Mower County Obituaries
Part 356

Catherine Mae (Williams)
"Kate" Andree


March 12, 1937 - March 13, 2019

Catherine Mae “Kate” Andree, 82, of Mapleview, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Austin.

Kate was born on March 12, 1937, in Dows, Iowa, to Lyle and Arline (Ford) Williams. She graduated from Adams High School in 1955. She married Robert Andree, Sr on October 22, 1955 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Brownsdale. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, birdwatching, camping, traveling, and going for daily walks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Andree, Sr; son, Allen; grandson, Eric; and brothers-in-law, David Andree and Edward Andree.

Kate is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law: Robert (Miriam) Andree, St. Peter, Minnesota, and Barry Andree, Mapleview, Minnesota; daughter: Patsy Koontz, Austin, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren: Shannon, April, Trevor, Eric, Chris, Dustin, Crystal, Joseph, Jonathon, Michael, Daniel, and Maggie; 13 great grandchildren; brother and Sister-in-law: Lyle “Sonny” (Cheryl) Williams, Austin, Minnesota; brother-in-law: Wayne Andree, Austin, Minnesota; sisters-in-law: Lorraine Andree, Austin, Minnesota, and Jan Andree, Austin, Minnesota; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21st Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Reverend Gemechu Olana officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service on Thursday.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Eldon Arthur Gilbertson


August 14, 1943 -- March 15, 2019 (age 75)

Eldon Arthur Gilbertson, age 75 of rural Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Friday, March 15, 2019 at his home in rural Albert Lea.

Eldon was born on August 14, 1943, in Austin, Minnesota, at St. Olaf Hospital, to Arthur and Sylvia (Nordby) Gilbertson. He attended Austin High School, graduating in 1961. On January 3, 1964, Eldon enlisted in the United Stated Airforce, and served as an airplane mechanic. While in the Airforce he was stationed in Bitburg, Germany and Wheelus Air Base in Libya. Eldon was honorably discharged on December 15, 1967 and returned to Minnesota. On July 20, 1985,

Eldon was united in marriage to Della Gilbreath at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima, Washington. Eldon farmed all his life in the Moscow Township and did repair work on farm machinery. He liked wine making and tending to his vineyard, he loved horticulture, growing and gardening flowers, and loved children, he would play board games with them. He also had a strong bond with his cousin, Megan Erstad, Eldon taught her how to make cookies for the fair. Eldon spent his life caring for his family, his church, his friends and neighbors, and for God’s creation.

He spent many years on the church council, teaching Sunday School, being the Sunday School Superintendent, and taking care of the Moscow Lutheran Church building. Eldon was a member of the American Legion Post 91 in Austin. He proudly displayed a flag in his yard and on Memorial Day weekend, Eldon placed flags on the serviceman’s graves. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife Della Gilbertson of Austin, Minnesota; three sisters, Sandra Olson of Glenville, Minnesota, Arlene (Donald) Foster of St. Peter, Minnesota, Nyla (Don) Lyon of Selah, Washington; two nieces, Kristine Edlund and Katherine (Robert) Norland; one nephew, Timothy Foster; four great-nephews; brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and many other relatives, friends, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Sylvia Gilbertson; brother-in-law, Keith Olson; and nephew-in-law, David S. Edlund.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Moscow Lutheran Church in rural Austin, Minnesota with Pastor Peter Soli officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be held at a later date in Moscow Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Jeramiah Warren Belden


October 15, 1985 - March 16, 2019

Obituary for Jeramiah Warren Belden

Jeramiah “Jer” Warren Belden, age 33, of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully surrounded by the laughter of his children, nephew, and the love of his parents and sister on Saturday, March 16, 2019. He fought a long hard against battle Type 1 Diabetes.

He was born in Austin, Minnesota, on October 15, 1985, to Anthony and Lisa (Scott) Belden. Jer enjoyed annual hunting trips with his family every fall, biking, fishing and being with his family and friends. He loved listening to his music and being in the kitchen cooking. His children Mason Warren and Emma Rae were the loves of his life. He enjoyed spending time with them doing whatever pleased them.

Survivors include his children, Mason Belden-Reimers and Emma Belden-Reimers; his parents Tony and Lisa (Scott) Belden; his sister Nicole Belden; nephews Izaak and Markus; Grandma Jeanette Belden and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded into death, by his grandparents Robert and Inez Scott; grandpa, Harold Belden; uncles, Butch Belden and Allen Belden; and cousin, Kendra Belden.

A Celebration of life will be held at Mayer Funeral Home on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 2-5 pm. Please join his family for one last party at Lansing Corners.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Corrine Shirley (Spoonheim)


August 29, 1924 - March 15, 2019 (age 94)

Corrine Shirley (Spoonheim) Astrup

Corrine S. Astrup, age 94 of Austin, MN, went to heaven on Friday, March 15, 2019. She was surrounded by family at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin after suffering a massive stroke on March 11.

She was born on August 29, 1924 to Theron (Hap) and Ann Elizabeth Spoonheim in New Rockford, North Dakota. Corrine and her family moved to Williston, ND, in 1928 where she grew up during the depression. Corrine graduated from Williston High School in 1942 and then moved to Breckenridge, MN. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and then St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fargo, ND, where she graduated as a Registered Nurse. After graduation, Corrine worked as a nurse in Fergus Falls, MN, and Fullerton, CA.

Corrine met Leonard (Len) Astrup and they were married on June 11, 1955, at Breckenridge Lutheran Church. At the time of Len’s death in July 2014, they had enjoyed 59 years of marriage. Len and Corrine had four children: Ann, Chris, Dan and Susan. Corrine’s greatest joy was her family. She was a rock, and her legacy lives on through the family she and Len created. She loved attending the children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She was a devoted mom and grandma and enjoyed all our family traditions, especially Christmas Eve.

Corrine was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, a volunteer at St. Olaf Hospital Auxiliary for over 50 years and was also involved in St. Mark’s Auxiliary, PEO Chapter BZ, American Red Cross, Sons of Norway and more. Corrine worked in the office at the family’s drugstore after the kids were all in school. Corrine enjoyed travel, walking, spending time at the family cabin on Ottertail Lake and watching the Twins, Timberwolves, Gopher basketball (especially Gopher women), Lynx and the Gusties. Giving generously brought Corrine great joy.

She was active on the Board of Directors of Astrup Family Foundation. After losing Len to Alzheimer’s, she became an active advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Her faith in God was most important and guided her every day of her life. Corrine was kind, humble, gracious, sharp, loving, sincere, thoughtful, friendly and beautiful in every way. Her quiet strength had a huge impact on her family, and she was a blessing to all those who knew her.

Survivors include her children: Ann Astrup (Laura) of Wayzata, MN, Christopher (Lynn) Astrup of Minneapolis, Daniel (Becky) Astrup of Austin, Susan (Erik) Lundquist of Rochester; nine grandchildren: Hayley (Tony) Post, Jessica (Nick) Ehret, Robert (Kelsey) Astrup, Andrea (Jeremiah) Becker, Michael (Melissa) Astrup, Laura Astrup, Anna Lundquist, John Lundquist and Peter Lundquist; six great-grandchildren; brother, Rev. Jay (Isa) Spoonheim of Oklahoma City, OK and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theron and Ann Spoonheim; husband, Leonard Astrup; sister Jo Ann Overboe; brother Donald Spoonheim; nephew Mark Spoonheim and niece Jan Overboe.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, MN with Pastor Anjanette Bandel officiating. Visitation from 9:30-11:00, prior to the service. Private interment. Worlein Funeral Home ( of Austin is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Astrup Family Foundation, a non-profit that gives to charities focused on Family, Faith, Healthcare, Education and Strengthening Communities OR to the charity of your choice.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Jeffrey David Lyle


January 13, 1963 - March 09, 2019

Jeffrey David Lyle, 56, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following complications from strokes he suffered in December of 2018. Jeff was surrounded by his family as he entered Heaven.

Jeff was born on January 13, 1963, in Austin, Minnesota, to David and Lucretia (Lightly) Lyle. He graduated from Austin High School in 1981. He graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, in 1985, majoring in Music and Broadcasting. He was joined in marriage to Julie Bendtsen on May 27, 1989, in Austin, Minnesota, and resided in Davenport, Iowa, for many years, raising two beautiful daughters.

