Mower County Obituaries
Part 373

Madelon Mavis
(Wilson, Lostegaard)


March 22, 1927 - May 10, 2020 (age 93)

Madelon M. Collette, age 93 of Austin, Minnesota died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at St. Mark’s Living in Austin.

Madelon Mavis Wilson was born March 22, 1927 in Floyd, Iowa to Delbert and Leona (Rowe) Wilson. Madelon and her 2 sisters lost their father when Madelon was three. When Leona remarried Harry Miller of Albert Lea, MN, Madelon was excited to welcome three new siblings to the now blended family. In time, a new brother arrived to complete their family unit. Madelon was graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1945.

On October 26, 1946, she married Donald Lostegaard. Madelon took a job at the Wagon Wheel in Austin, MN, but eventually joined the secretarial pool for the Hormel Foods Corporation. During her tenure, she held positions in the insurance, personnel, transportation, purchasing, and grocery products divisions. She formed lifelong friendships with her many bright, creative, vivacious colleagues. In another era, they would surely have run the place.

Together Madelon and Don raised two daughters. Madelon designed, sewed, and coordinated the family wardrobes. Date-nights, family nights, and social get-togethers often included square-dancing. Madelon created elaborate cakes - at least one or two may have garnered media attention.

The family belonged to Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church where Madelon volunteered with the Sunday school program, the youth groups, and as president of the Dorcas Mission Circle.

When Don became ill, painting became good therapy for both. During this therapeutic process, Madelon discovered a true talent she developed in the ensuing years. Don passed away in January 1977. On October 4, 1980, Madelon married Wesley Collette of Austin, Minnesota. Madelon joined Wes in “retirement” from Hormel Foods March 1983 after 34 ½ years. Both loved arts and crafts. Together, they operated Collette’s Country Corner for 18 years and participated in craft shows throughout the region. They sold more than 200 of Madelon’s oil paintings and thousands of figurines and statues created by both.

Most importantly, they made new friends wherever they landed. Throughout, Madelon and Wes remained active at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Madelon served as both vice president and president of WELCA. She served on the Board of Directors of the Mower County Senior Center, and she volunteered with Wes at the J.C. Hormel Nature Center. One year they were crowned Spam King and Queen. Wes died November 18, 2001.

After 46 years on the farm, Madelon moved to Austin in 2005. She remained active and engaged right through the “stay at home” whether at Carriage Homes Drive, Primrose Retirement Community, or St. Mark’s Living.

Madelon’s love was universal and inclusive. She loved adults, children, and animals. Family was especially important to her but was not defined by blood. Her favorite hobby was making friends. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends, strangers, cousins, caregivers, delivery drivers, et. al. She also enjoyed reading, journaling, dancing, and playing cribbage, pinochle, and the occasional lucky slot machine. She loved her cats, Kodiak and Hunter.

Survivors include her children Shari (Gary) Gode of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, Julie (Tony) Razidlo of Austin, Minnesota, Sallé Crutaire of Foley, Minnesota, Frank Collette of Champion, Michigan; her precious grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; her sister Lucille Carlson of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; many of her cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Madelon will be dearly missed by all.

Madelon was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Don Lostegaard, her second husband Wes Collette, one son and one daughter at birth, her siblings Avis Johnson, Phyllis Morris, Wayne Miller, Marvin Miller, and Jerald Miller, her grandson Steve Collette and numerous other beloved family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Private family interment will be in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Red Oak Grove Church, or recipient of donor’s choice. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlen Funeral Home in Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Mayer Funeral Home

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Donna Marie (Adams) Sweazey


Donna M. Sweazey, 92, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Good Samaritan.

Donna Marie (Adams) Sweazey was born on July 24, 1927, in Austin, Minnesota, to Albert and Julia (Bell) Adams. She grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1945. On Aug. 26, 1946, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Sweazey in Austin. To this union, two daughters were born: Terrie and Susan. Donna and Lawrence spent many wonderful years together until his death on Aug. 8, 1999.

In her earlier years, she liked going fishing with her husband. Recently, she enjoyed reading, embroidery and playing the piano. You could usually catch her singing “You Are My Sunshine” as well as some other favorites of hers. Donna was very proud of her family. She can be described as easy going, spunky and funny. It didn’t matter where or what Donna was doing, but you could be assured that whatever it was, she was always late getting there!

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, in 1999; parents, Albert and Julia Adams; and brother, Albert Adams Jr. Those left to carry on her legacy include her two daughters, Terrie (Ed) Sletten and Susan (Dave) Smith; grandson, Chris (Denise) Sletten; great-grandchildren, Kaelyn (Paul), Kiel Sletten and Karter (Natalie Aaseth) Sletten; great-great-grandchildren, Augist, Ascher and Alayah Besser; sister, Judy (Duane Johnson) Stancl; as well as many extended relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be planned at a later date after current restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, May 6, 2020

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Shirley Ann (Nemitz) Bergstrom


January 24, 1930 - May 12, 2020


Shirley Ann Bergstrom, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at PrimRose.

Shirley Ann Nemitz was born on January 24, 1930, in Austin, MN to Henry and Anna (Norris) Nemitz. She graduated from Austin High School and worked as a dental assistant. October 10, 1948 she married Donald Bergstrom. Sal and Don raised five children together on their family farm in Austin. They belonged to Christ Episcopal Church. Sal volunteered at the Red Cross and sewed countless baby blankets for missions. She enjoyed growing people and flowers. Her passions in life were her family and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald.

Sal is survived by a daughter, Suzan (David) Avery, Jefferson City, MO, Sara (Bob) Avery-Babel, Garnet, Linden, Kate (Shaun) Sherrard, Kaden, Brecklan, Laura Avery, Daughter- Mary Anna (Terry) Heimsness, Austin, MN, Daughter- DeAnna (Mark) Mandler, Brownsdale, MN, Luke (Sarah) Mandler, Jens, Caleb, Lila, Anna (Clay) Levine, Jayden, Kendra, Melissa Offner, Trenton, Tobias, Arabella, Aubrey, Annika, Vanessa Mandler, Allie Mae, Kynzie, Henry Mandler, Garrett, Taylor, Emmett, Daughter- Rosalie (Steve) Ivers, Austin, MN, Samantha (Matt) Steffen, Jack, Thomas, Tessa Ivers, Colton Ivers; Son- Jack (Shari) Bergstrom, Austin, MN, Gavin, Grace, Gretta, Gloria

Private services were held at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with the Reverend David Avery Officiating.

Honorary Bearers were Luke Mandler, Henry Mandler, Gavin Bergstrom, Colton Ivers, Kaden Sherrard, Brecklan Sherrard, Shaun Sherrard, Bob Avery-Babel, Clay Levine, Matt Steffen

Lowell Sorg, Kevin Sorg, Ray Rauen, R.J. Bergstrom, Dave Simon, Steve Severson and Kirk Luthe. Casket bearers were Jack Bergstrom, Terry Heimsness, Mark Mandler and Steve Ivers.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Orville D. Jensen


Orville D. Jensen, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus-Rochester, Minnesota.

