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Donald L. Harker ~ Dodge Center

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Harker, Donald

Donald Lee Harker, 89, of Dodge Center, MN passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN.
 
He was born on December 14, 1926, in San Francisco, CA to Robert Dexter Harker and Mamie Hazel Ballard. Donald was educated in California. He later moved to Milwaukee, WI where he met his wife, Marjorie.
 
He became a Machinist Apprentice. He later moved to Rochester, MN and worked for IBM at several locations and retired after over 25 years. After retirement, he moved to Dodge Center, MN and volunteered with SEMCAC.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, his brother and his parents. He is survived by his grandson Corey (Tami) Harker; great-granddaughter Mikayla and close friends Wayne and Nanci Tjosaas. He is also survived by one son, Bruce Harker.
 
He will be missed as a generous, kind and loving person.
 
There will be a memorial gathering at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Inurnment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield, MN at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family.
 


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Darlene J. “Peggy” Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Poffenberger, Darlene

Darlene J. (Peggy) Poffenberger, 87, of Kasson passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.
 
Darlene was born September 13, 1928 in Fairmont, MN to Virgil and Florence (Simpson) Louks. She grew up in the Hayfield area.
 
Darlene worked as a cook for several different establishments in the Kasson-Mantorville area; the Country Club, Drive-In and Haven’s Bakery. Darlene also enjoyed painting and wallpapering, gardening, playing cards, checkers and cooking.
 
Darlene married Clifford (Bud) Poffenberger on April 16, 1949. Darlene had two children, Randy and Gail Poffenberger.
 
Darlene is survived by her son, Randy Poffenberger (Kim Lewis) of Kasson; grandchildren Jolynn, Lisa, Ben, Kassie, Krissie, Travis, Kelcie; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Vivian (Leonard) Westin of Dexter, MN, Verta of Rushford, MN, Mary Hegna of Dodge Center, MN, Linda (Danny) Brockmiller of Hayfield, MN, Pat (Tony) Distad of Arizona; brothers Dick (Jean) Louks of Mantorville, MN, Jerry (Arlene) Louks of Owatonna, Terry Louks and Butch Louks of Park Rapids, MN; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
 
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford (Bud); parents Virgil and Florence; son Gail; sisters Judy, Betty, Bonnie, Audrey and Grace; and brothers Bill, Wayne, Bob, Kenneth and Jim.
 
The funeral service will be held February 6, 2016, at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Dana O’Brien officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Inurnment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN at a later date.


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Sally P. Schleeter ~ Mantorville

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

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Sally Pauline Schleeter, 83, of Mantorville died peacefully on Friday, January 15, 2016, at the home of her daughter, where she had resided the past year.
 
Sally was born December 9, 1932 in New Prague, Minnesota to Stanley and Marcella (Zvanovec) Sindelar. She attended New Prague High School and following graduation, worked in the lab at Minnesota Valley Breeders in New Prague.
 
She married Henry A. Schleeter on April 28, 1956 at Frieden’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Prague. They then made their home in Mantorville.
 
Sally worked for many years as head cook in the Kasson-Mantorville School System prior to opening her own restaurant, “The Cookie Jar” in Mantorville in 1983.
 
She was an active member of the First Congregational Church as a Sunday School teacher and President of the Women’s Fellowship.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Russell Sindelar, and a granddaughter. She is lovingly remembered by her five children, Susan (Rolland) Dickson, Linda (Doug) Schmidt, Sandra (Steve) DuBois, Wendy Schleeter, and Bruce (Vicky) Schleeter; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
 
Sally lived life with joy and enthusiasm, giving generously to others. Her greatest love was her family.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the First Congregational Church in Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Friends may also call at the church from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday, January 18 and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. There will be no reviewal. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.
 
The family prefers memorials to the First Congregational Church of Mantorville.
 


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Edward “Ed” Pearson ~ Kasson

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Edward “Ed” Pearson, 55, passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2016. Ed was born October 21, 1960, in New York City, New York.
 
He is survived by three brothers, James (Joan) Pearson, Michael (Judy) Pearson and Joseph (Sue) Pearson; one sister Barbara Pearson (Julie) as well as nieces and nephews. He will be missed.
 
