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Debra Ann Brandmire
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home (507) 387-5504 Debra Ann Brandmire, age 57, of Cleveland, MN died, Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Mayo Clinic Health System (Mankato). Arrangements are pending.
Myra Ann Heise
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Myra Ann Heise, Mankato, died Friday, July 17, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Myra Ann was born on January 29, 1917 to George and Anna (Gekeler) Hemshrot in McGregor, Minnesota. She attended school in St. Clair. Myra was united in marriage to Ray Heise on April 11, 1958. After their marriage Myra and Ray moved to Fergus Falls were they owned and operated the OK Hardware Store for many years before retiring and moving back to Mankato. After her retirement she worked part time for Sales Variety Store and Tony's Best Value in Mankato. Myra was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Mankato. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, fishing, playing cards and time spent with family and friends. She is survived by her niece, Judy (Harold) Loeffler; nephew, Kent Hemshrot; sisters-in-law, Delores Heise, Violet (Bud) Anderson and Ruth Chisholm; other nieces and nieces; great nieces and nephews; her kitty Precious'¯; also other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray on August 21, 2000; brothers, Marvin (Lucille) Hemshrot and Ervin (LaJune) Hemshrot; step-brother Dennis Hiniker; niece, Jean Teff; nephew, Richard Anderson; and several brothers in-law and sisters in-law. /
Shawn Michael Lang
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Shawn Michael Lang, 37, of Madison Lake, died Sunday, July 19, 2015 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 24 at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake with Fr. Robert Schneider, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 Thursday at the church. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Shawn was born September 12, 1977 in Mankato to Michael and Sandra (Engelking) Lang. When he wasn't working construction, he liked four wheeling, dirt track racing, hunting and fishing, farming, occasional trips to the casino, working with the Porter family in the pit at Arlington Raceway, and especially loved raising animals on the farm and spending time with his yellow lab, Sierra. He is survived by his mother, Sandra Longseth of Rochester, MN; brothers, Andrew Lang of Mankato, Scott (Lorraine) Burgess of Mankato; sisters, Lori Bunde of Sartell, Lisa (Frank) Hirschfeld of Gales Ferry, CT; nieces and nephews, Katelyn and Kylie Bunde, Jacob Hirschfeld, Cody, Scotty and Tiffany Burgess. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael; son, Michael; brother, Adam; and grandparents, Wilbur & Marcella Lang and Mary Wilson. /
Carol A. Kunst
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Carol Ann Kunst, age 68, of Mankato, died peacefully at her home, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. A Memorial Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Burial will be private at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
Mildred Lucille Lundgren
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home 507-387-5504 St. Peter resident, Mildred Lundgren, 72, died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter with Rev. Nate Luong, officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park in Mankato. Mildred was born May 3, 1943 in Mankato to Henry and Gladys (Musser) Sexe. She attended school in Mankato and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s. On March 8, 1974 she married Richard Lundgren in Sioux Falls, SD. Mildred was a housewife and mom and loved baking, flowers, telling stories, cards and games, but especially loved time spent with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Richard; sons, Terry 2 (Jodi) Holtz of St. Peter, Terry 1 (Diane) Lundgren of Janesville; daughters, Kari Hinden and Angie Lundgren both of St. Peter; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Donald (Phyllis) Sexe of Mankato; sisters, Eileen Wascher of LeSueur, Clara Jean (Jerry) Leiferman of Mankato, Vicki (Neil) Campbel of Pryor, OK; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Timothy John.
Gene Larson
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In Loving Memory of Gene Larson December 10, 1950 - June 22, 2015 Celebration of Life Woodland Hills Mankato, MN Friday July 17, 2015 5:00 PM Military Honors American Legion Post-518 North Mankato, MN A Private Family Interment Saturday July 18, 2015 11:00 AM Minneopa Cemetery, Mankato MN Roger (Gene) Eugene Larson was born on December 10, 1950 in Luverne MN to the late Roger and Gladys (Sedlacek) Larson. He is a life-long resident of Mankato, graduating from Mankato High School in 1969. He furthered his education by obtaining a degree at South Central College as Machinist/Tool and Die. Gene also served his country in the United States Army serving as an engineer and sharp shooter in Korea from December 1969 until being honorably discharged in October 1971. On June 10, 1972, Gene was united in marriage to Marijo Malmanger. The marriage was blessed with three children; son Eli, daughter Phedra, and son Jared. They made their home on a beautiful hobby farm outside of Mankato. Gene purchased a sharpening business in North Mankato and became the proud owner of Larson Sharpening. Over the past year, Gene's health had been declining. On June 20, a very successful Cancer Benefit was held in Mankato in Gene's honor. A huge turnout of friends and family attended. Many of these friends called Gene brother, and he thought of them as brothers and sisters. Just after noon on Monday, June 22, 2015, Gene passed away at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis at the age of 64. Gene is a member of the North Mankato American Legion, and a motorcycling brotherhood the "Grumpy Old Men." He is a Lifetime Supporter of the Disabled American Veterans, and a Supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project. Gene had many enjoyments in life which included; motorcycling, traveling, playing pool and cribbage in his game room, target shooting, reading, cross-word puzzles, gardening, and his home place. In his earlier years he enjoyed; hunting, fishing, camping, and canoeing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his loved ones; wife, kids, grandkids, family, friends and pets. Gene is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Marijo Larson of Kasota; one daughter, Phedra Larson of North Mankato; one son, Jared (Nichole) Larson of St. Peter; three grandchildren, RaeLee Larson, Wyatt Betz, and Katelyn Schmahl-Brooks; sisters Ava (Clare) Clark, Carol Volk, and Sheila (Rusty) Zumwaldi; brother in-law Kenneth Malmanger, and sister in-law Debra Malmanger; a niece, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Eli; brother, Joseph Sedlacek; mother and father in-law, Charles (Charley) and Maxine (Williams) Malmanger; friend/brother, Richard Bunde. /
Johnny Gag
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John Johnny'¯ Gag, age 76 of North Mankato, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at his home. A Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. Visitation will be one hour before services. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to donor's choice. John was born on April 7, 1939 in New Ulm to John J. and Olivia (Zupfer) Gag. He grew up on the family's Century Farm in Brown County and graduated from New Ulm Public High School in 1957. John was married to Lois Klover of Stewart, MN, on September 10, 1960. At an early age, he became a carpenter, worked for his uncle, and eventually formed John Gag Construction. John learned to play the concertina from his uncle. John played with numerous bands: The Little Fishermen, Katzenjamers, Six Fat Dutchmen, St. Mary's Men's Choir, Bavarian Express and his own Johnny Gag Trio. John continued to play for people at nursing homes and at other social events. He was well known for his exceptional talent in playing the concertina and was a genuine crowd pleaser throughout the United States. John was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Minnesota Hall of Fame in 2011. Besides playing the concertina, John enjoyed his life as a carpenter, searching for morel mushrooms, fishing trips to Canada, traveling to Germany to visit relatives, family ancestry, playing Schafskopf, and visiting relatives and friends. He taught CCD classes at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, was a member of the German-Bohemian Heritage Society and Knights of Columbus. He served in the Army National Guard. He is survived by his wife Lois of 55 years; daughter, Jill Schauer of North Mankato; son, John F. Gag of Mankato; grandchildren, Nikki Schauer of Lake Crystal, Hayden Schauer of North Mankato and Ian Gag of Mankato; sisters, Elaine Jarvey of Madison, WI, Arlene (Jim) Kopetzki of Waldorf; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ray (Geneva) Klover of Gibbon, Bob (Barb) Klover of Paynesville, Mary (Clifton) Kottke of Paynesville, Kenny (Sandee) Klover of Stewart, Monica (Jim) Scholla of St. Joseph, and Danny Klover of Stewart; aunts, Ruth Gag of North Mankato and Mildred Drexler of New Ulm; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents; wife's parents; brother-in-law, James Jarvey; niece, Pam Bauman; cousin, Ronald Fischer; great-nephew, Gavin Klover; and aunts & uncles. /
John E. Gag
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home (507) 387-5504 John E. Gag, age 76 of North Mankato, died Friday, July 10, 2015 at his home. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16th 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. Visitation will be one hour before services. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
RobertL L. Rutjes
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Mankato resident, Robert Rutjes, 72, died Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health Care Center-Mankato. Private family graveside services will be held. Robert is survived by his wife, Gail; daughters, Robin (Mike) Kasparek of Prior Lake, MN, Josie (Rob) Wytaske of College Station, TX, Julie Rutjes of Minnesota Lake, MN; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; step-daughter, Alisha Hoffman (special friend, Dane) of Mankato. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elaine Rutjes and sister, Sandy Alexander. /
Donna M Johnson
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Donna M. Johnson, 65, Mankato, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Laurels Peak in Mankato. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Donna was born November 8, 1949 to Norman grandchildren, Kortney Ziegler, Haley Klint, Gage Stoll, Dillon Anderson, Brooke Stoll, and Dalton Pearson; sisters, Tammy Walania of Mankato, Roxanne Guenther of Mankato, and Darlene Nelson of Kasota. Donna is preceded in death by her husband and parents. /
Robert L. Rutjes
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home 507-387-5504 Mankato resident, Robert Rutjes, 72, died Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health Care Center-Mankato. Private family graveside services will be held. Robert is survived by his wife, Gail; daughters, Robin (Mike) Kasparek of Prior Lake, MN, Josie (Rob) Wytaske of College Station, TX, Julie Rutjes of Minnesota Lake, MN; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; step-daughter, Alisha Hoffman (special friend, Dane) of Mankato. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elaine Rutjes and sister, Sandy Alexander.
Nathaniel T Franklin
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Nathaniel T. Franklin, age 31, of Lake Crystal, died Sunday, July 5, 2015 at his home. A Celebration of life will be Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at his parent's farm, 21077 484th Ave., Lake Crystal. Nathan was born February 28, 1984 in San Diego, CA to Kevin and Lori (Strand) Franklin. He married Tara Lane October 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Nathan was a HVAC technician with Midwest Rerfigeration. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, agate hunting, 4 wheeling, outdoors, fixing things and camping. He is survived by daughters, Laila, Iliza and Gracelyn Franklin all of Lake Crystal; parents, Kevin and Lori Franklin of Butternut; sisters, Summer Franklin of Lake Crystal and Jessica McGinley of the Twin Cities; brother, Jeremy Franklin of Mound; Nieces, Aubree Ann Franklin and Joyce and Jezayah McGinley; Nephew, Jason McGinley. Nathan was preceded in death by his wife Tara; son Colttin Todd; grandparents, Bing and Barb Franklin, Tom Strand and Shirley Seys. /
Mary Casheen Martin
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Mary Casheen Martin, age 85, died Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Mary was born, January 24, 1930 in Mason City, IA to Donald and Helen (Schultz) Brewer. She grew up and graduated high school in Mason City. On June 8, 1948 she married Donald Martin in Clear Lake, IA. Mary, with her husband of 48 years, established Marti's Pizza in 1964. In every way their life was a partnership. After Don's passing, Mary was active with VINE, Lifelong Learners and Meals on Wheels and was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. She consumed novels, traveled to faraway places and most of all, loved her family. We will miss her dearly. She is survived by son, Michael Martin of Midland, TX; daughter Susan (Neal) Benson of North Mankato, MN; grandchildren, Kristin (Andre) Lemieux, Heidi Benson Smith, Meredith (fiancƩ, Greg Thornton) Benson; great grandchildren, Pascal and Nora Lemieux and Lucille Smith; several nieces and nephews; sisters and brothers-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother. Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Dan Anderson, Pathstone Living and Mayo Clinic Hospice for the wonderful care she received. /
Orville Sampson
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Woodland Hills Orville Sampson, 87, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials are preferred to Bethany College, Mt. Olive Church, or Benedictine Living Community. /
Shirley M Torgerson
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Shirley M. Torgerson, 85, Mankato, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. /
Lorraine B Smesrud
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Lorraine Bernice Smesrud, 91, Mankato, died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Pathstone Living Center.. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Lorraine was born September 18, 1923 to Adolph and Alice (Mathistad) Askevold in Odin Township, MN. She attended St. James High school and Mankato Commercial College. Lorraine was united in marriage to Robert Smesrud on May 22, 1943 in Sikeston, MO. In her free time she enjoyed music, Twins baseball, and family gathering. She is survived by husband, Robert Smesrud of Mankato; son, Steven (Donna) Smesrud of Davenport, IA; daughters, Carol (Rodney) Hiler of Columbus, OH and Barbara (Bruce) Starke of Mankato; grandchildren, Kirsten (Craig) Parrott of Portland, OR, Karin (Kyle) Smith, Peoria, IL, David (Emily) Smesrud, Peoria, IL; Joel (Sara) Starke of North Oaks, MN, John (Dallas) Starke of Mankato, Eric Starke of Eagle Lake, and Daniel Starke of Mankato; eight great grandchildren; sister, Judy Scholl of St. Peter; and brother in-law, Wayne Hansen of Benton, WI. Lorraine was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Smesrud; parents; sister, Florence Hansen: brother in law, Donald Scholl. Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Correan E James
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Correan Esther (Noer) James, 94, Mankato, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Heritage Place in Mapleton. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour prior the services at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Correan Esther (Noer) James, born February 5, 1921 to Alvin and Esther (Dickman) Noer in Wells, MN. Graduated from Minnesota Lake High School and Wells Normal. She taught country school in Blue Earth County. Did Defense work during World War II in New Brighton, MN. Made lifejackets and 115 millimeter shells Married Charles James July 13-1945 in Minneapolis, MN and moved to Mankato, MN. In September 2013 she moved to Heritage Place in Mapleton, MN. Correan loved to play cards, read, cook for guests at Lake Francis and gamble with her daughter, Patti at Mystic Lake. She enjoyed spending winters in Harlingen, Texas and summers at the cabin at Lake Francis. She is survived by one son, Mike (Boni) James of Mankato, daughters Patti (Ron) Wolle of Mankato and Sandy (Keith) Morgan of Oceanside, CA, one sister Neda (Ray) Becker of Elysian, three sister-in-laws Margaret Robbins of Mapleton, Adeline James of Minnesota Lake, and Arlene James of Myrtle Beach, SC, four grandchildren, Jamie (Meghan) Wolle of Eden Prairie, Andy Wolle of Richfield, Susie (Scott) Osborne of Las Vegas and Bailey Morgan of Oceanside, one great grandson, Keegan Wolle and many nieces and nephew
Dorothy Marie (Krier) Finnegan
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Dorothy Marie Finnegan, 93, Mankato, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Oaklawn Nursing Home in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Dorothy Marie Finnegan
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Woodland Hills (507) 387 - 5504 Dorothy Marie Finnegan, 93, Mankato, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Oaklawn Nursing Home in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Dr. William Perendy
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Former Kasota resident, Dr. William Perendy, DPM, died Monday, June 15, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MN. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato with visitation 1 hour prior. Private family burial will take place at a later date in Northern Minnesota. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Ruth Gilman
