Paul W. Gardner, 80, of Lanesboro
Paul W. Gardner, 80, a longtime Lanesboro resident, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at his home. He had been ill three years.
Born June 3, 1920, in Howard, S.D., he moved to Osceola, Wis., with his family and graduated from Osceola High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He farmed in the Dresser, Wis., area and was a feed and seed salesman for Northrup King and Doughboy. He had lived in Lanesboro since 1958. In October 1943 he married Vernise Hayman. She died in 1977.
Survivors include three sons, Craig (Ginny) of Minnetonka, Minn., Brian of Ankeny, Iowa, and Dana of Berkeley, Calif.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Gordon of Tucson, Ariz.; and a sister, Audrey Wright of Bethesda, Md.
A memorial service will be at a later date. The body was cremated.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro is in charge of arrangements.
Lillie B. Garness, 92, Spring Grove
Lillie B. Garness, 92, of Spring Grove and formerly of Mabel, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at the Tweeten/Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove.
She was born Aug. 3, 1907, to Olaus and Birgit (Thoresgaard) Garness on their farm near Newburg in Fillmore County. She grew up there and attended the nearby country school. In 1930 she moved into Mabel, where she lived with and cared for her parents. She later worked a few years at Mansfield Industries in Spring Grove, Minn. She lived in Mabel until becoming a resident at the Tweeten/Lutheran Health Care Center. She was a member of the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel and its ALCW. She formerly held the office of the church financial secretary and for many years took care of the church altar and pulpit. She enjoyed traveling and photography and took pride in the Garness Church.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Oscar, Norman and Levi; and two half-brothers, Obert and Nelvin.
Funeral services were Saturday at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial was in the Garness Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Garrison, 79, once of Spring Grove
Dorothy Holt Garrison, 79, of Salisbury, N.C., formerly of Spring Grove, died Feb. 22, 2000, at Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Dorothy Glasrud was born April 25, 1920, in Spring Grove and graduated from Spring Grove High School. She was a secretary with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., and later taught preschool at Sharon Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Her first husband, William Linville Holt, died in October of 1979.
Survivors include her husband, Ross W. "Jack" Garrison, one son, Richard A. Holt of Houston, Texas, one daughter, Patricia H. Peterson of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Yearout of Charleston, S.C,; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren and three sisters, Sylvia Meitrodt of St. Paul, and Lillian Stenejhem and Marcy Roberts, both of Rochester.
The funeral was Feb. 24 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Mount Gur Cemetery in Kernersville, N.C.
Blonda Rebeka Geving, 84, Spring Grove
Blonda Rebeka Geving, 84, of Spring Grove, a lifelong area resident and former farm homemaker, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at Franciscan/Skemp Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wis.
Blonda Rebeka Skauge was born March 10, 1916, in Houston County and attended Kelly School in rural Spring Grove. On Sept. 8, 1933, she married George L. Geving at the Blackhammer parsonage in rural Spring Grove. They farmed in Blackhammer Township until 1977, when they retired and moved to Spring Grove. He died March 27, 1988. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Blackhammer and was active in Spring Grove Senior Citizens.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald (Carol) of Mabel and Larry (Lois) of Waterloo, Iowa; a daughter, Joan (Don) Sherburne of Spring Grove; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myrtle Jameson of Spring Grove. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
The funeral was Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church of Blackhammer in rural Spring Grove, with the Rev. Zane Anderson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Ione N. Gilbert, 91, formerly of area
Ione Nora Gilbert, 91, of Austin, Minn., died Friday, July 14, 2000, at her home.
She was born May 4, 1909, at Prosper, Minn., the daughter of Herbert and Emma (Steensgard) Bacon. The Bacons moved to the Byron area and she graduated from the Byron High School. She was employed at the Grand Hotel in Rochester and the State Hospital. She was married to Earl Balcom in 1930, following his death, she married Wilbur Gilbert in 1937, at Cresco, Iowa. They farmed in the Grand Meadow area and moved to Dexter in 1948. In 1955 the Gilberts moved to Austin. She was an avid gardener and letter writer.
She was preceded in death by both husbands, an infant son; one son, Allan Gilbert; one grandson, three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Ernest Koenigs of Parker, Ariz., Patricia Gilbert of Austin, Minn., Ruth and Allen Stookey of Apple Valley, Minn.; Gloria Gilbert of Austin, Minn., daughter-in-law, Marie Gilbert of Brooklyn, N. Y., 14 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Marvel Bacon of Byron.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 18, at 3 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Interment in the Spring Valley Cemetery in Spring Valley.
