Marjorie Dillinger, 70, formerly of Preston
Marjorie A. Dillinger, 70, of Wabasha, a homemaker formerly of Kellogg and Preston, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, in the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Wabasha.
Marjorie A. Ress was born March 1, 1928, in Marshfield, Wis. On June 19, 1948, she married Henry Dillinger in Marshfield and they were later divorced. After leaving Marshfield, she lived in Preston for a short time and then in Kellogg from 1962 until moving to Wabasha in 1977.
Survivors include four sons, Harlan of Kellogg, Darrell of Nelson, Wis., Scott of Plainview and Rocky of Rochester; three daughters, Bonnie (Mrs. Eugene) Wiater of Chili, Wis., Gloria (Mrs. Gerald) Loechler of Elgin and Beverly (Mrs. Timm) Halverson of Red Wing; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, William Ress of Spencer, Wis., and Ralph and Harold Ress, both of Milwaukee; and three sisters, Geraldine (Mrs. Jim) Knutson, Leona (Mrs. Jim) Carter and Shirley Andres, all of Milwaukee. She was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 11, at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha with the Rev. John Henriksen officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha.
Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha was in charge of arrangements.
John 'Jack' Dillon, 56, formerly of SV
John "Jack" Dillon, 56, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Minneapolis, died Feb. 25, 1999. He was one of the first disc jockeys at radio station KFIL in Preston in the early 1960s when the station opened. He lived in the Spring Valley area.
He is survived by two sisters, Natalie (Richard) Sitarz, and Patricia (Kenneth) Johnson; and seven nieces and nephews
Mass of Christian Burial was March 3 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton, Minn.
Memorials may be given to Courage Center or donor's choice or sent to Jack's sister, Pat Johnson, 3201 12 St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Hazel Aune Dodds, 78, Ostrander
Hazel Aune Dodds, 78, a lifelong Ostrander resident, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at Ostrander Nursing Home where she had resided since 1997.
Hazel Christenson was born June 28, 1921, in Ostrander. On Nov. 5, 1944, she married Norman Aune in Ostrander; he died in 1967. She married Wesley Dodds in 1980 and he preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1996.
Survivors include a brother, Vernon Christenson of Silver Bay, Minn.
There will be a memorial service Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Ostrander Trinity Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. The Rev. Norman Bauer will be officiating. The body was cremated. Burial of ashes will be at Ostrander Cemetery.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin was in charge of arrangements.
Anne Bergete Doely, 96, of Spring Grove
Anne "Anna" Bergete Doely, 96, of Spring Grove, a fomer Wilmington Township farm homemaker, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 1999, at Tweeten/Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove.
Anne Bergete Myhre was born Aug. 26, 1902, in Blackhammer Township, Houston County, and attended an area rural school and Faith Lutheran Church. She was a lifelong resident of the Spring Grove area. On April 15, 1928, she married Theodore C. Doely in Spring Grove and they farmed in Wilmington Township, until moving to Spring Grove in l982. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Spring Grove, and a member and officer in its ladies aid.
Survivors include a son, Arlen of Spring Grove; a daughter, Yvonne Doely of Rochester; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Myhre of Eitzen and Milton Myhre of Spring Grove; and four sisters, Barbara Burtness of Harmony, Emily Ellestad, Palma Holland and Luella Wiemerslage, all of Spring Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and two sisters.
The funeral was held Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spring Grove. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Roble Funeral Home, Spring Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Eileen A. Doschadis, 79, formerly of Whalan
Eileen A Doschadis, 79, of LaCrosse, formerly of Whalan, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse where she had been a patient since Aug. 9.
Eileen Evenson was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Whalan, grew up there and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1936. A resident of LaCrosse most of her adult life, she was a supervisor at LaCrosse Footwear for more than 30 years. She had resided at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home in LaCrosse since November of 1998. She was an avid bowler and a member of the 600 Club. She was also a member of the Whalan Lutheran Church and its ladies aid.
Survivors include two daughters, Dannette Doschadis of Rushford and Virgene (Mrs. Jerry) Jacobson of Brodhead, Wis.; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Marge (Mrs. Vern) Spelhaug of Fountain. A brother preceded her in death.
The funeral was Saturday at the Whalan Lutheran Church and burial was in the church cemetery. Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Frank Durfey, 76, brother of SV woman
Frank Dayton Durfey, 76, of Sequim, Wash., formerly of Chatfield, died of cancer Nov. 25 after a long illness.