Orville was born on April 24, 1935, to Otis and Mabel (Olson) Jensen in Kiester, Minnesota. Orville attended Austin High School. His early years were spent working on the family farm and woodworking. He built his own home in Brownsdale, Minnesota. He was very musical, playing the accordion, piano and guitar.

He was united in marriage to Betty Lou Jones on May 17, 1954, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They made their home in Brownsdale until 1959, when they moved to rural Preston, Minnesota, where they raised their family. Orville was a hard-working farmer and carpenter, constructing buildings in Rochester, Minnesota, and the Austin, Minnesota area.

Orville enjoyed music, once being in a small town band, and he would perform with his accordion at various local events and local nursing homes.

He is survived by his children; Pam (Rod) Nelson, Chatfield, Minnesota, Karen Jensen, Rochester, Duane Jensen, Preston, Angela Jensen (John Cordes), Wanamingo, Minnesota, and Julie Jensen, Cannon Falls, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Carol (Gary) Lingbeck, Rochester; brothers, Gaylord and Harold of Brownsdale and Wallace of Centerville, Minnesota; grandchildren, Jeff Junge, Luke Junge, Jeremy Jensen, April Jensen, Nicolle Jensen, Tyler Nelson, Lindsey Nelson, Jesse Meyer, Shane Meyer and Clayton Romanoski; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou (2014); daughter, Carol Ann (2015); and brothers, Merwin and Roger.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church in Preston. To leave a memory or condolence, please visit

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 15 MAY 2020

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Rose Marie (Brown) Guy


Rose Marie (Brown) Guy, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, surrounded by her children after living a blessed life of 95 years.

Rose grew up in Austin, Minnesota, and attended Austin High School. Rose married her high school sweetheart, Arthur Robert (Bob) Guy, on Dec. 4, 1943. They raised their four children on their farm in the Oakland, Minnesota, area just west of Austin. Rose was a leader in the Oakland 4-H Club, where her kids were members. She was also active in the Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Elks Club.

In 2000, Rose and Bob moved to Chandler, Arizona, to escape Minnesota winters, play more golf, and be closer to their children. Rose and Bob were active in their church, Chandler Presbyterian, and the local community. Bob passed away in August 2017 after nearly 74 years of marriage. Rose will be remembered for all the love and kindness she shared with so many friends and family.

Rose is survived by her four children, Bob Guy (Mary Ellen) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Mary Litfin (Butch) of Green Valley, Arizona, Stephen Guy (Elaine Leonetti-Guy) of Chandler and Susan Guy of St. Peter, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Alberta Otterstrom, Marge Mollenhauer and Harriet Osmonson.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Hospice of the Valley for their exceptional care in Rose’s final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 14 MAY 2020

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Naida Marie (Bye) Samuel


Naida Marie Samuel, 96, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away suddenly and peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato.

Naida was born on Oct. 10, 1923, to Walter and Sadie Bye on a farm near LeRoy, Minnesota. She and her twin brother, Knute, were the youngest of four children. She married her high school sweetheart, Harold (Sam) Samuel, when he returned home from the Navy after World War II. They moved to Austin and Sam worked at the Hormel Plant as a mechanic. After losing premature twins, they had three children: Linda, Jim and Debbie.

Naida loved the annual family trips to Clearwater Lake in the summers when the kids were little. She and Sam continued to spend part of the summer there for years after the kids were grown. They were avid duplicate bridge players, traveling to tournaments throughout the state. Naida loved all card games and her bridge playing skills made her a fierce competitor at any card game. She took up ceramics in her 50s and found an artistic talent she never knew she had. She loved to paint and loved giving pieces to family and friends.

Naida’s life changed suddenly when her husband, Sam, died at the age of 55. She was devastated. A couple of years later, she met Don Nelson. They danced, played golf and traveled together for 20 wonderful years.

In 2016, her son, Jim, passed away. Naida then moved to Monarch Meadows in North Mankato, Minnesota, to be near her daughter, Debbie. She loved it at Monarch Meadows. She enjoyed the card games, Bingo, hymn singing and other activities the facility provided. She made many friends there.

She loved connecting with her grandkids and great-grandchildren on Facebook and Instagram. She regularly FaceTimed with her daughters and others. She stayed active until May 7, when she passed away.

Naida will be sadly missed by her daughters, Linda Carpenter (Frank) of Loveland, Colorado, and Debbie Waldron (Bob) of Madison Lake, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Cindy Samuel (Jim) of Austin; grandchildren, Greg Bundy (Judit) of Budapest, Hungary, Trace Bundy (Becca) of Louisville, Colorado, Andrew Samuel (Pam) of San Francisco California, and Samantha South (Josh) of New Ulm, Minnesota; seven great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Susan Nelson Erickson and Mary Bye Barbarossa, who visited frequently. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Samuel; her companion of 20 years, Don Nelson; sister, Lois Mahoney (Ken); brother, Wayne Bye (Irene); twin brother, Knute Bye (Gerry); and son, Jim Samuel.

A gathering of family and friends to honor Naida’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Monarch Meadows activity fund so that others can continue to enjoy the games, guest musicians and other activities that Naida so enjoyed.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 14 MAY 2020

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Thomas Richard Jelinek


Thomas Richard “Dick” Jelinek, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 1, 2020, at his home in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, after a short illness with stomach cancer.

Dick was born on Jan. 3, 1938, in Austin, Minnesota, to Tom and Christy Jelinek. Dick was raised in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, where he resided most of his life. He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1956 and loved working on the reunion committee. Dick met Connie Fread when she moved to Blooming Prairie in July 1951. They married Aug. 18, 1956. Dick served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the destroyer U.S.S. Daly in Newport, Rhode Island. They returned to Blooming Prairie, where he eventually became employed with Contel, working for them for 30 years.

Dick and Connie raised two daughters on a beef farm near Blooming Prairie. They enjoyed traveling and camping in their various RVs. They retired from farming and moved to the lake near Backus, Minnesota, in 1998 and spent 20 years wintering in Welton, Arizona. They moved to Pequot Lakes eight years ago.

Dick enjoyed his old cars, woodworking and traveling. His past time was visiting with anyone he could strike up a conversation with.

Dick is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Ginger (Mark) Hoffman of Pequot Lakes and Tracey (Bob) Bengson of Litchfield, Minnesota; two grandchildren, Carley (Noah) Neuhaus and Kyle Hoffman; step-grandchildren, Renae (Joe) Schlechter, Robin (Tim) Hoffmann, Robert (Michele) Bengson Jr. and Bradley (Jackie) Bengson and their families; siblings, Jon (Sandy) Jelinek and Jerilyn (Lyle) Noble; sister-in-law, Harriet Fread; and many nieces and nephews.

