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Marilyn E. Fiegel ~ Kasson

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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Marilyn Elaine (Paulson) Fiegel, age 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Rochester Minnesota, where she had resided for the past 5 years. Marilyn was born on November 15, 1934 in Faribault County Minnesota to Louis and Martha (Wilke) Paulson. She had 5 sisters and 4 brothers. The family moved and resided on the Paulson Family Farm in rural Mantorville for years. She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1952. She was joined in marriage to David W. Fiegel in October 1953, and they were blessed with two sons and two daughters. They were later divorced.
 
Marilyn worked as a waitress in earlier years at such places as the Kahler Hotel in Rochester, the Hubbell House in Mantorville and the old Boston Cafe in Kasson. She later worked and retired from the Dodge County Court House – Auditor’s Office. After retirement she spent much of her time with family, friends, and grandchildren; even volunteering at the Kasson Elementary School as a Foster Grandma to many grade school children. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson.
 
She is survived by two sons, Garth Fiegel (Kasson) and Gary Fiegel (Byron); one daughter, Jill (Jeff) Wehmanen, (McKinley MN); two grandsons, Michael Fiegel (Alyssa) of Montgomery MN, and Broc Fiegel of Spring Valley; four grand-daughters, Jessica (Frank) Simmons of Duluth, Elaine Fiegel (Jeff Prokop) of Kasson, Karli Fiegel (Matt) of Rochester and Larissa Fiegel of Spring Valley; three great-grandsons, Slade Fiegel, Camden Prokop, Nolan Fiegel and two great-granddaughters, Ashley Fiegel and Willow Prokop. Also surviving are two brothers, Everett (April) Paulson of Kasson and Jerry Paulson of Minneapolis; and sister, Bernice (Roland) O’Groske of Rochester as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Marie Fiegel; parents Louis and Martha Paulson; brothers Ken Paulson and Robert Paulson; sisters Alice Buske, Dolores Stevens, Shirley Stevenson,and Mary Flikke and Brothers-in-law Lyle Buske, Dick Stevens, Stanley Stevenson and Ken Flikke.
 
Her infectious smile and wit will be truly missed…blessed be her memory!
 
Funeral Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 302 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church.
 
The Fiegel family would like to thank all who cared and loved her over the past 5 years at Maple Manor Nursing Home, St. John’s Lutheran Church Kasson and Dibble Funeral Home Kasson


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Severt R. Fiksen ~ Dodge Center

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Severt Robert Fiksen, 66, went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2016. He was born to Ludvig & Gladys (Dale) Fiksen on October 5, 1950. He married MaryLynn Ostroot (daughter of Reverend William & Judith Ostroot) on October 23, 1982. The couple made their home in rural Kasson on the family farm. Severt later worked at Schmidt Printing in Byron, and currently worked at Hayfield Window & Door.
 
He leaves behind a son – James (Jamey), 28, and daughter – Jenny Lynn, 25, well as Jenny’s two daughters, Annabelle & Olivia Annis. Sisters; Martha Hilliard, Norma Braun; Brother-David Fiksen; and many nieces and nephews.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother John Fiksen, and one sister – Mary Olsen.
The funeral service will be at 11 A.M. on Saturday, Nov. 26th at South Zumbro Luthern Church, 4830 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will also be at the church the night before; Nov. 25th from 5-7 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in the South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery.


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Theodore A. “Ted” Singfiel – Dodge Center

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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Theodore Albert Singfiel, age 88, of Dodge Center passed away peacefully at Fairview Care Center on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
 
Theodore was born May 10, 1928 in Rochester, Minnesota, the son of Albert and Alva (Laabs) Singfiel. Ted grew up on the family farm where they raised and showed pure breed duroc hogs. He attended the little country school (Fitch) down the road from the farm. Ted married Harriet Olson on November 3, 1951 in Arkansas and they farmed until 1968. They moved to Mississippi for a couple of years and then to Kasson, where he owned and operated Ted’s Mobil Service until retirement in 1983.
 
