Obituaries


  • Lonn Engler

    Sept. 1, 1961 – March 30, 2023

    FARGO, N.D. – Lonn Engler, 61, Windom, Minn., died Thursday, March 30, in Sanford Medical Center.

    Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 14, at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by a celebration of life at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at First United Methodist Church in Windom. Pastor Mike McInnis will officiate.

    Arrangements by LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center.

     


  • Lucy Lucille Madson

    Lucy Lucille Madson (nee Sykora)  was born November 9, 1929 in Storden, MN to Sylvia and Frank Sykora. Lucy was the fifth of 7 children.

    Lucy grew up on a farm and loved everything about it. A tomboy, her passion was horseback riding. After graduating from Storden High School in 1947, she worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Windom as a telephone operator.

    In 1949 she married her high school sweetheart, Wayland Madson. Except for working at the elementary school for a few years, Lucy was a stay at home mother to their 5 daughters.

    Her family was very industrious and hard working, Lucy was no different. She used her creativity and artistic ability to make a wonderful home for her family and friends. She was an excellent seamstress and sewed for her family and others in need.

    Lucy was quite athletic and enjoyed golf, reading sewing, entertaining and traveling with her family.

    She was a believer in Jesus Christ and her love for Him spurred her on to a life of service to Him and others. She was a member of different organizations over the years but was always very active in her church. She taught Sunday School, worked in the nursery and served in the kitchen. She loved nothing more than seeing a need and meeting it.

    Lucy passed away on Monday, March 27, 2023 at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by husband, Wayland; her infant son; 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She will be sorely missed by her daughters, Marsha (Jon) Larson, Lynn (Greg) Thomas, Connie (Bob) Arnold, Cheryl (Mike) Fregeau, Pam (Tom) Miller; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Merle Sykora (Tom Olson); many nieces and nephews.

    Service were held Monday, April 3, 2023, 11:00 A.M. at WOODBURY BAPTIST CHURCH, 6695 Upper Afton Road, Woodbury, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment Storden Baptist Cemetery.

    Memorials are preferred to Woodbury Baptist Church.  

    Arrangements with Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services, 651-439-5511.


  • Marlene Eidem

    A Celebration of Life Service for Marlene Eidem, of Mankato, formerly of Jeffers, will be held Saturday, June 3rd at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Jeffers, with Pastor Cathy Hoffbeck officiating. The burial will be at the Jeffers City Cemetery in Jeffers.

    A time of visitation and gathering will be held one hour prior to the Celebration of Life Service at the United Methodist Church in Jeffers. Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Marlene may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.   Marlene Anita Eidem was born to Arnold and Ruth (Holck) Quade on March 22, 1938, in Windom, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers and attended Jeffers Public School. She worked at the cafe in Jeffers, starting at age 14, where she learned to cook.

    On April 3 1955, she was united in marriage to David Anton Eidem at the Methodist Church in Jeffers. They began their life together on a farm 4 miles east of Jeffers, where they were blessed with 3 children.

    Marlene was a devoted member of Jeffers United Methodist Church, and served as music director for 50 years. For many years she served as church treasurer, was on the funeral committee, and taught Sunday school and VBS. Her artistic abilities and talents were used to design church banners which were displayed in the sanctuary. She was on the Jeffers Cemetery Board and was a caretaker for many family members over the years.

    She loved cooking and baking, acrylic painting, sewing, playing cards and piano, was an avid reader and enjoyed puzzles. Marlene lived for her family. She gave everything she had to make sure they were happy, healthy, and never left hungry! Her heart was happiest when her family was in the kitchen, and she was cooking an amazing meal for all to enjoy, especially her homemade pancakes, eaten faster then she could flip them onto their plates that were warmed in the microwave first, so the hot pancakes didn’t sit on cold plates. Another family favorite was her homemade noodles and cheese. She loved the holidays when all the family gathered in their home, having the grandkids stay for a few nights and having the house full! She had a heart of gold.

    In recent years her health began to decline, and in 2018, they moved to New Perspectives Senior Living in Mankato. After an extremely courageous 17-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Marlene joined her Heavenly Father on her 85th birthday, March 22, 2023.

