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Shirley J. Fjerstad ~ Kasson

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Fjerstad, Shirley

Shirley J. (Buck) Fjerstad, 83, of Kasson was called home to reunite with her husband and son, family and friends on Friday, November 15, 2013.

Our mother started her life in Lanesboro, Minnesota on August 6, 1930. She was the daughter of George and Francis Buck.

While working as a waitress in Rochester, she ran into her future husband, “Teddy” Fjerstad. The two were married on July 28. 1949. They lived in Kasson where they raised ten children. Our Mom devoted most of her life to her family and was active in the church and community.

Mom enjoyed spending time with her family, bus trips, playing cards, bingo, puzzles and her flower gardens.

Survivors include five sons, Gene, Duane “Dewey”, Neil (Janet), Kurt (Coleen) all of Kasson and Todd of Dodge Center; four daughters, Joannie (Wayne) Rado of Rice Lake, WI, Linda (Todd) Burtis of Dodge Center, Lois (Leon) Cunningham of Mantorville, Cheryl (Sean) Jensen of Onalaska, WI; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris Brown of Kasson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; son, Claire “Chub”; great-grandson, Elliot; three sisters and one brother.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave., Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 20 and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Mantorville, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for distribution or to Holy Family Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Orvis Alberts ~ Mantorville

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Alberts, Orvis

Orvis H. Alberts, 89, of rural Mantorville passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. He was born on June 7, 1924 in Mantorville Township to Klaus H. and Henrietta (Etta) nee Raddatz.

Orvis grew up in rural Mantorville. He attended Cumberland Country School and Mantorville High School where he played quarterback on the football team. After graduation, Orvis started farming with his father north of Mantorville.

On August 10, 1944, he married Gloria Martig and they were blessed with two sons, Richard and Ronald. A few years later, they purchased a farm east of Kasson where they farmed until purchasing farm land northeast of Mantorville. Orvis farmed this land with his wife and sons until retiring from the farming business in 1975. He then started working in the real estate business, which he enjoyed until the early 90’s. From that time on, Orvis enjoyed restoring old cars and tractors.

He served on the Mantorville Township Board for 40 years, many of those years serving as treasurer. Orvis was a member of Mantorville Masonic Lodge #11 AF & AM for over 50 years. His church home was the Congregational Church in Mantorville and he also attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Orvis also served on the Dodge County Conservation Board.

Orvis enjoyed traveling; being able to visit various parts of Europe and several areas of the United States. Another hobby he enjoyed while spending the winter months in Tucson, Arizona was creating unique items with stained glass.

Orvis is survived by his wife, Gloria; son Richard (Marie) Alberts; brothers Donald (Joyce) Alberts, Klaus (Barbra) Alberts, Jr.; sisters Nelda Campbell, Marion Burdick, Roberta Meddleton, Nadine Caswell, Arlene (Jim) Franz, and Caroline (Wally) Holmquist; daughter-in-law Sue Alberts; five grandsons, one granddaughter and five great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ronald; sisters Margaret Biel and Jean Threinen.

The funeral service for Orvis will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Visitation will be Monday, November 18 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the church with a Masonic service at 6:00 PM. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Leonard L. Prescher ~ Kasson

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Prescher, Leonard

The funeral for Leonard Leo Prescher will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be Monday, November 11 from 5:00-7:00 PM, with a Masonic Service at 6:00 PM, at The Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester, MN.

Leonard was born September 16, 1924 in Elgin, Minnesota to Leo and Sylvia Prescher. He attended and graduated from Elgin High School in 1943.

In August of 1943, he enlisted in the Navy with basic training in Farragut, Idaho. Leonard took submarine training at the San Diego Naval Base before boarding the submarine “Devilfish”. He was honorably discharged in August 1946. Leonard attended Dunwoody Institute in electrical studies. On November 1, 1947, he married Donna Green. They lived in Minneapolis, Slayton, Truman and Austin, MN, before opening “Prescher Electric” in Kasson on January 1, 1958; operating the business until retiring in 1991. In 1975, Leonard and Donna purchased the Kasson Hotel, which is now the Corner Plaza Apartments.

Leonard was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Herman Masonic Lodge #83, past patron in the Oriental Shrine, past patron of Eastern Star, charter member of the K-M Exchange Club, 50+ year member of the American Legion and a Dodge County Fair Board Hall of Fame member.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Donna, of 66 years; his son, Bruce; grandsons, Rick and Ross; sisters, Lois Scholzen and Phyllis Morem; brother, Maynard Prescher; sister-in-law, Norma Swingdorf and brother-in-law, Melvin Green.

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

Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Melvina B. Fjerstad ~ Kasson

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Fjerstad, Melvina

Our beloved mother, Melvina B. Fjerstad, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Kasson on Sunday, November 3, 2013. She was the oldest of eight children born to Alvin and Cora (Stevens) Jorgenson in Rock Dell.

