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Eileen Rossman O’Brien ~ Kasson

Monday, April 25th, 2016

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A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on May 7 at Christ the King Catholic Church at 202 4th St NW in Byron with Rev. Paul Surprenant officiating. A rosary will be said at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 6. Burial will be in St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Mantorville. Visitation will be at Christ the King Catholic Church on May 6 from 4 to 7 and 1 hour before the services at the church. Following the visitation on Friday, a rosary will be said. Eileen, age 92, died on Friday, April 22, 2016.
 
Eileen Rossman was born on September 6, 1923 at White Lake, SD to Leo and Elizabeth (Wagner) Rossman. Her family moved to MN near Rochester in 1931. She graduated from 8th grade at County School Dist 106 and graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School in 1941. In Sept of 1944, she and her sister Margaret enlisted in the Navy WAVES. They took their basic training at Hunter College in New York, their hospital training at Bethesda, MD, and then were assigned to the Naval Hospital at Corpus Christi, TX as hospital corpsmen. They were honorably discharged in April 1946 as Pharmacists 2/C.
 
On May 7, 1947, Eileen was married to Francis O’Brien at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rochester by Fr. Louis O’Day. The couple farmed in Byron and Kasson area. They had 10 children.
 
Eileen is survived by her loving husband Francis, children: Kathleen (Leonard) Carlson of New Brighton, Rose (Loren) Nienow of Plainview, Frances Ann Thorpe of Kasson, Bonnie (Stephen) Kalmes of Rollingstone, Teresa (Randy) Ness of Kasson, Thomas (Chris) O’Brien of Dodge Center, Patrick (Emma) O’Brien of Kasson, John (Lisa) O’Brien of Rochester, Mary (Ronald) Whiteaker of Kasson, 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, brother William (Sylvia) Rossman of Eyota, sisters Ann (William) Herman of Red Bluff, CA, Mary Rossman, Patricia (Harlan) Hebig, brother-in-law John Daywitt and sister-in-law Virginia Rossman all of Rochester.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Tim, great-granddaughter Katherine Gillis, brother Robert Rossman and sisters Margaret Jones and Rita Daywitt.
 
She was a charter member of Christ the King and was very active in church affairs. She was very dedicated to saying the Rosary before mass. Eileen was a dedicated wife and mother. She loved family gatherings and all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
She and Francis loved old time and square dancing. Her chocolate chip cookies and vegetable beef soup were family favorites.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefer memorials to Christ the King Church or St. Margaret’s Cemetery.


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Ellen Boyum ~ Kasson

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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Ellen, 83, was born in Minneapolis, MN to parents Albert and Ethel Johnson. Ellen was the youngest of six siblings with four brothers Albert, William, Lee, Richard and one sister Florence. Ellen lived in various Twin City locations until she moved to Kasson to live with her brother Lee who was teaching school. Ellen graduated from Kasson High School in 1950.
 
Ellen married Glenn Boyum on June 4, 1950. Ellen and Glenn moved into the current residence that year. Ellen was a Kasson resident for 66 years. Four children filled their hearts and home over the next 11 years- Sharon (Dallas Ness), David (Kim), Sandee (Doug Kimble) and Kristine (Keith Knutson). Ellen was blessed with and enjoyed 12 grandchildren Marlo, Katie, Maggie, Rachel, Jeremy, Glenn, Lee, Mark, Adam, Corey, Andrew and Zachary along with 12 great grandchildren Gabe, Laney, Miles, Aiden, Addy, Austin, Bode, Jordy, Jaxon, Aidan, Scarlett and Charlotte.
 
On early vacations the family camped in Yellowstone National Park, Montana, Colorado and Washington DC. This was before tent camping was a popular family activity as Ellen remembered going to three different camp grounds in Yellowstone before finding someone to camp next to.
Later vacations included trips to resorts in Northern Minnesota with Joe’s Lodge in Bemidji a favorite retreat. Ellen and Glenn celebrated their 25th Wedding anniversary in Hawaii. The family also recalls great trips to Florida.
 
Ellen was a competitive golfer and captured many trophies from the Zumbro Valley Ladies League. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends during card club night. However Ellen’s real hobby passion was quilting and knitting. Ellen created with cloth and yarn the way some people paint portraits. Every family member appreciated the quilts, scarves, hats, sweaters and pillow cases Ellen created. Ellen also knitted prayer shawls for the Lutheran Church. Ellen was also an avid reader.
Ellen was a long standing member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. She participated in making Lefse and serving the Lutefisk supper….a long standing tradition at St. Johns. Ellen and Glenn joined other church members on a trip to Norway where they visited the town of Boyum. Souvenir Boyum stones were found secured in a canister in their home.
 
