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Obituary Notice

James Duane Larson



James D Larson, age 66, passed away at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester on July 5th surrounded by his loving family.


He was born February 5, 1952 in Owatonna the son of John and Grace (Arett) Larson. He lived and worked his entire life in the local area.


James loved his family, animals and the beauty of nature. He had a great love for Jesus and was a blessing to his family and all who knew and loved him. His laugh was contagious and he lit up a room with his smile.


He is survived by his siblings, Arlene (and Ron) Myers of Cottage Grove, John Larson of Claremont, Mary Bahl of Sterling, AK, Pamela Spindler of Claremont, Judy Larson of Owatonna, Jeff (and Tammy) Larson of Blooming Prairie and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister-in-law.


A Celebration of Life service will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home, 1930 Austin Road, Owatonna on Monday, July 16th at 11am with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Aurora Lutheran Church Cemetery following lunch.


Memorials are welcome in lieu of flowers to Steele County Humane Society or to the donor’s choice.



Barbara Rosella Klecker


Barbara Rosella Klecker, age 67 of Owatonna, MN, died July 11th 2018 peacefully at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 AM Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Litomysl with burial following at the church cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 4-7:00 PM Friday July 13, at the Brick Meger Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral mass a church. A parish rosary will be recited at the funeral home on Friday at 3:45 PM. Barbara requests the dress attire to be casual for Friday’s visitation and Saturday’s funeral at the church.

 Barbara was born August 7th, 1950 in Blooming Prairie, MN, the daughter of Frank and Mable(Pavek) Srsen.  She grew up and attended school in Blooming Prairie, MN.  Graduating from Blooming Prairie High School in 1969.  On May 8th, 1971, she was united in marriage to James Frances Klecker at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Litomysl. 

Barbara and James started their journey in Hope, MN with the their first house.  Then, after a few years, they moved to the family farm in rural Owatonna.  Barbara worked at OTC for 10 years and continued to work on the farm with James, Michael & David.

Barbara was a lifetime member at the Owatonna VFW Axillary and an active member of Holy Trinity Church. She enjoyed family, being outside, and working on the farm.

Barbara is survived by her husband, James of Owatonna, two boys, Michael (Sara) Klecker of Owatonna, David (Patricia Osborne) Klecker of Owatonna. six grandchildren, Jacob, Jenna, Alexis, Brendan, Joseph and Harbor.  She is also survived by a sister, Marlys Wencl of Owatonna, brother David Srsen of Blooming Prairie, brother-in-law ,Victor Wanous of Owatonna and many nieces and nephews. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mable, an infant Sister Vera, sister Delores, brother Richard, brother-in-law Sylvester, sister-in-law Libby, and nephew, Kevin. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice House: Patient Care Fund. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Obituary Notice

Jeanne M. Knutson


Jeanne M. (Pollman) Knutson, 60, of Owatonna, Minnesota, passed Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Jeanne was born to George and Rita Pollman, July 12, 1957 in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. She graduated from Stillwater Area Senior High School in 1975 and received a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979. She married Kelly Knutson in 1987, and they lived together in Owatonna.


Jeanne retired from a career at Federated Insurance in 2018 after 39 years. She was known for her laughter and bringing a smile to all she encountered. Her hobbies included card making, panning for gold, collecting gnomes, fishing with her family, eating chocolate and drinking diet Coke.


She leaves behind her husband, Kelly; son, Matthew Knutson (Mamisoa); and two stepdaughters, Melissa Mertesdorf (Adam) and Nicole Knutson, all of Rochester, Minnesota; and one brother, James (JC) Pollman (Mui Wah) of Burke, Virginia. Also cherishing her memory are four grandchildren: Maeva Knutson, Gracelyn Knutson, Cullen Grinnell, and Breckin Grinnell; and 11 nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rita (Weinzettel) Pollman and a brother, Jerome Pollman.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Friday, July 13th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM A private burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna.


David M. Lindberg

David M. Lindberg of Owatonna died July 8, 2018 at his home in Owatonna.  Friends may greet his family on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 3 – 5 pm at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home (1603 – Austin Road, Owatonna.)

 David was born Feb. 9, 1954 in Watertown, SD the son of Clarence and Elda (Conrad) Lindberg.  The family relocated to Owatonna and David attended Owatonna High School.  After high school Dave worked various jobs in the area sheet rocking and painting and all around “handy man”.  He worked in Florida and Texas for many years before returning to Owatonna.  David enjoyed life as well as hunting and fishing.  He will be remembered as a guy you could call if you needed a hand.

