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Donald Wayne Zellweger, 92 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:46

Donald Wayne Zellweger passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 92 years old.

He was born on August 14, 1922 to Samuel Lawrence Zellweger and Nellie Theresa (Proctor) Zellweger in Wilton Township Sec #34, Waseca County, Minnesota. He was delivered at home on the farm by a midwife, Jenny Nelson, a daughter of Asa Sutlief, the first settler in Waseca County.

Donald attended Country School District #49 through eighth grade and graduated from New Richland High School in 1940. 

After high school, Donald attended trade school from 1940-41 with United Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas and subsequently worked for Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, New York on the landing gear for the first experimental jet airplanes built in the United States.

Vlasta Johnson, 87 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:43

Vlasta Johnson, 87 formerly of Austin, MN, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Albert Lea.

Vlasta Hrabak was born August 7, 1927 in London Township of Freeborn County, Minnesota the daughter of Josef and Wilhelmina (Kopp) Hrabak. She graduated from Austin High School. Vlasta worked as a secretary for the Charles Fox Candy Company in Austin.  She was married to Dale Alden Johnson on June 22, 1947 at London, MN.

Vlasta was a long time member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. After starting her family, she was a “stay at home” wife and mother. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and playing cards with the neighbors. Vlasta loved spending time with the grandchildren and the great grandchildren, enjoying their many sleepovers at “Grandma V’s.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dale, sister MaryAnn Rezac and brother Joseph Hrabak.

Earl Lorenz Klinger, 81 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015 10:43

Memorial services for Earl L. Klinger will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Richland, MN. Reverend Scott Williams will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in rural New Richland.

Earl L. Klinger, of Ellendale, MN, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He was 81 years old. Earl was born on October 11, 1933 to Elsie (Kroeger) and Lorenz Klinger in Otisco, MN. He attended a rural elementary school and went to high school in New Richland. Earl has lived in the New Richland and Ellendale area his whole life.

On November 13, 1953, Earl married the love of his life, Janis Nesdahl, at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in rural Ellendale. They have been longtime members at St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Richland and briefly belonged to First Lutheran Church in Ellendale as well.

Earl has held jobs at Owatonna Scrap Iron, Blount, Trails Travel Center, Geneva Liquor, and owned a restaurant in Ellendale. He was a member of the church council as well as the Lions Club and Eagles Club.

Eleanor V. Schember, 87 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 May 2015 18:43

A Celebration of Life service for Eleanor V. Schember will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Salem Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. The Reverend Mark Niethammer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Eleanor passed away on May 16, 2015 at Hidden Creek Estates, Albert Lea. She was 87 years old.

Eleanor V. (Fischer) Schember was born on February 19, 1928 to Jacob and Rose (Nagel) Fischer on the Standing Rock Reservation in McLaughlin, SD. Eleanor was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith. The family moved to the New Richland area, where she graduated high school.

Alice Gulbrandson, 94 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 May 2015 11:18

Funeral services for Alice Gulbrandson, age 94, of Albert Lea will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015 at East Freeborn Lutheran Church. Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at East Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Alice died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society.

Alice Gulbrandson was born May 30, 1920 in New Richland, the daughter of Oscar and Clara (Knudson) Rugroden.  She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland. Alice graduated from New Richland High School and went on to graduate from the Mankato Teachers College. She taught at Geneva, Lerdal and Hoidal Schools. On September 27, 1947 Alice was united in marriage to Howard Gulbrandson in New Richland. Alice continued substitute teaching for a short time at Lerdal School after her marriage.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 11:45

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