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Judith 'Judy' A. Peery
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Mankato- Judith “Judy” A. Peery, age 73, of Mankato, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center. Memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of services the day of the service. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Judy was born January 24, 1941 in Windom, MN to Melvin and Burdetta (Saxton) Larson. After serving in the US Navy, she worked as a nurse. Judy enjoyed sewing, hanging out with her friends at the Wagon Wheel, dancing, bowling, dressing up for Halloween, watching birds out her window and she absolutely loved Elvis.

She is survived by her 5 children; Kelly Ward, Tisha Kenning, Todd Peery, Krista Moser and Kate Schwermann; grandchildren, Leah Wilson, Matt and Molly Ward, Tony, Anita and Tim Kenning, Stevi Schwermann, Jaeger and Rylan Moser, Haydin and Regyn Hanson; great grandchildren, Danica, Nicholas, Griffin, Gabe and Audrey. She is also survived by her beloved pet, Sadie. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Joe Kenning.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Oaklawn Health Care Center.
Robert Duane Thompson
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Robert Duane Thompson, 76, Mankato, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services. Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, MN. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Dale Jaeger, Sr.
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Mankato resident, Dale E. Jaeger, Sr., died Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dale was born September 19, 1933 in Charles City, IA to Lester and Nina (Phillips) Jaeger. He grew up there and graduated from Charles City High School. On June 26, 1956 he married Barbara Temple in Charles City. He worked as assistant manager at Lampert Yards in Janesville, MN and recently as a driver for Mankato Motors. Dale enjoyed wood working, driving cars, RV trips to Arizona, and especially time spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Dale “Skip” (Mary) Jaeger, Jr. of Roseville, MN, Darrin (Nadine) Jaeger of Brookfield, WI; daughters, Debra (Steven) Soley and Denise (Kurt Burdick) Jaeger all of Mankato; grandchildren, Christopher Jaeger, Kathryn (Allen) Green, Michael Jaeger, Daniel Jaeger, Noah Jaeger and Brenna Jaeger; sisters, Karen Oltjenbruns and Diana Engelhardt. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wayne, and sister, June Huxohl.
Cecilia Devens
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Cecilia Elizabeth Devens, age 88, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Luther Memorial Home in Madelia. Private services will be held.

Cecilia was born November 22, 1925 in Wells, MN the daughter of Casimir and Mary (Stenzel) Nowak. She graduated from Wells High School. On June 21, 1947 she married Donald Devens in Wells. Cecilia worked many years as a nursing aid at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato. When she wasn’t working she enjoyed camping and taking care of her family.

She is survived by sons, Ronald “Digger” (Debra Juberian) of Mankato, Jim Devens of Lake Jefferson, Robert (Mary Lynn) Devens of Mankato; daughters, Mary Jane (Tim) Fitcher of Lake Crystal, Julie Devens of Mankato; grandchildren, Shelley, Jeni, Joe, Samantha, Andy and Dan Devens, Jake and Luke Fitcher; great grandchildren, Colin, Aiden, Destinee, Hannah, Brayden, Matthew, and Jason. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Bernice E. Truebenbach
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Bernice E. Truebenbach, 81, Mankato, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Decoria Township. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Decoria Cemetery. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Bernice was born to Emil & Minnie Starke on August 30, 1932 in Nicollet. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Truebenbach on October 24, 1950. Bernice worked at various places as a cook. In her free time she enjoyed camping, bird watching, listening to old time music, and especially being with her family.

Bernice is survived by her sons, Virgil (Janelle) of Mapleton, Richard of Mankato, and Brian (Lori) of Lake Crystal; daughters, Marilyn Hogan of Mankato, Denise (David) Mackrill of Mankato, Eileen (Don) Darling of Nicollet, and Cindy Cihak of Mankato; 21 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; brother, Emil Starke of Hutchinson; and sister, Marlys Peters of Nicollet.

She is preceded in death by her husband, great great granddaughter, parents, son in-law, daughter in-law, two brothers, and three sisters.
Arlene L. Ludtke
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Arlene L. Ludtke, Mankato, died June, 28, 2014 at Autumn Grace. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Monday, July 7, 2014 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mankato with Rev. Paul Lauer officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Arlene was born in Mankato to Ben & Frieda (Darge) Ludtke. She grew up in the Good Thunder area and graduated from Good Thunder High School and later the Minnesota Business College in Minneapolis. She worked as an Administrative Secretary to Personal Administrator of the five Dayton Brothers, Executive Secretary to Advertising Mgr of The Saturday Evening Post, Secretary Supervisor and Assistant to Radio – TV. Time Buyer at Campbell, Mathew Advertising Agency and Secretary to District Sales Manager of Birds Eye Division of General Foods.

