Archive for March, 2011


Audrey L. Loken ~ 1916-2011

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Audrey L. Loken of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and formerly of Hayfield and Mantorville was born September 28, 1916, to Alma and Gus Gunneson. She grew up in the Dexter area.

On June 24, 1937 she married Earl C. Loken of Hayfield. They farmed in Dodge County before he became an iron worker, traveling much of the country with his job. Many of those years she worked in the school lunch program. In 1970, they settled in Grand Rapids.

She is survived by her two daughters, Coral (Lowell) DeSart of San Antonio, Texas and Gwen Petersen of Grand Rapids; a son, Randy (Lynn) of Alaska; 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

They were both avid travelers and dancers.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, April 2, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Visitation will be Friday, April 1, 2011 at the church from 5:00-7:00 pm and 1 hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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Ellen L. Hoffman ~ Kasson

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The funeral for Ellen L. Hoffman will be 1:30 pm on March 26, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN with the Reverend Randy Fett officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.

Mrs. Hoffman, 95, a resident of Prairie Meadows Senior Living, Kasson, MN died Tuesday evening, March 22, 2011 after suffering a stroke on March 19, 2011.

Ellen L. Hoffman was born on March 3, 1916, in Kasson, MN. She attended Kasson schools and graduated in 1934. On September 21, 1945, she married Harold A. Hoffman. They farmed near Kasson until 1953, then moved to a farm in rural Pine Island, MN. They retired from farming in 1965 and moved back to Kasson. Mrs. Hoffman also worked as a waitress at the Hubbell House in Mantorville for several years.

Mr. Hoffman died in 1980. Mrs. Hoffman continued to reside in Kasson until her death. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Mrs. Virgil Hoffman of Kasson and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Levern O. Larson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Levern Orville (Lars) Larson, 92, of Kasson, died Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Lake Shore Inn Nursing Home in Waseca.

Levern was born to Edward and Caroline Larson on January 8, 1919 in rural Kasson, Minnesota. He completed elementary school in rural Canisteo Township and attended Kasson High School. After meeting at a cousin’s wedding dance and carrying out a four month courtship, Levern married Wava Francis of Hayfield on June 21, 1941.

The couple farmed in the Kasson, Stewartville, Mantorville, Hastings and Zumbrota areas before returning to rural Kasson in 1955. They retired from farming in 1960 and moved to their present home in Kasson. Levern then worked for the next 34 years at grain elevators in Kasson, Stewartville and Eyota, retiring in 1994.

Levern participated in many political and civic clubs and activities, beginning with life-long membership in the DFL. He was a member of the Farmers Union since 1952, fulfilling the role of Secretary-Treasurer for many years. He served on the Dodge County Fair Board for 45 years and was a flagman for 20 years at the Demolition Derby. He attended 85 consecutive Dodge County fairs.

Levern was also an active member of the Save the Water Tower Committee along with his wife, Wava, and he served 12 years on the Kasson City Council. He belonged to the Rochester Eagles Club for 40 years. He enjoyed playing the fiddle, and he and his wife attended many fiddler’s concerts. He also enjoyed participating in corn picking contests and picked in the state corn husking contest when he was 90 years old. Levern was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Survivors include children Tink (Sharon) Larson of Waseca, MN, Laurie Meredith of Chino Hills, CA and Karen Lewis of Gilbert, AZ; brother Sterling of Kasson; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wava; his parents; brothers Curtis, Stewart, Gordon and David, and sister Alice.

Visitation will be Friday, March 18, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301-8th Avenue NW, Kasson, from 4:30-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 am with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. There will be a brief graveside service following the funeral at the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville followed by a luncheon at the church.

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