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Dorothy A. Johnston ~ Kasson

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Dorothy A. Johnston, 95, passed away on February 13, 2017, at her residence at Prairie Meadows Sr. Living in Kasson.
 
Dorothy was born on December 14, 1921. She was the eldest of nine children, born to Jacob and Agnes (Krippner) Simons in Stewart, Minnesota.
 
She attended grades one through eight at St. Bonifaces Catholic School. She worked at a mink farm near Brownton, MN. While there, she met Roy Frisson and they married. They moved to South Dakota, then moved to a farm in Annandale, MN. They were later divorced. Dorothy moved to Portland, Oregon and married V. Dean Johnston in 1960. They enjoyed dancing and traveling in their motor home. In 2000, Dorothy and Dean moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. When Dean died in 2003, Dorothy moved to Kasson, MN.
 
People called Dorothy the lady in red with the gorgeous smile. She enjoyed music, dancing, crafts, family gatherings and spending time with friends. She enjoyed her poodle, Rocky, and her birds.
She is survived by sisters Kathryn (Tom) Sheehan, of Champlin, MN and Mildred (Fred) LaLonde, of Hutchinson, MN and by brothers Joseph (Deanna) Simons, of Kasson MN, and Frank (Cathy) Simons, of Elko, MN. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
 
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Dean; brothers Ray Simons, Fairfax, MN, Albert (Bobbi) Simons, St. Paul, MN, Lenny (Bernice) Simons, Maplewood, MN; sister Teresa (Marlin) Holm from Prior Lake, MN, and nieces and nephews.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be the same day from 9:00-11:00 am at the church. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery, Stewart, MN at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials directly to them for their distribution.


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Mary Alice Mittelstadt Unger ~ Former Kasson Resident

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Mary Alice Mittelstadt Unger passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Cottagewood Sr. Living in Rochester. Mary was born in Owatonna on April 2, 1940 to Carl and Minnie (Doering) Mittelstadt. The family later moved to a farm in Cherry Grove Township, Goodhue County. She graduated from West Concord High School. The family moved to Mantorville where Mary worked at the Hubbell House as a hostess. She then went on to work at Mayo Clinic – Rochester until she retired.
 
Mary was married to Donald Unger of Kasson; they later divorced. Mary enjoyed dancing, fishing and visiting with friends and family. She is survived by four of her siblings; Paul (LuAnn) Mittelstadt of Spring Valley, MN, Ellen Mittelstadt of Zumbrota, Joseph (Mary Ann) Mittelstadt of Kasson and Myrna Barth of Pine Island. She is also survived by numerous nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews and their families. Her brother, David, preceded her in death.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 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.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to Oxbow Park Nature Center.


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Lewellyn “Lun” Sprenger ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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Lewellyn James “Lun” Sprenger, 78, of Kasson, Minnesota passed away at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus on January 10, 2017.
 
He was born November 1, 1938 in Lake City to Frederick Jacob Sprenger and Katherine Helen Braun Sprenger. He was the oldest of five children. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1956. He worked on the family farm near Zumbro Falls for many years and later worked as a welder at Foldcraft Company in Kenyon, Minnesota.
 
He loved to sing and was active in church choirs throughout his life, most recently at the Kasson United Methodist Church. He also sang with the Rochester Barbershop Chorus for many years. He loved to travel, go out for dinner and spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
Lun was considerate, patient and loved to visit with friends and family. Like his father before him, he loved the land and was most content farming. He also had an interest in geneology.
 
He married Janice Schwanke in 1959 and they were later divorced. In 1990, he married Karen Marie Barth. They resided in Rochester for many years and later moved to Kasson, MN.
 
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Karen; two children, Serena (John) Steffenhagen of St. Louis Park and Van of Red Wing; one sister, Joan Jemison of Minneapolis; brothers Richard of Pine Island, David (Becky) of Rochester, and Dennis (Candice) of Zumbrota; four step-children, Tammy (Ken) Markham of Pine Island, Kim (Keith) Hickey of Byron, Kelley (Ron) Rolfson of Pine Island and Erik (Cheryl) Barth of Hastings. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Grace, Claire and Harry Steffenhagen; nine step-grandchildren, Chris (LeNae) Markham, Cory (Mark) Markham, Katie Hassan, Ashley (Tom) Anderson, Amanda (Justin) Oie, Jordan Hickey, Hailey Hoffmann, and Casey and Jacob Barth; and eight step great-grandchildren, Braden Borgschatz, Mackenzie, Zack, Sophia, Ali and Jasmine Hassan, and Logan and Lucas Anderson.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Lucius Jemison.
 
