MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

 

Mower County Obituaries
Part 137

 

 

David D. Hjelmen

1934-2002

David D. Hjelmen, 67, of Austin, died Friday, March 15, 2002, in San Diego, Calif. He was born March 18, 1934, in Austin to Peter O. and Mathilda (Helgeson) Hjelmen.

He had been employed by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for over 25 years. He was a member of the Moose Club and the Eagles Club. He enjoyed farming in his spare time.

He is survived by his loving partner, Emma; daughters, Jill Anderson and Dick Dieterich, Joy (Dan) Rouse, Jan (Gary) Medgaarden, all of Austin; nine grandchildren; special family, Randy and Nancy Heimer and family, Luan and Randy Overocker and family, Wayne and Dolly Heimer and family; brother and sisters-in-law, Gordon and Goldie Hjelmen, Blooming Prairie, Marcella Hjelmen, Austin, two sisters, Dorothy Onstad, Yuma, Ariz., and Myrtle Ginn, Austin; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His parents, son (Jack), and brother (Howard) preceded him in death.

Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the funeral home and one hour prior tot eh service at the church.

Service: 11 a.m., Thursday, at First United Methodist Church with The Reverend Bruce Kronen officiating. The American Legion Post 91 is in charge of military rites.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., March 19, 2002]

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Regina B. (nee Kortuem) Holdgrafer

1915-2002

Regina B. Holdgrafer, 86, of Austin, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

She was born July 2, 1915, in Long Prairie, to Anton Henry and Johanna Frances (Kline) Kortuem. She attended school there and for several years helped care for moms and their new babies.

She moved to Austin and in 1942 began working at Hormels. She retired after 34 years in 1976.

In 1950, she married Arthur Holdgrafer. They were members of St. Augustine Catholic Church where Regina was a member of St. Ann's Unit.

She loved making quilts for the missions, cooking, gardening and crocheting.

After retirement, Art and Regina enjoyed being snowbirds for the winter in McAllen, Texas. Regina was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include husband, Arthur Holdgrafer, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Rick Franz, Glendale, Ariz.; six grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Ida Kortuem, Long Prairie; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and four sisters.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2002, with a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:30 p.m. wake service and 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

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

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., March 26, 2002]

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Robert W. Hoppin

1916-2002

Robert W. Hoppin, 85, died Monday, March 11, 2002, in his home in Tucson, Ariz.

Bob was born in Grand Meadow in 1916, to Ralph and Vera Hoppin.

He graduated from Elkton high school in 1934 and married Harriet Rowley at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa in 1938.

He was a graduate of Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis. He worked as a welder for Standard Oil in Duluth during World War II and then worked in the heating, air conditioning, sheet metal and plumbing business his entire career. The couple lived in Nicolville, Kasson and Rochester while Bob was employed at Alpeck Sheet Metal in Rochester. He owned Hoppin Plumbing and Heating in Cannon Falls from 1955 to 1963, then worked for the Lennox dealership in Marshalltown, Iowa for eight years, until they relocated to Tucson in 1970. He retired from Hughes Aircraft in Tucson in 1983.

The couple traveled extensively every summer until as recently as last year. They visited all 48 continental states, Canada, Nova Scotia, Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.

They have been members of Rincon Congregational Church.

Survivors include wife, Harriet, Tucson, Ariz.; brother, George Hoppin, Adams; children, Jan Zimmerman, Burlingame, Calif.; Richard Hoppin, Vail, Ariz; William Hoppin, Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Service: A memorial service will be held sometime this summer (to be decided) at the Dexter Methodist Church. His ashes will be buried at that time in the family plot in Grand Meadow.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday March 22, 2002]

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Genevieve E. (nee Scott) Jorgensen

1914-2002

Genevieve E. Jorgensen (Hovind), 87, of Austin, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

She was born October 31, 1914, in Ames, Iowa, to Floyd and Olla (VanDuzer) Scott.

Her family moved to Austin where she graduated from Austin High School in 1931. After graduating from high school, she worked for Stevensons Clothing Store as a bookkeeper and later at the George A. Hormel Corporate office. On Nov. 26, 1938, she married Philip Hovind. They had two children, John and Jane. Philip died in 1969. On June 15, 1972, Genevieve married Ray Jorgensen. In her earlier years, she was an avid duplicate bridge player, participating in many tournaments. She enjoyed spending time with family.

Survivors include daughter, Jane Hovind, Eagan; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by first husband, Philip Hovind; son, John; second husband, Ray Jorgensen, in 1994; grandson, Robert; sister, Dorothy.

Visitation: Friday for one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2002, at the funeral home with the Rev. James Peck officiating. Organist will be Neal Erickson. Casket bearers will be John Helebrant and Tom Fitzlaff.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Thur., March 28, 2002]

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Eva Mae King

1901-2002

Eva Mae King, 100, formerly of Austin, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home, Blooming Prairie.

She was born May 20, 1901 in Genoa, Illinois, to Chauncy and Susie Mae (Thomson) Johnson. At the age of 1 1/2 her family moved to Riceville, Iowa where she attended school. On May 17, 1919, she married George A. "Allie" King in Osage, Iowa. While living in and around the Riceville area, the couple had seven children. In 1943, Eva and her family moved to Austin where she would reside. In 1994, she moved to Burr Oak Manor and in 2001 to Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie. She has over 120 descendants.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Merreld and Bernice King, Elma, Iowa; Melvin King, Austin; daughters, Vesta Bergland, Austin; Irene Weber, LeRoy; son-in-law, Loren Murphy, Rose Creek; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George in May 1978; daughters, Roberta Jensen, Marcella Murphy and Wilma Bell.

