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Nancy Brannan ~ Kasson

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Brannan, Nancy


Nancy Brannan passed away July 25, 2014 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield at the age of 74 surrounded by her family.   She was born Aug. 26, 1939 to Amos (Pete) and Marion (Hemingway) Kirkland in Mantorville Twp. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1957. Nancy married Cecil Brannan on Oct. 8, 1960 at the Kasson United Methodist Church. They lived in the Kasson area all their married life. Nancy worked in the Olmsted County Welfare office from 1957 until 1963, when she started her family and became a full time homemaker.

Nancy enjoyed getting together with family and friends. She also enjoyed working with her flowers and loved to bake, cook, and watch the birds. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kasson.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Cecil; two sons Michael (Bette) Brannan of Bloomington, MN and Kirk (Gina) Brannan of Rochester, MN; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and one       brother, Larry Kirkland of Byron, MN.      She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Kirkland.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 30th at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue N.W. in Kasson, with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.                                                                                                                                                             Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church of Kasson, or a place of your choice.

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Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson ~ Kasson

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Sorenson, Gen



Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson, 83 of Kasson, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Genevieve May Josselyn was born on March 25, 1931 in Rochester to Lynn and Margaret (Heins) Josselyn. She attended country school and graduated from Rochester High School. On January 6, 1956, Gen married Philip Nelse Sorenson in Rochester. She and Phil met at the PlaMor Ballroom as Phil played trumpet with the Polka Dots Band. Phil died on February 20th, 1981, one month after their 25th wedding anniversary. Gen continued to live in Kasson, retiring from Mayo in 1994. She was a member of Kasson United Methodist Church, Miriam Circle, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, AFS, Faith in Action and Meals on Wheels.

Gen enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, cheering on the Minnesota Twins, playing cards, traveling by ground transportation and her “mission work”. She was the historian for the Heins family for many years. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

Gen is survived by her son Alan (Jodene) Sorenson, Patricia (Randy) Wilbur and Sally (Chuck) Coleman all of Kasson. Her grandchildren Christopher (Aimee) Wilbur of Rochester; Courtney Wilbur of Kasson; Amanda Sorenson of Kasson; Anna Coleman and Amber Coleman of Kasson; great granddaughter, Avaya May of Kasson. She is also survived by brothers and sisters Richard (Dobby) Josselyn, Betty (Harvey) Holtan, Ronald Josselyn, Marlynn (Jerry) Brown, Marjorie Heckman and sister-in-law Margaret Josselyn. Gen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Phil; two brothers: Lowell (Jim) Josselyn and Larry Josselyn and sister-in-law Charlotte Josselyn.

Visitation will be held July 31st, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm and one hour before the service at the Kasson United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held on August 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Kasson United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. The family prefers memorial to the United Methodist Church.

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Ronald “Ron” D. Jones ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014



Ronald D. Jones, 66, of Mantorville, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.


Ron was born on May 28, 1948, in Liberal, KS, to Fred and Bonnie (Fessler) Jones. He graduated from Liberal High School in 1966 and went on to electronics school in Kansas City, KS. From 1967 to 1971, Ron served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a radio operator, including a year spent in Vietnam. After leaving the military as a staff sergeant, he returned to the Mantorville area and was employed by the local gas company for 6 years and K-M Telecom for 30 years. Before retiring in 2010, Ron worked at Home Depot in Rochester. His retirement was spent doing all of his favorite hobbies. Ron continued to be an amateur ham radio operator making contacts all over the world, spent quiet days flying remote control model airplanes, or could be found in his woodworking shop. In recent years, Ron and Betty, his wife of 28 years, visited Alaska, Arizona, South Dakota, New Zealand, and Australia, sharing their love of travel. They also enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, Brody and Chloe.


Ron is survived by his wife, Betty, of Mantorville; her children, Pam (Dan) Herrley Kucera, of Faribault, and Jeff Herrley, of Dodge Center; grandchildren, Brody and Chloe Kucera, of Faribault; and many friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Avenue NW, in Kasson with Pastor Nirmalla Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution according to their wishes at a later time.

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Alice Dorothy Coffman ~ Byron, MN

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Alice Dorothy Coffman, 94, of Byron, MN passed away on July 1, 2014. Alice was born in Byron, MN on June 28, 1920.  Alice was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, crocheting, and bird watching.  She was an active member of the United Methodist Church.


