Mower County Obituaries
Part 170



Jean A. (Lynch) Edge


Jean A. (Lynch) Edge, 68, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at her home.

Jean was born March 7, 1942, in Austin to Edward and Arthamese (Feeley) Titus. She attended Pacelli High School.

In 1963 she was united in marriage to Tim Lynch at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1993. In 1999 she was united in marriage to Maurice Edge at their home in Austin.

Jean was a member of the Catholic Church and the Austin Eagles Club. She loved to do yard work and spend time with her children and their families. A house full of company made her happy. Jen loved to spoil her dog, Freckles.

Survivors include her husband, Maurice Edge, of Austin; children, Jim (Anne) Lynch, of Lyle, Kelly (Gary) Faas, of Lyle, John (Michelle) Lynch, of Blooming Prairie; stepchildren, Sharon (Harold) Willis, of Owatonna, Doane Edge, of Austin, Kay (Richard) Weaver, of Dexter; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Vern "Pops" Titus, of Washington, Illinois; sisters, Ardy (Dave) Osmundson, of Austin, Joan (Dale) Anderson, of Rose Creek; sister-in-law, Diane Titus, of Austin; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Timothy Lynch; parents, Edward Bnd Arthamese Titus; sister, Marilyn Sorenson; brothers, David Titus and Danny Titus; mother-in-law and father-in-law; brother-in-law.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2010, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal Officiating. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The honorary casket bearers will be Randa Lynch and Skylar Lynch. The casket bearers will be Eddie Lynch, Beth Lynch, Travis Faas, T.J. Lynch, Alex lynch and Katie Faas.

Arrangements are by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., July 28, 2010

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Dorothy M. (Moxon) Beck


Heaven gained a beautiful angel on July 22, 2010 when Dorothy “Dolly” Moxon Beck, 85, passed away peacefully at St. Marys Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Dolly was born March 19, 1925 in Exmouth, Devonshire, England to Lillian (Beresford) Moxon and Thomas Theodore Theopholis Moxon. Dolly’s father was a member of the famed Moxon Circus and she travelled with her family throughout Ireland and England as they worked as acrobats, clowns, jugglers and musicians. She attended school in Manchester, England and moved to London with her father during the Great Depression.

World War II broke out when she was 14 and she lived with her father in London often fleeing to the subways to escape the bombing and fires. Orphaned at age 15 she found work in a munitions factory. In 1941 she met Ernest Martin Beck from Austin, Minn., a young serviceman stationed in England with the 8th Army Air Corps. Dolly and Ernie were married in London in 1944 and she joined him in Austin after the war in 1946.

Dolly’s strong British accent did not go unnoticed in Austin. She soon found many close friends in her work over the years at Hormel and Land O’Lakes. Following Ernie’s death in 1981 she moved to Gillette, Wyo. to join her daughter Judie and her family, and then in 1984 moved with them to Rochester. She lived at Fontaine Towers for 18 years, cherishing the many friendships with residents there. She moved to Madonna Meadows in June 2010.

Dolly and Ernie were blessed with one daughter, Judith (Chuck) Michael of Rochester, grandchildren Julianne (Matt) Schaffer of Minnetonka, Kathryn Michael of St. Paul, and Daniel Michael of Croughton, England; and great-grandsons Brody Christiansen and Jacob Schaffer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lilian (Beresford) and Thomas Moxon and her beloved Ernie.

She leaves many friends throughout Rochester and at Fontaine Towers who came to love her endless spirit and joyful personality. Special thanks for her exceptional care go to Dr. Henry Schultz and the staff at Mary Brigh 6G who made her final days comfortable.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 31 at 11 a.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes' Chapel in Rochester. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Per Dolly’s request she would prefer only bright colors be worn at this celebration of her life. Memorials may be made to Fontaine Towers. Inurnment will be at Grandview Cemetery in Austin at a later date.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sunday, July 25, 2010]

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Bruce W. Kvam


Bruce W. Kvam, 62, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Monday July 26, 2010, at his home, surrounded by those that loved him.

Bruce was born April 3, 1948, in Austin, the son of Martin and Elizabeth (Hall) Kvam. A lifelong Austin resident, Bruce was a Vietnam War veteran, a member of the V.F.W. and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He worked as a painter. Bruce liked to travel, “chewing up the highway,” taking road trips and enjoying the scenery. He enjoyed music, painting, mechanics, and welding. He attended International Word Fellowship. He adored his grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughter, Evangeline (Roger) Pettitt of Zimmerman; two grandchildren, Tristan and Julia; three brothers, Robert (Rosemary) Kvam, of Lyle, Melvin (Diane) Kvam and Dale Kvam, both of Austin; one sister, Marie Kvam, of Indianola, Iowa; special friend, Ed Grap, of Isle, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Elizabeth Kvam.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Rev. Ray Tuck officiating. Interment will be Friday, July 30, 2010, at noon at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with military honors. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Worlein Funeral Home. The family prefers memorials to the church of donor’s choice or to the Disabled American Veterans.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., July 28, 2010

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Kenneth Roger Haskin


Kenneth Roger Haskin, 82, of Waterloo, Iowa, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, July 22, at the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

He was born Feb. 23, 1928, in Austin, the son of Ernest A. and Vesta (Clayton) Haskin. Kenneth attended school in Austin and graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1950 to 1952, attaining the rank of corporal. He married Sharron Porter on June 23, 1956, at First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls. Kenneth retired from John Deere in 1980 with thirty years of service. Kenneth was a 50 plus year member of Masonic Lodge 65 in Cedar Falls & El Mecca Shrine.

He is survived by his wife Sharron Porter; three sisters: Dorothy (Harvey) Todalen, Austin, Minn., Velma Bonnerup, Albert Lea, and Beverlee (Donald) Starry, Austin, Minn.; four brothers: Lloyd, Independence, Iowa, James (Jean), Dunkerton, Iowa, Ernest (Rose),Denver, Iowa, Harold (Sharon), Hackensack, Minn.; brother-in-law: John (Kathy) Porter, of Waterloo, Iowa; and 44 nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded by his parents, two sisters and their husbands: Eleanor and Fred Leickteig, Rose Creek, Minn., Arlys and Ronald Snyder, Austin, Minn.; a sister-in-law: Jeanne Haskin, Denver, Iowa; and a sister-in-law and husband, Jean and GF (Buck) Dana of Waterloo, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls, with inurnment at Grandview Cemetery, Austin, Minn., at a later date. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, where a 7 p.m. Masonic Service will be conducted, and visitation one hour before service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, the church, or the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home. Online condolences may be left at

[Austin Daily Herald, Sunday, July 25, 2010]

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Terry L. Anderson


Terry L. Anderson of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2010 in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

He was born Sept. 28, 1946, in Quincy, Illinois. He was the son of Bruce and Helen (Burford) Anderson. Terry graduated from the University of Missouri and was a 37-year employee of Hormel Foods of Austin. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Elks of Austin and of Brainerd, Minn., and the American Fishing Club. Terry and Ruth would have celebrated 45 years of marriage in August.

