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M. Pauline Erickson ~ Kasson

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Erickson, M. Pauline

Pauline (Pettis) Erickson, age 87, formerly of Rochester, died on Monday, January 20th at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, MN. Pauline was born on December 17th, 1926 in Kasota, Minnesota and raised on a farm near there.
She and Paul Erickson were married on June 24th, 1949. Their 64 years of marriage were lived first in Hibbing, then Minneapolis, finally moving to Rochester in 1958.
Pauline was known for her incredible culinary capabilities, both as a cook and a baker, and for her annual week of canning fruit and the vegetables from her large garden. She also delighted in making ornate crewel embroidery pieces, works of art that will remain as lifelong treasures for her family. After Paul’s retirement from IBM, they spent several weeks of their summers in their camper in the north woods of Minnesota. 
Pauline was preceded in death by Paul in October 2013. She is survived by her sons Dana (Diana) Erickson and Steve (Nancy) Erickson, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held in the Timothy Chapel at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd. SW, Rochester, MN for Paul and Pauline in Rochester on Feb. 1, 2014 with Pastor Andy Kumpel officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM with a celebration of their lives at 11:00 AM. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service. Burial at 1:30 PM at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Online condolences at  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St Croix Hospice.

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Dorthy Evelyn Peterson ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Peterson, Dorthy

Dorthy E. Peterson, 86, passed away at Prairie Meadows, Kasson, MN on Saturday, January 18, 2014 surrounded by loved ones.

Dorthy was born on May 4, 1927 to Karl and Minnie Wilke. She married Harold F. Peterson on March 2, 1952 and farmed near Berne, Minnesota most of her life.

Her life was filled with community service and service to her Lord. Dorthy was active as a leader in 4-H and active in numerous other ways in the community, including serving as Secretary on the Prairie Meadows Tenant Board. She began as a church musician as a 16-year-old where she played organ at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodge Center. She recently played piano at Prairie Meadows for Chapel services and on other occasions. After joining St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, she served as church secretary for 34 years as well as church treasurer. She held many additional positions in the church, such as Sunday School Teacher.

Dorthy was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her brother, Myron (Marion) Wilke; children, Gordon (Judy) Peterson, Steven (Laura) Peterson, and Karen Peterson; grandchildren, Ryan, David, Michael, and Sara Peterson, Gareth and Gavin Johnson, Nicki (Mike) Haviaras and Rachel Burke; two great-grandsons, Christopher and Alexander Haviaras, and many nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Friday, January 24, from 4:00-7:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson and one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25 at 11:00 AM, also at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Randy Fett officiating.

Memorials can be directed to Prairie Meadows Sr. Living, 800 – 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Julie Marie Stoick ~ Kasson

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Stoick, Julie

The memorial service for Julie Marie Stoick will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the time of the service at the church.

Julie Marie Stoick passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on January 6 from complications of diabetes. Julie was born October 6, 1967 at St. Mary’s Hospital. The daughter of Ivan and Carol (Willing) Harmon, Julie graduated from John Marshall High School in June of 1986. Julie enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, word puzzles and counted cross stitch.

Julie is survived by her two children, Kathryn Marie Stoick of Fargo, North Dakota and Timothy Stoick of Kasson; parents Ivan and Carol Harmon; brothers, Brian (Judy) Harmon of Rochester and Randy (Gwen) Harmon of Lanesboro; nephews and nieces, Brooke, Brady, Becky, Blaine, Lance and Bryn as well as many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; William and Florence Willing, and Ed and Emma Harmon.

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

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Suzanne M. Beaver ~ Mantorville

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Suzanne Marie Beaver, 65, of Mantorville, was born August 4, 1948, and passed away peacefully Friday, December 20, 2013, after a brief illness due to cancer.

She was the beloved wife of Bernard O. Beaver for over 25 wonderful years. She was the mother of Nathaniel (Dawn) P. Fjerstad of Rochester and stepmother to Victoria O’Brien of Kasson and Jeff Beaver of Byron.

She graduated from John Marshall High School and recently retired from the Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, flower gardening, reading, traveling and especially spoiling her granddaughter, Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents Aloysius and Parmalee Starken.

She is survived by a brother, Tom (Ginny) Starken of Fountain; grandchildren, Riley Fjerstad of Rochester, Kandice O’Brien of Burnsville, Brooke (Tom) Fox of Rochester, Adam O’Brien of Byron and Jesse Beaver of Mantorville; and great-granddaughters, Kaydence Fjerstad of Rochester and Ainsley Fox of Rochester.

Visitation will beheld Friday, December 27, at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, followed by a funeral at 2:00 p.m. Pastore Joel Xavier of The United Methodist Church of Kasson will officiate.

