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Kenneth Stevenson, 102

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

LIME SPRINGS - Funeral services for Kenneth E. Stevenson of Lime Springs, Iowa were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lime Springs. Interment was held in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs.

Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa. Also one hour prior to services at the church.

Kenneth, 102, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at the Riceville Community Rest Home in Riceville, Iowa.

Kenneth Eugene Stevenson was born May 5, 1911, on a farm near Maple Leaf, Iowa the son of Matthew and Edith (Walters) Stevenson. He was the sixth of seven children. He spent his growing years at Maple Leaf and attended Howard #2 School, which was taught by his sister, through the eighth grade. He then worked for farmers and Dr. Jack Graf.

While working east of Cresco for Selmer Jacobson, he met Alice M. DeGrave of Cresco, Iowa. Kenneth and Alice married on Feb. 26, 1938. They moved to a farm west and north of Saratoga, Iowa. They took Jerry and raised him due to his mother passing away when he was only a baby.

In March of 1941, they moved to the farm west of Lime Springs. Alice passed away on Sept. 23, 1974. Kenneth then married Hilda Marie Sara (Ball) Neidert of Dodge Center, Minnesota on June 19, 1976. They continued to live on the farm until 1985, when they moved to 408 W. Merrill St. in Lime Springs, Iowa. Hilda passed away in 1995. Kenneth continued to live in his home until he entered the Riceville Nursing Home in December of 2002.

He is survived by his nephew: Jerry Stevenson, whom he raised as his son; and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his wives: Alice and Hilda; his parents; brothers: Ross, Ben, Lynn, and Robert; sisters: Olive, Leone, and Verle.

Ethel Mrachek, 92

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CRESCO - A Mass of Christian Burial for Ethel C. Mrachek of Cresco was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 404 North Elm Street, Cresco.

Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Ethel, 92, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at the Patty Elwood Center.

Ethel was born on April 27, 1921, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Adank) Sabelka, on a farm near Riley Ridge.

She attended Chickasaw country schools.

On February 15, 1944 Ethel was united in marriage to Frank Mrachek. Together Ethel and Frank farmed south of Cresco until 1975, when they moved to town.

Ethel is survived by her children, Roger Mrachek of Charlestown, Rhode Island, and Mary Lou (Nick) Brown of Winnetka, Illinois, her brother, Ervin Sabelka of New Hampton, grandchildren, Stephanie Dohrer, Julie Ackerman, Ryan Mrachek, Catherine Barron, Casey Mrachek, Michael Brown, and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in April 2012, parents, four sisters, one brother, and daughter-in-law, Patti (Knosby) Mrachek.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Patty Elwood Center, 21668 80th Street, Cresco, Iowa 52136.

Wanda Carolan, 75

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 1

CRESCO - Funeral services for Wanda M. Carolan of Cresco were held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 404 North Elm Street, Cresco, with Father Dennis Cain officiating.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Friday.

Wanda, 75, of Cresco, died on Monday, August 26, 2013 at home.

Wanda M. Carolan was born on March 30, 1938 to Thomas and Stella (Mauer) Carolan in Howard County, Iowa.

She graduated from Notre Dame High School, and received her Bachelors in Education from Upper Iowa University. Her first teaching job was in Martelle, Iowa school district in 1958. Wanda spent most of her career in the Osage, Iowa elementary school, retiring after 40 years of teaching.

Wanda enjoyed sewing, crafts, and traveling. She was very devoted to the Catholic faith, often watching Mass on TV.

Her brothers, Wayne (Alice) Carolan of Cresco, Iowa, Neil (Linda) Carolan of Tucson, Arizona, a niece and nephew, and numerous cousins, survive Wanda.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and older sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Carolan.

Posted on 4 September 2013

Duane Dietzenbach, 62

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CRESCO - A Mass of Christian Burial for Duane H. Dietzenbach of Cresco was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco. Inurnment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cresco at a later date.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home with a scripture service to follow. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday.