Terry will be remembered as a person of caring and loving spirit, with a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. His passion for fishing was passed to all he met and he enjoyed a “first catch” with each of his grandchildren. He was an active trustee in his church and volunteered much of his time helping veterans and various Elks sponsored youth activities.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Pequot Lakes; daughter Traci (Mike) Huffman, of Iowa City, Iowa; sons, Craig (Karen) Anderson, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Jason (Stacy) Anderson, of Mankato, Minnesota; grandchildren, Nathan (Vanessa) Huffman, of Los Angeles, California, Kendall and Drew Anderson, of St. Cloud, Morgan and Raegan Anderson, of Mankato; sisters, Peggy (Leland) Phillips, of Lewistown, Missouri, and Colleen Anderson, of Quincy, Illinois; and brother, Bill (Shirley) Anderson, of Yuma, Arizona; cousins, nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; infant brother, George Eric; infant daughter, Carrie Lucinda; great-niece, Ellen Kay Cary; aunts and uncles.

He donated his eyes to the Minnesota Eye Bank and his body to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He will be sadly missed by his family and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Grace United Methodist Church, 29286 State Highway 371 in Pequot Lakes, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes or to the donor’s choice.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Delbert Leroy Kinny


Delbert Leroy Kinny, age 73, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday morning, July 25, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, with his two sons at his side.

He was born on February 23, 1937, in Austin, the son of John and Bertha (Moritz) Kinny, the 12th of 15 children. He attended school in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1956. Following graduation from high school, Delbert began working for the Geo A. Hormel Company before entering the United States Army, where he served from 1959 to 1962 in Germany.

On July 12, 1963, he was united in marriage to Karen Mayrene Anderson at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin. The couple lived near Austin and Delbert continued to work for the Hormel Company, retiring in 1999. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Eagles and American Legion. He was a former member of the Austin Male Chorus, where he had served as their vice president. He enjoyed collecting items he found at flea markets, antique stores and garage sales. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Kinny of Austin; two sons, Douglas (Lori) Kinny and Gregory (Denise) Kinny, all of Blooming Prairie; one grandson, Jeffrey Kinny; five granddaughters, Emily Kinny, Rose Kinny, Hannah Kinny, Beckie (Josh) O’Grady and Gina Law; two sisters, Bernetta Gilpen of St. Paul and Bonnie (John) Funk of St. Joseph, Missouri; one brother, David (Mary) Kinney of Faribault; sister-in-law, Judy Kinney of Albert Lea; brothers-in-law, Tom Mlenar of St. Paul, Ernest Hoag of Lonsdale and Gene Hamberg of Glenville; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Don, Kenneth, John, Robert and Harold; and six sisters, Mary Mlenar, Shirley Kinny, Loretta Nelson, LaVonne Hunt, Betty Hamberg and JoAnn Hoag.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Interment with flag presentation by American Legion Post #91 will follow the service at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 27, and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Our Saviors Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Casketbearers will be Delbert Funk, Bobby Hamberg, Kevin Hamberg, Michael Kinney, Mike Kinney and Rodney Kinny. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are by Worlein Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, July 26, 2010

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Elizabeth Johanna (Peterson) Condit


Elizabeth Johanna Condit, 92, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on July 21, 2010, at Good Samaritan Society in Olathe, Kansas.

She was born on January 4, 1918, to Jens and Rose (Walker) Peterson in Princeton, Minnesota, where she grew up and graduated from high school. She married Lee Robert Condit on October 12, 1940. They moved to Austin in 1960 where Elizabeth worked for Austin Sanitation. Lee passed away in 1961. She studied nursing at Austin Vo-Tech. In the mid-1970s Elizabeth moved to Prescott, Ariz., where she worked as a nurse’s aid at Prescott Hospital.

In 1996 she moved to Kansas to be near her daughter. A member of the Scandinavian group, VASA, Elizabeth attended St. Olaf Lutheran Church and liked to paint, crochet, do ceramics and spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed music, crossword puzzles and reading.

Survivors include one son, Terry (Barbara) Condit of Morristown, Minn.; a daughter, Vicki (Larry) Drake of Olathe, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Kim Marsden, Shay Spear, Eric (Rebecca) Condit, Sheri (Keith) Schreifels Scott Drake, Troy Hofius, Scott Hofius, Robin Hofius; 14 great- grandchildren; a sister, Rose Marie (Morrie) Ryberg of Foley; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rose and Jens Peterson; stepmother, Marie Peterson; and her husband, Lee Condit.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 30, 2010, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Karen Behling officiating. Friends may greet the family for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are by Worlein Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, July 26, 2010

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Walter Hall


Farmer, Stock Buyer
Dies at LeRoy, Minnesota

LEROY, MINNESOTA - Walter Hall, 54, died at his home here Wednesday from a heart attack following influenza.

He was born in LeRoy. After completing his high school education in 1909 he engaged in farming and later was in the livestock and grain business.

Survivors are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. V. S. Pease of Colorado, and Mrs. N. Scholer of LeRoy, and a son, Donald, in the armed forces at Amarillo, Texas. There are four grandchildren.

Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Della Meyers of Portland, Oregon, and two brothers, Carl and Ralph, of LeRoy.

Funeral services were incomplete.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Feb. 4, 1944] has this information:

1. Walter Hugh Hall -- Born Dec. 13, 1889 at Le Roy.

2. Died Feb. 2, 1944 at Le Roy.

3. His wife was Harriet Buckley Hall (1886 - 1978).

4. His parents were Ralph Hall (1836-1928) and Elizabeth Ann James Hall (1847-1907).

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Charles R. "Chuck" Schmidt


Charles “Chuck” R. Schmidt , 74, of Ellendale, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Red Wing Health Center.

He was born on February 28, 1936, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of John and Hilda (Ulwelling) Schmidt. Their family moved to Austin where Charles graduated from St. Augustine Catholic School in 1954. He then entered the National Guard where he served from 1954 to 1962.

