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Tri-Parish Obituaries


Arleen M. (Bakken) Patten     September 18, 1927 ~ October 7, 2019 (age 92) 

Arleen M. Patten, age 92, of Spring Valley, MN died Monday, October 7, 2019 at her home. 

Arleen Marion Bakken was born September 18, 1927 in Wanamingo, MN to George and Amanda (Kyllo) Bakken. After graduating from Pine Island High School, she worked at Mayo Clinic as a lab technician until her marriage to Richard “Dick” Patten. They were married June 2, 1948 at St. Ignatius in Spring Valley and to this union, two children were born; Pam and Richard Jr. Following her marriage to Dick, Arleen became a homemaker. She had a deep love for her children and grandchildren as well as her dogs. Arleen enjoyed traveling with friends and could never pass up a good coupon deal. 

Arleen is survived by her children; Pam Rowe of Mankato, MN, and Richard (Kristine) Patten Jr. of Lakeville, MN, and two grandchildren; David Rowe Jr. of Mankato, MN and Gretchen Rowe of Alexandria, VA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dick, and brother Gordon Bakken.    

Funeral Mass for Arleen Patten will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM on Thursday, October 10 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and will continue from 10-11 AM at the church prior to the mass on Friday.



Loretta K. (Landy) Hansen  November 12, 1941 ~ October 1, 2019 (age 77) 

Loretta Kay (Landy) Hansen, age 77, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her children and loved ones on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, due to complications from Mantle-Cell Lymphoma. Loretta was born on November 12, 1941 to Roy and Marguerite Landy in Minneapolis. She was one of five children. Loretta graduated high school from the Academy of Holy Angels, attended the University of Minnesota, and later graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Rochester Community College. Loretta met Stafford Owen Hansen at the Red Owl store in Minneapolis and the two were married September 16, 1961. Loretta worked for Red Owl and together with Stafford built and owned the Red Owl store in Spring Valley (now the public library). In Spring Valley, Loretta also owned the Montgomery Ward Catalog Store and served on the Spring Valley Area Ambulance for many years. In 1986, Loretta began working for Mayo Clinic as a Medical Lab Technician where she served gratefully and tirelessly for 28 years.   

Loretta served on the library board and as a member at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed discussing literature with fellow book club members, family, and friends. Loretta and Stafford made life-long friendships while playing couples bridge for over 30 years and Loretta continued with ladies bridge club through July, 2019. Loretta was always ready and willing to attend a theatre, opera, or musical performance or perform herself with a practical joke on her sisters or in-laws. She was the #1 Twins fan with souvenirs and memorabilia to prove it, attending games with her children, grandchildren, or heading to the ballpark by herself. Loretta also enjoyed many years of ‘family camp’, traveling to state parks across Minnesota with the finale this summer hosted at the family home. Loretta was always up for an adventure and traveled solo along the North Shore and around the state, across the country to both coasts with her sisters, and around the world to visit her grandchildren in Saudi Arabia.   

Loretta was a constant source of peace and joy, showing unconditional love, forgiveness, kindness, and grace to others. She was fortunate to have the best hematology team and nurses at the Mayo Clinic. Through her final days her family gathered around her to lift her up as she began her journey to heaven. Her body is now healed and she will forever be remembered. We are grateful for the time we had with her and for the knowledge she imparted on us. For she had discovered the secret to a happy life: love and family.  

Loretta is survived by her five children; Matthew (Ann), of Eden Prairie, Christopher (Ellen), of Spring Valley, Daniel (Charlotte), of Spring Valley, Benjamin (Doreen), of Cosmos, and Ann (Christopher) Priebe, of Spring Valley; 23 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; three sisters, Zelda (Pat) Fahey of Minneapolis, Mary (Nick) Shuraleff of Minneapolis, Marge (Gene) Wyttenback, of Eagle Bend; one brother, Pat Landy of Indian Lake Estates, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Loretta was preceded in death by loving husband of 53 years, Stafford; parents; sister-in-law, Christine Scarlet; and three brothers-in-law, Pat Fahey, Al Hardy, and Gene Wyttenback.    

Funeral Mass for Loretta Hansen will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN with Father Tom Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Monday, October 7 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and will continue from 10-11 AM at the church prior to the mass on Tuesday.



