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Ollene L. Leutink ~ Pine Island, Minnesota

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Ollene Lavonne (Matthiesen) Leutink died Monday, April 2, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Ollene Lavonne Granle was born April 20, 1924, in Ionia, Iowa to Anton and Elsie Granle. She attended country schools in the Austin, Minnesota area and graduated from Austin High School in 1942.

Ollene married Donnie Matthiesen February 21, 1942. She spent most of the next years raising her family. She went to work at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN, in 1968 after her youngest child went to school. She worked there until 1974. After Don was killed in 1972, she moved to Spring Valley, MN. She met and married Earl Leutink in April of 1974. She opened a craft and hobby shop in 1975. Earl passed away in 1983.

She then moved to Sparta, WI, for one year before moving back to Minnesota where she lived in the Senior Citizen apartments in Mantorville, MN for approximately 11 years where life consisted of family get-togethers, church, card playing and crossword puzzles. From there she moved to Pine Island assisted living in 2007 and then into the nursing home. Ollene truly enjoyed her visits from her many grandchildren and always looked forward to the visits as she was extremely proud of each of them.

Ollene is survived by two sons, David Matthiesen of Mantorville, MN and Dennis (Shelley) Matthiesen of Oronoco, MN; and six daughters, Darlene Carroll of O’Fallon, MO, Delores (Rodney) Wolf of Sparta, WI, Diane Hagan of Mantorville, MN, Dorothy Matthiesen of Fridley, MN, Debra Matthiesen of Zumbrota, MN and Denise Matthiesen of Stewartville, MN. Ollene has 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Gilbertson of Jackson, MN, and step-daughter, Kathy Liebold and numerous step-grandchildren.

Ollene was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, husband, Donnie Matthiesen and second husband, Earl Leutink; two sons, Duane and Dean; son-in-law, Howard Hagan; daughter-in-law, Marge Matthiesen; grandson, Jim Matthiesen and two step-children.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, April 9, at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Burial will be at Lansing Cemetery, Lansing, MN. Friends and family may call from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, April 8, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main in Kasson, MN and one hour before the service on Monday, April 9 at the church.

A light luncheon will be served after the services in the church. Following the luncheon all are welcome to join the family at the cemetery.


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Nel K. Overton ~ Byron, Minnesota

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Nel Overton, 73, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her loving family.

Nel was born October 18, 1938 in Stewartville, Minnesota, the daughter of Peter and Sarah (Benjamin) Zierath. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1957. On May 2, 1958, she was united in marriage to Darrel Overton. The young couple lived in Rochester for 18 years before moving to Byron in 1976 with their three children.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Nel dedicated herself to nurturing and encouraging her family. Her greatest passion was her grandchildren, who kept her and Darrel extremely busy with sports games, concerts, day care and dance team competitions. Her indelible commitment to family will be looked to as an inspiration for years to come.

Nel’s life will continue to be celebrated on earth by her husband, Darrel; her three children, Brian Overton of Kasson, Paula (Brian) Auringer of Mantorville, and Darren (Mary Lynn) Overton of Mantorville; eight grandchildren, Jared, Breanna, Kyle, Bryton, Alyssa, Broc, Abbie and Grant; sister, Julie (Carl) Stocks of Waterloo, Iowa and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. In addition, they shared their home with Brian and Nancy Connelly, close family friends. Nel was preceded in death by her parents, sister Delores Miller and brother Ralph Zierath.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the United Methodist Church, 507-1st Avenue NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.


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Orville G. Amundson ~ Byron, Minnesota

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Orville George Amundson, 89, of Byron, MN died March 25, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. Orville was born February 14, 1923, to George and Ella Amundson on a farm in Salem Township. He farmed on the family farm near Salem for many years before retiring to his home in Byron. He enjoyed gardening and dancing.

Orville is survived by his sisters, Amanda Larsen of Byron and Eleanor Staplekamp of Kasson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:00 am at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 6200 Cty Rd 3 SW, Byron, MN with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the East St. Olaf Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Corey J. Zelinske ~ Kasson, MN

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Corey Joe Zelinske passed away at his home Friday, March 23, 2012. Corey was born March 1, 1986 in Rochester, MN. He grew up in the Kasson-Mantorville/Wasioja area and attended Kasson-Mantorville High School. He worked for Swenke Co. for 10 years.

