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Evelyn J. Manthey ~ Byron

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Evelyn Jane Manthey, 86, of Byron, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday afternoon August 29, 2012. Evelyn was born on August 8, 1926, to Erwin and Caroline Lena Reinhardt in the Reinhardt family farmhouse in New Richland, Minnesota on a 100-degree summer day. She was the beloved wife of Willard (Bill) Arthur Manthey for 58 years.

Bill and Evelyn owned and operated their family grocery business, “Bill’s Foods” in Byron, MN for 24 years; from 1968-1992. They raised their family with a strong work ethic and a sense of humor.

Evelyn’s family was her greatest joy and blessing. She was the proud Mom of four children; Michele (Fred) Saack of Rochester, MN, Wayne (Laura) Manthey of Minneapolis, MN, Gayle (Ron) Strain of Savage, MN and Dawn (Dan) Campion of Byron. She was also the proud and attentive grandma to seven amazing granchildren: Reid (and his wife, Jessica), Kali and Megan Strain; Nick (Ashley) Manthey; Melissa (Nick) Ebnet; and Lucas and Chandra Campion. Evelyn and Bill’s three great-grandchildren are Destyni and JJ Manthey and Kloie Ebnet.

Evelyn was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Byron as well as a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxillary in Byron.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Rd NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Steve Rheingans officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Christ Lutheran Church of Byron.

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Lucille S. “Lucy” Martius ~ Byron

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Lucille S. “Lucy” Martius, 82, passed away August 17, 2012 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN. Lucy was born May 1, 1930 in Springfield, MN to Charles and Sarah Puchta. She grew up in the Sanborn/Springfield area. On June 4, 1947, Lucy married Marvin Martius. They moved to Rochester in 1961 and a short time later to Byron.

Lucy worked at the K-M Drive-in for several years and was a homemaker. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Byron. Lucy enjoyed flowers, birds, gardening and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; parents, Charlie and Sarah Puchta; sister, Gertie Roiger and brother, Melvin Puchta. She is survived by a son, Randy (Judy) Martius of Owatonna, MN; two sisters, Vera Renner and LaVerda Matson both of Springfield, MN; one brother, Gilbert (Marlys) Puchta of Ankeny, Iowa; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Rd NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Steve Rheingans officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester, MN.

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Levern H. Hanson ~ Rural Dodge Center

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Levern H. Hanson, 92, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Country Oaks Home Care Center in Rural Dodge Center, MN. He was born July 13, 1920 in Vernon Township, Dodge County, MN. On July 10, 1956 he married Lucille Denny in Kasson, MN. They farmed in rural Dodge County and later retired and moved to Mantorville.

Levern is survived by three daughters, Joanne Smith of Springfield, OR, Karen (Allan) Haugen of Lanesboro, MN and Sharon Giesler of Lincoln, NE.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja, MN.

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Dorothy M. Anderson ~ Kasson

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Dorothy M. Anderson, 90, of Kasson, MN passed away Tuesday morning, August 7, 2012 at her home after a brief struggle with cancer.

Dorothy Mae Wyttenbach was born May 29, 1922 at home near Mantorville, MN, the oldest of six children born to Walter and Alvera Wyttenbach. She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1940. Dorothy worked in Rochester and then moved to Seattle to work at Boeing during World War II. She returned to Mantorville. Dorothy married Robert Anderson on May 19, 1946, and they had 62-plus years together. Dorothy worked at the Kasson Gas Company and the Kasson State Bank until she retired.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Roberta Anderson of St. Paul and Mary (Kevin) McGraw of Minneapolis; two grandchildren, Meghan (Chris) Larson and Patrick McGraw; sister, Evelyn Suhr; brothers, Jim Wyttenbach and Daryl (Belva) Wyttenbach; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families who she loved dearly.

Dorothy was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson and of the community. She so enjoyed time spent with her many friends and always loved time spent with her family.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mayo Clinic Hospice or The American Cancer Society.

