Alvin M. Haugen, 84, Whalan native
Alvin M. Haugen, 84, Caledonia, a retired funeral director, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at his home.
He was born May 22, 1915, in Whalan and after graduating from Preston High School in 1933 operated a milk route in Preston. In 1938 he enrolled in the University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science and after graduating in 1940 returned to Preston and apprenticed at the William Heitner Funeral Home until joining the Army. After the death of his father, he was discharged from the Army to take care of the family farm. In 1954 he sold the farm and moved to Caledonia where he was employed by J.W. Potter Funeral Home. On Jan. 1, 1955, he brought the business, built a new funeral home in 1957 and continued operating it until the business was sold in 1983.
On March 10, 1943, he married Ella B. Sorum at the Lutheran parsonage in Lanesboro. She died Nov. 12, 1984. He married Helen Gardner on Sept. 14, 1986, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston and she survives.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Haugen (Jeff) Roverud of Decorah; one son, Gary (Barbara) of Edina, Minn.; two stepdaughters, Susan (Gary) McNear of Fort Myers, Fla., and Carol (Robert) Solberg of Solon, Iowa; two stepsons, Timothy (Roseann) Bremseth of Fountain, and Mark (Jill) Bremseth of Woodbury, Minn.; three granddaughters; seven step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Caledonia.
Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia, was in charge of arrangements.
Harold K. Hebrink, 80, brother of SV man
Harold K. Hebrink, 80, of rural Preston, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, in Spring Valley Care Center.
He was born May 30, 1919, in Forestville Township, Fillmore County the son of Henry and Asana (Mensink) Hebrink. He married Pearl Nagel in Cherry Grove on Sept. 9, 1939. The couple farmed in Carimona Township in rural Preston. He was a member of the Greenleafton Reformed Church in rural Preston where he was an elder and deacon. He also served as township supervisor and was on the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment.
Surviving are his wife, and one brother, Merle Hebrink of Spring Valley, and a special family, David and Tracie Mensink and their children, Alex and Morgan of Preston. He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
The funeral was Saturday in Greenleafton Reformed Church with the Rev. Jonathan Loper officiating. Burial was in the Greenleafton Cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Hulda B. Hemker, 105, of Wykoff
Hulda B. Hemker, 105, of Wykoff died Tuesday June 6, 2000, at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Hulda Sabatke was born May 6, 1895, near Beaver Dam, Wis., daughter of William and Emma (Schwant) Sabatke. She moved with her parents to Minnesota in 1899 and settled in Jordan Township, Fillmore County. She attended public school in Chatfield and one year of normal school in Winona. She taught in rural schools in Fillmore County for five years. She married Martin Hemker Sept. 26, 1917, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff. They farmed for several years in various locations in Minnesota before moving to LaCrosse, where she worked in the laundry at Grandview Hospital for eight years. He died in 1960. She then returned to Wykoff, where she spent her remaining years until entering the Spring Valley Care Center in 1988.
She was a longtime member of St. John's Evangelical Church in Wykoff and was hostess to the Wykoff Senior Citizens for two years.
She is survived by two daughters; Emeline Stender of Wykoff and Irene (Donald) Lambert of Alexandria, Minn.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and 20 stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, one son, three brothers and four sisters.
The funeral was Thursday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Robert Burmeister officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
R. Hengeveld, 87, mother of Preston woman
Ruth Hengeveld, 87, of Luverne, Minn., died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at the Hospice Cottage in Luverne.
Ruth DeBoer was born on Sept. 20, 1913, at Hull, Iowa. She married John Hengeveld on Feb. 25, 1938, in Luverne. He died in July of 1983.
She was the mother of Nancy (Steve Corson) Hengeveld of Preston, and is also survived by four other daughters, eight grandsons, 12 granddaughters, 21 great-grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a great-granddaughter, a brother and a sister.
