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Maynard Swanson ~ Kasson

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Maynard Dean Swanson, 49, of rural Kasson passed away December 28, 2011. He was born November 22, 1962, to Gerald and Wanita (Olson) Swanson in Rochester, MN. On March 30, 1981, he married Dawn Boyum at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, MN.

He worked in construction at Swenke Company for many years. He then became partners in S & S Auto Salvage of Hayfield, MN, with his brother, Bernie. Maynard loved racing, fishing, working and most of all his grandson, Brody.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn of Rural Kasson; son, Bobby of Kasson; daughters, Karina Swanson of Kasson and Danielle (Keith Erickson) of Millville, MN; grandson, Brody Swanson; brothers, Don (Deb) Swanson, Bernie (Tammy) Swanson, Jeff (Amy) Swanson, and Scott (Alisia) Swanson; sister, Lori Stenhoven; step-father, Wally Emholtz and many nieces and nephews. Maynard was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Kasson, MN on Monday, January 2 from 3:00-8:00 pm. There will be no reviewal or funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to The American Heart Association.

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Wilfred Riedel ~ Kasson

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Wilfred Allen Riedel, 92, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2011 at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, MN. He was born July 25, 1919 to William and Rachel Riedel of Dodge Center. He served in the US Army from 1941-1945.

While on furlow from the Army in 1944, he married Verna Linderberger. They divorced in 1947. They had one daughter, Diane Riedel of Indianapolis, IN. Wilfred married Carmen Miller in 1947. They were married for 53 years. They had 3 children; Rick Riedel of Kasson, MN, Dale Miller of Texas and Mary Ann Miller. Wilfred and Carmen lived in the Kasson-Mantorville area their entire lives. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Wilfred was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen, in 2000; daughter, Mary Ann, in 1985; his parents, and four brothers.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN. Military graveside services will be performed by members of the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.

Memorials are preferred to Fairview Care Center, 702 – 10th Ave NW, Dodge Center, MN 55927.

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Charles E. Goodman ~ Byron, MN

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Charles (Chuck) Edward Goodman, 86, of Byron passed away on November 29, 2011 at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Rochester, MN of natural causes. Chuck was born June 22, 1925 to John and Viola (Albee) Goodman in Olmsted County. He moved to Byron in 1928.

He was a World War II Veteran. He farmed for 40 years in Byron. Chuck retired from farming and then was custodian at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson until he retired in 1992. He enjoyed deer hunting and woodworking.

On June 8, 1947, Chuck married Twila A. Nelson at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Twila; his two sons, John Charles (Lynda) of Mantorville and James Allan (Teresa) of Hayfield; 2 daughters, Judy Ann Goodman of Byron and Jean Marie Goodman of Byron; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 7 great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joel Edward Goodman; 2 sisters, Doris (Lawrence) O’Brien and Amy (Lester) O’Brien.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 5, 2011, at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301-8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Marie A. K. Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery, rural Rochester. Graveside services will be conducted by members of the Mantorville VFW and the Kasson American Legion.

Visitation will be at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Kasson, on Sunday, December 4, 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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James H. “Barney” Strain ~ 1923-2011

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

James H. “Barney” Strain, 88, died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, Minnesota. A memorial service celebrating Barney’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 21, 2011, at The United Methodist Church, 501-First Ave NW, Byron, MN, with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

Barney was born August 11, 1923 in Kalmar Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota to Allen and Leona (O’Brien) Strain. On September 26, 1943, he married June McKay. He farmed and milked Guernsey cattle all of his life in Kalmar Township. Barney was a clerk in Kalmar Township for 30 years, a member of the Zumbro Valley Grange, and a long time 4-H leader.

He is survived by sons, Allen (Nancy) of Phillips, WI, Dean (Vicki) of Racine, MN, and Dallas (Brenda) of Rochester, MN; brothers, Jerry (Lorraine) of Gillman City, MO, Rollo (Betty) of Byron, MN, and Tom (Mary Jo) of Millville, MN; sisters, Marcella Bale, Rosemary Lutzi, Alyce Deyoung, all of Rochester, MN and Pat (Chuck) Molde of Rock Dell, MN; 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Barney was preceded in death by his wife, June, and two brothers and one sister.

The family wishes to express special thanks to all of the wonderful staff at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center. Memorials are preferred to The United Methodist Church of Byron, Fairview Care Center or Seasons Hospice.

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Baby Boy Christiansen ~ Kasson

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Funeral services for the infant son of Shannon and Lori Christiansen will be Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the church service.

Burial will be at North Shellrock Cemetery, in rural Northwood, Iowa.

Born on November 13, 2011, their baby boy lived for only a brief time. Memorials are preferred to the March of Dimes.

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Linda Nelson ~ 61

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Linda S. Nelson was born October 6, 1950 in Eldora, Iowa, to Ervin and Adeline Rohlfsen. Linda was born and raised in rural Eldora and graduated from Eldora Community Schools in 1969. Linda trained as a CNA at Marshalltown Nursing College in 1970. She worked as a CNA for 5 years. Second jobs included bookkeeper, secretary, waitress and sales associate.

She met, fell in love with and married Gary Nelson on July 26, 1975 at Bethel Grove Church in rural Liscomb, Iowa. Gary and Linda set up house around Marshalltown, Iowa for two years and moved to Kasson, Minnesota with Gary’s job in 1977 as he worked his way to foreman for Morton Buildings; retiring in September 2011 after 41 years of employment.

Gary and Linda were blessed with the birth of their one and only beloved daughter, Cassandra Sue on February 14, 1987. Gary and Linda, with Cassandra, have now called Kasson, Minnesota home for 34 years.

