Miscellaneous Faribault County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2000

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Eileen R. Wilhelmi, 83

AUSTIN - A funeral mass was celebrated Sept. 27 at St. Edward's Catholic Church in memory of Eileen R. Wilhelmi, age 83, of Austin. She died Sept. 24 at Austin Medical Center. 

Father Hubert Boschert officiated the memorial mass followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery. 

Eileen was born March 20, 1917, in Bancroft, Iowa to Charles and Agnes (Baker) Wiltse. She married Gerald Wilhelmi Sept. 21, 1938 ­­the couple just celebrated their 62 year wedding anniversary. 

Her survivors include her husband: Gerald Wilhelmi of Austin, two daughters: Geraldine and her husband Gordon Heisel of Appleton; Marcia Adams of Austin, three sons and daughters-in-law: Donald and Jeaneen Wilhelmi of Minnetonka; Steven and Bette Wilhelmi of Duluth; Jeffrey Wilhelmi of Austin. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. 

Dolores Sickler, 73

DELAVAN - Services for Dolores Sickler, 73, of rural Delavan were Tuesday Sept. 26 at Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan. Burial followed at East Lutheran Cemetery in rural Delavan. 

Mrs. Sickler passed away Sept. 22 at Parker Oaks in Winnebago. Her visitation was Sept. 25 from 4-8 p.m. at Spencer- Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and one hour prior to services at the church. 

She was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Walters to Frank and Irene (Higgins) Bogenschutz. She was a graduate of Wells High School in 1944. She married Raymond Sickler Jan. 24, 1946, in Wells. She worked at Telex in Blue Earth for 13 years and farmed with her husband in rural Delavan until retiring in 1998. She was under United Hands Hospice Care and had been a resident of Parker Oaks since 1999. 

Dolores was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Auxillary Volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. She enjoyed dancing and making clown dolls. 

Survivors of Mrs. Sickler include her husband: Raymond Sickler of Delavan, one son: Lawrence and his wife Pam of Winnebago, four daughters: Loretta Ascheman and her husband Rick of Spring Valley; Lorraine Braaten and her husband Ole of Fairmont; Gail Hagert and her husband Gary of Shakopee; Yvonne Smith and her husband Perry of Madison Lake, seventeen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, one son-in-law: Tom Sailor of Eagle Bend. Also several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parent, one daughter (Gwen), three sisters, and one brother. 

Adeline V. Prescher, 84

WELLS - Adeline V. Prescher passed away Sept. 25 at St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Blue Earth. Memorial services were held in her honor Sept. 27 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Rev. Gary Terrio officiated services including interment at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. 

Adeline was born Nov. 24, 1915 to Victor and Anna (Chilson) Bassett. She was confirmed Nov. 7, 1929. Adeline attended country school in Joyce and graduated from 8th grade. She attended high school but dropped out to take care of her grandmother in Blue Earth. 

She was united in marriage June 3, 1933, to Arlo Prescher in Blue Earth. She worked for Green Giant in Blue Earth for many years and also worked at Stampers in Wells and helped her husband on the farm. 

Adeline enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and being with her family. She also volunteered at the Senior Center for a few years. S 

She is survived by her husband: Arlo of Wells, one son: Arlen and his wife Jean Prescher of Albert Lea, five grandchildren: Glen Murra of Blue Earth; Gwen and her husband Terry Henricksen of Mankato; Brenda Prescher of Conger; Laurie and her husband Mark Falk of the Twin Cities; Troy Prescher and special friend Janelle of Alden, two great-grandchildren: Mackencie Henricksen of North Mankato; Jordan Prescher of Alden. She is also survived by one sister: Delores Trytten of Lake Forest, Calif., one sister-in-law: Lila Basset of Yale, Oak., one step sister: Faye Jahnke of Blue Earth, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Adeline was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, two brothers, and two step-sisters. 

Harry J. Borglum, 77

BRICELYN - Funeral services were held Wednesday Sept. 27 for Harry J. Borglum at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church in Brush Creek Township with Rev. Ed Nieman and Rev. Patricia Hinkie officiating. Visitation was held at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells from 4-8 p.m Sept. 26, and one hour prior at the church. Interment followed at North Blue Earth Lutheran Cemetery in Brush Creek Township. 

