MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

 

Mower County Obituaries
Part 135

 

 

James H. Clasen

1928-2009

James H. Clasen, 81, of Austin died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.

Jim was born May 13, 1928 in St. Paul, Minn. to Harold and Blanche (Ebert) Clasen. He graduated from St. Paul Johnson High School in 1946 and from the Department of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota in 1950. He served his apprenticeship at the Jordan Mortuary prior to serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He returned to Austin in 1952 where he resumed working at the Jordan Mortuary. He bought into partnership in 1958 and became sole owner of Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in 1974. In 1991, Jimís son, Dave joined him in funeral business. Jim served as a preceptor for the University of Minnesota, Program of Mortuary Science providing practicum students with resident training at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. In 1978, he purchased the Adams Funeral Home, Adams, Minn. Jim received recognition from the Minnesota Department of Health for 50 years of licensure in funeral service at the 2002 Minnesota Funeral Directors Association convention.

Jim was united in marriage to H. Jean Evans on June 25, 1955 at Christ Episcopal Church. Upon retirement, Jim and Jean enjoyed traveling and spending summers at their cabin in Crosslake, Minn. with family and friends. Jim enjoyed attending the opera, reading, playing cards, especially bridge and cribbage, and sharing wonderful stories. Jim was proud to be a resident of Austin and was involved in many organizations including Elks Lodge #414, Fidelity Lodge #39 AF & AM, Osman Temple Shrine, Austin Post #91 American Legion, Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars, past member of Austin Jaycees, Cotillion Dance Club, past president of the Austin Lions Club, served on the Board of Directors for Security Bank and was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Virginia Bickell, brother Richard Clasen, infant brother Robert and infant sister Susan.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jean Clasen, Austin; children, Julie (Geri Estvanik) Clasen, Berwyn, Ill., Melanie Burke, Duluth, Minn., David (Leanne) Clasen, Austin; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Karen) Clasen, Alexandra Clasen, Samuel Clasen, Seth Clasen, Isaac Clasen; five great-granddaughters; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne (Donald) Karwoski, St. Paul, Minn.; sister-in-law, Delores Clasen, White Bear Lake, Minn.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at Christ Episcopal Church with the Venerable Ben Scott, the Rev. Lynn Adwell and the Rev. Diana Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. There will be no reviewal at the church.

Organist will be Gretchen Zinsli; vocalists will be Peter and Cassie Walker; and violinist will be Elizabeth Unseth.

Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 11, 2009

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Ethelyn Blanche (Himle) Hahn

1919-2009

Ethelyn Blanche Hahn, 90, of Austin died Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester.

She was born January 26, 1919 in rural Dodge County, Minn. to Eric and Bertha (Brekke) Himle.

Ethelyn married Joseph Hahn on December 27, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield. Ethelyn worked at Hormel for 38 years in the Dairy Pack and Gelatin Depts. In her spare time, Ethelyn enjoyed sewing, playing cards, dancing, traveling, doing yard work and shopping. She also enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Lake Mazaska in the Faribault area. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; brother, Earl Himle; sister, Ellen Fjerstad; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred (Fred) Alford; sister, Jane Lepeska; a brother and a sister died in infancy.

Ethelyn is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary (Bruce) Erickson, Austin; grandchildren, Harley (Abby) Erickson, Sauk Rapids, Minn., Levi (Leah) Erickson, Austin, Emily Erickson, Austin; great-grandchildren, Zack Wiste, Azi Erickson, and Eli Erickson; sister and brother-in-law, Hazel (Norm) Pearson, Rochester, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Olgar (Judy) Himle, Austin, Lee (Carol) Himle, Spring Valley, Minn.; sister-in-law, Gloria Himle, Hutchinson, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Harvey Fjerstad, Austin, Minn., Jim Lepeska, Minnetonka, Minn.; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kristi Koppel officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church on Monday.

Honorary Bearers will be grandchildren, Harley & Abby, Levi & Leah, and Emily; great-grandchildren, Azi, and Eli and Zack. Special honorary bearer will be Julie Knotts.

Casket Bearers will be Wayne Fjerstad, Gary Pearson, David Alford, Paul Lepeska, Todd Himle, Steven Himle, and John Himle.

Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 11, 2009

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Robert L. Morgan

1930-2009

Robert L. Morgan, 79, of Bella Vista, Ariz. passed away Dec. 3, 2009 at his home.

Robert was born April 9, 1930 in Adams, Minn. to Orville and Angela Keifer Morgan. He attended St. Bernardís Catholic Church in Bella Vista.

Robert retired from Freeborn Mower Electric Cooperative in Albert Lea, Minn. in 1992 after 40 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Manchester during the Korean Conflict. In 1993, he moved from Austin to Bella Vista to enjoy the good life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald and William; his first wife and mother of his children, Joyce Johnson; and one grandchild, Sesha.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia, of the home; brother, Vernon (Pam) Morgan of Colo.; son, Jim (Donna) Morgan of Wis.; daughters, Jean Beckmann of Minn., Christa Keyser of Texas, Cindy King of California; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his best little buddy, ďBo.Ē

Cremation arrangements are by Stockdale Funeral Services in Rogers. Memorials may be made to Washington Regional Hospice c/o Washington Regional Foundation, P.O. Box 356, Fayetteville, AR, 72707.

Graveside services will be held at a later date in Adams, Minn.

