Mankato High School Class of ‘68
96 Departed Classmates

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Passings by Year

2024- Edward Barnum, Lowell Hewitt, Terry Hollingsworth, Larry Schoettler
2023- Tim Lidstrom, Daniel Thielbar
2022- Caroline Fenske, Michael Mingo, Robert Nickels, Michael Reiland, Joan Thornby, Carl Weinandt, Steve Ziesmer
2021- Gary Adams, Dianne Briggs, Tim Brown, Jim Deike, Barbara Doyle, Paul VonDrasek
2020- David Dezotell, Marlene Fredricks, Jackie Rademacher
2019- Bobby Billings, Lynn Bilstad, Walter Myron, Scott Sorell
2018- Jerry Little, Pat Mason
2017- John Butzer, Dawn Cassett, Sally Evans, Janice Jaeger, Peggy Mousel, Carole Nelson
2016- Deborah Lindblom, Julaine Thiesse, Dean Torgerson
2015- Michael Sack, Patricia Stackhouse
2014- Rosemary McGillen
2013- Marilyn Miller, Jon Scarlett, Kenneth Zernechel
2012- Bill Fields, Michael Kelly, Pat Ranieri, Karyll Simpson, Robert Stierlen, Vickie Wendland
2011- Janet Mueller, Shirley Ryg
2010- Tom Doyle
2009- Marlin Beckwith, Michael James, Don Owens
2008- Gary Hottinger, Kevin Kruse, Robert Magnus
2007- Steve Jaeger
2006- Sally Kroon
2005- John Fortier, Steven R Petersen
2004- Daniel Bahr, Kathleen Burchedean, William Schutter
2002- Barbara Ingwalson, John Moore
2001- Vernon Winkler
2000- Orin Hultin
1999- Thomas Hanson, Douglas Kroeger
1997- Greg Meyer, Sylvia Stolt, Larry Terrell
1995- Robert Andersen
1992- Joanne Holle, Lon Skow
1989- Ken Fisher
1987- Mark Lowe, Sidney Wood
1986- Charles Manderfeld, Lois Yetter
1985- Julie Austad, Steve Kendall
1984- Merry Lou Lund
1982- Pam Wright
1975- Richard Stotka
1973- Kathy Johnston, David Lischefska, Richard Wiehr
1970- Neil Pepper, Gary Price
1965- Darwin Hewitt

  Adams, Gary

        July 6, 1950 - June 5, 2021, Age 70


Gary Adams passed away peacefully at Mankato-Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato MN.   Memorial visitation is 12:30 pm - 2:30pm Friday, June 11th at St. Peter Funeral Home with a service to follow at 3:00pm. 

Gary worked at St. Peter State Hospital for 42 years, and served in the Army National Guard.He had a lifelong passion for everything baseball, football and collecting sports cards since he was young.   He was a lifelong softball player through the summers.   His passion for football went from watching football to playing fantasy football with his children and grandchildren. 

Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary (Fulghum) Adams.    His children Dan (April) Adams of New London, MN; Katie (Paul) Bridgers of Trimountain MI, Doug (Ann) Adams of Sartell, MN.  Grandchildren, Grace, Faith, Hope, Chance, Heather, Crystal, Noah and Natalie.  Great grandkids Thea and Jameson, and special family members Jon and Jessica Garberich and their children Bryce and Mia of St. Peter, MN.  Father Don Adams of Mankato, MN, Brother Jim (Jenny) Adams of Litchfield, MN, Sister Carol (Hal) Smith of Vancleave, MS, and Ken Adams of Mankato, MN.

Proceeding Gary in death are his mother Vera Adams, step-mother Evelyn Adams. Grandparents, Kenneth and Beulah Adams, and Vena and Harvey Hendricks.


  Andersen, Robert

        March 8, 1950 - December 4, 1995, Age 45

Mankato resi­dent Robert O. Andersen. 45, died Monday, Dec 4. 1995, at Immanuel St Joseph's Hospital. Memorial services are 1 pm Saturday at Mankato Church of Christ, the Rev. Jim Gullette officiat­ing.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mankato Mortuary.

Mr. And­ersen was born March 8, 1950. to Gifford and Helen (Hen­ley) Andersen in Prophetstown, Ill. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968, and then attended one year at Mankato Technical College. He married Carol Goodrich on Sept. 7, 1968, in rural North Mankato. He worked many years in construc­tion in the welding fabrication field, and was most recently employed at Year-A-Round Corp, as a design engineer. He was a member of Mankato Church of Christ and enjoyed spending time with his family and working on his computer.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters. Amy Andersen of Eagle Lake, and Nancy Neubarth and her husband James, of Mankato: one son and his wife Steven and Stephanie of San Diego; three grandchildren, four sisters Elisabeth Schroeder of Rochester, Ruth Waltasti and her husband Joe, of Arlington Heights, III.. Virginia Cone and her husband Art, of Lake Villa, Ill., and Jean Tishler and her husband Dan of Miamisburg, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.


  Austad, Julie

    (Julie Mulenburg)

        October 17, 1949 - October 18, 1985, Age 36




  Bahr, Daniel

        May 23, 1950 - February 15, 2004, Age 53


Bahr, Dan - Of Apple Valley Age 53 Employee of Ozark/TWA/American Airlines cargo, died 2/15/2004.

Memorial service 11 AM, Wed. 2/18 at ST. PAUL'S EV. LUTH., N. Mankato. Visitation Tue. 4-8 PM at Landkamer-Johnson-Boman, Mankato. 507-345-4574.

Published in Pioneer Press on Feb. 16, 2004

APPLE VALLEY, MN — Daniel "Dan” G. Bahr, age 53 of Apple Valley. died on 2-15-04 at Grandview Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Saint Peter.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, 2-17-04 at Landkamer-Johqson-Boman Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 2-18-04 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Mankato. Inurnment will follow at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Dan was born on May 23, 1950 to George and Pearl (Krambeer) Bahr. Dan graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. During his 33 year career as a cargo handler, Dan was employed by several airlines including Ozark, TWA, and American Airlines. He was also an active member of the airline employees union.

Dan was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. Dan is survived by his mother Pearl of Mankato; brother Gary (Adele) of Des Moines, Iowa; sister Diane Burhop (Michael) of Janesville; nephew Jason Bahr of Mankato; niece Amy Rappe (Craig) of Owatonna; three step-nieces: Bridie, Heather, and Natalie; two grandnephews, three grand-nieces, several aunts uncles and cousins.

Dan was preceded in death by his father George, a grand-niece Madison and several aunts and uncles.


  Barnum, Edward

      January 5, 1950 - June 9, 2024, Age 74

US Navy, 1971-1978.


  Beckwith, Marlin

      June 11, 1950 - August 15, 2009, Age 59


Marlin C. Beckwith, passed away August 15, 2009 at the Apple Valley Health Care Center. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Irene Beckwith. Survived by his wife, Eunice, children, Brenda (David) Fellman and Mathew Beckwith, Grandchildren, Dakota, Austin & Anthony Fellman and Haley Jones. Sister Connie (Ervin) Sandborg and a half brother, Roger Fette.
Funeral service 10 AM Wednesday 8/19 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Lakeville at 20270 Iberia Ave, Lakeville (952 469 5227). Visitation on Tuesday, from 5-8 PM at the White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave. (952 432 2001) Apple Valley and 1 hr prior to service at church. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


  Billings, Bobby


Bob served as a Cook in the Navy from Mar 69 thru Jan 73. After serving, he came back home to Mankato and worked at a factory making those clear packaging that surrounds everything you buy.

He loved Bremerton WA so much that he returned and worked for the Bremerton School District for 30 years in the Maintenance department. Early in his Maintenance days, he also was a reservist police officer on the local Indian reservation.


  Bilstad, Lynn


The family would like donations to go to: Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego

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  Briggs, Dianne


        July 31, 1950 - August 21, 2021, Age 71

Dianne L. Born, age 71, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021, at her home in Hutchinson.

Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson with interment at the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.

Private Gathering of Family will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

Dianne Lorraine Born was born on July 31, 1950, in Faribault, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Freeman and Lorraine (Prescott) Briggs. Dianne was baptized as an infant at Grace Baptist Church in Mankato, and as an adult, she was confirmed in her faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato. She received her education in Mankato and was a graduate of the Mankato High School Class of 1968.

On April 26, 1969, Dianne was united in marriage to Gary Born at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mankato. This marriage was blessed with three daughters, Christine, Jodi, and Trisha. Dianne and Gary resided in Hutchinson. Dianne and Gary shared 41 years of marriage before Gary passed away in 2010.

Dianne was dedicated to her husband and children at home. She loved children and did daycare for a family in Hutchinson as well as for her niece and nephew.

Dianne enjoyed puzzles, country music, canning, and going on road trips with Gary. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.

In 2011, Dianne started her battle with cancer, diagnosed with Stage 3 skin cancer, undergoing multiple surgeries to aid her to a full recovery. In 2016, unrelated to the skin cancer, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, which she had been battling for the last five years.

Dianne passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021, at her home in Hutchinson, at the age of 71 years.

Blessed be her memory.

Dianne is survived by her:

Daughters, Christine Bullert, of Waverly, MN,

Jodi Evenson and her husband, Justin, of Hutchinson, MN,

Trisha Born and her fiancé, Tony Hanson, of Hutchinson, MN;

Grandchildren, Jason Bullert, Samantha Bullert, Tanner Bullert, Chance Greeder, Trace Greeder, Ryder Greeder, Ramsey Greeder, Jasmine Blom and her husband, Nate, Branden Evenson, Michael Evenson;

Sisters, Terry Rosati and her husband, George, of Mankato, MN,

Iris Ringhofer of AZ;

Brother, Bruce Briggs and his wife, Deb, of AZ;

Many other relatives and friends.

Dianne is preceded in death by her Husband, Gary Born; Parents, Freeman and Lorraine Briggs.


  Brown, Tim

        November 12, 1949 - February 20, 2021, Age 71

Timothy “Tim” F. Brown Timothy Francis Brown, age 71, went peacefully into the arms of the angels to help guide him on his journey to heaven. He passed away at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mankato. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at Mankato Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to BENCHS or the Waseca Hockey Association, PO Box 133, Waseca, MN 56093, “Tim Brown Memorial”.

Tim was born in Mankato on November 12, 1949. He grew up in North Mankato with his family. He graduated from Mankato West High School in 1968. Soon after his graduation he met his wife, Patricia as he recovered from a motorcycle accident. They married on January 8, 1971. They were blessed with 3 children Alyssa (Bill) Hall of North Mankato; David (Raegan) Brown and their son, Harrison of Lincoln, Nebraska; Andrew (Jeni) Brown and their sons, Gavin, Colin, and Bennett of Mankato.

Tim was employed by the City of Waseca in the Engineering Department for 32 years until his retirement in 2009. After retirement Tim worked part-time at Fleet Farm in Owatonna to fill his free time when he wasn't golfing at Lakeside Golf Club in Waseca with his friends. Tim enjoyed gardening and had a beautiful yard to show for it.

During his younger years he raised and trained his own dogs in obedience, often spending many weekends at dog shows. After his children got into school he would volunteer to assist whenever he could. He coached hockey at various levels, helping many children learn the sport he loved. Tim was a volunteer for the Waseca Hockey Association assisting at various positions. He was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca, working with the Mens Club, cooking fundraising dinners, ushering, and just being available.

Tim is survived by his wife, Patricia; and their children as well as brothers, Jay Brown of Mankato, Steve (Ronnie) Brown of Arlington, VA, Chris (Anna) Brown of Erberbach, Germany; his sisters, Margaret (Dan) Larson of Mankato and Mary Beth (Steve) Johnson of Marshall, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Betty Brown, longtime residents of North Mankato.

Tim and Pat moved to Mankato at the end of August to be closer to their children so they could help with Tim's care. They all hoped they would have more time.

Tim was a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be very much missed by those that knew him.

Thank you to Father John Kunz for his care and blessings during this difficult time and to Mayo Hospice for their wonderful care of our loved one,


  Burchedean, Kathleen

    (Kathleen Wong)



Kathleen Elaine Burchedean, 54, a musician and retired sergeant major in the U.S. Army Band, died of melanoma Dec. 6, 2004 at the Community Hospice of Washington. She was a resident of the District.

Ms. Burchedean, a pianist and violin player, was the first female sergeant major in the Army Band at Fort Myer, where she was head of the Strolling Strings. She also played with the Manny Bobenrieth Ensemble.

A 1983 review of a recital at the Corcoran Gallery, which she accompanied, The Washington Post noted: "Her delicate treatment of the Bach and Handel was quite lovely, and her colorful, controlled playing added a special dimension to the recital."

She was born and raised in Mankato, Minn., attended Indiana University and graduated from Mankato State University and received a master's degree in music performance from Catholic University.

Ms. Burchedean enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served for the next 24 years with the U.S. Army Band stationed at Fort Myer. She played violin and piano at the White House on numerous occasions for state dinners, inaugurations and social events for presidential administrations from Carter through Clinton.

Her decorations include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal.

