July 23Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn., Obituaries
ROCHESTER Gerald "Jerry" D. Wyatt, age 66, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his residence in Rochester.
Gerald "Jerry" Duane Wyatt was born March 25, 1944, in Rochester to Francis and Dorothy (Zuehlke) Wyatt. Gerald graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School. For over 30 years Jerry worked at Waters Instruments in Rochester.
Jerry enjoyed golfing, traveling, reading, movies, music and family gatherings.
Jerry is survived by his mother, Dorothy Wyatt of Dodge Center; a brother, Frank Wyatt of Kasson, and a sister, Shirley (Gary) Thorn of Rochester. He is preceded in death by his father and a nephew.
There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes, with the Reverend Andrew Nelson officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. (507) 289-3600
ROCHESTER A memorial service for Douglas Opsahl will be held Monday, July 26th, at 11 a.m. at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Rochester Chapel. The Reverend Carol Shaffer will officiate. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 92.
Mr. Opsahl, 54, of Rochester, died Thursday, July 22, 2010, at his home in Rochester.
Douglas Hans Opsahl was born January 4, 1956, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the son of Harold and Betty Opsahl. Raised in La Crescent, he was a graduate of the public schools there. He served 18 years in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. He was married on November 24, 1992, to Sherrie Martin in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. He worked as an optical lab manager for Pearl Vision in Rochester and Woodbury. For the past 6 years he owned and operated Main Street Maintenance.
He was an avid golfer, loved all sports, and enjoyed spending time with friends. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Sherrie Martin-Opsahl of Rochester; children, Michael (Tracy) Opsahl and Kristina (Mitch) Sloan, both of Sauk Rapids, Corey Edge, Justin (Corrin) Edge and Ryan Edge, all of Rochester; and 6 grandchildren, Ethan Opsahl, Dylan Edge, Trinity Smith, Richard Edge, Ezra Edge and Austin Opsahl. His mother, Betty Dady of Wabasha, three brothers and a sister also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday. Following the service, everyone in attendance is invited to join the family for a luncheon at the American Legion.
ROCHESTER Funeral services for Arleen June Drysdale will be held on Monday, July 26, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Macken Funeral Home, with Rev. Paul Bauch officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at Macken Funeral Home.
Arleen June Drysdale, 87, of Rochester, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Olmsted Medical Center.
Arleen June Chapman was born on June 15, 1923, in Sanitarium, Calif., to Benjamin and Julia Chapman. After graduation from high school, she attended Loma Linda University in Southern California. Upon graduating, she worked as a medical transcriptionist for the U.S. Military. On May 13, 1949, she married Mac Clair Drysdale in Reno, Nev.
Due to Mac's military duties, the couple lived in various duty stations, including Germany for three years and Scott Air Force Base for three years. When Mac retired from the U.S. Air Force, the family moved to Rochester. Arleen worked for the Minnesota State Hospital for 25 years. After she retired, she moved to Helena, Mont., where she lived for 15 years before returning to Rochester.
She is survived by her six children, Richard (Mary) Drysdale of Helena, Mont., Bruce Drysdale of Randolph, Minn., Marc (Dianne Grewe) Drysdale of Apple Valley, Minn., Kathleen (Brian Moritz) Drysdale of Rochester, Cynthia (Mark Shorey) Drysdale of Everly, Iowa, and Jeff (Kim) Drysdale of Rochester; twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Mac; a brother, Bill; a sister, Betty; and two great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Nevaeh.
Arleen deeply enjoyed traveling, crafts (especially quilting), and her beloved cats. One of her proudest moments was when she finally got her driver's license at the age of 62 and could get out and travel the world on her own.
The family prefers memorials to the Humane Society.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
EYOTA Mary Elizabeth Rieder, Ph.D., 68, of Eyota, died at her home in Eyota, surrounded by family, on Tuesday evening, July 20th, 2010, after a long and courageous encounter with ovarian cancer.