Alice is survived by four daughters:  Joyce Bacon of Rosemount, MN, Charlotte Roble (Roy) of Byron, MN, Rosalie Borgschatz (Bernie) of Byron, MN and Joan Hodge (Jim) of Duluth, MN; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.  Alice was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son Jerry, son-in-law Don, one brother, one sister, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one great-great grandchild.


Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, 507 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Beth Perez officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Byron United Methodist Church or Prairie Meadows Sr. Living, 800 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.

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Harriet L. Anderson ~ Mantorville

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Anderson, Harriet


Harriet Lillian Anderson, 91, of Mantorville passed away peacefully Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN where she had been a resident for five weeks.


She was born November 22, 1922 in Claremont to Albert & Christine Krippner.  She married Floyd Anderson on February 14, 1942 in Dodge Center.  Harriet was a devoted mother and housewife.  She was active in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Ladies activities.  She enjoyed spending time with family & friends, garage sales, gardening, sewing, eating out, going for drives and watching the birds and squirrels.


Survivors include four sons,  Dean (Lil) of Henderson, NV, Richard of Rochester, MN, Dale (Susan) of Hayfield, MN and Daniel of Mantorville; one sister, Louise Knippel of Owatonna and two brothers, Earl Krippner of Rochester and Jay (Gerry) Krippner of Cromwell, MN; grandchildren, Craig, Sean Ross, Bradley & Miranda Anderson, Tara Braun, Amy Caron, Kari Vandal and nine great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, in 2004; one brother, George Krampitz; one sister, Dorothy Lybeck and daughter-in-law Patricia Anderson.


A private graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in rural Mantorville with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating.  A visitation for family and friends will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.


Blessed be her memory.

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David L. Elliott ~ Dodge Center, MN & Livingston, Texas

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

A memorial open house for David Lowell Elliott will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN.

David, 84, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Bradford House in Livingston, Texas.

David Lowell Elliott was born February 2, 1930, the son of Minnie and James Elliott. David spent most of his life in the Kasson/Hayfield area, graduating from Kasson High School in 1948. On August 4, 1950, he married Joyce Marlene Fredrickson. Their union produced a son, Craig.

David was a member of the Minnesota Army national Guard and was called to active duty in 1950. He was a member of the Dodge Center American Legion. He worked with his father in the carpentry business until his father’s death. In the early 60’s, he started Elliott Construction focusing on dirt work such as digging basements, farm tiling, and water and sewer projects. He retired in 1992.

He enjoyed working with wood and especially enjoyed his Welsh ponies, raising and training several matched teams of his beautiful sorrel ponies.

David is survived by his son, Craig (Carol) Elliott of LeRoy, MN, his very special friend, Joyce Schmadeke of Livingston, TX, three nieces and three nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Arthur Elliott and his wife, Joyce.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are requested.

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Catherine D. Zeller ~ Kasson

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Zeller, Catherine Color

Catherine Darlene (aka Cathy) Zeller, age 79, died on Sunday evening, June 22, 2014 at her home in Kasson, Minnesota. She was born on December 22, 1934 to Gilbert and Frances (Salisbury) Steinhaus on a farm in Albany (no longer exists), Sheridan County, Nebraska.

Gilbert was a farm equipment mechanic for Alas Chalmers Co. and when WW II started in 1941, they moved to Ford Ord in Monterey, CA where he worked on tanks. Cathy started school there. After the war ended, Cathy’s family moved to Sacramento, CA where Cathy continued her schooling. Her brother, Donal, was born during this time.

On Labor Day, September 1950, she met Donald Zeller, who was stationed at Fairfield Suisun (now Travis) A.F.B. It was love at first sight for Don and Cathy when they double-dated with a friend of Cathy’s and her date, Robert Hegna from Hayfield, Minnesota. They all went to the State Fair in Sacramento. They dated and were married on April 6, 1952. Don was discharged from the Air Force in July, 1952. Cathy graduated from high school in 1953 and gave birth to a son, Rodney Dee, on August 6, 1953. Don worked for Cathy’s dad for a year before going to Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Milwaukee and Don procured a job at Radio Station WRIT as an engineer. On the first night of his work, April 23, 1955, Cathy gave birth to a baby girl, named Carol Lynn. The radio announcer spread it all over Milwaukee during his broadcast. Later the family returned to California and two more daughters were born; Gale DeAnne on April 29, 1959 and Lori Eileen on December 7, 1961. Cathy and Don resided in California for 43 years and were happily married for 62 years.

By trade, Cathy was a wonderful cook and was promoted to head kitchen supervisor in several institutions — including a college and nursing homes. She was a talented homemaker and enjoyed hobbies such as sewing, knitting and traveling. She had a successful business, “Cathy’s Embroidery”. Cathy eventually moved with her husband, Don, to Kasson, MN where she resided until her death.