He was united in marriage to Anne Giovannetti in 1956 in Austin and in their union had four children. They then moved to Owatonna where Chuck worked at the Coca Cola Bottling Co. and in 1965 worked at Owatonna Public Utilities until his retirement in 1998. On May 29, 1991, he was united in marriage to Helen Reese and they made their home in Ellendale. After his retirement, Chuck drove a school bus for NRHEG school district and also worked at Truckers Inn.

Over the years Chuck enjoyed beekeeping, collecting John Deere tractors, boating, motorcycling and harnessing horse racing at the Steele County Fair. He also enjoyed having coffee with the Village Coffee Clutch.

He was a member of St. Aidan's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Schmidt of Ellendale; children, Julie Schmidt-Quamme of St. Louis Park, Todd Schmidt of Apple Valley, Nancy Schmidt (Doug Kraus) of Rochester; granddaughter, Miranda Schmidt of Rochester; stepchildren, Jim (Mary) Brocker of Lake Crystal, Jane (Alan) Melander of Brooklyn Center; step-grandchildren, Jessica, Corbin, Caleb and Mercedes; sisters, Delores Root of St. Louis Park and Theresa Earl of Austin; brothers, Wayne Schmidt of Elk River and Arnie (Kay) Schmidt of Belvidere, Ill.; mother-in-law, Ellis Reese of Ellendale; sister-in-law, Darlene (Ronald) Christensen of Lincoln, Neb.; Godchildren,

Sue Nelson, Sherry Keck and Sara Keck.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Charles R. Schmidt, Jr.; son-in-law, Reid Quamme; and father-in-law, Harold Reese.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 29, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aidan Catholic Church in Ellendale with Father Swaminathy Pothireddy officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Austin.

Arrangements are by Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Janet Ann (Olson) Bellrichard


Janet Bellrichard, 77, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester.

Janet Ann Olson was born on January 9, 1933, in Steele County, Minnesota, to Andrew and Grace (Wood) Olson. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school in Steele County. She worked at several restaurants in the area and later worked at K-Mart in Austin and transferred to the Brainerd K-Mart from where she later retired. Janet continued to live in the Brainerd area until moving to Red Wing one year ago. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing bingo at the VFW clubs in Brainerd and Red Wing. She was also a member of the Moose Club in Brainerd. Janet liked going to the casino and had a garden that she tended. She loved her family and her dogs, Dottie and Daisy.

Surviving are her children, Tom (Pat) Hodnefield, of Red Wing, John (Marilyn McNab) Hodnefield, of Owatonna, Michael (Kim) Bellrichard, of Austin, Laura Gard, of North Carolina, Debra (Gene) Chao, of Austin, Wendy (John) Aalberg, of Austin, Steve (Vicki) Bellrichard, of Elk River, Scott (Lisa) Bellrichard, of Austin; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Donna (Loren) Spinler, of Austin; nieces, nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dale Christiansen officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd. Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are by Worlein Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, July 26, 2010

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Ardes Ruth (Peterson) Rote


Ardes Ruth (Peterson) Rote, age 90, of Westminster, Colorado, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2010, after a short illness.

She was born in Grand Meadow, Mower county, Minnesota, on November 20, 1919, to Albert and Helen (Nelson) Peterson. She attended Grand Meadow school and graduated in 1937. She was a member of the undefeated Grand Meadow girls basketball team. She went to normal school and taught in country school. She married Edgar W. Rote of Elkton, and moved to Salamanca, N.Y., where he worked for the railroad and then moved to Proctor, Minn., where she worked in the library and also insurance. Ed passed away in 1988 and she moved to Colorado two years later.

She is survived by a daughter, Rita (Pete) Benson of Westminster; a son, Barry (Trisha) Rote of Denver; three step-grandchildren; one sister, Agnes Olson, of Grand Meadow; a sister-in-law, Bette (Hedstrom) Peterson, of Grand Meadow; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; an infant brother, Arnold; and another brother, Olander; and two sisters, Mildred Peterson and Gladys Fruth.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Austin Daily Herald, Thur., July 29, 2010

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Donald Robert Leuning


Donald Robert Leuning, 88, passed away on July 26, 2010, in Austin.

He was born on March 30, 1922, to Fredrick and Kathryn Leuning in Enterprise Township, Moody County, South Dakota. The family moved to Hendricks, Minnesota, in 1932. He attended school in Hendricks until leaving early to work the family farm.

Donald joined the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19, 1942. He was a boatswain’s mate on the U.S.S. Rixey APH-3 Evacuation Transport Ship. He was involved in many campaigns in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Donald was honorably discharged on October 12, 1945.

Donald was united in marriage to Lorraine Engel on July 10, 1945; they later divorced. He then married Janet Lien in 1956. They moved to Carrington, North Dakota, for a short time and before settling in Sioux Falls where he raised seven children and worked as a grain elevator contractor and co-owner of D. & W. Construction Co. Donald moved his family to Mobridge in 1968 after buying the Mobridge Grain Elevator. Unable to stay in one place for very long, he sold the elevator and went to work for Jacobson Construction, doing what he loved most: building grain elevators. Donald and Janet were later divorced.

Donald married Jean Smith in December of 1973. They lived in Austin for a short time before moving to Canada to build another elevator. He moved to Bozeman, Mont., after leaving Canada. He then moved to Faribault, Minn., for a short time and finally retired to Austin at the age of 65.

Donald was a member of the El Riad Shriners, spending many hours with fellow members riding their motorcycles. He was a Mason, a Journeyman Carpenter, and a member of the Crane Chapel Church. Donald loved to fly. He owned several single engine aircrafts. He would fly to many of his job sites.

Those grateful for sharing his life are his six sons and one daughter: John (Holly) Leuning, of Owlshead, Maine, Brian Leuning, of Austin, Leon (Karen) Leuning, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jeffrey (Lisa) Leuning, of Ethan, S.D., Danny (JoAnne) Leuning, of Kilgore, Texas, Ross (Francy) Leuning, of Owatonna, Minn., Lois (Joel) Thompson, of Hartford, S.D; two brothers, James (Alice) Leuning, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Phillip (Karen) Leuning, of Arco, Minn.; one sister, Lillian Thompson, of Hendricks, Minn.; 23 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Kathryn Leuning; his wife, Jean; his brother, Howard Leuning; his sister, Anne Danielson; and his nephew, Dean Leuning.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks, Minn., with Rev. Chuck Lindgren officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Burial will follow at the Hendricks City Cemetery with Military Honors by the Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195.

