Archive for October, 2013


Alan W. Benfield ~ Kasson

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Benfield, Alan

Benfield, Al Army

Alan W. Benfield, 75, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester surrounded by family.
Alan was born May 6, 1938 in Santa Monica, California to Kenneth and Christina Benfield. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1956. He served in the US Army from 1962 to 1964. In California, he worked as a machinist. He married Sandra Hanson on December 4, 1965 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. After 23 years of working for the Kasson-Mantorville School District, he retired as head maintenance in 2000.
He is survived by his wife Sandy, a daughter Stacy and grandson Alexander of Rochester, sister Janet (Don) Diem of Rancho Palos Verdes, California , father-in-law Roger Hanson of Kasson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mark and Darlene Hanson, Craig and Karen Hanson of Kasson, Diane Hanson of Coon Rapids, Don Diem of Rancho Palos Verdes, California and Pat Benfield of Fountain Valley, California, nine nieces and nephews, and special neighbors/friends Rick, Darla and “Rick’s kids” Kellen, Ryan and Kaden Enright. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ken.
Al enjoyed woodworking, making and refinishing furniture, gardening, yard work, watching his grandson play sports, fishing, hunting with brothers-in-law Mark and Craig and sister-in-law Karen, vacationing in northern Minnesota, and reminiscing about his ocean adventures. He was extremely creative, innovative, and a true master “improviser”.
Memorials may be directed to Seasons Hospice, American Cancer Society or a charity of donor’s choice.
A private memorial service is planned.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Seasons Hospice for all of their care and support.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services assisted the family in arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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Paul R. Erickson ~ Rochester, MN

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Erickson, Paul

Paul Raymond Erickson, age 89, formerly of Rochester, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, Minnesota. Paul was born on May 21, 1924 in Norcross,Minnesota and raised on a farm near Wheaton, Minnesota. After serving his country in World War II in the Army Air Corps, Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering.

He and Pauline Pettis were married on June 24, 1949. He began a 36-year career in engineering at IBM in 1950; first in Minneapolis and then in Rochester. After retiring from IBM in 1986, he continued to use his engineering experience and problem-solving skills repairing lawnmowers, alarm clocks, radios, snow blowers and coffee makers for friends and neighbors.

An avid outdoorsman, Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping trips to northern Minnesota, Canada and the western United States. He and Pauline spent several weeks during the summer in their camper or motorhome in the north woods of Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline; sons Dana (Diana) Erickson and Steve (Nancy) Erickson; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 26 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St, Kasson, MN. Burial will be at a later date.

Online condolences can be sent and viewed at The family requests memorials to St. Croix Hospice, Rochester, MN

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Robert E. Larrison ~ Rochester

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Larrison, Robert

Robert Earl (Yogi) Larrison died October 14, 2013 of natural causes in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born February 4, 1929 in Vermillion, Kansas, to George and Beulah Larrison.

Bob worked as an ambulance driver prior to marrying Charlene L. Davis in 1951. With their five children, Bob and Charlene moved to Minnesota in 1960. Bob worked in floor coverings for the next 31 years, retiring in 1991. He liked working in the yard, gardening and tinkering in his garage on many projects.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene; three sons, Mike, Pat and Dennis and a daughter, Sallee Beck; as well as ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jacob, Jackie, Jesse, Chris, Michelle, Amanda, Kelly, Sam and Nick and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St, Kasson, MN from 9:00-11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM with Fr. Mark McNea of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Rochester, MN officiating. Burial will be in the Milton Cemetery, rural Mantorville, MN.

Memorial are preferred to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Geneva E. Carlson ~ Kasson, MN

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Carlson, Geneva

Geneva E. Carlson, 97, of Kasson, MN went home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 10, 2013. She passed away at Stewartville Care Center, where she had resided the last 3-1/2 years.

Born Geneva E. Nereson on April 29, 1916 in Rock Dell, MN to the late Ellis and Margaret (Haugen) Nereson. She was a lifelong resident of Kasson. She attended country school until the age of 14 when in 1931 she went to work for Dr. Charlie and Edith Mayo at the Mayo Mansion where she was the second maid to the cook helping serve meals in the dining room. While working there, she was fortunate to meet President Franklin Roosevelt.

On April 19, 1939 she married Obert Carlson at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Byron, MN. They farmed in rural Kasson where they raised three children. After the children were school age, she worked for Dr. Tillage where he hosted special occasions. Ed Sullivan and Frank Sinatra were two of the gentlemen she cooked for while there. Geneva lived on the farm until after Obert passed away in 2003 when she went to the Stewartville Care Center in 2004. She was there for a year when she moved to Prairie Meadows Assisted Living in Kasson. She was a roommate to another Norwegian Lady for five wonderful years. In 2010 her health took her back to the Stewartville Care Center.

Geneva’s biggest pride was cooking for her family and friends. She was also very active in South Zumbro Lutheran Church, where she would go out of her way to do anything she could; whether it be quilting, bazaars, or Ladies Aide. She also loved to sing in the Norwegian Choir. Geneva always had a great sense of humor and a smile on her face.

Geneva is survived by her son, Al (Donna) of Byron; daugher, Janeen Jensen (Duane) of Minneapolis; six grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Marian Bungum(Francis), daughter-in-lawy, VeeAnn Carlson and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Curtis; grandson, Troy; parents; five sisters, Crystella Starkson, Helen Thompson, Doris Molde, Bernice Falk, Joan Jensen and three brothers, Melvin, Harlan and Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with the Rev. Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, October 14, from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to South Zumbro Luthern Church.

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