Harry passed away Saturday Sept. 23 at his home. 

He was born Nov. 6, 1922, in Walnut Lake Township in Faribault Country to John and Karla (Pederson) Borglum. Harry and his family moved to a farm in Brush Creek Township. He was baptized March 20, 1931, and confirmed Oct. 24, 1937, at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church. He attended school in District 51, graduating from the eight grade. Harry then helped his parents on the farm and worked for other farmers in the area until 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He had this training at the Great Lakes Naval Station. He served in the Southwest and Southeast Pacific, Europe, Mediterranean Sea, and African Theaters. Harry was involved in the battle of the Guadalcanal, his ship, the USS De Haven was sunk. He returned to the States Feb. 1943 for a new ship, the USS Baldwin. He ran convoy for a while near England and for the invasion of Normandy, then for the invasion of southern France. 

He returned home in 1946. He married Marian Steinhauer May 9, 1947, at Faith Lutheran Church in Walters. Harry operated a gas station and repair shop in Walters and moved at a farm in Brush Creek Township in 1948. They farmed there until 1962 when they moved to Harry's home farm where he farmed in 1985. He served on the Faribault County Fair Board for 18 years; he hauled livestock for Arends Sale Yard in Blue Earth for many years. Harry was also an avid woodworker and gardener. 

Harry is survived by his wife: Marian Borglum of rural Bricelyn, his five children: Mark and his wife Carol Borglum of North St. Paul; Katherine Campina of Sauk Rapids; Colleen and her husband Paul Knudtson of Blue Earth; Kellen and wife Karen Borglum of Frost; Rebecca and her husband Steve Glimsdal of Frost. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Lindsay and Dustin Borglum; Haley and Hanna Knudtson; Amy, Dana, and Michael Borglum; Patrick and Nathan Glimsdal, one sister: May Monson of Blue Earth, two brothers: Leo Borglum of Nebraska; Henry and wife Katie Borglum of St. Paul, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister in infancy, two brothers-in-law: Elwood Monson and Willard Steinhauer, one sister-in-law: Angela Steinhauer. 

Edmund O. Jones, 91

BLUE EARTH - Memorial services for Edmund Jones, age 91, of Blue Earth were held Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Winnebago. Rev. Tom Butler officiated. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. Visitation was held Sept. 22 at Patton Funeral Home. Mr. Jones died Sept. 21 at his home. 

Edmund Oliver Jones was born July 14, 1909, in Winnebago to Harry and Metta (Crays) Jones. He attended country school and the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture. He married Mildred Tjaden August 25, 1939, in Winnebago. He farmed and raised live stock all of his life in Winnebago and moved to Blue Earth in 1950. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved music, nature, reading, playing the fiddle and guitar. 

He is survived by his wife: Mildred Jones of Blue Earth, son: Larry and his wife Ilse Jones of Baton Rouge, La, daughters: Marcia and her husband Robert Grant of New Hope; Sharon and husband Philip Carlson of Golden Valley; Jolene Krussow of Blue Earth. He is also survived by one brother, Eldon and his wife Opal Jones of Winnebago, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 

Edmund is preceded in death by his parents and one sister. 

Ida M. Pingel, 89

LEDYARD - Ida Margaret Pingel passed away Sept. 19 at the United Hospital in Blue Earth.. Services were held Sept. 22 at the Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard, Iowa with Rev. Larry Doughan officiating. Interment followed at Highland Home Cemetery in Ledyard. 

Ida was born March 15, 1911 in Bode, Iowa, the daughter of Nels and Hannah (Lee) Haugen. Ida later moved with her family to the Rake area where they farmed. Ida attended country school and also helped farm. 

Ida was married to Cecil Pingel March 23, 1932 in Rake. They farmed north of Ledyard all their married life. Cecil died in 1978 and Ida stayed on the farm until 1995, then moved into her apartment in Ledyard. 

She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church and she later joined the Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard. She was active in the Church Guild. Ida enjoyed doing handiwork, working with flowers and playing cards. She was known for her great sense of humor and her ever-present smile. Ida especially loved to be near her family and precious grandchildren. 

