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Colquhoun, Rita T. - Rochester  
Rita T. Colquhoun passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Seasons Hospice. Rita Marguerite Troiano was born April 9, 1930, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Philip and Evelyn (Burns) Troiano. She attended Gesu Parish Grade School, which adjoined the Marquette University campus. She graduated from West Division High School in 1947, and the University of Wisconsin in 1952. She then worked with her brother in his photography studio. In 1954, she married John "Jack" Robert Colquhoun Jr., and was a homemaker until 1971, when she and Jack started their own business, the Alstar Company. Following retirement in 1987, Jack and Rita traveled extensively through Europe and Asia as well as Australia, New Zealand and Alaska. They moved to Minnesota City in 1991 to be closer to family and became involved in many volunteer activities in Winona, including the Julius Wilkie steamboat, Meals on Wheels and Golden K Kiwanis. They moved to Rochester in 2004. Jack passed away in 2013. Rita lived at Shorewood Place until moving to Seasons Hospice a few weeks before her death. Her family and friends will remember her for her generosity, her ability to take charge in a crisis, her love of classical music and opera, and her amazing skills as a cook, hostess and seamstress. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother. She is survived by her daughter, Lea Dacy (Matthew); granddaughters, Maria Dacy of Chicago and Gina Dacy (fiance, James Allen), Loras College; a sister-in-law, Allegra Troiano of Milwaukee; nephews and nieces; her friends and "co-in-laws", Thomas and Jeanne Dacy of Rochester; and Anette Lawless, London, UK, who stayed with the family as an exchange student. She will also be missed by many friends at Shorewood, who visited and called faithfully during her final illness, especially Ruth Lincoln and Margot Wagner. Rita donated her body to the Mayo Clinic Department of Anatomy. There will be a celebration of life followed by a reception in the Shorewood Place dining room (2205 Second Street S.W.) on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. Rita's family extends their deep gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Seasons Hospice for their kindness to and unwavering patience with Rita. The family suggests memorials to Seasons Hospice or the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale (RSOC).
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 29, 2015
Doherty, James "Jim" - Spring Valley  
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jim Doherty will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, with a scripture service at 5 p.m. The visitation will continue an hour before the service at the church. James "Jim" Doherty, 61, of Spring Valley, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home. James Joseph Doherty was born July 29, 1953, to Cletus and Allene (Ericson) Doherty in Preston. Jim was a 1971 graduate from Preston High School. While in high school, he was active in 4-H and FFA. After high school, Jim continued his education in Rochester, at the vocational school, getting a degree in accounting. On July 7, 1973, Jim married Diane Polzin, and they later divorced. Jim was united in marriage to Deborah Schulte on Oct. 15, 1988, in Spring Valley, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. While living in Plainview, Jim owned Plainview Pantry from 1983-1986. After moving back to Spring Valley, Jim worked at Land-O-Lakes, Specialty Feeds, Denny's Super Value, helped start Hilltop Grocery, Ozark National Life Insurance, and for the past 17 years has worked at Wal-Mart in Rochester. Jim loved to be outdoors biking, hiking, coaching the church softball league, and enjoying all sports. He was also a youth director at St. Ignatius until 2008, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was an avid reader. Jim is survived by his wife, Deb of Spring Valley; children, Scott Doherty of Rochester, Kevin (Lindsay) Doherty of Plainview, Jason Doherty of Austin and Jenny Doherty of Rochester; grandchildren, Cohen and Aedan Doherty; siblings, Duane (Pat) Doherty of Racine, Sandra (William) Luce of Wykoff and Rita (Clifford) Sackett of Preston; and ex-wife, Diane Holzer of Plainview. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Allene, nephew, Carl, and two infant nieces and one infant nephew. Condolences may be left online at hindtfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 29, 2015
Wilson, Timothy Joel - Winona  
