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John “Roey” Rohanna passed on peacefully Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at home surrounded by love.  John was born in Boston, MA, on September 22nd, 1938, to Anthony & Roselle (Roche) Rohanna.  John lived much of his life in Boston, but moved to MN to marry Connie Thamert, his wife of 26 years, who survives him.  He is also survived by, his sister Diane Jackson, children John Jr. Rohanna (Haydee), Thomas Rohanna, Dennis Rohanna, Tara Fitzgerald (Scott), Shauna Rohanna, eight grandchildren, a niece, a nephew, three step-children, Rachel Gordon (Scott), Michael Thamert (Megan), Anne Wilson (JW), six step-grandchildren, plus several grand dogs (including Fang).

John enjoyed reading very much, with special interest in WWII Naval History.  John proudly served in the United States Navy (1956-1958, 1962) on the USS Saratoga and had a frightening front row seat during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

John enjoyed sports immensely.  He was an avid fan of the Patriots and the Red Sox.  He talked often of his younger days going to watch the Red Sox play in Fenway Park.  He was also very passionate about horseracing, having owned a racehorse, and enjoyed many hours handicapping races.  John could study racing forms, watch races, and usually come up with a mortal lock to win.  Some did, some didn’t, but he was right in the saddle on every race.  His greatest enjoyment may have been golf, where Roey made the greatest friendships over the years.  Watching and playing, golf was always interesting to him.  He was very competitive in golf and always found himself involved in wagering, side-bets, a smooth cigar on the 10th hole, and sidesplitting laughter.  John played in many Rochester All-City Golf events, taking home his share of hardware, and he always competed to the last hole.  Even if there was no trophy won, or money made, the real joy and happiness came in the comradery he had while playing.  Often the round was replayed many times at the 19th hole with family, friends, and competition.  Not many, who ever played golf, went to the track, or watched any kind of sport with John, ever left not having a great story to share any time they got together.  John will be missed by so many.

A heartfelt thank you to Mayo Hospice and all those who served John.

A celebration of life memorial will be hosted on Saturday, June 1st at Eastwood Golf Club, 3505 Eastwood Road SE, Rochester, MN  55901, including an optional round of golf and a gathering with food and drink at the 19th hole afterwards.  Times TBD.
  
     



















Donald M. Grant, 57, of Chatfield, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at his home in the loving care of his wife, Cindy. Don was born Sept. 11, 1961, in St. Cloud to Ann and Peter Grant. He grew up in St. Cloud and graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School. After graduation, he traveled on his Harley and eventually settled in the Rochester area, where he met his future wife, Cindy Clark Eaton. They enjoyed riding his Harley and being with his husky, Phil, who was a beautiful dog and great companion. Don and Cindy were married on Sept. 7, 1995, at their home in Chatfield. Don enjoyed the outdoors,
motorcycles, gun collecting and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and was able to pass his love of the Cubs to his grandson, Noah. Don is survived by his wife, Cindy of Chatfield; stepdaughter, Shannon (Mat) Schaefer of Wanamingo; stepson, Travis Eaton; grandchildren, Noah, Macy, Elih, Owen and Sawyer; sisters, Dianne, Debbie, Annette and Barb; and father-in-law, Don Clark. He is preceded in death by his mother, Ann Grant; mother-in-law, Olivia Clark; and stepmother-in-law, Monica Clark. A private family memorial is being planned.
  




















  
Jerry Ardell Kramer, 83, of Rochester, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Spring Valley Care Center after a brief illness.

He was born June 30, 1935, in Spring Valley, later moving as a small boy to Rochester where he attended Rochester schools until joining the Navy in 1952. Having served at the end of the Korean War and the start of the Vietnam War, Jerry sailed around the  world 7 times stationed in many ports all around the globe. His Navy service citations included two Good Conduct medals; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; United Nations Service Medal; and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

On August 17, 1962, he married Sharon McManus on Mt. Laguna in California. After their marriage he was stationed overseas to Sasabo, Japan, where  the couple lived until 1966. After returning to the United States, the couple lived in Long Beach, California and later moved to Charleston, S.C., where he taught Mine Warfare School. Jerry was later stationed in San Diego, where he retired as Chief Petty Officer after 22 years of service in 1974. Jerry held many occupations following his retirement including over-the-road trucking.  In 1979 the couple moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where he worked at the U.S. Post Office. As a past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, he remained a life-long member of the organization. He loved the Navy so much that even in his later years he said that if he could, he would join again just to sail the seas again as the Navy was truly the love of his life. Anything water-related, whether it be deep sea fishing with his children and friends to being on his pontoon on the Mississippi River it gave him immense joy. His remains will be buried at sea with military rites.

