Foster 'Bob' Bacon, 79, LeRoy native
Foster Eugene "Bob" Bacon, 79, of Neodesha, Kans., died from complications of muscle myopathy at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kans., on Jan. 5, 2001.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1921, in LeRoy, Minn., to Frank and Viota (Perdue) Bacon. He graduated from Spring Valley High School, where he was All State in football and basketball.
He attended the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship, leaving to help fight World War II in the Army Air Corps. He played football for the Army and ferried B-17s and B-29s from the West Coast to the East. He was a member of the American Legion and was a Top Sergeant.
He married Evelyn Elizabeth "Betty" Deer in 1940. He was president of Bob Bacon Real Estate and Insurance Agency for 50 years. He served in the Neodesha National Guard, which was activated during the Korean Conflict. He was co-chairman and later treasurer of Neodesha Industries, attracting new industry to Neodesha. He was chairman of the Neodesha Housing Authority and a board member of the First National Bank since the 1950s. He was past president of the Neodesha Metro Club, past president of the Lions Club and past president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a real estate broker and a past member of the Kansas Real Estate Board. He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an outstanding golfer and was a member of the Independence Country Club for many years.
He is survived by his wife of Neodesha; a son, Richard J., of Golden, Colo.; a daughter, Julie S. Bacon of Kansas City; two grandsons, Brent Bacon of Denver, Colo., and John Bacon of Golden, Colo.; two brothers, Laverne of Dilworth, Minn., and Donald of Mesa, Ariz.; and three sisters, Frances Bacon, Lavonne Walters and Evelyn Strain of Rochester, Minn.
Funeral services were held at the Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church in Neodesha on Jan. 10, followed by graveside services with military rites by the United States Army from Fort Riley at the Neodesha Cemetery.
Loran Fawcett Funeral Home in Neodesha was in charge of arrangements.
David L. Badger, 71, father of SV man
David L. Badger, 71, of Rochester, a former heavy equipment operator, died of cancer Thursday afternoon, Aug. 2, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born May 11, 1930, in Rochester. He graduated from the former Rochester High School and lived there all his life. On Feb. 27, 1949, he married Genevieve L. Rud in Rock Dell. She died Oct. 10, 1963. He married Betty Harang on June 5, 1964, in Rochester. He worked for Rochester Sand and Gravel for 20 years, then operated Badger Sewer and Water Service, an excavating business, from 1972 until 1990. He then drove for Rochester School Bus Service for several years, then for Warren Grain Co. of Spring Valley until his illness. He was a lifelong member of the Zumbro Lutheran Church. He also served on the Rochester Youth Hockey Board and coached. He was a member of the Rochester Elks Lodge and of the heavy equipment operators union.
Survivors include his wife; his father, Donald N. Badger of Wabasha; five sons, David Jr. (Susan) of Carrollton, Texas, Daniel (Jean) of Spring Valley, Jeffrey and Layton (Pat) of Rochester and Brent of Bloomington, Minn.; two daughters, Linda Gutierrez of Atascadero, Calif., and Paulette (Richard) Lewis of Austin; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Donald (Delores) of Rochester; and one sister, Deanna (Paul) Hoeppner of Wabasha.
The funeral was Monday at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Carol A. Solovitz officiating. Burial in Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Vine Funeral Home in Rochester was in charge of arrangements.
Eugene Baker, 60, Wykoff native
Eugene Baker of Minneapolis, died July 21, 2001.
He was born Aug. 15, 1940, to Dewey and Josephine Baker in Wykoff. He was raised and attended school in Spring Valley. In 1962 he married Jeanette Lawson; they had one child and later divorced. He served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Navy. In December of 1987 he married Bonita Driggins.
He is survived by his loving wife; one daughter, Connie (Wes) Blakeslee; three grandchildren of Roseau, Minn.; his parents, Dewey and Josephine Baker of Spring Valley; two brothers, Nevin (Judy) Baker of Florida, and Roger (Cindy) Baker of Rochester; two sisters, Francis (Tom) Lawson of LeRoy and Shelley Baker of Virginia.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Interment was at the Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Thompson Brothers Funeral Chapel of Minneapolis was in charge of arrangements.
