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Marjorie M. Johnston ~ Kasson, Minnesota

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Marjorie Marie Johnston, 91, of Kasson, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 17, 2013.

The memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Sixth Avenue NW, Kasson, MN on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:00 am with Pastor Clint Patterson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.

Marjorie was born on December 13, 1921 near Hayfield Minnesota to Vernon and Jeannette (McEathron) Johnston. As a child Marjorie lived in Bureau County, Illinois and Hayfield and Wasioja, Minnesota. She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1940. Marjorie went on to attend “beauty” school in the Twin Cities and became a licensed cosmetologist in 1941.

As an adult, Marjorie settled in Kasson, Minnesota and was a very active member of the community. She was a successful business woman who worked as a hair stylist for over 43 years in the beauty shop she opened in Kasson in 1942 and sold in 1985. For decades, she was very generous with the time she devoted to the First Presbyterian Church of Kasson where she held numerous positions including treasurer, board member and Sunday School and confirmation class teacher. She loved her country and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 73 years. Marjorie was an avid reader who particularly enjoyed biographies and historical nonfiction about politics and religion. Marjorie’s greatest pleasure was time spent with family, especially participating in lively activities such as current events discussions, teasing and general “goofing around”.

She is survived by her brother Rhonald Johnston and his wife Dorothy; her sisters Jean Weinknecht, Donna Dutton and her husband Lowell (Ed), and Phyllis Bradford; and her sister-in-law Jean (Woodward) Johnston. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Dwaine, Robert and Vernon (John) Johnston and her sister Marcella (Johnston) Olive.

Marjorie’s nieces and nephews (and their children and grandchildren) were the pride and joy of her life. She was a beloved aunt who truly took great pleasure in spending time with children and teens. She is remembered for her pleasure in buying the girls pretty outfits and her enthusiasm for all types of outdoor activities including badminton, fishing, skating, sledding and baseball. She was the “go-to” person when an advocate was needed, and while she never minced words when pointing out someone’s faults, she also never failed to remind others of a person’s good qualities. The legacy of Marjorie’s generous spirit, passion for all types of play, love of reading and zest for life will live on through them.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice.


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Richard M. Schuette ~ Byron, MN

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Schuette, Richard

Richard Martin Schuette, 58, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013 of cancer at his home in Byron, MN. Richard was born March 9, 1955 in Faribault, MN to Norval and Mae Schuette; raised in Waterville, MN and graduated from Waterville High School Class of 1973.
He married Candice Johnson in May, 1983 and they resided in Byron, MN. Richard is survived by his wife, Candice Schuette of Byron, MN; four children, Barbara (Dallas) Jensen of Dodge Center, MN, Billy Jo (Mike) Sackett of Dodge Center, MN, Richard, Jr. and Brandon Schuette of Byron, MN; ten grandchildren; mother, May Schuette of Waterville, MN; one brother, Charles Schuette of Owatonna, MN; and three sisters, Betty Schuette of Waseca, MN, Sue (Randy) Wobschall of Waseca, MN and Lori Gehring of Waterville, MN. He was preceded in death by his father, Norval Schuette and one sister, Mary Heskett.

Memorial services will be at The United Methodist Church in Dodge Center, MN on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 11:00 am. Visitation with family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be presented at the church by the Kasson American Legion. A luncheon will follow the service.

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


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Loren E. Engelhardt ~ Kasson

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Loren Eugene Engelhardt passed away on May 10, 2013 at the age of 65.

Loren was preceded in death by Roy and Alma Engelhardt, parents; Dorothy Born, Lucille Hoy and LeRoy Engelhardt, siblings.

Loren is survived by his loving wife, Judy Ann Engelhardt, of 41 years. They were married in Byron, MN on July 17, 1971.

Loren is lovingly remembered by his children: Angela Engelhardt of Eagan, MN; Christina Pristash with husband John Pristash and grandchildren Isaac, Nora, and Aidan Pristash of Eyota, MN; siblings and their families, Donna (Richard) Johnson, Elaine (Don) Dvorak, Lyle (Rosie) Engelhardt, Sharyl (Dallas) Herrick, Lorinda (Mike) Schiek and many other relatives and friends.

Loren was born in Waseca, MN on July 25, 1947. He graduated from Hayfield High School in 1965. He went on to earn a Certificate of Cosmetology and Salon License from Austin Technical School. He worked as a cosmetologist for 40+ years at his beauty shop, Capri Beauty Shop, in Byron, MN.

Loren enjoyed playing golf, playing cards, shooting the breeze over a cup of coffee, and spending most of his time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.

The funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery with military honors presented by the Byron American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Byron American Legion.


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Vivian C. Vrieze ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Vrieze, Vivian C

The celebration of life for Vivian Vrieze will be held at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, Minnesota on Friday, April 26 at 11:00 AM. There will be an opportunity to visit the family one hour before the funeral. There will be no reviewal. The burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery following the service.