Myrtle Gilbertson, 95, of Spring Grove
Myrtle Adelia Gilbertson, 95, of Spring Grove, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Tweeten Lutheran Health Services of Spring Grove.
She was born Nov. 20, 1904, in Spring Grove to Hans and Anna (Reitan) Sundet. She was a 1923 graduate of Spring Grove High School. On April 12, 1925, she married Oscar Hoegh Gilbertson. He died Sept. 17, 1943. She worked with her husband on the family farm, later worked at Onsgard State Bank in Spring Grove, Augsburg Publishing House in Minneapolis and at First National Bank of Rochester. She was a charter member of the Spring Grove Manor where she was very instrumental in establishing the manor housing.
She is survived by one son, Osmund (Kathryn) Gilbertson of Lincoln, Neb.; two daughters, Winnefred Buxengard of Spring Grove and Catherine (Merle) Johnson of Caledonia; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Hilda Morken, of Spring Grove. She was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Kenneth Buxengard; one great-granddaughter, Heather Millet; two brothers, Arthur and Leander Sundet; and one sister, Alva Ike.
Funeral services were Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove with the Rev. Jim Arends officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Church Cemetery.
Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Clifford J. Glaser, 75, of Preston
Clifford J. Glaser, 75, of Preston, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born July 10, 1924, in Carimona Township, Fillmore County, the son of John and Carrie (Eickhoff) Glaser. He grew up on the family farm and attended Carimona school. He married Marie McBride of Wykoff June 22, 1952, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Preston. The couple lived on the Glaser family farm for 32 years and in 1984 they retired and moved into Preston.
He was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, having served on the church council, as a member of the Preston Summit Club, Preston Senior Citizens, Pleasant Dale Card Club, and as an active parent leader of the Carimona 4-H Club and a volunteer for Semcac and Meals on Wheels. He was an avid card player and enjoyed gardening, fishing, the Summit Club trips and visiting the farm and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Lynn Glaser of Preston; and a daughter, Mary Jane Glaser and husband, Jim Keune of Preston; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Nielsen of Stewartville.
The funeral was Friday, Dec. 31, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. James Rushton officiating. Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Victoria 'Torie' M. Gochnauer, SV native
Victoria "Torie" Marie Gochnauer, 29, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester from injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle accident.
Victoria Vincak was born May 2, 1970, in Spring Valley, the daughter of Lester V. and Carroll Jean (Farley) Vincak. She spent part of her early life in Rochester with her family. At age 9, she moved with the family to Belton, Mo., where she attended local public schools. The family returned to Rochester when she was 14. She attended Rochester schools and Mayo High School.
She married Jeremy L. Gochnauer on June 14, 1997, in Hegre Lutheran Church. The couple has farmed in rural Kenyon since their marriage. She was a nursing assistant at the Pine Haven Nursing Home in Pine Island and helped her husband on the farm. She also had been a housekeeper at Friendship Inn in Rochester.
She loved working with horses and was looking forward to training and riding her young horse, Angel. She also spent time with the family's dogs as well. She enjoyed socializing and especially caring for Jeremy's grandmother, Clara Overboe. She liked to dance and especially enjoyed line dancing.
She was a member of the Hegre Lutheran Church. Memorials are preferred to the family or donor's choice.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Tommy Lorenz of Kenyon and Mark Juart of Rochester; her mother; four sisters, Cindy Clement of West Concord, Jean Vincak of West Concord, Joyce Vincak of Hammond and Jamie Koob of Hastings, Minn.; three brothers, Chris Vincak and Robert Vincak, both of Rochester, and Victor Vincak of Minneapolis.
She was preceded in death by a son, her father, a brother, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
The funeral was Monday in Hegre Lutheran Church, Kenyon, with the Rev. Todd Walsh officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Michaelson Funeral Home-West Concord Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Duane G. Goeman, 71, formerly of SV
Duane G. Goeman, 71, of Minnetonka, Minn., formerly of Spring Valley, died Dec. 16, 1999.
On Feb. 12, 1998, he married Patricia Gallagher. He was a Navy veteran, serving on the U.S.S. Macon. He loved auto racing and was a world-class grandpa.
Survivors include his wife; four sons Tom, Dennis, Jim and wife, Kim, Terry and wife Laurie; a daughter, Mary (Mrs. John) Berry; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald and wife, Pat; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Monday, Dec. 20 at Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel in Hopkins, Minn. Interment was in Ft. Snelling.
C. Goergen, 87, brother of SV woman
Clemens "Boobie", Georgen, 87, of Adams, a retired Johnsburg area farmer, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Austin Medical Center.
