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Dorothy Teresa Rysavy, age 93, of Owatonna, died peacefully on August 16, 2017, at Brookdale Assisted living in Owatonna, surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was born in Somerset Township to parents Walter and Martha (Jirele) Langr.  She grew up on a farm, and graduated OHS in 1942.  After high school, she met her lifelong love, Evan Rysavy, and the couple was married on June 25, 1946, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Litomysl.  Dorothy spent most of her life as a homemaker, tirelessly dedicated to raising her 6 children and keeping a spotless home.  She also worked in the kitchen at St. Mary’s school.  Always generous with her time, Dorothy was a volunteer driver taking the elderly to medical appointments, drove for Meals on Wheels, cleaned homes and ran errands for homebound relatives and friends, was a rosary leader for the St. Theresa Guild, and a funeral rosary leader.  Dorothy’s hobbies included crocheting, reading, canning almost anything that grew, dancing the polka, playing Pinochle, assembling puzzles and watching her beloved grandchildren’s sporting events.

She is survived by her children, Donald (Jane) Rysavy of Florida, Mary (Kevin) Herzog of Hope, Jim (Mitzi) Rysavy of Owatonna, Bill Rysavy of Burnsville, Charlie (Fran) Rysavy of New Jersey, and George (Sherry) Rysavy of Owatonna, her 13 grandchildren, her 6 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Rita Brockmeyer of Mankato.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Evan, her parents, her sister Martha Styndl, and her brother, Lawrence Langr. 

A wake will be held from 2:00 -5:00 PM Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Brick-Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna.  A rosary will be said at 1:45 PM at the funeral home prior to the visitation.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11:00 AM, Monday, August 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  The family will be receiving visitors one hour prior to the funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dorothy’s name to St. Mary’s School in Owatonna. For more information, or to leave an online condolence message, go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com

Clifford Koeckeritz, 80, of Owatonna, MN, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault, MN, surrounded by his family. 
Clifford was born Sept 3, 1936 in Lac Qui Parle Co. MN to Harold and Hertha (Struck) Koeckeritz.  He attended a country school through 8th grade and graduated from Ortonville High School in 1954. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force in Jan. 1955 and was honorably discharged in Nov. 1958, serving his country as a jet mechanic. Cliff was joined in marriage on June 9, 1957 to Marlys Brandt. After discharge from the USAF, he worked as a civilian employee as a jet mechanic for the N.D. Air National Guard in Fargo N.D. Cliff and Marlys moved to Owatonna with their family in 1961 and operated the Rice Lake Dairy farm for 5 years. Upon leaving the farm, he was employed by Kading’s Deep Rock as an auto mechanic. He purchased the business in 1973 and continued operation of the service and repair shop until 1999. As a second career in 2001, he was employed at A Plus Sew and Vac, where he became a certified sewing machine technician and continued employment until 2009. He continued his 'post retirement' career in sewing machine and vacuum repairs in his home until 2015.  
All of his life he was very active in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and held many offices in the church. His enjoyment in life was his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Keeping the yard, gardens, and flowers in tip top shape was a joy to him. He was also a very creative man and could fix anything. 
Survived by his wife, Marlys of 60 years; his children, Bruce (Julie) Koeckeritz, JoAnn (Carl) Arny, Janis (Jim) Pfeifer, Craig ( Priscilla) Koeckeritz; grandchildren, Jamie ( Justin) Rosin, Steven (Kelsey) Pfeifer, Crystal (Ryan) Prestegard, Brent Koeckeritz, Taylor (Zac) McCloud, Cedric Arny, Mitchell Koeckeritz, Alexey Koeckeritz, Benjamin Koeckeritz; great grandchildren, Meredith, Ellie and Alexey Clifford; sisters, Cheryle Vold, Karen (Colin) Tilbury, Pat Brown, Pam (Joe) Streich; sisters-in-law, Judy Koeckeritz and Marie Koeckeritz and many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harlan, Stanley, and Rodger and sisters, Gloria and Sandra.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home on Saturday, August 26, 2017 with a family meet and greet from 12:00 - 2:00 PM followed by the Celebration of Life service beginning at 2:00 PM. Luncheon to follow the ceremony. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to St. Lucas Care Center or the Homestead Hospice House Patient Care Fund.


