Mower County Obituaries
Part 191



Connie Renae (Williams) Crnkovic


Connie Renae Crnkovic, 43, of Austin, Mower, Minnesota, lost her battle with cancer after four and a half years on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at her home.

Connie was born March 24, 1968, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Lyle and Cheryl (Nelson) Williams Jr. She grew up in Austin where she graduated from Austin High School. On May 2, 1992, she married Joel Crnkovic at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin. In 1993, the couple moved to their first house where on July 28, 1994, they had their first child, Landon. On October 30, 1997, they had their second child, Leslie.

Connie was a member of Crane Chapel and inspired many people who where blessed enough to know her.

She loved countless things. Her favorite TV shows include, Project Runway, Ghost Adventures, Aaron, and Little House on the Prairie. She even named her firstborn after Michael Landon. Connie loved watching movies; her favorites were The Notebook, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Where the Heart Is, Christmas Vacation and the Color Purple. She also loved shopping for clothes and jewelry, hosting parties, talking and storytelling, taking funny pictures, road trips, Christmas, her green chair, rainbows, sunsets, looking for shapes in the clouds, thunderstorms and constantly helping others out.

Survivors include her husband, Joel Crnkovic, and children, Landon and Leslie; parents, Lyle and Cheryl Williams Jr.; brother, Neal Williams (Gretchen Wagner); sister, Christine (Barry) Fett; brothers-in-law, Jon (Kristin) Crnkovic, Jimmy Crnkovic; mother-in-law, Judy Crnkovic; nieces and nephews, Troy (Brianna), Drew, Jade and Blake Williams, Raven, Josh, Isaiah and Payton Fett, Kyle Crnkovic, Kari Morrison, Jenna Crnkovic, Mariah, Javis and Kalie Williams; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Joseph Crnkovic; and her grandparents.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Crane Community Chapel with Pastor Dale Christensen officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Crane Chapel.

Connie’s favorite quote from Little House is: “Remember me in laughter and in happiness, because that is how I will remember you all, for if you remember me in tears, then don’t remember me at all.”

[ Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 ]

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Brigetta Laura (Roters) Gilbertson


Gilbertson, Brigetta Laura (Roters) 1900-1985

Brigetta Laura (Peggy) Gilbertson, 85, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 1985, at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, Minnesota. She had resided at St. Mark's Lutheran Home since the spring of 1984.

Born on July 2, 1900, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna Roters, St. Paul, Minnesota.

On August 13, 1922, she was united in marraige with Chester Levine Gilbertson, also of St. Paul. The couple welcomed three sons: Chester Junior, Bobby and Walter Alan. The family resided in St. Paul and Clinton, Iowa. Peggy was a happy person, a devoted wife and mother, a caring mother-in-law, a loving grandmother and a delighted great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, and her son, Bobby, who died at the age of three.

Survivors include sons and daughers-in-law, Chester Jr. and Donna Mae Gilbertson, Austin; Walter Alan and Audrey Gilbertson, Peru, Indiana; grandsons and their wives: Daniel and Dixie Gilbertson, Austin; Theodore and Roxann Gilbertson, Austin; Kurt Gilbertson, Peru, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Sheila, Kristina, Danny of Austin; brother-in-law, Dewey Gilbertson, St. Paul; brother and sister-in-law, Ollie and Vye Anderson . . . . [illegible]

Services were conducted on Monday, August 19, by Pastor Richard Johnston at Worlein Funeral Home, with interment at St. Olaf Cemetery, New Richland, Minnesota.

[ Austin Daily Herald, Wed. 8-21-1985, page-2, col.-1 ]

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Fern Elaine (Petersen) Everson, 81


Fern Elaine Everson, 81, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at her home.

Fern was born November 8, 1929, in Austin, to Felix and Minnie (Schocker) Petersen. In August 1947 she married Rodney Everson at the Church of Christ in Austin. Fern was a homemaker, a member of the Church of Christ and a teacher’s aid in the public schools.

Fern was an active member of the Austin Church of Christ. She taught Sunday School for more than 50 years and was a member of the Prayer Ministry at her church. Her love of children and people was evident in her daily life. Her visits, baked goods and treats cheered many shut-ins and community members. Feeding the birds and outdoor creatures was a daily committment but never a chore. She will be missed by family and friends. We thank God for the Christian service she offered to others in His name.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Williams (Mike), Austin, Elaine Madera-Jean (Carl), Boston, Mass.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at the Austin Church of Christ with Rev. Dave DeFor officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

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Jacobson, Gustav


Gustav David Jacobson, 78, died this morning at St. Olaf Hospital [Austin, Minnesota].

He was a resident of Des Moines and the father of Mrs. Chester Gilbertson, 111 Graham, Mapleview. Funeral services will be held at Des Moines.

[ Austin Herald, Tue., 1-30-1962, page-2, col.-1&2 ]

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Lucile A. (Newkirk) Brinkman, 95


Lucile A. Brinkman, 95, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center. Lucile Anna Newkirk was born February 20, 1916, in Dexter Township, Mower County, Minnesota, to Adolph and Mary (Klenk) Newkirk and attended country school in Dexter Township.

On June 4, 1939, Lucile A. Newkirk married Loren E. Brinkman at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dexter Township. She was a homemaker and mother to eight children in Mower County where she lived her entire life. Lucile was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies’ Aid, Church Choir, Alter Guild, and Circle #1. Lucile liked to work in the garden, enjoyed being “the best Twins fan ever”, and recently won a blue ribbon at the fair for the treasure chest she made. She loved spending a lot of time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Robert E. (LaVonne) Brinkman, Austin, Gene R. (Joanne) Brinkman, Stewartville, Duane C. (Glenda) Brinkman, Bloomington, Leon E. (Sharon) Brinkman, Rochester; daughters, Elaine M. (Steven) Lord, St. Paul, Janet I. (Rick) Bowlds, Eden Prairie, Mary L. (Mark) Vogt, Nerstrand, Lois E. (Kevin) Mandler, Rochester, 27 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; sister, Dorothy Schloo, Austin, many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Loren in 1999; six brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dexter Township with Rev. David Fleischmann officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Dexter Township. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements. The family prefers memorials to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

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Jane C. (Stern) Schmit, 70


Jane C. Schmit, 70, of Barnum, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at her home.

She was born July 16, 1941, in Austin to Charles and Marion (Copley) Stern, Sr. Jane was united in marriage to Larry Schmit on April 20, 1963, in Austin. Jane enjoyed quilting, needlepoint, cross stitch and was a full time grandmother. Jane is preceded in death by her parents.

Jane is survived by her husband, Larry Schmit; son, Robert (Faith) Schmit; daughter, Mary (Jeff) Brokaw; brother, Charles (Karen) Stern Jr.; sister, Mary (Jeffrey) Lee; two grandchildren, Cody John Schmit and Charles Bauer; many nieces and nephews dear to her heart.

Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 19, from noon until the 1 p.m. service in Hamlin-Hansen Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake. Interment will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.

Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

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Lucille (Kulish) Giannou, 88


Lucille Kulish Giannou, 88, of Phoenix Arizona, and formerly of rural Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at her home in Phoenix.

Lucille was born on December 10, 1922, to Frank and Elizabeth Kulish, on the farm in Bruce, S.D. Her family moved to the Austin area in 1938, where she attended high school and graduated. She later married John Giannou and lived in Phoenix, Ariz., where her daughter’s family also resides.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Mark) Zing, of Phoenix; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Helen Kulish, Evelyn Pettis and Beverly (Marvin) Adams; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Glenn, Frank and Edward.

Memorials can be sent to the family at 19613 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85024, or the Lyle Area Cancer Auction.

[ Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 ]

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Carolyn Ann (Duffy Gunderson)


Carolyn Ann (Duffy Gunderson) Stiehl, 70, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly at her home September 13, 2011.

Carolyn was born May 20, 1941, in Austin, Minnesota, to the late Narve and Natalie (Kendall) Gunderson. She graduated from Austin High School in 1959, She worked at the Creighton Clinic as an Administrative Assistant for more than 30 years before her retirement. Carolyn’s favorite past times were fishing with her father, being involved with many activities at Creighton and showing her strong love for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as well as the Minnesota Vikings and Twins.

Among her parents, Carolyn is preceded in death by her infant son, Matthew.

Survivors include daughters, Kristine Stiehl, of Omaha, Neb., Julie Stiehl, of Avoca, Iowa; son, Roger Stiehl Jr., of Bridgeport, New Jersey; 5 grandchildren, Jamie, Jessie, Josie Stiehl, all of Council Bluffs, Amanda and Brenda Stiehl, of Pennsylvania; sisters, Mary Jo (Frank) Burton, of Tucson, Ariz.; Stephanie Bartholomew, of Austin; former husband of 30 years, Roger Stiehl Sr., of Omaha; nieces and nephews.

Carolyn has been cremated and inurnment will take place in Austin, Minn. Family will direct memorials, and services will be announced at a later date.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011]

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Janice Irene Langan, 70


Janice Irene Langan, 70, of Austin, died Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Janice was born June 8, 1941, in Preston, Minn., to Patrick Henry and Ruby Estelle (Drummond) Langan. In Sept. of 1942, the family moved to Austin. They became members of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Janice attended Columbus grade school and St. Augustine (Pacelli) High School. Following high school she moved to Rochester and worked as a kitchen aide at St. Marys Hospital. In 1964, Janice returned to Austin to work at Sacred Heart Care Center as a kitchen aide. She later took employment at Burr Oak Manor, beginning her career as a nurse’s aide. When Burr Oak closed, Janice worked at Comforcare then onto Our House Memory Care where she retired because of health reasons. Janice received several awards for her position working with the elderly.

Janice was very active as a committee member for several years in the Relay For Life; she was a greeter/usher at St. Augustine Church and was joint chairman for funeral luncheons. Upon moving to the Twin Towers, she became active in helping residents with the noon Semcac meals, selling tickets or whatever needed doing. She was responsible for having a monthly evening meal for the residents with entertainment. Janice also set up the altar for the Mass at the Towers.

Janice was always willing to help family or friends. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Langan, Cohasset; grandsons, Tylor and Alex; sisters, Mary (Milo) Gatzke, Byron, Kathleen (Don) Row, Austin; brother, Joe Langan, Austin; sisters-in-law, Barb L. Langan, Gloria Langan, Barb E. Langan, all of Austin; brother-in-law, Roger Underdahl, Austin; many nieces; nephews; friends; special friend, Norma Mullenbach.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Stella Langan; sisters, Helen Langan and Patricia Underdahl; brothers, Robert, Thomas and James Langan.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 1 p.m. CCW rosary on Wednesday at the church where friends may call one hour before the service. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Preston. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

[ Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday,
Sept. 20, 2011 ]

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Joy Lucille (Billick) Lee, 92


Joy L. Lee, 92, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at her home in the Primrose Retirement Communities in Austin.

Joy Lucille Billick was born March 14, 1919, at Brookings, S.D., the daughter of Ralph and Iva (Bollman) Billick. Joy was married to Everett C. Lee on Sept. 26, 1937, at Byron, Minn. The Lees lived in Austin where Joy was a homemaker and seamstress as well as a much-loved wife, mother and grandmother. Joy was an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where she was a member of the “Ladies Aide”. She was a member of the Chancel Needle Workers who needle pointed the new altar paraments for the church. Joy loved playing her home organ and enjoyed sewing and helping her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

She is survived by her husband, Everett C. Lee, Austin; children, Jeanette (Richard) Lee, Bruce, Wis., Ilene (Richard) Sternal, Punta Gorda, Fla., Raymond Lee, Austin, Judy Lange, Rochester, Ardith (William) Wagner, Austin, Patricia (John) Weldon, Brownsdale, 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Septe. 21, 2011, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Todd Portinga, AiM officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. The Family prefers memorials. The Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011]

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William Simpson

died 1870


Wm. Simpson Accidentally Drowned
while Bathing in the Cedar.

On Sunday afternoon last, about 3 o'clock, a messenger came up from the river into Main street, bearing the intelligence that "Bill Simpson," as he was commonly called, was supposed to be drowned. In ten minutes time fifty men were upon the bank of the river ready to assist in finding the body. The circumstances attending this melancholly event are nearly as follows:

About 11 o'clock on the morning of Sunday, Mr. Simpson says to his wife that he is "going down to the river to bathe." this we understand he often did, living within a stone's throw of the river banks. He thereupon took a towel and a piece of soap and went to the river.

His wife thought nothing seriously of the matter till long after the dinner hour, supposing of course, on account of his not having sooner made his appearance, that he had gone downtown after his bath. But about 2 o'clock she began to feel alarmed because he had not returned. She immediately started for the river, arriving there, and after looking around for a few moments, she discovered her husband's clothes, towel and soap, lying at the base of a tree, evidently where he had first undressed himself to go into the river.

No trace, however, of her husband could be discovered! The fearful truth that he was drowned, could not be dismissed from her mind. She retraced her steps to her home, called upon a neighbor, related the circumstances. This spread the news and after about an hour's time spent in searching the river, the lifeless body of William Simpson was found, about three rods from the shore.

The general supposition is that Mr. Simpson came to his death from accidental means only--that he ventured too far into the stream, stepped suddenly off into this deep hole where his body was found, and not being a swimmer, was taken with a cramp and thus drowned, or in some way strangled to death.

Mr. Simpson was an old resident of Minnesota, having first settled in the state in 1854. He came to Austin in 1856, and has resided here permanently ever since. We are glad to learn that he leaves his wife and four children in comfortable circumstances.

