MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

 

Mower County Obituaries
Part 219

 

 

Karen Lynn (Ingersoll) Janovec

1965-2012

Karen Lynn Janovec, 47, of River Falls, Wisconsin, died Friday, November 23, 2012, at the River Falls Area Hospital in River Falls.

Karen was born on July 12, 1965, in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Janice (Anderson) Ingersoll. She married Brian Janovec on May 9, 1992, in Austin, and worked as a legal secretary until she and Brian began raising their family. Karen was a member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church, active in the Altar Guild and Bible Study. She was her boys’ biggest cheerleader. She loved to watch football (Vikings) and loved to play games.

Karen is survived by her husband, Brian; sons, Jack and Alec; mother, Jan Ingersoll; sister, Ruth (John Warneke) Emerson; brother, Jim (Wendy) Ingersoll; parents-in-law, Paul and Mary Ann Janovec; brothers and sisters-in-law Rodney (Lori) Janovec, Jeffrey (Amy) Janovec and Mark (Tracy Blevins) Janovec. She is further survived by nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father James Ingersoll and brother-in-law Steve Emerson.

Funeral services for Karen were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation was for one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Tuesday. Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, is serving the family. Go to www.cashmanhillfuneralservice.com to send an online condolence to the family.

Austin Daily Herald, November 29, 2012

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Charlotte LuCarmen (Knutson) Lillie

1928-2012

Charlotte LuCarmen Lillie, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday evening, November 9, 2012, at Johanna Shores Assisted Living in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

Charlotte was born May 12, 1928, the daughter of Knute and Clara (Moger) Knutson in Fillmore County, Minnesota. She attended country school near Lanesboro, Minn. Charlotte was united in marriage to Roy L. Lillie at Mason City, Iowa. They raised three children. She liked singing, playing the guitar and bass. She performed with Roy Lillie & Little Green Valley Gang on their TV show as well as at dances and traveled to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Eagles, and she volunteered at St. Mark’s and the Salvation Army.

Survivors include three children, JoAnn (Richard) Fox of River Falls, Wisconsin, LuAnn (Richard) Spencer of Solvang, California, and LeRoy (Heidi) Lillie of Austin; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Darrell (Doris) Knutson, Rochester, Kermit (Joyce) Knutson, Spring Valley; one sister, Mary Ann (Harvey) Knapp, Masons City, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Faith Evangelical Free Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, with the Rev. Hillmore Williams, officiating. Interment will follow the service in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at the Worlein Funeral Home of Austin and one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

  Austin Daily Herald,
  November 12, 2012

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Charles Albert William Schara

1921-2012

(January 25, 1921 - November 13, 2012)

#1:

Funeral notice: Charles A. Schara, 91, Austin

Charles “Dick” A. Schara, 91 of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Service: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, at Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Forbes officiating.

Visitation: Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church on Monday for one hour before the service.

Interment: Interment will be at Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa.

 Austin Daily Herald website
 November 15, 2012


Charles A. Schara, Age 91, died peacefully with his daughters at his side on Tuesday November 13, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Austin, Austin, Minnesota, at approximately 10:10 p.m., after a short bout with lung cancer.

He was born in Postville, Iowa on January 25, 1921 where he attended Postville, Iowa, schools and worked on the family farm until being drafted in September of 1942 to help the war effort. He was a tank driver in the 601st Tank Destroyer Division, Company C, and saw action in Tunisia, Sicily, Naples, Foggia, Romfarno, South France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, where he received two purple hearts and Bronze Service arrowhead medals for his courage and valor.

Upon returning from the war in October of 1945, he traveled back to Postville to work on the farm until finding full time employment at Hormel Company in Austin where he was a meat cutter for 37 years, finally retiring in 1982 to enjoy life with his family and his favorite hobbies including carpentry, woodworking, fishing, fishing and more fishing.

He was preceded in death by wife Donna of 57 years, his father Fred Schara, Mother Jennie Schroeder, and brothers Ray, Harlan, Jack Schara and sister Verla Strein.

He is survived by his Daughters, Gayle and Dan Jurkovich of Elk River, Minnesota, Robyn Schara of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Grandsons, Gary (Dawn) Jurkovich of Woodbury, Minnesota, Jay (Erin) Jurkovich of Hugo, Minnesota, Christopher Solberg of La Crosse, WI and Granddaughter, Nicole Solberg of Denver, CO. He also has Four Great Grandchildren, Olivia, Sophia, Mason and Cleo Jurkovich; Brother Kenny Sahara, Austin, Minnesota.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, November 19, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church with the Reverend Jeffrey Forbes officiating. Interment will be on Monday at 3:00 P.M. at Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church on Monday for one hour before the service.

 Clasen Jordan Funeral Home website
 November 15, 2012

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Clyde Uland

1904-1907

b. 6-17-1904
d. 6-12-1907

Clyde Uland, the little four year old boy of Mrs. Uland, was drowned at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Thompson east of Lansing, Tuesday evening.

The mother was in Austin with Mrs. George Baudler at the time. The children had been digging a hole in the yard which had filled with water, and into this the little fellow fell.

Funeral tomorrow at 1 p.m.

 Austin Daily Herald, Thursday,
 6-13-1907, page 2, col. 5

NOTES: Son of Peter S. Ulland and Thea M. Thompson Ulland, Cornelius.

Submitted to Mower GenWeb by Mark Ashley.

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H. Odessa Schmidt

1915-2012

H. Odessa Schmidt, 97, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the Primrose Retirement Communities.

Odessa was born February 15, 1915, in Spring Valley, Minnesota, to Glenn and Hazel Odessa (Kester) Bly. She graduated from Spring Valley High School. She married Clarence Schmidt on June 2, 1935, at New Hampton, Iowa.

She volunteered for the Red Cross and the Mower County Historical Society. She made baby blankets for Rachel’s Hope and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. Odessa worked as a clerk at a camera store in Austin and she later owned a drapery business. She loved to travel to Arizona every year.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, son Terry, infant twins, sister Alice and her brother Glenn (Babe).

