Mower County Obituaries
Part 186



Christopher Paul Locher, 50


Christopher P. Locher, 50, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died at his residence in Minneapolis on July 7, 2011.

Christopher Paul Locher was born June 5, 1961, in Austin, to John and Virginia (Guiney) Locher. Chris graduated from Pacelli High School in 1979. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1978 and served as a Sergeant in the Army from 1980 to 1984. While in the Army, he received medals for Army Good Conduct, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Driver with Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.

Chris loved hiking, nature walks, writing and helping people. In May, he assisted survivors from the tornado damage in Minneapolis.

Chris is survived by his daughter, Justine Moss of Redmond, Ore.; grandson, Jayden of Redmond; parents, John and Virginia Locher of Austin; brothers, Dan (Cindy) Locher of Apple Valley, Minn., John (Holly) Locher of New Market, Minn.; sisters, Dana (Randy) Foote of Le Center, Minn., Rebecca (Jeff) Locher of Rochester, Minn., Michelle (Aaron) Mullenbach of Adams, Minn., Heidi Capretz of Austin, Sarah (Don) Locher of Austin; aunts; uncles; nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; aunts and a special uncle, Landol.

Honorary casket bearers are Dana Foote, Dan Locher, Rebecca Locher, Michelle Mullenbach, Heidi Capretz, John Locher and Sarah Locher.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, July 15, at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with Father Paul Nelson officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family 11 a.m. Friday until the time of the service.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Wed., July 13, 2011

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John Myhre




John O. Myhre passed away last night. his death had been momentarily expected for several days. The funeral will be held Sunday under the auspices of the Masons, of which order Mr. Myhre was a member of high standing.

The local Masonic lodge will hold a special meeting in the hall Saturday evening to make arrangements to take charge of the funeral.

Source: Lyle tribune, Friday, 9-14-1900, page 3, col. 3


Memorial to
Brother John O. Myhre.

It is with deepest sorrow we record the death of Bro. John O. Myhre, as master Masons and members of Alma Lodge we sincerely mourn his loss, bearing in tender remembrance his fidelity to masonry and his devotion to the principles it inculcates, we earnestly sympathize with the relatives and friends of our deceased Brother and tender them that consolation which the world can neither give nor take away.

Bro. John O. Myhre was born in Norway, on March 13, 1843. He came to this country in 1861 and located in Clinton Junction, Wisconsin, where he remained for four years. He left Clinton Junction in January 1865 and came to Decorah, Iowa. He lived in Decorah until 1870 when he came to Lyle, Minnesota, where he engaged in business as a clerk in the store of Chas. Cole of which in a few years he became sole proprietor. For thirty years he has been actively interested in the business interests and growth of Lyle. He was married march 16, 1871 to Miss Annie Kittleson who survives him. Three children blessed their union: Oliver, Theodora and Theodore.

He was made a Master Mason on April 21, 1889, and was shortly afterwards elected treasurer of Alma Lodge, which office he held to the hour of his death. He was also a member of the Chapter, Commandery and Mystic Shrine. A host of brothers and friends mourn his death.

Fast as the rolling seasons bring
The hour of fate to those we love,
Each pearl that leaves th ebrotken string
Is set in friendships crown above.

Resolved that a copy of this memorial be presented to the relatives of the deceased and that the same be published in the Lyle Tribune.

Per order of committee

E.L. Stanley
E.F. Cobb
O.J. Fluent

SOURCE: Lyle Tribune, Friday, 9-21-1900, page 3, col. 3


Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mona, Iowa:

John O. Myhre b: 3-13-1843, d: 9-13-1900

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Veva Vaune (McCown) Tigner, 89


Veva Vaune McCown Tigner, 89, of Austin, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Cedars of Austin where she resided.

Veva was born on July 29, 1921, at Coal, Missouri, the daughter of Tom and Carrie (Lionberger) McCown. She graduated from Clinton High School, Clinton, Missouri, in 1939. During the war, Veva worked at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. She met and was married to R.J. Tigner during this time; they were later divorced.

Veva’s passions in life were her music, family and friends. While in high school, she sang with quartets and choirs as well as the church choir. In 1959, the family moved to Austin where Veva worked in retail sales with the Marvin’s Apparel and Stevenson’s stores. In 1966, she was named department manager and went to work for the “new” Sears Store that was built. She was transferred to a new Sears Store in Madison, Wis., in 1971, where she worked until retiring in 1985. While in Madison, she sang with the Sweet Adelines chorus and quartets. In retirement, she returned to Austin and again joined the Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church. Veva began working part time at Bonnie’s Hallmark where she stayed for 16 years until failing eyesight caused her to stop in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lloyd McCown of Hope, Arkansas, and the children’s father, R.J. Tigner of Des Moines, Iowa.

Veva is survived by her son, Randy Tigner of Austin; daughter, Carole Sue White, Austin; grandchildren, Troy Tigner of Austin, Jason Furness of Pontiac, Mich., Carrie White of Martinsburg, W.V., Leslie Kennedy of St. Paul, Tom Olson of Burnsville, Minn., eight great-grandchildren and many friends.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marilee A. Benson officiating. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the music department of the First United Methodist Church or to the donor’s choice.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Wed., July 13, 2011

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Maria (Gregg) Hotson



Maria Hotson, wife of Atkin Jotson of Lyle township, died very unexpectedly Wednesday after a brief illness with pneumonia. The announcement of her death came as a great shock to neighbors and friends, many of whom were not even aware that she had been sick.

Mrs. Hotson's maiden name was Gregg. She was the eldest daughter in a family of eight children, the oldest of wo is Mr. A.M. Gregg of Nevada, and the youngest is Mrs. Jas. Smith of Austin. The deceased would have been 50 years of age January 17th.

The funeral services will be held from the home on Friday a.m., at 10:00 o'clock and interment made at the Enterprise cemetery near varco.

The mourners have the unfeigned sympathy of the entire community.

Source: Lyle Tribune, Friday, 1-05-1900, page 2


The listing for the Rose Creek Enterprise cemetery on MNGenWeb/Mower shows:

Hotson, Marie E. (Gregg) Jan. 17, 1851 -- Jan. 3, 1900

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Mercy Beebe Powers Green



Mercy Beebe, born Feb. 10, 1821, at Chittensen, Vermont. In company with her parents, she moved to New York in 1833. She was then twelve years old. For thirteen years, on what was then the frontier, she, with willing hands, caressed the brow of mother and wiped the unwanted tears from tired father's checks. At the age of 25 she married Calvin G. Powers on September 9th, 1846. In company with her husband they moved to Union, Wisconsin, the same fall. Of this union five girls and three boys were born.

