Geraldine Marsh, 73, once of Harmony
Geraldine L. "Geri" Marsh, 73, of Decorah, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah, Iowa.
Geraldine Brokken was born Sept. 9, 1927, in LaCrosse, Wis., to John and Hilda (Christopherson) Brokken. She was a graduate of Harmony High School, class of 1945, and of Stephens College in Columbia, Miss. She was baptized in November of 1927 and confirmed in May of 1941, at the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony.
She and Denton Marsh were married June 25, 1949, in Decorah, where they lived all their married life.
Mrs. Marsh worked in the Selective Service System from 1960 to 1972, and in the Social Security Office in Decorah from 1974 to 1988. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, as well as a member of the Elks Club and the Oneota Golf and Country Club.
She is survived by her husband of over 51 years and her children and grandchildren; Crisan Singer and Jennifer Gaster of Decorah; Debra and Mark McDougall, Rusty and Morgan McDougall of Melbourne, Australia; Holly and Arnold Larson, Matt and Emily Larson of Decorah; and Todd and Michelle Marsh of Mundelein, Ill.; her brother, Jack Brokken of Rochester and by her close friend and first cousin, Christine and Bill Simeral of Wheaton, Ill.
The funeral was Saturday at the First Lutheran Church in Decorah with the Rev. Steven M. Jacobsen officiating. Burial will be at Phelps Cemetery at a later date.
Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah was in charge of arrangements.
June M. Marzolf, 74, formerly of rural Fountain
June M. Marzolf, 74, of Chatfield, formerly of rural Fountain, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
June M. Brown was born June 11, 1926, in Orion Township, Olmsted County, the daughter of Carl and Avis (Manning) Brown. She attended country school in Fillmore County. She married John Goldsmith and after his death she married Edward Marzolf. He died in 1998.
She worked as a homemaker, waitress and cook at Cliff's Café in Chatfield. She and Edward also owned a ceramic business. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston.
She is survived by five sons, Carl (Karen) Goldsmith of Chatfield, twins, Wayne (Wanda) Goldsmith of Chatfield and Wyatt (Judy) Goldsmith of Dover, Donald (Jean) of Brandon and Terry (Karen) of Racine; two daughters, Ann (Dennis) Hove of Elk River, Minn., and Nancy (David) Forman of Chatfield; fourteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dale and Lee Brown; two sisters, Betty Lou Smith and Geri Amundson; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husbands, a grandchild and one brother.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. S. Bernard Daiker and James Rushton officiating. Spring burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Preston.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Lyle W. Mathison, 82, of Preston
Lyle W. Mathison, 82, of rural Preston, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at Preston Good Samaritan Home, where he had resided just more than one year.
He was born Sept. 25, 1918, in Forestville Township in Fillmore county and attended Forestville School. On April 30, 1949, he married Clarice Groteboer at her parents' home. He farmed in the Cherry Grove and Greenleafton areas all his life and enjoyed working with cattle.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Larry (Irene) Mathison of Preston and Dennis (Wendy) of Cokato, Minn.; a daughter, Kathleen (Roger) Beach of Forest Lake, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Karen Mathison, Loren Mathison, Aaren Mathison, Heidi Mathison, Jodi Mathison and Ami Mathison, Timmy Mathison and Andrew Beach; and a brother, Floyd (Lillian) of Brownsdale. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
The funeral was held Sunday at Cherry Grove Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating. Burial was in Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
George J. Maurer, 73, formerly of Wykoff
George J. Maurer, 73, of Bloomington, Minn., died April 12, 2001, at N. C. Little Hospice in Edina.
He was born Oct. 20, 1927, in Wykoff, and grew up in Chester, Iowa, and graduated from Chester High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1951-52 as a gunner in C Battery of the 39th Field Artillery. On May 1, 1954, he married Elaine Dahl in Ostrander. He had worked as an accountant in Bloomington. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Scott (Sherry), Tim (Yvette) and Tom; grandson, Jared; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert D. Maurer.
Services were held Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at Minneapolis.
Werness Brothers Funeral Chapel in Bloomington was in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine McCabe, 83, once of Harmony
Lorraine McCabe, 83, of Farmington, Minn., and formerly of Harmony, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at Regent Hospital in St. Paul.
