Mower County Obituaries
Part 377

Donna Mae (Turvold) Jarvis


November 29, 1939 - September 1, 2020 (age 80)

Donna Mae Jarvis, age 80 of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at Legacy of Brownsdale Retirement and Assisted Living, in Brownsdale, Minnesota.

On November 29, 1939, Donna was born to Maurice and Diane (Mehus) Turvold in Northwood, Iowa. She graduated from Austin High School in 1957, and later married Dale Jarvis on June 17, 1961. This union was blessed with two children, Kari and Brad. For many years, Donna worked as a relocation coordinator for Hormel Foods and retired in 2001. She loved any kind of stitching from knitting and hardanger to tatting.

Donna was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, and enjoyed visiting with the elderly. She was, however, most known for her love of casino trips and traveling. Donna traveled for over thirty years with Dale to almost every state, with her favorite being Colorado. After Dale’s passing, Donna continued to travel by herself in a small motorhome.

Survivors include her daughter, Kari (Scott) Weber of Austin, MN; son, Brad (Nathalie) Jarvis of Michigan; four grandchildren Tae Weber, Micha Weber, Nico Rolfe, and Nori Jarvis; and one brother, Donald (Kathleen) Turvold of Red Wing MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Dale in 2003.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Worlein Funeral Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will take place 2 hours prior to the service. Due to the current health concerns and restrictions, the limited capacity for the funeral home is 57 people.

Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale MN. Memorials are to be directed to the Minneapolis Heart Institute or the Arthritis Foundation. Services are pre-arranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Beverly A. (Wilkerson) Anderson


May 12, 1940 - August 29, 2020 (age 80)

Beverly A. Anderson, age 80, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, August 29,2020, at her home, after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family in Austin.

Beverly was born to Harris and Anna (Larson) Wilkerson on May 12, 1940, in Austin, Minnesota. She graduated Austin High School. On January 22, 1961, Beverly married Darold Anderson in Blooming Prairie. Beverly worked as a Dietary Aide at St. Marks Living for 25 years, she retired in 2005. She enjoyed camping, gardening, crafting, traveling, playing dice, and bingo. But, most of all she loved spending time with her grandkids and family. Beverly will be dearly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Survivors include her husband, Darold Anderson of Austin; children, Gary Anderson of Austin, Curtis Anderson of Austin, and Teresa (Bill) Wilde of Austin; sisters, Judy Branson, and Arlene Vanek; brothers, Robert Wilkerson, and Arnold (Nancy) Wilkerson; grandchildren, Jared, and Jessica (Kyle) and many other wonderful relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by nine siblings: Henry, Lloyd, Jack, Richard, Gladys, Dorothy, Deloris, Betty and Pearl; father and mother-in-law, Melvin and Margaret (Wanous) Anderson; a sister-in-law, Diane Anderson; and brothers-in-law, Gene Branson and Lauren Vanek

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will take place one hour before the service. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials to donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Donald Franklin Hendrickson Jr.


November 28, 1949 - August 25, 2020

Obituary for Donald Franklin Hendrickson Jr.

Donald Franklin Hendrickson, Jr., age 70, went to see Jesus on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020.

He was born November 28th, 1949 in Nagoya, Japan, to Donald Franklin Sr. & Eleanor (Melhus) Hendrickson. With his father being in the military, he was born in Nagoya Japan and returned to the US when he was 3 years old.

He graduated from Brooklyn Center High School in 1967 where he played football and ran track & field. During the Vietnam War, he was drafted into the National Guard training in Fort Ord, CA. After this, he attended Anoka Community College for 2 years where he was an avid track & field runner & hurdler and held the school record for high hurdles.

On July 29th, 1972, he was united in marriage to Connie Groening at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Kansas. They just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

Don loved to work on his '68 Ford Mustang and would ask Connie to take him to different junk-yards to find parts. This was the time where he became a FORD man! He attended many car swap meets & sold his own auto parts. His kids loved to help their dad at swap meets. He worked as an auto parts salesman & manager until he retired in January 2017.

He had a love for hockey & drove the zamboni in between games. He loved his dog Flopper, but most of all, he loved his children & grandchildren. Andrea, Melissa & Jeremy were his "3 little cherubs." His 6 amazing grandchildren meant the world to him. He enjoyed watching them play sports, listening to their stories and spending time with them. He cherished the moments when his kids & grandkids would come to visit. Don loved his family with all his heart.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Jo, Brownsdale, MN; daughters, Andrea (Tom) Tapp, Dodge Center, MN, Melissa (Chris) Miller, Divide, CO; son, Jeremy (Melissa) Hendrickson, Lakeville, MN; six grandchildren, Carter, Evan, Makenna, Madelyn, CJ & Braelyn; sisters, Carol Phillips, Kennesaw, GA, Susan (Gary) Serkasevich, Welch MN, brother in law, Terry Pilacinski, Gaylord, MN, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Debbie Pilacinski.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, 8/29 @ 11 am, Todd Park Pavilion #2, Austin MN. A Magnolia tree will be planted in his memory at Legacy of Brownsdale.

Interment will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis MN.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Barbara A. (Furst) Cornwell


September 11, 1942 - August 27, 2020 (age 77)

Barbara (Barb) inherited her angel wings on August 27, 2020, at the age of 77.

She was born to Walter and Mary (Hielscher) Furst on Sept 11, 1942. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lake City, MN. She attended grade school in Oak Center, 7-8 grade at St. Johns Lutheran School and graduated in 1960 from Lincoln High School in Lake City, MN.

Barb worked at the Northwestern National Bank in Rochester, (with her twin sister Beverly). They often wore the same clothes to work and of course sometimes, fooled the other employees who worked there.

Barb met her soul mate, Jerry Cornwell, at the Pla-Mor Dance Hall in Rochester. On March 17, 1966 they married. The couple made their home in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, and together grew their family and farm. Barb was a devoted mother to her four daughters and homemaker extraordinaire. She often had warm homemade cookies, bread, or cinnamon rolls waiting for the girls when they got off the bus. She enjoyed gardening and would share the produce with many family and friends. Her garden was more than ordinary, it produced the fruits of the spirit as well: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. Her light shined bright even in the darkest days. May her light shine through each and every one she knew and loved.

Barb was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy, Minn., and was actively involved in church ministries. She volunteered often by organizing the annual bazaar, Christmas Shoe Boxes and elderly shut-in boxes. She was called and served in several leadership roles including session, Women’s Bible Study Group, and teaching Sunday School.

She was well known for her crafts and her sense of wit, including writing comical skits. Even as we spent our final days with her, she smiled often and joked around. One of her most precious gifts was her ability and patience to turn printed pictures into beautiful works of art through paper tole. She mastered this skill quickly and made many keepsake pictures for family and friends.

We are honored to call this amazing woman wife, mom, grandma, and friend, and she will be forever cherished.

Barb is survived by her husband Jerry Cornwell of Grand Meadow; her daughters: Kristin Cornwell of Rochester, Diane (Tom) Ellringer of Plainview, Elaine (Paul) Eckheart of Spring Valley, and LeeAnn Williams-Sifferle (Scott) of Plymouth. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren (her pride and joy) Brett and AJ Ellringer, Corrin, Kaelyn, and Callie Lee, Josie and Landon Williams, Jayme and Dru Cornwell, Nick and Ryan Sifferle, Zach Eckheart, Ashley (Eckheart) Gracia; and 2 great-grandchildren Milagro and Khaleesi Gracia. She is also survived her siblings: Karen (John) Mack, Beverly Stoehr, Carol (Bill) Zabel, and Ralph Furst. In addition, brothers-in-law Harvey Cornwell and Dalton Cornwell, sisters-in-law Therma Fitzgerald and Judith Dempewolf.