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Ruth Gilman, age 87, of Mankato, died June 8, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Ruth was born September 21, 1927 in Hartley, IA to Harry and Millie (Stricker) Paulsen. She was united in marriage to Floyd Gilman on May 26, 1951 in Minneapolis. Ruth worked at Midtex for three years and was a homemaker. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, baking, cooking, and animals including her favorite dog, Sparky. She is survived by sons, Terry (Julie Schultz) Gilman of Good Thunder and Tim (Dennis Hogate) Gilman of Mankato; brothers, Wayne (Janet) Paulsen of Fostoria, IA and Curtis Paulsen of Milford, IA; and many nieces and nephews. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, and a sister. /
Vera Perkins
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Vera June Perkins (95) passed away February 4, 2015 with several family members by her side at the Northfield Care Center in Northfield, MN. She was born June 10, 1919 in Diamond Bluff, WI to Charles and Barbara (Lundt) Carlson. She had two brothers and two sisters, was raised and attended school in Cumberland, WI. Vera was preceded in death by her parents, her four siblings, and her husband Daryl Perkins who died in 1973. Vera and Daryl were married in Coeur d Alene, ID in January 1944 during a move to Oregon. Following a brief stay in the west they moved to Mankato in 1948 to raise their family and to start a trucking business that is still operating and is located in Northfield. Vera moved to Parkview West in the Northfield Retirement Community in 2008 to be closer to family. The timing of the move was perfect for her and she often commented how fortunate she was to live out her life with a new group of friends at Parkview and with such a caring and dedicated staff. While living in Mankato Vera was very active in many community organizations and activities. She was a member of the Belgrade Methodist Church and served the community extensively through its programs and activities. In addition to the church she was a member of several organizations and often took leadership roles and was a generous giver of her time and talents. She received dozens of awards and recognitions for the volunteer efforts that she so willingly immersed herself in. She is survived by three sons and their spouses; Neil and Linda Perkins of Northfield, MN; Dennis and Kathy Perkins of Alma, WI; and Dean and Yvonne Perkins of Jordan, MN. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, several in-laws, nieces and nephews. Forever appreciative of the long healthy life she had, Vera requested a celebration of her life to be held on her birthday in Mankato at the Woodland Hill’s Funeral Home June 10, 2015. Services will be at 11:00AM and visitation will be one hour prior. Lunch and socializing will follow.
Harry S Halvorsen
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Harry S. Halvorsen, 92, of Mankato, MN, formerly of Forest City, IA, died Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato. Memorial Services will be held 1;30 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City, Iowa. He worked as a farmer, in sales of fertilizer and seed corn, and as a real estate broker and appraiser specializing in farms. He is survived by children, Harriet Ramy (Jim Moritz), Lois Halvorsen, Allen Halvorsen (Kim Carroll), Timothy (Linda) Halvorsen, and Mary Oudekerk; grandchildren, Valorie Peterson, Charles Ramy, David Ramy II, Shari Baker, Michelle Burns, Sandy Ramy, Teresa Bjork, Kristine Steinkamp, Benjamin Halvorsen, Genevieve Halvorsen, Daniel Halvorsen, Samuel Oudekerk, and Hannah Oudekerk. Harry was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son in-laws, David Ramy and Chad Oudekerk; and brother in laws and wives. /
Shirley M. Rosin
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Shirley M. Rosin, age 76, of Mankato, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at her home. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Woodland Hills Chapel. Visitation will be one hour before services. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Shirley was born September 24, 1938 at Appleton, WI to Henry and Phoebe Ann (Vandelockt) Diedrick. She grew up and attended school in Appleton. She worked in floor maintenance in Mankato and surrounding area. She enjoyed Bingo. Shirley is survived by 3 sons, Chris Redford of Mankato, Curtis Redford of Wisconsin and Craig Redford of Eagle Lake; 1 granddaughter, Brianna Jean Redford of Mankato; 1 sister, Marlyne Williams of Wisconsin; 3 brothers, Merlin Diedrick, Ralph Diedrick and Tom Diedrick all of Wisconsin; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Paul Redford; sisters, Jean McCartney and Betty Trepanier; brother, Henry Jr.'¯ Diedrick. /
Memorial Day Service
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home (507) 387-5504 As we do every year, we remember and honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Memorial Day is a time of reflection for our nation – and especially for our service members – as we honor those who gave their lives so that others may live. Memorial Day Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015 rain or shine at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park. For more information call (507) 387-5504.
Jonathan Collins
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Jonathan C. Collins, age 39, of Lake Crystal died Monday, May 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. A Celebration of Life for Jonathan will be from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm May 22, 2015 at the Lakes Sports Bar and Grill, Lake Crystal. A private family service was held in Las Vegas.
Pearl F. (Briggs) Benjamin
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Pearl Benjamin, 85, died Friday, May 15, 2015 at Central Health Care in Le Center. Private family services will be held. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. /
Iris Mae Russell
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Iris Mae Russell, North Mankato, died Wednesday, May 06, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato. Private family services will be held at a later date. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Iris was born August 11, 1938 in Grand Rapids, MN to Glen and Dorthy Jones. She was married to Richard Russell II for 59 years. Iris worked at the Mankato Corporation, retiring in 1993. She is survived by her husband, Richard Russell II of North Mankato; children, Richard III (Noemi) Russell of Sweetwater, TX, Cheryl (Brian) Doege of Isanti, Gary (Karen) Russell of Peterson, and Ken (Mary) Russell of Charlotte, NC; siblings, Buck (Glen) Jones of Grand Rapids, Carol Mann of Rhinelander, WI, and Dale Jones of Andover. Iris is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Luceille Erhorn.
Ronald Paul Rutjes
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home (507) 387-5504 Ronald Paul Rutjes, 63, Mankato, died May 3, 2015 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday May 9, 2015 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Ron was born January 24, 1952 in Mankato to Frederick & Lucille (Krueger) Rutjes. He attended Mankato West High School. Ron was united in marriage to Vicky Lehrke on August 1, 1970 in Mankato, the two later divorced. Ron worked at Honeymead/CHS for 35 years and drove truck most of his life. Ron was an outdoorsman who enjoyed sharing his time and passions with his kids, grandkids and all family and friends. He is survived by daughters, Naomi Rutjes of Mankato, Nycole Rutjes of Mankato, and Angie Gretz of Apple Valley; grandchildren, Kyle Rutjes, Ryan Rutjes, Alexa Dusek, Jaidyn Gretz, Michael Gretz, Madisyn Kozitza, Ariana Gretz, and Jackson Gretz; sister, Deanna Merkel; and nephews, Joe Merkel and Brett Merkel. Ron is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Susan Rutjes.
Norma D Dillon
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Norma D. Dillon, 76, North Mankato, died Friday, May 1, 2015 at her home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Wednesday, May 6, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Mankato. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5,at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Norma was born February 23, 1939 to Walter & Viola (Johnson) Wytaske in Mankato. On July 6, 1957 she was united in marriage to John Dillon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato. Norma worked at Ron’s Café, Brett’s Department Store and The Gentry at Madison East Mall. In her free time Norma enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time at the cabin in Cross Lake, MN. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, John Dillon of North Mankato; daughters, Pam (Bill) Winkler of Mankato, Kim (Denny) Becker of Houston, TX, Shelly (Gary) Schmit of Nicollet; and Christy (Gary) Schwitzer of New Hope; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Marcella) Wytaske of Mankato; sister, Lana (Les) Ennis of Madison Lake; and many nieces and nephews. Norma is preceded in death by her parents; and nephews, Eugene Wytaske Jr, Michael Berge, and Brent Ennis. Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Gert Reed
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Mankato resident, Gertrude Maxine Reed, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato at age 89. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato with Rev. John Michel, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Gertrude was born August 23, 1925 to James and Vera (Blair) Hansen. She graduated from East Chain High School and married Harold Wayne Olson, with whom she had two children. She lost him to cancer at age 37. On August 5, 1973 she married Alvin Preston Reed. Gertrude was head cashier at Hilltop Red Owl Grocery Store and enjoyed fishing, hunting, bird watching, flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Alvin; daughter, Darla (Olson) Schmidt and her husband, Jim of Madison Lake; grandchildren, Sarah Cramblit, Amy (John) Ries, Lynn Olson, Vickie and Wayne Olson; great grandchildren, Leland and Lila Cramblit and Caitlin Ries; one brother; one sister in-law; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Olson; brother, Don Hansen; and her first husband, Harold Olson. /
Gertrude Maxine Reed
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Woodland Hills (507) 387 -5504 Mankato resident, Gertrude Maxine Reed, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato at age 89. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato with Rev. John Michel, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Gertrude was born August 23, 1925 to James and Vera (Blair) Hansen. She graduated from East Chain High School and married Harold Wayne Olson, with whom she had two children. She lost him to cancer at age 37. On August 5, 1973 she married Alvin Preston Reed. Gertrude was head cashier at Hilltop Red Owl Grocery Store and enjoyed fishing, hunting, bird watching, flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Alvin; daughter, Darla (Olson) Schmidt and her husband, Jim of Madison Lake; grandchildren, Sarah Cramblit, Amy (John) Ries, Lynn Olson, Vickie and Wayne Olson; great grandchildren, Leland and Lila Cramblit and Caitlin Ries; one brother; one sister in-law; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Olson; brother, Don Hansen; and her first husband, Harold Olson.
Sally Ann Guth
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home 507-387-5504 Sally Ann Guth, 68, of Mapleton, MN died Sunday, April 26, 2015 at her home. Private family services will be held. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
John 'Jack' Raymond Wagner
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John Jack'¯ Raymond Wagner, 72, Good Thunder, died at his home April 21, 2015. Private family services will be held. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Jack was born December 14, 1942 to Robert and Daisy (Schreader) Wagner in Mankato. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Holbrook on August 4, 1962. Jack worked as a bricklayer for 30 years. In his free time Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, camping, playing online poker, bingo, and spending time with family. He was a member of the Bricklayers Local #11 and the Mankato Eagles Club. Surviving are granddaughter, Lisa (Jason) Wachtel of North Mankato; great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Brayden, Brielle, and Brycen; brother, Gary (Beverly) Wagner of Worthington; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Wagner; son, Dan Wagner; parents, Robert and brother, Dale Wagner. /
Violet Evelyn Holte
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home (507) 387-5504 Violet Evelyn Holte, age 94, of Mankato, was called home to her Savior on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Mankato with interment at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior the serve at the church. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Ruth Frisby - Fowler
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Ruth Frisby Fowler, 92, Mankato, died Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Keystone Living in Mankato. Private family services will be held. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Ruth was born November, 18, 1922 in Grand Haven, MI to John and Effie (Myhre) Middag. She graduated from Duluth Central High School. Ruth was united in marriage to Lloyd Frisby on May 24, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. After Lloyd's death in 1980 Ruth married Charlie Fowler at the Evangelical Covenant Church in North Mankato on April 15, 1989. She worked as a registrar at MSU for many years. In her free time she enjoyed crafts, especially ceramics, flower gardening, birds, and her family. Ruth was well known for her sense of humor. She is survived by her daughter, Kristy Gilberts of Mankato; son, Scott (Chris) Frisby of Duluth; grandchildren; Andrew (Kiera), Natally, and Nathan (Amy), Agatha (John), Samantha; eight great grandchildren; brother, Norman (Barbara) Middag; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Ruth is preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd and Charlie; parents; son in-law, Keith Gilberts; two sisters; and four brothers /
Frederick W. Robb
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Woodland Hills (507) 387-5504 Frederick W. Robb, 68, formerly of Mankato, MN was peacefully called to rest on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Visitation will be Friday, April 10 from 4-7 p.m. at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Funeral service will be Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour before at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Frederick was born on August 2, 1946 to William and Viola Robb. He grew up in Mankato and graduated from Mankato High School in 1964. He was an independent truck driver and helped build the Mankato and North Mankato flood wall after the flood of 1965. He was very proud of his dump truck and the work he did. In 1991 Frederick moved to Anchorage, Alaska where he worked for the Adult Rehab Center through the Salvation Army. Throughout his 16 years of working there he helped a countless number of people. Once Frederick retired he enjoyed working part time at his sister’s store, Alaskan Memories, and traveling back to Minnesota to visit with family and friends. His most recent visit being in October of 2014. He cherished the time he spent with them. He was a wonderful, loving, and caring father and grandfather and he will be forever loved and missed. Frederick is survived by daughters, Jenny (Brandon) Jacobs of Judson and Sarah Robb (Eric Flowers) of Mankato; son, Joe (Pam) Robb of Winnebago; grandsons, Daymon Leech and Charles Robb; brother, Donavan (Carie) Robb of Mankato; sister, Carol (John) Benkovich of Anchorage, AK; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jan Nelson; nephews, William “Billy” Baack and Anthony “Tony” Nelson.
Frederick W Robb
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Frederick W. Robb, 68, formerly of Mankato, MN was peacefully called to rest on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Visitation will be Friday, April 10 from 4-7 p.m. at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Funeral service will be Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour before at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Frederick was born on August 2, 1946 to William and Viola Robb. He grew up in Mankato and graduated from Mankato High School in 1964. He was an independent truck driver and helped build the Mankato and North Mankato flood wall after the flood of 1965. He was very proud of his dump truck and the work he did. In 1991 Frederick moved to Anchorage, Alaska where he worked for the adult Rehab Center through the Salvation Army. Throughout his 16 years of working there he helped a countless number of people. Once Frederick retired he enjoyed working part time at his sister's store, Alaskan Memories, and traveling back to Minnesota to visit with family and friends. His most recent visit being in October of 2014. He cherished the time he spent with them. He was a wonderful, loving, and caring father and grandfather and he will be forever loved and missed. Frederick is survived by daughters, Jenny (Brandon) Jacobs of Judson and Sarah Robb (Eric Flowers) of Mankato; son, Joe (Pam) Robb of Winnebago; grandsons, Daymon Leech and Charles Robb; brother, Donavan (Carie) Robb of Mankato; sister, Carol (John) Benkovich of Anchorage, AK; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jan Nelson; nephews, William Billy'¯ Baack and Anthony Tony'¯ Nelson. /
Maurice Edward Hardie
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Maurice Edward Hardie, 79, St. Peter, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Ecuman Sand Prairie in St. Peter. Private family services will be held at a later date. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. /
Clarence J Becker
