Betty Lou Meyer, 67, Spring Valley
Betty Lou Meyer, 67, of Spring Valley, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, of cancer at Season's Hospice, Rochester.
Betty Lou Ostendorf was born Dec. 25, 1932, at Spring Valley, grew up on the family farm at Racine, Minn., and attended Stewartville High School.
She married Curt Halstead and they were later divorced. She married Wendell H. Meyer at Racine Methodist Church on April 6, 1952, and they lived in Spring Valley for a short time, then moved to a farm in Rock Dell Township. In 1979, they returned to Spring Valley. She worked for over 15 years at Libby McNeil and Libby Canning Factory and at the Spring Valley Nursing Home as a nursing assistant. She was a volunteer at the Spring Valley Community Center with Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include six daughters, Vicky (Carl) Mancilman of Pine Island, Kim Morris of Owatonna, Jacque (Roger) Nelson of Sargeant, Michelle (Phil) Howard of Spring Valley, Melissa (Kevin) Lund of Spring Valley, and Donna Saied of Rochester; two sons, Wendell Eugene (Gene) Meyer of Rochester and Steven (Pam) Meyer of Rock Dell; 26 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and a foster sister, Diane Brogan of Byron. She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter and one grandson.
Funeral services were Monday, July 31, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Dennis Timmerman officiating. Burial was in East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery at Rock Dell.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville was in charge of arrangements.
Irvin W. Meyer, 87, of Spring Valley
Irvin W. Meyer, 87, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at the Spring Valley Care Center.
He was born Nov. 13, 1912, in Forestville Township, Fillmore County, Minn., the son of Otto and Amanda (Affeldt) Meyer Sr. He attended both country and parochial school. On Sept. 14, 1938, he was united in marriage to Ruby Hebrink in Cherry Grove, Minn. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the rural Wykoff area. He was a lifelong member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff.
He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Verdonn (Donna) of Fairfax, Minn., LaMont (Patsy) of Rochester, Arvid (Charlotte) of Aurora, Ill.; two daughters, Sandy (Mrs. Lyle) Crowson of Wykoff, Renee (Mrs. Jim) Lillibridge of Decorah, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; five brothers: Alfred of Fountain, Paul, Otto Jr., and Edward, all of Wykoff, and Marvin of Spring Valley; four sisters, Martha Rollie and Magdalene Jeske of Wykoff, Amanda Laue of Pine Island and Edna Schultz of Spring Valley; also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby, in 1991 and two brothers, Walter and Ernest.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, 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 the arrangements.
Leota Michel, 83, of Harmony
Leota Michel, 83, died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester of respiratory failure.
The former Leota Austenson was born July 26, 1915, in Preston, to Austin and Gina (Knutson) Austenson. After graduation from Preston High School and Normal Training she taught rural schools in Fillmore County. She also worked in Baltimore, Md., and at the Mayo Clinic.
She married Clifford Michel on April 27, 1946. They farmed in the Granger area until the time of his death in 1981, when she moved to Harmony. She was a lifelong active member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Granger. Mrs. Michel especially enjoyed crossword puzzles, travel and playing cards.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her twin sister, Leona, in 1993, another sister and three brothers. Survivors include her sisters-in-law, a niece, nephews and cousins.
The funeral was held on Saturday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Frederick (Fritz) B. Miller, 67, of Ostrander
Frederick B. (Fritz) Miller, 67, of Ostrander, died suddenly Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at his home.
He was born Feb. 26, 1933, in Dundee, Ill., and moved with his family to the Ostrander area in 1945. He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1950 and attended Rochester Junior College. He served in the Army for two years and was stationed at Fort Lawton, Wash. Prior to and following military service, he was employed by Hadland-Vreeman and then Hadland-Osterud of Ostrander.
