Obituaries for May 13, 2002

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 13, 2002

Tilmen Maynard Tollefson, 87

Tilmen Maynard Tollefson, 87, of Blooming Prairie, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at Prairie Manor.

He was born May 30, 1914, to Tollef and Serena (Ruluf) Tollefson in Freeborn County. He grew up near Red Oak Grove.

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On Oct. 6, 1934, he married Verlie E. Christianson in Albert Lea. The couple moved to Hollandale in 1941 where they farmed, raising vegetables. In 1962, they bought the family farm where they lived until they moved to Blooming Prairie in 1978.

He enjoyed building and repairing things and playing cards.

He was a member of the Eagles Club, the Moose Lodge and a lifetime member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

Survivors include son, Darrel (Marlene) Tollefson, Burnsville; Jean Gappa, Albert Lea; Judy (Robert) Remker, Blooming Prairie; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Arnie; sister, Tilla Trihus.

Visitation: 5 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the funeral home and Wednesday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin with Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating.

Interment: Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home.

Memorials: To Red Oak Grove Church, Prairie Manor or United Cerebral Palsy.

Joan L. Hardecopf, 59

Joan L. Hardecopf, 59, of Rochester, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Seasons Hospice of cancer.

She was born Joan Lucille Thompson on July 5, 1942, in Albert Lea.

On June 8, 1992, she married Neal Hardecopf in Rochester.

She moved to Rochester in 1949 and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1960. She worked in financial services at IBM in Rochester and later in the San Jose, Calif. and Tucson, Ariz. plants before returning to Rochester in 1983. She worked at IBM for 25 years, retiring in 1992.

She was a member of the IBM Quester Century Club.

She enjoyed ballroom dancing, home crafts and traveling.

Survivors include husband, Neal Hardecopf, Rochester; mother, Lucille Thompson, Rochester; sisters, Betty Badger, Rochester; Darlene Adler, Rochester; Judy (David) Zimmerman, Rochester; brother, Roger Thompson, Richfield.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Visitation: No evening visitation or reviewal.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert N. Dunn officiating.

Interment: At a later date at Marshall Lutheran Church Cemetery, Adams.

Funeral Home: Vine Funeral Home, Rochester.

Memorials: To Seasons Hospice.

Maxine J. Jacobson, 76

Maxine J. Jacobson, 76, of Austin, formerly of Spring Valley, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center, Austin, where she lived since 1997.

She was born Maxine Joan Hansen on Nov. 23, 1925, near Grand Meadow. She was raised in the Stewartville area and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1942.

In 1947, she married Addison Jacobson at the Stewartville Methodist Church.

Maxine started worked at the First National Bank in Spring Valley from 1958 until her retirement in the early 80's.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and enjoyed her husband's gardens and rose bushes.

Survivors include son, Gary, Grandforks, N.D.; daughter, Julie (Steve) Knox, Austin; seven grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Elaine) Hansen, Arizona; Paul (Lou) Hansen, Richfield; Richard (Sue) Hansen, Byron; sister-in-law, Lillian Hansen, Grand Meadow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1997; brothers, Phillip, Gordon and Warren.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the funeral home and Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. William Rowen officiating.

Interment: Spring Valley Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Helen L. Murphy, 97

Helen L. Murphy, 97, of Grand Meadow, formerly Austin, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Meadow Manor Nursing Home, Grand Meadow.

She was born Dec. 18, 1904, in Kansas City, Mo., to William and Clara (Eastlee) Orcutt.

Helen grew up in the Lyle area, graduated from Lyle High School and received teacher training in Austin.

On Nov. 19, 1938, she married Thomas L. Murphy in Austin.

Helen taught at several country schools for 15 years. She was also a homemaker and delivered eggs to several area families.

The couple moved to Austin in 1979, where Helen remained until May of 1999 when she moved to the Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Grand Meadow.

She enjoyed Bible study, cooking and baking angel food cake and doughnuts.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jerry Swank, Austin; two grandchildren; brother, George Orcutt, Austin; sister, Mary Jean Austin, Albert Lea; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Evan Orcutt and John Orcutt.

Visitation: One hour before the service at the church.

Service: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at First Baptist Church in Austin with the Rev. R. Allan Flint officiating. Organist will be Vicki Heers and soloist will be Walter Tomhave. Casket bearers will be Jeff Campbell, Noel Austin, Terri Ihlow, Bill Orcutt, Jacob Swank and Cassandra Campbell.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.