Beverly M. Smith, 74, Spring Valley
Beverly M. Smith, 74, a Spring Valley homemaker, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at the Spring Valley Care Center, where she had resided for a short time.
She was born Jan. 20, 1927, near Ostrander to Frank and Della (Allen) Eich and attended school through the 11th grade in Wykoff. On Oct. 2, 1949, she was united in marriage to Melvin Smith at the Spring Valley Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband and a son, Steven Smith, both of Spring Valley. One brother, Allen Eich, preceded her in death.
The funeral was Friday at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Spring burial will be at the Washington Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ivan D. Snyder, 77, of Spring Valley
Ivan DuMez Snyder, 77, died suddenly at his farm on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001.
He was born May 6, 1924, at Spring Valley. He grew up in the Spring Valley-Ostrander area and farmed there all his life.
He was an active member of the Bennington 4-H Club, the Sumner Center United Methodist Church, serving on the finance, pastor-parish and trustee committees. He was a charter member of the Minnesota State Donkey and Mule Association, a member of the Pleasant Grove Saddle Club, the Friends of Forestville, Spring Valley Historical Society, Millet Cemetery Association and Sumner Center Farmers Club.
He married Margie Ihns on Sept. 25, 1946, at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lime Springs, Iowa.
He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandson. His other interests were his mules, horses and donkeys, hunting, fishing and woodworking. He had a love of nature and was conservation minded.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Anthony (June) Snyder of Lyndon Station, Wis., and Joel (Darla) Snyder of St. Joseph, Mo.; two daughters; Becky (Jim) Herson of Sidney, Mont, and Emilie (Robert) Durand of McAlester, Okla; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Donald (Mary) Snyder of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; one sister, Sue (Gerald) Jensen of Mahtomedi, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
Funeral services were held Monday at Sumner Center United Methodist Church with the Rev. Victoria Ashley officiating.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
G. Kennedy Soiney, 86, of Preston
Gladys Camille Kennedy Soiney, 86, of Preston, died Friday, June 29, 2001, at the Olmsted Community Hospital in Rochester of complications from advanced osteoporosis.
Gladys C. Kennedy was born Nov. 27, 1914, in Preston, the daughter of Jay N. and Emily (Finck) Kennedy. She graduated from Preston High School, valedictorian of her class in 1932. She attended the University of Minnesota for one year, then graduated from Normal School Teachers Training. She taught rural school for 10 years in Fillmore County and was a bookkeeper at the Preston Creamery for several years. In 1964 she graduated from the University of Minnesota at Winona. She then worked for 18 years as a social worker in Fillmore County until her retirement in 1982.
On April 26, 1943, she married Mervin Soiney and they resided in Preston. He died Jan. 7, 1968, of leukemia. She was a member of the Preston United Methodist Church, a member of the choir, Sunday School teacher, and church board secretary. She served on the Preston Public Library Board, Semcac Board, was a member of the VFW auxiliary and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and playing the piano. She was also interested in genealogy, history and traveling.
Survivors incxlude one son, Kerry M. Soiney of Minneapolis, two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia (Norman) Froelich of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Maryette (Frank) Braithwaite of Rochester, and four granddaughters. She was preceded in death by one brother, Donald J. Kennedy.
Funeral services were held at Preston United Methodist Church with the Rev. Carolyn Westlake officiating. Burial in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.
Wallace 'Wally' Solberg, 57, of Lanesboro
Wallace "Wally" Solberg, 57, of Lanesboro, died of a heart attack on Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, in an ambulance en route to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born May 27, 1943, in Peterson and married Sandra Chiglo on Jan. 7, 1963, in Luverne, Minn. He lived in the Peterson and Rushford area until moving to Lanesboro in 1963. He owned and operated Solberg Construction Co. and was a member of Whalan Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Jody of Lanesboro, Gregory and Kevin, both of Conroe, Texas; a brother, Harold of Kasson; and three sisters, Carolyn (Carl) Wagner of Hammond, Janel Torgerson of Byron and Norine (Lonny) Remund of Minneapolis.
The funeral was held Wednesday at Whalan Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul R. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Cornelius Staven, 75, of Spring Grove
Cornelius Otterness Staven, 75, of Spring Grove, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, at Franciscan Skemp Health Care in LaCrosse, Wis.
