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Leona Blatti ~ Kasson-Mantorville

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Leona R. Blatti, 101, of Kasson and formerly of rural Mantorville, died March 31, 2017, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center of natural causes. She enjoyed her friends and activities while living at Sunwood Manor during the last three years.
 
She was born September 1, 1915, to Josephine and Charles Leth, and graduated from Mantorville High School in 1932. She was employed at George Trenholm’s in Rochester for 18 months and then attended the School of Nursing at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, for two years. On May 1, 1935, she married Melvin Blatti in rural Mantorville. They farmed in the Mantorville area for about 45 years and were married for 64 years. In 1949, she became a waitress at the Hubbell House and later worked there as bookkeeper and cashier. Leona enjoyed entertaining, travel, quilting, and playing cards.
 
Leona was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kasson and the K-M TOPS Club. She volunteered for the lutefisk suppers at St. John’s Lutheran Church, for the Friends of the Library, and for Meals on Wheels at Sunwood Manor.
 
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Kaske of Minneapolis and Cheryl (Bruce) Henning of Zumbrota; one son, Stanley (Karen) Blatti of Memphis, Tennessee; five grandsons, three step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, five brothers, two sisters, and special friend and companion Clarence Theel.
 
Visitation will be held Saturday, April 8, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. N.W., from 10:00-11:00 a.m. There will be no reviewal. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
 
Memorials may be designated to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson or to Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.


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Betty Wohlfiel ~ Kasson

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Betty Lavaine Wohlfiel , 83 of Kasson, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.
She was born Aug. 15, 1933 to Edwin and Helma Ness in rural Dodge County, Minnesota. On Feb. 27, 1952 she was united in marriage to Melvin L. Kramer. They had two daughters, Bonnie and Diane. Melvin was killed in a car accident in 1960. On July 16, 1966, Betty was joined in marriage to Kenneth D. Wohlfiel at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN. They had one son, Kevin.
 
Betty was very involved in the activities at St. John’s Lutheran Church including a member of Martha Bible Study, WELCA Activities, Quilters, Alter Guild and volunteering in the church office. She worked many years in the Kasson-Mantorville Schools from which she retired. She was a very compassionate, giving person who was always there with hot dishes and baking when people were in need of encouragement. She made many quilts and sewing projects for her children, loved ones and puppies. She loved to sit outside and visit with the neighbors or strike up a conversation with anyone who stopped by long enough for a chat.
 
Betty is survived by her children Bonnie (Mark) Brown of Dodge Center, Diane (Marc) Pilcher of Faribault and Kevin (Sherri) Wohlfiel, of Kasson, six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren and one on the way. She is also survived by two brothers Ernest (Margaret) Ness, Franklin (Sandy) Ness and two sister-in-laws Lorraine Ness and Colleen Ness all of Kasson along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents , three brothers, Stanley, Manford and Davis Ness and one sister, Doris Iverson.
 
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 6, from 5-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave. NW, Kasson and one hour before the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7 also at St. John’s. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kasson or American Cancer Society.


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Roberta Burgess Meddleton ~ Kasson

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Roberta Burgess Meddleton, 95, of Kasson went to be with her Lord on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus.
 
Roberta was born on September 4, 1921 in Mantorville, MN. She was the second oldest of 11 children. She married Wilford Burgess on January 3, 1940. They had six children. She was very involved in operating the family farm and raising her family. Wilford passed away in February, 1979. Late in life, she married Bernie Meddleton, and enjoyed 28 years of marriage with him until he passed away in December, 2010.
 
Roberta was known for her great cooking and hospitality of friends, family and guests. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, needlework and decorating. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville from the time she was born and was involved in many church activities, including being a Deacon. She was also quite active in the community she loved as a member of the Eastern Star, Meals on Wheels, and volunteering at the Mantorville Welcome Center. Roberta was known for her generosity and kindness to family, friends and those in need. She was also known to be a beautiful person inside and out.
 
