ROCHESTER-AREA OBITUARIES



Leslie James Beyer (Rochester, MN)

Posted on Feb 11 2019

Leslie James Beyer was 90 years young when he passed away Saturday, February 2 at St. Mary’s Hospital, in the town he called home for most of his life.

Born March 29th in Millville, Minnesota to Carl and Bertha (Schmidt) Beyer, Les had three brothers; Vincent, Richard and Ronald “Bud”. Les grew up, went to school, played sports, found work and raised his family in Rochester. He was so deeply attached…

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Cheryl Lu Stuhldreher (Rochester, MN)

Posted on Feb 11 2019

Cheryl Lu Stuhldreher, age 63, of Rochester, died on February 9, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. 

The memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester. The visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, and one hour prior to the service at the church. 

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Leslie Severson (Stewartville, MN)

Posted on Feb 11 2019

The funeral service for Leslie “Les “ Severson, 68, of  Stewartville,MN will be at  11:00 A.M. on Friday (Februray 15, 2019)  at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell,MN with Rev. Paul Thompson officiating.  Burial will follow in  the church cemetery with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164.  Mr. Severson died on Friday (February 8,  2019) following an illness with cancer  at Mayo Clinic  Rochester –…

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Janice Karen Tollison (Red Wing, MN)

Posted on Feb 11 2019

Janice Karen Tollison, 82, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 in her home. She was with her loved ones and dear husband Sheridan Tollison. Janice was born on February 8, 1937 and was the only daughter to Harold and Wilhelmina VonHelmst of Red Wing, who preceded her in death. She graduated Valedictorian from Red Wing Central High School in 1955 and attended the University of Minnesota. On March 17, 1956…

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Charles Edward Hegseth (Red Wing, MN)

Posted on Feb 11 2019

Charles Edward Hegseth, 87, of Red Wing, died Friday, February 8, 2019, at Valentines Assisted Living. He was born on December 5, 1931, in Red Wing to Carl and Edna (Strand) Hegseth. He graduated in 1949 from Red Wing High School. For a few years he worked for McCoy-Quinn Automotive in Red Wing. On August 4, 1951, he was united in marriage to Carol Irvin at United Lutheran Church. They…

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Carol A. Schwoch (Rochester, MN )

Posted on Feb 11 2019

Carol A. Schwoch, age 83, of Rochester, MN died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born November 17, 1935 in Dodge Center, MN the daughter of Agnes and Roland Paulson. She graduated high school in 1953 and married Glenn Wasser. They were later divorced.

Carol worked in Owatonna, MN prior to moving to Rochester, MN and…

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Joyce E. Garmers (Rochester, MN)

Posted on Feb 09 2019

Joyce E. Garmers, 89, of Rochester, MN died Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Shorewood Senior Campus. 

Joyce Edna Matheson was born August 19, 1929 to Robert and Edna (Maass) Matheson in Rochester, MN. In 1947 she graduated from Rochester High School. She married Richard "Dick" Garmers in Rochester on September 21, 1948. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Joyce enjoyed spending time with family, painting, sewing, crocheting,…

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Betty June (Kisilewski) Olson (Rochester, MN)

Posted on Feb 09 2019

Betty June (Kisilewski) Olson, age 93, of Rochester, MN, passed peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Season's Hospice House in Rochester, MN. 

Betty June was born June 17, 1925 in Sand Creek, WI to Henry and Amanda Hendrickson. Betty graduated from Chetek High School, WI, in 1943 where she was the drum major in the marching band. After taking the Civil Service exam, she worked as a key…

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David H. Ellefson (Rochester, MN)

Posted on Feb 09 2019

A memorial service for David H. Ellefson, 78, of Rochester will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Rochester. Visitation will be Wednesday, February, 13, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.

David Herman Ellefson was born on March…

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Avery D. Vrieze (Spring Valley, MN)

Posted on Feb 09 2019

The funeral service for Avery D. Vrieze, 88, of rural Spring Valley, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday (February 13, 2019) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville,MN with Rev. Bridget Sheely officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164 will follow at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine,MN.  Mr. Vrieze died peacefully on Wednesday (February 6,  2019) of natural causes, at Mayo Clinic –…

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Rev. Gerald W. Conway (Scottsdale, AZ)

Posted on Feb 07 2019

Rev. Gerald W. Conway passed away peacefully on January 29, 2019 after a brief illness.

Fr. Jerry was born on September 26, 1931, the third of nine children of Amelia Rose Clemens and Patrick Henry Conway II. He was raised on the family farm in rural Byron, west of Rochester.

Jerry attended Byron Schools through the 8th grade and graduated from Lourdes High School, class of 1949. He attended Loras College for…

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Steven Michael Shank (Rochester, MN)

Posted on Feb 06 2019

Steven Michael Shank, age 43, of Rochester, MN, formerly of Iowa City, IA, died peacefully Monday, February 4, 2019 at St. Marys Hospital, after courageously battling the complications of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome for many years, and being blessed with over two years of life following a double lung transplant in 2016.

Steve was born December 2, 1975 in Iowa City, IA the son of Ronald and Sandra (Earle) Shank.

Steve is preceded in…

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Andreas Robert John Kirby Tollefson (Rochester , MN)

Posted on Feb 06 2019

A memorial service for Andreas "Andy" Robert John Kirby Tollefson, 38, of Rochester will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial of his cremated remains will be at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, ND at a later date.

Andy graduated from Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School in 1999. He attended Riverland Community College in…

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Helen M. Rich (Lake City, MN)

Posted on Feb 06 2019

Helen M. Rich, 93, of Lake City, passed away on February 2, 2019 at the Lake City Care Center. Helen was born on March 6, 1925, in Lake City, to Harry and Dora Dohrn. 

She is survived by a brother, Robert, of Lake City; a sister, Rosemary (Robert) Connor of Meridian, Mississippi; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Dohrn of Minneapolis. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, step-children…

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Robert James Baringer (Goodhue, MN)

Posted on Feb 06 2019

Robert “Bob” James Baringer, 72, of Goodhue, died Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Goodhue. He was born August 16, 1946 to Robert and Delores (George) Baringer. He attended Goodhue High School and made his home in the Goodhue area. He made a living farming and working road construction. He was a life long fan of the Goodhue Wildcats. He was also a Minnesota Lynx fan, a season ticket holder and…

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Marcella E. Schreader (Mazeppa, MN)

Posted on Feb 05 2019

Marcella E. “Sally” Schreader, age 96 of Mazeppa passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the Zumbrota Health Services. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mazeppa with Pastor Alan Horn officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date in Oronoco Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday for one hour prior to the service…

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Eugene Jack Beach (Rochester, MN)

Posted on Feb 05 2019

Eugene Jack Beach, 89, lifelong resident of Rochester, entered eternal life on Sunday, February 3, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Eugene “Jack” was born May 28, 1929 in Rochester, MN to Perry and Leona (Tietz) Beach. He graduated from Rochester High and was drafted into the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War with the 3rd Infantry Division from 1950-1953. Eugene married Glennis Lydia Treder on August 23, 1958 and resided…

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