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Rolin H. "Mike" Johnson, 80, of Lake City, Minn., passed away May 10, 2009, in Lake City after a short hospitalization. Mike was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Minneapolis to Melker and Jennie Johnson. He attended school in Mound, Minn., received his B.S. in business administration from Carthage College, Illinois, and a Masters of Science in Hospital Administration from Northwestern University in Chicago. @death of veteran: During the Korean War, he served as a staff sergeant in U.S. Army intelligence.
James "Jim" D. Krismer, 43, of Zumbro Falls, Minn., died Friday, May 8, 2009, in Hyde Park Township, Wabasha County, Minn. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church-West Albany, rural Millville, Minn., with Fathers Richard J. Dernek and Robert Meyer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends and relatives may visit from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. A prayer service will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Delna Lorraine Hawes, 55, of Maiden Rock, died Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls, Wis. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with the Rev. John Hazen officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Geraldine Gongoll, 74, Wausau, Wis., died Friday, May 8, 2009, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was a special education teacher for the D.C. Everest School District in Schofield, Wis. Survivors include two sons, William (Katy) Gongoll of Wausau, and Tim (Judy) Gongoll of De Pere; four daughters, Mary (Mark) Dearth of Wausau, Patti Jensen of Neenah, Barbi (Eric) Mogensen of West Allis and Thelma "Jodi" Behnke of Denver, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Services were held Monday at Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest-St. Mary's Oratory, Wausau, Wis.
Nicholas "Nick" Allen Bayer, 29, of Ellsworth, passed away after a tragic accident on Friday, May 8, 2009. He was born in Red Wing, Minn., on May 26, 1979, to Randy and Sandra (Hanson) Bayer. Nick loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He belonged to the Ellsworth Fire Department and the Ellsworth Hubbers baseball team. He loved baseball and football with his favorite teams being the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins.
Harold W. Apely, 85, of rural Lake City, died Friday evening at his home. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Lake City, with Pastor Dennis J. Valleau officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
Douglas "Doug" V. Blethen, 67, of Lake City, died at his home early Thursday morning. Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church with Fathers Richard Dernek and James Russell officiating. @Normal: Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites by the Lake City American Legion Post 110 and the VFW Post 8729. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday. Memorials are preferred to St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church Building Fund. Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, handled arrangements.
Charles Beck, 60Charles W. Beck, 60, of Zumbrota, died on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Zumbrota with Father Tim Dolan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, May 10, 2009, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and on Monday one hour prior to the mass at the church. Charles William Beck was born Feb.
Thomas Earl Riniker, age 58, of Minneapolis, passed away May 4, 2009. He was born in Red Wing, Jan. 5, 1951, to Earl and Mary Riniker and graduated from St. Thomas Academy. Tom was a USMC veteran and served his country in Vietnam. He received his Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master's degree from the University of Oregon. Tom was an educator of the deaf and hard of hearing for 30 years, including 28 years at Intermediate District 287 in Hennepin County. He was passionate about nature, humanitarian causes, politics, and the Minnesota Twins.
Eugene Harold Manfred, age 72, of Red Wing, died on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at his home. Gene was born on April 20, 1937, in Red Wing, the son of Earl and Helen (Froisland) Manfred. Gene grew up in the Ellsworth area and graduated from Ellsworth High School. He worked as a deputy for the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Ralston Purina in Hager City, and Lee Lines in Red Wing. Gene was united in marriage to Kathy Klecker on May 18, 1963, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. The couple moved to Red Wing shortly after getting married.