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Kenneth Kellar ~ Kasson

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Kenneth Kellar, 100, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Kasson, MN. He was born January 26, 1912 to Blanch (Barber) and Homer Kellar in Cylinder, Iowa. His parents moved to Kasson in March, 1912. He grew up in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1930.

He farmed with his father until moving to California where he was employed at Lockheed during World War II. He returned to Kasson and worked in construction until his retirement.

In 1943, he married Alice Hanson. She died in 1954. On March 2, 1957, he married Bernette Himle at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They continued to live in Kasson.

Kenneth was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, a thirty-second degree Mason in the local Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge, served on the Board of Directors of the Kasson Lumber Company for 18 years and was President of the Board for 11 years, was the assistant building inspector for the City of Kasson as well as a member of the committee that brought Mayo Family Clinic to Kasson.

He was an avid golfer until the age of 98 and also enjoyed reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bernette; two daughters, Barbara Kellar of Coon Rapids and Kathy (Buddy) Martinez of Kasson; two grandsons, Todd (Jeri) Ness and Craig Ness and his fiancee Victoria Hale; four great-grandchildren; one sister, LaRayne Andrist of Lake City and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Friends are encouraged to attend the service and then following the service, join Kenneth’s (“Casey’s”) family at St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (located at 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson) for lunch. There will be no reviewal.

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Ralph B. Leslie ~ Rochester

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Ralph Bryenton Leslie, 85, former Stillwater, MN, resident died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Golden Living Center West, Rochester, MN. He was born August 11, 1926 in Stillwater, Minnesota. Ralph farmed in Washington County, Minnesota all of his life.

He is survived by brother, David of Shakopee, MN; sister, Averyl (Jack) Heiserman of Kasson, MN; nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Monday, July 16, 2012, at 11:00 am at Fairview Cemetery, 6373 Osgood Ave North, Stillwater, MN, with Pastor Zachary Wilson of White Bear Lake officiating.

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Dale W. McClamroch ~ Kasson

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Dale Warren McClamroch, age 72, of rural Kasson, went home to be with his Lord on July 5, 2012, after battling lung cancer since his diagnosis in December 2011. Dale was born April 17, 1940 in Lexington, NE to James and Pearl (Vorland) McClamroch. On August 28, 1959, Dale married MaryLou Boyum at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, Kasson, MN.

Dale served 2 years with the US Army, stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. He was employed for 36 years at Crenlo in Rochester, MN. Dale loved his home church and his church family at South Zumbro. He was church board president and also took a special interest in his role on the cemetery board; striving to get all the historical records in order and transferred onto the computer. Dale volunteered for Faith in Action and the American Cancer Society; was a member of the American Legion Post 333, enjoyed camping with the Rochester Roamers and traveling with TC Travel.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially camping together. Dale enjoyed watching how his farmland was being managed by his renter and had occasional opportunities to help out. He also enjoyed gardening and watching the birds that visited one of his many feeders. Anyone who knew Dale knew that he was always trying to figure out a way to “fix things”…a God-given talent. One of his greatest achievements was raising (and surviving!) five daughters.

Dale is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52+ years, MaryLou (Boyum); daughters, Lori (Frank) Gomes and their children Hannah, Levi and Rebekah, Amy Thompson and her children Eric and Emily, Jill (Keith) Jennissen, Karen McClamroch, and Sarah (Tony) Wyatt and their daughter Cassie. He is also survived by his canine companion of 12 years, Buffy. He is dearly loved and is already greatly missed by each of them.

Funeral services for Dale will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Avenue, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Inurnment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. Military graveside services will be provided by members of the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.

Visitation and reviewal will be held at the church on Monday, July 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Visitation with no reviewal will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials which will be dispersed by the family to a number of charitable organizations that hold special meaning to Dale and his family.

The family wishes to express their most sincere gratitude for the prayers, support, encouraging words, and physical presence of so many family and friends. Thank you for helping share our burden during this difficult time.

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Inda K. Bradford ~ Mantorville

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Inda Katherine (Geise) Bradford, 100, of Mantorville passed away peacefully at the Fairview Care Center of Dodge Center on Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Inda was born on August 21, 1911 to Charles and Rose (Berg) Geise in the Berne, MN area where she also attended school. She married Howard Bradford on November 16, 1929 in Rochester and they had seven children.

Inda is survived by Betty Bradford (wife of the late Charles Bradford) of Mantorville, Philip and Roberta Bradford of Kasson, Rosemary and DeWayne Unger of Kasson, Ruth Head (wife of the late Robert Head) of Mantorville, and Rita and Gary Kruesel of Rochester. Additional survivors include 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 38 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard in 1992, eldest son Charles, 2 infant children (Billy and Jimmy) and Lyle Seim (grandson of Ruth Head).

