MOWER COUNTY GENEALOGY: Obituaries

 

Mower County Obituaries
Part 60

 

 

Gladys (Brimacomb) O'Shaughnessy

1913-2008

Gladys O'Shaughnessy, age 94, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on May 24, 2008 at Silver Memories in Omaha, Nebraska.

Gladys was born in Brownsdale, Minnesota, on July 8, 1913 to Bertha and Henry Brimacomb. She graduated from Austin High School and cosmetology school in Denver. Gladys married William O'Shaughnessy on Sept. 20, 1933.

Gladys spent all of her life in Austin, where she was very active in St. Augustine's parish, especially in service to others where hospitality and food preparation was needed. Gladys also spent over 50 years volunteering time with the Philomathian organization serving in all official positions and frequently multiple times. Gladys enjoyed being a member of the Women's Health Club of the YMCA for over 35 years. Gladys also was a key volunteer for the American Red Cross for over 40 years.

After the death of her husband, William in 1983, Gladys served in the unofficial role of the O'Shaughnessy family leader, where she shared her wisdom, her kindness, her happy nature and her humor with her extended family members. Gladys served as an important role model for all of her family. Her legacy is that of a large, close knit family who have strong Christian values and who enjoy each other's company on a regular basis.

She is survived by her four children: Karen (Jim) Shanahan, Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Janet (Lynn) Matzen, Jackson, Michigan; William (Vicki) O'Shaughnessy, Carson City, Nevada, and Mary (Joe) Egler, Valley, Nebraska. Gladys is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Kevin, Kathy, David, Paul, Michael, Bob, Jeff, Jill, Kelly, Erin, Katie, Christine and Michelle; and by 20 great-grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, William O'Shaughnessy, of Austin on March 8, 1983, and by her three brothers: Henry Brimacomb of West Palm Beach, Florida; Melvin Brimacomb of Austin, and Kenneth Brimacomb of Portland, Oregon.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gladys may be sent to Silver Memories Inc., 1302 S. 101st St. #223, Omaha, NE 68154.

Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted online at www.austindailyherald.com, May 26, 2008, Austin Daily Herald newspaper.]

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Bruce G. Miller

1945-2008

Bruce G. Miller, age 63, of Neenah, Wisconsin, and formerly of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on May 21, 2008 at Cherry Meadows in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was surrounded by family and friends. Over the past seven years, he courageously struggled with the effects of renal cell cancer.

Bruce was born to Ole and Grace Miller on March 30, 1945, and grew up in Austin, Minnesota. After high school graduation in 1963, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, before getting drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Alaska. Later he returned to Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked iron construction. He met his wife Ginny on a blind date, and they were married on October 21, 1972.

Bruce worked as an independent sales rep for Lane Co., Modern of Marshfield, and SK Products, with whom he won numerous sales awards. Bruce had passions for boating and sailing, following his sons’ sporting events, surfing the net, and educating himself on history and current political issues. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. In 1982, Bruce found new meaning to his life at Hazelden in Center City, Minn.

Bruce is survived by his mother, Grace Miller, Austin; Ginny Miller, his wife of 35 years; by his son, Jed (Kaisa) of Golden, Colorado; by his son, John, of Madison, Wisconsin; by a granddaughter, Sulia Grace of Golden, Colorado; by a brother, Jim, (Mary) of Austin; by a nephew, Brett, (Debbie) Miller; and by nieces, Jenessa and Amanda Miller of Trempeleau, Wisconsin.

A celebration of his life will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, 1025 Tullar Rd., Neenah, on Wednesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. Pastors Tim VandenLangenburg and Dave Rosen will officiate the service. Those attending the service are invited to a dinner reception at the Whiting Boat House in Neenah.

[Original obituary posted online at www.austindailyherald.com, May 26, 2008, Austin Daily Herald newspaper.]

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Jerry Guiney

1841-1890

Mower County Transcript, Wed. 12-17-1890, page 4, col. 2

Death of Jerry Guiney

Another of our residents is dead. Jerry Guiney died last Saturday evening after a few hours illness, of paralysis of the heart. He was in his shop at work on Friday but did not leave his bed on Saturday.

He was born in the parish of Newmarket, County of Cork, Ireland, Oct. 15, 1841, being one of a family of eleven children; four brothers and one sister came to this country. At the age of 11 years, Jerry came to Elgin, Ill. where he lived with his brothers and went to school for four years.

In 1856 he came with his brothers Daniel, Patrick and John, to Red Rock, this county, where some of the family still reside. Jerry soon went off to learn his trade at Faribault and after working at Shakopee, St. Paul, Winona and other points, came to Austin in 1867 went into company C. Kaiser in the harness business. This firm only recently dissolved and Jerry went into business alone.

He was married in 1869 to Mary Welch, and leaves the widow and two children, Minnie and Lacretta. His funeral was held Monday afternoon and was one of the largest processions ever seen in Austin. Jerry had a host of friends. He was a kind hearted and generous man in his family and in the community. We extend sympathy to the sorrowing circle of relatives.

He was insured for $1,000 in the Washington Life Insurance Company.

Requiescat in Peace

Credit: Mark Ashley

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James Foster

1856-1862

Minnesota Courier, April 9, 1862, page 2, col. 4.

DIED

In Lyle Township, Mower County, Minn. March 22nd 1862 of Diptheria, James D. Foster aged six years, one month and nineteen days, only child of R. B. and Catharine Foster.

