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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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Mary Ellen Kinyon ~ Kasson

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Mary Ellen Kinyon, 83, of Kasson, MN passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester – St. Mary’s Campus surrounded by her loved ones, including her son Jim and his wife, Lynnay, who had cared for her in her last years. Mary Ellen was born in Wabasha, MN on July 27, 1933 to Newell and Olivia Todd. She was raised in Plainview, MN along with her two brothers, James and Ralph Todd. Mary joins James in heaven.
 
Mary and Earl Russell Clark married in 1949. Earl passed away in 1963. Mary and Earl had ten children; four boys and six girls. She is survived by her children Earl Russell, Jr. of Rochester, MN; Virginia of Soquel, CA; Ruth of Saratoga, MN; Carol of Sauk City, WI; Connie of Santa Cruz, CA; James of Kasson, MN; Robin of West Concord, MN; Danny of Rochester, MN; and Mary Kay of Centuria, WI; a vast number of grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and even a few great, great-grandchildren. Her son Jerry of San Diego, CA preceded her in death. She is also survived by her husband of 47 years, Dean Kinyon.
 
Mary Ellen worked for the Kahler Corporation from 1968 to 1991. After Mary retired, she found enjoyment being with all of her grandchildren, flower gardening, feeding the birds in her yard, and her animals. Mary had a heart made of gold. She was a generous and kind soul who always put others before herself. She was loved by all that were lucky enough to know her.
 
There will be a funeral service at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 101 1st Street NE, Kasson with Fr. James Zotalis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.


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Toni L. Hawkins ~ Kasson

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Toni Lynn Hawkins died unexpectedly on June 20, 2017 at the age of 61, from a heart attack.
 
Toni was born in 1956 to Kenneth Roger Cramer, Jr. and Carol Ann Cramer in Minneapolis. She graduated from Kennedy High School in Bloomington, MN in 1974.
 
Toni is survived by her husband David Hawkins; her children Michelle Schleicher (John), and Krissy Johnson (Micah Pautz); step mom Joyce Cramer; her siblings Kenneth Cramer lll (Carol), Becki LeMire (Alan Madison), John Cramer and Mistie Hyde; her step children Christopher Paro (Kayla), Crystal Donahue (James), Marcella Gasner (Nathan), and Brittany Hawkins; her grandchildren Jada Johnson, Tiffany Schleicher, Adam Schleicher, Oliver Paro, Daltin Donahue, Beau Donahue and Riley Gasner. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and sister Lori Ann Cramer.
 
Toni lived in Kasson MN with her husband David, where they made a beautiful home together after being married in October 2016. Her passion for decorating and gardening brought her so much joy. Toni and Dave had just finished redecorating their home and had beautifully landscaped the yard. She was so happy living there with her soulmate, Dave.
She worked at Wal-Mart in Faribault, MN as their Training Coordinator. She loved her job and all of the wonderful people she worked with. Toni’s never-ending empathy and compassion touched each person she encountered. Toni was kind to everyone and went out of her way to make people feel welcome. Toni was an animal lover!
 
Toni loved her family and her extended family, especially her grandkids. She loved the Lord, and was very devoted to her faith and her church. She enjoyed traveling and loved exploring new places, spreading her light and positivity in our world. Toni was a very hard worker. She always had a smile on her face and never complained. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
 
The funeral service for Toni will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 26, at The Rochester Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN with Pastor Jim Filbeck officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be at the church from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm the day of the funeral.


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Jeanette F. Allen ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Jeanette F. Allen, age 67, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017 in Mantorville.
 
A Celebration of Life service will be held on June 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Mantorville Senior Citizen’s Center, 601 Clay Street, Mantorville with Andrea Buck officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
 
Jeanette was born on July 22, 1949 to Paul and Celia (Moulton) Derby. She grew up in West Concord on the family farm and after graduation she attended school at St. Mary’s Hospital. She worked in the Neurosurgery area for twenty years and loved going to work every day. After retiring from St. Mary’s, she continued to help others in a number of ways and worked part-time at Memorabilia Antiques in Mantorville. In 1968, Jeanette was united in marriage to Bruce Allen. They had two children, Sandy and Steve, and were later divorced in 2003.
 
