Archive for January, 2012

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Ralph Helmbrecht ~ 1912-2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Ralph Clarence Helmbrecht, 99, of Hayfield, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie, of natural causes.

Ralph was born on July 1, 1912, at his parent’s home in Ashland Township. He graduated from Dodge Center High School on July 1, 1924. He worked with his father and two brothers on the family farm until 1941 when he entered the United States Army. He served during World War II in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. After being discharged from the Army in 1945, he married Phyllis Wyttenbach on September 1, 1946. They moved to another farm about one mile from his parent’s farm. He farmed in partnership with his father and two brothers until they retired from farming in 1978. Ralph loved to fish, hunt and bowl. Ralph served as a Dodge County Commissioner for 12 years, which he enjoyed very much. He was a leader of the Super Jets 4-H Club for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kasson, Minnesota.

He is survived by his four children, Royce and Karen Helmbrecht of Austin, MN, Stephen and Donalyn Elliott of Dallas, Texas, Dale and Susan Queensland of Grand Meadow, and Bruce and Shirley Helmbrecht of Stilwell, Kansas. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, in 1999, and his two brothers, Everett (1967) and Harley (1986).

The celebration of Ralph’s life will be held with a visitation beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, MN, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am. Pastor Dale Phelps will officiate. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, Minnesota.

We thank the Lord for Ralph’s rich life on earth, and we know he is enjoying his entry into Heaven.


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Mavis E. Seim ~ 1927-2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Our beloved mother was welcomed home by our Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Mavis E. Seim was born July 19, 1927, to Engval and Mabelle Hegna. Mavis was married to Harold Nord on February 5, 1944. They were later divorced. On February 15, 1958, she married Lyle V. Seim.

Mavis worked at the Boston Cafe in Kasson, Waters-Conley, The Village Inn, Erdmans Supermarket and retired in 1992 from Waters Instruments.

Mavis is survived by her children, Diana (John) Ramer of Dodge Center, Sally (Jerry) Johnston of Wabasha, Marvin (Sandy) Nord of Hayfield, Bruce (Nancy) Nord of Kasson, Vickie (Mike) Ranvek of Kasson, Rita (Bill) Patterson of Wabasha, and Scott (Koreen) Seim of Mantorville; 77 grand, great-grand and great great-grandchildren; brothers, Leland (Cecile) Hegna and Douglas Hegna of Hayfield; and sisters, Violet Beaver and Virginia Blaine both of Kasson.

She was preceeded in death by her husband, Lyle V. Seim; brothers, Russell, Victor and Wesley Hegna all of Kasson; her parents; and grandsons, Darrin Nord and Lyle R. Seim.

Visitation with family and friends will be Wednesday, January 25 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Kasson, MN and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, MN.

“If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.”


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Helen M. “Sue” Sogge ~ 1940-2012

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Helen Marlene Zwemke Sogge, known to many as Sue, 71, of Kasson, passed away late in the evening of January 16, 2012 at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN after bravely fighting a two-month battle with pancreatic and lung cancer.

Sue was born in Willmar, MN on July 23, 1940. She graduated from Willmar High School and received her teaching degree from Mankato State in 1962. On April 12, 1963, she married Truman Sogge, then of Spicer, MN.

She is survived by her husband Truman; daughters, Heather (Troy) Winkels of Rochester, and Heidi (Brian) Brasher of Starkville, Mississippi; her mother, Margy Johnson of Kasson; sister, Faith Zwemke of Shoreview, MN; and grandchildren Mikayla Winkels, Shauna Winkels, Troy Robert Winkels, Ellie Brasher and Gibson Brasher.

There will be a visitation Friday, January 20, at the First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, at 1:00 pm with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 2:00 pm. There will be no reviewal.


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Luverne A. Lawrence ~ 1907-2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Luverne A. Lawrence, a long time Kasson resident, died Monday, January 9, 2012 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN. She was born Luverne Alice Geisler to George and Alice Geisler on May 6, 1907, in Canisteo Township, Dodge County, and was married to Ervin Lawrence on June 14, 1930. They made their home in Clements, Minnesota until 1936, when they moved to the Kasson area. Her husband was employed by Rochester Dairy for many years and died in 1980.

Luverne graduated from Kasson High School in 1926 and completed a course of study at the Minneapolis Business College. For many years, she was employed at the Greene Bootery and Leuthold Clothing in Kasson. Luverne was an active member of the Kasson United Methodist Church and the Wesleyan Workers Circle.

