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Marlene A. Hansen, 75, of Owatonna, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Cedarview Care Center. 

She was born September 27, 1936 in Aurora Township, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Irene (Reichstetter) Wencl. Marlene's parents died when she was five years old and she was raised by her great aunt and Uncle Bill and Mary Wencl.  Marlene graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1954, and then worked at the Woolworth Store in Owatonna.  She married LaVerne Hansen on November 2, 1955 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA, and the couple lived on a farm near Ellendale.  They moved to Owatonna in 1959 and Marlene worked for the Owatonna Canning Company for 15 years and then for OTC for 26 years, retiring in 2000.  She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, and was a member of the Ladies Aid.  Marlene was a member of the Elks, volunteered at the Senior Center and helped arrange dances there.  Her greatest passion was spending time with her family, and she also enjoyed playing cards and reading.

She is survived by her children Diane (Alan) Humphries of Waseca, LaJean Ulestad of Owatonna, and Dale Hansen of Owatonna, five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.  She is also survived by three sisters Joan Pirkl of Medford, Lucille Svotos of Tower, Regina Wacek of Blooming Prairie, and her sister-in-law Gladys Bedney of Owatonna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband LaVerne, son Raymond, daughter Cynthia Vierling, three infant children and sister Katherine.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Tuesday April 3, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. and at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday April 4, 2012 from 1 to 2 p.m..  Funeral services will be held Wednesday April 4, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church with The Reverend Kirk Griebel officiating.  Interment will be in the Union Cemetery Bixby.

Robert (Bob) John Staloch, age 72, of Wells, passed away quietly on the Staloch Farm in the early dawn on Thursday, March 29, 2012 after a seven-month battle with lung cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells, with Father Thomas Niehaus officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 1, from 2-5 p.m. at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells.  Burial will take place in St. Casimir Cemetery.  Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements.

 Bob was born April 26, 1939, on the Staloch Farm near Wells, MN to Paul A. and Selma (Rodahl) Staloch. His childhood was filled with farming, exploring and playing with any ball he could find with friends and family. He graduated from Freeborn High School in 1957 as a decorated and well-respected athlete. After military service, Bob returned to Wells and took over the Staloch Farm where he farmed until his death. On October 5, 1963, Bob married Sharon Dinneen at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waldorf, MN. They made their home on the Staloch Farm where they raised their four children. Bob and Sherry were members of St. Casimir’s Catholic Church and he served on the School Board of Freeborn High School. Bob will be remembered as a generous neighbor, a valued friend, a committed husband, a supportive and selfless father, a loving grandfather, and a caring uncle. He loved farming, fishing, his faith and his family. He was a person who was very easy to admire and love.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sherry of Wells; daughter Tami (Mike) Schultz of Lakeville, MN, daughter Teri (Trish) Staloch of Woodbury, MN, son, Tim (Kim) Staloch of Monticello,  and son, Ted (Maureen) Staloch of Austin, TX; eight grandchildren: Kelsey, Kendyl, Tate, Teigen, Aiden, Sydney, Sawyer and Bo; his mother-in-law, Ardella Dinneen of Wells; siblings: Quentin Staloch of Minnesota Lake, Lil Jensen of Wells, Karen Hoeg of Wabasha, MN along with many nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Selma Staloch; father-in-law, Len Dinneen; siblings, Jean Hajdu, Eunice (Norris) Overby and Margaret Walser; sister-in-law, Connie Staloch and brothers-in-law, Doc Jensen and Chuck Hoeg.

If purchasing flowers, family preference is for flowers through Accents in Alden, 507-874-3425.

Timothy Arnold Voigt, age 51 of Waseca died on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at his residence in Waseca.

Born on December 29, 1960 in Gaylord, Minnesota he was the son of Arnold and ReNee (Svoboda) Voigt.  He was a graduate of New Richland-Hartland High School. Tim was employed with the E.F. Johnson Co. and later worked as a supervisor of shipping and receiving at Itron in Waseca for over 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his son Kylie, sports, motocross, and softball. Tim was a member at Christ Community Church in Waseca.

He is survived by his son, Kylie of Waseca; father, Arnold (Jeanne) Voigt of Lake Mills, IA; siblings, Jeffrey (Lisa) Voigt of Aurora, CO, Patrica Voigt of Elma, IA, Kelly Luce of Shakopee, Jason (Nicole) Farley of Lonsdale, and Shannon Farley of Lonsdale.  He is also survived by step-brother and step-sisters, Kathy (Craig) Miller of Waseca, Monica Dokken of Waseca, Roland Kopp of Clear Lake, IA and Debra Kopp of Clear Lake, IA; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his mother, ReNee Farley; step-father, Joseph Farley; and step-brother, Mike Kopp.

Visitation will be held at Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals in Waseca on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. and continue on Friday one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Christ Community Church in Waseca with Pastor Chris Johnson and Pastor Howard Lundeen officiating.  Interment will follow at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.

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Wilfred E. Molkenthin, age 87 of Waseca died on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Lake Shore Inn in Waseca.

Born on January 18, 1925 in St. Mary Township, Waseca County, Minnesota he was the son of Edward and Loretta (Schultz) Molkenthin. Wilfred was baptized February of 1925 and was later confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New Richland by Rev. Ackerman. He attended school in Byron Township, rural Waseca County.  Wilfred married Margery Johnson at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland in 1950. He was a member there and an usher for a number of years.  Following his schooling, Wilfred helped farm the home place in St. Mary Township.  He later worked for the New Richland Hatchery and Waseca Public Schools as a custodian for 23 years until retiring in June 1986.  Wilfred enjoyed gardening, taking care of the lawn, traveling and camping with the RV, and fishing. He spent winters in Texas until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s which he had for 20 years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca.  He was also a member of the Waseca Senior Center.

He is survived by his wife, Margery of Waseca; three daughters, Linda Molkenthin of Waseca, Karen Peterson of Owatonna, and Diane (Roderick) Lorentz of Janesville; three sisters, Armilla, Lovella, and Helen Molkenthin all of Waseca, and six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and one great grandson.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca.   Burial will follow at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.  Visitation will be held on Monday, one hour before services at the church.  Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals in Waseca is handling arrangements.

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Long time Alaska resident, Mr. Coby Blaine Thompson, 48, died Sunday, March 11th, 2012 in Wasilla, Alaska. 

At Coby’s request there will be no ceremony. 

Mr. Thompson was born April 10th, 1963 to Robert Thompson and Nora Thompson in Albert Lea, Minnesota. 

Coby graduated from high school in New Richland, Minnesota. After Coby graduated from high school he soon then after moved to Wasilla, Alaska and worked as a landscaper. 

Coby enjoyed NASCAR, country music, and helping others. 

The family wrote, “Coby was a kind and gentle spirit, always eager for approval. He loved animals and playing pranks.” 

Coby is preceded in death by his mother, Nora Thompson; and father, Robert Thompson. 

He is survived by his sister and brother in-law, Nancy and Lonnie Breuer of Wasilla, AK; sister, Cheryl Johnson and partner Scott of Waseca, MN; brother, Kevin Thompson and his wife Dianne of Faribault, MN; brother, Mark Thompson of Soldotna, AK; nieces, Cassie Johnson, Skye and Joe Ronkin and their 2 sons. He is also survived by his nephews, Brandon, Peter, Joshua, Travis and Corey. 

Family cared by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory.