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Louise Bucher ~ 92

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Louise Sethone Bucher, 92, of Rochester died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on November 14, 2012. Louise was born to Sam and Claire Fjerstad on March 23, 1920 in Rural Kasson, MN. Louise graduated from Kasson High School and was a member of South Zumbro Lutheran Church.

In 1939, Louise married Charles Briese and started their family in Rochester. After his death, she moved to California. Upon return to Minnesota, she married Wayne Bucher. Following his death, she moved to California and Washington only to return to Rochester to be near her family.

Louise enjoyed working as a secretary, gardening and spending time with her family. She was also an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Claire Fjerstad; brother, Sam, Jr; sister, Shirley Stellmaker and son, Randall Briese. She is survived by her daugheter, Karen Clarke; son, Michael (Joyce) Briese; daughter-in-law, Kathy Briese; grandchildren, Kelly Krause, Kristin Dakin, Julie Clevenger, John Briese, Ryan Briese, Jill Tupa, Megan Soper, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

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Menton Grove ~ Kasson

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Menton Grove, 91, of rural Kasson passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012,from natural causes at Pine Haven Care Center, Pine Island, MN, where he had been a resident the past two years.

He was born April 25, 1921 in Cherry Grove Township to Martin and Bertha Grove. He attended local schools through the eighth grade and then began farming with his father.

Menton married his wife, Marilyn (McCready) on June 15, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Kasson. They resided in rural Kasson, where they had four children. He farmed there for 55 years.

Menton served as Canisteo Township supervisor for 21 years. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson having served on the pastoral call and building committees and also worked at the lutefisk dinners. Menton enjoyed farming, going to auctions, visiting with the neighbors, and most of all spending time with his family.

Menton is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn, of Kasson; daughter, Marcia (Steve) Simonson of Rochester; son, Marvin Grove of Kasson; son-in-law, Steve Cloutier of Rochester; four grandchildren, Dan, Adam and Mike Simonson and Keith Cloutier; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Austin; half-sister, Ruth (Richard) Lorentz of Plymouth and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Arla Swee, Berdella Swee, Burnette Beckstrom and Ruth Walker; two children, son, Mark and daughter, Marie Cloutier.

A special thanks is given to the dedicated workers at Pine Haven Care Center for the care he received there as a resident and also to nephew, Larry Swee, for his daily visits with Menton.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, on Friday, November 16 from 5:00-7:00 pm and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November, 17, 2012 at 11:00 am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Memorials are preferred to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.

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Evelyn Musolf ~ Kasson

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Memorial services for Evelyn Ruth Musolf will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

Evelyn, age 92, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Prairie Meadows in Kasson. Her body was cremated.

Evelyn was born on March 30, 1920, in Farmington Township, Wisconsin, to Andrew and Emily (Olson) Larson. She was raised near Mindoro, Wisconsin and graduated from Mindoro High School in 1937. She married Ivan A. Musolf on November 6, 1940, in Kasson. Ivan and Evelyn lived in the Kasson area for a short time, moved to LaCrosse for a few years, returned to Kasson and resided there since 1951. Evelyn was employed by Leuthold’s Shoes in Kasson for approximately 35 years prior to her retirement.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Jeannine (Bruce) Allen, of Mantorville; her grandson, Jason Andrist, of Mantorville; her great-grandchildren, Kassidy, Max and Megan Andrist of Rochester; one step-grandchild and five step great-grandchildren; her sister, Lyla Wilcox, of Waseca, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, in 1989; her son-in-law, Mark Andrist, in 1985; two brothers, Ansel Larson and Earl Larson; and her sister, Verna Stevenson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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LaVonne Arlene Erickson ~ Kasson

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

LaVonne Arlene Erickson passed away on October 28, 2012 at The Haven of Our Lady of Peace in Pensacola, Florida after a three month battle with cancer.
Arlene, as she chose to be called, was born on September 4, 1936 in Milton Township, Dodge County Minnesota to Markie and Isabelle Stafford. She graduated from Mantorville High School and then worked at Carlson’s Café in Mantorville.

On February 14, 1956, Arlene married Roger Erickson at The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashwa, Iowa. She worked as a dental assistant and bookkeeper for Dr. Severance and bookkeeper for Erickson Hardware. When they started their family, Arlene was a devoted stay at home mom for their two boys, Dr. Jay R. Erickson and James J. Erickson. Arlene’s calling was helping other people. She touched many lives.

