Archive for April, 2013


Vivian C. Vrieze ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Vrieze, Vivian C

The celebration of life for Vivian Vrieze will be held at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, Minnesota on Friday, April 26 at 11:00 AM. There will be an opportunity to visit the family one hour before the funeral. There will be no reviewal. The burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery following the service.

Vivian Carol Vrieze, 72, peacefully passed away at her home in Mantorville from natural causes on Monday, April 22, 2013. She was born on February 18, 1941 to Harold and Ferne (Robertson) Baker. On December 23, 1966 she married Roger Allen Vrieze in Mantorville. They were blessed with four children. She worked at Mayo Clinic, IBM and spent most of her career in the Treasurer’s office at the Dodge County Courthouse.

Vivian was an artist at heart and an avid bowler. She loved to travel with her family and friends. Vivian and Roger enjoyed gardening and spending time at the lake.

She is survived by her husband Roger, four children Sheri (Craig) Allen of Owatonna, Martha (Joel) Vrieze-Morrison of Austin, MN, Marie Vrieze-Burton of Lake Charles, LA, and son Todd (Carrie) Vrieze of Mantorville; five grandchildren, R.T.,Nathan, Sean, Katelyn and Ellynn; sister Sharon (Terry) Ronning and niece Molly Jo.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later as they wish.

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Alice L. Crom ~ Pine Island

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Crom, Alice

Alice Lucile Crom, 103, died peacefully at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island on April 11, 2013.

Alice was born in Villard, Minnesota, on November 11, 1909 to Sandy & Lucy Simpson. She graduated from Sauk Centre, Minnesota. At The age of 18, she moved with her family to Byron, MN, where they ran the family farm.

She married Orrie E. Crom in Mason City, Iowa, on October 26, 1940. They farmed in Salem Corners. In 1953, they moved to Pine Island where Orrie passed away on January 30, 1963. Alice worked at Libby’s in Rochester for 10 years before retiring.

She enjoyed farming with horses, working outside, gardening, garage sales and going to the county fairs.

Alice is survived by one son, Orrie Crom of Pine Island, MN; daughter Della (John) Newell of Pine Island, MN; granddaughters Malissa (Troy) Lindner of Portland, Oregon and Michelle Newell of Phoenix, AZ; grandson Jerry White of Florida and several other grandchildren; one very special great-granddaughter Sabina Lindner who she called “the little one”, her special angel; and several other great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Orrie Crom, daughter Jessie White; son-in-law Courtney White; sisters Lizzie Wikle and Jessie Day and one brother who died at age 3.

Funeral services will be held at The Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Sharon Nelson of The United Methodist Church of Byron officiating. Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Hamilton Cemetery in Rural Racine, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to MS research.

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Clarence Elton Smith ~ 1928-2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Smith, Clarence

Clarence Elton Smith, 85, took his final earthly journey on April 8, 2013, at Susie’s Place in Hayfield, MN, where he had resided the last year.

Clarence was born on February 29, 1928 in Wasioja, MN to Elton and Nellie (Hindal) Smith. Clarence grew up on the Smith family farm on the east edge of Wasioja with his three brothers and three sisters. Clarence attended Wasioja and Mantorville schools and graduated with the Mantorville High School Class of 1946.

Clarence joined the United States Army and proudly served during the Korean conflict.

Clarence returned to Wasioja, and farmed with his father and his brother, Ellwyn. The Smith brothers had a world renowned herd of Holstein cattle, and they won the Progressive Breeders Award given by the National Holstein Friesian Association a record 17 times. They sold the farm and cattle in 1975.

Clarence married Berenice A. (Libby) Kleeberger on October 11, 1974. They moved to a “retirement farm” soon after. Clarence worked as a road grader operator for Wasioja Township as well as for the Dodge Center Canning Company.

Clarence had the great privilege and honor to be chosen as the official Minnesota Teamster for the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage. Clarence and Berenice traveled from Minnesota, joining wagons from each of the states, as well as President Gerald Ford, in celebration in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1976.

Clarence was a longtime member and officer of the Dodge County Historical Society and the Dodge Center American Legion Wells-Peterson Post 384, as well as a longtime member of the United Methodist Church, Kasson-Mantorville Masonic Lodge No. 11 and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Posse.

Clarence will be especially remembered for his warm and generous manner. A frequent saying was “Every day’s a good day”. He enjoyed visiting with so many of us about farming, the wagon train, and the way things used to be. He was very proud of these things. Clarence enjoyed a trip in the county to check out the crops.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Berenice; his parents, Elton and Nellie Smith; brothers, Lawrence Smith, Stanley (Stick) Smith, and Ellwyn (Ellie) Smith; sisters, Valera Kuster and Roberta Andrist; a great grandson; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Andrist and Sam Kuster; nephew Brett Andrist and his grandparents.

Clarence is survived by his sister Barbara (Doug) Leth of Kasson; step-children, Brenda Kleeberger of Rosemount, Bonnie (John) Sontag of Farmington, Blair (Kathy) Kleeberger of Dodge Center, and Trudie West of Spring Valley; nine step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; nephews, Brian Andrist of Blaine, Dan Andrist of Hayfield, Greg Leth of Byron, Jim Leth of Rochester, Jeff Smith of Mantorville, Sam Kuster of Houston; nieces, Jo Marie Morris of Rochester, Jo Ann Holderness of Pequot Lakes, Suzanne Nelson of Mazeppa, Merri Jo Ziebell of Kasson, Christina Smith of Hayfield, Belinda Andrist of West Concord, Bernita Redding of Mantorville, Kirsten Cadwell of Westminster, CO, Kim Berge of Mantorville and Mary Beesecker of Houston, MN; sisters-in-law, Jan Smith of Mantorville, Mary Alice Trapp of Dodge Center and Roberta Smith of Boulder, CO; his great and great-great nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins and countless friends.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all of the wonderful people at Susie’s Place, Seasons Hospice and to Mary Alice Trapp for all of their care and support.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Season’s Hospice Chaplain, Carol Shaffer officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, April 12, 2013, 5:00-7:00 pm, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Wasioja, MN. Military graveside services will be conducted by member of the Dodge Center American Legion.

Memorials are preferred to the Dodge County Historical Society or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

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