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DONNA JEAN LOWERY, age 94 of Waseca died on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.


Visitation will be held at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 4-7 PM and continue on Friday, one hour before services at the church.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM at First Congregational Church in Waseca.  Burial will be at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.


James Allen Heller, 70, of Owatonna, died Friday, March 16, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.


He was born August 18, 1947 in Winona, Minnesota the son of Earl and Betty (Rihs) Heller. He attended school in Winona through the sixth grade and then moved to Owatonna where he graduated from high school in 1965.  Following his schooling, he served in the United States Airforce as a crew chief on a fighter.  He was proud to have served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on October 11, 1971.  After his military service, he began his education at Mankato State and graduated in 1975 with a double major in Business and Law.  On October 28, 1972, he married Suzanne Kravetz in Minneapolis.  Jim's work career as an adult began in real estate and then Federated Insurance, from which he retired in November, 2006 (but he didn’t retire from work).  He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Owatonna, the American Legion and the V.F.W. 

Jim was passionate about the stock market and was a master of the "calls" and "puts".  He also found some time for woodworking and music, especially guitar.  He loved his family and was particularly proud of his three granddaughters.


He is survived by his wife Suzanne Heller of Owatonna; children Tracie (Mark) Peterson of Winona and TJ  Heller of Springfield, OR; siblings, Jack Heller of Duluth, Joal Heller of Winona, Cindy Hendrickson of Texas and Kelli (Chad) Johnson of Lakeville; granddaughters, Hailee, Emilee and Charlee Peterson and sister-in-law, Nancy Kravetz of Rochester.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Betty and his in-laws, John and Lucy Kravetz.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 21st from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and at church on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Owatonna with Fr. Stephen Abaukaka officiating.  Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.


Memorials are preferred and will be directed to Veterans organizations.


Shirley Ann Deming, 83, of Owatonna, died Friday, March 16, 2018 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie.


She was born January 11, 1935 in Owatonna the daughter of Herbert and Evelyn (Schley) Krause. She attended country school and graduated from Owatonna High School in 1952.  On May 21, 1954 Shirley married Sterling Deming in Hertford, NC.  Upon completion of his military service, the couple moved back to Steele County where they farmed together until 1985 when they moved to town.  Shirley worked in various flower shops and enjoyed 24 years working at Taco John's where she developed many relationships. 


Shirley enjoyed gardening, freezing and canning food, and traveling.  Shirley visited all 50 states, Norway, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.  She loved spending time and visiting with her friends, family grandchildren and great grandchildren.


She is survived by her sons, Michael (and Judy) Deming of Plant City, FL, Steven (and Sara) Deming of Owatonna, Todd Deming of Owatonna; daughter, Melissa (and Mark) Lopau of Dover; many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; special friend, Robert Spatenka of Owatonna; brothers, Orlo (and Karen) Krause of Dalhart, TX, Loren (and Bev) Krause of Owatonna; Deloris (and Paul) Kubicek of Owatonna, Marie Radel of Outing, Ione (and Dale) Sette of Owatonna, Loreene (and Greg) Caswell of Owatonna and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, son-in-law, granddaughter, granddaughter-in-law and many other loved ones.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  Funeral services will be held Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11am at St. John Lutheran Church with Reverend Stephanie Wood officiating.  Interment will be in the Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Owatonna.  


Vivian Muriel Steffen, 101, of West Concord, died Friday, March 16, 2018 at Homestead Hospice House.


She was born February 4, 1917 in Merton Township the daughter of Peter and Carrie (Anderson) Jensen. Vivian married Walter Steffen February 20, 1935 in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Myrtle.  The couple made their home in Merton Township before moving to Emmons where they farmed for 2 years.  The couple moved back to the farm on which Vivian was born near West Concord where they lived and farmed together for over 60 years.  In addition to farming with her husband, Vivian worked at the canning factories in Owatonna and Kenyon.


Vivian was a member of Moland Lutheran Church and was a 4-H leader.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, fishing, caring for her mother and enjoying her family and friends.


She is survived by her sons, Gary (and Terry Colton) Steffen of Owatonna, Dannie (and Nancy) Steffen of Nashwauk; daughter, Shari (and John) Arndt of Owatonna; grandchildren, Dagan (and Dawn) Steffen of West Concord, Dallas (and Reann) Steffen of Belle Plaine, Dawn (and Barry) Church of Jordan; great grandchildren, Emily, Isabella and Tyler Steffen, Ava and Molly Church, Madyson, Tristan, Quinton and Easton Steffen and nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and three sisters.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10am to 11am.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 11am at Michaelson Funeral Home with The Reverend Nancy Edwardson officiating.  Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna.  Memorials are preferred to Moland Lutheran Church or to the donor’s choice.

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