Visitation: (Note change of location.) 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at the church and one hour before the service on Saturday.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating. Casket bearers will be Dean Murphy, Joe Weber, Gary King, Fred King, Pat Murphy and Kenneth Bell.

Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Riceville, Iowa.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 8, 2002]

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Herman William Hartwig Kohnke

1941-2002

Herman William Hartwig Kohnke, 60, of Lyle, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at his home in Lyle.

He was born April 25, 1941, to Herman and Elsa (Pruter) Kohnke in Postville, Iowa. He lived in the Postville and Manly, Iowa areas until the age of 12. He attended grade schools in Manly and Mona, Iowa and graduated from Lyle High School in 1959. He entered the United States Army on July 25, 1961, serving in Germany with 595th Transportation Company for two years and being honorably discharged on July 10, 1964. After the service he started farming and driving truck. In later years he was farming south of Otranto, Iowa. A member of Mona Lutheran Church in Mona, Iowa, and Lyle American Legion Post #105, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and being with friends.

Survivors include son, Jay (Shelly) Kohnke, Austin; one grandson; mother, Elsa Kohnke, Osage, Iowa; brother, John (Pauline), Glenville; two nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents; uncles and aunts.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. today, March 14, 2002, at the funeral home and Friday at the church one hour before the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating.

Interment: Osage Cemetery, Osage, Iowa with military honors by Lyle American Legion Post #105.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 14, 2002]

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Alfred "Pete" Loewen

1917-2002

Alfred "Pete" Loewen, 85, of Austin, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1917, in Herbert Saskatchewan, Canada to Dietrich and Anna Ratzloff Loewen. He moved to Austin when he was 12 years old and graduated from Austin High School. He married Lillian Lucille Shuck on July 2, 1938. He worked for Hormel Foods, Inc. for 43 years. He was a member of the Crane Community Chapel and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Clair Harvey, Jackson, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Vern and Roxanne Dunham, Austin; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Service: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Crane Community Chapel with the Rev. Randy Peterson officiating.

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., March 20, 2002]

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Lawrence R. Lukes

1905-2002

Lawrence R. Lukes, 96, of Glenville, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home, Blooming Prairie.

He was born May 15, 1905, in London Township, to Frank and Anna (Vodraska) Lukes.

On May 12, 1931, he married Josephine Chapek at the Chapek Farm.

Lawrence was a farmer and enjoyed gardening, raising farm animals and being with his favorite dog.

He was a member of Zare Zapadu Lodge #41 for over 50 years and an honorary member of FFA.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Dale and Elaine Lukes, Glenville; Dahlard Lukes, Charlottesville, Va.; daughters and sons-in-law, Ione and Eugene McClelland, Red Wing; Julie and Ozzie Zrucky, Austin; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Josephine; infant son; one sister; four brothers.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2002, at the funeral home and Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Hayward Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Hagen officiating. Casket bearers will be Kiven Lukes, Benjamin Zrucky, Nicholas Zrucky, Kurt Lukes, Guy Lukes, Bradley Lukes and Sam McClelland.

Interment: London Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Thur., March 28, 2002]

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Lula Viola (nee Sauer) Mattick

1912-2002

Lula Viola Mattick, 90, of Austin, died Monday, March 11, 2002, at Good Samaritan Center, Albert Lea.

She was born in Freeborn County on Jan. 5, 1912, to Henry and Anna (Sabo) Sauer.

In 1933, she married Walter Mattick in Walters. They made their home on a farm in Freeborn County until moving in to Walters in 1944.

While living in Walters, Lula worked at the area grocery stores candling eggs. In the spring of 1951, the couple moved to Austin. Walter died on Jan. 14, 1997. Lula moved to Burr Oak Nursing Home in the fall of 1999 and to the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea in August 2001.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening and fishing with her family.

Survivors include daughter, Josephine (Dan) Iverson Mulberry, Florida; son, Duane (Nora) Mattick, Lyle; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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

Visitation: One hour prior to the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2002 at the funeral home with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Casket bearers will be Daniel Mattick, Ben Mattick, Ted Mattick, Greg Mattick, Jim Lynch and Eddie Lynch. Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 13, 2002]

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James B. McAnally

1924-2002

James B. McAnally, 77, of Austin, died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Care Center, Albert Lea.

He was born May 26, 1924, in Austin, to John and Clara (Robinson) McAnally. He attended St. Augustine School and graduated in 1942. He went to work for the George A. Hormel Company and in May 1943, entered the United States Army and served in the European Theater. When he returned from service he went back to Hormel and continued to work there for 43 years. Jim loved a good debate. On March 17, 1966, he married Betty Bakke Johnson in Mason City, Iowa.

Survivors include wife, Betty McAnally, Austin; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan McAnally and Alex Devora, Brooklyn Park; Sandra and Curt Mullenbach, Stacyville, Iowa; Debra and Larry Godfredson, Storm Lake, Iowa; Kathleen Cannon, St. Paul; Cindy and Steven Johnson, Eyota; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey McAnally, Waseca; Richard and Vicki McAnally, Forest City, Iowa; Samuel and Diane Johnson, Princeton; 27 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, William McAnally, Faribault; Patrick McAnally, St. Cloud.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2002, with a 6:30 p.m. wake service and Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Fri., March 15, 2002]

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Mildred I. Mickelsen

1917-2002

Mildred I. Mickelsen, 84, formerly of Northfield and Faribault, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center, Grand Meadow.

She was born Aug. 24, 1917, to Marcus and Ida (Lillesve) Bjerva in Goodhue County.

On Oct. 22, 1941, she married George A. Mickelsen; he preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1979.

The couple lived in Northfield and Mildred moved to Faribault in 1981. In 2001, she moved to Grand Meadow.

Survivors include son, Ross (Jan) Mickelsen, Austin; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-children, Lois (Ross) Johnson, Prairie Village, Kan.; Paul Mickelsen, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; stepson, George; brothers, Harland and Myron Bjerva; sister, Myrtle Blessner.

Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home.

Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the funeral home.

Interment: In the spring at Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

Funeral Home: Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 14, 2002]

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James E. Nauman

1937-2002

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James E. Nauman, 64, of Crosslake, formerly of Austin, died Saturday, March 16, 2002.

He was born April 3, 1937, in Fillmore County to Edward and Lois (Soltau) Nauman. He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1955. He entered the United States Air Force in 1955 and was discharged in May, 1959. He married Lorys Sorenson on June 1, 1957. He retired from his job as manager of data processing and communications with Hormel Foods, Inc. after 34 years. He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church.

He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, woodworking, home repair and improvements, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Lorys; son and daughter-in-law, Betty Nauman, Truman; son and daughter-in-law, Brand and Jill Nauman, Buffalo; daughter and son-in-law, Jann and Mark Holeman of Northglenn, Colo.; eight grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Kermit and Nancy Nauman, Hagar City, Wis.; aunts; uncles; nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the church.

Service: 11 a.m., Thursday, at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Goodew and Rev. Gordon Larson officiating. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church, Crosslake.

Interment: LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., March 20, 2002]


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James E. Nauman, 64, of Crosslake, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 16, 2002.

He was born April 3, 1937, in Fillmore County to Edward and Lois (Soltau) Nauman. He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1955. He entered the United States Air Force in 1955 and was discharged in May, 1959.

On June 1, 1957, he married Lorys Sorenson. He retired from his job as manager of data processing and communications with Hormel Foods, Inc. after 34 years. He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, woodworking, home repair and improvements, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include wife, Lorys; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Betty Nauman, Truman; Brad and Jill Nauman, Buffalo; daughter and son-in-law, Jann and Mark Holeman of Northglenn, Colo.; eight grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Kermit and Nancy Nauman, Hagar City, Wis.; aunts; uncles; nieces and nephews.

Visitation: was 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the church.

Service: was 11 a.m., today, at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Goodew and Rev. Gordon Larson officiating. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church, Crosslake. Accompanists will be Nancy Larson and Becki Pearson. Vocalists will be Mark Holeman and Roger Holeman. Casket bearers will be Dale Hultgren, Rory Nichols, Bruce Sorenson, Carroll Goodew, Stan Lewison, Ken Binkley, Dale Madison and Gene Korfhage.

Interment: LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Thur. March 21, 2002]

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Elaine A. (Hansen) Nerness

1919-2002

Elaine A. "Pippy" Nerness, 82, of Austin died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at her daughter's home in Burnsville.

She was born August 3, 1919, in McIntosh, to Emanuel and Pearle (Hartwick) Hansen.

She graduated from Wilder High School in 1936 and from the Brady Rodgers School of Beauty Culture in 1937.

On Nov. 15, 1939, she married Everett C. Nerness at her family's home in Wilder. The couple lived in Minneapolis until 1946 when they moved to Oakland. They owned and operated the Oakland Food Locker until 1962. During their retirement, they spent the winters in Texas and summers at Richmond.

Elaine was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Potpourri Circle and NARFE. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and little children.

Survivors include daughter, Trudy Koester, Burnsville; two step-grandchildren; brother and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Gretchen Hansen, Hollandale; Rozella Hansen, Hollandale; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everett in 1993; sister, Leona Ingbritson; brother, Kenneth Hansen; son-in-law, Jerry Koester.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at the funeral home and Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1 p.m. Thursday, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Andrew M. Lindahl officiating. Organist will be Darlene Berhow and soloist will be Jeannie King. Casket bearers will be Terry Hansen, Donald Hansen, Craig Hansen, Scott Hansen, Rickey Lee Vandemkamp and Keith Koester.

Interment: Hollandale Cemetery, Hollandale.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 12, 2002]

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Jereme D. Nord

1973-2002

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Jereme D. Nord, 28, of Austin, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at his home of pancreatitis.

He was born May 31, 1973, in Hennepin County. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, graduated from Austin High School and belonged to the Laborers Union.

Survivors include son, Christian Jereme Nord and his mother Michelle Jensen, Austin; father, David and Paulette Nord, Caledonia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jason and Sheila Nord, Coon Rapids; Mike and January Nord, Coon Rapids; Joshua Nord, Caledonia; Alex Henningsgaard, Stillwater; great-grandmother, Florence and Sylvanus VonFeldt, Austin; biological father, Wayne and Sandy Henningsgaard, Stillwater; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Christine (Eirikson) Nord; and grandparents.

