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Leslie Knudsen, 93, died on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Pathstone Living on Sibley Park in Mankato.

He was born October 20, 1917 in Geneva, MN the son of Carl and Sofie (Johansen) Knudsen. He attended school in Geneva and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1934. He was united in marraige to Mildred Anderson on August 31, 1940. He was a veteran of WWII.

Leslie worked in the grocery business, road construction, and the greenhouse/floral business. He also operated a root beer stand, sold insurance, and was a building supervisor. After retirement, he worked as a courier for travel agencies. 

His hobbies and interests included gardening, music, sports, scouting, stamp collecting and was a volunteer greeter at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. He was recognized in a New York Times article as the “Mayor of the Mall.”

He is survived by his children Stephen (Gail) Knudsen, Bella Vista, AR; Frederick (Eileen) Knudsen, Owatonna; Jane (Philip) Wold, Mankato; and Juliann Knudsen, Eden Prairie; six grandchldren and 11 great-grandchikdren.

He was preceded in death by both parents; his wife Mildred (2005); and siblings Ege Knudsen, Luella Gurvin and Sonja Olson.

Graveside services will be conducted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Geneva Cemetery with Rev. Carrie McElfresh officiating. The Cremation Society of Minnesota is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or Pathstone Living in Mankato, MN.


The funeral service for Hazel J. Christenson will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2011 at Bonnerup Funeral Service Chapel, Albert Lea. Visitation will be one hour before service at the chapel. Captain James Brickson and Pastor Kent Otterman will officiate.

Hazel died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Good Samaritan Center, Albert Lea, MN. She was 93 years old.

Hazel Julia Sward was born November 3, 1917 in Ida Grove, Iowa, one of 11 children of John and Anna Sward. As a young child, Hazel came to the Clarks Grove area and she was raised by her grandmother and her two uncles. When she was 16, she met her husband Raymond M. Christenson at the Freeborn County Fair. They were united in marriage on June 6, 1935 at the Clarks Grove Baptist Church Parish. They lived in Freeborn County their 56 years of married life.

Funeral services for Janice Muriel Morstad, age 78, of Albert Lea will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church. Rev. Dennis Frank will officiate. Interment will be at Hartland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 11th at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. To sign the guest book, go to www.bayviewfuneral.com

Janice died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Janice Muriel Morstad was born on February 25, 1933 to Ole and Alma (Johnson) Morstad in Hartland.  She graduated from Freeborn High School and attended two years at Mankato Business School. Janice has worked in the secretarial capacity for 40 years for the meat packing plant in Albert Lea, formerly Wilson & Co., surviving two long strikes and a shutdown of 9 months due to bankruptcy.

The funeral service for David Eddie Swenson of rural New Richland, Minnesota will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2011 at Faith United Methodist Church, Waseca, MN. Reverend Debra Collum will officiate. Interment will be in Vista Covenant Church Cemetery, rural New Richland. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Friedrich Funeral Home, New Richland, MN and one hour before the service at the church.

David died suddenly, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at his home. He was 74 years old.

Linda R. Parker, age 63 of Minnetonka, Minn., a loving mother, grandmother and sister, is given back to God after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
Linda was born of parents Raymond Ecthernach and Joy Krueger/Moe in Waseca, Minn. She graduated from New Richland High School, class of 1965.
Linda was a 37-year retiree of Hennepin County's Social Services Division where she was a supervisor. Linda loved her work and co-workers in the food stamp program and in Social Services Administration. She worked lastly in employee safety and security. Linda was preceded in death by mother and father. Survived by her son Jay; grandchildren Lauren and Dylan; three sisters, Karen, Connie and Judy; two step-sisters, Judy and Jan; stepfather Vern Moe and many other loving relatives and friends.
Special thanks to North Memorial Hospice for their help.
A private memorial service has been held. Memorials per donor’s choice.