Survivors include her husband, Roger, sons Jay and James, daughters in law Ann and Deborah, grandchildren Gregory, Jacqueline, Rachel, Reed, and Carmen, brothers and sisters Mavis Atkinson, Evelyn Dostal, Donald Stafford, and Claude Stafford.

A private family burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, will be held at a later date with Pastor Brian Egelston of The First Congregational Church, Mantorville, MN, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the church.

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Helen Tripp ~ Mantorville

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Helen Anna Tripp passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Helen was born August 11, 1925 in Claremont, MN to August and Ada Batzel. She married Luvern Tripp at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA on March 20, 1948 and celebrated many happy years of marriage.

Together, Helen and Luvern owned and operated Tripp Construction where Helen assisted with bookkeeping. She also worked for many years at the Hubbell House in Mantorville. In her spare time, Helen enjoyed painting ceramics, reading the bible, and daily visits from her son, Larry. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran church and attended services regularly.

Survivors include three children, Neil (Myrna) Tripp of Lakeland, FL, Larry Tripp of Mantorville, MN and Karen Tripp of Houston, TX; three grandchildren, Sandra, Dean and Nathan; five great-grandchildren, Steven, Dakota, Mason, Reese and Delaney; one brother, Kenneth Batzel; and one sister, Grace (Peter) Maier. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Arno (Jack) Batzel and two who died in infancy; sisters, Lucille Shifer, Lois Gerber, Jeanette Berg, Eva Mason, Dottie Weatherly, and Rena Giesler. Blessed be her memory.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN. A private service and burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville a later date. Mrs. Tripp’s body was donated to the Mayo Clinic for research according to her wishes.

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Ervin Hrabik ~ Kasson

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Ervin Hrabik, 94, passed away peacefully October 5, 2012 surrounded by family.
Born June 24, 1918 in Canon City, MN to Harry and Anna (Pivec) Hrabik, Erv grew up outside Faribault where he attended school and helped with the family farm. During WWII, he worked at the Twin Cities ammunitions plant where he acquired the skills to become a mechanic and worked for several large auto dealerships. He also served as Captain in the Minneapolis Rescue Reserve. He was recruited by Allstate Insurance where he worked as an adjuster for 25 years and received many awards from Allstate for his claims performance and recognition from customers for his personal service.
Erv was married to Berdell Johnson until her death in 1986. They had two children, Linda and Richard. While in Minneapolis, he was active in the congregational church, enjoyed carpentry, gardening and being with friends and family.
In 1965, the family moved to Kasson Minnesota where Erv continued as regional district adjustor for Allstate. He was an active usher at St. John’s Lutheran church, a councilman, and recognized by the City of Kasson for his positions in the planning commission, park board, and civil defense. Enjoying only a brief retirement from Allstate, he was again recruited to work for Rochester based firms Federated Insurance and C&G claims. In 1986, Erv and Julie Hauschildt were joined in marriage and remained together in Kasson for the next 26 years.
Erv is survived by his wife Julie Hrabik, children Richard Hrabik of Austin, TX, Linda Smalley of Lake Kiowa, TX, grandchildren Michael Smalley of St. Louis, MO, Matthew Smalley of Dallas, TX, and sister Ethel Lockman of Anoka, MN. He was preceded in death by his first wife Berdell Hrabik, and sisters Harriet LeMieux and Josephine Bisping.
The family is planning a 95th birthday “celebration of life” on June 22, 2013 in his memory. Details to follow. There will be an inurnment burial service at Calvary Cemetery in Faribault, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers you send memorials in his name to the charitable organization of your choice.

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June E. Vangness ~ Kasson

Friday, September 28th, 2012

June E. Vangness, 84, of Kasson passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN, where she had been a resident since December, 2011.

June was born June 17, 1928, in Dodge Center, MN to Theodore and Ida Keller. She graduated from Dodge Center High School in 1946 and married Kenneth R. Vangness of West Concord on her 18th birthday, June 17, 1946. They lived in West Concord until 1956 when they moved to Kasson. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; three sons, Roger (Karen), LuVerne (Cathy), and Steven; five daughters, Jean, Pat (Gary) Olevson, Beverly (Dan) Harris, Sandra (Dean) Solberg and Sheryl (Chuck) Finger; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Lawrence, Carl, Wilbur, Clifford, Floyd and Theodore, Jr.; and five sisters, Ruth Klampe, Mabel Saxton, Leota Vogelsand, Winifred Hammon and Velma Alrick.

