Mower County Obituaries
Part 378

Richard Ivan Tufte


November 5, 1927 - September 5, 2020

Richard Ivan Tufte, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Bridge Assisted Living in Greeley, Colorado.

Richard was born November 5, 1927 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Art & Edna Tufte.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Edna Tufte, and brother, Everett Tufte.

Richard is survived by his wife of 67 years, JoAnn; daughter, Debra (Mark) Zehr; son, Denis (Rita) Tufte; two grandchildren, Amanda (Andy), and Jeremy; two great grandchildren, Lydia and Nolan; sister, Ethel Underland; and brother, Clayton (Connie) Tufte; several nieces and nephews.

Richard completed school and 1 year of VoTech school as a mechanic and moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked as a mechanic until he was called to serve in the Army. He was stationed in Korea and served in the Korean War. After returning home from duty, Richard married JoAnn Sheedy on April 8 ,1953.

Richard worked as a mechanic at Eckhart Implement and farmed near Waltham, Minnesota. After years of working as a mechanic, Richard went to work as a construction worker for Ulland Brothers and still farmed. After 29 years and more of Minnesota winters, Richard and JoAnn wintered in Phoenix, Arizona. Some years later they returned to live in Minnesota. They lived on a portion of the farm that they had farmed near Waltham until deciding to move to Austin, where they resided until September 2019 when they moved to Colorado.

Richard was proud to be a veteran and serve his country.

A Funeral Service will be held 11 am on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Mayer Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Christiansen officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Monday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91 and V.F.W. Post #1216.

Cemetery Details--
Oakwood Cemetery
1800 4 St. NW
Austin, MN

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Susan Marie Stankey



September 30, 1955 - September 6, 2020 (age 64)

Susan Marie Stankey, age 64 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minnesota.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home, 24 SEP 2020

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Frances Krieger



February 18, 1946 - September 18, 2020 (age 74)

Frances Krieger, age 74, of Austin, Minnesota passed away Friday evening, September 18, 2020 at Timberdale Trace Assisted Living in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Arrangements are pending with Worlein Funeral home.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home, 24 SEP 2020

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Caron Leigh Jagodzinski


February 21, 1955 - September 20, 2020 (age 65)

Caron was born in Fort Worth, TX at 7:24 am on February 21, 1955, to James & Joyce Jagodzinski. She grew up with her four siblings in the Western suburbs of the Twin Cities.

She went to St. Margaret’s Academy and earned a BA degree in English from St. Catherine’s University. She started her entrepreneurial career first working as an accountant. In her late 20s she moved to Austin, MN, started a family, and became president of the local food co-op, Good Earth Natural Foods, which she later took private. She successfully ran Good Earth for over 20 years in Austin and provided a great service to the local community. As natural foods became more mainstream, she felt her mission as a business owner and service to the community was complete.

She closed Good Earth and went back to school to earn a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School, which she completed in 2016. She worked at Mayo Clinic as an addiction counselor before being diagnosed with stage III multiple myeloma, an aggressive blood cancer. She peacefully passed away at 1:20 pm on September 20th, 2020. She was surrounded by her son and his fiancé, her stepson and his wife, and her ex-husband. She lived past the life expectancy for her diagnosis, an achievement characteristic of her perseverance and her commitment to excellence. Caron was an amazing cook, an environmentalist and avid gardener, a supporter of local businesses, an advocate for natural living and organic food, and a strong willed and independent woman. She was her own trailblazer. She had an analytical mind, a strong, commanding presence, an ever-feisty spirit and she will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.

Caron was preceded in death by her son, Dennis McDermott, and her father, James Jagodzinski. Caron is survived by her son Dr. James J. McDermott (Sophie Sichel), her mother Joyce Jagodzinski, her four siblings, Mary Leizinger (Patrick), Jayne Myhre (Gary), James Jagodzinski (Margaret), Joe Jagodzinski (Kelly), her beloved ex-husband and caretaker James G. McDermott, and stepson Zachariah McDermott (Jenny).

