Obituaries 1/16/20

Phyllis Glommen, 93

Phyllis Ludeen Glommen was welcomed into heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, December 27, 2019 in Colorado Spring, Colorado.

She was 93. Phyllis was born in Fayette County, Ohio on July 24, 1926 to William and Mary Hanley.

She was preceded in death by Anton L. (Tony) Glommen, her husband of 59 years and the love of her life. She is survived by her children: Sherry Glommen of San Jose, California, Tonia (David) Voss of Saline, Michigan, Rebecca (Steven) Tomlinson of Delano, and Patricia (Steven) Fleming of Monument, Colorado; grandchildren Thad (Anna) Tomlinson, Rayme (Jay) Bernick, Annaka Voss, Ryan Voss, Sarah (Philip) Wright, Matthew Fleming; and seven great-grandchildren.

Phyllis and Tony worked and served as lay missionaries in Tel Aviv, Israel for several years. She was a self-taught folk-art painter and signed her artwork with her Hebrew name, Pnina.

Before moving to Colorado Springs in 2015, Phyllis was a member of Buffalo Covenant Church. She was a devout Christian and led women’s Bible studies for many years in Buffalo and Delano.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Buffalo Covenant Church,1601 Highway 25, Buffalo.

Memorial Gifts may be sent to the Benevolent Fund at Buffalo Covenant Church.


Lola Hall, 90

Lola (Hood) Hall, age 90, passed away after a battle with lung cancer. She entered Heaven’s Gates peacefully on January 2, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Lola was born on March 3, 1926, the daughter of Jeremie and Hazel Hood of Paynesville.

Lola is survived by: her loving husband, Earl Hall, of 67 years; her sons, Brian (Kris) Hall, Bradley (Brenda) Hall; nine grandchildren, Brandon (Emilee) Hall, Jennifer Hall, Elizabeth (Jeff) Carbet, Kathryn (Bradley) Grossman, Suzanne (Kurt) Krienke, Melissa (Dylan) Wojchouski, Ryan Giese, Nicole Giese, and Jacob Giese; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; and three brothers, Jemerie and Hazel Hood, Jim Hood, Ron Hood, and Jack Hood.

She grew up in Paynesville, where she graduated from Paynesville High School and moved to Minneapolis, where she worked at Dayton’s and Ross Associates until retirement.

Earl and Lola moved to St. Michael, where they managed the Cottages of St. Michael for many years.

Lola helped develop the St. Michael Senior Center and was a WCCO good neighbor award recipient for her volunteer work.

Volunteering was just part of who she was, spending time helping with senior activities in St. Michael or working with Family Youth Community Connections (FYCC) in Albertville. Lola was also a member of the Red Hatters Society.

Lola continued to give back, even after death, by the donation of her whole body to the University of Minnesota Medical School.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Saint Michael City Hall, 11800 Town Center Drive NE, Saint Michael, at 1:30 p.m.

Donations to: University of Minnesota Medical School Anatomy Bequest Program.


Mary Johnson, 65

Mary Rose Johnson was born August 3, 1954, in Buffalo, to Charlie and Joan (Scanlan) Otto.

Mary was a long-time resident of Delano.  She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Otto and father and mother-in-law, Bob and LaVerne Johnson. 

Mary is survived by: her husband of 42 years, Darrell Johnson who was charmed by her big smile from the beginning.  They have five children, Sarah Anderson (Eric), Bob Johnson (Nichole), Michael Johnson (Laura), Jeff DeMars (Robyn) and Patrick Johnson (Jenna). Mary is also survived by her nine beloved grandchildren, Oscar, Emma, Ben, Will, Charlotte, Mabel, Mason, Autumn and Paige. Mary was one of ten. Her siblings and their spouses are Sue DeMars (Neal), Frank Otto, Janet Otto, Colleen Johnson (Erik), Jean Baumann (Ron), Stephen Otto (Dawn), Phillip Otto (Donna), Mark Otto (Denise), Kevin Otto (Liz) and Linda Osborne (Stacy).

She is also survived by her siblings-in-law and their spouses, Karen Russek (Jim), Dale Johnson (Sue), Don Johnson (Colleen) and Dick Johnson (Roxanne). Mary’s 35 nieces and nephews and 40 great-nieces and nephews gave her so much joy.  

Mary was a life-long and active member of St. Peter’s Church in Delano. Mary was the Chief Operations Officer of her family’s over-the-road trucking company, Otto Transfer, where she worked for over forty years.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.  Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church with an 8 p.m. Rosary service. Visitation will continue on Saturday 10 to 11 a.m. in Martha’s Hall prior to the Mass. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.


