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Curtis Robert Schember, 83, of Geneva, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at his home. A Memorial Service and Picnic is being held in celebration of his life at the Geneva Community Building between 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

Curt was born February 20, 1928 to George and Mary Schember in New Richland. He was the fifth and youngest child. He was baptized, confirmed and attended school in New Richland. 

Curt was a hard worker, had many interests and was employed at a number of different jobs; the poultry house, the bakery, the “hemp plant”, Kalke’s tile plant, the canning company, and many local farmers along with assisting his dad on the snow plow. Curt also worked for a lumber yard along with a trucking firm in St. Paul, driving all over the Twin Cities area without a license as he was only 14 years old. He later ran a filling station in New Richland on the corner where Wagner’s store is now, what he remembers was “Full Service Gas-6 gallons for a dollar.” 

The funeral service for Rodney Lee Arnold of New Richland, Minnesota was held 2 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland, MN. Pastor Paul Andree officiated. Interment was in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Rodney died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home. He was 62 years old.

Rodney was born May 20, 1949 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Merton and Ethel (Johnston) Arnold. He was a lifetime New Richland area resident. Rodney married Lois Aldrich on December 27, 1969 in New Richland. Rodney was a self employed Dry Wall installer. He also was a mechanic and worked on cars, tractors and on all types of motors. During the winter Rodney enjoyed plowing snow for his nephew Chris Besser Snow Removal. He also enjoyed restoring classic cars. Every morning he would meet for coffee with his friends at Dad’s Good Stuff in New Richland. During the fall he would help area farmers. Rodney enjoyed going deer hunting with his sons and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. His special companion was his dog Dakota.

Rodney is survived by his wife Lois Arnold of New Richland, Minnesota; sons Jim Arnold of Grand Meadow, MN, John (Ginger) Arnold of West Concord, MN and Rob Arnold and special friend Jessica of Geneva, MN; daughter Tracie Rosacker of New Richland; grandchildren Levi, Dylan, Tiffany, Taylor, Tori, Amber, Mariah, Alexis, Braxton, Nathan, Jessica and Eli; mother Ethel Arnold of New Richland; sister Linda Besser of New Richland; and many nieces and nephews.

Rodney is preceded in death by his father Merton Arnold and brother Gary Arnold.

Judith Rae “Judy” Burtness, age 64 of Brownsdale, MN died at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield Wednesday evening, July 13, 2011. She was born June 7, 1947 to Vernon I. and Vernelle (Oftedahl) Moe in Mankato, MN. After graduating from New Richland High School in 1965, Judy studied business at Mankato State University for a short time. She married Neil Burtness on October 19, 1966 at LeSueur River Lutheran Church near New Richland. They made their home in Brownsdale. Judy worked in the business office at Austin Public Schools for over 25 years. She enjoyed shopping, collecting giraffes and spending time at the cabin in Faribault in the summer.

Survivors include husband Neil Warren Burtness of Brownsdale; two daughters, Jennifer (Todd) Hauschildt of Burnsville; grand children Elsa, Greta, Owen, Jill (Kurt) Kraling of Rochester; great grandchildren Hunter and Hannah; her father, Vernon Moe of Ellendale, and a sister, Jan (Rick) Leth of Grand Island, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her mother Vernelle Moe; sister Karen Peterson and an infant son.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 18, 2011 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. There was a gathering of family and friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at The family prefers memorials to Humane Society,, Cancer Society or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Funeral services for Palma A. Richardson of New Richland, MN, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the LeSueur River Lutheran Church, rural New Richland, MN. Pastor Paul Meierding will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. the day of the service at the church. Interment will be in the Hartland Cemetery, Hartland, MN.

Palma died early Thursday morning, July 21, 2011 at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center. She was 92 years of age.

Palma was born October 21, 1918 in Hartland, MN, the daughter of Anton and Julia (Nelson) Olson. She graduated from Freeborn High School, Freeborn, MN, and on November 25, 1942 was united in marriage to Albert Richardson.

A memorial service for Jolene L. (Ribbe) Lindgren will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale. Visitation will commence one hour prior to the service. Jolene passed away on July 10, 2011.