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Jerrold Arlen Tesmer


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Jerrold Arlen Tesmer, 64, of Harmony, Minn., passed away in Rochester, Minn., on Monday, April 13, 2015 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Granger with Pastor Audree Catalano officiating. Following services Jerry was laid to rest at St. Matthew Cemetery with Military rites. Friends may called from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, and at the church for an hour prior to services.

Jerry was born on January 26, 1951 to Allen and Arlene (McNee) Tesmer of rural Harmony. He was raised on their family farm and graduated from Harmony High School in 1969. After attending the University of Minnesota for one year, Jerry enlisted into the Army during the Vietnam War. While in the military, Jerry married Kathryn (Kathy) Jensson on July 28, 1973 in Riceville, Iowa. He then returned to the University and completed his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education. He taught high school agriculture in Grand Meadow for one year, whereupon a family illness brought him home. For the next ten years, Tesmer owned and operated a hog operation.

In 1987, Tesmer was asked to apply for the local county extension agent position and received his appointment that fall. While at Extension, he completed a Masters of Adult Education. His duties included providing programming for agriculture and environmental issues, assisting farmers with farm financial management, as well as a producing a weekly news column and radio program. He also served as an advisor on the statewide farm information line. Jerry’s proudest accomplishment was his Farm Safety Day Camp. The program initially began as a summer day camp for about 50 students, however, the last eight years, all fourth-grade students across Fillmore and Houston counties attend the camp. Each year, over 400 students participate in 15 stations, with the assistance of 30 presenters and 30 FFA volunteers. In 2011, Jerry was a finalist for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Search for Excellence: Farm Safety & Health Award. Jerry recently retired from the University of Minnesota Extension with over 27 years as an Agricultural Extension Educator. Through the years, he served Fillmore, Mower, Winona, and Houston counties, however, in his last position, he assisted farmers in both Fillmore and Houston counties. For all 27 years, Tesmer served the .....
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Claire Churchill

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

April 10, 2015:  Another soldier died today. He was Claire George Churchill, much admired son and brother, loyal husband, devoted father, good friend, and faithful servant.  At age 95, he passed away two weeks shy of his 96th birthday.  He bel ..... 
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David Leo Zimmer

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

David Leo Zimmer was born July 6, 1940, in Spring Valley, Minn., to Raymond and Gladys (Schmidt) Zimmer. He grew up on the Zimmer family farm outside Wykoff, Minn., one of six generations of Zimmers to grow up there. On May 3, 1963, Dave married Ge ..... 
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Todd Copeman

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Visitation for Todd Copeman was held 3-6 p.m. Sunday April 12, 2015 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley. The visitation continued at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley at 12:30 p.m., with a short servi ..... 
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Arthur Jordahl

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Arthur (Bud) Jordahl, Jr. will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. with Pastor Vern Christopherson officiating. Burial will take place in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in ..... 
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Philip Snyder

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Philip W. Snyder were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley, Minn., located one-half mile west of Kwik Trip, with the pastors Joe Haynes and Ben Snyder officiating. Visitation was he ..... 
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Loretta Staples

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Loretta Staples was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Minn., with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in ..... 
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Myranda Sylvia Evjen

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries

Myranda Sylvia Evjen, 94, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Myranda was born on July 22, 1920, at home in a log house near Choice, Minn., to Sigvard and Maria (Hongerholt) Gudmundson. On August 23, 1942, she married Raymond E. Evjen. They ..... 
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Lila Irene Moenck

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries

Lila Irene Moenck, 90, of Caledonia, died on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center, Spring Grove, Minn.Lila was born June 26, 1924, to Oluf and Agnes Andersen in Marcus, Iowa. Her parents were immigrants from Denmark and ..... 
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