Archive for November, 2015


Dena M. Houston ~ Kasson

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Houston, Dena Color Edged

Dena Marie Houston, age 48, of Kasson passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, November 26, 2015, with her husband and father by her side following a brief bout with cancer.
Dena was born August 19, 1967, in Rochester, Minnesota. She lived in Byron before moving to Mantorville when she was 12 years old. She moved to Kasson with Mark Houston in 1986. They had two children, Alex and Samantha. They were married June 25, 1994.
Dena was an active member of the Kasson community. She was the president of her local TOPS chapter, a Sunday School teacher and along with Mark, promoted Crashmasters Demolition Derbies. Dena spent several years working at KJ’s Café in Byron, followed by several years working at two day care centers due to her love of children. Most recently, she was employed by Erdman’s County Market, where her smile brightened everyone’s day. Dena and Mark were BWCA enthusiasts and had just come back from an adventure there a week before she became ill.
Survivors include her husband Mark; one son, Alex Houston of Pine Island; one daughter, Samantha Houston of Kasson; her father, Bob Liedtke of Buffalo City, Wisconsin; one brother Gary (Rebecca) Liedtke of Owatonna; two sisters, Dawn (Stacy Lapoint) Liedtke of Coon Rapids and Kris Liedtke of Rochester; two nieces and four nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joanne Liedtke.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the church service. There will be no reviewal.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to them.

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Earl Stellmaker ~ Kasson

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Stellmaker, Earl

Earl George Stellmaker, 93, of rural Kasson, passed away peacefully at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN on Thursday, November 19, 2015.
Earl was born August 19, 1922 to George and Merle (Eppard) Stellmaker in rural Racine, Minnesota. At age 5, the family moved to a Mayo farm just west of Rochester, where they lived for most of Earl’s childhood. As an adult he had many jobs; the most memorable being as a bus driver for Rochester City Lines, working for IBM and later for the Mayo Clinic. He favorite place to be, however, was working on his farm in rural Kasson.
On October 24, 1953, he married Shirley Clarice Fjerstad of rural Kasson. The couple lived on the farm for most of their lives.
Earl is survived by his daughter, Claire (Nelson) of Kasson and his son, Brad (and wife, Suzi) of Story City, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Earl was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his brothers Harvey & Gerald; his sisters Edna, Marion, Clover, Della & Roberta; and his son-in-law, Rick Nelson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 120th Ave SW, Rural Kasson, MN, with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service and lunch will follow. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the South Zumbro Lutheran Church memorial fund.
Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Kasson, MN (507/634-2331) is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

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Linda Newman ~ Wahkon, MN

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Newman, Linda

Linda J. Newman (Hilliard – Paulson) died peacefully at Madonna Towers in Rochester, Minnesota on November 17, 2015 at the age of 72.
Linda is survived by her mother Evelyn Dostal of Kasson, loving husband Dean Newman, her children Curt Paulson of Kasson, Lynn (Tim) Pater of Byron, step-children Connie (Kevin) Canopy of Houltan WI, Jody (Mark) Olson of New Richmand WI, Tammy (John) Jackman of Harris MN, and Chrissy (Tom) Maun of California; sister Jeannette (Bill) Dostal of Alexandria, MN., 14 Grandchildren and 18 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father (Charles Hilliard) and one brother Randy Hilliard.
Linda was born on June 1, 1943 in Wasioja, MN. She enjoyed her family, visiting with friends and had many occasional trips to the casino. She was a dedicated and active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo, Minnesota.
There will be visitation at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN, on Friday, November 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be no reviewal. Funeral services will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Malmo, MN at 2:00 p.m on Saturday, November 21, with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00. Private burial will be at a later date at Withrow Cemetery, Withrow, MN.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later according to their wishes.
Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling arrangements on behalf of the family. Online condolences may be shared at

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Roberta Bradford ~ Kasson

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Bradford, Roberta

Roberta L. Bradford, 73, of Kasson died Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Mayo Clinic – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, MN.
She was born on January 7, 1942, to Clarence and Lucille (Herrley) Gladden in Kasson, MN. She was a 1960 graduate of Kasson-Mantorville High School and completed beauty school in the Twin Cities. She was a beautician in the Kasson-Mantorville area for 44 years.
On April 24, 1964, Roberta married Philip Howard Bradford in Kasson, MN. They have resided in Kasson for 51 years. She was a member of the Kasson United Methodist Church, co-chair of the United Methodist Women, a member of the Naomi Circle, served on the Memorial Committee and an avid volunteer in all activities held at the church. She was a past president and longtime member of the Mantorville Ladies VFW Auxiliary. Roberta’s greatest love was her family, she enjoyed watching her granddaughter’s in all of their activities, quilting & sewing with the Happy Sew & Tell Quilters, knitting & crocheting countless gifts for others, playing cards with her friends at the golf course, reading, fishing, camping, golfing, dining with her fellow Red Hat Uffda’s, canning, cooking countless holiday dinners, traveling and spending time in the warm Arizona sun with her husband.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Philip Howard Bradford of Kasson; Raegen (Lucky) Lurken of Mantorville; Donnae (Darin) Grabau of Kasson; Tara Bradford (Richard Kath) of Kasson; 4 granddaughters, Madison Grabau, Brooklyn Grabau, Alexandra Grabau & Kennedy Bradford. She is also survived by her brother, Clarence (Jeannie) Gladden Jr. of White Bear Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Charlotte Gladden, Audrey Vonch, Sharon Quam and Judy Morkre.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Kasson located at 801 – 5th Avenue NW and one hour prior to the service on Friday. There will be no reviewal.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, November 6, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Kasson, MN with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, MN, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later according to their own wishes.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Kasson. Online condolences may be shared at

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Leroy H. Witzel ~ Kasson

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Witzel, Leroy

Leroy H. Witzel, 89, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, October 29, 2015 as a resident of Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center, MN. He had been a resident there since May of 2013.
Leroy was born on November 8, 1925. He was a strong Christian all his life. Leroy enjoyed doing things for the church and was one of the early founders of the Community Celebration Church just outside of Kasson. Leroy owned and operated the Wayne’s Feed Store in Kasson in the early 50’s and had a portable feed grinding business where he would go to local farmers and grind their feed.
In 1969, Leroy bought a dairy farm in Clear Lake, Wisconsin where the family farmed until the late 70’s. Leroy sold the farm and moved back to SE Minnesota and semiretired. Even though he retired, he worked for farmers in the area, at the Byron school for a short period of time and at both the local Burger King and Kwik Trip in Kasson. Eventually, his health started failing, and he decided it was time to fully retire. He remained very active in his church after his retirement.
Leroy is survived by his wife, Pearl Witzel of Kasson; sons Gary (Korlee Bethke) Witzel of Menomonie, WI and Wayne (Elaine Anderson) Witzel of Lake City, MN; daughter Karen (Bill) Wagner of Little Rock, AR; sister Doris (Arnold) Severson of Hayfield, MN and brother Dale (Dorthy) Witzel of Kasson. He is also survived by six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Roy and Laura Witzel of Kasson, MN; brother Donald Witzel of Bryan, TX and a great-grandson, Brody Rother of Hager City, WI.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3, at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 4, at 11:00 AM at the Community Celebration Church, 27337 County Highway 34, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Steve Larson officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute per their wishes at a later time.

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