Lavonne Haakenstad, 74, of Mabel
Lavonne Haakenstad, 74, of Mabel, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
She was born Nov. 8, 1925, in Mabel to Herbert and Clara (Olson) Haakenstad. She attended the Willford School and graduated from Mabel High School in 1943.
During her lifetime she was employed at Marigold Dairies of Rochester, First National Bank of Mabel and the Mabel Clinic. She was also part-owner and proprietor of the Cardinal Grocery Store in Canton. She enjoyed working with the students of Mabel-Canton in the school library. She was a board member of the Fillmore County History Center, a member of the Humane Society, supported and participated in the Camp Courage and Camp Winnebago wagon trains. She was currently the Newburg Township treasurer and served as election judge for Newburg Township.
She was an avid bowler and was involved in raising Arabian horses and participated in many local parades and celebrations.
She is survived by five sisters, Helen Dotzenrod of Canton, Elaine (Mrs. Lee) Dalager of Minnetonka, Beverly Spande of Winona, Dolores (Mrs. Norman) Lantrip of Sparks, Nev., and Shirley (Mrs. Richard) Revoir of Bloomer, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Gen Haakenstad of Mabel; many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Edna; and a brother, Richard.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. There will be no visitation.
Mengis Funeral Home of Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Georgia Hafner, 79, Spring Valley native
Georgia E. Hafner, 79, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Sterling, Ill.
She was born Sept. 13, 1919, in Spring Valley, the daughter of Daniel and Lenora (Goodwinson) Pearce. She was employed in assembly for many years at the General Electric plant in Morrison until she retired in 1982.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling and a member of the GEM Club of General Electric.
Survivors include one son, Gene (Nancy) Hafner of Sterling; one daughter, Carolyn (William) Duncan of Sterling; one sister, Lilas Riddle of Peoria; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Philip Gronbach, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center.
S. Hagedorn, 69, brother of Preston man
Stanley "Bud" Hagedorn, 69, of Alexandria and formerly of Spring Valley, died Feb. 5, 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Brandon; sons, Michael Hagedorn of Orlando, Fla., Greg Hagedorn of Alexandria, Tom and wife, Kathryn, Hagedorn of Maplewood, Robert Hagedorn of Kasson, Matt Hagedorn of Colorado Springs, Colo., Chris Hagedorn of Millerville; daughters, Sue Iverson of Mantorville, Julie and husband, Tim, Teig of Detroit Lakes; 11 grandchildren; stepfather, John Daas of Evansville, Minn.; brothers, Jerry Hagedorn of Brandon, Donald and wife, Bev, Hagedorn of Preston, Jim Daas of Brandon; sisters, Betty and husband, Reuben Henke of Brandon, Rose and husband, Dewey Steidl of Miltona, Minn., and Marge and husband, Mike Clare of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Daniel Teig.
He was born Nov. 12, 1930, son of Stanisley and Augusta (Horst) Hagedorn in Millerville, Minn. He attended rural school in Millerville and grew to manhood in the Brandon and Millerville area. He took over the family farm in rural Brandon when his father died. He later owned and operated Bud's Dray in Brandon. Later he entered the U. S. Air Force and served four years. Shortly after his discharge he started working at First National Bank in Alexandria. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Steidl on Aug. 6, 1957, in Belle River Church. He continued working at the bank until 1962 when he transferred to First National Bank in Spring Valley. In 1980, the couple moved to Battle Lake, where he worked at First National Bank for several years before working in the crop insurance business in Henning, Minn.
He enjoyed fishing, cribbage, playing the accordion, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Church of Our Lady of Seven Dolors and the Knights of Columbus.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 8, at the Church of Our Lady of Seven Dolors with the Revs. Eugene Lemm and Rev. Paul Folsom officiating. Interment was in the Church of Seven Dolors Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
Geraldine 'Gerry' Hagan, 82, Preston native
Geraldine "Gerry" Hagan, 82, of Austin, died Thursday evening, March 23, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Geraldine Brink was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Preston. She attended country school in Fillmore County. In 1929, her family moved to Austin. She married Ray Hagan and they farmed for more than 50 years. The couple were married for more than 60 years before her husband's death on Aug. 23, 1998. She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and enjoyed raising livestock, gardening, yard work and bird watching.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia (Mrs. Roy) Fulsaas of Ridgeway, Iowa; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death.