Born in Merrill, Iowa, he moved to Chatfield as a child, attended Jordan Township rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from Chosen Valley High School in Chatfield in 1940. He attended Rochester Community College two years, received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Western Michigan College and completed two years of graduate study in international affairs at the University of Minnesota. From 1943 to 1946 he served with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific. In 1949 he joined the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, serving with the Diplomatic Courier Service and was chief of the service in Washington, D.C., from 1961 to 1963. From 1963 until his retirement in 1982 he was a special agent and regional security officer with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. His assignments included North, Central and South America, Honolulu, Samoa, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand, plus regional assignments with his main base located in Paris, Helsinki, Cairo, Panama, Manila, Abidjan, Kinshasa, Jakarta, Nairobi, Seattle and Pretoria. He traveled to 169 countries and territories, plus Antarctica and the North Pole, and visited every country with which the United States had diplomatic relations. His travel souvenirs are on display at the Fillmore County Historical Society Museum in Fountain. Mr. Durfey was a member of the Explorers Club of New York City, the Louis S.B. Leaky Foundation in Oakland, Calif., he was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three sisters, Helen Niemeyer of Chatfield, Mary Madsen of Minneapolis and Betty Bernard of Spring Valley. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.
A graveside service was held Saturday in Chatfield Cemetery.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.
C. Egge, 53, husband of Harmony native
Charles E. Egge, 53, of Kremmling, Colo., died Aug. 1, 1999, of a jeep accident in the mountains near Kremmling.
He was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Decorah to Eric and Almira (Sersland) Egge. He graduated from Decorah High School in 1963 and from Area One Technical College in Calmar with a degree in Carpentry. On Oct. 28, 1967, he married Marlys Iverson at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. After their marriage, they lived in Oelwein, Iowa, where he was a carpenter. They lived in Boone, Iowa, from 1969 to 1995 where he was a member of the Carpenter's Union. They moved to Kremmling to own and operate the historic Hotel Eastin. He was active in Chamber of Commerce in Kremmling and Augustana Lutheran Church in Boone. He had a loving family and a faithful companion, his dog Rudy. His hobbies included wood working, bowling, fishing and trailing in his jeep.
Survivors are his wife, Marlys; one son, Chet and Sarah of Bloomington, Ill.; one daughter, Erika Egge, and fiance Ryan York of West Des Moines, Iowa; one brother, Paul and Jennifer of Wahoo, Neb.; and two sisters, Evelyn and Mark Andrews of Moline, Ill., and Esther Egge of Decorah, Iowa.
Funeral services were Saturday at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church with Rev. Kim W. Smith and Rev. John Sersland officiating. Burial was in the Washington Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.
Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
Robert C. Egge, 65, formerly of Lanesboro
Robert C. Egge, 65, of Breckenridge, Minn., formerly of Lanesboro, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at MeritCare Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., following a long illness.
Born Dec. 1, 1933, in Lanesboro, he graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1951 and in l954 received a degree in general education from Rochester Junior College. From 1955 to 1958 he served in the Army with substantial time on duty overseas. After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota and attended Dunwoody Institute, graduating in 1960 as a certified machinist. On Aug. 6, 1960, he married Margaret Schluter.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Robby of Stanley, N.D.; a daughter, Sheri (Mrs. Peter) Lambertz of Phoenix, Ariz; three grandchildren; and a sister, Geraldine Lotero of Rochester. Two half brothers preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held at the United Church of Christ - Congregational in Wahpeton, N.D.
Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton was in charge of arrangements.
Jean Eiken, 67, formerly of Mabel
Jean Twilla Baarsgard Eiken, age 67, formerly of Mabel, died June 14, 1999, in Cloverdale, Calif.
She is survived by her husband, Wallace Eiken of Cloverdale, two daughters, Valerie Ricks of Healdsburg, Calif., and Constance Ludden of Portland, Ore.; two sisters, Vivian Reinsvold of St. Charles and Diane McIntosh of Spring Grove; and a brother, Dale Baarsgard of Mabel.
Memorial services will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in LaCrosse, on Saturday, July 31, at 11 a.m., and at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed.
Ilert Eilders, 78, formerly of Spring Valley
Ilert Eilders, 78, a resident of Maranatha Village in Sebring, Fla., a retired Spring Valley area farmer, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Sebring.
He was born in George, Iowa, and farmed in the Spring Valley area. He was a member of Maranatha Baptist church.
Survivors include his wife, Johanna Eilders; three sons, Elra of Spartanburg, S. C., and Paul and Kevin, both of Earlham, Iowa; two daughters, Bonnie Halstead of Lake Worth, Fla. and Lynn Plum of Tomball, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Hannah Krahling of Bellevue, Neb.
