Rita Dougherty

Rita Catherine Rezac Dougherty was born November 22, 1934, on the family farm in Webster Township, Rice County, Minnesota, to James and Agnes (Malecha) Rezac and attended Rosary School at St. Dominic. As a girl Rita moved to Mankato and spent several years studying at Our Lady of Good Council, graduating in 1954. On November 19, 1966, Rita married James P. Dougherty at St. Dominic’s Church in...

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Joyce Harter

Joyce Bock Harter, age 91, of Northfield died Thursday morning, June 25, 2015 at Northfield Care Center. Joyce Bock was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jun 19th 1924. Raised on a truck farm the youngest of 4 children born to Arthur C and Rhua Bock she learned to love, plant and tend to many vegetables at an young age. With her Mother’s death at the age of 12 she continued her farm focus with 4H...

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Lynn Steen

Lynn Arthur Steen January 1, 1941 – June 21, 2015 Lynn Arthur Steen, emeritus professor of mathematics at St. Olaf College, died of heart failure on June 21, 2015, in Minneapolis. He was born on Jan. 1, 1941, in Chicago to Dietrich George Berthold and Margery Mayer. His father died when he was an infant, and in 1946 his mother married Navy veteran and musician Sigvart J. Steen, who adopted...

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Lillian Franek

Lillian Ann Shimota Franek was born June 6, 1923, on the family farm in Lanesburgh Township, LeSueur County, Minnesota, to Frank L. and Ann (Javurek) Shimota. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, attended District 45 country school (with only one classmate) and graduated from New Prague High School in 1941. Following her education she stayed at home and...

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Norma Landers

Norma Jeanne Leonard Landers was born December 23, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Thomas and Ferra (Bish) Leonard. She grew up in Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities). After she married Robert Landers, they moved to California. Norma was far ahead of the curve as a professional woman and became the first female vice-president of California Causality Insurance Company. When they retired in 1980, they moved...

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Loretta Siler

Loretta Mae Siler was born May 22, 1926, on the farm in New Market Township, Scott County, Minnesota, to Sigurd and Mabel (Larson) Gunderson. She was baptized at West Christiania Lutheran Church on July 4, 1926, and attended country school in rural Lakeville. At age 11, she moved with her family to a farm near Northfield and attended District 86 Brush Prairie Country School. She was confirmed...

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