Mower County Obituaries
Part 367

Ella Mae (Bates) Briggs


August 29, 1930 - January 04, 2020

Ella Mae Briggs, 89 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at her son’s home in Buffalo City, Wisconsin on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Ella Mae Bates was born on August 29, 1930 to William and Harriet (Simmons) Bates in Lansing Township, MN.

Ella was a faithful Christian and a tireless homemaker. She was a talented artist with many hobbies who enjoyed painting and ceramics the most. The later becoming her in-home business - Ella’s Ceramics. She also worked alongside her husband Roger, “picking eggs” and raising chickens as they worked several more years after Roger retired from Hormel’s.

After Roger passed away, Ella delivered newspapers for many years. She loved to dance in her younger years and Ella and Roger could be found dancing at the local clubs almost every Saturday night. She always seemed to be smiling and loved to laugh out loud. She loved to play cards with her best friends and to go to Bingo on Friday nights.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roger, sisters Ella (Babe), Marie (Pudge), and Edna (Hazel), brothers Marvin, Elvin, and Glen.

Ella Mae is survived by her son: Terry (Mary Lou) Briggs, Buffalo City, WI; grandchildren: Amanda (Brian) Lacey, Buffalo City, WI; Kory Joe (Rose) Briggs, Austin, MN; Katie Mae Briggs, Buffalo City, WI; great grandchildren: Brenden, Addyson, Emelia, Vada, Bella Mae, David, and Olivia; brother: Wayne (Lois) Bates, Austin, MN; sister-in-law: Joyce Bates, Austin, MN; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11th at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Donna Dempewolf officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, and will continue on Saturday morning one hour before the service at the church.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Dorothy Fay (Youngdahl)


March 15, 1920 - December 31, 2019

Dorothy's Obituary

Dorothy Fay Bornfleth, 99 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at Good Samaritan-Comforcare in Austin on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Dorothy Fay Youngdahl was born March 15, 1920 to Gunard and May (Messenger) Youngdahl in Lake City, Iowa. Dorothy was two when the family moved to Austin as Gunard found employment with the George A Hormel Company. Dorothy graduated from Austin High School in 1938 and married Allen Bornfleth on January 14th, 1939 in the parsonage of the Methodist Church. Allen passed away on October 17, 2015. The couple was married for 76 years.

Dorothy and Allen loved traveling and had lots of adventures with their travel trailer. They found a winter home in Mission, Texas and made many new friends. Dorothy loved all craft projects and also ballroom dancing, a hobby they took up after retirement.

Dorothy was employed at Sterling Drug for many years in the cosmetic department. As a member of First Methodist Church from the age of two, her Church home was very important to her. She was a member of Ladies Aid and Couples Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Allen.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Robert (Sandy) Bornfleth of Cottage Grove, Cheryl (Gary) Maurek of Austin and Diane (Steven) Harrison of Byron; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys Schmidt of Alexandria, Minnesota and brother, Gunard (Virginia) Youngdahl of Branson, Missouri; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 9th at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Donna Dempewolf officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday morning one hour before the service at the church. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is handling funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First United Methodist Church, Austin, Minnesota.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Kenneth Eugene Anderson


May 25, 1937 -- January 1, 2020 (age 82)

Kenneth Eugene Anderson, age 82, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Thorne Crest Nursing Home in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Kenneth was born to Julius & Florence Anderson on May 25, 1937, on the Anderson family farm in rural Lansing, Minnesota. While growing up, Kenneth attended the District 30 Joint Taylor country school near Corning, Minnesota. After Kenneth’s schooling, he served his country in the Army Airborne from 1955 to 1959. In 1956, Kenneth married Sharon Johnson in Lafayette, Georgia.

In 1973, Kenneth started working as a truck driver for Ulland Brothers Road Construction of Albert Lea, MN. While doing so, Kenneth loved his job and notoriously loved to visit with people, as well as hear and tell stories. Also in 1973, Kenneth began farming the family farm, another job that he loved dearly. At age 64, Kenny retired from Ulland Brothers in 2001, after working there 28 years. He continued farming for a few years after his retirement.

Kenneth is survived by his loving and supporting wife of 63 years, Sharon; three daughters Julie (Jim) Drake of Duluth MN, Kendra (Steven) Bartelt of Austin MN, and Kari (Brian) Srsen of Austin MN; two sisters Jean (Elden) Huemann of Austin MN, Karen Kinney of Austin MN; two brothers Dwayne Anderson of Glenville MN, Russell (Linda) Anderson of Austin MN; many nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Julius & Florence Anderson; three brothers Nathan Anderson; Lyle Anderson; Rueben Anderson; and nine half-brothers and half-sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 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 Fairview-Oakland Cemetery, rural Oakland, Minnesota. Military rites by the American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Larry Lee Brenden


April 17, 1946 - January 2, 2020 (age 73)


Larry Lee Brenden, age 73 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Larry was born April 17, 1946 to Ardella Rasmusson in Belgrade, Minnesota. He grew up in Brooten, Minnesota and graduated from Brooten High School. He then went on to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he graduated with a teaching degree. Following graduation, Larry worked for General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Brainerd, Minnesota.

On June 18, 1971, he married Georgia Judstra in Brainerd. Their marriage was blessed with one son, Michael. In 1976, the couple resided to Austin to run their own business. Larry started as an auto salesman at Johnson Murphy Motors, then at Usems, and later as a driver for Asa Motors.

He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where Larry was on a committee that landscaped all of the church grounds along with his wife, Georgia and son, Michael. Larry loved his family and his dog Charlie. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and trips to their cabin near Brainerd, where he loved taking slow rides around the lake. Larry will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Brenden of Austin, Minnesota; son, Michael (Chanel) Brenden of Austin, Minnesota; sister, Dorothy Sparke of Albert Lea, Minnesota; nephew, Paul; and nieces, Janine (Randy) Schumacher, Terri (Warren) Wichmann all of Albert Lea, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ardella Brenden; and brother-in-law, Carl Sparke.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Mark Niethammer officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Carpet Fund. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Warren Jacob Severtson


March 16, 1931 - January 2, 2020 (age 88)

Warren Jacob Severtson, age 88 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at St. Mark’s Living in Austin.

Warren was born March 16, 1931, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Edna (Anderson) Severtson. He grew up in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1949. Following high school, Warren enlisted into the United States Navy, proudly serving his country from 1950-1954. On November 9, 1952, he married Beverly Nelson in Albert Lea. To this union three children were born, Paul, Mark and Doris. Warren and Beverly also enjoyed their time hosting two foreign exchange students, Grant Taylor from Australia and Marina Corvalan from Chile, whom they maintained a close relationship throughout the years.

From 1966-1976, Warren owned the grocery store in Brownsdale, Minnesota. He also worked at Brownsdale Meat Service until his retirement in 1991. A lifetime member of the American Legion in Albert Lea, Warren enjoyed golfing, hunting, and traveling. In 2003, Warren and Beverly moved to Austin, Minnesota. He was involved in Ducks Unlimited and was very active in Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, Minnesota, holding many positions including, elder/trustee. Warren was also very involved in civic activities in Brownsdale including, The Business Organization. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Severtson of Austin, MN; sons, Paul (Darla) Severtson of Brownsdale, MN, Mark (Nan) Severtson of Stewartville, MN; Doris (Ed) Saunier of Hendersonville, NC; eight grandchildren, Holly (Jeff) Beaver, Bryan (Andrea) Severtson, Wendy Severtson, Mollie (Jay) Forstner, Heidi (Ben) Menaker, Abbie Severtson, J. Cyrette Saunier, Nelson Saunier; eight great grandchildren, Carson, Madison, Carter, Paisley, Maizey, Alyza, Autumn, Wes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Edna Severtson; and two brothers, Robert and Ronald.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, Minnesota. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment was held Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Military rites will follow the service at the church. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Marian Frances (Schueler)


September 12, 1925 - December 17, 2019 (age 94)

Marian (Mary) Siegfreid, age 94 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 after a 7 month battle with ovarian cancer.

Mary was born September 12, 1925 on a farm in Big Grove Township in Benton County, Iowa. She was the daughter of George and Elsie (Hanneman) Schueler. Mary was baptized into the faith of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod at her home on October 4, 1925. She was confirmed March 17, 1940 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, LCMS in Van Horne Iowa.