Barbara C Potthoff June 24, 1940 ~ September 10, 2019 (age 79) 

Barbara C. Potthoff, age 79, of Spring Valley, MN died September 10, 2019, at Cottagewood in Rochester, MN.

Barbara Cecelia Powers was born in St. Paul, MN on June 24, 1940 to William and Genevieve (Theisen) Powers. On June 6, 1966 she was united in marriage to Raymond Theodore Potthoff. Barb taught in Spring Valley for 15 years and taught at Harmony area schools from 1984-1995 and Fillmore Central schools from 1995-2005. She was a very loving wife and mother, and was a person who cared for others in the community in a quiet manner, particularly children. She was a long time member of St Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley. 

Barb is survived by her Husband Ray Potthoff of Spring Valley, son Tony (Kari) Potthoff of Queens Creek, AZ, daughter-in-law Deanne Adams of Farmington, MN, 5 grandchildren; Ethan, Tensae, Leonard, Ivy and Quinn. She is also survived by 1 brother; William (Candy) Powers of Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son Ted and a sister Rita. 

Funeral Mass for Barb Potthoff will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 AM at the church prior to the service.



Florence "Fluff" Stejskal March 10, 1926 ~ August 15, 2019 (age 93) 

Florence “Fluff” Stejskal, 93, of Grand Meadow, MN died Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital- St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, MN.  

Florence Eleanor Point was born March 10, 1926 in Pocahontas, IA to William and Bertha (Morrison) Point. She was united in marriage to Joseph Stejskal in Rolfe, IA on April 27, 1942 and moved to Grand Meadow in 1949 where they farmed for many years. Fluff spent her winters in Arizona from 1977 to 1996 and moved there permanently in 1996. She then moved back to Minnesota in 2008. She enjoyed playing cards, working on puzzle books, and putting puzzles together. Fluff also loved baking and giving her baked goods away, especially her well known cinnamon rolls and kolaches.   

Fluff is survived by her children Jerry (Jo) Stejskal of Winona, MN, Nancy (Virgil) Weiss of Grand Meadow, Tom (Donna) Stejskal of Grand Meadow, Becky Stejskal of Rochester, MN, Larry Stejskal of Waterloo, IA, Penny (John) Bremseth of Rochester, MN, Sherry Stejskal of Grand Meadow, and Kelly Averbeck of Rochester, MN. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph in August of 1995, daughter Sally Stejskal, granddaughter Patricia Weiss, grandson Stephen Kassel, four brothers, and seven sisters. 

Funeral services for Florence will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be at St Finbarr Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 20 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.



Velda I. Schulte November 19, 1934 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 84) 

Funeral Mass for Velda I. Schulte will be held 10:30 Friday August 9, 2019 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until time of service at the church. 

Velda Irene Schulte, age 84, formerly of Spring Valley died Monday August 5, 2019 at Rochester West Nursing Home in Rochester. She was born November 19, 1934 in Owen, WI to Roy and Alice(Stacey) Murphy. Velda attended and graduated from Owen High School in Owen, WI and continued her education to be a nursing assistant. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Schulte in November of 1958 in Minneapolis, MN. While in Minneapolis she worked for Fanny Farmer Candy Co. After moving she was employed by Libby’s and also worked as a nursing assistant at St Michales Hospital in Stevens Point, WI and for the Spring Valley Care Center after moving to Spring Valley, MN. She later stayed at home to raise her children. Velda was active at St Ignatius Catholic Church, she enjoyed baking and gardening and also enjoyed providing day care for her grandchildren in Spring Valley.

She is survived by her children; Deborah Doherty of Byron, MN, Lorretta Hilton of Lake City, MN, Paul Schulte of Racine, MN and Ruth (Joel) Seppa of Menomonie, WI, 7 grandchildren; Jason, Madeline, Cory, Jenny, Gavin, Jacob and Benjamin. 5 siblings; June Clouse of Loveland, CO, Helen Eron of Hatley, WI, Eleanor (Arvin) Lanjahr of Unity, WI, Patricia (Duane) Pecher of Stetsonville, WI and Grace (Clemens) Pecher of Marshfield, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Ted, daughter Diane, daughter-in-law Helen, son-in-law Jim Doherty, siblings; Norma, Thelma and Clifford.



