Mower County Obituaries
Part 376

April A. (Pattee) Lobb


April A. Lobb, 61, of Austin, Minnesota, and formerly of Superior, WI, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

She was born February 16, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Charles and Marlene (Doolittle) Pattee.

For many years, April owned a home daycare business in Superior. In recent years she worked as a receptionist at the Family Eye Care Center in Austin.

Even though April was born in Illinois and lived in Minnesota, her football loyalty was with the Green Bay Packers. She was often part of the Sunday afternoon family time watching the Packers. Some of the other TV time was spent watching Big Brother, Survivor, and various reality shows. April also enjoyed going on adventures with her grandchildren, getting her nails done, and traveling to numerous tropical locations.

Preceding her in death were her son, Peter J. Miller in 1983; father, Charles Pattee in 2012; and brother-in-law, Randy Ellison in 2018.

Survivors include her husband, Kevin Lobb, Austin, MN; children, Thomas Miller, Laura Miller, Marie (Matthew) Alm, and Gloria (Joshua) Lundquist, all of Superior; 8 grandchildren, Adrianna, Mariah, Aaliyah, Ebony, Olivia, Charles, Ezra and Eli; mother, Marlene Pattee, Superior; siblings, Curt Pattee, Superior, Chuck (Lori) Pattee, South Range, Chris (Kristi) Pattee, Billings, MT, and Melinda Ellison, Superior; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9:30 until the 10:30 funeral service Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Central Assembly of God, 3000 Hammond Avenue, Superior, with Reverend Shawn Sislo officiating.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Lundquist, Matthew Alm, Steven Armstrong, Trenton Ellison, Curt Pattee, Chuck Pattee and Chris Pattee.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Superior.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday August 25, 2020

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George Edward Smith


George Edward Smith

George Edward Smith, son of Thomas B. and Margaret R. (German) Smith, was born in Windom Township, Mower County, April 28, 1859. Mr. Smith's father was born in England and came to America at the age of seven years with his parents who settled in Racine county, Wisconsin. His mother was born of Irish parents who came to America and who also settled in Racine county.

His early education was received in the common schools. The first school house in the settlement was erected of logs and located two miles north of what is now known as the village of Rose Creek. He later attended district 22 and completed his early education in school district 82. He was married on January 31, 1888, at the Sacred Heart church of Adams, to Elizabeth Wendel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wendel, who at the age of two years came to America with her parents, from Bavaria, Germany, in the year 1872. They first settled near Memphis, Tennessee, and later came to and settled on a farm south of the village of Rose Creek.

He was born of pioneer parents who came to Mower county from Burlington, Wisconsin, having made the overland trip with wagen and a yoke of oxen, during the summer of 1856. His parents settled on a homestead joining that of his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Smith, who had come to Mower county at an earlier date.

Since the death of his mother in 1907 Mr. Smith has resided on the original Smith homestead in the township of Windom. He had been active in agriculture during his life. He had resided in Windom township his lifetime with the exception of nearly two years when he resided at Campbell, Minnesota. Mr. Smith's father preceded him in death in February 1912.

George E. Smith passed away at his home north of Rose Creek, which is now occupied by a son, Francis J., after a short illness, Tuesday, July 10, at the age of 85 years. Mr. Smith was active up to a few days before his death.

Burial service was held at St. Peter's Catholic church of Rose Creek at 9:30, Friday morning, and interment was in St. Peter's cemetery, Rev. Fr. Schernik officiating. Mr. Smith leaves to mourn his death, his wife, eight children: Thomas J. of Rose Creek, George B. at home, Helen (Mrs. Nick Majerus) of Rose Creek, Alanzo J. of Austin, Francis J. of Rose Creek, Margaret (Mrs. John Woods) of McKinney, Texas, Gertrude (Mrs. Theo. Engbretson) of Austin. A son, James, passed away in infancy. He is also survived by seven grandchildren. His brother, Francis J. Smith of Mott, N.D., died two years ago.

SOURCE: Mower County News, Thursday July 26, 1945, Page 8, col. 2 & 3
Submitted to MNGenWeb by Mark Ashley, August 2020

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Francis J. Smith



Francis J. Smith, Sr.
Dies in Rochester

Francis J. Smith, Sr. who settled four miles northeast of Rose Creek passed away at St. Mary's hospital at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The body was brought to Austin and taken to the Mayer funeral home. Arrangements have not yet been completed and await word from children in California.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald Wed. 8-25-1943, page 2, col. 5
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Francis J. Smith, Sr.
Services Scheduled

Services have been tentatively set for MOnday morning at Los Angeles, California, for Francis J. Smith Sr., 81, who died Tuesday at St. Mary's hospital in Rochester.

The body was sent by train today to Los Angeles. Burial will be in Los Angeles. Several of Mr. Smith's children live on the west coast.

Mr. Smith's death occurred after an illness of about three days. He had a stroke several years ago but had recovered.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald Thursday 8-26-1943, page 13, col. 5


Information on Francis J. Smith--
Born 9-19-1862 Windom Twp. Mower County Minnesota, the son of Thomas B. and Margaret R. "Gorman" Smith.
Brother of George E.- Smith
Married Annie G. Egelhoff in 1889

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Pauline (Knutson) Shreve


Pauline Knutson Shreve

July 5, 1922 - August 8, 2020

Pauline Shreve, 98, of Cedar Falls, passed away at her home on Saturday, August 8, 2020, surrounded by her beloved daughters.

She was born in Adams, Minnesota, on July 5, 1922, the daughter of John J. and Theodora (Anderson) Knutson. Pauline’s family moved to Cedar Falls where she graduated from the Teacher’s College High School with the Class of 1940, then attended the Iowa State Teacher’s College graduating in 1942.

She accepted her first position as a First Grade Teacher in the Dumont Schools where she worked for 9 years. She was married to Berle “Bud” Shreve on August 29, 1948, at the First Congregational Church of Cedar Falls. They moved to Cedar Falls in 1951 where Pauline worked for several years before starting her favorite and most important calling as a mother and housewife.

Pauline is survived by three daughters: Jennifer (Gary) Clark, Paige Shreve, and Melinda (Dick) Satterlee all of Cedar Falls; four granddaughters: Sarah (Brian) Clark of Waterloo, Erin (Adam) Ahrendsen of Cedar Falls, Lindsay (Edward) Bascom of Robins, and Caitlin (Wade) Timmins of Cedar Falls; 10 very special great-grandchildren: Rachel, Daniel and Hannah Clark, Jack, Mia, and Abby Ahrendsen, Evan and Lucas Bascom, and Addison and Grayson Timmins; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Berle, in 1996; 3 sisters, Freda Anderson, Marcelle Slindee-Mouwdy and Melba Hartson; and a nephew, Jerry Anderson.

Pauline’s family held a private graveside service at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice and condolences may be left at

Pauline loved to do handwork, read, work crossword puzzles and play solitaire on her IPAD. She was a great cook and made intricate Christmas cookies and carried on Norwegian family traditions, such as coffee lunch. Most of all, Pauline loved to spend time with her family.