A memorial service was Saturday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Sebring, Fla., with the Rev. Kenneth Andrus officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Avon Park, Fla.
Morris Funeral Chapel in Sebring was in charge of arrangements.
Bernice Ellenberg, 86, formerly of SV
Bernice Ellenberg, 86, of Lake City, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis.
Bernice King was born Dec. 29, 1912, in Sumner Township in Fillmore County to Clarence and Anna (Hedgson) King. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1930. She attended Winona Teacher's College and taught in rural schools in Fillmore County. On June 15, 1938, she married Earl Ellenberg in rural Spring Valley. After they were married they farmed in the Spring Valley area until 1973 when they retired and moved to Lake City. Her husband died Nov. 22, 1998.
She was a teacher, homemaker, and 4-H leader. In later years she was a member of the Lake City Senior Citizens, a nursing home volunteer and was active in the senior ride program. She also worked with the Lake City Refuge Committee. She was a former member of the Sumner Center United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Lake City United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and the Martha Circle.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Barbara) of Sanibel Island, Fla., and Dr. David (Shirley) of West St. Paul, Minn.; two daughters, Janet (Paul) Arndt of Quincy, Ill., and Gladys (Anthony) Jones of North St. Paul; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Joy Evans of Stewartville and Doris Barnes of Chatfield.
Five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were Monday at United Methodist Church in Lake City with the Rev. Robert Dunn officiating. Burial was at Sumner Cemetery in rural Spring Valley.
Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel-Lake City was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred H. Ellinghuysen, 94, formerly of GM
Mildred H. Ellinghuysen, 94, of Albert Lea, formerly of Rochester and Grand Meadow, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea where she had lived since 1993.
Mildred Henslin was born Dec. 29, 1904, in Racine and moved to Holbrite, Saskatchewan, Canada, with her family when she was 5 years old. In 1918 she returned to Minnesota, graduated from Spring Valley High School, and after completing Preston Teachers Training taught in rural schools in rural schools in Fillmore and Mower counties. She married Ben Ellinghuysen in 1924 and they farmed in Mower County. After his death in 1957 she moved to Rochester and was a dormitory counselor for the Methodist Kahler School of Nursing. She moved to Minneapolis in 1972 and joined Mount Olivet Lutheran Church there in 1977. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.
Survivors include a son, Lyle Ben; two grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Bertha Krahn of Rochester.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Grand Meadow Lutheran church with the Rev. Jerry Merkouris officiating. Burial will be in Grand Meadow Cemetery.
Bonnerup Funeral Service Chapel in Albert Lea was in charge of arrangements.
Wayne C. Ellis memorial scheduled
A memorial service has now been planned for Wayne C. Ellis, of Mabel, who died on Friday, Dec. 18, 1998.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, with the Revs. Jon and Ann Sorum officiating.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is in charge of arrangements.
Arland Elstad, 81, of Lanesboro
Arland Elstad, 81, of Lanesboro, a retired business owner, died of lung cancer on Monday, March 8, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born March 16, 1917, in rural Whalan, grew up there and graduated from Lanesboro High School. On May 27, 1941, he married Doris Topness at the Highland Prairie parsonage. She died Dec. 28, 1995. Mr. Elstad farmed in rural Whalan for ten years, owned Highland Store for ten years and then owned and operated Root Prairie Oil Co. for 17 years, and after retiring was a ginseng dealer until 1998. He was a member of the Sons of Norway, Masonic Lodge, Lanesboro Golf Club and Elstad Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Avis (Mrs. David) Jensen of Minneapolis; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Doris Michalski of Panorama City, Calif. and Marion Storhoff of Lanesboro.
Funeral services were Thursday at Elstad Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro with the Rev. Stephen Fiksdal officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Laura Elstad, 85, of Canton
Laura Elstad, 85, of Canton and Yuma, Ariz., died Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999, at the Life Care Center in Yuma.
The first director of women's physical education at Luther College in Decorah, Laura Monson was born April 12, 1913, in Frankville Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Her parents died when she was four, and she was raised by an aunt and uncle in Decorah. She graduated from Decorah High School in 1931 and then went to the Chicago College for Women's Physical Education. While in Chicago, she worked as director of the Chicago Daily News playground. She then worked as a physical education teacher and special advisor to girls in the Hillcrest School, a private girls' school in Beaver Dam, Wis. She then enrolled in Luther College in Decorah, where she became the first director of women's physical education at the college while working on her bachelor's degree.
