Mower County Obituaries
Eleanor Marie (Nielsen) Riedemann
May 8, 1929 - February 15, 2020 (age 90)
Eleanor Marie Riedemann, 90, of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, passed away
on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Mayo Clinic- Saint Mary's Campus in
Born in Remsen, Iowa, Eleanor was the daughter of John and Rose (Hansen)
Nieslen. She graduated from Garfield Webb High School in 1946. On November
16, 1951 she married Donald E. "Dutch" Riedemann in Marathon, IA. They
shared 55 years of marriage together. Over the years, Eleanor raised her
six children, worked at Queenslands store, owned the National Cafe, was
active in the local food shelf, and ran an at-home daycare.
She was a devoted member and treasurer to the Grand Meadow Lutheran
She enjoyed quilting with the church ladies, watching Hallmark movies,
doing puzzles, and spending time with family.
Survivors include three sons, Donald L. "Donnie" (Mary) of Chatfield,
Dennis "Denny" (Vicki) of Brownsdale and Dana (Brigette) of LeRoy; two
daughters, Donna (Mike) Fenton of Florence, AZ and Denise "Dee" (Dan
Loehr) Riedemann of Rochester; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;
five sisters; and two brothers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Dirk, and her sister
A Celebration of Life will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday,
February 19, 2020 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue
for an hour before the service on Thursday at the church. Memorial services
will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 20 at Grand Meadow Lutheran
Church, with Pastor Megan Reedstrom officiating. Burial will be in Grand
Meadow Cemetery at a later date.
SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home
Cindy Lynn Walsh
March 15, 1972 - January 22, 2020
Cindy Lynn Walsh, 47 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Cindy was born on March 15, 1972 in Rochester, Minnesota to James Walsh (Stewartville, Minnesota) and Jo Ann Kelley (Austin, Minnesota). She grew up in multiple states throughout her childhood. Cindy graduated high school in Herndon, Virginia in 1991 and returned to Minnesota where she attended college at Mankato State. She was an accountant for many years among other jobs.
Cindy was a social butterfly and loved spending time with her kids, family, friends and long-time companion, Jason. She also enjoyed cooking, drawing, making crafts and being outdoors. She will be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Glenn and Elsie Wilson, John and Lucille Walsh; uncles, Paul Wilson, Dan Walsh and Dick Loftesness.
Cindy is survived by her son: Brock Walsh, Stewartville, Minnesota; daughter: Baylie Walsh, Harmony, Minnesota; parents: Jo Ann Kelley and James Walsh; brothers: Jeff Walsh (Teresa), Stewartville, Minnesota and Bobby Kelley (Jenica), Austin, Minnesota; sister: Toni (Cole) Hastings, Austin, Minnesota; Aunts, Uncles and several Nieces and Nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1st at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will begin at noon and friends may share their memories and stories beginning at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home
Hilda Iris Rivera Hernandez
October 09, 1937 - February 09, 2020
Hilda Iris Rivera Hernández, 82 formerly of Puerto Rico, passed away at her daughter’s home in Austin on Sunday, February 9, 2020.
Hilda was born October 9, 1937 in Cayey, Puerto Rico to Dimas Rivera and Arcadia Hernández. She married Luis Felipe Sánchez on December 29, 1958 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.
She is survived by her children, Luis F. Sánchez, Myrna Rosado, Enid Sánchez; grandchildren, José F. Aponte, Paola Navas, Amanda Sánchez, Anais, Sánchez, Jean M. Miranda, Ana Klusmeier; great-grandchildren, Aliana Klusmeier, Mateo Miranda, José Fernando Aponte, Estela Aponte, Amaya Navas.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with Father Dale Tupper officiating.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 2/17/2020
William Charles "Bill" Nygren
June 22, 1946 - February 12, 2020 (age 73)
William “Bill” Charles Nygren, age 73 of Buffalo City, Wisconsin, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at his home.
Bill was born June 22, 1946, in Austin, Minnesota, to Harry and Kathryn (Tritchler) Nygren. He grew up in Austin, and graduated from Austin High School. Bill worked for the railroad for many years. On August 20, 1978, he was united in marriage to Judy K. Kruckeberg in Lansing, Minnesota. Bill and Judy purchased the Windrift Lounge in Austin in 1979, and retired to Buffalo City in 2004. He was an avid football fan and loved golfing, fishing, and had a great sense of humor. Bill will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his daughters, Kim (Brian) Bakken of Austin, Minnesota, Shannon Apold of Austin, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Trevor, Zach, Lauren, McKenna and Hannah, two great grandchildren, Zavi and Adley; brother, Tom (Susan) Nygren of Columbus, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jolynn Koster of Bemidji, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Kathryn Nygren; wife, Judy Nygren; two step-sons, Jim and Jeff Koster; and sister, Nancy.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, followed by burial at the Blooming Prairie City Cemetery. The Nygren family will greet friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, immediately preceding the service. Memorials can be directed to recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
John Charles Alm
April 9, 1962 - February 12, 2020 (age 57)
John Charles Alm, age 57 of Farmington, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
John was born April 9, 1962 in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Keith and Janeth (Carlson) Alm. He graduated with the class of 1980, from Blooming Prairie High School. John then went on to attend Riverland Community College in Austin to be an auto technician. After schooling, he worked at various independent shops.
In 1982, John married Anna Marie Dunham in Austin. The couple shared 18 years and were blessed with three children. In 1989, John opened Alms Auto Service, which he operated for 16 years. He then worked for Chevrolet of Albert Lea and finished his career in auto mechanics at Darrick in Blooming Prairie, retiring due to illness. In 2015, John met his life partner, Diane Mancini.
They spent the last five years creating unforgettable memories and sharing dreams. John was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and The Eagles Club in Austin. He enjoyed anything with a motor, gas, and oil. John inherited and shared many of his mechanical abilities with his father throughout his childhood, while they tinkered with snowmobiles and cars.
He especially enjoyed snowmobiling, which was a family affair. John loved stock car racing and spent many summers at the Chateau Speedway. He also liked golfing, fishing, and riding his Harley’s. Some of his best memories come from his time spent with his grandchildren, whom he will be dearly missed by, as well as many other family and friends.
Survivors include his parents, Keith and Jan Alm of Austin, MN; fiancé, Diane Marie Mancini of Farmington, MN, who has brought tremendous joy to his life the past four years; three children, Joshua (Jen) Alm of Owatonna, MN, Heather (Jeff) Dudycha of Austin, MN, Samuel Alm of Blooming Prairie, MN; three grandchildren, Allie Alm, Dawson Medgaarden, and Johnathan Alm; one sister, Edie (Dan) Lenz of Austin, MN; one niece, Madelynn; and his canine companion, Punkin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. A private family interment will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Austin. Memorials can be directed to recipient of donor’s choice. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Odell Reuben Scrabeck
August 9, 1932 - February 13, 2020 (age 87)
Odell Reuben Scrabeck, age 87 of Austin, Minnesota passed away peacefully Thursday morning, February 13, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare in Austin, surrounded by his loving family.