During the past 24 years, she also taught piano and performed as a solo artist, chamber musician and ensemble member. She had numerous classical and jazz recitals and public performances at Washington venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Strathmore Hall, Corcoran Gallery and Blues Alley.

A 2001 article on said she "plays a powerful piano, and her stylings are terrific! It would be nice to see what she could do with a solo CD!"

She was a member of Westmoreland Congregational Church, where she served on the board of Christian education and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed traveling with her family and loved the mountains in Alta, Utah, where the family skied in the winter and hiked in the summer.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Andrew Wong of the District; a son, Brian Wong of the District; her parents, Ralph and Olivia Burchedean of Mankato; and a sister.

Kathleen Burchedean

Army Band Member

Kathleen Elaine Burchedean, 54, a musician and retired sergeantmajor in the U.S. Army Band, died of melanoma Dec.6 at the Community Hospice of Washington. She was a resident of the district.

Ms. Burchedean, a pianist and violin player, was the first female sergeant major in the Army Band at Fort Myer, where she was head of the Strolling Strings. She also played with the Manny Bobenrieth Ensemble.

A 1983 review of a recital at the Corcoran Gallery, which she accompanied, The Washington Post noted: "Her delicate treatment of the Bach and Handel was quite lovely, and her colorful, controlled playing added a special dimension to the recital."

She was born and raised in Mankato, Minn., attended Indiana University and graduated from Mankato State University and received a master's degree in music performance from Catholic University.

Ms. Burchedean enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served for the next 24 years with the U.S. Army Band stationed at Fort Myer. She played violin and piano at the White House on numerous occasions for state dinners, inaugurations and social events for presidential administrations from Carter through Clinton.

Her decorations include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal.

During the past 24 years, she also taught piano and performed as a solo artist, chamber musician and ensemble member. She had numerous classical and jazz recitals and public performances at Washington venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Strathmore Hall, Corcoran Gallery, and Blues Alley.

A 2001 article on said she "plays a powerful piano, and her stylings are terrific! It would be nice to see what she could do with a solo CD!"

She was a member of Westmoreland Congregational Church, where she served on the board of Christian education and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed traveling with her family and loved the mountains in Alta, Utah, where the family skied in the winter and hiked in the summer.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Andrew Wong of the district; a son, Brian Wong of the District; her parents, Ralph and Olivia Burchedean of Mankato; and a sister.


  Butzer, John

      June 1, 1950 - January 17, 2017, Age 66

John Francis Butzer, born on June 1, 1950, was the first of Betty and Jack Butzer's 12 children. He grew up in Mankato, MN graduating from Mankato West High School in 1968. He served his country on the USS Johnston (DD-821) from 1968-1972. In 1977 John became a master plumber. He was owner of Mankato's Butzer Plumbing, "protecting the health of the nation" with his plumbing and mechanical skills.

John never met a stranger, and loved to share his many interests and ideas with those he met. He loved nature, and nearly became one with the wildlife that shared his beautiful property. He was fascinated with both science and cosmic theories and felt strongly that the earth was ours to protect, to share and to love. He never failed to get excited when the International Space Station tracked overhead on a clear, starry night, or he sighted a rare bird whose incredible wingspan was marked on the freshly fallen snow.

On January 17, 2017, with family at his side, John stepped into the spiritual oneness not of this world. He is survived by his love and best friend of 17 years, Jacky Warburton; his two sons, John F. Butzer III and Samuel T. Butzer (Rachael & children Ryan, Jayden, & Jordan); friend and mother of his children Laura Butzer; 11 brothers and sisters (Karen, Bindy, Cymp, Lisa, Bart, Liz, Jane, Joe, Andy, Christopher, and Al); Jacky's children (Susan, Stephanie & Mark); and many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family who loved him. John was preceded in death by his parents.

Travel smooth and swift my brother "I will see you soon on the banks of the Cobb, fireflies will light our path and we will run through the warm shallow waters like we did as children" Al Butzer

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be given in John's memory to the Mankato Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice.

A Celebration of Life will be held in John's honor at the Loose Moose, Mankato on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM



  Cassett, Dawn

    (Dawn Biehn)

        October 11, 1949 - January 23, 2017, Age 67

Dawn Biehn, 67, Mankato, died Monday, January 23, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato after a brief battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 12pm on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Petersen officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services at the Woodland Hills Funeral Home.

Dawn was born October 11, 1949 to Herbert and Dorothy (Gray) Cassett in Mankato. She graduated from Mankato High School. Dawn was united in marriage to Marvin “Sonny” Biehn on June 22, 1968 at St. Joseph the Worker in Mankato. She worked at Carlson Craft for over 30 years. She enjoyed fishing, trips to Mexico, and spending time with her dogs and family. Dawn was a Life Member of the VFW Post 950 Auxiliary Legion and an avid supporter of BENCHES.

She is survived by her husband Sonny Biehn of Mankato; sons, Brett Biehn of Mankato and Andrew (Lucinda) Biehn of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Allistar, Dawson, and Phillip; mother, Dorothy Cassett of Mankato; brothers, Terry Cassett of Mankato and Russ (Cori) Cassett of Billings, MT; sisters, Becky (Duane Tarjeson) Partanen of Mankato and Renee (Dave) Knudson of North Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.

Dawn is preceded in death by her father and mother & father in-law.


  Deike, Jim

        November 13, 1950 - June 24, 2021, Age 70

James “Jim” Russell Deike, 70, passed away peacefully but unexpectedly on June 24, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus in Rochester, MN. Jim maintained his humor to the end, joking with the hospital staff and his wife and daughters who he affectionately referred to as his ‘girls’.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 30th at Mankato Mortuary, 1001 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato and will continue one hour before service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato. Memorials preferred to the ALS Association of MN in memory of his friend and brother-in-law Jon Nelson.

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Jim was born November 13, 1950 in St. Paul MN. He and his younger brother Tom were raised in North Mankato by their parents Russ and Betty Deike. Jim was also privileged to meet and have meaningful relationships with three additional biological siblings later in life.

Jim met his beloved wife Christine “Chris” Nelson in 1970 and they were married August 27, 1972 in Chokio, MN. Jim and Chris shared their first kiss on the historic Kern Bridge and he was never shy about his affection for his wife from that moment on. They raised three daughters, Anna, Elly and Amy in the Mankato area, later relocating to Lake Washington. Each of his girls was of the utmost importance to him. He also enjoyed spending time with his seven grandchildren who loved his sense of humor, thoughtfulness, kindness and hugs.

Jim graduated from Mankato High School in 1968 and joined the National Guard in 1970. He became the President of August Deike Transfer (Deike Trux) in 1979. Deike Trux was started by Jim’s great grandfather in 1886. Jim worked for the family business from a young age starting by cleaning out trucks, painting bumpers, filling tires and sweeping floors. He started full time in 1968 as rate clerk, then driver. Jim was an entrepreneur and started several additional businesses. He sold Deike Trux in 1998 but never really retired, continuing to go to his office nearly every day, and enjoying lunches with his many friends. Jim was also Secretary of the Lake Washington Sanitary District for several years.

Jim loved to tell stories and he had a lot to tell! He truly enjoyed life. Some antics in his youth involved waterskiing on sneakers nailed to 2x4s, barefoot, and behind dirt bikes. The antics continued throughout life including helicopter-snow-skiing in Utah and again in British Columbia for his 50th birthday. He sailed for many years with family and friends and even earned his captain’s license. He fulfilled a long-time dream when he purchased a Mastercraft ski boat in 1994. He and Chris learned to golf together and he enjoyed playing and watching the game for much of his life.

Jim could be described as singing and dancing his way through life. He loved playing his guitar and he sang in the Minnesota Valley Chorale for several years. He took very good care of those he loved and his compassion, patience, generosity and wisdom will be missed. His goofy sense of humor and one-liners (‘Jim-isms’) were infectious.

Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years, Christine Deike; children, Anna Deike of North Mankato, Elizabeth Noone (Stephen) of Oakdale NY, and Amy Deike (Joel Anderson) of Mankato; grandchildren, Isabelle, Kyra, Mae, Finn, Calvin, Clara and Samuel; siblings, Mary Grina (Scott Peters), Betz Ulrich (Taum), Tom Deike (Denise) and Rose Tieman; and several nieces and nephews.


  Dezotell, David

        March 30, 1950 - February 3, 2020, Age 69

After a tour of duty in Vietnam, David worked as a salesman in the RV Motorhome industry. He also did boarding and training of horses, a passion which he first experienced as a teenager in Mankato.


  Doyle, Barbara

        May 1, 1950 - November 1, 2021, Age 71

Barbara Jean Doyle

Barbara Jean Doyle, 71, of Richfield, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 1, 2021.

A gathering of family and friends will take place from 11a.m.-1p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Dr., in North Mankato with food and fellowship. Burial will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park in Mankato. Memorials preferred to the University of Minnesota, Children’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Barbara was born May 1, 1950, to Leo B. and Dorothy Jean (Arnold) Doyle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a child Barbara moved to Richfield, MN in 1953 and to Mankato, MN in 1955. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. Barbara lived in North Mankato, MN where she raised her family and was a longtime employee at Carlson Craft. She also enjoyed being a volunteer seamstress for the Merely Players Community Theatre. In 2004, she moved to Richfield, MN and worked as a phlebotomist for Allina Health in downtown Minneapolis. Barbara retired in 2020 and was busy visiting family and friends. With her longtime partner Lon Summers, they enjoyed exploring the great outdoors and visiting local art museums. Barbara was a kind and always loving person. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Barbara is survived by daughter, Amy Patricia (Lance) Coker of Highland, CA; son, Wess Patrick (Kourtney) McConville of North Mankato MN; daughter, Michelle Jean (Tyler) Johnson of Ames, IA; brother, Gary Arnold (Diane) Doyle of Plymouth, MN; six grandchildren, Blake and Jack Coker, Scarlet and Dylan McConville, Cooper and Emma Johnson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and grandchildren, Madison and Mariah McConville.


  Doyle, Tom


61, passed away on August 28, 2010 after a long struggle with countless health issues. He is survived by his wife, Karen; brother, Dan and numerous friends. He was an incredible artist and his work will be enjoyed by many for years to come. There will be a gathering at Paradise Lounge in Phoenix, 4541 E. Cactus Road, tonight September 31, 2010 at 6:30pm. All friends are invited to come and celebrate Tom's life.


  Evans, Sally

    (Sally McGraw)

        January 31, 1950 - April 3, 2017, Age 67

Sally Ann (Evans) McGraw, born January 31, 1950, in Mankato, MN, and died April 3, 2017, in Chicago, IL. Dearly beloved wife of John. Loving mother of Michelle Kathryn Trela and Erin Kathleen (Nick) Fiore. Cherished grandmother of Mairead, August, and Lucio. Dear sister of Cindy and the late Diane and Jerry. Fond sister-in-law of 12. Aunt and friend of many.

Sally grew up primarily in Mankato, and in 1966, she met John McGraw. On November 29, 1968, they wed. From 1970 to 1971, she waited anxiously until John returned home safely from Vietnam. In 1976, they had their first daughter, Michelle, and in 1981, their second, Erin. Over the next decade, they moved throughout the Midwest until finally settling in suburban Chicago in 1994. In 2002, Sally found one of the greatest joys of her life when she became a grandmother for the first time to Michelle’s daughter, Maggie. In 2006, she welcomed her first grandson when Michelle had a baby boy, Gus. And in 2015, Erin gave birth to her 3rd grandchild, Lucio.

Sally’s heart had no enemies. Throughout her 67 years, she touched everyone who knew her with her vast love. And one of her very favorite ways to show her love was to cook! No one will ever forget Sally’s cooking. She was never happier than when she was in the kitchen, preparing an endless array of delicious food. It is an understatement to say that she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorial Mass will be Monday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary and will continue one hour prior to the service at church. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday at 1:35 p.m.


  Fenske, Caroline

        April 10, 1950 - November 14, 2022, Age 72

Facebook. Her Facebook page includes many photos and stories from her memorial held in the Spring of 2023.


  Fields, Bill

      July 24, 1950 - September 16, 2012, Age 62


William "Bill" Fields, age 62, of Good Thunder, died on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation will be on Friday, September 28 from 4-7 at Northview and will continue one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Bill was born on July 24, 1950 in Mankato to William Frank and Lydia (Krueger) Fields. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. Bill served in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy Bill was a machinist for Western Airlines in California. He then worked for Delta Airlines for 40 years before retiring. Bill loved vintage cars and attending car shows. He enjoyed traveling and get togethers with friends. He also enjoyed music and playing the guitar and banjo.

He is survived by his mother, Lydia of Mankato; sister, Jean Uchida of Mankato; two brothers, Robert of Anchorage, AK and Bruce of Smiths Mill; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his father and uncle, Howard.


  Fisher, Ken

        July 10, 1950 - February 12, 1989, Age 38




  Fortier, John

        April 8, 1950 - September 17, 2005, Age 55


John Rene Fortier, PhD. Husband, father, brother, son. We feel the loss of his gentle soul, youthful heart and brilliant mind.