A visitation for Barb Cornwell will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy, MN on Sunday, August 30th. A Celebration of Life for Barb will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 31st at First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy.

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Marilyn Ann (Sampson)


Marilyn Ann Rockafellow, 88, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, June 7. Marilyn was born on April 20, 1932 at home in rural Lyle, Minnesota, to Oscar and Rena (Nelson) Sampson.

Marilyn met Naurice (Dean) Rockafellow at the roller skating rink in Osage, IA. They were married on July 3, 1955 at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church. Dean preceded her in death on June 12, 2012.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Cleonora (Kenneth) Weness, Enid (Don) Patterson, Mildred (Keith) Westling, and one brother, Russell Sampson.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law Gladys Sampson and Joan Rockafellow; two sons Dan (Judy) Rockafellow of Springfield, MO, Chris (Jean) Rockafellow of Strafford, MO, two daughters Ann (David) Johnson of Grand Meadow, MN and Lola (John) Gleason of Morton, IL; eight grandchildren, Amy (Nathan) Sutton, Holly (Sreekanth) Acharya, Jessica Rockafellow, Paige Rockafellow, Patrick Johnson, Paul (Allison) Johnson, Celeste (Taylor) Johnston, Zachary (Molly) Gleason; six great grandchildren, Julianna, Amelia & Henry Sutton, Adam & Esmé Johnston, and Charlie Gleason.

Marilyn graduated from Lyle High School in 1950. She worked as a secretary for the Mower County Public Health Department at the courthouse in Austin, MN from 1950-1955 and was especially proud of working with the public health nurse and the polio vaccination program for Mower County school children. Marilyn and Dean operated a Grade A dairy farm north of St. Ansgar, IA for 25 years with registered Ayrshire cattle. She enjoyed everything outdoors including walks in the woods, gardening, fishing, cross-country skiing, camping, and working alongside Dean with the farm work. She was an amazing woodworker and chip carving was her specialty. She belonged to the Cedar River Chip-a-ways carving club. Marilyn was a faithful member of the Deborah Circle at First Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary in St. Ansgar. She loved spending time with her grandchildren teaching them all about baking bread, making lefse, churning butter and other farm-life fun.

A graveside service will be held at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, rural Lyle at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19 with a visitation beginning one hour before.

Due to the active COVID-19 virus, many of our family, friends and neighbors may feel uncomfortable about congregating in a group, and are welcome to stay safely at home. We understand and share your appreciation to keep others safe and hope to get together with you sometime in the future.

Source: Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, Iowa

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Sally Ann (Stephenson) Johnson


May 04, 1942 - September 09, 2020

Sally's Obituary--

Sally Ann Johnson, 78, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Sally was born on May 4, 1942 in Austin, Minnesota, to Carroll and Ruthi (Christopherson) Stephenson. She graduated from Austin High School in 1960 and went on to earn her degree as a Registered Nurse from St. Barnabas School of Nursing in 1963. On August 17, 1963, she married Roger K. Johnson, they later divorced.

Sally worked as an RN at the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, the Austin Clinic, Hamline University Health Services, St. Paul Ramsey Hospital and Planned Parenthood of Mower County. She served as the chairwoman of the Mower County Republican Party and was a co-founder of the Minnesota Conservatory of Performing Arts in St. Paul. Sally loved traveling, especially to Florida where she collected shells.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Thomas Stephenson; and nephew, Jeffrey Stephenson.

Sally is survived by her children: Kathleen (Shane) Carmelich, Elizabeth (Mark) Greiner, Timothy Johnson (Dennis Janowski); grandchildren: Nina Serafin, Travis Olson, Maren (Sam) Olson-Velasquez; siblings: Richard (Reva) Stephenson, Charles (Candice) Stephenson, Mark (Kathy) Stephenson, Jane Harris, John (Pam) Stephenson; sister-in-law: Jan Stephenson; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

The family is especially grateful to the staff at Sacred Heart Care Center for the loving care Sally received while living there.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15th at Grandview Cemetery with Pastor Jane Harris officiating. Social distancing guidelines will be observed and the family asks that you wear a mask.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Minnie Lorraine (Dohlman, Peters) Klingenborg


March 22, 1925 - August 31, 2020 (age 95)


Minnie Lorraine Peters Klingenborg, age 95, of LeRoy, Minnesota, was born on March 22, 1925 at Kesley, Iowa, to Henry and Kate (Buseman) Dohlman. She got her education in Kesley, IA in Butler County. She was the oldest daughter in the family with 8 brothers and 4 sisters. When Minnie was younger, she worked for many families doing housework and other duties that were needed.

On February 25, 1949, she was united in marriage to Herbert Peters of Dike, IA, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. To this union, 5 children were born, Sheryl, Elaine, Glenda, Larry and Gary. Minnie was baptized in March 1950.

Minnie and Herb farmed for 20 years before moving to LeRoy, Minnesota, in 1970. She enjoyed helping Herb on the farm and also her garden and flowers, baking cookies, making pickles, and making fruit cakes for her family and friends. Herbert passed away March 22, 1986.

On May 21. 1988, she married Billy Klingenborg in LeRoy, Minn. He passed away December 12, 1997.

Minnie loved her family with all her heart and her many friends. She loved the good times she had with her brothers and sisters playing 500.

She is survived by her children, Sheryl Peters of Laramie, WY, Elaine (Steve) Klosterman of LeRoy, Glenda (Clarence) Rath of Spring Valley, Larry (Barb) Peters of LeRoy, and Gary Peters of LeRoy, 15 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, sisters Faye Johnson of Osage, IA, Norma Kling of LeRoy, Judy (Joe) Langlie of LeRoy, sisters-in-law Wanda and Fern Dohlman of LeRoy. She is also survived by her step-children, her step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Peters in 1986, Billy Klingenborg in 1997, one grandson, Tim, and brothers Albert (Deona), Eime (Irene), Hank, LeClair (Caroline), Don, Floyd (JoEtta), Wendel (Sandy), George Dohlman of LeRoy, one sister Rena (Buck) Holzer,

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy. A private family graveside will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 with Pastor Kerr officiating.

Hindt Funeral Home is assisting the family. To make online condolences, visit

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Larry Dean Gorden


June 20, 1946 - September 2, 2020 (age 74)


Larry Dean Gorden, 74, of Bloomington, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota lost his nearly two-year battle for life with pancreatic cancer. He passed away peacefully at home and without pain on Tuesday, September 2, 2020 with his loving wife and daughter by his side.

Larry was born June 20, 1946 in Centerville, Iowa but grew up and attended school in Fremont, Nebraska, graduating from Fremont High School in 1964 and Midland University in 1968. He continued graduate courses at the University of Nebraska upon completion of his military service in the US Army in 1970. Larry was employed by Hormel Foods for the entirety of his professional career, starting in Fremont, NE as the Manager of the Cost and Stock Department.

In 1975, he was transferred to the Hormel Corporate Office in Austin, MN and held positions of Austin Plant Office Manager from 1976-1981 and Director of Data Processing from 1981-1984. He became the Director of Tax in 1984, a position he held through retirement in 2007.

In 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Mendenhall, and they enjoyed 53 wonderful years of marriage and fun. Together they poured themselves into actively raising three children and earned themselves the coveted titles of Grampy and Grammie to 12 grandchildren. Following their children’s and grandchildren’s interests and activities with enthusiasm and zest brought them so much joy. Larry’s larger than life presence, big smile, and booming voice will be fondly remembered.