Duane "Duey" Vogel JULY 11, 1954 ~ MAY 4, 2019 (AGE 64)

Duane “Duey” Vogel, 64, of Warsaw, MO formerly of Dexter, MN died Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

Memorial prayer service for Duane A. Vogel will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Swaminatha officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 P.M. Friday, May 10, 2019 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow with a Rosary being recited at 3:30. Visitation will continue for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Duane Allan Vogel was born July 11, 1954 in Austin, MN to John and Carol (Ellis) Vogel. He grew up in New Ulm Minnesota, graduating from New Ulm Cathedral High School and later Mankato State University. He spent 5 years in the Navy, and the remainder of his life as an entrepreneur. He was married to and later divorced from Roberta “Bobbi” Westphal, with whom he had three children; Eric, Chris, and Breanne. He owned and operated the Oasis Bar and Grill in Dexter with his brother, Chip, and later a campground in Missouri with his brother, Don. Duey loved the water - fishing, skiing, and body surfing all brought him joy when done with those he loved. He will be remembered for his kindness, intelligence, and love of laughter. 

Duey is survived by his children Eric (Hannah) Vogel of Mayer, MN, Chris (Brianne Aeikens) Vogel of Mayer, MN, and Breanne Vogel of Kasson, MN, siblings Don Vogel of Warsaw, MO, JoAnn (Terry) Anderson of Branson, MO, Jan Darling of Rochester, MN, Jaye Vogel of Lake City, MN, Judy (Jay) Kulstad of Tampa, FL, Doug (Kim) Vogel of Adams, MN, and Denny Vogel of Shakopee, MN, and his former wife Bobbi Vogel of Kasson, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Chip Vogel.



Sheldon D. Churchill  APRIL 29, 1924 ~ APRIL 16, 2019 (AGE 94)

Sheldon D. Churchill, 94, of Grand Meadow, MN passed away peacefully with family at his side at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, two days after a good game of 500 with his family.

Funeral mass will be held at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Mareddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Finbarr Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Hindt Funeral Home of Grand Meadow is assisting the family.

Sheldon Dale Churchill was born April 29, 1924 in Spring Valley, MN to Dale and Iva (Dornink) Churchill. On October 9, 1946 he was united in marriage to Laurene Davis and to this union, 6 children were born.

If you knew Sheldon, you knew his famous smile, his love of life, and his laughter. You knew he was always up for any game with his friends, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. He was always instigating a lively game of cards, croquet, softball (pitching into his 80’s, although he did have a pinch runner), Monopoly, Farkle (he was the Farkle King!), volleyball, etc.

Sheldon lived his life fully and was always content in his life. When asked if he ever missed being on a tractor after he had a heart attack in 2017, he thought for a moment, and then said, “No, I just always believed that you have to be happy where you are.” That giant smile always showed he truly believed that. He was a long-time dairy farmer on a farmstead near Dexter, MN and a long-time member of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church. Later in life, Sheldon was named Senior Citizen of the Year Award of Mower County in 2013 for his dedicated volunteer work including ‘Cards with Sheldon’ at the Grand Meadow Nursing Home.

Sheldon is survived by his children Linda (Ron) Alberts of Rochester, Irene McKenzie of Glencoe, MN, Barb (Mike) Smith of Ankeny, IA, Steve (Marie) Churchill of Dexter, MN, Mary (Tom) Bryson of Vancouver, WA, and Sandy (Tim) Gallagher of Buffalo, MN, sister Mary Ann Hennessy of La Mesa, CA, brother Jack (Josie) Churchill of Grand Meadow, 26 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Laurene Churchill, brother Bert Churchill, son-in-law Darrell, brother-in-law Don Hennessy, and parents Iva and Dale Churchill.


Ethelyn B. Johnson AUGUST 21, 1929 - APRIL 9, 2019 (AGE 89)

Ethelyn Beatrice (Roberts) Johnson passed peacefully away April 9, 2019 surrounded by family at Grand Meadow Health Care Center.

Funeral mass will be held at St. Finbarr Catholic Church on April 16 at 2:00 pm in Grand Meadow, with Father Mareddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Spring Valley. Visitation will be held before the service beginning at 12:00 at the church.