No service is being held due to COVID-19. A graveside memorial service will be held later at the Blooming Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 14 MAY 2020

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David Clair “Dave” Heegard


David Clair “Dave” Heegard, 69, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2020, surrounded by family at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dave was born on June 28, 1950, in Austin, Minnesota, the oldest of seven children to Buck and Shirley Heegard. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dave married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn VanDenover, in 1971. Shortly after, he began what would become a very successful sales career in the professional turf industry. An avid golfer and accomplished fisherman, his most cherished roles were those of husband, father and grandfather. Affectionately known as “Dad Dave” to his five grandchildren, he would be sure to tell anyone that stood still long enough to listen how much he adored them.

He was preceded in death by his father, Darrel “Buck” Heegard; mother, Shirley Ann Heegard; and sister, Nancy Bowden. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Heegard; daughter, Jenna (Shannon) Cox; son, Kelly (Jenny) Heegard; grandchildren, Cora, Francis, Ella, David and Andrew; siblings, Mary (Chuck) Distad, John Heegard, Joan (Mike) Jutson, Ann (Brian) Westberg and Joe (Myrna) Heegard; brother-in-law, Mike “Bones” Bowden; beloved nieces and nephews; and childhood best friends of 60 plus years, Dirk Nelson and Rollie (Becky) Halverson.

A celebration of life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Feeding America ( or your local food pantry in his memory.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 13 MAY 2020

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Diane Marie (Krofta) White


Diane Marie (Krofta) White

March 7, 1944 - May 14, 2020 (age 76)

Diane M. White, age 76 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, May 14, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Methodist Campus, surrounded by her loving family.

Diane Marie Krofta was born on March 7, 1944 in Austin, Minnesota, to Anton and Catherine (Dankert) Krofta. She grew up in Austin and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1962. In January of 1967, she was united in marriage to Vernon Anfinson at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. To this union two children were born, Sherri and Sandi. The couple moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota, where she worked at Wilson Meat Packing. Diane also waitressed at the truck stop in both Austin and Albert Lea. Diane and Vernon later divorced.

On July 17, 2001, she married Eugene T. White in Austin. In their retirement Diane and Eugene went on several trips. She enjoyed knitting and spending time with her family and friends. Diane will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughters, Sherri Longe of Freeborn, Minnesota, and Sandi Batten of Albert Lea, Minnesota; step-son, Chris of Austin; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Fred (Patti) Krofta of Austin, Minnesota; sisters, Margaret (Bennie) Mueske of Mission, Texas, Rita Southwick of Rochester, MN, Rose Morales of Austin, Minnesota; sister in law, Joann Shuck of Austin; brother in law, Ronnie (Randi) White of Waseca, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Catherine Krofta; husband, Eugene in 2018; sister, Mary.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Daniel Brian Engelman


May 30, 1977 - May 15, 2020 (age 42)

Daniel B. Engelman, age 42 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly Friday May 15, 2020, at his home.

Daniel Engelman was born on May 30, 1977, in Austin, Minnesota, to Tom and Wanda (Bowe) Engelman. He was a lifelong Austin resident. Daniel was a part of an all-star softball team. He enjoyed playing hockey, hacky-sack, and loved fishing. Daniel enjoyed many outdoor activities, with the exception of golf. He enjoyed spending time with his boys most of all. He was known as being a joker and had an infectious smile, that would light up a room. Without a beard, many said Daniel resembled a cabbage patch kid, due to his big dimples and baby face. Daniel will be dearly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

He is survived by his parents, Tom and Wanda Engelman; his two sons, Conner and Liam Engelman; brother, Pete Engelman; sister, Amy Engelman; many aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alice and William Bowe; paternal grandparents, Betty and Marion Engelman; cousin, Penny Engelman; uncles, Dave Engelman, Tim Engelman, Frank Dennison, and Larry Ingersoll; aunt, Mary Dennison.

Private family services at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Betty J. Olson


August 19, 1945 - May 15, 2020 (age 74)

Betty J. Olson, age 74 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020, at Our House Senior Living in Austin.

Services are pending.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home. 18 MAY 2020

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Halvor Helgesen Omoth



Death and Funeral of H. H. Omoth "Halvor Helgesen Omoth" or Omodt

The funeral of H. H. Omoth was held Tuesday p.m.

SOURCE: Lyle Tribune Friday 3-11-1898, page 3, col. 2


Death of Mr. Omoth

H. H. Omoth died at an early hour this morning after a long and lingering illness with tuberculosis. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his departure.

Source: Lyle Tribune Friday 3-4-1898, page 3, col. 4


Last week Mr. Omodt of Lyle was buried in the Six Mile Grove cemetery. He died from consumption.

Rev. O. Lee officiated.

Source: Mower County Transcript Wed.3-16-1898, page 7, col. 4


Some information on Halvor Helgesen Omoth "Omodt": born 1860, died 3-3-1898 Lyle, MN.

Married Helga P. Halstenrud, 5-26-1884, Houston Co., MN
Helga was born 1862; died 1938, Spring Grove Twp. Houston Co., MN.

Children of Halvor and Helga:
    Henry -- b. abt. 1885
    Edwin -- b. abt. 1887
    Gilbert -- b. abt. 1889
    Tilda -- b. abt. 1892
    Reuben -- b. abt. 1894

Halvor is listed as a Furniture Dealer in the 1895 Census, Lyle, MN.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Mark Ashley, May 2020



In the Name of God Amen.

I Halvor H. Omoth of Lyle in the county of Mower and state of Minnesota, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, so therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament: [Abridged]

(See original at these links.)
    WILL Page 1
    WILL Page 2

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Boo Paw


January 1, 1931 - May 18, 2020 (age 89)


Boo Paw, age 89, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

He was born in Burma on January 1, 1931. Growing up in Burma, he worked in agriculture his whole life. Boo married Hue Day, and the two were married for over 60 years.

In 2006, Boo and Hue moved to Austin, and were members of Grace Baptist Church. The two loved spending time with family and friends.

Boo is survived by his wife Hue Day; sons Pah Mying (Naw Bu) of Thailand, Day Poe of Thailand; and two daughters Ka Kay (Par Pa) of Austin, Paw Htoo (Po Bain); 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers.

A private graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Lorraine Sylvina Hildestad


December 13, 1931 - May 18, 2020

Lorraine's Obituary

Lorraine S. Hildestad, 88 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, May 18, 2020 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Lorraine Sylvina was born to Herman and May (Clark) Jacobson on December 13, 1931 in Ostrander, Minnesota, and baptized at Bloomfield Lutheran Church in Ostrander. Lorraine began grade school in Spring Valley. The family then moved to Wykoff, Minnesota where she attended both grade school and high school at Wykoff Public Schools. Lorraine graduated with the Class of 1949.

On January 10, 1952 Lorraine was united in marriage to Norman Hildestad in Austin, Minnesota. They spent a couple years in San Antonio, Texas as Norman served in the US Army. They returned to Minnesota in 1954, residing in Austin. Lorraine worked at the Austin State Bank/Wells Fargo for almost 30 years, and later SEMCAC for 4 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norman in 2007; infant son; parents; infant brother Terry Jacobson; sister Eldena Seabright; brother Merton Jacobson.

