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Celebrating the life of Jane Ellen Gegel….

Funeral Services for Jane Gegel of New Richland, MN, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at LeSueur River Lutheran Church, rural New Richland, MN. The Reverend Charles Espe will officiate. Private family interment will be at Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin, IL.  Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, June 5 at Friedrich/Bonnerup Funeral Home, New Richland, and one hour before the service at the church.

Jane died at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. She was 60.

She was born January 1, 1957, the first baby of the year at Red Bud Hospital, daughter of Elbert “Pete” and Fern (Gregson) Wehrheim of Baldwin, IL.  Jane graduated from Red Bud High School and then from Belleville Area College, receiving her Associate in Applied Science Degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

She worked at St. Clement’s Hospital in Red Bud from 1977 – 1980. Jane was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Brian Kenneth Gegel, May 24, 1980 in Baldwin, IL and they started their married life together in Midland, MI. In Michigan, Jane worked at the Midland Community Hospital, and it was here their children, Jessica and Joshua, were born. In 1990, they moved to Carmel, IN, where Jane volunteered and later worked at Woodbrook Elementary School where both her children were students. She later worked as church secretary/Ministry Assistant at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, IN. In 2008, Jane and Brian moved to Chicago where she was the seminary receptionist at the Lutheran School of Theology.  In 2012  they moved to New Richland, MN, where Pastor Brian Gegel began his ministry at LeSueur River and Vista Lutheran Churches.

Robert Evans, 91, of West Jordan, Utah, died peacefully in his sleep on June 1st, with his wife of 70+ years at his bedside.

Robert Milton Evans was born April 19, 1926, in Faribault, Minnesota, to John and Grace (Barney) Evans. He graduated from New Richland High School in 1944, where he lettered in football and baseball. Following graduation he joined the Marines serving in the Pacific (Okinawa) during WWII. He married Lila Larson on July 25, 1946.

Bob was a professional baker starting his career at Federal Bake Shop in Iowa, moving to North Dakota and back to Iowa. He retired from Barlows/Randalls in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To satisfy his “inner farmer”, he was a part time landscaper for Cedar Rapids Nursery owned by Dwight and Ralph Hughes.

Bob and Lila lived in Cedar Rapids for many years. They were charter members of Hope Lutheran Church. Bob played recreational softball. Upon retirement they moved to Peoria, Arizona, where Bob took up golfing. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends in the SW. Casa del Sol, Fiesta Club, and Church of Joy were their main activities. Bob volunteered at church and with Habitat for Humanity.

Gerald William "Jerry" McLoone died suddenly May 21, 2017 at the age of 76. Jerry was born in Waseca, MN Jan 15, 1941, the son of John and Kathryn (Daly) McLoone. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waseca MN in 1959 where he was a star quarterback, basketball player, and mile runner.

Jerry was a loving husband of his wife Ann and two daughters, Molly and Maura; and son-in-law, John. He was known as "Abba" to his three grandchildren, John Gregory, William James and Aiden Thomas.

Jerry was a professor at Inver Hills College for over 30 years. He also had a private psychotherapy practice for many years. Jerry touched many lives in both places.


Memorial services for Edward D. Miller, 87, of Clarks Grove will be held Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.  Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate.  Interment will be at North Freeborn Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may greet the family two hours before the service at the Church on Sunday. Online condolences are welcome at

Edward died on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

Edward Duane Miller was born at home in rural Ellendale on May 10, 1930, to Edward O. and Ida (Johnson) Miller. He attended grade school at District 90 and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1948. Edward married Arlene Wright on April 16, 1951, in Clarks Grove. Ed farmed with his dad and then he and Arlene bought their own farm in rural Ellendale. They raised their four children on that dairy and poultry farm. Ed retired from farming and moved to Clarks Grove in 1992. He helped Gregg Menefee with his used machinery parts from 1992 to 2002. He belonged to the North Freeborn Lutheran Church until it closed in 2000 and then joined Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. He was President of North Freeborn Lutheran congregation and of the Brotherhood and on the Cemetery board for 20 years.

William (Bill) Wuerflein, age 51, of Hollandale, MN died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 suddenly at his home.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the farm where he and his family live.

Bill was born May 8, 1966 in Albert Lea, MN to Henry and Judith (Schyler) Wuerflein. Bill graduated from Albert Lea High School. Bill and Vicki, the love of each other’s lives, joined together in 1987. The two married August 25, 2007. They moved to the family farm in 2005. Bill has two children and two step children with Vicki.

Bill was a long time employee for SunOpta. His CB handle that he used over the span of his truck driving career was “Cow Boy Bill.” Bill was a member of the Austin Posse for 26 years as security at surrounding fairs and street dances, parades, and the tractor show at Racine, MN.

Bill loved his hobbies of playing pool and softball. Bill loved camping and horseback riding at Forestville and Hay Creek. He loved his hobbies of farming, any type of work outside and helping others. He enjoyed gardening with his wife. Mainly he loved doing things with his family.