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Kenneth Abraham


Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Abraham, 77, of Canton, a former Harmony funeral director, died April 21, 2003 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.

Born Aug. 29, 1925, in Winona, he attended Winona Public Schools and joined the Navy after graduating from Winona Senior High in 1943. Trained as a medic, he served in the Asiatic Pacific theater, the Netherlands East India south of the Philippines and later on the USS Sanborn, APA 193, and received several decorations, including two battle stars. Following his discharge in 1946, he attended Winona State College, graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science in 1948 and after receiving a degree from Winona State in 1949 was employed by a Winona funeral home. In 1962 he purchased the funeral home in Harmony and built the new facility in 1965. Mr. Abraham moved to Canton in 1977 after selling the funeral business to Lindstrom's in Cresco, Iowa. His first wife, the former Iva Bess, preceded him in death. On Sept. 30, 1972, he married Elinor Willford Hall in South St. Paul.

Survivors include his wife; three stepsons, K. John Hall of Bloomington, Minn., Byron Hall of Canton and Steven (Joanne) Hall of Mount Horeb, Wis.; two stepdaughters, Rosanne (Charles) Gebert of Burnsville, Minn., and Trudy (Fred) Horihan of Mabel; 11 stepgrandchildren; three brothers, Allyn (Ruth) of Eau Claire, Wis., Robert (Lois) of Winona and Richard (Merida) of Shoreview, Minn.; and a sister, Ruth (Donald) Marg of Winona. He was preceded in death by a son and a daughter.

The funeral was April 24, 2003 at Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton, with the Rev. James Scaife officiating. Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.

Steven Smith

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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Steven Smith, 49, of Rochester, formerly of Spring Valley, died April 14, 2003 at his home.

He was born March 5, 1954, in Preston to Melvin and Beverly (Eich) Smith. He graduated from Stewartville High School. Mr. Smith worked ..... 
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Fern Emma Simpson

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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Fern Emma Simpson, 92, of Winona died on April 17, 2003, at the Lake Winona Manor. She was formerly of 476 Kerry Drive, The Kensington and Lamberton Residence before moving to Lake Winona Manor.

Fern was born on September 21, 19 ..... 
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Mary Irene Frank

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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Mary Irene Frank, 45, of Minneapolis, formerly of Preston, died of health complications April 14, 2003 at her home.

Born Sept. 4, 1957, in Rochester, the daughter of Mavis and Lyle Frank, she attended Preston public schools, an ..... 
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Nancy Chrestensen

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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Nancy Chrestensen, 71, of Yuma, formerly of Chatfield, died April 6, 2003 at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Nancy Gordon was born Sept. 26, 1931, in St. Charles, and after graduating from Chatfield High School in 1949, she was a ..... 
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William Sermeus Jr.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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William "Bill" Theodore Sermeus Jr., 59, of Lanesboro, former co-owner of Mrs. B's Historic Inn and Restaurant, died of brain cancer April 4, 2003 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where he had been a patient three months.

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Leta A. Rongley

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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Leta A. Rongley, 78, of Prosper, died April 4, 2003 at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.

She was born May 5, 1924, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, the daughter of Rueben and Bessie (Sheely) Wilbur. She attended school in Prosper and Canton ..... 
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Lillian Marie Lyndahl

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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Lillian Marie Lyndahl, 92, of Harmony died April 3, 2003 at her home. Lillian was born to Helmer and Anna Stigen on Feb. 11, 1911, in Wilmington, near Spring Grove, Minn. In 1934, she married Herb Lyndahl, and the couple made their home in Harmony as ..... 
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Vivian Marie Gilsdorf

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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Vivian Marie Gilsdorf, 71, of Alamogordo, N.M., formerly of Lanesboro, died March 25, 2003, in Alamogordo.

Vivian Marie Kulsrud was born Aug. 6, 1931, on the family farm near Lanesboro, grew up there and attended Preston school ..... 
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