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Paul D. Brannan ~ Mantorville

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Brannan, Paul

Paul David Brannan, 57, of Mantorville, MN passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015, at his home following an acute heart attack. He was born February 11, 1957, in Rochester, MN, the son of Glen and Pauline (Boyum) Brannan.

Paul attended Kasson-Mantorville Schools, class of 1976. He entered the U.S. Army following high school. Upon discharge, he was employed in the construction business for several years, building silos, pole buildings, and doing concrete work.

In recent years, he enjoyed helping out on the Tvedt farm, his brother Mark’s hog farm, and spent a lot of time helping his good friend Larry Hanson at his farm. Paul also enjoyed metal scrapping and recycling. He will always be remembered for his willingness to help others, his good-hearted nature, and hearty laugh.

He was united in marriage on June 10, 1978 to Jurine Peterson. They were later divorced.

Paul is survived by his children, Jodi (Kyle) Larson of Troy, ID and Matt (Nicole) Brannan of Kasson, MN; grandchildren Cole, Hannah and Julia Larson and Viola and Zoey Brannan; mother Pauline (Lowell Tvedt); brothers, Gary (Tracy Stephens), Mark Bruno (Jenny) all of Kasson and Dale (Andrea) of Mantorville; step-brother John (Jodie) Tvedt of rural Byron and step-sister Sarah (Eric) Poole of Byron. Paul leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Paul is also survived by his life partner of 24 years, Laurie Cotten; step-daughters Georgina Logan of Rochester and Jesse Logan of Mantorville, and step-grandchildren, Adrian and Jazmin Hollins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Brannan; paternal grandparents, Miles and Frances Brannan; maternal grandparents, Selmer and Julia Boyum; infant brother and step-grandchild, Alexander Hollins.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, at 1:00 pm at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. There will be no reviewal.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

Blessed be his memory.

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Twila Goodman ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Goodman, Twila

Twila A. Goodman, 86, of Kasson, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Hospital of natural causes. 

Twila was born in Rochester on Dec. 28, 1928, the daughter of John and Helen Nelson. Twila graduated from Byron High School in 1947. She married Charles Edward Goodman of Byron on June 8, 1947. They were married for 64 years and had five children. Twila worked as a telephone operator on the switchboard in Byron. She worked at Erdman’s grocery store in Mantorville. She then went to work at the Dodge County Courthouse for 26 years. Upon her retirement, she enjoyed being president of the TOPS club in Kasson, and was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Her last few years she thoroughly enjoyed her time as secretary at the Sunwood Senior Citizens Center in Kasson, visiting and sharing meals with friends, playing cards and bingo!

She is survived by two sons, John Charles (Lynda) of Mantorville and James Allan (Teresa) of Hayfield; two daughters, Judy Ann Goodman of Byron and Jean Marie Goodman of Byron; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Virgil Nelson of Rochester; and sister, LaVonne Ermeloff of Oronoco.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Goodman; her parents, John and Helen Nelson; son, Joel Edward Goodman; brother, Jarl Nelson; and two sisters, Darlene Strain and Shirley Ann Nelson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Ave. NW in Kasson, with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in rural Rochester. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

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Kary L. Garvey ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Garvey, Kary

Kary Lynn Garvey passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was born January 17, 1966 in Ada, MN to Wendel and Marjorie (Holmen) Corbett.  Kary graduated from Aurora/Hoyt Lakes High School in 1984 and the University of North Dakota in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and bachelor of arts degree in marketing. 

After graduating, she moved to Rochester, MN in December of 1988.  On January 7, 1989, she married Russel Garvey in Grand Forks, ND.
The couple moved to Mantorville, MN in 1993.

Kary worked at IBM as a computer programer and most recently for CTG in the IBM Software support center.

Kary enjoyed hockey, quilting and was very active with all of her children’s activities.

Kary is survived by her husband Russel, daughter Brooke, son Jacob, four brothers: Ken, Brad, Brent and Kevin, father Wendell and step-mother Kaye.