The funeral services of the deceased took place at the Episcopal church on Monday afternoon last -- sermon by the Rev. T. Dickey.

[Mower County Register, Thur. 6-30-1870, page-3, col.-4]

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Daniel Caswell

died 1870


Died, July 11th 1870, Daniel Caswell of LeRoy, aged forty-eight years, six months, and twenty-two days.

The above intelligence will be received with sorrow by hundreds of people in Minnesota and Iowa. The particulars of his sudden death, as testified to before Coroner Barnes, are as follows:

Mr. Caswell has been in the habit of walking over his farm to see that the fences were all secure, and on the above day started out about two o'clock in the afternoon, taking with him a double-barreled shot gun. As he was leaving the house, Mrs. Caswell said to him, "Dinner is nearly ready, don't stay long." He replied that he would be back soon." As the afternoon wore away and he did not return, Mrs. Caswell and the family began to feel uneasy, and not til about six o'clock did they feel any serious alarm. They supposed perhaps he had gone to call on some of the neighbors, but as he did not return, Mrs. Caswell, and Mr. C F. Greening, his son-in-law, started out to look for him. About nine o'clock, Mr. Greening made the circuit of the neighbor's houses, and learned that he had not been to see any of them. They turned out and instituted a thorough search, and about ten o'clock Mr. Greening found him dead, about half a mile from his house.

From a survey of the body and the surroundings, it would appear that Mr. Caswell had fired the charge from one barrel of the gun, and when in the act of reloading it, the charge in the other barrel was prematurely discharged, lodging the contents in his left side. The shot seems to have taken an upward course behind the stomach and towards the spine. He probably lived some moments, as the grass showed evidence of a struggle, and his body was some six feet from where he must have stood when he received the fatal wound.

Mr. Caswell was buried on Monday, in the Cemetery, and was followed to the grave by the largest concourse of friends ever witnessed in this section. The writer cannot permit this opportunity to pass without adding a few words of sympathy to the afflicted family, and attesting as one of the many of those who only knew Daniel Caswell to respect him.

Daniel Caswell was born at Shenango, Broom county, New York, December 28th, 1821. The early part of his manhood was spent in the eastern states, and in Canada, as an operative in cotton mills, holding positions of confidence and responsibility. He afterwards moved to Illinois, in the vicintiy of Belvidere, and during the fall of 1855, came to this county.

He was one of the original founders of the village of LeRoy, where he has since lived, until the location of the present village of LeRoy Station. He, during this time, carried on farming, blacksmithing, and always kept the best of hotels, as hudnreds of weary and hungry travelers can testify to. When the Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad was completed through this section. Mr. Caswell erected in LeRoy a fine brick hotel, which now bears his name, and is a monument which will perpetuate his name as one who was ever active in public improvements--always on the alert for the good and prosperity of the place in which he lived.

No man living can say Daniel Caswell wronged him out of one cent. Honest to the letter, liberal in dealings, just to his fellow man, ever living up to the good maxim, "Do unto others as you would be done by." In his domestic relations, Daniel Caswell was happy -- he leaved to mourn his untimely end a widow and five children.

Mr. and Mrs. Caswell met for the first time in Canada, and were married at Ithica, New York, 22 years ago, and in all these years nothing but peace and harmony has been their lot. Love and confidence in each other, surrounded by affectionate children, they have journeyed throu life thus far happy, and in the death of the husband and father, the cruel stroke comes for the first time.

The aged mother, accompanied by a sister of the deceased, arrived here from Bevidere, Illinois, but too late to look upon the face of the departed one. Mother, brother, sister, wife and children now mingle together bitter tears of sorrow over the grave of one whom to know was but to love and respect, and if the heartfelt sympathy of a multitude of friends will be any consolation to the affected ones, they may rest assured they have it.

[ Mower County Register, Thur. 7-14-1870, page-3, col.-2 ]

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Lois Ann (Sollie) Dolan, 82


Lois Ann Dolan, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.

Lois was born June 8, 1929, in Decorah, Iowa, to Otto and Bertha Sollie. After moving to Austin with her family, she attended Austin Schools and graduated from Austin High School. On Aug. 19, 1948, she married John B. Dolan, and together they raised their family of seven children. During her lifespan, Lois also worked at the Hormel cafeteria, Sears, Wallaces, and also the Austin School Bus Service, where she was an aide on the buses.

Lois was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, and most recently, St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose. Lois enjoyed many years of golf with her friends and loved her time she could spend with family and friends. Her favorite times were the many years spent with her husband and family and friends camping, fishing and just being on the lake –the Minnesota “Going up North.”

Survivors include her daughters, Marsha (Bob) Gilgenbach, Rochester, Sue (David) Thorsheim, Albert Lea; sons, Jim (Dee Dee) Dolan, Oak Grove, Mike (Julie) Dolan, Wyo., Tim (Rene) Dolan, Cannon Falls, Brian (Kathy) Dolan, Austin, Randy Dolan (Lynne Olson), Zumbrota; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mavis (Don) Bartley, Janice (Bob) Tucker, Sue Apold; brothers, Jerry (Pat) Sollie, David (Mary) Sollie; numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Bertha Sollie; husband, John B. Dolan; two sisters, Vivian and Bonnie.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Monday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. The family will also greet friends at a luncheon following the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

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Wayne Henry Heimermann, 70


Wayne Henry Heimermann, 70, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

Wayne was born and raised in Austin, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Wayne continued his education at Iowa State where he earned his master’s of zoology. After college, he continued working at the Hormel Institute as a chemist for Dr. Ralph T. Holman.

Wayne and his family moved to Georgia and where he worked for Thermo Quest as a field engineer working with mass spectrometers until retiring in 2008. Prior to retirement, Wayne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Upon retirement, the condition escalated, and he suffered a stroke on Mother’s Day 2011. Wayne was working toward rehabilitation when the conditioned worsened. In July, Wayne and Mary Jo relocated to Florida to be closer to family. He passed quietly on Thursday afternoon surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo and two sons, Jeffrey and Jason; daughter-in-law, Magdalene and four grandchildren; Alexis, Abigail, Jared and Brady and his siblings Dale Heimermann and Marlene Webb.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Adella Heimermann and his daughter, Holly Heimermann.

A celebration of Wayne’s life is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, in Orlando, Fla. The family plans to honor Wayne and his daughter Holly Heimermann — who passed away in 2009 — upon his request through a scattering of ashes ceremony on a lake.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Wed., Sept. 21, 2011]

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Myrtle Romayne Hovda Hebl, 85


Funeral services for Myrtle Romayne Hovda Hebl will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2011, at the Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow with the Rev. Shirley Redmond officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hindt Funeral Home, 104 Grand Ave E, Grand Meadow. Reviewal will continue at the church an hour before the service on Saturday.

