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GLEN EUGENE MORE, SR.age 85 of Janesville, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

 

A visitation will be held from 4-7PM on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Janesville Chapel of Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services.     

 

 

Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services

Janesville Chapel

107 North Skookum Street

Janesville, Minnesota 56048

(507) 234-6775

 

 

Aaron T. Omtvedt/ Funeral Director & Embalmer / Dennis Funeral and Cremation Services/ 109 3rd Street NE Waseca MN 56093 507.835.2190 / 401 W. Main Street Waterville MN 56096 507.362.8645 / aaron@dennisfuneralhomes.com

 

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Robert F. Dusek, 89, of San Carlos, California, died Sunday, January 5, 2020.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2020, at the Brick-Meger Funeral Home at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior to the service.   Interment will be at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Owatonna.  Military Honors will be provided by the Steele County Funeral Unit. 

Bob was born November 20, 1930 in Owatonna, Minnesota to Fred and Mary (Kubat) Dusek.   He graduated from Owatonna High School with the class of 1948.   After high school he served on active duty in the US Navy for one year and 5 years in the Naval Reserves.  While in the Reserves he started working at Jostens, the beginning of a 35-year career.   Bob married Zanobia Miller September 15, 1951 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Litomysl, rural Owatonna.   They were married for 68 years and raised 3 children.  In 1960 Jostens transferred him to start up a plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee where he was plant manager.   In 1965, he transferred again, this time to Porterville, California to build another plant and expand operations within the Scholastic Division.   By 1974, Bob was promoted again and relocated to the executive offices in Minneapolis.   He had a very long and successful career retiring at the age of 55 only to then embark on his own business, Dusek Enterprises.  In 1994, Bob and Zanobia moved to Tucson, Arizona.   They tried the snowbird way of life but decided to take up permanent residence in Arizona, living on a golf course with beautiful views of the Catalina Mountains, enjoying retirement with lots of travel and golf.   In 2017 they moved back to California to be near family.

Bob loved golf, travel, being outdoors, snow skiing, astronomy and reading. During his retirement in Tucson, he was active in the community and the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic minister. 

He is survived by his wife, Zanobia, daughters; Sheila (Tom) Snyder of San Carlos, CA, Jeanie (Kent) Klueter of Mission Viejo, CA, and son, Charles (Kim) Dusek of Shakopee, MN.;  grandchildren, Gianna (Jeff) Miller, Talia Fusaro, Dane Dusek, Cullen Dusek, Quentin Klueter, and Sophia Klueter. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert Dusek, George Dusek, and sister, Martha Stursa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association in his memory. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com

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Obituary Notice

Dean H. Christianson

 

Dean Helmer Christianson, 80, of Owatonna, died Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Homestead Hospice House following a 14 year journey with multiple myeloma.

 

He was born August 12, 1939 in Austin, Minnesota the son of Helmer and Alma (Benson) Christianson.  He grew up on a farm in the Austin area.  He attended a country school, Blooming Prairie High School and in 1957, graduated from Southern School of Ag in Waseca.  He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and graduated in 1961.  While in college he met Luci Ruen and they were married on June 29, 1963 at Glenwood Lutheran Church, in rural Decorah. The couple lived in Spring Lake Park, Chula Vista, California and Owatonna.  Dean worked as an accountant for Control Data in Minneapolis and California, the Owatonna Canning Company and Struss CPA in Owatonna, retiring in 2004. 

 

Dean was a faithful and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, where he served on the board of deacons and as an usher.  He also belonged to the Lions, served on the Healthy Senior and Thrivent boards and served in the Brothers in Blue prison ministry.  

 

Dean enjoyed golfing, traveling, biking the trails in town, Minnesota sports including the Gophers, Twins and Vikings and his morning breakfast group.  He was eager to learn new things.  Family was important to him to the extent that he often invited people he met to become an extension of his family. 

 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Luci Christianson of Owatonna; children, Laurie (David Argentar) Christianson of Bear, DE and Eric (Lisa) Christianson of Fargo; grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Tyler Christianson of Fargo; brother, Nathan (Dot) Christianson of St. Michael; sisters-in-law, Helen Hermeier, Diane (Norbert) Lovstuen and Wanita Ruen all of Decorah and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmer and Alma and brothers-in-law, Robert Ruen and Allen Hermeier.

 

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Monday, January 20th from 4:00-7:00 PM and at Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 AM.  A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna with The Reverend Amanda Floy officiating.  Private interment will be at a later date.

 

Memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice House, Trinity Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.

 

Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc.