Duane, 62, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Duane H. Dietzenbach was born Jan. 29, 1951, the son of Urban and Lucy (Schmitt) Dietzenbach in West Union, Iowa. Duane graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1969.

On Aug. 26, 1972, he married Cheryl "Sherie" Burke at Assumption Parish in Cresco. Duane was a Territorial Sales Manager at Featherlite Trailers for several years.

Duane liked to cheer on Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. while watching NASCAR. He enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends, planting trees, camping, fishing, and relaxing on his pontoon.

Duane is survived by his daughters: Jessie (Dave) Myers of North Bend, Washington and their children, Jackson, Lainey, and Camille; and Sara (Austin) Mason of Encinitas, California and their daughter Coral and baby due in February; his former wife of 34 years Sherie Dietzenbach of Cresco, Iowa; his parents: Urban and Lucy Dietzenbach of Cresco; and his siblings: Don (Jan) of Evergreen, Colorado, Jim, Robert, JoAnne (Gary) Larson, Richard, Dean, Kevin, and Dale (Julie) all of Cresco.

Duane was preceded in death by his sister-in-law: Kathy Dietzenbach; maternal grandparents: William and Anna Schmitt; and paternal grandparents: Joseph and Mary Dietzenbach.

Veryl Zubord, 84

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CRESCO - A Mass of Christian Burial for Veryl V. Zubrod of Cresco, Iowa was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco with Father Dennis Cain officiating. Interment was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cresco.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at the funeral home, with a scripture wake service held at 8 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Veryl, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.

Veryl Victor Zubrod was born Feb. 10, 1929, in North Washington, Iowa, the son of John and Margaret (Gebel) Zubrod. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School until the 8th grade when he left to help on the family farm.

On Oct. 24, 1950, he married Alice Boehmer at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Alta Vista, Iowa. During Veryl's life, he worked at the ore mines in Hibbing, Minnesota, Oliver Tractors, Salisbury, and Walsh Manufacturing in Charles City, the pellet plant in Nashua, Iowa, and hauled milk for Uptown Dairy. Veryl especially loved farming. He worked on the farm north of Bassett until hiring out as a farm hand.

Veryl and Alice then bought the 140 acre farm in the Cresco area. In 1964, he bought the first articulating 4-wheel drive tractor in all of Howard County, and started his passion of custom farming and sold Trojan seed corn and NaChurs fertilizer.

Veryl was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He collected belt buckles and caps, watched racing, was a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bulls and played cards. He was also known to give his grandchildren a hard time.

Veryl is survived by his wife, Alice of Cresco; children: Connie Paulson of Dubuque, Iowa, and her son, Micky (Tammie) Paulson, and their children, Mavrick and Saige Paulson; Lonnie (special friend Nancy Price) of Windsor Heights, Iowa, and his daughter, Jonie (Jared) Keune; Ronald of Center Point, Iowa, and his daughters, Amy (Chuck) Kraft and their children, Cami and Cooper Kraft, and Olivia Zubrod; Gerald (Penny) of Cresco, and their children, Melissa (Jermy) Jones, Laura Zubrod, and Amanda (John) Schmitz, and their son, Owen Schmitz; Rodney (Roxanne) of Cresco, and their sons, Ramon and Reece Zubrod; and Roxann (Alan) Vokaty of Cresco, and their son, Shane Vokaty; his siblings: Anna Marie Marvin of Nashua, Iowa, Delores Schatz of Cresco, and Don (Deanna) Zubrod of Cleghorn, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law: Ricky Paulson; his parents; sisters: Lorraine Schmitt and Shirley Holzer; and a brother: Reynold Zubrod.

Viola Platz, 95

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

LIME SPRINGS - Funeral services for Viola I. Platz of Lime Springs, Iowa will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa. Interment will be held in New Oregon Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the funeral home.

Viola, 95, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco.

