Lawrence “Mick” Rathbun
Lawrence “Mick” Rathbun, age 95, of Spring Valley, MN, died on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Spring Valley Living, in Spring Valley, MN.
The Funeral Service for Mick will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, MN, with Pastor Betsy Dartt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the church. Please wear masks and follow social distancing. Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley is assisting the family.
Lawrence “Mick” Fay Rathbun was born on October 22, 1925 in Spring Valley, MN to Arthur and Alvina (Melchert) Rathbun. He graduated from Spring Valley High School In 1943. After graduation, he worked on the farm and then went to work for Hanna Mining Operation near Spring Valley. On September 14, 1952 Mick was united in marriage to Irma Buss. Since Our Saviors Lutheran Church was still being constructed, Mick and Irma exchanged vows in the high school gym. A few years after their marriage, Mick worked as a Parts Analyzer for IBM from 1960 to 1987. He retired from IBM after 27 years of service. In his early years he played amateur baseball and softball, he even tried out for the Boston Braves and made the first cut. He was also an avid golfer and Minnesota Sports fan. Mick’s two main joys were family and sports. He made a point to make sure he was always there to support his grandchildren at their sporting events. He enjoyed traveling with Irma, often going on bus trips as long as it didn’t interfere with the grandchildren’s sporting seasons. Mick was also a longtime member of the Root River Country Club and was a huge fan of The Andy Griffith Show. He was also renowned for his sports trivia knowledge.
Mick is survived by his children Greg (Kathy) Rathbun of Byron, MN and Rick (Sue) Rathbun of Rochester, MN; 5 grandchildren Jon (Jenny) Rathbun of Chanhassen, MN, Jeff (Molly) Rathbun of Woodbury, MN, Brittany (Jay) Ellerbusch of Northfield, MN, Jason (Heather) Rathbun of Kasson, MN, and Marissa (Ryan) Pietsch of Farmington, MN; 9 great-grandchildren Ellyce, Jon Thomas, Joey, Lucy, Jackson, Kinsley, Aubrey, Cecilia, and R.J.; sister-in-law Mary Lou Rathbun of Rochester, MN; and brother-in-law Aaron Klompenhower of Preston, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Irma in 2018, and 5 brothers Rollin, Ross, Darrel, Ralph and Loren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Mayo Hospice or to the donor’s choice.
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David Dwight Lovejoy
David Dwight Lovejoy, 83 of Rochester passed away on April 12, 2021 at his home.
David was born on March 11, 1938 in rural Rochester to Roy and Ethel (Wilder) Lovejoy. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1956 and enlisted in the US Navy. He was trained at the Great Lakes Naval Academy and worked as a Navy Electrician in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged after four years. On November 26, 1960 he married Judith Vang in Rochester at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Together, they raised six children. Locally, he worked for Pacific Gamble Robison as a food salesman, and later retired from the US Postal Service in Maintenance in 2000. His hobbies included fishing (especially for Salmon on Lake Michigan, which he enjoyed for over 40 years), golfing, and spending time with his family. David enjoyed socializing with folks wherever he went.
He is survived by his wife Judy of Rochester; children Joel (Becky) of Rochester, Jim of Lakeville, MN, Roy (Jenny Hoffman) of Rochester, Dean (Laura) of Rochester, Julie (Tom Meyer) of Byron, Audra Lovejoy Quandt (Tony Teal) of Rochester; sister Sandra (Larry) Carlson, brother-in-law Roger Bennett; grandchildren Justin Lovejoy, Alexander (Julie) Lovejoy, Cody Hoffman, Laine Lovejoy, Caitlyn Hoffman, Katherine Lovejoy, Taylor Quandt, Kyle Lovejoy, Rhett Lovejoy, Erica Quandt, Victoria Meyer; great-grandchildren McKenna and Bentlee.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marcia Bennett and his grandson Adam Hoffman.
The Funeral Service for David will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00AM in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the chapel. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester.
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Hubert H. “Andy” Anderson
Hubert Hartford Anderson, 88, of Rochester, MN, died Sunday, April 11th, 2021 at his home.
Hubert was born January 2, 1933 in Thompson, IA to Selmer and Tillie (Wooge) Anderson on their family farm. He completed school in Mantorville, MN. At the age of 12, his mother passed away and he went to live with his sister, Ruby, in Mantorville, MN, where he completed school and worked on their family farm. He then lived with his sister, Charlotte, in Grand Meadow, MN, and worked as a gas station attendant. After that, he moved to Chippewa Falls, WI and lived with his sister, Martha, and worked at a shoe factory. Hubert then moved to Milwaukee, WI where he lived with his father, Selmer, and was a boiler worker until he was drafted into the army.
He served in the Korean War and was stationed in Jampan before ending his service in Kansas.
He married Nancy Louann Brandt on June 9th, 1957 at East St. Olaf Church of Rock Dell.
He worked for Marigold Dairy and Kemp Dairy in Rochester until his retirement.
After retirement, Hubert and Nancy traveled, camped with many friends, and wintered in Texas for several years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Rochester, one brother, Wilford of Chippewa Falls, WI, his son, Mark (Cindy) Anderson of Prairie du Sac, WI, and his daughter Lisa (Tim) Smith of Mazeppa, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Tillie, and four siblings, Martha Belknap, Samford Anderson, Charlotte Ness, and Ruby Gronseth.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Pastor Anjanette Bandel officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Burial will follow the service at East St. Olaf Cemetery.
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In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Seasons Hospice or Bethel Lutheran Church.
Darlene “Susie” Heusinkveld
June 23, 1951 - April 11, 2021
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Darlene “Susie” Heusinkveld, 69, Mantorville, Minn., died Sunday, April 11, in Rochester.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Kasson, Minn. Visitation will continue from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Pastor Dave Efflandt will officiate. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, Minn.
Arrangements by Czaplewski Family Funeral Home.
Rodney D. Skare
Rodney “Rod” Skare, age 85, of Spring Valley, MN died peacefully on Sunday April 11th, 2021 surrounded by his family at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Rodney Dean Skare was born November 8, 1935 in Spring Valley, MN Fillmore County to Verna Guy Skare. He attended school in Spring Valley and graduated in 1953. Following graduation he attended Austin Area Vocational School, graduating with a degree in Electronics in 1955. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in January 1956 and was discharged in September 1959 and was employed at IBM until his early retirement in 1990. In 1992 he was employed at Seneca Foods in Rochester, MN as an Electronic Tech and retired in 1998. In 1960 he was united in marriage to Carol Affeldt at St John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff, MN where he served as an Elder, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years. He also served as a volunteer instructor in Firearm safety for the state of Minnesota for 52 years in Spring Valley, MN retiring in 2012.
He enjoyed fishing at the cabin up north, deer hunting with his family, watching his grandson’s sporting events and truly had great fun with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Carol of Spring Valley, a daughter Lisa (Martin) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD and a son David (Debra) Skare of Spring Valley, MN 4 grandchildren; Nathan Skare, Nicole (Cody) Doohen, Sarah (Jon-Eric) Deutsch and Heather Johnson, 4 great-grandchildren; Kaden, Cody, Blake and Zoey, and a half brother Robert (Deborah) Lillie of Williams, AZ.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Allan, His step father Lloyd Lillie, his mother Verna Lillie and a brother Gerald Skare.
Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday April 16, 2021 at St John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff with pastor Michael Harman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. on Thursday April 15, 2021 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley.
Rodney “Rod” Skare
Nov. 8, 1935 - April 11, 2021
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rodney “Rod” Skare, 85, Spring Valley, Minn., died Sunday, April 11, in Mayo Clinic Hospital - Methodist Campus.
Arrangements by Hindt Funeral Home.
Marilyn J. (“Lynn”) Postier
Marilyn J. (“Lynn”) Postier, age 93, of Rochester, MN, died on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Madonna Towers Benedict House.
Marilyn Jane Steele was born December 23, 1927 in St. Paul, MN and graduated from Stillwater High School. She was employed by Mayo Clinic for 4 years and married Robert W. Postier in Rochester on May 29, 1948. Her husband was a partner in Postier & Eggers car dealership.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she was a long time member of Ruth Circle, a Deacon, and served in prayer shawl ministry. She was also a long time Meals on Wheels volunteer and a charter member of American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program.
She is survived by three daughters: Joan (James) Ellingson of Onamia, MN, Judith (John) Kruesel of Rochester, MN, Nance Postier of Kona, HI; two sons: Craig (Janet) Postier of Fond du Lac, WI, John (Beth) Postier of Oronoco, MN; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Barbara Hudson of Marine on St. Croix, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Postier.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church or Meals on Wheels. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit
Christian Wayne Fromdahl, 73, died on April 10, 2021 at his home in Rochester, Minnesota. Christian was born on May 8, 1947 to parents, Benard and Helen (Clement) Fromdahl in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Upon graduating from John Marshall High School in 1965, Christian joined the United States Army and served from 1966 to 1968. He owned and operated auto body shops in Kasson and outside of Rochester. He started working at Mayo Clinic and retired there after 36 years.
On September 4, 1993 Christian was united in marriage to Diane Dickman in Rochester. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going to car shows and looking at classic cars, camping, and traveling.
Christian is survived by his wife, Diane Fromdahl; children, Michelle (Richard) Zoppa of Marysville, OH, Dale Vandezande of Rochester, MN, Adam Fromdahl of Rochester, MN, Matthew (Nicole) Fromdahl of Rushford, MN; 12 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and his sister, Cheryl (Dan) House of Lake Wylie, SC.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Peggy.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Pl NW, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota. Due to COVID-19, masks will be required and social distancing observed.
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Hendricks, Marilyn M.
Age 90, of St. Anthony, MN
Passed away on Friday, April 9 while under hospice care at Johanna Shores. Born Marilyn M. French on October 31, 1930 in Rochester, MN., she married Richard H. Hendricks, also of Rochester, on June 15, 1952. Richard died on October 3, 2009. They lived most of their lives in St. Anthony, MN. While Richard was a facility engineer at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, Marilyn was co-owner of a travel agency, where she traveled extensively in support of the business. Marilyn and Richard had no children but five nieces and nephews, who she treated like her own. Two brothers preceded her in death. Due to COVID, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550
Orphie Elaine Stensrud
Orphie E. Stensrud, age 93, of Rochester, passed away at Asher Haus (Assumption) in Cold Spring, MN on April 11, 2021.
Orpie was born July 13, 1927 in Kasson, MN, to Thomas and Gertrude Harwick. She was the oldest of seven children.
Orphie married Norman Stensrud on January 19, 1945. They celebrated 71 years of marriage before Norman passed away in 2016. Orphie was a cook for the Rochester Public School District. When she retired, she enjoyed sewing, golf, and liked to travel to Arizona and Texas in the winter.
She is survived by her four children: Cheryl Aarness of Port Orchard, WA, Randall (Mary Smith) Stensrud of Rockville, MN, Greg (Mary McCarthy) Stensrud of Belfair, WA, Jane (Mike) Trieschman of Mankato, MN; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Calvin Harwick, and Les Harwick; sister, Pat (John) Cotton, all of Rochester.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Norman; parents; brothers, Dick and Gary; sister, Darlene; and son-in-law, Roger.
A memorial service for Orphie will be held in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home Monday, April 19, 2021 at 1:00pm. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Covid guidelines will be followed.
Memorials are preferred to Assumption Home, 715 1st St. N, Cold Spring, MN 56320, or to your favorite charity.
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July 7, 1949 - April 9, 2021
ROCHESTER, Minn. - JoAnn DuBois, 71, Rochester, Minn., died Friday, April 9, in Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus.
Arrangements by Rochester Cremation Services.
Warren Robert Farr
Funeral Services for Warren R. Farr will be held at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12pm, with Rev. Arden Haug presiding. Burial will follow at Geneva Cemetery, Geneva, MN. Visitation will be 10am to 12pm on Monday at Bayview. Online condolences may be left at .
Warren Robert Farr, Stewartville, Minnesota, passed away om April 12, 2021, at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN at the age of 63.
Warren was born July 19, 1957 to Amos and Beverly (Chrs) Farr in Albert Lea, MN. He grew up on the family farm east of Geneva and graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1975. Following graduation, Warren attended University of Minnesota Waseca where he met Kendra Plath. They were married on January 20, 1979. To this union two children were born. They later divorced. Warren later met Dawn (Hart) Stack. They were married on October 2, 2005 and started their life together and resided in Stewartville.
Warren worked various jobs over the years including Hormel Foods and most recently as a tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.
Warren enjoyed taking cruises to different ports of the world as often as he could, as well as photography, auctions, spending time with his grandchildren, going out to eat and socializing with family and friends.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Warren is survived by his wife, Dawn; his two children, Andrew and Melissa (Bobby) both of St. James, MN; stepson, Ryan Stack of Rochester; grandchildren, Adrian and Kristina; sisters, Denise (Jerry) Abbott, Janice (Scott) Wahl; brother, Darrell (Cindy) Farr; niece, Jenna as well as an aunt and uncle and several cousins.
Victor Edwin Denny
Victor Edwin Denny, lovingly known as Vic, Dad, Pops, Grandpa, and Papa, passed away April 9, 2021 at the age of 65 from COVID-19. None of his beloved family and friends were ready to say goodbye. While he left the world a little bit happier and more full of love, he left it much too soon. Vic had many more songs to sing, meals to cook, miles to drive, games to watch, and hugs to give. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Vic was born and raised in Preston, MN, son to Alta and Kenneth Denny and brother to Keith, Vicky, and Lisa. He followed his own path academically, beginning his college career at the University of Minnesota and finishing at Minnesota State University Mankato. He met a young Wendy Soulek when she moved to Preston to begin her teaching career in 1974. The rest, as they say, is history. They were married on July 14, 1978 and children Nate, Adam, and Nicki followed in the years to come.
Vic spent 40 years of his career at The Post Bulletin in Rochester, rising through the ranks to Director of Technology. When he and Wendy moved to Lindstrom later in life, he continued to work in information technology at US Foods in Plymouth. He never got the chance to retire. Vic was excellent with computers and could fix pretty much anything (as long as it wasn’t an Apple. He probably could fix those; he just didn’t want to).
Vic was no stranger to the driver’s seat of the family vehicle, traveling the road from Preston to Rochester daily for work and shuttling his kids around the state for sports on the weekends. He put on the miles to watch Adam play football and basketball in college and continued to drive any distance to watch grandsons Cade and Eli play hockey and shoot trap, and granddaughters Autumn, Vivian, and Maggie play soccer, t-ball, and dance. And while granddaughter Helen (3) hasn’t quite hit sports playing age yet, we know Vic was looking forward to being her traveling cheering section as well.
Vic liked riding in the passenger seat just about as much as he liked someone else cooking in his kitchen or—God forbid—cleaning it. Vic was an excellent cook; his pizza burgers, chicken noodle soup, homemade pizza, and chili were family favorites. It was with great reluctance that he finally gave in and let his kids (by then grown with kids of their own) cook brunch during family weekends at the lake. But he’d be darned if anyone but him loaded the dishwasher or wiped the counters. Vic was an absolute perfectionist in everything he did. Some would say it was Wendy who wanted things just so (and they’d be right) but Vic was right there making sure each crumb was swept up, each blade of grass trimmed, and each stone removed from the sand on the beach (seriously).
Vic had a beautiful baritone singing voice. He sang at so many weddings and funerals throughout southeast Minnesota he likely lost count, but anyone who ever heard him sing “The Lord’s Prayer” has surely never forgotten it. His voice rivaled the best trained professionals and he shared his gift widely. Vic sang while doing each and every task Wendy asked him to do.
Vic loved watching the Twins and Gophers. He was lucky enough to go to opening day at Target Field and to sit with his sons at many Gopher Football games.
The thing Vic loved most in life was spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was a dedicated father and grandfather who would do anything for those he loved. From making chocolate malts and popcorn (after he JUST cleaned the kitchen!) to being the designated driver no matter what time of night it was, to doing just about anything one human can do for another, Vic was willing. His love for his wife, Wendy, his kids, Nate, Adam, and Nicki, his kids by marriage, Juli, Emily, and Joe, and his grandkids, Cade, Eli, Autumn, Vivian, Maggie, and Helen, knew no bounds. Nor did our love for him.
Vic was preceded in death by his mother, Alta, father Kenneth, mother-in-law Helen Soulek, father-in-law Venda Soulek, and brother-in-law Emil Knish. A celebration of life will take place in June. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to your local hospital or hospice caregivers. And remember: get your shot, wear your mask, and give your love and your help freely.
June 25, 1952 - April 8, 2021
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rodney Ehni, 68, Rochester, Minn., died Thursday, April 8, in St. Marys Hospital - Mayo Clinic.
Arrangements by Macken Funeral Home.
Ciel E. Bearth
April 3, 1932 - April 8, 2021
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Ciel E. Bearth, 89, Rochester, Minn., died Thursday, April 8, in Benedict House - Madonna Towers.
A gathering will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Rochester Cremation Services.
