Steven J. Willson, 70, of St. Charles, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Rochester Campus. Steve was born June 26, 1949, in Winona to Walter and Grace (Skordahl) Willson. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1967 and went on to serve in Vietnam for the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. Following his return home, Steve worked with his dad and later with his brothers at St. Charles Plumbing and Heating. He was also a partner in St. Charles Laundromat and Car Wash along with his brothers. Steve and Carolyn Rieck Meyer were married on Oct. 30, 1999.
Steve loved to fish, enjoying many fishing trips to Canada with friends. He had also enjoyed hunting coyote, fox and pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota. Steve was a patient and detailed craftsman, as he made many segmented and turned wooden bowls. He belonged to the St. Charles American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts.
Steve is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and her family: sons, Tracy (Shellie) Meyer and Patrick Meyer and their children, Montana, Hunter, Peyton and Tegan, all of Janesville, Iowa; a sister, Pat (Phillip) Balsama of Pleasanton, Calif.; brothers, Bruce (Jeanne) Willson and Dean (Diana) Willson, both of St. Charles; and four nieces and nephews, Greg and Matt Willson, Lisa and Brian Balsama. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services to remember Steve will be led by funeral celebrant, Jodi Heim at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles. A time of visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Military honors will be conducted following services at the funeral home.
Please share a memory of Steve and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.
Paul Loveday, Jr., 78, of Kasson, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Hospital -- Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.
Paul Milton Loveday, Jr. was born Sept. 13, 1941, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Paul (Sr.) and Charlsie (Lane) Loveday. Following high school, Paul joined the U.S. Army, where he completed nurses training and worked as a registered nurse for 30 years.
Paul was united in marriage to Jill Haavisto on July 26, 1964, in Bessemer, Mich. Together, they had two children, Missy and Bill. They lived as a family in Kasson. Paul enjoyed watching movies, home stereo systems, the Minnesota Vikings and southern cooking. He was very fond of his two beloved dogs, Calli and Molly (deceased). He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughter, Missy of Eagan; son, Bill of Kasson; grandchildren, Cody Loveday, Dakota Walters, Daewson Walters and Finn Walters; siblings, Charollete Mulkey of Kentucky, Timothy Allen, Patsy Ann and Bob Key, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Hilda Loveday of Knoxville, Tenn.; and cousin, Billy Ray Loveday. Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Jill (2017), and brothers, Melvin and James "J.B." Beecher.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Rochester Chapel, 1624 37th St. NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901, with Dr. Bruce Buller officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 and one hour before the service Monday at Mahn Family Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester with Military Honors by the Kasson American Legion Post #333. Online condolences are welcome and may be written at mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
A Celebration of Life for Dale E. Kunz will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Pine Island American Legion.
Dale E. Kunz, 64, passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at his home.
Dale was born Oct. 14, 1955, in Zumbrota to James and Doris (Archer) Kunz. On June 15, 1974, he married Deb Brown.
Dale worked on the family farm. He then moved on to Land O' Lakes, before starting his career in plumbing with DMC in Pine Island. He later moved on to work for Harty Mechanical. When not at work, he enjoyed playing cards and loved his yearly ice fishing trips with his brothers and friends.
Dale is survived by his wife, Deb Kunz of Pine Island; one daughter, Jessica Kunz of Pine Island; two sons, Mike (JoAnn) Kunz of Rochester, and Mark Kunz of Pine Island; two grandsons, Jeremiah (Holly) Kunz and Caleb Kunz, both of Pine Island; one great-grandson, Leo Kunz of Pine Island; his mother, Doris Kunz; one sister, Diane (Scott) Budensiek; and four brothers, Jerry (Shelly) Kunz, Les (Chris) Kunz, Dennis (Brenda) Kunz and Dan (Leann) Kunz.
Dale was preceded in death by his father, James Kunz; a brother, Larry Kunz; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Daniel William Holmberg, 59, of Rochester, passed away in his home on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
Born Sept. 30, 1960, in Rochester to Earl and June Holmberg. Dan was raised with his nine siblings in Rochester. He attended Mayo High School, where he found a love for gymnastics. He graduated in 1978. He met his wife, Mary, in 1979 and they married in 1981. Dan and Mary had two daughters, Sara and Mallory. He was a hands-on dad -- playing and loving his girls was a priority to him.
