Archive for August, 2010


Patricia A. Birch

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The funeral mass for Patricia Ann Birch will be at 10:30 am on Friday, September 3, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will also be at the church on Thursday, September 2, from 5:00-7:00 pm with a prayer service beginning at 6:00 pm. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato, MN following the service and a light lunch.

Patricia, 67, died on Monday, August 30 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN. She was born on August 29, 1943 in Mankato, MN to John and Florence Dumont. She married Dennis Birch in February of 1967 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato, MN.

After moving to Mantorville in 1978, Patricia became an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson and also enjoyed quilting and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Birch of Mantorville; daughter, Rebecca Zacharias of Mankato; son, David (Cherie) Birch of New Richmond, WI; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 2 brothers, John (Barbara) Dumont of Plymouth, MN and James Dumont of Santa Rose, CA; and sister, Karen Germann of Egan, MN.

Memorials are preferred to the Salvation Army.

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Russell William Bornholdt

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The funeral service for Russell William Bornholdt will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at the Church of Christ in Concord, Minnesota with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.

Russell died August 22, 2010 at the Spring Valley Care Center, where he was a resident for the last 17 months. He was born on November 2, 1912 in rural Mantorville to George and Bessie Bornholdt.

On September 27, 1934, he married Caryle Marie Martin. They farmed in the Mantorville area until retiring in 1972. Following retirement, they moved to Kasson, MN.

He is survived by his wife, Caryle, two sons; Ronald (Cheryl) of Spring Valley, MN and Randall (Brenda) of Apple Valley, MN. He was preceded in death by one son.

Memorials are preferred to either the Concord Church of Christ, Old Concord, MN or to the Spring Valley Care Center, 800 Memorial Drive, Spring Valley, MN 55975.

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James D. Abel

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

James Daniel Abel, 81, of Kasson, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 17, 2010, of health complications while at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

James was born on September 3, 1928, in Dodge Center, MN to Lester Ross Abel and Bertha (Bennett) Abel. Jim was baptized in the Methodist Church and later became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Dodge Center, MN, where he was very active serving many years as the secretary and on various other committees. Jim graduated from Kasson High School in 1947. After graduation, he started Abel Signs in Kasson and operated it for 50 years.

He married Elsie Hinz on April 18, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church in LuVerne, Iowa. Jim was active in the community throughout his life and was a member of the American Legion Post 333. Jim enjoyed traveling with his family, fishing, raising show pigeons as a hobby, and especially loved spending time with his family.

James is survived by his loving wife, Elsie, and his children Ross (Vickie) of Rochester; Kim (Edward) Balady of Phoenix, AZ; Jon (Ann) of Rochester; and Chris (Carla) of Kasson; 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Marilyn (Abel) Houdek of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Dulsie (Taylor) Abel; sister, Beth Nelson; brother, Leonard Abel; and grandson, Ryan Abel.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, August 20, 2010, at Grace Lutheran Church, Dodge Center, with the Rev. Robert Lentz officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson and one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Paul H. Fjerstad

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Paul H. “Wally” Fjerstad, 56, of Kasson, Minnesota died Monday, August 9, 2010.
Paul H. Fjerstad was born on July 23, 1954 in Rochester, Minnesota to Alice (Fjerstad) Ramthum and Thomas Hanf. He attended school in Byron, MN and Mishawaka (Indiana) High School, graduating in 1972.
He returned to the Byron area after high school and made his home in Kasson. He married Pamela Durst and they were later divorced.
Paul was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN. He was a member of the Kasson Fire Department for the past 20 years. He was employed by S. L. Contracting and Rochester Service Company for over 20 years. He had also worked for Road Constructors, Crenlo and Ellingson Drainage over the years.
Paul enjoyed watching his children play in the various sporting activities they were involved in and hunting with his boys.
Paul is survived by his three children; Alicia, Anthony “Tony” and Adam; all of Kasson and a half-brother, Steven Mosher of Anoka, MN; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and long time friend, Teri Witt of Hayfield, MN.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and a half-brother.
Visitation will be on Thursday, August 12, 2010, from 5:00-7:00 pm and 1 hour prior to the funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson. There will be no reviewal. Funeral services will also be at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 11:00 am.
Memorials are preferred to the family.

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Eileen Close

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Eileen Close, 85, of Rochester, died Saturday ( August 7, 2010) at

Maple Manor Nursing Home where she had resided since October 2008.

Eileen was born February 20, 1925, in Grove, Texas.  In 1943, she graduated with honors from Claremont High School in Claremont, Minnesota.  She was then a nurse cadet at the Kahler School of Nursing, graduating in 1946.

On April 27, 1947, she married Donald Close.  She was first employed at the Worrall Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, and then at the Mayo Clinic where she worked in the cancer treatment and hypertension areas.  She terminated her employment when her husband retired.  They then moved to Arkansas where they lived for 25 years.

She enjoyed her work, dancing, playing bridge and boating.

She is survived by her husband, Donald of Rochester; two sons, Tracy (Kristin) of Duluth, Minnesota,  and Kerry (Kris) of Eagen, Minnesota; five grandchildren; two brothers, Alen (Arlene) Luehrs of Ocala, FL, and Duane Luehrs of Wisconsin; and one sister, Verna Schaller of Denver, CO.  One son, Craig, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 28 at the United Methodist Church in Byron, Minnesota.  The family prefers memorials to the Salvation Army of Rochester, Minnesota.

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