Mary attended country school for 8 years and graduated from Vinton High School, Vinton, Iowa in 1942. Upon completion of high school, Mary attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa and graduated in 1946 with a degree in Sociology. After college, Mary moved to Austin, Minnesota, where she was employed as a social worker for Mower County from 1946-1953. It was during that time that she walked into Austin State Bank on business and met her future husband, Melvin, an employee of the bank.

On June 29, 1947, Mary was united in marriage to Melvin Siegfreid at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Van Horne, Iowa. This marriage was blessed with two children, Dale in 1954 and Gale in 1957. In 1973, Mary returned to work as a Financial Worker for Mower County Social Services. She worked there until her retirement in 1989.

Mary was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin where she served on many committees. She also served on the board of the Austin Artist Series and AAUW. For the past several years, Mary had been volunteering at Banfield School. She was very proud of volunteering and looked forward to being there every week.

Mary loved watching and attending sporting events, dancing, playing cards, going on family vacations, attending Broadway shows and spending time with her family. Her biggest smile and enjoyment came from spending time with her two grandchildren, Joseph and Laura.

Mary is survived by her two children, Dale (Lori) Siegfreid, Gale (Dick Heuton) Siegfreid; two grandchildren, Joseph Siegfreid (friend Rose Armstrong), Laura (Corbin) Brocker; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elsie Schueler; and her husband, Melvin Siegfreid.

Mary’s faith was very strong. Her belief in her Savior Jesus Christ carried her through this most difficult journey as well as many years of severe and debilitating back pain.

The family would like to thank the many friends who spent time with her and cared for her during her illness. A very special thank you goes to Heartland Hospice specifically Elisha and Lisa. The love and care they showed will never be forgotten

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Thelma Lorraine (Nordby)


August 6, 1927 -- January 1, 2020 (age 92)

Thelma L. Tangen, 92, of Rochester, Minnesota, and formerly of LeRoy, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Arbor Terrace Memory Care, where she had lived for the past six years.

Thelma Lorraine Nordby was born August 6, 1927 in Spring Valley, Minnesota, to Hans and Henrietta (Hattlestad) Nordby. She graduated from LeRoy High School. On September 4, 1948 she married Gordon Tangen in LeRoy, MN. They had 41 years together before he was killed in a car/truck accident while on his way to work.

Her primary career was with the United States Post Service, where she worked in the LeRoy Post Office as a part-time clerk for 11 years, while also working in the Rochester Post Office. She then became a Postmaster and served in this position for 14 years in Canton, MN before transferring to the Rose Creek, MN Post Office where she retired in 1996.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She especially loved those little ones as her dementia progressed! She enjoyed making life-like dolls and sewing their clothing. She was also gifted at sewing clothing for her daughters, and had many pictures showing them in identical dresses as they grew up. She made many quilts and sets of needlepoint dish towels for her family members. She very much enjoyed playing cards with her friends.

Thelma is survived by a daughter Mary (Peter) Slavin of Rochester, MN and a son James (Bev) Tangen of Clermont, IA; eleven grandchildren Jason Myli, Danette Hunsberger, Rachel Thielen, Kristi Myli, Sarah Slavin, Christopher Slavin, Anthony Miller, Nathaniel Miller, Kayla Frederickson, Heather Stahnke, and Alyssa Tangen; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon, her daughters Marcia Myli and Janice Miller, two brothers, and a sister.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude for the care their mother received from the staff at Arbor Terrace Memory Care, and also the staff at the Mayo Clinic Care Transitions Program.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral services for Thelma will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at LeRoy Lutheran Church in LeRoy with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Burial will take place in the LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Online condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Ovedia Ione (Bremseth)
"Pat" Bakken


March 2, 1935 - January 2, 2020 (age 84)

Ovedia (Pat) Ione Bakken age 84, of Wykoff died at Grand Meadow Senior Living where she was residing.

She was born March 2, 1935 to Casper and Cora (Wead) Bremseth in Fountain, MN. Ovedia grew up in rural Southeastern MN as the youngest of 17 children and attended Country School in Grand Meadow. Ovedia met Alfred (Everett) Bakken in 1953 at the Pla-Mor Ballroom in Rochester, MN. The two were united in marriage on October 28, 1955. Ovedia and Alfred spent most of their years in the Chatfield and Wykoff area. Many years were spent dancing together at the local Firemen’s dances, weddings, or anywhere they could find a good polka. Ovedia never doubted her purpose, that God put her on this earth to clean.

She spent many years cleaning homes and businesses in Spring Valley and Rochester. Making many good friends along the way. Al & Pat left their mark on the world wallpapering and painting together as A&P Decorating. Ovedia served her church in various ways including Sunday School teaching, church council and church custodian. She was always looking for the opportunity to help whoever needed it throughout her life. Ovedia truly was the “garage sale” queen knowing just how to set up an eye-catching sale. Lines would start early trying to be first in the door for all the treasures. Many a friend and family member enjoyed a cup of coffee and a piece of pie at her kitchen table.

Ovedia is survived by her children Pamela (Brian) Walton of Sioux Falls, Richard (Jennee) Bakken of Chatfield, LuAnn (Jerry) Klevan of Spring Valley, Rebecca (Curt) Knoepke of Mantorville, and Jennifer (Charlie) McCurdy of Wykoff. 13 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren, 5 sister in-laws, 3 brother in-laws and many many nieces and nephews.

Ovedia was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 10 sisters and 6 brothers.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday January 5, 2019 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Pastor Kay Wold officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:30 until 3:00 P.M. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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LaVerne Michael Felten


August 19, 1927 - January 3, 2020

Obituary for LaVerne Michael Felten

LaVerne Michael Felten, age 92, of Austin, passed away peacefully on Friday Jan. 3, 2020 at St. Marks Living in Austin.

LaVerne was born Aug. 19, 1927 in Nevada Township, Mower County, Minnesota to John B. and Elizabeth (Wagner) Felten. He was raised as part of a hardworking farm family near Rose Creek along with his four brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Rose Creek High School and enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He was Honorably Discharged at the end of the war.

After the service he returned home where he worked a variety of jobs and eventually began work with the Hormel Company where he worked for 35 years. During this time, he met Jane M. Landherr and they were married on Nov. 20, 1950. They were very fond of attending local dances and they especially enjoyed dancing at the Terp Ballroon to the Big Bands that played there. They even won a local dance contest.

LaVerne and Jane were life-long residents of Austin and raised their five children there. When he wasn’t working hard, LaVerne enjoyed fishing at their cabin near Waterville, or golfing with his friends and family at Ramsey golf course where he golfed into his 80’s. He was also a long-time member of the YMCA.

LaVerne was known for his quick wit and wry sense of humor. He worked at Mayer Funeral Home for many years after his retirement from Hormel, was an usher at St. Augustine Catholic Church and also a 10-year volunteer at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home - where he stated that those where the only people he could “push around” anymore.

Survivors include his daughter, Kay Brown, Fort Collins, Colorado; sons, Gary (Susan) Felten, Cornville, Arizona, Jim (Jeanne) Felten, Woodbury, Minnesota, Ron (Kimberly) Felten, Austin, Minnesota; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Campbell, Depere, Wisconsin; brother, John (Barb) Felten, Rose Creek, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Linda Felten, Rose Creek, Minnesota.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Jane Felten; son, Dale Felten; son-in-law, Michael Brown; grandsons, David Brown and Joshua Williams; sister, Rosella; brothers, Harold, Edward and Arnold; along with many loving in-laws; relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life for LaVerne will be celebrated Friday, June 19th at the Historic Hormel Home from 1-4 p.m. A private family interment will follow.

As per LaVerne’s request, no flowers or memorials please. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Richard Edwin Bauer


September 27, 1950 -- December 30, 2019 (age 69)

On Monday, December 30, 2019, Richard E. Bauer, husband and father of two, passed away in his home at the age of 69.

Richard was born on September 27, 1950 in Austin, MN to LaVerne and Eunice (Schrieber) Bauer. Growing up in Johnsburg and attending school in Adams he enjoyed time with friends, working with horses, as well as spending his summers as a teen independently traveling to work at horse racing tracks in Aberdeen, SD and Winnipeg, Canada.

