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    Lois “Susie” Lee Grangaard

    Lois “Susie” Lee Grangaard, 74, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2020 in the loving presence of her children at Heritage Healthcare in Eau Claire, WI. Lois was born on May 11, 1945 to Odien and Lorraine (Hetzel) Bakken in Rochester, Minnesota.  She graduated from John Marshall High School in 1963 and the Oliver Thein Beauty School in 1964.  Lois embarked on a beautiful career in cosmetology starting first at the Kahler Hotel salon in Rochester.  She married in 1967 and moved to Osseo, WI.  Lois returned to Rochester in 1978 where she continued her career until celebrating retirement in 2015 with colleagues, customers, and friends at the Cutting Loose…

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    Beverly “Bev” Larrison

    Beverly “Bev” Mae Larrison, 87 of Rochester, passed peacefully at her home on February 23, 2020. Beverly Mae Drugge was born on May 21, 1932 in Minneapolis to Bert and Myrtle Drugge. She graduated from Central High School. She was a Medical Secretary at the Minnesota Department of Health and later at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. She married Glenn Charles Larrison on March 28, 1953. She was a longstanding member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the Simpson Ladies Club, and a 60+ year resident of Pleasant Grove Township. She enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, reading, and traveling. She is survived by her son David (Crystal) Larrison of Traverse City, MI, her…

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    Dimitrios “Jimmy” Psomas

    Dimitri “Jimmy” Anastasi Psomas, 87, of Rochester, MN, died Friday, February 21, 2020 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. Jimmy was born September 25, 1932 in Eretria, Greece to Anastasi and Amarso Psomas. He grew up in Eretria fishing with his brothers and working in his brother Nickos’ restaurant. Jimmy served in the Greek Navy and rose to Captain where he was given a commission. In 1961 Jimmy married Vicky Mihos in Amarynthos Evia, Greece. In December of 1966 he and Vicky immigrated to the United States with their children and began working at his brother’s restaurant, Mac’s. Jimmy later moved to Chicago and worked at the shipping docks for…

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    James “Jim” Steckelberg M.D.

    James M. “Jim” Steckelberg, M.D., Rochester, Minnesota. James M. Steckelberg, 65, of Rochester, Minnesota, died Friday, February 21, 2020 surrounded by family at his home. Jim was born on May 8, 1954, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Lowell and Melba Steckelberg. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1975 with a double major in computer science and mathematics. After being selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholar Award, he planned to attend Oxford University, where he initially planned to study mathematics and receive his PhD. However, he developed symptoms of severe Guillain Barre syndrome, requiring hospitalization for an extended period of time before leaving for Oxford. This experience ignited his interest…

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    Patrick Alan Burch, M.D.

    Dr. Patrick Alan Burch   Age 66 Pat Burch passed away on February 18th at The Homestead of Rochester at age 66.  Pat was born on December 16, 1953, in Tuscola, Illinois, and grew up on beautiful Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, where he was a star athlete.  He went on to attend college at Lawrence University where he received a BS degree and played on the football team. In 1977, he began his medical training at Medical College of Wisconsin.  In 1979, he married his wife Kathy in St. Paul.  Following medical school, he was a resident in internal medicine in Milwaukee, ending with a year as chief resident. Pat…

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    Corrine “Corky” Welch

    Corrine Anne “Corky” Welch, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home on February 18, 2020. Corrine Anne Busch was born on January 31, 1930 in Jordan, MN to John and Rose (Schommer) Busch. She graduated from Jordan High School in 1947. Following high school, she was awarded a music scholarship from MacPhail School of Music. After meeting the love of her life, Russell Welch, she decided to get married, and on October 24, 1948 they were married at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, at Nashua, Iowa. Together they raised two children as the family traveled for Russell’s commitment to the US Military. Upon Russell’s military retirement in…

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    Patricia Jane Hein

    “Where there is love, there is life.”  –Ghandi Her life was full and her love was mighty. Patricia Jane (Malchow) Hein died on February 13, 2020 from the exhaustive effects of Alzheimer’s. She lived a remarkable life as a mother, nurse, writer,worker and lover of children.  She leaves family and friends who are so grateful for her powerful love. Patricia was born on March 2, 1936 in Wilder, MN and attended Windom High School and then Hamline University to earn her Nursing degree. She later received her Master’s degree in Health Care Administration.  Patricia married Robert Hein in 1957.  They raised four children in and around the Twin Cities area.…

