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Lorraine Aarsvold ~ Kasson

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Aarsvold, Lorraine

Lorraine May Aarsvold, a lifetime resident of rural Kasson, died peacefully on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Lonsdale, Minnesota. She was born on July 14, 1925, to Ole and Lily Gunderson. She graduated from Kasson High School in 1942 and then attended Mankato Business College. While still taking courses at Mankato, she received a job offer from Kenneth Myster, Attorney-at-Law, in Kasson. She worked at Mr. Myster’s office until her marriage in 1945 to Wallace Aarsvold, her childhood friend and neighbor who later became her sweetheart.

In 1946, they were blessed with the first of their five children, and later that year they bought the farm which remained their home for the rest of their lives. After the children started school, Lorraine went back to work for Mr. Myster, working a total of 17 years before retiring from that job. She continued to farm with her husband until they retired from farming in 2007.

Lorraine was very active in her church (South Zumbro), where she taught Sunday School, served on the church council as Treasurer, and was active in Ladies Aid. She was an inspiration to those who knew her, and was known for her fun spirit, her beautiful smile, and her active concerns for others.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of nearly 64 years, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a niece and two nephews. She is survived by her children: Wayne (Mary Kathryn) Aarsvold of Kasson, Lois (John) Burdick of Phoenix, AZ, Joe (Pat) Aarsvold of Lakewood, CA, Janet (Sam) Lotegeluaki of Lonsdale, MN, and Todd Aarsvold of Kasson, MN and by grandchildren Paul (Val) Aarsvold of Plainview, MN, Chris (Terri) Burdick of Lakeville, MN, Chad (Tammy) Burdick of Council Bluffs, IA, Nicole (Mike) Halda of Rochester, MN, Erin Aarsvold of Los Angeles, CA, Danielle, Emily and Hayley Aarsvold of Lakewood, CA, Stanley Lotegeluaki of Pittsfield, MA, Jonathan Lotegeluaki of Tomah, WI, Eunice Eddington of Milwaukee, WI, Grace Lotegeluaki of Milwaukee, WI, Naakaki (Ray) Texerira of Eagan, MN, Amani (Cara) Lotegeluaki of Milwaukee, WI, Joseph (Tyanna) Lotegeluaki of Sun Prairie, WI and Brooklyn and Jakob Aarsvold of Kasson, MN. She is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, her brother Gordon (Ellen) of Mora, MN, one brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Her family will dearly miss her and will remember her beautiful smile, her listening ear, her gentle touch, her kind heart, her wise counsel, and the interest she showed in their daily lives.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Avenue SW, Kasson, MN, from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, April 25, 2014, also at South Zumbro with Pastor David Steffenson of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN, officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the South Zumbro Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Bernice Hackenmiller ~ Kasson

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hackenmiller, Bernice

Bernice Hackenmiller, 88, of Kasson, died at her home Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Bernice was born May 6, 1925, to Paul and Rose Huemann in Stacyville, Iowa. She was the oldest of four children. In 1945 she married Sylvan “Hack” Hackenmiller. They lived in Austin during the early years of their marriage eventually moving to Rochester in 1958, with their three daughters. In 1967, they purchased a farm in Kasson and lived there the remainder of their married life. During that time Bernice was a long-time employee of Leuthold-Fencl and Ben Franklin (now known as Kasson Variety).

Upon her retirement she enjoyed time with family and many friends. After Hack’s death in 1993, Bernice continued to live on the farm until 2007, when she purchased her “perfect house” in downtown Kasson. Following her cancer diagnosis in 2012, she continued to live in her house with the loving assistance of her daughter, Nancy and support of Mayo Clinic Hospice.

She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Joseph) Gaida, Nancy Hackenmiller and Mary (Conrad) Olson; seven grandchildren, Chris, Gretchen, Geoffrey, Jacqueline, Matt, Dan and Karen; and five great-grandsons, Dylan, Ryan, Blake, Noah and Finnley. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave., in Kasson. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

The funeral will be Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the church, with Father Paul Suprenant officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Stacyville, Iowa, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial are preferred to Mayo Clinic Hospice.

