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MINNESOTA - Fillmore County - Miscellaneous Obituaries from 1998 - 4

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Date: Friday, 28 August 2009, at 5:57 p.m.

Kenneth William Casady, 86, Spring Valley
Kenneth William Casady, age 86, of Spring Valley, died Friday evening at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
He was born Sept. 11, 1911, in Scotch Ridge, Iowa, to William Casady and Grace Marie (Hull) Casady. On June 3, 1939, he married Helen Margaret Kendall at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
He was the owner of Casady Trucklines in Grimes, Iowa, until his retirement. At that time he started farming. He farmed for approximately 10 years before his retirement in 1984.
He was a long-time resident of Grimes, Iowa, living there from 1920 until 1992. At that time they moved to Spring Valley.
He is survived by his wife of Spring Valley; one son, James of Grand Meadow; one daughter, Abigail Smas of Hudson, Ohio; one sister, Marguerite McKissick of Houstin, Texas; five grandchildren, Lauryn, Ethen, Ryan, Libby and Jenny. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Bill and John, and one brother, Irwin.
A prayer service was held Sunday, June 7, at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Visitation was held at Brandt's Funeral Home in Dallas Center, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 9, with a graveside service being held Wednesday, June 10, at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes, Iowa.

Dorothy Cavanaugh, mother of Wykoff man
Dorothy R. Grell Cavanaugh, 77, of Charter House, a former Chatfield-area farm homemaker, died Monday, March 30, 1998, at Charter House.
Dorothy Rieva Van Nostrand was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Mason City, Iowa, grew up there and graduated from Mason City High School. On Nov. 4, 1938, she married Carl W. Grell in Clear Lake and they farmed in the Chatfield area for many years. Mr. Grell died May 19, 1983. In addition to homemaking, she was a part-time librarian for Wykoff Schools and catalogued music at the Chatfield Brass Band Library. She was active in Root Prairie Lutheran Church of rural Chatfield. On Dec. 6, 1986, she married William "Ted" Cavanaugh and they spent winters in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and summers in the Lake George area of Rochester. They had resided at Charter House the past 4 1/2 years.
In addition to her husband, survivors include four sons, Jerry Grell and John Grell, both of Rochester, Donald Grell of Vandale, Ark., and Dennis Grell of Wykoff; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marion Van Nostrand of Titusville, Fla., and Kay Boone of Omaha, Neb. A grandson preceded her in death.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Mahon officiating. A graveside service was conducted Thursday in the Clear Lake, Iowa, Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Root Prairie Lutheran Church or St. John's Catholic Church.
Macken Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles E. Collett, 79, formerly of Preston
Charles E. Collett, 79, a retired Air Force Colonel, of Galveston, Texas, formerly of Preston, died April 8, 1998, in Galveston.
He was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Harmony, the son of Fred and Emma (Kyseth) Collett. He graduated from Preston High School in 1936. He began as a messenger in the Department of Justice in 1936 and attended law school at George Washington University. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps on Jan. 6, 1942. He served as a fighter pilot in the European theater. He returned to Washington, D.C. and completed law school while still in the service. He was assigned to the Judge Advocate General's office, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He served on many special projects including the Battle Staff (Cuban Missile crisis), Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of Chief of Staff USAF. He held many service decorations, which included two Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired after 24 years of military service with the U.S. Air Force on March 1, 1966, at the rank of Colonel.
He married Margaret Windham on April 1, 1942. She died Feb. 12, 1979. He married Juliette Wahl Thompson in September 1982.
He is survived by his wife, Juliette; two sons, Charles, Jr. and Jeffrey Lee; and grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Scheevel, Preston; two sisters-in-law, Christie (Mrs. Bill) Collett, Preston, and Florence (Mrs. Bon) Collett of Minneapolis; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. His body was donated to Baylor University for medical research. Burial will be in Satellite Beach, Fla.
A memorial service was held April 1 at the AA Headquarters in Galveston.

