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Deloris J. Knutson


Deloris Jane Knutson, 86, of West Concord, died Friday, August 10, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.


She was born on October 23, 1931 in Shieldsville, Minnesota the daughter of Melvin and Florence (Svoboda) Ray, Sr.  She grew up on a farm in Concord Township and attended country school and West Concord High School.  On April 8, 1960, she married LaVerne Knutson at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Concord.  The couple made their home in West Concord where they raised their family.  Deloris was a homemaker and also worked at Geraldine’s Dress Shop, West Concord Bakery and Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center. 


Deloris was devoted to her family.  She loved spending time together as a family.  She also enjoyed cooking, Calling Bingo at Chicos Boarding Lodge, reading, watching the game show network, coffee at Gilbert’s and dearly loved her dog, Mugs.


She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church and The Golden Gals.


She is survived by her children, Christine “Chris” Finne, Jamie “Jame” Knutson and Jeremy “Jer” (Teresa) Knutson all of West Concord; grandchildren, Angela Slaymaker, Carrie McCabe, Zach Knutson, Kindra Knutson, Sami Knutson and Karissa Knutson; great grand children, Corbin Slaymaker, Broc McCabe, Karrigan Slaymaker, Kiezer Slaymaker, Brylee McCabe and Lincoln Bowman and siblings, Bess Quimby, Kate Jackson and Bob (Ruby) Ray.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin, Sr. and Florence; husband, LaVerne and siblings, Bill Flicek, Emma Flicek, Mayme Schuller, George Flicek and Melvin Ray, Jr.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, West Concord Chapel on Wednesday, August 15th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and at church on Thursday one hour prior to the service.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, August 16, 2018, at 10:30 AM at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church in West Concord with Father Thomas Niehaus officiating.  Interment will be in the Concord Cemetery in Concord Township. 


Laura E. Marik, age 88, of Owatonna died Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Birchwood Cottages in Owatonna.


Laura Edna Marik was born on August 14, 1929 in Faribault, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Celesta (Culp) Spitzack.  She attended grade school in Morristown, Lutheran Parochial school in Faribault and Gibbon High School in Gibbon.  On June 20, 1951 she married Lavern Marik.  The couple made their home in Owatonna.


After moving to Owatonna, she worked at Pillsbury Academy, Owatonna Canning Co., Corner Café on Cedar Street and worked in sever homes in town. 


She is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Owatonna.  She enjoyed flowers, singing, dancing and camping out.


Survivors include her husband, Lavern of Owatonna; sons, Larry (LaDonna) Marik of Wabeca, Randy Marik and Jim Marik of Pratt; daughters, Judy (David) Stanton of Owatonna and Lori Schroeder of Webster; sisters, Betty Danielson of Pine Island, Kathryn (Boyd) Gasner of Eyota and Sharon (Jim) Borst of Deer River; six grandsons and several great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Frederich Spitzack and Neil Spitzack; grandson, Dean St. Martin; son-in-law, Michael Schroeder.


Visitation will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 4-7pm and at church on Thursday one hour prior to the service.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Owatonna with Reverend Kirk Griebel officiating.  Interment will be in Owatonna Memorial Gardens.


Joan Leona Broughten, 85, of Owatonna, died Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.


She was born August 18, 1932 in Faribault, Minnesota the daughter of Roman and Irene (Pope) Grubish.  She attended school in Waterville and graduated with the Class of 1949.  On November 6, 1952, Joan married Burdette Broughten at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville.  She held various positions over her lifetime including a job at Bell Phone Company as an operator, Brown Printing, then after moving to Owatonna, she worked at the Canning Company and retired from Truth Hardware.


Joan was an avid sports fan following the Twins and Vikings.  She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, flea markets, antique shows, trips to Diamond Jo’s and socializing at the Kernel Restaurant.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grand children, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 


She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna.


