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Esther E. Hanlon


Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Esther E. Hanlon, age 84, of Harmony, Minnesota passed away on August 21, 2015 at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Memorial Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, Minnesota. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 until time of services. Lindstrom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Esther was born in rural Fillmore County, Minnesota on July 8, 1931, the youngest daughter of Guy and Nora (Sanden) Soland. Esther grew up in the area, and graduated from Harmony High School with the class of 1949.

Esther was united in marriage to Thomas M. Hanlon on October 3, 1949. They made their first home in Harmony, Minnesota and then in 1952 moved to Freeport, Illinois where Thomas was a Milwaukee Railroad Depot Agent. In 1956 his work required that they move to Darien, Wisconsin. In 1960, her husband, Thomas was killed in a car accident so she and her children returned to Harmony to make their home.

Esther worked for HECO, Harmony Area Schools and Fillmore County Social Services, retiring in 1995.

Esther was very active and loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed working on her computer and iPad, listening to music, riding her bike, reading a good book, and doing crossword puzzles.

Esther was a member of Greenfield Lutheran Church. She did volunteer work at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center, Fillmore Central Schools and at her church.

Esther is survived by her five children; Susan (William) Leonhart of Guttenberg, Iowa, Thomas A. Hanlon of Wayzata, Minnesota, Gregory (Rhonda) Hanlon of Fort Worth, Texas, Pamela (James) Brink of Harmony, Minnesota, and David (Lauretta) Hanlon of Duluth, Minnesota; eleven grandchildren; Matthew Leonhart, Jennifer Leonhart, Jacob Archbold, Stacey Hanlon, Shane Hanlon, Lisa (Brandon) Bender, Chad Brink, Chris (Jessi) Brink, Andrew Brink, Pentti Hanlon and Ida Jo Pajunen; four great-grandchildren; Hannah, Melanie, and Carter Brink, and Sophia Bender; two sisters, Ilene Anderson and Darleen (LeRoy) Johnson; four sisters-in-law; Pat Soland, Gayle Hanlon, Joyce Hanlon, and Delores Hanlon; and many nieces and nephews.

Esther was proceeded in death by her husband, parents; her sister, Audrey Teslow; three brothers, LuVerne, Gerald and Guy Junior Soland.
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Michael J. Schimming

Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
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Michael J. Schimming, 58, of McHenry, IL, passed away on Thursday, August 13th, at Advocate Condell Hospital, Libertyville, Ill. after an accident at home. Mike was the husband of Linda, with whom he shared 34 years of marriage. Mike was born on J ..... 
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City of Harmony featured in documentary

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met on August 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. City Administrator Jerome Illg reported that work has begun on the 2016 budget. Illg has also been comparing the model ordinances to Harmony’s current c ..... 
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“Live Jam in Harmony” concert August 22

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

It is time again for another “Live Jam in Harmony” concert! Another celebration of local music is scheduled for Saturday, August 22 at the Old Legion Hall, 35 1st Ave NW, Harmony, Minn., starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission at the door will again ..... 
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Sikkink family celebrated their Century Farm August 8

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Sikkink family’s purchase of their 160 acres of the original farmland in 1915 – farmland that has been continuously owned by three generations of Sikkinks ever since. The original 160 acres that w ..... 
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Estelle’s, new eats in Harmony

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

Matt and Heidi Brown of Harmony, Minn. experienced big changes in July 2015. With not only the birth of their first child, daughter Estelle, on July 10, but also the opening of their new business named after their daughter, Estelle’s Eatery & Ba ..... 
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Engagement - Smith ~ Maland

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Alexander Driussi Smith and Timothy Dean Maland are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Alexander is the daughter of Dick and Kay Smith of Bay Village, Ohio. She is currently working on her masters degree in nursing and wil ..... 
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Fillmore Central hires coach for new dance team

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met on July 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school lunch room in Harmony. High School Principal Heath Olstad noted that the district is working hard to educate coaches and athletes on head injury prevention an ..... 
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Mary (Kingsley) Vitse

Tue, Jul 28th, 2015
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Mary (Kingsley) Vitse, 85, of Rochester, MN, formerly of Harmony, MN, passed away on July 26, 2015, at Cottagewood Senior Communities, where she resided the past two years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 11 a.m. ..... 
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