Archive for November, 2010


Loretta M. Ruport ~ Mantorville

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Loretta M. Ruport of Mantorville, Minnesota and recently of Golden Living East Nursing Home in Rochester, MN passed away on November 27, 2010 at the age of 91.

She was born on February 22, 1919 to Chris and Hazel (Dovarch) Corfits. She grew up in Rochester, worked in Plainview and married William Ruport on July 17, 1938. They made their home in Mantorville for many years. Mr. Ruport passed away on August 3, 1977.

Loretta was employed by the US Postal Service in Mantorville and Rochester for many years. She was a member of the Mantorville VFW and enjoyed hobbies of crocheting and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, 3 half-brothers and 5 step-brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 1 at 1:00 PM at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church one hour before the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.

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Russell E. Ritzler – Dodge Center

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Russell Edward Ritzler (95) died on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Wellington Adult Care Home in Dodge Center, Minnesota where he resided for the past two years. He was born on June 16, 1915 in New Buffalo, Michigan to Edward and Florence Ritzler. On October 21, 1939, he married Ellen Ruth Williamson in Three Oaks, Michigan.

He was formerly of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, where he retired after 35 years with Unocal (formerly Pure Oil) in Palatine, Illinois. He began his career in the oil business in South Bend, Indiana in 1941 with Pure Oil Company as a general office worker and advanced to Vice President of Super Par Oil stations of the Midwest. When the company was transitioned to Unocal, he moved to Palatine and became general manager of marketing where he worked until 1976. Before retirement, he and Ellen would travel to Indiana to help build their retirement home in Rolling Prairie, Indiana where they lived for 25 years.

His hobbies included woodworking, wall papering, tile laying, gardening and golf. Russell was a dedicated member of the Lions Club in South Bend and Rolling Prairie, Indiana and was a loyal member of Rolling Prairie Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and served a term as church treasurer. Since his youth, he was an avid New York Yankee fan. His love for baseball began when he was active in the New Buffalo, Michigan amateur league. He later umpired in the minor league system in the Midwest. He was also instrumental in the formation years of the German Township Elementary School serving as its president for several years.

Russell is survived by his wife, Ellen; a son, Barry (Carolyn) Ritzler of Edison, Jersey; a daughter, Kathleen (Ronald) Hooley of Kasson, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and one sister, Elaine Simpson of Muncie, Indiana.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 29, 2010 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at Kaniewski’s Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive in South Bend, Indiana followed by a memorial service at 1:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Rolling Prairie Methodist Church in Rolling Prairie, Indiana or Wellington Adult Care Home in Dodge Center, Minnesota.

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Joan L. McDonald

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Joan Lorraine McDonald (Phelps), age 79, died at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, Minnesota on November 17, 2010 after a long illness. Born in rural Mantorville, she lived in Byron, MN with her husband and children most of her life.

After retirement from the Mayo Clinic, Ken (Mick) and Joan lived in Leesburg, Florida for a number of years before returning to the Kasson area.

Survivors include husband, Kenneth; brothers, Tracy (Annetta) Phelps and Ronald (Violet) Phelps; children, Sue (Dallas) Miller, Tom McDonald and Nancy (Randy) Erickson; grandchildren, Krisiti (Travis) Pencille, Alex, Madeline, Colton and Haven.

Friends and relatives will be welcome to join us for a celebration of life open house at the home of Dallas and Sue Miller at 905 – 6th Street NW in Kasson, MN on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.

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Katherine “Kate” E. Trygstad – Kasson

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Katherine Elizabeth Trygstad, 101, passed away peacefully at Pine Haven Care Center, Pine Island, Minnesota on November 15, 2010.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 am on Friday, November 19, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, Minnesota with Pastor Maria A. K. Anderson officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be at the Pine Island Cemetery in Pine Island, Minnesota.

Kate was born November 3, 1909 in Dodge County to Emma and Nick Durst.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur. Survivors include two daughters; Karen (Ken) Urbach and Mary (Tim) Kunert; one son, Loren (Kay) Trygstad; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the donor’s choice.

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Elaine Steele – Hayfield

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Elaine Steele, 91, died November 11, 2010 in Hayfield, Minnesota at Suzie’s Place. She had been living there for about the past 5 years.

She was born at rural Hayfield on March 22, 1919, to Nathan and Mabel Stanton. Elaine was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church there. She went to country school and then high school in Hayfield.

Elaine married Lester Hanson in 1936. They had one son. Lester was killed in World War II. Elaine then moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1943. She married Robert Steele in 1949. He died on August 9, 1973.
Elaine worked for Guarantee Mutual Life for over 40 years. After retiring, she moved to Kasson, Mn. She became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

She loved quilting with the ladies there. She was also an avid gardener and reader.

She is survived by her son Roger (Jean) Hanson, 3 grandchildren; Laurie (Jim) Belden, Linda (Mike) Stevens, and Shelley (Bruce) Franko; 8 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

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Sharon M. Heinen – Rochester

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Sharon Heinen, 63, passed away Friday, October 29, at Madonna Towers Skilled Nursing after a lengthy illness.

She was born September 29, 1947, Sharon Marie Castner to Donald and Dolores (Lally) Castner. Sharon graduated in 1965 from Kasson-Mantorville High School, and then attended Winona State College graduating with Honors in 1970. She went on to teach at the Minneapolis Society for the Blind where she met her husband Richard Heinen. They were married January 24, 1981, and resided in West Saint Paul. She was employed by the State of Minnesota for over 20 years before retiring in 2009.

Sharon enjoyed traveling, reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Sharon is survived by three sisters: Jane (Michael) Coe of Byron, Sue (Tony) Cairns of Rochester and Jill (Richard) Marquardt of rural Mantorville. Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Kara (Sean) Weiland, Kevin (Lena) Coe, Kyle, Kristopher, Kassandra, Kellan and Kameron Coe, Samantha and Nicole Cairns, Jason (Jenny) Marquardt, Eric, Missi and Jackie Marquardt; five great-nieces and nephews, an aunt, an uncle and cousins, including Nancy Shumaker, whose love and support helped Sharon to live a full and active life despite her visual impairment.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Madonna Towers Skilled Nursing for the compassionate care Sharon received since making her home there in December of 2009.

Services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 5, 2010, at Madonna Towers Chapel, 4001 – 19th Avenue NW, Rochester, with Fr. Jim Russell officiating. Reviewal will be one hour before the service. Burial will be at 11:00 am Saturday, November 6, at Acacia Park Cemetery, 2151 Pilot Knob Road, Mendota Heights, MN.

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