Wherefore should I make my moan,
Now the darling boy is dead!
He to early rest is gone,
He to paradise is fled,
I shall go to him, but he
Never shall return to me.

God forbids his longer stay;
God recalls the precious loan;
God hath taken him away,
From my bosom to his own;
Surely what He wills is best,
Happy in his will I rest.

Faith cries out--It is the Lord,
Let Him do as seems him good!
Be thy holy name adored;
Take the gift awhile bestowed,
Darling boy no longer mine;
Thine he is forever thine.

      R.B. Foster

Credit: Mark Ashley

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Ardis Odelia (Bilstad) Cress

1916-2008

Ardis Odelia Cress, a longtime resident of Austin, Minnesota, died on May 25, 2008 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Ardis was born on April 21, 1916 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, to Wilhelm and Selma (Strand) Bilstad. She was a graduate of Fargo High School in Fargo, North Dakota, and Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota Ardis taught high school English in Buxton, N.D., and Rose Creek, Minnesota.

She married John Cress on July 27, 1942 at Queen of Angels Church in Austin. Ardy was a member of St. Augustine Parish.

She is survived by her children, John Cress, Minnesota City, Minnesota, William (Pat), LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Brian (Doris), Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Joan (Rex) Kohl, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Jason Cress, Michele (Troy) Koster, Julie (Matt) Lemieux, Laura (Kreg) Maxon, Cecilia (Shannon) Riley, Virginia (David) Faas, Michael Cress, Leah (Loren) Jones, Ryan (Beka) Kohl, Taylor Kohl and Braden Kohl; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Logan Maxon, Jonah and Elijah Faas, Morgan and Erin Riley; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Judy Bilstad, Lucille Cress, Jeanne and Paul Ginder, Carol and George Battey, William and Mary Jane Cress, and Vernon Graff; and many nieces and nephews.

Ardis was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Margaret (Peggy) in 1949; by her husband, John in 1992; by her parents; by a sister, Hazel Bilstad; by two brothers, Rev. Orvin Bilstad and Winston Bilstad; by her parents-in-law, William and Josephine Cress; by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Margaret and James Hayden, Dolores and Howard Slupe, Marie Graff, Nicholas and Dorothea Cress and Henry Cress; by a niece, Sherry Cress Breitbarth and by nephews Jerry Ginder, Duane Slupe, and Stephen Bilstad.

A memorial service will be held at St. Augustine Church on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 1 p.m.

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Curt Wilkinson

1924-2008

Curt Wilkinson, age 83, died at his home at in Edina, Minnesota on May 3, 2008.

He was born June 18, 1924, to Cleve and Bula Wilkinson in Rinard, Iowa. He lived with Blanche and Frank Skinner while attending Farnhamville High School, graduating in 1942. He enlisted with the Army; his specialty was Military Police. While stationed at the Alva Oklahoma Post, he met and courted Mildred Yauk, who was attending Northwestern Teachers’ College. They were married Oct. 9, 1944.

Curt earned his B.S. degree from Mankato State College. He earned his masters degree and specialist in administration degree at the University of Northern Iowa. He was certified to teach English, music and history and taught all three subjects during his career. He served as principal at Rose Creek High School and assistant principal at Southland School District.

Curt lived in Austin for 51 years and spent 40 summers at his cabin on Lake Jefferson near Mankato, Minnesota. In ill health, he moved to Edina to be near his daughter, Marcia Kimpell.

Curt was a lifelong musician. He played piano and trumpet in his own band and wrote all his own arrangements. As a young man, he played the piano and “Taps” on the bugle for the Army Band. He traveled the big band circuit playing in ballrooms throughout the Midwest; he also played private clubs, hotels, piano bars, and many special events. For 20 years, he played the American Legion Club in Austin as a single and with his band. Throughout his career, he played with local and out of state bands, including Ray Pearl, Sam Campbell, Jimmy Craft and Sammy Jenson.

He was a member of Fellowship Methodist Church in Austin for 40 years, where he made special friends not only with parishioners but also with many of the ministers who served there. Curt also enjoyed many holiday gatherings with Iowa relatives at the family farm near Humboldt, and in later years, after his daughter’s marriage, he celebrated many special occasions with the Kimpell family of Austin.

He possessed a spirited nature and a love of music, animals, politics, country and particularly his family. His granddaughter, Jessica, continued to be a special source of pride throughout his life. Her marriage to a fine man from a wonderful family was indeed a great joy for him. His wife of 63 years, Mildred, was by his side in both sickness and health and she remained to the end of his days, both the angel and love of his life.

Curt is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughter Marcia (Dr. Randy) Kimpell; granddaughter Jessica Kimpell Johnson (Dr. Bradley Johnson); nieces and nephews, Jerri and Ray Buhr and Dennis and Virginia Porter; many cousins and a special cousin, Jan McBride.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m., May 31, 2008, at Fellowship Methodist Church in Austin with the Rev. Marvin Repinski and Rev. Dennis Tamke co-officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion post 91, at the cemetery. Directly following the service, there will be a reception at the church to honor his life with the Jim Ruud Combo providing the music. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements.