Ella Barnes, 96, of Decorah
Ella Barnes, 96, of Decorah, died on Friday, May 11, 2001, at the Oneota Riverview Care Facility at Decorah.
Ella Elizabeth Naab was born on Sept. 24, 1904, in Springfield, S.D., the daughter of Fredrick and Mary Elizabeth (Hamilton) Naab. At the age of 5, she moved with her family to Ocheyedan, Iowa, and then to Bonair, Iowa. She graduated from Cresco High School and attended normal teachers training. She then taught school at the Fremont Country School near Harmony.
She married Lester Barnes on April 27, 1929, in Cresco. They farmed in Fremont Township south of Harmony until 1946, when they moved east of Decorah. She lived there until she entered the nursing home in 1997. Her greatest love was taking care of her family. She also enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, crocheting and making many quilts and afghans for her family and friends.
She was a member of the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, Woodside Mission Circle, and was a 4-H leader.
Her survivors include three sons, Richard (Donna) of Harmony, Allen of Hesper, and Kenneth (Yvonne) of Decorah; three daughters, Elizabeth Mostrom of Albert Lea, Eileen (Earl) Smith of Hudson, Iowa, and Dorothy (John) Esse of Ely, Minn., one daughter-in-law, Ila Barnes of Rochester, 21 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and 17-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Ronald; one son-in-law, Spencer Mostrom; one granddaughter, Karen Mostrom; two great-grandchildren, Ricky Lester Barnes and Cory Matzen; two sisters, Grace Bessman and Esther Elders; and two brothers, Reuben and Loyd Naab.
The funeral was Monday at Washington Prairie Church with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Kim W. Smith officiated.
French and Balik Funeral Home of Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
Connie M. Batt, 47, of Grand Meadow
Connie Marie Batt, 47, of Grand Meadow, died March 19, 2001, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester after a lengthy illness with cancer.
Connie Marie Diesburg was born Oct. 26, 1953, to William and Helen (Kohle) Diesburg in New Hampton, Iowa. She attended and graduated from Crestwood High School in Cresco, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Paul Batt on June 12, 1976, in Elma, Iowa.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy and had worked at the Mayo Clinic for approximately 25 years.
She is survived by her husband; four children, Thomas, Christopher, Maria and Michael, all of Grand Meadow; and her mother of Elma, Iowa. Her father preceded her in death.
A funeral Mass was held Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial was in the Ionia Cemetery in Iowa.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.
Esther Benson, 81, once of Spring Grove
Esther I. Benson, 81, of Kasson, formerly of Spring Grove, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at her home.
She was born Dec. 13, 1919, in New Hampton, Iowa. On Sept. 7, 1938, she married John M. Benson in New Hampton and they lived in the Cresco area, Spring Grove and then in Shakopee, Minn. He died in 1971 and she moved to Kasson.
She is survived by two sons, Bernard of Edina and Gordon of Mantorville; a daughter, Joy Torgerson of Ft. Collins, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded her in death.
The funeral was Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Cresco.
Dibble Funeral Home of Kasson was in charge of arrangements.
Donna J. Bergan, 64, of Grand Meadow
Donna J. Bergan, 64, of Grand Meadow, formerly of LeRoy, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Austin Medical Center.
Donna J. Brang was born May 27, 1936, in Lansing, Iowa, and lived in the Winona and LeRoy areas before moving to Grand Meadow. She had been employed at Grand Meadow Health Care Center until recently.
Survivors include three sons, Kim (Joyce) of Grinnell, Iowa, Jeff (Jan) of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Chris (Maureen) of Rose Creek; four grandchildren; and a brother, Roy (Bonnie) Brang of Winona. A sister preceded her in death.
A memorial service was Tuesday at Evangelical Lutheran Chuch in LeRoy, with the Rev. Thomas Kolden officiating. The body was cremated. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City, Iowa.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow is in charge of arrangements.