    Marlene is survived by her husband of almost 68 years, David; three children, Dale “Butch” (Julie) Eidem, Lisa Vossen, and Joel (Julie) Eidem; seven grandchildren, Justin Vossen, Megan Vossen, Anthony Eidem, Shannon (Chase) Traeger, Nikki (Mike) Schowalter, Nicholas Eidem, and Sydney (Hayden) Corder; three great-grandchildren, Jaden Schowalter, Aubrey Schowalter, and Finn Traeger; two nieces, Sandy Olson and Suzie Olson; two nephews, Steve (Michelle) Olson and Scott Olson; and sister-in-law, Cathy Quade.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws; siblings, August “Boomer” Quade, Marvin “Babe” Quade, Marjorie “Midge” Olson; and sister-in-law, Mary Jean Eidem.

    Blessed be the memory of Marlene Eidem.


  • Allen Meier

    Allen Albert Meier, age 72, of Jeffers, passed away peacefully of cancer, on March 18, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Society in Windom.

    Allen was born August 8, 1950, in Springfield, Minnesota, the son of Albert and Darlene Meier. Allen grew up in Jeffers, where he graduated in 1968 and briefly went to Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Jackson. Allen joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War on the USS America, as a motor vehicle mechanic. After returning home, he operated a combine harvester for Green Giant, and then spent many years working at the Springfield Power Plant.

    Allen enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle around town, eating and visiting with the locals at Jeffers Café. He liked going to auctions to look at vintage cars and tractors.

    He is survived by his two brothers, Kenneth of Delft, MN and Michael of Butterfield, MN; two sisters, Karen (Norman) Smith of Chesapeake, VA, and Janine (Scott) Balthazor of Crosslake, MN; four nieces; one nephew; four grandnieces; and two grandnephews.

    Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Darlene; and sister- in-law, Charlotte Meier. 

    Allen will be remembered as a kind and gentle person. A Celebration of Life Service for Allen Meier of Jeffers, was held Friday, March 24th at the Jeffers Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor John Keck. Allen was buried, with Military Honors, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Windom. Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Allen may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.


  • Roberta Riebe

    A Celebration of Life Service for Roberta Riebe, age 89, of Windom will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 17th at the First Presbyterian Church in Windom with Pastor Tim Olsen officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.

    Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 17th from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Windom.

    Roberta Riebe passed away on February 3, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom with her loving husband, Lyle, at her side.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Roberta may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.    Roberta Mae Schneiter was born on March 6, 1933, in Litchfield, Minnesota. Roberta was the fifth of six children. She grew up on a dairy farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse in Meeker County through the eighth grade. In ninth grade she began to attend Litchfield High School, where she met Lyle Riebe in their English class. Lyle remembers being very disappointed when he was moved to the front row, because he and Roberta were talking too much. This was the beginning of a lifelong love.

    After graduating from high school in 1951, Roberta attended Macalester College in St. Paul, while Lyle entered the Air Force. They were united in marriage on July 12, 1952, and Roberta joined Lyle in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he was stationed. Following their military years, they attended Huron College. In 1958, they moved to Windom, Minnesota where Roberta was a busy homemaker, raising their growing family which would eventually include four daughters and one son.

    During her early years in Windom, Roberta worked as a part-time bookkeeper at the Windom Sales Barn, while Lyle was a business education teacher, track, and football coach, at the Windom High School. As summer supplemental income, Roberta and Lyle became co-owners of the Pine Inn Drive-In, briefly with Bob and Dorothy Hofflander, and for nearly 20 years with Jack and Marilyn Kelly. Roberta’s passion was teaching, and as her own children grew and left home, she took a job as a para educator for Windom Elementary Schools.

    Although she was a busy wife and mother, Roberta also had time to focus on some hobbies. She enjoyed baking, sewing, and knitting. She also spent many hours refinishing furniture and learned to cane. She loved outdoor activities as well, including swimming, walking, and snow skiing. Roberta was an avid football and track fan. Her community activities were also numerous, including singing in Sweet Adelines, serving as a member and officer for PEO, and participating in Bridge Club and Sewing Club.

    Roberta was a selfless volunteer, serving in many capacities for various organizations. The First Presbyterian Church was one focus of her volunteering. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, was a youth leader, and served as a deacon. Roberta led vacation Bible Schools, was active in PW Circle, and even served as a camp counselor at the Presbyterian Camp on Okoboji. Roberta particularly enjoyed working with children as they read to the horses at Reinbows, Inc. After retiring, Roberta, along with Lyle, decided to participate in Volunteers in Mission. Their first assignment was at Wasatch Academy in Utah. However, Roberta found her true calling at Heifer Project International (HPI) where she and Lyle volunteered about 6 months out of every year for 19 years. Roberta served as Visitor Center hostess as well as leading many small group and larger school tours, sharing the mission of Heifer.

