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Tri-Parish Obituaries



We all lost a really good man on October 14th, 2022, when Darrell Wellik passed away quietly at home, of natural causes. Although, at age 75, he left us too soon, his years were filled with love, friendships, good works, and humor.

Darrell’s childhood was spent helping his parents and siblings run their family farm in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, where Darrell and both his brothers were high school football stars. Darrell studied business in college and he made accounting his first career. 

In 1980 Darrell moved from Minnesota to San Diego as employee of Donovan Corporation to help oversee construction of the first stages of the San Diego Trolley line. Debbie Fitzpatrick (Wellik) soon joined him in San Diego and they were married in September of that year.

Once the trolley project was completed, Darrell and Debbie remained in El Cajon. Darrell continued his accounting career, with San Diego Precast Concrete. But Darrell’s lifelong interest in cars led him to start and run his own successful automotive businesses: 10-Minute Oil Change, East County Tire & Brake, and Advanced Automotive, where Darrell actively worked and greeted customers until the day before he passed away.

Darrell is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Debra Fitzpatrick Wellik, and by his daughters Stephani Wellik-Zautner and Tonia Tutewohl of Rosemount, Minnesota, son-in-law Paul Tutewohl, grandchildren Brandon Zautner and wife Karen, Brianna Zautner, and Jade Tutewohl, great-granddaughter Ava Hendrickson, siblings Wayne Wellik, Stephen Wellik (Trudy), Mary Wellik Link (Randy) and Kathy Wellik Behne (Jerry), a host of nieces and nephews, and pet Shih Tzu, “Bentley”.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, 504 1st Street SW, Grand Meadow, MN. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church prior to the mass. Burial will take place at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Cemetery immediately following the service. 


Teresa B. Nelson, 88, of Grand Meadow, MN, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center.

Teresa Barbara Davis was born September 10, 1934 to Volney and Theckla (Stier) Davis. While attending Grand Meadow High School, she met the love of her life, Truman Nelson. Following graduation, Teresa worked at the bank in Grand Meadow for 4 years. At age 19, Teresa and Truman tied the knot on May 1, 1954 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, where they were both lifetime members. In their younger years, they enjoyed taking various trips around the USA including Texas, Hawaii and California. They raised a family together on an acreage for 57 years where they also farmed dairy and beef cattle, pigs and crops. Teresa was a prolific gardener who had several gardens around the farm for flowers and vegetables. While raising many grandchildren at Granny’s Day Care, she also managed to become “The Cake Lady.” She would bake around 20 cakes a week for various parties, graduations and weddings. Truman was able to help out by becoming the cake delivery man. Teresa and Truman weren’t just grandparents to their own grandchildren, they were grandparents to everyone. Teresa enjoyed drawing and singing with all of the grandbabies, especially the song, “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.” She was all about her family and was always making sure everyone was happy and well fed. She even managed to cook pot roast on the stove. Teresa will be deeply missed by all of those who knew her.

Teresa is survived by her high school sweetheart Truman, children Deb (Tim) Baudoin of Byron, MN, LuAnn (Evan) Holst of Dexter, MN, Tammy Nielsen of Grand Meadow, Jodi (Terry) Williams of Palmetto, FL and Terry (Rhonda) Nelson of Clintonville, WI, 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 8 siblings.

Funeral Mass for Teresa will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11 at the church and will continue from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday.


Ralph David Capelle, 73, of Spring Valley, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, of a heart attack.

Born Aug. 15, 1949, to Raymond and Evelyn Capelle, he graduated from Spring Valley High School and later studied to become a journeyman carpenter.

On Oct. 23, 1982, Ralph married his best friend and the love of his life, the former Aleta Freimark, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley. He built a life with his “bride,” his “lady,” and his “Good Hearted Woman,” as he lovingly referred to her, and they spent nearly every spare minute with one another over their nearly 40 years of marriage.

He started Capelle Construction and later owned and operated Rosewood Building and Remodeling for many years.

Ralph enjoyed many years of hunting deer and pheasants – including with Aleta during their honeymoon.

He loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He was always up for a good board game or card game – and he played to win. Trash talk, insults and a lot of laughs were all part of the fun.

He also looked forward to regular vacations with family, especially those with a good ocean view. Nothing compared to his wide grin when “The Originals” (Ralph, Aleta, Autumn and Amanda) set out for a top-down convertible cruise from Phoenix to Sedona last spring.

Ralph had a special connection with his grandchildren and daughters, and they were his greatest pride and joy. His gentle spirit, honest heart, and loving nature was felt by everyone around him.

In retirement, Ralph enjoyed watching old Westerns, especially Gunsmoke. He also enjoyed watching the Vikings (more so on the rare occasion they won). He loved driving his Can Am. He always looked forward to weekly visits to “The Shed” where he shared laughs and beverages with good friends.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 1, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life following the service at Five Wynds Event Center in Spring Valley. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and will continue one hour prior to the service on Thursday, Sept. 1 at St. Ignatius.

Survivors include his wife, Aleta; daughters, Autumn (Brad) Hoag and Amanda (Nils) Wahlander; granddaughters Kennedy, Cadence and Isla, and grandson Anders; brothers Robert (Marcy), Richard (Janie), Ronald (Sue), Jerry, John (Diane), Donald (Carmen) and Keith (Jan) Capelle; sisters Lois (Gary, deceased) Boelter and Mary (Tom) Gorman; and many nieces and nephews.

No one enjoyed leveling unexpected wisecracks and making others laugh more than our “Ralphie.” He will be forever missed by us all.


Pearl Frances McDonald, Former LeRoy Resident of 55 Years

Memorial Mass for Pearl McDonald will be held Saturday, September 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the LeRoy Catholic Cemetery immediately following the mass. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m.at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church before the mass. A Celebration of Life will held in the church basement following her burial. Hindt Funeral Home of LeRoy, MN is handling arrangements. 

Pearl passed away at home surrounded by family on July 14, 2022, at the age of 95 in Pueblo West, Colorado.

Pearl was born April 13, 1927, to Leota and Michael Hickey in Nevada, Iowa. Pearl married James McDonald in 1967 and set up homestead in Beaver Township in Minnesota.

The love of her life was her family. She loved holding the babies, cooking, gardening, growing flowers, and watching the birds out her patio. She took great pride in her career as a stay-at-home Mom and Grandma. She not only raised her own children but also helped in raising many of her grand and great grandchildren. Pearl was also a member of the St. Patricks Altar Society for many years as well as the treasurer for the Ostrander Senior Citizens.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband James; three children - Gaitha Holden, Mary Dee, and Michael McDonald; and six siblings - Dick Hickey, Leo Hickey, Alice Crawmer, Mary Margaret Lammers, Josephine Flint and Virginia Heddinger.

Pearl is survived by her four children - Sheryl Dunn, Tim McDonald, and Ann and Mike Lazzara, all of Colorado and an honorary son Pete Woltmann and Teena of LeRoy; one sister Dee Higgens of Washington; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren. 


Erna Tabor Tart, age 95, of rural Spring Valley, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at the Spring Valley Care Center in Spring Valley, MN.

Erna Tabor Tart was born December 11, 1926, in Spring Valley, MN, the daughter of Elmer and Erna (Tabor) Pretsch. On October 7, 1950, she married Elton Tart in Spring Valley, MN. To this union 6 children were born; Rich, Ralph, Dave, Barb, Dan, and Bob.

