, 2000]
Ruth (nee Rennebohm)(Smedstad)(Bates) Graves
Ruth Graves, 82, of Austin, died Saturday morning, Sept. 16, 2000, at
Austin Medical Center.
Ruth was born July 18, 1918, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Otto and Fern
(Holmes) Rennebohm. In 1939, she married Ray Smedstad. In 1946, she married
Raymond Bates. In the 1980s, she married Jackie Graves. Ruth worked for
Hormel Foods, Sears and Tempo. In the 1950s, she owned the Fox Drive
Grocery Store. She will be remembered for her sewing and crocheting ability.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Sandy (Robert) Potter,
Wis.; Cindy (Doug) Williamson, Austin; Barbara Williams, Mason City, Iowa;
Meridee (Larry) Hofner, Austin; son and daughter-in-law Randy (Sara)
Smedstad, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Dale, Boyd
and William; sister Ione Farrell, son Ray Darnell and grandson Curtis.
Service: A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mayer
Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Petersen officiating.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery
Visitation: Friends may call one hour before the service at Mayer
Funeral Home on Wednesday.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 18, 2000]
Adelaide (nee Knutson) Reinartz
Adelaide "Addie" Reinartz, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, Sept.
15, 2000, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.
Addie was born April 16, 1913, in Filmore, N.D. to Louis B. and Carrie
(Thompson) Knutson. She grew up on a farm near Filmore. Shortly after
graduating from high school, Addie moved to Austin, where she stayed
with her sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Alfred Christopherson
and their children, Addie's lifelong friends, Loren, Vernice, Delphy
and Ruth. She met Fred Reinartz while staying in Austin and they were
married in October 1937. They had two sons, Ron and Jim.
Addie was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and for many years was an active member of the church's Rosary Society. In 1965, she became a member of the BPO Does affiliated with Austin Elks Lodge 414. She served as president in 1971 and again in 1985. Addie was the Does' treasurer for nine years, served on the ways and means committee for two years and as chaplain for two years. Her greatest joy was simply celebrating life with her family and friends.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ron (Judy) Reinartz, Santa Clara, Calif., Jim (Elaine) Reinartz, Reisterstown, Md.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces.
She is preceded in death by her husband; Fred Reinartz; sisters, Clara Christopherson and Margaret Elkins; brothers George Knutson, Bernie Knutson, Herman Knutson and Edwin Knutson.
Service: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.
Interment: Calvary Cemetery. The casket bearers will be Jerry Reinartz, Don Austin, Jeff Austin and Steve Bartley.
Visitation: There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary on Tuesday and a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Elks Scholarship Fund set up in Addie's memory.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 18, 2000]
Donald A. Watts
Donald A. Watts, 88, Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital.
Don was born Aug. 23, 1912 at Livermore, Iowa, the son of Edgar and Mary (Taylor) Watts. He graduated from high school in the Livermore area. During high school, he played piano background during silent movies. He traveled with road bands for several years and began playing trombone in 1936. He was married to Dorothy Peachy in 1937. In 1941 they moved to Austin so he could play six nights a week at the Oasis Club. Don also played with the Chuck Hall Orchestra and the Henry Charles Band during this time. He was also employed by the George A. Hormel Co. In 1947, he purchased the Lansing Corners Supper Club. In 1952, Don quit playing trombone to focus on the business of operating the supper club. In 1969, his wife Dorothy died, and he was married to Toni Tomhave in 1971. They continued to operate the restaurant until 1979 when it was sold.
Don was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, a board member of the Mower County Senior Citizens Center, and also a member of SCORE, B.P.O.E. No. 414, American Legion, Austin Country Club, Ramsey Golf Club, Cotillian Club and Experimental Aircraft Club.
In retirement he became an avid golfer, he also enjoyed dancing, traveling and resumed playing the trombone with the Austin Swing Band, Dixieland Ensemble, and the Community Band.
He is survived by his wife Toni Watts, Austin, sons and daughters-in-law, Bob (Linda) Watts, LeRoy, Kermit (Melodie) Watts, Austin; stepdaughter and husband, Sheelah (Gene) Windfeldt, St. Cloud; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Francis (Lupe) Watts, Santa Monica, Calif.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Esther Van House, Austin, Phoebe Besterfeldt, Austin, Dorothy Berg, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kenneth and Mary Berg, Boone, Iowa, Lorimer Berg, Dayton, Iowa; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dorothy; a grandson and sisters, Doris and Beverly.
Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Arvid Jovaag officiating.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery
Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Friday and on Saturday for one hour before the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to establish a music scholarship fund in Don's memory
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 15, 2000]
Pam Io Giddings
Pam Io Giddings, 59, formerly of Austin, died Sept. 5, 2000.
She was born March 13, 1941.
She was a creative and loving person who touched many lives.
She is survived by four children, Robert A. Sewell, Richard D.
Sewell, Sandra D. Brierton, and Julie L. Canlas; seven grandchildren;
four brothers, Jerold I. Giddings, Ronald I. Giddings, Patrick E. Ellis, and Richard I. Ellis; nieces and nephews, and parents, Charles Raymond Giddings and Elizabeth Marie Hendrix Giddings Ellis.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln., Dallas, Texas in the chapel.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 14, 2000]
Loren Clifford Jerdet, 84, of Hollandale, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000,
at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1916, in Mower County, to Clarence and Randi Ginellia (Miller) Jerdet. Loren attended Red Oak Grove School and worked as a farm laborer. Serving in the Army from March 5, 1942 until Nov. 29, 1944, he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for the Battle of Naples-Foggia and served in the European Theatre and European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre where he received a campaign ribbon and good conduct ribbon. After the war, Loren farmed for many years. He lived in California and was a chauffeur for Randolph Hearst of the San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle. On Aug. 11, 1960, he married Flo Horn in Santa Rosa, Calif. They moved to the Midwest, living in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa where Loren was a self-employed truck driver, driving for Ulland Brothers Construction. They spent the past sixteen years in Hollandale where he enjoyed gardening, playing his fiddle and spending time with family and his dogs. He belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 29 in Petaluma, Calif., Military Order of the Purple Heart in Petaluma, Calif., Moose Lodge, DAV-Clayton Iverson Post 16 in Albert Lea and Union Local No. 160.
Survivors include his wife, Florine "Flo" Jerdet of Hollandale; sons, Mark Jerdet (Kim) of Medford, Oregon, Robert Horn II (Diana) of Scarville, Iowa, Duane Hinderaker of Hartland; daughter, Laurie Jerdet-DeBoer (Troy) of Hollandale; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Joel Jerdet (Jerry) of Blooming Prairie; sister, Kemma Johnson of Burnsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Zachary DeBoer; two brothers, Kenneth and Ronald; brother-in-law, Ingmund Johnson.
Service: Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin at 1:30 p.m., Friday, with the Rev. Myrwood Bagne officiating.
Interment: The church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. Honorary casket bearers are Ken, Bruce and Mike Yokiel; Matt Jerdet, and Robert Horn, III. Casket bearers are Duane Hinderaker, Jason Horn, Jim Jerdet, Don Yokiel, Darin Yokiel, Brad DeBoer.
Visitation: Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. (at the funeral home) and at the church one hour before the service.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 14, 2000]
Esther J. (Beaver) Parmenter
Esther J. Parmenter, 79, of Albert Lea, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at
Thorncrest South Nursing Home in Albert Lea.
She was born March 27, 1921, in Sargeant to Roy and Laura (Neuman) Beaver.
She lived in Little Cedar, Iowa, then Rose Creek and then she moved to Austin
where she had lived for many years. She later moved to Albert Lea in 1994.
She married John C. Parmenter on May 6, 1939, in Austin. Together they lived
in Lyle and Austin. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.
Esther was a homemaker for most of her life and also had worked at Cedar
Valley Services for about a year. She enjoyed cooking, watching birds,
puzzles and planting flowers. She also liked making latch hook rugs and
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Robert (Donna) Parmenter,
Canfield, Ohio, Raymond (Julie) Parmenter, Albert Lea, John (Barb) Parmenter, Austin, Randy Parmenter, Albert Lea; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth (Vern) George, Champlin, Sarah (Sue) Camerer, Albert Lea, Vicki (Larry) Underhill, Austin; 31 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen Leidal, Austin, Joyce DeLaney, Richcrest, Calif., Mary Pryor, Des Monies, Iowa, Alice (James) Merical, Des Moines, Ruth (James) Merical, Des Moines, Ruth (Merle) Pannhoff, Ventura, Iowa; brother and sister-in-law, Lester (Peggy) Beaver, Charles City, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John C. Parmenter; sons, Bruce, Dwain, Dennis; daughters, Rachel, Sharon; three brothers and one sister.
Service: Memorial service 10 a.m. Friday at Clasen-Jorden Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. David Herness officiating.
Interment: Grandview Cemetery
There will be no reviewal or visitation.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 13, 2000]
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