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Joseph G. Westby


Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Joseph Gerhard Westby, 94, died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the Clarion Health Care Center, where he was a resident.

Mr. Westby was born December 18, 1906, to Christian and Dora (Elefson) Westby on their family farm near Rushford, Minnesota.

He graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1928. For 17 years he taught history and band in several Iowa towns. He married Blanche Paulson, who was also a history teacher, in 1934. Mr. Westby earned his Master of Arts in music from the University of Iowa in 1940. He returned to Forest City in 1945 and began employment with the New York Life Insurance Company. In 1965, he became a Chartered Life Underwriter for NYLIC. Mr. Westby served on the school board and the city council in Forest City, as well as several civic organizations. He and his family were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Following his retirement in 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Westby lived briefly in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas before returning to Forest City, Iowa. After the death of his first wife in 1981, he married Vera Frowick Peterson in 1982. They lived in Decorah and Mesa, Arizona before moving to Clarion in 1992. They lived at the Meadows Retirement Home and attended First Lutheran Church in Clarion. Musically gifted, Mr. Westby led or participated in bands and choirs throughout his adult life. He was also a very skilled golfer, an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter Margaret (John) Wold of Evanston, Illinois.

A funeral service was held Sunday, July 15 at Highland Prairie Church near Rushford, Minnesota. Internment was conducted at Highland Prairie Cemetery.

Arrangements were provided by Willim Funeral Home, Clarion, and Hoff Funeral Home-Cook Chapel, Rushford.
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David P. Reed

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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David P. Reed, 58, of Peterson, an employee of TRW Automotive in Rushford, died July 9, 2001 at Winona Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Born July 13, 1942, he grew up in Rock Dell Township, Olmsted County, and gr ..... 
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Gerda A. Redalen

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Gerda A. Redalen, 84, of Chatfield, died July 6, 2001 en route to St. Marys Hospital.

Gerda Flaby was born Dec. 12, 1916, in rural Lanesboro. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1934. She married Tracy Redalen on June 27, 1943, in ru ..... 
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Lyle W. Mathison

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Lyle W. Mathison, 82, of rural Preston, died July 6, 2001 at Preston Good Samaritan Home, where he had resided just more than one year.

He was born Sept. 25, 1918, in Forestville Township in Fillmore County and attended Forestville school. O ..... 
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Corolla R. Fingerson

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Corolla R. Fingerson, 95, of Chatfield, a former farm homemaker, died July 8, 2001 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had resided since 1998.

Corolla R. Sundet was born March 10, 1906, in rural Fountain, grew up in the area ..... 
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Kathryn Ann Niemeyer

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Mrs. Niemeyer, 84, of Chatfield, a homemaker, died of cancer Sunday (July 15, 2001) at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had lived since May 1999.

Kathryn McCormick was born March 25, 1917, in Lewiston, graduated from Chatfie ..... 
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Herman William Henry Henselin

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Mr. Henselin, 82, of Chatfield, a retired farmer, died Monday (July 16, 2001) en route to a Rochester hospital.

Born June 29, 1919, in Caledonia, he lived there until 1946 and then in rural Stewartville until moving to Chatfield in 1969. He c ..... 
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Helen M. Martin

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Helen M. Martin, 85, of Bloomington, a former Chatfield and Rochester teacher, died July 10, 2001 in Edina, Minn.

Helen M. Hitchcock was born July 15, 1915, in Chatfield. She taught in Chatfield schools and later in Rochester schools.
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Alice M. Fairclough

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Mrs. Fairclough, 83, of Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, a homemaker, died Friday (July 13, 2001) after a brief illness.

Alice M. Erickson was born Sept. 7, 1917, in Lanesboro. She married Thomas Henry Fairclough on Sept. 21, 1940, at ..... 
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