Palmer Bergsgaard, 84, of Spring Grove
Palmer Christian Bergsgaard, 84, of Spring Grove, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at Tweeten Health Services in Spring Grove.
He was born Nov. 10, 1916, in Bee, rural Spring Grove, to Carl and Ida (Sundet) Bergsgaard. He was a lifelong Spring Grove area resident. He attended Mabel Public School in Mabel. On Aug. 28, 1940, he married Edna Goodno, at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church Parsonage in rural Dorchester, Iowa. The couple farmed in rural Spring Grove, for 50 years, until retiring on Feb. 1, 1981, and moving into Spring Grove.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, the Spring Grove Buds and Blossoms Club, the Spring Grove Commercial Club and the Spring Grove Sons of Norway Lodge. He was Houston County Senior Citizen of the Year in 1999 and was an active community volunteer, and King of the Trolls for Syttende Mai in 1995.
Survivors include his wife Edna of Spring Grove; six children, Janet Gilbertson of Anoka, Minn., Elaine (Paul) Nassen of Denver, Colo., Craig (Jo Ann) Bergsgaard of Littleton, Colo., Bruce (Betty) Bergsgaard of Spring Grove, Robert Bergsgaard of Fridley, Minn., and Kristi (Neil) Storlie of Spring Grove; a daughter-in-law, Maggie Bergsgaard of Pioneer Town, Calif., 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a sister, Thelma Anderson of Hibbing, Minn.. He was preceded in death by one son, David, one son-in-law, Glenn Gilbertson, and one sister Inez Shuros.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Jim Arends officiated.
Herschel Berning, 94, of Spring Valley
Herschel Berning, 94, of Spring Valley, died at the Spring Valley Care Center in Spring Valley on Monday, May 7, 2001, where he had resided for almost seven years.
He was born May 28, 1906, in Carimona Township, Fillmore County, to William and Minnie (Brusse) Berning. He attended country schools and on Sept. 28, 1927, he was united in marriage to Geneva Mathison in Luverne, Minn. She died Aug. 8, 1997.
He worked as a truck driver and also farmed for a time.
He is survived by three daughters, Genevieve (Norman) Arends of Austin, Minn., Geraldine (Ellsworth) Rindels of Rochester and Darlene Harvey of Danbury, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lena (Lloyd) McKenzie of Spring Valley.
He was preceded in death by one son, Lindee; one son-in-law, John Harvey; one sister, Mildred; and one brother, Eugene.
Services were held Thursday, May 10, at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial in the Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home of Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Amelia Anderson Blake, 99, once of SV
Amelia F. Anderson Blake, 99, formerly of Coleraine, Minn., and Spring Valley, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, in Leisure Hills Health & Rehab at Grand Rapids, Minn.
Born July 29, 1901, in Fillmore County, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Dormady) Rathbun. She grew up and attended school in Spring Valley, where she lived until moving to Rochester, Minn., in 1985 and Coleraine in 1987. She married Ludvig M. Anderson in 1932 in Spring Valley. Following his death in 1951, she married Glen Blake in 1958 in Spring Valley. He died in 1978.
She was a charter member of the Assemblies of God Church of Spring Valley, a homemaker, worked in several restaurants in Spring Valley, a W.P.A. sewing room, Libby Canning Company in Rochester, Model Laundry in Rochester, and following her retirement, she became a home health aid for Fillmore County. She was an avid gardener and loved sewing, cooking and reading her Spring Valley Tribune.
Survivors include a son, Charles A. (Donna) Anderson of Grand Rapids; a stepson, Virgil (Sue) Blake of McGrath, Minn., three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myrtle Davenport of Des Moines, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by a son, Harlan R. Anderson in 1989, a stepdaughter, Priscilla Holmes, two brothers, William and Terry Rathbun, and three sisters, Eliza Maricle and Violet and Delia Gerken.
The funeral was March 12 at the Peterson Funeral Chapel in Coleraine with the Rev. Stephen B. Knudson officiating.
