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Funeral services for Helen Christopherson, 96, of the Freeborn-Hartland area, will be held at 3 pm. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at West Freeborn Lutheran Church.  The Reverend Steven Schwartz will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4–6 p.m. at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.

Helen died Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society where she had been a resident the last two months.

Helen Alvina (Hansen) Christopherson was born on December 29, 1920 in Dexter, MN, the youngest child of Hans and Ada (Noreen) Hansen. The family moved to the farm on the east shore of Freeborn Lake when she was 18 months old. She grew up helping on the farm and attending District 16 School. Her favorite stories of those years were of playing “kittenball” and various races she won.

On October 7, 1940, she was united in marriage to Herman Christopherson. To this union, three children were born: Dale, Judy and Robert. They farmed east of Freeborn where she worked alongside her husband. She was a member of West Freeborn Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed her family and all the family gatherings. Her pastimes included: embroidery, patching, and her most favorite – playing cards.

In 1976, Herman and Helen moved into Freeborn where they enjoyed several years of retirement. In 2001, Helen moved to Hartland where she lived until 2010. At this time, she moved to Bancroft Creek Estates where she lived until July 2017.

Celebration of life for Avis Mickelson will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the home of Dale and Cindy DeRaad. 14085 Summit Lane, Waseca, MN 56093. Online condolences are welcome at 

Avis Darlene (Molyneux) Mickelson, 92 of Ellendale, MN passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, MN.

She graduated from Ellendale, MN. After marrying Jerrold H Mickelson on Oct. 18, 1944 they made their home in Clarks Grove, MN where she was a rural mail carrier for many years. She was also an accomplished seamstress and sewed beautiful wedding dresses and bridesmaid’s gowns for many.

She enjoyed golfing, fishing, dancing and gardening. She and Jerry made many fun-filled trips to Northern MN to fish and loved spending winters in AZ where they could golf and spend time with family and friends. She was healthy and vibrant into her late 80s always amazing her daughters with her energy and quick wit. 

Janice Marian Storlie (nee Heggen) passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Houston, Minn.

Jan was born March 31, 1939, in Rothsay, Minn. After high school, she attended nursing training at Lutheran Deaconess in Minneapolis, where she made some of her best and most enduring friendships. After meeting Rolf Storlie at Vermillion Bible Camp, they married on June 12, 1965, and moved to Cogswell, N.D., to begin Rolf’s ministry. A son, Daniel, and daughter, Kristi, followed, and the ministry took Jan and Rolf to Ada, Minn., then to Hartland, Minn., where Erik was born. In 1980, they moved near Rolf’s childhood home to Caledonia, Minn. They lived in Caledonia for about 14 years and then their picturesque farm outside Houston, Minn. Jan was known for her spunk and her cheery attitude. As a nurse, she was sharp and compassionate. She had a special fondness for the residents of Houston County Group Homes, where she worked for 20 years. She loved the churches where she and Rolf served. She was involved in most aspects of church operations, but especially loved the music and the parish nurse program she helped start. She and Rolf prioritized travel, both around America and overseas, including Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and India. She was a loving and loyal sibling to her sister and two brothers and their families. She and Rolf had a beautiful marriage and she was a phenomenal mother. Wherever she went, Jan spread joy.

A Celebration of Life for Ross William Severtson, age 80, of Glenville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Crossroads Evangelical Church in Albert Lea. Rev. Marc Castro will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 21 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at 

Ross died Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home.

Ross William Severtson was born to Carl and Ruby (Schneider) Severtson on June 25, 1937 in Albert Lea. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.  In his younger years, he participated in the Golden Gloves and stock car racing. He also golfed and fished when he wasn’t working. He worked at Farmland Foods, previously known as Wilson and Co., for 43 years and 10 months. He worked in the sausage department and later as a carpenter. He built several homes, did much remodeling and cement work when not at the plant. Ross married Ruth Ann (Hendrickson) Grasdalen on July 20, 1985 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Together they were parents to Jeffery (Janet) Severtson of Plymouth, Stacia (Mark) Schumaker of Glenville, Sandin “Sandy” and Lisa Grasdalen of Seattle, WA, Chad (Nicky) Severtson of Albert Lea, and Jason (Laurie Cariveau) Severtson of Los Angeles, CA.  They were blessed with 15 grandchildren, Lindsay (Ben) Blecker, Jordan Malimanek and friend Derek Skillman, Kiersten Severtson, Carissa Ketcher, Kelsey (Ryan) Duncan, Bobby (Lera) Severtson, Morgan Schumaker, Taylor and Riley Grasdalen and Caden and Carson Severtson; great-grandchildren, Kaliya Severtson, London Blecker, Dane Skillman, and Teagan Duncan. Ross’s excellent carpentry skills beautified many homes including the farm he shared with Ruth Ann outside of Hayward. He gave much pride and hard work to their farm, raising cattle and taking care of his dogs, maintaining a beautiful lawn on the farm and at their twin home in Glenville.

Dorothy Jane Johnson, age 93 of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota died Saturday morning, September 9, 2017 at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie. Dorothy Jane Worke was born April 7, 1924, in Freeborn County, Minnesota, the daughter of Helmer and Agnes (Hagen) Worke. She attended school in New Richland, Minnesota, graduating from New Richland High School in 1941.  On December 5, 1942, she married Omer Reese and to this union four sons were born. The couple made their home on a farm west of Red Oak Lutheran Church for twenty-five years. Dorothy was employed by the Owatonna Canning Company for thirty-seven and half years, retiring in 1990. After her retirement, Dorothy worked part-time at Prairie Manor Nursing Home, enjoying the residents as she passed juice and treats to the tenants of Heather Haus where she served the noon meal. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, gardening, crafts, cooking, baking and liked to dance. She was a member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church and Dorcas Circle, VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. Dorothy entered Prairie Manor Nursing Home on June 27, 2008.