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MINNESOTA - Fillmore County - Miscellaneous Obituaries from 1999 - 7

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Saturday, 29 August 2009, at 2:26 a.m.

Agnes Evenrud, 96, formerly of Preston
Agnes Camile Evenrud, 96, of Chatfield, formerly of Preston, died Saturday, March 13, 1999, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
Agnes Camile Hall was born April 28, 1902, in Pilot Mound Township, Fillmore County, the daughter of William D. and Cora (Austin) Hall. She married Chris Evenrud of Preston on Sept. 11, 1926, in Lanesboro and the couple made their home in Preston. He was a bulk agent for Standard Oil in Preston. He died Oct. 20, 1968. She continued to live in Preston until 1991 when she moved to the Chosen Valley Apartments in Chatfield.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, its Ladies Aid and church choir. She loved flowers and her hobby was planting and tending her beautiful flower gardens.
She is survived by a son, Jerry A. Evenrud of Edina; two grandchildren, Chris Evenrud of Brussels, Belgium, and Nathan Evenrud of Tucson, Ariz., and one sister, Winnie Meyer of Fountain.
She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kirsten Marie Ringo; one sister, Josephine Hall; and a brother, Cyrus Hall.
Memorial services were held Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. James Rushton officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston, was in charge of arrangements.

Gerhard O. Evenson, 90, formerly of Canton
Gerhard O. Evenson, 90, of Chatfield, formerly of Canton and Rochester, died Thursday, May 13, 1999, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where he had resided since 1996.
He was born Aug. 5, 1908, in Canton and attended Canton schools. On July 1, 1929, he married Carmen Woodle in Canton. They owned and operated the Amherst Store in Amherst Township, Fillmore County, for 12 years until 1952 and then operated the Terrace Motel in Eagan, Minn., for 22 years before retiring to Rochester. His wife died March 21, 1998.
Survivors include a son, Robert of Sac City, Iowa; two daughters, Janice (Mrs. Clifford) McCabe of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Judy (Mrs. Wally) Brekke of Bloomington, Minn.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
The funeral was Wednesday at Henrytown Lutheran Church, in rural Canton. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.

Paul A. 'Swede' Evenson, 86, Lanesboro
Paul A. "Swede" Evenson, 86, of Lanesboro, former owner of the Lanesboro Sales Commission, died Monday morning, Nov. 15, 1999, at his home.
Born May 24, 1913, in Souris, N. D., he lived there until age 5 and then lived in Eldora, Iowa, until 1932. He graduated from West Union, Iowa, High School in 1930 and attended Brookings State College in Brookings, S. D. From 1943 to 1945 he served with the Army Air Corps in the European Theater. On June 15, 1946, he married Vivian Kruegel at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. Before starting the Lanesboro Sales Commission in 1947, he was employed by Hormel Foods Corp. of Austin in Calmar, Iowa; Austin, Owatonna, Caledonia, Preston and New Ulm, Minn. After his retirement he continued to work on the farm. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Lanesboro Golf Club, Lanesboro American Legion and VFW, and the Lanesboro Light and Power Commission. He was an avid bowler.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lisa Campbell of Rochester; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wilma Evenson of Rochester. Two brothers preceded him in death.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. James Rushton officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston with military graveside rites by the Lanesboro American Legion.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro handled arrangements.

G.J. Fablinger, 83, formerly of Preston
G.J. Fablinger, 83, a retired educator, coach and former Preston business man died Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge, Florida.
He was born in Jo Davies County, Ill., and was a 1938 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He served with the U.S. Army in the Asian Pacific Theater, during World War II with Battery B of the 221st Battalion. He was a mathematics and science teacher and coach in South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida. He was owner and operator of the Western Auto Store in Preston from 1947 to about 1954. They belonged to the Methodist Church in Preston. They had an infant daughter born and died in Preston and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery. Their son, John was also born in Preston.
They moved to Arcadia, Fla., from Wisconsin in 1959 and lived there until his recent relocation to Merritt Island, in 1994. He was a life member of the VFW, and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Arcadia. He was a former member of the American Legion, the Lions, the DeSoto County Retired Educators Association and the Florida Retired Educators.
Survivors include his wife, Glenice A. Fablinger, son John, daughter, Virginia Yuhr, and one granddaughter, Valerie Yuhr, all of Merritt Island.
Graveside services with military rites were held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 10.
Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home of Merritt Island was in charge of arrangements.