Odessa is survived by her children Gwendolyn (Robert) Marty, Charles City, Iowa, Margaret (Jerry) Nelson, Brainerd, Minn., Curtis (Dee) Schmidt, Belton, Texas, Dennis (Judy) Schmidt, Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter-in-law Sandra Schmidt, Balsam Lake, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Gordon Larson officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Saturday morning.

 Austin Daily Herald,
  November 16, 2012

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Willis Drummond

(died 1904)

Probable Suicide


MAN FOUND DEAD NEAR ELKTON WITH
HIS THROAT CUT AND HEAD CRUSHED

The body of Willis Drummond, an iron moulder, belonging to the Dubuque Iron Moulders Union, was found near Elkton Sunday morning. His skull was crushed, his throat cut and his left wrist cut. The body was lying within four feet of the Great Western tracks. The body was brought to this city and an inquest will be held Tuesday morning.

Sunday morning the crew of the C.G. Western morning freight reported at Taopi that the body of a man was lying beside the track four miles south of Elkton. The section crew started out from Taopi and met a crew from Elkton that had in the meantime discovered the body. County commisioner Keenan was called up and as Coroner Hollister was out of the city and the Deputy's name forgotten. Dr. Kendricks was instructed to act and he went over with Fred Baird the undertaker.

Before arriving on the scene they saw two groups of men, one near the track and the other at a straw pile. They found the body lying face down on the railroad embankment. From there they visited the straw pile where in the tail of the pile, in the chaff, was the impression of a man's form. About where the head would be was a great pool of blood and to the left of the body was a smaller pool of blood. A bloody razor in a half of its case lay on the straw. It looked as though the man had cut his throat and wrist and then lay face down to bleed to death.

The coroner then returned to the body and turning it over found that the throat had been cut, also the wrist. The top of the skull was crushed in. It is supposed that Drummond, after cutting his throat and wrist, laid down to die but as no important arteries were cut, death was slow in coming. Drummond then evidently walked to the track and laid down, head toward the approaching early morning passenger, which killed him and threw the body off the track.

Drummond was a good looking man of between 45 and 50 years of age. he was of cleanly disposition as brushes, comb, and soap were found in his pockets. Beside these were found $7 in money and a gold watch. Letters from one who was evidently a married sister were also found. His cards of the Iron Moulder's Union of Minneapolis were all paid up as well as were all his assessments.

His relatives have been notified of his death. . . .
[The last few words are not readable.]

 Austin Daily Herald, Monday,
   9-26-1904, page 2, col. 2

 Submitted to Mower GenWeb
 by Mark Ashley.

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James Alton Merritt

1939-2012

James Alton Merritt, 73, went to our lord and savior on Saturday, November 10, 2012. His 3 1/2 year battle with lung cancer has ended. His wife and two sons were by his side at their home in Austin, Minnesota.

James was born April 3, 1939, in Austin, the son of Howard A. Merritt and Mary (McGee) Merritt. He attended Elkton High School and Austin Pacelli High School where he graduated in 1957. He also attended Mankato State University. He was united in marriage to Diane (Hall) Merritt on July 21, 1962, and this past July, they celebrated 50 years together. They were truly blessed with two wonderful sons, Jason and Christopher.

Jim was office manager at Smith-Douglas in Albert Lea, Minnesota, owner and operator of Jim’s Marina in Albert Lea, operations manager at LCL in Austin, and operations manager at McFarland’s in Austin until he retired. Jim was passionate about his Catholic faith and was a lifelong member of St. Augustine Church in Austin. He was also a member of the Moose Club, Eagles and VFW. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and family. He especially enjoyed fishing with his wife and two sons, in an attempt to hook the elusive “Willie the Walleye” at their cabin on Leech Lake.

Jim was a very social person and made friends wherever he went. He kept people on their toes as one never knew what to expect; especially with his nieces and nephews. He was a great cook and was known by the family for his famous pepper fried chicken and proprietary orange cookies. Jim was a caring husband to his wife, Diane. He was extremely proud of his sons, Jason and Chris. He was also a big brother to his sisters and brother. In addition to his family, Jim was loved by many longtime friends, past co-workers and golfing buddies.

Surviving are his wife, Diane; sons, Jason James Merritt, Minneapolis and Christopher John Merritt, Chaska, Minn; sisters Mary Renchin, Austin, Patricia (Sonny) Forschen, Anoka, Minn.; brother Terry (Nancy) Grunwaldt, Austin; sister-in-law Linda L. Wehner, Austin; and brother-in-law Donald Anderson, Elkton, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard A. Merritt and Mary Margaret Merritt; sister C. Suzann (Sue) (Merritt) Anderson; brother in law Dale Renchin; nephew Chad Forschen; and grandmother Alice T. McGee.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at St. Augustine Church with Father Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, 209 Second Ave. NW, Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Visitation will also be for one hour before the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  Austin Daily Herald,
  November 12, 2012

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Harold Owen VanBuskirk

1948-2012

Harold Owen VanBuskirk, 63, of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow, Minn.

Harold was born September 12, 1948, to Owen and Lillian (Chapman) VanBuskirk in Belmond, Iowa. Shortly after, the family moved to the Brownsdale area, where Harold lived for all of his life, except for a time in Rochester, Minnesota. His passion was cars and working on them. He also loved hunting and his fishing trips with friends.

Survivors include his mother Lillian (Chapman) VanBuskirk of Osage, Iowa; two sisters, Lois (Virgil) Frieden of Bemidji, Minn., and Linda (Wayne) Jorgenson of Sargeant, Minn.; six brothers, Harry (Beverly) of Sargeant, Wayne of Rochester, Minn., Roy of Chester, Iowa, Gary (Laura) of Rose Creek, Minn., Loyd (Tina) of Brownsdale, Minn., and Paul of Swea City, Iowa; 18 nephews and nieces; and 21 great-nephews and -nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father Owen and his brother John. He will be missed by family and good friends. Blessed be his memory.