A funeral Mass was held Sunday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald Zenk officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.
Mayer Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.
Phillip E. Halling, 76, Ostrander native
Phillip E. Halling, 76, of Washburn, Wis., formerly of Rochester, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Northern Lights Manor in Washburn.
Born Dec. 10, 1923, in Ostrander, he grew up in Rochester, graduated from Rochester High School and Rochester Junior College, and attended the University of Minnesota until joining the Army during World War II. He served from 1943 to 1946 with duty in the Pacific Theater. On Jan. 18, 1947, he married Shirley Jeanette Ormand. Mr. Halling was an insurance agent in Rochester and the first agent from Minnesota to serve as vice president of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Agents. He was past president of the state Association of Mutual Insurance Agents, was named Mr. Mutual Agent in 1961 and received the Mr. Chairman Award in 1966. He was active in Osman Temple Shrine and its Cycle Patrol in Rochester and was a Scoutmaster. During retirement, he and his wife lived in Cable, Wis. He served as Cable's township assessor and later as Namakagon's, and while in Cable, also sold real estate and was a member of the Lions Club. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Hayward, Wis.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jay of Duluth, and Jeffrey of Red Wing; two granddaughters; and one brother, Richard of Billings, Mont.
The funeral was Tuesday at Fred Olson Mortuary Chapel in Duluth. Burial will be in Sunrise Memorial Park. Military rites were conducted by the Duluth VFW combined honor guard.
Memorials are suggested to Northern Lights Manor, 706 Bratley Dr., Washburn, WI 54891.
Curtis Wayne Halstead, 70, formerly of area
Curtis Wayne Halstead, 70, of Mobile, Alabama, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000 of cancer at Spring Hill Manor Nursing Home where he had been a resident for five days.
He was born May 9, 1930 in Grand Meadow township, Mower County, Minn.
He grew up on the family farm in rural Racine, Minn., and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1948. He attended the Air Force ROTC at Iowa State University at Ames and graduated with a degree in agricultural education. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1954 to 1956 as an officer. He farmed and taught agriculture at Glencoe, Minn., until moving to Mobile in 1985. He was employed there as a security guard at Armstrong World Industries until his death.
He was married to Betty Lou Ostendorf Sept. 20, 1950, in Preston and later divorced.
He is survived by his stepfather, Kenneth Berhow of Rochester; one daughter, Donna Saied of Rochester; three granddaughters; two brothers, Merlin (Susie) Halstead of Mobile, Ala., and Wesley Halstead (Bonnie) of Lake Worth, Fla.; and one sister, Janet (Herb) Seefeldt of Milbank, S. D.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service was held at Bear Creek Lutheran Church, rural Grand Meadow, Tuesday, Aug. 29, with the Rev. Wayne F. Vogt officiating with burial in Bear Creek Cemetery, Grand Meadow.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville was in charge of arrangements.
Marcella Milbrath Hamann, 86, SV native
Marcella Milbrath Hamann, 86, a resident of St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, formerly of Chester and LeRoy, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at the nursing home where she had resided the past year.
Marcella "Mardy" Milbrath was born July 16, 1913, in Spring Valley and moved to the Chester area with her family in 1920. She attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Chester Public School in 1932. On June 10, 1936, she married Herbert Hamann. They lived on her family farm until 1940 when they moved to another farm about a mile away. The couple farmed the two farms with a sister and brother-in-law and a brother until moving to LeRoy in 1979. Her husband died in 1987. She had been a member of Chester United Methodist Church since 1933 and served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, MYF leader and church custodian. An amateur historian, she compiled a history of Chester United Methodist Church and in 1958 wrote the history of the town of Chester. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and working on scrapbooks.
