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Christian T. Wilcox ~ Mantorville

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Wilcox, Christian

Christian Thomas Wilcox died on January 18, 2015 near Mantorville, MN.

Christian was born January 25, 1991, in Rochester and lived most of his life in Mantorville. He graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 2009. Christian was active in Boy Scouts, and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009, following a restoration project in Mantorville’s Riverside Park.
Christian was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing in all seasons, learning to goose call and hunt when he was very young. He mentored others in the sports as well. He enjoyed many snowmobile trips to Wyoming with friends, golfing –especially an annual family reunion tournament– and spending time with his friends and his Labrador retriever, Riva.

Christian is survived by his parents, Mark and Michelle Wilcox, and sister, Kathryn (Katie) Wilcox, all of Mantorville; grandparents, Ronald and Darlene (Krumwiede) Olson of Eagan and Thomas and Mary (Runde) Wilcox of Mantorville; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of Christian’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January, 24, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Elmer Boyum ~ Kasson

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Boyum, Elmer

Elmer Boyum, 95, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson.

Elmer was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Canisteo Township, Dodge County, to Knute and Karina (Emerson) Boyum. He was baptized and confirmed at South Zumbro Lutheran Church. On Nov. 14, 1940, he married Norma Sorensen at East St. Olaf Church near Rock Dell. Norma died on June 29, 1946. He married Lucille Megrund on March 4, 1955, at the South Zumbro parsonage. 

The 10th of 11 children, he grew up on the family farm in rural Kasson and attended Flatta Country School. He worked as a farm hand and eventually purchased his parents’ farm. He later bought and operated two other farms south of Kasson, where he spent all of his working life. In addition to farming, he drove a fuel truck for Farmers Co-op of Hayfield and was a bus driver for Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools. Elmer retired from farming in 1974 and moved into Kasson in 1976. He moved into Prairie Meadows in 2012, but he never gave up on his goal of returning to his home. 

Elmer was a lifelong member of South Zumbro Lutheran Church. He was active in agricultural and political issues with the Farmers Union. He enjoyed his family, particularly playing board games with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great granddaughter. 

Elmer is survived by his wife, Lucille; one daughter, Carol (Ron) Rick of Dixon, Ill.; four sons, Norlyn of Peoria, Ariz., Kendall (Julie) of Hayfield, Tom (Gail) of Bloomington, Minn.; and Dwight (Judy) of Rochester; grandchildren Jaymie Boyum, Christine Frankowski, Chuck Boyum, Robin Smith, Jodi Rick, Bill Rick, Jennifer Rick, Susan Powers, Patrick Boyum,  Karine Greene, Audrin Place, Tanya Gregg, Tasha Raymo, Seth Boyum, Grace Boyum and Faith Boyum; great-grandchildren Sadie Rabun, Zachary Rabun, Ann Marie Frankowski, Emily Smith, Erica Smith, Erin Smith, A.J. Murdock, Owen Rick, Olivia Rick, Ethan Rick, Marissa Boyum, Andra Morales Reyes, Kamiah Adams, Paige Greene, Kennedy Greene, Katie Powers, Nyah Gregg, Brayden Raymo and Kaylee Raymo; and one great-great granddaughter, Brielle Boyum-Henrichs.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma; granddaughter Heidi Rick;  great-granddaughter Natalie Gregg; brothers Selmer, Clarence, Clifford, Bennie and Walter, and sisters Ruby, Edna, Luella, Esther and Clara. 

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 120th Ave. SW, in rural Kasson, with the Rev. Mark Schwartz officiating. 

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at South Zumbro Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the church service on Monday. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the United Way or to a charity of your choice.

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Douglas M. Hegna ~ Kasson

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Hegna, Doug

Douglas Monroe Hegna, 84, passed away on January 18, 2014, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, MN. Douglas was born on June 12, 1930 in Sergeant, MN to Knute and Mabelle Hegna. Doug was united in marriage to Sally Thronson on June 23, 1956.

Douglas was in the US Army 1951-1953 and a member of the American Legion for 68 years. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Quarve and Anderson Construction Company in Rochester, MN and retired in 1994. Douglas enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Douglas is survived by his children Cindy (Robert) Quaale of Dodge Center, MN, Sheila Hegna of Rochester, MN, and son, Jody Knute (Marie) Hegna of Little Falls, MN; grandchildren Joshua Iverson, Stacey Iverson, Andrew Hegna, Eric Hegna, and Dylan Quaale and great-grandchildren Hayven Iverson, Colton Ness and Kale Hegna.

