Hazel Twedt, 75, formerly of rural Lanesboro
Hazel G. Twedt, 75, of Stockton, died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Lewiston Villa Nursing Home in Lewiston after a long illness. Hazel G. Knutson was born June 8, 1923, in rural Lanesboro, and grew up there. On Oct. 26, 1946, she married Emil Twedt in the parsonage in Peterson. After their marriage, the couple lived in Whalan and rural Lanesboro. For the last 40 years, they have lived in Stockton. Mrs. Twedt was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband; two brothers, Merle Knutson of Harmony and Edward Knutson of Lanesboro; and a sister, Ione (Mrs. Edwin) Hallum of Rushford. Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.
The funeral was Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Stockton with the Rev. Armin Deye officiating. There will be a spring burial in Lanesboro Cemetery.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Agnes O. Tweito, 89, of Spring Grove
Agnes O. Tweito, 89, of Spring Grove, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, at Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove.
She was born Oct. 9, 1909, in McGrath, Minn., to Peder and Anna (Torison) Otterson. She was a graduate of McGrath High School and a graduate of Minneapolis Business School. She married Andrew M. Tweito and he died on Nov. 9, 1944. She has been a resident of Spring Grove since 1944. She worked at Vick's Grocery store, for Dr. Rogne as a receptionist and later as a bank teller at Onsgard State Bank, all in Spring Grove. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove and it's women's groups. She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary of Spring Grove.
Survivors include: one son, Ted (Pat) Tweito of Spring Grove; two daughters, Annette (Roger) Bender of Spring Grove and Agnes (Richard) Crabtree of Hastings, Neb.; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Peder (Margaret) Otterson of Winterhaven, Fla. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Doris Thompson; three brothers; four sisters; and two sons-in-law, Larry McMillen and Orville "Lefty" Thompson.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove with Pastor Jim Arends officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove was in charge of arrangements.
T. Tweito, 93, formerly of Spring Grove
Thomas E. Tweito, Ph.D., 93, of Marshall, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, in Marshall.
Born June 2, 1905, in Spring Grove, he was the son of the late Elling and Theoline Kroshus Tweito. On Aug. 26, 1936, he married Eleanor Marie Frese, who survives. His biography is listed in Who's Who in America. He was a member of the American Association of College Professors, American Association of University Deans, American Historical Association and several honor societies. He was a member and past president of the Marshall Rotary Club and Marshall Men's discussion group. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He lived in Marshall since 1959, moving from Sioux City, Iowa. He was the former dean and professor of history at Missouri Valley College. He received his bachelor of arts degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield. He received a master of arts degree and a doctorate degree of philosophy in history from the University of Iowa. He was a recipient of an honorary commission as an admiral of the Great Navy of Nebraska in honor of teaching during the great depression.
Additional survivors include two sons, David H. Tweito, M.D. and Thomas E. Tweito, D.D.S., both of Hutchinson, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were Nov. 25 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall. Rev. Douglas A. Dubisar officiated. Burial was in the Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall.
Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall was in charge of arrangements.
K. Vander Linden, 70, cousin of local family
Kenneth E. Vander Linden, 70, died at his home in Pella, Iowa, on Sunday, July 11, 1999.
He was born Dec. 25, 1928, in Pella, the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Sikkink) Vander Linden.
A lifelong resident of Pella, he received a B.A. degree in English from Central College and a B.S. degree in pharmacy from Drake University in Des Moines. He was united in marriage with Violet Wickett at the Army Chapel in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 1, 1952. For 31 years he was owner and pharmacist at Vander Linden Drug Store in Pella.
He was a cousin to the Aug family of the Preston and Greenleafton areas and spent a great deal of time visiting in the Greenleafton area, where he will be remembered by many of the residents.
He is survived by his wife, two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson; one brother, Howard Vander Linden of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and one sister, Bernace Cherkala of Fairview Park, Ohio.
Grace E. Vick, 92, of Mabel
Grace E. Vick, 92, of Decorah and formerly of Mabel, died Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
Grace Roney was born on Sept. 20, 1906, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Frank and Maggie (Hill) Roney. She attended area schools and then attended teacher's school in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She taught in country schools in the Cresco and Decorah areas until marrying Conrad Vick on June 1, 1933, in Decorah. The couple farmed in the Winneshiek County and Fillmore County areas until Conrad's death in July 1979. She remained on the farm until 1982 when she moved to Decorah and had resided there until becoming a resident at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel for a short time. She was a member of the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper and the World War I Barracks Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons, Duane (Carolyn) of Charles City, Iowa, and Gary (Sharon) of Mabel; one daughter Charilyn (Mrs. Ed) Hover of Decorah; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one sister, Ethel Martinson of Decorah. She was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
Memorial services were Saturday at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, with the Rev. Hans Floan officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
May Vicker, 73, formerly of SV
May Vicker, 73, a longtime Byron area farm homemaker, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a lengthy illness. She had resided at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center the past eight years.