Rodney J. Ehni
Rodney (Rocky) J. Ehni, age 68, passed away on April 8th at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester Minnesota. He was born on June 25, 1952 in Fargo ND to Daniel and Marie Ehni and was the oldest of 5 boys.
Education was important to Rocky. After graduating high school from Fessenden ND, he obtained a bachelors and a masters in Agricultural Economics. Later he obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
While at NDSU he developed a love of the school and a passion for the Bison football team (pronounced Bizon please!) Tailgating and football games offered the perfect backdrop for another of Rocky’s hobbies, photography.
NDSU was the place Rocky met his beloved wife, Vanessa Belyea. They married in 1979. That fall he joined IBM which moved them from Fargo to Bismarck, Maple Grove Minnesota and finally Rochester Minnesota where they’ve resided for 30 years. Rocky retired in 2009. He earned many awards during his career with IBM.
Rocky was involved with the Cub and Boy Scout programs in Rochester earning the Scouter of the Year Award in 1998. He also coached youth baseball and football. He loved coaching and mentoring. Recently he was involved with the Citizen’s Advisory on Transit board for the City of Rochester.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, daughter Alyssa, son Bryan (Chelse’), grandchildren Selah and Soren. Also surviving are his brothers Jim (Julie), Kip (Shelly), Randy (Mary), Steve (Gina), nieces, nephews and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of life will be held in Rochester on May 15.
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Daniel Thomas Peters
Daniel Thomas Peters—a devout Catholic; loving husband, father, grand-father, and brother passed away on Thursday, April 8th at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, MN, after a fight with Renal Cancer.
He was born June 7th, 1957 in Lake City, MN, to Arnold and JoAnn Peters, the second of three children. He graduated from Lake City HS in 1975 and joined the Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1979 and began schooling at RCC for Mechanical Engineering Drafting. He met his wife and best friend, Theresa, and they were married on May 24th, 1986 at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester. They had three children. In 1995, after great discernment, he was welcomed into the Catholic Church at the Church of the Holy Family, in Kasson, MN, where he remained highly active. Over the course of his life his career included jobs at Hiawatha Land Tools, Home Depot, and most recently, Benchmark Electronics. Although his faith came first he was also highly involved in National Ski Patrol (Welch and Coffee Mill), Zumbro River Sportsman’s Club, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion (especially the Color Guard), the Mantorville Theatre Company, and many others. He will be remembered for his joy, his smile, and his love for life...and his Hawaiian Shirts.
He is survived by his wife Theresa (Mock); his children Joseph, Rebecca (Henry Brown), and Benjamin; his siblings Diane (Burfeind) and Anita; his Mother-in-law Marilyn Slama (Wilmes) his grandchildren Ozman, Malachi, Anastasia, and Fulton; and many cousin, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Parents, Fathers-in-law Gerald Mock and Leroy Slama, Brother-in-law Mark Burfeind, and grandson Max Brown.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 Mantorville Ave N Kasson, MN, with Father John Lasuba officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, and one hour prior to the mass on Friday. The Rosary will be begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, followed by the Vigil Rite. Interment will be in St. Margaret cemetery in Mantorville, MN with military honors provided by the Kasson American Legion.
You are invited to join a live stream of the funeral mass on the Czaplewski Facebook page starting at 10:50 a.m.;
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary (Winona, MN) or the American Cancer Society.
To share a special memory or condolence please visit , Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 801 7th St SE Kasson, MN 55944 (507)634-6510. Blessed be his memory.
Beverly D. Brenno
Beverly D. Brenno, 96, of Rochester, MN, passed away Wednesday morning April 7, 2021 at Samaritan Bethany, Rochester, MN.
Gary Dean Slesinksi
Gary Dean Slesinski passed away from cancer on April 7, 2021 at his home in Rochester, MN, surrounded by his family.
Gary was born on December 6, 1943 in Hedrick, IA, to Harry and Lois (Mason) Slesinski.
In 1964, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Clark Air Force Base, a SAC (Strategic Air Command) facility in the Philippines. Gary had top security clearance, with a specialty in encrypted communications. He served our country for four years.
Employment opportunities brought Gary to Rochester, in 1968 where he met his beloved bride, Jean. They were married on May 17, 1969, had three wonderful daughters, and enjoyed 53 years together.
During his 42 year tenure at Marigold/Kemps Foods, Gary worked across many departments and was qualified in any position. He retired in 2011 to pursue more time with his family.
Gary enjoyed classic car shows, museums, and RV trips to countless points of interest. Above all, he enjoyed frequent trips to visit his daughters and three grandchildren in California.
Gary is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters, Brenda (Chris) Jepsen and Tamra (Chris) Nash; grandchildren, Carter, Logan, and Korina Jepsen; sister, Sandra Samson; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Kathy Sue; sister, Joyce Wilson; and brother, Ivan Slesinski.
Gary was adored by his wife, daughters, and all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #92 at 4:00 p.m. Social distancing and masks are required.
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Tyrell Lee Benson
Tyrell Lee Benson died Wednesday, April 7th at his home in rural Chatfield. He was 68.
Ty was born on January 14th, 1953 in Minneapolis, the son of T. Vincent and Darlene (Hagen) Benson. He grew up in Kenyon and later lived in California and Colorado before returning to Minnesota in the early eighties. He was a carpenter by trade and built custom homes for years before specializing in cabinet installation and trim carpentry. In recent years he started farming on the side, which is something he had always wanted to do. He was a lifelong fisherman and enjoyed spending time on the lake with his family. He took pride in his strong work ethic, self-sufficiency, and in raising his family in the home he built with his own two hands.
Ty is survived by his loving wife of twenty-seven years, Beverly (Herman); a brother, Tom (Kathy); a sister, Sandra (Curt) Werner; and his four children, Jesse, Sam, Grant, and Jordin (Splittstoesser).
A gathering will be held at a later date.
Brenda L. Clarey
Brenda L. Clarey, 62, of Rochester passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 7th 2021.
Brenda was born on July 22nd 1958 in Rochester to Obed and Marlene (Multhaup) Jacobson. She was a graduate of John Marshall High School and went on to attend UW LaCrosse.
Brenda met Lynn, the love of her life, while working at Bachman’s Floral. They went on to marry June 23rd 1978.
Brenda held many supervisory positions over her 30 years at Mayo Clinic, which concluded as Coordinator of Access Operations.
Brenda had many great passions in her life, of which included running and walking, kickboxing, reading, baking, knitting and watching sporting events; especially those of her children and grandchildren.
Brenda is, was, and forever will be a woman of strong faith and instilled that in her children and grandchildren. Whether she was running a marathon, 5k or on her daily walk; she told her family that running this final race had the greatest ending as she crosses the finish line into God’s arms. From going through all of the treatments and even into hospice care, she never let cancer hold her down, and continued to keep lacing up her shoes and logging those miles.
Brenda is survived by her beloved husband Lynn of 42 years. Children - Michaun Clarey, Derek J. Clarey and Brian (Beth) Clarey all of Rochester. Grandchildren - Kaelyn, Jaxon, Lauryn, Calla, Croix, ✞ . Sisters - Cheri (Warren) Jacobson-Hammel, Terri (Tom) Jacobson-McLaughlin along with a host of other family and friends. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church. A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2703 9th Ave. NW, Rochester with Pastor Jeff Niederstadt officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Ranfranz & Vine Facebook Page. Due to COVID-19, masks will be required and social distancing observed.
Memorials can be sent to the family and will be distributed to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research, Mayo Clinic Hospice and Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
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Michelle (Rice) Stewart
Michelle Marie Stewart, 69, of Winchester, Virginia, peacefully entered Heaven Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at home surrounded by her family.
Michelle was born February 15, 1952, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter of John Rice and Genny Farrell Rice.
She married Neil Irvin Stewart August 23, 1978, in Rochester, Minnesota. Surviving with her husband are their children: Kegan, Kiernan Bickel (Jonathan), Samuel, Joseph, Honorah Deatrick (Michael), and Claire Stewart, as well as ten grandchildren: Michaiah, Levi, Asher, Samuel, Elsa, Corban, Judah, Kezia, Aria, and Michelle. She is also survived by her mother Genny Farrell Rice, and by her seven siblings: Joseph, Renee, Laura, Colette, Christine, Robert, Michael, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father John Rice.
An exceptional woman who is profoundly loved and missed by her family.
Ronald F. Kettering, M.D., 88, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at his home, with his children by his side, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
Dr. Kettering was born October 30, 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA to Weston and Wilma (Ungerman) Kettering. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and received his B.S. in 1954 and went to Pittsburgh Medical school from 1954-1958. Dr. Kettering interned at Mercy Hospital from 1958-1959. On June 20, 1959, Ronald married Dolores (Hamscher). Dr. Kettering and his wife moved to Rochester, where he worked in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic from 1959-1964. He was awarded the Post Graduate Medical Travel Award for high achievement in internal medicine. Dr. Kettering then joined the Mayo staff of gastroenterology in 1965, was active in endoscopy, teaching, and was awarded Mayo Fellows award for teaching in 1977. He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Physicians and was an assistant professor at the Mayo Medical school. Dr. Kettering also was a member of the Mayo Clinic clinical practice committee, Chair of the committee for the development of HMO referral practice, he chaired the committee for development of electronic medical records, served on the NIH committee for evaluation of methodology for early detection of colon cancer, and was a member of the Mayo Internal Medicine Practice Committee.
Outside of his professional accomplishments, Ronald enjoyed traveling, building model airplanes, reading books and watching shows based on history. Above all, he loved spending time with his family. Dr. Kettering was a caring man that was full of wisdom and purpose. He believed there was dignity and worth to everyone. He was very determined, a man of few words and believed his actions spoke louder than words.
Dr. Kettering is survived by his children, Ronald F. Kettering, Jr. and Kathleen (James) Witkus and by his brother, Weston Kettering. Dr. Kettering was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores and by his sister, Carole Pringle.
Dr. Kettering was very proud of his colleagues and felt the administration and clinic personnel were most helpful to all physicians. Their help and consultation allowed the physicians to concentrate on the patient and provide the best of care to all.
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Leon was born on November 21, 1934 in Fulda, MN to Bill and Agnes Odenbrett. He was sent on a train in 1950 to Illinois to join the Catholic Seminary. In 1954, he joined the army and was stationed in Germany. In 1958, he moved to Rochester, MN and married Virginia, who were later divorced. Leon worked at the Rochester Community College for 28 years.
Leon was quite the daredevil. He enjoyed skiing, biking, roller coasters, and skydived over 20 times. His love of religion and God was amazing.
Leon is survived by his daughter, Theresa (Jay) Lane; son, Mike (Kari) Odenbrett; 2 grandchildren, whom he adored; one brother; and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service with a luncheon at the Eagle’s Club to follow. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN the following day.
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Charles “Chuck” H. Grimm, 87, of Lake City, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home in Lake City. He was born May 5, 1933 in Rochester to Elmer & Ethel Grimm. He attended school in Rochester, graduating in 1951 from Rochester High School. He went on to attend Rochester Junior College and graduated in 1954 with a Tech. Associate Degree. Chuck served his country in the US Army from November 8, 1954 to October 31, 1956 in Stuttgart, Germany. On April 23, 1960 he married the love of his life Ruth Hanson in Lake City.
Chuck was employed as a Draftsman Designer at IBM in Rochester for 30 years. He then worked at Wild Wings in Lake City in the frame shop for 14 years, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed spending his time wood carving, going fishing, and especially enjoyed visits from his grandchildren. Chuck felt so blessed to have his wife and three wonderful children. He enjoyed his canoe trips to the BWCA and loved observing the return of eagles to our area along Lake Pepin each spring. Chuck was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City and United Lutheran Church in Red Wing and was active in many church activities. He also volunteered his time to the Lake City Hospice Program for many years, that his wife Ruth had helped establish in 1989.
Chuck is survived by his three children, Thomas Grimm of Stillwater, Steven (Wendy) Grimm of Colorado Springs, and Ann (Kevin) Harrison of New Hope; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Phillip, Owen, Johanna, and Brennan; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Jean Hopkins.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held later this summer.
Condolences may be sent to the Grimm Family c/o Schleicher Funeral Homes, 1865 S Hwy 61 - PO Box 300 Lake City, MN 55041.
Arrangements by Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel. Guest register may be signed at
Arnold L. Smidt
Arnold L. Smidt, 86 a lifelong resident of Stewartville,MN died peacefully on Tuesday, April 6th, from complications of a heart attack at Mayo Clinic Rochester - St. Mary’s Campus.
Arnold (Arnie) Lloyd Smidt was born the son of Clovis and Dorothy( Stevenson ) Smidt on January 11, 1935 in Stewartville, MN. He grew up on the family farm southeast of town and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1952. He and the love of his life, Jeannette L. Swanson were married on February 26, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Arnie worked as a psychiatric technician at the Rochester State Hospital for 13 years after graduating from high school. He then began a long successful career in the HVAC business working in sales for the Girard Steel, Woodruff and finally, Rochester Supply Companies until retiring in 1998. For many years Arnie also worked as a part time bartender at the former Fish House Restaurant in Stewartville. He became quite famous for making those fancy and delicious ice cream Pink Squirrels, Golden Cadillacs, and Grasshoppers.
Arnie was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he was head usher for many years and held many other church offices including being president of the congregation. He was a faithful man, loved his Lord, and he and his wife Jeannette saw that their children were raised to know and love the Lord as well. Arnie enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, shooting pool and made many “mostly successful” trips to the casino, as well. Arnie was a noted card shark in town. He particularly excelled at and loved playing the games of Bridge, 500 and Cribbage. After retirement, Arnie and Jeannette made the trek to Yuma, AZ together during the cold MN winter months for nearly many years before she passed away on January 24, 2010. The couple loved the warm desert southwest and each annual trip down was an adventure for them. Arnie was grateful that he could resume being an AZ “snowbird” for a few years following Jeannette’s death as well.
Arnie was a great neighbor, a trustworthy friend, a cheerful, friendly, and honest person with a great smile. Most importantly he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. The Smidt family would like to say special thanks to the Stewartville First Responders as well as to the Mayo Clinic Cardiac unit staff for their top-notch professional assistance and expertise during this medical crisis for Arnie.
He is survived by his six children, Becky (Buck) Fredricksen of Stewartville, David (Diane) Smidt of Stewartville, Marybeth (Norb) Hemann of Stacyville, IA , John Smidt of Nehelam, OR, Amy(Rob) Myhrvold of Stewartville and Mark(Christa) Smidt of Stewartville. He is also survived by his fourteen grandchildren: Matthew(Jessi) Smidt, Tricia(Tony) Knutson, Jacque(Josh)Karaus, Will(Amanda) Fredricksen, Hannah Hemann(Bryan Reiter), Michael(Shelby) Smidt, Laura(Josh) Bain, Michelle(Skyler) Hulshizer, Tyler Smidt, Kaylee Smidt(Carter Jannsen), Autumn Smidt, Connor Myhrvold, Nathan Smidt and Megan Myhrvold, nine great-grandchildren: Charlie Knutson, Penelope Smidt, Grayson Fredricksen, William Knutson, Quentin Smidt, Lucy Knutson, Caleb Fredricksen, Kaitlyn Smidt and Ellie Hulshizer and two great step-grandchildren: Wyatt Groth and Gavin Harrison.
Other family member survivors include his sisters: Shirley Luedke of Anchorage, AK, Kathy Crace of Peterson, MN and sister-in-law, Marsha Baird of Reseda, CA, and his brothers: Glenn Smidt of Babbitt, MN, Ken (Gail) Smidt of Racine, MN, Jerry Smidt of Austin, MN, and brother-in-law Dean Waibel of Phoenix, AZ. and many nieces and nephews. Arnie was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette, his parents, his sister-in-laws: Betty Smidt, Harriet Waibel and brother in-laws: Duane Luedke, Chuck Swanson, Bob Swanson, Mike Baird and Bob Crace.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place Sunday afternoon, April 11, from 3 to 6:00 PM, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Masks are mandatory and safe social distancing protocols will be in place. The private family funeral service will take place on Monday, April 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. Memorials can be made to the Stewartville Center for Active Adults, St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the donor’s choice. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Arnie are welcome at A live stream of Arnie’s funeral service can be viewed by going to St. Johns Lutheran Church website at 10:45 A.M. on Monday(4/12) and clicking on the following link - Watch Online (stjohnsandweecare.org)
Randy M. Reinhardt
Randy M. Reinhardt, 64, of rural Stewartville, MN died on Tuesday (April 6, 2021) unexpectedly following a short illness at Mayo Clinic Rochester - St. Mary’s Campus.
