Archive for April, 2014


Lorraine Aarsvold ~ Kasson

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Aarsvold, Lorraine

Lorraine May Aarsvold, a lifetime resident of rural Kasson, died peacefully on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Lonsdale, Minnesota. She was born on July 14, 1925, to Ole and Lily Gunderson. She graduated from Kasson High School in 1942 and then attended Mankato Business College. While still taking courses at Mankato, she received a job offer from Kenneth Myster, Attorney-at-Law, in Kasson. She worked at Mr. Myster’s office until her marriage in 1945 to Wallace Aarsvold, her childhood friend and neighbor who later became her sweetheart.

In 1946, they were blessed with the first of their five children, and later that year they bought the farm which remained their home for the rest of their lives. After the children started school, Lorraine went back to work for Mr. Myster, working a total of 17 years before retiring from that job. She continued to farm with her husband until they retired from farming in 2007.

Lorraine was very active in her church (South Zumbro), where she taught Sunday School, served on the church council as Treasurer, and was active in Ladies Aid. She was an inspiration to those who knew her, and was known for her fun spirit, her beautiful smile, and her active concerns for others.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of nearly 64 years, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a niece and two nephews. She is survived by her children: Wayne (Mary Kathryn) Aarsvold of Kasson, Lois (John) Burdick of Phoenix, AZ, Joe (Pat) Aarsvold of Lakewood, CA, Janet (Sam) Lotegeluaki of Lonsdale, MN, and Todd Aarsvold of Kasson, MN and by grandchildren Paul (Val) Aarsvold of Plainview, MN, Chris (Terri) Burdick of Lakeville, MN, Chad (Tammy) Burdick of Council Bluffs, IA, Nicole (Mike) Halda of Rochester, MN, Erin Aarsvold of Los Angeles, CA, Danielle, Emily and Hayley Aarsvold of Lakewood, CA, Stanley Lotegeluaki of Pittsfield, MA, Jonathan Lotegeluaki of Tomah, WI, Eunice Eddington of Milwaukee, WI, Grace Lotegeluaki of Milwaukee, WI, Naakaki (Ray) Texerira of Eagan, MN, Amani (Cara) Lotegeluaki of Milwaukee, WI, Joseph (Tyanna) Lotegeluaki of Sun Prairie, WI and Brooklyn and Jakob Aarsvold of Kasson, MN. She is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, her brother Gordon (Ellen) of Mora, MN, one brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Her family will dearly miss her and will remember her beautiful smile, her listening ear, her gentle touch, her kind heart, her wise counsel, and the interest she showed in their daily lives.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Avenue SW, Kasson, MN, from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, April 25, 2014, also at South Zumbro with Pastor David Steffenson of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN, officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the South Zumbro Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Bernice Hackenmiller ~ Kasson

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hackenmiller, Bernice

Bernice Hackenmiller, 88, of Kasson, died at her home Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Bernice was born May 6, 1925, to Paul and Rose Huemann in Stacyville, Iowa. She was the oldest of four children. In 1945 she married Sylvan “Hack” Hackenmiller. They lived in Austin during the early years of their marriage eventually moving to Rochester in 1958, with their three daughters. In 1967, they purchased a farm in Kasson and lived there the remainder of their married life. During that time Bernice was a long-time employee of Leuthold-Fencl and Ben Franklin (now known as Kasson Variety).

Upon her retirement she enjoyed time with family and many friends. After Hack’s death in 1993, Bernice continued to live on the farm until 2007, when she purchased her “perfect house” in downtown Kasson. Following her cancer diagnosis in 2012, she continued to live in her house with the loving assistance of her daughter, Nancy and support of Mayo Clinic Hospice.

She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Joseph) Gaida, Nancy Hackenmiller and Mary (Conrad) Olson; seven grandchildren, Chris, Gretchen, Geoffrey, Jacqueline, Matt, Dan and Karen; and five great-grandsons, Dylan, Ryan, Blake, Noah and Finnley. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave., in Kasson. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

The funeral will be Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the church, with Father Paul Suprenant officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Stacyville, Iowa, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial are preferred to Mayo Clinic Hospice.

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

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Audrey M. Hoffman ~ Kasson

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hoffman, Audrey

Audrey Marie O’Brien Hoffman, 86, of Kasson was called home on April 11, 2014.

Audrey was born in Rochester and the oldest of three girls born to William and Mildred (Lienau) O’Brien on June 29, 1927.

She grew up in the Kasson area on a rural country farm and attended rural Kasson school. She was married to Vergel Hoffman on July 19, 1950 in Kasson. They continued to live in Kasson and raise two daughters.

Audrey worked for Dr. Affeldt for 15 years. After his retirement, she was employed at the Kasson American Legion for the past 34 years. Audrey enjoyed her house plants and always looked forward to spring so she could plant her outside gardens. When Vergel was alive, she looked forward to Sunday afternoon drives and still did. When winter came, she would do embroidery and cross-stitch work. She also loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Audrey is survived by two daughters, Carol Blaisdell of Rosemount and Kathy Hegna of Kasson, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; Clifford and Mary Awsumb and children Josie and Andrew Awsumb; Layla and Stephen Werkmeister and Brendnen Larson of Ramsey; Scott and Nicki Blaisdell and children Regan, Carson and Hudson of Northfield; Karen and Al Hawley and children Katelyn and Jessica of Rosemount; Mesha Hegna of Minneapolis; Shawn and Rhonda Hegna and children Dylon and Marissa; Marion Keifer of Dodge Center and Belva Siple of Idaho. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vergel, and three son-in-laws; Rick Awsumb, Dale Blaisdell and Sid Hegna.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester

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Alma Houghton ~ Kasson

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Houghton, Alma

Alma Alverta Houghton was born on March 6, 1918 in Tolstoy, South Dakota to Michael and Margaret Bollinger.

Alma passed away April 10, 2014, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota.

Alma married Norman Houghton in Huron, South Dakota on September 6, 1944 where they farmed around Seneca, South Dakota until 1956. They then moved to Kasson, MN in the early 1960’s. Norman and Alma started their own business, Houghton Sanitation, and later sold the business to their son, Russell.

In 1964, Alma started working as a care-giver at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center until she retired in 1984.

After her husband Norman’s death in September of 1991, Alma lived with her daughter in Rochester and later in Kasson.

Alma enjoyed making quilts, having made over 200 during her retirement. She also enjoyed her garden and most of all her love for animals, her cats and dog, Maggie.

Alma is survived by her daughter Relda Houghton; granddaughter Sheri Pierson; great-grandson Nicholas Pierson; great-granddaughter Brianna Pierson and daughter-in-law Louise Houghton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norman; son Russell; daughter-in-law Dorothy Houghton; two brothers and seven sisters.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 9:00-10:00 am at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN. Graveside services will follow at 10:30 am at the Byron Cemetery, Byron, MN with Pastor Michael Jones of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Dodge Center officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to them.

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