Richard was very proud of his military service, having spent 8 years in the National Guard after high school and earning the rank of Sergeant. He spent 30 years working for Austin’s local Coca-Cola factory, moving from the bottling line and into community delivery. He then moved on to 16 years at Riverland Community College working within the Maintenance Department.

On April 21, 1972, he married Nona Ann Johnson of Austin, MN. They raised two children, a daughter Callie and son Cole, on their rural homestead surrounded by countryside with a variety of farm animals and beloved pets.

Richard had a passion for history. He loved reading books, watching documentaries, and learning everything he could about local, national, and world history; particularly that related to military and social events. He also enjoyed traveling, especially when he could explore the unique local historical sites and museums.

A few of Richard’s favorites included visiting Civil War sites in the Carolina’s; exploring the coast and indulging in the fresh seafood of Seattle, WA; wandering the museums and monuments of Washington, DC; snorkeling the sea and enjoying the passing naval ships in the early morning waves of Maui, HI.

No matter the location, Richard was always open to new experiences, learning new things, and making new friends. He was known for his infectious smile (which would often follow a witty or sarcastic comment), a genuine full belly laugh that could put everyone at ease, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Richard is survived by his wife, Nona of Austin, MN; daughter, Callie Strouf of Madison, WI; son Cole Bauer of Austin, MN; grandson Carter; as well as 2 brothers and a sister.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVerne and Eunice Bauer; and friends, John Goergen and Richard Matheis.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home at 1801 Northwest Fourth Street, Austin, MN at 2pm, with an hour visitation period starting at 1pm. A reception with light snacks and refreshments will follow at the American Legion Post 91 at 809 12th St. SW, Austin, MN. Military rites by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. Flowers or donations may be sent to Worlein Funeral Home, 1801 4th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Pamela Ann (Hassinger)


April 25, 1956 - January 5, 2020

Pamela Ann (Hassinger) Hillemeier, 63, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, surrounded by her family.

Pamela was born April 25, 1956, in Willmar, Minnesota, to Martin and Patricia (Yost) Hassinger. She graduated from Danube High School in 1974.

On September 7, 1979, Pamela married Douglas Hillemeier and they had three children, Nicole, Natasha and Brandon. The family moved to Austin in 1985. Pam was a stay at home Mom for many years. As the children were getting older, Pam started “Mrs. Clean” cleaning business. She later obtained a CDL driver’s license and drove belly dump trucks for many years. She loved driving truck. In the past few years, Pam worked for REM as a care provider. Pam was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Nicole; parents, Martin and Patricia Hassinger; and her favorite canine companion for 15 years, KeLee.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas Hillemeier of St, Cloud, MN; daughter, Natasha (Ryan LaMont) Hillemeier of Austin, MN; son. Brandon (Kimberly Tycz) Hillemeier of Colorado Springs, CO; granddaughter, Harper Tracy of Austin, MN; siblings, Linda (Bruce) Hoegger, Marty (Ronda) Hassinger, Trudy (Keith Lueck) Hassinger and twin brother, Perry Hassinger; many loving relatives and friends.

A prayer service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Mayer Funeral Home. Friends may call from 10 AM until the time of the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society/Lung Cancer Research.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Ila F. (Lindelien) Johnson


March 11, 1939 - January 2, 2020 (age 80)


Ila F. (Lindelien) Johnson, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 at home.

Ila was born March 11, 1939 at home to Bennie and Johnabell Lindelien. She graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1957. She attended Luther College for 1 year and transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she graduated in 1961 with a degree in Home Economics Education and a minor in Science.

On June 24, 1961 she married John Roger Johnson. It was at this same time that Ila was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was treated and survived. In 2018 and 2019 Ila was recognized by the Mayo Clinic as the longest survivor of cancer. This was a recognition she was proud of. After their wedding, Ila and Roger settled on a farm in Grand Meadow. They lived briefly in Stewartville before moving back to Grand Meadow, where they remained. They welcomed their son Brad in 1965 and their daughter Candice in 1968 into their family.

Ila taught Home Economics for 35 years in Rose Creek, Elkton, Stewartville, Spring Valley, and Grand Meadow. She was a Master Advisor with over 18 years of service in FHA/FLA. She retired in 1996. In her retirement she was involved with the Red Hat Society, Meals on Wheels, Book Clubs, Sunday School, Church Council and was a Master Gardener. Ila loved people. She had a way of making everyone she encountered feel special. She loved everyone and everyone loved her.

Ila was preceded in death by her parents, Bennie and Johnabell Lindelien.

She is survived by her loving husband, Roger, her son, Brad (Michelle) Johnson, her daughter, Candice (John) Leinenkugel, and her grandchildren, Kelsey, Carter, Sierra, Sophie, and Katrina. Ila is also survived by her sisters Sharon Essling, Pat McSay, Jane Kahl, and brother David Lindelien.

Funeral services for Ila will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Grand Meadow Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the church and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Michael Stanley
"Fritz" Falch


May 20, 1949 -- January 6, 2020 (age 70)

Michael Stanley "Fritz" Falch, age 70 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea.

Mike was born on May 20, 1949, to Stanley and Marion (Kruger) Falch in Hayfield. He was raised in Austin and graduated with the AHS class of 1967. When he was young, he enjoyed go karts, bicycles, and fishing. He worked at R&F Bike Shop, Hastings Shoe Store, Fordtown, and Southwest Sales and Service till retiring in 2014. He also enjoyed playing poker and going to casinos. Mike was a lifelong Austin resident. Everyone knew him as “Fritz.”

Michael is survived by his mother, Marion Falch of Austin; sister, Jeanne (Richard) Felber; nephews, Rod Felber, Phil Felber, niece, Teresa (Virgil) Stoskopf and their daughter, Ella; nephew, Dan (Alican Bolland) Felber and their son, Jack. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Stanley in 2015.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10:30-12:00(Noon) and lunch to follow on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. The family would like to thank Dr. Jane and the nurses, aids, and hospice workers at Good Samaritan for the kindness shown to Mike. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Jean Francis Marie (Pint) Alden


March 17, 1937 - January 5, 2020 (age 82)

Jean Alden, 82, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Grand Meadow Health Care.

Jean Francis Marie Pint was born on March 17, 1937 to Frank and Josephine (Koschmeder) Pint in Riceville, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Duane Wesley Alden on April 30, 1955 in Riceville, IA and to this union, seven children were born: Gordy, Randy, Deb, Brenda, Bruce, Michele, and Roxane.

Jean was a wonderful mother who always went above and beyond for her children. She spent many sunny days gardening with her neighbor, Joyce, and she loved a good shopping trip. Most recently, Jean spent a lot of time bird watching and doing word searches. She also loved every moment she got to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jean is survived by her children Gordy Alden of Rochester, Randy “Red’ Alden of Grand Meadow, Deb (Al) Larson of Preston, Brenda Rieken of Grand Meadow, Michele “Shell” Alden of Grand Meadow, and Roxane Alden of Preston, 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, sister Florence Krones of Osage, IA, sisters-in-law Audrey Fleener, Dolores (Larry) Afseth, brothers-in-law Dean (Lois) Alden, Lloyd Alden (Faye), and Lewis Sogard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane Alden in 2009, son Bruce Alden, son-in-law Allen Rieken, sisters Dolores Pint, Darlene Alden & her husband Dwight Alden, brothers-in-law Dean Krones and Donald Alden, and sister-in-law Sherrill Sogard.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Mayo Hospice/Austin for the excellent care they provided for Jean.

Memorial services for Jean will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow with Pastor Larry Iverson officiating. Burial will take place at Grand Meadow Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:30-1 p.m. prior to the service.

Online condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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John R. Frost



John R. Frost, aka Frosty, 55 of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by his loved ones.

John was born on April 30, 1964 in Zumbrota, Minnesota to Arthur Jones and Marie Glaser Olson. His stepfather growing up was David Frost.

Throughout his life he was known for being the fastest taxi driver around Rochester and for being a bar bouncer. In his spare time, you could catch John with a pool cue in his hand at any given bar or pool hall, scratching lotto tickets and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by his children: Robert (Elizabeth) Fisher, Austin, Michael Frost, Mapleview, and Mariah Southwick, Rochester; grandchildren: Andrea, Bryce, Hailey, Octavia, Abraham, and Taliyah; siblings: Arthur Jones Jr, Tracy Jones, Charles Jones, Anthony Jones, Robert Turner, Todd Olsen, Todd McEachern Sr and Teresa Marquez; many nieces, nephews, cousins; step mother: Rita Vonch and his beloved dogs.

