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Layton L. Meyer ~ Kasson

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Meyer, Layton

Layton L. “Duke” Meyer passed away at Season’s Hospice in rural Rochester on Friday, May 27th, 2016, at the age of 84. Blessed has been the life of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
 
Layton was born on July 14th, 1931 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Albert R. and Esther M. (Kirkwood) Meyer. He attended and then graduated from Foley High School in 1949 where he was a standout athlete, also enjoying the opportunity to play amateur baseball throughout Minnesota. He moved to Kasson after graduating and worked at various jobs prior to going to working and retiring from Culligan after 28 years of service.
 
Layton married Dolores E. Vail on April 19th, 1953 and they made rural Kasson their home until the times of their deaths. “Papa” Meyer deeply loved his family – his three children and their spouses, his five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He enjoyed following sports, especially when he was able to attend the softball, baseball, volleyball, or soccer events involving his grandkids. He was an avid gardener who frequently shared the bounty with his friends and neighbors. His hobbies included hunting deer and upland game, playing golf and card games, woodworking and framing, and watching/reading anything with a “Western” theme, particularly John Wayne films or Zane Grey works.
 
“Duke” is survived by his children; sons, Lon (Sara), Lee (Ann), and a daughter, Lorelle (Glenn) Betha, all of the Kasson Mantorville area; grandchildren, Jessica, Katelyn (Peter) Christopherson, Ashleigh (Tom) Bergman, Charlton, and Stephanie; and three great-children, twins Natalie and Evan Meyer, and Cohen Christopherson; and many nieces and nephews.
 
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores, his parents, his sister Elaine and his brother, Paul.
 
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. There will be no reviewal and friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service the day of the funeral.
 
The family requests memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Season’s Hospice in Rochester.


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Donald E. Alberts ~ Rural Mantorville

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Alberts, Don

Donald died peacefully Sunday, May 22 at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after a lengthy illness.
 
He was born in Mantorville Township to Klaus Sr. and Henrietta Alberts. Don attended Cumberland Country School and graduated from Mantorville High School. In September of 1953, he married Joyce Stewart and together were blessed with three children who they raised on the farm in rural Mantorville. He was a member of the Civil Defense and Farm Bureau. Don retired from farming in 1999. For a brief time, Don sold real estate for One Stop Realty.
 
Don’s interests were traveling, attending farm shows and he always enjoyed a good auction. Some of the travels were to Europe, Arizona and a good road out east. With the camper, trips were to local camp sites and a highlight trip was with camping friends to Alaska and Canada.
 
The local Mason Chapter 11 had Don as a member for over 50 years. He served in several positions during his tenure.
 
Donald was preceded in death by his loving wife Joyce, his parents Klaus and Henrrietta (Raddatz) Alberts, siblings Marion Burdick, Nelda Campbell, Orvis Alberts, Margaret Biel, and Jean Threinen.
 
Surviving family include siblings Roberta Meddleton, Nadine Larson, Klaus Alberts Jr., Arlene Franz and Carolyn Holmquist; daughters Laurie (Scott) Lund, Debra Alberts and son Wayne (Tammy) Alberts. He also has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 
Donald’s funeral service will be at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, where he was a lifetime member, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. A Masonic Service will also be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville following the service.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First Congregational Church or to the Kasson-Mantorville Masonic Lodge #11.
 
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Kasson, 507/634-2331, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Katherine Bell-Swenson ~ Kasson

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Bell, Katherine

Katherine Bell-Swenson died May 20, 2016 at Prairie Meadows SLC in Kasson, MN. The former Katherine Blatti was born February 6, 1920 in Milton Township, Dodge County, MN. She attended the Mantorville School and lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Henry Schleeter.
 
She married Carroll Bell on August 26, 1936. They lived in Byron until the time of her husband’s death on March 23, 1989. They had three children; Calvin, Orlie and Jean. On October 24, 1992, she married Emmeth Swenson of New Richland and moved to Ellendale, MN.
 