Austin Daily Herald, Thur., July 29, 2010

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Lillian Hope (Brennhofer) Mullenbach


Lillian Hope Mullenbach, 75, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

She was born on December 22, 1934, in Crosby, North Dakota, to Steve and Ellen (Johnson) Brennhofer. On September 16, 1961, she married Robert Mullenbach at St. Pius Church in Rochester, Minnesota. They lived in Adams until 1994, when they moved to Lyle. Lillian had lived at Wildwood Grove Memory Care in Leroy since 2009. Lillian was a homemaker who enjoyed word games, singing, and playing the accordion and organ. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Leroy; her children, Rita Mullenbach and Craig Mullenbach, of Adams, Karen (Louis) Dion, of Rose Creek, Lisa (Curt) Heimer, of Adams, Joel Mullenbach, of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Danny, Mitch, Kelsey, Dillon, Jordan, Logan, Hope, Brayden; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Joan Mullenbach.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel, Austin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2010, at Worlein Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. The family prefers that memorials be made to donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are by Worlein Funeral Home.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, July 30, 2010]

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Dorothy L. (nee Wolfe)(Kofstad)


Dorothy L. (Kofstad) Morrow, age 91, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Prescott, Wisconsin.

Dorothy was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She inspired individuality and took pride in encouraging those she loved to follow their passion for music and learning.

Dorothy was born August 25, 1918, in Cresco, Iowa, to William and Anna (Leffler) Wolfe. She was married to Alfred Kofstad in 1936 in Austin. They helped raise Alfred’s sister’s children for 17 years before having a daughter of their own. Alfred died in 1968 and Dorothy married Aurville Morrow of Dexter, Minnesota, in 1970. Aurville had a family of eight from his previous marriage and Dorothy now had the privilege of being grandmother to many grandchildren. They were married for 10 years before Aurville’s death in 1980. She moved back to Austin for a few years and in 1996 moved to Prescott, Wis., to live with her daughter, son-in-law and family of five boys. In 2001, Dorothy moved to the Spring Valley Minnesota Assisted Living facility and lived there for nine years. In the early spring of 2010, she moved to a nursing facility in Prescott, Wis., where she resided until she passed away.

Dorothy lived a long and fulfilling life. At one time, she and Alfred owned a small business in Lanesboro, Minn., and she worked at Hormel Meat Packing Plant for 25 years. Music was always part of her life, whether it was playing her button key accordion in a small band or watching her daughter and grandchildren sing and play a number of instruments. Her grandson, Joe, remembers that Grandma bought him his first drum set and paid more for it than he did for his first car. She loved to crochet and was well known for her beautiful doilies and afghans and she loved to garden, cook, and “keep house.” As she grew older she usually had a 1000-piece puzzle going and worked on word puzzles to “keep her mind sharp.” She was loved and will be missed by all of her family and friends.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Valla Rae (Richard L. ) Allen, of Prescott, Wis.; five grandsons, Matthew (Teresa) Allen, Joseph (Melissa) Allen, Michael Allen, Brian Allen, Benjamin Allen; four great-grandsons, Madison, Austin, Cadence, and Carter Allen; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred Kofstad; husband, Aurville Morrow; two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with Rob Zahn officiating. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church for one hour before the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Organist will be Linda Anderson. Soloist will be Brian Allen. Trombonist will be Benjamin Allen.

Casket bearers will be Arnold Ottjes, and Matthew, Joseph, Michael, Brian and Benjamin Allen.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 2, 2010

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Beth R. (nee Hopfe, Slocum) Meyer


Beth (Hopfe, Slocum) Meyer, age 79, of Austin, Minnesota, and formerly of Owatonna and Bloomington, Minnesota, passed away at her home on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

She was born on December 21, 1930, in Austin, to Albert and Mabel (Fisher) Hopfe. Beth graduated from Austin High School in 1949, attended Austin Junior College and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota. She entered practice as a clinical social worker at the Wilder Child Guidance Center, St. Paul, Minn. She was highly valued for her compassionate work with clients suffering from abuse, social disadvantage, fears, family conflict, grief and loss. Beth is remembered by her colleagues for her stellar accomplishments in therapy and supervision and for the profound impact she had on developing their hearts and minds.

For relaxation, Beth loved working in her garden and her flowers were a showcase which she shared with friends and co-workers. She was an excellent cook and she enjoyed entertaining. Reading, especially English murder mysteries, was another passion, and she was known to take bags of books to work to give to others. She loved the theater and enjoyed going to concerts.

Beth is survived by her sister, Maydene McDonald, of Austin; special niece, Susan (Mark) Gould, of Waterville, Minn.; special nephew, Mike Raadt (Bill’s nephew) and several other nieces and nephews and dear relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Slocum; husband, Durwood Meyer, in 2007; half brother, Orville Hopfe; and niece, Barbara Elias.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Scott Meyer officiating. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the mortuary for one hour before the service. Music will be by Kurt Meyer, Lowell Meyer, and Rev. Scott Meyer.

Memorials are preferred to the Mower County Humane Society, Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer Society, and The Friends of Ngong Road children’s fund.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 2, 2010

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Frederick Walter Konken


Frederick Walter Konken, age 95, a resident of Adams Health Care Center, and formerly of Brownsdale, Minnesota, died peacefully Saturday, July 31, 2010.

Fred was born on November 17, 1914, to Henry and Anna (Tammen) Konken, of rural Brownsdale, and attended country school along with his 11 siblings.

Fred married Margaret Vera Schmidt on July 20, 1941, and settled to farm near Brownsdale where they had three children. The family later moved to Brownsdale where Fred hauled milk for Red Rock Creamery and Land O Lakes elevator until retirement. Fred lived a full life filled with love from his family, friends, and neighbors. He enjoyed farming, country life, animals, and most of all his family.

Fred is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret (Schmidt) Konken; children, Betty (Nathan) Merten, of Brownsdale, Eleanore (Darrel) Gordon, of Adams, and Donald (Leah) Konken, of Austin; siblings, Grace (Mike) Miner, of Winona, Minn., Forence Beyer, of Green Leaf, Wis., and Walter (Bernice) Konken, of Austin; grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Landherr, of Wyoming, Minn., and Paul (Trish) Gordon, of Brownsdale; great- grandchildren, Nathan, Tyrone, Mary, and Karl Landherr, of Wyoming, Minn.; special grandchildren, Jessika Barahona, of Owatonna, Minn., Marina Zapparoli, of Italy, Irene Bernal, of Spain, Miquel Spada, of Brazil, Ahmet Ayca, of Turkey, and Alicon Ayca, of New York.

Fred was preceded in death by an infant son; granddaughters, Elizabeth Rose and Marianne Margaret Konken; and eight siblings.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, Minn., with visitation one hour before.