There will be a burial service at Amsterdam Cemetery, Goodell, Iowa, at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 13, 2012

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Ruth Demers (Whalen) Carolan

1918-2012

Ruth Demers Carolan, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at Mayo Health Systems Hospital in Austin.

Ruth was born March 11, 1918, in Decorah, Iowa, to Urban and Blanche Whalen. On March 20, 1937, she married the love of her life, Melvin Stephen Carolan at Plymouth Rock, Iowa. They had five children and relocated to Austin in 1941. Ruth was an active member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. She enjoyed family gatherings, sewing, gardening, Bingo, trips to the casino, playing cards and listening to and participating in KAUS radio Party Line. Most of all she enjoyed being surrounded by her family. She always had a pot of coffee on and desserts in the freezer for anyone who would drop in for a visit. She was always available for family, no matter what their needs and she made people feel special.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin; son-in-law Dick Walsh; grandson Scott Walsh; brothers Leonard, Leslie, Floyd, Alois and Patrick; sisters Gladys, Aletha and Cecelia. She is survived by her children Teresa (Orville) Scholbrock of Charles City, Iowa, Jean Walsh of Austin, Gary (Lynn) Carolan of Austin, Diana (Paul) Gartner of Fort Collins, Colo., Danny (Carol) Carolan; brother Oliver (Marlene) Whalen; brothers-in-law Sylvester Carolan and Andy Martin; sister-in-law Erna Whalen; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

We remember Mom and Grandma saying the rosary every day, teaching the family to pray and to have a relationship with God. She will be greatly missed.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Ruth Carolan on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Austin. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at Mayer Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Mayer Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 16, 2012

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Roger Lutz

1929-2012

Roger Lutz, 83, died on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at Meadow Manor Health Care Center in Grand Meadow, Minnesota.

Roger was born in Grant County, Minnesota, on March 5, 1929, to Roy and Marie (Bower) Lutz.

Roger is survived by his five children, Christine (Arnie) Green of Austin, Patricia (Greg) Larson of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Michael (Natalie) Lutz of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Rebecca (Fredrick) Miller of Cambridge, Minnesota, and James (Amy) Lutz of Ramsey, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Leroy, Bob, Marvin, Gary, Charley and Eddie; sister Nancy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Marie Lutz; his sister Dorothy, and his brother Arnie.

No services are being planned at this time. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

   Austin Daily Herald,
    November 13, 2012

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Ozni Brown

1833-1882

O.C. Brown obit.,

O.C. Brown, of Nevada, died last Sunday night of typhoid pneumonia -- aged 49 years and ten months. Mr. Brown came to Austin, on the 20th, as a delegate to the Republican convention. He was taken ill while here, and remianed with Nathan Reed, an old friend, in the 3rd ward, until Monday, when he presisted in being taken home.

The funeral was held at Enterprise school house, in Austin township, yesterday, Rev. Spafford of this city, conducting the services.

Mr. Brown leaves a wife and seven children; the wife being a sister of Mrs. Geo. Van Camp.

He had been a resident of the county about 22 years, and had many friends among his neighbors and acquainances. He was a hard working, industrious man, and died honored and respected, leaving for his children the legacy of an honest life.

 Mower County Transcript, Wed.,
 11-01-1882, page 3, col. 4
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 Buried in Rose Creek/Enterprise Cemetery:
 Ozni Brown b: 1833 d: 1882
 -----------------------------

 Credit: Mark Ashley

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Russell Gene Luns

1956-2012

Russell Gene Luns, 56, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, November 26, 2012, at his home.

Russell was born on September 24, 1956, in Austin, to William and Sylvia (Stevenson) Luns. After growing up in Austin, he moved to New Orleans where he worked as a cook. Upon his return to Austin, he was employed by Austin Packaging. Russell liked fishing, playing cards and pool and also enjoyed gambling.

Survivors include his brothers William Luns Jr. and Steven Luns, both of Austin; Terry (Ki) Luns of New Zealand; sister-in-law Janice Luns of Des Moines; nieces and nephews; and a special lady in his life, Cindy Vaughn of Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Sylvia Luns, his sister Wanda Moore in 2009, his brother Rocky Luns in 2012.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Visitation will take place one hour before the service. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald, November 29, 2012

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Jacob Richard Hickok

1821-1884

Jacob Richard Hickok Death

Jacob Richard Hickok, of the town of Lyle, met his death on Saturday morning in a sudden manner. He left home in his buggy in search of a man to assist him in his farm work. Shortly after he was found dead, his body hanging out of the buggy and held by one foot in the foot rest. It is supposed he was taken in a fit and fell out, and was dragged about a mile.

Mr. Hickok was born at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., January 25, 1821, moved to Wisconsin in 1856, and came to Lyle in February, 1884. He leaves one son, Thomas F. Hickok.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. E. Stanley at Enterprise school house, Sunday afternoon.

 Mower County Transcript, Wed.,
 7-23-1884, page 3, col. 5

 Credit: Mark Ashley

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Thomas Hickok

died 1889

#1:

Thomas Hickok died at Lyle, February 13. The deceased came to this county about six years ago, with his father, who purchased what is known as the Peter Nelson farm in the town of Lyle, where he was killed; leaving the deceased the only living representative of his family.

His funeral was to have taken place at Varco on Friday, but a telegram from an aunt living in New York to hold the remains until her representative should arrive, was complied with and on Saturday the gentleman who will take charge of the remains arrived, and will have those of the father, who was buried at Varco, exhumed, and take them to Wisconsin for interment in the family burying ground.

 Mower County Transcript, Wed.,
 2-20-1889, page 8, col. 1

 Credit: Mark Ashley


#2:

Mention was made last week of the death of Thos. Hickok. His funeral was at the M.E. Church, attended by a large number of sympathizing friends. The sermon was preached by Rev. Barcaloo. As it was not thought best to take the remains to the church, nearly all in attendance went to the Wheeler House to review the remains.

A Mr. Smith, cousin of Mr. Hickok, was here to take charge of the remains and with the remains of his father who was buried a few years ago, took them to the family burial place in York state.

