Mower County Obituaries
Part 181



Cheryl Rae (Larson) Carlson, 59


Cheryl Rae (Larson) Carlson, 59, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, February 6, at her home.

Cheryl was born March 23, 1951, in Austin to Harry and Betty (Finkelson) Larson. She graduated from Pacelli High School in 1969. On June 9, 1973, she married Steve Carlson in Austin. After marriage, Cheryl worked and lived in Rochester for five years before moving to White Bear Lake. There she raised a family for 26 years, returning to Austin in 2004.

She enjoyed gardening, working, crossword puzzles, going to the casino and karaoke.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Carlson; children, Martinique Carlson, Justin Carlson; mother, Betty Larson; siblings, Vern (Sue) Larson, Carolyn (Bill) Hagen, Diane Larson — all of Austin — and mother-in-law, Betty Carlson Lewellen of White Bear Lake.

She is preceded in death by her father, Harry Larson; brother, Don Larson; sister-in-law, Margo Larson; grandparents; aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and also a half-hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald online, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011

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Bernice A. (Ward) Staples


Bernice A. (Ward) Staples, 94, formerly of Rockford, Illinois, died on Thursday, February 3, 2011, in Northbrook, Illinois.

Born April 29, 1916, in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of Sydney and Ella (Wiseman) Ward. Graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

She Married Everett G. Staples on August 30, 1940, in Austin. Bernice owned and operated Better Homes Realty in Rockford with her husband. She was an active member of First Covenant Church in Rockford, until moving to Covenant Village in Northbrook

Survivors include her children, David (Judy) Staples of Rockford, Daniel (Lynette) Staples of Freeland, Michigan, Philip (Nancy Stironek) Staples of Lake Zurich, Judith Kirkpatrick of Sturgeon, Mo., and Mary (Christopher) Clark of Elgin; grandchildren, Michelle Borgialli, Rachel Staples, Barbara (Brian) Bennett, Danelle (Mark) Dickerson, Lynelle (James) Buchanan, Sandra (Michael) Herriage, Tyler Staples, John Carter (Windy) Kirkpatrick, Tarl (Beth) Kirkpatrick, Logan Kirkpatrick, Caitlyn Brendemuehl; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter and son-in-law, Mark Kirkpatrick.

A memorial service wil be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in First Evangelical Covenant Church, 316 Wood Rd., Rockford; the Rev. Dr. David Larsen will officiate. Visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established. For more information, visit

Austin Daily Herald online, Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

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Ruth Kathryn (O’Marro) Ball


Ruth Kathryn (O’Marro) Ball, 86, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died Sunday, Feb. 6, at Sacred Heart Care Center where she was a resident.

Ruth was born on March 2, 1924, in Austin, to Martin and Esther (Beckel) O’Marro. On December 30, 1943, she was united in marriage to Ralph S. Ball at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1975. Ruth was a lifelong member of Queen of Angels.

Ruth was the beloved matriarch of the Ball family and the glue that held them together — whether it was the fun family events, the busy schedules of her children or dealing with the devastation that cystic fibrosis brings to a family. Ruth taught her children and others close to her, how to be strong and live with the many ups and downs of life. Ruth had a strong set of values and ethics, a strong relationship with God and her church, and she lived her life accordingly. Ruth dearly loved her family. She loved all sports, and especially getting on the refs. Ruth loved the eastside “Dutch Town” and was proud to have been born and raised there and she lived her whole life there. Ruth had a big heart and an open door at her home for anyone who needed help or just a listening ear. She will be sorely missed by her family and all who knew her.

Survivors include her children, Terry Ball of Fountain City, Wis., Tom (Susan) Ball of Loveland, Colorado, Tim (Patty) Ball of Austin, Dan (Debra) Ball of Austin, Doug (Karen) Ball of Austin, Tracy (Jim) Marsolek of Stewartville; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine McFarland of Milwaukee, Patricia Heiny of Austin.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by two daughters, Sharon and Ann; and a son, David.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper and Deacon John Kluczny officiating. There will be a 7 p.m. wake service on Friday 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 Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8011 34th Avenue S, Bloomington, MN 55425.

Austin Daily Herald, online, Thur., Feb. 10, 2011

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Joseph Jon Lewison, 18


Joseph Jon Lewison, 18, of Rose Creek, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 as a result of an automobile accident.

Joe was born on September 27, 1992, in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to Jon and Mary (Price) Lewison. He was a Senior at Pacelli High School. Joe enjoyed choir, football, baseball, snowmobiling, the Minnesota Vikings and farming with his dad, Jon.

Survivors include his parents, Jon and Mary; siblings, Jordan, Andrew, Magdalyne, Mary Coeli and Carter; best friend and soul mate, Lindsey Chapek; grandparents, Richard Lewison Jr., Shirley and Chuck Hackenmiller, Keith and Rosemary Price; great-grandparents, Richard “Bud” and Harriette Lewison Sr.; aunts and uncles, Dan Lewison, Raquel (Shannon) Ostby, Brian (Jamie) Lewison, Rosemary (Ronald) Jepson, James (Betty) Price, Kathy (Gary) Tapp, Teresa (Todd) Gadient, Maria (Lee) Schultz, Thomas (Tami) Price, Brian (Shirley) Price, Gina (Wayne) Peterson, Tony (Anna) Price, Andy (Natalie) Price, Joseph Price, Anne (Michael) Bauer; cousins; classmates; friends; faith community.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Tom Loomis, Father Ruben Spinler and Father Randy Kasel officiating. There will be a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Rose Creek.

Austin Daily Herald online, Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

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William C. Schottler, 71


William C. Schottler, 71, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, February 1, at Destiny Home Care in Bloomington.

William was born on June 12, 1939. He was raised in the Austin, Minnesota, area and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1957. He went into the Navy Reserves in 1961 as a flight engineer. After completing his training in the Reserves, he went into farming and married Darlene Lonergan in 1966. William and Darlene lived on the Schottler family farm southeast of Austin. Their marriage was blessed with five children: Darin, Jason, Sandy, Chris, and Patrick.

William was an active member of the community, including the SERTOMA club. He served on the Pacelli High School Board and as Executive Director of the Miss Minnesota Pageant. His love of flying led him to be president of the Austin Pilot’s Club. His love of farming earned him the recognition as “Outstanding Young Farmer for Mower County.”

William was a social, charming, and loving individual with passions for farming, flying, waterskiing, friends, family, and the Catholic faith. He will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Bernadette; sister, Anne; and grandson William.