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Leone M. Mack ~ Kasson

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Leone Mary Mack died on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Golden Living Center West in Rochester, MN, where she had resided for the past 3-1/2 years.

Leone was born to John and Harriet Currier of Mantorville, MN on June 26, 1915. In 1949, she married Francis (Bud) Mack in Buffalo, NY, before returning to Kasson. Bud died March 1, 1971, and Leone moved to Rochester where she lived until her death.

She is survived by sons, Robert (Marilyn) of Rochester, David (Hilda) of Miami, FL, John (Karla) of Pelzer, SC and daughter-in-law, Karen Gonzagowski of Merritt Island, FL. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Lynda Gonzagowski, Leisha (Mark) Sinclair, Jamie (Amy) Gonzagowski, Laurie (Lucas) Satter, Rob (Melissa) Mack, Robyn (Dave) Terpstra, Andy (Selena) Mack, James Mack, David Mack, and James Mack; 17 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Elliott, Sydney, Sophie, Megan, Henry, Clara, Arthur, Kamryn, Karyssa, Kaitlyn, Jonathan, Benjamin, Aaron, Elizabeth, Elias, and Karsten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, James Gonzagowski.

A special thanks to the Golden Living Center West staff who made her feel like she was home with family during her time there and to the Visitation Team from Autumn Ridge Church who faithfully came to see and pray with her. She enjoyed each visit tremendously.

Her funeral service will be held Monday, August 13, at 10:00 am at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson with Pastor Bill Price and Pastor Karen Anderle officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service; from 9:00-10:00 am.

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Wanda V. Walters ~ Mantorville

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Wanda Violetta Walters, 76, of Mantorville passed away Friday, August 3, 2012 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wanda was born August 18, 1935 in Westby, Wisconsin to Gustav and Anna Storbakken. She married Quenten Westlund on January 19, 1956; they later divorced. On January 9, 1974, she married Forrest Walters.

Survivors include one son, Randall; two daughters, Cheryl Gurganus of New Brighton, MN and Julie (Greg) Bartel of rural Mantorville; and grandchildren, Meagan (Jacob) LaCoursiere, Melissa (Jared Holtan) Bartel, Alicia (Dylan Snow) Bartel, Caleb Bartel and Ryan Bartel. She is further survived by Forrest’s children, Carolynn (Don) Norgard, Nathanael (Vicki Paul) Walters, Andrew (Jodi Griffith) Walters; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Darryl and Gordon; and her husband, Forrest.

Wanda worked at Lunds in Minneapolis as head cashier and bookkeeper for 30 years. After retirement, she moved to Mantorville to be closer to her grandchildren. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville and was involved in women’s fellowship. She enjoyed her Tuesday morning bible study, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 12:00 noon at The First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday two hours prior to the service; from 10:00 am – noon. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta, Wisconsin at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer research.

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Duane H. Bartel ~ Kasson

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Duane Haven Bartel, 80, of Kasson, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center, MN.

Duane was born May 25, 1932 in rural Kasson to Haven and Myrtle Bartel. He attended country school and graduated from Kasson High School in 1950. Duane married Dorothy Ferdinandt of Rochester on November 20, 1954. The couple resided in rural Kasson where they operated a family dairy farm until retiring in 1998.

Duane was an active member of Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church. He served on local, state and national boards for the Land O’Lakes Corporation. Duane and his family enjoyed many years raising and showing registered holsteins. In his later years, Duane enjoyed golf and helping on his daughter’s horse farm.

He participated in a Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s study and was featured in a video entitled: “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide for Patient and Family”.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Greg (Julie) and David (Michelle) both of rural Mantorville; a daughter, Ann Glasrud of Rochester; 11 grandchildren and a sister, Ramona (Haven) Asprey of West Concord. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, August 6, 2012 at Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church, rural Kasson, MN, with Pastor David Westlake officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Monday. There will be no reviewal at the church. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.

Following the graveside service, the family invites you to the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN for a time of fellowship and refreshment.

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