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
 
Memorial donations can be directed to the family.


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Phyllis Dorschner ~ Kasson

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

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Phyllis Eileen (Shumski) Dorschner was welcomed to heaven on January 7, 2017 at the age of 85. Phyllis passed on as she had lived, with courage and grace. Her final days were spent surrounded by family at Samaritan Bethany in Rochester, MN where she lived briefly following a diagnosis of leukemia. Phyllis was born to Martin and Agnes Shumski on February 26, 1931 in Fairmont, MN. She grew up on the Shumski Family Farm near East Chain, MN with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Following Phyllis’ graduation from East Chain High School in 1948 she went on to obtain an Associate Degree in Education from Mankato State University. She briefly taught in a one room schoolhouse before Marvin Dorschner stole her heart. They married on August 22, 1951. Soon after, they made their home on a farm near Kasson, MN. In the years to come they filled their house as they welcomed 3 sons and 2 daughters.
 
Phyllis spent 23 years working in the Kasson-Mantorville School District as a librarian assistant. She was proud to volunteer until the fall of 2016 at the library. Phyllis was a devoted member of the Church of the Holy Family in Kasson where she was actively involved in the prayer group, quilt group and New Comers. Phyllis participated in card clubs, water aerobics, and the Red Hat Society and always made time to have coffee with friends.
 
Phyllis’ greatest accomplishment in life was her family. She was immensely proud of her entire family and it always showed. Her mindful spending habits were legendary. When it came to material things, not a single penny went to waste. Yet she was always very generous to missions, local charities and any life experiences with loved ones. Phyllis enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, and attending her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s games and programs. She also loved to travel and would often share stories and photographs of her various trips. Phyllis never slowed down and she retained her sense of adventure until the very end.
 
Phyllis is survived by 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Children and grandchildren include: Alan & Lois Dorschner (Tia, Jason, Drew, Cassie) of Kasson, MN, Judy & Mike Pearson (Karen, Kevin) of Anchorage, AK, Connie & Bruce Ferris (Brian, Keith, Kristin) of Osakis, MN, Gary & Lisa Dorschner (Curt, DeJay, Meghan) of Kasson, MN, and Dennis & Jody Dorschner (Alexis, Jevin) of La Crescent, MN. Also surviving is one sister, LeAnna Adams, and one brother, Eugene Shumski.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters Adeline Fausch, infant sister Millicent Shumski, Virginia Krumholz, Shirley Terveer, and Annabelle Smith; and one brother, Jerome Shumski.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 14 at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN with Father Paul Surprenant officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday or from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 13, with the Rosary being said by the Prayer Group at 4:00 PM. Interment will occur at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Mantorville, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in the memory of Phyllis to Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home and Eagles Cancer Telethon.


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Wallace J. “Wally” Emholtz ~ Pine Island

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

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Wallace John aka “Doc” Emholtz passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on January 5, 2017 after a heart attack. Wally was born on July 24, 1935 in Mantorville, MN to Walter and Amelia (Gronert) Emholtz. He grew up in the Mantorville/Pine Island area. He joined the Navy on July 28, 1952 and served in the Korean War.
 
He married Wanita June Olson on June 8, 1971 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eyota MN. The two of them resided in Mantorville most of their married life. He enjoyed fishing, going out to eat and spending time at area casino’s with special friend, Jan Speer, as well as going to coffee at Hy Vee and attending church in Mantorville on Sundays.
One of his favorite hobbies was carving Diamond Willow canes.
 
He is survived by his daughter Lorraine Emholtz of Rochester, MN, son Bernard D. Swanson (Tammy) of Kasson, MN, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, his wife and sons, Donald K. Swanson of Mantorville and Maynard D. Swanson of Kasson, as well as two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
 
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm at The First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens – Rochester.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to either the Kasson American Legion or the Mantorville VFW.


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Virginia Luikart ~ Former Kasson Resident

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Virginia May Luikart, 98, died on Monday, December 26, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, surrounded by family.
 
