Miscellaneous Faribault County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2000


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Linda J. Schneider, 59
Winnebago - Services for Linda J. Schneider, 59, of rural Winnebago were at 1 p.m. Monday, July 31 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Winnebago. Burial was in the Rosehill Cemetery at Winnebago.
Mrs. Schneider died Friday, July 28, 2000 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
She was born April 3, 1941 at Guckeen, daughter of Dick and Andrea (Honken) Dontje. In 1959 she graduated from Huntley High School. On April 18, 1961 she married David Schneider at Winnebago. They spent three years in California before returning to Winnebago. They owned and operated Dave's Clover Farm in Winnebago for seven years. She later worked at the Winnebago Super Value in the the produce department. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior.
Survivors include her husband, David of Winnebago; one son, Todd and wife Susan of Owatonna; one daughter, Denise Schneider of Eagle Lake; three grandchildren; her mother, Andrea Walvoord of Blue Earth; one brother, Harvey Dontje and wife Barb of Winnebago; two sisters, Alice Struss and husband Earl of Granada, and Janet Parno and husband Gary of Green Lake, WI.
She was preceded in death by her father and her step-father.

Wayne Calvin Mattin, 77
Elmore - Wayne Calvin Mattin, age 77, died July 28 at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was born October 27, 1923 in a farm house in Faribault County.
He was in the Army during the 2nd World War and was stationed in Japan for awhile.
He had worked as a cutter in an upholstery shop in California, Colorado, Sioux City, IA, and Salt Lake City during his younger years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Ruth (Swinburne) Mattin and brother-in-law, Orrie Udstuen.
His only surviving relative is his sister, Hazel (Mattin) Udstuen of Elmore; cousins; nieces; nephews; and a host of great nieces and nephews.
Prior to moving back to Salt Lake City 6 weeks ago, he had been residing in Elmore for the past 1 1/2 years.
No services will be held.

Rose Ballard, 92
Winnebago - Services for Rose Ballard, 92, of Winnebago were at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Winnebago. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery at Winnebago.
Mrs. Ballard died Monday, July 31 at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center in Arlington. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.
She was born February 25, 1908 in Winfield Township, Renville County, daughter of Rolf and Itina (Folkert) Seehusen. She attended country school in Winfield Township. On February 25, 1934 she married Francis Ballard at Winnebago. She worked as a cook at the Winnebago Baptist Home before raising her family. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior.
Survivors include her husband, Francis of Winnebago; one daughter, Janet Brady and husband Bill of Glencoe; one son, Marvin and wife Chris of San Mateo, CA; two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and five sisters.

Inez L. Loge, 76
Frost - Inez L. Loge, age 76, of Frost, died Sunday, August 6, 2000, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 9, at 11:00 a.m., at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore, with Rev. Robert Roettger officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Elmore. Visitation time was from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth.
She was born March 11, 1924, at Kossuth County, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Ella (Ehlers) Helmke. Inez was raised and educated in Swea City, IA where she was a 1941 graduate of Swea City High School. She had worked briefly in Austin before her marriage to Lee Loge on October 20, 1944 in Blue Earth. The couple farmed in the Frost area for many years where Inez was involved in all aspects of farm life. Following her husband's death in 1970, she moved into Frost in 1976, where she worked for Ostermann's Grocery Store for 15 years. She was a member of the Frost Community Club and was active with the Frost United Lutheran Church Bible Study Club. She was a longtime member of the Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane Helgeson of Blue Earth; son, Jeff Loge of Frost; son, Brian "Bob" and wife Sue Loge of Frost; daughter, Melanie and husband Joel Humburg of Blue Earth; sister, Arlene and husband Sig Loge of Donnelly; sister, Frances Ingebritson of Winnebago; sister, Norma Aldrich of Des Moines, IA; sister-in-law, Vic Claussen of Swea City, IA; 6 grandsons and 6 granddaughters.
Inez was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1970; brother, Art Claussen; son-in-law, Bruce Helgeson; brothers-in-law, Art Aldrich and Ben Ingebritson.