Ida is survived by her two sons: Maurice Pingel of Ledyard; Larry Pingel and his wife Judy of Ledyard, one daughter Linda Hill and her husband Dennis of Kiester, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Gudrun Matheson of Rake; Ethel Doty and her husband Jim of Albert Lea. 

She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter-in-law Carla Pingel and by four brothers: Trygve, Amil, Norman and Delmer Haugen, and by two sisters: Sarah Larson and her twin sister, Inga Engelby. 

Betty V. Brucker, 78

EASTON - Funeral services and burial arrangements were held Oct. 3 for Betty V. Brucker, age 78, at Hinthorne Cemetery in Lake Bloomington, Ill. Visitation was Oct. 1 at the Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells from 6-8 p.m. Betty passed away Sept. 29 at her home in Easton. 

Betty was born March 22, 1922, in Lexington, Ill. to Mr. and Mrs. Al Bills. She was united in marriage Jan. 1, 1941, to Lowell Brucker in Hammond, Ind. In 1947, they moved to Winnebago and then moved to Easton in 1953 where they remained. 

Until her illness, Betty was an active member of the Easton American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading and her grandchildren. 

She is survived by her husband: Lowell of Easton, daughter: Margaret and her husband Dale Sonnek of Winter Park, Colo., son: Robert and his wife Peggy Brucker of Mankato, six grandchildren: Missy, Sarah, Chris, Jeff, Kaitlyn, and Lea, two great-grandchildren and one on the way, sister: Louise Miles of Hammond, Ind., and her personal care-giver and close friend: Ruth Spencer. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Judith Scheid, and one grandson: Todd Brucker. 

Mildred G. Werner, 98

WELLS - Services and visitation were held for Mildred G. Werner, age 98, of Wells were held Oct. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Wells. 

Mildred passed away Oct. 10 at Parker Oaks Health Care Center in Winnebago. 

Rev. Kenneth A. Haack officiated the services and interment, which was held at the Rosehill Cemetery in Wells, and Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells was in charge of arrangements. 

Mildred was born May 22, 1902, in Jeffers, MN to David and Effie (Potter) Noble. She attended school in Jeffers and graduated from Windom High School. 

She married Fred J. Werner April 23, 1922, in Kenyon, MN at the Evangelical Church. They moved to Wells in 1927. 

Mrs. Werner was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Wells, teaching Sunday School, Bible School, and sang in the choir. She was a member and past president of the Wells American Legion Auxiliary and the Wells Women's Society. She was the head of the Campfire Girls Program for many years and sang in the Faribault County Chorus. 

Following the death of her husband in 1964, she continued living in her current home in Wells; being cared for by Joan Meyer until moving into Parker Oaks in Winnebago in Sept. 

She is survived by two daughters: Jane Simon and husband, Dennis of Winnebago; Joyce Tiegen of Austin, three grandchildren: Mary Tiegen of Plymouth; Jody Simon of Chanhassen; Jay Simon and his wife, Amy of Winnebago. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Fred, her sisters and brothers, grandson: Eric, and her son-in-law: Irwin Tiegen. 

Bertha E. Mork, 97

KIESTER - Funeral services for Bertha Emilia Mork were held Oct. 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Kiester with Rev. Dani Jo Ninke-Greaver officiating. 

Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the church and interment was held at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. 

Bertha was born Oct. 18, 1902, in Leland, Iowa to Johan and Emma (Belsheim) Hermanson. 

She grew up in the Scarville, Iowa area. After beginning school there, she enrolled in Luther Academy in Albert Lea. Bertha was employed by the Scarville Savings Bank. 

Bertha was united in marriage Nov. 21, 1935, to Martin Mork in Scarville. They farmed in rural Kiester until his death in 1962. After Martin's death, she moved into her own home in Kiester. She lived with her sister Elsie Hermanson from 1996-1998, when she moved to the Naeve Parkview Care Center in Wells. 

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and active in church circles. 

Bertha loved being with her family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, embroidery work, and animals, especially cats. She enjoyed baking and made a great amount of lefse. 

She is survived by one son: Paul and his wife, Marilyn Mork of White Bear Lake, four grandchildren: Pamela Moran of White Bear Lake; Kyle and wife, Mary Mork of Centerville; Kimberly and husband, Trevor Scherber of Maple Grove; Heather Mork and fiance, Chad Norman of Eagan. 

