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Kary L. Garvey ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Garvey, Kary

Kary Lynn Garvey passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was born January 17, 1966 in Ada, MN to Wendel and Marjorie (Holmen) Corbett.  Kary graduated from Aurora/Hoyt Lakes High School in 1984 and the University of North Dakota in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and bachelor of arts degree in marketing. 

After graduating, she moved to Rochester, MN in December of 1988.  On January 7, 1989, she married Russel Garvey in Grand Forks, ND.
The couple moved to Mantorville, MN in 1993.

Kary worked at IBM as a computer programer and most recently for CTG in the IBM Software support center.

Kary enjoyed hockey, quilting and was very active with all of her children’s activities.

Kary is survived by her husband Russel, daughter Brooke, son Jacob, four brothers: Ken, Brad, Brent and Kevin, father Wendell and step-mother Kaye.

Kary was preceded in death by mother, Marjorie Corbett.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 West Main, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to:  Sisters of St Francis/CASFA, 1001 14th ST NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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Joyce Alberts ~ Mantorville

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Joyce Alberts, 79, of Mantorville passed away Sunday, December 28 at her home.

Joyce was born January 5, 1935 in Minnesota City to Edward and Hazel Stewart.  She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1953.

On September 21, 1953, she married Donald Alberts and moved to a farm north of Mantorville.  Joyce worked as a bookkeeper for various places as well as helped on the farm.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald, three children, Laurie (Scott) Lund of Blaine, Debbie Alberts of Mantorville, and Wayne (Tammy) Alberts also of Mantorville; six grandchildren; eight great-grand children; and two sisters, Janette Felger of Byron and Ann Wilke of Kasson.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ramona Peabody and Hazel Paulsen.

Joyce was strong in her faith and spent many hours volunteering.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, served as a Deaconess, as well as other positions at the church.  Joyce also loved gardening, canning, baking and spending time with grandchildren, friends and family.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11am at the First Congregational Church in Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the First Congregational Church of Mantorville.

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Lyle Fiegel ~ Kasson

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

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Lyle Fiegel, 92, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson, Minnesota.

He was born at the family farm southeast of Kasson on September 8, 1922, to Oliver and Vivian (Tucker) Fiegel. Lyle completed country school through the eighth grade and then began farming on the family farm with his father. For many years, they had dairy cattle and hogs along with corn, soybeans, hay, and oats. He sold Funks Seed Corn in the 1940s and 1950s. Later he farmed with his son and grandson. He liked to dance and going to dance halls. Lyle married Alice Johnson of Kasson on June 16, 1944, and was later divorced.

Lyle loved farming and was able to continue farming until he was 85 years old. He moved to Prairie Meadows Senior Living in September 2010. He enjoyed going for rides to see the progress of crops and how the harvest was coming along. He loved looking at farming magazines and talking about farming. He also enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Lyle is survived by his son, Jerry (Coralie) Fiegel of Kasson; daughter, Diane (Charles) Dick of Rochester; sister, Catherine Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; four grandchildren, Julie (Dennis) Mattila of Watertown, Wisconsin; Joseph Fiegel of Kasson; Stephen Dick of Seattle, Washington; Andrew Dick of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; a nephew, John Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; and special friend Sharon Rieken. Lyle is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law George Roberts.

His body was donated to the Mayo Foundation for research and education at his request.

A gathering will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 2, 2015, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Kasson assisted the family with arrangements.

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Bernette Kellar ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Bernette Kellar was born December 14, 1922 in Kasson to Clarence and Josie Himle. She grew up in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1940.

After high school she was employed at Davidson Loan Company in Minneapolis. In 1947 she returned to Rochester and was employed at Mayo Clinic for 14 years. After that she was employed for many years at the Kasson-Mantorville Telephone Company.

She married Kenneth Kellar on March 2, 1957 at the little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters Alice and Joan. She is survived by her step-daughters Barbara Kellar of Coon Rapids, MN, Kathleen (Buddy) Martinez of Kasson, grandsons Todd (Jeri) Ness and Craig (Victoria) Ness of Kasson, three great grandsons and a great granddaughter, nephews Jim Kisro, John Kisro and nieces Jody Carlson, Jill O’Neill.

