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MINNESOTA - Fillmore County - Miscellaneous Obituaries from 2000 - 22

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Monday, 31 August 2009, at 12:32 a.m.

Howard Shipton, 83, formerly of SV
Howard Shipton, 83, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Spring Valley, died Aug. 17, 2000.
He was born Aug. 29, 1916, near Spring Valley, the son of Ray and Clara (Davidson) Shipton.
After a medical discharge from the U. S. Army, he trained at the Austin, Minn., technical school to become a machinist. He spent most of his life in Mesa, and worked for Air Research in Phoenix, Ariz.
He loved sports and was an avid bowler, winning many trophies.
On Aug 29, 1953, he married Marian Marie Krumrey at the Little Brown Church and she survives. He is also survived by one brother, Glenn, of Preston; one sister, Allene Riehl of Rochester, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Shipton.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home with the Rev. E. C. Franke officiating.

Myrtle L. Shirbroun, 91, Grand Meadow
Myrtle Shirbroun, 91, of Grand Meadow, formerly of LeRoy, died Thursday evening, March 16, 2000, at Grand Meadow Health Care Center where she had lived for 3 1/2 years.
Myrtle L. Boone was born Nov. 6, 1908, in Winifred, Mont. On March 9, 1927, she married Estel Shirbroun in Carroll, Iowa. They farmed in the LeRoy area for many years. Her husband died in June, 1984. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy.
Survivors include a son, Dean of LeRoy; two daughters, Marjorie Mossyge-McCool (Mrs. Bud) and Mary (Mrs. Virgil) Speer, both of LeRoy; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
The funeral was Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Steve Elderbrock officiating. Burial was in LeRoy Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.

Dolores Sickler, 73, mother of SV woman
Dolores Sickler, 73, of rural Delavan, Minn., died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Parker-Oak's in Winnebago.
She was born Oct. 9, 1926, at Walters, daughter of Frank and Irene (Higgins) Bogenschutz. She was a graduate of Wells High School in 1944. On Jan. 24, 1946 she married Raymond Sickler at Wells. She worked at Telex in Blue Earth for 13 years. They farmed at rural Delavan until retiring in 1998. She was under United Hands Hospice Care and had been a resident of Parker-Oak's since 1999.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and auxiliary volunteer at St. Luke's Luther Care Center in Blue Earth. She enjoyed dancing and making clown dolls.
Survivors include her husband; one son, Lawrence (Pam) of Winnebago; four daughters, Loretta (Rick) Ascheman, of Spring Valley, Lorraine (Ole) Braaten, Gail (Gary) Hagert of Shakopee, and Yvonne (Perry) Smith of Madison Lake; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Tom Sailor of Eagle Bend; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Gwen, three sisters and one brother.
Services were Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan. Burial was in East Lutheran Cemetery at rural Delavan.

Helen L. Siewert, 84, formerly of SV
Helen L. Siewert, 84, of Lake City, formerly of Wabasha and Spring Valley, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at St. Elizabeth's Health Care Center in Wabasha.
Helen L. Nygren was born June 6, 1915, in Lake City, grew up there and graduated from Lincoln High School. On June 6, 1936, she married Ray Siewert in Nashua, Iowa. They lived in Lake City and then in Wabasha and Spring Valley while her husband worked for Woodward Clothing Store, which became C. R. Anthony's Clothing Store. From there they moved to Camp Lacupolis, in 1993 returned to Lake City and in 1995 moved to St. Elizabeth's assisted-living program in Wabasha. Her husband died March 10, 1997.
Survivors include a son, Steven of Denver; and a daughter, Sally Rosen of Woodbridge, Va. Two brothers preceded her in death.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City. Burial in Lakewood Cemetery in Lake City.

Barbara Sims, 55, once of Granger area
Barbara Sims, 55, a businesswoman and graduate student at Cal State Hayward, died at home in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, July 22, 2000.
She was born Nov. 14, 1944, and was a native of San Fernando, Calif., and resident of both Iowa and Michigan before returning to California in 1986. For a time, she lived near the Granger area in Minnesota.
She was a member of the National Wildlife Federation, Four Seasons Riding Stables and enjoyed Native American philosophy, gardening and bird watching.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Charles Sims; her mother, Imogene Merrill of Grants Pass, Ore; a daughter, Christina Sims of Medford, Ore; a brother, Harold Ferkingsta of Grants Pass, Ore; a sister, Patricia Kruger of Norwalk, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton, Calif. A funeral will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Granger, Minn., at a later date.
Memorial gifts can be sent in her name to the National Wildlife Federation 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22184.