Viola Irene Platz was born Oct. 26, 1917 in the family home east of Cresco, the daughter of Herbert and Fannie (Harmon) Schaefer. This farm is where Viola grew up. Viola graduated from Cresco High School on May 29, 1935 and went on to attend a beauty school in Waterloo Iowa. In October of 1940 Viola purchased a Beauty Shop in Cresco that she operated until the birth of her first child.

On Dec. 26, 1941, she married Waldon Platz at First Baptist Church in Cresco, where they originally met. Waldon and Viola committed their lives to Jesus at a tent revival meeting in Lime Springs in 1952 and spent their entire lives serving at First Baptist Church.

Viola was a very busy lady all of her life. She would plant rows and rows of gladiolus, her favorite flower, and many times these bouquets were displayed on the altar at First Baptist Church. Viola was kept very busy sewing, cooking, and baking along with raising six children. When the kids were out of the house she had time to quilt. Viola made beautiful quilts out of leftover fabrics that she saved from making clothes for herself and family. She made quilts for each of her children. Viola could be found in the garden, kitchen, chicken coop or barn at any given time and ran "the ship" in the Platz household!

Viola also enjoyed many hours compiling information on the Schaefer and Platz family tree. She was an avid reader and a diligent student of the Bible. Often times her Bible lay open on the dining room table. Viola was a quiet woman who was not a conversationalist, but often came up with wonderful one liners and she enjoyed collecting jokes and verses. Her children recall when their Mom would get to laughing about something she would laugh so hard that she would cry. One of these humorous sayings was found in her Bible: "Dear Lord: So far today, God, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent. I'm very grateful for that. But in a few minutes Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on, I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Amen."

Viola is survived by her children: David (Linda) Platz of Orchard, Iowa, Doris (Art) Brookins of Chatfield, Minnesota, Ruth (Gordon) Ernst of The Villages, Florida, Janice (Robert) Nickelson of Rochester, Minnesota, Duane (Donna) Platz of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Gary (Linda) Platz of Stewartville, Minnesota; her grandchildren: Dawn (Paul) Evans, Brenda Platz, Laurie (Terry) Cross, Randy (Noreen) Brookins, Sherrie (Andy) Lejcher, Jamie Brookins, Corey (Maria) Brookins, Bob Jr. (Julie) Nickelson, Angie (Josh) Coddington, Brian and Stacy Platz; great-grandchildren from Doris Brookins' family: Abby, Bethany (Jordan) Wilmeth, Nathaniel, Jillian, Jared, Jordie, Kaylie, Colton, Tyler, Cassie, Hannah, Jacob, Silas, Levi, Keenan, Judah; from Janice Nickelson family: Fiona, Matthew, Harlie and Danika; and a sister: Luverne (James) Adams of Alexandria Minnesota.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband: Waldon on June 9, 2010; grandson: Jeffery Brookins in December 1967; her parents: Herbert on May 19, 1951 and Fannie on June 6, 1971 Schaefer; brother: Orvine Schaefer on July 20, 1971; and sister: Esther Linderbaum on July 5, 2012.

Terry Ohlsen, 62

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CRESCO - Terry L. Ohlsen, 62 of Cresco and formerly of Eagan, Minnesota, died of a heart attack on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at his home in Cresco. A Celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

Terry Lee Ohlsen was born June 22, 1951 in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Roger and Carol (Nicholson) Ohlsen. He attended school through the sixth grade in Marshall when his parents moved to Luverne, Minnesota where he graduated from high school.

He married Julie VanDen Hoek of Luverne. The family made their home in Eagan where Terry was employed by various glass companies as an artistic glass cutter. Following Julie's death he made his home in Cresco where he has lived since 2008.

Terry loved fishing in northern Minnesota and exploring the Upper Iowa and Turkey River nature areas of Northeast Iowa. He was truly a kind, generous and loving man.