Austin Daily Herald, Dec. 11, 2009

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Lyle J. Stephenson

1920-2002

Lyle J. Stephenson, 82, of Rose Creek, Minnesota, died Wednesday evening, July 3, 2002, at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Lyle J. Stephenson was born May 1, 1920, in Blue Earth, Minnesota, the son of Ben and Louina Stephenson. He was the oldest of three brothers and two sisters. In 1921, his family moved to Mason City, where they lived until Lyle was 11. He then moved to a farm in Cerro Gordo County.

Lyle married the former Edna Johnson of LeRoy, on April 19, 1944. They began farming in Riceville, Iowa. In 1955, Lyle and Edna bought a farm near Rose Creek, giving it the name of "Treasure Acres." They raised purebred, registered Ayrshire dairy cattle, showing them at fairs for over 45 years and winning numerous local, state, national and international awards.

Lyle has served many organizations in various capacities. He has been a member, director, vice-president and president of the Livestock Breeders Association; member, director and president of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and the Minnesota Ayrshire Association. Lyle was instrumental in organizing the Southeastern Minnesota District Ayrshire Association, serving as president twice. He was a member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association for 30 years. Lyle received the "Friend of 4-H" award for his many years of service as a 4-H leader and coach of the livestock judging team; the Minnesota Outstanding Registered Dairy Cattle Breeders Award in 1979; was inducted into the Mower County Livestock Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame in 1989. He served on the Marshal Township board for 21 years and was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Edna, of Rose Creek; daughters, Judy (Gary) Luebke, of Rosemount; Cindy (Dave) Blomquist, of Hastings; and son, Randy (Janet) Stephenson, of Rose Creek; grandchildren, Angela and Kristina Luebke, Travis and Alysha Blomquist, and Carrie, Sarah and Kate Stephenson; brothers, Lee Stephenson and Stanley Stephenson; sisters, Barbara Havens and Donna Kidder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; and son, Larry.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2002, at the funeral home and Monday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1 p.m., Monday, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roberta Flood officiating.

Interment: LeRoy Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, July 5, 2002

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Arnold E. Syverud

1920-2002

Arnold E. Syverud, 82, of Rochester, formerly of rural Austin, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

He was born June 12, 1920, in Lansing Township, to John and Agnethe (Kopperud) Syverud. He attended District 72 Joint School in Lansing Township. He was a baptized and confirmed member of Red Oak Lutheran Church.

He farmed the family farm in Lansing Township with his brother, Carl, until the farm was sold in 1976. After the sale of the farm, he moved to Rochester where he worked at Libby's during the pea and corn season until his retirement. While living in Rochester, he was an associate member of Hosanna Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling, especially after his retirement.

Survivors include brother, Arthur (Mildred) Syverud, Blooming Prairie; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl; and sisters, Clara Noble, Josena Drews and Olga Johnson.

Visitation: Was one hour before the service at the church today.

Service: Was 11 a.m., today, July 23, 2002, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, July 23, 2002

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Orville E. Wangen

1921-2002

Orville E. Wangen, 81, of Austin, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at the Austin Medical Center.

He was born April 25, 1921, in Albert Lea, to Ed and Millie (Lerum) Wangen.

He graduated from Austin High School in 1938.

He began work for the George A. Hormel Company in October 1938 and retired in June 1982 as the company's last blacksmith.

On April 25, 1941, he enlisted with the United States Marines. During World War II, he engaged in four combats: Makin, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Iwo Jima. He was a member of Carlson's Raiders and earned the Bronze Star in the invasion of Iwo Jima.

On April 19, 1947, he married Gretchen Van Camp at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Queen of Angels Church, Mower County Historical Society and the US Marine Raider Association.

Survivors include wife, Gretchen Wangen, Austin; daughters, Joan Wangen, Elkader, Iowa; Barbara and Bryan Baker, Plymouth; Mary and Steve Riles, Rochester; sons, Ed and Nikki Wangen, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; William and Jodi Wangen, Austin; Jim and Lynn Wangen, Edina; Dan Wangen, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; six grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Heiny, Austin; brothers, Russell and Norma Wangen, Austin; John Wangen, Cannon Falls.

He was preceded is death by his parents; brothers, Richard, Robert and Leo; sisters, Esther Wangen and Elaine Shroyer.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2002, with a 7 p.m. wake service and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Service: 1 p.m., Saturday, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father William Becker and Pastor Russell Wangen officiating.

Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91 and VFW Post #1216.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Memorials: To donor's choice.

Austin Daily Herald, July 25, 2002

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Lloyd Darold Wytaske

1931-2009

Lloyd Darold Wytaske, 78, of Lansing, died at his home Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009.

He was born May 21, 1931 to Leo and Helen (Alwin) Wytaske in Denison, Iowa.

He married Louise Burnet in August of 1950 in Austin. The couple had seven children and were later divorced. Lloyd served in the Army and was stationed in Korea during the Korean Conflict. After an honorable discharge, he went to work for a packing plant in Colorado and later, an aircraft plant in California. In the 1960ís Lloyd returned to Minnesota where he worked for the Milwaukee railroad before driving a truck on highway construction.

He married Dixie Wentzel on June 16, 2000 in Deadwood, S.D. Lloyd loved to race stockcars and also enjoyed dancing, golfing, fishing and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie of Lansing; four sons, Randy of Alaska, Peter of Rochester, Kenneth (Angela) of Lansing. Albert (Tracy) of Lansing; three daughters, Debra (Robert) Cook of Lansing, Sonja Diaz of Austin, Laura Wytaske of Waukee, Iowa; four stepsons and two stepdaughters; many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-step-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald Wytaske (his twin) of Austin, Cecil Wytaske of Georgia, Howard (Sharon) Wytaske of Austin; many other relatives and friends.