June spent her life raising eight children and, for a time, worked as a dietary aide at the Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center. She was a wonderful cook, loved growing flowers and vegetables and maintained a colorful and productive garden for many years. She was delighted to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always had a big smile for them.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 2, at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, October 1, from 5:00-7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

The family prefers memorials to them for distribution later per their wishes.

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Marion T. Thompson ~ Kasson

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Marion Thompson passed away peacefully September 24, 2012 at her home in Kasson with family at her side.

She as born July 11, 1925 to Theodore and Mabel Aarsvold in rural Kasson. The family later moved to the Grand Marais area and returned to the Kasson/Byron area during her early teen years. She worked as a telephone operator while attending Byron High School.

Marion married James Thompson in San Francisco, CA, on March 21, 1944. When James was discharged from the Navy, they moved back to the Byron area.

Family and friends were extremely important to her. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook, and took pride in maintaining an impeccable home. She enjoyed their monthly card club parties and spending time at their trailer near Garrison, MN.

Marion is survived by her brother, Paul (Leanna) Aarsvold of Lake Park, MN; sons, Gary (Betty) Thompson of Breezy Point, MN and Bradley Thompson of Stewartville, MN; daughters, Sandra (George) Bolles of Byron, MN and Linda (Jeff Warner) Thompson of Rochester, MN; sisters-in-law, Millie Aarsvold and Nancy Aarsvold; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Mabel (Markegaard) Aarsvold; brothers, Obed, Lyle and Jacob Aarsvold; sisters, Rebecca Skomaroske, Alma Swenson and Eva Barrone; sister-in-law Lina Mae Aarsvold; and brothers-in-law, Harold Barrone and Norman Skomaroske.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road NW, Byron, MN, with Pastor Jack Friedli officiating. Visitation will be Friday, September 28, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Saturday.

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

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Lloyd A. Bartholmey ~ Kasson

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

LLoyd A. Bartholmey, 83, of Kasson, MN died Monday, September 17, 2012 at Stacyville Community Nursing Home, Stacyville, Iowa. Lloyd was born in Stacyville on February 23, 1929, to Joseph and Florence (Adams) Bartholmey. His education started at Visitation Catholic School in Stacyville until 1939; then he transferred to the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, IA. After school, Lloyd workd many different jobs in construction. He especially took pride in his work on Queen of Angels Church, Austin, MN.

Lloyd married Elda Geraldine Abben of Little Cedar, Iowa on December 27, 1952. They made their home in Kasson, MN. They became parents of a son, Robert Lloyd Bartholmey in 1969. Lloyd managed the apartment building they lived in for over fifty years. He worked for Telex Corporation in Rochester, MN for 35 years.

Lloyd enjoyed his beloved dogs, fishing, woodworking, gardening and telling stories. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Elda; brother, William Clifford, and his parents. He is survived by his son, Robert L. Bartholmey of Pine Island, MN; brother, Dale Bartholmey of New Richland, MN and many nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.

Personal expressions of sympathy for the Bartholmey family can be mailed to Robertta Carroll Huffman, 4179 Rampart Ave, Osage, IA 50461.

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Karen J. Dohrmann ~ Kasson

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Karen Jean Dohrmann, 72, passed away on September 11, 2012 at Zumbrota Health Care after a lengthy battle with many health issues. Karen was born March 4, 1940, to Roger A. Gaedtke and Thelma O. (Moen) at County Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lived in Stephens Point, WI. She moved to Red Wing, MN, as a young child; then to Goodhue, MN, at age 11 and graduated from high school there in 1958.

Karen married Caryl Dohrmann on August 24, 1958, and moved to his family farm in Kasson, MN. They moved into town after selling the farm in 1968 and settled in Kasson in July of 1972, where they lived for 30 years. Caryl and Karen moved to Mantorville in 2002, where Caryl and their son, Thomas, currently reside.

Karen did daycare from the home and then worked at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center for 25 years in housekeeping and laundry. Her hobbies were sewing, reading and traveling with Caryl. Her family was most important in her life.

She is survived by her husband, Caryl; three children, Michael Dohrmann (Kasson), Thomas Dohrmann (Mantorville), and JoAnn Hines (Kasson); five grandchildren, Ian, Allison and Sean Hines and Megan and Andrew Dohrmann; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Harvey) Dohrmann, Diane (Thomas) Gaedtke; brother-in-law, Richard (Ella) Finley and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger Gaedtke and Thelma Ross; step-parents, Ann Gaedtke and Harley Ross and her brother, Thomas Gaedtke.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson offciating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, September 17, from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson. A luncheon will follow the graveside service at the church in the fellowship hall.

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