Ruth Johnson, 74, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at Immanuel-St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Congregational U.C.C. in Comfrey with burial in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Darfur.
Visitation is 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at United Church of Christ in Mankato with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at e First Congregational U.C.C. in Comfrey.
The Sturm Funeral Home of Comfrey is handling the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Gary Rambow of Mankato; sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Anita Johnson of Lake Crystal, Brian and Julie Johnson of St. Cloud, and Bruce and Gail Johnson of Lake Crystal; eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Arne on Nov. 3, 1990.
She was born Jan. 1, 1926, to Alfred and Emily (Lofgren) Samuelson in St. James. She moved with her parents to Darfur She attended Darfur grade school and she graduated as valedictorian of her class at Comfrey High School.
She married Arne E. Johnson on Dec. 8, 1946, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Darfur. They farmed for one year and moved to Darfur in 1947. She served as postmistress in Darfur from 1947-53, when they purchased a farm just outside Darfur where they lived for the next nine years.
In 1962, they sold the farm and moved into Darfur. She worked as a bookkeeper for Tri-County Co-op in Darfur for 22 years until her retirement in 1988.
She was a member of the First United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Comfrey and the United Church of Christ in Mankato. She was a member of the Darfur American Legion Auxiliary and was a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star-Comfrey Chapter.
Loren Batalden, 52, of Maple Grove, formerly of Lamberton, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at Springfield.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.
The Sturm Funeral Home of Lamberton is handling the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Bernice Batalden of Lamberton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Deborah Batalden of Lamberton, Jerome and Bernice Batalden of Thief River Falls; seven nieces and nephews; one grandniece and one grandnephew.
He was born June 27, 1948, to Vernon and Bernice (Kleven) Batalden in Springfield. He attended country school and graduated from Lamberton High School in 1966. He attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., graduating with an accounting degree in 1970. He worked in Indianapolis for an accounting firm, later moving to Minneapolis for work.
He was active in Elem Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale.
Bradley Heilman, 29, Springfield, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, in Springfield.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lamberton with burial in the New Ulm City Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the church in Lamberton.
Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer K. Heilman of Springfield; parents, Leigh and Marilyn Heilman of New Ulm; parents-in-law, Jerry and Peggy Martius of Sanborn; paternal grandparents, Ross and Audre Heilman of Hutchinson; maternal grandmother, Gladys Cree of Topeka, Kansas; sister, Jenny Heilman of St. Louis Park; brother and sister-in-law, Darren and Tracey Martius and their children Tyler and Jordan of Lamberton; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Glenn Cree.
He was born Dec. 25, 1970, in St. Paul, to Leigh and Marilyn (Cree) Heilman. He graduated from New Ulm High School in 1989 and attended Concordia College for one year. He graduated from Mankato State University in 1993 with a degree in urban management.
He started working at AUI in Sleepy Eye, now Norwood Industries, in 1996 as a computer operator/order processing and customer service representative. He married Jennifer Kristine Martius on Aug. 17, 1996, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lamberton. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, sang in the senior choir, taught Sunday school. As a young man, he received the rank of Eagle Scout.
George Gustafson, 76, of Sleepy Eye, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at Divine Providence Community Home, Sleepy Eye.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, with burial in Home Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today and 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye, and one hour before services at the church.
He is survived by his sons, Gary and wife Doreen of Edwardsville, Ill., Dennis and wife Cindy of New Ulm, Roger and wife Denise of Stacy, Wayne and wife DeAnn of Owasso, Okla. and Richard of New Ulm; daughter, Phyllis and husband Steve Gentz of Lindstrom; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred and husband Cliff Albright of Yuma, Ariz., and Evelyn Toth of Spokane, Wash.; and cousins, nieces, nephews, and brothers-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois in 1994; son, Glenn; and brother Otto.
He was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Sleepy Eye, to Oscar and Anna (Winschstadt) Gustafson. He attended school in Sleepy Eye. He entered the United States Army in June 1944, serving during World War II until his discharge in July 1946. He married Lois Guhlke in Sleepy Eye on April 24, 1948. They lived in Sleepy Eye. He worked in road construction as an equipment operator. They later operated Gus' Bar, Sleepy Eye. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye Golf Club, 49ers, and the VFW.
