Mower County Obituaries
Jane Marie (Joel, Rice) Clark
June 18, 1941 - January 16, 2020
Obituary for Jane M. Clark
On January 16th, 2020, Jane Marie Clark (Joel, Rice) cherished mother, grandmother, sister, and wife, passed away at the age of 78.
Born in Wells, Minnesota, June 18, 1941, to Fred and Amrita Joel, Jane was the second oldest of eight siblings. The family lived in the Mapleview subdivision, where Jane was crowned “Miss Mapleview”, before moving into Austin when she was a teenager. She graduated from Pacelli High in 1959 and married Robert Rice in 1961.
Jane was a stay-at-home mother to her four beloved children until 1983. It was then that she moved on from her first marriage and returned to school while co-parenting her children. She found purpose in raising her children and the many years she spent serving residents at Sacred Heart Assisted Living. It was in 1994 that Jane married her husband, Larry Clark. They were married for 26 years, truly in sickness and in health.
Jane was a woman of many talents and passions. She enjoyed being in her garden surrounded by peonies and tea roses, cooking, painting, camping, and collecting antiques, crystal bells and ceramic dolls of all shapes and sizes. In quieter moments she could often be found dancing and singing in the kitchen, in her bare feet, with coffee brewing on the counter.
Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the light of her life and she was never happier then when she had a baby in her arms. She was known, and will be remembered, for her quick wit, a wicked sense of humor, and an infectious laugh that made her blue eyes glow.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Amrita Joel, her brother Fred Joel and her sister Renee Raimann (Joel).
She is survived by her husband Larry Clark, her children: Lisa Turvey (James Turvey), Robert Rice (Pamela Rice), Amy Blackstad (Jon Blackstad), and Andrew Rice (Lynn Rice) along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Jane was a strong and independent woman before being strong and independent was the norm. She leaves behind her a legacy of family that is infinitely better for having been blessed to have her in their lives.
A celebration of Jane’s life will be held Friday, January 24th, at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin from 5 to 7 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 25th at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin at 11 AM with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will also be held 1 hour prior to the service at church. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to donor’s choice.
SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home
Curt William Klingfus
August 22, 1964 - January 17, 2020
Curt William Klingfus, 55, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, January
17, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Austin.
Curt was born on August 22, 1964 in Austin, Minnesota, to William and
LaDonna (Nuzum) Klingfus. He graduated from Austin High School. On April
18, 1986 Curt married Peggy Brady. Curt worked for Bill’s Excavating and
later went on to work in the Sewer Maintenance Department for the City
Family meant everything to Curt. Curt and Peggy enjoyed watching their son Brady play football, hockey and baseball and they often attended sporting events together. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his granddog, Copper.
Curty will always be remembered for his quiet but impactful spirit. He was always there to lend a hand or crack a joke to make the room laugh.
He was preceded in death by his father, William; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jacob and Carol Brady; brother-in-law, Tim Brady; and nephew, Tyler Brady.
Curt is survived by his wife: Peggy Klingfus, Austin, Minnesota; son: Brady Klingfus (Kelsey Swanson), Bloomington, Minnesota; granddog Copper Brady; mother: LaDonna (Harris) Goplen, Albert Lea, Minnesota; siblings: Rhonda (Larry) Burgess, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Craig Klingfus (Tammy Braaten), Austin, Minnesota; Rachelle Klingfus (Dori Tesmer), Millville, Minnesota; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Mike (Pam) Brady, Rochester, Minnesota; Linda (Ed) Smith, Ottertail, Minnesota; Patrick (Cheryl) Brady, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; Michelle Brady, Austin, Minnesota; Dan (Cindy) Brady, Austin, Minnesota; Terry (Shelli) Brady, Stewartville, Minnesota; and Brian (Beth) Brady, Rochester, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 24th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home
Eugene Earl Burtch
August 6, 1922 -- January 17, 2020 (age 97)
Eugene Earl Burtch, 97, of Austin, Minnesota, went to meet his Lord and Savior on January 17, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Eugene was born on August 6, 1922 near Ramsey, Minnesota, to Earl and Lillian (Paulson) Burtch. Eugene grew up near Blooming Prairie and graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1939. He worked at Hormel Foods until entering the Army in 1942. He fought in the 104th Infantry Division Timberwolves through France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. He earned the bronze star and Purple Heart medals in that campaign.
After a long rehabilitation, Eugene returned to Austin and worked for Hormel Foods until his retirement in 1985. He came to know Jesus at the age of fourteen and was an active member of Grace Baptist Church where he served in many capacities including youth ministries and the board of deacons. He was also a Boy Scout troop leader.
Survivors include a daughter Cynthia (Terry) Hunst, Lakeville, Minnesota; sons Keith (Linnea) Burtch, Austin, and Brian (Judy) Burtch, Holland, Michigan; nine grandchildren, Timothy (Sarah) Hunst, Owatonna, Minnesota, Melissa (Jeremy) Noble, Maple Grove, Minnesota, Meridee (Michael) Carreiro, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jenna (Chad) Nienhuis Holland, Michigan, Carly (Zach) Petroelje, Zeeland, Michigan, Grant (Carol) Burtch, Ballwin, Missouri, Kathryn (Kurt) Buchanan, Woodford, Virginia, Heather (Nathan) Dahle, Waseca, Minnesota and Kristofer (Maria) Luiken, Point Pleasant, West Virginia; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Merle Harrington, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, one brother, Dale Burtch, Clarion, Iowa; and many other wonderful relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his bride of 77 years Evelyn; and his parents Earl and Lillian Burtch.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Grace Baptist Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Military rites by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. Interment will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota. Memorials can be directed to the Grace Baptist AWANA Club. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home, 1/20/2020
LaRae Elsie (Underdahl) Eastvold
July 31, 1925 -- January 17, 2020 (age 94)
LaRae E. Eastvold, 94, of LeRoy, Minnesota, passed away on January 17, 2020, at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams, Minnesota.
LaRae Elsie Underdahl was born July 31, 1925 to Alfred and Genora (Gullickson) Underdahl at Adams, Minnesota. She attended school in Adams. LaRae was baptized and confirmed at Marshall Lutheran Church in Adams. She was united in marriage to Alfred Eastvold on May 10, 1941 and to this union they had 3 sons; Ronnie, Curtis, and Richard.
In 1960 she started to work at the LeRoy school cafeteria and after 39 years as the Cook and Cafeteria Manager, she retired. LaRae kept busy doing volunteer work at LeRoy Lutheran Church, LeRoy Senior Center, and the Ostrander nursing home.
She also stayed active by participating in Church Circle, Monday Birthday Club, and History Club. LaRae loved entertaining families and having her grandchildren come to visit.