Mary was born February 18, 1942, to Francis & Elizabeth (Hesse) DePauw in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree. She continued her education at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, obtaining her Ph.D. in Economics. Mary & Edmund Rieder were married August 29th, 1964, in Grand Rapids. They lived in Des Moines, Iowa, for five years before moving to St. Charles in 1971, where they reared their four children. In 1992 they moved to their farm in rural Eyota.
Mary was a professor of economics at Winona State University (WSU) until her retirement, except during 1979/1980 when Mary took a leave from WSU to work as a Senior Economist for the Federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare's division of Medicaid Cost Estimates where she served as interim director. Mary, a beloved teacher to her students at WSU, servedas AssociateVice Presidentof Academic Affairs, Acting Dean of the Library and Director of the Rochester Center at the university.
In addition to Mary's esteemed academic career, she made time to contribute to her communityinnumerous ways: Mary served as the Economic Advisor to Congressman Tim Penny; she ran for U.S. Congress twice; and until her death was a Member of the State Council of Economic Advisors. She worked in the South East Minnesota Rural Education & Resource Center for those in need, in St. Charles, until illness precluded further involvement. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Elba.
Mary loved cooking and socializing; she took great pleasure in art, photography, bridge and gardening. She especially enjoyed time with her family. Mary had an exuberant personality, a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile.
Mary is survived by her loving husband Ed, her four children; three daughters, Maurya (Mike Jenner) of Sydney, Australia, Killian (Jeff Julkowski) of Minneapolis, and Jocelyn Rieder, M.D. (Derik Fettig) of Edina, Minn., and son Thaddeus of Benton Harbor, Mich.; her sister Ann Hesse of Madison, Wis.; Tessie, her beloved Bouvier dog, and Max the cat, heritage of many varieties. Mary also has 5 grandchildren: Tomalin, Max, Jax, Delia and Grier, who brought great joy to her heart.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Elba, with Father Paul Breza officiating. Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service in St. Charles. They may also call one hour before services at the church on Sunday.
Please share a memory ofMary online and view her Tribute Video when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.
Memorials, if desired, can be sent to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Association, 4606 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407.
CHATFIELD Dorothy Burnap of rural Chatfield died Thursday morning, July 22, 2010, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. She was 91 years old.
The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Chatfield; the Rev. Alice Applequist will officiate. Burial will be in Orion Center Cemetery, rural Chatfield. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
Dorothy was born September 8, 1918, in Spring Valley to George and Mabel (McNee) Kasten. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1936 then from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, in 1940. On June 12, 1940, she married Alvarez "Bud" Burnap in Spring Valley.
Following their marriage, the couple moved to rural Chatfield where Dorothy was a homemaker and her husband was a farmer. Bud died on November 23, 2008. Dorothy had resided at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield since March of 2010.
The farm was her life. In addition she enjoyed horseback riding and her bridge club, and was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Dorothy is survived by three sons, Bill (Bea) Burnap of New Auburn, Wis., Joe (Bev) Burnap of Bruce, Wis., and Jim (Carolyn) Burnap of Chatfield; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lee Kasten of Babbitt, Minn.; and one sister, Marjorie Grimoskos of Davenport, Iowa. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Wesley Kasten.
Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
Riley Funeral Home of Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. (507) 867-4310
WABASHA Donn Lee Kreofsky, 61, of Spring Valley, Ill., formerly of Kellogg, died July 20, 2010, in his home, of acute heart failure.
Cremation rites were accorded and a small family gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements are through the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru, Ill.
Mr. Kreofsky was born June 2, 1949, in Wabasha to Henry M. and Helen M. (Tibesar) Kreofsky. Mr. Kreofsky was the youngest of three children and attended school in Plainview and Wabasha, graduating from St. Felix High School in 1967. Growing up along the Mississippi River, he spent many hours in his sailboat. Donn graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1972 with a B.A. and completed his terminal degree of an MFA in 1982 from the University of Minnesota.