Due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic there will only be a private “end of life celebration” event for family. Friends will be notified of a second event at a later, safer date. In her memory, Caron would like you to “Practice Random Acts of Gardening”. Cards can be sent to: James McDermott at 1105 24th Ave SW in Austin, MN 55912.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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Darwin David Stadheim


February 22, 1959 - September 21, 2020 (age 61)


Darwin David Stadheim, age 61 of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, September 21, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, surrounded by his loving family.

Darwin was born on February 22, 1959, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then adopted by Edward and Blanche (Voelker) Stadheim. He grew up in Lyle, Minnesota and graduated with the class of 1977, from Lyle High School. Darwin then went on to attend Austin Technical College. On September 16, 1981, he married Lori Gerlach in Lyle. They later divorced.

Darwin held various jobs over the years, but he primarily was a farmer. He was a lifelong Lyle resident and a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. He loved old tractors, his music and singing. Darwin’s hobbies consisted of fishing, camping, and watching NACSAR races. He was a kind and giving person and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his mother, Blanche Stadheim of Rochester, MN; children, Joseph (Katie) Stadheim of New Ulm, MN, Joshua (Ashley) Stadheim of Austin, MN, Brandy Rahim of Austin, MN; five grandchildren, Hayden, Declan, Asher, Jayde and Jaxon; sister, Kris (Mark) Stadheim of Rochester, MN; nephews and niece, Jason (Jenni) Lundberg of Austin, MN, Ryan Lundberg of Austin, MN, Lindsey (Nick) York of Rochester, MN, Jordan Unger of Kasson, MN; and special close friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Stadheim.

A private family service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020 with a private visitation at 1:30 p.m. Memorials are preferred 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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Marsha Colleen (Rhode) Wilde


April 21, 1956 - September 21, 2020 (age 64)

Marsha Colleen Wilde, 64, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on September 21st, 2020, surrounded by her husband and three children.

Marsha was born April 21, 1956, to Hazel Rhode. Marsha graduated from Austin High School in 1974. After graduating Marsha went on to marry her high school sweetheart Gary Wilde on November 23rd, 1974. Marsha went to Riverland Community College and obtained her LPN. Marsha served as an LPN for Mayo Clinic working on the pediatric floor for 17 years, and moved to hemodialysis for 13 years. Marsha retired from Mayo clinic to be a stay at home grandma and a fill in school nurse for Austin Public Schools.

Marsha loved going on adventures with her family and finding new things to do with her grandchildren. She never liked to sit around, every moment she had she was doing something with or for someone. Marsha just had a huge heart and always made sure everyone around her was taken care of. Marsha’s’ favorite holiday was Christmas although Black Friday shopping was her own holiday to spend with her loving sisters and eventually her daughters. If you knew Marsha, you knew she had a heart of gold. She loved fiercely, freely, and whole heartily no matter who you were or how long she had known you. Her hugs were like medicine to your soul. Marsha was one of the most beautiful human beings her family and friends were blessed to have in their lives.

Marsha was preceded in death by her son Shane Wilde, daughter Misty Wilde, daughter-in-law Amy Wilde, grandparents Mike and Alvina Feeley, mother Hazel Rhode, Sister-In-Laws Mary Wilkinson, Brenda Flagg, and Suzette Loverink-Wilde, nephew Jordon Jensen, and many aunts and uncles.

Marsha is survived by her loving husband Gary Wilde, her children Shannon Wilde, Mandy Wilde, Katherine (Jeremy) Ryks, sisters Mary (Rich) Rinaldi and Lisa Rhode, her grandchildren Tyler Peterson, Elisabeth Wilde, Brayden Madison, Daisy Ingersoll, Aubrey Wilde, and Nolan Ryks, and her great-grandson Greyson, along with many numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, and in-laws.

A private family service will be held. A public visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. 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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Arthur James Goembel


August 16, 1938 - September 22, 2020 (age 82)

Arthur James Goembel, age 82, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday afternoon, September 22, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin after a 7-year battle with Bone Marrow Cancer and Leukemia.