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

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with military rites by American Legion Post 91. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald online, Mon., Dec. 14, 2009

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Norma Madeline (Smith) White

1915-2002

Norma Madeline White, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, July 5, 2002, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

She was born Dec. 30, 1915, in Alpena, Mich., to David and Irene Smith. She attended school in Chatfield. On Sept. 11, 1937, she married Haven G. White in Decorah, Iowa. After their marriage, the couple lived in the Austin area, moving in to Austin in 1957. Haven died Dec. 26, 1973. Norma continued to live in her own home until 1978, when she moved to the Twin Tower Apartments. In May of 2002, she moved to St. Mark's Lutheran Home. She was a former member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and doing puzzle books.

Survivors include daughters, Juanita (Larry) Goodman, Zumbro Falls; Darlene Mikkelson, Marshalltown, Iowa; Gayle Dolph, Austin; sons, Melvin White, Tacoma, Wash.; Darrel (Betsy) White, Lake City; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Haven; daughter, Elaine Ruport.

Visitation: No visitation or reviewal.

Service: 11 a.m. graveside service, Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Grandview Cemetery with Rev. Randy Peterson officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, July 8, 2002

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Kenneth Earl Wilson

1928-2002

Kenneth Earl Wilson, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

He was born July 20, 1928, in Austin, to George and Mabel Wilson. On March 12, 1954, he married Delores Heller at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin, where the couple resided. Kenny enjoyed all sports, playing the guitar and he was an artist. He was an amateur boxer and fought in Golden Gloves as well as in the Army. He was a lifelong Austin resident and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1216.

Survivors include sons, Jack Wilson, Austin; Dan (Marsha) Wilson, Austin; Steve (Melissa) Wilson, Chaska; Larry (Connie) Wilson, Austin; daughters, Christine Wilson, Canon City, Colo.; Sherrie (Adam) Savko, Columbus, Ohio; Jennifer (Steve) Dammen, Austin; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Doug (Irene) Wilson, Austin; Ralph Wilson, Austin; Fred (June) Wilson, Woodbury; sisters, Delores (Ray) Heimsness, Austin; Joyce Sloan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George and Curtis; sister, Eva Shatek.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at the funeral home and Wednesday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1 p.m., Wednesday, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Casket bearers will be Dennis Shatek, Terry Heimsness, Mike Sloan, Larry Wilson, Al Wilson and Craig Jurgensen.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, July 8, 2002

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Wilma C. (King) Bell

1923-2002

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Wilma C. Bell, 78, Austin, died Tues., Feb. 2, 2002 at her home.

She was born August 17, 1923 to George and Eva (Johnson) King. On Oct. 3, 1945 she married George A. Bell. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Austin. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and gardening.

She is survived by her mother, Eva King, Blooming Prairie; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Yvonne Bell, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Alex Karas, Belleville, AR., six grandchildren, brothers and sister-in law, Marreld and Bernice King, alma Ia.; Melvin, Austin; sisters, Vesta Bergland, Austin; Irene Weber, LeRoy; brothers-in-law & sister-in-law, Les and Virginia Meres, Yuma, AZ.; Roger, Huron, SD; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; husband, George; two sisters, Marcella Murphy and Roberta Jensen.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Church of Christ with Pastor David Defor officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 6, 2002


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Wilma C. Bell, 78

Wilma C. Bell, 78, Austin, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at her home.

She was born Aug. 17, 1923, to George and Eva (Johnson) King. She went to Jamestown No. 4 school in Riceville, Iowa. She moved to Austin and on Oct. 3, 1945, she married George A. Bell. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Austin. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and gardening.

Survivors include mother, Eva King, Blooming Prairie; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Yvonne Bell, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Alex Karas, Belleville, Ariz., six grandchildren, brothers and sister-in law, Marreld and Bernice King, Elma, Iowa; Melvin King, Austin; sisters, Vesta Bergland, Austin; Irene Weber, LeRoy; brothers-in-law & sister-in-law, Les and Virginia Meres, Yuma, Ariz.; Roger Bell, Huron, S.D.; Loren Murphy, Rose Creek; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; husband, George; sisters, Marcella Murphy and Roberta Jensen.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the funeral home and at the church one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ with Pastor David Defor officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 7, 2002

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Marguerite M. (Aspel) Bronner

1910-2002

Marguerite M. Bronner, 91, of Austin, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002 at the Cedars of Austin where she resided.

She was born in Minneapolis March 25, 1910, to will and Effie (Ganser) Aspel. She was united in marriage to George D. Bronner. She was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church and St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. She enjoyed doing crafts.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Mary Lynn Bronner, Montgomery, AL; two daughters and a son-in-law, Eva and Robert Nelson, Des Plaines, IL; Jane Davenport, Mt. Holly, NJ; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband.

Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, where there will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary service; and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Cresco, Iowa.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 8, 2002

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Marjorie R. (nee Lade) Bumgarner

1911-2002

Marhjorie R. Bumgarner, 90, of Austin, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002 at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born in Austin April, 9, 1911 to James and Sevena (Fisher) Lade. On Oct. 14, 1933, she married Lyle Bumgarner. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Crane Community Chapel and Senior Citizen's Center. She enjoyed doing crafts, crocheting, flowers, and fishing.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James (Betty) Bumgarner, Fairfax, Virginia; three daughters and sons-in-law, MaDonna (Gerard) Lambert, Palm Desert, Calif.; Janet (LeRoy) Doe, Austin; Mary (James)

Carroll, North St. Paul; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and brother, Warren Lade, Plymouth.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; two brothers, Roy and Richard Lade; sister, Grace Jensen; parents, James and Sevena Lade.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the funeral home and at the church on Wednesday for one hour before the service.

Service: 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Crane Community Chapel with Pastor Randy Petersen, officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 18, 2002

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Anthony J. Burke

1943-2002

Anthony J. Burke, 58, of Austin, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at his home.

He was born in Blooming Prairie, June 4, 1943, to Thomas Sr. and Mary (Renchin) Burke. On May 17, 1969, he married Jean Leth. He worked at Hormel Foods for 32 years. He enjoyed judging and attending live stock shows; farming; gardening and livestock.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Burke, Austin; daughters, Ann Burke, St. Paul; Maggie and Sony Mathew, Hopkins; Jackie and Steve Bosch, Argusville, ND.; Rose Burke, Austin; son, Daniel Burke, Moorhead; brother, Thomas Burke Jr., Platt City, Mo.; sisters, Mary and Frank Kaehler, St. Charles; Pat Misgen, Blooming Prairie.

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

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 4, 2002

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Maynard A. Cerny

1915-2002

Maynard A. Cerny, 86, formerly of Brownsdale, Minnesota, died Sunday, February 10, 2002 at the Austin Medical Center, Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

He was born in Eagle Bend, Minnesota, on August 2, 1915 to Anton and Jessie (Christensen) Cerny. He worked at the Lansing Elevator until his retirement in 1975. He enjoyed gardening and driving tractor for the Winn Bros.

Survivors include his brother, Joseph F. Cerny, Austin; Sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy I. Winn, Blooming Prairie, Marian and Adam Allas of Lansing; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Gladys M. Farrell and Violet Cerny.

Visitation: One hour before service at the Mortuary

Service: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel, the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating.

Interment: Lansing Cemetery

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 12, 2002

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Beth M. (nee Driscoll) Christensen

1954-2002

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Beth M. Christensen, 47, Austin, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital.

She was born in Austin Sept. 3, 1954 to Tom and Dorothy (Kramer) Driscoll. She graduated from Pacelli High School in 1972. On Oct. 18, 1975, she married Rick Christensen. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Christensen, Austin; two sons, Chad and Justin Christensen, Austin; mother, Dorothy Driscoll, Austin; three sisters, Mary (Mark) Stewart, Winter Haven, Fl.; Marcia (Larry) McNeal, Rosemount; Maureen (Dave) Norem, Hutchinson; a brother, Mike (Perlynn) Driscoll, Port Hueneme, Calif.; mother-in-law, Maxine Christensen, Austin; sister-in-law, Cathy (Mike) Jensen, Apple Valley; brothers-in-law, Jay (Patty) Christensen, Marshalltown, Ia.; Ron (Leonor) Christensen, Folsom, Calif.; Jeff Christensen, Brisbane, Australia; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tom Driscoll.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:30 p.m. wake service at the funeral home Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Friday, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 21, 2002


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Beth M. Christensen, 47, Austin, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002 at the Methodist Hospital.

She was born in Austin Sept. 3, 1954 to Tom and Dorothy (Kramer) Driscoll. She graduated from Pacelli High School in 1972. On Oct. 18, 1973, she married Rick Christensen. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Christensen, Austin; two sons, Chad and Justin Christensen, Austin; mother, Dorothy Driscoll, Austin; three sisters, Mary (Mark) Stewart, Winter Haven, Fl.; Marcia (Larry) McNeal, Rosemount; Maureen (Dave) Norem, Hutchinson; a brother, Mike (Perlynn) Driscoll, Port Hueneme, Calif.; mother-in-law, Maxine Christensen, Austin; sister-in-law, Cathy (Mike) Jensen, Apple Valley; brothers-in-law, Jay Christensen, Marshalltown, Ia.; Ron (Leonor) Christensen, Folsom, Calif.; Jeff Christensen, Brisbane, Australia; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tom Driscoll.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at the funeral home and at the church on Friday for one hour before the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Friday, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 20, 2002

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Pauline Helen Clayton

1930-2002

Pauline Helen Clayton, 71, of Brownsdale, Minnesota, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Whitewater Healthcare Center in St. Charles.

She was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Austin to Richard and Henrietta (Fick) Clayton. She went to elementary school in rural Mower County and graduated from Austin High School in 1948. She entered nurses' training at St. John's School of Nursing in Red Wing, graduating in 1951. She worked in hospitals in Colorado and Texas, as well as Red Wing, Rochester and St. Olaf Hospital in Austin when she retired.

She was a lifelong member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, serving on many boards and committees, as well as being the choir director and active in women's groups.

Survivors include sister and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Clarence Meyer, Austin; Garda and Jesse Kunkel, Concordia, Mo.; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Clayton, Byron; Rev. Gary and Marilyn Clayton, Concordia; Roberta Clayton, Brownsdale; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Kenneth and Robert.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at the church an hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Brownsdale with the Rev. David L. Truenow and the Rev. Gary Clayton officiating. Casket bearers will be Harley Rusher, Donald Meier, Ross Clayton, Richard Meyer, Truman Olson, Leonard Blanchard and Raymond Clayton. Organist will be Ernie Murphy.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 4, 2002

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Myron "Mike" Edge

1930-2002

Myron "Mike" Edge, 72, of Rochester died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at his home.

