Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Obituaries

Benedict James Wencl, age 73 of Owatonna, passed away at home on Oct. 3, 2021. Ben was born on Feb. 17, 1948, the son of Joseph and Marie (Miller) Wencl in Owatonna. He attended country school at St. Isadore in Litomysl. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his military service...
Helen A. Krystosek, age 97 of Blooming Prairie, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in the summer of 2022. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home in Blooming...
Mary Louise Thorpe, 83, of Owatonna, died Sept. 20, 2021 at Benedictine Health. She was born on Nov. 24, 1937 to Raymond and Josephine Louise (Walsh) Garvey in Springfield, Missouri. Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna. Friends may...
Henry Hofer Jr. was born on a farm near Owatonna on Nov. 15, 1934 to Henry Sr. and Cora (Benson) Hofer. He died peacefully on Sept. 22, 2021 at Homestead Hospice in Owatonna. Henry worked hard for years as a farmer and as a mason in construction. He loved fishing and hunting and was proud of his...
Virgene Kaye Doocy, age 65 of Blooming Prairie, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, St. Mary’s campus. Virgene Lewis was born May 2, 1956, in Austin, to Virgil and Gwendolyn (Nedderson) Lewis. She graduated with the class of 1974 from Austin High School. On Sept...
Alan Arthur Clothier, born April 15, 1936, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021. Alan grew up in Elk River. Alan and his wife, Donna, raised their family in Grand Marais, where he worked as a funeral director and ran the Clothier Funeral Home. Alan and Donna traveled extensively in retirement...
Randolph “Randy” James Shermo, 66, passed away at his residence in Owatonna on Sept. 14, 2021. Randy was born May 10, 1955, in Eau Claire, the son of Kenneth and Jane (Leland) Shermo. Randy spent his school years moving around to Seattle, and Madison, Wis. Randy then had moved back to Eau Claire,...
Donald B. Ruhl, age 87, of Ellendale, passed away Sept. 15, 2021. Friends may greet the family 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 at the Vibrant Life Assembly of God Church. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Vibrant Life Assembly of God Church with a one hour visitation prior...
Merle Wilson McNutt, age 102 of Blooming Prairie, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at Heather Haus Assisted Living in Blooming Prairie. Merle was born Nov. 14, 1918, in Archer, Iowa, the son of Homer and Alice (Halstead) McNutt. He graduated from Sheldon High School in 1937. On Dec. 14, 1942,...
Averyl Jean “Dusty” Heiserman, 92, of Kasson passed away on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Season’s Hospice House in Rochester. She was born on Sept. 15, 1929 to Roy Bryenton Leslie and Drusilla Grace (Lyman) Leslie in rural Stillwater. Averyl attended Lake Elmo Elementary School, Stillwater High School...

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