May Merkel was born Feb. 23, 1926, in Austin, grew up in the Spring Valley area and was a waitress before her marriage. On Feb. 6, 1946, she married Palmer Vicker in Rochester. They lived and farmed in the Byron area. Her husband also was a truck driver and later a bricklayer for Arnie Jensen Masonry for many years. She worked at Libby's and the Turkey Hatchery. They moved to Kasson following their retirement. Her husband died Sept. 2, 1999. She was a member of East St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Circle No. 4.
Survivors include six daughters, Judy Vicker of Toledo, Iowa, Mary Lou (Mrs. Darrell) Koch of Chatfield, Sherry (Mrs. Thomas) Ochocki of Redfield, S.D., Sheila Campion of Rochester, Lisa (Mrs. Timothy) Lee of Waukesha, Wis., and Shelley Vicker of Pine Island; four sons, Danny Vicker of Kasson, Randy Vicker of Chandler, Ariz., and Leonard Vicker and Arthur Merkel, both of Rochester; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Rose (Mrs. Arleigh) Polikowski and Arlene Starkson, both of Rochester, Shirley Schroeder of Elgin and Lorraine (Mrs. Robert) Reiland of Eyota; and five brothers, Harvey, Clifford, Kenneth, Paul and Raymond Merkel, all of Spring Valley. A daughter and a sister preceded her in death.
The funeral was Thursday at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell with the Revs. Frezil Daniel-Westerlund and Douglas W. Westerlund co-officiating. Burial was in East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery. Vine Funeral Home in Rochester was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Clarence V. Vogeler, 76, formerly of Mabel
Clarence V. Vogeler, 76, of Newhall and formerly of Mabel and Waterloo, Iowa, died Tuesday afternoon at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, of natural causes.
He was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Faulkton, S. D., the son of John and Erma Border Vogeler. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He married Betty on April 4, 1947, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He farmed in the Waterloo and Dysart, Iowa, and Mabel areas.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Dan of Gladstone, Ill., and Bill of Alexandria, Minn.; one daughter, Sherry Johnson of Shellsburg, Iowa; three brothers, Everett of Dysart, Iowa, Melvin of Traer, Iowa and Marvin of Buckingham, Iowa; eight sisters, Roberta Tilli of Waterloo, Iowa, Gertrude Junge of Belle Plaine, Iowa, Irene Kanke of Van Horne, Iowa, Frances Walgamuth of Sturgess, S.D., Helen Carr of Dysart, Iowa, Onie Formanek of Belle Plaine, Iowa, Bonnie Wuger of Faulkton, S.D., Dorothy Gilbert of Boulder City, Nev.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Scott, and three brothers, Vernon, Leonard and Harold, in infancy.
Funeral services were Friday at Faith Lutheran Church with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, both in Waterloo, Iowa. Graveside military rites were conducted by the Becker-Chapman American Legion Post #138 and the VFW 1623.
Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel in Kimball was in charge of arrangements.
Lynn Daniel Vomhof, 32, Wykoff
Lynn Daniel Vomhof, 32, of rural Wykoff, died Thursday morning, Oct. 7, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester of injuries suffered in an automobile accident earlier that morning.
He was born Nov. 3, 1966, in Spring Valley, the son of Claire and Dorene (Kohlmeyer) Vomhof. He was raised in rural Wykoff, attended St. John's Lutheran School and graduated from Wykoff High School in 1985. He served in the United States Navy from 1985 through 1993, and was on the carrier USS Midway during the Gulf War. After his discharge, he attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Before moving back to Wykoff in 1998, he lived in Pine City, Minn. He married Greta Shores on May 24, 1997, at Ft. Snelling Chapel in St. Paul. The couple made their home in rural Wykoff, where he was employed by his brother at United Farm Automation of Chatfield.
He was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Zack; and one daughter, Ashley, both at home; his parents, of Rochester; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry (Deb) of Chatfield, Dean (Cheri) of Gillette, Wyo., and Paul (Linda) of Fountain; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Dawn (Glen) Halvorsen of Lakeville, Minn., Deb (Jim) Brown of Rochester, Marion Vomhof of San Diego, Calif., Muriel Vomhof of Lakeville, Minn., and Grace (Frank) Adams of Eagan, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother and his grandparents.
