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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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Loren E. Engelhardt ~ Kasson

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Loren Eugene Engelhardt passed away on May 10, 2013 at the age of 65.

Loren was preceded in death by Roy and Alma Engelhardt, parents; Dorothy Born, Lucille Hoy and LeRoy Engelhardt, siblings.

Loren is survived by his loving wife, Judy Ann Engelhardt, of 41 years. They were married in Byron, MN on July 17, 1971.

Loren is lovingly remembered by his children: Angela Engelhardt of Eagan, MN; Christina Pristash with husband John Pristash and grandchildren Isaac, Nora, and Aidan Pristash of Eyota, MN; siblings and their families, Donna (Richard) Johnson, Elaine (Don) Dvorak, Lyle (Rosie) Engelhardt, Sharyl (Dallas) Herrick, Lorinda (Mike) Schiek and many other relatives and friends.

Loren was born in Waseca, MN on July 25, 1947. He graduated from Hayfield High School in 1965. He went on to earn a Certificate of Cosmetology and Salon License from Austin Technical School. He worked as a cosmetologist for 40+ years at his beauty shop, Capri Beauty Shop, in Byron, MN.

Loren enjoyed playing golf, playing cards, shooting the breeze over a cup of coffee, and spending most of his time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN.

The funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery with military honors presented by the Byron American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Byron American Legion.

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Vivian C. Vrieze ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Vrieze, Vivian C

The celebration of life for Vivian Vrieze will be held at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, Minnesota on Friday, April 26 at 11:00 AM. There will be an opportunity to visit the family one hour before the funeral. There will be no reviewal. The burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery following the service.

Vivian Carol Vrieze, 72, peacefully passed away at her home in Mantorville from natural causes on Monday, April 22, 2013. She was born on February 18, 1941 to Harold and Ferne (Robertson) Baker. On December 23, 1966 she married Roger Allen Vrieze in Mantorville. They were blessed with four children. She worked at Mayo Clinic, IBM and spent most of her career in the Treasurer’s office at the Dodge County Courthouse.

Vivian was an artist at heart and an avid bowler. She loved to travel with her family and friends. Vivian and Roger enjoyed gardening and spending time at the lake.

She is survived by her husband Roger, four children Sheri (Craig) Allen of Owatonna, Martha (Joel) Vrieze-Morrison of Austin, MN, Marie Vrieze-Burton of Lake Charles, LA, and son Todd (Carrie) Vrieze of Mantorville; five grandchildren, R.T.,Nathan, Sean, Katelyn and Ellynn; sister Sharon (Terry) Ronning and niece Molly Jo.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later as they wish.

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Alice L. Crom ~ Pine Island

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Crom, Alice

Alice Lucile Crom, 103, died peacefully at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island on April 11, 2013.

Alice was born in Villard, Minnesota, on November 11, 1909 to Sandy & Lucy Simpson. She graduated from Sauk Centre, Minnesota. At The age of 18, she moved with her family to Byron, MN, where they ran the family farm.

She married Orrie E. Crom in Mason City, Iowa, on October 26, 1940. They farmed in Salem Corners. In 1953, they moved to Pine Island where Orrie passed away on January 30, 1963. Alice worked at Libby’s in Rochester for 10 years before retiring.

She enjoyed farming with horses, working outside, gardening, garage sales and going to the county fairs.

Alice is survived by one son, Orrie Crom of Pine Island, MN; daughter Della (John) Newell of Pine Island, MN; granddaughters Malissa (Troy) Lindner of Portland, Oregon and Michelle Newell of Phoenix, AZ; grandson Jerry White of Florida and several other grandchildren; one very special great-granddaughter Sabina Lindner who she called “the little one”, her special angel; and several other great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Orrie Crom, daughter Jessie White; son-in-law Courtney White; sisters Lizzie Wikle and Jessie Day and one brother who died at age 3.

Funeral services will be held at The Dibble Funeral Chapel, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, MN, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Sharon Nelson of The United Methodist Church of Byron officiating. Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Hamilton Cemetery in Rural Racine, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to MS research.

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