On June 19, 1959, he married Shirley Ann Langlie at the Ostrander Lutheran Church. They resided in Ostrander for two years before purchasing a dairy farm near Ostrander, where he lived until the time of his death. He served on the LeRoy Creamery Board from 1977 to 1998, was currently serving on the Ostrander City Council, was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Ostrander American Legion.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, David of Champaign, Ill., and Daniel (Cara) of Spring Valley; three daughters, Donna (Craig) Springer of Rochester, Julie Yost of Rochester and Carrie of Ostrander; six grandchildren; one brother, Herman (Jeanne) Miller Jr. of Ostrander; and one sister-in-law, Lorraine Miller of Ostrander.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Helen Miller; one brother, Warren Miller, and one son-in-law, Neil Yost.
Friends may call at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday, Dec. 28.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Norman Bauer officiating. Burial will be at the Ostrander Cemetery.
Paul W. Miller, 77, Preston
Paul W. Miller, 77, of Preston, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of George and Nellie (Dutton) Miller. He attended country school in the Fairmont area. After school he farmed with his father. On June 6, 1942, he was united in marriage to Florence Brink in Cherry Grove, Minn. Following their marriage, he volunteered and entered the U.S. Army during WW II. He served as a mechanic working with heavy equipment on Okinawa. After his discharge he returned to Wykoff where he worked as a mechanic in Wykoff, Spring Valley and Preston. The family moved from Wykoff to Preston in 1956. He retired at age 63 in 1986. After his retirement he worked mowing grass at the fairgrounds and city park in Preston. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, and enjoyed gardening and fishing. He loved and was proud of his grandchildren. He was a member of Preston United Methodist Church, Preston American Legion and VFW posts.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Edward (Cheryl), and Ronald, both of Preston and Bruce (Sue) of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Michael, Daniel and Joel Miller, all of Preston, Steve and Mark Miller of Rochester, Eric Rain of Chatfield and Laura Miller of Mantorville, Minn.; one sister, Ruby (Ralph) Dimler of the Twin Cities area and one brother, Ervin (Mary) of Eyota.
He was preceded in death by two children, Steve Miller and Gladys Dormandy, and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday), May 11, at Preston United Methodist Church with Rev. Anthony Fink officiating. Burial will be at the Methodist Cemetery in Preston with full military rites performed by both Preston's VFW and American Legion Posts.
Friends may call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston and also one hour prior to services at the church.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston is in charge of arrangements.
Orlando Clarence Moen, 51, of Granger
Orlando Clarence "Slim" Moen, 51, of Granger, died of a heart attack on Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at a friendís home in Granger.
He was born July 16, 1948, in Waukon, Iowa, and lived in Skaims Hollow of Glenwood Township until moving to the Decorah area with his family. He attended rural schools, Decorah High School and Glenwood Lutheran Church.
On Aug. 20, 1966, he married Donna Jean Gelo at Glenwood Lutheran Church and they were later divorced.
Before starting his own business, Moen Trucking, which he operated for several years, he worked for Carolan and Wicks Construction, Wapsie Produce and Ron Gavle Trucking. He had resided in the Granger area since 1989. His interests included horses.
Survivors include two daughters, Lori Ann Halvorson of Waukon and Barbara Jean (Mrs. Bradley) Thorstenson of Decorah; a son, Robert James of Burr Oak, Iowa; three grandchildren, his mother, Arlene Moen of Decorah, and a sister, Gail (Mrs. Robert) Snell of Burr Oak. He was preceded in death by his father and a son.
Funeral services were held Friday at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Decorah. Burial was in the Glenwood Cemetery in rural Decorah.
Balik Funeral Home in Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
Harold O. Moger, 78, formerly of Fountain
Harold O. Moger, 78, of Minnesota City, formerly of Fountain, died Friday, June 16, 2000, in the emergency room of Community Memorial Hospital in Winona.
He was born June 6, 1922, in Fountain and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1946 he married Virginia Peterson and they were later divorced. He moved to the Winona area in 1951. Before his retirement in 1985, he had worked at ICI Fibrite for 15 years and previously for Kujak Trucking, Orville Sorem Trucking and the Lanesboro Sales Barn. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Winona and Lanesboro.
