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Bernette Kellar ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Bernette Kellar was born December 14, 1922 in Kasson to Clarence and Josie Himle. She grew up in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1940.

After high school she was employed at Davidson Loan Company in Minneapolis. In 1947 she returned to Rochester and was employed at Mayo Clinic for 14 years. After that she was employed for many years at the Kasson-Mantorville Telephone Company.

She married Kenneth Kellar on March 2, 1957 at the little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters Alice and Joan. She is survived by her step-daughters Barbara Kellar of Coon Rapids, MN, Kathleen (Buddy) Martinez of Kasson, grandsons Todd (Jeri) Ness and Craig (Victoria) Ness of Kasson, three great grandsons and a great granddaughter, nephews Jim Kisro, John Kisro and nieces Jody Carlson, Jill O’Neill.

In accordance with her request, there will be no reviewal or visitation and her body will be cremated. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

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Virginia Blaine ~ Kasson

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Virginia M. Blaine, 92, of Kasson, passed away at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Virginia M. Hegna was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Sargeant. She married Clark Blaine on June 1, 1940, in Osage, Iowa. Mr Blaine died in 2003. Virginia was active in the Boston Cafe, Ranch Motel and Horizon Construction until retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson since 1946.

Virginia loved reading, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, family genealogy, traveling with her husband and cooking. Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Blaine of Kasson; a son, Carter (Kathy) Blaine of Rochester; one grandson, Jon (Rebecca) Blaine of Kasson; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Nick) DeFrang of Rochester, Carly (Samone Derks) Blaine of Seattle, Wash., and Lindsey (Phil Carlson) Blaine of Rochester; she has four great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Taylor Blaine of Kasson and Charlie and Claire DeFrang of Rochester.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Johnston ~ Hayfield

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Dorothy Ruth Johnston, 89, of Hayfield, MN passed away Sunday, November 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after a short illness.


Dorothy was born June 2, 1925, in Eagle Valley, MN to Ralph and Laura Kirkland. Dorothy married Rhonald Johnston on February 26, 1950. She farmed with her husband in the Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center and Concord areas.


She was employed at Waters Instruments in Rochester and Fold Craft in Kenyon, MN. After retirement, she loved to garden, travel, quilt, paint and go to auto races as well as spend time with family and grandchildren. She was a member of the United Methodist Church altar society, West Concord Legion Auxiliary, Dodge County Legion Auxiliary. She made many quilts for the Ronald McDonald House, area nursing homes and several charities.

She is survived by her children Barb (Tom) Threinen of Mantorville, Rhonda (Dwight) Hvitved of Goodhue and Bonnie Johnston of Lompoc, CA; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Rhonald, her parents, sister, brother and two sons, Charles and Rodney.


Visitation will be Wednesday, November 26 from 9:00-10:30 AM with funeral services following at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church, West Concord, MN with Pastor David Westlake officiating. Burial will take place in the Spring at Concord Cemetery in Old Concord, MN. There will be no reviewal.


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Dorothy Stucky ~ Dodge Center

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Dorothy Elizabeth Stucky passed away November 15, 2014, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

Dorothy Elizabeth Ford was born on April 23, 1917 in Chicago, Ill. She moved with her family to Pasadena, California when she was five years old. She attended school there, taking up cosmetology after high school.

She married Haven (Kap) Stucky in 1941. They farmed in Milton and Mantorville Townships and then, many years ago, moved to rural Dodge Center, MN. Dorothy worked at the Dodge County Courthouse from 1948 to 1985; first as Deputy Clerk of Court, then Deputy Treasurer and finally Treasurer. She was the first woman to hold an elective office in Dodge County. She retired in 1985.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Haven (Kap) and one brother.

At Dorothy’s request, a private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

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Allan N. Johnson ~ Dodge Center

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Allan Norman Johnson, 92, of Dodge Center, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center.

Allan was born May 28, 1922 in Dodge Center, to Henry Louis Johnson and Ethel Minnie (Clark) Johnson.  He married Beth Irene (Woodward) Johnson on September 10, 1941.

