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Anderson “Andy” Kelley ~ Kasson

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Anderson “Andy” Kelley, 77, of Kasson, a retired Roma Pizza salesman, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, October 30, 2017.
 
He was born May 21, 1940, in Las Vegas and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1958. There, he excelled in basketball.
 
On January 26, 1963, he married the love of his life, Evelyn C. Beckett. They moved to Kasson in 1969 to raise their family. He worked for Dadco Foods for 31 years before retiring to take care of his wife. He showed great pride in watching his boys and grandkids playing their many different sports; often times helping them to excel in these activities.
 
Survivors include his four boys, Chuck (Sandy), Mike (Lisa), Sean (Patti) and Aaron (Sandy); his 11 grandkids, Meghan, Patrick, Jessica, Brett, Scott, Ally, Josy, Mycah, Adi, Sydney and Brinn; and one great-grandson, Vinnie.
 
A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, November 3, from 4:00-7:00 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 101 First Street NE, Kasson, followed by a Celebration of Life at the American Legion in Kasson.
 
His body was donated to the Mayo Clinic for anatomical research.


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Gary J. Gilbertson ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Gary Joe Gilbertson 60, of Mantorville, Minnesota passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice on October 30, 2017.
He had a long two and half year battle with Stage IV Cancer.
 
He was born in Rochester, Minnesota the son of Edwin and Laura Gilbertson.
 
Gary is survived by his wife Brenda Gilbertson; stepdaughter Jessica (Greg) Kokoschke of Rochester, MN; four brothers, Raymond Gilbertson, Tom (Kathy) Gilbertson, Dewey (Tami) Gilbertson, and Kenny (Teresa)Gilbertson all of Kasson; three sisters, Pat (Chuck) Vanderberg, Sharon (Gary) Gullickson and Karen Hill; two grandsons,Tyler Rodenz and Hunter King; granddaughter, Riley King and mother, Laura Gilbertson. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
He attended Kasson-Mantorville School.
 
Gary was a lifelong over-the-road truck driver, working for R & K Express for many years; then with Lawrence Transportation until he could no longer drive due to his illness.
 
The unselfish man that he was, Gary opened his door and his heart to his grandsons Tyler & Hunter whom he raised as his own for many years.
He loved watching them grow into fine young men, listening to their goals in life and watching them play sports. He was the best Papa a kid could ask for!
 
In his free time you’d find him outside, always fixing something, chatting with the neighbors, and was a perfectionist in his lawn care.
He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.
 
The funeral service will be held on Friday, November 3 at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
 
A special thank you to Seasons Hospice for all the care, love and support.
Blessed be his memory.


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Asa A. Kendall ~ Kasson

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Asa Allen Kendall, 95, of Kasson, MN passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at his home.
 
Asa was born on April 12, 1922, in Badoura Township, Hubbard County, MN to Rosa (Dimmick) and Fred Kendall. He was the 8th of 11 children.
 
Asa graduated from high school in Garden City, MN. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII and served in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. DeHaven.
 
Asa married LaMerle Newsum in Garden City, MN on June 22, 1947. They were blessed with 6 children.
 
Following his time in the service, Asa farmed, worked construction, and also worked in retail.
 
Asa is survived by LaMerle, his wife of 70 years, children Carol (Gary) Briley, Judy (Elden) Royer, Allen (Glenda) Kendall, Curt (Sheila) Kendall, Bret Kendall and Anita (Ron) Stoudt; grandchildren Sarah, Joshua, Rachel, Brenda, Anthony, Duane, Allison, Andrea, Andrew, Rebekah, Abigail, Ryan John, Anthony, Reannah, Annah, Rosalee; step-grandchildren Brian, Danny and Peter; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Alice Hicks and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 siblings, and one grandson, Jay Jay.
 
Asa enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, gospel music, and visiting with family and friends. One of his fondest experiences in later life was being part of the Honor Flight Program.
 
Asa was known for his love of his family and friends, his kitty, Tiger, and being a neighborhood “grandfather.” He will be remembered and missed for his quick wit, sense of humor and also his enjoyment of a good joke or prank.
 
So long Honey, Dad, Grandpa, Ace.
 
The family wishes to express gratitude to Veteran Affairs of Mantorville, Prairie River care staff, Mayo Hospice, Rochester Health Services West care staff, Kasson Fire Deparment and Dodge Center Ambulance.
 
Visitation will be Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 304 4th Street NW, Kasson. His military internment with honor guard will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at 11:30 am on Friday, October 27th. A memorial service will follow at 2:30 pm at First Baptist Church in Kasson with Pastor Brandon Black officiating.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution later according to their wishes.


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Herbert R. Sackett ~ Rochester

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Herbert Roy Sackett, age 95, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2017
at Rochester East Health Services in Rochester, MN.
 
Herb was born on July 10, 1922 in Dodge County, MN to Walter and Louise
(Burzlaff) Sackett. He grew up on a farm near West Concord, MN working with his grandfather, uncles, and brothers. He graduated from West Concord High School.
 
