Sally Ann Marie Magnuson, 67

Published 11:11 am Friday, June 17, 2011

Sally Ann Marie Magnuson, 67, of Austin died Wednesday June 15, 2011, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Sally Magnuson

Sally was born Sept. 6, 1943, in Austin, Minn., daughter of Duane and Violet (Smith) Buchanan. She attended Austin public schools and graduated from Austin High School in 1961. Following graduation she worked at Jostens in Owatonna. On Aug. 24, 1963, she married Burton Magnuson of Austin at Westminister Presbyterian Church. They farmed together in the Austin area and raised two daughters. After raising her daughters, Sally worked in retail and hospitality, and most recently as a receptionist and bookkeeper for MHF, Inc, of Austin. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. As a noted excellent cook, she enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends, sewing, crocheting and craft making. One of Sally’s greatest joys was being a grandmother to her four grandchildren. She also was the primary care giver for her now deceased father during his illness and her mother, who survives her.

She is survived by her husband, Burton Magnuson of Austin; daughters, Kelly Magnuson (Matthew Bruns) of Carlisle, Mass., and Melissa Magnuson (Andreas Stahly) of Londonderry, N.H.; grandson, Noah Magnuson Bruns; three granddaughters, Emma, Elise and Eva Stahly; mother, Violet Buchanan of Austin; two brothers, Duane Jr. Buchanan of Livermore, Colo., and Robert Buchanan of Rochester; two sisters, Penny (Wayne) Buchanan-Elsner of Sheboygan, Wis., and Rosemary (David) Lestrud of Loveland, Colo.; many nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends.

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She was preceded in death by her father, Duane Buchanan of Oakland and close friend and cousin, Bonnie Lenz of Rochester.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin with The Rev. Dr. Andrew Lindahl officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Moscow. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Salvation Army of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at