He was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Caledonia to Olaf and Olga (Otterness) Staven. He was a lifelong Spring Grove area resident. He never married. He attended the Kinneberg School District 80 in Blackhammer Township in rural Spring Grove.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Blackhammer. He was a past member of the Blackhammer Swift Scooters 4-H Club. He enjoyed fishing, bicycling, his cat O.J. and music.
Survivors include brothers Herbert (Mardelle) Staven and Obert (Ardes) Staven, both of Spring Grove; a sister, Irene Treangen of Spring Grove; seven nieces and nephews and also great and great-great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one nephew, Bruce Lee Staven.
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. at Blackhammer Faith Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The Rev. William A. Horn will officiate.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church today.
Duane Steen, son of former area residents
Duane Francis Steen, 66, died Monday morning, Feb. 12, 2001, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minn.
He was born April 27, 1934, the son of Francis and Myrtle (Christianson) Steen in Decorah and was a graduate of Rochester High School in 1952. He worked for Gamble-Robinson in Rochester for a short time. Then he was a dispatcher for Admiral - Merchants in Rochester from 1957 to 1968 until he became disabled. He had lived in Dodge Center, Minn., until he entered Field Crest Care Center in September of 1997.
He enjoyed music, reading and model cars. He also enjoyed visiting friends and family in his four-wheel drive Scout.
He is survived by his mother, Myrtle Steen, and one sister, Joann Steen, both of Dodge Center. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Steen.
The funeral service was Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center with the Rev. Larry Nelson officiating. Interment in Greenfield Lutheran Cemetery in Harmony.
Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Dodge Center was in charge or arrangements.
Esther E. Steffensrud, 85, of Harmony
Esther E. Steffensrud, 85, of Harmony, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at the LaCrosse Gundersen Lutheran Hospital.
She was born June 15, 1915, in Fillmore County, the daughter of Frederick and Louise (Brusse) Kiehne. She attended the rural schools in Fillmore County.
On June 15, 1937, she was united in marriage to Percy Steffensrud at Green Lake, Minn., by Rev. Harry Gregerson. They returned to the family farm, a Minnesota Centennial farm, and she continued to live there until her death.
She was active in Greenfield Lutheran Church, she sang in the choir, and was a member of the Naomi Circle and WELCA. She worked for 17 years at the Harmony Community Nursing Home as an aide and was a member of the Harmony Hospital Auxiliary.
She gave great importance to the care and assistance to her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She kept busy driving people for their appointments and daily needs. She enjoyed playing cards and was always very willing to visit or to help.
She is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, and her brothers, Edward, Reuben and Alvin Kiehne.
Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 9, at Greenfield Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Hagen officiating. Burial in the Greenfield Cemetery.
Brandon D. Stier, 19, of GM
Brandon D. Stier, 19, of Grand Medow, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, as the result of a car accident.
He was born Oct. 22, 1981, in Rochester. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 2000 and presently worked at Dallas Tire in Rochester. He enjoyed playing basketball and sand volleyball.
Survivors include his parents, Les and Cheryl Stier of Grand Meadow; three brothers, Curt, Chris (Jody) and Brent, all of Grand Meadow; a sister, Kimberly Stier of Grand Meadow, a niece, Taylor Stier of Grand Meadow. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Phillip and Vernice Stier of Grand Meadow; maternal grandfather, Donald Fate of Grand Meadow and his maternal grandmother, Lois Ronich of Brownsdale; also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal stepgrandfather, Frank Ronich and an uncle, Steve Stier.
The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Finbarr's Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Inga M. Strand, 93, of Spring Valley
Inga M. Strand, 93, of Spring Valley, a retired homemaker, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Inga M. Ekeberg Christopherson was born Dec. 6, 1907, in Spring Grove, Minn. As a child, she moved with her family to Ostrander, Minn., and attended schools there. She moved to Spring Valley in 1922. She married Harold Strand on Oct. 19, 1925, in Lanesboro, Minn. They moved to Preston in 1931 and returned to Spring Valley in 1961. She returned to Preston in 1972 and back to Spring Valley in 1991.
She is survived by two sons, Charles (Sharon) Strand of Mesa, Ariz., and Dick (Orlean) Strand of Sussex, Wis.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Mike Jensen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and a sister, Doris Oliver of Tustim, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 15, 1995.