    Roberta also loved to travel and traveled all throughout the United States to visit friends and family. Some family trips took her to Germany and other parts of Europe. She and Lyle also had the opportunity to visit HPI mission projects both within the continental United States and internationally. They traveled to both Tanzania and Thailand, meeting people and viewing the work of Heifer first-hand.

    On Friday, February 3, 2023, Roberta passed away peacefully at the age of 89 years and 11 months, with her loving husband, Lyle at her side. She is survived by her husband, Lyle; four daughters, Marty (Tim) Olsen of Luverne, MN, Carol Bennett of Mesa, Arizona, Kitty (Willy) Wilson of Avon, Indiana, and Jan Pryor of Canon City, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Jan Morris and Carol Marshall, both of Northfield, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Bernice Schneiter; her mother-in-law, Martha Riebe; her son, Randy; her brother, Harry Schneiter and his wife Jodie; her sisters, Betty Richter and her husband Erwin, Margaret Steinkraus and her husband Cliff; brothers-in-law, Richard Morris and George Marshall.

    Blessed be the memory of Roberta Mae Riebe.


  • Margaret Kelm

    A Celebration of Life Service for Margaret Kelm, age 86, of Westbrook, will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 22nd at the Amo Lutheran Church in rural Storden, with Pastor Harvey Pedersen officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

    A time of visitation and gathering will be held for two-hours prior to the service on Saturday, April 22nd from 12:00-2:00 PM at the church in rural Storden.

    Margaret Kelm passed away on Sunday, January 29th, at Our House Hospice of Murray County in Slayton, MN.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Margaret may be sent online to: lacannefuneralhome.com

    Margaret Ann Kelm was born March 26, 1936, in Amo Township MN to Everett and Hazel (Ihrke) Kuehl. She was baptized and confirmed at Amo Methodist Church in rural Storden.

    She attended country school for 5 years and graduated from Storden High School in 1954. She then attended Mankato State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education.

    While working at Centenary Methodist Church in Mankato, she met Norman Kelm. They were married there on August 22, 1959. They bought and moved to a farm by Westbrook in 1962. Together they farmed the land and were blessed with three children, who also helped on the farm.

    As a member of Amo Lutheran Church, she served on church council and was active in WELCA, holding several offices, tying quilts and made many pots of “egg coffee”. She led the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs for many years.

    Margaret was a 4-H member in her youth and helped her children and others have the same experience by being a 4-H Leader for many years. She also co-managed the county fair 4-H food stand for several years.

    She enjoyed being a member of the Extension Club for many years.

    In retirement they enjoyed traveling, especially to Branson MO, and a farm tour to Germany. They enjoyed 20 years wintering in Arizona where she was active with the quilting group and cabaret committee.

    She loved square dancing, dancing, quilting, gardening, baking – especially pies, and spending time with family and friends.

    Margaret is survived by her children: Kristine (Richard) Isder of Milan, MN, Bruce (Shirley) Kelm of Rogersville, MO, and Wayne (Sheri) Kelm of White SD; granddaughters: Allek (Matt) Scheele, Jordan (Carter) Potthoff, Laura Kelm, and Anna (Justin) Middleton; great-grandchildren: Oliver, Penelope, Landon and Sawyer; sisters: Delores Carr, LaDonna (Glen) Gravelle and Myrna Kuehl; brother Norman (Mary) Kuehl; brother-in-law Glen (Sharon) Kelm.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Norman, parents, and brother Darrel Kuehl.

    Margaret died peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Our House Hospice of Murray County in Slayton at the age of 86.

    Blessed be her memory.


  • Wendell “Pat” Woodcock

    A Celebration of Life Service for Wendell “Pat” Woodcock, age 89, of Windom, will be held Monday, April 3rd at 11:00 A.M. at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom, with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade and Pastor Mike McInnis officiating. Burial will be at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in rural Bergen.

    A time of visitation and gathering will be held Monday, April 3rd from 10:00-11:00 AM at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom.

