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Philip A. Kyllo ~ Rochester

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Philip Arthur Kyllo, 90, passed away Friday morning, July 17, 2015, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Gayle, Phil’s wife of 62 years, two sons, daughter and daughter in-law, brother and sister in-law were at his side.
 
Phil was born October 20, 1924 to Richard and Amanda Kyllo on their farm in rural Hayfield. He attended rural grade school and graduated in 1943 from Hayfield High school. During the Korean conflict he enlisted in the army and served building bridges. After being honorably discharged in July 1952 Phil returned to Minnesota and on May 31, 1953 married Gayle Joan Burk from Amboy Minnesota. They made their home in Kasson and raised three children Bryan, Jan and Tom. He worked at Crenlo for a short time before joining IBM where he worked for 29 years, retiring in 1986.
 
He brought a love of travel and laughter to his family taking them on extensive road trips which continued into retirement. In his retirement, his job as a shuttle driver at Rochester’s Holiday Inn provided benefits that allowed them to continue traveling for many years. Before putting away the road maps, they had traveled to all of the continental United States and Canada. After retiring, Phil and Gayle moved to Rochester where he found ways to apply his ingenuity and creative talents working in his shop and finishing their retirement home. Always a kidder, he loved a good laugh, making other’s laugh and was not opposed to playing a prank now and then.
 
He will be greatly missed by his wife Gayle, son Bryan and his wife Genell (Mantorville), daughter Jan Guild (Rochester) and son Tom (Rochester). He is also survived by sister Nordis (Frank) Munnikhuysen of Palm Desert, CA, brothers Ralph (Wilma) and Raymond (Darlene) Kyllo both from Hayfield, sister-in-law Orpha (Sanford) Edgar (Conroe, TX), grandchildren Dianna (Mark) Gryniewski, Lindsey Kyllo, Adam (Elizabeth) Kyllo, and Gordon and Gabriel Guild. Phil was blessed to have three great-grandchildren Olan and Elise (Dianna and Mark) and Dominick (Adam and Elizabeth) who always made him smile.
 
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Thea, sister Ruth and brother in-law Earnest Sire (Napa, CA) and step-brothers Sanford Edgar (Conroe, TX) and Maurice Edgar (Austin)
 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN. with Pastor Vern Christopherson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will follow at the Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sergeant, MN.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later according to their wishes.


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Shelley J. Trefz ~ Kasson

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Shelley Jeanne Trefz, 82, of Kasson, Minnesota, died peacefully in her sleep on June 23, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Her ashes will be taken to their final resting place in a private ceremony.
 
Shelley is survived by her three children, Jacquelyn Lee Danielson (Phil) of Kasson, James Robert Trefz (Lisa) of Brevard, North Carolina, and Michael Lewis Trefz of Phoenix, Arizona; and granddaughters Kirstin Ruth Trefz of Santa Rosa, California, and Tracey Jean Trefz of Phoenix, Arizona.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Foster and Almina (Blair) Lewis, and her husband, Donald Leroy Trefz.
 
Shelley was born on July 13, 1932 in Bottineau, North Dakota. She spent most of her youth in International Falls, Minnesota, where she graduated from high school. She married Donald Trefz of Coggon, Iowa on September 4, 1950. She lived with her family in Osage, Nashua and Charles City, Iowa. In later years she spent winters in Florence, Arizona and summers on Lake Vermilion in her beloved Northern Minnesota. She has lived the past few years in Kasson, Minnesota.
 
Shelley served for many years on the Charles City library board, where she was instrumental in the building of a beautiful new library, and on the city council from 1982 to 1991. Upon Shelley’s retirement from the council the chief of police established the Trefz Award to honor her strong and effective support of the law enforcement mission. The award continues to be granted from time to time to honor a deserving person in the community.
 
Shelley loved the outdoors, particularly the North Woods, and was a skilled boater and angler. She mastered any handcraft to which she applied herself, and was known as an outstanding knitter and sewer. She was a champion bridge player. Shelley loved music: she relaxed by playing the organ, and graced many worship services with her beautiful soprano voice. She loved her family deeply and cherished her many friends. She was always the person that others came to for practical advice.
 
As a mother, grandmother, and friend, Shelley was well loved and will be missed. The family asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be given to Paws and Claws Humane Society of Rochester, Minnesota or St. Judes Children’s Hospital.


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Mary Macgregor ~ Byron

Friday, June 12th, 2015

MacGregor, Mary

Mary H. (Walker) Macgregor passed away peacefully on June 10, 2015, at home surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer.
 
Mary was born in Eveleth, MN to Arthur (Art) & Gladys Helps. They moved to Duluth when Mary was very young. Mary graduated from Duluth East High School in 1959. Shortly after, she met her first husband, Stan Bloomberg, and had two daughters that have since passed away. After divorcing, she met Edward “Dayne” Walker and moved to Byron. She had two sons, Dave & Brent. After divorcing Dayne, around 1978, she lived in Byron raising her two sons. Later she met William C. Macgregor. After getting married, they moved to Eagle Lake where she remained until her cancer diagnosis in January 2015. At that point, she moved to Kasson to live with her eldest son, Dave.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister, two husbands and two children. She is survived by two sons, Dave (Darleen) Walker & Brent Walker; five step-sons, Bill Macgregor, Steve (Kate) Macgregor, Randy (Ann) Macgregor, Jim Macgregor & Mark Macgregor, twelve grandchildren & 5 great-grandchildren.
 
A gathering will be held at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN, on Saturday June 20th, from 11:00am to 3:00pm followed by an Irish Wake at the Kasson American Legion across the street. An inurnment will be in Duluth Calvary Cemetery to be announced at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution later according to their wishes.


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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

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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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