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Clarence J. Becker, 87, North Mankato, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato. Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church In North Mankato. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Clarence was born May 1, 1927 to John and Susie (Schartz) Becker in Wilmont. He attended school in Clontarf, MN. Clarence served in the United States Army Air Force from October 17, 1945 to February 19, 1947. He served in the Phillipines. Clarence was united in marriage to Loretta Tiffany on October 27, 1948 in Clontarf. Clarence worked has a plasterer for Appel children, Cindy (Don) Johannsen, Deborah (John) Ratcliff, Linda (Mike) Deopere, Michael (Barb) Becker, Jeffery (Jill) Becker, and Christine (Eric) Lande; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; brother, Arnold Becker; sisters, Cecelia Kent and Rosemary Chamberlain; and numerous nieces and nephews. Clarence is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Raymond and a sister Regina Schuttler /
Lyman 'Dutch' Caldwell, Jr.
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Lyman Richard "Dutch" Caldwell Jr, age 88, died Friday, March 13th, 2015 peacefully at home. Dutch was born May 5, 1926 in Brookings, SD and graduated from Amboy High School in 1944. He spent two years in the Navy during WWII before returning to the Amboy area. Dutch married Betty Scramlin on July 22, 1949 then began a life long farming career. Dutch was preceded in death by his parents Lyman and Mina Caldwell of Amboy; wife Betty(Scramlin); son Greg Caldwell; and brothers David and Bill Caldwell. Survivors include: daughter, Diane Bourgeois (Dan) of Minneapolis; daughter in law, Beth Caldwell of Vernon Center; grandchildren: Colleen and Russell Caldwell; brothers Arden (Doris) and Loren (Betty); and many nieces and nephews. Dutch requested that there be no formal service. The family asks that you celebrate Dutch's life as you wish. /
Corinne Anne (Tarbuck) Card
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Corinne Anne (Tarbuck) Card lived her dream. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be married and have a large family. She was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where she went to school. She met and married her high school sweetheart, Larry, and had five children. Together they made a beautiful home filled with love and laughter for all to gather as she so loved caring for her family. Corinne was always interested in everything about her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She enjoyed long chats on the phone with family catching up on the latest news. Corinne was filled with pride as she attended and cheered for all of her children and their kids at all of their sporting and musical events. She also loved to go antiquing with her sister. There was always a story about their travels to find just the right thing. Living on a lake, she relished having coffee early in the morning on the deck to watch the birds and geese and to enjoy nature around her. Corinne generously shared her home with family and friends often gathering to take pontoon rides, go swimming or fishing, make a bonfire, or to have a BBQ. Bandwagon and Dancing with the Stars were favorites of Corinne's as she and Larry were avid fans of Polka Dancing. They never missed a step when they were dancing together. She appreciated spending time with dancing friends. She was also fond of following her favorite high school and college sports teams and she liked reading the newspaper each day. She was a hard worker and had more energy than most. Corinne felt great accomplishment from her work as a nursing assistant caring for her patients. She also created many To Do'¯ lists for herself and her family members. Checking things off as each task was completed was quite rewarding for her. She worked full time keeping Larry in line! She was an excellent cook making Sunday dinners for whoever was around. She liked to be outdoors mowing the lawn, gardening, and soaking up the sun. Corinne was always busy but would always make time for anyone who needed her. She touched the lives of so many people. Corinne was loving, kind, and always gracious to everyone she encountered. She is survived by many family and friends who love her dearly and miss her but are comforted by the fact that she loved Jesus and He loves her. There will be a private burial for the family. Close family and friends will gather at their lake home on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 2:30 - 4:30 P.M. to celebrate her life. /
Raymond Klinger
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Woodland Hills (507) 387 - 5504 Raymond Klinger, 68, Mankato, died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at his home. Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held at 5pm, two hours prior to the services at the funeral home. Ray was born March 26, 1946 in Waseca to Carlos and Maxine (Weckwerth) Klinger. He graduated from Waseca High School. On December 5, 1970 he was united in marriage to Karen Peterson at the Faith United Methodist Church. Ray worked at Herters, Bird’s Eye, Bush Distributing, and at National Poly Atlantis Plastics. In his free time he enjoyed bowling, fishing, cards, and especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Karen Klinger of Mankato; son, Blake (Alexandra) Klinger of Willmar; granddaughters, Ruby & Reese Klinger and Christopher Kahl; brothers, Ralph Klinger and Fred Carpenter of Maplewood, Clifford (Mary) Klinger of Minneapolis, and William Klinger of Waseca; and sister, Linda Klinger of Waseca. Ray is preceded in death by his parents.
Marlene Cutkosky Pommerenke
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Woodland Hills Marlene Cutkosky Pommerenke passed to her heavenly home on February 17, 2015 in San Diego, CA with her children at her side. Private family services were held followed by interment in Woodland Hills Memorial Park next to her father and mother. There will also be a Celebration of Life Memorial in June of this year in San Diego. She was born to Harry and Stella (Olson) Cutkosky on April 4, 1937 in Mankato, MN. Marlene was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Mankato. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1955 before moving to California where she remained until her death. While living in CA, Marlene earned her Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration at San Diego State University and Master's Degree in Applied Sociology and Statistics. Upon her retirement from San Diego Unified School District, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music, Piano Studies, from the School of Music at SDSU. As a professional musician, Marlene played the piano at numerous venues in and around San Diego, including the San Diego County Symphony, chamber and solo engagements, private gatherings, and community events. She produced two CDs, The Soul of The Piano'¯ and Great Masters of the Keyboard.'¯ She was contemplating a third CD when she passed away. In San Diego, Marlene was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church where she played piano for church services, from 1971 until just recently. She was involved in and sat on numerous ad-hoc committees, was a leader in the move to rejuvenate the Sunday School Program and Vacation Bible School, and lead a call to bring in more young members and families to the church. Marlene also supported, through donations and her considerable volunteer work, the San Diego State University Lutheran Campus Center. She will be deeply missed by son, Steven Pommerenke, San Diego and daughter, Pamela Pommerenke (Daniel Carey), Okemos, MI. There was a special place in Marlene's heart for her granddaughter, Kathryn Carey, Okemos, whom she loved and adored. She is further survived by her sister Carol (Michael) Brunner, Green Bay, WI; nephew Scott Brunner and his daughter, Natalie; a dear cousin, Diane; and other relatives and friends. Marlene was preceded in death by her beloved husband Melquiades Calderon in September 2014; her parents Harry and Stella Cutkosky; nephew Brett Brunner; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. /
Donald C. Schmidt
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home Mankato, MN (507) 387-5504 Mankato resident, Donald Schmidt, 80, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato with Rev. Michelle Hargrave, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Donald was born May 14, 1934 in St. Clair, MN to Peter and Alma (Rathman) Schmidt. On June 1, 1957 he was married to Patricia “Pat” Lee at the Methodist Church in Lake Crystal, MN. He served in Korea for 2 years with the US Marine Corps. Don worked in the feed grinding business for himself and later for Big Gain. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and also the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Pat of Mankato; son, James Schmidt of LeSueur; daughter, Susan Gappa of Mankato; grandchildren, Ashley (Joseph) Carpenter of Wiesbadn, Germany and Tracy Gappa of Maple Grove; step-brother, Jack (Doris) Rathman of Prior Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ray Kling
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Woodland Hills Mankato resident, Ray Kling, 89, passed away peacefully Monday, March 9, 2015 at Autumn Grace in Mankato. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. /
Sharon D (Henry) Marquardt
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Sharon Dianne Marquardt, 69, Mankato, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at her home. A graveside service will be held in the spring. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Sharon was born July 11, 1940 to Everett and Elaine Henry in Mankato. She graduated from Mankato High School. Sharon was untied in marriage to Robert Marquardt on October 26, 1968 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato. She worked her entire adult life as a Daycare provider. Sharon loved children, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church. She is survived by her sons, Kraig Marquardt of Mankato and Gary (Wendy) Marquardt of Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren, Camden, Gavin, Paige, and Lily; brothers, Darryl (Phyllis) Henry of Hanford, CA and Warren Henry of Los Lunas, NM; sister, Jillene (Dean) Salter of Mankato; and five nieces and nephews. Sharon was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Makenna; husband; parents; and sister, Linda Salfer
Robert J. Holtorf
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Robert John Holtorf - Robert (Bob) Holtorf, 84 years, 11 months, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Monarch Meadows Assisted Living in North Mankato, MN after a long struggle with stroke complications. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Crossview Covenant Church, 2000 Howard Dr., North Mankato with Rev. Brad Jackson officiating. Internment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the church, preceding the funeral service. Bob was born April 15, 1930, at Pomeroy, IA, to John and Jennie (Kleen) Holtorf. He was confirmed into the Christian faith on March 25, 1945, and graduated from Titonka High School, Titonka, IA in 1948. He married Lois Hartman on May 7, 1957, at Buffalo Center, IA. Bob worked for Hattendorf Construction, building churches, for several years, the first one being his own family's country church, Immanuel Lutheran, near Titonka, IA. In 1960 Bob and Lois moved to Mankato, where he attended a business college and then worked as an accountant until 1973. Bob and Lois also owned and operated a ceramic shop in St. Peter, MN for 6 years. In later years, he did construction and carpentry for the Mankato School District and also made lots of keepsakes for members of the family. Bob's passion was traveling and spending time with his lovely wife Lois, fishing, working and playing on his computer and creating works of art with his digital camera. He is survived by his 3 brothers, Norman (Lenora) Holtorf of Hastings, MN; Alvin Holtorf of Forest City, IA; and LaVern (Jane) Holtorf of Ankeny, IA; his 3 sisters, LuElla (Bernard) Pannkuk of Britt, IA; Mary Weiland of Nevada, IA, and Lori (Jim) Kapler of Urbandale, IA; his brothers-in-law Dean (Rose) Hartman of Los Altos, CA, Foster (Lavonne) Hartman of Lake Mills, IA, Gene (Pam) Hartman of Buffalo Center, IA, Roger (Dee) Hartman of Sunnyvale, CA; step-brother-in-law Hal Hopkins of OR., as well as many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, brother-in-law Roland Weiland, sisters-in-law Marlene Holtorf and Marvella Holtorf, and step brother-in-law Howard Hopkins /
Richard Flynn Jr.
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Junior Flynn, 63, North Mankato, passed away at his home, Tuesday, February 24, 2015, wrapped in the loving arms of his Beautiful Bride. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services. A private spring interment will be held at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Junior was born July 16, 1951 to Richard and Helen (Luna) Flynn in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School class of 1969. In that same year Junior was united in marriage to Cindy, his childhood sweetheart, at Ss. Peter and Pauls' Catholic Church. He worked at Southern Minnesota Construction, never missing a day in 35+ years, until he began battling Cancer. Junior loved hunting and spending time with his grandchildren, he enjoyed fishing and golf and he was a fantastic bowler. He also had a passion for cooking and bingo. Above all Junior loved spending time with his Bride Cindy and their trips to Las Vegas. He also loved his time selling Christmas Trees every winter at the Little's Tree Farm. Junior was the best drummer in Mankato. He even turned down the opportunity to join the Jestures, to raise his family. He was a member of Holy Rosary and Ss. Peter and Pauls' Catholic Churches and was a past member of the Eagle's Club. He is survived by his "Beautiful Bride", Cindy Flynn of North Mankato; son, Rich Flynn III of St. Cloud, MN; daughter, Tisha Flynn of Belle Plaine, MN; grandchildren, Eric, Michael, Sydney, Jeremy, Darien, Isaac, Thor, William, Eugene, Violet, and Leonard; great granddaughter, Rylee and another one on the way; brothers, Roger (Brenda) Flynn of Mankato, Ron (Linda) Flynn of Mankato; and Rick (Annette) Flynn of Bloomington, MN; sisters, Rita "Cooky" (Tom) Christ of Springfield, MO, Nancy Reich of Mankato; Gloria (Keith) Danberry of Mankato; and Sheila (Dave) Weaver of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews. Junior is preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister in-law, Richard and Lucille Mata, sister, Lida Fergeson, brother, Randy Flynn and brother in-law Robert "Howie" Reich.
Dolores R Johnson
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Dolores R. Johnson, 98, died February 25, 2015 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Dolores was born in Grant City, Missouri on June 22, 1916 to Charles and Elpha (Coy) Hughes. She and her family moved to the Mankato area in 1930 graduating from Mankato High school in 1934. She received her nursing degree from Rochester State Hospital in 1937. She married Charles H. Johnson on February 6, 1944. Dolores took great pride in her many years as charge nurse on the Second Medical floor at Immanuel Hospital in Mankato. To her colleagues and patients she was known as Johnny'¯. Although retired in 1974, Dolores, for some time, organized monthly luncheon meetings for retired Immanuel nurses. Dolores was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, the Shrine Ladies Auxiliary, and ISJ Auxiliary. Dolores will be remembered as a thoughtful, caring individual, with a dry sense of humor, who enjoyed reading, knitting, collecting owl figurines, and trying to improve her bridge game. The hoppy she and Charles shared for several years was eating out in the Mankato area. They were particularly fond of the Holiday House and Stoney's. Dolores took quiet pride in her granddaughter's accomplishments and adventures. Dolores is survived by her son, Bruce H. Johnson and his wife, Sheryl of Mankato; granddaughter, Andrea Lynn Johnson of Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law, June Hughes; and several nieces and nephews. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband Charles in 2004; brother, Eldon Hughes; sisters Katherine Weber and Dophrone Ogee. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation or Centenary United Methodist Church. The family wishes to acknowledge the kind and caring attention Dolores received these past several years at Pathstone. We wish to thank Doreen Markus, Larry Weber, Jo Thomas, Pat Peterson and Jim Buckley for their regular visits to Dolores at Pathstone.
Dolores Spreter
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Woodland Hills Dolores Roberta Spreter, 104, Mankato, died Friday, February 27, 2015 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. Private interment will be held at Minnepoa Cemetery. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Dolores was born February 4, 1911 to Clark and Hazel (Sawyer) Scott. She was united in marriage to Ralph Spreter on February 4, 1939. In her free time Dolores enjoyed crossword puzzles, music, crewel embroidery, and playing cards. She volunteered in the church library in Lake Zurich, IL. Dolores was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She is survived by her sister, Penny (Mike) Madsen; nine nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews. Dolores is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Evelyn Edwards, Meg Pulasky; and brothers, Berwyn, Curtis, and Gene Scott In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to ECHO food shelf, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, or the Mayo Hospice. /
Martin A. Nere
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North Mankato resident, Martin Nere, 95, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Monarch Meadows in North Mankato. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. /
Sharron Marie Black
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Woodland Hills (507) 387 - 5504 Sharron Marie Black, 74, Mankato, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, February 24th. A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 2nd 2015 at the United Pentecostal Church, 119 State Street, Mankato, with Pastor Jeremy Cox officiating. A visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the service at the church. Arrangements are with Woodland Hills Funeral Home. A private burial will be held at a later date at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
Aaron Philip Furst