Randy Maurice Reinhardt was born on October 27, 1956, in Rochester, MN to Maurice and Donna (Runge) Reinhardt. He grew up in Rochester, attended Mayo High School, graduating in 1975 and was employed at Rochester Public Utilities (RPU). Randy was married on November 28, 1987 to Wendy J. Wellik at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Township. The couple moved to rural Stewartville where they raised their daughters and have continued to make their home. Randy enjoyed his job at RPU for 39 years and retired in 2016. Wendy was employed at Truax Orthodontics and Praska Orthodontics in Rochester, for over 40 years as a dental assistant. Randy was a past member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a current member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville. When the girls were young Randy was very involved in their 4-H, FFA and sports activities. He enjoyed doing projects in his shop, at his home. Randy also liked visiting and spending time with friends and neighbors and most of all being with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Randy is survived by his wife - Wendy and 2 daughters – Emily (Evan) Briggs of Zumbro Falls and Amy (Broderick) Diekman of Waltham; 5 grandchildren – Teegen and Ryleigh Briggs, Kara Shrock, Colton and Duke Diekman; his sister – Laurie Reinhardt of Rochester; father-in-law and mother-in-law – Ed and Sharon Wellik of Rochester; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Brian and Linda Wellik of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Randy’s Celebration of Life for family and friends will take place Saturday (April 24, 2021) from 2:30 to 5:00 P.M. at the Stewartville American Legion. A private family memorial service for Randy will be held at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville, with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home. in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Randy are welcome at .
Gary L. Applen
June 2, 1942 - April 6, 2021
AUSTIN, Minn. - Gary L. Applen, 78, Austin, Minn., died Tuesday, April 6, in Austin.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.
Robert W. “Bob” Van Kirk
Aug. 12, 1941 - April 6, 2021
SHAWANO, Wis. - Robert W. “Bob” Van Kirk, 79, Shawano, Wis., died Tuesday, April 6, in Thedacare Hospital Shawano.
Services were previously held. Committal will be in St. Denis Catholic Cemetery in Shiocton, Wis.
Arrangements by Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., in Shawano.
Roger W. Toogood
Age 87 of Roseville, MN.
Passed away peacefully March 31, 2021 in the presence of his loving family at his home at Eagle Crest in Roseville, MN. Roger dedicated his life to serving children and families. He was the Director of Children’s Services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese for seven years and Executive Director of the Children’s Home Society of MN for 27 years. He was a leader on behalf of children in MN, the USA and Internationally, earning the Order of Civil Merit Moran Medal from the Republic of Korea, the University of St. Thomas Humanitarian Award and many more. Roger was an active long-time Roseville Citizen and St. Odilia Church volunteer, who worked on many projects to improve community life. Preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife, Marlys; his parents, Wayne and Grace and brothers, Jack and George Toogood. Survived by son, Mark Toogood; daughters, Pamela (Eric) Hulstrand, Ann (Joseph) Garrett and Julie (Eric) Rethemeier; 8 grandchildren, Joshua (Sophia Bertran) Garrett, Kira Garrett, Genevieve (Paul) Books, Ben Garrett, Kaara Hulstrand, Leesa (LeRoy) Malone, Nick and Meghan Rethemeier; 3 great grandchildren, Elmer, Winnie Books and Leo Garrett; siblings, Mary Williams, Robert Toogood and Sharon (Marsha Woolcott) Froehle; brother in-law, David (Geri) Marquardt; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation 3-7 PM Tuesday, April 13th at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL FUNERAL HOME, 515 Hwy 96 W., at Mackubin, Shoreview. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Wednesday, April 14th (visitation 10-11AM) at ST. ODILIA CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3495 N. Victoria, Shoreview, MN. Service will be live streamed. Interment St. Odilia Prayer Garden. Memorials preferred to St. Odilia Endowment Fund, The Roger Toogood Endowment Fund for Children at the Children’s Home Society of MN or the St. Odilia Prayer Garden. The family requests masks to be worn and social distancing observed. Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell 651-482-7606
Geraldine Kennedy Lunzer “Gerry” (née Kennedy)
Age 89 of St. Paul, p assed away peacefully on March 30, 2021. Gerry was born in Stewartville, MN to John and Ethel Kennedy and grew up in Rochester. She is preceded in death by her son, Paul and sisters, Valeria Martin and Katherine Roeder. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard “Dick”; daughters, Maureen Lunzer Quist, Katie (Kevin) Conneely, and Liz (Ben) Wallace; grandchildren, Sheila Conneely, Nora (Ben) St. Angelo, Julia and Peter Wallace; and brother, John David Kennedy. Gerry was a devoted force in every aspect of her life - as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, dear friend, and Catholic. In addition to being a dedicated homemaker and mother, she worked outside of the home in various positions in corporate, retail, government, and nonprofit but her true calling was serving her family and God. Among all of the causes for which she rallied, she was a fierce pro-life advocate for the unborn. She enjoyed entertaining and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite things to do were going to the cabin, Destin, dressing “to the nines”, hosting holiday gatherings and doting on her kids and grandkids (and Dick). We were all truly blessed to have had her in our lives. Mass of Christian Burial 10am Monday, April 5 at ST. OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH, 215 S. 8th St, Minneapolis with visitation one hour prior at 9am. Mass will be livestreamed from St. Olaf’s YouTube, found at Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Pro-Life Across America, St. Olaf Catholic Church or Catholic Charities.
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James D. O’Connor
James O’Connor, age 81, died on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Saint Marys Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Visitation for Jim will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021, at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston, MN, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. with Fr. Edward McGrath officiating. Burial will take place at St. Liguori Catholic Cemetery. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, Preston, is assisting the family.
James Dean O’Connor was born on June 11, 1939, to Paul and Freda (Kramer) O’Connor in Fountain Township, Minnesota. Jim lived and was raised on the same farm for his entire life; his wishes were to be buried there as well. Jim first met Ann LaVan at Pla-Mor Ballroom in Rochester, MN on December 31, 1962. Less than a year later, they were married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Pine Island on November 9, 1963. Jim was a devout Catholic and enjoyed going to church and praying. He was passionate about politics and was a Democrat his whole life. Jim was proud of his heritage; he loved being an O’Connor and prided himself with his Irish roots. He was a great athlete in high school and took that love for sports throughout his life. He took delight in farming and sports, including the Minnesota Gophers, Vikings, and the Twins. For 17 years, Jim worked for the boys’ basketball team, the Blue Jays, as the Statistician. In the 1980s, Jim would chaperone class trips. He also spent 28 years at Gehling Auctions, and furthermore, built silos for Rochester Silo Company. In his spare time, Jim liked drinking whiskey and talking smart, playing cards, and drinking coffee. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and liked to hold an annual 4th of July party for family and friends. Jim was fond of cats, you could find him feeding them and looking for their kittens. He would also take out his gator and ride it around, checking on his crops.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Freda O’Connor, 3 brothers Kenneth “Buzz” O’Connor, Don O’Connor, and Bill O’Connor.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ann of Preston, MN; daughter Kelly (Warren) Reinecke of Eyota, MN; grandchildren Bridget (Brandon) Hammell of Chatfield, MN, and Samuel Reinecke of Eyota, MN; special nephew Camron (Jane) Loll and their sons Bryce and Adam Loll all of Marshfield, WI; brother Patrick O’Connor of Dexter, MN; sisters Kay (Vern) Ristau of Preston, MN, and Phyllis (Ron) Weathers of Fountain, MN.
The family would like to thank St. Marys staff whose compassionate care was greatly appreciated.
Rudolph Hofmann Sr.
June 19, 1936 - March 30, 2021
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rudolph Hofmann Sr., 84, Rochester, Minn., died Tuesday, March 30, in Mayo Clinic Hospital, St Marys Campus.
Arrangements by Rochester Cremation Services.
Joey C. Johnson
Joey “Joe Bird” Johnson, 60, of Grand Meadow, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday March 29th at the age of 60.
Joey was born to Larry and Janice Johnson on December 18th 1960 in Nuremburg, Germany, while his father was there serving in the military.
Joey graduated from Stewartville high school in 1979.
Joey loved all things sports from the Minnesota Twins to the Vikes. He also enjoyed coaching youth sports around the Stewartville community. His “00”s has been gracing softball fields every summer for over 40 years. He was looking forward to playing again this year.
Joey enjoyed bowling with his son Noah, weekly leagues and in recent years traveling to National bowling tournaments around the country.
Joey had the opportunity to do some traveling, some of his favorites were Twins training camp in Florida, Alaska and The Black Hills. Joey and Kristin loved a good road trip, whether it be to Las Vegas or around Grand Meadow looking for deer.
Joey is survived by his long time significant other Kristin Rieger of Grand Meadow of 28 years. 3 boys, Jacob (Molly) Johnson of Rochester, MN, Joshua (Rachel) Johnson of Morris, MN and Noah Johnson and his fiancé Brittany Turany of Rochester, MN. Grandsons, Archie, Huck, Fletcher and Wally of Rochester, MN. Granddaughter Agnus of Morris, MN.
His mother Janice (Stan) Czaplewski of Rochester, MN, father, Larry Johnson of Byron, MN. Sisters Karrie Espinoza of Rochester, MN and Bobbie Johnson of Kasson, MN. Countless numbers of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at East St. Olaf Cemetery in Rock Dell. A social hour will be held at the Stewartville bowling alley after the burial.
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Keith Keller, 89, of St. Charles died Monday, March 29, 2021 in St. Charles. Keith Forrest Keller was born on the family farm near Alburnett, IA on July 17, 1931 to Forrest and Florence (Miller) Keller. He was the youngest of three children. Keith attended and graduated from Alburnett High School in 1949. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In November of 1952 Keith and Gail Gallup were married. They had two children, Julie and Jon. They farmed with Keith’s father for several years. Later owning and operating a sports store in Marion, IA. In 1962 Keith and Gail moved with their family to St. Charles. He was employed by Valley Wholesalers of Winona. In 1964 he joined the staff of the First National Bank in St. Charles (Now Merchants Bank), where he became vice-president. He also served as interim president for a period of time. Keith was proud of having received a certificate from the Minnesota School of Banking at St. Olaf University.
In retirement, Keith and Gail spend 21 years wintering in Tucson, AZ. He loved spending time with his friends at the coffee shop and telling his favorite stories. And, also enjoyed sports.
He was a member of the St. Charles United Methodist Church, a former member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, St. Charles Lions Club and the Minnesota Bankers Association.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and a son-in-law Rand Gettler. He is survived by his wife, Gail, daughter Julie Gettler of Rollingstone, a son Jon (Amy) Keller of Hastings, grandchildren; Lee (Laura) Gettler, Kate (Craig) Theede, Kristin (Ben) Brunner, Michelle (Aaron) Plorin and James Keller, great-grandchildren, Leif, Rowan and Miller.
Burial will be later in Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles. There will be no services at this time. Please direct memorials for Keith’s family of Hoff Funeral Home, PO Box 576, St. Charles, MN 55972. Please share a memory of Keith and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at .
Dorothy Maxine Jahn
Dorothy Maxine (Davis) Jahn, 97, of Spring Valley, MN, died March 28, 2021, at Spring Valley Care Center.
Maxine was born May 18, 1923, to H. Clell and Veta L. (Hiatt) Davis in Moravia, Iowa. She moved to the Spring Valley area as a young girl. In order to go to high school, she moved into town from her parents’ farm and stayed with a family as a nanny and housekeeper. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1941. After graduation, Maxine worked as a waitress and telephone operator in Spring Valley and then worked at Saint Marys Hospital as a nursing assistant. Maxine was united in marriage to Robert Basil Jahn at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, MN, on October 28, 1944. They were married for over 76 years.
Together, Bob and Maxine built a very successful farming business and lived and worked on the farm where he was born until 2000 when their grandson and his wife bought their farm. Their innovative farming practices in hog confinement, Black Angus cattle, and crop farming received international, national, and state recognition in national farm magazines, newspapers, and journals over the years. Their farm is a century farm with six generations owning, working, and/or living on the farm. Most importantly, Maxine demonstrated the importance of women partners in the agricultural business and instilled life-long learning as a priority, no matter what the age.
In addition to farming, Maxine was extraordinarily active in the Spring Valley community. She served Our Savior’s Lutheran Church as Ladies’ Aid President, choir member, Bible School and Sunday School teacher, Circle Member, altar committee, mentor, and various other activities. She served as President of the Root River Golf and Country Club Women’s Group, was a charter member of the Cosmopolitan Club, member of the Pork Producers, was a supporter and volunteer with the Spring Valley Historical Society, and a member of the Red Hat Society. Her compassionate nature found her holding the hands of those with life challenges and shared in their dreams and their grieving.
She loved walking and was working out at a local fitness center while in her late 80’s, and she was featured in an article on senior citizen healthy living. Her precise skills at sewing, crocheting, and knitting have delighted family and friends for years. She loved fishing trips and traveling with her husband and friends all over the United States and many places in Europe. Maxine and Bob were also silent financial providers of many community projects with the only return on their investments being the growth of the community and spirit of the Spring Valley they love.
We love you Mom. Always answered by a gentle: “I love you too; thanks for coming. Give me a kiss goodnight.”
Maxine is survived by two children; Richard (Sharon) Jahn of Spring Valley, MN, and Judy (Dave) Young of Rochester, MN. Also surviving are grandchildren Richard and (Gina) Jahn, Becky and (John) Pagone, Betsy and (Mark) Zimmerman, Rochelle Tillison, and Robert Gust; step-grandchildren Bryce Young and Taylor (Yvonne) Young. She is survived by 14 great-grandchildren: Shelby (Connor), Nora, William; Ellie, KT, Michael, Jacob; Sophie, Emma; Evangeline; Kayla, Rhys, Tyler, and Trygg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert on March 11, 2020, brothers Clifford (Georgine) Davis, Roland (Carolyn) Davis, Robert (Mabel) Davis, brother-in-law Willard (Vi) Jahn, and step-granddaughter Kelsey Young. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Spring Valley, and Spring Valley Historical Society. The family would like to thank Spring Valley Living for the excellent care given to our mother in the past years.
Visitation will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2021. A funeral service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 followed by internment at the church cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required. Condolences may be left at
Meredith Anne Folger
Our beautiful daughter Meredith Anne Folger passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home on March 27th, 2021 in Savage, Minnesota at the age of 40.
Meredith was born on December 27th, 1980 in Rochester, Minnesota to Neath and Doris (Nicloy) Folger. After graduating from Mayo High School in 1999, she went to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 2003 followed by a Master in Education & Professional Development in 2006.
Music and performing were a joy to Meredith in her youth. Although she started with Suzuki piano, it was her beautiful voice which led her to pursue singing with the Southeast Minnesota Honors Choir and perform in “Oliver” on stage. She was a skilled figure skater and performed in several Annual Rochester Figure Skating shows.
While working on her college degrees, she learned a lot about life and people as a waitress and later as a trainer at the Chi-Chi’s restaurant in La Crosse. Drawn to those who experienced challenges in their own young lives, Meredith began her teaching career at the Challenge Academy at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. She applied her creativity, imagination and innovation to teaching math, a subject that was not her strength, but succeeded in making it useful, enjoyable, and practical for her students. It was this spirit that was a feature in virtually every teaching opportunity Meredith seized from that point onward. Her passion to help students improve their reading comprehension was the focus of her Master’s degree and subsequent work as a reading interventionalist. In this way, she touched many children and had a major impact on their lives. Just one such effort led to sponsoring a book drive for the reading library to address the summer slide that so many children experience. She also developed jointly with a colleague a music video on reading featured on Minnesota Public Radio ( Still, her greatest joy remained in the classroom teaching students who struggled with reading and literacy.
Meredith was keen with financial responsibility, and known for her ability to find incredible deals, often generously gifted to the many who were fortunate enough to have known her. She was devoted to health and physical fitness and was an avid runner. With her son Parker, she participated in archery, trampoline and other outdoor sports but deferred to her fiancé, Lance, and her father (known affectionately by Parker as “Pop Pop”) for help with Parker’s love of Legos.
Meredith is survived by her former husband Ty Patrick Schloemer, and their son, Parker Buffet Schloemer, Trempealeau, WI; father Neath Folger, Rochester, MN; brothers Ryan (Alexis) Folger, Milwaukee, WI and Justin (Mindy) Folger, Lake Elmo, MN. She is preceded in death by her mother Doris Jean (Nicloy) Folger, Rochester, MN.
A private graveside service was held this week.
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Delores M. Zink
Delores Marie Zink
January 20th 1937 - March 27, 2021
Delores was born in Stewartville, Minnesota to Ida and Theodore Bakken. Said to be small enough to sleep in a shoebox, she was nicknamed, PeeWee, a name that stayed with her throughout her 84 years! She grew up in her hometown and lived there most of her life, with the exception of a few adventures living down in Arizona and northern Minnesota, but she was always pulled back to her family and friends. Family meant the world to her, with her many siblings, nieces and nephews being among her closest companions. In 1956, she married Wayne Zink, her best friend, and the two carved-out a long, beautiful life together - married 55 years, before Wayne passed away from lung cancer. During that time, they proudly adopted and raised two children, Jerry and Kim, and greatly enjoyed seeing three grandchildren enter their lives. She was a devoted Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Wild fan, never missing a game and never giving up on them, even when they missed the winning kick! Watching her son and his teammates wrestle throughout his middle, high school and college years was one of her favorite things to do; honored by the athletic booster club for their dedication. She loved her gardens, baking, cooking, and canning, lovingly making things for those around her. Hundreds of photos of her loved ones could be found throughout her home, almost like companions in her later years, keeping the memory of everyone close to her. The coffee pot was always on; ready for company. She was a sister, mother, aunt, grandma and friend to many, and will be missed by all.
