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Obituary Notice

Dora G. Rubesch

Pronounced:  rue - bish


Dora Garza Rubesch, 79, of Owatonna, died Friday, October 11, 2019 at her home.


She was born November 18, 1939 in Bexar, Texas the daughter of  Rosendo and Antonia (Garza) Pena. She grew up in San Antonio where she graduated from High School.  She married William Rubesch on May 5, 1963, in San Antonio.  The couple lived for a while in St. Paul and in 1975, moved to Owatonna.  Dora was primarily a homemaker and also provided daycare for a while.  She was very proud of her three sons and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed traveling and trips to the casino to play bingo. 


She is survived by her sons, Richard Rubesch of Wesley Chapel, FL, John Rubesch (Fatima Carillo) of Eagan and Timothy (Lonna) Rubesch of Blaine; grandchildren, Ashley Rubesch, Emaly Rubesch, William Rubesch and Elizabeth Rubesch and a brother.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Rosendo and Antonia and husband, William Rubesch.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna with visitation one hour prior.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Owatonna.


Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc.

P.O. Box 482, 1930 Austin Road,

Owatonna, MN  55060   

(507) 451-7943




Obituary Notice

Elsmer George John Eaker




Elsmer George John Eaker, 94, of Owatonna, died Friday, October 11, 2019 at Koda Living Community.


He was born September 30, 1925 in Aurora Township the son of Alvin and Hilda (Hintz) Eaker. Elsmer grew up farming with his father in Aurora Township and attended country school.  On October 6, 1961 he married Gladys Villwock in Iowa.  The couple made their home in Owatonna where they raised their family.  He worked at the Owatonna Canning Company for 35 years retiring in 1991 and then continued to work part time for the canning company until 2000.  Elsmer also worked part time for Owatonna Park and Rec. only leaving to be a full time caregiver for Gladys.


Elsmer was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as an usher for several years.  He was a Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan.  He enjoyed scenic car rides, trips to the casino, playing cards, John Deere tractors and going on walks.  Elsmer took great pride in his yard and enjoyed taking time to mow and make it look beautiful.  Elsmer loved time spent with his family and playing double solitaire with his great grandson.


He is survived by daughters, Judy (and Chuck) Gilman of Sacramento, CA, Lorie Eaker of Plymouth; son-in-law, Gene Weinzetl of Owatonna; granddaughters, Jessica (and Drew) Ernakovich, Hannah (and Luke) Anderson, Kelly (and Jason) Schwartz; great grandchildren, Alexis, Gavin, Gibson, London, Clark, Hank, Ben, Stella; sister, Audrey Bohlman, Vivian (and Mike) Quast; brother-in-law, Jacob Simonson; sister-in-law, Joan Villwock and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Eaker; daughters, Jean Mollenhauer, Vickie Weinzetl; sister, LaVonne Simonson.


Visitation will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday from 9am to 11am.  Funeral services will be held October 16, 2019 at 11am at Trinity Lutheran Church with The Reverend Amanda Floy officiating.  Interment will be in the St. John Cemetery in Owatonna. 




Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc.

P.O. Box 482, 1930 Austin Road,

Owatonna, MN  55060   

(507) 451-7943




Obituary Notice

Elaine Joy Hanson


Elaine Joy Hanson, 92, a long-time resident of Owatonna, died Monday, September 23, 2019 at Columbine West Health and Rehab Facility in Colorado. 


Elaine was born May 20, 1927 in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the daughter of Clarence and Anna Havlik.  She graduated from Ellendale High School in 1945.  She married Kenneth Hanson on May 20, 1945 at Zion Lutheran Church.  The couple farmed near Ellendale for 22 years before moving to Owatonna in 1964. 


Elaine worked at Josten’s and later retired from Wenger Corporation.  She was the epitome of what an executive secretary exemplified to Wenger Corporation executives.


Elaine and Ken built four different houses in Owatonna.  Elaine loved decorating as was apparent by the beautiful interior finishes in each of her homes.    She felt that Owatonna was the greatest place to live.


She loved all her friends in Owatonna and the surrounding towns and enjoyed all the fun activities involved in those friendships.  Elaine and Ken thoroughly enjoyed their social relationships with other couples in the community and at their church.  She is most remembered for her beautiful smile, sparkling blue eyes and great personality.


As her health deteriorated, she moved from Countryside Senior Living to Colorado in February of 2018 to be close to her daughter and son-in-law.  She dearly missed Minnesota and all of her dear friends there.


