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Kay Christine Hines Laging


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances (Williams) Hines. Kay’s father was a professional musician and she traveled summers with her dad and mom as he played at various venues. She spent time in New York City where her dad’s band won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts program and pig-tailed Kay got Julius LaRosa’s autograph.

Kay graduated from Rochester High School where she was a member of Choral groups, International Relations, Girls Club, Annual, Rifle Team and Student Council among others. She began a lifelong interest in the Spanish language and attended a summer session at the University of Mexico in Mexico City with good friends, Marcia and Kathy.

Kay was attending Rochester J.C. while working part time at the Rochester Methodist Hospital and playing shortstop for the telephone softball team when she met Jon Laging. Kay and Jon were in a group of hospital friends and eventually started spending more and more time together. She married Jon in 1961 at the Congregational Church in Rochester. In 1962 they had twin sons, Christopher and Keller.

The family moved to Sioux Falls where Jon was personnel director at McKennan Hospital and Kay was a strong advocate for the hospital. Then to bedroom community, Dell Rapids, S.D., where Kay started attending South Dakota State University, majoring in History. She belonged to the local Art Club and directed plays at OOPS the Dell Rapids theatre group.

Kay was a portraitist and did many likenesses of friends and relatives including a special portrait of her grandmother which did a wonderful job of capturing her character. She worked for a time at Northwestern Bell while in South Dakota and was the Dell Rapids Children’s Librarian.

Kay and Jon moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Kay was able to use her Spanish language skills. Then to Salina, Kan., where Kay opened her antique shop in downtown Salina. After 12 years in Salina, Kay and Jon moved back to Minnesota to be near their aging parents. Kay again had an antique shop in their 1889 building in Preston. She contributed to the Preston community in many ways; belonging to the Preston Historical Society, active in the DFL and was on the steering committee of the group that prot .....
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Carl E. Covey

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Carl E. Covey, age 59, passed away peacefully on March 16th, 2014. Carl enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. If he wasn’t spending time with family, you could often find him riding his motorcycle, camping, or fishing. Carl is ..... 
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Willis “Willie” J. Cambern

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Willis “Willie” J. Cambern, 73, of Fountain, Minn. died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Willie was born June 28, 1940 in Preston to Daniel & Evelyn (Smith) Cambern. He attended school in Preston, where h ..... 
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R.E. “Gene” Richardson

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

R.E. “Gene” Richardson, age 89, of Harmony, Minn. died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home in Harmony. Gene was born October 3, 1924 in Harmony Township of Fillmore County to Carl and Hazel (Turnmire) Richardson. He graduated from Canton Hig ..... 
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Janice E. (Simonson) Winch of Rockford, Ill., passed away from a sudden illness on March 8, 2014. Janice was born on March 2, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of J. A. and Lucille (Nelson) Simonson and was a 1949 graduate of Preston High Sch ..... 
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Lucas John Westby

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Lucas John Westby, age 29, of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Mabel, Minn., died March 10, 2014 at the Hennepin County Medical Hospital. Lucas was born August 2, 1984 in Decorah, Iowa to John and Diane (Tollefson) Westby. He grew up in Mabel, was ..... 
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Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chris gra ..... 
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Eldor Rahn

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Eldor Rahn, 92, died at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, after a long rewarding life. Born March 15, 1921, in rural Hazen, Mercer County, N.D., to Wilhelm and Jacobina Rahn. He had seven siblings. He att ..... 
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Newell Delbert Holt

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Newell Delbert Holt, 84 of Chatfield, Minn., died Tuesday March 4, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital –Saint Marys. Newell was born January 15, 1930 to the late Stanley and Velora Holt. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean war. P ..... 
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