Fay Kenneth Nagel, 79, of Ostrander
Fay Kenneth Nagel, 79, of Ostrander, died Friday, July 3, 1998, at Ostrander Nursing Home.
He was born July 6, 1918, in Greenleafton, Minn. He married Fern Elizabeth Johnson at the Greenleafton parsonage. He worked for Hadland and Vreeman Construction in the Spring Valley area and later for Fraser Construction of Rochester until he retired. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing games, cooking, woodworking and attending all the town celebrations in the area.
He is survived by his wife; sons Wayne (Sheila) Nagel of Ostrander, Randy (Sherry) Nagel and Gary (Kathy) Nagel of Spring Valley; daughters Susan (Edwin) Fought of Chester, Iowa, Gail (Greg) Rendahl of Ostrander, and Julie (Ken) Ingersol of Barnett, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and a brother Vernal (Bernice) Nagel of Preston. He is preceded in death by an infant brother.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 1998, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Norm Bauer officiating. Burial will be at Greenleafton Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home of Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Terry Lee Nelson, 44, once of area
Terry L. Nelson, Postville Iowa, died June 24, 1998, at Aase Haugen Retirement Center, Decorah, where he had been for four months.
He was born in Caledonia on Dec. 6, 1953, to Leland and Elizabeth (Kimber) Nelson, and educated in the North Winneshiek school system. On Nov. 27, 1982, he was united in marriage with Beverly Ramsey. The couple lived in Burr Oak, Decorah, and finally in Postville, all in Iowa.
Mr. Nelson suffered all his life from various disabilities, yet he was a wise and cheerful person with many friends. On Feb. 13 of this year his failing health forced him to move to Aase Haugen in Decorah, where he lived until his death. His four months at Aase Haugen were a blessing for the others who lived there. Mr. Nelson could be seen every day, riding down the hall in his wheelchair, greeting everyone he passed and stopping for visits with one after another. He was a favorite caller for bingo games at the center.
He is survived by his wife; his parents; a sister, Sharon (Art) Dupratt; and his brother, Dale (Candi) Nelson; parents-in-law, brothers and sister-in-law; aunts and uncles; several nieces and nephews; and his first wife, Ruth Peden Nelson of Cresco, Iowa.
Funeral services were held June 27 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa.
French & Balik Funeral Home of Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Ness, 78, of Spring Grove
Helen Margaret Ness, 78, of Spring Grove, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove.
She was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Spring Grove Township, Houston County, to Andrew and Emma (Rosten) Thorson. She married Arnold Ness on May 17, 1938, in Decorah.
She was a lifelong resident of the Spring Grove and Black Hammer area. She attended Melbraaten rural school in Spring Grove Township and was a 1937 Spring Grove High School graduate where she was the valedictorian of her class. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, where she was confirmed by the Rev. Oscar Mikkelson on Sept. 10, 1933. She and her husband farmed in Black Hammer Township until their retirement when they moved to Spring Grove. She was active with her husband in the Black Hammer Swift Scooters 4-H club. She was always interested in poetry, politics, writing, needlework and cooking. She valued education very highly. Throughout her illness and difficulties, Helen continued to trust in God's Promises and Strength.
Survivors include her husband, and one daughter, Laurel (Jerry) Gatz of Bloomington, Minn.; two sisters, Cora Becker of Caledonia and Carol Gaustad of Spring Grove; one brother-in-law, Clarence Ness of Spring Grove; four sisters-in-law, Helen Holty of Caledonia, Sylvia Gaustad of Owatonna, Hilda (Russ) Johnson of Minneapolis and Janet Thorson of Spring Grove. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Josie Erickson, Idella Schroeder and Edna Bjergum and one brother, Martin Thorson.
Funeral services were Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jim Arends officiated.
Roble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Herbert 'Herb' Ness, 85, of Chester, Iowa
Herbert "Herb" Ness, 85, a retired Chester-area farmer, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998 at Ostrander Nursing Home where he had resided since April 1996.