There will be a Celebration of Life from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15th at The Bakery Lounge in Austin, Minnesota. There will also be a Memorial Pool Tournament on Saturday, January 18th. Sign up at noon with a start time of 1 p.m. at The Bakery Lounge in Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in John’s memory.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Margaret Clara (Mueller)


May 31, 1916 - December 24, 2019

Margaret Clara (Mueller) Epley, 103, of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at St. Mark’s Nursing Home in Austin.

Margaret was born May 31, 1916, in Austin, Minnesota, to Joseph and Margaret (Schottler) Mueller. She was a graduate of Austin Pacelli High School. She met the love of her life, Earl Epley. They were married on June 12, 1939 at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Together they raised six children on a farm southeast of Austin.

Margaret was a devoted, loving wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family’s needs first. She worked throughout her life as a dedicated farm wife and a homemaker. Margaret valued her friendships and spending time with local neighbors; however, the love of her family was first and foremost in her heart. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Margaret was preceded in death by husband Earl; son, James Epley and infant son, William; great granddaughter, Hannah.

She is survived by her children, Richard Epley of Austin, Darlene (Dean) Pater of Derby, KS, Roger (Lana) Epley of Austin, Mary Jo (Mike) McKinney of Apple Valley, and Jane (Lynn) Sathre of Adams; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Epley of Austin; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren; loving relatives and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the Mass at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Augustine Catholic Church.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Herman Philip Lippert


July 23, 1929 -- January 8, 2020 (age 90)

Herman Philip ("Phil") Lippert, 90, of Austin passed away peacefully at his home on January 8, 2020.

Phil was born in 1929 in the small town of Verona, North Dakota to Herman and Anna (Hansen) Lippert. He was the eighth of nine children. After graduating from Verona High School in 1947 as class Salutatorian, Phil enlisted in the Air Force where he worked as a radar operator.

He met his first wife Lorraine while stationed in northern Maine and they were married in 1952. They had four children.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Moorhead State Teachers College in 1955 and later completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1965. After graduating from Moorhead State, Phil moved to Chicago where he worked as a mechanical engineer and was a member of the team who designed the Blackdog Power Plant along the Minnesota River in Bloomington.

In 1957 he accepted a teaching position at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, Minnesota. The family moved to Austin in 1966 where Phil worked as a teacher of mathematics at the community college until his retirement in 1993. One of the things he was most proud of was being able to have an impact on the lives of so many fine students over the years. He also enjoyed being involved in the community and served on the City of Austin Planning Commission for several years and was an active member of the Elks Club and the American Legion.

Throughout his life, Phil loved learning new things and in 1992 he decided he wanted to learn to dance. He was introduced to Betty at a dance class and they decided to be dance partners.

In 1994, they were wed and enjoyed many adventures together travelling and dancing across the globe. Phil enjoyed many hobbies and interests over his lifetime, including wine making, wood working, gardening, amateur radio, camping, hunting and fishing, canoeing, duplicate bridge, computers and jewelry making. Golf and travel were his passions – he had a goal to visit each of the fifty states and came very close to achieving it through his many travels.

Phil is survived by his wife Betty, sons Vernon (Cindy), Philip (Diane), and Gary (Nancy) and daughter Susan (Jeff), 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, step-son Brad and step-daughter Sheila, 5 step-grandchildren, and his brother Gordon, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Vernon and Richard, and his sisters Myrtle, Leona, Evelyn, Alzina and Nona Ann.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with visitation one hour before. A private interment will take place the following day at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. The family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choosing. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

To send flowers to Herman "Phil" Philip Lippert's family, please visit our floral section.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Deloris Ann (Fisher)


September 17, 1929 - January 7, 2020

Deloris Ann Scott, age 90, of Austin, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Deloris was born September 17, 1929 in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of Paul F. and Anna M. Fisher. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

Deloris attended country school near Newry and graduated from Austin High School in 1948.

On May 6, 1950, Deloris was united in marriage to Earl James Scott at St. Olaf Parsonage in Austin. Together they raised four children, Sandra, James, Larry, and Cathy. Deloris and Earl lived in Austin. She was a stay at home mom, but as the children got older, she worked many jobs until she found herself working at JC Penney as a clerk, then worked in the office as a secretary/bookkeeper until her retirement. In 1986 Deloris and Earl moved to Dorchester, Iowa where they owned and built “Scotty’s Campground” along the Waterloo Creek. Deloris enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and spending time with friends she made there.

Deloris was very talented in needlework, sewing, quilting, cooking, baking, her flower gardens, and making lefse. Not to forget she was an avid Vikings football fan. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra (Jerry Longworth) Hunn, Austin, MN, Cathy (Marty) Bishop, Arlington, WI; a son, James Scott, Waukon, IA; daughter-in-law, Carol Scott, Maryville, MO; nine grandchildren, Cristin Griffey, Austin, MN, Julianne (Joe) Strong, St. Peter, MN, Jeffrey (Kristina) Hunn, Austin, MN, Scott Hunn, Austin, MN, Kally Bishop, Sun Prairie, WI, Jared (Lindsey) Bishop, Wyocena, WI, Jacob Bishop, Milton, WI, Shannon Scott, Maryville, MO, Derick Scott, Austin, MN; fourteen great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Anita Fox; former son-in-law, David Hunn; many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; infant brother; husband, Earl Scott (Sept. 2, 1998), son, Larry Dean Scott (June 1982); infant granddaughters, Jennifer and Shaunna; best friends and companions, Sport (her dog), Sara and Sally (her cats).

Funeral Services will be held 11 am on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Mayer Funeral Home with Pastor Madison Chelberg officiating. Friends may call from 1-4 pm on Sunday and also one hour before the service on Monday at Mayer Funeral Home. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

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SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Mary Ann (Runde) Wilcox


May 02, 1943 - December 28, 2019

Mary A. Wilcox, 76, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2019 at her home.

She was born May 2, 1943 in Riceville, Iowa, to Theodore and Pauline Runde and graduated Leroy-Ostrander High School in 1961. Mary worked briefly as a nursing assistant at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, followed by work at IBM-Rochester, where she met her husband of 56 years, Thomas (Tom) K. Wilcox. In 1966 they settled on a farm north of Mantorville.

In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her children: Jane (Michael) Wilcox Hardwick, Mark (Michelle) Wilcox, and David Wilcox, all of Mantorville, and Connie (Vu) Le of Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren, Katie Wilcox, Orion Hardwick, Annabelle Hardwick, Elijah Wilcox, Olivia Wilcox, Maggie Wilcox, Thien Le, Camden Le, and Andrist Le; sister, Ann Durben of Meyer, IA, and brother, Leo of McIntire, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Christian Wilcox.

Mary enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning vegetables and jams, freezing sweet corn and baking apple crisp and pies. She loved Christmas and was known for extensive decorating for her favorite holiday. Mary enjoyed dancing with Tom to polka bands at the Relay Station. Until she was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia in 2008, she was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson, MN, and Council of Catholic Women.

Special thanks to caregivers from Home Instead and Seasons Hospice, especially Diane Larson of Mantorville.

A Funeral Mass for Mary will be held 11:00 AM Friday, January 3, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 Mantorville Ave North in Kasson, MN. Visitation will be held 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 801 7th St SE in Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, MN.

Memorials to St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Mantorville.

To share a special memory or condolence please visit, Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 801 7th St SE Kasson, MN 55944 (507)634-6510.

SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home

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Vincent Jerome Schlichter


Vincent Jerome Schlichter, 90, devoted husband of Mary Ann and father of five children, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

Vin was born on April 5, 1929, in Lakeville, Minnesota, to William and Caroline (Mueller) Schlichter. The family eventually settled near Austin, Minnesota, where he met Mary Ann Kruger; they married on June 24, 1948. They raised five children – Barbara, Harold, Norbert, Sherri and John.

After farming in partnership with his brothers for 13 years, Vin and Mary Ann set off on their own and settled in Rose Creek, Minnesota, in 1962. They bought a 578-acre farm, where they worked the land and raised their family. Vin prided himself on his love of the land and being a progressive farmer.