Mrs. Hebl, 85, a lifelong Grand Meadow resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

She was born Myrtle Romayne Hovda in Mower County to Sever Herman Hovda and Ida Cornelia Finhart Hovda. She was united in marriage to Francis Gustav Hebl on Jan. 13, 1949, in Durand, Wis. Myrtle loved walking, music, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Carmen Nomann of Rochester, Sandie (Mike Robinson) Hebl of SunCity Center, Florida, and Marie (Alan) Hlava of Mazeppa, Minnesota; grandsons, Benjamin Nomann of Tallahassee, Florida, and Dane Nomann of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in December of 1984; two sisters, Thelma and Irene and four brothers, Charles, Ingvald, Conrad and Orlando.

Condolences may be left at

[Austin Daily Herald online, Wed., Sept. 21, 2011]

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Paula Marie (Horswell) Smith


Paula Marie Smith, 61, 3325 Teton Drive, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, died early Tuesday morning, August 23, 2011, at her home.

Paula was born Nov. 30, 1949, in Hampton (Franklin County), Iowa, to Merle M. and Rose (Steinberger) Horswell. She married Gregory A. Smith on April 12, 1969, at the Convent Chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Augustine Parish in Austin, Minn. She lived in Estherville and Ames, Iowa, as a child and attended schools there before graduating from Spirit Lake, Iowa, High School in 1968. She attended Mankato State College in Mankato, Minn., where she met her husband, Greg. She returned to college as an adult and took courses at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and UW Center Baraboo before graduating with honors from the UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Agriculture majoring in agricultural journalism, with an emphasis in natural resource protection including endangered species. She was awarded the Bjorklund Scholarship from UW-Madison and was consistently on the Dean’s List. She lived in Austin, Minn., Blissfield, Mich., Chippewa Falls, Portage, Iola and Stevens Point, Wis., moving with her husband’s newspaper and magazine career.

Paula was an active volunteer in each community she lived, raising funds and giving her time. She was a Chick Momma at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo for eight years, hand rearing endangered crane chicks. She was a constant volunteer at her children’s schools. She was a parish outreach volunteer for many years in Portage and helped several families with disabled and dying members. She delivered Meals on Wheels in Stevens Point and was an active supporter of the Portage County Family Crisis Center, purchasing new kitchen appliances for its facility.

After her children were grown and she graduated from college, Paula worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chippewa County Office rebuilding fences on trout stream easements, discouraging beaver from rebuilding homes on trout streams and conducting research on local lake fish species. She transferred to the DNR’s district office in Eau Claire as an environmental specialist where she conducted on-site evaluations of wastewater labs in 14 counties for compliance with state codes. After moving to Stevens Point, she worked for the Portage County Health Department as a community health educator before becoming disabled.

Before becoming disabled, she loved outdoor activities and participated in sports, especially tennis. She loved long walks with her husband and dogs. She was an excellent quilter, giving many quilts as gifts. She created many works of art with needlepoint, displaying many of them in her home.

She was a loving gardener and was known for her beautiful yard, which included an ever-growing number of gardens, eventually totaling 11. She loved birds and butterflies and grew flowers and plants that attracted them. She was the family genealogist and pursued her family searches as long as her disability allowed. She had more than 4,000 people in her database. She loved wildlife and birds and any she couldn’t identify she looked up in her large book collection. She was a strong environmentalist and believed in leaving the earth a better place because she was here. She was an old soul and loved antiques, collecting and old people.

She had many dogs and a few cats in her life and she loved the company and companionship of her pets.

Her family was the most important thing in her life and she loved them with all her heart. She protected her children fiercely. She loved attending their events as children and enjoyed following their careers and families as adults. She left them no doubt from an early age that they would graduate from college. Her large extended family brought her great joy and she loved seeing and hearing from them as the generations continued to come.

She was a loving and caring person who struggled with disability and pain for many years. She faced her challenges with courage and dignity and was an example for all her family to follow.

She is survived by her husband, Greg Smith, Stevens Point; son, Morgan Smith (friend and partner Cherie Brennan) and grandson, Odin Smith, Robbinsdale, Minn.; daughter, Sloan (Michael) Miller and granddaughters, Sydney, Allison, Madelyn, Janesville, Wis.; mother, Rose Huse of Spirit Lake; three sisters, Karla (Jerry) Baker, Dewey, Ariz.; Marilyn (Charles) Liessler, Cherokee, Iowa; Sharon (Joe) Piseski, Eden Prairie, Minn.; stepsisters Jackie (Jim) McGrady, Cookeville, Tenn., Phyllis (Dan) Stinehart, Lake Mills, Iowa; three brothers, William (Annette) Huse, Milford, Iowa, Robert (Diane) Huse, Arnolds Park, Iowa; Steven (Robyn) Horswell, Milford, and numerous nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

She is survived on the Smith side by dozens of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Merle Horswell; nephew, Kurt McDowell and by her father and mother-in-law, Edmund and Maxiene Smith.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at St. Augustine Church in Austin. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. A private burial service will be prior to that at Calvary Cemetery in Austin. Father Paul Nelson, a dear friend of the family, will officiate. Mayer Funeral Home will handle the Minnesota arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made in Paula’s honor to a local Family Crisis Center. Online condolences may be sent to

[Austin Daily Herald online, Wed., Sept. 21, 2011]

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Martin Nelson



Martin Nelson

died 1900


Martin Nelson of Nevada township, died in Lyle Tuesday, at 2 o’clock. He came to Lyle Saturday where his team ran away with him, throwing him out of the wagon and fracturing his skull. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Submitted to MNGenweb by K. Pike, 4/2009
Transcribed by Barbara Nagy 1/2011



Martin Nelson, a prominent farmer living east of town was fatally injured in a runaway Saturday afternoon. Mr. Nelson was at the Great Western Depot unloading a trunk when his team took fright at the noise made by wheeling the trucks on the depot platform and started to run. Mr. Nelson ran and overtook the rig but in so doing was thrown with violent force against a telephone pole and his head fractured from the effects of which he died Tuesday at 2 o'clock p.m.

It was not believed at first that his injuries would be fatal, as Mr. Nelson was conscious and walked to the doctor's office with a little assistance and on being taken home, told his wife and children not to be alarmed as he was only hurt. Everything that medical skill could do was done for him, but without avail, and the end came Tuesday.

It was a very sad affair, indeed, and must be an awful shock to his wife and little ones and to his brothers and sisters and aged mother who had just gone through the sad ordeal of burying his father a few days before. It is very hard to see any one thus suddenly deprived of life, but moreover so a man in the full strngeth and vigor of manhood with the expectancy of a long life the best.

The funeral was held from the home Thursday afternoon.