My brother and I, along with our families, would like to extend our gratitude to those who have blessed us with their love and assistance this past year. With everyone’s care and compassion, we were able to honor her wishes to stay in her home until the end. Sadly, she developed a high fever and chills from her second Covid vaccine and with her advanced, complex medical picture it was too much for her immune system, or simply, it was her time to join our father and be lifted from a body that was failing her.
Free of pain,she joins those who have gone before her.
Delores is proceeded in death by her parents, six sisters, Thea (Lee/Barney) Barnhart, Lil (Connie) Ringey, Myrt (Lloyd) Gunderson, Ella Mae (Frank/Buster) Rodenz, Marion (Bill) Sexton, and Betty Lou (Tom) Sexton, one brother, Orin (Betty) Bakken, her husband, Wayne, and several nephews. She is survived by her children, Jerry (Kelly) Zink and Kim (Tim) Schandel, two brothers, Donald (Mert) and Jerry Bakken, grandchildren, Mary Sawin, Ashley and Cody Zink, brother-in-law, David (Char) Zink, sister-in-law, Alice Billings and dozens of nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, April 9th, 3-5pm, at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 5th Ave NE, Stewartville, MN. Masks are required and safe social distancing protocols will be in place. A graveside service for the immediate family will follow with Pastor Byron Meline, at Woodlawn Cemetery, and can be watched live (or later…) through Griffin-Gray’s website, , by clicking on Delores’s obituary and then clicking on the following link –
Condolences and memories of Delores are welcome at Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home, 201 3rd Ave NW, Stewartville, MN 55976, 507-533-4664
Janice “Jan” Lee Fiskum, 84, of Plainview, passed away at her home in Plainview on Saturday morning, March 27, 2021. She was born February 17, 1937 in Park Rapids, MN to Theron and Rubie (Crosby) Johnson. She graduated from Walker High School in 1955. While in elementary and high school she was active in the Girl Scouts and accomplished the Curve Bar. She went on to attend Bemidji State and graduated in 1959 receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music. While at Bemidji she was an accompanist for Carl Thompson, Choral Director at Bemidji State University, and was also a member of the Bemidji Belles Barbershop Quartet from 1956 – 1959. Jan also received the Bender Norden Award for Outstanding Band Women at Bemidji State College in 1958 -1959. She also served as an accompanist for weddings in the state, since she was 13 years old. On August 5, 1961 she married Donald Fiskum in Hastings, MN.
Jan’s love for music brought her to a career of 35 years of teaching vocal music in Grand Rapids, Bertha-Hewitt, and Plainview Schools. While in Grand Rapids she also was an accompanist for the Blandin Male Chorus. She also taught piano lessons in Dorset, Grand Rapids, Warroad, and Bertha. In 1967 the Fiskum’s moved to Plainview where Jan also taught students and adults voice lessons, and was the director for choirs, solos/ensembles which repeatedly received Superior Ratings at Sub-District and Regional-State Music Contests. She also served as a judge for Sub-Sections Music Contest. Jan was the founder and director of the Plainview Community Choir from 1996 – 2017. She also was the music director for the Plainview Community Theatre for 17 years. Jan was a keyboardist in the Rochester Big Band, and Clarinetist in the Rochester Community Band.
Jan was a member of the Plainview Education Association, Minnesota Education Association, National Education Association, America Choral Directors Association, Minnesota Music Education Association, Retired Members Chairperson for the MMEA Board for 10 years and was in Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers in 1995, 1996, and 1998. She was a Charter Member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview and served as the organist/pianist for many years.
Jan is survived by her loving husband of 59+ years, Donald Fiskum of Plainview; their children, Scott (Jo Ellen) Fiskum of Cathedral City, CA, Steven (Kristine) Fiskum and their children, Elise and Skylar of Spring Grove, IL, Stephanie (Jon) Fiskum Bondra of Marblehead, OH; and a sister Jareen Doffing of Hastings, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Jay Johnson.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview with Pastor Krista Henning-Ferkin officiating. Burial will follow the service in Greenwood Cemetery in Plainview. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at the church. Masks and social distancing are required.
Facebook and YouTube links for live streaming of the service will be available to view for one week at: - Go directly to the church Facebook page - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Plainview, MN - - Go to YouTube: or try
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In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be given to: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Plainview Community Theatre or Seasons Hospice.
Arrangements entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, the guest register may be signed at
George H. Robelia, age 60, of Wabasha and formerly of Pepin, WI, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Gundersen – Saint Elizabeth Hospital, in Wabasha.
George Henry was born December 31, 1960, in Durand, WI, the son of Robert and Helen (Kreye) Robelia. He grew up on their dairy farm located on Goat Back Hill. George graduated from Pepin High School, Pepin, WI in 1979. He farmed with his parents until 1989, when they moved into the town of Pepin. George moved to Wabasha in 2014. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Green Bay Packers.
He is survived by his brother, Thomas (Melissa Loechler) Robelia, Wabasha, MN; sisters: Cindy (Lyall Borth) Hase, Woodville, WI and Roberta Robelia, Altoona, WI; six nieces and nephews: Tatiana and Midoree Robelia, Bailey (Brandon) Nordby, Zachary Borth, Courtnee and Summerlynn Lebeter; three great-niece & nephews: Brighton, Sean and Caitlyn Nordby, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Funeral Liturgy will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021, at St. Felix Catholic Church, Wabasha. Interment will be at St. Felix Cemetery, Wabasha. Casket bearers will be Lyall Borth, Zachary Borth, Michael Kreye, Ronald Robelia, Dr. Paul Robelia, and Jerry Zimmerman.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Felix Catholic Church.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at
John Terrence McCoy
John T. went home to the Lord on March 26, 2021.
John Terrence McCoy was born November 9, 1937. He graduated from Lourdes High School and served in the National Reserves. He completed his art and teaching education at the Chicago Institute of Arts and Mankato State. His teaching career included Lourdes High School and John Marshall High School, from which he retired in 1999. He continued to substitute teach art at a local night school. John loved his students and encouraged their free expression and creativity. His classroom had few boundaries and his students loved him. John was a gifted artist in his own right and his works are treasured by many.
He was an avid fly fisherman, fishing streams in southeastern Minnesota and Montana. He will be remembered for his yellow Saab, a few “God damn its,” and the road trips he took with friends, He was an entertaining companion, and he will be missed dearly by many.
John is survived by his spouse of 26 years, Joan; stepchildren, Shannon San Roman and Todd Blakley; grandchildren, Emilio San Ramon, Breyden Blakley (he was known as “Popo” to his grandchildren and their friends); sister, Killer McCoy; sister-in-law, Trudy McCoy; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Loretta (Daly) McCoy and Thomas L. McCoy; and brother, Thomas D. McCoy.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester with Rev. Shawn Haremza officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. To view a live stream of the service,
In lieu of flowers direct donations are welcome to Seasons Hospice.
A special thank you to Daniella, Amy, and Julie from Seasons Hospice and the Walt House staffers, Cathy, Daryn, Sam, Brenda, and Julie and all who aided him in his journey.
John lived well and died well.
Online condolences are welcome at .
Todd Jeffrey Ramer
Todd Jeffrey Ramer, 58, died Thursday, March 25, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Todd’s family will be hosting a celebration of life in his honor, the date is to be determined.
Todd Jeffrey Ramer came into this world on April 5, 1962 with a larger than life personality. He was the eldest of four children born to Phyllis (Ahlborn) and Daniel Ramer. As a big brother, he took his role very seriously. Facilitating between being protective and showing them the correct way things should be done to an aww screw it attitude. Let’s see how this plays out. I remember hearing more than one story involving an electric fence. Never one to say I told you so (often anyway) he was always there for advice. Most of it good. See above.
Anyone that knows Todd well knows that there are two ways of doing everything, Todd’s way and the wrong way. If we all had a dollar for every time we heard “work smarter, not harder” out of his mouth, we would all be sipping umbrella drinks on a yacht talking about how hard it is to find good help. In addition to all of the advice and his strong work ethic, Todd also loved big. His heart was huge. If you had to question whether Todd loved you or not, you clearly were not paying attention. His phone calls out of the blue “just checking in to see how you are doing” will forever be missed by all who loved him.
Left to cherish his memory are his children and grandchildren. Matthew and his daughter Codie, Amanda (Brian) Peters and their children Mia and Luca, Adam (Jessica Day) and their daughters Haiden and Jocelyn. His mother Phyllis (Doug) Hiatt, father Daniel (Betty) Ramer. Siblings Tammy Bennerotte, Tracy (Sherry) Ramer, Teresa Johnson, Tami (Todd) Preimesberger, Tonya (Jason) Fritz, Danielle Thesing, and Travis (Kristi) Hiatt. Step Grandfather Lester Mueske and countless friends and family.
Welcoming Todd into heaven were his maternal grandparents, Ruth and Clarence Ahlborn, and his paternal grandparents Helen Mueske and Ray Ramer.
Todd touched many lives and will be deeply missed by family and friends. Family gatherings will never be the same. The list of things to miss is seemingly endless, but we will continue to see Todd in the eyes of his children, grandchildren, and all who loved him dearly.
Todd was forever competitive and not one to back down from a challenge. Ever. He fought a hard fight and cancer did not win. Please know when Todd died, so did the cancer. So technically it was a tie.
ELLSWORTH, Wis. - Lynda Wolfe, 71, Ellsworth, Wis., died Thursday, March 18, in her home.
Services will be at a later date. Donations can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Sister Yvonne Elskamp, OSF
Sister Yvonne Elskamp (Sister Mary de Ricci), 86, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, MN, died at Saint Marys Hospital, Mayo Campus, on March 17, 2021.
Yvonne Lorraine Elskamp was born December 9, 1934 in Fulda, Minnesota, to Frederick J. and Agatha (Keitges) Elskamp. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1952 and made perpetual vows in 1958. In 1962, she completed studies for a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN. In 1971, she completed a Master of Science Degree in Special Education at Mankato State University. Further studies included Specialist in Early Childhood Education.
In 1955, Sister Yvonne began her elementary teaching career at Saints Peter & Paul School, Glencoe; Saint Peter School, North Saint Paul; and Saint Mary School in Owatonna, MN. In 1968, she taught at Sacred Heart School in Norfolk, NE.
In 1971, Sister Yvonne returned to Winona, MN, and became an associate professor in education at the College of Saint Teresa for eighteen years. During this time, she was an advocate for children with mental and physical challenges and served as a member of the city, regional, and national Boards providing services for developmentally disabled persons.
For the next 16 years (1989-2005), Sister Yvonne continued as a caring and compassionate educator in early childhood education in Winona and first grade in parochial schools in Fonda, IA, and Adams, MN. She also served as principal at Sacred Heart School in Adams (1995-1997). In 2005, Sister Yvonne moved to Wheeling, WV, and served as a Pastoral Associate in the Diocese of Wheeling. She retired to Assisi Heights in 2008.
Sister Yvonne is survived by her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared life for sixty-eight years; her brothers, John (Kathy) Elskamp and Rev. Fred Elskamp; her sisters, Colette Hayward and Ann Kennedy; sister-in-law, Lois Elskamp. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Robert, Phil, and David Elskamp; three sisters, Lozetta Denno, Agnes Malters, and Colleen Woznak.
A private Funeral Liturgy will be held at Assisi Heights at 10:00 a.m., March 25, 2021, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Information to view the funeral may be found at
Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.
John Milton Rolli
John Rolli, age 73, passed away on March 17, 2021, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN.
John Milton Rolli was born May 1, 1947 to Harold and Shirley (Jahns) Rolli. John graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1965, and then from North Central Bible College with a degree in Christian Education. He served in Korea and Vietnam in the United States Air Force. In 1971, he was united in marriage to Mary Strande at the First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, MN. He spent many years pastoring, hauling mail, Rochester armor car, and delivering the Post Bulletin.
He is survived by his wife Mary of Spring Valley, his children Peter (Jeri) Rolli of Rochester, Chris Rolli of Spring Valley, Angie Erickson (John Lorius) of Spring Valley, and Amy (Bruce) Elliott of Rochester; 7 grandchildren Justin (Jasmine), Travis and Madison Rolli; Taylor (Andrew Olivia) Johnson; and Wyatt, Dakota, and Sam Elliot, and 1 great-grandchild Marceline Rolli. Brother Jim (Vicki) Rolli; sisters Kathy (Robert) Grabau, Terry (Glenn) Stuedemann, and Cindy (Dan) Schoenfeldt; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for John will be from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, MN. A Committal Service and Inurnment will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN with Pastor Corey Moss officiating.
Online condolences may be made at .
Delores L. Peters
Delores Loraine Peters, 96, of Spring Valley, MN passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Spring Valley Living.
She was born September 9, 1924 to William and Iva Mlenar. She was the oldest of 8 children. She was always “Sis” to the family and close friends. Delores grew up in Spring Valley and on March 29, 1942 she married Rexford Peters. He passed away in 2005.
Delores was a homemaker and helped her husband with their decorating business. They enjoyed many summers at their cabin on Upper Hay Lake by Brainerd, MN.
Delores is survived by her 3 sisters Sandra (Mike) Miller of Rochester, MN, Gwen (Richard) Ruesink of Spring Valley, Donna (Vernon) Lovstad of Burnsville, MN, sister-in-law Maxine Mlenar, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rex, infant son Barry Rexford Peters, brother Charles Mlenar, sister LaVonne Keller and husband Maurice, sister Mary Lou Regan and her husband Robert, infant sister Kleone Jean Mlenar, and two nephews Scott Regan and Brian Regan.
Funeral services for Delores will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Pastor Betsy Dartt officiating. Visitation will be held from10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at Hindtfuneralhomes.com
George Lane Jr.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - George Lane Jr., 60, Rochester, Minn., died Wednesday, March 17, in Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus.
Arrangements by Rochester Cremation Services.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Ronda Leibold-Brogan, 66, Spring Valley, Minn., died Wednesday, March 17, in Rochester.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Hindt Funeral Home.
WASECA, Minn. - Kathleen Hinze, 65, Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday, March 16, in her daughter’s home.
Arrangements by Hindt Funeral Home.
Nathan A. Wandell
KASSON, Minn. - Nathan A. Wandell, Kasson, Minn., died Monday, March 15, in his home.
Arrangements by Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Kasson.
Thomas George Speltz
Thomas George Speltz, 47, died Monday, March 15, 2021 of natural causes at his home in Altura, MN. He was born in Winona on April 12, 1973 to David and Barbara (Burke) Speltz. On June 6, 1998 he married Shelley Born and they were later divorced. He graduated from Lewiston Altura High School and Winona State University. He was an athletic director and business education teacher at Zumbrota Mazeppa High School for several years and later was the vice principal at Crookston High School. Tom also taught at Triton High School and was the athletic director for the Kingsland School District. After that he worked for “Go Rochester Direct”. Currently, he was the secretary/bookkeeper for Holy Trinity Parish of Rollingstone and St. Rose of Lima Parish of Lewiston. He was also a sportswriter for the Lewiston Journal and volunteered for the Altura Ambulance. Tom was an avid Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fan. Tom also found great joy in running the play clock, scoreboards, and announcing games for many surrounding schools. Tom is survived by his brother, John (Dawn) Speltz; niece, Hailey Speltz; nephew, Alex Speltz; Godparents, James Burke and Geraldine Daley; Godson, Zach Picha; and Shelley’s niece Lauren Picha. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Barbara; maternal grandparents, George and Clara Burke; and paternal grandparents, Vincent and Susie Speltz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Rollingstone with Rev. Chinnappa Pothireddy and Rev. Will Thompson concelebrating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday at church with the Rosary being recited at 6:45 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to Mass at the church Saturday. Tom will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Oak Ridge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Altura First Responders. Masks and social distancing will be required. Please leave a memory of Tom and sign his online guestbook at . Hoff Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family.
Sylvia Nickel, 80, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully at the Juliana Valencia Care Home on Sunday March 14, 2021.
Sylvia was born at home in Racine Township on October 8, 1940 to Walter and Lyla (Henke) Nickel. She graduated from Stewartville High School in 1958. She later earned an Associate of Arts at RCC. Though raised on a farm, Sylvie was always a city girl at heart. She moved to Rochester shortly after HS graduation, and worked in retail and the YMCA before joining IBM as a secretary. She worked her way up to the position of Technical Writer, where she wrote tech manuals for IBM computer systems. She retired in the 1990’s.
Sylvie’s second career after retirement was at the Rochester Public Library, where she worked in numerous capacities as an employee and volunteer. Her favorite duty was searching donations for rare or valuable books. She would price them for the library bookstore, and also sold valuable books online for library funding. Sylvie also studied horticulture and had a beautiful garden at her beloved vintage home near Kutsky park. She loved reading and learning all her life. She volunteered for Rochester Historic Preservation, the Rochester Symphony, and Mayowood preservation. She also loved attending concerts, museums, and ballets. She traveled frequently to many places in the US, Canada, England, and Hong Kong.