Community service and volunteerism held great importance to Larry throughout his life, donating his time and talents to the following: Freeborn-Mower County Mental Health Board from 1978-1988, Austin School Board ISD 492 from 1988-1996, Westminster Presbyterian Church Session and Sunday School teacher and upon retirement, prepared taxes for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for 10 years.

Preceded in death by mother, Mary Louise Gorden; father Marvin Lewis Gorden; mother-in-law Margaret Mendenhall; father-in-law Jack Mendenhall; brothers-in-law Jerome Shanahan, Daniel Mendenhall, Dale Freund, and Roger Kizeor, all of Fremont, NE.

Survived by wife, Mary (Mendenhall) Gorden of Bloomington, MN; daughter Katie (Andy) Glynn of Bentonville, AR; son Tucker (Maggy) Gorden of Denver, CO; daughter Megan (Tony) Buckland of Bloomington, MN; 12 grandchildren, Ellie, Jayna, Ava, and Colin Glynn of Bentonville, AR, Grace, Annabelle, Caroline, Ruby, and Tucker Robert Gorden of Denver, CO, and Oscar, Penny, and Simon Buckland of Bloomington MN; sister Phyllis (Jon) Young of Fremont, NE; and brother Lewis (Judy) Gorden of Lucas, Iowa.

It was Larry’s wish to have his body bequeathed to the Mayo Clinic. Burial will be held at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN. In lieu of flowers, well wishers are encouraged to donate to The Wounded Warriors Project or The Veteran’s Home in Preston, MN. Due to Covid-19 risks, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, MN.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Karen Marie (Olsen) Johnson


December 23, 1941 - September 3, 2020 (age 78)


Karen Marie Johnson, age 78 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, Minnesota.

Karen was born December 23, 1941, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was raised by her parents Harold and Lillian (Horning) Olsen. Karen graduated from Albert Lea High School before attending post-secondary classes in business. Karen married Dale Johnson on May 21, 1960 at the First Methodist Church in Albert Lea. Karen and Dale farmed their entire married life. Karen also worked in bookkeeping and did some cashier work for a local grocery store.

Most recently she was working at Fleet Farm in customer service. Karen was a member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending her time watching her children exhibit registered Holstein and watching her son Joey showing his Belgium Draft Horses. She collected Dairy Cattle Memorabilia and American Fostoria Glassware. Karen will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Survivors include her son, Robert (Kathie) Johnson of Sioux City, IA, daughter-in-law, Brenda Johnson of Blooming Prairie; twin sister, Kathy Palmer of Rochester, MN; step-granddaughter, Kendall (Taylor) Hansen of St. Ansgar, IA; step-grandson, Kyle (Priscilla) Diggens of Austin; four step-great-grandchildren, Jolene and Blair, Kylee and Averie; nephews, Jimmy (Roxanne) Palmer and Brian Palmer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Lillian Olsen; her son, Joel “Joey” Johnson; brother- in- law, Erwin Palmer.

A private funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with Leandra Anderson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Interment will follow the service in Red Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials in Karen’s memory can be directed to the family or to recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Mark Thomas Holdgrafer


October 03, 1955 - August 31, 2020

Mark's Obituary--

Mark T. Holdgrafer, 64 of Rose Creek, Minnesota, passed away at his home on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Mark was born October 3, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota, to Earl “Tony” and Marian (Epping) Holdgrafer. He graduated with the Class of 1974 from Pacelli High School. Mark went on to attend the Farm Mechanic program at the Vo-Tech in Austin. In 1987 he was united in marriage to Debora Anderson.

Mark worked for most of his career with Hormel Foods in Austin. In his spare time he enjoyed raising and showing Angus Beef Cattle, and farming. He loved watching college football and the Minnesota Vikings. He was a member of the Enterprise 4-H Club, and the Austin FFA.

He was preceded in death by his son Ryan Holdgrafer; father Earl “Tony” Holdgrafer; grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.

Mark is survived by his daughters Ashley (Jon) Krebsbach of Adams, Melissa Holdgrafer of Winona; grandchildren Harper and Addy, Allie, Raelynn and Lamonte; mother Marian Holdgrafer of Austin; siblings Chris Vipond of Lakeville, Linda (Dave) Hydukovich of Wayzata, Diane (Ron) Slowinski of Austin, Karen (Dave) Holdgrafer-Berry of Fridley, Annette (Steve) Holdrafer-Koch of Faribault

A memorial service will be held on September 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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John Donald Nielsen


September 9, 1943 - September 2, 2020 (age 76)


John D. Nielsen, 76, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Austin – Mayo Health System in Austin, Minnesota.

John Donald Nielsen was born September 9, 1943 in Hampton, Iowa, to John C. and Bertha (Larsen) Nielsen.

John or “Little John” as he was known to many, was a very kind and generous soul. He always wore a great smile and was willing to help out anyone in a time of need. He was much more than an Uncle to his nieces and nephews. His joy was always helping or being around his family. He made many trips back to Iowa to see and catch up with those that he cared so much about. John was blessed with a few families in many ways. He had his immediate family that he lived with and shared his life with, but he also was blessed with and cherished his LPC family, as well as his Riverside family. They all played a significant role in his life and brought him more joy than they will ever know.

If you ever needed to find him, you could just look outside and find him enjoying the beautiful weather on the deck on the house in the country, sitting outside of Riverside watching every softball, baseball, or football game and practice, or perched upon a lawn mower doing one of his most favorite things. He probably logged more hours on a lawn mower than most mowing services, just for the joy of it. His love of the outdoors was truly evident in everything that he did.

John will be missed by many for his contagious smile and willingness to help in any way.

John is survived by his siblings Dale (Beverly) Nielsen of Clear Lake, IA, and Ruth Janssen of LeRoy, MN, nieces and nephews Diane (Ole) Nielsen of Denmark, Denise (Niles) Wilkins of Ray, MN, Kathy (Wayne) Lange of Spring Valley, MN, Kent (Jolynn) Janssen of Sherburn, MN, Kevin (Tracey) Janssen of LeRoy, MN, and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Dale John Nielsen, niece Janet Nielsen, brother-in-law Kenneth Janssen, and nephew-in-law Carl Nielsen.

Funeral services for John will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 7, 2020 at LeRoy Lutheran Church with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held in the Coulter Cemetery in Coulter, IA.

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Rita Jean (Larimer) Miller


November 23, 1933 - September 2, 2020

Rita Jean Miller, 86, of Hayfield, Minnesota, passed away on September 2, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Rita was born on November 23, 1933, the daughter of Dick Larimer and Edna Bowman (Hinz) Larimer in Luverne, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Jerald “Jerry” Miller on May 17, 1953. Rita and her husband farmed near Sargeant, Minnesota. The couple moved to Hayfield in 1971. Rita and her husband wintered in Arizona for many years. Rita was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Rita was a people person with a feisty personality. She loved and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She deeply missed her husband, Jerry. She was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.

Rita is survived by her children, Michael (Candace) Miller, Wilmington NC; Debbie (Bob) Jonasen, Poplar, WI; daughter-in-law, Jane Miller, Woodbury, MN; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brothers, Dale (Carol) Larimer, Dennis (Cheri) Larimer and sister, Myrna (Don) Cook. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry; brother, Norman and son, Steven.

There will be a private family funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, MN with Reverend Paul Hauschild officiating. Inurnment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Crest View Villa or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Blessed be her memory.

To share a special memory or condolence please, visit

Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes
501 2nd Street NW
Hayfield, Minnesota

SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home website

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Max Arden Pecht II


July 14, 1948 - August 30, 2020 (age 72)


Max A. Pecht II, age 72 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at his home in Austin, Minnesota.

