Archive for January, 2011


John T. Little ~ 1927-2011

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

John T. Little, 83, former Kasson-Mantorville, MN resident passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Roseville, MN where he had been a resident for 3 years.

He was preceded in death by mother, Lelia; father, John; sister, Margaret Stephens; and wife, Patricia. John is survived by his children; Tom (Nancy) Little, Megan (Steve) Beyerl, Thomas Gilmore, John (Angie) Gilmore, Jim Little and Matt Little; grandchildren, Nathan and Rosita Beyerl, Cassidy, Chaney and Crosby Gilmore; and special friend, Jackie Kellar.

John was born on February 19, 1927 in Rochester, MN. John grew up in Kasson, MN and graduated from Kasson High School. He served in the Navy during the closing years of world War II. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts Degrees at the University of Minnesota, and enjoyed continuing his education beyond his master’s degree.

John was a social studies teacher for 30 years at St. Louis Park Senior High School while residing in Minnetonka, MN. He was very interested in current events and political behavior and passed this interest on to his students. Golf was his favorite hobby. He was also active in the Democratic Party, which led to meeting and marrying Patricia Eslinger on August 19, 1972. From 1957 to 1962, he took a break from teaching and was an office manager at Josten’s in Owatonna, MN.

In 1985 he realized a long time dream and returned to his hometown of Kasson with Patricia to raise their sons Jim and Matt and pursue real estate, including developing the family farm (Little’s Meadow View Estates). He took great pleasure in showing the development to visiting friends and family.

He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years with special friend, Jackie Kellar, in Kasson; their ten years spent together enjoying music, plays and travel.

His last home was at Sunrise Assisted Living of Roseville, MN. The family wants to send their gratitude to the caring staff who made his final years happy and comfortable. He made many friends there and was known for waving a friendly greeting to all familiar faces.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 101 First Street NE, Kasson, MN with The Rev. Justin Chapman officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, MN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Mona J. Hoambrecker ~ Dodge Center

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Mona J. Hoambrecker, 91, of Dodge Center, MN passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. She was born in Wasioja Township, Dodge County, MN on June 7, 1919 to Acton and Emily (Golden) Crandall. On April 13, 1941 she married Dennis A. Hoambrecker in Dodge Center.

Mona lived and worked in the Dodge Center area her entire life. She was also a 50 year member of the Dodge Center Legion Aux.

She is survived by one sister, Vivian Beaver of Kasson, MN as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

Funeral service will be Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Dodge Center, Minnesota with Pastor David Westlake officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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John F. Bartel ~ Dodge Center

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

John Francis Bartel, age 66, of Dodge Center, MN passed away in his home on January 23, 2011.

John was born on July 5, 1944 in Byron, Minnesota, to Samuel and Margaret Bartel. He attended Byron Public Schools. On December 17, 1966 John married Susan Christine Smith of Dodge Center.

John worked for over 20 years at McNeilus Steele in Dodge Center. When he wasn’t camping with his family, John enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan Bartel; 2 daughters, Tonia (David) Weitzenkamp of West Concord, MN and Chris Ramer of Dodge Center, MN; 2 granddaughters, Riki Jo and Kyre; and 4 grandsons, Logan, Drake, Ethan and Mark. John is also survived by 3 brothers; Milton (Dutch) Bartel, Richard (Short) Bartel and Philip Bartel and 2 sisters; Margaret Glidden and Barb Jensen. John also has many nieces and nephews who were all very special to him. He was preceded in death by one brother, Samuel Bartel.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be Friday, January 28, 2011,at 11:00 am at St. John’s Catholic Church, 20 Second Street NE, Dodge Center, MN with Fr. Will Thompson officiating. There will be a visitation at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, January 27 and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Mantorville.

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Ann Marie Gilbertson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Ann Marie Gilbertson, 92, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, MN. She was born on November 27, 1918 in Westby, Wisconsin.

A memorial service for Ann Marie will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church in Coon Valley, Wisconsin.

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William J. “Bill” Weber ~ 1942-2011

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

William “Bill” Weber, age 68, of Mantorville, passed away peacefully at his residence Saturday, January 15, 2011. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, January 21, 2011 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, Minnesota with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be at the church Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 4:00-7:00 pm (with a rosary at 3:30 pm) and 1 hour prior to the funeral service on Friday.

Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Mantorville, MN. Military honors will be provided by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.

William John Weber was born on October 4, 1942 in Larimore, ND, to William & Theresa (Schwantz) Weber. He attended grade school at St. Anne’s Catholic School through the 8th grade. He then attended high school at Wadena High for three years, then attended and graduated from Hermantown High School in 1960.

Bill then attended Dunwoody Technical School studying auto body repair from 1960-1962. He then worked at Flower City Architechrial Metals from 1962-1964. Bill then served in the U.S. Army stationed at Camp Perry, VA, as a Military Police from 1964-1967. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he began to work for Wadena Builders Supply in 1968, where he met and married Linda Marie Miller (they later divorced).