A graveside service was held for Amelia F. Anderson Blake, formerly of Spring Valley, Friday, June 8, at 10 a.m. at the Spring Valley Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Kuno was the officiating minister.
Robert J. Blumer, 72, of Fountain
Robert J. Blumer, 72, of Fountain, a retired farmer, died Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where he had been a patient since June 12.
He was born June 3, 1929, in rural Garner, Iowa, and served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. On March 11, 1952, he married Iola Riemer in Garner. They farmed in the Garner area until 1979 and then in rural Fountain until moving into Fountain a year ago. He was a member of Farmers Co-op Creamery and Farmers Co-op Elevator, served on the Farm Bureau Board and was a 4-H leader for nine years.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Donovan (Julie) of Fountain; a daughter, Barbara Blumer of Garner; two grandchildren; two brothers, Donald of Luana, Iowa, and Harold of Garner; and two sisters, Betty Halverson and Ivadell Schoenwetter, both of Garner.
The funeral was Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Garner, Iowa. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City, Iowa.
Riley Funeral Home of Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.
Floyd H. 'Conny' Bly, 82, SV native
Floyd H. "Conny" Bly, a former Spring Valley resident born here in 1918, died recently.
He was married in 1944 in Australia. He served as a first lieutenant in the 46th Engineers in the United States Army in New Guinea, the Philippines and Australia.
Following his years in the Army, he worked as a pharmacist in Minnesota and Arizona. He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; four children; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One child preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held with interment at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
Erna Martha Boelter, 105, of Preston
Erna Martha Boelter, 105, of Preston, formerly of Rochester, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at the Good Samaritan Center in Preston.
Erna M. Friemann was born Nov. 9, 1895, in Spring Valley, the daughter of Otto Fredrick and Augusta (Nass) Friemann. She attended rural school in the Spring Valley area and lived three until her marriage to Frank Boelter on Feb. 4, 1920.
The couple farmed in the Preston area until her husband's death in 1936, when she and her children moved to Preston. Over the years she provided a home for numerous foster children. In 1962, she moved to Rochester where she worked for several years at Bach's Music Store, and also at the State Hospital and then in the Foster Grandparent program for six years. At age 99 she suffered a stroke and then became a resident of Good Samaritan Center in Preston.
She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rochester.
Survivors include two sons, Duane (Dewey) and wife, Roberta of Fairfield Bay, Ark., and John of Rochester; one daughter, Elaine Rogers of Staples, Minn; one sister, Alice Solie of Faribault; and one brother, William Friemann of St. Paul. She also raised two nieces and they also survive, Mildred (Richard) Kiederander of Eureka, S.D. and Virginia (Tony) Bernabeu of Brooklyn Center, Minn; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Harland; three brothers and two sisters.
The funeral was held Saturday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rochester. Spring burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Preston.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Eva E. Bolles, 87, former area resident
Eva E. Bolles, 87, of Brainerd, Minn., and formerly of the Wykoff and Spring Valley areas, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at her home in Brainerd.
She was born May 25, 1913, in York Township to John and Sadie (Meinen) Johnson. At a young age she moved with her parents to rural Spring Valley where she grew up. She attended rural schools and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1931. On June 24, 1936, she was united in marriage to Howard Bolles in Spring Valley and together they operated the Bolles Orchard near Wykoff for 30 years from 1942 until 1972. He died on May 6, 1986. In 1988 she moved to Spring Valley and in 1995 to Brainerd to be closer to family members.
She is survived by four children, Sharon (Mrs. Melvin) Morrow of Lancaster, Calif., Theron (Sophie) Bolles of Pengilly, Minn., Luciene (Mrs. Bill) Eickelberg of Tracy, Calif., Louise (Arnold) Anderson of Brainerd; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a niece, Louise Nielson. She was preceded in death by a sister, Velma, and a nephew, John.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Joe Haynes officiating with a private burial service at the Chatfield Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Florence Born, 87, former area resident
Florence Born, 87, of Stewartville, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Stewartville Care Center.