He is survived by his former wife, Darlene of Austin, children, Darin (Teri) of Corcoran, Jason (Connie) of Kansas City, Sandy (Todd) Stertz of Dassel, Chris (Carrey) of Chanhassen, and Patrick (Julie) of Golden Valley; siblings, Kay (Carl) Gerlach of Austin, Joan (John) Conzemius of Cannon Falls, John (Georgine) of Somerset, Wis., and Joyce (Bud) Smith of Wilmington, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and many more relatives and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Rose Creek.

Arrangements are by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald online, Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

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Harry Jondal, 82


Harry Jondal, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Owatonna Care Center.

Harry was the eighth child of William and Bertha Jondal, born in Hayfield, Minnesota. Following his graduation from Hayfield High School, he enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed in Guam and other locations in the Pacific. Harry was honorably discharged after four years of service. Harry married Yvonne Scharberg in 1953 and they raised four boys, lived in Lansing for 41 years and enjoyed the country life.

Harry spent his entire working career with the Austin Utilities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and golf. He was always quick with a joke and sparkle in his eye. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his granddaughters.

Before moving to the Owatonna Care Center, Harry resided at Our House Memory Care in Austin for three months. His family will always be thankful for the compassionate care he was given at both facilities.

Harry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Yvonne; four sons, David of Lansing, John and Mary (Nelson) of Sterling, Ark, Steven and Ann (Crowley) of Somerset, Wisconsin, Charles and Jane (Helberg), Jordan, Minn., six beautiful granddaughters, Dayna, Danielle, Lea, Katie, Grace and Olivia. He is also survived by a sister, Yvonne Ebert of San Diego; brother, Frank Jondal of Oakdale; brother-in-law, Clayton Erickson; Yvonne’s sisters, Mary Finbraaten, Pauline (Bill) Baumann and 24 nieces and nephews.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bertha Jondal; two brothers, Joseph and Robert; five sisters, Dorothy, Ruby, Irene, Helen and Lillian.

Harry was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Austin, as well as the VFW and American Legion.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 7 at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary chapel. Friends are encouraged to call one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Mayo Clinic for Alzheimer’s Research or to St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Harry will be greatly missed, but his spirit will linger forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Blessed be his memory.

Austin Daily Herald online, Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

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Ruth Ilene (nee Fodness)(Forthun)


Ruth Ilene Fodness Forthun Rauen, 97, of Roseville, and formerly of Austin, died peacefully on Friday Feb. 4, at the Rose of Sharon Manor in Roseville, Minn.

She was born January 21, 1914 in Moscow Township, Minnesota, to Jacob and Sella (Christopherson) Fodness. She attended country school in Moscow Township. She married Elmer Forthun in 1935 and later married Fred “Fritz” Rauen in 1950. She was a former Hormel employee, homemaker and member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. She lived at the Twin Towers in Austin for more than 30 years.

Survivers include: sister, Annette Bond; son Sheldon (Beverly) Forthun of Shoreview, Minnesota, grandchildren, Jeffrey (Diane) Forthun of Rosemount, Minnesota, Joel (Barbara) Forthun of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Brenda (Tom) Richards of Plymouth, Minnesota, seven great-grandchildren, Alicia, Robert, Emily, Daniel, Sarah, Samuel and Lukas and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Sella Fodness; 12 siblings; husbands, Elmer Forthun and Fred “Fritz” Rauen.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m. with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday for one hour before the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Internment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Robert Richards, Daniel Richards, Samuel Forthun, and Lukas Forthun.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., Feb. 9, 2011

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Elva M. (Hilkemeier) Goodmanson


Elva M. Goodmanson, 84, of rural Austin, Minnesota, passed away on February 3, 2011, at the Austin Medical Center.

Elva was born on July 27, 1926, in Crandon, South Dakota, to Herbert and Verna (Kissner) Hilkemeier. She graduated from Austin High School in 1944 and married Gilbert E. Goodmanson on June 18, 1946, at a Parsonage in rural Austin. The couple resided on the family farm in rural Austin. Elva belonged to the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church where she was involved in many church functions and circle. She belonged to many garden clubs, enjoyed playing guitar, visiting neighbor and, taking many bus and nature trips.

Survivors include her three children; Gary (Patricia) Goodmanson of Urbandale Iowa, Judith (Larry) Quam of Austin and Curt Goodmanson of Owatonna; four grandchildren, Corinne, Jeffrey, Tammy and Gregory; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Arne (Delores) Schutt of Burnsville; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Prairie with Reverend Gene Leiter officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Red Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the family. You may send condolences to

Austin Daily Herald online, Feb. 7, 2011

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Lynn L. Renville, 68


Lynn L. Renville of Hutchinson, Minnesota, died on February 3, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer

He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Birchwood Hospice House in Hutchinson. Lynn was born and raised in Austin and graduated from Austin High School. Following an early career at the Hormel Foods plant, he returned to college, graduating from Minnesota State University – Mankato in 1986. He ended his business career in 2003, retiring from his position as salesman with Cargill’s North Star Steel Division.

He was one of three children born to the late Virginia and Harry Renville and was the beloved husband of Judith Renville for more than 48 years.

Lynn will be forever remembered by his devoted brother, Larry Renville of Faribault; loving sister, Carol Apold of Austin; beloved children, Todd Renville of Minneapolis and Brad Renville of Hutchinson; treasured grandchildren, Joseph and Andrew Renville of Minneapolis, Chase and Riese Renville of Hutchinson and Brendan Rogers of Surprise, Arizona; caring in-laws along with countless friends and family who were blessed to know him.

Lynn was preceded in death by his son, Travis Renville. Lynn loved practicing art, being with his family, having fun with friends and playing golf.

He touched the lives of many with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark larger-than-life persona throughout the end.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin. Arrangements are by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald online, Feb. 7, 2011

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Valda Darlene
(nee Michael)(Lumley)(Ridenour)


Valda Ridenour Krull, 80, passed away quietly on February 5, 2011 in her home at Luther Park Retirement Home in Des Moines, after a battle with cancer.

Val was born Valda Darlene Michael on July 21, 1930, in Des Moines to Asa Guy and Beulah (Anderson) Michael. Val grew up on the East side of Des Moines in her family home with her parents, a sister and four brothers. Life changed drastically for Val when her mother fell ill to pneumonia and died when Val was 13 years old. At that time there were three younger siblings needing care. By the time Val turned 16, she had quit school to stay home and look after the younger children. Val took a position at the Kirkwood Hotel in Des Moines as an elevator operator.