 Mower County Transcript, Wed.,
 2-27-1889, page 8, col. 1

   Credit: Mark Ashley

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Thomas Hickok

died 1889

We learn from sexton, David Johnson, that Mr. Thomas Hickok died of paralysis at his home near Austin, Minnesota, and that the only relative known aside from a small daughter of the deceased, is an Aunt living in the state of New York who upon receiving a telegram of the death of her nephew sent Mr. M. Homer Smith, an undertaker of Baldwinsville, N.Y., to care for the remains and bring them with those of his father (who died about three years since) and lay them beside those of his mother in the Evansville cemetery, which was done last Wednesday.

It is sad that his daughter is sole heir to a handsome property of valuable farm and buildings.

This family is well known throughout this part of the country as being among its earliest settlers, locating upon Jug Prairie in an early day where they became very highly respected, the old gentleman being familiarly called "Old Uncle Jake" for many years, but after the death of his wife, his only son Thomas was married and with a view of bettering his position in life he pursuaded his father to sell his property and move with him to Minnesota about five years since.

 [The Tribune, February 23, 1889,
 p. 1, col. 3, Evansville, Wis.]


MARRIED
HICKOK - BRYAN

At the resident of the bride's parents, July 1st, by Rev. E. Robinson, Thomas S. Hickok and Zada E. Bryan, both of Brooklyn.

  [July 14, 1880, Evansville Review,
  p.3, col. 4, Evansville, Wisconsin]


T.S. Hickok, of Evansville, Wisconsin, returned last Friday with his family to take possession of his new farm in Lyle township, purchased last fall. He brings with him 9 Essex sows, bred by full bloods, some half-blooded Durham cattle, and full blooded poultry, bronzed turkeys, Plymouth Rock chickens, and Pekin Ducks. We bid Mr. Hickok a hearty welcome, for it rejoices us to see the fertile acres of Mower county fall into the hands of practical and enterprising farmers.

  [March 25, 1884, The Enterprise,
  p. 1, col. 5, Evansville, Wisconsin]


 Burials in Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Wis. 1889:

 Feb. 21, 1889, Thomas Hickok, Sr.
 Feb. 21, 1889, Thomas Hickok, Jr.
 [January 1890, Enterprise,
 Evansville, Wis.]

 [Credit: Mark Ashley]

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Lavern Roland Austinson

1918-2012

Obituary

Lavern Roland Austinson, age 93 of Lyle, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 19, 2012 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, following a stroke. He was the most loving, caring, and friendly man you would ever want to meet.

He was born December 18, 1918 in Austin, Minnesota, to Herman and Selma (Nelson) Austinson. Lavern attended Lyle Public Schools, graduating from Lyle High School in 1938. He then attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. After one year of college his father asked him to run the family farm. In 1941 he married Mildred Heard. Along with running the farm, he coached the Lyle High School basketball team for a year, and he also did some part-time assessing for Mower County. He sold the farm in 1979 and he and Mildred moved to Lyle, where he became a full-time assessor for Mower County. Mildred passed away in 1981. Lavern retired as an assessor in 1983.

Lavern served on the board of many organizations, including the Lyle School Board, Red Oak Grove Dairy, St. Mark’s Nursing Home, and Six Mile Grove Church. He was also a member of the Lyle Lion’s Club. Lavern loved sports and was involved in many, including softball, pool, bowling, golf, horseshoes, basketball, and his favorite sport, baseball. He pitched two 9-inning no-hitters on the same day in high school. He also pitched for the Austin Packers and the Lyle Town Team. He especially loved going up north fishing with family and friends.

Survivors include his two sons, Carroll (special friend Sue) of Rochester, Minnesota, and Arleigh (Gloria) of Lyle; one brother Paul (Joan) of Rochester; three sisters Agnes Olsen of St. Ansgar, Iowa, Marcene Pell and Loreen Kilgore, both of Austin; five grandchildren Heidi (Randy) Morrison and Hilary of Chaska, Heather of Lyle, Mike of Seattle, Wash., Chad (Talcott) of Olympia, WA; three great grandchildren, Jadah, Clementine, and Henrietta; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Selma Austinson, his stepmother Effie Austinson; his wife Mildred; brothers Carroll, Chester, Warren, and Floyd; sisters Marcene and Dorothy; two grandchildren who passed away at birth.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday November 24, 2012 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lyle, MN, with Pastor Lydia Mittag officiating. Interment will follow at Six Mile Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2012 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The family prefers that memorials be directed to Six Mile Grove Church.

  Worlein Funeral Home website,
  November 19, 2012

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Misty Colleen Wilde, 35

1976-2012

Misty Colleen Wilde, 35, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at her home.

Misty was born on a misty and foggy morning (how she got her name) in Merced, California, on Nov. 18, 1976, to Gary and Marsha Wilde. Misty loved stock car racing with her Dad; she even crashed the racecar. At a young age she put a car in neutral and it rolled down a hill until her Dad jumped in the car. She was protected by her older brother. In kindergarten he would not let her cross the road to go to school.

She loved taking trips to the casino with her Mom. Misty had a fairy tale wedding in the park in Lyle, Minn. When her sister Mandy had cancer treatments she was the mother hen who took turns going to the hospital watching her baby sister. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Austin.

She was preceded in death by her Grandma and Grandpa Wilde, Grandma Hazel, brother Shane Wilde and aunt Mary Wilkenson.

She is survived by her parents Gary and Marsha; sisters Mandy Wilde (Brandon Ingersoll) and Katherine Wilde (Jerry Price); brother Shannon Wilde (Amy); nieces and nephews, Tyler Peterson, Elizabeth Wilde, Abigail Mueller, Braydon Madison and Daisy Ingersoll; aunts and uncles, Lisa Rohde, Mary Rinaldi (Rich), Luann Wilde Jensen, Bruce Wilde, Suzette Loverink Wilde, Becky Delhanty (Craig), Kelly Pryor (Mike), Brenda Flagg (Del) and Bill Wilde (Teresa).

