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James E. Dishon

James Edward Dishon, 95, of Appleton, died on Tuesday morning, June 15, 2021, at the Appleton Area Health Services Hospital. A graveside service with Military Honors were held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at the Appleton City Cemetery.

James Edward Dishon was born on March 10, 1926, in Northwood, Iowa, the only child of Elmer L. and Edna T. (Olson) Dishon. He was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church in Remer, MN. He grew up and attended school in Glenville and Albert Lea, MN. James served his country in the U.S. Navy, serving during WW II. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

On September 16, 1968, James was united in marriage to Carol Jean Linde in Stillwater, MN. They first made their home in Burnsville, MN. They also lived in Remer, MN and most recently in Appleton, MN. He was an active member of the Appleton V.F.W. His hobbies and interests included hunting and fishing.

James is survived by his wife Carol Dishon of Appleton; five children:, Jerrald (Kathy) Dishon of Florence, Alabama, James L. Dishon of Crosby, MN, Jillanne (Booker) Gilliam of Victorville, California, Jennifer Snyder of St. Cloud, MN and Cindy (Daniel) Niesen of Minneapolis, MN; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Edna Dishon and his parents-in-law, William and Gertrude Linde and brother-in-law Arden (Bud) Linde. Blessed be his memory.

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Steven Bertness

Steven Lowell Bertness, age 60, passed away on March 28, 2021 in Missoula, MT. He was born on October 5, 1960 in Moorhead, MN to Charles H. Bertness and Joyce M. (Harms) Bertness Schmidt. In recent years, Steve lived with his wife of nearly 18 years, Darci Coffman, in Clinton, MT, and before that in the Tri-Cities, WA. They had no children but shared their homes with four wonderful exchange students and a procession of pets.

Steve always was a person who knew how to have a good time! He learned to appreciate outdoor pursuits as a child, from fishing and hunting with his grandpa and uncles to golfing and more. In high school he participated in basketball, baseball, and track, and later, rugby. He knew how to savor a beer or good scotch, and he loved saltwater aquariums. He got a lot out of his travels, as well, likely influenced in that by his dad.

Steve took early retirement from his work as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (safety professional) with the U.S. Department of Energy in 2013. This allowed him more time to flyfish, golf, hunt, and watch TV. He also regularly donated blood to the Red Cross and was the primary chauffeur for their exchange students. Steve had a strong voice and a zest for life. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed being generous to his loved ones. He could also be touchy and rather opinionated. Steve was and always will be a memorable and much-loved husband, son, brother, host-dad, and friend.

Steve's otherwise good health took a sudden turn in January due to complications of previously unknown stage 4 lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Darci; his mother, Joyce, and step-father, Rollie; his sister, Kris, and brother-in-law, William; his brother, Mike, and sister-in-law, Denise; and numerous step-siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A Celebration of Life was held at Steve's and Darci's home in Clinton on May 8.


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Barbara Larson

Barbara Ruth Larson joined her loving husband, Donald Larson, in heaven on May 28th, 2021. She was 75 years old.

She was born on February 27th, 1946 in Minneapolis, MN.

The oldest of five children, Barb was raised in Appleton, MN and graduated from Appleton High School in 1964.

The result of a blind date, Barb met Don, the love of her life, at a dance in Madison, MN, in the spring of 1966. That evening, she told her friends that she had met the man she would marry. She did just that on March 30, 1967, in Minneapolis.

In 1971, with three children in tow, they moved to Cheyenne, WY and planted solid roots for their young family.

In 1977, she began her first career with the phone company. She retired after 23 years to begin her second career as Director of First Impressions at Hickey & Evans, LLP for nearly 20 years.

Barbara will be remembered as a sweet, generous soul. Her family called her a "marshmallow" because she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was quick to cry during sappy commercials, each time she watched someone opening a gift she had chosen for them, and whenever she had to say goodbye to a loved one, no matter for how long.

She was an avid shopper and accumulated a variety of “foo foo” collections including antiques, spoons, stuffed bears, shoes, and enough greeting cards to open her own shop.

Barb enjoyed watching Blue Bloods and Big Bang Theory reruns, football, golf, and playing Wordscapes on her phone.

Sunday dinners with her kids and grandkids brought her special joy.

She was fiercely loyal and devoted to her family and always available to lend a hand. She nurtured even her oldest friendships, regardless of geographic distance. She was happy to chat for hours on the phone with friends and always made time to meet with them for lunch.

She had a great sense of humor and especially loved a good blonde joke.

She loved traveling and had the good fortune to visit many historic places and countries over the years with Don, including a wonderful trip to Italy with a large portion of the family in the summer of 2017.

