Harold E. Korsten — Rochester

ROCHESTER — A funeral for Harold E. Korsten will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with the Rev. Tom Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in Zumbrota Cemetery.

Mr. Korsten, 73, of Zumbrota, died Thursday (Nov. 6, 2008) at his residence.

Harold Eugene Korsten was born on Dec. 30, 1934, in Red Wing to John E. and Caroline (nee Hagre) Korsten. He grew up in Zumbrota and graduated from Zumbrota High School in 1952. He attended and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He started working at J.C. Penny’s in Winona and on June 9, 1957, he married Evelyn Berekvam in Winona. On Aug. 12, 1957, he entered the U.S. Army. He served at Fort McPherson, Ga., and was honorably discharged on Aug. 11, 1959.

The couple returned to Winona and he continued to work as a manager in the men’s department at J.C. Penny’s. In 1961, they moved to Zumbrota and he managed Zumbrota Sales and Service, an auto and implement dealership. In 1967, he started working for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1992. He enjoyed golfing, camping, fishing, woodworking and wood carving, metal detecting, traveling, music and was an avid reader. Mr. Korsten was a member of United Redeemer Lutheran Church and Zumbrota Golf Club.

Mr. Korsten is survived by his wife, Evelyn "Evie;" three sons, Gregory (Lisa) Korsten of Zumbrota, Scott (Marilyn) Korsten of Sioux Falls, S.D., and David Korsten of Rochester; a daughter, Deanna Hall of Princeton; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Michelle, Allison, Ariel, Alexander and Andrew Korsten, Toni and Taylor Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, MaryAnn Korsten and Dolores Darsow.


Pallbearers are Joe Goplen, Roger Madison, Vern Buck, Ken Quiring, Joyce Bucher and Chuck Wilts. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Mahn Family Funeral Home-Larson Chapel in Zumbrota and one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research, United Redeemer Lutheran Church or Zumbrota Area Historical Society.

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