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Marilyn Dahms ~ Mantorville

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Marilyn Ann (Svee) Dahms, 77, of Mantorville, MN died on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in her home.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Charles H. Dahms for 53 years. Born in West Concord, a daughter of the late Carolyn R. (Zeller) and G. Marshall Svee, she was the youngest of five children. Marilyn graduated from West Concord High School in 1954. She graduated from Mankato State with a degree in education. She taught elementary school in Elendale, Byron, West Concord and Kasson-Mantorville. She retired from K-M in 1993 after 36 years of teaching. She was passionate about teaching and helping kids reach their full potential in all areas of their life.

She was an avid golfer and golf coach for many years. When she was not in the garden or on the golf course, she spent her summers educating others in the importance of history and traditions. Upon retirement, Marilyn spent many hours preparing educational materials for her fellow colleagues. She was also a treasured substitute as well as a volunteer in the classrsoom of the “Other Mrs. Dahms.” She was instrumental in getting the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous started in Mantorville. The purpose was to educate children in living history while providing classes and activities that would support the information they were learning in school. She was also involved with the historical societies in both Dodge County and West Concord for years.

She is survived by her three children, Lynette Dahms of Mantorville, Debra (Steve) Behrns of Lakeville, and Thomas (Paula) Dahms of Mantorville; five grandchildren, Heather (Shannon) Abbott; Mitchell Gransee, Matthew (Christina) Behrns, Stephanie Behrns and Marshall Dahms as well as six great-grandchildren. She was a sister to Janis Ray of West Concord, the late JoAnn (Russell) Weis of Zumbrota, the late Duard (Marie) Svee of Zumbrota, and Evelyn (Alex) Lykkeguard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles, her parents, a sister and her brother.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Events, 401 – 8th St SE, Kasson, MN with Pastor Linda Miner, Chaplain of St. Croix Hospice, Rochester, Minnesota officiating. Visitation will be 1/2 hour prior to the service (2:00-2:30 pm). There will be no reviewal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School.


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Melvin Hettervig ~ Kasson

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Hettervig, Melvin

Melvin John Hettervig passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 with his loving wife and family by his side. Melvin was born in Buxton, North Dakota on February 7, 1937, to Gena and Melvin Hettervig. He attended school in Buxton, North Dakota and graduated in 1955. Preceding graduation, he entered the United States Navy. After graduating, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine at Alameda Naval Air Station in California.
Melvin attended Wahpeton State School of Science. On June 17, 1961, he married his sweetheart, Katherine Ann Huard. Mel and Kathy had five daughters. In 1958, he was hired by the IBM Corporation where he was employed until his retirement in 1992. While employed at IBM, he held a number of different positions. Melvin was a Computer Operations Manager at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. He proudly helped support the Gemini and Apollo missions. In 1970, he transferred to New York to become a Systems Support Programmer on large scale computers. Melvin transferred to Rochester, Minnesota in 1977 to work as a System Support/Applications Programmer. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching NASCAR races and spending time with his family and friends.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Katherine; children, Cynthia (Mark Staub) of Burnsville, Minnesota, Stefanie (Randy Barnes) of Preston, Minnesota, Gena McNeill of Kasson, Minnesota, Mary (Troy Knutson) of Kasson, Minnesota and Laura (Brian Weis) of Dodge Center, Minnesota; grandchildren, John Staub, Thomas Staub, Jacob Knutson, Garrett Barnes, Bailey Barnes, Katie McNeill, Brenden Knutson, Cassi McNeill, Kylie McNeill, and David Weis; sisters, Muriel Vincent of Portland, Oregon, Vivian Christopherson of Madison, Minnesota and Ruby Breiland of Portland, Oregon. Melvin will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Maynard, Paul and Arlen; sister, Delores Chapman and grandson, Benjamin Staub.
The family would like to thank Dr. Randolph Marks, Dr. Matthew Bernard, Dr. Maggie Theofiles and the staff and volunteers of Mayo Hospice for the extraordinary care and compassion they gave to Melvin during his illness.
The funeral service for Melvin will be Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:00 am at The South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will follow at the Pine Island Cemetery, Pine Island, Minnesota.
Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Gail Poffenberger ~ Rochester

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Poffenberger, Gale

Gail Craig Poffenberger, 63, of Rochester, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Gail Poffenberger was born July 12, 1950, in Owatonna.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Gail’s passion was painting landscapes.