Lorraine is survived by her 3 children Dwayne (LaKara) Hildestad, Calhan, CO, Diane (Kenneth) Lewison, Austin, MN, and David (Sandra) Hildestad, Davenport, IA; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; sister Mary Anne (Don) Befort, Lake City, MN; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

A private service will be celebrated with Reverend Jon Margurger officiating, and interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Joseph A. Miller


March 6, 1942 - May 20, 2020

Joseph A. Miller, age 78, of Austin, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Adams Healthcare Center after a lengthy illness.

Joseph was born March 6, 1942 in Austin to George and Mattie (Newman) Miller. He worked at Land O Lakes in Albert Lea for 25 plus years.

Joseph loved antiques, gardening, and he was an awesome cook. He was very crafty and had a special gift of making artificial flowers.

He was a devoted son, brother, and uncle.

Survivors include his sister, Patricia Tenhoff, Austin; brother, Harlan (Becky) Miller, San Francisco, CA; brother, Thomas (Jan) Miller, Siloam Springs, AR; sister, Nancy Rauen, Austin; sister-in-law, Harriett DeLaney, Austin; niece, Vickie Tenhoff, Austin; other loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, William DeLaney.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Please direct cards to Mayer Funeral Home.

Private family graveside services were held.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Donna Mae Wilken


August 28, 1925 - May 22, 2020

Donna M. Wilken, 94 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin.

Donna was born August 28, 1925 in Faribault, Minnesota to Leonard and Dorothea (Leubke) Gess. She grew up in southern Minnesota having lived in Kenyon, Rose Creek and Brownsdale.

Donna was raised on a farm, no stranger to hard work and she instilled that work ethic in her children. She kept an immaculate house, well cared for lawn and spotless car. Donna inherited the love of music from her parents and enjoyed venues of every type. As a young girl she and three of her sisters performed in a vocal quartet for local audiences in Austin and the surrounding area. Donna learned to play the organ at her father's side and became a church organist serving in her later years at Christ Episcopal Church in Austin, MN and formerly for congregations in Branson, MO and Lehigh, FL.

She was an avid league bowler and had several 600 series. Many years ago she pursued a dream and became the owner of the Austin Bowl and Supper Club. She enjoyed spending time outside and gardening or "digging in the dirt" as she called it with excellent results. Donna was a good cook and known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She cherished her dog, Angel (all six pounds of fluff).

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Wilken; and daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Alan Jacobson, and sister Muriel (Alan) Josephson.

Donna is survived by her sons, Gary (Beverly) Hessenius, Rose Creek, Minnesota, Mark (Vickie) Hessenius, Austin, Minnesota, Craig (Linda) Hessenius, Waconia, Minnesota, and Joel (Lisa) Hessenius, New Richland, Minnesota; daughter, Diane Palumbo, Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren, Lisa, Chris, Ryan, Tony, Eric, Ben, Heather, Leah, Elizabeth, Shannon, Jordan and Nicole; many great grandchildren; siblings, Audrey (Ray) Neve, Patricia Perkins, Daniel (Connie) Gess, and Gretchen Grey; and many nieces and nephews.

In the face of life's challenges Donna accepted her circumstances with faith and her favorite phrase "it is what it is." On behalf of Donna Wilken, we would like to offer a special thanks to Comforcare staff for the gentle and compassionate care provided to our Mother in her final journey.

A private funeral service will be held with Father John Sullivan officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Marcene Marene (Austinson) Pell


May 17, 1925 - May 24, 2020

Marcene's Obituary--

Marcene Marene (Austinson) Pell, age 95 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on May 24, 2020 due to natural causes at Sacred Heart Care Center where she resided for the past six months. Marcene celebrated her 95th birthday on May 17th and she knew it was time to say “goodbye” to her family. We all gathered outside her window that day and she smiled and waved at us.

Due to Covid restrictions the family will hold a memorial/graveside service on May 29, 2020. A gathering will be planned at a later date for family and friends, if possible. Please keep the family in your prayers at this time. We will continue to celebrate her amazing life.

Marcene Marene was born May 17, 1925 in Nevada Township, Mower County, Minnesota to Herman O. and Selma J. (Nelson) Austinson. She was the 5th of 11 children. Marcene was baptized and confirmed at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church in Lyle, MN. She attended Lyle High School until age 16. After her mother passed away Marcene helped take care of her brothers and sisters at home.

Lester A. Pell and Marcene M. Austinson met at the local roller skating rink and were united in marriage on June 6, 1944. Four children were born to this union: Shirley, Delores, Gene, and Marcia. They were married for 61 years before Lester passed away in 2005. They farmed all their lives in the London area. Marcene worked at Sammy’s Pizza in Myrtle, MN in the 70’s. They retired from the farm in 1985 and moved to Austin where they resided for more than 25 years.

Marcene did a lot of baking and cooking, but her specialties were lefse, kolaches, and cookies. She served as a 4-H leader, and was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Pythias Sisters, neighborhood “birthday club”, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, and lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Marcene enjoyed traveling, sewing, embroidery, watching the Minnesota Twins, puzzles and going to the casino.

She was an avid bowler and was proud of earning “Bowler of the Year” along with her daughter in 2000. Marcene loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren as they always made her smile, and she loved celebrating birthdays and holidays. Her family was her life and it showed in her love to entertain them whenever she had the chance. She was always generous and thoughtful to all she knew.

Marcene is survived by her children: Shirley (LeRoy) Brandt of Austin, MN, Delores Boyer of Austin, MN, Gene (Gloria) Pell of Austin, MN and Marcia Sola of Glenville, MN; 6 grandchildren: Allen Brandt of Austin, MN, Brian (Jolene) Brandt of Austin, MN, Jeff Littleton of Glenville, MN, Brenda (Tom) Stutzman of Sanford, MI, Chad (Krista) Pell of Austin, MN, and Troy (Samantha) Pell of Austin, MN; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; brother: Paul (Joan) Austinson of Rochester, MN; sister-in-law: Barb Austinson of Cleveland, OH; brother-in-law: Donald (Marge) Pell of Hemet, CA; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lester in 2005; son-in-law Gary Sola in 2018; siblings Agnes (Garmen), Lavern (Mildred), Marcene (who passed away in 1925), Warren(Ruth), Chester, Loreen (Ed), Floyd, Carroll, and Dorothy.

Marcene’s family would like to thank the staff at Sacred Heart for their excellent care for her when she moved there in November of 2019. Staff has always been so compassionate and helpful during her last months. Marcene suffered from dementia the past few years and also had a stroke in 2009 which brought her a new personality. But we loved her anyway! She will be missed by many family members and friends. Thank you to all who stopped to see her through the years. She always enjoyed her coffee and company.

      Goodbyes are forever,
      Goodbyes are not the end
      They simply mean “We will miss you Mom”
      Until we see each other again.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Virginia L. Babb


January 20, 1926 - May 24, 2020

Obituary for Virginia L. Babb

Virginia L. Babb age 94 of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Cedars of Austin, MN.

She was born in Jackson, Minnesota, on January 20, 1926. Virginia married Norman Babb on September 5th, 1953 in Jackson, MN.