Erna attended St. Ignatius Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar Society. She enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. She lived for get-togethers with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Erna is survived by her children Rich (Carol) Tart, Ralph (Julie) Tart, Dave (Kathy) Tart, Barb (Steve) Koebke, Dan (Dawn) Tart and Bob (Stacy) Tart. Grandchildren Tony (Samantha) Tart, Kristine (Casey) Nevala, Kenzie (Josh) Skare, Lizzie Tart, Kevin (Julie Broadwater) Tart, Michelle Nielsen, Brian Tart, Cody (Missi) Koebke, Blake (Amanda) Koebke, Brady Tart, Brandon Tart, Chelsey (Brett) Wilson, William Tart, Brittney (Caleb) Nolta, and Dyllon Tart. 19 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband Elton, parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers-in-law.

Funeral Mass for Erna will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and will continue for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.


Irma Leichtnam Elliott formerly of LeRoy MN passed away August 3, 2022 at Golden Horizon in Sandstone, MN. 

Irma was born on November 24, 1933 in Festina Iowa to Tony and Ann Leichtnam. Irma graduated from Chester Iowa. She was united in marriage to Burley Elliott at St Stephens Catholic Church in Chester, IA on December 31, 1951 and was a stay-at-home mom while raising 8 children, she then became a nurses aid until her retirement. 

She is preceded in death by husband Burley, brothers, Rafael, Rayme, and Tony Leichtnam, children Michael and James Elliott and grandchildren Alan Elliott and Brooke Elliott. Survived by children Bill Elliott, DeAnn (Curt) Raymond, Shaun Elliott, Jackie Crowson, Jerry (Sally) Elliott and Patricia Elliott. Grandchildren Jennifer Dubuison, Michael Gross, Derek Gross, Shannon Gross Hanson, Robert Smith, Kenneth Smith, Jamie Smith Nagel, Jenaye Elliott Caldwell, Jantz Elliott, James Elliott, Amber Elliott Irhke, April Elliott Watkins, Brittani Barnett Gorman, Karli Reinhart, Matthew Reinhart and Elizabeth Elliott,. Great grandchildren Alyssa Bauers, Tristan Gross, Ryan Smith, Marilla Jo Waskosky, Jadelyn, Aubrey and Liam Caldwell, Luke Elliott, Ila and Lincoln Irhke, Corina Dubuison, Abigail Nelson, and Caitlyn and William Eklund, great-great grandchild Ricky Nelson. 

Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 9th, 11 AM at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Lisa Marie Hovde, 52, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at her home in LeRoy, MN.

Lisa was born June 11, 1970 to Tom and Barb Hovde. She graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School in 1988. She went on to receive her Associate Degree in Science from RCTC and enjoyed working at Mayo Clinic for 31 years.. She was united in marriage to Dean Swenson, and they later divorced.

Lisa loved her family to the moon and back! Her son, Caleb, and daughter, Rochelle, were so precious to her. She was a very proud grandma of her special grandsons Carter and Cayson. Lisa also loved traveling to Chicago and other states to visit Rochelle and see her performances. She was so proud of her nieces in all of their sports and activities. Her God children Melissa, Anna, and Leah were so loved and just a little bit spoiled. Lisa “lit up the room” when she entered.

After her daughter, Rochelle, talked her into watching Marvel movies during Covid, she became a fan and they enjoyed many more good shows. Lisa loved to watch Minnesota sports teams compete and loved going to see the Minnesota Twins in action. Lisa was the head volleyball coach for years at LeRoy-Ostrander and a proud moment in her volleyball career was defeating Mabel-Canton. She loved sports, but she especially loved shoes! Lisa had acquired a huge collection over the years.

Lisa loved and was loved by many. Blessed be her memory.

Lisa is survived by her son Caleb of LeRoy, daughter Rochelle of Chicago, grandsons Carter and Cayson, parents Tom and Barb Hovde of LeRoy, sister Melanie (Mike) Welsh of Ostrander, brothers Kevin (Marlina Hui) Hovde of Rochester and Joe (Mandy) Hovde of Owatonna, grandfather Barney Winfield of LeRoy, nieces Kylie, Anna, Allie, Leah, Kaitlyn, Rylee and Addison. She also leaves behind her favorite fuzzball cat, Sylvie.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Cassie and several grandparents.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 1 at the church and will continue for one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.


James Walter Ryan, age 77, passed away peacefully at home in Stewartville, MN on June 16th after a yearlong battle with cancer. He gratefully joined his beloved wife, Rita, who passed away unexpectedly only 97 days before him. 

Jim is survived by his son Jeff and Grandson Benjamin of Duluth MN, and his daughter Kelly (Gerald) Burt, and Grandchildren Anastasia and Nicholas of Blaine MN. He is also survived by his amazing siblings, Marlene (Milt) Tyler of La Crosse WI, Rich Ryan of Rochester MN, Connie (Dale) Eide of Rochester MN, Dan (Sue) Ryan of Melrose, WI, and Vince (Julie) Ryan of Webster MN. 

Jim (aka Lord James since he is an Irish landowner bestowed with the honorary title) was born November 2, 1944 in Cresco, IA to Roger and Dorothy (Daskam) Ryan and was the eldest of six kids who grew up on the family farm in Harmony. After graduating high school, he moved to Rochester and met the love of his life, Rita Staples, while working at St. Mary’s Hospital and Gold Cross Ambulance. They were married 02/19/66 and shared a truly beautiful partnership for those 56 years together. Jim worked for People’s Natural Gas/Minnesota Energy for 40 years before retiring. He was also a proud volunteer firefighter and EMT for Spring Valley Fire/Ambulance for over 3 decades. He had an overwhelmingly kind and giving heart and was involved in several religious and civic organizations and volunteer roles through his lifetime; far too many to list here. He was a man of great wisdom but few words and often said “two ears, one mouth” (listen twice as much as speaking). Jim was a man of great Christian faith, and especially found strength in Matthew Chapter 6 since he said he never wanted for anything that was not provided for him every day of his life through Christ.

Visitation will be Monday, June 27th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Hindt Funeral Home 316 N Broadway Ave, Spring Valley, MN and the Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church 213 W Franklin St, Spring Valley officiated by Fr. Marreddy Pothireddy with visitation beginning one hour prior.


Seevert Bernell Gronvold “Bub”, age 74 of Grand Meadow died peacefully on June 8, 2022 At Mayo Clinic Hospital - St Marys Campus.

Seevert was born ln Kasson, Minnesota to Harvey and Lenora (Starkson) Gronvold on September 12,1947. He graduated high school in 1965 from Byron High School and later Attended Austin Vocational Technical Institute for Auto Mechanics.

Seevert married Jacqueline Ann Fenton on October 21, 1972 at St Finbarr Catholic Church. Together they had four children, Peter, Scott, Melinda and Cody. Seevert and Jacqueline later divorced.

Seevert held many jobs throughout his life. He was an Auto Mechanic lnstructor at varies local vocational institutes, worked at Crenlo Manufacturing in maintenance until he retired. He later held several semi driving jobs. Seevert worked very hard and sometimes several jobs to support his family. He always wanted to help others before himself. He was a loving father to his children and enjoyed teaching them auto mechanics. He enjoyed being in the pit crew for his sons racing, singing music, playing cornet, camping and fishing. Seevert loved attending family events, especially his grandkids concerts.