Survivors include a daughter, Ann Hamann of Fairfax, Va.; and a sister, Joan Schonsby of Austin. Five sisters and a half brother preceded her in death.
The funeral was Thursday at Chester United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Robert Holdorf officiating. Burial was in Chester Hill Cemetery in Chester.
Memorials are suggested to Chester Hill Cemetery or Chester United Methodist Church.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Lime Springs, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
John G. Hamlin, 79, Spring Valley native
John G. Hamlin, 79, of Fort Morgan, Colo., once of Spring Valley, died suddenly at his home Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000. His death came just two days after he was named Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
He was born June 28, 1920, in Spring Valley to Fay and Alice (Nagle) Hamlin. He was raised and graduated from high school here. On Dec. 27, 1941, he was married to Victoria Felos in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
During World War II, he served as a bomber pilot in the European Theater, where he flew 31 missions, one more than the required number, and also flew two missions on D-Day.
After the war, before moving to Fort Morgan, he worked for Donovan Construction in the Chicago area where he was a construction foreman and his brother, Neal, was supervisor. The brothers moved to Fort Morgan in 1949 and founded the Hamlin Electric Co.
He was a past commander of the local and state VFW, served on the Fort Morgan City Council and as mayor of Fort Morgan, and was a past president of the Colorado Municipal League. He served in the State Legislature for 14 years, from 1972 to 1986, and his last year was chosen as Legislator of the Year. He also served as the Republican majority leader of the House.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, George of Fort Collins and William of Fort Morgan; a brother, Kenneth, of Fort Morgan; one sister, Lois Hauersperger of Fort Morgan; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were Jan. 29 in the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Goodenberger officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
Rodney David Hamlin, 61, SV native
Rodney David Hamlin, 61, of Rochester, a service station attendant, died of fibrillation Monday, May 29, 2000, at his home.
He was born May 28, 1939, in Spring Valley. On June 28, 1964, he married Mary Clark at Evangelical United Brethren Church in Spring Valley. She is an office attendant. He enjoyed bowling, golf, and playing cards and pool.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Collin of Rochester, Scott and Cary; his mother, Olive Hamlin of Spring Valley; and two brothers, Clifford "Kip" of Spring Valley and Allan of Mesa, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother.
The funeral was Wednesday (today) at Macken Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Buller officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Roy W. Hanning, 89, formerly of Preston
Roy W. Hanning, 89, of Underwood, N.D., died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at the Prairieview Nursing Home in Underwood.
Roy William Hanning was born Dec. 15, 1910, in Preston to Carl and Zoe Ella (Pickett) Hanning. He graduated from Preston High School in 1929. He worked at various jobs, reading meters in the village of Preston, caretaker of the local golf course and also started a small berry farm. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He returned to Preston and then moved to Jamestown, N.D., in 1947. In 1952 he began farming south of Jamestown. He married Casteneda C. Hofer on Sept. 6, 1955, at Turtle Lake, N.D. He was considered a "Mr. Fix-it" and enjoyed repairing radios and televisions, he also enjoyed the hobby of photography. On Sept. 11, 1996, he became a resident of the Central Dakota Nursing Home in Jamestown and then moved to the Prairieview Nursing Home in Underwood.
He is survived by his wife, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law and wife, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Turtle Lake, N.D. Interment was in Turtle Lake Cemetery.
Goetz Funeral Home, Turtle Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Lester Duane Hanson, 69, Wykoff native
Lester Duane Hanson, 69, of rural Chatfield, died at his home Sunday, May 28, 2000.
He was born Oct. 30, 1930, in Wykoff and married Shirley Smith on Oct. 21, 1950, at the Fillmore Methodist Church. He was a retired truck driver for Kark Rendering Co.