She was born Jan. 4, 1918, south of Harmony, near the Plymouth Rock Church. She attended Harmony High School and graduated in 1935 and went on to receive her teaching certificate in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
She married Avitus McCabe on Aug. 22, 1939. They farmed in the Harmony area for 52 years before moving to Farmington in 1992.
She taught school in several country schools around Harmony and taught kindergarten at the Harmony Elementary School for several years.
She enjoyed cooking, reading, fishing and traveling.
Survivors include a daughter, Margaret McKernan of Apple Valley; three grandchildren, Pete McKernan of Harmony; Paul McKernan of Rochester and Patricia McKernan of Phoenix, Ariz., and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Ann Byrnes Bannett of Cresco and Gen Whalen of Stevens Point, Wis.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Plymouth Rock Cemetery, south of Harmony.
Paul H. McCabe, 64, of Spring Grove
Paul H. McCabe, 64, of Spring Grove, formerly of Rochester, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at his home.
He was born May 17, 1936, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, moved to Rochester as a child and graduated form Lourdes High School. He was a cement finisher and worked for several companies. He was married and later divorced. At the time of his retirement due to poor health, he was working for A.E. Benike, Inc.
Survivors include four sons, Tom, Joe, Bill and Steve, all of Texas; a daughter, Tammy George of Rochester; and four sisters, Geraldine Redelings of Rochester, Shirley (John) deGrood of Mankato, Leone (Chuck) Bragg of Texas, and Jeannine Oesterreich of Florida.
A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, April 25, in St. John's Catholic Church temporary chapel in Rochester. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
Macken Funeral Home of Rochester was in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth J. McConnell, 70, of Mabel
Kenneth J. McConnell, 70, of Mabel, died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn.
He was born March 10, 1931, in Decorah to Emmett and Anne (Fitzgerald) McConnell. He attended school in Decorah and then from 1951 to 1953 he served in the United States Army where he worked as a mechanic and was stationed in Texas. On Feb. 15, 1958, he married Eleanor Erickson at the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton. They lived and farmed in the Hesper area. He also worked at DECO in Decorah for 29 years. In 1992 they moved to Mabel and he worked for a short time at Woodland Industries in Caledonia and at Wal-Mart in Decorah. He was a member of the St. Olaf Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Mabel; two sons, Elroy (Charlene) of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Daniel (Corrine) of Stewartville; a daughter, Marie (Mrs. Zane) Dubbels of Eyota; and six grandchildren, Ryan and Chelsea McConnell, Eric, Hans, and Kyle Dubbels, and Courtney McConnell. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Donald.
The funeral Mass was held Wednesday at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel with the Rev. Steve Peterson officiating. Private family burial in St. Benedict's Catholic Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Melva McConochie, 84, of Pilot Mound
Melva Aleda McConochie, 84, of Pilot Mound, died Monday evening, March 12, 2001, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where she had been a patient six days.
She was born Jan. 22, 1917, in Pilot Mound and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1936. On Dec. 15, 1937, she married Hugh McConochie at the North Prairie parsonage in rural Lanesboro. They lived in Superior, Wis., from 1942 until returning to the Chatfield-Pilot Mound area in 1946. She was a member of Pilot Mound Lutheran Church, LDR and ladies aid.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Dean (Debra) of Rochester and Darrel of Pilot Mound; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Raymond (Vivian) Thompson of rural Lanesboro. A sister and a brother preceded her in death.
The funeral was held Friday at Pilot Mound Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Pilot Mound Cemetery in the spring.
Riley Funeral Home, Chatfield, was in charge of the arrangements.
Donna Jeche McCoy, 64, former resident of SV
Donna M. Jeche McCoy, 64, of Richfield died March 28, 2001.
She is survived by Julie (Kip) Kaner, Tim McCoy, Mary McCoy, and Patty (Tim) Zellner. She is also survived by five granddaughters, Kelly, Betsy, Stephanie, Jessica and Krysta; brothers, Dale Jeche and Bob (Nancy) Jeche; sister, Cathy (Roger) Nelson; many nieces nephews, and friends, and beloved dog, Muffin.
Funeral services were held at Morris Nilsen Chapel in Richfield with intermenty at Dawn Valley.
