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Lester D. Hanenberger ~ Kasson

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Hanenberger, Lester

The Celebration of Life for Lester D. Hanenberger will be at 2:00 pm, Friday, May 29 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Dana O’Brian officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal.
 
Lester Dwayne Hanenberger was born on July 20,1950 in Preston, MN to Theodore and Eunice (Oliver) Hanenberger, Sr.
 
Lester Hanenberger, 64, of Kasson, MN died Friday, May 22, 2015, surrounded by his family at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN after a long battle with cancer.
 
Lester was born and raised in Minnesota. Lester’s family settled on a farm in Mantorville in 1961. Lester graduated from K-M High School in 1970. He served in the United States Air Force for a time and enjoyed helping his fellow veterans and their families. He had various types of jobs and spent most of his working career farming. Farming was his passion. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. On February 12, 1983, Lester married Susan Schandorff in Kasson, MN.
 
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Susan Hanenberger of Kasson; five step-children, Rebecca Pelton of Burnsville, Alexander (Francoise) Davis of Oronoco, Daniel (Lyndee) Schandorff of Stewartville, Bonny Schandorff (Mike Olerich) of Waverly, Iowa and Casey Schandorff of Colorado; brothers, Orlando (Florence) of Byron, Carl (Cindy) of Red Wing, Bob (Dianne) of Blooming Prairie; sister, Laura Gilbertson of Kasson; sister-in-laws, Arletta and Catherine of Kasson as well as 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Melvin, Theodore, Jr. and Richard, Sr .
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested directly to the family for distribution according to their wishes at a later time. Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com


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Lance K. McQuarie ~ Kasson

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

McQuarrie, Lance

Lance Kent McQuarie, 71, of Kasson, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson, MN, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Lance was born on February 29, 1944, in Blue Earth, Minnesota, to John and Rosabelle (Thompson) McQuarie and attended Blue Earth High School. On November 7, 1964, he married Sandra Kopischke. Lance was a construction foreman for Wick Buildings Systems and traveled the five-state area building farm pole buildings. In 1970, the family made its home in Kasson where Lance was the Sales Manager and car salesman at Kasson Ford and Universal Ford in Rochester and where they raised their two children. They were divorced in 1982.
 
On February 10, 1990, Lance married Marlys Krueger in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Candlelight Chapel, and they continued to live in Kasson where Lance was employed at Kasson Lumber Company until his retirement in 2006.
 
Lance was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He loved hunting and fishing, was very involved in the local Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever chapters, and a strong advocate for wetland conservation. He was a member of the Sons of American Legion. He was known for his jerky, pickles, sauerkraut, salsa, and anything else you could put in a canning jar.
 
He is survived by his wife, Marlys McQuarie of Kasson; his daughter, Kristy (Mark) Turner of Kasson; son, Aaron McQ of Seattle, WA; stepson, Dean (Sharon) Aarsvold of Mankato, MN; stepdaughter, Sherie (Leslie) Roland of Fargo, ND; his mother, Rosabelle McQuarie of Prescott, WI; sister, Patty (George) Munchow, Bartlett, TN; brother, John (Patty) McQuarie, Jr., Phoenix, AZ, and sister Lisa Kohl, Prescott, WI, as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his father, John McQuarie and sister, Linda Jarmillo.
 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Burial will be in the South Zumbro Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held one hour before the service; there will be no reviewal. Lunch will be provided afterward. Please join us in the celebration of Lance’s life at the Kasson American Legion after lunch.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rochester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Kasson is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Roger “Dale” Jensen ~ Kasson

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Jensen, Roger Dale

Dale Jensen, 88, of Kasson passed away on May 1, 2015 at his home in Kasson surrounded by his family.
 
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church, 21927 – 650th St, Kasson with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.
 
Dale Jensen was born February 22, 1927 in Alden, MN to Peter and Opal (Tapp) Jensen. The family moved to Kasson in 1938. He graduated from Kasson High School in 1945. He served in the Army from 1945-1947 with duty in northern Italy. He was united in marriage to Wilma Helland in Dodge Center on May 28, 1950. They lived on their farm near Kasson for 42 years. He farmed most of his life and had several other jobs.
Dale was a member of the Kasson American Legion for 68 years and went on the Honor Fight to DC in 2008. He was a longtime member of the Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church in rural Kasson. Dale enjoyed time with family and friends. He continued to enjoy working with other farmers after his retirement and spending time with his wife gardening and enjoying the flowers. Dale also loved to watch old western movies.
 