Vivian Carol Vrieze, 72, peacefully passed away at her home in Mantorville from natural causes on Monday, April 22, 2013. She was born on February 18, 1941 to Harold and Ferne (Robertson) Baker. On December 23, 1966 she married Roger Allen Vrieze in Mantorville. They were blessed with four children. She worked at Mayo Clinic, IBM and spent most of her career in the Treasurer’s office at the Dodge County Courthouse.

Vivian was an artist at heart and an avid bowler. She loved to travel with her family and friends. Vivian and Roger enjoyed gardening and spending time at the lake.

She is survived by her husband Roger, four children Sheri (Craig) Allen of Owatonna, Martha (Joel) Vrieze-Morrison of Austin, MN, Marie Vrieze-Burton of Lake Charles, LA, and son Todd (Carrie) Vrieze of Mantorville; five grandchildren, R.T.,Nathan, Sean, Katelyn and Ellynn; sister Sharon (Terry) Ronning and niece Molly Jo.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later as they wish.


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Alice L. Crom ~ Pine Island

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Crom, Alice

Alice Lucile Crom, 103, died peacefully at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island on April 11, 2013.

Alice was born in Villard, Minnesota, on November 11, 1909 to Sandy & Lucy Simpson. She graduated from Sauk Centre, Minnesota. At The age of 18, she moved with her family to Byron, MN, where they ran the family farm.

She married Orrie E. Crom in Mason City, Iowa, on October 26, 1940. They farmed in Salem Corners. In 1953, they moved to Pine Island where Orrie passed away on January 30, 1963. Alice worked at Libby’s in Rochester for 10 years before retiring.

She enjoyed farming with horses, working outside, gardening, garage sales and going to the county fairs.

Alice is survived by one son, Orrie Crom of Pine Island, MN; daughter Della (John) Newell of Pine Island, MN; granddaughters Malissa (Troy) Lindner of Portland, Oregon and Michelle Newell of Phoenix, AZ; grandson Jerry White of Florida and several other grandchildren; one very special great-granddaughter Sabina Lindner who she called “the little one”, her special angel; and several other great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Orrie Crom, daughter Jessie White; son-in-law Courtney White; sisters Lizzie Wikle and Jessie Day and one brother who died at age 3.

Funeral services will be held at The Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Sharon Nelson of The United Methodist Church of Byron officiating. Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Hamilton Cemetery in Rural Racine, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to MS research.


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Clarence Elton Smith ~ 1928-2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Smith, Clarence

Clarence Elton Smith, 85, took his final earthly journey on April 8, 2013, at Susie’s Place in Hayfield, MN, where he had resided the last year.

Clarence was born on February 29, 1928 in Wasioja, MN to Elton and Nellie (Hindal) Smith. Clarence grew up on the Smith family farm on the east edge of Wasioja with his three brothers and three sisters. Clarence attended Wasioja and Mantorville schools and graduated with the Mantorville High School Class of 1946.

Clarence joined the United States Army and proudly served during the Korean conflict.

Clarence returned to Wasioja, and farmed with his father and his brother, Ellwyn. The Smith brothers had a world renowned herd of Holstein cattle, and they won the Progressive Breeders Award given by the National Holstein Friesian Association a record 17 times. They sold the farm and cattle in 1975.

Clarence married Berenice A. (Libby) Kleeberger on October 11, 1974. They moved to a “retirement farm” soon after. Clarence worked as a road grader operator for Wasioja Township as well as for the Dodge Center Canning Company.

Clarence had the great privilege and honor to be chosen as the official Minnesota Teamster for the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage. Clarence and Berenice traveled from Minnesota, joining wagons from each of the states, as well as President Gerald Ford, in celebration in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1976.

Clarence was a longtime member and officer of the Dodge County Historical Society and the Dodge Center American Legion Wells-Peterson Post 384, as well as a longtime member of the United Methodist Church, Kasson-Mantorville Masonic Lodge No. 11 and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Posse.

Clarence will be especially remembered for his warm and generous manner. A frequent saying was “Every day’s a good day”. He enjoyed visiting with so many of us about farming, the wagon train, and the way things used to be. He was very proud of these things. Clarence enjoyed a trip in the county to check out the crops.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Berenice; his parents, Elton and Nellie Smith; brothers, Lawrence Smith, Stanley (Stick) Smith, and Ellwyn (Ellie) Smith; sisters, Valera Kuster and Roberta Andrist; a great grandson; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Andrist and Sam Kuster; nephew Brett Andrist and his grandparents.

