Archive for June, 2012


Inda K. Bradford ~ Mantorville

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Inda Katherine (Geise) Bradford, 100, of Mantorville passed away peacefully at the Fairview Care Center of Dodge Center on Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Inda was born on August 21, 1911 to Charles and Rose (Berg) Geise in the Berne, MN area where she also attended school. She married Howard Bradford on November 16, 1929 in Rochester and they had seven children.

Inda is survived by Betty Bradford (wife of the late Charles Bradford) of Mantorville, Philip and Roberta Bradford of Kasson, Rosemary and DeWayne Unger of Kasson, Ruth Head (wife of the late Robert Head) of Mantorville, and Rita and Gary Kruesel of Rochester. Additional survivors include 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 38 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard in 1992, eldest son Charles, 2 infant children (Billy and Jimmy) and Lyle Seim (grandson of Ruth Head).

Inda led an active life which included being a cook at the Mantorville school for over 25 years, but her #1 interest throughout her long life of 100 years was her family. Other interests included fishing for northerns with a cane pole, gardening and canning, mowing the lawn with a rider, watching the Minnesota Twins, cooking, and playing “Pine Island rummy” with her sisters. Inda was a member of the First Congregational Church of Mantorville as well as the Mantorville V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Visitation will be at the First Congregational Church of Mantorville (515 Walnut Street) on Wednesday, June 20, from 4:00pm-7:00pm with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating.

The funeral will be held at the First Congregational Church of Mantorville on Thursday, June 21, at 1:00 pm with burial at the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

In lieu of flowers and for your awareness, the family will donate Memorials to the First Congregational Church of Mantorville and the Fairview Care Center of Dodge Center.

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Mary McKean ~ Mantorville

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Mary M. McKean, 92, formerly of Mantorville, MN, passed away December 20, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Mary was born April 21, 1919 to Albert and Grace Buro. She was a life-long resident of Mantorville until her relocation to the St. Charles Assisted Living Center in 2007 to be closer to her son, Brad. The staff and residents loved her at the Center, where she enjoyed her new friends and the wonderful environment.

In 1940, Mary married Ronald McKean. They initially lived in one room of the “Stevens” house. Ronald was working at the local cheese factory at that time. They lived for a short time in Old Town and then moved back to Mantorville. Ronald then opened an insurance agency in their home on main street. Ronald died following a heart attack on Memorial Day, 1960, leaving behind sons Brad (18 months) and Steve (17 years).

Friends and family remember Mary as having many friends. A pot of coffee was put on in the morning at the McKean house and the door was always open for anyone to stop by for a cup and a chat. Mary was a hard worker, whose outgoing personality and fiery spirit were matched by the “twinkle” in her eye. She was incredibly strong, had lived through a lot and remained filled with generosity for others.

Mary worked at the Hubbell House for many years; first in the early morning preparing the dining rooms for the day, then taking reservations, and eventually as a hostess.

When son, Steve relocated to New Zealand in 1971, Mary visited him six times. New Zealand became her second home, as she made many friends in Auckland and New Plymouth. She was a long-time member of the Eastern Star, serving as secretary for many years. She was also a life-long member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville. In addition, she worked each year helping with Marigold Days and served as an election official.

Survivors include sons, Brad of St. Charles and Steve (Rachel) of New Plymouth, New Zealand; and three grandchildren, Cole (Krista) McKean of Rochester, MN, Kayla (Dustin) Thompson of Rochester, MN and Naomi McKean of San Francisco, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald, two brothers and her parents.

Memorials are preferred to The First Congregational Church, Mantorville, MN.

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George E. Schuck ~ Kasson

Friday, June 8th, 2012

George E. Schuck, 75, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born on February 14, 1937, in rural Mantorville and graduated from K-M High School in 1955. George served in the US Army for two years in Germany.

On December 21, 1962, he married Vera M. Helmbrecht. They lived in rural Dodge Center for many years; moving to Kasson in 2004. George worked for Culligan in Kasson for 40 years. He was a member of Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church and the Kasson American Legion.

George is survived by his wife, Vera; brother, Blair (Sarah) Schuck of Hager City, WI; sister, Frances (Ernest) Rosener of Red Wing, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bill Schuck.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:00 am at Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church, 21927 – 650th Street, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. A visitation with family and friends will be Sunday, June 10 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Seasons Hospice, The American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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