Marie Skifton, 86, formerly of Spring Grove
Marie B. Skifton, 86, of Houston, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at Valley View Nursing Home in Houston.
She was born on June 21, 1914, near Spring Grove to Albert and Mina (Haugstad) Sylling. She helped her parents on the farm and also worked for her parents operating the Spring Grove Hatchery. She attended Dist. 58 School and graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1932.
She married Arnold Skifton on March 15, 1939, at the home of her parents. After her marriage, Mrs. Skifton worked with her husband at Skifton’s Department Store in Houston. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, quilting, doll making and doll collecting. She organized the first United Federation Doll Club in this area and served as president of the club for five years. She was an active member of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston.
She is survived by her husband, Arnold of Houston; two daughters, Rosaaen (Dr. Gary) Olson of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Mary-Ann (Rev. Daniel) Thurmer of Milwaukee, Wis.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Almer and James, and one grandson, Jonathan.
The funeral was held Oct. 20 at Cross of Christ Lutheran church in Houston with the Rev. Lane Zaffke officiating. Burial was in the Stone Church Cemetery. Hoff Funeral Homes — Houston Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Erna J. Snyder, 88, of Greenleafton
Erna J. Snyder, 88, of Greenleafton, rural Preston, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Erna Dornink was born Dec. 13, 1911, in Greenleafton, the daughter of Benjamin and Grace (Vrieze) Dornink. She was raised in the Spring Valley and Greenleafton areas, graduating from Preston High School in 1928. She married Harvey A. "Gordon" Snyder Oct. 8, 1932, in Greenleafton. The couple farmed in the Greenleafton area all their married life. He died Oct. 9, 1980.
She was a lifelong member of the Greenleafton Reformed Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and a RCWM member. She was also a 4-H leader. She loved working with flowers, crocheting, and baking.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Edwin Wright of Preston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Jane Snyder and John and Bernie Snyder, all of Preston; nine grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Iva Churchill, Esther Kasten and Opal Gatzke.
The funeral was Tuesday, March 7, at the Greenleafton Reformed Church with the Rev. Jonathan Loper officiating. Burial was in the Greenleafton Cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.

Celia Marie Sobolik, 93, formerly of GM
Celia Marie Sobolik, 93, of Winona, a former Grand Meadow business operator, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at St. Anne Hospice in Winona.
She was born Feb. 18, 1907, in Spillville, Iowa, and married Earl J. Sobolik there on Nov. 3, 1925. The couple operated a hardware store in Grand Meadow for a number of years before moving to Bloomer, Wis., where they also owned and operated a hardware store until retiring to Winona in 1965. Her husband died Jan. 8, 1987.
Survivors include a daughter, Joy (William) Stier of Fountain City, Wis.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a brother.
The funeral was Monday at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Winona with the Rev. Joseph L. Keefe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Saint Anne Hospice or Saint Mary's Catholic Church.
Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home in Winona was in charge of arrangements.

Marion B. Solberg, 89, of Lanesboro
Marion B. Solberg, 89, a longtime Lanesboro resident, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Harmony Community Nursing Home where she had resided since October 1996.
Marion B. Peterson was born May 13, 1910, in rural Lanesboro. On Oct. 23, 1935, she married Archie Solberg in Lanesboro. They lived in Peterson where they owned and operated Solberg Café and in 1942 moved to Lanesboro. He died in 1977. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and its women's organizations.
Survivors include three sons, Donald and Milton, both of Lanesboro, and David of Spring Grove; a daughter, Joyce (Mrs. Justin) Landsom of Spring Grove; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ernest Peterson of Wykoff, Orval Peterson of Harmony and Gordon Peterson of Lanesboro; and two sisters, Dorothy Berland and Alice (Mrs. Lynn) Iverson, both of Lanesboro. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, a brother and two sisters.
The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro with the Rev. Paul R. Johnson officiating. Spring burial will be in the Lanesboro Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.