Timothy Joel Wilson, 56, son of Dr. Stanford Wilson and Shirley (Patrick) Wilson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was born in Worthington on March 21, 1958. Tim lived at home in Adrian until he was 12 years old. He was a resident of Sunshine Place in Harmony until 1992, and most recently at a Home & Community Options Group Home in rural Winona for 18 years. He also attended the Winona Day Activity Center for many years. Tim's family is thankful for the capable staff and good care Tim received. Tim enjoyed eating at McDonald's, birthday parties at his house and greeting everyone he saw with "hi's." Survivors include siblings, Susan (Charlie) Olson of Waltham, Charles (Jill) Wilson of Rochester, Nancy (Kevin) Voigt of Preston, Kristin (Todd) Alexander of Mantorville, Dave (Andrea) Wilson of Rochester and Thomas (AnnMarie) Wilson of Chanhassen; and his mother, Shirley of Rochester. Tim was uncle to eight nieces and six nephews, as well as multiple great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his oldest sister, Sandra, and nephew, Joshua Olson. He taught his family patience, love and kindness. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Hope Summit Christian Church, 1315 Sixth Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904. Pastor Jeff Matteson will be officiating.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 29, 2015

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Beyer, Donna M. - Rochester  
Donna M. Beyer, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Cottagewood Senior Communities. Donna Marie Putratz was born June 25, 1924, to Herman and Frieda (Hannenberger) Putratz in Eyota. She graduated from Eyota High School and attended Winona State University for two years. Donna married Vincent Carl Beyer on June 30, 1945, in Rochester. Donna did clerical work at the Olmsted County Courthouse and worked as a waitress at various restaurants in Rochester. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, crocheting, reading, taking long drives and eating ice cream cones. Donna loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Donna is survived by her children, Toni (Darrell) Trygstad, Lakeville, Gerald (Shirley) Beyer, Byron, Lorris (Larry) Thornton, Shakopee, Gail (Rick) Phelps, Byron, Mark Beyer, Rochester and Carla Borgen, Rochester; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vincent, and a son, Jeffery. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes' Chapel. A visitation will be held one hour before the service at the funeral home. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester. Memorials are suggested to the donors choice. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com .
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 28, 2015
Bigalk, Adam Chul - Lake City  
Adam Chul Bigalk, 32, died at his home in Lake City on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service. Born in Seoul, Korea, on Oct. 16, 1982, Adam was adopted into the Bruce and Alice Bigalk family at three months of age. Raised on the family farm, Adam grew to love nature early. Fishing, hunting, football and wrestling filled his school-age days. After graduating from Fillmore Central High School in 2001, Adam joined the U.S. Navy where he served six years. He was assigned to the USS Alaska, a ballistic missile submarine as a nuclear plant operator. Returning to Minnesota after completing his time in the Navy, Adam attended Mankato State University where he graduated with honors with a degree in ecology. Seeking to work in the great outdoors, opportunity called him to work with the US Forestry Service, the US Department of Agriculture, and the National Park Service as a Wildfire Hotshot firefighting for three years across the nation. He briefly worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Fisheries in Illinois. Recently, Adam returned to Minnesota where he was employed at the Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant near Red Wing. Adam is survived by his mother, Alice Bigalk and stepfather, Jerry Passe of Harmony and La Crosse, Wis.; sisters, Kate Bigalk, La Crosse, Wis., and Molly (Tony) Cerniglia, Holmen, Wis.; nieces, Isabella and Sofia Cerniglia; and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce Raymond Bigalk. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Kaitlin's Table - Adolescents Mental Illnesses, Gundersen Medical Foundation.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 28, 2015
Casto, Anna Dean - Rochester  
Anna Dean Casto, 83, of Rochester, formerly of Davenport, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. She was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Charleston, W.V., to Frank and Mae (Thaxton) Cavender. Anna Dean grew up in West Virginia, graduating from Dunbar High School. On Sept. 1, 1950, she married Robert Harold Casto. During their 64 years of marriage, they lived in Indiana, Minnesota and North Carolina before retiring in Davenport, Fla., in 1990. They moved back to Minnesota to be close to family. Anna Dean enjoyed ceramics, playing the organ and baking for her family. She so loved her grandsons and great-grandchildren and always looked forward to spending her summers with them in Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Bud Cavender. She is survived by her husband, Robert Harold Casto; daughter, Terri (Dan) Penz, grandsons, Todd (Autumn) Penz, Cory (Hilary) Penz, Jared (Kristen) Penz and Troy Penz, and four great-grandchildren, all of Rochester; and a brother, Jerry Cavender of Winter Haven, Fla. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Friday at Keller Funeral Home, 1236 Myers Ave., Dunbar, WV, 25064, 304-768-1217, kellerfuneralhome.net .