Odell was born August 9, 1932 in Preston, Minnesota, the son of Reuben and Agnes (Olson) Scrabeck. He grew up in Preston and Austin and graduated from Preston High School in 1951. After high school, Odell married Darlene Joan Williams in Austin on September 14, 1956. To this union nine children were born. Darlene passed away in 1972. Odell worked for several employers over the years including, Rent N Save and loved working at Walmart in Austin. He was a landlord for many years and also did some remodeling on the side.
On July 23, 1973, he was united in marriage to Betty Louise Huntly in Mason City, Iowa. The couple enjoyed over 42 years of marriage. Odell was a member of the Lutheran faith. He enjoyed working in his yard and tending to his flower and vegetable gardens. Odell especially loved spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Odell is survived by his children, Denise (David) Schwartz of Laporte, MN, Rodrick Scrabeck of Austin, MN, Michael (Laura) Scrabeck of Hayden, ID, Diane (Brad) Minske of Northfield, MN, David Scrabeck of Rockville, MN, Brian (Evie) Scrabeck of Hayden, ID, Debbie (Tom) Hanson of Austin, MN, Dean (Tomoko) Scrabeck of Virginia Beach, VA, and Denette (Kenny Wytaske) Anderson of Austin, MN, Darlene (Delbert) Anderst of Lake City, MN, Dorothy Graff of Purdy, MO, Danita (William) Young of North Mankato, MN, and David Halverson of Davenport, IA; Barbara Mensink (daughter-in-law) of Rushford, MN; many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren; brother, Gary (Jean) Scrabeck of Cannon Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Agnes Scrabeck; wife, Betty Scrabeck; wife, Darlene Williams; son, Russell Mensink; two daughters, Donna Wencl and Dianne Hansen; two sisters, Donna Howley and Arlys Hope.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Odell’s family would like to thank the Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare staff and St. Croix Hospice staff for all their care and kindness shown to their father. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Mabel Marie Hinks
February 16, 2020 - February 16, 2020
Mabel Marie Hinks went to be with the lord on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 12:39 AM. Mabel was loved at the very beginning of her existence. She brought hope, dreams, and excitement to her entire family.
Mabel enjoyed kicking her mother from every direction possible. She enjoyed listening to the voices of her siblings, parents, and extended family as they eagerly awaited her birth. She loved music and danced in the small space that she had available. Mabel knew the Lord from an early age. She also loved listening to Christian music during long car rides. She especially enjoyed “Raise a Hallelujah.”
Mabel’s family was excited to see her first steps, hear her first babbles and words. Evelyn had wished to spend time with Mabel and to teach her about putting on makeup, doing her hair, and trying on clothes. Yazmine had desired to teach Mabel how to skate and play videogames. She also had wished to watch “Gravity Falls” with Mabel and teach her about Star Wars. Giselle had wished to teach Mabel many things in hockey. She wanted Mabel to win a lot of hockey games. Joanna enjoyed cuddling next to Mabel and making sure that Mabel knew that she was loved and adored.
Mabel is survived by her mother, Arianna and father, Justin; siblings, Evelyn, Yazmine, Giselle, and Joanna; maternal grandmother, Norma; and paternal grandparents, Joan and Michael. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Mauricio.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Community Chapel in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Esther Dorothy (Johnson) Torgersen
Esther Dorothy Torgersen 5-28-1924
Died 26 FEB 2014
Preceded in death by husband, Harold; daughter, Linda and son David.
Survived by daughter Nancy Bailey (Allen), Colorado Springs/Lakeland, FL;
son, Wayne Torgersen (Linda), Rochester, MN; daughter Karen Wachal (Richard),
Woodbury, MN; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and
Esther was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota. She married Harold on
July 4, 1941. She traveled to San Diego by train to spend time with Harold
before he was sent to serve in the Pacific during WWII where he fought
as a Marine. Mom enjoyed spending time with friends & family. She and
Harold enjoyed square dancing, camping & fishing.
She is the youngest of nine kids. She enjoyed spending time with her four
sisters, celebrating birthdays or just having fun being together.
She and her family had a cabin on Beaver lake by Owatonna, where she
enjoyed fishing and water skiing. In 1968 Harold built a cabin on an
island they owned on the Canadian side of Sand Point Lake. Esther loved
talking about the island. She made fresh blueberry pies from blueberries
that were picked from the island. They had many good friends on the lake.
She loved fishing, though sometimes her idea of fishing involved having
a good book readily available just in case the fish weren't hungry. They
sold the island & cabin in 1983.
After dad retired they moved to Florida in 1977, where they lived in several locations over the years. They moved to Zephyrhills, FL where Mom took care of Harold after he suffered a stroke and became paralyzed on his right side.
She loved having family visit her in Florida. She loved flower gardening. She spent a lot of her time sitting outside on her driveway visiting neighbors. Mom continued living in Zephyrhills, Florida until March, 2006, when she suffered a serious head concussion and had to give up her home and car; family then moved her back to MN.
In June, 2006 she lived in a senior community in Austin, MN. Where she lived at Cedars Senior Living. She enjoyed time with her sister-in-law, Genevieve Johnson. She still has many relatives in and around Austin.
June, 2007 she was moved to Stonecrest in Woodbury, where she lived in an independent senior apartment. She enjoyed cooking and had her favorite foods, BBQ ribs, cookies, Lefse, lutefisk (yes, she's Norwegian), apple pie and walleye. She participated in activities throughout the building, including playing cards. She had a cat named Daisy (she always called her Kitty), whom she was very fond of. She was a Vikings & Twins fan. Karen and Dick spent their Sundays with her watching football, baseball and golf. She used FaceTime on her iPad to visit her daughter, Nancy, who lived out of state. She enjoyed watching eagle nest web cams on her iPad.
She lived at Stonecrest up until December 2013 after she suffered a fall
that fractured her back. She passed away on February, 26, at Boutwells
Landing in Stillwater. In the few months before she passed she was able
to spend time with her daughters and some of her grandchildren &
Nancy and her husband, Allen, will return her remains in an urn to
Florida to be placed next to Harold's urn at Chapel Hill Gardens in Dade
Memorial Service 10 AM, Saturday, March 15, at Stonecrest Senior Living
(8725 Promenade Lane, Woodbury). Private interment in Florida.
Source: O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home
Contributed by Kathy Pike
Dona Lynette Hummel
October 26, 1966 - February 14, 2020
Dona Hummel, 53 of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, February 14, 2020,
at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 3rd
at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with Chaplain Barb Schunke officiating.
