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Marie Ann Jacobson, 90, of Owatonna, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living.


She was born February 9, 1927 in Dodge County, near Hayfield, Minnesota the daughter of Ivar and Pauline (Madson) Hove. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School.  On September 26, 1945 she married Gerald Jacobson.  Marie was a farmer’s wife and raised her family on the farm.  After they grew up, she worked at Federated Insurance.  Through all of her physical challenges, Marie always had a great outlook on life.  She was always smiling and happy and was an inspiration to many and a true gift from God.  She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Marie enjoyed crocheting many afghans and quilts as well as setting jigsaw puzzles.  Norwegian cooking was important to her.  Her cookies and lefse were a family treat.  She also was a 4-H key leader.

Faith was very important to her.  She faithfully attended and served at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church as a Sunday School Teacher and the Ladies Aid.


She is survived by her husband, Gerald Jacobson of Owatonna; daughters, Audrey Osterberg of Owatonna and Diane Norvell of Dayton; granddaughters, Shelly (Kerry) Swanson of Owatonna  and Rochelle (Dan) Hilson of Eden Prairie; great-grandchildren, Alissa (Don) Luethy, Chadd (Katie) Swanson, Annabelle Hilson, Sean Hilson and Nolan Hilson and great-great-grandchildren, Karinda and Logan Willis, Alexa and Donavan Luethy and Tanner and Skyler Swanson.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Ivar and Pauline; son, James; grandchildren, Greg Miller and Sheila Richards and a brother, Ingval Hove.


A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church with Reverend Mike Walerius officiating.  Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Pontoppidan Lutheran Cemetery.


Eileen Kubista, age 95, of Owatonna, Minnesota died Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.

Eileen was born June 1, 1922 in Haverhill Township, rural Rochester, Minnesota, the oldest of 11 children, to parents Cecil and Myrtle (Tvedt) Mulvihill.  She graduated from West Concord High School in 1940.  Eileen moved to Owatonna where she married Charles Kubista on September 17, 1945 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  They made their home and farmed on the Kubista family farm in Aurora Township, rural Owatonna.  Eileen and Chuck also enjoyed many summers at Leech Lake and winters in Phoenix, Arizona.

Eileen was an excellent cook and her homemade baked goods, especially bread, was a favorite of her family.  She entered her baked goods at the Steele County Free Fair for over 50 years and received numerous ribbons, including grand champions, in the culinary arts division.  She was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Blanch Circle, TOPS MN of Owatonna, Nortonna Sons of Norway, Red Hat Society, and Steele County Historical Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Rhoades of Owatonna; sons, David C. Kubista of Cave Creek, AZ and Terry (Debra) Kubista of Owatonna; grandchildren, Mike Rhoades (Erika Ebenhoh), Cyndee (Tom) Zylstra, Frank (Janelle) Kubista all of Owatonna, Peter Kubista of Orlando, FL; step grandchildren, Jakob and Justine Gerdts of Minneapolis; four great grandchildren, Zander, Annabelle, Clara, Madison, and a fifth great grandbaby due in June; brother, Carl (Alice) Mulvihill; sisters, Mary Kester and Joan (Norm) Hoeft; brother-in-law, Don Lyman; sisters-in-law, Darlene Mulvihill and Iris Salter; many extended family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Kubista; sisters, Jean Buckingham, Doris Schuchard and Kathleen Lyman; brothers, David, Gerald, Francis, and James Mulvihill.


Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Brick-Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna and one hour prior the the funeral mass at church.  Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna with interment to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.  A parish rosary will be held Tuesday at 3:45 PM at the funeral home.


Patricia A. Bock, 71, of Owatonna, died Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Methodist Hospital, Rochester surrounded by her family.


She was born March 10, 1946 in Owatonna the daughter of George and Vlasta (Kubat) Spatenka. Patricia grew up on a farm near Owatonna the youngest of 14 children.  She graduated from Owatonna High School in 1964 and later attended Cosmetology School. Pat married Terry Hansen in 1970 and they were later divorced.  She married David Bock July 17, 1992 and he preceded her in death in 2010.


Pat was a homemaker as well as working at Josten's, Wenger Corporation and retiring from Federated Insurance.  She served as a volunteer with the Owatonna Hospital Auxiliary along with setting tables at the VFW.  She was a member of WFLA and the VFW Auxiliary.  For many years, Pat organized her family to put flags on the graves of veterans at Sacred Heart Cemetery for Memorial Day.


She loved gardening, cooking, baking, camping, fishing, music and embroidery.  She was an avid Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fan.  Pat also enjoyed listening to local radio programs.  She loved to share many of her interests with her family.  She taught her family how to make lefse and aebleskiver and loved to garden and bake with her grandchildren. Pat had a genuine interest in those who cared for her during her illness and was appreciative of their efforts.


