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Alan W. Benfield ~ Kasson

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Benfield, Alan

Benfield, Al Army

Alan W. Benfield, 75, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester surrounded by family.
Alan was born May 6, 1938 in Santa Monica, California to Kenneth and Christina Benfield. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1956. He served in the US Army from 1962 to 1964. In California, he worked as a machinist. He married Sandra Hanson on December 4, 1965 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. After 23 years of working for the Kasson-Mantorville School District, he retired as head maintenance in 2000.
He is survived by his wife Sandy, a daughter Stacy and grandson Alexander of Rochester, sister Janet (Don) Diem of Rancho Palos Verdes, California , father-in-law Roger Hanson of Kasson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mark and Darlene Hanson, Craig and Karen Hanson of Kasson, Diane Hanson of Coon Rapids, Don Diem of Rancho Palos Verdes, California and Pat Benfield of Fountain Valley, California, nine nieces and nephews, and special neighbors/friends Rick, Darla and “Rick’s kids” Kellen, Ryan and Kaden Enright. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ken.
Al enjoyed woodworking, making and refinishing furniture, gardening, yard work, watching his grandson play sports, fishing, hunting with brothers-in-law Mark and Craig and sister-in-law Karen, vacationing in northern Minnesota, and reminiscing about his ocean adventures. He was extremely creative, innovative, and a true master “improviser”.
Memorials may be directed to Seasons Hospice, American Cancer Society or a charity of donor’s choice.
A private memorial service is planned.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Seasons Hospice for all of their care and support.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services assisted the family in arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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Paul R. Erickson ~ Rochester, MN

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Erickson, Paul

Paul Raymond Erickson, age 89, formerly of Rochester, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, Minnesota. Paul was born on May 21, 1924 in Norcross,Minnesota and raised on a farm near Wheaton, Minnesota. After serving his country in World War II in the Army Air Corps, Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering.

He and Pauline Pettis were married on June 24, 1949. He began a 36-year career in engineering at IBM in 1950; first in Minneapolis and then in Rochester. After retiring from IBM in 1986, he continued to use his engineering experience and problem-solving skills repairing lawnmowers, alarm clocks, radios, snow blowers and coffee makers for friends and neighbors.

An avid outdoorsman, Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping trips to northern Minnesota, Canada and the western United States. He and Pauline spent several weeks during the summer in their camper or motorhome in the north woods of Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline; sons Dana (Diana) Erickson and Steve (Nancy) Erickson; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 26 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St, Kasson, MN. Burial will be at a later date.

Online condolences can be sent and viewed at The family requests memorials to St. Croix Hospice, Rochester, MN

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Robert E. Larrison ~ Rochester

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Larrison, Robert

Robert Earl (Yogi) Larrison died October 14, 2013 of natural causes in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born February 4, 1929 in Vermillion, Kansas, to George and Beulah Larrison.

Bob worked as an ambulance driver prior to marrying Charlene L. Davis in 1951. With their five children, Bob and Charlene moved to Minnesota in 1960. Bob worked in floor coverings for the next 31 years, retiring in 1991. He liked working in the yard, gardening and tinkering in his garage on many projects.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene; three sons, Mike, Pat and Dennis and a daughter, Sallee Beck; as well as ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jacob, Jackie, Jesse, Chris, Michelle, Amanda, Kelly, Sam and Nick and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St, Kasson, MN from 9:00-11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM with Fr. Mark McNea of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Rochester, MN officiating. Burial will be in the Milton Cemetery, rural Mantorville, MN.

Memorial are preferred to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Geneva E. Carlson ~ Kasson, MN

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Carlson, Geneva

Geneva E. Carlson, 97, of Kasson, MN went home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 10, 2013. She passed away at Stewartville Care Center, where she had resided the last 3-1/2 years.

Born Geneva E. Nereson on April 29, 1916 in Rock Dell, MN to the late Ellis and Margaret (Haugen) Nereson. She was a lifelong resident of Kasson. She attended country school until the age of 14 when in 1931 she went to work for Dr. Charlie and Edith Mayo at the Mayo Mansion where she was the second maid to the cook helping serve meals in the dining room. While working there, she was fortunate to meet President Franklin Roosevelt.

