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Mary A. (Granny) Hegna ~ Kasson

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

A memorial service for Mary Ann (Louks) Hegna will be at 2:30 pm on Friday, February 9, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Rev. John Allen officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
 
Mary A. Hegna, 83, a longtime Kasson resident, died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.
 
She was born December 24, 1934 in Martin County. On September 18, 1953, she married Wesley Martin Hegna in Kasson. They moved to Kasson and she had lived there since. Mary worked as an assistant in activities at Fairview Care Center for many years. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was a very active member there. Mary especially looked forward to the Lutefisk Dinner and her responsibility of cooking the lutefisk, which she did for many years. She enjoyed her family, cooking for her grandchildren and making quilts for them.
 
Survivors include a son, Steve (Carol) of Duluth; three daughters, Kathy Hegna of Plymouth, MN, Holly (Tom) Maroo of Kasson and Dawn (Robert) Snow of rural Kasson; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Brockmiller, Pat Distad, Verta Johnson and Liz (Vivian) Westin; and four brothers, Butch, Jerry, Dick and Terry Louks.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband Wesley, a grandson, five sisters and five brothers.


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Doris M. Vail ~ Mesa, Arizona

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Doris M. Vail, 93, of Mesa, Arizona died Monday, January 29, 2018 following a brief illness and complications from the influenza virus.
 
Doris May Markham was born on July 31, 1924 in Dovray, Minnesota to Earl and Hertha (Hattie) Markham. She attended Kasson High School, graduating in 1942. She then attended business college in Minneapolis, MN and worked for Northwest Airlines. Later she worked as a bookkeeper for Culligan Water of Kasson and was an income tax preparer for Herald Tax Service in Rochester, MN.
 
Doris married Robert F. “Bucky” Vail on December 31, 1946 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, where she was a 79+ year member having been confirmed there on June 19, 1938. They lived in rural Kasson until 1952 when they moved to Kasson where she resided until 2000. She then made her home in Mesa, Arizona.
 
Doris is survived by three children, Bruce Vail of Phoenix, Arizona, Mary (Dave) Newman of Gilbert, Arizona and Mark (Lisa) Vail of Lincoln, Nebraska; granddaughters Tatum (John) Cain of Newport Beach, California, Tiffany (Jason) Jacoby of Chicago, Illinois, Jenny (Brian) Bramhall of Clearwater, Minnesota, Lindsay (Erik) O’Herron of Queen Creek, Arizona, Brooke (Chris) Fisher of Gilbert, Arizona, Sarah (Dustin) Antonello of Vienna, Virginia and Morgan (JJ Friend) Vail of Denver, Colorado; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Marjorie Markham of Arcadia, California and Marjorie Peters of Bradenton, Florida and many nieces and nephews.
 
Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years (1997) as well as her parents and brother, Arden Markham.
 
Bueler Chandler Mortuary in Chandler, Arizona is handling local details and Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Kasson, Minnesota will be handling arrangements in Minnesota.
 
A late summer or early fall inurnment will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, Minnesota


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Katherine I. Rosecke ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Katherine Iline (Iverson) Rosecke, age 89, passed away at her home in Kasson.
 
Katherine Iline (Iverson) Rosecke was born September 23, 1928 to Eddie & Inga (Forland) Iverson on their family farm six miles Southeast of Kasson. She was the youngest of the eight Iverson children. She was raised in rural Kasson and attended country school through the eighth grade. Katherine was a homemaker, Sunday school teacher, employed as a waitress at the Capital Eat Shop, the Rochester Airport Chanticleer Room, and food demonstrator at Econo Foods and Erdmans County Market until her retirement in 2010.
 

She enjoyed reading, her independence, listening to music, dancing, socializing and time spent with family. She was well known for her concern, caring and helping others needing assistance. Katherine was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson.
 
Survivors include two sons and two daughters and their families:
 
Daughter Joan (late Curtiss) Dotzenrod of Racine, MN, grand-daughter Allison (Jesse) Coyle.
 
Son Jerald (Linda) Rosecke of Winter Haven, Florida, grand-son Butch (Shelly) Rosecke, great grandchildren Justin and Kassie; late grand-daughter Jenny (Roger) Nguyen, great grand-daughters Grace & Kate; grand-daughter Jill Rosecke.
 
Son Leslie Rosecke of Richfield, Minnesota.
 
Daughter Judy (Lonnie) Zelinske of Kasson, grand-daughter Lisa (T. Jay) Kleeberger and great grand-daughters Alyx and Rylee; late grand-son Ben Zelinske; grand-daughter Jessica (Travis) Wiuff and great grand-daughters Kayli Zelinske-Mader, and Blakely Wiuff and step great grand-daughter Ashlee Wiuff and many nieces and nephews.
 