P.O. Box 482, 1930 Austin Road,

Owatonna, MN  55060   

(507) 451-7943

 

 

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LUCY MARIE JOHNSON, age 61 of Waseca, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the State Street Chapel of Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services.  Visitation will be held from 12:00PM until the time of the service at the funeral home.  Private interment will take place at a later date.  dennisfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

Aaron T. Omtvedt/ Funeral Director & Embalmer / Dennis Funeral and Cremation Services/ 109 3rd Street NE Waseca MN 56093 507.835.2190 / 401 W. Main Street Waterville MN 56096 507.362.8645 / aaron@dennisfuneralhomes.com

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Emmet E. Gallagher 94

Emmet E. Gallagher of Owatonna died January 13, 2020 at TImberdale Trace in Owatonna.  Mass of Christian Burial is set for Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna.  Friends may greet Emmet’s family on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 5 – 7 pm at Brick – Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna and one hour before the funeral liturgy on Thursday at the church.  Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Honors by the Steele County Funeral Unit.  The Owatonna Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Emmet was born on June 11, 1925 the son of Joseph and Emily (Roeder) Gallagher in Pleasant Hill township rural Winona County.  Emmet attended high school in Houston, MN and was a member of the graduating class of 1943.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in Guam and in the Philippine Islands.  Following his military services Emmet went to study at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Journalism.  He was united in marriage to Rosemary Conway on Oct. 21, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca.  The couple raised their family in Owatonna while Emmet worked for Federated Insurance holding many leadership positions throughout his 33-year career. He held his Irish heritage close to his heart with all the blarney, malarkey, shenanigans.  He was instrumental in the organization and developing the Befriender Ministry in Owatonna area.   Emmet was a life member of the Owatonna Knight of Columbus and the Elk’s, St. Joseph Church.  His life interests include bee keeping, gardening, the outdoors, hunting and boundary waters, wine and beer making. Spending time with his kids and grandkids.  Emmet will be remembered for his kindness, patience and the epitome of a country gentleman.

Emmet will be missed by his wife of 69 years Rosemary his children Kevin (Marie) Gallagher of Owatonna, Maureen Wencl of Medford, Kerry (Jackie) Gallagher of Champlin, Mn, Greg (Kelly) Gallagher of Owatonna, Jeff (Brenda) Gallagher of Owatonna, Steve (Carol) Gallagher of Granite Shoals, TX.  14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.  His brother Robert (Shirley) Gallagher of Onalaska, WI.  Emmet was preceded in death by infant daughter Glenette, sister Francis Frie and brother Joseph Gallagher.  Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s School in Owatonna.

For more informationor leave a condolence go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com.

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Richard (Rich) J. Cashman, 63, died unexpectedly on Jan. 4, 2020, at his home in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Friends may greet the family from 5-7:00 PM Friday January 17, 2020 at the Brick Meger Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral at church. There will be a Parish Rosary recited at the funeral home on Friday at 4:45 PM.MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL is set for Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00 NOON at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Owatonna.

Rich, the sixth of 10 children, was born and raised in Owatonna, the son of Robert and Madonna Cashman. He attended school in Owatonna and graduated as salutatorian of his high school class. A lifelong musician inspired by Owatonna’s rich musical traditions, Rich participated in band and choir, and was especially proud to have been an OHS caroler. He sang in church choirs for most of his adult life.

After high school, Rich attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. He served in the United States Army at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and later at Darmstadt, Germany. He attained the rank of Captain and received an honorable discharge in 1984. Pursuing further studies, Rich earned a Master in Business from Loyola University.

For many years, Rich worked in construction project management for Gilford Construction Corporation, Washington, D.C., and then Turner Construction, where he was employed at the time of his death. His work included projects at The White House, Pentagon, Washington Monument, Dulles Airport and a border patrol station in El Paso, Texas.

Rich enjoyed international travel, with Rome, Italy, and his paternal ancestral homeland of Ireland favorite destinations. He’d recently made a special family trip to Ireland with three of his siblings.

Rich was a devout Catholic blessed with a beautiful tenor singing voice that he used to express his faith. He sang for many years with the St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, Maryland. Recently, he’d begun work on a devotional CD to record his favorite hymns for his extended family.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Barbara, his sister Madonna Baldus, and brother Patrick Cashman. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline; brothers Robert Cashman (Sharon) of New Market, David Cashman of Owatonna; sisters Cynthia Anne Cashman of Los Angeles, Nora Cruden (Mike) of Shoreview, Rosemary Cashman of Rochester, Lisa Bulver of Owatonna, and Paulette Cashman of Vadnais Heights; 10 nieces and nephews; and 13 great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Laura Baker Services Association, 211 Oak St., Northfield, Minnesota 55057 or online at laurabaker.org. Rich’s late brother Patrick was a longtime resident at Laura Baker. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com

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OBITUARY INFORMATION

 

RAYMOND EDWARD JIRELE, age 72 of Waseca died on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato following a valiant 5 year battle with stage 4 mantel cell lymphoma which was caused by Agent Orange exposure during his service in Vietnam.

