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Rev. Leon Holtan ~ 1916-2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Reverand Leon Owen Holtan, 95, of Rochester passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Leon Owen Holtan was born in Canisteo Township, Dodge County, Minnesota on July 29, 1916. He was united in marriage with Alice Branstad on February 5, 1938.

After graduating from Kasson High School and Kasson Normal Training, he taught in a one-room rural school for seven years. He then spent several years farming as the third generation member to operate the family farm. At the age of 31, with a growing family, the Lord called him to be a pastor. He attended St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary and was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1952. During his ministry, he served congregations in Clinton, Minnesota; Lanesboro, Minnesota and Plano, Illinois. After retirement, he served as an interim pastor for several congregations in southeast Minnesota.

Leon was proud of his Norwegian heritage and spoke the language fluently. He won the Norse Declamation Contest at St. Olaf. Later in life, he used his Norwegian skills to conduct church services, translate church history, and teach community education classes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, after 69 years of marriage. Also preceding him were his son, Leslie; three brothers, and four sisters.

He is survived by three children, Martha (David) Perbix of Wayzata, Paul (Tracy Nicholson) Holtan of Minneapolis, and Carol (Clifton) Lucido of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Tim (Sarah Rybicki) Holtan, Liz (Joe) Connor, Mark (Millie) Perbix, Leah Perbix, Sarah (Brock) Stai, Dan Holtan, Erin (Joe) Brysiewicz, and Brian Lucido; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bernice Crouch of West Concord and Marion Lund of Chatfield.

A memorial service will be held at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 70640 – 260th Avenue, Hayfield, MN, on Friday, January 13 at 11:00 am with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in the West St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery.

Special thanks to Shorewood Place and Shorewood Commons, Comfort Home Health Care and Seasons Hospice for their kindness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the West. St. Olaf Church, the Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, or the donor’s choice.


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Beverly Denny ~ 1937-2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Beverly D. Denny,74, died Saturday, December 31, 2011 in Kasson, Minnesota. She was born April 17, 1937 in International Falls, MN to Albert and Lillian Kavanagh. On April 25, 1953, she married Marlin D. Denny. They moved to Pine Island, MN in 1957. Beverly worked at Libby’s and Crenlo for many years.

They lived in Tuscan, AZ from 1974-1976; then moved to Kasson where she lived out the rest of her days. Marlin died in 1995. Beverly enjoyed volunteering at church and was an active member of the Kasson American Legion Auxiliary. She also loved to travel and spend time with her family.

She is survived by sons, Alan (Kimberly) of Rochester, Brian (Carol) of Oronoco and Donald Denny of Shawano, WI; brothers, Dale (Mary) Kavanagh of Chicago, IL, Rodney Kavanagh of McAllen, TX and Darrel Kavanagh of Thailand; 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301-8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN. Friends may call at the church from 11:00 am until the service time at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN.


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Marion Harris ~ 1924-2011

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Marion (Corky) Harris, 87, of Dodge Center, formerly of Kasson, passed away December 29, 2011, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.

Marion Louise Thayer was born May 5, 1924, in Spring Valley, MN, to Harold and Hilda Thayer. On June 9, 1945, she married Robert (Bob) Harris. They had one daughter, Peggy.

Corky was a farm wife for many years on their farm in rural Mantorville, and was not afraid of hard work. She and Bob moved into Kasson when Bob retired due to his health in 1991. Bob passed away in January, 1998.

She loved baking, gardening, crocheting and word puzzles. Corky always had her door open to family and friends and would bring out the cookies, donuts and coffee if you stopped by. She will be especially remembered for her love of baking at the holidays.

She is survived by daughter, Peggy (Ray Stanley) Harris of San Jose, CA; two grandsons, Hal (Patricia) Harris of Stewartville, and Tye (Lisa) Kleeberger of Kasson and four great-grandchildren, Briana, Benjamin, Chadwick and Cory. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson and siblings.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.


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Maynard Swanson ~ Kasson

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Maynard Dean Swanson, 49, of rural Kasson passed away December 28, 2011. He was born November 22, 1962, to Gerald and Wanita (Olson) Swanson in Rochester, MN. On March 30, 1981, he married Dawn Boyum at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, MN.

He worked in construction at Swenke Company for many years. He then became partners in S & S Auto Salvage of Hayfield, MN, with his brother, Bernie. Maynard loved racing, fishing, working and most of all his grandson, Brody.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn of Rural Kasson; son, Bobby of Kasson; daughters, Karina Swanson of Kasson and Danielle (Keith Erickson) of Millville, MN; grandson, Brody Swanson; brothers, Don (Deb) Swanson, Bernie (Tammy) Swanson, Jeff (Amy) Swanson, and Scott (Alisia) Swanson; sister, Lori Stenhoven; step-father, Wally Emholtz and many nieces and nephews. Maynard was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Kasson, MN on Monday, January 2 from 3:00-8:00 pm. There will be no reviewal or funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to The American Heart Association.


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Wilfred Riedel ~ Kasson

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Wilfred Allen Riedel, 92, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2011 at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, MN. He was born July 25, 1919 to William and Rachel Riedel of Dodge Center. He served in the US Army from 1941-1945.

While on furlow from the Army in 1944, he married Verna Linderberger. They divorced in 1947. They had one daughter, Diane Riedel of Indianapolis, IN. Wilfred married Carmen Miller in 1947. They were married for 53 years. They had 3 children; Rick Riedel of Kasson, MN, Dale Miller of Texas and Mary Ann Miller. Wilfred and Carmen lived in the Kasson-Mantorville area their entire lives. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Wilfred was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen, in 2000; daughter, Mary Ann, in 1985; his parents, and four brothers.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN. Military graveside services will be performed by members of the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.

