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Joan Peterson Palin PDF Print E-mail

joanpalinJoan Peterson Palin of Linden, New Jersey, formerly of Minneota, passed away on December 1, 2009 at the age of 94. Services and a gathering of family and friends were held in Linden on December 5.
Joan was born on June 28, 1915 of Icelandic descent to Stefan Peterson and Lillia Hognason, the fourth of six children. She was raised on her family's farm outside of Minneota, Minnesota, and attended a one-room schoolhouse as a child, living through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl days. She went on to graduate from the Univer-sity of Minnesota with a degree in Home Economics.
Joan worked for several years as a social worker in rural Minnesota and then, with the outbreak of World War II, joined the American Red Cross. She initially trained at the Red Cross facility in Saint Louis prior to being assigned to the USAHS Wisteria, a hospital ship where she met her future husband, Dr. Joseph George Palin.

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Flemming, Sr. Jane Margaret, CSJ PDF Print E-mail
Sr. Jane Margaret Flemming, CSJ, 97, died December 4, 2009 at Bethany Convent in St. Paul, MN.     
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret, one sister and several brothers.
She is survived by many loving and faithful nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on  Wednesday, December 9 at Bethany Convent Chapel, 1870 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials preferred to Bethany Convent.
Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
 
Sophia A. Monson PDF Print E-mail
Sophia A. Monson
Services for Sophia A. Monson of Twin Valley, MN were held Friday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Twin Valley, MN. Pastor Charles Bade officiated. Pallbearers were Mark and Kimberly Behrens, Robert and Leta Behrens and Steven and Sarah Behrens. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Twin Valley, MN.
Sophia A. Monson, 106, of Twin Valley, MN, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 in the Twin Valley Living Center, Twin Valley.
Sophia Amelia Monson was born July 12, 1903 the daughter of Sivert and Anna (Mikkelson) Anderson at Minneota, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Norwegian Lutheran Church, now the Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. She was raised in that community and graduated from the Minneota High School with the class of 1920. Sophia then attended Normal School, where she received her teaching certificate. She also took summer session classes at Moorhead Normal School, now Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She taught rural school in Lyon, Clay and Norman Counties in the 1920's, 30's and 40's.
On July 10, 1940 Sophia was united in marriage to Reuben B. Monson. They made their home in McDonaldsville Township near Ada, MN where they farmed. They lived there until 1977 when they retired and moved into Twin Valley, MN. After Reuben's death in 1987, Sophia moved into the Johnson apartments where she lived until 2005. She then moved into the Twin Valley Living Center where she lived until her death.
Sophia was a long time member of the West Wild Rice Lutheran Church and, at the time of its closing, she became a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Twin Valley. In her younger years she was active in ladies aid functions at both churches. Sophia loved to crochet and made numerous afghans and doilies. Her friends and relatives are now enjoying the work of her hands.
Sophia is survived by one daughter, Corinne (Earl) Behrens of Moorhead, MN; three grandsons: Mark (Kimberly) Behrens of Moorhead, MN, Robert (Leta), Behrens of Longmont, CO, and Steven (Sarah) Behrens of Little Rock, AR; and three great-grandchildren: Sophia, Brady and John; and by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her, husband, Reuben, twin daughters, Sharon and Sharlene; three sisters and four brothers.
 
Norma J. Laurier PDF Print E-mail
Norma J. Laurier, age 73, of Minneota, MN, formerly of Sioux Falls, So. Dak., passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at a Minneota care center.
Funeral services were on Satur-day, December 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel with Father John Lantsberger officiating. Angelo Polsinelli was soloist, accompanied by Donna Williams. Interment will be at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.
Honorary pallbearers were Norma's grandchildren: Alyson, Jolynn, Melanie, Tom, Kevin and Scott Laurier.
Norma J. Laurier was born on February 29, 1936 to Fredrick and Lucille (Gislason) Gudmundson at Minneota, Minnesota. She attended school in Minneota and graduated from Minneota High School in 1954.
On August 28, 1956 she married Francis Louis Laurier in Minneota, Minnesota. The couple lived in Marshall, MN. In 1967 Francis and Norma moved to Rock Island, Illinois and lived there until 1974 when they returned to Marshall in 1974.
Norma attended Mankato State College in Mankato, MN, and then Southwest State University in 1978, where she earned degrees in Business Administration, Sales Management and Psychology.
As her husband's disease with Multiple Sclerosis progressed, Norma became his primary caregiver for over 20 years until she could no longer care for him at home, and Francis entered a veterans care center in Sioux Falls. Mr. Laurier passed away on June 24, 1991.
While living in Sioux Falls, Norma was an active member of the St. Michael's Parish. She taught CCD classes, sang in the church choir, was an usher and greeter, assisted in the Bible study group and assisted in the nursery.
She was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, PVW and DAV Auxiliaries, BPW and was club historian editor of a newsletter.
She joined Big Brother/Big Sister and had sponsored a brother and sister in Marshall, MN for two years.
Norma organized a MS support group in Marshall, MN.
She loved animals, especially her two shitzu's, Midnight Beau and Mei Ling. She enjoyed music, playing the piano, and taught piano lessons. Her hobbies included needlework, knitting, reading, writing poetry and short stories, extensive book and music collections. She liked to travel, and enjoyed her trips in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France and England. Norma had been a resident of the Minneota Manor Health Care Center since 2005.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; and an infant son.
She is survived by her son, Mike (Ann) Laurier of Watertown, SD; three sisters: Paula (Court) Thorson of Atlanta, GA, Beth (Warren) Johnson of Fairbault, MN, and Lois (Jim) Olson of St. Louis Park, MN; her brother, Peter (Katie) Gudmundson of Eden Prairie, MN; and six grandchildren: Alyson, Jolynn, Melanie, Tom, Kevin and Scott Laurier.
 
Matthew St. Aubin PDF Print E-mail
mattst.aubinMass of Christian Burial for Matthew “Matt” St.Aubin, age 17, of Minneota will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota.
Visitation will be from 4–8 p.m. Tuesday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church and visitation will continue for one hour prior to mass on Wednesday.  
Interment will follow the service at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in Minneota.
Matthew Steven St.Aubin was born on March 17, 1992 in Marshall, MN the son of Steven and Wanda (Girard) St.Aubin.  
He attended Minneota and Marshall Public Schools.  Matt was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and attending school.  
Matt also enjoyed camping, riding bike, playing video games, watching movies, football, baseball and wrestling, and going to the library with his Mom and Aunt Carolyn.
Matthew died unexpectedly at his residence on Friday, October 30, 2009.
Matthew is survived by his parents Steven and Wanda of Minneota, grandparents Ambrose Girard of Minneota, Lawrence and Judy St.Aubin of Marshall, his siblings Steve St.Aubin, Jr. and wife Jess of Russell, Travis St.Aubin and wife Amy of New Ulm, Jamie St.Aubin of Sioux Falls, SD, Ryan St.Aubin and special friend Sheena of Woodstock, Maria St.Aubin and Megan St.Aubin both of Minneota, nephews Austin, Bastian, Chase, Parker, and niece Morgan.  
He was preceded in death by his grandmas Patricia “Pat” Girard and Alice St.Aubin and an uncle Randy Girard.
Arrangements by Rehkamp Funeral Home of Minneota.
 
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