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Remembering the life of Marlene Anna Hagen…

The funeral service for Marlene Anna Hagen, of New Richland, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2011, at LeSueur River Lutheran Church in rural New Richland. The Reverend Paul Meierding will officiate.  Interment will be in LeSueur River Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-7 on Friday at Friedrich Funeral Home, New Richland, and one hour before the service at the church.

Marlene died at her home on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.  She was 79.

She was born on March 30, 1932, in Owatonna, MN, the daughter of Herbert and Elsie (Hargefeld) Semmann.  She graduated from Owatonna High School and then worked at Federated Insurance. Marlene married Harold “Hap” Hagen on June 26, 1954, in Owatonna, and they enjoyed spending 57 years together. They made their home northeast of New Richland where they farmed and raised their family. Marlene and Harold moved into New Richland in 2004. Marlene was an active member of LeSueur River Lutheran Church where she had served as Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, on Church Council, was active in WELCA, where she served as treasurer for a many years, and enjoyed circle and the quilting group. Marlene was a very avid reader and also a member of the Legion Auxiliary. Her life centered on faith and family.

She will be greatly missed by her husband Harold “Hap” Hagen of New Richland; Children: Gary Hagen and his partner Dwight Ettel of St. Louis Park, MN, Dean Hagen of Rochester, MN, and JoAnn and her husband Edward Maloney of New Richland; grandchildren: William Maloney of Minneapolis, MN and Anita and Maggie Maloney of New Richland; her sister Nell and her husband Robert McCoy of Indianapolis, IN; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Christopher and Janet Hagen of New Richland and 9 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Julie, sister-in-law Marion and her husband Gordon Larson and brother-in-law Odean Hagen.

Blessed be her Memory!

Dorothy Leona Nelson of Ellendale, MN, died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the Homestead Hospice in Owatonna, MN. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Dorothy was born July 1, 1913 in Linn County Iowa, the daughter of Lafayette and Irene (Madison) Cress. The family moved to Minnesota to a farm Northeast of Albert Lea in 1914. In 1918 they moved to a farm west of Geneva, MN. She attended country school in rural Ellendale. Dorothy was united in marriage to Iver Larson on December 28, 1934 by the Justice of the Peace in Albert Lea, MN. Three children were born, Warren, Mary and Roger.  Iver died in 1952. Dorothy was then married to Henry Nelson at the Lutheran Church in Geneva, MN. Henry died in 1988.

Dorothy was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, MN. She was a homemaker all of her life taking care of her parents and family. She loved gardening and her many fruit trees or could always been found reading her favorite books. She had a very fine memory for family and events throughout her life.

Dorothy is survived by her children; Roger and his wife Joyce of Ellendale, MN, Mary Sullivan of Emmons, MN, daughter in law Thelma Shearer of St Augustine, FL. There are 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. One sister survives; Delores Pickens of Ponca City, OK, brother in law Donald Wilker of Owatonna, MN, sister in law Arlene Larson of Camus, WA, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Iver and Henry, son Warren, son in law Robert Sullivan, nephew Dennis Wilker, four brothers and one sister.

Donald “Bill" W. Klemmensen, 84, of Ellendale, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in Berlin Township.

He was born October 31, 1927 in Summit Township, Minnesota the son of Harvey and Gertrude (Calverly) Klemmensen. Donald was baptized in 1929 and confirmed in 1942 from St. Ansgar Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Ellendale High School in 1945, and then married Ann Thompson on June 11, 1947.  Donald took pride in farming, and farmed on the Thompson Farm which was in Ann's family.  He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, where he also was a Trustee, and on the Berlin Township Board for thirty three years.  He enjoyed watching sports, feeding the birds, going to the casino, and his travels to Europe, Asia, Hawaii, South America, and Caribbean Cruises.  Don also enjoyed his coffee partners very much.

