Obituaries for April 16, 2000

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 15, 2000

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The following obituaries appeared in the Sunday, April 16, 2000, edition of the Austin Daily Herald.

Saturday, April 15, 2000

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The following obituaries appeared in the Sunday, April 16, 2000, edition of the Austin Daily Herald.

Josie Wilson, 79

Josie Irene Wilson, 79, of Austin, died Wednesday, April 12, at Austin Medical Center.

Josie was born Aug. 11, 1920, near Rockdell, Minn., the daughter of Henry and Gina (Nereson) Gunnufson. She graduated from Rochester high School. She was married to Nordeen (Slim) Wilson on Aug. 7, 1948 at Austin. They farmed in the rural Austin area. Josie enjoyed antiques and was an avid gardener and an excellent cook and baker. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where e she was active in the ELCW and other church activities. She was also a member of the Sons of Norway

She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 6, 2000, parents, and ten brothers and sisters.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Nancy and John Hagen, Minneapolis; brother-in-law Ernest Wilson, Austin; sisters-in-law Clara Gunnufson, Austin, Maudine Rasmussen, Austin, Doris Baumann, Hayfield; nieces and nephews; and special friend Marilyn Sucha, Austin.

· Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 17 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. James Mikkelson officiating.

· Interment: Oakwood Cemetery

· Visitation: 4-7 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Sunday, and for one hour before the service at the church, Monday.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Melvin Rohne, 88

Melvin J. Rohne, 88, Lyle, died Thursday afternoon, April 13 at Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home.

Melvin Julius Rohne was born September 19, 1911 in Freeborn County to Harold and Ella (Bergeson) Rohne. He married Elizabeth Tesch on March 12, 1938 and moved to their farm near Lyle, where he lived all his life. He was a member of Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church.

He is survived by two daughters and son-in-law; Esther and Gifferd Sparks, Sargeant, Minn. and Edith Hastings, La Crescent, Minn.; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Virginia Rohne, Lyle; 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Alice Rohne, Lyle; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and four brothers.

Melvin enjoyed fishing, playing pool, cards and horseshoes. He also enjoyed listening to the Twins and riding his lawnmower.

Casketbearers will be Jeff Haskin, Jim Haskin, Gene Sparks, Jay Kohnke, Dean Rohne and Kevin Rohne. The organist will be Pam Simpson and soloist will be Roger Campbell.

· Service: 11 a.m. Monday, April 17 at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church with Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating.

· Interment: Six Mile Grove Cemetery

· Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home.

Ivan Heiny, 81

Ivan Victor Heiny, age 81, Austin, died Friday, April 14, 2000 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

He is survived by his wife, Majorie (Wangen) Heiny, children Dean Heiny, New London, Minn.; Jan Waller and husband Jack, Austin; Bruce Heiny and wife Danielle, Austin; grandchildren Joseph, James and Jane Waller; Ruth, Julia and Eric Heiny; sister Alice (Frank) Tomaschko, Austin; sister-in-law Kay Heiny (Deane); brothers-in-law Russel (Norma) Wangen, Austin; Orville (Gretchen) Wangen, Austin; John Wangen, Minneapolis; sisters-in-law Florence (Robert) Wangen, Spicer; Francis (Leo) Wangen, Mesa and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

· Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Patricia M. Toschak officiating.

George Dieser, 81

George Dieser, 81, Owatonna, died April 15, 2000 at Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea where he was a resident for the past two years.

George was born September 21, 1918 in Topeka, Kan., the son of John and Barbara Dieser. As a young child, the family lived in Albert Lea and the Austin area. He attended Pacelli High School in Austin.

On January 23, 1941 he volunteered to serve in the Army at Fort Ord, Calif. Between tours he married Jozetta June Sturgeon at St. Augustine church in Austin. He was about to be discharged when WWII broke out and returned to Fort Ord. He was a nurse in the 656 Medical Calvary Unit and served tours in the Philippines and New Guinea and was discharged August 30, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wis. After the war, he went to work at Schied Plumbing and Heating in Austin to service his apprentices and journeyman and received his master licenses. He also worked in Faribault Plumbing and Heating and Flom Plumbing and Heating in Owatonna until his retirement. The couple moved to Medford and owned and operated Dieser Hardware from 1959 to 1970. George continued to do plumbing on the side until 1970. George was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Austin, Medford and Owatonna throughout his life. He was a member of Christ The King Church in Medford. His hobbies included traveling, fishing, dancing and vegetable gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, June of Owatonna, daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ronald James of Aurora, Ill.; two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, five brothers and sisters-in-laws, Joseph and Margaret Dieser, Adam and Shirle Dieser and John Dieser, all of Austin; Peter Dieser of Park Rapids, Minn.; Albert Dieser of Rochester; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Anne Simon of St. Paul; Barbara Dieser of Austin; Elizabeth and Albert Kern of Cuba City, Wis.; Madolyn and Jerry Filer of St. James City, Fla.; many nieces and nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

Memorials preferred to the donor’s choice.

· Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas Hargesheimer officiating. Military honors will be performed by the Steele County Military Funeral Escort Unit.

· Interment: A private family interment will be held at a later date in Aurora, Ill.

· Visitation: 5-8 p.m., Monday at Brick-Postlewaite-Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna and one hour before the service.

Marguerite Monnahan, 73

Marguerite I. "Peggy" Monnahan, age 73, Austin, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at the Austin Medical Center.

Peggy was born March 7, 1927 in Austin to John E. and Neva M. (Manning) Monnahan. She attended the Sacred Heart Adult Daycare Program for several years and most recently attended the Cedar Valley Services Senior Retirement Program.

Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Dorothy Monnahan, Austin; Ed and Vivian Monnahan, Everly, Iowa; special friends, Jeanette Barnholtz, Austin, Karen Sybilrud, Austin; nephews, Michael J. and Patricia Monnahan, Iowa City, Iowa; John E. and Melissa Monnahan, Bloomfield, Iowa; Scott J. and Patricia Monnahan, Little Rock, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her brother Raymond Monnahan.

· Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 17 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father Hubert Boschert officiating.

· Interment: Calvary Cemetery

· Visitation: 4-8 p.m., Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home, with a 6 p.m. wake service and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday.

Merle Lamon, 85

Merle F. Lamon, age 85 of the Adams Health Care Center and formerly of LeRoy, died Friday April 14, 2000 at the Austin Medical Center.

He was born October 29, 1914 in LeRoy to Joseph Lamon and Elizabeth "Libby" (Partlow) Lamon. He attended and graduated from LeRoy High School and on September 3, 1939 he was united in marriage to Pearl Wolthoff in Grundy Center, Iowa and to this union two children were born. Merle was employed by Interstate Power Co. for 35 years. He enjoyed gardening and camping and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife Pearl, one son, Terry (Jan) Lamon of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter Sharon (Dan) Regan of Wayzata, Minn.; four grandchildren and sister, Esther Klassy of Adams.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

· Service: 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 17 at First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy with Rev. Steve Elderbrock officiating.

· Visitation: 2-4:30 p.m., Sunday at Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home in LeRoy and from one hour prior at the church.