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The funeral service for Brenda A. Grabau, 59, of rural New Richland, MN will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30 at LeSueur River Lutheran Church in New Richland Township with Rev. Paul Meierding officiating. Mrs. Grabau passed away Sunday, Nov. 27 from complications of cancer, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Brenda Ann Bleifus was born Aug. 4, 1952 in Rochester, MN to Clarence and Frances (Braksilek) Bleifus. She grew up and went to school in Stewartville and attended Stewartville High School. Brenda was married on August 26, 1972 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Alan R. Grabau. Following their marriage the couple lived in Georgia and Arizona while Al served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge they moved to Rochester, MN briefly, before moving to Ostrander, MN in 1975, where they lived for a number of years. Al and Brenda were both employed at Rongar's Appliance in Spring Valley, MN and in 1980 they purchased the business and location. Together they owned and operated Al’s T.V. and Appliance in Spring Valley for 19 years, selling their business in 1999. They moved to St. Olaf Lake in rural New Richland where they have continued to make their home. Brenda was employed in accounting at Mediacom in Waseca, MN until her retirement in 2005. Al is self-employed as a Dish Network retailer and installer. Brenda was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander and was a current member of the LeSueur River Lutheran Church in rural New Richland. She enjoyed fishing, rides on the pontoon, following NASCAR and Minnesota Boys and Girls High School basketball and March Madness college basketball. She loved time spent with her lake neighbors and friends and family, especially her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband Al; her two daughters and son Alisa (Greg) Baumann of Plymouth, MN, Amanda of St. Paul, MN and Jakin of Plymouth, MN; four grandchildren Alex, Olivia, Konnor and Amelia; one sister and two brothers Richard (Marian) Greene of Hastings, MN, Sharon (Ed) Wellik of Stewartville, Steve (Sharon) Bleifus of Stewartville; and sister-in-law Betty Bleifus of Simpson, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Charles “Tony” Bleifus.

Friends may call from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning. A private family burial will take place at a later date. The address for the LeSueur River Lutheran Church is 16650 250th Ave. New Richland, MN.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com

Memorial Services for Beth Ann Wesselhoeft of Ellendale, MN, formerly of New Richland, MN will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2011 at Friedrich Funeral Home, New Richland. The Reverend Dennis Frank will officiate. Interment will be in First Lutheran Cemetery, Waldorf, MN.

Beth died at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN, on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. She was 57.

She was born on June 21, 1954, in New Richland, the daughter of A. Edward and Myrtle R. (Bolduan) Wesselhoeft. Beth attended Matawan grade school and graduated from Freeborn High School with the class of 1972. She continued her education graduating from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN in 1976.

Beth had worked at the New Richland Star, Sun Review-Waseca, Waseca County News, Casino Magazine, Carlson Craft in Mankato, then Bagy Jo 2 in Janesville, retiring in 2008.

Beth lived with her mother in New Richland until her mother’s passing in 1999. Beth moved to Whispering Oaks in Ellendale in 2008.

She is survived by cousins in New Richland and the Morton, MN area.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Funeral services for Clayton O. Warke will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Cross of Glory Church in Hartland.  Rev. Dennis Frank will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be at Hartland Cemetery.  To sign the guestbook go to www.bayviewfuneral.com 

Clayton died Friday, November 18, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Home. 

Clayton O. Warke was born April 22, 1913 to Einar and Christy (Tukua) Warke in Hartland.  Clayton grew up in rural Hartland where he attended country school.  On June 1, 1934 he was united in marriage to Eileen Hallum in Northwood, IA.  They made their home on the farm in rural Hartland.  Clayton spent many years farming.  In 1987 he retired and they moved to Albert Lea.  He was a member of Cross of Glory Church in Hartland.  Clayton enjoyed wood working in his younger years, playing cards and spending time with his family.  

Survivors include his children, David (Karen) Warke, Janice Perkins and Janet (Roger) Loken; grandchildren, Shawn (Rose) Loken and Shelly (John) Davis; great-grandchildren, Sam and Katie Davis; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Warke and Elaine Hallum; brother-in-law, Edward Hendrickson; and several nieces and nephews.  

Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, Einar and Christy; wife, Eileen; son-in-law, Ed Perkins; and siblings, Clarence Warke, Oscar Warke, Vernon Warke, Gilma Wilkenson, Inanda Bartness and Esther Hanson.  


Lulu Margaret (Pat) Proehl Hall, 97, of Paris, Mo, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris, Mo.

Mrs. Hall was born on September 27, 1914 at New Richland, Minn., the daughter of Fred Carl and Lulu Paulina Kroeger Proehl.  She graduated from New Richland High School in Minnesota and taught school until she was married to Roy Arvid Hall on June 12, 1937, in New Richland, Minn.  He predeceased her on Nov. 12, 2002.  She and her husband moved to Holliday from the Quad Cities in 1950.  She was an active 4-H leader both local and county, a member of the Holliday Suburbonite Extension Club, and the Paris Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School  for several years.  She was also a member of the Presbyterian Women on both local and district levels.  

Mrs. Hall is survived by a son, Arvid E. Hall and wife, Noreen, of Dallas, TX., a daughter, Margaret L. Ferrell of Kirksville; four grandchildren, Arvid C. Hall, Tamara L. Kotzker, Bryan D. and Nathan H. Ferrell; and three great-grandchildren, Christopher Hall, Raleigh and Elijah Kotzker.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Leonard and Gerhardt, one sister, Mildred Miller, a grandson, Roy Otto Hall and a son-in-law, Dale Ferrell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at the Paris Presbyterian Church in Paris with Reverend John Grimmett officiating and Agnew Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church.  Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Paris, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Walnut Grove Cemetery or the Paris Presbyterian Church.

Elsie D. Stickley, lifelong resident of the Medford area, died November 11, 2011 at Pleasant Manor Care Center in Faribault.

Elsie was born April 4, 1922 in Merton Township, rural Steele County, the daughter of Herman and Anna (Meyer) Dunker. She was united in marriage to Glen Stickley on April 16, 1941 at Trinity Lutheran in Medford.  The couple made their home on a farm in Merton Township, raising two daughters.  Elsie was a farm wife and spent most of her life living on the family farm in Merton Township. Elsie enjoyed raising a large garden while working alongside her husband on the farm. She loved entertaining family and friends that visited the farm. Elsie moved into Medford in 1998. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school for more than 25 years.  Elsie’s life interest includes sewing, playing cards, listening to the Minnesota Twins and spending time with her family and friends.