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Margot L. Ballard ~ Rochester

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Ballard, Margot

Mrs. Margot L. Ballard, 77, of Rochester, MN passed away in her home surrounded by family on April 17, 2015, after a 21-month battle with brain cancer.
Margot was born to A. Hubert and Erna (Schneider) Lievertz in Detroit, MI, on October 8, 1937. In 1938, her family moved to Allen Park, MI. She graduated from Allen Park High School in 1955 and attended Marygrove College in Detroit, MI, for two years. On November 28, 1959, she married James E. Ballard, also of Allen Park, MI, and together they had two children. The couple resided in the Detroit area and Portage, IN, where she worked for the Ford Motor Company. In 1962, they moved to Boulder, CO, where she was first employed by the Granville-Phillips Company and later by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She was also a Campfire Girls Leader and volunteered in the Boulder Schools.
In 1976, the family moved to Rochester, MN, where she was employed by the Rochester Post-Bulletin as the assistant to the Editor. In 1978, they moved to the home they were building just outside Mantorville, MN. In 1987, Margot received her B.A. in Business Management from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, while continuing her work at the PB. Not too long after that, she became the Director of the Dodge County Historical Society; a position she held for a few years before moving on to become the Curator at the Olmsted County Historical Society. She retired in 1999 and soon moved back to Rochester.
Margot was a member of the Widowed Persons Service in Rochester and served on the Board of Directors for the Mantorville Theatre Company and spent many years on the committee for the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous. She loved archery, sewing, making cordage with her lucet and reading historical novels of both non-fiction and fiction. She was quite the “foodie”; always up for trying a new place and would often plan trips around restaurants she wanted to visit. She enjoyed taking cruises and seeing new sights. Margot was particularly proud of the work she did with both the Olmsted County Historical Society and the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, putting on a legendary chili feed for the participants year after year. Known as the “Lucet Lady”, she attended many rendezvous in the Minnesota-Wisconsin area and will be sorely missed by that community. She will always be remembered for how vivacious she was.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Ballard; parents, Adam Hubert and Erna Lievertz; niece, Kimberly Bergstrom and great-grandson, Andrew Karnes.
Margot is survived by her daughters, Suzanne A. Ballard of Austin, MN and Christiana (Robin) Maxson of Rochester; granddaughters, Robyn M. Hawkins, T. Lynn Fricker and Trisha A. Bergdale; six great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothea E. Shea of CA and her family; brothers, Alfred Lievertz of FL and Randolph W. Lievertz of IN and their families; and brother-in-law, Gary Ballard of IN and his family.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN, followed by an Irish Wake with food and drink at the Hubbell House in Mantorville, MN from noon to 3:00 pm. Visitation will one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery, Wayne, MI at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution according to their wishes at a later date.

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Oscar Hilliard ~ Kasson

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Hilliard, Oscar

Oscar Hilliard, 77, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 4, 2015 at Fairview Nursing Home, Dodge Center, Minnesota.
He was born to Ross Emerson Hilliard and Josephine Marie Maxson on November 9, 1937 in Kasson, Minnesota. Oscar was baptized on 12-24-1939 at the United Methodist Church, Kasson, Minnesota. He graduated from high school on 5-29-1957 and then went to Austin Area Vocational School for carpentry, graduating on 6-3-1959.
Oscar married Janice Kozialek in1975. They were later divorced. He was a carpenter in the Kasson area for many years and also worked for Crenlo, in Rochester, Minnesota. He moved to Sterling, Virginia, where he continued his work as a carpenter. During his time there, he suffered a serious stroke from which he never fully recovered. Oscar moved back to the Senior Apartments, in Kasson, Minnesota until January 31,2007, when he became a resident of Fairview Nursing Home, in Dodge Center, Minnesota.
Oscar’s hobbies were fishing, carpentry, watching TV and listening to Country and Western Music.
He is survived by a brother Bob & Dorthy (Peterson) Hilliard of Kasson; sisters Mary Peterson of Kasson, and Joan Simonson of Novi, Michigan; sister-in-law Evelyn Dostal of Kasson & many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Hilliard, sister Agnus (Peggy) Starkson and nephew Randy Hilliard.
A graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, MN on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 10:00 AM.

