Obituaries for July 5, 2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 5, 2002

Lyle J. Stephenson, 82

Lyle J. Stephenson, 82, of Rose Creek, died Wednesday evening, July 3, 2002, at the Adams Healthcare Center.

Lyle J. Stephenson was born May 1, 1920, in Blue Earth, Minnesota, the son of Ben and Louina Stephenson. He was the oldest of three brothers and two sisters. In 1921, his family moved to Mason City, where they lived until Lyle was 11. He then moved to a farm in Cerro Gordo County.

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Lyle married the former Edna Johnson of LeRoy, on April 19, 1944. They began farming in Riceville, Iowa. In 1955, Lyle and Edna bought a farm near Rose Creek, giving it the name of "Treasure Acres." They raised purebred, registered Ayrshire dairy cattle, showing them at fairs for over 45 years and winning numerous local, state, national and international awards.

Lyle has served many organizations in various capacities. He has been a member, director, vice-president and president of the Livestock Breeders Association; member, director and president of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and the Minnesota Ayrshire Association. Lyle was instrumental in organizing the Southeastern Minnesota District Ayrshire Association, serving as president twice. He was a member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association for 30 years. Lyle received the "Friend of 4-H" award for his many years of service as a 4-H leader and coach of the livestock judging team; the Minnesota Outstanding Registered Dairy Cattle Breeders Award in 1979; was inducted into the Mower County Livestock Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame in 1989. He served on the Marshal Township board for 21 years and was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Edna, of Rose Creek; daughters, Judy (Gary) Luebke, of Rosemount; Cindy (Dave) Blomquist, of Hastings; and son, Randy (Janet) Stephenson, of Rose Creek; grandchildren, Angela and Kristina Luebke, Travis and Alysha Blomquist, and Carrie, Sarah and Kate Stephenson; brothers, Lee Stephenson and Stanley Stephenson; sisters, Barbara Havens and Donna Kidder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; and son, Larry.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2002, at the funeral home and Monday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1 p.m., Monday, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roberta Flood officiating.

Interment: LeRoy Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

Waunita Nace, 81

Waunita Louise Kunz Nace, 81, of Nashville, Tenn., died Monday, June 3, 2002.

She was formerly of Chillicothe, Ohio. She graduated as Valedictorian from Centralia High School in Ross County, Ohio. She declined a scholarship to Purdue University to care for her mother. She later attended Wilmington College for one year and received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from the University of Dayton, Ohio in 1962.

She taught school for 14 years in Ohio. From 1977 to 1982, she was Property Manager for Family Mart in Atlanta, Ga.

After her retirement, she volunteered as an income tax preparer for older adults.

She loved flowers.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ga., and Bellevue UMC and Calvary UMC in Nashville, Tenn.

Survivors include husband, Howard Nace; sons, Lloyd (Nancy) Nace, Nashville, Tenn.; Larry (Julie) Nace, Austin; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, William and Edwin Kunz.

Service: Was June 5, 2002, with the Rev. Peter Van Eys officiating.

Funeral Home: Woodlawn Funeral Home, Nashville, Tenn.