Martha S. Erdahl, 88
Rake, IA - Services for Martha Severina Erdahl were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 7 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake, IA. Interment was at West Cemetery in Rake, IA.
Martha was born March 10, 1912 to Knute and Olena (Thompson) Legried, on the Legried farm east of Rake, IA. She was baptized on April 12, 1912, at Lincoln Lutheran Church, Rake, and confirmed May 16, 1926, at the old Liberty Lutheran Church, Rake.
She attended and received her education in the rural country schools near Rake, graduating from Rake High School in 1930.
Martha was united in marriage to Oscar Erdahl on June 28, 1933. They lived and farmed east of Rake for 39 years before moving to Rake in 1972.
Martha enjoyed baking, crocheting, knitting, sewing and quilting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an active member of the Zion women's organizations for many years holding various offices and helping with all the activities. She always had a quilt in the basement to work on and a cup of coffee for anyone who stopped to visit.
Martha passed away Saturday, August 5, 2000, at St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Blue Earth. She was 88.
Left to cherish her memory are one daughter, Grace and husband Doug Danger of Rake; two granddaughters, Pam and husband Dr. Dave Eaton of Sidney, IA; Julie and husband Darrin Jensen of Elmore; four great-grandsons, Wyatt and Cordell Eaton and Derek and Drew Jensen; and many nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Oscar in 1989; one son, Kenneth in 1966; a sister, Frieda Sorenson; and a brother, Otis Legried.

Alma Leigh Armstrong, 94
Winnebago - Services for Alma Leigh Armstrong, 94, of Keystone, IA, formerly of Winnebago were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery at Winnebago.
Mrs. Armstrong died Friday, August 4 at the Keystone Care Center in Keystone, IA. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday.
She was born November 25, 1905 at rural Truman, daughter of Jay and Stella (Dewar) Spencer. She was a graduate of Truman High School in 1924 and Winona State College with a teaching degree. She taught school for ten years and coached plays, oprettas, and drama students. On June 26, 1936 she married Cecil Armstrong at Truman. They moved to Winnebago in 1936. They co-owned and operated the Spencer-Armstrong Funeral Home and Furniture Store until retiring in 1968. Mr. Armstrong preceded her in death in 1983.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, church choir for forty years, taught Sunday school and release time. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, Winona Players Drama Club, Round Table Study Club, and a past member of the Faribault County Human Services Board.
Survivors include one daughter, Priscilla Lien and husband Dean of Cedar Rapids, IA; two granddaughters; one sister-in-law, Muza Spencer of Winnebago.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Harold G. Fenske, 70
Blue Earth - Harold G. Fenske, age 70, of Blue Earth, died Sunday, August 13, at his home under the care of United Hands Hospice. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 16, at 1:30 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, with Rev. Victor Vriesen officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Patton Funeral Home of Blue Earth.
He was born February 5, 1930 at Kossuth County, Iowa, the son of Harry W. and Mabel C. (Hesseldahl) Fenske. Harold was raised and educated at rural Blue Earth where he attended District 36 country school. He was also a student at the St. Paul Agricultural Campus for 2 years before returning to farm northeast of Blue Earth. He was married to Fran Schleininger on March 24, 1956 in Fairmont. He farmed northeast of Blue Earth form the late 1940s until his retirement in 1992. He moved into Blue Earth in 1993.
He was a member of the Minnesota Flying Farmers Association for many years and also served as chairman of the Blue Earth Airport Dedication Air Show. Harold was a longtime member of the Blue Earth Lions Club, served as a township Assessor, was Director of Frost-Benco Electric Co. and served on the United Fund Board. He was a longtime member of the Salem United Methodist Church of Blue Earth, where he was a past president of the Salem Men's Brotherhood, a youth fellowship leader and church usher, and was secretary-treasurer of the Blue Earth Area Christian Couples Club. He was currently serving on the Blue Earth Board of Public Works.
He is survived by his wife, Fran Fenske of Blue Earth; mother, Mabel Fenske of Blue Earth; sister, Donna Richards of Long Prairie; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers: Dennis and Larry Fenske.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be directed to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and United Hands Hospice.

