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M. Bert Lurth passed away at age 87, on September 22, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Ontario, California.

He was the son of Bert and Ethel Lurth of Kasota Township, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Peter (MN) High School in May of 1942. He enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Bell. He moved to San Francisco after his tour of duty and initiated and extended PIP (Postal Instant Press) on the West Coast. He later retired and moved to Rancho Mirage, CA and was a five-star volunteer for Eisenhower Hospital for over 20 years.

He was a former member of the Lions Club, Rotary Club, long-time member of Spiritual Center in Palm Desert and member of Prime Timers of the Desert.

He is survived by two sisters Mary Lou Weydert of New Richland, MN and Joann Oldenberg of Nicollet, MN; two sisters-in-law Sylvia Pettis of Mankato, MN and Mary Ann Lurth of St. Peter, MN; and adopted sons Leonard and Mabo of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Ethel Lurth; and brothers LuVerne and Elmer.

A private ceremony to “Celebrate the life of our beloved M. Bert Lurth” is yet to be arranged.

Memorial Services for Norman A. Johnson, age 84, will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 1st at 10:30 a.m. with a time for visiting with the family an hour before. Lunch will follow the service.   Private graveside services for his family will occur prior to that time. To sign the guest book, go to www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Norman Arnold Johnson, Jr. passed away September 25, 2011 at New Richland Care Center where he received such wonderful compassionate care.  His wife and family were by his side.

Billie R. Gunsolus, age 85 of Janesville, died on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Janesville United Methodist Church in Janesville with Rev. Bescye P. Burnett, officiating.  Interment was in the Alma City Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Saturday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Janesville United Methodist Church.  Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory of Janesville handled arrangements.

Billie Ralph was born on December 12, 1925 in Freedom Township, Waseca County, Minnesota to Ralph and Anna (Winters) Gunsolus.  He graduated from Pemberton High School in 1943. Billie was united in marriage to Victoria Pennington on January 5, 1952 in Mankato.  They lived a short time in NE Iowa, then later moved to Minnesota, settling in the St. Clair area.

JoAnne Abbas, 63, of New Ulm, died of cancer Saturday September 24 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 1 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rural Courtland. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service at the church.

JoAnne was born August 22, 1948 to LuVerne and Ruth (Kluender) Radke on a farm near Waldorf, MN. She graduated from Waldorf High School in 1966 and went on to attend secondary school in Mankato. On December 4, 1971 JoAnne married Mitchell Abbas at the St. John’s Church in Minnesota Lake, MN. She worked in retail for K-Mart in New Ulm and Home Depot in Mankato.

Thomas “Tom” McMahon, 73, of Ellendale, died Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. Mary's Hospital. 

Tom was born February 22, 1938 in Owatonna, Minnesota the son of John and Ella (Jensen) McMahon. He was raised in Owatonna and graduated from Owatonna High School in 1956.  He then joined the Minnesota National Guard.  Tom enjoyed the outdoors and worked as a fishing guide in Northern Minnesota with his friend, Guts Anderson.  He then moved to Chadron, NE and worked as a ranch hand with his brother-in-law, Jim Sager.  Tom returned to Owatonna where he worked for Owatonna Publics Utilities (OPU). 

He was united in marriage to Karen Jacobsen on January 19, 1976.  They made their home near Ellendale.  Tom then worked for Northern Natural Gas which eventually became Enron.  After his retirement from Enron, he worked part time at the Owatonna Country Club.