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Funeral services for Dorothea J. Neumann will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Richland, MN. Reverend Scott Williams officiating. Interment will be in St Peter’s Cemetery, New Richland.

Dorothea Jane Neumann was born in Wells, Minnesota to Elmer and Helen (Malakowsky) Schroeder on October 10, 1926.  She attended Owatonna Public Schools until she was 12 and also a country school in Wells for a while, then returning to Owatonna School.  She spent time in her younger years playing along in her father's concertina band where she discovered her natural love and talent for music. She enjoyed spending time in Wells at Oma's and in New Richland at her uncle Andy Mucha's farm where she helped out. Here she met the love of her life- Raymond, who also helped out at their farm. They were married on June 25, 1944 at St John's Lutheran Church in Owatonna. Raymond and Dorothea lived a short time with Raymond's parents before moving to "Cherry Hill Farm" near New Richland. Soon thereafter they moved to their permanent residence across from Raymond's parents where she resided the remainder of her life. Dorothea was employed several places - the Hemp Plant, the Knitting Mill, Bird’s Eye, and lastly Brown Printing - retiring after 30 years of service. Dorothea's passion being music, she was also employed as organist at St Peter's Lutheran Church in New Richland for around 65 years, although that was for her enjoyment and labor for the Lord and she never considered a minute of it as work. She also played for many weddings and funerals, which she always considered an honor and a blessing. She taught Sunday School for 20 years and played piano for Sunday School.

Ed F. Gaul, lifelong resident of Owatonna, died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at his home. A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna with Rev. Amanda Weinkauf presiding. Burial followed at Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends greeted the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. 

Ed was born April 13, 1932 in Berlin Township the son of Walter and Grace (Panzer) Gaul. He attended country school in Berlin Township. Ed was united in marriage to Donna Newgard in 1955 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Ed worked in lumber retail all of his life which includes 35 years of service at Alexander Lumber Company. In retirement, Ed enjoyed working in his shop and tinkering around the house. Ed enjoyed most of all spending time with the grandchildren, annual fishing trips, collecting toy tractors and taking trips with his wife, and hosting people at their cabin. 

Bruce Edward Hesse died at age 83 on October 20, 2017 in Golden Valley, MN.

The son of Lester “Bud” Hesse and Myrtle Wilson Hesse, Bruce grew up in Benson, MN, and graduated from Little Falls High School in 1952, Saint Olaf College in 1956, and Luther Seminary in 1960.

He served Lutheran churches in Keewatin, MN, Joliet, IL, and Detroit, MI and then worked in social work administration after earning in 1976 a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration at the University of Michigan.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane Rotegard Hesse, children Greta (Bob) Gauthier, Peter (Elizabeth), Joseph (Julie) and Michael, and nine grandchildren.

Services at Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN, on October 27. Interment in New Richland, MN.

Memorial services for Dennis D. “Chunky” Blouin of Ellendale, MN, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Ellendale, MN. Pastor Randy Cirksena will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church.

Dennis died Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Owatonna Hospital. He was 64 years of age.

Chunky was born November 20, 1952 in Owatonna, MN, the son of George and Jean (Matthies) Blouin. He attended Ellendale public school and had been a resident of Steele County most of his life. On March 22, 1975 he was united in marriage to Glenda Herbst in New Richland, MN. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ellendale, MN.

Chunky had been employed by Continental Castings in Albert Lea, the Ellendale Coop, farming, scrap work in Wisconsin and for over 33 years with Viracon in Owatonna, MN. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, ice fishing and woodworking. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings Fan!

Shirley A. Thompson, age 81 of Faribault, died on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.

Memorial services will be held at Hope United Methodist Church, Faribault on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Dr. Dana Houck officiating. Interment will be at Clarks Grove Cemetery.

A memorial visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the services on Friday.

Shirley A., the daughter of Thomas and Iris (Shorey) Thompson, was born December 16, 1935 in Steele County. She was previously employed as an L.P.N. at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park for many years. Shirley loved to travel throughout the world.

 She is survived by two sisters, Judith Thompson and Betty Lageson, both of Faribault and a brother, Dick Thompson of Albert Lea and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in law, Gerald Lageson and a sister in law, Janice Thompson.

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