Archive for October, 2011


Margaret Cowles Thompson ~ Mantorville

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Margaret Cowles Thompson, 96, passed away at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, MN on October 14, 2011.

Born on March 16, 1915 near Fairview, Montana, she was one of four children of Harry and Gladys Cowles. When she was young, the family moved back to West Concord where she grew up helping on the family farm and with the milk route. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1933; then went to the Minnesota School of Business. Upon graduation, she worked as an executive secretary at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 1938, she married William David Thompson. They lived in Rochester until moving to Mantorville in 1944 where they raised their family. She worked for Dodge County and Stussy Construction. She also accompanied her father when he sang at many functions.

She is survived by four sons and two daughters; Walter (Meg) Thompson of Boulder, CO, David (Phyllis) Thompson of Kasson, MN, Robert E. Thompson of West Concord, MN, Steven (Peggy) Thompson of Dodge Center, MN, Jeannine (Allen) George of Morgan Hill, CA and Wendy (Gene) DeBusk of Brainerd, MN; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 2 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and one brother.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 20, at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Concord Cemetery, Old Concord, MN.

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Jacqueline Carranza ~ Kasson

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Jacqueline Carranza, 11, of Kasson, Minnesota died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday, October 10, 2011, after battling leukemia for 15 months.

Jackie is the daughter of Salvador and Carmen Carranza of Kasson. Jackie was born June 15, 2000 in Rochester, Minnesota. She attended the Kasson-Mantorville schools.

Jackie had a big heart full of love and strength for all whose lives she touched. She was fun-loving and kind-hearted. She loved to be with her friends and loved ones. Riding bike and playing basketball were some of her favorite past-times.

Jackie was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather and her maternal grandfather. She is survived by her father and mother, Salvador and Carmen; her four brothers, Salvador (Andrea Weis-) Carranza and their sons Gabriel and Fabian, Hugo (Elizabeth Vazquez-) Carranza and their daughter Xanary, and Omar Carranza and Miguel Carranza.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN 55944 with Fr. Will Thompson of St. John’s Catholic Church, Dodge Center, MN officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN.

Memorials are preferred to Eastwood Bank where a memorial fund has been established in Jackie’s name.

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Alice G. Hanson ~ Kasson

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The funeral for Alice Grace Hanson will be at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, with Pastor Dale Phelps officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Mrs. Hanson of Hayfield, formerly of Kasson, died on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Field Crest Care Center where she had been a resident for nine years.

She was born June 11, 1918 in Goodhue County to George and Anna (Eastlee) Skogen. After high school graduation, she attended Mankato Business College and later worked for Dr. Logan in Rochester as their family cook. She married Richard L. Hanson on April 27, 1940. They worked on Mayowood Farms in rural Rochester until 1946, then farmed in rural Mantorville until 1976 when they moved into Kasson. Alice loved to read books, sew for her children when they were growing up and for her grandchildren. She made special birthday cakes for her grandchildren. She loved birds and enjoyed watching them and knew the songs of many birds. Her passion was cooking and she was an outstanding cook. She enjoyed cooking for her family and others.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly A. Hanson of Brooklyn Center, MN and Shirley R. (Duane) Horning of Mantorville; four grandchildren, Dale (Bobbie) Horning of Ostrander, Randy Horning of Forest, Virginia, Mark Horning of Mantorville and Ruth Ann (John) Cyphers of Mantorville; six great-grandchildren, Travis Horning of Rochester, Trent (Brandice) Horning of Rochester, Mandy and Marissa Horning of Ostrander, Mariah and Elijah Cyphers of Mantorville; and her sister, Sybel Haugen of Kasson. She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Evelyn, Norma, Ethel and brother Gerald.

Friends may call one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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