Linda passed away November 7, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota from multiple complications of blood clots.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and one brother. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years; her loving daughter, Cassandra; her youngest brother, George (Cheryl) Rohlfsen of rural Steamboat Rock, Iowa; nieces, Amy (Jeff) Muller and their son, Weston of Webster City, Iowa, Julie Rohlfsen of St. Paul, Minnesota and Nichole Rohlfsen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also leaves behind many good and long-time neighbors and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 11, 2011, at The United Methodist Church, 801 – 5th Avenue NW, Kasson, Minnesota, with Pastor Karen Seavey, officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Mary Jane Kehoe ~ Kasson

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Mary Jane Kehoe passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2011, at the age of 88. Jane had been a resident of Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center since 2010.

Jane was born November 28, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. After her marriage to Keith Billeter, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky where she was a bookkeeper and later a homemaker. Keith and Jane raised two children. After the death of Keith, Jane married Robert Kehoe, and they resided in St. Charles, Illinois. Following Robert’s death, Jane move to Kasson to be by her daughters.

Survivors include daughters, Marcie Bordelon and Mary Ann Billeter; grandchildren, Bridget Bordelon, Brian Bordelon, both of Kasson, Minnesota, Gretchen (Alan) Morrison of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Heather (Brian) Frich of Maplewood, Minnesota; great-grandsons, Westley Morrison, Josiah Morrison, Mathew Frich, and Gabriel Frich; and a great-granddaughter, Malloree Frich.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson. She was known for her sense of humor, loving spirit and zest for life. Her greatest treasure was her family.

Jane gave many hours of volunteer service to Meals on Wheels, K-M Elementary School, Kasson Library and as a “pink lady” at various hospitals over the years.

A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Mary Jane Kehoe will be at 11:00 am, Monday, November 7 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN, with Father Paul Surprenant officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, November 7, just prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa.

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Margaret Cowles Thompson ~ Mantorville

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Margaret Cowles Thompson, 96, passed away at Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center, MN on October 14, 2011.

Born on March 16, 1915 near Fairview, Montana, she was one of four children of Harry and Gladys Cowles. When she was young, the family moved back to West Concord where she grew up helping on the family farm and with the milk route. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1933; then went to the Minnesota School of Business. Upon graduation, she worked as an executive secretary at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 1938, she married William David Thompson. They lived in Rochester until moving to Mantorville in 1944 where they raised their family. She worked for Dodge County and Stussy Construction. She also accompanied her father when he sang at many functions.

She is survived by four sons and two daughters; Walter (Meg) Thompson of Boulder, CO, David (Phyllis) Thompson of Kasson, MN, Robert E. Thompson of West Concord, MN, Steven (Peggy) Thompson of Dodge Center, MN, Jeannine (Allen) George of Morgan Hill, CA and Wendy (Gene) DeBusk of Brainerd, MN; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 2 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and one brother.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 20, at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Concord Cemetery, Old Concord, MN.

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Jacqueline Carranza ~ Kasson

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Jacqueline Carranza, 11, of Kasson, Minnesota died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday, October 10, 2011, after battling leukemia for 15 months.

Jackie is the daughter of Salvador and Carmen Carranza of Kasson. Jackie was born June 15, 2000 in Rochester, Minnesota. She attended the Kasson-Mantorville schools.

Jackie had a big heart full of love and strength for all whose lives she touched. She was fun-loving and kind-hearted. She loved to be with her friends and loved ones. Riding bike and playing basketball were some of her favorite past-times.

Jackie was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather and her maternal grandfather. She is survived by her father and mother, Salvador and Carmen; her four brothers, Salvador (Andrea Weis-) Carranza and their sons Gabriel and Fabian, Hugo (Elizabeth Vazquez-) Carranza and their daughter Xanary, and Omar Carranza and Miguel Carranza.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 North Mantorville Avenue, Kasson, MN 55944 with Fr. Will Thompson of St. John’s Catholic Church, Dodge Center, MN officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN.

Memorials are preferred to Eastwood Bank where a memorial fund has been established in Jackie’s name.

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Alice G. Hanson ~ Kasson

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The funeral for Alice Grace Hanson will be at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 304 – 4th Street NW, Kasson, with Pastor Dale Phelps officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Mrs. Hanson of Hayfield, formerly of Kasson, died on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Field Crest Care Center where she had been a resident for nine years.

She was born June 11, 1918 in Goodhue County to George and Anna (Eastlee) Skogen. After high school graduation, she attended Mankato Business College and later worked for Dr. Logan in Rochester as their family cook. She married Richard L. Hanson on April 27, 1940. They worked on Mayowood Farms in rural Rochester until 1946, then farmed in rural Mantorville until 1976 when they moved into Kasson. Alice loved to read books, sew for her children when they were growing up and for her grandchildren. She made special birthday cakes for her grandchildren. She loved birds and enjoyed watching them and knew the songs of many birds. Her passion was cooking and she was an outstanding cook. She enjoyed cooking for her family and others.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly A. Hanson of Brooklyn Center, MN and Shirley R. (Duane) Horning of Mantorville; four grandchildren, Dale (Bobbie) Horning of Ostrander, Randy Horning of Forest, Virginia, Mark Horning of Mantorville and Ruth Ann (John) Cyphers of Mantorville; six great-grandchildren, Travis Horning of Rochester, Trent (Brandice) Horning of Rochester, Mandy and Marissa Horning of Ostrander, Mariah and Elijah Cyphers of Mantorville; and her sister, Sybel Haugen of Kasson. She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Evelyn, Norma, Ethel and brother Gerald.

Friends may call one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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