She is survived by four siblings: Richard Krebs (Pat) of Appleton, MN, Steve Krebs of Las Vegas, NV, Lee Krebs of Las Vegas, NV, and Jane Henshaw of Apex, NC. She was an amazing mother to three children: Jacki Larson Donner, Steven Larson, and David Larson, all of Cheyenne, WY. She relished being "Gramcracker" to two grandchildren: Kiel Golike (Stephanie) of Chicago, IL, and Reid Golike (Paulitta) of Cheyenne, WY. She was so excited about her recent promotion to "Gigi" to her two great grandchildren: Rebecca Golike and Nathan Golike, both of Chicago, IL.

In addition to Don, she was preceded in death by her parents, Rita Krebs Lee and Robert Krebs.

Her ashes will be combined with Don's for final disposition.

Celebrations of life will be held in Cheyenne, WY and Appleton, MN later this summer.


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Nicole Larson

Nicole Larson, age 25, of rural Ortonville, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND. Visitation was Thursday, June 3, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. at Morris Evangelical Free Church, Morris, MN. Visitation continued Friday, June 4, 2021, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10:30 a.m., at the church. Pastor Marlin Mohrman and Pastor Hector Franco officiated. Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Nicole Magdelyn Larson was born in the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, MN, to Daniel and Kelly Miller on February 12, 1996. She attended Alexandria Technical and Community College in her senior year of high school, after being homeschooled with her siblings near Glenwood, MN, and graduated in the spring of 2014.

Nicole married the love of her life, Chet Larson, on January 24, 2015, in Glenwood, MN. She expressed her immense creativity by starting Larson Rustic Home Furnishings in 2016, where she would fervently search for the special pieces to breathe fresh life into, eventually starting her YouTube channel, Nicole's Untold Gold in January 2020. Being a farmer's wife is a full-time job at the best of times, busied further by the video editing position she took on for Chet's YouTube channel, Larson Farms.

As the youngest sibling of four, and being the "surprise" of the Miller family, her parents fawned over her and she was adored by everyone she touched, inspiring her siblings and fostering unrelenting love. Giving and receiving gifts was always met with exuberant celebration and an overabundance of gratitude. Her generous heart spent hours scouring the internet and local stores for the "perfect gift" for her cherished nieces and nephews, and all her friends and family. Radiating excitement, opening a gift from Nicole was even more beautiful than being the recipient; at the edge of her seat, she would squirm in bated breath for the package to be unwrapped, crying out with glee and an explanation of the innumerable reasons she's so thrilled with the gift. Vibrant, tenacious, unwavering in faith, the love which flowed so freely from her spirit will forever be dancing in the hearts of those who knew and love her. We celebrate Nikki's goodness, comforted by the certainty of grace and knowledge that she's in the tender care of Our Creator.

Nicole passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND at the age of 25. She is survived by her high school sweetheart, Chet Larson; her parents, Daniel and Kelly Miller; her cherished siblings: Nathan (Anna) Miller, Nolan (Emily) Miller, Natasha (Mitchell) Trumble; parents-in-law, Douglas and Amy Larson; brother-in-law, Stone Larson; grandparents: Alphonse and Magdalena Fleck, Irene Miller, Merlyn and Nancy Larson, Al and Diane Jensen and Goldie Wente; her beloved nieces and nephews: Aunika, Tessa, Malachi, Paige, Erica, Viktor, Liberty, Brady, Dominic, Rosalina, Adelaide, and baby Miller on the way; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Nicole was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ralph Miller; uncles: Dennis, David, Ken & Peter; cousins, Reed, Jack, James, and Jared.

Nicole’s family wants to share their deep gratitude and appreciation for all those who have followed and been praying for Nicole throughout her final journey on earth. A special appreciation to the healthcare professionals, and Dr. Kim, who've provided an invaluable source of care for our sweet Nikki.

Well done, good and faithful servant. Heaven will never see a quiet moment again, and your spirit will forever be a light to those you’ve touched.

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Daniel P. McGowan

McGowan, Daniel P. 75, of St. Paul, MN died on May 18, 2021. Dan suffered a cardiac arrest while hospitalized at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Dan was born August 2, 1945 in Appleton, MN, the second of the nine children of Martin and Elizabeth McGowan. Dan was in the Appleton, MN class of '63, among the smallest to that point, and therefore likely among the closest of classes. He excelled in basketball, playing in the district championship game as a junior, and in track, where he frequently anchored the half-mile relay team.

Following graduation from Appleton High School, Dan attended St. Thomas (then) College in St. Paul. He then attended the University of Minnesota Law School prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1968. Most of his time was spent working in the Judge Advocate's office at Fort Bragg, NC.

When his enlistment was up in 1972, he returned to complete his law degree at Minnesota and was subsequently admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1974.

For the next 3 years Dan served as County Attorney for Chisago County, MN. Next Dan followed in the footsteps of his father, a 4-term state legislator, and joined the office of the Minnesota State Senate Counsel where he served for nearly 40 years until his retirement.