Allan was a lover of animals, working his small hobby farm most of his life, giving it up only recently.  Allan had an incredible work ethic, working for many local farmers in the Concord, MN area.  He also worked at the Wasioja Creamery, Wanamingo Cheese Factory, OMC and finally McNeilus Steel where he continued to work until calling it quits in 2009.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great-grandchildren whom he adored.

Allan is survived by his wife, Beth; sons Larry Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Gary (Jeannie) Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; daughter Judy Boyer of Dodge Center, MN; grandchildren, Kate (Faron) Staffon of Dodge Center, MN; Stephanie (Michael) Cappelletti of Cambridge, MA; Jaime (Scot) French of Edina, MN; Michael (Christy) Boyer of Rochester, MN;
Kim Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Tim (Karlene) Johnson of Mazeppa, MN; and Jim (Heather) Johnson of Wasioja, MN; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Haley Staffon; Maxx and Xander Cappelletti; Avery, Hadley and Cambrie French; Zachary, Sydney, Melanie, Jonathan and Jacob Boyer; Cruz, Cori (Brian) Robinson, Emily and Ally Gunderson; Corbin Johnson, and Dillanjer Johnson.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Douglas Norman Johnson and great-grandson Isaac Boyer.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the Faith Community Church, 305 State Street, West Concord, MN, with Pastor David Breederland officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center, MN.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to them.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

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Beverly Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Friday, October 24th, 2014


Beverly J. Poffenberger, 77, of Kasson, died October 13, 2014 at Francis House, in Syracuse, New York.

Beverly was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Hayfield, to Curtis and Edna (Lee) Lee.  She attended school in Hayfield. She married Gaylord Poffenberger on Oct. 6, 1956. They resided in Kasson and also 31/2 years at their lake home in Pine City, MN. She worked at the Pinnacle restaurant in the Kahler Hotel, and also at the Kasson State Bank for many years when she retired.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending every weekend at their cabin in Pine City. Her and Gaylord loved following the MN Twins and MN Vikings. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Roger) Ellingson of Syracuse, NY, one grandson Benjamin (Shawna Bowman) Rendler,  of Rochester; one granddaughter Jennifer (Gabe Jerome) of Berkshire, NY; three great-grandchildren, Madison and Austin Rendler of Faribault; and Tristan Jerome of Berkshire, NY; six sisters, Donna (Junior) Jorgenson of Hayfield, Glenda (Eugene) Schwemmer of Dexter, Carol Bassett of Rochester, Kathryn (Jim) Annis of Rochester, Bonnie (Jeff) Hinkle of Stewartville, and Wendy (Jeff) Puller of Kenyon,  one brother, Dale (Jody) Lee of Racine and several nieces and nephews. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband Gaylord,  and her parents. Beverly also had an extended family in NY; Kathy Burlin, Marybeth Sorber, and Annie, Becky, Sally, Vicki, Mary Jane, Rena, Ella, Sisters, Kathleen, Ida and Kathleen B, from Francis House and Mike, Vicki, and Lindsey from Hospice, she loved you dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014, at St John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave. N.W. in Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating.

Visitation will be held from  5 p.m. to 7p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the church and one hour prior to the memorial service at the church on Friday. There will be no reviewal. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetary in Mantorville.

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Viola “Vi” Meitzner ~ Kasson

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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Viola “Vi” A. Meitzner, 94, of Kasson passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Prairie Meadows Sr. Living in Kasson.

Vi was born on April 22, 1920 in McPherson Township in Blue Earth County, MN to Omer and Alma (Lindenburger) Bolinger. Vi married Wilfred Meitzner on May 5, 1936 in Faribault and moved to Mantorville, living above the Hubbell House. She worked at Erdman’s Grocery in Mantorville and also cooked meals for the workers at the Mantorville Brewery. With her desire to cook, Wilfred and Vi moved to Claremont and leased the first Coffee Cup Cafe in the early 1950’s and then purchased and opened up the second Coffee Cup Cafe down the block.