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wilma; son, Alan (Connie) Jensen of Apple Valley; daughters, Nancy (Matt) Kleeberger of Kasson, Linda (Robert) Schwirtz of Bloomington, and Marie (Knute) Hegna of Little Falls; grandchildren, Melinda (Dave) Decker, David Jensen, Brian Jensen, Shianne Kleeberger, Katie Kleeberger, John Schwirtz, Opal Schwirtz, Andrew Hegna, and Eric Hegna; four great-grandchildren, Luke, Braiden, and MacKenzie Decker and Kale Hegna; one brother, Marlin (Joyce) Jensen. He was preceded in death by daughter, Karen; grandson, Karl Hegna; four brothers, Russell, Gordon, Richard, and Lloyd.
 
In lieu of flowers memorials gifts will be distributed by family choice.


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Sue Ann Carol Ness ~ Mantorville

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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Sue Ann Carol Ness, 61, of Mantorville, died peacefully on April 24, 2015, at the home of Tony and Monica Brossard in rural Pine Island.
 
Ms. Ness was born on April 23, 1954, in Rochester to Stanley and Alice (Boyum) Ness.
 
She graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1972. Sue Ann continued her education at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with high distinction on June 10, 1978.
 
Sue Ann had a passion for horses, which included watching harness racing. She also loved selling lefse on Saturday mornings at the Rochester Downtown Farmers’ Market. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where weekly she enjoyed quilting and fellowship.
 
Sue Ann is survived by two brothers, Sterling (Sue) and Tom (Mary Adam); nephews, Todd (Jeri) Ness, Craig (Victoria Hale) and Tim Ness; great-nephews, Zachary, Joshua, Cody, and Coltan; great-niece, Morgan and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Visitation will be at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN, on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:00-7:00 pm and at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, on Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 29, at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will follow at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in rural Kasson.
 
Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.


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Margot L. Ballard ~ Rochester

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Ballard, Margot

Mrs. Margot L. Ballard, 77, of Rochester, MN passed away in her home surrounded by family on April 17, 2015, after a 21-month battle with brain cancer.
 
Margot was born to A. Hubert and Erna (Schneider) Lievertz in Detroit, MI, on October 8, 1937. In 1938, her family moved to Allen Park, MI. She graduated from Allen Park High School in 1955 and attended Marygrove College in Detroit, MI, for two years. On November 28, 1959, she married James E. Ballard, also of Allen Park, MI, and together they had two children. The couple resided in the Detroit area and Portage, IN, where she worked for the Ford Motor Company. In 1962, they moved to Boulder, CO, where she was first employed by the Granville-Phillips Company and later by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She was also a Campfire Girls Leader and volunteered in the Boulder Schools.
 
In 1976, the family moved to Rochester, MN, where she was employed by the Rochester Post-Bulletin as the assistant to the Editor. In 1978, they moved to the home they were building just outside Mantorville, MN. In 1987, Margot received her B.A. in Business Management from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, while continuing her work at the PB. Not too long after that, she became the Director of the Dodge County Historical Society; a position she held for a few years before moving on to become the Curator at the Olmsted County Historical Society. She retired in 1999 and soon moved back to Rochester.
 
Margot was a member of the Widowed Persons Service in Rochester and served on the Board of Directors for the Mantorville Theatre Company and spent many years on the committee for the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous. She loved archery, sewing, making cordage with her lucet and reading historical novels of both non-fiction and fiction. She was quite the “foodie”; always up for trying a new place and would often plan trips around restaurants she wanted to visit. She enjoyed taking cruises and seeing new sights. Margot was particularly proud of the work she did with both the Olmsted County Historical Society and the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, putting on a legendary chili feed for the participants year after year. Known as the “Lucet Lady”, she attended many rendezvous in the Minnesota-Wisconsin area and will be sorely missed by that community. She will always be remembered for how vivacious she was.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Ballard; parents, Adam Hubert and Erna Lievertz; niece, Kimberly Bergstrom and great-grandson, Andrew Karnes.
 
Margot is survived by her daughters, Suzanne A. Ballard of Austin, MN and Christiana (Robin) Maxson of Rochester; granddaughters, Robyn M. Hawkins, T. Lynn Fricker and Trisha A. Bergdale; six great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothea E. Shea of CA and her family; brothers, Alfred Lievertz of FL and Randolph W. Lievertz of IN and their families; and brother-in-law, Gary Ballard of IN and his family.
 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN, followed by an Irish Wake with food and drink at the Hubbell House in Mantorville, MN from noon to 3:00 pm. Visitation will one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery, Wayne, MI at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution according to their wishes at a later date.