He had the ability to inspire people of all ages to read beyond the text, to dream, to imagine, and to fulfill those aspirations.

He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (nee Lindblom) and daughter, Marieke (Richie) Brevaire; his mother-in-law, Evelyne Lindblom and sisters, Michelle (Daryl) Meyers and Susan (John) Miles.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1946 E. Lee Street on Friday, September 23, at 9:00 a.m. Visitation at the funeral home EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801 E. Grant Road, Thursday, September 22, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Interment at East Lawn Palms Cemetery following the Mass at church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Arthritis Association.


  Fredricks, Marlene

        May 31, 1950 - April 13, 2020, Age 69

Marlene Marie Fredricks, age 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home in rural Mankato on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Burial will be held at a later date at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at her home also at a later date. Please share your favorite memory of Marlene with her family online at

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to BENCHS or Mayo Clinic Hospice in Mankato.

Marlene was born May 31, 1950 in Mankato, MN to Orville and Marion (Manning) Fredricks. She attended Mankato High School and graduated in 1968.

Marlene was a hard worker. She started her career as an Operator at Mankato Citizens Telephone Company and retired in April 2019 after putting in more than 50 years of service. She worked part time at many other places around Mankato throughout her life, a favorite being Spinners Bar where she met many people and made life-long friendships. She also enjoyed working at the Verizon Civic Center.

Marlene loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed antiquing, garage saleing, and gardening. She liked playing pool and enjoyed seeing her friends on league night. She loved going to Raceway Park and cheering on her grandson, Josh. Holidays for Marlene were a favorite. At Christmas, it wasn't a tree full of presents, it was an entire room full of gifts. Marlene was a true giver. Any time one of her family or friends had a problem, she would be right there with advice or an ear to listen. Her great-nieces and nephews will especially miss their Aunt Molly and her silliness and willingness to always have fun with them.

Marlene loved Harleys and was a past member of A.B.A.T.E. She spent many years going to motorcycle rallies with her friends. Marlene was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Erin Fredricks (special friend, Anthony Crandell); grandson, Joshua Vieau; brother, Jerry Fredricks (special friend, Ava Clark); sister, Mary (Steve) Volk; nieces, Lori Sotebeer (special friend, Troy Cornelius), Stephanie Volk-Warning (Butch Warning), and Amanda (Kevin) Franke; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kayla, Emma, Layla, Cash, and Jeremiah; step-grandchildren, Brittany and Lindsey Arnold, Rachelle, Caitlin and Tanner Crandell; her dog, Bella; and her cat, Mr. Lynx. She is also survived by many close friends and family whose friendships she cherished.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Shirley Fredricks; and many family and friends.

The family would like to thank the volunteers and staff at Mayo Clinic Hospice for their loving care and compassion in Marlene’s final days. They would also like to thank Pastors Joseph Naumann and Neal Radichel at Immanuel Lutheran Church for their thoughts, prayers, and musical talents enjoyed by the Marlene and her entire family.


  Hanson, Thomas

      December 16, 1949 - July 29, 1999, Age 49


Former Han­son Roofing and Siding employ­ee Thomas Allen Hanson, 49, of Mankato died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at Hillcrest Health Care Center, Mankato.

Services are 11 a.m. Mon­day at Wood­land Hills Funeral Home in Mankato, the Rev. John Michel offici­ating. Burial is in Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sun­day at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and continues one hour before services Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Hanson was born Dec. 16, 1949, to Robert and Margaret (Appel) Hanson in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968 and married Linda Marie Diel Oct. 17, 1975, at Mankato.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971 and had worked as a bartender in Mankato. He enjoyed stock car racing, auctions and watch­ing gardening and cooking shows. He was a member of Fifth Avenue AA.


  Hewitt, Darwin



He said 'Sue help me.’

I was trying to hold him up but he was too heavy. He was pretty husky.

An obviously shaken 14-year-old Sue VanGuilder, 422 W. Third st., told about her unsuccesslul attempt to save her swimming companion from drowning In Madison Lake Sun­day afternoon.

Rescuers pulled the body of 15 year-old Darwin J. Hewitt from the white capped waters near the Lone Pine Inn on the southeast corner of the lake about 9 p.m. Sunday, ending a five hour search.

The teen ager was one of 11 children of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hewitt, Route 2, Mankato.

Miss VanGuilder explained that she and Hewitt had been head above water, only to have him sink below the water.

The two teen-agers had known each other for about a year. Both were attending summer classes at Mankato high school.

Authorities were unable to or­ganize a thorough search of the area because of the strong wind and waves which made It im­possible to keep the half-dozen boats in any kind of formation.

Taking part in the search were the Madison Lake fire department, the Nicollet County Sheriff's office, the LeSueur County Sheriff's office, the Waseca County Sheriff's office, the Rice County Sheriff's office and many private individuals.

Miss VanGuilder said that Hewitt was able In swim only a few strokes.

Funeral services for the teen­ ager will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Pres­byterian church with the Rev. Frank C. Martick officiating. Survivors include his par­ents, 10 brothers and sisters, Ronald W. of Minneapolis, Donald W. of St. Paul, Mrs. William (Janet M.) Compton of Mankato, and Larry L., Duane G., Howard E., Paulette, Peggy A., and Timothy L., all of Route 2, North Mankato; and his grandparents Mrs. Gladys S. Hewitt of Mankato, Mrs. Sylvia Jarvis of Mankato, and T. R. Jarvis of Prescott, Ark,

Burial will he in Minneopa cemetery. Visitation will be at the Johnson-Boman mortuary from 2 p.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday and at the church for one hour before ser­vices.

- Ed Gravenstein


  Hewitt, Lowell

        November 19, 1949 - March 12, 2024, Age 74

Lowell Mark Hewitt

Lowell Mark Hewitt, a proud lifelong resident of North Mankato, passed away on March 12, 2024. Born on November 19, 1949, Lowell left a lasting impression on those he encountered throughout his journey.

After graduating from Mankato High School, Lowell began a career with Kato Engineering, applying his skills to the field of electrical engineering. Outside of his professional life, Lowell was a man of many interests and talents.

Lowell found joy in building and piloting remote control cars, boats, and airplanes. His love for adventure extended to skiing, road biking, mountain biking. He also cherished touring motorcycle trips with adventure cycling groups, as well as fishing excursions on local lakes and trips to Northern Minnesota and Canada.

Married in 1975 to, Margaret (Meg), Lowell was a proud father to his children, Lee and Lori, and took immense joy in watching his grandson, Avery Barbeau, grow and thrive. He was a constant presence in the lives of his loved ones, enthusiastically supporting their endeavors.

Lowell is survived by his wife Meg; his son Lee of Dillon, Colorado; his daughter Lori and grandson Avery Barbeau of North Mankato; his sister Carol Christensen of Windom; his sister-in-law Kathy (Bob) Rossi; as well as 3 nieces and 1 nephew. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to thank Rachel and Mayo Clinic Hospice for being a source of comfort and support.

A Celebration of life will be held March 24th from 2-5 PM at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary.


  Holle, Joanne

    (Joanne Bolduc)

        October 2, 1950 - June 7, 1992, Age 41




  Hollingsworth, Terry

      February 1, 1950 - May 30, 2024, Age 74

Terry L. Hollingsworth, age 74 of Lake Crystal, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester.

A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be Saturday, June 22, 2024. The Hollingsworth family will have visitation Saturday afternoon 1-2:00 P.M. and the service will be 2:00 P.M. at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato, with Pastor John Malm officiating. Following the service family and friends are invited to a gathering at Benson Park, Unnamed Road, North Mankato, MN 56003. Benson Park Pavilion is located off Lookout Dr and Timm Rd in North Mankato.

Interment with military honors will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Woodland Hills Funeral Home of Mankato.

Terry was born on February 1, 1950 to Chet and YaVonne (Iverson) Hollingsworth in Mankato, Minnesota. He graduated from Mankato High School and furthered his education at Austin Vocational School. In 1968, as a young man he loved his time in Alaska. He went hiking, fishing, and enjoyed all that Alaska had to offer. Terry was inducted in the U.S. Army on January 27, 1971 and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on January 26, 1973. On March 12, 1979 he was united in marriage to Mary C. Scharbach. For 15 years he was employed as a machinist at Kato Engineering, and later worked as a custodian for Mankato School District #77, retiring in 2015. Terry was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Judson. Some of the activities he enjoyed were hunting, fishing, and gardening. He loved his Black Labradors, Maggie, Coal, Dottie, and Katie. Terry loved time spent with his wife Mary, and daughter, Tanya.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Hollingsworth; daughter, Tanya Hollingsworth; brother, Keith Hollingsworth and (Noni Olson); sisters, Mary (John) Kilkelly and Becky (Bob) Conyers; several nieces, and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Chet and YaVonne Hollingsworth, in-laws Richard and Grace Scharbach, sister-in-law Marna Hollingsworth, brother-in-law Donald Scharbach, and aunts and uncles.


  Hottinger, Gary

        October 12, 1950 - October 13, 2008, Age 58


Born October 12, 1950 in Mankato, Minn. and died in Dallas, TX on October 13, 2008.

Gary was an exceptionally talented hair stylist and colorist with a large and loyal clientele who traveled from all over the US for appointments with him.

During his career, Gary was a national trainer for Glemby Corp. in NYC and the owner of Nine Hundred West, a highly successful salon in Austin. For the past 20 years or more he practiced his skills on a clientele that included the leaders in the arts and philanthropic communities in Dallas.

Additionally, he shared his talent and expertise with a series of apprentices, who are indebted to him for his guidance. Gary was personally an enthusiastic and involved supporter of all the arts -- visual, performance, film and sculpture.

He traveled extensively internationally and was an explorer of Eastern philosophy and practices. He also held leadership positions with the Bluebonnet Pug Dog Club. He will be missed not only for his talent and keen eye, but more importantly for his friendship with his broad circle of friends who loved him and will miss him deeply. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts in his name. Arrangements for a memorial service will be forthcoming.


  Hultin, Orin

      January 5, 1950 - December 15, 2000, Age 50

Former Mankato resident Orin H. Hultin, 50, of Germantown, Tenn., died Friday; Dec. 15, 2000, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel in Memphis, Tenn. Burial will not take place. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Hultin was born Jan. 5, 1950, to Rev. Perry and Doris (Abel) Hultin in Montevideo. He gradu­ated from Mankato State Univer­sity. He married Joan Thornby June 2, 1973, in Mankato. They lived in Mankato for a time.

He is survived by his wife, one son, one daughter, his parents, two sisters, and two brothers.


  Ingwalson, Barbara

    (Barbara Lewis)





  Jaeger, Janice

    (Janice “Jan” Krohn)

        August 8, 1949 - May 4, 2017, Age 67


Janice “Jan” Krohn, 67, of Nicollet died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet with Pastor Dan Witte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m. Monday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet and visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at church on Tuesday. Minnesota Valley Funeral home of Nicollet is in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to:

JJan is survived by her husband, Dale Krohn of Nicollet; daughter, Jacinda (Matt) Anthony of Nicollet; son, Nate (Angel) Krohn of Madelia; grandchildren, Bryne, Zander, Mason, Sofia; sister, Carol (Larry) Bickell of St. Cloud; brother, Timothy (Lori) Jaeger of Mankato; sister-in-law, Betty Jaeger of Warba; nieces; and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steven “Mike” Jaeger; and a great niece, Shelbi Juliar.

Janice Marie Jaeger was born on August 8, 1949 in Mankato to Aloys and Monica (Ulman) Jaeger. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. On December 16, 1978 she was united in marriage to Dale Krohn at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet. Jan worked at E.F. Johnson in Waseca, Midwest Electric in Mankato until retiring. She worked part time at Midwest Realty in Mankato. She enjoyed reading, camping, sitting on her deck swing, shopping, and spending time with her grandchildren. Jan was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet.


  Jaeger, Steve

      January 1, 1950 - April 18, 2007, Age 57


Steven “Mike” Michael Jaeger, 56, of Warba, formerly of Mapleton, died Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at home.

Steven was born in 1950 in Mankato to Aloys and Monica Jaeger, where he grew up and attended school, graduating from Mankato West High School. He then graduated from Mankato Technical School. He spent four years working for Continental Can before serving in the U.S. Army in 1970 and 1971. On April 27, 1974, Steven married Elizabeth Busse in Mankato. He worked for Kato Engineering in Mankato for many years, and then as a truck driver for Leonard Gartner Trucking Co. in Mapleton, for 10 years. Steven returned to Kato Engineering until moving to the Grand Rapids area in 2004. He also worked at the Post Office in Cohasset. Steven was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. of Grand Rapids, serving on the Color Guard. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and hunting with his hunting party.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty”; his daughters, Tammy (Dwayne) Eden of Wesley, Iowa, Tracy (Michael) Stolt of Mankato, Kelly (Nick Swalve) Jaeger of Mapleton; his sisters, Janice (Dale) Krohn of Nicollet, Carol (Larry) Bickell of Sartell; his brother, Timothy (Lori) Jaeger of Mankato; his seven grandchildren, Jake and Megi Eden, Brianna and Jaci Stolt, Jessie Martin, Chelsey and Dylan Swalve; “adopted daughter” Andrea; many brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as nieces and nephews.