In accordance with her request, there will be no reviewal or visitation and her body will be cremated. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

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Virginia Blaine ~ Kasson

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Blaine, Virginia

Virginia M. Blaine, 92, of Kasson, passed away at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Virginia M. Hegna was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Sargeant. She married Clark Blaine on June 1, 1940, in Osage, Iowa. Mr Blaine died in 2003. Virginia was active in the Boston Cafe, Ranch Motel and Horizon Construction until retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson since 1946.

Virginia loved reading, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, family genealogy, traveling with her husband and cooking. Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Blaine of Kasson; a son, Carter (Kathy) Blaine of Rochester; one grandson, Jon (Rebecca) Blaine of Kasson; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Nick) DeFrang of Rochester, Carly (Samone Derks) Blaine of Seattle, Wash., and Lindsey (Phil Carlson) Blaine of Rochester; she has four great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Taylor Blaine of Kasson and Charlie and Claire DeFrang of Rochester.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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

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Dorothy Johnston ~ Hayfield

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Dorothy Ruth Johnston, 89, of Hayfield, MN passed away Sunday, November 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after a short illness.


Dorothy was born June 2, 1925, in Eagle Valley, MN to Ralph and Laura Kirkland. Dorothy married Rhonald Johnston on February 26, 1950. She farmed with her husband in the Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center and Concord areas.


She was employed at Waters Instruments in Rochester and Fold Craft in Kenyon, MN. After retirement, she loved to garden, travel, quilt, paint and go to auto races as well as spend time with family and grandchildren. She was a member of the United Methodist Church altar society, West Concord Legion Auxiliary, Dodge County Legion Auxiliary. She made many quilts for the Ronald McDonald House, area nursing homes and several charities.

She is survived by her children Barb (Tom) Threinen of Mantorville, Rhonda (Dwight) Hvitved of Goodhue and Bonnie Johnston of Lompoc, CA; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Rhonald, her parents, sister, brother and two sons, Charles and Rodney.


Visitation will be Wednesday, November 26 from 9:00-10:30 AM with funeral services following at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church, West Concord, MN with Pastor David Westlake officiating. Burial will take place in the Spring at Concord Cemetery in Old Concord, MN. There will be no reviewal.


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Dorothy Stucky ~ Dodge Center

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Dorothy Elizabeth Stucky passed away November 15, 2014, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

Dorothy Elizabeth Ford was born on April 23, 1917 in Chicago, Ill. She moved with her family to Pasadena, California when she was five years old. She attended school there, taking up cosmetology after high school.

She married Haven (Kap) Stucky in 1941. They farmed in Milton and Mantorville Townships and then, many years ago, moved to rural Dodge Center, MN. Dorothy worked at the Dodge County Courthouse from 1948 to 1985; first as Deputy Clerk of Court, then Deputy Treasurer and finally Treasurer. She was the first woman to hold an elective office in Dodge County. She retired in 1985.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Haven (Kap) and one brother.

At Dorothy’s request, a private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

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Allan N. Johnson ~ Dodge Center

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Allan Norman Johnson, 92, of Dodge Center, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center.

Allan was born May 28, 1922 in Dodge Center, to Henry Louis Johnson and Ethel Minnie (Clark) Johnson.  He married Beth Irene (Woodward) Johnson on September 10, 1941.

Allan was a lover of animals, working his small hobby farm most of his life, giving it up only recently.  Allan had an incredible work ethic, working for many local farmers in the Concord, MN area.  He also worked at the Wasioja Creamery, Wanamingo Cheese Factory, OMC and finally McNeilus Steel where he continued to work until calling it quits in 2009.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great-grandchildren whom he adored.

Allan is survived by his wife, Beth; sons Larry Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Gary (Jeannie) Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; daughter Judy Boyer of Dodge Center, MN; grandchildren, Kate (Faron) Staffon of Dodge Center, MN; Stephanie (Michael) Cappelletti of Cambridge, MA; Jaime (Scot) French of Edina, MN; Michael (Christy) Boyer of Rochester, MN;
Kim Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Tim (Karlene) Johnson of Mazeppa, MN; and Jim (Heather) Johnson of Wasioja, MN; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Haley Staffon; Maxx and Xander Cappelletti; Avery, Hadley and Cambrie French; Zachary, Sydney, Melanie, Jonathan and Jacob Boyer; Cruz, Cori (Brian) Robinson, Emily and Ally Gunderson; Corbin Johnson, and Dillanjer Johnson.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Douglas Norman Johnson and great-grandson Isaac Boyer.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the Faith Community Church, 305 State Street, West Concord, MN, with Pastor David Breederland officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center, MN.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to them.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

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Beverly Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Friday, October 24th, 2014


Beverly J. Poffenberger, 77, of Kasson, died October 13, 2014 at Francis House, in Syracuse, New York.