His biggest passion in life was music, including playing the guitar. He was blessed with an amazing voice, and instilled a great love for music to his daughters, in which, they are grateful for. Dan and Mary loved many other things, which included going to Duluth for vacation, camping, and any activity that included family.
He was a smart man, who knew almost every answer on Jeopardy. He was a treasure trove of knowledge. If you needed a question answered you could call Dan instead of going to google.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, June and Earl Holmberg; sisters, Gail Holmberg of Rochester, and Judy (Holmberg) Lee of Claremont; and nephew, Kasey Stafford of Rochester.
Dan is survived by his wife, Mary (Helder) Holmberg of Byron; daughters, Sara (Pat) Wright of Oronoco, and Mallory (Adam) Oberg of Mantorville; grandchildren, Jackson, Lola, Elle and Beau of Oronoco; siblings, Dawn Holmberg of Rochester, Lynn (Doug) Carlson of Michigan, Gwen Heymann of Kasson, Jean (Terry) Rich of Rochester, Earl (Dawn) Holmberg of California, Carl Holmberg of Rochester, and Alisa Ebling of Rochester.
The Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the celebration.
Eldy Johnson, age 66, of Oroville, Calif., died peacefully at Oroville Hospital on Dec. 10, 2019.
Born Eldon Alan Johnson on Sept. 2, 1953, in Rochester to Eldon and Mina Johnson, Eldy graduated from John Marshall High School in 1972. He enlisted in the Navy and served from 1972 to 1976. In 1984, he married Debbie Mueller and they had one daughter. They were later divorced.
Eldy is survived by his sister, Edie Johnson of Byron, and his stepson, Jesse Mueller of Royal Oaks, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Mina (Koebke) Johnson, and his infant daughter, Melissa.
After his discharge from the Navy, Eldy settled in Northern California, Idaho, and occasional returns to Minnesota. He loved the outdoors and his jobs reflected his preference for being outside. He lived the last several years of his life in a cabin in the hills outside of Oroville, Calif. He enjoyed living outside of town, where his dogs could run and didn't need to be tied up.
Eldy loved his family, friends and his dogs. He was a kind and generous person who just really liked people. One of the last things he said was, "Tell everyone I love them."
A Celebration of Life for Eldy will be held this summer.
Ginger Petersen, 72, of Rochester, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at the Plummer Home in Byron with family by her side, following an 18-month battle with metastatic lung cancer.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1947, in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, to Glenn "Buck" and Lillian Miller. She grew up on a farm in Webb, Iowa, where she developed a lifelong love of ponies and horses. In 1956, her family moved to a farm near Elkton, where she graduated from Elkton High School in 1965.
On Dec. 11, 1970, she married Darrel Petersen, and they made their home in Elkton. In addition to raising their family, Ginger held a variety of jobs throughout her life, from working in her parents' restaurant in Elkton to reception positions at various Rochester businesses.
In 1992, Ginger and Darrel moved to Rochester, where they became charter members of People of Hope Church, and Ginger was later hired as the church's first volunteer coordinator. In 2000, she also started the church's BeFrienders' ministry.
An avid crafter with a fondness for card making and beading, Ginger decided to put her crocheting skills to work to help her community in 2017 and started Operation Bedroll, which continues to turn plastic bags into sleeping mats for people struggling with homelessness.
Ginger is survived by her husband of 49 years, Darrel; three sons, Randy Petersen, Willy (Sheila) Petersen and Terry (Lisa) Petersen; one daughter, Kim (Eron) Eslick; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer, Angela, Cindy, Tara, Kyler, Ian, Gavin, Maggie, Lexie and Sam; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Marlene (Bob) Hanson; close family friend, Stacy Tapp; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Daniel Petersen; and her sister, Peggy Morehouse.
A service celebrating Ginger's life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Rochester Cremation Services, 1605 Civic Center Drive NW, with visitation starting at 1 p.m. The Rev. Jason Bryan-Wegner will officiate. A light lunch will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or Seasons Hospice.
Diana Post, 90, died peacefully at home in Zumbrota on Feb. 3, 2020. She was born in Elk River on Oct. 17, 1929, to Kenneth and Emma (Fredrickson) Davis. Diana is survived by her children, Leslie (Dan Hinrichs) Post, Paul (Linda) Post, and Tom (Lizabeth) Post; and her granddaughter, Nichole (Tom Knoll) Fairbanks.