Max was born on July 14, 1948, in Wichita, Kansas, to Max Pecht and Ethel Mae (Strickland) Pecht. In 1966, he graduated from Wichita High School East. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry followed by a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Wichita State University 1966-1972. Max began teaching at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. In 1978, Max began working at Dold Foods in Wichita as a Lab Chemist.

He began a 36-year career with Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin as a chemist in Research and Development, and later became a Research Administrator. Max retired from Hormel Foods Corporation in 2014.

On October 25, 1986, he married Mary K. Partridge at the Austin Church of Christ. Max attended Bethlehem Free Methodist Church. He served on the board of the Salvation Army in Austin. He was a Noble in the Masonic Lodge in both Wichita, Kansas, and Austin, Minnesota. Max was a member of the Scottish Rite in Wichita and an enthusiastic member of the Austin Osman Shrine Club and Oriental Band. He was the “Snake Charmer” in their parades. He also was the “Chief Pancake Flipper” at the monthly Masonic Lodge pancake breakfasts. Max loved computers, led SMUG meetings at the Austin Public Library, and enjoyed woodworking. He also enjoyed spending time at their cabin on Beaver Lake near Ellendale, Minnesota.

Max is survived by his wife, Mary Pecht, in Austin Minnesota, his sister-in-law and her son and her daughter, as well as friends, past coworkers and cousins, and his beloved cat Sheba.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law and nephew, aunts, uncles, and several cousins.

A funeral service will take place at the Bethlehem Free Church in Austin, Minnesota, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Paul Steele officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home Austin, Minnesota, as well as one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. A private burial will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Memorials may be directed to the Austin Salvation Army, Shrine Healthcare for Children (address: 1703 Lilac Lane, Mendota Heights, MN 55118), or to the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Doris "Dody" (Holter)


Doris (Dody) Harpuder, 94, of New Brighton, Minnesota, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the J A Wedum Hospice Home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. At her request, her body was donated to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program.

A memorial service will be held at Eaglebrook Church in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, on Thursday, September 10 at 2 PM, with Pastor Travis Rosinger officiating. Visitation will be outside from 1pm - 2pm. Sanctuary seating is plentiful to allow for social distancing, and attendees are asked to wear a mask. Due to current Covid-19 concerns, we are not able to have a reception following the service. A private interment will be held at a later date in Austin, Minnesota.

Doris was born in 1926 in Foley, Minnesota, to Gilbert and Christine Holter. She met Melvin while waitressing at the Black Hawk Café in Minneapolis, when he was in town from New York to play baseball. They married on October 15, 1946. They made their home and raised their family in Austin, Minnesota for 44 years. They cherished all their long-time friends and neighbors there. Upon their retirement, Dody and Mel wintered in Yuma, Arizona for 23 years, then moved to Kasson to be closer to family.

After Mel passed away in 2009, Dody moved to the independent living community of Meadowood Shores in New Brighton, MN. She made many new friends here and lived a very active life.

Doris was a member of St Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin; First Christian Church, Yuma; and Community Celebration Church, Kasson. She attended Eaglebrook church in Spring Lake Park for the past five years.

Doris is survived by four children: Craig, Austin; Vicki, Plymouth; Brenda (Claude), Oakdale; Susan (Jeff), Aitkin. She is survived by sister, Muriel, Plymouth. She is survived by grandchildren Cory, Jaaron, Jaisden, and Hayley and great grandchildren Laurelle and Daxon and several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and eight brothers and sisters.

The Harpuder family would like to thank Allina Hospice and J A Wedum Hospice Home staff for their loving kindness and help in navigating this journey.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 4, 2020

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Tia Marie Ehmke


Tia Marie Ehmke, 35, passed away on August 31, 2020, due to an auto accident.

Tia was born on March 26, 1985, the daughter of Jeff and Bonnie Ehmke in Rochester, Minnesota.

She graduated from Hayfield High School in 2003 and then attended Riverland Community College in Albert Lea. She worked at various nursing care centers, Massage Envy, and later in construction, working for the union, Laborers’ Local 405. Tia enjoyed crafts, especially making wreaths and fairy gardens, camping, sports, and the special bonding time with her son.

Tia is survived by her son, Jaysten “JJ” Lindsey; parents, Bonnie Ehmke, Hayfield, MN; Jeff (Amy) Ehmke, Waltham, MN; grandmothers, Sharon Ehmke, Waltham, MN; Betty Gilbertson, Jackson, MN; sisters, Jessica Ehmke, Hayfield, MN; Holli Ellison, Waltham, MN; brothers, Tyler (Kimberly) Ehmke, Hayfield, MN; and Dylan Ehmke, Waltham, MN; nephews, Cohen, Peyton, Carson; nieces, Kori, Kodie; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jacob Ehmke; grandfathers, Leonard Ehmke and Nordeen Gilbertson; aunt, Connie Struck; uncle, Brian Musolf; cousins, Winnie Struck, Drew Butteris and Rachel Ehmke.

Visitation will be 4:00–7:00 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2020, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 501 2nd Street NW in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

The funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 30450 570th Avenue in Waltham, MN with Reverend Jackie Short officiating.

Interment will be in St. Michael’s Church Cemetery.

Due to the current health concerns and restrictions, please respect social distancing, and the wearing of face masks at the visitation, church and also at the cemetery service. Blessed be her memory.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 3, 2020

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Barbara J. (Kimlicka)

died 2020

Barbara J. (Kimlicka) Thompson, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2020.

Barbara was the sixth child born to Beatrice (Wright) and William Kimlicka in Austin, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Augustine High School. Barbara attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she met the love of her life, Rondal Thompson. They married in 1952. Their marriage gave them a beautiful daughter, Deborah.

Barbara was a freelance interior designer and also worked for Hirschfield’s.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, (Baby Bea), Irene Kasak, Kathryn Christiansen, Charlotte Christiansen; brothers, Billy and David.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Cappola (Peter Blumer); grandson, Justin Cappola (Lauren); granddaughter, Katharine Halvorson (Nathan); great-grandchildren, Maya, Isaac, and Enzo; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 3, 2020

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Floyd James Albers


Floyd James Albers, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of Loveland, Colorado, passed away at the age of 81 on August 17, 2020.

Floyd was born November 10, 1938 in Hazen, North Dakota to Edward J. and Ida Lange Albers. He graduated from Hazen High School and furthered his education at NDSU. Floyd served in the Air Force ROTC while attending college. Upon graduation, Floyd was drafted into the U.S. Army and advanced military police training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was transferred to Drake Kaseme in Frankfurt, Germany where he served two years as border patrol and other police duties.

Floyd graduated from NDAC in 1960 with a degree in Animal Science, which prepared him for a lifelong career with Hormel Foods. Floyd had many different positions with Hormel plants located in various states. In Mississippi, he was Vice President of Farm Fresh Catfish Company. Floyd retired as General Manager of Hormel Foods operations in Austin, Minnesota.

Floyd enjoyed giving back to his community. While living and working in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Floyd joined the Fort Dodge Sertoma Club, advancing to club president and helping start a second Sertoma Club and becoming a lifetime member. He was a member of Rotary in Austin, Minnesota, and Rochelle, Illinois, and continued when his wife and he built a house in Loveland, Colorado. He was a member of the McKee Medical Center Foundation for 12 years. Floyd had a strong faith and volunteered in various roles with the Lutheran churches that he attended. Floyd served as an usher and an endowment committee member at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Floyd married Carol Feldman on June 10, 1962 and was a proud father of four children James, Kari, Kelly, and Jeffrey.

He enjoyed competitive running, golfing, and hiking. He had a fondness for North Dakota and his hometown of Hazen. He was a loyal fan of NDSU Bison football and enjoyed reading the local Hazen Star every week.