Arthur was born August 16, 1938 in Moline, Illinois to Donald and Frances (Spieker) Goembel. He grew up on a farm near Luverne, Minnesota and graduated from Luverne High School in 1956. Arthur attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1960. He then went on to receive his Master's degree from Michigan State in 1962. Arthur joined the United States Air Force, serving until his honorable discharge.

In 1963, Arthur started his 38 year career with Hormel Foods in Research and Development and was the Hormel Curemaster from 1993 until his retirement in May 2001. On May 27, 1967, he married Karen J. Warfield at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Todd and Julie. Arthur was a member of the Elk’s Club, American Legion Post 91, Austin Noon Lions, and St. Olaf Lutheran Church where he was active in the radio broadcast and sang in the church choir for 50 years. Arthur loved his dogs and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who were the apple of his eye. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Goembel of Austin, MN; son, Todd (Diana) Goembel of Burnsville, MN; daughter, Julie (Tony) Beckel of Woodbury, MN; four grandchildren, Allison Beckel, Megan Goembel, Tanner Goembel, & Kristin Beckel; brothers-in-law, Duane (Judy) Warfield of Rochester, MN; Henry Oots of Rochester, MN; and many wonderful friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Frances Goembel; and sisters-in-law, Janet Warfield & Joann Oots.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastors Mark Niethammer and Madison Chelberg. Due to COVID-19 the seating is limited to 80 people total at the service. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Military rites by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Olaf Lutheran Church. 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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Bruce Wayne Lees


June 5, 1940 - September 22, 2020 (age 80)

Bruce Wayne Lees, age 80 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Bruce was born June 5, 1940, in Austin, Minnesota, to Ronald and Hannah (Johnson) Lees. He graduated with the class of 1958, from Austin High School.

On July 24, 1960, Bruce was united in marriage to Janet Wakefield at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Together they had four children. Bruce was the owner of Lees Lock for over 25 years. He was a lifelong Austin resident and a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Bruce was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bird photography, and woodworking. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Lees; daughter, Robin Kleinpeter; son, Jay (Michelle) Lees; six grandchildren, Cole Denisen, Hudson Kleinpeter, Taylor Lees, Ashley Lees, Avery Lees, Grace Lees; two great grandchildren, Josephine Denisen, Kaiden Sandidge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Hannah Lees; two sons, Jeffrey Lees, Eric Lees; brother, Gary Lees; son-in-law, Randy Kleinpeter.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hormel Nature Center or St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. 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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Mary A. (Stephens) Regenscheid


August 16, 1947 - September 22, 2020

Obituary for Mary A. Regenscheid

Mary A. Regenscheid, age 73, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at her home.

Mary was born August 16, 1947 in Austin to Bernadette Stephens. She grew up and attended school in Austin, graduating from Austin High School. Mary was a devoted and loving mother to her children. She met Tom Regenscheid and they were married on June 20, 1987.

Mary was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, trying new recipes, camping, boating, fishing, and living life to the fullest. Mary loved going out to lunch with her family and dear friends. Mary’s grandchildren were her world. She enjoyed taking them camping and pontooning. Mary also enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, and collecting snowbabies.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Regenscheid; son, Brian (Ruthie) Iverson; daughter, Karrie (Dan) Maloney; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, Bruce Iverson; sisters, Barb Gerhart, Michelle Williams.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Bernadette Stephens; brother, Michael Stephens.

A private graveside service will be held.

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

Condolences may be left online at

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Dorine Pauline (Huemann)


March 03, 1936 - September 19, 2020

Dorine Pauline Voorhees, 84 of Elkton, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams, Minnesota.

Dorine was born March 3, 1936, in Johnsburg, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Pauline (Klapperich) Huemann. She graduated from Adams High School in 1954 and worked at Hormel Foods in Austin. Dorine was married to Keith Voorhees on November 20, 1965 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin, Minnesota. They resided near Elkton where they farmed until retirement. After retiring, she worked at the Windmill Restaurant in Dexter for a few years. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams, and the Adams American Legion Post #146 Auxiliary.

Dorine enjoyed traveling, camping, watching her soap operas and the Hallmark channel, gardening, and she loved flowers. She had an infectious laugh that would energize any room she was in. Her family meant the world to her and she loved being with them. Her grandchildren always put a smile on her face and she would attend as many of their sporting events and other activities as time would allow.

