Obituaries


Robert Carl Jass

Robert Carl Jass age 89, of Mt. Lake died on May 2, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake.
Visitation was on Friday, May 7, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel and continued on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church-Mt. Lake.
Service was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church-Mt. Lake, on Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m. The clergy was Rev. Rick Bremseth.
Military honors were held following the service at the church by the Butterfield VFW and the Mt. Lake American Legion.
Interment will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Kimball Township, Minnesota.
Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Robert Carl Jass was born on Aug. 10, 1931, to Carl and Esther (Frietag) Jass on the home farm in Lakeside Township near Bingham Lake. He grew up and attended District 66 country school and graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1949, where he was FFA president his senior year.
After graduating, he helped on the farm and helped build Trinity Lutheran Church.
On March 4, 1952, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force where he served until 1956.
In May of 1956, Bob was married to Marg Buroker. They had one son, Eric Jass. The marriage dissolved in 1968.
On Aug. 1, 1971, Robert was married to Sally Schultz in Sioux Falls. They made their home in Mt. Lake, where they had two children, Stefanie Sorenson and Robert Jass, Jr.
He was grinding feed for Floyd Dehmlow before going into business on his own with Jass Grinding and Mixing and also worked at Adrian Butterfield Elevator until he retired at 70 years of age.
Bob was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake. He later joined Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kimball Township and then went back to Trinity Lutheran Church.
He helped Sally with her pickles and gardening and he cleaned bullheads for a lot of people. Bob enjoyed fishing, camping and find-a-word-search books when he could still see. He liked his Buzz TV old-time game shows, driving around with Bobby and listening to polka music and old country music. Bob loved visiting with friends and family. His nickname was Sonny.
Robert is survived by son, Eric (Shelly) Jass of Kennewick, Wash.; daughter, Stefanie (Scott) Sorenson of Brewster; son, Robert Jass Jr. of Mt. Lake; grandson, Jason Fiala of Omaha, Neb.; sister, Yvonne Hildebrandt of Mt. Lake; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sally; three sisters; four brothers; two sisters-in-law; and one brother-in-law.


Sharon “Sherry” Johnson

Sharon “Sherry” Johnson, 80, of St. James, formerly of Windom, died May 5, 2021.
A Celebration of Life was Monday at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Andy Hermodson-Olsen and Rev. Matthew Seegert officiating.
Sharon “Sherry” Lee Hanefeld was born March 17, 1941, to Gordy and Helen Hanefeld in Windom. She graduated from Windom High School in 1959.
In 1960, Sherry married Myron Johnson.
Throughout her life, Sherry had a passion for decorating, shopping and all things social, especially entertaining family and friends.
She was involved in the St. James community and a member of First Lutheran Church in St. James.
Sherry’s most enjoyable days were often spent in Okoboji, Iowa, a place that captured her heart in childhood and remained a special destination for her and her family through the years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron; a sister-in-law, Sheryl Hanefeld; and brothers-in-law, Dean Johnson and Gene Ihrke.
Survivors include her two children, Pamela (Joel) Wacholz of North Mankato and Mark (Kimberly) Johnson of Madelia; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Douglas Hanefeld of Vancouver, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Carol Ihrke of Blair, Neb.


LaVonne Villa

LaVonne Villa, 86, of Westbrook died May 5, 2021, at Ava’s Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.
Interment was at Westbrook Cemetery in Westbrook.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests were required to wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines.
Stephens Funeral Service-Westbrook Funeral Home handled the funeral arrangements.
LaVonne Lenora Andersen was born Jan. 6, 1935, to Andrew and Elizabeth (Mielke) Andersen in Fox Lake Township, Minnesota. She grew up in Welcome, where she attended church and school, and graduated from Welcome High School in 1953.
LaVonne married Keith Villa at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Welcome in 1953. They lived in Westbrook where LaVonne was a homemaker and mother in addition to doing bookkeeping for Keith’s business, Westbrook Dairy. It later became Oak Grove Dairy.
When the bookkeeping system changed with Oak Grove Dairy’s expansions, LaVonne joined the Westbrook School District. She worked in the kitchen and later as a teacher’s aide for over 20 years, primarily in early elementary classrooms.
LaVonne was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Lions Club and was a supporter of Special Olympics.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing Bunko, flower gardening and feeding birds outside her kitchen windows.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith; two sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include her children: Patti “Pat” Campbell of Sioux Falls, Lori Grote (Paul Jones) of Jackson, Kevin Villa of Cloquet, Kurt Villa and Kent Villa of Westbrook; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Merle Kepler

Merle Kepler, 77, of Slayton died April 29, 2021, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m., at Slayton Cemetery in Slayton with Rev. Dale Denger officiating.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines.
Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is handling the funeral arrangements.
Merle Kepler was born April 25, 1944, to Keith and Hazel (Carter) Kepler in Slayton. He attended Slayton High School.
Merle lived in Windom, where he worked for Caldwell Packing. He retired in 2015 and remained in Windom until 2019, when he moved to Slayton to be near family.
In March 2020, Merle became a resident of Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda.
Merle enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Kepler; six siblings and their spouses: Cherry (Johnny) Rasmussen, Gerald (Loretta) Kepler, Lauren Kepler, Del (Delores) Kepler, Connie Clarke and Dennis (Kathy) Kepler; and a brother-in-law, Dick Powell.
Survivors include his son, Darin Kepler of Mankato; two grandchildren; two siblings, Audrey Powell of Sun City West, Ariz.; and Curtis (Karla) Kepler of Slayton; and a sister-in-law, Betty Kepler of Windom


Shirley Paden

Shirley Paden, 76, of Windom died April 26, 2021, at Windom Area Health in Windom.
A Celebra­tion of Life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at LaCanne Family Fu­neral Home in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
The service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Visitation will be held Saturday at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.
Masks will be required to attend services and social distancing guidelines should be followed.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is han­dling the funeral arrange­ments.
Shirley Ann Morphew was born July 16, 1944, to Clarence and Edith (Hor­key) Morphew in Mankato. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal.
In 1963, Shirley married Charles Paden in Fulda. They were blessed with four children: Sandy, Jon, Deb and Heather. Since their marriage, Shirley and Charles have lived in South Dakota and Minnesota.
Shirley attended school to become a beautician and owned her own business, The Main Attraction. She later worked at Shopko/Pamida where she enjoyed serving the public.
Shirley enjoyed and was accomplished at sewing and crafting. She also enjoyed working on puzzles, reading, gardening, flowers and bird watching.
Recently, Shirley experi­enced heart issues and was hospitalized at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, before being transferred to Windom Area Health.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Paden; and a brother, Roger Morphew.
Survivors include her four children: Sandy Carpentier and Jon Paden of Windom, Deb (Les) McElhany of Wa­tertown, S.D., and Heather (Josh) Zuehlke of Okabena; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dennis (Kris) Morphew of Trosky and Dan (Kathy) Morphew of Windom.


Roger Morphew

Roger Morphew, 78, of Windom died April 21, 2021, at Crossroads Care Center in Worthington.
A public Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m., at LaCanne Fam­ily Funeral Home in Win­dom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
The funeral service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Windom.
A public visitation will precede the service, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the funeral home.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is han­dling the funeral arrange­ments.
Roger Edwin Morphew was born May 21, 1942, to Clarence and Edith (Horkey) Morphew in Cordova.
Roger was employed as a carpenter with Eugene Schmalz for many years, building apartment build­ings and condos in Windom.
Roger then teamed with Terry Fredin and continued doing all types of carpentry jobs. He later did various carpentry jobs on his own until his illness in August 2020.
In addition to carpentry work, Roger also did snow removal for Marv Bottin for several years, then started his own lawn care and snow removal service.
Roger enjoyed anything involving care. He drove demolition derby cars and worked on and helped pit crew a modified car for many years.
When a local tractor pull­ing club was formed, Roger built his own tractor puller, naming it “The Gambler.” He won the points champion­ship in 1986.
Years later, Roger and his sons purchased a race car and raced at Murray County Speedway and Jackson Speedway for nine years.
Roger worked on many project cars, but his pride and joy was his ’55 Chevy.
He also was a member of the Black Knights Car Club and a member of the McDon­alds coffee group, where he could be found every night.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Paden.
Survivors include his sons, Tim and Jeff; three grandchildren; and brothers, Dennis (Kris) Morphew and Dan (Kathy) Morphew.


Helen Becker

Helen Becker, 87, of Heron Lake died April 18, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake with Father Pratap officiating. Family and friends are welcome.
Casket bearers will be her grandchildren: Ryan Paplow, Christian Goedtke, Nathan Goedtke, Matthew Becker, Sierra Goedtke, and Morgan Becker.
Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in rural Heron Lake.
Visitation will be held Sunday, from noon to 1 p.m., at the church in Heron Lake.
Condolences and memories of Helen can be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Heron Lake Sacred Heart Catholic Church Restoration Fund: 321 9th St., P.O. Box 377, Heron Lake, MN 56137.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Helen Catherine Becker was born on April 17, 1934, in LaCrosse Township, Jackson County, the youngest child of Rochus and Catherine (Wagner) Appel. She was baptized and later confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake.
She attended country school in District 97 near Miloma, Sacred Heart Catholic School and later Heron Lake High School.
She was united in marriage to Richard Charles Becker on Nov. 10, 1955, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. After marriage, they lived in Heron Lake. They shared 32 years of marriage until his death on Aug. 18, 1987. They were blessed with five daughters: Bridget, Suzann, Lisa, Lori and Luci; and two sons, Nicholas (Nick), and Leon (Lonnie).
Helen was an extraordinary homemaker and was passionate about it.
She was a lifelong member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she was active in Sacred Heart CCW and Catholic Order of Foresters, served as Eucharistic Minister and Offertory.
She also volunteered with the Lakeview Home Auxiliary and the Jackson County Food Shelf.
Helen’s hobbies included embroidering, sewing, baking, babysitting, volunteering, mowing the lawn and watching “The Price is Right.” She loved hosting and attending family celebrations. Helen also enjoyed socializing with many friends and neighbors.
Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend left this life peacefully on April 18, 2021, at the age of 87.
She is survived by her children: Bridget (Scott) Lyons, Windom; Suzie (Ron) Paplow, Dundee; Nick Becker, Heron Lake; Lisa (Kent) Taber, Redwood Falls; Lori Becker, Des Moines, Iowa; Luci (Peter) Goedtke, Fulda; and Lonnie Becker, Heron Lake; her 13 grandchildren: Ryan (Juliane) Paplow, Michelle (Tim) Bader, Erin (Andrew) Kodet, Alyssa Lyons, Hannah (Nate) Thooft, Lacey (Dusty) Gorder, Brooke (Cole) Huhnerkoch, Jared (Mollie) Taber, Christian Goedtke, Nathan Goedtke, Matthew Becker, Sierra Goedtke and Morgan Becker; nine great-grandchildren: Raymond and George Paplow, Liam and Peter Kodet, Makai Thooft, Wren Gorder and Riley, Connor and Ella Taber; sisters-in-law, Barb Appel, Heron Lake, and Donna Appel, Aitkin.
Helen will be welcomed in heaven by her parents; her husband, Richard; five brothers: Herman, Lawrence, Albert, Bernard and Arnold Appel; and two sisters, Louise Voit and Margaret Gilmore.
Blessed be the memory of Helen Catherine Becker


Jane M. (Glidden) Sippel

Jane M. (Glidden) Sippel, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, passed away at age 108 on April 19, 2021, at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island, where she had resided for the past six years.
Her sweetness and caring nature will be missed by all who knew her.
Jane Meredith Glidden was born on March 7, 1913, in Sutherland, Iowa, to Curtis Glidden and Jennie (Hicks) Glidden. In 1923, she moved with her family to a farm near Heron Lake. There she attended country school through the eighth grade.
In 1930, her family moved to Windom, where she graduated from Windom High School in the class of 1933.
After high school Jane was employed in retail sales positions in Windom.
On March 5, 1938, Jane was united in marriage to Lester O. Sippel at the Lutheran Church of our Savior in Windom. This marriage was blessed with two sons, David and Curtis. After the birth of her boys, Jane became a homemaker for her remaining years and a compassionate care giver, first to her mother and then later to her husband Lester until his passing in 1988.
She also sacrificed much to provide her sons with a college education, something that was not available to her.
Jane was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom until her passing. While in Windom she was involved in many church activities, including the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and her church circle.
In the early 1940s, she was a founding member of a “Sewing Club” in Windom, a group of young women, many of whom had husbands away during World War II, who frequently gathered to share coffee and conversation. Then, in later years, and with spouses included, they planned and enjoyed many square dancing, canasta and holiday parties together. The friendships they formed remained a significant part of Jane’s life until she left Windom.
In 1999, Jane moved to Rochester to be close to her sons. She resided at Shorewood Place until 2015 when she moved to Pine Haven Care Center.
Asked many times over the years what the secret was to such a long life, she would typically pause . . . then smile and say, “Well, I loved to dance!”
A family memorial service with inurnment at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom will be planned for a later date.
Jane is survived by her sons, Dr. David (Donna) Sippel and Curtis Sippel, both of Rochester; granddaughters, Dr. Jennifer (Jay Yandell) Sippel of Allen, Texas, and Kristin (Charles) Sippel Hartman of Hutchinson; great-grandchildren: Braeden Stewart, Charlie Hartman, Jack Hartman and Emma Hartman; and her many nieces and nephews and their families.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester; and brothers: Tom, Joe, Jack, Ned, Max and a brother who died in infancy.
Memorials are suggested to Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island (http://pinehavencommunity.org/care-center/); the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom (https://www.oursaviorslutheran.net/); or the Cottonwood County Historical Society (http://www.cchsmn1901.org/).