Sylvie was an extraordinarily kind woman who often lent a hand to those in less fortunate circumstances. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and devoted caretakers Erika, Theresa, Lydia, and Juliana, and Bonnie. The family thanks Mayo Palliative Care and Hospice staff for their superb care.
She is survived her sister, Rhonda Nickel, and brother-in-law Bradley Courneya of Idaho Springs, CO; nephew Chris (Lisa) Nickel-Felton and their sons Noah and Simon; sister-in-law Carolyn (Ray) Felton; her niece Alexandra Felton and son Max. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Randolph Nickel.
Because of Covid, a celebration of her life will be postponed til Spring. Her ashes will be interred then at the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Columbarium in downtown Rochester. Memorials may be sent to the Library, or the Olmsted Historical Society.
Brent T. Dodge
Brent Thomas Dodge was born on November 9, 1973 in Rochester, MN to parents Morris and LaDonna (Tillotson) Dodge. Brent walked into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 14, 2021 at the age of 47.
Memorial service 4:00 PM Monday March 22, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church (101 SE 2nd Ave) in Norwood Young America with Rev. Josh Bernau as officiant. Gathering of family and friends at the church Monday from 2:00 PM until the time of the service.
Memorials preferred to the Brent Dodge Memorial Fund ℅ Old National Bank, 53 W. Main St., Waconia, MN 55387.
Brent grew up in Pine Island, MN running around with friends, playing football and blowing his horn in the jazz band. He graduated from Pine Island High School and spent two years at U of M - Morris. He was united in marriage with Anne Loxtercamp on March 30, 1996 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Bloomington and were together for almost 25 years. Brent worked as a mortgage underwriter for 15 years with Wells Fargo.
Brent was a rabid Chicago Cubs fan, an avid history buff, an enthusiastic youth wrestling coach to his boy and a great teller of stories. He loved to take his boys fishing mostly just as a cover to spend quality time with his sons. Brent will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Brent is preceded in death by his son Ian Dodge and his grandparents.
Brent is survived by his beloved wife, Anne Dodge and cherished sons Ezekial and Aidric; parents Morris and LaDonna Dodge of Pine Island, MN; two sisters and brother-in-law Kim Dodge of Pine Island and Nicole and Paul Zantek of Edina, MN; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ken and Mary Ann Loxtercamp of Waconia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Audrey Wessale of Waconia, Greg Loxtercamp and Stephanie Zahrbock of Edina, Valeria Loxtercamp and Tom Burwell of Seattle, WA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.
Donald F. Pankowski
Donald F. Pankowski, 75, of Rochester, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at his home.
Don was born October 25, 1945 in Omaha, NE to Francis and Theresa (Regner) Pankowski. He was a 1963 graduate of St. Joseph High School and went on to the University of Omaha. Don spent his entire working career as a service technician for Honeywell, and retired after 46 years of service. On September 17, 1966, Don married Kathleen Zagor at the local catholic church in Omaha. Don and Kathy lived in Sioux City, IA for 21 years before moving to Rochester. While in Sioux City, Don was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, men’s club and the archery club. After moving to Rochester, Don became a member of Pax Christi Catholic Church where he was also very active in the men’s club and sang in the choir. Don loved being outdoors, bow and rifle hunting, cross country skiing, sailing and woodworking. He was an active dad, coaching softball, being a scout leader, refereeing volleyball and basketball. Don was caring, a wonderful provider and teacher and was a jack of all trades, he could fix anything.
Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy; children, Katie (Mark) Opheim of Omaha, NE, Karie Pankowski of Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Sarah, Stephanie, Matthew, Nolan and Kendra; great-grandchildren, James, Chloe and Carly; sister, Barbara Pankowski; brothers, David (Jean), Terry (Diane), Richard (Nancy), Frank (Lee) and a host of other family and friends. Don was preceded in death by his son, Steven and by his parents.
A memorial mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. The memorial mass will be livestreamed by the church via the following link Due to Covid-19, masks will be required and social distancing observed. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Pankowski family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit
EYOTA, Minn. - James Whitcomb, Eyota, Minn., died Saturday, March 13, in his home.
A funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 19, at Faith United Methodist Church in Eyota.
Arrangements by Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota.
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. - Julie Skifter, 57, Grand Meadow, Minn., died Friday, March 12, in Spring Valley Living.
Arrangements by Hindt Funeral Home.
Richard “Dick” Jeffers
Richard “Dick” Jeffers of Chatfield passed away Friday, March 12, 2021 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester with his family at his side. Dick was born on August 1, 1944 to Lloyd and Aletha (Young) Jeffers in Rushford, MN. He would share with others that he was born in the doctor’s office and then he was placed in a shoebox and his parents took him to the hospital in Winona.
Dick graduated from Peterson High School. During high school he worked on a farm and lived with the family. After graduation he was employed by MN DOT for over 40 years. While working for MN DOT he also had his Jeffers Landscaping business and sold hay and straw. Dick retired from MN DOT and continued his landscaping business. Dick enjoyed taking fishing trips with his buddies to Canada and to Devil’s Lake, ND and going on Casino bus trips. He looked forward to visiting with family and watching the kids running around the house and playing together. He also enjoyed sitting on the porch talking with everyone who walked by and he loved watching Adrian’s sporting activities and talking to him daily.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Camille (Hackbarth) Jeffers; daughter Michelle (Andy) McDermott and their son Adrian of Rochester; son Brian (Barbara) Jeffers of Lanesboro and children Dustin, Jen, Luke, Melody and their children; brothers John (Greg) of New Hope; William (Carol) of Rushford; Tom (Jane) of Chatfield, Chuck (Debbie) of Preston; sister Judy of Coon Rapids; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, half-brother Jimmy Garvalia, niece and nephew.
A private family service was held at the Chatfield Cemetery with Pastor Mark Docken and Nissa Peterson officiating.
Stacy L. Crawford (Amundson)
Age 56, of Savage, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on March 13, 2021. She is survived by her husband, Gary, and their son, Collin. She is also survived by her mother, Audrey, her sisters Lisa and Lori (Jim) and by Gary’s siblings, Judy (Dick), Marie (Clint) and Chuck. She is also adored by Stacy and Gary’s 8 nieces and nephews. Stacy was preceded in death by her father, Lonald. Stacy graduated from John Marshall High School in Rochester MN, class of 1983. Stacy attended and graduated from Saint Cloud State University. Following college, Stacy enjoyed a successful career as a Recruiter at Brown University and as Practice Director at Volt Workforce Solutions. Stacy married Gary who was her high school sweetheart in 1989. They moved to the Twin Cities and in 1998 they had their son, Collin. Stacy loved being with people especially those with whom she enjoyed the holidays and parties, attending plays and football games, traveling and those she met while attending Collin’s many sporting events. Stacy loved people and will be greatly missed. She was always the life of the party and we will toast her every time we have “another splash of Chardonnay”. “Keep your mind and heart open, I may show up when you least expect it”. Visitation on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel, 1580 Century Point, Eagan, MN 55121. Funeral Service on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:00 am at Church of the Risen Savior Catholic Church, 1501 County Rd 42 E, Burnsville, MN 55306 and funeral service will also be live streamed at under Crawford’s obituary page or Klecatsky’s Facebook page. Memorials will be donated to brain tumor research. 651-454-9488
Joyce J. Haack
Joyce J. Haack of Plainview, Minnesota was called to her heavenly home on Friday, March 12, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Joyce was born on October 27, 1925, to Charles and Helen (Willers) Fick, in Lake City, Minnesota. She was one of two children. On March 9, 1944, she married Donald E. Haack at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Wing, MN. They were married for 68 years. Joyce was a gifted pianist, studying at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. She loved to play classical music such as Bach, Beethoven, Handel, etc. She taught piano lessons locally for 35 years. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview where she sang in the Senior Choir, sang many duets with her husband at weddings and funerals, she taught Sunday School for many years, was a member of Ladies Aid and attended various Bible Classes. She and her husband Don were involved in Sages, an older adult ministry of the Minnesota South District (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod). She was an avid gardener of vegetables and flowers. She enjoyed reading, watching news shows and, of course, Hallmark holiday movies. Her humor was so much fun; she loved to tease. She loved cooking and baking. Her apple pie was a favorite among her family. Her motto in life was, “keep a positive attitude!”
Joyce had three children: Lloyd (Pat) Haack of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Virginia (Phil) Giese of Merrill, Wisconsin, and Brian (Laura) Haack of Plainview. She had five grandchildren: Kendis (Les) Charles, Johnathan Haack, Kristine (Jake) Schneider, Kara Haack and Logan Haack. Also, two great-grandchildren: Nolah and Kylah Charles. She loved her visits with family, especially going out to eat with them and ordering her favorite shrimp dinner.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, and brother. Al Fick, of Plainview. All memorials are requested to be sent directly to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview, Minnesota.
Joyce’s family wishes to thank Pastor Phil Augustine, the Green Prairie Assisted Living and Nursing Home for the care they have given Joyce the past several years. She enjoyed the staff and had her favorites…too many to mention.
A private graveside service will be Thursday, March 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Plainview with Pastor Phil Augustine officiating.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is assisting the family with arrangements. Schadandzabelfuneralhome.com
Audrey L. Taylor
Audrey L. Taylor, 92, of Rochester, Minnesota went home to be with her Savior on March 12, 2021. Audrey was a resident of Madonna Towers, where she resided with her beloved husband of 73 years, Charles E. Taylor.
Audrey was born on February 20, 1929 to Benjamin and Lucille Clark in Fleetville, Pennsylvania. She graduated Salutatorian from Benton High School, where she enjoyed playing the baritone, was a cheerleader, and sang in many operettas. She met Charles at a Scott Township basketball game and won him over with her famous homemade spaghetti. They were married on September 13, 1947.
Audrey was the faithful and dedicated mother to five children who were blessed with her creative talents. She was a marvelous cook, excellent seamstress, and a wellspring of creativity. She was famous for her tastefully decorated Christmas trees that filled her family’s holidays with joy. She was also a talented writer who used her gifts to encourage others. She was a member of Salem Road Covenant Church. She loved the Lord. For many years she sang in the church choir and volunteered in many capacities. She had a heart for people in need which led her to advocate for the mentally ill.
Audrey is survived by her husband, Charles; son, Richard Taylor (Joanne) of Ocala, FL; son, John Taylor of Rochester, MN; daughter, Laura Larson (Eric) of Oak Park, IL; and son, Phillip Taylor (Jennifer) of Rochester, MN. Audrey was blessed with 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a sister, Lois Brown of Fort Pierce, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Jane Anderson and Verna Covey; and son, Charles Taylor. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Madonna Towers skilled nursing and Seasons Hospice for their compassionate care and support.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Pastor Rollie Mossberg will be officiating with inurnment at Oakwood Cemetery, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) South East Minnesota. Due to Covid-19, masks will be required, and social distancing will be observed.
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Bernard “Bernie” O. Beaver
Bernard Orlyn Beaver, 79, of Mantorville, MN was born on December 16, 1941 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He passed away at his home on March 11, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Suzanne Marie Beaver; his parents Orlyn Maurice Beaver and Rosemary Agnes Mar and stepfather Reginald Ferrin.
Bernard was beloved by his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with family through many sporting events, family gatherings, or just a visit from family or friends at his home or a local restaurant. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking rides on scenic country roads to pass the time once he retired. He will be missed dearly and remembered fondly.
Bernard is survived by son Jeff Beaver; daughter Victoria O’Brien; stepson Nate Fjerstad; siblings Coralie (Jerry) Fiegel, Jim (Lydia) Beaver and Cathi (Phil) Brossard; grandchildren Kandice (Kurt) Svec, Brooke (Tom) Fox, Adam (Kally) O’Brien, Jesse Beaver, and Riley Fjerstad; great-grandchildren Kaydence, Ainsley, Kaysn and Bailey; as well as nieces and nephews Dan (Megan) Olive, Jim (Tessa) Olive, Julie (Dennis) Mattila, Joey Fiegel, Emily Beaver and Hannah Beaver.
A gathering to celebrate the life of Bernard will be held on March 17, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution according to their wishes at a later time.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services – Kasson is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at .
Robert James “Jim” Buehler, Sr.
Robert James “Jim” Buehler Sr., 92, of West Concord, died Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic Hosptial, St. Marys Campus in Rochester surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 10, 1928, in Milton Township, Dodge County, the son of Walter and Ruth (Lehnherr) Buehler. Jim graduated from West Concord High school in 1945. He was a Korean War Veteran serving in the Army from 1953-1955. On July 30, 1955, he married Phyllis Weis. Jim was a lifelong farmer and a longtime Democrat, serving as the Dodge County D.F.L. Chairman for 10 years. He was a local pioneer in no-till planting and fall strip tillage. Jim was recognized in 1990 as the outstanding conservation farmer in Dodge County. He served on the board of the Farmers Home Administration of Dodge and Olmsted Counties from 1978-1981. Jim was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 60-year member of the American Legion. He served as president of the Farmers Union for 2 years and was a Board of Director for the West Concord Historical Society for many years. Jim had a passion for work, farming, welding and staying busy. He enjoyed reading, watching the news and staying current on local events. He also enjoyed swing dancing and traveling throughout the United States and overseas. Jim was known for his quick wit and sense of humor and occasionally being a character. He loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they often brought out the best in him.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis Buehler of Dodge Center; children, Gregory (Julie) Buehler of Dodge Center, Joy Duellman (friend, K.C. Reed) of Winona, Jeffrey (Cindy) Buehler of Dodge Center, Robert (Sandy) J. Buehler, Jr. of Rochester; grandchildren, Amy Buehler, William “Billy” Buehler, Jonathan Duellman, Drew Buehler, Allison Schley, Abigail Buehler, Aaron Buehler, Marcus Buehler and Andrea Stawarski; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Ben and Charlotte Schley, Nicci, Lana and Edison James Buehler, Landen, Haley and Nolan Stawarski.
He was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanne (Paul) Matti and Janice (Howard) Sathrum; and son-in-law, Richard Duellman.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 11:30 AM at the West Concord Historical Society with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the West Concord Historical Society.
Carol Elnora (Howard) Moyer
Carol “Ma” Elnora (Howard) Moyer, age 82 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 11th, 2021, at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester, MN. She was born June 9th, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa to Elnora (Laghry) and George Howard.
Carol is survived by 3 children, Ken (KellyRose) Moyer,
Jeff Moyer, Lori (Pat) Catlin all of Rochester, MN, as well as 14 Grandchildren and 17 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her youngest, son Robert (Carri) Moyer.
Darrell H. Spitzer
CHATFIELD, Minn. - Darrell H. Spitzer, 77, Chatfield, Minn., died Thursday, March 11, in his home.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatfield.
Arrangements by Riley Funeral Homes in Chatfield.
Bernard “Bernie” O. Beaver
MANTORVILLE, Minn. - Bernard “Bernie” O. Beaver, Mantorville, Minn., died Thursday, March 11, in his home.
Arrangements by Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Kasson, Minn.
William J. Bennett
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - William J. Bennett, 85, Maplewood, formerly Simpson, Minn., died Thursday, March 11, in Maplewood.
Arrangements by Crescent Tide Cremation.
Vincent Bernard Feehan, 95, of Lake City, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021 at The Bluff’s in Lake City, just a few hours before his birthday. He was born to Patrick and Ida (Schuchard) Feehan on March 12, 1925 in Oakwood Township, Wabasha County, Minnesota. He grew up on the farm with his brother, Donald, who also lived to the age of 95. Vincent attended Wabasha County School. On April 11, 1944 he married Mary Virginia Funk at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in West Albany, they were married for 74 years before Mary Virginia’s passing on May 24, 2018.
The Feehan’s farmed in rural Lake City. Vincent enjoyed going fishing, playing cards, and chewing snuff. In his later years Vincent enjoyed going to casinos. He was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City.
Vincent is survived by his children, Patricia Ann Nelson of Minnesota City, Marilyn (Jerry) Pfeilsticker of Lake City, and Kenneth Vincent (Bonnie Barbara) Feehan of LaCrosse; ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Donald.
A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City with Father Matthew Fasnacht officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the service in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Lake City. Masks are required and please practice social distancing.
Arrangements by Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel. Guest register may be signed at
Patricia Ann (Heins) Harnack
Patricia Ann (Heins) Harnack, 80, of Eyota, died Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
Pat was born September 20, 1940 in Rochester to Melvin and Dorthea (Woodward) Harnack. She graduated from Dover-Eyota High School in 1958 and then attended Mankato State University. On March 28, 1959 she married Joe Heins at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. They lived and farmed north of Eyota. Pat also worked various jobs in Rochester. She and Joe later divorced.