Bill then attended Alexandria Technical School for Law Enforcement, moved to Mantorville, MN and started working on June 16, 1969 for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff; a position he would hold for five years until being appointed to Chief Deputy by Sheriff Ernest Vanderhyde.

Bill was Chief Deputy for 16 years and then was elected Sheriff by the citizens of Dodge County in 1991; a position he would hold for 12 years until retiring in 2002. He then worked part time as a Transport Officer until July, 2010.

Bill was a proud member of the Lions Club, American Legion Post #333, served on the Care & Share Charity Board, the Minnesota State Sheriff’s Association, and the National Sheriffs Association. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Sheriffs’ Youth Program from 1991-2010; a program that he strongly believed in. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

On June 30, 1990, Bill married Muriel Nash in Mantorville. They were married for almost 21 beautiful years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Muriel of Mantorville; three children, Mary (Joe) Ouellette of Rochester, Greg (Susie) Weber of Mantorville, and Jeff Weber of Rochester; three step-children, Luke (Lynette) Nash of Mantorville, Jody Nash of Red Wing, and Scott Nash of Red Wing; six grandchildren, Ashley Ouellette of Fairfield, CA, Meagan (Martin) Geiger of Byron, Kenneth Ruppert of Rochester, Thomas Weber of Claremont, Alexa Nash of Mantorville and Luke Brady Nash of Mantorville; and one great-grandson, Dylan Geiger of Byron. He was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa (Schwantz) Weber; sister, Donna Hardesty; brother, Roger Weber and many aunts and uncles.

Bill’s special interests included gardening, fishing, spending time with all of his children, his loving wife, and protecting and serving the citizens of Dodge County.

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Laurine Gulbransen ~ Hayfield

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Laurine Mabel Grovdahl Gulbransen, age 92, passed away January 12, 2011, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota. She was born February 26, 1918, in Vernon Township, the daughter of Martin and Laura (Lia) Grovdahl. She was the youngest of eight children with her parents and all of her siblings preceding her in death.

Laurine was baptized and confirmed in Norwegian at Evanger Lutheran Church. Following her graduation from Hayfield High School in 1936, she worked as a telephone operator in Rock Dell where Edward Gulbransen worked as a lineman. They were married October 10, 1940 and farmed in Vernon Township throughout their 41 years of marriage.

Survivors include her daughter Linda and husband Bruce Molde, Albuquerque, NM, son Gene and wife Sharon, rural Hayfield, and son Lee, Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Laurine was a long time member of West St. Olaf Lutheran Church where she was a very active member of the WELCA group.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 17, 2011, at the West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 70640 – 260th Avenue, Hayfield, MN, with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, January 16 at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main, Kasson, MN, from 2:00-5:00 pm and 1 hour prior to the funeral service at the church. There will be no reviewal.

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Verna E. Arzberger ~ Rochester

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Verna Eleanor Arzberger, 94, of Rochester, MN died January 3, 2011. Verna was born in Fillmore County, Minnesota on February 3, 1916 to Josie and Hans Sogla.

She is survived by sons James H. (Leslie) Milde of Scottsdale, AZ and John W. (Bonnie) Milde of Burnsville, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Verna was preceded in death by husbands Clarence A. Milde and Herbert Arzberger, son Robert Milde, and brothers Arnold, Joseph and Clifford Sogla.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Harley Betzolt, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Bernard J. Meddleton ~ Mantorville

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Bernard J. Meddleton, 86, of Mantorville died on Friday, December 31, 2010 at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. Bernie was born on July 24, 1924, in Johnson City, NY. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for bravery in action in World War II. Bernie went on to attend Notre Dame for two years. He started working for IBM NY and was later transferred to Rochester, Minnesota. He resumed his quest for a college degree, which he achieved at Winona State University. He retired from IBM after 38 years of service.

Bernie married Irene Yalch in 1951. They had 3 children. He was later widowed. He married Roberta Burgess of Mantorville in 1983. Bernie was active in church service and was a long-time member of the American Legion, VFW and Knights of Columbus. He also loved to golf, bowl, travel and dance.

Bernie is survived by his loving wife, Roberta; his sister, Jean Simmons; son, Pat (Patty) Meddleton; daughter, Margie (Pat) Coronal; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 6 step-children: Brenda (John) Rud, Doug (Jan) Burgess, Kathy (Jim) Jensen, Dennis (Nancy Burgess), Vicky (Gary) Hoffbauer, and Robyn (Dave) Kruchten; 17 step-grandchildren; 32 step-great grandchildren; and 2 step-great-great grandchildren. Bernie was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene, daughter, Doreen, 2 brothers and one sister. Bernie was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 5, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant, officiating. Lunch will follow the service and burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester with military graveside honors provided by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may go to Holy Family Catholic church of Kasson or the American Legion.

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