Archive for June, 2014


Harriet L. Anderson ~ Mantorville

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Anderson, Harriet


Harriet Lillian Anderson, 91, of Mantorville passed away peacefully Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN where she had been a resident for five weeks.


She was born November 22, 1922 in Claremont to Albert & Christine Krippner.  She married Floyd Anderson on February 14, 1942 in Dodge Center.  Harriet was a devoted mother and housewife.  She was active in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Ladies activities.  She enjoyed spending time with family & friends, garage sales, gardening, sewing, eating out, going for drives and watching the birds and squirrels.


Survivors include four sons,  Dean (Lil) of Henderson, NV, Richard of Rochester, MN, Dale (Susan) of Hayfield, MN and Daniel of Mantorville; one sister, Louise Knippel of Owatonna and two brothers, Earl Krippner of Rochester and Jay (Gerry) Krippner of Cromwell, MN; grandchildren, Craig, Sean Ross, Bradley & Miranda Anderson, Tara Braun, Amy Caron, Kari Vandal and nine great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, in 2004; one brother, George Krampitz; one sister, Dorothy Lybeck and daughter-in-law Patricia Anderson.


A private graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in rural Mantorville with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating.  A visitation for family and friends will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.


Blessed be her memory.

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David L. Elliott ~ Dodge Center, MN & Livingston, Texas

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

A memorial open house for David Lowell Elliott will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN.

David, 84, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Bradford House in Livingston, Texas.

David Lowell Elliott was born February 2, 1930, the son of Minnie and James Elliott. David spent most of his life in the Kasson/Hayfield area, graduating from Kasson High School in 1948. On August 4, 1950, he married Joyce Marlene Fredrickson. Their union produced a son, Craig.

David was a member of the Minnesota Army national Guard and was called to active duty in 1950. He was a member of the Dodge Center American Legion. He worked with his father in the carpentry business until his father’s death. In the early 60’s, he started Elliott Construction focusing on dirt work such as digging basements, farm tiling, and water and sewer projects. He retired in 1992.

He enjoyed working with wood and especially enjoyed his Welsh ponies, raising and training several matched teams of his beautiful sorrel ponies.

David is survived by his son, Craig (Carol) Elliott of LeRoy, MN, his very special friend, Joyce Schmadeke of Livingston, TX, three nieces and three nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Arthur Elliott and his wife, Joyce.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are requested.

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Catherine D. Zeller ~ Kasson

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Zeller, Catherine Color

Catherine Darlene (aka Cathy) Zeller, age 79, died on Sunday evening, June 22, 2014 at her home in Kasson, Minnesota. She was born on December 22, 1934 to Gilbert and Frances (Salisbury) Steinhaus on a farm in Albany (no longer exists), Sheridan County, Nebraska.

Gilbert was a farm equipment mechanic for Alas Chalmers Co. and when WW II started in 1941, they moved to Ford Ord in Monterey, CA where he worked on tanks. Cathy started school there. After the war ended, Cathy’s family moved to Sacramento, CA where Cathy continued her schooling. Her brother, Donal, was born during this time.

On Labor Day, September 1950, she met Donald Zeller, who was stationed at Fairfield Suisun (now Travis) A.F.B. It was love at first sight for Don and Cathy when they double-dated with a friend of Cathy’s and her date, Robert Hegna from Hayfield, Minnesota. They all went to the State Fair in Sacramento. They dated and were married on April 6, 1952. Don was discharged from the Air Force in July, 1952. Cathy graduated from high school in 1953 and gave birth to a son, Rodney Dee, on August 6, 1953. Don worked for Cathy’s dad for a year before going to Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Milwaukee and Don procured a job at Radio Station WRIT as an engineer. On the first night of his work, April 23, 1955, Cathy gave birth to a baby girl, named Carol Lynn. The radio announcer spread it all over Milwaukee during his broadcast. Later the family returned to California and two more daughters were born; Gale DeAnne on April 29, 1959 and Lori Eileen on December 7, 1961. Cathy and Don resided in California for 43 years and were happily married for 62 years.

By trade, Cathy was a wonderful cook and was promoted to head kitchen supervisor in several institutions — including a college and nursing homes. She was a talented homemaker and enjoyed hobbies such as sewing, knitting and traveling. She had a successful business, “Cathy’s Embroidery”. Cathy eventually moved with her husband, Don, to Kasson, MN where she resided until her death.

Cathy was active in many organizations throughout her life including: former member and avid Sunday School teacher and choir member of the Oak Park Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA; former member of the Supreme Emblem Club of the Elks Lodge, Auburn, CA; member of the Elks Lodge Does Group, Rochester, MN; member of the Kasson American Legion Auxiliary, Kasson, MN; member of the Zwingli United Church of Christ where she participated in Faith Circle, the Berne Guild and the Swissfest, West Concord, MN.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Don, four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brother, Donal Steinhaus, of Security, CO and extended family members in California, Idaho, and Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cathy’s visitation will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Zwingli United Church of Christ, Berne, MN followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Pastor Victor Jortak officiating. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Berne Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Zwingli United Church of Christ or the Berne Cemetery Association, West Concord, MN.

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Einar Jorgensen ~ Kasson

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Jorgensen, Einar

Einar Jorgensen was born 90 years ago in Hukksund, Norway, to Hans and Kari Jorgensen, the Lord called him home Sunday, June 8, 2014.

At age two he came with his mother to join his father in the United States. After graduating from Madelia High School in 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served with the 99th Battalion Mountain Infantry. After discharge he joined his father and brother in the construction business. On Feb. 22, 1947, he married Marion Brekke in Madelia. His work in the construction business moved he and his family to Preston, Deer River and Byron before settling in a home he built in Kasson. He spent many years as a construction superintendent before retiring from A.E. Benike in 1986.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, traveling, and particularly woodworking, in addition to enjoying lutefisk and lefse. He was active in the church an always looked forward to participating in the Norwegian supper.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion; daughter, Karen (Dick) Swalla of Park Rapids; sons, David (Nancy) of Rochester and Paul (Roberta) of Lake City; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marian Spoolhoff of Eau Claire, Wis.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Karyl and brother, Norman.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave N.W., in Kasson, on Wednesday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no reviewal.

Funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson on Thursday, June 12, at 11 a.m., with Pastors Randy Fett and Nirmala Reinschmidt co-officiating. Visitation will also be for one hour before the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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

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