The funeral was Monday at the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. Engebretson Funeral Home, Luverne, was in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth F. Henry, 75, formerly of Harmony
Kenneth F. Henry, 75, of Chatfield, a former Tuohy Furniture Corp. employee, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Granger and lived in Cresco, Iowa, St. Charles and Harmony before moving to Chatfield in 1967. He served in the Navy during World War II. He had been a farmer and mechanic, and more recently worked for Tuohy Furniture Corp. in Chatfield. He married Adelaide Elliott on Nov. 23, 1948 and she died Feb. 7, l983. On Dec. 7, 1948 he married Clara Thompson and she preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 1999.
Survivors include a son, Jeffrey of Chatfield; three grandchildren; and a sister, Sylvia Scrabeck, of Harmony. Three sisters preceded him in death.
The funeral service was held, Tuesday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Chatfield.
Virgil Henry, 70, of Harmony
Virgil Henry, 70, of Harmony, a longtime area farmer and self-employed trucker, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse of injuries suffered in a car accident earlier in the week.
He was born July 11, 1930, in Cresco. He attended high school in Decorah for one year and graduated from Assumption High School in Cresco. On Nov. 7, 1953, he married Helen Jane Costigan in Lawler, Iowa. They farmed near Burr Oak, Iowa, for a short time before moving to Harmony 43 years ago.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Linda Schleusner of Dodge Center, Linnette Fischer of Harmony and Deborah Erickson of Chatfield; one son, Steven of Harmony; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a brother and three sisters. A granddaughter preceded him in death.
The funeral was held Saturday at Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony. Burial was in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.
Lindstrom Funeral Home of Harmony was in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Hermanson, 84, of Harmony
Marjorie Hermanson, 84, of Harmony, died at the Harmony Community Nursing Home on Friday morning, June 2, 2000.
She was born Feb. 15, 1916, in Fillmore County, the daughter of Alvin and Gladys (Winslow) Hollenback. She was united in marriage to Henry Hermanson on June 17, 1937, at the Pilot Mound Lutheran Church. They owned and operated the Hermanson Flowershop in Harmony from 1960 until retirement in 1972, and before that they farmed in the Pilot Mound area. He preceded her in death in 1992.
She is survived by three daughters, Elaine (Lloyd) Goetz of Rochester, Carol (Dan) Thompson of Fairfax, Minn., and Sharon (Allen) Christianson of Harmony; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two sisters also survive, Marion Peters of Rochester and Margaret Lake of Grantsburg, Wis. She was preceded in death by an infant son, David Henry, a great-grandson, Marc Lloyd Rivers, and a sister, Mildred Dowdy.
The funeral was held Sunday at the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony with the Rev. Jonathon Sorum officiating. Burial will be in the Pilot Mound Cemetery in rural Lanesboro.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.
Michael David Higgins, 53, formerly of area
Michael David Higgins, 53, of Moline, Ill., formerly of Sergeant, grew up in Grand Meadow and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1965, died of cancer Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Genesis West in Davenport, Iowa.
He was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Sargeant and served in the Army from 1966 to 1968. On Sept. 1, 1972, he married Bernice Hess in Rock Island. After retiring from Rock Island Arsenal in 1994, he worked part time in maintenance at Parr Instrument Co. in Moline.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Laura Higgins of Moline; three brothers, Clifford (Becky) of Aitkin, Minn., Richard (Mary) of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Jerry (Sandy) of East Moline, Ill.; and five sisters, Katie (Marvin) Pater of Lansing, Minn., Dorothy De Boer of Lyle, Ethel (Earl) Zalky of Ostrander, Nancy Durst of Rochester and Suzie (Terry) Donovan of Plymouth, Minn. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Memorials may be made to the family.
The funeral was held at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., in Moline, Ill. Burial was in National Cemetery Rock Island, Ill., Arsenal. Military rites were conducted by the Milan American Legion Post 569.
Elmer Hildestad, 80, formerly of Lanesboro
Elmer Hildestad, 80, died Feb. 26, 2000, in the Bloomington Good Samaritan Care Center.
