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John Verner Kristoffersen, 94, of Owatonna, passed away peacefully Friday, November 23, 2018 at Koda Living Community.


He was born Johannes Verner Kristoffersen on May 1, 1924 in Eden, Wasioja Township, Dodge County, MN the son of Mads and Caroline Marie (Salomonsen) Kristoffersen.


John was baptized into the Lutheran faith at Faith Lutheran Church, Dodge Center. He was also an active member at Associated Lutheran Church, Owatonna for many years.


He worked on the family farm and for a carpenter in Kasson. John also was a Culligan man. John was an army sergeant and served from 1949-1952. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers as a mechanic and doing blasting in Colorado and as a drill sergeant. He met his wife Wanda, before he went into the service and was married on June 19, 1951. He and Wanda moved to Owatonna in 1952. Later on, John started working for the police department for 25 years and retiring in 1980. He briefly also ran a gasoline filling station with a partner.


John loved to travel countrywide, gardening at home with Wanda and enjoyed fixing cars, engines and tractors. He also loved playing his guitar and accordion, fishing with friends, reading, watching Discovery and History channels and having coffee with family and friends, especially Saturday mornings.


He is survived by daughter, Susan (Dann) Rypka; granddaughter, Kalina Rypka; nieces, CarolAnn (Rodney) Thompson, Judy Jones, Patricia Pool, Melanie (Richard) Clifford; nephew, Mick (Debbie) Shelstad and many grand nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife Wanda (Rowland) Kristoffersen; parents, Mads and Caroline Marie (Salomonsen) Kristoffersen; siblings, Margaret, Elma, Carl, Harold, Martha; nephews, James and Jerry Rasmussen.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Saturday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Funeral services will be held December 8, 2018 at 11:30 am at Michaelson Funeral Home, Owatonna with Reverend Coqui Conkey officiating.  Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna in the spring. 




Vern E. ”Butch” McGregor, 66, of Owatonna, died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Owatonna Hospital.


He was born October 13, 1952 in Owatonna the son of Vern W. and Elizabeth (Wagner) McGregor. Butch attended Owatonna High School.  He worked for the Owatonna Elevator in the feed mill and delivered turkey feed.  He loved harvest time when farmers would come to town to the elevator.  Butch then became an owner operator hauling for local elevators.  Butch married Nancy Skalicky on Dec 27, 1971 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna.  In September of 1978 he started his career driving truck for Yellow Freight retiring in 2009.


Butch loved hot rods and building engines.  The faster the better!  He was often heard out on Highway 14 in his Chevelle, "cleaning the carbon out" as he told his wife after she heard him going through each gear.  Butch was a member of Super Streets Unlimited and Hiawathaland Corvette Club.


Butch loved spending time in his garage and having friends drop in and BS.  He always had a cold Sierra Mist in the cooler on ice for them.  Butch loved going for rides in the country, often gone for hours listening to Tom Petty on the radio.  He dearly loved his family and will leave a huge hole in their hearts.  


He is survived by his wife, Nancy McGregor of Owatonna; daughter, Joley Podein of Owatonna; son, Rob (and Andrea) McGregor of Owatonna; granddaughter, Calbey Jo Podein; sisters, Mary Katherine King of Owatonna, Janet Wright of Owatonna, June (and Kevin) Sullivan of Rochester; brother, Dr. Nick (and Deb) McGregor of Owatonna and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm and at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday from 10am to 11am.  Memorial services will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father James Starasinich officiating.  Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Owatonna. 




Ruth Constance Rhoades, 90, of Owatonna, died Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Homestead Hospice House.


She was born February 13, 1928 in Ellington Township, the daughter of Ralph and Florence (Olson) Johnson. She married L. R.  “Dusty” Rhoades on June 22, 1947 at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Lemond Township. Ruth lived in Clinton Falls Township for over 39 years before settling in Owatonna in 1998.


Ruth was a woman ahead of her time. She not only valued her family and their faith, but also made sure each of her children knew the importance of earth day, and instilled a good work ethic in each child. Besides raising her 11 children, Ruth also kept busy by baking, planning out garage sale shopping sprees, and acting as a 4-H leader for many years. Ruth was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and during her time there was a member of Circle, the Funeral Committee, and the Board of Education.


Ruth  is survived by her daughters, Dian King of Owatonna, Peggy Karsten of Owatonna, Karen (Archie) Kasparek of Faribault, Rhonda Rhoades of St. Paul, Kathy (Richard) Anderson of Morristown, Nancy (Jim) Goshey of Crosby, and Sara (Keith) Hopke of Faribault; sons, Alan (Linda) Rhoades of Owatonna, Larry Rhoades of Owatonna, David (Leslie) Rhoades of Omaha, NE, and Darin (Susan) Rhoades of Ellendale; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Ralph Johnson and Dennis (Judy) Johnson; and special family friend, Vicki Locklier.