The funeral was Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Revs. Robert Burmeister and Rodel Eberle co-officiating. Burial with military graveside rites was in the church cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Clarence 'Pete' Voorhees, formerly of GM
Clarence A. "Pete" Voorhees, 82, of Siloam Springs, Ark., formerly of Elkton, Grand Meadow and Lake City, died March 31, 1999, following a lengthy illness. Born Aug. 8, 1916, in Pella, Iowa, he moved to Elkton with his family as a child and graduated from Elkton High School in 1934. On June 19, 1940, he married Dorothy B. Lorenzen and they farmed near Elkton until moving to Diamond Bluff, Wis., in 1959. They later lived in the Red Wing, Lake City and Grand Meadow areas before retiring to Arkansas in 1976. She died March 6, 1997.
Survivors include two daughters, Clara Jean (Mrs. James) Smith of Rochester and Christie (Mrs. David) Kuhn of Collinsville, Okla.; four sons, James of Lake City, Herbert of Siloam Springs, Kenneth of Rutland, Mass., and Donald of Safety Harbor, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Drake of Dexter; and a brother, Frank of Arizona. Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.
The family requests no memorials.
A joint service will be held for him and his wife in Lake City at a later date.
Garth Vrieze, 89, of Spring Valley
Garth Vrieze, 89, of Spring Valley, died peacefully Thursday evening, Nov. 18, 1999, at his home. He was born May 1, 1910, in rural Fillmore County to William Vrieze and Lucy DeVos Vrieze. On March 20, 1942, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Maricle in Spring Valley and together they farmed in the Spring Valley area until their retirement in 1985. He was on the Spring Valley Township Board, active in Faith United Methodist Church, the Spring Valley Hospital Board and the Coffee Klutch Board.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Spring Valley; three sons, Clifford and wife Karen of Trimont, Gary and wife Marilyn of St. Francis, and David of Spring Valley; one daughter, Kimberlie Christie, also of Spring Valley; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Burton, of Spring Valley and one sister, Ila Seabright, also of Spring Valley. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and six brothers.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 22, at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial was in the Spring Valley Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Laurence Vrieze, 92, Spring Valley native
Laurence Vrieze, 92, of Eyota, died Nov. 6, 1999, at the Chosen Valley Care Center, Chatfield, Minn.
He was born May 19, 1907, in Spring Valley. He attended country school in rural Spring Valley. On Sept. 26, 1935, Mr. Vrieze married Luella Schmelzer in Wykoff. They farmed in rural Eyota for many years. They spent their winters in Texas and were active members of a retirement club there for 19 years. After his wife died, Laurence continued to live in rural Eyota until moving to the Care Center three months ago. He was active in the Eyota Senior Citizens, enjoyed playing cards, and being with his grandchildren.
He is survived by one son, James, of Eyota; three daughters, Margaret (Mrs. Joseph) Brough, Blaine, Minn., Sharon (Mrs. Paul) Peacock, Brooklyn, Mich., and Susan (Mrs. Wendell) Andersen, Wabasso, Minn.; a sister, Ila Seabright of Spring Valley; and two brothers, Burton and Garth Vrieze of Spring Valley; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one sister, five brothers and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 9, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Eyota with Father Harry Jewison officiating. Burial was at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
Schad and Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Isabel Vrieze, 84, Cherry Grove
Mary Isabel Vrieze, 84, a longtime resident of Cherry Grove, Minn., died Sunday night at the Spring Valley Care Center where she had resided for a short time.
Mary Isabel Grabau was born May 10, 1915, in York Township to William and Ella (Gallagher) Grabau. She attended schools in Preston and Spring Valley through the eighth grade and was united in marriage to Dale Vrieze Feb. 24, 1951, in Cherry Grove. Her husband died in 1988.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Royal Neighbors. She was a homemaker for the majority of her life.
She is survived by two children, Ella Dodge of Blooming Prairie and Dean Vrieze of Spring Valley; her extended family of 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and many other loving family members.