Robert Brandel, 50, of Wayzata, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at home.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church, Wayzata.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Funeral Home, Wayzata.
Willard J. Bushard, 82, of Portland, Ore., died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at Care Center East, Portland.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Birgitta Catholic Church, Linnton, Ore., with burial in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.
He is survived by sons, Willard of Fernley, Nev., and Thomas of Portland; daughter, Patricia Mason of Pacifica, Calif.; sisters, Alice Payne of Kansas City, Mo., and Lillian Meder of New London; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce.
Hustad Funeral Home, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are preferred to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1325, Portland.
He was born Dec. 2, 1918, in New Ulm. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked as an adhesive manufacturing plant manager until his retirement in 1985. He married Joyce Selle on July 31, 1940. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church. He had lived in Portland since 1970.
Willard Bushard - Additional survivors of Willard Bushard, 82, of Portland, Ore., who died Dec. 16, 2000, include brother Marshall and wife Myra of Gibbon; and sister-in-law Marian of Sunnyvale, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry and Leo; and sisters, Bernice Bergstrom and Ellen Glaeser.
Curtis Batzlaff, 39, of St. James died Dec. 15, 2000, at Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital, Mankato.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. James. Burial will be in Sanborn City Cemetery, Sanborn.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday at Sturm Funeral Home, St. James. Visitation also will continue for one hour prior to services at the church.
He is survived by daughters, Jennifer Lynn Batzlaff of Owatonna and Heather A. Batzlaff of Mountain Lake; son, Jonathon K. Batzlaff of St. James; brothers, Richard and wife, Elaine Batzlaff of Plymouth, Warren and wife, Deb Batzlaff of Courtland, Gordon Batzlaff of New Ulm, Rodney and wife, Renee Batzlaff of Brooklyn Center, Brad Batzlaff of Crystal; sisters, Virginia and husband, Jeff Peterson of Indianapolis, Ind., Janet and husband, John Friedrichsen of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Emily and husband, Kevin Christenson of Hanska; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and an infant sister, Susan.
He was born July 13, 1961, in Springfield, to Gilbert and Marcia (Goehring) Batzlaff. He grew up in Sanborn and later in Comfrey, where he graduated from high school in 1979. He married Kathy Wohlschlager in 1983. He lived in Butterfield for a time, where he worked fro Butterfield Foods and then moved to St. James, where he worked for Runge Trucking and Westin Automotive. He became disabled in 1999. He served many years in the Army National Guard. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. James.
Bryan Jenniges, 23, of Bloomington, and formerly of Redwood Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls, with burial in the city cemetery.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Redwood Valley Funeral Home, Redwood Falls.
He is survived by his fiancee, Anjela Amberg; parents, Kenneth and LeAnn Jenniges; sister, Jennifer and fiance Chris Brandt; brother, Andrew and friend Lisa Seavert; grandmothers, Lorraine Fennern of Wanda, Lorraine Jenniges of Wanda; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Gilbert Jenniges and Leon Fennern.
He was born April 29, 1977, in Le Sueur, to Kenneth and LeAnn (Fennern) Jenniges. He graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1995 and Minnesota West in 1998 with an electrician's degree. He worked as an electrician for E.P.S. in Chanhassen.
John Schwieger, 65, of 700 Knight Street in St. Peter died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, at Central Health Center in Le Center.
Services are 2 p.m. today at Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in Mankato with burial in the Morgan Cemetery in Morgan Township, Franklin County, Iowa.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Rob Whipple of Indianola, Iowa; sons and daughters-in-law, Robin and Susan Schwieger of Nicollet, Brad and Dawn Schwieger of Williams, Iowa, Dan Schwieger and Earl Schwieger both of Ames, Iowa; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sandra Schwieger and an infant son.