On April 19, 1939 she married Obert Carlson at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Byron, MN. They farmed in rural Kasson where they raised three children. After the children were school age, she worked for Dr. Tillage where he hosted special occasions. Ed Sullivan and Frank Sinatra were two of the gentlemen she cooked for while there. Geneva lived on the farm until after Obert passed away in 2003 when she went to the Stewartville Care Center in 2004. She was there for a year when she moved to Prairie Meadows Assisted Living in Kasson. She was a roommate to another Norwegian Lady for five wonderful years. In 2010 her health took her back to the Stewartville Care Center.

Geneva’s biggest pride was cooking for her family and friends. She was also very active in South Zumbro Lutheran Church, where she would go out of her way to do anything she could; whether it be quilting, bazaars, or Ladies Aide. She also loved to sing in the Norwegian Choir. Geneva always had a great sense of humor and a smile on her face.

Geneva is survived by her son, Al (Donna) of Byron; daugher, Janeen Jensen (Duane) of Minneapolis; six grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Marian Bungum(Francis), daughter-in-lawy, VeeAnn Carlson and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Curtis; grandson, Troy; parents; five sisters, Crystella Starkson, Helen Thompson, Doris Molde, Bernice Falk, Joan Jensen and three brothers, Melvin, Harlan and Robert.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with the Rev. Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, October 14, from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to South Zumbro Luthern Church.

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Lucille O. Morris ~ Former Kasson Resident

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Morris, Lucille

Lucille O. Morris, 88, former Kasson resident, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN, where she had been a resident since January 2011.

Lucille was born on August 5, 1925 in Canisteo Township, Dodge County, MN to Adolph and Nellie (Miller) Lee. On December 2, 1943, she married Keith Morris in Rock Dell, MN. They lived and farmed in rural Kasson until 2006 when they moved to Kasson. Lucille worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and for many years at Erdman’s Supermarket.

She is survived by sons Richard (Sandy) of Kasson and William of Hager City, WI; daughter Linda (Evan) Schmeling of Hayfield, MN; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Keith, her sister Lois and grandchild Tammy.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 70640 – 260th Avenue, Hayfield, MN with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the West St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery.

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

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A. Patricia Zimmerman

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Zimmerman, Patricia

A. Patricia Zimmerman of Hayfield, MN died from heart failure on August 25, 2013 with family by her side. Born August 23, 1925 in Okmulgee, OK. The family lived in southern Illinois during her young adult life.

She treasured her education, attending both Lindenwood College and Washington University. She taught library science in Lake Forest, Ypsilanti, and the University of Minnesota.

Pat married Ken Zimmerman in 1959 and moved to Anoka, MN where they raised their children Herb (Maureen), Gordon (Abby), Kathy Connelly (Kevin), and Trish Beckman (Chris).

The Episcopal Church, quilting, knitting, gardening, books, birds and family, especially her children and grandchildren were dear to her.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John J. Callahan, Jr. and husband Kenneth G. Zimmerman. She is survived by four children and eight grandchildren (Ryan, Kate, Meghan, Urban, Leo, Max, Kennedy and Saylor).

A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 101 First St. NE, Kasson, MN on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 11:00 am with Fr. Colin Snow Maltbie officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

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Olga Johnson ~ Kasson

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Johnson, Olga Color

Olga Lenore Johnson died of natural causes on 5/29/2013 at Rivers Edge Assisted Living in Great Falls, Montana at the age of 95.
She was born in Kasson, Minnesota on February 4, 1918. Her maiden name was Olga Beaver.

Olga lived in Kasson until 2008 when she moved to Great Falls, Montana to be closer to her daughter. She graduated from Kasson High School and was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. On June 14, 1946, Olga married Samuel Johnson. They had two children, Greg and Gervaise.

Olga was preceded in death by her husband and a son. She is survived by her daughter, Gervaise Ferry; grandson, Kevin Ferry; granddaughter, Janna Pfeifle; great-grandsons, Samuel Ferry and Ethan Pfeifle; and great-granddaughter, Claire Pfeifle.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on August 6, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

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Robert Kirkland ~ Byron

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Robert Kirkland died July 28, 2013 at Cottagewood Senior Communities of Rochester (previously Sunrise Cottages) at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer.