Irene Cuppy

Irene Cuppy, 96, of Windom died April 23, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m., at Windom Evangelical Free Church in Windom with Pastor Jon Greener officiating.
Special music will be provided by Katie Greener, pianist; and Jon Greener, vocalist.
Casket bearers will be Joseph Caviness, Michael Caviness, Patrick Caviness, Thomas Caviness, Gary Caviness and Adam Caviness.
Honorary bearers will be Lyman Holmes, Patti Holmes, Nathan Holmes, Mitch Voehl, Tracey Voehl and Matthew Voehl.
Masks will be required to attend services at the church.
Following lunch, burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Irene Doris Caviness was born June 26, 1924, to John and Sena E. (Sorenson) Caviness in Jackson. She grew up with her six brothers and graduated from Spirit Lake High School in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
She married Howard Reed. They were blessed with two children, Daniel and Marcia, before Howard’s death in 1970.
In 1975, Irene married Leroy Cuppy. They enjoyed travelling, going to threshing bees and attending the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa before Leroy’s death in 2006. She also enjoyed her family and hosting family holiday and birthday celebrations.
A member of Windom Evangelical Free Church, Irene was involved in White Cross women’s group.
Remembered as a hard worker, who did manual labor much of her life, Irene also worked as a dry cleaner at Bryan’s Laundry in Spirit Lake for several years.
In addition to her husbands, Irene was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Reed; a daughter, Marcia Reed; and her six brothers: Ralph, Jerry, Donald, Lloyd, Dale and Clifford Caviness.
Survivors include her niece, Tracey (Mitchell) Voehl of Windom; and sister-in-law, Donna Caviness of Spirit Lake, Iowa


Marcella Cesar

Marcella Cesar, 98, of Mapleton, formerly of Windom, died April 22, 2021, at Pathstone Living in Mankato.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at Mankato Mortuary in Mankato.
Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Mapleton.
Visitation will be held today at the funeral home for one hour prior to services.
Mankato Mortuary of Mankato is handling the funeral arrangements.
Marcella Shaul was born Feb. 20, 1923, to George and Martha (Burger) Schaul in Springfield. She spent most of her childhood in Cottonwood County, graduating from Windom High School in 1941.
In 1942, Marcella married Oscar Kramer in Dixon, Ill. He died in 1949.
In 1950, Marcella married Raymond Deutchman, who died in 1961.
In 1971, she married Melvin Cesar at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He died in 2002.
Marcella was a waitress for several years before working for ADC and Oman of St. Peter. She retired in 1985 and in 1989, moved to Mapleton.
She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, country music and painting.
In addition to her three husbands, Marcella was preceded in death by two granddaughters and a brother and sister-in-law.
Survivors include her seven children: Boyd H. Kramer, Bruce (Carol) Kramer, Dilly (Bernie) Langworthy, Michelle Ouren, Rhonda (Jim) McVay, Rory (Jan) Deutchman and Mark Deutchman; 14 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.


Rodger Jeppesen

Rodger Jeppesen, 64, of Windom died April 18, 2021.
A private ceremony was Saturday at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Rodger Marlin Jeppesen was born Feb. 28, 1957, to Elmer and Jonette (Metcalf) Jeppesen in Windom. He was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Heron Lake and later confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Rodger received his education in Windom Public Schools, graduating in 1975. He attended Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Jackson.
After working in Texas, Rodger returned to Windom where he started his career in road construction with Scheppmann Construction. After working for the company for many years, he was hired to build redwood furniture in Windom, then worked as a cook at PJ’s in Bingham Lake. He retired after working at The Toro Company for several years.
Rodger enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, collecting wildlife art, reading Western novels, mastering jigsaw and crossword puzzles, listening to rock music and cooking. He also enjoyed spending time with his cousins, with whom he was close.
In 2017, Rodger became a resident at Good Samaritan Society in Windom.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Donald Leopold.
Survivors include his sister, Barbara Leopold of Maple Grove; and brother, Gary (Vicki) Jeppesen of Underwood.


Rachel Harrison

Rachel Harrison, 46, of Jeffers died April 19, 2021, at her home in Jeffers.
Services were Friday at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Stangeland officiating.
Interment was at Jeffers City Cemetery.
Sturm Funeral Home of Lamberton handled the funeral arrangements.
Rachel June Harrison was born Aug. 8, 1974, to Robert and Ruthann (Swenson) Harrison in Russellville, Ark. She attended and graduated from Storden-Jeffers High School in 1992.
Rachel had worked at Vets Whoa ’N Go in Windom since November of 1992 and was currently the manager.
She was a confirmed member of Old Westbrook Lutheran Church.
She enjoyed reading, going to garage sales, camping, trips to Jackpot and being around dogs. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Rachel will be remembered as a selfless and giving person.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandfather, Victor Swenson.
Survivors include her daughter, Miranda Harrison (Dale Danielson Jr.) of Westbrook; and sister, Rachelle (Shane) Phillips of Westbrook.


Selma “Sally” Gohman


Selma “Sally” Gohman, 94, of Windom died April 22, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service was Friday at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Special music was provided by Carol Vought, organist.
Casket bearers were Austin Gohman, Leah Gohman, Greg Holt, Andrew Gohman, Jeff Holt and Nathaniel Gohman.
Interment was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Selma “Sally” Holt was born June 30, 1926, to Marselius and Kristofa (Osaland) Holt in Rose Grove Township of Hamilton County, Iowa.
In 1930, the family moved to a farm just north of Windom. Sally attended Windom Public Schools, graduating from Windom High School in 1944.
A short time after high school, Sally rented part of a house and worked at Lewis Drug Store in Windom for a few years.
In 1950, Sally married Alton Gohman at American Lutheran Church in Windom. Their marriage was blessed with three sons: David Paul and John.
Early in their marriage, Alton and Sally rented two farms in the Windom area, at separate times. They left farming in 1967 and moved into Windom, where Sally began working as a clerk at Windom Rexall Drug and later Northside Drug on the Square in Windom. She spent 23 years at the two drug stores before retiring in December 1990.
In their early retirement years, Alton and Sally spent the winter months living in Harlingen, Texas for 10 years.
After Alton’s death in 2014, Sally continued living in their house until mid-April of 2021. After going to Windom Area Health recently, she spent her last two days at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Sally was a member of American Lutheran Church in Windom, where she was a Sunday School secretary for a number of years in the 1970s.
In her younger years, Sally enjoyed playing sports. In the late 1940s, she was captain of the Windom women’s softball team, which played other teams from surrounding towns.
In retirement, Sally enjoyed crafts, selling her creations at craft fairs and giving them to friends and family. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events, playing card games and watching game shows and the Minnesota Twins on TV.
She will be remembered as a sweet, friendly woman who deeply cared for her family and friends.
In addition to her husband Alton, Sally was preceded in death by a son, Paul; three brothers: Joseph, Mervin and Selmer Holt; and three sisters: Clara Tasler, Alma Bohling and Gladys Thomsen.
Survivors include her sons, David (Patti) Gohman of Orange City, Iowa; and John (Shannon) Gohman of Inver Grove Heiths; and four grandchildren.


Myron Appel

Myron Appel, 86, of Windom died April 19, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
A Celebration of Life service was Saturday at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating.
Burial was at Delafield Township Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Myron Appel was born Feb. 27, 1935, to Henry and Laura (Uhlken) Appel. He grew up and helped on his parents’ farm while attending school in Lakefield.
In 1955, Myron married Lorraine Rehnelt in Okabena. They worked for several area farmers before purchasing their own farm south of Windom. They were blessed with four children — Deanna, Robert, Nancy and Randy — before the marriage was later dissolved.
Several years later, Myron met Marilu (Kirk) Scheneman. They were married in 1987 in Las Vegas, Nev. Myron and Marilu farmed together for many years before selling the farm and moving in to Windom.
They enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends until Marilu’s death in September 2002.
Myron worked at the Windom Country Club as a groundskeeper before retiring at age 80.
He will be remembered as an excellent cook, who took pride in his culinary skills. He also enjoyed dancing, gambling at the casino, fishing, bean bags, camping and visiting with friends and neighbors.
In addition to his wife, Marilu, Myron was preceded in death by his son, Randy Appel.
Survivors include his three children: Deanna (Scott) Bacca of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Robert (Denise) Appel of Sioux Falls; and Nancy Wagner of Broomfield, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his ex-wife and friend, Lorraine Benes; and siblings, Marv App


Violet Adeline Defries

Violet Adeline Defries, 88, of Winona, and formerly of Windom, died April 18, 2021, at Sugar Loaf Senior Living.
She was born April 1, 1933, in Westbrook to Adolf and Lillian (Hochstein) Abram.
She married Raymond Defries on Aug. 16, 1953. They lived in California for a short time and moved back to Windom where they settled and raised their family.
Violet was a devoted mother and grandmother. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandsons.
She worked for Fingerhut, was part owner of Defries Photo Processing and worked part time serving lunches at the Windom public schools.
She enjoyed her crafts, sewing, decorating for the holidays and trips to the Casino with Ray.
She is survived by her children, Deborah (Blaine) Meyer, Bruce (Diane) Defries; and grandchildren: Harrison Defries and Jaran (Danielle) Defries; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Violet will be laid to rest beside her husband at Fort Snelling at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 29. If you wish to join the family at the cemetery, please visit Violet’s obituary at www.hofffuneral.com for more detailed information.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Sugarloaf Senior Living Staff and Winona Hospice for the care they have given to “Vi”.
Cards and memorials can be sent to Hoff Funeral Home, c/o Violet Defires Family, 3480 Service Drive, Goodview, MN 55987.
Please share a memory of Vi and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com


Norman Kelm

Norman Kelm, 92, of Westbrook died April 16, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Westbrook.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m., at Amo Lutheran Church in rural Storden with Pastor Harvey Pedersen officiating.
Burial with full military honors provided by Herbert Reese American Legion Post 391 of Storden will follow at Amo Lutheran Cemetery in rural Storden.
Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Storden Community Center in Storden with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday at the church in rural Storden for one hour prior to the service.
Masks are required to attend the visitation and funeral services.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lacannefuneralhome.com.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Norman Edward Kelm was born May 30, 1928, in Waterville to Carl and Esther (Krueger) Kelm. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kilkenny.
Born with farming in his bones, he hurried home from school to help with chores and crops. He attended country school and graduated from Waterville High School.
He was drafted into the Army and served in Germany with the 510th Tank Battalion. After his discharge, he farmed with his dad.
On Aug. 22, 1959, Norman married Margaret Kuehl at Centenary Methodist Church in Mankato. They bought and moved to a farm by Westbrook in 1962. He raised corn, soybeans and hogs. They had three children who helped on the farm.
Old time music, dancing and square dancing were a big part of his life. He liked to go to flea markets, garage sales and auctions and driving around to see the country.
He was a member of Amo Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. He was a 4-H leader and a member of the Cottonwood County Corn Growers.
In retirement, they enjoyed traveling, especially to Branson, Mo., and a farm tour to Germany. They enjoyed 20 years wintering in Arizona where he liked to play shuffleboard. He also liked woodworking and spending time with family.
Norman is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; children: Kristine (Richard) Isder of Milan, Bruce (Shirley) Kelm of Rogersville, Mo., and Wayne (Sheri) Kelm of White, S.D.; granddaughters: Allek (Matt) Scheele, Jordan (Carter) Potthoff, Laura Kelm, Anna (Justin) Middleton; great-grandsons: Oliver, Landon and Sawyer; brother, Glen (Sharon) Kelm of Waterville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister and brother-in-law, Thelma and John Jr. Watzek.
Norman died peacefully on Friday, April 16, 2021, at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Society at the age of 92.
Blessed be his memory.


Denise Keech

Denise Keech, 62, of Butterfield died April 14, 2021, at her home.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.sturmfh.com.
Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements.
Denise graduate from Jackson High School in 1977, then lived in Rock Rapids, Iowa, before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1988.
She moved back to the area in 1994 and opened her restaurant, Nik-E-D’s, in Butterfield. Denise later managed The Darfur Bar and Odin Cafe.
She enjoyed working in the kitchen and will be remembered for her lunch specials while employed at PJ’s II in Bingham Lake.
In 2014, Denise married Robert Keech. They enjoyed gardening and fishing together.
Denise retired late in 2020.
Friends and family will remember her for the love and pride she had for her children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sophie (Coners) Gordon and Norman Gordon; brother, Lester Gohr; father-in-law, Leonard Keech; and mother-in-law, Lila Keech.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Keech; daughter, Emily Bentson of Mt. Lake; son, Nikolas Samuelson of Darfur; brother, Wayne Gordon of Mt. Lake; half-sisters, Melissa (Gordon) Schwarzlander of Bemidji and Kris (Gordon) Balk of Livermore, Iowa; mother-in-law, Marcia Keech; and best friend, Vicki Smith of Butterfield.


