Archive for December, 2012


Ervin D. Marti ~ Kasson

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Ervin D. Marti died peacefully in his sleep at Seasons Hospice in Rochester from complications of COPD. He was born October 8, 1917 to William and Hattie Marti on the family farm near Kasson. He attended and graduated from Kasson Schools in 1935. In 1936, he enrolled at the National Schools of Los Angeles in the diesel and gas engine programs. Due to the depression, he was unable to find work in California so he returned to Minnesota and enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 2709 at Plainview. He worked on trucks, dozers and rock crushing equipment until April 1938. He was employed at various shops and garages until December 30, 1941 when he married Verna Solberg.

Together they raised two daughers, Kay and Vicki, and one son, Don. They moved back to the family farm and farmed alongside his brother, Clinton, growing canning crops, corn, hogs and beef cattle. In 1952, he bought out his brother’s share and changed to cash crops of corn, beans, hay and oats. In the late 1950’s, he became the Pioneer Seed dealer for this area and remained farming and selling seed until his retirement in 1985. In February, 1971, he lost Verna to ALS.

On January 5, 1974, he married Ardis Graves and moved to Rochester to be with the new additions to his family; Sherry, Kanneth, Sheila and Sharon.

He loved dancing and fishing during his freetime, and spending summers at the cabin in Northern Minnesota. He enjoyed conversations with friends and family about a variety of topics.

He is survived by daughters, Vicki Kleeberger of Richfield, MN, Sherry Fields of Rochester, MN, Sheila Larson of Zumbrota, MN, Sharon (David) Furth of West St. Paul, MN; sons, Don (Linda) of Kasson, MN, Kenneth (Dana) Graves of Golden Valley, MN; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, oldest daughter, Kay, and a brother.

Memorial funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, December 28, from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice, Rochester, Minnesota.

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Barbara Anne Kimble ~ Mantorville

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Barbara Anne Kimble, nee Pritchett, born November 19, 1932 to Harry Gilbert and Kathryn Omar Pritchett in Clay, Kentucky. Barbara attended and graduated from high school in Sturgis, Kentucky in 1950. Following graduation she worked as a bookkeeper at a bank. In 1953, she married Lt. Harold Kimble in Sturgis, Kentucky.

After living in West Virginia and Oklahoma, she and the now Dr Kimble moved to Kasson in 1959. Together they raised three children. They also established the Carriage House Animal Hospital.

Barbara was a faithful member of the Kasson United Methodist church for 50 years. She served as President of the Women’s Society for Christian Service (United Methodist Women). She was involved in serving luncheons to the exchange club and was instrumental in planning and implementing the cookie walk at the annual bazaar. Barbara was well known for her ham loaf with mustard sauce and pecan-chocolate ball candies. She served as a Girl Scout leader and cookie chairperson throughout the 70s. Barbara was also a den mother to her sons’ Cub Scout Troop. She was a member of the Kasson Eastern Star and accepted leadership roles in that organization.

Barbara passed away December 4, 2012 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN.

Her family will remember Barb for her strong Christian faith, passionate love of cooking (especially her chocolate chip cookies), her interest in everything related to the Civil War, but especially her sense of humor and the joy she expressed when spending time with her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by son Doug and Sandee Kimble of St. Anthony; grandsons Lee, Mark (Elizabeth), Adam, and Corey; son Lawrence and Julie Kimble of Roseville; grandchildren Ashley (Matthew Brown) and Andrew; and daughter Sharon Kimble (Kris Brodersen) of Minneapolis. She has a sister Carolyn Jean in Manning, South Carolina and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Kimble, and her three brothers Donald, Harry, and James (Bill).

Memorial services will be held at the Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, on Thursday, December 13 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville and a reception will follow the service. Memorials to Kasson United Methodist Church or Seasons Hospice, Rochester.

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