Inda led an active life which included being a cook at the Mantorville school for over 25 years, but her #1 interest throughout her long life of 100 years was her family. Other interests included fishing for northerns with a cane pole, gardening and canning, mowing the lawn with a rider, watching the Minnesota Twins, cooking, and playing “Pine Island rummy” with her sisters. Inda was a member of the First Congregational Church of Mantorville as well as the Mantorville V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Visitation will be at the First Congregational Church of Mantorville (515 Walnut Street) on Wednesday, June 20, from 4:00pm-7:00pm with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating.

The funeral will be held at the First Congregational Church of Mantorville on Thursday, June 21, at 1:00 pm with burial at the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

In lieu of flowers and for your awareness, the family will donate Memorials to the First Congregational Church of Mantorville and the Fairview Care Center of Dodge Center.

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Mary McKean ~ Mantorville

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Mary M. McKean, 92, formerly of Mantorville, MN, passed away December 20, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Mary was born April 21, 1919 to Albert and Grace Buro. She was a life-long resident of Mantorville until her relocation to the St. Charles Assisted Living Center in 2007 to be closer to her son, Brad. The staff and residents loved her at the Center, where she enjoyed her new friends and the wonderful environment.

In 1940, Mary married Ronald McKean. They initially lived in one room of the “Stevens” house. Ronald was working at the local cheese factory at that time. They lived for a short time in Old Town and then moved back to Mantorville. Ronald then opened an insurance agency in their home on main street. Ronald died following a heart attack on Memorial Day, 1960, leaving behind sons Brad (18 months) and Steve (17 years).

Friends and family remember Mary as having many friends. A pot of coffee was put on in the morning at the McKean house and the door was always open for anyone to stop by for a cup and a chat. Mary was a hard worker, whose outgoing personality and fiery spirit were matched by the “twinkle” in her eye. She was incredibly strong, had lived through a lot and remained filled with generosity for others.

Mary worked at the Hubbell House for many years; first in the early morning preparing the dining rooms for the day, then taking reservations, and eventually as a hostess.

When son, Steve relocated to New Zealand in 1971, Mary visited him six times. New Zealand became her second home, as she made many friends in Auckland and New Plymouth. She was a long-time member of the Eastern Star, serving as secretary for many years. She was also a life-long member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville. In addition, she worked each year helping with Marigold Days and served as an election official.

Survivors include sons, Brad of St. Charles and Steve (Rachel) of New Plymouth, New Zealand; and three grandchildren, Cole (Krista) McKean of Rochester, MN, Kayla (Dustin) Thompson of Rochester, MN and Naomi McKean of San Francisco, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald, two brothers and her parents.

Memorials are preferred to The First Congregational Church, Mantorville, MN.

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George E. Schuck ~ Kasson

Friday, June 8th, 2012

George E. Schuck, 75, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born on February 14, 1937, in rural Mantorville and graduated from K-M High School in 1955. George served in the US Army for two years in Germany.

On December 21, 1962, he married Vera M. Helmbrecht. They lived in rural Dodge Center for many years; moving to Kasson in 2004. George worked for Culligan in Kasson for 40 years. He was a member of Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church and the Kasson American Legion.

George is survived by his wife, Vera; brother, Blair (Sarah) Schuck of Hager City, WI; sister, Frances (Ernest) Rosener of Red Wing, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bill Schuck.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:00 am at Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church, 21927 – 650th Street, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. A visitation with family and friends will be Sunday, June 10 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Seasons Hospice, The American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Lyle S. Severson ~ Rural Kasson

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Lyle Stewart Severson, 77, of rural Kasson died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at his home after a six year illness with multiple cancers and emphysema.

Lyle was born August 4, 1934 to Oscar A. and Irene M. Severson at home on his family farm near Oslo (Hayfield), MN. He attended Hayfield High School. He joined the U.S. Army in February, 1954 thru February, 1956 stationed in Riverside, California.

He married Judith Ann Fryer on May 18, 1958 at the Congregational Church in Mantorville, MN. Lyle and Judy had one son, Jay Michael Severson.

Lyle worked at IBM for nearly 5 years. He built their home in rural Kasson; moving in July, 1961 and they still live there today.

Lyle’s passion was trucking and he bought his first semi in 1962. He started Severson Transport in 1969, which he dissolved in 1992 to retire, but he kept one semi and leased to Wilson Refrigerated (now Lawrence) for 13 more years until his health required him to give up trucking in November, 2008 and his PURPLE TRUCK that everyone knew. Lyle also enjoyed restoring tractors and was a good mechanic. He loved taking care of his huge lawn. He enjoyed spending some time in Florida each winter with many friends. He loved the coffee crowd and the breakfast club.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; one son, Jay M. Severson and his wife, Christine; one niece, Tamara (David) Johnson and their children and grandchildren; two special brothers-in-law, John (Ligia) Fryer and Robert (Nancy) Fryer and many nieces and nephews and their children and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Joan (Donald/Toby) Phelps.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 16, at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road, Byron, MN, with Rev. Steve Rheingans officiating. Friends and family may visit from 5:00-7:30 pm at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, May 15 and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to Christ Lutheran Church in Byron, Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, The Dodge Center/KM Volunteer Ambulance Service, The Kasson American Legion or Mayo Hospice.