She is survived by her husband, Burdette Broughten of Owatonna; sons, Robert Broughten of Leroy and Curtis Broughten (Debbie) of Owatonna; daughters, Patricia Broughten Knipping (Howard) of Owatonna, Kathy Broughten of Owatonna and Nancy Morness (Tom) of Owatonna; grandchildren, Jeff Morness (Jamie), Greg Morness (Erin), Sonya Broughten (Dan), Sara Broughten (Scott), Dallas Broughten, Shannon Vick, Lisa Broughten (Richard), Amanda Rios (Louie), Jennifer Matlock (Sam), and Brandy Broughten; 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Roman and Irene and sisters, Geraldine Harriman and Donna Michaels.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Saturday, August 18th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna with Deacon Pat Fagan officiating.  Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Waterville.


Mrs. Carroll Ruth Janke




Carroll Ruth Janke, 89, of Owatonna, died Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Brookdale Assisted Living.


She was born June 14, 1929 in Owatonna the daughter of Hugh and Elsie (Nussloch) Ferguson. Carroll graduated from Owatonna High School.  She married Harold L. Janke Dec. 30, 1950 at St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna.  The couple farmed together on the Janke family farm until retiring in 1997, just after the farm was recognized as a Century Farm.  In addition to raising her family and helping on the farm, she worked for 20 years at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company retiring in 1978.  Carroll took great pride in caring for the farmstead and enlisting her sons to help make sure it always looked nice.


She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  She was also a member of Worth While Extension Club.  Family was Carroll’s greatest joy in life.  She loved reading to her kids and grandkids, being active in 4-H with her boys, making afghans and dresses for her grandchildren, and playing games like UNO and Slap the Birdie with them as well.  Carroll enjoyed crocheting, sewing, baking and traveling with her husband. 


She is survived by her sons, David (and Lois) Janke of Owatonna, Daniel (and Sandy) Janke of Owatonna; grandchildren, Stephanie (and Todd) Nelson, Jennifer (and Josh) Dalluge, Jessica (and Dillan) McCoy, David Janke, Jr., Michael (and Allison) Janke, Christine (and Dustin) Sletten, Kim Larson, Katie Hoffman; step grandchild, Amy (and Greg) Young; 25 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; brother, William Ferguson of Odin and nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters.


Visitation will be at St. John Lutheran Church on Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am.  Funeral services will be held Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:30am at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Dave Klawiter officiating.  Interment will be in the St. John Cemetery in Owatonna. 


Georgianna M. Knutson


Georgianna Marie Knutson, 88, of Owatonna, died Monday, August 13, 2018 at Koda Living Community.


She was born February 22, 1930 in Empire, Minnesota the daughter of Ludwig and Anna (Schiller) Wagner. She grew up in Randolph, Minnesota where she graduated from High School. On June 19, 1954, she married Harland Knutson.  The couple made their home in the Moland area where they farmed.  In 1968, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona and in 2015 Georgianna moved to Countryside Assisted Living in Owatonna. 

She enjoyed baking holiday cookies and sharing them with her family and friends, playing Kings Corner and Bingo, making sequin calendars and traveling in the motorhome with her husband to and from Minnesota.  Her family remembers trips to the Kenyon drive in and well as family dinners that were important to her.  


She is survived by children, Theresa (and Russ) Cumberland of Medford, Donald (and Bonnie) Knutson of Owatonna, John Knutson of Phoenix, AZ, Diane McKee of Owatonna, and Rick (and Kathy) Knutson of Glendale, AZ; grandchildren, Jade Cumberland, Jeremy Cumberland, Tyler Knutson, James McKee, Aaron McKee, Kayla Knutson and Connor Knutson; great-grandchildren, Sierra Cumberland, Casey Cumberland, Kylie Cumberland, Reed Cumberland and James McKee; sister, Dorothy (Bill) Sensibaugh of Shakopee; brother, Joseph Wagner of Burnsville; brother-in-law, LeRoy Rother of Hastings and nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harland; sisters, Delores, Rita and Odelia and brothers Eugene, Gerald and two in infancy.


A memorial visitation will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM  Interment will be at a later date in Phoenix Memorial Park in Phoenix, AZ.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Allina Hospice or the American Cancer Society.



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