Between 1973 and 1978, Donn taught photography and studio arts at both Winona State University and St. Mary's University in Winona. In 1979 he married Sarah Loveland of Peru, Ill., and they moved to St. Paul while he finished his MFA. In 1982 Donn and Sarah moved back to Wabasha, where he designed and built a passive solar home and began teaching photography, drawing and design at St. Mary's University in Winona.
He and his wife, Sarah, started LARK Toys (Lost Arts Revival by Kreofsky) in their garage in 1982. Over twenty-five years, it grew into toy manufacturing with LARK handmade toys sold nationwide. Following that, Donn designed and built an exquisite chisel-carved working Carousel and created the largest specialty retail toy store in North America. LARK Toys and Carousel became a beloved destination for tourists and families, and Donn met and entertained people from all over the world.
Donn's special joy was seeing children's eyes when they first saw the Carousel before riding it. As the Toymaster in his toy store, he delighted in demonstrating his jumping spider trick toy, paper snake and bagel-with-cockroach.
He was a co-founder of Mississippi Valley Partners, a regional tourism organization in southeastern Minnesota.
Their three sons, Chadd, David and Andrew worked alongside their parents at LARK for many years and are all currently living and working in Illinois.
In 2008, Donn and Sarah sold LARK to a new family and moved to Illinois to be closer to Sarah's family. Donn said the first 30 years of marriage were spent close to his family and thereafter it would be her turn to be in her home area.
Once settled in Spring Valley, Donn and Sarah drove for Red Cross Mobile Meals. Donn worked in his home studio and was about to begin his book, "How to Never Grow Up."
He is survived by his wife, Sarah of Spring Valley; his parents, Henry and Helen Kreofsky of Wabasha; 3 sons, Chadd Maze Kreofsky of Granville, Ill., David Tibesar Kreofsky of Spring Valley, and Andrew Loveland Kreofsky of Peru; and 1 sister, Karen Kreofsky (Rich) Bouquet of Lake City, Minn.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Kreofsky.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to the service organization in the reader's area that supplies Christmas toys to children in need.
Online condolences may be shared at MuellerFH.com.
ST. ANSGAR, Iowa Lucas Rueben Farlinger, 22, of Ames, Iowa, formerly of St. Ansgar, died at his residence on July 20, 2010.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lyle, with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating. Burial will be in Woodbury Cemetery, Lyle. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, 207 S. School St., St. Ansgar.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home of St. Ansgar is in charge of arrangements. (641) 713-4920.
ROCHESTER Dolores Eileen Castner, 85, passed away July 19 at Saint Marys Hospital, where she had been a patient for one week.
She was born in Milton Township, Dodge County, December 1, 1924, to Maurice and Cora Lally. She married Donald E. Castner in August of 1947, and they farmed in rural Mantorville. In 1983 they moved from the family farm into Mantorville. After Don passed away in 1996, she continued to live in Mantorville and enjoyed traveling with her sister and daughter.
Since June of 2008, Dolores had been at home at Madonna Towers Skilled Nursing Facility in Rochester, where she enjoyed her puzzle books, games, and visiting with family, friends and the many wonderful staff at Madonna Towers whose friendship and support were especially important to her.
Dolores is survived by four daughters, Sharon Heinen of Rochester, Jane (Michael) Coe of Byron, Sue (Tony) Cairns of Rochester and Jill (Richard) Marquardt of rural Mantorville; thirteen grandchildren, Kara (Sean) Weiland, Kevin (Lena) Coe, Kyle, Kristopher, Kassandra, Kellan and Kameron Coe, Samantha and Nicole Cairns, Jason (Jenny) Marquardt, and Eric, Melissa and Jacqueline Marquardt; five great-grandchildren; a brother, George Lally of Kasson; a sister, Rita Lally of Maplewood; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends, Marlene Schneider and Donna Jorgenson; and a brother-in-law, Brad Bird. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, sister Margaret Bird, and son-in-law Richard Heinen.
