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Mary Alice Mittelstadt Unger ~ Former Kasson Resident

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Mary Alice Mittelstadt Unger passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Cottagewood Sr. Living in Rochester. Mary was born in Owatonna on April 2, 1940 to Carl and Minnie (Doering) Mittelstadt. The family later moved to a farm in Cherry Grove Township, Goodhue County. She graduated from West Concord High School. The family moved to Mantorville where Mary worked at the Hubbell House as a hostess. She then went on to work at Mayo Clinic – Rochester until she retired.
 
Mary was married to Donald Unger of Kasson; they later divorced. Mary enjoyed dancing, fishing and visiting with friends and family. She is survived by four of her siblings; Paul (LuAnn) Mittelstadt of Spring Valley, MN, Ellen Mittelstadt of Zumbrota, Joseph (Mary Ann) Mittelstadt of Kasson and Myrna Barth of Pine Island. She is also survived by numerous nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews and their families. Her brother, David, preceded her in death.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 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.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to Oxbow Park Nature Center.


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Lewellyn “Lun” Sprenger ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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Lewellyn James “Lun” Sprenger, 78, of Kasson, Minnesota passed away at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus on January 10, 2017.
 
He was born November 1, 1938 in Lake City to Frederick Jacob Sprenger and Katherine Helen Braun Sprenger. He was the oldest of five children. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1956. He worked on the family farm near Zumbro Falls for many years and later worked as a welder at Foldcraft Company in Kenyon, Minnesota.
 
He loved to sing and was active in church choirs throughout his life, most recently at the Kasson United Methodist Church. He also sang with the Rochester Barbershop Chorus for many years. He loved to travel, go out for dinner and spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
Lun was considerate, patient and loved to visit with friends and family. Like his father before him, he loved the land and was most content farming. He also had an interest in geneology.
 
He married Janice Schwanke in 1959 and they were later divorced. In 1990, he married Karen Marie Barth. They resided in Rochester for many years and later moved to Kasson, MN.
 
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Karen; two children, Serena (John) Steffenhagen of St. Louis Park and Van of Red Wing; one sister, Joan Jemison of Minneapolis; brothers Richard of Pine Island, David (Becky) of Rochester, and Dennis (Candice) of Zumbrota; four step-children, Tammy (Ken) Markham of Pine Island, Kim (Keith) Hickey of Byron, Kelley (Ron) Rolfson of Pine Island and Erik (Cheryl) Barth of Hastings. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Grace, Claire and Harry Steffenhagen; nine step-grandchildren, Chris (LeNae) Markham, Cory (Mark) Markham, Katie Hassan, Ashley (Tom) Anderson, Amanda (Justin) Oie, Jordan Hickey, Hailey Hoffmann, and Casey and Jacob Barth; and eight step great-grandchildren, Braden Borgschatz, Mackenzie, Zack, Sophia, Ali and Jasmine Hassan, and Logan and Lucas Anderson.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Lucius Jemison.
 
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
 
Memorial donations can be directed to the family.


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Phyllis Dorschner ~ Kasson

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

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Phyllis Eileen (Shumski) Dorschner was welcomed to heaven on January 7, 2017 at the age of 85. Phyllis passed on as she had lived, with courage and grace. Her final days were spent surrounded by family at Samaritan Bethany in Rochester, MN where she lived briefly following a diagnosis of leukemia. Phyllis was born to Martin and Agnes Shumski on February 26, 1931 in Fairmont, MN. She grew up on the Shumski Family Farm near East Chain, MN with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Following Phyllis’ graduation from East Chain High School in 1948 she went on to obtain an Associate Degree in Education from Mankato State University. She briefly taught in a one room schoolhouse before Marvin Dorschner stole her heart. They married on August 22, 1951. Soon after, they made their home on a farm near Kasson, MN. In the years to come they filled their house as they welcomed 3 sons and 2 daughters.
 
Phyllis spent 23 years working in the Kasson-Mantorville School District as a librarian assistant. She was proud to volunteer until the fall of 2016 at the library. Phyllis was a devoted member of the Church of the Holy Family in Kasson where she was actively involved in the prayer group, quilt group and New Comers. Phyllis participated in card clubs, water aerobics, and the Red Hat Society and always made time to have coffee with friends.
 