LaRae is survived by her sons Ronnie (LaVonne) Eastvold of LeRoy, Curtis (Connie) of Austin, MN, and Richard (Mary) of Mantorville, MN, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Elsie, and brothers Howard and Virgil.
Funeral services for LaRae will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at LeRoy Lutheran Church with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Burial will take place in the LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery later in the spring. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 at Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Online condolences may be left at Hindtfuneralhomes.com
SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home
Wanita Aileen (Huffman) Pfeifer
Wanita Aileen (Huffman) Pfeifer
May 8, 1940 -- January 17, 2020 (age 79)
Wanita Aileen Pfeifer, age 79 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, January 17, 2020 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.
Wanita was born in Austin, Minnesota, to Oscar and Agnes (Freiheit) Huffman on May 8, 1940. She attended Austin Public Schools. On November 25, 1956, Wanita was united in marriage to Eugene Pfeifer at Crane Community Chapel in Austin. Wanita was a lifelong Austin resident and worked at Weyerhaeuser for 20 years.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin, where she was very active. Wanita liked flower and vegetable gardening. She also loved being outside, fishing and camping. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much joy in life and she loved watching their activities. Wanita was always willing to help anyone. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Pfeifer of Austin, Minnesota; sons, Steve (Tammy) Pfeifer of Austin, Minnesota, Greg (Lori) Pfeifer of Austin, Minnesota; daughter, Shelly (Lee) DeVries of Albert Lea; 7 grandchildren, Abigail, Benjamin, Jordan, Sadie, Amy, Katy, and Gregory; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Ronnie (Barb) Huffman of Austin, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Marilyn Huffman of Austin, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Agnes Huffman; and 9 siblings.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 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 at a later date. The family will like to thank the staff of the Sacred Heart Care Center for the loving care and personal attention they provided to Wanita. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Donald Ellis Larson
Donald E. Larson, 93, of Adams, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday,
Jan. 22, 2020, at the Cedar Court Apartments.
Donald Ellis Larson was born on May 8, 1926, to Hogan and Mabel
(Viste) Larson. He attended school in Adams and Elkton, Minnesota, and
graduated from Rose Creek High School in 1944. After graduation, Don
joined the U.S. Navy in the fall of 1944. He was stationed in
California during his two-year tour.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in October of 1946,
Don visited a friend in Kansas. It was there he met the love of his
life, Norma Van Meter. They were married April 6, 1947. Don worked for
Western Electric until 1950, when he and Norma moved to Minnesota to
farm. He farmed in Mower County for 37 years and worked part-time for
ASC for 40 years.
Don was on the Board of the Stacyville Co-op for 13
years and was on the FMHA Committee for four years. He was a member of
Little Cedar Lutheran Church, where he served as a deacon and was on
the church council. Don was a proud member of Adams American Legion
Post 146 and served as post commander in 1955. One of his happiest
experiences was to be a part of an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in
2008. He was always a sports fan and attended many of the Southland
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; parents; and siblings,
Paul, Willard and Ruth. Don is survived by his two children, son Randy
(Becky) Larson, Bloomington, Minnesota, and daughter Janet (Tom)
Perreault, Grand Junction, Colorado; five grandchildren, Michael
(Karen) Larson, Kristopher Johnson, Chad (Erin Shea) Larson, Heather
(David) Hays and Jenna (Henry) Nicholls; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020,
at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jeremy Johnson
officiating. Interment will follow in the Little Cedar Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the
church. The Larson Family prefers memorials to the Little Cedar
Lutheran Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation. Adams Funeral Home is
SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kenneth Kay Kelly
Kenneth Kay Kelly, 100, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, Jan.
24, 2020, at his home in Austin.
Kenneth was born March 19, 1919, in Estherville, Iowa, the son of Roy
and Hazel (Griffith) Kelly. He graduated from Austin High School in
1939. Kenneth met Elnora Mueller on a blind date and they were later
united in marriage on Oct. 4, 1940, in Estherville. They made their
home in Austin until August 1942, when they moved to Neosho, Missouri,
then went on to India, where Kenneth was stationed with the U.S. Army
He was employed with the Milwaukee Railroad for many years
before retiring in 1963, when he began writing. Kenneth liked to write
about railroad history and enjoyed writing poetry and stories. He had
many stories and poems published with Compass and recently had his own
book published, “Dubbie and The Dragon.” Kenneth will be dearly missed
by his family and friends.
Survivors include his son, Kenneth (Janet) Kelly Jr. of Manheim,
Pennsylvania, and their children, Donna, Erin and James; daughter,
Carol (Clayton) Pike of Billings, Montana, and their children, Kelli,
Kirsten, Kevin and Kory; son, Ronald (Jean) Kelly of Austin and their
children, Phillip and Angela; seven great-grandchildren, Kayla,
Kaitlyn, Michael, Alex, William, Nora and Ava; sponsored daughter and
granddaughter from the Philippines, Vickie (Marner) Tayag and Elnora
Kelly Tayag; sister, Shirley (Donald) Erickson of Austin;
brother-in-law, Howard Nepp of Austin; and many other relatives and
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Hazel Kelly;
wife, Elnora Kelly, in 2010; sisters, Elline Kelly and Mary Nepp; and
brothers, Claude (Fern) Kelly, Eugene (Marilyn) Kelly, Jerald
(Annamae) Kelly and Richard (Charlene) Kelly.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at
Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour
prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be
in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the family. Services
are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home in Austin.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.
SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - Saturday, January 25, 2020
Robert James Schottler
Robert “Bob” James Schottler, 78, of Schofield, Wisconsin, passed away
on his birthday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. Bob died
after a yearlong fight with lung disease, having lived a full and
active life amongst family and friends.
Bob was born in 1942 to George and Monica (Gainey) Schottler in
Austin, Minnesota, the oldest of six children. Bob grew up in Austin,
where he enjoyed being active and playing sports, especially
basketball, which he played through high school, college and after. He
attended St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota. After earning his
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964, he worked in St. Paul, Minnesota, for
State Farm Insurance. He and his family eventually moved to
Rothschild, Wisconsin, in 1973. Bob and Norita raised their children
in the Wausau, Wisconsin, area and Bob continued to work for State
Farm for more than 40 years until retirement.
Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed attending sporting events for both
his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing golf,
participating in bridge club and socializing with friends. He kept his
mind and body active by taking walks, going to the casino and working
out at the gym. Later in life, he also enjoyed spending winters in
Palm Desert, California, with his siblings, extended family and
friends. He greatly enjoyed the beautiful weather of Palm Desert
through golfing, hiking and just relaxing.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Norita (Seleen) Schottler;
children, Mark (Jennifer) Schottler of Oak Park, Illinois, and Anne
(Al) Saffert of Golden Valley, Minnesota; grandchildren, Sam, Ellie
and Ivy (Mark) Schottler and Kali, Brenna and Mack (Anne) Saffert;
siblings, Mary (David) Crandall, Julie (Michael) Hildebrand, David
(Mary) Schottler and Margie (Joe) Hamel; 12 nieces and nephews; and 14
great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and
his brother, Stephen.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan.
