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Richard (Rick) Stoen, 61, of Glendale Arizona, died unexpectedly June 16, 2017. 

Mass of Christian Burial is set for Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:00 am at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Claremont, MN with Father Tom Niehaus officiating.  Burial will take place following the service at St. Francis de Sales cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 until the time of services at the church.

Rick was born the son of Ralph and Betty Stoen on May 7, 1956 in Blooming Prairie, MN.  He was a member of the graduating class of 1974 of Claremont High School.  He attended Austin Vocational Technical College for auto body rebuilding. 

Rick worked at Tri-Ford/Krejci Ford in Blooming Prairie and Weber’s Garage in Claremont, followed by various automotive jobs over the years until completing his employment with Napa in Phoenix, AZ.   Rick’s life interests included cars, racing, building race cars and farming. 

Rick is survived by his longtime friend, Debbie Edenhofer of Glendale, AZ.  He is survived by his mother Betty and children:  Amy Johns of Blooming Prairie, Aaron Stoen of Baxter MN, Amanda Nichols of Owatonna, Zachary Wanous of Atlanta, GA.  Rick is further survived by 8 grandchildren and siblings: Ronald Stoen of Claremont, Roger Stoen of Medford, Donna Herda of Faribault, Mary Olson of Medford, Barb Kraling of Blooming Prairie, Rodney Stoen of Blooming Prairie, Randy Stoen of Claremont.   Rick was preceded in death by his father, Ralph. To leave a message of condolence go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Steven Dale Vogelsang, 63, of Owatonna, MN, died Saturday, June 24, 2017 surrounded by family at his home. Friends may greet the family on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Brick – Meger Funeral Home (1603 – Austin Road, Owatonna) from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Burial will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.

Steve was born on February 23, 1954 to Rudy and Cleone Vogelsang in Albert Lea, MN.  After attending school in Ellendale, Steve was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Kathy Bonnerup on November 24, 1973.  He began his military service shortly thereafter with two years of active duty based out of Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  He then returned to Albert Lea with his wife and son.  Steve enlisted in the Minnesota national Guard and attended Albert Lea Vo-Tech as his family grew to include two daughters.   A hardworking man, Steve had a long career in printing and manufacturing that included twenty plus years with Brown Printing Company and over ten years with SPX. 

Steve, a loyal and excitable fan of both the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, filled his free time with family activities.   He adored spoiling his grand-daughters, helping his brother Dennis on the farm,  having a once-in-a lifetime trip to Germany with brothers David and Dennis, and enjoying his mother-in-law’s home cooked meals and desserts which always seemed to ‘stick together”. 

Steve is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Jason and his fiancé Jen, daughter, Stacy and her husband Robert; step grand-daughter, Scarlett; grand-daughters Kailyn and Devyn; step great-grandchildren Bayleigh, Rylee, Cayden; mother-in-law Velma Bonnerup; brothers Dave and wife Judy, Fargo ND, Dennis of Clarks Grove, MN and sister, Carol of Trimont, MN, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents Rudy and Cleone; father-in-law Don; brother, Bob; and daughter Kristi.

Steve will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends. To leave a message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Elvin Merle Swant, 83, of Owatonna, died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at St. Lucas Care Center.


He was born December 7, 1933 in Guckeen the son of Owen and Ruth (Hall) Swant. Elvin graduated from Blue Earth High School.  He served in the US Air Force from 1952-1956.  Following the service he worked for Boeing in Washington State prior to moving to Idaho Falls, ID where he owned a hotel.  After that, he worked in the Heating and Cooling business in Sioux Falls, SD, Omaha, NE, and finally in Richardson, TX.  When Elvin retired, he moved to Owatonna in 1995.  He enjoyed working for several years at the Straight River North Rest Area on Interstate 35.


Elvin was a member of Northridge Church.  He was a hard working family man that enjoyed reading, cooking and baking.  Elvin had great sense of humor which he shared with his family and friends.


He is survived by his wife, Miryam Swant of Owatonna; daughter, Gwen (and Steve) McKay of Kechi, KS; son, Andrew Swant of Owatonna; grandchildren, Emily McKay, Ethan McKay; sister, Evelyn Bell of Blue Earth, Betty Swant of Winnebago, Ellen Matheson of Frostproof, FL and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his sister, Eileen Burrows and an infant sister.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 9am to 10am.  Memorial services will be held June 28, 2017 at 10am at Michaelson Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Perryman officiating.  Interment will be in the Nashville Cemetery in Winnebago at a later date. 


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MaryAnn Petersen passed away peacefully with family nearby, on the evening of June 23, 2017 at the Owatonna Hospital.

