Donald Patterson, 82, of Canton
Donald Patterson, 82, of Canton, a former farmer and city employee, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Tweeten Health Care Center in Spring Grove.
He was born Jan. 12, 1918, in Winneshiek County, Iowa. On Oct. 25, 1942, he married Marjorie Trouten at State Line Methodist Church. They farmed until 1969 and then moved to Canton, where he was employed in maintenance for the city.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Marcia Hanson of Harmony and Cleo Carolan of Decorah, Iowa; two sons, Royce of Harmony and Randy of Decorah; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Morem of Harmony; and two brothers, Richard of Afton, Minn., and Allen of Spring Grove. A sister and two brothers preceded him in death.
The funeral was Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Harmony with the Rev. David Laechel officiating. Burial was in State Line Cemetery in rural Harmony.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.
Mathew A. Pavlisich, 64, of Grand Meadow
Mathew Anthony Pavlisich, 64, of Grand Meadow, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at his home.
He was born Dec. 14, 1936, in Ely, Minn., to Anton Pavlisich and Stephanie Peschel. He graduated from Ely High School and attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He was united in marriage to Genevieve Hadoff on Sept. 29, 1959. They were later divorced. He was united in marriage to Betty Jensen on June 3, 1979, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. He started Matt's Body Shop in Spring Valley in 1961 and operated it for 39 years. He was a member of the Spring Valley Kiwanis Club and was a history buff.
He is survived by his wife of Grand Meadow; a son, Tony of Spring Valley; and a daughter,Diana (Steve) Johnson of Mankato; two stepsons, James Smetzer of Round Rock, Texas, and Ross Smetzer of Valley Springs, Calif.; three grandchildren, Ryan, Tessa and Brie; and one sister, Joni (Ronnie) Skansgaard of Ely, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were Friday, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Dennis Timmerman officiating. Burial was a at the Spring Valley Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ellen I. Pearce, 79, formerly of Spring Valley
Ellen Ione Pearce, 79, of Crown Point, Ind., and formerly of Spring Valley, died Nov. 18, 2000, at the Munster Community Hospital in Munster, Ind. She was born Feb. 20, 1921, in Spring Valley to Theodore and Myrtie Bateman Raabe. She graduated from the Spring Valley High School and attended Tricity Barber College. On June 1, 1941, she was united in marriage to Ralph E. Pearce at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. In 1942 she joined the W.A.C.s and served until 1945. She was one of the first women barbers in northern Indiana.
She is survived by two sons: Ted Pearce of Louisville, Ky., and Tom Pearce of Lambertville, Mich.; two grandchildren, Jeff and Mandy and four step-grandchildren: George, Chris, Mark and Kelly. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Morris O. Pederson, 81, of Mabel
Morris O. Pederson, 81, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
He was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Amherst Township, Fillmore County to Oscar and Hilda (Flattum) Pederson. He attended school in Choice. On May 17, 1941, he married Grace C. Vickerman in Lanesboro. They lived in the Mabel area most of their married lives. Mrs. Pederson died on Nov. 4, 1995.
Mr. Pederson drove truck for Bill Welch hauling livestock and delivered fuel for Kraus Oil Company. He also sold machinery for Mabel Farm Equipment and for Arlin Faulk. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church.
He is survived by a son, Richard Pederson of Mabel; two daughters, Gloria (Mrs. Arden) Vang and Nancy (Mrs. Mike) Aske, both of Mabel; six grandchildren, Kevin Vang, Jeff Vang and Corey (Lisa) Vang all of Mabel, Tracey Pederson (Thomas) of Ijamsville, Md., Kari Aske of Ostrander and Rick Aske of Mabel; five great-grandchildren, Kristopher, Karl and Kody Vang, Samantha Kraling and Madison Thomas; two sisters, Lucille (Mrs. Oliver) Loken of Rushford and Deloris (Mrs. Harold) Blagsvedt of Spring Grove; two brothers, Dale and Carroll Pederson both of LaCrosse; a special friend, Elmira Rosheim of Mabel; his mother-in-law, Clara Vickerman of Mabel; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
Funeral services were on Wednesday at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran cemetery. Mengis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Audrey Ann Petersen, 65, formerly of SV
Audrey Ann Petersen, 65, of Hudson, Wis., and formerly of Spring Valley, died at her home on April 9, 2000, from complications of ALS disease. She had been fighting the disease since 1994.
Audrey Singer was born Aug. 31, 1934, in New Ulm, Minn., the daughter of John and Clara (Fink) Singer. She attended grade school and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in New Ulm in 1952. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Petersen on June 20, 1956, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New lm.
She was employed by the Tupperware Corporation as a district manager. She also worked with House of Lloyds and Christmas Around the World catalog sales. In earlier years, she enjoyed flowers, gardening and attending plays and performances.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Laure (David) O'Connell of North Hudson, Wis., Sherry (David) Gottsleben of Bloomington, Minn., and Cindy Jungmann of Woodbury, Minn.; six grandchildren; her parents of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; and a brother, Jerome Singer of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mass of Christian Burial was April 12 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson with the Rev. Peter Szleszinski officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.