Dianne S. Cooper, 54
VERNON CENTER - Dianne S. Cooper, age 54 of Vernon Center, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 16 in Immanuel-St. Joseph's Emergency Room. Funeral services will be held Monday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Vernon Center with Rev. Greg Hovland officiating. Interment will be in the Vernon Center Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Lake Crystal Mortuary and one hour before services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
Dianne was born August 23, 1945 to Oscar and Irene (Sader) Renkly in Winnebago. She graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1963. She worked as a waitress at the Happy Chef. She was united in marriage to David Cooper on August 28, 1966 at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. She and her husband owned and operated Dianne's Dinette. She then attended cosmetology school and became a manager and instructor. She also attended computer classes at the vo-tech. She currently was co-owner of Cooper Trucking and was employed as a nurse's trainee at the Mapleton Community Home.
She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Vernon Center where she was a past president of the Ladies Aid and former Sunday School teacher. She was also active in Vernon Center's Community Club. Her interests included crocheting, computers, cooking and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her husband, David Cooper of Vernon Center; father, Oscar Renkly of Blue Earth; four sisters: Beverly Peterson and her husband Donald of Vernon Center, Helen Renkly of Blue Earth, Judy Murphy and her husband Charles of Blue Earth, Sandra Miller and her husband Kris of Mapleton; one brother, Gregory Renkly and his wife Anne of Rochester; mother-in-law, Marie Cooper of Vernon Center; brother-in-law, James H. Cooper and his wife Carol of Farmington; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother.

Charles D. Wirth, 73
Blue Earth - Charles Dale Wirth, age 73, of Plattsmouth, NE, formerly of Blue Earth and a native of Onawa, IA passed away. He was co-founder of Wirth Bros. Distributing. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and served 1944-1946. He was also a longtime member of the VFW and American Legion.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Alice Hackett of San Bernardino, CA; wife of forty-four years, Mary; siblings, Lorna Brink of Sacramento, CA; Alan Wirth of Blue Earth; Richard Wirth of Omaha, NE and Judy Choate of Crestline, CA; daughter, Kathleen Shadbolt of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Nicole Cyphers and Tiare Cyphers, both of Omaha, NE and Brendan Titrud of Seattle, WA; great-grandchild, Julian Weak of Omaha, NE; numerous family members and friends.
Services were at 2:00 p.m., Saturday August 26 at the First United Methodist Church, 702 Main St., Plattsmouth, NE. Interment is on Tuesday, August 29 at 1:00 p.m. at Onawa Cemetery, Onawa, IA. Memorials can be sent to the Lori Wirth Transplant Fund, P.O. Box 4762, Omaha, NE, 68104.

Enoch Newman, 87
Lowry - Funeral services for Enoch Newman were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, at the First Baptist Church of Glenwood, with Pastor Abe Penner officiating, assisted by Pastor Dave Wallin. Friends were able to call from 5 until 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Hoplin Funeral Home in Glenwood, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Interment was in Reno Mission Cemetery of Lowry.
Enoch Ephraim Newman passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday morning, August 17, at his home in Lowry, MN. He had attained the age of 87 years, 5 months, and 1 day.
Enoch was born on March 16, 1913, on a homestead in Huntley Township, Marshall County, Minnesota, the son of Swedish immigrant parents, Ludwig L. and Ida (Helgeman) Nyman. He was the seventh of nine children, hence his name Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam. By the age of 15, Enoch was working away from home on farms wherever he could get employment. During the Depression Days he also worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps to help his widowed mother with some of the financial needs of the family. He then found employment in the Twin Cities area where several siblings had settled.
In November of 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He began his duties at Ft. Snelling, also serving in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany as an M.P. He was honorably discharged from military duty in April of 1946, he had attained the rank of Sergeant. After his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities for a time. He then moved to Argyle, MN, where he farmed with his brother-in-law, Frank King.
In March of 1948, he was united in marriage to Florence Plagman. To this union a son, Mark, was born in March of 1949. A near fatal pickup truck/train accident in November of 1965 at Argyle forced Enoch into early retirement. In June of 1973, the Newmans purchased a home in Lowry, where he lived ever since. They joined the Glenwood First Baptist Church in 1978. Florence passed away in 1981 after a lingering illness.
On June 22, 1982, Enoch married Lila Marie Jorgenson. They enjoyed a few longer trips, visiting relatives and friends, especially during the early years of their life together. As Enoch's health deteriorated, they still loved to have folks stop in and were able to continue attending worship services and fellowship with their church family. His love of gardening never diminished and he was hoeing out a few weeds and picking a few cucumbers the day before his passing.
Lila's family became his family and over the years he gained ten grandchildren. When very small, the little ones loved to have Grandpa bounce them on his foot, as he recited the old Swedish rhyme, "Rida, Rida, Ranka."
Surviving are his wife, Lila, of Lowry; son, Mark Newman of Minneapolis; stepdaughter, Marie (Steve) Anderson of Farwell; stepson, Ken (Barb) Jorgenson of Glenwood; sisters, Ethel Hane of White Bear Lake, and Delia Setzer of St. Paul; sister-in-law, Ida Newman of White Bear Lake; ten grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Enoch was preceded in death by his parents, Ludwig and Ida; and his first wife, Florence.

