B2 SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 POST-BULLETIN • www.postbulletin.com Obituaries Comments? Local news editor Mike Klein/[email protected] James William Ayers — Spring Grove, Ill. Greggory C. Breland — Rochester James William Ayers, of Spring Grove, Ill., formerly of Rochester and Waterloo, Iowa, died peacefully Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in McHenry, Ill. Upon his death, Jim was surrounded by his family and supported by many family members and friends. Jim was born in Waterloo, Iowa on Dec. 31, 1941, to the late Lowell and Katherine Ayers. While at Waterloo East High School, Jim worked as a writer at the Waterloo Courier and later at the Fort Dodge Messenger and Rochester Post-Bulletin. In the late 1960s, Jim worked in Public Affairs with the Minnesota Republican Party, moving back to Rochester as Ayers an editorial writer at the Post-Bulletin. In 1976, Jim married Margaret “Maggie” Bellingham. They lived in Rochester for 18 years with their two sons, Nathan and Brandon, and moved to Johnsburg, Ill., where Jim was an independent insurance agent. Jim was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church and the Johnsburg OldTimers Baseball Club. Jim’s love of sports was expressed via his officiating recreational, youth, high school and college baseball, softball, basketball, football and volleyball, which continued up until the time of his death. Jim enjoyed attending local sporting events, as well as the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher games with Nate and Brandon. He was a willing traveler, joining Maggie and his in-laws, Nancy and Brian Houdek, to out-of-the way locations around the world. Jim had a very unique sense of humor and did not hesitate to add a joke or pun to most conversations, especially while playing board and card games with the family. He loved watching the birds and wildlife from the back deck and shared squirrel feeding techniques with Brian. Jim was a very special husband, father, relative and friend; he will be remembered for his easy-going and caring nature. Each day Jim would strike up a conversation with neighbors, friends and strangers; he remembered each and every person when their paths crossed at a later date. Jim is survived by his wife; his sons, Nathan and Brandon (Giana); his siblings, Josephine (Phil), David (Bev), John (Cathie) and Joan (Diane); his father and mother-in-law, Bill and Carmen Bellingham; in-laws; and many nieces, nephews and extended family and referee colleagues. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church in Fox Lake, Ill., on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. Jim’s family will greet friends at the church one hour before the service. Memorials in Jim’s name can be made to the American Heart Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. A special thanks to Veerpal Singh, M.D., the Sage Cancer Center staff and most recently the Centegra 7th Floor Nursing and JourneyCare staff. You made an impact for which we will be forever grateful. Greggory C. Breland, 53, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys. Gregg was born Oct. 2, 1960, in Vicenza, Italy. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years. Gregg married Rosemary Read on March 30, 1985. He worked for IBM for 20 years. Gregg enjoyed going to Honker games, fishing, shooting and fantasy football. Gregg is survived by his wife, Rosey; three daughters, Brittany (Daniel) Fenley, of Rochester, Courtney (Bryan) Swenson, of Rochester, and Destiny Breland, of Eden Prairie; four grandchildren, Jacob, Alayna, Greggory and Breland Amelia; and many loving brothers and sisters. Gregg is preceded in death by his father, Ben Rogers. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. A visitation will be held an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials can be directed to USMC Toys for Tots. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com. Norma Dison — Rochester Dr. Norma Dison, 86, of Rochester, died March 6, 2014, at Saint Marys Hospital. Norma Jean Greenler was born near the village of Florida, Ohio, on Feb. 7, 1928, to Carl and Nellie Greenler. They had her baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Holgate, Ohio. She graduated from Holgate High School, Holgate, Ohio (1946), Valparaiso University with a BA degree (1952), Kahler Hospital School of Nursing (1952) and University of Minnesota with MA, MS, and PhD degrees (1974, 78 and 85). She was elected to membership in Sigma Dison Theta Tau, a national nursing honor society. During her career, she was a member of