Jeff grew up on his family’s farm, milking cows and doing field work alongside his father and two brothers, Tom and Bob. He was heavily involved in the 4-H program, often showing livestock at the local county fairs, the Minnesota State Fair, and Ak-Sar-Ben. From an early age, Jeff was either taking apart an old radio or shooting stop action movies with Fisher Price Little People. As a teenager, he worked at Hanson Camera and also served as the janitor at First Baptist Church in Austin and during college he worked at RadioShack.

Jeff’s love of music and broadcasting began at an early age and led to many adventures. He started singing and playing cello in many concerts in elementary school and continued thru his college years. He toured with the Cedarville University Swordbearers lending his beautiful tenor voice to the group while also running and setting up the sound system. He helped run the campus radio station. In Davenport, Jeff worked at a CBS station, joined forces with a business partner and started a Christian radio station that still exists in Des Moines to this day. He started several TV production businesses and pioneered a process of broadcasting over fiber optics.

In 2013, Jeff began working with a group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and The Media Gateway was formed. They produce news for stations in many areas of the country and provide master control services. Jeff was blessed with great reserves of love and goodwill from clients, friends, and acquaintances. He will be missed in the TV industry particularly the low power world, where Jeff was always in their corner, helping people get from good to great, from ok to good, and from nothing to actually being in business.

Jeff’s faith in Jesus Christ was lived out in many ways. He was kind and generous to a fault and would go out of his way to help anyone. He dearly loved his family and was tremendously proud of his talented daughters, Rachel, a graphic designer, and Samantha, a soon to be Horticulturist.

Jeff is survived and lovingly remembered by his former spouse: Julie Lyle of Davenport, IA; daughters: Rachel Lyle and Fiancé Caleb Baker, Ames, IA; and Samantha Lyle, Ames, IA; parents: David and Lu Lyle, Austin, MN; brothers: Thomas (Mary) Lyle, Maplewood, MN; and Robert (Jacinth) Lyle, Jacksonville, FL, nieces and nephews: Lauren Lyle, Jake Lyle, Alexandra Lyle, Olivia Lyle, and William Lyle; aunts, uncles, cousins and many loving extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th at Grace Baptist Church, 1700 W. Oakland Ave., Austin with Pastor Dan Mielke and Pastor Devin Larsen officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be at church on Saturday from 12:30 until 2:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd at Grandview Baptist Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the family for the girl’s education.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Daniel G. Goldman


May 31, 1955 - March 20, 2019 (age 63)

Daniel G. Goldman, age 63 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, surrounded by his loving family.

Daniel was born on May 31, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota, to Leonard and Betty (Hendrickson) Goldman. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1973. On October 22, 1983, Daniel married Janet Weinmann at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. Together they raised one son, Eric. Daniel worked at Hormel Foods for 34 years in Research and Developments. He retired in December of 2018.

He was a long-time member of the Eagles Club in Austin, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, enjoyed social media, and grilling out with friends and family. Daniel was also an avid sports fan, he loved the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Goldman of Austin, Minnesota; son, Eric Goldman of Austin, Minnesota; one brother, David (Janice) Goldman of Sparta, Wisconsin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob (Barb) Weinmann of Longville, Minnesota, Lee (Janice) Weinmann of Laporte, Minnesota, Mary (Gene) Moffatt of Laporte, Minnesota, Michael (Shelly) Weinmann of Austin, Minnesota, Earl Weinmann of Northfield, Minnesota, Joanne (Joe) Baldus of Austin, Minnesota, Shirley (Jim) Marx of Laporte, Minnesota, Tim Weinmann of Austin, Minnesota, Amy Weinmann of Bemidji, Minnesota; aunt, Velma Vick of Austin, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Betty Goldman.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will be held from 11:00-1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Maxine Elaine (Quam)
"Mac" Jacobson


December 17, 1928 - March 20, 2019 (age 90)

Maxine (Mac) Elaine Jacobson passed away peacefully on March 20, 2019, at St. Marks at the age of 90 years.

Maxine was born December 17, 1928 to Lester & Elsie Quam. She was united in marriage to Harold Leroy Jacobson Nov. 29, 1947 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Harold & Mac had made Austin their home and summers at their cabin on French Lake, which they had for 49 years.

She was a devoted member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, always finding her own special spot in the same pew on Sunday and a longtime member of the Women’s Potpourri Circle group. One thing many may not have known about Maxine, is that she played Alto Saxophone in her younger days and was in the Marching band at school, something that she was so proud of. Mom was a strong, determined and loving woman. We will miss her every day. We can all look around our homes and forever be reminded of her love by the Christmas decorations on our trees, the doilies upon our tables, the afghans that lay over our laps, the washcloths in our kitchens and the hundreds of other decorations that she’s made over her years.

Mom was wonderfully devoted to her 3 daughters, Linda (Nels) Nelson, of Rose Creek, Minn.; Sandy (Bruce) Hovland, of Austin, Minn.; and Lori Tigner, of Austin, Minn. She was a loving Grandmother to her nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and an Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one brother; Rich (Sue) Quam, Sister-in-law; Delaine Quam and her brother-in-law Virgil (Barb) Jacobson. We will miss our beloved mom, grandma, sister, aunt so very much, but are comforted by her return to Our Father & her reunion with her husband; Harold, her parents, her two brothers; Dale & Lester and one great-grandchild, Kiki Palmer, who had all proceeded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with Pastor Mike Olmsted officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Memorials can be directed to recipient of donor’s choice. Special thanks to the wonderful people of St. Croix Hospice care who provided invaluable care to Mom for her final days. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Bonnie Lou (Bastian) Ruud


January 10, 1947 - March 22, 2019

Bonnie Ruud, age 72 of Lime Springs, Iowa passed away at her home on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Bonnie Lou Ruud was born January 10, 1947 in Austin, MN to Alfred and Ethel (Fisher) Bastian. Bonnie grew up in Rockford Illinois where she attended East High School. She married Valentine Chevchuc; to this union two sons were born, John and Shawn, they later divorced. She later married Steven Ruud and they later divorced.

While living in Rockford Bonnie operated the tool shop at Cotta Transmissions in Rockford. She later was a nurse’s aide at the Ostrander, MN nursing home. She also worked at Featherlite in Cresco for a couple years. Bonnie loved being outdoors, she was an avid fisherman, enjoyed working in the yard and gardening from which she canned it’s produce. She also loved word search puzzles, cooking and her devoted dog, Smokey.

Bonnie is survived by her two sons: John Chevchuc and fiancé Jennifer Beu of Beloit, WI, Shawn Chevchuc of Sandstone, MN and his significant other, Belinda Douglas; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three siblings: Gaylen (Patricia) Bastian of Rockford, IL, Robert (Ginger) Bastian of LeRoy, MN and Cheryl (Carl) Miller of Chester, IA; and five nieces and nephews.

SOURCE: Lindstrom Funeral Home, Riceville, Iowa

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Nathan John Mullenbach


Nathan John Mullenbach, 84, of Adams Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2019, after a six week battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the Stacyville nursing home surrounded by his family.

Nathan was born September 9, 1934, in Adams Township to Paul and Mary (Juenger) Mullenbach. He attended Johnsburg grade school and graduated from Adams High School in 1952. After graduation, he worked on the family farm just north of Johnsburg. His father was killed in an auto accident in October 1952. He then farmed with his mother, Mary, until he purchased the farm in 1962.

On September 17, 1957, Nathan married Dorothy Rauen at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, Iowa. They lived on the Mullenbach family farm for 40 years. In 1997 they moved to Adams. Nathan was a proud dairy farmer, Johnsburg Cemetery plot keeper for 20 years, and Catholic United Financial member. He enjoyed playing cards with family, friends, and all his grandchildren, going to grandkids events, a good card game of Solo, occasional casino slots, fishing and bus trips with friends. Even after moving to Adams, he enjoyed going to the family farm to help his son Gary.

Nathan is survived by his wife: Dorothy, married for 62 years; daughter: Cher (Mark) Weness of Rose Creek; sons: Kevin (Sue) of Austin, Brian (Darcy) of Stewartville, Gary (Kelly) of Johnsburg; eight grandchildren: Hilary (Jayme) Underwood, Erick (Lisa) Weness, Kyle, Katie, Danielle, Chelsey (Drew) Gappa, Garret, and Josh; seven great-grandchildren: Charlea, Halle, Tess, Ava, Layna, Kaden and Levi; one brother, Leon (Johnni) of Red Wing, Minnesota; in-laws: Marilyn (Larry) Motzer of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Ruth Jones of Tooele, UT.; Gene (Marcia) Rauen of Austin, Minnesota; and Don King of Hastings, Minnesota.

Preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Erwin (Johanna), Edmund (Dorothy), Roman (Helen); sisters and brothers-in-law, Beatrice (Bill) Krebsbach, Bernice (Melvin) Reding; mother-in-law and father in-law, Art and Rose Rauen; sister-in-law, Bernice King, and brother-in-law Leonard Allen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, March 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with a Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and there will be visitation at the Adams Funeral Home on Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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John Clair Porter


John's Obituary

John C. Porter, 73 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019, surrounded by his family at Timberdale Trace Memory Care in Owatonna, Minnesota.

John Clair was born May 14, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Kenneth Dale and Ruth (Larson) Porter. He graduated with the class of 1963 from East High School in Des Moines. John continued his education at Grandview College in Des Moines, and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He served his country in the United States Army, and following his honorable discharge continued his service in the Army Reserves.

On May 31, 1969 he was united in marriage to Joan J. Niemeyer in Des Moines, Iowa. John had a long career in the meat packing industry. His career took the family to various communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri. In 1989, John and Joan moved to Austin, Minnesota where John took the position of plant engineer at Quality Pork Processors. In 2000, he completed is A.A.S. degree from Riverland Community College in Austin. Following his retirement from Quality Pork Processors, John served as a maintenance employee for St. Edward Catholic Church in Austin.

John was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed shooting pool. He was a lifelong fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, and Green Bay Packers. John was a longtime member of St. Edward Catholic Church, Austin American Legion Post 91, the Austin Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 703, and was a lifetime member North American Hunting Club.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan Porter of Austin, MN; daughters, Julia (David) Erchoff-Costet of Spring Grove, MN, Jennifer (Scott) Willey of Fairfax, VA, Jacqueline Porter of Austin, MN; grandchildren, Meghan and Brian Willey, Alleen Erchoff-Costet; siblings, Craig Porter of Des Moines, IA, Carolyn (Gary) Moorehead of Raleigh, NC; brothers-in-law, Richard (Robin) Niemeyer of Indianola, IA, Edward (Linda) Niemeyer of Chandler, AZ; by nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, K. Dale and Ruth Porter.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30th at St. Edward Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Military rites will be performed by Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 V.F.W. and Austin Post #91 American Legion. Interment will be in the Reinbeck City Cemetery in Reinbeck, Iowa. The Porter Family will greet friends on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Clasen Jordan Mortuary, and will continue on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to Mass at St. Edward Catholic Church.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Raymond Lewis Ihrke


May 12, 1922 - March 07, 2019

Raymond Lewis Ihrke, age 96, passed away March 7, 2019, at The Cedars of Austin, Minnesota.

Raymond was born to Niles and Rosa Ihrke on May 12, 1922, in Lake City, Iowa. Raymond married Viola Karges on November 23, 1944, also in Lake City, Iowa. Ray and Viola moved to Dexter Minnesota in 1962, where they farmed north of town until 1976, when they sold the farm and moved into Dexter. In 1984, they moved to Brownsdale where Ray worked for Don Akkerman, Countryside Farm Supply, and the Brownsdale Elevator. Ray and Viola celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in November 2009.

Raymond is survived by his son, Bill (Joy) Ihrke of Dexter, grandchildren Tristan (Caesar) Torres and Amber (Syd) Schramm, and four great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Evan, Cale, and Sadie.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne Ihrke, wife Viola, and daughter Rozanne Sweeney. A private family service will be later in the spring. Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield is assisting with arrangements.

Blessed be his memory.

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Kenneth John Heimer


January 9, 1930 - March 27, 2019

Obituary for Kenneth John Heimer

Kenneth John Heimer, age 89, of Austin, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Saint Mark's Lutheran Home.

Kenneth was born January 9, 1930 in Johnsburg, Minnesota to Joseph and Julia (Krebsbach) Heimer. On February 4, 1959 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Berg at Saint John's Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Minnesota. The couple resided in Austin, Minnesota where Kenneth was employed by the Milwaukee / SOO Line Railroad. Kenneth was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin, Minnesota. He retired from the railroad in May of 1992. He enjoyed gardening, old time music, spending time with family, holding detailed conversations, and a good cold beer (not necessarily in that order).

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Heimer, Austin, MN; sister, RoseMary (Ernie) King, Austin, MN; daughter, Cheryl (Tim) Schneider, Austin, MN; son, Steve (Faith) Heimer, Eden Prairie, MN; son, Alan (Jean) Heimer, Rochester, MN; daughter, Judy (Todd) Mullenbach, Austin, MN; daughter, Susan (Rodney) Ryks, Austin, MN; 13 grandchildren, Matthew, Natalie, Josiah, Adam, Isaac, Philip, Jerrad, Nicholas, Alyssa, Kathryn, Damian, Madelyn, Hannah; two great grandchildren, Aidan and Lucas; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents (Joseph and Julia Heimer); his two sisters (Priscilla May and Marjorie Heimer); and seven brothers: (Sylvester 'Sally', Nicholas, Cletus, Jerome, Herbert 'Herbie', Marvin, and Eugene 'Shorty'.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating. Visitation will take place, Friday, March 29, 2019 at Mayer Funeral Home from 4-7 pm, with a 4 pm rosary service. There will also be visitation one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Mary Helen (Maslo) Schleicher


September 16, 1921 - March 26, 2019 (age 97)

Mary Helen Schleicher, age 97 of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

She was born September 16, 1921, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of John and Lena Marie (Blase) Maslo. She was baptized October 16, 1921, and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield. Following high school graduation, she attended Springfield Jr. College for two years, received her teaching degree, and then taught in Springfield. Mary’s mother regularly hosted Concordia Theological Seminary students at dinners in their home. Mary met Curtis John Schleicher at one of those dinners.

On July 29, 1945, Pastor Curtis Schleicher and Mary Maslo were married at Trinity Lutheran Church, Springfield. Their marriage was blessed with five children. They served in Deaf Ministry, and in LCMS Lutheran churches in Sioux Falls, SD; Milbank, SD; and Austin, MN, moving there in 1968. Mary enjoyed her role as wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an active pastor’s wife, directing Children’s Choirs, teaching Sunday School, VBS, and first-year Confirmation classes. At St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin, she organized a large ministry of “Women’s Home Bible Studies.”

She led and taught the groups’ leaders, who then taught the 75 women in the small-groups. Pastor Curtis Schleicher died on November 19, 1994. Mary continued every-week worship and participation in St. John’s activities until her health-changes in 2019. Besides the blessings of church-involvements, over the years she also enjoyed her personal Bible study, family times, cooking, reading, sewing, knitting, gardening, her children’s and community music performances, walking, golf, playing Bridge, watching the Minnesota Twins on T.V., and the daily phone conversations with one or more of her children. Mary will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her five children: Mary (Douglas) Dahn of Peachtree City, GA, Rev. John (Carol) Schleicher of Austin, MN, Donald (Linda) Schleicher of Jupiter, FL, Jane (Donald) Young of Springfield, OR, Carol (Douglas) James of St. Paul, MN; 13 grandchildren: Kristine (Clifford) Prahl of Wausau, WI; Kimberly (Rev. Gregory) Hetherington of Roanoke, VA, Rev. Mark (Julie) Dahn of Peachtree City, GA, Michael (Jennifer) Dahn of Decatur, IL, Elizabeth (Andrew) Hanson of Rochester, MN, Matthew (Kimberly) Schleicher of Spring, TX, Vicar Jason (Amy) Schleicher of Tomball, TX, Jonathan (Chelsea) Schleicher of Spring, TX, Dana (Matthew) Hagan of Cary, NC, Veronica Schleicher of Jupitar, FL, Capt. USMC Paul (Holly) James of San Diego, CA, Sandra (Lonny) Bisping of Lincoln, NE, Luke James of Minnetonka, MN; 23 great-grandchildren: Erin, Joel, Kayla, Nate, Karissa, Chloe, Jordan, Ian, Ryan, Nathan, Jaden, Cody, Adley, Isaiah, Noah, Micah, Elizabeth, Zachary, Levi, Lydia, Caleb, John, and David; special niece: Arlene (Fred) Ananias of Springfield, IL; and many other relatives and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; parents, John and Lena Maslo; five sisters, Katherine, Ella, Irene, Florence, and Elsie; brothers-in-law; and grandson, Andrew Schleicher.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin, with Rev. John Schleicher and Rev. James Groleau officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Alice Kathryn (Simonson)


March 23, 1931 - March 31, 2019

Alice Kathryn Williams, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Alice was born March 23, 1931, in Sargeant, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Ragnhild (Neshium) Simonson. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1949. Alice married Donald Williams on March 15, 1953, in Blooming Prairie. They lived in Austin where she worked for Hormel Foods for many years until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, camping and fishing but most of all, Alice enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald in 2011; son, Dan; granddaughter, Emily Williams; sisters, Esther Wiese, Gloria Jacobson and Ruby Klingfus.

Alice is survived by her children: Duane (Mary Lynn) Williams, Virginia, Minnesota, Diane (Denny) Hruby, LeCenter, Minnesota and Debbie (Randy) Miller, Austin, Minnesota; daughter-in-law: Judy (Gary Athey) Williams, Elysian, Minnesota; seven grandchildren: Tammy (Derrek) Olson, Scott (Tina) Miller, Abby (Brett) Hovey, Nick (Ciara) Miller, Ben (Cassandra) Williams and Jed (Jolene) Williams; 16 great grandchildren: Emelyn, Henry, Grace, Susan, Cody, Cole, Keegan, Ayla, Carter, Tyler, Megan, Elijah, Heaven, Hailey, Elsie, Emma, and another three on the way; two great-great-grandchildren: Silas and Daxton; brothers: Jake Simonson, Owatonna, Minnesota, and Milward (Donna) Simonson, Hayfield, Minnesota; brother-in-law: Bob Hahn, Albert Lea, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Gemechu Olana officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Mortuary one hour before the service on Thursday.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Colette Marie (Novak)


Colette Marie Golombowski, 81, died at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota surrounded by love, songs and her family on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from complications of multiple myeloma and influenza.

Colette was born January 22, 1938, to C.J. (Pat) and Christine (Jesko) Novak in Pine City, Missouri. She was raised by her grandparents in Michigan City, Indiana and graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in 1955.

Colette married Stephen H. Golombowski on October 27, 1956 in Michigan City. They farmed and raised their nine children in Westville, Indiana; Brodhead, Wisconsin; and the Johnsburg, Minnesota area. Colette worked at Swiss Colony in Monroe, Wisconsin. Upon moving to Minnesota, she worked for Theobald Implement and Tom’s Repair in Stacyville, Iowa, and stayed with the businesses through the transitions and retired from TCM and Stacyville Repair in 2015.

Colette was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Johnsburg, Minnesota, where she served on the parish council, finance council and CCW. She served as treasurer of the Southland Food Shelf since its inception.

Colette enjoyed cooking for the entire family every Sunday after church, going on walks, reading and family vacations. She was generous to all, supporting every community and school cause, and showed a genuine interest in each and everyone’s lives. She celebrated every milestone birthday, wedding and birth with a gift for family and friends.

Colette was fun - and funny - and loved her family very much. She will be missed every day.

Colette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her grandson, Jay Haraldson and her son-in-law, Michael Finbraaten.

She is survived by children: Cathy (Kurt) Hurst, Madison, Wisconsin; Maureen (Edward) Noterman, Adams, Minnesota; Laura (Mark) Schaefer, Taopi, Minnesota; Sharon (Joel) Haraldson, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Valerie (Al) Rieke, Rochester, Minnesota; Suzanne Finbraaten, Adams, Minnesota; Steven (Kara) Golombowski, Adams, Minnesota; Daniel Golombowski, Onamia, Minnesota; and David Golombowski, Adams, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Chelsea Hurst, Connor Hurst, Katherine (Drew) Dillmann, Anna Noterman, Ella Noterman, Samuel Noterman, Jared (Katie) Schaefer, Mitchell Schaefer, Lucas Schaefer, Paul Schaefer, Hannah Haraldson, Jack Haraldson, Jason Rieke, Jenna Rieke, Nicholas Finbraaten, Meg Finbraaten, Roy Golombowski, McKayla Golombowski, Ashley Golombowski, Alyssa Golombowski, Jakob Golombowski, Joshua Golombowski, Ava Golombowski, Reese Golombowski and Bristol Golombowski; great-grandchildren: Leilee Golombowski and August Schaefer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 10:30 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment will be in the Johnsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4PM to 7PM Wednesday at the Adams Funeral Home in Adams and one hour before the service Thursday morning at the church.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Darrell E. Dotzenrod


Darrell E. Dotzenrod, 89, died Monday, March 25, 2019, at Edgewood Senior Living in Blaine, Minnesota. A long-time resident of Austin, Darrell spent the last three years living in Blaine.

Darrell was born October 6, 1929, in Preston, Minnesota, to Virgil and Jeannette (Maxon) Dotzenrod. He graduated from Austin High School in 1947 and attended Austin Junior College. He was married to Carol Fullen on December 23, 1950 in Austin.

Darrell served in the Army National Guard before beginning his career as a livestock buyer with Hormel in 1947. Later, he worked as a plant foreman until his retirement in 1990. He resided in Calmar, Iowa, Chatfield and New Ulm, Minnesota before returning to Austin.

Darrell was a dedicated school board member and served as board president in Chatfield and New Ulm for more than twenty years. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Austin, serving on many boards and committees. He was a member of the American Paint Horse Association and supported his wife and daughters in raising and showing horses. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his favorite Minnesota sports teams.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 61 years, Carol Dotzenrod, daughter, Lisa Dotzenrod Fisher, sister, Virginia Milton, and brother, Charles Dotzenrod.

Darrell is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Teri and James Danhoff, Blaine, Minnesota; son-in-law, Robert Fisher, Los Gatos, California; grandchildren, Alyson and Matthew Logan, Blaine, Minnesota and Adam and Matthew Fisher, Los Gatos, California; great grandchildren, Raegan and Weston Logan, Blaine, Minnesota; sister, Eileen Lysne, Austin, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Dotzenrod, Plymouth, Massachusetts and Marjorie Cox, Marietta, Georgia; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 13th at First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service on Saturday.

The family prefers memorials to the First United Methodist Church or to the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Joan Ardith (McFarland) Stanek


November 25, 1924 - March 28, 2019

Obituary for Joan Ardith Stanek

Joan Ardith McFarland was born November 25, 1924 near Erskine, Minnesota, and blessed us with ninety-four wonderful years. She died at Sacred Heart Assisted Living on March 28, 2019.

Her family moved to Austin when she was two years old where she grew up. After graduating from Austin HS, she went to work for the Geo. A. Hormel Co. in the finance department. She met Stanley (Bud) Stanek at a high school basketball game and they were married on December 21, 1946. While together for seventy years, they traveled to Hawaii, Mexico, and throughout the USA by truck and camper. Joan also traveled throughout Scotland, Ireland, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany. For twenty-four years, Joan and Bud were snowbirds spending winters in Edinburg, TX with many friends.

Not only was Joan a loving wife, mother of three children, and homemaker but she was a teacher’s aide for several years at Ellis, volunteered at school, church, and as an election judge. Joan and Bud were faithful members of the local Catholic churches. She was an accomplished bowler and passionate about her favorite pastimes: letter writing, reading, and playing cards. After winning a game of Rummy with her son, she always had a chuckle and words of encouragement, “better luck next time”. Family was everything to Joan.

Joan is survived by her children: Vaughn (Paula) Stanek of Los Altos, CA; Mary (Bruce) Henry of Austin, MN; and Valerie (Ryan) Cameron of Milbank, SD. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Ryan (Missy) Henry, Kelly Stanek, Kevin Stanek, Ellen (Tyler) Foster and Cole Cameron as well as two great grandchildren, William and Finley Henry, sisters-in-law: Marion Stanek of New Castle, CO and Martina Stanek of Mandan, ND as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, and their families.

