Mary Macha, 77, of rural Mabel
Mary L. Macha, 77, of rural Mabel, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel from complications of Parkinsonís Disease.
Mary Lorraine Whalen was born to John and Anna (Kimball) Whalen on July 18, 1922, in Cresco, Iowa. She graduated from the Decorah High School in 1939 and then taught rural elementary school in Winneshiek County, Iowa. On June 29, 1944, she married Thomas Macha at the Methodist parsonage in McGregor, Iowa, and joined her husband in farming. They lived their entire married life on the family farm in Hesper Township.
She was an active member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries and served in the community in offices at the local and district level. She also enjoyed crocheting, embroidering and gardening.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Eileen Poole of Warren, Ohio, and Denise (Mrs. Harold) Pederson of Mabel; one granddaughter, Vanessa (Mrs. Rick) Teuscher of Warren, Ohio, and one sister, Ann (Mrs. Jack) Courtney, of Decorah, Iowa. She was preceded in death by three brothers.
Funeral services were Monday at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper. Burial was in the Hesper Public Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Mayo Foundation for Parkinsonís research.
Leonard Malecek, brother of GM woman
Leonard Charles Malecek, 67, of Dexter, Minn., died Jan. 12, 2000, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Algona, Iowa. He attended school in Britt, Iowa, graduating in 1950. He joined the United States Army and served from 1955 to 1957.
He worked for the National Ayrshire Cattle Association, serving as their field representative. He sang with the Forte-Milers singing group and achieved his dream of going on an African safari.
He is survived by a brother, Edward L. Malecek of Forest Lake, Minn., and their children, Steve (LaVonne) and Tony (Barbara) and family; a sister, Adeline (Mrs. Gene) Snyder of Grand Meadow; and her children, John (Candy) and family, Laurie Thorie and family and Kim Taylor and family. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 15, at St. Finbarr's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Hindt Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow was in charge of arrangements.
Kathryn H. Malpass, 75, sister of SV woman
Kathryn H. Malpass, 75, of Rochester, a former waitress, died Monday, April 3, 2000, in Seasons Hospice of complications of a stroke.
Kathryn H. Curtis was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Rochester, and after graduating from Rochester High School in 1943 worked as a waitress. She married Francis J. Lynch and they were later divorced. In 1952, she moved to Miami where she married Alvin Graham Malpass. She was a bookkeeper and waitress in Miami until the couple returned to Rochester in 1993. Her husband died June 2, 1996. She had volunteered at nursing homes in Rochester and Miami.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Mrs. Joseph) Mallison of Hickory, N. C.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five sisters, Beverly Ford of Boulder, Mont., Genevieve Hanf of Rochester, Dorothea (Mrs. Minar) Therneau of Spring Valley, Rosalie (Mrs. Jerry) Bacon of New Market, Minn., and Sharon (Mrs. Al) Batdorf of Stewartville; and three brothers, Vernon Curtis of Rochester, William Curtis of Stewartville and Rolland Curtis of Sheridan, Wyo. She was preceded in death by three brothers.
The funeral was Friday at Vine Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott L. Daniels of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or a charity of the donor's choice.
Justin Delbert Mandelko, 18, Preston
Justin Delbert Mandelko, 18, of rural Preston, died Friday morning, May 26, 2000, near his home as a result of a four-wheeler accident.
He was born Oct. 1, 1981, in Rochester, the son of Steve and Susan (Yaste) Mandelko. He was raised on his family's dairy farm and attended Fillmore Central Public School where he was to graduate last Sunday. He enjoyed football, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and spending time with his friends. He had been employed by John Moore Electric and planned to attend Minnesota West in their electrician program this fall. He was a member of the Preston United Methodist Church and was involved in football, track and weight-lifting in school.
