B2 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2013 POST-BULLETIN • www.postbulletin.com Obituaries Comments? Local news editor Mike Klein/[email protected] Virgil Keith Moffit — Rochester Toyoko M. Todzy — Rochester Harold Lee Jannings — Wasioja Virgil Keith Moffit, 79, of Rochester, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation in Rochester. Virgil was born April 24, 1934, to Clifton and Laura (Buchan) Moffit. He graduated from Dodge Center High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954. On Dec. 4, 1954, he married Donna Kreager. Virgil worked for Mutual Service Insurance Company as an insurance adjuster. He also worked at Sullivan Children’s Store and Retail Credit. He was a member of the American Legion and Elks. Virgil coached youth sports and Moffit enjoyed playing golf and loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports. Virgil is survived by his wife, Donna; one daughter, Debra (Rollie) Bice, of Rochester; two sons, Ron (Sue) Moffit, of Rochester and Jeffrey (DeeDee) Moffit, of Flower Mound, Texas.; six grandchildren, Tanner (Tori) Moffit, Casey (Erin) Moffit, Alison Moffit, Jack Moffit, Julia Moffit and Haley Bice; and three great-grandchildren, Sailor Moffit, Presley Moffit and Hudson Moffit. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother. A celebration of Virgil’s life will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rochester Elks Club, 1652 Highway 52 North, in Rochester. A private family burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center. Memorials are preferred to the American Legion Post 92, 315 First Ave. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit ranfranzandvinefh.com. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600. Toyoko M. Todzy, 79, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at Cottagewood Senior Communities on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, with family and Seasons Hospice staff attending. She was born in Okinawa to Sakuyu and Yoishi in 1933 and grew up eating pineapples, swimming in the ocean, telling stories of tsunamis and of the World War II invasion. She spent her first 34 years of life in Okinawa until 1967, where she met and married Marine Sgt. Roger Todzy. The couple moved to Wagner, Wis., and eventually Crivitz, Wis., where Toyoko was a stay-at-home mom of four children. With nearly all of the children grown and out of the Todzy house, she kept busy working part time in the community at the high school, museum, nursing home and Town Hall. As her health waned in later years, Toyoko moved to Rochester to live near her daughter. Toyoko enjoyed gardening, reading the newspaper, playing bingo, winning at the casino, watching TV and John Wayne movies. In her last years, she demonstrated a great sense of humor and touched everyone with her peace and warmth. Toyoko is survived by her three older brothers in Okinawa, Japan, Sakubun, Yoichi and Tutomu; and one younger sister, Asako, in Washington, D.C.; four children, Marie Graham (Todd), Terry Todzy (Laurie Knapp), Roger Todzy (Michelle), and Susan Todzy (Corey Coverston); and four grandchildren, Meghan Todzy, Logan Graham, Nathan Todzy and Caitlyn Todzy. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Yoneko. The memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester, with Chaplain Lincoln Engelbert officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at [email protected] gmail.com. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Cottagewood, Seasons Hospice, Dr. Timothy Wilson, Mayo Clinic staff and the Cremation Society of Minnesota for all their compassionate and genuine care; you all truly made a difference. WASIOJA — The memorial service for Harold Lee Jannings will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 25 South St. S.W. in Dodge Center with the Rev. Dan Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Saturday. Harold Jannings, 78, of Wasioja, passed away at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester on Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, 2013. Harold was born on July 25, 1935, the son of Chauncey and Anna (Stevenson) Jannings in Stockport, Iowa. Harold was baptized on April 1, 2011. After Chauncey passed away, Anna Jannings married Raymond Lovell, who raised Harold as his own son. Harold cherished his stepfather. He was united in marriage to Frances Dean on Aug. 18, 1956, in Burlington, Iowa. They moved to Minnesota in 1960. He worked for several pipeline companies for many years and most recently, Minnesota Limited. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and lawn work. Harold is survived by his wife, Frances Jannings, of Wasioja; children, Lois (Randy) Sackett, of Wasioja, Linda Jannings, of Dodge Center, Chauncey (Debra) Jannings, of Halfway, Mo., Curtis Jannings, of Wasioja, Chris Jannings, of Kasson, Lee (Tanya) Jannings, of Kasson; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy (Gary) Branch and Rayma (Ron) Brown, both of New London, Iowa; and beloved and faithful friend, Shadow. