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Ronald Layne Bluhm, age 75 of Waldorf, died on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at his home in Waldorf.

Born on August 11, 1936 in Waldorf, Minnesota he was the son of Clarence and Leonora (Schroeder) Bluhm.  He attended country school and graduated from Waldorf High School in 1954. He later served with the National Guard. Ronald married Janice E. Kelling on June 4, 1956 at First Lutheran Church in Waldorf. He had worked for Vogelsang Construction for three years before starting his career with the Waldorf School District. He retired in December of 1992 after 33 years of service. He continued to drive school bus for the school district for 48 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Waldorf where he served on the church council. Ron was also a member of the Waldorf City Council and the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and spending time with his family and was an avid Minnesota sports fan.

Mary Jane Anna Jensen, 72, of Red Wing, died on Sunday, August 21, 2011, at her home in Red Wing.

Mary was born at home in Berlin Township, Steele County, Minnesota, on July 12, 1939, the eldest child of Selmer and Myrtle (Smith) Peterson. She attended Ellendale public schools. On October 13, 1957, she married Milton Jensen at Le Sueur River Lutheran Church in rural New Richland. Milton passed away on September 22, 1996.

She was an accomplished businesswoman. Mary and Milt owned several businesses together in Geneva, Chaska, and Ramsey, Minnesota.

Mary will be remembered for musical talent. She played guitar, accordion, piano and mandolin. She loved to sing and could yodel, and as a young teenager, won a talent contest in Owatonna. Mary composed two songs and had them copyrighted. She loved attending bluegrass festivals and jamming with other musicians.

Violet Howser died peacefully on September 6, 2011, following a severe stroke on June 10, 2011. She was 89 years old.

Violet was born January 2, 1922 in Hartland, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm east of Hartland and attended the Hartland Elementary School, Freeborn High School and was Valedictorian of her graduating class. There she met Dale Howser and they were married on March 19, 1941. After Dale returned for the Army they purchased the John Deere shop in Hartland where Violet was a business partner and accountant for many years. In the early 1970s they sold the business and moved to Dallas, TX, area. There Violet worked at the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) in their foreclosure department for 17 years. Upon retirement Violet started oil painting classes and produced many fine paintings. In early 2008 she moved to Monterey, CA, to be close to her daughter.

Survivors include her daughter Marcia (Kent) Wall of Carmel, CA, and her son Joel (Susan) Howser of Dacula, GA; grandchildren Maureen (Bryan) Tucker, Nicole (Jason) Lennig, Danielle (Seth) Hosmer, Matthew (Lauren) Wall, and seven great grandchildren.

Violet was loved and appreciated by all she met and she will be missed by all her family and friends. 

At a future date a memorial service will be held at the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Hartland.

Margaret B. Possin, age 87 of New Richland, died on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the New Richland Care Center.

Born at her family’s home in St. Mary Township, Waseca County, MN on March 17, 1924, Margaret was the daughter of Charles and Lillian (Wobschall) Ross.  Growing up she attended country school in Waseca County.  On June 24, 1942, Margaret was united in marriage to Vern Carl Possin at the Wilton Trinity Lutheran Church.  She lived and farmed in Wilton and Byron Townships for most of her life, and moved into the New Richland Care Center in October of 2008.  She liked to play bingo and roll dice, and enjoyed gardening, canning, and cooking.  She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing games and working puzzles.  Margaret was a member of the Busy Bee Home Extension Club, and was quite active with her First Lutheran Church congregation in Waldorf.

Margaret is survived by three children, Richard (Sharon) Possin of New Richland, Mary (Erland) Karlstad of Rochester, and Barbara (Richard) Myhre also of Rochester.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild; three siblings, Helen Roe of Waseca, Norma Seifert of Elysian, and Dale Ross of Walker; and two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Ross and Ruth Ross both of Waseca.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Orville and Edward Ross; and three sisters, Hazel Schoenfeld, Ethel Krueger, and Lorraine Halverson.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals in Waseca.

Funeral services, officiated by Rev. Michael Mathews will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Waldorf.  One hour of visitation will be held before the service at the church on Wednesday.  Interment will follow at First Lutheran Cemetery in Waldorf. 

Arlen A. “Buster” Sandretzky, age 56 of Waseca, died on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, August 31 at 4 p.m. at the Woodville Cemetery in Waseca, with Rev. Donn Kittle, officiating. McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory of Waseca is handling arrangements. 

Arlen Arthur was born on December 31, 1954 in Waseca, MN to Leonard and Martha (Lechner) Sandretzky. He was a 1974 graduate of New Richland High School. Buster went on to attend vocational school in Albert Lea and Austin.