Mower County Obituaries
Part 171



Virginia Maxine (nee Boekhoff)(Savoie)


Virginia Maxine Hatfield, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday morning, August 21, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota.

She was born on August 14, 1937 in Humboldt, South Dakota to Lester and Ella (Letsche) Boekhoff. Her parents moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she graduated from Washington High School in 1955. In 1957 she married DuWayne Savoie in Sioux Falls, S.D. The couple had four children and later divorced.

With her family, Virginia operated Bonanza Beach Resort in Perham for several years. She worked twelve years for Scotsman Ice Machines in Albert Lea. In 1986, Virginia was united in marriage to Ronald Hatfield and moved to Austin. She worked several years for Austin Medical Center and retired in 2003. A member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Virginia enjoyed her flowers, walking, traveling and enjoying the warmth of wintering in southern Texas and Arizona.

Survivors include her husband, Ron; daughter, Lori (Andy) Rollag of Gary; three sons, Kevin (Cindy) Savoie of Scribner, Neb.; Darrin (Julie) Savoie of Osakis; Scott (LeAnn Lange) Savoie of Lake Mills, Iowa; Tamra (Patrick) Wehner of Blooming Prairie and Nancee (Thomas) Easter of Menomonie, Wis.; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two sisters, Marilyn (Marv) Heckman of Kearney, Neb. and Charleen Oakland of Smith Station, Ala. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother in law.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin with The Reverend Brian Krueger officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday evening at Worlein Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are pending with Worlein Funeral Home.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 24, 2010]

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Leland Bernell Larson


Leland Bernell Larson, age 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

He was born December 27th, 1924, to George and Betsy (Bakken) Larson in Northwood, Iowa where Lee grew up on a farm. After graduation from high school, he moved to Vallejo, California where he worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

He married Priscilla Jane “Sally” Louden on May 8th, 1946 in Northwood, Iowa. Lee served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in South Korea as an electrician. When he was honorably discharged from the military with the rank of Sergeant, he and Sally moved to Chicago, Illinois where Lee attended Coyne Electrical School. After he received his Electrican’s Degree, he and Sally moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota. Lee was employed by Jewels Radio & Appliance.

In 1953, they took up residence in Austin where Lee gained employment with Geo. A. Hormel & Company. He retired after more than 30 years of service. Lee operated “Lee’s Radio Repair” in the basement of their house for many years. He was president of the Citizen Band Radio Club of Austin where he had a bill passed in the Minnesota State Legislature for which CB radio users could have their CB Radio call letters on their license plates. Lee was an active member of the Sons of Norway, Holy Cross Lutheran Church and St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Lee and Sally enjoyed square dancing, motorcycle riding, camping and traveling. They visited 50 states and 11 countries while visiting their four sons and their families. Sally passed away in 2006. Lee was on the initial World War II Honor Flight from Lacrosse, Wisconsin, to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Monument.

Lee suffered many difficulties — Polio as a child (his sister died from it), blindness from an accident at work they thought would be permanent, rheumatic fever and removal of 80% of his stomach because of ulcers. In spite of this, he maintained a positive attitude and unconditional love for everyone. Lee will be remembered for his willingness to volunteer, his love for his family and the ability to repair anything.

Survivors include his four sons, Larry Larson of Los Angeles, California; Keith (Sharon) Larson, of Denver, Colorado; Paul (Andrea) of St. George, Utah and James Larson of Caledonia; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Ray (Lois) Larson of Emmons, Roy (Margaret) Larson of Pine Island.

He was preceded in death by his wife Priscilla “Sally” Larson and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 20, 2010 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Kristi Koppel officiating. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Worlein Funeral Home of Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery in Austin with military rites by American Legion Post 91. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., August 18, 2010]

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Warren LeRoy Olsen


ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA — Warren L. (Bud) Olsen of Austin, Minnesota, died on August 12, 2010, at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.

Warren was born June 22, 1925, in Albert Lea, to Peter and Myrtle (Hagen) Olsen. Warren served in the Navy during World War II. He was united in marriage to Betty J. Mithuen in June 1946. They were married for 60 years; Betty died Sept. 2, 2006. Warren worked at the Hormel Foods Corp. for 38 years.

He is survived by his children, Sharon (Jim) Delaney of Rochester, Kirk (Mary) Olsen of Austin, Diedre (Dave) Dryer of Brownsdale, David (Barb) Olsen of Austin, and Craig (Patty) Olsen of Florence, S.C.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister, and their spouses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, and sister Arlene Hanson.

A graveside service will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, at 10 a.m. on August 16th.

[Rochester Post-Bulletin online, August 13, 2010]

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Blanche (Bossart) Flikki


Blanche Flikki, age 94, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the Grand Meadow Care Center in Grand Meadow, Mower county, Minnesota.

She was born on September 15, 1915 in Gladstone, Alberta, Canada to LaRue Bossart and Edith (Longland) Bossart. She attended school through the 8th grade and was united in marriage to Arthur Flikki on June 27, 1936, in LeRoy. Blanche was a homemaker all of her life, as a young lady she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Release Time Classes, she had lovely flower gardens where she grew roses and gladiolas and was a member of the Bethany Bible Church in LeRoy.

She is survived by her son, Kent (Shirley) Flikki of Winona; daughter Julie (Michael) Dunn of Chippewa Falls, WI; eight grandchildren: Nancy Flikki, William Flikki, Daniel Dunn, David Dunn, James Dunn, Mishelle Toavs, Debbie Love, and Peter Oberg, 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vera Underdahl of Austin, and Ida Hedlund of Chicago; sister-in-law, Hazel Bossart of Spring Valley; nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Flikki in 1997; daughter, Karen Oberg; grandparents, Dr Harry & Ida Bossart; her parents LaRue and Edith; four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services for Blanche I. Flikki will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 at the Bethany Bible Church in LeRoy with Pastor Steve Huecker officiating. Friends may call at the Church from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will take place in the LeRoy Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at

[Austin DailyHerald, Friday, August 20, 2010]

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Kermit Thomas


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Kermit Thomas, age 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Sunday, August 15, 2010, at the VA hospital in Minneapolis due to heart failure while preparing for surgery.