Delmer Dale Peterson, 75, GM native
Delmer Dale Peterson, 75, of Austin, a former employee of the Milwaukee Railroad and Austin Utilities, died March 15, 2000, at Austin Medical Center of complications of Alzheimer's Disease. He had been residing at Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home.
Born Dec. 14, 1924, in Grand Meadow, he attended Grand Meadow schools and after high school attended a Minneapolis mechanical school. On Jan. 9, 1951, he married Evelyn Wolfe in Fountain City, Wis. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, played tuba with the Ray Stolzenberg dance band, and later was an operating engineer for Austin Utilities. During retirement, he played with the Austin Community Band and a family dance band. He took woodworking classes and enjoyed making furniture and other woodworking projects. His interests included music, fishing, golfing, model railroading and building and flying model airplanes.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Susan (Mrs. Don) Johnson of Plymouth, Minn., and Judy (Mrs. Patrick) Morris of Bonner Springs, Kan.; a grandson; and three brothers, his twin, Deward, of Terre Haute, Ind., Gerald of Austin and Francis of Grand Meadow.
A memorial Mass was held Saturday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin with the Rev. Virgil Duellman officiating.
Mayer Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.
Ernest 'Ernie' Peterson, 88, of Wykoff
Ernest "Ernie Peterson, 88, of Wykoff, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester of complications following heart surgery.
He was born May 6, 1912, in rural Lanesboro, the son of Oscar and Josie (Storelee) Peterson. He married Estella Hahn Nov. 27, 1935, at her parents' home in Preston. The couple made their home and farmed north of Harmony for five years and then moved to a farm in the Wykoff area. Following a farm accident in July 1943, the couple moved to a smaller farm east of Wykoff and then back to the previous farm in 1946. The couple moved into Wykoff in 1961, moving to Preston in 1966 and then back to Wykoff in 1969. He loved horses all his life.
He was a past president of the Wykoff Cooperative Creamery, a rural mail carrier, past president of the Preston Saddle Club, was involved with White Crest Ayrshires and Toppy Hill Holsteins, was a member of the Wykoff United Methodist Church and a feed salesman.
He is survived by his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, Normen and Doris of Wykoff and Clint and Marlene of Preston; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Orval Peterson of Harmony and Gordon (Deloris) Peterson of Lanesboro; and two sisters, Dorothy Berland of Lanesboro and Alice (Lynn) Iverson of Lanesboro.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ila Jane; one brother and three sisters.
The funeral was Monday, Dec. 4 at the Wykoff United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Kandels officiating. Burial will be in the Wykoff Cemetery where Ernest's horse, Sonny, will be in attendance.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Wykoff was in charge of arrangements.
Wendell H. Pickett, 95, of Preston
Wendell H. Pickett, 95, of Preston, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2000, at the Preston Good Samaritan Center.
He was born March 20, 1904, in Saratoga, Iowa, the son of William E. and Florence M. (Gigler) Pickett. He moved to Preston with his family as a young boy and was a 1922 graduate of Preston High School. He married Guelah Marzolf on Aug. 24, 1931, in Preston and the couple made their home and farmed in the Preston area until moving into Preston in 1956. His wife died June 21, 1979. He married Alma Barnes on May 7, 1980, in Preston where the couple made their home. He became a resident at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center in 1993.
He was a member of the Preston United Methodist Church, the Fillmore County Fair Board, and was a charter member of the Chatfield Brass Band.
He is survived by his wife, Alma; one daughter and son-in-law, Nelva Jean and Bill Sayers of Northridge, Calif.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Keith, and one sister, Bernice Nelson.
The funeral was held Wednesday at the Preston United Methodist Church with the Rev. Anthony Fink officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Robert Pifer, 47, husband of Canton native
Robert LeRoy Pifer, Jr., 47, of St. Paul, formerly of Chatfield, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, in Watertown, Wis.
Born Nov. 15, 1952, in Algona, Iowa, he lived there for a few years, then in Stewartville and in Chatfield from 1959 to 1971. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1970. On Sept. 22, 1973, he married Selah Dahlen in Canton.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Jermey, of St. Paul; a daughter, Alissa Pifer, of St. Paul; his mother, Jackie Johnson, of Rochester; one brother, Steven, of San Angelo, Texas; two half-brothers, John Johnson of Rapid City, S.D. and James Johnson of Minneapolis, and a half sister, Diane Brandt of Rochester. His father preceded him in death.
The funeral was held Wednesday at Riley Funeral Home, Chatfield. Burial was in Chatfield Cemetery.
Clara M. Polaschek, 91, of Harmony
Clara M. Polaschek, 91, of Harmony, formerly of Cresco, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Harmony Nursing Home.