Funeral services for Misty Wilde will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Austin. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Austin. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to services.

Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  [Austin Daily Herald,
  November 20, 2012]

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Agnes Anna Mueller

1914-2012

Agnes Anna Mueller, 98, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday morning, November 25, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Agnes “Aggie” Wessler was born August 16, 1914, in Marion, North Dakota, to the Rev. Frederick and Irene (Gessner) Wessler. Most of Agnes’ early life was spent in Milbank, S.D., where her father served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church for 36 years. Agnes was the third of seven children. She outlived two older sisters and three younger brothers.

Agnes attended public grade school and high school in Milbank before enrolling in the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Watertown, South Dakota. Upon graduation, she worked as a registered nurse at hospitals in Ortonville and Waseca, Minn. It was in Waseca that she met Walter R. Mueller, the new pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Danville Township. Walter and Agnes were married on April 29, 1942, in Milbank, S.D. The couple had three children, and celebrated 55 years together until Walter died in 1997.

After their children were grown, she and Walter moved to Austin, Minnesota, where Walter served Trinity Lutheran Church in Waltham Township. Agnes returned to her love of nursing by working as a medication registered nurse in several area nursing homes.

Survivors include her children John (Amalia) Mueller of Waikoloa, Hawaii, James (Carolyn) Mueller of Concord, Calif., and Jean Mueller of Austin; grandchildren Michelle, Robyn and Taya; great-grandchild Kylie; and sister Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Iverson. She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Frederick and Irene Wessler, and her husband the Rev. Walter Mueller. She will be greatly missed by all in her family.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waltham, Minn., with the Rev. Jeffrey Kuddes officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waltham. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

  Austin Daily Herald,
  November 28, 2012

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Milton Duane Bjerke

1926-2012

Milton Duane Bjerke, 86, beloved husband and father, found perfect peace on November 16, 2012.

Milton was born May 15, 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a longtime resident of Austin, Minnesota. Milton was an employee of George A. Hormel Co. He was also a resident of Richfield, Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eva Mae (nee Douty); sister, Mary Lou Morrow (Burton); sister-in-law, Joyce Bjerke; children, Marcia Deike (Robert), Duane (Karna), William (Delaine) and Mary Beth Johnson (James); five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina, Minn. Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. prior to service and Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Good Samaritan UMC.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 21, 2012

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Anna Mae Johnson

1923-2012

Anna Mae Johnson, 89, of Rose Creek, Minnesota, and formerly of Minooka, Illinois, died Saturday, November 17, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.

Anna Mae Johnson was born April 27, 1923, in Kendall County, Illinois, the daughter of Earl and Gladys (Hurst) Henry. She was married to Vernon C. Johnson on April 18, 1942. Anna worked as a bookkeeper for the Minooka Grain, Lumber and Supply in Minooka.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Johnson; her parents Earl and Gladys Henry; siblings, Everett Henry, Leslie Henry Alice Skinner and Jean Henry, who died in infancy.

Anna is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Larry Yunker, Rose Creek, Minn.; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Jill Johnson, Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Trey (Alyssa) Marlow, Morris, Illinois, Jennifer (Kevin) Marlow-Chose, Rose Creek, Josh (Emily) Marlow, Minooka, Andy Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., Carrie Johnson, Tucson, Arizona; great-grandchildren, Ryan Marlow, Morgan Marlow, McKenzie Marlow, Cecilia Marlow, Cash Marlow; great-great-granddaughter, Nora Mae Marlow; sister, Dorothy Johnson, Lisbon Center, Ill.; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Minooka Bible Church, Minooka, Ill., with Pastor Greg Munyon and Pastor Dave Jenkowski officiating. Inurnment will be at the Plattville Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Tuesday. Memorials are preferred to the Minooka Bible Church, 412 N Wabena, Minooka, IL 60447.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 21, 2012

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Emily Bessie (Prantner) Hansen

1917-2012

Emily Bessie Hansen, 95, of Austin, Minnesota, passed into the presence of her lord and savior Jesus Christ on Saturday morning, November 24, 2012, at Comforcare in Austin.

Emily was born July 26, 1917, in Redwood County, Minnesota, to Emil and Emma (Smetak) Prantner. She lived by Seaforth, Minnesota, until age 12 and lived by Glenville and Myrtle, Minn., until her marriage to Morris E. Hansen on September 14, 1940, in Myrtle. Morris and Emily lived in the Austin area until 1973 and then moved by Battle Lake, Minn. They lived there until Morris died on Sept. 9, 1987. Emily then moved back to Austin. She enjoyed gardening, baking and sewing. She was known for her friendly smile. Emily was a member of First Baptist Church in Austin.

Survivors include her children, Delores (Dave) Miller of McGregor, Minnesota, Roger (Carol) Hansen of Austin, Marvin (Marva) Hansen of Florida and Laraine (Lyle) Goskesen of Austin; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Emil (Bev) Prantner of Austin; a sister-in-law, Barb Prantner of Austin; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morris; son, Gene Hansen; infant sister, Elsie; and four brothers, Jerome, Milo, Edward and Donald.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Faith E. Free Church in Austin with Pastor David Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

 Austin Daily Herald,
  OctNovember 26, 2012

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Lois Elaine (Hanson) Carlson

1928-2012

Lois Elaine Carlson, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Lois was born October 24, 1928, in Austin, to Henry and Alma (Berry) Hanson. Lois grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1946. In 1947, Lois was united in marriage to Palmer Carlson. The couple moved to California and lived there for many years. They moved back to Austin in 1970. Lois was a homemaker who loved being outdoors and had a nice sense of humor. Spending time with her family and friends was especially important to her. She worked at the Sheriff’s Boys Ranch for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynda Anderson of Rochester, Minnesota, and Roxanne (Mark) Diehl of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Libby and Jodi; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Alma Hanson; husband Palmer Carlson; son Richard; sisters Maxine (Mickey) Dubke and Beverly Daly; and infant brother Ronald.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Rev. Dr. Stephen DeFor officiating. Visitation will be held one half hour before the service. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 22, 2012

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Virginia Margaret (Smith) Lane

1918-2012

Virginia Margaret Smith Lane, 94, passed away November 28, 2012, in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

Virginia was born on August 1, 1918, on a ranch outside Chouteau, Oklahoma, to Ernest Levi and Mary Elizabeth Shannon Smith. She was the youngest of five children. She attended Park College at Parkville, Mo., where she earned a degree in biology and met her husband, Stuart ‘Tate’ Homer Lane. They were married Feb. 22, 1940, at Jackson Heights, Long Island, N.Y. They lived on the east coast for about three years. When World War II approached, they moved to her husband’s hometown of Austin, where she would stay with her baby, Karin Parker, born March 30, 1943, and her mother during the time her husband was in the armed forces in Europe, about 2 1/2 years. During that time, she worked as a receptionist at the Fox Hotel.

