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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.

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.

Ruth Ann Marie Frisk, age 100, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2011 at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Faribault.

Born in Otisco Township, Waseca County on June 6, 1911, Ruth was the youngest of five children born to August and Hannah (Lundquist) Frisk.  She attended rural school district #48 in Waseca County.  Ruth worked on her family’s farm until she was 20 years old.  She then did housework for the Deichen family for several years and worked at E.F. Johnson Company in Waseca for four years.  She then moved to Minneapolis where she went to work for Munsingwear, Woolworth’s, and was a supervisor and cashier at the food counter at the Forum Café.  Finally, she worked with Pilgrim Laundry Service in Minneapolis for over 20 years before retiring.  Throughout her retirement, she volunteered at Mount Sinai Hospital and at the Senior Center where she did blood pressure checks.  She greatly enjoyed traveling and had seen much of North America, and enjoyed playing the mandolin and the piano. 

She is survived by four generations of nieces, nephews and their respective spouses.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gertrude and Esther; and two brothers, Harold and Lawrence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Vista Evangelical Covenant Church in Waseca County, with Rev. Steve Thompson officiating.  Visitation will be held for one hour before the service at the church.  Interment will follow at Vista Covenant Cemetery. Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals in Waseca is handling the arrangements.

Pauline Esther (Wiggins) Calhoun Anderson, age 87 of Waseca, went to be with her Lord on Monday, July 11, 2011 at Lake Shore Inn in Waseca.

She was born to Rev. Roy and Isabelle (Shipley) Wiggins on August 20, 1923 in Holden, South Dakota.  On June 7, 1943 she married Floyd “Cal” Calhoun.  Floyd passed away on March 17, 1977.  Pauline lived in New Richland until October 20, 1990 when she married Archie Anderson of Waseca.

Pauline worked at Brown Printing Co. in Waseca for many years.  She was a member of Vista Covenant Church where she was very active teaching Sunday School, Deacon board, VBS, women’s ministry, and she especially loved singing in the choir.  Her family was very important to her and she looked forward to every and all family gatherings.  She also spent her time reading and was always ready to go for a ride.

Irene Ameila Kaplan, 90, formerly of Blooming Prairie, died Saturday, July 2, 2011 at McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake, MN. Previous to moving to McKenna Crossing in June 2010, she was a resident of Traditions I in Owatonna.

 Irene was born in Summit Township on March 31, 1921, the youngest daughter of Frank and Amelia (Styndl) Maixner. She graduated from River Point School and attended Owatonna High School. Following school she worked at several jobs including Caspers Grocery Store and Huber Glove Company.

On October 4, 1949, Irene was united in marriage to Milton A. Kaplan at Associated Church in Owatonna. The couple farmed northeast of Owatonna prior to moving to their farm northwest of Blooming Prairie in 1956. Irene and Milt retired from farming in 1994 and the couple later moved to Blooming Prairie in 2000.