Herbert Morton Solum, 89, of Spring Grove
Herbert Morton Solum, 89, of Spring Grove, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Tweeten/Lutheran Health Services in Spring Grove.
He was born Feb. 27, 1911, in Morton County, N.D., and attended rural schools in Blackhammer Township, Houston County. On June 14, 1939, he married Anna Muller in Spring Grove. They farmed in Blackhammer Township after moving to Spring Grove and he did custom farm work. His wife died Aug. 23, 1995. Mr. Solum was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove and the Spring Grove Sons of Norway Lodge.
Survivors include a son, Richard (Karen) of Spring Grove; a daughter, Patricia (Robert) Hill of Caledonia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Four sisters preceded him in death.
The funeral was held Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, with the Rev. Jim Arends officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Roble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Sorenson, 70, mother of SV man
Evelyn Sorenson, 70, of rural Preston, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 23, 2000, at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
Evelyn Mae Cambern was born March 18, 1929, in Forestville Township, Fillmore County, the daughter of Alvin and Marie (Wilbright) Cambern. She was raised on the family farm and attended Forestville country school. She married Sylvester Sorenson June 26, 1953, in Preston and the couple farmed on her family farm and in the Cherry Grove area. He died April 30, 1996. She became a resident of the Ostrander Care Center in 1996 and then the Preston Good Samaritan Center in October 1997. She was a member of the Preston United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Pleasant Dale Card Club, Merry Meeters Birthday Club and Friends of Forestville.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Kay and John Seibert of Fountain; one son, Steve, and his companion, Lois Moore, both of Spring Valley; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Friday at the Preston United Methodist Church with the Rev. Anthony Fink officiating. Spring burial will be in the Carimona Cemetery in rural Preston.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.

Frances T. Spande, 107, of Mabel
Frances T. Spande, 107, of Mabel, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
She was born Feb. 5, 1893, in Preble Township, Fillmore County, Minn., to Theodore and Oliva (Aagland) Spande. She attended school in the Mabel area and then went to nursing school at the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in LaCrosse, Wisc. She resided in the Mabel area her entire life and worked as a private-duty nurse. In 1991 she became a resident at the Tweeten Health Care Center in Spring Grove before moving to the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel in Feb. 1992. She enjoyed quilting and gardening and was a member of the Scheie Lutheran Church and its WELCA.
She is survived by six nieces, Audrey Smith of Seattle, Wash., Judith Hatton of Annapolis, MD, Nora Zien of Milwaukee, Wisc., Virginia Nelson of Tomah, Wisc., Olive Johnson of Vancouver, Wash., and Barbara Holmen of Decorah, Iowa. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Judith, Olga Solberg, Sophia Blexrud, and Nora Roverud; and two brothers, Orrin and Gerhard Spande.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2000, at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial will be in the Scheie Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary B. Sparks, 85, once of Preston
Mary B. Sparks, 85, of Austin, and a native of Preston, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at Austin Medical Center.
Mary B. Carlin was born Oct. 15, 1915, in Preston. She married Merle E. Sparks, and he died Sept. 14, 1996. She enjoyed needlepoint.
She is survived by five sons, Robert (Pat) Carlin of Mounds View, Minn., Gary (Donna) Sparks of Oakdale, Minn, Larry (Karen) Sparks of Waseca, Merrill (Victoria) Sparks of Austin, and Lanny (Deb) Sparks of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter, Donna (Bill Webb) Overby of Waconia, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph (Marie) Carlin of Albert Lea; and six sisters, Evelyn Marzolf of Preston, Irene Tlougan of Rochester, Helen Frank of Prescott, Wis., Rose (Beacher) Elam of Silver Bay, Minn., Gladys (Kenneth) Evenson of Austin and Patricia Carlin of Preston. Two brothers preceded her in death.
A funeral mass was held on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Mayer Funeral Home in Austin was in charge of arrangements.

Rosella Gietz-Sprott, 98, formerly of SV
Rosella Sprott, 98, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Carroll Health Center Nursing Home in Carroll, Iowa.
She was born Oct. 1, 1901, in Breda, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Bruning) Gietz. She spent most of her lifetime in the Carroll community and attended SS Peter and Paul Elementary School and St. Angela Academy.
She married Albert Johnston in Carroll in 1939. They lived in Lake City, Iowa and Spring Valley before returning to Carroll in their retirement. He died in 1976. In 1981 she married Everett Sprott in Spring Valley, where the couple made their home. He died in 1994 and she then returned to Carroll to the Carroll Health Center Nursing Home.
She was a member of St. Lawrence Parish and the Parish Ladies Guild. She enjoyed playing cards and entertaining.
She is survived by a sister, Clara Stroh of Carroll; a nephew, Donald Stroh of San Francisco, Calif.; and a stepdaughter, Mary Lou Langdon of Rochester, Minn.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Bertha Gietz and Julia Harvey; and one brother, Archie Gietz.
Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Jan. 6, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll, with the Rev. Joe Dillinger presiding.