[Lyle Tribune, Fri. 1-12-1900, page-2, col.-2]
(Credit: Mark Ashley)



Martin Nelson was born June 9, 1862 on the old homestead where he died from the results of a runaway accident that occurred on the streets of Lyle on Saturday January 6, 1900.

At the time of the accident there was some hope of his recovery, but the injury proved fatal and he died at 2 o'clock on January 8, 1900, and was buried on January 10th.

He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss besides his aged mother who was making her home with him, also three sisters and three brothers who were all on hand to accompany the remains to their last resting place.

[Lyle Tribune, Fri. 1-19-1900, page-2, col.-1]
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Mitchell Walton Morrison


Mitchell Walton Morrison

Jan. 19, 1920
Dec. 10, 1994


AUSTIN -- The funeral for Mitchell W. Morrison will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church in Austin, with the Rev. Jack Dowden officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, with military graveside rites by Olaf B. Damm VFW Post 1216.

Mr. Morrison, 74, of 1913 Third Ave. S.E., a retired Hormel Foods Corp. employee, died Saturday (Dec. 10, 1994) at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin.

Born January 19, 1920, in Cherokee, Iowa to Walton and Bernice (Hubbard) Morrison. He attended schools in the Osage, Iowa, area and served in the Army during World War II. On November 1, 1945, he married Maxine Stockdale in Osage. Mr. Morrison was a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Dr. Michael C. and Mitchell R., both of Mason City, Iowa, and John E. of Austin; three daughters, Sharon Thomsen of Barrigada, Guam, and Janice Morrison and Michelle (Mrs. Cory) Arjes, both of Austin; 14 grandchildren; a sister, Mary Cullen of La Crosse, Wis.; and three brothers, Robert of Austin, John of Carroll, Iowa, and Walton of Mason City. A brother preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

[Austin Daily Herald]

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Agatha Catherine Heimer, 96


Agatha Catherine Heimer, 96, of Austin, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at the Stacyville Community Nursing Home.

Agatha was born on November 8, 1914, in Stacyville, Iowa, to Anton and Gertrude (Simon) Halbach. In 1936, she married Marvin Arthur Heimer in Stacyville. Agatha was a homemaker and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. She loved bridge, golfing and gardening.

Survivors include six sons, Robert (Shirley) Heimer, Waukon, Iowa, Harvey (Paula) Heimer, Arkansaw, Wis., Ted (Judith) Heimer, San Francisco, Calif., Gary (Barb) Heimer, Nisswa, Minn., David Heimer, Portland, Ore., Jim (Nancy) Heimer, Austin, Minn.; 23 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 32 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Klapperich, Stacyville, Iowa, Anna Durben, Stacyville, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Heimer; two sisters, Priscilla Halbach and Elizabeth Brown; two brothers, Ronald Halbach and Cornelius Halbach.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 1 p.m. CCW rosary and a 3:30 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The casket bearers will be Agatha’s sons, Robert, Harvey, Ted, Gary, Dave and Jim.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Thur., Sept. 22, 2011]

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Harold George Gregerson


Harold G. Gregerson, 62

Harold George Gregerson, 62, of Mankato, Minn., passed away from natural causes on September 9, 2011.

A memorial service will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area (Sandia Foothills). Mankato Mortuary assisted with local arrangements.

Harold, the oldest of eight siblings, was born in Austin, Minn., to George and Ruth Gregerson. Harold and his family moved to Albuquerque, when he was 13. He graduated from Manzano High School and joined the Air Force. While in the Service he studied Russian extensively and was sent to Germany as an interpreter during the Vietnam War. Harold had a teaching degree in early childhood education with an emphasis on special ed. His interests included, but were not limited to, cooking and reading.

Harold is survived by his son Austin; sisters, Mary Martin and Martha Lee Schroder; and brothers, Donald, Paul, David, and John.

[Austin Daily Herald online, Thur., Sept. 22, 2011]

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Roman M. Landherr


Roman M. Landherr, 83, of Taopi, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at St, Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Roman was born May 29, 1928, near Adams, Minn., the son of Alois and Martha (Loecher) Landherr. He attended country school and graduated from the Sacred Heart School in Adams. Roman farmed in the Taopi area and bought and sold farm equipment parts. He was married to Bernice Albright Best on June 6, 1981, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin.

Roman was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Cedar Valley Engine Club and a collector of Allis Chalmers equipment.

Roman was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bernice and brother David.

He is survived by a stepson, Dennis Best, Taopi; sisters, Germaine Lepird; Esterville, Iowa, Rosemary (Roy) Shephard, Mankato, Minn., Veronica Landherr, Austin, Theresa Holum, Wichita, Kan., nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday Sept. 23, 2011, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Thomas Loomis officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Adams Funeral Home from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will be visitation on Friday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Sept 23, 2011]

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Evouna Prudence (Arickx) Moeykens


Evouna Prudence Moeykens, 96, of Adams, Minnesota, died Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Evouna was born August 9, 1915, in London, Minnesota, to Charles and Erma (Vergoth) Arickx. She went through the eighth grade. On November 9, 1932, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Moeykens in Osage, Iowa. Evouna was a farmer. She enjoyed working outside, growing flowers and baking cookies. Evouna loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Penney’s Rejects.

Survivors include two children, Larry Moeykens, Leland, Iowa, Leona Steininger, Austin; two grandchildren, Jodi (Brian) Krueger, Tammy (Doug) Rysavy; six great-grandchildren, Jesse (Mandy) Krueger, Jacob Krueger, Tina (William) Monosmith, Daniel Rysavy, Emily Rysavy and Ann Rysavy; a great-great-grandson, Oliver Monosmith.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; six sisters; four brothers; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rysavy.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Sunday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Sept 23, 2011]

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David F. Morse


David F. Morse, 64, Austin, Minnesota, died, Thursday, September 22, 2011, at his home.

David was born in Austin on April 25, 1947, to George and Frances (Felch) Morse. He graduated from Austin High School and attended Austin Junior College. On May 19, 1973, he married Patricia Shutt at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. David was a lifelong farmer — more than 45 years. He loved collecting antique John Deere tractors. David was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 4-H and FFA throughout school.

David’s strong will and positive attitude were always visible, even when he was battling cancer. David always greeted his family, friends and caregivers with his heart-warming smile and a handshake.

David fought his battle with esophageal cancer for 6 short months. During this time, he never stopped fighting. He continued to plant the crops in the spring and haul them in the semi this summer.

David was preceded in death by his parents, George and Frances Morse, brother Charles Morse, in-laws, Murl and Marcella Shutt.

David is survived by his wife, Patricia Morse, Austin; children, Lisa (Jim) Carley, Altoona, Iowa, Dave Morse (Sophia Hutchinson), Austin, and Laura (Jon) Stroup, Rose Creek, Minn.; grandchildren, Taylor Carley, Avery Stroup, and Audrey Stroup; brothers, George (Kathy) Morse, Austin, Kevin Morse, Austin; sister, Linda (Vic) Nerad, St. Ansgar, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Berta (Bruce) Berndt, Aitkin, Minn., and Kathy (Darwin) Shoden, Owatonna, Minn., nieces, nephews and cousins.