Katherine was predeceased by her parents, four brothers (Floyd, Clifford, Vernon, and Andrew), three sisters (Helen Stayner, Esther Marquardt, and baby Alma Iverson), son-in-law Curtiss Dotzenrod, one grand-son Ben Zelinske and one grand-daughter Jenny (Rosecke) Nguyen.
 
Visitation will be one hour before the 2:00 pm memorial service on Monday, January 8, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor John D. Allen officiating. Family inurnment will take place at a later date at South Zumbro Cemetery.


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Eva J. Brennand ~ Kasson

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Eva J. Brennand, 98, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2017 in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
 
Eva was born June 13, 1919 in Davos, Switzerland to Martin and Catherine Fridli. She left Davos along with her sister, Margaret, when she was 18. They spent all of World War II in London, England. They returned to Switzerland after the war for a brief time before traveling to the United States where Eva was a nanny for a family in Silver Springs, Maryland for about two years.
 
Eva traveled to Kasson to visit a Swiss family she knew from back home. While there, Eva was introduced by Edna Lostegaard to William (Bill) Brennand over the Kasson Lumber Yard fence. They dated while she was in Kasson. Eva returned to Maryland and after six months apart, they were united in marriage on April 30, 1949. They were blessed with two children, James William and Willia Elizabeth.
 
Besides taking care of her family and her in-laws, Eva had various jobs outside of the home, but her final job was with the Rochester Methodist Hospital as a supervisor in the housekeeping department.
 
Eva was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kasson all her married life. She sang in the choir and helped in many activities at her church. Bill and Eva loved to go dancing and play cards with friends. She enjoyed knitting and tending a large garden alongside her father-in-law, John Brennand; taking pride in canning all of its bounty. Eva loved to bake and care for her home and family. She will be missed by her family and friends.
 
Eva is survived by daughter, Willia (Duane) Mueske of Spirit Lake, Iowa; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Chris) Laffoon of Los Angeles, CA, Sara (John) Parkinson of Boulder, CO and Thomas (Nicole) Mueske of Los Angeles, CA; and five great-grandchildren, Elliott and Collin Laffoon, James and Daniel Parkinson and Alexa Mueske.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, who passed away in January of 1997 and son, Jim, who was killed in a snowmobile accident in January of 1972.
 
The funeral service for Eva will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Dan Yeazel 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 be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Kasson.


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Dorothy Hoehn-Bigelow ~ Former Kasson Resident

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Dorothy Hoehn-Bigelow, 98, of Stewartville and formerly of Kasson died Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Stewartville Care Center where she had resided since January 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 20 at Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson with Fr. John Lasuba celebrating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 19 at the church from 5:00-7:00 PM and one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday. A private burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield at a later date.
 
Dorothy Rose Stumpf was born December 12, 1919 to Alexander and Regina (Peiffer) Stumpf in Rockwell City, IA. She was the oldest of six sisters. She graduated May 1941 from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in Carroll, IA where she obtained a Registered Nurse License. She was employed by the hospital until her fiancé, Staff Sgt. Charles I. Hoehn, Jr. returned to the states from Italy at the end of WWII. They were married August 20, 1945 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rockwell City, IA. They joined his parents in farming at Fonda, IA. In March 1950, they moved to their farm in rural Kasson where they raised seven children. On January 1, 1969 she returned to nursing at Morningside Nursing Home in West Concord, MN. On October 4, 1970 she was hired as the Director of Nursing at Fieldcrest Nursing Home in Hayfield, MN; retiring 15 years later on October 4, 1985.
 
Her husband, Charles, was killed in a farm related accident in February 1983. Following her retirement, Dorothy volunteered as the Dodge County Service and Rehabilitation chairman for the American Cancer Society for eight years as well as for Meals on Wheels. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 333 and a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church and CCW in Kasson.
 
On October 12, 1985 she married Fred O’Brien, retired Concord Store and Locker owner of West Concord. They lived in Kasson, traveled often and were active in the Silver Treads Square Dance group at the Senior Center in Rochester, MN. Fred died in December of 1992. On May 18, 1996 she married Charles E. Bigelow, retired farmer from Elgin, MN. They spent winter months at his home in Vero Beach, FL and were member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. Charles died in 2000.
 
Dorothy’s enjoyments were family, dancing, correspondence, prayers-poems, recipes and Family Circus Cartoons.
 
