Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Obituary | 0 comments

Norma Lee Harmon, age 74 of rural Dennison, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 22, 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota. Norma Lee Harmon was born January 14, 1943, in Plum City, Wisconsin, to Leo and Dorothy (Traynor] Harmon. She was raised on the family farm near Arkansaw, Wisconsin, and attended country school. She graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1961 and attended Eau Claire Technical Institute for Business Office Procedures. Following her education, she worked for Northwest Airlines. In 1963, Lee married David Schlosser. After...

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Charles Engel

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Obituary | 1 comment

Charles was born the son of Frederic and Doris (Haaven) Engel on September 26, 1955 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He moved with his family to St. Louis Park where he was raised and graduated from high school. In high school, Chuck excelled in sports earning all-conference in soccer, basketball and baseball. He was recognized for his athletic talents and was a recipient of SLP High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He continued his studies at St. Cloud State University where he played baseball and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Chuck was...

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Catherine “Kay” Bickel

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Obituary | 2 comments

Catherine “Kay” Bickel, age 95, of Northfield, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Evergreen Lodge of Northfield Retirement Community. Catherine was born April 28, 1922, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, the daughter of Charles and Sadie (Aynsley) DeWolfe. At a young age, she moved with her family to Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School. Catherine met Roy Bickel at a party and Roy said, “it was love at first sight.” Shortly after their meeting they were united in marriage on October 3, 1942. Catherine worked as an at home mom,...

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Lindsey E. Lien

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Obituary | 1 comment

Lindsey E. Lien, age 68, of Excelsior, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, at his home as a result of cancer diagnosed in 2015 and, after a short remission, returned. His wife, Mary Ellen, was at his side. Lindsey was born November 16, 1948, in Princeton, Minnesota, the son of Elton and Mildred (Schultz) Lien. At a young age, he moved with his family to Northfield where he was raised and graduated in 1967. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he met his future wife, Mary Ellen Gardner. Lindsey and Mary Ellen were...

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B. Wayne Balch

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Obituary | 8 comments

Wayne Balch, age 78 of Northfield, passed away Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Buford Wayne Balch was born December 20, 1938, in New Hope, Madison County, Alabama, to Clarence B. and Era V. (McPeters) Balch. He was raised in the Huntsville, Alabama area, and at the age of 17, enlisted in the US Air Force in January 1956. He served in Japan and following his Honorable Discharge in July 1963, moved to Washington state where he worked as a helicopter pilot. On January 23, 1960, Wayne married Marilyn Benedict....

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Raymond Taylor

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Obituary | 5 comments

Raymond was born, November 13, 1929, in Northfield, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Marie (Drentlaw) Taylor. He was raised near Randolph and graduated from high school. All the while growing up, Ray worked alongside his father on the family farm. He was united in marriage to Mary Bresnahan on August 23, 1952 at Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. As the couple were just starting a family, Ray was called into service in 1955 and proudly served his country in the United States Army. The couple moved to Colorado Springs where he served. He...

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William Errington

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Obituary | 1 comment

William F. Errington, was born March 16, 1926, on the family farm in Sciota Township, the son of William S. and Margaret (Ohs) Errington. He attended country school and following he helped his Dad on the farm and as a farm hand for area neighbors including Ed Thye’s farm and apple orchard. Later he began hauling livestock to South Saint Paul. He married Mary Brock in 1945. The couple later divorced. Bill then was united in marriage to Frances Dobrantz on July 19, 1969 at United Methodist Church in Randolph. The couple farmed just a short...

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Sandra Petrek

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Obituary | 1 comment

Sandy died peacefully last Saturday, with her daughters and son, Michele, Renee and Soren in her arms. She left with the sun rising and the birds singing. She went to be with her beloved husband William (Bill). Sandy was born on October 20, 1939 to Charles and Lucille Nash in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as the second of four, John, Sandy, Margaret and Tim, all of whom have predeceased her, as have her parents and her granddaughter Rachel Michele Petrek. Her grandsons, Max Petrek and Riley Petrek were her greatest joy: they always made her so very...

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James L. Lervik

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Obituary | Comments Off on James L. Lervik

Jim was born October 18, 1931, in Northfield Township, Minnesota, the son of Leonard and Anna (Rude) Lervik. He attended Longfellow Elementary school and then Northfield High School graduating in 1950. He was united in marriage to Lou Ann Haugen on May 24, 1952 at Dennison Lutheran Church. Jim worked for the local clothing store before purchasing the store and renaming it Jim’s Clothing. After selling the store, Jim worked night watch at St. Olaf College and sold seed corn. He later worked for the Northfield School District where he retired....

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Orville Schmidt

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Obituary | Comments Off on Orville Schmidt

Orville Milton Schmidt age 92, was born on February 24, 1925, to Frederick and Lena (Beckman) Schmidt in Sleepy Eye, MN. His father passed away when he was a toddler so he and his seven brothers were raised by their mother Lena; frugal by necessity, hard working, and guided by her faith. The family lived through the Great Depression and when World War II broke out, five of the eight boys joined the armed forces; Orville served with the US Navy in Hawaii from 1943-1946. Like many young men returning from their military service, Orville sought...

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