As a young woman, Val had a brief marriage to a Mr. Lumley and had an infant daughter, Pamela, who died. Later while waitressing in a restaurant in Algona, Iowa, Val met Wayne Ridenour. They married in 1951. The young couple moved to LaVerne, Iowa, and began farming. In 1954 they bought a farm near Dexter, and moved their family. Val was very involved in farming; she also raised chickens and sold eggs. She had a huge vegetable garden and canned massive amounts of produce each year. Val took a cooking position at the Nickerson Farms at the Dexter exit on I-90. In 1969, Wayne died, leaving Val with four teenagers.

Val eventually married Wilbur "Ding" Krull, in 1971. She sold the farm, and she and Ding moved to Springfield, Mo. They owned and operated the K&K Chili Parlor. Later she worked as a banquet chef and banquet manager at the Howard Johnson hotel in Springfield & HoJo’s as Val used to refer to it. Ding died in 1979, once again leaving Val a widow. In 1987 Val returned to Des Moines. She worked at a nearby 7-11 and volunteered her extra time as a foster grandparent in the elementary school district. When her health began to falter, she took early retirement at age 62. One of her greatest joys in her retirement was moving into her apartment at the

Luther Park Retirement Home in 2009. Family members say this move made Val merry and content. She loved the people on the second floor where she lived. Val was social and made friends easily.

Val was preceded in death by her parents, Asa and Beulah Michael; infant daughter, Pamela Lumley; husband and love of her life, Wayne Ridenour; husband, Wilbur “Ding” Krull; sister Kathleen Gatewood; brothers, Dale Michael and Leo Michael; infant great-grandson, Charles Beauchamp; step-son, John Krull.

Val is survived by her family who she spoke of often: daughter, Linda Ridenour of Thomas, Okla.; daughter, Barbara (Ridenour) Lent (Kevin) of Glenwood; son, Dennis Denny Ridenour (Colleen) of Thomas, Okla.; Allen Ridenour of Buford, Ga.; step-children, Wayne Krull (Marsha) of Thomas, Okla.; Karen Clapham (Bill) of Dubuque; Lisa Goucher (Steve) of Rockwall, Texas; grandchildren and their families, Roshelle (Ridenour) Wherritt (Rodney) and three children of Thomas, Okla., Jason Ridenour of Owatonna and his three children; Wayne Ridenour (Rita) and three children of Thomas, Okla.; Jason Lent (Mickie) and his son of Burnsville, Nichole (Lent) Beauchamp and her sons of Brooten, Minn.; Eric Lent (Kelly) and two children of Breckenridge, Minn.; two brothers: Charles "Chuck" Michael of Norwalk, Calif. and William Bill Michael of Des Moines. There is also a host of nieces and nephews who loved Val dearly.

Viewing hours are Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. 8 p.m. at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. Memorial services will be held in the same location Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon hosted by nieces and nephews of Val to follow at Luther Park community room at 2824 E 16th Street, Des Moines. Interment will be Friday, Feb. 10, 2011, 11am, at the Dexter Cemetery in Dexter. A reception will follow. Val’s children request that any donations or memorials be made to Mercy Hospice, Des Moines, to whom they are forever grateful.

Austin Daily Herald online, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011

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Alvina Teresa (King) Lewison


Alvina Teresa Lewison, 97, of Adams, passed away Friday, February 4, 2011, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Alvina was born September 18, 1913 to Christ and Elizabeth (Winkels) King. She had five brothers and six sisters. Alvina married Earl Lewison on November 5, 1932 and they celebrated 73 years of marriage. She lived in the Adams area her whole life.

Alvina was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Church and served her unit as officer and dependable member. She was a proud member and past president of the Adams American Legion Auxiliary for 55 years. She was a cook at Sacred Heart School for 18 years. She was an active 4-H leader and worked in the 4-H restaurant at the Mower County Fair. She was a caregiver of her parents, homebound brothers, and was wonderful to have at your side when ill or in need. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and playing cards.

Alvina is survived by her children, Gene (Shirley) Lewison of Adams, Donald (Jo Ella) Lewison of Ft. Smith, Ark., Roger (Joyce) Lewison of Rochester, Shirley (Rich) Peter of Rochester, Sharon (Barry) Knapp of Rochester; 13 loving grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl (2005); brothers and sisters, and daughter-in-law, JoAnne Lewison.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with Father Tom Loomis officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Organist will be Shirley Cahill and soloist will be Brian Bawek. Visitation will also be at the Adams Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Garrett Knaap, James Jeche, Donald Lewsion, Jr., Ellen Balderes, Deanne Hebrink, and Helen Ann Whorton.

Memorials may be designated to Sacred Heart Church or Sacred Heart School in Adams or to the donor’s choice.

Alvina and her family were grateful to God, family, friends, and neighbors for their love, care, and friendship which allowed her to maintain living independently in her home.

Austin Daily Herald online, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011

Funeral notice: Alvina Teresa Lewison, 97

Alvina Teresa Lewison, 97, of Adams, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, February 4, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Service: A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with Father Tom Loomis officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

Visitation: Visitation will also be at the Adams Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Interment: Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials: Memorials may be designated to Sacred Heart Church or Sacred Heart School in Adams or to the donor’s choice.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., February 9, 2011

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Gregory James “Mort“ Morgan


Gregory James “Mort“ Morgan, 60, of Danube, died Tuesday, February 8, at his home in Danube.

Gregory James “Mort” Morgan was born on February 4, 1951, in Austin, to Robert and Delores (Iverson) Morgan. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin Central High School in 1969. Greg served his country in the United States Army from 1971 until 1973. In the fall of 1973, he continued his education at Jackson Area Vocational Technical Institute. “Mort” Greg was united in marriage to Janice Hanson August 11, 1974, in Eads, Colorado. He worked in Colorado until 1976; they then moved to Danube where he worked for Renville-Sibley Power Association. He was a member of the Olivia American Legion. Greg enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Jan of Danube; sons: James “JJ” (and Stefanie) of Good Thunder, Minnesota, Bob (and Katie) of Willmar, and Mike of Fort Irwin, Calif.; two grandchildren Zoey and Zander; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; sister and son, Thomas. Blessed be his memory.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Zion United Methodist Church in Danube. Pastor Dave Drager will officiate. Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Austin. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville, Minn. Visitation continues on Friday one hour prior to the services at the church in Danube.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Home, Renville is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald, Wed., Feb. 9, 2011

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Frank F. Young


Frank F. Young
Dies in Duluth;
Rites Saturday

LEROY, MINNESOTA — Funeral services for Frank F. Young, 98, will be at 10 a. m. Saturday in the Presbyterian Church with the Rev. R. K. Fogai officiating. Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. There will be Masonic graveside services.

He died Tuesday night in St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota.