Seevert is survived by his sister Carol Woodward of Vadnais Heights, MN, brother James Gronvold of Rochester MN, Jacqueline Fenton (Gronvold) of Rochester Son Peter Gronvold of Grand Meadow, Scott (Peggy Nagele) Gronvold of Grand Meadow, Melinda Gronvold of Brownsdale and Cody (Tiffany) Gronvold of Grand Meadow. Grandchildren Brianna Gronvold, Tanner Gronvold, lsaiah-Joe Haskin, Ryder Gronvold and Cyrus Tipton

Seevert was preceded in death by sisters, Verlene and Alice, brothers Charles and Daniel in infancy. He was also preceded by his Parents Lenora and Harvey Gronvold.

Funeral Mass will be held 11:30 A.M. Thursday, June 16, 2022 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place at Grand View Memorial Gardens in Rochester at a later date. Visitation will be held 1 hr prior to the service at the church.


Bernadette “Bernie” Rose (Rickerl) Hathaway, 98, passed away in Grand Meadow, Minnesota on May 3, 2022.

Bernie was born in Story County, Iowa on August 31, 1923, to Frank Joseph Rickerl and Julia Elizabeth (Baldus) Rickerl. Bernie married Fletcher “Red” Dean Hathaway on May11, 1944 – they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before Red passed away in 1994.

Everyone who knew Bernie and Red knew that Red was the idea guy, a tireless promoter for gathering people and riding horse, boating, camping, going on sleigh rides or organizing ‘jam sessions’ to enjoy the music they both loved, and much more. Bernie loved Red dearly and was the infrastructure and organization behind all those good ideas – it would have been chaos without her, but with her steady hand it was a joy to be part of, and a joy to share with friends and family. Bernie loved the community they built together.

Bernie managed over the almost 99 years of her life to transform from farm girl to war time factory worker to wife and mother to working woman to retiree to finally living alone at the end of her life. The final chapter in her life was supported by the compassionate care of the staff of Grand Meadow Senior Living and St. Croix Hospice. At each stage of life, Bernie made the transitions with strength, grace, good humor and quiet dignity.

Bernie was the last of her generation. She was preceded in death by her seven siblings and their spouses and Red’s eight siblings and their spouses. She was also preceded in death by her oldest daughter Joann Julia Hathaway Bloom and her husband James Jacob Bloom. She is survived by her children Dean Francis Hathaway (Judy Thoennes Hathaway), Katherine Marie Hathaway Moeller (Virgil Moeller), Julie Carol Hathaway (Richard Christenson), James Holis Hathaway (Heidi Randall Hathaway) and Holly Jean Hathaway Jax (Dean Jax) as well as 60+ grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and their spouses and significant others. 

Bernie would be honored to be remembered for her graciousness, her kindness, her quiet strength, her openness to loving even those who are hard to love and her roles as wife, mother, grandmother and beyond. She wrapped her arms around a lot of people in 98 years.

Memorials may be sent to your local public school or local hospice.

A memorial service for Bernie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow. Burial will take place at St. Finbarr Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.



Theresa Ann Weisinger, age 84, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 at Regional Health Services of Howard County Hospital in Cresco, Iowa.

Theresa was born on April 1, 1938 to James A. and Margaret C. (Popesh) Ryan in Ely, MN.

She married Frank E. Weisinger on November 24, 1954. They resided in Ely, MN until 1960, then moved to the Wykoff area, buying a farm in 1967.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents James and Margaret Ryan; husband Frank E. Weisinger; son Timothy J. Weisinger; grandchildren Mara Ramaker and James Heckel; siblings James Ryan (Luella), Mary Corley (Marty), and Jean Corley (Jack).

Theresa is survived by her children Frank J. Weisinger, Margaret A. Ramaker (Rich), Pat J. Weisinger (Lori) of Wykoff, MN; Theresa M. Warren (Tom), Michelle Andersen (Alan) of Spring Valley, MN; Thomas M. Weisinger (Sue) of Waseca, MN; Joe M. Weisinger (Kathy) of Kasson, MN and Kay E. Heckel (Jerry) of Georgetown, TN.

Grandchildren Kindra Ramaker (Scott Hanson), Jerid Ramaker (Kristi), Tiffany Mundfrom (Eric), Zach Ramaker (Crystal); Travis Warren, Tyler Warren (Sarah), Toni Kolling; Cherre Metcalf (Chris), Todd Weisinger (Sydney), Katie Weisinger (Pat); Justin Andersen (Ronda), Abby Andersen; Carmen Heckel, Sara Heckel, Bobbi Heckel.

Great-grandchildren Dillon, Zurich (Hanson); Cole, Cody (Ramaker); Hunter, Noah, Esme (Mundfrom); Miles (Ramaker); Beck, Mali (Warren); Aspen, Paisley (Kolling); Lilli Metcalf, Bennett Weisinger; Angelina, Fox (Andersen), Lucus Hanf and Avalynn Andersen. Siblings Margaret R. Fox (Leonard); Barbara J. Carnes (Bob); Veronica J. DuPuis (Paul); Joe P. Ryan (Sharon); John T. Ryan (Gailyn) and Elizabeth K. Alexander (Larry).

Theresa was very active in the Catholic churches of St. Killian and St. Ignatius. She was a Catechism teacher, member of the Ladies Altar Society and Bundles of Love. She belonged to the Collectors Club. Loved the Arts - many music and entertainment performances were enjoyed with her dear friend Myrtle. She loved to travel - seeing both Holland and Alaska with her sisters. She was a Homemaker - passing to her grandchildren traditions of sewing, baking and her love of gardening (both vegetables and flowers). She also worked at the Spring Valley Nursing Home.

A funeral service for Theresa will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:00 am with visitation from 9:00-11:00 am at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN with Fr. Marreddy officiating. Burial will be at St. Kilian Catholic Cemetery in Wykoff, MN.


Herman “Sonny” Hanson Jr., 79, of LeRoy, MN died on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at his home in rural LeRoy.

Sonny was born June 1, 1942 in Lanesboro, MN to Herman Sr. and Mary (McRae) Hanson. He graduated from Wykoff High School in Wykoff, MN. After graduation he took over his dad’s milk route. When he sold it, Sonny went to work for Kapper’s Construction in Spring Valley, MN. He also worked for Mathy Construction, Quarve Anderson, and Griffin Construction in Chatfield. After retirement he worked for various farmers as well as hauling livestock. Sonny married Sharon Horan on June 3, 1961. They were later divorced. Sonny had a love for horses, farming, and went to horse pulling contests. He also had a love for Farmall tractors.

Sonny is survived by his 3 sons Terry (Cindy) of Fountain, MN, Todd of LeRoy, Pat (Kathy) of Chatfield, MN, and 1 daughter Brenda (Jason) Hanson of Rochester, MN. He is also survived by 6 grandkids Jim (Andrea), John (Tiffany), Julie (Dallas), Marissa (Andrew), Christopher, and Hunter, 7 great-grandkids Kylie, Austin, Abby, Aaron, Aiden, Bethany, and Presley, and 2 sisters Mary & Marion. His many nieces and nephews meant the world to him. He loved visiting and making deals with the Amish. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Bob, Cecil and Lester and 4 sisters, Alice, Agnes, Lois and Marge.