Clair McElhose, 86, of Preston
Clair W. McElhose, 86, of Preston, died Sunday morning, April 29, 2001, at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
He was born May 9, 1914, in rural Preston where he was a farm laborer for all of his life. He married Thelma Raveill Nov. 11, 1979, at St. Charles. The couple made their home in rural Utica. They retired and moved to Lanesboro in the 1980s and he became a resident of the Preston Good Samaritan Center in October of 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
The funeral was Wednesday at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston with the Rev. James Rushton and the Rev. Bernard Daiker co-officiating. Burial was in the State Line Cemetery in rural Harmony.
The family prefers memorials to be given to Alzeimer’s Research.
Thauwald Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Merton McKay, 79, formerly of Harmony
Merton McKay, 79, a retired truck driver and farmer, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at the Valleyview Nursing Home in Houston after a brief illness.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1921, in Harmony, to Clarence and Clara McKay. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Harmony High School. On Sept. 6, 1947, he married Elaine E. Badger in Rochester. The couple farmed near Harmony and he also worked for Pederson Brothers Construction as a truck driver.
Survivors include his son, Milford (Vicki) of Houston; three grandchildren, Todd, Erik and Sara; and his brother, C.A. (Betty) McKay, Jr. He was preceded in death by a sister.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at Byron United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bernard Lewellin officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Memorial Gardens.
William J. McLaughlin, 73, formerly of SV
William J. McLaughlin, 73, of Rochester, died Sunday, Feb. 25, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester of cancer. He was born Nov. 2, 1927, at Great Falls, Mont.
On Dec. 14, 1951, he married Shirley Weeks in Spring Valley. They lived in Spring Valley and Austin and moved to Rochester in 1975. He worked as an engineer for the Rochester Public Schools.
He was a member of the VFW, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, David (Donna) of Spring Valley and Michael (Rhonda) of Rochester; and one daughter, Ann (Rodney) Kvam of Austin; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a son.
His cremated remains will be buried at Spring Valley Cemetery on May 12 at 11 a.m.
Luncheon will be served following services at the Servicemen's Club.
Dennis McNiff, 53, once of Preston
Dennis Michael McNiff, 53, of Crest Hill, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, of a heart attack.
He was born July 26, 1948, at Rochester. He lived in Preston until 1952. He attended school at St. Augustine grade school and Austin High School. In 1969, he married Marcella Rathbun in Spring Valley. They were later divorced.
He worked for Root River Hardwoods Lumber, Rochester Business Machines and Sharp Electronics, Romeoville, Ill. He enjoyed traveling in the United States and made many trips to Japan.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Robert and Genevieve McNiff of Austin; his mother, Bette (Jorgensen) Graves of Austin; a brother, Douglas of Preston; a brother, Jeffrey (Mary) of Austin; a stepbrother, Eugene (Judy) Stern of Rochester; and a stepsister, Denise (Eldon) Kinneberg of Maxwell, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his son, Brad.
A memorial Mass service was held Saturday at St. Columban Church in Preston.
A memorial service was held on Aug. 22 in Romeoville, Ill.
Mabel E. Mellem-Main, 87, Grand Meadow
Mabel Mellem-Main, 87, of Grand Meadow, a former farm homemaker, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 30, 2001, at the Stewartville Care Center.
Mabel Eldora Furness was born July 29, 1913, in Banks, N. D., and moved to a farm near Hanlontown, Iowa, with her family in 1922. In 1930, she married Harold E. Mellem. They farmed in the Northwood and Rock Falls, Iowa, areas for 13 years, and in 1955 moved to rural Grand Meadow, where they farmed until 1972. They were divorced in 1972. Shje married Ralph Main in July 1973, and he died in April 1991.
Survivors include a son, Harold (Katharina) Mellem Jr. of Rochester; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Jennie (Burton) Aasland of Mason City, Iowa, Evelyn (Harold) Klein of Albuquerque, N. M., Dorothy Schulte of Albert Lea and Helen Kingland-Hanks-Balfe of Nevis, Minn. She was preceded in death by a daughter, a grandson, five brothers and six sisters.
The funeral was Saturday at the United Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev. Tom Wilson officiating. Burial will in the Grand Meadow Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Grand Meadow was in charge of arrangements.
Caroline Meyer, 83, of Chatfield
Caroline Meyer, 83, of Chatfield, a former farm homemaker, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where she had been a patient eight days.