He was born in Albion, Indiana, on August 5, 1858, and came here as a child, he taught school for two years and in 1885 he entered the mercantile business here with W. K. Porter. He retired in 1924 and after the death of his wife, the former Mary Jones, in 1946, he lived with his children.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Thomas O. Young, Duluth; Frank E. Young, Minneapolis; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur McMillian, Minneapolis, and six grandchildren.

The Martz Funeral Home is in charge.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Thursday, March 7, 1957]

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Lloyd Jennings Seiver



Lloyd Seiver, age 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday morning, January 25, 2006, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center.

Lloyd Jennings Seiver was born on August 2, 1917, in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, to Jennings B. and Ella (Frank) Seiver. After graduating from Austin High School, he married Katherine Thorn on Aug. 9, 1937, in Austin. Lloyd served in the Army from May 1945 to July 1946. A longtime resident of Austin, he was employed by Hormel Foods for over 40 years. Lloyd was a member of First United Methodist Church, as well as Fidelity Lodge #39 AF & AM, Royal Arch Mason Chapter 14, Eastern Star, American Legion Club Post 91, Eagles Club and the Shrine Band. Lloyd loved golf, bowling and singing.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine (Katie), of Austin, Minnesota; son, David and wife Jane, of Riverside, Calif.; daughter, Lani Seiver, of Austin, Minnesota; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and also the Ken Kelly family; sister-in-law, Millie Seiver, of Austin, Minn.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dale in 1976; brothers, Clyde and Don; and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at First United Methodist Church with The Reverend Patricia Toschak officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery, Austin. A Masonic service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. American Legion Post 91 of Austin is in charge of military rites. {From Pike on FaG]

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Dale Seiver



Police probe
murder of
Casper man

CHEYENNE, WYOMING (UPI)-- Police say they have no suspects in the murder of a Casper, Wyoming man found strangled with two knotted socks, in a motel room.

Dale Seiver registered at Cheyenne's Downtown Motor Inn Monday and his body was discovered by a maid in a bathtub around noon the next day. Seiver, between 23 and 30 years old, was identified through dental records.

Lloyd, Kate, Dale and David Seiver
Coroner Roger Hodomsky said an autopsy showed Seiver died within 12 hours of the discovery of the body from asphyxiation by strangulation.

Police said they believed burglary was the motive for the killing because the victim's wallet was missing. Chief Rudy Restivo said three detectives were investigating the murder.

Seiver ftew to Cheyenne Monday from Salt Lake City where he attended an insurance training school. Officials said he planned to take the Wyoming state insurance examination Tuesday.

[Greeley Daily Tribune, Thursday, March 25, 1976]


CHEYENNE, WYOMING - A man whose body was found at a downtown motel was strangled, Laramie County coroner Roger Radomsky said Wednesday, and he ruled the death a homicide.

Radomsky identified the victim as Dale Seiver of Casper, who was in his late 20's.

A maid in the motel found the body shortly after noon Tuesday. Police chief Rudy Restivo said the body was in the bathtub in Seiver's room and that two men's socks were tied together around his neck.

Restivo said Seiver had arrived at the Cheyenne Municipal Airport on Monday night and checked into the motel alone a short time later.

Restivo said Seiver apparently had come here to take a state insurance examination. State Insurance Commissioner John Langdon said Seiver had submitted an application to take a two-part examination Langdon said the application came from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Selver had listed Casper as his home address.

Langdon said the applicalion slated Seiver was employed by an insurance company in Salt Lake City and was attending the firm's training school there.

Radomsky said he had been informed by a mortician in Austin, Minnesota, that the funeral and burial would be conducted there.

Radomsky said Seiver is survived by a wife and two children in Casper.

Restivo said three detectives had been assigned to the case, but that there were no suspects.

[Billings Gazette - Thursday, March 25, 1976, Billings, Montana]


Social Security Death Index:

b: 29 Aug 1944
d: Mar 1976
age: 31
ssn: Minnesota 475-46-3142



Dale was born on August 29, 1944 to Lloyd Jennings Seiver and Katherine "Kate" Thorn Seiver.

He had a brother David, and sister, Lani.

Photo of family (above) was taken about 1952-54; Dale is the older child.

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Walter Lee Bye



LeRoy Oil Dealer
Dies at 69;
Rites Held Tuesday

LEROY, MINNESOTA — Walter Bye, 69, bulk oil dealer, died at his home here Sunday. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church with burial in the LeRoy Cemetery. Martz Funeral Home was in charge.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Lois) Mahoney, LeRoy; Mrs. Harold Samuel, Austin, Minn.; two sons, Wayne, Austin; Russell, LeRoy; five brothers; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Wednesday, November 30, 1960]


Date of Birth: 11 Sep 1891
Place of Birth: OUT OF STATE
Mother's Maiden Name: THURSTON
Date of Death: 27 Nov 1960
County of Death: MOWER
[Minn Death Certificate Index]

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William Henry Errington



William Henry Errington





Retired farmer
dies at LeRoy
Rites Wednesday

LEROY, MINNESOTA - William H. Errington, 87, a retired farmer died at an Austin rest home Saturday. Funeral services were Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church here. Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery with Martz Funeral Home in charge.

Survivng are three sons: Robert, Van Nuys, California; Howard, LeRoy; Kenneth, Riverdale, Illinois; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Benson, Scobey, Montana; Mrs. Adella Errington Lastine, St. James; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Wednesday, November 30, 1960]



Date of Birth: 20 Jul 1873
Place of Birth: OUT OF STATE
Mother's Maiden Name: ORR
certid# 1960-MN-011319
Date of Death: 26 Nov 1960
County of Death: MOWER

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Lloyd Vernon Crum


Lloyd Vernon Crum 1878-1967



Lloyd Vern Crum, son of Sarah and Sylvester Crum was born July 29, 1878 at Riceville, Mitchell, Iowa. He was the fourth of five children, all of whom preceded him in death.

His early education was often interrupted by farm needs, but through going to school a few months each winter and outside study, he fulfilled the college entrance requirements without a formal high school education. He received a V. A. degree from Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1906 and taught manual training and Physics in Iowa high schools for the next ten years.

He was a bachelor for forty-one years, then married Katharine Parry in 1919 at Lime Springs, Iowa, where he was superintendent of schools, and she was principal of the high school.

Upon receiving an M.S. degree from Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa, in 1922, he was appointed to the faculty and continued to teach physics there until 1931. With his family, he moved to his farm near Grand Meadow where he farmed for the next thirty years.

After the death of his wife in 1962, he moved to a country home near Racine. Here he welcomed relatives and friends until a few days before his death. He died December 11, 1967 at the Spring Valley Hospital.

He maintained an active interest in farm progress, current events and sports, until the time of his death. He was blessed by being able to spend his later years in health, leisure, and independence.

He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Smith of Ketchikan, Alaska and Catherine Mealey of Laramie, Wyoming and a son Lloyd of Racine, and five grandchildren and many nieces and newphews.

Lime Springs Herald, Thursday December 28, 1967


His daughters were married in 1967: Lime Springs Herald, August 21, 1947 Catherine Elizabeth Crum married Michael Mealey on August 8, 1967 in Iowa City Mary Phoebe Crum married Warren Smith on June 12, 1967 in Ketchikan, Alaska


He was buried in the Grand Meadow Cemetery, Grand Meadow, Mower, Minnesota

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George H. Sutton


ITEM #1:

Mayor Sutton is Dead


Remains Will be Brought to This City
Tomorrow Afternoon --
Funeral Will be Held Sunday Afternoon

Mayor Sutton is dead. Death came to him this morning at the Omaha General Hospital where he has been since April 19. The news came in a brief message to Michael McLaughlin who received it just before noon. Mr. McLaughlin took the message to Father Devlin who went with him to Mr. Sutton's home to break the sad news to the fatherless children. A few moments later the bell of St. Augustine's church began to toll, followed quickly by the bells of the Congregational, Lutheran and Baptist churches and High School. No one needed to ask why the bells tolled. All knew that the struggle was over and the pall of sorrow that lay upon the city by the sad drowning of Harry Pettingill grew heavier by the knowledge that out mayor was gone.

The messages from Omaha were brief, simply stating that Mr. Sutton died this morning, and saying that the remains would arrive in this city over the C.G.W. road on the early morning train, that Mrs. Sutton would arrive on the 3:35 train in the afternoon and that the funeral would be held Sunday afternoon.

An Obituary notice will be published in the Herald tomorrow.

[ Austin Daily Herald, Thurs., 7-01-1909, page 2, col. 2 ]

ITEM #2:


Remains of Our Loved Mayor
Arrives From Omaha and
Is Escorted to Late Home
by Citizens


The death of Mayor Sutton, as announced in Friday's Herald, went deep into the hearts of our people in all walks of life. Only a brief telegram was received announcing the sad tidings, but Mrs. Sutton arrived home this morning accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. Allen. Mayor Sutton died about 10:10 Thursday morning. Those present at his bedside were Mrs. Sutton, Albert E. and Ernest J. Sutton, brothers of Mayor Sutton.

The body of Mayor Sutton arrived in the city at 3:35 over the C.G.W. road this afternoon and was met by a large concourse of our people. The remains were escorted to the late home on Railway street by the city council, members of various city department and business men.

By the expressed wish of the family the services will be held at Christ Episcopal church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will lie in state in the main corridor of the court house from four o'clock tomorrow afternoon. All stores will be closed from 4 to 5 o'clock.

Mayor Geo. H. Sutton was born at Plymouth, England, June 19, 1866. He came to America when 18 years of age with his uncle, Thomas Drew, for whom he kept books at Portage, Wis., for four years. He then entered the employ of the C.M. & St. P. railway company. While at Portage he married Margaret Gilvery. They moved to Chicago and resided there. When the C.M. & St. P. road sold their hotels and eating houses Mr. Sutton bought interest in the Depot Hotel and removed here and made the hotel a favorite with traveling public.

Mr. Sutton, warmly seconded by Mrs. Sutton, first became known to our people by their deeds of kindness and acts of charity. Where want and distress came there Geo. Sutton was to be found with succor. When death darkened a home it was Geo. Sutton who was the first to offer his assistance and when the last rites were performed Mayor Sutton was always to be seen among those taking the dead to their last resting place.

From the first he was interested in our city and believed in progress, but it was not until 1899 that he entered politics and became an alderman to fill the unexpired term of Alex Campbell who had been elected mayor. The following year Mr. Sutton was practically unanimously elected alderman from his ward. Three years ago he was elected mayor. The following two years of his administration were years that gave our city a reputation for law and order. Mayor Sutton personally investigated every violation of city ordinances. He visited the home of the drunkards and many a man was induced to sign a pledge through his ernest efforts. He insisted that the law be obeyed and the severest of punishment was metered to those who ignored his warnings. When he gave an order it had to be obeyed.

After two years of such a splendid example of law enforcement the people re-elected Mayor Sutton for another term and and one half of that term had expired when his health began to fail.

He tried to do too much and his nervous system could not stand it. For a year he has not been in robust health, although he looked it. On the 19th day of April he left the city for Sioux Falls, Iowa, to go under the care of Dr. Phil McLaughlin, who later advised Mr. Sutton to go to a specialist on nerve diseases. After he received the first stroke of paralysis he wrote to a few of his closest friends and told them what had occurred. These few know the seriousness of his condition, but they hoped for good news and it was not until Dr. Allen had been to Omaha and reported that there was little hope that they could believe that their friend was to leave them.

He was a member of the Episcopal church of England, a chapter Mason and an Elk.

Mr. Sutton leaves a mother 76 years of age residing at the old home in Plymouth, England, two brothers, Albert E., of Milwaukee, and Ernest J. of Madison, S.D., and three children, George F., Albert E. and Helen Catherine, and his wife who has the deepest sympathy of all our people.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, 7-02-1909, page 2, col. 2]

ITEM #3: (This actually preceded the other items)

Mayor Sutton Yet Lives

"Struggle Seemed Almost Over - During the Night"

Anxious and sorrowfully Austin awaits word from the bedside of Mayor Sutton, who lies so near death in the General hospital at Omaha.

Officer William Hinman received the following message from Dr. Allen today. It was sent from Omaha at 10:30 a.m. "Struggle seemed almost over several times. Less grave this morning. A. W. Allen"

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., June 30, 1909, Page 2, col. 2 ]

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Margaret (Gilvary) Sutton



Work of Charity Halted By Death.

Mrs. George Sutton Died
At Hospital Friday Night --
Life Was Devoted to Service to Others.

Mrs. George H. Sutton died at St. Olaf hospital Friday evening at 11 o'clock, following an illness of about five months duration of Bright's disease with heart complications. She had been in the hospital since August.

Margaret Gilvary was born in Sligo, Ireland, on April 1, 1869. When a little girl of 12, she came to America. She attended St. Francis Seminary at Milwaukee and at about the age of 20 was married to George H. Sutton at Portage, Wisconsin. Mr. Sutton was a dining car conductor and later a hotel man. They lived for a short period of time in Portage, Milwaukee and Chicago and thirty years ago came to Austin when Mr. Sutton took the management of the Depot Hotel.

To Mr. and Mrs. Dutton were born three children, all of whom are living. George F. of Milwaukee, Albert Edward and Helen of Austin.