A prayer service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, MN. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 4th from 4-7 p.m. at the church and will continue from 10-11 a.m. before the service on Tuesday.


Rita Marie Ryan, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 11, 2022.

 Rita was born to John and Loretta (Ebbers) Staples on September 20, 1941 in Slayton, MN. She grew up in Avoca MN, then moved to Rochester, MN soon after she graduated in 1959. Rita met the love of her life, Jim Ryan while they both worked at St. Mary’s Hospital. They were married on February 19, 1966 during a raging blizzard. The couple settled in Spring Valley were blessed with a son, Jeff, and a daughter, Kelly. Rita was an extremely talented baker, cake decorator, and cook and enjoyed sharing the fruits of her labor with so many others. She was very proud of her great homemaking abilities, enjoyed tending to her many plants, spending time with her close friends, talking about her wonderful grandkids, and spoiling her cats. She was a skilled seamstress, a true artist with a crochet hook and knitting needles and shared those talents by making and donating hats and blankets to Bundles of Love, Ronald McDonald House, and Salvation Army. Rita was an amazingly kind, thoughtful, compassionate and giving person. She was very active in Ladies Aid at St Ignatius Catholic church, and countless other volunteer activities.

 She is survived by her husband of 56 years Jim, son Jeff and grandson Ben of Duluth, and daughter Kelly (Gerald) Burt and grandchildren Anastasia and Nicholas of Blaine.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made in her honor to a charity of the giver’s choice.

Memorial services for Rita will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothrieddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery following the service. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and will continue from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.


Norman Sween, 94, of Grand Meadow, MN, died on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at his home.

Norm was born on August 6, 1927, in Grand Meadow, MN to Clifford and Evelyn (Skogstad) Sween.

Norm attended country school in the Bear Creek area and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1945. Like many of his classmates, Norm volunteered for the service, leaving high school two months before graduation. He chose the Navy which trained him to be a medic/corpsman. The Navy sent him to Great Lakes, San Diego, and Baltimore for that training. Luckily, the war ended before he was shipped overseas.

On July 26, 1947, he married Kathleen “Kitty” Stier, his high school sweetheart, and they started the love story that would span 69 years. They began their married life in Great Lakes, IL, where Norm was stationed, later returning to Grand Meadow.

Norm worked for many years as manager of the Home Telephone Company of Grand Meadow, Racine, and Wykoff, and later Pierce Telephone in Riceville, IA. He was active in the Minnesota Independent Telephone Association and kept close contact with telephone friends from southern Minnesota.

Norm took great pride in his hometown and was part of the Grand Meadow Booster Club and the Grand Meadow Development Corporation where Norm helped with the annual chicken barbecue at Meadow Fest and working on getting new businesses in town. Norm saw the need to keep Grand Meadow vibrant. Norm was active in Boy Scouts, serving as Cub Master. He and Kitty volunteered for Meals on Wheels and a St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church.

While still enlisted in the Navy, Norm became a member of the Harry T. Anderson Post #140 and was a valued member for 75 years. Until just recently, Norm would be graveside at military funerals, honoring our service men and women.

Norm is survived by sons Dan (Carolyn) Sween of Grand Meadow, Douglas Sween of Rochester, and daughter Cindy (Doug) Ofstedal of Harmony, 6 grandchildren Patrick (Shawn) Sween of Grand Meadow, Chuck (Jen) Sween of Rochester, Adrienne Sween of Grand Meadow, Sarah Ofstedal of Monterey, Ca, Brit (Megan) Ofstedal of Tokyo, Japan, and Sheldyn (Sam) Himle of Milwaukee, WI, 12 great-grandchildren Kieran, Lucca, Rowan, Calum, and Eliot Sween, Lucia and August Sween, Cohen, Fiona, and Harlow Craft, Evelyn and Nina Ofstedal, Kira and Ean Ramer. He is also survived by brothers-in-law Francis (Barb) Stier, David (Bonnie) Stier, sisters-in-law Suzanne (Tom) Kjeer, Sylvia Christian, Helen Stier, Marilyn Stier, and Betty Sween. Many nieces and nephews had a special place in their heart for Norm.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kitty Sween, son Paul T. Sween, daughter-in-law Joan Sween, brother Gordon Sween, brothers-in-law Richard Stier, Jerry Stier, Adrian Stier, Dave Christian, and a sister-in-law Dale Stier.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Kevin Connolly officiating. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday morning at the church. Burial will be held at a later date.

Norm requested that memorials be given to Wounded Warriors, St. Luke’s Children’s Cancer Hospital, or a charity of your choice. 


Dean Raymond Irwin Stern January 5, 1960 ~ May 17, 2021 (age 61)

Dean Raymond Irwin Stern, 61, of Le Roy, Minnesota, passed peacefully at his home on May 17, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Dean was born on January 5, 1960 in Osage IA to Mildred (Yonker) and Eugene Stern. Dean grew up in LeRoy, MN and attended LOHS where he enjoyed playing football, driving his ’78 Road Runner, working at his parents’ restaurant (M&G Drive In), and working for a local family farm. After graduating in 1978 he went to work for Hanson Tire where he managed the truck center and devoted 38 years and 9 months to the company. He made many friends and built a nationwide customer base through his precision, honesty and dedication to his work.

Dean married the love of his life, Kathryn A Brekke , on April 24 1982. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Kyle Dean, Kelsey Kathryn, and Kalvin Jacob. Dean was a devoted husband and father. He loved watching his children play sports, taking fishing trips with his family, and traveling the countryside with his wife in their convertible.

He retired in 2016 after a diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy. After retiring, he discovered his talent for woodworking where spent many hours on the lathe making wooden bowls. Dean also used that time to achieve the status of “Best Grandpa Ever.” He was most proud of his three children and seven grandchildren. 

Dean will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Kathryn and their children, Kyle (Crystal) Stern, Kelsey (Christopher) McGrane, and Kalvin (Rachel Davis) Stern along with seven beautiful grandchildren: Brody, Ryder, Madisyn and Krosby Stern; Nolan and Ivy McGrane; and Eliza Stern. Three sisters Deborah (Bruce) Diemer; Dianne Stern, Mary (Nathan) Cook, along with many nieces and nephews.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Eugene Stern.

Funeral Mass for Dean will be held 10:30 A.M. Friday May 21, 2021 at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy with Father Marreddey Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 P.M. on Thursday May 20, 2021 also at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy. 



Paul E. Snyder November 29, 1926 ~ May 2, 2021 (age 94)

“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything- They just make the best of everything.”

Paul E. Snyder, 94, of Grand Meadow, MN died on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center.

Paul Snyder was born on November 29, 1926 on a farm northeast of Austin, MN to Peter Jacob Snyder and Julia Agnes (Guiney) Snyder and was one of nine children. He attended District #68 country school through the 8th grade. In 1942, his family moved to a farm west of Grand Meadow, where he continued to farm until he retired. On June 6, 1953, he married Irene Mae Calta at Queen of Angels Church in Austin, MN and they were blessed with six children. On October 27, 1954, Paul entered the Army and served at Ft. Bliss, Texas as a Cpl. and gun crew chief. While he was in the army, he earned his GED. He was honorably discharged on July 27, 1956.