27,2020, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Rothschild, Wisconsin, with
a luncheon following the service. Visitation will be held for two
hours prior to the service on Monday at the church. Interment will be
held at Calvary Cemetery in Austin at a later date. In lieu of
flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to Gigi’s Playhouse
Twin Cities, Shriners Hospital for Children of Chicago, or Wausau Area
Mobile Meals. John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting family at
this time. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HonorOne.com.
SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - January 24, 2020
LouJean (Gulbransen) "Jenny" Reid
LouJean “Jenny” Reid, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday,
Jan. 20, 2020, surrounded by her family at her home in Austin.
Jenny Gulbransen was born in on March 14, 1946, in Kasson, Minnesota,
to Berten and Pearl (Bungum) Gulbransen. She graduated from Hayfield
High School in 1964. In 1994, Jenny graduated with honors from
Augsburg University, earning a degree in computer science and math
while still working fulltime. She worked as a packing engineer for
Hormel and retired in 2011, after working over 34 years at Hormel.
Jenny always had beautiful gardens; she especially enjoyed her flower
She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, rosemaling, vacationing, and
the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin. Jenny also volunteered her
time reading to preschoolers at Austin elementary schools and the
Austin Public Library. She is a past member of the Kiwanis Club. Her
greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she loved
spending time with them. Jenny will be dearly missed by all who knew
and loved her.
Survivors include her children, Tim (Beth-Anne) Reid of Whitewater,
Wisconsin, Kim (Warren) King of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Sara (Justin
Rasmussen) Morrison of Geneva, Minnesota, and Jennifer (Gary
Schroeder) Schultz of Dexter, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Taylor
Slack (Justin), Andrew Rafnson, Renee Reid (Jake Filo), Morgan King,
Hunter Schultz and Max Reid; two great-grandchildren, Lyla Rafnson and
Riley Rafnson; two brothers, Allen (Donna) Gulbransen and Terry
(Nancy) Gulbransen; and three sisters, Sandi (Dean) Bouley, Rosi
Steele and Bonnie (Dennis) Foster. She was preceded in death by her
parents, Berten and Pearl Gulbransen.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan.
24, 2020, at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Hayfield, Minnesota.
Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service on Friday at
the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to West St.
Olaf Lutheran Church in Hayfield, Austin Public Schools Preschool
Reading Program, or the Austin Public Library kids reading program.
Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home in
Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - January 23, 2020
Jerri Lynn (Fell) Merritt
Jerri Lynn (Fell) Merritt, 66, a warm-hearted wife and a devoted
sister, died Monday, January 13, 2020.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1953, to Jerome and Ardeth (Jerry and Ardy)
Fell in Charleston, South Carolina, a fact to which her life-long love
of water, warm sunshine, and sandy beaches was often attributed.
Raised in Minnesota, she received a good education in the Minnesota
public school system and used that education to help people by
generously correcting their grammatical errors, even without being
asked. She was an athletic swimmer and played tenor saxophone in
marching band at Austin High School. After graduating in 1971, she
continued her education at Austin State Junior College and Moorhead
State University, where her academic funding was often supplemented by
her ability to win in high-stakes pocket billiard games.
She had other talents as well. While still living with her parents,
Jerri always completed her Saturday morning chores before the start of
American Bandstand because she loved to entertain her two younger
sisters by demonstrating her sweet dancing skills during the American
Bandstand Spotlight Dance. This lively math wizard was able to keep a
running total of expenditures in her head while shopping and often
astounded cashiers by correctly announcing the total amount due as she
unloaded her shopping cart.
After college, Jerri Lynn lived in the Calhoun-Isles neighborhood of
Minneapolis, Minnesota, and started her career in business management.
She quickly advanced in business – and almost as quickly moved to
warmer regions of the U.S., seldom returning to the frigid north.
Jerri had a vivid imagination, loved to party, looked great in a
bikini, and always drove a convertible sports car; handsome men found
her irresistible. Even in her mature adulthood, old men and dogs with
great instincts followed her everywhere.
She married three times. The first two marriages were strikes, but she
hit a home run with her third husband, Terry Merritt. Jerri Lynn and
Terry were married at the beautiful River Walk in San Antonio, Texas,
in July 1993. They later moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and eventually
retired in Maricopa, Arizona.
Jerri Lynn is survived by her husband, Terry Merritt of Maricopa; two
exceptional sisters, Joan Wagner (Tony) of Keller, Texas, and Susan
Fell Johnson (Andy) of Austin, Minnesota; five nephews, Andy, Jason,
and T.J. Wagner of Texas, and Alexander and Nicholas Johnson of
Minnesota; and by great-nephews and nieces and dozens of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Ardy Fell; and several
aunts and uncles.
The family will invite friends and family members to gather and
remember Jerri Lynn in a celebration of life in June 2020 in Austin.
Jerri Lynn lived a remarkable life and your memories of her should be
shared. Please send stories to be shared at the June gathering to
JerriLynnStories@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations of blood to
the Red Cross will be appreciated. Online condolences may be sent to
SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - January 22, 2020
Irene Ella (Feldt) Thompson
August 18, 1914 ~ January 24, 2020 (age 105)
Irene Ella Thompson, age 105, of St. Ansgar, Iowa passed away
peacefully Friday afternoon, January 24, 2020, at Good Samaritan
Society in St. Ansgar, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.
Irene was born August 18, 1914, at the farm near St. Ansgar, Iowa to Gustave and Alma (Schmidt) Feldt. She was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church and
confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Grafton, Iowa. Irene graduated from
Carpenter High School in 1932. On March 21, 1937, Irene was united in
marriage to Leland Ellingson during a double wedding with her sister
Agnes, who married Leland’s twin cousin. They farmed the home
Ellingson farm for 39 years.
During this time, she was active in
farming and in the Deer Creek Lutheran Church, directing choir,
teaching Sunday school and she also played saxophone in the Grafton
Lutheran Church Band. When they retired from farming, they built a new
home on an acreage near Lyle, MN. Leland passed away in 1978. Irene
then moved to Austin, MN and through the Sons of Norway Lodge, she met
and married Charles C. Thompson on August 8, 1981.
Through this marriage she became part of a large new family of 3 sons
and 2 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Irene loved
playing her saxophone in churches and nursing homes. She planted many
gardens of perennials and vegetables and furnished flowers for church
altars, weddings and other gatherings. Irene also enjoyed playing
cards, dancing and Sons of Norway. Charles and Irene traveled
extensively in the United States, Canada, Alaska and several times to
Norway and other parts of Europe. The couple moved to the Cedars of
Austin in 2009. Irene then moved to the Good Samaritan Society in St.