Surviving are his wife; one son, Roger of Stewartville; three daughters, Donna, Marilyn and Linda, all of Chatfield; one granddaughter; two brothers, Cecil and Herman Jr., both of LeRoy; five sisters, Marion Griffin and Mary Ferguson, both of Chatfield, Lois (Russ) Krueger of Dent, Minn., Marge (Richard) Rickie of Grand Meadow and Agnes (Leonard) Hare of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
The funeral is today (Wednesday) at the United Methodist Church in Chatfield with the Rev. Dennis Cox-Townsend officiating. Burial at the Chatfield Cemetery.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements.
Mary L. Hanson, 88, of Mabel
Mary L, Hanson, 88, of Mabel and formerly of Harmony, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
She was born Aug. 12, 1911, on the family farm in rural Harmony to E. O. and Clara (Erickson) Moore. She attended the Harmony public schools and graduated with the class of 1929.
On June 12, 1937, she married Elmer Hanson in Decorah. Together they operated the Canton Grocery Store in Canton until the fall of 1942 when they sold their business. She then went to work at the Harmony Produce, Harmony Locker and the Clover Farm Store in Harmony. She and her husband lived in rural Harmony and Preston and then for a short time in California, before returning to Harmony to live with her brother, Vernon. Her husband died Oct. 7, 1978.
She was a former member of the Scotland Richland Prairie Church in rural Harmony and then a member of the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton, the Scotland Circle and the Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and making pillows, volunteering for Semcac and nursing home visits.
She is survived by a brother, Leland, of Madison, Wis.; three sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and a good friend, Sue Engen, of Preston. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Vernon, Orrin, Elbert and Charlie Benjamin.
Funeral services were Sunday at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton with the Rev. Jim Scaife officiating. Burial was in the Scotland Cemetery in rural Harmony. Memorials can be made to the Canton-Scotland Church for the Scotland Church and Cemetery Preservation Fund.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
M. Hanson, 89, once of Preston, Lanesboro
Melvin H. Hanson, 89, of Rochester, formerly of Preston and Lanesboro, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1911, in Lanesboro, the son of Nels and Ida (Torgerson) Hanson. He attended country school in the Lanesboro area. After his schooling he worked at Pfister's and Snyder's garages in Preston for several years. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the Aleutian Islands. He was discharged in 1945. In 1946, he was married to Grace Cecilia Hoffer. The couple later divorced. He moved to Rochester in 1955 and was employed as a mechanic for Rochester Dairy. After this he went to work at Rochester Methodist Hospital in the maintenance department. He retired on March 1, 1976. He was a lifelong member of the Preston VFW and served as its commander.
He is survived by one son, Leonard D. Hanson of Pine Island; two sisters, Alice Foster of Rochester and Myrtle (Mrs. George) Klema of Chatfield. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Graveside memorial services were held on Saturday at the Lanesboro Cemetery with the Rev. James Rushton officiating. Military rites were performed by the Preston VFW and American Legion Posts. His body was cremated.
Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston, was in charge of arrangements.
Odys Hanson, 96, formerly of Mabel
Odys Hanson, 96, died on Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, in Oakland, Calif. She was a resident at Salem Lutheran Home.
Odys Backman Hanson was born May 2, 1903, in Preston to J. Ogden and Isabelle Backman. She was a resident of Mabel until 1942 when she and her husband, Milo, and daughters moved to California.
Mrs. Hanson graduated from the Mabel High School in 1921. She worked in the post office in Mabel where her father was postmaster. She married Milo Hanson in 1925 at her parentsí home, since the Lutheran Church was not yet rebuilt following a fire.
She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church and was very active in many church activities throughout her life. She enjoyed many hobbies including needlework, puzzles of all kind and reading. She loved to travel to visit her family wherever they lived. She visited England, Israel and much of the U.S. Her last visit to Decorah was in 1996 when the Backman family reunion was held. She was then 93 years of age. Each visit "back home" included Mabel, where her parents are buried and where she also visited friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Mavis Edwards of Carmel, Calif., and Janice Kraabel of Decorah; her brother, Lowell A. Backman of Santa Paula, Calif., and their spouses; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Milo, and one granddaughter.