Paul was happy to serve his church, St. Finbarr’s in Grand Meadow as a church trustee, education board member, Knights of Columbus member, and, for 45 years, an usher. He served on the Creamery board, Mower County board and, for 45 years, the Grand Meadow Township board. He later worked as Bus Supervisor and bus driver for 15 years.  Paul, a hard-working farmer, “enjoyed life,” his wife, children, family, and friends.

Paul is survived by his wife Irene of Grand Meadow, children Pauline (John) Gwin of Rochester, Karen (Terry) Weelborg of Grand Meadow, Margaret (Richard) Masching of Hayfield, Tom (Brenda) Snyder of Grand Meadow, and Ellen (Brad) Olson of Grand Meadow, sisters Sister Ruth Snyder of Rochester, Mariah Snyder of St. Paul, sister-in-law Alice Snyder of Grand Meadow, grandchildren Jenny, Mysea (Ben), Kristin (Porfi), Stacy (Darrell), Rebecca (John), Michelle (Mike), Tyler (Lindsey), Andy (Katie), Melanie (Jason), Jon (Danielle), Nathan, Cody, Caitlyn, Justin (Jacque), Brittany, and Cortney (Cameron), his 16 great-grandchildren Annie, Ezra, Asher, Henry, Violet, Avie, Hannah, Justin, Tabatha, Hadley, Carter, Aralynn, Sawyer, Lily, Aubrey, and Huxen.

He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Julia Agnes Snyder, sisters Mary (Louis) Blahnik, Catherine (Fred) Blahnik, Angie (Jerry) Viktora, brothers Joe (Alverta) Snyder, John Snyder, Gene (Adeline) Snyder, and his son David Snyder in 1981.

Visitation will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow. Rosary will be recited at 3:30. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. A private family service will be held with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Finbarr for mass offerings.Ronald D. Rich  October 26, 1942 ~ April 20, 2021 (age 78)



Ronald D. Rich, loving husband and father of four, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the age of 78.

Ron was born October 26, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN to Harold and Norma (Hall) Rich. He attended and graduated school in LeRoy, MN and vocational school in Austin, MN. On January 6th, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon (Lastine) and together they raised four children. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964 and earned his pilot’s license while enlisted. He was a member of the American Legion and served on the LeRoy School Board.

Professionally, he was a businessman in the LeRoy MN/Chester IA area for many years owning the Travel Inn Supper Club, an aerial helicopter crop spraying business, an LP gas business, a grain elevator and finally running the largest truck stop in Chester until his retirement.

Personally, he had a passion for flying, both helicopters and airplanes, and even owned his own plane. He enjoyed fishing with his family in Lake of the Woods and gambling in Laughlin, Nevada with Sharon. After retirement, he enjoyed playing cards with friends and the local farmers.

Ron was preceded in death by his father Harold, mother Norma, eldest son Chuck, sister-in-law Sandy Lastine and brother-in-law Rusty Domino. He is survived by his wife Sharon of 59 years; his children, Jean (John) Mason, John (Nicole) Rich, Nick (Laura) Rich; grandchildren, Chelsea, Sarah, Nyah, Mia, Hayley, Lili, and Jude; great grandchildren Dawson, Nora and Bennett; sister Diane Domino; brother-in-law Dennis Lastine and his dog, Snickers.

Memorial Services for Ron will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 7 at the church in LeRoy. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.



Loretta J. (Sickler) Ascheman January 23, 1947 ~ February 25, 2021 (age 74) 

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Loretta on February 25, 2021. Loretta was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandma, sister, and friend to all. 

Loretta’s story started on January 23, 1947, the oldest child of Raymond and Dolores Sickler. She married her high school sweetheart Rick, who spent 54 years adoring his beloved wife. They were an inseparable team. Together they had three children Melissa, Kris, and Chad. 

Loretta was an honest, loving, kind, strong individual. She had a pleasant personality that was contagious to everyone she met. She had a creative side that showed through playing piano and organ, sewing, quilting and calligraphy. 

Loretta spent many years in Spring Valley working as an instructional aide helping the handicapped. Although rewarding, there was another side to Loretta. And that was her generosity with her time. As a cancer survivor, she devoted a lot of her time volunteering within the community and beyond. Relay for Life, Love Lights a Tree, I Can Cope are just some examples that she put her heart and soul into. Although never boastful, she did receive the accolade of Citizen of the Year for all her volunteer work. 

Loretta also enjoyed the outdoors. For many, many years her and Rick spent countless hours out on the golf course during the summer months. She was also known to love the sun. She enjoyed going south during the winters and once summer hit, she would spend endless hours sitting out on her deck or poolside at her daughter’s house. 

Family was important to Loretta. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and extended family dearly. Friends also played a vital role in Loretta’s life. She had such a vast group and cherished them all. 

Rest in peace Loretta. You are loved and will be dearly missed. 

Loved ones that cleared the path for Loretta are her daughter Melissa Ascheman-Davis, parents Raymond & Dolores Sickler, sister Gwen Sailor and in-laws Raymond & Louise Ascheman. Loved ones that will miss Loretta until they meet again are her husband Rick Ascheman, her daughter Kris (Craig) Paulson, son Chad Ascheman, son in-law John Davis, grandchildren Trevor, Lane and Braeden, along with her siblings and extended family. 

Family and friends are encouraged to celebrate Loretta’s life in their own personal way. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.



Eugene F. Simon May 20, 1928 ~ February 12, 2021 (age 92) 

Eugene Francis Simon was relieved of his earthly post on February 12, 2021. Born on May 20, 1928 to Hugh and Ellen (Rafoth) Simon and known by ‘Bull’ to his family and friends, he was raised with 9 siblings in a loving and spirited family. He was a teen when his elder brother, Anton, was killed in action in WWII, which heavily impacted his life. He joined the Navy in 1948 as an electronics specialist and served his country until 1968, visiting Vietnam, Greece, Turkey, and many countries in South America. The words of the US Navy song were words he lived by: Faith, Courage, Service True, with Honor Over All. During his time in the Navy, he served President Truman on his many visits to Key West, Florida, traveled through South America with President Eisenhower, and provided support to President Johnson. Gene took great pride to have directly served 3 sitting US Presidents.  

In 1968, he retired from the Navy after 20 years of service and attended Winona State University, where he obtained a degree in business. He worked for a jukebox company, traveling the east coast and Midwest. After a few years, he returned to the Ostrander area. During his early years in the Navy, he began investing in land, and now developed real estate in Ostrander, naming one street after his mother, Ellen. He renewed his acquaintance with high school friend Betty Nelson Aide, and in 1978 they married and settled on his farm. His service to his country was a great source of pride, and he remained active in the American Legion, serving as Commander of the Spring Valley unit. 

Gene was known for his quick-witted sense of humor, which would be delivered straight-faced and ever so dry. He was always ready to talk to a willing ear, and could weave a story that was almost unbelievable, except he really lived those tales. He loved life, and could be found having coffee at the café with friends, loved playing cards, and enjoyed celebrating holidays with family. He started a coffee club at the Ostrander Assisted Living facility, entertaining the residents with his memories and humor.  

