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Obituaries

Edwin (Ed) Marshall Wilcox died peacefully in his sleep early on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Howard Lake, Minnesota.
Marvin Emery Blattner, 85, of Lake City passed away Monday afternoon, May 23, 2022, at the Mayo Clinic – Lake City Care Center. He was born September 16, 1936, in Goodhue County to Andrew and Lillie (Quell) Blattner. Marvin attended Jacksonville and Geppert rural schools, St. John’s Lutheran School, and Lincoln High School in Lake City. On December 18, 1954, he married the love of his life, Eloise Sanborn in Lake City.
Stanley John Dee, 85, of Rochester, died Wednesday May 25, 2022 surrounded by his family at his home.
Kathryn “Kate” M. Jackson of Pine Island passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the age of 95.

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James “Jim” Carlson, age 90, added his beautiful tenor voice to the heavenly choirs on May 22, 2022, nine days shy of his 91st birthday. He is now in the joyful presence of his Lord and Savior, where his new life has begun! Jim leaves behind his children Scott (Andrea) Carlson, Kimberly (Jon) Sorensen, and Heather Carlson as well as his grandchildren James (Lauren), Linnea (Lane), Maria, Hayden, William, and Christian; his sister Joyce (Les) Bankson, brother-in-law Dixon Jones, brother/sister-in-law Bill and Cyndie Hay, and also a precious group of cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be welcomed into heaven by his cherished wife Beth, his parents Arnold and Hilda, and his little sister Donna Jones. Jim was born in Duluth, MN on May 31,1931, grew up near Lake Superior and attended Denfeld High School and the University of MN before heading West with Beth, his adventurous wife of 57 years. They landed in California where Jim served as a dean of the library at American River College in Sacramento for 30 years. He loved to take his family camping, backpacking, to the San Francisco opera or any classical concert, and across the country to National Parks or home to Duluth in whatever car he currently owned. Jim was active in his church, and raised his family to know and love the Lord. He was passionate about nature and getting out and exploring, and equally passionate about buying used cars, sometimes on the way home from work. Jim’s presence could fill a room, and his family never knew what he would say next. He loved to paint with watercolors, play the piano, and do creative yard projects. He never turned down coffee with a cookie or two, and he made delicious popovers and pancakes on Saturdays for his beloved family.
Marjorie Marie (Bushman) Cambern, 81, of Fountain, Minn. passed away peacefully with family at her side on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Mayo Clinic’s Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MM.
Oct. 9, 1943 - May 23, 2022
Sept. 16, 1936 - May 23, 2022

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Dec. 6, 1949 - May 23, 2022
Timothy DeMuth Schmuck, 72, of Sun Prairie, WI, lived a full life, filled with family, friends, and love. Tim graduated from Mayo HS in 1968. After returning from the Air Force, he completed college at the University of Minnesota. Tim spent his career in the grain industry. He was devoted to his family and was a loving father and grandfather. With an easy-going personality, Tim was always willing to help others however he could. On May 21, 2022, Tim succumbed to a combination of ALS and frontotemporal degeneration after many years of living with the disease. He never stopped smiling, never complained, and continued to try to help his caregivers until the end. He is survived by his wife, Susan, their children, Nick and Kate and their families. Tim was well loved and will be missed by those who knew him. More information can be found at https://www.cressfuneralservice.com/obituary/Timothy-Schmuck . A private family celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Tim’s honor to: Friends of Madera Canyon at https://friendsofmaderacanyon.org or Rainbow Hospice at https://rainbowhospicecare.org.
Neil Ward, 88, of Rochester, MN, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Neil was born April 4, 1934, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.
Shirley Ann Pierson, 86, passed away in Lake City on May 22, 2022. Shirley was born to Peter and Ferne VanderGoore on December 2, 1935, in Madison, South Dakota.
Carla Jane Griebel, 74, formerly of Hastings, MN, died on May 19, 2022 at Benedictine Living Community in Northfield from Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). She was a long-time high-school German teacher in both Austin, MN and Hastings, MN.
Sister Ronan Degnan, 95, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, MN, died at Assisi Heights, Monday, May 9, 2022. Rosemary Ann Degnan was born November 9, 1926, in Lewiston, MN, to Bernard and Ellen (Ronan) Degnan. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1945, received the name of Sister Mary Ronan, and made perpetual vows in 1950. She earned a B.S. degree in Math in 1954 from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN. She further completed an M.A. degree in Secondary Education in 1960 from Catholic University, Washington DC, and continued Post Masters work at the University of Connecticut from 1969-1970. In 1947, Sister Ronan began her extensive teaching ministry mainly in Secondary Education at parochial schools in Chicago, IL; Portsmouth, Columbus, OH; and Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Sleepy Eye, Winona, MN. She then transitioned into college education, becoming an instructor at the College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN in 1970 and then teaching Math at community colleges in Colorado Springs, CO in 1971 for 20 years. After a long tenure, she retired in 1991 and became a volunteer for women’s issues. Throughout the course of her ministries, she was actively involved in the community and Church joining a number of committees including the Women’s Commission, Vocation Committee, Domestic Violence Prevention Center, Ecumenical Social Ministries, and ESL tutoring. She retired to Assisi Heights in 2002. Survivors of Sister Ronan include her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared life for 77 years; one sister, Katherine Degnan; one brother, Charles Degnan and numerous nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ronan Degnan; and three sisters, Jeanne, Bernadine, and Patrice Degnan. A private Funeral Liturgy will be held at Assisi Heights at 11:00 a.m., June 1, 2022. Her body has been donated to Mayo Clinic for research. A private burial will be held sometime in the future. To view the funeral, go to www.rochesterfranciscan.org Suggested memorials are to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.
Janet Shirley Hird passed away on May 11, 2022, at Charter House in Rochester, Minnesota after a short battle with Broken Heart Syndrome after the love of her life, Russ, passed on February 10th. She was surrounded by family and friends in her last few days.
Barbara Mae Fonken, 79, of Rochester, MN, passed away on May 20, 2022.

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