Lillian Pearl Collins, 90, once of SV
Lillian Pearl Collins, 90, of Blooming Prairie, formerly of Spring Valley, Austin and Chatfield, died Thursday, March 19, 1998, at Slayton Manor Care Center in Slayton, Minn., after being ill a short time.
Lillian Pearl Applen was born Sept. 5, 1907, in Fillmore County. On Nov. 3, 1931, she married Walter John "Jack" Collins and they lived in Spring Valley, Owatonna, Blooming Prairie, Austin and Bixby, Minn. Her husband died Sept. 15, 1968. Mrs. Collins lived in Chatfield from 1971 until moving to Villa II Apartments in Blooming Prairie in 1982. She was a member of St. Columbanus Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son, Thomas of West St. Paul; a daughter, Rosemary (Mrs. Joseph) LeTendre of Slayton; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Blooming Prairie with the Rev. Richard Dernek officiating. Burial in St. Columbanus Cemetery.
Blooming Prairie Funeral Home held a rosary service and a wake prayer service.

Myron Willis Cooper, 96, Spring Valley
Myron Willis Cooper, 96, a farmer from Spring Valley, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at Ostrander Nursing Home where he had been a resident since February 1992.
He was born Nov. 20, 1901, in Bennington Township. On Sept. 2, 1924, he married Wenona Chamberlin in Austin. She died Oct. 13, 1984. Mr. Cooper was a member of Racine United Methodist Church.
Survivors include four sons, M. Robert of Rochester, Wesley of Roseburg, Ore., Lynn of O'Fallon, Ill., and Don of Spring Valley; two daughters, Ellen Starkovich of Babbitt, Minn., and Betty Dubbels of Spokane, Wash.; 32 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, Clair of Rapid City, S. D.; and Lyle of Bakersfield, Calif. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Racine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jean Dumas officiating. Burial in Hamilton Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Roger C. Copeman, 64, of Spring Valley
Roger C. Copeman, 64, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at Season's Hospice in Rochester.
He was born March 27, 1934, in Chester, Iowa. He married Ardis Olson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, on Oct. 24, 1956. She survives. He joined the Navy on July 15, 1952, in Minneapolis. During the Korean War he was stationed in San Diego, Norman, Okla., on the USS Mindoro, in Naples, Italy, and in Glenview, Ill. He was discharged Jan. 13, 1956. He worked as a driver for Ruan Transport until retiring in 1996.
Also surviving are three sons, Scott of Spring Valley, Dr. Jeffery of Chisholm, Minn., and Todd of Plainview; a daughter, Kim (Mrs. Scott) Merkel of Spring Valley; five grandchildren; a stepgranddaughter; a brother, Gary, of Eyota; and a sister, Bonnie (Mrs. Bob) Cain of Wabasha.
The funeral was Friday at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Bob Kandels officiating. Burial was in Spring Valley Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Copolillo, 83, formerly of Ostrander
Sarah Copolillo, 83, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Ostrander, died Monday, June 22, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
The former Sarah Fileccia was born Jan. 16, 1915, in Sicily, the daughter of Rosario and Margherita (Cangelose) Fileccia. The family moved to Chicago in 1922 where she was raised. She married Clement Copolillo Feb. 2, 1936, in Chicago, where she was a homemaker and where they made their home. When her husband retired in 1972 they moved to Ostrander and then to Phoenix in 1981. He died Dec. 11, 1997, and she moved to Spring Valley to live with her daughter in March 1998 and had been a short-term resident of Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Grand Meadow.
The couple enjoyed family, traveling and attending dances.
She is survived by two sons, John of Highland, Calif. and Clem of Gilbert, Ariz.; one daughter, Rita Utley of Spring Valley; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ben Fileccia of Chicago and Tony Fileccia of Phoenix.
She was preceded in death by two brothers. There was a prayer service at the funeral home Thursday with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley officiating.
The funeral Mass was Monday, June 29, 1998, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Phoenix with burial in the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of local arrangements.