She was very interested in music. Arlene sang in Handel’s Messiah at the Minneapolis Auditorium for over ten years under the direction of Weston Noble of Luther College. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Arlene is survived by LaVerne Ludtke of New Hope and preceded in death by her parents and brother, Eldren “Al”
Penny Rae Abdo
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Penny Rae Abdo, 48, of Savage, MN died July 1, 2014 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Penny was born July 21, 1965 in Mankato to Richard and Sharon (Hawker) Abdo. She graduated from St. Clair High School in 1983. She received an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Rasmussen College in Eagan, MN and also a Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Care Management from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis on January 29, 2000. She spent 9 years in Arizona working for several places including, Sun Life Family Health Center in Casa Grande, Select Specialty Hospital in Mesa, Arizona Department of Corrections in Florence, and Arizona Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Chandler. After moving back to Minnesota she worked for Univita in Woodbury and was currently at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Penny loved spending time with family at the lake, fishing, tubing and bonfires. She loved her special time with her nieces and nephews and especially her time with her beloved 4 legged “4-pack”, Rickey, Bobby, Lilly, and Bella.

She is survived by her Mother and step-father, Sharon (Barry) Rome of Waterville; brothers, Ricky Abdo of Burnsville and Randy Abdo of Minnesota Lake; sisters, Tammie Huber of Madelia, Pamela (Scott) Wildes of Savage, and Kris (Troy) Goettl of St. Clair; nieces and nephews, Codi, Garrett and Erika Abdo, Jessica and Adam Huber, Aftyn and Alyza Wildes, Taylor and Jamie Goettl, and special friend Diane Krenke. She was preceded in death by her father, paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, her loving dogs Lucy and Burner.
Alvin K. Stankey
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Alvin Kenneth Stankey, age 83 of Mankato, died peacefully at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato on Friday, June 27, 2014.
Alvin was born on November 1, 1930, in Smiths Mill, MN to Arthur and Selma (Miller) Stankey. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950 – 1954, serving two tours in Korea during the war. On April 26, 1958, he married Lois Elaine Meyer in Courtland, MN. They moved often and finally settled in Mankato, MN. He was self-employed as a restaurant owner and former manager of Koppen Gardens Senior Apartments in North Mankato, MN.
Alvin was previously active as President of the Shawano, WI chapter of Lions Club International; President of Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano, WI; and President of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; children: Michael (Therese), Debra (William) McDonald, Patricia (Gerald) Sabatke, Mark (Patricia) and Pamela (Christopher) Kind; grandchildren: Scott, Christina, Paul (Michael); Megan, Brenna, Christopher (Debra); Andrew, Adam (Patricia); Abigail (Pamela); great-grandchildren: Drew, Noah, Roundy (Andrew); Caitlynn (Brenna); siblings: Carol Stokes, Delmar (Lynda), Donald (Patricia), Dean (Georgia) and Sharon (Kenneth) Worden; sisters-in-law: Lucy Neils and Alyce Stankey; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law: Alfred and Edna Meyer; sisters: Evelyn Herman, Grace Stankey, Helen Kirby and Alice Beatty; brothers: Rueben Stankey and Marvin Stankey; brothers-in-law: Thomas Stokes, Harold Beatty and Roland Neils; sister-in-law: Dawn Stankey.
Visitation will be from 4-6pm on Friday, July 4, 2014 and from 9:30-10:30am on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN. Service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church with Pastor John Petersen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church/School or donor’s choice.

Arlene Ludtke
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Arlene Ludtke, age 86, of Mankato, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Autumn Grace Senior Services in Mankato. Arrangements are pending.
Marva Jean Pearl Shockman
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Marva Jean Pearl Shockman, age 92, of Mankato, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Monarch Meadows Assisted Living in North Mankato. Memorial Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in North Mankato. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service.

Marva Jean Shockman was born November 2, 1921 in Hancock County, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Gerald Shockman on January 2, 1943 in Rochester.