Alice E. Staggemeyer, 57, of Spring Grove
Alice Esther Staggemeyer, 57, of Spring Grove, died on Saturday, July 1, 2000, at her home after a long battle with cancer.
She was born April 5, 1943, in Caledonia to Armin and Esther (Busitzky) Schuttemeier. She was a lifelong Spring Grove area resident. She was a Spring Grove High School graduate. On Sept. 19, 1987, she married Rick Staggemeyer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. She had worked at Jennings State Bank in Spring Grove and for the last two years she had worked at the News-Record in Mabel.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove and its women's groups and also a member of the Spring Grove American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed camping, sewing, woodworking, gardening and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband; two sons from a previous marriage: James St. Mary of St. Paul, Minn., and John (Elaine) St. Mary of Cresco, Iowa; one grandson: Carter James St. Mary; two brothers, Leon (Barb) Schuttemeier and Dean Schuttemeier, both of Spring Grove; one sister, Betty (Dr. Wayne) Christopherson of Pittsburg, Pa.; four nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother in infancy.
The funeral was held Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove with the Rev. Jim Arends officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Laura Stenbeck, 85, of Harmony
Laura Stenbeck, 85, of Harmony, died on Jan. 24, 2000, at the Harmony Community Nursing Home.
Laura Geneva Overland Stenbeck was born in rural Harmony on July 30, 1914. When she was 14, her family immigrated to Margo, Saskatchewan, Canada. She married Alvin Stenbeck on Nov. 11, 1933. In 1945 they adopted their only child, Judy. They moved back to Harmony in 1947.
Laura was employed as a housekeeper for numerous families in Harmony. She began working at Hanson Drugs in 1953 and retired in 1979.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Stenbeck of Harmony; her grandsons, Alan (Jodi) Armstrong of Bismark, N.D., and Eric (Callie) Armstrong of Madison, Wis.; a brother, John Overland of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; and a sister, Anna Braaten of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were Friday at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony with Pastors Jon and Ann Sorum officiating. Burial was in the Greenfield Cemetery.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.

Nina Stockdale, 66, formerly of SV
Nina F. Westphal Stockdale, 66, of rural Lime Springs, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, June 7, 2000, en route to Saint Marys Hospital.
Nina Johnson was born July 24, 1933, in rural Fillmore County to Allen Johnson and Eunice Hall Johnson. She attended Spring Valley High School and on Dec. 18, 1950 was united in marriage to William "Bud" Westphal at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He died of cancer Oct. 17, 1979. She was later united in marriage to Donald Stockdale on June 20, 1981 at the Spring Valley Methodist Church. He died Jan. 13, 1996.
She is survived by one son, Terry and wife, Kim, Westphal of Lime Springs, Iowa; three daughters, Marlene (Mrs. Larry) Niemeyer of Spring Valley, Kathy (Wayne Bamlet) Harrington and Jeanna (Mark Bamlet) Westphal, both of Stewartville; one step-daughter, Cheryl Weiby of Rochester; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Buster (Annette) Johnson of Spring Valley, Jerry (Fini) Johnson of Hinesville, Ga., Jim "Chic" Rochester, Joe (Carol) Johnson of Grand Meadow; and a sister, Phyllis (Roger) Dietrich of LeRoy. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, one son, Gary Dean in 1963, a grandson, Terry Allen Jr., and a sister, Joyce Miller.
Services were held Sunday, June 11, at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating. Burial was in the Etna Cemetery.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Maynard O. Stoin, 88, of Harmony
Maynard O. Stoin, 88, a longtime area farmer, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
Born Nov. 30, 1911, in rural Fillmore County, he attended Scotland School through the eighth grade and farmed with his parents on the family farm until their deaths in 1960 and 1961. He continued to live on the farm until entering the nursing home in December of 1999.
He was married on Sept. 21, 1967, to his wife, Laura. She survives and also has resided at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home since December. He was a lifelong member of Henrytown Lutheran Church.
The funeral was Saturday at Henrytown Lutheran Church in rural Canton with the Rev. Audree Catalano officiating. Burial was in Henrytown Lutheran Cemetery.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.