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Harris of Cresco, and Jeannine Hoag of Harmony; two sons, Neil of Cresco and Joseph of Salinas, Cali.; 15 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 1989, one son, two brothers and three sisters.
The funeral was Wednesday morning at Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Cresco, Iowa. Conway Funeral Home, Cresco, was in charge of arrangements.
Henry Priebe, 80, brother of Fountain man
Henry A. Priebe, 80, of Rochester, a retired construction worker, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his home.
He was born Sept. 28, 1919, in Chatfield, grew up in the Chatfield area and served in the Army during the 1940s. On April 22, 1949, he married Delores Herrick in Chatfield. He was a truck driver in Chatfield and later worked in construction, including as a bridge builder with O.A. Stocke in Rochester. His wife worked as a housekeeper and for many years was a sales clerk at Daytons. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife; three brothers, Harold and Lawrence, both of Rochester, and Donald of Fountain; and two sisters, Darlene Vehrenkamp and LaVonne Brogan, both of Rochester.
The funeral was Tuesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester. Burial was in Chatfield Cemetery.
Jeannine Beverly Proechel, 61, GM native
Jeannine Beverly Proechel, 61, of Austin, Minn., died Wednesday morning, May 24, 2000, at Burr Oak Manor in Austin.
Jeannine Beverly Olson was born July 6, 1938, in Grand Meadow and moved to Austin after graduating from Grand Meadow High School. On Feb. 23, 1956, she married Neil Proechel in Owatonna. She was an accordion teacher and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin.
Survivors include two sons, Creig Anderson of Rochester and Clayton Proechel of Austin; her mother, Hazel Olson Schmidt of Portage, Wis., and a brother Ronald (Florence) Olson of Stoughton, Wis. Her father preceded her in death.
The funeral was Friday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with the Rev. William Natzke officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.
Raymond Prokes, 88, of Mabel
Raymond Prokes, 88, of Mabel and formerly of Harmony, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Sept. 2, 1911, in Jackson, Minn., to Joseph and Caroline (Sturma) Prokes. He attended school and on May 4, 1932, he married Sylvia C. Sether in Jackson.
From 1944 to 1945 he served in the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash. They lived in Jackson until moving to Onalaska and LaCrosse, Wis., in 1950. In 1962, they moved to Rochester, where they stayed until their retirement in 1982 when they moved to Harmony. They resided in Harmony until becoming residents at the Green Lea Manor two years ago. She died Jan. 7, 1999.
He enjoyed building doll and bird houses, playing cards and camping.
He is survived by a daughter, Janet Jenkins of Lakewood, Calif; a son, Mark G. Prokes of LaCrosse; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Gordon, of Jackson; and two sisters, Josephine Wilhelm of Sherburn, Minn., and Alice Ramos of Garden Grove, Calif. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Adrian, and a sister, Phyllis.
A funeral Mass was Saturday at the Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony with the Rev. Steven Peterson officiating. Burial was at the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Gayle F. Pruitt, 63, of Lanesboro
Gayle F. Pruitt, 63, of Lanesboro and formerly of Cresco, Iowa, died of natural causes on Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
She was born Gayle Frances Blaser, on Sept. 6, 1937, in Cresco to Ernest and Delia Blaser. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. She graduated from Cresco High School in 1955. On Sept. 2, 1961, she married Gary Pruitt in Mountain Home, Ida. He died Aug. 26, 1991. Five weeks ago she returned to her home area to live near her sister in Lanesboro.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Anita Matherly; four grandchildren; one brother, Eugene (Juanita) Blaser of Cedar Falls, Iowa.; one sister, Catherine (Charles) Bakke of Lanesboro; a sister-in-law, Bernice Blaser; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her step father; her son; two brothers, Gordon and Donald Blaser; and one sister, Dorothy Aberg.
The funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 24, at Conway Funeral Home, Cresco, with the Rev. Jon Loper officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Cresco.
Conway Funeral Home, Cresco, was in charge of arrangements.
Viola B. Pruter, 86, mother of Wykoff man
Viola B. Pruter, 86, of Lake City, a former farm homemaker and hospital aide, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Lake City Nursing Home Mayo Health System.
Viola B. Fick was born May 12, 1913, in Zumbro Falls. On May 7, 1932, she married Chester Pruter in Frontenac and they farmed in Gillford Township until moving to Lake City after their retirement. She was an aide at Lake City Hospital for many years. Her husband died May 4, 1980. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty (Mrs. Arvid) Miller of Red Wing; three sons, Lawrence "Bud" and Earl, both of Red Wing, and Marvin of Wykoff; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Gertrude Janowitz, Helen Duden and Marie Hagen, all of St. Paul, and Frieda Wiech of Bloomington, Minn. She was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, four brothers and three sisters.
The funeral was Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City, with the Rev. Scott Carmichael officiating. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery in Gillford Township, Wabasha County.
Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City was in charge of arrangements.