SOURCE: Dahl Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Dale Fredrick "Nels" Nelson


April 25, 1932 - August 7, 2020 (age 88)


Dale Fredrick Nelson “Nels” was welcomed home into the loving arms of Christ on Thursday, August 7, 2020.

Dale was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on April 25, 1932 to Alvina (Peterson) and Victor Nelson. He grew up in Austin and Brownsdale, Minnesota graduating from Austin High School in 1950. As a young man he traveled west by motorcycle to Washington working on the Hanford Hydropower Project of the Columbia River. In 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force stationed in Colorado and serving in North Africa during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1956 coming back to Austin, Minnesota working as a lineman for Austin Utilities and married Carol Kirchner on March 16, 1957.

In 1963 their daughter Kristin was born and in 1964 they moved west to Fresno, California where in 1966 their daughter Heidi was born. Dale worked for Pacific Gas & Electric first as a lineman and later as an electrical engineer after twelve years of night school graduating from California State University, Fresno.

Dale retired in 1997 and traveled the United States and was able to fulfill his dream of driving through Alaska in his Jeep Wrangler. In 2001, he bought his home at Bentsen Grove Resort in M-ission and became a “Winter Texan”. He and his partner Kay Miller loved living in the sunny Rio Grande Valley and had fun every summer coming home to Minnesota to be with family and spend time at the lake.

Dale loved adventure and being active. He loved skiing in the mountains of California, Utah, and Colorado, he hiked the Grand Canyon to celebrate his 50th birthday, he loved visiting National Parks, swimming in the ocean at Doheny State Beach, and dancing to a big band sound. Dale was proud to be the union VP for the PG&E Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20, a member of the Sons of Norway, the Elks, and the Austin Cotillion Club. Dale was tall, strong, had a beautiful voice, movie star looks, was thoughtful, loving, and generous. He loved his country, his Norwegian/Danish heritage, his Christian faith, and his family.

Dale will be greatly missed by his daughters and sons-in-law, Kristin and Rob Anderson and Heidi and Mark Hotvedt; his grandchildren, Sarah (Kyle) Hendon and great-grandson, Wyatt, Jessica Anderson, Katie (Kevin Hamilton) Hotvedt and Matt Hotvedt; his partner, Kay Miller and her family, Debbie (Phil) Murry and daughters, Ashley (Brad) Miller, Alex (Brian) Miller, Taylor (Josh) Farm; Sherri (Doug) Bibus, Andy (Aubree Latterell) Bibus and Allison Bibus and great-grandchildren; his brother, “Nels” and niece, Liz (Steve) Haggerty and nephews, Steve (Vicky) Nelson and Jeff (Anna) Nelson. He is preceded in death by his parents, cherished aunts, uncles, cousins, and his beloved dog Snoopy.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will take place from 12:30-1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Due to the current health concerns and restrictions, the limited capacity for the funeral home is 57 people. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Military honors by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. Memorials are preferred to the Macular Degeneration Association. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

Also see: Austin Daily Herald, 14 AUG 2020

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Della Darnell (Gilbreath)


March 16, 1948 - August 9, 2020 (age 72)

Della D. Gilbertson, age 72 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin.

Della Darnell Gilbreath was born in Brockwell, Arkansas, to Ollie and Mary (Tadlock) Gilbreath on March 16, 1948. At the age of three, she moved to Yakima, Washington with her family. She graduated in 1966 from A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, Washington. After high school, Della started working for Hazel’s Candy Store and surprised her nieces and nephews with chocolate bunnies each Easter.

On July 20, 1985, Della married Eldon Gilbertson at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima, Washington. The couple lived on a farm in Moscow Township, Minnesota, where Della helped farm and drive tractor. She also enjoyed helping Eldon with his flower gardening and grape vineyard. Della worked various retail positions including Staples in Austin, Minnesota. She had spent many years creating a strong bond with her close friend and neighbor, Kris Wilke, and Eldon’s cousin Joyce Erstad, helping to care for their children, Adam, Jill, Lee, Megan and Emma. Della was a member of the Moscow Lutheran Church where she was involved in many activities. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her twin brother, David (Pat) Gilbreath of Selah, Washington; sister, Kelly (Skip) Quesenbury of Yakima, Washington; sisters-in-law, Maxine Gilbreath of Yakima, Washington; Sandra Olson of Glenville, Minnesota; Arlene (Donald) Foster of St. Peter, Minnesota; Nyla (Don) Lyon of Hayfield, Minnesota; nephews: Timothy Foster; Mitchell, James, Dan, Rick and Matt Gilbreath; Keith Vensland; and Mark, Brett and Blake Kilbury; nieces: Kristine Edlund; Katherine (Robert) Norland; Tammy Fuwell; and Carol and Lisa Vensland; close friend, Kris Wilke, and many other relatives, friends, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Mary (Tadlock) Gilbreath; husband, Eldon Gilbertson; sister, Nadine Vensland; and brother, Bill Gilbreath.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Moscow Lutheran Cemetery, Freeborn County, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Moscow Lutheran Church. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home in Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Harlan Stanley Thompson


September 12, 1931 - August 11, 2020 (age 88)

Harlan Stanley Thompson, age 88 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully from natural causes on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at The Cedars of Austin.

Harlan was born September 12, 1931, the son of Thorval and Mollie (Anderson) Thompson in Austin, Minnesota. He attended schools in Austin and was a lifelong Austin area resident. On October 16, 1956, he enlisted into the United States Army. Harlan farmed the family farm in the Moscow area until his retirement.

He was a member of the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural, Austin. Harlan enjoyed fishing, music, and was a talented accordion and guitar player. Harlan loved his many dogs and cats who were faithful companions to him over the years. He also enjoyed trips to Austin to have lunch and visit with friends. Harlan will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Thorval and Mollie Thompson.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Austin, Minnesota. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Claudio Alexis Gormaz


January 21, 1960 - August 11, 2020

Claudio A. Gormaz, age 60 of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Mission Hills, California, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Claudio will be laid to rest at the San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.

He was preceded in death by his brother Ernesto A. Gormaz, Jr.

Claudio is survived by his wife Claudia Urzua-Gormaz of Austin, Minnesota; son Joshua M. Gormaz of Minneapolis, Minnesota; daughter Emma M. Gormaz of Austin, Minnesota; dog Beni; father Ernesto A. Gormaz of Venice, California; mother Hellen Robertson of Lancaster, California; sisters Patricia Beane of Lancaster, California and Ivette Gormaz-White of Half Moon Bay, California.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Richard Harold "Rick" Johnson


December 16, 1954 - August 9, 2020

Obituary for Richard Harold "Rick" "RJ" Johnson

Richard “Rick” “RJ” Johnson, 65, passed away at his home in Austin, Minnesota, on August 9, 2020.

Rick was born on December 16, 1954 to Harold and Margaret (Cummings) Johnson in Austin, MN. He was the third of five children and spent his entire childhood in Austin. He graduated from Austin High School in 1973. He then went on to further his education while working at HUSCO Foods Inc. He finished his professional career working in public accounting for over 30 years.

RJ was an avid softball player, always sporting the number 22 on his back. Even in his 50s, he was the quickest guy on the field. He finally retired after nearly 40 years of play. He loved being at the ballpark whether it was playing himself, watching his kids play, or just being around the game.