She is survived by her sister, Lola Martin; sister’s in-law, Normie Bredlow and Alice Bredlow; and nephews, Meredith Martin and Ethan Bredlow; along with other relatives and many true friends.

Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; parents, Walter J. & LaVina (Ulrich) Bredlow; two brothers, Ellsworth and Merle; and brother in-law, Charles Martin.
Doris J. Smith
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Doris J. Smith, age 88, of Mankato, died peacefully at Pathstone Living in Mankato on Monday, May 12, 2014. Memorial services will be held June 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. A remembrance will be held following the service at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion.

Doris was born January 19, 1926 to Orville and Edith (Peters) Tucker in Clinton, IL. She attended Kenney High School and later moved to Chicago where she met and married Frank Smith. They had one son, Warren, but were later divorced. She worked many years as a waitress and retired after 21 years working at Midtex. Doris enjoyed time with her family and took special pride in her granddaughter and great granddaughter. She enjoyed trips to the casinos, horse racing at Canterbury Downs, and was an avid walker and enjoyed socializing at the American Legion and VFW.

Doris is survived by her son, Warren (Bonnie) Smith of Faribault, MN; granddaughter, Melanie Smith (James Sanchez) and great granddaughter, Aubrey Marie Sanchez, of New Britain, CT. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Crose of Decatur, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Mary Miller, Franklin Tucker, Richard Tucker, Virginia Carter, and Martha Pence.
Robert Behnke
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Mankato resident, Robert Behnke, 84, died Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert Bruce Behnke was born March 31, 1930 in Lyna Township, MN to Otto and Rose (Lavitschke) Behnke. He served with the 82nd Airborne Recon Company in the US Army from 1951-1954. On July 24, 1955 he married Carlene Hoffman. Serving in the military was very important to Robert, but he also enjoyed fishing, church Bible studies, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church.

He is survived by sons, Rick (Deborah) Behnke of rural Lake Crystal, MN, Ron (Therese) Behnke of Hastings, MN, Brad Behnke of Mankato, MN; grandchildren, Elisha Behnke of Oakland, CA, Joseph (Katie) Behnke of New Hope, MN, Jacob, Ryan, Elizabeth and Andrew Behnke all of Hastings, Steve Behnke of Mankato, Carlene Behnke of Florida; great grandchildren, Nicholas and Benjamin Behnke; brother, Dale (Pam) Behnke of Mapleton; sisters, Ivadell Armstron of Owatonna, MN, Bonnie Schultz of Mapleton, Mavis (David) Treanor of Mapleton, Fern (Duane) Vandaford of Blue Earth; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, mother and father-in-law, Lucy and Carl Hoffman, brother, Duane; brothers-in-law Eugene Hoffman, Robert Armstrong, Darrell Schultz.
Marguerite Johnson
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Marguerite Johnson of St. Peter, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park in Mankato. Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato is handling arrangements.

Marguerite was born September 26, 1923 to Charles and Ida (Lancaster) Taylor in Lufkin, TX. She graduated from Lufkin High School and attended Satterwhite Commercial College for one year. On December 12, 1945 she was united in marriage to Harley Johnson in Lufkin. Marguerite worked at ADC Electronics in St. Peter for 27 years. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, reading, bird watching and walking. Marguerite was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Joan (Charles) Barlow of Plymouth, MN and Julie (Fred) Brightman of Otsego, MN; 2 grandchildren, Garrett (Christina) Caldwell and Kelly (Ben Ruesink) Caldwell; 4 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 1 brother, George. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Harley; 3 brothers, Robert, Alf and John Taylor; 3 sisters, Lucille, Pauline and Anne Mae.
James "Jim" E. Baer
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Mankato resident, James E. Baer, 81, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Willows Memory Care of Keystone Community, Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 2, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Mankato. Interment with military honors will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 1st at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Jim was born June 1, 1932 in New Ulm, MN to Gottlieb “Gop” and Pearl (Zeches) Baer. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1950 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science and also a Master’s Degree in Education from Mankato State University. He served in the Army and Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Major. On October 13, 1962 he married Carol Jeanette Marschall. She died in 1986. He married Marcia Coonce on October 8, 1988.
Jim taught 5th grade at Roosevelt Elementary in Mankato for 33 years. After retirement he worked part time at Carlson Craft in the catalog division. He enjoyed classical music, golf, traveling, watching baseball and he always liked to dress well. He was a member of Mankato Symphony, Mankato Dance Club, Mankato Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus, MSU Alumni Association and Minnesota Public Radio.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia; sons, Paul (Amy) Baer of Mankato and Thomas Baer of Bloomington; daughter, Christine (Tony Jones) Marben of Mankato; stepsons, Aaron Coonce of White Bear Lake and Zachariah (Stephanie Sheehan) Coonce of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Kyle and Ryan Baer, Josie and Joshua Marben; step grandchildren, Evan and Emma Coonce; sister, Genevieve Brown of Bloomington; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Carol; brothers, Robert, Paul and Bill; sister, Mary Hagen.
Roger M. Moeri
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Roger M. Moeri, age 65, of Mankato, died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be at Woodland Hills that day from Noon until time of services. Interment will be private.