Casket Bearers are Mike Berndt, Rick Berndt, Steve Clark, Duane Dietz, Wes Haugebak, Brian King, Daryl Morse, Dwayne Morse, and Ron Shoden.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Memorials are preferred to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, The Wee Learning Center, or The American Caner Society.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Sept 23, 2011]

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Darlene Pearl (Rierson) Benson, 78


Funeral services for Darlene “Dar” Benson, 78, will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev Ann Siverling officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Meadow Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Benson, 78, of Grand Meadow, died Wednesday, September 21, at the home of her daughter in Grand Meadow following a lengthy illness.

Darlene Pearl Rierson was born October 14, 1932, in Belmond, Iowa, to Harold and Anna (Frohling) Rierson. She attended and graduated from Belmond High School in 1950 and was united in marriage to Dale Benson on Feb. 14, 1951, also in Belmond. Together they had three children, Denny, Dave and Darcy. In 1953, they moved to Grand Meadow following Dale’s discharge from the military (Korean War). They lived in the Grand Meadow area until their deaths. Dale died on June 11, 1999. Dar was a homemaker and also held various jobs throughout her life.

She was well known for painting and wall papering; she bowled for many years in league in Austin (and was very good), and she played on the women softball league. She enjoyed her flower gardens, singing in church, animals, playing cards (cribbage, 500 bridge or any other card game) and playing catch with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed attending many sporting events, supporting, watching and spending time with her grandchildren. Dar was known to everyone around town as “Grandma Dar.”

Dar was a member of the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, was a member of the church council and WELCA and served as president of each, and was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children, Denny (Sheila) Benson of Grand Meadow, Dave Benson of Rochester and Darcy (Terry) Hanken of Grand Meadow; grandchildren, Christy Benson of Grand Meadow, Alex, Garrett and Josh Benson of Rochester, Brynn, Ethan and Hailey Hanken of Grand Meadow, Rene’ Durhman and Heather Fabian both of Grand Meadow and Shelley Kraling of Preston; great-grandchildren, Steve, Mark and Audra Durhman and Colten and Kendyl Kraling and special friends, Doc and Norma Klaehn of Elkton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Duane. Condolences may be left at

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Sept 23, 2011]

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Hans Christian Anderson




Hans Christian Anderson was born at Ostre-Toten, Norway, August 18, 1838 and died at Alstead, New Hampshire, November 21, 1913. He had recently gone there from the west. He came to Dane County, Wisconsin with his parents in 1853. In 1854 they moved to Nevada township, Mower county, Minnesota, where he grew to manhood. In 1864 he was married to Rachel Richardson, a resident of Mower county, and they resided on the homestead in Nevada until 1888 when they moved to the state of Washington. After spending ten years in that state they again returned to Minnesota and made their home at Austin where Mrs. Anderson died on May 30, 1902.

There are nine children surviving, six of whom reside on the Pacific coast and three in this state. Mr. Anderson was at one time County Commissioner of Mower county and was promninent in Republican politics.

The funeral was held in Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church in Nevada, Monday afternoon. Mr. Anderson married a second time and his widow and one son survive. She is in the State of Washington.

[ Mower County Transcript, Tue. 12-03-1913, page-2, col.-2 ]



Our readers will remember our recent notice of the death of Hans C. Anderson at Alstead, New Hampshire, Nov. 21, 1913, from the results of being burned.

He was one of the pioneers of Mower county, coming to Nevada township in 1854. His first wife died on May 30, 1902. He married again and after living in Austin a while they went west to Washington state and finally made their home in Coupeville, Wash. By this last marriage there was one son, Paul, now seven years old, tall for his age, light hair, blue eyes.

About a year ago Mr. Anderson left home taking the boy. He was in the vicinity of Austin for a short time last summer and later went to New England. Mrs. Anderson has sought in vain for her son until last week when she recovered him and has taken him back to their home in Coupeville, Washington, where she is a teacher. The following dispatch will give particulars of the finding of the son.

FERGUS FALLS, MINN - Jan. 15. (Special) -- Mrs. Florence Anderson arrived here from Seattle, Wash., Tuesday night and early yesterday morning secured a writ of habeas corpus to recover possession of her 7-year-old son. Paul Anderson, who she claimed was wrongfully detained at Battle Lake, this county.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson resided in Seattle and Mr. Anderson separated from her about a year ago and started east, taking the boy with him. He went to New Hampshire and was there killed in a boiler explosion.

The child was taken in charge by his half-sister, Mrs. Nellie Stoe, of Battle Lake, this county, who brought him here and has been caring for him since the father's death. The mother, who has been teaching in the vicinity of Seattle, was unable to find any trace of him and employed detectives, who finally traced him to this county, and the West and secured a writ to recover custody of him.

Sheriff Billings accompanied her to Battle Lake and the child was to have been brought into court to have his legal status ascertained, but after a conference, Mrs. Stoe, who is Mr. Anderson's daughter by a former marriage consented to give the child up without a contest. The mother will take him back to Seattle at once.

Before his death in New Hampshire the father, whose name was Hans C. Anderson, is understood to have made a will giving his wife only $5 and steps will be taken to have it set aside. He left a very considerable estate.

[ Mower County Transcript, Wednesday,
1-21-1914, page-3 ]

(Clippings contributed by Mark Ashley, 9/24/2011)

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Adeline Ann Carlson, 88


Adeline Ann Carlson, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Addie was born on April 17, 1923, in Delavan, Minnesota, to Anton and Alma (Handeland) Peterson. She grew up on a farm and attended school in the Blue Earth area. She moved to Austin in the early 1940s. On August 16, 1942, Addie married Henry “Hank” Carlson at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Winnebago, Minn. She worked at Hormel for 34 years in the Dry Sausage Dept. Adeline was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Mothers Club and Women of the Moose. She was a faithful volunteer at St. Mark’s Nursing Home for more than 10 years. In her spare time, she liked to knit, work on puzzles, dance, talk, and have a good time. She was well known for her lefse. A holiday or special gathering was never without her lefse. Addie was always “Nanny Hank” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nanny was extremely proud and supportive of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always giving them extra “loving.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Carlson; infant son, Roger; sisters, Pearl Gresser, Maureen Orth and Betty Warner and brother Palmer Peterson.