Bertha is also survived by two great grandchildren: Claire Mork and Emily Scherber, one sister: Elsie Hermanson of Kiester, numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Martin in 1962 and three brothers: Raymond, Emil, and Morris. 

Joshua Larson, 21

BLUE EARTH - Joshua Larson, age 21, of Marshall , formerly of Worthington and Blue Earth, died Friday, Oct. 6 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. at Community Chapel in Lakota, Iowa. Pastor Ron Wheeler officiated the services and the burial held later at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth. 

Joshua was born June 3,1979, in Quito, Ecuador to Stephen and Carol (Rust) Larson. 

He lived in Modena, Italy as a young child before coming to Minnesota, where he attended public schools in Worthington and Blue Earth before completing his last year and graduating from Meade High School in Meade, Kan. He enjoyed competing in the high school basketball and golf teams. He had also recently attended Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan. He had lived and worked in Marshall the past year in preparation to continue his college career. 

He is survived by his parents: Stephen and Carol Larson of Meade, Kan., sister: Sarah Larson of Meade, Kan., maternal grandmother: Hilda Rust of Worthington and several aunts and uncles. 

Joshua was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rust and paternal grandparents Lloyd and Ida Larson. 

Faye Jahnke, 71

BLUE EARTH - Faye Jahnke, age 71, of Blue Earth passed away Oct. 8 at her home, under the care of United Hands Hospice. 

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at the Salem United Methodist Church, Pastor Rod Stemme officiated. Burial was held at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Patton Funeral Home of Blue Earth. 

Faye was born Oct. 25, 1928, at Hanlantown, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Annie Rowe. 

She was raised and educated in Joyce, Iowa. Faye married George B. Jahnke March 19, 1946, in Marshall. The couple moved to Blue Earth following their marriage where Faye was a homemaker. She had worked seasonally with Green Giant for a short time and at the Moultens Grocery for a few years. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church and the VFW Ladies Auxilliary. She enjoyed fishing, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. 

Faye is survived by her sons: George and his wife, Carmel Jahnke Jr. of Blue Earth; James and wife, Judy Jahnke of Blue Earth; Brian and his wife, Sheri Jahnke of Bricelyn, sisters: Lila Bassett of Yale, Okla.; Delores Trytten of Lake Forest, Calif, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, three sisters, an infant daughter and infant great grandson. 

Duane J. Adams, 80

FORMERLY OF BLUE EARTH - Mr. Adams passed away Oct. 8 at the age of 80. 

Duane Adams was born May 28, 1920, in Blue Earth. The son of Earl James and Edith Mary (Saunders) Adams. Was in Blue Earth and upon completing his high school education in 1938, attended the Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis and worked in sales. 

On Sept. 13, 1942, he was united in marriage to Isabel Virginia (Ginger) Yarnell, in St. Peter. 

He entered the U.S. Army Sept. 27, 1942. Upon completion of his basic training at Ft. Cronkite, Calif., he was assigned to the Artilery School in Ft. Monroe, Va. Upon completing his schooling there, he then transferred to Ft. Winfield Scott, San Francisco, as harbor defense radar instructor and repairman. Where he remained until the end of his active duty in 1945. 

When Mr. Adams returned to Blue Earth, he was employed at various types of sales jobs and was in various businesses for himself, until forces into early retirement March 4, 1968, from the trucking business. 

He and his wife moved to Chandler, Tex. in 1981. He served as secretary/treasurer of the Sunrise Shores Volunteer Fire Dept. from 1982-1996. 

He was a member of the American Legion in Blue Earth and the Masonic Lodge in Chandler, Texas. 

Duane is survived by his wife: Ginger of Chandler,Texas, seven children: Gerald and his wife, Ardis Adams of Winnebago; Dennis and his wife, Linda Adams of Elmore; Sandra Walton of Greensboro, N.C.; Sarah Wilson of Jenison, Mich.; James and his wife, Penny Adams of Winnebago; Pam and her husband, Paul Green of Storm Lake, Iowa; and Kevin Adams of Chandler, Texas. 

He is also survived by: eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Myrt Adams of Elmore; Fern Adams of Blue Earth; two nieces and three nephews. 

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.


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