The job he enjoyed most, however, with his part time bartending at the former O'Gara's Bar in St. Paul where he was affectionately known as “Big Daddy.” Tending bar did not conflict with his long-time association with Alcoholics Anonymous and once said if it had paid better, he would have preferred it to the law. Even after O'Gara's closed, Dan found another part time bar tender job at the exclusive Minneapolis Club.

Dan's children were his pets which always consisted of a golden retriever and a cat. He had several of each over the years and was an active supporter of Retrieve A Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM) from whom he had adopted 6 retrievers, Cindy, Roxie, Rosie, Daisy, Valentine and Sasha.

Dan loved to spend time during the winter months at his condo on Sanibel Island, FL, and was always accompanied by his pets. There he could occasionally catch a spring training baseball game of his hometown Minnesota Twins.

A baseball fanatic, Dan would travel the country to watch his Twins play ball rather than going to the old HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Dan was in a long-term relationship and marriage to Pamela Younger of Edina, MN, prior to their separation 3 years ago. He was very involved in the lives of Pam's daughter Meg and her grandson Paul.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Sean of Las Vegas, NV.

He is survived by siblings, Marty (Pat) McGowan of Monroe Township, NJ; Meg McGowan of St. Paul; Vince (Terry) McGowan of Madison, WI; Kevin McGowan of St. Paul; Brendan of St. Paul; Maureen (Paul) Sinkler of Minneapolis; and Mike (Joy) McGowan of Eagan MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by O'Halloran & Murphy, 575 So. Snelling Ave, St. Paul, MN. 55116 (651-698-0796).

A memorial service will be planned for early July. Memorials to Retrieve A Golden (ragom.org) are encouraged.


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Iona Monson

Funeral services for 87 year old Iona Monson of Madison were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church of Madison. Rev. Ronald Nichols and Rev. Herb Rotunda officiated at the service. Special music was provided by Linda Anerson, organist and Michele Monson, soloist. Active casket bearers were Jon Monson, Jared Monson, Bob Monson, David Roth, Brad Koepp, Ken Harwick, Ed Hoium and Craig Schellberg.

The concluding service and burial was in Faith Lutheran Cemetery.

Iona Mae Crosby Monson was born on April 25, 1934 to parents in Swift County, Appleton, Minnesota to parents Melvin and Stella (Howard) Crosby. She was baptized and confirmed into Christian Faith in Appleton, Minnesota. Iona graduated from Appleton High School in 1953. After graduation, she worked at J. C. Penney in Appleton, Montevideo Bakery as sales and bookkeeper.

On June 5, 1955, she was united in marriage to James Monson of Madison at the Congregational Church, Appleton by Rev. Lee Stale.

To this union they raised six children where they lived for 65 years in the same house.

After their marriage, Iona and Jim lived in Madison. Iona was employed by Stubs Supper Club, Smiths Department Store for 21 years and Clarkfield Enterprises for 9 years.

She enjoyed sewing and caring for her family. She and Jim always enjoyed her grandchildren when they came to stay. They were very proud of the children and grandchildren’s education. After her retirement in 1996, Jim and Iona traveled a lot in the United States and visited 48 states but not quite getting to Maine and Hawaii.

They spent and enjoyed 15 winters in Florida and 33 years at the lake cabin with their families.

Death came to Iona on May 20, 2021. She had reached the age of 87 years and 25 days.

She is survived by her husband James of Madison, children Daryl (Michele) of Montevideo, MN, Alan (Jane) Monson of Madison, MN, Kevin (Shannon) Monson of Dawson, MN, Robyn Monson of Lincoln, NE and Richard (Mary) Monson of Lincoln, NE and 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and a brother Richard (Andrea) Crosby of Odessa, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Stella Crosby, son Bryan Monson, brother Keith Crosby of Montevideo and her grandparents Joe and Anna Crosby and George and Ronda Howard, granddaughter Katie Marie, nephew Jeff Crosby and a very special Aunt Zelda Goggin.

Arrangements by the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, Minnesota website: zahrbockfuneralhome.com


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Betty Shelstad

Betty Shelstad, age 94, of Montevideo, formerly of Appleton, passed away Monday evening, May 17, 2021, in Chippewa County Montevideo Health. A private family service was held Friday, May 21, 2021, at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton. Pastor Matt Philaya officiated. Burial was in Good Shepherd Lutheran Cemetery in Hegbert Township.

Betty Marie Shelstad was born January 22, 1927, in Darwin, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Lydia (Krakau) Rien. She was raised in the Darwin area where she graduated high school, Class of 1945. Betty attended Normal School, to earn her Teaching Certificate. She taught country school for three years and then moved to the Twin Cities, where she was a nanny. Later, she waitressed at Club 7-75 and was the Correll City Clerk for many years. Betty was a Foster Grandparent for the Headstart Program in Appleton for 14 years…she especially enjoyed her time as “Grandma Betty.”