Judith Feay, 83, formerly of Lanesboro
Judith (Bremseth) Feay, 83, of Coon Rapids, Minn., and formerly of Lanesboro, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at Twin Rivers Rest Home in Anoka.
She was born Dec. 6, 1915, and grew up in the Lanesboro area. On Nov. 5, 1945, she married Charles Feay in Los Angeles. She worked for the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.
She is survived by her husband; sisters Phyllis Kvitrud of New Brighton, Minn., and Rebecca Sandness, Eleanor Peterson and Lois Peterson of Lanesboro; brothers Syvals of Lanesboro, Alvin of Brooklyn Park, Carrol of Becker, Minn., Roger of Buffalo, Minn., Charles of St. Anthony, Minn., and James of Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
The funeral was Tuesday at Advent Lutheran Church in Anoka.
Gearhart Funeral Home Chapel in Anoka was in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Viola Felber, 93, formerly of GM
Gladys Viola Felber, 93, of Albert Lea, formerly of Grand Meadow, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.
Gladys Viola Bolinger was born Sept. 12, 1905, in Beauford, Minn. In addition to Albert Lea, she had lived in Easton, Minn., and Grand Meadow. Her husband, Philip, preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Theodore's Catholic Church.
Survivors include five daughters, Joyce Bjerke and Doris Frost, both of Rochester, Genevieve "Jenny" Rye and Betty Hendrickson, both of Albert Lea, and Darlene Faber of Austin; three sons, Jim of Albert Lea, David of Enid, Okla., and Richard of Red Wing; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Bolinger of Albert Lea. She was preceded in death by a son, a grandson, and nine brothers and sisters.
The Funeral was Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Chapel in Albert Lea with the Rev. Robert Schneider officiating. Burial was in St. Theodore's Cemetery in Albert Lea.
Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea was in charge of arrangements.

Vern E. Fenske, 87, father of Wykoff woman
Vern E. Fenske, 87, of Chatfield, a former service station owner, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
He was born April 3, 1911, in Potsdam and grew up there. On June 12, 1931, he married Margaret Svendsen in Rochester. She died Jan. 8, 1987. From 1929 to 1934, he lived in Rochester and was a cook at the Kahler Hotel, and then farmed in rural Chatfield until moving into town in 1944. While farming, he provided the Kahler Hotel with chickens. He worked at Nagel Garage and Pure Oil Co. in Chatfield, and later built and operated Fenske Oil service station with his son, Donald. The business was sold in 1982. For a number of years he spent the winters in Yuma, Ariz. Before entering Chosen Valley Care Center 10 months ago he resided at the Ostrander Care Center. Mr. Fenske was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was an elder.
Survivors include a daughter, Virginia (Mrs. William) Baker of Wykoff; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and special friend, Ella Buck of Yuma, Ariz. He was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter, four brothers and two sisters.
The funeral was Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatfield with the Rev. Clark Jaeger officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in the spring.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy E. Fenton, 71, Grand Meadow
Dorothy E. Fenton, 71, of Grand Meadow, a retired Triad Industries employee and former bakery operator, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, 1999, at her home.
Dorothy E. Wagner was born Feb. 18, 1928, in Wabasha. On Nov. 9, 1950, she married Richard Fenton in Marble Falls, Texas. They operated a bakery in Grand Meadow until 1971. She later worked at Triad Industries in Stewartville until her retirement. Her husband died Dec. 22, 1993.
Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline (Mrs. Seevert) Gronvold of Grand Meadow; three sons, Donald, Michael and Timothy, all of Grand Meadow; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Louie Wagner of Milwaukee and Edward Wagner of Wabasha; and two sisters, Claranette Atkinson of Wabasha and Muriel Demko of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by a son and seven brothers and sisters.
A funeral Mass was Friday at St. Finbarr's Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral home in Grand Meadow was in charge of arrangements.