Ione Kespohl, 96

Ione Albertina (Krause) Kespohl, age 96, of Delano, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2020. She was born to Carl and Mabel (Wetter) Krause, on October 12, 1923, in Montrose. 

On June 24, 1944, Ione married Elmer Kespohl at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and lived on his farm west of Delano until they moved to an apartment in Delano. Ione was a long-time member of the Mt. Olive Women’s Club and Alter Guild. She worked at Butterfield Evergreens making wreaths for 15 years. 

Ione was preceded in death by: her husband, Elmer on August 31, 2000; and daughter Bonita J. Fisher; as well as her parents, Carl and Mabel Krause; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Virginia Krause; brothers-in-law, Wallace Jaunich, Roy Dalchow, and Vernon Yager. 

She is survived by: her daughters, Marlys M. Spieker and Gale M. Kespohl; grandchildren, Erik and Erinn Spieker; sons-in-law, Scott Fisher, Donald Spieker, and Dennis Schlomka; sisters, Eldoris Jaunich, Mildred Yager, Luella Dalchow; and brothers: Eldon (Leora) Krause and Robert (Donna) Krause, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  

Funeral Services were held on Friday, January 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. Reception of family and friends took place for one hour prior to the services on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.  A luncheon followed the services with interment in Cassel Cemetery in Montrose.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Wayne Strehler, 70

Wayne M. Strehler, age 70, of Rockford, passed away on January 9, 2020 after fighting a 15-year battle with cancer.

Wayne was born on June 20, 1949 in Minneapolis, the youngest son of Elmer and Edna Strehler. He was baptized on July 17, 1949 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield by Pastor Haar and was confirmed in the Christian faith at Salem on April 7, 1963. Wayne graduated from Rockford High School in 1967 and went on to Dr. Martin Luther College where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

On May 4, 1974, Wayne and Bonnie were united in marriage. God blessed their marriage with a beautiful life together and two sons, Seth and Matthew.

Wayne engaged in dairy farming in Hamel for 15 years. He later worked in sales and then to Boston Scientific where he finished his career. Wayne enjoyed gardening, chess, antiquing, baking and visiting with family and friends.

Wayne is survived by: his loving and caring wife of 45 years, Bonnie; sons, Seth (Jennifer) and Matthew (Dawn); his fond grandchildren, Cody and Kaci; brothers, Donald (Karen) and Wilferd (Diann); many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Edna Strehler; and niece, Clarice Schleif.

Reviewal was held Monday, January 13, 2020, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Funeral service was Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 11 a.m., with reviewal one hour prior, at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church 9655 Pioneer Trail, Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Robert Zrust, 77

After 77 remarkable years, Robert “Bobby” Zrust, of Buffalo, passed away while being surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Bobby learned a strong work ethic on the family farm in Cologne, and always considered himself a “farm boy.” He met the love of his life, Margie, in high school, and they shared 56 wonderful years together as husband and wife. He cherished her each and every day. His great love spilled over to his children and grandchildren, and he was so proud of each and every one of them. He often remarked, with great pride, “Look what we started!” to his family.

Bob touched many more hearts in the community with his role as a milkman for 48 years. He worked endless hours supporting his family and building relationships with many families and cooks. It was a source of great pride when his oldest son, Brad, took over the milk route in 2011, when Bob retired.

Bob was an avid sports fan throughout his whole life. His favorite sports and teams were the ones that his children and grandchildren were part of. He will continue to be their #1 fan from above.

Bob is lovingly survived by: his adoring wife, Marge; blessed children, Brad (Sue) Zrust, Molly (Dean) Perry and Ted (Kim) Zrust; grandchildren, Samantha (Connor) Bauer, Jordan and Zach Zrust, Ben, Ellie and Charlie Perry, Cameron and Avery Sonju and Celia Zrust; great-grandchildren, Keegan and Quinn Bauer; two sisters, sister Mary Ann Zrust, SLW and Jane (Duane) Heitz; siblings-in-law, Rita Zrust, Al (Pat) Ebert; and many other loving family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by: his parents, Rob and Mayme Zrust; brothers, Ralph (Janet) Zrust, Red Zrust; grandson, Lucas Perry; and father & mother-in-law, Roman (Cecilia) Ebert.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 20, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bob Zrust will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation continuing one hour prior to the mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Buffalo. Celebrant will be Father Nathaniel Meyers. Urn bearers will be all of Bob’s grandchildren. Interment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery of Buffalo.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


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