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 2:00-4:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN, 507/634-2331. There will be no reviewal.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society.


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William A. “Bill” Baker ~ Kasson

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

William Alan Baker, age 65, died on Sunday December 13th, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.
 
His funeral will be held on 11:00 am, Friday December 18th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
 
Visitation will also be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 5 to 7 pm, Thursday, December 17th and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
 
William A. “Bill” Baker was born July 25th, 1950 in Belmond, Iowa to Peter and Henrietta Baker. He was raised in rural Britt, IA and attended Christian Reform School from kindergarten through 8th grade. He then attended Britt Community School grades 9-12, graduating high school in 1968. Upon graduation, Bill attended North Iowa Area Community College from 1968-69. In November of 1969, he enlisted to serve in the Army National Guard until November of 1975, attaining the rank of E5 Sergeant.
 
On August 17th, 1974, he married the love of his life, Jean Monson.
Bill lived in Forest City, IA working at Winnebago Industries after he and Jean were married. They then moved to Kasson, MN in 1980. From 1981-83, Bill attended Rochester Community College, graduating with a degree in mechanical drafting. He worked for various drafting firms throughout his career finally taking a position with Mayo Clinic Rochester until retiring in July 2015.
 
Bill was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran church, the American Legion of Kasson, the NRA, and various other organizations. Bill will especially be remembered for his quick wit, wonderful sense of humor and infinite patience. He was a talented craftsman and woodworker. He touched the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed.
 
Bill is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jean, of Kasson, his three children, Ann Klennert and her husband Anthony of Pine Island and their children Torrie and Pierce, Susan Bessingpas and her husband Marc of Rochester and their son Bradley, and Joe Baker of Eagan; a sister Roberta Wellik and her husband Terry of Crystal Lake, IA and a brother Brian Baker of Britt, IA; a brother-in-law John Monson and his wife Karen of Forest City, IA and a sister-in-law Janice Buffington and her husband Forrest of Forest City, IA; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister, Shirley.


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Ethel Evelyn DeBlieck ~ Zumbrota

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Ethel Evelyn DeBlieck, age 96, died peacefully surrounded by her family on December 10, 2015 at her home in Zumbrota, Minnesota.
 
Ethel Evelyn Edwards was born March 26, 1919 at home in Lyon County, Minnesota to John and Elizabeth (Evans) Edwards. She grew up on the family farm there where she attended country school. She then attended Tracy High School.
 
On July 3, 1935, Ethel was united in marriage to William (Bill) DeBlieck at The Church of Saint Mary in Tracy, Minnesota. Bill and Ethel were married for 65 years. They made their home on three different farms through the years.
 
Bill and Ethel raised their nine children in Tracy, Minnesota, until moving to Byron in 1967, then moving to Kasson in 1999. During their years in Byron, Bill and Ethel were active members at The Church of Christ The King in Byron.
 
Ethel was a member of The Church of the Holy Family in Kasson, Minnesota, and was active in the quilting group there. Ethel was most recently a member of The Church of Saint Paul in Zumbrota, Minnesota; currently residing at The Bridges of Zumbrota.
 
Ethel enjoyed making quilts for her family members and Catholic mission groups, embroidering, crafts, fishing, and spending time with family; often gathering with them. Ethel was also an avid bird watcher and loved to cook.
 
Ethel is survived by three sons, Dale (Judy) of Florence, Colorado, Duane (Brenda) of St. Peter, Minnesota and Don (Cindy) of Zumbrota, Minnesota; two daughters, Julie (Tom) Duncan of Lenoir City, Tennessee and Brenda (David) Wright also of Lenoir City; son-in-law, Wendell Trei of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter-in-law, Mary DeBlieck of Tracy, Minnesota, 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 16 great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
 
Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill); her parents John and Elizabeth Edwards; three sons, Dennis, Dean, and Marvin; her daughter, Eileen Trei; five brothers, William, Floyd, Mervin, Ervin, Harold; three sisters, Una, Viola, and Jean; granddaughter Dianne Lindberg; grandson John Trei and great-grandson Jeremiah Trei.
 