Roger was born December 10, 1948 to Marvin and Jean (Johnson) Moeri in Mankato. He was a graduate of Mankato High School. Roger served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. He married Pamela Lee Auringer October 12, 1974 in Mankato. Roger worked as a machinist at MICO, Inc. In his spare time he enjoyed family, fishing, camping, gardening, hanging out with friends and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela; son, Ty Moeri; mother, Jean Moeri; sisters, Bev Moeri, Shirley (Mike) Walkins, Sherry (George) Quinn; father-in-law, Ernie Auringer; sister-in-law, Penny (Tom Wild) Larsen; several nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and mother-in-law, Marleen Auringer.
John Theis
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North Mankato resident, John Theis, 76, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Mankato. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

John was born December 1, 1937 in Ulen, MN to Nick and Mary (Kvepaleck) Theis. He grew up and attended school in Ulen. On August 9, 2008 he married Vi Mayer at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, ND. John was a supervisor in the sugar industry in North Dakota, Minnesota and Hawaii. He enjoyed fishing, Vikings football, Yankees baseball, NASCAR racing, and following his grandchildren’s activities. John was a devout husband, father and grandfather, and Christian Catholic. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

John is survived by his wife, Vi; sons, John (Michelle) of Champlin, MN, Ryan of Herzliya, Isreal; daughter, Dana (David) Christianson of Fairmont, MN; step daughter, Jackie (Tim) Tveter of Waconia, MN; grandchildren, Shannon and Alexis Christianson, Noah and Elizabeth Theis; step grandchildren, Abbie Van Kempen, Kelly and Katelyn Olson; brother, George (Sandi) Theis of Ulen, MN; sisters, Mary Ann Larson of Detroit Lakes, MN, Helen Rud of Fargo, ND, Dorothy (Lonnie) Crabtree of Audobon, MN; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Nicholas “Sonny” Theis.
Dr. Robert W. Fonda
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Mankato resident, Dr. Robert W. Fonda, 92, died Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato with Rev. Dawn Carder, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Robert Ward Fonda was born April 14, 1922 in Rockwell City, Iowa. He graduated high school in 1940, Kemper Military School in 1942, the University of Iowa in 1945 where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. He married Lenore L. Johnson on June 2, 1945 in Iowa City, Iowa. They had three children, Steven, Susan and Sherry.

Following graduation from the University of Iowa, Dr. Fonda was immediately ordered to duty as a Naval Dental Ofiicer on Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA. He served there until the spring of 1946. Following his release from the Naval Reserve he returned to Rockwell City and joined his father in his private dental practice.

In 1952, Dr. Fonda was recalled to military duty as a Navy Dental Officer attatched to the Army. He was sent to the 130th Station Hospital in Heidleberg, Germany. After a transfer to the Brooklyn Naval Yard Clinic in New York he was discharged from the navy and returned again to private practice in Iowa.

Dr. Fonda concluded his dental practice in 1969 when he came to (then) Mankato State College to develop the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs for the school. He served as Administratior, Director, as well as clinical and classroom instructor until his retirement in 1986. Because of his dedication and hard work the program enjoyed it’s 40th year anniversary reunion in 2012.

Dr. Fonda was active in the Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Lions Club, the Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Golden K Kiwanis, tutored English as a second language, taught AARP’S 55 Alive Senior Drivers Classes, volunteered as a Friday Friend at Kennedy Elementary and the Pages Past Bookstore at the MN Valley Public Library.