Born Feb. 16, 1912, in Beaver Township, Fillmore County, he lived and farmed there all his life until entering the nursing home. He married Ethel Dornink June 4, 1941, at the Cherry Grove parsonage. She died in 1949. On June 11, 1957, he married Mary Dotzenrod in Spring Valley and she survives. Mr. Ness was a member of Cherry Grove United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two stepsons, Loaine Dornink of Marengo, Ill., and Curtiss Dotzenrod of Racine; a step daughter, Carolyn Dotzenrod of La Crosse, Wis.; two step granddaughters; four step great-grandchildren; and a sister, Oral Jensen of LeRoy. A step grandson and a sister preceded him in death.
The funeral was Tuesday at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating. Burial in Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.
E. Nesset, 86, former Spring Grove pastor
Eldred J. Nesset, 86, of Decorah, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital.
Eldred John Nesset was born Sept. 9, 1911, to John and Nena Nesset in Canby, Minn. He graduated from Canby High School in 1929, received his bachelor's degree from Luther College in 1936, and his theological degree in 1940 from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul.
On Dec. 22, 1939, he was joined in marriage with Arla Mae Gredvig of Estelline, S.D. Eldred began his parish ministry at Cando, N.D., in 1940 and over the next 17 years, served parishes in North Dakota, Washington state and Wisconsin. In 1957, he left the parish ministry and accepted a position with the Luther College Development Office. He served as interim pastor to parishes in the Decorah area. In 1969, he transferred from the Development Office to the new Preus Library. That same year, he accepted a call on a part-time basis to the Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church of rural Spring Grove. He continued as pastor of Waterloo Ridge until his retirement from parish ministry in 1983, serving the congregation there for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife; five children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harland and Lauren.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah with the Rev. Paul Hasvold officiating. Burial services were at the Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Cemetery of rural Spring Grove with the Rev. Arndt Braaten officiating.
The Fjelstul Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
M. Kehret Neu, 85, mother of Preston man
Mathilda "Tillie" Kehret Neu, 85, of Austin, died Thursday, April 30, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Mathilda Moltz was born March 30, 1913, in Broadland, S. D. Her mother and two brothers died during the flu epidemic in 1918, so she and her sister, Vesta, moved to Austin and were raised by Paul and Cora Dahlke, their father's sister and brother-in-law.
She graduated from Austin High School and went to the University of Minnesota for a year. She married Carl Kehret in 1932. Together they operated Crestwood Farms and Streverling Dairy. During those years, she was president of the Shaw School PTA, president of the South central District PTA and president of the Austin PTA Council. Carl Kehret died in 1968.
In 1972, she married Herman Neu, and they resided in McAllen, Texas, and Austin. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Austin and she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the church choir and was co-editor of the First Church Newsletter.
Mrs. Neu is survived by her husband, Herman of Austin; five sons, Carl Kehret of Redmond, Wash., LaVerne Kehret of Austin, Bruce Kehret of Phoenix, Roger Kehret of Preston, and Jerry Kehret of Norwalk, Iowa; a sister, Vesta Staples of New Richmond, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband and two brothers.
The funeral was Monday at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with the Rev. Becky Jo Thilges officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
Memorials to First United Methodist Church or St. Mark's Lutheran Home are preferred.
Clausen-Jordan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Patte A. Niedert, 61, mother of SV woman
Patte A. Niedert, 61, of Rochester, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester of a stroke.
Born Aug. 30, 1936, in Waterloo, she had been employed as an inspector at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester.
Survivors include a son, Russell E. "Sam" Smith II, of Rochester; three daughters, Robbyn K. Brody of Spring Valley, Diana A. Smith of Eyota and Margaret I. Steward of Rochester; four brothers, James Niedert of Omaha, Neb., Jerry Niedert of Brea, Calif., Ken Niedert of Simi Valley, Calif., and Larry Niedert of Las Vegas; a sister, Dorothy Brody of Nashua, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.
A memorial service was held Monday at the Parrott and Wood Funeral Home in Waterloo. Burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.
Blanche H. Nisbit, 77, sister of Mabel women
Blanche H. Nisbit, 77, of Red Wing, a former St. Charles-area farm homemaker, died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, at Red Wing Healthcare Center where she had resided since May 23, 1998.