Roberta is survived by siblings Klaus Alberts, Jr., Nadine Larson, Arlene Franz and Carolyn Holmquist; children Brenda (John) Rud, Douglas (Jan) Burgess, Kathleen (Jim) Jensen, Dennis (Nancy) Burgess, Vicki (Gary) Hoffbauer and Robyn (David) Kruchten; step-children Margie (Pat) Coronal and Pat (Patty) Meddleton. Roberta is also survived by many grandchildren and step-grandchildren spanning five generations.
 
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
 
Memorial gifts may be given to the First Congregational Church in her memory.


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Amanda L. Larsen ~ Byron

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Amanda Lorraine Larsen of Byron passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Amanda was born on October 2, 1921 in Salem Township near Rock Dell to parents George and Ella Amundson. She attended country school in Salem Township and graduated from Byron High School in 1939. She married her high school sweetheart, Christopher Glen Larsen, on November 14, 1946 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church near Rock Dell. The couple farmed near Byron. Amanda was a Charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Byron where she participated in various activities. She enjoyed cooking, vegetable and flower gardening, bird watching, reading, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
 
Survivors include her children Thomas Larsen (Martha), Glen Larsen, Karen Larsen, Ruth Larsen (Kenneth Wang); grandchildren Emily Hamilton (Ryan), Jason Larsen (Sara), Clinton Larsen (Joleen), Martin Larsen; six great grandchildren; her sister Eleanor Staplekamp; many nieces and nephews; and special granddogs Eddie and Ellfie.
 
Her husband, brother (Orville Amundson), and parents preceded her in death.
 
The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Rd NW, Byron with Pastor Steve Rheingans officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church in Byron.


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David A. “Dave” Lien ~ Kasson

Monday, March 20th, 2017

David “Dave” Arthur Lien of Kasson, Minnesota passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 77.
 
Dave was born in Rochester, MN on September 10, 1939, the son of Maxine and Lester Lien. He graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1957. After high school, Dave began his career of 35 years at IBM and honorably served his country in the National Guard.
 
On September 2, 1961 Dave married Bonnie Ruport and they resided in Kasson MN where they raised their only daughter, Stephanie. Dave was active in all sports, enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cribbage with friends, camping, and was an avid fisherman. He was a wonderful family man and friend to many. For 55+ years he went downtown for coffee at 5:30 am with his buddies. Dave was an active member of the Rochester Quarterback Club and Kasson American Legion. He most loved spending time with his two grandchildren, Benjamin and Brooklyn. Dave was best known for his triumph over any medical challenges posed to him without ever a complaint. He served as an inspiration to all who met him.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Friends may visit from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of services at the church. A graveside memorial service will be held for family following the service. Military graveside services will be provided by the Kasson American Legion and Mantorville VFW.
 
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Fairview Care Center staff for the kindness and compassion shown to him and his family and to St. Mary’s Hospital for their continued dedication and excellent patient care. The family also appreciates all who have supported them in this time of loss with their caring words and loving actions.


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Marie L. Kaufeld ~ Kasson

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Marie Louise Kaufeld passed away peacefully, in the company of family members, on March 12, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90 years old and a resident of the Rose Court memory care facility of Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson, Minnesota.
 
Marie was born to Frank and Mary Chantiny on September 12, 1926 and spent her early years on the family farm near Mayville, Michigan. She lived through the Depression era and learned early the virtues of hard work and thriftiness, which she exemplified throughout her life. She shared in the chores and labor on the farm, and started her first job beyond the farm at the age of 14 in a nearby country store. From there she progressed through several different positions, leading to one at Pontiac Motors where she met the love of her life and future husband, Dan. They were married October 31, 1952 and she became the mother of two children and a devoted, nurturing homemaker, giving continual love and support to her husband and family. Marie prided herself on her cooking, always preparing 3 square meals a day for her family. And beyond – with 9 brothers and sisters on her side, her husband Dan’s identical twin Jim and his family, and two sets of grandparents, extended family events were pretty frequent! She was very creative and enjoyed sewing and other craft work. She was dedicated to this role until the “nest emptied”, when she returned to the workforce, doing clerical work for Dr. Charles Patrick in Drayton Plains, Michigan.
 
