Wednesday, October 23, 2002


Kurth, Ethel R. (Olson)
Ethel R. (Olson) Kurth, 91, of 1781 Edgewood Road, died Monday, October 7, 2002 at her home.
Funeral services were Saturday, October 12, 2002, at the Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Wesley Hart officiating. Burial was in Silver Creek Cemetery, Houston, Minn.

Ruder, Joseph
Joseph Ruder, 92, formerly of Richfield, Minn., died Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at Sauer Memorial Home, Winona.
A Funeral Mass was offered Friday, October 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Joseph Keefe officiating. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Erding, Kenneth J., Sr.
Kenneth John Erding, Sr., 82, of Wykoff, Minn., died Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at the Stewartville Care Center.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, October 12, at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Wykoff, with Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Richard A. "Snuffy"

Richard A. "Snuffy" Lejk, 77, formerly of 629 East Belleview St., died Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at Sauer Memorial Home.
He was born May 18, 1925 in Winona, to Leo and Helen (Edel) Lejk. He married Patricia Mlynczak on October 20, 1962 in Winona. She died May 20, 1996.
He was employed at the J.R. Watkins Company for 42 years.
He was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, a life member of the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9, and a member of the Graphic Communications International Union.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. Mr. Lejk was a staff sergeant with the 3rd Army Engineers.
Survivors include sisters-in-law, Carol (Gale) Doebbert and Mary Jane Drussell, both of Winona, and Winnie Lejk of St. Claire Shores, Mich.; a brother-in-law, Joseph Mlynczak of Winona; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and three brothers, Eugene, Leonard and Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, October 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church with preliminary services at 10:30 a.m. at Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Home. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery where the American Legion will provide military honors. Rev. Daniel R. Dernek will officiate.
Friends may call Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be members of the American Legion.
A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.

Hess, Walter E.
Walter E. Hess, 90, Nelson, Wis., died Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Wabasha, Minn.
He was born January 9, 1912 in Nelson, to Edwin and Permilla (Lockard) Hess.
He was a lifelong farmer in the Nelson area, and a very active member of the Church of Christ in Nelson.
Survivors include three sisters, Vera Ellingson and Dorothy Dummer, both of Nelson, and Reathal Schroeder of Alma, Wis.; one brother, Albert Hess of Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services were Friday, October 11, at the Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home in Alma, Wis., with Dennis Buri officiating. Burial was in the Nelson Cemetery.
Pallbearers were George Weaver, Cody Elliott, John Hess, Rick Lemke, Daniel Hess and Roger Myren.
Stohr-Hagen-Wozney Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.

Augusta Marie "Gussie"

Augusta Marie "Gussie" Murray, 99, formerly of 259 West Mill St., died Thursday, October 10, 2002 at St. Anne Extended Healthcare, where she had been a resident for 12 years.
She was born in Nodine, Minn., on September 30, 1903, to Augusta and Theodore Pohlman. She married Clifford F. Murray on November 26, 1930. He preceded her in death on February 26, 1969.
Augusta is survived by her three children: Samuel R. (Mary Jo) Murray of Winona, Doreene Carter of Minneapolis, and Karen Hanson of Eau Claire, Wis.; a son-in-law, James Hanson of Eau Claire; four grandchildren, Samantha Murray of Portland, Ore., Jedd Hanson (Amy) of Minneapolis, Jennifer Hanson-Bremer (Greg) of Eau Claire, and Cheri Davis (Ray) of Minneapolis; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Megan, Brianna and Dee Dee; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, four sisters, Anna, Caroline, Margaret and Techla, two brothers, Theodore and Edward, and a son-in-law, Richard Carter.
Augusta was a member of the Catholic Daughters, Minnesota City Boat Club, Winona Flower and Garden Club, the Larkin Club, Isaak Walton League, a ladies bunco group, and she was a Red Cross volunteer.
Augusta loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a beloved babysitter to many children and has fond memories of all of them.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, October 12, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, with Rev. John M. Sauer officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Casketbearers were her grandchildren.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brom, Cyril J.
Cyril J. Brom, 92, of Trempealeau, Wis., died Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at Onalaska Care Center in Onalaska, Wis.
Cy was born May 25, 1910 to John and Francis (Brezinski) Brom in Pine Creek, Wis. He attended area schools. On August 10, 1942 Cy enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served until November 26, 1945.
He was a member of Towner-Littlebear-Arnold VFW Post 1915 in Trempealeau, and Bautch-Kokott-Johnson VFW Post 10671 in Arcadia, Wis.
On September 30, 1967, Cy married Margaret Kiedrowski in Galesville, Wis.
Cy worked as a carpenter until the early 1970s. He worked for the Town of Trempealeau for 5 years.
He is survived by his wife; four stepsons, Dick (Mary) Kiedrowski of Ettrick, Wis., Tony Kiedrowski and Steve Kiedrowski, both of Trempealeau, and Mike (Linda) Kiedrowski of Menasha, Wis.; a stepdaughter, Ruth Ann (Tom) Snyder of Tempe, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; a sister, Monica Sobota of Arcadia; and a brother, Connie (Jen) Brom of Winona.
Cy was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 14, at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Trempealeau, with Father Thomas McInnis officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors in Holy Cross Cemetery in Trempealeau.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. at Zwickey Funeral Homes Galesville Chapel on Sunday, October 13.
Zwickey Funeral Homes Galesville Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kurth, Ethel R.