local and national nursing organizations and held a number of offices in them. Norma taught at Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing, Saint Marys School of Nursing, Saint Teresa’s College, Rochester Community College and Winona State University, retiring as professor of nursing emeritus. She was the first full-time faculty member hired by Winona State University to teach on the Rochester Campus. She helped to design and taught in the ladder and master’s program for nursing at Winona State University. She wrote four editions of the nursing textbook, Clinical Nursing Techniques, 11 editions of Drugs and Solutions for Nurses and contributed to several editions of Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Nursing and to nursing journals. The textbooks were translated into several languages. The American Journal of Nursing recognized Clinical Nursing Techniques as the book of the year. She presented research nationally. She is listed in numerous Who’s Who publications and was nominated by a former student and presented with a faculty Certificate of Honor by the State Board for Community Colleges in 1991. She was a member of the Rochester Quilt Society. For several years, she co-conducted the Bernina Club and the Embroidery Club at Dave’s Creative Sewing Center. She was an award-winning quilter. She also created a number of banners for Bethel Lutheran Church. She was a life member and past president of Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing Alumni. She was a life member of the Senior Citizens, a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway and a member of the History Center of Olmsted County. Norma and Harold Dison were married on Aug. 15, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by one son, Larry (Debbie) Dison, United States Army retired, Louisville, Ky.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Val Ludwick Dison; three sisters; and five brothers. Norma’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave. S.E., Rochester, officiated by Pastor Norman Wahl. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St. S.E., Rochester, with a 7 p.m. prayer service officiated by Pastor Anjanette Bandel and Elizabeth McGeeney, director of the Children’s choir. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester, or Good Earth Village, Spring Valley. Online condolences are welcome at mackenfuneralhome.com. Notices of death Adeline R. Gruis, 81, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died Wednesday at NewAldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls. She was a former teacher in Hollandale Christian School. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls. Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls. Betty Lou (Snow) Helmbrecht, of New Brighton, formerly of Kasson, died March 1, 2014. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton. E.G. “Jerry” Rutz, 85, of Lake City, died Wednesday at St. Brigids at High Park in Red Wing. Mahn Family Funeral Home Anderson-Peterson Chapel, Lake City. Nancy Jean (Lubahn) Strelow — Rochester Nancy Jean (Lubahn) Strelow, 53, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at her home in Rochester, after a courageous battle with ALS. Nancy was born Dec. 30, 1960, to Lyle and Mavis (Bosshart) Lubahn in Rochester. Nancy graduated from Mayo High School in 1979. She was a youth cheerleading coach and was involved with the JM Booster Club; she was a devoted soccer and hockey mom. Nancy work at Dermatology and PCIM areas at Mayo Clinic for 23 years, before taking a medical leave of absence in May 2012. On Aug. 16, 1980, Nancy married Mark Strelow at Peace United Church Strelow of Christ, and they were blessed with two beautiful children (Joshua and Allison). She enjoyed crafting, shopping and was an avid NASCAR fan. Nancy also cherished her time with her children and grandson, Isaac. Nancy is survived by Mark; her son, Joshua Strelow, and daughter, Allison Strelow, both of Rochester; her grandson, Isaac Strelow; her sister, Barbara (Paul) Pike, Rochester; father, Lyle Lubahn, Rochester; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Claudia Strelow, Rochester, David and Peggy Strelow, Kansas City, Kan., and Dan and Darlene Strelow, Barneveld, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved pets, Murphy, Tabitha, Toby and Charlie; many cousins; and many special friends and great neighbors. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mavis; father-in-law, Robert Strelow; and maternal and paternal grandparents. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, Kathy Sue Slesinski, 39, of Rochester passed away peacefully at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 Third Ave. S.E., Rochester, with on March 6, 2014, at Saint Marys Hospital. the Rev. Dr. Norman Wahl officiating. It was Nancy’s request Kathy was born on Dec. 14, 1974, in Rochesthat this be a celebration; she wanted everyone attending to ter to Gary and Jean (Peterson) Slesinski. She wear bright colors. graduated from Mayo High School in 1993 and Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Ranhas been alongside her high school sweetheart, franz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., RochesAmos Kroening, since that time. Due to her ter, and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. love of animals, she worked at various pet Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens. grooming shops. She had a true natural conMemorials are suggested to ALS Society, 333 N. Washington nection to animals, especially cats. She enjoyed Ave., Suite 105, Minneapolis, MN 55401, or Camp Companion, her pets, swimming and making jewelry. P.O. Box 7478, Rochester, MN 55903. Kathy had a special ability to understand and To share a special memory or condolence, please visit ranbe compassionate to all those she met, and in franzandvinefh.com. Slesinski turn, people were drawn to her and wanted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., help take care of her. Rochester MN 55901, 507-289-3600. She is survived by her soulmate, Amos Kroening, of Elgin; her parents, Gary and Jean (Peterson) Slesinski, of Rochester; her sisters, Brenda (Chris) Jepsen and Tammy (Chris) Nash, both of Long Beach, Calif.; her nephews, Carter and Logan; and a niece, Korina. The funeral service for Marion Glover Rowekamp, 85, of RochShe was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ralph and ester, formerly of Stewartville, will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Angie Peterson. March 11, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Joel Haak officiating. A funeral service for Kathy will be held on Monday, March Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in 10, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Stewartville. Mrs. Rowekamp died on ThursHome, with Chaplain Scott Jorgenson officiating. Visitation will day, March 6, 2014, of natural causes at Cottagebe held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the River wood Senior Communities in Rochester. Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. Marion Dena Schumann was born on Aug. 5, 1928, to Gerhardt and Dena (Balsem) Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, and Schumann. She grew up on the family farm, online condolences are welcome at mackenfuneralhome.com. attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1946. Rowekamp Marion was married on June 5, 1948, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Franklin “Buddy” Glover. The couple lived in Stewartville, where they raised their daughters and made their home for many years. The Glovers Saturday, March 1, 2014 Murphy, 77, of La Crosse, Wis. owned and operated Glover Bus Service providing bus service Arvilla “Billie” Peterson, of Rex H. Benson, 72, of Plano, to the Stewartville School District for over 30 years. They also Rochester. Texas. owned and operated Glover Ambulance Service and Glover Patrick Ray Slaughter, 22, of Roller Rink, which was an area attraction for generations of Angela M. Domaille, 89, of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of kids. Rochester. Wabasha. They sold the bus service and retired in 1984, moving to Ryans Russell Jensen, 75, of Hayfield. Bay on Lake Zumbro near Oronoco. Mr. Glover died on Sept. 18, Wednesday, March 5, Helen Elizabeth Mullenbach, 1989. Marion moved to Rochester in 1991. She was married on 90, of Adams. 2014 July 6, 1996, in Rochester to Eugene Rowekamp, and they made their home in Rochester. Marion was a past member of St. Johns Francis Howard Rumsey, 69, Ernest J. Bremer, 87, of Lake Lutheran Church in Stewartville, Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Austin. City. in Rochester and was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Alice M. Sathre, 92, of Adams. Natalia Bender Broderick, 94, Church in Rochester. formerly of Rochester. She was a longtime member of the Stewartville American LeMonday, March 3, 2014 gion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, boating, Richard William Butler, 78, Donald R. Axley, 64, of Viola. dancing and traveling. Marion loved to spend time with family of North Mankato, formerly of Carol L. Crandall, 