Services: Funeral Service was at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. Pastor Steve Kosberg officiating. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.


  James, Michael




  Johnston, Kathy





  Kelly, Michael

      January 21, 1950 - January 21, 2012, Age 62




  Kendall, Steve

        January 3, 1950 - September 1, 1985, Age 35


Services for Mankato native Steven W. Kend­all, 35, Minneapolis, who died Sunday, Sept. 1, 1985, at the Como Zoo, St. Paul, of a heart attack , will be 11 am, Friday at the Johnson-Boman Chapel, the Rev. Norman Olson of Bethlehem Lu­theran Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Hills Memo­rial Gardens.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until services Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.

Mr. Kendall was born Jan. 3, 1950, in Mankato to Richard and Harriet (Anderson) Kendall. He graduated from Mankato High School and was employed as a computer operator in Mankato at Computoservice, and later in the Twin Cities. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Mr. Kendall is survived by his father and stepmother, Richard and Mary Kay Kendall of Cross­ Lake; two daughters, Angela and Katherine of California; sister Marcia Pegel of Merrifield; brother Jay Kendall, Mankato; stepbrother, Jim Kendall of Crosslake; step sister, Jana Kendall of Crosslake; grand­ father Floyd Kendall of the Hill­crest Health Care Center; grandmother Mary Janke of Mankato; close friend Rita Osborn of Minneapolis; aunt, Maxine (Mrs. Phil) Staley of North Mankato; and several nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Anderson Kendall in 1961, and by his grandmother, Grace Kendall, in 1959.


  Kroeger, Douglas

        September 12, 1950 - April 11, 1999, Age 48


Former Mankato resident Douglas J. Kroeger, 48, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at his parents home in North Mankato.

Services are 10:30 am. Wednesday at Mankato Mortu­ary, the Rev. Paul Nolting officiating. Burial is in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery, Mankato.

Visitation is from 4 to 7p.m. today at Mankato Mor­tuary and con­tinues one hour before services Wednesday at the mortuary. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flow­ers to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School.

Mr. Kroeger was born Sept. 12, 1950, to Martin and Rose (Biermann) Kroeger at Manka­to. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968 and attended Mankato State University for three years.

He worked as an art director for five years in Sun Valley, Idaho. For the past 12 years he has been an exhibi­tion technician for Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He was an independent artist and had a gallery in his home. He enjoyed music, art, skiing, travel and spending time at his parents’ lake cottage.


  Kroon, Sally

    (Sally Bergmark)

        January 1, 1950 - May 16, 2006, Age 56


Kroon, Sally J. Sally Kroon (Mendota Heights, MN) died in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, May 16, after being hospitalized for pneumonia. She had traveled to Atlanta to attend her son David Bergmark's graduation from Emory University.

Sally was born in Mankato, Minnesota in 1950, where she grew up and made many wonderful, life-long friends. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1968, and Macalester College in 1972. While at Macalester, she met her husband, Edward Bergmark.

Before having children, Sally taught in the Minneapolis School System and at St. Stephen's School. She earned a Special Learning and Behavior Problems Certificate and a Masters in Education with a reading specialty from the University of St. Thomas. A gifted teacher who worked in inner- city schools with children facing many challenges, Sally was able to inspire her students to succeed. Sally was so determined to help her students that she frequently went to the homes of chronically absent children to bring them to school.

As a mother, Sally devoted herself to her own children with equal enthusiasm. She acted as the neighborhood "camp counselor" and her home was the hub of children's activities. She was an energetic and dedicated volunteer at her sons' school, The Blake School (Hopkins, MN), and was a central member of the Blake community. Sally loved that her sons, David and Brian, played soccer, and became one of the first female coaches of boys youth soccer in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Sally's teams had winning seasons, including state tournaments. She loved sports, particularly walking in the neighborhood, water-skiing, pick-up football, swimming, and Lost Lake baseball.

Sally's last years with quadriplegia (the result of a bodysurfing accident in 1997) were an enormous struggle for her and her family. Despite her paralysis and chronic pain, Sally retained her compassion, wit, and sense of humor. She fought to be present for her boys as they transitioned into adulthood – this spring, David graduated from Emory University, and Brian from Stanford University. Sally and Edward had three children, Christopher, David, and Brian.

Sally is preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis, and son, Christopher. Survivors include her husband and sons, father, Clif Kroon; sisters, Martha Hartzell (Criss) and Mary (Tom Leach); brother, Herb (Susan), and many nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating Sally's life will be held at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel (3600 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408, 612-822-2171) at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 26. A reception will follow at Loring Green East in Minneapolis. Instead of flowers or other gifts, please send donations in Sally's name to the Courage Center. Gifts to the Courage Center can be made by phone (763-520-0708) or by mail (3915 Golden Valley Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55422).


  Kruse, Kevin

        January 3, 1950 - October 8, 2008, Age 58


October 8, 2008 - A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 2008 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul Nolting officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 12 from 2-5 p.m. at Mankato Mortuary and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. A private committal service will be held at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.

Kevin was born on January 3, 1950 in Fairmont, MN to Hans and Helen (Tonne) Kruse. After the death of his mother, his father married Frieda Siebens. On June 25, 1977, Kevin was united in marriage to Anita Heinze in Mankato. Kevin owned Lawn Barbers lawn service from 1988-1998. He worked at Perfecseal for many years and had been the caretaker at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery since 1996. He was a faithful child of God and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He loved to help people and always had to be working. Family was very important to him and he enjoyed time spent with his grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Anita of North Mankato; mother, Frieda Kruse of Good Thunder; sons, Scott (Sarah) of North Mankato, Todd of Mankato, and Brett (Nikki) of Mankato; grandson, Kaden; two brothers, Marlin (Judi) Siebens and Steward (Linda) Siebens; two sisters, Stephanie Kruse and Pamela (David) Coste; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.


  Lidstrom, Tim

        September 29, 1950 - September 29, 2023, Age 73

Timothy "Tim" Lidstrom

September 29, 1950 — September 29, 2023

Mankato, MN

Timothy K. Lidstrom, age 73, died unexpectedly Friday, September 29, 2023, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, Minnesota. Tim was born September 29, 1950 to Glenn and Elayne Lidstrom in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Tim obtained his real estate license in 1979 and by the mid ‘80’s found his passion and niche in commercial real estate. In 1993 he earned the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), representing the highest standard of excellence in the commercial real estate field. After many years working with Curt Fisher, in 1999 Tim branched out on his own and established Lidstrom Commercial Realtors along with Karla Jo Olson. He was extremely proud to have assisted many buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, and developers – from big box retailers to locally-owned businesses to individuals – to establish themselves and grow in the Mankato/North Mankato area. Tim loved to get deals done. He was an ardent advocate for the community and served on numerous boards and committees of the many local and regional organizations to which he belonged.

Tim loved to travel with his friend, John Linder, his partner in crime. They visited many countries and had many adventures. He enjoyed going on fishing trips to Alaska with Captain Lee and his motley crew. He also liked to pheasant hunt in South Dakota and at Traxler’s Preserve with his energetic yellow lab, Bella. Tim was a very social person and enjoyed meeting his friends at The Circle Inn on Monday nights.

Tim married Nancy Melby and they recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. Tim provided well for his family, was a loving father to Nicole and was especially proud of all she has accomplished thus far in her life. He was a generous friend to those in need. Tim’s last act of generosity was helping others by being an organ donor.

Tim is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Nicole of Austin, MN; brother, Mark of Brainerd, MN; sister, Karin Rees (Sam) of New Orleans, LA; nephew, Kory Lidstrom of Mound, MN; and niece, Laura Rees of Los Angeles, CA.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Kerry Lidstrom.

A Celebration of Life will be held on November 3, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Events Center, Mankato, MN. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Connections Shelter, ECHO Food Shelf or donor’s choice. Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.


  Lindblom, Deborah

    (Deborah Fortier)

        July 9, 1950 - December 4, 2016, Age 66


Deborah Ann Fortier, 66, of Tucson, AZ passed away Dec. 4, 2016. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on July 9, 1950. Debbie Graduated from Mankato High and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Debbie was married to John Rene Fortier on Aug. 5, 1972. After Debbie and John moved to Tucson, Debbie worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for University Medical Center, La Frontera and later on in her career, St. Joseph's Hospital and CODAC. She had a deep passion for those that were mentally and emotionally ill. She spent her life helping those less fortunate; the hungry, the homeless and the lonely.

She loved football, especially the Minnesota Vikings. She loved animals. She was a huge Amazing Race fan, often reminiscing about the travels she and her family took. In her later years she found great joy in spending time with her grandchildren Tess and Casey; they were the light of her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John (9-16-2005) and is survived by her daughter; Marieke A. (Richie) Brevaire; grandchildren, Tess R. Brevaire, Casey W. Brevaire; siblings, David A. (Lori) Lindblom, Deanna E. (Lindblom) Brakke and Barbara K. (Michael) Patrick.

Committal service will be held at 1:30 pm, December 16, 2016 at East Lawn Palms Cemetery.


  Lischefska, David

        May 24, 1950 - November 1, 1973, Age 23


Services for David P. Lischefska, 23, 184 Victory Lane, Mankato will be held Monday at at 2 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato, the Rev. William O. Qvale officiating.

Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Lischefska died Friday of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Visitation will be at Landkamers Funeral Home. Mankato, from noon Sunday until noon Monday. Mr. Lischefska is survived by his wife Mardonna and two sons, Eric and Aaron.


  Little, Jerry

        September 15, 1949 - December 8, 2018, Age 69

Jerry Michael "Koke" Little, 69, Mankato, MN died Saturday December 8, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Koke's Life will be held from 4 -7 pm Friday, December 14, 2018 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Private gravesides services will be held at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Koke was born September 15, 1949 in Mankato to David and Betty Lou (Fowler) Little. He graduated from Mankato High School and served in the US Navy from 1970-1974. On April 1, 1978 he married Lorraine Pongratz in Mankato. Along with a 30 year career at ADM he also ran Littles Christmas Tree Farm with his family. Koke enjoyed hunting and old cars.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; mother, Betty; sons, Frank (Alana) Little of St. Peter and Mathew Little of Mankato; daughter, April (Cleveland) of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Amiah, Cayla, Teagan and McKenzie; mother in law; and many brothers and sisters in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father, David.


  Lowe, Mark

        May 18, 1950 - May 12, 1987, Age 36


Mark D. Lowe, 36. 1210 N. Seventh St., Mankato, died Tuesday, May 12. 1987, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, of in­juries suffered Tuesday evening when his motorcycle collided with a deer on Highway 66 south of Mankato.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday al Grace Lutheran Church, the Rev. Marbury An­derson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home, and one hour before services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Mark Lowe Scholarship Fund, to be established in the Mankato State University Art Department, or to the donor’s choice. The Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Lowe was born in Man­kato, May 18, 1950, to Dean and Peggy (Nordgren) Lowe. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968, and attended Mankato State College, major­ing in art.

An avid motorcyclist and outdoorsman for more than 20 years, he was also a working art­ist, craftsman and carpenter, and at the time of his death, was about to move into a house he was building in rural Mankato. He was employed for the past eight years as a designer for Signs by George.

He is survived by his parents Hilton Head, S.C.; a sister, Nancy Lowe of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two brothers Michael of Hilmar, Calif., and David and his wife Jenny, of Seattle. Wash.; a grandmother, Margaret Nordgren Randall of Mankato; aunts and uncles Mary van Guilder and JoAnn and Russell Feebler of Redwing, and Lee and Donna Nordgren, and Jane and David Schostag of Mankato; and by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by grandparents Adolph Nordgren and Mae and Vidor Lowe.


  Lund, Merry Lou

    (Merry Lou Sangren)

        December 24, 1948 - April 28, 1984, Age 35




  Magnus, Robert

        January 1, 1950 - November 29, 2008, Age 58


Robert Magnus, 58, of Crystal, MN, died November 29, 2008 at North Memorial Hospice.

He was a 30+ year employee of Northwest Airlines. Preceded in death by parents, Vern and Eileen Magnus. Survived by sister, Kathie (Mike) Harrington; nephews, Kevin (Jenny), Jamie and niece, Beth Ann Harrington; great niece and nephew, Liam and Maggie Harrington; and his friends from NWA.

Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, at Hope Lutheran Church in Jordan, MN. Memorials to North Memorial Hospice, Robbinsdale or Northfield Hospice, Northfield, MN.


  Manderfeld, Charles

      April 18, 1950 - August 11, 1986, Age 36


Services for Charles R. Manderfeld, 36, 326 N. Broad St., Mankato, who died Monday, Aug. 11, 1986, at Im­manuel-St. Joseph’s Hospital, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert O’Connor officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Mankato. Visitation will be 7 - 9 tonight with an 8 p.m. prayer service, at Landkamer’s Funeral Home.

Mr. Manderfeld was born April 18, 1950, in Nicollet, to Robert S. and Alice (Windschitl) Manderfeld. He attended schools in Mankato, and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1969 to 1971, with overseas duty in Korea. He was employed as a salesman.

