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June E. Vangness ~ Kasson

Friday, September 28th, 2012

June E. Vangness, 84, of Kasson passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN, where she had been a resident since December, 2011.

June was born June 17, 1928, in Dodge Center, MN to Theodore and Ida Keller. She graduated from Dodge Center High School in 1946 and married Kenneth R. Vangness of West Concord on her 18th birthday, June 17, 1946. They lived in West Concord until 1956 when they moved to Kasson. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; three sons, Roger (Karen), LuVerne (Cathy), and Steven; five daughters, Jean, Pat (Gary) Olevson, Beverly (Dan) Harris, Sandra (Dean) Solberg and Sheryl (Chuck) Finger; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Lawrence, Carl, Wilbur, Clifford, Floyd and Theodore, Jr.; and five sisters, Ruth Klampe, Mabel Saxton, Leota Vogelsand, Winifred Hammon and Velma Alrick.

June spent her life raising eight children and, for a time, worked as a dietary aide at the Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center. She was a wonderful cook, loved growing flowers and vegetables and maintained a colorful and productive garden for many years. She was delighted to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always had a big smile for them.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 2, at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, October 1, from 5:00-7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

The family prefers memorials to them for distribution later per their wishes.


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Marion T. Thompson ~ Kasson

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Marion Thompson passed away peacefully September 24, 2012 at her home in Kasson with family at her side.

She as born July 11, 1925 to Theodore and Mabel Aarsvold in rural Kasson. The family later moved to the Grand Marais area and returned to the Kasson/Byron area during her early teen years. She worked as a telephone operator while attending Byron High School.

Marion married James Thompson in San Francisco, CA, on March 21, 1944. When James was discharged from the Navy, they moved back to the Byron area.

Family and friends were extremely important to her. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook, and took pride in maintaining an impeccable home. She enjoyed their monthly card club parties and spending time at their trailer near Garrison, MN.

Marion is survived by her brother, Paul (Leanna) Aarsvold of Lake Park, MN; sons, Gary (Betty) Thompson of Breezy Point, MN and Bradley Thompson of Stewartville, MN; daughters, Sandra (George) Bolles of Byron, MN and Linda (Jeff Warner) Thompson of Rochester, MN; sisters-in-law, Millie Aarsvold and Nancy Aarsvold; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Mabel (Markegaard) Aarsvold; brothers, Obed, Lyle and Jacob Aarsvold; sisters, Rebecca Skomaroske, Alma Swenson and Eva Barrone; sister-in-law Lina Mae Aarsvold; and brothers-in-law, Harold Barrone and Norman Skomaroske.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road NW, Byron, MN, with Pastor Jack Friedli officiating. Visitation will be Friday, September 28, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to them for distribution later according to their wishes.


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Lloyd A. Bartholmey ~ Kasson

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

LLoyd A. Bartholmey, 83, of Kasson, MN died Monday, September 17, 2012 at Stacyville Community Nursing Home, Stacyville, Iowa. Lloyd was born in Stacyville on February 23, 1929, to Joseph and Florence (Adams) Bartholmey. His education started at Visitation Catholic School in Stacyville until 1939; then he transferred to the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, IA. After school, Lloyd workd many different jobs in construction. He especially took pride in his work on Queen of Angels Church, Austin, MN.

Lloyd married Elda Geraldine Abben of Little Cedar, Iowa on December 27, 1952. They made their home in Kasson, MN. They became parents of a son, Robert Lloyd Bartholmey in 1969. Lloyd managed the apartment building they lived in for over fifty years. He worked for Telex Corporation in Rochester, MN for 35 years.

Lloyd enjoyed his beloved dogs, fishing, woodworking, gardening and telling stories. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Elda; brother, William Clifford, and his parents. He is survived by his son, Robert L. Bartholmey of Pine Island, MN; brother, Dale Bartholmey of New Richland, MN and many nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.

Personal expressions of sympathy for the Bartholmey family can be mailed to Robertta Carroll Huffman, 4179 Rampart Ave, Osage, IA 50461.


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Karen J. Dohrmann ~ Kasson

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Karen Jean Dohrmann, 72, passed away on September 11, 2012 at Zumbrota Health Care after a lengthy battle with many health issues. Karen was born March 4, 1940, to Roger A. Gaedtke and Thelma O. (Moen) at County Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lived in Stephens Point, WI. She moved to Red Wing, MN, as a young child; then to Goodhue, MN, at age 11 and graduated from high school there in 1958.