He is survived by his parents; one brother, Nathan, at home; special friend, Serena Steuart of Harmony; maternal grandparents, Pearl and Wyman Yaste of Preston; paternal grandparents, Donna and Delbert Mandelko of Preston; paternal great-grandparents, Vilda and Carl Mandelko of Preston; five aunts, Linda (Darrell) Nierenhausen, Stewartville; Kay (Don) Brockway, Preston; Wendy Yaste, Oronoco; Joan (Dave) Wissing, Preston; Jean (Craig) Nagel, Onalaska, Wis.; five cousins, Kathy Riste, Austin; Shawn Brockway, Preston; Jamie Brockway, North Las Vegas, Nev.; Rocky Nagel, Onalaska, Wis.; Stoney Nagel, Onalaska.
The funeral was held Tuesday, May 30, at the Fillmore Central High School gymnasium in Harmony with Rev. Anthony Fink officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.
Pallbearers were Lindsey Whalan, Leigh Larson, Mitch Berry, Tyler Johnson, Andy Harstad, Josh Ramaker, Brett Merritt, Adam Denny and Kyle Shanahan.
Honorary pallbearers were 1999 Fillmore Central Falcons football team.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
James V. Manggaard, 71, formerly of SV
James Valdemar Manggaard, 71, of Sargeant, a retired farmer, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 29, 1999, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.
He was born July 23, 1928, in Centralia, Wash. On Aug. 1, 1953, he married Luella Brackmann in Addison, Ill. They farmed in the Blooming Prairie and Spring Valley areas before moving to Sargeant in 1989. He was a member of Evanger Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling, farming and farm activities, scuba diving and attending auctions.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, James E. of Sargeant, Daniel of Hayfield and Gary of Austin; and six grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant, with the Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield handled arrangements.
Cletus Marks, 68, Wykoff
Cletus Marks, 68, of Wykoff, died Monday afternoon, May 8, 2000, at Rochester Methodist Hospital following a long illness.
He was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Slayton, Minn., the son of Henry and Ruth (Neiderheiser) Marks. He served with the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He married Shirley Carlsen March 17, 1955, in Currie, Minn. The couple made their home in western Minnesota until moving to Wykoff in 1967. He was employed at the Wykoff Feed Mill and then at Crenlo in Rochester until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of the Wykoff United Methodist Church, American Legion Posts, and was a 20-year member of the Wykoff Volunteer Fire Dept.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Ernie Manwarren of Emmetsburg, Iowa, Dawn and Fred Lacher of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Denise and Lars Hepola of Shakopee, Minn.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Darlene of Wasilla, Alaska, David and Colleen of Ostrander, and Dale and Michelle of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bethel and Walter Albrecht of Windom, Minn., and Avis and Trueman Bondus of Westbrook, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
The funeral was Friday at the Wykoff United Methodist Church with Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial with military gravesite rites was in the Wykoff Cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Wykoff was in charge of arrangements.
Riley Marsden-Norby, 7, of Canton
Riley Marsden-Norby, 7, daughter of David and Amy Norby of rural Canton, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at the Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Riley was born Oct. 13, 1992, in Decorah, to David and Amy (Marsden) Norby. She was in the first grade at the Mabel-Canton Elementary School and attended church at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel. Riley loved country music, being with classmates and reading. Riley captured the hearts and souls of those she met along the way.
Riley is survived by her parents; a sister, Abbey, at home; maternal grandparents, Danny and Linda Marsden of Mabel; maternal great-grandparents, Donald "Mike" and LaVaughn Marsden of Mabel and Bill and Mabel Sires of Spring Grove; and paternal great-grandparents, Walter and Phyllis Norby of Canton.
She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Vernard and Janice Norby and Howard and Mildred Torgerud.
Funeral services were Tuesday at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial was in the Scheie Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Orville E. 'Bob' Marzolf, of Preston
Orville E. "Bob" Marzolf, 81, of Preston died at his home Thursday morning, April 27, 2000.
He was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Preston Township, rural Preston, the son of William and Nellie (Staplecamp) Marzolf. He attended North Windy Ridge School and worked with his dad on the family farm until purchasing and operating Bob's Tavern in Preston for 25 years. He then was a custodian at the Branding Iron in Preston for 14 years. He married Evelyn Carlin and the couple were later divorced.
