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Ross L. Anderson, 78, of Ellendale, MN and formerly of Randall, MN and Burnsville, MN passed away on October 6, 2011.

Ross graduated from Ellendale High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-55. He was employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad; later Burlington Northern until his retirement at age 55. He was an avid fisherman and deer hunter, and loved tinkering in his garage and gardening.

Robert “Lloyd” Smith, 92, of Owatonna died on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Owatonna Care Center.

Robert Lloyd Smith was born August 17, 1919 near Ellendale, the son of Robert and Frances (Pechacek) Smith.  There he was raised and attended country school.  Following school he helped work on the family farm.  Lloyd entered the United States Army during WWII and was stationed in Montana, California and Hawaii.  After his honorable discharge, he returned the Ellendale area.  

Lloyd was united in marriage to Eldora Jensen on June 8, 1947 at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva.  They made their home in rural Steele County where he farmed.  In 1959 the couple moved to Owatonna and Lloyd worked in landscaping and later for the Owatonna Public School District.  He retired in 1982.  

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

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.

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.

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.