He was born March 20, 1935, in Hampton, Iowa to Howard and Yvonne (Kempthorne) Schwieger. He grew up in the Dows area on the family farm. He attended Dows schools and took courses in agriculture at Iowa State University. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He married Sandra Stephenson on Aug. 3, 1957. He farmed in the Alden, Iowa, area until 1985. After a stay at Iowa State University, they managed motels for Motel 6 until purchasing Americana Motel in Grand Rapids, Minn., which he owned until 1992 when he moved to Nicollet. After being diagnosed with ALS in 1999, he moved to assisted living at The Wilds of Sand Prairie in St. Peter. He moved to the health care center in October. He was a member of Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in Mankato.
Diane Brand Carley, 50, of Fargo, N.D., died early Sunday in a Fargo hospital of cancer.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Fargo with burial in the cemetery in Casselton, N.D.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at the Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
She is survived by her husband, Cole Carley; son, Christopher, in Hollywood, Calif.; daughter, Alison, of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa; brothers and sisters: Phyllis (Mrs. Gene) Schmitz, Marlys Drill, Robert Brand, Donald Brand, Curtis Brand, David Brand, Marvin Brand, Joleen (Mrs. Warren) Jorgensen, all of New Ulm, LaDonna Kissner and Doris (Mrs. Wesley) Guemmer, both of St. Cloud, Carol (Mrs. Jim) Kruggel of Winthrop and Kenneth Brand of Glenview, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Lowell and Gerald Brand.
She was born Jan. 7, 1950, in New Ulm to Joseph and Sophia (Kuehn) Brand. She graduated in 1968 from Cathedral High School in New Ulm and in 1972 from St. Benedict's University in St. Joseph. She married Cole Carley June 17, 1972, in New Ulm. They lived in Devils Lake, N.D. for three years and then settled in Fargo. She was a teacher in the West Fargo school district. She was an active member of Holy Spirit parish.
Chrystene Mae Gaffney, 82, of Arlington died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, in Arlington.
Services are 2:30 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Arlington. Burial will be in Arlington Public Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Fenske Funeral Homes, Arlington, are handling the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen and husband, Dwight Neale of Rogers; sons, Lon Gaffney of St. Peter, Gregg Gaffney of Austin, Phillip Gaffney of Canon City, Colo.; brother, Bob and wife, Betty Gibbs of St. Peter; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burt, a daughter, Wanda, and sisters, Helen and Margaret.
She was born Jan. 4, 1918, in St. Peter, to Homer and Evelyn (Neale) Gibbs. She lived most of her life in St. Peter and Arlington. She was a graduate of St. Peter High School and Minnesota State College. She was an employee of St. Peter Regional Treatment Center and an elementary school teacher at Arlington. She married Burton Gaffney on May 10, 1941, in St. Peter. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and Post Presidents Club of St. Peter, a former member of the MEA and NEA, a member of the Arlington Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Arlington Mixers and the Garden Club.
Memorials are preferred to United Methodist Church, Arlington in lieu of flowers.
Ellsworth Laingen, 82, of Madelia, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at Lutheran Retirement Home, Truman.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church, Madelia, with burial in Butternut Valley Cemetery, rural Madelia.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday at Pilgrim Funeral Home, Madelia, and will continue one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Anna Geske, 89, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at Valley View Manor in Lamberton.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lamberton with burial in the Lamberton City Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday at Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton. Visitation will also continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Anita Geske of Raymond, daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Tom Doege of Apple Valley; grandchildren, Becky and Andrew Carlson, Mike and Angela Geske, Jon Geske and Kaesi Doege; great-grandchildren Amber Carlson, and Elaine and Stephanie Geske, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur Geske on April 24, 1976; sister, Bertha Kratzke; and brothers Robert, Reinhart and Martin Kratzke.
She was born Jan. 14, 1911, to Henry and Minnie (Schroeder) Kratzke in Waterbury Township, Redwood County. She attended country school.
She married Wilbur Geske on July 21, 1951, at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterbury Township. They lived in Lamberton, where she worked as a cook at the Lamberton public school. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary. She was also active in her church where she taught Sunday school. She moved to the Lamberton Manor in 1994.