He was born in Austin Jan. 22, 1930. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School and attended Winona Teachers College. On Jan. 26, 1952 he married Roberta Oehlke. He was a farmer. He was a member and elder at Christ Lutheran Church in Rochester. He enjoyed collecting toy farm tractors, country music and his grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, Rod (Bobbi) Edge, Rochester; Rex (Shari) Edge, Dodge Center; Roy (Sue) Edge, Stewartville; daughters, Roxanne Edge, Round Lake Park, Ill.; Renae (Keenan) Judd, Rochester, two sisters, Ruth Jensen, Sargent; Shirley Bethke, Waseca; seven brothers, Charles and David Edge, Stewartville; Maurice (Jean) Edge, Austin; Kenneth (Eileen) Edge, Racine; James (Marian) Edge, Grand Meadow, Jerry (Joyce) Hinrichs, Mott ND; Gene (Freda) Hinrichs, Mason City; Jay Hinrichs, Rockwell, Ia.; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, until 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home and at the church on Friday for one hour before the service.

Service: 1 p.m., Friday, at Christ Lutheran Church, on Marion Road, Rochester with Pastor Eric R. Gawura officiating.

Interment: High Forest Cemetery, High Forest, Minn.

Funeral Home: Griffin-Gray Funeral Home, Stewartville

Memorials: Christ Lutheran Church, Rochester.

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 21, 2002

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Clarise Myrtle (nee Hanson) Eggen

1906-2002

Clarise Myrtle Eggen, age 95, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, Jan, 30, 2002, at Oak Lawn Healthcare Center in Mankato.

She was born Feb. 23, 1906, in Mitchell County, Iowa to Magnus and Betsy (Nessett) Hanson. Clarise married Walter Eggen on May 2, 1928.

Survivors include her son, Merle (Eunice) Eggen, Milwaukee, Wis.; daughter, Beverly Lee, Mankato; son-in-law, Harold (Marlys) Thompson, Caledonia; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Elaine Thompson; two sisters, Margie Hanson and Hattie Haugen.

Visitation: Worlein Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and at the church one hour before the service on Monday.

Service: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2002 at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, rural Lyle with The Reverend Lydia Mittag officiating.

Interment: Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetary

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 1, 2002

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Glenn M. Ellison

1961-2002

Glenn M. Ellison, 40, formerly of Austin, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002 in Kansas City, MO.

He was born in Madison, Wis. April 1, 1961 to Glenn and Dorothy (Price) Ellison.

He is survived by daughters, Heather, Holli, formerly of Austin; parents, Dorothy Ellison, Austin; Glenn Sr. (Mary) Ellison, Springfield, MN; brothers, Ronald Carr, Fort Worth, TX.; Steve Ellison, Austin, sisters and brother-in-law, Lorene (Dan) Laury, Faribault; Michelle Ellison, Faribault; grandmother, Clara Schwebke, Albert Lea; several aunts, one uncle, 2 nieces, 1 nephew and several cousins.

Service: Memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Roberta Flood officiating.

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 19, 2002

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Adolph Edwin "Gus" Gaughran

1935-2002

Adolph "Gus" Edwin Gaughran, 66, of Austin died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Adams Health Care Center. He was born in Austin, Nov. 7, 1935 to William and Ada (Kuehl) Gaughran.

In 1956, he married Sandra Miller at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

After working for George A. Hormel & Co. for 17 years, Gus took disablity retirement in 1984.

His recent life interests were loving his family, his grandchildren and serving our Lord Jesus Christ

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Gaughran; a daughter, Jodi Fossey, Austin; a son, Todd Gaughran, Plymouth; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Dan) Jacobson, Milwaukee, Wisc.; Stephanie and Katelyn Gaughran, Plymouth; brothers, Jerry (Jane) Gaughran, Prescott, Az; Kermit (Gayle) Gaughran, Apache Junction, Az; Bruce (Cindy) Gaughran, Downington, Pa; Wayne (Terri) Gaughran, Tacoma, Wash.; Richard (Janet) Gaughran, Jordan; sisters, Joyce (Howard) Obright, Tucson, Az; Nancy (Terry) Strong, Gold Canyon, Az; Paula (John) Ross, Orchard, Ia; Marsha (Dennis) Shaw, Austin; Linda (William) Nicol, Austin; Randy (Margaret) Miller, Brooklyn Center; mother-in-law, Ruth Borchardt; nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald; father-in-law, Ervin Miller; brother-in-law, Jerry Miller and stepfather-in-law, Walter Borchardt.

Visitation: Friends may call one hour before the service Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002

Service: Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Roberta Flood of St. Olaf Lutheran Church officiating.

Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 19, 2002

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Russell LeRoy Godfredson

1926-2002

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Russell LeRoy Godfredson, 75, Austin, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea.

He was born in Albert Lea, Sept. 2, 1926, to Fred and Ethel (Lehmann) Godfredson. He received his education in Albert Lea, graduating from Austin High School in 1944. On May 4, 1947, he married Helen E. Koch in Austin, Minnesota. He owned R&F Bike Shop fifty-seven years. He had a passion for antiques, bikes and cars. He loved to visit with people. He designed many original bikes, circus bikes and bikes for handicapped people. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Wheelman Club and served as the President of the Austin Clown Club.