In the year 1854 they came to Minnesota, Settling close to where her earthly body is now at rest. Minnesota was then the wild west; the red men were here, but mother with her little flock braved the storms of many winters with those loving hands, helping those in need in the pioneer days of the 1850's. She has always been that loving, self-denying mother. Her first husband died July 11th, 1859, and was laid to rest in the Enterprise cemetery.

She married Horace Green, who still survives her, at Albert Lea, September 13th, 1864. Since that time she has lived in Mower county.

She leaves to mourn her loss, besides a host of friends, an aged husband and seven children, Caleb Powers, Guy Powers and Mrs. Ella Pace of Lyle; Charlie Powers, Oregon, Wisconsin; Aurora Stockwell, Annett Felch and Idell French of Austin, also twenty-seven grand children, six great-grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Rolfe and Lett of Austin, and Mrs. Rawley of Evansville, Wisconsin.

Yes mother is dead!
While many hearts are aching
these words a comfort bring.
O Grave, where is they victory?
death, where is they sting?

Source: Lyle Tribune, Friday, 2-16-1900, page 2, col. 2


Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery listing shows:

Powers, Mercy B. Greene --- 1821 - Feb. 2, 1900

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Florence E. (Larson) Freed, 96


Florence E. Freed, 96, a lifelong resident of Mower County, Minnesota, died Thursday July 14, 2011, at Prairie Manor Care Center, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. She had been a resident there after living at the Cedars of Austin for several years.

Florence was born on August 16, 1914, to Albert and Nathalie (Swenson) Larson on a farm near Rose Creek, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at Hoflanda Swedish Lutheran Church, Rose Creek. She attended Rose Creek Schools and played on the girls basketball team. After graduation, she attended Winona State Teachers College, completing her certification in 1934. For seven years, she taught country school grades K-8 in the villages of Waltham and Sargeant, Minn.

On June 21, 1941, Florence was united in marriage to Francis freed of Sargeant, at the YWCA in Austin. To this union was born one daughter, Mary. They lived on the family farm, working side by side until retirement in 1980, then moving to a home in Brownsdale.

Florence was the last member of Hoflanda Swedish Lutheran Church, which closed in 1937. She kept it alive through the years, being the secretary/ treasurer and being instrumental in the formation of the cemetery association. In 1941, she became a member of the Sargeant United Brethern Church. She was a faithful servant as a Sunday school teacher, boys and girls fellowship teacher, and served on many committees in the church womens’ mission group for almost 60 years. She was a member of the Waltham Mothers’ Club and Brownsdale Study Club. She enjoyed baking bread, pies and rosettes, cooking, crocheting, gardening and family trips.

She was a kind and loving wife, mother and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her for her gentleness and warm smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Warren Larson and son-in-law, Daniel Rhodes.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Rhodes of Austin; nephew, Dr. Michael Freed of Hastings, Minn.; great-niece, Kirsten Freed of Portland, Ore.; great-nephew, Sanders Freed of Olympia, Wash., and cousins.

Blessed be her memory.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at First Congregational Church-UCC with Rev. Elizabeth Endicott officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service. Interment will be in Hoflanda Swedish cemetery, Rose Creek. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Congregational Church in Austin.

Austin Daily Herald online, Friday, July 15, 2011

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Ida Irene (Barnum) Wilder




Death has again visited our community and removed from our midst, Ida Irene, daughter of Leslie Barnum. She was born in Lyle township, May 23, 1866 and passed from this life to a brighter one on November 25, 1900, at Pueblo, Colorado where she had gone hoping to recover her health.

She was graduated from the Austin high school in the class of 1883 at the age of 17 and was greatly loved and admired by her teachers and classmates.

She was married to A. B. Wilder on December 10, 1885. To them were born two girls and a little boy, Vera aged 12, Maurine aged eight and Irving aged four. She was a tender, loving mtoher, a kind and affectionate companion and a sympathetic friend, and could she speak she would say, "dear father, husband and little ones mourn not for me, for I am happy and will be waiting to meet you in the bright land when your life's work is done." She was reared in the spiritualist doctrine and was a firm believer in that faith. Death had no terrors for her -- it was simply a step of advancement.

Her remains were brought home and on December 2nd many friends gathered at that lonely home to pay their last tribute of respect and love.

On the 14th of November 1899 she left home hoping to find a more congenial climate, but the change did not seem to build her up as she believed it would. Still she never gave up and thought until the "death angel" came that she was going to get well and return to her home. In her last letter, a few days before she passed away sge wrote, "How glad I shall be when spring comes, I will come home and be with you all again." But it was not so to be. She has gone to be with the dear mother and sister who have preceeded her to the better land, and we will follow one by one where she will meet us, when out life's work is done.

The funeral services were conducted by Mrs. Pruden, a spiritualist speaker from Minneapolis, whose remarks were highly appreciated by the bereaved friends.

Source: Lyle Tribune, Friday, 12-07-1900, page 2, col. 2


Death has again visited our community and removed from our midst Ida Irene, daughter of Leslie Barnum.

She was born in Lyle township May 23, 1866, and passed from this life to a brighter one Nov. 25, 1900, at Pueblo, Colorado, where she had gone hoping to recover her health. She was graduated from the Austin High School in the class of '83 at the age of 17 and was greatly loved and admired by her teachers and class-mates. She was united in marriage with A. B. Wilder of Otranto Dec. 10, 1885. To them were born two little girls and a little boy. Vera aged 12, Maurine aged eight, and little Irving aged four.

She was a tender loving mother, a kind and affectionate companion and a sympathetic friend. And could she speak she would say, "Dear father, husband and little ones mourn not for me, for I am happy and will be waiting to meet you in that bright land when your life's work is done." She was reared in the Spiritualist doctrine and was a firm believer in that faith. Death had no terrors for her-- it was simply a step of advancement.

Her remains were brought home to Otranto and on Dec. 2nd many friends gathered at that lonely home to pay their last tribute of respect and love. Many beautiful flowers were laid upon her casket, the gifts of loving friends. Many hearts were sad as they realized that they should never more mingle together in this life.

She made a great effort to get well for he dear one's sake. One the 14th of Nov. 1899, she left home hoping to find a more congenial climate. But the change did not seem to build her up as she believed it would. Still she never gave up and though, until the "death angel" came, that she was going to get well and return to her home. In her last letter, a few days before she passed away she wrote, "How glad I shall be when spring comes, I will come home and be with you all again." But it was not so to be. She has gone to be with the dear mother and sister who have preceded her to the better land, and we will follow one by one, where she will meet us, when our life's work is done, on the evergreen shore.

The funeral services were conducted by Mrs. Pruden, a Spiritualist speaker of Minneapolis, whose remarks were highly appreciated by the bereaved friends.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 12 Dec. 1900, page 11, columns 3 & 4, under the heading "WOODBURY."