Every Sunday in the fall/winter was always reserved for “Viking Sunday.” Rick loved to attend the games at the Metrodome with his brother and friends. If he wasn’t at the game, he would host his own party on Sundays. All of his friends and family knew there was an open invitation to come hang out, watch the Vikings win, and enjoy his grilling.

Most of all, Rick loved this family. He was married to Michele for 36 years, and they had 3 children and 7 grandchildren together. From board games to cartwheels in the yard, he was always willing to participate in whatever crazy idea his kids and grandkids came up with. He always looked forward to trips up to Portage Lake and Star Lake to enjoy family time, sunshine, and hours out on the water.

Rick leaves behind several loved ones including Michele (Michels) Johnson; his 3 children, Mike (Wendy) Johnson, Allison (Jon) Delwiche, and Amy (Lucas) Akkerman; 7 grandchildren, Maison, Mia, Ellee, Andy, Vinny, Tommy, and Aria; his mother, Margaret Johnson; his mother-in-law Gloria Michels; 4 siblings, Bev Larson, Barb (Bruce) Beeman, Nancy (Larry) Espe, and Ron (Jean) Johnson; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Johnson; his father-in-law, LaVerne Michels; his brother-in-law, Tom Ferguson; and his nephew, Todd Johnson.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 14, 2020 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father James Steffes officiating. Interment at Calvary Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an Alcoholics Anonymous location in Austin, MN.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Richard Harold Johnson please visit our Sympathy Store.

Funeral Service:
AUG 14, 2020
St. Augustine Catholic Church
405 4th Street NW
Austin, MN

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Timmy James Bos


September 28, 1967 - August 11, 2020

Timmy James Bos, 52, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home on August 11, 2020.

Tim was born in Austin, Minnesota on September 28, 1967, to William and Darlene (Miller) Bos. Tim graduated from Austin High School in 1986 and enlisted in the Army National Guard. He worked at Gandy in Owatonna for 32 years, starting in the paint department, he moved to assembly where he made Gandy branded agricultural and turf products and supported shipping and receiving.

He loved talking sports including football, hockey, baseball and golf. Tim enjoyed spending time in his garage working on cars or taking things apart. He also loved camping, hunting and fishing. He was a friend to anyone and was always there to help people out. Tim had great neighborhood friends he talked with nightly. Everyone will miss Tim’s smile, laugh and kindness.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, William Bos; sister, Tammy Bos; his grandparents; niece, Jill Bos; nephew, Weston Aune, and his girlfriend, Karla Wayne.

Tim is survived by his mother: Darlene Bos of Austin; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill and Barbara Bos of Austin; Jeff and Michelle Bos of Austin; sister and brother-in-law: Susan (Patrick) Aune of Maple Grove, Minnesota; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 15th at Oakwood Cemetery with the Reverend Dale Christiansen officiating.

Graveside Service
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Oakwood Cemetery
Austin, Minnesota

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Patricia Ann (Smith, Cummings)


March 27, 1947 - August 11, 2020

Patricia A. Higgins, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2020, at Season’s Hospice Home, surrounded by her loving family, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on March 27th, 1947, in Austin, Minnesota, to Orville V. and Margaret B. (Bigelow) Smith. She attended Austin public schools, graduating with the class of 1965.

Patricia married John W. Cummings on July 11th, 1965 in Austin, Minnesota, having two daughters from this union before John’s passing in 1969. She married Thomas E. Higgins on June 11th, 1971 having one son from this union. They resided south of Austin for most of their married life.

As a non-traditional student, Patricia earned her Master’s Degree in political science/women’s studies from Minnesota State University Mankato in 1990 and later became a licensed massage therapist.

In her spare time Patricia enjoyed her flower garden(s), traveling, movies, bingo, and crafts. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

As a stay at home mother, Patricia volunteered her time at the labor support center, as a Girl Scout troop leader, and was a regular chaperone of her children’s activities.

She was a member of the Austin Zonta Club, Austin Eagles Arie 703 and actively participated in the Mower County DFL as well as serving as an Austin Township board member.

Over the years she held many positions of employment including, Mower County Crisis Center, Golden Tress Salon, as well as her in-home massage business.

Patricia is survived by her children Gina Higgins (Timothy Nelson) of Moorhead, Angela Higgins of Austin, and Scott (Jill) Higgins of Rochester; grandchildren Duel Higgins, Cassondra Nelson, Duncan Higgins, Matthew Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Caleb Swihart, Mackenzie Swihart, Asia Higgins-Lewis, Thomas W. Higgins, and one great granddaughter Paisley Higgins; Brothers Kevin (Sandy) Smith of Lake City, Kenneth (Merri Lea) Smith of Lake City, and Christopher (Sherri) Smith of Woodbury; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband(s) John W. Cummings and Thomas E. Higgins. Father and mother Orville and Margaret (Bigelow) Smith; father & mother-in law Lloyd & Mary (Leif) Cummings; father & mother in-law Robert & Maxine (Runden) Higgins; brother Eugene Smith; brother in-law Robert Cummings.

Casket bearers will be: Duel Higgins, Cassondra Nelson, Duncan Higgins, Matthew Nelson, Amanda Nelson, and Asia Higgins-Lewis. Honorary casket bearers will be Caleb Swihart, Mackenzie Swihart, Thomas W. Higgins, Paisley Higgins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 18th at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, MN, with Father James Steffes officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, August 17th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, and will continue Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:00 AM prior to Mass, at church.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

Also see: Austin Daily Herald, 14 AUG 2020

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Curtis John Krebsbach


June 21, 1926 - August 13, 2020 (age 94)


Curtis John Krebsbach, age 94 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2020, at his home in Austin.

Curtis was born in Adams, Minnesota, to William and Catherine (Arens) Krebsbach on June 21, 1926. He graduated from Osage High School in 1944. Following high school, Curtis enlisted into the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during World War II from 1944 until 1946. He then went on to attend Austin Junior College. In 1948, Curtis started his career with Hormel Foods in Austin, retiring in 1983 after 36 years.

On August 1, 1953, Curtis was united in marriage to Joan Cady at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. Their marriage was blessed with four children. He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and American Legion Post 91 in Austin. Curtis was an avid golfer and enjoyed going to dances, bowling, traveling, and was a car enthusiast. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Joan Krebsbach of Austin, Minnesota; children, Scott (Mary Kay) Krebsbach of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Renee (Douglas) Leif of Bemidji, Minnesota, Sarah Christopherson (Krebsbach) of Austin, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Stacey Brody of Rochester, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren, Brett Krebsbach, Adam Krebsbach, Reed Krebsbach, Kelsey Leif, Collin Leif, Karlie Leif, Linsey Krebsbach, Mhairi Christopherson, Layla Christopherson, and Aubrie Christopherson; 6 great grandchildren, Austin Krebsbach, Maddison Krebsbach, Kailey Krebsbach, Carter Savick, James Krebsbach, and Landen Krebsbach; sisters, Ann Mulligan of Omaha, Nebraska, Karen (Jack) Bourdaise of Palm Springs, California, Mary (Tom) Winkels of Austin, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine Krebsbach; son, Bryan Krebsbach in 2014; grandson, Mitchell Krebsbach in 2009; brothers, William Jr. and Roger Krebsbach.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. Visitation will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church on Monday. A private interment will be held in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

Also see: Austin Daily Herald, 14 AUG 2020

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William (Bill) Playle


Born in Brownsdale, Minnesota on November 26, 1937 to Forrest and Imogene Playle, Bill passed away peacefully on August 14, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family following a six-month illness. Bill worked for American Can Company for over 3 decades and was always helping others when he was not at work. He was the true handyman and had never met a job he could not do.