Many cherish his memory including his lovely wife of 58 years, Carol; daughters Kelly Albers from Westminster, Colorado, and Kari Fauber (Mark) from Niwot, Colorado; grandchildren Logan and Makaela Fauber from Niwot, Colorado; sister Jeanna Lee Albers Schafer (James) from Frisco, Texas; brother Gerald Albers (Shirley) from Lublin, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Christine Albers (Robert); and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Ida Albers, sons Jeffrey Kent and James Alan Albers, sisters Arlene Albers Winckler and Durene Albers Rounds, and brothers Donavon Albers and Robert Albers.

Visitation was held on August 25, 2020 at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home and graveside services were held for family and friends at Loveland Burial Park on August 26, 2020.

Memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, McKee Medical Center Foundation, or Hormel Institute for Cancer Research in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home at 1102 North Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, Colorado 80537.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 1, 2020

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Elizabeth Ann “Dolly” (Bawek) Hackenmiller



Elizabeth Ann “Dolly” Bawek Hackenmiller, 93, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2020 in the Stacyville Community Nursing Home in Stacyville, Iowa.

Born to Ann Bawek on June 10, 1927 in Rose Creek, Minnesota, Dolly lived her entire life in Stacyville, Iowa. When asked why she was called Dolly, she said that as a baby everyone remarked that she looked like a doll, so the name stuck.

On February 28, 1946, she married Jerome Hackenmiller at the Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville and they raised eight children. They met at a baseball game of course!

Dolly attended Visitation High School graduating in 1945. After high school Dolly worked for a short while at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota. She loved music and singing and was an active member of the church choir. There were many, many gatherings at the Hackenmiller home where Jerry brought out his guitar and harmonica and Dolly led the sing-alongs with her beautiful and memorable soprano voice.

Dolly was a stay-at-home mother and wife for many years, but later on volunteered to teach reading at the grade school. She also co-led one of the local 4-H Clubs. She worked for a time at The Maple Inn in Osage, Iowa saying that it gave her a little spending money, and that the salad bar was great! It was the perfect place for her because she could talk to anyone and made them feel welcome. Dolly was known as what we now call a ‘foodie’. She enjoyed eating and tasting all varieties of food, often taking a bite from your plate before asking. A hot cup of plain old black coffee was her beverage of choice.

One of the many unique things about Dolly is that she braided wool rugs for which she won some blue ribbons at the Mitchell County Fair. She made at least one for all of her children. She used to joke that having eight children gave her the patience to do all the work needed to prepare the wool for the braiding. Dolly was an enthusiastic participant of the yearly neighborhood block parties while still living on Albion Street, and looked forward to it every year.

Dolly and her mother, Ann, took trips together and she also enjoyed visiting her grown children wherever they lived. She said that was another benefit of having so many children. She was an avid reader and said she could also travel through her books. She kept a notebook where she listed all the books she’d read and their authors. She often remarked that the Stacyville librarians always knew just what to pick out for her.

Dolly loved putzing around in the dirt planting flowers and had a green thumb when it came to geraniums. After making her new home in the nursing home in June of 2014, one could find her tending to the potted plants inside and outside the building. Dolly attended as many family events and weddings as possible and would often surprise us by getting out on the dance floor. Dolly’s sense of humor and ability to laugh at herself contributed to her wealth of friends and acquaintances. Everyone seemed to enjoy a chat with Dolly, and one usually had to be willing to ‘stay a while’. She was one of a kind and will be missed.

She is survived by her sons Larry Hackenmiller (Maggie) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Tim Hackenmiller (Denise) of Waterloo, Iowa Kent Hackenmiller (Janis) of Grafton, Iowa, Kevin Hackenmiller (Lori) of Shakopee, Minnesota and daughters Sue Hackenmiller of Houston, Texas and Amy Kleinwort (Steve) of Madrid, Iowa.

Dolly has 20 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Hackenmiller, daughters Judy Retterath and Linda Hackenmiller, grandson Jason Hackenmiller, and mother, Ann Bawek Mahlmann.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville, Iowa under the direction of Schroeder & Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will be for an hour prior to the funeral starting at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Raymond A. Burkle will officiate. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery in Stacyville.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Kelly Ross of St. Ansgar Clinic, and the Stacyville Community Nursing Home staff for the loving care given to Dolly.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in remembrance of Dolly can be sent to the Stacyville Community Nursing Home, 413 S. Broad Street, Stacyville, IA 50476.

SOURCE: Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, Iowa

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Henry John Mueller


May 30, 1947 - September 7, 2020 (age 73)


Henry John Mueller, age 73, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away, Monday, September 7, 2020, at his home in Austin.

Henry was born on May 30, 1947 in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, to George and Eunice (Lester) Mueller. He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School. Following high school, Henry enlisted into the United States Air Force. Shortly after his honorable discharge, he started his 20-year career working for MnDOT.

On November 7, 1970, he was united in marriage to Diane Ulland at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in Austin. Their marriage was blessed with three children. Henry went on to further his education and attend college at the Austin Vo-Tech for two years in carpentry. He began Grandpa’s Daycare in 2001, taking care of five of his grandkids and carpooling them around.

After retirement, he enjoyed coffee with his friends at Hy-Vee. Henry and Diane were Mower County 4-H leaders and he served 10 years as a caretaker for the 4-H building. Henry was always helping someone, he loved to plow snow, help many people mow their lawns, and help his parents on the farm. He enjoyed wood working and was a big family man. Henry will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Mueller of Austin, Minnesota; children, Jeffery (Melanie) Mueller of West Des Moines, Iowa, Amanda (Kevin) Klouse of Rural Rose Creek, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, Abigail Mueller, Logan Mueller, Kory Klouse, Gabrielle Mueller, Brianna Klouse, Elisabeth Wilde, Alyssa Klouse, Noah Klouse; siblings, Mary (Leroy) Olson, Margaret Walsh, Dorothy (Robert) Brandt, Howard (Elsa) Mueller, Lois Bell, Joe (Debra) Mueller, Diane (Dean) Hanson, Donald Mueller, Sharon (John) Thompson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dean (Harriet) Ulland, Larry Ulland, Gary (Marilyn) Ulland, Marcia (Robert) Thurnau, Kathleen (Gregg) Klinkner, Mary (Brian) Janning, May Mueller; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Mueller-Wilde; parents, George and Eunice Mueller; parents-in-law, Ellsworth and Eileen Ulland; and four brothers, Lloyd Mueller, James Mueller, George Mueller, Herman Mueller.

A funeral service at graveside will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Red Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Austin, Minnesota. If you wish to have a chair, please bring one to the cemetery for the service. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

Also see: Austin Daily Herald - SEP 8, 2020

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Jacob Noah Shaw


6 NOV 1996 - 1 SEP 2020

Fortunately, the Sun Has a Wonderfully Glorious Habit of Rising Every Morning

It is with heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Jacob Noah Shaw. It is never easy dealing with the loss of a friend or family member, and it is only compounded when the loss is unexpected and senseless. There will be a Memorial Service at the Walker City Park on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4pm. There will also be a Remembrance Celebration honoring Jacob at Zona Rosa in Walker starting at 7pm.

Jacob had a genuine “old soul.” He was caring and compassionate and put other people’s needs above his own. He was accepting of everyone and open minded. He was always quick with a hug for anyone that needed it. Jacob’s smile was contagious, could light up the room and warmed hearts. He has been described as a “goofball,” who loved to make people laugh. Jacob was intelligent, he could carry on in-depth discussions about a broad range of topics. He was quiet and observant. One of Jacob’s friends recently said, “He made the world bright and calm and it will now be dimmer from the loss of his light.”