Ted was in the Army 96 AAA from 1950-1953 and was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where their first daughter, Beverly, was born. He enjoyed traveling and visited all but a few states. He made many trips to Branson, MO with Wymen Jensen for the Veterans Day Reunion. Ted loved his visits to Montana where daughter Bonnie and family lived where he found time for some hunting and fishing. Farming was always a part of his life. He spent many hours working on the farms of his children, which he loved to do. Other activities he enjoyed were playing cards, horse shoes, pool, going to watch his son Dan at the stock car races and his favorite thing was just being Grandpa to many grandkids.
 
Survivors include his former wife Harriet; three daughters, Beverly (Arlin) Johnson of Kasson, Bonnie Longmire of Rochester, and Carol (John) Allen of Mantorville; three sons, Scott (Pam), Daniel (Robyn) both of Mantorville and John of Rochester.
 
Ted will be greatly missed by his 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren plus many nieces, nephews and friends.
 
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Marie, Sylvia and brother Edward.
 
The funeral service for Ted will be held Saturday, November 19 at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN at 11:00 am with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Fairview Care Center, 702 10th Ave NW, Dodge Center, MN 55927.


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James P. Ranvek – Kasson

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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James Palmer Ranvek, 90, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, MN. James was born on May 20, 1926 at home in Dodge County to Henry and Clara Ranvek of Rural Kasson. James was married to LaVain Murriel Edgar on October 3, 1946. They are the parents of six children; Lowell (Melissa) Ranvek of Jacksboro, TN, Linda (Ron) Johnson of Rochester, Michael (Vickie) Ranvek of Kasson, Jerry (Pam) Ranvek of Kasson, Randall (Barb) Ranvek of Lake City and Nancy (Jeff) Smith of Mantorville who all survive as well as 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 16 great- great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Holly.
 
Jim worked for Lampland Well Drilling, Tietje Produce, Wentz Plumbing and retired from the Byron Elevator while farming and milking cows on his home farm. Jim and LaVain wintered in Arizona after retirement. He enjoyed watching Nascar and spending time with family and friends.
 
Services will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.
 
Memorials will be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. A special thank you to Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield for the care they have given Jim.


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Charles F. Rath ~ Kasson

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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Our loving father, Charles (Chuck) Francis Rath, age 79, died in the early morning hours on October 30th, 2016, peacefully with his hands folded in prayerful meditation after a long illness.
 
Chuck was both November 29th, 1936 in Easton, Minnesota. His childhood revolved around the workings of the family farm where he spent an additional two years post-high school helping his dad until he enlisted in the Army. He graduated in 1954 from Bethlehem Academy High School, Faribault, Minnesota. While in the service, he kept in touch with the love of his life, Barbara Kroneberger. He proposed to Barbara over the phone, and she made all the necessary arrangements to make that happen when Chuck came home on leave. After their marriage, they lived in Germany until Chuck was honorably discharged and started a family upon returning to the states.
 
They raised nine children: John, Beada, Chuck Jr., Todd, Chris, Jim, Doug, Angela and Anthony. Chuck is also survived by his sister Rita and brothers Terry, Pat, Mike, Quentin, Mitchell and Mark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Bunnie, and his wife Barbara.
 
The majority of Chuck’s working years were spent as a salesman, selling everything from Kirby vacuum cleaners and home improvement products to Craftmatic beds. Chuck, a natural salesman, sincerely enjoyed meeting new people and learning about their lives. Wherever he would go, you would find him “holding court” surrounded by friends or family, discussing the meaning of life and telling stories. In his free time, Chuck enjoyed cards at the senior center, reading, assembling puzzles, buttered popcorn on the stove, bible study and church. Chuck was an avid reader of military accounts and was somewhat of an armchair expert on history and politics. He will be dearly missed and remembered.
 
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2 from 6 to 8 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street in Kasson. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m Thursday, November 3rd at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery.


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John O’Malley ~ Kasson

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

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John Lee O’Malley drove off into the sunset with the Lord on October 28th, 2016. He won his battle with cancer, now free. John left this world at the mere age of 60 years old. Born August 25th, 1956, in Mantorville, MN to Henry and Matilda O’Malley, John was the youngest of six children.
 