Katherine was an assistant cook in the Byron School System. For four of those years, she was cafeteria manager. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in the dietary department. She then served as secretary of the Byron Review from 1975-1976. She was an active member of the Byron United Methodist Church, the Byron Legion Auxiliary where she was a Gold Star Mother and the Zumbro Valley Grange.
 
After she retired from St. Mary’s Hospital, she joined their retirement club. Kay was also active in SEMCAC at Ellendale. She was a very active in volunteer work. She always maintained her allegiance to the town of Byron.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert & Katherine Blatti; six brothers, Lawrence, Melvin, Garfield, George, Ed and Harold; her son Orlie who was a Navy Fireman 1st Class and died August 12, 1962; daughter Jean who died February 6, 1962; husband Carroll Bell who died on March 23, 1989 and husband Emmeth Swenson who died on October 25, 2005.
 
She is survived by her son, Calvin of Seekonk, MA; his son Brian, wife Jessica and their son Garrett of Dickinson, ND; sister-in-law Leona Blatti of Kasson and many nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services will be at the United Methodist Church, 507 First Ave NW, Byron, MN on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Beth Perez officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the Byron Cemetery after which refreshments will be served at the church.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Mayo Hospice, the United Methodist Church, Byron or a charity of your choice.


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Margaret L. “Maggie” Currier – Mantorville

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Currier, Margaret Color

Margaret L. (Maggie) Currier, 95, of rural Mantorville passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Pine Haven Care Center, Pine Island, MN.
 
Maggie Lou was born August 14, 1920, in Olmsted County to Harry and Agatha (Campbell) Dehn. In 1938, she graduated from Byron High School. Maggie Lou earned her RN nursing degree from the Rochester State Hospital.
 
She wed Howard “Pete” Currier on November 6, 1942. They made their home on the Currier Farm and raised 8 children. She resided there all her life. Maggie was a lifetime member of the First Congregational Church, Mantorville. While there she taught Sunday School and belonged to the Night Circle. She was also a member of the Bethel Birthday Club.
 
Maggie chose to live her life by saying her prayers, loving those in her presence, full of pride for her children and grandchildren, telling the best stories, welcoming all for a visit and a piece of cheese, saying “I love you”, laughing and having the most amazing faith in our Lord and Savior. She will be dearly missed by many.
 
Survivors include her children, Kay Johnson of Eagan, MN, Susan (Bill) Gay of El Centro, CA, Tom (Micheale) Currier of St. Paul, MN, Ike (Brenda) Currier of Kasson, MN, Jay Currier of Mantorville, MN, Mary Benson of Byron, MN and Ben Currier of Mantorville, MN; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Daniel; her parents; her brother, Bill Dehn and two sons-in-law, Jim Benson and Dave Johnson.
 
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:30 am with a visitation one hour prior. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
 
The family prefers memorials to the First Congregational Church – Mantorville or Evergreen Cemetery – Mantorville.


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Charles “Chuck” M. Juhnke ~ Rochester

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Juhnke, Chuck

Charles Michael Juhnke, “Chuck”, was born November 23, 1954, in Brookings, South Dakota to Jeannine and Rollins Juhnke. He died at age 61 on May 16, 2016 at his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his mother Jeannine and his brother Scott.
 
Chuck spent his earliest years in Red Wing, Minnesota, where his father worked as a pharmacist. In 1959, he moved with his family to Kasson, Minnesota. Chuck completed elementary through high school years in the Kasson-Mantorville school system. Throughout high school he excelled in cross county running, and playing his trumpet. He performed in the All Star Band, and received the John Phillip Sousa Award. In track he was on the All-Conference Team three years in a row.
He continued running when he started his secondary education at Golden Valley College, and traveled with his cross-country team to Oregon to compete. His time at Golden Valley was interrupted when it was discovered Chuck had a brain tumor. He had surgery and cobalt treatment at Mayo Clinic. After recovery he transferred to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Luther, Chuck took a safari trip to Kenya, Africa. He enjoyed this trip thoroughly and took many slides and photos. He loved to give presentations to others so he could show his slides and talk about this grand adventure.
 