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

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Audrey M. Hoffman ~ Kasson

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hoffman, Audrey

Audrey Marie O’Brien Hoffman, 86, of Kasson was called home on April 11, 2014.

Audrey was born in Rochester and the oldest of three girls born to William and Mildred (Lienau) O’Brien on June 29, 1927.

She grew up in the Kasson area on a rural country farm and attended rural Kasson school. She was married to Vergel Hoffman on July 19, 1950 in Kasson. They continued to live in Kasson and raise two daughters.

Audrey worked for Dr. Affeldt for 15 years. After his retirement, she was employed at the Kasson American Legion for the past 34 years. Audrey enjoyed her house plants and always looked forward to spring so she could plant her outside gardens. When Vergel was alive, she looked forward to Sunday afternoon drives and still did. When winter came, she would do embroidery and cross-stitch work. She also loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Audrey is survived by two daughters, Carol Blaisdell of Rosemount and Kathy Hegna of Kasson, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; Clifford and Mary Awsumb and children Josie and Andrew Awsumb; Layla and Stephen Werkmeister and Brendnen Larson of Ramsey; Scott and Nicki Blaisdell and children Regan, Carson and Hudson of Northfield; Karen and Al Hawley and children Katelyn and Jessica of Rosemount; Mesha Hegna of Minneapolis; Shawn and Rhonda Hegna and children Dylon and Marissa; Marion Keifer of Dodge Center and Belva Siple of Idaho. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vergel, and three son-in-laws; Rick Awsumb, Dale Blaisdell and Sid Hegna.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester

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Alma Houghton ~ Kasson

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Houghton, Alma

Alma Alverta Houghton was born on March 6, 1918 in Tolstoy, South Dakota to Michael and Margaret Bollinger.

Alma passed away April 10, 2014, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota.

Alma married Norman Houghton in Huron, South Dakota on September 6, 1944 where they farmed around Seneca, South Dakota until 1956. They then moved to Kasson, MN in the early 1960’s. Norman and Alma started their own business, Houghton Sanitation, and later sold the business to their son, Russell.

In 1964, Alma started working as a care-giver at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center until she retired in 1984.

After her husband Norman’s death in September of 1991, Alma lived with her daughter in Rochester and later in Kasson.

Alma enjoyed making quilts, having made over 200 during her retirement. She also enjoyed her garden and most of all her love for animals, her cats and dog, Maggie.

Alma is survived by her daughter Relda Houghton; granddaughter Sheri Pierson; great-grandson Nicholas Pierson; great-granddaughter Brianna Pierson and daughter-in-law Louise Houghton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norman; son Russell; daughter-in-law Dorothy Houghton; two brothers and seven sisters.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 9:00-10:00 am at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN. Graveside services will follow at 10:30 am at the Byron Cemetery, Byron, MN with Pastor Michael Jones of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Dodge Center officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to them.

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Clara L. Brekke ~ Kasson

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Brekke, Clara

Clara Lucille Erickson Brekke of Kasson was called home to our Lord and Savior on March 28, 2014 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. Clara was born the youngest child to Rangvold and Alma Erickson in Rock Dell, MN on December 9, 1919.

She was married to Richard L. Brekke on December 31, 1938 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, MN. They farmed in the Rock Dell area until 1953 when they moved to Kasson and raised four children.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; three sisters Genevieve Anderson, Bernie Gates Parkin, Ruby Matzke and brother Lloyd Erickson. Clara is survived by four children, Philip (Donna) of Battle Ground, WA, William (Maria) of Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas (Judi) of Avon, MN and Joyce (Stephen Pierren) of New Hope, MN. Clara has 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews across the United States and in Europe.

Clara was an avid golfer. She worked as a registered dental assistant for Dr. L. Serverance at the Kasson Dental Clinic and served St. John’s Lutheran Church in many capacities, including Past President of WELCA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery, Rock Dell, MN at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church.