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    William “Buzz” Quick

    William “Buzz” Francis Quick, age 82, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully at his home on February 14, 2020. Buzz was born September 18, 1937 at home near Pine Island, MN to Francis and Alla Ann (Keane) Quick. He graduated from Pine Island High School in 1955 as Salutatorian. He then attended the University of Minnesota – Institute of Agriculture for two years. Buzz also served in the National Guard and the Reserves. On February 5, 1966, Buzz married Jean Martin at St. Francis Catholic Church. They made their home in Rochester and had two daughters. They were divorced in 1990. In 2001 Buzz met Pam Pickett and they have…

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    Phon Ngath

    Mrs. Phon Ngath, age 79, of Rochester, MN, formerly of Kapot, Cambodia, died Monday, February 10, 2020 at her residence. Phon was born March 2, 1940 in Kapot, Cambodia to Tanh and Ngath. In 1980, Mrs. Ngath married Ong Uong in Thailand on the border of Cambodia. In July of 1986 the couple moved to Rochester, MN where they made their home together until February 2020. Phon loved gardening, being outdoors, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an excellent housewife. Phon is survived by her husband, Ong Uong of Rochester; daughter, Linda (David) Taem of Rochester; son, Jonathan Uong of Rochester; half-brother, I. Sinnas (Mariya Kok) of Rochester;…

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    Doris L. Curley

    Doris L. Curley, age 93, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 at St. Crispin Living Community Care Center in Red Wing.  Doris was born August 18, 1926 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis H. Curley, Sr. after 47 years of marriage and her daughter, Jance Nagel. She is survived by four children; son Francis “Frank” (Rosie) Curley of Rochester, MN; four daughters Doris Perkins of Rochester, MN, Denise (Gary Loff) Curley of West St. Paul, MN, and Cynthia Moberg of Maplewood, MN.  She also has eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020…

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    Brenda Lee Zempel

    Brenda Lee Zempel – Rochester   Brenda Lee Zempel, 62 of Rochester passed away peacefully on February 5, 2020 at Rochester East Health Services following an extraordinary battle with cancer. Brenda was born on September 26, 1958 in Rochester to Raymond and Alice (Pike) Zempel. She graduated from Pine Island High School in 1976. She enjoyed a long tenured career at Kmart in SE Rochester. She was a tremendously kindhearted person who always put others first. She truly made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She also loved spoiling her nieces and nephews. Brenda enjoyed traveling to sunny Southern California, making memories with her son Nathan, excursions to enjoy…

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    Donald B. Galuska

    Donald B. Galuska, 88, passed away February 2, 2020 peacefully at his home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in La Crosse, WI on April 7, 1931 to Egan and Florence (Pierzyne) Galuska. He lived in Arcadia, WI where he attended school and was very active in sports. In 1948 he was selected from his junior high school class to attend Badger Boys State at Ripon College. After high school, he attended Eau Claire State University, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He was captain of the 1954 football team and voted to the All State Team. He was also a member of the National…

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    Vicki Strain

    Vicki Lynn (McIntosh) Strain, 62, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Season’s Hospice in Rochester, MN, with her family by her side. Vicki was born in Rochester, MN on June 26, 1957 to Richard and Bernice McIntosh. Vicki married David Strain on September 11, 1976. She worked at Crawford & Company years ago and was currently employed at Clements Chevrolet in Rochester. Vicki enjoyed fishing, watching baseball and hockey games, working in her flower beds, four-wheeling, and listening to Dave play his guitar. Most of all, Vicki enjoyed spending time with her children, Kelly and Jim, and her four grandsons, Brady, Cody, Kyson, and Bowen. Vicki is…

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    Dan Macken Sr.

    Daniel D. Macken, Sr., age 92, lifelong Rochester resident and former owner and operator of Macken Funeral Home for many years died Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. Daniel David Macken was born August 13, 1927 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester to Dan and Emily (Thomas) Macken. Both sets of his grandparents were early Olmsted County settlers. The youngest of six children, he attended St. Johns School, then moved to Lourdes High School following the completion of the original building in 1943. He later attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and then joined the US Air Force. He was stationed at Scott Air Force Base near St.…

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    Mary “Rita” Priebe

    Mary “Rita” Priebe, 86 of Rochester, MN, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Cottagewood Senior Communities. Rita was born February 12, 1933, in Chatfield, MN to parents Joseph and Arden (Wooldridge) Grubb. She grew up on a family farm outside of Chatfield. She married Harold Priebe on November 4, 1950. The couple moved to Rochester in 1961 and raised their four sons. Rita was employed by the Kahler Hotel and IBM, retiring in 1995 after a 16 year career with IBM. Rita was known as a great cook and baker, most famous for her carrot cake and homemade bread. She hosted many family dinners and bbqs and attended countless…