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Aaron Philip Furst, age 70, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 24, 2015 in the home he built for them. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in North Mankato with Rev. Roger Knepprath, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Aaron was born September 3, 1944 to Victor and Delvera (Schultz) Furst in New Ulm, MN. After attending school in Judson, Nicollet and Mankato, he grew up and was educated in the ways of life in rural Nicollet. Aaron was married to Cheryl Wilking on September 14, 1963 in Mankato and over 51 years of marriage enjoyed four children and nine grandchildren. Aaron worked for 40 years at George Carlstrom Construction as a superintendent running numerous commercial jobs around the Mankato area. He continued with two years at RW Carlstrom Construction before retiring in 2006. After 42 years of service in the construction industry Aaron continued to focus on his hobbies of fixing antique clocks, woodworking, going to auctions and flea markets, hunting for morel mushrooms, gardening and spending time with his family. Aaron is survived by his wife Cheryl; daughter, Crystal Rahman; son, Keith (Laura) Furst; daughter, April (Chad) Lanz; son, Kevin (Samantha) Furst; grandchildren, Stephanie and Matthew Rahman, Katelyn and Evan Furst, Taylor and Olivia Lanz, Nora, Lydia and Ciaran Furst; brother, Ralph (Delores) Furst; brother, Butch (Mona) Furst; sister, Joann Petersen; sister, Sharon Neegaard; half-brothers; Ken and Joe Furst; his in-law family, Randy Wilking, Gail Davis, Barry Wilking, Tim (Kim) Wilking, Patty Weingartz, Todd Wilking, Doyle Wilking; numerous nieces and nephews. Aaron was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Delvera; sister, Mary; step mother, Kathy; mother and father-in-law, Marian and Fillmore Wilking; sisters-in-law, Deb and Tammy Wilking; brothers-in-law, Al Weingartz, Donny Petersen and Delbert Neegaard. /
Aaron Furst
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home 507-387-5504 Aaron Philip Furst, age 70, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 24, 2015 in the home he built for them. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato with Rev. Roger Knepprath, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Aaron was born September 3, 1944 to Victor and Delvera (Schultz) Furst in New Ulm, MN. After attending school in Judson, Nicollet and Mankato, he grew up and was educated in the ways of life in rural Nicollet. Aaron was married to Cheryl Wilking on September 14, 1963 in Mankato and over 51 years of marriage enjoyed four children and nine grandchildren. Aaron worked for 40 years at George Carlstrom Construction as a superintendent running numerous commercial jobs around the Mankato area. He continued with two years at RW Carlstrom Construction before retiring in 2006. After 42 years of service in the construction industry Aaron continued to focus on his hobbies of fixing antique clocks, woodworking, going to auctions and flea markets, hunting for morel mushrooms, gardening and spending time with his family. Aaron is survived by his wife Cheryl; daughter, Crystal Rahman; son, Keith (Laura) Furst; daughter, April (Chad) Lanz; son, Kevin (Samantha) Furst; grandchildren, Stephanie and Matthew Rahman, Katelyn and Evan Furst, Taylor and Olivia Lanz, Nora, Lydia and Ciaran Furst; brother, Ralph (Delores) Furst; brother, Butch (Mona) Furst; sister, Joann Petersen; sister, Sharon Neegaard; half-brothers; Ken and Joe Furst; his in-law family, Randy Wilking, Gail Davis, Barry Wilking, Tim (Kim) Wilking, Patty Weingartz, Todd Wilking, Doyle Wilking; numerous nieces and nephews. Aaron was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Delvera; sister, Mary; step mother, Kathy; mother and father-in-law, Marian and Fillmore Wilking; sisters-in-law, Deb and Tammy Wilking; brothers-in-law, Al Weingartz, Donny Petersen and Delbert Neegaard.
John David Pugh
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Woodland Hills (507) 387 - 5504 John David Pugh, 80, Mankato, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church. John was born July 25, 1934 in Mankato to Thomas and Irene (High) Pugh. He graduated from Mankato High class of ’53. John was united in marriage to Charlotte Schulties on June 26, 1976 in Minneapolis. John farmed until 1986 when he went to work at Taylor Corporation. In his early years, he enjoyed woodworking. Other interests included people-watching, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and telling stories of the past. John was a member of the Moose Lodge, Osman Shriners, and the Mankato Masonic Lodge #12. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Pugh of Mankato; son, David (Tabitha) Pugh of Mankato; brothers, Howard (Marcia) Pugh of Lake Crystal and Emlyn (Pauline) Pugh of North Richland Hills, TX; sister, Barb Miller of St. Peter; and many nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Harold and Emrys
Dianne L Mueller
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Woodland Hills Dianne L. Mueller, Mankato, died Saturday February 21, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato. A visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Spring interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Dianne was born August 19, 1946 in Mankato to Harold and Irene (Feldbrugge) Karstens. She was united in marriage to Louis Mueller on May 28, 1965 in Mankato. Dianne owned a daycare business and drove van for children for Palmer Bus. In her free time she enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, spending time at the lake home on Lake Ballentyne, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and occasional trips to the casino. She is survived by her husband, Louis H. Mueller; daughter, Kathy Mueller Thornblad (Mike Foslien); sons, Brian (Lisa) Mueller and Kevin (Kristi) Mueller; grandchildren, Shayleen & Cammirene Thornblad and Britni, Keeli , great granddaughter, Sawyer: brothers, Gary (Rachel) Karstens and Bob (Kitty) Karstens; in-laws, Joyce Mueller, Phillip (Karen) Mueller, and Gloria (Rich) Fernandez; and many nieces & nephews. Dianne is preceded in death by her parents and sister in-law, Audrey Kopp. /
Carin Fenske
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Woodland Hills (507) 387 - 5504 Carin Fenske, 74, Mankato, formerly of Mapleton, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 16. 2015 at Hosanna Lutheran Church and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church. Spring Interment will be held at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Carin Brigitta Kjellson was born on June 17, 1940, in Kolsva, Sweden, to Kjell and Karin Petterson. After high school, she attended nursing school in London, where she met a U.S. Air Force airman named Melroy Fenske. They were married on June 27, 1961, in London and also lived in San Bernadino, Calif.; Wiesbaden, West Germany; Rapid City, S.D.; Bremerhaven, West Germany; and Mapleton, Minn., before they divorced in 1987, but they remained good friends until Mel's death in 2004. Carin worked hard to help support her family and was employed as a dental assistant, a health care aid and a tailor before going to work for REM. She retired in 2005. In her younger days, she was an excellent swimmer, skier and bowler. She loved playing cards with her friends, reading, watching the news, and most of all being with her family, especially her grandchildren. Carin had a deep faith and was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. She is survived by a daughter, Cathy (John) Krause, of Mankato; a son, Bob (Teresa) Fenske, of New Hampton, Iowa; grandchildren, Aaron, Kristina and Adam Krause, all of Mankato, Josh and Noah Fenske, of New Hampton, Iowa, and Abagail Harnack, of Minneapolis; step-grandchildren, Danielle (Roscoe) Garlick, of Blue Earth, and Alyssa Vining and fiancé Adrian Silva, of Iowa City, Iowa; step-great-grandson Brayden Vining; sisters-in-law Caroline Pelzel and Judy Fenske; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her favorite aunt, Stina; her brother, Per Kjellson; and her step-granddaughter, Samantha Vining.
Alfred Theodore Lahti
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Alfred T. Lahti, 95, Mankato, died Sunday, February 08, 2015 at Oak Terrace in North Mankato. Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday February, 9, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Alfred T. Lahti was born, October 27, 1919, the fourth of ten children. He graduated from High School in Biwabik, MN in 1937, and worked during the depression years as a clerk in a general store, a general laborer on the railroad, and a gofer'¯ in a publishing firm. He served in the U. S. Army from January, 1942 to December, 1945. He met his wife of 58 years, Eleanore, in July, 1944 and married on May 24, 1945, after receiving his second lieutenant commission. He started working as a public accountant in June, 1946, opened his own office in June, 1950 and in 1966 joined the IRS as an agent. He retired from the IRS in 1983. Alfred's volunteer work began early, having worked with the American Red Cross in high school. He served as a bible camp director, established the Range Mental Health Service in Virginia, MN, served on the MRCI board, worked with Tax Counseling for the Elderly, Friends of the Library, Lutheran Social Services, Meals on Wheels, and PACT ministries.. Alfred was an active member of Crossview Covenant Church serving in many offices, plus teaching Sunday School and working with youth. Some of the results of his efforts are now serving Christ in various capacities. Alfred has friends throughout the United States and Canada. He traveled to Zaire Africa; visited all 50 states and Europe. Alfred enjoyed fishing, hunting, oil painting and writing. Alfred is survived by three sons, David (Kristine) Reno, NV, Duane, Crystal Lake, IL and Dwight (Karen), St. James MN, nine grandchildren; Christine, Timothy, Peter, Nathan, Alex, Matthew, Rachel, Megan, Ashley, 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Alfred was preceded in death by Eleanore in 2003 and daughters Marlene (1969), Darlene (1991), and Kathleen (1993). /
Robert L. Gappa
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Robert L. "Bob" Gappa, age 60 of Albuquerque, NM formerly of Mankato, died unexpectedly February 5, 2015. A memorial service to be held later this spring. With questions please call Woodland Hills Funeral Home. (507) 387-5504
Charles Elwood 'Cy' Kaus
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Charles E. Cy'¯ Kaus, 90, of North Mankato died Friday, January 30, 2015 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Belgrade Ave United Methodist Church in North Mankato with Rev. Dan Horn, officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Mausoleum in Mankato. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 7 at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to be made to Belgrade Ave United Methodist Church. Cy was born January 24, 1925 in Minnesota Lake, MN to Benjamin and Clara (Fischer) Kaus. He graduated from Minnesota Lake High School in 1945 and served in the U. S. Navy from 1946 to 1948. On June 3, 1948 he was married to Darlene Thompson in Minnesota Lake. He worked several years in his father's store then moved to Mankato in 1956 where he worked at Madsens in the meat department until 1983. He also worked at Snell Motors, Lagers and Mankato Motors. Cy enjoyed making people laugh with his one liners but most of all loved watching his grandchildren playing in different sporting events. He was a member of Belgrade Ave United Methodist Church and the American Legion. He is survived by daughter, Wendi (Lee) Masters of Mankato; son Neil (Barb) Kaus of North Mankato; daughter-in-law, Sally Kaus of Mankato; 8 grandchildren, Adam Masters, Tacy and fiancĆ© Ryan Anderson, Ben (Mary) Kaus, Jon (Christa) Kaus, Nick Kaus, Justin (Delight), Tyler (Emilie) and Coby Kaus; 9 great grandchildren, Charlie, Lydia, Henry, Silas, Alexis, Madison, Austin, Mason, Taylor Kaus; brother, William Kaus of Seattle, WA; brother-in-law, Raymond (Neda) Becker of Elysian; sister-in-law, June Thompson of Mankato; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Darlene, son, Dennis, 1 sister; sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Terrace for the wonderful care given to Cy. /
Guy D. Schultz
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Guy D. Schultz, age 51, of Le Sueur, died Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at Minnesota Valley Health Care in Le Sueur. A Visitation Celebration of Guy’s life will be from Noon until 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Valleygreen Square Mall, basement Green Room in Le Sueur. Guy was born June 5, 1963 to David and Sandra (Davis) Schultz in St. Peter. Guy is survived by sons, Daniel and Caleb Schultz of Mankato, MN; daughters, Elizabeth Rice of Plymouth, MN, Brittany and Anna Schultz of Mankato, MN; grandchildren, Elliott and Eleanor Rice; mother, Sandra Schultz of Le Sueur; sister, Cari Stein of St. Cloud and nieces Jennifer and Nicole Stein. He was preceded in death by his father David Schultz; paternal grandparents, Clinton and Mayona Schultz; maternal grandparents, Earl and Hermina Davis.
Beverly J. Gates
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Mankato resident, Bev Gates died early Sunday morning, February 1, 2015 at Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 6, 2015 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Mankato with Rev. Paul Lauer, officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Following the service will be a luncheon. Burial will be held at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling services. Bev was born May 14, 1930 to John H. and Amelia M. (Behr) Bucher in Fulda, MN. She graduated from Fulda High School in 1947. She moved to Mankato and married Cecil James Gates in 1948. They moved to St. James, MN in 1949 and returned in 1951 to Mankato. She worked for ophthalmologist, Oscar D. Anderson, MD for 16 years. In 1979 she started doing volunteer work for the Mankato Rehabilitation Center (MRCI). She was an auxiliary board member and worked at the MRCI Thrift Store. She was Cub Scout leader and Bluebird leader. Her hobbies included crafts, bridge and golf. Bev is survived by her husband, Cecil J. Gates of Mankato; daughter, Donna (Dale) Templin of Mankato; son, James (Carolyn) Gates of Mankato; grandson, Dana (Jennifer) Gates of Winnebago; granddaughters, Kimberly L. Gates of Mankato and Stephanie D. Gates of Mankato; brother, Duane (Colleen) Bucher of Owatonna and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, LaVonne and her husband, Eldon Malenke, brother LeRoy Bucher and nieces, Traci Bucher and Sharon Menning. /
Raymond James Montgomery
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Mankato resident, Raymond James Montgomery, 61, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato. Visitation will be from 4-7 on Tuesday, Feb 3, at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Kasota Cemetery in the spring. Raymond was born October 24, 1953 in Eureka, Montana to John and Dorothy (Matzke) Montgomery. He grew up and attended school in St. Peter and Kasota. He did custodial work at JC Penny's in Mankato for many years, and was currently doing custodial work at Gander Mountain. Ray loved fishing, big game hunting, pheasant hunting and trap shooting. He is survived by his brother, John (Darlene) Montgomery of St. Peter; sisters, Beverly (Chuck) Brown of Washington, DC, Sharon (Danny) Milbret of Eagle Bend, MN; many nieces and nephews. Ray is also survived by his special friend, Sharon Ward of Mankato. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Richard and sister, Loise. /
Martha Louise Weiler
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Martha Weiler, 104, of North Mankato died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Monarch Meadows in North Mankato. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home with interment at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Martha was born April 14, 1910 in Vesta, MN to Ferdinand and Bertha (Gutknecht) Werner. On July 3, 1932 she married George Weiler. She worked for LaVogue Clothing Store and Brett's Clothing both in Mankato. Martha liked bird watching and walks in Sibley Park. She is survived by her son, Roger of Mankato; grandchildren, Wanda, James, Dennis, Cheryl, Jeff, Todd, Chad, Jamie and Trey; great grandchildren, Abbygail, Kaylee, Lydia, Heidi, Tesse, Frank, Nathan and Nicholas. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; son, Clemet; and daughter-in-law, Nancy; 4 brothers and 5 sisters. Martha's family would like to thank the staff at Monarch Meadows for the wonderful care she received during her stay there. /
John P Wood
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John P. Wood, 71, Waterville, died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society in Waterville. A private memorial service will be held in the spring to celebrate John's life. John was born July 6, 1943 to John R. and Shirley (Foster) Wood in Minneapolis. He served in the Navy from 1963- 1967. John was a graduate of Mankato West High School, St Cloud State University (B.S. Business Administration), and Cardinal-Strich University (M.B.A.). John was united in marriage to the love of his life Deb Monroe on December 31, 1983. John dedicated his life to helping others and worked as the Director of the Family Recovery Program in Mankato where he had a tremendously positive impact on so many people during their greatest time of need. John enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and spending time with his family and dogs. He is survived by wife, Deb Wood of Waterville; sons, Greg (Robin) Wood of Forest Lake, MN and Nick (Lindsey) Wood of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Madeline Wood, Hayden Wood, Alex Wood, Samantha Wood and Landon Harrington; sisters, Kathy (Charlie) Wood of New York, NY, Gloria (Tim) Loe of North Mankato, and Kelly (Gary) Peart of Saugus, CA. /
Mavis Royce - Morcus
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Mavis Royce Morcus was born to Irene and Fred Spangenberg on November 29, 1932 in New Ulm MN. She died on December 10 at Sterling House in Mankato.