Arrangements are by Worlein Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 2, 2010

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Priscilla Ann (Arett) Johnson


Priscilla Ann Johnson, 75, of Logansport, [Indiana], passed away peacefully on August 1, 2010, after a courageous five year battle with cancer.

She was born on November 7, 1934, in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to Frederick and Anna Arett. She graduated from Austin High School in 1952. Priscilla was married to Dean M. Johnson on December 14, 1957, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. She moved to Logansport in 1968 and has made her home there since then.

Priscilla was secretary to the athletic director at Logansport High School for 24 years, retiring in 1994. She enjoyed working with LHS coaches, her associates, and student helpers, and was still an avid “Berries Sports” fan.

She was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church and an active participant in Sunday morning worship. Priscilla and Dean were campers and travelers. She visited all 50 states along with many foreign countries.

Priscilla is survived by her husband, Dean; sons, Bruce A. (Rundi) Johnson, of Oakdale, California, and Robert D. Johnson (friend, Kristen Nelson), of Manitowoc, Wisconsin; grandsons, Travis Johnson, of Oakdale, California, Everett, Logan, and Alex Johnson, of Des Moines, Iowa; a brother, Richard (Theresia) Arett, of Fremont, Nebraska; and her twin sister, Patricia Ann (Raeburn) Hanson, of Waltham, Minnesota; brother-in-law, Don A. (Joan) Johnson, of Windom, Minnesota; and four nephews, along with many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Anna Arett; one brother, Ralph F. Arett, who was killed in service in World War II; and daughter-in-law, Susan Johnson.

A celebration of her life will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, with burial being held in Vangen Lutheran Cemetery in Mission Hill, S.D., Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gundrum Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held in Vangen Lutheran Cemetery near Mission Hill, South Dakota, at noon Saturday.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, Cass County “Relay for Life,” or a charity of your choice.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., August 4, 2010

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Herbert Graff


Herbert Graff, 93, of Austin, died Saturday morning, July 31, 2010, at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie.

He was born on December 18, 1916, to Ervin and Marie Louise (Rieken) Graff. He grew up in Dexter. He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church by Rev. W. Milbrath and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dexter by Rev. Schroeder. On June 17, 1939, he married Mona May McDermott at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Herbert was employed at Hormel Foods for 47 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and of the V.F.W. Herbert served his country in the 42nd Rainbow Division from 1943–1946 in the European Theatre.

Survivors include their children, Judy Arthun, of Bloomington, and Rodney (Patricia) Graff, of St. Paul; five grandchildren, Kathy Arthun, Shelley (Mark Kremer), Amy (William Lorton), Ryan and Randy Graff; brother, Vernon Graff; sister-in-law, Gloria Graff; four great-grandchildren, Chad and Cady Kremer, Taylor Graff and Paige Lorton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mona, in October 2009; an infant daughter, Marcia May; and four brothers, Louis, Chester, Milton and Marvin; and one sister, Lorraine Wright.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at St. Johns’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Tom Ogilvie officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Donations to be sent to Prairie Manor Care Center. American Legion Post No. 91 will be in charge of military rites.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are by Worlein Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., August 4, 2010

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O’Dean Paul Judd


O’Dean Judd, 73, a resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at home.

Dean was born May 26, 1937, at his family’s home in Austin. While growing up in Austin he was very interested in science and particularly electronics, building amateur radio rigs from war surplus parts and an operational television station for the high school science fair.

He received his PhD in physics from UCLA, while working at Hughes Research Labs. At HRL he worked on microwave traveling wave tubes and was heavily involved in much of the early laser work at the laboratory. In 1972 he came to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, in Los Alamos, N.M. He was involved with a wide variety of projects, including laser fusion, laser isotope separation, and directed energy efforts. In 1987 he became the chief scientist of SDIO, working at the pentagon, returning to the laboratory at the end of his tenure. After retiring from the laboratory he stayed active technically through consulting and participation on numerous study committees, including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He was also active in many community activities, including playing piano at the senior center and Sombrillo retirement home, and spent considerable time with his grandchildren and extended family, who loved and miss him greatly.

He is survived by his children, Lisa Judd, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Stephen (Laura) Judd, of Los Alamos, and Lesley Judd, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Abigail, Noelle and Autumn, all of Los Alamos; sisters, Alvera “Judy” (Archie) Solyst, of Austin, and Sharon (Dick) Heikkila, of Prescott, Wis.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Cremation is planned, at DeVargas Funeral Home and Cemetery in Espanola, N.M., and he will be buried in Guaje Pines cemetery in Los Alamos.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. in Los Alamos at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive, 505-662-6277. All who knew, interacted, or were touched by Dean are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Austin Daily Herald, Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Matilda A. (Tienken) Thiedemann


Birth: Oct. 4, 1882, Howard County, Iowa

Death: June 1982, Adams, Mower County, Minnesota

Services for 99-Year Matilda Thiedemann held here Thursday

Mrs. Matilda Thiedemann, daughter of Martin and Frederika Tienken, was born on October 4, 1882 in Oakdale Township, Howard County, Iowa. On February 19, 1902, she was married to John H. Thiedemann at her parents' home. They began their married life on the farm that was their home for 35 years.

They moved into LeRoy in 1937, where they made their home. Her husband died on April 10, 1953, and she continued to live in LeRoy. She was able to live alone and care for herself until July 20, 1978, when she was taken to the Spring Valley Hospital. When she left the hospital, she went to live at the Adams Care Center at Adams, Minnesota where she made her home until her death on the evening of June 21, 1982.

She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of LeRoy, having been baptized about 1930. She was very alert all of the years she lived in her home, and would often recall the progress she had seen, and the various conveniences she had seen come into use. She especially told of the first telephone her parents had, how her father told them it was for necessity and not for pleasure.

They had no children, but got much joy from their nieces and nephews, as well as neighborhood children. She enjoyed company so much, and was always so happy when they could be with her at her table for a cup of coffee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five sisters, and one brother. She is survived by nieces and nephews and many friends.

"God saw that she was suffering
And the hills were hard to climb,
He gently closed her weary eyes
And said, "My Peace be Thine-
Your weary hours, and days of pain
Your weary nights are past.
Your very patient wornout frame,
Has found sweet peace at last."

Funeral services for Matilda Thiedemann of LeRoy were held on Thursday, June 24, 1982 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in LeRoy with Rev. Rollie Leeman officiating. Mrs. Wayne Marshall was the organist with Donna Medinnus the soloist. Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dana Fister, Roger Fister, Sid Fister, Louie Hungerford, Dick Mayer and Randy Mayer. The Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary from LeRoy Independent, LeRoy, Minnesota, July 1, 1982

Credit: K. Pike

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Donald Allen Anderson


Donald Allen Anderson, 67, of Austin, died Aug. 4, 2010, at St. Olaf Hospital.

Donald was born May 30, 1943, in Austin to Agnes and Donald Anderson.

He attended Austin High School. He married Cheryl Kohlwes in October of 1968 in Austin. Donald was in the Army and worked at Weyerhaeuser for 32 years. His hobbies were woodworking, maintaining his cars, and working crossword puzzles.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, of Austin; son, Wade (Sara); and three grandchildren, Sophie, Max and Lily.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Agnes.

There will be no services.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Austin Daily Herald online, August 8, 2010

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Della (Dufty) Thompson


Della (Dufty) Thompson, 92, of Leawood, Kansas, peacefully passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

Della was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 22, 1917, to George and Selma Dufty. Della grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1936. Della worked as a secretary at Hormel up until she got married. Della was a wonderful mother, wife, and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family.

Della was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Hugh (Hug) Thompson, Sr.; her son, David Thompson, and her grandson, Scott Thompson.

Della is survived by her children, Susan (Everett) Moeder of Leawood, Kansas; Hugh Jr. (Judi) of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Cindy (George) Johnson of Elkhart, Indiana; Phil (Rene) Thompson of Parker, Colorado; and daughter-in-law, Jane Thompson of Long view, Texas; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 9, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Interment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery in rural Austin.

Arrangements are by Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

[Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 9, 2010]

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William D. Sucha


William D. Sucha, 88, died Aug. 6 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

His death ends a long and distinguished career in both community service and in his chosen profession as a judicial court administrator in Denver, Colorado; Muskegon, Mich.; Kalamazoo, Mich, and in Green Bay. He is a World War II veteran and served in the European Theatre with the 101st Army Air Force Division.

He was born in Austin, graduated from St. Olaf College with a teaching degree. He taught school for three years and then was elected clerk of Court for Mower County in Austin. He was selected to be in the first class of the institute for Court Management and moved to Denver and on to Aspen for his training and graduated in 1972.

He led the many drives for the March of Dimes back when their primary objective was eradicating polio. Bill also was responsible for the preserving the last active Milwaukee Road steam locomotive #1004, which is still on display in Austin. He has worked for Easter Seals and the Salvation Army from Austin to Green Bay where he served on the board and was awarded the Others Award in appreciation for his long service to his fellow men.

He is mourned by his wife, Bernice; his sons, Jonathan (and his longtime partner Frank), of Denver, Jim who recently moved back to Green Bay from Denver, and Jordan (Lori), of Sheboygan Falls; and his daughter, Julianne (Bob) of Austin, of Texas; four grandchildren, Jacob (Chelsea), Jordan and Ian and little Miranda.

Viewing and services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St., on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. Viewing will be held at noon until 2 p.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Allouez. A memorial fund has been established for the Research Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at the Mayo Clinic.

Arrangements are by Hansen Family Funeral.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 10, 2010]

Social Security Death Index: William D. Sucha b: 30 MAR 1922 d: 6 AUG 2010

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Chad Elwin Turner


Chad Turner, 37, of Grand Meadow, passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010.

GRAND MEADOW, MINNESOTA — Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Henry on the Hill Cemetery in rural Canton.

Chad Elwin Turner was born Feb. 1, 1973, in Britt, Iowa, to Larry and Pat (Smith) Turner. He graduated from Crestwood High School in 1991, and from Automotive Service Technology at Riverland Community College.

Chad enjoyed 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, building motors, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He worked at Viking Oldsmobile in Rochester, and was currently working for Mueller Auto Works in St. Charles.

He is survived by his wife, Deann, two sons, Cody and Cameron, and daughter, Shantel, all of Grand Meadow; his mother and father, Pat and Larry Turner of Rochester; a brother, Jeff (Deb) Turner of Saude, Iowa; a nephew, Derrick of Protivin, Iowa; a niece, Kacee of Saude; sisters-in-law, Wendy (Dan) Kiudahl of Harmony, Kimberly (Earl) Tribbitt of Okeechobee, Florida, and Lynee (Jerome) McConnell of Chatfield; his grandmother, Pearl Smith of Rochester; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Drilling and Ben Gorder of Stewartville; along with aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and many cousins.

[Rochester Post-Bulletin 8/10/2010]

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Marcella M. (Auer) Peterson


AUSTIN — Marcella M. (Auer) Peterson, age 92, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, Aug. 8. 2010, at the Adams Rest Home in Adams, Mower county, Minnesota.

Marcella was a lifelong resident of Austin. She was born on January 5, 1918, in Austin.

Marcella was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, John E. Peterson, also a lifelong resident of Austin.

Survivors include her four sons: Edward J. of Ashburn, Virginia, Thomas H. of Fort Myers, Florida., James D. of Austin, and Wayne (Mick) of Stillwater, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin, on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 1 p.m.

[Rochester Post-Bulletin 8/10/2010]

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Robert J. Schupp


Robert “Jerry” Jerome Schupp, 93, of Boise, Idaho, died on August 3, 2010.

Robert was born on Sept. 21, 1918 and grew up in Austin. Robert graduated from Austin Senior High School where he enjoyed participating in sports playing his baritone horn. He carried this joy throughout his life playing in eight separate bands after graduating from high school, his favorite being A Gay 90’s Band.

After graduation Robert joined the Army for a short time before seeing a sign advertising an opportunity to join the Air Force. This is where Robert would discover one of his true loves, flying. Robert was a B-24 fighter pilot in World War II, stationed in Nova Scotia. Robert’s main assignment was patrolling the east coast for Nazi submarines along with other B-24 fighter pilots and crews. Robert remained in the Air Force Reserves for many years after retiring from the service.

Robert spent the remainder of his working life in his home town of Austin, Minnesota where he worked as a Master Electrician at Hormel Packing Company for approximately fifteen years, and finished up his career working with the Austin Telephone Company for approximately fourteen years.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Jewel Schupp. Bob and Jewel had a classic love story meeting by happenstance at the Veteran’s Administration Entertainment Center in Fort Snelling. Bob and Jewel pursued their relationship shortly after this encounter and were married in 1974, resulting in 36 wonderful years of marriage. They lived in the Boise Valley area for twenty five years.

Jewel and Robert had a wonderful and active life together. They were part of several organizations including the Experimental Aircraft Club, the Minnesota Hiking Club, and the Good Sam Travel Club.

One of Jewel’s fondest memories of their life together was leading an eleven day trip through the British/American Virgin Islands with the Good Sam Travel Club. Robert owned his own air craft so he and Jewel could fly whenever they wished.