Credit: Mitch Helle 9/2015

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Mr. Wilder married December 21, 1885, to Ida Barnum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Barnum, prominent farmers and pioneers of Lyle Township. Mrs. Ida Wilder died November 25, 1900 leaving three children: Vera M. now a student in Carleton College, Minnesota; Maurine, who is at Stanley Hall, Minneapolis, and Irving L. who is at home.

On July 2, 1902, Mr. Wilder married Grace E. Trowbridge, of Lyle Township, the daughter of H.C. Trowbridge.

Source: The biography of A.B. Wilder.

Credit: Mitch Helle 9/2015

Woodbury Cemetery listing on MNGenWeb/Mower:

Wilder, Ida Irene Barnum; May 23, 1866 - Nov. 25, 1900; Wife of A.B. Wilder

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Haakon Hendrickson



LEROY, MINNESOTA — Services for Haaken Hendrickson, 86, who died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Minnesota, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Martz Funeral home in LeRoy. Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters: Mrs. Nick Hummel of Austin, Minnesota, Mrs. Leo Tonn of Elma, Mrs. Lemo Seemoner of McIntire, Iowa; and a son, Kenneth, of Mason Citv, Iowa.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier,Wednesday, February 8, 1967

Social Security Death Index:

b: 22 Oct 1881
d: Feb 1967
age: 85
res: 55912 (Austin, Mower, MN)
ssn: (Minnesota) 469-05-7510

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Daryl Duane Behn


Daryl Duane Behn, 85, of Austin, went to be with his Lord and Savior while a patient at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester Thursday morning, April 21.

Daryl was born Feb. 16, 1926, to Rudolph and Martha (Knaack) Behn in Myrtle, Minnesota. He grew up in the Oakland area and married Mavis Nyenhuis on Dec. 16, 1949, in Oakland. Daryl enjoyed farming and mowing the lawn with his John Deere riding mower.

They spent winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. Mavis passed away in 1997. Daryl married Pauline Loe in July 1999, in Arizona. She died December of 2004. A member of First Baptist Church, Daryl was involved in many leadership areas of church. He loved his family and had many friends.

Survivors include one son: Paul (Kathy) Behn, Austin; daughter: Caryl (Craig) Benedix, Mantorville; seven grandchildren: Andrea Olson (Troy Crawford), Natalie (Ben) Bushaw, Lyn (Jason) Merritt, Kristen (Zach) Knox, Kelly (Matt) Wiese, Christine (David) Yust and Cal Benedix; eight great-grandchildren: Owen and Logan Bushaw, Jasilyn, Payton and Brayden Merritt, Parker and Paxton Knox, Lilly and Izzabelle Wiese; brother: Leonard (Ruth) Behn, Grand Rapids, Mich.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Mavis in 1997 and Pauline in 2004.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at First Baptist Church in Austin with The Reverend David Johnson officiating. Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home, Austin from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. The family prefers memorials to First Baptist Church Bass Lake Camp near Winnebago. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Sat., April 23, 2011

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Kayla Mae Koch, 17


Funeral services for Kayla Mae Koch, 17, of Glenville will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Glenville-Emmons High School. Rev. Ronald Myers will officiate. Private interment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service at the school. To sign the guest book, go to

Kayla died Sunday, July 10, as a result of an accident.

Kayla Mae Koch was born on November 29, 1993, to Gregg and Brenda (Bungum) Koch in Austin, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church. Kayla attended Glenville-Emmons High School where she was active in FFA, YAK and played volleyball. She was respected by her classmates and was a great role model to her underclassmen. She was a very warm and caring person who touched the hearts of many in her short life. Kayla’s faith was very important to her, and she was a very active member of Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed being a part of Sunday school and bible school because it gave her an opportunity to teach younger kids about God, which she felt was important. She enjoyed babysitting and singing children’s songs, and children loved to be with her. Kayla was active in 4-H for the past six years and served as treasurer last year. One of her favorite things was showing pigs. She loved all kinds of animals, especially kittens. Kayla was looking forward to being a participant in the Miss Teen America Scholarship and Recognition Program in July of this year. She lived every moment to the fullest and treasured the time she spent with her family and friends. Sharing family dinners at home, was a highlight of Kayla’s daily life. She also liked having her friends over for bonfires and swimming at her home. Kayla enjoyed camping and went on many trips, including Alaska, Colorado, Canada and northern Minnesota.

She enjoyed driving and was saving money for a Jeep. Kayla enjoyed playing the piano in her spare time, she felt music was calming and comforting in tough situations. The love she shared will be with her family and friends forever and give them strength. Rest safely in God’s arms, Kayla, till we are together again.

Survivors include her parents, Gregg and Brenda Koch; brother, Kenny Koch; grandmothers, Connie Koch and Arletta Bungum; aunts and uncles, Gerry and Karen Koch, Janet and Steve Bergo, Victoria Oxborough, Bruce and Gail Bungum, Carol and Gary Braun, Pam and Chuck Nieman, June and Herb Howard, Dean and Shelly Bungum, David and Lisa Bungum; many cousins; friends and special friend, Chad Maier.

Kayla was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Kenneth Koch and Victor Bungum; cousins, Robert and Ronald Koch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for the establishment of a scholarship in Kayla’s name.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Wed., July 13, 2011

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Wilbur John McDonnell


Wilbur John McDonnell, 101, died July 12, 2011 in Austin, Minnesota.

He joined the Marines in October 1929 and was discharged in October 1933. Wilbur married Ila Rose Clark on June 27, 1936, in Hopkins, Minn. They had five daughters. Wilbur worked at Hopkins High School for many years. Wilbur and Ila retired in 1960 and moved to Florida. After Ila’s death in 2002, Wilbur moved back to Austin to be close to family.

He will be missed very much by his five daughters: Betty Taylor, Gail Nelson, Faye Green, Eileen Mills and Darlene Mataya.

Austin Daily Herald, Thur., July 14, 2011

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Glen A. Thommes, 81


Glen A. Thommes, 81, of Bethany Beach, Delaware, died July 5, 2011, of natural causes in Bethany Beach.

He was born May 11, 1930, to Anthony Thommes and Agnes Kaeker in Austin, Minnesota. He later married Lenore O. Namey. Glen attended the University of St. Thomas (summa cum laude) with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He was awarded an academic scholarship to Michigan State University, where he received his doctorate in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude. He worked for the DuPont Company, and was an adjunct professor to the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Thommes enjoyed a 32-year career at DuPont, where he was awarded 11 US patents and directed the R&D activities of three major industrial departments: photo systems, electronics and polymer products, and organic chemicals. Following his career with DuPont, Glen stayed active by consulting and as a co-founder of PrecisionCure, LLC. Glen also served as an adjunct professor to the University of St. Thomas for graduate studies while publishing a wide variety of scientific and manufacturing articles. Glen’s service to the community included president of the St. Mary Magdalen Parish council, school board, and he and Lenore served as Eucharistic ministers to the sick. He was a man of great faith and shining example of Christian living and service. Glen was most happy when he was surrounded by his friends and his large family with a great meal, engaging debate and lots of laughter.

