Gladys Bethke

Gladys Helen Freeman Bethke was born May 17, 1928, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Raymond and Helen (Ramsay) Freeman. She was raised in Northfield and baptized and confirmed at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. She attended Rosary School, Bethlehem Academy, and graduated from Northfield High School in 1946. Following her education she worked as a waitress and in a photography studio. She married...

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Melvin George

Melvin D. George died April 25 at his home in Columbia, MO. He was 80.   An educator by profession, Mel had many interests and found joy everywhere. He loved music—especially Mozart, people—especially students, and the natural world—especially penguins.   He was born February 13, 1936 in Washington DC, the oldest child of Douglas E. and Catherine McNelly George. Because of his...

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Henry Cordes

  Henry Lloyd Cordes was born April 24, 1930, on the family farm near Kenyon, Minnesota, to Herbert O. and Hannah (Sathre) Cordes. He was raised on the family farm, baptized and confirmed at Hegre Lutheran Church and attended country school. Following his education he worked on the family farm and apprenticed as a plumber. While working as a plumber at Carleton College, Henry met Evalee Jean...

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Larry Trusty

Larry Gene Trusty was born July 28, 1941, in Mankato, Minnesota, to Wallace and Beatrice (Griffith) Trusty. He grew up in Waseca and started working early, including a stint on a mink farm between his junior and senior years. Larry graduated from Waseca High School in 1959 and attended Minnesota School of Business, where he met Patsy Taylor – spotting her across the cafeteria and saying to...

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Allen Swedin

Allen Eugene Swedin was born July 6, 1943, in Paso Robles, California, to Gus and Evelyn (Olson) Swedin. When he was 2 years old, his family returned to Northfield. In 1961, he graduated from Northfield High School and began working as a welder at an oven factory in Lakeville. At age 21, he became sick and had to have surgery for an arterial malformation of his spine. After many unsuccessful...

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Lois S. Vevle

Lois Selma Vevle was born March 4, 1924, in the church parsonage, in Rowe, Illinois, the daughter of Reverend Carl and Myrtle (Strand) Vevle.  She was baptized in Illinois and at the age of 6 moved with her family to Wautoma, Wisconsin.  Lois confirmed her faith at Holden Lutheran Church.  She was raised in Wautoma and graduated from high school in 1942.  She attended Oshkosh College and then...

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