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Norma Jean (Sanborn) Bestor


Wed, Mar 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Norma Jean (Sanborn) Bestor, 90, passed away peacefully March 29th, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

She was born February 20, 1926 in Howard County, Iowa to Harold and Anna Sanborn. It was when she was 20 that she met and married the man of her dreams -- Galard Bestor (1944). Together, they set down an inseparable path of adventure, embarking on entrepreneurial endeavors like Bestor Garage (18 years), Preston Motel (10 years) and Hidden Valley Campground (30 years).

Norma was a community shaper. She strove to positively impact her surroundings at all times. She held the title of President, Secretary or Treasurer in her time with the VFW Auxiliary; Legion Auxiliary; Church Women United; American Red Cross; Fillmore County Historical Society; Girl Scouts of America; and Fillmore County ARC.

She was a student of life with an unrelenting penchant for passing those lessons onto all. She taught for several years and was the genealogist for the Fillmore County Historical Society for over 20 years. Her knowledge and wisdom helped guide her eight children -- Terry (Janet), Scott (Trish), Jacqueline (Jeff), Pamela (Alyson), Charles (Cindy), Timothy (Michelle), Todd (Tana) and Elizabeth (Michael) -- 24 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren through all walks of life. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Andrew Drogemuller, her brother, Howard Sanborn, her sister, Wilma Reuter, and her husband, Galard Bestor.

Visitation will commence at 10am Saturday, April 2 at the United Methodist Church in Chatfield. The Memorial Service will start at 11am with committal in the Chatfield Cemetery to follow thereafter. Pastor Mark Woodward will officiate.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is assisting the family with arrangements. 507-867-4310.

To share a condolence with Norma’s family please visit www.rileyfuneralhomes.com.



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William Francis (Bill) O’Connor

Wed, Mar 30th, 2016
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William Francis (Bill) O’Connor 61 of Rochester, formerly of Preston passed away at his home on January 15, 2016. He was born in Preston, the son of Paul and Freda (Kramer) O’Connor on September 18, 1954. He was baptized and confirmed at St. C ..... 
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Evelyn Elizabeth McGrand

Wed, Mar 9th, 2016
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Evelyn Elizabeth McGrand was born on December 11, 1937, in Preston, Minnesota. She was the daughter of August and lone (Drummond) Ristau. She was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in the Christian Faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in ..... 
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Kim James Drury

Thu, Feb 25th, 2016
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Kim James Drury , age 62, passed away unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm at his home in Preston on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Kim was born on August 28, 1953, in Preston, Minn., the son of James and Lillian (Kingsbury) Drury. Kim is survived by ..... 
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Evelyn (Ristau) McGrand Service Notice

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

February 15, 2016 Evelyn (Ristau) McGrand, age 78, of Hutchinson, MN, (formerly of Preston) passed away on Sunday, February 14th, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital. Funeral Services will be Friday, February 19th, at 1:00 P.M., at Christ Luthera ..... 
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Lorrayne (Hegland) Patterson

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016
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Lorrayne (Hegland) Patterson passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, at the age of 89. A Celebration of Life will take place on March 5th from 2-4 pm in the chapel at Samaritan Bethany. The afternoon wil ..... 
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Helen Hansen

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016
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Helen Ann Hansen, age 83, of Mankato, was called to her Heavenly home on Monday, February 1, 2016. Visitation will be held from 4-7pm, Friday, February 5, 2016 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato. Funeral service will be at 11am, Saturday, Febru ..... 
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Judge Robert Benson

Wed, Jan 27th, 2016
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Judge Robert Benson, of Preston, died December 23, 2015 after fighting metastatic Merkel Cell carcinoma. He was born August 2, 1945 in Owatonna, Minn., to Josephine and Raymond Benson. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, children, Rebekah and M ..... 
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Joyce Irene Simonson

Thu, Jan 21st, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Joyce Irene Simonson, 90, of Preston, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 2016, following a brief illness at Saint Mary’s Hospital Rochester, MN. Services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Prest ..... 
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