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; one son, David Jannings; one sister, Betty Berry; and one brother, Stan Jannings. Blessed be his memory. czaplewskifuneralhomes.com Erlin Theodore Anderson — Cresco, Iowa CRESCO, Iowa — Erlin Theodore Anderson, 86, of Cresco, Iowa, died Monday, Nov., 25, 2013, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco. Memorial services will be Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Burial will be in Fremont Cemetery, rural Cresco. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco and at the church for an hour before services. Erlin was born on Oct. 2, 1927, in rural Winneshiek County, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Agnes Anderson. He was baptized on Nov. 6, 1927, and confirmed on May 23, 1943. He Anderson attended country grade school and graduated from Cresco High School in 1945. His dream then was to join the Air Force. The local draft board changed his dream when they announced he was more needed on the farm to keep it going as his father was not well, so Erlin stayed on the farm. His main recreation when young was roller skating. He spent many evenings skating at the local rinks where he was an excellent skater. On Nov. 3, 1951, he married Marilyn Henderson at the Fremont Lutheran Church, rural Cresco. Together they operated a dairy and livestock farm and raised their six children. Erlin was a member of the Fremont Lutheran Church, holding various offices until it closed. He became president of the Fremont Cemetery Association and was very proud of the perpetual care fund that he was instrumental in establishing. The family then joined and participated at First Lutheran. Erlin followed his father as a director/agent for the Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association, serving in this capacity for 38 years. He also constructed many farm buildings in the local area and found great satisfaction in seeing a building project from start to finish. During retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and, along with Marilyn, wintered for 17 years in Apache Junction, Ariz. After years of living with Alzheimer’s disease, he resided his final two years at the Patty Elwood Center, rural Cresco, where he received excellent and loving care. Erlin is survived by his wife, Marilyn Anderson, of Cresco, Iowa; six children: Virginia “Ginger” (Keith Larson) Anderson, of Canton, Iowa, Rebecca “Becky” (Drew Tulley) Anderson, of Houston, Texas, R’Delle (Paul Ely) Anderson, of Trinidad, Calif., Lorri Vaughn, of Richmond, Va., Paula (Steve) Green, of Los Angeles, California, Donald “Don” (Jaci) Anderson, of Cresco, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one due in April; five stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia Lynch, of Madison, Wis.; a brother, David (Lois) Anderson, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Valda Anderson of Enumclaw, Wash.; and a brother-in-law, Walt Leas, of Denver, Colo. Erlin was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Myron and Minnie Henderson, a son-in-law, Steve Vaughn; two sisters, Adelaide (and her husband Jerry) Dykstra and Karen Leas; a brother Charles Anderson; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Lynch and Donald Henderson. Erlin truly enjoyed his family, friends and community, and he brought that joy to whatever endeavor he was engaged in. As in the words of his favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine,” he offered his sunshine to all of us and will be deeply missed. Memorials may be given to the Patty Elwood Center or the Fremont Cemetery Association in Erlin’s memory. Authorities arrest sex offender By Kay Fate [email protected] A convicted sex offender who moved and failed to notify law enforcement of his new address is back in custody. A warrant was issued Nov. 19 for the arrest of Kenneth Daniel Staffon, 34, formerly of Stewartville. The warrant was served Tuesday, when Staffon made his first appearance on the felony charge of knowingly violating a predatory offender requirement that he update his address in writing. It’s unclear where Staffon was found. He remains in jail in lieu of $2,000 conditional bond. According to the criminal complaint, Staffon has been a registered predatory offender since 1996 and has spent the majority of that time living in Olmsted County. Last month, Staffon’s former girlfriend told an Olmsted County Sheriff ’s deputy that he had moved in with her at a home in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue Southeast in February 2012 and moved out in March 2013. The woman told the deputy that