Archive for April, 2011


Milbert L. “Tom” Bornholdt ~ Apple Valley

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Milbert Leroy “Tom” Bornholdt, age 96, passed away on April 8, 2011 at Augustana Health Care Center, Apple Valley, MN. Tom was born August 28, 1914 to George F. and Bessie (Rew) Bornholdt in Milton Township, Dodge County, MN.

Tom attended Wasioja Public Schools, then left school to help on his parent’s farm. He married Alma A. Andrist on October 3, 1939. They moved to their own farm south of Kasson, MN. Tom enjoyed farming and milking cows for over 50 years. He also enjoyed watching and listening to the Minnesota Twins baseball on TV, radio and occasionally at the ballpark. Other interests were fishing, walking, traveling and many, many church activities.

His wife, Alma, died February 23, 1978. He married Lucille H. Lindstrom on January 22, 1983. They lived in the Richfield and Apple Valley, MN areas. Lucille died June 3, 2010. Besides his parents, two sisters and a brother preceded him in death, as did a son-in-law, Wallace Nelson.

He is survived by daughters Janice Nelson of Cannon Falls, MN, Diane (James) Bronk of Rochester, MN and Janet (Tom) Holt of Bloomington, MN. Survivors also include 9 grandchildren, Dawn (Mark) Olson of Farmington, MN, Mark (Deb) Nelson of Maple Grove MN, Cindy (Marc) Lyon of Zumbrota, MN, Kathy (Steve) Holtzleiter of Burnsville, MN, Susan (Scott) Solberg of Ramsey, MN, Nancy (Cullen) Gibbs of Katy, TX, Melissa (Bryan) Saucke of Fiume Veneto, Italy, Jason (Katie) Holt of St. Michael, MN, and Angela Holt of Richfield, MN; 14 great-grandchildren, Ben, Katie, Scott, and Emily Olson; Joshua, Matthew and Michael Lyon; Joshua and Jacob Holtzleiter; Julia and Mackenzie Solberg; Evan and Michael Gibbs and Evan Holt.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 4:00-7:00 pm at the South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Avenue SW, Kasson, MN, phone-(507) 365-8110, and one hour prior to the church service. The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 15, at the church. Pastors Mark Schwartz and Mark Olson will officiate.

Memorials are preferred to Augustana of Apple Valley, MN, South Zumbro Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Gaylord N. Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Gaylord N. Poffenberger, 76, of Kasson died Monday, April 4, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Gaylord was born September 8, 1934 in Kasson, MN to Neil and Ida (Larson) Poffenberger. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served aboard the U.S.S. Iowa and U.S.S. North Hampton. He was honorably discharged. He married Beverly Lee on October 6, 1956. They resided in Kasson, MN and also for 3-1/2 years at their lake home in Pine City, MN. He worked for Benike Construction, Road Constructors and Shea Distributors. After retirement he was a custodian at Kasson State Bank. He also served 25 years as a volunteer fireman for the Kasson Fire Department. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Kasson American Legion Post #333, the Mantorville VFW and disabled veterans.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. He enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Pine City, MN and following his favorite teams; the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his grandson and great-grandchildren play sports.

Gaylord is survived by his wife Beverly of 54 years; daughter Cindy (Roger) Ellingson of Syracuse, NY; one grandson Benjamin (Brie Dobbs) Rendler of Kasson; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Austin Rendler of Kasson; two brothers, Darrel (Lorraine) Poffenberger of Winona, MN and Dale (Dorothy) Poffenberger of Detroit Lakes, MN; and several nieces and nephews. Gaylord was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, April 11, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, April 10, at the church and one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. The Kasson American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Blessed be his memory.

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Charles “Charlie” R. Bradford ~ Mantorville

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Charles R. Bradford, 80, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN, surrounded by family.

Charles was born in the Berne area on July 18, 1930 to Howard and Inda (Geise) Bradford. He graduated from Mantorville High School. Charles married Betty Lewis on December 30, 1950 in Mantorville. He worked for American Linen, Patterson Quarries, and was a 33-year employee of the Dodge County Highway Department where he retired as foreman.

Charles was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participate in their athletics and activities. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Mantorville.

Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; three sons, Michael (Ann) Bradford of Mantorville, Matt (Andrea) Bradford of Kasson, and Mark (Marilyn) Bradford of Hampton, VA; and one daughter, Cathy (LuVerne) Vangness of Mantorville. He is also survived by his mother, Inda Bradford; one brother, Philip Bradford of Kasson; and three sisters, Rose Unger of Kasson, Ruth Head of Mantorville, and Rita Kruesel of Rochester. He also has 8 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren; as well as 14 great-grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by his father, Howard Bradford and two brothers.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street,Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday, April 11 at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson.

Memorials are suggested to the family for their distribution at a later date. Blessed be his memory.

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Gerald M. Kraetsch ~ Hayfield

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Gerald Mervin Kraetsch, 86, died Friday, April 1, 2011 at Fieldcrest Nursing Home, Hayfield, MN. He was born Monday, July 14, 1924 in Ellsworth, MN to George and Emma Kraetsch. Gerald was raised on a farm near Kanaranzi, MN with two brothers and two sisters. After graduating from Magnolia High School, he attended Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, SD, studying accounting. He was drafted into the Army where he took a carpentry class and became an instructor.

After serving in the Army, he married Helen Redder (deceased) in 1947 and was blessed with 7 sons and 2 daughters. In the early years, he started out raising turkeys, then farmed in the LeRoy and Racine areas until 1972. Gerald then worked in the construction/maintenance fields until retiring in 1999. While owning the Kasson Bakery, he met Rosemary Randall and soon married.

Fixing things, gardening and wood crafting were some of his favorite pastimes. Treasured friends and family were often the lucky recipients of these talents.

His children are: Barbara (Larry) of Faribault, MN; Peter (Jelaine-deceased) of Sammamish, WA; Paul of Lyle, MN; Joe (Lisa) of Peterborough, NH; Ray of Grand Meadow, MN; Mark (Wendy) of Hayfield, MN; Mary Nord of Stewartville, MN; Tom (Shelly) and Jerald (Angie) of Racine, MN; James (Dorinda-deceased) Randall of Claremont, MN; 19 Grandchildren and 22 Great-Grandchildren. Gerald’s siblings include: Lois (Bud) – both deceased; Floyd (Mary), Vernon (Ardith) and Twila (Bob).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 101-6th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Clint Patterson officiating. Visitation will be Friday, April 8, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN from 5:00-7:00 pm and at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

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