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Mary McKean ~ Mantorville

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Mary M. McKean, 92, formerly of Mantorville, MN, passed away December 20, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Mary was born April 21, 1919 to Albert and Grace Buro. She was a life-long resident of Mantorville until her relocation to the St. Charles Assisted Living Center in 2007 to be closer to her son, Brad. The staff and residents loved her at the Center, where she enjoyed her new friends and the wonderful environment.

In 1940, Mary married Ronald McKean. They initially lived in one room of the “Stevens” house. Ronald was working at the local cheese factory at that time. They lived for a short time in Old Town and then moved back to Mantorville. Ronald then opened an insurance agency in their home on main street. Ronald died following a heart attack on Memorial Day, 1960, leaving behind sons Brad (18 months) and Steve (17 years).

Friends and family remember Mary as having many friends. A pot of coffee was put on in the morning at the McKean house and the door was always open for anyone to stop by for a cup and a chat. Mary was a hard worker, whose outgoing personality and fiery spirit were matched by the “twinkle” in her eye. She was incredibly strong, had lived through a lot and remained filled with generosity for others.

Mary worked at the Hubbell House for many years; first in the early morning preparing the dining rooms for the day, then taking reservations, and eventually as a hostess.

When son, Steve relocated to New Zealand in 1971, Mary visited him six times. New Zealand became her second home, as she made many friends in Auckland and New Plymouth. She was a long-time member of the Eastern Star, serving as secretary for many years. She was also a life-long member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville. In addition, she worked each year helping with Marigold Days and served as an election official.

Survivors include sons, Brad of St. Charles and Steve (Rachel) of New Plymouth, New Zealand; and three grandchildren, Cole (Krista) McKean of Rochester, MN, Kayla (Dustin) Thompson of Rochester, MN and Naomi McKean of San Francisco, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald, two brothers and her parents.

Memorials are preferred to The First Congregational Church, Mantorville, MN.

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George E. Schuck ~ Kasson

Friday, June 8th, 2012

George E. Schuck, 75, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born on February 14, 1937, in rural Mantorville and graduated from K-M High School in 1955. George served in the US Army for two years in Germany.

On December 21, 1962, he married Vera M. Helmbrecht. They lived in rural Dodge Center for many years; moving to Kasson in 2004. George worked for Culligan in Kasson for 40 years. He was a member of Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church and the Kasson American Legion.

George is survived by his wife, Vera; brother, Blair (Sarah) Schuck of Hager City, WI; sister, Frances (Ernest) Rosener of Red Wing, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bill Schuck.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:00 am at Pleasant Corners United Methodist Church, 21927 – 650th Street, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. A visitation with family and friends will be Sunday, June 10 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Seasons Hospice, The American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Lyle S. Severson ~ Rural Kasson

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Lyle Stewart Severson, 77, of rural Kasson died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at his home after a six year illness with multiple cancers and emphysema.

Lyle was born August 4, 1934 to Oscar A. and Irene M. Severson at home on his family farm near Oslo (Hayfield), MN. He attended Hayfield High School. He joined the U.S. Army in February, 1954 thru February, 1956 stationed in Riverside, California.

He married Judith Ann Fryer on May 18, 1958 at the Congregational Church in Mantorville, MN. Lyle and Judy had one son, Jay Michael Severson.

Lyle worked at IBM for nearly 5 years. He built their home in rural Kasson; moving in July, 1961 and they still live there today.

Lyle’s passion was trucking and he bought his first semi in 1962. He started Severson Transport in 1969, which he dissolved in 1992 to retire, but he kept one semi and leased to Wilson Refrigerated (now Lawrence) for 13 more years until his health required him to give up trucking in November, 2008 and his PURPLE TRUCK that everyone knew. Lyle also enjoyed restoring tractors and was a good mechanic. He loved taking care of his huge lawn. He enjoyed spending some time in Florida each winter with many friends. He loved the coffee crowd and the breakfast club.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; one son, Jay M. Severson and his wife, Christine; one niece, Tamara (David) Johnson and their children and grandchildren; two special brothers-in-law, John (Ligia) Fryer and Robert (Nancy) Fryer and many nieces and nephews and their children and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Joan (Donald/Toby) Phelps.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 16, at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road, Byron, MN, with Rev. Steve Rheingans officiating. Friends and family may visit from 5:00-7:30 pm at the Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, May 15 and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to Christ Lutheran Church in Byron, Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, The Dodge Center/KM Volunteer Ambulance Service, The Kasson American Legion or Mayo Hospice.

Blessed be his memory.

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Rachel D. Ehmke ~ Mantorville

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Rachel Dee Ehmke, age 13, of Mantorville, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN.