He will be truly missed by his family and friends for his wry sense of humor and gentle spirit. He was known to be a man of few words but when he spoke it was meaningful.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Playle, his son Scott (Shelly), daughters Penny Beattie (Dennis), Stacey (Eric) Opsahl, and Tracey (Troy) Tokheim. His grandchildren; Kathyrn Joy Smith (Kevin), Elizabeth Griner & Myles Lucero, Meghan (Nate) Carter, Rebecca Griner, Luke Opsahl (Mel Johnson), Logan Opsahl Jackson (Zach), Elijah Opsahl (Gabby Vetsch), Hannah Lewis, Bryan Lewis, Kyle Tokheim, Christine Franklin, Cody Tokheim. His brother-in-laws; Eugene (Judy) Back, and Keith (Norma) Back, sister-in-law Mona Back and nieces & nephews; Dee (Joe) Valenti, Kristi Kordewick, Kurt Playle, Darin (Angela) Playle, Amy Back, Adam Back (Nicole), Vicky (James), David (Marge) Back, Mike (Mandy) Back, Shelly (Pat) Blanton, and Tim Back.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Imogene and Forrest; brother Gerald (Betty); and by brothers-in-law, Allen and Gary Back.

Memorial Service and scattering of his ashes on Smith Lake near Garrison Minnesota will occur at a future date to be determined.

Austin Daily Herald, 14 AUG 2020

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Victoria Mae (Bungum) Oxborough


Victoria Mae Oxborough, 68, of Rochester, Minnesota, and formerly of Denver, CO, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Susie’s Place in Hayfield, Minnesota.

Victoria was born on August 16, 1951, in Austin, Minnesota, to Victor and Arletta (Knutson) Bungum. She was the second oldest of nine siblings. She graduated from Hayfield high school in 1969. She worked most of her life as a travel agent and cosmetologist.

Victoria was a very artistic and creative person. She often wrote beautiful poetry. She enjoyed traveling and spent some time in Europe. She loved spending time with her family, and they treasured any time spent with her. Most of all she loved the Lord and her faith was strong and inspiring. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Victoria is survived by her siblings, Bruce (Gail) Bungum of Sargeant, Carol Braun of Rochester, Pam (Chuck) Nieman of Byron, June (Herb) Howard of Rochester, Brenda (Gregg) Koch of Glenville, Dean (Shelly) Bungum of Sargeant and David (Lisa) Bungum of Sargeant; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, John, niece, Kayla and brother-in-law, Gary Braun.

A private family service was held. Burial was at Evanger Lutheran Church cemetery in Sargeant, Minnesota.

SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home

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Marjean Cleone (Waldron)


Marjean Kittleson, beloved wife, mother, grandma and GiGi passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the age of 84.

Marjean Cleone Waldron was born November 10, 1935 in Austin, MN. She married Jerry Kittleson on September 4, 1954 at St. Olaf Church in Austin, MN. Together the couple had, Brad Kittleson of Rochester, MN, Scott (Jane) Kittleson of LaGrange, KY and Randy (Tammy) Kittleson of Hayward, WI; and one daughter, Karin Berg of Rochester, MN; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Kittleson, Ben (Marissa) Kittleson, Chris (Liz) Kittleson, Corey (Elizabeth) Kittleson, Kyle (Wendy) Kittleson, Jacob (Lisa) Berg, Tara Kittleson, Lindsey (Tony) Peck, Callie (Brandon) Durham and Amanda (Will) Fredricksen; 10 great-grandchildren, Logan and Colton Spratte, Beckham, Brooklyn and Weston Durham, Grayson and Caleb Fredricksen and Brayden and Leighton Peck and Tucker Kittleson; 1 sister, Dellene (Richard) Anderson Cummings and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Cyle Waldron; 2 granddaughters, Breanna Berg and Krista Koblitz and her son-in-law, Bradley Berg.

Marjean enjoyed gardening, decorating, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.

The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic for the special care they had given her throughout the years. A special thanks to Jean Wagner for the loving and tender care she gave her and a thank you to Season’s Hospice for the special care she got the last 6 days of her life. She even put up with Jerry’s officiating for 44 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Season’s Hospice in Rochester, MN.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Bethel Lutheran Church (810 3rd Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904) with the Reverend Dr. Norman Wahl officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes (5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901) and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Interment will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Social distancing and masks will be required for all services.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is honored to be assisting the Kittleson family. To leave a special memory or condolence please visit

Austin Daily Herald, 14 AUG 2020

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Gary Erlandson


AUSTIN, MINN. - The Celebration of Life for Gary Erlandson will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 2:00pm. We will gather at Pacelli High School’s All Saints Arena (Pacelli Gym). Due to the current situation, the family requests guests to send an RSVP via email to by September 5. Please understand whatever COVID rules are in place at that time will be followed.

Gary Erlandson, 77, Austin, Minn., died Monday, April 27, 2020, in Mayo Clinic Health System.

Austin Daily Herald, 11 AUG 2020

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Kathryn Mary (Schammel) Suich


Kathryn Mary Schammel Suich, 59, of Dublin, Ohio passed away August 6, 2020. Kathie had a strong faith and after a long struggle with the disease of addiction, she died from the complications of ovarian cancer. She is now at peace after these battles.

Kathie was born on October 10, 1960 in Austin, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Marge and Jerry Schammel. She was the middle child of six children.

Kathie graduated from Austin High School in 1979. She went on to study at Arizona State University. She received her business degree there and then entered the financial and insurance world. She earned many licenses and gained recognitions in her positions.

She worked for over 20 years at Nationwide Insurance of Columbus, Ohio.

Kathie had a great sense of humor, a brilliant mind, and was extremely loyal to her longtime Austin friends.

Kathie is survived by her three children: Charlie, Casey, and Jack Suich of Ohio. Other survivors include her mother Marge Schammel, Apple Valley, MN, sisters: Kim Schammel, Chandler, AZ, Kellie (Matt) Wilder, Gilbert, AZ, and Kristie (Jim) McNally, St. Johns Creek, GA. Brothers: Kevin (Eva) Austin, MN, and Kollin (Jaime) Eagan, MN. She also has numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerome (Jerry) Schammel.

Private family services will be held.

