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Adamson, Alice T. - Rochester  
The memorial service for Alice T. Adamson (Musgjerd) will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Andrea Buck officiating. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, in the River Park Chapel and one half hour prior to the service on Saturday.  Burial will be at the Little Cannon Cemetery in Kenyon at a later date. Mrs. Adamson, 72, of Rochester, formerly of Kenyon, died April 21, 2016, from breast cancer. Alice's wishes were to donate her body to Mayo Clinic for medical research. Alice was born on March 19, 1944, in Faribault, Minn., to Tosten and Alma Musgjerd. She graduated from Kenyon High School in 1962. She attended the University of Minnesota and Winona State University and received her Master's Degree in Social Work from St. Mary's University.  On Oct. 26, 1969, she married Robert (Bob) Adamson at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. The couple lived in Austin for many years and moved to Rochester in 1984. Alice worked at the Cedar Valley Rehabilitation and Adult Community Treatment Center in Austin followed by many years at the Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center.  After retirement, Alice had several part-time jobs and volunteered at civic organizations. Survivors include her beloved husband, Bob; 3 sons, Doug (Marie) Adamson of Rochester, Tim (Patty) Adamson of Lyle and Tom (Karen) Adamson of St. Paul; one daughter, Sheila Cada of Stewartville; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Sonia Gunhas of Zumbrota and several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her parents, one brother and a nephew. Memorials are preferred to the Rochester State Hospital Cemetery Group.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 27, 2016
Anderson, Patricia -  zumbrota  
Patricia Mary Anderson, 77, of Zumbrota, passed away on Wednesday April 27, 2016. She died peacefully at home with her family at her side. Pat was born on July 14, 1938, in Zumbrota to Lawrence and Ina Evert. She attended Zumbrota High School and graduated in 1956. After graduation, Pat worked for many years as a secretary at the Mayo Clinic in the departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics. In 1971, Pat married Ted Anderson from Blyth, England, who was on assignment for IBM in Rochester. They moved the family to England where they lived for several years before returning to Saugerties, N.Y., and then Zumbrota, where they made their home since 1976. Pat was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend whose compassion knew no bounds. She believed in performing acts of charity, caring for those less fortunate and in her quiet way "giving until it hurts." Pat was an active member of the Church of Saint Paul in Zumbrota. She was a long-distance foster mother to children in need from impoverished countries. She, with her lovely voice, and Ted, who was an accomplished piano player, enjoyed volunteering their time at local nursing homes to provide entertainment for the residents. Pat was an excellent cook. She enjoyed country living, feeding wild birds, reading and traveling. She and Ted made annual visits to England, a country she loved very much, to visit family and friends. Pat was preceded in death by her husband Ted; her father and mother, Lawrence and Ina Evert; and her brother Jeff Evert. She is survived by her brothers Larry (Sheri), Mike (Sharon), Mark (Dawn) and Bill (Dave) Evert; her sister-in-law Barb Evert; her children Todd (Tracy) Langevin, of Edina, and Suzanne Langevin, of Oronoco, Heather (Simon) Cowell, Brenda Dymond and Mark (Kim) Anderson, all of England. Pat has nine grandchildren, Kelly and Daniel Langevin, Robert, Adam and Hannah Cowell, Michael and Claire Dymond, and Craig and Elliot Anderson. Her family would like to thank Mayo Hospice team — Kelly, Liz, Anna, Mindy and Chaplain Kate — for their support and compassion. She was grateful for your care. The family extends heartfelt thanks to Father Randal Kasel and Deacon Paul Tschann from the Church of St. Paul for your spiritual support. Thanks to all of her friends and family who brightened her days with your visits. She was so happy to see you all. If considering a donation, preferences include the Salvation Army, the Church of St Paul in Zumbrota or Unbound (formerly Christian Foundation for Children and the Aging). Arrangements provided by Mahn Family Funeral Services, Larson Chapter 507-732-5444. Visitation will be held at the Larson Chapter in Zumbrota on Wednesday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. May 5 at the Church of St. Paul in Zumbrota.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 30, 2016
Bergan, Linda R. - Lanesboro  
Linda R. Bergan, 68, of rural Lanesboro, died on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Linda Rae Harrington was born in Taopi, to Ray and Shirley (Boe) Harrington on Nov. 17, 1947. She was raised in rural LeRoy, and was a 1965 graduate of LeRoy High School. She attended and graduated from cosmetology school in Austin. She worked as a hairdresser, and taught cosmetology classes. Linda was united in marriage with Doug Bergan on March 4, 1967, at the Marshall Lutheran Church in Adams. Besides living in Austin and Mankato for a short time, the couple lived on a farm near LeRoy for several years before moving to rural Lanesboro in 1986. Linda was passionate about her career in cosmetology, enjoyed horses, loved attending grandkids events, quilting, sewing, cooking and most of all spending time with her family. Linda is survived by her husband, Doug; two children: Brett (Brenda) Bergan and Sarah (Gary) Brown both of Peterson; five grandchildren: Jerad, Josh, Jessica (Tom), Jordan and Jackson; two great-grandchildren: Jaycee and Lincoln; and three brothers: Mike (Mary Jean) Harrington, Brian (Penny) Harrington and Doug (Lisa) Harrington. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service for Linda will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson, with the Rev. Sarah Brown officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, April 29, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Leave a memory of Linda and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com .