She is survived by her son, Bret (and Kari) Hansen of Owatonna; daughter, Alison (and Steve) Jaster of Medford; grandchildren, Abigail Hansen, Oliver Hansen, Madison Jaster, Ericka Jaster; step-sons, Dan Bock, Steve Bock; siblings, Robert Spatenka, John (Janice) Spatenka, Katherine Kyllo, Donna Wobschall; sisters-in-law, Lois Spatenka, Janice Spatenka, brother-in-law, Hilding Johnson and many nieces and nephews..


She was preceded in death by her husband David Bock; brothers, Jim Spatenka, George Spatenka Jr., Richard Spatenka, Calvin (and Arlene) Spatenka, Frank Spatenka; sisters, Joyce Johnson, Lorraine Rowe, Alice Spatenka, Mary Ann Copp; brothers-in-law, Rodney Kyllo, Hubert Rowe, Dave Wobschall; sister-in-law, Lois Spatenka.



Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 20 from 4pm to 7pm and one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11am at Bethel Church with Pastor Micheal Simmerman officiating.  Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Owatonna.  


Robert J. Rood age 72 of Owatonna passed on December 8th at Homestead Hospice after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Bob was born in May 16, 1945 to Alice C. (Kurtz) and Owen L. Rood in San Pablo, California where Owen worked in the ship yards during WWII.  After the war, the family with 5 children returned to south Minneapolis where Bob attended Minnehaha elementary school.  In later years, with family moves to Maple Plain and Hopkins, he attended both Orono and Hopkins High Schools.  During the 1970’s, Bob moved to Owatonna where he has since lived.

Bob is survived by sisters Karen (Col. Buzz Stevenson), Lizabeth (Robert Carlson), Mary Hendler and brother Steve (Joyce).  He is also survived by many cousins in the Rood and Kurtz families.  He leaves behind many friends in the Owatonna community.

A memorial service will be held for family and friends at 2:30 Friday December 15th at Brick – Meger Funeral Home (1603 Austin Road, Owatonna.)  Memorials are suggested to Homestead Hospice patient care fund 2350 – 26th Street NW, Owatonna, MN  55060.  Burial be at Gethsemane Cemetery at later date. To leave a message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com


Raymond Glenn Gleason, 79, of Owatonna, ended his battle with Multiple Myeloma Monday, December 11, 2017 at Homestead Hospice House.


He was born October 9, 1938 in Slayton the son of Orren and Rose (Mumby) Gleason. He attended grade school at Currie Public School and graduated from Tracy High School in 1956.  Ray worked for the Ford Motor Company in Minneapolis after graduation and then worked for Pegg Ford and Service Garage in Owatonna from 1958 - 1961.  On February 23, 1958 he married Arlene Olson at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.


In 1961, he purchased his father's automotive business in Currie and operated it until 1981.  He was an entrepreneur with many sideline businesses along with the complete automotive line, some of which included three Minneapolis Star Tribune bulk paper relay routes delivering papers throughout southern Minnesota and South Dakota; sand blasting and paint business; LP gas and commodity delivery service; small appliance repair and national sales distributor of rebuilt antique auto parts.


In 1968, he and Arlene had the vision to build a resort convenience store, which the family operated at the east entrance to Lake Shetek Park.  While in southwestern Minnesota, he was a school board member of Tracy High School, instrumental in building a new high school after the 1968 tornado.


Ray moved his business, Gleason Automotive, to Owatonna in 1981.  The first location was at 1410 East Main and expanded to 505 West North Street in 1997.  He specialized in automatic transmissions, along with complete automotive work.  He was a member of ATRA, which took him to a speaking circuit at their conventions all over the USA.  He had a passion for cars, attending swap meets all over the country.  He was a member of the Owatonna Elks Lodge and the Associated Church.


He sold the business in 2007 and retired to enjoy his hobbies of ancestry compilation, writing poetry, playing cards, games and crossword puzzles.  Ray was a voracious reader and lifelong learner establishing a large library of automotive books.  He and Arlene traveled frequently across the USA. The couple took his trip of a lifetime in 2008, traveling to seven countries in Europe, searching his roots in England.  He was overwhelmed with his visit to Stonehenge.


He is survived by his wife Arlene Gleason of Owatonna; children, Ken (and Vickie) Gleason of Owatonna, Jerilyn (and Monte) Nelson of Apple Valley, Nancy (and Marshall) Johnson of Minnetonka, Kyle (and Mandy) Gleason of St. Paul; grandchildren, Dena (and Josh Newell) Gleason, Amy (and Chris) Tacheny,  Martin Gleason, Maureen Gleason, Justina (and Neil) Knutson, Nathan Nelson, Alex Nelson, Adam (and Amy) Hollerud, Julia Johnson, Michael Johnson, Charlotte Gleason; great grandchildren, Andrew Tacheny, Noah Tacheny and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his baby brother, Roger Gleason; sister, Marlys Gleason; grandson, Andrew Gleason.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and at Associated Church on Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am.  Funeral services will be held Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:30am at Associated Church with Pastor Jim D. Oberg officiating.  Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna.  Memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice House or Associated Church.