Diana was a spirited thinker. She was determined, hardworking and adventurous. Diana lived a long and full life that was blessed with a devoted husband, loyal children, close friendships, and successful career achievements. Diana was fiercely independent and prided herself on her frugality. Though she struggled to tell jokes, she was quick to laugh at them.
Diana moved to Zumbrota in 1940, graduated from ZHS in 1947, and married Lester Post on Nov. 7, 1949. She attended the University of Minnesota, leaving in 1949 to marry Lester. She took night and summer classes to graduate in 1970 with a bachelor's degree. After graduation, Diana accepted her dream job as a media generalist and librarian at Lincoln High School in Lake City, working with great staff and students. Later, she earned her master's degree in library science.
Diana said that her biggest achievement was getting Lester Post's attention. He was older -- a scorekeeper for basketball games -- and Diana set her sights on him. From the moment she learned his name, she closed every entry in her diary with "IALL" -- the 1940s equivalent of a text abbreviation for "I'll always love Lester."
When Les and Diana married, she did her best to become a farmer's partner. She adapted quickly to her new life and felt the farm was a wonderful place for the Post children to grow up. Les and Diana bought her father's grocery store in Zumbrota in 1962 and launched Post Cash Food. Lester died suddenly in 1996.
Diana loved reading and libraries. She served on the Zumbrota Public Library Board for 27 years. She wrote book reviews to promote the library and delivered books and audio CDs to people who couldn't get to the library. Diana enjoyed playing bridge with friends for more than 60 years.
Diana's life was defined by physical activity. For many years, she walked four miles a day. She enjoyed biking, golf, and swimming at the Zumbrota pool in summer months and cross country skiing in winter. A few years ago, she said with a smile, "When you reach 87, you can slowly push a walker for 15 minutes and call it exercise!"
The family is deeply grateful to everyone who helped Mom achieve her goal of living out her life at home. Caretaker and friend, Julie Gunhus, kept Mom safe and attended to her every need. Neighbors, Steve and Susan Goldammer, brought food nearly every day and watched out for Mom's welfare.
Diana bequeathed her body to the Mayo Foundation for educational studies.
A celebration of life will be hosted by her children from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at the Covered Bridge Restaurant, 1439 North Star Drive, Zumbrota. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Zumbrota Area Emergency Food Shelf, 242 Main Street, Zumbrota; or Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity, 614 Plum Street, Red Wing.
Beverly Smith St John Mason, Aug. 2, 1932 - Jan. 23, 2020, died the way she lived, on her own terms, full of love for her family, a zest for life, and in charge of everything! Beverly loved Rochester. She was an entrepreneur in small business including employment agencies and a bakery. She was one of the first females to own an office condominium in Rochester and a prominent supporter of women owned business.
Beverly and her husband, Donald Mason, lived in Maple Grove, outside of Minneapolis, for many years before relocating to Scottsdale, Ariz., in the late '80s. A few years after her husband's death, she moved to Portland, Ore., to be near her middle daughter, Melanie, where she spent the remainder of her years playing bridge, pinochle, cribbage and any other card game she could get into.
She is survived by her daughters, Lina Fanning, and son-in-law, David of La Crescent, Melanie St. John of Portland, Ore., and Shelly St. John of Denver, Colo.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the charity of your choice in her name.
A private service will be held this spring in Minnesota.
Dr. Michael Alex Covalciuc, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died after a short illness on Feb. 4, 2020, at the age of 68. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Diane Covalciuc (nee Raymond); sons, Alex, Tony, Peter and Owen; sisters, Mary Ann Patton, Marsha Smith (Bill) and Margaret Munnelly (all of Omaha, Neb.); and sisters-in-law, Mary Dolezal (nee Raymond, of Minneapolis) and Sarah Raymond (Elmer Merced, of Jacksonville, Fla). He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Mary (nee Morar), and his sister, Madeline Stebbins (all of Omaha, Neb.).
Dr. Covalciuc was born on June 29, 1951, in Omaha, Neb., the youngest of five children and the only son of Mike and Mary Covalciuc. After a stellar academic and athletic career at Brownell-Talbot, Dr. Covalciuc attended Stanford University and, later, the University of Nebraska Medical School. While completing his medical residency in Rochester in the late seventies, he caught the attention of both Mayo Clinic and a young nurse named Diane Raymond, both of whom were captivated by his intellect and humor and would remain the focal points of his professional and personal life.