Survivors include two sons, Donald (Gloria) and Larry (Teresa), both of Winona; a daughter, Donna Foster of Winona; two stepdaughters, Shirley (Donald) Zenk of Minnesota City and Mary (Frank) Beach of Clear Lake, Iowa; a stepson, Robert (Carol) Johns of Jefferson City, Mo.; seven grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; a great-granddaughter; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford of Lanesboro and LaVerne (Romona) of Preston; three sisters, Pearl Bue of Chatfield, Deloris (Steve) Glynn of Illinois and Eve (Arden) Tufftin of Peterson; and special friend, Margaret Miller. A daughter and twin sons preceded him in death.
The funeral was held on Thursday at Martin-Myhre Funeral Chapel in Winona, with the Rev. William Flesch officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Elmer 'Doc' Morey, 94, of Spring Grove
Elmer "Doc" Morey, 94, of Spring Grove, died March 15, 2000, at Tweeten Health Service in Spring Grove.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Don Scharlaer of Oregon and Karen (Bruce) Duchworth of Rock Spring, Ark.; and three sons, Elden (Evie) of Spring Grove; Lyle (Rosie) of Wykoff and Curtis of Eitzen; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Funeral services were held March 18 at the Wilmington Lutheran Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Elwin L. Morse, D.D.S., 80, of Spring Valley
Dr. Elwin L. Morse, 80, of Spring Valley, died with his family surrounding him in love on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. Death was caused by complications from brain cancer.
He was born on Nov. 16, 1920, in his parents' home in LeRoy, Minn. He was the son of Dr. M.P. and Lydia (Oakland) Morse. He married Lavonne Jones in the Methodist Church of Chester, Iowa, on June 26, 1949.
He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1938, attended St. Olaf College and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1944. He served as a dental officer in the U. S. Navy in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and in the post-war occupation of Japan. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant S. G.
He was a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Southeastern District Dental Society, the Zumbro Valley Dental Society, was active in the Delta Sigma Delta Dental fraternity, and was director for nine years of the Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota.
Within the community, he was a member and president of the Spring Valley School Board for 11 years, active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, commissioner of the Spring Valley Water and Light Commission for nine years, the Sun Lakes Shrine Club, and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and the Root River Country Club.
Since retiring in 1988, Dr. and Mrs. Morse have maintained a winter home in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years; two daughters, Darla (Tom) Vashro of Edina, Minn., and Marilyn Christiansen, also of Edina; and one son, Richard (Mary Kaye) Morse of Dexter, Mich. He is also survived by Darla's daughter, Briana Saunders, and stepdaughters Courtney and Genell Vashro; Marilyn's children, Tyler, Carrie, and Jayne Christiansen; and Richard's children, Andrew and Elizabeth Morse; three brothers, Norval (Margaret) Morse, DDS, of Preston, Keith Morse of North Ft. Myers, Fla., and Roger (Carol) Morse, MD, of LeRoy; and a sister, Lois (Charles) Wold of Grand Rapids, Minn.
He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed spending time on the course with his golfing friends. He also liked boating, fishing, and travel. He and his wife enjoyed many wonderful trips around the world, his favorite being a trip to China and Hong Kong. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and was very proud of all of them.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn., with full military rites on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 p.m.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Muller, 82, of Spring Grove
Helen Kjome Muller, 82, of Spring Grove died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Tweeten Lutheran Health Services in Spring Grove. She was a lifetime Spring Grove area resident.
She was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Spring Grove to John and Regina (Blegen) Kjome. She was a 1936 Spring Grove High School graduate.
On Aug. 2, 1939, she married Carl M. Muller in Spring Grove. She worked at Mansfield Industries, Argus Industries, Quinells General Store and Muller Brothers Meat Market, all in Spring Grove. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove and its womenís groups, the Spring Grove American Legion Auxiliary and the Love Day Quilters Group. She was also an active community volunteer.