Betty is survived by her children: Mike (Mary) Block of Correll, Beth (Pat) Schroeder of Canby, Donna Wilberg of Alexandria, and Debra Shelstad of Montevideo; son-in-law, Elwood Sorenson of Montevideo; seven grandchildren: Erik (Allison) Sorenson, Krist (Barbara) Sorenson, Jesse (Hope) Christianson, Micah Christianson, Lisa (Robert) Crepps, Amy (Calvin) Schumacher, and Brian Wilberg; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Katie Rien, Doris Matejka, and Arlene (Richard) Knutson; brother-in-law, Eldon (Ian) Shelstad; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard Shelstad; her parents, William and Lydia Rien; her daughter, Vicki Sorenson; her son-in-law, Lyndon Wilberg; and her brothers and sisters. Blessed be the memory of Betty Marie Shelstad.

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Bruce Schlueter

Bruce David Schlueter went to his eternal home with Jesus, on May 1, 2021 after a 12 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He passed away peacefully in his home in Ramsey, MN surrounded by his family. Bruce was 80 years old. Colleagues, students, friends, and family all spoke highly of Mr. Schlueter as a kind, gentle, patient, quiet (except on the football field) and good man, with a sense of humor all his own.

Bruce retired in 2013 after 50 years of teaching and coaching in the Anoka Hennepin School district and N. Hennepin Community College.

p>Bruce loved the Lord and was active in his church where he played trumpet, sang in the choir, and served in various roles.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Lorna (Wilkening) and Martin Schlueter. He was deeply loved and will be missed by his wife, Linda Johnson Schlueter; his children, step-children, and 12 grandchildren: Richard & Megan (Hunt) Schlueter and their sons, Logan and Jacob of Roseville, MN; Jennifer and Eric Fester and their children, Alexandra, Nathan and Joshua of Dayton, Ohio; Daniel and Tracey (Johnson) Schlueter and their son, Noah, of Anoka, MN; Rainie (Pierce) and Andrew Larson and their girls, Skylin, Sierra, and Sage of Elk River, MN; and Brendon Pierce and his children, Tristin, Paytin, and Troy of Ramsey, MN. He will be missed by former spouse, Jean Schlueter; parents-in-law, Bob & Alice Johnson; Sisters-in-law, Barbara Schwenk and Carol Williams; and nieces, Haley Akerman and Whitney Wager.

Bruce’s celebration memorial service will be held on Friday, JUNE 11, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the church at 2135 Northdale Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Visitation will be held from 7-9pm on Thursday, June 10. Bruce’s ashes will be scattered at the cabin, where we gathered as a family for a week every summer. National Cremation 612-869-3418 www.nationalcremation/location/richfield


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Mary Beth Schommer

Mary Schommer was born in Appleton, MN on January 9, 1960 to Paul and Ardith (Johnson) Waldon. Mary grew up in the Appleton area and attended Appleton Senior High. She graduated in 1978. Following high school Mary married Dale Schommer. They moved to Madison, MN in 1979. Mary and Dale had 3 sons; Jeff, Jason and Jerry. In April of 1987 Mary and Dale opened The Draw Bar in Dawson, MN. Mary’s love for The Draw Bar was indescribable. The Draw Bar was Mary’s happy place. It was always filled with many laughs, smiling faces and memories! Mary touched many people in the Dawson community through her place of happiness.

In 2002 The Draw Bar burnt down and Mary then moved to Ottertail, MN. She made Ottertail her new home. She started working at The Woodshed, formerly known as The Hoot N’ Holler. She made tons of friends in the area by finding her new place of happiness. With friendship also came a new relationship. Mary met Jim Ludtke 10 years ago. Mary moved in with Jim and made a place of home. When Mary wasn’t working, she thoroughly enjoyed gardening. Mary’s gardens were her pride and joy. All the flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables. She also loved to can all her garden produce. When Mary wasn’t gardening, she enjoyed watching birds at the bird feeders and all the other wildlife that would meander through the yard. She also had a love for fishing throughout all the Minnesota seasons.

Mary is survived by her children: Jeff (Bhelle), Jason (Dionne) and Jerry (Cassie); Grandchildren: Aaliyah, Ethan, Brandt, Amaya, Tennley, Dawsyn, Yasmine and Johan; Brother, Paul (Cynthia) Waldon, Brother, Peter (Sandy) Waldon, Sister, Ann (Jim) Wilson, Sister, Dawn (Ed) Hegland; Mother, Ardith Waldon. As well as many loving family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Paul Waldon.

Mary Schommer passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes at the age of 61.

Please keep her family and friends in your prayers as they navigate this difficult time. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.


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