Caroline Finley was born July 8, 1917, in rural Chatfield, graduated from Chatfield High School in 1934, and after attending a business college in Indiana returned to Chatfield. On Dec. 21, 1935, she married Elmer Meyer in St. Paul. They farmed in rural Chatfield, and after selling the farm lived in Winona for a few years before returning to Chatfield. Mr. Meyer died Aug. 15, 1995. She was employed at Waters Conley in Rochester for several years. She had resided at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield since August 1995. She enjoyed reading, horses, gardening, fishing and dancing.
Survivors include two sons, Donald (Kay) of Mantorville and Randall (Ann) of rural Chatfield; three daughters, Donna Heim of Winona, Sandra Frazer of Preston and Joanne (Harry) Nevling of Rochester; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and a sister, Susie Wera of St. Paul. Six brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.
The funeral was Wednesday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, with the Rev. Eugene Larrabee of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatfield officiating. Spring burial will be in Chatfield Cemetery.
Carolyn E. Meyer, 61, once of Fountain
Carolyn E. Meyer, 61, of Owatonna, formerly of Fountain and Hayfield, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at her home.
Carolyn Elaine Kujath was born June 15, 1939, in Dodge County and graduated from Hayfield High School in 1957. On May 29, 1959, she married Donald Meyer in Dodge Center. They lived in Fountain from 1959 until moving to Owatonna in 1976.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Kevin (Julie) of Lanesboro; two daughters, Liz (Lee) Tracy of Pipestone, Minn., and Melissa (Larry) Mensing of Medford, Minn; nine grandchildren; two brothers, David (Maureen) Kujath of Owatonna and Richard (Judy) Kujath of Fountain; and two sisters, Bernita (Duaine) Bacon of Fountain, and Darlene (Rex) Beach of Las Vegas.
The funeral was held Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Owatonna. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield.
Michaelson Funeral Home, Owatonna, was in charge of arrangements.
Gaynol L. Meyer, 92, of Spring Valley
Gaynol Louise Meyer, 92, of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at the Ostrander Nursing Home, where she had resided for approximately two and a half years.
She was born Oct. 17, 1908, in Fairfield, Ill., to Jacob Fred and Martha (Van Rhedean) Bauer. She attended country schools through the 8th grade and on June 5, 1929, she was united in marriage to Herbert Meyer at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff. Together they farmed in the Spring Valley area for many years. She lived on their farm for over 70 years. She was a charter member of First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, where she taught Sunday school for 32 years. She was also the AAL branch secretary for 25 years. She worked for Libby's for a period of time and she loved to bake cake, pies, bread and doughnuts.
She is survived by her children, Norma Westphal of Iowa City, Iowa, Wendel Meyer of Spring Valley, Loren (Jerry) Meyer of Paynesville, Minn., Gloria (Don) Richardson of Brownsdale, Minn., Phyllis (Percy) Hendrickson of Preston, Merlin D. (Laurie) Meyer of Mantorville, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bernace Drinkall of Spring Valley, Vera (Wesley) Kasten of Spring Valley and Ora (Delmer) Olson of Paynesville, Minn.; and a brother-in-law, Earl Meyer of Spring Valley. She was preceded in death by her husband in July 1962, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one brother.
The funeral was Saturday at First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Robert Burmeister officiating. Burial in the Spring Valley Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley or to the organization of the donor's choice.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Jennie J. Meyer, 88, of Wykoff
Jennie J. Meyer, 88, of Wykoff, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
Jennie Josephine Zwart was born Jan. 13, 1913, in Beaver Township, Fillmore County, to Gerit and Mary (Van Grevenhof) Zwart. She married Paul O. Meyer on Sept. 24, 1932, in Wykoff where the couple farmed until their retirement.
She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff and its Ladies Aid and the Wykoff Thriftyville Homemakers. She enjoyed fishing and visiting people.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Melvin (Irma) Meyer of rural Spring Valley and Donald (Eleanor) Meyer of Houston, Minn.; three daughters, Maxine (Walter) Morse of Wichita Falls, Texas, Marlene (Donald) Mueller of San Antonio, Texas, and Karen (Russell) Moga of Los Gatos, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Earley of Fountain.
Three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Burmeister officiating. Burial will in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday and at the church on Friday one hour before the service.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Clara A. Mikkelson, 95, of Harmony
Clara Alida Mikkelson, 95, of Harmony, died March 4, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, following surgery.
