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Valerie Jeanne Olson


Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Valerie Jeanne Olson, 69, a longtime member of the Lanesboro community passed away November 11, 2014 at her home in Whalan.

Valerie was born August 14, 1945 in Lanesboro to Richard and Mary (Lobland) Aske. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1963. On April 3, 1965 she married Dale Olson at the Whalan Lutheran Church. She was a lifetime member of Whalan Lutheran Church and an active WELCA member. Val was very active in the community. She co-chaired the Plaza Project, the building of the gazebo and playground, the tree planting project, many Fourth of July tournaments, trail openings and Standstill Parades. For 37 years she owned and operated Val’s Beauty Shop in Lanesboro.

She was well known for her baking skills, especially her lefse, flatbread, and her paper-thin molasses cookies, which she graciously shared with friends and neighbors.

She thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren, Steven, Stephanie, and Chais. She loved to bake their favorites and always had the cookie jar full when she knew they were coming.

She was an accomplished crotcheter who made many afghans, pot holders, and dish cloths. She loved scrubbies, in fact she was known as the “scrubby lady” because she loved to give them away. Bird watching was a hobby she also enjoyed, as did many friends who came to visit.

Valerie will be remembered for her kind heart and always being willing to help her family and friends. Valerie is survived by her son, Jon of Decorah, Iowa and daughter, Sondra (Scott) McElmury, of Lanesboro; grandchildren, Steven McElmury, Stephanie McElmury, and Chais Olson; brothers and sisters: Marge (Hyatt) King of Dallas, Bonny (Dick) Engen of Whalan, Glady (Rick) Nord of Stewartville, Robert Engen of Cashton, Wisc., and Tom Engen of Mabel; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Aske of Mabel and Carol Olson of Minneapolis. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Valerie was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; parents; brother, Michael Aske; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Olson.

A Celebration of Life service was held for Valerie at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Whalan Lutheran Church with Rev. Pat Hinkie officiating.

Visitation took place at the church on Saturday, December 6, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial followed the service at the church cemetery.

Shirley Copeman

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Private family services will be held for Shirley Copeman. Shirley Copeman, age 79, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.. Shirley Stein was born to Frank and Edna Stein on June ..... 
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Diane Meyer

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

On the evening of Thursday, November 20, 2014, Diane Lou Meyer of Fountain passed away at home with her family at her side after a short illness. Diane was born March 3, 1939 in Guthrie Center, Iowa to Victor and Beula Towne. Following high school, ..... 
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Richard Wildgrube

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Richard “Dick” Wildgrube, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Hospital ER. Dick was born March 10, 1932, in Winona, Minn., the son of Roy and Marie (Troppman) Wildgrube. He was a graduat ..... 
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Carol Tufte

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Carol A. Tufte, 74, of Lanesboro, died at her home Thursday, November 13, 2014. Carol was born in Lanesboro on November 7, 1940 to Arthur and Ethel (Flattum) Rasmussen. She attended school in Lanesboro and graduated from Lanesboro High School ..... 
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Lewis Hanna

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Lewis Edward Hanna was born February 28, 1928 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Lewis and Thelma (Jewell) Hanna. He died on Nov. 16, 2014 at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Rochester, Minn. Lewis grew up in Battle Creek and joined the Merchant Marines a ..... 
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Janet Rathbun

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Janet Rathbun was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Our Saviors; Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn. Burial took place in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Visitation was held an hour prior to the service at the church o ..... 
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Steve Sanders

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Memorial services for Steve Sanders will be held 11 a.m.. Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn. Burial will take place in the Etna Cemetery. Visitation will be held an hour before the service at the chu ..... 
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Lucretia Faye Moran

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Lucretia “Lucy” Faye Moran, 57, of Winona and formerly of Peterson, Minn. died on Saturday, November 08, 2014, at Sauer Home in Winona, Minn. Lucy was born on January 9, 1957, at the Johnson Hospital in Lanesboro, Minn. to Clair and Clenora (Hj ..... 
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