|Alise (Smits Jegeris) Lange|
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Alise (Smits Jegeris) Lange, age 105, Mankato, formerly of Latvia, died on January 30, 2014 at Laurels Peak. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation 12:00 noon prior to the service. Private burial at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials preferred to Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of Minneapolis/St. Paul or Summit Center/VINE in Mankato.
Alise was born November 12, 1908 to Janis & Klara (Latsons) Smits in Latvia, married to Karlis Jegeris in 1933, who died in 1941. In 1944 Alise, her mother, and her children moved to Germany, and in 1949 to the United States. In 1951 Alise married Martins Lange in Springfield, MN and moved to Mankato. She worked at Madsen’s Super Valu, Fred Lutz’s 7-Up Company, and taught German at MSU, Mankato until her retirement in 1975. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and writing letters, especially to former students in Latvia. Alise remained a positive person in spite of all the adversity she had to endure.
Alise was a member of the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Latvian sorority “Varaviksne”, Latvian Assoc. in America, MSU Faculty Emeriti, YWCA – Business and Professional Women’s Club, Summit Center, and the Retired Educators Assoc. in Minnesota.
Preceded in death by her husbands, parents; brothers, Edgars and Hermanis, son-in-law Jerry J. Dittrich. Survived by daughter Anita Dittrich of Mankato; son Maris Jegeris (Betty/died three days after Alise) of Lead, SD; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; cousins and nieces in Latvia.
|Myrtle "Myrt" Bateman|
||Myrtle “Myrt” Bateman, 93, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Monarch Meadows Assisted Living in North Mankato, MN. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato with visitation one hour prior to the service. Private family burial will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.|
Myrt was born in Hamburg, Germany on September 11, 1920. She married Glenn Bateman June 25, 1938. They were married 72 years. Myrt was a faithful member of Beauford United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
Myrt is survived by 2 daughters, Donna (Robert) Bidwell of TX, Carolyn Wolfe of NY; 9 grandchildren, Sanda Noy, Sally Chaytor, Tom Bidwell, Susan Carruth, Robert Bidwell Jr., Dana Tufte, Derick Wolfe and Aaron Wolfe; 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn and grandson, Michael. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the Beauford United Methodist Church or donor’s choice.
||Mankato resident, Merlyn Swedberg, 80, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Mankato with Rev. Christopher Conlin, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be donated to Ataxia research. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.|
Merlyn was born October 8, 1933 in Mankato to David and Freida (Toenges) Swedberg. He attended school in Lake Crystal. On April 5, 1957 he married Marie Schroeder in a country church near Blue Earth. He worked at Continental Can for 35 years, retiring in 1988. Merlyn enjoyed bike riding, watching wrestling on TV, going out for coffee, and most of all spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Machinest Union.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; sons, Mark (Sue) of Mankato and Kevin(Colleen) of Savage; grandchildren, Taylor, Jackson and Brianna; brother, Steve Swedberg of Bridgeport, NE; sister, Lois Willaert of Mankato; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Myra and Marlene; brothers, Donald, Clarence, David and Ronald; sister, Elizabeth.
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Joseph “Joe” Tyler Kenning, age 27, of Mankato, died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at his home after a courageous battle with bone cancer. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, February 27, at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service.
Joe was born December 9, 1986 in Mankato, MN to John and Tisha (Peery) Kenning. He graduated from Mankato East High School. He worked at several places including All American Towing, Rodning Trucking, Kristico Trucking, Guentzel Trucking and Dahl Trucking. Joe enjoyed motorcycles, off roading, country music and most of all spending time with his family and spoiling his niece and nephew. He was a member of River Valley Off Roaders.
Joe is survived by his parents, John and Tisha Kenning; grandparents, Judy Peery of Mankato, Bud and Phyllis Kenning of Mankato, brothers Tony and Tim both of Mankato; sister, Anita Kenning of Mankato; niece Danica Kenning, daughter of Anita; nephew, Nicolas Schreurs, son of Tony Kenning; several aunts, uncles and cousins; his beloved pets, Gemini, Sophie, and Nala. He was preceded in death by is great grandparents.
|Robert E. Key|
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Robert “Bob” Key, 85, Mankato, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Hillcrest Health Care Center. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Hilltop United Methodist Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Bob was born March 29, 1928 in Tracy, MN to George & Laura (Snedigar) Key. He served in the United States Air Force from 1946 – 1949. Bob was united in marriage to Audrey Pritchard in Luverne, MN on June 8, 1952. He worked as a High School Music, Math and German Teacher and was also a High School Counselor, Principal, and Superintendent. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, bird watching, and coin collecting. Bob was a member of Hilltop United Methodist Church and was active in the Wood Lake, MN American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey Key of Mankato, MN; daughters, Linda Key ( Sue Mitchell) of White Bear Lake, MN and Alison (Bob) Key-Nelson of Mankato, MN; granddaughter, Hailey Nelson; step grandsons, Rob (daughter Chloe), David (Jennifer and children Dalton, Brodie, Madison), and Roger Nelson, sister, Phyllis Miller of Windom, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents and 10 siblings.
|Dean Victor Lowe|
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Dean Victor Lowe, age 90, died suddenly Feb. 18th, 2014 at his home. Dean was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Peggy (Margaret Nordgren), his son Mark, and his sister JoAnn Fechter. He is survived by his three children, David, Nancy, and Michael, and one grandson, Anthony Michael Jolin. He is also survived by a very close and supportive extended family and many dear friends, including Peggy’s brother, Lee (Donna) Nordgren and Peggy’s sister, Jane (David) Schostag of Mankato.