Services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson on Monday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m., with Father Jim Russell officiating. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson, and at the church one hour before the service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.
Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson. (507) 634-2331
ROCHESTER Jack A. Schweitzer, 81, died Thursday, July 22, 2010, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Jack was born June 28, 1929, to John and Ruth (Schrader) Schweitzer in Eyota. Jack graduated from St. Charles High School and then served in the Air Force. He married Lois Kinnerup on June 12, 1950, in Winona. Jack worked as a Programmer for IBM for over thirty years and owned Jack's Cafe in St. Charles. He retired in 1991. He also operated a hobby farm in Chatfield while working at IBM.
After his retirement, the couple spent the winter in Tucson, Ariz., for over twenty years. Jack enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with his family.
Jack is survived by his wife Lois, Rochester; five daughters, Joy (Raymond) Lemmer, Minneiska, Minn., Sharon (Larry) Dorn, Faribault, Minn., Pam (James) Vernon, Highfield, Fla., Brenda (Russell) Moritz, Rochester, and Faith (Tony Lammers) Johnson, Chatfield; three sons, Richard (Dede) Schweitzer, Pine Island, Jackie Jr. (Robin) Schweitzer, San Diego, Calif., and Paul (Tammi) Schweitzer, Estero, Fla.; seventeen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; and his sister, Maurine (Joe) Johnson-Bluhm, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a granddaughter.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Rd. N.E., in Rochester, with the Reverend Fred Rengstorf officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, and one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. (507) 289-3600
ROCHESTER The funeral for Arlene L. Larsen will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2010, at the Byron United Methodist Church, with Pastor Sharon Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at the Byron Cemetery.
Arlene Louise Larsen, 88, of rural Mantorville, died peacefully Saturday evening, July 17, 2010, at the Golden Living Center-Rochester West.
Arlene was born December 24, 1921, to Floyd and Bernice (Brandli) Petersen of rural Mantorville. She graduated from Byron High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1939. On July 28, 1940, she married Lawrence L. Larsen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. In 1942 they purchased a farm in Kalmar Township, where Arlene raised their children and assisted in the family farming operation. Beginning in 1975, she spent many years working part-time for Memorabilia Antiques in Mantorville. Her husband died on May 15, 2004. Arlene continued to reside on the family farm until entering the Golden Living Center in 2006.
Arlene was a charter member of the Zumbro Valley Grange, a longtime member of the Bethel Birthday Club and the Extension Club, and was active in the Byron United Methodist Church for many years. She enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, antiques, and most of all her family and friends.
She is survived by ten children, Larry of Goodhue, Anita (Vernon) Nelsen of Byron, Barbara (Edward) Kuhlman of Northfield, Peter of Kasson, Paul of Wasioja, David of Mantorville, Robert "Bob" of Rochester, Janis (David) Brooks of Byron, Jary of San Francisco, and John (Robin) of Mantorville; five grandsons, Brian Nelsen, Nathan Kuhlman, Aaron (Sarah) Kuhlman, Peter (Kylie) Kuhlman and John Larsen Jr.; six granddaughters, Dianna (Chad) Squires, Michelle Nelsen (Jim Kortekaas), Sarah Ptacek, Billie Jo Larsen, Bobbie Jo Larsen, and AbbieJo Larsen; three great-grandsons, Stephen Squires, Ethan Hinton and Calvin Kuhlman; two sisters, June Bernatz of Austin and Gail Berge of Kasson; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother Dallas Petersen, daughter-in-law Jane (Larry) Larsen, granddaughter Sarah Kuhlman, and great-granddaughters Stephanie Leaman and Nicole Pool.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the Byron United Methodist Church (507 1st Ave. N.W., Byron), and one hour before the service on Friday.
Dibble Funeral Home of Kasson is in charge of arrangements. (507) 634-2331
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