Archive for December, 2010


Charlotte J. Stafford ~ Kasson

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Charlotte Joan Stafford, 79, of Kasson, died peacefully on Saturday, December 25, 2010 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, MN.

Charlotte (Char) was born October 16, 1931 in Utica Township to Everett and Hazel Burt. She attended Pine Island High School. Charlotte worked for Waters Conley, H&R Block, and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

On November 5, 1949, Charlotte married Harold E. Stafford, who preceded her in death on April 8, 2000. They made their home in Mantorville, MN in 1960. She was a member of the Mantorville VFW Auxiliary. She played softball until age 60 and bowled until 2001. She also liked to quilt and play bingo and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.

Charlotte is survived by her six children, Kenneth of Rochester, Karin (Gordy) Carlson of Kasson, Kris Stevens of Kasson, Kent of Rochester, Keith (Laurie) of Stewartville, and Karla Stafford of Fountain Hills, AZ; 17 grandchildren, Troy Stafford, Bridget Schrom, Tim Stafford, Sandy Otterbein, Mike Grant, Matt Grant, Joe O’Brien, Tina Horning, Kelly Carlson, Tessa Stafford, Katie Stafford, Erica Gould, Kelsey Stafford, Andrew Stevens, Dylan Stevens, Kale Stafford, and Kylie Stafford; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers Curt, Alvin and Gary Burt; and sisters Harriet Towe, Margaret Berg, Julaine Felstad, Judy Garske, Bonnie Schumann, and Linda Werneke.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Stafford; grandsons Kasey and Charles Stafford; one sister and two brothers.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, in Kasson from 5:00-7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 30, at 11:00 am also at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

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Dorothy L. Beaver ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Dorothy Lucille Beaver passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on December 21, 2010 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota where she was a resident since July 13, 2010.

“Auntie” was 94 years young. She was born April 21, 1916 to Frank and Mary Press in Dodge County. On June 27, 1934 she was united in marriage to Walter Beaver in Rochester. After farming in rural Mantorville for a few years, Walt and Dorothy moved to the Twin Cities where they worked at the New Brighton Ammunition plan for the Civil Defense Department. In 1947, they moved to California and built their business in San Ardo. They owned the grocery store and library, the restaurant, where Dorothy did the cooking and baking, and the filling station and garage in the community. In 1980, they retired to Kasson. Walt passed away in 1988.

Auntie continued to enjoy playing cards and dice, crocheting, going to the casino, gardening and being with her family.

Dorothy was a member of the Fairview Care Center Auxiliary, the Kasson Senior Citizens, where she was the treasurer for many years and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson.

Dorothy is survived by her many nieces and nephews whom love her and will miss her very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt; her parents and her seven brothers and sisters; Adeline, Alfred, Margaret, Earl, Marie, Merle and Katherine.

Dorothy’s life will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 28 at 1:30 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.

Auntie’s legacy teaches us that trying everything at least once will make us stronger and happier people and that when the going gets tough, the tough get going!

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Robert T. Burdick ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Robert Theodore Burdick of rural Mantorville died Sunday, December 19th at the age of 90. His only brother, Nelson Burdick, preceded him in death.

Bob was born May 20, 1920 to L. J. and Lucy (Brandli) Burdick of Mantorville Township. He grew up in rural Mantorville and Pine Island. In 1938, he graduated from Mantorville High School.

On June 30, 1938 he married Marion Alberts and together they farmed in Mantorville Township until they sold the dairy operation in 1991. They continued to live in the country and Bob farmed alongside neighbors for another 19 years. Bob and Marion moved to Kasson in October, 2010.

Bob served many years as a county commissioner for Dodge County and was township clerk. He held a variety of leadership positions for dairy organizations over many years. Bob served on the Kasson-Mantorville School Board during the early consolidation years.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marion and five children; Karen (Jerry) Ransford, Nancy (Dale, deceased) Sheppard, Patricia (Bernie) Beaver, John (Lois) Burdick, and Jane (Mark) Erickson; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

A visitation for Bob will be held on Wednesday, December 22, from 5-7 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Kasson. There will be a private, family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zwingli United Church of Christ, State Highway 57 and Co. Rd. 24, West Concord (Berne), MN 55985 or Seasons Hospice, 1811 Greenview Place, Rochester, MN 55902.

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Eleanor I. Skogen ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Eleanor Irene Skogen passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on December 12, 2010 at the age of 75 after a long battle with colon cancer.

Eleanor was born on March 12, 1935 to Lyle and Dorothy (Sackett) Crandall in Dodge Center. As the third oldest of thirteen children, she attended country school through 8th grade, and then worked at Woolworth’s while taking care of her younger siblings. On January 8, 1955, she married the love of her life, Elmer Skogen. They were active farmers and raised four children. Later she worked as a cook at the Methodist Hospital until she and her husband retired to a quiet life in the country, continuing to raise gardens and always finding projects to work on around the house.

She enjoyed visiting with her family, cooking and baking, working outside, planting trees, keeping her house impeccably clean, watching Judge Judy, Dr. Oz, and soap operas. She also liked Christmas trees, chocolate and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her home was always open, especially for company.

She is survived by her husband, Elmer Skogen, of Mantorville; four children: Oscar (Cathy) Skogen of Dodge Center, Marilyn Skogen of Mantorville, Russell (Vicky) Skogen of Kasson, and Debra (Dennis) Rodgers of La Luz, NM; eight grandchildren: Melinda, Jessica, Larissa, Nicholas, Tabitha, Amanda, Kayla, and Lindsey; twelve great-grandchildren; three brothers: Melvin (Jean) Crandall, George (Elaine) Crandall, and Dan (Sandy) Crandall; three sisters: Maxine Bunch, Sharon Coffman, and Kathy (Bruce) Lovelace; and three aunts: Eunice Sackett, Mona Hoambrecker, and Vivian Beaver.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters, one grandson and one grandson-in-law.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Money received by the family will go to Bailey’s Hope, the family’s Relay for Life Team in Eleanor’s honor.

There will be a visitation at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 16, immediately followed by memorial services at 11:00 am at the Community Celebration Church of rural Kasson.

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