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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

Meitzner, Viola

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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Marion Burdick ~ Kasson

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Burdick, Marion

Marion Burdick, age 94, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Prairie Meadows in Kasson, MN.

She was born May 15, 1920 to Klaus and Henrietta Alberts, the oldest of eleven children. Marion graduated from Mantorville High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1938. On June 30 of that year, she married Robert Burdick, a classmate. They began dairy farming in the Mantorville area and continued until 1991. After retiring, they continued to live on the farm until 2010.

She was active in community and church activities her entire life. For many years she was Mantorville Township Clerk. She was active as a 4-H leader, coordinated the Dodge County Dairy Princess contest, member of Eastern Star, longtime member of Bethel Birthday Club, Dodge County Homemakers, active in Associated Milk Producers, Inc., and the Presbyterian Women’s Circle in Kasson. Early on she was the clerk of the cheese factory adjacent to the family farm. For many years Marion and Bob square danced with the MC Squares Club in Rochester. In 1999, Marion and Bob were honored as the Grand Marshals of Marigold Days in Mantorville.

Marion is survived by four daughters, Karen (Jerry) Ransford, Nancy Sheppard, Patricia (Bernie) Beaver, Jane (Mark) Erickson and daughter-in-law Lois Burdick. Also surviving her are 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Robert, and her son, John Burdick. She is also survived by five sisters and two brothers.

Marion’s funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave. NW, Kasson, MN at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 11 with the visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Clint Patterson will preside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church of Kasson, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center – 200 First Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55905, or the charity of choice.

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Nancy Brannan ~ Kasson

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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Nancy Brannan passed away July 25, 2014 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield at the age of 74 surrounded by her family.   She was born Aug. 26, 1939 to Amos (Pete) and Marion (Hemingway) Kirkland in Mantorville Twp. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1957. Nancy married Cecil Brannan on Oct. 8, 1960 at the Kasson United Methodist Church. They lived in the Kasson area all their married life. Nancy worked in the Olmsted County Welfare office from 1957 until 1963, when she started her family and became a full time homemaker.

Nancy enjoyed getting together with family and friends. She also enjoyed working with her flowers and loved to bake, cook, and watch the birds. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kasson.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Cecil; two sons Michael (Bette) Brannan of Bloomington, MN and Kirk (Gina) Brannan of Rochester, MN; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and one       brother, Larry Kirkland of Byron, MN.      She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Kirkland.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 30th at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue N.W. in Kasson, with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.                                                                                                                                                             Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church of Kasson, or a place of your choice.

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Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson ~ Kasson

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Sorenson, Gen



Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson, 83 of Kasson, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Genevieve May Josselyn was born on March 25, 1931 in Rochester to Lynn and Margaret (Heins) Josselyn. She attended country school and graduated from Rochester High School. On January 6, 1956, Gen married Philip Nelse Sorenson in Rochester. She and Phil met at the PlaMor Ballroom as Phil played trumpet with the Polka Dots Band. Phil died on February 20th, 1981, one month after their 25th wedding anniversary. Gen continued to live in Kasson, retiring from Mayo in 1994. She was a member of Kasson United Methodist Church, Miriam Circle, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, AFS, Faith in Action and Meals on Wheels.

Gen enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, cheering on the Minnesota Twins, playing cards, traveling by ground transportation and her “mission work”. She was the historian for the Heins family for many years. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

Gen is survived by her son Alan (Jodene) Sorenson, Patricia (Randy) Wilbur and Sally (Chuck) Coleman all of Kasson. Her grandchildren Christopher (Aimee) Wilbur of Rochester; Courtney Wilbur of Kasson; Amanda Sorenson of Kasson; Anna Coleman and Amber Coleman of Kasson; great granddaughter, Avaya May of Kasson. She is also survived by brothers and sisters Richard (Dobby) Josselyn, Betty (Harvey) Holtan, Ronald Josselyn, Marlynn (Jerry) Brown, Marjorie Heckman and sister-in-law Margaret Josselyn. Gen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Phil; two brothers: Lowell (Jim) Josselyn and Larry Josselyn and sister-in-law Charlotte Josselyn.

Visitation will be held July 31st, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm and one hour before the service at the Kasson United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held on August 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Kasson United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. The family prefers memorial to the United Methodist Church.

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Ronald “Ron” D. Jones ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014



Ronald D. Jones, 66, of Mantorville, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.


Ron was born on May 28, 1948, in Liberal, KS, to Fred and Bonnie (Fessler) Jones. He graduated from Liberal High School in 1966 and went on to electronics school in Kansas City, KS. From 1967 to 1971, Ron served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a radio operator, including a year spent in Vietnam. After leaving the military as a staff sergeant, he returned to the Mantorville area and was employed by the local gas company for 6 years and K-M Telecom for 30 years. Before retiring in 2010, Ron worked at Home Depot in Rochester. His retirement was spent doing all of his favorite hobbies. Ron continued to be an amateur ham radio operator making contacts all over the world, spent quiet days flying remote control model airplanes, or could be found in his woodworking shop. In recent years, Ron and Betty, his wife of 28 years, visited Alaska, Arizona, South Dakota, New Zealand, and Australia, sharing their love of travel. They also enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, Brody and Chloe.


Ron is survived by his wife, Betty, of Mantorville; her children, Pam (Dan) Herrley Kucera, of Faribault, and Jeff Herrley, of Dodge Center; grandchildren, Brody and Chloe Kucera, of Faribault; and many friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Avenue NW, in Kasson with Pastor Nirmalla Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

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

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Alice Dorothy Coffman ~ Byron, MN

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Alice Dorothy Coffman, 94, of Byron, MN passed away on July 1, 2014. Alice was born in Byron, MN on June 28, 1920.  Alice was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, crocheting, and bird watching.  She was an active member of the United Methodist Church.


Alice is survived by four daughters:  Joyce Bacon of Rosemount, MN, Charlotte Roble (Roy) of Byron, MN, Rosalie Borgschatz (Bernie) of Byron, MN and Joan Hodge (Jim) of Duluth, MN; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.  Alice was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son Jerry, son-in-law Don, one brother, one sister, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one great-great grandchild.


Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, 507 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Beth Perez officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Byron United Methodist Church or Prairie Meadows Sr. Living, 800 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.

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