Archive for December, 2014


Twila Goodman ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Goodman, Twila

Twila A. Goodman, 86, of Kasson, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Hospital of natural causes. 

Twila was born in Rochester on Dec. 28, 1928, the daughter of John and Helen Nelson. Twila graduated from Byron High School in 1947. She married Charles Edward Goodman of Byron on June 8, 1947. They were married for 64 years and had five children. Twila worked as a telephone operator on the switchboard in Byron. She worked at Erdman’s grocery store in Mantorville. She then went to work at the Dodge County Courthouse for 26 years. Upon her retirement, she enjoyed being president of the TOPS club in Kasson, and was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Her last few years she thoroughly enjoyed her time as secretary at the Sunwood Senior Citizens Center in Kasson, visiting and sharing meals with friends, playing cards and bingo!

She is survived by two sons, John Charles (Lynda) of Mantorville and James Allan (Teresa) of Hayfield; two daughters, Judy Ann Goodman of Byron and Jean Marie Goodman of Byron; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Virgil Nelson of Rochester; and sister, LaVonne Ermeloff of Oronoco.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Goodman; her parents, John and Helen Nelson; son, Joel Edward Goodman; brother, Jarl Nelson; and two sisters, Darlene Strain and Shirley Ann Nelson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. NW in Kasson, with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in rural Rochester. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

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Kary L. Garvey ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Garvey, Kary

Kary Lynn Garvey passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was born January 17, 1966 in Ada, MN to Wendel and Marjorie (Holmen) Corbett.  Kary graduated from Aurora/Hoyt Lakes High School in 1984 and the University of North Dakota in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and bachelor of arts degree in marketing. 

After graduating, she moved to Rochester, MN in December of 1988.  On January 7, 1989, she married Russel Garvey in Grand Forks, ND.
The couple moved to Mantorville, MN in 1993.

Kary worked at IBM as a computer programer and most recently for CTG in the IBM Software support center.

Kary enjoyed hockey, quilting and was very active with all of her children’s activities.

Kary is survived by her husband Russel, daughter Brooke, son Jacob, four brothers: Ken, Brad, Brent and Kevin, father Wendell and step-mother Kaye.

Kary was preceded in death by mother, Marjorie Corbett.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 West Main, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to:  Sisters of St Francis/CASFA, 1001 14th ST NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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Joyce Alberts ~ Mantorville

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Joyce Alberts, 79, of Mantorville passed away Sunday, December 28 at her home.

Joyce was born January 5, 1935 in Minnesota City to Edward and Hazel Stewart.  She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1953.

On September 21, 1953, she married Donald Alberts and moved to a farm north of Mantorville.  Joyce worked as a bookkeeper for various places as well as helped on the farm.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald, three children, Laurie (Scott) Lund of Blaine, Debbie Alberts of Mantorville, and Wayne (Tammy) Alberts also of Mantorville; six grandchildren; eight great-grand children; and two sisters, Janette Felger of Byron and Ann Wilke of Kasson.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ramona Peabody and Hazel Paulsen.

Joyce was strong in her faith and spent many hours volunteering.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, served as a Deaconess, as well as other positions at the church.  Joyce also loved gardening, canning, baking and spending time with grandchildren, friends and family.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11am at the First Congregational Church in Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the First Congregational Church of Mantorville.

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Lyle Fiegel ~ Kasson

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

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Lyle Fiegel, 92, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson, Minnesota.

He was born at the family farm southeast of Kasson on September 8, 1922, to Oliver and Vivian (Tucker) Fiegel. Lyle completed country school through the eighth grade and then began farming on the family farm with his father. For many years, they had dairy cattle and hogs along with corn, soybeans, hay, and oats. He sold Funks Seed Corn in the 1940s and 1950s. Later he farmed with his son and grandson. He liked to dance and going to dance halls. Lyle married Alice Johnson of Kasson on June 16, 1944, and was later divorced.

Lyle loved farming and was able to continue farming until he was 85 years old. He moved to Prairie Meadows Senior Living in September 2010. He enjoyed going for rides to see the progress of crops and how the harvest was coming along. He loved looking at farming magazines and talking about farming. He also enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Lyle is survived by his son, Jerry (Coralie) Fiegel of Kasson; daughter, Diane (Charles) Dick of Rochester; sister, Catherine Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; four grandchildren, Julie (Dennis) Mattila of Watertown, Wisconsin; Joseph Fiegel of Kasson; Stephen Dick of Seattle, Washington; Andrew Dick of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; a nephew, John Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; and special friend Sharon Rieken. Lyle is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law George Roberts.

His body was donated to the Mayo Foundation for research and education at his request.

A gathering will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 2, 2015, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Kasson assisted the family with arrangements.

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Bernette Kellar ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Bernette Kellar was born December 14, 1922 in Kasson to Clarence and Josie Himle. She grew up in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1940.

After high school she was employed at Davidson Loan Company in Minneapolis. In 1947 she returned to Rochester and was employed at Mayo Clinic for 14 years. After that she was employed for many years at the Kasson-Mantorville Telephone Company.

She married Kenneth Kellar on March 2, 1957 at the little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters Alice and Joan. She is survived by her step-daughters Barbara Kellar of Coon Rapids, MN, Kathleen (Buddy) Martinez of Kasson, grandsons Todd (Jeri) Ness and Craig (Victoria) Ness of Kasson, three great grandsons and a great granddaughter, nephews Jim Kisro, John Kisro and nieces Jody Carlson, Jill O’Neill.

In accordance with her request, there will be no reviewal or visitation and her body will be cremated. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

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Virginia Blaine ~ Kasson

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Blaine, Virginia

Virginia M. Blaine, 92, of Kasson, passed away at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Virginia M. Hegna was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Sargeant. She married Clark Blaine on June 1, 1940, in Osage, Iowa. Mr Blaine died in 2003. Virginia was active in the Boston Cafe, Ranch Motel and Horizon Construction until retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson since 1946.

Virginia loved reading, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, family genealogy, traveling with her husband and cooking. Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Blaine of Kasson; a son, Carter (Kathy) Blaine of Rochester; one grandson, Jon (Rebecca) Blaine of Kasson; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Nick) DeFrang of Rochester, Carly (Samone Derks) Blaine of Seattle, Wash., and Lindsey (Phil Carlson) Blaine of Rochester; she has four great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Taylor Blaine of Kasson and Charlie and Claire DeFrang of Rochester.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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

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