Jeanette lived by the phrase, “We were put on this Earth to do for others, not for ourselves”. She certainly lived up to this phrase in many ways. She continued to put her wants on hold to help someone with something all the time.
 
The most important thing to Jeanette was her family and friends. She had a fluency for language which allowed her to win against her son at Scrabble when she would “discover” new words. Jeanette enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren on the trails at Oxbow Park and hearing horse stories of Coty’s adventures. The conversations with all of them about their ventures filled many hours of fun, caring and love.
 
She is survived by her son Steve (Denise) Allen of Dunnell; brother John (Pat) Derby of West Concord; sisters Judy (Jeff) Leth of Mantorville and Jenifer (Stan Strieff) Wilson; uncle Chuck (Kaye) Moulton; and five grandchildren, Coty Allen of Mantorville, Darrin Allen, Tyler Allen, Ashley Allen, and Riley “little man” Allen of Dunnell.
 
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jerry and Billy, and her daughter Sandy.
 
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to them to be distributed at a later time according to Jeanette’s wishes.


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Garry L. Purvis ~ Kasson

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Garry Lyle Purvis, 76 of Kasson MN passed away on Thursday May 25, 2017 at his home in hospice care with his family at his side. Garry was born January 21, 1941 in Mankato, MN to Lyle and Edna (Anfinson) Purvis.
He lived in Vernon Center, MN and went to school there until the 9th grade. Garry went to Garden City High School in Garden City, MN, where he met Phyllis McGrew, and married on June 25, 1960.
 
Garry worked in construction for one year. He went to collage for his B. S. degree in elementary education. In 1964, Garry obtained his first job teaching 4th grade in the Kasson-Mantorville School. He continued his education at MSU and in 1967 received a M.S degree in education and became elementary principle for Kasson-Mantorville schools. Garry was in this position until 1985, when he had to retire because of Multiple Sclerosis.
 
Garry belonged to the Kasson United Methodist Church and served in many areas. Garry belonged to the Masonic Masons and worked on getting the Mayo Clinic to open an office in Kasson. After Garry retired he would volunteer at school, loved working with children who needed help, also tutored children at home. Garry also served on the library board and the school board.
 
Garry is survived by his wife Phyllis, three sons Scott (Deb) of Northfield, MN, Brent (Debbie) of Lima, NY, and Todd (Christine) of Kasson, MN; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren with one on the way. He is also survived by three siblings, Willis (Paula) Purvis, Sandra (Dale) Starr, and Ann (Raymond) Day. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Visitation will be held at the Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson on Tuesday, May 30th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. A memorial service will be held at the Kasson United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 31st, at 11:00 am with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the MS Society, or the Kasson United Methodist Church.
 


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Terry A. Goodwill ~ Kasson

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

On May 20, 2017 Terry Allen Goodwill, 56, died of cancer at Season’s Hospice House in Rochester, Minnesota.
 
Terry was born on March 5, 1961 in Mitchell, South Dakota. He moved with his family to Hazelton, Iowa and then to Mason City in 1981. Terry was a graduate of Mason City High School and attended North Iowa Area Community College where he also played basketball.
 
He was married to his loving wife, Lori Joy McClintock at the Garner United Methodist Church on May 10, 1981. Lori and Terry moved to Independence, Iowa where they lived from 1981-1984. They then resided in Cresco, Iowa from 1984-1986 and currently live in Kasson, Minnesota. Terry worked as an electrician at Viracon in Owatonna, MN for 25 years. Lori has worked at the Mayo Clinic since 1986 as a registered nurse.
 
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Irene Goodwill and infant brother Todd. He is survived by his wife Lori of Kasson; daughter Jennifer Goodwill; son Brian Goodwill; grandchildren Isabelle Stankey, Aaron Caradine, Olivia Caradine and Jasmine Goodwill all of Rochester; and sister Dawn Callahan of Independence, Iowa.
 
Terry was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor John Allen officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.


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