Ansgar, Iowa. Irene will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her step-children; Barry (Mary) Thompson of Webster,
WI., Rodney (Jan) Thompson of Austin, MN., Charlane (Mike) Benson of
Rochester, MN., Rhonda (Brooks) Heimer of Henderson, NV., and Scott
(Brenda) Thompson of Austin, MN. 13 grandchildren, 32 great
grandchildren and 8 great great-grandchildren. Sister in laws; Joan
Feldt and Delores Feldt of St. Ansgar, Iowa and Selma Lysne of Austin,
MN and many nieces and nephews. Irene was preceded in death by her
parents, husband Charles Thompson in 2015, 3 brothers Arnold, Barney
and Herbert, and 2 sisters, Agnes Severson and Helen Peterson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30,
2020 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin. Visitation will
take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will
be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to donor’s
choice. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home
in Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website
William Joseph "Bill" Grover
September 10, 1943 - January 26, 2020 (age 76)
William “Bill” Joseph Grover, age 76 of Adams, Minnesota, passed away
peacefully Sunday, January 26, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his
Bill was born September 10, 1943, in Austin, Minnesota, to Richard “Clare” and Gae (Greenlee) Grover. He attended Austin High School. On November 28, 1964, he was united in marriage to Mary Louise Heard in Santa Ana, California. The couple raised five children. Bill loved to write computer engineering programs and writing classes for those wanting to learn sheet metal fabrication. Golf, fishing, and camping were all favorite hobbies. He held family most dear and spending time with his siblings, children grandchildren, and great grandchildren was what he loved most. A very dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
Bill was survived by his wife, Mary Grover; four daughters, Jackie
(Mike) Gottberg, Ann (Mike) Langstaff, Judy (Joe) Stewart, Sally (Doug
Lamoureux) Froman; nine grandchildren, Kasey (Noah) Snater, Tashina
(Anthony Kyllo) Stewart, Michelle (Deven) Leidall, Brad (Teryn)
Stewart, Melissa Grover, Michael Langstaff, James Grover, Cody Froman,
William Froman; seven great grandchildren; five siblings, Freddie
Grover, Linda (Mike) Burzinski, Shirley Brown, Deb Roberts, and Joy
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his son, William
Grover II; six siblings, Sharon Grover, Jeanne Fox, Phyllis Hall, Dick
Grover, Kathy Grover, and Patty Grover, who died in infancy.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30,
2020 at Crane Community Chapel in Austin. Visitation will take place
one hour prior to the service at the church. Worlein Funeral Home of
Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website
Rachel Ann Hudson
May 20, 1939 -- January 20, 2020 (age 80)
Rachel Ann Hudson, age 80 of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away Monday,
January 20, 2020 at her home in Lyle.
Rachel was born May 20, 1939 in Sheldon, Iowa, the daughter of Allison
and Catherine (Miller) Hudson. She graduated from Sheldon High School in
1957. Rachel always wanted to be a band teacher and upon graduating from
Yankton College, she taught in Burke, South Dakota and Glendo, Wyoming.
Rachel then resided to Lyle, Minnesota where she began a 42-year career
as a band teacher at Lyle Public Schools.
Even after her retirement in 2007, she continued to teach and instill a love of playing an instrument in young kids. Whenever Rachel had the chance, she enjoyed playing her trumpet. She was also a part of the JJ’s Pick-up Band, playing around the area at parades, nursing homes, socials, or whenever asked. Rachel loved bird watching, flower gardening, and her basset hounds. Every New Year’s Eve Rachel and her friend AJ would ring in the New Year complete with an actual bell ringing. She will be dearly missed by many including, her many cousins, friends, and beloved students.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Allison and Catherine Hudson.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. A celebration of life will take place later in June of 2020 to coincide with the 150th Celebration of Lyle. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Donald Alfred Thoe
April 26, 1932 - January 16, 2020
Donald Alfred Thoe, 87, passed away on January 16, 2020, at his home in rural Sargeant, Minnesota.
Donald was born on April 26, 1932, the son of Alfred and Emma (Gulbransen) Thoe in Hayfield, Minnesota.
Donald was united in marriage to JoAnn Peck on December 9, 1960.
He served in the US Army from 1952-1954 and was stationed in Fort Hancock, New Jersey.
Donnie was a farmer and his life work was his hobby. He was a member of the Hayfield American Legion Post #330, enjoyed traveling on bus tours, meeting friends for coffee and talk, and he was very proud of his Super 88 Oliver tractor.
Donnie is survived by his wife, JoAnn Thoe, Sargeant, MN; children, Gregory (Lisa) Thoe, Kasson, MN; Audrey Faulhaber, Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Joseph Hughes, Isaac Thoe, Kelsey Morris, Mitchell Morris and Katie Morris; sisters, Norma Bjork, Rochester, MN; Wilma (Ralph) Kyllo, Hayfield, MN; and Harriet (Noel) Redalen, Chatfield, MN; and brother, Clifford (Euphemia) Thoe, Humble, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Ronnie, Ralph and Oliver.
Visitation will be 4:00–7:00 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 2nd Street NW, Hayfield, MN.
The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830~120th Avenue SW, Kasson, MN with Reverend Pete Wyttenbach officiating.
Interment will be in West St. Olaf Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Hayfield with Military Honors by the Hayfield American Legion Rothie Post #330.
Blessed be his memory.
SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home
Lucille Barbara (Freund) Blaser
Lucille Barbara Blaser, age 89, of Osage, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Faith Home in Osage.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, with Father Raymond Burkle officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Osage. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage with a rosary at 6:30 p.m.
Lucille was born August 23, 1930, in Johnsburg, Minnesota, to Isidore
and Catherine (Klapperich) Freund. She graduated from Adams High School
in 1948. On August 30, 1949, Lucille married Kenneth Blaser at St. John’s
Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Minnesota. To this union, seven children
were born. Lucille and Kenneth farmed near Meyer, Iowa. They retired in
1988, and relocated to Osage in 1989. After moving to Osage, Lucille
worked in the lunchroom at Lincoln Elementary School.