Vin was diagnosed with cancer in 1985 and he and Mary Ann retired to Phoenix, Arizona. Vin loved his new adopted state and lifestyle. He and Mary Ann were avid travelers, taking many weekend trips to towns in Arizona and the U.S., plus travels to Europe, the U.K., Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. Vin was a collector of antiques, trains and various oddities, but his passion was cars. He often attended racing events and enjoyed watching races on TV. He was very proud of his German heritage, enjoyed a good polka, reminiscing about his mother’s cooking and visits from family.

Vin was preceded in death by his parents, William and Caroline; his brothers, Urbin, Norbert, Ansgar, William, Theodore and Paul; sisters, Beatrice, Genevieve, Angeline, Helen and Frances; grandson, John P. Thiele; and daughter-in-law, Karen Schlichter.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann; children: Barbara Gingrass (Tim), Harold Schlichter (Karen), Norbert Schlichter (Shauna), Sherri Wick (Larry) and John Schlichter (Deb); grandchildren, Michael, Michele, Brandon, Emily, Eric, Nolan, Jeff, Catherine, Jeremy and Laura; many great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Vin has one surviving sister, Gertrude Hannam.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, 10 JAN 2020

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Eleanor (Catalano) Montigney


Eleanor Catalano Montigney, 99, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Eleanor was born on July 16, 1920, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the youngest of 10 children to parents Phillip and Francesca Catalano, immigrants from Sicily who came to the United States via Ellis Island in search of a better life for their family. Her father was a partner in the Catalano Purpura Fruit Company, now part of the history of the Strip District in Pittsburgh.

Eleanor graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie College) and began her career as a systems analyst at Standard Register. She resigned her position to marry Robert Arthur Montigney from Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 9, 1950. Bob’s job with Hormel Foods took them from Akron, Ohio, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finally to Austin, Minnesota, in 1966. Bob passed away April 27, 1990.

Playing Bridge was her favorite activity; she continued playing even after she moved to Prior Lake, Minnesota, to be closer to her daughters. She never stopped remembering her Bridge and Art & Travel Club friends from Austin. She was an active volunteer at St. Edwards Catholic Church for many years.

Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Janice (Michael) Vlasak of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Marilyn Bogenschutz of Burnsville, Minnesota, and Susan Holt of Plymouth, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Montigney; parents, Phillip and Francesca Catalano; six brothers, Michael, Joseph, Peter, Victor, Phillip and Edward; and three sisters, Mary, Frances and Virginia.

There will be a private memorial service a t a future date at McNearney – Schmidt Funeral Home in Shakopee, Minnesota. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Austin. Condolences can be sent to the family at The family requests no memorials.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, 8 JAN 2020

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Bonnie Gail (Horsman) Kiehne


January 3, 1945 -- January 9, 2020 (age 75)

Bonnie Gail (Horsman) Kiehne, 75, of Spring Valley, Minnesota, died Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the Grand Meadow Health Center.

A Celebration of Life for Bonnie will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 2-5 at the VFW in Spring Valley, MN.

Bonnie was born January 3, 1945, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Elwin and Catherine Horsman. She was united in marriage to Gerald Kiehne on May 5, 1979 in Spring Valley, MN. She worked for various businesses, but her favorite, being waitressing, where she could use her gift to gab.

Her passions in life included her love of Bingo, collecting Beanie Babies and most of all, making countless memories with her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, grandson, Christian and all of her great-greats.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Kiehne; her “baby boy” Victor Deyo, of Spring Valley; granddaughter, Morgan; grandson, Christian; one brother, David (Elaine) Horsman of Spring Valley; two sisters, Marsha Thorson and Debbie Carr, both of Spring Valley; nieces: Pam (Tom) Abbott, Teresa (Frank) House, Ashlee (Jeremiah) Falck and Alyzabeth Carr; nephews: Derek Thorson and David Horsman Jr., great–nieces: Tiffany (Jared) Hagstrom, Lindsay (Cole) Jensen and Tabitha (Kyle) Mulhern; great-nephews: Jason (Tammy) Horsman, Justin (Silke) Horsman and Christopher Thorson.

She is also survived by many great-great-nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her father, mother, daughter, Vicki Lynn Deyo, and an infant brother.

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Joanne Mary (Van Ryn) Hansen


March 27, 1926 - January 11, 2020

Joanne Mary (Van Ryn) Hansen, 93, of Austin, died Saturday January 11, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Joanne was born March 27, 1926 in Faribault, MN, the eleventh child of Henry and Mary (Van Berkom) Van Ryn. Joanne attended eight years of rural education and graduated from Bethlehem Academy in Faribault in 1943. She went on to graduate with the Mower County Teachers Training class of 1944 in Austin. She taught at District 101 in Mower County for two years.

On August 24, 1946, she and Leo Hansen were united in marriage at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Faribault. Joanne and Leo moved to Austin in 1951. They became active parishioners in St. Augustine Catholic Church, were active in the diocesan Christian Family Movement (CFM) for over ten years, and raised 8 children who attended St. Augustine grade school and Pacelli High School. Joanne was also active in the Counsel of Catholic Women, taught CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) and co-created the preschool religious program in her parish. She was also a charter member of Austin Birthright, Inc. for over thirty years, often serving as director. Joanne worked nationally in the area of cult education for more than twenty years, and authored several books and many poems.

Her family and her faith were fundamental in her life. She enjoyed the many years of scouting, camping, family vacations, and reunions. She loved card parties and was a fabulous 500 player. There wasn’t a crossword puzzle she couldn’t solve, or jigsaw puzzle she couldn’t put together. She was always ready to do something fun, and never missed a teachable moment. She lived her faith every day of her life, treasured her friends, loved her children unconditionally, and always strived to perpetuate justice and equality.

She is survived by seven children; Kathy Hansen of Eagan, daughter-in-law Jan Hansen of Faribault, David Hansen of Largo, MD, Joy Maryanha of Austin, Michael (Carol) Hansen of Winona, Thomas Hansen of St. Cloud, Patrick (Kelly) Hansen of Burnsville, and Susan Hansen of Austin. She is also survived by twenty-three grandchildren, and twenty-three (and a half) great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Hansen, parents Henry and Mary Van Ryn, brothers August, Phillip, Ralph, John, Walter, George, and sisters Josephine (Harold) Michael, Adella (Roger) Sterling, Marion, and Veronica Van Ryn, daughter-in-law Shelley Ryan Hansen, and most recently, her son, Mark Hansen of Faribault who passed away December 29, 2019.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Monsignor Richard Colletti and Deacon John Kluczny officiating. Visitation will be held at Mayer Funeral Home on Sunday Jan 19th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a CCW rosary at 2pm. There will also be visitation one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

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Mary Ella (Emery) Bendtsen


November 9, 1924 - January 9, 2020

Mary Ella (Emery) Bendtsen

Mary Ella (Emery) Bendtsen, age 95. Born in Austin, Minnesota, on Nov 9, 1924 to James and Margaret (Gorman) Emery.

She attended Whittier, Queen of Angels and St. Augustine High School, graduating in 1943. In school, she played violin in the orchestra and enjoyed academics and participating in drama. She took a job at The Capretz Insurance Agency. There she worked with Marcine Bendtsen, who introduced Mary to her brother, Myles.

She married Myles Bendtsen on Apr 3, 1948 at Queen of Angels church in Austin. With gentle tutoring from her mother-in-law, Mary immediately started learning the ropes of country life, how to help run a farm and feed a family. She and Myles had ten children and for the remainder of their working years they farmed in Rose Creek. Mary also worked making custom draperies, and held positions with Southland Elementary School and the City of Rose Creek.

A lover of music and an active member of the community, Mary volunteered in numerous capacities, including as a 4-H leader, where she taught kids to sew. She was especially active at St. Peter’s Church in Rose Creek, where she sang in the choir and worked on numerous committees and projects over her 70 years as a member.

Above all, Mary took great joy in her family: 6 daughters, 4 sons, 31 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Kathy Larson, Rose Creek; Randy (Diane) Bendtsen, Austin; Brad (Lorrie) Bendtsen, Peoria, IL; Denise (Tom) Lewison, Rose Creek; Alane Bendtsen (Steve Searl) Owatonna; Les Bendtsen (Rick Buchholz), Minneapolis; Mary (Ross) Johnson, Rochester; Melanie (Brian) Worrall, Huron, SD; Dean (Renae) Bendtsen, Rose Creek.