Gary David Floyd

Gary David Floyd was born on Feb. 19, 1953, in Beckley, W.Va., to David and Georgia (Dinkler) Floyd. Gary attended public schools in Beltsville, Md., and graduated from High Point High School with the class of 1971.
After high school, Gary met the love of his life, Marget Lee Simcox. They were united in marriage Dec. 1, 1973, in Hyattsville, Md. This union blessed them with two daughters, Jennifer and Johanna.
After the birth of Jennifer, Gary and Marget decided to make Windom their home. Gary was a loving husband and a great father.
Gary worked at Qwest Communications as a Central Office Technician. He worked in this field for 29 years before retiring in 2002.
In his free time, Gary enjoyed high fidelity music systems and speaker building. Gary appreciated good music so he would try to reproduce the sound with little distortion, giving a result very similar to the original with the speakers he would build.
Gary passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Windom Area Health at the age of 68 years.
Gary is survived by his mother, Georgia of Columbia, Md.; wife of 47 years, Marget (Simcox) Floyd of Windom; two daughters, Jennifer Chelladurai of St. Peter and Johanna Shearer of Windom; one grandchild, Anoushka; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his father, David; sisters, Linda Jones and MaryLou De Santis.
Blessed be the memory of Gary David Floyd.


Bradley Hartog

Bradley Hartog, 59, of Littleton, Colo., formerly of Windom, died April 4, 2021, in Lone Tree, Colo.
Bradley Robert Hartog was born Aug. 24, 1961, to Robert and Doreen Hartog in Worthington. He graduated from Windom Area High School.
Brad and Vicki, his wife of 41 years, moved to Colorado in 1983. He spent over 15 years as a general manager at Foot Looker, then was a buyer for DirecTV until retiring in 2012.
An avid sports fan, Brad played baseball and football in high school and later coached his son’s teams. He was a fan of the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki; daughter, Ashley; son Zachary; parents, Robert and Doreen of Windom; and sister, Brenda of Littleton, Colo.


Joan June (Jensen) Wede

Joan June (Jensen) Wede was born in Lakefield to Einer and Gladys (Norgrant) Jensen on June 1, 1937.
She attended and graduated from Windom High School in 1955, then completed an (undergraduate) degree at Mankato State Teachers College graduating in 1959.
After teaching fifth Grade in Owatonna for a couple of years, she suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1961 in a car accident returning from a (Victor Borge) concert with some other teachers.
Joan married Manley “Bill” Wede on May 21, 1963, in a ceremony at First Presbyterian in Windom. After living with her folks in Bigham Lake township for a short while, they moved to Worthington where they lived for a decade, adopting two sons, Greg late in 1967 and Cory early in 1971, as Joan took up the role as family homemaker.
The family moved to Sherburn in 1975 where Joan lived until 2017. She attended the Assembly of God in Sherburn and after moving to Worthington, attended Solid Rock Assembly.
In addition to making a home for her family, Joan was very involved in volunteering and loved serving people in that capacity. Groups, like the Boy Scouts when her boys were in school, and later People First of Martin County (ARC of Minnesota). She was particularly proud of the District Award of Merit she received from the Boy Scouts in 1983.
Joan completed her earthly race March 29 at the Sunset Cottage in Worthington.
Remaining are her sons, Cory Wede (Sherburn), Greg and Teresa (Kramer) Wede (Worthington); grandchildren: Caleb, Camila, Abigail, Nicole and Anaka Wede (Worthington); siblings and in-laws: Wayne Jensen (Windom), Donna Mason (Davis, Calif.), Glalynn (Robert) Baird (Sacramento, Calif.) and Carol (Lantz) Jensen (Windom); and many nephews and nieces and their children; and (daughterly friend) Linda Parker (Big Sur, Calif.).
Joan is predeceased by her husband, “Bill”; and both sets of their parents; siblings and in-laws: Ina May and Chuck Taylor, Jerald Jensen, Virginia (Anderson) Jensen, Don Mason and close friend David Ebel.
In her living and in her death, Joan placed her hope in Jesus and the great love God showed us through His work at the cross.
Funeral will be held at the Sherburn Regional Worship Center, 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 10, 2021. A graveside service at Sherburn Cemetery and reception to follow at the Center’s facility.
Watch live — https://youtube.com/user/JeffCulverMusic
Joan’s family request memorials to be given to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance at https://www.braininjurymn.org/ and People First of Martin County (ARC Minnesota) at https://arcminnesota.org/ to honor our mother.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is assisting with arrangements.


Roger Nerhus

Roger Nerhus, 71, of Windom died March 27, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
A Celebration of Life service was Tuesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
The service was livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Full military honors, provided by American Legion Post 206 of Windom, followed the service outside the funeral home.
Burial will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Roger Alan Nerhus was born Feb. 6, 1950, to Donald and Opal (Petersen) Nerhus in Windom. He attended elementary school in Windom and Storden High School, graduating in 1968.
In January 1970, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Army and later transferred to the Army National Guard of Minnesota. During his service, he was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sharpshooter Badge (M-16 rifle) and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device.
While in the service he completed a Wheel Vehicle Repairman course, Track Vehicle Mechanic course and National Safety Council Defensive Driving course.
He was honorably discharged in March 1972.
In 1986, Roger married Rosella May Veen.
Roger’s passion was driving truck, which he did for 31 years with Sather’s Candy, Fortune Transportation and NEPP Enterprise before retiring in 2005. He recorded 2 million safe-driving miles before poor health forced him to retire.
In place of driving truck, he enjoyed driving his youngest granddaughter to school each day.
A member of American Legion Post 206 in Windom, Roger enjoyed post meetings and was a bingo caller during the fair. He also delivered Meals on Wheels with Rosie, served as an usher at American Lutheran Church in Windom where he was a member and volunteered at the Windom Area Sharing Center. He recently worked at Higley Ford, picking up cars and trucks, but he was happiest driving a farm truck or semi for Scott Rahn.
Roger will be remembered for using his wit and sense of humor to always try to make people laugh.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie; a brother, David Nerhus; a nephew, Brant Nerhus; and an infant brother, Richard.
Survivors include his two daughters, Tina Peiffer (Jesse Snider) of Windom and Stacy (Casey) Clark of Estherville, Iowa; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Janet (Lee) Jensen of Apple Valley


Leon Crowell

Leon Crowell, 79, of Windom died March 29, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A private family Celebration of Life service was Saturday at First Baptist Church in Windom with Pastor Gary Wiens officiating. The funeral service was livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Leon Abe Crowell was born June 5, 1941, to Lincoln Monroe and Blanch Matilda (Messenbrink) Crowell. He grew up in Dale Township of Cottonwood County where he attended school. After moving to his grandparents’ farm in Great Bend Township, Leon attended school in Wilder until eighth grade, then attended Windom High School, graduating in 1959.
He started farming with his father after high school and eventually moved to his own farm in Section 17 of Great Bend Township. Farming was Leon’s lifestyle. He finally retired in 2020 after battling cancer.
In 1973, Leon married Julie Ann Lyons at First United Methodist Church in Windom. They were blessed with four children, who were involved in school, church and 4-H.
Leon considered himself a biological farmer, desiring to be a good steward of the land that God gave him to farm. He raised hogs, sheep, chickens and ducks for many years and especially enjoyed bottle lambs.
Leon battled acute myeloid leukemia from October 2019 until his death. He was in remission for a short time, but relapsed in July 2020.
Leon loved the Lord and enjoyed his church, First Baptist of Windom.
His pride and joy were his 13 grandchildren, with whom he especially enjoyed spending time.
He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Kirstin Crowell; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Lyons; a nephew, Alan Crowell; and a niece, Sheralyn Crowell.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Julie Crowell; children: Heather (Richard) Olsem of rural Dundee, Abe Crowell and Erin Herding of Mankato, Benjamen Crowell of Jackson and Matthew (Amy) Crowell of Plato; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Earl (Vonnie) Crowell and Paul (Donna) Crowell, all of Jeffers; a sister, Etta (Gary) Mather of Eagan; and brothers-in-law, Gordon (Tracy) Lyons of Champlin and Bruce (Yadeira) Lyons of St. Peter.


Jan Wassenaar

Jan Wassenaar, 95, of Windom, formerly of Delft, died April 1, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Pastors Mike McInnis and Merwin Dick officiating.
Special music will be provided by Deann Steele, organist; and Merwin and Arlene Dick, vocalists.
Casket bearers will be Dustin Wassenaar, Leah Pudlick, Brad Dunkelberger, Kelley Mikkelson, Brandon Dunkelberger and Kristi Byford.
Honorary bearers will be members of the Windom Service Club and The Gideons.
The funeral service will be livestreamed on the First United Methodist Church Facebook page.
Burial will follow in the Delft Cemetery in Delft.
Visitation will be held Thursday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Jan Philippus Wassenaar was born Sept. 30, 1925, to Tjeerd and Gelske (Schuiling) Wassenaar in Weidum, Friesland, Netherlands. He grew up on a dairy farm.
At age 23, following World War II, Jan immigrated to the United States to become a dairy farmer. He attended the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture, worked on several farms and volunteered on a youth farm in Rosthern, Northern Saskatchewan, Canada.
In 1953, he met Katharina Thiessen from Ukraine and they were married a year later. (Between the two of them, they spoke seven different languages.) Shortly thereafter he began dairy farming near Delft. In 1960, he was named “Outstanding Young Farmer.”
During their marriage, Jan and Katharina led three tours to Europe and traveled on their own to several other countries around the world.
Jan lived what many may consider an “old style” life, but he cherished each day. He loved his family, farming and friends he made, and although he still spoke with an accent, above all else, he gave thanks to the Lord for protection, guidance and inspiration to go on in life.
Jan became involved in Immanuel Mennonite Church in Delft.
He also was involved in the Gideons, Farm Bureau, 4-H, many dairy organizations, the Dale Township board, jail ministry (for 22 years) and served as chaplain for the Windom Service Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Katharina Wassenaar; a son, Rudy Wassenaar; a brother, Johannes Wassenaar; sister, Sjoukje Poelstra; sister-in-law, Sietske Wassenaar; brothers-in-law, Jan Poelstra and Johannes de Groot; and his granddaughter Leah’s first husband, Greg Pudlick.
Survivors include his two daughters, Rita (Larry) Dunkelberger of Fayetteville, Ark.; and Irene (Dave) Vagle of Alexandria; daughter-in-law, Carla (Jack) Voss of Lakefield; seven grandchildren; a step-grandchild; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Reinder Wassenaar (Tjeerdtje) of California; and a sister, Anneke de Groot of the Netherlands.


Kenton Stoesz


Kenton Stoesz age 61, of Mt. Lake died on March 25, 2021, at Windom Area Health in Windom.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a time for open sharing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Kenton’s Shop, 710 1st Ave., Mt. Lake, and will continue on Friday from noon until 1 p.m., at Kenton’s Shop.
Service will be held at Kenton’s Shop, 710 1st Ave., Mt. Lake on Friday, April 2, at 1 p.m. Motorcycles and bob tail semis are welcome. Harley Davidson and Trucker clothing is encouraged. The clergy will be Mindy DeWall.
Interment will be at the Cornerstone Cemetery (formerly EMB) in Mt. Lake.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Kenton Douglas Stoesz was born on Nov. 12, 1959, to Daniel and Nancy (Nelson) Stoesz in Minneapolis. He was baptized at the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in Mt. Lake.
Kenton attended elementary school in Bloomington and graduated from Mt. Lake Public School in 1977.
For several years he worked at the Harder Royal Turkey Farms.
In 1979, he purchased his first Harley-Davidson and joined the Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club.
On July 18, 1981, Kenton was united in marriage to Lynn Blackstad. Together they lived in Mt. Lake until 1989, eventually moving to Mason City, Iowa, where Kenton began driving the Fertilizer Converter for Cenex Midwest.
After 11 years of marriage Kenton and Lynn divorced, however they still remained very close friends to this day.
Kenton moved to Rockwell, Iowa, where he began work as the manager for the Cenex Fleet Service Center.
In 2004, Kenton moved back to Mt. Lake to set up shop as an independent driver. Stoesz Trucking was back on the road. He hauled for many, including Larry Stoesz Trucking of Hanska and CHS. He then continued driving under his own authority until his passing.
Over his lifetime, Kenton has logged millions of miles on both his Peterbuilt and Harleys. He has made many friends near and far. He worked hard and played hard with is beloved Freedom Riders until his retirement from the club in 2015.
He enjoyed golf, working outdoors on his tractor and helping family and friends.
Kenton is survived by his three sisters: Karen Stoesz of Mt. Lake, Kathleen Hagfors of Glenwood and Kristine (Michael) Hudson of Mt. Lake; nephew, Alex Quiring of Minneapolis; nieces, Amanda Quiring of Chaska and Taylor Hudson of Mt. Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Nancy Stoesz; brothers, Curtis and Perry Stoesz; and niece, Danielle Hudson.
Kenton . . . Your rig and your tractor stand idle. Your work here is done. Rest easy – Ride free.