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 29, 2016
Carriere, Lowell Robert - Rochester  
Lowell Robert Carriere, 66, formerly of Red Wing and currently of Rochester, died of natural causes, suddenly and without warning, on April 19, 2016. He was born on Dec. 2, 1949, in Mahnomen, Minn., the son of Robert and Eva Carriere.   Lowell graduated from Foley High School in 1967, where he spent all 12 of his public education years. He received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and began his college years as a cadet mid-June, immediately after graduation.  He graduated from the Academy in 1971 at the rank of Second Lieutenant and spent more than five years in the Air Force, serving his country in various locations, including California, Ohio and the Country of Turkey. He left the Air Force at the rank of Captain and received an "Honorable Discharge" in March 1977.     Lowell married Marilyn Chen, a California native, on June 29, 1985. Two daughters were born to them, Lana in 1987 and Eva in 1990.  Lowell, Marilyn and family moved to Red Wing in 1990 and then to Rochester in 2014, where he established his own company, First Market Real Estate of Rochester.  Lowell continued his work as a real estate broker until his death.    In addition to the time spent providing for and loving his family, Lowell also devoted much of his life ​to playing his cherished guitar, songwriting, and playing in Christian worship bands. He loved using what God had given him to express his faith in the reality of God's love — shown through Christ's atoning sacrificial death for mankind, so that the gift of Heaven and eternal life would be offered to all who believe.      Lowell was preceded in death by his father, mother-in-law, Joan Chen, father-in-law, Ralph Chen, and niece, Gina (John and Barb) Holmquist.   Survivors include Marilyn, his loving wife of nearly 31 years, precious daughters, Lana and Eva, sisters, Jan (Steve) Skadsberg, Barb (John) Holmquist, Beth (Terry) Young, and Nancy (Willy) Watsabaugh, 13 nieces and nephews, many other family and friends, and his favorite canine companion, Beatrix.   Arrangements are being made for a celebration of his life to be held on May 21, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church in Foley, Minn., beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a light lunch. Lowell's family would like to thank the emergency personnel who tried so valiantly to save him, and who offered kindness and understanding during a most difficult time.     
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 27, 2016
Chilson, Anna - St. Joseph, Mich.  
Anna Catherine Chilson died April 26, 2016, at the age of 91, in Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, Mich., of apparent heart failure. Ann, as she preferred to be called, was born Feb. 9, 1925, in New Haven Township, Olmsted County, to Harry James and May Catherine (Prouty) Hayden. She was named after her grandmothers, Anna Augusta Smith Hayden and Margaret Catherine Boyle Prouty. Shortly after moving to Kalmar Township, she met and quickly married Arbey Adison Chilson, who lived on a farm just south of the Haydens. Arbey acquired a Quonset hut from the Graham wartime physician housing, purchased 6 acres of land from his dad, and moved it to its current location in rural Byron. Ann lived in that house, with Arbey's modifications, for the next 50 years, until poor health forced her to move to Michigan to be cared for by her son, Bennett.  The Chilsons had six children, Bennett Duane (Sandra) of Berrien Springs, Mich., Robert Arbey (Betty) of Lincoln, Neb., James Dean (Shirley div.) of Laurel, Md., Deborah Ann Kerr (William) of Rochester; Scott and Todd Steven of Lincoln, Neb. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her infant son, Scott. She is survived by all her children, with the exception of Scott who died in infancy; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.   A funeral service will be on Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1100 37th St. NW. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will take place in Grandview Memorial Gardens. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com . Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes, Rochester.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 29, 2016
Clapper, Betty - Rochester  
Betty (Weidler) Clapper passed away peacefully on April 26, 2016, at the age of 90. She went to sleep at Seasons Hospice in Rochester and woke up in her heavenly home surrounded, no doubt, by angels and loved ones who had gone on before her. Betty was born on Aug. 31, 1925, in Drake, N.D. Her parents, Alice and Pete Weidler, owned Pete's Standard Service Station and Café in Balfour, N.D. Betty worked in the café until she graduated from Balfour High School. Following graduation, she taught 1 through 8 grades in Adams, N.D. Betty had to walk one mile to and from school each day - that's probably when her love for walking began. During her time as a teacher, Betty and a friend saved money to move to Washington State, where they worked at a daycare for children whose parents were working in factories during World War II. After the war ended, Betty moved to Minot, N.D., and worked at a department store and later at Minot State College. She met the love of her life, Allan Clapper, on a blind date. They were married on Aug. 23, 1946, and lived in Minot until they retired to Apache Junction, Ariz., in 1990. Allan passed away in January 1992. In November 