June 29, 1909, Mr. Sutton, who was then mayor of Austin, died, and Mrs. Sutton carried on the hotel work alone, until her sons were able to assist her.

For some time, Mrs. Sutton's health had been failing and she was advised to give up active work. This she could not do until incapacitated. In August she was compelled to go to the hospital and has remained there since.

She was active in many lines of work, being a member of the Sunshine society, the Child Welfare board, the Library Board, Relief Corps, Lincoln club, St. Augustine's church and all of its activities.

Mr. Sutton was not only a good man and public spirited citizen, but one of the most liberal and charitable men Austin ever knew. It was Mrs. Sutton's ambition in life to carry on the good work which he left unfinished and all that she did in the way of charity, she did in the name ofher beloved husband.

In her death, Austin loses perhaps its best loved woman. It was not wealth, nor prestige, nor position, nor knowledge that enshrined her in so many hearts, but the character and waulities which transcend all these things. It was her rare kindness which found good in everyone; it was her contagious optimism which looked on the bright side of life, and a generosity which reached out in every direction seeking those whom she might benefit. The little children have known her bounty; the unfortunate helping hand, and the sick her pity. . .

She leaves besides her children, three sisters, Mrs. M. McLaughlin of Austin, Mrs. J. A. Murphy of Portage, Wisconsin and Mrs. Catherine Masterson; and one brother, P.J. McGilvary of Detroit; and a large circle of personal friends to mourn her passing.

The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 from St. Augustine's church with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

[Austin Daily Herald -- Sat. 12-23-1922 -- page 2 col. 1]


Mrs. Sutton Laid To Rest

Funeral of Well Known Social Worker
and Benefactor Largely Attended

The funeral of Mrs. George Sutton was held this morning at 9:30 at St. Augustine's church and was largely attended by people of all classes; Father Devlin following the mass, preached the funeral sermon from the text "Let us go down into Bethlemhem and see this thing which has happened." He did not eulogize the departed, but said there were many lessons we should learn from her life. He spoke of her going about doing good, trying to help th epoorest of God's beings.

She was always found on the side of those who are maning things better in the world. . .

She was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery beside her husband.

[Austin Daily Herald -- Tue. 12-26-1922; page 4; col. 4]

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Annie Lena (Seehusen) Wachlin


Annie Lena Wachlin, age 86, passed away on February 7, 2011, at St. Mark’s Nursing Home in Austin, Minnesota.

Annie was born on May 12, 1924, the daughter of Harm and Grace (Junker) Seehusen in Grundy County, Iowa.

Annie was united in marriage to Marvin Wachlin on June 30, 1946, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Township in Mower County. Annie loved to write and collect poems. She enjoyed quilting for nursing homes, doing crafts of all kinds at the nursing home where she stayed, music and singing. Annie was a very good homemaker and took good care of her parents in their later years.

Annie is survived by her brother: Harvey (Virginia) Seehusen, Gassville, Ark.; sister-in-law: Ruby Seehusen, Stewartville; brother-in-law: Paul (Adeline) Wachlin, Brownsdale; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, George; and her husband, Marvin in 1998.

Family prefers memorials to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin, Minn.

The funeral service for Annie will be 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15, 2011, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 2nd Street NW in Hayfield with Pastor Harvey Seehusen officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Waltham Township Cemetery in rural Waltham in the spring.

Austin Daily Herald online, Sat., Feb. 12, 2011

Annie Lena Wachlin

Annie Lena Wachlin, 86, passed away on February 7, at St. Mark’s Nursing Home in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

Annie Lena Seehusen was born on May 12, 1924, the daughter of Harm and Grace (Junker) Seehusen in Grundy County, Iowa. Annie was united in marriage to Marvin Wachlin on June 30, 1946, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Township in Mower County. Annie loved to write and collect poems. She enjoyed quilting for nursing homes, doing crafts of all kinds at the nursing home where she stayed, music and singing. Annie was a very good homemaker and took good care of her parents in their later years.

Annie is survived by her brother, Harvey (Virginia) Seehusen of Gassville, Ark.; sister-in-law, Ruby Seehusen of Stewartville; brother-in-law, Paul (Adeline) Wachlin of Brownsdale; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, George; and her husband, Marvin in 1998.

The funeral service for Annie Lena Wachlin will be 10:30 a.m. February 15, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 2nd Street NW in Hayfield, with Pastor Harvey Seehusen officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Waltham Township Cemetery in rural Waltham in the spring. Family prefers memorials to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Blessed be her memory.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

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Victor Phillip Bruce


Victor Phillip "Vic" Bruce, 75, of Austin, Minnesota, died at Austin Medical Center Thursday afternoon, February 10, 2011.

He was born March 17, 1935, to John Phillip and Mary Jewel (Caylor) Bruce in Durant, Oklahoma. Victor joined the United States Navy on August 1, 1952, at Los Angeles. After his discharge in 1956, he was a long-haul truck driver before moving to Minnesota where he worked for Marigold Foods and AMPI in Rochester. He married Gladys Johnson on Sept. 7, 1975, in Las Vegas. She died on Nov. 25, 2006. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and liked traveling and fishing.

Survivors include a son, Ronald C. Bruce of Clinton Corners of New York; two daughters, Victoria (Mark) Schoonmaker of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; Cathy (Larry) Seagal of Reno, Nev.; step-daughter, Marilyn (Paul) White of Detroit Lakes; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchild; four step-great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Bruce of Oakland City, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gladys; son, Kenneth; two brothers, Kenneth and Jerry.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Todd Portinga, Associate in Ministry, officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday at Worlein Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. Interment is Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with a flag p resentation by American Legion Post 91. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

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Alice Vomacka Kycek


Alice Kycek, 90, died Sunday, February 13, 2011, at her daughter’s home.

Alice Vomacka Kycek was born on August 12, 1920 to John and Anna (Scabel) Vomacka in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota. She attended country school through the 8th grade in the Oakland area, and she helped her parents work on various farms. Her father told her she worked just as hard as a man did. During World War II Alice and her sister worked at a sewing company making items for the war. On June 25, 1950, Alice was united in marriage to Victor Joseph Kycek at First Lutheran Church. The couple lived on the family farm for a short time in Hayward and then lived in Glenville from 1951 – 1955.

They moved to Albert Lea in 1955 and resided there to the present on Wedgewood Road. After Victor’s death, Alice did childcare for various families. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church. Alice was a fantastic artist who had a natural talent for drawing and using watercolors, and also made beautiful embroidery. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved baking Czech foods.