 

Born on April 6, 1947 in Owatonna, Minnesota, he was the son of Raymond Joseph and Bertha Pelagia (Deml) Jirele.  He attended St. Mary’s School in Owatonna before graduating from the Southern School of Agriculture in Waseca in 1965.  Ray enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before receiving 52 weeks of electronics training in Biloxi, MS.  In 1967 he was stationed in Idaho during the 6 Day War.  Ray went on to serve in Vietnam during the TET Offensive where he worked on the forward looking radar systems of the RF4C reconnaissance planes.  A plane that he had been working on took a direct hit while he was retrieving a tool in the hangar.

Following his discharge, he returned to Waseca and began working at the E.F. Johnson Co.  Ray married his high school sweetheart, Susan Marie Carleton on May 24, 1969.   He went on to attend Southwest State University in Marshall before studying electrical engineering at the University of Idaho in Moscow.  While in Moscow Ray worked as an EMT with the fire department.  Following their return to Waseca, Ray worked at the E. F. Johnson Co. for 25 years.  He went on to work at Pemstar in Rochester which became Benchmark before retiring in 2014.   Ray realized he didn’t enjoy retirement and began working for Creation Technologies in St. Peter where he was currently employed.   He enjoyed tractor and threshing shows, riding motorcycle and fixing things.    Ray was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Waseca and was a lifetime member of the NRA.

 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan of Waseca; five children, Sonja Lynn of Eagle Lake, Sarah (Adam) Kahnke of Smithfield, VA, Christine (Jay) Arenas of Longmont, CO, Allison (Brett Byers) Jirele of Waseca, and Daniel (Cricket) Jirele of Waldorf; and 18 grandchildren, Michelle Lynn, Randy (Allie) Lynn, William Lynn, Jesse Lynn, Kayla Lynn, Allan Kahnke, Alexander Kahnke, Christian Kahnke, Joseph Kahnke, Elizabeth Kahnke, Evangeline Kahnke, Juliette Arenas, Elijah Arenas, Jeremiah Arenas, Grayson Byers, Jace Jirele, Christian Jirele, and Uriah Jirele.  He is also survived by his mother, Bertha Jirele of Puyallup, WA; siblings, Ramona (Harvey) Wheeler of The Woodlands, TX, Virginia (Bob) Rohrer of Puyallup, WA, and Dennis (Judy) Jirele of Red Wing; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father; sister, Cecelia (Dave) Erickson; and granddaughter, Clara Jirele.

 

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 4-7 PM at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services – Third Street Chapel in Waseca and continue on Tuesday, one hour before services at the church.

 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Grace Baptist Church in Waseca.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waseca County. 

 

 

Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services

109 3rd St. NE
Waseca, MN  56093

507-835-2190

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GERALDINE ANN SCHWEIM,of Janesville, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Whispering Creek in Janesville at the age of 87 years, 1 month, and 30 days.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville, with Rev. Paul Muther and Rev. Brian Johnston officiating.  Visitation will be held from 9:00AM until the time of the service at the church.  Interment will follow at Smith’s Mill Cemetery.  Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Janesville is handling the arrangements.  dennisfuneralhomes.com

 

Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services

107 N. Skookum Street

Janesville, Minnesota 56048

(507) 234-6775

 

 

Aaron T. Omtvedt/ Funeral Director & Embalmer / Dennis Funeral and Cremation Services/ 109 3rd Street NE Waseca MN 56093 507.835.2190 / 401 W. Main Street Waterville MN 56096 507.362.8645 / aaron@dennisfuneralhomes.com

 

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Obituary Notice

Arlene Esther Monahan

 

 

 

Arlene Esther Monahan, 82, of Nisswa, formerly of Owatonna, died Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living, Baxter.

 

She was born April 17, 1937 in Luverne the daughter of Herbert and Esther (Mohr) Hemme.  She was raised on a farm near Hardwick and graduated from Luverne High School.  On Dec. 27, 1958 Arlene married Robert Monahan in Hardwick.  The couple made a few moves for Robert's work before settling in Owatonna.  Arlene was the bookkeeper for Cedarview Nursing Home for over 20 years.  In 2013, Arlene and Robert moved to Nisswa.