He is survived by son, Eric, and daughter, Tricia, of New Ulm; his mother, Alice, of Man­kato; three brothers, James of Whitefish Bay, Wis., Robert of Omaha, Neb., and Richard, of Roseville; sister, Carmelita Jeanne (Mrs. C.M. “Butch” Gladden) of Mankato; grand­mother, Veronica Windschitl of Sleepy Eye; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in 1983, and brother Thomas, who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1963.

Charles R. Manderfeld, 36, 326 N. Broad St., died Monday at Immanuel-St. Joseph’s Hospital’s intensive care unit, as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning at his home Saturday.

Manderfeld was found by a relative at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, in his car in the garage, according to Public Safety Director Glenn Gabriel.

Gabriel said the relative had been contacted by one of Manderteld's brothers, who said he had been depressed and might attempt suicide.

Manderfeld was unconscious when found, and attempts at car­diopulmonary resuscitation were ineffective.

Gabriel said a suicide note was found at the scene, but declined to divulge its contents.

Manderfeld had been scheduled to appear in Blue Earth County Court Aug. 11. He had been charged with assault.


  McGillen, Rosemary




  Mason, Pat


        June 1, 1950 - November 2, 2018, Age 68

68 years old
Born on June 1, 1950 in Mankato, Minnesota, United States
Passed away on November 2, 2018 in Rochester, Minnesota, United States


  Meyer, Greg




  Miller, Marilyn


Marilyn Kay Miller, 63, Chapel Hill, died 08-10-2013. Arrangements: Cremation Society of NC, Raleigh.


  Mingo, Michael

        May 1, 1950 - December 11, 2022, Age 72


Michael Thomas Mingo age 72, of Tempe, Arizona died on December 11, 2022, at Tempe St. Lukes Hospital in Tempe, Arizona after a courageous fight with a lengthy illness. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, St. James Chapel. Service will be held at 2:00 pm.

The clergy will be Rev. Lyla Klee. Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, in St. James, Minnesota.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James, Minnesota. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Michael Thomas Mingo was born May 1, 1950 in Mankato, Minnesota to Thomas and Mary Ann Mingo. He was born and raised in Mankato and graduated there in 1968. He worked for the State of Minnesota and then moved to Arizona with Darla Bowers in 1981 where he worked for the State of Arizona Department of Transportation in Natural Resources until his retirement.

He enjoyed working on his old cars especially his 1955 chevy, while visiting with his friends at the same time. His 1972 Pontiac LeMans convertible was his pride and joy. He had been a member of the Pontiac Oakland Club. He also enjoyed helping his buddy Eric Bell with his drag racing cars and going to the races. Eric helped him make his last trip back to Minnesota for the races and to see everyone this summer. He loved visiting with friends and getting together for pizza.

Mike is survived by the love of his life, Darla Bowers of Tempe, AZ; mother, Mary Ann Mingo of Mankato, MN; sister, Jill Mingo of Bloomington, MN; extended family includes Donna Bowers of St. James, Becky (Kevin) Werner, Mason City, IA, Janine (Jim) Tighe, St. James and many nieces and nephews. As well as many good friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Tom Mingo.


  Moore, John

        August 1, 1950 - March 21, 2002, Age 51


MOSCOW, Idaho — Former Mankato resident John Moore, 51, died Thursday, March 21,2002, of an apparent heart attack at his home in Moscow, Idaho.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednes­day at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake, Rev. Syl Brown officiating. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery at Madison Lake.

Visitation is one hour before services Wednesday at the church. Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home In Mankato is handling arrangements.

Mr. Moore was born Aug. 1, 1950, to James “Bill” and Mary Lou (Brown) Moore at Mankato. In 1968, he graduated from Mankato High School. He attended several colleges as he earned a bach­elor of science degree. He received a master’s degree from Mankato State University. He was a counselor for the Moscow school system.

Mr. Moore is survived by his mother of Aurora, Colo.; one sister and her husband, Tricia and Dave Hanson of New Hope; four brothers, Jim and his wife Carrie of Parker, Colo., Bob and his wife Kay of Grand Rapids, Dan of Eagle, Colo., and Tom and his wife Mary of Rochester; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one son.


  Mousel, Peggy

        January 1, 1950 - December 31, 2017, Age 67



  Mueller, Janet

    (Janet Schwarck)

        January 1, 1950 - February 6, 2011, Age 61

Janet Dorothy Schwarck Mueller - Age 61 of Bloomington, passed away Feb. 6, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by loving husband of 37 years, Greg; children, John (Caren) and Gretchen; brother, Jack (Lynn) Mueller.

Caring wife and mother, loved by all, passionate teacher in the Bloomington and Edina School Systems. Enjoyed bridge, gardening and the lake. She was a kind and loving woman who was always there for others. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Frauenshuh Cancer Center at Methodist Hospital.

Memorial gathering Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4-7 PM at: Washburn-McReavy Werness Brothers Chapel 2300 W Old Shakopee Rd 952-884-8145 Published in Star Tribune on February 8, 2011.


  Myron, Walter

        January 18, 1949 - April 7, 2019, Age 70

Walter Alan Myron, 70, of Scottsdale, Arizona died April 7, 2019 at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale, Az.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1949 to Wilbur and Carol Myron in Fairmont, Mn. He is survived by his wife Joan Scherle Johnson, his former spouse Vicki Myron and their daughter Jodi Myron Carlson, grandchildren Hannah, Nathan and Ryan Carlson, nieces Jennifer Larson and Christine Dumdei, and nephew Brian Dahl. He is also survived by his sister Jeanne Myron and his former sister-in-law Linda Myron. He was proceeded in death by his parents and his brother Jack Myron.

A family memorial service will be held July 5, 2019. Interment will follow at Woodland Hills. Memorials or donations may be made to the Animal Rescue Society of the donor's choice.


  Nelson, Carole

        July 26, 1950 - August 22, 2017, Age 67

Carole Joy Nelson, age 67 of Burnsville, died unexpectedly of health complications while traveling on vacation to Colorado in Omaha, Nebraska.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the 11:00 a.m. service on Friday at the church. Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery in Annandale, MN. Memorials may be given to (Golden retriever rescue of Minnesota). Mankato Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Carole was born July 26, 1950 to Harold and Joyce (Hultgren) Nelson in Mankato. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1968 and then graduated from Mankato State with a B.S. degree. Carole worked for Green Giant in LeSueur, Del Monte, Combi-bloc in California and then Boston Scientific in Minneapolis before retiring.

Carole enjoyed traveling the world with John, winters in Scottsdale, hiking with her mermaid friends. She volunteered at Loaves and Fishes and many other soup kitchens. Carole was a longtime foster for Golden Retrievers through RAGOM. Carole had a passion for agate hunting, something she tried to do every year with her sister. She was generous, loving, always welcoming and was a beloved friend to many people. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and family.

Carole is survived by her son, Michael (Jenny) Hager of Mankato; granddaughter, Aria; partner, John Pearson; siblings, Charles (Pat) Nelson, Carla (Brian) Knapp, Christopher (Maryann) Nelson; nieces and nephews, Beth (Ken) Boyum, Sarah (Richard) Tuma, Anne (Tim) Sheridan, Kevin Knapp, Kristin Knapp, Kyle Knapp, Andy Nelson, Ben Nelson.

Preceded in death by her parents.


  Nickels, Robert

        April 27, 1949 - May 24, 2022, Age 73

Bob graduated Class of '69, however he began with the Class of '68 at Roosevelt and Lincoln. Robert “Bob” Nickels, age 73, of North Mankato, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living, North Mankato.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Private family interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Mankato at a later date. The service will be livestreamed and available on Bob’s obituary page at

Robert Lester, the son of Elmer and Dorothy (Schultz) Nickels, was born on April 27, 1949 in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1969. On August 31, 1979, he married Beverly Nourie at Church of St. Paul, Nicollet. Bob was employed at Mankato Corporation for over 40 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed bowling at Victory Bowl as well as playing softball and golfing. Bob adored his grandchildren and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly of North Mankato; daughters, Nicole (Darin) Marshik of Monticello and their children, Charlotte and Maike, Amanda (Mike) Burg of Nicollet and their children, Dextin and Xaiden, Molly (Nathan) Buesing of Kasota and Molly’s children, Austin, William and Wyatt Lien; siblings, Janet Carriere, Gary (Nancy) Nickels, DeWayne Nickels, DeEtta “Penny” (Jim) Steever, Dean Nickels, Beverly Kay Nickels, Laurie (Dennis) Daufenbac, and James (Tracy) Nickels; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Angela Marie Nickels; sisters, Sharon Nickels and Jolene Mutch; and sister in law, Karen Nickels.


  Owens, Don

        January 1, 1950 - September 21, 2009, Age 59


Don H. Owens, age 59, of rural Lake Crystal, died Monday, September 21, 2009 at his residence. Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to SMILES. Mankato Mortuary assisted with arrangements.


  Pepper, Neil

        January 1, 1950 - March 4, 1970, Age 20


Three Eagle Lake residents Were killed instantly in a head-on crash early this morning a half-mile west of Eagle Lake. Pronounced dead at the scene were Neil R. Pepper, 20, and his 18-year-old pregnant wife, Della, and Dennis A. Oachs, 35.

The two-car crash occurred about 1 a.m. on Highway 14 some miles east of Mankato. The cause of the accident has not been determined.

The Highway Patrol said the car carrying the Peppers was eastbound, while Oachs, who was traveling alone, was west­ bound.

Their deaths raise the state’s 1970 highway toll to 100, com­pared with 78 a year ago.

Head and neck injuries were ruled as cause of death for all three victims by Blue Earth County Coroner Dr. Wallace E. Matthews.

Kost Ambulance Service was notified of the crash at 1:20 a.m. by a woman who lives in a house near the scene of the col­lision.

Highway Patrol officers and ambulance attendants were at the scene before 1:30.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Oachs are pending at Johnson- Boman Mortuary.

Funeral services for the Pep­pers will be at 11 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday at Landkamer’s Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Pepper is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Haedt of Mankato; sisters, Mrs. Joseph Cucinotta of Impe­rial Beach, Calif., and Linda, at home; brothers, Jeff, serving in the U.S. Army at Camp Jackson, S.C., Michael, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wasp in the Atlantic, Stan and Walter, both at home, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs Walter Haedt of Mankato and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Swenson of New Hampton, Iowa.

Mr. Pepper is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pepper of Route 3; sisters, Nan­cy and Bonnie, both of Mankato; brothers, Thomas and Terrence, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., Bruce and Rich­ard, both at home, and grand­ father, George Sieberg of Man­kato.

Mrs. Pepper, the former Della Jean Haedt, was born July 9, 1951, in Mankato. She was attending Mankato High School arid would have graduated in June. Mr. Pepper was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Mankato. A 1968 gradu­ate of Mankato High School, he was attending the Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute and working at Dotson Company.

The Peppers were married Sept. 12, 1969, at SS. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, Man­kato.


  Petersen, Steven R

      February 27, 1950 - December 16, 2005, Age 55


Stephen Roy Petersen, age 55, of North Mankato, died Friday morning, December 16, 2005, at Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 19, 2005 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato with Rev. Paul Nolting officiat­ing. Private family burial will be held at Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday al Mankato Mortuary and one hour prior to the serv­ice at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Birthright or American Heart Association.

Stephen was born February 27, 1950 in Sleepy Eye to Roy and Flora Marie (Gruendemann) Petersen. He graduated from Mankato West High School in 1968. On September 25, 1971, he married Karen Jo Sorebo at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Mankato. Stephen was employed with ISD 77 as custo­dian at Mankato West High School, and most recently al Garfield elementary School.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, VFW Post 950, and NRA. Stephen was very proud of his service in Vietnam and having received the Army Commendation Medal, and also of being a grandfather. He was an avid deer, duck, and varmint hunter, fisherman, and an out­doorsman. He enjoyed boating, camping, and loved being with his family.

Survivors include his wife Karen Petersen of North Mankato, three children, Stacey (Russ) Warlike of North Mankato, Kristie “Sissy” (Michael) Kitts of North Mankato, Mankato, Thomas Petersen of Mankato; two grandchildren, Haley and Matt Warnke; broth­er, Stan (Pat) Petersen of North Mankato; sister, JoAnn (Mark) Scheurer of Mankato; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Flora Petersen.


  Price, Gary

      May 19, 1950 - January 10, 1970, Age 19


Funeral services for Pfc. Gary Price, 19, 831 South Ave, who died Saturday at Riverside, Calif., from injuries suffered in a car accident, will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, the Rev. Ronald A. Bongard officiating.

Burial will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. Visitation will begin 2 p.m. Thursday at John- son-Boman Mortuary.

Pfc. Price was born May 19, 1950, at St. James. He was a graduate of Mankato High School and had attended Man­ kato State College before enlist­ing in the Marine Corps. He had been stationed at 29 Palms, Calif.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Hill­esheim of North Mankato; a sis­ter, Mrs. Elwood Reed of Min­neapolis; a brother, Bruce Price of Minneapolis, and two nieces and two nephews.