June D. Plath, 95, of Owatonna died peacefully on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Birchwood Cottage in Owatonna, Minnesota.

She was born August 9, 1922 in Brookings, South Dakota, the daughter of Fred and Mae (Cunningham) Sorg. Over the years, June shared many memories of growing up on the family farms with her two brothers and three sisters. Her favorite stories, told with a twinkle in her green eyes, involved her pet lamb, “Willie,” green apples, playing baseball, and sneaking off to fish for bullheads.

June married Lloyd Plath in 1938. They raised their four children on farms in southern Minnesota as well as Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin until they moved to Owatonna in 1951.

June was a homemaker first and foremost.  She also worked alongside her husband on the farm.  June always had large gardens and shelves of her canned goods. She loved baking and was famous for her pies—especially rhubarb. While she didn’t care for cooking, her husband always said it was “pretty damn good.”  She was an avid quilter, seamstress, and enjoyed needlework. Fabric sales with her family were favorite shopping expeditions.

In addition to homemaking, she operated the Thrift Shop, a family owned consignment store in Owatonna. The Thrift Shop began as an extension of one of June’s hobbies—going to garage sales. She loved finding bargains for everyone on her shopping list.

She enjoyed travelling and bravely drove the large motor home during her adventures with her husband. June never lost her love of fishing and always said people needed to clean their own! When not traveling or fishing, she enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and word find books.

June delighted in spending time with family and friends: visiting, board games, and playing cards.

June is survived by her daughter Bev Fuller, of Owatonna; sons Dennis (Kay) Plath of Tyler, Texas and Roger (Ruth) Plath of Owatonna; nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren; sisters, Jean Alne and Retha Farrell, and brother, Lowell Sorg; along with many nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Marion, sister Margaret, and daughter LaVonne and sons-in-law, Albert and Chuck.

Family and friends will forever remember June’s kindness, generosity, caring, and humility.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Funeral services will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:30 PM at Michaelson Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Fuller officiating.  Interment will be in the Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Owatonna. 


Gloria LaVonne Pommerenke, age 90 of Waseca passed away in her home as a result of a fall on June 7th, 2017.  
A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18 at Faith United Methodist Church in Waseca with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.  Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services of Waseca is assisting with arrangements.


Stanley Roy Miller, 78, of Owatonna, died Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Homestead Hospice House.


He was born March 31, 1939 in Owatonna the son of Selmer and Mabel (Dostal) Miller. Stan graduated from Owatonna High School in 1957.  He married Lois Weckworth on March 11, 1961 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New Richland.  Following their marriage the couple made their home in Owatonna.  Stan served in the US Army from 1962-1964.


Stan enjoyed fishing, hunting, birds, and the occasional trip to the casino.  He also enjoyed traveling with Lois especially to the north shore.  He worked for Jostens, King Company and Truth Hardware prior to his retirement.  Stan appreciated his group of friends that frequently played cards and met for breakfast.



He is survived by his niece, Cindy (and Mark) Blanchette of Owatonna; great nieces, Holly (and Kevin) Glanville, Melanie (and Joe) Sunnarborg, Amy Blanchette; sisters-in-law, Tess Hanson, Leone Svelmoe; lifelong friend, Gaylord Moeckly and godchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Miller and brother, Cecil Miller.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Saturday, August 19 from 10am to 11am followed by a graveside service at Owatonna Memorial Gardens with Victor Jortack officiating.  Interment will be in the Owatonna Memorial Gardens in Owatonna with Military Honors provided by the Steele County Military Funeral Unit.  Memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice Patient Care Fund or to the donor’s choice.


Funeral Services will be held  at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, (8-19) for 70 year old Peggy Borchard of New Richland, who died on  Tuesday, August 15, at her home.  Services will be conducted from Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland.  The Reverend Paul Andree will officiate.  Interment will be in St. Olaf Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 Friday at Friedrich/ Bonnerup Funeral Home, New Richland,  and one hour before the service at the church



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