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Mary Caren Blazek, 74, of Kasson, MN passed away on August 19, 2017, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN surrounded by loved ones. Sadly, Mary lost her 16-year battle with cancer. However, those who knew Mary knew her strength, and her fight to beat this disease never stopped. She was an incredibly strong woman with a contagious smile and infectious laugh who will be deeply missed!

Mary was born on October 8, 1942, in Albert Lea, MN, to Roy W. and Oriet M. (Thompson) Grunwald. Mary grew up on their farm in Ellendale and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1960. She worked in several capacities throughout her career; her most recent position being legal assistant for Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. She retired in July 2013 after 25 years. On May 14, 1961, she married Ross Christensen. Together they had two children. They later divorced. On August 19, 1977, she married Robert Blazek.

Mary was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, proudly celebrating 29 years of sobriety. Mary enjoyed playing the piano; gardening; knitting – donating many items to the needy; shopping – especially for shoes; collecting vintage treasures; NHRA drag racing; reading; and taking long walks. Most of all, Mary loved spending time with her children and her cat.

Mary is survived by her children, Rick (Robin) Christensen, Blooming Prairie, MN; Cara (Mark) Nelson, Kasson, MN; beloved cat, Grayce; step-children, Michael (Evelina Guerra) Blazek, Dodge Center, MN; Teresa (Shane) Clark, Janesville, MN; one granddaughter; six step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Suzanne (Rodger) Hill, Ellendale, MN; two aunts; many cousins; and extended family. Mary is also survived by dear friends she considered family, Larry, Ali, DJ, Alanna, and Luke Dixon, Avon, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Robert.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church 104 ~ 2nd Street SE in Hayfield with Reverend Paul Hauschild officiating. Burial will be in First Lutheran Cemetery in Ellendale, MN.

Visitation will be from 9:30 until the time of service Saturday at the church.

Czaplewski Funeral Home in Hayfield is assisting with arrangements.

Funeral Services for Peggy Borchard, of New Richland, were held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland, the Reverend Paul Andree officiating.

Interment was in St. Olaf Cemetery.  

Margaret Ann “Peggy” was born on January 31, 1947, in Albert Lea, to Vivian and Rance Lane.

She graduated from New Richland Hartland High School in 1965 and then attended Mankato State College.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Borchard on October 25, 1970 in Minneapolis.  Peggy had worked for N.S.P. in Minneapolis and St. Cloud.  The couple returned to New Richland in 1974, and Peggy served as the secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church and then Owatonna Oral Surgery for several years before she retired.

 She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school, volunteered at church events and was a part of the Trinity quilters. Throughout her life Peggy enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and all kinds of crafts. Many were the recipients of handmade gifts made with love. Peggy was active in her children’s lives, volunteering at school events and she was even a troop leader for Girl Scouts, as well as  Boy Scouts. 

Marilyn Ann Kammerer, 91, formerly of Ellendale, died Friday, August 18, 2017 at St. Mark’s Living in Austin. 

She was born August 5, 1926 in Racine, Wisconsin the daughter of Merrill and Martha (Wayne) Jensen. Marilyn moved with her family from Racine to Clarks Grove and later Geneva.  She graduated from Ellendale High School and attended Mankato State University for one year.  She worked in the office at Wilson & Co. in Albert Lea.  Marilyn married Eugene Kammerer January 12, 1946 in Geneva.  The couple farmed together for many years.  They raised various animals on the farm and maintained an apple orchard and grapevines.  Marilyn enjoyed making grape jelly and apple jelly, dancing, playing bingo and playing games with her family.  

Marilyn and Eugene loved polka fests and dancing at various dance halls on the weekends.  They wintered in Las Vegas for several years in their retirement.  

She is survived by daughters, Linda (and Richard) Weckwerth of Geneva, Martha (and Mike) Jensen of Wichita; son, Craig (and Janet) Kammerer of Pine River; grandchildren, Shannon (and Scott) Pacholl, Kim (and Jamie) Farr, Michelle (and Tommy) Hansen, Jill (and Jimmie) Claphan, Amy (and Tim) Jones, Shawn (and Lindsey) Larson; great grandchildren, Desirae (and David) Meyer, Jared (and Sara) Lange, Ethan (and Kayla) Lange, Shayla Pacholl, Mason Pacholl, Makensie Farr, Mallory Farr, Philip (and Cara) Jensen, Krysta (and Justin) Lane, Dakota Jensen, Tim Jones, Katie Jones, Holden Larson; great great grandchildren, Levi, Reese, Maggie, Baylen, Sydney, Maliha, Makenna, Jaylen, Amayah, Everett, Sophia and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Carmen Johannsen was held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland, MN,  Father Michael Cronin officiating.  Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.

Carmen passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, August 14, 2017.  

Carmen (Rodriguez) Johannsen was born on March 4th to Romulo and Modesta (Cartarz) Rodriguez in Waseca.  She grew up and attended schools in Cleveland, MN.  After her schooling, she started a family, and she would go on to raise eight children.  For the last 20 years, Carmen has been a significant other and companion to Bradley Crumb.

Carmen was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, and her faith was very important to her.  She worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the New Richland Care Center.  Carmen enjoyed many things in life.  She enjoyed living in the country where she could garden.  She also enjoyed cooking, crocheting, making jewelry, painting ceramics, and shopping.  She was a loving mother and grandmother who was always there for her family.

She is preceded in death by both parents; her son, Darren Johannsen; her nephew, Troy Armstrong; and two brothers, Louie and Lupe Rodriguez.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Shirley A. Tappe was called to heaven by the Lord God at Pathstone Living, Mankato while surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland, with a visitation to begin at 9:00 a.m. Paster Paul Andree will be officiating. A burial service will be held after the funeral at St. Olaf Cemetery, New Richland.  Family and friends are invited to join the family for lunch at the church immediately after the service.   

Shirley was born in Bellingham, MN on March 15, 1931 to William F. J. and Ethel T. (Stromswold) Fraasch. She graduated from Montevideo High School in 1949. On September 11, 1949 Shirley was united in marriage to Ambrose C. Tappe at Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Montevideo. Ambrose and Shirley moved to New Richland in 1951 and started Tappe Electric in 1958, where she served as its bookkeeper. Shirley moved to St. Peter in 2014, then to Mankato in 2016. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland.  Shirley deeply loved and treasured her time with her family, had an abiding faith in God, and enjoyed serving her church and the community. She will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends, her kindness and generosity to all she knew, and her persistence in making sure every person always had something to eat and a happy heart.