Visitation: 10:15 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, until the service at the church.

Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Orlin Mandsager officiating. Casket bearers will be Phil Felt, Jeff Rasmussen, Bob Kilby, Chad Rasmussen, Kyle Rasmussen and Jeff Parmenter.

Interment: Grandview cemetery at a later date.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Thur. March 21, 2002]


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Jereme D. Nord, 28, of Austin, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at his home of pancreatitis.

He was born May 31, 1973, in Hennepin County.

He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, graduated from Austin High School and belonged to the Laborers Union.

Survivors include son, Christian Jereme Nord and his mother, Michelle Jensen, Austin; girlfriend, Dawn Hughson, Austin; father, David and Paulette Nord, Caledonia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jason and Sheila Nord, Coon Rapids; Mike and January Nord, Coon Rapids; Joshua Nord, Caledonia; Alex Henningsgaard, Stillwater; great-grandmother, Florence and Sylvanus VonFeldt, Austin; biological father, Wayne and Sandy Henningsgaard, Stillwater; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Christine (Eirikson) Nord; and grandparents.

Visitation: 10:15 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, until the service at the church.

Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Orlin Mandsager officiating. Casket bearers will be Phil Felt, Jeff Rasmussen, Bob Kilby, Chad Rasmussen, Kyle Rasmussen and Jeff Parmenter.

Interment: Grandview cemetery at a later date.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday March 22, 2002]

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LaVerne Frederick "Odie" Olson

1927-2002

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LaVerne Frederick Olson, 74, of Austin, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Lewiston Villa, Lewiston.

He was born June 6, 1927, to Lew H. and Luella (Carlson) Olson in Lansing Township.

A lifelong Austin resident, he was a self-employed salesman. He raced cars in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin and enjoyed traveling where he bought and sold many items; he loved a good deal. He also played the banjo.

Survivors include sons, Verne (Norma) Olson, Dexter; Richard Olson, Laurel, Mont.; Ray Olson, South Dakota; Bernard Olson, Albert Lea; daughter, Toy (Oscar) Mehun, Albert Lea; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Maynard (Arlis) Olson, Lancaster, Calif.; sisters, Donna (Henry) Jarrett, Fort Scott, Kan.; Nadine Pierson, Visalia, Calif.; brother-in-law, Claire Allen, Austin; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kenneth Olson; sister, Bonita Allen.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour before the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Service: 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2002, at the funeral home with the Rev. Randy Peterson officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 8, 2002]


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LaVerne "Odie" Frederick Olson, 74, of Austin, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Lewiston Villa, Lewiston.

He was born June 6, 1927, to Lew H. and Luella (Carlson) Olson in Lansing Township.

A lifelong Austin resident, he was a self-employed salesman. He raced cars in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin and enjoyed traveling where he bought and sold many items; he loved a good deal. He also played the banjo.

Survivors include sons, Verne (Norma) Olson, Dexter; Richard Olson, Laurel, Mont.; Ray Olson, South Dakota; Bernard Olson, Albert Lea; daughter, Toy (Oscar) Mehun, Albert Lea; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Maynard (Arlis) Olson, Lancaster, Calif.; sisters, Donna (Henry) Jarrett, Fort Scott, Kan.; Nadine Pierson, Visalia, Calif.; brother-in-law, Claire Allen, Austin; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kenneth Olson; sister, Bonita Allen.

Visitation: Was 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour before the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Service: 1 p.m. today, March 11, 2002, at the funeral home with the Rev. Randy Peterson officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 11, 2002]

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Spencer Anton Olson, Sr.

1916-2002

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Spencer Anton Olson, Sr., 86, of Austin died Sunday, March 25, 2002, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home. He was born March 19, 1916, in Blooming Prairie, to Nordean A. and Orlaug C. (Kaatrud) Olson.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

On April 18, 1943, he married Evelyn E. Babey in Chicago, Ill. They resided there until 1978. Since then Austin has been Spencer's home.

For the past two years he has been a resident of St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

A businessman, he belonged to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, investment club, NAACP, AARP, VFW and Moose Club.

He enjoyed karate and golf, reading, traveling and family gatherings.

Survivors include children, Dean Olson, Chicago, Ill.; Barbara Orcutt, Austin; Beverly Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Bobbie Topor, Sacramento, Calif.; Spencer A. Olson, Jr., Minneapolis; eight grandchildren; relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Babey; brothers, Dean, Verne and Richard.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2002, and Saturday for one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Myrwood Bagne officiating.

Interment: Hollandale Cemetery, Hollandale.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., March 27, 2002]


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Spencer Anton Olson, Sr., 86, of Austin died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

He was born March 9, 1916, in Blooming Prairie, to Nordean A. and Orlaug C. (Kaatrud) Olson. He served in the Navy during World War II. On April 18, 1943, he married Evelyn E. Babey in Chicago, Ill. They resided there until 1978. Since then Austin has been Spencer's home.

For the past nine years he has been a resident of St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

A businessman, he belonged to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, investment club, NAACP, AARP, VFW and Moose Club. He enjoyed karate and golf, reading, traveling and family gatherings.

Survivors include children, Dean Olson, Chicago, Ill.; Barbara Orcutt, Austin; Beverly Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Bobbie Topor, Sacramento, Calif.; Spencer A. Olson, Jr., Minneapolis; eight grandchildren; relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Babey; brothers, Dean, Verne and Richard.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2002, and Saturday for one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Myrwood Bagne officiating.