He is survived by his mother, Darlene Poffenberger of Kasson; his brother, Randy Poffenberger of Kasson; his three children, Ben Cotton (Iowa), Travis Karasz (Washington), and Jolynne Sauve (Alaska); as well as two grandsons; and four nieces.

Gail was preceded in death by his father Clifford “Bud” Poffenberger.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.


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Winifred Bausman ~ Byron

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Bausman, Winifred

Winifred “Winnie” E. (Voll) Bausman, of Byron, passed away peacefully at the Zumbrota Care Center on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 surrounded by her family.

Winnie was born July 22, 1924, in Byron, to Fred and Elsie Voll. She was raised on the family farm and attended Byron schools graduating in 1942. On Jan. 25, 1944, she married Marvin L. Bausman and together they raised their family in Byron. When her children were young, Winnie first worked in the cafeteria at the school and later in the school office as the secretary to the superintendent. After raising her children, Winnie returned to school at Rochester Technical School to fulfill a lifetime dream of becoming a nurse. Upon earning her degree, she worked in the Radiology Department at the Mayo Clinic for 20 years until her retirement in 1990. After retirement Winnie worked part-time at Bill’s Food Store and at the Byron Elementary School cafeteria to remain active.

Winnie was a lifelong member of the Byron United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Byron Historical Society Alumni Association and the Byronia #84 Rebekah Lodge where she was a member for over 55 years. Winnie held numerous offices in the Rebekah Lodge and was the Assembly treasurer of Minnesota from 1994-2006. Winnie enjoyed spending time with her family at many family activities, loved to bake and enjoyed traveling.

Winnie is survived by her children, Gary (Linda) Bausman of Byron and Sue Ann (Jim) Olson of Mesquite, Nev.; grandchildren, John (Christie) Bausman of Byron and Jennifer (Eric) Schultz of Belle Plaine; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Tyler Bausman and Jake, Kayla, Brayden, Ethan and Carson Schultz; one brother, Edward Voll of Byron and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, Marvin L. Bausman; her parents, Fred and Elsie Voll; and four sister.

Funeral will be held at the Byron United Methodist Church, 507 First Ave. N.W. in Byron, on Monday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Byron United Methodist Church and one hour before the service on Monday. The interment will be in the Byron Cemetery immediately following the services. There will be light lunch following the services at the church.

Memorials are preferred to the Byron United Methodist Church.

Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Roland Lott ~ Byron

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Lott, Roland

Roland M. Lott, 85, of Byron, passed away November 23, 2013 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.

Roland was born on July 12, 1928 to Matt and Frances Lott in Keewatin, MN where he grew up and attended schools.

He sailed the Great Lakes Ore Carriers for three years. He proudly entered the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in active duty in the Signal Corps in Korea. When he returned from Korea in 1952, he married Deloris Backlund, also from Keewatin.

They moved to Babbitt in 1955 where he worked for Reserve Mining Company as an electrician for 37 years. They also happily raised their four children, Debbie, Terrie, Roland, and Randy there. He was very active in the Youth Hockey Program for many years and was proud of being a promoter of the ice arena being built in Babbitt. He was an officer in the United Steelworkers Union and served on the Babbitt Board of Education for four years. He also worked for LTV Mining Company in Hoyt Lakes for four years. He spent many years camping, fishing, playing cards (smear champion) and watching sports with family and friends.