 

Arlene was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and later Cross Lake Lutheran Church.  She was a dedicated mom and grandma.  She loved attending the sporting events her grandchildren participated in.  Arlene also loved her “grandpuppies,” London and Max.  Arlene enjoyed traveling, was a great cook, enjoyed baking and was an excellent host any time they were entertaining.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (and Mark) Mukomela of Lakeville; son, Michael (and Shari) Monahan of Breezy Point; grandchildren, Karli Monahan, Ryan Monahan and nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Monahan; brothers, Arlo Hemme, Gene Hemme and an infant daughter.

 

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Friday from 4pm to 7pm and at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday from 8am to 9am.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9am at Trinity Lutheran Church with The Reverend Amanda Floy officiating.  Interment will be in the Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Owatonna.  Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association 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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Andy F. Meger lifelong resident of Belle Plaine, MN died January 9, 2020 at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Wednesday January 15, 2020 at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. A parish rosary will be resided on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 3:45 pm at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic.  Friends may greet the family from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and one hour before the funeral liturgy at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church.

 Andrew Francis Meger was born June 9, 1928 the son of John D. and Veronica (Shepard) Meger.  Andy attended country school in Derryanne Township rural Le Sueur County and later attended high school in New Prague.  After high school he joined his father to help on the family farm.  Andy enlisted in the United States Army in 1951and served for two years.  He was united in marriage to Margaret McPartlan August 8, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church in Belle Plaine.  Together the couple raised ten children.  After being honorably discharged from the Army he worked at the Farmer’s Coop in Belle Plaine for ten years.  He attended vocational school in Minneapolis where he studied to become an electrician, earning his journeyman’s license.  Andy began employment as an electrician at Midland Glass which became Anchor Glass where he worked for thirty years. He retired in 1993, but continued to do electrical work for various people, but most notably at Emma Krumbees restaurant and the American Inn Hotel.  Andy was a member of the American Legion and a lifelong member of Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church.  His life interests include fishing, deer hunting, vacationing up north with his family and hunting for that allusive “Morel Mushroom”

Andy is survived by his ten children Shelia Zimmermann of Le Sueur, Ken Meger of New Prague, Dan (Ann) Meger of Lincolnton, NC. Wayne Meger of Chaska, Shirley Meger of Halfway, OR, Don (Pam) Meger of Belle Plaine, Glen (Cheryl) Meger of Owatonna, Tom Meger of Belle Plaine, Sharon (Dave) Ernst of Shakopee and Shelly (Adam) Juaire of Land O Lakes, Florida.  29 Grandchildren and 34 Great-Grandchildren.  Brother Leonard of New Prague.

Andy was preceded in death by his brothers John, Sylvester, Raymond, Joseph and Ambrose.  His sisters Marcella, Roscella, Veronica and Mary Ann.  Memorials may be directed to Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic School in Belle Plaine. 

For more information or leave a condolence go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com.

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DeAnn L. Kaplan, age 81, of Blooming Prairie, MN passed away January 12, 2020.

Friends may greet the family 4:00-7:00 PM Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Brick Meger Funeral Home, Owatonna and one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  A family reflection will start at 10:20 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM Friday, January 17, 2020 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Litomysl. A Parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 PM on Thursday before the visitation at the funeral home.

 

DeAnn was born September 29, 1938 in Owatonna the daughter of John and Bonita (Hondl) Resler.  She attended school in Owatonna.  She was united in marriage to Eugene Kaplan on June 16, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Litomysl.  She worked alongside her husband on the farm in rural Steele County and then worked at Jostens for a time. DeAnn started working at Steele Waseca Cooperative Electric in 1984 as a customer service representative and later worked as an Administrative Assistant until she retired in 2001.  DeAnn was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Litomysl and the rural Homemakers Club. She also taught religion class for many years.  Life interests include reading and traveling to Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany and France. She enjoyed time with her family. 

DeAnn will be missed by her children:  Shelbie (Ed) O’Brien of Lakeville, Sherrie (Steve) Meixner of Moorhead, Jerry (Barb) Kaplan of Blooming Prairie, Gary (Linda) Kaplan of LaGrange, GA and Grant (Cathy) Kaplan of Medford.  Grandchildren Beth (Josh Jerney) O’Brien, Erin (Nate Mink) O’Brien, Kari (Adam) Wilson, Brad Meixner, Mandy (Paul) Booth, Nicole (Derek Storey) Kaplan, Josh Kaplan, Chris Kaplan, Jeremy (Leah) Kaplan, Jake (Dana) Kaplan and 16 Great-grandchildren. DeAnn is preceded in death by her parents, husband Eugene, two grandsons Eric Kaplan and Jonny Kaplan, sister Dorothy, brothers Clem and Lloyd.

For more information or to leave a condolence go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


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