Lucille was an avid gardener, excellent cook, loved to sing and dance, had a contagious laugh and shared it generously with her family and friends. Lucille will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Lucille is survived by her children: Wayne (Mary) Blaser of Boyceville, Wisconsin, Norma (Wayne) Simonson of Grapevine, Texas, Arlene (Dave) Church of Stacyville, Cheryl (Russ) Hemann of Dubuque, Jim (Lana) Blaser of Stacyville, Sheila (Chris) Kolbert of St. Charles, Minnesota, and Lisa (Jeff) Duncan of Rochester, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren: Bryan Blaser, Rick (Tiffany) Blaser, Jon (Molly) Blaser, Matthew (Alainee) Simonson, Brad (Katie) Church, Brandi (Aron) Brake, Brittany (Jeff) Myhre, Julie (Brian) Jasken, Crystal (Will) Thomas, Brent Blaser, Katie (Ethan) Adams, Jayme Blaser (fiancé Greg Frommelt), Kayla Kolbert, Jason Kolbert, and Grace Duncan; 26 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Ardella Dahle of Placerville, California, John (Jean) Freund of Caledonia, Minnesota, Mary Orth of Backus, Minnesota, Bertilla Noble and Angela Smith, both of Cedar Rapids; sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Ruth Freund, both of Austin, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth in 2013; grandson, Michael Blaser; twin-sister, Lucina Blaser; sister, Virginia Elliott; brothers, Delphin and Raphael Freund; and nephews, Allan Blaser, Gary Blaser, Stephen Freund, and David Smith.
SOURCE: Champion-Bucheit funeral home
Shirley Ann (Teepell) Hofland
September 15, 1929 - January 28, 2020 (age 90)
Shirley A. Hofland, age 90 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. She was born on September 15, 1929 to Harry and Stella (Knotts) Teepell in Austin, MN. Shirley attended Freeborn Country School grades 1 – 8 and graduated from Austin High School in 1947. She received her Certificate of Baptism from St. Augustine Catholic Church on July 20, 1930. Shirley was married to Virgil Houff from 1948 – 1966 and to Robert Hofland from 1967 – 1976. Shirley was a Quality Control Inspector for Minnesota Tire and Rubber where she retired from in 1992.
Survivors include her four sons, Larry (Sharon) Houff, Richard Houff, Robert Houff and Michael Houff; one daughter, Lonnie Houff; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Kip), Angela (Ryan), Melanie (Joe), Joseph (Lee), Richard, Emily and Matthew; and two great-grandchildren, Miles and Xanden. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Stella Teepell; husband, Robert Hofland; one son, Bill Houff; siblings, Harry, Cleo, Gladys, and Jessie.
A private graveside service will be held later in the spring. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Kermit Ferdinand Hoversten
June 20, 1928 - January 29, 2020 (age 91)
Kermit F. Hoversten, age 91 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Primrose Retirement Community of Austin, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or recipient of donor’s choice. The family would like to thank the staff of Primrose Retirement Community for the wonderful care they gave Kermit and also St. Croix Hospice Care. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Adeline Bertha (Wuertz) Wachlin
May 26, 1932 - January 30, 2020 (age 87)
Adeline B. Wachlin, age 87 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2020, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin, surrounded by her loving family.
Adeline Bertha Wuertz was born May 26, 1932, in rural Waltham, Minnesota, the daughter of Alvin and Verona (Bode) Wuertz. She grew up in rural Waltham and graduated from Austin High School in 1949. Adeline then attended teacher training at Austin Junior College. On June 14, 1951, she married Paul Wachlin at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham, Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed with five children.
Adeline worked as a CNA first at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin and then at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota for 35 years. She was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham, where she was active in Ladies Aid and played the organ for many years. Adeline was an excellent seamstress. She treasured her time spent on bus trips with her husband and especially loved spending time her with family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her son, Mark Wachlin of Brownsdale, MN; three daughters, Muriel (David) Polzin of Norwood Young America, MN, Julie (Mark) Endorf of Ham Lake, MN, Susan (Jim) Anderson of Rochester, MN; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one sister, Linda (Larry) Stoterau of Orange, CA; sister-in-law, Alpha Wuertz of Longmont, CO; and brother-in-law, Marcus Simantel of Seaside, OR.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Verona Wuertz; husband, Paul Wachlin in 2013; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Lynda Wachlin; one brother, Donald Wuertz; and one sister, Marilyn Simantel.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham, Minnesota, with Rev. Jesse Krusemark officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Waltham. Memorials can be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Lawrence Dale "LD" Schewe
April 30, 1942 - January 30, 2020 (age 77)
Lawrence “LD” Dale Schewe, age 77 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.
Lawrence was born April 30, 1942, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Lawrence and Stella (Nelson) Schewe. He attended schools in both Elkton, Minnesota and Austin, Minnesota. Lawrence was united in marriage to Betty Stevens on June 22, 1963, in Austin.
He was a life-long Austin area resident and was a member of the Church of Christ. Lawrence was a farmer for most of his life and also a self-employed welder. He loved welding, putting things together, and drawing. Lawrence was also an avid collector of toy tractors and enjoyed going to tractor shows. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Schewe of Austin, MN; two brothers, Dennis (Geralyn) Schewe of Austin, MN, Rick (Cheryl) Schewe of Austin, MN; two sisters, LaVonne Johnson Coeur d’Alene, ID, Marlene Johnson of Austin, MN; brother-in-law, Dean Lukes of Austin, MN; sister-in-law, Deanna Schewe of Blooming Prairie, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Stella Schewe; brother, Keith Schewe; sister, Charlotte Lukes; and brother-in-law, Curtis Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Keys to Life Apostolic Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Youth for Christ or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Pearl Irene (Tucker) Brennan
March 19, 1929 - January 24, 2020
Pearl Irene Brennan, 90 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away January 24,
2020 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota.
Pearl was born March 19, 1929 to Paul and Ruth (Beck) Tucker. She
attended school in Brownsdale through eighth grade and graduated from
Austin High School in 1947. Pearl married Jack Brennan on April 23,
1950. She worked for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and was a
Mary Kay consultant for 15 years.
Pearl enjoyed meeting people and she developed many friendships as a
Red Cross volunteer for 40 years and as a member of the Hospital
Auxiliary. She and Jack were active members of Fellowship Methodist
Church and were later members of First United Methodist Church. She
made hundreds of baby blankets for newborns and numerous lap robes for
disabled veterans. She was part of a Lyme Disease support group for
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Ruth Tucker;
husband, Jack in 2011; daughter-in-law, Kathy; siblings, Ronald
Tucker, Jerry Tucker, Karen Tucker and Glenn Tucker.
Pearl is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Jeff (Joann)
Brennan, Waseca, Minnesota, John Brennan, Custer, South Dakota and
Scott Brennan (Mary Parks), Duluth, Minnesota; daughter: Sue Brennan,
Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren: Matthew (Julie) Hanson, William
(Liz) Hanson, David (Nicole) Brennan, Cody Brennan, and Jack Parks
Brennan; great grandchildren: Kali Brennan, Maya Hanson, Amelia Hanson
and Ella Hanson; brothers: Bill Tucker, Two Harbors, Minnesota, David
(Susie) Tucker, Austin, Minnesota; sisters: Helen Chapman, Hayfield,
Minnesota, Marlys (Wayne) Harvey, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, and
Patricia (Robert) Carlin, Mounds View, Minnesota; many nieces and
A memorial service is pending.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website, 1/30/2020
Allan Noel Schaefer
Allan Noel Schaefer was born December 25, 1939, in Rochester, Minnesota. His parents were William and Margaret Schaefer of Adams, MN. Allan spent his childhood years there and graduated from Adams High School in 1957. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in history at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN in 1961 and Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1968. He married Betty Bajari on August 25, 1962.
