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Merlyn Helland


Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries



Merlyn Helland, age 81, of Hesper, Iowa died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his home.

Merlyn was born November 29, 1933 in Hesper Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa to Chester and Hannah (Rotvold) Helland. He attended the Chase Country School and then graduated from the Mabel High School, where he was active in 4-H and basketball. He worked at the Mabel Creamery the last two years of school then drove truck for Curtis Wennes Trucking. On September 24, 1955 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Masters at the Hesper Lutheran Church. They farmed near Hesper and did custom baling and combining until retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Hesper Lutheran Church, Winneshiek Historical Society, and the Hesper Mabel Area Historical society. He loved serving his community by serving on the church council, the North Winn School Board, Midland Coop Board, and Aase Haugen Board. He enjoyed woodworking, roller skating, skiing, puzzles, fishing, motorcycles, and playing dartball.

Merlyn is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of rural Decorah; four children: Steven (Deanna) of Phoenix, Ariz., Diane (Gene) Tesmer of Knob Noster, Mo., Cindy (Philip) Nagel of Harmony, Minn., and Lisa (Richard) Nielsen of Calmar, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris (Robert) Doely of Spring Grove, Minn.; a brother, Paul (Joanne) Helland of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sister-in-law, Ellen Waters of Dows, Iowa; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mikkel “Mike”; brother-in-law, George Waters; and three nephews: Timmy and Mike Waters, and Kevin Helland.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Rev. Matt Larson, officiating. Burial took place in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was 4 – 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the Hesper Lutheran Church and one hour prior to services at the church. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted with arrangements.

Trysten James Churchill

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries

Trysten James Churchill passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving family at Rochester Methodist Hospital. A beautiful baby boy was delivered into the loving hands of his parents, Holland M. Lidke and Barrett J. Churchill and his sister J ..... 
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Raymond Schmidt

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Raymond William Schmidt, age 87, of rural Fountain, Minn., died Monday morning, March 2, 2015, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Ray was born May 31, 1927, on the family farm in rural Fountain the son of William and Lottie (Raabe) Schmidt. He ..... 
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Helen Ohlsen

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Helen Ohlsen died Feb. 18, 2015 in Eugene, Oreg. of Alzheimer’s and age-related causes. She was born May 24, 1916 in Harmony, Minn. to Hogan and Ida Oistad. She was baptized and confirmed at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, Minn., and tha ..... 
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Orval Howard Amdahl

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Orval Howard Amdahl, 95, of Lanesboro, died peacefully surrounded by family at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Orval was born May 26, 1919, to Alfred and Alphine (Sickle) Amdahl. He graduated from Lanesboro High Schoo ..... 
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Norman Herbert Allen

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Norman Herbert Allen, 85, of Chatfield, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Nursing Home in Chatfield, of natural causes. He had lived there since November 2007. Norman was born June 15, 1929, in Chatfield to George Herbert a ..... 
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Melva Aske

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Melva Aske, age 93 of Mabel, Minn. and formerly of Spring Grove, passed away Fri., Feb. 20, 2015 at Green Lea Manor in Mabel. She was born on Feb. 18, 1922 to Edwin and Susie (Thompson) Sickle, in Lanesboro, Minn. and baptized on April 7, 1922. ..... 
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Mary Frances Hall

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Mary Frances Hall, 86, of Lanesboro, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Harmony Health Care Center where she had resided for one month. Mary Frances was born Oct. 19, 1928, in Wabasha, to Leo and Lucille (Helsaple) Hager. She attended school in ..... 
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Hazel Shriven

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Hazel Shriven, age 94, of Mabel, Minn., died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Hazel was born April 7, 1920 in Mabel, Minn. to Andrew and Hannah (Arneson). She attended Mabel Elementary and High School, graduating ..... 
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