Her husband, Bud, her parents, her siblings and the remainder of her in-laws preceded Joan in death.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Mayer Funeral Home with Father James Steffes officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Mayer Funeral Home. Interment will be in Cedar City Cemetery.

Memorials Preferred to St. Augustine Catholic Church or Cedar City Cemetery c/o 300 1st Ave NE Apt 123 Austin, Mn. 55912

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Darlene Elvina (Ulwelling) Culton


November 25, 1946 - April 3, 2019

Obituary for Darlene Elvina Culton

Darlene E. Culton, age 72, of Austin, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at her home.

Darlene was born November 25, 1946 in Austin to Everett and Edna (Peach) Ulwelling. She grew up in Austin and graduated from Pacelli High School. Darlene then went on to nursing school where she received her LPN license. She worked as a nurse at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin (Mayo Clinic Health System) for nearly 30 years before retiring.

Darlene was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family. He hobbies included bowling where she was a member of the Women’s 600 Club, and baking and decorating cakes. She enjoyed her trips to Las Vegas with friends. Darlene loved to play bingo.

Survivors include her three children, Alan Schumacher, Kimberley Grabau, and Michael (Terry) Schumacher, all of Austin; four grandchildren, Brendan, Bryton, Zack, and Garett; two sisers, Nancy (Frank) Novotny, Austin, Linda Brown, Janesville, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Edna Ulwelling; husband, Gary Culton; daughter, Rebecca.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father James Steffes officiating. Friends may call from 3-6 pm on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Monday.

Memorials may be sent to Kim Grabau, 704 9th Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912 or Michael Schumacher, 605 6th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Celine "Mae" (Kohorst)


June 18, 1927 - April 2, 2019 (age 91)

Celine “Mae” Schechinger, age 91 of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Grand Meadow Senior Living.

Celine Mae Kohorst was born on June 18, 1927, on the family farm in Wheatland Township, Carroll County Iowa, to Joseph and Mary (Steinkemp) Kohorst. She attended Saint John’s Catholic School, until 8th grade, after which she stayed home to help out on the farm. On January 12, 1949, Mae was united in marriage to Earl Schechinger in Arcadia, Iowa. The couple raised two sons. Mae was a school cook for Adams High School and for Southland High School. She also cooked at many restaurants including, the Hitching Post and Johnny’s Main Event.

A member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Austin, she also loved cooking, family get togethers, going out to eat with family, and loved to make pies. Mae enjoyed outdoor events, the 4th of July, barbeques, loved watching the weather, and going fishing with Earl on Madison Lake in Waterville, Minnesota. Mae will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her sons, George (Sue) Schechinger of Adams, MN, Joe (Kim) Schechinger of Austin, MN; four grandchildren, Craig, Angela, Kayline, and Kristine; two sisters, Jean Lawler of Carroll, IA, Betty Lawler of West Side, IA; brother and sisters-in-law, Carl Schechinger of Hutchinson, KS, Marvel Morales of Mexico City, Mexico, Viola Berning of Carroll, IA, Betty Schechinger of Carroll, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Kohorst; husband, Earl Schechinger in 2012; brother, Vernon (Nola) Kohorst sister-in-law, Betty Schechinger; brothers-in-law, Bill Lawler, Fenton Lawler, Donald Schechinger, Larry Berning.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, with a rosary service starting at 4:00 p.m. and visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Harold K. Denisen


Harold's Obituary

Harold K. Denisen, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died at his home on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Harold was born on February 28, 1932, in Lyle, Minnesota, to Walter and Guida (Peterson) Denisen. He graduated from Lyle High School and married Doris Smith on August 17, 1952 in Austin, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

He worked at Weyerhaeuser for 13 years and Hormel for 26 years until his retirement in 1992. Harold loved spending time with his family and grandchildren and especially enjoyed taking them fishing and golfing. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with his friends. In his senior years, he shot his age twice, once at 73 and once at 76. In addition to golfing and fishing, he enjoyed hunting, camping, traveling, and trap shooting.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Guida, brother, Loren Denisen; daughter-in-law, Amy Denisen; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Floyd and Myrtle Smith.

Harold is survived by his wife, Doris Denisen, Austin, Minnesota; children: Jeff Denisen, Austin, Minnesota; Greg Denisen (Jennifer), Austin, Minnesota; and Jill and Mark Morrison, Austin, Minnesota; seven grandchildren: Janelle and Andrew Gieseke, Bloomington, Minnesota, Evan Morrison, Miramar, California, Cole Denisen (Erica), St. Peter, Minnesota, Jordyn Denisen, Austin, Minnesota, Devyn Denisen, Rochester, Minnesota, Shan and Brian Vike, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and Derek Denisen, Mankato, Minnesota; and by six great-grandchildren: Caius, Arius, Lenyn, Jayvis, Josephine and Nolan.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 9th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Mark Niethammer officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Military honors will be by Austin Post #91 American Legion. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and there will be visitation at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary for one hour before the service on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Hormel Institute for cancer research.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Audrey Jule (Louden) Nemitz


Audrey's Obituary

Audrey Jule Nemitz, 90 of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Our House Memory Care in Austin, Minnesota.

Audrey was born March 19, 1929, in Austin, Minnesota, to Marjorie (Underhill) Louden. She graduated from Austin High School with the Class of 1947. Audrey married Nathan Eugene Nemitz on February 7, 1948 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Austin. Austin has been Audrey’s home her entire life. She was a devoted wife and mother, and faithful member of the Christ Episcopal Church.

Audrey enjoyed golfing, camping, fishing, and cross country skiing. She was an avid sports fan, and followed Minnesota sports teams, especially the Twins. At the center of her life was her family, and she treasured the time she was able to spend with them.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie; brother, Robert Underhill; and by her step-father, Jay Louden.

Audrey is survived by her husband, Nathan Nemitz, Austin, Minnesota; daughters, Susan Minnick, Maple Grove, Minnesota and Jennifer (Ransom) Ellis, Republic, Missouri; son, Bruce Nemitz; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brother, Gary (Thea) Underhill, Litchfield, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th at Christ Episcopal Church with Father John P. Sullivan officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. The Nemitz Family will greet friends on Tuesday for one hour prior to the service at Christ Episcopal Church. In Audrey’s memory, memorials are preferred to the Christ Episcopal Church or donor’s choice.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Brian Keith Miller


April 5, 1966 - April 4, 2019

Brian Keith Miller, age 52, of Austin--

Brian was born on April 5, 1966, in Austin and passed away at St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

If you didn’t have the chance to meet Brian he would have been recognized by his deep blue eyes and his kind soul.

Brian was an avid dart player, lover of music, and collected guitars and stereo equipment. If you ever visited his home, you would have known he was there just by the blasting sounds of rock music. He was an amazing cook, whether it was during his employment years where he worked as a cook at various local restaurants and bars or just cooking for family and friends. He used his recipes throughout life to bring family and friends closer together.

His fondest memories included spending time with his father, Butch driving out on the country roads and taking his children camping in their younger years. For the ones who had the pleasure of meeting Brian, they could describe him as funny, positive, compassionate, and a giving family man, in which they had immediately developed a lifelong friendship with.

Brian had five children and 15 grandchildren whom he was dedicated to and loved so much, making sure that each and every one of them had their own special bond with him.

Brian is survived by his mother, Diane Miller; sister, Brenda (Bruce) Oakland; daughters, Crista Green, Nicole Green, Candus Green, Amber (Carlos) Bautista; son, Codie Miller; grandchildren, Jacob, Casey, Conner, Caitlyn, Abigail, Amelia, Noah, Sophia, Daisy, Teighlynn, Carson, Riley, Jack, Sebastian, Stephanie; nephew, Nick Miller; and Adam Green whom he considered as a son; many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Brian is preceded in death by his father Donald “Butch” Miller; grandparents, Newman & Myrtle Tesdahl; uncle, Bill Miller.

Our hearts rest knowing he was finally reunited with the love of his life, Angela Underdahl in heaven.

A Celebration of Life for Brian will be held 3 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Dayle Paul Paulson


August 25, 1933 - January 1, 2019 (age 85)

Dayle Paul Paulson, 85, of Red Wing, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday morning, January 1, 2019.

Dayle Paul Paulson was born August 25th, 1933, in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Alfred and Emma (Thorsness) Paulson. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1951. Dayle served in the United States Army from 1956-1958. He spent most of his career at Meyer Industries as a welder. He lived in Red Wing for the past 42 years. He was a great fisherman and hunter.