Herb married Arlowyne (Arly) E. Olsen on October 19, 1945. They farmed in
several Dodge County locations before moving into Kasson, MN. He then worked for Waters Instruments in Rochester and later Owatonna Canning Company and Gandy Company. They bought their hobby farm near Dodge Center, MN to enjoy during their retirement. Arly passed away in December of 2000. Herb later moved back to Kasson, MN. He enjoyed farming, gardening, woodworking and time with his family and friends.
 
He is survived by his daughters Kathryn (Dean) Mennen and Karen (Harlan)
Gerke; grandchildren Lisa (James) Carlson, Darin (Carla) Jensen, Bill
(Jessica) Gerke, Robin Rust, Dan Gerke, Daryl (Nicole) Mennen and Doreen
Gould; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Delores Sackett, Eleanor
Sackett, Jean (Olsen) Coshun; and brother-in-law Ralph Olsen.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arly, his parents and his brothers
William Sackett, Robert Sackett and Harley Sackett.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 am until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery, Old Concord, MN.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial be directed to them for distribution per their wishes.


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Jerald R. “Jerry” Tompkins ~ Byron

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Jerald R. (Jerry) Tompkins passed away on September 27, 2017 at Prairie Meadows in Kasson where he had resided since May 2015. Jerry was born in Byron, MN on May 15, 1936 to LeRoy and Mary (Winslow) Tompkins.
 
Jerry married Anneliese Hutzler Fricker on February 17, 1979. She passed away in 2004. He worked at the Mayo Clinic x-ray lab until going to IBM where he retired after 29 years. While at IBM, he was drafted and spent two years in the US Army.
 
He was a member of the Byron United Methodist Church, the Byron Area Historical Society, Byron Area Senior Citizens, Byron American Legion Post #119 and the Byron Alumni Association. Jerry and Ann were frequent travelers and their last trip was a Silver Anniversary cruise with the family.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Dorine (5 days old) and his wife. Survivors include brother Stanley (Darlene) of Kasson; son James (Kari); daughter Julie (Scott) Raddatz; stepsons Rick (Sharon) Fricker, Jim Fricker (Renita Wolf) both of Rochester, and Edward (Jacquie) Fricker of Stewartville; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Byron United Methodist Church, 507 – 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Joel Xavier of the Kasson United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.
 
Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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Ruby E. Gronseth ~ Pine Island

Monday, August 28th, 2017

A memorial service for Ruby E. Gronseth, 92, of Pine Island will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 30, at St. Michaels Catholic Church, 451 5th St SW, Pine Island, MN with Fr. Randal Kasel officiating. Visitation will be at the church the day of the service from 9:30-11:00 am. A luncheon will follow the service as will the burial of her cremated remains at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Mantorville, MN . Ruby passed away peacefully on August 27th at Pine Haven Nursing Home, Pine Island, surrounded by her family.
 
Ruby Evelyn Gronseth was born March 27, 1925 in Forest City, Iowa to the late Selmer and Tilda (Wooge) Anderson. She grew up on the family farm in rural Forest City Iowa. The Anderson family moved to Grand Meadow, MN in 1936. She was united in marriage to Lyman Gronseth, Sr. on November 27, 1944 in Claremont, Minnesota.
 
Ruby was a homemaker for much of her married life. Ruby was the spiritual director, nurse, cook, teacher, warden, seamstress and gardener to her family. Ruby had careers at Hormel, Walters Conley and IBM Rochester, where she retired. Ruby was an active member of St. Michael’s Church in Pine Island for many years. She was also an active member at the Pine Island Senior Citizens Center with the craft group, making many beautiful and unique handmade quilts for The Ronald McDonald House, Women’s Shelter, Love Project, Children’s Crisis Center and many more. Ruby also taught aerobics class every Friday for many years at the Senior Center and assisted in the malt wagon during a number of Cheese Festivals. Ruby enjoyed walking, playing cards, dancing, singing, crocheting, traveling, gardening and watching the Vikings. Most of all she loved her family and spending time with them.
 
She is survived by her children Pamela Smith of Deer River, MN, Patricia (Bob) Carney of Oconto Falls WI, Lyman (Rachelle) Gronseth, Jr. and David Gronseth, both of Pine Island MN; daughter in-law Jean Gronseth of Hudson WI.; nine wonderful grandchildren, Lon, Heidi, Melissa, Tony, Sheryl, Jason, Peter, Sara and Tyler; 14 precious great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; two brothers, Wilford Anderson and Hubert (Nancy) Anderson along with many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
 
Preceding Ruby in death were her parents; husband Lyman Sr.; son Douglas; son in-law David Smith; grandson Johnathon Gronseth; sisters Martha Belknap, Charlotte (Jennings) Nessa and brother Sanford Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to the Pine Island Senior Citizens Center or the Pine Haven Nursing Home, both located in Pine Island.


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Lenora Tvedt ~ Kasson

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Lenora Tvedt, 92, of Kasson passed away peacefully on August 17, 2017. She was born on January 4, 1925 in Wykoff, MN. She married Joseph Tvedt on December 16, 1943. They farmed south of Byron until moving to Kasson in 2001.
 