Ethelyn was born August 21, 1929 in Bennington Township, Mower County to William and Luella (Johnson) Roberts. She attended country schools and Spring Valley High School, graduating in 1947. Following graduation she was employed by First State Bank in Spring Valley as head teller for seven and a half years. She met her future husband, Robert Duane Johnson, at a local dance and they were engaged in 1950 when Robert was inducted into the United States Army, serving for two years in the Korean Conflict. They were married on April 18, 1953 at the St. Ignatius parsonage in Spring Valley.

Ethelyn and Robert lived in Spring Valley until 1955. Following the birth of their first child, Diane, Ethelyn gave up her job and became a full-time homemaker and mother. Robert and Ethelyn moved to Dexter and later Grand Meadow for Robert’s job as manager of JF Anderson Lumber Yard. Three more children followed, two sons, Steven and David, and daughter Barbara. Ethelyn was a loving mother and wonderful caregiver to her family. In 1966, Robert joined IBM in Rochester where he was employed until 1991, while Ethelyn watched over the children’s needs as they continued to reside in Grand Meadow. She volunteered for many activities at St. Finbarr Catholic church and Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Grand Meadow, becoming Community Better Life Award winner in 1982. She was always a willing participant in the needs of her children’s organizations and events.

Ethelyn greatly loved spending time with her family and extended family, often volunteering to help out when needed. She was a compassionate caregiver to her parents needs. She loved seeing everyone and organized many family get-togethers. She especially enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She and Robert were welcome visitors at many sporting events, concerts, plays, and dance recitals over the years. Her beautiful smile was always a joy to see.

Ethelyn and Robert were wonderful dancers and especially liked to polka or waltz while socializing with friends. They would seek out polka mass at local churches and attended many VFW and Legion dances in the area. Ethelyn was a great baker and cook who loved to try out new recipes on the family while keeping the old favorites alive as well. It was always a special treat to come home after school to freshly baked cookies or cake made by Ethelyn’s loving hands.

Ethelyn is survived by her children, Diane (Larry) Kellner and Steven (Nancy) Johnson, both of Rochester, David (Ann) Johnson, of Grand Meadow, and Barbara (Brian) Abbott of Stewartville; grandchildren, Jessica (Tony) Pelzel, Nicholas Kellner, Ashley Johnson (Brandon Movall), Patrick Johnson, Paul (Allison) Johnson, Neal Abbott (Hannah Buchl) and Nathan Abbott; and five great-grandchildren, Nolan, William, Hudson, Griffin and Emma Pelzel. Her brother, James (Jo) Roberts also survives along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her parents, her sister, Gloria Sheldon, brother, William Junior Roberts, brother-in-law, Richard Sheldon and sister-in-law, Wanda Roberts.



Shirley L Deatsch - October 23, 1946 ~ December 20, 2018 (age 72)

Funeral Mass for Shirley L. Deatsch will be held 10:30 A.M. Friday December 28, 2018 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 5-7 P.M. on Thursday December 27, 2018 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and will continue for 1 hr prior to the service at the church. There will be a rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Shirley L. Deatsch, age 72, of Spring Valley, died on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at St. Mary's hospital in Rochester, MN of the rare disease Calciphylaxis.  She passed away peacefully surrounded by family.  Shirley was born October 23, 1946 in Creston, Iowa to Mabel and Wendell Mathes.  She attended grade school in Arispe, Iowa.  She then moved to Murray, Iowa in 1955 where she graduated from Murray High School in 1965.  She attended Creston Community College for 2 years and transferred to Northwest Missouri State where she graduated in 1969 with an English degree. She taught middle school English for one year in King City, Missouri.

She married John Deatsch on May 24, 1969 in Osceola, Iowa and moved to Alaska where John worked for the summer.  After marrying they lived in Anchorage, Alaska; King City, Missouri; Fairfield, Iowa; Owatonna, and Dodge Center, before settling in Spring Valley, Minnesota in 1979.  She raised three daughters and was an active part of the community and church. She was on the library board, American Legion Auxiliary, delivered Meals on Wheels, was a member of the Ministerial Association, and assisted with her husband's Bloomfield Mutual Insurance Agency.  She was also involved in many other activities in the community. 