She is also survived by her loving sister Jannette (Emery) Belden, Austin, and a large and wonderful collection of in-laws, nieces and nephews. And by her cards- and Rummikub-playing ladies in Rose Creek and Adams, who were a great source of friendship, laughter and love.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Myles, her sister, Margaret (“Babe”) Emery, her daughter, Janel Gleason, grandson Scott Bendtsen, and son-in-law, Jim Newstrom.

Special thanks to the staff of Mayo Health Systems in Austin, whose expertise, skill and kindness made her last days comfortable and her farewell a gentle one. The ICU team went above and beyond, taking questions from a dozen family members with grace, empathy and patience, and we are among their biggest fans. Thanks also to Mary’s granddaughter, Kara (Gleason) Mould, M.D. who offered her family loving reassurance during Mary’s last days.

Friends may visit at Mayer Funeral Home on Friday, Jan 17 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at St. Peter’s Church in Rose Creek, with a reviewal beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Peter’s or the donor’s choice.

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Sylvia Katherine (Spartz) Moen


Sylvia Katherine Moen, 93, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at the home of her daughter, DeAnna Dahlgren, and son-in-law, David K. Sutton II, in Fort Collins, Colorado. For the last three weeks of her life, Sylvia and her constant feline companions, BigBoy and LittleBit, were cared for by her family, Pathways Hospice and her devoted friend Darlene Myers.

Sylvia Katherine Spartz was born April 19, 1926, near Dundas, Minnesota, in the rural farmhouse of her paternal grandparents, the second eldest daughter of Francis (Frank) Spartz and Etta (Andrews) Spartz. Her elder sister Delores, who was five, was present at her birth. Born two months premature and with no doctor in attendance, Sylvia’s survival was unlikely, except for her grandmother’s instincts to swaddle the tiny baby in a cigar box and set her in front of the wood-burning cook stove to keep her warm. Survive Sylvia did, until at age 93, still battling for the joy of living, she passed away.

Etta and Frank Spartz divorced when Sylvia was quite young. When her mother remarried, the man Sylvia credited with protecting her and raising her, John Paul Mork, entered her life. To her, he was Johnny Pa, and to subsequent grandchildren he was Grandpa Johnny, a tall, robust U.S. Army veteran with ready humor and a great laugh. Though there was no formal adoption, Sylvia took his name and until her marriage to David E. Thompson in 1947, she was Sylvia Katherine Mork.

Throughout her young life, Sylvia’s happiest times were with her maternal grandparents, Anna and Ben Hall, on their modest 20-acre farm near Oakland, Minnesota. When she and David divorced, Grandma Annie and Ben again welcomed Sylvia and her six-month old daughter, DeAnna, into their home. Though divorced from David, Sylvia remained close to his parents, Melvin and Alice Thompson, and DeAnna’s nine aunts and uncles.

On July 3, 1951, Sylvia married Michael (Buzz) Marvin Shultz Jr. Buzz had served in the U.S. Navy; one of Sylvia’s most unique early tailoring projects was to restyle one of his navy blue wool uniforms into an exact replica, albeit much smaller, uniform for their son, Michael Marvin Shultz III. With two small children and Buzz’s night shift work as a welder in the mechanical division of Hormel Meat Packing, there wasn’t much available time to express her inherent creativity beyond the kitchen and sewing clothes for the family. Still, in their small cottage home on Winona Street, Sylvia distinctively designed colorful rooms.

While never having completed secondary school, Sylvia planned and executed her own late-in-life education. After passing her GED test, she enrolled in business courses at Austin Community College, earning a Vocational Certificate with High Merit in 1974. This was after having created a highly successful in-home business introducing stretch fabric techniques and selling the fabrics themselves from her basement. Completion of those courses led to a job with Baudler, Baudler and Maus, Attorneys, and then a career in the Health and Human Services Department of Mower County from March 1978 to May 1991. Each step was part of a plan to ensure she would have adequate retirement income to live comfortably and continue to enjoy her many artisanal hobbies. This work also supported Sylvia after she and Buzz divorced in 1977.

Through her last day on earth, Sylvia had incredibly beautiful, elegant hands. With those hands and her boundlessly creative mind, she mastered the fiber/fabric arts of quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch and knitting. Sylvia also took up oil painting and tole painting. She was a perfectionist who would rip out a foot-long section of a knitted baby blanket to pick up a missed stitch. Those blankets and the hundreds of scarves that followed were destined for children in Romanian orphanages, a mission of her church, Westminster Presbyterian.

Sylvia retired from Mower County the day following her 65th birthday. While she developed many long- lasting friendships with her county cohorts, it was just a job, and Sylvia was excited about launching the next phase of her life. She moved to Fort Collins to be near her children and her grandchildren, Michael’s daughter, Sarah, and son, Stephen.

Unfortunately, the high desert plains didn’t suit Sylvia’s health and she moved back to Austin, bought a house and reconnected with an old friend, recently widowed Arthur Arnold Moen. A short, whirlwind courtship resulted in their wedding on May 29, 1999.

Before accepting his proposal of marriage, Sylvia extracted a promise from Art that they would have at least 10 good years together. Despite advancing diabetes and years of dialysis, Art kept his promise of 10 years and an 11th for good measure. He passed away, Sept. 10, 2010, at their home in Austin, leaving Sylvia in the good companionship of their four cats, all of whom were adopted from the Mower County Humane Society.

The older cats succumbed to age, but “the twins” BigBoy and LittleBit moved from the 800 Sixth Street house to the Austin Primrose Retirement Community with Sylvia in March of 2018. At the end of that year, Sylvia made the unexpected announcement that she wanted to return to Colorado. In February 2019, she rode through a raging blizzard to her new apartment at MacKenzie Place in Fort Collins, just one mile from David and DeAnna’s home.

While reluctant to leave her house on Sixth Street, Sylvia molded her life at both Primrose and MacPlace to suit her needs. Of both communities she said the resident aides, who pampered her with three meals a day room service, applesauce with her pills and the correct eye drops in each of her eyes, were all “the nicest, most pleasant young girls” she could ever hope to see. Her failing eyesight didn’t allow her to always differentiate between them, but she knew their voices. For that loving, compassionate care, we, Sylvia’s family, thank those young girls, no matter their age.

At MacKenzie Place, she made a very special young friend, who so looked forward to his trips to see Miss Sylvia. Four-year old Jax Myers accompanied his mother, Darlene, on her visits to Sylvia’s, and having him run into her room with a big hug was Sylvia’s thrice-weekly joy. They shared a love for her cats, jellybeans (Jax’s limit was five per visit) and mint-stuffed Oreos.

Before her passing, Sylvia also got to meet her great-grandchildren, Steve (grandson) and Lexi’s son, Wesley Michael, and Scarlett Amber, Sarah (granddaughter) and Pat Huntly’s daughter.

Of her five siblings, her youngest sister, Faith (Tudy) Horn, and her brother, Ronald Mork, survive Sylvia. Faith lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Gerald; Ronald lives with a son in Florida. Sylvia’s sister, Delores (Lester) Kirkwood, passed away in 2007, as did her youngest brother, John “Jack” Mork. Her sister, Dorothy (Vernon) Heneman, passed away in 2014. All three of her husbands preceded her in passing. Sylvia grieved the deaths of her beloved Grandma and Ben during all the years between their passing and hers. Her childhood friend, Eileen (Kulas) Gibis, also passed away prior to Sylvia.

Sylvia could always depend on the kindness of friends, who later in her life were companions as well as caregivers. Judy Nelson, with whom Sylvia worked at Mower County, and her husband, Mike, were one such couple. Mike did odd jobs around Sylvia’s house and Judy escorted her to numerous doctors appointments. Pam Schaeffer-Smith and Sylvia bonded over quilting. After Pam’s mother passed away in 2016, she adopted Sylvia as her second mother, frequently visiting her, including a 2019 Fourth of July visit in Fort Collins. Ann Mueller, a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian, became a close friend far beyond her official church duties and was instrumental in helping Michael settle his mother at Primrose. Jacky Dietz, another member of the Westminster Presbyterian congregation, worked tirelessly with DeAnna to organize the 800 Sixth Street house for sale. Cheri Schue, another county cohort, remained in touch with Sylvia right up until five days before her death. There were so many like these good friends whom arenot named because while they cared for Sylvia, they were not known to her children.