Interment: Hollandale Cemetery, Hollandale.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Thur., March 28, 2002]

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Edson Howard Quast

1922-2002

Edson Howard Quast, 79, of Lyle died Saturday morning, Mar. 16, 2002, at his home in Lyle.

He was born August 2, 1922, near Elkton, to Henry and Celia Elaine (Rogne) Quast. He attended school at Elkton, graduating from Elkton High School in 1941. After graduation, Edson attended the Austin Vo-Tech in the sheet metal program. On Aug. 17, 1946, he married Marie Butts in St. Paul. They lived and farmed on the Quast family farm in Marshall Township. They also owned and operated Quast Poultry for many years. In 2001, they moved into Lyle.

He was a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Elkton where he served on the church council and building committee. He also was a member of the Elkton School Board and the Flying Farmers Association. Before moving to Lyle, Edson was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Austin and was presently a member of Our Saviors's Lutheran Church in Lyle.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Quast of Lyle; one daughter, Dawn (Joseph) Stienessen of Eau Claire, Wis.; one son-in-law, Robert (Brenda) Radford of Oklahoma City, Okla.; six granddaughters, Sarah Stienessen, Laura Stienessen, Anne Stienessen, Ruth Stienessen, Kara Radford and Mary Radford; and many other relatives and friends.

His parents and one daughter, Gayle Radford, preceded him in death.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Mar. 18, 2002, at the funeral home and at the church one hour before the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Our Saviors's Lutheran Church in Lyle with The Reverend Barbara Finley-Shea officiating.

Interment: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Elkton.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sat., March 16, 2002]

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David Mark Reiffenberger

1954-2002

David Mark Reiffenberger, 47, of Austin, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Arbor House, Rochester.

He was born May 8, 1954, in Owatonna, to Francis and Naomi (Miller) Reiffenberger. He attended school in Austin and was employed at Cedar Valley Workshop for 25 years. He attended the New Life Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church in Austin.

Survivors include parents, Francis and Naomi Reiffenberger, Austin; sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Steven Price, Brooklyn Park; nephew, David Price, Champlin; niece, Rebecca Price, Brooklyn Park; aunts, cousins and friends.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 15, 2002, at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday memorial service at the New Life Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church in Austin with the Rev. Jon Law officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Fri., March 15, 2002]

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LaVonne Marie Mallan

1950-2009

LaVonne Marie Mallan, 59, of Humansville, Missouri, died Saturday Dec. 5, 2009.

She was born May, 27, 1950, the daughter of Henry and Dorothy Mallan, in Austin. She graduated from Pacelli High School in 1968 and later from St. Benedictís College in St. Joseph, Minn.

LaVonne taught school in Breckenridge, Minn. and also in Colorado Springs, Colo. Later, she was employed by REM of Rochester, Minn. She later worked in customer service for Longview Fibre in Fridley and retired after 15 years of service.

LaVonne was very fond of horses, dogs and goats. She was a coach for Special Olympics and a volunteer at the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

LaVonne had been a resident of Humansville for the past year, moving there from Oak Grove, Minn., where she had lived from 1990 through 2008.

She is survived by her mother Dorothy Mallan of Austin; seven brothers, Robert (Donna) Mallan of Rochester, Minn, Steven Mallan, Roger Mallan, Kevin Mallan, Duane (Betty) Mallan, Michael (Sandy) Mallan, and Thomas Mallan, all of Austin; three sisters, Catherine Andreatti of St. Paul, Minn., Virginia Mallan of Austin, Theresa (Patrick) OíConnor of St. Paul, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1977.

Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Murray Funeral Home, Humansville, with Pat Wissman officiating. Burial was at Flemington Cemetery, Flemington, Mont. Memorials may be made to ARC of Mower County, P.O. Box 744, Austin, MN 55912-0744.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., Dec. 15, 2009]

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Harvey Bruce Ollman

1925-2009

Harvey Bruce Ollman died at home Dec. 9, 2009 of a sudden heart attack.

He was born Dec. 25, 1925 in Austin, the oldest child of Joe and Aline Ollman.

Bruce, as he liked to be called, served in the United States Naval Air Corps as a radioman during World War II.

He married his sweetheart, Isabel, on Aug. 10, 1945.

Following his discharge from the Naval Air Corp in November of 1946, he was accepted at the Boeing Aeronautical Institute for Engineering in California. Circumstances, however, prevented him from accepting the offer and he returned to St. Paul, Minn. where he worked briefly for Westinghouse Corporation. Then, in August of 1947, Bruce and Isabel moved to Austin, where he worked for the Hormel Company for the next 35 years.

Bruce was a remarkable man. From the time he was a little boy, he was enchanted with flying. After the war, he earned his pilotís and instructorís licenses via the GI Bill. He flew his own planes and instructed others. When Bruce was in his 50s, his interest in flying evolved into an interest in hang gliding. He enjoyed many happy hours with his adult children, gliding into the low hills near Rochester, Minn.

His interests were varied, ranging from bow hunting to CB radios. From the ground up, he built two houses that he and Isabel resided in for their 64 years of marriage. His many other woodworking projects included two boats ó a cabin cruiser and a runabout. Bruce water-skied and taught all four of his children to enjoy the sport.