She is preceded in death by baby daughter Debra Irene, husband Roger Royce, her Mother and Father, Sisters Lucille and Fern, Brothers Neil and Stan.

Mavis attended school in New Ulm as a child and later attended nursing school to begin her career as a nurse.  She worked at the Loretta Hospital, Emmanuel Hospital and at ISJ.

She was also employed at Norman's CafƩ and the Torchlight and made many friends during that time.

Her favorite hobbies included fishing, dancing, bowling, gambling, needlework, bird watching, roller skating and playing cards.

Mavis leaves behind her brother Sidney Spangenberg, four children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  

Nancy Goodwin, (Tony) two sons Eric Pehling (Katie) and Clayton Pehling (Hillary).  

Laurie Ertman, (Steve) daughter Nicole Ertman (fiancƩ Shubham Panwar) and Ryan (Kirsten).

Tim Royce, daughter Katelyn and son Jacob.

Lisa Bjorklund, (Tony) daughters Rachel and Natalie and son Avery.

Mavis was always the life of the party and had friends wherever she went.  She enjoyed celebrating the holidays with family and went out of her way to make them special.  She loved playing cards and bingo in St Peter.  

Services will be held at Woodland Hills on Saturday January 17 at 2pm with a one hour visitation at 1pm.
Beverly (Jans) Trocke
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Beverly Mae (Jans) Trocke of Ironton, MN died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby, MN. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato with interment in Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service. Beverly was born October 13, 1934 to Allan and Edna Jans in Hendrichs, Minnesota. Her father was drafted into the military in 1944 and they moved to Fort Crook, Nebraska. At the conclusion of his service in 1946 they returned to Fulda, MN to live near family. In about 1952 the family moved to Gaylord, MN. Beverly worked as a nanny and waitress. In 1956 she was married to Orlow Bening from Arlington, MN. They had one daughter. On October 25, 1986 she was united in marriage to Marvin Trocke. Beverly lived in Arlington, MN most of her life and worked as a Nursing Assistant at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center for 30 years. She was a member of the Arlington VFW Auxiliary and Zion Lutheran Church of Arlington. In 2008 she moved to Ironton Terrace to be closer to her daughter and family. She was a member of the Ironton American Legion Auxiliary and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Crosby. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Chuck) Leonhardt of Deerwood, MN; grandchildren, Jodi (Ken) Kelly of Farmington, Michelle (Tim) Gonska and Kim (Reid) Thiesse of Brainerd, MN; great grandchildren, Alex, Hannah and Braedon Kelly of Farmington, MN, Chloe and Connor Gonska of Brainerd; sisters, Sherry (Don ) Feige of Little Falls, MN, Sandi (Jack) Reck of Redwood Falls, MN; step daughter, Sue Trocke and grandson, John Sobeich of St. Cloud, MN; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Trocke and Ann Marie Trocke; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin Trocke; nephew, Todd Feige. /
Geraldine Thomas
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Mankato resident, Geraldine Thomas, 84, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Pathstone Living in Mankato.  Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13 at the Pathstone Living Chapel.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service.
Daniel Lee Joerg
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home (507) 387-5504 Our beloved brother, Daniel Joerg, found serenity and peace January 7, 2015. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. Dan was born March 6, 1951 to Alphonse and Karen Joerg. He graduated in 1971 From Mankato High School and was a longtime Subway employee. Dan had a passion for fishing, Vikings Training Camp and always said hi to everyone he met. He love going up North to Nick’s. Left to treasure his memories, son, Daniel Hed (Erin), Owatonna; grandchildren, Brady and Brenna Hed, Mankato; brother Nick Joerg (Carol), Aitkin; sisters, Kathy Joerg and husband David Thomas of Belle Plaine, Mary Sherwood and special friend Scott Johnston, Mankato; several nieces and nephews. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Alphonse and Karen Joerg; infant sister, Cindy, sister, Patti Johnson and sister-in-law Mary Ellen Joerg.
Donna Kump
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Donna Kump, 55, Mankato, died Saturday, January 3, 2015 at her home.  Memorial services will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.  Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Donna was born January 9, 1959 in Mankato to Leo Sr. and Dolores Kump.  She was a graduate of Mankato West high School.  Donna worked at Taylor Corporation.  In her free time she enjoyed camping, backgammon, gardening, reading, cribbage, and watching the Vikings.  

She is survived by her significant other, Mike Lahs, of Mankato; son, Kiel Lahs of Mankato; daughter, Amy (Freddi) Valle of Mankato; granddaughter, Emily Lahs; mother, Dolores Niederkofler of Mankato; brothers, Bruce Niederkofler of Belle Plaine, Mike Kump of Vernon Center, and Larry Kump of Mankato; sisters, Karen Fast of Rochester, Connie Kump, Tammy (Greg) Anderson, Wanda Kump, and Mary Albertson all of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.  

Donna is preceded in death by two dads, grandparents, one sister, three brothers, aunts, and uncles.  
Donald Friedrichs
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Donald Friedrichs, 72, of Good Thunder died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN.  Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Good Thunder.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Charlotte Truebenbach
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Charlotte Truebenbach, 84, went to the hands of her Lord, on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato.  Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27 at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato and will continue at the church 1 hour prior to the service.

Charlotte was born June 6, 1930 in Mankato, MN to Charley and Loretta (Lotton) Coult.  She graduated from Mankato High School and also Mankato Commercial College.  On April 18, 1955 she married Arthur Truebenbach in Madison Lake.  She did clerical work out of college, then worked in the cafeteria at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Catholic School and retired from Carlson Craft in 1996.  Charlotte liked quilting and loved spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren.

She is survived by sons, Steve (Deb) of Judson, Mark of Mankato; daughter, Suzanne (Jerry) Esse of Janesville; 5 grandsons, 1 step grandson and 1 step granddaughter; 4 great granddaughters, 1 step great granddaughter and 1 step great grandson; brothers, Les Coult of Amboy, Lyle (Nila) Coult of St. Clair; sisters, Arletta Goettl and Blanche Truebenbach of Mankato, Janice Coult of St. Clair; many nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Carol Coult of Madelia, Diane (Ted) Erlandson of Good Thunder; brother-in-law, Robert (Ethel) Schultz of Madelia.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Arthur; daughter, Connie; 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Terrace for the excellent care Charlotte received during her stay there.
David D. Julius
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David Dale Julius, age 69, a 10 year resident of Las Vegas, (formerly of Mankato, MN) passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at home. David was born March 30, 1945 in Rock Rapids, IA, the third of 10 children to Henry and Lillian (Renken) Julius.Dave attended Worthington Community College in Worthington, MN, Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Il and then Southwest State in Marshall, MN. He became licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in 1971 and has been working in that field ever since. He owned his own funeral home in Garretson SD, and worked for other funeral homes in Minnesota and Las Vegas, NV. Dave was very involved in community, religious and civic organizations in the cities where he lived. He received an award from the Lions Club in Minnesota for his work with eye enucleation for transplants. Dave enjoyed reading, but his passion was his family. He was extremely proud of his kids and grandkids and was dedicated to keeping them connected. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Dave was proud that he never experienced a hospital stay, even at his birth. He also was proud of his 20/20 vision and having very little grey hair.David is survived by his wife of 46 years, LeAnn Julius; children Scott (Nicole) Julius of Milwaukee, WI, Kandice (Joel) Rollefson of Henderson, NV, Corey (Wendy) Julius of Sioux Falls, SD and Dustin (Elizabeth) Julius of Mankato, MN; grandchildren Elizabeth Julius, Abigail Julius, Victoria Julius, Ethan Julius, Isabella Julius, Michael Julius, Marli Rollefson, Lauren Julius and Henry Julius. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lillian Julius and his sister, Beverly Julius.A visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home, 1605 Woodland Avenue, Mankato MN, 56001. The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 105 Hosanna Drive, Mankato, MN 56001. Burial will follow at Woodland Hills Cemetery.Contributions in David’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice or to Central Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV http://www.centralonline.tv/give/.A memorial service will take place in Las Vegas at a later date. This website will be updated with that information as soon as it is available.- See more at: http://kraftsussman.funeraltechweb.com/tribute/details/856/David_Dale_Julius/obituary.html#tribute-start
Fern Merrill
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home 507-387-5504 Fern Merrill of Mankato passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 18; she was 87. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Fern Marjorie Olson was born 25 Aug., 1927 to Nuel and Myrtle (Reishus) Olson of rural Cottonwood, MN, where her roots go deep in the Minnesota prairie. Her father grew certified seed on the Lyon county farm that his father established in 1913 after moving the family north from Monona Co., Iowa: Fairview Farms remains in the family today, and in 2013 became a Minnesota Century Farm. On her mother’s side, three generations of the Reishus family lived and farmed near Cottonwood before Fern was born. As a farm girl, Fern first attended country school through 8th grade, and walked the 2 miles each way, except in bad weather when her dad would drive her in his Chevy. She enjoyed roller skating with the Luther League and participated in 4H, twice earning blue ribbons at the State Fair for her sewing. Fern recalled that school always came easy for her, and was the salutatorian of the Cottonwood High class of ’45. She went on to attend Macalester College in St. Paul, from which she graduated in 1949 with a BA in Business. She subsequently taught commercial classes such as accounting, typing and shorthand at Westbrook (MN) High School from 1949 to ’51. In fact, Fern preferred to type rather than handwrite her letters for the rest of her life. The Lutheran faith has been central to Fern’s life: she was baptized and confirmed at Silo Lutheran Church in Cottonwood, and was married there in June of ‘51 to Marv Merrill of Tracy, MN, whom she had met while at Macalaster. The young couple made their home at Mankato where they joined the congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, which they would serve the rest of their lives. Fern enjoyed women’s circle and special events like the mother-daughter luncheons. Following their wedding Fern became a full time housewife and mother, trading the classroom for cooking, sewing, nursing, teaching, comforting and loving a husband and 2 daughters. Linda (Marty) Stephens of Rochester, MI, and Vicki (Greg) Kolbinger of Ankeny, IA, both graduates of Wilson High School, have given Fern 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren (so far). In her scant free time Fern attended Women’s Circle at church, was an avid bridge player, and with Marv kept a backyard vegetable garden and every year made beet pickles for their winter enjoyment. In Fern’s own words; “I had a happy childhood”, “I’m content with my life”, and “Have a Christian life and help others if you can.” Fern was preceded in death by her brother Robert, of Cottonwood, but is survived by her other brother, Kenneth, also of Cottonwood, as well as her 8 nieces and nephews and their many children. Marv also preceded Fern in death in 2012, and the family sends special thanks to Audrey Splinter of Elder Care, Faye Navarro, who helped look after Marv in his last years and did so much to make it possible for Fern to remain in her home after Marv’s death; We thank the staff of Sterling House of Mankato, who made Fern’s last months so safe and comfortable; We also thank Kathryn Hanson and Teddy Ollrich for taking Mom to church services and circle – she enjoyed it and their friendship immensely. It is Fern’s wish that any donations be made either to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Vine Faith in Action of Mankato.
Melva Nusser
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Melva V. Nusser, age 78, of Mankato, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. that day until time of services. Melva was born, May 12, 1936 to Elmer and Helena (Schroeder) Hopp in Nicollet. She married Gerald R. Nusser June 6, 1953 in St. Peter. Melva was a homemaker most of her life. She also worked at Paper Box in Mankato and Carlson Craft in North Mankato. In her leisure, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, making quilts and most of all, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Melva is survived by her sons, Michael (Julie) Nusser, Dennis (Mary) Nusser, Jeff Nusser; daughters, Judy Olson and Sue (Dan) Wilson, all in the Mankato area. 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 new great grandchildren expected, one in March and one in July of 2015; sister, Darlene Zimmerman of Chaska; 4 Sister-in-laws and 3 brother-in-laws; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald in 2004, parents, 2 brothers in infancy, granddaughter, Amy Lamm and sister, LuVerne Rehome.
Dwight Radel
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Dwight Stephan Radel, age 54, passed away peacefully at Oaklawn Health Care Center on Monday, December 8th, 2014 with his parents at his side.

Services will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Patrick Patterson officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Following the luncheon at the church, interment with military honors will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dwight was born August 20, 1960 at the Redwood Falls Hospital in Redwood Falls, MN to Vernon and Audrey (Gronholz) Radel while they were living at the Gronholz family farm at Vesta, MN.  Dwight was baptized into the Lutheran Faith and was confirmed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato.  He attended school in Galveston, TX, and after moving back to Minnesota he attended Monroe, Garfield and Mankato West High School.  Upon graduating in 1979 he enlisted in the United States Navy and pursued his interest in electronics, making it his career choice.  He achieved the rank of Fire Control Technician with training in AN/SPS 48 A-C (3D Search Radar System).  Dwight was assigned to the USS Independence and served proudly until his medical discharge in February 1988 when he was retired Disabled from the military.  Dwight was especially proud of his military service.  He also attended Mankato Vocational Institute take additional electronics courses and employment at a local electronics firm.

Dwight enjoyed bowling, having bowled a 300 game in league play at Dutler Bowl, horseshoes with the North Mankato Horseshoe League, bicycling, following the Twins and Vikings, bugling with Veteran of the Month at American Legion Post 518, music and concerts, his IPAD and any electronic device he found as a challenge.

Dwight is survived by his parents, Vern and Audrey Radel; nephews, Matthew, Ryan and Joshua Schmidt; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Susan and brother, Douglas; grandparents, Herbert and Evelyn Gronholz, Carl and Mollie Radel and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to North Mankato American Legion Post 518, local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10 in Mankato, Smiles and Hospice.  Our thanks go out to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and Mankato CBOC for Dwight's healthcare during his short life.  Also our thanks to Oaklawn Health Center staff, Mayo Health System and Hospice staff for the wonderful care Dwight was given.
Kathleen Wandersee
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Mankato resident, Kathleen Wandersee, 71, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato.  Memorial visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. on Friday, December 19 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato.

Kathleen was born January 10, 1943 in Mankato to Marvin and Eldora (Rauschman) Potz.  She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School.  On November 18, 1961 she married Norman Wandersee in Mankato.  She worked for Powel Candy and then was a bakery clerk at Byerly's in St. Louis Park.  Kathleen enjoyed flowers, gardening, crafting, playing Texas Hold Em, going to the casino, spending time with her family and her beloved cat, Babe.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Norman; sons, Kevin (Teri) of Garden City, Bill (Theresa) of Hopkins; daughter, Lisa (James) Gleason of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Bobbie Jo, Jamie Lynn, and Chealsey; great grandchildren, Mckayla, Zach, and Savannah; brother, Jack (Barb) Potz of Albert Lea.  She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, sister, Karen; brother, Mike; grandson, Christopher.
       
Marilyn (Barr) Cunningham
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Marilyn (Barr) Cunningham, 71, of Woodbury, New Jersey, formerly of Mankato, died 12/08/2014 at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Marilyn was born June 21, 1943 to Leonard and Margaret (Stark) Barr in Mankato.  She graduated from Mankato High School in 1961.  Marilyn was united in marriage to Richard Wussow in November 1963 at the Little Brown Church and then later to Don Cunningham on September 3, 1982 in St. Peter.  Don passed away in 2000 and Marilyn met Jim Hutchins in 2004 and moved to Woodbury, New Jersey.  Marilyn worked at Gustavus College in food service and at Tony Downs Foods.  She enjoyed playing computer games, talking on the phone to family members, watching football, baseball and Nascar.  Marilyn's family and friends meant everything to her.  She also enjoyed camping and coming back to Minnesota in the summer time for birthdays.

Marilyn is survived by her significant other Jim Hutchins of Woodbury, NJ; son, Brain (Constance) Wussow of Le Sueur; daughters, Jody (Tracey) Wussow Braam of Eagle Lake and Kelly (Jeff)Barr Harris of Rochester; grandchildren, Allen, Brad, Ashley, Amber, Kieli, Cassidy, Nichole, Nathan, and Bailey; great grandchildren, Wyatt, Collin, Ali, Lucas, Austin, Kaylee, and Payton; sister, Pat Wussow Barr of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.

She is proceeded in death by her parents; great grandson Bentley Degraw; husbands, Richard Wussow and Don Cunningham; and siblings, Wayne Barr, Bernice Volk, and Roger Barr.
John Brakke
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John Brakke, 71, Mankato, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System '“ Mankato.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, December 13, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the American Legion Post 518 in North Mankato.  

John was born November 22, 1942 to Burdette Brakke and Marjorie Nelson Subby in Mankato.  He graduated from Mankato High School in 1960.  John served honorably in the United States Army.  For 20 years he ran a night club in North Hollywood California before moving back to Mankato.  John had a passion for football and for telling stories.  

He is survived by his uncles, Gary (Deb) Nelson of CA and Dick (Ellie) Nelson of Spicer; and several cousins.

John is preceded in death by his parents.  
Sheldon Brown
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Sheldon Brown, died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Benedictine Court in St. Peter.  Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Bethel Baptist Church in Mankato.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.  Spring interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Mankato.        
Forrest Gooler
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Forest Woody Gooler, 85, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at Cottagewood in Mankato.  A celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December, 13, 2014 at Woodland hills Funeral Chapel.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services.        
Elmer Hartwig
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Skyline resident, Elmer Hartwig, 97, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato.  Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Visitation will be from 5-7 Thursday, (TODAY) at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service.

Elmer was born October 23, 1917 in Redwood Twp, MN to Albert and Alvina (Arndt) Hartwig.  He grew up and attended country schools in Redwood Twp and served in the United States Army 4 years during WWII.  On August 16, 1949 he married Delores Duscher in Redwood Falls, MN.  He worked for Kaye Corporation and Tire Associates in Mankato.  Elmer enjoyed woodworking and was proud of his yard and all the trees he had.  He was a Volunteer Fireman in Skyline for many years and a member of VFW.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Delores; daughters, Sandra Lee Hartwig of Minneapolis, Debra Ann Hartwig of St. Cloud, Jane Marie Hartwig of St. Cloud, Heather Lynn (Duane) Isaacs of Edina.  He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, 1 brother, and by his beloved cat, Cleocatra.
Michelle Anderson
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Michelle Rae Anderson, 43, of Mankato, died Monday, December 8, 2014. Visitation will be held Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Woodland Hills Funeral Home with a Remembrance service will being  held diertectly following at 7:00 pm.
Joan Frances Ryg
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Woodland Hills Funeral Home 507-387-5504 Joan Frances Ryg, 78, of North Mankato, MN died Thursday, December 4, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.
Randy Sass
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Randy C. Sass, 59, Mankato, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his home.  By Randy's request a celebration of his life will be held on July 4, 2015, his 60th birthday.

