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Harriet E. Paulson, 95, of Hugo, formerly of Owatonna, Minnesota, died Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at St. John’s Hospital, Maplewood, Minnesota.  

Harriet Hogaas was born July 31, 1916 in Berlin Township the daughter of Clarence and Lillie (Johnson) Hogaas.  She graduated from OHS in 1935.  Harriet was united in marriage to Clayton Paulson on June 22, 1937 in Pontoppidan Lutheran Church and the couple farmed in Lemond Township.  Clayton  died in May 1982.  Harriet continued living on the farm until moving to Owatonna.  In 2002 she moved to White Bear Lake to be closer to her family and later to Hugo where she made her home at Suite Living of Hugo.

Harriet’s heritage was important to her.  Being of Scandinavian decent she enjoyed making pancakes and lutefisk to name just a couple of her favorites.  She also enjoyed crocheting, quilting, bowling, watching and following sports.  She had a strong faith and was a member at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and served as a Sunday school teacher.  She also volunteered at Cedarview Care Center.  Mostly though, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many.  

She is survived by a daughter, Joan Paulson of Forest Lake; three sons, Craig (and Karen) Paulson of White Bear Lake; Archie (and Rita) Paulson of New Richland; Mark (and Nancy) Paulson of Gilbert, AZ;  seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  

Harriet was preceded in death by her husband Clayton, her parents, and a sister, Borghild Hatle.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service in the church.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church with The Reverend Sandy Miller officiating.  Interment will be in the Pontoppidan Church Cemetery in Lemond Township.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Pontoppidan Lutheran Church, the First Presbyterian Church, White Bear Lake or donor’s choice.

Remembering the life of Vernon S. Thompson….

The funeral service for  Vernon S. Thompson, of Albert Lea, formerly of New Richland, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Richland.  The Reverend Scott Williams will officiate.  Interment will be in Hartland Cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by New Richland Veteran’s  Organizations.  Visitation will be one hour before services at the church on Saturday. Friedrich Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Vernon died  on Monday, February 13, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.  He was 94.

He was born on January 30, 1918, in Hartland, Minnesota, the son of Arthur and Caroline (Sibilrud) Thompson.  He attended rural country school and then proudly served our country He served in the U.S. Army from March of 1942 until his honorable discharge in December of 1945. When Vernon returned from the war he attended Dunwoody Institute where he attained training in auto body repair.

On May 21, 1950, Vernon married Bernice Kofstad in Hartland; they later made their home in New Richland. Vernon along with his brother Harold owned and operated Thompson Auto Body for more than 38 years before Vernon retired.  He and brother Harold also owned a trailer park in New Richland.

He was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church and had also been a member of the American Legion.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping with his family, and loved lutefisk and lefsa.

Vernon is survived by his children Harriet (Jim) Dietz of Faribault, MN, Jeff (Dawn) Thompson of Byron, MN; four grandchildren: Karrie Dietz (Mike Galligan) of Thialand, Shane (Anita) Dietz of Fort Myers, Florida, Jason (Ikeda) Thompson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Megan (Isaac) Johnson of Stewartville, MN, greatgranddaughter Isis Thompson of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister Mae O’Neal of Cedar Rapids, IA; brother Harold (Helen) Thompson of New Richland; sister’s-in-law and brother’s-in-law: Florence Thompson of Waseca, MN,  Florence Thompson of Utah, David Demmer of Owatonna , MN,  LeRoy (Bonnie) Kofstad of Hartland, MN, John (Pat) Kofstad of Mantorville, MN,  Harriet Light  of  Fargo, ND and many nieces and nephews.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernice;  sisters: Alice Rosenthal and Clarice Hendricks,  brothers: James, Arville, Elvern and George Thompson.

Vernon will be fondly remembered for his kind, gentle, easy-going spirit.

Richard “Dick” Amos Hendrickson of Virginia, MN, and formerly long-time resident of Rochester, MN. passed away February 1, 2011 at St. Mary’s Essential Health in Duluth, MN at the age of 73 due to complications of a fall.

Dick was born October 2, 1938 to Amos and Alvira (Paulson) Hendrickson in New Richland. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hartland Lutheran church, now known as Cross of Glory. He attended school in New Richland, MN.

Dick’s real estate career in the Rochester, MN area covered almost 35 years, working for various firms.

ln his younger years, he enjoyed playing softball, and snow skied until recently. He loved to travel, especially to ski in Europe, and taking many trips with Joan.

He is survived by his special friend Joan Horton of Virginia, MN and by his children Lisa, Richard ll (Rich) Hendrickson, and grandson Joshua Christianson.

He is also survived by a sister Ruth Ann (Ross) Severtson of Hayward, MN, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Patricia Janzen and Linda Lewis; grandparents Oscar and Anna Hendrickson, Peter and Pauline Paulson; and great niece Cara Jape.

A final “Open House” for Dick will be held in Rochester, MN on February 17, 2011.

Dick will truly be missed by Joan, family and friends.

Kenneth Lee Sundve, 61, of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away Feb. 4, 2012. He was born in New Richland on Feb. 27, 1950. He moved to Mesa, AZ in 1988. Ken was a loving grandfather who was deeply devoted to his family. 

Ken is survived by his wife Debra (Motschenbacher) Sundve, of 38 years; son, Jason Sundve, and his wife, Nonie Elliott Sundve; grandchildren Jaxon and Aiva Sundve; two brothers Steve (Diana) of Albert Lea and Bob (Pat) of Mount Ida, AR; and sister Judy (Hans) Jensen of Freeborn, MN.

Ken was preceded in death by his brother Ron, and his parents, Casper and Darlene Sundve.

A mass will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Mary Magdalene, 2654 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, AZ.


Valeria Jane (Humburg) Cunningham died January 26, 2012, at the Hospice House on Midway Road, Ft Pierce, FL lovingly surrounded by her family. She slipped away peacefully to the tunes of one of her favorite musical groups, Peter, Paul and Mary.

She was born on January 21, 1935 on her grandparent’s farm in Blue Earth, MN and grew up on her father’s farm in Ellendale, MN. She was the third of Fred and Tina Humburg’s seven children: JoAnn, Robert, Valeria, Lowell, Verdel, Carole, and Steve. She graduated from high school in 1953 from Ellendale Consolidated School. Sometime later Valeria left for Washington, D.C. where she secured a job in the secretary pool at the Federal Reserve System. 

While in the D.C. area she met her husband of 20 years Walter Cunningham, married and started a family. Her first son David was born in 1957. Later she moved to Eau Gallie, FL where she gave birth to Sandra in 1959, Stuart in 1960 and Jeanne in 1962. 

Valeria transitioned from being a homemaker to working mother of four at various jobs in the area and settled at Tropicana, Fort Pierce where she worked for 15 years as a blend deck operator and tanker loader. She retired in 2001. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Clementine “Tina” (Renkley) Humburg; her sister JoAnn Ramsey and her brothers Robert Humburg and Steve Humburg.

Survivors include her sons David (Josephine) Cunningham of Ft. Pierce; Stuart (Louise) Cunningham of Ft. Pierce; daughters Sandra (Barry) Love of Vero Beach; Jeanne (James) Moretti of Vero Beach. She was the proud grandmother of 10: Kristine, Lisa, Sarah, Jason, Samantha, Nicholas, Jessica, Andrea, Angela and Michael. And equally proud great-grandmother of seven: Hailey, Daniel W., Hayden, Tristan, Anthony, Daniel M. and Mia.

Val was well loved by her family and friends who will find comfort in the many wonderful and humorous memories she leaves behind. She will be missed by all.