Glen is survived by Lenore Thommes, his wife; six children, Karen Hinman of Wilmington, Del., Lisa Coldiron of Wilmington, Del., Deidre Shinn of Wilmington, Del., Jeff Thommes of Wilmington, Del., Terriann Matejcek of Plymouth, Minn., and Susie Cull of Fanwood, N.J. Glen was the number one fan cheering at every sporting, drama and school event for his 15 grandchildren. Glen is also survived by one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be July 9, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Wilmington, Del. Father Ronald Giannone will officiate. Interment will be at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Thur., July 14, 2011

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David Marvin Orth, 78


David Marvin Orth, 78, of Byron, died at Seasons Hospice in Rochester Thursday morning, July 14, 2011.

He was born on October 9, 1932, to Floyd and Gladys (Griep) Orth in Austin, Minnesota, where he was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He grew up on a farm east of Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1950. He married Shirley Elaine Felty on Jan. 16, 1951. He went to work for Geo. A. Hormel and Company in 1952. From 1969 to 1994, David did auto repairs and service, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He loved his job in the Spam department of Hormel, where he retired in 1985. David also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and especially loved his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his dog, Hunter. Shirley and David attended Mount Moriah Lutheran Church in Byron.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; children, Jeffery (Kathy) Orth of Rochester, Gregory (Kira) Orth of Byron, Rodney (Gina) Orth of Byron, Sherilyn (Steve) Bahnemann of Rochester, Thomas (Pratheba) Orth of Beaverton, Oregon, Tammy (Troy) Watkins of Austin; 18 grandchildren, Jeremy, Katie, Joel, Jon, Jim, Kari, Joshua, Jared, Daivik, Milana, Michelle, Jennelle, Danielle, Matthew, Brandon, Sarah, Tara and Tori; two great-grandchildren, Misti and Cooper; brother, Henry Orth of Austin; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Floyd Orth and a brother, Earl.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Rev. Matthew Lehmann officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery, Austin. The family prefers memorials to Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Byron or donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Austin Daily Herald online, Friday, July 15, 2011

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Judith Rae "Judy" Burtness, 64


Judith Rae “Judy” Burtness, 64, of Brownsdale, died at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield Wednesday evening, July 13, 2011.

She was born June 7, 1947, to Vernon I. and Vernelle (Oftedahl) Moe in Mankato, Minn. After graduating from New Richland High School in 1965, Judy studied business at Mankato State University for a short time. She married Neil Burtness on October 19, 1966, at LeSueur River Lutheran Church near New Richland. They made their home in Brownsdale. Judy worked in the business office at Austin Public Schools for more than 25 years. She enjoyed shopping, collecting giraffes and spending time at the cabin in Faribault in the summer.

Survivors include her husband, Neil Warren Burtness of Brownsdale; two daughters, Jennifer (Todd) Hauschildt of Burnsville; their children, Elsa, Greta, Owen, Jill (Kurt) Kraling of Rochester; their children, Hunter and Hannah; her father, Vernon Moe of Ellendale and a sister, Jan (Rick) Leth of Grand Island, Neb. She was preceded in death by her mother, Vernelle Moe; sister, Karen Peterson and an infant son.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 18, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at The family prefers memorials to Humane Society,, Cancer Society or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Austin Daily Herald online, Friday, July 15, 2011

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Isabelle (Bennett) Varco


Mrs. George W. Varco died on Monday afternoon, May 11, 1908, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. A. Rockafellow, at Lyle, Minnesota, after a long illness.

Isabelle Bennett was born on September 7, 1850, at Brooklyn, Wisconsin. She was married to George W. Varco on November 1, 1868. Mr. Varco died on January 11, 1894. They always resided at the farm home near Varco station until two years ago. Since then Mrs. Varco has made her home with her children, Mrs. G. M. Kelsey of Lakota, North Dakota, and a son, Allan of Lakota, and her daughter, Mrs. S. A. Rockafellow of Lyle.

Five children survive, Cozida Rockafellow, Roy A. Berdean Hall, Amy Kelsey, and Allan A. All were with her at the last. One of her greatest pleasures during her illness has been her two infant grandchildren who have been with her considerably, and the companionship of friends and relatives. Though in failing health for many years, she was so brave and cheerful that only when the malady had advanced to a serious stage did she give up to being ill. For the past two or three months her friends realized that she was slipping away from them. But so patient was she, so uncomplaining, so hopeful, that her long illness was relieved by much that was bright and beautiful to remember. All that was done for her was appreciated and noticed and flowers sent from Austin and Lyle friends did much to cheer and reassure her.

All who knew Mrs. Varco knew a true and loyal woman. She was devoted to her children and they abundantly returned her affection. She was loyal to her friends and they valued and appreciated her friendship. Kind and thoughtful of everyone her memory will be cherished by everyone who came in touch with her life.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. from Lyle and at three p.m. from Enterprise. Rev. C. Belden will officiate. The remains will be laid to rest in Enterprise Cemetery.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by K. Pike, 5/2009

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Albert G. Vaughn


Albert G. Vaughn died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John F. Fairbanks, this morning at 1:45 after an illness of five months with heart trouble. Mr. Vaughn has been confined to his bed for the past two months. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. from the John Fairbanks home Tuesday with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Vaughn was born in Virginia on August 16, eighty-five years ago. He removed to Indiana and was married to Sarah A. Dobbins in March 1858.

He leaves four children: Zenas N. of Boise City, Idaho, Lora of Seattle, Miss Carrio and Mrs. J.F. Fairbanks of Austin.

Mr. Vaughn was a member of no lodge nor secret society. He was retiring in his disposition and will be remembered as a good, honest, up-right, hardworking man. All who knew him were his friands.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by K. Pike, 5/2009

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Mrs. Sarah A. (Dobbin) Vaughn



- 1906 -

Wife of Albert Vaughn

Mother of Mrs. J. Fairbanks

Mrs. Sarah Vaughn Dead. [1906]

The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Vaughn whose death occurred Monday evening will be held from the house of her daughter, Mrs. J. F. Fairbanks on Kenwood Avenue tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Vaughn was about seventy-seven years of age, and for many years Austin was her home, where she had many friends.



Mrs. A. G. Vaughn.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Vaughn was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. F. Fairbanks this afternoon and the remains laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery.