MaryAnn Thurmer was born on September 8, 1927 in Des Moines Township, Jackson County, Minnesota to August and Anna Libra Thurmer. She attended grade school in the Middletown octagonal school, a few miles south of Jackson. MaryAnn was the editor of her high school newspaper and a cheerleader. She graduated from Jackson High School as Salutatorian in 1945.

MaryAnn met Dale V. Petersen, lifelong partner and spouse, after he returned home to Jackson, MN at the end of WWII. MaryAnn and Dale were married in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Jackson on June 4, 1946. They moved to Little Falls in 1948 and to Owatonna in 1954. MaryAnn was an active volunteer in her children's schools, for the Boy and Girl Scouts, and they were foster parents. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and active in their church circle. MaryAnn worked part-time in several local businesses, including real estate sales and working for the US Census Bureau. MaryAnn was excellent mathematician and had a 43 year career preparing taxes at H&R Block. She loved to read and learn about new ideas while attending college at Rochester and Mankato. MaryAnn enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, traveling, visiting friends and relatives. MaryAnn and Dale toured around the US in their motor home after his retirement, including a trip over the Alaskan Highway. After Dale passed away in 1995, she traveled with friends to Europe and Africa.

She is survived by children Fredric (Alisa) Petersen, Teresa (David) Sorem, Timothy (Gail) Petersen, Anne (Larry) Davis, Joseph Petersen (Judy Lucas), John Petersen, Mary Libra Candeo, Kathleen (Scott) Reebie.

Her 25 surviving grandchildren include Erin Palmer, Tory (Kate) Schultz, Lee Medema, Christian (Jessica) Medema, Tom Sorem, Lisa (Matthew) Tennessen, Richard Sorem, David (Ariana) Sorem, Rebecca (Chris) Treas, Matthew (Jen) Petersen, Nicholas McMullen, Jeremiah Petersen, MarKessa Baedke-Petersen, Roman (Sandra) Petersen, Zakia Thiesen, Laura (Jordan) Garmatz, Richard (Suzanne) Nicoli, Grace Petersen, Ida Petersen, Annika Denham, Madeline Denham, Forrest Denham, Michael (Breanne) Petersen, Peter Reebie, Carline Reebie.

Her 25 surviving great grandchildren include Nicholas and Anastasia Schulz; Danica and Walker Sorem; Laney, Maya, Lance and Morgan Tennessen; Annabelle, Kaillie, Jaxton, and Brantley Sorem; Dylan and Logan Treas; William and Olivia Petersen; Delilah, Cassidy and Logan Baedke; Therin Petersen; Emma Thiesen; Yanto Garmatz; Ashley and Christopher Nicolai; and Dresden Petersen.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dale; parents August and Anna Thurmer; five brothers: Theodore, Harry, Elmer, Robert, and LeRoy; three sisters: Verna Sanders, Mabel Leighty, and Leola Ruth; grandson Gabriel Petersen, and great grandson Ethan Baedke.

A Funeral Mass will be on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 810 S Cedar Ave, Owatonna. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m.  A Catholic Daughters Rosary will be said at10:40 a.m. in the church. To leave a condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Carol Lea Kath, 79, of Owatonna, died Monday, June 26, 2017 at her residence at Valley View in Owatonna.


She was born December 18, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Greta (Soderberg) White. She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from high school in 1955.  She was united in marriage to Roy Emil Kath on December 1, 1956, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waseca.  The couple made their home in Minneapolis where they began their family.  In 1966, they moved to a farm in Deerfield Township near Waseca where they raised their family.  Carol also worked outside the home at Brown Printing in Waseca for nearly 40 years.  Following Roy’s death she continued living on the farm and in 2002 moved to Owatonna.  She enjoyed baking, walking, dancing and celebrating Halloween and Christmas holidays.  She was especially proud of her family and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Carol was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Meriden Township where she served and sang in the choir.  Her diagnosis with dementia didn’t stop her from enjoying life.  She utilized her quick wit to adjust to the disease. 


She is survived by her children, Gretchen (Charles) Kaplan of Owatonna, Mona (David) Scheerle of Fairmont, John (Rhonda) Kath of Waseca and Christopher (Shauna) Kath of Hudson, WI; siblings, Margaret (James) Heglund of Minneapolis, Alice Erickson of Grantsburg, WI, Charles (Margie) White of Minnetonka, John (Sandy) White of St. Paul and Patricia (Tim) Giese of Champlain; grandchildren, Allen (Caitlynn) Kaplan, Julia (Jeremy) Nelson, Samantha (Chad) Jones, Bobbie Jo Snook, Nicole (Dusty) Christenson, Ashley Kath and Alissa Kath; seven great grandchildren (and one on the way) and many other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Greta; husband, Roy; daughter, June Allbee and sister, Joanne Walker


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and at the church one hour prior to the service.  Funeral services will be held June 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Meriden Township with Reverend Cheryl D. Indehar officiating.  Interment will be in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.




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