The Mass of Christian Burial for Ethel will be celebrated on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 10:00 am at The Church of The Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 pm. Visitation will also be held on the day of the funeral one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Tracy, Minnesota.


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Carol A. Deihle ~ Kasson

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Carol A. Deihle, 79, of Kasson passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015 of natural causes.

No services are planned at this time.


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Cora Ann Murphy ~ Byron

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

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Cora Ann Sippel Murphy, 77, of Byron, MN passed away December 1, 2015 in Rochester, MN.
 
Cora was born May 17, 1938, in Easton, MN to William and Ethel Sippel. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Thomas (Tom) Murphy; children Craig (Julie), Kurt (Rita), Shawn (Paula) and Jennifer; and grandchildren Ryan, Devin, Josh, Jacob and Gavin Murphy. Other family members include: Donald (Eunice) Sippel, Leo (Marvel – surviving sister-in-law) Sippel, Joseph (Peg) Sippel, Elaine (surviving sister) (Jack) Lubitz, Marie, Wendell, Claude and Florence/Shorty (Lenny) Trembley.
 
Married in 1958, Cora Ann and Tom celebrated their last wedding anniversary together on November 28.
 
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 202 4th St. NW, Byron, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be at the church on December 7 from 9:00-10:30 am. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.
 
Cora Ann dearly loved her children and her grandchildren, her friends and family. Her eyes sparkled when we were together. We remember her as an incredible quilter; she like to crochet and sew – she could patch just about anything. She and Tom gardened for years, and she liked listening and watching the MN Twins play ball. She enjoyed being with her family. She will be missed.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to the church.


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Dena M. Houston ~ Kasson

Friday, November 27th, 2015

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Dena Marie Houston, age 48, of Kasson passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, November 26, 2015, with her husband and father by her side following a brief bout with cancer.
 
Dena was born August 19, 1967, in Rochester, Minnesota. She lived in Byron before moving to Mantorville when she was 12 years old. She moved to Kasson with Mark Houston in 1986. They had two children, Alex and Samantha. They were married June 25, 1994.
 
Dena was an active member of the Kasson community. She was the president of her local TOPS chapter, a Sunday School teacher and along with Mark, promoted Crashmasters Demolition Derbies. Dena spent several years working at KJ’s Café in Byron, followed by several years working at two day care centers due to her love of children. Most recently, she was employed by Erdman’s County Market, where her smile brightened everyone’s day. Dena and Mark were BWCA enthusiasts and had just come back from an adventure there a week before she became ill.
 
Survivors include her husband Mark; one son, Alex Houston of Pine Island; one daughter, Samantha Houston of Kasson; her father, Bob Liedtke of Buffalo City, Wisconsin; one brother Gary (Rebecca) Liedtke of Owatonna; two sisters, Dawn (Stacy Lapoint) Liedtke of Coon Rapids and Kris Liedtke of Rochester; two nieces and four nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joanne Liedtke.
 
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the church service. There will be no reviewal.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to them.


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Earl Stellmaker ~ Kasson

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Stellmaker, Earl

Earl George Stellmaker, 93, of rural Kasson, passed away peacefully at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN on Thursday, November 19, 2015.
 
Earl was born August 19, 1922 to George and Merle (Eppard) Stellmaker in rural Racine, Minnesota. At age 5, the family moved to a Mayo farm just west of Rochester, where they lived for most of Earl’s childhood. As an adult he had many jobs; the most memorable being as a bus driver for Rochester City Lines, working for IBM and later for the Mayo Clinic. He favorite place to be, however, was working on his farm in rural Kasson.
 
On October 24, 1953, he married Shirley Clarice Fjerstad of rural Kasson. The couple lived on the farm for most of their lives.
 
Earl is survived by his daughter, Claire (Nelson) of Kasson and his son, Brad (and wife, Suzi) of Story City, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Earl was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his brothers Harvey & Gerald; his sisters Edna, Marion, Clover, Della & Roberta; and his son-in-law, Rick Nelson.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 120th Ave SW, Rural Kasson, MN, with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service and lunch will follow. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
 
Memorials are preferred to the South Zumbro Lutheran Church memorial fund.
 
Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Kasson, MN (507/634-2331) is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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