Austin Daily Herald, 11 AUG 2020

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Margaret Ruth Blue


Margaret Ruth Blue

March 16, 1934 - August 14, 2020 (age 86)

Margaret Ruth Blue, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at home Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Margaret was born on March 16, 1934 in Le Mars, Iowa, to Mary (Wallace) and Arthur Blue, the 3rd of six children. She graduated from Canton, MO high school in 1952. She graduated from Cornell College and completed coursework for a PhD. in mathematics at Ohio State University. She then spent 2 and 1/2 years teaching high school mathematics in a Nigerian school with the Peace Corps.

Returning to the United States, she earned a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Margaret worked in the libraries of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Crerar Library at ITT in Chicago, and the University of North Dakota in Fargo.

After her retirement she moved to Austin, MN. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and greeter; led Rebekah Circle; crocheted prayer shawls and seamen’s hats; and played in the bell choir. She was a member of the Ladies Floral Club and had served as treasurer. She was also a member of the Mower County Historical Society, Friends of the JC Hormel Nature Center, Sierra Club, and the Audubon Society. She enjoyed living at the Chauncey Apartments where she often hosted the Saturday morning coffees and was known as a picture puzzle whiz.

Survivors include her sisters, Helen (William) Holder of Austin, Kathryn Blue of Williamsburg VA; 9 nieces and nephews; 17 great nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sylvia Robertson; brothers, John Blue and Richard Blue.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Those wishing to make donations in her memory may do so to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Mower County Historical Society, JC Hormel Nature Center, or the Gideons. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.


Memorial Service:
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Westminster Presbyterian Church
802 4th St SW
Austin, Minn.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Katherine Marie (Thorn) Seiver


May 20, 1917 - August 15, 2020 (age 103)

Katherine M. Seiver, age 103 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020, at Our House Assisted Living in Austin.

Katherine Marie Thorn was born May 20, 1917, in Staples, Minnesota. She was the youngest of 12 children born to Enos Woodruff and Catherine Augustus (Ringler) Thorn. Katherine grew up on the family dairy farm and learned to dance at the many barn dances her father hosted. She graduated from Staples High School in 1936 and shortly after moved to Lansing, Minnesota, where she lived with her sister, Elizabeth “Toots” Thomson and her family. During this time, she worked at Arrett’s Department Store as a salesclerk. She attended dances at the area dance halls, and it was at the “Oasis” she met Lloyd Seiver. They were married in 1937 and kept dancing until his passing in 2006.

Kate kept busy raising her three children and was a stay at home mom until the two youngest were in Jr. and Sr. high school. She then worked at Sears as a salesclerk and Bill and Ruby’s Laundromat as an attendant. Katie also kept busy on a bowling league for years at Echo Lanes, golfing at Ramsey and snowmobiling in the winter. She was also an avid card player and was an excellent bridge player. Katherine was a 50+ year member of Unity Chapter #29 Eastern Star and First United Methodist Church, where she was active in Circle for many years. Most of all Katherine loved her family, she was the best mom and grandma anybody could have. Katherine, along with Lloyd, enjoyed their dear friends who pre-deceased her. The old “gang” is now all together again, having golf outings, vacations, and steak fries.

Katherine is survived and will be dearly missed by her son, David (Jane) Seiver of Riverside, California; daughter, Lani Seiver of Austin, Minnesota; 7 grandchildren, Mark, Holly, Dan, Garren, Brent, Renee, Brandon; 6 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Millie Seiver; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Enos and Catherine Thorn; husband, Lloyd Seiver in 2006; son, Dale Seiver in 1976; and 11 brothers and sisters.

A visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota, on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, with a graveside service to follow at Grandview Cemetery in Austin. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home, 18 AUG 2020

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Steven Lavern Leidal


October 9, 1947 - August 17, 2020 (age 72)


Steven Lavern Leidal, age 72 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin.

Services are pending.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home, 18 AUG 2020


Steven Lavern Leidal

October 9, 1947 - August 17, 2020 (age 72)

Steven Lavern Leidal, age 72, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin.

Steven was born October 9, 1947 in Austin, Minnesota, to Quinten and Imogene (Cafourek) Leidal. He graduated from Austin High School. Steven married Debra Spain in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He had worked for Brown Printing and for Winnebago Industries until his retirement. Steven was a member of the Thumper Club and enjoyed riding motorbike. He was an avid collector of beer steins and enjoyed, card games, board games, and taking numerous trips around the United States.

Survivors include his brothers, Mike Leidal, Bob Leidal, and Jerry Leidal; sister, Jayne (Leidal) Nash; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Quinten and Imogene Leidal; nephew, Jason Leidal; grandparents, Louis and Mable Cafourek, Albert and Laura Leidal.

No services will be held at this time. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Martin "Marty" Laurence Allen


May 15, 1952 - August 16, 2020

Martin “Marty” Allen, 68 of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 peacefully in Austin.

Marty was a lifelong automotive enthusiast, family and friends brought many of their vehicles to him for service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.

Marty is survived by his son: Zach; sisters: Joyce, Sandy, Sherry, Becky and Linda; brothers: Gary, Danny, Ronny; many nieces and nephews, and a few close friends.

The family will be hosting a gathering for friends and relatives at a later date.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 18 Aug 2020

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David Francis Reding


April 11, 1958 - August 14, 2020

Obituary for David Francis Reding

David Reding died Friday, August 14, 2020 at his REM Sandalwood home in Austin. He was 62.

Dave was born April 11, 1958 in Austin, Minnesota, to Francis and Lorraine (Meyers) Reding. He was the youngest of their three children.

He grew up on the farm in rural Austin where he enjoyed the outdoors, playing ball and taking an occasional horseback ride. He moved to Austin with his parents in 1983. Dave attended Oak Grove Center and Brownsdale Public School. He returned to Oak Grove Center and stayed till its closing. He then started his thirty-year career with Cedar Valley Rehab Services. He especially enjoyed working at Riverland East Campus cafeteria.

Dave enjoyed eating out with friends and family, activities at ARC, especially the bowling league. He attended camp at Caledonia for many years. His special enjoyment in life was watching sports on TV, especially the Minnesota Vikings. If they scored, that was good enough for him.

Dave is survived by his sister, Susan (Charles) Peterson of Austin; brother, John (Louise) Reding of Phoenix, AZ; nieces and nephews; housemates, Wayne and Steve and the Sandalwood Staff.

He was preceded in death by parents, Lorraine and Francis Reding; housemates, Larry and Todd.

A special thanks to Cedar Valley Staff, Mayo-St. Mary’s Staff and the Mayo Hospice.

To the REM Staff that cared for David the last twenty-four years, and especially the last two weeks, his family is extremely grateful.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor’s choice.

There will be a graveside service, 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Rose Creek, Minnesota, with Father Prince Raja officiating.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Julia "Jane" (Kelley) Taylor


April 12, 1921 - August 14, 2020

Julia "Jane" Kelley Taylor, age 99, of rural Austin, Minnesota, went home to Heaven on August 14, 2020, surrounded by family at Our House Memory Care.

Julia Jane Kelly was born at home on April 12, 1921 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the third child of Julia (Swendsen) and Adelbert Kelley.

Jane spent her childhood on the home at the edge of Albert Lea close to the railroad where her Father worked and often invited homeless" hobos" home for something to eat during the Depression. She attended Abbot Elementary School and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1939.