D. Cornwell, 91, father of Harmony woman
Donald Wilson Cornwell, 91, of Cresco, a retired Adams-area farmer, died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco.
He was born Jan. 21, 1907, in Havelock, Iowa. On April 5, 1930, he married Julia Dunn at the Methodist parsonage in Pocahontas, Iowa. They farmed near Havelock for 25 years and then in rural Adams until retirement. They moved to Taopi in 1973. Mr. Cornwell was a member of First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy. He enjoyed gardening, lawn work and playing cards.
Survivors include three daughters, Marian Burgett of Sanford, Fla., Therma (Mrs. Russell) Fitzgerald of Lime Springs, Iowa and Judith (Mrs. Morris) Dempewolf of Harmony; three sons, Harvey of Havelock, Iowa, Jeral "Jerry" of Grand Meadow and Dalton of Durand, Wis.; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, three grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.
Funeral services were Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Steve Elderbrock officiating. Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery.
Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.

Manford 'Stub' Corson, 78, of Preston
Manford "Stub" Gilmer Corson, age 78, of Preston died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
He was born Oct. 10, 1919, near Amherst, Minn., the son of Elmer "Melvin" and Emma (Young) Corson and grew up in the Prosper area. He graduated from Mabel High School. During World War II, he served first in the 39th Reconnaissance, then in the 9th Rangers and finally in the 5th Army, 1st Armored Division, 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 8th Platoon. He served in North Africa under Gen. George S. Patton. He then served in Sicily and Italy where, in 1943, he was severely injured and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He married Mildred Davidson on Nov. 23, 1942, in Mabel. They lived briefly in Rochester and Dodge Center before building a house in Harmony where he sold advertising and owned the bowling alley and roller rink/ballroom. When the bowling alley burned in 1957, he moved his family to Preston where he built a new bowling alley. He also developed the housing addition known as "Corncob Acres." He later worked at the U.S. Post Office and was a rural mail carrier until his retirement.
He was active in the VFW, American Legion including past commander of the Preston Legion and life member of the Mabel VFW, past member of Masonic Lodge and Shriners. He enjoyed gardening, keeping a huge strawberry patch for many years, loved nature, reading and self-education. He was an excellent bowler and a winner of the Louis Peterson Classic in Chicago. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards.
Surviving are his wife, Millie of Preston; two daughters, Marcia Benavidez of Preston, and Jimmilee Miller of Dennison; five sons, Steven and wife (Nancy), Stuart, and Carlisle and wife (Tracy), all of Preston, Brett and wife (Nancy) of Wykoff, and Kirk and wife (Nan) of Lino Lakes; 16 grandchildren and seven great-children; and one brother, Ernest and wife (Charlotte) of Hesper, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Carlton, and one brother, Norman.
Funeral service was held Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Revs. Joe Schularick and Jim Rushton co-officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery in Preston with full military rites.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of the arrangements.

Ralph Cowen, 73, formerly of Lanesboro
Ralph Cowen, formerly of Lanesboro, died May 26, 1998, at his home in Ventura, Calif., where he had resided for the past 10 years. He died of colon cancer at the age of 73.
He was born Oct. 16, 1924, to George and Ingeborg Cowen, long-time residents of Lanesboro. He graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1942. After one year at Winona State College, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Hospital Corps. After he was discharged in 1946, he remained in California.
He studied for the theater at Elizabeth Halloway School, and the San Francisco State College, where he earned a degree cum laude in English.
A man with a wide range of abilities, he worked successfully in several fields - in aerospace, editing, nursing as a license vocational nurse, and in the preparation of packaged food mixes. He was a life-long student of literature and a poet. He wrote under the name of Ralph Oliver Cowen.
He is survived by two brothers, George of Delano, Minn., and Lynn of Roseville, Minn.; one sister, Adeline of Venice, Calif.; five nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia.
His ashes were sprinkled at Gaviota on the Pacific coast of California, his adopted state.