Dr. Fonda will be sadly missed by many including, wife, Lenore; son, Steven (Donna) of Greer, SC; daughter, Sherry Fisher (Rick) of Mankato; four granddaughters, Kelley (Matt) Nordby, Kaci Dannatt, Stephanie (Anthony) Woody, Darci (Pablo) Ponce; two grandsons, Josh (Amy) Blackman and Kyle Blackman; four great grandchildren, Sam, Ellie, Anna and Danerys. He was preceded in death by one sister and daughter, Suan Dannatt.

Memorials are preferred to Habitat for Humanity, Dental Hygiene Dept. Minntesota State University Mankato, Echo Food Shelf, Mayo Clinic Health System-Hospice (Mankato).
Lyle J. Hawker
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Lyle J. Hawker, age 92, of Mankato, died Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Mayo System Health Clinic-Mankato. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Mausoleum.

Lyle was born March 26, 1922, to William and Lizzy (Birr) Hawker in Blue Earth County. He married Lillia Rudolph November 26, 1940 in Blue Earth County. Lyle was a lifelong farmer but also had worked at Vetter Stone and Dotson Foundry. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, woodworking and collecting toy cars. Lyle was a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church.

He is survived by sons, Ronald (Sharon) Hawker and Darwin (Darlene) Hawker; daughter, Sharon (Barry) Rome; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sister, Frieda Westphal and sister in-law, Sally Hawker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lillia and 3 brothers, Wilbur, Alvin, and Harold.
Bobby Dean Davis
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Bobby Dean Davis, 58, of Rapidan, MN died Friday, May 9, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Mankato. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bobby was born August 28, 1955 in Alabama, to Ralph and Dean (Michaels) Davis. He grew up and attended school in Alabama. He moved to Mankato in 1981 and on June 30, 1983 he married Gail Ertman at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. Bobby worked at Vetter Stone for 32 years and in his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends, especially his new grandbaby, Harper. Bobby battled cancer for the last 11 years. He never complained and always had a way to make you smile with his positive attitude.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; sons, Brian (Kara) Davis of Mankato, Darrin Davis of Rapidan; his new grandbaby, Harper; brothers, Lennie (Debra) Davis of Oklahoma, Cleland (Kathi) Davis of Alabama; sisters, Connie (Larry) Long, Penny (Danny) Wallace, Sherry (Howard) Owens all of Alabama, brothers-in-law Steve (Laurie) Ertman, Larry Ertman; sisters-in-law Ellen (Gene) Eisen, and Kathy Schubbe, and many nieces and nephews whom he cherished. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant daughters, Mary Lee, and Jamie, sister, Linda; brothers, Dave and Tim.
Donna Mae LaGow
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Donna Mae (Weltsch) LaGow, 81 formerly of Mankato died Monday, May 5th, 2014 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in Jordan, MN.

Donna was born on October 8th, 1932 to Andrew and Ella Grothem Weltsch only after the cow had been milked. Donna attended three- 1 room country schools and was the first girl ever in Winthrop High School history to go to a State competition in anything. She won first place for her humorous interpretation of Arsenic and Old Lace in 1950. Donna married Charles LaGow in 1956 and together they were blessed with three children. She enjoyed her employment as secretary and bookkeeper at Golden Heart Child Care Center in Mankato. All who knew Donna remember her as a woman of dedication and class. Her greatest joys in life included cheering for the Minnesota Vikings, bowling, baking date nut bread and spending time with her family. She was an adored sister, devoted mother, a loving aunt, beloved grandma and proud great grandma.

Left to cherish her memory are her sisters Sandra (Marvin) Woehler and Marlys (Benno) Roehl, daughters Patricia (Charles) Kudrle and Barbara (Jeff) Bergman, grandchildren Gary (Andrea) LaGow, Jason (Tina) LaGow, Christopher LaGow, Jack Bergman, MIchaella Bergman, Natalie Kudrle, Alison Kudrle, Aaron Kudrle, nieces and nephews as well as five great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her brother Gary Weltsch, sister Lois Crawford, and son Michael LaGow.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
Diane M. (Fandre) Brenner
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Diane M. (Fandre) Brenner, 68, Mankato, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at her home. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will held 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice.

