Archive for February, 2013


Darrell O’Brien ~ Kasson

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

O'Brien, Darrell

Darrell Phillip O’Brien, 82, formerly of Kasson, MN passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

He was born June 27, 1930 in Kasson, MN and graduated from Kasson High School.

Darrell was a long time active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson where he loved helping with Sunday School and singing in the choir. He lived each day to the fullest; always finding good.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Josephine as well as his brother, Bob, and his sister, Shirley (Tews).

A family memorial service will be held in the Fireside Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN on Friday, February 22 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church.

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Margaret A. “Maggie” Lien ~ Kasson

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Lien, Margaret

Margaret Ann “Maggie” Lien, 74, died unexpectedly on February 12, 2013, in Kasson, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23, at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Ave. NW, Kasson, Minnesota with
Rev. Karen Seavey officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. before the service with no reviewal. Internment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, Minnesota at a later date.
Born on October 5, 1938, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Maggie was the daughter of Lester and Maxine (Smalley) Lien. Except for a few years in Rochester, Maggie lived her entire life in Kasson. She attended school in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1956. She then attended Rochester Junior College. Maggie was employed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester until her retirement
48 years later. She began in the General Service Dept. and later transferred to the ECG Lab, becoming assistant supervisor.
Maggie was a member of the Eastern Star for many years. She was also a member of the Argent Society, Degree of Honor, Kasson American Legion Auxiliary, Dodge County Historical Society, Kasson Alliance Restoration (preservation of the 1918 Kasson School), and NRA. Maggie deeply cared about her community. She was a proud Republican who believed in working hard and paying your own way. She helped with delivery of Meals on Wheels. She was a volunteer for Dodge County Faith in Action which provides support and assistance to people with challenges to independence. She was baptized and was a life long active member of the Kasson United Methodist Church. The last activity that Maggie was engaged in was helping with a pancake supper at her church.
Although Maggie never married, she had a large “family“. Her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and friends’ children were doted on as if they were her own grandchildren. She delighted in sending letters, jokes, pictures, recipes, newspaper articles, and presents to people. She let you know that you were in her thoughts. Maggie always had a positive attitude, could talk to anybody, loved to have fun, and was fun to be around. She loved to cook, especially soup, which she would give away to her friends and family. How we will miss her laugh and impish smile!
How can we honor her memory? Live without fear, love unconditionally, and laugh at yourself and life’s funny moments. Blessed be her memory.
Survivors include her brother David “Butch“ (Bonnie) Lien of Kasson, sister-in-law Shirley Derby Lien of rural West Concord, nieces Stephanie (Grant) Thorne of Eudora, Kansas; Kim Westphal of Chatfield; Joyce (Kevin) Borgen of Chatfield; and nephews Chris Lien (and special friend Bev) of Oronoco; Mark (Paulette) Lien of Chatfield; and Thor Lien (and special friend Gerry) of Burnsville, Mn. Maggie was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Lester “Denne” Lien, grand-nephew Anthony Palmer Lien, and grand-niece Amber Jean Lien.
Memorials are preferred to the Kasson United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice.
Dibble Funeral Home of Kasson is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Russell Tompkins ~ Kasson

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Tompkins, Russell

The service for Russell C. Tompkins will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Byron United Methodist Church, 507 – 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Russell passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.
He enjoyed boating on the river, vacationing in Florida, hunting, and spending time on the farm where he grew up. He retired in 1991 after 34-1/2 years with IBM. He was born May 29, 1936 to Clarence and Hilda Tompkins.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deanna; three children, Mark Tompkins of Rochester, MN, Michelle (Greg) Donley of Byron, Jay (Barb) Tompkins of Kasson; one brother and three sisters, Don (Stevie) Tompkins of Austin TX, Evelyn (Iver) Beck of Minnetonka, Kay (Gary) Kalis of Cedar Rapids, IA and Susan Fiyalko of Seminole, FL. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother.
The family prefers memorials to Mayo Hospice.