Wishing to be buried next to Art in her hometown, Sylvia is again returning to Austin. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Interment at Oakwood Cemetery will immediately follow the service. Sylvia’s family will host a luncheon for her many friends at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Primrose Retirement Community Room. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: AUSTIN DAILY HERALD -- Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Lanny Michael Callahan


Lanny Michael Callahan, 63, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, surrounded by family at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, after suffering complications from a liver transplant in August.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1956, in Austin, Minnesota, to Walter and Mary (Shatek) Callahan. He was raised in Austin and made his home in Blooming Prairie. Lanny was united in marriage to Tammy Shawback (Mugridge) on Aug. 23, 1975. To this union, two daughters were born, Stacy and Jessica. Lanny and Tammy recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. Lanny finished his career at Bosch in Owatonna, Minnesota; he had previously worked at DMF, Mustang and OTC. He was a member of the KC Club and Moose Lodge in Austin. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, Lanny enjoyed spending time with his family. His grandchildren were the light of his life and he enjoyed their family trips to Disney World. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Callahan of Blooming Prairie; daughters, Stacy (Michael Jaramillo) Callahan and Jessica (Brandon) Johnson; grandchildren, Sophia Johnson, Aubrey Johnson and Logan Johnson; brother, Larry (Debbie) Callahan; sisters, Laurie (Richard) Sylvester and Lois Callahan; mother-in-law, Catherine Shawback; brothers-in-law, J.R. (Pam) Shawback and Donald Shawback;sisters-in-law, Mary Jo (Charlie) Wallace and Amelia (Lonell) Lim; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Callahan; sister, Linda Butler; and fathers-in-law, Leslie Shawback and Ronald Mugridge.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Blooming Prairie. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Worlein Funeral Home in Blooming Prairie and will continue for one hour fprior to the service on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Blooming Prairie Cancer Group. Worlein Funeral Home in Blooming Prairie is performing services. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Kenneth Newton Smith


Kenneth “Ken” Newton Smith, 84, of Bellevue, Nebraska, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.

Ken was born on Aug. 30, 1935, to Orrie and Glenna Cassie Smith in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ken was raised and schooled in Lodi, Wisconsin, and graduated from Lodi High School. After graduating from high school, Kenneth was an over the road truck driver. He enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps and served his country for three years. While serving his country, Ken was a prisoner of war during the Korean Conflict. Ken lived in Seattle, Washington, and retired in 2000. He later lived in Pahrump, Nevada, and Plattsmouth, Nebraska, until 2016, when he moved to the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.

He is survived by his wife, Rosetta Smith; daughter, Lucinda “Lucie” Oquist; two grandchildren, Alysa and Eric Oquist all of Plattsmouth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Orrie and Glenna Smith; two sisters, LaVita Schaluica and Marletta Smith; and son-in-law, Jon Quist.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. His final resting place will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota.

Memorials are requested to the family; a suitable charity will be chosen at a later date. Services are entrusted to Roby Funeral Home, 346 Ave. A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048, (402) 296-3123,

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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David John Perl


Obituary for David John Perl

November 11, 1934 - January 8, 2020

David J. “Lefty” Perl, age 85, of Austin, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at his home.

David was born November 11, 1934 in Austin to Norman and Mildred (Peterson) Perl. He attended Queen of Angels School and graduated from St. Augustine High School (Pacelli) in 1952. He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and graduated in 1956 with a degree in Business Administration.

David was involved in sports from an early age and continued playing baseball for many years. He was a very good pitcher. David played in high school, for the American Legion, the Austin Blues teams, and also played in Cold Spring, Minnesota. In college he lettered all four years and in the mid 1950’s he played in the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament and was chosen for the MVP award.

After college, David entered the United States Army and served from 1956 through 1958. He received an honorable discharge at that time.

David worked at the George A. Hormel Company in the billing department for some years before accepting a job with Kroblin Trucking in Waterloo, Iowa. He did Accounting work for them for several years. After leaving Kroblin Trucking, he worked many places in Iowa and Nebraska. When he returned to Austin, he worked awhile for Scheid Plumbing.

David had many interests including following most sports, music, reading, doing yard work, and in recent years spent many hours doing Sudoku. He really enjoyed getting around on his scooter and in the summer would spend the evening driving it around East Side Lake.

Survivors include his siblings, Carol Krause, Normal, IL, Mary Jane Johnson, Austin, MN, Michael (Ann) Perl, Manhattan, KS; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; his best friend and college roommate, Don Carlson, Rochester, MN.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Mildred Perl; brothers, Stephen and Jon Perl; grandparents; several aunts and uncles.

Memorial Services will be held in the spring with military honors.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Melodie Ann (Meyer) Williamson


Melodie Ann Williamson, 63 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Austin.

Melodie was born on March 21, 1956, in Austin, Minnesota to Alvin and Ramona (Nack) Meyer. She graduated from Austin High School in 1974 and attended Austin Community College before graduating with an Art Major and Commercial Art Minor from St. Cloud State University. Mel worked at the Austin Public Library and cleaned several homes.

Melodie liked to paint and taught an art class at the Austin Public Library. She loved cats and enjoyed gardening, insisting on hand weeding the garden and the yard.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ramona; grandparents and ex-husband, Galen Williamson.

Melodie is survived by her father: Alvin Meyer, Austin, Minnesota; brother: Michael Meyer, Austin, Minnesota; nephews: Joshua Meyer, Orlando, Florida, and John Meyer, Lexington, Kentucky; aunt: Laurie Bublitz, Grafton, Iowa; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 23rd at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Shari Mason officiating. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary for one hour before the service. Interment will be in Beckwith Cemetery in Colwell, Iowa.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Mary Katherine (Arnts) Rath


November 11, 1928 -- January 14, 2020 (age 91)

Mary Rath, 91, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center.

Mary Katherine Arnts was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, on November 11, 1928 to Bernard and Gezena (Lansink) Arnts. She attended country school as a child with her siblings.

On August 18, 1952 Mary was united in marriage to Michael Rath in Schaller, Iowa. In 1956, Mary and Michael moved to an 80 acre farm near Grand Meadow. Together they wintered in Weslaco, TX for 19 years. Mary worked at Daytons Department Store for about 20 years. Mary enjoyed baking, crocheting, knitting, quilting, painting, and crafts. She was a member of St. Finbarr Catholic Church and its Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Neighborhood Knitting Club and Birthday Club.

Mary is survived by her children Carol (Mike) Fritz of Rochester, Paul (Barb) Rath of Chatfield, Bob (Barb) Rath, of Grand Meadow, Lori (Tim) Ryan of Rochester, and Joe Rath of Rochester, 5 grandchildren Aaron Rath, Libby Rapos, Renae Peters, Tony Rath, Korey Rath, 5 great-grandchildren Kadin Tracy, Xander Rapos, Mason Rapos, Jonathan Peters, and Cynthia Peters, 4 step-great-grandchildren Zac, Chase, Candice, and Brent Quandt, sister Josephine Goeser of Council Bluffs, IA, and sister-in-law Eileen Arnts of Storm Lake, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mike in 2015, and 5 siblings.

Funeral Mass for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Kevin Konnolly officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow. Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Robert Edward Nelson


June 01, 1942 - January 08, 2020

Robert Edward Nelson, 77, of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Robert was born on June 1, 1942 to Robert and Beth (Abel) Nelson in Blooming Prairie, MN. He graduated from Dodge Center High School in 1960 and attended RCTC to get his Boilers License. He married Mary Catherine Danks and they had four children; they later divorced.

Robert married Mary Lou Bendickson on May 27, 1994 in St. Charles, MN, they had two children. Robert worked at McFarland Trucking until his retirement in 2019. He had a vast knowledge of just about everything and loved talking and sharing information. He loved his family, animals, coffee, driving truck, and repairing just about anything.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, great granddaughter Brandie, parents, brothers, Roy, Richard, Reinold, Rodney, Ralph, and twin infant brothers.

