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Joseph G. Westby


Fri, Sep 14th, 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, Sep 14th, 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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Doris L. Svebakken

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Doris L. Svebakken, 85, of Waukon, Iowa, mother of Roger (Llonamae) Svebakken of Spring Valley, died Aug. 25, 2001 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon following a lengthy illness.

She is also survived by a daughter.

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Margaret E. Sikkink

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Margaret E. Sikkink, 76, of rural Harmony, died August 26, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Margaret Boese was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Madison, S.D., the daughter of August and Irene (Kuehn) Boese. In her youth, she lived in Lakota, ..... 
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Helen R. Hughes

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Helen R. Hughes, 81, of rural Chatfield, a registered nurse, died Sept. 5, 2001 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Helen R. Foley was born Oct. 4, 1919, in rural Murdock, MN, grew up there and graduated from Murdock High School. In June 19 ..... 
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Raymond Gordon Harrington

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Raymond Gordon Harrington, 76, of LeRoy, a longtime area farmer, died Sept. 2, 2001 at his home of injuries suffered in a farm accident.

Born June 7, 1925, in Red Rock Township, Mower County, he moved with his family from Maryville to a ..... 
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Helen R. Hughes

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Helen R. Hughes, 81, of rural Chatfield, a registered nurse, died Sept. 5, 2001 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Helen R. Foley was born Oct. 4, 1919, in rural Murdock, MN, grew up there and graduated from Murdock High School. In June 1943 s ..... 
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Russell L. Stevenson Sr.

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Russell L. Stevenson Sr., 83, a longtime Lime Springs area farmer, died September 10, 2001 at the Cresco, Iowa Care Center.

He was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Decorah, Iowa, and lived there until moving to Maple Leaf, Iowa with his family at age ..... 
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Anna Ida Schwier

Fri, Sep 14th, 2001
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Anna Ida Schwier, 90, of Wykoff, died September 7, 2001 at Season's Hospice in Rochester.

Anna Ida Linnemeyer was born April 13, 1911, in Wykoff, daughter of Henry and Mary Oldenburg Linnemeyer. She attended St. John's parochial school thro ..... 
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