In addition to his wife, Sharon, he is survived by two daughters, Jenny (John) Springer and Kathleen (Jamie) Iverson all of Kasson; two sons, Mark (Carrie) Clare of Arizona and Wayne Clare of Oregon; five grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jackie Phiefer of Rochester and Sharon Jasnoch of Lakeville, Minnesota; and a brother, Steve (Teena) of Yuma, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will celebrate his life on Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at VFW Post 1215, 2775 43rd St. N.W. in Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Disabled American Veterans Rochester Chapter.  
  
     




















Francis M. Nuytten, age 69 of Rochester, MN, passed away March 22, 2019. Fran was born April 21, 1949 in Marshall, MN to Arthur and Lucille Nuytten. He was the third of nine children raised on their farm near Canby, MN. He graduated from Canby High School in 1967 and then was enrolled in Canby Vocational School. He was drafted into the US Army in August 1969 and served 2 years before returning home. Later he attended the University of Minnesota graduating in 1978 with a degree in Agricultural Business Administration. Fran loved farming, especially being in the fields driving a tractor. He also loved sports, especially the MN Vikings and Twins baseball. Fran had a special place in his heart for all animals including his beloved cats at home. Fran loved his family more than anything and treasured time spent with his children & grandchildren.

Fran is survived by his wife, Connie Nuytten of Rochester, who always took the very best care of her husband of nearly 50 years; his daughter, Roxanne Nuytten Horsman of Wabasha, MN; grandson, Lincoln Horsman; granddaughters, Kaylee Horsman and Olyvia Horsman; his son, Eric (Elizabeth Schultz) Nuytten of Greenfield, MN; granddaughter, Ainsley Nuytten; grandson, Gentry Nuytten; 7 siblings; and many nieces & nephews.

Blessed be his memory.
            











  










Illa “June” Fuchs, 78, of Byron, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Seasons Hospice House.
June was born March 31, 1940, to Leslie and Opal (Berry) Harris. She was one of five children and grew up on a farm west of Osage, Iowa. In 1959 she married Fredrick Novak and moved to Osage. She worked at Cedar Valley Produce and started a family. The family of 4 moved to Byron, Minnesota in 1965 because of her husband’s new job at IBM. June worked at Byron State Bank full time and later left for a job at the Byron High School.
In the early 80’s June and Fred divorced. She married Dean Fuchs and moved to Pine Island where she lived until his death in 2016, then she returned to Byron.
June was a member of the Eagles Club in Rochester since 1981 and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Pine Island since 1984. June loved her family, friends, her cat (Widget) and Christmas. She enjoyed fishing, ceramics, she even had her own shop for years. She enjoyed all crafts, gardening, and working. Her current employment at Sam’s Club, for over 18 years, was one of her favorites.
June is survived by her sister, Bernadean; 2 children, Kim (Mike) Ross and Mike (Dona) Novak; 4 step children, Cindy Saunders, Diane (Curt) Harris, Tom (Annette) Fuchs, and Craig (Lynn) Fuchs; 17 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and 3 siblings.
There will be a Celebration of June’s Life at the Eagles Club in Rochester, March 23, from 1-4 p.m.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Seasons Hospice and all their staff for all the wonderful support through all of this.
Rochester Cremation Services handled the arrangements.
  






















​​Douglas Alan Amundson, 56, of Rochester, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Mayo Clinic St. Mary's Campus.

Douglas was born on April 18, 1962, in Owatonna, MN, to Roger & Betty (Tollefson) Amundson.
He grew up in Blooming Prairie, MN and graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1980.
He earned his college degree from Mankato State University. Douglas was a Sr. Vice President Business Banker at Home Federal Bank.
He married Tara Brunton on August 8, 1998.
Douglas was a member at Christ Community Church in Rochester, MN.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Tara; mom Betty (Bob) Ronningen of Rochester; children, Blake (Allison) Reuter of Rochester, and Breea Amundson of Rochester; three grandchildren, Lacey, Weston, and Hudson Reuter; siblings, Lori Amundson of Minneapolis, Brad Amundson of Mondovi, WI, Lois (Brian) Nelson of Blooming Prairie, and Mike (Laura) Ronningen of Kasson.
He is preceded in death by his father; step-brother, Jeffrey Ronningen; and nephew, Nicholas Ronningen.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Rochester Cremation Services. 1605 Civic Center Dr. NW Rochester, MN 55901
Celebration of Life Service will be on Thursday, March 14, at 1 p.m. with a visitation 1-hour prior at Christ Community Church. 4400 55th St. NW Rochester, MN 55901
In lieu of flowers family would prefer memorials be sent to KFSI Radio.