Florence Ringey was born July 19, 1913, in Stewartville and graduated from high school there in 1930. On June 27, 1932, she married Edwin Born in Stewartville and she worked at Berg Drug. They moved to Spring Valley in 1967 and to Wykoff in 1970.
Survivors include a son, Richard (Jeanne) of Rochester; a daughter, Audrey Karmgard of Chicago; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchilden.
Her husband, two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
The funeral was Thursday at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Gregory Havel officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Boucsein, 86, Canton native
Evelyn Boucsein, 86, died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at the home of her daughter in Billings, Mont., where she had resided since March 2000.
Evelyn Ametta Russell was born Feb. 17, 1915, on a farm outside of Canton. She married Dr. Gustave Louis Boucsein, a Spring Valley veterinarian, on June 16, 1940, in Spring Valley. Following her husband's death, she moved to Rochester. She was employed in Rochester as a sales clerk by E. L. Lyman and then C. F. Massey for many years. She also worked at Olmsted Federal Savings and Loan for several years and was a dietetic clerk at Saint Marys Hospital until retiring at age 62. She then worked part-time at Langdon's Motel until almost age 80.
Survivors include two daughters, Jackie (John) Krumpelmann of Rochester and Dusty (Lashman) Soriya of Billings; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Norman Russell of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by a brother.
Graveside services will be held Sunday, September 2, at the Spring Valley Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Timmerman officiating.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements. Her body was cremated.
Yong Boutelle, 50, of Lanesboro
Yong Hui Boutelle, 50, of Lanesboro, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a lengthy illness. She had been in the hospital since Aug. 6.
She was born Nov. 24, 1950, in Seoul, South Korea. On Aug. 28, 1975, she married Gary Boutelle in Seoul. The couple lived at Fort Dix in New Jersey and Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., before moving to Rochester, where they lived for six years. They then moved to Peterson, where they lived for 10 years, and for the last five years lived in Lanesboro. He is employed by the Rochester post office. She worked for the Kahler Corp. in Rochester, Rush Products in Rushford and the post office in Lanesboro. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lanesboro and Korean Bible Study Group in Rochester.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Robert (Amy) of Peterson; a daughter, Jennifer Boutelle of Rochester; three grandchildren; and a sister in South Korea. Her parents preceded her in death.
A funeral was Monday at United Methodist Church in Lanesboro with the Rev. Marilyn Loken officiating. Burial was in Lanesboro Cemetery.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Boysen, 78, of Preston
Clyde L. Boysen, 78, of Preston, died Tuesday morning, June 5, 2001, at Rochester Methodist Hospital.
He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Clover, N.D., the son of B.P. and Christine Boysen. The family lived in North and South Dakota, settling in Sioux Falls, S.D. He served with the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII in England and Europe from December 1942 thru October 1945. He married Ruth Finn on Nov. 8, 1949. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls, and then moved to Preston in 1953 where He co-owned and operated the National Bushing and Parts Company until his retirement in 1988.
He was an active member of St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston; the Preston Fire Department, serving as chief for 10 years; the Preston Emergency Service; secretary-treasurer and manager of the Fillmore County Fair for 13 years; and the Preston American Legion and VFW posts. He was always an active civic volunteer.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; one son, Douglas (Rose Marie) Boysen of St. Paul, Minn.; one daughter, Nancy (Wayne) Boysen Gunderson of Stewartville; two grandchildren, Amelia and Irene Boysen of St. Paul; two sisters, Lorraine (Glen) Lucas of St. Paul, Va., and Donna (Don) Abbott of Harrisburg, S.D., and one brother, Lyle (Sharon) Boysen of Sioux Falls, S. D.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
The funeral Mass was Saturday at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. A private family burial is planned. Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Keith David Braun, 55, of Spring Valley
Keith David Braun, 55, of Spring Valley, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Dec. 16, 1945, in Minneapolis to Albert and Louise (Hoffman) Braun. He graduated from Mound High School in Mound, Minn., in 1963 and entered the United States Navy on Aug. 12, 1963. He was honorably discharged on Jan 23, 1964.