She is preceded in death by her husband Keith; her parents; sister-in-law Floris Holderness; brothers-in-law, Warren “Top” Henslin and Gene Holderness.

Dorine is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Janell (Mike) McLeish, Owatonna, Renae (Dean) Bendtsen, Rose Creek; grandchildren Samantha Anderson (fiancé Ethan Watts) West St Paul, Jesse Anderson, Owatonna, Tyler McLeish, Rochester, Brock Bendtsen, Elgin, Decker Bendtsen, Morgantown, West Virginia, Corbyn Bendtsen, Rose Creek and Sydney Bendtsen, Rose Creek; great-granddaughter Eloise Pauline Watts, West St Paul; brothers Elden (Jean) Huemann, Austin, Terry (Connie) Huemann, Charles City, IA, Lanny (Virginia) Huemann, Owatonna, Maynard (Linda) Huemann, Elgin, Adry (Linda) Huemann, Champlin; sister-in-law Joyce (Elmer) Kienitz, Raymond; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with Father Antony Arokiyam officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home on Saturday morning before the service from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Catherine Mary (Ross) Lewis


April 24, 1935 - September 25, 2020 (age 85)

Catherine M. Lewis, age 85 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, September 25, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Austin.

Catherine Mary Ross was born on April 24, 1935, to her parents Fred and Clara (Malley) Ross in Austin, Minnesota. She attended Lansing School District and Austin High School. On April 10, 1954, Catherine married Robert Lewis. Their marriage was blessed with 4 children. The couple attended and had membership at Crane Community Chapel. Catherine had a wonderful 35 year career working as a nurses aide at Burr Oak Nursing Home.

She enjoyed spending her free time camping, fishing, gardening, bowling and playing cards. One of her favorite things in life was hosting, she was known for hosting many family celebrations including family holidays, and birthdays at her home. Catherine’s most treasured event of the year was family reunions, she loved spending time with the whole family. She will be dearly missed by all.

Catherine is survived by her four children, Tom (Joyce) Lewis of Rochester, MN, Sharolyn “DiDi” (Rick) Morrison of Albert Lea, MN, Bob (Kathy) Lewis of Claremont, MN, and Wain (Paulette) Lewis of Austin, MN; four stepdaughters, Mara Russ of Fargo, ND, Connie Remke of Arizona, Jackie (Dick) Christqau of Austin, MN and Kathy Sue Goodell of St. Paul, MN; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren affectionately known as “Grandma Tuna” by all. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Clara Ross: husband, Robert Lewis in 1988, two brothers, John Ross and James Ross, and two stepsons-in-law, Allen Remke and Barry Goodell.

A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Public interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: Worlein Funeral Home

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John Anthony Wade


July 17, 1960 - September 24, 2020 (age 60)


John A. Wade, 60, of LeRoy, Minnesota, passed away after battling cancer on September 24, 2020 at his home. He was surrounded by his children, siblings, and special daughter-in-law. John was well known by many people.

John Anthony Wade was born on July 17, 1960, in Fairmont, Minnesota, to Arthur and Patricia (Nagel) Wade. He graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School with the Class of 1980. He married Rita Rumble on April 24, 1993. The two were later divorced.

John enjoyed singing, dancing, taking care of the cattle, riding horses, and music, especially Johnny Cash. Back in the day, he also enjoyed riding motorcycles with the best of them. He was a lover of the cowboy scene and spent many nights watching western movies and attending rodeos. His wardrobe mainly consisted of his cowboy hat, boots, bandana, Wranglers, button downs, and he always had to have the biggest and best belt buckle to top it off.

The way John died is just like how he lived: surrounded by the ones he loved while maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to show his sense of humor through it all. John loved his family deeply and took time to teach his nieces and nephews how to enjoy life. Even though he was sick, he wanted to fulfill his bucket list. He was able to accomplish this with his children and daughter-in-law.