Survivors include four sons, Michael (Carmen) Godfredson, Fowlerville, Mich.; David (Janelle) Godfredson, Cornelius, NC; Larry (Debra) Godfredson, Storm Lake, Ia.; and Randy Godfredson, Austin; one daughter, Susan (Jim) Tweet, Austin; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Donna Barnett, Austin; Mary Kelly, Austin; and Lonnie (Keith) Tait of Mesa, Az; many nieces; nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and great-grandson, Jeff, Jr.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26th and from 8:30 a.m. Wednesday until time of service.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Andrew M. Lindahl officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, Feb 25, 2002


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Russell L. Godfredson

Russell LeRoy Godfredson, 75, Austin, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea.

He was born in Albert Lea, Sept. 2, 1926, to Fred and Ethel (Lehmann) Godfredson. He received his education in Albert Lea, graduating from Austin High School in 1944.

On May 4, 1947, he married Helen E. Koch in Austin, Minnesota. He owned R&F Bike Shop fifty-seven years. He had a passion for antiques, bikes and cars. He loved to visit with people. He designed many original bikes, circus bikes and bikes for handicapped people. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Wheelman Club and served as the President of the Austin Clown Club.

Survivors include four sons, Michael (Carmen) Godfredson, Fowlerville, Mich.; David (Janelle) Godfredson, Cornelius, NC; Larry (Debra) Godfredson, Storm Lake, Ia.; and Randy Godfredson, Austin; one daughter, Susan (Jim) Tweet, Austin; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Donna Barnett, Austin; Mary Kelly, Austin; and Lonnie (Keith) Tait of Mesa, Az; many nieces; nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and great-grandson, Jeff, Jr.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26th and from 8:30 a.m. Wednesday until time of service.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Andrew M. Lindahl officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, Feb 26, 2002

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David A. Helfritz

1939-2002

David A. Helfritz, 62, of Austin, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at his home.

He was born Oct. 23, 1939, in Austin, to Delmer and LaVonne (Beach) Helfritz.

A retired employee of Austin Packaging Company, he was a self-employed antique and collectibles dealer. He also liked to refinish furniture. He was a member of the Cedar Valley Conservation Club.

Survivors include his mother, LaVonne ("Bonnie"), Austin; daughter, Nichol Helfritz, Reno Valley, Ca.; daughter, Michelle Johnson, Pensacola, Fl.; daughter, Barb Helfritz, Phoenix, Az.; son, Jay Helfritz, Austin; brother, William Helfritz, Wells; sister, Julie Helfritz, Portland, Or. and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Delmer, and brother, Jan.

Visitation: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the church.

Service: 11 a.m., Tuesday, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin with Reverend Robert Stohlmann officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 17, 2002

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Kenneth Arthur Hitzemann

1921-2002

Kenneth Arthur Hitzemann, 80, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at his residence in Austin.

He was born in Waltham Township Aug. 12, 1921 to Emil H. and Clara (Goetsch) Hitzemann.

He graduated from Austin High School.

On July 16, 1940 he married Anita Paulson.

He was employed at Farmer's Insurance and was an agent for over 30 years and he also provided real estate services through Hamilton Real Estate.

He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Brownsdale Business Men's Association, Lion's Club, Labor Day Celebration, Chief of Fire Department, on the City Council, and as Mayor.

He enjoyed creating, designing and building floats many seen throughout Minn., Wisc. and Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Hitzemann, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Judy (Conrad) Schaefer, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Gary (Diane) Hitzemann, New Ringgold, PA.; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, cousins and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother, Don; and 1 son-in-law, John M. Farrell.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2002 at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Brownsdale and Saturday for one hour before the service.

Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale with the Rev. Myrwood Bagne officiating.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale

Funeral Home: Czaplewski Family Funeral Home

Austin Daily Herald, Feb 28, 2002

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Robert W. Houston

1923-2002

Robert W. Houston, 78, of Austin died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at Austin Medical Center.

He was born in Northfield June, 19, 1923, to Elmer and Hannah (Johnson) Houston.

He graduated from Austin Central High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946.

On May 26, 1951, he married B. Eileen Mann at the First United Methodist Church in Austin.

He was employed as an electrician for the Geo. A. Hormel Co. He was a member of the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church and Austin Post #91 American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Francey Tinsley, Anoka; son and daughter-in-law, Pat Tinsely and Judeen Valentine, Farmington; son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Debbie Houston , Lakeville; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Ernie Vaale, Blaine; daughter Pam Bahe, Faribault; daughter, Lorri Moseman, Golden Valley; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Fern Houston, Red Wing; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at the Clasen-Jorden Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. David Simerson officiating.

Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Oakland.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jorden Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 17, 2002

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Joseph F. James

1915-2002

Joseph F. James, 86, of Austin died, Thursday, February 14, 2002 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

He was born in Moscow, Minn., July 10, 1915, to John and Evabella (Mann) James. He attended school in the Moscow-Oakland area.

He was married to Evelyn Estlick in 1947 and adopted two sons, then in 1974 he married Mildred Watt. He worked at Hormel Foods for 32 years.