She is survived by her children, Sue (Richard) Hilgers of Fort Pierce, FL, Mark (Suzette) Hoehn of Winona, Paul (Ann) Hoehn of Milaca, Marie (Steve) Churchill of Dexter, John (Jennifer) Hoehn of Kasson and Rita (Scott) Christian of Stewartville; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Sexton of Rockwell City, IA and June Malliet of Urbandale, IA; four step-children, Russell O’Brien of Glen Ellyn, IL, Mary Mickiewicz of Westford, MA, Mike Bigelow of Vero Beach, FL and Charles Bigelow of Elgin.
 
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son, David; infant granddaughter; sisters, Eldora, Delores and Rita; and step-mother, Dotalene Stumpf.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Church of the Holy Family, Dodge County Food Shelf or Seasons Hospice.


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Vernon Howell ~ Dodge Center

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Vernon Howell, 72, of Dodge Center passed away at his residence on December 12.
 
No services are planned at this time.


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Joyce Ann Boyum ~ Rural Kasson

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Joyce Ann Boyum, 82, formerly of rural Kasson, MN passed away Monday, December 4, 2017 at Shorewood Reflections, Rochester, MN. She was born February 3, 1935 to Irvin & Paulina (Lena) Unke. Joyce grew up in Fairmont, MN, graduated from Fairmont High School, then from Mankato State University with a degree in Elementary Education and pursued a career as a teacher. She was proud of her teaching career and would say that teaching was the “greatest love of her life.”
 
Joyce married Syvert N. Boyum on June 19, 1960. She also worked side-by-side with Syvert on the dairy farm until he passed away in 1998.
 
Joyce is survived by daughter Ann M. Abel of Phoenix, AZ; sons S. Eric Boyum of Parker, CO and Aaron Boyum of Kasson, MN; grandchildren Andrew (Drew), Kendal, Paige, Kellen, and Kaisa; sister, Eunice Bulfer; and brothers Willis, Wayne, and Roland Unke. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Robert, Leo and Ronald; and her infant daughter Angela.
 
While Joyce Ann loved her job as a teacher, she would put this on hold after the birth of each of her kids. As her kids grew a bit older, she would always return to teaching. In 1989, at the age of 55, she accepted a full-time teaching position at Triton Elementary School and remained there until her retirement in 2001.
 
Syvert and Joyce Ann attended South Zumbro Lutheran Church regularly. Syvert sang in the choir and Joyce was the choir director for many years. Joyce could also sing. She had a soaring, soprano voice with an operatic vibrato. She could make the church bell resonate with the sound of her voice.
 
The funeral service for Joyce will be at 11:00 am on Monday, December 11, 2017 at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4839 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson with Pastor Eldon Simonson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the South Zumbro Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be directed to the family. These funds will be used for charitable purposes that include research and care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia.


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David F. Watson ~ Kasson

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

David (Dave) Watson, 64, of Kasson, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
 
David was born April 17, 1953 in Ashland, Wisconsin to Ross and June (Hochstafl) Watson. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1971 and attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN. On May 8, 1976, Dave married the love of his life, Jodi L. Hughes.
 
Their life adventure brought them and their two children to southern Minnesota, where he was employed by Mayo Clinic as an IT Systems Analyst.  His successful career led to retirement after over 20 years of dedicated service. David was a devoted member of the Kasson American Legion for over 30 years, and spent his days enjoying the simple joys of life. 
 
David is survived by his significant other, Mary Scripture of Kasson, MN, his two children, Paul Watson of Mantorville, MN and Nicole (Mack) Sundin of Fort Belvoir, VA, two grandchildren, Carrson and Camerron, his sister Suzanne Boudreau of Chisholm, MN, brothers Robb (Laura) Watson of Juneau, AK, Pat (Jeanette) Watson of Gilbert, MN, Jim (Kris) Watson of Aurora, MN, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and June, his two brothers Jon and Doug, and his wife Jodi Loreatte Watson (Hughes) in 2002.
 
In keeping with the free sprit of Dave, and per his request, there are no immediate services planned.  The family asks that you join them next summer in Duluth, MN for a celebration of life in his honor.


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Caryle Bornholdt ~ Spring Valley

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Caryle M. Bornholdt, 102, formerly of Rural Mantorville & Kasson, died Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Spring Valley Living Center in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Caryle M. Martin was born on July 22, 1915, in rural West Concord, Minnesota.
 
On September 27, 1934 she married Russell Bornholdt. They lived in rural Mantorville until 1975 when they moved to Kasson. Caryle was a clothing store clerk for many years prior to her retirement.
 
Caryle is survived by sons Ron (Cheryl) Bornholdt of rural Spring Valley, MN and Randy of Apple Valley, MN and daughter-in-law Audrey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, and one son, Rodney.
 
The funeral service for Caryle will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Concord Church of Christ, 55080 200th Ave, West Concord, MN with Pastor Peter Moen officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorials be directed to the church.


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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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