Rochester Cremation Services is handling the arrangements.
  
     





















Gerald “Gerry” Schultz, 71, of Dodge Center died Monday, December 24, 2018 at his home.
Gerald was born on April 25, 1947, in Lake City, Minnesota, to Cleyson and Jean (Martin) Schultz. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1965. He worked at Crenlo in Rochester for 51 years, retiring in 2016. He married Sandra Johnson and they later divorced. He married Brenda Farrington July 29, 1978. They lived in Kasson until 2000 and moved to Rochester. He was an avid horseshoe league player. He enjoyed bowling, darts, pool league and sharp shooting.
He is survived by Brenda, 2 sons, Jeramy (Kim) Schultz and Cory Schacht, daughter Mandy (Brian) Cain, granddaughter Nallah Cain, grandson Cruz Cain, 2 brothers Robert (Jane) Schultz and Richard (Allison) Schultz, 5 nieces, 2 nephews, and 3 more grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Joseph Dean Harlow, brother Daniel Schultz, and sister Mary- Jean (Rick) Matuska.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 2-4pm at Rochester Cremation Services, 1605 Civic Center Dr. NW, Rochester, Minnesota 507.206.4449
  










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We are broken-hearted to announce that Kimberly Kay Roney passed away on Sunday, December 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada just two days after turning 58 years old due to cancer. Kim was born in and grew up in Rochester. She was a wonderful daughter to Gaylord and Mary Alm and sister to Gayla Alm. Kim was preceded in death by her father and sister, Gaylord and Gayla Alm.

Kim was a cherished friend to many people across the United States. Kim married Dale Roney in 1985 and later divorced. Together they raised two beautiful children in Stillwater, Minnesota and later in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kim was the best mother anyone could ask for. She was also passionate about her career which allowed her to travel across the country. Kim was so strong, genuine, and selfless. She will be remembered and loved forever. Kim was survived by her mother, Mary Alm, and her children, Sarah and Dane Roney. 

A private burial service will be held on Saturday, December 22nd. Following the burial, we will be hosting a celebration of life with lunch included for friends and family from 12-2pm at Rochester Cremation Services, 1605 Civic Center Drive NW. 
  






















Robert Leo Malecha “Bob” passed away at Edenbrook Nursing Home of heart failure on December 14, 2018. Bob was born January 26, 1948 to John and Elizabeth (Keilen) Malecha in Medord, Minnesota. He graduated from Fairbault High School in 1966. He was a mechanic by trade. He owned his own shop for 10 years called Bob’s Beeline in Fairbault, Minnesota. He worked for Larry Churchhill in Fairbault and in Northfield, Minnesota. He married Shirley Odegaard on March 29th, 1984. They lived in Rochester, Minnesota. They moved to Northfield in 1986. In 1993 they moved to Lancaster, Ohio. They moved back to Rochester in 2005. Bob loved to fish with his wife, his father-in-law Al Odegaard and his brother-in-law Randy Odegaard. He is survived by his wife Shirley Malecha; mother-in-law Ruby Peterson; 3 daughters: Terri Payne from South Bloomingville, Ohio, Tonja Odegaard from Rochester, Minnesota, and Michelle Miller from Stewartville, Minnesota; 7 grandchildren Bailey Jo, Cali, Tyler, Brady, Te’a, Dalton, and Alex; and 1 great grandchild Alyana. Preceded in death by his mom and dad; maternal and paternal grandparents; brother-in-law Randy Odegaard, and father-in-law Al Odegaard.
  





















Sean Michael Chvatal, 50 passed away December 10th, 2018 at home in Kasson Minnesota. Sean was born on May 4th 1968 in Cresco, Iowa. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1986, during the last few years of his high school he worked as a journeyman baker at Spring Valley Bakery under the owner Peter Haacks, this is where his love for baking began. He went on to bake at Barlow's for years and will be remembered by his loved ones as a baker at heart.
He was a collector of unique things, he was a gun enthusiast and Harley Motorcycle junkie but mostly, he loved his family fiercely. He is lovingly remembered by his parents Lucienne Chvatal and Dave and Kathy Bond. His three children, Amanda, Michael and Gabriel. His life long partner Jeri Getchell. And his two siblings Brigitte Jorgensen and Peter Chvatal and their families.
Sean was a selfless man, his smile and laugh could light up a room. He never knew a stranger because he befriended everyone he met. The world was a better place because of his unconditional love and he will be deeply missed by all that knew him.























