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Orville G. Amundson ~ Byron, Minnesota

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Orville George Amundson, 89, of Byron, MN died March 25, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. Orville was born February 14, 1923, to George and Ella Amundson on a farm in Salem Township. He farmed on the family farm near Salem for many years before retiring to his home in Byron. He enjoyed gardening and dancing.

Orville is survived by his sisters, Amanda Larsen of Byron and Eleanor Staplekamp of Kasson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:00 am at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 6200 Cty Rd 3 SW, Byron, MN with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the East St. Olaf Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Corey J. Zelinske ~ Kasson, MN

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Corey Joe Zelinske passed away at his home Friday, March 23, 2012. Corey was born March 1, 1986 in Rochester, MN. He grew up in the Kasson-Mantorville/Wasioja area and attended Kasson-Mantorville High School. He worked for Swenke Co. for 10 years.

He is survived by his son, 1-year-old Hunter of Kasson; father Tim Zelinske and step-mother Peggy Runnells of Wasioja; sister, Andrea Zelinske (Allen Petschow) of Winona, MN; two stepbrothers, Gerald and Jeffrey Runnells both of Dodge Center, MN; grandparents, Stanley and Eleanor Zelinske of rural Mantorville, MN and Carmen and Dick Monson of Arizona; two nephews, Domonic Zelinske and Austin Petschow both of Winona, MN as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and lots of friends.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Friday, March 30, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the church and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Wasioja, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials


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Jeffrey B. Sandeno ~ Kasson

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Jeffrey Brian Sandeno, 49, of rural Kasson passed away at his home Thursday, March 22, 2012.

Jeffrey was born August 24, 1962, in Rochester to Curtis and Patricia Sandeno. He grew up in rural Kasson and attended Kasson-Mantorville High School. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and returned to rural Kasson. He worked in fiber optic construction.

He is survived by his life mate, Twig; his parents, Curt and Pat Sandeno of rural Kasson; his sister, Penny (Sandeno) Bauer of Faribault; brother-in-law, Jacob Bauer; niece, Rachel Bauer; son, Jake Sandeno of Peterson; daughter, Donelle Sandeno of Kasson; and grandson, Jeron Sandeno; as well as many aunts, uncles and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to be distributed later as they desire.


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Mary H. Johnson ~ 1922-2012

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Mary Hrtanek Johnson passed away March 14, 2012 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN. She was 89 years old.

Mary was born on November 2, 1922, in Dodge County to Matus and Anna (Rostocna) Hrtanek. On November 6, 1943, she married Herbert Johnson in Medford, OR. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2005. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers. She is survived by a daughter, Jane (Hollis) Matti of Dodge Center; son, Phillip Johnson of California; granddaughter, Karen Vanstrom of Rochester and grandsons, Michael Vanstrom of Arizona, and Marcus Johnson and Eric Johnson both of California.

When Mary was not visiting with relatives and playing cards, you could often find her crocheting or sewing one of her beautiful quilts.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

A visitation will be held on March 20, 2012, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson. A private burial will be held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at a later date.


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Lawrence O’Brien ~ 1920-2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Lawrence P. O’Brien, 91, of rural Pine Island, MN, died of natural causes Saturday, March 10, 2012. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 451 – 5th St. SW, Pine Island, MN, with Fr. Randal Kasel officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

Lawrence was born November 26, 1920 near Kasson, MN, in Dodge County. He grew up in the Kasson and Byron area. On November 20, 1947, he married Doris Goodman and they farmed in rural Pine Island for 65 years.

Lawrence was always involved in soil conservation and was one of the first farmers to begin strip farming to prevent soil erosion. His efforts were recognized in 1955 when Lawrence and Doris were presented the Dodge County Soil Conservation award.

In 2002, Lawrence began restoring a 15-acre plot of land on his farm and planted hundreds of trees around the creek to prevent erosion. He worked endlessly on this reforestation project to establish and nurture the trees over the years.

Over the years, Lawrence and Doris enjoyed their Saturday night polka dances with friends and neighbors. Lawrence was also passionate about his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lawrence was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Pine Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Church.

He is survived by three sons, David (Connie), Denis (Lorraine) and Richard (Sheila), all of rural Pine Island; a daughter, Ann (Bill) Arendt of Savage, MN; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis (Eileen) and Bernard (Marlys); three sisters, Margie (John) Allen, Evie Peterson and Janice (Marvin) Deno; brother-in-law Lyle Wright and a special friend of the family, Orrie Crom. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Betsy Marie O’Brien; two brothers, Lester O’Brien and Ivan O’Brien and his sister, Mavis (O’Brien) Wright.


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