Randy was born July 4, 1955 in Mankato to Omar and Grace (Petersen) Sass.  He was a graduate of Mankato High School.  He worked in maintenance at Sears for 20 years. In his leisure time enjoyed hunting, fishing, and socializing with family and friends.

Randy is survived by two sisters, Sheila (Dick) Lyons of North Mankato and Carol Weber of Seaford, DE; and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, DeAnn Anderson and Dixie Kremer.  

The family thanks Mayo Clinic Doctors, Nurses, Hospice and special nurses; nieces Jill Janda, Mary Weller and nephew Pete Lyons for the care given to Randy.
       
William J. Bohrer
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William J. Bohrer, age 68, of Mankato died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato. A gathering of friends and team mates will be from 3-5 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home with a time of sharing memories at 4:30 p.m. Bill was born December 9, 1945 in Mankato to Joseph and Helen (Ewert) Bohrer. He was a 1963 graduate of Mankato High School. Bill was a longtime Service Technician for CNN Sales and later bartended at the Oleander. He was an avid pool player and considered one of the best in this area, even with the loss of one eye as a child. Bill always had a good pool story and enjoyed watching and coaching when he was unable to play anymore. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Bill was inducted into the CNN Pool Sales Hall of Fame in 2013. Survivors include his sister, JoAnn (Dale) Borchert of Blooming Prairie; several nieces and nephews including special nephew and caretakers Lee and Kris Bohrer. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alan and Harold; sisters, Barbara Schauer, Giny Hennager, Norma Warning, twin sister, Carol Haase.
Berneeta Campbell
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Berneeta Louise Campbell, age 94, surrounded by her family, left this world peacefully on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  Born on August 17, 1920, to Willard and Meta Scrivner, she was the second of four daughters.  The family lived on a farm outside of Storden, Minnesota; it was there without plumbing or electricity that Berneeta learned the value of hard work, the gift of gratitude, and a love of learning.  She and her older sister, Lois, would walk a mile and a half each day to school, and school and education would remain a life-long calling for Berneeta.  
She graduated from Mankato State Teacher's College in 1937 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  Her career spanned nearly five decades, and her classroom evolved from a one room school house to a modern elementary school in Lake Crystal, MN.  Berneeta's passion and expertise became Reading.   She once said, I have come to learn that life is like a classroom, for each day life offers me an opportunity to learn.
Her faith and her family were her guiding lights.  She married her husband, William Campbell, in 1943, and together they lived a life of deep love and devotion to each other.  They were a team.  They loved the farmland, the Minnesota Twins, and, most of all, their daughters.  Their grandchildren, also, held a special place in their heart.
Berneeta retired in 1984.  As a professional, she had a Masters Degree, was selected President of Delta Kappa Gamma (an honorary education society), and in 1984 was a Finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.  Berneeta will always remain in the hearts of her family, the children she taught, and the friends who knew her.
As a wife and mother, she was preceded in death by sisters Ginger and LaFaye, and by her beloved husband, Bill.  Berneeta's immediate family includes her two daughters Pat (Richard) Krueger, Pam (Joe) Wycoff; a sister, Lois Pietz; grandchildren, Michelle Compton and Tyler Krueger; and great-grandchildren, Cade and Cole Compton and Taylor Krueger.
Services will be held at and Chapel, 1605 Woodland Avenue, Mankato, MN  56001.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, November 28th.  The Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 29th.  Memorials may be sent to the Minnesota Reading Association c/o Berneeta Campbell, P.O. Box 904, St. Cloud, MN  56301.    
Earldean Johnson
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Mankato resident, Earldean R. Johnson, 84, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Keystone Senior Living in Mankato.  Funeral services will be 11:00a.m. on Saturday, November 29 at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Visitation will be 4-7p.m. on Friday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to VINE Faith In Action or Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Earldean was born on March 12, 1930 in East Chain Township, Martin County, MN.  He was the son of Erick and Lillian (Anderson) Johnson.  Earldean was a graduate of Fairmont High School and later attended Reich School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa.  He also attended Mankato State College.  He was a salesman for both Dubuque Meat Packaging Company and Wilson Meat Company in Minneapolis, MN.  He also worked at Mankato live stock yards for 2 years as an auctioneer.  Earldean was united in marriage to Sharon Gosewisch on May 12, 1959 and later divorced.  In 1982, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Anderson.  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was secretary and treasurer of Pilgrims Rest Cemetery for 10 years.  He was a salesman and manager of Gosewisch Brothers Furniture for 11 years.  In 1971, he bought Smesrud Furniture and started Earl Johnson Furniture.  He retired in 1995, and the store is now owned and operated by his son, Todd Johnson.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading, playing cards, and spending time with his family.  He was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church where he enjoyed being an usher.  He was a past member of the Elks Club.  Earl was a loving husband and father and will be remembered as a man of great inspiration and strength.  
Earldean is survived by his wife Cynthia of Mankato, five children Todd (Mary) Johnson of North Mankato, Cheryl Reichert of Parker, Colorado, Pamela (Daniel) Hill of Mankato, Vickie (Tim) Harroun of Mankato, Lori (John) Lannholm of Denver, Colorado, many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Surviving brother Alfred (Joyce) Johnson of Minneapolis, sisters Alvina (Al) Neeley of Ohio, Dorothy Johnson of Austin, MN, and Lorraine (Jerry) Wagner of Tower, MN.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.  
Neoma M. Westberg
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Neoma M. Westberg, age 92, of Mankato, died Friday, November 28, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center. A private family service will be held. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Katherine Johnson
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Katherine A. Johnson, age 89, of Mankato, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Pathstone Assisted Living of Mankato. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.  the evening before, at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
   Katherine was born September 2, 1925 to Allie and Mary (Braam) DeVlaeminck in Mankato. On February 2, 1946 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Johnson. She was a homemaker and also worked at Johnson Fishing for 30 years. Katherine was a lifelong member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. She had many interests including collecting angels, poetry, fishing, bowling, sewing, gardening, music, shopping at Encore and bird watching but especially time spent with family and grandchildren. Katherine not only volunteered but played the Konsertina and harmonica. She also loved to hear Fr. Tim Biren sing and play music.
   Katherine is survived by son, Randy (Mary) Johnson of Mankato; daughters, Sandra Johns (Leon Quaday) of Eagle Lake, Mary Jo (Terry) Snyder of Mankato, Janice (Bernie) Stubbe of Sioux Falls, SD, Nancy Swedberg of Mankato; stepson, Larry (Karen) Padgett of Rochester; sister in-law, Betty Braun of Apple Valley; special nieces, nephews and friends including, longtime hair stylist, Mary Sherwood. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth 6 weeks ago; all her brothers and sisters.      

Donald Naylon
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Donald J. Buster Naylon, age 92, of Mankato, died November 19, 2014 at Sterling House of Mankato. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 24, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour before services. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
  Donald was born November 22, 1921 in Mankato to Michael and Minnie (Kast) Naylon. He graduated from Loyola High School before joining the U.S. Navy in 1941. He served as a radio operator during WW II. Donald retired from the Maintenance Depart at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He enjoyed carving, painting, sketching, reading and old west biographies.
  He is survived by nieces and nephews;  Judith McGlogan, Thomas Naylon, Michael Naylon, Shannon Naylon, Tonya Naylon, Scott Naylon, Jeremiah Naylon and Christine Naylon. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William and Joseph Naylon; sister, Rosemary Naylon.                                                                                          
David Taylor
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David R. Taylor, age 47, of St. Peter, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at his home. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the First Congregational Church in Mankato. Visitation will be the same day from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Common Hope, P.O. Box 8228, 1400 Energy Park Dr. St. Paul, MN.  

David was born June 19, 1967, to Roger and Shirley (Henderson) Taylor in Farmington. He graduated from Rosemount High School and later Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI. David served in the United States Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989.  He was an Information Technologist. His interests included music, computers and reading but especially mission trips he would take to Guatemala.

David is survived by his parents, Roger (Kathy) Taylor of Nicollet and Shirley (Mark) Ahlquist of Burnsville; son, Matthew Taylor of Beloit, WI; daughter, Hannah Taylor of Janesville, WI; brother, Bob (Terri) Taylor of North Mankato; sisters, Barbara (Bill) Oswald of Rochester, and Deb Taylor (Tom Veilleux) of Madison Lake; nieces and nephews, Tonya Veilleux, Cramer Veilleux, Brady Taylor and Brett Taylor. He was preceded by his grandparents.  



Elizabeth M. Wagner
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Elizabeth M. Wagner, born May 23, 1944 died November 13, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Surviving are her husband, Jack of Good Thunder; granddaughter, Lisa Wachtel and her husband Jason; great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Brayden and Briell, North Mankato; brother, Jerry Holbrook, Mohave Valley, AZ. She was preceded in death by her son Daniel R. Wagner
Jerry Ganske
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Jerry Duane Ganske, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, age 73, of Mankato, passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Thursday at and one hour prior to church service on Friday.

Jerry was born on April 14, 1941 in Mankato to Emil and Ida (Enz) Ganske. Upon graduation from Mankato High School in 1959, he enlisted in the U.S Air Force. Jerry was active duty for four years before attending Mankato State University where he earned a B.S. in Elementary Education. He was united in marriage to Sandra Cole on May 20, 1967, in Mankato.

For over twenty years, Jerry taught school in Janesville, MN, and continued to serve his country as a medic in the Air National Guard. After retiring from teaching, he also assisted his wife, Sandy, with providing child care in their home. He was a big sports fan and especially loved watching Vikings football. Jerry also enjoyed traveling, funny movies, fishing, discussing current events (especially politics), and spending quality time with his family and grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandy of Mankato; two daughters, Christine (Mark Anderson) of Inver Grove Heights and Lisa (Kelley Miller) of Omaha; grandsons, Cole and Zachary; step-grandchildren, Katelyn and Ryan; brothers, Al (Iva) Ganske of Eagle Lake, and Eugene (Roberta), Roy (Maxine), and Dale (Wanda) Ganske, all of Mankato; sisters, Ardis Ganske of Mankato and Verna Cole of California; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and two sisters.
Jean Weber
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Jean Ann Weber passed peacefully into the Kingdom Of Heaven, under the watchful eyes of her family and caregivers at Pathstone Living, Mankato, Sunday, November 9, 2014.

A celebration of her life visitation will be 4-7pm Thursday, November 13th at Woodland Hills, Mankato.  A Memorial Mass will be held 10am on Friday, November 14 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, North Mankato.  
Jean was born in Lacrosse WI, March 7, 1928 to William and Marie (Specht) Gruenzner.  She was a 1946 graduate of Good Counsel Academy, Mankato MN.

On December 29, 1951, Jean was united in marriage to the love of her life, Loren Hank Weber.  Jean and Hank spent 62 wonderful years together.  It was truly a Love Story!  To this union their 5 children were born: Mary, Nan, Tom, Paul, and Pete.

Jean and Hank enjoyed their 27 years wintering in in wintering in Arizona and the many friendships there.  They also loved their time at the cabin on Lake Jefferson socializing with family, friends, and fishing.  

Jean was a member of The Red Hat Society, which she enjoyed so much.  She absolutely loved baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins.  She and Hanky also loved to dance the night away to Big Band music!

Left to cherish her memory are are husband Hank; children Mary Cole (Brenda Peters), Nan (Garry) Mann, Tom (Beverley) Weber, Paul (Ginger) Weber, Pete (Lisa) Weber; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister, Lois Neubert and brother, David Marilyn) Gruenzer.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Marie Gruenzer; brother, Bill Gruenzner; and granddaughter Nicole Marie Mann.

We would like to express deepest gratitude to the caregivers at Pathstone, who we cannot thank enough for their care and support to Jean and our family.  
Steve Hoechst
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Steven Kenneth Hoechst, 61, Mankato, died unexpectedly November 5, 2014 while he was on vacation in Arizona.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday November 11, 2014 at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mankato.  Visitation will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 at and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Steve was born November 12, 1952 to Kenneth and Litana (Ikier) Hoechst in Mankato.  He was united in marriage to Lois Ann Dillon on August 24, 1974.  Steve and Lois were blessed with two children, Daniel and Jennifer.  Steve worked in wholesale and retail plumbing for many years most recently at Menards.  In his free time he enjoyed camping and spending time with his family and friends.  Steve was a lifelong member of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church.  