Elaine is survived by her daughter, Lynn and son-in-law, John Suess in Colorado; grandchildren, Dion Hanson, Desiree Getner, Ryan Hanson and Dustin Hanson; great-grandchildren, Cress, Ridge and Drake Hanson and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth who passed in 2015; son, Dean and parents Clarence and Anna Havlik.


Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 1909 St. Paul Road with The Reverend John Weisenburger officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.


Memorials preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.


Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc.

P.O. Box 482, 1930 Austin Road,

Owatonna, MN  55060   

(507) 451-7943



Gary E. Steffen of Owatonna died October 12, 2019 at Foxdale Colony Court Senior Living in Waseca, MN. Funeral service is set for Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Owatonna.  Friends may greet Gary’s family on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5 – 7 pm at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home (1603 –Austin Road Owatonna) and one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.

Gary was born September 21, 1935 in Owatonna, the son of Walter and Vivian (Jensen) Steffen.  Gary grew up on a family farm in Moland in rural Steele County.  He attended country school in district 49 and later went to Medford High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1952. Gary was united in marriage to Leona Skalicky on June 27, 1955St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna, MN.  Leona preceded Gary in death in 1992.  Gary worked for Jostens in Owatonna, Princeton, IL, Denton, TX and Omaha, NE.  He moved back to Owatonna in 1975and started S&S Harvesting along with his father Walter and continued to farm until his retirement.  

Throughout his life Gary enjoyed fishing, hunting, waterskiing, golfing, bowling, snowmobiling and dancing. The parties in the old days of Jostens and family gatherings were Gary’s fondest memories.  He was a member of the Eagles, V.F.W. and American Legion in the past, as well as a former member of Moland Lutheran Church where he served as a board member. He was a current member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. 

Gary is survived by his brother Dan (Nancy) Steffen, sister Shari (John) Arndt of Owatonna; two nephews Dagan (Dawn) Steffen of Owatonna and Dallas ( ) Steffen, a niece Dawn (Barry) Church all of Jordan, MN and special friend, Terry Colton, of Owatonna.  Gary is preceded in death by his wife and parents.  To leave a condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com




Obituary Notice

Betty Jean Johnson




Betty Jean Johnson, 87, of Owatonna, died peacefully Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Timberdale Trace after battling Dementia and a short bout of breast cancer.


She was born June 21, 1932 in Albert Lea the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Giese) Braaten. Betty graduated from Owatonna High School in 1950.  On August 31, 1952 she married Gerald Johnson at St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna.  The couple lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan while Jerry was in the Coast Guard before settling on a small farm in Lemond Township.  They spent 38 years on their farm prior to moving to Owatonna in 1999.  Betty was a telephone operator from 1949-1953 and later spent 17 years as a tax preparation secretary.


Betty was a member of Pontoppidan Lutheran Church where she was active as a Sunday school teacher, member of Circle and Ladies Aid and typed the church bulletin.  She enjoyed playing cards and games, shopping, puzzles, crafts and going to garage sales.  She loved time at the cabin and traveling with her husband to Florida and California.


She is survived by her husband, Jerry Johnson of Owatonna; daughter, Sue (and Dave) Jensen of Willmar; sons, David (and Cindy) Johnson of Owatonna, Mark (and Terry) Johnson of Owatonna, Darren (and Stacey) Johnson of Owatonna; grandchildren, Paul Jensen, Michael (and Mellissa) Jensen, Nicole (and Jake) Jeno, Abby (and Tim) Malterer, Scott Johnson, Carly Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Alexandra Johnson, Derek Johnson; great grandchildren, Ethan Jensen, Lily Jensen, Emalea Edberg, Karli Jensen, Christian Jensen, Elijah Jensen, Charlie Jensen, Nohlen Jeno, Evelyn Jeno; brother in law, Hilding (and Eloise) Johnson; sister in law, Lenore Matejcek and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her brothers, Stanley Braaten, Carl Braaten.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Friday from 4pm to 7pm and at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church on Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am.  Funeral services will be held October 19, 2019 at 10:30am at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Walerius officiating.  Interment will be in the Pontoppidan Lutheran Cemetery in Lemond Township.  Memorials are preferred to Pontoppidan Cemetery Fund or to the donor’s choice.




Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc.

P.O. Box 482, 1930 Austin Road,

Owatonna, MN  55060   

(507) 451-7943


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