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Marilyn Dahms ~ Mantorville

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Marilyn Ann (Svee) Dahms, 77, of Mantorville, MN died on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in her home.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Charles H. Dahms for 53 years. Born in West Concord, a daughter of the late Carolyn R. (Zeller) and G. Marshall Svee, she was the youngest of five children. Marilyn graduated from West Concord High School in 1954. She graduated from Mankato State with a degree in education. She taught elementary school in Elendale, Byron, West Concord and Kasson-Mantorville. She retired from K-M in 1993 after 36 years of teaching. She was passionate about teaching and helping kids reach their full potential in all areas of their life.

She was an avid golfer and golf coach for many years. When she was not in the garden or on the golf course, she spent her summers educating others in the importance of history and traditions. Upon retirement, Marilyn spent many hours preparing educational materials for her fellow colleagues. She was also a treasured substitute as well as a volunteer in the classrsoom of the “Other Mrs. Dahms.” She was instrumental in getting the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous started in Mantorville. The purpose was to educate children in living history while providing classes and activities that would support the information they were learning in school. She was also involved with the historical societies in both Dodge County and West Concord for years.

She is survived by her three children, Lynette Dahms of Mantorville, Debra (Steve) Behrns of Lakeville, and Thomas (Paula) Dahms of Mantorville; five grandchildren, Heather (Shannon) Abbott; Mitchell Gransee, Matthew (Christina) Behrns, Stephanie Behrns and Marshall Dahms as well as six great-grandchildren. She was a sister to Janis Ray of West Concord, the late JoAnn (Russell) Weis of Zumbrota, the late Duard (Marie) Svee of Zumbrota, and Evelyn (Alex) Lykkeguard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles, her parents, a sister and her brother.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Events, 401 – 8th St SE, Kasson, MN with Pastor Linda Miner, Chaplain of St. Croix Hospice, Rochester, Minnesota officiating. Visitation will be 1/2 hour prior to the service (2:00-2:30 pm). There will be no reviewal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School.

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Melvin Hettervig ~ Kasson

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Hettervig, Melvin

Melvin John Hettervig passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 with his loving wife and family by his side. Melvin was born in Buxton, North Dakota on February 7, 1937, to Gena and Melvin Hettervig. He attended school in Buxton, North Dakota and graduated in 1955. Preceding graduation, he entered the United States Navy. After graduating, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine at Alameda Naval Air Station in California.
Melvin attended Wahpeton State School of Science. On June 17, 1961, he married his sweetheart, Katherine Ann Huard. Mel and Kathy had five daughters. In 1958, he was hired by the IBM Corporation where he was employed until his retirement in 1992. While employed at IBM, he held a number of different positions. Melvin was a Computer Operations Manager at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. He proudly helped support the Gemini and Apollo missions. In 1970, he transferred to New York to become a Systems Support Programmer on large scale computers. Melvin transferred to Rochester, Minnesota in 1977 to work as a System Support/Applications Programmer. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching NASCAR races and spending time with his family and friends.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Katherine; children, Cynthia (Mark Staub) of Burnsville, Minnesota, Stefanie (Randy Barnes) of Preston, Minnesota, Gena McNeill of Kasson, Minnesota, Mary (Troy Knutson) of Kasson, Minnesota and Laura (Brian Weis) of Dodge Center, Minnesota; grandchildren, John Staub, Thomas Staub, Jacob Knutson, Garrett Barnes, Bailey Barnes, Katie McNeill, Brenden Knutson, Cassi McNeill, Kylie McNeill, and David Weis; sisters, Muriel Vincent of Portland, Oregon, Vivian Christopherson of Madison, Minnesota and Ruby Breiland of Portland, Oregon. Melvin will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Maynard, Paul and Arlen; sister, Delores Chapman and grandson, Benjamin Staub.
The family would like to thank Dr. Randolph Marks, Dr. Matthew Bernard, Dr. Maggie Theofiles and the staff and volunteers of Mayo Hospice for the extraordinary care and compassion they gave to Melvin during his illness.
The funeral service for Melvin will be Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:00 am at The South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will follow at the Pine Island Cemetery, Pine Island, Minnesota.
Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Gail Poffenberger ~ Rochester

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Poffenberger, Gale

Gail Craig Poffenberger, 63, of Rochester, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Gail Poffenberger was born July 12, 1950, in Owatonna.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Gail’s passion was painting landscapes.

He is survived by his mother, Darlene Poffenberger of Kasson; his brother, Randy Poffenberger of Kasson; his three children, Ben Cotton (Iowa), Travis Karasz (Washington), and Jolynne Sauve (Alaska); as well as two grandsons; and four nieces.

Gail was preceded in death by his father Clifford “Bud” Poffenberger.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

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Winifred Bausman ~ Byron

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Bausman, Winifred

Winifred “Winnie” E. (Voll) Bausman, of Byron, passed away peacefully at the Zumbrota Care Center on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 surrounded by her family.