He is survived by his mother, Litana; wife, Lois; son, Dan; daughter, Jenny (Nick) Diederich; grandchildren, Maddison & Bricen Hoechst and Piper & expected baby Diederich, and brother in-law Paul (Judy) Dillon.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth; and brother in-law John Dillon.  
Viola Nelsen
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Viola Heminover Nelsen September 2, 1914-November 5, 2014 Viola Bessie Nelsen died November 5, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center, Mankato. Funeral services will 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, North Mankato. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Viola was born September 2, 1914 in Bancroft, Iowa to Frank and Mabel (Danner) Heminover. The family soon moved to Minnesota. In 1932 Viola graduated as Valedictorian of her class at St. Clair High School. She attended Mankato Normal School, now Minnesota State Mankato, and was certified to be a rural school teacher. She taught for one year and thoroughly hated the job. She said that she had several “mean” boys in her classes. She left teaching and worked in a restaurant and did housecleaning. In 1937 she married Richard “Dick” Nelsen of North Mankato. The following year they built and moved into a house on Wall Street in lower North Mankato. Dick died in 1973 but Viola remained in the house until July, 2013 when she moved to Oaklawn due to her failing vision and frequent falls. She was able to remain in her home for as long as she did thanks to a strong network of family, wonderful neighbors, and excellent home health aides from Pathstone Home Care. Several years after Viola and Dick were married, two of her sisters, Kay and LaVerna, married brothers who also had the last name of Nelsen but who were unrelated to Dick. Viola delighted in the confusion that many people had regarding whether she and her sisters were really sisters or sisters-in-law. For many years Viola volunteered at the MRCI thrift store. She was a firm believer in the work MRCI does, but she also delighted in the chance to find many clothing bargains. When the family cleaned out her house they discovered that she had found enough bargains to keep her in clothes for another 100 years. Viola also enjoyed making a variety of craft items and baking pies, cookies and cakes for family and friends. Gardening was another love and she tended many flowers until the last few years of her life. Until she developed glaucoma and macular degeneration, Viola rarely just sat and watched television in the evening. She almost always multi-tasked by working on some craft project. Viola was preceded in death by her husband and six siblings: Mert Burch, Lawrence Heminover, LaVerna Nelsen, Kay Nelsen, Helen Lange and Ronald Heminover. She is survived by her two children, Marilyn (Thomas) Carroll of Kansas City, MO and Russell (Elizabeth) Nelsen of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren, John (Julie) Nelsen and Jay Nelsen; two great grandchildren, Erin and Evan Nelsen; sister, Alice Propp; brother-in-law, Harold Nelsen; many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family suggests that instead of flowers, memorial donations be made to MRCI, 15 Map Drive, Mankato or to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 304 Monroe Avenue, North Mankato.
Charlie H. Fowler
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Charlie H. Fowler WWII Navy Veteran, 93yrs young, passed quietly of complications from Leukemia on October 22, 2014 at his residence in Mankato. Charlie was born November 29, 1920 in Elmdale, Montana and was the fourth of seven children to Gurney Wallace and Dulcie Dale Fowler. His first years of life were spent in a sod house in Eastern Montana near Richey. Charlie completed two years of high school before the family moved to Whitefish Montana where he graduated high school in 1938. In June of 1940 he joined the Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Lexington aircraft carrier. The Lexington was torpedoed at the Battle of the Coral Sea and Charlie abandoned ship by jumping 42 feet into the ocean. Charlie was a man with many talents. He played the organ, banjo, and the harmonica. He also enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and bowling. He is survived by his wife, Ruth of 25yrs, three sons, Dean of Camdenton, MO, Adrian of Ellenboro, NC, and Ron of Broomfield, CO, a step-daughter Kris of Mankato, MN, a step-son Scott of Duluth, MN, 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Lois of 45yrs, two brothers and four sisters. A memorial with military honors will be held at the Woodland Hills Funeral Home on Sunday November 9, 2014 at 12:30pm followed by a reception at the VFW Hall. A private Interment will be held on Monday. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Mayo Clinic Hospice 1025 Marsh St. Mankato, MN 56001 in the honor of Charlie Fowler.
Melvin Roiger
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Melvin Peter Roiger, 78, of North Mankato died Sunday, October 19, 2014. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home & Chapel 1605 Woodland Ave., Mankato. Interment with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Melvin was born on December 2, 1935, in Sleepy Eye, MN to Lenard and Marie (Thedens) Roiger. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye. He finished school in 1955 while in the Marine Corps. Melvin served in the Marine Corps from 1952-1955 and fought in the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Audrey Marie Hanson July 9, 1955, at St. James Catholic Church. They made their home in Mankato. Melvin is a member of St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church. He worked for Kraft Foods, Chicago Northwestern Railroad, Cotter & Company, C&S Supply, was a Sgt. for the Police Reserve for 10 years, Security Officer at Canterbury Downs, Security at the New Power Plant on 3rd Ave., Herbergers, and Best Buy. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching football, baseball, and softball. He played football and softball. Melvin was a life member of the following organizations: Marines Corps League, Korean War Veterans Association, Military Order of Devil Dogs, 1st Marine Division Association, DAV Trench Rats, The Forty & Eight, American Legion, VFW 9713. He was also a member of the Frozen Chosin Chapter 41. Melvin was a Past Commander of the VFW and American Legion and 2nd Vice of the 2nd District of the American Legion. He was a Commandant for the State of Minnesota Marine Corps and Chairman of the Veteran’s Memorial. Melvin is survived by his wife of 59 years, Audrey; two sons Allen I. Roiger of Garritson, SD, and Randy Thomas Roiger of Eagle Lake; three grandchildren, Pamela and Jay Roiger-Joel, Sherry Roiger, and Francisco Roiger II; six great-grandchildren, Anthony (AJ) Roiger-Netzke, Bryan Roiger-Joel, Jaylinn Roiger-Joel, Luiz Carrasco, Katalina Kennedy, and Marcos Kennedy; brother Marvin of Lakeland, FL; brother-in laws and sister-in-laws, Dennis (Helen) Hanson, Ilene Carlson, Irene (Elwood) Wright, Marilyn (Joel) Nelson, Howard Hanson, Harlan (Arlene) Hanson, Gary Hanson, Joey (Robin) Hanson; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; one aunt Myrna Roiger of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Perry, grandson Francisco, and sister Marianne Hawkenson.
Ruth M. Wasinger
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On October 13, 2014 Ruth M. Wasinger left her friends and nurses at Oak Terrace to be with her family in heaven. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Ruth was born September 12, 1937 to Gayle and Mildred (Drummer) Worrell in Mankato. She was untied in marriage to Duane Wasinger on January 7, 1956 at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. In her free time Ruth enjoyed gardening. She is survived by sons, Stephen (Sue) Wasinger, Timothy (special friend Rhonda) Wasinger, and Daniel (Val) Wasinger; daughters, LaRae Wasinger and Margaret (Kurt) Pearson; ten grandchildren; many great grandchildren; brothers, Gayle “Bud” (Karen) Worrell, Roy (Janice) Worrell, and Mark (Faith) Worrell; sister, Judie Gullick. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Ann Vetter
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Ann Marie Vetter, 54, of North Mankato, died peacefully Sunday, October 12, 2014, at home surrounded by family following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato with Father Robert Schneider officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Funeral Chapel and will continue one hour before services Wednesday at the church. Private interment services will be held at Mausoleum.

Ann graduated from Good Counsel Academy in 1978. A board member and vice president of production for Vetter Stone for many years, she also served on several local arts boards and committees including the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, and Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

Ann was born April 2, 1960, to Howard and Joyce (Voda) Vetter in Mankato, MN. Survivors include daughters Katie Miller of Los Angeles, CA, and Patti Miller of San Francisco, CA; father Howard Vetter of Lake Washington; siblings Bob (Chris) Vetter of Lake Washington, Teresa Vetter of North Mankato, Donn (Lois) Vetter of Mankato, Mary Vetter Benedict of Apple Valley, and Ron (Cindy) Vetter of Lake Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mother and brother-in-law Jack Benedict.

Arrangements by Funeral Home. Memorials preferred to Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, or School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Amy Mood
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Amy Mood, 86, Mankato, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Laurels Peak.  Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m.  Monday, October 13 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel.  Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.  Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Mankato.   is handling arrangements.

Amy was born May 31, 1928 in Mankato, MN to Lester and Alice (Wilkins) Smith.  She grew up and attended school in Mankato.  On December 11, 1946 she married Bill C. Mood.  She worked for a local TV cable company and also Riech Trucking.  Amy enjoyed motorcycle riding, golf, boating, traveling, country music and she taught country dancing.

She is survived by 1 brother, Doug Smith of River Falls, WI and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill, 2 brothers and 1 sister.


Kenneth Johnson
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Mankato resident, Kenneth Johnson, 90, died Monday, October 6, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 10 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Biren, officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Kenneth Melvin Johnson was born November 14, 1923 in Mankato, MN to Elmer and Leita (VanScoy) Johnson. He grew up and attended school in Mankato and served in both the Army and Navy. On February 2, 1946 he was united in marriage to Katherine DeVlaeminck. Kenneth worked for the city of Mankato water department for 34 years. In his leisure time he loved deer hunting, fishing, carpentry and wood working, volunteering at the Salvation Army thrift store, fixing things and was an avid walker with Katherine at Madison East Mall. He loved cookies and cake and was known to his grandkids as “Grandpa Cookies”. He is survived by his wife Katherine; children, Larry (Karen) Padgett of Rochester, MN, Sandra Johns (Leon Quaday) of Eagle Lake, Mary Jo (Terry) Snyder of Mankato, Janice (Bernie) Stubbe of Sioux Falls, SD, Nancy Swedberg of Mankato, Randy (Mary) Johnson of Mankato; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 4 great - great grandchildren; brother, Everett (Ardys) Johnson of Mesa, AZ; sister, Betty Braun of Apple Valley, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 sisters.
Dennis Witty
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Dennis Witty, 79, North Mankato,  died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at his home.  A private committal service was held at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
Doris Bateman
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Doris Bateman, 86, Mankato, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 26, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Marvel 'Bud' Stanke
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Marvel “Bud” Stanke, 88, of Janesville, MN died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Colony Court Memory Care in Waseca. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 20 at Salem Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation is 9:30a.m. until time of service at the church. Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato is handling arrangements. Bud was born February 6, 1926 in Blue Earth County, Minnesota to Edward and Margaret (Harty) Stanke. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and graduated from Janesville High School in 1943. On February 22, 1949 he married Janice Bull. Bud retired from farming in 1984 and he and Janice moved to Janesville in 1989. He enjoyed many years of square dancing, playing cards, fishing, and especially watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janice; children, Sandy (Don) Ewert, Ger (Lois) Stanke all of Janesville; Kathy (Carl) Friedrichs of Elysian; Greg (Sue) Stanke of Webster; 15 grandchildren and their spouses; 14 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Lucille Mainz of Milwaukee, WI, and sister-in-law, Gerry Peterson both of Waseca; brother-in-law, Murt (Lorraine) Bull of Farr, TX; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, James Stanke; sisters, Lorraine (Al) Dumdei and LaJune (Erv) Hemshrot; brothers-in-law, Dudley Mainz and Albin Peterson; mother and father-in-law Howard and Ethel Bull.
Viola R. Kirchner
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Viola R. Kirchner, age 90, of rural St. Peter, died peacefully, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Church of St. Peter in St. Peter, followed by burial at St. Nicholas Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Viola was born January 3, 1924 to David and Mary (Noding) Engler in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. She married Henry Kirchner October 10, 1942 in Dundee, Minnesota. Viola is survived by 6 sons, Jerome of Hamel, Dave of Nicollet, Steven of Savage, Kenneth of Iowa, Dan of Mankato and Mark of Winnebago; 2 daughters, Becky of Minneapolis and Deb Johnson of Le Sueur; 22 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, son Michael and 2 grandchildren.
Lee B. Hendley
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Lee B. Hendley, 68, of Madison Lake, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Mausoleum. Lee was born April 30, 1946 at Glenwood Springs, CO. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1964. On August 13, 1966 he married Judy Reasor of Lake Crystal. Lee was an artisan plasterer with his own business and was proud to pass the skills on to his son, Troy. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and great grand babies, pontoon rides, playing cards, and camping. He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Lyn (Joe) Rademaker, son, Troy, all of Mankato; grandchildren, Jennifer Martin and Adam Hendley; 4 great grandchildren, Caleb, Elena, Lydia, Micah Murray; sister, Jolene Spitler of Westminster, CO; step brothers, Eric (Cindy) Strand of Elysian, Ben Strand of Mankato; step sister, Judy Apple of Stillwater; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers-in-law.
Ruth (Donahue) Hager
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Ruth 'Tootsie'¯ Donahue Hager

Sept. 21, 1925 - Sept. 2, 2014

The woman who 'loved everyone'¯, never said anything unkind about anyone, and always had a song in her heart reached across the bridge to her longed for mother, Birdie; father, Orville; brothers, Kenneth, Richard, Raymond, Donald, and Lloyd; and sister, Sibyl; longtime and dear friends, and loving husband of 66 years, Howard, last night and found peace.  She is survived by her sister, Orvilla; sons, Thomas, his wife, Vicki Lauruhn, their children, Michael (Jenny) Hager, Mandi True (Randy Geraghty), Ali (Brian) Ciarochi, and Sam (Karina) True; Fred, his wife Becky, their children, Annie (Tom) Starr, Peter and Christopher Hager; daughter, Sibyl Roche, and her daughters, Rochelle and Kyle (Justin) Erickson; Nine great-grandchildren, John, Hannah and Grace, Mia, Kate and James, Elli, Lily and Macy;  Sister-in-law, Jane Hager; and many nieces and nephews.  

She married Howard Hager in Mankato, MN while on leave from the U.S. Army on September 8, 1943. For her part in the war efforts she moved to Texas and became a 'Rosie the Riveter'¯.  Upon Howie's return they began their family and they built a house on South Avenue followed by two more in North Mankato.

Mom was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in North Mankato and active in many women's groups.  She also worked at home making their house a home sewing her own draperies and cross stitching many quilts for her daughter/daughters-in-law, granddaughters and friends.  Mom also worked various places such as Wards catalog department, Brett's, and Hoover Elementary School as a cook.  

When they retired she and Howie traveled spending many winters in Texas and Arizona and stayed active in their grandchildren's lives.  They spent hours with friend's playing cards, traveling, going to casinos and golfing.  She was an avid golfer, making a whole in one!  Her raspberry patch was her pride and joy along with her numerous flower filled pots every summer.  She also had a hibiscus which she nursed for years.  She was famous for her holiday dinners.

She was simply the sweetest soul who said a long goodbye and we treasured every moment.  She will be deeply missed.

A visitation will be held from 4-7 on Friday, Sept. 5th at Funeral Home, Mankato, and a private family service and interment will be held.
Ruth Hager
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Ruth “Tootsie” Donahue Hager Sep. 21, 1925-Sept. 2, 2014 The woman who “loved everyone”, never said anything unkind about anyone, and always had a song in her heart reached across the bridge to her longed for mother, Birdie; father, Orville; brothers, Kenneth, Richard, Raymond, Donald, and Lloyd; and sister, Sibyl; longtime and dear friends, and loving husband of 66 years, Howard, last night and found peace. She is survived by her sister, Orvilla; sons, Thomas, his wife, Vicki Lauruhn, their children, Michael (Jenny) Hager, Mandi True (Randy Geraghty), Ali (Brian) Ciarochi, and Sam (Karina) True; Fred, his wife Becky, their children, Annie (Tom) Starr, Peter and Christopher Hager; daughter, Sibyl Roche, and her daughters, Rochelle and Kyle (Justin) Erickson; Nine great-grandchildren, John, Hannah and Grace, Mia, Kate and James, Elli, Lily and Macy; Sister-in-law, Jane Hager; and many nieces and nephews. She married Howard Hager in Mankato, MN while on leave from the U.S. Army on September 8, 1943. For her part in the war efforts she moved to Texas and became a “Rosie the Riveter”. Upon Howie’s return they began their family and they built a house on South Avenue followed by two more in North Mankato. Mom was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato and active in many women’s groups. She also worked at home making their house a home sewing her own draperies and cross stitching many quilts for her daughter/daughters-in-law, granddaughters and friends. Mom also worked various places such as Wards catalog department, Brett’s, and Hoover Elementary School as a cook. When they retired she and Howie traveled spending many winters in Texas and Arizona and stayed active in their grandchildren’s lives. They spent hours with friend’s playing cards, traveling, going to casinos and golfing. She was an avid golfer, making a whole in one! Her raspberry patch was her pride and joy along with her numerous flower filled pots every summer. She also had a hibiscus which she nursed for years. She was famous for her holiday dinners. She was simply the sweetest soul who said a long goodbye and we treasured every moment. She will be deeply missed. A visitation will be held from 4-7 on Friday, Sept. 5th at Woodland Hills Funeral Home, Mankato, and a private family service and interment will be held.
Leslie Wilaby
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Leslie Wilaby, 76, Mankato, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System '“ Mankato.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday August 30, 2014 at Funeral Home.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the services.  Interment will be at Memorial Park.

Leslie was born May 2, 1938 to Raymond and Elva (Manaige) McAllister in Mankato. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1956 and Voc Tech in 1971.  She worked as a cook at many Mankato area restaurants including; Hansen's Dairy Bar, El Seis Restaurant, Holiday Inn, JD Truffles, Cub's, and the Kato Cabins.  In her free time Leslie loved to cook and bake, sewing, and in her younger days she loved to go dancing.  She was a member of Al-Anon.

She is survived by daughter, Sheley Wilaby of Mankato; granddaughters, Sara (Daran Stoll) Wilaby of Mankato and Erica (Jason) Schiebel of New Brighton; great granddaughters, Viviana and Scarlett Schiebel of New Brighton; brother, Lee (B.A.) McAllister of Worthington; sister, Andy (Bill) Fischer of Le Seuer; and many nieces and nephews.