Her education continued with 2 years of Jr. College followed by 2 more years at Mankato Teachers College, graduating in 1943 with a Degree in Elementary Education. During this time, she developed lifetime friendships with 12 young women from Cooper Hall Dorm. They faithfully corresponded through "Round Robin" letters for 77 years. Jane was the last survivor of that group.

For 1 1/2 years she taught in the Kasson, Minnesota Elementary School. Her teaching career ended when she married the love of her life (whom she met on a blind date!), James Anderson Taylor, during an ice storm on December 30, 1944. To this union they were blessed with 4 children.

Jimmy and Jane lived and worked on their farm NW of Austin for 38 years before Jimmy passed away. Jane remained in her home until at age 93 health concerns warranted her move into a care facility.

Family meant everything to Jane. She had a servant heart. Always willing to help with doing dishes, serving on Church and Neighborhood committees, doing an awesome job mending anything, making her signature homemade waffles or rice with hamburger hotdish, or playing board games with grandchildren on the floor. A fervent prayer warrior, her faith never wavered.

Hobbies over the years included square dancing, neighborhood card clubs, knitting, traveling abroad, reading, and most recently, word find puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Taylor in 1982; granddaughter, Amy Beth Taylor; sisters, Sereta Schneider, LuVae Anderson, and brother, John Kelley.

Jane is survived by her son: J. Michael (Izzy) Taylor of Austin; daughters: Barbara J. (B. Russell) Shannon of Richland Center, Wisconsin; Nancy J. Heimer of Austin; Sarah J. (Herb) Wehner of Austin; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Public visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, August 28th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Private family services will be held with interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

Jane was the rock for our family, loved and cherished by her children, grandchildren, and extended family. Blessed be her memory.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Oliver George Blakestad


O.G. Blakestad,
Lyle Furniture Dealer Died Sunday

A large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral service for Oliver Blakestad Wednesday afternoon. He who had helped to lay away scores of Persons ... was carried to his last resting place in Pleasant Hill cemetery. Thus again, the community was warned of the brevity of earthly life.

The deceased had reached the three score and ten years alloted to man, but even these are but a step from the cradle to the grave.

Rev. Torvik averred that the "grain" is ripe when God harvests it, whether the person be a child, youth or adult. "Are we all ripening for Heaven?" was one of the challenge queries.

Supt. Oscar Miller sang "My Faith Looks Up to Thee" and "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling" during the service.

The business places were closed from 1:30 to 3:00 in respect to one who for nearly half a century had been identified with the business interests of Lyle.

Among those who attended the funeral from away were Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Anderson and daughter, Mrs. Schurmire and Mrs. B. J. Ropertson of Minneapolis, and Mr. and Mrs. Hermanson of Northwood.

Oliver George Blakestad was born in Otranto township, [Mitchell county, Iowa] on the old Blakestad homestead, on October 19th, 1871.

He was a member of the Mona Lutheran congregation until the Lyle Lutheran Church was organized, of which he was a charter member.

On May 26th 1897 he married Lena Williams of Bode, Iowa.

Mr. Blakestad was in the hardware and furniture business in Bode, Iowa and Adams for several years. Since 1904 he had been in the furniture and undertaking business in Lyle.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and eight children: Raymond of Albert Lea, Minn.; Mrs. Mable Reistad of San Francisco, Calif.; (Myrtle) Mrs. Luther Tollefson of St. Ansgar, Iowa; Mrs. Lenord Ryan of Lyle, Minn.; Mrs. George Greiner of Winnebago, Minn.; (Esther) Mrs. LaVern Falk of St. Ansgar, Iowa; Lewis of Osage, Iowa; (Lena) Mrs. Marion Schmidt of Albert Lea, Minn.

There are twelve grandchildren; also a brother, Edward Blakestad of Mena, Arkansas; and a sister, Mrs. Sophie Olson of British Columbia, Canada; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family wishes to thank the relatives and friends for their many kind expressions of sympathy, memorial and floral offerings.

SOURCE: Lyle Tribune, Friday August 02, 1946, page 2, col. 3

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Mark Ashley, August 2020.

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Frederick Anthony Cantrall


August 24, 1962 - August 20, 2020 (age 57)

Frederick A. Cantrall, age 57 of Wells, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, August 20, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, surrounded by his loving family.

Frederick was born August 24, 1962 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Frederick and Donna (Freuen) Cantrall. He graduated in 1980 from Port Washington High School in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Frederick proudly served his country in the United States Army for nine years. On September 6, 1983, he married Terry Tresslar in Anchorage, Alaska. Frederick joined the Canadian Pacific Railroad starting out as a conductor and worked his way up to engineer. He enjoyed spending time with his friends. Frederick especially loved his family and enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his mother, Donna Cantrall of Sheboygan Falls, WI; wife, Terry Cantrall of Wells, MN; children, Jeremy (Julie) Loeding of Pella, IA, Justin (Natasha) Loeding of Owatonna, MN; three grandchildren, Jackson Loeding, Eloise Loeding, and Myles Loeding; two brothers, Rodney (Deb) Cantrall of WI, Steven (Candy) Cantrall of Mapleview, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Cantrall; and one brother, Russell Cantrall.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will take place from 12:45-1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Military rites by American Legion Post 91. Memorials are preferred to the family. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

Graveside Service:
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Oakwood Cemetery
1800 4th St NW
Austin, MN

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Randy Lyle Huffman


March 29, 1947 - August 20, 2020 (age 73)

Randy Lyle Huffman, age 73 of River Falls, Wisconsin, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, August 20, 2020, at Comforts of Home Advanced Assisted Living - The Falls.

Randy was born March 29, 1947 in Austin, Minnesota, to Earl and Eldora (Waletzki) Huffman. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1965. In 1967, he enlisted into the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged in 1969.

Randy worked for Quality Pork Processors in Austin. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, V.F.W. Post 1216, and the American Legion Post 91. Randy’s hobbies over the years consisted of fishing, hunting, camping, stock car/demo derby, gardening, harassing people, and spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Randi Lynn (Roy Buck) Hegna of Austin, Minnesota; one granddaughter, McKenna Nicole Barren; brother, Robert (Sharon) Huffman of Austin, Minnesota; sister, Penny (Darrell) Montgomery of Zumbrota, Minnesota; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Eldora Huffman.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota at a later date. Military rites by the American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.


Memorial Service:
Friday, August 28, 2020
Worlein Funeral Home - Austin
1801 4th St NW
Austin, MN

Interment at a later date
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Tena Henrietta (Tuinder) Jansen


October 15, 1931 - August 28, 2020 (age 88)

Tena Henrietta Jansen, age 88, of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Friday morning, August 28, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family in Brownsdale.

Tena was born to Jacob and Martha (Schipper) Tuinder on October 15, 1931, in Austin, Minnesota. She graduated in 1949 from Austin High School. On October 23, 1949, Tena married Johnnie Jansen at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin. In 1950, the couple moved to Brownsdale, where Tena had various jobs. She was employed at Severtson Corner grocery, Dutch Inn Café, and Great Plains Lumber.

