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Chaplain (Ret. Col.) Willis Warren Wessman, 88, Topeka, Kan., formerly of Red Wing, passed away Sunday at his home. He was born Oct. 18, 1920, in Cokato, Minn., the son of George and Beda (Lindberg) Wessman. He was a graduate of Augsburg College in Minnesota and Bethel College and Seminary in Minnesota. Willis served in the U.S. Navy from October 1944 to June 1946. He later served in the Army as chaplain from February 1951 until his retirement in March of 1979. He served during World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras. He married Dolores Poole on Aug. 30, 1946.
Donald Carl Rieck of Ellsworth was born May 16, 1926, in Red Wing, Minn., to Bernhard and Elsa (Hauschildt) Rieck. Don was called home to eternal rest on Saturday at the age of 83. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, Frontenac, Minn. He married Connie Swanson on April 8, 1950, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Red Wing. In 1952 they purchased the Henry Swanson farm (Trenton Township) and in 1991 they moved to their home on Humble Avenue in Ellsworth, Wis. He loved the farm life, going to auctions, trips to Branson, Mo., and especially his John Deere tractors.
Gary LeRoy Jones, 66, of Red Wing, died Saturday at his home after a short battle with cancer. He was born on June 5, 1943, in Mankato, Minn., to Donald and VaLaine (Hanson) Jones. He grew up on the family farm and graduated in 1961 from Lake Crystal High School. On June 22, 1963, he married Carole Riess in New Ulm, Minn. They lived near Mankato where he worked for Kraft Foods in New Ulm, 7-up Bottling Co. in Mankato and then for Taystee Bread for over 20 years until the early 1990's. They moved to Red Wing in December of 1970.
Thomas Edward Carnel, 58, of Cannon Falls, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday afternoon after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Tom was born May 22, 1951, in Red Wing, the son of Robert J. and Irene C. (Lynch) Carnel. He grew up in the Cannon Falls area and graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1969. He attended Mankato State University and went to work with the Carlson Company in the travel business. He was a freelance incentive travel director, and enjoyed traveling the world.
The Funeral Mass for Augusta "Gussie" C. Schuster will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City, with Father Richard J. Dernek officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Lake City. Mrs. Schuster, 93, of Lake City, died early Friday morning, July 24, 2009, at the Lake City Medical Center. Augusta Christina Roth was born May 5, 1916, to Helen Roth in Goodhue County. She attended the Mary E. McCahill Institute for Elementary and High School in Lake City. On Aug. 17, 1939, she married Mervil Schuster at St.
Russell Gausman, age 78, of St. Paul Park, Minn., died on July 21, 2009, at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury. Russell Erving Gausman was born Aug. 18, 1930, in St. Paul, the son of Elmer and Aleatha (Wells) Gausman. On Feb. 1, 1951, he was united in marriage to Jean Berdt in St. Paul.
Evelyn Elaine "Dolly" Winsor, 88, of Red Wing, died on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Deer Crest in Red Wing. She was born in Red Wing on April 26, 1921, to Amanda (Johnson) and David Winblad. She graduated from Central High School in 1939. After graduation she worked in the office of the Red Wing Shoe Company for several years. She married Willard C. Fischer in Red Wing on June 26, 1943. He passed away on April 4, 1947. She married Mark F. Winsor in Red Wing on April 14, 1951.
Funeral Mass for Robert "Bob" R. Olson will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, West Albany in rural Millville, Minn., with Father Richard J. Dernek officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Olson, 72, of Red Wing, died Monday at his home. Robert Ralph Olson was born Aug. 20, 1936, to Oscar and Alice (Ackerman) Olson in Wabasha, Minn. He attended rural West Albany School in Wabasha County, and graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City. @death of veteran: He served in the U.S. Army.
Margaret O. Leerssen, 88, of Lake City died Monday at the Lake City Nursing Home, Hospice. Margaret was born Aug. 18, 1920, to Orie (Olive Krause) Hislop in Minneapolis. She graduated from Lake City High School in Lake City in 1938. She married Herman W. Leerssen on Sept. 19, 1938, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lake City. Margaret worked as a kidney dialysis home technician for Alvin Allers. She was the first person in Wabasha County to offer this in home care. She also worked as a ward clerk at the Lake City Hospital for 30 years. Her husband, Herman, passed away in 1988.
Erik Leroy Tri, 39, of Red Wing, died on Saturday, July 18, 2009 as a result of a massive heart attack. Erik was born on Aug. 18, 1969, in Minneapolis, the only child of Eddy and Pat (Gustafson) Tri. He graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1987. He married Christine Anderson on April 15, 1996, in Las Vegas, and they just celebrated their 13th anniversary this year. Erik had been employed as a machinist for D.L. Ricci, Intek Plastics, and currently at Tempco Corporation in Mendota Heights. He was a member of the Bellechester American Legion Post 598.