Reading was a passion for Bruce, as well as discussing flying, politics and scientific issues of the day.

Bruce will be sadly missed by his wife, Isabel.

He is also survived by three children, Glenn (Mary) Ollman of Golden, Colo., Cindy Ollman Holtz of Billings, Mont., Jeffrey (Cindy) Ollman of Austin; sister, Jeannine Roloff of St. Paul, Minn.; his loving grandchildren, Gretchen Johnson, Benjamin, Zachary, Nathan, Logan, Katherine, Sarah Ollman; daughter-in-law Susan Ollman; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Kelly; sister, Jackie Kilmer; and his parents.

Bruce was cremated and there will be no memorial service. Family will gather at Christmastime to celebrate his life. The family requests that any memorials be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., Dec. 15, 2009]

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Maurice Burton Basness

1920-2009

BURIAL AT RED OAK GROVE

Maurice Burton Basness, 89, of Blooming Prairie, died at Prairie Manor Care Center Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2009.

He was born March 14, 1920 to B. Clarence and Anna M. (Miller) Basness in Newry Township, Freeborn County, Minn. where he grew up. He graduated from Austin High School in 1938 and joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. He married Gladys Shaw on Feb. 23, 1945 at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams. They raised three children. Maurice farmed most of his life and also worked as a mechanic at local Ford dealerships. A lifelong member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, he also belonged to VFW and Sons of Norway. He loved to hunt, fish and travel, making it to Alaska twice, Norway and most of the 48 states.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara (Steven) Nelson of Underwood, Karen (Roger Walvatne) Basness of Underwood; one son, Scott (Sandra) Basness of Blooming Prairie; special friend, Nina Ingvalson of Austin; five grandchildren, Sheena Marie, Stephen, Sydney, Corissa and Casey; a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and one infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with Pastor Gene Leiter officiating. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Blooming Prairie with military honors by VFW Post 878. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church or AMC Hospice.

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

[Austin Daily Herald, Tue., Dec. 15, 2009]

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Ruth Catherine (nee Jorgens) Runkle

1920-2002

Ruth Catherine Runkle, 81, of Grand Meadow, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Grand Meadow HealthCare Center where she lived.

She was born May 5, 1920, in Frankford Township, to John and Cora (Skogstad) Jorgens.

She graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1936.

On March 15, 1939, she married Richard Runkle at the Bear Creek Lutheran Church. Together they farmed in the Bear Creek area.

She was an accordion player and was very active in her church. She enjoyed visiting, traveling, gardening and flowers.

Survivors include sons, David C. Runkle, Lakewood, Colo.; Steven P. (Diane) Runkle, Minnesota City; daughter, Marcheta (Richard) Allen, Grand Meadow; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1999, a great-grandchild, a daughter-in-law.

Visitation: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2002, at the funeral home and Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Bear Creek Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bernard Daiker officiating.

Interment: The church cemetery.

Funeral Home: Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home, Grand Meadow.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 14, 2002]

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Margaret Jane Sayles

1922-2002

Margaret Jane Sayles, 79, of Austin, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Austin Medical Center.

She was born May 24, 1922, in Red Wing, to Willard and Celia (Loucks) Thayer.

She graduated from Austin High School and was married to Harlow B. Sayles on Aug. 10, 1946, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.

She was active with the Hoe and Grow Garden Club, the Mower County Republicans and the Enterprise Chapter of the Mower County 4-H.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Sheldon and Cathie Sayles, Austin; daughter, Pat Sayles, Roseville; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wilbur and Marlyn Sayles, Austin; nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlow, in 1995.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., today, March 27, 2002, at the Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., March 27, 2002]

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Arnold H. Schmidt

1918-2002

Arnold H. Schmidt, 83, of Mankato, formerly of Brownsdale, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Immanuel - St. Joseph's Hospital, Mankato.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1918, to Louis and Ida (Ohm) Schmidt in Waltham. He graduated from Austin High School in 1937 and from Minneapolis Business College in 1939.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater as a First Lieutenant.

On Nov. 21, 1944, he married Gertrude Goodman in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. Following the war, he was in the bookkeeping department at 7-UP Bottling Company of Rochester. The family moved to Brownsdale where he owned and operated the Gambles Hardware store. He also owned and operated Schmidt Bus Service in Brownsdale before retiring. He and his wife later moved to Mankato.

He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Mankato, Lutheran Layman's League and a former member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Brownsdale. His interests included, computers, travel, woodworking, fishing, camping and amateur radio.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Kenneth and Margene Schmidt, Seward, Neb.; Gerry and Carol Schmidt, North Mankato; Harold and Carolynne Schmidt, Circle Pines; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and John Wehking, Coronado, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; brother and sister-in-law, David and Delores Schmidt, Albert Lea; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant daughter and a brother.

Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2002, at the funeral home and Friday at the church for one hour before services.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Brownsdale with Rev. Charles Ortloff officiating. Interment: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Waltham. Funeral Home: Mankato Mortuary, Mankato.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 5, 2002]

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Roy Fred Smith

1917-2002

Roy Fred Smith, 84, of Rochester, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Bear Creek Health Care Center.

He was born June 18, 1917, in Johnsburg to John and Katherine (Gerber) Smith.

He attended school at Johnsburg and was married to Helen Theobald Feb. 14, 1939, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Meyer, Iowa.