She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley where she was on the parish council, taught religious education and RCIA, delivered communion to the nursing home and home bound, planned funeral dinners, was a lector, and Eucharistic Minister.  Her interests included reading mysteries, doing word finds, cooking, and family trips to the North Shore.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and attending their various activities.  Shirley is survived by her husband, John of 49 years, her three daughters, Sandy Deatsch of Boston, Massachusetts, Lori (Steve) Groslie of Rochester, Minnesota, and Christy Deatsch of Rochester, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Brandon, Paige, and Claire; and brother, Roland Mathes of Murray, Iowa.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Wendell and Mabel Mathes and her sister, Marie Wetzel. 



Helen A. Koch - August 3, 1935 ~ December 1, 2018 (age 83)

Helen A. KOCH, age 83, of Spring Valley, Minn., died suddenly Saturday morning, December 1, 2018, at the Spring Valley Living Center where she had resided for less than a day.

Helen was born August 3, 1935, in Poynette, Columbia County, Wisc., to Clyde A. and Rosemary Alice (Brady) Gallagher.  She attended school and was a graduate of Lodi High School.  She married John R. Koch on June 16, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lodi.  The couple lived in Dane, Wisc. until moving with their family to LaCrosse, Wisc. in 1970 and then moved to Spring Valley, MN in 1972.  Helen worked for Ken Kvam as a bookkeeper and then the Spring Valley school systems as an office secretary.  The couple enjoyed camping at Money Creek Campground and then traveled for a few years to Apache Junction, AZ to spend winters there.  Helen was known for the scrubbies and dish clothes that she crocheted, the greeting cards that she stitched and love of playing cards.  She had been a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, the Ladies Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #68.

Helen is survived by her three daughters, Jean (Glen) McNamara, Carol (Will) Fenstermacher and Sharon (Robert) Orman all of Spring Valley; one son, John D. (Sherree) Koch of Caledonia; honorary daughter, Barb (David) Buschmann of Grand Meadow; seven grandchildren, Nevin (Hannah) Fenstermacher, Jacob (Elissa Vega) Fenstermacher, Christian (Ali) Fenstermacher, Douglas (Jenny Barden) McNamara, Brian (Bethany) McNamara, Jennifer (Christopher) Barber and Eric Orman; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Smith of Baraboo, Wisc., and one brother, Paul (Carol) Gallagher of New Berlin, Wisc; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gallagher.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Koch; a grandson, Robert John Orman; a son-in-law, Danny Back; two sisters and five brothers.

There will be a funeral Mass, on Thursday, December 6th at 11:00am St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating.  Following services, she will be buried in the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Fillmore County, Minn. with her husband.  Friends may call at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley on December 5th from 4-7pm and at the church one hour before the service.  A Rosary will be held Wednesday at 3:30pm at the funeral home.



Barbara Runde - AUGUST 29, 1938 ~ NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (AGE 80)

Barbara Ann (King) Runde “Cow Grandma,” age 80, passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 at her home after a 9 month battle with colon cancer.   Mrs. Runde was born August 29, 1938 in Adams, Minnesota to Leo and Helena (Meurer) King.  On November 14, 1959, she married Henry “Hank” Runde at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams and they farmed in the McIntire area.

Everyone referred to Barbara as “Cow Grandma” because of her hard work on their dairy farm and her amazing love for children.  She will be remembered for the many visits to their farm from preschool and kindergarten students to learn about dairy farming.  She also will be remembered for her excellent cooking and baking skills, particularly homemade bread, as well as her enormous and giving heart.   

Survivors include four sons, Mike (Deb) Runde of Tucson, Arizona, Dean (Sandy) Runde of Riceville, Iowa, Ronnie Runde of McIntire, Iowa, and David (Kim) Runde of LeRoy, Minnesota; two daughters, Sharon (Mike) Goldsmith and Susan Runde, both of Rochester, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Kristina, Tami, Alan, Rachel, Joseph and Elizabeth; and five greatgrandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Alan Runde, five brothers, and a sister.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, Minnesota with the Rev. Charlie Collins officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, November 30 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy and for 1 hour prior to the Mass on Saturday. Hindt Funeral Home of LeRoy is assisting the family.



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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