Archive for October, 2014


Allan N. Johnson ~ Dodge Center

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Allan Norman Johnson, 92, of Dodge Center, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center.

Allan was born May 28, 1922 in Dodge Center, to Henry Louis Johnson and Ethel Minnie (Clark) Johnson.  He married Beth Irene (Woodward) Johnson on September 10, 1941.

Allan was a lover of animals, working his small hobby farm most of his life, giving it up only recently.  Allan had an incredible work ethic, working for many local farmers in the Concord, MN area.  He also worked at the Wasioja Creamery, Wanamingo Cheese Factory, OMC and finally McNeilus Steel where he continued to work until calling it quits in 2009.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great-grandchildren whom he adored.

Allan is survived by his wife, Beth; sons Larry Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Gary (Jeannie) Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; daughter Judy Boyer of Dodge Center, MN; grandchildren, Kate (Faron) Staffon of Dodge Center, MN; Stephanie (Michael) Cappelletti of Cambridge, MA; Jaime (Scot) French of Edina, MN; Michael (Christy) Boyer of Rochester, MN;
Kim Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Tim (Karlene) Johnson of Mazeppa, MN; and Jim (Heather) Johnson of Wasioja, MN; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Haley Staffon; Maxx and Xander Cappelletti; Avery, Hadley and Cambrie French; Zachary, Sydney, Melanie, Jonathan and Jacob Boyer; Cruz, Cori (Brian) Robinson, Emily and Ally Gunderson; Corbin Johnson, and Dillanjer Johnson.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Douglas Norman Johnson and great-grandson Isaac Boyer.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the Faith Community Church, 305 State Street, West Concord, MN, with Pastor David Breederland officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center, MN.

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

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

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Beverly Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Friday, October 24th, 2014


Beverly J. Poffenberger, 77, of Kasson, died October 13, 2014 at Francis House, in Syracuse, New York.

Beverly was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Hayfield, to Curtis and Edna (Lee) Lee.  She attended school in Hayfield. She married Gaylord Poffenberger on Oct. 6, 1956. They resided in Kasson and also 31/2 years at their lake home in Pine City, MN. She worked at the Pinnacle restaurant in the Kahler Hotel, and also at the Kasson State Bank for many years when she retired.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending every weekend at their cabin in Pine City. Her and Gaylord loved following the MN Twins and MN Vikings. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Roger) Ellingson of Syracuse, NY, one grandson Benjamin (Shawna Bowman) Rendler,  of Rochester; one granddaughter Jennifer (Gabe Jerome) of Berkshire, NY; three great-grandchildren, Madison and Austin Rendler of Faribault; and Tristan Jerome of Berkshire, NY; six sisters, Donna (Junior) Jorgenson of Hayfield, Glenda (Eugene) Schwemmer of Dexter, Carol Bassett of Rochester, Kathryn (Jim) Annis of Rochester, Bonnie (Jeff) Hinkle of Stewartville, and Wendy (Jeff) Puller of Kenyon,  one brother, Dale (Jody) Lee of Racine and several nieces and nephews. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband Gaylord,  and her parents. Beverly also had an extended family in NY; Kathy Burlin, Marybeth Sorber, and Annie, Becky, Sally, Vicki, Mary Jane, Rena, Ella, Sisters, Kathleen, Ida and Kathleen B, from Francis House and Mike, Vicki, and Lindsey from Hospice, she loved you dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014, at St John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave. N.W. in Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating.

Visitation will be held from  5 p.m. to 7p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the church and one hour prior to the memorial service at the church on Friday. There will be no reviewal. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetary in Mantorville.

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Viola “Vi” Meitzner ~ Kasson

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Meitzner, Viola

Viola “Vi” A. Meitzner, 94, of Kasson passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Prairie Meadows Sr. Living in Kasson.

Vi was born on April 22, 1920 in McPherson Township in Blue Earth County, MN to Omer and Alma (Lindenburger) Bolinger. Vi married Wilfred Meitzner on May 5, 1936 in Faribault and moved to Mantorville, living above the Hubbell House. She worked at Erdman’s Grocery in Mantorville and also cooked meals for the workers at the Mantorville Brewery. With her desire to cook, Wilfred and Vi moved to Claremont and leased the first Coffee Cup Cafe in the early 1950’s and then purchased and opened up the second Coffee Cup Cafe down the block.

In May of 1967, Vi, Wilfred and family moved to Kasson. She continued driving back and forth to Claremont until she sold the Coffee Cup Cafe in April of 1973. From 1977 to 1980, she was the Welcome Hostess to new families moving to the City of Kasson. In 1980, she returned to the restaurant business and was a waitress and hostess at Daniel’s Restaurant in Kasson. She worked at Daniel’s for 18 years, retiring in 1998 at the age of 78.

Vi’s pastimes were enjoying her family, spoiling her grandchildren, worked in her flower beds and fishing at her little pink cabin up on Lake Sibley.

Vi is survived by her children, Connie (Gary) Wobig and John (June) Meitzner; grandsons, Brad (Amy) Wobig, Brant (Kristin) Wobig and Christopher Meitzner; great-grandsons, Charlie and Jake Wobig; sister Darlene Munson, formerly of Owatonna, and many nieces and nephews.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents, Omer & Alma Bolinger; step-mom Polly Bolinger; husband Wilfred Meitzner; two infant children; brother Galen Bolinger; sister Donna Mork and baby sister Lavonne Marlene Bolinger.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 22 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave. NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Clint Patterson officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Owatonna, MN.

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David Austinson ~ Kasson

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Austinson, David

David Allen Austinson, 53, was surrounded by his family as he passed from this world into eternal life, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, following a short recurrent illness with cancer.

He was born in Riceville, Iowa, and made his home with his family in Kasson for the last 27 years. He was employed at the Mayo Clinic for 25 years.

His passions in life were his God, his family, the Minnesota State Fair, and his love of sports – especially the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Dave was a great family man and friend to many. He will be deeply missed.

He leaves behind his wife, Barb of 27 years; two sons, Andrew and grandson, Arnez of Minneapolis; and Derrick of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his parents, Delmar and Barbara Austinson of Mason City, Iowa; two sisters, Jenelle (Gary) Pierce of Lake Mills, Iowa, Gwendolyn (Jonathon) Meyer of Grain Valley, Mo.; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. N.W. in Kasson, and one hour prior to the service on Monday.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. A lunch will follow in the fellowship hall after the service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Delavan later in the day.


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Beverly Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The visitation for Beverly Poffenberger will be Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson, MN.   Funeral services will be at the church on Friday, October 31, at 11:00 am.


The full obituary will follow as available.

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