She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; granddaughter, Courtney Goshey; brother, Eugene Johnson; son-in-law, Bill Conlin; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Johnson.


Visitation will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 4-6pm and one hour prior to the service. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Monday, December 10, 2018 at  St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Jacie Richmond officiating. Interment will be in the St. John Cemetery in Owatonna.  Memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice House Patient Care Fund.


Lawrence P. "Larry" Schroer Jr., 61, of Glenville, MN, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Woodburn, IN.


Larry was born on June 5, 1957 to Larry and Margie (Stoltman) Schroer, Sr. in Austin. The family then moved from Waltham to Owatonna in 1960. He graduated from Marian High School in Owatonna. Larry enjoyed playing guitar in the church combo during his high school years.


After graduation, Larry started his career at OTC. He enjoyed over-the-road driving and did it for most of his 25 years with them. He continued driving with different companies until his death. Ironically, he passed away during the night in his truck. Larry met Tracy Wilker driving for the same trucking company. They married on July 22, 2006. The two resided in Glenville, MN. Larry had a strong work ethic and always enjoyed helping his family.


He is survived by his wife Tracy Schroer; sons, Ryan (Richelle) Schroer of Apple Valley, Brandon (Tracy) Schroer of Owatonna; stepdaughter, Nicole (Daniel) Shaw of Burnsville; grandchildren, Aiden and Maximus Schroer, Lily Jean Schroer, and Mackenzie and Parker Shaw; brother, Roger (Patti ) Schroer; sisters, Kathy (James) Pantier and Mary Jo Pramann; mother-in-law, Barbara Wilker of Glenville; sister-in-law Kim Wilker (Kim Baldwin); and many other friends and family members. He will be tremendously missed by his best buddy, his four legged pal, Pappy.


He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Patti Frechette and Sandra Schroer; great niece, Angel Varner; father-in-law, Wesley E. Wilker; and brothers-in-law, Moses Frechette,  Leroy Pramann, and Charles W. Wilker.


Memorial services will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018  at Michaelson Funeral Home at 2pm with Pastor Jim Avery officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.



Lori Katherine Stockwell, 61, of Perham, MN died Friday, at Perham Health Hospital.


She was born October 1, 1957, in Owatonna the daughter of Harold and Carol (Giedd) Nelson.  She grew up in Owatonna where she attended school, graduating with the Class of 1976.  She married Allan Stockwell and the couple lived in Owatonna and Waseca.  Lori worked at Napa in Owatonna.  The couple moved to New York Mills where Lori worked at a bank and attended Minnesota State Community Tech earning an I.T. degree.  They later moved to Sebeka and she began her first job in I.T. at Cross Consulting.  Following a divorce in 2007, she received a second degree and began working for Volt in Fargo and most recently worked at Microsoft in Fargo.


Lori enjoyed quilting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.


She is survived by her children, Bridgette (Casey Emans) of Wadena and Dustin (Erika Taylor) Stockwell of Perham; grandchildren, Karter Redetzke, Sophia Stockwell and Amelia Ohrmundt and brother, Rod (Mary) Nelson of Owatonna.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Carol Nelson.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Thursday, December 13th from 5-7pm and on Friday from 9-10am.  Funeral services will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:00am at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna with The Reverend Cindy Halvorson officiating.  Interment will be in Meadow Ridge Cemetery in Faribault.


ARNOLD WILLARD “ARNE” LEEN, age 82 of Waterville, died on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.


Visitation will be held from 4-8PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waterville, and will continue for one hour before the service on Thursday.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waterville, with Rev. Gene Witte officiating.  Interment will take place at White Pine Cemetery near Webster, Wisconsin on a later date.  dennisfuneralhomes.com


Katherine B.  Haberman, 

1945 - 2018

Kathy B. Haberman of Owatonna died December 10, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Owatonna.  Arrangements are pending with the Brick - Meger Funeral Home of Owatonna and will be announced later.  For more info go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com or call 507-451-1457.  Full notice will appear in Wednesday edition.



David L. Myers, age 76, of Owatonna, MN passed away on December 8th, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Owatonna as a result of Parkinson’s.  Mass of Christian Burial is set for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10;30 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna.  Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 5-7pm at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home and one hour before the funeral liturgy on Wednesday.  Military rites provided by the Steele County Funeral Unit. 

David and his twin brother Donald were born on June 19, 1942 to Glen and Helen (Ford) Myers in Owatonna.  David and Donald were identical twins and even their parents and sister, Carol, had difficulty telling them apart. They shared many major events growing up and have many stories of mischief along the way.

As a boy David was very involved in the Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout award in 1960. For 10 summers starting in 9th grade David worked at a large boy scout camp on Lake Many Point in northern Minnesota.  He worked in the dining hall and eventually became Head Evening Cook preparing 1,000 meals per day.