He was preceded in death by the love of his life and beloved wife, Betty, his step-son, Steven Aide, his parents, siblings Jim, Anton, Bill, Ted, Jerry, Claire, Ann (Heppelmann), and Carl, and nephew Brian Eggler. Those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Helen (Eggler), brother-in-law and close friend, Bob Nelson, and 30 nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday, February 22, 2021. Masks and social distancing will be required for both the visitation and funeral mass. 

Eugene was proud to support the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, SD, where Jesuit Brother Claire Simon, SJ, served for over 40 years. 



Priscilla M. Graff May 22, 1926 ~ December 19, 2020 (age 94) 

Priscilla M. Graff, 94, of Spring Valley, MN died on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Spring Valley Living. 

Priscilla May Stone, daughter of Guy LeRoy and Pearl Stone was born May 22, 1926 at her grandparents, R. J. Williams, farm in Linn Grove, IA. She graduated from Linn Grove High School on May 10, 1944 and on May 24, 1944 she married Aloysius Joseph Graff at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids, IA. They farmed in the Linn Grove and Royal area and in 1954 moved to their present farm 6 miles north of Spring Valley, MN. 

They were the parents of three children; Dennis Joseph (Char) Graff of Racine, MN, David Jerome (Melinda) Graff of Rochester, and Diane Joy (Galen) Schultz of Perham, MN. She had 3 grandchildren; Paul (Sue) Graff of Spring Valley, MN, Christopher (Kristi) Schultz of Esko, MN, and Tracy (Jeff) Brown of New York Mills, NY and 6 great-grandchildren; Morgan, Austin, and Alison Graff, Katie and Ashley Schultz, and Avalee and Bryce Brown. 

Priscilla enjoyed baking, reading, sewing, and playing cards. She was Sumner Center news correspondent for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and their Altar Society. She also belonged to Science Hill Birthday Club and the Friendly Neighbor Club, Hamilton Birthday Club, Magazine Club and Bundles of Love. 

Preceding Priscilla in death were her parents, her husband Aloysius Joseph Graff, son David Graff, and sister Dorothy Carlson. 

Funeral Mass for family and close friends will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday January 05, 2021 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.



Ralph Jr. J. Drees April 8, 1945 ~ October 13, 2020 (age 75) 

Ralph Drees Jr., 75, of Spring Valley, MN, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at his home. 

Ralph John Drees Jr. was born on April 08, 1945, to Ralph Sr. and Ethel (Daiker) Drees in Carroll, IA. He attended elementary school at Sacred Heart Catholic School and received his diploma from Adams High School, Adams, MN. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1965 and was honorably discharge in the fall of 1967. Ralph was united in marriage to Janice Mayer in LeRoy, MN, on January 03, 1966; to this union eight children were born. 

Ralph worked on his family farm up until his retirement in 2016. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, playing cards, fishing and hunting deer. Ralph and Janice are members of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley.  

Ralph is survived by his wife, Janice and their children Joanne (John) Tibodeau of Wells, MN, Ralph (Kersten) Drees III of Spring Valley, MN, David (Melissa Burns) Drees of LeRoy, MN, Michael (Julie) Drees of Stewartville, MN, Paul (Amber Bever) Drees of Wheeler, WI, Catherine (Steven) Nelson of Rochester, MN, Joseph (Santi) Drees of Spring Valley, MN, and Andrew (Ally) Drees of Zumbrota, MN; 24 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; his siblings Rosann Sanford, Steve (Nancy) Drees, Mary (Jerry) Ott, Anna Wilder, John (Candy) Drees, Dale (Robin) Drees, Dan (Carol) Drees, Neil (Peggy) Drees, Arlo (Betty) Drees, and Brian (Kelly) Drees, sister-in-law Ella Dodge; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Allen, brothers-in-law Wally, and Gene, his nephew Jamie, and nieces MaryAnn and Suzanne. 

Private family Funeral Mass for Ralph will be held at St. Ignatius Catholic Church with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. A public Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Social distancing will be practiced and masks will be required for the safety of the family. Hindt Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Gerald C. Bushman October 8, 1926 ~ October 12, 2020 (age 94) 

Gerald Christian Bushman, age 94, was born in Randalia, IA, on October 8, 1926, the son of Peter and Martha (Sand) Bushman.  

Gerald served in the US Marines from 1945-1948, when he was honorably discharged. On September 5, 1949, Gerald was united in marriage to Henrietta Bushman at St. Francis De Salles Catholic Church, Ossian, IA. From October 1950-April 1951, he was stationed in California when he was called into the US Marine Reserves. He farmed in Ossian, IA for several years. Gerald then moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, where he worked for the Quaker Oats Company for twenty-nine years. Gerald enjoyed helping others and volunteered at Green Square in Cedar Rapids for 13 years. In 2014, he moved to Spring Valley, MN. During his lifetime, Gerald enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, and playing bingo and dominos. 

Gerald is survived by his wife Henrietta of 71 years; daughters Linda (Loren) Locken of Groton, SD, Carol (John) Warmka of Grand Meadow, MN, Nancy (Dan) Winter of St. Louis, MO, Judy (Greg) Kingery of Peoria, AZ; son Bruce (Kris) Bushman of Spokane, WA; grandchildren Beth (Dane) Ankeny, Barb (Skye) Lesher, Chad (Britt) Locken, Cheryl (Kevin) Chapman, David (Tina) Trahms, Paul (Ashley) Trahms, Nathaniel Winter, Meghan (Jon) Goudy, Ben Kingery, Nate Kingery; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters Marilyn Rima, Dianne (Bob) Einck, Sharlene Rose, Eleane (Paul) Wokwicz, and Eileen (Bob) Fogarty. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law. 

Funeral Mass for Gerald will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, MN with Father Marreddy Pathireddy officiating. Family and close friends are welcome to attend. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, for one hour prior to services at St. Finbarr. Social distancing will be practiced and masks will be required.



Jon A. Wade    July 17, 1960 ~ September 24, 2020 (age 60) 

John A. Wade, 60, of LeRoy, MN, passed away after battling cancer on September 24, 2020 at his home. He was surrounded by his children, siblings, and special daughter-in-law. John was well known by many people.

John Anthony Wade was born on July 17, 1960 in Fairmont, MN to Arthur and Patricia (Nagel) Wade. He graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School with the Class of 1980. He married Rita Rumble on April 24, 1993. The two were later divorced. 

John enjoyed singing, dancing, taking care of the cattle, riding horses, and music, especially Johnny Cash. Back in the day, he also enjoyed riding motorcycles with the best of them. He was a lover of the cowboy scene and spent many nights watching western movies and attending rodeos. His wardrobe mainly consisted of his cowboy hat, boots, bandana, Wranglers, button downs, and he always had to have the biggest and best belt buckle to top it off. 

The way John died is just like how he lived: surrounded by the ones he loved while maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to show his sense of humor through it all. John loved his family deeply and took time to teach his nieces and nephews how to enjoy life. Even though he was sick, he wanted to fulfill his bucket list. He was able to accomplish this with his children and daughter-in-law. 