Terry is survived by two sons; Jerod and Brice, both of the Twin Cities; his mother: Carol Ohlsen of Cresco; a sister: Gretchen (Ken) Becker of Cresco; a brother: Bruce (Barb) Ohlsen of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by his father: Roger; paternal grandparents who were of Iroquois, S.D.; and his maternal grandparents who were of Lynd, Minnesota

Roger Kratz, 83

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

RIDGEWAY - Funeral services for Roger W. Kratz of Ridgeway, Iowa were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Peace Lutheran Church in Ridgeway with Pastor Jeff Hansen officiating. Pianist was Jonathan Reddix and soloist was Kathy Hoffert. Hymns sung were: "What A Friend We Have in Jesus", "Here I Am Lord", "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less". Honorary pallbearers were Roger's grandchildren. Interment will be held in Ridgeway United Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah handled the arrangements.

Roger, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa. He resided in the Patty Elwood Center since December 2012 and prior to that, he lived for four months at the Heritage Grove Senior Living Facility in Harmony, Minnesota He suffered from Alzheimer's disease and lung cancer.

Roger Wilbert Kratz was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Winneshiek County, the son of Herbert and Gladys (Hovden) Kratz. He was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco, IA. He grew up on his parents’ farm between Ridgeway and Cresco and attended Cresco High School where he graduated in 1948. He attended college for a short time and then moved back to the Cresco area where he helped his father farm, while also driving a truck delivering livestock, grain and milk.

At a dance in Spillville, Iowa, he met Patricia Hover. He fell in love and the two were married in January 1953 at the Madison Lutheran Church of Ridgeway. They moved into Ridgeway where he continued to drive a delivery truck. A few years later, the Winneshiek County Engineer's Office hired him and he worked there for many years as a surveyor. One of his projects involved designing and planning the small roadside park off Highway 9 on the east edge of Ridgeway.

In 1966, Roger and Patty bought the Ladwig Hardware Store, renaming it Kratz Hardware. Additionally, during this time he worked as a plumber and electrician. After eight years they took a leap of faith, and by combining hard work with determination, Roger and Patty turned their hardware store into a restaurant. During 1974 they opened the Kratz Koffee Kup, going from days filled with tools and paint to a new life of eggs-over-easy, noon specials and of course, coffee. Roger continued to work as a plumber and electrician while helping Patty in the restaurant until 1978 when he took a job in the maintenance department of the Winneshiek County Hospital in Decorah. He worked there until his retirement in 1994.

He enjoyed working with his hands and creating, especially painting landscapes and carving. He also took great pleasure in fishing and hunting, particularly elk hunting in the mountains of Montana. As his children married and moved away, he enjoyed traveling to various parts of the United States visiting them and his grandchildren.

Roger is survived by his wife Patricia; three children: Gary (Jodee) Kratz of Farmington, Minnesota, Nancy (wife of Commander Michael) Reddix of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Timothy (Suzanne) Kratz of Spring Branch, Texas; eight grandchildren: Laura Kratz of Farmington, Minnesota, Eric (Stephanie Mimikos) Kratz of Orlando, Florida, Kevin (Elizabeth) Kratz of Oslo, Norway, Kyle Kratz of Farmington, Minnesota, Emily Reddix of Manhattan, N.Y., Jonathan Reddix of Denver, Colorado, Brian (Holly Hargrove) Kratz of Austin, Texas, and Daniel Kratz of Houston, Texas; one great-granddaughter: Jordana Mimikos-Kratz of Orlando, Florida; a brother: Alan (Robin) Kratz of Valier, Montana; and five brothers-in-law: Edward (Charilyn) Hover, David (Joan) Hover, Dale (Mary) Hover, Randy (Lori) Hover, and Mark (Jean) Hover; two sisters-in-law: LaDean Briesler and Vicki (Gary) Sovereign; a stepmother-in-law: Norma Hover, her son Alan Greene; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather: Elmer Steinmetz; his brother: Duane Kratz; father and mother-in-law: Maurice and Agnes Hover; and two brothers in-law: Donald Briesler and Quintin Hover.

Posted on 19 September 2013

Kenneth Shea, 82
U.S. Navy    Korean Conflict

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LIME SPRINGS - A Mass of Christian Burial for Kenneth C. Shea of Lime Springs, Iowa will be held at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa with Father Dennis Cain officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cresco.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the funeral home.