Mark W. Johnson


Mark W. Johnson, 41, of Windom died March 22, 2021, at The Pillars of Mankato.
A private immediate family graveside service was held Saturday, March 27, at Lake-
view Cemetery in Windom with Pastor Wesley Kouba officiating.
A Celebration of Life honoring Mark will be held at a later date.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Condolences and memories of Mark can be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.
The family asks that donations be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Dementia
(theaftd.org), in lieu of flowers, so that we can encourage more education, research, treatment and a cure for this awful disease.
Mark Willard Johnson, age 41, passed away on March 22 at The Pillars in Mankato.
Mark was a wonderful, devoted husband, father, brother, son and friend prior to his battle with behavioral variant Frontotemporal Dementia, a relatively rare form of dementia, although the most common form for people under age 60.
Mark was born on Aug. 1, 1979, in Worthington, where he lived on the family farm until he graduated from Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster High School in 1998. He spent two years at Minnesota West Community College before transferring to Minnesota State University in Mankato where he earned a Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering technology.
He worked at Hy-Vee in various departments in high school and then went on to work at Kato Engineering throughout his college years.
Upon graduation, he began a 15-year career as a manufacturing engineer at The Toro Company in Windom.
He met his wife Amy in April 2005 and they were married in Worthington on Sept. 23, 2006.
They honeymooned in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and did a good amount of traveling and exploring the world those first few years of marriage, including trips all around the continental U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii and Ireland.
Mark was a vibrant young man, always bringing people together. He was a big Vikings and Twins fan and enjoyed many extra-curricular activities, such as snowmobiling, jet skiing, softball, basketball, training for road races and, of course, spending time with his family.
He was a loving, devoted father and husband and always encouraged his children to think outside the box and try new things and challenge themselves. He loved traveling with his wife and children and exploring, as well as playing board games and going for long walks around town. He took such immense pride in his family and had a hard time not talking about them and their accomplishments.
Mark was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Windom, where he served as a trustee and was on the activities committee. His faith in Jesus was such an important part of his being, which shone through him in all he did. Even as his mind and body wasted away from FTD, his soul shone through to those around him.
Mark leaves behind his wife, Amy: sons, Cashel, Kendrick and Ryan; and daughter, Kinsley, of Windom. Also surviving are his grandmother, Violet Johnson of Worthington; parents, Kent (Pam) Johnson of Worthington and Diane Johnson of Windom; as well as siblings, Daniel (Iryna) Johnson of LeMoore, Calif.; and Sarah (Johannes) Botha of Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Loren Johnson, and Hjalmer and Edith Johnson.


Linda White


Linda White, age 63, of Windom passed away peacefully on Monday, March 22, 2021, at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.
A Celebration of Life honoring Linda White will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Tegel’s Park, which is located on Cottonwood Lake in Windom.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom.
Condolences and memories of Linda can be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.
Any memorials will be directed toward park equipment at Tegels Park in Windom.
Linda Lee Feige was born Feb. 6, 1958, to Don and Sherry Feige in New Ulm. Linda was the first of four children in total, and graduated from Owatonna High School.
In 1973, she met Tom White and an epic love story spanning nearly 50 years began. They married in 1979 and were blessed with three children (although, if you asked Linda on the right day, there may be a fourth running around a Target somewhere): Melissa (Kyle) MacPherson of Victoria, Ashley (Mike) Johnson of Windom and Krystle (Jason) Ella of Windom. Oh, and David, of the St. Cloud Target.
She loved to make sure her girls had all their “ducks in a row” and made Tom get those darn duplos picked up every night, just for the girls to dump them out again in the morning before school.
Linda version one was an amazing woman. She was active in the Jaycees, softball, volleyball, Women of Today, Girl Scouts, among other activities. She LOVED hard work, and especially yard work — specifically picking weeds. A weird passion, sure, but a passion nonetheless. She was very proud of her Girl Scout Atta Girl award.
Inside the home, she loved to bake (her family fondly remembers everything from potato pancakes to cinnamon rolls to cake decorating). She also was an avid quilter and knitter, making baby blankets for all the new babies in the family and wedding quilts for those getting married.
For work, Linda successfully ran Terry Bloch’s Law Office and worked at the Courthouse as a deputy administrator. The woman never quit. Hard work was all she knew.
Then, around 1997, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Even then, she wouldn’t quit. It wasn’t until the disease forced her to give up her driver’s license in 2003 that she gave up her career.
But the MS wouldn’t keep her down. Tom and Linda purchased the Windom Laundromat, and Linda could drive herself to work in her GEM (a glorified golf cart). She’d work until her legs gave out — cleaning machines, filling the pop machine and chatting with customers. She loved it when kids would come in because then she could spoil them with quarters for the various vending machines.
Linda version two was different from version one, but also very much the same. She adored her family and loved watching the kids and grandkids do all the things that Linda V1 enjoyed so much. She’d watch volleyball games, softball games and buy Girl Scout cookies. She’d watch (and direct in her own not-so-subtle way) as they would pick stubborn weeds from the walkway.
Friday night date nights with The Smestads were a standing pre-COVID tradition and long Sunday drives with Tom had a way of making her feel young again.
Linda was about as tremendous of a person you could ever meet, with a heart of absolute gold, thus earning a Mayor’s Medal of Honor. While the MS left her body imperfect in many ways, she refused to let it win. Her attitude was perfect. Her spirit was perfect. Her jokes were . . . well, she thought they were funny, and few things made the rest of us laugh as much as Linda laughing at her own joke. Her smile and laughter could leave the room laughing to tears, even if we had no idea what the punch line was supposed to be.
Linda-isms were a sure way to keep the family laughing and have been a great source of therapy since her passing. “Hey Girrrrrrl,” “Are you proud?!?” and “Listen here, bucko” were never on short supply, and you could hear that woman hum from anywhere in the house.
We’ll all miss different aspects of Linda. Her drive, her smile, her laugh, that one spot on her back that if you scratched just right would make her giggle, her refusal to complain even when so many of us would. The list of things to miss is seemingly endless. But we’ll see her in the eyes of her children and grandchildren, happy kids at the laundromat, Linda-isms that are sure to last for generations and even in that stubborn weed that refuses to be pulled.
You have to respect some of those weeds, refusing to give up, clinging to life — that’s exactly what Linda did every day.
If you’re reading this, the family would ask that you “Pull a Linda,” today, and do something kind, just because.
Linda is survived by her husband, Tom; daughters: Melissa (Kyle) MacPherson and their daughter, Addison; Ashley (Mike) Johnson and their kids: Aviana, Cameron, Chase and Spencer; Krystle (Jason) Ella and their kids, Kaydence and Landon; foreign granddaughters, MiaMaja and Soña; parents, Don and Sherry Feige; two sisters, Marcia (Steve) Johnson, Tammy (Pete) Filippi; sister-in-law, Lisa Blechinger; mother-in-law, Ginny White; brother-in-law, Dick (Patti) White; sister-in-law, Beth (Jeff) Cummins; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Todd Feige; and father-in-law, Ed White.
In the days since Linda passed, the family has taken great solace in the thought of Linda up in heaven, running, jumping and doing all the things that Linda version one loved so much. Oh, and probably picking weeds.


Douglas Broten

Douglas Broten
Douglas Broten age 79, of Mt. Lake died on March 15, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake.
Visitation was Wednesday, March 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel and continued on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel.
Private Family Services were held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel. The clergy was Rev. Rick Bremseth.
Interment was at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Douglas Dean Broten (Papa Hoho) was born on July 21, 1941, in Swift County to Hilda Twedt and Arvid Broten. Douglas passed away peacefully March 15, 2021, at The Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Lake.
He was baptized and confirmed into faith and graduated school from Murdock in 1960.
Douglas was first united in marriage to Diane Studer (Palm) in 1962 until 1977. In that time, they were blessed with six children: Cherie, Lonny, Connie, Charlene, Corey and Denise.
He was then united in marriage to Janet Broten (Palm) in July of 2002. This then united two families as one with Dianna, Cindy, Daniel and Michael.
Douglas enjoyed living on the farm, cracking jokes and making people laugh. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Douglas enjoyed cruising around in his white Chrysler 300, watching the demolition of all structures and his dogs (Airedale) Max and Benny.
Douglas is survived by his wife, Janet Broten (Palm) of Mt. Lake; eight children: Cherie (Randy) Pierce of Fairmont, Connie Nelson of Mt. Lake, Charlene (Chuck) Wolle of Mt. Lake, and Denise (Jason) Purrington of Windom; Dianna (LeeRoy) Callis of Richmond, Cindy Palm of Mt. Lake, Daniel Palm and special friend Bridget Pollard of Mankato, and Michael Palm of Mankato; siblings: Sandy (late husband John) Lavenz of Waterloo, Iowa; Elizabeth (Gary) Tullis of Pine Grove, Calif.; and Lynette (Rick) Sulier of Benson; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, along with many family and friends.
Douglas is proceeded in death by his parents, Arvid and Hilda Broten; brother, Harold (Butch) Broten; sons, Corey and Lonny Broten; and nephew, Shane Broten.


Nancy Vock

Nancy Vock
Nancy “Nannie” Vock, 91, of Windom died March 19, 2021, at Pine View Assisted Living in Windom.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Father John Robertson officiating.
The service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 5 to 7 p.m., and Thursday for one hour prior to the service at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.
Those attending the visitation or service are asked to be mindful of social distancing guidelines.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Nancy Bruce Sargent was born Feb. 17, 1930, to Austin and Katheryne (Bruce) Sargent in Chicago, Ill., She was baptized and later confirmed, and in 1958 also reconfirmed in the Episcopal Church.
Nancy graduated in 1948 from John Adams High school in Ozone Park, Long Island, N.Y. She then worked as a switchboard operator at the New York Phone Company.
In 1949, Nancy married Edward George Vock. They lived in Seaford, Long Island and were blessed with three children: Karen, Edward “Skipper” and Frank.
In 1967, Edward completed his education and became an Episcopal priest, moving the family to Pickstown, S.D., and later to Windom, where he preached at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for four years. Nancy worked at Gordy’s Super Valu.
They left Windom in 1975 to serve a church in Mission, S.D., then moved back to Pickstown to serve his first church again until his death in 1983.
Nancy returned to Windom and worked at Mix Bakery. She later worked at Pamida until age 62.
Nancy was a member of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Windom and its Altar Guild. She also cared for her mother.
She will be remembered as always smiling, happy and a believer of the Gospel.
She enjoyed serving and helping others, and lending a listening ear. She always had cookies in the cookie jar and a candy dish full of M&Ms.
In addition to her husband Edward, Nancy was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Sargent; a daughter-in-law, Laurie Vock; and a grandson-in-law, Caleb Hanson.
Survivors include her three children: Karen (Richard) Powdrill, Skip (Michele) Vock and Frank Vock; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


Stanley Ware

Stanley Ware
Stanley Ware, 78, of Westbrook died March 17, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A private family Celebration of Life service was Tuesday, March 23, at 1 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating.
Special recorded musical selections included “Chiseled in Stone,” “Till the End,” “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone” and “Go Rest High on that Mountain.”
Casket bearers were Stanley’s family and friends.
Honorary bearers were Mel Duerksen, Stephen McClure, Bob McNeil and 509th Engineer Division-Vietnam Veterans.
The funeral service was livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Burial with fully military honors provided by Westbrook VFW and American Legion posts was at Westbrook Cemetery in Westbrook.
A private family visitation preceded the service from noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lacannefuneralhome.com.
Stanley George Ware was born in Windom on Dec. 10, 1942, to the late Harold L. and Elsie (Kaderabek) Ware. He attended Windom Public schools and entered the Army in 1964 and served honorably for two years, part of it in Vietnam in the 509th Engineer Company and the infantry. He returned to Windom in 1966.
Stanley then began working for Windom Plumbing and Heating, later becoming a member of Local 561 Plumbers and Steam Fitters of Mankato and traveled to various construction jobs.
In 1968, Stanley was united in marriage to Susan Pfeiffer. In 1974, they moved to their little farm by Westbrook where they raised two sons, Ryan and Justin. Stanley enjoyed hunting and fishing his entire life.
In 1985, he started his own gunsmithing business on their farm. He soon became very well known for his high-quality gun work in which he took tremendous pride and was a perfectionist at it. Besides repairing guns, he built many custom rifles and participated in bench rest shooting. He continued this work until retiring in 2014.
Stanley loved being on the farm and in his shop where there was always a “project” of some kind in the works.
Stanley’s health began to slowly go downhill around 2016. On Feb. 15, 2021, he became very ill and spent the next month in Sioux Falls at the hospital. He was then transferred to hospice in Windom, where he passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at the age of 78 years of age.
Left to cherish Stanley’s memory include his wife of 52 years, Susan Ware of Westbrook; son, Ryan (Jennifer) Ware of Chaska; granddaughter, Jessica Ware of Chaska; two sisters, Betty Erickson of Elk River and Shirley Ware of Windom; several nieces and nephews and his special dog, Murphy.
Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Justin; and sister, Donna.