Virginia retired from Hormel after 35 years of service. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ.

Virginia loved to travel. She also enjoyed gardening and bird watching.

She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart.

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

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Candace (George) Sigstad and Denise (Stephen) Wright; five grandchildren; brothers and sisters; loving relatives and friends.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Private family services were held with interment at the Oakwood Cemetery. Please send cards to Mayer Funeral Home and they will be forwarded to the family.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Stanley Edgar Miller


Called The Old Man by his three children, Papa by his ten grandchildren, Stan the Man by his family, and Doc by his friends,

Stanley Edgar Miller was born on December 20, 1952 in Austin, Minnesota and passed away on May 12, 2020 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Son of Maurice and Dorothy Miller, Stan was raised in Austin and in 1975 he married JoAnn Daly. Together, they had three children, Maggie (Luke) Hanson, Justin (Kelly) Miller, and Rebecca Halko. Stan was what you might call a “jack of all trades” and over the years worked as a mechanic, truck driver, chemical dependency counselor, foster parent, and car salesman.

Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Son, and Friend. Stan was a great writer, artist, and storyteller. Stan loved an adrenaline rush and was known to take his children on adventures that would make most gasp. He had a deep affection for a dangerously fast ride on a motorcycle, Marlboro Reds, and a strong cup of coffee in his favorite mug. He was self-taught on the guitar and harmonica and Neil Young and Willie Nelson were two of his favorites. Stan enjoyed making people laugh and was known to play practical jokes on his family and friends. He was beyond intelligent and could fix, create, or build just about anything. And he loved to pass on that knowledge to anyone willing to learn.

Stan deeply loved his family and friends. His grandchildren Brody, Andy, Riley, Blake, Conner, Cameron, Eliza, Jackson, Carter, and Gage gave him the greatest of joy. Some of his grandchildren’s favorite memories include baking bread, going fishing with a can of corn for bait, four-wheeling up in Duluth, handing him tools as he was wrenching on cars, and of course – making potato guns and shooting off fireworks in the middle of the day while mom and dad were at work.

Despite these loves, Stan struggled with darkness and his past – and sadly, it caught up with him. Fortunately, he built a strong foundation with his children, family, and friends which has stood the test of time. And for that, we are forever grateful.

Preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Dorothy Miller, sister Ruth Schnell, and best friend Phil Henricks. Survived by his children and grandchildren; siblings Doris Hoy, Lillian (Roy) Barclay, and Louis Miller; ex-wife and friend JoAnn Daly; honorary sons Morgan Henricks and Jacob Henricks; as well as many amazing nieces, nephews, family, former foster kids, and friends. All of whom loved Stan dearly, despite the path that life often took him.

“The rain seems endless and gray, dank air pelted – with drops of dirty water, dismal feelings, and melancholy…. I have to drive south. I’ll turn the heater on low and find a lonely, love song station on the radio. Maybe drive the back roads. And rue the bad days of the past and hope for sun. And just hope for all of us.” Stan Miller –2009

He always hoped the best for all of us. We will hold a celebration of Stan’s adventures and of course, his misadventures whenever first possible. Details on the Celebration of Life for Stanley Miller can be found on Facebook.

Farewell Old Man.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, June 4, 2020

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Doris Anna Lincoln


Doris Anna (Scott) Lincoln, 100, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on May 26, 2020.

Doris was born on Aug. 4, 1919 in Madrid, Iowa. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1937 and married her high school sweetheart, Lloyd (Buster) Lincoln, Jr. on Nov. 24, 1940. They farmed north of Woodward until Buster’s death in 1988. She was a cook at the Madrid Lutheran Home and Boy Scout Camp Mitigwa. She worked at Federal Prescription (AKA Elmo Company and America’s Pharmacy) from 1962 until she retired.

Doris spent 30 years traveling and couldn’t wait for her next trip. She traveled throughout the United States including a cruise to Alaska. She visited Israel, Italy, Greece and Egypt. (Her favorite picture was of her riding a camel in Egypt.) Doris loved her family and always wanted to be wherever they were having the most fun. She loved a party, dressing in costume and playing games. She was the enforcer of the “Rules Of The Game” and often they were HER rules. She moved from Austin, Minnesota to Florida many times to be with her family and finally ended up at The Cedars of Austin, Austin, Minnesota where she was a resident for 8 years. Doris was a great cook and was well known for her chicken & noodles and her award winning cinnamon rolls. Doris attended First Christian Church, Madrid, Iowa as a child and was proud that she had received a perfect attendance pin every single year. Later she was a member of United Methodist Church, Woodward, Iowa, First Christian Church, Venice, Florida and First United Methodist Church, Austin, Minnesota.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Ora & Sophia Scott; three sisters, Mary Iola Scott, Hazel Auestad and Oral Glenn; her husband, Buster and grandson, Brian Matthew Williams.

Doris is survived by her sister, Irene Scott, Englewood, FL; three daughters, Sharon Lincoln (Don) Longwood, FL, Leanna (Dean) Seeck, Austin, MN and Connie Scott (Patrick) of Owatonna, MN; ten grandchildren, Kari (Gregg) Carlson, Lake Wood Ranch, FL, Kasi (Marc) Siegel, Longwood, FL, Jason (Jennifer) Williams, Pulaski, NY, Kelli (Chad) Hill, Blue Earth, MN, Jaime (Jessica) Williams, Marshalltown, IA, Kristi (Patrick) Edmonds, Albertville, MN, Sara (Chad) Wood, Austin, MN, Kati (Brock) Reynolds, Brainerd, MN, Lauri Varnadore, Coschocton, OH, Christy (Danny) Pease, Hancock, OH and 18 great-grandchildren, Cory & Cassidy Carlson, Jonathan & James Hill, Reilly Williams, Mason, Peyton, Breylynn, Ally and Maddie Wood, Ryan & Chase and Hanna Siegel, Logan & Lincoln Reynolds, Rileigh, Ansley and Callie-Grace Pease; a niece, Janice Erling and a nephew, David Auestad.

A memorial service is planned at the Liberty Cemetery Cass Township, Woodward, Iowa for next summer due to Covid-19. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Wed., June 3, 2020

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Janette (Pell) Babbitt


Janette Pell Babbitt, 56, of Hemet, California, passed away May 26, 2020 of a sudden heart attack.

Jan grew up in Austin and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1982. After graduation she moved to California with her family. She loved Austin and came back often for visits with family and friends. Jan worked many years in various office jobs until she decided to pursue her career in health care and get her CNA license. She had a passion for caring for the elderly. She was an angel that helped several people cross over and pass peacefully. She was a very comforting and caring nurse.

Jan’s other focus in life was her family which she treasured and dearly loved. She was devoted to her daughter Tori who brought her much joy. She was a caring daughter and sister. Jan also loved her pets.

She leaves behind her daughter Tori Babbitt, Hemet, CA, parents Donald and Margaret Pell, Hemet, CA, sister Cheri Pell, Moreno Valley, CA, sister Kim Gwilt, Austin, MN, brother Mark Bucksen, Idyllwild, CA, brother Gary Pell, Medford, OR, fiancée Steve Woodford, Hemet, CA and nephew Carson Schroeder, Orange County, CA. Preceded in death by sister Kathy Blanchard.