  Rademacher, Jackie

    (Jacquelyn Kay Schmidt)

        August 19, 1950 - May 4, 2020, Age 69

Jacquelyn Kay Schmidt

Born on Aug 19th, 1950 in Mankato

Passed on May 4th, 2020 in North Mankato

Jackie died peacefully this past Monday at Birchwood Cottages in North Mankato. A private burial will take place at a later date, where Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jackie was a fun-loving person with a great sense of humor. She was an avid pet lover, and her smile will always be remembered by those that met her.

Jackie was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Confirmation Class of 1959. She attended Mankato schools and graduated in 1968. She attended college in Rochester, MN, and married Randy Schmidt in 1970. Jackie and Randy spent time in Washington, DC and Hawaii where Randy was in the military. She then worked for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO for 18yrs.

Jackie is survived by her two children, Chad Schmidt (Oklahoma City, OK) and Anna (Dave) Erickson (Melbourne, FL), her 4 grandchildren (Chloe & Cameron Schmidt, and Shawn & Anthony Erickson), her mother Bette Rademacher (Mankato, MN), two sisters Joey Goodman (Rochester, MN) and Jean Schmidt (Evergreen, CO), and her brother Jim Rademacher (North Mankato, MN).

Special thanks to the staff at Birchwood Cottages in North Mankato and Freedom Home Healthcare for your professional care, love, and friendship.


  Ranieri, Pat

    (Patricia Ranieri-Rucker)

        September 22, 1950 - March 8, 2012, Age 61

Patricia Ranieri-Rucker, a 42-year resident of California and 30-year resident of Joshua Tree, died March 8, 2012, at her son’s home in Corvallis, Ore. Mrs. Ranieri-Rucker died after a sudden and short battle with cancer. She was 61 years old.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., she was born Sept. 22, 1950.

Mrs. Ranieri-Rucker worked in a variety of establishments in Joshua Tree before getting her degree in adult education and passionately working for the Healthy Start program and at Copper Mountain College.

She lived in the Hi-Desert while raising her son, Michael Rucker (now 35 and living in Oregon), her dearly cherished only child, who has a new 3-month-old girl, Jillian Jaye Rucker.


  Reiland, Michael

      July 14, 1949 - February 2, 2022, Age 72

Family and Friends with much sadness we would like to share that Michael “Mike” N. Reiland passed away unexpectedly at the age of 72 on Tuesday 2/22/22.

Mike was born on July 15th, 1949, in Mankato, MN to Donald and Marcella Reiland. Throughout his teen years he had a paper route, worked at the local grocery store and sold Christmas trees every year with his father. At the young age of 19, Mike entered the Air Force and was stationed in Thailand and Germany during the Vietnam War as an egress mechanic. While in Germany, he spent many nights in Luxembourg living it up where he met his future wife Christiane Baum. Mike and Chris were soon married in a castle in Luxembourg. They were set to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 4th. Mike and Chris had two sons, Terry and Kevin, while in Germany and a third son Shawn, after moving to Missouri. After leaving the Air Force Mike joined McDonnell- Douglas as a technical writer for their fighter jets program. Mike remained working as a technical writer with the company even after it was bought out by Boeing and retired after 30 years. He was also a long time member and retiree of the Missouri Air National Guard.

Mike was an avid collector of everything and could fix anything, usually adding a few modifications he felt improved the overall design. Mike also had a heart of gold, never met a stranger, and was always willing to help out anyone who needed assistance. He was an avid supporter of BackStoppers in St. Louis, Mo. and helped start the Warrenton chapter of Backstoppers.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Phil. Mike is survived by his wife of 49 years Chris, his sister Laura Sorenson (Ken), and brother Pat (Beth), his sister-in-law Kelly, three sons: Terry (Karen), Kevin (Laura), and Shawn(Georgette), and 9 grandkids who knew him as “Bopa". Bopa always kept a collection of treats and sweets at his house and was always excited to share his “secret stash” with them.

Mike will be interred at Jefferson Barracks with a future celebration of life with close friends and family. Donations can be made in his memory to BackStoppers of Missouri.


  Ryg, Shirley

    (Shirley Ryg Kearns)

        January 1, 1950 - June 12, 2011, Age 61


Shirley M. (Rygg) Kearns, age 61, of Mankato, died, Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Chapel, Mankato with Rev. Jay Dahlvang, officiating. Visitation will be from 3:30 until the time of service. Mankato Mortuary assisted with arrangements.

She has already lost many family and friends along the way, but those who remain are feeling the loss of a great friend and ray of sun­ shine who always found a way to make someone’s day a little brighter. This is what mattered most to her, what she consistently demonstrated to her chil­dren and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011 at North Mankato Mortuary - Northview, 2060 Commerce Drive. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service. Private burial will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clinic Health System - Mankato Hospice Program.


  Sack, Michael

      May 20, 1950 - November 6, 2015, Age 65


Michael Eugene Sack -- Obituary. Funeral: 11-6-2015

Michael Eugene Sack, age 65 of Mankato, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 suddenly at his home.

Funeral service 11:00 a.m., Friday November 6, 2015 Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, North Mankato. Burial, Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation from 4 - 7 p.m., Thursday, Northview- North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation continues one hour before the service at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the donor's choice.

Michael E. Sack was born May 20, 1950 to Alfred and Erma (Henry) Sack in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. Michael served his country in the National Guard for seven years. Michael was married to Sherry Storjohann on August 10, 1974 in Mankato. He worked for 26 years in the Farm Implement Business as a parts manager for Case-IH. Michael then worked for Taylor Corp, Companies retiring on May 22, 2015 from Label Works. Michael was a longtime member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. He served as a goal judge for MSU hockey for over 25 years as a WCHA off ice official. He enjoyed Maverick Hockey, the Twins, Vikings, yard work and a Jack of all trades. Michael's family meant the world to him.

Survived by his wife, Sherry of Mankato; daughter, Brittany (Brian) Crock of Mankato; two sons, Brandon (Kristin) Sack of Ham Lake, Garrett Sack of Mankato; grandsons, Aiden and Bennett Sack, Caleb Crock; brother, Al (Mary) Sack of New Richland; sister, Gloria Sack of Mankato; mother-in-law, Trudy Storjohann of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Nancy Sack of Mankato, Melodie (Robert) Rastedt of Steven's Point WI, Bianca (David) DeLone of Rochester; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Storjohann of Boise, ID; aunts, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, sister, Diane; two brothers, Gerald and Roger and two infant grandbabies; father-in-law, Loren Storjohann.


  Scarlett, Jon

        July 14, 1950 - July 2, 2013, Age 62


Jon Barry Scarlett of Smyrna, a retired educator with Middle Tennessee State University, died July 2, 2013 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, after a prolonged and valiant battle against lung disease and other ailments.

Born July 14, 1950 in Milan, TN, he is survived by his wife, Lin Pote Scarlett; children, Heather Scarlett Wilson (Chase) of Rock Hill, SC, Jon Barry Scarlett (Jessica) of Greenville, SC, Sherree Ivey Lindemann (Jo) of Hartford, CT, Eddie Ivey (Terra) of Birmingham, AL, Jason Ivey (deceased); mother, Caroline V. Scarlett of Murfreesboro; sister, Nan Scarlett Overton (Mel); brother, David Scarlett (Teresa Brewer) of Brentwood; nephews, Taylor and Jackson Overton of Brentwood; grandchildren, Halle, Gracie and Cade Wilson of Rock Hill, SC, Sam and Karl Lindemann of Hartford, CT, Lathan and Logan Ivey of Charlotte, NC.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. M.G. Scarlett, former president of MTSU, who died in April, 2012.

As a child, Jon lived in Tennessee, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Ohio, Nebraska, Minnesota and Maine before returning to Tennessee for college. While being "the new kid" in school might have intimidated some children, Jon's easy laugh and natural leadership never failed to earn him friends, as well as positions on the student council and as a class officer. His name was changed . . . sort of . . . when "Barry," as he'd always been known among family and friends, was the new kid in school in Nebraska. On the first day, the teacher took attendance and said, "Jon Scarlett," and he decided he kind of liked it and never corrected her. So it was Jon from then on.

While many who knew him later in life might not have guessed it, Jon was an excellent athlete in his younger years, earning high school letters in baseball and basketball, and also playing basketball at Maryville College during his freshman year before transferring to MTSU and completing his degree. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the 9th grade, while living in Nebraska, Jon shot a 30 on the back nine to win a golf tournament against all comers, but was unable to accept the 1st place cash prize in order to maintain his amateur status. While living in Maine during his high school years, Jon pitched and played infield for the conference champion Farmington Greyhounds baseball team.

He was a member of MTSU's Kappa Iota chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity at MTSU, for a time serving as the fraternity's Grand Master, and continued to be a friendly, encouraging presence to younger members for many years after his own graduation. He was also an avid MTSU Blue Raider sports fan, frequently traveling to home and away games in support of the football and basketball teams (men's and women's).

An active member of the Living Springs Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, Jon loved the Lord and had a kind heart, a big spirit and a ready smile. Jon was a devoted husband and father, a generous and supportive brother and a thoughtful son. He is already dearly missed, but we know we will all see him again.

Published in The Daily News Journal on July 5, 2013


  Schutter, William

        August 28, 1950 - December 6, 2004, Age 54


Schutter William D., age 54, of St. Paul, passed away on December 6, 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Diana (Griffin) Schutter and daughters, Lindsay and Alexandra; his parents, Herman & Harriet Schutter, Mankato; brother, Thomas (Marie) and their children, Patrick, Jack, and Steven of Truman, MN; father- in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Virginia Griffin, Mankato; sister- in-law, Deborah (Griffin) Rinta, Bluemount, VA; also nephews, Andrew and William Griffin, Owatonna and Justin (Griffin) Otsea, Mankato.

Visitation 5:30-7:30 PM Friday at WILLWERSCHEID FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55105, 651-228-1006. Memorial Service 2:30 PM Saturday at ST. PAUL'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 700 Wesley Lane at Dodd, Mendota Heights. Memorials preferred to United Hospital Foundation c/o General Fund (in memory of William Schutter).


  Schoettler, Larry

        April 22, 1950 - March 11, 2024, Age 73

Lawrence "Larry" A. Schoettler

Lawrence “Larry” Adolph Schoettler, age 73 of St. Peter, Minnesota and formerly of Mankato passed away Monday March 11, 2024, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Methodist campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 19, 2024, at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation will be held one hour before the service Friday. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato.

Larry was born April 22, 1950, to Raymond and Patricia (Bohnert) Schoettler in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. Larry worked at C & N Sales, Reliance Electric, V-Tech and was a part-time bar tender at the Morson Ario and Eagle Lake American Legion.

Larry was a member of the Son’s of the American Legion and the Mankato J.C’s

He enjoyed bowling, racket ball and throwing darts.

Larry is survived by his six siblings, Chuck (Holly) Schoettler, Margaret (Jeannine Johnson) Schoettler, Craig Schoettler, Linda (Kristen) Boyes, Sue (Arik) Andersen, Amy (Mike) O’Toole; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Adam Schoettler.


  Simpson, Karyll

    (Karyll Nelson)

        December 2, 1949 - March 20, 2012, Age 62


Karyll Simpson Nelson, 62, of Vail, died March 20, 2012 at Denver Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 2, 1949, in Mankato, Minn., to Charlie and Valoris Simpson. Karyll graduated from Mankato High School in 1969 and completed her nursing degree at Mankato State in 1973.

At her request, there will be no services. Memorial gifts may be made to the organization of the donor's choice or local animal rescue. She is survived by brother Jerry (Sally) Simpson, sister Shirley (John) Swanson, aunts, uncles many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends Dave and Susan Bergmark and her best friend, Zach the cat.


  Skow, Lon

        July 26, 1950 - July 4, 1992, Age 41


St. Peter special education teacher Lon Skow, 41, formerly of North Mankato, died July 4, 1992 at North Wind Lodge, Jasper Lake, near Ely.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Centenary United Methodist Church in the Multi-Church Center, Second and Cherry Street, Mankato, the Rev. Deborah Walkes officiating. Burial will be in the Lamberton City Cemetery.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Mankato Mortuary, continuing one hour before services Thurs­day at the church. Memorials can be given to the donor’s own choice.

Mr. Skow was bom July 26, 1950, to Dale and Maxine (Gust­afson) Skow in Omaha, Neb. He moved with his family to Mankato in 1960 and attended Roosevelt, Lincoln, Mankato and Mankato State schools. He earned a bache­lors and masters degree both in education and had been a special education teacher the past 15 years at South Elementary School in St. Peter. He enjoyed writing and had done many poems and short stories. He loved all aspects of Harley Davidson motorcycling. He was a member of First Luth­eran Church in St. Peter. He was married to Bonnie (Nickel) Snow, but they had separated.

Mr. Skow is survived by his mother Maxine; one brother, Dale of Lamberton; one sister, Anita and her husband Leonard Runck of Lamberton; four nephews and nieces; and many aunts, uncles, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father in 1979, and by his grandparents.