She was born in Crawford County, Wis,. on April 20, 1905, the daughter of Anders Christian and Karen (Munson) Anderson. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church by Rev. Aascheim and confirmed by the Rev. M. Finstad. She was united in marriage to Gilbert Mikkelson on April 2, 1924, in Winona. They lived in Wisconsin and while living in Tomah, she worked for the high school. In 1970, they retired and moved to Cresco, Iowa, where they lived for 20 years and then moved to Harmony to live with their daughter, Karen. Mrs. Mikkelson became a resident of the Harmony Community Nursing Home when ill health forced her to leave her daughter’s home.
Survivors include her two daughters, Karen Morris of Harmony and Ardell (Jack) Geneser of Woodward, Iowa; two sons, Mel (Joyce) Mikkelson of Harmony and Kenneth (Betty) Mikkelson of Beloit, Wis.; 18 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband on March 7, 1995, a granddaughter, four great-grandchildren, five brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were Wednesday at Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church in Mt. Sterling, Wis., with the Rev. Gloria Friedrich officiating, with burial at Mr. Sterling Cemetery.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.
Beulah Miller, 94, formerly of Harmony
Beulah Miller, 94, of Winona, formerly of Kellogg and Harmony, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, in the intensive care unit of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
Beulah Fishbaugher was born Oct. 19, 1906, in Harmony. At age 20, she moved to Winona and worked for the Bailey, McConnon and E.L. King families. She married Clarence William Miller on Aug. 8, 1936. They lived in Kellogg until 1947 and then moved to Winona, where they owned and operated Automatic Washerette.
She was the caterer for the Winona YMCA and cooked for many years at the YMCA camp. Her husband worked for AAL Insurance Co., and the couple managed the Westgate Motel for many years. For the past two years, she lived at Callista Court and Alterra Sterling Home. She was a member of the St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, was active in its Women’s Club and Ladies Aid, and had attended Bible study at Redeemer Lutheran Church for 20 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Lois (David) Haase of Winona and Phyllis (Lee) Zabrocki of Big Rapids, Mich.; a son, Eugene (Karen) of Rochester; 12 grandchildren and a sister, Marian Loquai. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winona, with the Revs. O.H. Lindholan and James Nelson co-officiating. Burial took place in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home of Winona was in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth B. Miller, 61, of rural SV
Kenneth B. Miller, 61, of rural Spring Valley, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after becoming ill while traveling.
Kenneth Bernard Miller was born July 24, 1939, in Highland Township, Wabasha County, to Fred W. and Rosalie Miller. He attended St. Felix Schools in Wabasha, graduating from there in 1957. On Feb. 7, 1970, he married Sandra K. Kuhl in Spring Valley. After marriage the couple lived in Plainview for a short time before moving to rural Spring Valley. He was a self-employed carpenter who enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Legion of Mary.
Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Bridget (Paul) Grafe of Racine, Laura (Erling) Grant of Preston, Debbie (Jon) Westphal of Spring Valley, and Elizabeth and Jacquelin Miller, both at home; one son, Charles Miller of Spring Valley; two sisters, Mary (John) Wolf of Kellogg and Ruth (Gerald) Klein of Wabasha; seven brothers, Francis (Viola) Miller of Plainview, Gerald (Marilyn) Miller of Cottage Grove, Paul (Julie) Miller of Kellogg, Donald (Patricia) Miller of North Aurora, Ill., Leo (Marcine) Miller of Wabasha, James (Sue) Miller of Elgin and Mark (Gail) Miller of Millville and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sons.
The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Friends may call at Schleicher Funeral Homes Plainview Chapel, Plainview, on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday for two hours prior to the service. There will be a rosary service at the funeral home on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.
Clark Miner, 93, formerly of Mabel
Clark Gordon Miner, 93, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Mabel and Winona, died Monday, April 2, 2001, in Plano.
He was born Sept. 5, 1907, in Mabel to James and Mary (Gordon) Miner. He attended Mabel Schools and on June 16, 1928, he married Anna Bergsrud in Spring Grove. He farmed in the Mabel area and also drove school bus and worked for Darrington Feeds. In December of 1944, he moved his family to Winona, where he worked for Winona Monument Co., and Valley Wholesalers. His wife died July 14,1960.
In 1964, he moved to California where he was employed at Ceritos Junior College. On June 21, 1969, he married Addie Libby in Bellflower, Calif. He retired in 1974 and in 1998, he and his wife moved to Plano, Texas, where they had resided since.