Interment will be at Lansing Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour
before the service on Saturday.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home - Sep. 29, 2020
Thomas Robert Rosenthal
November 20, 1966 - February 4, 2020
Obituary for Thomas Robert Rosenthal
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 is 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
Glen Paul Davis
December 7, 1931 - February 15, 2020 (age 88)
Glen Paul Davis, 88, a lifelong resident of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
He was born on December 7, 1931 to Volney and Theckla (Stier) Davis at the family farm north of Grand Meadow. Dr. Mitchell arrived in his one horse sleigh to deliver him. Glen was the 8th of 9 children. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1949 and was captain of the 1948 Larks football team.
He married Shirley Evenson on January 29, 1955 at St Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Grand Meadow. They had 5 children – Jay, Kim, Dawn, Lisa, and Wade. Kim passed away in a car accident in 1964. He lost his beloved wife Shirley on January 19, 1996, after 40 years of marriage. In 1999 Glen married MaryAnn Heimer, they were later divorced.
Glen was a lifelong farmer, taking over the family farm with his three brothers Stan, Don and Ray. Together they farmed over 1100 acres, milked around 60 cows and raised numerous chickens over the years.
Glen was proud to drive school bus for Grand Meadow Schools for 55 years, from 1949 – 2005 and had the chance to drive multiple generations of some local families. His bus kids lovingly called him “Glennie”. He would proudly tell you that in all those years he never had an accident. The Post Bulletin did an article on Glen in January 2015 to highlight his commitment to bus driving. Glen will be laid to rest in a custom school bus casket donated by Hindt Funeral Home of Grand Meadow.
Glen was an active member of his community throughout his life, serving on the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church board of trustees, Knights of Columbus and the church council. He was also secretary of the Vernon Creamery board. In his retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels delivering food to Grand Meadow residents.
Glen was a huge supporter of the Grand Meadow School and the Superlark teams. In addition to cheering for the Superlarks, he loved playing cards and checkers, and throwing horseshoes. Most of all, he loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.
Glen is survived by four children – Jay (Sandra Heiland) Davis, Dawn (Steve) Durst, Lisa (Brian) Hodge and Wade (Elizabeth Lin) Davis, five grandchildren – Nick Durst, Kim Durst, Jennifer Andersen, Brady (Katy) Hodge, and Dani Hodge, and two great grandchildren – Logan Andersen and Kaiza Hodge. He is survived by one sister – Teresa (Truman) Nelson and two sisters in law– Shirley (Stan) Davis and Linda (Ray) Davis – and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, daughter Kim, parents Volney and Theckla, four brothers – Verne, Stan, Don, Ray, and three sisters – Sister Donald, Marcella, Laurene.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 21 at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, 504 1st St SW, with Father Russell Scepaniak officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 at St. Finbarr’s with Rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. and visitation will continue for one hour before the service on Friday. Burial will be at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church or the Grand Meadow Education Fund (GMEF).
The Davis family wishes to extend its immense gratitude to the staff at Grand Meadow Senior Living, Mayo Clinic Hospice – Austin, and his two special caregivers from Home Instead - Ruby Bell and Deb Lester.
SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home
Mary Lou (Fister) Hungerford
April 17, 1930 - February 18, 2020 (age 89)
Mary Lou Hungerford, 89, of LeRoy, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Wildwood Grove Assisted Living & Memory Care facility in LeRoy.
She was born on April 17, 1930, in LeRoy Township, Mower County, to Casper and Mary (Jones) Fister. She attended LeRoy High School where she later worked in the school cafeteria.
Mary Lou was united in marriage to Louis Hungerford on March 22, 1951 in Austin, MN and together they resided in LeRoy on Benton Street. She had an enjoyable career at the First State Bank where she worked until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Louie Hungerford, brothers Roger and Sidney Fister and her son Bruce. She is survived by her daughters Paula Myran of Zumbrota, MN and Lana (Greg) Solomon of Las Vegas, Nevada and her grandsons, Brett Hungerford and Tyler Myran. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Pauline Fister and Martha Fister.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at LeRoy Lutheran Church with Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Spring Burial will take place in the LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1hr prior to the service at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com
Memorials may be sent to the Hungerford family in care of the Hindt Funeral Home P.O. Box 362 LeRoy, MN 55951
SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home
Arthur Allen Sorensen
February 25, 1934 - February 18, 2020
Arthur Allen Sorensen, age 85, of Waltham, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday,
February 18, 2020 at home peacefully in his sleep.
Arthur was born on February 25, 1934, in Corning, Minnesota, at home,
to Nels and Anna (Fredricksen) Sorensen. He attended Monitor Country School
near Dexter, Minnesota. In 1957 he joined the Army. He went to basic training
in Fort Hood, TX. When he came home from basic training, he married the love
of his life, LaDonna Richards on November 9, 1957. He served in the US Army
in Germany for two years. In 1959 he was honorably discharged and came home
to begin farming and start a family with his wife.
In 1972 he moved his family to the farm where he resided until he passed. Art loved all livestock, especially horses. He sang to his cows while milking. He loved farming, tractor pulling, spending time with family, playing sports with his children and grandchildren, and playing cards, especially 500. You could always be guaranteed he would bid high! He loved the challenge of safely moving all kinds of buildings, both small and large, from one place to another.
Art belonged to the Mower County Mounted Posse and was a member of the Hayfield American Legion and served as Commander. He was instrumental in organizing the Hoof Beats Saddle Club near Brownsdale. Art was an honest man who worked hard. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Art frequently told friends, “You are looking good.”
Art is survived by his wife, LaDonna Sorensen, Waltham, MN; children, Frederick (Sharlene) Sorensen, Waltham, MN; Kirk (Kim) Sorensen, Hayfield, MN; Lana (Leonard) Schultz, Zumbrota, MN; Kevin Sorensen, West Concord, MN; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; sister, Erene (Gaylord) Tapp, Brownsdale, MN and brother, Robert (Beverly) Sorensen, Grand Meadow, MN.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Marie Sorensen, Christine (Earl) Thimsen, Myron Sorensen, Neil Sorensen, Floyd Sorensen, Donald Sorensen, Roger Sorensen, Joyce (Robert) Krell, Frederick Sorensen and Ruth Sorensen; daughter, Dehna Sorensen, and his parents, Nels and Anna Sorensen.
The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020, with Reverend Ronald Prigge officiating at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 411 West Main Street, Brownsdale, MN with visitation two hours before the service. There will be Military Honors by the Hayfield American Legion Rothie Post #330 following the service. Burial will be at a later date.
Blessed be his memory.
SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home
Jose Humberto Rivera
April 04, 1963 - February 04, 2020
Jose Humberto Rivera, 56 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday,
February 4, 2020 at the Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Visitation will be at El Parral Ballroom, 210 4th Street NE in Austin
on Tuesday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and an
English memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday at the
Ballroom with Pastor Victor Ordonez officiating. A Spanish memorial
service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ballroom.
