Archive for March, 2014


Clara L. Brekke ~ Kasson

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Brekke, Clara

Clara Lucille Erickson Brekke of Kasson was called home to our Lord and Savior on March 28, 2014 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. Clara was born the youngest child to Rangvold and Alma Erickson in Rock Dell, MN on December 9, 1919.

She was married to Richard L. Brekke on December 31, 1938 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, MN. They farmed in the Rock Dell area until 1953 when they moved to Kasson and raised four children.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; three sisters Genevieve Anderson, Bernie Gates Parkin, Ruby Matzke and brother Lloyd Erickson. Clara is survived by four children, Philip (Donna) of Battle Ground, WA, William (Maria) of Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas (Judi) of Avon, MN and Joyce (Stephen Pierren) of New Hope, MN. Clara has 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews across the United States and in Europe.

Clara was an avid golfer. She worked as a registered dental assistant for Dr. L. Serverance at the Kasson Dental Clinic and served St. John’s Lutheran Church in many capacities, including Past President of WELCA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery, Rock Dell, MN at a later date.

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

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Robert H. Olson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Olson, Robert 2

Robert H. Olson, 67, of Kasson, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Bob was born to Mandius and Kathleen Olson in Decorah, Iowa, on March 22, 1947. The family moved to Cresco, Iowa, where he graduated from high school. After attending the University of Northern Iowa, he began a career with the Leuthold Company. In 1986 Bob transferred to work at the Kasson, Leuthold store where he retired in 2006.

Bob enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, golfing, singing in the church choir and was an avid bowler, having earned bowler of the year more than once at the Cresco Bowling alley. Bob also enjoyed spending time with his friends, eating lutefisk, harvesting walnuts and attending the local high school football and wrestling events.

Bob leaves behind many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. N.W., Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.

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Daryl R. “Tex” Engelstad ~ Kasson

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Engelstad, Daryl

Funeral services for Daryl R. Engelstad will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday (March 27, 2014) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson with Rev. Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Burial will be in East St. Olaf Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Byron.
Daryl, 67, a life-long resident of the Kasson area, lost his courageous 28 month battle with mesothelomia on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Rochester.
Daryl Russell Engelstad was born to Ralph Benton and Hazel Margaret (Ankeny) Engelstad on November 4, 1946 at the Knutson Maternity Home in Kasson. Daryl grew up in rural Kasson with 5 siblings and graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1965. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, VA until his honorable dis- charge in 1967. Thereafter, he worked in construction, agriculture and manufacturing in the Twin Cities and Rochester area, including 16 years at MTM in Dodge Center and 24 years at RockTenn (formerly Smurfit-Stone) in Rochester.
Tex married Sara Kay Kildahl on November 30, 1974 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church at rural Byron. They lived nearly 40 years of married life in Kasson, where they raised two lovely daughters. Family and friends will remember him as a loyal friend with a gigantic heart.
Daryl is survived by his wife, Sara Engelstad of Kasson; daughters Jenny (Nathan) Wood of Avon, MN and Julie (Daniel) Laufenberg of Winona; brother Wendell (Diane) Engelstad of Owatonna; sisters Shirley (Daryl) Deno of Black Duck, Carol (Dan) Nable of Cumming, GA, and Janet (Mark) Rendler of Pleasant Prairie, WI; and grandchildren Connor Wood, Maddie Wood, and Noah Laufenberg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Hazel Engelstad, and brother, Milo “Mike” Engelstad.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.
The family would like to thank Mayo Hospice for their time and commitment in allowing Daryl to be comforted with their support so that he could spend his final months with his family. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends of Tex to graciously make a contribution in his memory to the charity of their choice.

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Duane F. Horning ~ Mantorville

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Horning, Duane

Duane F. Horning, age 73, of Mantorville, (formerly of Pine Island) went to be with his heavenly Father and Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, March 14, 2014. He passed away at home peacefully with his wife and son beside him.
He was born January 8, 1941 in Albert Lea, MN to Russell and Naomi (Ditlevson) Horning.
On May 18, 1963 he married Shirley R. Hanson of Mantorville. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013.
They farmed in the Pine Island and Mantorville area . They were blessed with four children;
Dale (Bobbie) Horning of Ostrander, MN; Randy Horning of Forest, Virginia; Mark Horning of Mantorville; Ruth Ann (John) Cyphers of Mantorville. They have seven grandchildren; Travis Horning and Trent (Brandice) Horning both of Rochester; Mandy, and Marissa Horning of Ostrander; Mariah, Elijah, and Cassidy Cyphers all of Mantorville.
Duane was a member of First Baptist Church in Kasson, MN where he served as deacon and usher for many years. He served on the pastoral search committee which brought Pastor John Todor to serve as pastor in 2013. He enjoyed handing out the church bulletin and greeting the people as they entered the sanctuary every Sunday morning. He always had a happy smile and greeting for everyone, and his presence will be greatly missed.
After 33 years of dairy farming, Duane worked at Al Corn Ethanol Plant in Claremont for 3 years. Then he worked at McNeilus Steel, Inc. in Dodge Center for 15 years where he loved his tractor driving job there and the interaction with his co-workers.
Duane loved the years of farming. He grew up on a farm and it was his life. He enjoyed going to Southern Gospel Quartet conventions, the Gaither’s Gospel music, eating out with friends and family, fairs, farm shows, tractor pulls, and watching western movies (especially John Wayne films) and doing yard work.
He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Naomi Horning, and his brother Roger.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and brothers Dean (Lonna) Horning of Marshfield, MO; Lowell (Ruth Ann) Horning of Rochester; Jerry Horning of Kasson and sister-in-law Nancy Horning.
A memorial service for Duane will be held at First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th St. NW, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m with Pastor John Todor & Pastor Dale Phelps officiating. There will be a visitation at the church one hour before the service. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church.

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