97, of especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Austin. Rochester. Marion is survived by husband, Gene; her three daughters, Avis “Blondie” (Lee) Crowson, Nancy (Don) Hansen, of Long Prairie, Susan Runkle, of StewJohn Deloss Dalager, 61, of 87, of Rochester. artville, and Vicki(Kevin) Noetzelman, of Delano; five grandAustin. children, Amy Hansen, Bryan (Melissa) Runkle, Mike (Amy) Virgil Eggenberger, 87, of Stephen Leo Glady, 69, of Runkle, Samantha Noetzelman and Mathew Noetzelman; seven Lake City. rural Wykoff. great-grandchildren, Alex, Brooke, Caylee, Max, Aarianna, Kathleen Morben, 76, of Jasmine and Alli; six stepchildren, Mike (Terese) Rowekamp, of Joyce M. Hart, 75, of Rochester. Bloomington, Greg (Cheri) Rowekamp, of Rochester, Paul (Kim) Stewartville. Steven John Mortensen, Rowekamp, of Roseville, Dave (Linda) Rowekamp, of Eden PraiJacob J. Jessen, 89, of 75, of Northfield, formerly of rie, Kevin (Julie) Rowekamp, of Bloomington, and Kim (Jim) Hayfield. Sietz, of Eagan; 16 stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchilRochester and Brooklyn Center. Sister Frances de Sales dren; two brothers, Henry (Luella) Schumann, of Stewartville, George D. Reinhart, 95, of McManimon, 92, of Rochester. and Wilbur (Marilynn) Schumann, of Rochester; and a sister-inStewartville. law, Betty Schumann, of Stewartville. Carl Myer, 89, of Lake City. Paul Trumpold, 69, of St. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Franklin William F. Murphy, 77, of La Charles. “Buddy”; her parents; two granddaughters, Heidi Hansen and Crosse, Wis. Holly Emmanuel; son-in-law, Dale Runkle; and her brother, Thursday, March 6, 2014 Larry W. Reed, 74, of Gerhardt. Rochester. Alma Hilfers, 74, of Rochester. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior Mandi Seefeldt, 22, of Frederick G. “Fred” Jorgensen, to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. Plainview. 92, of Billings, Mont., formerly of Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Chatfield. Robert C. Seefeldt, 66, of griffin-gray.com. Kathy Sue Slesinski — Rochester Marion Glover Rowekamp — Rochester DEATH NOTICES, OBITUARIES, March 1-7 Plainview. Robert D. Simenson, 66, of Rochester. Betty M. Timm, 90, of Chatfield. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Verna Berge, 90, of Lanesboro. Angela Mae Domaille, 89, of Rochester. Marie K. Flotterud, 90, of Zumbrota. Donna M. Hanks, 87, of LeRoy. Newell Holt, 84, of Chatfield. Edna E. Hovde, 90, of Rochester, formerly of Winona. Violet Jacobson, 92, of Austin. Charles G. Labisky, 82, of Plainview. Janet L. Lloyd, 70, of Rochester. Donna Jane (Snyder) Marckel, 76, of Maplewood, formerly of Rochester and Austin, Texas. William “Bill” “Buzz” Fredrick Ruth M. “Ruthey” Lawler, 84, of Rochester. James Svelmoe, 91, of Rochester. Mary L. Waller, 93, of Preston. Friday, March 7, 2014 James William Ayers, of Spring Grove, Ill., formally of Rochester and Waterloo, Iowa. Norma Jean Dison, Ph.D, RN, 86, of Rochester. Albert E. Langdon, 91, of Spring Valley. Kristine Kay Navara, 49, of Faribault. M. Duane Norgaard, 83, of Austin. Marion Glover Rowekamp, 85, of Rochester, formerly of Stewartville. Dr. Robert G. Siekert, 89, of Rochester. Kathy Slesinski, 39, of Rochester. Nancy J. Strelow, 53, of Rochester. Curriculum bill appears dead in Wisconsin Senate By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A bill that would give the Legislature power to write and approve Wisconsin’s academic standards is unlikely to pass in its current form, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday as hundreds of teachers, school administrators and business leaders converged on the Capitol to oppose it. The chairman of the Senate Education Committee, which held a hearing on the measure, told The Associated Press at least five Republican senators told him they opposed the measure that likely would lead to the undoing of the Common Core standards adopted in 2010. That would leave the bill at least four votes shy of the 17 needed to pass. “The bill isn’t dead, but it looks unlikely to pass in its current form,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in an email. Fitzgerald, who is in charge of setting the Senate’s agenda for the last two or three days it plans to meet this year, said the proposal is “still a work in progress.” With the bill’s future in jeopardy, its chief sponsor, Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, issued a statement saying she wasn’t giving up and that she believed momentum for the idea was growing.
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