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Memorial services for Edward D. Miller, 87, of Clarks Grove will be held Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.  Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate.  Interment will be at North Freeborn Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may greet the family two hours before the service at the Church on Sunday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Edward died on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

Edward Duane Miller was born at home in rural Ellendale on May 10, 1930, to Edward O. and Ida (Johnson) Miller. He attended grade school at District 90 and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1948. Edward married Arlene Wright on April 16, 1951, in Clarks Grove. Ed farmed with his dad and then he and Arlene bought their own farm in rural Ellendale. They raised their four children on that dairy and poultry farm. Ed retired from farming and moved to Clarks Grove in 1992. He helped Gregg Menefee with his used machinery parts from 1992 to 2002. He belonged to the North Freeborn Lutheran Church until it closed in 2000 and then joined Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. He was President of North Freeborn Lutheran congregation and of the Brotherhood and on the Cemetery board for 20 years.

Gerald William "Jerry" McLoone died suddenly May 21, 2017 at the age of 76. Jerry was born in Waseca, MN Jan 15, 1941, the son of John and Kathryn (Daly) McLoone. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waseca MN in 1959 where he was a star quarterback, basketball player, and mile runner.

Jerry was a loving husband of his wife Ann and two daughters, Molly and Maura; and son-in-law, John. He was known as "Abba" to his three grandchildren, John Gregory, William James and Aiden Thomas.

Jerry was a professor at Inver Hills College for over 30 years. He also had a private psychotherapy practice for many years. Jerry touched many lives in both places.

 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.

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.

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.