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Thelma Korsness


Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Thelma Korsness, age 73, of rural Decorah, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, Minn.

Thelma was born March 17, 1941 in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Guy and Thea (Torresdal) Nelson. She grew up on a farm south of the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed. She attended rural country school and in 1959 she graduated from Decorah High School. As a child she learned to play the piano and violin. After graduation she worked as a bookkeeper for Anundsen Publishing in Decorah. On March 17, 1961 she married Lester Korsness at Hesper Lutheran Church. They farmed in Hesper Township on the farm where Lester was raised.

Thelma played the organ and piano, and sang at Hesper Lutheran Church as well as many of the area churches. She enjoyed getting kids and young adults active in music. For more than 20 years she volunteered as an accompanist for North Winneshiek School music students. She enjoyed making bread, rolls, donuts, lefse, and Norwegian pastries like rosettes and krumkake. Through the years Thelma was active in the Farm Bureau Chorus, Sons of Norway, the annual Friends Christmas Cantata, and helped out with the lutefisk suppers and Steam Engine Days stands.

When the kids were in school, Lester and Thelma opened their home to two foreign exchange students from Norway. Hanne Kalstad lived with them for the 1980-81 school year, and Erik Eggum lived with them for the 1985-86 school Year.

Thelma is survived by her husband Lester; four children Lois (Edward) Darrington of Brookings, South Dakota, Martha (Mark) Jepsen of Center Point, Iowa, Linda (Jeff) Hernes of Shoreview, Minn., and Paul (Nicolle) Korsness of Decorah; 12 grandchildren Joseph and Jonathan Darrington, Heidi (Bryce) Muenchow, Tyler, Nathan (Lauren), and Joel Jepsen, Brian and Melissa Hernes, and Kelsie, Dylan, Cameron, and Jensen Korsness; a sister Margaret Place of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; and two Norwegian exchange students Hanne Kalstad-Vestaby and Erik Eggum. She was preceded in death by her parents and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday April 25, 2014 at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Reverend Matt Larson officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery.

Carol Marie Hadoff

Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Carol Marie Hadoff, 52, of Chatfield, Minn., died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Carol Vitse was born on July 7, 1961 in Lanesboro, Minn., the daughter of Wa ..... 
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Minar O. Therneau

Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Minar O. Therneau, age 88, of Spring Valley, Minn. died Saturday April 19, 2014 at his home. Minar Otis Therneau was born on June 1, 1925, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Otis and Emily (Bussell) Therneau. He lived with his parents and his brother Glod ..... 
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Pamela Sue Burns

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Pamela Sue Burns Miller, 65, of rural Wykoff, Minn., died April 11, 2014 at her home unexpectedly of natural causes. Pamela was born March 29, 1949 in Bloomington, Ill. Pamela worked as a home health care aid for many years. Pamela enjoyed c ..... 
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Ronald William Ramlo, Sr.

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Ronald William Ramlo, Sr., 100, of Canton, Minn. passed away on April 12, 2014 at Green Lea Manor in Mabel, Minn. Ronald was born June 29, 1913, on a farm near Burr Oak, IA to William and Hallie (Hitchcock) Ramlo and was the eldest of nine children. ..... 
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Craig Laverne Asleson

Thu, Apr 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Craig Laverne Asleson, 56, of Faribault, Minn., died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the District One Hospital in Fairbult. Craig was born January 10, 1958 in Rochester, Minn. to Laverne and Arlis (Lietz) Asleson. He attended Dover-Eyota schools. Crai ..... 
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Gordon “Gordy” Kallis

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Gordon “Gordy” Kallis, age 55, of Mabel, Minn. died Thursday, April 10, 2014. Gordy was born November 3, 1958 in Caledonia, Minn. to Rodney and Beverly (Holland) Kallis. He graduated from the Mabel-Canton High School in 1977. On August 26, 198 ..... 
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Danny Joseph Ellis

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Danny Joseph Ellis, of Eyota, Minn., died April 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Danny was born September 22, 1951 to Fred and Helen Ellis. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1969. He joined the Army in 1969 and did a tou ..... 
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Elmer John Sass

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Elmer John Sass, 84, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at his home in rural Chatfield, Minn. Elmer was born October 6, 1929 to Lawrence & Odelia (Wallerich) Sass in Wabasha County. He was baptized at Albany Catholic Church.On October 17, 1953 he married Ma ..... 
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