Dean was born in Algona, IA on Feb. 17th, 1924. He grew up in Mankato where his parents, Victor and Mae Lowe, were small restaurant owners. During WWII, while taking pilot training with the Navy and attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he played football for the Badgers. Later in the war he flew aerial patrol along the West Coast. After his marriage to Peggy in 1947, he graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver, with a degree in Aviation Management. Dean continued in the Navy reserve and flew for many years with the Anti-submarine Helicopter Squadron 812 based out of Minneapolis. He retired from the Naval Reserve as a Commander. A highlight of his later years was going on an Honor Flight of WWII veterans to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.
Dean owned and managed the old Mankato Municipal Airport for 15 years where he had several small planes and was a flight instructor and charter pilot. At age 41, he was employed by Honeymead Products as the Chief Pilot flying their Lear Jet for the first time in and out of the small airport. He flew all over the United States with corporate officers and with such dignitaries as Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey. Later he became the Chief Pilot for Josten’s Inc. and flew out of Owatonna and Minneapolis. He flew another Lear Jet until Josten’s purchased the Westwind Jet Commander which he flew back from Israel. He retired from flying at age 60.
Shortly after retirement Peggy and Dean moved to South Carolina and then to Florida for 12 years. They came back to Mankato in 2003 to be closer to family and long-time friends. During his life Dean was an avid fisherman and an accomplished woodcarver and sailor; he also enjoyed reading, travelling with his wife and socializing with family and friends within his community and on his computer. He loved playing Pfeffer with his buddies and having coffee at the Wagon Wheel with the Bullshippers. Dean and Peggy were active members at Hosanna Lutheran Church.
Dean had a lovely celebration of his 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends three days before his sudden death. By Dean’s request there will be a private family service in the spring. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
All the Lowe kids, David & Becky, Nancy, Michael & Sandra, and Anthony would like to thank everyone in Mankato so very much for making Dean & Peggy’s last years so happy
|David Dennis Hiller|
||Mankato resident, David Hiller, age 67, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at his home. A Celebration of David’s Life will be held from 1-4pm on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Mankato Eagles, 708 N Riverfront Dr. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.|
David was born May 3, 1946 in Faribault, MN to Donald and Mabel (Vollbrecht) Hiller. He married Marsha Wilder on July 29, 1966 in Mankato. He did several things including farming, construction work, over the road trucking, and grain hauling for Grain Commerce. David loved gardening, fishing and spearing with his family and friends. He enjoyed working in the shop and going camping with family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Mabel Hiller of Waterville; wife, Marsha daughter of Howard & Ottolene “Dickie” Wilder of Mankato; sons, Dennis (Anne) of Cleveland, Mike, of Mankato; daughter, Terri Burns of Mankato; grandchildren, Garrett Burns, Riley, Travis, Aidan and Izak Hiller; brothers, Ralph (Elaine) of Owatonna, Jim (Mary) of Waterville, Ron of Madelia, Roger of Bemidj, Curt of Madelia, Alan and Randy both of Waterville; sisters, Darlene Welp of Madelia and Brenda (Bryan) Lillie of Kasota; many nieces and nephews. . He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; brothers, Lyle, Kenny, Gene and Kevin; 2 sisters, Dylane and Carol McCollum; niece, Sonya Welp.
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LaVonne Modlin, 93, Mankato, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Cottagewood Senior Living in Mankato. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Presbyterian Cemetery, Iona, MN at a later date. Woodland Hills Funeral Home, Mankato, is handling the arrangements.
LaVonne was born September 27, 1920 to Arthur and Anna (Basche) Erickson at Iona, Minnesota. She grew up there and attended Country School District #61 and graduated from St. Columba High School in 1938. She was united in marriage to Herbert Modlin on November 11, 1941, at the Iona Presbyterian Church. Together they farmed at Luverne, Fulda, and Wirock, Minnesota. In 1978 they left the farm, retired, and moved to Slayton.
LaVonne was very active in the Iona, Fulda, and Slayton Presbyterian Churches, especially in the Woman’s Association and Circle. She was also a Youth Group Leader and Teacher in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Release-Time. She was a member of the Bondin Improvement Extension Club and named Homemaker of the Year in 1969. She served as a volunteer under the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) and spent 12 years volunteering at the Murray County Developmental Achievement Center (D.A.C.).