    Pat Woodcock passed away peacefully under hospice care on Tuesday, March 21st, at his home in Windom.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Pat may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

    Wendell “Pat” Henry Woodcock was born on August 14, 1933, to Willard and Selma (Hanson) Woodcock in Windom, Minnesota. He graduated from Windom High School in 1951. Pat continued his education at the University of Minnesota, where he studied Geophysics for five years.

    On June 15, 1963, Pat was united in marriage to Phyllis Schmidt at the United Church of Christ in Henderson, Minnesota. The couple lived in Windom, where Phyllis was a kindergarten teacher, and Pat worked as a surveyor for Cottonwood County.

    Pat had a green thumb and was a Cottonwood County Master Gardener. He grew over 75 varieties of grapes, as well as an assortment of fruit trees, including peach, apricot, pear and apple. With his passion for grapes, Pat was a founder of the Grape Growers Association of Minnesota and worked in collaboration with the MN Arboretum to encourage the development of grapes that would grow and thrive in the Minnesota climate for wine making. Additionally, Pat served on the Board of Directors for Windomnet in the development of cable television.

    Pat is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis Woodcock of Windom; two brothers, Harold (Ruth) Woodcock and Hayes Woodcock; brother-in-law, Loren (Carol) Schmidt; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

    Pat was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie (Steven) Drexler; brother, Jack (Irene) Woodcock; in-laws, George and Mary (Brandt) Schmidt; brothers-in-law, Orville Schmidt and Ivan (Mabel) Schmidt; sister-in-law, Judy Woodcock; and half-sister, Josephine Lange.

    Blessed be the memory of Pat Woodcock.


  • Doug Miller

    Douglas Brian Miller, 67, passed peacefully surrounded by friends and family on March 3, 2023, in St. Cloud hospital after a brief illness.

    Doug was preceded in death by his father, Donald Miller, and his mother Patricia Miller (Nolte) of Windom, MN. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Miller (McClintick), siblings Denise Miller, Ann Gannon, and David Miller.

    Doug was born on April 4, 1955. He graduated from Windom High School in 1973 and went on to St. Cloud State where he played Husky basketball for 4 years. He moved to Alexandria, MN where he started his career with Lutheran Brotherhood. Doug spent most of his 27-year career working in Lutheran Brotherhood’s/Thrivent Financials’ Home Office, where he retired as Vice President, Regional Office. He made great lifetime friendships there and in Eden Prairie, where his Flagship basketball buddies called him “Doogie”.

    In 2004 Doug and Mary achieved their dream by moving to Mary’s grandfather’s resort on Lake Margaret, MN where Doug said “The stars were brighter and the air was cleaner.”

    In 2010 Doug and Mary bought Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa. There Doug enjoyed his voracious reading habit and entertaining customers with his bad Dad jokes. He also served 16 years on Lake Shore’s City Council, trying to protect the north woods’ environment, and encouraging the meetings to end on time.

    Doug’s kindness, generosity, empathy, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Doug’s life will be celebrated in June in the Nisswa area.

    Arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.


  • Ellen Arnsdorf

    A Celebration of Life Service was held on Tuesday, March 21st at 11:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. Burial followed at the Jeffers City Cemetery in Jeffers. The service was live streamed on the Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Ellen may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

    Ellen Marie (Iverson) Arnsdorf was born on September 8, 1941, to Elton Ivan and Eleanor Frances (Highby) Iverson, in Springfield, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church, Westbrook, Minnesota.

    Ellen attended country school at District 37, Cottonwood County and graduated from Lamberton High School in 1959. Ellen went on to study at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1963.

    On October 25, 1963, Ellen was united in marriage to Ken Arnsdorf at the Old Westbook Lutheran Church. Ken and Ellen farmed in Amboy Township for 53 years. Ellen worked as a Home Economics teacher in Forest Lake, Springfield, Comfrey and Storden-Jeffers Public Schools. After 20 years in that field, she went back to school to earn a master’s degree in education from Mankato State University in 1985. Ellen then took a job as a Nutrition Program Manager at the SWWC Service Cooperative in Marshall, Minnesota. She later worked as a Nutrition Program Manager for the MN Dairy Association in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she retired in 2006.

    Ellen was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. She was involved in many education organizations. She also spent time reading, working with stained glass, and flower gardening with many MN native plants. She loved her canine companion, Jake, and was known as a farmer’s wife.

    On March 16th, Ellen was called to her heavenly home, at the age of 81, at the Valley View Manor in Lamberton.