Diane was born November 2, 1945 to Earl and Anne (Schreiner) Fandre in Virginia, MN. She was united in marriage to William Brenner on November 3, 1978 in Las Vegas. Diane worked as a Realtor and CHS Purchasing. Bill and Di built and established “Westwood Bar and Marina” on Lake Washington from 1980 - 1986. In her free time she enjoyed boating, curling, and golfing. Diane also volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer.

She is survived by husband, Bill Brenner of Mankato: son, Sean Steiner of Cincinnati, OH; daughters, Shelly Prueher (fiancé Jeff Madges) of Randall, MN and Joey (Wayne) Eski of Anchorage, AK; grandchildren, Kiley Shea Steiner, Kelsey Prueher, and Ivy, Ethan and Luca Eski; brother, Steve (Renee) Fandre of Irving, TX; niece, Beth Lane of Aledo, TX; and nephew LTC Matt Fandre of San Antonio, TX.

Diane is preceded in death by her grandson, Michael Prueher; parents, Earl and Ann Fandre; and in-laws, Joe and Dot Brenner.
Arlene Kirchner
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Mankato resident, Arlene Kirchner, 83, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato with Rev. Jay Dahlvang, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue at the church 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Arlene was born March 30, 1931 in Elysian Township, to Rudolph and Lydia (Roemhildt) Quiram. On September 17, 1950 she married Joseph W. Kirchner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterville, MN. She worked at Tempo Store in receiving and then True Value Hardware until she retired. Arlene liked BINGO, cards, baking and most of all spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Arlene is survived by her sons, Michael (Ellen) of Farmington, MN, Mark of Omaha, NE, Timothy (Marlene) of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Aaron, Tim Jr., David and Kelsie; great grandchildren, Abigail, Jacob, Erin, Brennen, Kennedy, Piper and Tatum; brother, Elmer (Marilyn) Quiram of New Richland, MN; sister, Florence Taylor of Elysian, MN; brother- law, Ben of Mankato, MN; sister-in-law; Donna Mae of Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; brother, Clifford; sisters, Gladys and Ethel.
Mel "Little" Carrigan
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Mel L. “Little” Carrigan of North Mankato, formerly of Lakefield, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato. Visitation will be 1 hour before services. Interment will be in Lakefield Cemetery at a later date.
Sharon J Harnitz
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Sharon Jane Harnitz, 69, of Mankato, died Tuesday April 22, 2014 at Mayo Health System Mankato.
A memorial visitation will be held from 4-7PM, Friday, April 25, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 11AM-12PM at Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Mankato. Service will be held at St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Mankato on Saturday, April 26 2014 at 12 noon.
The Clergy will be Pastor Wong. Burial will be held at Woodland Hills immediately following the service.
Sharon Harnitz was born May 1st, 1944 in Mankato MN and raised by her parents; Henry and Bernita Konz. She grew up on a farm near Rapidan and graduated from Rapidan High School in 1962. On February 20, 1965 she married Detlef “Dutch” Harnitz at St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Sharon is survived by her husband Dutch, children Andre & Amy Harnitz of Mankato, Kelly Harnitz & Demetrius James of Shakopee, Cory & Lisa Harnitz of Mankato, Grandchildren Ariel, Ari, Anastasia, Alex and new baby of Mankato. Brother Gerald Westberg of North Mankato and nieces/nephews Angela, Elke, Gabriele, Ralf, Uve of California and Mathew of North Mankato. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Sharon was a loving wife, proud mother & grandmother. She enjoyed cooking and vacationing with family. She was a second mother to many young people over the years and helped to raise many winners but in the end her fight against cancer demonstrated to all of us what it really means to be a champion.

LaJune Polzin
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Mankato resident, La June Polzin, 93, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato. A private family memorial service will be held. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Deborah J. Nelson
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Deborah Jane Nelson, 58, North Mankato, died Friday April 4, 2014 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato after a brief struggle with brain cancer. Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Heiden officiating. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Indoor Columbarium.