The funeral was Saturday at the Hindt Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley with the Rev. Kevin Woestehoff officiating. Burial at a later date in the Spring Valley Cemetery.
Richard Street, 62, once of Spring Valley
Richard Dean Street, 62, of Britt, Minn., died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at the Cook Community Hospital.
He was born Feb. 24, 1938, to Charles and Laura (Livingston) Street in Chatfield, and grew up in the Spring Valley area.
The family moved to Angora in 1953. He graduated from Alango High School and was a United States Army veteran. He lived in Robbinsdale and worked for a time for Land O' Lakes and then for Superior Radiator in St. Louis Park for 10 years.
He returned to the Iron Range and worked for EVTAC as a production truck driver for 23 years before retiring in 1999. He was a member of Sacred Heath Catholic Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda (Michael) Sweno of Hoyt Lakes, and Lisa (Daniel) Wiswell of Palo; four grandchildren, Marissa, Marina, Anthony and Nezia; his mother of Cook; one brother, Charles (Marjorie) Street, Jr., of Cook; several nieces and nephews; his ex-wife, Sandra Street of Virginia; and special companion Jeanette Johnson of Britt.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1982; a son, Charles in 1976; and a sister, Shirley Roethler.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday at Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Virgina with the Rev. John Doyle officiating. Burial in Sand Lake Chapel Cemetery.
Range Funeral Home of Virginia was in charge of arrangements.
Bonnie E. Streit, 55, formerly of S.V.
Bonnie E. Streit, 55, of Ralston, Neb., formerly of Spring Valley, died of cancer Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Neb.
She was born Nov. 25, 1945, in Spring Valley. In 1964, she married Arthur Barrett. He died July 13, 1984. A resident of the Omaha area the past 48 years, she was a self-employed sculptor and painter, and enjoyed wildlife.
Survivors include two daughters, Crystell Roubal and Diana Barrett, both of Omaha; six grandchildren; her mother, Evelyn (Schultz-Streit) Jacobson of Omaha and Spring Valley; a brother, Robert Streit of Spring Valley; and a sister, Dixie Lee Streit of Omaha. Her father preceded her in death.
The funeral was Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with The Rev. Dennis Timmerman officiating. Burial was in Martin Luther Cemetery (Midway Cemetery) in rural Spring Valley.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Michael G. Sundlee, 47, of Wykoff
Michael G. Sundlee, 47, of rural Wykoff, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at his home in rural Wykoff.
He was born May 31, 1953, in Montevideo, Minn., and graduated from Montevideo High School in 1971. He married Sarah Welch on Sept. 6, 1992, in Chatfield. He joined the Army in 1972 and was discharged in 1976. He spent a short time in Minneapolis and lived in Chatfield for 20 years, moving to rural Wykoff seven years ago. He was a dispatcher for the State Patrol in Rochester for 25 years. He was a past president of the Tri-County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and a member of the Chatfield Fish and Game Club.
Surviving are his wife; his parents, Orlin and Verna Sundlee of Brooklyn Center; Minn.; and two sisters, Becky (Jon) Hintz of Champlin, Minn., and Andrea (Bob) Day of Elk River, Minn.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and at the church one hour before the service.
The funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Chatfield Lutheran Church with the Rev. Christine Finfand officiating. Burial in Chatfield Cemetery. There will be a graveside military service by the Chatfield VFW.
Doris L. Svebakken, mother of SV man
Doris L. Svebakken, 85, of Waukon, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon following a lengthy illness.
She is the mother of Roger (Llonamae) Svebakken of Spring Valley.
She is also survived by a daughter.
The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran church in rural Waterville, Iowa, with the Rev. Ken Kimball officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Stanley M. Swenson, 78, of Harmony
Stanley M. Swenson, 78, of rural Harmony, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at the Green Lea Manor in Mabel from complications of Lewy Body Disease.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona; three daughters, Laura Lynch of Waucoma, Iowa, Deb Scrabeck and Kari Schroeder, both of Harmony; one son, Mark of Coon Rapids, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Swen of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Gordy of Granger. He was preceded in death by one sister and a granddaughter.
A memorial service was held on Sunday at Saetersdal Lutheran Church in rural Lime Springs. There was no visitation.
Conway Funeral Home of Cresco was in charge of arrangements.