David graduated from Owatonna High School in 1960 and attended Mankato State College, graduating with Economics and Business Degrees in 1964. David entered the Army in the Fall of 1966. He served in the Signal Corps Unit in the Panama Canal Zone where, David received Direct Commission as Lieutenant. David was first assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington. He was later honorably discharged.

David returned to Owatonna in September 1970 and was hired by Truth Hardware where he worked for 35 years before retiring in September 2005. He developed and installed a large integrated manufacturing planning and control system. Following retirement David enjoyed travelling and going on cruises with his wife. He wanted to return to the area of each of the Army bases where he was stationed, and was able to do so, including taking a cruise through the Panama Canal.  He was also active in Golden K Kiwanis and was member of the Elk’s Club.

One important event in David’s life occurred in 7th grade when we saw a girl with long ringlets, Marjean Eisen. As it turned out she would not talk to him. He kept tabs on her, and it took 17 years for her to talk to him, but he didn’t waste time the second time around. He asked her out on a date in June 1972 and they were married in October 1972. This past October they celebrated 46 years of marriage.  They had two daughters, Karyn and Nancy. David was a loving father and enjoyed taking the family on yearly trips, driving across the country. The family also went on yearly fishing trips to northern Minnesota that were a highlight of the year.  David also enjoyed keeping detailed records of many things, including the 12,000 miles he jogged over 19 years.

David was preceded in death by his parents. David is survived by his wife Marjean and two daughters, Karyn (Jon) Gelhaus, Wausau, WI and Nancy (Gregg) Dold, Duluth, MN, his brother Donald (Karen) Myers, Bemidji, MN,  sister Carol (Loren) Jacobson, Solon, OH, and grandchildren Claire, Norah, Garrett, and Jack.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale and Heartland Hospice for their compassion and care for David in the last months of his life. Memorials are may be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  To leave a condolence message go www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Jan Alise (Weidner) Milburn, 51, of Owatonna, MN the daughter of Bess and Marvin Weidner was
born in Lemars, IA. She attended Kingsley-Pierson High School in Kingsley, IA and graduated in 1985.
She lived in Wisconsin for many years, most recently in Columbus, before moving to Owatonna to be
closer to family. The national Alliance on Mental Illness was important to Jan. She was an advocate for
improved understanding of depression.
She died unexpectedly but peacefully December 6, 2018 at St Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN from a
brain aneurysm. Jan is survived by her daughter Megen Milburn of Brooklyn Center, MN, son Preston
Milburn of Owatonna, Mother Bess Weidner of Owatonna, Brother Marvin (Bobbie) Weidner of
Crystal, MN and their children Alyssa and Sam; Sister Ann (Brent) Jorgenson of Maplewood, MN and
their children Zach and Sarah. Preceded in death by Father Marvin Weidner, Grandparents Sam and
Bessie Slater of Kingsley, IA and Grandmother Audrey Weidner of Butte NE. She was loved and will
be missed.
For Online Condolences go to https://www.medfordfuneralhome.com/listings

Katherine B. Haberman

Katherine B. Haberman of Owatonna died December 10, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Owatonna.  Mass of Christian Burial is set for Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna.  Friends may greet the family on Thursday December 13, 2018 at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home from 4 – 7 pm and one hour before the funeral liturgy on Friday at the church. 

Kathy was born on April 17, 1945 in Albert Lea, MN the daughter of Paul and Bertha (Anderson) Sipple.  She attended high school in Albert Lea and was a member of the graduating class of 1963.  Attended St. Mary’s nursing school in Rochester where she received her LPN degree.  Worked at St. Mary’s hospital following her graduation.  Kathy was united in marriage to Tom Haberman on January 8, 1966 at St. Theodores Catholic Church in Albert Lea.  The couple made their home on a farm in Somerset Township.  Kathy worked as a nurse at the Owatonna Hospital for 21 years. Later provide home health care and hospice service for several years.  Kathy worked alongside her husband on the farm. Kathy retired from nursing in 2011.  She was a member of the Town and Country Gals and Sacred Heart Church.  Life interests include reading, putting puzzle’s together, decorating her house for all holidays, traveling with her husband was a highlight of her life. She will be remembered as a great host and always willing to open her house to family and friends. 


Kathy will be missed by her husband Tom, son Daniel (Katie) Haberman and their children Abby and Ryan, daughter Susan (Curt) Stakston and their children Parker and Sophia.  One brother Richard Sipple of Albert Lea and her special friend Joy Jones.  Kathy is preceded in death by her parents and sister Mary Ann Bartholome.  Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Church and Hartland Hospice.  To leave a condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


SANDRA JEAN ROSS, age 72 of Waseca died on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Waseca with Rev. Giles Zimmer officiating.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 11:00 AM until the time of services at the church.   Burial will follow at St. John Trinity Lutheran Cemetery-Iosco in Waseca County.  Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services of Waseca is handling arrangements.  dennisfuneralhomes.com



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