Robert is survived by his wife: Mary L. Nelson, Lyle, MN; children: Robert (Jennifer) Nelson Sr., Rochester, MN; Tricia Nelson, Rochester, MN; Catherine (Mauricio Santiago-Ramirez) Santiago, Rochester, MN; Cassandra Nelson, Rochester, MN; Dorothy (Gabe) Alger, Shell Lake, WI; Jolee Nelson, Austin, MN; Joshua Nelson, Austin, MN; grandchildren: Phillip, Robert III (Christine), Jaynie, Jonathan, Sadie, Timothy, Benjermin, Carolynne, Emmalynne, Kyla, Aaleyah, Ryker, Eleanor, and Ares; siblings: Sharon Wussow, Rochester, MN; Carol (Jim) Kmiecik, St. Paul, MN; Roger (Jacque) Nelson, Sargeant, MN; Barb Nelson, Rochester, MN; and Russell (Debbie) Nelson, Brownsdale, MN; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Scott Meyer officiating. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday one hour before the service. Interment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston at a later date.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Virginia Marie McClary


Virginia Marie McClary

January 01, 1928 - January 09, 2020

Virginia Marie (Renspie) McClary, 92, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, January 9, 2020 at her home in St. Peters, Missouri.

Virginia was born in Clyde, Minnesota, to Delcie (Stevens) and Hugo Renspie on January 1, 1928. She grew up in Spring Valley and St. Charles, Minnesota, graduating from Spring Valley High School. She married Wilfred (Bill) J. McClary in November, 1945. They raised their daughters in Austin, Minnesota.

Virginia considered her most important work to be as wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, but did enjoy her career with Sears. She also worked at the Ben Franklin store, Red Owl, and with her friend, Sharon, at the Tendermaid. Her greatest joys and accomplishments came with her family and her church. She was a Charter member of Fellowship United Methodist Church and was active in its ministry throughout its history. She was a leader and participant in the Women’s Society. She also served a leadership role on the Administrative Board with the Finance and Pastor/Parish Relations Committees.

She loved to dance, enjoyed crossword puzzles and board games and playing cards. She enjoyed reading, working in her garden and doing yard work with her daughter, Linda—especially raking their abundant leaves all fall. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the highlights of her life. She built a strong network of life-long friends and extended family in Austin and Southeast Minnesota.

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

Survivors include her two daughters, Cheryle (Dale) Walker, Rapid City, South Dakota; and Linda Watkins, St. Peters, Missouri; four grandchildren, Tara (Brad) Arnold, Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Autumn (Brian) Massey, Wildwood, Missouri; Cory Walker, Houston, Texas; Eric Walker (Sara Merkle) Fountain Hills, Arizona; four great-grandchildren, Anna and Isabelle Massey; Jillian and Seth Arnold; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. on April 4th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Autism Speaks; First United Methodist Church, Austin, Minnesota; or Feed the Children.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Margaret Evangeline Knutson


June 07, 1920 - January 15, 2020

Margaret Evangeline Knutson

Margaret Evangeline Knutson, 99, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died at home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in New Brighton, Minnesota.

Margaret was born on June 7, 1920, to Emmet and Gena (Bjorgum) Olson on the family farm eight miles north of Jackson, Minnesota. She was baptized on July 10, 1920, and completed her first year of confirmation at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson. She completed her second year of confirmation in Peterson, Minnesota and was confirmed there on Palm Sunday, 1934. She was the fourth of five siblings, having two brothers and two sisters.

Margaret attended school in a one room country schoolhouse through the eighth grade. Due to the Depression, her first two years of high school were in Peterson, Minnesota, where she lived with her older sister, Beatrice, and Beatrice’s husband Joe. Her final two years of high school were completed in Jackson, Minnesota. Upon graduation, Margaret worked for a year at the Jackson courthouse.

In the fall of 1938, Margaret attended her first year of college at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. Following her freshman year, Margaret worked at the bank in Forest City. A year later, her education resumed at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she received a degree in Business Education in 1943.

While at St. Olaf, Margaret met her future husband, Glennys Knutson, in a Mission Study group. When they both graduated in June of 1943, Margaret taught school in Jasper, Minnesota, while Glennys served in World War II. In the fall of 1944, Margaret and her sister Emy, moved to Lakefield, Minnesota where they both taught school. Glennys returned from Europe in April, 1946, and that same day proposed to Margaret. On August 4, 1946, Margaret and Glennys were married.

After their marriage, Margaret supported Glennys during his years at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. While there, Mary Margaret was born. In July of 1949, they moved to Iowa when Glennys accepted a call to become pastor of the Sioux Rapids/Linn Grove parish. Carol Ann and Sandra Jean were born during this time. In 1953, they moved to Austin, Minnesota, where Glennys became the founding pastor of a mission congregation, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. It was here that their fourth daughter, Barbara Ruth, was born.

After being a homemaker for 20 years, Margaret worked as a Secretary at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home for 7 years. In 1973, Margaret accepted a position with the Social Security Administration, and worked for 4 years, prior to retiring in 1977. Margaret volunteered for St. Olaf Hospital Auxiliary, sang in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Choir, and was a member of the Lydia Circle, while Glennys was pastor. In 2014, she and Glennys moved from Austin to a senior living center in New Brighton, Minnesota to be closer to family. Upon Glenny’s death in September of 2017, Margaret moved to her own assisted living apartment and it was here where she passed away.

Margaret’s deep faith was her guiding light. Her favorite song was Beautiful Savior; she believed Jesus Christ was her savior and that he would take care of her like a shepherd tends to his sheep. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, were the source of her greatest joy on this earth. She loved and cared for them dearly. Many wonderful memories were spent at their cabin on Spider Lake in Nevis, Minnesota. Margaret’s Norwegian heritage was important to her and she passed along rich history and traditions to her family. Margaret loved people. She made many friends; even in her last days, she made new friends and learned their names and details about their lives.

Survivors include her children Mary (Danny) Dunsworth of Shoreview, Minnesota, Carol Lueben (Richard Johnson) of Shoreview, Minnesota, Sandra (Robert) Voelker of Windsor, Canada, and Barbara (Stephen) Claussen of Dallas, Texas; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Emily (Anthony Pledger) Dunsworth of New Brighton, Minnesota, and their son, Tony, Karl Lueben of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Peder (Jennifer Kray) Lueben of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Joseph (Anna Martinez) Lueben of Brooklyn, New York and their son Leo, Kyrie Voelker of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kaia (Mark) Kossman of Austin, Minnesota, and their children Anna and Owen, Solveig (Aaron McGhee) Voelker of Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Canada, Mari (Jason) Sayler of Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, and their children Myron and Ingrid, Samuel (Sarah Flume) Claussen of Dallas, Texas, and Karin (Collin Hager) Claussen of Dallas, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Glennys Knutson; parents, Emmet and Gena Olson; sisters, Beatrice (Joseph L.) Knutson and Emogene (Robert, Harold) Bragstad/Jacobsen and brothers, Oren (Muriel) Olson and Glen (Dorothy) Olson, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 21st at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary (, and will continue on Tuesday morning for one hour prior to the service at church. Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church E.L.C.A. Missions, or the State Services for the Blind of Minnesota (SSB), attn: Communication Center.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Kathryn Grace Gregg


Kathryn Grace (Kathy) Gregg

August 14, 1951 - January 10, 2020

Kathryn Grace (Kathy) Gregg, 68, of Austin Minnesota, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Memory Care at St. Mark’s Living.

Kathy was born on Aug. 14, 1951, in Austin, to Wesley Norman and Grace (Diekema) Gregg. Kathy grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1969. She moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and worked as a nursing assistant at St. Marys Hospital for 35 years. After retiring, she returned to Austin. Kathy enjoyed walking and walked nearly every day until Parkinson’s slowed her down. She had a special place in her heart for animals and adopted many cats in her lifetime, most recently Tuxie and Acer. She especially loved to spend time with family and never forgot a birthday or special occasion.

Kathy will be missed by her siblings, Milla (Gary) Applen, Fred (Ann Kendrick) Gregg and Norma (Terry) Plath; niece, Laura Cooper; nephews, David Applen, Terrance (Tara Scott) Plath and Alex Plath; and two great-nephews, Benjamin Cooper and Leo Plath. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents.

A family burial will be held at a later date at Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - Saturday, January 25, 2020

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