Tena was also, a kitchen manager at Echo Lanes Bowling, and a manager of Mill Street apartments. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Brownsdale. Tena belonged to the Ladies Aid, church choir, and was a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed bowling, reading, jig saw puzzles, camping and crafts. But, most of all she loved spending time with her family, and especially family reunions. Tena will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Roger (Joni) Jansen from Royalton, MN, Linda (Paul) Irvin from St. Peter, MN, JoAnn (Bob Law) Pahe from Brownsdale, MN, and Marilyn (Jeff) Ryks from Austin, MN; sister, Donna Cole from Austin, MN; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Martha Tuinder; husband, Johnnie Jansen; brother, Jacob Tuinder Jr; nephew, David Tuinder; brother-in-law, Lincoln Cole; and great-granddaughter, Felicity.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, Minnesota. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Carol Nadine (Greenameyer)


February 26, 1938 - August 19, 2020

Carol Nadine (Greenameyer) Green, 82, died Wednesday, August 19, 2020, in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Carol was born February 26, 1938, to Daniel and Henrietta (Hanson) Greenameyer Sr, just as the 4:00 o’clock whistle at the packing plant blew. She was the first granddaughter born on her mother’s family side and the second grandchild. She had six siblings all of whom she loved dearly.

Carol grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1956. She trained as a secretary and worked for almost 30 years at Hormel Foods in Austin until her retirement. She made a lot of friends during those years and had fond memories of them.

Carol met the love of her life, Bryan Green, at a party celebrating his return from the army. They were wed shortly after on August 25, 1963. With the exception of six months in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, they spent their entire married life in Austin, Minnesota. Their first child, Kimberly, died shortly after birth. They were then blessed with a son, Tony, and then a daughter Tracy.

Carol loved spending time with Bryan and her children and had a treasure house full of wonderful memories of vacations and events they experienced together. She especially enjoyed the many trips she and Bryan made to Duluth – North Shore area as well as the many spur of the moment “tours” that Bryan loved to take around the countryside in southern Minnesota.

Becoming a Grandma was one of the most thrilling moments of her life, and she greatly cherished granddaughter Alex’s many trips to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. Carol was happiest when surrounded by family, and she delighted in hosting holiday gatherings with all of her and Bryan’s family. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

Survivors include her daughter Tracy Green, Owatonna, MN; daughter-in-law Shelby Green, Superior, WI; granddaughter Alex Green, Superior, WI; brother Dan (Marion) Greenameyer, Austin, MN; Sister Diane Sutter, Austin, MN; sister Julaine (Barry)Rush, Austin, MN; brother John (Judy) Greenameyer, Oklahoma City, OK; sister LuAnne (Steve) Koenig, Stewartville, MN; brother Rod (Ann) Greenameyer, Rochester, MN; sister-in-law Barb (Don) Sprandel, Austin, MN; brother-in-law Bruce Green, Crawford, CO; many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband Bryan; her daughter Kimberly; her son Tony; her father and and mother Daniel and Henrietta Greenameyer; her father-in-law and mother-in-law Les and Majorie Green; her brother-in-law Jan Green and her brother-in-law Dave Sutter.

A Funeral Service will be held 10 am on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna with Pastor Cindy Halvorson officiating. Friends may call from 2-5 pm on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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William Allen John Foster


October 22, 1936 - August 18, 2020 (age 83)


William (Bill) Foster, age 83, passed away August 18, 2020, at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Richland, Minnesota.

William Allen John Foster was born October 22, 1936 to Harold and Helen (Pooler) Foster in Preston, Minnesota. He attended all 12 years at Preston High School, graduating with the class of 1954. After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1957. He spent those years in Guam and San Diego, CA.

William was a softball player for years and played with the Ostrander fast pitch team. He was also an avid golfer. William drove semi for years for different companies. He retired in 2004 from McNeilus in McIntire, Iowa.

Survivors include four sons Allen Foster of Spring Valley, MN, Corey (Darlene) Foster of Dodge Center, MN, Russell Foster of Grand Meadow, MN, Craig (Melissa) Foster of Sparta, WI, daughter Sherri (Bill) Brekke of Lewiston, MN, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Karla, brothers Harold, Frank, and Steve, son-in-law Tom Brekke, and his parents.

A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Wayne Sanford Siskow


March 5, 1951 - August 21, 2020 (age 69)

Wayne Sanford Siskow, age 69, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, August 21, 2020.

Wayne was born on March 5, 1951, in Austin, Minnesota, to Samuel and Marjorie (Roberts) Siskow. He was baptized March, 8th 1952 at the LeRoy Lutheran Church where he was later confirmed. He graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School in 1970.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Krahn on March 19, 1976, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They were later divorced. To this union four children were born: Amanda, Samuel, Douglas, and Timothy. Wayne graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in December of 1987. He lived on the family farm his entire life.

Wayne dedicated his entire life to his family and his farm, he loved them both to no end. He enjoyed going to auctions and visiting with his neighbors and friends. He always wore a smile on his face that would brighten your day. He loved to help people whenever they needed it. He had an incredible knowledge of farm equipment and was happy to share it with anyone when they had a problem with broken down equipment. Wayne loved that he got to pass on his love of family and farming to his family.

Wayne is survived by his daughter Amanda Siskow and three sons Samuel (Crystal) Siskow, Douglas Siskow, and Timothy (Becky) Siskow all reside in the Leroy-Ostrander area; one brother Vernon Siskow, Ostrander, MN and one sister Diane (Allan) Machulda, Cooper City, FL; 8 grandchildren Samatha, Allison, Seth, Brody, Conner, Jackson, Danielle, and Charlotte, 2 nieces Kimberly and Michelle, 3 nephews James, Shaun, and Michael and a former spouse and dear friend Bonnie Long.

He was preceded in his death by his parents Samuel and Marjorie and his sister Linda.

Funeral Services for Wayne will be held 11:00 A.M. on Saturday August 29, 2020 at the LeRoy Lutheran Church with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 5-8 P.M. on Friday August 28, 2020 at the LeRoy Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Curtis P. Hatle


Curtis P. Hatle, age 74, of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, at his residence.

Curt was born April 12, 1945 in Austin, Minnesota, to Merle and Myrtle (Johanson) Hatle. He was baptized and confirmed at Marshall Lutheran Church in Adams, MN. He attended school in Adams, MN, graduating from Adams High School in 1963. After graduation Curt worked at Chrysler Plant in Belvidere, Illinois until 1966.

On July 30, 1966, Curt married Barbara M. VanCampen at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, MN. Curt then served in the U.S. Army as a medic where he was stationed in Dexheim, Germany, during the Vietnam War. After serving in the military, Curt returned to southern Minnesota where he farmed and worked at Hormel in Austin, MN. In May of 1980 Curt, Barbara, and his three children (Toni, Eric, and Curt Jr) moved to Pelican Rapids, MN, where they owned and operated Cross Point Resort on South Lake Lida until 1987. In 1983 Curt started a nearly 30-year career working at the Pelican Rapids Municipal Liquor Store as an assistant manager.