Pat is survived by her children; Terri (Bill) Broadwater of Preston and Dave (Julie) Heins of Eyota; four grandchildren, Jessica Broadwater, Tyler, Jessica (Bryce) and Connor; one great-grandson Micah and special friend Marvin Lyke of Eyota.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Melvin Harnack.
The family would like to thank Seasons Hospice, Traditions of Preston and Chosen Valley Care Center. In Lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to one of these entities.
A private funeral service will be Monday, March 15th at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota with Pastor Jean Boese officiating. Burial will be at the Elgin Cemetery.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota is assisting the family with arrangements. Schadandzabelfuneralhomes.com
Richard Dale Rud
Richard Dale Rud “Dick” of Allen, Texas passed away on March 10, 2021 at the age of 81, from complications of Covid. He was born on October 10, 1939 to Oscar Nickolie Rud and Josie Amanda (Ness) Rud in Salem Corners, Minnesota. Dick attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he received his bachelor’s degree. He married Julaine Marilyn Senjem “Jill” on July 29, 1961 in Rock Dell, Minnesota at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church. They were looking forward to celebrating 60 years together this July. Dick was a teacher and a football coach in Appleton, WI before joining the paper & packaging industry in the late 1960’s. Dick founded Rud & Pickarts Marketing Co., a manufacturers rep firm in Plano, Texas, in 1979. Over the years, Dick developed many friendships and valued relationships in the industry that he maintained through retirement. He retired in 2009 but enjoyed going to the office each day to keep current with what was happening in the business which now has the third generation of Ruds working there. He was an amazing Grandfather who truly enjoyed his relationships with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also loved gardening, telling jokes and was a true people person that could make friends anywhere. Dick is survived by his wife, Jill Rud of Allen, Texas; sons, Eric Rud and wife, Jenell of Allen, Texas and Bart Rud and wife, Jennifer of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Kristen Mills and husband, Scott of Murphy, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Dustin Rud and wife, Jennifer of Allen, Texas, Nick Rud and wife, Kelli of Allen, Texas, Thomas Rud and wife, Kara of Princeton, Texas, Erica Seward of San Antonio, Texas, Emma Rud of Allen, Texas, Emily Rud of San Antonio, Texas, Erica Rud of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew Mills of Nevada, Texas, Lexi Clark and husband, Matt of Fate, Texas, and Andrew Mills of Murphy, Texas; and also 5 great-grandchildren, Reese, Jarrett, Charli, Asher and Colt. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Josie Rud; 4 brothers, Ellsworth Rud, Aden Rud, Joel Rud and Herb Rud and his sister, Florence Huggins. A memorial service will be held at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel on June 19, 2021 with time to be updated. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit TJMfuneral.com
Keith Terrance Kemmer, 87 of Rochester, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester – St. Mary’s Campus from complications of a broken hip.
Keith was born June 19, 1933 to Earl & Hazel (Rathbone) Kemmer. He was a graduate of Stewartville High School. He worked in Rochester most of his life, most recently at Adamson Motors. Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, biking and traveling. He also enjoyed being with his family and friends. Keith was a strong believer in Jesus and was ready to meet his Lord and Savior. He is survived by a brother, Kelvin Kemmer; sister, Margaret Schmalenberg and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Glenn.
A celebration of his life is being planned for June. Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Winona is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Keith and sign his online guestbook at .
Charles H. Withers
Charles H. Withers, age 94, a former editor and co-owner of the Rochester Post-Bulletin, died on March 10, 2021. A lifelong resident of Rochester, Chuck was born on February 4, 1927, the son of Glenn and Bessie Withers. He attended public schools, and after serving in the U.S. Navy from June 1945 to August 1946, he graduated from Rochester Junior College and the University of Minnesota School of Journalism. While in college, Chuck worked part-time as a Post-Bulletin sports writer before joining the news staff full-time in December 1949, after graduating from the “U.” After more than a decade as a reporter specializing in governmental and political news and as a copy editor, he became editor in 1960 after the death of his father, Glenn S. Withers, who had been the owner, editor and publisher of the Post-Bulletin.
Charles Withers covered ten national political conventions for the P-B, including both the Democratic and Republican conventions in 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980. He served as editor for 20 years until 1980, then for five years as an editorial page columnist, and then for five years as a newsroom consultant, until retiring from the Post-Bulletin on December 31, 1990. The Withers family sold the Post-Bulletin in 1977 to the Small Newspaper Group based in Kankakee, IL.
Chuck was a past president of the Olmsted County Historical Society and the Rochester chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. He served on numerous boards of non-profits in Rochester and the surrounding area, as well as being on the board of the First National Bank of Rochester for 25 years.
Charles Withers married Barbara Berkman, also a lifelong Rochester resident, on March 1, 1947. Barby was a lifelong volunteer in many phases of the criminal justice system. She died on February 13, 2014. Survivors of Charles include a son, John (Pat) Withers of Rochester, and two daughters, Ann Martin (Russ Larson) of Ann Arbor, MI, and Suzanne (Mike) Schrader of Eagan, MN. Also surviving him are seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his two brothers, John K. Withers of Santa Rosa, CA, and Robert Withers of Phoenix, AZ, and a granddaughter, Veronica Schrader of Eagan, MN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of your choice.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Withers family; to share a special memory of condolence please visit
Barbara Ann Krahn
Barbra Ann (Batterson) Krahn, 86, of Rochester died Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Cottagewood Senior Communities from Alzheimer’s.
She was born April 11, 1934 to Lloyd and Dorthy Batterson.
Barb married Donald J Krahn on July 7, 1956 and together, they built a life they loved. She was a devoted mother and grandma, who made it to every game. It was rare to look up and not see her in the bleachers cheering for a Krahn.
She enjoyed going to their cabin in Wabasha, entertaining friends and family all weekend, boating, fishing, and they loved to travel. She was a big-hearted woman, who lived and loved life. She was a “hostess with the mostess”.
She is survived by her two sons, Mike (Jennifer) Krahn and Dan (Lori Newell) Krahn; grandchildren, Michaela, Dahlton, and Haley; two brothers, Richard (Norma) Batterson and David (Marsha) Batterson; sister, Jane Batterson; and brothers-in-law, Sid Frank and Kenny Krahn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Krahn; brother, Tom (Marlene) Batterson; and sister, Susan Frank.
We will be putting together a celebration of life this coming summer.
Online condolences are welcome at .
Everett J. Hanson
Everett J. Hanson, 83, formerly of Rochester and of Whalan, died Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Arbor Garden Place in Eyota. Everett was born to John and Edna (Hanson) Hanson September 19, 1937 in Norway Township, Fillmore County. He grew up in Whalan and graduated from Lanesboro High School. Everett then served in the U.S. Army for two years, stationed in Texas. He was married to Denise Biwer and later divorced. Everett worked for Gamble Robinson in Rochester before beginning an insurance sales career with Farmers’ Insurance Group in Rochester. Following retirement Everett worked for My Pallet Company. He was an avid member of the National Rifle Association , as well as a member of the Elks and Moose Lodges. Everett enjoyed hunting, collecting guns and knives.
Survivors include three brothers; Robert H
anson of Wabasha, John Hanson of Chatfield and David Hanson of St. Charles, four nieces and nephews and two daughters, Rebecca and Christine. He was preceded in death by a brother, LuVern and longtime companion, Verna Karnatz.
Burial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2021 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston with Reverend Patricia Hinkie of Whalan Lutheran Church presiding.
Hoff Funeral Service of St. Charles is assisting the family with arrangements. .
Charles E. Copeman
Charles E. Copeman, 70, of Fountain, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at his home in Fountain.
Charles Edgar Copeman was born January 24, 1951, in Preston to Lee and Louise (Drogemuller) Copeman. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1969. On July 26, 1969 he married Elizabeth A. Day of Chatfield and they were married at Baptist Church in Stewartville. Charles worked on the family farm with his Dad and brother John, and later on with his son James, until he retired in 2000.
Charles had a passion for sports, and loved to watching the Vikings, Twins, T-wolve, and Lynx. His true passion was fishing and made many trips up to Canada. He really enjoyed just being around family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth; 3 sons, James (Tamara) of Red Lake Ontario, Canada, Kevin of Chatfield, and Charlie of Fountain; 2 grandchildren, Jocelyn, Haiden; brother, John (Kathy) Copeman of Chatfield; sister, Linda (Jim) Whitcomb of Eyota; 2 sister inlaws, Ruth Copeman of Fountain and Roberta Copeman of Chatfield; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Louise; 3 brothers, Rod and Bill Copeman, and infant brother Myril Lee.
Memorials can be sent to Riley Funeral Homes, 800 S Main St, Chatfield, MN 55923.
Online condolences are welcome at rileyfuneralhomes.com.
Jean Ann Pavelka, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, friend, and neighbor, went peacefully to her heavenly home, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, after a short illness. She was born at home on the family farm in rural Lake City, Minnesota, to Fayne and Rose Zabel, on August 8, 1941. Jean graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in Wabasha, Minnesota in 1959. She went on to attend the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis and then worked at Big Joe Flour Mill in Wabasha. She married Kenny Pavelka, her husband of nearly 59 years, at St. Agnes Church in Kellogg, Minnesota, on September 1, 1962. She and Kenny farmed in rural Kellogg, and raised their 9 children there, before moving to Kellogg in 1996. Jean’s greatest joys in life were her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Other hobbies included gardening, reading and visiting with friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and mother and father-in-law (Fritz and Rachel Pavelka). She is survived by her loving husband, Kenny, siblings Ruth Zabel, Shirley Kronebusch (Larry), Wayne Zabel (Pat), Leroy Zabel (Nancy), Jeanette Gile (Gary), and children Donnie Pavelka (Joan) of Plainview, MN, Lori Wolf (Ted) of Kellogg, MN, Dawn Rossman (Mike) of Byron, MN, Jacki Kennedy (Jim) of Austin, MN, Kevin Pavelka (Clare) of Lake City, MN, Darrell Pavelka (Bernard Harrison) of Minneapolis, MN, Jeri Edel (Scott) of Forest City, IA, Tony Pavelka (Anh-Thu) of Shakopee, MN, and Mark Pavelka (Deanna) of Wabasha, MN.
Jean is also survived by the following grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Michael Pavelka & Suzie Lutz & daughters Madi & Lainie, Nicole & Eric Hart & daughter Lily, Stephanie Pavelka & Taylor Bublitz, Valerie Wolf & Anna Brady & children Emmett & Sawyer, Andrea & Derik Tradup & sons
Wyatt & Blake, Ben Wolf, Bryon & Sarah Pavelka & son Peyton Wentz, Daniel Rossman, Kasandra Kennedy & children Lexi & Luke, Morgan & Milo Pavelka, Caleb, Ayla & Emily Pavelka, Josie & Jasa Edel, My-Linh, Hailey & Makenzie Pavelka, and Garret & Eve Pavelka.
She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her and is wished Godspeed on her journey.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
A public visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2021, at Abbott Funeral Home, Wabasha. Following CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing is expected.
A private funeral Mass will be held.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at
Franklin D. Fail
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Franklin D. Fail, 63, Rochester, Minn., died Tuesday, March 9, in Mayo Clinic Hospital St Mary’s Campus.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 18.
Arrangements by Rochester Cremation Services.
Mahlon “Pete” Lonergan
ROSE CREEK, Minn. - Mahlon “Pete” Lonergan, 94, rural Rose Creek, Minn., died Tuesday, March 9, in his home.
Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m., followed by a funeral at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, Minn. The Rev. Jeremy Johnson will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Adams American Legion Post #146.
Arrangements by Adams Funeral Home.
Park Anthony Zillgitt
Park Anthony Zillgitt, 78, of Rochester, passed away on March 8, 2021 in Rochester.
He was born in Austin, MN on July 6, 1942 to Julius and Ruth (Hanson) Zillgitt. He graduated from Austin High School and joined the Army National Guard reserves and worked for IBM for many years. Park loved listening to the old classics, Johnny Cash and especially the “King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley. He also enjoyed playing bingo, Yahtzee. Those that knew Park knew he was a good man and will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Bradley (Schiann) Zillgitt; step-daughter, Michelle Arneson; grandson, Gavin and close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Ronnie Zillgitt.
A burial for Park will be held on Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 11:00am in Lake City at Oakwood cemetery with military honors.
To leave an online condolence for the family visit mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be sent to Mahn Family Funeral Home 1624 37th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901 and will be forwarded to the family.
DUANE E. WIGHAM
Duane E. Wigham, of Adams, Minnesota, passed away Monday, March 8, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospitals – St. Marys Campus in Rochester.
Duane Wigham was a small-town man at heart, who originated from Adams and lived a full life without ever leaving his roots. He was born as an early Christmas present on December 24, 1939. He grew up playing in the pews of Little Cedar Lutheran Church and graduated from Adams High school in 1957. Not long after high school, he married his life-long partner, Meridee Larson on June 29th, 1959. Throughout their marriage, they were blessed with four children, six grandchildren and a climbing number of great-grandchildren. He cherished family time on vacations, fishing trips and family get-togethers.
At his heart, Duane was a man of service. If he wasn’t serving his family or community, he was a steward of the soil. Duane’s involvement in the community was expressed in his assistance at steak fry’s for the Fire Department, his activity in the Legion, a board member of the Little Cedar Lutheran Church, board member at the Adams golf course, alongside many fundraiser efforts throughout the community.
Though devout and passionate about his family and community, Duane’s heart was equally as passionate about his farming operation. He was fortunate enough to purchase his first piece of earth in 1972. Even more to his exhilaration, he was able to till that earth with bright red tractors, as he was an avid Case IH advocate. Same as his tractors, Duane was as firm as ironclad and hard working until his death.
God called home his hardest working farmer. Duane Wigham left his earthly body early Monday morning and will forever remain in the memories of his family and community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna (Moore) Wigham; son, Duane William Wigham; great grandson, Lucas Hamilton; brothers, Robert and William; sister, Ruth Ann and twin infant brothers, Ronald and Donald.
Duane is survived by his wife: Meridee Wigham of Adams; three daughters: Dawn (Thomas) Lubinski of Byron, Dee (Russ) Williams of Cresco, Iowa, Nicolle (Brady) Seidl of Prior Lake; six grandchildren: Jesse (Michele) Hamilton of Grant, Alabama, Travis (Nancy) Hamilton of Elkton, Brooke Hamilton of Austin, Jordan Warren of Duluth, Logan Lubinski (fiancée Claire Stelow) of Boca Raton, Florida and Charlotte Seidl of Prior Lake; three great-grandchildren, Shane, Avery and Andrew Hamilton; brother, Paul (Audrey) Wigham of Kasson; sisters, Dorothy (Orrie) Anderson of Adams, Jean King of Mitchell, South Dakota, and Joyce (David) Gomer of Ft. Meyers, Florida; sisters-in-law: Kathleen Wigham of Adams and Irene Wigham of Florida; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, March 12th at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with the Reverend Jeremy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Little Cedar Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm, and will continue one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and all MN Dept. of Health Covid-19 protocol will be followed.
Phillip “Phil” Wellvang
Phil Wellvang, age 95, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2021 at the Homestead Assisted Living at Rochester.
Phil was born in Mineola Township near Zumbrota on July 9, 1925 to Albert and Pauline Wellvang and grew up on a farm. He graduated from Zumbrota High School and soon after married his high school sweetheart Elaine Anderson. They shared over 66 years of marriage before Elaine passed away in 2010.
Like many of his generation, Phil served his country with distinction as a soldier in WWII. Phil saw action in Europe with the 376th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, where he became a Staff Sargent and received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in battle in Germany.
After returning from the war, Phil began his long career in the life insurance industry spanning over 60 years. Selling insurance turned out to be the perfect occupation for Phil, combining his outgoing personality, his natural drive and his love of people. In the early 1950s, he and Elaine, along with their 2 young boys, moved to Rochester where Phil took over an insurance agency which eventually became the Wellvang Agency. Over the years he grew the Wellvang Agency to provide insurance products for multiple generations of farmers, business owners and residents in the Rochester area. While Phil’s clients were always his prime passion, another of his proud accomplishments was earning his CLU degree (Chartered Life Underwriter) through evening and weekend study at Rochester Community College (now RCTC), where he later taught CLU classes for up and coming insurance agents.
Phil’s passion for the insurance business was equally matched by his passion for traveling with Elaine. In the mid-1960s they began their “trailering days”, first with a travel trailer and later with their RV. On most weekends throughout the summer, they would meet up with their RV friends at various campground destinations in SE Minnesota for fun and comradery. By the early 1970s Phil and Elaine’s traveling ventures led them to Arizona, where they began an unbroken span over 40 years of spending increasing amounts of time in the Grand Canyon State during the winter.
Since moving to Rochester in the early 1950s, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church was always an important part of Phil’s life. When he and Elaine joined the church it was only one year old. They quickly became enthusiastic members of the Gloria Dei community and helped it grow. After Elaine’s passing in 2010, Phil appreciated the companionship and caring community at Gloria Dei, especially the weekly brunches with dear friends after Sunday services.