Blessed be his memory.

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Rachel D. Ehmke ~ Mantorville

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Rachel Dee Ehmke, age 13, of Mantorville, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN.

Rachel was born on July 14, 1998 in Rochester to Rick and Mary (Tollefson) Ehmke. She lived in Mantorville and attended school at Kasson-Mantorville. Rachel was currently in the 7th grade.

Rachel was baptized at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kasson and attended church and Sunday School there.

Rachel loved sports, was involved in volleyball and basketball and in past years had enjoyed playing soccer. Rachel enjoyed being creative and usually had some artwork next to her or in her hands that she was designing. She loved the outdoors and could often be fround exploring the woods and the pond, trying to catch tadpoles or making a safe haven for the ants. When not on foot, one of Rachel’s favorite things to do was to take the cart for a ride in the woods and spend hours driving around with her friends…and then making her stop at Grandma Dee’s house for candy and the hot tub.

Rachel loved the water and spent many summer weeks with her family on Lake Kabetogama. She enjoyed swimming and tubing and hanging out with friends. She loved sitting around the campfire and watching scary movies. She was always listening to music and enjoyed reading books. Rachel also enjoyed the winter snow and spent her time sledding and snowmobiling. She loved hanging out with her dog Max and made sure he never went hungry by giving him half her meal most of the time. Rachel also spent some of her time working for her Mom at KMTelecom.

Rachel had a beautiful smile and a precocious spark in her big brown eyes. She was shy to those she didn’t know and outgoing, kind and funny to those who knew her best.

Rachel is survived by her parents, Rick and Mary Ehmke; brothers, Jonathan at home and Derek (Ashley) Ehmke of Rochester; sister, Brittany Ehmke (Zeb Henaman) of Austin; grandparents, Jon & Dee Tollefson of Mantorville and Sharon Ehmke of Waltham; aunts, Beth Tollefson of Mantorville and Lisa Musolf of Waltham; uncles, Jeff Ehmke, Mike (Michelle) Ehmke, both of Waltham, and Paul Tollefson of Tacoma, Washington; nephews Gabe Henaman of Austin and Braxton Ehmke of Rochester and niece, Alivja Henaman of Austin. Also surviving are Rachel’s bonus mom’s, Julie Buck and Diane Uehling, both of Mantorville. Rachel is also survived by best friend, Faith Briggs, along with numerous cousins and an abundance of friends.

She was preceded in death by her Grandfather, Leonard Ehmke.

Visitation with friends and family will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 4:00-7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 4 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Fr. Colin Maltbie of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kasson, presiding.

Memorials to the family will be used to set up a fund to be used towards the prevention of bullying.

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Henry A. Schleeter, Jr. ~ Mantorville

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

A memorial service for Henry A. Schleeter, Jr. will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 16, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson, with Pastor Brian Egelston of the First Congregational Church of Mantorville officiating. A private family interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.

Henry Schleeter, 82, died peacefully at home on April 11, 2012. He was born December 1, 1929 in Mantorville, Minnesota to Henry and Edna (Blatti) Schleeter. On April 28, 1956, he married Sally Pauline Sindelar in New Prague, MN.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Following his military service, he attended Dunwoody Technical Institute and thereafter pursued a long and successful career painting and interior decorating. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville for many years. He was also a Past Master of Mantorville Masonic Lodge 11.

Henry is survived by his wife, Sally; five children, Susan (Dr. E. Rolland) Dickson, Linda (Douglas) Schmidt, Sandra (Steve) DuBois, Wendy Schleeter and Bruce (Vicky Keller) Schleeter; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one sister, Betty (Charles) Syverson. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Hospice.

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Marie H. Wirth ~ Dodge Center

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Marie Helene Wirth, 85, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Country Oak Home Care in Rural Dodge Center. Marie was born in Dodge Center on August 10, 1926 to Frank and Lillian (Nelson) Wirth. In 1944, she graduated from West Concord High School.

Marie lived and worked in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. She worked for St. Paul Fire Insurance Company and the Teachers’ Retirement Association until retiring in the 1990’s. In 2009, she moved back to the Dodge Center area.

Marie was an active volunteer, avid seamstress and liked to travel to see her family.

She is survived by sister, Annette Esther Kidwell of Sun City, AZ; sister-in-law, Marlene Wirth of Kasson; nephews, Mark (Valerie) Haaland and Chris Haaland of San Jose, CA, and Jeff (Lisa) Wirth of Dodge Center; nieces, Tina (Steve) Longstaff of Minneapolis, Sue (Jim) Robinson of Kasson and Patricia Wirth-Cox of Mount Shasta, CA; great-nephews, Tyler, Thor, and Wyatt; great-nieces, Kari, Caryn, Rachael and Andrea; and great-great niece and nephew, Chase and Rylee.

Marie was preceded in death by sisters, Alberta (Bea) Haaland and Jenny Lou Gilligan and brother, Franklin (Bud) Wirth.

A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center at a later date.

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