Jacob was born in Austin, Minnesota where he lived with his mom, Valerie and sister, Kayla Jacobsen until adolescence. Jacob moved to Walker, Minnesota to live with his dad, Jed Shaw. Jacob then alternated between his mom and dads but lived primarily in Walker.

Jacob is preceded in death by his great grandparents, Dale & Connie Mossman, Ivadel Meester & Bud Shaw, Kenneth & Leona Vietor, Arthur & Marilyn Jackson, and great uncle Terry Mossman.

He is survived by his mother, Valerie Jacobsen; father, Jed Shaw; sister, Kayla Jacobsen; step-father, Jason Tieskotter; step-father, Dustin Jacobsen; step sisters, Taylar Tieskotter & Alexis & Alexis’ husband Derek Bartness, paternal grandparents, Sherry & Phil Hannem and J.R. & Linda Shaw; maternal grandparents, Steve & Mya Vietor; aunts and uncles, Jay Shaw, Justin & Shannon Shaw and Tina Hannem, Kim & Jim Tischer and Jon & Sherry Vietor; cousins, Justice Shaw, Jackson Shaw, Kayla Shaw, Caiden Koplitz, Dylan, Ella & Kara Tischer, Logan & Matthew Neumann and Jonny Vietor. And of course, last but not least his beloved dog and possibly best friend, Tuco.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald - SEP 10, 2020

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Ruth Jane (Kulsrud) Bergan


August 11, 1933 - September 9, 2020 (age 87)


Ruth Jane Bergan, 87, gently passed away on September 9, 2020, due to complications of Alzheimer’s.

Ruth Jane was born to Oscar and Tena (Rogne) Kulsrud on August 11, 1933, in Austin, Minnesota. Ruth was commonly known as “Babe” since she was the youngest of 8 children. She graduated from LeRoy High School in 1951.

Ruth was united in marriage on December 27, 1952 to Raymond Bergan; to this union three children were born. Ruth worked on the family farm in LeRoy. She was known for always having coffee and cookies on hand and pulling pranks on nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She was an active member of the LeRoy Lutheran Church up until her failing health in recent years.

Ruth is survived by her children Brian (Peggy) of LeRoy, Jayne (JJ Sims) of Bloomington, MN, Jon (Deanna) of LeRoy; 4 grandchildren Jill and JR Sims, Miranda and Lindsay Bergan; sister Norma Armstrong; brother-in-law Lester Bergan and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Tena Kulsrud; husband Raymond; brothers Norman, Orville and Ozzie; sisters Lila, Violet and Doris.

Due to COVID-19, a private family funeral will be held. The family wishes any donations go to the Alzheimer Foundation in memory of Ruth.

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Charles Joseph Nicholas


August 18, 1934 - Sepber 13, 2020

Obituary for Charles Joseph Nicholas

Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Charles J. Nicholas on September 13, 2020.

Charles Joseph Nicholas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 18, 1934 to George and Alice (nee Joseph) Nicholas. He spent the first eighteen years of his life in Milwaukee. Charles was the oldest of three siblings. He attended Jesu Catholic elementary school. He served as an altar boy during those years. He graduated from West Division High School in 1952. After high school he attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. He was offered a job with J C Penney in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he lived for a year. He returned to Wisconsin and continued to work as a store and window decorator.

Charles did not marry but had many lasting relationships with a variety of friends. He lived and worked in West Bend, Wisconsin with his father and sisters. He received a job offer at J C Penney in Austin, Minnesota in 1969. He relocated to Austin where he has lived until the present time. Charles was well known for his many talents and artistic talents. Those talents included involvement in the Miss Austin Pageants, teaching dance, teaching figure skating, interior decorating, floral design and catering. Many Austin businesses benefited from his decorating skills. He gained many valuable friendships during his 50 plus years in Austin. He leaves behind dear friends and relatives.

Charles is survived by his sisters, Barbara (Bill) King, Charlotte (Thomas) Agnew; niece, Mindy (Rick) Agnew; great nieces, Meredith and Kasey Agnew; cousins, Dan Dornbrook, Tom Dornbrook, Chris Van Buren, Debbie Leu; close friends, Charles Kloster, Jim Taylor, Bruce and Riley Luschen, Loni and Dave Baldner, Dawn Buringrud.

Preceded in death by parents, George and Alice Nicholas; aunts, Rose Nicholas, Cele Joseph, Rachel Dornbrook; cousin, Darlene Vossequil. The family of Charles Nicholas extends a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staffs of the Cedars of Austin and the Good Samaritan Comforcare for the loving care of Charles. A special thanks to Nancy Donahue, senior advocate.

A Celebration of Charles Life will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Mayer Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Charles inurnment will be on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 3:00 PM at the Fond Du Lac Cathedral Cemetery in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home website

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Rachel V. (Kolbe, Lubahn)
Isaacson Nagele


December 2, 1916 - September 13, 2020 (age 103)


Rachel V. (Isaacson) Nagele passed away September 13, 2020 at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center.

Rachel was born December 2, 1916 to Vaughn and Grace (Sibley) Kolbe in Oronoco Township, Olmsted County. She attended the nearby country school through the 8th grade. Later she and her sister, Wanda, took correspondence art courses. Both were talented artists. Rachel painted her last picture in 2015 at the age of 98.

Rachel married Willis Lubahn in 1941, and together they had one son, Larry. They were later divorced.

Rachel met Albert Isaacson at the Pla-Mor Ballroom in Rochester. They were married March 11, 1951 at Zumbro Lutheran Church. They farmed near Grand Meadow until Albert’s death in 1977. Rachel and Albert had a daughter Carol, son Dale, and son Robert who died in infancy.

In 1985 Rachel married Roy Nagele from LeRoy. Rachel and Roy enjoyed bus trips to many states and also traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and England, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Roy died in 2000.

In earlier years Rachel worked for various farm families, Mayo Clinic, and Meadow Manor (now Grand Meadow Healthcare). As a farm wife she was busy gardening, canning, baking, cooking, sewing and raising her family. She was a member of Bear Creek Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA and also taught Sunday School.

Rachel is survived by her children, Larry (Jeri) Lubahn of Rochester, Carol (Denny) Milburn of Grand Meadow, and Dale (Regina) Isaacson of Rose, OK. Also six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and sister Marie Hildestad of Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Wanda (Clarence) Rucker, brother Stanley (Lucille) Kolbe, an infant brother and infant son.

Funeral services for Rachel will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Bear Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor Larry Iverson officiating. Burial will be held in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be left at

Source: Hindt Funeral Home, Grand Meadow, MN

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James Erwin Stewart


November 2, 1952 - September 10, 2020 (age 67)

James Erwin Stewart, 67, of Austin, Minnesota passed away at his home on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

James – known by all as Jim – was born November 2nd, 1952 in Rochester, MN to Richard and Mary (Bowen) Stewart. He was the oldest son of eleven siblings.

Imperfectly consistent; a man with little ego and yet one who always took pride in his work, he served in the U.S. Army and retired from both the Burlington Northern Railroad as well as Hormel Foods. He loved unconditionally and did his best to be a good father, grandfather, son, brother, husband and friend.

Jim is survived by his wife Cindy; children: Tara, Brandon (Sookie), James (Micayla), Daniel, and Lydia (Luis); grandchildren: Esmeralda, Elizabeth, Isabel, Isaiah, Elissia, Maxwell, Gaius, and Elliana; great grandchild: Rafael; mother Mary; siblings: Marie (John) Dahl, Louise (Don) Hague, Gale Stewart, Michael (Lori) Stewart, Mark (Marie) Stewart, Bruce (Betsy) Stewart, Sandra (Terry) Easley, Ted Stewart, William (Lynette) Stewart and Joseph (Judy) Stewart; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, September 18, at Oakwood Cemetery with Father Steffes officiating.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Source: Worlein Funeral Home

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Mary Ruzenna (Poole) Weis


January 21, 1934 - September 15, 2020 (age 86)

Death Notice--

Mary Weis, age 86, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 15, 2020 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home - Sept. 17, 2020

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Charles (Chuck) Prescott


Chuck Prescott (78) passed peacefully from this world following a long illness on September 9, 2020, at his home in Tolleson, Arizona, in the presence of family.