she asked Staffon if he had registered his new address with authorities, and he told her if any deputies showed up looking for him to show them the water bill at the house, which was still in his name. In early summer, she said Staffon was living with someone in Dodge Center. He was most recently living in Rochester with a relative at Heritage Manor apartments. Staffon’s registered primary address with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is still the Stewartville address. In April and May, Staffon was issued traffic citations in Olmsted County. On both occasions, he provided an address in Rochester, but authorities found that was incorrect. In 2000, Staffon was convicted in Olmsted County District Court of a gross misdemeanor for failing to register as predatory offender. Paul D. Lenoch — Austin Paul D. Lenoch, 78, of Austin, died Saturday morning, Nov. 23, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was born Sept. 16, 1935, in Austin, Minn., to Daniel and Anna (Shimon) Lenoch. Paul attended Austin public schools, graduated from Austin High School in 1955, and remained an avid AHS sports fan his entire life. He was inducted into the Austin High School Hall of Fame in 2008, and was a loyal follower of the Vikings and the Lakers. A lifelong Austin resident, Paul enjoyed trips up north and to the casino, collecting cans and riding his bike. He was employed during the Lenoch years by Clean Towel, Austin Park and Recreation and the Mower County Housing Authority. Known as a “big softie,” Paul was a very kind, caring and generous person who will be missed by those who knew him. Paul is survived by his nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Mary Lenoch and Margaret Lenoch, both of Austin, and good friend Wayne Lerud, Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Anna Lenoch, and his brothers Gilbert, Warren, Bernie, Floyd and Clifford Lenoch. Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Austin on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Merilee Benson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and one hour before the service on Tuesday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at worlein.com. Donna Hargis Scoggins — Durham, N.C. DURHAM, N.C. — Mrs. Donna Hargis Scoggins, 67, of Durham, N.C., went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at her home. Born Sept. 20, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Raymond W. Hargis and Doris V. Hargis, of Durham, N.C. Donna was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and a friend to all. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, George R. Scoggins, of Durham, N.C.; two sons, Doug Scoggins and wife, Beth, of Durham, N.C., and Greg Scoggins and wife, Yvonne, of Durham, N.C.; three grandchildren, Grant, Cameron and Lexus; a sister Betty Jean (Bean) Bouthillier, of Minnesota; brotherin-law, Don Scoggins, of Durham, N.C., and sister-in-law, Dr. Lois Scoggins Self and husband, Dr. Robert Self, of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. At Donna’s request, a graveside service for family and friends will be conducted at Friday at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Durham, N.C., with the Rev. Elizabeth Michael (Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church) officiating. The family will receive friends before the service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Donna loved flowers, so they are encouraged. The family would like to thank three dedicated caregivers and Community Hospice. The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at clementsfuneralservice.com. Family of five homeless after Rose Creek fire By Tom Weber [email protected] ROSE CREEK — A family of five will spend Thanksgiving in temporary lodging after they were left homeless as a result of a fire Tuesday night at their Rose Creek house. The fire, at 108 Oak St., was spotted by a neighbor at about 8:50 p.m. The occupants, David and Susan Cox, and their three children, escaped unhurt, said Terese Amazi, Mower County Sheriff. “They think it started in the upstairs, possibly a space heater,” Amazi said. “According to the renters, there were some electrical problems.” The family escaped after briefly trying to fight the fire themselves, she said. “Two dogs got out but they are missing a cat,” Amazi said. A family friend at the house at the time of the fire also escaped unhurt. The Rose Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze. The family was not able to return to the house because of the extensive damage caused by the fire. “We did arrange lodging for two adults and three children,” said Joellen Barak, of the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the Red Cross. She said the family is staying in Austin. DEATHS ELSEWHERE Matthew Bucksbaum, co-founder of General Growth Properties Matthew Bucksbaum, co-founder of General Growth Properties, died Nov. 24, 2013, of respiratory failure. Before his retirement as CEO in 1999, and as chairman in 2006, the publicly held company was one of the largest owners and developers of shopping centers in the world, numbering more than 200 malls and 200 million square feet of space. The company was the outgrowth of a family-owned grocery business in Marshalltown, Iowa, where Mr. Bucksbaum grew up and attended school. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, with a four-year degree from the University of Iowa. He majored in economics, graduated cum laude, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He was a member of the Phi Epsilon Pi social fraternity. The university honored him as one of its outstanding alumni. The real estate development company was founded in 1954 under the leadership of Matthew Bucksbaum and his brothers Maurice and Martin. The Bucksbaum brothers were among a handful of families who are recognized today as pioneers of the shopping center industry. Matthew became a member of the board of the International Council of Shopping Centers in 1986, and was named the organization’s worldwide chairman in 1992. From 1959 to 2000, he lived with his family in Des Moines, Iowa. The family also lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they built the state’s first shopping center, and their second center, in Bettendorf, Iowa, was the first to feature a department store anchor at a time of rapid expansion in the shopping mall industry. After building malls in other Iowa communities in which Younkers, an Iowa department store chain, was the anchor tenant, the board chairman of Younkers asked the Bucksbaums to move to Des Moines in 1964 to assume the management of a publicly held real estate firm. The public listing of its stock broadened the company’s financial base and permitted it rapid expansion, taking the name General Growth Properties in 1970. The Bucksbaums became part-time residents of Aspen, Colo., in the early 1970s. After moving to Chicago, Bucksbaum was asked to join the board of the Chicago Symphony Association, then in the midst of renovating Symphony Hall. He became deeply interested in the medical school of the University of Chicago and with his wife co-founded the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. Additional interests have included providing scholarship opportunities for young people in the varied fields of music and higher education, and initiatives to increase diversity within the shopping center-related industry. The funeral was held on Tuesday at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines. Burial was at Glendale Cemetery. Bucksbaum is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Swartz Bucksbaum, and children, John Bucksbaum (Jacolyn) and Ann B. Friedman (Thomas L.) as well as grandchildren Orly D. Friedman and Natalie F. Winston (Daniel) and Max and Eli Bucksbaum, and his brother, Maurice Bucksbaum (Dorothy). Preceding him in death was his brother Martin. Memorial contributions may be given to the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Bucksbaum Institute For Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago, or a charity of choice. — From wire services Notices of death Erlin Theodore Anderson, 86, of Cresco, Iowa, died Nov. 25, 2013, at Patty Elwood Center, Cresco. Lindstrom Funeral Home, Cresco. Harold Lee Jannings, 78, of Wasioja, died Wednesday at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. Czaplewski Funeral Home, Dodge Center. Paul D. Lenoch, 78, of Austin, died Nov. 23, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin. Mary Mars, 89, of Rochester, died Nov. 19, 2013, at the Moore Elderly Care in Rochester. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 4, 2014, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wis., with visitation at 10 a.m. Donna Hargis Scoggins, 67, of Durham, N.C., died Wednesday at her home. Clements Funeral Home, Durham, N.C. Toyoko M. Todzy, 79, of Rochester, died Monday at Cottagewood Senior Communities. The memorial service will be Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. Obituary Policy Death Notices are published free of charge. Obituaries are paid space and are published as they are submitted. Obituaries generally are handled by funeral directors, although we also accept them from families. Please send them to: [email protected] postbulletin.com, fax to 507-285-7772, or bring them to Post-Bulletin offices, 18 First Ave. S.E., Rochester, or 201 S. Main St., Austin. Families receive 10 free Post-Bulletin newspapers with their submitted obituary, upon request. Laminated copies of an obituary are available at a nominal cost. For more information, call 507-285-7791.
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