Clarence is survived by his sister Barbara (Doug) Leth of Kasson; step-children, Brenda Kleeberger of Rosemount, Bonnie (John) Sontag of Farmington, Blair (Kathy) Kleeberger of Dodge Center, and Trudie West of Spring Valley; nine step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; nephews, Brian Andrist of Blaine, Dan Andrist of Hayfield, Greg Leth of Byron, Jim Leth of Rochester, Jeff Smith of Mantorville, Sam Kuster of Houston; nieces, Jo Marie Morris of Rochester, Jo Ann Holderness of Pequot Lakes, Suzanne Nelson of Mazeppa, Merri Jo Ziebell of Kasson, Christina Smith of Hayfield, Belinda Andrist of West Concord, Bernita Redding of Mantorville, Kirsten Cadwell of Westminster, CO, Kim Berge of Mantorville and Mary Beesecker of Houston, MN; sisters-in-law, Jan Smith of Mantorville, Mary Alice Trapp of Dodge Center and Roberta Smith of Boulder, CO; his great and great-great nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins and countless friends.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all of the wonderful people at Susie’s Place, Seasons Hospice and to Mary Alice Trapp for all of their care and support.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Season’s Hospice Chaplain, Carol Shaffer officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, April 12, 2013, 5:00-7:00 pm, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Wasioja, MN. Military graveside services will be conducted by member of the Dodge Center American Legion.

Memorials are preferred to the Dodge County Historical Society or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.


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Kenneth M. Phelps ~ Rochester

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Phelps, Kenneth Color

The services for Kenneth M. Phelps will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1114 – 3rd Street SE, Rochester, MN with Fr. Mark McNea officiating. Burial will be at the Grandview Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, (507)634-2331, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, Minnesota and one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.

Ken passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday morning, March 23, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on March 6, 1936 to Maynard and Josephine Phelps. He graduated from Kasson High School in 1954, and attended Austin Community & Technical School. He served in the US Navy aboard Kearsarge Carrier, worked for IBM for 10 years and managed his own business, Rochester Tool & Cutter Grinding, for 46 years.

He enjoyed watching his grandson, Justin, play hockey and baseball, winters in Florida, summer weekends at their cabin in Wisconsin, going to stock car races and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane; three children, Janell Nelsen (Eric) of Chicago, Jack Phelps (Kris) of Kasson, and Cheryl Goldberg (Ken) of Chicago. He is also survived by seven beloved grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles (Chuck) Phelps, his parents and his brother, Wayne.

The family prefers memorials to Parkinson Research and Mayo Clinic Hospice Care in lieu of flowers.


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Elmer Skogen ~ Kasson

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Skogen, Oscar

Elmer Harold Skogen passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on March 17, 2013 at the age of 91 after a week in the hospital battling cancer. Elmer was the only child born to Oscar and Nora (Sanvick) Skogen in Canisteo Township, MN on September 7, 1921.

He attended country school through 8th grade and always lived as a true Norwegian, as he was very proud of his heritage. In his youth he liked to speak Norwegian with friends and family, along with going swimming, skiing, and ice-skating in his spare time. He always had an easy going personality and a sense of humor.

On January 8, 1955, he married the love of his life, Eleanor Crandall. They were active farmers and raised four children until 1979 when he and his wife retired to a quiet life in the country, continuing to raise gardens and always finding projects to work on around the house. He also raised a variety of farm animals in his retirement and enjoyed the company of most critters with the exception of deer and raccoons, who seemed determined to ruin the fruits of his labor. Darn deer!

He enjoyed visiting with company, gardening, planting trees, mowing lawn, doing woodwork, reading, and just plain keeping busy. He admired hard work, was always willing to lend a hand to those in need of help, and enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He was also particularly fond of popcorn, Milky Way candy bars, malts, John Wayne movies, and telling lots of stories from his youth.

He is survived by four children: Oscar (Cathy) Skogen of Dodge Center, Marilyn Skogen of Mantorville, Russell (Vicky) Skogen of Kasson, and Debra (Dennis) Rodgers of La Luz, NM; eight grandchildren: Melinda, Jessica, Larissa, Nicholas, Tabitha, Amanda, Kayla, and Lindsey; and fourteen great-grandchildren with another one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one grandson and one grandson-in-law.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Any money received by the family will go to Bailey’s Hope, the family’s Relay for Life team that was originally created in his wife’s honor.

There will be no funeral or memorial services in honor of his wishes. A private family burial will take place in early summer.


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Dawn Byers ~ Kasson

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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Dawn Marie (Knudsen) Byers
Dawn Knudsen was born March 20th, 1963 to Judy and Gary Knudsen in Owatonna, Mn.
She passed away at her home in Kasson on March 9th, 2013.
She grew up in West Concord and after graduating High School, attended St.Olaf
College. She married Steve Byers in 1984.
Dawn loved music and is well remembered for her beautiful singing voice. She enjoyed
visiting with family and friends but most of all treasured reading books and discussing them
for hours with husband Steve.
She is survived by her mother Judy Leth ( Jeff) of Kasson, father Gary Knudsen (Edith) of West
Concord, brothers Jeff Knudsen (Vicki), Scott Knudsen (Linda) of Kasson.
Dawn was proceeded in death by her husband Steve Byers, grandparents Dave and Elvera
Knudsen and Paul and Celia Derby.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.


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Steven M. Byers ~ Kasson

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Steven M. Byers, 48, of Kasson, Minnesota, died of natural causes at his home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. No services are planned at this time.


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