Rosella A. Sogge

Rosella A. Sogge
Private family services for Rosella A. Sogge, 95, of Fairmont will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont.
Burial will be following the service in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jackson.
Those wishing to view the service are invited to use the following link on Thursday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m.: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/69716046
Rosella passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont.
The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rosella Ann (Donahue) Sogge was born on April 23, 1925, near Dundee, the daughter of Lawrence and Louise (Berreau) Donahue. She grew up on the family farm north of Brewster in Nobles County.
Rosella attended District 3 country school for eight years and then attended and graduated from Brewster High School, graduating with the class of 1943.
Following graduation, Rosella spent one year in Indianapolis, Ind., working in a defense plant as a drill press operator making parts for bombsites for World War II.
In 1944, Rosella returned to Worthington, where she worked in a grocery store until her marriage to Edmer Sogge on April 21, 1945. Together the couple made their home on a farm south of Bergen and raised five daughters: Carlyn, Vivian, Irene, Shirley and Linda.
Rosella worked for Fingerhut in Windom for 10 years and Sperry Univac in Jackson for 11 years.
Following the death of her husband on April 27, 1992, Rosella moved to Fairmont, to be closer to family.
Rosella was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church where she was active in Catholic Daughters, St. Gerald Circle and the ladies quilting group. She also volunteered her time working in the hospital’s coffee shop until it closed.
She then volunteered as one of the main cooks in the Salvation Army meal program.
Rosella had many interests and hobbies. She traveled extensively to various countries, enjoyed playing cards with friends at the Salvation Army and never missed an opportunity to play cards with family. Rosella crocheted many afghans throughout the years and enjoyed working on creative craft projects for all her grandchildren. When her daughters were young, Rosella used her gift of sewing to create many doll dresses, as well as clothing, for her girls.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Carlyn (Larry) Tasto of Bloomington, Vivian Denton of Fairmont, Irene (Loren) Kleven of East Chain, Shirley (Steve) Knutson of Eagan and Linda Kocak of Jackson; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Sister Marie Donahue of Mankato; sister-in-law, LaVonne Donahue of Windom; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Rosella was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Louise Donahue; husband, Edmer Sogge; brothers: Harold Donahue, James Donahue and Gene Donahue; sister, Helen Donahue; two sons-in-law, Darold Denton and Tom Kocak; as well as many other family members.
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Beulah Huls

Beulah Huls, 84, of rural Jeffers died March 12, 2021, at her home in rural Jeffers.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday), at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers with Pastor Jennifer Bennet officiating.
Special music will be provided by Elizabeth Johnson, organist and vocalist; and Jeana Nylen.
Casket bearers will be Allan Huls, Joshua Carter, Shawn Huls, Brian Huls, Lucas Huls and Caleb Huls.
Honorary bearers will be Carl Huls, Joel Huls, Jesse Huls, Kyle Huls, Erik Huls, Brent Huls and Carter Huls.
The funeral service will be livestreamed on the Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Masks will be required to attend services at the church.
Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Jeffers.
Visitation was Tuesday and continues today at the church in Jeffers for one hour prior to the service.
Beulah Margaret Gundermann was born March 18, 1936, to Ernest and Rose (Hellwinckel) Gundermann at the Slayton hospital. She grew up in rural Westbrook and was baptized in the Christian faith as an infant.
In 1950, Beulah was confirmed. After attending country school, she graduated from Westbrook High School in 1954.
In 1957, Beulah married Edward Huls at American Lutheran Church in Westbrook. They were blessed with five sons and two daughters.
In 1965, Edward and Beulah moved to a farm near Jeffers in Amboy Township, where she lived the rest of her life.
Remembered for being strong in her faith, Beulah was involved in Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers, as well as the American Bible Society and Lutheran World Relief. She used her singing talents for many weddings and funerals. “The King is Coming” was a special song for her.
She enjoyed sewing, quilting and knitting.
Family were always in her daily prayers. After raising her children, she enjoyed watching many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Stephanie; a great-grandson, Trevor Donkersloot; a brother, Eugene (Muriel) Gundermann; a sister, Eunice DeFriess; and sisters- and brothers-in-law: Evelyn (Tom) Easterday, Vernon Hansen and Irene Frodermann.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Edward Huls of Jeffers; children: Paul (Sue) Huls, Martin Huls and Maria (Ivan) Carter, all of Jeffers; Michael (Wendy) Huls of Rochester; David (Laura) Huls of Farmington; and Leonard (Shelly) Huls of Mankato; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law: Anne Hansen of Westbrook, Lorraine Rindfleisch of Minneapolis and Ruth (John) Smith of Windom.


Robert Wesley Minion

Robert Wesley Minion, age 72, of Mt. Lake died on March 6, 2021, at his home in Mt. Lake.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 17, from noon to 1 p.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Service will be held at the American Lutheran Church in Windom, on Wednesday, March 17, at 1 p.m. The clergy will be Pastor Adam Roberts.
Interment will be at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake, with full military honors by the Mt. Lake American Legion, the Butterfield VFW and the U.S. Dept. of Defense.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Bob was born on May 5, 1948, in Mt. Lake to Wesley and Arsella (Harder) Minion. He graduated from Mt. Lake in 1967.
He then went on to follow in his father’s footsteps and enlisted the U.S. Army in November of 1967. He was honorably discharged in November of 1970.
On Aug. 3, 1974, Bob married the love of his life, Carol Jean Elness.
In 1977, he graduated from ASI with a diploma in Mobile Engine Service and Vehicle Maintenance.
In 1986, Bob and Carol welcomed their son, Jason Robert Minion, into their family.
Along with his passion for family and friends, Bob loved helping others and antique construction equipment. He enjoyed his 15 years of service as Commander for the American Legion in Mt. Lake. He also drove Sober Cab in Windom for 15 years.
Bob loved to meet others and socialize through his work. He loved to reminisce and share stories of the past. He was known for his compassion, generosity and humbleness.
Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Arsella; father, Wesley; wife, Carol; brother, Daniel; and granddaughter, Caroline.
He is survived by his son, Jason; and his grandchildren: Orion, Kidge, Arsella and Crimson.


Kathryn Rocker

Kathryn Rocker, 94, died March 5, 2021, at her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Galen; and grandson, Theron Warner.
Survivors include her six children: Deborah (Kurt) Holm, Scott Rocker, Connie (Thom) Fermstad, Rebecca (Tim) Warner, Susan (Rob) Linde and John Rocker; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Frevert; and a brother, Glen Chenhall.


Randall John Riebe

Randall John Riebe was born on Oct. 3, 1967, in Du­luth to Linda Lou Omen. As a young mom, Linda de­cided to put Randy up for adoption.
He was adopted by Lyle and Rober­ta Riebe, and their four daughters, in October of 1968. The family was delighted to welcome their baby brother into the family.
Randy grew up in Windom, hanging with his friends, playing T-ball, and fishing at the river. In high school, he ran cross country and long distance in track. He also started a lifelong avocation as a drummer. He played the guitar, piano and loved to sing. His hobbies included hiking, camping, fishing, biking and skiing. He graduated from Windom Area High School in 1986.
Following high school, he continued to pursue his hobbies and lived and worked in various parts of the country, including Hershey, Pa.; Minne­apolis; Canon City, Colo.; Seattle, Wash.; Bagley; and most recently had returned to Windom to be closer to his parents.
Randy turned his avocation as a musician into a business as he worked as a DJ for many years. When he came to Windom, he started Eagle Entertainment, per­forming light shows and DJ duties in many venues around the area.
Randy passed away unexpectedly at his home in Windom at the age of 55 years.
Randy is survived by his parents, Lyle and Roberta Riebe; his fiancé, Mona Leach; his sisters, Marty (Tim) Olsen of Lu­verne; Carol Bennett of Mesa, Ariz.; Kitty (Willy) Wilson of Avon, Ind.; Janny Pryor of Canon City, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandpar­ents, Martha and Perry Riebe; Ada Bernice and Harry Schneiter, and, very recently, his birth mother, Linda Lou Omen.
A private family service will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Lakeview Cemetery.


Meridith Grams

Meridith Leone Grams, 87, of Windom died Feb. 23, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Windom.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 3, at 11 a.m., at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
Burial will follow the service at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.OFH.Care.
Meridith Leone Grams (Rossow) passed from this earth to eternal life, joining her God and Savior late Tuesday on Feb. 23, 2021.
She was born on September 28,1933. in Heron Lake Township, the daughter of Erwin and Margaret (Thomson) Rossow.
Meridith married the late Wayne Grams on Feb. 11, 1951.
Meridith, known as Merdy, by all who loved her, was tireless, loyal and caring. Visitors to our home were always welcomed. The oven would be warm with something rich, sweet and delicious to enjoy. It was a delight for her to try new recipes!
She loved gathering with friends and family at all the big events or just having a cup of coffee with a friend. Her smile and laugh were infectious.
Merdy worked in the grocery business for many years. Back in the 1960s she started as a meat wrapper at National Tea. She worked into her 70s demonstrating new products or stocking shelves at Hy-Vee. She loved the atmosphere. She loved the people. Being around her co-workers and customers she knew and loved gave her much satisfaction.
She truly loved and served our family her entire life. She instilled in us a love of nature through gardening, especially flowers.
She showed us, through her example, of how to serve the church. She was an active member of The Lutheran Church of Our Savior since childhood. I can still see her standing in front of the lower grades leading us as we sang “Two Little Eyes to Look to God.”
Meridith was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Grams; and son, Michael Grams.
She is survived by her brother, Willis Rossow (Mary); sons, Bruce Grams (Elizabeth), Jon Grams (Deb); daughter, Michell Porisch; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Blessed be the memory of Meridith Leone Grams.


Thomas L. Horkey

Private family services for Thomas L. Horkey, age 65, of Sherburn will be held at a later date.
Thomas passed away on Thursday morning, Feb. 18, 2021, at his home in Sherburn.
The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Thomas Lowell Horkey was born on Jan. 26, 1956, in Bagley. He was the son of Howard and Mabel (Messenbrink) Horkey. Tom attended Windom public schools and graduated from Windom Area High School in 1974.
On Dec. 6, 1975, Tom was united in marriage to Karen Hady. This union was blessed with four children: Jessica, Jeremy, Courtney and Tyler. The family resided in Windom before moving to Nebraska, Heron Lake and then moved to Fairmont in 1985. Most recently, Tom and Karen moved to Sherburn in 2015.
It was their dream to own land and build their forever home. They shared over 45 years together.
Tom worked as a production manager at Fairmont Foods. Tom was a member of the “Big Buck Hunt Club” and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors. When he wasn’t tinkering and remodeling at the house, he liked watching Westerns. He really enjoyed spending time in his shop woodworking and loved sharing that work with his family.
Tom most loved family gatherings and spending time with his grandchildren. The most important thing to Tom was taking care of his loving wife, Karen.
Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Karen Horkey of Sherburn; children: Jessica Horkey (Jeremy “Bill” Stoeckmann) of Glencoe, Jeremy (Sadie) Horkey of Eagle Lake, Courtney (Landon) Bosma of Woodstock and Tyler (Melissa) Horkey of Spencer, Iowa; 21 grandchildren: Felicia, Matthew, Danielle, Bryce, Brooklyn, Colton, Madison, Domanic, Cole, Aubrie, Brenna, Kenlie, Declan, Avery, Owen, Merrick, Jaxon, Breckin, Brooks, Brantley and Briar; six brothers: David, Jerry, Mark, Howard, Daniel and Steven; brothers-in-law: Brad, Dave, Bruce, Chris and Thomas; sisters-in-law: Patti Larson, Jill Hady, and Carolyn Shumacher; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, Howard and Mabel Horkey, Tom was preceded in death by his grandson, Logan Horkey; parents-in-law, James and Jeanette Hady; brother, Emil; and brothers-in-law, Richard and Timothy Hady and Bruce Larson.
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Marcelaine Dillon

Marcelaine “Marce” (Schreiber) Dillon, 93, of Bloomington, formerly of Windom, died Feb. 22, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m., at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington.
Visitation will be held Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Gill Brothers Bloomington Chapel and continue Friday at the church for one half hour prior to mass.
Interment will follow at Dawn Valley Memorial Park.
Gill Brothers Bloomington Chapel is handling the funeral arrangements.
Marcelaine “Marce” Schreiber was born June 28, 1927, to John C. and Helen (Joswick) Schreiber in Faribault.
Marce and Bob lived in Bloomington and were members of Nativity of Mary Church. Marce also was a member of the church choir and enjoyed gardening.
She was a mother to six children: Pat (Sharon), Mike, Tom (Liz), Anne (Tom) Prideaux, Jean (Paul) Ekhholm and Beth (John) Jensen; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister to Bill Schreiber.


Merle Bass

Merle Bass, 51, of Windom died Feb. 20, 2021, at his home at Home for Creative Living in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Jon Greener officiating.
Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held Friday for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Masks will be required to attend services at the funeral home.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Merle A. Bass was born Sept. 29, 1969, to Ernest and Gladys (Gunder) Bass in Windom. He received his eduction in Sauk Centre and Windom public schools.
Shortly after completing his education, Merle began work at the DAC in Windom until health reasons forced him to retire.
Merle was currently living at the Home for Creative Living in Windom where he enjoyed the care provided for him.
He will be remembered for his love of polka music; watching sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings and Twins; tractors; cheeseburgers; Disney memorabilia; holidays, especially Halloween; and spending time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Bass; and his grandparents.
Survivors include his mother, Gladys Bass of Springfield; two brothers, Daniel (Kim) Bass of Mankato; Timothy Bass (Darial Klabunde) of Springfield; three nieces and a nephew: Chelsey (Mike) Mastalski, Molly Bass, Seth Bass and Kayla Bass; and a great-niece.