Allan’s career in secondary education began at St. Bernard’s High School in St Paul, MN, and encompassed 19 years teaching high school history, economics, German, and other subjects in Minnesota, Illinois, and Richland Center, Wisconsin. He later served as principal and superintendent for four school districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin before retiring in Sun Lakes, AZ where he was a licensed realtor for several years. Allan passed away on January 26, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Survivors include his wife, Betty and their four children and spouses: Mike (Lindy) Schaefer of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; Bill (Mary Lou) Schaefer of Houston, Texas; Pat (Trish) Schaefer of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; and Sarah (Joe) Lange of Theresa, New York as well as five grandchildren: Erick(Aly) Lange of San Antonio, TX; Mikhail Schaefer of Wauwatosa, WI; Allison Lange of Theresa, NY; Burke and Kendall Schaefer of Sun Prairie, WI; and one great-grandchild, Olivia Lange of San Antonio, TX.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 14th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with Father Marty Schaefer officiating. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday morning for one hour prior to Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Adams Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family for the establishment of a scholarship in Allan’s name at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home
Virgil Stanley VanCamp
April 18, 1932 - February 1, 2020
Obituary for Virgil Stanley VanCamp
Virgil Stanley VanCamp, age 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully
in his sleep Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Cedars of Austin, Minnesota.
He was born in Austin, Minnesota, on April 18, 1932, the only child of
Clarice and Glen VanCamp. Virgil married Gloria Horgan, they had 1 child
and later divorced. He married Joyce Hemgren on August 21, 1963. From this
union three children were born. Joyce preceded him in death on July 14, 2013.
Virgil and Joyce raised their children on the family farm south of Austin. They were also foster parents to many children for 19 years, which enriched all our lives.
Virgil was a hard worker and drove truck for most of his working years. After retirement, he mowed lawn and did snow removal for a few customers.
Virgil enjoyed drinking beer with his close family and friends. He also enjoyed playing and being with his children when he was not working. The favorite family game was baseball 500, he always enjoyed hitting the ball to his kids.
Virgil loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with all his heart.
He was preceded by his parents, and both of his wives.
Virgil is survived by his children, Sandy VanCamp of Austin, MN, Mary (Don) Schott of Winona, MN, Mark (Jeanie) VanCamp of Springfield, MO, Laurie (Ronnie) Christianson of Austin, MN; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their loving care to our dad.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Mayer Funeral Home with Reverend Donna Dempewolf officiating. Friends may call from 10 am until the time of the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Wednesday. Interment will be in Rose Creek Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com
SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home
Thomas Robert Rosenthal
November 20, 1966 - February 4, 2020
Thomas Robert Rosenthal, 53, was taken from us suddenly and unexpectedly on February 4, 2020.
Tom was born to Darrell and Lorraine Rosenthal on November 20, 1966 in Austin, MN. He attended Catholic grade school and was a graduate of Pacelli High School’s class of 1985 and attended Riverland Community College. Following his graduation, Tom brought his aptitude for technology and his attention to detail to his family business, Rosenthal’s Flooring & Decorating. Tom was a skilled tile setter, carpet layer and interior designer. There wasn’t anything with a circuit board or an engine he couldn’t fix.
Tom had a passion for photography and liked to play both guitar and piano by ear. Tom’s greatest joy and proudest accomplishment is his daughter Emily. He worked hard to be a good father and was overjoyed to become a grandfather this past fall.
Tom is loved and missed by many, most especially his daughter, Emily Rosenthal, LeRoy, MN; son, Joseph Morse (Andrea Soiney), Austin, MN; mother, Lorraine Rosenthal (Greg Morales), Roseville, MN; brother, David Rosenthal, Roseville, MN; sister, Tina Rosenthal (William), Monosmith, Roseville, MN; granddaughter, Reign Rosenthal, LeRoy, MN; grandson, (due May 2020) Connor Morse; niece, Elizabeth (Josh) Haase, Blooming Prairie, MN; nephew, Isaac Rosenthal, Rochester, MN; great nephews, Oliver Monosmith, Leo Monosmith and Cade Haase; former wife, Athena Morse; aunt, Marlene (Gene) Seavey; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell Rosenthal; his grandparents; uncles and aunts. Tom will be carried into eternal rest by pallbearers David Rosenthal, Tina Rosenthal Monosmith, Joseph Morse, Isaac Rosenthal, Jeff Titus and John Howe. Honorary pallbearer, Tom’s godson, Oliver Monosmith.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father James Steffes officiating. Friends may call from 5-7 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.
Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com
SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home
Ronald Edwin Newkirk
December 6, 1944 -- February 2, 2020 (age 75)
Ronald Edwin Newkirk, age 75, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020, at St. Mark’s Nursing Home in Austin.
Ronald was born on December 6, 1944, to Edward and Dorothy (Salisbury) Newkirk in Austin, Minnesota. Ronald grew up in Adams, and graduated from Adams High School in 1962. After graduation, Ronald entered the Air Force and served his country from 1962 to 1966. Ronald also attended some college classes in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Ronald enjoyed working for approximately 22 years as a custodian at the Austin YMCA. On July 17, 1999, he married Lori Flattum in Austin, Minnesota. Ronald was an amazing man who was dedicated to service, and showed it as being a life-long member of the Adams American Legion Post 146. Ronald was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Austin, Minnesota, where he loved to usher for services. Ronald was an amazing grandfather, loved his grandchildren dearly, and enjoyed spending his free-time with them. Ronald also loved his little dog, Odie, and was a passionate sports fan of all Minnesota sports teams. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Lori Newkirk of Austin, MN; son, Bruce (Becky) Newkirk of Phoenix, AZ; two step-sons, Jason (Shelly) Christianson of Austin, MN, Nathan (Becky Culbert) Christianson of Austin, MN; five grandchildren, Faith, Dillin, Jasmin, Cortney, Payton; three sisters, Maggie Boe of LeRoy, MN, Sharon (Art) Osmundson of Adams, MN, Pat Leonard of Adams, MN; one sister-in-law, Christy Forman of Albert Lea, MN.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Roger Newkirk.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Dexter, MN. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, MN. Military rites performed by Adams American Legion Post 146. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Muryece Elaine (Best) Fossey
January 10, 1925 -- February 3, 2020 (age 95)
Muryece Elaine Fossey (Best), 95, of Edina, Minnesota, and formerly of
Austin, Minnesota, passed away on February 3, 2020, at Grand Living of
Sioux Falls, SD.