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    Janet Sylvia Petterson

    Janet “Jan” Petterson, 84, of Rochester, MN, formerly of Havre, MT, died Thursday, January 23, 2020 at her residence. Jan was born on September 13, 1935 in Eau Claire, WI to Clifford and Lucille (Duffenbach) Kragness. She graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1953 and received her Certification as a Registered Nurse from Luther Hospital School of Nursing in 1957, after first studying one year at the University of WI Eau Claire. During her final year of school, Jan met the love of her life – Leroy “Roy” Petterson – who was a patient at Luther Hospital after a bad skiing accident. They were married at First Lutheran Church…

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    Leon Milton Kaump

    Leon Milton Kaump, 90, of Rochester, MN died Friday, January 24, 2020 at New Perspective of Highland Park under the care of Our Lady of Peace Hospice in Saint Paul, MN. Leon was born June 8, 1929 in La Crosse, WI to Ronald and Gladys (Ellis) Kaump. He graduated from Union Free High School, Holmen, WI in 1947. He enlisted in the United States Army in July 1947, and served in the Korean War. He served in the Army as a Corporal until July 1950. He married Janis R. Southwick on April 11, 1953 at First Methodist Church in Rochester, MN, who passed away April 1, 1989. Leon was a…

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    Derek Paul Weber

    Derek Paul Weber, 48, of Rochester, MN died Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Derek was born December 29, 1971 in Rochester, MN, to Lucille (Ferguson) and Vernon Weber. He graduated from John Marshall in 1991 and took various business classes after that.He started his employment by working at several Rochester area pizza restaurants. Derek then worked for a hotel restoration company that allowed him to see nearly every state east of the Mississippi as well as many western states. Derek returned to living in Rochester and spent the last seven years delivering pizzas for Toppers. Derek enjoyed bowling, gambling in Vegas, and was a fan of MN sports, especially the Gophers,…

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    Javis “Jay” Earl Christensen

    Jay Christensen passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Arbor Terrace Memory Care. He was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on April 29, 1925. He was the only child of Inger and Albert Christensen. He grew up and attended school in Rochester. Jay enlisted in the Army Air Corp as a senior in high school. He completed basic and advanced training to fly B-52 bombers. The war ended before he saw active duty. Following the war, Jay returned to Rochester, working beside his father in the construction business, building over 30 homes in his lifetime. Jay left the construction business to work at the Rochester State Hospital where he advanced…

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    Andrew Friedt

    Andrew Allen Friedt, 17, of Vancouver, WA, died Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in a pedestrian auto accident. Andrew was born January 22, 2002 in Rochester, MN, to Andy Friedt and Anissa Muhammad. Andrew lived in Rochester with his family, Andy and Tara Friedt, and siblings, Justice (12), and Lysette (8). Andrew moved with his family in the summer of 2014 to Vancouver, WA where he lived until his death.  Andrew was a creator at heart as he always enjoyed making things for others and himself. He loved playing games with his younger brother Justice, and was often found carrying his sister Lysette in his arms. He loved being outdoors, hiking…

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    Donald Ralph Smick

    Donald Ralph Smick, age 82, of Rochester, MN, died January 24, 2020 at Seasons Hospice Home in Rochester. Donald was born on July 23, 1937 in Independence, WI to Ralph and Valeria (Walek) Smick. He graduated from Independence High School, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. On September 12, 1959, Donald married Phyllis Ann Kreher at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Independence, WI. Donald was a math and science teacher at Chosen Valley High School in Chatfield, MN. He then continued his teaching career at Mayo High School in Rochester, MN as a chemistry teacher. While teaching at Mayo High School he…

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    Greta Lee Verdick

    Greta L. Verdick – Rochester Greta Lee Verdick passed away at Madonna Towers in Rochester on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Greta was born on December 17, 1935, in Hastings, NE, to Leroy and Eulalia (Blewitt) Ericsson.  She grew up in Madison, SD, where she graduated from high school in 1954.  Greta attended nursing school in Sioux City, IA, and completed training in anesthesia at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  She worked as a nurse anesthetist and instructor in anesthesia until she was unable to work due to changes in her health.  On June 27, 1970, she married Bud Verdick at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rochester. In addition to Bud, she…