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 28, 2015
Coplan, Patricia E. - Rochester  
Patricia E. Coplan, 70, of Rochester, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Golden Living Center East in Rochester, with her family at her side. Pat was born Feb. 28, 1944, in Minneapolis. She was raised, and graduated from high school, in Watertown, S.D. She had lived in Red Wing, Lake City and Rochester. Pat had resided at Golden Living Center East for the past 10 years. Survivors include her daughter, Kim Kaul of Hastings; her son, Kevin (JeriLyn) Coplan of Red Wing; and two granddaughters, Savannah Kaul and Kassidy Coplan. Her son-in-law, Georg Kaul, preceded her in death. Private family services will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank the staffs at Golden Living Center East and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they provided for Pat.  Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice. Mahn Family Funeral Home - Rochester Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may share a memory at mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com .
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Denny, Donald G. "Don" - Rochester  
Donald "Don" G. Denny, 74, of Rochester, passed away Sunday, Jan, 25, 2015, of natural causes at Cottagewood Senior Living in Rochester. Don was born and raised in Mantorville. He and Donna Horsman were married in January 1960. He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Duane; grandson, Donavan (wife, Crystal), with four great-grandchildren, Jourdain, Cameron, Shaelyn and Kaedynce; and grandson, Benjamin, with two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Lillian. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Morris and Helen Denny; three brothers, Jim, LaVerne and David, and one sister, LaVonne Wangerin. Don liked old cars, camping, fishing, hunting, country music and building things, especially bird houses. He worked in underground construction, the Dodge County Court House and had his own cleaning business.  Don loved his family and church family very much. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Dexter United Methodist Church, 115 S. Main St., Dexter MN 55926, with Pastor Karen Ashton officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Kasson is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences at  dibblefuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 28, 2015
Harrington, Jackie Lee - Rochester  
Jackie Lee Harrington, 80, of Rochester, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Jackie requested that no service be held. She gratefully and most humbly donated herself to science, which is the greatest gift of all. Jackie preferred that memorials be given to the Department of Anatomy, 200 First St. SW, Rochester MN 55905. She is survived by Scott (Debbie) Harris; Nancy (Rick) Kounk (Harris); and Dan Harris; her grandsons, Edward (Liz) Harris, and their daughter, Evelyn; and Jacob Harris.
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Koeth, Charles William "Chuck" - Chatfield  
Charles William "Chuck" Koeth left this earth to meet his Heavenly Father Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a short illness. Chuck was born June 20, 1940, in Winona. He picked up trumpet at a young age and became a talented musician, playing with many bands throughout the years, including The Ernie Reck Band which aired on TV for over a decade. Chuck was also a talented upholsterer. He worked alongside his father at their upholstery shop in Winona before moving to Chatfield to work for Tuohy Furniture and later as a business partner at S&K Furniture in Chatfield. Chuck is survived by his two daughters, Kirsten and Emy (Jeremy) Rabe; and Arlene Koeth; his former wife and forever friend. His goofy antics will never be forgotten by his grandchildren, Autumn and Lilly Rabe and Tristan Taylor, who will miss him dearly.  Chuck had a strong faith in God and would like those who knew him to celebrate his passing to his Eternal Home. Please join his family in celebrating his life on Saturday, Feb. 7, during an open house from noon to 3 p.m. at Arlene's home, 509 Ave. C NE in Chatfield.  Please share a memory of Chuck and sign his online guestbook at hofffuneral.com .
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 28, 2015
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