Curt served as lay pastor for many years throughout the surrounding communities, taught Sunday School at Central Lutheran Church, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church (Pelican Rapids, MN) where he sang in the choir. He was a member of the American Legion Post #91 in Austin, MN and a member of the Pelican Rapids Lions. Curt was active in TOPS and was very proud to have earned the Century Medallion.

Accepting of everyone, Curt welcomed many into his home where he loved to visit at the kitchen table or play cribbage. He genuinely enjoyed the company of others and always had a story or joke to share. Curt enjoyed the outdoors and created many fond memories and traditions of hunting and fishing with friends and family. He loved to watch the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Gophers. If his teams were not playing, you could find him singing karaoke at the VFW on Fridays, watching old westerns, or talking on the phone with his family and friends. Curt was truly innovative and was always creating items to make life easier, such as the “hands-free phone headband.”

Curt never forgot a birthday and was known for his singing birthday phone wishes, which many would allow to go to voicemail to be listened to over and over. Although Curt loved to tease and get a rise out of you with an off-color joke, he had a heart of gold and treasured his family and friends.

Curt is survived by the mother of his children Barbara M.; three children: Toni Hoffman, Austin, MN, Eric Hatle, Pelican Rapids, MN, and Curtis (Andrea) Hatle Jr., Fargo, ND; foster sons: Thanh Nguyen and San Nguyen; seven grandchildren: Timothy and Amanda Hoffman; Brooke (Logen), Morgan and Alix Hatle, and their mother Melissa Hatle; Chase and Brock Hatle; one great-grandchild Lakota; sister Gloria (Robert) Mallory; brother Mike (Barb) Hatle; sister-in-law Connie Hatle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents and brother David Hatle.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Marshall Lutheran Cemetery in Adams, MN.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday August 25, 2020

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Brian Allen Espe


Brian Allen Espe, age 74, of Clear Lake, Minnesota, passed away on August 17, 2020, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Brian was born in Algona, Iowa, on June 16, 1946 and was raised in Whittemore, Iowa. Brian was married to Julia Ann Espe on March 17, 1994.

Brian was highly educated, obtaining his high school diploma from Algona High School, a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Winona State University, two master’s degrees from Mankato State University and Winona State University, one in kinesiology and another in counseling. He also earned his administrative certificate in education, principalship and superintendent licenses, from Winona State University.

Brian’s career in education began in Adams, Minnesota, which became the Southland school district. Besides being a physical education teacher and a business education teacher, he was a very successful boys basketball coach. He then went to Albert Lea Public Schools, where he served as a middle school counselor, high school assistant principal and activities director, and finally as the Southwest Middle School principal. Then he accepted a position as principal at Columbia Heights Middle School. Next, he served as principal at Westwood Elementary School in St. Cloud Area Schools. His last position was as a Master Coach for Math Corps, under ServeMinnesota.

Following his career path, he lived in Adams, many years in Austin, Lakeville, Plymouth, and finally upon retirement in Clear Lake, Minnesota. His last years were spent in their home overlooking Long Lake. Brian greatly enjoyed golf, life at the lake, sports, and time spent with family and friends.

Brian is survived by his wife Julia Espe, children Michelle Espe Walsh of Lakeville, Julie (Brian) Steinhorst of Owatonna, Gwendolyn (Jon) Miller, Rivervale, New Jersey, James (Melissa) Buchanan, Pasadena, California, Elizabeth (Amy) Buchanan, Minneapolis and grandchildren Braden and Cooper Walsh, Rachel and Jason Williamson, Conner and Brady Steinhorst, Madeleine Miller, and Willa Buchanan, brothers Craig (Barbara) Espe of Kirksville, Missouri and Kent (Cathy) Espe of Winona, Minnesota. Preceding him in death were his mother Elnora and father Milton (Bud) Espe.

Memorial service will be held at Salem Lutheran Church (90 Riverside Drive SE, St. Cloud Minnesota) at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 27, with visitation prior to the service beginning at noon at the church. A celebration of life reception will be held beginning at 4:00 at Territory Golf Club (480-55th Ave SE St. Cloud, MN 56304). For health and safety, all are encouraged to wear masks.

Brick-Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna, Minnesota is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information or to post a message of condolence online please go to

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Mayo Clinic Pancreatic Cancer Research (Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, PO Box 450, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9849).

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Monday August 24, 2020

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Craig Tabor


Craig Tabor, 66, of Austin, Minnesota, fought the good fight and lost his battle against cancer, on Monday, August 24, 2020.

He was born on July 18th, 1954 to Wayne and Viola Tabor. He attended Austin Public Schools. He loved his Minnesota Vikings and Wild teams. He loved spending time on the golf course, or getting together with family, playing cards or just visiting. He was never married, or had any children; but he had a special love for all his nieces and nephews. He spent his entire life in Austin, and could always be found riding his bicycle or scooter around town.

He is survived by his siblings, Donna Grage, Bonnie (Marv) Ryks, Bruce (Sue) Tabor, Cheryl Mikkelson, Gary Tabor, Steven (Judy) Tabor, Duane (Brenda) Tabor, Kathy (Marc) Knutson. He is also survived by brothers in law, Vern Bauer and Ernest Allen, and many many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings; Delores (Don) Wytaske, Sharon (Lenny Kestner) Swallow, Eugene (Marie) Tabor, James Tabor, Marsha Allen, Patricia Bauer, and Julius Grage. He requested his body be donated to Mayo Clinic for research.

Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Sat. 25 APR 2020

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Lowell Roger Franzen


November 19, 1952 - August 26, 2020 (age 67)

Lowell Roger Franzen, age 67 of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at home with his wife at his bedside on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. He was able to say his goodbye’s to family and friends.

Lowell was born to Larry and Lynda (Beck) Franzen on November 19, 1952, in Austin, Minnesota. He graduated in 1970 from Lyle High School. On February 2, 1971, Lowell enlisted into the United States Army serving until October 26, 1972.

On June 24, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Hill Franzen at the Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, Minnesota. The couple was blessed with 49 years of marriage. Lowell continued his education and attended community college, where he received an Associate Ag Business degree. He was employed by Mower County Soil and Water District for 31 years. During that time, he served as Mower County Feedlot Officer, one of the first 10 in the State of Minnesota. Lowell was an advocate for farmers taking great pride in his own farming and preserving the land for future farmers. He believed strongly in land conservation and planted many trees for Mower County.

He was a member of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Lyle, Minnesota, and was a school board member for Lyle, for many years. Lowell’s family always came first. He enjoyed woodworking and creating things for his grandchildren. Lowell will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Hill) Franzen; daughter, Heidi (Jade) Shedenhelm; son, Adam (Tara) Franzen; six grandchildren, Derek (Shelby) Shedenhelm, Logan Shedenhelm, Grant Shedenhelm, Aden Franzen, Audrina Franzen, and Abbigale Franzen; one great grandchild, Ashton Shedenhelm; mother-in-law, Gloria Hill; brothers-in-law, John Douglas Hill and Duane (Lori) Hill; sister-in-law, Vicki Hill; nieces, Lynn Merrit, Kristen Knox, and Kellie Wiese; many other nieces, nephews, and close personal friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Lynda Franzen; grandparents; brother-in-law, David Hill; and sister-in-law, Margie Bartholmey.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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