Marie was strong in her faith and took an active role in her church, serving as deacon for Church of the Atonement Presbyterian and participating in their Mariners social organization. She and Dan were avid bowlers and golfers and enjoyed traveling from their home in Waterford, Michigan to various events and tournaments over the years. After retirement, they expanded their travels, spending at least a part of the winters in Florida. They enjoyed country music and would plan a stop so they could partake of the “Renfro Valley Gatherin’” in Kentucky on their way down. They served as volunteers for Red Cross Blood Donor campaigns. They moved to Minnesota in 2002 to be closer to family for help and support as they encountered some health problems. They joined First Presbyterian Church in Kasson and were active members there.
 
Marie is survived by children, Dan (Gayle) Kaufeld and Janice Swindell, grandchildren, Wendi (Aron) Flynn, Kevin (Kim) Kaufeld, Jessica (Heath) Griesbach, and Danielle (Kyle) Nakatsuji, and great-grandchildren, Colin and Niall Flynn, Alden Kaufeld, and Mya and Brielle Griesbach. She is also survived by brothers Charles (Mary) Chantiny and Edward (Jan) Chantiny and sisters Jennette Robare, Lorraine Cramer, and Florence (Don) Werner, brother-in-law James (Louise) Kaufeld, sister-in-law Pat Chantiny, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dan W. Kaufeld, brothers Francis (Phyllis) Chantiny, Harmon Chantiny, and Oscar Chantiny, sister Angeline (George) Bass, and brother-in-law Rex Cramer.
 
A memorial service for Marie will be Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Dan Yeasel officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Lake Orion, Michigan.
 
The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to Season’s Hospice and Prairie Meadows Rose Court for their care of Marie especially in her final days.
 
Memorials are preferred to be directed towards Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the Mayo Clinic or to First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave NW, Kasson.


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Rilee L. Bjerke ~ Kasson

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Rilee Lynn Bjerke from Kasson, MN, daughter of Logan and Nicole Bjerke, sister of Jordyn Bjerke, lost her battle to Dyskeratosis Congenita on March 9th, 2017 at the age of 17. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. Rilee was born on September 23rd, 1999 and immediately was a well-behaved girl. Her battle with Dyskeratosis Congenita started with bone marrow failure when she was 2 years old. Despite having a rare disease, Rilee had a huge love for life and adventure. She always kept her loved ones on their feet and inspired them to do better. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved picking on her sister. She was a very happy girl despite her setback in life.
 
When Rilee was younger she loved going on trips with her family. From camping trips to motorcycle trips, planning them was her favorite part. She enjoyed making lists and telling the family what to do, especially her dad. That love for trips of any kind stayed with her throughout her entire life. When she got older she found a passion for fashion and makeup. Rilee had dreams of owning a makeup and massage company. She loved her family passionately and her family loved her passionately right back.
 
Rilee was a kind and beautiful girl who lit up the room. Her last few years of life were difficult, but she was a strong girl who fought her hardest. She lived a short life but it was filled with lots of love and adventure.
Rilee is survived by her parents, Logan and Nicole Bjerke, her sister, Jordyn Bjerke, all from Kasson; grandparents, Colleen and Harlan Jacobson of Kasson; Milo Bjerke of Byron; aunts and uncles Paul and Heidi Alberts, Steve and Amy Jacobson, and Charlie and Lori Meath; cousins Ella, Ava and Delia (Paul and Heidi Alberts); Joe, Shawna, Ashanti, and Vinzent (Steve and Amy Jacobson); Kaitlin and Levi (Charlie and Lori Meath). She was preceded in death by grandmother Karen Bjerke of Byron.
 
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastors John Allen and Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.


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Theodore V. “Ted” Schomburg ~ Kasson

Monday, March 6th, 2017


Theodore Vern Schomburg passed away quietly at his home on March 4, 2017, with family members in attendance. He was 84 years old. Ted was born in Belgrade, NE, and lived on farms with his parents and 5 siblings until graduating from Fullerton High School in Nebraska. He then entered the US Army and played clarinet in the 5th Army Band for 3 years. Upon separating from the Army, he enrolled in electrical engineering at Nebraska University in Lincoln, NE. In 1960 he married Ruth Moravek in Guide Rock, NE. After graduating college, he accepted a position with the Federal Systems Division of IBM in Owego, New York. He worked with IBM radar systems for the B-52 bomber and later the Saturn 5 rocket at Cape Kennedy, Florida. In 1968 he transferred to IBM Rochester and worked there until retirement in 1987. In his free time, he enjoyed Big Band music, playing clarinet and tenor sax, growing vegetables and flowers, attending local antique and steam tractor shows, woodworking, and spending time with his grandchildren.
 