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Oscar Hilliard ~ Kasson

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Hilliard, Oscar

Oscar Hilliard, 77, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 4, 2015 at Fairview Nursing Home, Dodge Center, Minnesota.
He was born to Ross Emerson Hilliard and Josephine Marie Maxson on November 9, 1937 in Kasson, Minnesota. Oscar was baptized on 12-24-1939 at the United Methodist Church, Kasson, Minnesota. He graduated from high school on 5-29-1957 and then went to Austin Area Vocational School for carpentry, graduating on 6-3-1959.
 
Oscar married Janice Kozialek in1975. They were later divorced. He was a carpenter in the Kasson area for many years and also worked for Crenlo, in Rochester, Minnesota. He moved to Sterling, Virginia, where he continued his work as a carpenter. During his time there, he suffered a serious stroke from which he never fully recovered. Oscar moved back to the Senior Apartments, in Kasson, Minnesota until January 31,2007, when he became a resident of Fairview Nursing Home, in Dodge Center, Minnesota.
 
Oscar’s hobbies were fishing, carpentry, watching TV and listening to Country and Western Music.
 
He is survived by a brother Bob & Dorthy (Peterson) Hilliard of Kasson; sisters Mary Peterson of Kasson, and Joan Simonson of Novi, Michigan; sister-in-law Evelyn Dostal of Kasson & many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Hilliard, sister Agnus (Peggy) Starkson and nephew Randy Hilliard.
 
A graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, MN on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 10:00 AM.


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Robert A. Lechner ~ Mantorville

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Lechner, Robert Lrg
Robert “Bob” Arnold Lechner passed away at his home April 3, 2015 at the age of 86.
 
Robert was born December 19, 1928, to Otto and Winifred Lechner on the family farm in Washburn, North Dakota. He graduated from Washburn High School in 1946. After high school, he worked on the family farm and on the Garrison Dam. He then attended NDSU for three years; returning to the family farm. Robert served in the US Army from 1954-1956. After his military service, he returned and graduated from NDSU.
 
In 1958, he began working for IBM at the Grand Forks Air Force Base (SAGE). While in Grand Forks, he met M. Loretta Gerszewski-Sevigny. They were married on December 26, 1959, at St. Michael’s Church in Grand Forks. In 1962, Robert transferred to the IBM plant in San Jose, California. In 1973, he transferred to Rochester, MN. In 1978, Robert was transferred to Vermont and earned his Master’s Degree, transferring back to Rochester, MN in 1979. Robert retired from IBM in 1990.
 
Robert became involved in the Boy Scouts in 1963. He was the leader of Cub Scout Pack 376 in San Jose, CA from 1964-67. In 1968, he became assistant scout master. In 1969, Robert became a scoutmaster. He remained a scoutmaster in both San Jose and Mantorville until 1994 (8 years after his youngest son was out of scouting). In 1995, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award; one of Boy Scouts highest adult honors. Robert was awarded the Scouters Key in 1977. In 1979, Robert was awarded “Scouter of the Year” for the district. He was also a member of the “Order of the Arrow”.
 
Robert was a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th degree) for many years. At Christ the King Church, he was a trustee as well as a CCD teacher. Robert was also a reader for the church. He called bingo for the church and for the Knights of Columbus. Robert was a member of MCCL (right to life) for over 25 years. He was also involved with the American Legion for over 30 years. He served as Commander of Post 333 in Kasson. Robert also served in many state and district Legion positions over the years.
 
Robert is survived by his wife, Loretta; son, Dale, of Rosemount, MN; daughter, Jane (Mark) Senn and their children Corinna and Mitchell of Fountain City, WI; son, Raymond (Jen) Lechner and their children Naomi, Shelby, Sonny and Joseph of Laurel, Maryland; son, Mark Sevigny of Rochester, MN; son, Paul Sevigny of Acworth, GA; son, Isidore (Patty) Sevigny of Alpine, WY; granddaughter, Marilee (Mark) Chomos and children Brittany and Brianna of Las Vegas, NV; granddaughter, Jessica Sevigny of Ashville, NC; grandson, Robert Sevigny of Kenai, Alaska; great-granddaughters, Bryjitte, Tessa, and Izibelle. He is also survived by sisters, Betty and Mavis (Wilbur) Pfenning and brother, Curtis (Jean) Lechner. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, son, Dean Lechner and granddaughter Rhoda.
 
Robert was a loving father who was very family oriented. He loved visiting family and friends. He also loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman.
 
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 202 4th St. NW, Byron MN. Visitation will be at the church from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2015 and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will follow the service at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at 12:15 pm.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them to be distributed according to their wishes at a later time.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Pearl K. Swenson ~ Kasson

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Swenson, Pearl

Pearl Kathryn Swenson passed away on March 19, 2015, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson. She was 94 years old. Pearl was born on August 24, 1920 in Norseland, MN to Martin and Hattie Annexstad. She grew up on Lake Park Farm, the family farm, in a close bond with her two siblings and many nearby cousins. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and often reminded people, “I’m Norwegian you know.” She graduated from St. Peter High School and Mankato Commercial College, then went on to work in the government office in St. Peter and at Honeywell in Minneapolis.
 