Blanche Colgan was born July 13, 1921, in Wolf Point, Mont., moved to Dover with her family as a young girl and graduated from Dover schools. On Jan. 24, 1950, she married Harley Nisbit in Winona. They farmed south of Utica until moving to Rochester in 1970. After her husband's death on March 3, 1988, she moved to Plainview and from 1994 until moving to Red Wing in 1995, lived in Elgin.
Survivors include two sons, Dean of Pine Island and Stanley of Red Wing; a daughter, Judy (Mrs. Loren "Sonny") Adler of St. Charles; four grandchildren; two brothers, John Colgan of Rochester and William Colgan of Chatfield; and two sisters, Cdell Torgerson of Mabel and Ruth Virnig of Wasioja. A sister and a brother preceded her in death.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Hoff Funeral Homes-St. Charles Chapel with the Rev. Sharon Johnson of the St. Charles United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles.
Walter M. O'Connell, brother of SV man
Walter M. O'Connell, 72, of Adams, a longtime area farmer, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at his home.
He was born May 22, 1925, in Simpson and farmed most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Stier; five daughters, Julie Burgess of Rochester, Jane (Mrs. Jerry) Blom of Casper, Wyo., Joan (Mrs. Doug) Hoppin of Keizer, Ore., and Joyce (Mrs. Ray) Boeff and Jackie Russell, both of Hastings, Minn.; a son, John of Dexter; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Richard of Simpson, Nick of Spring Valley and Chuck of Las Vegas; and seven sisters, Rosella Jech of Elgin, Theresa (Mrs. Bill) Helgerson, Marlene (Mrs. Jerry) Towey, Alice (Mrs. Lorenz) Fuhrmeister and Elaine Stokes, all of Rochester, Sister Connell of Vansberg, Ky., and Phoebe Jones of Anchorage, Alaska.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams, with the Revs. Gregory Leif and Paul Nelson co-officiating. Burial in St. Bridget's Cemetery in Simpson.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School.
Mazie Olesen, 90, formerly of Preston
Mazie Morleu Olesen, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, at the Arlington Care Center.
Mazie Bracken was born Oct. 22, 1907, at Bowbells, N.D. The family moved to farm near Arlington, S.D. in 1918. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1927 and worked for doctors for eight years.
She married Anton "Tony" Olesen on June 3, 1936, at Flandreau, S.D. They later moved to Preston, where he operated the Preston Iron Works for 30 years. Upon his retirement, they moved to Rochester and then to Brookings, S.D., in 1989. They moved to the Arlington Care Center in 1994. He died in 1995.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews; and two brothers-in-law, Lewis Olesen of Arlington and Roy Olesen of San Jose, Calif.
Services were held Oct. 19 at Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington, with burial in the Arlington City Cemetery.
Belva Dorothy Olson, 80, of Lanesboro
Belva Dorothy Olson, 80, of rural Lanesboro, a homemaker and former teacher, died early Monday morning, Aug. 17, 1998, at her farm home where she had resided since 1943.
Belva Dorothy Scherer was born Feb. 1, 1918, in rural Dover, graduated from Dover High School and completed normal training in St. Charles. She taught in rural schools for seven years and later taught at the Development Achievement Center in Preston for 10 years. On Oct. 16, 1943, she married Peter O. Olson in Dover. He died Jan. 31, 1988. Mrs. Olson was a member of North Prairie Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and was also a member of the gardening club and homemakers club. She was a 4-H leader and served on the Good Shepherd Nursing Home Board, DAC Board and Fillmore Place Advisory Board.
Survivors include two sons, Darrel of Preston and Gary of Lanesboro; a daughter, Dorene (Mrs. Jeff) Devine of St. Charles; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and two sisters, Irene Umbreit of Dunnell, Minn., and Dorothy Severson of Motley, Minn. A granddaughter preceded her in death.
Funeral services were Thursday at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro with the Revs. Lynn Zaffke and Marcia Hall co-officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Beulah L. Olson, 86, of Spring Valley
Beulah L. Olson died of stomach cancer Thursday, June 4, 1998, in Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Grand Meadow. She had been sick for two months.