Eva B. Feuerhak, 84, mother of SV woman
Eva Beata Feuerhak, 84, of Austin, a homemaker, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at her daughter's home in Austin.
Eva Beata Erickson was born May 8, 1914, in Prosper, Minn. She married Francis Feuerhak Feb. 23, 1939, in Cresco, Iowa. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, sewing and quilting.
Survivors include three daughters, Audrey Sears of Charles City, Iowa, Diane Hanson of Austin and Barb (Mrs. Jerry) Hahn of Spring Valley; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alice Johnson of Greenfield, Wis., and Doris Peterson of Mabel.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with the Rev. William Natzke officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Veryl D. Finch, 81, formerly of Lanesboro
Veryl D. Finch, 81, of Austin, formerly of Lanesboro, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Veryl D. Evenson was born March 29, 1918, in Lanesboro and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1936. She moved to Austin in 1939 and was employed at Hormel Foods Corp. from 1939 to 1945. In November 1945, she married John Finch at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. He died in 1965. She enjoyed cooking, golf, bowling and fishing.
Survivors include two brothers, Orel Evenson and Donald Evenson, both of Austin. Two brothers preceded her in death.
The funeral was Wednesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. James I. Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin handled arrangements.

Jerald Finhart, 62, once of Grand Meadow
Jerald F. Finhart, 62, of Stewartville, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday, July 11, 1999, at his home.
He was born Feb. 22, 1937, in Grand Meadow. He grew up on the family farm in the area and graduated from Grand Meadow High School. On Oct. 10, 1959, he married Venita L. Friemann in Preston and they lived in Rochester until moving to rural Stewartville in 1969. He farmed and also was employed at IBM from 1957 to 1991. His wife works at Stewartville Animal Clinic. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Debra K. Finhart (Mrs. Luther Bonow) of Utica, Sandra (Mrs. Tim) Wood of Rochester and Barbra (Mrs. Terry) Quandt of rural Grand Meadow; five grandchildren; and his mother, Ruth Finhart of Grand Meadow.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Ron Allen officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville was in charge of arrangements.

