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Charles Elias ~ Kasson

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.


This entry was posted on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 11:54 am and is filed under Obituaries.

10 Responses to “Charles Elias ~ Kasson”

  1. Sam & Ginny Basseen

    June 20th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Dear Cousins,l
    Wish we could be there with you at this time. Uncle Charles was a great man and I will miss the “pinch” on my arm every time I saw him. I know that he is a very happy man at this time. We wish all of you peace, comfort and grace. Ginny & Sam


  2. Al and Karen Ullrich

    June 21st, 2011 at 9:10 am

    It’s been years since Al and I shared a meal with Charles and Bonnie, but we will never forget their warmth and hospitality. We were always comforted to know the Elias gang provided a “family connection away from home” to our loved ones (Tom and Jean Glaser) when they moved from Michigan to Minnesota.


  3. kathy rhodes rottink

    June 21st, 2011 at 10:51 am

    dear elias family, i am saddened by your loss. my mother is vera glamm rhodes so we go back on the ‘tree’ to frances ann elias brandli. my brother john is friends with the eliasas and didn’t even realize there is family ties there. hugs and i wish you peace. k.


  4. Judy & Mike Hall

    June 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Cousins,
    Although we are not with you…our love and hugs are with each and every one of you. We were blessed to have Uncle Charles as a part of our life….but we know he is happy to be with his soulmate in heaven. We miss Aunt Vonnie and will miss Uncle Charles…and will miss staying with them on our visits to Minnesota. May God be with you and bring you comfort.

    Love….Judy & Mike


  5. Janice Derby Roesler

    June 21st, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss and may God Bless you at this time


  6. Kirk and Cindi Carter

    June 21st, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. He and your mom we such good friends to my parents Bill and Lucille Patterson.
    Now they are all with God!!


  7. Niki Olive

    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    We have lived across the street from Charles for many years. Each and everyday, often several times a day; his smile and wave would certainly be a day brightener. He was always smiling and usually had some words of wisdom or a great story to tell. It’s only been a few days, and we certainly feel a void without our dear neighbor. We hope he is looking down from above, waving with a smile on his face to let us know he is safe and enjoying his reunion with his beloved wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children and family as we know he will certainly be missed.
    Niki, Liam, & Seamus Olive and Jerad Schmoll


  8. Sandy Schoen

    June 22nd, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Dear Cousins,
    Uncle Charles was a wonderful person. He was so kind and caring. Even though I didn’t see Aunt Vonnie and Uncle Charles often….. they have always been in my heart. They always made me feel so special. I will always remember them and their love for others. May god comfort you.
    With love,
    Sandy and family


  9. Georgann Mantor Jordan

    June 28th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I had the pleasure of talking to Charles in Mantorville, MN, on the numerous trips I made up there, working on my family tree. He was a very nice man. I’m the last living great-grandchild of Riley Mantor, co-founder of Mantorville, and Charles loved to hear about my “genealogy finds” in MN. I live near Dallas, TX, but my heart will always be in Mantorville. Condolences to the family.


  10. SHAWN MANTOR

    July 2nd, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Charles passing. I did not know him, but my relative Georgann did. I’m so glad to see you are still on the computer Georgann. Please keep in touch. Again, I am sorry to hear about the loss of Charles and wish his family all the best.


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