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Gerald Maynard “Jerry” Goodwin

1941-2008

Gerald Goodwin, age 66, passed away on May 23, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gerald Maynard “Jerry” Goodwin was born on July 21, 1941, in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, to Maynard and Opal Goodwin. He attended Austin High School where he was a member of the state champion basketball team in 1958. Then he attended South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City on a scholarship for basketball and track and field where he earned his mechanical engineering degree; he was also a member of the Triangle Fraternity. His first job out of college was with the Eastman Kodak Company. He then worked with Sperry-Univac for many years in Eagan, Minn.

He and his family moved to Phoenix in 1987 where he worked for Honeywell in their Space Systems Division for over 20 years. He was a loving husband and father and will be missed immensely.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 37 years, Nancy; a son, Andrew; a daughter Melinda (Jamie) Bianchet; a sister, Carol (Jim) Lewis; and many family members and friends. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, smile and work ethic.

A visitation will be held on Friday May 30, 2008, from 6-8 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Funeral service will be at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating on Saturday, May 31, 2008, 10:30 a.m. with visitation before the service starting at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Red Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation.

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Mary Mildred (Critz) Brand

1915-2008

Mary Brand, age 92, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died on May 24, 2008 at her home of natural causes.

Mary Mildred Critz was born on June 25, 1915 in Osceola, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Suseanne Critz. On Feb. 23, 1935, she married Roland Brand in Osceola. The couple moved to Austin in 1943.

Survivors include her two daughters, Carol (Thomas) Peterson, Moore Haven, Florida, Donna (Daniel) Kuntz, Geneva, Minnesota; sister, Dorothy Garlow, Bricelyn, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Carrie Klebba, Windlake, Wisconsin, Ronald Peterson, Daphne, Alabama, and Shawn Hearn, Mankato, Minnesota; and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers.

A graveside memorial service for family and friends will be held on Friday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The Hospice Chaplain Shari Mason will be officiating.

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Dorothy I. (Korfhage) Roseth

1921-2008

Dorothy I. Roseth, age 87, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on May 24, 2008 at Castle Ridge Health Care Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

She was born May 24, 1921 in Austin to Earl and Rae (Irvine) Korfhage. She grew up with one brother and one sister: Eugene and Margaret. A funny story about her growing up was climbing the outside wall of a three-story brick high school. She was quite the tomboy. Dorothy enjoyed chorus, soccer, “kitten ball” and basketball. She was very proud of being in the National Honor Society. Dorothy’s first job was at the age of 49 — she set up food trays at St. Olaf Hospital. Her career started at age 50, working for a florist, doing floral design.

Dorothy married Oscar Roseth on Dec. 24, 1939. Together they had two children: Betty and David. Their first home was in Austin. Oscar was a Seebee in the Pacific during World War II. She was a Girl Scout leader, was in bowling leagues, and loved camping and fishing. She canoed the Boundary Waters at age 67. Dorothy and her family built two cabins on Mille Lacs Lake. She loved traveling around the United States, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy. Dorothy lived on Mille Lacs Lake after she retired, and wintered in Brownsville, Texas for 10 years.

She is Presbyterian and Methodist. Dorothy enjoyed big band music, church hymns and singing harmony. Her favorite books are about travel, nature, flowers and animals. Dorothy came to Castle Ridge on March 12, 2007.

She is survived by her children, Betty (Dick) Rausch, Plymouth, Minnesota, David (Diane) Roseth, Prior Lake, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Scott (Connie) Roseth, Prior Lake, Minnesota, Susan (Kevin) Kimble, Harlingen, Texas, Dan (Amanda) Roseth, Eagan, Minn., and Don (Amy) Rausch, Iowa City, Iowa; four great-grandchildren: Chris, Tyler, Emily, and Adrian; brother, Gene (Lorna Pearl) Korfhage, Austin; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Oscar in 1969; one sister; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Andrew M. Lindahl officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Casketbearers will be Scott Roseth, Dan Roseth, Susan Kimble, Don Rausch, Jason Korfhage and Jayda Woods. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimers Association.

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Irene Marie (Baumgartner) Beckman

1915-2008

Irene Marie Beckman, age 92, Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, on Thursday morning, May 29, 2008.

Irene was born on June 27, 1915 to John and Sophia (Beneke) Baumgartner in Austin, where she grew up and attended school.

Irene married Ray Beckman on Feb. 26, 1933 in Waltham, Minnesota. They farmed in the Waltham area for many years before moving to Austin, Minn. A member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, rural Waltham, Irene loved her garden, did a lot of quilting at church for many years, loved to bake cookies for everyone, especially the grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband: Raymond Beckman, Austin, Minn.; son: Ronald (Linda) Beckman, Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter: Sandra (Douglas) Novak, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; four grandchildren: Todd (Crystal) Beckman, Wade (Audrey) Beckman, Scott (Debra) Novak, Darci (Darian) Madsen; eight great grandchildren, one brother: Reverend J.O. (Vernita) Baumgartner, Fremont, Neb.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sons, two brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 1, 2008 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, rural Waltham with the Rev. John Heruth officiating. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Waltham.

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Arnold L. Bungum

1928-2008

Arnold Luther Bungum, age 79, of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota, on Wednesday, morning, May 28, 2008 as the result of stroke.

Arnold was born on August 31, 1928 on the family farm near Sargeant, Mower County, Minnesota, to John and Johanna (Hellen) Bungum. He was baptized and confirmed at Evanger Lutheran Church, rural Sargeant, and graduated from Austin High School in 1946. He joined the Air Force where he served in Japan during the Korean War and upon his return, spent several years farming with his brothers in the Sargeant area.