Douglas was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Hegna, three brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.

The funeral service will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Paul D. Brannan ~ Mantorville

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Brannan, Paul

Paul David Brannan, 57, of Mantorville, MN passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015, at his home following an acute heart attack. He was born February 11, 1957, in Rochester, MN, the son of Glen and Pauline (Boyum) Brannan.

Paul attended Kasson-Mantorville Schools, class of 1976. He entered the U.S. Army following high school. Upon discharge, he was employed in the construction business for several years, building silos, pole buildings, and doing concrete work.

In recent years, he enjoyed helping out on the Tvedt farm, his brother Mark’s hog farm, and spent a lot of time helping his good friend Larry Hanson at his farm. Paul also enjoyed metal scrapping and recycling. He will always be remembered for his willingness to help others, his good-hearted nature, and hearty laugh.

He was united in marriage on June 10, 1978 to Jurine Peterson. They were later divorced.

Paul is survived by his children, Jodi (Kyle) Larson of Troy, ID and Matt (Nicole) Brannan of Kasson, MN; grandchildren Cole, Hannah and Julia Larson and Viola and Zoey Brannan; mother Pauline (Lowell Tvedt); brothers, Gary (Tracy Stephens), Mark Bruno (Jenny) all of Kasson and Dale (Andrea) of Mantorville; step-brother John (Jodie) Tvedt of rural Byron and step-sister Sarah (Eric) Poole of Byron. Paul leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Paul is also survived by his life partner of 24 years, Laurie Cotten; step-daughters Georgina Logan of Rochester and Jesse Logan of Mantorville, and step-grandchildren, Adrian and Jazmin Hollins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Brannan; paternal grandparents, Miles and Frances Brannan; maternal grandparents, Selmer and Julia Boyum; infant brother and step-grandchild, Alexander Hollins.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, at 1:00 pm at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. There will be no reviewal.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

Blessed be his memory.

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Twila Goodman ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Goodman, Twila

Twila A. Goodman, 86, of Kasson, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Hospital of natural causes. 

Twila was born in Rochester on Dec. 28, 1928, the daughter of John and Helen Nelson. Twila graduated from Byron High School in 1947. She married Charles Edward Goodman of Byron on June 8, 1947. They were married for 64 years and had five children. Twila worked as a telephone operator on the switchboard in Byron. She worked at Erdman’s grocery store in Mantorville. She then went to work at the Dodge County Courthouse for 26 years. Upon her retirement, she enjoyed being president of the TOPS club in Kasson, and was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Her last few years she thoroughly enjoyed her time as secretary at the Sunwood Senior Citizens Center in Kasson, visiting and sharing meals with friends, playing cards and bingo!

She is survived by two sons, John Charles (Lynda) of Mantorville and James Allan (Teresa) of Hayfield; two daughters, Judy Ann Goodman of Byron and Jean Marie Goodman of Byron; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Virgil Nelson of Rochester; and sister, LaVonne Ermeloff of Oronoco.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Goodman; her parents, John and Helen Nelson; son, Joel Edward Goodman; brother, Jarl Nelson; and two sisters, Darlene Strain and Shirley Ann Nelson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. NW in Kasson, with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in rural Rochester. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

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Kary L. Garvey ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Garvey, Kary

Kary Lynn Garvey passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was born January 17, 1966 in Ada, MN to Wendel and Marjorie (Holmen) Corbett.  Kary graduated from Aurora/Hoyt Lakes High School in 1984 and the University of North Dakota in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and bachelor of arts degree in marketing. 

After graduating, she moved to Rochester, MN in December of 1988.  On January 7, 1989, she married Russel Garvey in Grand Forks, ND.
The couple moved to Mantorville, MN in 1993.

Kary worked at IBM as a computer programer and most recently for CTG in the IBM Software support center.

Kary enjoyed hockey, quilting and was very active with all of her children’s activities.

Kary is survived by her husband Russel, daughter Brooke, son Jacob, four brothers: Ken, Brad, Brent and Kevin, father Wendell and step-mother Kaye.

