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Tri-Parish Obituaries


Lois M. (Ringenberg) O'Connell SEPTEMBER 7, 1935 ~ SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 (AGE 83)

Lois M. O’Connell, age 83, of Spring Valley, MN died Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Spring Valley Living where she resided.

Funeral Mass for Lois M. O’Connell will be held 10:30 Monday, October 1, 2018, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in St Bridget’s Cemetery in Simpson, MN. Visitation will be held 3-6 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018, with a prayer service starting at 2:45. The visitation will continue for 1 hr prior to the service on Monday.

She was born September 7, 1935, in Austin, MN to Dewey and Lydia (Meyer) Ringenberg. She attended and graduated from school in Rochester, MN and was united in marriage to Nicholas J. O’Connell on April 27, 1956 in Austin, MN. In 1962 they moved to Spring Valley, MN where they started O’Connell Construction in 1969. Lois worked as the bookkeeper for the company for many years.  She enjoyed the grandchildren, great grandchildren, sporting events, playing pool, dancing, and playing cards with family and friends. 

She is survived by her children; Jim (Vicky) O’Connell of Spring Valley, Jerry (Ronda) O’Connell of Naples, FL, Dave (Laurie) O’Connell of Hudson, WI, Dan “Joe” (Patty) O’Connell of Spring Valley, Lori (Alec) Stier of Grand Meadow, Bryan (Kathy) O’Connell of Spring Valley, Wayne (Brenda) O’Connell of Byron and Lana (Dave) Blanchard of Spring Valley, 26 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 2 brothers; William (Mary) Ringenberg and Robert (Jeanine) Ringenberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Nicholas in April 1999 and a sister Connie Jones.



Virginia Hoffman April 5, 1919 - September 3, 2018 (age 99) 

Funeral services for Virgina Hoffman will be held 11:00 A.M.  Thursday September 6, 2018 at the St. Finbarr Catholic Church with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Virginia Spirmont was born April 5, 1919 in Jefferson, IA to Willard and Fern (Marks) Sprimont. On January 24, 1939 she was united in marriage to Leonard Hoffman in Roselle, IA. To this union 6 children were born. Virginia worked as a supervisor in the housekeeping department at St Marys Hospital in Rochester where she retired after 25 years. She loved the outdoors, spending time gardening, watching birds, mowing lawn, fishing and going on picnics with her family. She was a wonderful cook, her family always loved her homemade chicken noodle soup and fudge.  

Virginia is survived by her children: Robert (Val) Hoffman of Janesville, Wisconsin, DeAnna (Carlton) Burns of Stewartville, Barbara Hoffman of Janesville, Wisconsin, Pat (Harold) Ostby of Dexter, Bruce (Ellie) Hoffman of Racine, MN, and a daughter in law Marcia Hoffman of Rochester,  she is also survived by  her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren along with 3 siblings; Duane (Donna) Sprimont of Irving, TX, Kenneth Sprimont of Dayton, IA and Sherry Pierce of Sac City, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1994, 1 son Ronald, 2 granddaughters, 1grandson, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.

Memorials are preferred to St Finbarr Catholic Church, The Sisters of St Francis, Seasons Hospice or to the donors choice.


Alverna Margaret Miller May 3, 1929 ~ July 10, 2018 (age 89)

Alverna M. Miller, age 89, of LeRoy died Tuesday July 10, 2018 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Funeral Mass for Alverna Miller will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday July 14, 2018 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in LeRoy with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 4-7 P.M. Friday July 13, 2018 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in LeRoy and will continue for 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Alverna Margaret Durben was born May 3, 1929 in Meyer, IA to Arthur and Louise (Weber) Durben. On October 6, 1948 she was united in marriage to Elmer Miller in Meyer, IA. Alverna enjoyed spending time golfing, playing cards, bowling, dancing, quilting and decorating wedding cakes. She was an avid reader and was a big supporter of the LeRoy Library. She was a member of the St. Patricks Alter Society for many years and was also in Birthday Club, Garden Club, and the Red Hat Society.