On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, Janice Budensiek went to meet the Lord. Her faith in God has helped carry her through many difficult situations from a tree falling on her to the loss of her husband 10 months ago. Janice knew her scripture, but her faith was expressed through her singing.
Janice was born on April 19,1935, in Elgin, Iowa, to Frank and Mabel Pinney. She attended school in Elgin, and graduated in 1953. Janice had her first job in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic.
Janice meet Roger shortly after moving to Rochester. She married the love of her life in 1956 and enjoyed 61 years of blissful marriage. They were blessed with three children, Pam, Paula, and Todd.
She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed practical jokes, particularly on April 1. Janice did not believe in an alarm to wake up her children, but instead, woke them up to her singing the Good Morning Song from Booth and Cannon. She loved spending time with both her immediate and extended family.
Janice leaves behind her daughter Pam Holubetz, daughter Paula (Jim) Stewart, son Todd (Virginia) Budensiek, grandchildren Chris (Bekki) Watkins, Patrick (Nicole) Watkins, April (Ryan) Tuquero, Maren (Matt) Hustad, Xong Xiong Stewart, Megan (Aaron) Wenker, Jon Holubetz, David Holubetz, Aaron (Angela) Budensiek, Josh (Brooke) Budensiek, Andrew Buckholtz, Katie Buckholtz, and 13 great-grandchildren, sister Sharon (Roger) Krech, and sister-in-law Pauline (Glen) Todd.
Family was very important to Janice. She looked forward to celebrating birthdays and holidays, with immediate and extended family and friends.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mabel Pinney, sister Patty, sister Gerry(Robert) Musser, son-in-law Kevin Holubetz, grandson Matt Stewart, great grandson Koob Hmoov Stewart, and other relatives.
Visitation is Friday, October 26, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The memorial service is at 11:00 on Saturday, October 27, 2018, and visitation at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Goodhue, 























Jason Dwight Pothoof, 39, of Rochester, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Rochester.
He was born March 20, 1979, in San Antonio and graduated from Pathway School in Norristown, Pa. He was a general laborer and lived in Wisconsin and West Virginia before settling in Rochester.
Jason married Briana (Ellis) Pothoof on Feb. 1, 2015, in Las Vegas.
He enjoyed flying his drone, extending his vast knowledge of computer skills, all family activities and hanging out with best friends, Rick and Tonya Nelson.
Jason is survived by his wife, Briana of Rochester; daughter, Katelyn Pothoof of West Virginia; stepchildren, Madison and Austin Riese and Isabelle Stevens, all of Rochester; parents, Allen and Julia Pothoof of Platteville, Wis.; brother, Josh (Kristin) Pothoof of Lakeland, Fla.; sister, Jesse (Bobby) Taylor of Amarillo, Texas; nephew, Simon Pothoof; maternal grandmother, Gloria Middleton of Rosewell, N.M.; mother-in-law, Sharon Ellis of Rochester; brother-in-law, Dustin (Shannon) Ellis of St. Paul; and special companion dog, Chance.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Jason from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Rochester Cremation Services, 1605 Civic Center Dr. NW, 























Royal Allen Evers, 61, of Rochester, passed away on September 12, 2018 at Mayo Clinic St Mary’s Campus. He was born on February 12, 1957, in Austin, Minnesota, to Glenn and MaryLou (Groby) Evers. He graduated from Wykoff High School. He graduated from VoTech for Electrical Motor Repair. He owned Royal’s Electrical Motor Co. in Spring Valley for 10 years. He married the love of his life, Sally Hart, in Wykoff on May 21, 1988.
He worked at Spring Valley Cheese and T.E.C. in Rochester and then worked in the maintenance department at Walmart South in Rochester for 20 years. He enjoyed making Novelty Candles and his flower garden.
He is survived by his wife, Sally, and one sister, Sharon K. Evers, of Rochester. He is preceded in death by his parents and his infant daughter Bethany.
Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Rochester Cremation Services (1605 Civic Center Dr. N.W. Rochester, MN). 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for medical expenses.
  






