On December 15, 1945 she married Warren E. Swenson at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland, MN. They moved to Kasson in 1955 where they operated Warren’s Variety Stores, Inc., with stores in Kasson and Fridley. Warren and Pearl knew each other all of their lives and were only separated by WWII, and his death on July 21st, 2009.
 
In her earlier years, Pearl loved to bowl and was active as an adult leader in both the girl and boy scouts. She was an avid Minnesota Viking Fan, loved playing 500, “digging in the dirt” with her flowers, and spending time at the lake, or on the family boat. She was an avid walker, enjoyed her volunteer work, and, with her great sense of humor, was always upbeat and positive. She was an example of a life well lived to her family and countless others.
 
She and Warren were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church for almost 60 years, where she enjoyed working on various church committees, especially the annual Lutefisk Dinner. She served on the board of the Dodge County American Cancer Society and along with Warren, introduced the Relay for Life to Dodge County in the mid 90’s. She was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star for which she was a member for over 50 years, and a member of the Bethel Guardian Council of Job’s Daughters.
 
Pearl is survived by son Kirk (Marilee) Swenson of Mantorville, daughter Kathy (John) Kruger of Stamford, CT. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW in Kasson. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13th, at the church. A private family burial will be held at Scandian Grove Cemetery in Norseland.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials in Pearl’s name to the American Cancer Society, Seasons Hospice or St. John’s Lutheran Church.


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Glenda (Linda) Anderson ~ Byron

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Anderson, Glenda

Glenda (Linda) Gail Anderson, 66, of Byron, passed away Friday, March 27 peacefully at home. She was born June 10, 1948, in West Bend, Iowa, the daughter of Glen and Evelyn Allen.
 
Glenda graduated from Adams High School with the Class of 1966. On February 17, 1968 she was joined in marriage to Gerald Anderson. In 1974, they moved to Byron, Minnesota. In 1969, Glenda started her career at the United States Post Office, serving in Austin, Rochester, Byron and West Concord. In 1984, she became Post Master at the Kasson Post Office and served there for 11 years.
 
In her spare time she enjoyed crafts, reading, making music and spending time with family and friends. In addition, she frequently volunteered her time with family and friends. In addition, she frequently volunteered her time to many organizations in the community. She also had a lifelong love of horses; she owned and cared for many horses during her youth.
 
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Anderson, of Byron; four children, Tracy (Renae) Anderson of Hayfield, Kris Kauffmann of St. Louis Park, Melanie (Steven) Zickrick of St. Charles and Michael (Tara) Anderson of Kasson; five grandchildren, Alex Anderson, Blake Anderson, Autumn Zickrick, Calvin Zickrick and Marissa Zickrick.
 
She was preceded in death by her father, Glen Allen, and mother, Evelyn Allen.
 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Steve Rheingans and Pastor Jack Friedli officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.
 
The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the Poverello Fund at the Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org/development or mailed to: Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN ~ 55905.


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Willard C. Blanch ~ Mantorville

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Blanch, Willard BW

Willard Blanch, 95, of Mantorville, passed away peacefully at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
 

Willard was born Jan. 24, 1920, on the home farm, to Bert and Hattie Blanch. He graduated from Mantorville High School class of 1936. He was valedictorian and a class officer. Willard farmed the family farm until he retired at age 57. He married Dorothy Allen in April of 1979. Dorothy passed away in May of 2005.
 

Willard was a 51-year member of Mantorville Masonic Lodge #11, where he was past Master. He also belonged to Mantorville Eastern Star and was a lifetime member of the Congregational Church in Mantorville. Willard was also a longtime member of Dodge County Farm Bureau. He was honored by K-M FFA as Honorary Farm in 1975. Willard and Dorothy loved to vacation to Branson, were active members at Mantorville Senior Citizens, and the Eastern star. 
 

Willard is survive by Kelly Allen, Bruce (Jeannine) Allen, Linda Connelly, Don (Debbie) Allen, John (Carol) Allen, Kathy Bertelson, Roger (Pauline) Allen, Dr. Jim Gute, Josephine and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 

Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Hattie Blanch, immediate family, his wife, Dorothy Blanch, Loren Allen and Tony Bertelson, and Sandra Allen.
 

Memorials are preferred to Mantorville Masonic Lodge #11, Mantorville Senior Citizens or Mantorville Congregational Church.
 

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut St., in Mantorville, on Saturday, March 21, with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. 


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