He was born in rural Lanesboro on Oct. 26, 1919, to Esther and Martin Hildestad. He left Lanesboro for St. Paul and worked at Seeger Refrigerator Company for a couple of years and then got a job at the Metropolitan Transit in Minneapolis, where he held several positions until he retired.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Olivia; two sons, Stanley (Linda) of Shoreview, and Howard (Jody) of Plymouth, Minn.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Kyro of Minneapolis; and three brothers, Harold (Eleanor) of Swarthmore, Pa.; Reuben (Bea) of Minneapolis and Norman (Lorraine) of Austin. He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and one great-grandchild.
The funeral was Feb. 29 at Morris Nelsen Funeral Chapel beginning with a Masonic service. Burial was in Union Cemetery in St. Paul.
Howard Joseph Himli, 79, once of Peterson
Howard Joseph Himli, 79, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, May 2, 2000.
He was born March 19, 1921, in Peterson to Hans and Jennie (Magnuson) Himli. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving five years in the Pacific. Following his Navy service, he lived for a number of years in LaCrosse, Wis., where he owned and operated "Howie’s Bait Shop." He retired in Punta Gorda, Fla., and loved to ride his bicycle and fish in the Peace River.
He is survived by two sons, Larry (Barbara) Himli of St. Paul and Robert (Kathy) Himli of Riverside, Cal.; two granddaughters, Heather Himli of New York City and Marissa Himli of St. Paul; one brother, Raymond (Dorothy) Himli, of Fountain, numerous nieces and nephews, and special friend, Gloria Sanzone, of Punta Gorda.
His body was cremated and a memorial service will be conducted at a future date.
Charles L. Hinsch, 71, father of SV woman
Charles L. Hinsch, 71, of Sargeant, Minn., died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, of complications of cancer at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Feb. 28, 1929, in New Sweden Township, Nicollet County, Minn., grew up on a farm in the Winthrop, Minn., area and attended elementary school there. He later moved to Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. On April 20, 1952, he married Shirley Jean Finck at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ft. Dodge. He was employed at the Tobin's Packing Plant at Ft. Dodge until 1953. They then moved to the Dexter area and in 1957 to the Sargeant area. He was employed by the Milwaukee Road and later the Soo Railroad Line from 1955 until retiring in June of 1991.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sargeant, where he held various offices. He was an active member of the Hayfield American Legion Rothie Post #330, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assoc., and the Minnesota Deer Hunters' Assoc.; had been a member of the Sargeant Village Council and was longtime mayor at the time of his death. He held various offices with Local United Transportation Union in Austin, Minn.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Mary Jean (Ken) Cleveland of Spring Valley, Wanda (Darrell) Boley of Dexter, Nancy (David) Prins of Hayfield, Minn., and Carla (Tony) Matson of Austin, Minn.; three sons, Mark (Sue) Hinsch of Sargeant, Gordon (Ellen) Hinsch of Rochester, and Miles Hinsch of Rochester; 16 grandchildren; three sisters, Emmie Brewer and Marvel Evans, both of Grand Bay, Alaska, and Donna (Jack) Fletcher of Humboldt, Iowa; and two brothers, Ronald (Dickie) Hinsch of Olive Branch, Miss., and Jerry (Nancy) of San Marcos, Calif.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
Funeral services were Monday, June 19, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sargeant with the Rev. Ronald Prigge officiating. Burial in St. John;s Lutheran cemetery in Sargeant.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville was in charge of arrangements.
Lester E. Hinze, 35, formerly of SV
Lester E. Hinze, 35, of Pine Island, Minn., died Monday, June 26, 2000, in Spring Valley.
Born Feb. 4, 1965, in Rochester, he attended Spring Valley schools and graduated from Spring Valley High School. On July 12, 1983, he joined the Army in Minneapolis, served in Germany and was discharged on March 14, 1988, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. On March 9, 1984, he married Rebecca Perry and they were later divorced. He had owned and operated the Carpet Shack in Pine Island since January 1997.
