Juanita June McMurdy Larson died peacefully in her apartment on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at the age of 96. She didn't make it to her goal of living to be 100. She was born on June 12, 1923, in Washington, Pa., to Harry and Pearl (McCartney) McMurdy. She graduated from Washington High School in January 1941.
Juanita moved to Detroit to work in a converted Cadillac plant, working on airplane parts manufacturing for World War II. After the war, she attended business college in Washington, Pa. When she graduated, she moved to Rochester to work at Mayo Clinic. She met her future husband, Earl Larson and they were married Oct. 14, 1949.
Juanita helped Earl on the farm in rural Kasson. This was a change for a girl who grew up in the city. She also did seasonal work at the canning factory in Dodge Center and Rochester. She was an active member of West St. Olaf Lutheran Church and enjoyed many craft projects and in her later life took up quilting. She loved anything to do with cats, including having them as pets and collecting cat figurines.
Juanita is survived by three sons, Donald (Nancy) Larson, Alden, Minn., Daniel (Deb) Larson, Rochester, and Richard (Connie) Larson Belle Plaine; five grandchildren, Nathan (Autumn) Larson, Dayna (Eli) Larson, Nick (Paige Will) Larson, Andy (Brenda) Larson and Jill (Brian) Landin; and three step grandchildren, Beau (Charli) Clark, Joshua (Katie Jo) Clark and Sara (John) Gottschalk. Juanita has 10 great-grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren; and Addie Hairsine, her special friend of over 70 years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl (Aug. 9, 1990); her parents, Harry and Pearl; her sister, Madalyn Petrola; and brother, Gaylord McMurdy.
The family will be holding a graveside service with a celebration of Life to be held at a later date.
Blessed be her memory.
To share a special memory or condolence please, visit www.czaplewskifuneralhomes.com; Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 501 2nd Street NW, Hayfield, MN 55940; 507-477-2259.
Arlie Arthur Benike, 95, of Oronoco, recently of Zumbrota, passed away peacefully during Hospice Care at the home of his daughter, Mary, on Friday evening, March 20, 2020. Arlie's health had been declining steadily for the last year. His second stroke in January of this year and recent kidney failure caused his soul to leave a body that could no longer sustain it and pass with joy to our Heavenly Father.
Arlie was born on April 7, 1924, on his parents' farm near Potsdam in Olmsted County, Farmington Township to Herbert E. A. Benike and Elsie Bertha Baker. He attended rural schools in both Farmington and Haverhill townships and then attended Trinity Lutheran School in Rochester. He assisted his parents on the family farms until he was drafted into the Army. He loved to tell the story that he planted 125 acres of barley and grain with four horses in the weeks before he entered the army. He reported to Camp Livingston in Alexandria, La., in 1945, trained for combat, but then was assigned to Yokohama, Japan in the communications department before being honorably discharged in 1946. He was proud to be a U.S. Veteran. He then entered a two-year agricultural program at the Coffman building in Rochester via the GI Bill.
As the story goes, Arlie met his wife, Phyllis, when he answered the ad that she had placed in the Rochester Post Bulletin for someone to drive her to dance lessons in Minneapolis. They loved to dance and went on many dates to all the ballrooms in the area (Valencia, Pla-Mor, Skyline, The Oaks, Trianon, Terrace and the Rainbow Ballroom). On Sept. 16, 1952, he married Phyllis Rose Kunz at St. John's Catholic Church in Rochester. They went on a one-month honeymoon out West and had a wonderful wedding dance when they returned in October at the Rainbow Ballroom in Eyota (where they were also engaged) hiring the Eddie Reck Polka Band.
Arlie was a gentle and kind soul, never once uttering an unkind word about anyone. He purchased a farm in 1953 by Oronoco and didn't leave it until he and his wife moved into the Evergreen Independent Senior Living Apartments in Pine Island in 2009. He started with dairy cows and two Percheron horses, and then changed to a beef cattle and crop operation, graduating to a John Deere tractor. They also grew much of the family's food in a huge garden, and you could find him every night out in the garden hoeing, and then when the bounty came in as it always did, sharing freely with relatives and neighbors. While you were at it, you might as well pick up a dozen eggs. Arlie also worked at the Olmsted County Highway Department for 24 years, retiring in 1987.