He farmed in the Adams area and was a livestock dealer. In 1988 the couple moved to Rochester. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Resurrection Catholic Church, Rochester.

Survivors include wife, Helen Smith, Rochester; children, David and Jurene Smith, Adams; Doris Butler, Bloomington; Leon and Konnie Smith, Eden Prairie; Emily and Mike Kiefer, Stewartville; Peggy and Scott Fontana, Savage; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother and sisters-in-law, Vernon (Pat) and Marcella Smith, Adams; Maudie Smith, Adams; Alvina Theobald, Richmond, Calif.; Marita and Wilmer Michels, Rose Creek; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clem and Alvina Theobald, Stacyville, Iowa; Mary Sleep, Villa Park, Ill.; Sister Angelita, Dubuque, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a grandson.

Visitation: Was 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2002, with a 4:30 p.m. Rosary and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Service: Was today, March 27, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. with The Reverend Gregory Leif officiating. Casket Bearers will be Lon Smith, Rod Smith, Ryan Smith, Andy Smith, Dustin Smith and Shane Butler.

Interment: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Adams.

Funeral Home: Adams Funeral Home, Adams.

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., March 27, 2002]

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A. Ronald Thompson

1911-2002

A. Ronald "Ronnie" Thompson, 90, of Lansing, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at the Owatonna Hospital.

He was born June 20, 1911, in Mower County, to Aaron and Rose (Lien) Thompson.

He attended Austin High School. He worked for Ulland Brothers of Austin from 1931 to 1948. In 1948, he and Edwin Lewison formed Thompson-Lewison Excavating Construction Company and were in business together until 1972 when they dissolved their partnership and Ronnie formed Thompson Excavating. He retired in 1978.

He was a member of the Elks Club, the Masons, Scottish Rites and Osman Shrine and Blooming Prairie Shrine Club.

He was baptized and confirmed at Red Oak Grove Church and was an active supporter of the Lansing Methodist Church.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, flying his airplane, computers and spending time with family and neighbors.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Terry Wiese, Owatonna; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Carrie Nicholsen, Largo, Fla.; Hazel Vadnais, St. Paul; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth, in 1997; two brothers; two sisters.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2002, with a 7:30 p.m. Masonic service at the funeral home and Monday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Monday, at First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating. Music will be by the honorary bearers. Casket bearers will be Marc Wiese, Gary Wiese, Kim Rosenau, Bill Rosenau, Chuck Alley, Harold Boverhuis and Doug Bolstorff.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, circa March 29, 2002]

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Edna M. (Peach) Ulwelling

1921-2002

Edna M. Ulwelling, 81, of Austin, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

She was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Austin, to Robert and Clara (Tauer) Peach.

On Jan. 17, 1942, she married Everett H. Ulwelling in Birmingham, Ala.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She loved to play dominoes.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Gary Culton, Austin; Nancy and Frank Novotny, Austin; Linda and Jim Brown, St. Clair; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Dean Siewert, Dexter; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Betty Peach, Magnolia, Texas; sister-in-law, Helen Budd, Rochester; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; parents, Robert and Clara Peach; granddaughter, Rebecca.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, with a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 7 p.m. wake service and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating. Casket bearers will be Mike Schumacher, Kimberley Grabau, Sarah Pfeffer, William Brown, Brent Novotny and Chris Novotny.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 7, 2002]

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James O. Voss

1933-2002

James O. Voss, 68, of Nisswa, died Monday, March 11, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born July 8, 1933, in Austin, Minnesota, to John R. and Bertha D. (Myhre) Voss.

He graduated from Austin High School in 1952. He served in the United States Navy in engineering on the destroyer U.S.S. Smalley in the Pacific Fleet from 1952 to 1956.

On Feb. 28, 1959, he married Patricia G. Luren at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

James worked as a design engineer at Weyerhauser Company for 43 years.

He was a member of Christ Community Church in Nisswa where he sang in the choir and served on the board of trustees. He was a member of Austin American Legion Post #91, the Nisswa American Legion Post #627, the Elks of Austin and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Timber Bay.

Survivors include wife, Trisha; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Melody Voss, Spring Valley; daughters and sons-in-law, Darcy and Jim Schulz, Westbrook; Stacey and Nathan Schwendeman, Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren; father-in-law, Halvor Stemson, Blooming Prairie; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Marge Voss, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the funeral home and Friday at the church for one hour before the service

Service: 2 p.m. Friday, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with Pastors David Uhrich and Jim Rogers officiating.

Interment: 3 p.m. Saturday graveside service at Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Austin, with military rites by Austin American Legion Post #91.

Funeral Home: Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home, Brainerd.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 14, 2002]

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Daniel J. Weis

1952-2002

Daniel J. Weis, 49, of Austin, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at his home.

He was born July 9, 1952, in Austin, to James and Dorothy (Walsh) Weis. He graduated from Pacelli High School in 1971.

On July 13, 1974, he married Deanna Ruble at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Mower County Highway Department.

He enjoyed being outdoors and really loved camping, fishing and water skiing. He looked forward to gatherings with friends and family. His greatest pleasure came from remodeling the homes of his friends and family.

