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Robert H. Olson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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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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M. Pauline Erickson ~ Kasson

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Erickson, M. Pauline

Pauline (Pettis) Erickson, age 87, formerly of Rochester, died on Monday, January 20th at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, MN. Pauline was born on December 17th, 1926 in Kasota, Minnesota and raised on a farm near there.
She and Paul Erickson were married on June 24th, 1949. Their 64 years of marriage were lived first in Hibbing, then Minneapolis, finally moving to Rochester in 1958.
Pauline was known for her incredible culinary capabilities, both as a cook and a baker, and for her annual week of canning fruit and the vegetables from her large garden. She also delighted in making ornate crewel embroidery pieces, works of art that will remain as lifelong treasures for her family. After Paul’s retirement from IBM, they spent several weeks of their summers in their camper in the north woods of Minnesota. 
Pauline was preceded in death by Paul in October 2013. She is survived by her sons Dana (Diana) Erickson and Steve (Nancy) Erickson, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held in the Timothy Chapel at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd. SW, Rochester, MN for Paul and Pauline in Rochester on Feb. 1, 2014 with Pastor Andy Kumpel officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM with a celebration of their lives at 11:00 AM. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service. Burial at 1:30 PM at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Online condolences at  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St Croix Hospice.

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Dorthy Evelyn Peterson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Peterson, Dorthy

Dorthy E. Peterson, 86, passed away at Prairie Meadows, Kasson, MN on Saturday, January 18, 2014 surrounded by loved ones.

Dorthy was born on May 4, 1927 to Karl and Minnie Wilke. She married Harold F. Peterson on March 2, 1952 and farmed near Berne, Minnesota most of her life.

Her life was filled with community service and service to her Lord. Dorthy was active as a leader in 4-H and active in numerous other ways in the community, including serving as Secretary on the Prairie Meadows Tenant Board. She began as a church musician as a 16-year-old where she played organ at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodge Center. She recently played piano at Prairie Meadows for Chapel services and on other occasions. After joining St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, she served as church secretary for 34 years as well as church treasurer. She held many additional positions in the church, such as Sunday School Teacher.

Dorthy was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her brother, Myron (Marion) Wilke; children, Gordon (Judy) Peterson, Steven (Laura) Peterson, and Karen Peterson; grandchildren, Ryan, David, Michael, and Sara Peterson, Gareth and Gavin Johnson, Nicki (Mike) Haviaras and Rachel Burke; two great-grandsons, Christopher and Alexander Haviaras, and many nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Friday, January 24, from 4:00-7:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson and one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25 at 11:00 AM, also at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Randy Fett officiating.

Memorials can be directed to Prairie Meadows Sr. Living, 800 – 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Julie Marie Stoick ~ Kasson

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Stoick, Julie

The memorial service for Julie Marie Stoick will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the time of the service at the church.

Julie Marie Stoick passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on January 6 from complications of diabetes. Julie was born October 6, 1967 at St. Mary’s Hospital. The daughter of Ivan and Carol (Willing) Harmon, Julie graduated from John Marshall High School in June of 1986. Julie enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, word puzzles and counted cross stitch.

Julie is survived by her two children, Kathryn Marie Stoick of Fargo, North Dakota and Timothy Stoick of Kasson; parents Ivan and Carol Harmon; brothers, Brian (Judy) Harmon of Rochester and Randy (Gwen) Harmon of Lanesboro; nephews and nieces, Brooke, Brady, Becky, Blaine, Lance and Bryn as well as many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; William and Florence Willing, and Ed and Emma Harmon.

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

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Suzanne M. Beaver ~ Mantorville

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Suzanne Marie Beaver, 65, of Mantorville, was born August 4, 1948, and passed away peacefully Friday, December 20, 2013, after a brief illness due to cancer.

She was the beloved wife of Bernard O. Beaver for over 25 wonderful years. She was the mother of Nathaniel (Dawn) P. Fjerstad of Rochester and stepmother to Victoria O’Brien of Kasson and Jeff Beaver of Byron.

She graduated from John Marshall High School and recently retired from the Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, flower gardening, reading, traveling and especially spoiling her granddaughter, Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents Aloysius and Parmalee Starken.

She is survived by a brother, Tom (Ginny) Starken of Fountain; grandchildren, Riley Fjerstad of Rochester, Kandice O’Brien of Burnsville, Brooke (Tom) Fox of Rochester, Adam O’Brien of Byron and Jesse Beaver of Mantorville; and great-granddaughters, Kaydence Fjerstad of Rochester and Ainsley Fox of Rochester.

Visitation will beheld Friday, December 27, at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, followed by a funeral at 2:00 p.m. Pastore Joel Xavier of The United Methodist Church of Kasson will officiate.

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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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