Dayle is survived by a sister-in-law, Marlene Paulson, Austin, MN; Nephews, Dale (Jenny) Sweazey, Richville, MN, and Mark Paulson, Green Bay, WI; Nieces, Dawn Mohrhauser, Rochester, MN, Sheryl (Dave) Greening, Eden Prairie, MN and Diane (Dave) Miland, Austin, MN; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded by his parents; twin brother, Gayle Paulson; two sisters, Jeannette Sweazey, and in infancy, Lois Paulson.

Graveside services will be held in the spring of 2019 at Grandview Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota with military honors by the VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Mavis Louise (Peterson) Miller


February 18, 1934 - April 8, 2019

Obituary for Mavis Louise Miller

Mavis Louise (Peterson) Miller went to walk with the Lord on April 8, 2019. There to greet her were her parents Clifford and Olive Peterson; her father and mother-in-law Ed and Evelyn Miller; husband Raymond Miller; brother Clayton Peterson; sister-in-law Mary Peterson; brothers and sisters-in-law Francis and Elaine Miller and Wayne and Leona Miller; niece Beth Berhow; and many dear friends and family.

Mavis was born February 18, 1934, to Clifford and Olive Peterson in Albert Lea, MN. When she was 4 years old, her family moved to a farm near Hayward, MN, where she attended elementary school and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1952. She worked as a bookkeeper at Interstate Power in Albert Lea, Farmers State Bank in Hayward, MN, and later in life for 10 years at Norwest (now Wells Fargo) Bank in Austin, MN.

She met her husband, Raymond Miller, on a 4-H hayride in 1951. They married on April 18, 1953 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin when Ray was home on furlough during the Korean conflict. Their first year of married life was spent apart while Ray served our country.

Ray and Mavis farmed together near Oakland, MN for over 40 years, raising Guernsey dairy cattle that were often awarded honors at county and state fairs, and selling their milk to Anderson Erickson dairy in Iowa. They were blessed with two daughters. They were 4-H leaders and active in St. Edwards Catholic Church and the South Central Guernsey Association. Mavis kept things neat on the farm (and white show clothes clean), and often hosted family parties in the farm’s Honey House cottage. They moved into Austin in 1997.

Mavis has been legally blind for the past 30 years, 20 years after being diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. But that didn’t stop her from living life to the fullest, making sure everyone she touched felt special, particularly during holidays. She had her daughters’ childhood dolls restored. She was the best “baby rocker.” She still made the best divinity (her husband Ray taught her how), hot chocolate (for the snowmobilers and skiers), lemon pie, and chocolate chip cookies in spite of her inability to see. Her other senses became her eyes. She had a beautiful voice, sang in the church choir, and loved to dance and the Minnesota Twins (when they were winning).

She took good care of Ray when his health began to fail. She moved into Sacred Heart Assisted Living after Ray passed away and thrived for 5 ½ years before suffering a stroke last November when she moved into Sacred Heart Care Center. She was an amazing individual who was deeply loved by many and will be sorely missed. Her dear friend Chuck Keller captured her words of wisdom as follows: Be kind to one another, keep a smile on your face, and always appreciate the good that is done for you.”

She is survived by three sisters: Shirley (Dick) Kraushaar (Austin, MN), Darlene (Blaine) Hoar (Royal, AR), Gayle (Earl) Neist (Albert Lea, MN); and one brother: Chuck Peterson (Albert Lea, MN); two daughters: Kathy (Eric) Rohrbaugh (Havertown, PA), Donna (Doug) Hogan (Las Vegas, NV); four granddaughters: Madison (Bethesda, MD) and Sydney Rohrbaugh (Pittsburgh, PA), Ashly (Cody) Beckes (Anchorage, AK), Samantha (Jon) Manning (Monticello, MN); five great-grandchildren: Axel and Anja Beckes, Wesley, Camila, and baby boy Manning due in July; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father James Steffes and Father Dale Tupper officiating. Friends may call from 6-8 pm on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Oakland.

Per the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice in memory of Mavis Miller.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Larry Lee Zirkler


January 22, 1943 - April 4, 2019 (age 76)

Larry Lee Zirkler, age 76 of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Our House Assisted Living in Austin.

He was born January 22, 1943, to Julie (Mielke) and Bernard Zirkler in Austin where he grew up. After graduating from Austin High School in 1961, he served in the United States Army. He had a long career at Weyerhauser in Austin. Larry enjoyed his dogs and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019, at Grandview Cemetery in Austin with full military honors. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Patricia Ann (Peck) Hummel


Patricia Ann Hummel, age 80, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Marys Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Patricia was born January 4, 1939, in Austin, Minnesota, to John and Elnora (Blowers) Peck. She graduated from Austin High School in 1957. She was married to Don Hummel for 61 years. Patricia stayed home and raised their four daughters.

She loved Elvis and enjoyed finding treasures at garage sales and flea markets. Patricia and Don liked to travel in their motor home, go for boat rides, motorcycling and snowmobiling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Mary Lou Schwartz and Karen Christiansen; brother, Donald Peck; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law.

Patricia is survived by her husband: Don Hummel, Austin, Minnesota; daughters: Bonnie Hummel, Goodhue, Minnesota and Dona Hummel, Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren: Trisha, Robyn, Kim, Ryan, Samantha, Erin, Jamie, Chevy, Jessie, Megan, Nicki, Breanna and Kelly; 14 great-grandchildren; brother: John (Madeline) Peck, Virginia; sister-in-law: Rose Peck, Rosemount, Minnesota; nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday, April 18th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. There will be a reception following at the Eagles Club.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Ethelyn Beatrice (Roberts)


August 21, 1929 - April 9, 2019 (age 89)

Ethelyn Beatrice (Roberts) Johnson passed peacefully away April 9, 2019, surrounded by family at Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

Funeral mass will be held at St. Finbarr Catholic Church on April 16 at 2:00 pm in Grand Meadow, with Father Mareddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Spring Valley. Visitation will be held before the service beginning at 12:00 at the church.

Ethelyn was born August 21,1929 in Bennington Township, Mower County to William and Luella (Johnson) Roberts. She attended country schools and Spring Valley High School, graduating in 1947. Following graduation she was employed by First State Bank in Spring Valley as head teller for seven and a half years.

She met her future husband, Robert Duane Johnson, at a local dance and they were engaged in 1950 when Robert was inducted into the United States Army, serving for two years in the Korean Conflict. They were married on April 18, 1953 at the St. Ignatius parsonage in Spring Valley.

Ethelyn and Robert lived in Spring Valley until 1955. Following the birth of their first child, Diane, Ethelyn gave up her job and became a full-time homemaker and mother. Robert and Ethelyn moved to Dexter and later Grand Meadow for Robert’s job as manager of JF Anderson Lumber Yard. Three more children followed, two sons, Steven and David, and daughter Barbara. Ethelyn was a loving mother and wonderful caregiver to her family.

In 1966, Robert joined IBM in Rochester where he was employed until 1991, while Ethelyn watched over the children’s needs as they continued to reside in Grand Meadow. She volunteered for many activities at St. Finbarr Catholic church and Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Grand Meadow, becoming Community Better Life Award winner in 1982. She was always a willing participant in the needs of her children’s organizations and events.

Ethelyn greatly loved spending time with her family and extended family, often volunteering to help out when needed. She was a compassionate caregiver to her parents needs. She loved seeing everyone and organized many family get-togethers. She especially enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She and Robert were welcome visitors at many sporting events, concerts, plays, and dance recitals over the years. Her beautiful smile was always a joy to see.

Ethelyn and Robert were wonderful dancers and especially liked to polka or waltz while socializing with friends. They would seek out polka mass at local churches and attended many VFW and Legion dances in the area. Ethelyn was a great baker and cook who loved to try out new recipes on the family while keeping the old favorites alive as well. It was always a special treat to come home after school to freshly baked cookies or cake made by Ethelyn’s loving hands.