Agatha "Gathy" (Ring) Bowar, resident of Owatonna, MN, died at the Homestead Hospice House, surrounded by her family in prayer, on Dec. 8, 2017. She was born on Oct.5, 1925, to parents William "Billy" Ring and Margaret "Maggie" (Nachreiner) Ring, on the family farm,on Loretta Ridge, in Franklin Township, Plain, WI.  She graduated in 1943 from St. Luke's Catholic High School in Plain, WI.  After graduation, Gathy was employed at the C M St. P & P railroad depot in Sauk City, WI. During World War II she worked the Badger Army Ammunition Plant  making gun powder and later was employed at Parker Pen. She met Lucian "Bozo" Bowar at the Riverside Ballroom and they were later married on Oct. 18, 1949. They made their home in Cross Plains, WI, until June 1, 1962, when the couple and their 7 young children moved to Owatonna, MN.  Gathy stayed very busy working at the Sacred Heart Clubhouse, cooking in the cafeteria at St. Mary's School.  During retirement, and she volunteered for the Sacred Heart funeral committee and led the rosary and weekly Adoration. After the death of her husband in 1974, she went to work for Josten's in the Marketing Dept. until her retirement in 1990. She was an avid reader and amazing gardener, growing the most beautiful flowers. Gathy was a member of the St. Theresa's Quilt Guild and she volunteered for the MCCL booth every year at the Steele County Free Fair. She loved cooking, baking cookies (there were always cookies at Grandma's house!), and spending precious time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her dearly.  Gathy is survived by her children, Russ (Jan) Bowar, Peggy Yeager, Jeanne (Leo) Seykora, Mary (Bruce) Louks, Bob Bowar, and Anne (Gregg) Draeger; sister, Lory (Bill) Terbilcox, and brother, Felix (Millie) Ring; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lucian, son, Randy, sisters, Philomena Ring, Martha Bindl, Bertha Rieder, and Alma Liegel, and sister-in-law, Coletta Aeschbach. Visitation will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. The funeral mass will be held at 12:30 pm, with fellowship and dinner at the Sacred Heart dining hall following the service. Memorials are preferred to St. Mary's School in Owatonna, Feed My Starving Children, and masses at your home parishes.


CAROL J. KINGSTON, age 75, of Waseca peacefully passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.


Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 4-7 PM at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca and continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.


Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Waseca. Interment will follow at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca


PHYLLIS MARIE HANKS, age 94 of Kilkenny, died on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Janesville Nursing Home.


Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 12, 2017, from 4-7 PM at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waterville and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Kilkenny.


Janet Mae Frederick, 87, of Owatonna, died Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Homestead Hospice House.


Janet Mae Frederick, daughter of William and Genevieve (Hart) Staska was born on July 26, 1930 in Steele Center.  Janet graduated from Owatonna High School with the Class of 1948.  She started working for Uber Glove Factory.  She was united in marriage to Charles Frederick on May 29, 1949 at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Owatonna. 


She enjoyed sewing and other crafts.  She also ran a Day Care for 33 years before retiring.  She and Charles went to Texas for with winter for the next 18 years.  She loved square dancing for Do-Si-Do and Steele Steppers.  They also belong to the Ow Bo Good Sam Camping Group.  Janet was a life member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and a member of the Spinning Wheels Square Dance Club. 


She is survived by her husband, Charles; daughters, Bonnie Frazier of Albert Lea, and Joan Frederick of Chanhassen; son, Scott Frederick of York Haven, PA; granddaughters, Nicole (Corey) Fuss of Milnor, ND and Karla (Ryan Wentzel) Frederick of Phoenix, AZ; great-grandchildren, Coralea and Colter Fuss of Milnor, ND; sisters, Colleen Borchert and Sandra (George) Winzenburg; brothers, Berlyn (Kathy) Staska, Norman (Joan) Staska and Ronald (Claudette) Staska; sister-in-law, Betty Mitchell and many nieces and nephews.


Janet was preceded in death by her parents, William and Genevieve Staska; parents-in-law, Allen and Lenora Frederick; son, Dan Frederick; son-in-law, Orlan Frazier, Jr; grandson, Gregory Frederick and brothers-in-law, James Mitchell and Ludwig Borchert.


A Memorial Service will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Chaplain Justin Ray will officiate.  Interment will be in Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Clinton Falls Township. 

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