Winnie was born July 22, 1924, in Byron, to Fred and Elsie Voll. She was raised on the family farm and attended Byron schools graduating in 1942. On Jan. 25, 1944, she married Marvin L. Bausman and together they raised their family in Byron. When her children were young, Winnie first worked in the cafeteria at the school and later in the school office as the secretary to the superintendent. After raising her children, Winnie returned to school at Rochester Technical School to fulfill a lifetime dream of becoming a nurse. Upon earning her degree, she worked in the Radiology Department at the Mayo Clinic for 20 years until her retirement in 1990. After retirement Winnie worked part-time at Bill’s Food Store and at the Byron Elementary School cafeteria to remain active.

Winnie was a lifelong member of the Byron United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Byron Historical Society Alumni Association and the Byronia #84 Rebekah Lodge where she was a member for over 55 years. Winnie held numerous offices in the Rebekah Lodge and was the Assembly treasurer of Minnesota from 1994-2006. Winnie enjoyed spending time with her family at many family activities, loved to bake and enjoyed traveling.

Winnie is survived by her children, Gary (Linda) Bausman of Byron and Sue Ann (Jim) Olson of Mesquite, Nev.; grandchildren, John (Christie) Bausman of Byron and Jennifer (Eric) Schultz of Belle Plaine; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Tyler Bausman and Jake, Kayla, Brayden, Ethan and Carson Schultz; one brother, Edward Voll of Byron and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, Marvin L. Bausman; her parents, Fred and Elsie Voll; and four sister.

Funeral will be held at the Byron United Methodist Church, 507 First Ave. N.W. in Byron, on Monday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Byron United Methodist Church and one hour before the service on Monday. The interment will be in the Byron Cemetery immediately following the services. There will be light lunch following the services at the church.

Memorials are preferred to the Byron United Methodist Church.

Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Roland Lott ~ Byron

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Lott, Roland

Roland M. Lott, 85, of Byron, passed away November 23, 2013 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.

Roland was born on July 12, 1928 to Matt and Frances Lott in Keewatin, MN where he grew up and attended schools.

He sailed the Great Lakes Ore Carriers for three years. He proudly entered the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in active duty in the Signal Corps in Korea. When he returned from Korea in 1952, he married Deloris Backlund, also from Keewatin.

They moved to Babbitt in 1955 where he worked for Reserve Mining Company as an electrician for 37 years. They also happily raised their four children, Debbie, Terrie, Roland, and Randy there. He was very active in the Youth Hockey Program for many years and was proud of being a promoter of the ice arena being built in Babbitt. He was an officer in the United Steelworkers Union and served on the Babbitt Board of Education for four years. He also worked for LTV Mining Company in Hoyt Lakes for four years. He spent many years camping, fishing, playing cards (smear champion) and watching sports with family and friends.

They moved to Hibbing in 1992. Roland enjoyed visiting with family and old friends from Keewatin while he was there. Due to his illness in 2008, they moved to Byron to be closer to family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Frances Lott and his sister, Theresa Stensrud. He is survived by his wife, Deloris and their four children, Debbie Givens of Virginia, MN, Terrie (Mike) Zirbes of Byron, MN, Roland (Cheryl) of Lakeville, MN and Randy (Donna) of Lakeville, MN; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Matt of Gordon, WI and John (Gloria) of Babbitt, MN; two sisters, Jean Lashyro of Silver Bay and Corrine (Ernie) Solberg of Grand Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.

Roland was a member of the Keewatin VFW and the American Legion and the Church of Christ the King, Byron, MN.

A private family funeral service will be held at The Dibble Funeral Home, Kasson, MN. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing, MN at a later date.

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

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Shirley J. Fjerstad ~ Kasson

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Fjerstad, Shirley

Shirley J. (Buck) Fjerstad, 83, of Kasson was called home to reunite with her husband and son, family and friends on Friday, November 15, 2013.

Our mother started her life in Lanesboro, Minnesota on August 6, 1930. She was the daughter of George and Francis Buck.

While working as a waitress in Rochester, she ran into her future husband, “Teddy” Fjerstad. The two were married on July 28. 1949. They lived in Kasson where they raised ten children. Our Mom devoted most of her life to her family and was active in the church and community.

Mom enjoyed spending time with her family, bus trips, playing cards, bingo, puzzles and her flower gardens.

Survivors include five sons, Gene, Duane “Dewey”, Neil (Janet), Kurt (Coleen) all of Kasson and Todd of Dodge Center; four daughters, Joannie (Wayne) Rado of Rice Lake, WI, Linda (Todd) Burtis of Dodge Center, Lois (Leon) Cunningham of Mantorville, Cheryl (Sean) Jensen of Onalaska, WI; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris Brown of Kasson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; son, Claire “Chub”; great-grandson, Elliot; three sisters and one brother.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave., Kasson, MN with Fr. Paul Surprenant officiating. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 20 and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Mantorville, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for distribution or to Holy Family Catholic Church.

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