Archive for July, 2011


Dorothy Wyatt ~ Kasson

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Dorothy Wyatt, 92, passed away Monday, July 18,2011 at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, Minnesota.

Dorothy was born January 30, 1919 to William and Hattie Zuhlke of rural Stewartville, MN. She married Francis Wyatt on October 17, 1938 of rural Racine, MN. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1984. They farmed for many years on the family farm in rural Kasson, MN. Dorothy also worked for Sears as a cook at the lunch counter.

Her other interests were volunteering at church, traveling, camping and cooking. She loved vacations with her family. Special thank you to Fairview Care Center staff for taking such good care of Dorothy.

Dorothy is survived by son Frank (Sandra) Wyatt; daughter Shirley (Gary) Thorn; grandchildren Jennifer Thorn, Jeremy Thorn, Joshua Thorn, Andrew Wyatt and Christopher Wyatt; and two great-grandsons. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Wyatt, daughter-in-law Sandra Wyatt, grandson Francis Milo Wyatt and sister Mildred Evenson.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Friday, July 22, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN. Friends and family may visit from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, July 21, and one hour before services at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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Marion Kirkland ~ Kasson

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Marion Kirkland died Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester at the age of 99 surrounded by her family.

Marion was born in Kasson, MN on May 1, 1912 to Richard and Minnie (Simms) Hemingway. She graduated from Kasson High School in 1930. Marion married Amos (Pete) Kirkland on July 28, 1934 in Kasson, MN. They farmed in the LeRoy, Kasson and the West Concord area for 26 years. They moved to Hayfield in 1960. Marion worked at Waters Connelly and later in housekeeping at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester until 1984.

Marion enjoyed her family, friends and her numerous pets over the years. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing.

Her parents, husband, her two sisters, and three brothers preceded Marion in death. She is survived by her son Robert of Rochester, MN, her daughter Nancy (Cecil) Brannan of Kasson, and her son Larry (Lori) of Byron; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church of Kasson, MN or Seasons Hospice of Rochester, MN.

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Mary Jean Pelinka ~ Farmington

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Mary Jean Pelinka, 70, a long time resident of Rochester and Ryans Bay, died at Trinity Care Center in Farmington, MN on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Mary was born June 15, 1941 in Prescott, AZ to Leonard and Irene (Shores) Inman. The family relocated to Plainview, TX when she was a youth. Mary graduated from Plainview High School in 1959. Following high school, Mary moved to Minnesota where she met Donald Pelinka; they married in 1964. Don and Mary owned and operated Pelinka Auto Body in Rochester until 1980. Later Mary worked at Textile Care until retiring. After retiring, Mary enjoyed traveling and seeing the sites of the U.S.; she loved the Old West.

Mary is survived by a daughter Tracy (Shawn) Timm of Farmington, MN; grandchildren Melissa Knudson of Rochester, Royce Knudson of Rochester, Brandon Knudson of Farmington, Kyeth (Cindy) Timm of San Diego, CA, and Kilah (Jaime) Galvan of Bloomington, IN; great-grandchildren Olivia Timm and Halloway Galvan; a brother Norris Inman of Las Vegas, NV and a sister Glenda Campbell of Arizona.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Kempt Brasker, her husband, a daughter Christine, brothers Robert Inman and Richard Inman and a sister Florence Longeway.

A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:00 am at Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester, MN.

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Milo Swenke ~ Kasson

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Milo J. Swenke, 86, of Kasson, MN died July 5, 2011 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson.

He was born to Myrtle and Edward Swenke on August 19, 1924. His mother later married Ernest John Pape, Milo’s loving stepfather. Milo was raised in Princeton, MN. For his entire life, he worked in the dairy industry, as a champion butter maker and then as a plant manager. Milo settled in Goodhue, MN where he raised his family.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, and a 64-year member of the American Legion. He was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year for Goodhue County in 1965. Milo loved the Minnesota Twins, golfing, fishing, playing cards and a good conversation with anyone that would listen.

He is survived by four sons, Richard Swenke and Mary, Old Frontenac, MN; David (Julie), Sun Valley, ID; Thomas (Bonnie), Lake Zumbro, MN; and Mark of Hailey, ID; three daughters, Sonja (Don) Sheehan, Kasson; Mary Jo (Russ) Arndt, Byron; and Kimberly (Rodney) Farr, Lake Zumbro; 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Lois, of James, Oregon. Milo was preceded in death by his wife, Selma, two brothers and one great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 10 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN from 4:00-6:00 pm with a prayer service at 6:00. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service on Monday. The funeral service will be 10:00 am, Monday, July 11 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Mantorville, MN.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Holy Family Catholic Church or Seasons Hospice.

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Lina Mae Aarsvold ~ Waconia/Kasson

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Lina Mae Aarsvold, age 84, of Waconia, MN and formerly of Kasson, MN passed on July 3, 2011. Lina Mae was born on May 9, 1927 in Kasson, MN to Lawrence and Augusta (Peterson) Patterson. Lina Mae graduated from Kasson High School and attended airline school in Chicago. She married Jacob Henry Aarsvold, whose picture she would first see posted as an area serviceman serving in World War II in Oahu, Hawaii. Lina Mae did meet Jacob upon his return from the war and married him that same year. Lina Mae and Jake had two children, Michael Jon and Judith Lynn.

Lina Mae had a love of all music and was a state soloist in cornet. She sang alto in sextets and her children would awaken to her singing every morning. Lina Mae was a stay at home Mom and would often have hot homemade cinnamon rolls waiting for her children when they got home from school. She was active in her church and community and spent many hours volunteering for her library and for the restoration of Kasson’s historic stone water tower.

Lina Mae lost the love of her life, Jake, to cancer in 1974 and returned to work; retiring from the United Way of Olmsted County in 1992. She thoroughly enjoyed her role as grandmother and loved her five grandchildren more than can be conveyed. Lina Mae was proceeded in death by her mother and father; sister, Betty Klinepier; brothers, Richard and Robert Patterson; her first grandchild, Michael Jon, Jr., age 4; her husband, Jacob; and her son, Michael.

She is survived by her daughter, Judith (Jeffrey) Aarsvold Indrelie of Waconia, MN; granddaughters Erin Aarsvold Indrelie Swoboda (Justin) of Bloomington, Leah Aarsvold Indrelie Loomis (Joel) of Chanhassen, Kirsten Margaret Aarsvold Indrelie of Waconia, and grandson Brit Jacob Aarsvold Indrelie of Waconia and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Celebration of her amazing life will be Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:30 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at the South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery in rural Kasson.

Memorials are preferred to: Waconia Good Samaritan Garden Project, Ridgeview Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association at

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