A physician of the old school with a vast medical knowledge and a keen sixth sense found only in the best of doctors, Dr. Covalciuc endeared himself to hundreds of patients and colleagues over a forty-two-year career at Mayo Clinic. Although shy and reserved at first, to those who knew him best Dr. Covalciuc was superlatively generous, kind, and sensitive to the needs of others. He possessed a remarkable wit, by turns hilarious and acerbic, and nursed a gentle, quiet love for animals.
There is little doubt that the lives of his wife and sons would have been greatly impoverished without his constant nurture, guidance, and occasional micromanagement. His raison d'etre was always to provide the best life possible for them and to ensure that whatever deprivations he suffered would never be theirs. As a sterling exemplar of magnanimity and human decency, his life will cast a long, inspirational shadow over the future of all those who knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fairway House, Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Covalciuc Family Trust, P.O. Box 4805, Scottsdale, AZ, 85261.
Jim Rhyne, 95, of Rochester, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Seasons Hospice House.
Jim was born July 3, 1924, in Drumright, Okla., to James A. and Nettie L. (Ford) Rhyne. He was a graduate of Drumright High School and went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as part of General Patton's 13th Armored Black Cat Division. After his time of service in the military, Jim met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Ann Benson of Chanute, Kan.
Jim and Marj were married on June 17, 1948, and blessed with two girls during their marriage. All four traveled together in a 32-foot aqua blue Trottwood. From Kentucky to Canada, he worked as a welder putting in pipelines for small towns to get natural gas. He also worked in Iran, South America, and finally settled in Rochester in 1963, where he welded the great beams of the last ten stories for Mayo Clinic.
Jim loved to sing, fish and drink strong coffee, but above all, Jim loved leading others to the Lord. His ministry and service for God was present each day of his life. Before losing his vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa in 1969, Jim drove the Sunday school bus and took two families of children along with his own to church every Sunday. Jim led songs for worship and sang faithfully in the choir for 49 years with the assistance of Mary Henry, his sister in Christ. He memorized all songs for the choir, congregation and cantatas. He served on the board of deacons throughout the '70s, and was instrumental in the decisions necessary to build the new Assembly of God as it stands today on 18th Avenue Northwest. After going blind at the age of 45, he served as the Royal Rangers' Chaplain for the next 30 years. He taught youth camp survival skills and led many young people to Salvation through Jesus Christ. He was loving, kind, and he always put the needs of others before his own. He was a beacon of light to his family, and to all who had the privilege of calling him friend.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Susan Rhyne; son-in-law, Ev (Marcia) Jacobson; grandchildren, Deidre (Jay) Makowski, Tyler (Sarah) Jacobson, Everett (April) Jacobson, James (Carlye) Rhyne, Luke (Amy) Laessig, and Marc Laessig; and great-grandchildren, Emily Makowski, Susannah Jacobson, Andrew Jacobson, Juliet Jacobson, Noah Jacobson, Ysa Jacobson, Lindsey Jacobson, Moriah Jacobson, Ezra Jacobson, Everett Jacobson, Haley Rhyne, Heidi Jacobson, Noah Laessig, Violet Jacobson, Samuel Rhyne and Cosette Jacobson. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Janie Jacobson; sisters, Edith Rhyne, Deolas Elizabeth Simmons, and Susie Beatrice Rebb; and brother, Marvin Mayfield Rhyne.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Rochester Assembly, 4240 18th Ave. NW, Rochester. Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Preston. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Rhyne family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
Marilyn Ruth Postier Haglund, 93, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky.
Marilyn was born in 1926 in Rochester. She was a graduate of Rochester High School and the University of Minnesota. She lived most of her life in Rochester and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
She was strong and independent and clever and helpful and kind. We will miss her physical presence in our lives and be ever grateful for our fond memories.
She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Lisa A. (Steve Slack) Haglund of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dr. Birgit L. (Frank Gilliam) Haglund of Versailles, Ky.; three grandsons, David Gilliam, Blake Gilliam and Lando Slack; and 12 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry J. Postier and Amalia Sonnenberg Postier; four brothers and one sister, Karl Postier, Max Postier, Lura Stoffer, Robert Postier and David Postier.
After cremation, she will be buried at a private service at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester, at the family plot.
Memorial contributions may be made to local Boys and Girls Club, Shriners Hospital or Special Olympics.