He is survived by his son, 1-year-old Hunter of Kasson; father Tim Zelinske and step-mother Peggy Runnells of Wasioja; sister, Andrea Zelinske (Allen Petschow) of Winona, MN; two stepbrothers, Gerald and Jeffrey Runnells both of Dodge Center, MN; grandparents, Stanley and Eleanor Zelinske of rural Mantorville, MN and Carmen and Dick Monson of Arizona; two nephews, Domonic Zelinske and Austin Petschow both of Winona, MN as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and lots of friends.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Friday, March 30, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the church and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Wasioja, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials


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Jeffrey B. Sandeno ~ Kasson

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Jeffrey Brian Sandeno, 49, of rural Kasson passed away at his home Thursday, March 22, 2012.

Jeffrey was born August 24, 1962, in Rochester to Curtis and Patricia Sandeno. He grew up in rural Kasson and attended Kasson-Mantorville High School. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and returned to rural Kasson. He worked in fiber optic construction.

He is survived by his life mate, Twig; his parents, Curt and Pat Sandeno of rural Kasson; his sister, Penny (Sandeno) Bauer of Faribault; brother-in-law, Jacob Bauer; niece, Rachel Bauer; son, Jake Sandeno of Peterson; daughter, Donelle Sandeno of Kasson; and grandson, Jeron Sandeno; as well as many aunts, uncles and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to be distributed later as they desire.


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Mary H. Johnson ~ 1922-2012

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Mary Hrtanek Johnson passed away March 14, 2012 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN. She was 89 years old.

Mary was born on November 2, 1922, in Dodge County to Matus and Anna (Rostocna) Hrtanek. On November 6, 1943, she married Herbert Johnson in Medford, OR. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2005. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers. She is survived by a daughter, Jane (Hollis) Matti of Dodge Center; son, Phillip Johnson of California; granddaughter, Karen Vanstrom of Rochester and grandsons, Michael Vanstrom of Arizona, and Marcus Johnson and Eric Johnson both of California.

When Mary was not visiting with relatives and playing cards, you could often find her crocheting or sewing one of her beautiful quilts.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

A visitation will be held on March 20, 2012, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson. A private burial will be held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at a later date.


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Lawrence O’Brien ~ 1920-2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Lawrence P. O’Brien, 91, of rural Pine Island, MN, died of natural causes Saturday, March 10, 2012. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 451 – 5th St. SW, Pine Island, MN, with Fr. Randal Kasel officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

Lawrence was born November 26, 1920 near Kasson, MN, in Dodge County. He grew up in the Kasson and Byron area. On November 20, 1947, he married Doris Goodman and they farmed in rural Pine Island for 65 years.

Lawrence was always involved in soil conservation and was one of the first farmers to begin strip farming to prevent soil erosion. His efforts were recognized in 1955 when Lawrence and Doris were presented the Dodge County Soil Conservation award.

In 2002, Lawrence began restoring a 15-acre plot of land on his farm and planted hundreds of trees around the creek to prevent erosion. He worked endlessly on this reforestation project to establish and nurture the trees over the years.

Over the years, Lawrence and Doris enjoyed their Saturday night polka dances with friends and neighbors. Lawrence was also passionate about his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lawrence was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Pine Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Church.

He is survived by three sons, David (Connie), Denis (Lorraine) and Richard (Sheila), all of rural Pine Island; a daughter, Ann (Bill) Arendt of Savage, MN; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis (Eileen) and Bernard (Marlys); three sisters, Margie (John) Allen, Evie Peterson and Janice (Marvin) Deno; brother-in-law Lyle Wright and a special friend of the family, Orrie Crom. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Betsy Marie O’Brien; two brothers, Lester O’Brien and Ivan O’Brien and his sister, Mavis (O’Brien) Wright.


