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Joseph G. Westby


Fri, Jul 27th, 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, Jul 27th, 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, Jul 27th, 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, Jul 27th, 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

Fri, Jul 27th, 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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John G. Schimming

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Mr. Schimming, 68, of rural Canton, a retired Navy commander, died Friday (July 20, 2001) at his home.

He was born May 25, 1933, in Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from high school and college. He joined the Navy in 1951. On May 12, 1955, he ma ..... 
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Arden M. Nepstad

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Mr. Nepstad, 85, a retired farmer and fish hatchery worker, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday (July 19, 2001) at Harmony Health Care Center where he resided since 1996.

He was born Oct. 24, 1915, in Lanesboro, and graduated from Lanesboro ..... 
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Jerry Laumb

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Mr. Laumb, 51, of Rushford, died Saturday (July 21, 2001) at his home of cancer.

He was born Jan. 27, 1950, in LaCrosse, Wis. He married Barbara Carrier on March 16, 1968. He worked at Farmer's Elevator in Rushford for nine years and at Cene ..... 
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James Joseph Bradt

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Mr. Bradt, 64, of Chatfield, a longtime Tuohy Furniture Corp. employee, died of complications of cancer Thursday (July 19, 2001) at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis where he had been a patient for three weeks.

Born Jan. 12, ..... 
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