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Robert H. Olson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Olson, Robert 2

Robert H. Olson, 67, of Kasson, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Bob was born to Mandius and Kathleen Olson in Decorah, Iowa, on March 22, 1947. The family moved to Cresco, Iowa, where he graduated from high school. After attending the University of Northern Iowa, he began a career with the Leuthold Company. In 1986 Bob transferred to work at the Kasson, Leuthold store where he retired in 2006.

Bob enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, golfing, singing in the church choir and was an avid bowler, having earned bowler of the year more than once at the Cresco Bowling alley. Bob also enjoyed spending time with his friends, eating lutefisk, harvesting walnuts and attending the local high school football and wrestling events.

Bob leaves behind many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. N.W., Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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

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Daryl R. “Tex” Engelstad ~ Kasson

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Engelstad, Daryl

Funeral services for Daryl R. Engelstad will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday (March 27, 2014) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson with Rev. Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Burial will be in East St. Olaf Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Byron.
Daryl, 67, a life-long resident of the Kasson area, lost his courageous 28 month battle with mesothelomia on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Rochester.
Daryl Russell Engelstad was born to Ralph Benton and Hazel Margaret (Ankeny) Engelstad on November 4, 1946 at the Knutson Maternity Home in Kasson. Daryl grew up in rural Kasson with 5 siblings and graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1965. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, VA until his honorable dis- charge in 1967. Thereafter, he worked in construction, agriculture and manufacturing in the Twin Cities and Rochester area, including 16 years at MTM in Dodge Center and 24 years at RockTenn (formerly Smurfit-Stone) in Rochester.
Tex married Sara Kay Kildahl on November 30, 1974 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church at rural Byron. They lived nearly 40 years of married life in Kasson, where they raised two lovely daughters. Family and friends will remember him as a loyal friend with a gigantic heart.
Daryl is survived by his wife, Sara Engelstad of Kasson; daughters Jenny (Nathan) Wood of Avon, MN and Julie (Daniel) Laufenberg of Winona; brother Wendell (Diane) Engelstad of Owatonna; sisters Shirley (Daryl) Deno of Black Duck, Carol (Dan) Nable of Cumming, GA, and Janet (Mark) Rendler of Pleasant Prairie, WI; and grandchildren Connor Wood, Maddie Wood, and Noah Laufenberg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Hazel Engelstad, and brother, Milo “Mike” Engelstad.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.
The family would like to thank Mayo Hospice for their time and commitment in allowing Daryl to be comforted with their support so that he could spend his final months with his family. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends of Tex to graciously make a contribution in his memory to the charity of their choice.

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Duane F. Horning ~ Mantorville

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Horning, Duane

Duane F. Horning, age 73, of Mantorville, (formerly of Pine Island) went to be with his heavenly Father and Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, March 14, 2014. He passed away at home peacefully with his wife and son beside him.
He was born January 8, 1941 in Albert Lea, MN to Russell and Naomi (Ditlevson) Horning.
On May 18, 1963 he married Shirley R. Hanson of Mantorville. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013.
They farmed in the Pine Island and Mantorville area . They were blessed with four children;
Dale (Bobbie) Horning of Ostrander, MN; Randy Horning of Forest, Virginia; Mark Horning of Mantorville; Ruth Ann (John) Cyphers of Mantorville. They have seven grandchildren; Travis Horning and Trent (Brandice) Horning both of Rochester; Mandy, and Marissa Horning of Ostrander; Mariah, Elijah, and Cassidy Cyphers all of Mantorville.
Duane was a member of First Baptist Church in Kasson, MN where he served as deacon and usher for many years. He served on the pastoral search committee which brought Pastor John Todor to serve as pastor in 2013. He enjoyed handing out the church bulletin and greeting the people as they entered the sanctuary every Sunday morning. He always had a happy smile and greeting for everyone, and his presence will be greatly missed.
After 33 years of dairy farming, Duane worked at Al Corn Ethanol Plant in Claremont for 3 years. Then he worked at McNeilus Steel, Inc. in Dodge Center for 15 years where he loved his tractor driving job there and the interaction with his co-workers.
Duane loved the years of farming. He grew up on a farm and it was his life. He enjoyed going to Southern Gospel Quartet conventions, the Gaither’s Gospel music, eating out with friends and family, fairs, farm shows, tractor pulls, and watching western movies (especially John Wayne films) and doing yard work.
He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Naomi Horning, and his brother Roger.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and brothers Dean (Lonna) Horning of Marshfield, MO; Lowell (Ruth Ann) Horning of Rochester; Jerry Horning of Kasson and sister-in-law Nancy Horning.
A memorial service for Duane will be held at First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th St. NW, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m with Pastor John Todor & Pastor Dale Phelps officiating. There will be a visitation at the church one hour before the service. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church.

