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John R. Koch


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

John R. Koch, age 82, of Spring Valley, Minn., died suddenly Monday morning, September 29, 2014, at his home.

John was born April 4, 1932, at the family home in Vienna Township, Dane Co., Wisc., to John Leo and Anne (Keller) Koch. He attended school and was a 1951 graduate of Lodi High School. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1951 – 1955, as a Seaman 1st Class, on the USS Gilbert Islands, during the Korean War. He returned to Lodi, where he worked at a service station in Dane, Wisc. He married Helen Gallagher on June 16, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lodi. The couple moved with their family to LaCrosse, Wisc., where he worked as a truck driver for the Kroger Co., moving to Spring Valley in 1972, where he drove for Ruan. He retired in 1993 from Wayne Transport. He had been a part time employee at Stier Steel in Spring Valley for the past 20 years. For the past 17 years the couple had been wintering in Apache Junction, Ariz.

He had been a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, the Knights of Columbus, the Spring Valley American Legion, and the Teamsters Union.

John is survived by his wife, Helen; three daughters, Jean (Glen) McNamara, Carol (Will) Fenstermacher, and Sharon (Robert) Orman, all of Spring Valley; one son, John D. (Sherree) Koch of Caledonia; honorary daughter, Barb (David) Buschmann of Grand Meadow; seven grandchildren, Nevin (Hannah) Fenstermacher, Jacob (Elissa Vega) Fenstermacher, Christian (Ali) Fenstermacher, Douglas McNamara, Brian McNamara, Jennifer (Christopher) Barber and Eric Orman; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Molony of Lodi, Wisc., Anne Kern of Waunakee, Wisc., and Lucille Clemens of Dane, Wisc.; and one brother, Martin (Marlene) Koch of Oregon, Wisc. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert John Orman; and one sister, Laurie Reese.

There was a funeral Mass 11 a.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Following services, his body was cremated and his ashes are to be buried in the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. Friends called at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley, 4 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday and at the church on Thursday an hour before the service. A Rosary was held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Gordon R. Hatlei

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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Gordon R. Hatleli, 88, of Rushford, Minn. died on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisc. Gordon was born on September 10, 1926, to Christ and Cora (Carlson) Hatleli in Peterson, Minn. He attended schoo ..... 
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Florence Ida Brown

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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Florence Ida Brown, 91, went to be with her Lord on Friday, September 26, 2014. She was born November 20, 1922, in Winona, to Albert and Beaulah (Grimson) Steyer. Florence grew up in Winona and was a graduate of Winona Senior High School. Before ..... 
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Elaine F. Nelson

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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Elaine F. Nelson-Greene passed away July 22, 2014, in Sequim, Wash. at the age of 95. She was born February 2, 1919 in Wykoff, Minn. Elaine grew up with five brothers. She married LeRoy H. Nelson at age 18, had two sons, then moved to Seattle ..... 
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Alfred A. Soma

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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Alfred A. Soma, age 94, of Harmony, Minn. died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Harmony Health Care Center in Harmony, Minn. Memorial Services were 7:00 pm, Thursday, Oct 2 at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, where friends called from 6 ..... 
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Carolyn Maxine Tienter

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
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Carolyn Maxine Tienter of Preston, Minn., was born March 29, 1929, in Carimona Township, Fillmore Co., Minn., the daughter of Earl and Edna (Ramaker) Carrier. She attended Oak Grove country school in Carimona township and was a 1948 graduate of Pre ..... 
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Orval D. Steinmetz

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
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Orval Steinmetz, 85, of Harmony, Minn., passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, Wisc. Funeral services for Orval D. Steinmetz will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Lindstrom Funeral Home ..... 
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Marjorie “Marge” Sikkink

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
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Marjorie “Marge” Sikkink, age 86 of Harmony, Minn. died Monday morning, September 22, 2014 at the Harmony Health Care Center in Harmony, Minn. Memorial Services were held at 1 pm Friday, September 26, at the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony ..... 
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Kay Ellen Sherwood

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
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Kay Ellen Sherwood, age 56, peacefully passed away Sept. 24, 2014 at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn. after a short battle with stage four small cell lung cancer. Kay was born November 14, 1957 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester., Minn. K ..... 
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