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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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Margaret Cowles Thompson ~ Mantorville

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Margaret Cowles Thompson, 96, passed away at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, MN on October 14, 2011.

Born on March 16, 1915 near Fairview, Montana, she was one of four children of Harry and Gladys Cowles. When she was young, the family moved back to West Concord where she grew up helping on the family farm and with the milk route. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1933; then went to the Minnesota School of Business. Upon graduation, she worked as an executive secretary at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 1938, she married William David Thompson. They lived in Rochester until moving to Mantorville in 1944 where they raised their family. She worked for Dodge County and Stussy Construction. She also accompanied her father when he sang at many functions.

She is survived by four sons and two daughters; Walter (Meg) Thompson of Boulder, CO, David (Phyllis) Thompson of Kasson, MN, Robert E. Thompson of West Concord, MN, Steven (Peggy) Thompson of Dodge Center, MN, Jeannine (Allen) George of Morgan Hill, CA and Wendy (Gene) DeBusk of Brainerd, MN; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 2 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and one brother.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 20, at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Concord Cemetery, Old Concord, MN.

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Jacqueline Carranza ~ Kasson

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Jacqueline Carranza, 11, of Kasson, Minnesota died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday, October 10, 2011, after battling leukemia for 15 months.

Jackie is the daughter of Salvador and Carmen Carranza of Kasson. Jackie was born June 15, 2000 in Rochester, Minnesota. She attended the Kasson-Mantorville schools.

Jackie had a big heart full of love and strength for all whose lives she touched. She was fun-loving and kind-hearted. She loved to be with her friends and loved ones. Riding bike and playing basketball were some of her favorite past-times.

Jackie was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather and her maternal grandfather. She is survived by her father and mother, Salvador and Carmen; her four brothers, Salvador (Andrea Weis-) Carranza and their sons Gabriel and Fabian, Hugo (Elizabeth Vazquez-) Carranza and their daughter Xanary, and Omar Carranza and Miguel Carranza.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN 55944 with Fr. Will Thompson of St. John’s Catholic Church, Dodge Center, MN officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN.

Memorials are preferred to Eastwood Bank where a memorial fund has been established in Jackie’s name.

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Alice G. Hanson ~ Kasson

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The funeral for Alice Grace Hanson will be at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, with Pastor Dale Phelps officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Mrs. Hanson of Hayfield, formerly of Kasson, died on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Field Crest Care Center where she had been a resident for nine years.

She was born June 11, 1918 in Goodhue County to George and Anna (Eastlee) Skogen. After high school graduation, she attended Mankato Business College and later worked for Dr. Logan in Rochester as their family cook. She married Richard L. Hanson on April 27, 1940. They worked on Mayowood Farms in rural Rochester until 1946, then farmed in rural Mantorville until 1976 when they moved into Kasson. Alice loved to read books, sew for her children when they were growing up and for her grandchildren. She made special birthday cakes for her grandchildren. She loved birds and enjoyed watching them and knew the songs of many birds. Her passion was cooking and she was an outstanding cook. She enjoyed cooking for her family and others.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly A. Hanson of Brooklyn Center, MN and Shirley R. (Duane) Horning of Mantorville; four grandchildren, Dale (Bobbie) Horning of Ostrander, Randy Horning of Forest, Virginia, Mark Horning of Mantorville and Ruth Ann (John) Cyphers of Mantorville; six great-grandchildren, Travis Horning of Rochester, Trent (Brandice) Horning of Rochester, Mandy and Marissa Horning of Ostrander, Mariah and Elijah Cyphers of Mantorville; and her sister, Sybel Haugen of Kasson. She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Evelyn, Norma, Ethel and brother Gerald.

Friends may call one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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William B. “Bill” Enzenroth ~ Mantorville

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

William B. “Bill” Enzenroth, 75, of Mantorville, died Saturday, September 10, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

William B. Enzenroth was born April 7, 1936 to Bernard and Blanche Enzenroth of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. He grew up in Mineral Point and had many friends who he enjoyed playing football with. He graduated in 1954 from Mineral Point High School.

In 1956, he married the love of his life, Hazel Williamette, and they shared 55 years of life together. They had four children, Cynthia (Lou) Bernier of Apple Valley, MN, Michael Enzenroth and Catherine (Lamar) Eidem of Rochester, MN, and Stacey (Brad) Dohrmann of Fountain, MN. They had six grandchildren; Morgan Ramer, Brandon Eidem, Whitney, Jordan and Paige Dohrmann, and Louis Cole Bernier. He also had many nephews and one niece.

Bill and Hazel lived in many places during their married life; including Minneapolis, Albuquerque, NM, Oshkosh and Neenah, Wisconsin, Kasson and Mantorville. He worked at 7-Up Bottling Company for 17 years and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company for 25 years in marketing/sales.

Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, golfing, watching football and afternoon coffee with the guys. He was a very active member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Senior Citizen Center in Mantorville and did volunteer work for both.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael, his parents, his brother, John and sister, Janet.

The funeral will be held Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN. Visitation with the family will be held one hour before the funeral. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.

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William Dimler ~ Kasson

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The memorial service for William Dimler will be at 2:00 pm Friday, September 9, at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson, MN. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling Cemetery in Bloomington, MN.

William Julius Dimler, 84, died Friday (September 2, 2011) at his home in Dodge Center, MN.

He was born October 12, 1926 in Luverne, Iowa to Walter and Anna (Knopf) Dimler. On June 23, 1956 he married Alice Klossner in Kasson, Minnesota. They were later divorced.

During World War II, he served with the Fifth Army Division stationed in France. While serving in the Korean Conflict, he was with the 101st Airborne Division. Following his military service, he returned to the family farm in Claremont, MN. After farming, he spent the majority of his life doing commercial trucking for various businesses, ending his career with ROMAC (Rochester Materials Company) retiring in 1991.

He is survived by his three children, Debra (Dave) Warnke of Zumbro Falls, Marcia (Gregg) Sonnabend of Kasson, and Mike (Karen) Dimler of Janesville; five grandchildren, Tyler (Becky Sullivan) Dimler, Dylan Kuiper, Wade Kuiper, Lauren Dimler, and Landon Dimler; and one brother Robert Dimler of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Helen Loucks and Carmen Reidel and brothers Ralph Dimler and Walter (Chuck) Dimler.

Visitation will be one hour preceding the service Friday at the funeral home.

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Arthur Jensen ~ Kasson

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The funeral for Arthur Jensen of Kasson, Minnesota will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, Minnesota with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, Minnesota.

Arthur entered the arms of his Lord August 12, 2011. Arthur was born October 26, 1916 in rural Cedar Falls, Iowa to Ray and Anna Jensen. He graduated from New Hartford High School in 1933. Art worked as a farm hand and operated his own trucking business. Art married Elizabeth Madsen in November, 1943 at Fredsville Lutheran Church, rural Cedar Falls. Art and Liz farmed in the Cedar Falls area until 1957 when they purchased a farm and moved to Grand Meadow, Minnesota. Art worked for IBM Corporation from 1958 until retirement in 1982. Art and Liz moved to Kasson in 1964.

Art was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Byron Lions Club and Eagles Club in Rochester. Art enjoyed time with friends and family, playing cards, traveling, gardening, and fishing as well as time with friends and family. He is survived by three sons, Herb (Eileen) of Byron, MN, Glen (Cathy) of Winona, MN and Terry (Mary) of Owatonna, MN; one sister, Francis Rittgers (Don) of New Hartford, Iowa; 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and four brothers.

Memorials are preferred to Fairview Care Center, 702 – 10th Avenue NW, Dodge Center, MN 55927 or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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