Ardys Finke, 75, sister of Chatfield woman
Ardys E. Finke, 75, of Douglas, Wyo., died April 10, 1999, at the Michael Manor Nursing Home in Douglas from complications of Alzheimer’s disease after a lengthy illness.
Ardys Goldsworthy was born Oct. 15, 1923, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Amanda (Radechel) Goldsworthy. She attended rural school and was a 1941 graduate of the Harmony public school. She married Kenneth Finke March 16, 1962, in Rochester. The couple made their home in Schaumburg, Ill., where she was a homemaker. They moved to Douglas in February, 1996, and she became a resident of the nursing home in August 1997.
She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, where she had been active in a number of its groups. The couple enjoyed traveling together.
She is survived by her husband; one stepson, Craig Finke of Aurora, Minn.; one stepdaughter, Marcia (Mrs. Joe) Rojas of Douglas, five grandchildren; Teresa Blackburn of Douglas, Chad Tuomela of Gillette, Wyo., Tanya Tuomela of Greeley, Colo., and Jackie and Jeremy Finke, both of Aurora, Minn.; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Audre (Mrs. Emerson) Finke of Chatfield; and one nephew, Denny Finke of Westminster, Colo.
The funeral will be Wednesday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Casketbearers are Chad Tuomela, Ron Blackburn, Scott Finke, Greg Mulhern, Richard Bakken and Bob Finke.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa E. Finke, 36, sister of SV woman
Theresa E. Finke, 36, of Hinckley, Minn., died Sunday, May 9, 1999 at University Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.
The youngest of seven children, she was born Nov. 9, 1962, to William and Alice Kappauf in Sandstone. Her early childhood was surrounded by nieces and nephews the same age. She attended school in Hinckley, graduating in 1981, and then attended Pine Technical College for two years. She worked at Pathfinder Village and also at a Holiday Gas Station before she married Jeff Finke on Aug. 24, 1991. She also did babysitting for several different families. She attended Clover Church where she was an AWANA Cubbies leader, and also taught Bible School and Sunday School. She was active in AWANA and church activities up until the time she went in for a bone marrow transplant. She enjoyed going to garage sales. She enjoyed spending time with her children.
She was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 1997, when she was pregnant with her son, Adam. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, and all who knew her. She is with her Savior now where she is free from suffering.
She is survived by her husband; three children, Paul, Danielle, and Adam; mother: mother-in-law, Donna Wartman of Williston, Fla.;
four sisters, Norma Jean (Mrs. Ronald) Merkel of Spring Valley, Maxine (Mrs. Curtis) Mulholland) of Hinckley, Evelyn (Mrs. Max) Gallimore of Mazeppa, and Carol Mae (Mrs. Martin) Kirkham of Rochester; two brothers, David (Carol) and Keith Kappauf, both of Hinckley; two brothers-in-law, Scott (Susan) Finke of Canada, and Jay Finke of Florida; sister-in-law, Lynn (Mrs. Richard) Graham of Savage; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral services were May 12 at Clover Community Church with the Rev. Peter Bergen officiating. Interment was in Clover Cemetery.
Tatting-Methven Funeral Chapel, Hinckley, was in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn M. Finley, 95, once of Lanesboro
Kathryn M. Finley, 95, of West St. Paul, formerly of Chatfield, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at Southview Acres Health Care Center in West St. Paul, where she had resided five years.
Kathryn Marguerite Balcome was born March 30, 1904, in rural Chatfield, and grew up on the family farm there. She attended area rural schools, graduated from Chatfield High School and worked at the Lanesboro Hotel and as a waitress in Rochester. On April 24, 1926, she married George Stevens in Chatfield and he preceded her in death. On June 7, 1930, she married Vernon Finley in Preston and they farmed in the Brainerd, Minn., area until moving into Brainerd in 1959. After his death in 1959, she was a housemaid and nanny for several Brainerd families. She moved to South St. Paul in 1975, and resided there until entering the care center.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary (Mrs. Norman) Bell of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Doris Serfling of Spring Valley, Mary Marone of Chatfield and Eva Bell of Stewartville. She was preceded in death by three sons, a grandson, four brothers and five sisters.
The funeral is today (Thursday) at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville, with the Rev. Jef Olson and the Rev. Audrey Benjamin of First United Methodist Church of South St. Paul, co-officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and until noon Thursday at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and an hour before the service at the church.

Phillip Fishbaugher, 54, of Harmony
Phillip Stanley Fishbaugher, 54, of Harmony, died of cancer on Monday, March 15, 1999, at his home.
He was born Oct. 16, 1944, in Preston to Stanley and Junetta (Dolley Applen) in Preston. He grew up in rural Harmony attending Mark's Country School and graduated from Harmony High School in 1962. During his high school years, Phillip was on homecoming royalty and achieved football awards for All-State three times and was given honorable mention from the Sporting News National High School All-American Football team. He played on the football team that never experienced a loss in the 1958-1961 school years nor were they scored on in the 1960 season. Upon graduation Phillip worked at the Spring Valley Memorial Hospital until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966. He served in the Vietnam Conflict from January 1968 until April 1969 as a Surgical Tech specialist.
On June 28, 1969, he married Rita Ann Hill.
He drove the Mobil Oil Gas Truck for 20 years. He was a hog buyer for IBP and a custodian/bus driver for the Fillmore Central High School until his recent employment at the Harmony-Preston Agri Services where he enjoyed driving the feed truck and keeping up customer relations. He enjoyed conversations with everyone, wildlife (especially bird watching), hard work and his family. He was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church, Preston VFW and the Harmony American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, their four children, Phillip II (Ronda), Rachel (Scott Becker), Paul and Rebekah; two grandchildren, Cade and Phillip III and a step-grandchild, Brandon Rentschler. He is also survived by his sisters, Bonnie (Dennis) Safe of Edina, Minn., Beverly (Allen) Emme of Glencoe, Minn., Judith Tieman of Stewartville, Minn. and Karen (John) Babler of Mound, Minn., and his brother, Mark (Sheri Ryden) Fishbaugher of Harmony.
Funeral services were Saturday at United Methodist Church in Harmony. Burial was in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony with military graveside rites by the Harmony American Legion and Preston VFW posts.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.