Rachel was born on July 14, 1998 in Rochester to Rick and Mary (Tollefson) Ehmke. She lived in Mantorville and attended school at Kasson-Mantorville. Rachel was currently in the 7th grade.

Rachel was baptized at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kasson and attended church and Sunday School there.

Rachel loved sports, was involved in volleyball and basketball and in past years had enjoyed playing soccer. Rachel enjoyed being creative and usually had some artwork next to her or in her hands that she was designing. She loved the outdoors and could often be fround exploring the woods and the pond, trying to catch tadpoles or making a safe haven for the ants. When not on foot, one of Rachel’s favorite things to do was to take the cart for a ride in the woods and spend hours driving around with her friends…and then making her stop at Grandma Dee’s house for candy and the hot tub.

Rachel loved the water and spent many summer weeks with her family on Lake Kabetogama. She enjoyed swimming and tubing and hanging out with friends. She loved sitting around the campfire and watching scary movies. She was always listening to music and enjoyed reading books. Rachel also enjoyed the winter snow and spent her time sledding and snowmobiling. She loved hanging out with her dog Max and made sure he never went hungry by giving him half her meal most of the time. Rachel also spent some of her time working for her Mom at KMTelecom.

Rachel had a beautiful smile and a precocious spark in her big brown eyes. She was shy to those she didn’t know and outgoing, kind and funny to those who knew her best.

Rachel is survived by her parents, Rick and Mary Ehmke; brothers, Jonathan at home and Derek (Ashley) Ehmke of Rochester; sister, Brittany Ehmke (Zeb Henaman) of Austin; grandparents, Jon & Dee Tollefson of Mantorville and Sharon Ehmke of Waltham; aunts, Beth Tollefson of Mantorville and Lisa Musolf of Waltham; uncles, Jeff Ehmke, Mike (Michelle) Ehmke, both of Waltham, and Paul Tollefson of Tacoma, Washington; nephews Gabe Henaman of Austin and Braxton Ehmke of Rochester and niece, Alivja Henaman of Austin. Also surviving are Rachel’s bonus mom’s, Julie Buck and Diane Uehling, both of Mantorville. Rachel is also survived by best friend, Faith Briggs, along with numerous cousins and an abundance of friends.

She was preceded in death by her Grandfather, Leonard Ehmke.

Visitation with friends and family will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 4:00-7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 4 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Fr. Colin Maltbie of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kasson, presiding.

Memorials to the family will be used to set up a fund to be used towards the prevention of bullying.

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Henry A. Schleeter, Jr. ~ Mantorville

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

A memorial service for Henry A. Schleeter, Jr. will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 16, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson, with Pastor Brian Egelston of the First Congregational Church of Mantorville officiating. A private family interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.

Henry Schleeter, 82, died peacefully at home on April 11, 2012. He was born December 1, 1929 in Mantorville, Minnesota to Henry and Edna (Blatti) Schleeter. On April 28, 1956, he married Sally Pauline Sindelar in New Prague, MN.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Following his military service, he attended Dunwoody Technical Institute and thereafter pursued a long and successful career painting and interior decorating. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Mantorville for many years. He was also a Past Master of Mantorville Masonic Lodge 11.

Henry is survived by his wife, Sally; five children, Susan (Dr. E. Rolland) Dickson, Linda (Douglas) Schmidt, Sandra (Steve) DuBois, Wendy Schleeter and Bruce (Vicky Keller) Schleeter; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one sister, Betty (Charles) Syverson. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Hospice.

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Marie H. Wirth ~ Dodge Center

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Marie Helene Wirth, 85, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Country Oak Home Care in Rural Dodge Center. Marie was born in Dodge Center on August 10, 1926 to Frank and Lillian (Nelson) Wirth. In 1944, she graduated from West Concord High School.

Marie lived and worked in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. She worked for St. Paul Fire Insurance Company and the Teachers’ Retirement Association until retiring in the 1990’s. In 2009, she moved back to the Dodge Center area.

Marie was an active volunteer, avid seamstress and liked to travel to see her family.

She is survived by sister, Annette Esther Kidwell of Sun City, AZ; sister-in-law, Marlene Wirth of Kasson; nephews, Mark (Valerie) Haaland and Chris Haaland of San Jose, CA, and Jeff (Lisa) Wirth of Dodge Center; nieces, Tina (Steve) Longstaff of Minneapolis, Sue (Jim) Robinson of Kasson and Patricia Wirth-Cox of Mount Shasta, CA; great-nephews, Tyler, Thor, and Wyatt; great-nieces, Kari, Caryn, Rachael and Andrea; and great-great niece and nephew, Chase and Rylee.

Marie was preceded in death by sisters, Alberta (Bea) Haaland and Jenny Lou Gilligan and brother, Franklin (Bud) Wirth.

A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center at a later date.