He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, lifetime member of Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 VFW, and a 50 year member of the American Legion. He enjoyed being at the lake, and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred James, Austin; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert (Debra) James, Julian, Calif.; Daniel (Eddie) James, Lexington, Texas; step-children, Joanne Clark, Bloomington; Richard (Shirley) Watt, Austin; Edward (Sue) Watt, Yorba Linda, Calif.; Marilyn Watt, Minnetonka; Bonnie (Gary) Peterson, Crowley, Texas; Donna (Richard) Rohrbacher, Charlestown, FL.; two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and ten step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and a nephew.

Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m., Feb. 18, 2002, at the funeral home and at the church on Tuesday for one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Greg Mannel officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 18, 2002

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Darrel M. Johnson

1924-2002

Darrel M. Johnson, 77, of Rose Creek, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Thursday, February 14, 2002.

He was born in Mabel July 22, 1924, to Joseph and Winnie Johnson. He was baptized at Garnish Church in Mabel. On May 10, 1946, he married Jarla F. Olson in Lanesboro. He served in the South Pacific and the Russel Islands while in the military. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 1382, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a charter member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He enjoyed playing cards, bingo, fishing and being with family.

Survivors include his wife, Jarla Johnson, Rose Creek; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Kasten, LeRoy; daughter, Pamela Meling, Austin; daughter, Cynthia Graham, Austin; son, Rick Johnson, Austin; son, Randy Johnson, Milwaukee, Wis.; brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Ione Johnson, Austin; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Paulette; granddaughter, Stacy; his parents; four brothers and one sister.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, and one hour before the funeral service.

Service: 1 p.m., Tuesday, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Don Deines officiating.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 17, 2002

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Marion Pauline (Gunderson)
JOHNSON

1921-2002

Marion Pauline Johnson, 80, of Austin, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.

She was born in Albert Lea Nov. 25, 1921, to Paul and Ella (Anderson) Gunderson. She graduated from Austin High School. On June 5, 1946, she married Lloyd R. Johnson. She worked at Hormel Foods as a secretary. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Unity Chapter #29 OES, the Y-Matrons and BPOE does. She enjoyed volunteering with many community organizations.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Richard) Helmer, Richfield; son and daughter-in-law, Paul (Bonnie) Johnson, Austin; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd; and brother, Robert Gunderson.

Visitation: One hour before the service Saturday, March 2, 2002 at Grace Lutheran Church

Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, at Grace Lutheran Church with The Rev. Harold Deye officiating.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary

Austin Daily Herald, Feb 27, 2002

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Barbara A. (Weingart) Kelly

1925-2002

Barbara A. Kelly, 76, of Austin, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at her home.

She was born May 23, 1925, in Manly, Iowa, to John and Myrtle (Schrow) Weingart. She married John J. Kelly in 1947, while he was stationed in the Army. She worked as a nursing assistant at Comforcare Nursing Center for 26 years before retiring. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and seeing her grandchildren.

Survivors include sons, Douglas and Karen Kelly, Austin; Dennis Kelly, Austin; Larry and Tammy Kelly, Brownsdale; daughter, Ramona Hazen, Harlingen, Tx.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Grefe, Manly; Kathryn Horeth, Mason City, Iowa; Janelle and Mike Relic, Oceanside, Calif.; brother, John and Margaret Weingart, Manly; sister-in-law, Charlotte Zeismer, Garner, Iowa.

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

Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at St. Edward's Catholic Church with Father Hubert Boschert officiating. The family will greet friends at a luncheon following the service.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 4, 2002


BARBARA A. KELLY

AUSTIN, MINNESOTA - Barbara A. Kelly, 76, of Austin, Minn. died Thursday, January 31, 2002, at her home.

Barbara was born May 23, 1925, in Manly, Iowa, to John and Myrtle (Schrow) Weingart.

In 1947 she was united in marriage to John J. Kelly while he was in the Army.

Barbara worked as a nursing assistant for 26 years at Comforcare Nursing Home before retiring. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and seeing her grandchildren.

Survivors include sons, Douglas and Karen Kelly, of Austin, Minn., Dennis Kelly, of Austin, Minn., and Larry and Tammy Kelly, of Brownsdale, Minn.; daughter, Ramona Hazen, of Harlingen, Texas; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Grefe, of Manly, Kathryn Horeth, of Mason City, and Janelle and Mike Relic, of Oceanside, Calif.; brother, John and Margaret Weingart, of Manly; sister-in-law, Charlotte Zeismer, of Garner.

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

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Edward's Catholic Church, with Father Hubert Boscert officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

The family will greet friends at a luncheon following the services.

Arrangements are by Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, Minn.

Mayer Funeral Home, (507) 433-1817.

Source: Mason City Globe Gazette, Feb. 5, 2002

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Viola M. Kos

1914-2002

Viola M. Kos, 87, of Austin, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002 at the Austin Medical Center.

She was born in Austin, Aug. 18, 1914 to Henry and Josephine (Ginsterblum) Heimer.

On May 27, 1942, she married Edward Kos.

She was a homemaker and loved visiting with family and friends, card club and outings.

She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Kos, Austin; three sons, Michael, Mesa, Arizona; Richard, Eagan; Robert and Debra, Austin; six grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Linda; parents; a brother and sister.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m.; 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 7:30 p.m. wake on Monday, Feb. 12 at Mayer Funeral Home; and also from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Service: 2 p.m., Tuesday, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father William Becker officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 12, 2002

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Francis J. "Frank" Majerus

1914-2002

Francis J. "Frank" Majerus, 87, of Austin, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at his home.