Kermit was born October 20, 1925, to Vernon and Rachel Thomas in Albert Lea. At 17, Kermit left high school, where he was an honor roll student, to enlist in the Navy on February 4, 1943. His patriotism and devotion to his country was strong. He trained as a gunner in San Diego, was eventually assigned to the U.S.S. Wichita, 5th Fleet (a heavy crusier class [CA45]) as a Gunnery Captain, and served a three-year tour of duty. Kermit engaged the enemy in 9 out of 13 major campaigns, the last campaign being Okinawa. Wherever Gen. McArthur went, Kermit’s fleet had already docked.

Kermit participated in rescuing POW survivors of the Bataan Death March, POW’s that constructed the Bridge over the river Kwai and 10,000 POW’s in Japan. When Kermit went ashore after the Nagasaki bomb, he was issued several rolls of film and told to expose them every 100 hundred yards or so to check for white spots. Seeing nothing but white, they continued their search for American POW’s. Kermits entire fleet, having been subjected to the radiation, have since passed from various forms of cancer.

After the war, Kermit settled in Austin and worked for Hormel Foods for the next 39 1/2 years. Kermit was extremely active in the community being a member of both the American Legion Post 91 and the V.F. W. for 65 years. Kermit always fought to help America. Kermit was active in communicating with newspapers, government officials and even President Obama in an effort to stop the flood of illegal immigrants. Because of Kermit’s activisim, he was often sought out by numerous agencies.

His home is filled with pictures of him taken during several news interviews as well as pictures of Kermit with Bob Dole and Tom Brokaw, to name two. On May 2, 2009, Kermit was honored by the Honor Flight Network and was flown to Washington, D. C., to visit the World War II Memorial.

In 1939, Kermit met Tally. They remained friends for many years before marrying in 1974 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa.

Kermit is survived by his loving wife, Tally; two sons, Mark of Mountain View, Calif., and John of Minnetonka; two step-sons, Randy Roskop of San Marcos, Calif., ad Charles (Linda) Roskop of Independence, Ore.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Darlene) Thomas of Bloomington; David (Mary Anne) Thomas of Apple Valley; two brothers-in-law, James (Val) Feston of Battle Ground, Wash., and Dale (Judy) Feston of Lodi, Calif.,; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is proceeded in death by his mother and father.

Kermit’s remains have been donated to the U of M for medical research.

Their will be a Memorial service Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 at the American Legion Post 91, in Austin from 3 to 6 p.m.

Internment will be at Ft. Snelling Memorial Cemetery

[Austin DailyHerald, Friday, August 20, 2010]



Kermit Thomas — Austin

AUSTIN — Kermit Thomas passed away quietly at the VA Hospital on Sunday, August 15, 2010, with his wife, Tally, and family at his side. He was in the hospital preparing for an upcoming surgery when his heart gave out.

Kermit was born on October 20, 1925, in Albert Lea to Vernon and Rachel Thomas. At age 17, Kermit left high school to enlist into the Navy. His patriotism and devotion to the country was strong. At the time of enlistment, he was on the honor roll. He enlisted on February 4, 1943. Trained as a gunner in San Diego, eventually assigned to the USS Wichita, a heavy cruiser class (CA45) as part o the Fifth Fleet. His tour of duty lasted three years.

Kermit, as a gun captain stationed on the U.S.S. Wichita, engaged the enemy in nine out of 14 major campaigns. Okinawa was the last. Wherever Gen. McArthur went, Kermit was there first. Kermit participated in rescuing the survivors of the Battan Death March, prisoners that constructed the Bridge over the River Kwai, and 10,000 POW's in Japan.

When Kermit went ashore after the Nagasaki bomb, he was issued several rolls of film, told to expose the film every hundred yards or so; if white sports appeared on the film, they were told to return to the ship. Each roll of film was exposed, there were no white spots, as the entire film was white with no spots. Not knowing better, they continued forward, searching for American prisoners. All others that went ashore with him have all previously passed as a result of cancers caused from radiation.

After the war, Kermit settled in Austin and worked for Hormel Foods for the next 39 1/2 years. Kermit was extremely active in the community. He was a 65-year member of the American Legion Post 91 and the VFW. He always fought to help America. He wrote dozens of letters to the government officials, newspapers, and even to President Obama trying to stop the flood of illegals. Because of Kermit's activism in the community he was sought out by numerous agencies. His home is filled with pictures of him from several news interviews as well as pictures of him with Bob Dole and Tom Brokaw just to name a few.

As a member of the Honor Flight on May 2, 2009, he was flown to Washington, D.C., to the World War II memorial.

In 1939, Kermit met Tally and they remained friends for years, eventually marrying in 1974 in the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa.

His mother and father preceded Kermit in death.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tally Thomas of Austin; sons Mark, Mountain View, Calif., and John Thomas, Minnetonka; stepsons, Randy Roskop, San Marcos, Calif., and Charles (Linda) Roskop, Independence, Ore.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Darlene) Thomas, Bloomington, and David (Mary Anne) Thomas, Apple Valley; numerous nieces, nephews; two brother-in-laws, James (Val) Feston, Battle Ground, Wash., and Dale (Judy) Feston, Lodi, Calif.; and family friends Bill Bachelder, Brownsdale, Dave Krebsbach, Austin, and Wayne Madson, Austin.