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Donald Close ~ Rochester

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Close, Donald Current

Close, Donald Older View

Donald Leighton Close, age 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Season’s Hospice in Rochester, MN after living with prostate cancer for several years. He was born June 9, 1920, in Byron MN to Edwin and Patrina Close. He graduated from Byron High School in 1938. He was employed in the whole sale food business until enlisting in the Armed Forces in 1942. He served in the army combat engineers on the Aleutian Islands and was discharged in 1945. Don married Eileen Leuhrs on April 27, 1947. He operated heavy transportation and construction equipment in Rochester before becoming a carpenter. He later formed his own construction company developing Forest Hills, the Forest Hills Water Company and later joining the Cascade Corporation development (Elton Hills, Crescent Park). In 1971, he terminated the business and entered employment with the Olmsted County Code Enforcement Division from which he retired in 1980. He and Eileen moved to Rogers, Arkansas where they built a home on Beaver Lake. They thoroughly enjoyed their twenty-five years in Arkansas before returning to Rochester in 2005, when Eileen’s health began to deteriorate, taking up residency at Shorewood Senior Campus. Some of Don’s fondest memories were of the many lengthy trips he and Eileen spent traveling by boat along the Mississippi River. Upon their return to Minnesota, Don continued to spend time on the river, enjoying boating and fishing out of the Wabasha Marina.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eileen, son Craig, his brothers Victor and Gordon Close, and his sister, Mary Hadley. He is survived by two sons, Tracy (Kristin Peterson) of Duluth, MN and Kerry (Kris) of Eagan ,MN as well as , his seven grandchildren Kevin, Kristin, Karin (Phil) Sollom, Susie (Raphael) Gottardi, and Barbie Close.
The family would like to thank Dr. Rachel Havyer, the staff at Season’s hospice, and his friends at Shorewood for taking such good care of Don these past few months.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16th at Byron United Methodist Church, 507 – 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. A luncheon will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, Don would have wished you to make a contribution to the Salvation Army. In the case of inclement weather, please call the church at 507.775.6610 to determine if the service will be postponed.

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Rosemary Kraetsch ~ Kasson

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Kraetsch, Rosemary BW

Rosemary Elizabeth Denning Randall Kraetsch, age 89, of Kasson, MN died on February 6, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald.

She is survived by son, James Randall; grandchildren, Kristina, James and Robyn; great-grandchildren, Blake, Alexis, Ambrosia and Audra; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave. NW, Kasson, MN on February 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm, with Pastor Clint Patterson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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Sidney “Frank” Weeks ~ Kasson

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Weeks, Sidney Frank

Sidney Frank Weeks died of natural causes on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center. A family and friends time will be at Sunwood Manor in Kasson on Wednesday, February 6, from 6:00-8:00 pm. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja, MN at a later date.

Sidney Frank Weeks was born July 2, 1920, in Wasioja Township, Dodge County, MN the only son of 4 children of Sidney and Ruby Weeks. His sisters were Leona Foster, Lavina Andrist and Gladys Schultz. He spent alot of his childhood time with the Oscar Suhr family on their farm. He enlisted in the military during World War II and taught radio repair at Scott Air Force Base.

On April 12, 1950 he married Frances Rosella Peterson at her parents’ home. The couple farmed in Goodhue, Olmsted and Dodge Counties until 1974 when they purchased a feed store in Kasson, Frank’s Feed and Seed. They moved to Wasioja in 1983 and then to Kasson Sunwood Manor in 1999.

Besides their three children, Dennis, Sam and Teresa Hacker, the couple helped raise nephews David Schultz and George Foster. Frank was active with the Wildwood Cemetery for years as a board member and also caretaker along with his wife. His interests were fishing, hunting, cards and other games, and cooking. He was known for cooking for other residents of Sunwood on the weekends. He was an active member of the Claremont American Legion. He loved talking with people.

Survivors include two sons, Denny (Sherry) of Owatonna and Sam (Joyce) of Claremont; a daughter, Teresa Hacker of Wasioja; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. His wife and three sisters and a grandson preceded him in death.

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