Survivors include sons, Louis (Bud) Lawrence and wife, Shirley, of Mankato, and Richard Lawrence and wife, Beverly, of Brooklyn Center; daughters, Mary Alice Stewart and husband, Robert, of Owatonna and Janet Johnson and husband, Larry, of Rochester; twelve grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many friends, all of whom loved her and will miss her very much.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Merlen; a grandson, Kurt Johnson; a brother, Harvey Geisler; and sisters, Marjorie Hein and Mabel Greene.

The funeral will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 14 at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue NW, Kasson, with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.

Special thanks to the staff at Fairview Care Center for their wonderful and compassionate care.

Memorials are suggested to the Kasson United Methodist Church, Hiawatha Homes in Rochester or Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center.


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Rev. Leon Holtan ~ 1916-2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Reverand Leon Owen Holtan, 95, of Rochester passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Leon Owen Holtan was born in Canisteo Township, Dodge County, Minnesota on July 29, 1916. He was united in marriage with Alice Branstad on February 5, 1938.

After graduating from Kasson High School and Kasson Normal Training, he taught in a one-room rural school for seven years. He then spent several years farming as the third generation member to operate the family farm. At the age of 31, with a growing family, the Lord called him to be a pastor. He attended St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary and was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1952. During his ministry, he served congregations in Clinton, Minnesota; Lanesboro, Minnesota and Plano, Illinois. After retirement, he served as an interim pastor for several congregations in southeast Minnesota.

Leon was proud of his Norwegian heritage and spoke the language fluently. He won the Norse Declamation Contest at St. Olaf. Later in life, he used his Norwegian skills to conduct church services, translate church history, and teach community education classes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, after 69 years of marriage. Also preceding him were his son, Leslie; three brothers, and four sisters.

He is survived by three children, Martha (David) Perbix of Wayzata, Paul (Tracy Nicholson) Holtan of Minneapolis, and Carol (Clifton) Lucido of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Tim (Sarah Rybicki) Holtan, Liz (Joe) Connor, Mark (Millie) Perbix, Leah Perbix, Sarah (Brock) Stai, Dan Holtan, Erin (Joe) Brysiewicz, and Brian Lucido; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bernice Crouch of West Concord and Marion Lund of Chatfield.

A memorial service will be held at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 70640 – 260th Avenue, Hayfield, MN, on Friday, January 13 at 11:00 am with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in the West St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery.

Special thanks to Shorewood Place and Shorewood Commons, Comfort Home Health Care and Seasons Hospice for their kindness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the West. St. Olaf Church, the Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, or the donor’s choice.


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Beverly Denny ~ 1937-2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Beverly D. Denny,74, died Saturday, December 31, 2011 in Kasson, Minnesota. She was born April 17, 1937 in International Falls, MN to Albert and Lillian Kavanagh. On April 25, 1953, she married Marlin D. Denny. They moved to Pine Island, MN in 1957. Beverly worked at Libby’s and Crenlo for many years.

They lived in Tuscan, AZ from 1974-1976; then moved to Kasson where she lived out the rest of her days. Marlin died in 1995. Beverly enjoyed volunteering at church and was an active member of the Kasson American Legion Auxiliary. She also loved to travel and spend time with her family.

She is survived by sons, Alan (Kimberly) of Rochester, Brian (Carol) of Oronoco and Donald Denny of Shawano, WI; brothers, Dale (Mary) Kavanagh of Chicago, IL, Rodney Kavanagh of McAllen, TX and Darrel Kavanagh of Thailand; 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301-8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN. Friends may call at the church from 11:00 am until the service time at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN.


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Marion Harris ~ 1924-2011

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Marion (Corky) Harris, 87, of Dodge Center, formerly of Kasson, passed away December 29, 2011, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.

Marion Louise Thayer was born May 5, 1924, in Spring Valley, MN, to Harold and Hilda Thayer. On June 9, 1945, she married Robert (Bob) Harris. They had one daughter, Peggy.

Corky was a farm wife for many years on their farm in rural Mantorville, and was not afraid of hard work. She and Bob moved into Kasson when Bob retired due to his health in 1991. Bob passed away in January, 1998.

She loved baking, gardening, crocheting and word puzzles. Corky always had her door open to family and friends and would bring out the cookies, donuts and coffee if you stopped by. She will be especially remembered for her love of baking at the holidays.

She is survived by daughter, Peggy (Ray Stanley) Harris of San Jose, CA; two grandsons, Hal (Patricia) Harris of Stewartville, and Tye (Lisa) Kleeberger of Kasson and four great-grandchildren, Briana, Benjamin, Chadwick and Cory. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson and siblings.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.


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