Alice Shirk, 90
Bricelyn - Alice Shirk, age 90 of Bricelyn passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2000 at Parkview Care Center in Wells. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23 at Bricelyn Lutheran Church, with Reverend Ed Nieman officiating. Visitation was at the Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Interment was at the Bricelyn Lutheran Church Cemetery in Seely Township, Faribault County.
She was born on January 4, 1910, in Clarion, Iowa, the daughter of Lars and Laura Riskedahl. Her family moved to Alden where Alice attended country school and was also confirmed. She was united in marriage on November 1, 1930 to G. Bruce Shirk in Albert Lea. To this union two children were born: Roger and Gail. Gail passed away in infancy. They resided on the farm west of Bricelyn until 1968 when they moved into Bricelyn.
Alice was a homemaker and in 1952 started a new career as a store clerk working for Wolf, Habein, Anderson store, The Hub Clothing Store, and later at Jipson Hardware Store until she retired. She was a member of the Bricelyn Lutheran Church and enjoyed working in the church and community. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had a big part in their lives. Her hobby was playing bridge. Alive had been living at The Shepherd's Inn for the past year and recently moved to the Parkview Care Center in Wells.
She is survived by one son, Roger and wife Corrine Shirk of Bricelyn; 4 grandsons, Craig and wife Cynthia of Mankato; Rodney and wife Mitzie of Eugene, OR; Steven and wife Pam of Bricelyn; David and wife Trish of Waconia; 1 granddaughter, Dianne and husband Tim Wegscheid of Shorewood; 13 great grandchildren, Ryan and Laurie, Andrea, Alison, and Amy, Brian, Brooke and Alan, Rebecca, Rachel and Jacob Shirk, Nicole and Adam Wegscheid; 1 sister-in-law, Alice Riskedahl of Albert Lea; 1 brother-in-law, Joe Christiansen of Alden; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bruce in 1970, one daughter Gail, great-grandson Brent Shirk in 1985, 4 brothers: Leonard, Alvin, Ordean and Roy Riskedahl, and 2 sisters: Gladys Riskedahl and Lila Christiansen.

Gary D. Gilreath, 48
Winnebago - Services for Gary D. Gilreath, 48, of Laughlin, Nev., formerly of Winnebago were at 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 25 at the First United Methodist Church in Winnebago. Burial was in the Basey Cemetery of rural Winnebago.
Mr. Gilreath died Sunday, August 20 at his residence in Laughlin, Nev. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday.
He was born August 6, 1952 in Winnebago, the son of Donald and Anita (Hemingway) Gilreath. He was a graduate of Winnebago High School in 1971 and attended Mankato Vocational School. On May 26, 1973 he married Janet Osborn in Winnebago. They were later divorced. He worked for Loveall Construction in Winnebago; before farming for ten years. He then returned to construction work. He was a member of the Basey United Methodist Church. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.
Survivors include; two sons, Jason of Winnebago, Jeremy of Preston; father and step-mother, Donald and Hazel Gilreath of Winnebago; four sisters, Marlene Peterson and husband Clint of Preston, Elaine Oliver and husband Dennis of Winnebago, Dede Stoddard and husband Bill of Truman, Karen Ingebritson and husband Wayne of Elysian; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

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