Ellen had many careers – Homemaker, Health and Beauty Aid shelf stocker and the Keebler cookie lady.
 
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, and all of her siblings.
 
Funeral celebration will be 2:00 pm on Sunday May 1, 2016 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 service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN.
In Lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to The Kasson Public Library and St. John’s Lutheran Church.


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Evelyn L. Suhr ~ Mantorville

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Suhr, Evelyn

Evelyn Lavonne Suhr, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Thursday morning, April 7th, at the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center where she had resided for 16 days. She had been a resident at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson since August of 2012.
 
Evelyn was born Christmas Eve, 1924, to Alvera M. (Peterson) and Walter C. Wyttenbach at their Milton Township family farm home in Dodge County. She was the third of their six children. Her formal education began at the nearby Milton Country School and continued at the Mantorville High School. She was the last surviving member of her 1942 graduating class. After High School, she was employed at the Rochester Bottling Company and then in Mantorville rationing scarce goods for Dodge County residents during World War II.
 
She was united in marriage to Wayne H. Suhr of Mantorville on Friday, October 13th, 1944, at the Wyttenbach Family Farm. As Wayne served his country with the US Navy, she accompanied him to various Naval Bases on the East Coast. They returned to Minnesota after the war, becoming the third Suhr generation to operate Zumbro Valley Farms in Mantorville Township. Evelyn and Wayne worked side by side on the farms until moving to Mantorville in 1980.
 
While working hard, they also prioritized time for family, friends and church.
Evelyn was a very active and faithful member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville, serving as a teacher, camp counselor, Women’s Fellowship member and host for the Berean Bible Study. She and Wayne also participated in several farm-related organizations including 4-H (serving as a leader), 6-H, and neighborhood card clubs. She was also a charter member of the Mantorville Senior Citizens and a member or the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Evelyn enjoyed ceramics, cooking, canning, and caring for her lawn and gardens. She took a great interest in feeding the birds, especially bluebirds and cardinals. She was an incredibly gracious and caring wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to many; Evelyn will be dearly missed.
 
Eveyln was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne on March 26, 1982, sisters Dorothy Anderson and Phyllis Helmbrecht, and brothers Warren “Bud” and Jim Wyttenbach. She is survived by: her 4 children— Mike (Rollie) of Minneapolis, Jerry of Kasson, Ginny (Sam) Basseen of Oak Ridge, TN., and Don (Terri) of Mantorville; her brother, Daryl (Belva) Wyttenbach, of Magnolia, DE, sister-in-law Joy Suhr of North Platte, NE, and brother-in-law Lloyd (Betty) Suhr of Carmichael, CA; nine grandchildren-Stacy Ann Suhr of Claymont, DE, Adam (Stacy) Suhr of Kiester, MN, MaryBeth (Ramon) Espinoza of Kasson, Mandy (Nathan) Suhr-Sytsma of Decatur, GA, Alisha (Jason) Thompson of Fayetteville, GA, Nathan (Kristin) Basseen of Brentwood, TN, Joel and Jason Suhr of rural Mantorville and Becky (Jacob) Schutz of Minneapolis ; sixteen great grandchildren; and 30 nieces and nephews.
 
Evelyn’s Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place Saturday, April 30th, at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN at 11:00am with visitation one hour prior to the service with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the First Congregational Church or the charity of choice in memory of Evelyn.


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Margaret J. “Muggs” Glidden ~ Former Rochester, MN Resident

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Glidden, Margaret

Margaret J. “Muggs” Glidden, 80, of Tuscumbia, Alabama, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 with family by her side. She was born December 23, 1935 in Kasson, Minnesota.
 
Margaret worked her entire career as a surgical technician at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN and later in Scottsdale, AZ. She was married to William Glidden and they were later divorced.
 
She particularly liked to bake sugar cookies, rosettes and banana cream pies. Margaret loved gardening, hiking, going to hockey games with her son and watching any kind of sport on television.
 
She is survived by sons Terry (Cathy) and John Troy; sister Barbara (Donald); brothers Milton (Marcia), Richard (Prudence) and Philip; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 
A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon at the Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN. There will be no reviewal.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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