Darrell W. Storlie, 62, formerly of Lanesboro
Darrell W. Storlie, 62, of Rushford, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at the home of his daughter in Randolph, Wis.
He was born Jan. 26, 1938, in Lanesboro. He attended elementary schools in Lanesboro and Rochester. His family moved to California where he graduated from high school in 1956. He married and was later divorced. He was awarded a trophy for being the youngest licensed pilot in California. Other hobbies included hunting and fishing. He was a truck driver until his retirement in 1995.
Surviving are his mother, Hilda Storlie of Rushford; two daughters, Karen (Bruce) Simonis of Randolph and Sheryl (Richard) Reeder of Flower Mound, Texas; one son, Steven, of Savage, Minn; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Mike (Patricia) Storlie of San Antonio, Texas, and one sister, Elaine Robascotti of Carmel, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father in 1989.
A funeral Mass was held Saturday, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rushford. The body was cremated. Hoff Funeral Homes - Cook Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Strike, 75, father of Wykoff man
Richard O. Strike, 75, of LeRoy died en route to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester on Saturday, June 10, 2000.
He was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Kasson, Minn., to Clifford and Marie (Miller) Strike. He attended rural schools through the eighth grade and served in the Marines 2nd Division in the South Pacific during World War II.
He was united in marriage to Esther Johnson Sept. 19, 1946, at the East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, Minn., and together they farmed in the area throughout most of their lives. He enjoyed working with and training horses.
He is survived by his wife of LeRoy, two sons, David and wife, Nancy of Caledonia, and Steve of Wykoff; four grandchildren, Jody, Jason, Joel and Jill; and one great-grandson, Kyle. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Ruth and Helen, and a brother, Archie.
The funeral was held Tuesday at the LeRoy Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas Kolden officiating. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with military rites by American Legion Post 333.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home, LeRoy, was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald V. Stull, 87, of Ostrander
Ronald V. Stull, 87, of Ostrander, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Ostrander Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 4, 1913, in Mazeppa. He graduated from Mazeppa High School and the University of Minnesota with a degree in accounting. On Sept. 7, 1940, he married Helen Louise Miller in Mazeppa. She died April 15.
Following his marriage, he entered the Army and served in the European Theater in World War II. After the war, he worked at Olmsted County Bank for a time then for Kruse Lumber for 25 years. He then worked for Guest House as office manager and accountant. He was a longtime member of the Rochester Gun Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and served as its bingo manager.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Stull-Darnauer and Susan (Robert) Beilke, both of Rochester; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester with the Rev. Timothy Reker officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Macken Funeral home in Rochester and at the church for an hour before the service Thursday.

Robert L. Swenson, 74, once of area
Robert L. Swenson of Lincoln, Ark., and formerly of the Ostrander area, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at the Washington Regional Medical Center E. R. in Fayettville, Ark. He was born May 5, 1926, in Rutland, S. D., to Clarence Swenson and Louise Beem. He attended elementary school in Marshaltown, Iowa, until moving to Ostrander in 1933, where he was raised by his great uncle and aunt, Nels and Edith Hillestad. In February of 1945 at the age of 18 he entered the United States Navy and served during WWII. He was discharged in July of 1946. He was united in marriage to Arlene Thoreson. They were later divorced. On Oct. 29, 1971, he was united in marriage to Barbara Sorum Guy in Sandstone, Minn. They resided north of Ostrander until 1980 and at that time they moved to Arkansas.
He farmed for the majority of his life and worked as a security guard part-time for Tyson Foods during his retirement. He enjoyed playing softball, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed his many goats and cats. He served on the LeRoy-Ostrander school board.
He is survived by his wife; stepchildren Darwin (Tammi) Guy of LeRoy, Douglas (Peggy) Guy of Spring Valley, Debra Back of LeRoy and Dawn (Nub) Elmore of Siloam Springs, Ark.; also a daughter-in-law, Dianne Swenson of Spring Valley; one grandson, Timothy (Brandi) Swenson of Stewartville; 7 stepgrandchildren, Levi, Destiny, Sarah, Shelly, Justin, Tyler, and Trista; one great-granddaughter, Lauren; and a stepgreat-grandson, Cameron; also his stepmother, Clara Swenson of Janesville, Wis., and two stepsisters, Shirley Shure of Janesville, Wis., and Betty (Anthony) Paladina of PasoRobles, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Barbara Ann, and a son, David Lee; also a brother, Walter.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 11, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Norman Bauer officiating. Burial was in the Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield Township Fillmore County.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy handled arrangements.

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