John enjoyed the outdoors, driving trucks and riding motorcycles. He most enjoyed family and friends. John lived a life of hardwork on the family farm, graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School and served his country in the United States Air Force. He owned and operated O’Malley Trucking firm for 20-plus years.
 
He is survived by his two sons Danny O’Malley of Kasson, MN, and Ben O’Malley of Utica MN; brother, Larry O’Malley (Kathy) of Kasson, MN; and two sisters Loretta Brandli of West Concord, MN and Geraldine O’Kane of Vadnais Heights, MN. John is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who have helped him so very much this past year; there are just to many to mention individually. He was supported during this battle by many friends and family to whom he was very grateful. He was preceded in death by brother Harlan (Mary), Mother (Matilda) and Father (Henry), brother-in law Richard O’Kane, sister Geneva Bossart.
 
Visitation will be Friday, November 4 from 2:00-3:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at 3:00 in the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tom Kunz officiating. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Mantorville. Military graveside services will be provided by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.


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Victoria K. Martin ~ West Concord

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

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Victoria Kay (Anderson) Martin, 63, of West Concord died at St. Mary’s Hospital-Rochester on October 10, 2016 at 9:30 pm of kidney failure. Victoria was born at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, going to Minnetonka with her family. She found Christ as her Savior at age 10 when kidney disease was discovered at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She graduated from Hopkins Eisenhower High School in 1971. She graduated from Florians School of Hair Design and also attended St. Paul Bible College. She worked as a hairdresser and an executive secretary. She met and later married Carl J. Martin at Wooddale Church on July 11, 1981.
 
They moved to Portland, Oregon while Carl finished his theology degree and was the Assistant Manager at the Seminary Bookstore. While he was on staff at the school and also a Free Church in LeCenter, WA. She was a past member of Minnetonka Mills Community Church, Wooddale Church and various Free Churches in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota as well as the Trinity Bible Church of Portland, Oregon.
 
Survivors include her husband, Rev. Carl J. Martin of West Concord, MN; a son, Alexander Andrew Martin of Bellingham, WA; sister Candace Luhrsen and her husband Donal of Mimbres, NM, and her sons Cedric, Lars and Courtney and their children Lane and Belle of Greenley, CO; Dan and Kim of Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents Burton W. and Verda (Patt) Anderson.
 
Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 17, at the Pine Island Cemetery. A short service with luncheon will follow at the home of Sharril Wheeler in Old Concord, MN.
 
Memorials are preferred to the family and may be directed to Carl Martin, PO Box 22, West Concord, MN 55985. Many thanks to all for your prayers and love.


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Bruce A. Skow ~ Kasson

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

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Bruce Alan Skow passed away Friday, October 7, 2016, at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, MN. Bruce was born June 13, 1937, on a farm near Rutland, Iowa to Alan and Marjorie (Lansing) Skow. The day Bruce was born, it rained so much that the Doctor had to wade through knee-deep water walking up the driveway.
 
Bruce was a farmer and loved it. He took great pride in showing his grand champion steer at the Humboldt Iowa County Fair in the early 1950’s. Bruce also grew up loving horses. His first horse was a Shetland pony bought from a carnival in Humboldt, IA. He was known to give his cousins and friends some wild rides. In 1954, his family moved from Rutland, Iowa to a farm west of Stewartville, MN. When he quit farming, due to Parkinson’s disease, he continued to drive tractor for Delbert and Laurie Lecy.
 
Bruce married Karen Scharberg on October 28, 1961, at Evanger Lutheran Church, Sargeant, MN. In July of 1965, their daughter, Patricia Diane, was born. They enjoyed camping on the Mississippi River and traveling the western states to Phoenix and San Bernardino; and going up North with the family. Bruce also enjoyed deer hunting with his deer-hunting buddies for many years. He especially enjoyed his two grandkids, going to their many school events and giving them rides on his tractor.
 
In 2007, Bruce and Karen bought a house at South Fork in Kasson, MN. As a result of having a stroke and Parkinson’s disease, Bruce moved to Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN July of 2011.
 
