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Artemis Jack Riffe, age 6 months, passed away, October 14, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Rochester. Friends may greet the family from 2-5:00 PM Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Brick Meger Funeral Home.

Artemis was born April 1, 2017 to parents Nick and Katy (Pogones) Riffe, in Owatonna. His family will miss his giggles, and his smile will live forever in their hearts.

He is survived by his parents; one brother, Osiris; paternal grandparents, Edward “Ed” and Michele Riffe of Owatonna; maternal grandparents, Mark “Bean” and Brenda Pogones, of Blooming Prairie, great-grandparents, Bev Fuller, of Owatonna and Ruth Riffe, of Cushing, Oklahoma; uncles, Jake (fiancé Katie Richards) Riffe, of Owatonna, Patrick (Jessica) Krueger, of Hope, Kelly (Tony) Caywood, of Owatonna, Johnny (Jenna Hansen) Pogones, of Ellendale, and many cousins. He is preceded in death by 6 great-grandparents. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com. 


Gary Lee Bartosch, 67, of rural Medford, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, October 13.

On September 17, 1950, he was born to Arlen and Harriet (Bilben) Bartosch at the Waseca Memorial Hospital. He lived in rural Deerfield Township from early on and spent most of his childhood on the farm, milking cows, riding horse and driving tractors with his two brothers. Gary graduated from Medford High School in 1969. Soon after graduation, he met the love of his life, Cheryl (Burke). Gary and Cheryl were united in marriage in September of 1973 and just recently celebrated 44 years of marriage. The following September, they welcomed their first son, Todd, and a few years later, their second son, Jeffrey, was born. Gary was a hard worker for all his life and took great pride in all he did. In earlier years, he worked at McQuay, then became an over-the-road truck driver for OMC, eventually working for himself as an owner-operator. Gary also farmed with his father and soon took the lead and farmed with his sons. In 2005, Gary, along with his son Jeff, formed their own transport business, G & J Transport, Inc. and were able to spend much time together on the road.

Gary enjoyed vacationing in Mexico, as well as traveling to most of the lower 48 states, including hauling loads to Alaska. Gary’s heart was full of love. Love for his Lord, his family and for his 5 young grandchildren, nephews, niece and great nephews and niece. Another piece of Gary’s heart belonged to his dogs, Bailey, Peanut and Gizmo who never left his side when he returned home after many days on the road. Gary will always be remembered for his strong hands and big heart.

Gary is survived by his wife, Cheryl, sons Todd and Jeffrey (Elizabeth), grandchildren, Derek, Dillon, Aysha, Andrew and Olivia, brothers Richard (Brenda) and Bradley, nephews Mark (Jennifer), Michael (Melissa) and Phillip, great niece, Vanessa, great nephew, Zachary, great-great nephew, Myles and many other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy, parents Arlen and Harriet, Father and Mother-In-Law, LeRoy and MaryAnn (Jandro) Burke, Brother-In-Law, James Burke, Daughter-In-Law, Margie (Brown) Bartosch, and great nephew, Matthew Bartosch.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Medford, beginning with a visitation from 9:30am to 11:00am. Immediately following the visitation, there will be a Christian service, officiated by Pastor Mark Biebighauser and a luncheon provided by the family. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brick Meger Funeral Home of Medford.




GEORGE LEROY KASTELLE, age 92 of Waseca, died on Saturday, October 14, 2017 while on his annual elk hunting trip in NW Colorado.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waseca.  Visitation will be held one hour before services at the church on Monday.  Interment will take place at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.  Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca is the handling arrangements.


Genevieve Altrichter of Owatonna died Oct. 14, 2017 at Country Oaks Home Care in Dodge Center.  Mass of Christian Burial is set for Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna.  Friends may greet the family on Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm at Brick – Meger Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral liturgy.  A parish rosary will take place at 4:45 pm on Wed. at the Funeral Home.


Gordon Spinler, age 79, of Owatonna, passed away October 15, 2017 at Traditions I in Owatonna.

Friends may greet the family from 4-7 PM Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home.  There will be a short service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Gordon was born October 18, 1937 in Hope Township to parents Joseph and Gladys (Wilson) Spinler.

He was a graduate of Owatonna High School.  Gordon served in the National Guard being discharged  in 1958. In 1961 he married Vivian Beyer in Owatonna.     He worked for Owatonna Canning Company in the maintenance department for over 30 years. After he worked in Cordova, Alaska and then finally retiring from Power Team. 

He sold belt buckles, rings, Sasco, Avon, and was a collector of bottle openers, key chains and magnets.


He was preceded in death by parents; one brother, Loren; nephew, Mike and a niece Kelly.  He is survived by son Terry (Jodi) Spinler, Tracy (Brian Loken) Spinler, Becky Rodriguez; 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.  His family and friends will miss “Gordy from 40”. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com



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