John is survived by his children John (Brittany) Wade of Stewartville, MN and Emily Wade of Adams, MN, mother Pat Wade of LeRoy, “fur-child” Colorado, siblings Lisa (Joseph) Breen of Louisville, CO, Teresa (Dick) Noll of Clear Lake, IA, Jim (Michele) Wade of Prior Lake, MN, “grand-dog” K imber, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father Art Wade, and brother Joe Wade.

Funeral Mass for John will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Family and close friends are welcome to attend. All others wishing to attend, please join us outside the church at 11:15 a.m. to process to St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in LeRoy for the committal service. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, September 27 at Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy.

Social distancing will be practiced and masks will be required inside and outside for the safety of the family.

Online condolences may be left at

SOURCE: Hindt Funeral Home

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Ida Mae (Farrell) Foster


September 26, 1936 - September 26, 2020

Ida Mae Foster, 84, of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed away on September 26, 2020, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

Ida was born on September 26, 1936, the daughter of Everett and Velma (Ohland) Farrell in Clotho, Minnesota. She graduated from Austin High School in 1953 and married Marvin Foster on June 16, 1956, in Brownsdale.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Brownsdale and was active in the Ladies Aid, Church Circles, Christian Women, Bible Study and the Red Hats. Her hobbies were scrapbooking, gardening, baking, spending time with family and grandchildren, traveling to Branson and Arkansas. Ida was city clerk for several years in Brownsdale.

Ida is survived by her children, Tammy (Cayne) Zwickey, Owatonna, MN; Kari Adams, Austin, MN; Terry (Gina) Foster, Hayfield, MN; Jeff (Holly) Foster, Brownsdale, MN; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Velma Farrell, husband, Marvin Foster, sisters, Mary Lowe, Betty Playle, infant sister, Irene Farrell, and brother, John Farrell.

Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 2nd Street NW in Hayfield. There will be a private family funeral service at the United Methodist Church in Brownsdale on Thursday. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale.

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

SOURCE: Czaplewski Funeral Home

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Douglas Duane Edwards


December 4, 1957 - September 24, 2020

Obituary for Douglas Duane Edwards

Douglas Duane Edwards, age 62, died Thursday, September 24, 2020, at his home in Austin, Minnesota.

Doug was born December 4, 1957, in Austin, Minnesota, to Howard and Grace (Pettit) Edwards. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School. After graduating, he joined the US Army under the buddy system with a friend.

After his time in the Army, Doug started to work for Unger Car Crushing Company. He also worked at Austin Packaging and the Mower County Shopper prior to retiring. Doug was an avid reader of western books. He also enjoyed fishing and cooking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Grace Edwards and a nephew, Justin Kai Edwards.

Doug is survived by; brother, Howard-Dale (Patricia) Edwards, Waseca, MN; brother, Anthony “Tony” (Tammy) Edwards, London, MN; sister, Lynda Edwards, Austin, MN; sister, Debora (Cam) Haug, Austin, MN; nieces, nephews and many cousins.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at Mayer Funeral Home followed by interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, MN.

SOURCE: Mayer Funeral Home

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Judith Ann (Werner) Johnson


March 24, 1948 - September 25, 2020 (age 72)

Judith (Judy) Ann Johnson, age 72 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, September 25, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Judith was born to Leon and Lucille (Milbrandt) Werner, on March 24, 1948, in Osage, Iowa. She grew up on a farm outside of Meyer, Iowa and lived there until she graduated from Stacyville High School in 1966. Judy then moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where she started working at St. Mary’s Hospital when she met Roger in 1968. In 1969, she married Roger and moved to Austin.