All who knew him will sorely miss Kermit. He left his remains to the University of Minnesota medical research. The family will hold a memorial service gathering from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at the American Legion Post 91 in Austin. All who knew Kermit are welcome to attend.

Interment will be at Fort Snelling Memorial Cemetery.

[Rochester Post-Bulletin online, August 21, 2010]

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Effie (Shane) Calkins


GRAND MEADOW, MINNESOTA — Funeral Mass for Effie Calkins will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 20, 2010 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, with Father Steve Peterson officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m., until time of service at the church on Friday.

Effie Calkins, 96, of Grand Meadow, died Friday, August 13, 2010, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

Effie was born on November 17, 1913 to Frank and Mary Shane near Elkton, Minnesota, She attended school through the 8th grade, and was united in marriage to Leo Calkins on December 31, 1935. Effie was a farm wife and homemaker. She worked for Libby's, and also worked as a home health aid for a period of time before working in food service at the Grand Meadow Schools for over 28 years.

She liked flowers and enjoyed shopping.

She is survived by a son, Don (Marilyn) Calkins of Grand Meadow, Minnesota; and a daughter Joan (George) Buringa of Spring Green, Wisconsin; also surviving is a daughter-in-law Barb Calkins and husband Vic Hanson of Boulder, Colorado; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Viola Marquardt of Stacyville, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Shane of Taopi, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leo in 1972, one son, Bill, a grandson, Mark, and four brothers.

Condolences may by left online at

[Post-Bulletin online -- Friday, August 20, 2010]

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Zane Gregory Rollins



Funeral services for Zane Rollins of LeRoy, Minnesota, were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 3 at the LeRoy Ostrander High School Auditorium. Interment was in the Chester Hill Cemetery in rural Chester. Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Zane, 15, died Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at his home in LeRoy.

Zane Gregory Rollins was born January 6, 1984 in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, the son of Greg and Sandy Rollins. He was attending LeRoy Ostrander High School where he was a sophomore.

Zane’s greatest love was his family and friends especially his older brother James. He loved animals including his three cats, and sporting events especially the LeRoy football games.

Survivors include his parents Greg and Sandy Rollins of LeRoy; one brother: James of Minneapolis; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James Galloway of Chester and paternal grandmother Lillian Rollins of Rushford, Minnesota.

[Cresco, Iowa, Times-Plain Dealer, 1999]


Social Sec. Death Index says:
b: 06 Jan 1984
d: 01 Dec 1999
Age: 15
SSN: Minnesota 475-02-3376

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David Norman Haskin


David Norman Haskin, age 76, of Tustin, California died on August 14, 2010 after a brief, courageous battle with cancer.

Dave was born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota. to Charles and Bernice Haskin. He graduated from Austin High School in 1952.

Dave’s life was full-he always put his family first, and his friendly manner and unique sense of humor endeared him to many. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed nature and the outdoors, especially his own beautiful backyard where his family and friends spent many happy hours. Although Dave and his immediate family moved from Austin in 1963, he always considered it “home”, and Austin was where so many of his “good old days” took place.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ardy (Arens), and his children: Kim (Haskin) and John Ryan, Bennet, Neb., Scott Haskin, Karin Haskin, and Troy Haskin, all of Tustin, Calif. His grandchildren are Amy (Ryan) and Josh Wheatley, Kyle and Jenny Ryan, and Cody Haskin. Other relatives include his brother and sister-in-law Dale and Nancy Haskin of Banks, Ore. and family, sister Phyllis Conklin of Ellendale, Minn. and family, sister-in-law Linda Wagner of Kenosha, Wis. and family, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Terry Hall of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and family. His beloved aunt, Norma Zellinger lives in Wyoming, Mich.

Dave’s wishes were no services. A memorial gathering in his honor will be held at a later date.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Saturday, August 21, 2010]

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Margaret Mae (nee Rebhahn)(Frank)


Margaret (Rebhahn, Frank) Downey, 84, who resided in Austin for the past 58 years, passed away at Field Crest Nursing Home on August 20, 2010.

Margaret was born May 21, 1926, in Dodge, Wisconsin, to Joseph and Florence Rebhahn. She was a talented seamstress and owned an Upholstery Shop for many years working evenings as a waitress at the Riviera Supper Club. After her first retirement she worked as a cashier at Cash Wise – finally retiring at the age of 82. Margaret was an avid gardener and voracious reader and traveled each and every highway of life in “her way.” Her spirit was a loving, caring and compassionate one with a zest for life and will be missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

Margaret is survived by her husband Thomas (Mike) Downey; children: Ellie Rezabek-Turner of Wahpeton, ND; Adele (Alan) Kimpell of Greenwood; Sandi (Bill) Lynd of Earlville, Ill.; Michael (Jolene) Frank of Fort Mill, S.C.; Margaret (Richard) Hardy of Santa Barbara, Calif. and James (Kristie) Frank of Escondido, Calif.; daughter-in-law Susan (Lauritzen) Frank of Austin; step-children Kenneth Downey of Minneapolis; Keith Downey of Austin and Kim (Susan) Downey of Austin; 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sisters Delores (Martin) Czaplewski of Bloomington; Eileen (Gerald) Schmidtnezhdt of Arlington, Texas,; Rosanne (Donald) Schultz of Winona and brothers Edward (Cheryl) Rebhahn of Viroqua, Wis., and Paul ‘Cy’ (Linda) Rebhahn of Adelanto, Calif, two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

Margaret was preceded in death by her first husband (Allen Frank), son Allen Frank Jr., two sons-in-law (Robert Rezabek and Andy Waletzski), a step-daughter-in-law (Eunice Downey), two sisters, three brothers, one sister-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.

Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

A Celebration of Life for Margaret will be held at the Mayer Funeral Home in Austin from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday August 25 prior to cremation.

Arrangements are pending with Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 23, 2010

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Mary Ann (nee Padden)(Smith)

circa 1830-1911


One of the pioneers of Mower county is dead at her home in Osborne, Kansas. A message to Miles J. Smith conveyed the sad tidings that his mother died at her Kansas home Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, August 7, 1911. She had been in ill health for a long time and last April Mr. Smith went to Osborne to visit her, spending some time there.

Every old settler in this section will remember her as a woman who went through the trials of pioneer life, with courage, extending to her neighbors kindness and a helping hand in time of need.

Mary Ann Padden came here as a young girl and was married in 1850 to Willard Smith and they settled on the farm just east of Austin. Two children were born to them, Miles J. and Ruth, the latter of whom died many years ago. Willard Smith was the brother of David and Sylvester Smith, both pioneers of the county. Mr. Smith died in 1867.

Later Mrs. Smith married John Rochford and the family after several years' residence at the old home farm moved to Kansas about thirty-one years ago.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 8, 1911, page 2]

Mary was born on 10 FEB 1843 in New York, and died on August 7, 1911 in Osborne, Kansas. She married Willard W. Smith in 1859. She married John Henry Rochford on 10 FEB 1869 in Mower county, Minnesota.

Credit: Joyce Reilly

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George Remore


George Remore whose sudden death occurred last Friday at his home in LeRoy was one of the pioneer settlers in that section of the state.

He took up a farm near the old town, which for many years was the Poor Farm of the county or until it was removed to Austin vicinity. It was when serving as manager of this farm, that his young wife contracted typhoid fever in the care of one of the inmates and died after she had been married to Mr. Remore but two years.

He was later married again and the second wife died about four years ago, after having been married to Mr. Remore about thirty-seven years.

They leave one daughter, Edna, wife of Will Armstrong, who since their mother's illness, have made their home at the old homestead farm.

For seven years Mr. and Mrs. Remore had charge of the Poor Farm near Austin. During their residence here they made many friends who always valued their friendship.

Mr. Remore was seventy-three years of age in February. While in his usual health he had suffered from a weak heart and his daughter had kept close watch of him. Friday his daughter thought he was working with her husband in the field. When the husband returned at noon, Mr. Remore was not with him, but he had seen him fixing a fence. They went at once to where he had been seen and found him dead with his hammer in his hand and his back against a tree. The funeral was held Sunday from his old home and was largely attended.

Mr. Remore was an old soldier and a man of unimpeachable character. He was noted for loyalty to friends, integrity in business dealings, and kindliness in his home life. He was just such a man as the world has need of and is to be missed when his work is over.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 8, 1911]

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Oliver Arthur Herrick


Oliver Arthur Herrick, 93, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Oliver was born on April 24, 1917 to Frank and Annie (Veling) Herrick in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The family moved to Austin in 1928. Oliver graduated from Austin High School in 1935. He continued his studies for one year in a post graduation program. He worked as a mail boy in the Hormel Office for a short time and then began his 42 1/2 year career with the U.S. Postal Department. Oliver carried mail for 19 years, became a supervisor and then in 1961 he was appointed Postmaster, retiring from that position in 1979. While serving in this position Oliver was involved in a program to train new postmasters in southeast Minnesota and he helped develop the first training program in the Minneapolis region for postal supervisors.

Oliver married Helen Hoffstater on November 19, 1938. They had two sons, James V. Herrick and Vincent J. Herrick. Oliver served in the U.S. Air Force from 1944 to 1946. Oliver and Helen have four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He loved his family and was devoted to all of them.

Oliver was a faithful member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed sports both as a spectator and as a participant. He played baseball while in high school and also played legion baseball. Oliver loved golf and continued to play into his 80’s. He was an avid reader, enjoyed cards, music, traveling and always enjoyed people. Oliver was active in the community and served as a trustee on the St. Olaf Hospital Board.

He is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Helen; son, James V. Herrick and Mary; daughter-in-law, Judy Herrick Horton; grandchildren, James C. Herrick, Thomas and (Sadie) Herrick, Anne and (Steve) Haes, Kimberly Herrick; great grandchildren, Katelyn, Emily, Thomas James and Madison; sister-in-law, Jane Herrick; nieces and nephews.

Oliver is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Annie Herrick; son, Vincent; grandson, John Vincent; brothers, Lester Herrick and Franklin Herrick; sister, Marion Joy.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, St. Augustine Catholic Church, Austin Medical Center Foundation or donor’s choice.

Austin Daily Herald, Thur., August 26, 2010

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Jason Dean Krones


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA — Jason Dean Krones, 17, of Austin, the son of Larry and Karen (Tucker) Krones, died Tuesday, February 3, 1998 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Edwards Catholic Church with the Rev.Virgil Duellman, Rev. Paul E, Nelson and Rev. Don Zenk officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation was held Thursday evening at Mayer Funeral Home.

Jason Dean Krones was born Dec. 31, 1980, in Osage. He was a junior at Pacelli High School and a member of St. Edwards Church. Jason had a deep appreciation for music and enjoyed playing guitar. Research and philosophy of history, archeology, and religious development were some of his interests. Exploring these interests truly developed his unique individual spirit.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Karen Krones, of Austin; paternal grandparents, Dean and Florence Krones of Osage; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Lois Tucker of Tucson, Ariz.; aunts and uncles, Linda and Frank Ruiz of Phoenix, Ariz., Ginny Tucker of Anchorage, Alaska, Kathy and Kirk Mason of San Antonio, Texas, Janice and Mark Alterman of Tucson, Jim and Karen Tucker of Tucson, Lori Mark of Osage, Lennis and Betty Krones of Mason City, and John Mark of Osage; and several cousins and many friends.