Robert was born February 16, 1935 to Pete and Marion (Hemingway) Kirkland. He grew up on a farm near West Concord, Minnesota. He graduated from West Concord High School in 1957. Shortly after graduation, Bob moved to the Pacifica, California area where he worked in different capacities including being a welder for the State of California and in maintenance positions for a local school district. In the 1990’s, he moved back to Minnesota and lived in the Byron area.

Bob enjoyed his family and friends. He had numerous pets throughout the years that he very much enjoyed.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Nancy (Cecil) Brannan of Kasson and his brother, Larry of Byron.

A funeral service will be held at a later date at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson, Minnesota.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or to Season’s Hospice of Rochester, MN.

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Marjorie M. Johnston ~ Kasson, Minnesota

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Marjorie Marie Johnston, 91, of Kasson, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 17, 2013.

The memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Sixth Avenue NW, Kasson, MN on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:00 am with Pastor Clint Patterson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.

Marjorie was born on December 13, 1921 near Hayfield Minnesota to Vernon and Jeannette (McEathron) Johnston. As a child Marjorie lived in Bureau County, Illinois and Hayfield and Wasioja, Minnesota. She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1940. Marjorie went on to attend “beauty” school in the Twin Cities and became a licensed cosmetologist in 1941.

As an adult, Marjorie settled in Kasson, Minnesota and was a very active member of the community. She was a successful business woman who worked as a hair stylist for over 43 years in the beauty shop she opened in Kasson in 1942 and sold in 1985. For decades, she was very generous with the time she devoted to the First Presbyterian Church of Kasson where she held numerous positions including treasurer, board member and Sunday School and confirmation class teacher. She loved her country and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 73 years. Marjorie was an avid reader who particularly enjoyed biographies and historical nonfiction about politics and religion. Marjorie’s greatest pleasure was time spent with family, especially participating in lively activities such as current events discussions, teasing and general “goofing around”.

She is survived by her brother Rhonald Johnston and his wife Dorothy; her sisters Jean Weinknecht, Donna Dutton and her husband Lowell (Ed), and Phyllis Bradford; and her sister-in-law Jean (Woodward) Johnston. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Dwaine, Robert and Vernon (John) Johnston and her sister Marcella (Johnston) Olive.

Marjorie’s nieces and nephews (and their children and grandchildren) were the pride and joy of her life. She was a beloved aunt who truly took great pleasure in spending time with children and teens. She is remembered for her pleasure in buying the girls pretty outfits and her enthusiasm for all types of outdoor activities including badminton, fishing, skating, sledding and baseball. She was the “go-to” person when an advocate was needed, and while she never minced words when pointing out someone’s faults, she also never failed to remind others of a person’s good qualities. The legacy of Marjorie’s generous spirit, passion for all types of play, love of reading and zest for life will live on through them.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice.

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Richard M. Schuette ~ Byron, MN

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Schuette, Richard

Richard Martin Schuette, 58, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013 of cancer at his home in Byron, MN. Richard was born March 9, 1955 in Faribault, MN to Norval and Mae Schuette; raised in Waterville, MN and graduated from Waterville High School Class of 1973.
He married Candice Johnson in May, 1983 and they resided in Byron, MN. Richard is survived by his wife, Candice Schuette of Byron, MN; four children, Barbara (Dallas) Jensen of Dodge Center, MN, Billy Jo (Mike) Sackett of Dodge Center, MN, Richard, Jr. and Brandon Schuette of Byron, MN; ten grandchildren; mother, May Schuette of Waterville, MN; one brother, Charles Schuette of Owatonna, MN; and three sisters, Betty Schuette of Waseca, MN, Sue (Randy) Wobschall of Waseca, MN and Lori Gehring of Waterville, MN. He was preceded in death by his father, Norval Schuette and one sister, Mary Heskett.

Memorial services will be at The United Methodist Church in Dodge Center, MN on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 11:00 am. Visitation with family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be presented at the church by the Kasson American Legion. A luncheon will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to themselves for distribution later according to their wishes.

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