Adeline is survived by her son, Richard “Smokey” (Karen) Carlson, Oakland, Minn.; grandchildren, Chad (Dawn) Carlson, Hayward, Minn., Natalie (Scott) Reminger, Lakeville, Minn., Brianna Carlson, Austin; great-grandchildren, Amber, Brandon, Jacob, and Ruth Carlson, and Jack and Ryan Reminger; sisters, Kathryn Cherland, Minneapolis, Evelyn “Honey” Abram, Blue Earth, Minn., Diane (Terry) Schaper, New Richland, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond (Arlene) Peterson, Crosslake, Minn., David (Florence) Peterson, Blue Earth; many nieces and nephews

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kristi Koppel officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, and at the church on Wednesday for one hour before the service.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements

[ Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 ]

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Darren Michael Lewis, 38


Darren Michael Lewis, 38, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday morning, September 24, 2011.

Darren was born on March 25, 1973, in Austin, Minnesota, to Mike and Karen (Knott) Lewis. He grew up in Austin where he graduated from Austin High School in 1991. Darren double majored in psychology and economics, receiving his bachelor’s degree from Mankato State in 1996.

On January 20, 2004, he married Lindsay Leif, having a tropical wedding in the Dominican Republic. Darren was the owner of Lewis Painting in Austin. He was an extremely talented painter and well respected throughout the area. Darren loved his co-workers and was proud to have such a talented team working with him.

Darren was an avid runner, participating in many races and marathons, starting at age 9 and being the youngest competitor to complete Grandma’s Marathon, and the second-youngest marathon runner ever in the U.S. Darren was also a huge sports fanatic and you could always count on him to know all the latest stats and scores. He played golf, volleyball and his most recent love — kickball. His smile lit up the room and he was a friend to everyone he met.

Darren’s true passion was his family. He had a special place in his heart for his brothers and sister. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He loved spending time with his children and taking tropical vacations with his wife. You could always find Darren having fun with the kids, whether it was wild rides on the family’s four wheeler, playing games or attending sporting events. Of all Darren’s accomplishments, he was most proud to be a dad, and he was an amazing father. He will be dearly missed by all his children.

Survivors include his wife, Lindsay and their four children, Jayden (8), Kendahl (6), Lexi (4), Marek (1), all of Austin; parents, Mike and Karen (Knott) Lewis, Austin; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Paul and Deb Leif, Austin; brothers, Scott (Debbie) Lewis, Austin, Brett (DeeDee) Lewis, Holmen, Wis.; sister, Dana (Riley) Kvam, Minneapolis; brother-in-law, Ryan (Briea) Leif, Austin; sister-in-law, Alyson Leif, Hollywood, Calif.; grandparents, Joyce and Gordon Knott, Portland, Ore.; 11 nieces and nephews; countless loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Roswell and Ann Lewis; grandma, Alice Mae, and GG.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father Greg Leif officiating. There will be a 7 p.m. wake service on Tuesday 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 Wednesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

[ Austin Daily Herald online, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 ]

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Callie A. Wilkins


Last Friday evening the friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Walkins, of this city, were astonished by a telegraphic announcement that Miss Callie A. Wilkins was dead.

She left home with her mother the last week in September to visit eastern relatives. While they were in the city of Chicago, the third instant [meaning this month], she was taken sick with scarlet fever and died the 8th. At half-past seven last Sunday morning the train bearing the remains of Miss Wilkins arrived at the depot in this city and was met by a large number of sympathizing friends of the bereaved parents.

The burial service took place at their residence last Monday afternoon, and the lifeless clay of their only daughter and child was entombed in the cemetery. Next Sunday morning the funeral sermon will be preached in the Universalist Church.

We write this notice with sorrow. Nine years ago we made the acquaintance of the deceased, then a joyous interesting child.

[ Mower & Fillmore Republican, Thur. 10-14-1857, Page-3, col.-1 ]

NOTE: Callie was born 8-25-1859, and died 10-08-1875; she is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

(Credit: Mark Ashley, 9/2011)

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Darlene Marie (Uecker) Olson


Darlene Marie (Uecker) Olson, 67, of Blue Earth, Minnesota, died Tuesday September 27, 2011, at the Seasons Hospice House in Rochester, Minn., after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2011, at Winnebago Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills, Iowa, with Pastor Bill Peters officiating. Darlene’s family will greet family and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills, Iowa, 50450, and then again one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place a later date at Salem Memorial Cemetery in Lake Mills. Memorial contributions can be made to Seasons Hospice House, 5650 Weatherhill Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

Darlene Marie was born June 10, 1944, in Austin, to Russell Uecker and Fay (Smalley) Uecker. She grew up in Lyle, Minn., the middle child of seven. Darlene married Alvin Olson on Nov. 24, 1962, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lyle. Darlene and Alvin had four children, Darlene stayed at home to raise her two sons and two daughters until the passing of Alvin in 1980.

When Darlene took a job as a nurses’ aide at St. Lukes Lutheran Home in Blue Earth, Minn., she did not realize that beyond family and friends, she would find her next great joy in life. Darlene loved the residents and her co-workers. She found great satisfaction and pride in caring for others. She worked at St. Lukes for 28 years before retiring because of health reasons.

Darlene was a doting daughter, sister, mother and grandmother who always put other people’s needs before her own and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren.

Darlene Marie is survived by her mother, Fay Uecker of Blue Earth; children, Thomas (Jill) Olson of Forest City, Iowa, Jody Olson of Rochester, James (Dawn) Olson of Lake Mills and Robin (Kevin) Singelstad of Northwood, Iowa; grandchildren, Amanda (Brian Lannoye), Rebecca Olson, Seth Olson, Bryon Olson, Jacob Olson, Anna Singelstad, Bianca Singelstad; siblings, Danny (George) Ritz of Eagle River, Alaska, Lola (Terry) Bishop of Las Vegas, Janet Chamberland of Blue Earth, John (Debbie) Uecker of Austin, Roger Uecker of Blue Earth; sister-in-law, Sadie Uecker of Elm City, N.C.; many loving nieces and nephews.

Darlene Marie was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Albert Olson; father Russell Uecker, brother Charles Uecker and sister-in-law Ellen Uecker.

Austin Daily Herald online, Sept. 29, 2011

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Mary Ann (Bartesch) Nelson, 75


Mary Ann Nelson, 75, of Austin, died Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at her home, surrounded by the love of her family.

Mary Ann Bartesch was born on December 8, 1935, in Calmar, Iowa, and later moved to Austin with her family. She graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1953. The day after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Joseph “Franny” Nelson, and they made their home in Austin, where they raised their nine children.