Alverna is survived by her children: Judy Miller of Cedar Rapids, IA, Gene (Rita) Miller of LeRoy, MN, Jerry (Mary) Miller of Rochester, MN, Alan (Laurie) Miller of Clear Lake, IA, Rick Miller of LeRoy, MN, Dave (Jodi) Miller of LeRoy, MN and Pam (Frank) Ehmke of Grand Rapids, MN; grandchildren: Matthew Albert, Andrea Albert, Lori Miller-Beach, Lisa Krapf, Kari Miller, Eric Miller, Molly Miller, Brett Miller, Jenna Helmick, Jill Malloy, Tony Miller, Nate Miller, Daniel Miller, Michael Miller, Mark Miller, Kyle Ehmke, and Ryan Ehmke; 17 great grandchildren; and siblings: Aniceta (Kenneth) Overrocker of Austin, MN, Eileen Koenigs of Adams, MN, and Lester (Ann) Durben of Meyer, IA. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer in 2009, brothers Stan Durben and Ambrose Durben, and daughter-in-law Janice Miller.

 

 

Adeline "Addie" Snyder  June 21, 1935 ~ May 12, 2018 (age 82)

Memorial Mass for Adeline M. “Addie” Snyder will be held 10:30 A.M. Thursday May 17, 2018 at St Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday May 16, 2018 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue for one hr prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Adeline Marie Snyder, age 82, of Grand Meadow passed away Saturday May 12, 2018 at Spring Valley Living Center in Spring Valley.

Adeline was born June 21, 1935 in Algona, IA, the daughter of Leo and Anna (Kofron) Malecek. She lived in rural Britt, IA until the family moved to a farm near Elkton, MN where Addie graduated from Elkton High School in 1952.  Following graduation, Adeline was employed as a teller at the Stewartville National Bank from 1952-1955. On August 20, 1955 she was united in marriage to Eugene Snyder of Grand Meadow and lived in their rural home for 60 years until moving to Spring Valley Senior Living. 

Adeline enjoyed reading, sewing, music, art, painting, photography and interior design. Her career included full-time homemaking and retail sales at Daytons and Stevenson’s at Apache Mall. She also took classes in creative writing at RCTC and St. Teresa’s.

Addie is survived by her daughter, Kim (Russ) Bultman of Eufaula, OK; daughter-in-law Candace (Steve) Curran of Stewartville, MN; seven grandchildren, Craig Meyer, Thomas Lantz, Anna Thorie, Lindsey Snyder, Pamela Sherman, Katie Thorie and Emmy (Gabe) Bly and one great-granddaughter Haley Mattsen.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Eugene, a son J.T. Snyder, a daughter Laurie Snyder, two brothers Edward and Leonard.

 


Arthur G. McKenzie May 22, 1926 ~ May 11, 2018 (age 91)

Arthur Garnet “Mack” McKenzie, 91 of LeRoy, MN passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Arthur Was born May 22, 1926, at his home in Big Rock, Michigan, to Orlie and Mae (King) McKenzie. He was one of nine children. His father was killed in an accident and later on his mother Mae, married Jack Marceau. Art attended school through the 6th grade.  When he turned 18 years of age he enlisted in the United States Army. He served during WWII from Sept of 1944 to June of 1947 with an Honorable Discharge. He was part of the 84th infantry, “Rail Splitters” while in Germany. He received many citations; Bronze Star, Sharp Shooters Badge, Infantry Combat Medal, American Theatre Medal and a Purple Heart.  He re-enlisted into the Air Force in March of 1949 serving during the Korean Conflict until November of 1952 with an Honorable discharge.  After his service in the military he met his wife Dorothy Elizabeth Heimer. They were united in marriage on March 7, 1953 in Flint Michigan. To this union 3 children were born, Jeffery, Cheryl and John. They later moved to Adams, MN and then to LeRoy, MN where he resided until his death.  He opened up his own Dry Cleaning Business in LeRoy which he ran for many years. He later worked at Sara Lee in New Hampton, IA, and IBM in Rochester where he retired. He also had various other jobs through the years.   Arthur enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, looking for agates, lapidary work, dancing, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Oh yeah, he also enjoyed going to Diamond Joe’s Casino.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Le Roy and a member of American Legion Post 161 of Le Roy.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Will) Washington of Colorado Springs, CO, John (Kim) McKenzie of Le Roy, MN, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, He was preceded in death by his parents, all of his siblings, his wife Dorothy and son Jeffrey.