After the war, she moved to Minneapolis with her family (1946-1951) and then to Richfield (1951-54). In 1954, they returned to Austin where she lived the rest of her life. She had two more children: Nancy Bliss, born April 3, 1947, and Kathy Stuart, born April 21, 1948.

Virginia gave much time and service to her community. She ran the Sunday school at First United Methodist Church for many years. She also worked as a “Grey Lady” at St Olaf Hospital. She was a member of Collectors Club and chapter CU PEO where she served as president.

With three friends, she started a small business called Devine Design. They designed and sold needlepoint kits to stores throughout Minnesota.

From 1949 on she spent part of each summer at Ten Mile Lake, Hackensack, Minn. In 1977, she and her husband bought with friends the land that had belonged to Camp Hillaway. From that time on they spent all of every summer at their cabin where their family gathered for many wonderful times.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy “Katherine” Martin whose husband was Franc Sloan.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Stuart “Tate” Lane of Austin; daughters, Karin (Ahmet) Arsan of Ten Mile Lake/Prior Lake and Nancy Mackenzie of St Paul; grandchildren, Stuart Kemal Arsan (Jessie, Jialiang Yang) of New York City, Katherine (Pete) Nohre of Minneapolis, Dr. Jeanne (Neil) Goodspeed of St Paul, Elizabeth Leyla Arsan of Portland, Oregon, Benjamin (Alisan) Martin of Mill Valley, Calif., and Sibella Mackenzie (fiance Jeremy Marshik) of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren Greta, Ivy, and Simon Goodspeed and Cecilia Lane Martin; and son-in-law, Franc Sloan.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are by Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. No flowers, please. Donations to PEO chapter CU in Austin or to Ten Mile Lake Association in Hackensack.

She was the most perfect and loving wife and mother, beloved of the Lord and her family and friends.

Austin Daily Herald, November 30, 2012

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Clarice A. (Bjerke) Anderson

1923-2012

Clarice Aileen Anderson of Rosemount, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2012, at the age of 89.

Clarice was born in Austin on March 22, 1923, to Ole and Haldis Bjerke. She married LeRoy William Anderson on June 11, 1943. She has spent the last 24 years living in Rosemount, volunteering her time with the community and schools. She was a lifetime member of the VFW. Clarice will be missed deeply for her caring and loving devotion to family and friends.

She is survived by her four children: Alan (Jacolyn) Anderson, Sharon (Gerald) Peterson, Keith (Jundee) Anderson, and Nancy Williams; she is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Clarice was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Anderson and three sisters.

Her memorial service is Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012, at noon at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service in the church. Private interment will be at a later date in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Austin.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 24, 2012

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Erland J. Julson

1932-2012

Erland James Julson age 80 of Grand Meadow, Minn. and formerly of Stewartville and Rochester, Minnesota, died Friday Morning at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center where he had resided for about 1 1/2 years.

Erland was born July 7, 1932, in Clayton Township, Mower County, Minnesota, to Elgar and Virginia (Wadsworth) Julson. He attended country schools through the 8th grade and was married and divorced. He worked as a farm laborer for area farmers and for Libby’s and Seneca Foods in Rochester. Erland enjoyed fishing, going to farm shows, canning and pickeling, visiting and having a good meal.

He is survived by three brothers: Lyle (Robbie) Julson, Roger Julson and Milo Julson all of Grand Meadow and a sister Hazel Julson of Austin, Minn. and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Doris and Evelyn and 2 brothers: Rolland and Kenneth.

Friends may call at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday Nove. 25, 2012. A private family burial will take place in the Grand Meadow Cemetery. No other services are planned.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 24, 2012

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Marietta Besse (Tucker) Hardy

1915-2012

Marietta Besse Hardy, age 97, of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday evening at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.

Marietta was born October 25, 1915, in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Mabel (Besse) Tucker. She received her education in Quincy, graduating from Quincy High School in 1932, and continued her education at colleges in Missouri and Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1936.

Following her graduation, Marietta taught school until her marriage to Willard Hardy on June 12, 1937. The couple moved to Austin in 1937, for Willard’s teaching job. After moving to Austin, Marietta worked as a substitute teacher as well as hosting a radio show for KATE. She enjoyed music, played violin and taught music lessons for violin and voice. She also sang solos and played in the Austin Symphony Orchestra and enjoyed the Symphony Study Group. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, WELCA, the Floral Club and a long-time volunteer at the American Red Cross. Marietta also enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Willard died in August 1994. She continued to make her home in Austin, moving to the Sacred Heart Assisted Living in 2008.

Survivors include four children, Judith Gale (Eugene) Hildreth of Prior Lake, Minn., Kathryn (Dale) Mundt of Apple Valley, Minn., Jean (Joe) Rysavy of Rochester, Minn., and John (Peggy) Hardy of Richfield, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Todd Portinga, AIM, officiating. Interment will follow the service at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Friday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Memorials may be given to the Austin Symphony Orchestra or the ELCA Disaster Response Fund or to the donor’s choice. The Worlein Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

 Austin Daily Herald,
  November 26, 2012

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Camilla Lenore (Stephenson) Farnsworth

1921-2012

Camilla Lenore Farnsworth Stephenson, 90, passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2012.