Melvina “Mina” was born September 25, 1923, went to school in Rock Dell, and married Burton W. Fjerstad, Sr on September 30, 1941. They lived in Kasson after her husband returned from World War II where he was owner/operator of Burt’s Standard Station in Kasson. Her husband passed away on August 26, 1988. She worked outside the home at various jobs, did daycare in her home, was the bookkeeper for her husband’s businesses, but mainly raised their six children at home. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson and in previous years taught Sunday School and VBS, member of Bethel Circle, and participated in many church functions. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.

Melvina is survived by her six children: One son, Burton Fjerstad, Jr (Enner) of Kasson; five daughters: Sharon (Tink) Larson of Waseca, Ardis Grovdahl of Kasson, Donna (Denny) Head of Kasson, Eileen (Mike) O’Connor of Brownsdale, and Lavonne (Michael) Berge of Kasson; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by siblings: Carol Briggs of Oronoco, Junior (Donna) Jorgenson of Hayfield, Elmer Jorgenson of Rock Dell, and Norman (Sharon) Jorgenson of South St. Paul, and sisters-in-law Mildred Jorgenson, Rochester, Marianne Stoeckinger of Mishawaka, Indiana, and Doris Lybeck, Rochester, as well as her late husband’s sister-in-law, Shirley Fjerstad of Kasson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sister Lucille Fjerstad, brothers Arnold Jorgenson and Palmer Jorgenson; son-in-law Herb Grovdahl, two granddaughters, Lisa Lynn and Dana Lynn, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Melvina’s funeral will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW in Kasson on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-7 p.m. also at St. John’s Church and one hour before the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for distribution or to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St. in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.
507-634-2331.

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com


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Marie M. Dehn ~ Byron

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Dehn, Marie

Our loving Mother passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 at Cottagewood Senior Living.

Marie M. Glasby, 90, was born June 26, 1923. She was adopted by William and Flora Ramthum. Marie married Bill Dehn on November 15, 1943. The couple farmed south of Byron their entire life.

Marie is survived by Vicki (Gary) McIntosh of Kasson, Patti Jestus of Kasson, Dirk (Geri) Dehn of Kasson, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; a son, Joe and a grandson, Paul.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Byron United Methodist Church, 507 – 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Cottagewood Staff, friends and neighbors for all the care and assistance extended to our Mother.

Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Clarice E. Madsen ~ Kasson

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Madsen, Clarice (2)

Clarice Elizabeth Madsen, 85, of Kasson, peacefully passed away October 31 at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, where she had resided for the past 3½ years.

Clarice Elizabeth Glamm was born in Pine Island, Minnesota, August 17, 1928. She attended Augsburg College and received her teaching degree from Mankato State Teachers’ College. She taught in North Mankato, Kenyon, and Claremont. She also did substitute teaching in the Kasson area for many years.

On December 19, 1959, she married Raymond L. Madsen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pine Island. The couple has resided in Kasson, Minnesota, all their married life.

In addition to her husband, Clarice is survived by two sons, Mark Madsen and Stephen (Kelly) Madsen, granddaughter Beth Madsen, and grandson Sean Madsen, all of Kasson. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert (Elaine) Glamm and Max (Sylvia) Glamm, and three sisters, Vera (Lester) Rhodes, Marie (Howard) Bennerotte, and Ruth (Marvin) Carney.

Mrs. Madsen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was active in several areas of education: Confirmation teacher, Church Council, Stephen Ministry, lector, bulletin boards, and Program-Visitation Coordinator at Fairview Care Center. Along with her husband, she worked with the St. John’s Lutheran Church Food Shelf and Meals on Wheels for several years.

Visitation will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, November 7, 2013, and one hour prior to the funeral service. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 8, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Island Cemetery.

Dibble Funeral Home, Kasson, is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kasson or Fairview Care Center of Dodge Center.