He is survived by his special friend, Carol Hanson of Preston; one sister, Erna Hardford of San Jose, Calif.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clifford ("Steve"), Harland, Darrell and Leland ("Bud") and three sisters, Doris, Beulah and Irene.
The funeral was held on Saturday at the Preston United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marilyn Loken officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Preston.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Thelma G. Marzolf, 74, of Preston
Thelma G. Marzolf, 74, a resident of Preston Good Samaritan Center, formerly of Lanesboro, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
She was born Thelma G. Erickson on June 25, 1925. On Nov. 6, 1948, she married Ed Marzolf in Preston and they were later divorced. She worked at Trane Co. in LaCrosse, Wis., and also owned and operated a rooming house in Lanesboro.
Survivors include a sister, Sylvia Mallory of Beaverton, Ore.
The funeral will be Thursday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, with the Rev. Kerry Eversole officiating. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home, Lanesboro is in charge of arrangements.
Howard C. Masters, 81, Mabel
Howard C. Masters, 81, of Mabel died Friday, May 19, 2000, at the Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.
He was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Burr Oak Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Guy and Edna (Morrison) Masters. He attended the Burr Oak Snell Rural School. On Jan. 21, 1939, he married Norma Haugen in Decorah. They farmed in the Burr Oak area until 1952 when they moved to the Harmony area and farmed there for a few years before going to work for Pederson Brothers from 1956 to 1961. In 1961 they moved to Mabel where he worked as a laborer and also at the Fiberite factory in Winona. After his retirement in 1969 he worked with the Green Thumb program at the Mabel-Canton schools as a custodian until 1979. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children, crafts, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife of Mabel; three sons, Robert (Ruby) of Midland, Texas, Gerald (Vivian) of Potosi, Wis., and James (Gail) of New Hampton, Iowa; seven daughters, Ardath (Mrs. Lowell) Johnson of Mabel, Phyllis (Mrs. Thomas) Johnson of Edmond, Okla., Jean (Mrs. Robert) Watson of Red Wing, Elaine Hahn of St. Cloud, Marcia (Mrs. Mike) Goss of St. Cloud, Lynnette (Mrs. Charlie) Rochford of Oelwein, Iowa, and Rhonda Masters of Hopkins, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in law, Vyra Masters of Canton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Bradley Masters; two brothers, Lyle and Victor; and three sisters, Vera Hovey, Ethel Mastellar and Nellie Masters.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. Buirial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Geneva Mathison, 75, formerly of SV
Geneva Marie Mathison, 75, of Rochester, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at her home.
Geneva Marie Smock was born May 6, 1925, in Fillmore County. On Jan. 18, 1941, she married Alton G. Mathison in Forestville Township, Fillmore County. The couple farmed between Grand Meadow and Spring Valley until 1965, when they moved to Rochester. She worked at Rochester State Hospital and later at Faribault State Hospital, helping teach handicapped children. Her husband, a retired Rochester Methodist Hospital employee, died July 3, 1996. She had been helping students learn to read at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Rochester. She also was a home health care aide with senior citizens in Olmsted County and worked with handicapped children in a group home in Rochester. She retired in 1998. She was a member of Homestead Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Audrey (Jerry) Schandorff and Lillian (Darryl) Jensen, both of Rochester; six sons, LaVern of Rochester, Clifton of Zumbro Falls, James of Racine, Vinson of Hayfield, David of Mazeppa and Tom of Racine; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Forrest Smock of St. Paul. One brother and one son preceded her in death.
The funeral was Sunday at Homestead United Methodist Church in Rochester with the Rev. Duane M. Gebhard officiating. A graveside service was held at Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Macken Funeral Home in Rochester was in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Mathison, 84, formerly of Greenleafton
Ruby Charlotte Mathison, 84, of Spring Valley, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where she had been a patient a short time.