Beulah L. Lyman was born Sept. 2, 1911, to Hannah and George Lyman in Frankford Township, Mower County. She married Kenneth Kingsley in 1927. He died accidentally in 1930. After his death she went to work at the Ben Franklin Store and then Halbkat's Store. In 1940 Beulah went to beauty school and eventually started her own shop - Bea's Beauty Shop in 1944, where she worked for over 50 years. She then married Vernice F. Olson on June 16, 1956, in Spring Valley.
She was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church, the church Sarah Circle, Royal Neighbors of America, Order of the Eastern Star, the Spring Valley Historical Society and the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Betty (Mrs. Barrett) Doyle of New Brighton, Minn.; four grandchildren, Cathie and husband, Jim, Hutchins, Richard and wife, Jean, Doyle, Steven Doyle and Nancy and her husband, Mark Cree; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters and her first husband.
The funeral was Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Irma Rathbun was the organist with Roxanne Hellickson as the soloist. Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Keith Churchill, Edwin Doty, Richard Doyle, Steven Doyle, Wesley Glover and Don Lyman were casketbearers.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Elnora L. Olson, 94, Ostrander
Elnora Olson, 94, of Ostrander, a homemaker, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at Ostrander Nursing Home.
Elnora L. Larson was born Nov. 1, 1903, in Beaver Township, Fillmore County. On June 23, 1927, she married Albert Olson in Fillmore County. He died in 1995. She was a member of Saetersdal Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Arlene (Mrs. Elwood) Thorson of Lime Springs, Iowa; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Alvin Larson of Stewartville; and a sister, Alta Jones of Grand Meadow. Four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
The funeral was held Tuesday at Saetersdal Lutheran Church in York Township, Fillmore County, with the Rev. Rhea Evanson officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.
Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.
Marie Olson, 95, mother of Preston woman
Marie Olson, 95, formerly of Long Lake, Minn., died at the Harmony Nursing Home on May 2, 1998, where she lived for the past two years.
She was born in Tomahawk, Wis., on July 27, 1902, the daughter of Peter and Josephine Allard. She taught school in Wisconsin, Montana and Minnesota. In 1929, she married superintendent, Lundwig B. Olson. They lived in Whitman, N.D., Esco, Kiester, Howard Lake, Fairfax and East Chain, Minn. They retired in Long Lake.
Mrs. Olson was always active in her church and community assuming leadership roles in LCW, Girl Scouts, 4-H and the library. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Long Lake.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Dr. Maurice Monhardt of Decorah and Lucille and Dr. John Nehring of Preston; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; Noel Monhardt and his wife, Margaret; Joelle and her husband, Steve Burreson, their children, Kia, Aaron and Noelle; Jonathan Monhardt and his wife, Karen; Leigh Monhardt and his wife Becky; Steven Allen and his wife, Trisha, their children, Seth and Ashley; John Allen, and his children, Amanda and Lukas; Jeffrey Allen and his wife, Ann, their children Jennifer and David; Amy and her husband, Jonathan Kappler, their children Benjamin, Cassandra, Nicholas and Alexander.
Services were at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony on Tuesday with the Rev. Jim Rushton officiating. Burial was at the Crow River Cemetery at Belgrade, Minn., on Wednesday.
Lindstrom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Olson, 91, of Mabel
Mildred Olson, 91, of Mabel, died Sunday, March 8, 1998, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
She was born on June 13, 1906, in Mabel to Albert and Sena (Quam) Harkness. She graduated from the Mabel High School in 1924 and went on to teach in the country schools in the Mabel area. On June 1, 1933, she married Melvin Olson in Mabel. The couple farmed in Mabel Township, Fillmore County. Mr. Olson died on Sept. 27, 1973. She remained on the farm until 1995 when she became a resident at Green Lea Manor. She was an active member of the Scheie Lutheran Church.
Olson is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Lloyd; and one sister Vivian Hover.
Funeral services were Wednesday at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
S. Olson, 52, sister of Lanesboro woman
Sonja C. Olson, 52, of Choctaw, Okla., formerly of Chatfield, died of complications of lupus Friday, March 27, 1988, at Regional Hospital in Midwest City, Okla.