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  Stackhouse, Patricia

      January 1, 1950 - October 14, 2015, Age 65

Patricia 'Patty' Stackhouse ObituaryFuneral: 10-23-2015

Patricia Patty' Stackhouse, age 65, of Spirit Lake, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. She was born on June 15, 1950, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Donald and Mary Lou (Benson) Stackhouse. Patty graduated from Mankato High School in 1968, and enlisted to serve her country in the United States Army from 1976, until 1984.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Patty became a computer specialist for the United States Government for 22 years, before retiring in 2009.

Patty was a life-long member of the American Legion. She enjoyed spending her spare time doing needlework and talking with her family. Patty is survived by her two sisters, Karen Van Guilder, and her husband, Robert of Spirit Lake, and Gayle Lee, and her husband, Russ of Mankato, Minnesota; nephews, Dustin Lee, and his wife, Tricia of N. Mankato, James Lee of Mankato, Rob Van Guilder, and his wife, Katie of Lakewood, Colorado, and David Van Guilder of Des Moines; niece, Mary Noah, and her husband, Tom of Fairmont; great-nieces and great-nephews, Alicia, Katelynn, Bryson, Marissa, Aaron, Mia, Cara and Ella; great-great-nephew, Ayden; and two cats that she adored, Abby and Big Boy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Mary Lou.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2015, at the Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato, Minnesota. The Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  Stierlen, Robert

      September 4, 1949 - July 12, 2012, Age 62


Robert Albert Stierlen, age 62 of Mankato died early Thursday morning, July 12, 2012 while working.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, North Mankato. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm at NORTHVIEW - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato.

Bob was born September 4, 1949 to Aloys J. and Marjorie A. (Loeffler) Stierlen in North Mankato. He graduated from Mankato West High School in 1968 and attended college at Mankato State. Bob was united in marriage to Josephine "Jo" Morgan on March 21, 1970. He honorably served ten years in the United States Air Force. Bob worked for Wonder Bread for 33 years as a route salesman. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Bob was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved telling and listening to stories and especially spending time with his family and grandchildren. Bob loved the outdoors and reading as well.

Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Josephine "Jo" Stierlen of Mankato; daughter, Staci Jo Stierlen Marshall and her husband Ryan of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Abigail Grace and Owen Robert Marshall of Minneapolis; brother, Roger "Pete" (Patti) Stierlen of North Mankato; sister, Mary Jo "Jo" (Tom) Neubert of North Mankato; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Aloys and Marjorie.


  Stolt, Sylvia

    (Sylvia Koch)

        March 3, 1950 - October 31, 1997, Age 47


Sylvia L. Koch, 47, died Friday, Oct. 31, 1997, at Immanuel-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato.

Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. The Rev. Edward Ardolf officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, St. Peter.

Mrs. Koch was bom on March 3, 1950, in St. Peter to Raymond and Evelyn (Stolt) Carpenter. She attended Holy Rosary parochial school, and graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. She married Greg Koch on Oct. 25, 1969, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato.

She graduated from Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute as a licensed practical nurse in 1972 and attended Mankato State University.

She was employed by the Mankato Clinic.

She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She enjoyed time spent with her family, outdoor exercise, walking, reading, singing, and church and community activities.

She is survived by her mother; a son, Jonathan Koch of North Mankato; three daughters, Marie, Susan and Laura, all of North Mankato; a brother, David and his wife LeAnne Stolt of North Mankato; three sisters, Irene LePage of Mankato; Judy Stolt of Minneapolis; and Theresa Martyn of Spring, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Tom; and a nephew, Marcus.


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  Terrell, Larry

      December 31, 1949 - June 29, 1997, Age 47


Larry M. Terrell, 47, of Eagle Lake died of an apparent heart attack on Sunday, June 29. 1997, at Immanuel-St Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato.

Services are 10 a.m today, Wednesday, July 2, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato with the Rev. Steve Bcrkeland officiating. Casket bearers are Darrell Anderegg, Will Bauman, Keith Krueger, Dan Quaderer, Al Anderson, Steve Jamieson. Jim Manske. and Jim Spenger. Honorary casket bearers are the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department members. Burial, with military honors by Eagle Lake American Legion Post 1617. will be in Eagle Lake Cem­etery. Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Asso­ciation. American Cancer Society, or the donor’s choice. Visitation was held Tuesday. July 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mankato Mortuary and will be held again today for one hour before services at the church.

Larry M. Terrell was born December 31.1949. to Lee and Lorraine (Anderegg) Terrell in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. He entered the U.S. Army on September 26. 1969, served during the Vietnam War. and. was honorably discharged on August 20. 1971. He married Linda Jamieson on October 23. 1976. He was employed with Miller Brands of Mankato for over twenty-two years. He volunteered with the Eagle Lake Fire Department for six­ teen years, serving as assistant chief for the past 7-1/2 years. He was a member of the Eagle Lake American Legion and had served as past commander and in various other positions He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing, channel surf­ing, his annual hunting trip to Osage. Minnesota, and spend­ing lime and sharing stories with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife. Linda, of Eagle Lake; daughter Trina of Mankato, son Brandon, of Eagle Lake, his father LeeTerrell and his wife. Sandy, of Eagle Lake, three brothers. Jerry Terrell and his wife Jan, Dennis Terrell and his wife Colleen, all of Eagle Lake, Craig Terrell of Mankato, his mother-in-law. LaVem Jamieson of Mankato, three sisters-in-law. Roberta Nelson and her husband. Jerry, of St James. Michele Swan and her friend Jamie, of Colo­rado. and Joni Spenger and her husband Jim. of Mankato, two brothers-in-law Steven Jamieson and his wife Sheila, of Pemberton, and Mike Jamieson and his friend Wendy of Mankato, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 1985.


  Thielbar, Daniel

        December 25, 1950 - January 6, 2023, Age 72

THIELBAR: Daniel Gerald Thielbar, 72 of Waterford entered eternal life on Jan. 6, 2022 at home in the company of his loving family. He was born Dec. 25, 1949 in Fairbolt, Minnesota the son of the late Lloyd and Dorothy (Dalaska) Thielbar.

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy serving on board the USS Nautilus, during the Vietnam War, later was honorably discharged. He married the former Marianne DiNoto, on Aug. 12, 1972 in St. Paul Church, Mrs. Thielbar survives him.

Daniel was employed, as a machinist for the Lee Co. retiring after 25 years. He was a Little League coach in Waterford, later became an umpire. He umpired for Little League and girl’s softball, high school baseball and girl’s high school softball for many years. He was a member of St. Luke Church, a meticulous individual who also enjoyed baking.

Besides his beloved wife Marianne, he is survived by two sons; Geoff and wife Sarah Thielbar of Franklin, and Jason Thielbar of New London. A sister, Gerraine Stitt of GA, and two grandchildren Gavin and Travis.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, at 11 am (Jan. 13, 2022) from St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1830 CT-12, Gales Ferry, CT. Interment will be private. Donations in his memory to, St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home 84 Montauk Ave., New London, has been entrusted with his care.


  Thiesse, Julaine

        January 1, 1950 - June 4, 2016, Age 66

Julaine Marie Thiesse, 66, of Fairmont, Minnesota, died from cancer complications on June 4, 2016, at Lutz Wing in Fairmont. Julaine was born May 29, 1950, in Mankato, Minnesota, the eldest daughter of Sylvan and Rosalin (Hagen) Thiesse.

She attended grade school in Titonka, Iowa; middle and high school in Mankato and graduated with a BS in Science Education from Mankato State University in 1972. Growing up, Julaine enjoyed school groups, time with cousins, reading, and learning about the natural world.

Throughout her life Julaine remained active in a church community in such roles as: camp counselor, youth choir director, choir member, quartet pianist, Sunday School teacher and kitchen volunteer. She was most recently a member at United Lutheran Church Ringsted.

Julaine's teaching career in the Ringsted and Armstrong-Ringsted Districts spanned 30 years and was the delight of her days. Julaine's students meant the world to her and she loved being able to inspire their learning. Julaine's colleagues remained her dear friends and they often enjoyed reminiscing about the trials and joys of teaching. Julaine enjoyed time with her family, particularly at holidays, birthdays, and picnics and she went to great lengths to care for her aging parents. Inspired by her mother, she was excellent at all types of needlework, fiber art, and decorating. She loved growing flowers and had a collection of African Violets from her grandmothers as well as beautiful outdoor flower gardens. Also, she was an avid reader and loved to discuss current topics from science, history and politics.

Left to cherish Julaine's memory are her brother, Steve Thiesse of Brookings. South Dakota; sister, Kristen Thiesse Palm, husband, Rick of Duluth, Minnesota; and nephew, Karl Palm, currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Laoang, Philippines.

Ms. Thiesse is preceded in death by her loving parents, Rosalin and Sylvan Thiesse formerly of Mankato.

Memorial gifts will be directed to a student scholarship fund that Julaine was passionate about initiating. The family is grateful to all the caregivers, relatives, neighbors and friends who lifted Julaine's spirits and made her days at the Lutz Wing peaceful and pleasant.


  Thornby, Joan


        November 22, 1950 - March 8, 2022, Age 71

Joan Harriet (Thornby) Hultin, the daughter of Harold and Harriet (Pederson) Thornby was born November 22, 1950 in Fargo, North Dakota, and passed peacefully in her home on March 8, 2022 at the age of 71. She lived her life as a devoted wife and widower to her beloved husband, Orin Hultin who preceded her in death by 21 years. Joan and Orin met in high school but didn't start dating until their time at Mankato State University, graduating together and married June 2, 1972 in St. Peter, Minnesota, at the Gustavus Adolphus Chapel. Together they moved from Minnesota to Denver, Colorado, and moved again to Germantown, Tennessee in 1989, which would become Joan's home for the past 33 years.

Professionally, Joan served as a high school english, drama and debate teacher for decades, inspiring countless students to follow their dreams – many of whom she was still in contact with. Personally, she found peace and tranquility in her Garden of Eden, planting, re-planting, weeding and just enjoying the beauty of nature that surrounded her. Her passion for gardening was on display as a lifetime member of the Germantown Garden Club, earning multiple awards for best arrangements over the years.

To have known Joan, is to know her unconditional love for family. Her daughter Amy and son Ryan were the light of her life, attending thousands of gymnastics meets, baseball games, traveling cross-country and around the world to cheer them both on in sport and in life. Becoming 'Grandma' and 'JoJo' brought her the greatest joy in her last few years. Her eyes would light up anytime the grandkids were in the room or cooing and smiling at her on FaceTime.

She loved and was loved by so many immediate family members, cousins, friends and students spanning her 71 years. Please join us in Celebrating Her Life on Friday 18 March from 3-6 p.m. at the Memphis Funeral Home - Poplar location. A viewing will be offered from 3-5 p.m. and we will share stories, songs and memories of Joan starting at 5 p.m.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 27 years, Orin Hultin. Joan is survived by her daughter, Amy (Hultin) Glisson, her husband Steve Moustakas and their son Matthew of Ramstein Air Base, Germany; her son, Ryan Hultin, his wife Yulia (Kulik) Hultin and their two children Easton and Emma of Memphis; her sister, Barbara Coberley; and her sisters and brothers by marriage, Ingrid Bauer, Signe Knief, Mikkel Hultin, and Chris Hultin.

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  Torgerson, Dean

        November 12, 1948 - March 12, 2016, Age 67

Mankato resident, Dean Torgerson, 67, died Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, MN. A Celebration of Dean’s Life will be 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dean was born November 12, 1948 in Madelia, MN to Arthur and Gladys (Jacobe) Torgerson. He grew up in Lake Crystal and Mankato, graduating from Mankato High School and then attended South Central Technical College. On June 10, 1967 he was married to Pamela Williams at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Dean was a former runner and ran both Grandma’s Marathon and the Twin Cities Marathon. He worked for Swanson & Youngdale, Reichel & Sons, and for the last 10 years was a self-employed painter.

Family was top priority to Dean and growing up with very little made him strive to make sure his family was taken care of. When he wasn’t collecting coins or tinkering in his shop, he loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

Dean is survived by his wife, Pam of Mankato; daughters, Melissa Larson of Hallock, MN and Tari Weir of Mankato; grandchildren, Brianna Tolman, Taylor Weir, Jack Weir and Oscar Larson; great grandson, Ivan Kittelson; step grandchildren, Austin Larson, Tristan Larson and Madisson Larson; brothers, Darrel (Jody) Torgerson, Curt (special friend, Peggy) Torgerson all of Mankato, Mike (Pat) Torgerson of Kasota, Dale Torgerson of North Mankato; sisters, Linda Roisum and Joyce Negaard both of North Mankato; son-in-law, Pat Weir; brother-in-law, Donald Williams (special friend, Ken) of Jackson, MN; many nieces and nephews. Dean is also survived by his best bud “Odie”. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Gladys, brother, Roger; niece, Gina Risk; son-in-law, Kevin Larson; brother-in-law, Rodger Williams.


  VonDrasek, Paul

        January 4, 1950 - May 16, 2021, Age 71


Von Drasek, Paul It is with broken hearts that we share that Paul Von Drasek unexpectedly died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on Sunday May 16. 