Kenneth, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.

Kenneth Charles Shea was born June 23, 1931, in Volga City, Iowa, the son of John Joseph and Lucille Agnes (Milz) Shea.

On December 30, 1952, he married Betty Taylor at Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco. Kenneth enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War. Farming and being a cattleman was very important to him. He was conservation minded and was always worried about the land. A lifelong dream of Kenneth's was to build a spring-fed pond and stock it with fish for family fun, which he accomplished. Fishing with his buddies, hunting, bowling for Archer Oil, playing cards, and watching the Iowa Hawkeye's and Boston Red Sox were some of Kenneth's favorite pastimes. He would never say no to a family ball game or a day at the county fair. Family was very important to him. Kenneth was a very involved member of the Knights of Columbus, Iowa Cattleman's Association, American Legion, Notre Dame School Board, Farm Bureau, United Shippers, and Notre Dame Parish. Singer Patty Paige and Actor Bob Hope were Kenneth's favorites. He had the pleasure of meeting both in person.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Betty of Lime Springs; children: Timothy Shea Sr. of Lime Springs, his children Timothy (Bonnie) Shea Jr. of Cresco, their children Elizabeth and A.J., and Amanda (Jarred) Tomlinson of Cedar Rapids, their son Blake Charles; Keith (Barbara) Shea of Lyle, Minnesota, their children Lacy Shea of Lyle, Minnesota, her children Frederick and Bernadette, and Cody Shea of Austin, Minnesota; Karen (Tom) Wencl of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, their children Wayne (Linnea) Wencl of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, their children Jayden and Cameron, Chris Wencl of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, and Jenny Wencl of St. Paul, Minnesota; Patrick (Donna) Shea of Rose Hill, Iowa, their daughter Laura-Jean Lucille Shea; and Rita Shea of Cresco; and siblings, Elizabeth (Adrian) Schatz of Cresco, Neil (Jean) Shea of Hemet, California, Don (Mary Ann) Shea of Cresco, and Robert (Laurie) Shea of Blacksburg, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his son: Wayne Shea; his parents; and a sister: Marilyn Shea.

Gordon Storlie, 67

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

NEW HAMPTON - Funeral services for Gordon D. Storlie of New Hampton, Iowa were held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa with Pastor Linda Prestholt officiating. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Saetersdal Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home.

Gordon, 67, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton.

Gordon D. Storlie was born April 14, 1946 near Cherry Grove, Fillmore County, Minnesota, the son of Irving and Roby (Comstock) Storlie. He graduated from Harmony High School and attended vocational college in Austin, Minnesota for one year.

Gordon was married to Martha Retterath and later divorced, and he also married Marsha Lubben-Storlie.

Trucking around the United States and traveling the back roads, stopping at many remote places, was Gordon's passion. He was currently employed by Featherlite delivering trailers throughout the United States. Playing pool was a favorite activity of Gordon's, being a member of the Borderline Pool League for almost 40 years. Many people knew Gordon as a talker. He could have a lengthy conversation with anyone, no matter if you were a stranger or a friend. Gordon also enjoyed old country music, playing cards, going to casinos, fishing, family reunions, and old cars, especially Volkswagons.

Gordon is survived by his special friend: Sharon Carpenter of New Hampton; children: Vickie Storlie of Mason City, Iowa, Wanda (Phil) Mueller of Clarksville, Iowa, Rick (Maria Pfiffner) Storlie of Waterloo, Iowa, Lucas Storlie, Rachel Storlie, Cassie Storlie, Landon Storlie, and stepson Jordan Lubben all of New Hampton; grandchildren: Nolan Storlie, Tiffany Krahenbuhl, Megan Krahenbuhl, Calub Storlie, Courtney Storlie, DesiRay Storlie, and step grandson Hunter Lubben; brothers: Roger (Ann) Storlie of Wykoff, Minnesota and Larry (Lyn) Storlie of Caledonia, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother: Darrell Storlie.