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Robert A. Lechner ~ Mantorville

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Lechner, Robert Lrg
Robert “Bob” Arnold Lechner passed away at his home April 3, 2015 at the age of 86.
Robert was born December 19, 1928, to Otto and Winifred Lechner on the family farm in Washburn, North Dakota. He graduated from Washburn High School in 1946. After high school, he worked on the family farm and on the Garrison Dam. He then attended NDSU for three years; returning to the family farm. Robert served in the US Army from 1954-1956. After his military service, he returned and graduated from NDSU.
In 1958, he began working for IBM at the Grand Forks Air Force Base (SAGE). While in Grand Forks, he met M. Loretta Gerszewski-Sevigny. They were married on December 26, 1959, at St. Michael’s Church in Grand Forks. In 1962, Robert transferred to the IBM plant in San Jose, California. In 1973, he transferred to Rochester, MN. In 1978, Robert was transferred to Vermont and earned his Master’s Degree, transferring back to Rochester, MN in 1979. Robert retired from IBM in 1990.
Robert became involved in the Boy Scouts in 1963. He was the leader of Cub Scout Pack 376 in San Jose, CA from 1964-67. In 1968, he became assistant scout master. In 1969, Robert became a scoutmaster. He remained a scoutmaster in both San Jose and Mantorville until 1994 (8 years after his youngest son was out of scouting). In 1995, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award; one of Boy Scouts highest adult honors. Robert was awarded the Scouters Key in 1977. In 1979, Robert was awarded “Scouter of the Year” for the district. He was also a member of the “Order of the Arrow”.
Robert was a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th degree) for many years. At Christ the King Church, he was a trustee as well as a CCD teacher. Robert was also a reader for the church. He called bingo for the church and for the Knights of Columbus. Robert was a member of MCCL (right to life) for over 25 years. He was also involved with the American Legion for over 30 years. He served as Commander of Post 333 in Kasson. Robert also served in many state and district Legion positions over the years.
Robert is survived by his wife, Loretta; son, Dale, of Rosemount, MN; daughter, Jane (Mark) Senn and their children Corinna and Mitchell of Fountain City, WI; son, Raymond (Jen) Lechner and their children Naomi, Shelby, Sonny and Joseph of Laurel, Maryland; son, Mark Sevigny of Rochester, MN; son, Paul Sevigny of Acworth, GA; son, Isidore (Patty) Sevigny of Alpine, WY; granddaughter, Marilee (Mark) Chomos and children Brittany and Brianna of Las Vegas, NV; granddaughter, Jessica Sevigny of Ashville, NC; grandson, Robert Sevigny of Kenai, Alaska; great-granddaughters, Bryjitte, Tessa, and Izibelle. He is also survived by sisters, Betty and Mavis (Wilbur) Pfenning and brother, Curtis (Jean) Lechner. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, son, Dean Lechner and granddaughter Rhoda.
Robert was a loving father who was very family oriented. He loved visiting family and friends. He also loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 202 4th St. NW, Byron MN. Visitation will be at the church from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2015 and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will follow the service at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at 12:15 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them to be distributed according to their wishes at a later time.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

