Obituaries for April 5, 2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 5, 2002

Douglas Paul Wilke, 59

Douglas Paul Wilke, 59, of Austin died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

He was born Jan. 20, 1943, to Paul and Frances (Gilbertson) Wilke in Blooming Prairie.

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He attended Austin High School. He served in the Army in Germany from 1960 until 1963. Returning to Austin, he worked at Wilson's and Schweigert Foods in Albert Lea.

On July 20, 1974, he married Marian Ferguson in Austin.

A member of the Eagles Club, Doug also enjoyed pre-1840s rendezvous, working on cars, camping and fishing.

Survivors include wife, Marian Wilke, Austin; brothers, Richard (Linda) Wilke, Fort Madison, Iowa; Jeff (Cindy) Wilke, Albert Lea; sisters, Dorene Wilke, San Diego, Calif.; Janice (David) Williams, Burnsville; Lori Brody, Austin; brother-in-law, Tebbe DeBoer, Dundas; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Frances Gilbertson; and sister, Sharene Fay DeBoer.

Visitation: 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2002, and one hour before the service on Monday. Military rites by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Service: 11 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Kahl officiating.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Dorothy Martin, 85

Dorothy Martin, 85, of Blooming Prairie, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin.

She was born Oct. 2, 1916, in Kossuth County, Iowa to Charles and Jessie Myrtle (Gregory) Thompson. At a young age she moved with her parents to the Claremont area.

She was a member of Claremont Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Women's Association, Claremont Legion Auxiliary, Claremont Senior Citizens and Blooming Prairie Senior Citizens.

She was a homemaker and also worked as a medical assistant for 20 years.

Survivors include son, Roland (Sonya) Martin, Austin; daughter-in-law, Mary Martin, Owatonna; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Marlys; son, Willard; five brothers and three sisters.

Visitation: At the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 3 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2002, at First Presbyterian Church in Claremont with the Rev. Tammy Rider officiating. Casket bearers will be James Martin, Robert Starr, Jeffrey Baker, William Collins, Douglas Bruggeman and Marvin Pater.

Interment: Claremont Street Cemetery at a later date.

Funeral Home: Worlein-Blooming Prairie Funeral Home.

Dorothy M. Lunde, 91

Dorothy M. Lunde, 91, of Austin, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin.

She was born March 8, 1911, in Austin, to Chauncy and Mabel (Greer) Matthews.

She graduated from Austin High School in 1928.

On May 15, 1937, she married Everett Lunde at her parents' home in Austin.

She worked as a secretary for the George A. Hormel Company for nine years and later worked for the Jordan Builders Company for almost 20 years. She retired in 1974.

Dorothy and Everett wintered in Mesa, Ariz. for 16 years.

Dorothy was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Austin, Unity Chapter #29 O.E.S. and a past Matron. She belonged to Bridge Club, Birthday Club and (B.P.O.E.) DOES.

Survivors include husband, Everett Lunde, Austin; sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Barbara Lunde, Montevideo; James Lunde and Gwen Olson, Minneapolis; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Matthews, Harry Matthews and C.G. Matthews; sister, Blanche Matthews Hawkins.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2002, and one hour before the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Monday, at Christ Episcopal Church in Austin with the Rev. Richard A. Ressler officiating. Organist will be Cynthia Corbly and violinist will be Kevin Peterson. Casket bearers will be David Plantikow, Jack Flynn, Nathan Nemitz, Kenneth Dahlgren, Jean Burton and Bruce Jordan.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

Clarence Russell Stehley, 84

Clarence Russell Stehley, 84, of Hayfield, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at his home.

He was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Belvidere, Ill. to Fred and Eva (Fisher) Stehley.

On March 29, 1941, he married Evelyn A. Postels in Sumner, Iowa.

Russell served in World War II in the Pacific Campaign from 1941 to 1945. After he returned home from the army, he worked with his brother, Willard in the Produce Business in Eyota. Later, he was a railroad engineer for the Milwaukee Road and Chicago Great Western. He shoveled coal on the last Milwaukee Road steam engine leaving Austin and was an engineer for the Chicago Great Western/ Northwestern until his retirement in 1982.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and the Green Bay Packers.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, was involved with Boy Scouts, was a member of the American Legion, Charter member of the Sons of American Revolution, served on the Board of Directors at Field Crest Nursing Home and delivered meals on wheels.

Survivors include wife, Evelyn Stehley, Hayfield; sons and daughters-in-law, Jon and Shirlean Stehley, Cameron, Wis.; James and Gloria Stehley, McFarland, Wis.; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Walter Pappas, Rochester; Michelle and Robert Buss, Neenah, Wis.; Kimberly and Russ Harwood, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; brother, Ballard Stehley, Belvidere, Ill.; sisters, Bernita Kelly, Mt. Pulaski, Ill.; Juanita Smith, Boonville, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; cousins.

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

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2002, at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Stephan Sandness officiating.

Interment: Fairview Cemetery with military honors by the Hayfield American Legion Rothie Post #330.

Funeral Home: Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, Hayfield.