David is survived by his siblings Nyla (Bob) Rysavy of Claremont, Clarice (Steve Renaux) Lindberg of Rochester, Becky Measner, Judy (Gary) Vaughan, Toby (Debbie) Lindberg, Nancy (Charlie) Meixner all of Owatonna.  Dave is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Jeanice, Emmalane and Linda, brother Steven.  Additional survivors many nieces and nephews and great- nieces and nephews.  www.brick-megerfuneral.com


Grandpa’s Obituary


Raymond H. Pirkl, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Field Crest Care Center, Hayfield, MN. Mass of Christian Burial is set for Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic in Owatonna.  Friends may greet the family on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Brick – Meger Funeral Home and one hour before the funeral liturgy on Sat.  The Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home.


Ray was born October 4, 1933, in Deerfield Township, MN, son of the late Louis and Lucille (Curran) Pirkl. He attended country school in Deerfield township.

Ray enlisted into the Army 1954 and serviced for two years and received his GED while in the service.  He was united in marriage to Marion Sammon on October 29, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Church in Faribault and this couple were blessed with two children, Randy and Renae. Ray worked at Pure Oil, then, in April 1957, he started at Owatonna Tool Company as a machinist for the next 38 years. He also farmed while working at OTC.  Ray retired from OTC on November 30, 1995. Ray was a long-time member of St. Joseph Church, Knights of Columbus, the Owatonna Eagles Club, and The American Legion.

In Ray and Marion’s earlier years, the couple did quite a bit of traveling with Hawaii being their favorite destination. Ray always enjoyed watching his grandchildren at their sporting and scholastic events and enjoyed polka dancing and he belonged to the Polka club in the area.

Ray also enjoyed being part of a bowling team.

Survived by his wife of 64 years Marion, son Randy (Kelly) Pirkl of Owatonna, and daughter Renae (Brian) Humphries of Maple Grove, MN. Grandchildren Zach (Kelsey) Pirkl of Pingree Grove, Illinois, Lindsey (Adam) Traxler of Apple Valley, MN, Logan (Ashley) Pirkl of St. Louis Park, MN, Matt Humphries (Andra Trakalo) of Maple Grove, MN, and Mitchell Humphries of Maple Grove, MN, and great-granddaughter Isabella Pirkl. One sister named Rosemary (John) Meyer of Byron, MN. One sister in law, Joan Pirkl of Medford, MN. And several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by Lewis and Lucille Pirkl , his brother Harlow Pirkl and niece Kelly Meyer.

Memorials are preferred to Owatonna Alzheimer’s Assoc, Owatonna Hospice patient care fund, St. Joseph Church or St. Mary’s School.  To leave a message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Obituary Notice

Robert E. Dohrmann


Robert “Bob” Edward Dohrmann, 80, of West Concord, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester following an extended illness.


He was born January 22, 1938, in West Concord, Minnesota, the son of William and Theresa (Napp) Dohrmann. He attended country school in Eagle Valley.  He served in the United States Navy as a Gunner’s Mate Third Class on the USS Tarawa (CVS-40) from February 21, 1956, until his honorable discharge on January 6, 1960.


On July 2, 1960, Bob married Donna Mae Vrieze at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  Following their marriage, they made their home in Pine Island, West Concord and then at their current home in rural Mantorville and had five children.


Bob’s work career included hauling milk for Marv Carney, working for Fred and Margaret O’Brien at the Concord Store as a butcher, Frank Mathias Dairy Cattle Exchange as a cattle truck driver, and as a custodian at Triton School District from which he retired.


Bob loved his vegetable garden.  He would begin planning in January, paging through many seed catalogs.  He also had a beautiful wild flower bed.  Raising Heritage turkeys was a highlight for Bob.  He generously shared them with many people in the area.


In his younger years, he played softball and bowled on a league and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.  His steel plasma cut-out-silhouettes were very popular.  He also enjoyed attending the 4-H and FFA beef shows that his children and grandchildren were involved in.


He is survived by his wife, Donna Dohrmann of West Concord; children, Dawn (Duane) Miller of Dodge Center, Kevin (Debbie) Dohrmann of Kasson, Julie (Craig) Koop of Pine Island, Bradley (Sheryl) Dohrmann of Dodge Center, and Rhonda Dohrmann of Dodge Center; nine grandchildren, Nathan (Heather), Bryce (Adrienne), Mark, Eric (Erica), Keith, Tyler (Jennifer), Chelsea, Courtney, and Devin; ten great-grandchildren, Stella, Lucy, Clay, Lanna, Alexis, Addilyn, Temperance, Wyatt, Levi, and Hailey; sisters, Gladys Hopkins of West Concord, Phyllis (Don) Schutz of Pine Island and Adeline Schletty of West Concord.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill (Phyllis) Dohrmann and Royce Dohrmann; sister, June (Rudy) Shanks; brothers-in-law, Rollie Schletty, Earl Hopkins and Tom Vrieze and sisters-in-law Marian Olson and Vivian Vrieze.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, West Concord Chapel on Sunday, July 15, 2018, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and at the church on Monday one hour prior to the service.  Funeral services will be held Monday, July 16, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Concord Church of Christ with Pastor Peter Moen officiating.  Interment will be in the Pine Island Cemetery in Pine Island. 