Survivors include her daughter, Frances Alice and husband, Jim Swenson of Albert Lea; son, Thomas Victor and wife, Becky Kycek of Spring Valley; grandchildren, Victoria and Reyes Martinez, Maschelle Swenson and Curtis Williams, Christina and Jeremy McDaniel, Jessica and Jesse Lee, Patricia and Jordan Flatness, Frances Swenson, James Swenson, John and Heather Kycek, Michael Kycek and his wife; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Stanley Vomacka of White Bear Lake; sister, Rose Foss of London, Minn.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Vomacka; husband, Victor; sisters, Anna Chapek, Georgia Kusy and Libby Pacovsky; and brothers, John, Frank and Ben Vomacka.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at First Lutheran Church. Rev. Daniel Baker will officiate. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, Glenville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.15 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

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Herbert Christian Wallner


Herbert C. Wallner, age 96, died on Monday, February 14, of natural causes, at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center in Grand Meadow, where he had resided since 2008.

Herbert Christian Wallner was born on January 30, 1915, in Pleasant Valley Township, Mower County to Edward and Martha (Schultz) Wallner. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools.

On February 9, 1941, he married Irene M.C. Hovda at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow. The couple moved to a farm in High Forest Township where they farmed and raised their family and lived all their married lives. Mrs. Wallner died on January 4, 2003, and Mr. Wallner moved to Root River Estates in Stewartville in 2005. He was a past member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking and baking cookies for those who came to visit. He especially enjoyed time spent with family, following his grandchildren’s activities and watching his great-grandchildren grow.

Survivors include a daughter and two sons: Helen (Daniel J.) Nicholson of Hudson, Wisconsin, Melvyn of Brooklyn Park, and Dale (Linda) of Hastings; five grandchildren: Jim Wallner, Anne (Russell) Vossbrink, Gregg (Kelly) Wallner, Tracy (Andy) Henderson, Daniel H. Nicholson; four great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Yolanda Ulibarri of Phoenix and Renata Comstock of Spring Valley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; his parents; a sister and a brother.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with The Reverand Byron Meline officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.

Friends may call fom 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, at Griffin Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.

Arrangements are pending with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

Austin Daily Herald, Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Roman F. Winkels


ADAMS, MINNESOTA — Roman F. Winkels, 89, of rural Adams, Minnesota, died on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at his farm in Lodi Township.

Roman was born on February 22, 1921, on the family farm, to William and Barbara Winkels. He attended school in Taopi and Adams. After graduation he was drafted into the Army Air Corp. He served in the Philippines during World War II. Upon his discharge, he returned to the family farm to farm with his parents; he later formed a farming partnership with his brother William. They raised Angus cattle and crops.

He enjoyed playing cards, socializing and going to the casino, especially to Laughlin, Nev., with his sister-in-law, Linda Winkels.

He is survived by four brothers, William, George (Linda), Kenneth (Marcy), and Herman; three sisters, Ardelea (Paul) Krysan, Nitia Gadient, and Philomenia Winkels. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Jerome, Benjamin and Victor, and four sisters, Marie, Viola, Marcellea and an infant sister.

Roman donated his body to the Mayo Department of Anatomy.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart School in Adams.

[Rochester Post-Bulletin online, Feb. 17, 2011]

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Robert L. Green


SPRING VALLEY, MINNEOSTA — Visitation for Robert Lee Green will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy. Burial and graveside services will be held at a later date.

Robert Green, 79, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at the Spring Valley Senior Living in Spring Valley.

He was born June 17, 1931, in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, to Charles and Verda (Mason) Green, and attended school through the 10th grade. Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Christina Brookman on July 5, 1951. They were married for 50 years. She passed away on July 30, 2001. Bob then married Mildred Zillgitt in August of 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of Adams; daughter, Ginger (Robert) Bastian of LeRoy; and sons, Robert Gregory of Pecatonca, Ill., and Bud Gregory of Dekalb, Ill.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Vada (Robert) Burgess of Chula Vista, Calif.; and one brother, Herbert (Pat) Green of Poquason, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Christina; seven sisters and four brothers.

Condolences may be left at

[Rochester Post-Bulletin online, Feb. 15, 2011]

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Claude Colburn



Claude Colburn, 86

Claude Colburn, 86, of Grand Meadow, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

He was born, Oct. 18, 1915, in Bemidji.

He worked as a lumberjack and ice-cutter until moving to Dexter. There, he drove truck and worked on farms. He met Voe Ellen Shumate and they were married Oct. 18, 1937.

The couple moved to Nashua, Iowa where Claude worked for a cattle buyer for five years before going into farming for himself. They retired from farming in 1978 and moved to Austin where they lived until moving to Grand Meadow in 1986.

Survivors include daughter, Ellen (Roger) Jensson, Grand Meadow; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Eunice (John) Roberts, Bemidji; brother-in-law, George Wicks, Buffalo, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Voe Ellen & parents, John and Elsa; brother, John; sister, Lilly.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at the funeral home and one hour before the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at The United Church in Grand Meadow.

Interment: Osage, Iowa.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday June 17, 2002


Minnesota Death Index:

Name: Claude Colburn
Birth Date: 18 Oct 1915
Birth City: Bemidji
Birth State or Country: Minnesota
Death Date: 15 Jun 2002
Death County: Mower
Death City: Grand Meadow
Mother's Maiden Name: Ohberg
State File Number: 2002-MN-020943


Osage City Cemetery, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa:

Colburn, Claude – (death/burial) June 19, 2002

Colburn, Voe – (death/burial) August 30, 2001

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John Francis Shumate




Osage, Iowa – Committal services were held here Saturday for John F. Shumate, 50 who died Thursday at his home in Austin, Minn. Pneumonia was given as the cause of death.

Survivors include the widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Shumate, of Austin, Minn., and eight brothers and sisters.

[Mason City Globe Gazette, Monday, November 27, 1950]


Osage City Cemetery, Osage Mitchell, Iowa:

Shumate, John F. (death/burial) November 25, 1950


Minnesota Death Index:

Name: John Francis Shumate Jr.; Death Date: 21 Nov 1950
Death County: Mower;
State File Number: 009631;
Certificate Number: 009631
Certificate Year: 1950;
Record Number: 1139999



John Francis Shumate was the son of John Shumate Sr., and Estella Lenora Donner.

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John Shumate Sr.




John Shumate, father of Mrs. Claude Colburn of near Ionia, died early Friday morning at the St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, Minnesota.

Death was caused from an ailment and complications of old age. Mr. Shumate was 83 years old. He lived several years in and around the vicinity of Fredericksburg, before moving to Minnesota.

