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Catherine D. Zeller ~ Kasson

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Zeller, Catherine Color

Catherine Darlene (aka Cathy) Zeller, age 79, died on Sunday evening, June 22, 2014 at her home in Kasson, Minnesota. She was born on December 22, 1934 to Gilbert and Frances (Salisbury) Steinhaus on a farm in Albany (no longer exists), Sheridan County, Nebraska.

Gilbert was a farm equipment mechanic for Alas Chalmers Co. and when WW II started in 1941, they moved to Ford Ord in Monterey, CA where he worked on tanks. Cathy started school there. After the war ended, Cathy’s family moved to Sacramento, CA where Cathy continued her schooling. Her brother, Donal, was born during this time.

On Labor Day, September 1950, she met Donald Zeller, who was stationed at Fairfield Suisun (now Travis) A.F.B. It was love at first sight for Don and Cathy when they double-dated with a friend of Cathy’s and her date, Robert Hegna from Hayfield, Minnesota. They all went to the State Fair in Sacramento. They dated and were married on April 6, 1952. Don was discharged from the Air Force in July, 1952. Cathy graduated from high school in 1953 and gave birth to a son, Rodney Dee, on August 6, 1953. Don worked for Cathy’s dad for a year before going to Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Milwaukee and Don procured a job at Radio Station WRIT as an engineer. On the first night of his work, April 23, 1955, Cathy gave birth to a baby girl, named Carol Lynn. The radio announcer spread it all over Milwaukee during his broadcast. Later the family returned to California and two more daughters were born; Gale DeAnne on April 29, 1959 and Lori Eileen on December 7, 1961. Cathy and Don resided in California for 43 years and were happily married for 62 years.

By trade, Cathy was a wonderful cook and was promoted to head kitchen supervisor in several institutions — including a college and nursing homes. She was a talented homemaker and enjoyed hobbies such as sewing, knitting and traveling. She had a successful business, “Cathy’s Embroidery”. Cathy eventually moved with her husband, Don, to Kasson, MN where she resided until her death.

Cathy was active in many organizations throughout her life including: former member and avid Sunday School teacher and choir member of the Oak Park Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA; former member of the Supreme Emblem Club of the Elks Lodge, Auburn, CA; member of the Elks Lodge Does Group, Rochester, MN; member of the Kasson American Legion Auxiliary, Kasson, MN; member of the Zwingli United Church of Christ where she participated in Faith Circle, the Berne Guild and the Swissfest, West Concord, MN.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Don, four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brother, Donal Steinhaus, of Security, CO and extended family members in California, Idaho, and Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cathy’s visitation will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Zwingli United Church of Christ, Berne, MN followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Pastor Victor Jortak officiating. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Berne Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Zwingli United Church of Christ or the Berne Cemetery Association, West Concord, MN.

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Einar Jorgensen ~ Kasson

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Jorgensen, Einar

Einar Jorgensen was born 90 years ago in Hukksund, Norway, to Hans and Kari Jorgensen, the Lord called him home Sunday, June 8, 2014.

At age two he came with his mother to join his father in the United States. After graduating from Madelia High School in 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served with the 99th Battalion Mountain Infantry. After discharge he joined his father and brother in the construction business. On Feb. 22, 1947, he married Marion Brekke in Madelia. His work in the construction business moved he and his family to Preston, Deer River and Byron before settling in a home he built in Kasson. He spent many years as a construction superintendent before retiring from A.E. Benike in 1986.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, traveling, and particularly woodworking, in addition to enjoying lutefisk and lefse. He was active in the church an always looked forward to participating in the Norwegian supper.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion; daughter, Karen (Dick) Swalla of Park Rapids; sons, David (Nancy) of Rochester and Paul (Roberta) of Lake City; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marian Spoolhoff of Eau Claire, Wis.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Karyl and brother, Norman.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave N.W., in Kasson, on Wednesday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no reviewal.

Funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson on Thursday, June 12, at 11 a.m., with Pastors Randy Fett and Nirmala Reinschmidt co-officiating. Visitation will also be for one hour before the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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

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James G. Olson ~ Kasson

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Olson, James

James Glenn Olson passed away at his home on Friday, May 22, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born to Glennes & Eileen (Barth) Olson on November 3, 1943 at their home in Pine Island, Minnesota.

Jim grew up on a farm and attended school in Pine Island. On September 25, 1965 he married Mary Lee Mann at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Zumbrota, MN. They lived in Pine Island for 25 years before residing in Kasson. Jim retired from Bob Braaten Construction, ending a long career as a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee; son Tracy (Kris) Olson of Byron; daughters Laura (Todd) Eggler of Kasson and Lisa (Wayne) King of Pine Island; grandchildren James (Alexis) Olson and Hunter Olson, Larissa & Maria Eggler, Tessa & Stephny King; great-grandchildren Hannah, Leila, Tate and Trent; brothers Dean (Jan) Olson of Crescent City, CA and Lynn (Sandy) Olson of Cripple Creek, CO; and sisters Roxanne (Wally) Bray of Apache Junction, AZ and Kabrie (Jim) Miller of Pine Island, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents Glennes & Eileen, brother Chuck Olson and granddaughter Jessica King.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Holy Family, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00-11:00 AM the day of the service. There will be no reviewal.