Ralph W. Crane, 84, Grand Meadow native
Ralph W. Crane died Friday, Sept. 11, 1998, at his home following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 9, 1914, in Grand Meadow, grew up in East Cranewood, rural Grand Meadow, and attended Grand Meadow schools. He married the former Eleanor E. Everts May 9, 1936, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in rural Racine until he retired in the early 1970s; they continued to live on the farm. He was active in soil conservation and received an award from Mower County in 1960 for his conservation efforts. He was a dairy herd tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. The couple traveled extensively in the United States and abroad and both enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Robert of Columbia, Md., and David of Minneapolis; two daughters, Patricia Emerson of Los Angeles and Joyce (Mrs. Fred) Baldwin of Minneapolis; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wesley of Tulsa and Donald of Round Lake, Ill.; and two sisters, Florence (Mrs. Paul) Howard of Los Angeles and Dorothy (Mrs. Elmer) Beltz of Palmdale, Ca. He was preceded in death by one sister.
The funeral was Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley Township with the Rev. Rodel Eberle officiating. Burial was at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Pleasant Valley.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville was in charge of arrangements.

Marie A. Crawford, 103, of Preston
Marie A. Crawford, 103, of Preston, formerly of Lanesboro, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
The former Marie Alida Case was born in Larchwood, Iowa, on June 11, 1895, the daughter of Westwood D. and Eliza J. (Pulver) Case. She grew up in southeastern Minnesota, graduating from high school in Canton. On Oct. 1, 1931, she married Ralph Crawford of Lanesboro. The couple lived in Lanesboro and managed and owned the Crawford Meat Market. He died Nov. 19, 1950. Following her husband's death she worked at the variety store in Lanesboro as a sales clerk.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Preston, having held the office of treasurer for several years. She was also a Sunday school teacher for many years, a former member of Eastern Star and a social member of Rebecca-Odd Fellows Group. Her hobbies included knitting and embroidery.
She is survived by two nephews, Westwood (Keith) McCallum of Rushford and Robert (Adrian) McCallum of Rochester; one niece DeLana (Mrs. Ronald Turner) of Brooklyn Center, Minn. She was preceded in death by husband, Ralph; four sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Tierney, Mrs. Zella Holmes, Mrs. Maud McCallum and Mrs. Kathleen Johnson and one niece.
Funeral services were Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Preston with the Rev. Frank Moore officiating. Burial was in the Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield.
Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston, was in charge of arrangements.

Genoer Dahley, 89, of Harmony
Genoer Dahley, 89, of Harmony, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester after a lingering illness.
She was born June 4, 1909, in Canton, the daughter of Bennie and Belle (Thundale) Benson. She graduated from Harmony High School. She was united in marriage to Earl Dahley on Nov. 3, 1934. He worked for International Harvestor. Following his retirement, they made their home in Harlingen, Texas. She continued to live there following her husband's death in 1984 until June of this year, when she came to Harmony to reside in the Harmony Community Nursing Home. She was a life-long member of the Greenfield Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Lillian Benson of Harmony; a nephew, Philip Benson of Tempe, Ariz.; two brothers-in-law, Leonard Dahley of Chatfield and Marvin of Fillmore; and several nieces and nephews. Her husband preceded her in death as did her brother, Theron Benson in 1988.
Funeral services were Saturday at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony with the Rev. Jon Sorum officiating. Burial was in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.

Marvin E. Dahley, 76, formerly of Harmony
Marvin E. Dahley, 76, of Fillmore, a former construction worker and Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. employee, died Monday, Oct. 5, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Harmony and served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II. On May 10, 1942, he married Patricia Moon in Preston. Before moving to Fillmore in 1978 he lived in Harmony, Chatfield and Rochester. He was a construction worker and carpenter and was employed at Pepsi Cola in Rochester for 16 years.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Marvin Jr. of Rochester and Shannon of Wykoff; seven daughters, Pamela (Mrs. Steve) Boone of Hartford, Wis., Shari (Mrs. Charles) McKenzie of Wykoff, Shirley Gartner of Preston, Carmen Dahley of Rochester, Cynthia (Mrs. Ernie) Maasch of Chatfield, Debra (Mrs. Douglas) Eckles of Viola and Darla (Mrs. John) Kriehn of San Jose, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Leonard of Chatfield. He was preceded in death by a son, a brother and a granddaughter.
A private family memorial service was held Sunday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield with the Rev. Michael Hopper of Fillmore Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Fillmore Cemetery.

