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Joseph G. Westby


Fri, Aug 17th, 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

Fri, Aug 17th, 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

Fri, Aug 17th, 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

Fri, Aug 17th, 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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Ivan DuMez Snyder

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Ivan DuMez Snyder, 77, of Sumner Center Township, Fillmore County, a longtime area farmer, died August 9, 2001 at his home.

He was born May 6, 1924, in Spring Valley, grew up in the Spring Valley-Ostrander area, and farmed in the area all hi ..... 
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Frances Hamlin Norby

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Frances Hamlin Norby, 80, of Bennington Township, a retired school teacher, died August 11, 2001 at Ostrander Nursing Home.

Frances Hamlin was born Dec. 8, 1920, near Spring Valley, graduated from LeRoy High School and attended Winona State ..... 
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Esther I. Johnson

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Esther I. Johnson, 80, died August 8, 2001 at her home in Peterson.

Esther Irene Johnson was born April 9, 1921 in Peterson, MN to Christ and Ella (Koljord) Johnson. Esther lived in Minneapolis and worked for Daytons for 37 years. Upon retir ..... 
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Irene Gertrude Hingeveld

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Irene Gertrude Hingeveld, 88, a resident of Ostrander Nursing Home, formerly of Cherry Grove and Wykoff, died August 10, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Irene Gertrude Prinsen was born Oct. 20, 1912, in Greenleafton and attended a ..... 
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Anna "Ann" Wilhelmina Schultz Bush

Fri, Aug 17th, 2001
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Anna "Ann" Wilhelmina Schultz Bush, 86, of Preston, formerly of Dubuque, died August 9, 2001 at Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.

Anna "Ann" Wilhelmina Schultz was born Aug. 29, 1914, in Preston, the daughter of Richard and Pauline (Bender) ..... 
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