Arlie loved his family, farming, playing cards and celebrating just about anything with his amazing neighbors, walking in the woods, every animal - bird - and kitten, reading the paper every evening, bowling, pitching horseshoes, shooting pool, golfing, and entering any log saw competition whenever he could find one, be it at the Olmsted County Fair or Pine Island Cheese Festival. He excelled at all of these activities and was once the Senior Bowling Champion of Minnesota for his age group.
Arlie is survived by his children, David (Ruth) of Rochester, Daniel (Kim) of Kansas City, Kan., Chris (Sandee) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mary Gauthier of Zumbrota, and Kathy (Deick) Bridley of Lake City; five grandchildren, Jennifer Benike of Rochester, Ryan of Minneapolis, Danielle (MJ) Jeong of Seoul, South Korea, Michael (Alison) Benike of Kansas City, Mo., and Jeffrey Benike of Spokane, Wash.; one great-grandchild, Kasey Castrovinci of Rochester; two sisters-in law, Arlene Benike of Mankato, and Arlene Juberian of Rochester; five cousins, numerous nieces and nephews, and many wonderful neighbors and friends over the years.
Arlie was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (2013); his parents, Herbert and Elsie; his twin sister, Arlene Lehnertz; and his brothers, Harold, Archie, and Kenneth. His grandparents were Albert and Anna (Siem) Benike of Rochester, and Gustavas and Amelia (Guhrt) Baker of Pleasant Grove.
His family would like to thank Evergreen Assisted Living, Pine Haven Rehabilitation, Saint Marys Hospital, and the angels at Heartland Hospice for their proficient and compassionate care. There will be a private family service in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and burial with military honors to follow at the Pine Island Cemetery.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com, or cards may be mailed directly to the family in care of his daughter: Mary Gauthier, 580 Park Ave, Zumbrota, MN 55992.
Lorraine M. Cossette, of Rochester, age 93, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020, at River Bend Senior Apartments, surrounded by family.
Lorraine was born in New Brunswick, Canada. She moved to Lansing, Mich., with her husband, Tony, in 1956, and recently moved to Rochester.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Antonio; as well as three brothers and four sisters. Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Janice (Steve) Van Kirk; son, Luke (Kathy) Cossette; grandchildren, Michael (Haleigh) Van Kirk, Matthew (Josie) Van Kirk, Joe (Lisa) Cossette, and Katie Cossette; great-grandchild, Callie Cossette; sisters, Helen LeBlanc and Leontine (Gerard) Cormier; and many nieces and nephews.
Lorraine was an active member in St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lansing, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Rochester. She loved spending time with family, traveling home to Canada every summer, gardening, knitting prayer shawls, bowling (until the age of 92!), playing cards (euchre and cribbage), and bingo.
A memorial service will be held at St. Gerard Catholic Church/St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing at a later date.
The family would like to thank the residents and staff of River Bend for helping make her feel at home in Rochester, and her Mayo Hospice team for providing outstanding care and comfort.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is honored to be serving the Cossette family. To leave a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
Florence (Plank) Juers, age 94, of Rochester, passed away at Cottagewood Senior Living Center on March 22, 2020.
Florence was born on Feb. 18, 1926, to Lawrence and Johanna (Gleason) Duden in Gillford Township on the family farm. She married Carl Plank on July 24, 1944, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. After, they farmed in the Lake City area. In 1957, they moved to the Mazeppa area and continued farming. Carl passed away in 1991. She later married Kenneth Juers Aug. 3, 2003, at the Lincoln Trinity Church. Ken passed away on Dec. 7, 2007. Florence moved to the Plaza in Lake City in 2018.
Florence enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, playing cards and bingo. She also loved riding horses and her cat, "Tweeter." She was a member of the Lincoln Trinity Lutheran Church.
Florence is survived by her daughter, Sheral Schleck of Kenyon; two sons, Sonny (Sandee) Plank of Frontenac, and Larry (Diane) Plank of Mazeppa; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; two sister, Delores Sandborn of Minneapolis, and Darlene Griffith of Marlowe, Okla. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Plank and Kenneth Juers; her parents; seven brothers, Norman, Alvin, Harley, Harry, Roy, Leslie and Elmer Plank; and three sisters, Marion Birr, Gladys Truebenbach and Janis Plank.