Kary was preceded in death by mother, Marjorie Corbett.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 West Main, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to:  Sisters of St Francis/CASFA, 1001 14th ST NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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Joyce Alberts ~ Mantorville

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Joyce Alberts, 79, of Mantorville passed away Sunday, December 28 at her home.

Joyce was born January 5, 1935 in Minnesota City to Edward and Hazel Stewart.  She graduated from Mantorville High School in 1953.

On September 21, 1953, she married Donald Alberts and moved to a farm north of Mantorville.  Joyce worked as a bookkeeper for various places as well as helped on the farm.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald, three children, Laurie (Scott) Lund of Blaine, Debbie Alberts of Mantorville, and Wayne (Tammy) Alberts also of Mantorville; six grandchildren; eight great-grand children; and two sisters, Janette Felger of Byron and Ann Wilke of Kasson.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ramona Peabody and Hazel Paulsen.

Joyce was strong in her faith and spent many hours volunteering.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, served as a Deaconess, as well as other positions at the church.  Joyce also loved gardening, canning, baking and spending time with grandchildren, friends and family.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11am at the First Congregational Church in Mantorville with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the First Congregational Church of Mantorville.

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Lyle Fiegel ~ Kasson

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

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Lyle Fiegel, 92, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson, Minnesota.

He was born at the family farm southeast of Kasson on September 8, 1922, to Oliver and Vivian (Tucker) Fiegel. Lyle completed country school through the eighth grade and then began farming on the family farm with his father. For many years, they had dairy cattle and hogs along with corn, soybeans, hay, and oats. He sold Funks Seed Corn in the 1940s and 1950s. Later he farmed with his son and grandson. He liked to dance and going to dance halls. Lyle married Alice Johnson of Kasson on June 16, 1944, and was later divorced.

Lyle loved farming and was able to continue farming until he was 85 years old. He moved to Prairie Meadows Senior Living in September 2010. He enjoyed going for rides to see the progress of crops and how the harvest was coming along. He loved looking at farming magazines and talking about farming. He also enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Lyle is survived by his son, Jerry (Coralie) Fiegel of Kasson; daughter, Diane (Charles) Dick of Rochester; sister, Catherine Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; four grandchildren, Julie (Dennis) Mattila of Watertown, Wisconsin; Joseph Fiegel of Kasson; Stephen Dick of Seattle, Washington; Andrew Dick of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; a nephew, John Roberts of Quartz Hill, California; and special friend Sharon Rieken. Lyle is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law George Roberts.

His body was donated to the Mayo Foundation for research and education at his request.

A gathering will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 2, 2015, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Kasson assisted the family with arrangements.

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Bernette Kellar ~ Kasson

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Bernette Kellar was born December 14, 1922 in Kasson to Clarence and Josie Himle. She grew up in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1940.

After high school she was employed at Davidson Loan Company in Minneapolis. In 1947 she returned to Rochester and was employed at Mayo Clinic for 14 years. After that she was employed for many years at the Kasson-Mantorville Telephone Company.

She married Kenneth Kellar on March 2, 1957 at the little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters Alice and Joan. She is survived by her step-daughters Barbara Kellar of Coon Rapids, MN, Kathleen (Buddy) Martinez of Kasson, grandsons Todd (Jeri) Ness and Craig (Victoria) Ness of Kasson, three great grandsons and a great granddaughter, nephews Jim Kisro, John Kisro and nieces Jody Carlson, Jill O’Neill.

In accordance with her request, there will be no reviewal or visitation and her body will be cremated. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

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Virginia Blaine ~ Kasson

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Blaine, Virginia

Virginia M. Blaine, 92, of Kasson, passed away at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Virginia M. Hegna was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Sargeant. She married Clark Blaine on June 1, 1940, in Osage, Iowa. Mr Blaine died in 2003. Virginia was active in the Boston Cafe, Ranch Motel and Horizon Construction until retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson since 1946.