They moved to Hibbing in 1992. Roland enjoyed visiting with family and old friends from Keewatin while he was there. Due to his illness in 2008, they moved to Byron to be closer to family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Frances Lott and his sister, Theresa Stensrud. He is survived by his wife, Deloris and their four children, Debbie Givens of Virginia, MN, Terrie (Mike) Zirbes of Byron, MN, Roland (Cheryl) of Lakeville, MN and Randy (Donna) of Lakeville, MN; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Matt of Gordon, WI and John (Gloria) of Babbitt, MN; two sisters, Jean Lashyro of Silver Bay and Corrine (Ernie) Solberg of Grand Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.

Roland was a member of the Keewatin VFW and the American Legion and the Church of Christ the King, Byron, MN.

A private family funeral service will be held at The Dibble Funeral Home, Kasson, MN. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing, MN at a later date.

Online condolences may be offered at www.dibblefuneralhome.com. Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


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Shirley J. Fjerstad ~ Kasson

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Fjerstad, Shirley

Shirley J. (Buck) Fjerstad, 83, of Kasson was called home to reunite with her husband and son, family and friends on Friday, November 15, 2013.

Our mother started her life in Lanesboro, Minnesota on August 6, 1930. She was the daughter of George and Francis Buck.

While working as a waitress in Rochester, she ran into her future husband, “Teddy” Fjerstad. The two were married on July 28. 1949. They lived in Kasson where they raised ten children. Our Mom devoted most of her life to her family and was active in the church and community.

Mom enjoyed spending time with her family, bus trips, playing cards, bingo, puzzles and her flower gardens.

Survivors include five sons, Gene, Duane “Dewey”, Neil (Janet), Kurt (Coleen) all of Kasson and Todd of Dodge Center; four daughters, Joannie (Wayne) Rado of Rice Lake, WI, Linda (Todd) Burtis of Dodge Center, Lois (Leon) Cunningham of Mantorville, Cheryl (Sean) Jensen of Onalaska, WI; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris Brown of Kasson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; son, Claire “Chub”; great-grandson, Elliot; three sisters and one brother.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave., Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 20 and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Mantorville, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for distribution or to Holy Family Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Orvis Alberts ~ Mantorville

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Alberts, Orvis

Orvis H. Alberts, 89, of rural Mantorville passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. He was born on June 7, 1924 in Mantorville Township to Klaus H. and Henrietta (Etta) nee Raddatz.

Orvis grew up in rural Mantorville. He attended Cumberland Country School and Mantorville High School where he played quarterback on the football team. After graduation, Orvis started farming with his father north of Mantorville.

On August 10, 1944, he married Gloria Martig and they were blessed with two sons, Richard and Ronald. A few years later, they purchased a farm east of Kasson where they farmed until purchasing farm land northeast of Mantorville. Orvis farmed this land with his wife and sons until retiring from the farming business in 1975. He then started working in the real estate business, which he enjoyed until the early 90’s. From that time on, Orvis enjoyed restoring old cars and tractors.

He served on the Mantorville Township Board for 40 years, many of those years serving as treasurer. Orvis was a member of Mantorville Masonic Lodge #11 AF & AM for over 50 years. His church home was the Congregational Church in Mantorville and he also attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Orvis also served on the Dodge County Conservation Board.

Orvis enjoyed traveling; being able to visit various parts of Europe and several areas of the United States. Another hobby he enjoyed while spending the winter months in Tucson, Arizona was creating unique items with stained glass.

Orvis is survived by his wife, Gloria; son Richard (Marie) Alberts; brothers Donald (Joyce) Alberts, Klaus (Barbra) Alberts, Jr.; sisters Nelda Campbell, Marion Burdick, Roberta Meddleton, Nadine Caswell, Arlene (Jim) Franz, and Caroline (Wally) Holmquist; daughter-in-law Sue Alberts; five grandsons, one granddaughter and five great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ronald; sisters Margaret Biel and Jean Threinen.

The funeral service for Orvis will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Visitation will be Monday, November 18 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the church with a Masonic service at 6:00 PM. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Leonard L. Prescher ~ Kasson

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Prescher, Leonard

The funeral for Leonard Leo Prescher will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be Monday, November 11 from 5:00-7:00 PM, with a Masonic Service at 6:00 PM, at The Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester, MN.