A linchpin and a beloved member of the Twin Cities literary community, Paul, 71, was a fierce advocate for writers and readers of all ages. Paul, the oldest of four boys, was born January 4, 1950 in Mankato, MN to a family practice doctor, Joseph (Doc), and a registered nurse, Lois (Lowee) Von Drasek. 

He graduated from Mankato High and received a Bachelors at the University of MN in Humanities and a Master's in Education at Minnesota State University/Mankato State. And while he never worked in a classroom, Paul was a natural teacher in many ways, sharing his interests with us and mentoring young publishing professionals. He would point to his assistants and say that they'd be his boss someday. 

Paul's first job in books was at the renowned Strand bookstore in New York City where he immersed himself in music, poetry, and a diversity of writers. After some time in the city, he returned to Minnesota to work at B. Dalton Books (store number one in Edina!) and proudly opened the store in Alexandria. From there, he went to work at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee bookstore. While in Milwaukee, he served on the board of WUWM public radio and Woodland Pattern Book Center where he fell in love with independent book presses and poetry. 

He then was recruited to work as a sales rep with Viking/Penguin in Rochester NY where he became part of the independent bookstore and sales rep community. When he was transferred to the DC area, his territory ranged north to NJ, west to Pittsburgh and south to Virginia. 

It was on a sales call in Philadelphia that he met the love of his life, Lisa, who, in the words of Ann Patchett, was "the girl behind the register." They married two years later. At the wedding, his brother's wife (not really joking), remarked "all the Von Draseks bring their wives back to Minnesota." Lisa and Paul spent most of their married life in New York City where he worked at a number of publishing houses. Paul was known for his droll sense of humor. He would joke, "just one more merger and I can retire." In New York, Paul also taught publishing at Columbia University School of Journalism and served as president of the board of directors for Curbstone Press, one of the leading literary presses in the country. 

Capstone Press, a Mankato, Minnesota children's publisher, recruited Paul to be their inaugural trade sales director. And in 2012, when Lisa got a job as curator of the University of MN's Kerlan Collection, they moved to Saint Paul from Brooklyn, NY. So it was true: all Von Draseks do return to Minnesota! When Paul retired in 2015, Capstone's Ashley Andersen Zantop said, "Paul is the genuine article. He has a deep love for books, their creators, their supporters, and the people who curate and sell them. His dedication to the ideal of connecting the right book with the right reader shows in every relationship he's nurtured in the industry." 

Hearing the news of Paul's death, Leonard S. Marcus, who curated a show at the University of MN in 2019, wrote "I have always thought of Paul as one of the truly good people of this world - kind and caring and generous, and focused on the things that matter. I paid close attention when I was around Paul because I felt he was ahead of most people in the things that interested him and the things he cared about, and that everything he thought and said and did came from a deeply human place. It seems to me that he was a kind of artist at being himself and that he enjoyed so much about life." 

Retirement offered Paul the opportunity to engage with nonprofits centered around books and literacy. With 826 MSP, he spent three years embedded in Twin Cities schools facilitating young people's writing and helping them transform their first drafts into published books. His latest position at Rain Taxi was chair of the board of directors. He took full advantage of his final sojourn in Minnesota going to live music performances, plays, and literary readings. His favorite thing to do was listen to writers and poets share their work. Some people believe Christmas is the best day of the year; for Paul, it was the Twin Cities Book Festival. Paul was a kind, sweet, smart man. As the young writers of 826 MSP said, "Paul was a gentleman and a gentle man." 

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Joseph and Lois Von Drasek, his stepmother Laverne Von Drasek and his brother David Von Drasek. He is mourned by his wife Lisa, brothers Frederick and Joseph (Marty), cousins Nelle (Jerry) Moriarty, Kay, Megan, and Jeremiah Moriarty, Mark (Joyce) Peavey, nieces and nephews Nicholas, Lydia, Elizabeth, and Jacob, step siblings Barb (Kenneth) Neihart and David (Gloria) Olsen, and friends too numerous to count. A celebration of life will take place Sunday, May 23 at 11:00 am at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave., Saint Paul, 651-228-1006. Family and friends are invited to arrive any time after 10:00 am to be together. 

A Zoom memorial is being planned for later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, people can remember Paul by supporting organizations that he cared so deeply about: 826 MSP, Rain Taxi, and the Kerlan Collection Endowed Chair Fund at the University of Minnesota.  Published on May 19, 2021


  Weinandt, Carl

      August 4, 1950 - January 22, 2022, Age 71

Carl Nicholas Weinandt, age 71, of Cleveland passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at his home holding the hands of his wife and daughter. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 28, from 4pm-7pm at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 29 at 10am with visitation one hour prior at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center with Father James Stiles officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Le Center and Cleveland Area Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Carl was born on August 4, 1950 to Eugene and Mary (Berreau) Weinandt in Worthington. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. Carl served in the United States Army as a sergeant from 1968 to 1971. Carl was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Barb Wilking, on January 15, 1972 at All Saints Church in Madison Lake.

Carl was a member of the VFW (life member), Cleveland American Legion and he retired from the Cleveland Fire Department after 20 plus years. He enjoyed deer and duck hunting, fishing, working in his garage on anything with a motor and spending time with family.

Carl is survived by his wife Barb of 50 years; children, Jason (Elizabeth) Weinandt of St. Clair, Jessica Tordsen of Marion, IA and Jarod (Shannon) Weinandt of Mankato; siblings, Albert (Norein) Weinandt of Madison Lake, Mary (Jeff) Warszynski of Atwater, Jay Weinandt of St. Peter, Joe (Connie) Weinandt of Madison Lake, Julie Malenke of Brewster, Ann (Kent) Reeves of Madison Lake, Paul (Desiree) Weinandt of Atwater; grandchildren, Julia (James) Lange, Joshua Tordsen, Gavin Weinandt and Mairin Weinandt; great-grandchildren Addalynn, Nicholas and Carly.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Eugene Weinandt and brother-in-law, Mark Malenke.

Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at


  Wendland, Vickie

    (Vickie Meyer)

        October 15, 1950 - December 19, 2012, Age 62


Vicki L. Meyer, age 62 of Mankato died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2012 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Peter Nosbush officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be given to One Bright Star.

Vicki Lynn was born October 15, 1950 to Phillip and Margie (Packman) Wendland. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. On December 6, 1969, Vicki was united in marriage to Richard Meyer in Mankato. They were blessed with two children. Vicki had worked since she was in high school. She worked as a waitress, Salet's elevator operator, administrative assistant at Meyer and Sons for 25 years, and most of all, mother. Vicki was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church where Rich and her would usher 5:30 Mass; of the ladies auxiliary at the North Mankato American Legion; and was one of the original founders of One Bright Star. Vicki was an avid curler, enjoyed card clubs, loved warm beaches, loved her family, and was known for her hugs.

Vicki is survived by her husband, Richard of Mankato; daughter, Kim (Ross) Carlson of St. Clair; two grandchildren: Andrew and Allison; mother, Margie Wendland of Venice, FL; two brothers: Zane (special friend, Georgia) Wendland and Troy (JoAnne) Wendland both of Florida; father-in-law, Paul (Doris) Meyer of Mankato; special friends: Anne and Bob; and many nieces and nephews.

Vicki was preceded in death by her father, Phillip; son, Brandon; and mother-in-law, Wilda Meyer.


  Wiehr, Richard

      September 6, 1950 - January 21, 1973, Age 22


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  Winkler, Vernon

        February 6, 1950 - March 20, 2001, Age 51




  Wood, Sidney

        June 27, 1950 - May 10, 1987, Age 36


Services for Sidney Wood, 36, of rural Mankato, who died Monday morning, May 11, 1987 in his home, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson-Bowman Mortuary, the Rev. Duane 0. Salness of Bethlehem Lutheran Church offi­ciating. Burial will be in the Minneopa Cemetery.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home and one hour before services.

Mr. Wood was born June 27, 1950, in Mankato, to Donald and Ruth (Swenson) Wood. After graduating from Mankato High School in 1968, he became a car­penter in the Mankato area where he worked for various contractors. He was a member of the Cycle Club.

He is survived by his parents; a brother, Spencer of Janesville; a sister, Debra Nelson of Apple Valley; his maternal grand­ mother, Marian Swenson of Mankato; two aunts and a niece.


  Wright, Pam

        December 31, 1950 - June 30, 1982, Age 31




  Yetter, Lois

    (Lois Dauffenbach)

        November 29, 1950 - May 1, 1986, Age 35


Services for Mankato native Lois J. (Yetter) Dauffenbach, 35, of St. Peter, who died Thursday, May 1, 1986, at St. Peter Community Hospital after a brief illness, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Peter, the Rev. Harry Majerus officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, St. Peter.

Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at the Klein Funeral Home in St. Peter.

Mrs. Dauffenbach was born in Mankato, Nov. 29, 1950, to George and Carmen (Guentzel) Yetter. She attended Monroe Elementary and North Mankato Junior High School, and graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. She was employed by ADC (now Onan Co.), and by the Larson Ski Fac­tory both in St. Peter.

She mar­ried Frank Dauffenbach Jr. May 24, 1969, in St. Peter. For the past 16 years she had been self-employed in home day care. She Was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of VFW Post 950, Man­kato, St. Mary’s Church Guild, and a member and former presi­dent of the Powder Puff Bowling League.

Mrs. Dauffenbach is survived by her husband, Frank; three sons, Craig, Patrick and Scott, and a daughter, Chakara, at home; her mother and stepfather, Carmen and Charles Farr of North Mankato; two brothers, Dennis Yetter of Mankato and Douglas Yetter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Debra (Mrs. Kevin L.) Meyer of Man­kato; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, George Yetter, in 1960.


  Zernechel, Kenneth

        October 15, 1949 - June 27, 2013, Age 63


Kenneth Dale Zernechel, Jr. age 63, of North Mankato, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester from complications from a bacterial infection. A visitation will be from 1:00 until 3:00 on Sunday, June 30 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 3:00 at Woodland Hills Chapel.

Kenny was born in Mankato, MN to Kenneth Sr. and Margery (Hansen) Zernechel on October 15, 1949. He attended Mankato schools and graduated from Mankato High School in 1968. He received a diploma from Mankato Area Vocational Technical College. He worked for 28 years at Cotter & Company/True Value in Mankato retiring in 2005. He lived in Pemberton most of these years.

Kenny was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mankato. Over the years he also attended St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Alma City and Grace Lutheran in Mankato.

Kenny is survived by his brother and sister in-law Robin and Mary Zernechel of rural Mankato and their children William (sons Blaine, Layton, and Cole), Scott Zernechel and girlfriend Erikka Klugherz, and Kelly Nilson (daughters Emma and Abby). Kenny is survived by his Aunt Beverly Wiemert of Rice Lake, Wisconsin and Aunt and Uncle Darlene and Julius Haes of Lincoln, Nebraska as well as many cousins. Sincerely missing him will be his best friend for the past 7 years Jeanne, his card playing friends and his many other friends at Monarch Meadows Senior Living Community. You have been his family for the past 2 years and we loved you all. Kenny also had special friends Heather and Janet and many friends they made at Perkins and Happy Chef.

He also is survived by his daughters Angela Zernechel and Melissa Halliwell and her husband Marcus Paar and their sons Alexxander and Aeric.

Kenny is preceded in death by both of his parents and many aunts and uncles.

Kenny had a knack of remembering everyone’s names, whether it was at Perkins, Happy Chef, Monarch Meadows or at the hospital. Everyone that met Kenny commented on what a nice man he was. He so enjoyed the time he spent with his nephews, niece, grandnephews and grandnieces and we loved him so. He will always be in our hearts and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Kenny.


  Ziesmer, Steve

        September 20, 1949 - June 26, 2022, Age 72

Steven C. Ziesmer, 72, of Rochester passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Steve was born on September 20, 1949 in Mankato, MN to LeRoy "Chuck" and Edna "Jane" (Walters) Ziesmer. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1968, and continued his education, graduating from Mankato State College with a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in 1973. He then moved to Rochester, where he began his career at Mayo Clinic as a Research Technologist.

On May 17, 1980, he married Mary Jo Fick and they had one son, Josh. They later divorced, but remained close friends. His greatest joys were spending time with his family as “Grandpa Z,” connecting with friends over coffee, a good beer or giving back to the community through his volunteer work.

Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic (38 years), he continued to volunteer with Mayo Clinic Hospice Program, Ronald McDonald House, Channel One and stepped into the role of Chair of the Mission Leadership Team at People of Hope, ELCA. Beyond his chair duties, he also filled roles as chaplain, usher, greeter and grounds keeper. He loved to read, enjoyed walking, bonfires with neighbors, trying new recipes and baking enough Christmas bread and cookies to feed an army. His kindness, compassion, willingness to always lend a hand and contagious smile will be missed beyond measure.

He is survived by his son, Josh (Kori) Ziesmer; grandchildren, Everett and Greyson of Rogers, MN, and sister, Jane Ann Graff of Vallejo, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents.



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