Karen married Caryl Dohrmann on August 24, 1958, and moved to his family farm in Kasson, MN. They moved into town after selling the farm in 1968 and settled in Kasson in July of 1972, where they lived for 30 years. Caryl and Karen moved to Mantorville in 2002, where Caryl and their son, Thomas, currently reside.

Karen did daycare from the home and then worked at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center for 25 years in housekeeping and laundry. Her hobbies were sewing, reading and traveling with Caryl. Her family was most important in her life.

She is survived by her husband, Caryl; three children, Michael Dohrmann (Kasson), Thomas Dohrmann (Mantorville), and JoAnn Hines (Kasson); five grandchildren, Ian, Allison and Sean Hines and Megan and Andrew Dohrmann; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Harvey) Dohrmann, Diane (Thomas) Gaedtke; brother-in-law, Richard (Ella) Finley and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger Gaedtke and Thelma Ross; step-parents, Ann Gaedtke and Harley Ross and her brother, Thomas Gaedtke.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson offciating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, September 17, from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson. A luncheon will follow the graveside service at the church in the fellowship hall.


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Dean L. Suhr ~ Mantorville

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Dean L. Suhr, 92, a lifetime resident of the Mantorville area died September 9, 2012 at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna, MN. Dean was born on February 25, 1920 to Oscar and Dahlia (Raddatz) Suhr.

He attended school in Mantorville. On August 28, 1944, he married Lois J. Castner and they farmed together until her death on October 20, 1996. He then married Joy Bayne of Nebraska on December 27, 1997.

Dean enjoyed farming, playing cards, going for rides in the country to check on everyone’s crops and going south for the winters.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Joy; daughter, Barb (Arleigh) Berg of Cannon Falls, MN; son, Steve (Diane) Suhr of Mantorville, MN; daughter, Marg (Tom) Harrah of Spring Green, WI; daughter, Deb (Chauncey) Jannings of Halfway, MO; 11 grandkids, 16 great-grandkids; 3 step-sons, Loren, Barry, and Kelvin (Dawn) Bayne all of Nebraska, several step-grand and great-grandkids; several nephews and nieces; one brother, Lloyd (Betty) of California; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn of Mantorville.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; a grandson, David; a great-granddaughter, Brook; one brother, two sisters and two brothers-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 pm and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Thursday. There will be no reviewal.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the family to be distributed as to Dean’s wishes.


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Ray Anway ~ Byron

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Ray E. Anway, of Bovey, MN, formerly of Byron, MN, died September 3, 2012 at Seasons Hospice in rural Rochester, MN. Ray was born Decemberr 2, 1942 in Kalmer Township to Donald and Harriette Anway. Ray married Marilyn Wagner on June 8, 1963 in Kasson, MN.

Ray grew up working on a dairy farm helping his parents with livestock and field work. While attending Byron High School, he also worked at the turkey farm and pea vinery. Ray was active in sports during his high school years. He graduated in 1960 from Byron High School. After high school, he drove semi; hauling livestock for Gronvold Trucking. He attended Austin Vocational School for two years, before being hired at IBM Rochester. Ray also delivered fuel for Tlougan Oil Company parttime. Ray retired as a computer specialist from IBM with 30 years of service in 1991. He was a member of the Rochester Retiree’s Club.

Together with his wife, he began Countryside Concrete Lawn Ornaments. Their two sons also helped with the business, which was sold after 12 years. After retiring from IBM, Ray drove a Byron school bus route for five years. For four years, Ray was a volunteer campground host for the U.S. Forest Service in the Chippewa National Forest. Ray and his wife moved to northern Minnesota 14 years ago.

Ray enjoyed hunting ducks, pheasants, turkeys, grouse and deer. Ray enjoyed snowmobiling with his family. Ray especially enjoyed the family trips to Utah and Idaho ATV riding. He seemed to have a built-in G.P.S. ability that was beneficial on the ATV rides. Ray was happy ATV riding in the local forests near their home in northern Minnesota. For one year, he was president of the Range Riders ATV Club.

Ray is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn; his two sons, Thomas (Darlene) of Park City, UT and Daniel of Byron, MN. Ray is also survived by his two sisters; Judy (Ralph) Crandall of Kasson, MN, Mary Catlin of Rochester, MN; and one brother, James (Pat) Anway of Dexter, MN.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, September 6, from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Byron United Methodist Church, 507 – 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday. There will be no reviewal. A funeral service will be held at the church at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 7, 2012 with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Center Grove Cemetery, Douglas, MN. There will be a memorial service in Bovey, MN at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice of Rochester, MN.


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