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and five children – Lynn of Burnsville, MN; Ann (Alex) Sneiders of Owatonna, MN; Lee (Lisa) of Monument, CO; Kenneth (Carol) of Plymouth, MN; Karen Drill of Farmington, MN, and 12 grandchildren. He also has surviving siblings – Warren (Donna) of Shelton, NE; Molly Smith of Omaha, NE; Richard (Linda) of Cedar Rapids, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brothers, Bob and David, and infant siblings, Billy and Fern.
 
A memorial service will be held for Ted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 15 at the Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
Memorials will be given to the KM Schools for their music program. You may send them to: KM Schools, Attn: Karlyn Brewington, 101 16th St. NE, Kasson, MN 55944.


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Sybel Haugen ~ Kasson

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Sybel E. Haugen, 93, died peacefully March 4, 2017 at Prairie Meadows Assisted Living in Kasson.
 
She was born March 20, 1923 in rural Dodge County. She attended a 1-room school until 8th grade, when she entered Kasson Jr-Sr High School. Following high school graduation, she attended Winona State Teachers College acquiring a Teaching Certificate and returned to rural Minnesota. She initially taught in a one room country school. She subsequently taught elementary school in Sleepy Eye and later Byron, where she met and married Charles Haugen. She spent the remainder of her career, with brief interruptions for the birth of her sons, teaching at Kasson Elementary.
 
Sybel obtained a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Winona State University and Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. She had a special interest in children with learning disabilities and was one of the first teachers in the region to obtain additional training in that field. She served on the Early Childhood Development Committee of K-M schools. In 1980, she was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Kasson-Mantorville, was chosen as a Minnesota Teacher of Excellence and was a semi-finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
 
She was also very involved in her community. Sybel was a Charter member and Chairperson of Friends of the Kasson Public Library and was active in the Save the Tower Committee. She served as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and as Chair of Dodge County Cancer Board from 1993-1995. In 2005, she was honored as Grand Marshall of the Kasson Festival in the Park parade.
She was an active member of St John’s Lutheran Church and a member of the Rachel Circle. She served on the Social Action Commission, Church History Committee, Board of Education and as a Sunday School Teacher.
 
Following her retirement, she attended numerous Elder Hostels. She also traveled extensively both domestically and internationally including: Scandinavia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Asia, Australia and Antarctica. Additionally, she found more time to pursue her favorite avocation, writing, especially poetry. She was particularly proud to have several of her works published.
Sybel was preceded in death by her parents George and Anna Skogen, brother Gerald Skogen and sisters Alice Hanson, Evelyn Harris, Norma Hogle and Ethel Sanderson. She is survived by sons John (Alicia Reeves) and Michael (Rebecca) as well as granddaughter Andrea Walsh(Steven).
 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 10, 2017 at St John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, Minnesota with Pastor John Allen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Byron Cemetery.
 
Memorials are preferred to Friends of Kasson Public Library,Inc., St John’s Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.


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Virginia Klingvall ~ Byron

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Virginia (Sitz) Klingvall, 95, passed away February 28, 2017 at Maple Manor Nursing Home, Rochester, where she had been a resident for four years.
 
Virginia was born on October 19, 1921 in Byron, MN, the daughter of Emil and Marie Sitz. Virginia attended school in Byron and graduated in 1939. After graduation, she attended the Minnesota School of Business and then worked at the Paper Supply Company in Minneapolis.
 
On May 29, 1953 she married Martin Klingvall. They moved to Byron to the home where she was born and lived with her parents. Martin (Marty) passed away March 19, 1977. Virginia enjoyed entertaining and was a gracious hostess, especially celebrating birthdays with her friends. She was chosen “Byron Good Neighbor” in 1989. Virginia was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Chester and Sherwood Sitz. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
 
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson, MN. Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Rd NW, Byron, MN 55920.


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