Sarah A. Dobbin was born in New York City on November 24, 1829. She was married to Albert G. Vaughn in Indiana in 1851 and they came to Minnesota in 1871. She leaves a husband and four children, Zenas N. of Boise, Idaho; Lora of Seattle, Washington, Carrie and Mrs. Mary Fairbanks of this city, besides one sister and a brother. She joined the church as a young girl and has always been a devoted christian, wife and mother.

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Phoebe (Carter) Watkins


- 1905 -


Mrs. Abraham Watkins

One of the good women and old settlers of the county has gone. In the passing of Mrs. Watkins another of Mower county's honored pioneers leaves us. Her death occurred this morning at 12:30 at her home on Park avenue in this city. She had suffered from creeping paralysis and been failing for the past seven years. Something over three weeks ago she suffered a stroke from the effects of which she died. She was surrounded by her loved ones in her last hours and everything that could be done for the beloved wife and mother was done.

Phoebe Carter was born January 29, 1844, in Milton, Quebec, Canada. When a child of ten or twelve she removed with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Carter, to Burlington, Wisconsin, where her girlhood was spent. When eighteen or twenty she came to Minnesota locating at Cedar City. She was married on April 11, 1867 to Abraham Watkins by Rev. Morgo then pastor of the Congregation Church. They lived on a farm at Cedar City until about seven years ago when they removed to Austin to their present home on Park Avenue.

Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Watkins: Elda, the oldest daughter, died three yeawrs ago and a son Leon in babyhood. Five children survive -- Frank, who is living in the west, Mrs. Jennie Goslee of Chicago, Mrs. Laura Connor of Oakland, Miss Anna who teaches at Morgan, Minnesota, and Miss Margie who lives at home.

Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Watkins leaves three sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Amy Galloway, Austin, Mrs. Emma Hoy, Fargo, Mrs. Charlotte A. Jones, Lyle. Lyman D. Carter of Austin, John A. of Lyle and Rev. Thomas Edson Carter of Stillwater, Oklahoma.

At the time of her death she was a member of the Baptist church.

The funeral will be held from the Baptist church on Sunday morning. The remains will be laid to rest in Cedar City Cemetery.

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Jehiel Woodward, 64



Jehiel Woodward

Jehiel Woodward of Rose Creek, but quite as well known in Austin as if he resided here, died suddenly at his home in that village Wednesday evening shortly before midnight. He was apparently in the best of health, had been out riding with Mrs. Woodward during the evening, came home and read for a time and went to bed without the slightest complaint. Shortly after 11 o'clock Mrs. Woodward was awakened and she at once realized that his condition was serious. She called a neighbor who wewnt for a doctor but before he arrived Mr. Woodward was dead.

Mr. Woodward is a man sixty-four years of age. He has lived in Rose Creek the past 20 years. For three or four years he was engaged in the mercantile business. Of late years he has devoted a part of his time to farming and was acting justice at the time of his death. He has always been active in the affairs of the village, served his time on the school board and filled other official offices. He was a genial, kind hearted and the best kind of neighbor and friend. He was also a soldier of the Civil War.

Mr. Woodward leaves, besides his wife, two sons to mourn his loss, Harlan who lives near Rose Creek and Leon of North Dakota.

The funeral and burial will be in Austin, The time of which will be announced later.

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Henry Wyant

(died 1906)

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G.A.R. member

The Funeral of the late Henry Wyant.

A company of G.A.R. men attended the funeral of the late Henry Wyant. The service was held at 2:10 Monday afternoon; Rev. Belden officiating.

The burial was in Fairview Oakland cemetery.

He leaves a wife, three sons, Am__y Wyant of Austin, Lawrence of Oakland, Alex of Steele, North Dakota, and a daughter, Mrs. Renning of Oakland.

Henry Wyant was one of the oldest settlers coming to this locality aboout 1855. He was a member of Company B, 2nd Minnesota Cavalry in the War of the Rebellion.

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Hazel J. (Monson) Sater, 91


Hazel SaterHazel Jeanette Sater, age 91, of Austin, died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Hazel was born Sept. 15, 1919, in Alamakee County, Iowa to Martin and Anna Monson. She graduated from Spring Grove High School. On Sept. 4, 1942 she was united in marriage to Arnold Sater in Olympia, Wash. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 2009.

Hazel was a nurse’s aide and she retired from St. Olaf Hospital in Austin. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, reading and traveling. Hazel sang in the church choir and she did a lot of volunteer work. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway.

Survivors include two sons: Oren (Kathy) Sater, Plainfield, Ind., Gary (Jan) Sater, Brooklyn Park; four grandchildren: Debra Kirkendoll, Bradley Sater, Marc Sater and Christopher Sater; five great grandchildren; one great great grandchild.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin and Alvin; four sisters, Inga Goodno, Helen Babcock, Ruth Meyer and Lillian Harris.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald, Sat., July 16, 2011

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Terence L. Meany, 83


Terence “Terry” Leo Meany, 83, passed away on July 15, 2011, in Austin.

Terry was born in Austin on March 30, 1928, to Francis P. and Ruth Meany. He was a 1946 high school graduate from St. Augustine (now Pacelli). Other schools attended were Loras College (1946-47) and St. Thomas College (1947-48). He earned his juris doctorate in 1953 from the University of Minnesota Law School.

He served with the United States Army from 1953-1955 in the Judge Advocate General’s Office. As a founding partner in the law firm Leighton, Meany, Cotter and Enger, Ltd., he was a civil litigation trial lawyer who focused on and tried in both state and federal courts, scores of personal injury and death cases involving auto, farm equipment, product liability and workers’ compensation matters from 1955-2003.

He was a long-time member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, for which he served as a member on the board of governors for 15 years. He was certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota Bar Association and was approved as a qualified neutral mediator and arbitrator by the Supreme Court of Minnesota.

He was elected as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of personal injury law by the American Research Corporation which published “The Leading Minnesota Attorneys” guide. His most significant trial was against General Motors claiming a power steering defect, which was tried for four weeks in Austin and resulted in one of only two such verdicts in history against General Motors, which was found negligent for failure to warn users of the defect.

An avid golfer, he served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Golf Association from 1980-1992. He also served as president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of 58 years; daughters: Debbie Bergeson and her husband Jeff; Lisa Kline and her husband Glenn; Nancy Pricer and her husband Leonard; grandchildren, Lindsay Zisler, Laura Bergeson, Kevin Kline, Elizabeth Kline, Terry Pricer, and Hanna Pricer; sisters, Helen Wellin, Ruth Murphy, Ann Huntley and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis P. and Ruth Meany, and his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Dorothy Meany, respectively.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 18, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at St. Augustine on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 11 a.m.

