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LaVerne Sylvan Johnson


Mon, Jan 28th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

LaVerne Sylvan Johnson, age 96, of Mabel, died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

LaVerne was born January 5, 1917 on the family homestead farm near Newburg, Minnesota to Bennett and Tilla (Garness) Johnson. He attended the Newburg School through the 8th grade and graduated from Mabel High School in 1934. He attended Winona Business College for a short time, but became sick with hepatitis and wasn’t able to continue.

He moved with the family to Tawney, Minnesota in 1932 and during the depression years worked on the construction of dams on the Mississippi River and later as a farm hand with his father and surrounding neighbors.

In 1938 he started farming on his grandfather’s farm near Newburg, where LaVerne was born and lived until 1932. On October 5, 1940 he was united in marriage to Mildred Anderson at the Elstad Lutheran Church, rural Lanesboro, Minnesota. In January, 1946 they moved to the Luther Kingstad farm near Tawney and stayed there until retiring to Mabel in 1985. He always regarded Luther as a special friend.

He enjoyed farming, the Hereford and Holstein cattle, John Deere tractors, straight corn rows, well-kept machinery, and had a great concern for soil conservation. He was an avid reader with a special interest in history, sports, church history, and helping people with genealogy. He also liked bookkeeping and during high school wrote a sports page for “The Mabel Hi-lites”. He enjoyed playing Horseshoes, Croquet, and Dartball, and visiting with “Coffee Buddies” at Mabel restaurants. After retiring he helped with the Steam Engine Museum, former neighbors with spring field work, and meals on wheels.

He was a life-long member of the Scheie Lutheran Church where he was baptized, confirmed, attended Sunday School, and served on the council.

LaVerne is survived by his wife Mildred of Mabel; two children LaVaughn (Paul) Vitse of Mabel, and Jim (Barb) Johnson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; three grandchildren Cassie (Ben) Brenden, Clay (Beth) Johnson, and Camren Johnson; four great grandchildren Hailey and Hannah Brenden, and Myles and Reed Johnson; a sister Shirley Ellestad of Spring Grove; and sister-in-laws Dagney Anderson, Marian Anderson, Dorothy Anderson, and Irma Johnson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother Lela (Springmire) Johnson; son-in-law and grandson Robert an .....
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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 ..... 
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D&D Smokehouse the new place to be in Mabel

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

Since September, people in Mabel and the surrounding area have had a new place to hang out and eat great food. D&D Smokehouse, owned and operated by Darrell and Dee Peterson, are excited about their new adventure and the changes coming up in the futu ..... 
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Richard "Dick" Ruffridge

Wed, Jan 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

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
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

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
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

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
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

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
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

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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