Donations may be made to
proceeds will go toward a Riverland Community College scholarship.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home
Melford Wayne Schneider
June 25, 1937 - February 18, 2020 (age 82)
Melford Wayne Schneider, age 82 of Albert Lea, Minnesota, formerly of
Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at
Mayo Clinic Health System Austin.
Mel was born June 25, 1937, to
Arthur and Martha (Flugum) Schneider. He grew up on their farm in
Waltham, Minnesota. He attended rural country school and Austin High
School. Mel married Esther Mae Barber on May 9, 1954. They raised
their family of six children in the Blooming Prairie area. Mel and
Esther farmed until they moved to Blooming Prairie in 1963. They were
later divorced. Shortly after moving to Blooming Prairie, he started
Mel Schneider Trucking business.
His greatest love and joy were his
family. To Mel his grandchildren felt like they were “his buddies.” He
loved fishing and animals and had many pets through out the years. Mel
loved music, and attending dances where he met Darlene Zimmerman of
Waseca, Minnesota. They married on August 4, 2007. They made their
home in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Together they ran Mel’s Golf Cars of
Albert Lea, until retirement in 2018. Mel was a member of St.
Michael’s Lutheran Church, Loyal Order of Moose, and Fraternal Order
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Schneider of Albert Lea, MN;
children, Cathy Boever of Blooming Prairie, Terry (Barb) Schneider of
Blooming Prairie, Cheryl (Larry) Shoden of Rochester, Brenda (Scott)
Thompson of Austin, Rhonda (Dennis) Underdahl, also of Austin;
Darlene’s children, Gail Zimmerman of Waseca, Carol (Chip) Crosby of
Janesville, Cindy (Mark) Buker of Rosemont, Paul Zimmerman of Waseca;
13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren;
Darlene’s 5 grandchildren; brothers, Vern Schneider of Austin, Art
(Tammy) Schneider of Waltham; sisters, Eldora Barber of Dodge Center,
Marion Schneider of Waltham, Maxine (Keith) Bruemmer of Elgin;
brother-in-law, Clem Howe of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Arthur and Martha Schneider; infant son, Randall Schneider;
daughter, Karen Schneider; grandson, Jason Schneider; son-in-law, Tim
Boever; sister-in-law, June Schneider; and brothers-in-law, Dale Howe
and Lloyd Barber.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22,
2020 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in rural Waltham, Minnesota,
30450 570th Ave, Waltham, MN 55982. Visitation will be held from
4:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21, at St. Michael’s Lutheran
Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the
church on Saturday. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Lutheran
Cemetery, rural Waltham, Minnesota. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is
assisting the family with arrangements.
Source: Worlein Funeral Home
Richard Eldo Hansen
May 8, 1942 - February 18, 2020 (age 77)
Richard Eldo Hansen, age 77 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away
peacefully Tuesday evening, February 18, 2020, at his home surrounded
by his loving family.
Richard was born May 8, 1942 in Pipestone,
Minnesota to Eldo and Beulah (Miller) Hansen. He grew up in Pipestone,
Minnesota and graduated from Pipestone High School in 1960. On
November 20, 1965, Richard was united in marriage to Shirley Lueck in
Brewster, Minnesota. To this union three children were born.
Richard worked at the Amour meatpacking plant in Worthington,
Minnesota for almost 20 years. He served his country for 22 years in
the U.S. Navy, National Guard, Army Reserves and the AGR Program
(Army). The couple lived in Worthington, Minnesota, Brewster,
Minnesota, Red Wing, Minnesota, Jeffersonville, Indiana, Fort
Monmouth, New Jersey, Racine, Wisconsin and after he was honorably
discharged as Sergeant First Class, they retired to Elizabethtown,
In 2007, they moved to Austin, Minnesota to be closer to
their family. The couple belongs to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in
Austin, Minnesota. Richard’s hobbies included fishing, reading,
jigsaw puzzles, doing word searches, and driving his wife Shirley
around to numerous rummage sales and craft shows! He enjoyed watching
sports and military programs and checking out the historical places of
all the different cities they lived. Richard’s motto was ‘Old Soldiers
Never Die – They Just Fade Away’. He will be missed by all who knew
and loved him.
Survivors include his loving wife Shirley Hansen of Austin, Minnesota,
his three children; Tim (Becky) Hansen of Austin, Minnesota, Dawn
(Tim) Bakken of Helena, Montana, and Dan Hansen of Austin, Minnesota;
five grandsons: Justin, Ryan, Theodore (Teddy), Jacob and Lucas and 2
step-granddaughters; one sister, Lois (Chuck) Schroder of Brandon,
South Dakota, two brothers, Michael (Dixie) Hansen of Worthington,
Minnesota and Ed (Judy) Hansen of Pipestone, Minnesota, a brother in
law and sister in law Myron (Nancy) Lueck of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
and numerous nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his
A Celebration of Life will take place May of 2020 in Worthington,
Minnesota. Further information regarding service information will be
available at a later date. Interment with full military honors will
take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston,
Minnesota at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting
the family with arrangements.
Source: Worlein Funeral Home
John Adam Leachman
January 4, 1926 - February 25, 2020
Obituary for John Adam Leachman
John Adam Leachman, age 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, February
25, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.
John was born January 4, 1926 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Frank and Anna
(Frank) Leachman. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII,
was honorably discharged and awarded the Purple Heart.
On February 23, 1946 he married Lucille Margaret Sargent. John worked
at Hormel as a supervisor and retired in 1982.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Leachman; children, Kim White and Kerry Leachman; grandchildren, Kandice Shaw (Bryce Bergene), Kourtney Shaw, Kea Shaw, Jordan White, Kelsie (Josh) Dahlen, Karson Smith; great granddaughter, Kastiella Shaw; special nephews, Barry (Donna) Waller, Bruce Waller and Brian (Lisa) Waller.
Private services are being planned with interment in the Veterans State Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota.
Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com
SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home
Gerald R. "Jerry" Smith
August 11, 1934 - February 28, 2020
Gerald R. “Jerry” Smith, age 85 of Adams, Minnesota, passed away on
Friday, February 28, 2020, surrounded by family at the Stacyville Community
Jerry was born on August 11, 1934, in Johnsburg, Minnesota, to Albert
and Anna Margaret (Mullenbach) Smith. He graduated from Visitation Catholic
High School in Stacyville, Iowa, in 1952. On June 12, 1961, he was united
in marriage to Joan Tindal at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin,
Jerry and Joan made their home and raised their children on Jerry’s
family farm just outside of Johnsburg. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Eagles, Adams American Legion Post #146 and the VFW. Jerry enjoyed camping, going to polka dancing festivals, collecting toys, taking his dogs, Annabelle and Deedee, for walks, and most of all, farming. After retiring from farming in 1997, Jerry and Joan spent their winters in Apache Junction, Arizona, where they loved to play cards and visit with friends. He will be remembered for his witty sense of humor and the unconditional love he had for his family.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gary Smith; grandson, Corey Andrews; his siblings, Cyril Smith, Gladys Blake and Louise Juenger; brothers-in-law, Othmar Blake and Robert Shotliff.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Joan Smith of Adams; his children, Ricky (Tracy) Smith of Adams, Judy (Richard) Andrews of Hollandale, daughter-in-law Marcie (Chris) Hall of Le Roy; Randy (Valerie) Smith of Adams; Joey (Connie) Smith of Stacyville; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Shotliff of Jordan; brother, Ralph (Beverly) Smith of McIntire; brother-in-law, Virgil Juenger of Stacyville; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy and Monsignor John Hemann officiating. Interment will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery with Adams Post #146 in charge of military honors. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a 4:00 p.m. Rosary at the Adams Funeral Home and will continue on Tuesday morning for one hour before Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in memory of Jerry to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website
Charles Joseph Cariveau
May 1, 1945 - March 4, 2020
Obituary for Charles Joseph Cariveau
Charles J. “Chuck” Cariveau, 74, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday,
March 4, 2020 at his home.
Chuck was born May 1, 1945 in Grand Forks, ND, the son of William and Myrtle (Bakken) Cariveau. Chuck grew up and attended school in East Grand Forks, MN, graduating with the class of 1963 from Sacred Heart High School. Chuck served his country as an Engineer for the US Navy for four years before enrolling at the University of North Dakota, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1971. He was united in marriage to Carol Stenson in 1968, and they lived together in Austin, MN for 38 years.
Chuck was a loyal and dedicated Supervisor for Hormel, where he worked for over 30 years. He provided for his family as a loving father while his four children were growing up. After his children had grown, he continued to work at Hormel and provide for his family, always placing others before himself without complaint. Chuck loved to socialize, laugh, follow sports and keep up on the activities of his extended family. Dad cherished spending time with his children and his beloved grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Cariveau, Austin, MN; children, Christopher (Jewel) Cariveau, Waseca, MN, Stephanie (Jerit) Nelson, Waseca, MN, Andrew (Allesandra) Cariveau, St. Paul, MN, Monica Cariveau, Minneapolis,MN; grandchildren: Crystal and Charlie, Waseca, MN, Jenna, Jack and Sam, Waseca, MN, Nora and William, St. Paul, MN; siblings, Gary (Cheryl) Cariveau, Galen (Joellen) Cariveau, Daniel (Denise) Cariveau, Steven (Sue) Cariveau, Wanda Sandbeck, all of East Grand Forks, MN.
Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, William and Myrtle Cariveau; brother, Duane Cariveau; sister, Patricia Iverson.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Monday, March 9, 2020 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father James Steffes officiating. There will be a 6:45 pm wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-7 pm and also one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Military rites will be by American Legion Post #91 and VFW Post #1216. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com
SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home
Douglas "Spark" Guy
November 20, 1959 - March 3, 2020 (age 60)
Douglas “Spark” Guy, 60, of Osage, Iowa, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2020
at Mercy One in Mason City, Iowa.
Douglas Allen Guy was born on November 20, 1959 to Robert Guy and
Barbara Sorum. He attended school in Grand Meadow, MN and LeRoy, MN. He
worked jobs at Moeller Farms, Kruegels, AMPI, Great Lakes Express, and was
later self-employed at Doug’s Furniture Refinishing. He married Margaret
Westphall and the two were later divorced. On October 19, 2007, Doug
married Susanne Meier in Osage, IA. Doug liked anything Harley Davidson
and enjoyed riding. He also enjoyed working on go-carts as well as racing
them. He loved spending time with his grandkids and family.
Doug is survived by his mother Barb Swenson of Siloam Springs, AR, wife Sue Guy of Osage, IA, daughters Sarah (Rick) Laganiere of Grand Meadow, MN and their children Cameron, Sean, and Grace, and Shelly Guy of Stewartville, MN and her children Nicholas and McKia, and siblings Darwin, Debra, and Dawn.
He was preceded in death by his father Robert Guy, grandparents Wayne and Edith Guy, grandmother Martha Vogen, and step-father Robert Swenson.
Private family memorial services will be held for Doug.
SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home
Martha (Anderson) Olson
Obituary Mrs. William "Martha" Olson
Mrs. William Olson
Mrs. William Olson died in Los Angeles, Cal., March 7, following a stroke of paralysis. Funeral services were held in Los Angeles on March 14 and the body brought to Austin, arriving here Wednesday night, accompanied by Mrs. John Ober.
Funeral services were held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, of which Mrs. Olson was a charter member, at 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Rev. Henry Noss officiating and interment was made to Oakwood cemetery beside her husband.
Martha Anderson was born in Gjovik, Norway, March 10, 1834. She was married to William Olson. They came to America with three children in 1867, coming directly to Austin, where Mr. Olson died in 1889.
Mrs. Olson left Austin about twenty-five years ago and has since resided with her children in Red Wing, Seattle and Los Angeles. She often visited here after leaving the city; the last time being a stay of several months last summer and fall.
She leaves to mourn her loss four children: Mrs. John Ober of Austin, Mrs. Hilda Mann and Fritzof Olson of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Esther Stevenson of Seattle, Washington; also six grandchildren. One son, Halford died in the city of Mexico a number of years ago, a daughter, Mary, died shortly after the death of her father, and another daughter, Mrs. Ida Hjermstad died in Red Wing thirteen years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. H.I. Gjermstad of Red Wing and Mrs. John Hanson and two daughters of Lyle came to attend the funeral.
SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Sat. April 20, 1923, page 3, col. 3 & 4
Audrey Marie Weiss
January 1, 1928 - March 8, 2020 (age 92)
Audrey Marie Weiss, age 92 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Ostrander Care & Rehab in Ostrander, Minnesota.
Audrey was born the only daughter to Clara (Sauer) & Henry Weiss on New
Year’s Day, January 1, 1928. She attended St. Augustine’s and Austin Schools
while growing up. When she was 18, Audrey started working for Hormel Foods
as a laborer and retired after working there for 38 years. She made Austin
her lifelong home until her passing. Audrey loved to read books and do
crossword puzzles, as well as enjoyed traveling and dancing. However,
perhaps Audrey was most known for her love of “Big Band” music, especially
that of Glen Miller. She also loved animals and was a passionate and devoted
volunteer for the Mower County Humane Society. Audrey loved to collect angel
statues, and also had many statues of cats and dogs. She always felt and
told people that she had the best friends and family anyone could wish for.