Camilla was born on November 12, 1921, in Dexter, Mower county, Minnesota, and grew up in Austin. After high school she joined the Waves and was stationed in New York City, where she made lifetime friends.

She married her high-school sweetheart, Noel (Futz) Farnsworth, after he returned from overseas at the end of World War II. They lived in Ames, Iowa, when Noel was attending Iowa State where they had two sons, Jim and Ron. After graduation, Noel was offered a two-year position as an engineer working for the Panama Canal Company. They lived in Panama for the next 35 years and had two daughters, Patty and Jan. They retired back to Austin in 1983. Camilla was an avid golfer and walker, and loved reading biographies.

She is preceded in death by husband Noel, parents Stanley and Joy Stephenson, sisters Donna Lou Lane and Betty Ann Knoop, brothers Stan and Franklin Stephenson, sister-in-law Dorothy Stephenson, brother-in-law Archie Lane and nephew Roger Stephenson.

She is survived by daughters Patty Farnsworth and Jan Thompson, sons Jim and Ron Farnsworth, daughter-in-laws Jerri and Nancy Farnsworth, sister-in-law Marilyn Stephenson, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Camilla will be greatly missed. We have many great memories that will forever live in our hearts. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Austin on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will be held at the church following the service.

 Austin Daily Herald,
  November 26, 2012

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Kenneth Max Pinke

1921-2012

Kenneth Max Pinke, 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday morning, November 24, 2012, at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams.

Kenneth was born July 28, 1921, in Elkton, Minnesota, the son of Max and Anna (Steingraber) Pinke. He attended school in Elkton, graduating from Elkton High School in 1939. He continued his education at Austin Junior College in the dentistry program. He served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II, serving in the Pacific from 1943 to 1944.

He was united in marriage to Darlene Albertson on June 8, 1947, in Leland, Iowa. They made their home in rural Elkton, where Kenneth worked at Geo A. Hormel as a mechanic from 1947 until his retirement in 1982. He also farmed during that time, retiring from farming in 1992. He was a member of VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91 and a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Elkton. He enjoyed square dancing, hunting, farming, welding, machine repair, cutting trees and hauling firewood.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Pinke of Austin; three children: Dana (Sherri) Pinke of Roberts, Wisconsin, Dawn (Paul) Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Karen (Robert) Hyland of Dexter, Minnesota; four grandchildren: James Pinke, Sean Pinke, Ian Cooper and Erik Hyland; two brothers, Victor (Joyce) Pinke of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Alvin (Delores) Pinke of Bullhead City, Ariz.; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dennis Pinke; grandson, Elijah Cooper; two brothers, Herb Pinke and Walter Pinke; and one sister, Edna Meyer.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Pastor Liz Erickson of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elkton, officiating. Military honors will be by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91. Interment will be at a later date in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery near Elkton. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at Worlein Funeral Home. Memorials are preferred to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 26, 2012

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Glenn M. Stevens

1929-2012

Glenn M. Stevens, 83, of LeRoy, Minnesota, died November 23, 2012, at the Ostrander Care Center where he had resided for a short time.

Glenn was born August 27, 1929, in LeRoy to Kenneth and Margaret (Anderson) Stevens. He attended and graduated from LeRoy High School in 1948, and entered the united States Air in 1949. He was in the 66th Fighter Squadron and was stationed in Anchorage, Ala. After serving in the Air Force he returned to southeastern Minnesota. He attended night school on the GI Bill and went into business with his father in Steve’s Garage in LeRoy. He eventually called the business Glenn’s Garage.

Glenn was united in marriage to Norma Wierson at the LeRoy Lutheran Church on May 12, 1951. He was a member of the LeRoy American Legion and the Spring Valley VFW and enjoyed going fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Norma of LeRoy; a daughter, Deb (Dave) McClung of Mason City, Iowa; a son, Dave (Pam) Stevens of LeRoy; three grandchildren, Angie Olson of LeRoy, Heidi Stevens of Rochester and Justin (Kristin) Stevens of LeRoy; four great-grandchildren, Jenna and Kendall Olson and Tyson and Meah Stevens; a half-brother Terry (Sherri) Caldwell and a half-sister Jacalyn Shofe both of Burlington, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Margaret; a stepmother, Marian; a granddaughter, Ginger JoAnn Stevens; and a grandson, Michael R. Reynolds.

Private family services for Glenn Stevens will be held Tuesday November 27, 2012, at the LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.

 Austin Daily Herald,
 November 26, 2012

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Michael Lorane Estlick

1959-2012

Michael L. Estlick, 53, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, November 14, 2012, after waging a courageous six-month battle with cancer and a brain tumor.

Michael Lorane Estlick was born January 18, 1959, to Gerald (Jerry) and Gundi (Busch) Estlick in Austin, Minnesota. He attended Queen of Angels Elementary School along with his three sisters, Susanne, Dawne and Jackie. The family subsequently moved to Mankato, Minn., where Jerry earned his degree in education. Upon his graduation, the family headed to Colorado Springs, where they made their permanent home. Mike graduated from Harrison High School in 1977. His father taught at Harrison for 20 years before his retirement.

In Mike’s graduating class was a pretty girl, Sally Good. They later married and had four lovely daughters: Melanie, Nicole, Christine and Julie. They are also the proud grandparents of Skye, John, Jayden and Ava.

Mike always had a passion for working on computers and cars. He was a skilled woodworker, which was an inherited skill from his paternal grandfather, Frank Estlick, who was a well known carpenter and cabinet maker. Mike loved to fish in the beautiful lakes and streams of Colorado and he and Sally often camped in their motor home, enjoying nature’s beauty.

He worked for El Paso County in Colorado Springs as their webmaster for more than 16 years while also dabbling in his other passion, coloring comic books. He was the type of man who would not hesitate to help others in need, whether it was helping to fix their car or troubleshooting their computer issues.