    Left to cherish Ellen’s memory are her brothers, Glen (Joan) Iverson of Lamberton, MN, and Kern (Shirley) Iverson of Lamberton, MN; dear friend, Ruthie Missling; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

    Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Ken Arnsdorf; parents, Elton and Eleanor Iverson; younger brother, Bruce Iverson; nephew, Toby Iverson; in-laws, Marlo & Evelyn Arnsdorf.

    Blessed be the memory of Ellen Arnsdorf.


  • Marilyn Feil

    A Celebration of Life Service for Marilyn Feil, of Mountain Lake, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24th at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Jackson. Burial will be at the Mountain Lake Cemetery.

    A time of visitation and gathering will be held on Friday, March 24th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Jackson.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Jackson. Condolences and memories of Marilyn may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

    Marilyn Martha “Marty” (Ibeling) Feil/Peterson was born on August 21, 1934, in Comfrey, Minnesota to John and Elsie (Uhlhorn) Ibeling. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Darfur, Minnesota. Marilyn attended Comfrey High School, where she was proudly crowned Homecoming Queen. She continued her education at Mankato Beauty Academy. She then worked in Mountain Lake for Vivian Demlow at Vivian’s Beauty Shop. During this time, she met Robert Feil while eating ice cream from Worthmore Ice Cream Shop (a hot place to go back in the day) and their romance began.

    They were married on October 17, 1954 in Darfur, Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Blake, Curtis, and Alison. She later opened an in-home beauty shop named Cut and Curl Boutique, a space built by the Feil Brothers. She was a beautician for 67 years.

    Marilyn was an organist at St. John Lutheran Church in Darfur and then at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake for 66 years, playing for services and the church choir. She was on both the Mountain Lake Heritage Board and Good Samaritan Board for many years. If you did not find Marilyn in her beauty shop, you would find her in her kitchen as she was a terrific baker and cook. There was never a worry when going to Marilyn’s that one would leave hungry.

    She loved her endless treasures and keepsakes (each had its own unique story), enjoyed family history, researching family genealogy, and sharing this knowledge with her family. Each year as the holidays approached, she had a special gift for all along with a tote of “treasures”. Marilyn also enjoyed gardening, canning, and freezing food, antique shopping or just shopping with her friends, reading books and magazines, and playing piano. Robert and Marilyn enjoyed many trips to northern Minnesota, square dancing on their date night, hosting holiday parties, and raising chickens.

    Known as a witty, kind, vibrant person, Marilyn enjoyed life to the fullest and went above and beyond for her family, friends, and customers. She passed on her work ethic, cooking traditions, and interests to her family. They helped with household chores and cooking duties while she was busy in her beauty shop, practicing hymns for Sunday services or helping with duties at Heritage Fest.

    After Robert passed away in 2003, Marilyn married LeRoy (Pete) Peterson on October 1st, 2005. During their marriage they enjoyed time camping, taking a trip to Alaska that created wonderful memories for them both, attending area social events, and reacquainting with past friends and Pete’s New Hope Church family. Marilyn and Pete enjoyed driving their Farmall and John Deere tractors in local town parades.

    Marilyn passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at the Good Samaritan Society – Sogge Memorial in Windom on March 9, 2023.

    Marilyn is survived by her husband, LeRoy (Pete) Peterson of Comfrey; her children, Blake Feil of Mountain Lake, Alison (Dean) Christians of Bloomington; daughter-in-law, Brenda Feil of Mountain Lake; stepdaughter, Jayna (Richard) Groebner of Springfield; grandchildren, Derek (Kathy) Feil of Alexandria, Deidre (Mike) Wierson of Jackson, Reid (Haley) Feil of Jeffers, Kaitlin Feil of St. Louis Park, Alex (Manda) Christians of Cannon Falls, Dylan Christians and Amanda Christians of Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Mataya Feil, Adeline Wierson, Annabelle Wierson, Cy Wierson, Maverick Mathias, Kutler Mathias, Bridger Feil, BrynLee Feil, Bexley Feil, Bellamie Feil, Raddix Feil, Brayden Christians, and Brody Christians.

    Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elsie Ibeling; her brother, Lyle Ibeling; her first husband, Robert Feil; her son, Curtis Feil; her stepson, Brian Peterson; and her great granddaughter, Brezlyn Feil.

    Blessed be the memory of Marilyn Feil.