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Donnie Zweifel ~ Mantorville

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Zweifel, Donald

Donnie Zweifel, 67, of Mantorville, passed away at his home of natural causes on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Donnie was born Feb. 28, 1947, to Henry and Evelyn Zweifel. He was raised on a farm north of Mantorville and graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1965. He owned and operated Mantorville Radiator, where he repaired radiators and cars. He also was a used car dealer and operated Wholesale Auto in Mantorville.

Donnie’s one passion in life was racing. He raced on dirt tracks throughout southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin. Occasionally he would tour and race on bigger tracks in Amarillo, Texas and Batesville, Ark. In the early 1900s he briefly left the dirt track for ARCA Series Circuit asphalt racing, then returned back to the dirt track circuit.

Donnie is survived by his brother, Darrel (Marion) Zweifel of Bullhead City, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He will be missed and remembered by his many friends.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St. in Kasson. There will be no reviewal. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Following the graveside service you are invited to the Mantorville Saloon, 501 Main St. N., Mantorville, MN 55955, for fellowship and a celebration of Donnie’s life.

Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.

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Lorraine Aarsvold ~ Kasson

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Aarsvold, Lorraine

Lorraine May Aarsvold, a lifetime resident of rural Kasson, died peacefully on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Lonsdale, Minnesota. She was born on July 14, 1925, to Ole and Lily Gunderson. She graduated from Kasson High School in 1942 and then attended Mankato Business College. While still taking courses at Mankato, she received a job offer from Kenneth Myster, Attorney-at-Law, in Kasson. She worked at Mr. Myster’s office until her marriage in 1945 to Wallace Aarsvold, her childhood friend and neighbor who later became her sweetheart.

In 1946, they were blessed with the first of their five children, and later that year they bought the farm which remained their home for the rest of their lives. After the children started school, Lorraine went back to work for Mr. Myster, working a total of 17 years before retiring from that job. She continued to farm with her husband until they retired from farming in 2007.

Lorraine was very active in her church (South Zumbro), where she taught Sunday School, served on the church council as Treasurer, and was active in Ladies Aid. She was an inspiration to those who knew her, and was known for her fun spirit, her beautiful smile, and her active concerns for others.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of nearly 64 years, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a niece and two nephews. She is survived by her children: Wayne (Mary Kathryn) Aarsvold of Kasson, Lois (John) Burdick of Phoenix, AZ, Joe (Pat) Aarsvold of Lakewood, CA, Janet (Sam) Lotegeluaki of Lonsdale, MN, and Todd Aarsvold of Kasson, MN and by grandchildren Paul (Val) Aarsvold of Plainview, MN, Chris (Terri) Burdick of Lakeville, MN, Chad (Tammy) Burdick of Council Bluffs, IA, Nicole (Mike) Halda of Rochester, MN, Erin Aarsvold of Los Angeles, CA, Danielle, Emily and Hayley Aarsvold of Lakewood, CA, Stanley Lotegeluaki of Pittsfield, MA, Jonathan Lotegeluaki of Tomah, WI, Eunice Eddington of Milwaukee, WI, Grace Lotegeluaki of Milwaukee, WI, Naakaki (Ray) Texerira of Eagan, MN, Amani (Cara) Lotegeluaki of Milwaukee, WI, Joseph (Tyanna) Lotegeluaki of Sun Prairie, WI and Brooklyn and Jakob Aarsvold of Kasson, MN. She is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, her brother Gordon (Ellen) of Mora, MN, one brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Her family will dearly miss her and will remember her beautiful smile, her listening ear, her gentle touch, her kind heart, her wise counsel, and the interest she showed in their daily lives.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Avenue SW, Kasson, MN, from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, April 25, 2014, also at South Zumbro with Pastor David Steffenson of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN, officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the South Zumbro Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Bernice Hackenmiller ~ Kasson

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hackenmiller, Bernice

Bernice Hackenmiller, 88, of Kasson, died at her home Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Bernice was born May 6, 1925, to Paul and Rose Huemann in Stacyville, Iowa. She was the oldest of four children. In 1945 she married Sylvan “Hack” Hackenmiller. They lived in Austin during the early years of their marriage eventually moving to Rochester in 1958, with their three daughters. In 1967, they purchased a farm in Kasson and lived there the remainder of their married life. During that time Bernice was a long-time employee of Leuthold-Fencl and Ben Franklin (now known as Kasson Variety).

Upon her retirement she enjoyed time with family and many friends. After Hack’s death in 1993, Bernice continued to live on the farm until 2007, when she purchased her “perfect house” in downtown Kasson. Following her cancer diagnosis in 2012, she continued to live in her house with the loving assistance of her daughter, Nancy and support of Mayo Clinic Hospice.

