Obituaries for December 18, 2002

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Grant E. Gullickson, 84

Grant Elsmore Gullickson, 84, of Austin, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Austin Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Blooming Prairie, to Henry and Amanda (Gunderson) Gullickson. He attended area schools, then served in the US Army during World War II and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1216.

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On Nov. 11, 1945, he married Lorraine J. Anderson, at his sister's home near Ellendale.

Grant worked for many years at Borgesen Construction of Austin and at potato and onion warehouses in the Hollandale area. He grew vegetables on his acreage and enjoyed selling them at the Austin Farm to Market.

He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Austin.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Gullickson, Austin; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Gayle Gullickson, Austin; Glen and Cheryl Gullickson, Rochester; Daryl and Terese Gullickson, Austin; Vernell Gullickson, Austin; daughter, Joyce Gullickson, Austin; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Underland, Owatonna; Grace Miller, Austin; Rosella Collier, Monroe, La.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 17, 2002, at the funeral home and Wednesday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with the Rev. Glenn L. Monson officiating.

Interment: Oakland Lutheran Cemetery near Oakland with Olaf B. Damm Post 1216 VFW and Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

Doris E. Johnson, 77

Doris Evelyn (McRoberts) Johnson, age 77, of Ebenezer Ridges Care Center, Burnsville, formerly of Rochester and LeRoy, Minn., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, surrounded by her family.

She is lovingly survived by her daughters, Peggy Anne and husband Larry Johnson of Nisswa, formerly of Lakeville, and Kaye Marie Johnson Taylor and husband Brad Taylor of Eagan; also survived by treasured grandchildren, Laurie Lee Johnson and Jeffrey Lee Johnson and his fiancee Christine Kendrick of Burnsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard L. Johnson, in 1915.

Doris was a former employee of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She will be fondly remembered by family and many dear friends in the Rochester and LeRoy areas.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, with visitation at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy. Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. For further details please call White Funeral Home, Burnsville, Minn., (952) 894-5080.

Sylvia M. Swaney, 84

Sylvia M. Swaney, age 84, of Austin, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at St Mark's Lutheran Home.

Sylvia was born March 14, 1918 in Jackson, Minn. to Elmer and Anna (Petersen) Kime. She moved to Austin in 1923, and retired from Hormel Foods after 37 years of service. She was an avid bowler and was inducted into the Austin Bowling Hall of Fame in 1992.

Survivors include two daughters: Linda Vogel, Minneapolis, Minn., and Pam Vlasaty, Austin; four grandchildren: Kimberly Lemon, Jeffrey Bang, Nickolas Vlasaty, Joshua Vlasaty; three great-grandchildren; sister and brother in-law: Myrtle and Roger Reed, Austin; sister in-law: Vera Kime, Austin and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by son, Dennis Swaney; her parents; sister: Amilda Wollschlager; brothers: George Kime, Lester Kime and Duane Kime of Austin.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Pat Toschak officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Mayer Funeral Home and one hour before the service on Friday at the church.

The casket bearers will be Steve Kime, Wesley Johnson, Ronald Kime, Clifford Wollschlager, Gary Wollschlager, Clayton Reed, Edwin Wollschlager.

Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.

Carl W. Oelke, 94

Carl W. Oelke, 94, of Stew-artville, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at Angels Care Center, Cannon Falls, of natural causes.

He was born Nov. 26, 1908, near Blue Earth. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Blue Earth High School. He moved to Westlaco, Texas to work.

On June 28, 1932, he married Lela M. Buchs in Westlaco, Texas. They moved to a farm near Mantorville and later returned to Blue Earth where Carl farmed with his father. In 1944, Carl and Lela purchased a farm near Grand Meadow. In 1956, they moved into Grand Meadow where they lived for a short time until moving to Stewartville.

Carl was employed as a finish carpenter for the former Reichel Construction Co. of Stewartville for many years. He was later a self-employed carpenter and home builder until his retirement.

He was a member of Stewartville United Methodist Church. He served several terms as a Stewartville City Council member and on the Stewartville Public Library Board. He was also an active member of the Stewartville Lions Club.

In January 2002, he moved to Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls.

Survivors include son, Robert (Bettie) Oelke, Sequim, Wash.; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Oct. 31, 1988; one son and one sister.

Visitation: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at the funeral home and Friday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Stewartville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jef Olson officiating.

Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Funeral Home: Griffin-Gray Funeral Home, Stewartville.

Memorials: To donor's choice, United Methodist Church or Stewartville Care Center.