A Private Service will be held at Lincoln Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Oakgrove Cemetery in Eyota. Online condolences may be placed at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
William John "Bill" Feil Jr., age 83, died Friday, March 20, 2020, after a long battle with dementia. He was residing at Prairie Meadow Senior Living in Kasson.
Bill was born Feb. 2, 1937, at home to William Feil Sr. and Alice (Schlief) Feil in Douglas. He attended the one-room schoolhouse at Salem Corner before attending Byron High School, where he was a member of the nationally ranked six-man football team. He also played basketball and baseball and was later inducted into Byron High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Following his graduation from Byron in 1955, Bill attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota.
Bill was united in marriage to Sondra J. Carlson on Aug. 13, 1960, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester and together they were able to celebrate 56 years of marriage before her passing in May 2017. After their marriage, they lived in Litchfield, Dodge Center and Grand Meadow, before Bill moved to Prairie Meadows.
Bill worked as a teacher at Hayfield High School for a short time before going to work at Rochester Dairy, Wayne Feeds and Land-O-Lakes. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, golfing, spending winters in Arizona and he truly enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his three children, Craig W. (Donna) Feil of Brooklyn Park, William J. "Bill" (Colleen) Feil III of Woodbury, and Brooke J. Sloan of Grand Meadow; seven grandchildren, Megan, Mikayla, Matthias (C.J.), Courtney, Trevor, Tyler and Allie; and a sister, Madeline (Warren) Macemon of Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sondra; and a daughter-in-law, Joy Salverda.
Allison Marie Kumm, of Austin, passed away from complications of chronic respiratory illness and congestive heart failure on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
Allison was born on Feb. 5, 1965, in Spring Valley, the daughter of Everett and Karen (Thune) Kumm. She attended schools in Spring Valley, Rushford, Stewartville, and in the Twin Cities. In 1981, Allison moved to the first group home in Minnesota for persons with Prader-Willi Syndrome. In 1995, Cardinal Circle in Austin became her permanent home. She loved her housemates, staff, and her guardian, Judy Bjorndahl, who was very special to her.
Allison was an outgoing, loving person whose smile came directly from the heart and brightened the lives of those around her. Family and friends were extremely important to her and she repeatedly expressed her genuine desire to let us know. Allison loved Minnesota sport teams, playing games (500), puzzles, bowling, fishing trips (I got another one!), reading books, watching movies, arithmetic, and was a proud employee of Cedar Valley Services.
Allison did not over complicate life. She truly lived life to the fullest, appreciating every moment and all things that come with it. We take comfort in that moment she met Jesus and shared a smile. Allison will be greatly missed on Earth, but well received in Heaven.
Allison was preceded in death by her grandparents, Raymond and Hilda Kumm and Ernest and Helen Thune, and her father. She is survived by her mother and siblings, Darwin (Georgeann), Dawn (Tony), and Matt (Patti). Surviving nieces and nephews include: Maria (Al), Allen, Mandy, Tyler and Lauren. She is also survived by many cousins.
The family thanks the wonderful staff of Cardinal Circle, Adams Care Center, and Judy Bjorndahl, for their kindness, compassion, and excellent care of Allison.
Memorial service and inurnment will be held at a time determined later.
Fern M. Miller, 94, formerly of rural Lanesboro, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Park Lane Estates in Preston.
Fern Maurine Anderson was born on Feb. 15, 1926, in rural Rushford to Martin and Ella (Oian) Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed at Rushford Lutheran Church. Fern attended country school district 13, Bratsburg. She graduated from Rushford High School in the class of 1943. She went on to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield.
On May 3, 1952, she married William Miller in Rushford. She has been a member of 1st Lutheran Church of Highland since her marriage and has been active in the Church Circle, WELCA group, and Altar Guild. Fern was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Whalan. She enjoyed flowering in her spare time and being with her family.
Fern is survived by her daughter, Kristine (Mark) Hall of Mankato; two grandsons, Thomas and Andrew Hall; and sister, Elsie (Alden) Marburger of Spring Valley. She is preceded in death by her husband, William; daughter, Ingrid; brother, Alan; sister, Murna and her husband Robert Thoe.
A private family burial with a committal service will be held at Highland Cemetery in rural Lanesboro. To share a memory or condolence with the family, please visit rileyfuneralhomes.com.