Cathy was active in many organizations throughout her life including: former member and avid Sunday School teacher and choir member of the Oak Park Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA; former member of the Supreme Emblem Club of the Elks Lodge, Auburn, CA; member of the Elks Lodge Does Group, Rochester, MN; member of the Kasson American Legion Auxiliary, Kasson, MN; member of the Zwingli United Church of Christ where she participated in Faith Circle, the Berne Guild and the Swissfest, West Concord, MN.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Don, four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brother, Donal Steinhaus, of Security, CO and extended family members in California, Idaho, and Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cathy’s visitation will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Zwingli United Church of Christ, Berne, MN followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Pastor Victor Jortak officiating. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Berne Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Zwingli United Church of Christ or the Berne Cemetery Association, West Concord, MN.

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Einar Jorgensen ~ Kasson

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Jorgensen, Einar

Einar Jorgensen was born 90 years ago in Hukksund, Norway, to Hans and Kari Jorgensen, the Lord called him home Sunday, June 8, 2014.

At age two he came with his mother to join his father in the United States. After graduating from Madelia High School in 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served with the 99th Battalion Mountain Infantry. After discharge he joined his father and brother in the construction business. On Feb. 22, 1947, he married Marion Brekke in Madelia. His work in the construction business moved he and his family to Preston, Deer River and Byron before settling in a home he built in Kasson. He spent many years as a construction superintendent before retiring from A.E. Benike in 1986.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, traveling, and particularly woodworking, in addition to enjoying lutefisk and lefse. He was active in the church an always looked forward to participating in the Norwegian supper.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion; daughter, Karen (Dick) Swalla of Park Rapids; sons, David (Nancy) of Rochester and Paul (Roberta) of Lake City; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marian Spoolhoff of Eau Claire, Wis.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Karyl and brother, Norman.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave N.W., in Kasson, on Wednesday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no reviewal.

Funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson on Thursday, June 12, at 11 a.m., with Pastors Randy Fett and Nirmala Reinschmidt co-officiating. Visitation will also be for one hour before the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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

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James G. Olson ~ Kasson

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Olson, James

James Glenn Olson passed away at his home on Friday, May 22, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born to Glennes & Eileen (Barth) Olson on November 3, 1943 at their home in Pine Island, Minnesota.

Jim grew up on a farm and attended school in Pine Island. On September 25, 1965 he married Mary Lee Mann at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Zumbrota, MN. They lived in Pine Island for 25 years before residing in Kasson. Jim retired from Bob Braaten Construction, ending a long career as a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee; son Tracy (Kris) Olson of Byron; daughters Laura (Todd) Eggler of Kasson and Lisa (Wayne) King of Pine Island; grandchildren James (Alexis) Olson and Hunter Olson, Larissa & Maria Eggler, Tessa & Stephny King; great-grandchildren Hannah, Leila, Tate and Trent; brothers Dean (Jan) Olson of Crescent City, CA and Lynn (Sandy) Olson of Cripple Creek, CO; and sisters Roxanne (Wally) Bray of Apache Junction, AZ and Kabrie (Jim) Miller of Pine Island, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents Glennes & Eileen, brother Chuck Olson and granddaughter Jessica King.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Holy Family, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00-11:00 AM the day of the service. There will be no reviewal.

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Donnie Zweifel ~ Mantorville

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Zweifel, Donald

Donnie Zweifel, 67, of Mantorville, passed away at his home of natural causes on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Donnie was born Feb. 28, 1947, to Henry and Evelyn Zweifel. He was raised on a farm north of Mantorville and graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1965. He owned and operated Mantorville Radiator, where he repaired radiators and cars. He also was a used car dealer and operated Wholesale Auto in Mantorville.

Donnie’s one passion in life was racing. He raced on dirt tracks throughout southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin. Occasionally he would tour and race on bigger tracks in Amarillo, Texas and Batesville, Ark. In the early 1900s he briefly left the dirt track for ARCA Series Circuit asphalt racing, then returned back to the dirt track circuit.

Donnie is survived by his brother, Darrel (Marion) Zweifel of Bullhead City, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He will be missed and remembered by his many friends.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St. in Kasson. There will be no reviewal. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Following the graveside service you are invited to the Mantorville Saloon, 501 Main St. N., Mantorville, MN 55955, for fellowship and a celebration of Donnie’s life.

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

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