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Pearl K. Swenson ~ Kasson

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Swenson, Pearl

Pearl Kathryn Swenson passed away on March 19, 2015, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson. She was 94 years old. Pearl was born on August 24, 1920 in Norseland, MN to Martin and Hattie Annexstad. She grew up on Lake Park Farm, the family farm, in a close bond with her two siblings and many nearby cousins. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and often reminded people, “I’m Norwegian you know.” She graduated from St. Peter High School and Mankato Commercial College, then went on to work in the government office in St. Peter and at Honeywell in Minneapolis.
On December 15, 1945 she married Warren E. Swenson at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland, MN. They moved to Kasson in 1955 where they operated Warren’s Variety Stores, Inc., with stores in Kasson and Fridley. Warren and Pearl knew each other all of their lives and were only separated by WWII, and his death on July 21st, 2009.
In her earlier years, Pearl loved to bowl and was active as an adult leader in both the girl and boy scouts. She was an avid Minnesota Viking Fan, loved playing 500, “digging in the dirt” with her flowers, and spending time at the lake, or on the family boat. She was an avid walker, enjoyed her volunteer work, and, with her great sense of humor, was always upbeat and positive. She was an example of a life well lived to her family and countless others.
She and Warren were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church for almost 60 years, where she enjoyed working on various church committees, especially the annual Lutefisk Dinner. She served on the board of the Dodge County American Cancer Society and along with Warren, introduced the Relay for Life to Dodge County in the mid 90’s. She was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star for which she was a member for over 50 years, and a member of the Bethel Guardian Council of Job’s Daughters.
Pearl is survived by son Kirk (Marilee) Swenson of Mantorville, daughter Kathy (John) Kruger of Stamford, CT. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW in Kasson. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13th, at the church. A private family burial will be held at Scandian Grove Cemetery in Norseland.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials in Pearl’s name to the American Cancer Society, Seasons Hospice or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Glenda (Linda) Anderson ~ Byron

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Anderson, Glenda

Glenda (Linda) Gail Anderson, 66, of Byron, passed away Friday, March 27 peacefully at home. She was born June 10, 1948, in West Bend, Iowa, the daughter of Glen and Evelyn Allen.
Glenda graduated from Adams High School with the Class of 1966. On February 17, 1968 she was joined in marriage to Gerald Anderson. In 1974, they moved to Byron, Minnesota. In 1969, Glenda started her career at the United States Post Office, serving in Austin, Rochester, Byron and West Concord. In 1984, she became Post Master at the Kasson Post Office and served there for 11 years.
In her spare time she enjoyed crafts, reading, making music and spending time with family and friends. In addition, she frequently volunteered her time with family and friends. In addition, she frequently volunteered her time to many organizations in the community. She also had a lifelong love of horses; she owned and cared for many horses during her youth.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Anderson, of Byron; four children, Tracy (Renae) Anderson of Hayfield, Kris Kauffmann of St. Louis Park, Melanie (Steven) Zickrick of St. Charles and Michael (Tara) Anderson of Kasson; five grandchildren, Alex Anderson, Blake Anderson, Autumn Zickrick, Calvin Zickrick and Marissa Zickrick.
She was preceded in death by her father, Glen Allen, and mother, Evelyn Allen.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Steve Rheingans and Pastor Jack Friedli officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.
The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the Poverello Fund at the Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at or mailed to: Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN ~ 55905.

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Willard C. Blanch ~ Mantorville

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Blanch, Willard BW

Willard Blanch, 95, of Mantorville, passed away peacefully at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Willard was born Jan. 24, 1920, on the home farm, to Bert and Hattie Blanch. He graduated from Mantorville High School class of 1936. He was valedictorian and a class officer. Willard farmed the family farm until he retired at age 57. He married Dorothy Allen in April of 1979. Dorothy passed away in May of 2005.

Willard was a 51-year member of Mantorville Masonic Lodge #11, where he was past Master. He also belonged to Mantorville Eastern Star and was a lifetime member of the Congregational Church in Mantorville. Willard was also a longtime member of Dodge County Farm Bureau. He was honored by K-M FFA as Honorary Farm in 1975. Willard and Dorothy loved to vacation to Branson, were active members at Mantorville Senior Citizens, and the Eastern star. 

Willard is survive by Kelly Allen, Bruce (Jeannine) Allen, Linda Connelly, Don (Debbie) Allen, John (Carol) Allen, Kathy Bertelson, Roger (Pauline) Allen, Dr. Jim Gute, Josephine and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Hattie Blanch, immediate family, his wife, Dorothy Blanch, Loren Allen and Tony Bertelson, and Sandra Allen.

Memorials are preferred to Mantorville Masonic Lodge #11, Mantorville Senior Citizens or Mantorville Congregational Church.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut St., in Mantorville, on Saturday, March 21, with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. 

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Sydney A. Larson ~ Byron

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Sydney A. Larson, 65, of Byron, Minnesota passed away at his home on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
There are no services planned at this time.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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Edward Highum ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Highum, Edward BW

Highum, Edward

Edward Allan Highum 77, passed away peacefully at his home in Mantorville on February 14, 2015.

