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Levern H. Hanson ~ Rural Dodge Center

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Levern H. Hanson, 92, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Country Oaks Home Care Center in Rural Dodge Center, MN. He was born July 13, 1920 in Vernon Township, Dodge County, MN. On July 10, 1956 he married Lucille Denny in Kasson, MN. They farmed in rural Dodge County and later retired and moved to Mantorville.

Levern is survived by three daughters, Joanne Smith of Springfield, OR, Karen (Allan) Haugen of Lanesboro, MN and Sharon Giesler of Lincoln, NE.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja, MN.

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Dorothy M. Anderson ~ Kasson

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Dorothy M. Anderson, 90, of Kasson, MN passed away Tuesday morning, August 7, 2012 at her home after a brief struggle with cancer.

Dorothy Mae Wyttenbach was born May 29, 1922 at home near Mantorville, MN, the oldest of six children born to Walter and Alvera Wyttenbach. She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1940. Dorothy worked in Rochester and then moved to Seattle to work at Boeing during World War II. She returned to Mantorville. Dorothy married Robert Anderson on May 19, 1946, and they had 62-plus years together. Dorothy worked at the Kasson Gas Company and the Kasson State Bank until she retired.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Roberta Anderson of St. Paul and Mary (Kevin) McGraw of Minneapolis; two grandchildren, Meghan (Chris) Larson and Patrick McGraw; sister, Evelyn Suhr; brothers, Jim Wyttenbach and Daryl (Belva) Wyttenbach; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families who she loved dearly.

Dorothy was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson and of the community. She so enjoyed time spent with her many friends and always loved time spent with her family.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mayo Clinic Hospice or The American Cancer Society.

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Leone M. Mack ~ Kasson

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Leone Mary Mack died on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Golden Living Center West in Rochester, MN, where she had resided for the past 3-1/2 years.

Leone was born to John and Harriet Currier of Mantorville, MN on June 26, 1915. In 1949, she married Francis (Bud) Mack in Buffalo, NY, before returning to Kasson. Bud died March 1, 1971, and Leone moved to Rochester where she lived until her death.

She is survived by sons, Robert (Marilyn) of Rochester, David (Hilda) of Miami, FL, John (Karla) of Pelzer, SC and daughter-in-law, Karen Gonzagowski of Merritt Island, FL. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Lynda Gonzagowski, Leisha (Mark) Sinclair, Jamie (Amy) Gonzagowski, Laurie (Lucas) Satter, Rob (Melissa) Mack, Robyn (Dave) Terpstra, Andy (Selena) Mack, James Mack, David Mack, and James Mack; 17 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Elliott, Sydney, Sophie, Megan, Henry, Clara, Arthur, Kamryn, Karyssa, Kaitlyn, Jonathan, Benjamin, Aaron, Elizabeth, Elias, and Karsten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, James Gonzagowski.

A special thanks to the Golden Living Center West staff who made her feel like she was home with family during her time there and to the Visitation Team from Autumn Ridge Church who faithfully came to see and pray with her. She enjoyed each visit tremendously.

Her funeral service will be held Monday, August 13, at 10:00 am at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson with Pastor Bill Price and Pastor Karen Anderle officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service; from 9:00-10:00 am.

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Wanda V. Walters ~ Mantorville

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Wanda Violetta Walters, 76, of Mantorville passed away Friday, August 3, 2012 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wanda was born August 18, 1935 in Westby, Wisconsin to Gustav and Anna Storbakken. She married Quenten Westlund on January 19, 1956; they later divorced. On January 9, 1974, she married Forrest Walters.

Survivors include one son, Randall; two daughters, Cheryl Gurganus of New Brighton, MN and Julie (Greg) Bartel of rural Mantorville; and grandchildren, Meagan (Jacob) LaCoursiere, Melissa (Jared Holtan) Bartel, Alicia (Dylan Snow) Bartel, Caleb Bartel and Ryan Bartel. She is further survived by Forrest’s children, Carolynn (Don) Norgard, Nathanael (Vicki Paul) Walters, Andrew (Jodi Griffith) Walters; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Darryl and Gordon; and her husband, Forrest.

