Archive for November, 2011


James H. “Barney” Strain ~ 1923-2011

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

James H. “Barney” Strain, 88, died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota. A memorial service celebrating Barney’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 21, 2011, at The United Methodist Church, 501-First Ave NW, Byron, MN, with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

Barney was born August 11, 1923 in Kalmar Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota to Allen and Leona (O’Brien) Strain. On September 26, 1943, he married June McKay. He farmed and milked Guernsey cattle all of his life in Kalmar Township. Barney was a clerk in Kalmar Township for 30 years, a member of the Zumbro Valley Grange, and a long time 4-H leader.

He is survived by sons, Allen (Nancy) of Phillips, WI, Dean (Vicki) of Racine, MN, and Dallas (Brenda) of Rochester, MN; brothers, Jerry (Lorraine) of Gillman City, MO, Rollo (Betty) of Byron, MN, and Tom (Mary Jo) of Millville, MN; sisters, Marcella Bale, Rosemary Lutzi, Alyce Deyoung, all of Rochester, MN and Pat (Chuck) Molde of Rock Dell, MN; 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Barney was preceded in death by his wife, June, and two brothers and one sister.

The family wishes to express special thanks to all of the wonderful staff at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center. Memorials are preferred to The United Methodist Church of Byron, Fairview Care Center or Seasons Hospice.

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Baby Boy Christiansen ~ Kasson

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Funeral services for the infant son of Shannon and Lori Christiansen will be Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the church service.

Burial will be at North Shellrock Cemetery, in rural Northwood, Iowa.

Born on November 13, 2011, their baby boy lived for only a brief time. Memorials are preferred to the March of Dimes.

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Linda Nelson ~ 61

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Linda S. Nelson was born October 6, 1950 in Eldora, Iowa, to Ervin and Adeline Rohlfsen. Linda was born and raised in rural Eldora and graduated from Eldora Community Schools in 1969. Linda trained as a CNA at Marshalltown Nursing College in 1970. She worked as a CNA for 5 years. Second jobs included bookkeeper, secretary, waitress and sales associate.

She met, fell in love with and married Gary Nelson on July 26, 1975 at Bethel Grove Church in rural Liscomb, Iowa. Gary and Linda set up house around Marshalltown, Iowa for two years and moved to Kasson, Minnesota with Gary’s job in 1977 as he worked his way to foreman for Morton Buildings; retiring in September 2011 after 41 years of employment.

Gary and Linda were blessed with the birth of their one and only beloved daughter, Cassandra Sue on February 14, 1987. Gary and Linda, with Cassandra, have now called Kasson, Minnesota home for 34 years.

Linda passed away November 7, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota from multiple complications of blood clots.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and one brother. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years; her loving daughter, Cassandra; her youngest brother, George (Cheryl) Rohlfsen of rural Steamboat Rock, Iowa; nieces, Amy (Jeff) Muller and their son, Weston of Webster City, Iowa, Julie Rohlfsen of St. Paul, Minnesota and Nichole Rohlfsen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also leaves behind many good and long-time neighbors and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 11, 2011, at The United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue NW, Kasson, Minnesota, with Pastor Karen Seavey, officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Mary Jane Kehoe ~ Kasson

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Mary Jane Kehoe passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2011, at the age of 88. Jane had been a resident of Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center since 2010.

Jane was born November 28, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. After her marriage to Keith Billeter, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky where she was a bookkeeper and later a homemaker. Keith and Jane raised two children. After the death of Keith, Jane married Robert Kehoe, and they resided in St. Charles, Illinois. Following Robert’s death, Jane move to Kasson to be by her daughters.

Survivors include daughters, Marcie Bordelon and Mary Ann Billeter; grandchildren, Bridget Bordelon, Brian Bordelon, both of Kasson, Minnesota, Gretchen (Alan) Morrison of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Heather (Brian) Frich of Maplewood, Minnesota; great-grandsons, Westley Morrison, Josiah Morrison, Mathew Frich, and Gabriel Frich; and a great-granddaughter, Malloree Frich.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson. She was known for her sense of humor, loving spirit and zest for life. Her greatest treasure was her family.

Jane gave many hours of volunteer service to Meals on Wheels, K-M Elementary School, Kasson Library and as a “pink lady” at various hospitals over the years.

A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Mary Jane Kehoe will be at 11:00 am, Monday, November 7 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN, with Father Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, November 7, just prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa.

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