He formed the idea of becoming a school teacher and entered Saint Cloud State University for additional training. Student teaching was an eye-opener; teaching suited him, but not in that setting. His seasonal jobs were with the Rochester branch of the Department of Natural Resources, and since his primary interest was as a naturalist, it seemed to be a good fit for him. He gave cave tours and lectures at Forestville State Park, and completed a plant survey of the park. At Frontenac State Park he created signage for park trails, lectured, and did another plant survey for that park; he collected and preserved plant samples. He led exploration tours looking for certain plants at specific times of the growing season. He was a “Birder” who kept lists of birds seen every year, and had a Life-List of all birds he had ever seen. Each new sighting was an occasion for celebration. His lectures on the night birds were very popular at the parks. Chuck became a permanent seasonal employee for the DNR.
 
Off-season was the time for biking, running, and cross country skiing. He skied the Vasa Loppet at Mora, Minnesota and the American Birkebeiner at Cable/Hayward, Wisconsin. Chuck taught cross county skiing for all ages with the Rochester Community Education program, and loved creating excitement for the sport with beginner skiers. He was also fascinated with astronomy and spent many night hours searching the skies through his telescope. On the other end of the spectrum was his interest in fossils. Anyone who had a like interest was taken to his favorite spots for fossil hunting.
 
At age 49, Chuck suffered a major stroke which left him permanently weakened on his right side. His dear friends continued to drive him to birding spots, and helped him participate in Annual Bird Counts. It was a major adjustment for him to adapt to such a limited way of life. He liked to do Sudoku puzzles and to watch Jeopardy on television. If the Vikings were playing on TV, visitors or phone calls were frowned upon.
 
Chuck is survived by his father Rollins Juhnke, his step-mother LeVuo Juhnke, his sister Laura Delva, his brother-in-law Tony Delva, step-sister Chris Pape, step-brother Derek (Angela) Schmidt, step-brother David (Karin) Schmidt, several cousins, and many faithful friends.
 
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, Minnesota on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11 am 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.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them to be distributed per their wishes at a later time.


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Betty O. Holmquist ~ Former Kasson Resident

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Holmquist, Betty

The celebration of Betty’s, long and loved filled, life will take place on 9 May 2016 at 5:00pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Dana O’Brian officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will directly follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. A reception will follow immediately at the Mantorville Saloon.
 
Betty passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Hubert, NC. She was surrounded by friends, with her dog by her side.
 
Betty was born 7 Sept 1927 to Kermit and Edith Hovden in Ridgeway, IA, the oldest of four children. She graduated High School in Spring Valley in 1946.
 
She worked at the Hormel Meat Plant in Austin, where she met her husband Willard E. (Bill) Holmquist. They were married in July 1951. They had two children. Pamela (deceased) and Michelle (Shelly) who is a retired 1st Sgt, USMC and is the current owner of Medals to Honor, Inc. in Hubert, NC.
 
Betty worked for many years as an employee and manager of the Broadway Café. She also bartended at the Union Club. Bill & Betty moved to Kasson in 1971 where they owned and operated The Village Inn Restaurant, until retiring 20 years later.
 
She was preceded in death by her Husband (Bill); one Daughter (Pam); Brother Buddy and his wife Gwenlyn; Sister (Patricia Egglaston (Smitty); Stepson (Gary Holmquist) and Grandson (Tadd); Niece Sonja Hovden; Nephews Terry Turbenson, Kermit and Robin Hovden.
 
Betty is survived by her daughter Michelle (Shelly) Holmquist of Hubert NC; Sister Dana (Hovden) Loy of Rochester; Step Daughter Jody (Holmquist) Nygaard and Husband Tom of Albert Lea; Stepson Steve Holmquist and wife Sue (Osmundson) of St. Cloud; Step daughter Mary (Hunter) Holmquist of Lolo, Mt; Sister-in-law Carol (Holmquist) Baumgartner of St. Paul. Betty has an extended family of numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren, all whom she loved deeply.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Research Foundation.


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