Survivors include wife, Deanna Weis, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, John and Kim Weis, Little Canada; daughters and son-in-law, Deidre and Randy Smith, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Sarah Weis, Austin; parents, James and Dorothy Weis, Austin; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Myles and Dorothy Ruble, Austin; brothers and sister-in-law, Richard Weis, Austin; James Jr. and Renae Weis, Albuquerque, N.M.; David Weis, Seattle, Wash.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Rod Neitzel, Owatonna; Mary Beth and Ernie Kleckner, Austin; Jane and Lynn Zabel, Plainview; brother-in-law, Doug Ruble, Rose Creek; sisters-in-law, Joan Parody, Orlando, Fla.; Mary Lynn and Mike Flaherty, Austin.

Visitation: Was 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2002, with a 7 p.m. wake service and is today from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m. today at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father William Becker and Father Paul Nelson officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, March 5, 2002]

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Patricia A. Fiehler

1939-2009

Patricia A. Fiehler, 70, died Dec. 9, 2009 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan.

Patricia was born Feb. 19, 1939 in Hayfield, Minn. to Otto and Nellie Johnson Helfritz. She was united in marriage June, 10 1956 to Jerry L. Fiehler in Lyle, Minn. She was a homemaker.

Patricia was active in the community as a member of United Methodist Church, Alden, Kan.; American Legion Auxiliary and Silver Threads, both of Sterling, Kan.; former location Supervisor for Friendship Meals and former Cub Scout Den Mother.

Patricia lived in Sterling, Kan. since 1972 and was formerly of Osage City.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Glennis Fiehler and her parents.

She is survived by her husband Jerry, of the home; son, Steven (Wendy) Fiehler, Sterling, Kan.; sister, Barbara Jean Nobile, Des Moines, Iowa; and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at United Methodist Church, Alden, Kan. with the Revs. Debbie Grossardt and Dennis Corbett officiating. Burial will take place in Sterling Community Cemetary, Sterling, Kan.

Memorials may be made to the Center for Basic Cancer Research KSU.

Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling, Kan. is in charge of arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald online, www.austindailyherald.com, Wed., Dec. 16, 2009]

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Wilma (Wuerflein) Anderson

1923-2000

Wilma Anderson, 79, of Los Fresnos, Texas, formerly of Sargeant, died March 8, 2002, at her home.

She was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Scarville, Iowa to Minnie and George Wuerflein. Following high school, she was employed as a telephone operator.

On Nov. 27, 1941, she married Luverne J. Anderson in Scarville, Iowa. The couple resided in Conger, Alpha, Sargeant and Esterville, Iowa. While living in Sargeant, Wilma was a member of Evanger Lutheran Church and was employed as a postal clerk. In 1976, the couple moved to Faribault. In 1988, they moved to Los Fresnos, Texas.

Survivors include husband, Luverne Anderson; sons, David (Vicki) Anderson, Port Angelos, Wash.; Warren Anderson (Kathy Smith), Arlington, Texas; daughter, Christine (Steven) Jensen, Austin; six grandchildren; sister, Muriel (Elvin) Wogen, Kiester.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Milford, Marlin and James Wuerflein; sister, Ethel Pries.

Service: A memorial service was held March 11, 2002, at Harlingen, Texas.

Interment: Saturday, April 20, 2002, at Bethal Lutheran Church in Vinji, Iowa.

[Austin Daily Herald, circa April 19, 2002]

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Venessa E. (Bloomfield) Barton

1913-2000

Venessa E. Barton, 88, of Austin, died Tuesday, April, 16, 2002, at her home.

She was born June 15, 1913, in Austin, to Ralph and Elizabeth (Graf) Bloomfield. On June 12, 1937, she married Merle L. Barton in Minneapolis. Venessa worked at the George A. Hormel Company for 40 years from 1935 to 1975. She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and enjoyed watching sports and spending time with her family.

Survivors include daughter, Cathy Snyder, San Antonio, Texas; one granddaughter; sister, Elizabeth Swank, Austin; nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Arnold Bloomfield; and husband, Merle.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2002, with a 5 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:30 p.m. wake service and also from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating. Casket bearers will be Richard Jahr, Gregory Jahr, James Hebrink, Don Villalta, Jeff Beckel and Keith Unruh.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

[Austin Daily Herald, circa April 18, 2002]

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Phyllis E. (Noble) Culton

1939-2002

Phyllis E. Culton, 62

Phyllis E. Culton, 62, of Weyauwega, Wis., died Saturday, April 13, 2002, in Appleton, Wis.

She was born April 29, 1939, in Austin, to Richard and Inez (Christenson) Noble. She was a 1956 graduate of Austin High School and had attended Austin Junior College on a scholarship. She was a runner up in the Miss Austin Beauty Pageant and also belonged to a roller skating dance club.

On June 6, 1958, she married Gary D. Culton in Austin. He died on Dec. 20, 1997.

Phyllis was employed at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wis. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca, Wis.

Survivors include daughters, Renee (Jim) Vergauwen, Waupaca, Wis.; Aimee (Duane) Biely, Waupaca, Wis.; son, Richard Culton, Weyauwega, Wis.; seven grandchildren; sisters, Rosalie (Walter) Marjorowicz, Minneapolis; Marjorie (Harold) Queensland, Ostrander; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gary; and grandsons, Jonathan and Gary.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the funeral home and on Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m., Thursday, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca, Wis. with the Rev. James Bump officiating.

Interment: Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Wis.

Funeral Home: Holly Funeral Home, Waupaca, Wis.

[Austin Daily Herald, circa April 17, 2002]

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