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Yvonne Shirley Durben


Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Yvonne Shirley Durben, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 11, 2015 at Homestead of Rochester.

She was born on December 4, 1922 to Mildred and Archie Staplecamp, of Preston, Minn. She attended school in Preston and graduated in 1940. During WWII, she was employed by Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, Calif. After the war, she returned to Preston. She worked at Mayo Clinic. On September 4, 1946, she married Frank “Sunny” Durben, of Stacyville, Iowa. They were married in Rochester, Minn. at Saint John’s Catholic Church. In 1947, they moved to Dodge Center, Minn., where they owned and operated Durben and Funk Fairway Foods Grocery Store. Frank and Yvonne loved boating, fishing, playing cards, dancing to Big Band music, and traveling. They vacationed in northern MN for many years.

After Frank’s death, she moved to Rochester in 1999. She lived at the Real Life Cooperative, where she met many wonderful friends. In May of 2014, she moved to Homestead of Rochester, where she lived until her death. She loved spending time with her daughters and their families and friends. She was an avid Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and Gophers fan. She rarely missed watching and cheering on her teams on TV. She enjoyed playing Gin Rummy and 500 with family and friends. She especially loved spending time at the cabin with her family.

Yvonne was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church of Dodge Center, Minn., and she was a member of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank, her parents, a brother, an infant son, a son-in-law, and an infant great-granddaughter.

Yvonne is survived by her four daughters, who were the loves of her life: Mary (Dick) Hines of Rochester, Bonnie Titus of Carmel, Calif., Judy (Craig) Wendland of Rochester and Deb (Tom) Ratelle of Edina, Minn.; her grandchildren: Mike and Patrick Jensen, Renee Redalen, Allyson Holler, Chris Wendland, Ben Borofka, and John Ratelle; and her great-grandchildren: Marissa, Megan, Maya, Emma, Isaiah, Ashley, Jillian, Brooklyn, Caitlyn, Zac, and Ethan.

A funeral Mass for Yvonne was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester, officiated by Father Joseph Fogal. Visitation was held one and one-half hour prior to the Mass. Burial took place in .....
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Mary Alice O’Connor Ruen

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mary Ruen, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 28, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Mary (O’Connor) Ruen was born on September 28, 1948 in Preston, Minn., to Raymond and Helen (Collett) O’Connor. She was raised in a loving fa ..... 
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Jon W. Laging

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
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Jon W. Laging, 78, Preston, Minn., passed away Sunday morning, August 23, 2015, at his residence in Preston. Jon was born January 24, 1937, in Mountain Lake, Minn., the son of Werner and Marjorie (Rhoten) Laging. He was a 1955 graduate of Moun ..... 
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Thomas Daniel Moe

Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
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Thomas Daniel Moe, 82, of Rochester passed peacefully August 19, 2015 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. Thomas was born on August 22, 1932 in Preston, Minnesota to Sam and Delia (Anderson) Moe. He attended schools in Preston graduat ..... 
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Margaret Eunice Hemker

Tue, Jul 21st, 2015
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Margaret Eunice Hemker, age 84, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday morning, July 16, 2015, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. Margaret was born March 29, 1931, in Preston, the youngest of 16 children, to Richard and Pauline (Bender) Sch ..... 
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Dorothy Constance Bammert

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
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Dorothy Constance Bammert, age 88, of North Mankato and formerly of Good Thunder, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at her home. A celebration of Dorothy’s life was held 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapidan. Visitat ..... 
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Warren Elvyn Cummings

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Warren Elvyn Cummings, age 84, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday morning, June 18, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield of complications from pancreatic cancer. Warren was born July 19, 1930, in Cresco, Iowa, the son of Elvyn and C ..... 
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Selma Schoppers

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
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Selma Schoppers, age 88, formerly of rural Preston, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Harmony Manor Apartments where she had resided the past three years. Selma was born the youngest of five children to Gunder and Tillie (Torgeson) Jorge ..... 
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Carol Ann Jensen

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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After a courageous journey with breast cancer, Carol Ann Jensen, 55 of Winona, Minn. passed away at home Thursday, May 28, 2015 surrounded by family and friends. Carol was born on December 13, 1959 and was the fourth child of Orville and Betty Jen ..... 
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