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Funeral services for Virginia E. Miller, age 93, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Rev. Clayton Balsley will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. Online condolences are welcome at 

Virginia died Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Oak Park Place in Albert Lea.

Virginia Elaine Miller was born September 26, 1923 in Bancroft Township to Hans and Grace (Hanson) Lund.  She grew up on her parents’ farm in Bath Township and attended the country school there. In her youth, she liked to play practical jokes on her family members and occasionally she got her brothers to help her. On November 4, 1943, she was united in marriage to Herman J. Miller in Owatonna, Minnesota and were married for sixty years until his passing in October 2003. The marriage was blessed with four children, Gloria, Elaine, Larry, and Colleen. Like many women of her generation, Virginia stayed home and took care of her family. In addition to creating a home and caring for her family, she was a foster parent for many years to several children in need of a safe and loving home. Later in life, Virginia worked a few jobs outside of the home, but being a homemaker was her primary job. Virginia enjoyed embroidery, traveling to see friends and family, bus trips with the senior center, reading, watching Wheel of Fortune (guessing many right answers before the contestants), her pet cats, fabric painting, putting jigsaw puzzles together, word finds and word search puzzles, beating her family members at games of Scrabble, and baking. Virginia had a knack for entering drawings and winning several prizes throughout the years.  Virginia was a faithful member of the Calvary Baptist Church congregation and later the Bridge Community Church.

V. Henry Peterson, 89, passed away at his home on the farm site on June 29th, 2017. 

He was raised on that farm and went to school in Ellendale. He graduated from school in ten years and went on to Bethel College for two years. Following Bethel College, he completed four years of schooling at Southern Baptist Seminary and became an ordained minister. In 1955, he came home because his father was ill. His father passed away and Henry continued to farm and kept his flock of sheep, until he was no longer able. 

We would like to thank all the people who helped Henry during his illness, especially Tim Enzenauer. 

There will be a short grave side service at Forest Hill Cemetery on Thursday July 6th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Those who wish to attend are welcome. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to

A memorial service for Gary Wayne Hagen of Crystal, Minnesota, will be held at St. Bartholomew of Wayzata, 630 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, Minnesota at 11 am on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Father Mike Van Sloun will officiate. Visitation with Gary’s family will begin at 10 am immediately prior to the memorial mass. Gary has donated his body to the University of Minnesota for scientific research.

Gary died on June 5, 2017, at his home after a brave struggle with cancer. He was 61 years old.  During his final days, he was surrounded by numerous friends and family and supported by his loving partner, Dwight Ettel.

Gary was born in Owatonna, Minnesota on October 29, 1955. He was the son of Harold and Marlene Hagen of New Richland, Minnesota. He grew up on his family’s farm and was a country boy at heart. He loved John Deere tractors, country music, dancing, family, and most of all, visiting with people.

He graduated from New Richland-Hartland High School in 1974 and obtained a Business Degree from Mankato State University. He helped on the family farm, ran a business called Hagen Bin Construction and moved to Florida for a number of years where he worked for Scottie’s. When he moved back to Minnesota, he worked in various capacities in the field of information technology.

Danny Howard Schember, May 18, 1951, patriot, husband to Valerie Ann (Knutson), father to Summer Nicole Schultz (Wayne), and Brian Arnold J. Schember, grandfather to Elijah and Ava Schultz, Arianna Volkman, and Cody Schultz, second child born to Arnold and Eleanor (Fischer) Schember, brother of Norell, and nephew of a special aunt Ruth Fischer.

I have had a blessed life under my Christian faith. Some of the highlights are: former Steele County Jail Administrator (25 years), member Minnesota Patriot Guard, former member U.S. Army (Combat Medic), was up for the rank of E-6 after only 18 months in the Army, awarded Bronze Star, served in Vietnam from 1970-1971. I am also an Agent Orange Disabled Veteran, life member of the Owatonna VFW, member of the Owatonna American Legion, member of the American Legion Grandfather Club, life member of DAV, former board member of the Ellendale Clinic, former board member of the First Lutheran Cemetery Board (Treasurer), former member of the Ellendale Lions Club (President), instrumental in the fund raising and placement of Steele County’s first Veterans Monument that was placed at the Ellendale Cemetery, former EMT with the Ellendale Ambulance Service, former board member Minnesota State Jail Administrators, former member of the Ellendale School Board, former board member at the Owatonna Hospitality House, member of the Albert Lea High School Class of 1969.

Celebrating the life of Jane Ellen Gegel….

Funeral Services for Jane Gegel of New Richland, MN, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at LeSueur River Lutheran Church, rural New Richland, MN. The Reverend Charles Espe will officiate. Private family interment will be at Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin, IL.  Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, June 5 at Friedrich/Bonnerup Funeral Home, New Richland, and one hour before the service at the church.

Jane died at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. She was 60.

She was born January 1, 1957, the first baby of the year at Red Bud Hospital, daughter of Elbert “Pete” and Fern (Gregson) Wehrheim of Baldwin, IL.  Jane graduated from Red Bud High School and then from Belleville Area College, receiving her Associate in Applied Science Degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

She worked at St. Clement’s Hospital in Red Bud from 1977 – 1980. Jane was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Brian Kenneth Gegel, May 24, 1980 in Baldwin, IL and they started their married life together in Midland, MI. In Michigan, Jane worked at the Midland Community Hospital, and it was here their children, Jessica and Joshua, were born. In 1990, they moved to Carmel, IN, where Jane volunteered and later worked at Woodbrook Elementary School where both her children were students. She later worked as church secretary/Ministry Assistant at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, IN. In 2008, Jane and Brian moved to Chicago where she was the seminary receptionist at the Lutheran School of Theology.  In 2012  they moved to New Richland, MN, where Pastor Brian Gegel began his ministry at LeSueur River and Vista Lutheran Churches.