LaVonne led a long life full of love and laughter which revolved around her family and faith. She filled her leisure time with camping, fishing, playing cards, crocheting, embroidering, baking and having friends in for coffee and conversation.
She is survived by daughter: Sharon Nelson, of Richfield; son: Dennis (Carolann) Modlin, of Colorado Springs; and daughter: Donna (Jim) Homan, of Mankato; four grandchildren: Holly (Chris) Cox, Tanya Nelson, Rev. Melanie (Brennon) Homan Schaefer, and Jamie (Todd) Anthony; and four great-grandchildren: Rylee and Dylan Schaefer, and Cullen and Elin Anthony.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert, her parents and two brothers.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Cottagewood Senior Living for their outstanding care for LaVonne during her last three years.
|Herbert Charles Gilman|
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Herbert C. Gilman, age 89, of Mankato, died Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care center. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Rev. Dan Horn will be officiating. Visitation will be that day, one hour before services.
Herb was born May 6, 1924 in Granada, MN to Edward and Emma (Mortensen) Gilman. He drove truck and was also a service repairman. In his spare time Herb enjoyed bowling, model airplanes and was a fan of the Twins.
He is survived by one sister in-law and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; nine, brothers and sisters.
|Bernard "Bernie" Regenscheid|
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Madison Lake resident, Bernard “Bernie” Regenscheid, age 77, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at his home. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 10, at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the church and will continue one hour before services on Monday. Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato is handling arrangements. Memorials are preferred to All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake.
Bernie was born July 8, 1936 in Cleveland, MN to Joseph and Esther (Harty) Regenscheid. He graduated from Cleveland High School and after serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended night school at Mankato State for 10 years, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Accounting. On February 23, 1957 he married Patricia McClane in Mankato. He was a highway engineer for Blue Earth County Highway Department for 44 years and, among other things, helped build the Rapidan Bridge.
Bernie had a very strong faith in the Lord and was an unselfish, very generous person. He always made sure that his family was safe and well taken care of. He enjoyed reading, working outside, fixing cars, dancing, playing cards, watching sports, and every year attending the Minnesota State Fair. He especially loved spending time with his family at the lake.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Jim (Doris) Regenscheid of Mankato, Mike (Julie) Regenscheid of Lino Lakes, MN; daughters, Ann Regenscheid of Minneapolis, Ellen (Russell) Brunz of Mankato, Nancy (Bill) Shay of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Kent Regenscheid, Tyler Regenscheid, Jeremy Regenscheid, Tom (Kaycee) Mead, Kristin Mead and Bryant Brunz; great grandson, Camron Sanders; brother, Andrew (Mary) Regenscheid of Montgomery, MN; cousin, Betty (Denis) Schmeig of Chanhassen, MN; aunt, Anna Harty; sister-in-law, Audrey Stifter of Farmington, MN; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joe.
|Armin C. Waknitz|
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Armin C. Waknitz, 92, of Mankato, died peacefully at Autumn Grace on Tuesday, February 4th, after an extended struggle with Alzheimer’s.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home with Dawn Carder officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Woodland Hills Funeral Home.
Armin the son of August and Emma (Radtke) Waknitz, was born on January 4th, 1922 in Vivian Township, Waseca County, Minnesota. He attended rural country school and graduated from Waldorf High School in 1940.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 – 1946
On June 2nd, 1951 he married Audrey O. Forrey in Kansas. After living in various locations they moved back to Mankato.
Armin’s career began with a national construction company. From there he went to Sherwin Williams and his final employment was with Occidental Engineering in both a national and international capacity as Office and Project Manager.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Audrey of Mankato, daughters, Cindy Ullrich of Apple Valley, and Sandy (Randy) Axzen of Mankato; grandson Ryan (Janelle) Schmidt of San Diego, Ca; his siblings, Verona (Mayme) Dick of Waterville, NY, Ted (Audrey J.) Waknitz of Mankato, Dorothy (Dale) Baldwin of Albert Lea, Phillip (Ginny) Radtke of Bloomington; his sisters-in-law, Doris Waknitz of Waldorf and Fran Waknitz of Grimes, Iowa and by many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, brothers Myron “Mike” Waknitz, Ben Waknitz and James in infancy, brother-in-law, Herb Dick Sr.
Armin’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Autumn Grace for the wonderful care given to Armin during the time he was there.
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Bernard “Bernie” Miller, age 75, of Mankato, died Friday, January 31, 2014 at home. Private family services will be held at a later date. Bernie was born November 13, 1938 in Mankato to Asa and Lorreta ( Nenow ) Miller. He married Patricia Jo Campbell. Bernie worked his entire career in the construction industry. He enjoyed car and truck restoration. Bernie is survived by sons, Matt (Sheri) Miller of Cannon Falls and Phillip Miller of Mankato; daughters, Tina (Jamie Hale) Miller and Tonja Miller both of Franklin; grandchildren, Jake Karstens, Clayton Miller and Brianna Miller; sister, Judy (Ray) Funk of Mankato. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and 5 brothers. Woodland Hills Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.