(Nashua Reporter, Thursday June 9, 1955)


Minnesota Death Index:

Name: John Shumate
Birth Date: 10 Jan 1872
Death Date: 3 Jun 1955
Death County: Mower
Mother's Maiden Name: Baskett
State File Number: 009667
Certificate Number: 009667
Certificate Year: 1955
Record Number: 1275498


Osage City Cemetery, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa

Shumate, John Sr. ---death/burial June 3, 1955
Shumate, Estella ---death/burial February 28, 1961


John Shumate Sr., married Estella Lenora Donner. The daughter mentioned in this obit was Voe Ellen (Shumate) Colburn, wife of Claude Colburn.

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Dr. Lola Mae Johnson


Dr. Lola Mae Johnson, 74, of Rochester, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester Wednesday evening, February 16, 2011.

Lola was born on January 11, 1937, to Lowell F. and Jeanette (Thompson) Johnson in Austin, where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1955.

After working at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, Lola attended college for several years, received her nursing degree in St. Louis and her Doctorate from Rush Institute in Chicago. Besides teaching nursing at St. Mary’s in Winona and Winona State in Rochester, she did weekend relief work for Mayo Hospice. Dr. Johnson enjoyed teaching and loved her family, giving special attention to her nieces, nephews and all their children.

Miss Lola Johnson is survived by three sisters: Patricia (Kenneth) Dockham, Albert Lea; Rose (Dennis) Wendt, Stewartville; Gloria Jean Johnson, Rochester; brother: Kenneth Johnson, Austin; niece, Tom (Penney) Thompson, Albert Lea; three nephews: Jonathan (Tonia) Johnson, Warren, Mich.; Matthew (Kelly) Johnson, Farmington; Nathaniel (Kathy) Johnson, Owatonna.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lila Davis; sister-in-law, Lucille Johnson and brother-in-law, Kenneth Dockham.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 25, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Memorials are preferred to the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

[Austin Daily Herald, Sat., Feb. 19, 2011]

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Gordon A. Petersen, 70


Gordon A. Petersen, 70, of Faribault, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, February 16, at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Gordon Allen Petersen, the son of George and Emma (Harris) Petersen, was born on September 7, 1940, in Albert Lea. He attended Austin High School and graduated with the class of 1958.

After high school, Gordon served in the U.S. Air Force. On June 29, 1963, he was united in marriage to Carol Sheedy at the First United Methodist Church in Austin. They lived in Austin and Gordon worked as a brick layer for various contractors in southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities area. In 1986, they moved to Apple Valley, and in 1992 they moved to Faribault to their home on Shields Lake. In Faribault, after retiring from brick laying, Gordon continued working for various companies, including McDonough Trucking, Taylor Trucking, Harry Brown’s and the One Stop Convenience Store in Shieldsville. Gordon was an active member of the Shieldsville Sportsman Club and helped promote many of their activities.

He was very involved in raising funds and building the Veterans Memorial in Shieldsville. He was a member of VFW Post 1562 in Faribault and was a member of the Twin Cities Brick Layers Union. Gordon and Carol enjoyed camping in the summer and spent many weekends doing this. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren at their sporting activities. He was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Gophers and also liked to golf, hunt and fish.

He is survived by his wife: Carol Petersen, Faribault; two daughters: Lori Ferreira, Lakeville and Renae Petersen, Faribault; five grandchildren: Nick, Andi and Kati Ferreira and Isaiah and Noah Brogden; two great-grandchildren: Kylie Anderson and Mathew Ferreira; three brothers, Pete (Phyllis) Petersen, Austin, Delbert (Phyllis) Petersen, Sherburne and Floyd (Fran) Petersen of San Martin, Calif.; one sister: Marjorie Rolfson, Austin; three sisters-in-law: Jeanne Peterson,Papillion, Neb., Mona Petersen, Anchorage, Ala. and Marjorie Petersen, Austin; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Dick, Roger, Ken and Russell; sister and brother-in-law, Leila and Bill Henley.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault, with the Rev. James C. Zotalis officiating. Interment will be held at a later date Visitation will be held at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home and Crematory in Faribault from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and at the church on Monday for one hour prior to services. For guest book and online condolences please visit

[Austin Daily Herald, Sat., Feb. 19, 2011]

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Mary Ellen O'Leary


Mrs. Thomas O'Leary died at her home at 900 Grove Street in this city this morning at 6 a.m., after an illness of but one week.

Mary Ellen O'Leary was born in Ireland about 78 years ago. She came to America when young and was married fifty-two years ago at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas O'Leary. They moved to Moscow, Minnesota 43 years ago, but have lived in Austin for the past six years.

Mrs. O'Leary was a woman who had many friends. She was a kind neighbor and devoted to her church and family. She leaves, beside her husband, to mourn her loss, four children: John J. O'Leary of North Dakota, T. F. O'Leary of Moscow, Mrs. Lonergan of Berhn, Minnesota, and Mary O'Leary of this city. Three children are deceased. Her sister, Mrs. James Kinney of Austin, her brothers, Mike O'Leary of Austin and Pat of South Dakota also survive her.

Her death was caused by a cold which developed into lung and bronchial trouble. She will be greatly missed not only by her own family but by a large circle of friends.

The funeral will be held from St. Augustine's church Friday morning and the interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery..

[Austin Daily Herald, Wed., 5-27-1903, page 3, col. 5]

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Thomas O'Leary


Perhaps no death has occurred in our city for years that has been so striking in its suggestion of loyalty to one's life companion as that of Thomas O'Leary, which occurred Thursday afternoon, the day following the death of his wife. For more than 50 years these two had walked together the path of life, sharing its joys and sorrows.

Together they had watched over their children in childhood. Together they had closed the eyes of three of them for the last long sleep. Together they had given parental blessings to those who had gone out from the shelter of their home to homes of their own. Together had they kept the light of love bright on the family altar. Together had they worshipped and together had they watched the infirmities of old age creep on. So closely were they held together by the bonds of love and time that the cords which released one had no power to retain the other and together they fell asleep.

The same words of love and admonition were spoken over both coffins, the same tears fell in mourning over both biers and the same tender hands laid both in their last resting place. There is something touching qand exceedingly pathetic as well as beautiful in this death and burial.

When Mrs. O'Leary died Wednesday, the husband seemed but little shocked as he said he would not live long anyway. In the afternoon he complained of being weak and retired for rest. When asked if he was ill, he replied that we was only weak. His death occurred without a struggle.

Mr. O'Leary was born in Ireland 81 years ago. He came to America as a young man and the events of his life were recorded in the obituary notice of his wife. The children are all present.

The funeral which took place at St. Augustine's church this morning was one of the largest and most impressive ever held in our city.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, 5-29-1903, page 3, col. 5]

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