Archive for July, 2014


Nancy Brannan ~ Kasson

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Brannan, Nancy


Nancy Brannan passed away July 25, 2014 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield at the age of 74 surrounded by her family.   She was born Aug. 26, 1939 to Amos (Pete) and Marion (Hemingway) Kirkland in Mantorville Twp. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1957. Nancy married Cecil Brannan on Oct. 8, 1960 at the Kasson United Methodist Church. They lived in the Kasson area all their married life. Nancy worked in the Olmsted County Welfare office from 1957 until 1963, when she started her family and became a full time homemaker.

Nancy enjoyed getting together with family and friends. She also enjoyed working with her flowers and loved to bake, cook, and watch the birds. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kasson.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Cecil; two sons Michael (Bette) Brannan of Bloomington, MN and Kirk (Gina) Brannan of Rochester, MN; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and one       brother, Larry Kirkland of Byron, MN.      She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Kirkland.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 30th at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue N.W. in Kasson, with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.                                                                                                                                                             Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church of Kasson, or a place of your choice.

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Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson ~ Kasson

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Sorenson, Gen



Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson, 83 of Kasson, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Genevieve May Josselyn was born on March 25, 1931 in Rochester to Lynn and Margaret (Heins) Josselyn. She attended country school and graduated from Rochester High School. On January 6, 1956, Gen married Philip Nelse Sorenson in Rochester. She and Phil met at the PlaMor Ballroom as Phil played trumpet with the Polka Dots Band. Phil died on February 20th, 1981, one month after their 25th wedding anniversary. Gen continued to live in Kasson, retiring from Mayo in 1994. She was a member of Kasson United Methodist Church, Miriam Circle, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, AFS, Faith in Action and Meals on Wheels.

Gen enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, cheering on the Minnesota Twins, playing cards, traveling by ground transportation and her “mission work”. She was the historian for the Heins family for many years. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

Gen is survived by her son Alan (Jodene) Sorenson, Patricia (Randy) Wilbur and Sally (Chuck) Coleman all of Kasson. Her grandchildren Christopher (Aimee) Wilbur of Rochester; Courtney Wilbur of Kasson; Amanda Sorenson of Kasson; Anna Coleman and Amber Coleman of Kasson; great granddaughter, Avaya May of Kasson. She is also survived by brothers and sisters Richard (Dobby) Josselyn, Betty (Harvey) Holtan, Ronald Josselyn, Marlynn (Jerry) Brown, Marjorie Heckman and sister-in-law Margaret Josselyn. Gen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Phil; two brothers: Lowell (Jim) Josselyn and Larry Josselyn and sister-in-law Charlotte Josselyn.

Visitation will be held July 31st, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm and one hour before the service at the Kasson United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held on August 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Kasson United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. The family prefers memorial to the United Methodist Church.

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Ronald “Ron” D. Jones ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014



Ronald D. Jones, 66, of Mantorville, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.


Ron was born on May 28, 1948, in Liberal, KS, to Fred and Bonnie (Fessler) Jones. He graduated from Liberal High School in 1966 and went on to electronics school in Kansas City, KS. From 1967 to 1971, Ron served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a radio operator, including a year spent in Vietnam. After leaving the military as a staff sergeant, he returned to the Mantorville area and was employed by the local gas company for 6 years and K-M Telecom for 30 years. Before retiring in 2010, Ron worked at Home Depot in Rochester. His retirement was spent doing all of his favorite hobbies. Ron continued to be an amateur ham radio operator making contacts all over the world, spent quiet days flying remote control model airplanes, or could be found in his woodworking shop. In recent years, Ron and Betty, his wife of 28 years, visited Alaska, Arizona, South Dakota, New Zealand, and Australia, sharing their love of travel. They also enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, Brody and Chloe.


Ron is survived by his wife, Betty, of Mantorville; her children, Pam (Dan) Herrley Kucera, of Faribault, and Jeff Herrley, of Dodge Center; grandchildren, Brody and Chloe Kucera, of Faribault; and many friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Avenue NW, in Kasson with Pastor Nirmalla Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution according to their wishes at a later time.

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Alice Dorothy Coffman ~ Byron, MN

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Alice Dorothy Coffman, 94, of Byron, MN passed away on July 1, 2014. Alice was born in Byron, MN on June 28, 1920.  Alice was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, crocheting, and bird watching.  She was an active member of the United Methodist Church.


Alice is survived by four daughters:  Joyce Bacon of Rosemount, MN, Charlotte Roble (Roy) of Byron, MN, Rosalie Borgschatz (Bernie) of Byron, MN and Joan Hodge (Jim) of Duluth, MN; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.  Alice was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son Jerry, son-in-law Don, one brother, one sister, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one great-great grandchild.


Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, 507 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Beth Perez officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Byron United Methodist Church or Prairie Meadows Sr. Living, 800 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.

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