Minnie Forde, 101, of Spring Grove
Minnie Forde, 101, of Spring Grove, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.
She was born Nov. 28, 1898, in Red River Valley, near Halstad, Minn., to Joseph and Cecelia (Heseby) Holland. She was baptized at Halstad. As an infant, she moved with her parents to Big Timber, Montana. At age 2, she moved to Fillmore County, making the trip by train. She attended school in Newburg Township and the rural Scheie school. She was confirmed at Scheie Lutheran Church, rural Mabel.
On Dec. 1, 1920, she married Alvin R. Forde, Sr. He died in March of 1983. The couple farmed in the Mabel area for 44 years before retiring and moving to Spring Grove in 1964. She worked as a baker at the Village Inn in Spring Grove after her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its ladies’ groups.
She is survived by three sons; Arthur Merlin (Katherine) Ford of LaCrosse, Jerome (Vina) Forde of Mabel, and Alvin (Julia) Forde, Jr., of Sparta, Wis.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Leverne (Belinda) Holland of Spring Grove; two sisters, Clarice (Lennie) Faa of Austin and Irene Thorsen of Rochester; one sister-in-law Palma Holland of Spring Grove and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a daughter and son-in-law, one great-grandson, one great-great-granddaughter, one brother, James Holland, and two sisters, Ella Erickson and Edna Kingsbury.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. Burial was in the Trinity Church cemetery.
Roble Funeral Home, Spring Grove, was in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Owen Fossum, 80, of Harmony
Ernest Owen Fossum, 80, of Harmony, died at the Harmony Community Nursing Home in Harmony on May 15, 1999, following a lengthy illness with cancer.
He was born July 4, 1918, in Newburg Township, Fillmore County, the son of Carl and Gina (Storlie) Fossum. He was confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at Riceford. He grew up and attended school at Riceford. On Nov. 3, 1941, he was united in marriage to Mavis R. Watkins in Lanesboro. The couple resided in Harmony most of their 57 years of marriage. He spent 34 years as a semi truck driver for White Motor Transport, Rap-n-Wax, Murphy Transport and eventually semi-retired by driving truck for HECO. He loved to visit and spend time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of Harmony; four daughters, Darlene (Mrs. Gary) Goodno of Hesper, Marlene Johnson of Waseca; Lynette (Mrs. Bill) Donald and Renee (Mrs. Larry) Hosting, both of Canton; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Paulson of Austin.
Funeral services were Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Harmony with Rev. James Purdham officiating. Interment was in the State Line Cemetery, rural Harmony.
Lindstrom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lyda J. Foster, 83, of Spring Valley
Lyda J. Foster, 83, of Spring Valley, died Thursday, June 3, 1999, at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Lyda Nye was born May 3, 1916, in Dollar Bay, Mich., the daughter of John and Johanna Nye. In 1934 she graduated from high school in Lake Linden, Mich. From 1939 to 1944 she lived in Detroit and attended business school at Wayne University. She then moved to Rochester, Minn., to attend the Kahler School of Nursing, receiving her R.N. degree in 1947 and spent two years teaching at the school.
In 1950 she received her B.S. degree from Wayne University in Detroit. She returned to Rochester for a short while, then moved to Clearfield, Penn., where she became director of the school of nursing at Clearfield Hospital.
She married Kenneth C. Foster of Spring Valley on March 5, 1955, in Clearfield, Penn. Following their marriage the couple moved to a farm near Spring Valley. They sold the farm in 1970 and moved into Spring Valley. He died Dec. 20, 1988.
She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley.
The funeral was Monday at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial was in the Spring Valley Cemetery.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Ruth Dupuis and Mildred Grace, preceded her in death.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Christopher Allen Fowler, 16, Spring Valley
Christopher Allen Fowler, the 16-year-old son of Jeff and Kathy (Entsminger) Fowler of Spring Valley, died Monday, March 15, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester of injuries suffered in an auto accident Friday afternoon near Mazeppa.
