Obituaries for March 21, 2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 21, 2003

Beatrice L. Hull, 88

Beatrice L. Hull, age 88, of Austin, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Sacred Heart Care Center where she was a resident.

Bea was born Dec. 5, 1914, in Austin, Minn., to Martin and Bertha (Fleming) Clark.

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On April 12, 1932, she was united in marriage to Edward Gerhart and in January 1963, she was united in marriage to Kenneth B. Hull.

Bea worked as a nurses aide. She loved to embroider, read the Bible and socialize with family and friends. She will be missed very much and will remain in our hearts forever.

Survivors include two daughters: Pat (Loddy) Maly, Austin; Betty (Richard) Veldman, Austin; two sons: Edward Jr. (Dorothy) Gerhart, Austin; Chester (Barbara) Gerhart, Austin; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three stepdaughters residing in Washington; a stepson: Mick (Pat) Hull, Austin; three brothers: Edward (Grace) Clark, Austin; Robert (Peggy) Clark, Austin; Leonard (Lois) Clark, Austin; two sisters-in-law: Verdell Clark, Austin; Iris Johnson, Austin; many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and three brothers.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. on Friday (today), March 21, 2003, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Paul Nelson officiating. There was a 4:30 p.m. CCW rosary and a 6:45 p.m. wake service on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The casket bearers will be Thomas Gerhart, Terry Gerhart, Arnie Wolthoff, Curtis Hofseth, Danny Maly and Loddy Maly III.

The musicians will be Michael Veldman and Shirley Cahill.

Charles W. Mlenar, 76

Charles W. "Bud" Mlenar, 76, of Spring Valley, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester.

He was born Sept. 25, 1926, in Spring Valley, to William "Bill" and Iva (Kolstad) Mlenar. He attended Spring Valley Schools.

He entered the US Navy in 1944, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He was discharged in 1946 and married Marilyn Hadland in 1947. The couple later divorced. He married Maxine Christianson in 1965. The couple lived in Spring Valley. Bud was a meatcutter for over 30 years.

He was a member of the Spring Valley American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed antiquing.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine; daughters, Starr Walker, Orlando, Fla.; Yvette Mlenar, Spring Valley; sons, Randy Mlenar, Spring Valley; Mitch (Lisa) Mlenar, Spring Valley; Chad Mlenar, Cottonwood, Ariz.; Todd Mlenar, Spring Valley; stepdaughters, Toni Conrad, San Francisco, Calif.; Mary Jo Miller, Austin; stepsons, Rick (Jan) Christianson, Spring Valley; Randy (Copper Slettum) Christianson, Hampton; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Delores "Sis" (Rex) Peters, Spring Valley; LaVonne Keller, Spring Valley; Mary Lou Regan, Plymouth; Sandra (Mike) Miller, Rochester; Gwen (Richard) Ruesink, Spring Valley; LaDonna (Vernon) Lovstad, Burnsville.

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

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2003, at the funeral home and Monday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 2 p.m. Monday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with Rev. Kevin Weostehof officiating.

Interment: Spring Valley Cemetery with military rites.

Funeral Home: Thauwald Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Leon Vlasaty, 82

Leon "Lee" Vlasaty, 82, of Austin, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Austin Medical Center of natural causes. His body was donated to the Mayo Foundation for research studies.

He was born May 20, 1920, in Austin.

In 1940, he married Dorothy Esther Norton in Northwood, Iowa.

Lee served in the U.S. Army from May 1945 until 1947. In 1947, the couple moved to Austin. Lee was a laborer at Hormel for 40 years.

He was a member of Church of Christ in Austin and enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball and woodworking.

Survivors include wife, Dorothy Vlasaty; children, Charles (Jean) Vlasaty, Austin; Beverlee (Daryl) Moenke, Cottage Grove; Franklyn Vlasaty, Post Falls, Idaho; Jerry (Sharon) Vlasaty, Austin; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Scott and Marcella Roman, both of Garden Grove, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Service: 2 p.m. memorial service Sunday at Church of Christ in Austin with Pastor Dave DeFor officiating.

Funeral Home: Johnson Funeral Home, Rochester.

David P. Leuer, 65

David P. Leuer, age 65, a longtime member of the Austin community, passed away peacefully at his home early Wednesday morning, March 19, 2003.

Dave was born Nov. 11, 1937, to Peter and Kathryn (Lyness) Leuer.

A lifelong farmer, his passions in life were the love of his wife, his family, his faith and God's earth. He was born and raised in Aurora, Ill. and graduated from St. Edward High School.

He married the love of his life, Carol Thomas in 1962. They lived in Sugar Grove, Ill. where all six of their children were born. They relocated to Austin in 1976.

Dave will be deeply missed by his family and friends who knew him as a strong, faith-filled man who always kept his family first. He spent many years actively involved with Queen of Angels Parish, where he held many offices. Dave tirelessly provided for his family, working on his farm from dusk until dawn, yet he always made time for things that truly mattered, his wife and children.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years: Carol Leuer, Austin; children: Kris (Al) Beatrez, Prior Lake; Tony (Cathy) Leuer, Austin; Suzanne (John) Rachwal, St. Louis, Mo.; Elizabeth (Rodney) Bailey, Austin; Peter (Stephanie) Leuer, Madison, Wis.; Meg (Mike) Richtman, Lewiston; 13 grandchildren: Michael, Emma, Ellie and Joseph Beatrez, Noah, Olivia and Isabel Leuer, Luke, Claire and Grant Rachwal, Samuel and Grace Bailey, and Caroline Richtman; brothers: John (Marie) Leuer, Sugar Grove, Ill.; Howard (Carol) Leuer, Indianapolis, Ind.; Tom (Marilyn) Leuer, Aurora, Ill.; Joe (Toni) Leuer, Bush, La.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Father Mark Leuer.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2003, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father William Becker and Father Paul Nelson officiating. There will be a 7 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.