Audrey is survived by her brother, Maynard “Gabby” Weiss of Austin, MN; six nieces and nephews, Greg (Donna) Weiss, Glenn Weiss, Vincent Jr. (Melissa) Weiss, Kim (Tom) Bocko, Pam (Joe) Coscia, Cheryl Farrell all from New Jersey; grandnieces and grandnephews; and a great-grandniece and great-grandnephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Clara Weiss; brother, Vincent (Ida) Weiss; and nephew, Douglas Weiss.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. The family requests no flowers. Any memorials may be sent to the Mower County Humane Society at Audrey’s wishes. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Ronald Dean “Yogi” Yocom
Ronald Dean “Yogi” Yocom, 77 of Austin, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin.
Ronald was born August 9, 1942 at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, Minnesota to Glenn and Bernice (Downs) Yocom. He graduated from Austin High School with the Class of 1960. Ron married Carolyn Broitzman at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Austin. In 2004, Ron retired from Hormels after 36 years where he worked in the sanitation department.
He was a member of the car club “Crankers” and the Moose Club. Ron enjoyed fishing, bowling, softball and coaching. In his spare time, he liked to draw and paint. He especially loved his grandkids and great grandkids. Ron was proud to have served in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert (Red) Yocom and Charles (Chuck) Yocom; and sisters, Barbara Olson and Bonna Lou Geffert.
Ron is survived by his wife, Carolyn Yocom of Austin; daughter, Windy Yocom (Alex Riddle) of Austin; son, Gregg (Shelley) Yocom of Austin; grandchildren, Hunter Yocom of Austin, Grace Riddle of Austin, Laura (Shawn) Pfeil of Plover, Wisconsin; great grandchildren, Quinn Pfeil and Simon Pfeil; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with The Reverend Richard Hegal officiating. Austin American Legion Post #91 and Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 in charge of military rites. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday, March 13th from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday one hour before the service.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website
Wayne Anthony Huinker
February 7, 1950 - March 8, 2020 (age 70)
Wayne Anthony Huinker, age 70 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, March 8, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Wayne was born in Austin, Minnesota, to Arthur and Maxine (Paquette) Huinker on February 7, 1950. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1969. In 1970, Wayne joined the United States Air Force, serving as a Munitions Tech for 24 years. On January 3, 1992, he married Elvie Mendoza in Austin, Minnesota.
Wayne was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Dodge Center, Advent Riders for Christ, V.F.W. Post 1216, and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 91 in Austin. He enjoyed working out, riding motorcycles, ministry, and bowling. Wayne will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his mother, Maxine Huinker of Austin, MN; wife, Elvie Huinker of Austin, MN; sons, Bruce Huinker of Las Vegas, NV, David (Trista) Huinker of Rosamond, CA, Jayson (Amber) Huinker of Algonquin, IL, James Huinker of Fort Drum, NY, Ian Huinker of Hill AFB, UT; step-son, Allen Rosaroso of Austin, MN; four grandchildren, Jayden, John Mark, Ethan, and Olivia; brother, Brian (Jean) Huinker of Davenport, IA. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Huinker; and his brother, Patrick Huinker.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Dodge Center Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 410 3rd Ave. SW., Dodge Center, Minnesota 55927. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota, and will continue on Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home
Ardelle Ann (Jacobson) Peters
Ardelle Peters (age 69)
Le Roy, Minnesota
Ardelle passed peacefully to heaven in her childhood home in the presence
of her family and close friends after a 2-year battle against cancer. She
was adopted as a baby into the loving home of Joseph and Nina Jacobson of
Ostrander, MN. She grew up on a farm and loved her childhood, as well as
loving animals of all types and varieties. She took an early interest in
animal husbandry. She was a Fillmore County Dairy Princess and showed dairy
cows in 4-H.
She was a graduate of Le Roy-Ostrander High School and went to college
at Golden Valley Lutheran before going to Abbot-Northwestern Hospital for
nurses’ training, ultimately obtaining certification as a Registered Nurse.
Her over 30-year career as a labor and delivery nurse ushered thousands of
babies into the world and she was an advocate for the born and unborn. She
worked at several institutions including Methodist Hospital in Rochester,
Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, and Olmsted Medical in Rochester.
Ardelle was married for over 46 years to the love of her life Danial
Peters. Together they had three wonderful children, Brenda, Nathan, and
Naomi. Faith in Jesus was the center of their family life and she tried
to lead by example in her daily walk. Dan and Ardelle lived in LeRoy,
MN, Rapid City, SD, and Willmar, MN.
Ardelle had numerous hobbies and talents. Her passion for all things horses included showing and breeding top quality Morgans and Saddlebreds. She also operated a horse rescue and therapeutic program on her family farm called Turning Point Stables. Other interests included dog breeding and showing, outdoor floral gardening, photography, home decor, baking, sewing, and all things domestic. Ardelle was known by all her friends and family for a dynamic and compelling singing voice and she was a talented musician and soloist. As a member of her college choir she sang solos in Europe and was a member of numerous musical groups and orchestras during the course of her life.
Ardelle was preceded in death by her beloved father, Joseph Jacobson, brother, Dennis Jacobson and mother, Nina Jacobson. She leaves her husband Dan Peters, Brenda Cimbura (daughter) who lives in Blaine, MN, Tim Cimbura (son-in-law), Nathan Peters (son) who lives in Athens, GA, Miki Lu Peters (daughter-in-law), Naomi Eden (daughter) who lives in St. Cloud, MN, and Jason Eden (son-in-law). As well as 3 granddaughters Shea, Arianna, and Brielle.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday March 12, 2020 at River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, MN with Pastor John Kerr officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4 – 7 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy and will continue for 1hr prior to the service at the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Hindt Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com
SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home
Christine "Deloris" Moenning
March 10, 1927 - March 05, 2020
Christine Deloris Moenning passed away peacefully at home on March 5, 2020, just days from her 93rd birthday.
Visitation will be Friday, March 13 from 4-7 p.m. at Czaplewski Funeral Home, 25 South Street SW in Dodge Center, MN. Visitation will continue 1 hour before the 11:00 a.m. service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 28959-630th Avenue, Sargeant, MN on Saturday, March 14, 2020 with Reverend Marc Freiberg, Sr. officiating. Interment will be at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Deloris, as she was known her entire life, was born March 10, 1927 to Harry and Dena (Haselroth) Kruse in Norborne, MO. She attended country school through 8th grade and graduated from Stet High School in Stet, MO in 1945. She was confirmed in the Christian faith on Palm Sunday, 1941, and was a lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. She went on to graduate from Central Missouri Teachers College at Warransburg, MO and taught for two years at a Missouri country school.