Sonja C. Crowson was born June 4, 1945, in Chatfield and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1963. On June 17, 1967, she married Kenneth Olson. Her husband was a lieutenant colonel in the Army and the family traveled throughout the world during his military career. They retired to Oklahoma in 1992. Her husband died Nov. 17, 1994. Mrs. Olson was a homemaker and a volunteer at Midwest Regional Hospital in Midwest City.
Survivors include two daughters, Heidi Lail of Chickasha, Okla., and Jodi Olson of Chatfield; a sister, Jeanette (Mrs. Ben) Berge of Lanesboro; and three brothers, Vernon Crowson of Chatfield, Mervin Crowson of Lake City and Wayne Crowson of Delta Junction, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chatfield Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Edwards officating. Burial will be in Chatfield Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield and an hour before the service at the church.
Shirley M. Ondishko, 74, sister of SV man
Shirley M. Ondishko, 74, a Durham, N. C. resident, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at Durham Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was a native of Rochester, Minn., and had been a resident of the Durham/Chapel Hill area for the past 15 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Martha M. O'Connell of Greensboro, N.C.; two sons, Joseph J. Ondishko of Richmond, Va. and Patten M. Ondishko of Aurora, Ill.; three sisters, one brother, Richard Patten, of Spring Valley and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at a later time in Spring Valley.
Alice Mae Onstine, 79, of Harmony
Alice Mae Onstine, 79, of Harmony, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, at the Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wis., of complications of a stroke and heart disorder.
Alice Mae Hahn, the youngest daughter of Joseph G. and Ursa Hahn, was born Oct. 3, 1918, at their home in Preston Township. She was baptized and attended services at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Preston. She attended Preston schools graduating in 1936 and from the Preston Normal Dept. in 1937. She taught for several years in Fillmore County rural schools. Later she attended Winona State taking classes in business and library science and became a bookkeeper for the J.F. Anderson Lumber Co. in Preston.
On March 16, 1957, she married Alden Onstine and moved to his farm in Henrytown. She then took the job of assistant librarian in the Harmony schools. In 1975, when the Hahn Lumber Co. established itself in Harmony, she became their bookkeeper and held that job until retirement.
Survivors include her husband, Alden Onstine of Harmony; a brother and his wife, James and Violet Hahn of Preston; two sisters and their husbands, Nellie and Arnold Erickson of Harmony, and Carol and Gerald Schmidt of Preston; one brother-in-law, Howard Knudsen of Canton and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton, with burial in the Crown Hill Cemetery at Preston.
Lindstrom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Orvin Otterness, 79, of Mabel
Orvin R. Otterness, 79, of rural Mabel, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 6, 1998, at his home.
He was born on April 15, 1918, in Black Hammer Township, Houston County, to Alfred and Benora (Rauk) Otterness. He was raised and attended school in Black Hammer. From Feb. 26, 1945, to Dec. 13, 1946, he served in the United States Army and was in Korea for part of that time. On Nov. 24, 1948, he married Evonne Treangen in Black Hammer. They were divorced in 1970. He farmed in the Mabel area all his life. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post 299 and a life member of the Mabel Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Otterness is survived by a son, Michael of Gladewater, Texas; two daughters, Diane and Susan (Mrs. Larry) Erickson, both of Rochester; three grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Walhus of Hesper, Iowa; and a brother, Alfred Otterness, Jr., of Spring Grove. He was preceded in death by a son and a brother.
Funeral services were Tuesday at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Military rites by the Mabel Legion Post 299 and the Mabel Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
H.A. Overhaug, 79, brother of S.G. woman
Henry A. Overhaug, 79, of DeKalb, Ill., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, at the Bethany Health Care Center in DeKalb.
He was born June 15, 1919, in Highland Township, Iowa, the son of Svend and Inga J. (Halverson) Overhaug.
He farmed in Iowa and Minnesota for many years. He then worked for the DeKalb Block Company as a truck driver and then worked as a night watchman for W. E. Kneip Packing Company in Elburn, Ill. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in DeKalb. For enjoyment, he loved to play pinochle and canasta and he was a Chicago Cubs fan for many years.
