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Smith - Mary Jo


Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

Mary Jo Smith, 65, of Milaca, Minn., formerly of Spring Valley died December 20, 2003 in Fairview Northland Regional Hospital in Princeton, Minn. Mary Jo Rathbun was born June 14, 1938, in Sumner Township, Fillmore County. She grew up in Spring Valley and attended Wykoff public schools. She married Everett Smith Sr. on June 2, 1956, in Pleasant Grove. They lived in that area before moving to the Milaca area in 1980. She was a homemaker; farmed; worked as a school bus driver; did home catering; and was a cook at the Milaca Legion, Embers and the Hi-Way Cafe. She was a member of the Milaca Legion Auxiliary and helped with local fund-raising events.

Surviving are her husband; four sons, Dale of Wabash, Minn., Gary of Spring Valley, Everett Jr. of Foreston, Minn., and Eugene of Preston; three daughters, Evelyn Leitz of Champlin, Minn., Betty Jo Kragt of Milaca and Carole Magnuson of Zimmerman, Minn.; 23 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Cyril Rathbun of Spring Valley, Lloyd Rathbun of Brahham, Minn., Dwayne of Missouri and Perry J. Rathbun of Fillmore. She was preceded in death by two sisters, one brother and a son.

A memorial service for Mary Jo Smith, was December 23, 2003 in Milaca Alliance Church, with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca was in charge of arrangements.

Lowry - John E.

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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John E. Lowry, 91, of rural Lanesboro, a former administrator in the health field, died December 16, 2003 at his home.

He was born July 11, 1912, in Washington, Iowa, and after leaving Iowa at age 17, lived in Manzanar and San ..... 
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Gehling - Clarence Joseph

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Clarence Joseph Gehling, 83 of Grand Meadow died December 20, 2003 at his home.

He was born September 1, 1920 in Carroll, Iowa to Henry and Regina (Reiling) Gehling. He married Florence Kraus on October 20, 1943 in Roselle, IA. ..... 
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Finley - David Clayton

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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David Clayton Finley, 45, of Yishun, Singapore, formerly of Chatfield, died unexpectedly December 3, 2003, at Singapore General Hospital.

Born July 2, 1958, in Preston, he grew up in Chatfield, graduated from Chosen Valley High ..... 
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Casterton - Byron F.

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Byron F. Casterton, 96, of Harmony, formerly of Mabel and Spring Grove, died December 17, 2003 at Harmony Healthcare.

He was born Feb. 8, 1907, in Prosper, and after attending Prosper school, farmed in the area. On Dec. 4, 1941 ..... 
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Barnes - Doris

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Doris Barnes, 93, of Chatfield, a former farm homemaker and teacher, died December 21, 2003 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had lived the past two years.

Doris King was born July 24, 1910, in rural Spring V ..... 
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Anderson - Lila ‘Tippy’

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Lila ‘Tippy’ Anderson, 80, of Harmony, died December 24, 2003 at home.

She was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Elizabeth, Minn. to Gottlieb and Bergetta (Smith) Fick. As a young woman, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Lockheed in ..... 
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Main - Everett Leslie

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Everett Leslie Main, 81, of Spring Valley, formerly of Ostrander, died December 14, 2003 at Olmsted Medical Center Hospital in Rochester.

He was born Feb. 7, 1922, in Runnells, Iowa to Emory and Mary (Hadsell) Main. On Sept. 3, ..... 
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Johnson - Elsa D. ‘Sis’

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Elsa D. ‘Sis’ Johnson, 80, of Rochester, formerly of Rushford, died December 15, 2003 at her home in Fontaine Towers.

Elsa D. Youngs was born June 16, 1923, in Great Neck, N.Y., to Frederick Tolley Youngs Jr. and Elsa Jenny Aug ..... 
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