Archive for June, 2017


Mary Ellen Kinyon ~ Kasson

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Mary Ellen Kinyon, 83, of Kasson, MN passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester – St. Mary’s Campus surrounded by her loved ones, including her son Jim and his wife, Lynnay, who had cared for her in her last years. Mary Ellen was born in Wabasha, MN on July 27, 1933 to Newell and Olivia Todd. She was raised in Plainview, MN along with her two brothers, James and Ralph Todd. Mary joins James in heaven.
Mary and Earl Russell Clark married in 1949. Earl passed away in 1963. Mary and Earl had ten children; four boys and six girls. She is survived by her children Earl Russell, Jr. of Rochester, MN; Virginia of Soquel, CA; Ruth of Saratoga, MN; Carol of Sauk City, WI; Connie of Santa Cruz, CA; James of Kasson, MN; Robin of West Concord, MN; Danny of Rochester, MN; and Mary Kay of Centuria, WI; a vast number of grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and even a few great, great-grandchildren. Her son Jerry of San Diego, CA preceded her in death. She is also survived by her husband of 47 years, Dean Kinyon.
Mary Ellen worked for the Kahler Corporation from 1968 to 1991. After Mary retired, she found enjoyment being with all of her grandchildren, flower gardening, feeding the birds in her yard, and her animals. Mary had a heart made of gold. She was a generous and kind soul who always put others before herself. She was loved by all that were lucky enough to know her.
There will be a funeral service at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 101 1st Street NE, Kasson with Fr. James Zotalis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.

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Toni L. Hawkins ~ Kasson

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Toni Lynn Hawkins died unexpectedly on June 20, 2017 at the age of 61, from a heart attack.
Toni was born in 1956 to Kenneth Roger Cramer, Jr. and Carol Ann Cramer in Minneapolis. She graduated from Kennedy High School in Bloomington, MN in 1974.
Toni is survived by her husband David Hawkins; her children Michelle Schleicher (John), and Krissy Johnson (Micah Pautz); step mom Joyce Cramer; her siblings Kenneth Cramer lll (Carol), Becki LeMire (Alan Madison), John Cramer and Mistie Hyde; her step children Christopher Paro (Kayla), Crystal Donahue (James), Marcella Gasner (Nathan), and Brittany Hawkins; her grandchildren Jada Johnson, Tiffany Schleicher, Adam Schleicher, Oliver Paro, Daltin Donahue, Beau Donahue and Riley Gasner. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and sister Lori Ann Cramer.
Toni lived in Kasson MN with her husband David, where they made a beautiful home together after being married in October 2016. Her passion for decorating and gardening brought her so much joy. Toni and Dave had just finished redecorating their home and had beautifully landscaped the yard. She was so happy living there with her soulmate, Dave.
She worked at Wal-Mart in Faribault, MN as their Training Coordinator. She loved her job and all of the wonderful people she worked with. Toni’s never-ending empathy and compassion touched each person she encountered. Toni was kind to everyone and went out of her way to make people feel welcome. Toni was an animal lover!
Toni loved her family and her extended family, especially her grandkids. She loved the Lord, and was very devoted to her faith and her church. She enjoyed traveling and loved exploring new places, spreading her light and positivity in our world. Toni was a very hard worker. She always had a smile on her face and never complained. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
The funeral service for Toni will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 26, at The Rochester Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN with Pastor Jim Filbeck officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be at the church from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm the day of the funeral.

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