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Joyce Weeks ~ Dodge Center

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Joyce (Ripka, Buscovick) Weeks, 70, born December 11, 1945, in Dodge Center, passed away peacefully from complications of an accident on Sunday, July 17, 2016, while surround by loved ones.
 
Joyce lived at the Myrtle Lake Resort in Orr, MN, with her husband of 21 years, Sam Weeks. She loved spending time with her family and friends whom she loved very much, fishing on the lake and wildlife.
 
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Alma Ripka and brothers, Robert and Lawrence Ripka.
 
She is survived by her husband, Sam; daughters Virginia “Ginger” (Dan) Staub, Laura Imhof and Melissa “Missy” (Eddie) Crane; three brothers; seven sisters; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
 
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 24, at the United Methodist Church in Dodge Center. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 pm at the church on Sunday. Inurnment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja, MN.
 
Memorial gifts and donations may be made to the family.


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Vivian M. Thorn ~ Dodge Center

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Vivian Marie (Dresen) Thorn, born July 3, 1920 to Charles Dresesn and Mary (Beacom), passed away on July 15, 2016 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center where she has resided since 2008. We thank Fairview Care Center for the care given to our mother.
 
Vivian attended school in Sioux City, Iowa and in Lehigh, Montana and on September 5, 1939, married Milo Thorn at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Together, they farmed until they moved to Dodge Center.
 
Vivian was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church where she taught the “Bethel Bible Series” and Sunday School. She worked several years as a bakery clerk and spent 20 Years working at Gaurke’s Department Store where she was known for selling candies to kids before and after school. She was an exemplary mother and kept an immaculate home.
 
She is survived by sons, Kenneth (Deloris) of Osakis, MN; Douglas (Pauline) of Owatonna, MN; Gary (Shirley) of Rochester, MN; Gregory (Bettina) of Fountain, CO; and a daughter, Grace (Alan) Rustan of Byron, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Sandra Wyatt (Frank). She leaves behind many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 23 at Faith Lutheran Church, 308 – 2nd St. NW, Dodge Center, MN at 11:00am with the Reverend Barbara Streed officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9:00-11:00 am. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, MN,
 
Memorials can be given to Faith Lutheran Church.


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Dolores Bordelon ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Dolores L. Bordelon, 84, of Mantorville, MN passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at her home. The daughter of Winstad and Verdis Brouillette, she was born on December 9, 1931 in New Orleans, LA. On December 14, 1947, she married Lee Roy Bordelon, Sr. in Moreauville, LA.
 
She is survived by daughter Cheryl (Richard) Purdue of Byron, MN and sons Bruce (Kristin) Bordelon and Lee Roy (Connie) Bordelon, Jr., both of rural Mantorville.
 
A Mass Of The Christian Burial will be held at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:30 am with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. There will be no visitation. A rosary will be said just preceding the mass at 10:00 am. Burial will be in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Heart Association.


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Thomas Paul Heymann ~ Kasson

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Heymann, Tom

Tom Heymann, 67, of Kasson, MN passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on July 4, 2016, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease with Lewy Body dementia diagnosed in 2003.
 
Tom was born to Carl & Pearl (Penkert) Heymann on July 4, 1949, in New Ulm, MN. He moved to Rochester, MN, where he attended Hawthorne Elementary, Central Junior High, John Marshall High School, and was a member of the first graduating class of Mayo High School in 1967. He attended RCC and was drafted in 1969 to the Army where he served as a Military Policeman in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1971. He worked for 35 years at Stauffer Chemical in Rochester; later named Kerry, Incorporated until his retirement in 2006 due to illness.
 
In 1974, Tom married Gwen Holmberg. They moved to Kasson in 1976 where they raised their family. Tom loved hunting with his Labrador dogs, fishing, nature, his American Flyer trains, going to the casino and playing pull tabs. Tom was a member of the American Legion Post 333. He loved to spend time with his grandkids and had many friends.
 
Tom is survived by his wife, Gwen (Holmberg) Heymann; one son Adam (Sarah Truax) and grandkids Abbigail and Aubrey of Rochester; two daughters, Melissa Holmberg (Gary Wenzel) and grandkids Devon of Faribault and Destiny of Hayfield, and Emily Heymann (Nick Rietheimer) and grandkids Kaelyn, Paisley and Axel of Waltham; and one sister, Carla Thompson of Stewartville.
 
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Pearl Heymann; brother-in-law Ray Thompson; sister-in-law Judy Lee; father-in-law Earl Holmberg; mother-in-law June Holmberg and nephew Kasey Stafford.
 
A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the American Legion Post 333, 212 West Main St, Kasson, 507/634-4353. All friends and family are welcome to come and share memories.
 
Tom chose to donate his body for medical research. There will be a private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later according to their wishes.


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Donald R. Aarsvold ~ Former Kasson Resident

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Aarsvold, Donald

Donald R. Aarsvold, 93, formerly of Kasson, MN passed away at 4:00 am on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Zumbrota Health Services, Zumbrota, MN.
 