Globe Gazette, Feb. 6, 1998

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Michael D. McCarty


AUSTIN, MINNESOTA — Michael D. McCarty, 49, of 304 SW 22nd St., died Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at the Austin Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin, Minn. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Worlein Funeral Home, 1801 NW Fourth St., Austin, Minn. and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

He was born June 23, 1948, in Flint, Mich., to Florence (Kear) and Leon McCarty. Michael met Sherri Miller at Fort Meyers Beach, Fla., in the summer of 1972 and he married her on September 23, 1972, in Austin.

After living in Flint, Mich.; Sioux City, Iowa; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Hawaii, he settled in Austin and worked as a general contractor. He subcontracted for Midwest Siding in Mason City, Iowa.

His hobbies included hang gliding, bridge jumping, gold mining, hiking and ocean fishing, but the love of his life were his granddaughters.

He was known for his random acts of kindness to all mankind. A member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Austin, Michael fought a good fight during his bout with cancer and never gave up.

Survivors include his wife, Sherri, of Austin, Minn.; daughter and son-in-law, Mikei and Jason Johnson, of Austin; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Dennis Jr. and Wendy McCarty, of Mt. Morris, Mich., and Shay Michael and Heather McCarty, of Holmen, Wis.; five granddaughters; mother, Florence McCarty, of Mt. Morris, Mich.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Sandy McCarty, of Swartz Creek, Mich.; and Dwight and Rebecca McCarty, of St. Joseph, Mo.; sisters, Sheila McCarty, of Louisville, Ky.; and Marcia McCarty, of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Albert.

Globe Gazette, Feb. 12, 1998

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Susannah Schuyler



Mrs. J. S. Schuyler
Died Wednesday,
Ill Many Months

Mrs. John S. Schuyler, one of the best-known women of Osage, passed away at her home, corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets, Wednesday morning at about 9:30 o'clock, after a long illness. More than a year ago Mrs. Schuyler broke her hip in a fall, but had nearly recovered from the injury although she had never regained her strength.

For the past month she has been gradually failing, and the end came after she had hovered between life and death for more than a week. Her children were with her as her daughter, Miss Ruby, returned from Milwaukee, and her son, George, came two weeks ago from Detroit, Mich.

Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler were married November 17, 1885, and last fall observed their golden wedding anniversary. She was born October 15, 1859.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church at 1:30 o'clock, in charge of the Reverend Frank Court, pastor, and burial will be made in the cemetery north of Lyle. The Schuylers lived for some time at Lyle in their early married life.

[Mitchell County Press, March 5, 1936]


The Woodbury Cemetery listing on MNGenWeb/Mower county shows:

Schuyler, Susannah 1859 -- 1936

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Samuel Charles Tindal


Samuel Charles Tindal, 84, of Brownsdale, died Thursday, August 26, 2010, at his home with his family by his side.

Sam was born on August 19, 1926, in Austin to Samuel and Anna (Weiss) Tindal. Sam went to Austin High School and then to Austin VoTec. He served in the military for 22 years, was a bike shop owner for 31 years and was a life member of the VFW. On April 14, 1950, Sam was united in marriage to Audrey Crews at Tijuana, Mexico.

Sam enjoyed woodworking, spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Tindal, Brownsdale; children, Pam (Ricky) Culbert, Minnesota Lake, Barbara Tindal, Austin, Charles (Cindy) Tindal, Waltham, Matt (Susan) Tindal, Hayfield; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Bruce (Annie) Tindal, Whittier, Calif., Clifford (Carol) Tindal, Austin, Gene Tindal, Brownsdale.

He is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan; parents, Charles and Anna Tindal, sisters, Annaline Houff and Lila Tindal; brothers, Merlin Tindal and Stanley Tindal.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father John Traufler officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post No. 1216 and American Legion Post No. 91.

The honorary casket bearer will be Christopher Neal. The casket bearers will be Travis Culbert, Trapper Marshall, Nicholas Tindal, Andrew Tindal and Caleb Tindal

Austin Daily Herald, Friday, August 27, 2010

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Violet L. Wood


Violet L. Wood, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday August 23, 2010, at St. Marks Lutheran Home.

Violet was born April 14, 1923. in Lakefield to Walter and Lydia (Bretzman) Malchow. She attended Lakefield High School and was married to Richard E. Wood on Nov. 14, 1948, at St. Johns Lutheran Church. Violet was a waitress, working at the Rose Room and as the manager of the Lunch Counter at the Woolworths Department Store. She also worked as a clerk at the T&L Market and the Ankeny’s Mini Mart.

Violet was a good cook and loved to entertain and having the family home for the holidays. She also enjoyed breakfasts at Perkins, playing cards and trips to the casino.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard E. Wood and am infant son Dean.

She is survived by her children, Dennis Wood, Grand Rapids; Mavis Wood (Lou Vidmar) Colorado, Springs, Colo.; Dale (Kim) Wood, Lake City; Shirley Springer, Walker, La.; Patty (Dale) Lundberg, Austin; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; brother, Wallace (Helen) Malchow, Austin; sister. Marilyn (Elmer) Olund, Austin; sisters-in-law, Viola Walterman, Austin; Lucille Kilgore, Adams; brother-in-law, Merlyn Franke, Dunedin, Fla., many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 AM Monday, Aug. 30 at St. Johns Lutheran Church with Pastor Tom Ogilvie officiating, Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and at the church for one hour before the service on Monday.