Ethelyn is survived by her children, Diane (Larry) Kellner and Steven (Nancy) Johnson, both of Rochester, David (Ann) Johnson, of Grand Meadow, and Barbara (Brian) Abbott of Stewartville; grandchildren, Jessica (Tony) Pelzel, Nicholas Kellner, Ashley Johnson (Brandon Movall), Patrick Johnson, Paul (Allison) Johnson, Neal Abbott (Hannah Buchl) and Nathan Abbott; and five great-grandchildren, Nolan, William, Hudson, Griffin and Emma Pelzel. Her brother, James (Jo) Roberts also survives along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her parents, her sister, Gloria Sheldon, brother, William Junior Roberts, brother-in-law, Richard Sheldon and sister-in-law, Wanda Roberts.

SOURCE: Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home

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Gerald Leon "Jerry" Steinkamp


August 8, 1956 - April 8, 2019 (age 62)

Gerald “Jerry” Leon Steinkamp, 62, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, unexpectedly passed away at his home the morning of April 8th, 2019.

Funeral services for Jerry Steinkamp will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow with Pastor Larry Iverson officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Hindt Funeral Home of Grand Meadow is assisting the family.

Jerry was born on August 8th, 1956 in Carrol, IA to Leon and Dorothy (Klocke) Steinkamp and was the oldest of 8 children, growing up on his family farm near Grand Meadow, MN. Jerry had a playful nature and loved to joke and laugh with everyone who knew him. Jerry grew up playing football, basketball, was an avid bow hunter, and loved fishing in any season. Jerry was a devoted husband, loving father, affectionate grandfather, and dedicated friend.

Jerry smartly proposed to Ronda Hovden on their 3rd date and they were married within a year, on August 12th, 1977, which culminated in four children and seven grandchildren. Jerry believed in a strong work ethic, which he passed down to his children. Jerry worked for Kemps of Rochester for 43 years mixing ice cream and working in the lab. Jerry also maintained the family vehicles as well as held another job for most of his life. Although Jerry was driven to provide for his family, he always made time for the important things, whether it was making his kid’s or grandkid’s events or calling his mother and father every night to check in. Jerry had an affinity for games, old movies, and playing with his dog.

Jerry is survived by his wife Ronda Steinkamp of Grand Meadow, children Jason (Erica) Steinkamp of Grand Meadow, Jodi (Shawn) Mahon of Rochester, Annie Steinkamp-Stensrud of Rochester, Rosilyn (Violet) Steinkamp of Rochester, 7 grandchildren, parents Leon and Dorothy Steinkamp of Grand Meadow, siblings Keith (Kathy) Steinkamp of Grand Meadow, Pat (Rhea) Steinkamp of LeRoy, David Steinkamp of Grand Meadow, Joanne (Ron) Anderson of Chaska, Robert Steinkamp of Grand Meadow, Jim (Marjean) Steinkamp of Tempe, AZ, Nancy (John) Steinkamp of Middleton, WI, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jerry was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and best friend Ted Hovda.

SOURCE: Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home

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Mary Louise
(Sanders, Lancaster, Widdel)


March 25, 1947 - January 22, 2019 (age 71)

Mary Louise (Sanders) Shannon, 71, of Ostrander, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in her Lake Dallas, Texas, home, surrounded by loved ones.

Mary was born March 25, 1947, in Spring Valley, MN, to Harold and Doris (Nelson) Sanders. She grew up in Ostrander, Minnesota, and attended high school in LeRoy, Minnesota. She graduated in 1964.

On Oct. 5, 1963, Mary married her high school sweetheart, Vinal F. Lancaster. They made their home in Waterloo, Iowa. They were blessed with three children; Todd, Tony and Vicky. They later divorced and remained friends until his passing in Oct. 1971.

On July 20, 1971, she married Robert A. Widdel Jr. They were blessed with two children, Jennifer and Bradley. They later divorced, but continued their friendship until his passing in Dec. 2018.

In 1973, Mary opened, “The Handmade Gift Shop.” She had many skilled, crafty suppliers, including her Mother, Doris. After the shop closed, she continued to travel to craft shows and set up booths for many years.

In 1988, Mary moved to Lake Dallas, TX with James P. Shannon. On July 30, 1989, Mary and Jim were married in their home.

Mary attended Brookhaven College. She graduated on May 7, 1992, with honors, with an Associates in Applied Sciences degree.

Together, Mary and Jim enjoyed tent camping, horse races at LA Downs, traveling the U.S., Mexico and Canada. They attended many auctions, which led to selling antiques and collectibles on eBay for several years. They also attended many regional and state conventions for the 40 & 8 Veterans Organization to which Jim had held almost every office over the years.

In 1998, they purchased an acreage near Ostrander, Minnesota, and began restoring the 1880's farmhouse. After retirement, they divided their time between Texas and Minnesota.

Over the years, Mary enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, music, cooking, traveling, crafting, collecting, couponing, rebating, dumpster diving with friends, practical jokes, doing sweepstakes, going to thrift stores, garage sales and auctions, playing cards (“65”) and trying to beat her Mother and her daughter, Vicky, at Scrabble, but most of all, she enjoyed all the get-togethers with family and friends at, “the farm.” Mary also had a special love and bond with animals and enjoyed caring for her cats over the years. She always had stories to tell of all their shenanigans.

Mary is survived by her four children: Todd (Desiree) Lancaster of Park Rapids, MN, Vicky Lancaster of Spring Valley, MN, Jennifer Heimsness of Gainsville, TX and Bradley Shannon of Spring Valley, MN; eight grandchildren: Chris, Cody, Courtney, Timothy, Stephanie, Caitlyn, Chelsie and Damon; eight great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Harley, Hayden, Jayden, Kinley, Adelaide, Treyson and Casey; two brothers: Harold Sanders Jr and John Sanders; one sister, Carol White; brother-in-law, Richard Shannon; and by three sisters-in-law: Linda Sanders, Bonnie Sanders and Marylou Wangen.

Mary was preceded in death by an infant son: Tony; her husband: James Shannon; a brother: Steven Sanders and her parents.

At Mary's request, a graveside service will be held at the Ostrander Cemetery on April 20, 2019.

Condolences or memorials may be sent to the family at: P.O. Box 368, LeRoy, MN 55951.

SOURCE: Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home -

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David Clair Hatle


January 27, 1944 - April 12, 2019 (age 75)

David C. Hatle, age 75 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019 at his home.

David was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota to Merle and Myrtle (Johanson) Hatle on January 27, 1944. He attended Adams High School, graduating in 1962. David was a farmer most of his life, he also worked as a milk hauler and was a cook at Vogels. In 1974, he was united in marriage to Linda Ludwig and together had two daughters, Rhanoda and Rhonda. The couple later divorced.

On April 15, 2000, David married Connie Gunderson Tapp at Marshall Lutheran Church in rural, Adams, and at this time David gained a son Jamie Tapp. In 2003, David retired from farming and the couple resided in Austin. He was a member of Marshall Lutheran Church, Austin Moose Lodge, TOPS, where he was named weight loss king, and he was also an AI technician for Select Sires. David loved camping, animals, bird watching, collecting anything John Deere, he also liked to revamp anything broken and turn it into something he could use, and enjoyed listening to Vikings and Twins games while on the phone with his brother Curt. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Hatle of Austin, MN; son, Jamie (Danielle) Tapp of Mrytle, MN; daughters, Rhanoda Hatle of Austin, MN, Rhonda (Terry Emanuel) Hatle of Lyle, MN; close family friend, Wanda Rud of Austin, MN; 11 grandchildren, David, Cody, Stephan, Annaliesa, Ryan, Marcus (Jackie), MiKayla, Kendra, Makenna, Kami, and Brantley; two brothers, Curtis Hatle of Pelican Rapids, MN, Mike (Barb) Hatle of Adams, MN; sister, Gloria (Robert) Mallory of Austin, MN; brother-in-law, Jerry (Barb) Gunderson of Brownsdale, MN; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Myrtle Hatle, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cecil and Janice Gunderson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Marshall Lutheran Church in rural Adams, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Marshall Lutheran Cemetery, rural Adams. Memorial can be directed to the family or Marshall Lutheran Church, rural Adams. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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John Hulbert “Jack" Sherman


John Hulbert Sherman Jr. of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the age of 92.

John Hulbert "Jack" Sherman Jr. was born on October 26, 1926 in Hinsdale, Illinois, to Margaret Fetzer Sherman and John Hulbert Sherman. He grew up in the Hinsdale school system and graduated from Hinsdale Township High School. He welcomed a sister Margaret (Peg) and later another sister, Mary V., into the family. While in high school, he played football and ran track which he said was “great fun”.