In May of 1967, Vi, Wilfred and family moved to Kasson. She continued driving back and forth to Claremont until she sold the Coffee Cup Cafe in April of 1973. From 1977 to 1980, she was the Welcome Hostess to new families moving to the City of Kasson. In 1980, she returned to the restaurant business and was a waitress and hostess at Daniel’s Restaurant in Kasson. She worked at Daniel’s for 18 years, retiring in 1998 at the age of 78.

Vi’s pastimes were enjoying her family, spoiling her grandchildren, worked in her flower beds and fishing at her little pink cabin up on Lake Sibley.

Vi is survived by her children, Connie (Gary) Wobig and John (June) Meitzner; grandsons, Brad (Amy) Wobig, Brant (Kristin) Wobig and Christopher Meitzner; great-grandsons, Charlie and Jake Wobig; sister Darlene Munson, formerly of Owatonna, and many nieces and nephews.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents, Omer & Alma Bolinger; step-mom Polly Bolinger; husband Wilfred Meitzner; two infant children; brother Galen Bolinger; sister Donna Mork and baby sister Lavonne Marlene Bolinger.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 22 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave. NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Clint Patterson officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Owatonna, MN.

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David Austinson ~ Kasson

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Austinson, David

David Allen Austinson, 53, was surrounded by his family as he passed from this world into eternal life, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, following a short recurrent illness with cancer.

He was born in Riceville, Iowa, and made his home with his family in Kasson for the last 27 years. He was employed at the Mayo Clinic for 25 years.

His passions in life were his God, his family, the Minnesota State Fair, and his love of sports – especially the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Dave was a great family man and friend to many. He will be deeply missed.

He leaves behind his wife, Barb of 27 years; two sons, Andrew and grandson, Arnez of Minneapolis; and Derrick of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his parents, Delmar and Barbara Austinson of Mason City, Iowa; two sisters, Jenelle (Gary) Pierce of Lake Mills, Iowa, Gwendolyn (Jonathon) Meyer of Grain Valley, Mo.; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. N.W. in Kasson, and one hour prior to the service on Monday.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. A lunch will follow in the fellowship hall after the service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Delavan later in the day.


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Beverly Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The visitation for Beverly Poffenberger will be Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson, MN.   Funeral services will be at the church on Friday, October 31, at 11:00 am.


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Ilean Nereson ~ Dodge Center

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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Ilean J. Nereson, 88 (but would have told you she was “39) of Dodge Center joined her husband Harlan E. Nereson and her daughter Anita (Nita) Nereson in heaven on September 12, 2014 in her home with her granddaughter by her side.


Ilean was born May 17, 1926 to Arthur and Henrietta (Nelson) Hyland in Geneva, Minnesota.  On October 27, 1945 at the Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, she was joined in marriage to Harlan E. Nereson.  Harlan passed away at home on January 21, 1993.


At an early age she became a nurses aid; a job she excelled at and very much fit her compassionate personality.  Ilean’s career consisted of helping her husband at the Rochester Chicken Hatchery, and later on going “on the road” for him when they owned Center Supply in Dodge Center.  She later worked as a “Kelly girl” demonstrating new foods at many Rochester grocery stores.


She was a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir at Faith Lutheran Church.  Ilean was a member of the American Legion for 50 continuous years, Eastern Star, Monday Night Musical, Home Extension Study Group and the Birthday Club.  She loved dancing, cooking, canning, was an excellent mender, enjoyed her “scandal sheets” as she called them, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, working hard and doing for others.


Survivors include special granddaughter Simone Sackett of Dodge Center; grandson Joshua Nereson of Rochester; daughter Rita (Adrean) Fernandez of Forks, Washington; son Harlan A. “Tuzz” (Linda) Nereson of Rochester; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Gordon “Scotty” (Linda) Hyland of LaMirada, California; and sister Shirley Hampel of Plainview, MN.


Mrs. Nereson was preceded in death by her husband Harlan E. Nereson, daughter Anita (Nita) Nereson, her parents, one brother and three sisters.


Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, September 16, from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church.   There will be no reviewal.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 17 at Faith Lutheran Church, 308 2nd St. NW, Dodge Center, MN with Pastor Barbara Streed officiating.  Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Dodge Center, MN.


Blessed be her memory.



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