Deborah was born January 9, 1956 to Earl and Gloria (Oren) Nelson in Madelia. She attended New Ulm High School, class of 1974, and Minnesota State Mankato. Deborah was passionate about work and cared deeply for her co-workers. She was most recently employed as Human Resources Manager-Northern Business Unit of DuPont Pioneer, Mankato. She also worked as a Business Manager-Madelia Public Schools; Firm Administrator-Biebl Ranweiler, New Ulm; Recruitment & Retention Manager-Larson Allen Weishair, Minneapolis; HR Manager-The Home Depot.
Deborah loved gardening and was looking forward to seeing her tulips bloom this spring. She loved music and attended many concerts with friends and family during her lifetime. She also enjoyed cooking and sharing her recipes with her daughters and grandchildren. In her free time Deborah also took joy in bicycling and needlepoint and was an avid reader. Deborah was a current member of SMAHRA (Southern Minnesota Area Human Resources Association) and a past member of the Minnesota – Dakota Chapter of Accounting Administrators and served in office as Treasurer, Vice – President, and President. Deborah was also an SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resource Management)

Most of all Deborah loved spending time with her family. She is survived by daughters, Stephanie (John) Bernstrom of Grand Forks, ND and Margaret (Scott) Jilek of Oakdale; grandchildren, James and Helen Bernstrom of Grand Forks, ND; mother, Gloria (Oren) Nelson of New Ulm; sisters, Suzanne Neisen of Fridley, Diane Nelson of Eagan, and Patricia (Doug) Radloff of New Ulm; Nieces/Nephews: Chris Neisen of Fridley, Jennifer (Hulke) Brown of Lake Villa, IL, Tammy (James) (Hulke) Kasal of Saint Paul, Laura (Chris) (Hulke) Berseth of Saint Paul, Jacob Radloff of New Ulm, Emma Radloff of New Ulm, Jay Hruby of Madelia and Jeff (Jodi) Hruby of Alexandria, SD.
Deborah is preceded in death by, father, Earl Leo Nelson; and brother-in-law, Steven Neisen.

The family asks that you share your memories of Deborah so they can be enjoyed by her loved ones. Please send memories of Deb to deb.nelson.memorial@gmail.com . “Never forget to be truthful and kind. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart”. Proverbs 3:3
Harold G. "Harry" Schweim
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Harold G. “Harry”
Schweim, age 85, of Mankato, died Tuesday,
April 1, 2014 at Hillcrest
Healthcare Center. Services
are 2 p.m. Monday,
April 7, 2014, at the New
Creation World Outreach
Church in North Mankato.
Visitation is noon that day
and continues until time of
services. Burial is in WoodlandMemorial
Park.
Beverley Joost
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Beverley Joost of Mankato, MN formerly of Oconomowoc, WI died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at her home. Private Memorial services will be held at a future date with burial in St. Jerome Cemetery in Oconomowoc.

Beverley was born in Oconomowoc to Raymond and Clara (Daul) Ryan. She was united in marriage to Robert H. Joost on May 26, 1951 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Oconomowoc. Beverley was a fine and loving mother to her children. In her free time she enjoyed fine cooking and was a long time member of the Lake LaBelle Country Club.

She is survived by children, Blaine Joost, of Mondovia, WI, Bonnie (Dale) Walton of Mankato, MN, and Brad (Barbara) Joost of Waukesha, WI; and many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Beverley is preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Joost; son, Robert M. Joost; infant daughter, Barbara; her parents; and brothers, Orvie and Doug.
Ricky Lee Roesch
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Ricky Lee Roesch, 54, of Mankato died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his home. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements
Betty Holcomb
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Elizabeth “Betty” Holcomb, age 74, of Mankato, passed away peacefully at Mayo Health Systems in Mankato Friday, March 28, 2014. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour before services. Private family burial will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Born September 28, 1939 in New Ulm, Minnesota to Eugene and Elizabeth LeMoine. She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1958, then attending Johnson's Academy of Cosmetology. She married Victor Holcomb May 7, 1965. Betty worked at ADC Products in St. Peter and several retail stores that included Brett's Department Store, Hallmark Cards and customer service at Riverhills Mall and Kwik Trip. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, her spoiled cat, trips with friends to the casino's, talking with friends she made over the years, working in retail and spending time with family.

She will be missed by her daughter Shari (Dave) Baker; 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth Fischer (fiancé, Andy McKillip), Jolene Baker (fiancé, Scotty Burgess), David Baker Jr. (special friend, Magi); 4 great grandsons, Lucas, Aydin, Bentley and David III.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Victor; parents Eugene and Elizabeth; brother, Eugene and several brother and sister in laws.
The Reverend Marilyn Lea Kusch Gasswint
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The Reverend Marilyn Lea Kusch Gasswint, age 76 of Mankato, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society Grandview in St. Peter, MN, with her son and daughter by her bedside.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29th at Woodland Hills Funeral Home & Crematory, 1605 Woodland Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001.