Burial with military rites will be held 10A.M. Monday May 14, 2018 at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Le Roy, MN



Robert “Bob” Blahnik, age 72, of Spring Valley passed away Monday April 9, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services for Bob Blahnik will be held 10:30 am Friday April 13, 2018 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Rosary service will be at 4:45 p.m. with visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday April 12 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Robert Edward Blahnik was born June 22, 1945 in Austin, MN to Fred and Catherine (Snyder) Blahnik. He grew up on a dairy farm near Spring Valley and graduated from Spring Valley High School. Bob enrolled at Rochester Junior College before attending and graduating from Winona State University in 1967 with a teaching degree in education. He worked in the Byron School District teaching Civics, American History, and Drivers Ed. for a couple years. Bob realized he wanted to further his education so he enrolled at the University of Iowa to study law. He started his law career working for Clem Snyder in Preston in 1972. From 1976 to 1987 Bob dedicated his skills as the “country lawyer” for Spring Valley. In 1987 he merged his practice with Baulder, Baulder, and Maus law firm until retirement in 2011.

On May 5, 1973 he was united in marriage to Patricia Boucsein at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley. Bob enjoyed spending time on his farm, fishing, and reading Western novels. He was a good conversationalist and was respected and trusted by all. Bob loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was an active member at St. Ignatius Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. Bob was also a member on the Nursing Home Board and Spring Valley Mutual Insurance.

Bob is survived by his wife Patricia “Pat” of Spring Valley; children: James (Terri) Blahnik of Mankato, MN, Joel (Tonya) Blahnik of Rochester, MN, Jon Blahnik of Owatonna, MN, Shannon (Kent) Bezdicek of Hokah, MN, and Emily Blahnik of Rochester; 2 grandchildren: Jacob and Andrew; 3 step-grandchildren: Matthew, Marshall and Mason; siblings: Rose Van Kirk of Spring Valley, MN, Richard (Sheila) Blahnik of Winona, MN, Roger Blahnik of North Branch, MN, and Tom (Jackie) Blahnik of St. Charles, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

 


Ann Marie Storlie July 31, 1953 ~ February 18, 2018 (age 64)

Memorial Mass for Ann Storlie will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday February 23, 2018 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at the church.

Ann Marie Storlie, age 64, of Wykoff, MN died surrounded by her family Friday February 16, 2018 at her home.

She was born July 31, 1953 in Cresco, IA to Lawrence and Marie (Ollendick) Hayes. Ann attended Mabel Canton Schools graduating in 1971. On November 11, 1972 she was united in marriage to Roger Storlie at Assumption Catholic Church in Canton, MN. Ann worked for a short time at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester and then worked for Fillmore County DAC for 28 years until her she was no longer able to work due to her cancer diagnoses and treatment. Ann enjoyed gardening, sewing and canning, she loved spending time with her family and friends and was a devoted wife and mother. She was always available to lend a helping hand to any one in need. Ann enjoyed volunteering at church where she also taught Sunday school. She always thought of others before herself. She had a “Heart of Gold”.

Ann is survived by her husband Roger of Wykoff, her children Patricia (Derick) McGinily of Newhey, UK, Crystal (Derek) Reddel of Riceville, IA, Matthew (Elizabeth) Storlie of Preston, MN, Mark (Shelly Powers) Storlie of Wykoff, MN, Ryan (Heather Dale) Spring Valley, MN, grandchildren: Victoria “Tori”, Victoria, Nicholas, Josie, Jerome, Kaden, Ira, Evelyn and Jaxon, siblings: Katherine Thillen, Wabasha, MN, Dale (Barbara) Hayes, of Rochester, MN, Linda Bolin of LeRoy, MN, Mary (Kenneth) Peters of Rochester, MN, Robert (Julie) Hayes of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, Virginia (Carl) Ernst and Alan (Stacy) Hayes both of Canton, MN and a sister-in-law Sharon Hayes of Moorhead, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Larry Hayes, and brothers-in-law John Thillen, Darrell Storlie and Gordon Storlie, a nephew William Storlie and her in laws Irving and Roby Storlie. Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com

 


Jean Ann (Ede) Ries April 17, 1949 ~ February 12, 2018 (age 68)

Jean Ann (Ede) Ries, age 68 of Spring Valley, MN passed away on Monday February 12, 2018 at the Spring Valley Care Center in Spring Valley, MN.

A gathering for friends and family will be from 1-4 P.M. on Saturday March 10, 2018 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, MN. There will be a rosary service prior to the gathering at 12:30 P.M. Burial will be at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Hindt Funeral Homes in Spring Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Jean was born to Roy and Frances Ede on April 14, 1949. She graduated from West Union High School and worked at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She married Edward Ries on April 20, 1968 in Elma. They lived in Charles City before moving to the farm in Elma. Jean was a stay at home mom until her children were in school. At that time, Jean returned to the work force at LPC in LeRoy, MN. In 1992, Jean and Ed moved to Spring Valley, MN. Jean continued her employment through TRW in Rushford, MN and Rochester Medical in Stewartville before retiring.

Jean enjoyed crafts such as painting ceramics, crocheting, cross stitching, and sewing. She enjoyed being a part of a bowling league in Riceville, and was fond of playing cards with friends and watching her granddaughters grow. She particularly enjoyed spending time watching and feeding the birds and other critters in her yard.

Jean is survived by her mother Frances Ede; husband, Ed; two children: son Kevin (Shirley) Ries of DeWitt, MI, and daughter Kelli (Tony) Larimer of Spring Valley, MN. She also leaves behind her granddaughters Ashley Zimmerman, Taylor Zimmerman, Danielle Ries, Gabrielle Ries, Courtney Jean Ries, and 2 step-granddaughters, Shelby Larimer and Erin Larimer. She is preceded in death by her father Roy.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Jean during her last few months. Memorials are requested to the family.

 


Lawrence "Jerry" Balbach August 13, 1934 ~ February 11, 2018 (age 83) 

Jerry Balbach, age 83, of Spring Valley, passed away on Sunday February 11, 2018 at his home.

Funeral Mass for Jerry Balbach will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday February 17, 2018 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN in the spring. Visitation will be held 1 hr. prior to the service.

Lawrence Jerome Balbach was born August 13, 1934 to Ernest and Sara (Cartin) Balbach in Newry, Minnesota. He attended and graduated from Spring Field High School in 1951. After graduation, Jerry enlisted in the United States Airforce serving from 1952-1956. On August 9, 1958 he was united in marriage to Sharon Boucsein at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN.

Jerry worked as a police officer, in the Airforce SAC, as a postmaster, flight instructor, a plumber, doing building maintenance at IBM for 15 years and as a dispatcher for the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department. Jerry was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed designing and making silver jewelry, reading, and singing as part of the SEMBA. Jerry was always quick with a joke and loved to go golfing, skiing, snowmobiling, grilling, hiking, and racing go-karts. He took many camping trips with family and for the past 20 years would spend the winter months in Arizona with Sharon. Jerry’s grandkids were his pride and joy, he loved being able to spend time with them.

He is survived by his wife Sharon of Spring Valley; children Scott Balbach of Spring Valley, Dan (Lisa) Balbach of Traverse City, MI, and Shelley (Leonardo) Galvan of Pinole, CA; 4 grandchildren: Danielle Balbach, Dylan Balbach, Joshua Galvan, and Jessica Galvan; a sister Theresa Jackson of Lake Mills, IA; a brother Don Balbach of New Ulm, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters: Jennette Peterson, Bonnie Morem, and Kathleen Knox.

 


William "Bill" Lammers July 22, 1950 ~ February 7, 2018 (age 67) 

William “Bill” Lammers, age 67, of Grand Meadow formerly of Preston, was called home on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center in Grand Meadow.