Arnold married Judy Knutson on October 24, 1954 at Evanger Lutheran Church, and they had five children. He worked for Jordan Builders for 12 years as their shop foreman. In 1968, he went to work for Hormel Foods until his retirement in 1986. Arnold and Judy spent many happy winters in Oceanside, Calif., burned up I-80 on road trips to Colorado and vacationed annually with extended family at Pelican Lake in northern Minnesota. Arnold never really retired; he worked every day in his garage and shop, repairing small engines or anything he was told was “unfixable.” His passion was getting hydrogen to work on his pick-up as an alternative fuel source. His life exemplified to all those around him his strong faith in Christ.

He is survived by his wife: Judy Bungum, Austin, Minnesota; two sons, John (Barbara) Bungum, Austin, Michael Bungum (partner, James Price), Minneapolis, Minnesota; three daughters: Amy (Steve) Adamson, Rochester, Minn.; Kathy (William) Fischer, Fort Collins, Colo.; Mary (Mark) Jasmin, Rochester, Minn.; ten grandchildren: Matthew (Becky) Bungum,Knoxville, Iowa; Kyle Jasmin, Brighton, England; Jake (Libby Welch) Bungum, Des Moines, Iowa; Ben Adamson, Rochester; Katy (fiance Matt Rockwell) Jasmin, Fort Collins, Colo.; Megan Bungum, Bend, Ore.; Sarah Adamson, Rochester, Minn.; Bryan Fischer and Grant Fischer, Fort Collins, Colo.; one great grandchild: Ava Rose Bungum,Knoxville, Iowa; sister-in-law: Arletta Bungum, Sargeant, Minn.; brother-in-law, Elton Graff, Clever, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Vic and Ted Bungum; three sisters, Gertrude Bhend, Olga Hauglum and Lillian Graff.

Funeral services will be held at 1 a.m., Monday, June 2, 2008 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Minn. with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 1 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Interment is at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Dexter, Minn. with military rites by American Legion Post 91. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC-Memorial gifts: 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC 20034) or donor’s choice.

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Earl Joseph Mudra, Jr.

1953-2008

Earl Joseph Mudra, Jr., age 54, died unexpectedly in his sleep on May 27, 2008.

He was born June 26, 1953 to Earl and Matilda (Svenson) Mudra in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, where he grew up and attended school. Earl worked various jobs.

Survivors include his mother, Tillie (Richard) Kelley, Austin; two sisters, Janice (David) Goldman, Austin; Lois (Bruce) Beer, Michigan; three nieces, Raquel Beer, Nichole Beer, Staci (Goldman) Bruce; nephew, Joe Goldman; great-nephew, Cayden Bruce.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl J. Mudra and his grandparents.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 30, 2008, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Interment was in Cedar City Cemetery, rural Austin.

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Walter Francis Felty

1930-2008

Walter Francis Felty, age 78, of Brownsdale, Mower county, Minnesota, died on Friday, May 30, 2008 at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield.

Walter was born on April 1, 1930, in Wells, Minnesota, the son of Russell and Hattie (Blake) Felty. Walter attended rural Waltham School District 126, and attended high school in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota.

Walter was united in marriage to Marlys Fisher on March 11, 1956 in Owatonna, Minnesota. Walter was a farmer and enjoyed farm life. He delivered cement trucks all over the United States for McNeilus Trucking, drove truck for Persingers Equipment in Austin and delivered LP Gas for Nelson Gas in Hayfield. Walter was a member of the First Baptist Church in Brownsdale and served as a Trustee.

Walter is survived by his wife, Marlys Felty, Brownsdale, Minnesota; one daughter: Diane (Daniel) Francis, Owatonna, Minnesota; one son: David Felty, Farmington, Minnesota; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and one brother: Lynn (Jean) Felty, Hayfield, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jimmy Felty; and one brother, Erwin Felty.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at the First Baptist Church in Brownsdale, Minnesota, with the Rev. Jerry Harris officiating. Interment will be in Waltham Township Cemetery in rural Waltham, Minnesota.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2008, at the Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield, Minn., and one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, May 31, 2008]

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Ricky Joe Sydnes

1950-2008

Ricky Joe Sydnes, age 58, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, on Thursday, May 29, 2008.

He was born on October 31, 1950 to Irving and Blanch (Kelly) Sydnes in Albert Lea, Freeborn county, Minnesota, where he grew up and attended school. He worked in a board and lodge as a caretaker. Ricky enjoyed spending time with his dog, Sparky, and rides in the country.

Survivors include his two sisters, Bonnie (Paul) Amann of Albert Lea; Cindy (John) Ahrens of Winona; and by three brothers: Ronnie Sydnes of Winona, Terry Sydnes and Randy Sydnes, both of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a half brother, Tom Kelly.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with the Reverend Kristi Koppel officiating.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, May 31, 2008]

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Carol Joanne (Hegstad) Morse

1935-2008

Carol Joanne Morse, age 72, formerly of LeRoy, Minnesota, died on May 31, 2008 at the Charter House in Rochester from Cancer.