Bernice L. Dick

Bernice L. Dick, age 87, of Mt. Lake went to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 16, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Service was held at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. All were welcome. The service leader was Willard Dick.
Interment was at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake.
Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Bernice Gregory was born on Jan. 8, 1934, near Pellston, Mich., to Amos and Elsie (Brubacher) Gregory. Her family attended the Maple River Mennonite Church, where she was baptized at 13.
She attended a one-room school and graduated from Pellston High School as valedictorian. She attended Goshen College with a B.S. in nursing in 1955.
After working for two years in Petesky, Mich., she moved to Denver, Colo., and worked at the University Hospital for three years.
There she met Alvin Dick. They were united in marriage at the First Mennonite Church in Denver in 1960.
In 1961, Bernice and Alvin moved to Mt. Lake. They farmed west of Mt. Lake and raised three sons.
Bernice worked part time at the Mt. Lake Hospital for 30 years until it closed in 1991. She finished her nursing career at Sogge Memorial Nursing Home.
She served over 20 years with AWANA in various capacities. Her favorite was council storyteller, mostly Bible stories.
Bernice volunteered at the Care and Share for 21 years. Many of those years were on the board and some as chairman.
For the last 10 years she served as Sunday morning coffee hostess at Community Bible Church in Mt. Lake.
She loved gardening, especially flowers, and also cooking. Bernice was a student of the Bible, having read through it the first time when she was 14 years old. She loved poetry, especially that of the hymns.
Bernice is survived by her three sons: Steven (Tania) of Cartersville, Ga.; Jonathan (Victoria) of Fresno, Calif.; James (Shannon) of Mt. Lake; grandchildren: Lydia, Nadia, Savannah, Jacob, Sophia, Tyler and Audrey; sister, Ila Gregory of Michigan; and brother, Gerald Gregory of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Dick; her parents, Amos and Elsie Gregory; three sisters and two brothers.
Let her be remembered as one who loved to serve others. Blessed be her memory.


Helen Haugen

Helen Haugen, 90, of Windom died Feb. 18, 2021, at her home in Windom.
Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be held today (Wednes­day) at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating.
Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation was Tuesday and continues today at the church for one hour prior to the service.
The service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and LaCanne Family Funeral Home requires masks and ask that all follow social distancing guidelines.
LaCanne Family Fu­neral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lacannefuneral­home.com.
Helen Ann Haugen was born in Belmont Town­ship, Jackson County, on Jan. 5, 1931, to the late John and Anna (Wieskus) Maras. She was baptized on Jan. 8, 1931, in Jackson County and later con­firmed.
Helen received her early education in coun­try school in Dale Town­ship and then attended Windom Public Schools, graduating from Windom High School on May 27, 1948.
On May 3, 1952, Helen was united in marriage to Howard Rollin Haugen at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Win­dom. This marriage was blessed with four chil­dren: Michelle, Michael, Mari and Melissa.
Through the years, Helen worked as the book­keeper at Farm Bureau in Windom and in 1974, began working at the First National Bank in Windom where she met many people and formed many lifelong relation­ships in her 27 dedicated years of service until her retirement in 2001.
After retirement, How­ard and Helen continued to live in Windom and en­joyed retirement together.
On March 21, 2005, Howard passed away after a short illness. After his death, Helen remained in her home in Windom and had many enjoyable years with her family and friends.
Recently, Helen was placed in hospice care in her home and passed away there peacefully, with her family at her side, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at the age of 90 years.
Helen was a longtime, dedicated member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom where she was a Steward at the church until 2020, helped with the Knights of Co­lumbus Food Stand at the Cottonwood County Fair and was a vital part of the funeral lunches at the church for many years.
She also was involved in her community as a volunteer at the Windom Chamber of Commerce, helped with bloodmobiles, a volunteer for the Fire Department mailings, a BARC usher for concerts and was named the Volun­teer of the Year in 2016 by the Windom Chamber of Commerce.
Her enjoyments were many and included bowl­ing and being a part of the 600 Bowling Club, watching the Minnesota Gophers and the Minne­sota Twins and, most of all, she really enjoyed any sport her grandchildren were participating in and loved supporting them.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mom, grandma and great-grand­ma who always made time for her family and loved her time spent with them.
Helen is survived by her four children and their spouses: Michelle (Doug) Groenke of Mankato; Michael (Kera) Haugen of Windom; Mari (Ben) Byam of Windom; Melissa (Brent) Chris­topher of Jackson; 12 grandchildren: Erin (Joel) Jacobson, Brent and Cody Groenke, Karissa (Bryce) Grove, Morgan (Cole) Wunschel, Drake (Meredith) Borsgard, Bryce Christopher, Taylor (Erica) Christopher, Ryan Christopher, Wyatt, Wri­ley and Reagan Haugen; two great-grandchildren, Haley and Jonah Jacob­son; four siblings: Paul (Gerry) Maras of Win­dom, Rose Schwalbach of Windom, Kathy (Henry) Grothaus of Oakdale, Ed (Pat) Maras of Urbandale, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; hus­band, Howard Haugen; five brothers: Ray, John, Isadore, Daniel “Mike” and Joe Maras; two sis­ters, Arlene Bartosh and Gladys Wiens; and one grandson, Bronson Byam.
Blessed be the memory of Helen Haugen.


Robert ‘Bob’ Ralph Emmert

Robert “Bob” Ralph Emmert, of Mt. Lake stepped into Eternity to meet his Lord Jesus, and reunite with his bride, Arpa, on Feb. 18, 2021, at the age of 88 at Good Samari­tan Society-The Village, Mt. Lake.
Private family services will be held.
Interment will be at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Bob was born on April 26, 1932, and grew up in Sweet Home, Ore., a beloved son of Ivan and Rolena Emmert. He leaves behind two siblings, Carolyn (Carol) Groat and Donald (Don) Emmert.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, and three siblings: Virginia (Ginny) Miller, Harold Emmert and Patricia (Pat) Kehm. Bob’s brother, Harold, two years his senior, died at the age of 4 of spinal meningitis. At the time of Harold’s death, he asked his mother to have Bob be quiet, because he was hearing the angels sing. He said, “They’re so beau­tiful. Can’t you see them, mom?” We know those same angels welcomed Bob Home, 86 years later.
Bob left the West Coast to attend college in Omaha, Neb., at Grace Bible Institute, where he met the love of his life, Arpa Stoesz. After a short (though it seemed long to them) courtship and engagement, Bob and Arpa were married on Nov. 25, 1951; Bob was only 19 years old. The early months of marriage were spent in Oregon while Bob worked for his family’s logging business; they later moved to Min­nesota and Bob began a farming career followed by real estate sales.
Still kids themselves, they went on to become parents to Byron, Cheryl and Michael. The two were together nearly 68 years. It is a testament to their faithfulness to the Lord, and Bob’s spiritual leadership, that all three children went on to serve in vocational ministry.
Bob will be fondly remembered for his seemingly unparalleled strength, both physical and internal. He was a hard worker and dedi­cated provider with a wonderful, four-octave vocal range. The smooth, deep resonance of his voice will forever be remembered by any who were privileged to be near him as he approached the Throne in prayer.
He leaves a legacy of patience, love and kind­ness, fully embodying all fruits of the Spirit, known in his community for his loyal friendship to those most in need, and often forgotten by the world.
While his family re­joices in his Home-going, Bob leaves behind many to miss his presence on Earth: son, Byron (Linda) Emmert and children: BJ (Jess) Emmert, Tyler (Sarah) Emmert, Angela (Landon) Oldenburger; daughter, Cheryl (Dan) Hauge and children: Landon Hauge, Chad (Ali­cia) Hauge and Charissa (Jake) Hansen; son, Mike (Marlene) and children: Bailee (Blake) Humphrey, Tess (Connor) Johnson, Allie (Micah) Bargan and Walker (Emily) Emmert; great-grandchildren: Eisley Emmert, Reagan Emmert, Coen Emmert, Brynn Emmert, Weston Emmert, Cooper Olden­burger, Mae Emmert, Pax­ton Oldenburger, Genepy Hauge, Osa Johnson, Beulah Hauge, Holden Humphrey and Riggins Oldenburger.
Bob’s family requests that no flowers or plants are sent.


Norman Penner

Norman Penner, 75, of St. James died Feb. 12, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
A private family service was Tuesday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James with Rev. Grant Fischer officiating.
Burial followed at First Mennonite Cemetery in Butterfield.
Sturm Funeral Home in St. James handled the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.sturmfh.com.
Norman Henry Penner was born July 15, 1945, to Henry and Sarah (Quiring) Penner. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized when he joined First Mennonite Church, north of Butterfield.
In 1984, Norman married Kathleen Schmidt. With his wife of 36 years, Norman enjoyed raising cattle, farming, using his Bobcat and restoring antique tractors with his godson, John.
Norman also had a passion for reading and woodworking, and his appreciation for the outdoors included wildlife, bird watching and going on car rides with Kathy, so she could take photos of wildlife.
He also enjoyed the time he could spend with his godchildren — Justin, John and Mandy — and their families.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen “Kathy” Penner; and sister, Kathryn Penner.


Thomas J. Jeffrey

Thomas J. Jeffrey, 78, died peacefully of cancer at his home in Charter House Retirement Living, Rochester, on Feb. 2, 2021.
Tom enjoyed so many aspects of life, especially love for his family and friends, usu­ally demonstrated with his sparkling blue eyes, his kind listening ear and his sense of humor, oc­casionally enhanced with a playful tease.
From his youth, he was attracted to the natural world, especially working with wood where he devel­oped a strong knowledge base and skill set he freely shared with others. Wood design and construction, tool restoration and furni­ture repair and refinish­ing were special interests.
Appreciation for operatic tenors began at an early age with Mario Lanza and continued, especially with Pavarotti, while he also thoroughly enjoyed the Statler Broth­ers. Steinbeck was one of his favorite authors.
He had a love of children, the warmth of a wood burning fire, the beauty of a small wildflower, the quest for agates or the perfectly round rock on the north shore of majestic Lake Superior, making and sharing popcorn and cheers time, cats and especially dogs.
From a young boy, his Christian faith was foundational and his life journey was enriched and strengthened by the maturing of that faith, notably enhanced by his Walk to Emmaus experi­ence.
Tom was born in Win­dom, where he spent his youth and high school years. He was stationed in Vicenza, Italy and later with the Minnesota National Guard for his Army military service, and with support from the GI Bill, began his higher education studies in Minnesota, graduating from Worthington Junior College (AA Degree) and Mankato State College (BS and MS Degrees) in industrial arts with teach­ing certification.
Following graduation, Tom was employed by Mankato State in their experimen­tal Wilson Campus School as a K-12 industrial arts in­structor and super­visor of numerous student teachers.
When the cam­pus school closed, Tom, Sally and Sam lived in St. Peter for many years where they served as a foster family and where Tom worked as assistant manager with Standard Lumber Company.
He decided to return to education later in life and the family moved to Blacksburg, Va., where he attended Virginia Tech and earned his educa­tional doctoral degree and then was employed as assistant professor. His educational career con­cluded at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio in the Technology Depart­ment.
Following educational retirement, Tom began 10 years of Christian service employment at the Young Life Camp in Rockbridge County, Va., work he found thoroughly reward­ing.
After retiring from Young Life, Tom and Sally completed and enjoyed a major country home remodel project. When downsizing seemed an appropriate step to take, they returned to the Mid­west in 2019, moving into Charter House in Roch­ester, where they could focus on providing volun­teer service to others.
Tom is survived by his wife, Sally; sons, Matt and Sam (Kara); grand­children: Anna, Liz, Jack, Whipp and Mary; brothers, Doug and Bill (Lynne); nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jim and Dick; and sister, Marian Schaub.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to support pros­tate cancer research at American Cancer Society or Mayo Clinic.
Memories of Tom are welcomed and can be posted at rochestercrema­tionservicesmn.com


Alton Ezra Miller

Alton Ezra Miller, age 85, of Jackson/Des Moines Town­ship, formerly of Jeffers, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at home.
Private fam­ily services will be held.
Interment will be in the Jeffers Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Sanford Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent at www.stephens­funeralservice.com.
Stephens Funeral Ser­vice-Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the fam­ily with arrangements.
Alton Ezra Miller was born Jan. 16, 1936, to Clifford and Mabel (Kyar) Miller at home in Cot­tonwood County. He was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church.
Alton attended country school four miles from his home.
On Aug. 7, 1954, he was united in marriage to Alice Elizabeth Hahn.
Alton was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was part of the church board and also took part in helping build the church in Jeffers. Alton was a member of the Jeffers Volunteer Fire Department and also on the Ambulance Squad for over 30 years.
He was very active in the community and was elected mayor of Jeffers for 13.5 years. Alton be­longed to Ruritan, Lions Club, Mason­ic Lodge and city council.
He worked as a supervisor/general manager at Toro Manufacturing Company in Windom for 45 years.
Alton enjoyed music and had a band called Ridge Runners, where he played guitar and sang.
To pass the time, he enjoyed gardening, read­ing, carpentry and casino outings. Alton could often be found outdoors camp­ing or hunting. He enjoyed going fishing, boating and skiing. Alton loved spend­ing time with family and friends.
Alton is survived by his children: Beverly (Rich­ard) Quade of Sanborn, Laurie (Robert) Bau­mann of Jackson, Susan Miller of Jeffers and Joey (Melinda) Miller of Jeffers; step-daughter, Vicki Galstad-Friedrichs; special family friend, Greg Knight; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Donald (Pa­tricia) Miller of Florida and Arla Christensen of Crystal.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alice Miller; daughter, Debra Lake; granddaugh­ter, Brooke Sutherland; brothers: Kenny, Glen and Lee; and sister, Berniece Christensen.