She is survived by her husband, of Spring Grove; one son, Robert (Gineanne) Muller of Plymouth, Minn.; one daughter, Sandra (John) Hefte of McFarland, Wis.; four grandchildren, Mark (Ann) Hefte, Leah Hefty, Michael (Jennifer) Muller and Heidi (Brannon) Volkart; one great-grandchild, Grace Hannah Muller; one sister, Elizabeth Ellingson of Spring Grove and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Nels, Olaf, and Ralph Kjome, and two sisters, Rosetta Doely and Maria Ekern.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Zane Anderson officiated. Roble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Stella Myhre, 89, formerly of Spring Grove
Stella Jonetta Myhre, 89, of Dodgeville, Wis., and formerly of Spring Grove, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the Bloomfield Manor Nursing Home in rural Dodgeville, Wis.
She was born July 5, 1910, in Quandahl, Iowa, to Sven and Netta (Langlie) Overhaug. She was baptized at home and reaffirmed her baptism at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church. She attended the Sacquitne School.
On July 15, 1933, she married Julian Myhre and they lived in the Hesper and Spring Grove area until moving to Dekalb, Ill., in 1955, where she worked at Geographical Book Binding and cleaning houses. The couple moved back to Spring Grove in 1975, where Mrs. Myhre worked at Mansfield Industries. Her husband died on Sept. 25, 1983, and she lived in the Spring Grove Manor until 1997 when she entered the Bloomfield Nursing Home of rural Dodgeville in February of 1998.
She was an active member of Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove, a former member of Sons of Norway - Spring Grove Lodge, active in the Spring Grove Semcac, and was also awarded Volunteer of the Year.
Survivors include three sons, Gerald (Ruthann) of Belmont, Wis., Jerome (Myrna) of Austin, Texas, and Mervin (Terry) of Bloomington, Wis.; one daughter, Virginia (Milton) Howard of Strum, Wis.; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Julie Howard; four sisters and five brothers.
The funeral was held Wednesday at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in Spring Grove with the Rev. Arndt F. Braaten officiating.
Roble Funeral home in Spring Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Minnie Ovedia Myrah, 100, of Spring Grove
Minnie Ovedia Myrah, 100, a lifelong Spring Grove area resident and former farm homemaker, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.
She was born Dec. 19, 1899, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, attended Mabel Public Schools and Mankato Business School. On Jan. 3, 1929, she married Gilman O. Myrah in rural Mabel, and they farmed in rural Spring Grove until their retirement in 1976. He died March 25, 1992. She had lived at Tweeten Lutheran Nursing Home in Spring Grove since 1990. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, was active in church groups, and was a Pink Lady at Tweeten Hospital in Spring Grove.
Survivors include five daughters, Eloise (Earl) Hoff of Preston, Norma (John) Munson of Edina, Minn., Ethelyn (Paul) Gensmer of Caledonia, Patricia Solberg of LaCrescent and Marjorie (William) Parkos of Greeley, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Gale Owen; five brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove and Rev. Jim Arends officiated.
Roble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Gina P. Myran, 91, sister of Wykoff woman
Gina P. Myran, 91, of Cannon Falls, Minn., died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at Our Lady of the Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls.
Gina Pauline Shelstad was born June 5, 1909, in Goodhue County. She grew up on the family's farm and attended country school. She married Aron G. Myran on Jan. 4, 1933. They made their home in Wanamingo. She enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Quamme VFW Post 186 Auxiliary and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Gunder (Marliss) Myran of Stanwood, Mich.; four daughters, Charlotte (Darold) Safe of Cannon Falls, Shirley (John) Beckman of Cannon Falls, JoAnn (Gary) Lemke of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Dorothy (Dennis) Jasperson of New Prague, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Polly (Vivian) Shelstad of Wanamingo, Bennie H. Shelstad of Kenyon, Arland (Madalyn) Shelstad of Pine Island; four sisters, Anna Berry of Howard Lake, Minn., Cora Bjugan of Kenyon, Meldora Myran of Wanamingo and Ruthel (Dale) Zalky of Wykoff.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, a sister and a brother.
The funeral was Aug. 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wanamingo with the Rev. Byron Meline officiating.
Mahn Family Funeral Home-Larson Chapel in Zumbrota was in charge of arrangements.