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Beverly Poffenberger ~ Kasson

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The visitation for Beverly Poffenberger will be Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson, MN.   Funeral services will be at the church on Friday, October 31, at 11:00 am.


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Ilean Nereson ~ Dodge Center

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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Ilean J. Nereson, 88 (but would have told you she was “39) of Dodge Center joined her husband Harlan E. Nereson and her daughter Anita (Nita) Nereson in heaven on September 12, 2014 in her home with her granddaughter by her side.


Ilean was born May 17, 1926 to Arthur and Henrietta (Nelson) Hyland in Geneva, Minnesota.  On October 27, 1945 at the Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, she was joined in marriage to Harlan E. Nereson.  Harlan passed away at home on January 21, 1993.


At an early age she became a nurses aid; a job she excelled at and very much fit her compassionate personality.  Ilean’s career consisted of helping her husband at the Rochester Chicken Hatchery, and later on going “on the road” for him when they owned Center Supply in Dodge Center.  She later worked as a “Kelly girl” demonstrating new foods at many Rochester grocery stores.


She was a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir at Faith Lutheran Church.  Ilean was a member of the American Legion for 50 continuous years, Eastern Star, Monday Night Musical, Home Extension Study Group and the Birthday Club.  She loved dancing, cooking, canning, was an excellent mender, enjoyed her “scandal sheets” as she called them, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, working hard and doing for others.


Survivors include special granddaughter Simone Sackett of Dodge Center; grandson Joshua Nereson of Rochester; daughter Rita (Adrean) Fernandez of Forks, Washington; son Harlan A. “Tuzz” (Linda) Nereson of Rochester; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Gordon “Scotty” (Linda) Hyland of LaMirada, California; and sister Shirley Hampel of Plainview, MN.


Mrs. Nereson was preceded in death by her husband Harlan E. Nereson, daughter Anita (Nita) Nereson, her parents, one brother and three sisters.


Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, September 16, from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church.   There will be no reviewal.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 17 at Faith Lutheran Church, 308 2nd St. NW, Dodge Center, MN with Pastor Barbara Streed officiating.  Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Dodge Center, MN.


Blessed be her memory.



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Marion Burdick ~ Kasson

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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Marion Burdick, age 94, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Prairie Meadows in Kasson, MN.

She was born May 15, 1920 to Klaus and Henrietta Alberts, the oldest of eleven children. Marion graduated from Mantorville High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1938. On June 30 of that year, she married Robert Burdick, a classmate. They began dairy farming in the Mantorville area and continued until 1991. After retiring, they continued to live on the farm until 2010.

She was active in community and church activities her entire life. For many years she was Mantorville Township Clerk. She was active as a 4-H leader, coordinated the Dodge County Dairy Princess contest, member of Eastern Star, longtime member of Bethel Birthday Club, Dodge County Homemakers, active in Associated Milk Producers, Inc., and the Presbyterian Women’s Circle in Kasson. Early on she was the clerk of the cheese factory adjacent to the family farm. For many years Marion and Bob square danced with the MC Squares Club in Rochester. In 1999, Marion and Bob were honored as the Grand Marshals of Marigold Days in Mantorville.

Marion is survived by four daughters, Karen (Jerry) Ransford, Nancy Sheppard, Patricia (Bernie) Beaver, Jane (Mark) Erickson and daughter-in-law Lois Burdick. Also surviving her are 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Robert, and her son, John Burdick. She is also survived by five sisters and two brothers.

Marion’s funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 6th Ave. NW, Kasson, MN at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 11 with the visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Clint Patterson will preside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church of Kasson, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center – 200 First Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55905, or the charity of choice.

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Nancy Brannan ~ Kasson

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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Nancy Brannan passed away July 25, 2014 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield at the age of 74 surrounded by her family.   She was born Aug. 26, 1939 to Amos (Pete) and Marion (Hemingway) Kirkland in Mantorville Twp. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1957. Nancy married Cecil Brannan on Oct. 8, 1960 at the Kasson United Methodist Church. They lived in the Kasson area all their married life. Nancy worked in the Olmsted County Welfare office from 1957 until 1963, when she started her family and became a full time homemaker.

Nancy enjoyed getting together with family and friends. She also enjoyed working with her flowers and loved to bake, cook, and watch the birds. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kasson.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Cecil; two sons Michael (Bette) Brannan of Bloomington, MN and Kirk (Gina) Brannan of Rochester, MN; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and one       brother, Larry Kirkland of Byron, MN.      She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Kirkland.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 30th at the United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue N.W. in Kasson, with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.                                                                                                                                                             Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church of Kasson, or a place of your choice.

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Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson ~ Kasson

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Genevieve “Gen” M. Sorenson, 83 of Kasson, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Genevieve May Josselyn was born on March 25, 1931 in Rochester to Lynn and Margaret (Heins) Josselyn. She attended country school and graduated from Rochester High School. On January 6, 1956, Gen married Philip Nelse Sorenson in Rochester. She and Phil met at the PlaMor Ballroom as Phil played trumpet with the Polka Dots Band. Phil died on February 20th, 1981, one month after their 25th wedding anniversary. Gen continued to live in Kasson, retiring from Mayo in 1994. She was a member of Kasson United Methodist Church, Miriam Circle, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, AFS, Faith in Action and Meals on Wheels.

Gen enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, cheering on the Minnesota Twins, playing cards, traveling by ground transportation and her “mission work”. She was the historian for the Heins family for many years. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

Gen is survived by her son Alan (Jodene) Sorenson, Patricia (Randy) Wilbur and Sally (Chuck) Coleman all of Kasson. Her grandchildren Christopher (Aimee) Wilbur of Rochester; Courtney Wilbur of Kasson; Amanda Sorenson of Kasson; Anna Coleman and Amber Coleman of Kasson; great granddaughter, Avaya May of Kasson. She is also survived by brothers and sisters Richard (Dobby) Josselyn, Betty (Harvey) Holtan, Ronald Josselyn, Marlynn (Jerry) Brown, Marjorie Heckman and sister-in-law Margaret Josselyn. Gen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Phil; two brothers: Lowell (Jim) Josselyn and Larry Josselyn and sister-in-law Charlotte Josselyn.

Visitation will be held July 31st, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm and one hour before the service at the Kasson United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held on August 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Kasson United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Xavier officiating. The family prefers memorial to the United Methodist Church.

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Ronald “Ron” D. Jones ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014



Ronald D. Jones, 66, of Mantorville, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.


Ron was born on May 28, 1948, in Liberal, KS, to Fred and Bonnie (Fessler) Jones. He graduated from Liberal High School in 1966 and went on to electronics school in Kansas City, KS. From 1967 to 1971, Ron served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a radio operator, including a year spent in Vietnam. After leaving the military as a staff sergeant, he returned to the Mantorville area and was employed by the local gas company for 6 years and K-M Telecom for 30 years. Before retiring in 2010, Ron worked at Home Depot in Rochester. His retirement was spent doing all of his favorite hobbies. Ron continued to be an amateur ham radio operator making contacts all over the world, spent quiet days flying remote control model airplanes, or could be found in his woodworking shop. In recent years, Ron and Betty, his wife of 28 years, visited Alaska, Arizona, South Dakota, New Zealand, and Australia, sharing their love of travel. They also enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, Brody and Chloe.


Ron is survived by his wife, Betty, of Mantorville; her children, Pam (Dan) Herrley Kucera, of Faribault, and Jeff Herrley, of Dodge Center; grandchildren, Brody and Chloe Kucera, of Faribault; and many friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Avenue NW, in Kasson with Pastor Nirmalla Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

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

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Alice Dorothy Coffman ~ Byron, MN

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Alice Dorothy Coffman, 94, of Byron, MN passed away on July 1, 2014. Alice was born in Byron, MN on June 28, 1920.  Alice was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, crocheting, and bird watching.  She was an active member of the United Methodist Church.


Alice is survived by four daughters:  Joyce Bacon of Rosemount, MN, Charlotte Roble (Roy) of Byron, MN, Rosalie Borgschatz (Bernie) of Byron, MN and Joan Hodge (Jim) of Duluth, MN; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.  Alice was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son Jerry, son-in-law Don, one brother, one sister, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one great-great grandchild.


Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, 507 1st Ave NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Beth Perez officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Byron United Methodist Church or Prairie Meadows Sr. Living, 800 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.

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Harriet L. Anderson ~ Mantorville

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Harriet Lillian Anderson, 91, of Mantorville passed away peacefully Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN where she had been a resident for five weeks.


She was born November 22, 1922 in Claremont to Albert & Christine Krippner.  She married Floyd Anderson on February 14, 1942 in Dodge Center.  Harriet was a devoted mother and housewife.  She was active in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Ladies activities.  She enjoyed spending time with family & friends, garage sales, gardening, sewing, eating out, going for drives and watching the birds and squirrels.