Ethel R. (Olson) Kurth, 91, of 1781 Edgewood Road, Winona, died Monday, October 7, 2002 at her home. Ethel was born in Houston, Minn. on March 2, 1911, the daughter of John S. and Rose A. (Greene) Olson.
She attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. Ethel began her teaching career in Peterson, Minn. in the junior high grades. She then worked under Dr. Walker at the Winona Clinic as a doctors assistant. Following that she taught in rural country schools until returning to college to obtain her masters degree. She became the supervisor of elementary music and vocal for Richfield, Minn. schools until retiring.
Following retirement she did substitute teaching in LaCrosse, Wisc. and Winona.
Ethel married Frank C. Kurth in Winona on Feb. 14, 1941. He died in August of 1964.
Ethel began playing the violin at the age of 12 and continued to do so for 70 years, last playing in late September. Not only did she play the violin, she enjoyed listening to and teaching music to others. She is a 1933 charter member of the Church of the Nazarene, and maintained an active role in the church including church missions throughout her life.
She is survived by a daughter, Susan (David) Reed, Minnesota City, Minn.; a grandson, Chad (Stephanie) Reed, Minneiska, Minn. and grandchildren, Ethan, Anna and Elisabeth Reed. She is also survived by several much loved nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, a brother, Harold Olson and a sister, Helen Schramm.
Funeral services for Ethel will be on Sat., Oct. 12, 2002 at 2:00 P.M. at the Church of the Nazarene, Rev. Wesley Hart officiating. Interment will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Houston, MN.
Memorial offerings may be directed to the Winona Area Hospice Services or to the Donor's Choice.
Arrangements by the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

Davies, Clara W.

Clara W. Davies, age 93, died Thursday, October 10, 2002 at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare, Winona.
Clara Wihelmina Weimer was born on October 12, 1908 in Winona to Henry and Clara (Saehler) Weimer. Clara was born, baptized and confirmed in the true Christian Faith of the Lutheran Church.
Clara graduated from Winona Senior High in 1928. On June 17, 1932, she married Evan "Ollie" Davies at St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church, Winona. Ollie died February 17, 1986.
She was a charter member of Goodview Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church and active in the church guild. She worked many years as a voulunteer at the Sauer Retirement Home and at Community Memorial Hospital both of Winona.
Clara is survived by a son, Evan (Judy) Davies, Phoenix, AZ; a daughter, Marcia (Arnold) Boese, Winona; six grandchildren: Nancy (Craig) Soucy and Roger Davies, Douglas (Cindy) Boese, The Rev. Jean Boese, Brian Boese and Jan (Charles) Anderson; nine great grandchildren; a brother Henry C. Weimer, Winona; a sister Corlyn Wolverton, Colorado Springs, CO; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; two brothers, Edward and Carl Weimer; three sisters, Leonora Haedke, Erna Grablander, and Margaret Weimer, and one grandson, Victor Davies.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 14, 2002 at 11:00A.M. at Goodview Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Tony J. Hansen, officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.
Visitation will be at the church on Monday, one hour prior to the service.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are requested to be directed to the Goodview Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church.
Casket bearers are her grandchildren, Cindy Boese, Rev. Jean Boese, Brian Boese and Douglas Boese, Jan and Charles Anderson.
Honorary bearers are Nancy Soucy and Roger Davies
Arrangements by Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.


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