Lenora is survived by one son, three daughters, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and one grandson.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastors John Allen and Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Mark J. Knutson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Mark Jon Knutson, 58, of Kasson, Minnesota passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Mark had a two and a half year battle with stage IV metastatic prostate cancer.
Mark was born on December 21, 1958 in Owatonna, Minnesota, to Verna (Kitty) Kajer and Walfred (Wally) Knutson. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1977; he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1982; he also graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences with a degree in Radiology in 1991.
 
On April 7, 1990 he married the love of his life, Bethany Nelson, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, where they eloped. Together, they had two daughters, Mariah and Brianna, whom Mark thought the world of. Mark retired from Mayo Clinic in 2014, after 24 years of service as a Radiology Technologist.
 
He was a passionate hunter and fishermen; he truly loved the outdoors. Mark was an avid runner and participated in Grandma’s Marathon in his favorite town of Duluth, Minnesota. Mark loved to spend time with his family; especially camping every weekend during the summer months and going to his favorite vacation spot in Mexico. He enjoyed watching the Vikings, the Wild, but most importantly, he loved watching his daughters play their sports when they were in high school. He was a loving father, husband, and a friend to all
 
Mark is survived by his wife Beth; their two daughters, Mariah Knutson of Rochester, and Brianna Knutson of Kasson; his sister Valerie (David) Halling, of Rochester; his brother, Kevin Knutson of Faribault; his two step-brothers, Klane (Shelly) Dushek of Owatonna, and Roger Dushek of Owatonna; as well as many other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Kitty and Ed Kajer; his father, Wally Knutson, who passed away the morning before Mark; his step-mother, Marlene Knutson; as well as many other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
 
A special thank you to Seasons Hospice for their loving care and support.
Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, Sunday, August 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, Minnesota. There will be no reviewal. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, August 14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor John Allen officiating.
 
Mark was humble, kind, and was known to always put others first… In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Knutson Family, and they will distribute to charities in remembrance of Mark.
 
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” ~Luke 23:43


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Richard L. Finley ~ Mantorville

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Richard L. Finley, 89, of Mantorville, passed away peacefully July 16, 2017 at Fiarview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.
 
He was born on March 5, 1928 in Rochester (Olmsted County). His parents were Harry and Sena (DeVries) Finley of Douglas. He graduated from the Douglas area school with an 8th grade education. He married Ella Dohrmann on September 14, 1947 in Pine Island. They were married 59 years and together had eight children whom they raised on a farm in rural Kasson.
 
Richard worked as a Mantorville police officer, farmer, ambulance driver, truck driver, and bus driver (school, coach, shuttle). He enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, camping, driving his golf cart around and visiting with people, and old time music, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with family and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play.
 
Richard is survived by his children, Diane (Wayne) Wilson of Wanamingo, Wesley (Ramona) Finley of Kasson, Charles, Sr. (Candace) Finley of Pine Island, Jean Finley of Little Canada, Nancy Finley of St. Paul, Audrey Finley of Mantorville, and Bonita (Philip) Boyer of Rochester; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beverly Mix of Pine Island and Mildred Sickles of Florida; and one brother, Donald Brocker of Woodbury. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ella, daughter Brenda and half-sister Gayle of California.
 
The funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor John Allen officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, July 24 from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.


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Anne M. Schuck ~ Berne, Minnesota

Friday, July 14th, 2017


WEST CONCORD—The funeral for Anne M. Schuck will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 18th at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Berne, near West Concord. The Rev. George Coy will officiate. Burial will be in the Berne Cemetery.
 
Anne Marie Schuck, 80, a longtime resident of Berne, died Thursday, July 13, 2017 at her residence.
 
Born Oct. 18, 1936, in Roscoe Township in Goodhue County. Anne was the daughter of Norman and Berdella (Ellefson) Colburn. She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1954. On March 26, 1955, Anne married William H. “Bill” Schuck and they had lived in Berne since 1958. Mrs. Schuck worked for the Minnesota State Hospital in Rochester, MN as an LPN. Anne retired from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office where she worked as a dispatcher for over 26 years. She was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ. Anne enjoyed bingo, baking with her grandchildren, traveling to casinos, and spending time with her family.
 
Anne is survived by her children, Karren (Dennis) Karlen of Byron, Shari Schuck of Berne, Ken (Susan) Schuck of Berne; grandchildren, Jake (Ashley Burch) Karlen, Kallie Karlen, First Lieutenant Jessica Benites, Hayley Campbell, Kaleb Schuck, Krista (Gary) Ellis; great-grandchildren, Mirabella Benites, William Swenson, and Chloe Ellis. Brothers, Edward Colburn, Forrest Lake, MN, Allen (Yoma) Colburn, Mantorville, David Colburn, Hayfield and Sisters, Lois (Milan) Packovich, Dennison, OH and Bonnie Quimby, Rochester. Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Schuck who died on Aug. 16, 2007, and her brother Leslie Colburn of Kasson.
 
Friends may call from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, 7-17-17 at the Zwingli United Church of Christ in Berne.
 
Memorials are preferred to the Berne Cemetery Association.


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