Chuck was heard to say, “I accomplished all the goals I set for myself.” He left this life on his own terms.

He was born September 4, 1942, near Adams, Minnesota, to Martin and Frieda (Amble) Prescott. They were farmers and Chuck learned and became skilled with all the tools and machines.

Chuck married Linda (Skou) Prescott. To this union five children were born. Cindy, Barbara (deceased at age 2), Larry (died in infancy), David and Kevin. Chuck owned and operated a tiling machine in the area for several years.

He later moved to Lincoln, IL, area where he was employed operating and repairing Heavy Equipment. He met and married Diana (Boyer) Prescott. One son, Marty was born.

Chuck found opportunity to have his own business when he moved to Phoenix AZ. He owned and operated Prescott Hydraulics for 40 years. He met and married Carolyn (Mauch) Prescott. They were together 20 years.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, children, Cindy Prescott, Lincoln IL, Dave Prescott (Dani) Wheeling IL, daughter Erica, and her 2 children. Kevin (Kim) Prescott, daughters Danelle and Kali, Roseburg OR, son Marty (Tina) Prescott, Phoenix AZ and 4 children, Joe Vittetoe, Sabrina Rose, Harper Grace and Hannah Joy. Siblings, Diane Gentle, Sioux Falls SD., David (Paula) Prescott Walker MN, Don (Gerda) Prescott Sioux Falls SD, Tom Prescott, Lake City MN. Nieces, nephews, cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, children, daughter Barbara and infant son Larry.

Chuck donated his body to Science. Because he requested his resting place be beside his Children, plans for interment at Adams will be announced later.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, September 18, 2020

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Dean Alan Attleson


Dean Alan Attleson , age 61 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away suddenly Monday, September 14, 2020, at his home in Austin.

Dean was born February 28, 1959 to Donald and Betty (Young) Attleson in Charles City, Iowa. He grew up in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Dean graduated from New Hampton High School in New Hampton, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Mary Knutson in 1979, for 17 years resulting in five wonderful children.

He worked as a welder for many places over the years. Dean was a member of the Lutheran faith and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who he was very proud of. In his spare time, Dean enjoyed fishing, camping, farming, collecting German Beer Steins and other collectibles. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Attleson of Rochester, MN; sons, Michael Dean Attleson of Lyle, MN, Nicholas (Melody) Attleson and their children Kevin, CJ, Makayla, Maci, and Tyler all of Austin, MN, Travis Attleson and his children Hayden, Kahler, and Audrina all of Lansing MN, Dusty (Jessica) Attleson and their children Arabella, Gianna, Abraham, and Juliet all of Austin, MN; daughter, Elizabeth Attleson and her children Clayton, Eli, and Kellina all of Huntington, TX; brothers, Joe (Sandy) Attleson of Kasson, MN, John (Kandi) Attleson of Fredericksburg, IA, Dennis Attleson of MN; sister, Vanessa (Jay) King of Rochester, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Lee Attleson; grandson, Abel Attleson (son of Travis); and grandparents.

Private burial will be at Jerico Lutheran Cemetery, Jerico, Iowa, with a graveside service on Wednesday, September 23rd 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 25th 2020; services at 11:00 am, luncheon to follow, at the Izaak Walton Cabin, Todd Park in Austin, Minnesota.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, September 18, 2020

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Clarence Steenblock


Clarence Steenblock, age 84, of Westbrook, Minnesota, formerly of Windom, Minnesota, and Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Westbrook.

Clarence Steenblock was born on September 3, 1936, to Tony and Helen Charline (Lighter) Steenblock in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

He spent his childhood in northwest Iowa, attending Floyd 7 Country School, near Sheldon, Iowa. Later his family moved to a farm near Dexter, Minnesota, at the same time several of his parents’ friends were moving from the Sheldon area to farms near Dexter.

Clarence attended Austin High School and graduated in 1954. He served his country for two years in the army. He worked in several banks in the Austin area before attending and receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas—Pan American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) in Edinburg, Texas. He taught mathematics in Texas before returning to Minnesota where he worked for the Austin Cab Company in Austin, MN, before purchasing and operating a motel in Windom, MN for many years.

Clarence loved his family and enjoyed family gatherings. He enjoyed collecting magnets, and at one time had an entire wall holding most of his collection. He also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. As a young man, he enjoyed traveling around the United States with his older brother, Charles Steenblock.

He is survived by his sister Ruth (Gary) Wilson of Sioux Falls, SD, niece Charlene Somnis of Jackson, MN, nephew Garner (Kelly) Wilson of Worthington, MN, grandnephews Derek Somnis, Isaac Somnis, Bryce Wilson, Blake Wilson and sister-in-law Maureen Steenlock. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles Steenblock.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale, Minnesota, with a graveside service at 2:00 pm on Wenesday, September 23, 2020. A family memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 24, at the LaCanne Mortuary in Windom, Minnesota. Blessed be his memory.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, September 17, 2020

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Bernie Emil Moucha


Bernie Emil Moucha, age 83 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Our House Memory Care in Austin.

He was born to Emil and Stephanie (Matysek) Moucha in Mahnomen, Minnesota, on February 27, 1937. At age 3, Bernie’s family moved a farm near Oakland, Minnesota. He attended District 32 Grade School and graduated from Austin High School where he was active in Future Farmers of America and served as class president. On February 6, 1959, he enlisted into the United States Army serving until his honorable discharge on April 3, 1962.

He attended Austin Junior College and then went on to receive a degree in Computer Science from Mankato State University. After college, Bernie lived for many years in Europe as a trouble shooter for NCR. He then started working for IBM until his retirement. Bernie was a 75 year pin member of the Bohemian Lodge #44 of Hayward, Minnesota. He loved traveling and seeing the world, was a great cook, and enjoyed the Minnesota Gopher football and basketball teams. Bernie will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his sisters, Georgia Jech of Washington, Utah, Jeannie Swanson of Washington, Utah; and niece, Jean Jech of Rochester, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Stephanie Moucha; and sister, Marian Moucha.

The family wishes to thank Our House Assisted Living and Memory Care for their devotion to his care for the past 12 years.

A private family service is being held. Memorials are preferred to the Bohemian Lodge #44 of Myrtle, Minnesota. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, September 15, 2020

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Delmer Nels Anderson


Delmer Nels Anderson, age 96 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at St. Mark’s Living in Austin.

Delmer was born in Austin, Minnesota, to Elmer and Johanna (Tonding) Anderson on June 12, 1924. He attended Austin High School and graduated in 1944. Delmer was a lifelong Austin resident and worked at Hormel Foods, retiring in 1985 after 42 years of service. On September 13, 1952, he married Mary Boughner in Austin. Together they had one daughter, Jan.