On Oct. 23, 1976, he was united in marriage to Geraldine (Geri) Laumann at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Watertown, Minn. He worked for UMCO in Watertown from 1976 to 1979, then moved to Rush City, working as production manager for UMCO, which produced fishing and medical boxes, from 1979 to 1983. In August of 1983, he moved to Spring Valley and, together with his wife, purchased Valley Lanes, which he continued to operate until his death.
He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting with his boys and brothers-in-law, and had a great time with his fellow veterans at VFW Post 4114. He enjoyed life and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Eric and Ryan, both at home; his mother of Shakopee, Minn., and a sister, Nancy (Bruce) McLaughlin of
Brooklyn Park, Minn. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Jerry.
The funeral was Saturday at First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Robert Burmeister officiating. Burial was Monday at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Brown, 78, once of Preston
Marjorie Peterson Brown, 78, of Pleasant Hope, Mo., died April 5, 2001, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo.
She was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Preston to Clarence and Myrtle Peterson.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen and husband, Melvin Dun, Pleasant Hope, Mo., and Kathy and husband Travis Bolen, Fair Play, Mo.; two brothers, Vincent Peterson of Pennsylvania and Arlyn Peterson of Arizona; a sister, LaVonne Richardson of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 8 at New Vision Bapist Church, Tanneyville, Mo. Interment was at Brown Cemetery, Hilda, Mo.
Bernie A. Brueggeman, 87, of Wykoff
Bernie A. Brueggeman, 87, of Wykoff, died Sunday evening, May 13, 2001, at his home following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 7, 1913, in Wykoff, the son of Oscar and Martha (Timm) Brueggeman. He married Esther Meyer Sept. 15, 1936, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff. The couple made their home and farmed in the Wykoff area until retiring from farming and moving into Wykoff in 1968. Since then he had done carpentry work.
He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff where he had served on the church council. He was also a Wykoff town council member and belonged to the Wykoff Senior Citizens. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and fishing.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Sharon (Elton) Sikkink of Wykoff, Joyce (Jack) Deyo of Tripoli, Iowa, and Marlene Kasten of Garden Valley, Idaho; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Brueggeman of Wykoff; and one sister, Florence Shipton of Wykoff.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Jerry Crow officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday at the church one hour before the service.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Wykoff is in charge of arrangements.
Esther Brueggeman, 87, of Wykoff
Esther A. Brueggeman, 87, of Wykoff, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Esther Meyer was born June 26, 1913, in Austin, Minn., the daughter of William and Dora (Niemeyer) Meyer. She was raised in the Fountain area and married Bernie A. Brueggeman Sept. 15, 1936, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff. The couple made their home and farmed in the Wykoff area until retiring from farming and moving into Wykoff in 1968. Since then "Grandma B" had done babysitting for the community. Her husband died May 13, 2001.
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff and the Wykoff Senior Citizens. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting and fishing.
She is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Elton) Sikkink of Wykoff, Joyce (Jack) Deyo of Tripoli, Iowa, Marlene (Jim Clouse) Kasten of Garden Valley, Idaho; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Carol Schumacher of Wykoff.
She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Jerry Crow officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday at the church one hour before the service.
Thauwald Funeral home in Wykoff was in charge of arrangements.
Anna Bush, 86, sister of Wykoff man
Anna (Ann) Wilhelmina Schultz Bush, 86, of Preston, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
Anna Wilhelmina Schultz was born on Aug. 29, 1914, in Preston to Richard and Pauline (Bender) Schultz. She grew up in Preston and attended Preston schools. She was confirmed in 1929 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Preston. She worked as a waitress at the snack shop in Preston.
She married Leo Theis Oct. 12, 1955, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Preston. They made their home in Dubuque, Iowa. He died Feb. 26, 1958. She remained in Dubuque and worked as a housekeeper.
She married Orson Bush on Dec. 13, 1967, in Dubuque. He died Feb. 10, 1968. She remained living in the house Orson had built in Dubuque until July 1994, when she sold her home and moved into the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Preston. She lived in the Circle of Serenity unit of the home until the time of her death.