On September 5, 1948 she was united in marriage to Arno Frederick Moenning at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne, MO. The two met at a Bible Study while Arno was in the military, and he asked to walk her home. They began farming together in the Madison, NE area until moving to the farm in Dodge Center, MN in 1958 where they raised three sons, David, Mark and Paul.
Deloris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She worked alongside her husband, Arno, to build a successful purebred
Hampshire hog herd and actively promoted the Minnesota pork industry as
a founding member of the Minnesota Porkettes. The Porkettes was an auxiliary
of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association from 1963-1985 promoting pork
products. Deloris was a homemaker, 4-H leader, member of Dodge County
Republican Party, Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau women’s group for many years.
She also continued her passion for education by teaching pre-school at
Grace Lutheran in Dodge Center, MN for a &me. On the farm, she loved
gardening, canning, sewing, quilting and caring for her sons and the
hired help whom she considered her extra kids. She kept everyone well-fed
and well-mended including patching jeans, overalls and replacing zippers.
While she was never blessed with any daughters to help her with these
tasks, Deloris eventually got her girls when her sons married and gave
her three granddaughters.
She is survived by sons David Moenning, Dodge Center, MN; Mark (Donna) Moenning of Hayfield, MN; and Paul (Cathy) Moenning of Dodge Center, MN; six grandchildren, Mary Christine, Samuel, Martha, Emilie (Noah) Fenske, Timothy, John; great-grandchildren Eli, Josie and a third baby Fenske due in August. The family extends its sincere gratitude to Deloris’ in-home caregivers, Melissa Boeck and Jodi McColley.
She is preceded in death by her husband Arno Frederick Moenning; brothers, Lawrence and Wyman Kruse, sister, Darlene Stevens, and parents.
Suggested memorials can be sent to Lutheran Hour Ministries at 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. John’s Lutheran Church at 28959-630th Avenue, Sargeant, MN 55973.
Blessed be her memory.
SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home
Karen Amelia (Bailey) Laack
January 11, 1940 - March 07, 2020
Karen A. Laack, 80 of Austin, Minnesota, finished her journey on earth Saturday, March 7, 2020, surrounded by her family.
Karen Amelia (Bailey) Laack was born January 11, 1940, to Howard and Mabel (Brooks) Bailey in Austin. She was the fifth of seven children. She was united in marriage to Merton Laack on November 25, 1960. They had two daughters, Mari and Jane. After Merton’s retirement, they spent winters at their home in Harlingen, Texas and summers on the family farm in rural Austin.
Karen was a past 4-H leader, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Waltham, an avid bowler, volleyball player, and golfer. She loved to read, put together puzzles and bird watching.
Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Merton, in 2013; parents, Howard and Mabel Bailey; siblings, Iris Schell, Arnold Bailey, Everett Bailey, and Clifford Bailey; and brother-in-law, William Laack.
Karen is survived by her daughters, Mari Kay (Donn) Olsen, Rochester, Jane (Walter) Ebner, Bloomington; brother, Willis Bailey, Austin; sister, Rita Bailey, Austin; sister-in-law, Patty Bailey, Lansing; grandchildren, Alexander (Jessica) Olsen, Rochester, Jefferson (Ariel) Olsen, Olathe, Kansas, Karyn (Cory) Riewe, Winnebago; great grandchildren, Tessanna , Zander, Lillabelle and Ginny Olsen, Rochester; many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life open house will be held Saturday, March 28 from 3-5 p.m. at St. Mark’s Living in Austin. The family wants to thank the staff at St. Mark’s Memory Care and St. Croix Hospice for their care and great kindness shown to mom and our family.
SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website
Betty Jane (Baumgartner) Macal
September 27, 1931 - March 11, 2020 (age 88)
Betty J. Macal, age 88 of Hayfield, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota.
Betty Jane Baumgartner was born September 27, 1931 in Austin, Minnesota, to Ervin and Marie (Krejci) Baumgartner. On December 5, 1948, she was united in marriage to Richard Macal in Austin. The couple moved to a farm in rural Austin where she became a farm wife and homemaker to their three children.
In 2010, Betty moved to assisted living and would spend weekends at the farm until 2012, when the farm was sold. Betty belonged to Grace Lutheran Church and the neighborhood birthday club. She enjoyed walks in the woods, flowers, camping, and traveling. Betty also loved her family, friends, our Lord, the farm, taking care of the grandkids and most of all she loved daddy (Richard Macal). She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her children, William (Lana) Macal of Garden Grove, CA, Jeffrey (Teresa) Macal of New Mexico, Vicky (Gary) Lange of Trempealeau, WI; six grandchildren, Judith, Annalea, Brandon, Ashley, Tyler, and Josh; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; two brothers, Ervin Baumgartner and David Baumgartner. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Marie Baumgartner; husband, Richard Macal; and a brother, Ervin Baumgartner, Jr.
Services are pending.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website, 17 MAR 2020
Patricia Marie (Halligan) Hoffman
June 13, 1937 -- March 11, 2020 (age 82)
Patricia Marie Hoffman, age 82 of Austin, Minnesota passed away
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at her home in Austin.
She was born June 13,
1937 in Austin, the daughter of James and Violet (Hall) Halligan.
Patricia attended Columbus Grade School and St. Augustine High School,
graduating in 1955. Following high school, she worked for Hormel for
two years. On May 11, 1957, she was united in marriage to Donald
Hoffman at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. Their union was
blessed with four children and 60 years of marriage. Patricia was a
devoted homemaker, wife, and mother. After their children were grown,
she worked at Sacred Heart in the activities department. Patricia was
a lifelong Austin resident and was a member of Queen of Angels
Catholic Church. She was an avid reader and loved to travel. Her
friends and family will miss her dearly.
Survivors include her son, Mark (Kathy) Hoffman of LaPorte,
Minnesota; her daughters, Shelly (Rick) Hovland of Austin, Minnesota,
Jill Wagner of Austin, and Gretchen (Greg) Beckel, also of Austin; 8
grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and sister, Sharon Woolsey of
Belvidere, IL. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, James
and Violet Halligan; husband, Don Hoffman in 2017; and one brother,
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Queen of
Angels Catholic Church in Austin.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March
21, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. A Rosary Service will be held
at 11:00 a.m. prior to the Memorial Mass.
Interment will be in Oakwood
Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota, at a later date. Memorials are preferred
to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main S., Chamberlain SD
57325. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website
Raymond Peter Weis
January 1, 1927 - March 12, 2020 (age 93)
Raymond Peter Weis, age 93 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.
Ray was born January 1, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Raymond and Elizabeth (Kasel) Weis. He graduated from St. Augustine High School in Austin, Minnesota. He then went on to attend Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Ray married Arlawyen “Vicky” Vickerman in 1950. Vicky passed away 1980. In 1985, Ray was united in marriage to Mary Arthur in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was employed with Hormel for 40 years.