Memorials are preferred to the West Concord Fire and Ambulance or the donor’s choice.


Obituary Notice

Cindy L. Hovland


Cindy Lou Hovland, 61, of Owatonna, died Thursday, July 12, 2018 at her home.


She was born January 9, 1957 in Owatonna, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Eunice (Johnson) Colmer. She attended school in West Concord.  She married Charles Smith and had their daughter, Ellie, and later divorced.  She married Troy Hovland on February 24, 1989 in Owatonna.  The couple made their home in Owatonna and had two sons, Dylan and Dalton. 


Cindy always worked at a job where she could serve people, from waitressing to nursing assistant.  Her desire was to help people in any way she could.  She had a unique sense of humor, was strong in character and always looked on the positive side of life.  Even with her cancer diagnosis, nothing ever held her back. 


She enjoyed visiting with everyone, canning, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.


She is survived by her husband, Troy Hovland of Owatonna; daughter, Ellie (and Kirk) Aronson of Claremont; sons, Dylan Hovland of Owatonna and Dalton (and Tianna) Hovland of Owatonna; brothers, Roger (and Lee) Stennes of Owatonna and Pete (and Jane) Stennes of New Richland; sister, Naomi (and Brian) Bohlman of Dodge Center; grandchildren, Katie (and Chad), Tommie, Codie, Ashlie, Kayla and Steven; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Tahlon, Temperance, Skyler, Preston and Tanner and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Eunice; brothers, Steven Stennes and Keith Colmer and sister, Donna Wallace.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Tuesday, July 17th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on one hour prior to the service.  A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna.  Private interment will be at a later date in Moland Lutheran Cemetery rural Kenyon. 




Obituary Notice

Janice Claire Ebert




Janice Claire (Thorson) Ebert, 81, of Owatonna, died July 14, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Owatonna.


She was born May 30, 1937 in Austin the daughter of Arthur H. and Clara J. (Duhn) Thorson.  She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna and was raised in Minneapolis.  Jan graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and completed a 3 year teaching certificate at St. Cloud State University.  She married Wayne E. Ebert on August 29, 1959 at Minnehaha Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and began her teaching career in Claremont that year.  She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at St. Cloud State University and worked toward a Master’s degree in Reading at Mankato State University in the ensuing years.  She served as a reading tutor in the Owatonna Public School system and returned to the classroom, teaching second grade, in the fall of 1980.  Jan retired in 1993 for a retirement filled with traveling around the world and then seriously spoiling her grandchildren.  She was particularly proud of her Norwegian heritage and enjoyed reading, socializing, and good (or bad) jokes. 


Jan is survived by her husband of almost 59 years, Wayne; children, Christine (and Michael) Nelson of Oak Park, Illinois and Michael (and Katy) Ebert of Rochester; 5 grandchildren, Tyler Ebert, Kyle Ebert, Rose Nelson, Zachary Nelson, Paul Nelson; 2 granddogs, Bella Ebert and Bonnie Nelson; 2 siblings, A. William Thorson of Ft. Myers, Florida and Carol (and Gordon) Thorson Forsberg of Aitkin and Ft. Myers, Florida; numerous nephews and nieces and a great many friends and former students. 


She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Marilyn Thorson Thannum.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm and at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday from 10am to 11am.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11am at Trinity Lutheran Church with The Reverend Todd Buegler officiating.  Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna.  In true Jan Ebert fashion, please wear bright colors, polka-dots, a crazy hat, or a feather boa.  Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Homestead Hospice House or to the donor’s choice.


Jan’s family would like to thank the staff of Koda Living Community, Brookdale Senior Living, and Homestead Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care.


Alphonso “Al” Langer, 95

Al J. Langer recently of Northfield and formerly of Owatonna died July 13, 2018 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.  Mass of Christian Burial is set for Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna.  Burial will take place at Dania Cemetery in Havana Township with full Military Honors by the Steele County Funeral Detail.  Friends may greet the family on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 4 – 7 pm at Brick – Meger Funeral Home (1603 – Austin Road – Owatonna) and one hour prior to the funeral liturgy on Friday.  A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Al is survived by nine Children, Joan (Roger) Nass, Ames, IA; Joyce Edwards, Alameda, CA; Rodney (Janann) Langer, Owatonna; Judy (Dave) Daniels, Rochester; Janet (Patrick) Gannon, Rochester; Jeanne Hanson, Minneapolis; Steve (Deb) Langer, Owatonna; Dave Langer, Owatonna; Ken (Melissa), Owatonna; 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, by son-in-law, Phillip Edwards and grandson, Lamar Owen.


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