Donald was born July 20, 1922 in rural Peterson, Minnesota, to Joseph and Clara Aarsvold. Later they moved to Kasson, Minnesota, where Donald grew up on the family farm. He was baptized and confirmed at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in rural Kasson.
 
After eighth grade graduation, he joined his father working on the farm. Church activities were always a priority, including choir and Luther league as a youth. Later in his adult life, he devoted his time to Christian mission work. In June of 1946, he married Lillian Peterson and to this union they were blessed with four children; Dennis, Cheryl, Mark and Donna.
 
After farming for 20 years, Donald and Lillian accepted a call to serve as lay missionaries for the American Lutheran Church in Brazil, South America. They served as house parents for missionaries’ children for 11 years. They returned to the United States and served as resident counselors to the students at Lutheran Bible Institute, Anaheim, California for six years. They retired in Kasson, Minnesota, in 1984. In 2013, they moved to the Zumbrota Care Facility, Zumbrota, Minnesota, where Donald died. He is now in his eternal home with his Lord, whom he loved to serve.
 
Survivors include his wife, Lillian, “the love of his life”; children, Dennis (Marilyn) Aarsvold, Cheryl (Les) Kyllo, Mark (Kim) Aarsvold, and Donna (Scott) Tollefson; nine grandchildren, Justin (Niki) Aarsvold, Jill Aarsvold & Steve Brady, Marcus Aarsvold, Leann (Luke) Peterson, Brandon Kyllo & Shannon Zeien, Laura (Tony) Johnson, Marin (Alcilito) Lopes, Jennifer Tollefson and Raquel Tollefson; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters-in law, Charlotte (Milfred) Aarsvold and Norma (Robert) Aarsvold. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Clara Aarsvold; brother Wallace and his wife Lorraine; brother Milton and his wife Dorothy, and brothers Milfred and Robert. Donald loved his family and cherished each and every one of them. Blessed be his memory.
 
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 5, from 5:00-7:00 pm at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave South, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 6, at 11:00 am at South Zumbro Lutheran Church with visitation one hour before the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the service.


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Eugene L. “Gene” Meyer ~ Kasson

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Meyer, Eugene BW

Eugene Lyle Meyer, 83, of Kasson, MN passed away Monday morning, June 27, 2016 at his home.
 
He was born March 31, 1933 in Madison, South Dakota to Bernard & Irene (Van Den Hemel) Meyer. He graduated from West Concord High School in 1952. He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1971. After retiring from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, he worked for 23 years for Wilson Trucking in Rochester, MN. He was a proud member of the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.
 
Eugene is survived by his wife Barbara Meyer of Kasson, MN; his sisters Louise (Ezra) Erickson of Owatonna, MN, Carol Clough of Kasson, MN, Pat Kubat of Kasson, MN and Rosemary Smith of Mesa, AZ; his brothers Ed Meyer of Kasson, MN and John (Kathy) Meyer of Blooming Prairie, MN; his boys Paul Meyer of Gainesville, FL, Charles Meyer of Gainesville, FL and Michael (Wendy) Meyer of Deleon Springs, FL and his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other family members.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Earl, Raymond, Frank, Robert, Richard and Steven; his son Pat and a great-grandson.
 
The funeral service will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Dana O’Brien officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday, June 30, from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.
 
The family wishes to thank all who shared their lives with Gene; he was a great man.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later according to their wishes.


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David H. Dobbs ~ Wasioja

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Dobbs, Dave

David Harold Dobbs (57) of Wasioja, MN. passed away at home on Father’s Day June 19, 2016 after a 17-1/2 month fight against a rare neuroendocrine cancer.
 
David was born on Feb. 22, 1959 in Prairie du Chien, WI, to Montana (Monte) and the late Harold Dobbs. He grew up along the Mississippi river in Prairie du Chien, WI, Brownsville, MN and New Albin, IA. He attended high school in Lansing, IA where he was better known as Freddy. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Bulman, at an outdoor ceremony in rural New Albin, IA on July 22, 1978. Together they raised their children Luke, Matt and Jen in Wasioja, MN.
 
David worked at Meyer Sawmill, Dee Implement, The Moore Farm in New Albin, IA, and Northern Engraving in Lansing, IA, all while attending jr. high and high school. He later worked at Alberts Underground Cable in Owatonna, MN, Curt Robertson Block-laying in Owatonna, MN, and Brian and Craig Busch Concrete Const. in Claremont, MN. In 1983, he started his own concrete construction company-Dobbs Construction with business partner Ed Bronner in Dodge Center, MN. From 1987 until the time of his death, David and his wife Jeanne were owners of Dobbs Construction, Inc. in Dodge Center, MN. Both sons have proudly worked with their Dad since high school and continue to run the business. “We sure made a good team”
 
David’s greatest joy was his family. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends which included attending and cheering on his children and grandchildren at sporting events, concerts and recitals. He was an avid fisherman and hunter; deer hunting, turtle trapping in WI, moose hunting in Canada, hunting trips out west, fishing trip to Alaska, ice fishing, and just fishing anywhere he thought the fish were biting. David shared his hunting and fishing skills with his children and grandchildren, passing on his love and respect for mother nature to them.
 