She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Joseph) Gaida, Nancy Hackenmiller and Mary (Conrad) Olson; seven grandchildren, Chris, Gretchen, Geoffrey, Jacqueline, Matt, Dan and Karen; and five great-grandsons, Dylan, Ryan, Blake, Noah and Finnley. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave., in Kasson. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

The funeral will be Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the church, with Father Paul Suprenant officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Stacyville, Iowa, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial are preferred to Mayo Clinic Hospice.

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

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Audrey M. Hoffman ~ Kasson

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hoffman, Audrey

Audrey Marie O’Brien Hoffman, 86, of Kasson was called home on April 11, 2014.

Audrey was born in Rochester and the oldest of three girls born to William and Mildred (Lienau) O’Brien on June 29, 1927.

She grew up in the Kasson area on a rural country farm and attended rural Kasson school. She was married to Vergel Hoffman on July 19, 1950 in Kasson. They continued to live in Kasson and raise two daughters.

Audrey worked for Dr. Affeldt for 15 years. After his retirement, she was employed at the Kasson American Legion for the past 34 years. Audrey enjoyed her house plants and always looked forward to spring so she could plant her outside gardens. When Vergel was alive, she looked forward to Sunday afternoon drives and still did. When winter came, she would do embroidery and cross-stitch work. She also loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Audrey is survived by two daughters, Carol Blaisdell of Rosemount and Kathy Hegna of Kasson, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; Clifford and Mary Awsumb and children Josie and Andrew Awsumb; Layla and Stephen Werkmeister and Brendnen Larson of Ramsey; Scott and Nicki Blaisdell and children Regan, Carson and Hudson of Northfield; Karen and Al Hawley and children Katelyn and Jessica of Rosemount; Mesha Hegna of Minneapolis; Shawn and Rhonda Hegna and children Dylon and Marissa; Marion Keifer of Dodge Center and Belva Siple of Idaho. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vergel, and three son-in-laws; Rick Awsumb, Dale Blaisdell and Sid Hegna.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester

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Alma Houghton ~ Kasson

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Houghton, Alma

Alma Alverta Houghton was born on March 6, 1918 in Tolstoy, South Dakota to Michael and Margaret Bollinger.

Alma passed away April 10, 2014, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota.

Alma married Norman Houghton in Huron, South Dakota on September 6, 1944 where they farmed around Seneca, South Dakota until 1956. They then moved to Kasson, MN in the early 1960’s. Norman and Alma started their own business, Houghton Sanitation, and later sold the business to their son, Russell.

In 1964, Alma started working as a care-giver at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center until she retired in 1984.

After her husband Norman’s death in September of 1991, Alma lived with her daughter in Rochester and later in Kasson.

Alma enjoyed making quilts, having made over 200 during her retirement. She also enjoyed her garden and most of all her love for animals, her cats and dog, Maggie.

Alma is survived by her daughter Relda Houghton; granddaughter Sheri Pierson; great-grandson Nicholas Pierson; great-granddaughter Brianna Pierson and daughter-in-law Louise Houghton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norman; son Russell; daughter-in-law Dorothy Houghton; two brothers and seven sisters.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 9:00-10:00 am at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN. Graveside services will follow at 10:30 am at the Byron Cemetery, Byron, MN with Pastor Michael Jones of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Dodge Center officiating.

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

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Clara L. Brekke ~ Kasson

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Brekke, Clara

Clara Lucille Erickson Brekke of Kasson was called home to our Lord and Savior on March 28, 2014 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. Clara was born the youngest child to Rangvold and Alma Erickson in Rock Dell, MN on December 9, 1919.

She was married to Richard L. Brekke on December 31, 1938 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, MN. They farmed in the Rock Dell area until 1953 when they moved to Kasson and raised four children.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; three sisters Genevieve Anderson, Bernie Gates Parkin, Ruby Matzke and brother Lloyd Erickson. Clara is survived by four children, Philip (Donna) of Battle Ground, WA, William (Maria) of Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas (Judi) of Avon, MN and Joyce (Stephen Pierren) of New Hope, MN. Clara has 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews across the United States and in Europe.

Clara was an avid golfer. She worked as a registered dental assistant for Dr. L. Serverance at the Kasson Dental Clinic and served St. John’s Lutheran Church in many capacities, including Past President of WELCA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery, Rock Dell, MN at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church.

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Robert H. Olson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Olson, Robert 2

Robert H. Olson, 67, of Kasson, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Bob was born to Mandius and Kathleen Olson in Decorah, Iowa, on March 22, 1947. The family moved to Cresco, Iowa, where he graduated from high school. After attending the University of Northern Iowa, he began a career with the Leuthold Company. In 1986 Bob transferred to work at the Kasson, Leuthold store where he retired in 2006.

Bob enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, golfing, singing in the church choir and was an avid bowler, having earned bowler of the year more than once at the Cresco Bowling alley. Bob also enjoyed spending time with his friends, eating lutefisk, harvesting walnuts and attending the local high school football and wrestling events.

Bob leaves behind many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. N.W., Kasson, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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

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