Phyllis’ greatest accomplishment in life was her family. She was immensely proud of her entire family and it always showed. Her mindful spending habits were legendary. When it came to material things, not a single penny went to waste. Yet she was always very generous to missions, local charities and any life experiences with loved ones. Phyllis enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, and attending her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s games and programs. She also loved to travel and would often share stories and photographs of her various trips. Phyllis never slowed down and she retained her sense of adventure until the very end.
 
Phyllis is survived by 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Children and grandchildren include: Alan & Lois Dorschner (Tia, Jason, Drew, Cassie) of Kasson, MN, Judy & Mike Pearson (Karen, Kevin) of Anchorage, AK, Connie & Bruce Ferris (Brian, Keith, Kristin) of Osakis, MN, Gary & Lisa Dorschner (Curt, DeJay, Meghan) of Kasson, MN, and Dennis & Jody Dorschner (Alexis, Jevin) of La Crescent, MN. Also surviving is one sister, LeAnna Adams, and one brother, Eugene Shumski.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters Adeline Fausch, infant sister Millicent Shumski, Virginia Krumholz, Shirley Terveer, and Annabelle Smith; and one brother, Jerome Shumski.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 14 at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN with Father Paul Surprenant officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday or from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 13, with the Rosary being said by the Prayer Group at 4:00 PM. Interment will occur at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Mantorville, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in the memory of Phyllis to Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home and Eagles Cancer Telethon.


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Wallace J. “Wally” Emholtz ~ Pine Island

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

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Wallace John aka “Doc” Emholtz passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on January 5, 2017 after a heart attack. Wally was born on July 24, 1935 in Mantorville, MN to Walter and Amelia (Gronert) Emholtz. He grew up in the Mantorville/Pine Island area. He joined the Navy on July 28, 1952 and served in the Korean War.
 
He married Wanita June Olson on June 8, 1971 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eyota MN. The two of them resided in Mantorville most of their married life. He enjoyed fishing, going out to eat and spending time at area casino’s with special friend, Jan Speer, as well as going to coffee at Hy Vee and attending church in Mantorville on Sundays.
One of his favorite hobbies was carving Diamond Willow canes.
 
He is survived by his daughter Lorraine Emholtz of Rochester, MN, son Bernard D. Swanson (Tammy) of Kasson, MN, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, his wife and sons, Donald K. Swanson of Mantorville and Maynard D. Swanson of Kasson, as well as two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
 
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm at The First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens – Rochester.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to either the Kasson American Legion or the Mantorville VFW.


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Virginia Luikart ~ Former Kasson Resident

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Virginia May Luikart, 98, died on Monday, December 26, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, surrounded by family.
 
Virginia was born September 7, 1918, in Elkton, South Dakota, the daughter of Louis and Erna (Bartelt) Risch. She was married to Earl Luikart on July 28, 1938, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
 
Virginia grew up on a farm in South Dakota and enjoyed that lifestyle. Growing up on the prairie during the Depression years shaped her personality, helping her become a strong and independent woman with a solid work ethic. She and her husband Earl farmed near Kasson and were known for their Jersey dairy herd. In later years, she and her family moved to a hobby farm just outside of Mantorville, where she had a large vegetable garden and grew many flowers. She enjoyed playing bingo, sewing quilts, and playing cards. She moved from Dodge County to northern Minnesota to be closer to her family. Her favorite activity in the past several years has been playing Skip-Bo with her family and anyone else willing to play the game. She thoroughly enjoyed visits by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
 
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Nancy Luikart of Shawnee, Kansas; daughter, Lola (Dutch) Nootenboom of Nisswa, Minnesota; son Jon (Beth) Luikart of Duluth, Minnesota; son Gene (Vivian) Luikart of Provo, Utah; sister, Bernice Karstens of Renton, Washington; grandchildren, Byron Luikart, Michael Luikart, Lynn Howard, Leilani Brecht, Leah Leishman, Jay Luikart, Paul Luikart, Emily Stolen, Lori Luikart, Scott Luikart, Brian Luikart, Sara Luikart; 25 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Luikart, in 1961; her son, George Byron Luikart; two sisters, Laura Risch and Violet Ames; and one brother, Ivan Risch.
 
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.


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