He is survived by his wife Ann Klemmensen of Ellendale, three sons Doug (and Jan) Klemmensen of Ellendale, Larry (and Carol) Klemmensen of Coon Rapids, MN,  and Lonny (and Sue) Klemmensen of New Richland.  He is also survived by ten grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren,  and two brothers Richard (and Elaine) Klemmensen of Blooming Prairie, David (and Carol) Klemmensen of Woodbury, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Margie Betlach.

Visitation will be at First Lutheran Church Ellendale on Friday December 23, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m..  Funeral services will be held Saturday December 24, 2011 at 10 a.m. at First Lutheran Church Ellendale with The Reverend Richard Sliper officiating.  Interment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery in Ellendale.  Michaelson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lois Ann Evenson, age 84, of Freeborn, MN, died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Parkview Care Center in Wells, MN. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Freeborn Congregational United Church of Christ in Freeborn, MN, with Reverend Cherie Daniel officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, from 4-6 p.m. at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at a later date in the Freeborn Cemetery.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements. 

Lois Ann Evenson was born February 11, 1927, in Freeborn County, Minnesota, the daughter of Carl B. and Marie S. (Lutteke). On June 22, 1951, she was united in marriage to Galen H. Evenson in Freeborn, MN.

Lois worked in the area, including the Oak View Golf Course in Freeborn and the Millhouse Bar. In her early years, she had worked at the family owned Mink Farm. Lois was a member of the Freeborn Congregational UCC Church, and a night circle member. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing and Polka Club, and wintering in Florida for 35 years.

Lois is survived by two sons: Allan (wife Kathy) Evenson of Hartland, and Mark (wife Sue) Evenson of Alden; 5 grandchildren: Adam (Jodi) Evenson, Aaron (Angie) Evenson, Rhonda (Steve) Haglund, Kelly (Glenn) Snyder, Darcy (Troy) Newman; 9 great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Snyder, Kyle Haglund, Kayla Haglund, Miranda Snyder, Kelsey Newman, Carter Newman, Brayden Evenson, Ethan Evenson, Grace Evenson; brother: Merlyn (Ruth) Peterson of Waseca, MN; 2 sisters-in-law: Ruth Ludwig and Janice Orth; 2 brothers-in-law: Donald Evenson and Frank Evenson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Galen in 2010.

Funeral services for Donald Selmer Peterson of Ellendale, MN, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2011 at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale. Pastor Richard Sliper will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, MN, and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery.

Donald died Tuesday morning, December 20, 2011 at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was 70 years of age.

Donald was born June 3, 1941 in Berlin Township the son of Selmer and Myrtle (Smith) Peterson. He graduated from Ellendale High School. On June 4, 1960 he was united in marriage to Cheryl Hansen at the LeSeuer River Lutheran Church.

Don drove a fuel truck for the coop in Preston, MN before taking up farming in Ellendale. He farmed for over 20 years and then moved to Rochester, MN, where he was the Petroleum Manager for the Greenway Coop. He later managed the Southern Valley Coop in Mankato until his retirement and moved back to Ellendale.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and was active on the church board. Don was a member of the Lions Club and the Elks Club. He had served on the Ellendale School Board, Ellendale Coop Board and was active in the Pork Producers and Soybean Association.

Don loved to hunt and fish, play golf, card games, woodworking and any outdoor recreation. He enjoyed going on trips with the RV, especially the trip to Alaska. Spending time with the grandkids always came first at all of their sporting events and activities.

Donald is survived by his wife Cheryl of Ellendale, MN, daughters; Kathy and her husband Ross Murphy of Knoxville, TN, Deb and her husband Jeff Schmidt of Ellendale, MN, Barb and her husband Chuck Hagen of New Richland, MN. There are four grandchildren; Kelly (Drew) Nelson, Tiffany Schmidt, Brett Hagen and Ryann Hagen. Two special great grandchildren; Lily Olson and Elena Nelson. Also surviving are one sister; Shirley (Tyler) Hanson of Rush City, MN, and brothers; Sam (Sharon) Peterson of Hope, MN, Mike (Carol) Peterson of Citrus Heights, CA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Mary Jane (Milton) Jensen.