The family will be having a private memorial service at a later date. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Wed., June 3, 2020

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Constance Rae
(Schmidt, Bliss, Morgan, Crowder)


Constance “Connie” Rae Aberg, 76, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. She was diagnosed with Alzheimers four years ago and spent the last year-and-a-half in a care facility in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Her loving daughter, Amy Cassidy, ensured her mother’s care.

Connie was born to Irene and Raymond Schmidt on Dec. 15,1946. As a child, she was adopted by Chuck Bliss. Later in life, Irene married Spencer Morgan. Connie looked up to Spencer as a father figure.

Connie married Dennis Crowder and together they had two sons, one of whom passed away when he was a few days old. They later divorced. She had a long time, loving relationship with Giles Caine. Together, they had a daughter, Amy. Connie then married Steve Aberg. Even though they were married a short time, they remained close friends. Steve was like a father to Amy.

Connie was a caring person who chose a career in healthcare. She retired from Sacred Heart Care Center. Connie took pride in being the owner of a taco stand in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, for eight years. She also worked as a beautician at the Golden Tress and the Hair Affair and was known for her wedding updos. In the evenings, Connie managed the Colonial Bar. She was well known and loved. She was the life of the party and lived life to the fullest. Everyone who knew her loved her laugh. She brought joy to everyone. Her favorite past times were gardening, music and dancing. She adored her grandchildren, Jenna and Colton.

Connie is survived by her children, Amy of Randolph, Minnesota, and Tim of Albert Lea, Minnesota; her precious grandchildren, Jenna and Colton Cassidy; brothers, Bill (Kathy) Bliss of Albert Lea, Rick (Loreliel) Bliss of Austin and Steve (Kathy) Bliss of Austin; and stepsiblings, Kevin Morgan of Waseca, Minnesota, and Laurel Boss of Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant son.

A celebration of Connie’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the River Oaks event center, 3600 11th Pl. NE in Austin. For those that prefer to send a card, they can be mailed to Connie Aberg, C/O Amy Cassidy, P.O. Box 95, Randolph, MN 55065.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, June 2, 2020

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Michael Alan Lechner


Michael Alan Lechner (5’Er, Lex), age 59, of Austin, died Thursday, May 28, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Michael was born August 13, 1960 in Austin, Minnesota to Dean and Marlene (Mudra) Lechner. He attended Austin High School and graduated with the Class of 1979.

Michael’s career of 38 years was at Crenlo in Rochester. He got laid off two times then rehired in 1983.

Michael married Marijane Kotz on September 14, 1985. They had two children: a daughter, Samantha and a son, Calvin.

Michael loved spending time with his family and working on his 72 Nova that he bought in high school. He was a softball player for years, played golf, loved watching racing, NASCAR, dirt track racing, and Minnesota Wild Hockey. Michael loved car cruises and shows. He painted 5 on everything, that was his number.

Survivors include his wife, Marijane Lechner, Austin; daughter, Samantha Lechner (fiancé Justin Ellingson), Austin; son, Calvin Lechner, Austin; mother, Marlene Lechner, Austin; brothers, Rick (Nell) Lechner, Concord, NC, Jon Lechner, Spring Valley, Joe (April) Lechner, Breckenridge, TX; nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Dean Lechner; cousin, Darin (OD) Oakland.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, June 1, 2020

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Wayne Dale "Hoot" Enright


Age: 68 Austin MN 9/6/1951 – 5/28/2020; place of death: Squaw Lake, MN; place of birth: Austin, Minnesota.

Survived by: Wife- Judy; Children- Chad (Jasmine) of Bemidji, MN and Anna (Scott) of Onalaska, WI; Grandchildren-Cole, Keegan, Red, Sophia, and Mireya; Brother- Bob (Sara) Enright of Tuscan AZ and Sister- Jean (Shawn) Gottsman of Bagley, MN; sisters-in-Law: Mary Jo (Craig) Jones, Karen Baier, Linda Baier and brother-in-law- Chris (Kim) Baier all of Austin, MN and other loving nieces and nephews and his best friend, Rod Rud, who grew up pushing him in his stroller.

Preceded in death by parents, Dale (Red) and Louise Enright, and by Father and Mother-in-law- Roger and Mary Baier.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Wayne was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota, to Red and Louise Enright. He graduated from Austin High School in 1969 and then joined the United States Army with the 2nd Infantry and served his country for 6 years. After his service he returned to Austin and went to Vocational school for Auto Body and eventually worked for Crossroads Trailers in Albert Lea, MN from which he retired from. During this time, he met Judy Baier and they were married April 7, 1979 and had 2 children.

After his retirement, Wayne and Judy fulfilled their life-long dream of owning a bar by purchasing Smittys Tavern in Austin, MN with Jeremy Olson. They made many, many wonderful friends at what became Hoot n Oles. Wayne enjoyed spending his days with his kids and grandchildren fishing and hunting at their cabin in Waskish, MN.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, June 1, 2020

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Shirley Ann (Bussell) DeYoung


Shirley Ann DeYoung, age 84, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, May 29, 2020, surrounded by her loving family at Mayo Health System – St. Marys Campus in Rochester Minnesota.

Shirley was born February 3, 1936 in Grand Meadow, Minnesota to Minar and Mina (Kruger) Bussell. She grew up in Grand Meadow and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1954. Shirley worked at First Methodist Church in Rochester, Minnesota until her marriage. On February 10, 1956, Shirley was united in marriage to Everett DeYoung in Rochester, Minnesota. To this union, two children were born. Shirley spent her time raising her family. She was a life member of the Eagle’s Auxiliary and a life member of Eastern Star. Faith was important to Shirley. She held various leadership roles throughout her life at Fellowship United Methodist in Austin, Minnesota. Shirley was a passed director of the Mower County Historical Society for over twelve years. Hobbies included going camping with her family all across the United States and making many afghans for family members. Shirley will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her loving husband Everett DeYoung of Austin, Minnesota; a son, Mark (Kelly) DeYoung of Casa Grande, Arizona; a daughter, Debra DeYoung (Gary Russell) of Rochester, Minnesota; a brother, Charles (Vicki) Bussell of Kiona, Hawaii; a sister in law, Barbara Bussell of Stewartville, Minnesota; six grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and many other wonderful friends and relatives.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Harry and Minar; two sisters, Marion and Lois.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 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. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be directed to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, 1 JUN 2020

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Dr. Mark Owen Reeve


January 14, 1955 - May 30, 2020


Mark Owen Reeve passed away unexpectedly at his home on May 30, 2020. He was born to Roger Burton and Jane (Helm) Reeve on January 14, 1955, in Austin, Minnesota.

Mark was raised and educated in Austin, graduating from Austin High School and Austin Junior College before attending Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Once becoming a chiropractor, Mark moved back to Minnesota to start his career. He founded Reeve Chiropractic Clinic in 1979 and was still serving his patients four decades later.