Phil was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, and his son James. He is survived by his son Steven (Melinda) and his grandsons, Thomas (Cara), Daniel and Michael, and great-grand daughter Lila, as well as members of his extended family spread across the country. He will be deeply missed, particularly his ever-present smile and enthusiasm for life, by his beloved family and many friends whose lives he touched.
We are grateful for the expert and loving care provided Phil the last years of his life by the dedicated Homestead Home Health staff, as well as the Mayo Hospice team.
Funeral services will be held at a private ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The service will be live streamed on the Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes Facebook page. A celebration of the life of Phil will be scheduled at a later date. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Wellvang family; to share a special memory of condolence please visit
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Duane Wigham, 81, Adams, Minn., died Monday, March 8, in Mayo Clinic Hospitals - St. Marys Campus.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Adams Funeral Home. Visitation will continue from 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 12, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams. The Rev. Jeremy Johnson will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Adams Funeral Home.
Glenn Milo Richardson, age 89, passed away on March 7, 2021 at St Marys Hospital.
Glenn was born on July 18, 1931 in Elgin, MN to Thomas and Florence (Dewitz) Richardson. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1949. He married Gaynel (Krahn) Richardson on February 16, 1951. They were married for 70 years.
Glenn worked at Schultz Dairy in Plainview, Gamble Robinson, Gopher Aviation and Rochester Public Schools.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Gaynel; son, Robert (Donna) Richardson; daughter-in-law, Pam Richardson; granddaughter, Victoria (Nate) Clem; 2 great-grandchildren; step-granddaughter, Nicole (Matt) Kirchoff; 2 step-great- granddaughters; and sisters, Eleith (Ralph) Frizloff and Ruth Ann Dessner.
Glenn is preceded in death by his son, Michael Richardson; his parents; brothers, Herb, Lyle and Thomas; and sister, Norma Deming.
There will be no service at this time.
Memorials may be made to your choice or Paws & Claws.
The family wants to thank all the great people at St Marys who cared for Glenn.
Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Glenn may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com
Howard George Wells “Makata Ho Wasté”, 89, of Welch died Sunday, March 7, 2021, at the Benedictine Living Community – St. Crispins. He was born on June 12, 1931, in Red Wing to George and Cecelia (Johnson) Wells. He graduated in 1950 from Red Wing Central High School and then served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1954. He worked for local businesses over the years, and was also an Elders advocate for the Prairie Island Indian Community in his later years. On May 23, 1998, he was united in marriage to Gail Wannebo, until her death on December 22, 2018. He was a member of the Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post #54 and the Burnson-Lillyblad VFW #1218. He deeply enjoyed baseball, having played in his younger years for the Miesville Mudhens, Red Wing Aces and the Bay City Bombers. His passion for driving and his love and concern for his fellow person took him near and far to spend time with those he loved most. All along the journey telling the local history, his memories, and experiences of those people in those places.
Howard is survived by one brother, John (Marti) Wells; one niece, Leah (Eric) Johnson; two nephews, Mitchell (Calli) Wells and Andrew (Alyssa) Wells; grandchildren, Seth and Colin Johnson, Adam, Amara and Aiven Wells and Nolan Wells; Gail’s family, Susan (John) O’Connell, Mark (Amy) Westergarrd and Kristin Wannebo along with the grandchildren and great grandchildren he shared with Gail; and numerous cousins, godchildren and other family and friends.
A walk- through visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Masks and social distancing are required. A private family service will be held. Burial will be at the Prairie Island Community Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at .
Ralph C. Nebergall
Ralph C. Nebergall, 102, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at Primrose on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
Ralph was born December 4, 1918 in Boise, Idaho to Ernest and Clara (Cooper) Nebergall. He graduated from Austin High School and attended Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota earning a Bachelor’s degree in the Seminarian program.
Ralph served in the Army during WWII as a truck driver, landing at Normandy Beaches with the 3rd Armored Division in July 1944 (three weeks after the June invasion). In the European campaign, Ralph helped liberate France and he participated in the conflicts in various German cities which helped bring the war to an end.
Ralph married Helen Vernelia Beadell on August 20th, 1948 at First Baptist Church in Austin, Minnesota. He worked at Hormel in Austin, where he deboned hams for the “Cure 81” ham product line.
As a licensed minister, Ralph would do evangelical work across the 5-state area. As an artist, he would bring his gift of art to the congregations by drawing on his chalk easel while preaching as he drew. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Austin, which he helped build. He faithfully served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and many years as a Sunday school teacher.
Ralph helped with the North Star 4-H club for a few years when his children were involved and made many trips during the winter to take “teenagers” to watch their team play basketball.
Ralph is survived by his daughter: Joy (Steve) Payne of Roseville, Minnesota, son, James Nebergall of Texas; beloved nieces and nephews: Sue and Denny Henriksen of Waukesha, Wisconsin, John D. and Bonnie Hillmer of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sandy and Chip Hungerford of Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, and Penny and John Quirk of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin; And the many loved great nieces and nephews; dear friends, Dave and Becky Pearson of Austin, Minnesota and children and their children who were “Ralph’s Grandkids”.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 27th at Grace Baptist Church in Austin with Pastor Dan Mielke officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery with Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine D. Barnes
Lorraine D. Barnes, age 94, of Rochester, MN passed away Saturday, March 6, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Lorraine Dorothy Barnes was born July 23, 1926 in Rochester, MN the daughter of Paul and Bertha (White) Bolduan. Lorraine was united in marriage to Warren Barnes on March 14, 1953 at Trinity Lutheran Church and they made their home in Rochester. In her earlier years, Lorraine worked as medical secretary for Mayo Clinic until her family grew and she was a stay at home mom. She later worked as a secretary for the Rochester School District with most years at Elton Hills until her retirement in 1985.
Lorraine and Warren enjoyed traveling to visit National Parks and family, spending winters in Las Vegas. She liked word finds, reading, crossword puzzles, cooking and especially knitting baby booties.
She is survived by her children, Jean (Dennis) Southwick of Rochester, MN, Karen Barnes of Mankato, MN and James Barnes of Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Jesse, Tara, Jason and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Micayla, Catherine, Ashleigh, Zxione and Keonella, brother, Paul (Arleta) Bolduan of Winona, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Warren, brother, Clarence Bolduan and sister, Joyce Bolduan.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Friday, March 12, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church 222 6th Ave. SW, Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Barnes family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit .
Sharon Lee Morlock
Sharon Lee Morlock passed away on Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, Rod, (of 54 years), daughters Heidi (Hans Peterson) and Kasey (Garth Tschetter), and son Jake (Katie) and 7 grandchildren (Nelson, Will, Simon, Henry, Pete, Luke, and Halle). She is preceded in death by her daughter, Gretchen, and her parents Leander and Dolores Wermerkskirchen (Deutsch).
Sharon was born on November 5th, 1944, the only child of Leander and Delores on a dairy farm in Belle Plaine township. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Jordan High School in 1962. Four years later she graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in business education and taught her first year in Madelia. High school sweethearts, Rod and Sharon, were married on June 24, 1967 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, Minnesota where they made their first home. Here their first daughter, Gretchen, was born in 1969. In 1970, Rod, Sharon, and Gretchen moved to Stewartville, where Sharon taught keyboarding, business, and computer classes for 35+ years at Stewartville High School (SHS). In 1975, Rod and Sharon purchased “The Back Forty,” east of town where all their children were raised and put work to keep out of trouble. Sharon retired from teaching in 2007 and was hired as the first female athletic director in Stewartville for another 8 years.
Sharon had a life-long love of sports. She spent many years running with her family and competing in various road races. At Stewartville High School, over the years she coached volleyball, track, cross-country and was the varsity girls’ basketball coach for 10 years. On Friday nights, you would hear her voice over the loudspeaker, announcing the varsity football games. Sharon had a particular fondness for baseball. It is no surprise that her sending song at her funeral is, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Her involvement at Stewartville High School included more than her teaching in the classroom and coaching of athletic teams. Sharon organized the largest Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter in the state, and served on the state BPA Board of Directors. She understood that not all students were bound for college, so she pioneered a school-to-work program at SHS that gave students opportunities to work outside of school. She had a heart and special gift for connecting with students who didn’t fit into the traditional school model.
Sharon had a passion for collecting antiques. She loved going to auctions, antique stores, and summer events like Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, where she found many treasures. Sharon’s favorite place to be outside was leisurely tending to her flower beds. She was an excellent cook and spent much time canning, which she passed onto her children. Sharon was famous for her excellent pies. Her cherry, lemon, and custard pies were frequently requested at family gatherings.
She has been very involved at Zion Lutheran Church over the decades, serving as church council president and involved in various other committees. Sharon was fortunate to be able to travel globally in her adult life, taking vacations to various National Parks as well as trips to Europe and Asia. Her favorite spot was in Park Rapids, MN, where she had a cabin on Fish Hook Lake.
Her children want to express their gratitude to their mom who fought for girls and young women in her own, unique way. She expressed herself creatively and boldly, even when she wasn’t welcome or invited to the table. She provided opportunities when they didn’t exist, and she coached and supported student athletes. She will be missed by many, especially her husband, Rod, children, and grandchildren.
A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, March 11th at 11am at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating. A visitation will precede the service at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please consider Zion Lutheran Church or giving donations which will be used to help low-income students participate in activities at Stewartville High School. The family would like to thank Mayo Hospice and Visiting Angels, for their care and dedication and friends who came to sit by Sharon’s side. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Sharon are welcome at . A live stream of Sharon’s funeral service will be available at the Griffin-Gray F.H. website on Thursday morning by going to her obituary and clicking on this link -
Helen Marie Funk, 91, passed away March 5, 2021 at Arbor Terrace Memory Care in Rochester, MN after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. A private funeral service will take place Monday, March 15 at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar with burial following at the Osage Cemetery.
Helen was born July 20, 1929 to Randall and Selma (Johnson) Perkins in Lyle, MN. She graduated from Lyle High School in 1947 and married Keith I. Funk on August 13, 1947. They shared their early years together in Austin, MN where Keith was a city fireman and Helen was a stay-at-home mom raising two daughters. They spent the last 28 years together retired on their farm in Osage, IA where they built their dream home together.
Helen was an extremely gifted artist and musician. She played piano by ear brilliantly and loved music. She developed her artistic skills by devoting many hours to them on the farm. She was an accomplished oil painter, wood carver, rosemaler and stained glass artist. Her many creations will be enjoyed by her surviving family members.
Helen is survived by her: two daughters, Marlene (Norman) Hopkins of Rochester, MN and Margaret (Loren) Brumm of Iowa City, IA; four grandchildren, Denise Hopkins of Rochester, MN, Chris (Julee) Sylvester of Blaine, MN, Maria (Pete Meilestrup) Brumm of Seattle, WA and Heathe (Steve) Green of Des Moines, IA; five great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith, her parents and her brother, John.
Helen’s family wishes to thank Arbor Terrace and Season’s Hospice care workers for their compassionate care of our mother.
Champion Funeral Home, Osage, 641-732-3706,
Edward William Riley, 73, of rural Zumbro Falls, died on the farm on Friday, March 5, 2021. He was born December 21, 1947 in Rochester to Norbert and Rosella (Darcy) Riley, was baptized at St. Clements Catholic Church in Hammond. Edward grew up and attended school in Rochester graduating from Rochester Lourdes. On April 29, 1972 he married Elizabeth Schwalbe at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha.
Edward worked at Crenlo and Arnolds Supply in Rochester. He mostly farmed in rural Zumbro Falls being the 5th generation to farm the Riley Century Farm. For 35 years Edward enjoyed making Rosarys for kids receiving their First Communion at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He loved hosting bonfires and cookouts on the farm for his nieces and nephews, giving hayrides and teaching them how to drive tractors and work on the farm. Edward was a member of St. Clements Catholic Church in Hammond until it closed, and then was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church ~ West Albany. He was also a member of the 4 Seasons Snowmobiling Club.
Edward is survived by his loving wife of almost 49 years, Elizabeth Riley of Zumbro Falls; a son James Riley of Zumbro Falls; seven grandchildren, Hannah, Logan, Linkkon, Teagan, Jess Ann, Patrik Tollefson of Rochester, and Sydney (Charles) Morgan of Albert Lea, and a great-grandchild, Skye Morgan; three sisters, Maureen Berkner and Ruth Riley both of Phoenix, and Sharon (Larry) Whipkey of Forest, VA; three brothers, Patrick Riley of Lakeville, Dr. Daniel (Dr. Elizabeth Slattery) Riley of St. Paul, and Kevin (Terri) Riley of Grandby, MO; also survived by a brother-in-law, George (Ellie) Schwalbe of Wabasha; sisters-in-law’s, Sister Rita Schwalbe, SSND and Sister Rosemary Schwalbe, SSND both of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Philip, and a sister-in-law, Janet Riley.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church ~ West Albany in rural Millville with Father Matthew Fasnacht officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in St. Clements Catholic Cemetery in Hammond. Masks are required and please practice social distancing.
Arrangements entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, the guest register may be signed at
Adrienne Jane Zeller Boraas Nodland, 91, of Zumbrota, passed away at Zumbrota Care Center on March 5th, 2021. The funeral for Adrienne will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, at United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, MN with the Rev. Dr. Margaret J. Pleiss-Sippola officiating. There will be a public visitation one hour prior to the service, at the church. Due to COVID, the service will be a private family service. Interment will be at Zumbrota cemetery immediately following the service.
Adrienne was born in Old Concord, MN on March 19, 1929 to Kenneth and Edna (Peterson) Zeller. She graduated from Wanamingo High School. Adrienne married Byron “PeeWee” Boraas Sr. in 1947, they made their home in Zumbrota. Together they had four children. Byron passed away in 1982. She then married Virgil Nodland in 1986, they made their home near Wanamingo on the Nodland family farm. Adrienne enjoyed traveling, particularly to Arizona in the winter. She also took pleasure in gardening, playing cards, socializing, dancing, fishing and numerous other outdoor activities. Adrienne loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. The little ones brought particular joy to her in her later years.
Adrienne is survived by her children and one stepdaughter: Byron ”PeeWee” (Barb) Boraas of Zumbrota; Larry (Gayle) Boraas of Red Wing; Keith (Jody) Boraas of Westby WI; Kay (Mark) Spavin of Zumbro Falls and Becky (Mark) Brakke of Rock Dell; thirteen grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; brother Roland Zeller, Fridley.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, Byron and Virgil; her parents; brother Bill Zeller and sister Arlene Fredrickson.
The funeral will be live streamed, a link can be found at the Mahn Family funeral home Facebook page. Online condolences are welcome and may be shared at mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Eugene Krismer, 81, Zumbro Falls, Minn., died Friday, March 5, in Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus.
Arrangements by Schleicher Funeral Homes.
Elaniv A. Burnett
Elaniv Ayanna Burnett, passed away at the tender age of 15, surrounded by her dad Tatnai, her mom Tania, her sister Elyana, her uncle Atuhani, her Aunt Asel, her uncle Nestor, her Aunt Jane, her cousin Evelyn and close friends. We all held her hands tight, squeezed her feet, kissed her head, and sang songs to her as we gave her permission to leave this life. The time was 7:17am, March 5, 2021, at the Mayo hospital. We will never forget her.
Elaniv was born April 25, 2005 at the University of Michigan. She was a 7 lb 14 oz bundle of joy. As the family moved from Michigan to Springfield, Illinois, and finally to Rochester, Minnesota, Elaniv grew into a gorgeous and intelligent young woman. She attended Jefferson Elementary, Kellogg Middle school, and then Century High School. Elaniv was a meticulous student and excelled in school. She loved math and science. Elaniv had not yet decided what she wanted to be when she grew up, but it was the unanimous opinion of the family that she could do anything she set her mind to. Elaniv was an athlete. She was an excellent gymnast, particularly when she did power tumbling while in Springfield, IL. She also loved running. She trained with Century High School and was considered a promising cross country runner. Elaniv especially enjoyed snowboarding with her dad and went frequently during the season. She snowboarded double black diamond runs and often hiked with her dad to out of the way slopes to get untouched powder. Although she was not as outgoing as her sister, her sense of humor was real and really infectious when it came out. We will always remember her for that slightly lopsided smile that made us all wonder if the joke was actually on us.
Elaniv is survived immediately by her father, Tatnai Leonor Burnett, mother Tania Lynne Gainza-Burnett, and sister Elyana Rose. She is also survived on her fathers side by her great grandfather Evrad Leonce, her grandfather Austin George Burnett, grandmother Olive Eleanor Burnett. On her mother’s side by her grandfather Nestor Arnoldo Gainza Sr., grandmother Olga Ivonne Campbell de Gainza. She is survived by uncles Atuhani Seth Burnett, Dave Anand-Burnett, Nestor Stephan Gainza, and aunts Jane Zanger, Tehani Rose Burnett, Natasha Anand-Burnett, and Asel Kazkenova Burnett. Elaniv is survived by scores of great aunts and uncles, scores of second cousins. We are all inconsolably devastated by her passing.
A virtual memorial service was held via Zoom on March 12th at 6:00pm CST.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Burnett family.