Survivors include four sons,  Dean (Lil) of Henderson, NV, Richard of Rochester, MN, Dale (Susan) of Hayfield, MN and Daniel of Mantorville; one sister, Louise Knippel of Owatonna and two brothers, Earl Krippner of Rochester and Jay (Gerry) Krippner of Cromwell, MN; grandchildren, Craig, Sean Ross, Bradley & Miranda Anderson, Tara Braun, Amy Caron, Kari Vandal and nine great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, in 2004; one brother, George Krampitz; one sister, Dorothy Lybeck and daughter-in-law Patricia Anderson.


A private graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in rural Mantorville with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating.  A visitation for family and friends will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.


Blessed be her memory.

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David L. Elliott ~ Dodge Center, MN & Livingston, Texas

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

A memorial open house for David Lowell Elliott will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN.

David, 84, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Bradford House in Livingston, Texas.

David Lowell Elliott was born February 2, 1930, the son of Minnie and James Elliott. David spent most of his life in the Kasson/Hayfield area, graduating from Kasson High School in 1948. On August 4, 1950, he married Joyce Marlene Fredrickson. Their union produced a son, Craig.

David was a member of the Minnesota Army national Guard and was called to active duty in 1950. He was a member of the Dodge Center American Legion. He worked with his father in the carpentry business until his father’s death. In the early 60’s, he started Elliott Construction focusing on dirt work such as digging basements, farm tiling, and water and sewer projects. He retired in 1992.

He enjoyed working with wood and especially enjoyed his Welsh ponies, raising and training several matched teams of his beautiful sorrel ponies.

David is survived by his son, Craig (Carol) Elliott of LeRoy, MN, his very special friend, Joyce Schmadeke of Livingston, TX, three nieces and three nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Arthur Elliott and his wife, Joyce.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are requested.

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Catherine D. Zeller ~ Kasson

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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Catherine Darlene (aka Cathy) Zeller, age 79, died on Sunday evening, June 22, 2014 at her home in Kasson, Minnesota. She was born on December 22, 1934 to Gilbert and Frances (Salisbury) Steinhaus on a farm in Albany (no longer exists), Sheridan County, Nebraska.

Gilbert was a farm equipment mechanic for Alas Chalmers Co. and when WW II started in 1941, they moved to Ford Ord in Monterey, CA where he worked on tanks. Cathy started school there. After the war ended, Cathy’s family moved to Sacramento, CA where Cathy continued her schooling. Her brother, Donal, was born during this time.

On Labor Day, September 1950, she met Donald Zeller, who was stationed at Fairfield Suisun (now Travis) A.F.B. It was love at first sight for Don and Cathy when they double-dated with a friend of Cathy’s and her date, Robert Hegna from Hayfield, Minnesota. They all went to the State Fair in Sacramento. They dated and were married on April 6, 1952. Don was discharged from the Air Force in July, 1952. Cathy graduated from high school in 1953 and gave birth to a son, Rodney Dee, on August 6, 1953. Don worked for Cathy’s dad for a year before going to Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Milwaukee and Don procured a job at Radio Station WRIT as an engineer. On the first night of his work, April 23, 1955, Cathy gave birth to a baby girl, named Carol Lynn. The radio announcer spread it all over Milwaukee during his broadcast. Later the family returned to California and two more daughters were born; Gale DeAnne on April 29, 1959 and Lori Eileen on December 7, 1961. Cathy and Don resided in California for 43 years and were happily married for 62 years.

By trade, Cathy was a wonderful cook and was promoted to head kitchen supervisor in several institutions — including a college and nursing homes. She was a talented homemaker and enjoyed hobbies such as sewing, knitting and traveling. She had a successful business, “Cathy’s Embroidery”. Cathy eventually moved with her husband, Don, to Kasson, MN where she resided until her death.

Cathy was active in many organizations throughout her life including: former member and avid Sunday School teacher and choir member of the Oak Park Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA; former member of the Supreme Emblem Club of the Elks Lodge, Auburn, CA; member of the Elks Lodge Does Group, Rochester, MN; member of the Kasson American Legion Auxiliary, Kasson, MN; member of the Zwingli United Church of Christ where she participated in Faith Circle, the Berne Guild and the Swissfest, West Concord, MN.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Don, four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brother, Donal Steinhaus, of Security, CO and extended family members in California, Idaho, and Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cathy’s visitation will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Zwingli United Church of Christ, Berne, MN followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Pastor Victor Jortak officiating. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Berne Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Zwingli United Church of Christ or the Berne Cemetery Association, West Concord, MN.

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