Mary Ann’s life centered on her home and family. Her house was always open to her kids and grandkids who would often stop by for a visit or settle in for a longer stay. If they were really lucky, “Grandma” would have one of her famous pies in the cupboard. Mary Ann loved the outdoors and enjoyed trips up north to camp and fish. When home, she’d often sit outside on her patio swing, enjoying the sunshine and the peacefulness of the woods around her, with her dogs at her feet and a cat in her lap.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Joe Nelson, Austin; children, Tim (Sherri) Nelson, Austin; Tom (Lorrie) Nelson, Austin; Ted (Sharon) Nelson, Kimberly, Wis.; Terry (Rita) Brownsdale; Todd (Margaret), Kasson; Toby (Diana), Harmony; Suzy Nelson Cook, Hastings; Tony (Stasia) Nelson, Valrico, Fla.; and Leanne Nelson, Austin; 33 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Angela Bartesch, and her infant great-granddaughter, Pearl Annabelle Severson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Augustine’s Church. Visitation with the family will take place at the church before the service, beginning 10:30 a.m. Cancer may have taken Mary Ann’s life, but her spirit lives on in the hearts of those who carry her love with them every day. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice – MCHS, 1000 1st Drive NW, Austin.

Austin Daily Herald online, Sept. 29, 2011

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Paul LeRoy Thompson, 85


Paul LeRoy Thompson, 85, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2011, in Prescott Valley, Ariz., while under the care of Santa Fe House/Granite Mountain Hospice since June 1, 2011.

Before this, he resided with his wife Wanda in Prescott, Ariz. He was born in Albert Lea, Minn., attended schools in Albert Lea, London, and Lyle, Minn., and graduated in 1943 as valedictorian. Paul participated in sports and the high school band while attending Lyle High School. A highlight in his senior year was as a baseball team member coming in second in the State High School Baseball Tournament for that school size rating. In July of 1944, he was drafted into the Army Air Force where he became a cryptographer while in service for the country that he loved.

While serving in Biak in the South Pacific, he contracted a severe case of Malaria and was flown to Topeka, Kan., where he stayed hospitalized for five months before being honorably discharged after serving 19 months. Paul then returned to Luther College, and after a year and a half was approached by his step-father to help him in the home-owned bank. For the next 25 years he settled into the banking industry. Later he returned to school and graduated as a public accountant. Paul partnered with a friend as a painter for some of his last years before retirement.

During his working years, Paul and his wife, Wanda, along with their four children lived in different areas of Minnesota, where in 1979 they were active members of the Assembly of God Church. The Thompson family participated in bible study groups in whatever state they made their home: Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and Tennessee. Paul was an avid reader for most of his life. They relocated to Prescott in May of 2010 and resided in Prescott Canyon Estates Adult Community.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Marsha (Norm) Jensen of Prescott Valley, Brian (Daisy) Thompson of Hermitage, Tenn., Daniel (Kaoru) Thompson of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Joan (Greg) Larsen of Walnut Creek, Calif.; sister, Marlene (Don) Storry of Boulder City, Nev., 10 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, eight great-grandchildren and one step great-granchild, six nieces and nephews.

Austin Daily Herald online, Sept. 28, 2011

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Elaine Marcella (nee Joyce) Thompson, 75


The funeral Mass for Elaine M. Thompson will be 11 a.m. Thursday, September 29, 2011 in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester officiated by Rev. Donald P. Schmitz. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Thompson, 75, of Rochester died Monday, September 26, 2011 following a brief illness.

She was born Elaine Marcella Joyce August 12, 1936, in Rochester to Allen and Margaret (Towey) Joyce and grew up in Grand Meadow where she graduated from high school. On August 12, 1958, she married Glenn G. “Tommy” Thompson in Grand Meadow, he survives. Elaine was a homemaker and later became a nurse’s aide when her youngest child reached junior high school age. She worked at Woodside Convalescent Center in Rochester for twenty-seven years.

Over the years Elaine, her husband and children opened their home, serving as a host family to 26 different foreign nursing students. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and belonged to one of its rosary groups.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lisa (Joe) Gaona of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. and a son, Jeff (Teri) Thompson of Eau Claire, Wisc. One grandson, Charlie, survives. Elaine also loved her two cats, Sliver and Gizmo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour before the service on Thursday. Online condolences are welcome at

Austin Daily Herald online, Sept. 28, 2011

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Cecelia Anna (McGee) Delaney, 88


Cecelia A. Delaney, 88, of Austin died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota after a severe stroke.

Cecelia Anna McGee was born March 8, 1923 on a farm near Elma, Iowa, the oldest daughter of John Sylvester and Mary Ann (Knippling) McGee. She graduated from school in Lourdes, Iowa. In 1943, Cecelia moved to Austin with her friend Betty and began working at the Plant Cafe. While working at the Cafe, she met Charles E. Delaney a North Dakota native whom served in World War II. They were united in marriage on April 30, 1946 in St. Augustine’s Church. Cecelia and Charles raised a family of ten children. They enjoyed bicycling, square dancing, and time spent at the lake fishing and living in their camper.

Cecelia loved spending time with her family and friends, tending her bountiful garden and preserving its harvest, reading, playing cards and games, crossword puzzles, walks, and keeping up with the news. She was also very active with her church.

Cecelia is survived by sons: Jack (Karen) of Pepperell, MA, Duane (Diane) of Austin, Larry (Rosie) of Fremont, Neb., Tom (Heather) of Woodbury, Tim of North Mankato, and Dave of Austin; daughters: Connie Stegemann of Austin, Donna (Jim) Morgan of Altoona, Wis., and Mary (Todd) Vanek of Eagan; daughter-in-law: Nancy Delaney of Elizabeth, Colo.; eighteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; two sisters: Rita Fleming of Stevensville, Mont., and Margie Wetherell of Rock Island, Ill.; brother: Jack McGee of Gilbertville, Iowa.

Cecelia was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles in 2002; son: Mark; brothers: Donald, Raymond, Edward, and Gerald; sister: Sally Mirci; and son-in-law: Paul Stegemann.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:30 p.m. wake service on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call 4-7 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald online, Sept. 28, 2011

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Beverly Mae (Grimley) Dushek


Beverly M. Dushek, 78, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away September 28, 2011, at Living Center West following an extended illness. Per Beverly’s wishes, no services will be held. Private inurnment will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Eugene Dushek; daughter, Jeanne L. (Steve) Catron of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Brandon (Kendra) Struve Orlando, Fla., and Tim Catron and Hannah Catron both of Cedar Rapids; her great-grandson, Dexter Struve; siblings, Joan (John) O’Rourke, John Grimley, Gerald (Margaret) Grimleyand of Austin, Minn..

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John Dushek; brothers, Robert, Max, Donald and Duane.

Beverly Mae Dushek was born September 23, 1933 in Austin, Minnesota, the beloved daughter of Edwin and Sarah (Connelly) Grimley. She graduated from high school in Austin in 1951. On May 14, 1960, she married Eugene Dushek in Austin. They resided in South Bend, Ind., for eight years before making Cedar Rapids their home for the last 42 years. She worked various jobs outside of the home, but primarily found her greatest enjoyment caring for her family. She enjoyed reading and was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.

Please leave a message, tribute or memory to Beverly’s family on our webpage, under Obituaries.

[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 ]

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