He was an active church member at Mabel United Methodist, McKinley Methodist in Winona, and currently at the Bellflower Methodist Church. He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers and was an avid sports fan and in later years took up golf, which he enjoyed immensely.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Elaine Nesbitt of Hammond, Ind., and Ruth McManus of Winona; two sons, Jim (Ann) of Galesville, Wis., and Tom (Penni) of Murrietta, Calif.; three step sons Roger Libby of Plano, Robert Libby of Auburn, ME. and Preston Libby of Cappell, Texas; 10 grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Morris (Evelyn) Bergsrud of Winona and numerous nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond. He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Mabel United Methodist Church in Mabel with Rev. Phyllis Wilcox officiating. Burial was at the Mabel Public Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Arthur Molstein, 81, once of Lanesboro
Arthur A. Molstein, 81, of Rushford, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.
He was born Aug. 5, 1919, at North Prairie of Fillmore County to Andrew and Andrea (Gilbertson) Molstein. He grew up at North Prairie and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1937. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield. He returned to the family farm and remained there until moving to Rushford in 1998.
He was a member of the North Prairie Lutheran Church, the church choir and the Rochester Male Chorus. He was a director on the Good Shepherd Lutheran Foundation Board in Rushford and on the board of the Fillmore County Historical Society.
He is survived by one brother, Gilbert Molstein of Portland, Oregon; one sister, Mary Ann Hamann of Fountain; six nephews and two nieces.
The funeral service was Wednesday, March 28, at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Hoff Funeral Homes-Cook Rushford Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Georgia Morem, 89, of Spring Valley
Georgia Morem, 89, of Spring Valley, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow, where she had lived since June.
Georgia Austin was born Feb. 20, 1911, in York Township, Fillmore County. She married Alfred Morem on Jan. 2, 1935, in Lanesboro. The couple lived in Harmony, Preston, Rochester and Spring Valley. She was a homemaker. She grew up attending Saetersdal Lutheran Church and was later a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rochester and First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.
Survivors include a sister, Goldie (Orrin) Hoopman of Austin. She was preceded in death by her husband, three sisters and five brothers.
The funeral was Sunday at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley, with the Rev. Robert Burmeister officiating. Burial at Saetersdal Lutheran Church Cemetery in York Township, Fillmore County.
M. Morem, 72, wife of Harmony native
Margaret A. "Peggy" (Wood) Morem died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at her home in Buffalo City, Wis., after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 72.
Born Dec. 3, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, she was raised in Winona and educated in its school system. She married Curtis Morem of Harmony in Winona's First Methodist Church. The couple initially moved to Minneapolis. With the advent of the Korean War, the couple moved to California, and Dr. Morem re-enlisted in the Army. The family moved to San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1953 and Dr. Morem established a dental practice. She began a long career in civic, political, and volunteer work. She was interested in genealogy and tracked down thousands of documents pertaining to her and her husband's families, dating back hundreds of years on both sides. The couple moved back to their roots near Winona in 1987, and built a home in Buffalo City.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis; sons, Craig (Kathy) and Bill (Sharon); three granddaughters, Amy, Megan and Caitlin; a grandson, Jim; a brother, Ross Wood (Coni); a half-brother Douglass Wood; a half-sister, Betty Schoenfeld, and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Private family services were held.
Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home of Alma, Wis., was in charge of arrangements.
Elroy L. Morgan, 87, father of SV man
Elroy L. Morgan, 87, of Austin, a retired Hormel Foods Corp. employee, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Austin Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 1, 1913, in Parkson, S.D., and moved to Austin after graduating from Parkston High School in 1931. He began working at Hormel in 1931, first in the beef-boning department and later in plant construction, and continued there until his retirement in 1978. From 1941 to 1944, he served with the Army Air Corps in Las Vegas and returned to Austin after his discharge. On Jan. 8, 1942, he married Margaret Louise Gainey in Las Vegas; she died in 1980. He was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling, gardening, traveling and playing cribbage.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean (Wayne) Learn of Red Wing, Judy Morgan of St. Paul and Joan Morgan of Austin; a son, Jim of Spring Valley; and three grandchildren. Four sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.