Austin Daily Herald, Friday, August 27, 2010

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Albert Ringen


Albert Ringen, age 99, formerly of Racine and Grand Meadow died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 at the Stewartville Care Center.

He was born Jan. 4, 1911, in Grand Meadow Township to Norwegian Immigrants, Johan and Mina (Fjelstad) Ringen. When Albert was a little over two months old his mother passed away and he went to live with neighbors, the Slettums, until he was four years old when he returned to live with his father and siblings. Albert was a life long member of Bear Creek Lutheran Church where he was baptizedon March 14, 1911, and confirmed in 1924. He attended the Grand Meadow Public Schools where he received a certificate of attainment on June 4, 1926, upon completion of grammar school.

He worked with his father and brothers and eventually worked as a hired man for area farmers. On Oct. 3, 1934, he was united in marriage to Violet Merritt and together they farmed their entire life in the Grand Meadow and Racine area until retiring in 1980. Violet passed away in 1999. Albert served on the district 33 school board and continued to help his son farm until 2005 when he entered the Grand Meadow Assisted Living Center. He entered the Stewartville Care Center in 2008. Albert loved his farm and his family , he was much admired by everyone, especially loved and admired by his children and grandchildren. He set a superb example for his descendants to follow.

He is survived by a daughter, Audrey (A.G.) Wilson and a son, Arvin (La Vae) Ringen; eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Alfred, Melvin, Hans and a sister Jenny Halstead Berhow.

Funeral services for Albert will be held 2 p.m. on Monday Aug. 30, 2010, at the Bear Creek Lutheran Church with the Rev Jane Timmerman officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be left at

Austin Daily Herald, Friday, August 27, 2010

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Aleczandra Ray Loverink


Aleczandra Ray Loverink, 20, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 22, 2010, at her home in Minneapolis four days after her birthday.

Alec was proceeded in death by her grandmother Margaret Loverink, grandfather David Clark and great-aunt Patty Irvine.

She is survived by her mother Tonya Mahto, father Chris Loverink, grandmother Norene Clark, grandfather John (Pat) Loverink, special friend A.J., uncles Shawn Clark, Jeff (Lori) Loverink, Gary (Lisa) Loverink, Aaron Loverink and aunt Sherrie (Tom) Pernu as well as many relatives and friends.

Alec was gifted with a beautiful voice and performed in plays and musicals. She loved the arts, music, movies and her poetry. Alec will be remembered most for her compassionateheart, sense of humor, open mind and the love she had for her family, friends and pets. Her warm, wonderful spirit will be missed.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Crane Community Chapel on 1111 Ninth Street NE, Austin, Minnesota. Memorials preferred to the family in lieu of flowers.

Austin Daily Herald, Friday, August 27, 2010

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Mary Helen Osmundson


Mary Helen Osmundson was born August 17, 1952 at Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to Earl J. and Helen (Bell) Osmundson. She graduated from the Adams High School and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She received her Master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. Mary began her teaching career at Potosi, MO and later moved to Fergus Falls, Minn. where she was the Vision Consultant, working with vision impaired children at a number of schools in the Fergus Falls area. In the early 80’s Mary returned to Adams where she owned and operated a retail gift shop on Main Street.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law; Lois and Maynard Lewison, Adams, Minn.; brother and sister-in-law: Robert and Judy Osmundson, Adams, Minn.; nieces and nephews, aunts: Lois Osmundson, Adams, Minn.; Hazel Smith, Wilmot, S.D.; special friend: Mary Groen, Sioux City, Iowa; and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Helen Osmundson.

A private family service will be held at the Adams Funeral Home with the Reverend Leslie Brooke Neist officiating. Interment will be at the Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery. The Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, Sat., August 28, 2010

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Marion Montgomery


Marion Montgomery, age 101, of Austin, died Sunday, August 29, 2010 at the Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

Marion is survived by two daughters, Lea (Richard) Anderson of Durand, Michigan and Hilda (Jack) Raap of Davenport, Iowa; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1983 and infant son, John Martin, in 1935.

Graveside services will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor, Iowa at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Condolences may be sent to Hilda Raap at 405 S. Hancock Avenue in Davenport, Iowa 52802.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., Sept. 1, 2010

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John I. Ulwelling


John I. Ulwelling of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, died on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at his home. He was 76.

John was the husand of Joanne M. (Day) Ulwelling. The couple had celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary on Feb.7, 2010.

Born in Austin, Minn., he was the son of the late Isidore and Genevieve (Fink) Ulwelling of Rose Creek, Minn. He graduated from Rosecreek High School in 1952. John retired in 1997 as an electronic engineer.

An avid vegetable gardener, Mr. Ulwelling also enjoyed working on electronics. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving with his wife are a daughter: Joanne Marie Scrocca and her husband Christopher, of Auburn, Ga.; a son: William J. Ulwelling, of Souderton, Pa.; three grandchildren: Samantha, Alexander, and Angelo; and four brothers, Robert Ulwelling and his wife Jo Anne, of Rose Creek, Minn., Paul Ulwelling, of Dexter, Minn., Donald Ulwelling and his wife Carol, of Rose Creek, Minn., and Gerald Ulwelling and his wife Betty, of Meridian, Idaho.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Catholic Church, 445 N. Main Street, Sellersville, where family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of the Mass. Interment will follow in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Societym 700 Horizon Circle, Suite 201, Chalfont, PA 18914, or to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Austin Daily Herald, Sat., August 28, 2010

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Lillian Ruth (Wencl) Ball


Lillian Ruth Ball, 83, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday morning, August 28, 2010, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield.

She was born May 12, 1927, in Aitkin County, the daughter of Charles Leo and Mary Elizabeth (Thompson) Wencl. She attended country school near her home.