He was born May 22, 1914, in Rose Creek to John and Mary (Shoemaker) Majerus.

He married Alice T. Braaten Sept. 2, 1939, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church Parsonage.

He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and was a retired employee of Hormel Foods. He was also a farmer.

After retiring, the couple moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and returned to Austin 26 years ago.

Francis was also a member of the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church and enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Pete DeMars, Austin; Bonnie and Dean Osland, Woodbury; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Chester Braaten, Albert Lea; George and Edna Braaten, Austin; Doris Braaten, Moscow; Cora Braaten, Austin; Ann and Floyd Hemenway, Missoula, Mont.; Melda Williamson, Austin; Bernice and Sal Thompson, Austin; Netta and Arley Hutson, Austin; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; brothers, Leo, Leonard, William and Andrew Majerus and sisters; Rose Rasmussen, Julia Ankeny, Ella Olson and Margaret Kosky.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and at the church an hour before the service on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002.

Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by Austin American Legion Post No. 91 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Olaf B. Damm Post No. 1216.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Memorials: Preferred by the family.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 7, 2002

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Raymond M. May

1917-2002

Raymond M. May, 84, of Adams, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at his home.

He was born Feb. 26, 1917, in Jefferson, Iowa to Mathias and Rosa (Kohler) May. He worked for Marker's Greenhouse and Nursery after finishing country school. He served in the United States Navy from April 1938 to December 1945. After serving his country before and during World War II, he was honorably discharged and returned to Jefferson, where he worked as a plumber and heater.

He married Bonnie Phelps Oct. 14, 1947, at Sacred Heart Church in Jefferson. The couple moved to Adams in February 1953, where he farmed for 10 years until returning to the plumbing and heating business for 16 years. He retired in 1979, but worked at the Cedar Country Club for 14 years. He was a member and supporter of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School and Grand Knights of Columbus, where he was a member for 50 years. He was Commander and lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Jefferson, a member of the American Legion for over 50 years and served on the Adams City Council. He was an avid fisherman, golfer and loved to play cards.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Phelps) May, Adams; daughter and son-in-law, Vonnie Rae and Ray Abbott, Buelton, Calif.; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Donna May, Clarks Grove; Steve and Laurie May; Tom and Elaine May; Ron and Karen May; Richard May; all of Rochester; Jim and Crystal May, McNaughton, Wis.; Roger and Jani May, Faribault; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a sister.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with a 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. rosary; also, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the funeral home.

Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating. Organist will be Helen King, vocalist will be Donna May and casket bearers will be grandsons Jeffrey, Jeremy, Brandon, Michael and Marcus May and Ryon Abbott.

Interment: Private family service.

Funeral Home: Adams Funeral Home.

Interment: Private family service.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 7, 2002

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Dorothy Mae (Derby) Meany

1918-2002

Dorothy Mae Meany, 83 of Austin, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 at St Marys Hospital, Rochester.

She was born in Mantorville, Aug. 19, 1918, to Wesley and Faye (White) Derby. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1936. On Nov. 26, 1942, she married Joseph Meany. She worked for Botsford Lumber Co. and lectured in the Midwest on antiques. She enjoyed antiques, cooking playing bridge, gardening, traveling and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Meany, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Judy Meany, Naples, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Steve Dublin, Gainsville, Fla.; and three grandsons.

Service: Memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home with the Reverend Robert A. Morgan officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

Memorials: Donor's choice.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 4, 2002

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Leonard P. "Shorty" Meyer

ca.1912-2002

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Leonard P. "Shorty" Meyer, age 89, formerly of Austin, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002 in South Beloit, Illinois.

Visitation: 7 p.m. Wake service, Sunday, and from 4 to 8 p.m. and Noon to 1 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 4, 2002 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church

Interment: St. Peter's Cemetery in Rose Creek.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin

Austin Daily Herald, Feb. 1, 2002


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Leonard P. "Shorty" Meyer, 89, formerly of Austin, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in South Beloit, Illinois, at his daughter's home.

He was born November 8, 1912, in Austin to John and Magdalena (Majerus) Meyer. He married Anna Lammers June 30, 1937, in Rose Creek. He worked for Hormel Foods for 30 years, retiring in 1974. He was an active member of Queen of Angels Church for 66 years and in retirement, he was an altar server, worked bingo and contributed to the outside Stations of the Cross project.

He was a member of several fraternal organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and the Eagles. For 27 years, he spent his vacation working at the Mower County Fair. In Illinois, he was a member of the Church of The Holy Spirit in Roscoe and the Brite Side Senior Citizen Center in Rockford.

Survivors include wife, Anna Meyer, South Beloit, Ill.; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Robert Scott, West Union, Iowa; Karol Cook, Montross, Va.; Karon and Ken Pelz, South Beloit, Ill.; Lynda Beck, Austin; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Beverly Meyer, Escondido, Calif.; Larry and Barbara Meyer, Machesney Park, Ill.; Terry and Barbara Meyer, Bloomington; 26 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Nick, Tom and Hank; sister, Frances.

Visitation: 7 p.m. wake service today at the funeral home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2002.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson and Father Virgil Duellman officiating. Casket bearers will be Steve Meyer, Dan Scott, Mike Meyer, Nate Meyer, John D. Riddlemoser, Bob Meyer and Leonard Beck, Jr.

Interment: St. Peter's Cemetery, Rose Creek.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald, ca. Feb. 3, 2002

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