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Florence Isaacson 1922-2014

ROCHESTER – Florence Davis Isaacson, age 92 died on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at her residence in Rochester. Florence Ellen Davis was born on August 28, 1922 in Deer River, MN to Lewis and Elda (nee Schonauer) Davis. She grew up in Deer River and graduated from Deer River High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and later earned a Master’s degree in Education from Bemidji State University. She taught for thirty six years, the last thirty in the Grand Rapids School District.

Florence married the love of her life, Roger “Ike” Isaacson on August 12, 1943. They were married for fifty-seven years. Ike died in 2001 at the age of 79.

Florence was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids. During her many years of retirement, she was an associate member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona. Her life focused on her family, church and education.

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Ronald Banitt 1928-2014

ZUMBROTA – Ronald John Banitt, age 86, of Zumbrota died Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Diamond Care Center in Cannon Falls. He was born on May 3, 1928 in Goodhue County to Fredrick and Helen (Nelson) Banitt. He grew up in Zumbrota and attended country schools. On August 18, 1950 he was married to Rose Nesbit; together they had four children. Rose died on March 3, 1985. Ron farmed and hauled milk before joining the Army in 1950. He served in the Korean War until 1953. He had many jobs throughout his life including working as a farmer, seed salesman for Pioneer/Watkins Seeds, and driving bus. He drove the #1 Zumbrota bus for many years. Ron was a member of the VFW Post #5727, American Legion Post #183, Zumbrota Lions Club, the 55/60 Club, and United Redeemer Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, dancing, listening to old-time music, playing cards, meeting the guys for coffee, and the occasional trip to the casino.

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Russell Friese 1922-2014

ROCHESTER – Russell Friese, age 92, of Rochester, died Monday December 22, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester, St. Mary’s Campus. 

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Wanda Hinrichs 1956-2014

ZUMBROTA – Wanda Lynn Hinrichs, age 58, of Zumbrota died peacefully at her home on Friday, December 19, 2014. She was born on April 27, 1956 in Zumbrota to Albert and Dorothy (Markuson) Nygren. She graduated from Zumbrota High School in 1974. On July 12, 1980 she married Dave Hinrichs; together they had two children. Wanda graduated from nursing school in 1983 and worked as an LPN at the Zumbrota Hospital until 1998. She suffered an injury at work that resulted in her receiving a double lung transplant on July 3, 2003. For the last 7 years of her life, she worked as a medical coder for the Mayo Clinic. Wanda enjoyed crocheting, knitting, cooking, camping, blues music, spending time with her family and friends, and most of all doing whatever she could to make sure everyone was taken care of.

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Mary Ann Dierkhissing

The funeral service for Mary Ann Dierkhissing will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Czaplewski Family Fune

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Mavis Kyllo 1924-2014

WANAMINGO – Mavis Kyllo died on Friday, November 21, 2014, at Zumbrota Care Center where she had been a resident for one-and-one-half years. Visitation will be at Wanamingo Lutheran Church on Monday, December 8, from 10:30 am.

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Carol Joan Bartsch 1949-2014

Carol Joan Bartsch 65, of Goodhue passed away December 17, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. She was born April 3, 1949 in Red Wing to Wallace and Frances (Albers) Huebner. She was baptized May 8, 1949 in Hay Creek. She lived in Hay Creek before moving to the farm West of Goodhue in 1951. On May 19, 1963 she was confirmed in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.


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Billy Vogelgesang 1978-2014

William T. “Billy” Vogelgesang, age 36 of Wanamingo died after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, December 16, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Mahn Family Funeral Home – Larson Chapel in Zumbrota with Pastor Ron Wernimont officiating.

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Edward Stevens

BURNSVILLE – Pastor Edward G. Stevens, age 89, of Burnsville passed away peacefully on December 15, 2014.

Pastor Stevens served at the Staples United Methodist Church from 1972-1979. Then in 1979 he served the Pine Island Methodist Church until 1987. He then moved and served Holy Trinity Methodist Church in Prior Lake until his retirement.

He is survived by children, Karen (Ben) Martin, Karla Bastos and Mark Stevens; grandchildren, Pedro, Nicole, Gabriella, Rachel, Sydney, Elizabeth and David; great granddaughter, Lacey; 

Pastor Edward is preceded in death by his loving wife, Joyce; and brothers, Richard and Charles (Phyllis) Stevens.

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Michael Monson 1957-2014

DULUTH – Michael Jon Monson passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Duluth, MN. He was born on November 17, 1957 in Zumbrota, MN to Robert and Mary (Hugstad) Monson. Mike was a graduate of Red Wing Central High School class of 1976 and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN class of 1980.

After college graduation and as the family business expanded, Mike moved to Duluth, MN and immersed himself in his career at Monson Trucking, Inc. until its closing in 2009. He moved up the ranks from “gopher, grunt and tractor washer” to Vice President. Mike was a member of the Board of Directors of The Minnesota Trucking Association.

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