On July 30, 1944, she was united in marriage to Warren Ball. In 1948, they moved to Austin and raised their family. After Warren’s death on April 10, 1969, Lillian raised her four youngest children alone. In addition to raising her children, Lillian worked for Land-O-Lakes and the Austin Daily Herald. She loved to sew, work in her garden and baking. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Lillian BallSurvivors include her six children, Roger (Julie) Ball of Sauk Center, Steven Ball of Pierre, S.D., Dennis (Vicki) Ball of Owatonna, Deanna (Mike) Evans of Dodge Center, Beth Ball of Austin and Darla (Greg) Hartquist of Austin; thirteen grandchildren; twenty one great-grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence (Judy) Wencl of Blooming Prairie; two sisters, Evelyn Culbert of Austin and Mayme (Buzz) Smith of Kent, Wash.; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Warren Ball; four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve DeFor officiating. Interment will follow the service in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service at the Worlein Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, August 30, 2010

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Ralph Edward George


Ralph Edward George, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 29, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Ralph was born September 1, 1926, in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, the son of Albert and Florence George. He had three sisters, Ethel, Hulda and Zelda.

Ralph fired the coal on iron ore ships in Duluth. He’s a Navy veteran. He settled in Austin, Minnesota and was a long time Hormel employee as Foreman of the Electric (Industrial) Truck Shop.

Ralph married Kathleen Gardner on December 27, 1947, they later divorced. He married Bette Esse in 1983, she passed away in 2007.

Ralph had an inventive mind, an adventuresome spirit and a generous heart. He could fix anything! He made friends wherever he went. Ralph loved life and even at age 83, enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

Survivors include three sons, Gary (Maggie) George, Maiden Rock, Wis., Richard (Sue) George, Holmen, Wis., Craig (Jennifer) George, Norman, Okla.; two step sons, Robert (Patti) Esse, Little Falls, David (Paulette) Esse, Austin; 18 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and his wife, Bette.

At Ralph’s request, no services are being held.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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David R. Andree


David R. Andree, 68, of Brownsdale, Mower county, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 29, 2010, at his home of natural causes.

David was born February 24, 1942, in Mower County, Minnesota, to Rudolph and Florence Andree. He grew up in the Brownsdale area and went to school at country school and also in Brownsdale where he was educated through the eighth grade.

On November 10, 1963, he married Janice Osborn in Brownsdale. The couple has lived on a farm in rural Brownsdale ever since. David was a groundskeeper at Oakwood Cemetery and a retired farmer. He was a member of the Southern Minnesota Pumpkin Growers Association and the Dexter Cattle Association. David and Jan ran the Mower County Fair Poultry Building and after 25 years they were inducted into the Livestock Hall of Fame. David loved cows, border collies and pumpkins. His grandchildren and family were his pride and joy.

Survivors include his wife, Janice, Brownsdale; son, Richard (Margaret) Andree, Brownsdale; daughter, Sheri (Todd) Grube, Burnsville; son, Timothy (Daya) Andree, St. Clair; son, Jason (Dana) Andree, Dodge Center; nine grandchildren; mother-in-law, Leona Swenson, Austin; brother, Wayne Andree, Austin; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Andree, Austin, Catherine Andree, Austin; brothers-in-law, Robert (Dee) Osborn, High Point, N.C., Manly (Judy) Osborn, Denton, Texas; nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward and Bob Andree.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Brownsdale with Pastor Jeff Sage officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 411 W. Main Street, Brownsdale, MN 55918.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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William Robert “Chico” Miller


William Robert “Chico” Miller, age 61, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, August 28, 2010 at his home.

William was born May 5, 1949 in Austin, to Donald and Myrtle (Fink) Miller. On June 21, 1975 he married Lynn Williams in Austin. William served in the United States Army, worked at Quality Pork and was a member of the Eagles Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, his family and his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn Miller, Austin; children, Blake Miller, Austin, Kristine Stehlik and husband Jason, Austin; grandchildren, Issac Miller and Alexander Miller; mother, Myrtle Tesdahl, Austin; brothers, Donald “Butch” Miller, Austin, Gary Miller and wife Terry, Rockwell, Iowa, John Miller, Mankato, David Miller and wife Linda, Austin, Steven Miller and wife Angela, Austin, Brad Miller, Austin; sisters, Diane LaRocco and husband John, Tacoma, Washington, Debra Adams, Portland, Oregon., and step brothers, Bob Tesdahl and wife Dorothy, Marion, Iowa, Randy Tesdahl and wife Peggy, St. Francis

He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Miller; step father, Newman Tesdahl; nephew, Jeremy James Miller; special friends, Jack and Gerri Tindahl.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 2 pm on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. The family will greet friends one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Lyle Steinbeck


Lyle Steinbeck, age 94, of Adams, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010, at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams.

Lyle Charles Steinbeck was born on May 7, 1916, in Fenton, Iowa, the son of Charles and Anna Marie (Boevers) Steinbeck. As a young boy, Lyle attended school in Fenton and was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Fenton.

Lyle had a love of farming and as a young man; he helped area farmers working the land with teams of horses. In 1948, Lyle moved to northern Minnesota where he bought a farm with the aspiration of becoming a logger. After a couple of years, Lyle returned home to the Fairmont area where he worked on various farms before purchasing his farm near Lansing. In 1998, Lyle had his farm sale and moved to Austin.

Lyle was a hard working man who loved the outdoors and working with his hands. Working the land over the years with numerous teams of horses brought him great joy and he continued that love of horses by raising draft horses and providing hay rides in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter. He loved working with wood and sawing his own boards from the trees he cut down. Lyle looked forward to attending farm auctions and area threshing bees. Anything to do with farming was interesting to Lyle and in the late summer he could be found at a county fair, usually in the draft horse section. His sense of humor and love of life will be greatly missed by all those that cherished his friendship.

