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James “Jim” W. Johns, age 74, of Blooming Prairie died Friday, March 9, 2018, at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. Jim lost a long battle with a brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

Jim was born on October 5, 1943, at home in Buckingham, Iowa. At the age of 5, Jim’s family moved to Blooming Prairie, MN.

As a young man, he helped make hay and pick potatoes for area farmers. During his high school years, Jim lettered in football and track; he was involved in FFA, choir, and class plays. He graduated in 1961 from Blooming Prairie High School.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. His basic training was in Ft. Carson, Colorado advancing to Ft. Belvior, VA for heavy-duty equipment mechanic training. While on leave, he met Joyce Lewison, (who lived a mere three miles from his parents’ farm), at Archie’s Drive Inn in Geneva, MN. Instead of going to Germany like Jim thought the orders read, he served in Thule, Greenland from 1961 to 1964. Upon returning home from Greenland, Jim started working at Lindekugel Chevrolet as a parts manager.

Jim and Joyce married on June 26, 1965 at Aurora Lutheran Church by Owatonna. In 1966, Jim and Joyce moved to St. Louis, MO, where Jim attended and graduated from Bailey Technical School. The couple returned to Blooming Prairie, where Jim worked as a shop foreman at Ed’s Repair Shop in Owatonna. Jim and Joyce welcomed their first born, Jaclyn Joyce Johns, on August 21, 1970. Jim also worked for Fretheim Excavating in Owatonna and Midwest Diesel in Austin during the 1970’s. Jim and Joyce welcomed their second child, James (Jay) William Johns II, on December 5, 1975. From the early 1980s until retirement, Jim operated his own mechanic shop and farmed with his brother-in-law, Richard Lewison, and son, Jay.

Dale passed peacefully at the age of 78 in the presence of his immediate family at Valley Regional Hospital in Brownsville, Texas. Dale and his wife, Laurel were in their 22nd year of wintering on South Padre Island, Texas. Cause of death was complications due to pneumonia.

Dale grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota and attended Gustavus College. After studying Chemistry, he became a science teacher and worked 35 years dedicating his life to enriching his students in Waseca, Minnesota. He loved teaching. Since Dale retired 22 years ago, he and Laurel have spent time between wintering in South Padre Island, Texas, summer fun at the family cabin in Northern Minnesota, and their home in Victory, Wisconsin. Their 54 years of dedication to each other along with faith, family and children, is the legacy they pass on as the family expands across Minnesota, Wisconsin and California.

He was a father and friend of many. He loved and introduced his children to the outdoors and to the tangible things of life. He helped his father build the cabin on Big Turtle Lake in Northern Minnesota. He raised his family in the country in Waseca, Minnesota. He loved gardening and spending the summers vacationing with his family. Dale lived life to the fullest and did everything with gusto even up to the end of this life. He had brought fishing gear, a tennis racket and camping gear for tenting out west for the month of March. His energy and drive for life will always be an inspiration to everyone.

Shirley Ann Groskreutz, 76-year-old resident of Waldorf, died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, February 15, 2018, at her home with her family by her side.

Shirley’s Final Recital will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Vista Evangelical Covenant Church in rural New Richland. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Vivian Township, Waseca County, Minnesota.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Starkson & Steffel Funeral Home-Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Arrangements are with Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Service-Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville.

Lloyd S. Otterson, age 85 of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota with Pastor Heidi Heimgartner officiating.

The Otterson family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment will be in Blooming Prairie Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 52 and V.F.W. Post 878.

Worlein Funeral Home of Austin, Minnesota is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

A visitation for Arlene Kroeger Pfeffer will be held from 10–11 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Friedrich Funeral Chapel, New Richland. A private family funeral service and burial will also take place that day.

Arlene passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Beacon, New Richland, MN. She was 86 years old.

Mom was a fabulous homemaker and hostess for many family gatherings and birthday parties where there was never a shortage of great food! The house was always decorated for the holidays, especially Christmas, and cookies and candy were abundant. She enjoyed gardening, especially looking after her roses, and was an avid collector of clowns, dolls, dishes, and so much more. Mom was also a MN Twins fan and enjoyed MN Gopher basketball and football. 

She was born February 26, 1931, the daughter of Floyd and Gertrude Haushahn, and a life-long resident of New Richland.  She married Lloyd Kroeger on October 7, 1949 and together they had three children: Kathy, Jerry, and Michael. When Lloyd became ill, Arlene began working at Brown Printing and then E.F. Johnson’s where she would retire after 25 years of service. Lloyd died in 1970 and on August 21, 1976 she married Paul Pfeffer. The couple enjoyed gardening together, visiting family, and Saturday nights at the Torchlight in Mapleton.

After Paul passed in 2008, Mom lived in her home independently until a stroke in 2012 forced her to move into the Beacon in New Richland.