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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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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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Mavis A. Matti ~ Former West Concord Resident

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Mavis A. Matti was born to Lydia and Albert Rossi on December 9, 1918 in Milton Township, Dodge County, Minnesota. Mavis attended school in West Concord and graduated in 1936. She married Victor Matti in 1938 and they farmed in the Concord area.
 
Mavis worked at the Mayo Clinic for 23 years. She retired in 1983. After retirement, she was a nanny for the Rud family of Mantorville. Mavis was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson and a past member of the Zwingli Church in Berne. She enjoyed water aerobics and having coffee with her friends from the community. She was a life-long member of the Jolly Neighbors Club. Mavis loved music, especially playing the piano. She enjoyed playing for others at community events, nursing homes and wherever she was asked.
 
Mavis is survived by Doug and Nancy Matti of Hayfield, Dwayne and Mary Lou Matti of Rochester, DeAnna and Dale Dahle of Kasson, Donna and Dan Kutzler of Dodge Center, 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Matti, and grandson Joe Kutzler.
 
The funeral service for Mavis will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 20, 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. Burial will be at the Berne Cemetery at a later date.
 
The family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution according to their wishes.


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Harriet Jester ~ Dodge Center

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Harriet Jester of Dodge Center passed away peacefully at Fairview Care Center on January 27, 2017.
 
Harriet was born on January 28, 1935 in Rochester, Minnesota, the daughter of Lester and Luella. She grew up on a farm in Olmsted County where she met Theodore Singfiel, was married, raised six children and farmed until 1968. They moved to Mississippi for a couple of years and then to Kasson. Harriet loved to fish, ice fish, travel, play cards, listen to music and sing. She upholstered furniture, was known for her knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafting. She had a “green thumb” when it came to her vegetable and flower gardens. Harriet could bake and cook with the best of them.
 
She moved to Montana where she met and married Bill Jester. They lived there for 20 years and returned to Kasson in 1995. They loved to fly with friends and travel. Bill passed away in 2001 from cancer and has been deeply missed.
 
Survivors include three daughters, Beverly (Arlin) Johnson of Kasson, Bonnie Longmire of Rochester, and Carol (John) Allen of Mantorville; three sons, Scott (Pam), and Daniel (Robyn), both of Mantorville and John of Rochester; stepsons Tom (Deanna), Wally (Gail), and Lloyd (Connie) Jester; and stepdaughter Mariann (Tom) all of Montana. She is also survived by four sisters, Phyllis Jensen and Shirley Mahon of Missouri, Marlene (Dan) Fenske of Kellogg, and Lois (Bob) Braaten of Byron; and brother Duane (Beverly) of Florida.
 
Harriet will also be missed by her 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.
 
Harriet was preceded in death by her brother Bruce, parents, husband and stepson Bob Jester.
 
The funeral service for Harriet will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 22 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. Inurnment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, MN at a later date.


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James O. Maxson ~ Mantorville

Monday, April 17th, 2017

James Otto Maxson a life-long resident of Mantorville, MN passed away on Friday April 14, 2017 with his family at his side after suffering a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Jim was born at his home in rural Mantorville on 2-19-38 to parents Peters R Maxson and Edna H Berg. He graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1956 served in the Air Force from 1956 to 1960. He married the love of his life, Colleen Andrist, on April 2nd 1961. They lived in rural Mantorville and welcomed three children, Lea Ann, Robin and Dalen, who were the most important part of his life. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
 
Jim was an Electrical Contractor and owner of Maxson Electric. He worked from 1974 to 2012. He was a Master Mason, Shriner, served on the Mantorville Township, Mantorville City Council, Congregational Church Board, and was a dedicated community volunteer to multiple organizations. He enjoyed all sports, singing, dancing, boating, and time with family and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his father Peters, mother Edna, sisters Rose Marie Lohrbach and Shirley Mae Leth. He is survived by his wife Colleen Maxson; children Lea Ann (John), Robin (Kristy) and Dalen (Julie), brother Richard Duayne Maxson; and grandchildren Hayley, Mallory, Rylan, Liberty, Ashlyn, and Brooklyn.
 
He was a devoted husband and father who was beloved by many and will live forever in our hearts.
 
The funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 22 at The First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, April 21 from 5:00-8:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson. Military graveside services will be provided by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.
 
The family prefers memorials be directed to the First Congregational Church, Mantorville.


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Phyllis Bradford ~ Kasson

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Phyllis A. Bradford, 81, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN. She was born October 6, 1935, to Vernon and Jeanette (McEathron) Johnston. Phyllis grew up in Wasioja and attended Mantorville High School where she graduated in 1953.
 
On October 10, 1953, she married David Bradford. They had three daughters, Vickie, Cindy and Jody. Together they enjoyed lots of camping, fishing and water sports. Phyllis was a great cook and many delighted in her baked goods.
 
Phyllis is survived by daughters Cindy Nordstrom and Jody (Randy) Liudahl; daughter-in-law Stephanie Hallisy; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter Vickie.
 
Details of her memorial service are pending at this time and will be posted in the Dodge County Independent as available. Condolences may be sent to Jody Liudahl, 1828 – 36th Ave SE, Rochester, MN, 55904.


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Terrance Twite ~ Dodge Center

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

There will be a Memorial Gathering for Terrance Twite at the Dibble Funeral Home (213 W. Main St. Kasson, MN) from 5:30-8pm on Monday April 10, 2017. Terrance died Tuesday April 4, 2017 at his home. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on January 28, 1951 to John and Mary (Lamek) Twite. His family moved to Brownsville, MN to open the Shellhorn Supper Club when Terrance was a teenager. He married Bonnie Klug on December 31, 1972 in Caledonia.
 
Terrance was the proud papa of Tylar (Sara), Manya, Andrew (Stacy), Nick, and Leah (Myles), and was special “Papa T” to grandchildren Oliver and Maiara. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary, infant brother, John, and beloved daughter, Manya. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters, Julie Twite and Mary (Phil) Hoiland, brothers-in-law Jerry (Susie) Klug, Bill (Sue) Klug, and sisters-in-law Jane (Ivan) Fernandez and Barbara (Jeff) Klug.
 
Following the death of his father in 1973, Terrance joined his mother in business, building on and creating Shellhorn Roadhouse on the Mississippi, where you could “bring your load by boat or road.” The Twites enjoyed serving many loyal customers and friends until Shellhorn was heavily damaged by fire in the summer of 1986.
 
In 1987 Terrance and his family relocated to Dodge Center where he developed the Wasioja Education Technology Co-op, providing interactive TV services to several area school districts. He served as the Director of WETC until his retirement.
 
Terrance leaves behind his loving family and true friends who share countless memories of happier times.


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