Ruby Dotzenrod was born April 6, 1915, in Carimona Township, Fillmore County. She attended country schools near her home through the seventh grade and then attended eighth grade at the Bristol Center School. She attended two years of high school in Preston and then attended Harmony High School for two years, graduating in 1932. She worked for the welfare office at the county courthouse during the Depression and then as a waitress until her marriage. On Aug. 29, she was united in marriage to Milton Mathison in 1940. Together they farmed in the Greenleafton and Cherry Grove area most of their lives. They retired to Spring Valley in 1979. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley.
She is survived by one daughter, Charlotte (Steven) Harnack of Riceville, Iowa; two sons, Milo (Trudy) Mathison of Rochester, and Dwight (Teresa) Mathison of Spring Valley; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Aug. 4, 1995, one daughter, Sharon Ann in 1942 and three brothers.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Joe Haynes officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley where there will be a short prayer service at 6 p.m.
Doris M. Mensink, 91, Spring Valley
Doris M. Mensink, 91, of Spring Valley died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where she had been a patient a short time.
Doris Kruegel was born Sept. 28, 1908, in Forestville Township to Johnny and Ina (Swering) Kruegel. She attended country schools through the eighth grade and on Aug. 30, 1928, she was united in marriage to Darrell Mensink.
Her life was built around her commitment to her family and friends. She loved to entertain guests and she always gave gifts of embroidered linens and other handcrafts. She was a relationship builder. Over the course of her life she made friends everywhere she went and corresponded regularly with them up until the time of her death.
She is survived by her daughters, Yvonne Iverson of Bloomington, Minn., and Adonna (Mrs. Eugene) Cook of Hollister, Calif., 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Corrine Cardenas of Minneapolis, Minn., Hollas Kruegel of Spring Valley and Alice White of Richfield, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Nov. 26, 1999; a son, Curtis and a brother, Arlow.
Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley.
Clifford C. Merkel, 78, of Spring Valley
Clifford Merkel, 78, of Spring Valley died Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2000, at his home in rural Spring Valley.
He was born April 2, 1922, in Rock Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, to Milton and Rosena (Priem) Merkel and was baptized April 30, 1922, at his parents' home in Iowa. He attended rural schools through the eighth grade in the New Hampton area. He entered the U.S.C.G. Merchant Marines serving in the Atlantic War Zone and the Mediterranean-Middle East War Zone. He served on the William S. Halsted, The Charlestown and The Perryville. He was discharged on Aug. 15, 1945.
He was united in marriage to Georgie Bly in 1945, in Spring Valley. He worked for Woodrich Construction Co. for 20 years, Bly Rendering for three years and farmed in the area for 47 years.
He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley and served on its board for many years. He also served as an adult leader for the 4-H Club.
He is survived by his wife, Georgie of Spring Valley, son Leslie, and wife, Jan, Merkel of Spring Valley and daughter, Sandra Williams of Houston, Texas; five granddaughters, Randa, Tami, Sara, Stephanie and Abbie; five brothers, Harvey, Kenneth, Paul and Ray, all of Spring Valley and Art of Rochester; four sisters, Rose (Arleigh) Polikoski, and Arlene Starkson, both of Rochester, Shirley Schroeder of Elgin and Lorraine (Bob) Reiland of Eyota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, May and Irene.
Friends may call at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery of rural Racine.
Alfred Albert Meyer, 93, of Fountain
Alfred Albert Meyer, 93, of rural Fountain, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home.
He was born Nov. 24, 1907, near Wykoff. On July 29, 1931, he married Winnie Hall in Lanesboro, and they moved to Fountain in 1931. He was a farmer, and served on the Fountain Rural School Board and with the Farm Bureau, as well as in several church offices.
Survivors include his wife; a son, David (Diane) of Fountain; three grandchildren; four brothers, Paul (Jennie), Otto, and Edward (June) Meyer, all of Wykoff; Marvin (Darlene) of Spring Valley; and four sisters, Amanda Laue of Pine Island, Martha Rollie and Magdaline Jeske, both of Wykoff, and Edna Schultz of Spring Valley.
He was preceded in death by three brothers.
The funeral was 1:30 Monday at Root Prairie Lutheran Church near Fountain, with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Curtis Fox officiated.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.