Wanda worked at Lunds in Minneapolis as head cashier and bookkeeper for 30 years. After retirement, she moved to Mantorville to be closer to her grandchildren. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville and was involved in women’s fellowship. She enjoyed her Tuesday morning bible study, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 12:00 noon at The First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday two hours prior to the service; from 10:00 am – noon. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta, Wisconsin at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer research.

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Duane H. Bartel ~ Kasson

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Duane Haven Bartel, 80, of Kasson, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center, MN.

Duane was born May 25, 1932 in rural Kasson to Haven and Myrtle Bartel. He attended country school and graduated from Kasson High School in 1950. Duane married Dorothy Ferdinandt of Rochester on November 20, 1954. The couple resided in rural Kasson where they operated a family dairy farm until retiring in 1998.

Duane was an active member of Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church. He served on local, state and national boards for the Land O’Lakes Corporation. Duane and his family enjoyed many years raising and showing registered holsteins. In his later years, Duane enjoyed golf and helping on his daughter’s horse farm.

He participated in a Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s study and was featured in a video entitled: “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide for Patient and Family”.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Greg (Julie) and David (Michelle) both of rural Mantorville; a daughter, Ann Glasrud of Rochester; 11 grandchildren and a sister, Ramona (Haven) Asprey of West Concord. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, August 6, 2012 at Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church, rural Kasson, MN, with Pastor David Westlake officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Monday. There will be no reviewal at the church. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson.

Following the graveside service, the family invites you to the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN for a time of fellowship and refreshment.

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Chalmer E. “Chuck” Pedersen ~ Kasson

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Chalmer “Chuck” Pedersen, 92, of Kasson died peacefully Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Langton Place Presbyterian Home in Roseville, MN.

Chuck was born January 30, 1920 in Dover, MN to Christian and Anna (Christensen) Pedersen. He married D. Arlene Peck on April 2, 1947. He served in the US Army 679th Medical Collecting Company in World War II. After his discharge from the service, he lived in St. Charles and worked at various jobs including farming, construction, and road maintenance until being hired by the Minnesota Highway Department in 1954 and moving to Rushford. He was employed by MN/Dot until his retirement in 1985. In October, 2007, Chuck and Arlene moved to Prairie Meadows Assisted Living in Kasson.

Chuck enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. After retirement, he enjoyed driving the “old people”, as he called them, to various appointments.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Larry (Ruth) Pedersen of Kasson and Lee (Sheryl) Pedersen of Omaha, NE; daughters, Tarrie (Bruce) Schmoll of Claremont, and Sharrie (Daniel) Gronewold of Champlin; brother, Milo (Viola) Pedersen of Fargo, North Dakota; sisters, Della (Harvey) Kottke of Mankato and Darlene (Myron) Grills of St. Louis, Missouri; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Christian, Victor, Martin and Elry.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church, 101 – 6th Avenue NW, Kasson, with the Reverand Clint Patterson officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be Monday, July 30, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home in Kasson and at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to the service.

The family prefers memorials be directed to them and they will distribute later according to their wishes.

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Rosalyn R. “Rosy” Bruns ~ Kasson

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Rosalyn, “Rosy”, Ruth Bruns, 93, of Kasson, Minnesota, died July 22, 2012 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota. Rosalyn was born on November 25, 1918, the daughter of William and Edna Bailey in Rowan, Iowa.

She graduated from high school in 1936. She played high school basketball and was president of her high school senior class. On September 2, 1939, she was united in marriage to Alvin Bruns in Fort Dodge, Iowa. They farmed together in Iowa and later moved to Minnesota. She enjoyed fishing, flowers and was an avid Twins fan.

Rosalyn is survived by her nieces, Cheryl (Charles) Ridd of Rochester, MN, Jean Hansen of Winona, MN and Terry (Ronnie) Hanson of Byron, MN; 4 grand-nieces and nephews, Jaime, Nickie, Mathew and Brandon; and 3 great-great nieces and nephews, Reed, Pearl and Daniel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her brother, Reid Baley; her sister, Carole Robb and brother-in-law, Everett Robb.

Friends may call at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main, Kasson, MN on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 11:00 am to noon. A graveside service will immediately follow the visitation at noon at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN with the Rev. Dr. Joe Jones officiating.

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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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