Obituaries

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.


Jim Potter

Jim Potter, 79, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Windom, died Jan. 3, 2021, at Monument Hospice House in Rapid City.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Rapid City.
Jim Potter was born Aug. 6, 1941, to Logan and Gladys Potter in Windom. He grew up in the Windom area, graduating from Windom High School in 1959.
In 1985, Jim married Margaret Walters.
Jim worked various jobs, which included The Toro Company. He retired from Bedford Manufacturing.
In retirement, he moved to Rapid City and worked part-time in a Western store.
Horses were a family hobby, which followed him throughout his life. He performed in rodeos, which included bull, bareback and saddle bronc riding.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; and a son, Darin.
Survivors include his son, David, and two grandsons of Marshall; a sister, Sharron (Ron) Tibodeau; and special friends, Deb and Lee.