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William (Bill) Wuerflein, age 51, of Hollandale, MN died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 suddenly at his home.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the farm where he and his family live.

Bill was born May 8, 1966 in Albert Lea, MN to Henry and Judith (Schyler) Wuerflein. Bill graduated from Albert Lea High School. Bill and Vicki, the love of each other’s lives, joined together in 1987. The two married August 25, 2007. They moved to the family farm in 2005. Bill has two children and two step children with Vicki.

Bill was a long time employee for SunOpta. His CB handle that he used over the span of his truck driving career was “Cow Boy Bill.” Bill was a member of the Austin Posse for 26 years as security at surrounding fairs and street dances, parades, and the tractor show at Racine, MN.

Bill loved his hobbies of playing pool and softball. Bill loved camping and horseback riding at Forestville and Hay Creek. He loved his hobbies of farming, any type of work outside and helping others. He enjoyed gardening with his wife. Mainly he loved doing things with his family.

 Lavern L. Loberg, of Ellendale, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 14th at the age of 87.

Lavern was born January 20, 1930, the son of Harold and Cora (Rieckheim) Loberg. He graduated from Ellendale High School in 1949 and was married to Marilyn Jensen on May 2, 1951. They recently celebrated their 66th anniversary.

Lavern served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and after returning, farmed for most of his life. He also worked for Federated Ins. Co. for 14 years after retiring from farming. He was on the rural school board of Dist. 76 and a past member of the board at First Lutheran Church of Ellendale.

Lavern and Marilyn raised three children and loved to travel to the west coast to visit children and grandchildren.

Lavern had a great sense of humor and was very humble, kind and never complained about anything. He and Marilyn had a very loving relationship.

Eva Elaine Rollins, age 91, of Pemberton died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waldorf. Interment will be in St. Joseph Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Services - Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville, and again continue for one hour prior to the Mass at church on Tuesday. Memorials are preferred to St. Joseph Catholic Church and The Mapleton Community Home.

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Eva Elaine Rollins was born on October 14, 1925 to Charles and Eva (Frederick) Hoehn in Madison Lake. At age three, Eva suffered from polio which caused a lifelong disability that never slowed her down. She attended All Saints Catholic School through 8th grade, and she continued her education at Gillette’s Children Hospital in Minneapolis where she was treated for complications as a result of polio. After leaving school she began working as a housekeeper for families in the area as a way to help her family.

Fay C. Gora, 76, of Onalaska died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Fay was born Aug. 14, 1940, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Alma (Amundson) and Glen Routh. She was raised on a farm with her three brothers and three sisters. She graduated from New Richland High School in 1958, and continued her education at Mankato State University, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and physical education. She later went on to earn her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Fay began her teaching career in 1962 in Burlington, Iowa. She continued her career in Mankato, Minn., and Elizabethtown, Ky., where she taught ninth-grade English. Fay also taught physical education at Lake Crystal High School in Minnesota before settling down in West Salem in 1971, where she taught eighth-grade English for 31 years. After 40 years of teaching, Fay retired from West Salem Middle School and began volunteering. Fay volunteered at Mayo Clinic Hospice, Mayo Cancer Center, The Pump House and the jail ministry.

Some of Fay’s many interests and hobbies included reading, Pilates, movies, concerts, the theatre, watercolor painting and traveling, but her biggest pleasure was her friends and family. She demonstrated the true meaning of friendship and knew the value of true friends.

Pastor David Brown III, former pastor at Geneva/Ellendale United Methodist Churches, passed away May 6.

Visitation is Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at Hope UMC, Blue Earth. Funeral is Friday 1 p.m. at Hope UMC with visitation 1 hour before.

Cards may be sent to Mrs. David Brown, 2016 Brookside Dr., Albert Lea, MN 56007.