Kary was preceded in death by mother, Marjorie Corbett.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 West Main, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to:  Sisters of St Francis/CASFA, 1001 14th ST NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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Joyce Alberts ~ Mantorville

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Joyce Alberts, 79, of Mantorville passed away Sunday, December 28 at her home.

Joyce was born January 5, 1935 in Minnesota City to Edward and Hazel Stewart.  She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1953.

On September 21, 1953, she married Donald Alberts and moved to a farm north of Mantorville.  Joyce worked as a bookkeeper for various places as well as helped on the farm.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald, three children, Laurie (Scott) Lund of Blaine, Debbie Alberts of Mantorville, and Wayne (Tammy) Alberts also of Mantorville; six grandchildren; eight great-grand children; and two sisters, Janette Felger of Byron and Ann Wilke of Kasson.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ramona Peabody and Hazel Paulsen.

Joyce was strong in her faith and spent many hours volunteering.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, served as a Deaconess, as well as other positions at the church.  Joyce also loved gardening, canning, baking and spending time with grandchildren, friends and family.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11am at the First Congregational Church in Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the First Congregational Church of Mantorville.

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Lyle Fiegel ~ Kasson

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

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Lyle Fiegel, 92, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson, Minnesota.

He was born at the family farm southeast of Kasson on September 8, 1922, to Oliver and Vivian (Tucker) Fiegel. Lyle completed country school through the eighth grade and then began farming on the family farm with his father. For many years, they had dairy cattle and hogs along with corn, soybeans, hay, and oats. He sold Funks Seed Corn in the 1940s and 1950s. Later he farmed with his son and grandson. He liked to dance and going to dance halls. Lyle married Alice Johnson of Kasson on June 16, 1944, and was later divorced.

Lyle loved farming and was able to continue farming until he was 85 years old. He moved to Prairie Meadows Senior Living in September 2010. He enjoyed going for rides to see the progress of crops and how the harvest was coming along. He loved looking at farming magazines and talking about farming. He also enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Lyle is survived by his son, Jerry (Coralie) Fiegel of Kasson; daughter, Diane (Charles) Dick of Rochester; sister, Catherine Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; four grandchildren, Julie (Dennis) Mattila of Watertown, Wisconsin; Joseph Fiegel of Kasson; Stephen Dick of Seattle, Washington; Andrew Dick of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; a nephew, John Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; and special friend Sharon Rieken. Lyle is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law George Roberts.

His body was donated to the Mayo Foundation for research and education at his request.

A gathering will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 2, 2015, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Kasson assisted the family with arrangements.

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Bernette Kellar ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Bernette Kellar was born December 14, 1922 in Kasson to Clarence and Josie Himle. She grew up in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1940.

After high school she was employed at Davidson Loan Company in Minneapolis. In 1947 she returned to Rochester and was employed at Mayo Clinic for 14 years. After that she was employed for many years at the Kasson-Mantorville Telephone Company.

She married Kenneth Kellar on March 2, 1957 at the little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters Alice and Joan. She is survived by her step-daughters Barbara Kellar of Coon Rapids, MN, Kathleen (Buddy) Martinez of Kasson, grandsons Todd (Jeri) Ness and Craig (Victoria) Ness of Kasson, three great grandsons and a great granddaughter, nephews Jim Kisro, John Kisro and nieces Jody Carlson, Jill O’Neill.

In accordance with her request, there will be no reviewal or visitation and her body will be cremated. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

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Virginia Blaine ~ Kasson

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Blaine, Virginia

Virginia M. Blaine, 92, of Kasson, passed away at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Virginia M. Hegna was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Sargeant. She married Clark Blaine on June 1, 1940, in Osage, Iowa. Mr Blaine died in 2003. Virginia was active in the Boston Cafe, Ranch Motel and Horizon Construction until retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson since 1946.

Virginia loved reading, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, family genealogy, traveling with her husband and cooking. Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Blaine of Kasson; a son, Carter (Kathy) Blaine of Rochester; one grandson, Jon (Rebecca) Blaine of Kasson; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Nick) DeFrang of Rochester, Carly (Samone Derks) Blaine of Seattle, Wash., and Lindsey (Phil Carlson) Blaine of Rochester; she has four great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Taylor Blaine of Kasson and Charlie and Claire DeFrang of Rochester.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.

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