He is survived by two sons, Howard Allan (Debi) of Tomahawk, Wis. and Richard G. (Tanya) of DeKalb; one daughter, Carin (Bill) Cooper of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Lane of Spring Grove, and Stella Myhre of Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 21, at the Butala Funeral Home in Sycamore, Ill., with the Rev. Todd Peterson officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.
The Butala Funeral Home in Sycamore was in charge of arrangements.
Viola Overkamp, 86, of Grand Meadow
Viola Overkamp, 86, of Grand Meadow, a former teacher and retired Johnson Co. employee, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center.
Born Oct. 16, 1911, in Grand Meadow, she graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1930 and, after graduating from Austin Normal School in 1932, taught in area schools for seven years. From 1939 to 1941 she attended Minneapolis Business College. She was employed by Pure Oil Co. and Campbell-Mithun in Minneapolis and after moving to Rochester worked at Olmsted and Foley Printing Co., Olmsted Community Hospital and Johnson Co. before her retirement in 1971. She was a member of St. Finbarr's Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister; Kathryn Jacobson of Grand Meadow. Five brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at St. Finbarr's Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.
Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow was in charge of arrangements.
Sharon K. Eide Palm, 47, once of Lanesboro
Sharon Kay Eide Palm, 47, of Big Lake, Minn., formerly of Lanesboro, died of cancer on Friday, July 3, 1998, at her home.
She was born Sept. 8, 1950, in LaCrosse, Wis. On Aug. 19, 1972, she married Duane Laverne Palm at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro. She was a music teacher and church organist. She was a member of Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Melanie (Mrs. Corey) Mozey of Maple Grove, Minn., and Lisha Palm and Kristen Palm, both of Big Lake; one grandson; a brother, Glen Eide of Lanesboro, and two sisters, Lois Ulrich of Rushford and Corrine (Mrs. Len) Speltz of Los Angeles, Cal. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A service was on Monday at Central Lutheran Church, Elk River, Minn. A local service was held Tuesday at North Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Lanesboro, with the Revs. William Larson and Lynn Zaffky co-officiating. Burial was in North Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.
Alice J. Palmer, 99, of Harmony
Alice J. Palmer, 99, of Harmony, died in the Harmony Nursing Home on Sunday, July 26, 1998.
She was born Nov. 20, 1898, to Dr. Japer W. and Clara Robinson in Alpha, Iowa. She was a graduate of West Union High School and Southern Minnesota Business College in Austin where she later taught. She also worked in the office at the Hormel plant before her marriage to Orrie K. Palmer. In 1950, after the death of her husband, she became clerk of probate court in Fillmore County, retiring in 1968. She loved to travel, read, watch sports and especially enjoyed working in her flower gardens, which were featured in the News-Record last year.
She is survived by three sons, Lorimer (Phyllis) Palmer, Neil (Evelyn) Palmer and David (Virginia) Palmer, and one daughter, Patricia (Richard) Wickett, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1950, infant twins, Merwin Dean and Maryl Eileen in 1923, and her sister, Violet, in 1996.
A graveside memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to the Harmony Public Library.
Leslie B. Parker, Jr., 69, father of SV woman
Leslie B. "Bert" Parker, Jr., 69, died Friday, June 12, 1998, at his rural Ionia home of muscular dystrophy and heart attack.
He was born on his grandfather's farm near Raymond, Iowa, on Sept. 21, 1928. They moved to LaPorte City where the family lived until moving to the Republic area in 1946. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1946. He was united in marriage to June Hagedorn on June 26, 1949 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Fredrika. He farmed southeast of Ionia from 1946 until failing health from muscular dystrophy forced his retirement.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Sandra and Vernon Moses of Nashua and Debra and Dave Skare of Spring Valley; one son and his wife, Leslie and Beth Parker III of Ionia; three brothers, Randall of Albuquerque, N.M., G. W. (Wes) of Lewisville, Texas and Jack of Reo Rancho, N.M.; eight grandchildren, Amy, Julie and Kevin Moses, Carrie, Kelly, Audrey and Leslie IV Parker and Nathan Skare.
Funeral services were June 16, 1998, at St. John's Lutheran Church of Fredricka with burial in the church cemetery.
Chenoweth & Son of Nashua, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.