He was born April 1, 1913, in Johnsburg and attended grade school in Johnsburg. Mr. Goergen farmed in the Johnsburg area for many years. In his early years he was a carpenter and built homes in the area. On May 7, 1938, he married Margaret Koenigs in Pontiac, Mich. At age 62, he semi-retired and moved into Adams in the early 1980s. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed woodworking, making toys and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Dianne (Richard) Swanson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Suzanne Swanson of Rochester, Joanne (Ollie) Hillier of Redwood Falls, Minn., and Julianne (Richard) Schwade of Spring Valley; a son, Joseph of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul and Ralph, both of Adams; and a sister, Maude Smith of Adams. Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
The funeral was Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with the Rev. Gregory Leif officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
J. Goldsmith, granddaughter of SV resident
Julie Goldsmith, 33, of Hutchinson, Minn., died of cancer Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at her home.
Survivors include her husband, Jeff; a daughter, Kathryn; a sister, Joy (Fred) Henke of Woodbury; father, Rev. Ronald J. Freimark of Sleepy Eye and formerly of Spring Valley; and a grandmother, Irene Freimark of Spring Valley.
Funeral services will be held in Hutchinson.
Marie Gorman, 90, formerly of Lanesboro
Marie M. Gorman, 90, of Austin and formerly of Lanesboro, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin. She was a retired telephone operator.
She was born Oct. 3, 1909, in Lanesboro and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1928. She was a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Minneapolis until her retirment. She moved to Austin in the early 1980s. She was a member of the Moose and Eagles clubs.
Survivors included nieces and nephews. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
A funeral Mass was held on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin. Spring burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Lanesboro.
Clair W. Gossman, 85, formerly of Canton
Clair W. Gossman, 85, of Chatfield, a former farmer and nursery employee, died Wednesday morning, May 24, 2000, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where he had been a patient for two days.
He was born Feb. 24, 1915, in rural Canton and served in the Army during World War II. On Oct. 30, 1944, he married Ethel Solseth in Preston. They lived in the rural Canton and Greenleafton areas until 1952 and then in rural Fountain until moving to Chatfield in 1978. He worked at Snyder Fillmore County Nursery for a number of years and also farmed. He was a member of American Legion Post 492 of Fountain and the Knights of Columbus, served on the Fountain Township Board and had been a 4-H leader.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Rosie Rowland of Chatfield and Carole (Richard) Collett of Fountain; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Eloise Grebin and Gertrude Ellestad, both of Harmony. He was preceded in death by a son, a brother and a sister.
The funeral was Saturday at St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church, Fountain. Burial was in Carrolton Cemetery in rural Fountain with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 492.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.
Howard F. Gossman, 68, Whalan
Howard F. Gossman, 68, a rural Whalan farmer, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Rochester Methodist Hospital. He had been ill since May 6.
He was born March 3, 1932, in Cresco, Iowa. He graduated from Canton High School and lived in rural Canton until joining the Army in 1950, serving during the Korean War. He lived in Madras, Ore., from 1959 until 1962 and then in Harmony until moving to Whalan in 1962. On Oct. 19, 1958, he married Opal Schrautemier in Bend, Ore. He was a member of American Legion Post 400 of Canton.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Thomas of Whalan, Randy (Lisa) of Canton and Bob (Sheila) of Preston; four daughters, Debra (David) Thompson of Norfolk, Va., Janice Stoneburg of Winona, Connie (Mike) Thedens of Elgin and Kristi (Dan) Ruesink of Cherry Grove; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six brothers, Wayne (Vivienne) and Merlyn (Vernelle), both of Decorah, Iowa, Lloyd (Colleen) of Mabel, Harold (Marci) of Tucson, Ariz., Carroll (Sharon) of Canton and Roman (Mercedes) of Rose Creek; and three sisters, Jean (Jim) McCabe of Kirksville, Mo., Wanda (Ralph) Milligan of Bluffton, Iowa, and Margo (Bruce) Kroshus of Oronoco. He was preceded in death by two sons, a daughter and two grandsons.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanesboro, with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post 400.
Johnson Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Jayne Ilene Gossman, 69, of Preston
Jayne Ilene Gossman, 69, of Preston, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at her daughter's home in Granger.
Jayne Ilene Finstad was born March 27, 1931, in Sunburg, Minn., the daughter of Richard and Marian (Swenson) Finstad. She grew up in the area and attended school and graduated from Benson High School. On Aug. 16, 1958, she married Robert "Bob" Gossman in Preston. They lived in a number of locations throughout the country before settling in Preston in 1972. She was a member of St. Columban Catholic Church and was an avid bowler and golfer.