Memorials are preferred to Fairview Care Center, 702 – 10th Ave NW, Dodge Center, MN 55927.


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Charles E. Goodman ~ Byron, MN

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Charles (Chuck) Edward Goodman, 86, of Byron passed away on November 29, 2011 at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Rochester, MN of natural causes. Chuck was born June 22, 1925 to John and Viola (Albee) Goodman in Olmsted County. He moved to Byron in 1928.

He was a World War II Veteran. He farmed for 40 years in Byron. Chuck retired from farming and then was custodian at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson until he retired in 1992. He enjoyed deer hunting and woodworking.

On June 8, 1947, Chuck married Twila A. Nelson at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Twila; his two sons, John Charles (Lynda) of Mantorville and James Allan (Teresa) of Hayfield; 2 daughters, Judy Ann Goodman of Byron and Jean Marie Goodman of Byron; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 7 great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joel Edward Goodman; 2 sisters, Doris (Lawrence) O’Brien and Amy (Lester) O’Brien.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 5, 2011, at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301-8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery, rural Rochester. Graveside services will be conducted by members of the Mantorville VFW and the Kasson American Legion.

Visitation will be at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Kasson, on Sunday, December 4, 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church.


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James H. “Barney” Strain ~ 1923-2011

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

James H. “Barney” Strain, 88, died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota. A memorial service celebrating Barney’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 21, 2011, at The United Methodist Church, 501-First Ave NW, Byron, MN, with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

Barney was born August 11, 1923 in Kalmar Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota to Allen and Leona (O’Brien) Strain. On September 26, 1943, he married June McKay. He farmed and milked Guernsey cattle all of his life in Kalmar Township. Barney was a clerk in Kalmar Township for 30 years, a member of the Zumbro Valley Grange, and a long time 4-H leader.

He is survived by sons, Allen (Nancy) of Phillips, WI, Dean (Vicki) of Racine, MN, and Dallas (Brenda) of Rochester, MN; brothers, Jerry (Lorraine) of Gillman City, MO, Rollo (Betty) of Byron, MN, and Tom (Mary Jo) of Millville, MN; sisters, Marcella Bale, Rosemary Lutzi, Alyce Deyoung, all of Rochester, MN and Pat (Chuck) Molde of Rock Dell, MN; 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Barney was preceded in death by his wife, June, and two brothers and one sister.

The family wishes to express special thanks to all of the wonderful staff at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center. Memorials are preferred to The United Methodist Church of Byron, Fairview Care Center or Seasons Hospice.


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Baby Boy Christiansen ~ Kasson

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Funeral services for the infant son of Shannon and Lori Christiansen will be Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the church service.

Burial will be at North Shellrock Cemetery, in rural Northwood, Iowa.

Born on November 13, 2011, their baby boy lived for only a brief time. Memorials are preferred to the March of Dimes.


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Linda Nelson ~ 61

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Linda S. Nelson was born October 6, 1950 in Eldora, Iowa, to Ervin and Adeline Rohlfsen. Linda was born and raised in rural Eldora and graduated from Eldora Community Schools in 1969. Linda trained as a CNA at Marshalltown Nursing College in 1970. She worked as a CNA for 5 years. Second jobs included bookkeeper, secretary, waitress and sales associate.

She met, fell in love with and married Gary Nelson on July 26, 1975 at Bethel Grove Church in rural Liscomb, Iowa. Gary and Linda set up house around Marshalltown, Iowa for two years and moved to Kasson, Minnesota with Gary’s job in 1977 as he worked his way to foreman for Morton Buildings; retiring in September 2011 after 41 years of employment.

Gary and Linda were blessed with the birth of their one and only beloved daughter, Cassandra Sue on February 14, 1987. Gary and Linda, with Cassandra, have now called Kasson, Minnesota home for 34 years.

Linda passed away November 7, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota from multiple complications of blood clots.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and one brother. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years; her loving daughter, Cassandra; her youngest brother, George (Cheryl) Rohlfsen of rural Steamboat Rock, Iowa; nieces, Amy (Jeff) Muller and their son, Weston of Webster City, Iowa, Julie Rohlfsen of St. Paul, Minnesota and Nichole Rohlfsen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also leaves behind many good and long-time neighbors and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 11, 2011, at The United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue NW, Kasson, Minnesota, with Pastor Karen Seavey, officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the church.


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Mary Jane Kehoe ~ Kasson

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Mary Jane Kehoe passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2011, at the age of 88. Jane had been a resident of Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center since 2010.

Jane was born November 28, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. After her marriage to Keith Billeter, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky where she was a bookkeeper and later a homemaker. Keith and Jane raised two children. After the death of Keith, Jane married Robert Kehoe, and they resided in St. Charles, Illinois. Following Robert’s death, Jane move to Kasson to be by her daughters.

Survivors include daughters, Marcie Bordelon and Mary Ann Billeter; grandchildren, Bridget Bordelon, Brian Bordelon, both of Kasson, Minnesota, Gretchen (Alan) Morrison of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Heather (Brian) Frich of Maplewood, Minnesota; great-grandsons, Westley Morrison, Josiah Morrison, Mathew Frich, and Gabriel Frich; and a great-granddaughter, Malloree Frich.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson. She was known for her sense of humor, loving spirit and zest for life. Her greatest treasure was her family.

Jane gave many hours of volunteer service to Meals on Wheels, K-M Elementary School, Kasson Library and as a “pink lady” at various hospitals over the years.

A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Mary Jane Kehoe will be at 11:00 am, Monday, November 7 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN, with Father Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, November 7, just prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa.


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