Clara Grace Timm, 88, of St. Charles, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Whitewater Health Services. She was born on Nov. 22, 1931, to Albert and Grace (Fenske) Timm on the family farm in Whitewater Township. There she grew up with her brother and sister, working alongside her parents. She graduated from Plainview High in 1951. Over the years, she worked several different jobs including, Winona Industries, NorthStar, and the Amish Restaurant in St. Charles.
Clara is survived by her sister, Evelyn (Gerald) Goetzman.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Wilmar.
A Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Hoff Funeral Home, St. Charles, with Rev. Samuel Morsching officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Clara will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Please leave a memory of Clara and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service, St. Charles, is assisting the family.
The family would like to thank the St. Charles Assisted Living for the home you provided Clara for 15 years and Whitewater Hospice and Whitewater Health Services for the care and compassion you showed.
Michael L. Ostgaard, 81, of Kenyon, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the Emeralds of Faribault.
He was born Nov. 19, 1938, in Minneapolis, the son of Earl and Esther (Peterson) Ostgaard. He graduated from Tracy High School. He met the love of his life, Margo Knutson, in Minneapolis. They were married June 16, 1962, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenyon. In their union, they had three sons, Jeff, Jon and Jay. In 1989, they moved to Loveland, Colo. In 2002, they returned home to Kenyon. Michael worked for West Way Express, Umthun Special Carriers and Koch Trucking. He enjoyed helping his friends farming and ranching. Michael would have loved to live the cowboy life as he loved all things Western. He appreciated the outdoors especially hunting which took him on several trips to North Dakota. He especially treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren. Michael was well known for building connections with others especially his friends at Perkins and at the local barbershop. He was a member of the Lions Club in Kenyon and was a Shriners Clown for a short period. Michael was also member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Michael is survived by his sons, Jeff (B.J.) Ostgaard of Kasson, Jon (Robyn) Ostgaard of Farmington, and Jay (Rachel) Ostgaard of Roseau; grandchildren, Tyler, Haley Rose, Colton, Dalton and Paige; sister, Karin Zubrick of Montgomery, Texas; sister-in-law, Lonnie Brown of St. Louis; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margo Ostgaard, who passed away on May 11, 2014; brother, Richard Ostgaard; and nephew, Kameron Zurbrick.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenyon with Pastor Julie Rogness officiating with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Gol Lutheran Cemetery in Kenyon. Memorials are preferred to The Emeralds at Faribault, Memory Care or donor's choice.
Richard "Dick" Dale Stehley, 82, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, passed away on Jan. 22, 2020, at his home with loving family members by his side. Dick graciously and courageously fought the battle with Parkinson's.
Dick was born on July 22, 1937, in Rochester. He graduated Eyota High School in 1955 and received Varsity Letters in every sport he played, football, basketball and baseball, since 9th grade. As of today, he still holds the Eyota HS basketball single game scoring record of 44 points. He graduated academically at the top of his class. He graduated from Hamline University.
Dick began his career with IBM, working in Green Bay, thus began his admiration for the Green Bay Packers! In 1965, he moved to the Minneapolis area, then raised his family in Edina, while working for IBM for 30 years and Trimin Systems for 5 more years.
Dick supported sports teams including the Minnesota Twins, Golden Gophers and the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing bridge.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Stehley; children, Theresa (Bruce) Scottberg, Stephen (Isabelle) Stehley, Gregg Stehley, Sharon Tsoumas and Sandra (Troy) Lampley; brother, Jerry (Bonnie) Stehley; sister, Sharon Wilusz; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Barry) Holzworth, Andrew Rehberg, Samantha Stehley, Grant Stehley, Catherine Weeks, Sarah Lampley and Ella Rose Lampley; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Betty Jo (Fey) Kerns, 64, of Utica, died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at home. She was born on Nov. 11, 1955, to Francis and Della (Roland) Fey.
She grew up on a small grain and dairy farm in South Dakota. Betty met Jerry at Harmony Homes in Aberdeen, S.D., and were married in 1982. They spent most of their lives in Aberdeen before moving to Utica in 2014, seeking more help for Betty. Betty loved taking care of her home, knitting, playing the piano, and singing at church. The night before Betty passed, she woke and called the nighttime caregiver saying "I want to go home; I just saw my dad."
Special thank you to Betty's caregivers: Deb Bauer, Jessica Knutsen, Sherry Monahan, Megan Mraz, Camryn Rain, Ashley Ruble and Heather Skappel.