Mike is survived by his wife, Sally; four daughters and spouses; four grandchildren; three sisters and spouses and their families; several Busch relatives in Germany; an aunt, Pat Swenson, Austin; numerous Estlick cousins; Sally’s extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Gundi; grandparents, Frank and Mary Estlick, Nikoli and Ellinor Busch; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service was held Nov. 18, 2012, in Colorado Springs at the New Life Church. Blessed be his memory.

Feel no guilt in laughter, he’d know how much you care. Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share. If you keep those moments, you will never be apart, and he will live forever, locked safely within your heart.

We love you Mike.

  Austin Daily Herald,
  November 27, 2012

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Danny James Haack

1957-2012

(November 5, 1957 - November 27, 2012)

Danny J. Haack, 55 died unexpectedly at his home early Tuesday morning November 27th, 2012. Danny James Haack was born November 5, 1957 at Austin, Minnesota, the son of Louis Frederick and Edna Louise (Wyborny) Haack. He graduated from Austin High School and worked at the Frontier Lanes and Supper Club in Austin. Danny was an avid reader and sports fan and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Danny is survived by his mother, Edna Haack of Austin, Minnesota; a sister and brother-in-law, Darlene Keyser-turner and Jerry Turner, Austin; a brother, Darryl “Skip” Haack, Austin; a nephew, Tom Keyser, Austin; a niece, Elizabeth Louise Haack, Austin; a sister-in-law, Judy Ann Haack, also of Austin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday November 30th at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Pam Aandahl Solberg officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 PM Friday until the time of the service.

 Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home website,
 November 27, 2012

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Frances Mae (Santelman) Heins

1925-2012

Frances Mae (Santelman) Heins, 87, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Frances was born January 12, 1925, in Florence Township, Minnesota, to George and Elizabeth Santelman. She married Dallas Heins on May 14, 1950, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Frontenac, Minn. Frances became a lifelong member of the church’s congregation. Dallas preceded her in death on September 1, 2006.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter Christina; six brothers and sisters, Marcel Santelman, Florence Grimm, Beulah Santelman, Elizabeth “Betty” Heins, George Santelman and Irene Rieck.

Frances is survived by her son, Dan (Karen) Heins of Austin; Brian Heins of Ellsworth, Wis.; grandchildren, Micah (Kim) Heins of Rochester, Minnesota, Sarah (Bert) Ouimette of Brimley, Mich., Philip (Michelle) Heins of Rapid City, S.D., Diana Heins of Mounds View, Minn., and Dustin Heins of Red Wing, Minn.; great-granddaughters Abigail Heins of Rochester and Jaelynn Heins of Red Wing; brother-in-law Donald Heins of Red Wing; and sister-in-law Shirley Perkins of Red Wing; and nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Frances Heins will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Austin on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Frontenac at 2 p.m. with visitation at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will follow at Frontenac Cemetery. Mayer Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left on line at: www.mayerfh.com.

  Austin Daily Herald,
  November 30, 2012

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Olive Sylvia (Dalen) Felton

1924-2012

Olive Felton, 88, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully following a stroke, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at Cerenity Care Center–Marian, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Olive Sylvia Dalen was born January 1, 1924, to Oscar and Stena (Kyllo) Dalen. Her family lived in the Sargeant, Minnesota, area until moving to Austin, where she graduated from high school. She was confirmed in 1937 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, where she was a member for 75 years.

On December 29, 1945, Olive married Richard ‘Dick’ Felton. They lived on the family farm until moving into Austin in 1989. Olive taught elementary school for nine years and was a lifelong learner. She was very proud of her education and the members of her class who completed their teacher training together. Many still meet regularly for lunch. She dearly enjoyed her family, her friends, and her faith.

She was a faithful volunteer and participant in many activities at St. Olaf for many years. Olive especially enjoyed reading and current events, needlework, the company of family and friends, and always had a good cup of coffee and a cookie ready to share.

Survivors include her children, Steven (Ann) of Rochester, Joan of St. Paul, James (Diane) of Fridley; five grandchildren, Laura Felton Rosulek (Michael), Emily (Samuel) Pearson, Lauren (Matthew) DePoint, Taylor (Abbie Vander Maten), and Briana; one great-granddaughter, Sylvia Rosulek; a sister Jane Sievertsen of Chatfield, Minnesota; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Stena Dalen, her husband Richard Felton, her brother Olgar, his wife Lyla Dalen and her brother-in-law Hermes Sievertsen.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2012, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Kristi Koppel officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. The family prefers that memorials be directed to St. Olaf Lutheran Church’s Expanding the Mission Capital Campaign or to a recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

Austin Daily Herald, November 30, 2012

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Agnes Helen (Arndt) Rush

1920-2012

Agnes Helen Arndt Rush, 92, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Our House Senior Living.

Agnes was born May 27, 1920, in Vernon Center, Minnesota, to Louis and Blanche (Duddridge) Arndt. She married James Rush on October 11, 1941, in Minneapolis. She was a good bowler, and was a charter member of the Austin Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame and the Austin Women’s 600 Club. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Agnes loved her family. She enjoyed spending time together during the holidays, birthdays or any occasion. She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Agnes had a great love of life, loved to travel and went to Hawaii and Branson many times often traveling with friends or family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Rush, Jr., brothers Emil and Allen Arndt, sisters Peggy Wallace and Edith Brown, great grandson Tristan.

Agnes is survived by her children, Barry (Julaine) Rush, Austin, Judy (Ken) Norstrud, Duluth, Minnesota, Debra (Wes) Thompson, Mantorville, Minnesota, Lori (Lloyd) Amick, Austin; grandchildren, Carey Sharp, Chris Rush, Lynne Hamre, Roberta Cich, Cheryl Wingate, Heather Larson, Jessica Bridges, Amanda and Tyler Amick; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Emma Sharp, Matt Cich, Kristina Warren, JR Wingate, Haley, Morgan, Jase, and Skyler Bridges; niece and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 3 at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Catherine Lemons officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service on Monday. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred either to the Mower County Humane Society or Christ Episcopal Church.

Austin Daily Herald, November 30, 2012

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