He developed many lifelong friendships while in Hinsdale. He started attending church in Hinsdale at the Union Church which his grandparents, Wade and Margaret Fetzer, helped found. He was a member of the Congregational Church wherever he and his family lived. He felt that the church helped him develop strong family values. This contributed to the love and hard work he put into raising his own family. He always enjoyed contributing to the communities where he lived and raised his family.

After graduating from Hinsdale High School in 1944, Jack was in the Navy from 1944-1946 serving on the USS Tarawa, a CV-40 class aircraft carrier. He served as a flight landing attendant controlling the arresting gear, helping the aircraft take off and land, which he found interesting and exciting.

After the war, he attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He became a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which he enjoyed very much. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in Agriculture and Farm Management.

Jack married Ann Goble in 1949. She also attended Iowa State University where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Their first son, Michael H. Sherman, was born there in 1950.

He started working for the George A. Hormel Co. in Austin, Minnesota in 1950, working for 36.5 years, primarily in the Purchasing and Procurement Department. A daughter, Margaret (Peggy), was born in Austin as well as a son, John C. Sherman, two years later. They were transferred to Fremont, Nebraska and lived there for 15 years. A daughter, Susan, was born while they lived in Fremont. They were transferred back to Austin in 1974. Jack and Ann developed many close friends in both Austin and Fremont. For many years, they took their kids skiing in Winter Park and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

In later years they went to Big Sky, Montana. Lots of laughter and great fun with family and good friends were a big part of these winter outings.

Jack’s summer vacations were mostly at the family cabins in Glen Lake, Michigan beginning the year he was born. This gorgeous setting provided wonderful times with family and friends including swimming and boating, waterskiing, sailing, canoeing, picnics on Lake Michigan, large family dinners in the cabins, lounging on the dock and boat house and just enjoying time with family. All of this could not have happened without the planning of his grandparents who provided the cabins for the enjoyment of future generations.

When Jack and Ann retired, they traveled extensively including New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, Ireland, England and Scotland, river cruising in Germany and a trip to Denmark to visit friends. Many winters were spent on Sanibel Island, Florida for sun and beach time.

While living in Austin, he enjoyed working on numerous projects for the Congregational Church. He also helped plant trees for Spruce Up Austin for many years and found that very fulfilling. He was a longtime member of the Austin Rotary Club, Shriners and Masonic Lodge. Jack was proud to have earned his 25 Gallon Pin as a faithful donor to the American Red Cross.

Jack loved being outdoors all his life. He transferred that love to his children and their families. Jack is survived by his wife Ann Sherman, sisters Mary Mortimer Forbes (George) and Margaret (Peg) Zukin, his four children Michael Sherman (Linda), Peggy Shannon (Rich), John Sherman (Marianne) and Susan Sherman. He had eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, sister-in-law Helen Craigmile and cousins.

Jack had a long, wonderful life. He leaves his family and friends with terrific memories. One of his friends once said, “I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t life Jack Sherman!” In lieu of flowers, it is Jack’s wish that donations be made to the First Congregational Church, 1910 3rd Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912, or a charity of the donor’s choice. A celebration of Jack’s life is being planned and will be announced.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is handling arrangements.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Svenn Arild Sollid


Obituary for Svenn Arild Sollid

January 11, 1936 - April 13, 2019

Svenn A. Sollid, 83 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2019, at St. Mark’s Nursing Home Memory Care.

He was born and grew up in a small copper mining town in Norway called Sulitjelma, north of the Arctic Circle. As a young boy, he survived the occupation of Norway during World War II by escaping to Sweden for a year with his family.

After returning to Norway, Svenn enjoyed spending his free time competitive ski jumping and playing soccer. As a young man, he completed his higher education and his military service in the Norwegian Air Force.

In the early 1960s, Svenn immigrated to the U.S. and became a citizen while living in Minnesota. He studied and received certification as a chemical dependency counselor with a degree in Alcohol Studies; thus, beginning his lifelong career of working in the treatment field, helping fellow alcoholics and drug addicts in their recovery. He worked in treatment facilities in Minnesota, California, Missouri, and Kansas for 25 years. He returned to Norway in 1985, where he opened a treatment facility in Larkollen and worked for another 15 years prior to his retirement.

Svenn and Kathy moved back to the U.S. in 2001, settling into their Austin, Minnesota, home. Svenn brought many laughs to the residents of Austin during his seven years working at Hy-Vee post-retirement, with "Sven and Ole" jokes always at the ready. He always had the brightest smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He will be deeply missed in the lives of those he touched.

Svenn is preceded in death by his parents, Konrad and Julia Sollid; brother, Kåre Sollid; and sister, Ruth (Ejeven) Sollid, all of Norway.

Svenn is survived by his wife, Kathy Sollid, of Austin; their daughter, Katie Sollid, of Owatonna; his daughter, Ruth (Ron) Johnson, of Edina; his son, Jon Sollid, of Negaunee, MI; granddaughters, Stacey (Sam Wright) Johnson, Jillian Sollid, Olive Sollid; and special four-legged girls, Bella and Zoe; and many nieces and nephews living in Norway.

All are welcome to join the family for a Celebration of Life for Svenn at 11 am on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the First Congregational Church in Austin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Allen Paul "Al" Schulz


September 28, 1937 - April 14, 2019 (age 81)

Allen Paul Schulz, age 81 of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday April 14, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin of heart failure.

Al was born on September 28, 1937 in Hayfield to Theodore and Leona (Faber) Schulz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Waltham where he attended Christian day school through the eighth grade. He then attended Austin High School, graduating in 1955. He started working at the Hormel plant office while in high school and after graduation served in the Air Force for four years after which he returned to Hormel and worked for 29 more years.

He was a talented photographer and after retiring he started a photography business taking wedding pictures, portraits and scenery photos. He was a lover of good music, enjoying sacred, classical and choral music, singing in several choirs through the years as well as attending performances. He enjoyed traveling, taking many trips through the years. Al enjoyed spending time with his nephews and nieces, often taking them along on his travel adventures. He loved a good book and was always ready to share his recommendations with friends and family.

Al also had a quick wit and enjoyed word puzzles and games. He shared trivia programs he heard on NPR with several friends and family via a weekly email transcribed from the broadcasts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Leona (Faber). His mother died two weeks after he was born; step-mother Minnie; his sister Irene Schramm; brother Lawrence Schulz; brother-in-law Henry Schramm; niece Sharen Peuha, great-nephew Troy King; and other relatives and friends.

He is survived by sister-in-law Charlotte Schulz, nephews Roger Schramm, Gary (Karen) Schulz, Paul Schulz, and James (Darcy) Schulz, nieces Lois (Gary) Hughes and Kay (Boyd) Hysell, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Waltham with the Reverend Jesse Krusemark officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and for one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Darwin Lowell "Bob" Freitag


July 6, 1925 - April 15, 2019 (age 93)

Darwin “Bob” L. Freitag, age 93, of Mankato, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at New Perspective Senior Living in Mankato, Minnesota.

Bob was born on July 6, 1925 in Hayfield, Minnesota, the son of Elmer and Fern (Lewis) Freitag. He graduated from Austin High School in 1943. After graduation, Bob worked in the Seattle ship yards. In 1952, he began a 34-year career with Hormel Foods.

In December of 1947, Bob was united in marriage to Vivian Howells and together the couple had six children. Vivian died on March 3, 1966. In May of 1971, Bob married Lorraine Hansen at St. Lukes in Lansing, Minnesota. After Bob retired, he started driving cars for Holiday Dodge. He loved working on cars, putting puzzles together, traveling, doing yard work, and most of all Bob enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandkids. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Freitag of Mankato, MN; children, Wayne (Mary Carol) Freitag of Leesburg, FL, Brenda Geisinger of Austin, MN, Barbara (Norb) Poch of Chetek, WI, James (Shari) Freitag of Eagan, MN, Robert Freitag of Winona, MN, Charles (JO) Bailey of Mankato, MN, Stephen (Bronna) Bailey of Russellville, KY; daughter-in-law, Peggy Freitag of Austin, MN; 38 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lorraine E. Freitag of Austin, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Fern Freitag; son, Roger Freitag; brother, Lloyd Freitag; and sister, Marlus Quam.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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