She was very faithful to her church during the early years she spent in Preston. She was proud of her Sunday school pin, which recognized her years of service. Even though her memory was failing her, one thing that stayed with her were the words of familiar hymns. She enjoyed singing along whenever she could. She enjoyed company, going on shopping trips, and doing yard work.
She is survived by five brothers, Otto of Canton, Clarence of Preston, Richard of Henrytown, Phillip of Remer and Kenneth of Wykoff, all of Minnesota; and four sisters, Pauline Hanson of Preston, Leona Grisham of Pasadena, Texas, Bernice (Betty) Halverson of Ridgeway, Iowa, and Margaret Hemker of Preston; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Rueben, Walter, Paul, Art and Carl, and one sister, Florence Odden.
The funeral was Monday at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Revs. James Rushton and Ginny Olson co-officiating. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Lillian Busitzky, 81, Wykoff native
Lillian Meta Emma Busitzky, 81, of Rochester, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Samaritan Bethany Heights, Rochester.
She was born Lillian Meta Emma Kohlmeyer on Jan. 13, 1920, in Wykoff. She married Arlyn W. Busitzky on April 12, 1942, in Spring Valley. He preceded her in death. She worked in Preston for four years, 1938 to 1942, in the Sheriff's Department. She retired from Model Laundry in June of 1966 after years as a checker. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Eagle's Auxiliary and Channel One.
She is survived by two daughters, Arlys A. (Gunther J.) Petersen, Zumbro Falls, Minn., and Karen J. Olson, Rochester; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Irene (Roy) Grabau, Wykoff, Arlene Trende, Silver Bay, Minn., and Carmen Kohlmeyer Champlin, Minn.; and one brother, Vernon Kohlmeyer, Champlin.
The funeral was Saturday at Ranfranz Funeral Home Chapel, Rochester. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester.
Ranfranz Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Doris Butts, 70, formerly of Spring Valley
Doris Butts, 70, of Florida and formerly of Spring Valley, died Jan. 16, 2001, in Tampa, Fla.
Doris Hodson was born in Forest City, Iowa, on Jan. 12, 1931. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1949 and married James Butts on Jan. 8, 1951.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Carl (Vicki); three daughters, Nancy Coryell, Judy Clark, and Cheryl Westfall; five grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Schwabauer, and Marian (Don) Thompson; and one brother, Ken Hodson (Carole) of Ostrander.
The funeral was Jan. 19 at the Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Chapel in Brandon, Fla., with burial in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.
Gertie Buxengard, 100, of Spring Grove
Gertie Minerva Buxengard, 100, of Spring Grove, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at Tweeten Health Services in Spring Grove.
She was born Aug. 16, 1900, the daughter of Claus and Maria (Gilbertson) Bergrud in Hamburg, N.D. Her mother died when her sister, Marie, was born, and as a young child she came to Spring Grove to be with her grandmother, living on the Willie Bergrud farm.
She attended school in Spring Grove and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spring Grove. She worked at the Florence Hotel (Ballard House) until her marriage on Jan. 30, 1924, to Gilbert Buxengard.
They farmed the Buxengard homestead until they retired in 1958 and moved into a small home close to their farm. They had been married for 53 years when Mr. Buxengard died on Sept. 27, 1977, at the age of 89 years. She remained in her home until the age of 99 when she moved to the Tweeten Health Care Center in Spring Grove.
She was an active member in her church and its organizations.
She is survived by two daughters, Marie (Chester) Hanson and Grace (Evan) Phillips; a son, Glenn (Allene) Buxengard; a daughter-in-law, Winnefred Buxengard; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Buxengard; a brother, Sylvester Bergrud of Maddock, N.D., a son-in-law, Harold Ellingson, and a daughter-in-law, La Verne Buxengard, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Wilmington Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove with burial in the church Cemetery, The Rev. Rolf T. Storlie and The Rev. Elizabeth K. Stempinski officiated.