Survivors include four children, Jamie, Jesse, Josie and Megan; his parents, Raymond Hinze of Spring Valley and Corrine Hinze-Bang of Kenyon; three sisters, MaryKay Posey of St. Paul, Patricia "Macaela" Bang of Houston, Texas, and Cindy (Darrel) Damon of West Salem, Wis.; three brothers, Kenneth Hinze of Somerset, Wis., Jerry of St. Paul and Thomas (Peggy) of St. Cloud; two stepbrothers, Glen (Vickly) Bang of Conroy, Texas, and Gene (Tracy) Bang of Kenyon; a stepsister, Gloria (Robert) Richter of Goodhue; and special friend, Jody Cooper.
The funeral was Saturday following a Masonic service at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley. Burial was in Spring Valley Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Norman Hoff, 76, of Mabel
Norman L. Hoff, 76, of Mabel died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at the Cuyuna Health Care Center in Crosby, Minn.
He was born March 15, 1924, in Preble Township, Fillmore County, to Lars and Olena (Moen) Hoff. He attended the Tawney School. In March of 1943 he was inducted into the United States Army where he was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division. Some of his awards include the American and Asiatic Pacific Theater Medals, the Philippine Liberation medal with two bronze stars and a good conduct medal. He returned to the Fillmore County area in February of 1946 following his separation from the Army. On Nov. 29, 1947, he married Marjorie Williams at the South Fork Church. They farmed for five years before moving to Rushford when Mr. Hoff began working for the city as a heavy equipment operator. In 1969 they moved to Cottage Grove, Minn., where he was an equipment operator for the city until his retirement in 1989. They have since resided in rural Mabel in the summer and Apache Junction, Ariz., during the winters. He was a talented musician and could play the guitar, saxophone, banjo and violin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors and his tractor. He was a member of the Scheie Lutheran Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Twin Cities Musicians Union.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Mabel; three daughters, Marcia (Mrs. Gene) Burt of Hastings, Minn., Patricia (Mrs. Joey) Page of Spring Grove, and Cindy (Mrs. Dale) Westhoff of Crosby, Minn.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Koonst of Hastings and Stella Stensgard of Harmony; and a brother, Milton (Dora) Hoff of Connecticut. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary; a baby daughter, Michelle; a sister, Luella Larson; and two brothers, Myles and Clifford.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial was in the Scheie cemetery. Military rites by the Mabel VFW and American Legion. Mengis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Gerald Housker, 71, of Spring Grove
Gerald Housker, 71, of Spring Grove, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at Tweeten/Lutheran Health Services in Spring Grove.
He was born Aug. 3, 1929, at Spring Grove, and attended agricultural school. He was in the Army and fought in the Korean Conflict from 1954 to 1956. On May 28, 1966, he married Ardyce Ruby Flatten, at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove. He and his wife farmed in rural Spring Grove before retiring and moving to Spring Grove in May of 1999. He was a lifelong, active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Riceford in rural Spring Grove. He was also a member of American Legion Post 249 of Spring Grove.
Both he and his wife liked various activities including working with horses and going on trail rides. He was an active member of the Rawhide Arena in Blackhammer and was also an avid woodworker.
Survivors include his wife of Spring Grove; two sisters, Margaret Harkness of LaCrosse, Wis., and Dorothy (Mel) Landin of Mabel; three sisters-in-law, Julia Housker of Spring Grove, Loyes Housker, and Lois Housker both of Mabel; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Jerome and Paul Housker; one nephew, Darryl Harkness and one brother-in-law, Forest Harkness.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Riceford, rural Spring Grove, with the Rev. William Horn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Roble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Eugene Hovelson, 90, of Preston
Eugene E. "Zeke" Hovelson, 90, of Preston, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
He was born on June 20, 1909, in Mitchell County, Iowa, the son of Edwin John and Blanche (Popple) Hovelson and as a child the family moved to Preston and he attended school there, graduating in 1928. In 1930, he graduated from Tri-State Business College in LaCrosse, Wis. He later attended the University of Minnesota for certification in insect control. On July 21, 1934, he married Carmen Winch in Decorah, Iowa. She died on Feb. 2, 1984. He later married Bonnie Grebin Lubinsky. She currently resides in the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
In the l930s he was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, surveying for the locks and dams on the Mississippi River between St. Paul and Prairie du Chien, Wis. During World War II he worked with the Army engineers building air bases at Ottumwa, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, S.D., and interment camp at Scott's Bluff, Neb., and POW camps in Algona, Iowa. Following the war he was self-employed for many years as a union painter and paperhanger. He then started his crop spraying and whitewashing business. He was an active member of the Preston United Methodist Church where he "cooked the peas" and melted the butter for their codfish supper for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Jane (Jay) Johnson of Bemidji and Judy (Steve) Hanek-Sample of Portland, Ore., and four grandchildren. His first wife, a brother and sister preceded him in death.