He celebrated life wherever he was and in whatever he was doing. The list of his favorites is long: Being on the water, a cold beer and good conversation, an honest day’s work pouring concrete with his sons, setting off fireworks, telling you Happy Easter any time of the year, butterfinger candy bars, giving flowers and jewelry to Jeanne, giving nicknames, teasing and joking around, loud music and a good party, saving “free drink” bar chips, bringing home go-carts, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, duck boats, 3 & 4 wheelers and golf carts for his kids and grandkids to learn to drive and then fix, taking training wheels off, throwing sock bombs, pontooning on the lake with Jeanne and telling the great muskie story, spending family and friend time Up North at his place by Mille Lacs Lake in Wahkon, MN, taking his kids and grandkids out on the lake fishing, water skiing, tubin’, knee boarding and stopping at Bare-Ass beach, living life to the fullest with lots of SUNSHINE…His motto always, “CELEBRATE LIFE” but finally remarking, “Remember, you gotta have a little rain to make a rainbow”.
 
David was a member of the First Congregational UCC Church in Dodge Center, MN, and Eagles Club member in Prairie du Chien, WI.
 
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Dobbs; grandparents, Virgil & Marguerite Dobbs and Henry & Lydia LaMere; mother, Montana(Monte) Meyer; step-father, Audie Meyer; mother-in-law, Shirley Bulman; close aunt & uncle, Jeanette & Eldon Smethurst; close cousin, Jeff Smethurst; infant nephew, Michael Zwart Jr.; infant great-niece, Poppy Stevens.
 
He is survived by his wife of 37 yrs. Jeanne; son Lucas (Heidi) and their children Colby, Reece & Rainey of Berne, MN; son Matthew (Shyanne Pflaum) and Matt’s boys Kauri & Soren; Shyanne’s children Sereniti, Gavin & Aryanna of rural Mantorville, MN.; daughter Jennifer (Timothy Carver) and their baby due in Dec. of Mantorville, MN.; sisters, Susan (Jeff) Engen of Spring Grove, MN.; Pam (Wayne) Adamson of Claremont, MN.; Julie Dobbs of Pahala, Hawaii; Kathy Meyer of Rochester, MN.; brother Jeff (Jessica) Meyer of New Albin, IA.; father-in-law, Robert (Marilyn) Bulman of New Albin, IA.; sisters-in-law, Jody (Lee) Stoltman of Winona, MN and Lynne (John) Burke of Burnsville, MN.; brothers-in-law, Doug (Lee Ann)Bulman of Oelwein, IA, Dan (Barb) Bulman of LaCrescent, MN and John (Jodi) Bulman of Zumbro Falls, MN as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.
 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 24, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Charles Schaal of the First Congregational Church, Dodge Center, MN officiating. Visitation will be at the church Thursday, June 23 from 4:00-8:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wasioja, MN.

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Glenna M. Peterson ~ Former Kasson Resident

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Peterson, Glenna M

Glenna Marie (Hairsine) Peterson, age 98, died on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN. Glenna nourished people around her with love, faith, and her ability to bake. Her grandchildren were often caught sneaking baked goods from the freezer. Glenna instilled her love for family and baking in to those close to her.
 
Glenna was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa to Glen and Ethel Hairsine and was the middle of five children. She graduated from Kasson High School in 1935 and started working for American Linen.
 
On May 17, 1941 Glenna married Richard Peterson. The couple spent many years traveling while Richard was in the service before returning to Kasson. Glenna spent the next 30 years working for the Kasson-Mantorville Schools in the cafeteria and as an elementary school classroom aide, where she was praised for her hard work and caring personality. The couple spent many years traveling and camping with their children.
 
Glenna is survived by her husband of 75 years, Richard; her children, Rebecca Christensen and Greg Peterson; grandchildren, Jaclyn Gunderson, Jeffery Donahoe, and James (Crystal) Donahoe; 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Mariam Krumwiede and Roberta Kilpatrick; and many nieces and nephews. Glenna was preceded in death by her parent’s, her sister Sarah Parkin and her brother Carl Hairsine.
 
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 1pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. There will be no reviewal or visitation.
 
The Peterson family would like to extend gratitude to the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN for their attentiveness and loving care.


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Ruth Ann Johnson ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Johnson, Ruth

Ruth Johnson, 71, of Mantorville, MN, died of natural causes at her home on Monday, June 6, 2016.
 
Born January 8, 1945, in Austin, MN, Ruth Norman married Douglas Johnson on December 2, 1967. Together they raised two daughters and forged a good life. Ruth worked for 30 years as a Health Unit Coordinator at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.
 
Ruth loved her friends and family, both natural and those she randomly adopted, of which she had many. She loved to laugh and play games, and she was always ready with a hug.
 
She is survived by her husband, Douglas Johnson; daughters, Sarah Johnson and Becky (Desi) Wren; granddaughter, Kaylee Wren; two sisters, Ethel (Dave) Chinander and Jean (Gary) Scrabeck, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Everett and Inez Norman of Austin, MN.
 
The funeral will be Saturday, June 11, at 11 am at the Kasson Church of Christ, 901 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Dale DePeel officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, June 10, from 5-7 pm and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. There will be no reviewal.


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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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