Meredith K. Waterman
Meredith Kay Waterman, 78, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Meredith was born November 7, 1942 in Winona, MN the daughter of Frank and Antoinette (Hansgen) West. She graduated from Cotter High School and the College of St. Teresa in Winona. She began teaching elementary school in Winona. She was united in marriage to Robert Waterman on August 15, 1970 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Winona. They made their home in Rochester, MN. Meredith taught elementary school for the Pine Island School District until 1974 when she stayed home to care for her growing family.
She enjoyed flower gardens and planting her window boxes, spending time at the lake cabin, traveling, decorating the house for Christmas, entertaining and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Meredith fought many illnesses with dignity and grace over the last twenty years.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Waterman of Rochester, MN; daughter, Melissa (Steve) Keinath of Minneapolis, MN; son, Nick Waterman of Edina, MN; five grandchildren, Garrett, Liam and Sam Keinath, Kenny and Thomas Waterman. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private services for Meredith will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rochester, MN followed by a private reception. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Michael J. Fox Foundation – for Parkinson’s research or The American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
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Lonny G. Herrick
Lonny G. Herrick, 74, of Chatfield, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021, peacefully at his home with his wife Jane by his side.
Lonny Gordon Herrick was born March 10, 1946, to Gordon and Vivian (Burd) Herrick in Eyota, MN. He attended Dover-Eyota school and graduated in 1964. Lonny served in the Army from 1966- 1969, in Germany as a radio communication controller at 22nd Signal Group H.Q. On July 13, 1985, he married Jane Soffa at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, MN. Lonny worked at 3M for 33 years. He worked 2 years as a draftsman in electrical engineering department. From there he became a Project Engineer. He worked his last 22 years at 3M in Texas.
Lonny loved riding his Harley-Davidson XLCH, including cross country trips between California and Minnesota. Bow hunting was a life long love. He harvested many animals, including many deer, 6 bear, antelope, caribou, elk, and cougar. Two of his animals are in the Pope and Young record book. Lonny was an excellent fisherman. He fished Canada and the upper Midwest for Walleye and Northern. He fished Texas for Red Drum and Whiting. His biggest fish was a Sailfish caught in Costa Rica.
Lonny is survived by his wife, Jane; sister Lonette Streiff of Eyota; nephews, Laine Streiff of Eyota, and Lorne (Caroline) Streiff of Hastings; grandnephew, Andrew (Asper) Streiff and their daughter Raiden; grandniece, Molly (Andrew) Rivera; dear friend Larry Streiff of Rochester; brother in laws, Scott (Trudy) Soffa of Rochester, and Keith (Becky) Soffa of Adel, IA, and their daughters, Janel and Rachel.
A special thanks to Lonny’s angels at Seasons Hospice for their loving care.
Lonny’s memorial service will be held after his body donation to Mayo. A private service will be held at the MN State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, at a later date.
Memorials for the Herrick family can be sent to, Riley Funeral Home, 800 S Main St, Chatfield, MN 55923, Att: Herrick family. Online condolences are welcome at rileyfuneralhomes.com.
Thomas James O’Connor, 89, of Rochester, MN passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his home.
Thomas was born on August 24, 1931 in Chicago, IL to Thomas and Ann O’Connor. Thomas was united in marriage to Bonnetta Foster on September 17, 1983 in Dodge Center, MN. They lived in Rochester and St. Charles, MN. He was in the Air Force for 14 years, and at NASA. He then worked at Mayo Clinic until his retirement in 1992.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Bonnie. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Church of St. Francis of Assisi, 1114 3rd St SE Rochester, MN with Father Jim Berning officiating. Inurnment will follow in Wildwood cemetery in Wasijoa, MN.
To share a special memory or condolence please visit , Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 25 South Street, Dodge Center, MN 55927 (507)374-2155. Blessed be his memory.
Elizabeth Harper Quackenbush was born June 7, 1981, in Concord, California. She departed this life unexpectedly in her New Orleans, Louisiana home Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
Liz previously taught at the Alternative Learning Center in the Rochester School District. Liz was recognized by her colleagues as an educator who “fiercely cared about her students and their experiences”, and “genuinely care about how they were as human beings”. As an educator Liz was inspired by the following quote from the movie Point Break: “This was never about the money. This was about us against the system. That system that breaks the human spirit”. That inspiration was evident in her teaching style - a blend of intelligence, compassion and tenacity that touched so many lives. She worked tirelessly to help the students in her classroom make a difference in the world they lived. Her work was captured by the nationally recognized nonprofit StoryCorps in Rochester. She was a co-creator of the Rochester ALC Green Thumb Initiative and Growing Home MN. Growing Home MN is a non-profit that focuses on food justice in the Rochester community and supports sustainable urban farming as a vehicle for job and life skills training.
At New Harmony High in New Orleans, she was loved and admired by the students who recognized the absolute honesty and fearlessness with which she approached everything she did. Liz’s spirit will forever be preserved at New Harmony through the many projects she founded and lives she touched, including teaching Chemistry, designing a project-based Algebra curriculum, founding the Outdoor Adventures PE program and planning garden activities.
Liz was thankful for family and friends, honesty, butterflies and dragonflies, moonbeams and rainbows, flowers, smiles and laughs, wishing stars, imagination, good conversation, forgiveness, and love. She could not tolerate watching people suffer, sitting when there is something she could be doing, judging people on their differences, or jeopardizing her integrity. She was an artist in every facet of her life, including her beautifully designed New Orleans home and, most notably, her sense of fashion.
She will be deeply missed by her mother, Diane Holland, her brother Michael Quackenbush and sister-in-law Jax Quackenbush, her two nieces Redding and Sloan Quackenbush, many dear aunties and uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues, and her students.
April 24th, a small, family memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 559 20th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902. Following the service and in keeping with COVID restrictions, an outdoor ‘drive through’ celebration of Liz’s life is planned from 2-4pm in the church parking lot. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Growing Home MN, in care of the Rochester Alternative Learning Center, 37 Woodlake Drive, Rochester, MN 55904.
Do we soon forget the things we cannot see? Never.
Lyle R. “Slats” Papenfuss
Lyle “Slats” Papenfuss, age 78, passed away on March 2, 2021 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, MN.
He was born on Dec. 28th 1942 to Howard and Winnie (Greenwood) Papenfuss of La Crescent, MN. Slats attended La Crosse Central High School where he was named to the AP All-State Basketball First Team in 1960. He was also selected to go to Boys State in MN. He then attended Winona State College where he was a four-year starter in basketball and member of three Warrior NAIA college world series baseball teams. He was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
It was while attending Winona State that he met Inger-Lise (Lise) Fineid in of all places, the library. They would marry on August 3, 1963 at St John Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN. Slats is survived by his wife – Lise, daughter Lynn Graham, and son Lance Papenfuss all of Rochester, MN, brothers Richard “Dick” (Mary) Santa Fe, NM, and Larry (Dawn) Moorhead, MN, as well as, grandchildren, Cole Graham, Tore Papenfuss, Jack Papenfuss, and Brodie Papenfuss. He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Tore and Signe (Nordkvist) Fineid, and by grandson Connor Graham.
Slats began his career in the insurance business with Federated Insurance in Owatonna MN. He credited the early training and friendships he made there with his later success and for preparing him to take on a partnership in the C. O. Brown Agency in Rochester spanning 37 years. Slats was truly a gentle man, his friendly manner and easy smile combined with a strong work ethic and competitive nature made him a well-liked and highly successful businessman. These same traits enabled him to form many lasting friendships among his teammates, classmates, colleagues, and customers.
Over the years he would serve on numerous boards for both businesses and charities. He would continue his athletic pursuits competing on fast pitch softball teams and basketball teams well into his 40’s. He also loved coaching youth basketball teams and watching “his boys” go on to success in high school and college careers.
An avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed attending the Quarterback Club meetings in Rochester and cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Once, he even wrote a letter to Packer GM Ron Wolfe and was astonished when he got a personal phone call back from Mr. Wolfe addressing his concerns. But his greatest joy came from spending time watching grandchildren swim, fish, and play sports.
Slats enjoyed music and always had his favorite radio station tuned in. Slats and Lise loved spending time at their home in Lake City, often with friends, but especially together on the water and taking excursions on the boat. They were blessed to be able to travel, spending numerous winters in Florida, and making several trips to Norway.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Chosen Valley Care Center, Hospice, Palliative Care, and Visiting Angels for their care and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice or one’s charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904.Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. A private burial was held at South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery.
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Jay Lincoln Kisro
Jay Lincoln Kisro, 95 years old, a longtime resident of Rochester, MN passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 of natural causes surrounded by family and friends.
He was born to Fred and Grace (Block) Kisro on December 3, 1925 in Eagle Lake, MN.
He graduated from Rochester High School at 17 and enlisted in the Navy.
He served in the Philippines during World War II and was in transit on the USS Intrepid when it was attacked by kamikazes. He was very proud of his military service.
Following his time in the Navy, he worked at Montgomery Ward where he met his wife Joan Himle. They were married on April 8, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN.
He and Joan built a house in Rochester where they raised their four children, Jim (Susan) of Rochester, Jody (Bruce) Carlson of Lake City, Jill (Tim) O’Neill of Byron and John (Deb Schultz) of Rochester.
Over the years he worked at a number of different businesses including IBM and Ability Building Center. He also served as clerk of Marion Township for many years.
He loved to fish, play cards, and dance. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending Rochester Honkers baseball games.
He was a long-time member of the VFW and Elks Club.
He is survived by his 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, his sister, Delores Vanderburg, and a special friend, Irene Blohm.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; their infant daughter, Jane Marie; his parents; his brother, Rex; and sisters, Rosemond Olson and Jeanette Stierlen.
There was celebration of life in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral home in Rochester, MN from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 6, 2021. A private family service was at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences are welcome at .
Sharie Lee Penney
Sharie (Sharon) Lee Penney was born on January 8th, 1942 in Rochester, MN to Charles and Viola Clark, past owners of Cheap Charlie’s Restaurant. Sharie passed away on February 28th, 2021, too soon for all who loved and knew her. Sharie was the firstborn, a trailblazer who paved the path for her siblings. She attended Lourdes High School and then graduated from Rochester High School in 1960. In addition to working at the 400 Cafe (now Cheap Charlie’s), she worked at Osco Drug, the TownHouse restaurant, the Casual Shop, and the Mayo Clinic. She could see, appreciate, and visualize beauty in all objects, restoring them to their glory. She studied interior design and worked at Orlen Ross and Dayton’s Department Store as a designer. She later opened and ran her own decorating business, Designer’s Viewpoint.
Sharie raised 4 boys: Vic Massaglia (Samantha) of Plymouth MN, David Massaglia of Bemidji, MN, Yancey Hutcheson, and Shelby (Michaela) Hutcheson, both of Montgomery, AL. She was a proud mom and taught her sons to appreciate the value of education, history, art, empathy, kindness, and compassion to others. She always had a drive to help others in need. For example, she hired individuals from the Cronin House, drove voters to polls, and helped pay expenses for those who couldn’t afford dental work.
With an obsession for sweets, Sharie’s favorites were gummy bears, black licorice, popovers, cinnamon rolls, peach and orange candy slices, and anything sweet that wasn’t nailed down. We all wondered how she could stay so slim eating all of that sugar.
Sharie was a well-read and traveled person with many life experiences. She once lived in Bangkok, Thailand, and then settled in North Carolina where she revived her passion for horses. She became an equestrian and made many close friends at “the barn” and her horses became the love of her life. In November 2020, Sharie and her soulmate horse, Houdini, moved to North Carolina to be closer to her family in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sharie had a passion for animals, brought in strays, and kept horses, cats, and dogs alive when others would have put them down. She had many interests including bridge, theater, orchestra, and her garden. Sharie was a friend of Bill W. for 35 years along with her fabulous and loving friend, Irene DeBoer.
Sharie was a social butterfly and had a lilt in her voice with a great sense of humor. She made others feel at ease and accepted them exactly where they were in life. She was honest and straightforward, and if someone was troubled, she would listen, and with the wisdom gained from her own path, offered words of advice, hope, and comfort.
In addition to her four sons, Sharie leaves behind five grandchildren: Danny Massaglia, Amber Massaglia (Scott Fitzsimmons), Zandra Vaughn, Summer Hutcheson, and Brody Hutcheson, as well as two great-grandchildren: Isabella Anton and Huxley Fitzsimmons. She also leaves behind five siblings: Terry Clark (Sue), Jim Clark (Barb), Tommy Clark, Colleen Wente (Kevin), all of Rochester, MN, and Judy Rasmusson (Mark) of Eagan, MN. She will be missed dearly by her entire family.
One of Sharie’s loving friends expressed the essence of her spirit well: “I have lost a wonderful, wise, amazing friend and so did so many others. I will love her forever and ever. I will live like her to my best ability. I will hoard treasures like her for the rest of my life. She was one in a million, gazillion lifetimes. A firecracker, a spitfire, a rock climber, traveler, interior designer, fashion-loving, beautiful, animal-obsessed, strong-willed, independent woman. She is the only, our only, Sharie Penney and there will never ever, ever be another.”
A service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester at a later date.
Donations in Sharie’s name can be made to an organization close to her heart: The Horse Protection Society:
Kenneth Curtis Allen
enneth Curtis Allen, age 80, of Rochester, MN passed peacefully at home on March 27th after a long brave battle with Parkinson’s and cancer.
Ken was born in Wabasha on June 23rd, 1940. He was raised by his grandparents on a farm near Marion. At the age of 9, he was chopping wood when he accidently split open his leg. With no hospital near by he had to tape it up and finish his chores.
At 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the promise of being stationed in Alaska. Instead, he was sent to Hawaii and was there for the Statehood Parade in 1959. After two years in Hawaii, he was sent to Kansas. While on leave and visiting Rochester, he met the love of his life (cruising Broadway) Karen Thornton. He would hitchhike from his base in Kansas to visit her on weekends.
They married on August 25th, 1962. Ken and Karen enjoyed 56 years of marriage before Karen was taken too soon in September 2018. They raised three children Kelly, Kevin, and Kyle. He was a kind, loving, amazing father.
Ken was hardworking. 20 years at the Mayo Clinic, 18 years with Rochester Public Utilities and 20 plus years in the Minnesota National Guard that included several trips to Norway.
Ken was adventurous. He had a passion for the Boundary Waters, fishing, camping, and riding his motorcycle. In his retirement years he enjoyed taking military flights to Puerto Rico, Alaska, and California. He loved to winter in Yuma, AZ. He was an active member at the Church of the Resurrection since its inception in 1967.
In his final 2 ½ years he visited all 75 State Parks in Minnesota (for the 2nd time). He flew to Laughlin 4 times, took a bucket list Hawaiian cruise and traveled over 35,000 miles through 19 states with a stop at every casino along the way. He took his Grandkids to Disney World just before the pandemic. He was happiest spending time with his Great Grandkids.
When you asked Ken how he was he would often respond “Humble, intelligent and good looking”.
In his final week he was surrounded by his army buddies, family and friends. Crucial thanks to Dr. Luke and the Mayo Hospice team Amy, Kim and ChiChi.
A service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 5th at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston followed by a reception at his home in Rochester.
Gerald “Jerry” H. LaPlante
Gerald “Jerry” LaPlante of Chatfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at his home in Chatfield.
Gerald Henry LaPlante was born March 5, 1931 in Rochester, to Walter and Hazel (Allen) LaPlante. He grew up in rural Chatfield on the family farm and went to country school through 8th grade. As a high school freshman, he attended Lourdes High School in Rochester, and graduated from Lourdes in 1948. Jerry worked on the family farm most of his life, except for 2 years when he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On July 14, 1956 he married Verna Miller of Chatfield and they were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield. After Verna’s passing in 1967, he married Maureen Keefe on March 27, 1971 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family and following his grandchildren’s activities. He was a fan of the Vikings, Twins, Gophers, Timberwolves, and his ice cream bar he had every night.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Maureen; 8 children; Steve (Cindy) of Chatfield, Julie Amy of Chatfield, Jean (Heath) Mensink of Preston, Jeff (Shawn) of Chatfield, Jennifer (Steve) Anderson of Eagan, Brian (Kristin) of Byron, Greg (Dayna) of Chatfield, Brad (Christie) of Hutto, TX; 18 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister Kay Gadient of Goodhue; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Hazel; his first wife Verna; 2 brothers, Walter Jr. “Bud”, and Reverend Joseph LaPlante; sister, Mary (Jane) Rodgers, and infant sister.
A Funeral Mass for Jerry will be 11 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Chatfield with Father McGrath officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the church. Due to COVID-19 masks will be required. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Chatfield, with military honors by Chatfield’s VFW Giese Kelsey Post 6913.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Memorials can be sent to Riley Funeral Home, 800 S Main St, Chatfield, MN 55923.
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GRAND MEADOW, Minn. - Douglas Minnich, 86, Grand Meadow, Minn., died Friday, Feb. 26, in his home.