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Jerrold Arlen Tesmer


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Jerrold Arlen Tesmer, 64, of Harmony, Minn., passed away in Rochester, Minn., on Monday, April 13, 2015 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Granger with Pastor Audree Catalano officiating. Following services Jerry was laid to rest at St. Matthew Cemetery with Military rites. Friends may called from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, and at the church for an hour prior to services.

Jerry was born on January 26, 1951 to Allen and Arlene (McNee) Tesmer of rural Harmony. He was raised on their family farm and graduated from Harmony High School in 1969. After attending the University of Minnesota for one year, Jerry enlisted into the Army during the Vietnam War. While in the military, Jerry married Kathryn (Kathy) Jensson on July 28, 1973 in Riceville, Iowa. He then returned to the University and completed his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education. He taught high school agriculture in Grand Meadow for one year, whereupon a family illness brought him home. For the next ten years, Tesmer owned and operated a hog operation.

In 1987, Tesmer was asked to apply for the local county extension agent position and received his appointment that fall. While at Extension, he completed a Masters of Adult Education. His duties included providing programming for agriculture and environmental issues, assisting farmers with farm financial management, as well as a producing a weekly news column and radio program. He also served as an advisor on the statewide farm information line. Jerry’s proudest accomplishment was his Farm Safety Day Camp. The program initially began as a summer day camp for about 50 students, however, the last eight years, all fourth-grade students across Fillmore and Houston counties attend the camp. Each year, over 400 students participate in 15 stations, with the assistance of 30 presenters and 30 FFA volunteers. In 2011, Jerry was a finalist for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Search for Excellence: Farm Safety & Health Award. Jerry recently retired from the University of Minnesota Extension with over 27 years as an Agricultural Extension Educator. Through the years, he served Fillmore, Mower, Winona, and Houston counties, however, in his last position, he assisted farmers in both Fillmore and Houston counties. For all 27 years, Tesmer served the .....
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Ruth Ihns

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Ruth Ihns, age 91 of Harmony, Minn. passed away Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the Gunderson Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, Wisc. A Celebration of Ruth’s life was held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Interme ..... 
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Nicki Ishman

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
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Nicki Ishman was born on January 14, 1952 in Jefferson, Iowa to Donald and Betty Robson. She married Bruce Ishman on November 11, 1970. Nicki graduated from the Nursing School at Rochester Technical College in 1983 with an L.P.N. She enjoyed quiltin ..... 
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Helen Ohlsen

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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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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Gerri LeRoy Matson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Gerri LeRoy Matson, 68, of Jefferson City, was called home to Heaven Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 16, 1946, in Harlan, Iowa, the son of the late Gordon ..... 
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Lauren Manley Applen

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Lauren Manley Applen passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 15, 2015. He was a resident at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center. Mr. “A” was born on April 26, 1926 to W.O. Applen and Laura (Serfling) Applen on the family farm in Granger. He ..... 
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John J. Ryan

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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John J. Ryan, 79 of Harmony, Minn. passed away on February 14, 2015 at the Harmony Health Care Center in Harmony, Minn. John Ryan was born on March 4, 1935 in Manly, Iowa to William and Sara (Briar) Ryan. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Schoo ..... 
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Carmen Kingsbury

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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Carmen Kingsbury, age 83, of Minneapolis and formerly of Harmony, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Richfield Health Center in Richfield, Minn. A time of remembrance was held 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Lindstrom Funer ..... 
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Joan Johnson Smith

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
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Joan Johnson Smith, age 79, of Harmony, Minn. passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, surrounded by her family at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Ha ..... 
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