Virginia was born September 7, 1918, in Elkton, South Dakota, the daughter of Louis and Erna (Bartelt) Risch. She was married to Earl Luikart on July 28, 1938, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
 
Virginia grew up on a farm in South Dakota and enjoyed that lifestyle. Growing up on the prairie during the Depression years shaped her personality, helping her become a strong and independent woman with a solid work ethic. She and her husband Earl farmed near Kasson and were known for their Jersey dairy herd. In later years, she and her family moved to a hobby farm just outside of Mantorville, where she had a large vegetable garden and grew many flowers. She enjoyed playing bingo, sewing quilts, and playing cards. She moved from Dodge County to northern Minnesota to be closer to her family. Her favorite activity in the past several years has been playing Skip-Bo with her family and anyone else willing to play the game. She thoroughly enjoyed visits by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
 
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Nancy Luikart of Shawnee, Kansas; daughter, Lola (Dutch) Nootenboom of Nisswa, Minnesota; son Jon (Beth) Luikart of Duluth, Minnesota; son Gene (Vivian) Luikart of Provo, Utah; sister, Bernice Karstens of Renton, Washington; grandchildren, Byron Luikart, Michael Luikart, Lynn Howard, Leilani Brecht, Leah Leishman, Jay Luikart, Paul Luikart, Emily Stolen, Lori Luikart, Scott Luikart, Brian Luikart, Sara Luikart; 25 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Luikart, in 1961; her son, George Byron Luikart; two sisters, Laura Risch and Violet Ames; and one brother, Ivan Risch.
 
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.


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Duane J. “Jim” Pietrzak ~ Byron

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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Duane J (Jim) Pietrzak went to be with the Lord on December 25, 2016 at Mayo Clinic – Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus. Duane was born on October 12, 1937 in Addison, N.Y. to Frank and Frances (Horsman) Pietrzak.
 
He grew up in Kasson, MN and graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School. He attended Dunwoody and worked at Parkhill Bros Automotive and IBM and later at Marquette Systems until he retired.
 
In November 1959 he married Doris Lueck. They raised two sons. They lived in Byron most of their lives. He was a member of Mt. Sion Lutheran Church in Kasson.
 
Survivors include his wife Doris; sons Dale (Nancy) Pietrzak from Moscow, ID and Douglas (Ditto) Pietrzak from Cadiz, KY. Also surviving are one sister Judy (Dick) Tendick, Lakeville, MN; 3 brothers, Joe (Sharon) Rochester, MN, Jerry (Ann) Pietrzak-Sang Georgetown, Texas and Tom Peitrzak Wabasha, MN; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Pietrzak, Heather Powell, Craig Powell, Andrew Pietrzak, Shelby Pietrzak, Mason Pietrzak and Benjamin Pietrzak and 4 great-grandchildren, Rhys and Asher Powell and Zoe and Jeremiah Meartz.
 
The funeral service will be on Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 am at Mt. Sion Lutheran Church, 502 1st Ave SW, Kasson with Pastor Brad Novacek officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery, Byron, MN at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to Mt. Sion Lutheran church or New Life Homes.


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Richard L. “Dick” Peterson ~ Kasson

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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Richard Lyle Peterson, 99, died on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center surrounded by family and friends.
 
Richard was born in Kasson, MN to Anne and Ernest Peterson on September 28, 1917. He received his GED from Kasson High School 1967. Richard married Glenna Hairsine May 17, 1941. Richard was in the Army stationed in the Aleutian Islands, later transferring to Okinawa. Following his discharge from the Army Richard spent most of his career working for Libby’s in Rochester.
Richard loved the outdoors; he spent much of his time playing golf, tending to his pristine lawn, working on projects in the garage and around the house. Richard was a hardworking man who was often found mowing the neighbor’s lawn with his favorite Honda rider, blowing snow for his neighbors and helping to keep the neighborhood clean. At the end of a long day, Richard looked forward to sitting down with his family and enjoying a home cooked meal that Glenna spent the day creating. Richard felt especially blessed when Glenna had her famous lefsa on the table for him to enjoy.
 
Richard is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Christensen, his son Gregg Peterson, his grandchildren, Jaclyn Gunderson, Jeffery Donahoe, James (Crystal) Donahoe; 4 great grandchildren, MacKenzie and Tucker Donahoe, Beau Donahoe, Daltin Martin; his sister Dorothy Hilliard. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna Peterson, his brother Burton Peterson, and a sister Phyllis Beshman.
 
The family of Richard Peterson would like to extend gratitude to the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center for their attentiveness and loving care.
Funeral Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. NW in Kasson on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 10:30 am with Pastor John Allen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.


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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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