She married Martin K. Elstad on June 8, 1938, in Decorah and they moved to Story City, Iowa. At the outbreak of World War II, the couple moved to Chicago, and he entered the U.S. Navy. After the war, they settled on a farm in Canton.
Survivors include her husband, and two sons, Leif and Eric, both of Boulder City, Nev.
The funeral was held Tuesday at Elstad Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro, with the Rev. Steve Fiksdal officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Lindstrom Funeral Home, Harmony, was in charge of arrangements.
Alden Bruce Erickson, 32, of Spring Valley
Alden Bruce Erickson, 32, of Spring Valley, died early Friday morning, Nov. 19, 1999, at his home as the result of a house fire.
He was born May 1, 1967, in Rochester, to Edwin Erickson and Laura Higgins Erickson. He attended schools in the Chatfield and Spring Valley area.
He was employed with Brent Hagen Construction in Spring Valley.
He is survived by two daughters, Catrina Erickson and Jennifer Erickson, both of Cannon Falls; two stepchildren, Joseph Conner and Crystal Conner, also of Cannon Falls; his mother, Laura Erickson of Ostrander; two sisters, Patricia Erickson of Rochester and Sherrie Horsman of Spring Valley; four brothers, Edwin, Phillip, and Charles Erickson and Dean Raveill of Spring Valley. He was preceded in death by his father, a sister, a brother and both sets of grandparents. He is loved and will be missed by family and friends.
Services were held Tuesday at the Assemblies of God Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Pete Ortega officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery of rural Racine.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Florence Erickson, 90, formerly of Canton
Florence Erickson, 90, of Houston, a former longtime Canton resident, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999, at Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wis.
Florence Woodle was born Sept. 10, 1908, in Canton and graduated from Canton High School. She received a teaching degree from Winona State Teachers College and then taught until her marriage to James Erickson on June 18, 1929, in Harmony. They farmed north of Canton until moving into Canton in 1971. Her husband died in 1987. She continued to live in Canton until 1997 and then lived at Heritage Court in Houston until entering Valley View Nursing Home in Houston in October, 1998.
Survivors include a son, Gregory, of Canton, a daughter, Cheryl (Mrs. Lester) Mahaffay of Luverne, Minn; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, a granddaughter and three sisters.
The funeral was held on Sunday at Henrytown Lutheran Church, with burial in Henrytown Lutheran Cemetery.
Lindstrom Funeral Home, Harmony, was in charge of arrangements.
Verda L. Errington, 84, mother of SV man
Verda L. Errington, 84, of LeRoy, a former Libby's employee and V & H Café owner, died Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at Riceville Community Nursing Home in Riceville, Iowa.
Verda L. Sproul was born July 30, 1914, in Barns City, Iowa. In 1930 she married George Blade in Chester, Iowa, and they were later divorced. She married Howard Errington on July 30, 1939, in Osage, Iowa. He preceded her in death. During her working years, she was a housekeeper in Austin and LeRoy, worked for Mendelson and Halling Produce, farmed, owned V & H Café in LeRoy, and worked for LPC and Libby's and at a number of other jobs. She retired at age 77 due to her husband's ill health.
Survivors include a son, George Blade of Spring Valley; two daughters, Edna (Mrs. Glen) Erie of Marion, Iowa, and Kathaleen Swancott of Osage, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Vincent Grubb of Ragers, Alaska; and four sisters, Letha Spencer of Elba, Mildred Eastman of Riceville, Maxine (Mrs. Leonard) Klassen of Adams, and Sara (Mrs. Everett) Leland of Bricelyn, Minn. A son and a grandson preceded her in death.
The funeral was at First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Jerry Olson of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.
Irene 'Babe' Evans, 75, Harmony native
Irene "Babe" Evans, 75, of Chatfield, died of an apparent heart attack Monday, July 26, 1999, at her summer home in rural Pine City, Minn.
Irene Applen was born Nov. 25, 1923, in rural Harmony and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1942. In addition to Harmony and Chatfield, she also lived in California for a time before returning to Chatfield in 1943. On Aug. 9, 1942, she married Maro Evans in Las Vegas, Nev. She worked at Waters Conley in Rochester and had been a bookkeeper for Borgen Oil Co. in Chatfield. She was a member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Mickey of Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Marlys (Mrs. William) Barrett of Eagle Lake, Minn.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and twin brothers, Mervin Applen of Escondido, Calif., and Myron Applen of Fairmont, Minn. A brother and a sister preceded her in death.
The funeral will be Thursday (today) at 10:30 a.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Richard G. Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.