Lyle is survived by John Planting of Fairmont, Lyle (Marlene) Planting of New Hope; Don (Julie) Planting of Fairmont,; Naomi (Norman) Schmidt of Albert Lea; Janice (John) Graham of Stanchfield, Minnesota, Sue (Wally) Fink of Albert Lea; Peggy (Tom) Newville of Fairmont; and Hazel Planting of Osakas; his nieces and nephews, as well as many other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, Lyle is preceded in death by his parents,a sister, Myra Planting; brother-in-law, John Planting; and a nephew, Wayne Planting.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 1, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., Sept. 1, 2010

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Donald P. Kolb


Donald P. Kolb, age 83, passed away on August 23 at his home, at 2455 Hwy. 52 N., Rochester, Minnesota.

Don was born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, on August 20, 1927, the eldest child of Matthias and Ethel Kolb. He served in World War II as a Seaman 2nd Class. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked at the family bakery in Austin for many years. He retired from the Mayo Clinic in 1990 and devoted most of his time to golf and bowling. He was a member at Northern Hills Golf Course and the senior bowling league in Stewartville.

Don is survived by 7 daughters, Bonnie (Warren) Lenz of Rochester, Mary Elizabeth (Dolly) Kolb of Austin, Ann Kolb of Owatonna, Linda Dahmen of Rose Creek, Jean Tesch of Springfield, Mo., Diane Krekelberg of Austin and Judy (Jim) Steneder of Clarks Grove; 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Joseph Kolb of Austin and Paul Kolb of Faribault.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

At Don’s request, there will be no visitation or memorial service. His body was cremated and the family will hold a graveside service at Fort Snelling at 11 a.m. on Sept. 8, 2010. This is the only service he requested.

May God have patience when it comes to golfing and bowling when Don gets to heaven.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., Sept. 1, 2010

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Dorene (Hasty) Buck


Dorene H. Buck, 97, formerly of Waltham, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Wednesday morning, September 1, 2010, at Pathstone Lutheran Home in Mankato.

Dorene Hasty was born on August 20, 1913, the daughter of Lloyd and Coila (Jefferson) Hasty in Grano, North Dakota, Lockwood Township. She was united in marriage to Marvin Buck on June 15, 1934, in Northwood, Iowa. Dorene worked at Hormel’s for 14 years, from 1930-1944. She was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Senior Citizens and Helping Hand Club.

Dorene is survived by one son, Rick (Rita) Buck, Mankato; one sister, Kaye(David) Spencer, Loveland, CO; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Buck, Austin; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, four brothers, and two sisters.

The funeral service for Dorene H. Buck will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 4, 2010, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 30450 570th Avenue in rural Waltham, with Reverend Paul Hauschild officiating. Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Waltham. Czaplewski Family Funeral Home (501 2nd Street in Hayfield) is handling the arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, Thu., Sept. 2, 2010

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David C. “Burgy” Burgeson


David C “Burgy” Burgeson, 76, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on August 28, 2010. He was born on May 6, 1934, in Austin, to Clarence “Burgy” & Betty (Steck) Burgeson.

He attended Sumner Grade School and graduated from Austin High School in 1952. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1957 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at the U, he was a member of the Gopher wrestling team.

He went to work as an engineer for the Babcock & Wilcox Company traveling around the country starting up new power plants. In 1967, he returned to Austin & became the chief engineer for Austin Utilities. He supervised electric, water, and steam production and was in charge of construction of the Northeast Power Plant.

In 1973, he left Austin for 30 years, working as a consultant on power plant equipment. He authored several articles in engineering magazines. During his career he worked in 300 power plants in 30 states. He was a retired professional engineer.

In 1975, he married Marie Sylvester of St Paul and resided in the St. Paul area for 35 years. He enjoyed camping and traveling. Travelling by pickup-camper, David toured 49 states and all the Canadian provinces and territories. He was an avid reader, especially history, and worked thousands of crosstic puzzles. He always seemed to have dogs and/or cats around.

He is survived by his wife Marie and many friends and family.

A remembrance open house is planned for Oct. 4, 2010 at 1449 and 1453 Goodrich Ave., St. Paul, MN. from 12-7:30 p.m., with a simple ceremony at 1:30 and again at 6:00 p.m.

Austin Daily Herald, Thu., Sept. 2, 2010

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Nona Mae (Osland) Janning


Nona Mae (Osland) Janning, 81, of Austin, died Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the Austin Medical Center, Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

Nona was born May 22, 1929 in St. James, Minnesota to Oscar and Lillian (Johnson) Osland. She graduated from Austin High School, spent two years at Austin Community College and Mankato State University earning a degree as a Certified Public Accountant. She was also a homemaker.

On September 2, 1949 she was united in marriage to Herbert Janning in Charles City, Iowa. Nona was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Austin Senior Center. She loved playing cards with family and friends, her crafts, playing bingo, making purses, traveling with her husband, and making lefse with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert Janning, Austin; ten children: Rita (Gerald) Haas, St. Charles; Carol (Rick) Zaifert, Buffalo, New York; Connie (Dave) Schaefer, Austin; Tom Janning, Austin; Steve Janning, Austin; Kay (Tom) Rameriz, Sacramento, Calif.; John Janning, Austin; Mary Janning, Austin; Dale (Kris) Janning, Robbinsdale; Glenn Janning, Flint, Michigan; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Deb Janning.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The casket bearers will be Marv Stoltz, Scott Schaefer, Phillip Haas, Dominic Janning, Todd Stoltz and Turrell Janning.

Austin Daily Herald, Thu., Sept. 2, 2010

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