Virginia loved reading, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, family genealogy, traveling with her husband and cooking. Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Blaine of Kasson; a son, Carter (Kathy) Blaine of Rochester; one grandson, Jon (Rebecca) Blaine of Kasson; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Nick) DeFrang of Rochester, Carly (Samone Derks) Blaine of Seattle, Wash., and Lindsey (Phil Carlson) Blaine of Rochester; she has four great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Taylor Blaine of Kasson and Charlie and Claire DeFrang of Rochester.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Johnston ~ Hayfield

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Dorothy Ruth Johnston, 89, of Hayfield, MN passed away Sunday, November 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after a short illness.


Dorothy was born June 2, 1925, in Eagle Valley, MN to Ralph and Laura Kirkland. Dorothy married Rhonald Johnston on February 26, 1950. She farmed with her husband in the Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center and Concord areas.


She was employed at Waters Instruments in Rochester and Fold Craft in Kenyon, MN. After retirement, she loved to garden, travel, quilt, paint and go to auto races as well as spend time with family and grandchildren. She was a member of the United Methodist Church altar society, West Concord Legion Auxiliary, Dodge County Legion Auxiliary. She made many quilts for the Ronald McDonald House, area nursing homes and several charities.

She is survived by her children Barb (Tom) Threinen of Mantorville, Rhonda (Dwight) Hvitved of Goodhue and Bonnie Johnston of Lompoc, CA; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Rhonald, her parents, sister, brother and two sons, Charles and Rodney.


Visitation will be Wednesday, November 26 from 9:00-10:30 AM with funeral services following at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church, West Concord, MN with Pastor David Westlake officiating. Burial will take place in the Spring at Concord Cemetery in Old Concord, MN. There will be no reviewal.


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Dorothy Stucky ~ Dodge Center

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Dorothy Elizabeth Stucky passed away November 15, 2014, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

Dorothy Elizabeth Ford was born on April 23, 1917 in Chicago, Ill. She moved with her family to Pasadena, California when she was five years old. She attended school there, taking up cosmetology after high school.

She married Haven (Kap) Stucky in 1941. They farmed in Milton and Mantorville Townships and then, many years ago, moved to rural Dodge Center, MN. Dorothy worked at the Dodge County Courthouse from 1948 to 1985; first as Deputy Clerk of Court, then Deputy Treasurer and finally Treasurer. She was the first woman to hold an elective office in Dodge County. She retired in 1985.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Haven (Kap) and one brother.

At Dorothy’s request, a private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

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Allan N. Johnson ~ Dodge Center

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Allan Norman Johnson, 92, of Dodge Center, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center.

Allan was born May 28, 1922 in Dodge Center, to Henry Louis Johnson and Ethel Minnie (Clark) Johnson.  He married Beth Irene (Woodward) Johnson on September 10, 1941.

Allan was a lover of animals, working his small hobby farm most of his life, giving it up only recently.  Allan had an incredible work ethic, working for many local farmers in the Concord, MN area.  He also worked at the Wasioja Creamery, Wanamingo Cheese Factory, OMC and finally McNeilus Steel where he continued to work until calling it quits in 2009.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great-grandchildren whom he adored.

Allan is survived by his wife, Beth; sons Larry Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Gary (Jeannie) Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; daughter Judy Boyer of Dodge Center, MN; grandchildren, Kate (Faron) Staffon of Dodge Center, MN; Stephanie (Michael) Cappelletti of Cambridge, MA; Jaime (Scot) French of Edina, MN; Michael (Christy) Boyer of Rochester, MN;
Kim Johnson of Dodge Center, MN; Tim (Karlene) Johnson of Mazeppa, MN; and Jim (Heather) Johnson of Wasioja, MN; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Haley Staffon; Maxx and Xander Cappelletti; Avery, Hadley and Cambrie French; Zachary, Sydney, Melanie, Jonathan and Jacob Boyer; Cruz, Cori (Brian) Robinson, Emily and Ally Gunderson; Corbin Johnson, and Dillanjer Johnson.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Douglas Norman Johnson and great-grandson Isaac Boyer.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the Faith Community Church, 305 State Street, West Concord, MN, with Pastor David Breederland officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center, MN.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to them.

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

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