Robert is also survived by daughter Marjorie J. Butts and her husband Michael, his son Robert J. Schupp Jr., a number grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren. Robert is proceeded in death by his son, Michael D. Schupp.

Robert will be truly missed by his friends and family. Graveside services will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise on Monday, Aug 16, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel.

Austin Daily Herald, Sunday, August 15, 2009

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Lois V. (Christensen) Grose


Lois V. Grose, age 93 of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, August 13, 2010 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin, Minnesota.

Lois was born Aug. 15, 1916 in Richville, Minnesota, to Elmer and Luella (Brooks) Christensen.

As a child, she told stories of playing basketball, swimming, and skating. She also loved downhill skiing on home made skis. She graduated from Kenyon High School in 1936 and then went on to business school in Mankato, Minnesota. She married E.B. “Bud” Grose on November 8, 1942.

She worked for many years as a book keeper for George Ewalt, MN Trust Co. and Stupka & Morem Accounting Firm, ending her career at 1st National Bank.

Lois was musically talented, playing violin, piano and singing in the church choir. She was a fabulous cook and could make every kind of Christmas cookie imaginable. She had a passion for arts and crafts. This was reflected in the elaborate quilts she made for all the grandkids, the countless doilies she made as wedding gifts, and many other beautiful creations. Her deep love for family extended to all of those around her. Her strong faith, positive attitude and caring disposition caused her family and friends to surround her throughout her life.

She had an enormous heart and truly loved life.

Lois is survived by her son: Greg (Diane Ibrahim) Grose, Clifton Park, N.Y.; daughter: Sue (Michael) Gosha, Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren: Matt (Jennifer) Gosha, Austin, Minnesota, Natalie (Troy) Nantke, Plymouth, Minnesota, Andy (Tanya) Gosha, Maple Grove, Minnesota, Samantha Grose, St. Paul, Minnesota, Jacqueline Grose, Eagan, Minnesota; step grandchildren: Sharif Ibrahim, Washington D.C., Adam Ibrahim, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Michael Gosha, Alex Gosha, Delaney Nantke, Nora Gosha; nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister and two brothers.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Todd Portinga officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday for one hour before the service.

Austin Daioly Herald online, Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Ronald Elwin Griebel


Ronald Elwin Griebel, age 86, of rural Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, August 8, 1996, of injuries sustained in a car accident near Rochester, Minnesota.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 17 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with the Rev. Luther Mathsen officiating. Interment was in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery with the American Legion Post #91 and the Olaf B. Damm #1216 Veteran of Foreign Wars in charge of military rites. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald was born February 17, 1929, to George and Lucy (Collins) Griebel on a farm near Decorah. He graduated from Decorah High School in 1947. During high school and following graduation he was employed at the Decorah Journal newspaper.

In 1951 Ronald joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the American occupation forces in Germany. There he met and married Maria Ebert in 1954. When they returned to the States, he was employed as a typesetter, first in Oakland, Iowa, and then in Cresco.

From 1959 to 1973 he leased and managed the North Star Truck Stop in Austin, Minnesota. and then he owned/managed the Coast-to-Coast hardware store in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. He was currently employed by Mower House Graphics, Inc.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Maria; and a sister, Arlene Stoddard of Decorah.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Carl and Stanley.

[Cresco Times-Plain Dealer, Archives August 1996 -- from ]

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Bernice (Bouska) Watts


Bernice Watts, age 76, of Austin, Minnesota, died of natural causes in her home on June 9, 1996. Memorial services were held June 13 at the Grace Baptist Church in Austin with Pastor Gordon Larson officiating. Imterment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice was born August 27, 1919, in Protivin, the daughter of Theodore and Christina (Jirak) Bouska. She attended Catholic school through the eighth grade in Protivin.

On June 23, 1937, she was united in marriage to Leanus Watts in Northwood, Iowa. Bernice worked in the Austin area as a housekeeper and home health aide until she reitred in 1990. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Austin.

Bernice is survived by her daughters: Kathryn Jones of Chester, Darlene Corporon of Cedar Rapids; sons Frank Watts of Ft. Myers, Florida, and David Watts of Rice, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, August Bouska, of New Hampton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother, Louis, and a sister, Mrs. Genevieve Gorman.

[ Cresco Times-Plain Dealer, June 1996 -- from ]

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Robert L. Reynolds, Sr.


LEROY, MINNESOTA - Robert L. Reynolds, Sr., 74, of LeRoy, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at his home.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, in LeRoy, with the Rev. Steve Elderbrock officiating. Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Robert was born June 3, 1925, in Britt, Iowa, to Walter Curtis Reynolds and Ethel Gilbert Reynolds. He attended and graduated from Hayfield, Iowa High School and joined the United States Air Force during World War II and was discharged shortly after the war.

On June 18, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lillian Priest in Forest City, Iowa, and to this union, three children were born, Robert Jr., Larry and Patricia. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He had moved to LeRoy in 1959 and was employed with Martz Furniture until his retirement in 1990. Robert enjoyed playing golf, doing crossword puzzles and watching football and westerns.

He is survived his wife, Lillian, of LeRoy; two sons, Robert Jr. and wife, Ann, of LeRoy and Larry, of Mason City; one daughter, Patricia Reynolds, of Rochester; a stepdaughter, Shirley (Mrs. Ron) Hall, of Tuczn, Ariz.; one grandaughter, Kathryne Marker, and one grandson, Michael Reynolds; two sister, Hazel Maines, of Clinton, Iowa and Gertrude Ganseveld, of Webster City.

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

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Beatrice Louise Tryphena (Furtney)


Beatrice Louise Tryphena Sheedy, 94, whose ancestors came to Austin in covered wagons, died Friday, Aug. 13, surrounded by loved ones. She had lived at home independently until shortly before her death.

Beatrice Sheedy was born at Silver Springs Farm outside Austin, on September 24, 1915, to Raymond and Leah Furtney. She graduated at 17 from Teachers’ College and taught in a one room school house. Her first class was composed of nine “big” farm boys. She married Richard Sheedy on June 30, 1937 and helped him and his brothers, Robert and Edward, farm and operate Sheedy Brothers Dairy. They had five daughters.

She was a life long member of St. Augustine and St. Edwards Catholic churches and a Red Cross volunteer. Throughout her life, Beatrice brightened the lives of all who came in contact with her. She was an extraordinary mother, a wife whose husband referred to her as “my angel,” a faithful, funny friend and a neighbor who created a sense of community and inclusion. Her kindness was legendary.

