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James F. Gartner


Thu, May 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James F. Gartner, 79, of Preston, Minn., died Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home.

James Gartner was born on November 25, 1934 in Rochester, Minn., the son of Frank and Ella (Scanlon) Gartner. He graduated from Preston High School in 1953. On February 2, 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany until his discharge on January 17, 1958. James worked various jobs in the Preston area following his discharge. In 1964 he owned his own milk hauling business and on August 29 of that same year he married Viola Kellner at St. Pius X in Rochester. James continued to haul milk until 1971, he then farmed until 1996. From there he worked for Gehling Auctioneers until 2010. He also loved mowing lawns. He was a lifelong member of St. Columban Catholic Church. He was very active with the American Legion and was past commander of the Preston VFW. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren and going to auctions.

Survivors include his wife, Viola. One son, Tom (Micki) and daughter, Linda Gartner both of Preston. Four grandchildren, Brady, Daulton and Bailey Gartner and Jonathan Hanson all of Preston. One brother, Jerry (Nancy) of Preston and two sisters, Jeanette Budde of Peru, Ill., and Rita Wilson of Preston. He was preceded by his parents and two brother-in-laws.

A funeral mass was on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston with Rev. Patrick Arens officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston.



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Laurie Marie Every

Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Laurie Marie Every, age 53, formerly of Preston, Minn. and Harmony, Minn., died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2014, at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center. Laurie was born September 19, 1960, in Harmony the daughter of Chuck and Emma (Hellem) Every. ..... 
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Kenneth William McBride

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kenneth William McBride, 84, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014, at his residence. Kenneth was born February 12, 1930, on the family farm in rural Olmsted County, to William & Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. He lived most o ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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Mary Louise Waller

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mary Louise Waller, 93, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Mary was born on September 16, 1920 in Preston Township the daughter of Charles and Anna (Madson) Barber. She attended co ..... 
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Betty Halverson

Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Betty Halverson passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in rural Ridgeway, Minn. on Friday, February 21, 2014 from a 14-month battle with heart failure at the age of 87. May she enter heaven wearing her dancing shoes and feeling young again. ..... 
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James Jerome Grabau

Thu, Jan 30th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James Jerome Grabau, age 60, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, January 29. 2014, at the Golden Age Living Center in St. Charles, Minn. James was born April 6, 1953, in Preston, the son of Joe and Flora (Anderson) Grabau. He was baptized an ..... 
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Irene E. Eichstadt

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, Minn.., died on Monday, January 20, 2014, of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she had been a patient for one day. Irene Ethlyn Lee was born on June 25, 1919 in Dolliver, Iowa to ..... 
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