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Clarissa Brenna


Mon, Jan 28th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Clarissa Ostern Brenna, a resident of Green Lea Manor in Mabel, Minnesota, died peacefully on January 25, 2013.

She was born October 11, 1915 near Elgin, North Dakota to John and Clara (Fossum) Ostern. When she was four years old the family moved to Minnesota and lived on the family farm southeast of Spring Grove. She was confirmed in the Old Wilmington Lutheran Church at the age of fifteen. She attended Houston County District 58 rural schools and graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1934.

Clarissa married Leonard Brenna on February 1, 1936. They started farming on the Gust Melby farm and moved to the Brenna family farm south of Mabel in 1945. They moved to the village of Mabel in 1981. Clarissa was hired as the first kitchen manager at Green Lea Manor in Mabel and held that position for fourteen years until her retirement.

She was a faithful member of Mabel First Lutheran Church and belonged to WELCA.

Clarissa was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence, Edwin, James, Kenneth, and Ray and her sisters Mildred Manthey and Ella Breutzman. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, a daughter, Meredith Sikkink, and an infant daughter.

Left to cherish her memory are three children: Rita (Gilbert) Bergsrud of West Bloomfield, MI, John (Alison) of Rochester, MN, and Karen (Lewis) Whitmer of Waynesboro, VA., a son-in-law Robert Sikkink of Austin, MN, thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren , five great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation Friday, February 1, from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11 AM at Mabel First Lutheran Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Mabel First Lutheran Church.



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Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
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Richard "Dick" Ruffridge

Wed, Jan 16th, 2013
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RICHARD “DICK” RUFFRIDGE, age 89, of Mabel, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel from complications of Multiple Myeloma. Dick was born April 17, 1923 in Locust, Iowa to Theobald and Violette (Stoskopf) Ruf ..... 
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Orlie Brenno

Tue, Jan 8th, 2013
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ORLIE BRENNO, age 93, of Mabel, Minnesota died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Orlie was born December 11, 1919 in Lanesboro, Minnesota to Ole and Verna (Selbach) Blagsvedt. She graduated from the Canton ..... 
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The “WELCH GIRLS”

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Arts & Culture

The “WELCH GIRLS” donated this quilt to the Mabel Lions Cancer Telethon to be auctioned off on January 12. The sister, Jann, made the quilt. It is donated in Memory of their Mother, Harriet Welch. Pictured left to right: Jackie, LeAnn, Jann, Beck ..... 
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Charlotte Cleone Corson

Mon, Dec 31st, 2012
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Charlotte Cleone Corson, 88, of Hesper, Iowa, passed away on December 27, 2012. Charlotte was born on August 11, 1924, in Winneshiek County to Clarence A. and Amy Rosalia Betts Clink. Charlotte attended rural schools in Winneshiek County and graduat ..... 
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Carol Jean Woxland

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
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Carol Jean Woxland, age 59, of Mabel, Minnesota died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at her home. Carol was born October 17, 1953 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Paul and Irene (Johnson) Harris. She attended Rushford High School. On August 14, 1972, she ..... 
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Carol Jean Woxland

Mon, Dec 17th, 2012
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CAROL JEAN WOXLAND, age 59, of Mabel, Minnesota died Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at her home. Carol was born October 17, 1953 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Paul and Irene (Johnson) Harris. She attended Rushford High School. On August 14, 1972 she ..... 
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Mary Jane McCabe

Tue, Dec 4th, 2012
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MARY JANE McCABE, age 88, of Mabel, Minnesota died unexpectedly Monday, December 3, 2012. Mary Jane was born May 9, 1924 in Ridgeway, Iowa to Thomas and Elizabeth (McCormick) McConnell. She attended country school and then Cresco High School. ..... 
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