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Alan W. Benfield ~ Kasson

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Benfield, Alan

Benfield, Al Army

Alan W. Benfield, 75, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester surrounded by family.
Alan was born May 6, 1938 in Santa Monica, California to Kenneth and Christina Benfield. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1956. He served in the US Army from 1962 to 1964. In California, he worked as a machinist. He married Sandra Hanson on December 4, 1965 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. After 23 years of working for the Kasson-Mantorville School District, he retired as head maintenance in 2000.
He is survived by his wife Sandy, a daughter Stacy and grandson Alexander of Rochester, sister Janet (Don) Diem of Rancho Palos Verdes, California , father-in-law Roger Hanson of Kasson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mark and Darlene Hanson, Craig and Karen Hanson of Kasson, Diane Hanson of Coon Rapids, Don Diem of Rancho Palos Verdes, California and Pat Benfield of Fountain Valley, California, nine nieces and nephews, and special neighbors/friends Rick, Darla and “Rick’s kids” Kellen, Ryan and Kaden Enright. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ken.
Al enjoyed woodworking, making and refinishing furniture, gardening, yard work, watching his grandson play sports, fishing, hunting with brothers-in-law Mark and Craig and sister-in-law Karen, vacationing in northern Minnesota, and reminiscing about his ocean adventures. He was extremely creative, innovative, and a true master “improviser”.
Memorials may be directed to Seasons Hospice, American Cancer Society or a charity of donor’s choice.
A private memorial service is planned.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Seasons Hospice for all of their care and support.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services assisted the family in arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.


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Paul R. Erickson ~ Rochester, MN

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Erickson, Paul

Paul Raymond Erickson, age 89, formerly of Rochester, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, Minnesota. Paul was born on May 21, 1924 in Norcross,Minnesota and raised on a farm near Wheaton, Minnesota. After serving his country in World War II in the Army Air Corps, Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering.

He and Pauline Pettis were married on June 24, 1949. He began a 36-year career in engineering at IBM in 1950; first in Minneapolis and then in Rochester. After retiring from IBM in 1986, he continued to use his engineering experience and problem-solving skills repairing lawnmowers, alarm clocks, radios, snow blowers and coffee makers for friends and neighbors.

An avid outdoorsman, Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping trips to northern Minnesota, Canada and the western United States. He and Pauline spent several weeks during the summer in their camper or motorhome in the north woods of Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline; sons Dana (Diana) Erickson and Steve (Nancy) Erickson; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 26 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St, Kasson, MN. Burial will be at a later date.

Online condolences can be sent and viewed at www.dibblefuneralhome.com. The family requests memorials to St. Croix Hospice, Rochester, MN


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Robert E. Larrison ~ Rochester

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Larrison, Robert

Robert Earl (Yogi) Larrison died October 14, 2013 of natural causes in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born February 4, 1929 in Vermillion, Kansas, to George and Beulah Larrison.

Bob worked as an ambulance driver prior to marrying Charlene L. Davis in 1951. With their five children, Bob and Charlene moved to Minnesota in 1960. Bob worked in floor coverings for the next 31 years, retiring in 1991. He liked working in the yard, gardening and tinkering in his garage on many projects.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene; three sons, Mike, Pat and Dennis and a daughter, Sallee Beck; as well as ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jacob, Jackie, Jesse, Chris, Michelle, Amanda, Kelly, Sam and Nick and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St, Kasson, MN from 9:00-11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM with Fr. Mark McNea of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Rochester, MN officiating. Burial will be in the Milton Cemetery, rural Mantorville, MN.

Memorial are preferred to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Geneva E. Carlson ~ Kasson, MN

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Carlson, Geneva

Geneva E. Carlson, 97, of Kasson, MN went home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 10, 2013. She passed away at Stewartville Care Center, where she had resided the last 3-1/2 years.

Born Geneva E. Nereson on April 29, 1916 in Rock Dell, MN to the late Ellis and Margaret (Haugen) Nereson. She was a lifelong resident of Kasson. She attended country school until the age of 14 when in 1931 she went to work for Dr. Charlie and Edith Mayo at the Mayo Mansion where she was the second maid to the cook helping serve meals in the dining room. While working there, she was fortunate to meet President Franklin Roosevelt.

On April 19, 1939 she married Obert Carlson at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Byron, MN. They farmed in rural Kasson where they raised three children. After the children were school age, she worked for Dr. Tillage where he hosted special occasions. Ed Sullivan and Frank Sinatra were two of the gentlemen she cooked for while there. Geneva lived on the farm until after Obert passed away in 2003 when she went to the Stewartville Care Center in 2004. She was there for a year when she moved to Prairie Meadows Assisted Living in Kasson. She was a roommate to another Norwegian Lady for five wonderful years. In 2010 her health took her back to the Stewartville Care Center.

Geneva’s biggest pride was cooking for her family and friends. She was also very active in South Zumbro Lutheran Church, where she would go out of her way to do anything she could; whether it be quilting, bazaars, or Ladies Aide. She also loved to sing in the Norwegian Choir. Geneva always had a great sense of humor and a smile on her face.

Geneva is survived by her son, Al (Donna) of Byron; daugher, Janeen Jensen (Duane) of Minneapolis; six grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Marian Bungum(Francis), daughter-in-lawy, VeeAnn Carlson and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Curtis; grandson, Troy; parents; five sisters, Crystella Starkson, Helen Thompson, Doris Molde, Bernice Falk, Joan Jensen and three brothers, Melvin, Harlan and Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with the Rev. Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, October 14, from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to South Zumbro Luthern Church.


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