Edward was born September 12, 1937, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Percival E. Highum and Alice (Groth) Highum. He grew up in the Twin Cities and Mantorville, MN. He attended and graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1955. Edward married Audrey Durst in 1959 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN.

He was employed by IBM from 1956 until his retirement in 1991 as a manufacturing engineer. He also taught drafting at the Rochester Technical College while employed at IBM. An avid construction toy collector, he enjoyed attending various toy shows, swap meets and construction equipment events. His passion for collecting began as a youth when his father owned a road construction company. Edward suffered a stroke in 1995, but did not let this slow him down. He and Audrey traveled the region and wintered in Las Vegas for a few years.

A life-long Mason, Edward recently received his 50-year membership pin from the Kasson/Mantorville Masonic Lodge. He was involved with the Osman Shrine Temple and was a Past President of the Rochester Shrine Club. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. 

He enjoyed restoring antique toys and reading construction literature.

As a father, Edward completed many projects for his sons and enjoyed working outdoors as well as tinkering on projects for friends.

He will be missed.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Audrey, and sons Eric (Robin) Highum of Howell, MI, and Jay Highum of Rochester, MN. 

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (301 8th Ave NW) in Kasson, with the Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (301 8th Ave NW) in Kasson, and one hour prior to the service at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Jenean C. Kreidermacher ~ Kasson

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Kreidermacher, Jenean Color

Jenean Carol Kreidermacher, 75, of Kasson, MN died February 6, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN surrounded by her family. She was born January 26, 1940, at St. Mary’s Hospital to William and Esther (Iverson) Marquardt.

She was raised in Kasson and graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School. She was united in marriage to John (Jack) Kreidermacher on September 1, 1962, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dodge Center, MN.

Jenean worked in Rochester at Methodist Hospital as a housekeeper for a number of years. She then worked 33+ years at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary as a Title 1 Aide, crossing guard, playground supervisor, and lunchroom monitor where she was known as Grandma K to many until her retirement in 2005.
Jenean’s many activities included Girl Scout Leader, fishing and camping with the family on weekends to Alexandria, being a foster care provider, babysitting, selling tickets at K-M athletic events with her husband, going for long rides to see the colors in the fall, playing the penny slots at Treasure Island and for the last 25 years spent her weekends going to festivals in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota with the parade floats.

Jenean is survived by the “love of her life” Jack Kreidermacher, daughters Jane and Barb, son John (Jody Janz), granddaughters Chelsey and Kenzie, grand dog Deuce all of Kasson as well as Melissa Anderson of Hopkins and Tony Anderson of Kasson (part of Jenean’s extended family). She was preceded in death by her parents and a foster son Francis Nielsen.

There will be a visitation on Sunday February 15, 2015 at Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave, Kasson, MN, from 4-6pm and one hour prior to mass on Monday. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Church of the Holy Family, Kasson, MN, on Monday February 16, 2015, at 2:30pm. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Cancer Society, Ability Building Center, and Kasson-Elementary School (memo – Peace Garden).

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Lyle “Bugs” Robert Rasmussen ~ Kasson

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Rasmussen, Lyle

Lyle R. Rasmussen, 78, of Kasson, MN died Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Season’s Hospice in Rochester, MN. He was born September 13, 1936, on the home farm place in Prairieville Township, Brown County, MN. Lyle was the son of Arnold and Bessie (Niswander) Rasmussen.

He was raised on the family farm and attended country school. He then attended public school and graduated from Sleepy Eye High School. He was united in marriage to Colleen Walden on September 17, 1955, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Lyle worked at Steinke-Seidl Building Center in Sleepy Eye for a number of years. He then worked for Moorman’s Feed-Sleepy Eye Division. Then he managed the Moorman’s Feed in Kasson, MN until his retirement.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Colleen Rasmussen and his children, Danny (Audrey) of Onalaska, Wisconsin, Michael (Jeannie Andrist) of Mazeppa, MN, Thomas (Pamela) of Kasson, MN, and Brett Rasmussen of Plymouth, MN. There are nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Maxson and a brother, Boyd Rasmussen.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on February 14, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Season’s Hospice, 5650 Weatherhill Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

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