Born Oct. 5, 1982, at Rochester Methodist Hospital, he was a sophomore at Kingsland High School. He enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, farming and working for Valley View Holsteins on the Greg and Jill Douglas Farm. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his parents, a brother, Matthew Scott of Spring Valley; paternal grandmother, Adah Fowler of Spring Valley; and maternal grandparents, Ramona and Harvey Entsminger of Anoka, Minn.; paternal great-grandmother Lillian Fowler; maternal great-grandmother Ella Lund; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. His paternal grandfather preceded him in death.
The funeral was Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. Special music was provided by the Kingsland Knightaires. Organist was Evelyn Clark and soloist was Jill Ruugard. Honorary casket bearers were the Class of 2001 and all his friends. Active casket bearers were Rick Christianson, Seth Christianson, Greg Douglas, Vic Rathbun, Danny Swenson, Chris Tart, Jeremiah Troutman and Dale Whitson. Burial was in the Spring Valley Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Allen 'Mike' Frank, brother of Preston man
Allen "Mike" Frank, 50, of rural Spring Valley, died Wednesday morning, April 7, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital of an apparent heart attack.
He was born June 20, 1948, in Wykoff, the son of Clayton and Beatrice (Nagel) Frank. He attended rural school and was a 1966 graduate of Wykoff High School. He farmed and lived all his life on his family's farm. He married Jan Montgomery Aug. 27, 1977, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley.
He was a member of the Wykoff United Methodist Church, and was currently a director of the Ostrander Farmers Coop.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Christopher; one daughter, Alyssa, both at home; his parents; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Laura, and Paul and Judy Frank, all of Spring Valley, and Wayne and Cindy Frank of Preston; two sisters and brother-in-law, Brenda Frank of Plymouth, and Karen and Tom Johnson of Hayfield.
The funeral was Friday, April 9, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Robert A. Kandels of the Wykoff United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Bloomfield Cemetery in rural Ostrander.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Harriet J. Freerkson, 84, Spring Valley
Harriet Jane Freerkson, 84, of Spring Valley, died Sunday evening at the Ostrander Nursing Home in Ostrander where she had resided since 1994.
She was born May 19, 1915 in St. Paul, to George Frey and Olive Johnson Frey. During World II Harriet worked as a welder in the shipyards in Washington State. After the war ended she returned to Minnesota and went to beauty school. In 1947 she was united in marriage to Darrell Freerkson and to this union three children were born. Patricia Lee, Pamela Jane and David William. Together Harriet and Darrell farmed until 1960, at that time they moved to Spring Valley and she started her own beauty shop. In 1972 they moved to California returning to Dodge Center in 1975. They lived there for a period of time returning to California and then moving to Spring Valley in 1989.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell, of Spring Valley; two daughters, Patricia Lee (Everett) Goettsch of Eagle Point, Oregon and Pamela Jane Leibel of LaCrosse, Wis.; and one son, David William Freerkson of Ridgecrest, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the Assemblies of God Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Tim Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in Spring Valley and one hour prior at the church.

Jennie O. Fretty, 99, mother of GM man
Jennie O. Fretty, 99, of Austin, an Iowa native, died Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at Burr Oak Manor in Austin.
Jennie O. Opsal was born April 4, 1900, in Armstrong, Iowa, and attended Nazareth Lutheran Church there. On April 11, 1918, she married Elmer Fretty. She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth of Grand Meadow; two daughters, Muryne Bonnes and Phyllis (Mrs. Matthew) Gerhard, both of Austin; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruby (Mrs. Richard) Krum of Armstrong, Iowa; and a brother, Vergil Opsal of Portland, Ore. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, a daughter, five sisters and three brothers.
The funeral was Friday at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Dale Schaffer officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
Worlein Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.

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