Beverly was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Hayfield, to Curtis and Edna (Lee) Lee.  She attended school in Hayfield. She married Gaylord Poffenberger on Oct. 6, 1956. They resided in Kasson and also 31/2 years at their lake home in Pine City, MN. She worked at the Pinnacle restaurant in the Kahler Hotel, and also at the Kasson State Bank for many years when she retired.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending every weekend at their cabin in Pine City. Her and Gaylord loved following the MN Twins and MN Vikings. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Roger) Ellingson of Syracuse, NY, one grandson Benjamin (Shawna Bowman) Rendler,  of Rochester; one granddaughter Jennifer (Gabe Jerome) of Berkshire, NY; three great-grandchildren, Madison and Austin Rendler of Faribault; and Tristan Jerome of Berkshire, NY; six sisters, Donna (Junior) Jorgenson of Hayfield, Glenda (Eugene) Schwemmer of Dexter, Carol Bassett of Rochester, Kathryn (Jim) Annis of Rochester, Bonnie (Jeff) Hinkle of Stewartville, and Wendy (Jeff) Puller of Kenyon,  one brother, Dale (Jody) Lee of Racine and several nieces and nephews. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband Gaylord,  and her parents. Beverly also had an extended family in NY; Kathy Burlin, Marybeth Sorber, and Annie, Becky, Sally, Vicki, Mary Jane, Rena, Ella, Sisters, Kathleen, Ida and Kathleen B, from Francis House and Mike, Vicki, and Lindsey from Hospice, she loved you dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014, at St John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave. N.W. in Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating.

Visitation will be held from  5 p.m. to 7p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the church and one hour prior to the memorial service at the church on Friday. There will be no reviewal. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetary in Mantorville.

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Viola “Vi” Meitzner ~ Kasson

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Meitzner, Viola

Viola “Vi” A. Meitzner, 94, of Kasson passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Prairie Meadows Sr. Living in Kasson.

Vi was born on April 22, 1920 in McPherson Township in Blue Earth County, MN to Omer and Alma (Lindenburger) Bolinger. Vi married Wilfred Meitzner on May 5, 1936 in Faribault and moved to Mantorville, living above the Hubbell House. She worked at Erdman’s Grocery in Mantorville and also cooked meals for the workers at the Mantorville Brewery. With her desire to cook, Wilfred and Vi moved to Claremont and leased the first Coffee Cup Cafe in the early 1950’s and then purchased and opened up the second Coffee Cup Cafe down the block.

In May of 1967, Vi, Wilfred and family moved to Kasson. She continued driving back and forth to Claremont until she sold the Coffee Cup Cafe in April of 1973. From 1977 to 1980, she was the Welcome Hostess to new families moving to the City of Kasson. In 1980, she returned to the restaurant business and was a waitress and hostess at Daniel’s Restaurant in Kasson. She worked at Daniel’s for 18 years, retiring in 1998 at the age of 78.

Vi’s pastimes were enjoying her family, spoiling her grandchildren, worked in her flower beds and fishing at her little pink cabin up on Lake Sibley.

Vi is survived by her children, Connie (Gary) Wobig and John (June) Meitzner; grandsons, Brad (Amy) Wobig, Brant (Kristin) Wobig and Christopher Meitzner; great-grandsons, Charlie and Jake Wobig; sister Darlene Munson, formerly of Owatonna, and many nieces and nephews.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents, Omer & Alma Bolinger; step-mom Polly Bolinger; husband Wilfred Meitzner; two infant children; brother Galen Bolinger; sister Donna Mork and baby sister Lavonne Marlene Bolinger.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 22 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave. NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Clint Patterson officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Owatonna, MN.

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