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Milferd L. Kyllo ~ Kasson, Minnesota

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Milferd LeMarr Kyllo, 77, was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Milferd was born April 9, 1934 in Byron, MN to Justin and Lillian Kyllo. On July 16, 1960, he married Joan Smith. He served in the U.S. Navy. Milferd was an active member of the Southern Honkers, Rochester Roamers and The Wandering Sams. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.

Milferd is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Mark (Amelia) of Plymouth, MN; daughter, Dawn of Kasson, MN; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be held at the Community Celebration Church, 27401 Co. Hwy 34, Kasson, MN on Tuesday, April 10, from 1:00-2:00 pm. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with Pastor Steve Larson officiating A luncheon will follow the service at the Byron Legion.

Milferd will be laid to rest at the South Zumbro Cemetery in a private family ceremony.

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Ollene L. Leutink ~ Pine Island, Minnesota

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Ollene Lavonne (Matthiesen) Leutink died Monday, April 2, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Ollene Lavonne Granle was born April 20, 1924, in Ionia, Iowa to Anton and Elsie Granle. She attended country schools in the Austin, Minnesota area and graduated from Austin High School in 1942.

Ollene married Donnie Matthiesen February 21, 1942. She spent most of the next years raising her family. She went to work at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN, in 1968 after her youngest child went to school. She worked there until 1974. After Don was killed in 1972, she moved to Spring Valley, MN. She met and married Earl Leutink in April of 1974. She opened a craft and hobby shop in 1975. Earl passed away in 1983.

She then moved to Sparta, WI, for one year before moving back to Minnesota where she lived in the Senior Citizen apartments in Mantorville, MN for approximately 11 years where life consisted of family get-togethers, church, card playing and crossword puzzles. From there she moved to Pine Island assisted living in 2007 and then into the nursing home. Ollene truly enjoyed her visits from her many grandchildren and always looked forward to the visits as she was extremely proud of each of them.

Ollene is survived by two sons, David Matthiesen of Mantorville, MN and Dennis (Shelley) Matthiesen of Oronoco, MN; and six daughters, Darlene Carroll of O’Fallon, MO, Delores (Rodney) Wolf of Sparta, WI, Diane Hagan of Mantorville, MN, Dorothy Matthiesen of Fridley, MN, Debra Matthiesen of Zumbrota, MN and Denise Matthiesen of Stewartville, MN. Ollene has 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Gilbertson of Jackson, MN, and step-daughter, Kathy Liebold and numerous step-grandchildren.

Ollene was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, husband, Donnie Matthiesen and second husband, Earl Leutink; two sons, Duane and Dean; son-in-law, Howard Hagan; daughter-in-law, Marge Matthiesen; grandson, Jim Matthiesen and two step-children.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, April 9, at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Burial will be at Lansing Cemetery, Lansing, MN. Friends and family may call from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, April 8, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main in Kasson, MN and one hour before the service on Monday, April 9 at the church.

A light luncheon will be served after the services in the church. Following the luncheon all are welcome to join the family at the cemetery.

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Nel K. Overton ~ Byron, Minnesota

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Nel Overton, 73, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her loving family.

Nel was born October 18, 1938 in Stewartville, Minnesota, the daughter of Peter and Sarah (Benjamin) Zierath. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1957. On May 2, 1958, she was united in marriage to Darrel Overton. The young couple lived in Rochester for 18 years before moving to Byron in 1976 with their three children.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Nel dedicated herself to nurturing and encouraging her family. Her greatest passion was her grandchildren, who kept her and Darrel extremely busy with sports games, concerts, day care and dance team competitions. Her indelible commitment to family will be looked to as an inspiration for years to come.

Nel’s life will continue to be celebrated on earth by her husband, Darrel; her three children, Brian Overton of Kasson, Paula (Brian) Auringer of Mantorville, and Darren (Mary Lynn) Overton of Mantorville; eight grandchildren, Jared, Breanna, Kyle, Bryton, Alyssa, Broc, Abbie and Grant; sister, Julie (Carl) Stocks of Waterloo, Iowa and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. In addition, they shared their home with Brian and Nancy Connelly, close family friends. Nel was preceded in death by her parents, sister Delores Miller and brother Ralph Zierath.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the United Methodist Church, 507-1st Avenue NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.

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Orville G. Amundson ~ Byron, Minnesota

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Orville George Amundson, 89, of Byron, MN died March 25, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. Orville was born February 14, 1923, to George and Ella Amundson on a farm in Salem Township. He farmed on the family farm near Salem for many years before retiring to his home in Byron. He enjoyed gardening and dancing.

Orville is survived by his sisters, Amanda Larsen of Byron and Eleanor Staplekamp of Kasson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:00 am at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 6200 Cty Rd 3 SW, Byron, MN with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the East St. Olaf Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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