For many years she worked as a waitress and in retail. Most people will remember Judy for her many years of working at Hy-Vee in Austin. She was an avid flower gardener and would always have beautiful gardens and many flowerpots overflowing with healthy gorgeous flowers. Everyone that knew Judy, knew her as a kind soul and to be very selfless and was always putting others’ needs before her own. Her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her most prized treasures and you would be sure to hear about them when you chatted with her. Judy will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her mother, Lucille Werner of Mason City, IA; husband, Roger Johnson of Austin, MN; children, Jason (Lyndsey) Johnson of Austin, MN, Jill (Kevin) Jones of Austin, MN; grandchildren, Tyler Lee of Albert Lea, MN, Emily McCarty-Johnson of Rochester, MN, Hannah McCarty-Johnson of Austin, MN, Connor Lee of Austin, MN, Spencer Lee, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS, Parker Lee of Austin, MN, Peytyn Johnson of Austin, MN, and Josalyn Johnson of Austin, MN; Emily Jones, of Rochester, MN; great-grandchildren, Leighton Skalicky of Austin, MN, and Silas Ryther-Lee of Austin, MN; sisters, Diane Wilson of Rochester, MN, Debra (John) Lair of Miami Beach, FL, Nancy (Mike) Borchardt of Plymouth, IA; brothers, Jerome (Edna) Werner of Pensacola, FL, Kevin (Becky) Werner of Mason City, IA; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leon Werner; grandparents, John and Julia Werner, Lawrence and Louise Milbrandt.

A visitation for friends and family will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. A private family service will follow the visitation. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral home is limited to 57 people for the service. Interment will take place on a later date at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota.

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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Donald David Hummel


November 09, 1934 - September 22, 2020

Donald's Obituary--

Donald David Hummel, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at The Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Don was born on November 9, 1934 in Austin, Minnesota to Nick and Selma (Hendrickson) Hummel. He grew up in Austin and attended Austin Public Schools. After high school, Don served in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic from 1953-1957. He was a firefighter for the City of Austin for many years and also owned and operated D&H Cycle. Don was married to Patricia (Peck) Hummel for 61 years, until her death last year.

Patricia and Don enjoyed traveling in their motorhome. They liked spending time outdoors going for boat rides, motorcycling and snowmobiling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Mary Lou Schwartz, Karen Christiansen, and Dona Hummel and brothers, Richard Hummel and Nick Hummel, Jr.

Don is survived by his daughter: Bonnie Hummel, Goodhue, Minnesota; grandchildren: Trisha, Robyn, Kim, Ryan, Samantha, Erin, Jamie, Chevy, Jesse, Megan, Nicki, Breanna and Kelly; and 14 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 3rd at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with Chaplain Barb Schunke officiating. Interment will be at Lansing Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Saturday.

SOURCE: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Delmer Thomas Lord


Delmer Thomas Lord

September 15, 1928 - September 29, 2020

Delmer Thomas Lord, 92, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Delmer was born on September 15, 1928 to Boyd and Nellie (White) Lord. He was the middle of three children growing up in the Lansing, Minnesota area. This is where he began his lifelong love of hunting and fishing. He fed the family many times with the fish he caught in the Cedar River. When Delmer turned 16, he began working at Hormel to replace those workers serving in WWII. Delmer served his country in the United States Navy from August of 1950 until his honorable discharge in June of 1954.

Following his military duty, he continued his career at Hormel. It was at Hormel where Delmer earned the nickname, “Beaver” which was short for “Lord Beaver Brook”. Delmer spent his entire working life at Hormel, except for a short layoff following WWII. He retired in 1983 after spending a total of 38 years working in the Hormel plant.

In 1956 Delmer married Dorothy Sayles in Austin, Minnesota. Together they raised two daughters, Beth and Gale. Delmer was very active with different interests such as stock car racing, hunting and fishing, gardening, golf, and woodworking. He was also fortunate to have many good friends in his life. In his early adulthood, his passion was lake fishing for walleye. But later this was replaced by his love for surf fishing for pompano in Florida. This passion continued until his death.

In 1972 the Lord Family moved to rural Austin where he became a local celebrity known for his huge garden and his awesome sweet corn. Canning time at the house resembled an assembly line at Libbys! His corn fed several families for the winters. Above everything else, Delmer loved his family. He was an excellent provider and loving father, grandpa and great grandpa. He is missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy on December 27, 2009; brother, Veryl and sister, Myrna.

Delmer is survived by his daughters, Gale Switzer of Austin, Beth (Dean) Cole of Muscatine, Iowa; grandchildren, Bryan (Michelle), Samuel (Lori), Benjamin (Diana), and Kirstin; great grandchildren, Jamie, Thomas, and Isaiah.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on October 10th (Saturday) at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military honors by Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 V.F.W. and Austin Post #91 American Legion will follow at Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery.

