Archive for June, 2011


Thomas Forland ~ Byron

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Thomas E. Forland, age 64, died Saturday, June 18 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Mt. Sion Lutheran Church, 502 – 1st Avenue SW, Kasson, with Pastor Lyle Aadahl officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. The burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson at a later date.

Tom was born on September 16, 1946 in Kasson, MN to Lewellyn (Spud) and Marjorie (Holliday) Forland. He graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1964. On March 21, 1970, he married Margaret Fuchs in Byron, MN. They became parents to one daughter.

Tom served in the Army Reserve from 1968-1972. He was a member of American Legion Post 333 in Kasson and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, motor sports, recreational target shooting and competitive muzzle-loading tournaments.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret of Byron; daughter, Chellyne and son-in-law, Jesse Hoeppner of Rochester; sisters, Sharill and brother-in-law Jon Block of Warden, Washington and Debra McGowan of Delano, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials which they will distribute according to their wishes at a later time.

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Charles Elias ~ Kasson

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

On June 25, 1925, Charles was born -one of eight children (Lucille, Russell, Joe, Leslie, Elizabeth, Mariann and Anola) -to Hazel and Charles Elias. He grew up in the Goodhue/Pine Island area. In 1945, he married Lavonne Suhr and they raised five children: Richard (Jan), Suecarol (Gerry), Antone (Lois), JoLynn (Dave) and Brenda (Rick) on their Milton Township farm. In 1974, they adopted Brian (Henrietta). In 1972, they moved to Kasson after farming for many years. Charles helped form Prigge and Elias Construction of Byron, then was groundskeeper at Zumbro Valley Golf Course. For the past 23 years, he and “Ma” have maintained Mantorville’s Evergreen Cemetery. Of that work he often said, “I always feel good when I’m out there.” He was on his mower the Friday before his death.

Lavonne died 1-1/2 years ago and left a huge hole in Charles’ heart. Thereafter, his desire was to be with her and their son, Antone, and that prayer was answered on Friday, June 17, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he died comfortably 3 hours after his cancer diagnosis. He was a very quiet, unassuming man who loved deeply and gave generously of his time and talents. He enjoyed his church family, his Daniel’s coffee bunch, playing cards at the golf course and being doted on by his kids, 26 grandkids and 30 great-grands. Charles has left an indelible mark on everyone he touched. He was blessed by God and in turn, was a great blessing to others.

Visitation will be at First Baptist Church (304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson) from 5:00-8:00 pm on Monday, June 20, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, June 21, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Harley Betzolt officiating. Burial will follow immediately at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.

Memorials are preferred to Evergreen Cemetery Association.

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