Mrs. Morse was born on June 15, 1935 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, where she grew up and graduated from Austin High School in 1953. She then graduated from Austin Junior College and attended Mankato State College. On Sept. 7, 1958, Carol married Dr. Roger D. Morse in Austin. They moved to LeRoy in 1961 and resided there until 2004 when they moved to Rochester. Mrs. Morse was a member of LeRoy Lutheran Church and later Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Mrs. Morse worked as a dental assistant, secretary and had antique shops in LeRoy and Rochester (Abigail’s). Carol was a member of the church council and the LeRoy Commercial Club. She was active in Church ALCW, WELCA and church circles. She also enjoyed antiquing, traveling and her five grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Roger D. Morse; two sons, Jeffrey (Dawn), Racine, Minnesota, Gregory, Mantorville, Minnesota; daughter, Susan (Scott) Spilde, Ridgeway, Iowa; five grandchildren; sister, Jean (Lee) Hehl, Bella Vista, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Palmer and Ruby Hegstad of Austin, and by daughter-in-law, Jeanne Morse.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev Kathie Nycklemoe officiating. Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery in LeRoy, Minnesota.

the Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy, was in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 2, 2008]

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Phyllis (Fosse) Johnson

1925-2008

Phyllis Johnson, age 82, died on May 31, 2008, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

Phyllis was born July 7, 1925, in Hayfield, Minnesota, the daughter of Severt and Clara (Hegna) Fosse. She graduated from Hayfield High School.

She was united in marriage to Maurice Johnson on June 15, 1946, at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant, Minn. Maurice and Phyllis lived in Rochester, Minnesota, for 51 years, where she worked as a clerk at Woolworths. The couple returned to Hayfield in 2002. Phyllis was a member of Evanger Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. Phyllis enjoyed baking, cooking, and entertaining her family and friends.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Maurice, Hayfield; by a son, DeBlonde (Mary) Johnson, Deerwood, Minnesota; by a daughter, Lisa (Bill) Burt, Rochester; by four grandchildren: Thad Johnson, Neil Johnson, Alec Burt, and Emily Burt; and by three great-grandchildren: Rachel Johnson, Cade Johnson, and Luke Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant, with Reverend James Peterson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield, is in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 2, 2008]

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Paul F. Schulz

1937-2008

Paul F. Schulz, 70, of Elkhart, Indiana, passed away on May 30, 2008 at Elkhart General Hospital.

Paul was born on Sept. 6, 1937 in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to Ferdinand and Rose (Paul) Schulz. He Graduated from Austin High School in 1955 and Lutheran College, Dianaecorah, Iowa, in 1959. He had a Masters Degree from Andrews University.

He married Judith A. Hall on June 10, 1960, in Austin. Paul was a deacon and Sunday School teacher at church; member of the Missionary Committee at church; and member of the Elco Commission.

From 1959-1965 he was the band director of Grand Meadow High School, Grand Meadow, Minnesota. From 1965-1972 he was a band director at Elkhart Community Schools and from 1972- 2000 he became supervisor of music there; he then co-founded New Horizon Band in 2000. He also was the conductor of the Elkhart Municipal Band.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Schulz, Elkhart; daughters, Dawn (Keith) Treadway, Kokomo, Indiana, Tamara (Jon) Walter, Fort Wayne, Ind., Kim Champion, Elkhart; son, Dwight (Joan) Schulz, Elkhart; 8 Grandchildren; and one sister, Judith (Dean) Tapp, Rochester.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Bristol, Indiana, with the Rev. John Blodgett of First Baptist Church and Rev. Keith Treadway, Son-in-law officiating. Interment will be at Prairie Street Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted with Waterman Westbrook Clouse Funeral Home.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 2, 2008]

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Bessie Mae (Lillie) Rosenthal

1920-2008

Bessie Mae Rosenthal, age 87, of Austin, Mower county Minnesota, died on May 30, 2008.

Bessie Mae (Lillie) Rosenthal was born on Aug. 5, 1920, to Myrtle and Burt Lillie near Brownsdale, Minnesota. She was the eighth in a line of nine children.

Mae went to the Sargent school for first through third grades. Her family moved to the Austin area in 1930, and she attended Austin schools through the eighth grade. At the age of 18, Mae met her future husband, Harland Rosenthal, at a picnic, set up by her brother, Ralph. They married in December, 1939. Harland and Mae owned and operated the Rosenthal Greenhouses for many years, and were avid gardeners. To this union came two children, Carol Jean Rosenthal (Everson), Caldwell, Idaho, and Robert Rosenthal, Austin. For many years Mae ran Mae’s Tiny Tot Motel, day care out of their home. Mae had as many as 500 kids at one time or another, during her 13 years in the day care business.

Her hobbies included embroidery and a collection of pitchers (numbering into the hundreds). The pitchers were purchases and gifts from as far away as England and Germany. Mae lived on the same property all of her adult life.

Mae is survived by a daughter, Carol (Jon) Everson, Caldwell, Idaho; son, Robert (Mary) Rosenthal, Austin; grandchildren, Michael (Angie) Everson, Kevin (Maria) Everson, Sherrie (Todd) Elsberry, Carter (Tina) Rosenthal, Carissa (Scott) Deters, Caryn Rosenthal, Peggy Young, Valeri (Tom) Jacobsen; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Gladys Lillie and Charlotte Lillie of Austin, Elizabeth Lillie, Waltham, and Maxine Lillie, Long Beach, Calif.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Harland; eight brothers and sisters; and by her parents.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with Stephen Dickie officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 2, 2008]

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Dolores Elaine (Rysavy) Kurina

1923-2008

Dolores Elaine “Dori” Kurina, age 84, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota on May 30, 2008.