Bruce is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen; daughter, Patty (Dennis) Foster, Mantorville, MN; grandson Jason (Amber) Foster, great-grandson, Elliott Foster, Kasson, MN; granddaughter, Julia Foster, Charlotte, NC; brother Keith Skow, Byron, MN; sisters JulieAnn Wickstrom, Burnsville, MN and Diane Johnson, San Bernardino, CA; brother-in-law Arlan (Sharon) Scharberg, Hayfield, MN, along with several nieces and nephews.
 
We especially want to thank all our friends, neighbors and family for their support and help. Thank you to Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center for their wonderful, compassionate care. Also, thank you to St. Croix Hospice for their end-of-life care.
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be Monday, October 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.


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Robert P. Chesnutt ~ Kasson

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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Robert Paul Chesnutt, 82, of Kasson (and formerly Rochester), MN passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 4, 2016 in his home at Prairie Meadows Senior Apartments. He had been a resident there since April, 2016.
 
Bob was born November 30, 1933 in Phillipston, PA to Roy and Garnet Chesnutt. After graduating high school, he married Helen Loretta Chesnutt on July 29 1953 in East Brady, PA. Soon after that he enlisted in the army and served in the military for 3 years, during that enlistment the family lived in Heidelberg, Germany. After leaving the service he started his career with IBM in PA which then took him to San Jose CA, and in 1966 he moved his family to Rochester, MN. He worked for IBM for 25 years until his retirement in 1985, and then continued on as a supplemental employee with IBM until 2001.
 
After the death of his wife Helen on September 11, 2005, Bob married Margaret ( Maggie) Stoutner on September 1st, 2007 in Waterloo, Iowa and they were married 9 years. They resided in Kasson for a few years, and Washington, Iowa and loved to winter in Green Valley, AZ. Bob just recently moved back to Kasson in April, 2016 to Prairie Meadows.
 
Bob absolutely loved cars. Throughout his live he loved to work on them, collect them and talk about them. Repairing and restoring cars was his love and passion. He sought out the local car clubs in every location that he lived.
 
Bob was a member of the Hiawatha Antique Automobile Club, and the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kasson.
 
Preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Helen, Bob is survived by his children: Robert (Rhonda) Chesnutt of Arvada, Colorado, Joan (Gary) Olson of Mazeppa, MN, and James (Barbra) Chesnutt of Lakewood, Colorado. Bob had 8 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Also survived by his second wife Margaret (Maggie) Stoutner.
 
The Funeral will be at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave NW, Kasson, MN on Friday October 7th, 2016 at 11:00am with Pastor John DuBall officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester, MN.
Please direct any Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Heart Association.


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Iva A. King ~ Byron

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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The funeral for Iva A. (Chilson) King will be Friday, September 16 at 11:00 am at The Byron United Methodist Church, 708 4th Ave. NW, Byron, MN. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
 
Pastor Beth Perez will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery near Byron.
Iva died Saturday, September, 10, 2016, at Madonna Towers in Rochester.
Iva was born August, 16, 1925, in rural Olmsted County. She was baptized at the Byron United Methodist Church with her Mother.
 
Iva, 91, of Byron, was an active member of Byron Methodist Church. When asked if she ever felt that God had a special calling on her life, she replied, ”yes, as a caregiver to the elderly members of my family. Plus I felt good helping other people”.
 
She enjoyed all sports when watching her family participate. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and traveling. Her favorite destination was Hawaii with family members. Iva loved to “ visit “ and had many a conversations.
 
Survivors include three daughters, LaLonnie Voll (Donald), Loah Nelson (Bob), Laya Morris (Kevin); two sons, Larry “Bear” King (Mary), Monte King (Kathryn); 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren plus 1 arriving in April, 1 great, great-grandchild, plus many nieces and nephews. She is also survived a brother Cecil Chilson (Shirley).
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Laurence, grandson Jeff Voll, great granddaughter Hannah Voll , special aunt Melissa Ames, sister Lilah Worth, and brother Arbey Chilson.


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