Survivors include five daughters: Barbara (Ralph) Majerus of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Kathleen (Michael) Kurz of San Antonio, Texas; Helen (Thomas) Kennedy of North Port, Florida; Suzanne (Mark) Nelson of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Mary (Joseph) Kurcinka of Eagan, Minnesota; sixteen grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren (with two on the way); one great-great-granddaughter; many loving nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, Raymond and Leah Furtney; brother, Raymond Edward Furtney.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4-7 pm and also one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements are handled by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, August 16, 2010

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Aaron Ernst


Aaron Ernst, 16, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Aaron John Ernst was born August 30, 1993 in Rochester, Minnesota to John and Dereen (Oldenburg) Ernst. He grew up and lived all his life in Austin and was a student at Austin High School and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Aaron enjoyed playing the guitar and wrote his own music and songs. He had a paper route when he was younger and helped out his father with his work.

We all were blessed to have Aaron in our lives. Our lives have been enriched in so many ways. Aaron in his short life has touched many of us. He was a son to be proud of and brag about at times. Aaron was the best brother to have. He and his sister, Allison were best friends, confidant, mentor, and partners in mischief. He was her world. Aaron and Allison shared the same interests in music. They had many shared friends, video games, and fun times driving motor scooters. Allison and Aaron set up their own music studio in their basement to play music and spend time together with friends. They spent time with their father working at the mat company. Aaron was always there for Allison. She sadly misses her brother. Aaron was a strong person, very intelligent.

He was the quiet one who knew but did not say anything unless asked. He was gifted, able to do math in his mind, quick with puzzles and would put things together with ease. Aaron was the calm peacekeeper, the diffuser, strong and steady. He was always there for you when needed, to comfort you, correct you or even teach you. Aaron never put himself first. Aaron, with his intelligence, could quickly find humor in life and get you smiling with some silly statement. He was a loving son and brother, a good and truthful friend. He treated all as equals and never anything less. He cared about people, thinking of others first. He had many plans and dreams with his family and friends. He was busy working with his father, driving his moped, getting his van ready. Aaron took interest with repairs of appliances and planned to repair and planned to repair and sell them through his school years.

Music was one of Aaron’s passions. He found playing his guitars and making songs about the people and things he loved in life. Many of us will have our special song or tune from Aaron that we will remember. His music was always at hand. His phone was filled with music and his favorite songs. He had many picture of his friends, sister and himself on his phone along with situational life’s humor pictures. He frequently was listening to his music or talking and texting with friends, then needing to change his phone for more. Aaron enjoyed playin cards, chess and just sitting at the kitchen table talking and joking with friends and family. He was involved with other teen groups and has made many friends throughout the state through these groups.

The night he was taken from us he had just enjoyed one of his favorite things to do with his family at the fair, the demolition derby. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his father and mother John and Dereen Ernst of Austin, his sister, Allison, at home, his grandfather, Otto Oldenburg, Rochester, aunts and uncles, Derlen (Nancy) Oldenburg, Deven (Joyce) Oldenburg, all of Rochester, Beth Bednar, Wayzata, Terry Ernst, Ellen Hanson, Andrew Ernst, all of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Joan Ernst, and maternal grandmother, Phyllis Oldenburg.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Thomas Ogilvie officiating. Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. The family prefers memorials in lieu of flowers.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are handled by Worlein Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, August 16, 2010

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Larry Joseph O’Brien


Larry Joseph O’Brien, 72, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday morning, August 15, 2010, at the Cenneidigh House in Austin. He was born March 11, 1938, the son of Timothy J and Anne C. (Boyenga) O’Brien in Austin. He was a lifelong resident of Austin and had retired from Cedar Valley Services. He was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. He loved animals, especially ducks, being out in nature and tending to his rose garden. He also enjoyed listening to Bing Crosby.

Survivors include his sister, Maureen (Darwin) Bawek of Austin; his brother, Michael O’Brien of Mukwonago, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy and Anne O’Brien and one brother, Patrick O’Brien.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Interment will follow the service in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 2010 and one hour prior to the service at the Worlein Funeral Home on Wednesday. Memorials are preferred to the family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements handled by Worlein Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, August 16, 2010

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James Carle Spencer


James Carle Spencer, 37, died on Saturday, August 14, 2010, in Steele County, Minnesota.

James Carle Spencer was born on January 19, 1973, the son of James R. and Barbara (Wood) Spencer in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Hayfield High School. He was united in marriage to Kimberly (Torling) Sarmiento on February 12, 2010. James worked in telephone sales at Charter Communications and Time Warner. He also worked as beekeeper for his uncle Nick. James was an avid sports fan, collecting baseball and football memorabilia. He enjoyed fishing and camping.

James is survived by his wife, Kimberly Spencer, Austin; children, Nathan Burke, Iowa; Danielle Spencer, Mankato; Aaden Spencer; Noah Spencer; step children, Tiffany Sarmiento, Austin; Zach Sarmiento, Brownsdale; Tara Sarmiento, Brownsdale; Charles Sarmiento, Rochester; Creg Sarmiento, Elgin, Illinois; five grandchildren; sister, Dawn Spencer, Austin; and mother Barbara Spencer, Brownsdale. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and two aunts.

The memorial service for James Carle Spencer will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August, 18, 2010, at the United Methodist Church, 102 Pleasant Street East in Brownsdale with Reverend Dan Mayfield officiating. Inurnment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin at a later date. Visitation will be 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the church on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.

Czaplewski Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Marcella Rose (Youngbauer) LeTendre


Marcella LeTendre was born on September 15, 1922, in Cloque to Joseph and Olive Bro Youngbauer. The family later moved to Cass Lake where she met and married Leonard LeTendre on June 1, 1938. Following their marriage they remained in Cass Lake. In 1941, they moved to Austin and Marcella worked in retail sales while living there.

In 1964, they began to spend winters in Bradenton, Florida, and summer’s in Austin. In 1996, they moved to the Meadows in Worthington. Leonard passed away on December 23, 2003. In November 2003, Marcella became a resident of the South Shore Care Center in Worthington and passed away there on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at the age of 87. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Worthington and a former member of Queen of Angels Church in Austin. Marcella enjoyed painting, sketching and playing bingo.

Survivors include one son, Joseph LeTendre and his wife, Rosemary of Slayton, Minnesota, five grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorial Services will be at St. Ann’s Church in Slayton, Minnesota, on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at 1 p.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating. The organist will be Judy Andrews. The song leader will be Tom Andrews. Interment will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery Slayton, Minnesota.

Visitation will be one hour proior to the services at the church on Sunday. Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton in charge of arrangements. To send condolences online visit

[ Austin Daily Herald online, Thursday, August 19, 2010 ]

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