Austin Daily Herald, Sat., July 16, 2011

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Carol Ann Vogel, 87


Carol Ann Vogel, 87, of Adams, Minn., wife of John Vogel, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Sunday July 17, 2011, and is now residing in her Heavenly home.

She was humorous, witty, loving, selfless, giving, caring, kind and warm.

She was born on May 21, 1924, in New Hampton, Iowa, to Perry and Mary (Elgas) Elliott. She graduated from school in Stacyville, Iowa, and was married to John Vogel on Jan. 26, 1946, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. Carol was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the rosary society and the local card club. In her spare time, Carol liked to cook, garden, can vegetables, sew, play cards and go to the Casino. She especially loved to spend time with her family. She taught her family the meaning of love.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Vogel; son, Daryl (Chip) Vogel; infant son, David John Vogel; grandson, Adam Vogel, and daughter-in-law, Mona Vogel; sisters, Myrna Bissen, Pauline Blaser and Alice Elliott and brother, Michael Elliott.

Carol is survived by son, Don Vogel of Warsaw, Mo.; daughter, Jo Ann and Terry Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Jan and Terry Hangge of Dexter, Minn.; daughter, Judy and Jay Kulstad of Tampa, Fla.; son, Duane Vogel of Warsaw; daughter, Jaye Vogel of Minneapolis; son, Dennis and Sharon Vogel of Adams; son, Doug and Kim Vogel of Adams, Minn.; grandchildren, Amy Rehbine, Julie Finnegan, Carrie Molczyk, Jenny Vogel, Bob Kulstad, Ryan Steiner, Julene Heiland, Amanda Steiner, Libby Rapos, Heather Vogel, Tommy Kirven, Blaire Vogel, Eric Vogel, Ashley Vogel, Tony Rath, Chris Vogel, Breanne Vogel, Clint Vogel, Michael Vogel, Daniel Vogel and Nicole Vogel; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Orian Brown of Spring Grove, Ill.; sister, Doris Douty of Adams; brother, Dean and Virginia Elliott of Adams; brother, John (Teresa) Elliott of Altura, Minn.; sister, Isabelle Mullenbach of Johnsburg, Minn.; brother-in-law, Fred Bissen of Stacyville, Iowa; sister-in-law, Ella Schneider of Adams; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with Father Thomas Loomis officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. There will be a 6 p.m. Rosary on Monday at the Adams Funeral Home, where visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Casket bearers will be Charlie Brown, Bob Douty, Jim Bissen, Michael Elliott, Paul Elliott, and Aaron Mullenbach. Honorary bearer will be Donna May and Mel Schneider.

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, July 18, 2011

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Thomas Jorgenson, 52


Thomas (Tom) Jorgenson of Hood River, Oregon, left this world far too early on July 8, 2011.

He was greeted at Heaven’s gates by his beloved son, Joshua, grandma Doots, cousin, Diane Murphy and son-in-law, Marvin, who all preceded him in death.

Tom was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota, on August 17, 1958. He graduated from Pacelli high school in 1977 and went on to graduate from Pipestone Vo-Tech with a degree in meat management. He worked as a meat cutter for the past 30 years. Tom devoted 19 years to Rosauers Grocery Store in Hood River, and his most recent employer was Harvest Market in White Salmon, Wash.

In 1991, Tom moved to the Columbia Gorge where he met and married the love of his life, Penny Jorgenson. The couple built a home and raised their family in Hood River where they continued to reside until his death.

Tom, known to many as Tommy J or Jorgi, was well known and loved by all who knew him. He was thought of as a funny man, a friend to all he met, a hard worker with great integrity and loyalty, and most important, an amazing family man. Tom enjoyed life and spent his spare time with his family. His grandchildren brought him great joy; he enjoyed traveling and playing golf. You could most often find Tom in his garage. One of the many highlights of his life was being a Golden Glove boxer as a young man.

Survivors include his wife and best friend for 19 years, Penny Jorgenson, of Hood River, Ore.; daughter, Tamara (Lance) Lovewell and their children, Stefan, Zachary, Cheyenne, Christian, Andrew, Isabella, Jonathan, Logan, Alexiana and Juliana of Goldendale, Wash.; daughter, Jaime and her fiancé, Matt and their children, Nicholas, Alyssa, Alexander, and Sophia; son, Matthew Funston and his fiancé, Kim and their son, Jayce, his parents, whom he greatly loved, Dick and Mary Jorgenson of Tucson, Ariz.; amazing brothers and sisters and their adored children, John and Laura Jorgenson and their sons, Nicholas and Hunter, of Foothill Ranch, Calif.; Robert and Lori Jorgenson and their sons, Graham, Spencer, and Collin of Roseville, Minn.; Mike Jorgenson and Trisha Huskey and children, Zachary, Kayleigh and Shane of Portland, Ore.; and Beth Jorgenson and her children, Andrew and Michelle, of Tucson, Ariz. He also left behind many very loved aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful friends from all over.

Funeral Services will be held at Anderson’s Tribute Center on Friday July 15, at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank branch. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Please visit our website to leave a note of condolence for family

Austin Daily Herald, Monday, July 18, 2011

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Margaret Ann (Fisch) Leighton


Margaret Ann “Peggy” Leighton, 93, died Friday, July 15, 2011, at her home.

Peggy was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Austin to George and Sarah Jane (Lewis) Fisch.

She graduated from St. Augustine High School in Austin in 1935. She married Charles William Leighton on August 18, 1938, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. He preceded her in death on June 8, 1982.

Peggy was a teletype operator for George A. Hormel Co.

She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Hospice Auxiliary, St. Olaf Hospital Auxiliary, Golden Eagle Scout, Volunteer at Comforcare Care Center, Sacred Heart Care Center and avid card player with numerous local card groups as well as many hard fought games of Huckley Buck with her family.