Muryece was born January 10, 1925, to Jay and Caroline Best (Capretz)
in Austin, Minnesota. She attended and graduated from Austin High School
in 1943. She married Dean Fossey on October 28,1944 in Austin. She was
active in the Y Matrons, Our Saviors Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing
golf and bridge. In 1983 Muryece and Dean moved to Edina, MN, where they spent the remainder of their years. Muryece was a dedicated wife, full-time mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wonderful cook and gracious hostess.
She is survived by her children; James (Patricia) of St Simons Island, GA, Thomas (Nancy) of Wilton CA, Janis (Marc) of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Jamie (Tim) Sampey, Karin (Eric) Warden, Ryan Fossey, Britt (Steve) Wells, Jillian (Kyle) Mowitz, Adrienne Green; great grandchildren, Brooke and Courtney Chrysty, Kennedy, Karsyn and Kolton Warden, Brady, Jay and Cole Wells; brother in law, Robert Fossey; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings; Jay Best II, William Best, Shirley Wheeler and Mary Sebald.
A private family service will be held at Worlein Funeral Home, 1801- 4th Street NW, Austin, MN, 55912 at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Avera at Home Hospice 4509 Prince of Peace Place, Sioux Falls, SD, 57103 or to that of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Robert Wendell Unverzagt, Sr.
February 5, 1927 -- February 3, 2020 (age 92)
Robert Wendell Unverzagt Sr., age 92 of Austin, Minnesota, died at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minnesota on February 3, 2020.
He was born February 5, 1927, to William and Anna Marie (Hanson) Unverzagt near Sargeant, Minnesota. He had six brothers and one sister. He attended Koplin Elementary School in Sargeant and Elkton High School. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy during WWII and was stationed in Kodiac, Alaska. He served in the south Pacific during the war and received several battle ribbons. The LCT ship Robert served on was chosen to accompany the USS Missouri to Tokyo Bay where the peace treaty was signed with the Japanese.
In 1945, Robert married Elaine Anderson. Robert worked at Hormel in Austin and farmed in the Dexter area. After retirement, Bob and Elaine enjoyed time at the lake and winters in Texas. Robert especially enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, time spent in nature, and of course, his family and extended family. Robert and Elaine had five children, Robert Jr., Karen, Bruce, William and Lynette. Elaine passed away in 1996.
In 1998, he married Vivian Gilbertson in Hidalgo, Texas. They lived at The Village in Austin and later at the Cedars of Austin. Vivian passed away in 2016.
Survivors include his children, Robert “Cork” (Ginger) of Dexter, Minnesota, Karen (Earl) Schellhorn of Chatfield, Minnesota, Bruce (Joann Brewster) Unverzagt of Broomfield, Colorado, Bill (Karen) Unverzagt of Rochester, Minnesota, Lynette (Bruce) Klaehn of Eyota, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Meg), Kristen (Sam), Karnette (Chuck), Laura (Kevin), Mark (Heather), Bill (Laura), Aimee (Matt), Scott (Jackie), Luke, Bret (Lisa), Sarah (Jeff), Shari, Markus (Lauren), 28 great grandchildren; sister, Darlene Mullenix of Mount Ida, Arkansas; sisters-in-law, Sandra Unverzagt of Dexter, Minnesota, Jeanette “Pat” Schroeder of Waterville, Minnesota; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends; Vivian’s family: daughter, Dianne (Charlie) Hejlik of West Valley City, Utah; two sons, Steve (Diane) Clark of Littletown, Pennsylvania, Bruce (Carolyn) Clark of Hugo, Minnesota; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Elaine and Vivian; and six brothers, Eldon, Herbert (twin), Roland, Gordon, Roger and Paul.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Chosen Valley Care Center for their wonderful care during Robert’s time at the facility and Seasons Hospice for their kind and compassionate care in his last days.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale, Minnesota. Military honors are by the 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
Erik Christian Pehrson
May 8, 1981 - February 4, 2020 (age 38)
Erik Christian Pehrson, age 38 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at his home in Austin.
Erik was born May 8, 1981, in Boston, Massachusetts, to David and Cheryl (Hodsdon) Pehrson. He graduated from Pacelli High School. He then went on to attend Rochester Community and Technical College. He worked in sales for 20 years. Erik could sell ice to an Eskimo! Erik enjoyed riding his Harley, boating, playing and watching football, RC cars, wheelchair train engineer, and general shenanigans.
He is survived by his sons, Noah, Lincoln, and Jax; brother, David Pehrson Jr.; and sister, Kristina Reuss (Jason); nieces, Emma and Kayla. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Cheryl Pehrson.
A celebration of life will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Raymond Eugene Hansen
April 12, 1929 -- February 4, 2020 (age 90)
Raymond Eugene Hansen, age 90 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Our House Senior Living in Austin after a lengthy illness.
Raymond was born April 12, 1929, in Nevada Township, Mower County on the family farm near Rose Creek, Minnesota to Roy Clarence and Mae (Lausen) Hansen. He attended country school and graduated from the eighth grade. Raymond met the love of his life Beverly Jean Lee on a blind date at the Oasis. They were married on October 1, 1961.
Raymond devoted his life to farming, raising cattle and field crops. He was a “good neighbor” and ready to help others when needed. He enjoyed going to sales and was a bargain hunter. Raymond liked spending time with his cats and dogs. He was an avid gardener, both flowers and vegetables. He had a natural ability to fix just about anything and used his creativity to build miniature wagons.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Beverly, nieces and nephews, and many neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Herb.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Interment will be in Enterprise Cemetery, rural Austin, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to the Mower County Humane Society. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester and Our House Senior Living in Austin for their wonderful care and comfort during his illness. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
April 14, 1962 - February 05, 2020
On the morning of February 5, 2020, Robert (Bob, Boz) Heimer, a lifelong
resident of Adams, Minnesota, died at the age of 57. Bob lived quietly and
courageously with amyloidosis for the last 3 years.
Bob was born on April 14, 1962 as the youngest child of Gene and Joann
Heimer of Adams. Bob attended Sacred Heart School, and Southland High
School, graduating in 1980. He then went on to Austin Vo-tech completing
the carpentry program. From there he went to work for his brother at Lone
Star Plumbing and Heating. For over 35 years he completed any plumbing,
heating, and air conditioning project placed before him. His health issues
forced an early retirement, but he always hoped to regain his health to be
able to work on his own.
Family and friends could always rely on Bob to help out with projects. His carpentry, plumbing, heating, and automotive skills made him the ultimate “jack of all trades” guy. All knew him as the guy to call when something needed to be fixed or another hand was needed. Nieces and nephews benefited from these skills as he quietly taught them how to fix a car, install a toilet or thread a bow.