Erma Knutson

Erma Knutson, 101, of Heron Lake, formerly of Win­dom, died Feb. 10, 2021, at Lakeview Assisted Living in Heron Lake.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
LaCanne Family Fu­neral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lacannefuneral­home.com
Erma Hildegarde (Miller) Knutson, 101, of Heron Lake, formerly of Windom, passed away on Feb. 10, 2021 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Heron Lake.
Erma was the daughter, and oldest child of Jacob H. Miller and Hildegarde (Schweitzer) Miller. She was born on April 11, 1919 in Delft. Her brother Lester Miller was born in 1922. Her father owned and operated a harness and shoe repair shop in Delft, which was a thriv­ing community in the 1920s.
Erma attended el­ementary school in Delft and eventually gradu­ated from Windom High School in 1938.
After high school she went on to complete teacher’s training in Lam­berton, earning her teach­ing certificate in 1939. She then taught in rural schools for three years.
On Aug. 31, 1941, Erma married Lowell G. Knutson. They farmed north of Heron Lake in Springfield Township un­til 1969 when they moved to a farm in Great Bend Township just outside of Windom.
Lowell retired from farming in 1981 and they built a house in Windom where Lowell continued to work as a rural mail carrier.
When her sons were all in school Erma took off-campus classes and received her degree in education from Mankato State University in 1973. She substituted in several area schools and then worked as a Title I teacher at Storden-Jeffers Elementary School for six years.
She retired in 1984.
Erma grew up attend­ing the Immanuel Men­nonite Church in Delft and, after her marriage, became a longtime mem­ber of the Evangelical Lu­theran Church in Heron Lake where she sang in the choir and taught Sun­day School.
Later she became a member of the Ameri­can Lutheran Church in Windom, serving on many committees over the years.
She had a keen interest in politics and current events, genealogy, music, education and reading. She was a frequent visitor to the public library and attended many athletic events that her sons and grandchildren participat­ed in over the years.
Lowell died in Decem­ber of 2000 and Erma moved to the Windom Good Samaritan campus, first to Remick Ridge in January of 2001, and then to Mikkelsen Manor in the summer of 2008. In September of 2019 she was transferred to Lake-view Assisted Living in Heron Lake.
Erma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowell; and her brother, Lester.
Survivors include her four sons: Terry, of Sioux Falls; Dane (LeeAnn), Sioux Falls; Les (Cheryl), Heron Lake; and Kyle (Louise), Edina; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Sophie Stoterau

Sophie Stoterau, 88, of Jeffers died Feb. 8, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
A Celebra­tion of Life service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m., at Trinity Lu­theran Church in Jeffers with Pastor Jen­nifer Bennet officiating.
The service will be livestreamed on the Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Masks are required to attend services at the church.
Burial will follow at Jeffers Cemetery in rural Jeffers.
Visitation will be held Sat­urday at the church for two hours prior to the service.
Sophie Meyer was born Dec. 14, 1932, to Roelf Heinrick and Jurendien (Gammais) Meyer in Bloom Township of Nobles County. She was baptized and later confirmed at Immanuel American Lutheran Church in Fulda.
Sophie attended country school in the Fulda area through eighth grade before graduating from Fulda High School in 1951.
After graduation, she worked at Muesing Drug Store and the S&L Store in Slayton.
In 1956, Sophie married Merlin “Mike” Stoterau at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bloom Township. They raised their family and farmed together in the Slay­ton area until 1968, when they moved to Comfrey. They continued farming in Delton Township until 1997 when they moved to Jeffers.
Sophie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers, the ladies aid and American Legion Auxil­iary Post 401. She served as president of the auxiliary for three years.
She enjoyed playing cards at the Jeffers Senior Center, crocheting (especially hats for her grandchildren), gar­dening, watching Western movies and driving her golf cart around Jeffers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin in 2007; an infant son, Michael Stoterau in 1966; a grand­daughter, Sonja Flaggan; three brothers: George Meyer, Roelf “Ralph” Meyer Jr. and Henry Meyer; and five sisters: Hilda Kadolph, Henrietta Haase, Jeanette Barents, Annie Yotter and Mary Knorr.
Survivors include her three children: Conrad (Diane) Stoterau of Eagle Bend, Duane Stoterau of Jeffers and Betty (Kevin) Oeltjenbruns of Mt. Lake; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jill Meyer of Spencer, Iowa.


Robert Tusa

Robert Tusa, 77, of Jack­son died Jan. 31, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Sog­ge Memorial in Windom.
Mass of Christian Burial was Friday at Good Shep­herd Catholic Church in Jackson with Father Jonathan Fasnacht officiating.
The service was livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Masks were required to at­tend services at the church.
Burial was at Good Shep­herd Catholic Cemetery in Jackson.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Robert Joseph Tusa was born March 20, 1943, to Alfred and Beulah (Baker) Tusa at Halloran Hospital in Jackson. He was raised on the family farm in Middle­town Township of Jackson County. He was baptized, made first communion and was confirmed in the Catho­lic faith.
After attending country school District 55, Robert attended Jackson High School, graduating in 1961. He excelled in basketball and track in high school and went on to break the shot put record, while also starring in discus and high jump at Worthington Junior College.
In 1964, Robert was involved in a car accident which left him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life. After a year of rehabilita­tion, he attended Jackson Vocational School and earned an Associate Degree in drafting.
He was hired as a drafts­man with HDR of Omaha.
He returned home and attended Southwest Min­nesota State University in Marshall. In 1969, he was instrumental in organizing the first state wheelchair basketball tournaments at SMSU.
He went on to qualify for the USA Para Olympic team and was part of a tour of athletic competition. He and others were invited to perform for Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1981.
He was preceded in death by a nephew, Travis Mier; and great-nephew, Elliot Mier.
Survivors include his three sisters: Janet (Wayne) Fischer of Jackson, Leah Kelloway of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Jean (Robert) Fergu­son of Slayton; and the love of his life, Jean Gross of Jackson.


Gloria Jean Nelson

Gloria Jean Nel­son, known to most as Jean, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at the age of 65, while surround­ed by family at her home in Prior Lake.
Jean was born in 1955 to Hardy and Betty Morningstar in Niagara Falls, Canada.
She was the wife of Duane Keith Nelson with whom she shared 35 years of marriage. Jean and Duane resided in Windom for numerous years before moving to Prior Lake.
It is in Windom that they raised their two children. She was the caring and loving mother to Jordan William Nelson and Sarah Elizabeth Nelson, mother-in-law to Ashley Nicole Nelson, and grandmother to Camden, Everett and Quinn.
Jean studied music education at the Univer­sity of Minnesota. After graduation she went on to work as a school band and choir teacher, and later taught piano lessons for beginner students in her community.
She was passionate about music, baking and spending time with her grandkids. Jean also had a passion for weightlifting and training and always updated her family on her latest personal record.
Jean was a mem­ber of the Berean Baptist Church where she played keyboard during services.
She will be re­membered for her unwavering faith in God, all the adventurous play she had with her grand­children, always sharing her baked goods with everyone, her generosity, warmth, kindness — and, of course, her homemade granola bars.
Jean is survived by her husband, Duane; chil­dren, Sarah Nelson and Jordan (Ashley) Nelson; grandchildren: Cam­den, Everett and Quinn Nelson; mother, Elizabeth Morningstar; sisters, Bet­ty Ann Morningstar and Cindy Morningstar; and her nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Hardy Morningstar.
Per Jean’s wishes, there will be a private family celebration of life and we invite you to take a moment to reminisce and laugh at the times you shared with her.
Cards can be sent to Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, 4565 Pleasant St. SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372.


Howard Davis

Howard Davis, 77, of Windom died Feb. 4, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service was Monday at 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Win­dom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating.
The service was livestreamed on the American Lutheran Church Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Burial was at Memory Garden’s Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation was Sun­day, from 2 to 4 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Masks were required to attend services at the funeral home and church.
LaCanne Family Fu­neral Service of Windom handled the funeral ar­rangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lacannefuneral­home.com.
Memorials are pre­ferred to either Ameri­can Lutheran Church in Windom or Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services.
Howard Charles Davis, also known as, Howie, was born June 26, 1943, to the late William Arthur and Phyllis Nellie (In­man) Davis in Holt, Minn. He had two sisters, Lavonne and Deanna, and one brother, Conley. Howard was baptized on July 19, 1944, and later confirmed on June 1, 1958, at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt.
Howard attended Holt Consolidated School and Newfolden Community School, participating in football, basketball and student government, graduating with the Class of 1961.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1965 from Gus­tavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, majoring in mathematics and phys­ics. In 1970, he earned a master’s degree in coun­seling and guidance from Mankato State University.
Howard was united in marriage to Rosalee Margaret Fox on July 30, 1966, at Sharon Lutheran Church in Lamberton. The marriage was blessed with three children: Eric, Scott and Lisa.
After teaching in Tracy from 1965-1969, Howard began working at Win­dom Public Schools in a counseling position and continued until his retire­ment in 1999.
He was active in the Windom Education Association, serving in various positions, includ­ing president. In 1982-83, he was chosen Windom Teacher of the Year and in 1993 was named South­west Minnesota Counsel­or of the Year and Minnesota High School Counselor of the Year.
Howard was in­strumental in start­ing the Knowledge Bowl program and Dollars for Schol­ars for Windom students. He also served as Student Council advi­sor and National Honor Society advisor.
He was active in the Cottonwood County Youth Task Force. Howie retired in 1999, but after one week of retirement, he real­ized he needed something more, so he continued working as a substitute teacher and guardian ad litem.
Howard passed away on Feb. 4, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society in Win­dom, where he resided for two days.
Howard attended most of the grandchildren’s athletic events and school performances. He enjoyed playing cards, going to high school sporting events, woodworking, reading and spending time with his family.
Howard had a lifetime appointment as a Remick trustee and has served on the board since the death of Mr. Remick. He worked with the City of Windom, Cottonwood County and Windom School District to find ways that the Remick Foundation could posi­tively impact the commu­nity. Howard contributed greatly through his ser­vice with the Foundation, discovering the needs of the community and seeking ways to improve the lives of children, with special concern for the disadvantaged.
He also served as a member of ROMEO friends.
Howie was an active member of the American Lutheran Church in Win­dom. He served as a Sun­day School teacher and superintendent, president and vice president of the congregation, trust fund board and personnel com­mittee. He also worked closely with Dave Vaupel making prayer candle tables, hymnal boards, crosses and holding crosses.
Howard is survived by his wife, Rosalee; three children: Eric (Michele) Davis of Charlotte, N.C.; Scott (Anna) Davis of Minneapolis; and Lisa (Tim) Young of Jordan; nine grandchildren: Cameron and Erica Rose Davis; Grace, Ellen and Paul Davis; Isaac, Seth, Sarah and Levi Young; and one sister, Deanna (Ed) Lallum of Phoenix, Ariz.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William (1966) and Phyllis Davis Maijala (2012); one broth­er, Conley Davis (2013); and one sister, Lavonne Blair (1995).
Blessed be the memory of Howard Charles Davis


Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson, 54, of Kilkenny died Dec. 22, 2020, at University of Minnesota Medical Cen­ter, West Bank in Minneapo­lis.
A walk-through visitation was held Dec. 30 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey. All attending were required to wear masks and maintain social distancing in ac­cordance with COVID-19 guidelines.
A celebration of Brian’s life and interment will be held at a later date. Inter­ment will be at Springfield City Cemetery.
Brian Lee Peterson was born May 14, 1966, to LeRoy and Carol Peterson in Com­frey. He was raised on the family’s cattle and pig farm near Comfrey, where Brian developed a love of animals at a young age and became involved in 4-H.
After graduating high school, Brian attended the University of Minnesota- Waseca, graduating with an applied science degree in animal science.
After working one night in a factory, he chose to attend school in Arizona to learn the art of horseshoeing. He also spent time in Colorado guiding trail rides at the Breckenridge horse range.
In 1993, Brian married Deb Gabrelcik and moved to Shakopee. They were blessed with two children, Jake and Kate. Two years later, they moved to Prior Lake and then to his present home in Kilkenny.
Brian had a hobby farm in Kilkenny where he started Brian Peterson Farrier Service, in which he shoed horses until his death. He had been in the horse indus­try for 32 years and had a loyal following of customers.
Brian enjoyed being a father to his children, Jake and Katie, working with horses and the camaraderie that came with embracing the equine world. He also enjoyed hunting and fish­ing, taking multiple trips to Northern Minnesota and Texas to hunt with friends.
The last several years were spent with his life part­ner, Julie Shomin, traveling and horseback riding.
Brian will be remembered for his wit, smile and brown eyes and having passed his laughter to son, Jake.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol.
Survivors include his chil­dren, Jake (Sarah) Peterson and Katie (Austin) Peterson; father, LeRoy (Marty) Peter­son; sister, Jayna (Richard) Groebner; and partner, Julie.