The Reverend Tim Hinrichs of Word of Life Free Lutheran Church, Mankato will be officiating. A fellowship visitation will follow the service at South Street Saloon, 515 South Front Street, Mankato, Minnesota until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Good Samaritan Society Grandview 830 North Sunrise Drive, St. Peter, MN 56082-1203.

Marilyn was born November 25, 1937, in Omaha, NE, to Albert Carl Kusch and Nellie May Terkelsen. Marilyn Lea Kusch married Charles David Gasswint, Jr. in Iowa City, IA. Marilyn graduated from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS in 1963; Masters’ of Divinity, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC, in 1981; Ordained, White Rock Baptist Church, Durham, NC, in 1981; Resident serving as a Chaplain to the Heart Team in Clinical Pastoral Education, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, from 1983-1984; Assistant to the Pastor at St. John’s Baptist Church, Mason City, IA, from 1985-1986; Instructor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, from 1983-1984, 1986-1988; Director of Members’ Services, Methodist Retirement Home, Durham, NC, from 1988-1994; Senior Chaplain, North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, Raleigh, NC, from 1989-2000 due to retirement; Counselor, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Raleigh, NC, from 2002-2005; Chaplain, Presbyterian Ministry, Raleigh Correction Center for Women, Raleigh, NC, from 2005-2007 and Counselor, Federal Correction Center for Women, Waseca, MN, from 2009-2010.

Marilyn enjoyed volunteering, cooking and baking, gardening, cross-stitching, gospel music and theater. She was a Member of the Ministers Council, American Baptist Churches of the South; Member of the Prison Ministry Committee, General Baptist State Convention; Board Member, Beacon Haven Ministries and Board Member, North Carolina Correction Institute for Women- Mothers And Their Children (MATCH). She was devoted to the inmates she served and felt they were often victims. In addition of the love of ministry, she was a devoted friend, daughter, mother and grandmother.

In 2007, Marilyn and her daughter Karen moved to Mankato, MN for Karen to take care of her father Charles who died October 5, 2011. Though divorced, Marilyn and Charles were lifelong friends. While living in Mankato, it was Marilyn’s desire to continue an aftercare ministry with inmates and served as the Chaplain at the Federal Correctional Center for Women in Waseca, MN. There she organized volunteering from Mankato and surrounding areas for those to work directly with the inmates.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Kay Gasswint of Mankato, MN and Clear Lake, IA and son, Devin Charles (Amy) Gasswint of Madison Lake, MN; grandchildren, Carson Paul, Taylor Marie and Mya Kay Gasswint all of Madison Lake, MN and cousins, Donald (Cindi) Kroll of Winnie, TX, and Chuck (Marjorie) Kroll of Tomball, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents and Charles David Gasswint, Jr.
Donald John Douma
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Donald John Douma, 90, of Mankato MN, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato with interment at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service.

Don was born in Sheldon, IA June 4, 1923 to George and Anna (Struyk). He grew up on a farm near Ocheydan, IA and attended the neighboring one-room school house.

On August 25, 1945, he married Mabel E. Dagel of Sibley, IA. They were married 55 years. Mabel passed away August 26, 2000.

Don had many careers. He was a self starter and ventured into the glass business first and expanded into paint and storefronts while living in Worthington, MN. Later he sold S & H Green Stamps and traveled on the road. At the age of 50, he started selling real estate with Midwest Realty. A 55 year member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Don served on various committees. AA was an important part of his life and celebrated his 51 year medallion. He enjoyed all outdoor activities especially fishing, hunting, golfing, pool, bowling, cards,and dancing. He especially enjoyed his time at his Leech Lake cabin. Don was a lover of nature and passed this on to his children.

On May 14, 2005, Don and Ardean Purdee, of Waseca, MN were married at Centenary UMC. These past years Ardean cared for Don lovingly and faithfully by his side. She has been a blessing to the family.

Don is survived by his wife, Ardean, and three children: Donelle (Harley Grant ) Tanner, Denny (Susan), and Curt (Suzanne). He also survived 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mabel, his parents and brothers and sisters.

Memorials are preferred to donor’s choice.
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
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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.
Merlyn Swedberg
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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.
Joseph Kenning
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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
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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.
LaVonne Modlin
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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.

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