Peggy was always a hard worker who loved to keep busy. She worked local estate sales until she was in her late 80s. No baby left the Austin hospital without one of Peggy’s special baby hats. She knitted more than 1,700 hats for the local nursery. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Kathleen (James) Ray of Beaverton, Oregon, Jeanne (James) Drummond of Montgomery, Ala., Michael (Connie) Leighton of Boynton Beach, Fla., Sara (Tom) Stiehm of Austin, Minn., Anne Marie (Greg) Meyer of Austin and John (Karyn) Leighton of Coral Springs, Fla.; sister, Mary Wolcott (Leroy Koch) of Austin; 14 grandchildren, Julie (Chad) Finney, Amy (Kevin) Stuck, Tom (Amber) Ray, Mike (Stacy) Ray, Chris (Karen) Ray, Tim (Gina) Ray, Jennifer (JR) Dees, Jonathon (Heather) Hackman, Robyn (Doug) Reynolds, Ryan Leighton, Nicole (Tony) Fix, Kristen (Troy) Stebbins, Benjamin Meyer, Tess Leighton; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many other nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Frances Giaquinto; brother, George Fisch and a great-grandson, Christopher Ray.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father John Traufler officiating. There will be a 4 p.m. CCW Rosary and a 6:30 p.m. prayer service on Friday evening at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Honorary Bearers will be her grandchildren, Nicole Fix, Kristen Stebbins, Benjamin Meyer, Ryan Leighton, Robyn Reynolds and Tess Leighton. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Alice Olive (Stiller) Reinhart, 94


Alice Olive Reinhart, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

She was born on September 27, 1916, in Morristown, Minnesota, the daughter of Emery and Caroline Stiller. She graduated from Waterville Public High School with the class of 1935. In 1938, she entered nurses’ training at Rochester State Hospital with affiliation at Cook County Hospital of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated in 1941. After receiving her registered nursing degree, Alice continued working at the Colonial, Kahler and Warrall hospitals in Rochester until 1946. On Nov. 7, 1942, she married Albert O. Reinhart in Rochester. In 1944, Alice started nursing at St. Olaf Hospital. After 30 years of employment, she joined the staff at Burr Oak Manor where she worked for 10 years. A long-time member of First United Methodist Church and church circle, Alice enjoyed taking long walks, scenic drives, fishing with her family in northern Minnesota and being a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Stephen Reinhart; daughter, Susan Reinhart, both of Austin; granddaughter, Jessica Iverson of Austin; grandson, Alex Reinhart of Albert Lea; two great-grandchildren, Mariah and Joshua Iverson of Austin.

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

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marilee Benson officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Worlein Funeral Home, Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at The family prefers memorials to First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Leland Duane "Lee" Ottman, 64


Funeral services for Leland "Lee" Ottman will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2011, at the United Church of Grand Meadow with the Rev. Karen Ashton officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. at the church on Thursday July 21, and will resume at 10 a.m. on Friday at the church. Burial for Lee and Peggy Ottman will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Grand Meadow Cemetery.

Lee Ottman, 64, of Grand Meadow, died Saturday July 16, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

Leland Duane “Lee” Ottman was born April 15, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa, to Marshall “Pete” and Burniece (Lundt) Ottman. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School and attended school at Brown Institute in Minneapolis and Austin Vo Tech. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was united in marriage to Peggy Vogelsang on June 20, 1970, in Grand Meadow. Lee started his own business doing T.V. repair and electrical work in Grand Meadow. He later worked for Gopher Welding Supply and at the Mayo Clinic for the last 31 years, where he recently retired. Lee served as an EMT for the Grand Meadow Ambulance for 15 years and was the recent commander of American Legion Post 140 in Grand Meadow. He also served as a Boy Scout leader during the time his sons were active in the scouts. Lee was very active in SEMBA Bluegrass Association and enjoyed going to many Bluegrass festivals across the area. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his two sons, Eric (Lynn) Ottman of Chatfield, Minn., and Jason (Mylene) Ottman of Grand Meadow; nine grandchildren, Anthony, Jazmyn, Austin, Treyton, Kathryn, Tegan, Ryan, Amanda and Shiann, a brother, Darrell (Barb) Ottman of Rochester and a sister, Linda Ottman of Grand Meadow. He is also survived by his father-in-law, John Vogalsang of Austin, two sisters-in-law, Jody Mieska of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Connie Rabine of Faribault, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peggy in 2009; brother, Claron “Clar” and his mother-in-law, Kathryn Vogelsang. Condolences may be left at

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Claudine Carol (VanNieuwenhuyzen)


Claudine Carol Dibble was born on July 21, 1929, and passed away July 13, 2011, just one week before her 82nd birthday.

She is survived by daughters, Barbara Nieland of Edina, Minn., and Patricia (Karl) Schmidt of Edina; son, John of Bloomington, Minn.; and three grandsons, Andrew Nieland, Daniel Schmidt and Thomas Schmidt; three sisters, Anita, Eloise and Twyla; two brothers, Will and Allen and many nieces and nephews.

Claudine graduated from Pipestone High School, worked in the community and married Jack Dibble in 1952. In 1956, they opened a GM dealership in Miles City, Mont., and later, in 1959, settled in Austin, Minn., to raise their family. They enjoyed an early retirement with lots of travel. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

There will be a private graveside Christian service and interment for immediate family. A celebration of life will be 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Calumet Hotel in Pipestone. Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Paul F. Stier, 60


Funeral Mass for Paul Stier will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday July 20, 2011, at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Tom Loomis officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at St. Finbarr Catholic Church and will resume on Wednesday for an hour prior to the service.

Paul F. Stier, 60, of Grand Meadow, died Sunday morning July 17, 2011, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was born June 1, 1951, to Russell and Paula (Cummings) Stier in Rochester. He attended Grand Meadow High School, graduated in 1969 and then attended Austin Vocational School. On Aug. 22, 1970, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Bjerke at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Austin and together had four children, Jennifer, Russell, Neil and Luke. Paul took over his parents’ family farm in 1973 where he farmed for several years.

In 1982, he began working for Hunting Elevator, which eventually became CHS where he was recently the manager of the Grand Meadow, Elkton and Spring Valley locations. Paul loved his family farm and felt closest to God when tilling a field, planting a seed or a new tree. He would rather be mowing the tall grass by the creek than traveling to any exotic location. He found excitement in watching the crops grow and always felt a little sad at the end of each growing season. His farming profession was not work to him, but a way of life — and he loved every minute of it. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, making pancakes with them on Sunday mornings, giving them rides on the four wheeler or the tractor, picking vegetables with them in his garden, and kept up the tradition of measuring their height every summer against the corn.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy of Grand Meadow; daughter, Jennifer (Chad) Bothun of Osceola, Ind.; sons, Russell (Janelle) Stier of Minnetrista, Minn., Neil (Amanda) Stier and Luke (Amy) Stier both of Grand Meadow, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Taryn, Tayla, Tiegan, Ava, Olivia, Ireland, Calla, Keira and Caiden; mother, Paula Stier of Grand Meadow; siblings, Pat (Judy) Stier and Donnie (Edie) Stier both of Racine, Minn., Joe (Jean) Stier of Grand Meadow, Mary (Bill Berg) Leuning of Austin, Minn., Teresa (Ron) Davis of Lakeville, Minn., Barbara Nelson of Eyota and Kathleen (Darin Faber) Stier of Mazeppa, Minn., and many nieces and nephews. Paul is also survived by his CHS co-workers who he very much considered family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell; brother, Rusty, and a nephew Adam. Condolences may be left at

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Kathleen Ann (Hurley) Cochlin, 87


Kathleen Ann (Hurley) Cochlin passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Good Samaritan Home in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Kathleen (Kay) was born in Chicago, on July 21, 1923, to John D. and Anne Hurley. She graduated from Calumet High School in Chicago and worked for Marshall Fields. Kay married Roger Cochlin on Jan. 12, 1946 on his return from the war. They moved to Austin, Minn., where they raised nine children. The family’s fondest memories were times spent at the lake cabin. She graduated from Austin Junior College. They moved to Phoenix in 1978. Kay worked at the ASU School of Social Work until she retired. Their retirement years were spent traveling across the country and meeting new friends at each destination. Quilting and reading were her favorite past times. Kay was a spiritual, gracious, generous and family-oriented person who spread warmth and cheer to all around her.