Raymond Anderson, 84

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FREDERICKSBURG - Memorial services for Raymond E. Anderson of Fredericksburg, Iowa were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg with Pastor Ronnie Koch officiating. Private family interment will take place at a later date at the Orleans Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ridgeway.

Friends greeted the family 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Visitation continued an hour prior to the service at the church.

Raymond, 84, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at his home.

Raymond Edward Anderson was born Aug. 14, 1929, on the family farm near Ridgeway, Iowa, the son of Herbert and Lena Anderson. He received his education in rural country school and the Ridgeway High School.

On Jan. 25, 1951, he married Margaret "Peggy" Stockdale in Cresco. To this union seven children were born. Together the couple farmed north of Ridgeway until 1971. Ray then drove semi for Meinerts Creamery/Beatrice Cheese in Fredericksburg until retiring in 1993. In his retired years, Ray helped with the spring and fall farm work for Gene and Rex Nolte. He will be remembered for his love of life and the enjoyment he received from his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife: Peggy; his children: Joan (Alan) Peter of Cresco, Anon (Susie) Anderson, Susan (Bob) Flansche, Mary (John) Woodring, Karen (Tom) Lienau, all of Fredericksburg, Wanda Anderson of Chandler, Arizona; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister: Alice Anderson of Des Moines; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Lady, his dog.

He was preceded in death by one son: Alan Anderson; his parents; his brother: Gerald Anderson; and two sisters: Irene Hove and Emma Anderson.

Dorothy Bigalk, 95

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LeROY, MINNESOTA - Funeral services for Dorothy E. Bigalk of LeRoy, Minnesota, were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco with Pastor Michael Massa officiating. Interment was held in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cresco.

Visitation was held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco.

Dorothy, 95, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Amery Regional Medical Center in Amery, Wis.

Dorothy Ellen Bigalk was born to Samuel and Minnie (Miller) Banker on Sept. 20, 1917 (their wedding anniversary) and grew up on their farm near Elmore, Minnesota From an early age, she combined her talents with hard work. In eighth grade, she played piano accompaniment at Evangelical United Brethren Church before placing fourth in the State Fair spelling bee. She graduated from high school as salutatorian.

At Western Union College (later Westmar) in LeMars, Iowa, Dorothy was commended for outstanding scholastic achievement and her work as editor of the college newspaper. She served as president of the Young Women's Christian Association. Graduating in 1938, she taught English and music in western Iowa and attended summer classes at the University of Minnesota. In 1942, she accepted a position to teach English at Cresco High School (Iowa) satisfying their need for a second teacher qualified to direct plays. She taught journalism and was advisor for the student newspaper, The Cresconian.

On April 13, 1946, she married Vincent Bigalk and moved to the farm north of Cresco. She joined Immanuel Lutheran Church. She and Vince became parents to three children, and Dorothy devoted herself to family and farm. In humorous, descriptive letters to her parents, plus photographs of every possible subject, she preserved a family record. She watched three grandchildren grow and became "Gramma Dorothy" to nine great-grandchildren. After sixty years on the farm (providing whatever she could, in addition to countless home-cooked meals) she found a new home at Wildwood Grove Assisted Living (LeRoy, Minnesota) for nearly seven years. Following hip surgery in August 2013, she moved to Amery, Wis. for continuing care.

Dorothy never lost her joy of learning and sharing or her curiosity about the world.

Dorothy is survived by a son: Stephen (Bunnie) Bigalk of Deer Park, Wisconsin; daughter: Martha Ellen Bigalk of Duluth, Minnesota; grandchildren: Michelle (Rev. Ross) Fritz, Donia (Seth) Robinson, and Scott (Terra) Bigalk; and great-grandchildren: Samantha, Kate Dorothy, Nathaniel, Quinn, Christopher, Rocco, Dominic, Paige and Pacer.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Vincent (1998); and younger son: Lowell (2010).

Posted on 27 September 2013


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