Services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Rader and the
Rev. Allen Vrieze officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. There will be an auxiliary service held at the gravesite.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Leonard Walhus, 93, of Mabel
Leonard Walhus, 93, a lifelong resident of Mabel, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
He was born on June 5, 1906, in Mabel to Martin and Isabel (Heggen) Walhus. He grew up in Mabel and graduated from the Mabel High School in 1925. He began working at the Arne Rotnem Store and then later became a partner with Elmer Benson in "The Corner Store" in Mabel. On Aug. 15, 1933, he married Beth Corson in Ada, Minn. He then farmed with his father until 1953 when he bought the Arne Rotnem Store later known as the Skogmo Store. The couple operated the store until their retirement in 1972. They have remained in Mabel since.
He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel and former member of the Mabel Fire Department, the Mabel Business Association and the Skogmo Merchandise Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Beth, of Mabel; a son, Lionel of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Zimmerman of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by one brother, Maurice.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is in charge of arrangements.
Victor Walker, 69, formerly of Preston
Victor Derald Walker, 69, of Ocoee, Fla., formerly of Preston, died of cancer Monday, March 8, 1999, at his home.
Born March 11, 1929, in West Concord, he grew up in the area, graduated from West Concord High School in 1946 and then served in the Army Air Corps. He was a dairy farmer in several areas, including Preston, and was a salesman. He married Marilyn Dick and they were later divorced. On Nov. 28, 1992, he married Jeanette Brown at Oak Level Baptist Church in Ocoee and then made their home in Ocoee. Mr. Walker was a member of the American Dairy Association, American Jersey Cattle Club, Midwest Breeders Association, Jacobson Volunteer Fire Department and Purebred Livestock Breeders Association.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Charlene Ann (Mrs. Danny) Bly of Hickman, Tenn.; a son, Richard A. of Owatonna; three stepsons, Henry Milton Baker of Winter Garden, Fla., Dennis Earl Baker of Gotha, Fla., Gregory Clay Baker of Ocoee; two stepdaughters, Brenda Kaye (Mrs. Harry) Ameras of Apopka, Fla., and Mary LeaJean Baker of Ocoee; one grandchild; eight step-grandchildren; a brother, Donald W. of Brainerd; and two sisters, Violet Johnson of Worthington, Minn. and Dorothy Miller of Elkhorn, Neb. A son preceded him in death.
Funeral services were Monday at First Baptist Church in West Concord with the Revs. David Breederland and Russel Paulson co-officiating. Spring burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.
Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna was in charge of arrangements.
Elvin T. Wangsness, 96, of Mabel
Elvin T. Wangsness, 96, died Jan. 20, 1999, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.
He was born June 15, 1902, at home in Springfield Township, Winneshiek County, to Lasse and Hansina (Hermanson) Wangsness. He attended rural schools in Springfield Township, both public and parochial.
On Nov. 5, 1939, he married Nina Hjelle at Rock Rapids, Iowa. He farmed in Winneshiek and Howard Counties, including a number of years in Highland Township. They retired from farming and moved to Decorah in the spring of 1974. His hobbies were that he loved farming and his family was very important to him. He was a member of the Highland Lutheran Church and was active in the church and brotherhood.
He is survived by his wife of Mabel; a son, Clayton (Harriet) Wangsness of Spring Grove; and two daughters, Sharon (Pat) Drew of Decorah and Barbara (Natanael) Lizarazo; a sister Florence Albertson of Spillville; and grandchildren Benjamin and Jennifer Kidd, Erick, Anne and Jon Wangsness and Alicia Lizarazo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Jesus Lizarazo, eight sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held Friday at Highland Lutheran Church with the Revs. David H. Andreae and Daniel Wee officiating, with burial in the church cemetery.
Fjelstul Funeral Home of Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
Grayce M. Watt, 90, of Wykoff
Grayce M. Watt, 90, of Wykoff, died Thursday morning, Jan. 28, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Grayce Peterson was born Aug. 6, 1908, in Owatonna, the daughter of Christian W. and Hulda C. (Carlson) Peterson.
She married Carl L. Moline April 5, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., where the couple made their home. He died in 1945. She married Lawrence Watt in June, 1947 in Chicago and he later died. She worked for the national 4-H council in Chicago until her retirement in 1973. She made her home since then with her daughter and son-in-law in Wykoff. She became a resident of the Spring Valley Care Center Jan. 4, 1999.
She is survived by seven children, including two daughters, Leonore (Mrs. Mark) Jauert of Wykoff, and Carolyn (Mrs. David) Howe of Haleyville, Ala.; and a son, Michael Watt of Rochester; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mabel Rodom of California; and one brother, Charles Peterson of Nevada.
She was preceded in death by one great-grandson, one sister and three brothers.
The funeral will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, at Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial will be in St. Kilian's Catholic Cemetery in Wyokff.
Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the service.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.