Ray was a loving and kind man who was loved by his family and friends and respected in his community. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling. He was an athlete who played college football and touched lives by coaching for many years at Queen of Angels School. Ray was a “wise” man who was interested in history, philosophy and inventing. Family was always his priority. Ray loved deeply and was a role model for his children and grandchildren. Anyone lucky enough to cross paths with him enjoyed his stories about his travels and many adventures. He had a twinkle in his eye and mischief in his heart. He will be missed.
“Banking off the northeast winds / Sailing on a summer breeze / And skipping over the ocean like a stone”
Survivors include his wife, Mary Weis of Austin, MN; son, Peter Weis of Austin, MN; daughters, Margaret (Fred) Whytsell of Latrobe, PA, Meredith Weis of Huntsville, AL, Melissa Weis of Austin, MN; 11 grandchildren, Jenna Weis, Cole Weis, Gene Whytsell, Derek Whytsell, Scott Whytsell, Ashley Villella, Harley Weis, Kate Silletti, Joe Keppe, James Weis, Josh Weis; 8 great grandchildren, Anna Whytsell, Brynlee Silletti, Rocco Silletti, Dean Villella, Sebastian Weis, Devon Weis, Mikah Weis, Victoria Weis; brothers, David (Lois) Weis of Akron, OH, Dwayne Weis of Austin, MN; sisters, Anita Shreiver of Austin, MN, Elaine Leif of Austin, MN, Cindy (Mike) Enfield of Austin, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Elizabeth Weis; first wife, Vicky Weis; son, Dr. Christopher Weis; and brother, John (Jack) Weis.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home, 17 MAR 2020
Steven Van Houten
Steven Van Houten, 71, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday March
10, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus-Rochester, under
hospice care, surrounded by his loving family.
Steven was born March 26, 1947, to Jeaneal and Lester Van Van Houten
in Faribault, Minnesota.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nancy Van Houten; their
oldest son, Mark Van Houten (wife Lily); daughter, Jennifer Cook
(husband Randy); youngest son, Joshua Van Houten (wife Susan); and his
baby dog, Lucy. He is also survived by his sister, Sharon; brothers,
Bruce and Jerry; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death
by his parents, Jeaneal and Lester Van Houten; brother, Lonnie; and
his little girl, Maddy.
Source: Austin Daily Herald, 14 MAR 2020
Mary Ellen (Tuberty) Miller
Mary Ellen (Tuberty) Miller, 92, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed
away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.
Mary Ellen was born April 2, 1927, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, to John and
Nellie Tuberty. She grew up on their farm near Twin Lakes, Minnesota,
and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1944. She worked as a
secretary in Albert Lea. Minnesota, before enrolling in the University
of Minnesota, graduating from the U of M, College of Agriculture and
Home Economics, in 1949. She continued her education, earning graduate
credits from Mankato State University, University of Minnesota Duluth,
and the University of Arizona in Tucson.
She combined her love of travel and learning and participated in two
international study programs – one in Japan in 1974 and another in
Europe in 1995.
She married G.Donald Miller on Sept. 9, 1950, and resided on the
family farm near Oakland, Minnesota, until her later years.
Mary Ellen worked for 25 years as a University of Minnesota Extension
Educator in Mower County, retiring in 1989. She received numerous
awards for her work, including the National Association of Extension
Home Economists Distinguished Service in 1976, MN Extension Director
Award for Distinguished Faculty Service in 1988, Mentoring Award of
the MN Pi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Extension Service
Fraternity in 1996, and was recognized as one of the 100 Honorees for
U of M, College of Home Economics in 2000.
Her hobbies included sewing, needle and fiber arts, painting, raising
Jacob sheep and collecting and restoring antiques. Her personal travel
included visits to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Nepal, Malaysia,
China and frequent winters in Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Miller; her parents,
John and Nellie Tuberty; and her sister, Kay Hannan. She is survived
by her four children, David, Dan (Ai-Chin), Ann (Jerry) Shaw and
Sheila (Rod) Miller; and five grandchildren, Jenna, Josh, Corey,
Cynthia and Ashley.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring
staff at Chandler Place Assisted Living in St. Anthony, Minnesota.
A memorial gathering will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 20,
2020, with a 6 p.m. eulogy, at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin.
Source: Austin Daily Herald, 13 MAR 2020
Herbert R. Brand
Herbert R. Brand, 83, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, passed away on
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the New Richland Care Center.
Born to Herbert and May (Lestrud) Brand of Hollandale, Minnesota, he
graduated from Albert Lea High School and joined the U.S. Army in
1955, serving a three-year tour of duty stationed in Bamberg, Germany.
Music appreciation and playing the saxophone in his high school and
army bands were highpoints of his life.
Following military service, he joined his parents in their vegetable
farming operation in Hollandale. He married Karen Christenson on Jan.
2, 1965, and together the couple raised three children. He enjoyed
farming, bowling, fishing at Lake Winnibigoshish in northern
Minnesota, politics, his Labrador retrievers, and spending time with
family and friends.
As a lifelong farmer, he had an opportunity to serve on several
agriculture leadership boards, including the Hollandale Marketing
Association and the National Potato Board. In addition, he served as a
director on the Board of Education for School District 241 and as a
trustee and deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen; his daughter, Jill of
Sheyenne, North Dakota, and her children, Lindsay, Alicia, Pieter and
Jacob; his daughter, Stephanie and her husband, Sean Passingham of
Alden, Minnesota, and their children, Drew and great-granddaughter,
Blayke, Madi, and Kathryn; and his son, Matthew and his wife, Amy of
Hollandale and their children, Abby, Gwen, Simon and Marcus. He was
preceded in death by his father, Herbert; and his mother, May.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, March
13, 2020, at Bonnerup Funeral Home in Albert Lea. Visitation will take
place one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Hollandale Cemetery. Military honors will be
performed by Albert Lea Area veterans organizations. Memorials can be
designated to the American Legion in honor of all who serve our
Austin Daily Herald, 12 MAR 2020
Brian Lee Voogd
October 2, 1958 - March 11, 2020
Obituary for Brian Lee Voogd
Brian L. Voogd, age 61, of Austin, died Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at
Brian was born October 2, 1958 in Austin, Minnesota, to Charles and
Lois (Hallman) Voogd. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin
High School in 1977.
Brian went to work at Hormel Foods in 1984 and worked there for 36 years. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the Shriner’s, Eagles and American Legion.
Brian was an avid train enthusiast and collected model trains. He also loved playing softball in his younger days.
Brian was a friend to all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Bill Wuerflein.
Survivors include his siblings, Linda (Bill) Olson, Chuck (Debbie) Voogd, Steve (Gretchen) Voogd, Vicki Wuerflein and Roger Voogd; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home, 17 MAR 2020
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