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Hazel Engelstad ~ Kasson

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Engelstad, Hazel

Funeral services for Hazel M. Engelstad will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson with Rev. Randy Fett officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.
Hazel, 92, a longtime resident of the Kasson area, died of natural causes on Monday (February 3, 2014) at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.
Hazel Margaret Ankeny was born to Irvin George and Maude Sarah (Cheatle) Ankeny on August 3, 1921 on the family farm near Blue Earth in Faribault County, Minnesota. When she was 2, the family moved to a farm near Winnebago, also in Faribault County, where she grew up with 3 older and 3 younger siblings. Hazel graduated from Winnebago High School in 1939, graduated from Normal School in Blue Earth, taught at 3 country school districts, attended the University of Minnesota, and was hired as the 4-H Club Agent in Dodge County. While there, she met and later married Ralph Benton “R.B.” Engelstad on September 30, 1944.
Hazel and Ralph lived in the Kasson and Mantorville area for their entire married life and raised 3 sons and 3 daughters. Hazel was an engaged member of the Kasson-Mantorville community, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and various charitable organizations. Her husband Ralph passed away on April 11, 2006, after nearly 62 years of marriage.
Hazel is survived by sons, Wendell (Diane) of Owatonna and Daryl (Sara) of Kasson; daughters, Shirley (Daryl) Deno of Blackduck, Carol (Dan) Nable of Cumming, GA, Janet (Mark) Rendler of Pleasant Prairie, WI, and daughter-in-law Robyn Hammond of Fort Collins, CO; sister, Cecil Carroll; brothers, John Ankeny and Gordon Ankeny; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Ralph, son Milo, brothers Harlan Ankeny and Edward Ankeny, sister Ruth Milbrandt, and her parents.
Visitation will be Friday, February 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. The family would prefer memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

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Garold Bond ~ Byron

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Bond, Garold

A memorial service for Garold C. Bond will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1st at the Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Steve Rheingans officiating. There will be a visitation (no viewing) at Christ Lutheran Church one hour before the service. Burial will be at a later date in Zumbro Falls at the Pleasant Prairie Dale Cemetery. Military graveside services in the spring will be conducted by the Byron American Legion.

Garold Bond 87, of Byron died Wednesday (January 22, 2014) at Golden Livingcenter West in Rochester. Garold Charles Bond was born October 2, 1926, in Osage, Iowa. The family moved to the Austin area in 1932. He attended Austin High school. He enlisted into the Air Force in 1946, served in World War II and was Honorably Discharged in 1949. He married Marian Underdahl in 1952, they moved to the Byron area in 1962. Marian died in 1982. He married Henrietta Kennedy in 1986.

Garold was a life-long farmer. He worked at Sears in Rochester, retiring after 27 years. After retirement, he was a crossing guard in the Rochester School District, and had also worked at Kwik-Trip in Byron. He enjoyed the farm, being outdoors and visiting with people. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the American Legion in Byron. Survivors include two daughters; Gail (Tom) Knopp of Eureka Springs, AR, and Debra Bond of Winona, MN, one son; Russ Bond of Byron, MN, two step children; Marilyn (Mike) Wiebusch of Zumbro Falls, MN and Tim (Pam) Kennedy of Zumbro Falls, MN; 7 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a wife, two brothers and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice – Rochester or Christ Lutheran Church – Byron. Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Kasson is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences at

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