2013, Betty moved to Rochester, where she resided at Shorewood Senior Campus. She was involved in many activities while living there, including the Walking Club, various exercise programs, cards, ghost hunting, a "YA YA" group, dancing, style shows, happy hours, and more. She had many friends at Shorewood and loved spending time with them. Betty was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. She attended a couple of Twins games in the new stadium - one of her goals when she moved to Minnesota. Betty and Allan were blessed with three children, Jan (Irene) Clapper, Jay (Susan) Clapper, and Jill (Gary) Hallman. She thought the world of her grandchildren, Chad Clapper, Tanya Cox, Leah Siple, Matthew Hallman, Sommer Voyna and Christa Kline, and great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Robert, Matalyn, Aubrey, Aidyn, Alivya, Isabel, Owen, Jeremy and Jayla. She loved spending time with them and telling her friends stories about them. Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Allan, parents, Alice and Peter Weidler, brothers, Myrl and Lyle Weidler, sister, Dorothy Ganje, as well as many friends and relatives. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Shorewood Place on Saturday, April 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date at Rosehill Cemetery in Minot, N.D. The family prefers memorials be directed to Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
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Clark, Martin "Marty" - Altura  
Martin M. "Marty" Clark, 86, of rural Altura died Tuesday, April 26, surrounded by family, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, due to complications of pneumonia. Marty was born Dec. 11, 1929, to Lester and Emma (Langer) Clark on the family farm near Crystal Springs. He attended country school and worked as a farmhand for neighboring farmers. In 1948, Marty entered the U.S. Army and served two tours during the Korean War. While stationed in Tokyo, Marty met Sachi Obi. They married July 8, 1955, in Japan. They later moved to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. In 1960, Marty was discharged from the Army, and returned home to buy a farm and fulfill his dream of farming. Marty was very active in his church and community, serving as chairman of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church — Norton Township, for many years, as well as usher and on numerous church committees. In the community, Marty served as a supervisor of the Norton Township Board, Lewiston American Legion and Altura Lions Club. He was hard-working and dedicated to his family, especially his grandchildren. Marty loved all animals and brought many stray, beloved animals home. He also enjoyed western movies, Cowboy Hour music, gardening and cutting wood with his grandson Corey. He was known to enjoy an occasional Grain Belt. In 2004, Marty retired from his Norton Township farm, but continued his daily trips to the farm to "Check on things." Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Sachi; four children and their families, Leonard (Sue) Clark of Eagan and their daughter Sheri (Brian) Beaupre, Blake (Vicki) Clark of Lewiston, and their family, Lance, Corey (Ashley Zweep) Clark, Courtney (Brian) Beyer and Landon Clark, Shirley Clark (Ryan Erdmann) of Rochester, and Richard (Julie) Clark of Lakeville, and their sons, Brandon and Riley. He is also survived by a brother, David Clark of Rollingstone, a sister, Nancy (Charles) Prigge of North St. Paul, and brother-in-law, Glenn Berry of Zumbro Falls. He was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Berry, and three brothers, Earl, Charles and Robert. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norton Township, with the Rev. David Eckert officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles. They may also call one hour before services at the church. A reception will follow services at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles. The Lewiston American Legion will conduct military graveside honors. Please share a memory of Marty at his online guestbook and view his video when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com . Marty's family would like to thank Altura Ambulance, Med Link, Gundersen Critical Care team and Winona Health ICU team for their caring help during Marty's recent illness.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 28, 2016
Collins, Rachel B. - Rochester  
Rachel (Byrne) Collins, 99, of Rochester, died peacefully on April 25, 2016, surrounded by her family. She had been a resident of Madonna Meadows for four years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Collins, her parents, Charlie and Louise Byrne, and her brother, Newell. Rachel is survived by her son, Charlie, her daughter, Jeanie (John) Landree, two grandchildren, Joe (Maren) Landree and Caroline (Joe) Geiser, and one great-grandchild, Logan Landree. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Byrne. Rachel Byrne was born July 15, 1916. She grew up in St. Paul, which is a city that she loved all of her life. Rachel attended St. Paul Humboldt High School, where she graduated in 1933. She then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in History and English. Rachel began teaching at the age of 20 in Alberta, Minn., and later taught in Waseca, Minn. On Oct. 6, 1945, Rachel Byrne married Irvin J. Collins at St. Michael's Catholic Church in St. Paul. They first lived in Owatonna and later moved to Rochester. It was in Rochester that Rachel became very involved in volunteer work. Rachel once defined herself as a "practical" Catholic, who believed in and lived a life of charitable works. She was active at St. Francis Catholic Church, where she served twice as General President of the Rosary Society, which was a spiritual and fundraising group. Mrs. Collins volunteered at the Assisi Mother House in the 1970s, providing activities and companionship to elderly Sisters. She was also active in the Vietnamese resettlement projects, as well as spending many years working in the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary. Rachel Collins was a person who loved conversation and humor. Her children remembered her many excellent and often humorous conversations throughout their lives. Rachel was known to give very practical advice, and she was an inspiration to her family throughout her long life. Rachel was very much loved by her children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by them. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by her son, Father Charlie Collins, at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Visitation will be one hour before the Mass at the Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Poverello Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Macken Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Cyphers, Delores "Peggy" - Winnebago  
Delores "Peggy" Cyphers, 86, of Winnebago, passed away April 26, 2016, at her home, with her son by her side. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Winnebago. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Spencer-Owen Funeral Home of Winnebago. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery of Blue Earth, Minn. Online condolences www.spencerowen.com . Peggy was born Sept. 11, 1929, to Cecil and June (Nelson) Smith in Blue Earth Township. She graduated from Blue Earth High School and attended Normal School to become a rural teacher. On July 9, 1950, Peggy married Alvin Cyphers, and together they raised their three boys. Peggy was involved with the garden club, and was very proud of her own garden. She loved horses, milking cows, and time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her wonderful home-cooked meals and her generosity and service to everyone in her life. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Mike (Marletta) Cyphers of Chatfield, Steve (Gayle) Cyphers of Hudson, Wis., and Scott Cyphers of Winnebago; grandchildren, Dr. Justin (Chelsey) Cyphers, Alyssa (Dr. Jake) Morgan, Jennifer (Calvin) Howard, Trevor (Hannah) Cyphers and Jared (Leslie Lloyd) Cyphers; great-grandchildren, Jordyn and Taylor Howard, Elliana, Cadence and Davis Morgan; sisters, Joanne (Charles) Koehler and Carol Adams. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 44 years, Alvin; and infant brother.
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Dingfelder, Darwin W. - Rochester  
Darwin William Dingfelder, 91, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016, at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester. Darwin was born on July 11, 1924, at the family home in Bluff Siding, Wis., to George and Myrtle (Grewe) Dingfelder. As a young boy, he attended the one-room Bluff Siding country school until eighth grade. Darwin always enjoyed sharing many fond memories of growing up in the country and walking to school with his dog every day. He would tell of very cold winter days, when his father would hitch up the team of horses and sleigh and take him to school. He graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1942. While in high school, he was given the nickname "Friday" as that was the day he always looked forward to, which would include spending time with friends, roller skating, seeing a movie or going dancing. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1946 as a radio operator aboard the USS California in the South Pacific. On March 17, 1946, he married Leida Roth at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. Together they raised two children. Darwin worked for the Owl Motor Company in Winona as a mechanic during and after high school, which began his lifelong interest in cars. He later worked at Nystrom Motors as service manager. In 1958, the couple moved to Rochester. Darwin worked at Rochester Dairy and Marigold Foods, retiring in 1986 after 31 years. He also worked part-time for Rochester School Bus Company for more than 35 years. Darwin was a very loving, compassionate, kind and gentle man to his family and friends. He is lovingly survived by his children, Scott Dingfelder of Rochester, Diane Barclay of Galesville, Wis.; two grandchildren, Gareth Dingfelder of Rochester, Jenna Barclay of Jersey City, N.J.; his cousins, Debra Richmann of Austin, Texas, Kenneth Spittler of Winona, and his special "other daughter," Nancy (Jaszewski) Platteter of Holmen, Wis. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Leida (2014); his brother, Rodney, whom he took special care of; and his parents.   A funeral service for Darwin will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with Chaplain Jean Boese officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Military honors at the cemetery will be provided by American Legion Post 92 of Rochester. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Legion or donor's choice. Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, and online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com .
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