Mary Ann Holck

Mary Ann Holck, 84, of Windom died Jan. 26, 2021.
She was born April 29, 1936. to Wil­liam and Ma­bel (Sykora) Holck in Rose Hill Township in Cottonwood County.
She at­tended Jeffers Public Schools and graduated from Jeffers High School in 1954. She continued her education at Mankato Commercial School.
Mary Ann worked for many years at the Andrews Hotel in Minneapolis before returning to the local area.
She then lived in Heron Lake until becoming a resident of Good Samaritan Society-Mikkelsen Manor in 2011 in Windom and later Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial.
She enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting, doing puzzles, reading her Bible and corresponding with friends, among other things.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and other relatives.
Survivors include her many cousins.


Marlys Elaine Henderson

On April 17, 1937, a beautiful daughter, Marlys Elaine Harder, was born to Sam C. and Gertrude (Johnson) Harder. Marlys was the oldest of five children with her baby sister Mary Anne passing away in infancy.
She grew up with her three brothers — Gordy, Jim and Paul — on the family farm in Carson Township. Marlys was full of laughs and loved to tease.
She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her per­sonal savior at a young age and became a mem­ber of Bethel Mennonite Church.
She attended Mt. Lake Public School. She loved school, had many friends and her ambition was to become a teacher.
It was a cold day in January 1955, with snow covering the landscape. Marlys, a senior in high school, and four friends were traveling south of Mt. Lake on County Rd. 1 to attend a basket­ball game when the car Marlys was a passenger in went off the deadend claiming the lives of two friends and changing the course of Marlys’ future. The tragic accident left Marlys severely injured.
She was hospitalized for weeks at University of Minnesota Hospital and from there transferred to Sister Kenny Institute for rehabilitation where she spent many more weeks. The injuries Marlys sustained left her perma­nently disabled, crushing her dreams of becoming a teacher.
Following graduation from high school, Marlys attended Bethel College in Newton, Kan., and then Worthington Jr. College in Worthington.
In 1958, Marlys spent the summer months at Camp Landon in Gulfport, Miss., where she helped with Daily Vacation Bible School.
Marlys enjoyed life and loved her family and friends.
After meeting and marrying Bruce Henderson, they lived in Min­neapolis and Idaho before settling in Mesa, Ariz.
Marlys had an infectious laugh, a great sense of humor and a personality that gifted her with many friends with whom she spent her favorite pastime, drinking coffee. She loved sports and knew the names of all the players.
Marlys loved her broth­ers and called them often to visit.
When Marlys’ husband, Bruce, passed away after 53 years of marriage, she continued to live in Grant Court Mesa. She looked forward to each winter when her brother, Gordy, and wife, Nancy, came to spend winters in Arizona.
She enjoyed outings with them. Her favorite outing was going to have a milkshake and burger.
The last couple years were difficult for Marlys. She moved into a memory care community at Grand Court Mesa where she passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2021, after her last visit from Gordy and Nancy. She had not been allowed other visitors since early 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Marlys leaves behind two brothers, Gordy and Nancy Harder of Austin, Jim and Joan Harder of Bingham Lake; sister-in-law, Diane (Paul) Harder of Mt. Lake; nephews: Eric Harder and family, Chris Harder and family, Troy Harder, Trent Hard­er; nieces: Paula Harder, Cassondra Harder, Brit­tany Winters and family; and other relatives and friends.
Marlys was welcomed to heaven into the arms of Jesus by her parents, Sam C. and Gertrude Harder, sister Mary and brother Paul.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date.


William ‘Will’ G. Broers

William “Will” G. Broers, age 31, of Windom, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening, Jan. 24, 2021, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar.
Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. www.petersonbrothers. com
William “Will” George Broers was born on May 11, 1989, in Willmar, the son of Larry Broers and Mary Sletta. He grew up in Maynard and attended school in Maynard, Clara City and Montevideo.
His career began in Montevideo at Duffy’s Good Time Bar & Saloon and was currently the manager at Duffy’s Bar & Grill in Windom.
In 2017, Will met his love, Jessica Foy, at a mu­tual friend’s wed­ding. On Oct. 16, 2020, they became engaged. She was the missing piece to Will and his three children: Travis, Carmen and Eliza­beth.
Will cherished spending time with his kids, friends and family and planning his future with Jess. He enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball with his friends.
He had a great sense of humor and a contagious smile. He was loved by many.
He is survived by his fiancé, Jessica; his three children: Travis, Car­men and Elizabeth; his parents, Larry Broers and Mary Sletta; two broth­ers, Travis and Jeremy Bratsch; and one sister, Kari Broers; besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandpar­ents; a sister-in-law, Ashley Bratsch; and a nephew, Sean Broers.


Roger Polzin

Roger Polzin, 70, of Jef­fers died Jan. 31, 2021, at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington after battling cancer since July 2020.
Funeral services will be held Thurs­day at 10 a.m., at Trin­ity Lutheran Church in Jeffers with Pastor Jennifer Needham officiating.
The funeral service will be livestreamed on the Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 4 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Thursday at the church in Jeffers for one hour prior to the service.
Masks will be required to attend services at the funeral home and church.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is han­dling the funeral arrange­ments.
Roger R. Polzin was born Nov. 25, 1950, to Willie and Lillian (Willaby) Polzin in Springfield. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers.
He attended school in Jeffers, where he enjoyed playing football.
In 1972, Roger married Donna Will at Trinity Lutheran Church. Together they raised three children.
Roger was employed with New Vision Co-Op for 36 years, driving semi trucks, before retiring in 2017. He enjoyed his time visiting and assisting farmers across the region.
In his spare time, Roger was a volunteer firefighter with the Jeffers Fire Depart­ment for 20 years.
Roger enjoyed camping with his family over the years and, in retirement, spending winters with his wife, Donna, in Kingman, Ariz. He also enjoyed vaca­tions with family and trav­eled to many places through­out his life.
An avid angler and hunter, Roger enjoyed fishing trips to Lake of the Woods and hunting trips with his son Terry, grandchildren, family and friends.
He also enjoyed cooking meals for family gatherings and eating sweets and baked goods.
Roger will be remembered for making friends every­where he went and having conversations with anyone he encountered, never being able to sit still and lending a helping hand.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Chase Cas­well; and siblings, Willy Jr. and Randy (Elaine) Polzin.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Donna; children, Margo Wright of Jeffers, Becky (Paul) Caswell of Spencer, Iowa, and Terry (Sa­vannah) Polzin of Fort Rip­ley; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Carolyn (Harry) Michel and Rick Polzin.


Ronald Sampson

Ronald Sampson, 84, of Windom died Jan. 15, 2021, of lung cancer at Sunset Cottage in Worthington.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
Special music will be provided by Ruth Wohlfeil, organist; and Pastor Paul Sajban, vocalist.
Casket bearers will be Gregory Laffrenzen, Nathan Damm, Paul Sampson, David Laffrenzen, Emily Sampson and Jeff Sampson.
Honorary bearers will be members of the Windom Fire Department.
The service will be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook page.
Burial will follow at Memory Garden Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Masks are preferred and social distancing will be observed.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Ronald Duane Sampson was born May 16, 1936 to Alva Harrison and Sarah Jane (Creasey) Sampson in Geddes, S.D. He was the ninth of their 10 children. He was baptized and later confirmed.
Ronald grew up on the family farm and graduated from Winner High School in South Dakota. After high school, he and a friend went to California, but found work in Casper, Wyo., on the way there. Ron worked in the oil fields, drilling the first holes before the big rigs came in.
In 1956, Ron married Janet Elaine Jensen in Casper. They were blessed with four children.
In 1961, the family moved to Windom, where Ron worked for Peter J Schweitzer’s flax plant. The family also owned the Windom Laundromat for 20 years. Ron retired from his career as an engineer tech with Dennis Johnson.
A member of Lutheran church of Our Savior in Windom, Ron served as an usher and on the finance board. He also was a member of the Jaycees, serving one year as president, a volunteer fire fighter for 24 years and a Boy Scouts leader.
He enjoyed reading, fixing things and fishing with his boys for bullheads. In earlier days, he was on the pit crew for a race car in Jackson for several years. Ron and Jan also were avid card players and traveled to New Zealand and Australia to visit a foreign exchange student they hosted.
Ron will be remembered as a happy man with a cheerful disposition, who cherished his family. He also was a die-hard Vikings fan.
He was preceded in death by six brothers: Dale, Harold, infant twins, Walter and Raymond; three sisters: Clara Sampson, Ruby Keiser and Mary Kellogg; and one grandchild, Nicholas Damm.
Survivors include his wife, Janet of Windom; four children: Toni (Duane) Laffrenzen of New Ulm; Julie Damm of Forest City, Iowa (special friend Don Knutson of Litchfield); Barry (Ann) Sampson of Bovey; and Thomas (Diane) Sampson of Belmont, Mich.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Carole Quade

Carole Quade, age 79, of Westbrook, formerly of Jeffers, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Sanford Westbrook Medical Center.
Private family Mass of Christian Burial was held, Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Westbrook with a livestream on the Stephens Funeral Service Facebook Page.
There was a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Interment will be at a later date at the Jeffers Cemetery.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, guests were required to wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. A 50% indoor occupancy restriction was maintained.
Stephens Funeral Service-Westbrook Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Facebook link and online condolences may be sent to www.stephensfuneralservice.com
Carole Elaine (Heath) Quade was born on Dec. 27, 1941, in Mt. Lake to Basil and Eleanor (Gordon) Heath. She grew up in rural Cottonwood County.
Carole was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith in 1961.
On April 8, 1961, she was united in marriage to Raymond Quade at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Westbrook. Following their marriage, they made their home on the family farm near Jeffers where they raised their family.
She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Jeffers until it closed in 1997. When they moved to Westbrook, they became members of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Carole was a very active member of both churches and served as an officer in the Altar Society, taught CCD and was on the church council.
Carole worked as an insurance agent at Roger Haar State Farm Agency and First State Agency until retiring in 2000.
Carole and Raymond wintered in Mission, Texas for many years.
Carole served on the Jeffers Cemetery Board and after moving to Westbrook she was a member of the Library Board, Heritage Health Care Foundation and Kiwanis. She volunteered as a 4-H leader and at school when her children were students. She was part of the Good Neighbor Club, secretary at Wagon City South and active in ladies’ activities at Rolling Hills Golf Club.
Carole enjoyed playing bridge, quilting and reading. Golfing was one of her favorite pastimes and she was proud of her two holes-in-one. Carole especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in church, school and sporting events.
Carole is survived by her sons: Clayton (Jodi) Quade of Bagley and Anthony (Kelly) Quade of Westbrook; daughters: Catherine (Douglas) Goaley of South St. Paul and RaeAnn (Anthony) Schmalzbauer of New Brighton; grandchildren: Abbey (Trevor) Swanson, Hilary (Spenser) Narum, Hannah, Austin (Kassandra), Dr. Alexis, Ashton (fiancée Alyssa), Andrew Quade, Samuel, Paige, Tate Goaley, Triston and Tyra Schmalzbauer; four great grandchildren; siblings: Ronald (Esther) Heath of Rochester, Steven (Joyce) Heath of Apple Valley, Gerald Heath, and Sue (Neal) Mathis of Woonsocket, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Elvera Cullen and Anna Heinz; brother-in-law, Alfred Iverson; and cousin, Cosette Fester.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; son, LaMont Quade; granddaughter, Alison Quade; sister, Barbara Heath; sisters-in-law, Lola Bigbee and LaVonne Iverson; and cousin, Wilbert Fester.


Bernard Cosgriff

Bernard “Bernie” Cosgriff, 94, of Maple Plain, formerly of Bingham Lake, died Jan. 8, 2021, due to complications from COVID-19.
A memorial service will be held later this year with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Bernard Raymond Cosgriff was born June 18, 1926, to Stanley and Cecilia (Whalen) Cosgriff in the Worthington hospital. He grew up during the Great Depression on a farm near Fulda. He remembered walking to and from school during Minnesota winters and making baseballs out of corncobs and rubber bands.
Bernie attended St. Gabriel Catholic School through eighth grade before graduating from Fulda Public High School, where he played baseball and basketball.
Baseball was Bernie’s passion as a young man, pitching for several Southern Minnesota town teams, including Windom, Brewster, St. James and Fulda, where he was known for his fastball.
In 1950, Bernie married Lorraine Marie Rostimily of Heron Lake.
Shortly after, Bernie was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict.
When he returned, Bernie and Lorraine settled in Bingham Lake and were blessed with five children. Bernie worked as a brakeman for Chicago Northwestern Railroad until he was seriously injured in a fall from the train.
After Bernie and Lorraine divorced in the early 1970s, he moved to Brownton and worked for creameries in Brownton and Hutchinson.
In Brownton, he met Carol Pautz and they married in 1982.
In 2003, Bernie moved to Maple Plain and lived independently until 2018 when he moved to Haven Homes Nursing Home.
Bernie enjoyed listening to sports on his decades old red transistor radio and followed news and politics closely.
His Catholic faith was important to him and he always kept a rosary with him.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor, wry smile and quirky but endearing personality.
He was preceded in death by his nine siblings: Irene, Cecil, Stella, Marty, Stanley Jr., Vincent, Mary, Phillip and Patricia; his first wife, Lorraine; and second wife, Carol.
Survivors include his five children: Rod (Janie Deisch) of Minneapolis; Terry (Colleen Krahn) of Anchorage, Ala.; Peter of Tacoma, Wash.; Pat (Laura DeVries) of Layton, Utah; and Carol (George Wood) of Evergreen, Colo.; three step-children: Jan, Jodi and Nichole; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.