Archive for November, 2016

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Severt R. Fiksen ~ Dodge Center

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Severt Robert Fiksen, 66, went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2016. He was born to Ludvig & Gladys (Dale) Fiksen on October 5, 1950. He married MaryLynn Ostroot (daughter of Reverend William & Judith Ostroot) on October 23, 1982. The couple made their home in rural Kasson on the family farm. Severt later worked at Schmidt Printing in Byron, and currently worked at Hayfield Window & Door.
 
He leaves behind a son – James (Jamey), 28, and daughter – Jenny Lynn, 25, well as Jenny’s two daughters, Annabelle & Olivia Annis. Sisters; Martha Hilliard, Norma Braun; Brother-David Fiksen; and many nieces and nephews.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother John Fiksen, and one sister – Mary Olsen.
The funeral service will be at 11 A.M. on Saturday, Nov. 26th at South Zumbro Luthern Church, 4830 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will also be at the church the night before; Nov. 25th from 5-7 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in the South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery.


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Theodore A. “Ted” Singfiel – Dodge Center

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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Theodore Albert Singfiel, age 88, of Dodge Center passed away peacefully at Fairview Care Center on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
 
Theodore was born May 10, 1928 in Rochester, Minnesota, the son of Albert and Alva (Laabs) Singfiel. Ted grew up on the family farm where they raised and showed pure breed duroc hogs. He attended the little country school (Fitch) down the road from the farm. Ted married Harriet Olson on November 3, 1951 in Arkansas and they farmed until 1968. They moved to Mississippi for a couple of years and then to Kasson, where he owned and operated Ted’s Mobil Service until retirement in 1983.
 
Ted was in the Army 96 AAA from 1950-1953 and was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where their first daughter, Beverly, was born. He enjoyed traveling and visited all but a few states. He made many trips to Branson, MO with Wymen Jensen for the Veterans Day Reunion. Ted loved his visits to Montana where daughter Bonnie and family lived where he found time for some hunting and fishing. Farming was always a part of his life. He spent many hours working on the farms of his children, which he loved to do. Other activities he enjoyed were playing cards, horse shoes, pool, going to watch his son Dan at the stock car races and his favorite thing was just being Grandpa to many grandkids.
 
Survivors include his former wife Harriet; three daughters, Beverly (Arlin) Johnson of Kasson, Bonnie Longmire of Rochester, and Carol (John) Allen of Mantorville; three sons, Scott (Pam), Daniel (Robyn) both of Mantorville and John of Rochester.
 
Ted will be greatly missed by his 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren plus many nieces, nephews and friends.
 
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Marie, Sylvia and brother Edward.
 
The funeral service for Ted will be held Saturday, November 19 at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN at 11:00 am with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Fairview Care Center, 702 10th Ave NW, Dodge Center, MN 55927.


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James P. Ranvek – Kasson

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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James Palmer Ranvek, 90, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, MN. James was born on May 20, 1926 at home in Dodge County to Henry and Clara Ranvek of Rural Kasson. James was married to LaVain Murriel Edgar on October 3, 1946. They are the parents of six children; Lowell (Melissa) Ranvek of Jacksboro, TN, Linda (Ron) Johnson of Rochester, Michael (Vickie) Ranvek of Kasson, Jerry (Pam) Ranvek of Kasson, Randall (Barb) Ranvek of Lake City and Nancy (Jeff) Smith of Mantorville who all survive as well as 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 16 great- great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Holly.
 
Jim worked for Lampland Well Drilling, Tietje Produce, Wentz Plumbing and retired from the Byron Elevator while farming and milking cows on his home farm. Jim and LaVain wintered in Arizona after retirement. He enjoyed watching Nascar and spending time with family and friends.
 
Services will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.
 
Memorials will be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. A special thank you to Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield for the care they have given Jim.


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Charles F. Rath ~ Kasson

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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Our loving father, Charles (Chuck) Francis Rath, age 79, died in the early morning hours on October 30th, 2016, peacefully with his hands folded in prayerful meditation after a long illness.
 
Chuck was both November 29th, 1936 in Easton, Minnesota. His childhood revolved around the workings of the family farm where he spent an additional two years post-high school helping his dad until he enlisted in the Army. He graduated in 1954 from Bethlehem Academy High School, Faribault, Minnesota. While in the service, he kept in touch with the love of his life, Barbara Kroneberger. He proposed to Barbara over the phone, and she made all the necessary arrangements to make that happen when Chuck came home on leave. After their marriage, they lived in Germany until Chuck was honorably discharged and started a family upon returning to the states.
 
They raised nine children: John, Beada, Chuck Jr., Todd, Chris, Jim, Doug, Angela and Anthony. Chuck is also survived by his sister Rita and brothers Terry, Pat, Mike, Quentin, Mitchell and Mark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Bunnie, and his wife Barbara.
 
The majority of Chuck’s working years were spent as a salesman, selling everything from Kirby vacuum cleaners and home improvement products to Craftmatic beds. Chuck, a natural salesman, sincerely enjoyed meeting new people and learning about their lives. Wherever he would go, you would find him “holding court” surrounded by friends or family, discussing the meaning of life and telling stories. In his free time, Chuck enjoyed cards at the senior center, reading, assembling puzzles, buttered popcorn on the stove, bible study and church. Chuck was an avid reader of military accounts and was somewhat of an armchair expert on history and politics. He will be dearly missed and remembered.
 
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2 from 6 to 8 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street in Kasson. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m Thursday, November 3rd at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery.


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