Leslie is preceded in death by her parents, two aunts, and three uncles.
Robert Marquardt
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Robert Marquardt died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at his home in Mankato.  Graveside services will be held at a later date.
Gary Wilaby
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Gary Wilaby  died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at his home in Mankato.  No services to be held.
Betty Morson
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North Mankato resident, Elisabeth Jane “Betty” Morson, age 88, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, August 25 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Private family interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Betty was born February 17, 1926 in Fillmore, Illinois the daughter of Roy and Elaine (Jenkins) Hinton. She graduated from Sherburne High School and went on to attend Beauty School. On December 8, 1945 she married Glen Robert Morson. She worked at several restaurants in the Mankato area and also was a hairdresser and had ran her own cleaning service. Betty enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, doing volunteer work and landscape planning for friends. She was a former member of Belgrade United Methodist Church. She is survived by sons, Henry (Helen) of North Mankato, Glen of Minnesota Lake, Stephen (Pam) of LaFayette, Marvin (Shelly) of Mankato; grandchildren, Michelle, Brandon (Tina), Matt, Lucas, Lindsay, Colleen, Nicholas (Lauren) and Alissa; great grandchildren, Kaylynn, Emma, Gary Lee, Micah, Mercedes, Brielle and Aria; one sister, Bonnie Hill of Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Ben Dickmeyer
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Former Mankato teacher and radio sportscaster, Ben Dickmeyer, 89, died August 9, 2014 at his home in Lakeland, Florida. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 9:30am at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato, MN. Father Richard A. Yevchak will officiate. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the Funeral Mass. Burial will be at Marysburg cemetery in Madison Lake, MN. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Dickmeyer was born on May 28, 1925 in Fairfax, MN to Ben Sr. and Mathilda (Bruggeman) Dickmeyer. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1943. He served as a pilot in the Navy Air Corps in World War II from 1943-1945. He attended Mankato Teachers College and earned his B.S. degree in 1949. He married Darleen Kratz on February 14, 1948. He taught in Southern Minnesota High Schools for 36 years. Schools included Walnut Grove, Marshall, Sherburn, St. Peter and Mankato. Along with teaching he did radio play-by-play sports for 22 years. 20 of those years were spent at station KTOE in Mankato. He taught in Mankato Schools for 26 years at Franklin Jr. High, Mankato High, Mankato West and Mankato East. After retiring in 1985, he and his wife have lived in their home in Lakeland, Florida during the winter months, and spent their summers at their lake home on Duck Lake near Madison Lake, Minnesota. He was a lector in his church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Minnesota Education Association and the National Education Association. He enjoyed all sports, especially golf. He liked to claim himself a natural athlete and a card player. He is survived by his wife, Darleen, four sons, Michael and wife Marlene of Lakeland, FL, Bruce and wife Elizabeth of Arcada, CA, Bill and wife Louise of Mankato, MN and Scott and wife Linda of La Crosse, WI, two daughters, Dawn and husband Ken Stone of Tumwater, WA and Debra of Minneapolis, MN and 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Memorials can be made to Good Shepard Hospice, Lakeland, FL or donor’s choice.
Charles Harlow
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Charles Harlow, 86, of Mapleton, died August 18, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00AM on Friday, August 22, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Mapleton with Pastor Vicki officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. He served in the US Navy during World War II. He worked as a Telegrapher for Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 39 years retiring 1986. He married Carole Schueneman in 1963. His hobbies included raising horses, dogs and hunting. He is survived by his wife Carole of 51 years, two sons Dennis (JoAnne) Harlow of St. Peter, MN and Richard Harlow of Danbury WI, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, brothers Gary (Sharon) Blank, Roger Harlow and friend Carol, George (Arlene) Harlow, sisters Lana Christian and friend Mike, Iva (Al) Ganske, and many nieces and nephews.
Arthur Norman Langlie
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Arthur Norman Langlie, 95, Mankato, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Hillcrest Health Care Center. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Art was born April 21, 1919 in Long Prairie to Clarence and Gunda (Bjerkaas) Langlie. He served in the United States Army and after his discharge worked as a mason. In his free time Art enjoyed bowling and ice fishing. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He is survived by a sister, Claire Luskey of Inver Grove Heights; eight nieces; three nephews; and many great nieces and nephews. Art is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Owen Langlie; sister in-law, Alice Langlie; brother in-law, Roger Luskey; and nephew, David Langlie. Memorials are preferred to Disabled Veterans or Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Helen Purscell
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Helen M. (Duncan) Purscell Mankato, MN Resident Helen M. (Duncan) Purscell, age 88, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mankato. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in Windom, MN in the afternoon. Helen was born January 8, 1926 in Jeffers, MN to Arthur and Pearl (Pope) Frenzen. After High School she became a certified teacher and taught in country schools during WWII. She married Boyd Duncan in 1948 and while he was in active military duty their family lived in numerous places around the world. Helen earned her bachelor’s degree from Mankato State College, and her graduate degrees form the University of Iowa. She became a popular professor of Sociology at Mankato State University and treasured her relationships with colleagues and students during her career from 1965 to 1993. Helen married Keith Purscell on June 17, 1994. Their shared love of travel and learning led them on several worldwide adventures during their retirement years. They also took great pleasure with their travel in the US. Helen is preceded in death by her first husband, Boyd Duncan, and two sons Bruce and Stuart Duncan. She is survived by her husband Keith; son Scott (& Nancy) Duncan of Edina, MN; grandchildren Joel and Arthur Duncan; Two stepsons and two stepdaughters, and seven step grandchildren, who loved her dearly; brother Floyd (& Jimmie Ann) Frenzen of Chickasha, OK; sister Dona Loken of Scottsdale, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials in Helen’s honor may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mankato or to the Alzheimer’s Association for research in dementia.
Linda Jeanne Ryg
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Linda Jeanne Ryg, 59, Eagle Lake, died Friday August 15,2014 in Mankato. Visitation will be held Tuesday August 19, 2014 from 10 am-2pm at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato with Funeral Services and burial to follow at 2pm. Linda was born March 6th, 1955 to Forest and Beverly (Reynolds) Van Camp. She graduated from Mankato High in 1973. Linda was united in marriage to Bruce Ryg on June 7, 1986 in Eagle Lake. She Retired from Midwest Electric. In her free time she enjoyed birds, watching Nascar and the outdoors. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Ryg of Eagle Lake; mother Beverly Lohmann of Eagle Lake; step-son, Nick(Faith) Ryg of Lake Crystal; grandchildren, Jordan and Avery Ryg; twin brother , Dan Van Camp of Madison Lake; brother John(Kelly) Van Camp of Kasson; sisters Cheryl Fleck of Cleveland, Mary (Greg) Hix of North Mankato; and Jean(Brian) Goettl of Madison Lake; step siblings, Dave, Dennis, Karen, Carol; and many nieces and nephews. Linda is preceded in death by her father Sam; step father, Don; and stepbrother, Duane.
Shirley Diaz
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Mankato resident, Shirley Arlene Diaz, age 76, died Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her home. Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 17 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato with Rev. Paul Lauer, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Shirley was born August 18, 1937 in Steele County, MN to George and Etta (Nelson) Stieglbauer. She attended school in Geneva and graduated from Ellendale High School. On February 25, 1959 she married Jesse Diaz in Albert Lea. She worked at Stampers of Wells and also Easton Lumber Yard. Shirley enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her family. She also loved spending time with the LeDuc family, whom she loved dearly. She is survived by sons, Julian (Jenny) Diaz of Mankato and Tom (Stella) Diaz of Wasilla, Alaska; daughter, Laura (Neil) Behnke of Minnesota Lake; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jessica, Jade, Jasmine, Nikki, Jenny, David and Lani; great grandchildren, Jordis, Jaxon, Kiera, Cole, Ulysses and Drew; brothers, Louis (Barb) Stieglbauer of Dale City, VA, George (Susan) Stieglbauer and Laverne (Linda) Stieglbauer all of Geneva, MN; sisters, Loretta Anderson and Jeanette (Terry) Ringeon all of Albert Lea, Julia (Kenneth) Farr of Geneva; brothers and sisters-in-law, Manuel Cortinas, Barney Diaz, Frank and Kathy Diaz, Goody Diaz, Mary and Verlyn Thompson, Bruce and Carmen Stenhovden. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jesse, son, John, sisters, Margaret, Delores and Donna; brothers-in-law Joe Diaz, Tony Diaz, Allen Anderson, and sister-in-law, Susan Diaz.
Barbara K. Rachuy
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Barbara K. Rachuy, age 66 of Mankato, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Parker Oaks Communities in Winnebago. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato. Visitation will be one hour before services. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Barbara was born October 1, 1947 to Major and Mable (Nassif) Smith in Mankato. She was a graduate of Mankato High School. Barbara married Keith Rachuy, they later divorced. She enjoyed cooking, cards, gambling and especially time spent with family and friends. Barbara is survived by 1 son, Anthony “Tony” (Brenda) Rachuy of Delavan; 5 grandchildren, Joseph, Corey, Jessica, Cody and Christine; 5 great grandchildren, Jasmine, Sophia, Mariah, Payton and Alana; 1 brother, Richard Smith of Mankato. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 infant sons, Randy and Brandon; 3 brothers, Marvin “Butch” Smith, Thomas “Darold” Smith and Robert “Bob” Smith; 2 sisters, Sharon “Bonnie” Hill and Jan Evans.
Lonny Anderson
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Mankato resident, Lonny Frederick Anderson, age 65, went home to Jesus on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. until time of service at the church. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Lonny was born August 18, 1948 in Mankato, MN to Fred and Dorothy Anderson. He attended Lime Valley School. He has been a resident of Harry Meyering Center for 38 years and worked at several places in the community including Drummers, Pizza Hut, MSU Campus, Bethany College, Good Counsel and 45 years at MRCI. Lonny loved the Mankato Moondogs, WWE Wrestling, bowling, playing soft ball for the Miracle League, golfing and cooking. He is survived by his sister, Ginny Norton of North Mankato; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many loving friends at Harry Meyering Center and MRCI. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Mary Jo Olson, Marcia Roberts and Dorothy Ann Strand; brothers-in-law, Larry Norton and Eldon Strand.
Mary 'Ellie' Tschida
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Mary "Ellie" Tschida, 64, died Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her home in Madison Lake. A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.
Ronald R. Steinberg
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Ronald R. Steinberg, 76, Mankato, died Friday August, 8, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato. Memorial Mass will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
James P. Miller, “Miller”
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James P. Miller, “Miller” Age 79, of Le Sueur, MN passed away on August 4, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis “Duke” and Francis Miller. He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Jamie (Matt) Wendt, Heidi (Josh) Sutton, and Scotty (Jason) Gaspard, grandchildren: Josie, Gina, Grady, Justin, & Louis; brother, Richard (Beverly) Miller, former wife and life-long friend, Carol Miller, nieces, nephews, and many other loving relatives and friends. “Miller,” as he liked to be called, was born on August 23, 1934. He graduated from Mankato High School, and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He was an ambulance driver, first responder, and Police Officer for the Mankato Police Department. He worked at NW Automatic Products Corp. of Minneapolis, and for over 25 years enjoyed working for the Davis family at Davisco Foods International, Inc. of Le Sueur, MN. Miller enjoyed fishing, boating, golfing, water sports, skiing, horses, home building & remodeling, car restoration, boat building, and motorcycles. He loved to watch golf, football, and other sports on T.V.. Mostly, he enjoyed family celebrations, especially those that involved a good meal or dinner out! We invite friends and family to celebrate Jim’s life with us on Wednesday, August 13 from 4-7 PM at Woodland Hills Funeral Home, 1605 Woodland Ave., Mankato, MN 507-387-5504
Tara R. Franklin
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Tara R. Franklin, age 24, of Lake Crystal, died, Sunday, August 3, 2014. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Donations can be made in memory of Tara at Minnstar Bank, Lake Crystal/Mankato. Tara was born August 16, 1989 to Michael Lane and Rochelle (Lorentz) in Mankato. She attended Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial High School and South Central College. Tara was united in marriage to Nathan Franklin on October 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time she enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, going out traveling with Nathan and the girls collecting agates. She is survived by her husband, Nathan Franklin of Lake Crystal; daughters, Laila and Iliza Franklin of Lake Crystal; parents, Mike Lane and Shelly Lorentz of Mankato; brothers, Justin (Heather) Lane of Mankato, Jedediah (Aniy) Lane of Lake Crystal, and Jordan (Skye) Lane of Lake Crystal; sister Hannah Lane of Mankato; grandmothers, Mary Lou Lane and Doris Lorentz; father and mother in-law, Kevin and Lori Franklin of Lake Crystal; brother in-law, Jeremy Franklin of Lake Crystal; sisters in-law, Summer Franklin of Lake Crystal and Jessica (Jason) McAinley of the Twin Cities; and nieces and nephews, Dietrich, Kobe, Kaden, Braden, Damien, Nevaeh, Aubreeann and Destiny. Tara is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ronald Lane and Romie Lorentz; and aunts, Rita Peterson and Jeanie Datalden; cousin, Dustin Brand.
Lyle Mervin Olson
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Mankato resident, Lyle Mervin Olson, 79, died peacefully at home surrounded by family Friday, August 1, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 5, at Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd in North Mankato. Officiating will be The Rev. Monte Meyer and preaching will be The Rev. Dr. Douglas Rutt. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd. Lyle was born August 30, 1934 in Wessington Springs, SD to Lewis and Clara (Nordrum) Olson. He graduated from Lakeville High School. On April 25, 1953 he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Mae Thomas in Farmington, MN. He was a farmer, worked in sales and management for Fuller Brush Company for 15 years and also State Industrial Products for 27 years. Lyle enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, watching his grandchildren play sports, wood working, reading, and traveling. He was a devoted member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd for 52 years, active as an elder, chairman and choir member. He was also a member of St. Peter senior citizens card group, volunteered for VINE, Nicollet County Senior Services and ECHO food shelf. Lyle was the July 2014 recipient of the Jefferson Good People Award. Lyle is survived by his beloved Shirley (wife of 61 years); their sons: Arden (Sandi) of Mankato; Thomas (Debra) of Columbus, NC; James (Christine) of Tempe, AZ; and Robert (Jennifer) of Belmont, NC; their daughters: Deborah Rutt (Douglas) of St. Louis, MO; Judy Hendley of North Mankato; Lisa Czyz (Paul) of Rosemount, MN; son-in-law Douglas Hendley of Nicollet. Also surviving are grandchildren, James, Joseph, Wesley, Becky (Anthony), Sarah (Jonathan), Aaron (Leslie), Christa (Peter), Mical (Robert), Bethany (Erik), Jonathan, Katherine, Douglas (Melissa), David (Sarah), Darin, Michael, Jacob, Katherine, Hannah, Ryan, Braden; 23 great-grandchildren. Lyle was preceded in death by his brothers Carol and Jerald and his sister Norma Morton and sister-in-law Betty Meyer and her husband Raymond. He is survived by brother-in-law Dale Morton and sister-in-laws Sheila Olson, Donna Olson and Audrey Timberman.
Sherri (Alexander) Saunders
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Mankato resident, Sherri (Alexander) Saunders, 46, died Friday, August 1, 2014 at Laurels Peak in Mankato. Arrangements are pending with Woodland Hills Funeral Home.
Mae C. Stubbs
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Mae Cecilia Stubbs, age 86 of Franklin, MN formerly of Mankato, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at St. John’s The Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. that day, until time of services at the church. Burial will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Mae was born April 30, 1928 in Duluth to Charlie and Catherine (Kritzer) Noyes. She was a graduate of Duluth High School. Mae married Robert Stubbs, January 28, 1950 in Minneapolis. She enjoyed cooking at numerous restaurants in the Mankato area. Some of these included the Mankato Golf Club, Skyline Café and Charley’s. Mae was a member of Degree of Honor, Eagles Club and TOPS. She is survived by her husband Robert of Franklin; 3 sons, Evan (Diana) Stubbs of Wichita Falls, Bob (Mary) Stubbs of St. Louis and James (Sang) of Franklin; 1 daughter, Marlene Stubbs of New Ulm; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Margaret Ankarlo of Two Harbors, Marian Duff of Duluth and Mert Juul also of Duluth; Many nieces and nephews; Mae was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers, Howard, Edward, Vernon and Clarence.
Judith 'Judy' A. Peery
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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.
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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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.
Bernie Miller
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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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