Beverly (Eggers) Benton, 84, of Plainview passed away peacefully in Rochester surrounded by family on Wednesday July 25, 2018.
Beverly was born on September 13, 1933 in Plainview, MN to Arthur & Elizabeth (Carpenter) Eggers. She grew up and attended school in Plainview. She was one of fourteen children and helped her mom open the first nursing home in Plainview. She married Owen Benton on April 9, 1960 in Northwood, IA.
Beverly enjoyed late night walks to the popcorn stand. She would often ride along in the truck with Owen and loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   
She is survived by her husband Owen; four children, Peter (Bylle) Benton of Mapleton, MN, Donald Benton of Rochester, Bradley (Terri Dormady) Benton of Plainview, Brenda Benton of Plainview; two brothers, Arthur Eggers Jr. of Plainview, Leon Eggers of Rochester; thirteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; ten siblings and many aunts, uncles and her beloved dog Gizzy.
A funeral service will be held Saturday July 28, 2018 at 2pm at Rochester Cremation Services in Rochester. Visitation will be from 12pm to the time of the service. 






















Johnnie Bryant Jr. 48, of Rochester died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at his home. A visitation will be from 5pm-7:30pm, Friday July 13, 2018 at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester. A funeral service will be Saturday at 11:00am at the church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Beth Rogers will officiate. Rochester Cremation Services is handling the arrangements. (507.206.4449)
Johnnie was born September 17, 1969 in Duluth, MN. He was raised by his grandmother Ruth. He graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1988 and was part of the track team where he went to state and set track records. He then attended UMD where he again set many track records and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in health education. He lived for a short time in the Philippines and in Tampa, Florida. It was during his time in Tampa he found his love for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He coached track and football at John Marshall and RYFA and was a Cub Scout leader. Johnnie adored his kids and loved watching them play sports. He loved fishing, running, listening to classical, soul and funk music, nature and especially White Water State Park. Two things the world should know about “Johnnie B” are, he was extremely proud of his kids and he always dressed to the nines.
Johnnie is survived by his children, Kenyatta, and Keondre Bryant of Rochester; brothers, Jami Bryant of Duluth, and Michael Bryant of Wrenshall; Rebecca; and many nieces, nephews, aunt, and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clearance & Ruth McDuff; and aunt Barb.
  





















John Arthur Dubè, 69, of Rochester passed away at his home on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
John was born on August 22, 1948 in Northfield, MN to Wallace and JoAnne (Barsness) Dubè. He grew up and attended school in Faribault. He attended Barber School in Minneapolis and began his career in Rochester. He worked for The Barbers and later owned The Country Stylist. He married Susan Ulfers on November 14, 1970 and together they had two children.
John was a music enthusiast and liked to teach beginning guitar players and enjoyed playing in many bands. His hobbies included; Stewartville Sportsman’s Club, SPRED, Rochester Area Musicians Association for many years, caring for Koi ponds, and spending time with family and friends.  He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester.
John is survived by his daughter, Holly (Matt) Brown of Oronoco, daughter-in-law Heidi Dubè of Rochester; four grandchildren, Daniel Brown, Ethan Brown, Maizy Dubè, and Layla Dubè; four siblings, Terri (Jerry) Murdock, Mark Dubè, Sharon Banon, and Michael Dubè; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Susan; son, Aaron Dubè; and two grandchildren Charlie and Savannah Dubè.
A memorial service will be held at 12pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester. Visitation will be from 10am until the time of the service at the church.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in St. Charles, MN at a later date.
  








          Daroll Joseph Peters
 
   
 74, of Plainview, passed away peacefully surrounded by love on April 22, 2018.
He was much loved by family and friends.
Survived by his wife, Karen Peters; three children; and many grandchildren; sister, Nancy of Minneapolis; and brother, Mike of Duluth.
  
There will be a celebration of life
Thursday, May 3, at 7pm at the 
American Legion, Post 179
Plainview, Minnesota






















Sallee Ann Beck (Larrison) 63, of Rochester, MN passed away from her battle with Alzheimer’s, Saturday March 31, 2018.
Sallee was born in Topeka, Kansas August 9, 1954 to Charlene and Robert Larrison. She was the only daughter of the five children. Moving to Minnesota she was a graduate of Mayo High School in 1972. Her loving nature led her to a life of working as a nurse’s aide. She enjoyed caring for others and would always let you know just how much she cared with her loving smile and laugh that would bring a smile to anyone no matter how you felt that particular day.
Sallee was preceded in death by her father, Robert Larrison; brothers, Michael and Joseph Larrison.
Sallee is survived by her husband, Steven Beck; sons, Nickolas and Samuel Beck; mother, Charlene Larrison; and brothers, Pat and Dennis Larrison.
Funeral service will be held Saturday April 7th at 11:30am with a visitation one hour prior to the service at Rochester Cremation Services 1605 Civic Center Drive NW Rochester, MN 55901