Mark loved life. He was a man of many interests and talents who was known for his gregarious personality, tremendous generosity, and unforgettable laugh. He had a mischievous spirit and great sense of humor. He loved to joke around and bring people together to celebrate.

Mark was an extremely loving son, husband, friend, father, and grandfather. He was madly in love with his wife, Cathie. They were married April 25, 1992. Her happiness was his greatest joy and highest priority. It’s impossible to summarize what he meant to his family and what his family meant to him. He was an intense supporter and avid fan of his kids and grandkids and all of their interests. He cheered at games, helped with homework, taught the grandkids to swim, wore costumes to liven up the party, hosted huge holiday gatherings with Cathie, and was always there to lend a hand.

Adventure was always part of Mark’s life. He loved the water and the outdoors. Growing up, he spent summers camping and hiking all over the region with his family and friends, and he guided canoe trips in the Boundary Waters. Mark became an avid skier, boater, traveler, and Viking’s fan. He took great pleasure in navigating new places and sharing experiences. He was interested in history, art, culture, and all things nautical. He spent much of his life boating on the Mississippi River with family. His boat, the Weekend Adjustment, was a very special place where many good times were had. Mark loved Lake City and his community there. He was a lifelong boy scout who loved nature, gadgets, tinkering, and teaching people what he knew.

Dr. Reeve took great pride in his chiropractic practice and was extremely dedicated to his patients. He was never too busy to chat a while longer and make sure people were taken care of.

In 2004, he received the Minnesota Chiropractic Association’s (MCA) Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of outstanding service and dedication to the chiropractic profession. And the following year, he was named 2005 Chiropractor of the Year by the MCA. The award is given for “the outstanding and unselfish contribution of time, effort, and dedication to programs, projects, and issues” of the chiropractic profession in Minnesota.

Dr. Reeve proudly served on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Association for Logan College of Chiropractic for numerous years. He was involved in Associate faculty positions at both Logan College of Chiropractic and Northwestern Health Sciences Universities with their internship programs. Mark also served 5 years on the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Mark is survived by his wife, Cathie Reeve of Austin; son, Noah (Natalie) Ehret of Rosemount; grandchildren, Kassidy Ehret (Hunter Yocom) of Austin, Jack Ehret and Ivan Ehret of Rosemount; daughter, Melissa Ehret (Jesse Heiny) of Portland; brother, Lynn (Beth) Reeve of Fairmont; and many nephews and nieces. We miss him terribly, now and always.

It’s difficult to know where to put grief and how to cope when someone you love leaves the earth too soon. To honor Mark and his legacy and memory — extend kindness, smile big, laugh fully, and pour yourself another cocktail.

The family will have a private celebration of life at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Saturday, June 6th. Mark touched so many lives and we understand that people want to say goodbye and grieve together. Due to circumstances out of our control, we are unable to bring such a large group together. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support, and generosity from friends and family.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Joyce Ann (Schmit) Lerum


October 24, 1945 - June 3, 2020

Obituary for Joyce Ann Lerum

Joyce Schmit Lerum, age 74, of Austin, died Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at her home.

Joyce was born October 24, 1945 in Austin, Minnesota to Lawrence and Dorothy (Bisbee) Schmit. She was united in marriage to Craig E. Lerum. Joyce was such a joy to everyone she ever came in contact with. She spread her love and her infectious smile. Joyce was cherished by so many.

Joyce and Craig spent their life together in Minnesota, California, North Carolina, and South Dakota.

Survivors include her husband, Craig Lerum; son, Derek (Marlys) Lerum; daughters, Kari Peterson, Korin (Andy) Ball; eight loving grandchildren; very special nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Dorothy Schmit; twin sister, JoAnn Greenlee Rhine; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bud and Lucille Lerum; son-in-law, Rich Peterson.

A Celebration of Life for Joyce will be celebrated at a later date. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home website

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Raymond Ilet "Ray" Opsahl


May 2, 1927 - June 2, 2020 (age 93)

Raymond “Ray” Ilet Opsahl, age 93, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Ray was born May 2, 1927 in Houston County, Minnesota, to Roy and Ida (Nelson) Opsahl. He attended school in Fillmore County, Houston County and in Austin, Minnesota. In 1945, Ray was drafted into the United States Army, proudly serving his country until 1947.

On September 10, 1960, Ray married Carol Pinney at the Presbyterian Church in Le Sueur, Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed with two children. Ray worked for Hormel Foods in Austin for over 50 years. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota, American Legion Post 91, V.F.W. Post 1216, Masonic Lodge, Sons of Norway, and the YMCA.

His hobbies over the years consisted of roller skating, snow skiing, water skiing, racket ball, and ping pong. Ray also enjoyed traveling all over the United States, Chili, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Mexico, Scandinavian countries, Europe, Caribbean Island, and Canada. Ray will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Opsahl of Austin, MN; son, Alan (Lisa) Opsahl of East Lyme, CT; daughter, Karen (Rafael “Ricky” Roberts) Opsahl-Roberts of St. John, Virgin Islands; five grandchildren, Adam Opsahl, Evan Opsahl, Ethan Opsahl, Megan Opsahl, and Eion Roberts; brothers, Earling (Martha) Opsahl of Austin, MN, Elmer (Tove) Opsahl of Rochester, MN; sisters, Gladys Opsahl of Rochester, MN, Idella Bailey of Rochester, MN; sister-in-law, Janice Opsahl of Austin, MN; brother-in-law, Ralph (MaryLou) Pinney of Rochester, MN; exchange students, Hernan Conejeros and Francesca Biancheri; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ida Opsahl; siblings, Rosie Opsahl, Ethel Opsahl, Leroy Opsahl, Milford Opsahl, Verna (Iver) Otterness, and Norma (Arnie) Johnson; and brother-in-law, Ronald Bailey.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Oakwood Cemetery. Procession to begin at 12:00(Noon) on Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin prior to the graveside service. Due to the COVID-19 protocol, we are requiring that everyone attending please wear a mask. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Raymond "Ray" Ilet Opsahl, please visit our floral store.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home website

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Dennis James Matter


January 11, 1955 - June 01, 2020

Dennis' Obituary

Dennis James Matter, 65 of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Fridley, Minnesota, passed away at his brother’s home on Monday, June 1, 2020

Dennis was born January 11, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota to Wesley and Dorthy (Rosenberg) Matter. He attended Austin Public Schools, and graduated with the Austin High School Class of 1974.

An electronic wizard, Dennis worked for several companies creating and testing integrated circuitry. He finished his work life as a laborer at Cedar Box Company in Minneapolis.

Dennis loved to travel. He was drawn to the Southwestern U.S. where he travelled often with family and friends. He was an avid photographer, and enjoyed following NASCAR. Dennis was a collector of Beatles and Olivia Newton-John memorabilia, coins and stamps, and cameras. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, Steven Matter.

Dennis is survived by his brother, Rick Matter (James Churchill) of Austin, MN; sister, Lori (Rick) Conner of Bloomington, MN; nephew, Jason Conner (Emily Nilsen) of Bloomington, MN; extended family, Jack and Jeri Morgan of Austin, MN, Steve and Doreen Monson of Owatonna, MN, Bruce and Margaret Grover of Austin, MN.