Bob was an avid sportsman who started out trapping gophers and then turtles, muskrat and beaver. Every fall, Bob spent his free time hunting deer with both firearm and bow. Each spring it was waiting for turkey season. Some of his favorite times were trips with good friends to northern Minnesota in search of bear, and trips to Colorado hunting elk.
Bob was very active in the sportsman community. He maintained a firearms dealer license. He attended numerous sportsman banquets, club events, and gun shows. He was very active in the Southland Sportsman club. Bob helped with fundraising events, planting trees, mowing grasses, whatever was asked of him to provide habitats for the future. Bob encouraged young hunters through teaching firearm safety.
Bob will be missed by his mother, Joann; his two sisters, Mary “Lou” Beckel, Austin and Lonnie Heimer, Rochester and his six brothers, Larry (Lavonne), St Charles; Dick (Evon) & Dave “Bear” (Shari) of Adams; Paul (Brenda), Taopi; Mike (Lori), Stewartville; Bill (Lynette) of Rochester, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Gene, and his nephew, Curt.
Friends may call at Sacred Heart Church, Adams from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, February 11th. A rosary service will held at 4 pm. A memorial Mass will be held at 1 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 12th. A private burial will be held at a later date. The family requests that no flowers be sent.
Adams Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website, 2/12/2020
Charlene Fern (Heimer) Blowers
November 16, 1947 - February 07, 2020
Charlene F. Blowers, 72, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Charlene was born November 16, 1947, in Austin, Minnesota, to Cletus and Marcella (Diggins) Heimer. She graduated with the Class of 1965 from Austin High School. Charlene was united in marriage to Michael Blowers in May of 1973, and were blessed with a son Jason, and daughter Jennifer. Charlene and Michael later divorced, but remained close friends.
Charlene enjoyed a long career with Mower County Human Services as a financial worker. She retired on December 30, 2005 after 32 years of service. Charlene also worked several years for Mower Council for the Handicapped, Inc. in Austin.
She had many interests including traveling, gambling, politics, and history. She treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Charlene was a longtime member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. Over the years she was active in the DFL Party, and the AFSME Union.
She was preceded in death by her parents Cletus and Marcella Heimer; son, Jason Blowers; sisters, Marsha Pawluk and Nancy Heimer; brother, Thomas Heimer.
Charlene is survived by her loving ex-husband, Michael Blowers of Austin; daughter, Jennifer Beckel (fiancé Zach Tolman) of Austin; daughter-in-law, Kris Grev-Blowers of Blue Earth; grandchildren, Ryan Carstens of Austin, Calin Blowers of Mason City, IA, Whitney Blowers of Austin, McKenzie Beckel of Austin, Brodi Blowers of Blue Earth, Olivia Blowers of Blue Earth, Quinton Grimley of Austin, and August Tolman of Austin; great grandchildren, Kaya Ackland, Kameron Ackland, Hudson Fissell; siblings, Julie (Mark) Farrell of Lyle, Rick (Barbara) Heimer of Perham, Renee (Tony) Merten of Austin; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 15th at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 pm at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, and will continue on Saturday morning for one hour prior to the service, at church.
Special thank you for the wonderful care provided to Charlene by the aides and nurses at St. Mark’s, and Ecumen Hospice.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home
Larry Lee Amdahl
September 5, 1941 - February 6, 2020 (age 78)
Larry Lee Amdahl, age 78, died at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
He was born September 5, 1941, in Estherville, Iowa to Gilbert and Hattie (Manthey) Amdahl. Graduated from Estherville High School in 1960, attended Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville and Mankato State University, graduating in December of 1967. Larry served in the USMC during the Vietnam era, 1963-1966, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal before returning to finish his senior college year.
He was employed by the State of Minnesota from January, 1968 until his retirement January 1, 2000 in the Audit Division of the Department of Revenue. Larry was a spiritual man who loved his family and his church and was proud to have served his country. He enjoyed a trip to Vietnam in 2018 with his sons, Sam and Ed and a trip to Israel in 2015 with son, Sam. He was an active member of the community, Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge, Salvation Army and was a faithful contributor to causes serving humanity.
He is survived by his two sons, Samuel Paul Amdahl (Cecilia Huang) of Prospect Hts., IL and Edward Phillip Amdahl (Claire) of Okinawa, Japan; beloved “Papa” to four grandchildren, Reagan, Madison, Stella Maris and Leif Amdahl; two brothers, Gilbert and Willis and sister, Donna (Don) Hoffmeyer all of Estherville, Iowa; brother-in-law, Karl Fliehler; nieces, nephews and former wife, Christine Henricks. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, Arlene; sister, Joyce Fliehler; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Amdahl.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 14, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a masonic service to follow at 6:00 p.m. by Fidelity Lodge #39 AF & AM. Interment will be in Estherville, Iowa on Sunday, February 16. Memorials can be designated to The Salvation Army. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Keith Prescott Crape
March 1, 1992 - February 7, 2020 (age 27)
Keith P. Crape, age 27 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 7, 2020, due to a car accident.
Keith Prescott Crape was born on March 1, 1992, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Navy parents, John Crape and Michelle (Brohmer) Crape now Karnes. In 1993, his parents were honorably discharged from the Navy and the family moved back to the Midwest to be with family, with his father living in Wisconsin and mother in Minnesota. In 2010, Keith graduated from Austin High School.
He worked for Daikin in Owatonna. He was a member of the Health Club at Total Fitness Gym in Austin, Minnesota. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, working out, and gathering together for cook outs. He loved Dragon Ball Z and playing Magic. He enjoyed filling his free time with those he loved most, including family, friends who were like family, and Katie and her girls. Keith had a great sense of humor, the best laugh, was a good storyteller, was always making goofy faces, had some of the best hugs, and could always make you smile. He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him; his soul was taken too soon but never will be forgotten.
Survivors include his dad, John (Angela) Crape of Austin; mom, Michelle (Mike) Karnes of Austin; significant other, Katie Hemann of Austin; Katie’s daughters, Taylor Overby and Tori Overby; siblings, Jonathan (Andrea Vasquez) Crape of Mankato, Krystal (Blas Estrada) Crape of Rochester, Jessica Crape of Austin, and Janisha Crape of Austin, Christian Karnes of Austin, Courtney Karnes of Austin, and Collin Karnes of Austin; niece, Sophie Kaercher; nephew, Quin “Bugga” Jefferson; maternal grandma, Linda (Steve) Cichanowski; maternal grandpa, Richard (Cheryl Ackerman) Brohmer; paternal grandpa, John Pharr, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Preceded in death by his paternal grandmas, Granny Mattie Webb, and Mama Charlene Watts and maternal great-grandparents, Eugene and Marion Meek.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will be held from 11:00-1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home