The funeral was held Friday at the Preston United Methodist Church with Rev. Anthony Fink officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.
Christopher Hovey, 25, of Harmony
Christopher Hovey, 25, of rural Harmony, a farmer, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, of injuries suffered in an auto accident.
He was born July 22, 1974, in Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from Crestwood High School in Cresco in 1993. He farmed in Winneshiek County, Iowa.
Chris could bring a smile to faces wherever he was. He was genuine in all he did. His love for horses was evident. Chris started riding ponies and as he got bigger, he moved into bigger horses. Chris loved to ride and the best speed was fast. He often bragged about his horse, Sophie. Chris's constant companion was Kate, his dog. She fared better than his friends when it came to care. Kate went everywhere, did everything and misses him dearly.
Survivors include his parents, Leland and Connie Hovey of Harmony, two sisters, Erin Hovey of Harmony and Dawn Kucera of Madison, Neb.; maternal grandparents, Orval and Hazel Dybvik of Canton; and paternal grandmother, Dorothy Hovey of Cresco.
The funeral was held on Saturday at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony with the Rev. John Hagen officiating. Burial was in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.
Charlotte J. Hyland, 77, SV native
Charlotte J. Hyland, 77, of Waukesha, Wis., died on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2000, at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
Charlotte Drewes was born April 13, 1922, in Spring Valley. After graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1940, she was married to Stanley L. Hyland. A 1987 retiree of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, she worked as an accounting clerk there for 26 years. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Waukesha.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years; six sons, Leslie J. of Waukesha; Neil G. of Phoenix, Ariz., Daniel G. (Gail) of Mukwonago, Wis., Andre S. of Green Bay, James R. of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert W. of Waukesha; one daughter, Karen H. (John) Kohl, Eatonville, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, August (Ruth) Drewes, Chatfield, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Randle-Dable Funeral Home in Waukesha.
Kathleen 'Kay' Hyter, 76, formerly of Mabel
Kathleen "Kay" Hyter, 76, of Houston, and formerly of Mabel, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at the Valley View Nursing Home in Houston.
She was born Aug. 28, 1923, in Lancaster, Wis., to Richard and Pearl (Wetter) Leifer. She grew up in Lancaster and graduated from the Lancaster High School in 1941. On March 7, 1943, she married William C. Hyter, Sr., in Joplin, Mo. She worked as a telephone operator in Madison, Wis., and as a secretary at the Mastercraft Company in Rice Lake, Wis. From 1969 to 1980 they lived in Mabel and then retired and moved to Money Creek, rural Houston. He passed away April 12, 1996. She enjoyed traveling on the "People to People Tour" to Europe and Russia, participating on the Mabel Ambulance Service and spending winters in Florida. Other interests included traveling, oil painting, hunting and buying and selling antiques. She was active in the Methodist church.
She is survived by a daughter, Karen (Mrs. Eugene) Schroeder of Houston; two sons, Bill (Sandy) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Brett (Carol) of Mabel; seven grandchildren, Rick (Kathy) Schroeder of Holmen, Wis., Chris (Tami) Schroeder of Houston, Jeremy, Jason and Jessie Hyter of Anchorage, and Shannon and Carin Hyter of Mabel; four great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Tara, Tori and Danni; and a sister, Frieda (Mrs. Clyde) Garner of Beloit, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
Funeral services were Friday at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel with the Rev. David Laechel officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Public Cemetery.