A private graveside service will be held at Grandview Cemetery with Father John Sullivan of Christ Episcopal Church officiating. A public Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date, and will be announced at that time. Arrangements by Clasen-Jordan Mortuary.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Ruth B. (Bangert) Phillips


July 16, 1932 - June 01, 2020

Ruth's Obituary

Ruth B. Phillips (87) born July 16, 1932, in Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully June 1, 2020, at Blooming Prairie Manor.

Ruth grew up in Fremont, Nebraska, attended the K-8 Missouri Lutheran parochial school before attending high school at Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. She then attended Midland College where she met her husband of 69 years, James Phillips. They married in 1951, raised two children in Fremont, Nebraska, before moving to Austin, Minnesota, in 1969. There she was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Her life revolved around her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louise and Carl Bangert; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Norma Bangert.

Ruth is survived by husband, James Phillips; daughter, Suzy (Ed) Jones; son, James (Wendy) Phillips; grandchildren, Elle Jones and Andrew Phillips, and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. A committal service will be held at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Ila Marie (Kilmer) Jones


August 05, 1932 - June 04, 2020

Ila Marie Jones, 87, passed away on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 surrounded by her family in Rochester, Minnesota.

She was born on August 5th, 1932 in Wells, Minnesota, to Albert Raymond Kilmer and Sophia Marie (Malakowsky) Kilmer. She graduated from Owatonna High School in 1950. Ila married the love of her life Orville Eugene Jones on April 8th, 1951 and moved to Austin, Minnesota. She was the first married woman to be accepted into the LPN program at Austin Vocational Technical School.

Ila worked at Austin Medical Clinic for 28 years. She was a champion slow-pitch softball pitcher. Her hobbies included quilting, baking, knitting, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends. Ila was the only one to bid 8-something in 500 with no joker or bowers -- and make it!

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Orville; three children Gary and Melanie (Rhodes) Jones; Cheryl Jones, Dawn and Patrick Wester; grandchildren: Kara (Wester) and Jon Cook, Courtney (Jones) and David Schauf, Lisa (Wester) and Jonny Olson, McKenna (Jones) and Tyler Linde, Andrew Wester, Jessamy Jones, and Chessa Jones; and three great-grandchildren: Liberty and Mason Cook, and Violetta Olson.

Ila was preceded in death by her parents, brother Albert Kilmer, and sister Arline Nusbaum.

Funeral services will be held at Faith Church on June 9th at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will start on-site at 9:30 a.m. The service will be simultaneously streamed on Facebook by Dawn Wester.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Richard Lee Anderson


January 9, 1948 - June 4, 2020 (age 72)

Obituary & Services

Richard Lee Anderson, age 72, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at his home after a nine-month battle with cancer.

He was born at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin on January 9th, 1948 to Reuben and Mildred (Thompson) Anderson. Rich met his future bride, Jeanne Judd, on March 23rd, 1974 at the B & J and married her on July 8th, 1977 at the St. Olaf Church Chapel. They had two sons, Matt and Philip.

Rich spent his life in Austin. He was confirmed from St. Olaf Lutheran Church, graduated Austin High School in 1966, and completed the Electrical program at Austin Vo-Tech in 1968. Rich worked at Echo Lanes for 33 years, where he was a jack-of-all-trades. He was an ever-present mechanic, manager, bartender, and pro shop guy. He was always on call to ensure things ran smoothly. Rich then went on to work at Hormel for 16 years before retiring in 2015.

Rich was an avid bowler dating back to his teens. He greatly enjoyed his trips to the Petersen Classic bowling tournament in Chicago during the 70s and 80s. He was also always up for a game of pool. Rich taught his boys the game on the family pool table in the basement, and played countless games through the years with them and their friends. Rich and Jeanne enjoyed camping with their sons. They often joined his sister, Joyce, and her sons, Michael and Kevin, on camping trips. Rich spent his free time doing carpentry and home remodeling projects.

In addition to the many projects at home, he was always on board to help other family members with theirs. On the weekends, and especially through his retirement, you would find Rich watching games in the garage with Jeanne’s twin brother Jim, neighbors Leonard and Ben, and many other friends and family who would stop by for some laughs and a cold one.

Whether you knew him as Rich or Andy, you knew you were always welcome, he was eager to help out, and there were good times ahead. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, and friend.

Survivors include his wife Jeanne Anderson of Austin; son Matt Anderson (partner Erin) of Minneapolis; son Philip Anderson of Austin; sister Joyce Jones of Austin; brother David Anderson of San Leandro, CA; mother in-law Dolores Judd of Austin; sister in-law Joyce Anderson of Austin; sister in-law Sharon Anderson of Austin; Jeanne’s siblings Cathy, Nancy, Jim and Lisa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Reuben and Mildred; brothers Duane, Paul, and Charlie; and father in-law Keith Judd.

The family would like to send a special thanks to the in-home hospice care team from Mayo-Albert Lea.

A service will be held for the relatives of Rich and Jeanne at Cornerstone Church in Austin on June 27th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family to assist in Richard’s medical costs.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Gwendolyn "Betty" (Latcham) Boysen


June 7, 2020

Gwendolyn “Betty” Boysen, age 97, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Gwendolyn Betty Latcham was born in April of 1923 in Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Robert and Florence (Kerr) Latcham. In Betty’s early years her family moved often. In 1940, she graduated from Preston High School. On October 12, 1940, Betty was united in marriage to William Odrie (Bill) Applen in Harmony, Minnesota. William passed away in 1959.

In 1962, she married Gerald “Jerry” Boysen in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Betty worked at Hormel Foods in Austin for over 22 years.

She volunteered her time at the Mower County Senior Center, St. Mark’s Lutheran Home and St. Mark’s Apartments. Betty was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. She loved music, painting, reading, gardening and her ever expanding family. Betty also did beautiful needlework and was great at doing jigsaw puzzles. She will be dearly missed by many.

Survivors include her son, Gary (Milla) Applen of Austin, MN; daughter, Carol Gottesman of Edina, MN; step-daughters, Patricia Amdahl of Austin, MN, Judy (Steve) Boysen-Rumbaugh of Omaha, NE; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; 1 great-great-great grandchild; brother, John (Cathy) Latcham of Rochester, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, R. Charles and Florence Latcham; husbands, William Applen and Gerald Boysen; two sisters, Ina Diane and Jane Ellen; brother, R. Charles Latcham, Jr.; sons-in-law, Irving Gottesman and Blaine Amdahl.

Many thanks to the care staff at St. Mark’s Assisted Living Memory Care Unit for their wonderful attention and kind support for Betty. Thanks also to St. Croix Hospice staff for their excellent care and family support.

A private family graveside service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Education) or the Mower County Senior Center. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Fern Carol Erath


January 06, 1923 - June 05, 2020

Fern Carol Erath, age 97, passed away at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Funeral services are pending with Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 10 June 2020

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