Marion Dahly, 78, of Harmony
Marion Anna Dahly, 78, a lifelong resident of Harmony, died Monday, May 25, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Marion Anna Christianson was born March 19, 1920, in Harmony and graduated from Harmony High School. On Sept. 29, 1944, she married Halver K. Dahly at Lanesboro.
Mrs. Dahly worked for B.L. White Trucking Co. and the ASCS office in Preston. She was employed as a bookkeeper/secretary for Harmony Agri Services for 43 years, retiring in 1988. Mrs. Dahly was a member of the Greenfield Lutheran Church and the Esther Circle. Marion and Halver loved to travel and camp, visiting many parts of the country.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Gary A. Dahly (SueLynn) of Gaithersburg, Md., and Dale C. Dahly (Nancy) of Preston; three grandsons, Denis (Julie) of Lakeville and Mike and Rick of Preston; one stepgrandson, Alfred of Gaithersburg, Md.; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers.
Funeral services were Friday at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony with the Revs. Jim and Ann Sorum co-officiating. Burial was in the Greenfield Cemetery.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.

Alta Daman, 88, formerly of Harmony
Alta Viola Daman, 88, of Clarksville and formerly of Cresco and Waterloo, Iowa, died Wednesday evening, March 18, 1998, at the Community Nursing Home in Clarksville of natural causes.
She was born on May 26, 1909, on a farm in Winneshiek County, Iowa, south of Harmony, the daughter of Rupert and Luna (Benson) Barnes. She attended country school near her home and graduated from the Harmony High School and post graduate work at Cresco for teaching. She taught four years in the Winneshiek County rural schools. On June 7, 1933, she was united in marriage to Verne Eugene Daman in New Hampton, Iowa. They made their home in Cresco for 16 years, in Waterloo for 35 years and in Shell Rock for three years before she moved to the nursing home on June 9, 1987.
She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Waterloo. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing and she loved listening to music.
She is survived by her husband, Verne Daman of Clarksville; two daughters, Phyllis Heeren and her husband, Harold of Shell Rock, and Shirley Daman of Clarksville; one son, Neil Daman, and his wife, Carol, of Round Rock, Texas; five grandchildren, John Heeren, Jane Swinton, Jodi Charley, Kate Daman and Adam Daman; four great-grandchildren, Jason and Matthew Heeren and Erin and Cheyenne Swinton; one stepgreat-grandson, Donovan Weilder. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Claude, Glenn and Lester Barnes; four sisters, Ethel Keune, Hattie Brokken, Mildred Delagardelle and Edna Steen.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Waterloo with Rev. Stanley C. Kennedy officiating. Burial was in the State Line Cemetery, Harmony.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials should be directed to the church.

Charles M. Daniels, 76, once of Cresco
Charles M. Daniels, 76, a resident of the Ostrander Nursing Home, formerly of Cresco, Iowa, died Thursday morning, June 18, 1998, at the nursing home.
He was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Atwater, Minn., and served in the Army from July 16, 1942, to Jan. 13, 1946. He was married in 1949 and divorced in 1964. He was employed by Bell Telephone Co. for 30 years before his retirement in 1986.
Survivors include five daughters; Mary Jo Lee and Rita Forde, both of Mabel, Shelly Ray Daniels Sexton of Harmony, Kay Laitinen of Canton and Penny Sue Daniels of Oronoco; and a son, Danny of Harmony.
A memorial service was held Monday at Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley officiating. The body was cremated. Burial in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Merlin H. Davidson, 82, of Spring Grove
Merlin H. Davidson, 82, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove where he had been a longtime resident.
He was born Jan. 4, 1916, in Fillmore County. He attended country schools and worked as a farm laborer in Fillmore and Olmsted counties. He later moved to Spring Grove and in 1988 became a resident of the nursing home.
Survivors include four sisters, Myrtle Torgerson of Spring Grove, Alice (Mrs. Elmer) McCallson of La Crosse, Wis., Millie (Mrs. Manford) Corson of Preston and Joyce (Mrs. Al) Dahl of Waukesha, Wis. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were Thursday at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel with the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery in rural Lanesboro.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.

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