Survivors include her husband; three sons, Jeffrey (Leslie) of Spotsylvania, Va., Richard (Michelle) of Lime Springs, Iowa., and Robert James of Stewartville; two daughters, Sheila (Ricky) Whitmer of Manassas, Va., and Victoria (Jeffrey) Johnson of Granger; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Carl (Violet) Finstad of Crystal, Minn., and Kermit (Barbara) Finstad of Gettysburg, Pa.; a sister, Geraldine Wadsworth of Spicer, Minn.; a niece Sandy Monroe of Rochester; a special friend, Misty Heusinkveld of Wykoff, and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Myron Finstad.
The funeral Mass was held Saturday at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Burial was in Sunburg, Minn., on Monday.
Thauwald Funeral Home of Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Agnes C. Grabau, 92, Spring Valley
Agnes C. Grabau, 92, of Spring Valley, a former school employee, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Ostrander Nursing Home, where she had resided for some time.
Agnes C. Schonsby was born Sept. 26, 1907, in Sherwood, N.D., moved to the Spring Valley area as a child and graduated from Spring Valley High School. On June 17, 1929, she married Loren Grabau; he died in 1991. She worked in the school lunch program at Spring Valley High School, was active in the United Methodist Church, and delivered Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include two daughters, Carole Erickson of Duluth, Minn., and Sharon (William) Kerr of Falls Church, Va.; two sons, Victor (Myrtle) of Cochrane, Wis., and Darrell (Marlene) of Fairfax, Va.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter and two brothers.
The funeral was Wednesday at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial was in Spring Valley Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home of Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Rachel Griswold, 97, of Mabel
Rachel Griswold, 97, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
She was born Feb. 24, 1913, in Kvam, Norway, to Ole and Thora (Krok) Sanden. She was confirmed in Hesper, Iowa, and attended area schools. On May 19, 1921, she married Floyd Griswold in Decorah, Iowa. They lived in the Mabel and Hesper areas their entire lives. She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel.
She is survived by a daughter, Norma Nohre of Purcellville, Va.; eight grandchildren; 20 great- grandchildren; a sister, Olga Christensen of Richfield, Minn.; sister-in-law, Delores Sanden of Mabel; son-in-law, Wesley Kjome of West Salem, Wis.; seven nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Burr, a daughter, Anita Kjome, four brothers, and one sister.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. Burial will be in the Hesper Public Cemetery in Hesper, Iowa. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.
Mengis Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Margie Grooters, 82, Preston native
Margie Grooters, 82, died July 12, 2000, at the Harmony Community Health Center following a lengthy illness.
Margie Allene Heusinkveld was born Nov. 13, 1917, in rural Preston, the first of four children born to Ed and Marilla (Shook) Heusinkveld. On April 2, 1947, she was united in marriage to Perlum Grooters at her parents' home. They farmed in the Greenleafton area. She enjoyed a lifelong hobby of gardening and raising flowers, also enjoyed baking, and spent much time visiting the sick and shut-ins. She was a member of Greenleafton Reformed Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and very active in church circles and related activities.
Survivors include her husband; four sons, Allen (Marion) of Mason City, Iowa, Richard (Kathy) of Rolla, Mo., Don (Lori) of Harmony and Dan of Minneapolis; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Beth (Duey) Evenson of Rochester, Minn.; three brothers, Leland and Pat Heusinkveld of Preston and Arlyn (Lois) Heusinkveld of Wichita, Kans.
The funeral was Saturday at Greenleafton Reformed Church in Greenleafton, with burial in the Greenleafton Cemetery. The Rev. Jonathan Loper officiated.
Lindstrom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Agnes A. Groth, 89, Spring Valley
Agnes A. Groth, 89, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at the Ostrander Nursing Home.
Agnes Fuhrmeister was born April 27, 1910, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Frank and Frances (Cilek) Fuhrmeister. She was baptized on June 19, 1910, and was confirmed at the Zion Lutheran church on Sept. 23, 1934. She attended and graduated from Spring Valley High School and was employed at the Colonial Hospital in Rochester for a short time. On Oct. 7, 1933, she was united in marriage to Robert Groth in Spring Valley and to this union three children were born. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley and was active in the Rachel Circle. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and flowers.
She is survived by a son, James Groth and wife, Lois, of Spring Valley; one daughter Elsie (Mrs. Jack) Fox also of Spring Valley; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1995, a son, Loren, three brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Dennis Timmerman officiating. Irma Rathbun will be the organist and Jill Rugaard the soloist.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with Jay, Layne, Daren and Damon Groth, Joey Fox and Scott Meyer acting as casketbearers. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley and one hour prior at the church on Wednesday.