Memorial services were held in the Chapel at Salem and burial was in Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette, Calif. Rev. Marty Schaefer officiated with several family members taking part and the Chapel singers leading Mrs. Hansonís favorite hymns.
Myrtle E. Harding, 86, mother of SV woman
Myrtle E. Harding, 86, of Adams, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Adams health Care Center.
Myrtle E. Rogne was born May 4, 1913, in rural Adams and attended Adams schools. On May 5, 1930, she married Lenard Harding in Austin. She was a lifelong member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty (Mrs. Marby Jr.) Taylor of Spring Valley; a son, Roger of Nashua, Iowa; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sadie Johnson of Hayfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, three brothers and two sisters.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, with the Rev. Richard Kastner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Adams Funeral Home and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.
Patricia Hargreaves, sister of SV woman
Patricia Cole Hargreaves, 78, of Salem, Ore., died Oct. 24, 2000, following a grace-filled battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.
M. Patricia Cole was born in Spring Valley, where she attended school before attending nursing school in Rochester. She was a desk clerk at Rochester Methodist Hospital. She moved to the Salem area in 1946 and lived in California and Idaho for 17 years before returning to Oregon. She served in many offices of the United Methodist Women at both local and conference levels. She enjoyed gardening, growing specialty roses, music, reading, traveling and camping. She married Edward Hargreaves in 1944 and they were married 55 years before he died in 1999.
Survivors include four daughters, Laura (Gary) Nicholson of Tacoma, Wash., Janie (Roger) McCune of Thorpe, Wash., Denise (Jim) Smithers of Caldwell, Ida., and Geneva (Tom) Cook of Oregon City, Ore.; a son, David (Karen) Hargreaves of Caldwell, Ida., a brother, Melvin Cole of Payette, Ida., a sister, Emily Galloway of Spring Valley; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held Saturday, Oct. 28, at First United Methodist Church of Salem, where she was an active member.
Emma Harstad, 98, formerly of Harmony
Emma Harstad, 98, of Chatfield and formerly of Harmony, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
Emma Thompson was born May 17, 1901, near Mabel. On June 6, 1918, she graduated from the University of Southern Minnesota in Austin, having completed a secretarial course. She worked as a secretary in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and also Minneapolis. On April 19, 1921, she married Helmer Harstad. The couple lived on a farm between Harmony and Lanesboro until 1948, when they moved into Harmony. He died in 1978. She remained in her own home in Harmony until her 91st birthday, when she moved to Oakenwald Terrace in Chatfield. She later moved to Chosen Valley Care Center.
She was a talented pianist and played the piano every day. A member of the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, she belonged to the Ladies Aid and Elizabeth Circle. She was on the school board of Amherst Country School and was chairwoman of the Fillmore County Democratic Party. Active in the American Legion Auxiliary for many years, she also served a term as its president.
Survivors include 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Two daughters, two sons, six sisters and four brothers preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony.
Lois Hauersperger, 78, SV native
Lois Hauersperger, 78, of Fort Morgan, Colo., died Monday, Nov. 6, at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
She was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Spring Valley, to Fay and Alice Hamlin.
She joined the Army in 1943 and spent most of her time in Naples, Italy, during WWII.
She married James Hauersperger Oct. 30, 1948, in Fort Morgan, where they have lived since. She was a member of the St. Charles Episcopal Church in Fort Morgan, the VFW, Colorado Women's Golf Association, Fort Morgan Women's Golf Association and two cribbage clubs. She enjoyed bowling and fishing and was an avid sports fan.
Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Judy Watson; one son, Jay: and one brother, Kenneth Hamlin, all of Fort Morgan; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
A memorial service was held Friday at the St. Charles Episcopal Church in Fort Morgan. Joliffe Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.