She was born October 3, 1923 to Frank and Helen (Verzani) Rysavy in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. She graduated from Austin High School in 1941. Dori married Tony Kurina on Dec. 23, 1942 in Austin. An active member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Dolores also volunteered at the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include her husband, Tony Kurina, Austin; daughter-in-law, Barbara Kurina, Tampa, Florida; two grandsons, Dan and Tom; three great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; Evelyn Rysavy, Milaca, Minnesota, and Mary Lou Rysavy, Austin; and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry in 2002 and two brothers.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, with Father Joseph Fogel officiating. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 2, 2008]

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Evelyn Marie (Tews) Kiefer

1930-2008

Evelyn Marie Kiefer, age 78, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on June 2, 2008 at her home.

Evelyn was born on April 11, 1930 to Nellie and Walter Tews in rural Waltham, Minn. She grew up and attended school in the Waltham area. She married Emmett "Bud" Kiefer on Sept. 23, 1946. They farmed in the Taopi, Minnesota area where she co-owned and operated the Kiefer Grocery Store for many years. Evelyn was sworn in as Postmaster in Taopi in January 1959.

She retired in May 1992, after serving as Postmaster for a total of 32 years in Taopi and Lansing, Minnesota. In 1980 they moved to Lansing. Her husband, Bud, died on Oct. 11, 1987. Evelyn later moved to Austin where she resided until her death.

Evelyn was an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. She was a loyal servant of the Lord, spending countless hours serving her church and her community. She served as manager of the Philamathian Book Store for several years. She loved to travel, enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and loved flower gardening.

Survivors include her children, Larry (Joan) Kiefer, Rochester, Linda (Larry) Harvey, Lake City, LeAnn (Wayne) Ulrich, Blooming Prairie, Bob (Janette) Kiefer, Hayfield, Dave (Patti) Kiefer, Lake City; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Shirley) Tews, Modesto, Calif., Roger (Judy) Tews, Burnsville.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2008 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 4 p.m. CCW rosary and a 7 p.m. wake service on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4-8 p.m. and 9-10 a.m. on Friday, also at the funeral home. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Adams.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 4, 2008]

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Kenneth Charles Evenson

1925-2008

Kenneth Charles Evenson, age 82, our carpenter, was called home by Joseph, the Lord’s carpenter, from St. Marys Hospital in Rochester on June 2, 2008.

Kenneth was born Nov. 26, 1925 to Christian and Clara (Dammen) Evenson in Lanesboro, Minnesota, where he grew up. After he completed his education, Kenneth worked at various construction companies as a master carpenter. He joined the Navy in 1944, serving in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 from Schumacher, Calif.

He met Gladys Kathleen Carlin and married her on Jan. 21, 1950 at Priest House in Preston. To this union nine children were born. Kenneth and Gladys moved to Austin in 1950. He retired from carpentry in 2005. His greatest passion in life were his family, woodworking, fishing and deer hunting with his family. He also maintained his sobriety for over 23 years.

Survivors include nine children, Christopher (Vickie) Evenson, Austin; Deborah (Barry) Moen, Red Wing, Ann (Gary) Jorgenson, Grand Marais, Jay (Mary) Evenson, Austin, Lisa Haney, Rochester, Kari (Larry) Blair, Austin, Marty (Kim) Evenson, Austin, Jamie (Sharon) Evenson, Albert Lea, Matthew (Kellie) Evenson, Austin; 21 grandchildren, Jeremy (Erin), Kalhia, Corrinne (Derek), Nichole (Peter), Lee, Sarah (Ben), Joshua, Rebecca (Brian), Skyler, Elizabeth, Abby, Peter, Devon, Aaron, Jordan, Brandon, Megan, Ashley (Chris), Ryan, Alex, Lucas; two step-grandchildren, Eric (Jackie), Jackie, (Rick); 14 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Katelyn, Caleb, Jacob, Brylie, Carson, Emily (Claire), Caden, Loden, McKenzie, Andrew, MaTaya, Shayla, Ayden (Zander); three step-great-grandchildren, Morgan, Sydney, Ethan; sister, Muriel (Virgil) Kulsrud; brother-in-law, Joe (Marie) Carlin; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Marzolf, Helen Frank, Rose (Beach) Elam, Patricia Carlin; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; his parents, Clara and Christian; brother, Archie Evenson and son-in-law, Marlin Haney.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2008 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Father Joe Fogel officiating. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 4, 2008]

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Henry M. Bartesch

1914-2008

Henry M. Bartesch, 93, of Austin, died on May 31, 2008 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home.

Henry was born June 1, 1914 in Lakewood, Ohio to Mike and Rose (Bohl) Bartesch. On Jan. 27, 1943 he was united in marriage to Angela M. Frey in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Henry worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and Hormel Foods. He enjoyed watching westerns and spending time with his family, collecting Lionel trains and he loved dogs.

Survivors include his children, Mary Ann (Franny) Nelson, Austin, Michael (Lynette) Bartesch, Austin, JoAnn Bartesch, Austin, Nancy (Mark) Gerber, Adams, Carol (Jerry Steffen) Bartesch, Forest City, Iowa, Jim (Penny) Bartesch, Austin; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Angela on Dec. 19, 2003; his sister Helen in 2004; and an infant brother and sister.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at St. Edward's Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 6 p.m. wake service on Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-8 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

The honorary casket bearers will be Elizabeth Gerber and Terry Nelson. The casket bearers will be Ashley Bartesch, Mike Gerber, Janelle Lewison, Tim Nelson, Jerry Steffen and Tom Nelson.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 3, 2008]

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Arlene Louise (Srock) Anderst

1927-2008

Arlene Louise Anderst, 81, of Austin, died at St. Mark's Lutheran Home on June 2, 2008.