She is survived by her children, Roger F. Cochlin of Lincoln, Mont.; Jane Ann (Gerald) Brown of Prescott; John (Mary Ann) Cochlin of Omaha, Neb., Margaret (Mark) March of Mineral Wells, Texas; Catherine Hamblin of Chandler, Ariz.; Patricia (Mike) Winkels of Prescott Valley; Donald (Lori) Cochlin of Weatherford, Texas; Shirley Cochlin of Chandler; Shelly Lewis Cochlin of Crystal River, Fla.; 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by husband, Roger W. Cochlin; son, James Cochlin; parents, John and Anne Hurley; brothers, John W.; Richard “Bud” L., and Donald F. Hurley; and sister Margaret "Peg" Hurley.

Services will be held July 19, 2011, at St. Germain Catholic Church, Prescott Valley, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 Grove Avenue, Suite B, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Heritage Memory Mortuary is caring for the family.

Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Kevin Wallace Brooks, 59


Kevin Wallace Brooks, born on February 24, 1952, to Richard and Patricia (Flannery) Brooks, passed into Glory on July 17, 2011.

He has lived in Austin since 1975. Kevin liked pop and going out to eat, enjoyed ARC, sports, including bowling, watching WWF, especially Hulk Hogan, and mowing lawns. He loved dancing, going to parties, camping and going on vacations. He loved people, especially children, and he loved animals, too.

Survivors include his brothers, Michael (Cynthia) Brooks of Lakeland, Brian (Linda) Brooks of Mora, Terry (Lori) Brooks of Embarrass, Robert (Cathy) Brooks of Duluth; sisters, Kimberly (David) Binion of Ely; nieces, Cailin, Brianne and Jillianne, Jessie and Jenna Mae; nephews, Joshua and Riley.

Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia, in December of 1989 and his father, Richard in September of 1994.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with The Rev. Jonathan Baxter officiating. Friends may call from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home. Interment is at Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery, rural Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at The family prefers memorials in lieu of flowers.

Austin Daily Herald online, Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Jacob Patrick Nelson, 21


Jacob Patrick Nelson, 21, of Bigfork, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died July 11, 2011.

Jacob (Jake) was born September 6, 1989, in Austin and attended preschool and elementary school in Lyle, Minn. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where he was baptized. He and his family moved to Bigfork in 2001. He was confirmed at the Bigfork Lutheran Church in 2005. He attended Bigfork High School where he became a gifted athlete and student. He participated in basketball, football and track and received many awards for his amazing talents and efforts, which are too numerous to mention. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was Outstanding Spanish Student of the year 2006.

Jake graduated with honors from Bigfork High School in May 2008. He was attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the past three years, working toward a degree in pharmacy. He has been an employee for the past four years at the Bigfork Valley Hospital Pharmacy.

Jake volunteered his time as a stage hand for several productions at the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork. He enjoyed playing basketball and softball. Most of all, he loved fishing. Little American Falls was his favorite fishing hole, and he spent many, many hours with his friends casting for the elusive walleye. Jake was loved and well respected by the entire community of Bigfork. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Jake is survived by his parents, Paul and Kristi (Kaczor) Gustafson, Patrick Nelson; brothers, Kyle (Kandis) Gilbert, Kirk Gilbert, Jaren Gustafson; sister, Julia Nelson; niece, Kiley Gilbert; maternal grandmother, Amber Kaczor; paternal grandmother, Mary Nelson; step-grandmother, Florence Gustafson; uncles, Tony (Debbie) Kaczor, Mike (Gertrude) Kaczor, Larry (Carolyn) Kaczor, Jerry (Jody) Kaczor, Tom (Kim) Nelson, Craig (Peggy) Nelson, Rick (Julie) Nelson, John (Lynn) Nelson, Mike (Kathy) Gustafson, Larry (Geri) Gustafson, Brad (Janet) Gustafson, Kevin (Rory) Gustafson; aunts, Sharon (Maurice) Gerak, Diana (Mike) Adams, Deb (Merv) Johnson; 41 cousins and several extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Edwin Kaczor; paternal grandfather, Don Nelson; maternal uncle, Ron Kaczor; step-grandfather, Gene Gustafson.

If you wish, please send monetary gifts to the First State Bank of Bigfork, Jacob Nelson memorial fund, P.O. Box 257, Bigfork, MN 56628. Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minn., is in charge of arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald online, Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Joseph K. Strever


Joseph K. Strever (1824-1902)

Birth: Dec. 17, 1824
Death: 1902

Joseph K. Strever was born Dec. 17, 1824, in Washington county, N.Y. The first twenty years of his life was spent on a farm. He then went to work at stone cutting and masonry, and two years after worked on the Rutland railroad. Here he met with a severe accident. While turning a stone his knee became injured and for two years he was unable to work. During this time he spent every dollar of $1,500 he had accumulated, and he has suffered from a shrunken leg ever since.

He then resumed work on the Black River Canal, but finally sought a milder climate for his health. He accordingly went to Richmond, Va., superintending the stone-cutting for a lock on the James river, and at the same time dressing the finer blocks for the Washington monument. H. B. Floyd, the governor of Virginia, was often there, looking after the business, and Mr. Strever became well acquainted with him.

He left Richmond after two years and worked his trade in various places north for some five or six years. While at work on the Illinois Central railroad he woed and won Miss Melvina Buell, and shortly afterward went east to New York.

His last work at his trade was building a lock at Little Falls, N. Y. He made a handsome sum on this contract, and determined to come west and try farming. In 1858 he purchased 140 acres of land of A. D. Avery. Only ten acres had been broken and a log house had been built. His wife died soon after moving here.

He energetically broke up his land and engaged in raising grain at the time when our nearest market was Winona. Mr. Strever remembers that the highest price he secured for wheat was $1.10 and the lowest 48 cents. No one who travels our highways now can imagine how difficult it was then to haul loads through unbridged sloughs. Mr. Strever has one married daughter.

[ Transcribed by Darrel K. Waters ]

NOTE: Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

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