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Floyd Lee Foote ~ 1930-2012

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Floyd Lee Foote, 81, of West Concord, Minnesota went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Floyd was born May 12, 1930 in Benedict, NE, the son of Alpheus and Velma (Trussel) Foote. He was united in marriage to Orpha Luetta Harrison on August 21, 1949. He entered the Marine Corp in 1951; attended basic training and sea school in San Diego, CA and then was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. He served two years active duty during the Korean War, then served 6 years inactive reserve and was honorably discharged on October 22, 1959.

Floyd farmed on the family farm in Benedict, NE until moving to Minnesota in 1963. He continued his farming in MN until retiring in 1978. He enjoyed woodworking and traveling in his motorhome. Floyd and Orpha visited all 50 states in their travels. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Kasson.

Floyd is survived by his wife Orpha; five children, Denton (Jeanne) of Parker, SD, James (Christine) of Kasson, Mn, Christine (Marvin) Cox of Houston, MN, Kathleen (Douglas) Meyer of Austin, MN, and Steven (Sandra) of West Concord; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; one sister, Althea (Stanley) Harrison of Fairmont, NE; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, one grandson, Jeremy Cox and one great-granddaughter, Isabel Cox.

The funeral service will be Monday, February 20 at 1:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Dale Phelps officiating. Interment will be at Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Sunday afternoon from 4:00-6:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Monday.


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Ralph Helmbrecht ~ 1912-2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Ralph Clarence Helmbrecht, 99, of Hayfield, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie, of natural causes.

Ralph was born on July 1, 1912, at his parent’s home in Ashland Township. He graduated from Dodge Center High School on July 1, 1924. He worked with his father and two brothers on the family farm until 1941 when he entered the United States Army. He served during World War II in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. After being discharged from the Army in 1945, he married Phyllis Wyttenbach on September 1, 1946. They moved to another farm about one mile from his parent’s farm. He farmed in partnership with his father and two brothers until they retired from farming in 1978. Ralph loved to fish, hunt and bowl. Ralph served as a Dodge County Commissioner for 12 years, which he enjoyed very much. He was a leader of the Super Jets 4-H Club for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kasson, Minnesota.

He is survived by his four children, Royce and Karen Helmbrecht of Austin, MN, Stephen and Donalyn Elliott of Dallas, Texas, Dale and Susan Queensland of Grand Meadow, and Bruce and Shirley Helmbrecht of Stilwell, Kansas. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, in 1999, and his two brothers, Everett (1967) and Harley (1986).

The celebration of Ralph’s life will be held with a visitation beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, MN, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am. Pastor Dale Phelps will officiate. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, Minnesota.

We thank the Lord for Ralph’s rich life on earth, and we know he is enjoying his entry into Heaven.


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Mavis E. Seim ~ 1927-2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Our beloved mother was welcomed home by our Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Mavis E. Seim was born July 19, 1927, to Engval and Mabelle Hegna. Mavis was married to Harold Nord on February 5, 1944. They were later divorced. On February 15, 1958, she married Lyle V. Seim.

Mavis worked at the Boston Cafe in Kasson, Waters-Conley, The Village Inn, Erdmans Supermarket and retired in 1992 from Waters Instruments.

Mavis is survived by her children, Diana (John) Ramer of Dodge Center, Sally (Jerry) Johnston of Wabasha, Marvin (Sandy) Nord of Hayfield, Bruce (Nancy) Nord of Kasson, Vickie (Mike) Ranvek of Kasson, Rita (Bill) Patterson of Wabasha, and Scott (Koreen) Seim of Mantorville; 77 grand, great-grand and great great-grandchildren; brothers, Leland (Cecile) Hegna and Douglas Hegna of Hayfield; and sisters, Violet Beaver and Virginia Blaine both of Kasson.

She was preceeded in death by her husband, Lyle V. Seim; brothers, Russell, Victor and Wesley Hegna all of Kasson; her parents; and grandsons, Darrin Nord and Lyle R. Seim.

Visitation with family and friends will be Wednesday, January 25 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Kasson, MN and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, MN.

“If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.”


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