She was born Jan. 3, 1927 to Edwin and Loretta (Waters) Srock in Cleghorn, Iowa. The family moved to Minnesota when Arlene was a child. She grew up in Hollandale and later returned to Cleghorn, Iowa where she graduated from high school. After attending Western Union College in Lemars, Iowa, Arlene graduated from Bethany College in Mankato with high honors, earning her teaching degree in 1948.

She married Arnold Anderst on July 6, 1952 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin where she was a very active member, serving as organist for many years. She taught kindergarten at Holy Cross Lutheran School for 31 years. Arnold passed away in 1994. Arlene enjoyed family gatherings, reading and sewing. Ill health required a move to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in 2002.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Conner, Des Moines, Iowa; Sharon Bendel, Rochester; four grandchildren, Markus Bendel (fiancee’ Emily Berke), Jenna Bendel, Megan Conner, John Conner; two brothers, Gerald Srock, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Roger (Ruth) Srock, Stockton; sister-in-law, LaVonne Srock, Austin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loretta and Edwin Srock; husband, Arnold; brother, Edwin “Gene” Srock; son-in-law, Markus Bendel; sister-in-law, Janet Srock.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Reverend William Natzke officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, is in charge of arrangements. Interment is at Grandview Cemetery. The family prefers memorials to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home or Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 5, 2008]

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John Russell Furman

1922-2008

John Russell Furman, died on May 27, 2008. He was born March 18, 1922, to Grace (Gradert) Furman and Russell A. Furman, in Spirit Lake. John graduated from Iowa State College in Ames in 1947. As a Marine, he served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and after the Korean conflict.

In 1946, John married Patricia Gilchrist and to this union their daughters, Ann and Betsy, were born. He enjoyed working for Hormel Foods, ending his 35 year career as vice-president. In 1982, he and his wife retired to the family cottage on Lake Okoboji. John was active in many civic and philanthropic organizations. While in Austin he was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, treasurer and church moderator.

He was the chairman of the Mower County Republicans in 1960. John was instrumental in developing Recreational Opportunities Action Resources (ROAR), serving mentally challenged young adults. In Iowa, he was a volunteer tutor in the local grade school, an active participant in the Lakes Region Rotarians, and an original booster of the University of Okoboji Foundation. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf and was proud of the roses he grew.

He is survived by Pat, his wife of 61 years,Spirit Lake; daughters, Ann (Douglas), Sioux Falls, Betsy (Beth Janke), St. Paul; and four grandchildren, Joe and Allie Esse and Eva and Theo Janke-Furman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law, Doug Esse, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 5, 2008]

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John P. Gavin

c1922-2008

John P. Gavin, 86, formerly of Spring Park, Minnesota, died on June 4, 2008. Born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, John retired from Hormel Foods after 30-plus years and joined his children in the Twin Cities at age 84.

He was a resident of Meridian Manor in Wayzata, Minnesota; and he proved to be a character until the end.

He was preceded in death by wife, Betty (Richardson) Gavin; by his parents, Cora and Jack Gavin; by sisters, Helen Gavin, Bernice (Gavin) Hardy, Mary (Gavin) Finnegan; and by a brother, Bob Gavin.

He is survived by his brother, Patrick Gavin, St. Paul, Minnesota; by children, Colleen (Gavin) Bellamy, Orono Minnesota, Timothy Gavin, Elk River, Minnesota; and by his grandchildren, Sarah and Lucas Bellamy, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Jack Gavin, Elk River, Minnesota.

The family is planning a private memorial service with interment at Ft. Snelling, to celebrate John's life.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 8, 2008]

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Larry Seljeseth, Sr.

1945-2008

Larry Seljeseth, Sr., age 62, of Montgomery, and formerly of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on June 4, 2008 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota.

He was born on June 25, 1945 to Sverre “Melvin” and Clara “Helen” (Bonnett) Seljeseth in Austin. He grew up in Rose Creek where he graduated from high school.

He married his high school sweetheart, Judy Jester, on September 21, 1963 in Sisseton, South Dakota. They made their home in St. Paul, where Larry worked in construction before moving to Hampton to work for Rayfo Manufacturing. They moved to Dodge Center in 1982 where he was employed by MTM.

He ran a funnel cake concession trailer for 19 years. A member of the Methodist faith, Larry enjoyed cooking, hunting, photography, snowmobiling and four-wheeling.

Survivors include his wife, Judy, Montgomery; three daughters, Mindy (Russell) Tomfohrde, Mazeppa, Sarainia Seljeseth, Manorville, Tisha (Chad) Heinle, Montgomery; a son, Larry (Linda) Seljeseth, Jr., Austin; seven grandchildren; and five siblings: Sonya (Roger) Hofner, Dexter, Minnesota; LaVonne (Alan) Fones, Duluth, Minnesota; Tharen (Linda) Seljeseth, Owatonna, Minnesota; Colleen (Earl) Sletten, Owatonna; and Renae (Roger) Russell, Sr., College Station, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Sverre; by two brothers, by one sister, and by one nephew. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 9, 2008 at the Salvation Army Chapel with Major Alan Fones and Major LaVonne Fones co-officiating. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 8, 2008]

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Emil E. Arndt

1936-2008

Emil Eugene Arndt, age 72, of Austin, died on June 4, 2008 a his home.