Source: Clasen Jordan Mortuary

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Marcella Mae (Myre) Smith


April 15, 1925 - September 27, 2020

On Sunday, September 27th, 2020 Marcella Smith passed away peacefully at the age of 95 at the Adams Care Center in Adams, MN.

Marcella Mae Smith (Myre) was born in Worth County Iowa, April 15th, 1925 to parents Martin and Mabel (Helgeson) Myre. She graduated from a small country school in Kensett, IA. After graduating, she moved to Mason City, IA and worked as a waitress. Later she worked in Austin at Hormel in the meat packaging line. She worked various part-time jobs over the years, with her favorite being the Adams Veterinary Clinic.

She met the love of her life, Vernon (Pat), at the Oasis Dance Hall in Austin, MN. Pat and Marcella were married at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin on August 29, 1946. They made their home at the Smith Family Farm and began their family. She raised her eight children there with love, laughter, and compassion.

Marcella, or ‘Marc’ as she was often called, enjoyed cooking huge, wonderful meals for family and friends. Faith was at the center of her life. She kept a large garden and canned food for all of us to enjoy throughout the year. She loved to decorate her house for the holidays, making each holiday very special for her children. She wrote lovely cards and poems. She treasured spending time with her family, dancing, traveling and camping. In her younger years she played piano for her children. She enjoyed life to the fullest, sharing her kindness, friendship and love to everyone she met. Her devotion to her children and grandchildren was endless and she cherished the time she spent with them whether it be over a hot homemade meal or at a school or sporting event. She had a wonderful life and she made our lives even more wonderful.

Marcella was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church CCW.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Pat, her sisters Hazel (Arnold) Sime, Alyce (Marvel) Brunsvold, Violet Dahl, and Viola Lonergan; brothers-in-law Willie (Maudie) Smith, Roy (Helen) Smith, Paul (Isabel) Smith; sisters-in-law Marita (Bud) Michels, Alvina (Walter) Theobald.

Marcella is survived by her children Larry (June) Smith of Adams, Connie (Colin) Gilles of Harvest, AL, Sandy (Mike) Jones of Blooming Prairie, Karen (Ron) May of Rochester, Shirley (Dave) Chadbourn of Eyota, Nancy (Mark) Willis of Morgan Hill, CA, John (Lori) Smith of Adams, Mary (Mark) Meyer of Eyota. She is also survived by her 26 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter along with brothers-in-laws Wesley Dahl and Pete Lonergan.

The family wishes to thank Adams Assisted Living and Health Care Center for their devotion and compassion for her care for the past 11 years. In addition, we’d like to thank Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Staff for their kind attention to Marcella’s care needs in her final precious days with us.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home. Due to the Executive order, masks are required, as well as hand sanitizing and the observance of social distancing guidelines.

The Smith Family will celebrate a private Mass of Christian Burial at St. John’s Catholic Church in Johnsburg. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home

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Randall L. Damon


Randall L. Damon, 81 of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Our House Memory Care in Austin, MN. Randy was born on April 3, 1939 in Oelwein, Iowa to Loren Damon and Dorthy (Mishler) Damon and attended Austin Public Schools.

Randy had various careers working at Minneapolis Moline and Bridon Cordage in Albert Lea, MN. In his older years, he enjoyed his job as a cashier at The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Austin because he loved interacting with people. He was known for his friendliness, easy-going nature, and his great sense of humor.

He enjoyed cooking and eating good food, and the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He loved all animals big and small, and loved reading and learning new things. Randy was an avid mushroom hunter, fisherman, and almost no one could beat him at a game of pool. Most of all, he loved his many loyal friends and family.

He is survived by his brother William (Bill) Damon, his sister Vicky Damon, daughter Julie Kirk and twin daughters Shawn (Damon) Shearin (and husband David), and Dawn (Damon) Leiro (and husband André), and grandchildren Kyra, Tirzah, Téa, and Isaiah. A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2021.

SOURCE: Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Oct 2, 2020

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