Leonard was born September 16, 1924 in Elgin, Minnesota to Leo and Sylvia Prescher. He attended and graduated from Elgin High School in 1943.

In August of 1943, he enlisted in the Navy with basic training in Farragut, Idaho. Leonard took submarine training at the San Diego Naval Base before boarding the submarine “Devilfish”. He was honorably discharged in August 1946. Leonard attended Dunwoody Institute in electrical studies. On November 1, 1947, he married Donna Green. They lived in Minneapolis, Slayton, Truman and Austin, MN, before opening “Prescher Electric” in Kasson on January 1, 1958; operating the business until retiring in 1991. In 1975, Leonard and Donna purchased the Kasson Hotel, which is now the Corner Plaza Apartments.

Leonard was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Herman Masonic Lodge #83, past patron in the Oriental Shrine, past patron of Eastern Star, charter member of the K-M Exchange Club, 50+ year member of the American Legion and a Dodge County Fair Board Hall of Fame member.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Donna, of 66 years; his son, Bruce; grandsons, Rick and Ross; sisters, Lois Scholzen and Phyllis Morem; brother, Maynard Prescher; sister-in-law, Norma Swingdorf and brother-in-law, Melvin Green.

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

Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Melvina B. Fjerstad ~ Kasson

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Fjerstad, Melvina

Our beloved mother, Melvina B. Fjerstad, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Kasson on Sunday, November 3, 2013. She was the oldest of eight children born to Alvin and Cora (Stevens) Jorgenson in Rock Dell.

Melvina “Mina” was born September 25, 1923, went to school in Rock Dell, and married Burton W. Fjerstad, Sr on September 30, 1941. They lived in Kasson after her husband returned from World War II where he was owner/operator of Burt’s Standard Station in Kasson. Her husband passed away on August 26, 1988. She worked outside the home at various jobs, did daycare in her home, was the bookkeeper for her husband’s businesses, but mainly raised their six children at home. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson and in previous years taught Sunday School and VBS, member of Bethel Circle, and participated in many church functions. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.

Melvina is survived by her six children: One son, Burton Fjerstad, Jr (Enner) of Kasson; five daughters: Sharon (Tink) Larson of Waseca, Ardis Grovdahl of Kasson, Donna (Denny) Head of Kasson, Eileen (Mike) O’Connor of Brownsdale, and Lavonne (Michael) Berge of Kasson; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by siblings: Carol Briggs of Oronoco, Junior (Donna) Jorgenson of Hayfield, Elmer Jorgenson of Rock Dell, and Norman (Sharon) Jorgenson of South St. Paul, and sisters-in-law Mildred Jorgenson, Rochester, Marianne Stoeckinger of Mishawaka, Indiana, and Doris Lybeck, Rochester, as well as her late husband’s sister-in-law, Shirley Fjerstad of Kasson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sister Lucille Fjerstad, brothers Arnold Jorgenson and Palmer Jorgenson; son-in-law Herb Grovdahl, two granddaughters, Lisa Lynn and Dana Lynn, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Melvina’s funeral will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW in Kasson on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-7 p.m. also at St. John’s Church and one hour before the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for distribution or to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St. in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.
507-634-2331.

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com


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Marie M. Dehn ~ Byron

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Dehn, Marie

Our loving Mother passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 at Cottagewood Senior Living.

Marie M. Glasby, 90, was born June 26, 1923. She was adopted by William and Flora Ramthum. Marie married Bill Dehn on November 15, 1943. The couple farmed south of Byron their entire life.

Marie is survived by Vicki (Gary) McIntosh of Kasson, Patti Jestus of Kasson, Dirk (Geri) Dehn of Kasson, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; a son, Joe and a grandson, Paul.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Byron United Methodist Church, 507 – 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Cottagewood Staff, friends and neighbors for all the care and assistance extended to our Mother.

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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