Funeral Mass for Bill Lammers will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday February 12, 2018 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN . Burial will take place in the St. Columban’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held 1 hr. prior to the service. Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, MN is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born July 22, 1950 in Adams, MN to Frank and Mary Ann (Juenger) Lammers. He graduated from Preston High School in 1969. Bill was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and enjoyed playing cards and bingo at the Health Care Center.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Lammers of Grand Meadow; siblings Marcene “Mick” (Dale) Johnson of Stewartville, Chuck (Ilene) Lammers of Chatfield, Shirley (Scott) McCallum of Rochester, and Tony (Faye Johnson) Lammers of Chatfield; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Frank and a sister Natalie.

The family would like to thank the Grand Meadow Health Care Center and St. Croix Hospice.

 

 

Marjorie Olson - November 22, 1930 - January 25, 2018

Marjorie Ellen Olson passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on January 25th at Wildwood Grove in LeRoy, MN.

Marjorie was born November 22, 1930 to Floyd and Nellie (Liddy) Larson in LeRoy, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick’s Church in LeRoy and graduated from LeRoy High School in 1948. She was joined in marriage to Donald Olson on June 20, 1953 at St. Patrick’s Church, and from this marriage they had four sons- Robert, William, James, and Thomas and one daughter, Nancy. Marjorie was a long time member of the St. Patricks’ Altar Society, where she served as Secretary-Treasurer for several years.

Marjorie’s real passion was her family. She truly enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren.

Marjorie is survived by her husband Donald, and children Robert (Lynn) Olson of LeRoy, MN, William (Bobbi) Olson of Byron, MN, James (Debra) Olson of Ostrander, MN, and Nancy Olson of LeRoy, MN; grandchildren Jessica (Tyler) Hartman, Kirk (Janelle) Olson, Maggie Olson, Brady Olson, Breanna (Cole) Resleff, Brittlyn (Taylor) Kunkel, Dylan and Thomas Mackey; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Thomas.

Funeral service for Majorie will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday January 30th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Monday January 29th and will continue at the church for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Spring burial will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery.  

 

 

Colette J. Schaefer - January 19, 1938 - January 2, 2018 (age 79)

Funeral Mass for Colette J. Schaefer will be held at 12:30 P.M. Saturday January 6, 2018 at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Le Roy with Father Marreddy Pothiredy officiating. Burial will take place in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 P.M. Friday, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church with a prayer service starting at 4 P.M. Visitation will continue for 1 hr prior to the service. 

Colette J. Schaefer, age 79, of McIntire, IA died Tuesday January 2, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital St Marys Campus.

Colette Jane Schaefer was born January 19, 1938 in Austin, MN to Gerald and Rosalia (Elsburnd) Gorman. She attended and graduated from St Augustine High School in Austin, MN in 1956 and was united in marriage to Robert Schaefer on September 7, 1959 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. After their marriage they farmed near Meyer, IA and later moved to their current farm in 1966. Colette enjoyed collecting angels, going on bus trips to the casino, the color pink, listening to the Mitchell County and Austin music programs, going on shopping trips to Austin to find a “good deal”, and attending her grand children’s activities, but most of all she enjoyed being with her family. She was a very active member of St Patrick’s Catholic Church for many years participating in its’ alter society and teaching in the religious education program.

She is survived by her children; Harlan Schaefer of McIntire, IA, Audrey (Kelly) Christensen of Riceville, IA, Pam (Steve) Smith of Stacyville, IA and Eric (Michele) Schaefer of Northwood, IA, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 siblings; Wayne (Darlene) Gorman of Austin, MN, Anna May (Bob) Schneberger of West Union, IA and Mary Kay (Arnie) Olson of Minneapolis, MN and 5 sisters-in-law; Yvonne Gorman of Austin, MN, Marilyn Rogers of Osage, IA, Florance Schaefer and Jeanette Schaefer both of Adams and Sr. Alice Schaefer of Dubuque, IA. Colette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert in 1982, her son Paul in 1981, a brother Ardel, a nephew Rick, and brothers-in-law; Amos, Avery and Ray.

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