Betty is survived by her husband, Jerry; mother, Della Fey; siblings, Curt (Carmel) Fey, Carolyn Fey, Janelle (Eugene) Dykhuis, Carmen (Dan) Fuchs and Michael Fey; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Francis Fey.
Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at Rochester Cremation Service, 1605 Civic Center Drive NW, Rochester. With one hour of visitation prior.
David Wayne Price, 82, of Eyota, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, surrounded by his family.
David was born in St. Paul to Marvin and Virginia (Foreman) Price. After high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy and traveled the world and often told stories of his adventures.
On Oct. 1, 1960, he married the love of his life, Marie Appie Fetch of Dickenson, N.D., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester. They shared a beautiful life together for 59 years and raised five children. Together, they farmed in rural Eyota and David worked as an operating engineer at Saint Marys power plant for over 40 years.
David loved working on his farm, gardening, wood carving, fishing, fixing things and his Farmall tractors. He loved his many adventures camping and traveling with Marie. He so loved his family and was so proud of all of them. David was an amazing man and was so loved and will be deeply missed.
David is survived by his wife, Marie (Fetch) Price of Eyota; his daughters, Marilyn Lang and Susan (Chad) York of Kansas and Linda (Bryan) Backus of Eyota; his sons, Michael Price and Daniel (Amanda) Price of Minnesota; two sisters, Vicki (Geno) Wincek and Sally Price of Minnesota; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings, Roger Price, Corrine Cassedy, and Susan Webster; and his daughter-in-law, Karen Price.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 18 West Second St., Eyota 55934. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon and one hour prior to the service at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Burial following the funeral to take place in the church's cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of Arbor Gardens in Eyota and Whitewater Health Services in St. Charles for their loving care of Dad.
Schad and Zabel Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
In loving memory of Diana Jean Garrity, formerly Diana Griffin and Diana McCarter, born March 2, 1941, who passed away in Phoenix Jan. 28, 2020, at the age of 78, after a long battle with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy).
Diana was a loving friend, wife and mother of three children. Born in Bemidji, the eldest of seven children, she lived in Rochester and Mantorville, Minn., and Payson and Phoenix, Ariz. Diana enjoyed a successful 31-year career at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in the departments of Orthopedics, Legal and Internal Medicine and at the same time earned bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology.
Diana led an active and adventurous life, running marathons, hiking, and enjoying world travel. She loved the arts and outdoors, was a member of the Payson Art League, birding and hiking clubs and also volunteered in her retirement years. Her family and friends will miss her positive energy and can-do attitude! Thank you to everyone who cared for her and made her life wonderful!
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Payson, Ariz. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Payson, Ariz., or to PSP.org.
Sophia Marie Hunter-Farr, 57, transitioned from her life in Rochester to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Sophia is remembered most for being someone who knew a little bit about a lot. If ever you needed a conversation or advice, Sophia was that person. Sophia had a kind, soft affection for her family and anyone she came in contact with. A stranger wasn't a stranger long once meeting Sophia.
Sophia was a member of Christ's Church of the Jesus Hour, and she was employed at Bamber Valley Elementary School and H&R Block. She looked forward to working with students each day and doing taxes every year. These two jobs gave Sophia what she loved the most -- a chance to talk and a chance to help someone. That is what Sophia was all about -- helping.
Sophia is survived by her two children, Anthony Wade Farr, Minneapolis, and Aaron Marie Farr, Winona; one stepdaughter, Addie Farr, Minneapolis; one granddaughter, Sophia L. Farr, who affectionately called her "GaGa"; mother, Bobbie Hunter, Rochester; one sister, Michelle Hunter-Tabb (Paul Tabb) of Calumet City, Ill.; one niece, Alycia Jackson (Ricky) of Grambling, La.; two nephews, Jevon T. Hunter (Kalia) of Minnesota, and Andre J. Hunter of Grambling, La.; three great-nephews, Keilan F. Davis and Karter Jackson of Grambling, La., and Tobiathan Hunter of Minnesota; four close and dear friends, Samar Alrawi - affectionately called "mama," Ann Harms, Jamal Southhall and Michelle Grunewald, all of Rochester.
Sophia was preceded in death by her father, Allen Hunter; brother, Anthony Wade Hunter; sister, LeCora Hunter; grandmother, LeeVira Hillie; and great-grandmother, Bessie Cox.
Sophia was loved and cherished by so many; she will greatly be missed. Her presence will forever be felt by the lives of those she was a part of.