John is survived by his children John (Brittany) Wade of Stewartville, MN and Emily Wade of Adams, MN, mother Pat Wade of LeRoy, “fur-child” Colorado, siblings Lisa (Joseph) Breen of Louisville, CO, Teresa (Dick) Noll of Clear Lake, IA, Jim (Michele) Wade of Prior Lake, MN, “grand-dog” Kimber, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father Art Wade, and brother Joe Wade. 

Funeral Mass for John will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Family and close friends are welcome to attend. All others wishing to attend, please join us outside the church at 11:15 a.m. to process to St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in LeRoy for the committal service. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, September 27 at Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy. Social distancing will be practiced and masks will be required inside and outside for the safety of the family.



Elton Francis Tart   May 15, 1928 ~ September 17, 2020 (age 92) 

Elton Francis Tart, age 92, of rural Spring Valley, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the Patty Elwood Center, Cresco, Iowa. 

Elton Francis Tart was born May 15, 1928, in rural Spring Valley, MN, the son of Francis and Olive (Frank) Tart. On October 7, 1950, he married Erna Pretsch in Spring Valley, MN. To this union 6 children were born, Rich, Ralph, Dave, Barb, Dan and Bob. 

Elton milked cows and farmed for a living. He attended St. Ignatius Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing cards with neighbors and friends, and always looked forward to get togethers with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Elton is survived by his wife, Erna, and children, Rich (Carol) Tart, Ralph (Julie) Tart, Dave (Kathy) Tart, Barb (Steve) Koebke, Dan (Dawn) Tart, Bob (Stacy) Tart. Grandchildren, Tony (Samantha) Tart, Kristine (Casey) Nevala, Kenzie (Josh) Skare, Lizzie Tart, Kevin (Julie Broadwater) Tart, Michelle (Jim) Nielsen, Brian Tart, Cody (Missi) Koebke, Blake (Amanda) Koebke, Brady Tart, Brandon Tart, Chelsey (Brett) Wilson, William Tart, Brittney (Caleb) Nolta, Dyllon Tart, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Erwin Tart. 

A private family service for Elton will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pathreddy officiating. Burial will be held at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.



Robert E. Pierce March 14, 1938 ~ September 8, 2020 (age 82) 

Robert “Soak” Pierce, 82, of Stewartville, MN, formerly of Spring Valley, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at his home. 

Robert E. Pierce was born March 14, 1938 at his grandparents’ home in Canton, MN. He played basketball and football in school and graduated Salutatorian of his class in 1956. He then worked at his family’s business in Canton and also at Fillmore County Nursery. He then spent 2 years in the Army. He went to work for IBM in 1965 and spent 27 years there. 

On February 12, 1966 he married the love of his life, Patricia Hammes, and they spent 54 wonderful years together. 

Bob was an avid golfer and was a member of the Root River Country Club for 43 years. He also loved fishing and spent 20 years fishing out of Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods. More than anything else, though, Bob loved spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed. 

Bob is survived by his wife Patricia “Patty” Pierce of Stewartville, 3 children Lori (Dan) Arndorfer of Grand Meadow, MN, Donnie (Tasha Murray) Pierce of Byron, MN, and Lisa (Chris) King of Stewartville, and 6 grandchildren Annika Arndorfer, Andrew Arndorfer, Zach (Kortney) Pierce, Nick (Kelli Oelkers) Pierce, Kayle Pierce, Kinzie King, and brother David Pierce of South Carolina. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Phyllis. 

Funeral Mass for Bob will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley.



Vernice Ilene (Simonson) Stier January 31, 1925 ~ July 10, 2020 (age 95) 

Vernice I. Stier, age 95, of Grand Meadow died Friday July 10, 2020 at her home in Grand Meadow. 

She was born January 31, 1925 to Clarence and Bertha (Skogstad) Simonson on a farm near Grand Meadow. She attended and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1944 and was united in marriage to Phillip Stier on September 26, 1945 at St Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow and together they had 9 children. Vernice was a homemaker for the majority of her life, at age 60 she started working at Grand Meadow Health Care and continued to work there for 10 years. After her retirement from the Care Center Vernice and Phillip enjoyed wintering in Mesa, AZ for many years. She enjoyed bowling, music, dancing, cocktail hour with a brandy old fashioned, playing pinochle and driving her golf cart around Grand Meadow but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and having a good time. 

She is survived by her children; Annette (Pat) Hefling of Tomahawk, WI, Mark (Theresa) Stier of Grand Meadow, Connie (Frank) Mignone of Hamel, MN, Terry (Lisa) Stier of Montgomery, MN, Less (Chery) Stier of Grand Meadow, Pam (Craig) Stacey of Deephaven, MN, Patti Stier of Burnsville, MN and Jim (Randi) Stier of Grand Meadow, 28 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip on October 24, 2006, a son Stephen, a grandson Brandon and 3 brothers; Everett, Chuck and Curt. 

A public visitation will be held from 10 A.M. until 11 A.M. on Friday July 17, 2020 at St Finbarr Catholic Church. St Finbarr Catholic Church requests masks be worn and social distancing be followed. A private funeral Mass for the family will take place later that day. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her niece Julie Burgess for the loving care she extended to Vernice over the last couple years.




David R. Theiss November 7, 1946 ~ June 14, 2020 (age 73) 

David R. Theiss passed away peacefully, at home with family surrounding him on Sunday, June 14, 2020. 

David Roy Theiss was born to Roy and Helen (Winters) Theiss on November 7, 1946, in Spring Valley. Dave graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1964. He married the love of his life, Mary Danielson, on December 9, 1972, at St. Ignatius Church in Spring Valley. He retired from his career at Hormel Foods in 2010. Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, Western movies, casino trips, country drives, and spending time with family. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary, daughter Lisa (Clyde) Rollie of Wykoff, Lori Theiss and partner Dale Wilson of Rochester, his brothers Roger (Peggy) Winters of Spring Valley and Don Theiss of Spring Valley, grandchildren Samantha Rollie, Jordan Theiss, Tristan Rollie, and Ethan Rollie, great grandchildren Lyla Koch and Rylin Tonsanger. 

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Helen Theiss. 

The family sends a heartfelt Thank You to the awesome team at Seasons Hospice and Dr. Cory Boyce at OMC in Spring Valley. 

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2020, at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery with Fr. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating.



Louise A. (Viktora) Hahn  February 24, 1939 ~ April 25, 2020 (age 81) 

Louise A. Hahn, age 81, of Spring Valley, MN died on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at her home. 

Louise Alice Viktora was born on February 24, 1939 to James and Minnie Viktora. She was united in marriage to Darrell Hahn on May 7, 1955 in Fillmore, MN. They lived their entire married life in the Wykoff area. Louise loved to clean and made her living as a housekeeper. She loved spending time with her family, going to church, working out, and doing crossword puzzles. She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley. Louise was an honest, hardworking woman who was always willing to help anybody out and give them the shirt off of her back. She will be deeply missed. 

Louise is survived by 2 daughters Karen (Kevin Olson) Schwartz of Elgin and Kristi (Craig) Burch of Spring Valley, 3 sons Ronald Hahn of LeRoy, Rodney (Heather) Hahn of Spring Valley, and Robert Hahn of Spring Valley, Tony Hare of Grand Meadow, who was just like family to Louise, brothers Gene, Melvin, and Donnie, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Darrell in 1981, special friend Milton “Mody” Thompson, sons Randy Hahn and Richard Hahn Sr., grandsons Jamie Allen Schwartz and Richard Hahn Jr., sisters Rosella, Lillian, and Gladys, and brothers Wesley, Kenneth, and David. 

 Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in Spring Valley Cemetery.



Glen P. Davis     December 7, 1931 ~ February 15, 2020 (age 88) 

Glen Paul Davis (88), a lifelong resident of Grand Meadow, passed away on Saturday February 15, 2020. 

He was born on December 7, 1931 to Volney and Theckla (Stier) Davis at the family farm north of Grand Meadow. Dr. Mitchell arrived in his one horse sleigh to deliver him. Glen was the 8th of 9 children. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1949 and was captain of the 1948 Larks football team. 

He married Shirley Evenson on January 29, 1955 at St Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Grand Meadow. They had 5 children – Jay, Kim, Dawn, Lisa, and Wade. Kim passed away in a car accident in 1964. He lost his beloved wife Shirley on January 19, 1996, after 40 years of marriage. In 1999 Glen married MaryAnn Heimer, they were later divorced. 

Glen was a lifelong farmer, taking over the family farm with his three brothers Stan, Don and Ray. Together they farmed over 1100 acres, milked around 60 cows and raised numerous chickens over the years.  

Glen was proud to drive school bus for Grand Meadow Schools for 55 years, from 1949 – 2005 and had the chance to drive multiple generations of some local families. His bus kids lovingly called him “Glennie”. He would proudly tell you that in all those years he never had an accident. The Post Bulletin did an article on Glen in January 2015 to highlight his commitment to bus driving. Glen will be laid to rest in a custom school bus casket donated by Hindt Funeral Home of Grand Meadow. 

Glen was an active member of his community throughout his life, serving on the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church board of trustees, Knights of Columbus and the church council. He was also secretary of the Vernon Creamery board. In his retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels delivering food to Grand Meadow residents. 

Glen was a huge supporter of the Grand Meadow School and the Superlark teams. In addition to cheering for the Superlarks, he loved playing cards and checkers, and throwing horseshoes. Most of all, he loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. 

Glen is survived by four children – Jay (Sandra Heiland) Davis, Dawn (Steve) Durst, Lisa (Brian) Hodge and Wade (Elizabeth Lin) Davis, five grandchildren – Nick Durst, Kim Durst, Jennifer Andersen, Brady (Katy) Hodge, and Dani Hodge, and two great grandchildren – Logan Andersen and Kaiza Hodge. He is survived by one sister – Teresa (Truman) Nelson and two sisters in law– Shirley (Stan) Davis and Linda (Ray) Davis – and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, daughter Kim, parents Volney and Theckla, four brothers – Verne, Stan, Don, Ray, and three sisters – Sister Donald, Marcella, Laurene. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 21 at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, 504 1st St SW, with Father Russell Scepaniak officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 at St. Finbarr’s and one hour before the service. Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date. 

Memorials are preferred to the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church or the Grand Meadow Education Fund (GMEF). 

The Davis family wishes to extend its immense gratitude to the staff at Grand Meadow Senior Living, Mayo Clinic Hospice – Austin, and his two special caregivers from Home Instead - Ruby Bell and Deb Lester.



Mary K. (Arnts) Rath     November 11, 1928 ~ January 14, 2020 (age 91) 

Mary Rath, 91, of Grand Meadow, MN died on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center. 

Mary Katherine Arnts was born in Storm Lake, IA on November 11, 1928 to Bernard and Gezena (Lansink) Arnts. She attended country school as a child with her siblings. On August 18, 1952 Mary was united in marriage to Michael Rath in Schaller, IA. In 1956, Mary and Michael moved to an 80 acre farm near Grand Meadow. Together they wintered in Weslaco, TX for 19 years. Mary worked at Daytons Department Store for about 20 years. Mary enjoyed baking, crocheting, knitting, quilting, painting, and crafts. She was a member of St. Finbarr Catholic Church and its Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Neighborhood Knitting Club and Birthday Club. 

Mary is survived by her children Carol (Mike) Fritz of Rochester, Paul (Barb) Rath of Chatfield, Bob (Barb) Rath, of Grand Meadow, Lori (Tim) Ryan of Rochester, and Joe Rath of Rochester, 5 grandchildren Aaron Rath, Libby Rapos, Renae Peters, Tony Rath, Korey Rath, 4 step-grandchildren Zac, Chase, Candice, and Brent Quandt, 5 great-grandchildren Kadin Tracy, Xander Rapos, Mason Rapos,Cynthia Peters and Jonathan Peters, sister Josephine Goeser of Council Bluffs, IA, and sister-in-law Eileen Arnts of Storm Lake, IA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mike in 2015, and 5 siblings. 

Funeral Mass for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow with Father Kevin Connolly officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow. Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m.



Charles D. Kuhl   April 27, 1939 ~ November 18, 2019 (age 80) 

Charles D. Kuhl, 80, of Racine, MN died on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Ostrander Care Center. 

Charles Duwayne Kuhl was born on April 27, 1939 to Ben and A. Mary (Fuerstenberg) Kuhl in Stewartville, MN. He dairy farmed in the Spring Valley area and drove school bus for the Stewartville school district for 27 years. He also worked for the Spring Valley Tribune, doing the inserts and distributing papers throughout the area. Charles loved to reminisce and was very handy. Any idea you could give him, he could make it. He adored dogs and traveled the country attending various dog shows. He occasionally showed dogs himself and was a big part of the Basset Hound show scene. 

Charles is survived by his sisters Larraine (LaVerne) Mickow of Elgin, MN, and Sandra Miller of Spring Valley, many nieces and nephews, and many dog showing friends, especially Nancy Klenke. 

was preceded in death by his parents, sister Audrey, brother-in-law Kenneth Miller, and nephew Charles Miller. 

Funeral Services for Charles will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and will continue for one hour at the church prior to the service on Friday.



Robert D. Brownlow April 2, 1933 ~ October 27, 2019 (age 86) 

Robert Dennis Brownlow, 86, of Le Roy, MN died on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. 

Robert was born to Bernard and Viola (Holt) Brownlow in Austin, MN on April 2, 1933. He was married to Colleen Iverson on September 8, 1956 in Le Roy, MN and they became the parents of four children; Terri, Kris, Kay, and Bob. He was the proud owner and operator of the Red Owl grocery store for 55 years. He served in the US Army and was deployed to the Korean conflict. In 1967, he was the Minnesota trapshooting champion (doubles). Robert was an avid golfer, fisher, bowler, and hunter. He was also a volunteer fireman, a ham radio operator, and fan of both of the Vikings and the Twins.  

Robert is survived by his children Terri Beckett of Farmington, MN, Kris (Mark) Thompson of Bettendorf, IA, Kay (Bill) McCloud of Le Roy, Robert “Bob” (Vivian) Brownlow of Akron, OH, 14 grandchildren, 10 ½ great-grandchildren, and sister Donna Mallory of Maple Grove, MN. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Colleen, grandson Michael, son-in-law Harold Beckett, and brother-in-law William Mallory.   

Memorial Mass for Robert will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Le Roy with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 at Hindt Funeral Home in Le Roy and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.




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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