Dorothy Groth, 70, of Decorah
Dorothy Lorraine Groth, 70, died on Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Aase Haugen Nursing Home in Decorah following a long, courageous battle with leukemia.
She was born on Feb. 7, 1930, in Allamakee County, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew and Gustine (Langlie) Droivold. She attended Waterloo Ridge Country School and then graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1947. She then attended Winona State College and received her teaching certificate in 1949. She taught school in Chatfield, Richfield, Hastings and Spring Grove from 1949 to 1955.
She married Kenneth Groth on Dec. 3, 1955, at the Waterloo Ridge Church. They moved to Decorah in 1956 and helped her husband with Groth Trucking for several years until they retired in 1988.
Mrs. Groth also worked at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home as dietary aide for 15 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the Highland Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Ruth Circle. She was a volunteer for the Battered Women's Shelter and enjoyed quilting at the Aase Haugen Home. She enjoyed gardening and doing embroidery.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth, of Decorah; six children, Chuck (Dawn) Groth of Decorah, Dean Groth of Tucson, Ariz., Linda (Jerry) Nelson of LaCrosse, Lois (Dan) Downing and Janice (Bob) Hewitt of Waterloo, Iowa, and Michael Groth of Minneapolis; fifteen grandchildren, Jill, Jacob and Jason Groth, Brandon and Dustin Viller, Kristy, Jessica, Daniel, Allison and Leah Downing, Cody, Kristen, Lucas, Jenna and Logan Hewitt; her father-in-law, Luther Groth of Decorah; one brother, Alden (Gert) Droivold of Faribault; one sister, Elizabeth (Charlie) Hagen of Mabel; one aunt, Othilda Gunderson of Mabel; an uncle, Louis Droivold of Spring Grove.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Highland Lutheran Church rural Spring Grove with Rev. David Andreae officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery
French and Balik Funeral Home in Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
L. C. Groth, 94, formerly of Spring Grove
Luther C. Groth, 94, of Decorah, a longtime cattle buyer died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah, Iowa.
He was born April 12, 1906, in Post Township, Allamakee County, Iowa, to Ernest and Augusta (Kempke) Groth. He attended the Postville High School in Postville, Iowa. On Oct. 28, 1926, he married Julia Larson in Postville. They moved to the rural Spring Grove area where he farmed and in the 1930s started buying cattle. He continued to buy cattle until 1991. She died March 4, 1963. On Sept. 30, 1966, he married Ruth Livingood. She died April 17, 1993. In April 1993, he became a resident at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah and had resided there since.
He is survived by three sons, Kenneth of Decorah, and Keith (Rita) and Duane (Shirley) both of rural Spring Grove; two daughters, Norma (Mrs. Donald) Halse of Decorah and Ila Barnes of Rochester; two stepsons, Rodney (Carolyn) Livingood of Postville, and Dale (Liz) Livingood of Oelwein, Iowa; 20 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; a sister, Ruth Archer of Mesa Ariz., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Fred, Art, Harold, and Walter; and one sister, Esther.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 22, at the Highland Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove with the Rev. David Andreae officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Grace Gunderson, 83, once of Spring Grove
Grace A. Gunderson, 83, a resident of Bear Creek Care Center and Rehabilitation Center in Rochester, a former teacher, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at the care center.
Grace Moen was born June 4, 1916, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved with her family to Spring Grove where she grew up and attended school. On April 5, 1936, she married Vernon Gunderson. Mrs. Gunderson taught in Spring Grove and Albert Lea area schools for many years. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester and ELCA Women and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include her husband; three brothers, Richard (Barbara) Moen of Rochester, Robert (Charlotte) Moen of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ronald (Shannon) Moen of Spanaway, Wash.; and two sisters, Nina Maddelena of Reno, Nev., and Hazel Jarstad of Sun Valley, Nev. Three brothers preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 22, at Faith Lutheran Church in Black Hammer, Houston County. The body was cremated. Mahn Funeral Home-Rochester Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Curtis Guttormson, 52, of Harmony
Curtis Guttormson, 52, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at his home in Harmony.
Survivors include his wife, Diane; two daughters, Melissa Skadsem and Deborah Guttormson, both of Preston; four grandchildren; his parents, Olga Guttormson of Harmony and Clifford Guttormson of LaCrosse, Wis.; one brother, Orson of Harmony; two sisters, Elaine Guttormson of Rochester, and Susan Willson of Santa Clara, Calif., and two half brothers, Lewellyn Storlie of Spring Grove and Ellsworth Storlie of Taylor, Wis.
The funeral service was Tuesday at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Burial was in State Line Cemetery in rural Harmony.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.