Delmer belonged to the American Legion as a social member and was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Austin. He enjoyed many sports especially, golfing and hunting. When he was younger, Delmer had played many sports including baseball, basketball, football, and softball. He loved traveling, taking day trips to the casino, and several bus trips. Delmer will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his five nieces and nephews, Cindy, Mike, Steve, Todd, Tracie, Jon and Jay. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Johanna Anderson; wife, Mary Anderson in 2013; daughter, Jan in 2018; three sisters, Beverly Anderson, Phyllis House, LaVonne Zrucky; and niece, Terri.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Austin. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, September 15, 2020

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Barbara Jean Orth


Barbara Jean Orth, age 63 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Barb was born on June 18, 1957, to Henry and Robin Orth in Austin, Minnesota. Barb attended the Austin Vocational School for computer graphic design. After earning her degree and trade certificate, Barb first worked and lived in the Owatonna area and later in the Austin area utilizing her degree as a computer technician for approximately 30 years. Barb always loved to fish and hunt with her family. Every summer, she would go to northern Minnesota to fish and visit family there.

Barbara was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and a true Christian who was at peace in meeting her maker. Barb was always an excellent cook, and each Christmas season she loved giving Christmas gifts to Toys for Tots. She also enjoyed painting wildlife scenes with acrylic paints.

Barbara is survived by her mother, Robin Orth of Austin MN; two sisters, Patricia Nelson of Marble, CO, and Katheryn Bublitz of Waterville, MN; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Orth.

A graveside service took place on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota. Condolences may be expressed to Robin Orth, Austin, MN.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, September 15, 2020

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Sally Leeann (Dahse) Kolb


November 20, 1941 - September 19, 2020 (age 78)


Sally L. Kolb, age 78 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 19, 2020, in Austin, Minnesota, following a courageous battle with cancer diagnosed in early August of this year.

Sally was born November 20, 1941, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Clarence and Nellie Dahse. She attended public school in Sioux Falls and later graduated from Mankato State University. After college, Sally moved to Austin, Minnesota and taught elementary school for over 30 years in the Southland School District, always bringing her creativity and love of teaching to the classroom.

Sally married David Kolb in Austin and they had two sons, Aaron and Jason. After Sally retired from teaching in 2000, we thought she would finally relax and get to “sleep in” since she was not a fan of waking up early. On what would have been the first day of the new school year (had she not been retired), a good friend called her at 4am to make sure she was ready for school, pretending to forget that she was retired. She was not amused, but loved a good joke or prank and vowed to get even with him.

Sally seemed to be busier after she retired than when she taught and spent time volunteering at the Paramount Theatre, Austin Area Art Center, Friends of the Library Board, and the Salvation Army. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her book club, swimming at the YMCA, gardening, traveling, and visiting with family & friends. She also loved visiting NYC, Broadway shows, the Austin Symphony and going to the Chanhassen Theatre with friends.

Wherever Sally went, she would be recognized by her former students and she always remembered who they were and when she had them in class. They always had a kind word and were so willing to help her. She was incredibly well-liked as a teacher by students and as a co-worker by her colleagues. She had an incredible sense of humor and approached everything with a positive attitude and a smile.

From clothes to art, her creativity and artistic ability knew no bounds. She loved making her own cards to send to people, especially Christmas cards. Rather than spend money on an over-priced, generic card (her words), she loved to spend time crafting her own design and then writing her own, heartfelt message. She shared this craft with her granddaughters who now make their own personal cards.

Her real joy came from her five grandchildren. She was very proud of their accomplishments; she was their biggest supporter and her love for them knew no bounds. She loved corresponding with them through email and actual letters, which she would do frequently. She was a positive influence to her children and grandchildren; always there to listen and offer advice, opinion and encouragement. She was also known to share a story (and a picture or two) about her grandchildren to those that would listen.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her sons and grandchildren. The many late-night phone conversations, arguments over who would pay for dinner, her sarcastic humor, and just spending time with her will also be dearly missed.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Nellie Dahse and her husband, David Kolb.

Survivors include her sons, Aaron (Ami Wynne) Kolb, Riverside, Illinois and Jason (Ana) Kolb, Snellville, Georgia; grandchildren, Madeline Kolb, Taylor Kolb, Ella Kolb, Sophia Kolb and Kyle Kolb; sister, Sharon (Ed) Nichol.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Austin Symphony, Paramount Theatre and the Humane Society.

Due to the COVID-19, there will be a memorial service at a later date. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Gladys Georgia (Moucha) Parmenter


April 23, 1924 - September 19, 2020

Gladys Parmenter, age 96 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at St. Mark’s on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Gladys was born April 23, 1924, in Freeborn County, Minnesota, to Stanley and Anna (Krikava) Moucha. She graduated in 1942 from Albert Lea High School, and went on to complete her degree from Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa. Following graduation she began her employment as a bookkeeper with Geo A. Hormel Company.

On August 23, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lowell D. Parmenter in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Gladys continued to work at Hormel for nine years before becoming a full time homemaker, and assisting her husband on the family farm south of Austin.

She enjoyed baking, taking care of baby calves and being with Skippy, the family dog. The highlight of her day was always when her two grandchildren came to visit. Gladys always welcomed them with open arms. Her great-granddaughter always brought a smile to her face. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Austin.

Survivors include her children Nancy (David) Ludwig of Austin, Gary Parmenter of Austin; grandchildren Philip Ludwig, Renee (Jeanne) Parsons; great-granddaughter Jade Parsons. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lowell; brother Ed, and a granddaughter.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mark’s and Heartland Hospice for their loving care.

A private family service will be held with interment at Enterprise Cemetery in rural Austin. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Pamela Kay Wagner


December 8, 1956 - September 18, 2020

Funeral Notice for Pamela Kay Wagner--

Pamela K. Wagner, age 63, of Austin, died Friday, September 18, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

SEP 26. 11:00 AM (CST)
St. Augustine Catholic Church
405 4th Street NW
Austin, MN

Cemetery Details:
Calvary Cemetery
4th Drive SW
Austin, MN

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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John Francis Dunlop


November 30, 1937 - September 19, 2020

Obituary for John Francis Dunlop

John F. “Jack” Dunlop, age 82, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, September 19, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family, after battling a rare neurological disease the last three years.

Jack was born November 30, 1937, in Austin, Minnesota, to Hugh and Engelberta (Winkels) Dunlop. He grew up in Austin and graduated from St. Augustine High School. After graduation, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He married the love of his life, Marlys A. Ruud on July 11, 1957 and together they raised five daughters, Sheri, Cindy, Laurie, Joni, and Kari. Jack enjoyed camping, traveling, crafting, and golfing but his passion was spending time with his family and friends. And he was blessed with many friends.

Jack worked at IBM in Rochester for nearly 50 years and retired as Division Manager. He was also an active member at Queen of Angels Catholic Church and a member of the Northwestern Singers. He served as a board member at Queen of Angels, Calvary Cemetery, Austin Utilities, and the Austin Senior Center. He also taught and the Vo-Tech. Jack volunteered his time with many organizations over the years and was a mentor with the SCORE program as well as being a mentor to young and old alike.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marlys Dunlop, Austin, MN; daughters, Sheri (Jim) Fedson, North Mankato, MN, Cindy (Greg) Uher, Union, KY, Laurie (Scott) Goodew, Owatonna, MN, Joni (Don) Starry, Becker, MN, Kari (Marc) Gale, Rosemount, MN; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Barbara (John) Felten, Marjorie Petersen, Nancy (Cliff) Reed, Tom (Lisa) Dunlop; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Dunlop, Janet (Daniel) Bauer; brother-in-law, Clarence Horejsi; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Robert; sister, Deborah Horejsi; brothers-in-law, Roger Petersen, Giles Baldus, Donald Ruud, and Richard Ruud; sisters-in-law, Judy Dunlop and Sandra Ruud.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91 and VFW Post #1216.

Jack was a friend and neighbor to all and was always willing to lend a hand. He was beloved and always had a smile on his face and a story to share, and was willing to listen and learn all about you.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the Austin Senior Center, or Mayo Hospice.

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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