Emil "Dude" Arndt was born March 18, 1936 in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to Emil A. and Genevieve (Gorman) Arndt.

On April 11, 1959 he was united in marriage to Deanna J. Apold at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. He worked 27 1/2 years at Hormel Foods and also did 18 years of carpentry and remodeling. Emil was very fond of wood carving. He loved fishing, camping, being outdoors, spending time with his family and was always willing to lend a hand with projects around the house.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Deanna Arndt, Austin; two sons, Todd A. (Kari) Arndt, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Kenny J. (Andrea) Arndt, Lancaster, California; two daughters, Edie (Donnie) Stier, Racine, Deidre (Jeff) Slowinski, Blooming Prairie; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his mother, Genevieve Arndt, Austin; his brothers, Larry Arndt, Brownsdale, and David Arndt, New Orleans, Louisiana; and a sister, Beverly A. (Ron) Dotzenrod, Rochester, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his father, Emil A. Arndt; by a brother, Donnie Arndt; by his grandparents; and by a mother-in-law, Melvina Apold.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 6 p.m. wake service on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4-8 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The honorary casket bearers will be: Nathan, Trevor, Justin and Kyle Nicholas, and Ethan and Derek Arndt, Jared, Jacob and Colten Stier, Jacque (Stier) Rinn, Andrew, Cody and Zach Slowinski.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 8, 2008]

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Mary Ann Strong

1941-2008

Mary A. Strong died at St. Joseph Hospital on June 6, 2008 after a long battle with blood cancer.

Mary Ann Strong was born on June 29, 1941 in St. Olaf’s Hospital in Austin, the daughter of Harry P. Strong, who was Superintendent of Parks and Recreation from 1940–1965. Mary is a graduate of Pacelli High School, in the class of 1960.

She is survived by her siblings, Harry P. (Nancy) Strong, Jr., St. Paul, Minnesota, Jack (Joan) Strong, Lacey, Washington, and Joan (John) Dieball, Orange, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her mother, by two sisters, and by her father.

Mary will be buried at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, Calif. Services are pending.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 8, 2008]

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Harold F. Dever

1920-2008

Harold F. “Dip” Dever, age 87, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died on May 27, at the Austin Medical Center, Austin.

Harold was born on May 31, 1920 in Jackson, Minnesota, to William and Maude (Ibach) Dever. They moved to Wells, Minn., and then to Austin in 1925. He attended Lincoln Elementary school and graduated from Austin High School in 1938. At the age of 13, he worked Ben Speck’s grocery store until starting work at the Hormel plant on Oct. 5, 1938. He retired in June 1981 after working at Hormel for over 43 years. Harold was proud of his service in the Army Air Corps Transport Command in World War II, from 1942 to December 1945.

In December 1947, he was united in marriage to May (Yarwood) Dahl at the St Olaf Parsonage in Austin.

Harold always liked sports. He played basketball at the Shaw Gym in the evenings and the fast pitch softball city league from the time he was 16. He was most proud of being inducted into the Minnesota Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 1995. Harold volunteered at the Adams Health Center, St Mark’s Nursing Home and the Austin Medical Center. He was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, a member of Post 91 American Legion and Post 1216 VFW. He was very happy just being with people. He was a kind and generous person who contributed to the community and made it a better place to live.

Survivors include his son, C. E. (Butch) Dahl and wife, Mary of Ft Myers, Fla.; brother, Robert Dever, Mitchell, S.D.; sister, Shirley Lackey, Stockton, Calif.; granddaughter Michelle, Turo, Mass.; grandson Mark, New York City, N.Y.; two great-grandsons, nieces and nephews; and special friend, Eula Reshetar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife May; brothers, Jack and Gary and sisters, Teresa, Beverly and Joann.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 14 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Karen Behling officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery with Austin Post # 91 American Legion in charge of military rites. A reception will follow at the Mower County Senior Citizen’s Center. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or Our Savior’s Building Fund. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 13, 2008]

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Sylvia Julianna (Saari) Percival

1915-2008

Sylvia Julianna Percival, age 92, of Rochester, Minnesota, and formerly of Austin and Des Moines, Iowa, died on June 10, 2008 at Rysella Adult Foster Care in Rochester.

Sylvia Saari was born on August 27, 1915 in Mountain Iron, Minnesota, to Walter and Lempi (Kaipainen) Saari. She graduated from high school and worked as a legal secretary in Rochester. Sylvia was married to L. Kenneth Percival on July 12, 1941 in Rochester. They lived in Austin and later moved to the Des Moines area where she worked as an administrative assistant for the State of Iowa. Sylvia was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and an avid baseball fan that loved to watch the Twins. She returned to Rochester following her husband’s death in 1998.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sister, two brothers and a nephew.

Sylvia is survived by her nieces, Jane Blatti, Mantorville, Minn., Pamela Ferlitto, Pine City, Minn.; three Grand nephews.

A private family service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Austin. The family prefers memorials to the donor’s choice.

[Original obituary posted on www.austindailyherald.com, June 13, 2008]

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