A memorial service was Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, with the Revs. Donald Shilts and Virgil Duellman officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Mildred 'Milly' Mundfrom, 72, of SV
Mildred "Milly" Mundfrom, 72, of rural Spring Valley, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at her home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Mildred Louise Johnson on Dec. 27, 1928, to Carl and Rena Johnson in rural Tracy, Minn. She was baptized Jan. 27, 1929 and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy on June 28, 1942. She graduated from Bethany Lutheran High School in Mankato, Minn., in 1946. She worked as a secretary at Bethany and as a medical transcriptionist at Mayo Clinic and at various other clinics.
She married Frederick Mundfrom on May 4, 1958, and they farmed in the Cherry Grove and Spring Valley areas.
She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff. She enjoyed church music and working with Root River Lutherans for Life.
She is survived by her husband; three children, Linette (Lee) Fehr of Onalaska, Wis., David (Susanne) Mundfrom of Winona, Minn., and Gary (Roni) Mundfrom of Duluth, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and two sisters, Eunice (Robert) Anderson of New Ulm, Minn., and Doris (Carroll) Veer of Rochester, Minn.
The funeral was Saturday 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.
Charles Murphy, 78, of Whalan
Charles Thomas Murphy, 78, of Whalan, a retired Quarve and Anderson Construction Company employee, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at Winona Community Hospital.
He was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Lake City and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He had resided in Whalan the past 35 years. On July 3, 1963 he married Pearl A. Chiglo in Lanesboro. He was a loader operator for Quarve and Anderson Construction Company for 25 years and was a member of Union Local 49.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Charles "Tom" (Deborah) of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Kelley (David) Ruberg and Melanie Murphy, both of Winona; four grandchildren; two brothers, Jim (Joyce) Murphy of Winona and Jim Flood of Bakersfield, Calif.; and three sisters, Kate (John) Haneca and Jean (Richard) Reinhard, both of Lake City, and Helen (Jake) Baker of Bakersfield, Calif.
The funeral was held Saturday at Whalan Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the American Legion.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home, Lanesboro, was in charge of arrangements.
Margaret S. Murray, 96, once of Preston
Margaret S. Murray, 96, of St. Therese Home in Minneapolis, formerly of Preston, died Thursday, March 1, 2001.
She was born April 12, 1904, in Duluth. She was a graduate of Girls' Cathedral High School in Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In 1935 she marred George O. Murray in St. Paul. She taught kindergarten in Norway, Mich., St. Paul, and Preston, where the couple lived for 45 years. She was president of the Association for Childhood Education and in Preston was active in PTA and Band Mothers. She was Fillmore County chairwoman of the Red Cross Bloodmobile and a member of the Preston library board, golf club and Browning Study Club. She also was an active member of St. Columban Catholic Church and the Ladies Circle, and was president of the Chatfield Deanery of the Winona Council of Catholic Women.
Survivors include a son, William G. (Sue) of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; a daughter, Kathleen (William) Pratt of Minnetonka, Minn.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge George O. Murray and three brothers.
A funeral Mass was held last week at the Church of St. Bartholomew in Wayzata, Minn. Burial will be in Norway, Mich.
David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata was in charge of arrangements.
Arnold H. Myhre, 94, of Spring Grove
Arnold H. Myhre, 94, of Spring Grove, retired owner of Modern Plumbing and Heating, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center in Spring Grove.
He was born Jan. 8, 1907, in Wilmington Township, Houston County, and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture in 1929 and Dunwoody Institute in 1931. On May 11, 1935, he married Alice M. Munkel in Caledonia. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway and Spring Grove Commercial Club.
Survivors include his wife; six daughters, Joan (Tom) Baumgardner of Tallmadge, Ohio, Carolyn (Paul) Solberg of Decorah, Iowa, Dorothy (Lyle) Bacon of Rochester, Mary Newgaard of Spring Grove, Helen (Carter) Wiechmann of Lubbock, Texas, and Lorraine (Dwight) Perkins of Thorp, Wis.; three sons, Richard (Sylvia) of Marshfield, Wis., Wayne (Susan) of Winona and Gordon of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Oren (Shirley) of Wilmington and Leland (Monica) of Edina, Minn.; and four sisters, Gertrude (Enster) Haugstad of Spring Grove, Lillian (James) Pederson of Morris, Minn., Irene (Eldred) Rostvold of Rushford and Ruth (Ed) Ostlie of Eau Claire, Wis. He was preceded in death by a grandson, two sisters and a brother.
Funeral services were Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, with the Rev. Jim Arends officiating and burial at the church cemetery.